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Eastbourne Herald

25 January 2014

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Public pressure delays Muritai Track re-route by Emily Tilley The quick action of locals has earned the Muritai Track a reprieve from being re-routed and Greater Wellington Regional Council will now consult the community on the future of the track. The regional council had planned to close the track last Monday in order to create a new route for most of it. However, a week before the work commenced local woman Michelle Greenwood spotted a sign advising the upcoming work and raced into action, speaking to GWRC and sending out emails that were quickly forwarded to residents throughout the Bays. As a result GWRC received around eighty emails from concerned track-walkers. Within 48 hours of Michelle first contacting GWRC, the regional council called a temporary halt to the planned work and promised to discuss the proposal with track users. “I’m really impressed with Greater Wellington ... how well they’ve responded,” Ms Greenwood says. A public meeting will now be held at the Eastbourne Sports and Services Club on Tuesday, February 4 so that GWRC representatives can listen to community concerns, explain their reasons for wanting change and discuss options for the future of the track. GWRC’s plan is for the current track to be decommissioned and a new track created that would run from the current entrance to the lower lookout spur, along a regenerating ridge to the south of the existing track, and rejoin the existing track approximately sixty metres down from the Muritai/Mackenzie track junction. The aim of the changes would be to bring the track into line with national walking track standards by widening it and reducing the gradient. GWRC says that due to the degraded state

of the current track any major work on it would cause environmental damage to the surrounding area, including the likelihood of killing mature beech trees: therefore to create a wider, less steep track, the creation of an entirely new track is necessary. The new track would also be easier and more cost efficient to maintain. Ms Greenwood is concerned that the new track would Michelle Greenwood was first alerted to the proposal to realign the Muritai Track by her only pass through friend Beverley Richards who spotted a Greater Wellington sign. The two have since put up their own signs encouraging people to contact the regional council and advising of the a small section of postponement of the work. actual bush, most would go through She says the number of emails that continue regenerating manuka and much of the shade and beauty of the track that passes through mature to stream into her inbox indicate that locals feel strongly about the track and most mirror her beech would be lost. She is also concerned by the planned even- concerns Ms Greenwood is pleased GWRC has graded gravel paths which she says are slippery, especially when going downhill, and can be very arranged next month’s public meeting. “The hard on knees as the constant even grade means fact that they are prepared to engage with the community - that’s so cool,” she says. knees don’t get a variety of motion. Eastbourne Community Board member She was particularly concerned that there didn’t seem to have been any public consultation, Robert Ashe says although GWRC “failed only a notice put up a week before the work was spectacularly” to consult with the community on a proposed major change to a much loved track, to commence. Ms Greenwood says whether GWRC’s plans it has now “done the right thing” by postponing go ahead or not, the most important thing for closing the track until a public meeting has her is that the council hears from the community, been held. the community hears why the work is proposed and GWRC has a chance to address concerns. Continues Page 7

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January Eastbourne Community Board Have your say Next ECB Meeting Tuesday 11 February 2014 - 7.15pm Eastbourne Womens’ Club, Muritai Road Previous agendas and papers available Council meetings - Home - Hutt City Council

Board members are: Virginia Horrocks (Chair)

Come at 7pm before scheduled ECB meetings and talk to us about any community issue you like. The ECB members will be the Eastbourne Women’s Club 15 minutes before the formal start of meetings to listen and talk with you. We will be visiting your neighbourhood in the morning on Saturday 22 February. Each year the ECB and relevant council officers tour Eastbourne and the Bays to see what needs to be done. If there is something you think needs attention in your street contact your resident’s association or to arrange a time for us to meet. Murray Gibbons (Deputy Chair) Robert Ashe Gilane Khalil Hayden Ray Cr. Tui Lewis Cr. Michael Lulich

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Eastbourne Games day shifts to Days Bay by Emily Tilley The venue for the Eastbourne Games in March will be changed to Days Bay to escape predominant northwesterly winds that can plague Rona Bay. The biennial family-focussed games have been based in Bishops Park since they first started in 2008, however it’s time for a change organiser Hugh Walcott says. In 2012 strong winds in the early morning tore down the start/finish banner, the regatta had to be cancelled, kayaking “was quite scary for some” and the raft race was moved onto land. Even so, eventually the sun shone and around 1500 locals took part in the fun, tossing possums, pulling in drag and racing pavlovas as teams representing the seven bays battled it out for the grand title of “winner”. There will be as much fun this year, but the more sheltered location of Days Bay will provide “more assurance around water events”, Hugh says. The change in location also helps to keep the event “fresh”, he says. With tennis courts, a petanque court and a volleyball court all in the vicinity, “there are new ideas coming out of it… a bunch of new events.” Hugh says a cunning new mystery event has been devised to replace the fancy dress relay. “Clue - there will be a few opportunities for

national TV coverage out of this one.” He says there are rumours that Lowry Bay has already started a secret Eastbourne Games training camp hidden in the bush - so if you spot furtive sack jumpers in the hills, it’s probably just the Lowry Bay team working towards taking the crown from current champions Muritai. However, a lot of people turn up on the day without having even previously registered with their bay’s team and find they miss out on being able to take part in some of the events they would have liked to, Hugh says. He says organisers are looking at ways to ensure everyone can take part such as allowing bays to enter two teams in an event but with only one team’s points counting. Planning is well underway but more volunteers are still needed. People can come up with their own ideas for events to run or run events allocated to them. “Quite a few people who run them do so in their own unique way,” Hugh says. “We need people with good ideas and who are able to commit to running an event of their own on the day.” - Eastbourne Games - March 23rd 2014. To register for a team or to volunteer help for the teams contact: Lowry Bay: Ross Wilson 568 2624 Muritai Bay: Gaby Brown 562 0982 Rona Bay: Camille Astbury 022 562 8984

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Local Sports Awards set for a comeback by Louise Goble The Eastbourne Sports Awards are being reprised, after an absence of more than 15 years. The awards are a recognition of local sports achievements, and organiser John Stevenson is calling for community nominations for each of the categories. The Rotary Club of Pencarrow is hosting an awards dinner on Saturday, April 12 at Muritai School Hall. Tickets will be on sale from the end of January, with proceeds going to Te Omanga

Hospice and the Eastbourne Volunteer Fire Award. Organiser John Stevenson says the last two “Fiestabournes” have been huge successes, and this year the club decided to do something a bit different. “The sports awards are a great way of recognizing the achievements of so many talented people in our community,” he says. “And it will be a great night out.” The five categories are sportsperson of the year, team of the year, volunteer of the year, young sportsperson of the year (15-17 years old),


and overall winner, who will be selected from the previous categories. To be eligible, the recipients must live in Eastbourne, participate in Eastbourne teams or clubs if they can provide appropriate competitive opportunity, and be recognised internationally, nationally, regionally, or locally in their code. The qualifying period is the year up to 15 April, 2014. Tickets will be available from Harcourts, or Crows Design, Room 7, Level 1, above Eastbourne Library. Nominations close March 12.


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Presbyterian church to decide on future without Ed by Emily Tilley The small yet vibrant parish of St Ronan’s are on the lookout for a new minister - but quite what the role will be or how it will be filled has yet to be decided. Having completed his two-year internship at St Ronan’s, Ed Masters was ordained last month and has now moved to Rotorua to join a team ministry in the district. During his internship Ed had been filling the role of minister under supervision for St Ronan’s. “He was only ever here for two years,” St Ronan’s parish clerk Sandy Lang says. “It all happened very well for him and for us.” Sandy says the church were lucky to have had Ed, he had been well liked within the parish and, having lived with his young family in Eastbourne, he had become part of the community. But with Ed’s leaving the parish are “as we were before without a full time minister”, Sandy says. With its small congregation the church cannot afford a full-time minister, leaving the church with a number of options which will be explored by a Presbyterian Church commission in consultation with the parish. The commission will look at the church, look at why numbers are low, examine the parish and make suggestions for the replacement of a minister. Although the number of people who regularly attend the church is around sixty, at each service the number is around thirty. The Presbyterian Church Commission met with the parish before Christmas and will now look at the options for the parish. St Ronan’s is a currently a “stand-alone” parish, which is becoming more unusual within the Presbyterian Church, Sandy says. “There’s a tendency these days, particularly with smaller congregations, towards collaboration,” he says.

Often two or three ministers will share four of five congregations, which can give greater stability, he says. Joining such a group is one option for St Ronan’s. Other options include teaming up with just one other parish to share a full-time minister, or to employ someone who only wishes to work as a part-time minister. Sandy says the parish knows what options are available but they don’t know in which way the commission will encourage them to move. Sandy says although the parish is small “it’s not a group of little old fuddy-duddys who don’t do anything....It’s a busy little parish.” The parish is heavily involved in the Eastbourne community. It runs the popular weekly Mainly Music sessions for pre-schoolers, set up the community gardens in the St Alban’s Church grounds, liaises with the local enviro-schools group and organises the

Winter Series of public lectures. It is also actively involved in charity work with people helping the Lower Hutt food bank, raising money to purchase essentials for newlyarrived refugees and organising music sessions for retirement homes. Parishioner Carol Pringle’s “Beanies” initiative now involves knitters from all over the country sending in hats that are distributed all over the world via the Global Volunteer Network to children in need. The parish is lucky to have the support of various retired Presbyterian Ministers, two lay preachers and retired Catholic priest Monsignor Charles Cooper to take services. “During January with many people away we tend to take them ourselves,” Sandy says. “It’s one of the privileges of where we live … we are well set up for people who are able to take a service.”

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Seaview speed limit back on the agenda by Emily Tilley Lowering the Seaview Road speed limit to 50kmph is back on the agenda with Hutt City Council asking the Petone Community Board to reconsider the proposal at their February meeting. Last August the Petone Community Board voted unanimously in favour of keeping the speed limit on Seaview Road at 70kmph as it is “safe and appropriate”. Their decision was supported by the Eastbourne Community Board. However, a council committee rejected the Petone Community Board’s recommendation. The Petone Community Board will now have to reconsider their decision at their meeting on February 10 and make a new recommendation to council. Council senior traffic officer Bryan Sparey says a new report with expanded details of the crash history of the road has been prepared for the board to consider. There have been eight reported crashes, including no fatal, one serious, one minor and six non-injury crashes over the 2008 to 2012 period he says. However, he says the actual number of crashes is probably much higher as many crashes are not reported, ranging from around 85 percent of non-injury crashes to 40 percent of serious crashes. He says the council’s Long Term Plan includes decreasing the number of injuries from road crashes over the next ten years and by lowering a speed limit you can expect a twenty percent decrease in crashes. He says the Seaview Working Group and Eastbourne Community Board have been notified of the upcoming meeting so they can attend but council would not be notifying

submitters. The council first put forward its proposal to reduce the speed limit from 70kmph to 50kmph for most of Seaview Road last year following a request by the Seaview Working Group. Public consultation resulted in council receiving six public submissions in favour of the plan and 39 submissions in opposition. Most of the submitters were residents of the Bays. H a r b o u r Wa r d C o u n c i l l o r Michael Lulich says he is surprised that submitters would not be notified about the upcoming meeting and said he would “talk to officers about that”. He says he believes the next month’s meeting “should include Eastbourne somehow” and thinks there could have been better inclusion of the Eastbourne Community Board throughout the process. Mr Lulich says many people brought up the issue of the speed-limit decrease when he was door-knocking in Eastbourne prior to council elections last year. “People who spoke about it didn’t want it reduced,” he says. Mr Lulich says board members put serious consideration into their recommendation last year. “I think they [the council] should listen to the community boards,” he says. With the Petone Community Board having two new members following council elections last year, Mr Lulich says he is unsure whether the board’s recommendation will change. Petone Community Board chair Mike Fisher says anyone who wishes to speak to the board about the proposal can attend the meeting and will have a chance to speak. - Petone Community Board meeting, Monday 10 February 2014, 6:30 pm, Petone Library meeting room, behind the library.


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There has been a great deal of local discussion lately about the Muritai Track realignment project. Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Parks team is keen to work with the community to address concerns about this project and has arranged a public meeting which will be held on 4 February from 7- 8.30pm at the Eastbourne Sports and Services Club, Tuatoru Street, Eastbourne. The main concerns that we have heard from the community have been the loss of the walking experience through the coastal beech forest, and problems with walking on gravel surfaced tracks, especially on some steeper sections of the upgraded MacKenzie Track Having walked the Muritai Track myself many times, I can understand the reluctance to lose this experience as it’s unique on the coastal side of the ridge. However over time, track users will have noticed the gradual degrading of the track surface due mainly to water runoff.

Without remedial work, the surface will continue to deteriorate and eventually we expect it to fail. Taking a step backwards, a key issue for GWRC is our commitment to improving access to our regional parks for a wider range of people of varying ages and abilities. Along with the Kowhai Track, the Muritai Track is a key means of reaching the Butterfly Creek picnic area for many visitors coming from outside Eastbourne. With its easy access via private car and public transport, and being close to Eastbourne village, I can see why this track is so well used. Those are the main reasons why it has been selected for an upgrade. We have a problem however in that due to the degraded state of the current track any major work to fix it would cause environmental damage to the surrounding area. This includes very likely killing mature beech trees. Therefore, part of the upgrade includes establishing a new alignment of the track from the lookout seat along the regenerating ridge (old burned area) up to the existing track approximately 60 metres down from the Muritai/ Mackenzie junction. Noting the strong community attachment to the old track, there are options to help extend its life, but we will need people’s help with this. This would involve lopping vegetation at certain times of the year (to reduce water damage) and using a leaf blower to help keep leaves off the track (which will minimise mud buildup). I am happy to coordinate a small group of volunteers who could pitch in and help keep this area open and usable. It would be great to see you at the public meeting. If you would like any more information, please visit or email me at - EHRP Ranger Mark McAlpine

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Public pressure delays Muritai Track re-route From Page 1 “The Muritai Park Track is the most stunning route to the ridge line,” he says. “While it’s a challenging trail to walk, it’s the only track in Eastbourne that passes through mature beech. It’s simply spectacular.” Local Jeff Booth, who lives close to the track entrance, has spent the last twenty years trapping possum and removing wilding pine in the bush around the track. He describes the proposal to close the existing track as “an act of consummate vandalism” and suggests if the regional council go ahead with the plan it will alienate local people who not only spend time walking the tracks but also looking after the bush. The East Harbour Environmental Group have met with Greater Wellington and asked that they consider retaining the Muritai Track

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in it’s current form as a “tramping grade” track and continue to maintain it as such. They asked for “revised analysis” on the basis that the three other tracks from Eastbourne already provide a good standard of access for those who do not wish to use a tramping grade track. Greater Wellington parks manager Amanda Cox says they’ve heard a lot of concerns from locals, mostly about loss of the track through the beech forest and from people unhappy with the idea of gravel tracks. She says many people have highlighted that they are already unhappy with how slippery the recently gravelled McKenzie Track is, and that issue will also be addressed at the public meeting. “We can talk about measures to fix that up,” she says. “That probably means adding steps.” She says the public feedback has been really helpful and one of the really positive things to come out of the issue is that Greater Wellington will now have better contacts locally. “If or when development is planned in the future then we’ll be able to talk with people a bit better,” she says. She says Muritai Track offers the best means

of access to Butterfly Creek which is a regionally important site due both to its history as a picnic site and the quality of the bush surrounding it. With good parking and proximity to a bus stop, the track is easy for visitors to access. Improving the level of such tracks to “walking track” standard is a strong focus for the regional council, Ms Cox says. Through doing so they hope to improve access to a wider range of people, encourage more people to use the tracks and enable the tracks to handle a high level of use. She says the regional council will talk through possible options for the track at the public meeting. One option may be to build the new track and also retain the old track. That option would probably require a commitment by locals to help maintain the current track, she says. “That’s the sort of thing that may keep it for now… in the long term it may not be sustainable.” “We’ve got a good idea of people’s concerns now,” Ms Cox says. “At the meeting we want to make sure we’ve answered any questions, explored all the issues.” See Parkside, Page 6



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New members flock to take part in classic play Youth and passion are the key elements in the story of Romeo and Juliet, and Eastbourne’s Butterfly Creek Theatre Troupe has them in abundance for its upcoming production of the timeless Shakespearean classic. Director John Marwick says a special challenge in this 18th annual “Bard in the Yard” production lies in the fact that many of the cast are young and new to the stage. “The idea of performing Romeo and Juliet which will be the first tragedy we have done for Bard in the Yard - came from one of our younger troupe members. “He persuaded me that this is the right play to attract the energy and enthusiasm of some of our newer and younger players for our annual outdoor production. After all, the play is about the young, passionate and powerful. “There’ll be dance, fighting, family conflict, love, laughter. Everyone knows the story. It’s the greatest love story of them all - exciting stuff.” In all, four members of the cast have never “trodden the boards” before, and five are new to Shakespeare. But the cast is also boosted by a strong number of the troupe’s more seasoned Shakespeare actors, and Dr Marwick says the combination of youthful energy and wise experience is perfect for the play. In keeping with the emphasis on youth, social media was an important means of spreading the word among the thespian community about the planned production and bringing the cast and production crew together. “We have probably one of the largest casts I have ever directed – 18 in all. Most are locals, but we also welcome five new people to the troupe, including the new stage manager, Lesley Fogarty.” The biggest challenge however may well be the reduced time available to rehearse. “Normally community groups would rehearse a Shakespeare play for three or four months. However, we have barely eight weeks for this production, which opens on Tuesday 4

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Rafts floated for Summer fun

Left to right: James, John, Sam and Andrew right the York Bay raft. by Emily Tilley


Swimming rafts throughout the bays were severely damaged during last June’s storm, but thanks to the work of locals they’re popping back one by one. York Bay even enlisted the help of a visiting Brit to help with the refloat of their raft. With repairs completed on the underside, John Atkinson needed the raft turned upright so that he could finish the work. John, Sam Atkinson, Andrew Russell and his wife Ruth’s cousin, James McCulloch, who was visiting from the UK, were able to refloat the raft, manoeuvre the heavy raft upright and move it back to the beach so that John could finish the repairs. Apparently although James was glad to be away from the English weather, the water temperature was a bit of a shock.

“The raft will soon be back on its mooring … for the summer we hope will arrive,” York Bay Residents’ Association chair Peter Wyllie says. The lost mooring for the raft at the end of Hinau St was finally found under several inches of shingle and the raft is now back on the water and again the focal point of the bay. Greg Halford says he doesn’t think the mooring would ever have found it if they hadn’t had the use of an underwater metal detector loaned by a friend. He says the whole contour of the seabed and beach appears to have changed since the storm. In Lowry Bay a new raft has been made, however it hasn’t been floated yet as the original mooring has yet to be found. Lowry Bay Residents’ Association member Delwyn Randall says there has been one unsuccessful attempt at finding the mooring so far, but bad weather and murky water has so far hindered the idea of further attempts.

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In some great news for the youth of Eastbourne the Eastbourne Youth Worker Trust will continue to provide activities at the ‘Loft’ during 2014, as previously, in the Community Hall at the end of Tuatoru Street. Activities are expected to commence from mid-February. The appeal for replacement Trustees, with children in the attending age group of school years 7-9, to continue the fantastic work of the previous Trustees, has been successful with a number of new faces taking up the challenge. The commitment of the previous Trustees has been incredible given that their children who were in attendance previously, are now in some instances married. They have however continued to give of their time and guidance to ensure the success of the Eastbourne Youth Worker Trust and its objectives. The new chairman is Eddie Jansen who will take over from Don McIlroy later this month. Further details of the Loft will be released over the next short time, but the good news is that Amy and Ants are continuing on as Youth Leaders.



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Backyard beekeeping on the rise in the Bays by Emily Tilley If you spot a honey bee pollinating your fruit and vegetables it almost certainly belongs to one of the growing number of beekeepers who live in the bays, according to local beekeeper Angela Park. Over the last 13 years the spread of varroa mite has vastly decimated the number of wild bees throughout the country, so having local hives has become much more important. “Everyone who has veges needs their neighbours who keep bees,” Angela says. Angela started keeping bees around three years ago. She is now hooked, is starting up a new hive and has produced so much honey that she was able to sell over $400 worth at the last Eastbourne Market. Another local, Audrey Shearer hosted a “bee information/take a look at our hives session” for Eastbourne people at her house last weekend. Audrey has a “top-bar” hive, a simple hive that is popular with back-garden bee keepers. She showed how the bees build their wax comb so that it hangs from simple wooden bars mounted in a single story beehive. She also introduced her beekeeping equipment such as her beesuit, formic acid to kill verroa and lemonbalm which she rubs on her hands to keep the bees off. The lemonbalm piqued the interest of other beekeepers who hadn’t heard of using it before, as did the formic acid as everyone seems to use different forms of verroa prevention, as did the hive itself as it was discovered a new queen might be being made. So why do all these people keep bees? “I think secretly I’d like to be a farmer and this is sort of like livestock,” Angela says. There are various reasons the locals like to keep hives that include enjoying producing their own food, having their children understand where food comes from, wanting to increase the bee-population and a simple fascination with watching bees. In fact speaking to the beekeepers, bees do become fascinating and the amount that can be learnt about bees is amazing. Drones come from eggs that are unfertilised, they don’t sting and they only live two weeks. Queen bees start out from the same eggs

as any other fertilised bees but are then f e d “r o y a l jelly” by the workers that turns them into queen bees. The bees cluster around their babies to keep them at a constant 33 degrees over winter... It all starts to sound quite daunting and as if beekeeping could require a huge learning curve and be quite hard work. “ N o t at all,” says Angela. “I o n l y c h e c k Audrey and Angela examine one of the free hanging bee combs from Audrey’s top-bar hive. on my hives Angela’s opinion, is for gardeners to stop about once every two weeks and you don’t check using neonicotinoids, a relatively new type of on them at all between May and October … it’s insecticide that has been associated with bee not like chickens that you have to feed every day.” colony collapse. Angela recommends that anyone interested in The EU has placed a two-year ban on the use keeping bees contact the Wellington Beekeepers’ of neonicotinoids because of the belief that they Association as they can give advice and sell could be at least partly responsible for devastating starter hives. colony collapses. “Don’t do what I did and rush out and buy New Zealand hasn’t banned the insecticides a hive off TradeMe,” she says. “It was a disaster. use but, following requests from the National They all died.” She thought the 8,000 bees in the Beekeepers’ Association, the Warehouse and hive she bought sounded like a lot of bees, but Placemakers have stopped stocking products she found out that a hive needs more like 20,000 containing neonicotinoids. bees to survive the winter. How e v e r, Pr o g re s s i v e E n t e r p r i s e s , While beekeeping may not be for everyone, Foodstuffs and Mitre 10 continue to stock there are other ways people can help maintain the products, Angela says. She asks gardeners the local bee population, Angela says. not to use the Yates insecticide “Confidor” or One thing people can do is plant their the Bayer insecticide “Gaucho” as they both gardens to attract bees (see contain imidacloprid, a type of neonicotinoid. nz for a list of bee-attracting plants). The other, most important thing in

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Yoga studio sprouts up in bush by Emily Tilley

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News from Point Howard Point Howard has lost one of its original great men. John Brooks recently passed away leaving a massive contribution to the Point Howard community. John was one of the original Point Howard residents involved in building the community to what it is today. He was a volunteer Firefighter at the Point Howard Fire Brigade for decades, fighting countless fires and ultimately saving many residents’ homes. Even after he retired from the fire brigade he continued to prep the fire engine and open the fire station doors so the appliance could depart quickly once the first volunteers arrived. John also helped build the Point Howard tennis club and Point Howard Playcentre more than 40 years ago. He and the others who built this building created something that continues to bind the community together today; it nurtures the youngsters of tomorrow and provides a place for the community to gather in an emergency. I’ll remember John for the ever-present cheeky glint in his eye. He loved a good laugh and was a true gentleman in every way. He loved life and the people that surrounded him, and he told them how much he appreciated their company and help, especially towards the end. He’ll be deeply missed by his partner Rosemarie, his family and all the people on the Hill who knew him and loved him. Rest in peace John Brooks.

Tucked into the bush, overlooking the sea, construction of a new purpose built yoga studio began in Days Bay last week. Cathy Gamba has been practicing yoga for around 10 years, teaching for the last year and now is planning to open her own studio behind her house at the top of Moana Road. Up until recently Cathy was working fulltime for the Ministry of Education, but with two little girls aged one and three-years old she found it was time for a change. Initially she thought to take a year off to study educational psychology, but her plans changed when her husband Brent suggested the sporty and yoga-loving Cathy should open a yoga studio. “It’s just so right for me,” Cathy says. “It’s fascinating. You get so much out of teaching, I get so much back every time I teach.” Cathy says one of the reasons she took up yoga is because she has had problems with her lower back since her early twenties. “I had surgery on my back in 2009 after years of running and yoga has really helped improve my back,” she says. “I’ve always been into mountain running, been sporty,” she says. “It’s amazing what yoga does for you. I’ve never been as fit and toned as I am now.” Cathy says yoga has also helped her to “chill out a little bit more”. The philosophy guidelines help “with how to deal with all the crap life throws at us”, she says. Early last year Cathy travelled to Australia to train as a yoga teacher and has since been taking classes at various studios around the Wellington region. She teaches power yoga, a modern form of yoga that can be “quite vigorous”, she says. After taking a few minutes to calm down, a class will make their way through a series of poses that are held for around five or six breaths. “But when you are in some of these challenging poses, it feels like an eternity,” she says. Variations are offered depending on the level of each person and Cathy says her classes cater for all levels from beginner to advanced. “It’s

Cathy Gorma stands on the site where her new yoga studio is being built

fun, challenging and relaxing at the same time… physically and mentally,” she says. Now the foundations are being laid for Cathy’s own studio which she hopes will be ready for classes by April. The studio is being built on a site on the hill behind her house where there used to be a small cottage which she has been told was used by a nanny or wet-nurse in the 1950s. The cottage has been demolished and local architect Paul Rolfe has designed a studio to nestle naturally into the bush with large windows and sliding doors to let in lots of natural light and look out over the bay. It’s a tranquil setting that Cathy feels will be perfect for practicing yoga. The space will be large enough for 25 mats and designed to be kept at an ambient temperature of around 20 degrees - warm enough to not have to wear bulky clothing yet cool enough to not get too hot and sweaty. When building is finished, Cathy will offer two daily classes from Monday to Friday and one weekend class.

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Happy 2014 ! We are starting the year with our, not to be missed, Days Bay Picnic. Friday 21st February from 4pm. Where: Same place as last year, the grass area next to the tennis courts beside Wellesley. IF WET, covered area at the Pavilion. What are we having? Everyone’s favourites, sausage sizzle, balloons, music, sack races, egg throwing contest, lolly scramble etc etc. It’s always a great event for every age; fun to meet new neighbours and catch up with friends. Get your calendars out and put a ring around this date - a flyer will follow closer to the date. Signage for the Park Early this year the HCC will be replacing the signs for the Park at the same time will be added a ‘map’ of areas . See you at the Picnic ! Diane Cheyne Chairperson

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Fire chief marks 25 years in charge of brigade by Louise Goble When the fire siren sounds in Eastbourne, you can count on one person to make just about every call out. Ross Carroll celebrated 25 years as fire chief of Eastbourne Volunteer Fire Brigade last month, and in that time has seen many changes. Ross (pictured right) grew up ensconced in the volunteer brigade culture; his father, Evan was chief, and his mother, Lynn was a huge supporter of the brigade. So it wasn’t surprising that he joined officially as a young man; he had been part of the brigade in an unofficial capacity most of his life. His first memory of a fire was at the Eastbourne RSA in 1973. “There were four on the truck, and dad sent me down the alleyway,” Ross says. “There were flames coming out of the windows above me.” Evan Carroll retired on his 60th birthday, in 1988, having served 27 years as chief. Deputy chief Ross Carroll got the job of chief. “It was a massive step up,” he says. In those days the brigade was part of the Eastbourne Borough; equipment and buildings were owned by local councils, which meant brigades did their own training, and some brigades couldn’t even afford dress uniforms. The New Zealand Fire Service Commission was formed in 1976, and that lead to shared

training at Kilbirnie, and streamlining of operations. “Equipment got a lot more modern because the NZFS had a lot of money, compared to the local council,” Ross says. The changes were positive for the fire service, but Ross says when owned by the borough, the local brigade was a big part of the community, “everyone knew everyone else and if you were fit you got tapped on the shoulder to join the brigade”. “Probably a quarter of people in Eastbourne don’t even know there’s a volunteer brigade here.” Only two months after he was appointed Chief, Ross was fighting the fire at the old At the Bay restaurant in Days Bay. It was bulldozed after extensive damage. There have been several severe scrub fires over the years, but Ross says nowadays there are not so many house fires. “When I started there were 10-15 house fires a year. Last year we didn’t go to one,”Ross says. This means brigade members have to complete a lot of training in much of the work they used to have to carry out regularly. The NZFS has a “traffic light” system of training; if you have passed all training nights you are given a “green light” and can attend all incidents. If you miss a night, you have one month to make it up, or you will be given a “red light”, meaning you can’t attend all incidents. Ross says getting volunteers to join the

brigade is an ongoing issue, but feels the brigade is running the best it has since he’s been chief. “Running it together with (deputy chief ) Barry Rae and (senior station officer) Mike Osborne , it’s going really well.” “It’s a bloody good brigade.” So when’s retirement? “I’m coming up for 39 years in May...there is a fifty year double gold star...”.

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Eastbourne artists feature at new seaside studio by Emily Tilley Five Eastbourne artists are taking part in the opening exhibition of the new Alfred Memelink Artspace in Petone, including Alan Collins who is “tickled pink that such a gallery is being opened in such a place”. Well-known watercolour artist Alfred Memelink has had a studio in Petone for some time. Having visualised owning his own art gallery overlooking a harbour when he was a student, he has now finally built a gallery and is fulfilling his dream. The Alfred Memelink Artspace has been built on the site of a former dairy on Petone Esplanade. Originally Alfred planned to refurbish the old Deco building, however earthquake strengthening requirements made it non viable. The dairy was demolished, a three story nautical-themed concrete-slab building has been built over the last few months and the gallery will now officially open this week. Mr Collins says he believes the gallery will be “the best thing to happen to Petone since Pak’n’Save”. “Alfred is a good artist. The area needs a gallery where sensible art is displayed… Alfred is just what we need,” he says. Mr Collins is also a watercolour artist who has painted landscapes all over the world for over 80 years. A “plein-air” artist, he paints on site rather from photographs. Most recently this has found him on the Petone foreshore and at a Jackson St intersection being honked at by buses as he worked on two new paintings for Alfred’s opening exhibition Petone By The Sea. Eastbourne artists Alex Cooper, Jacky

Sally and Alan Collins at a sneak preview of the Alfred Memelink Artspace before building finished.

Pearson, Lynne Crooks and Suzanne Herschell are also taking part in the exhibition. Suzanne is a contemporary artist whose semi-abstract work is quite different from the more traditional work of the others. She has two paintings in the exhibition including On Matiu, an oil on canvas containing a poem, that she believes may bring a “breath of brazen air” to the exhibition. Petone has been recently lacking exhibition space. “What galleries there were have closed,” Suzanne says.

She believes Alfred’s gallery will add cultural vitality to Petone and become a destination, “it’ll certainly be on the map”. “I love the building. I’m very, very happy to contribute work … particularly happy because Alfie’s a good friend,” she says. Alfred has been a council member of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts and president of Watercolour New Zealand. With his many contacts within the art world, Suzanne believes the gallery will grow. “He will do well because he draws people in,” she says.

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EB sculptor’s work in exhibition by Emily Tilley Sculptures by Eastbourne’s Helen Reynolds and Days Bay’s Mikel Durel Browne are amongst the works of 58 artists which will transform Hutt City’s Civic Gardens during The New Zealand Festival. The works have been selected by Dowse Art Museum director Courtney Johnston for the sixth Banks Shoes Shapeshifter sculpture exhibition and will be displayed alongside works by artists from all over New Zealand. Helen is still completing her installation, a series of four sparkling “drops”, sculptures of water droplets made from laser cut mirrored acrylic. The technique she is using is similar to that she used for her series of cloud sculptures made from opal acrylic, however this is the first time she has used mirrors in her work. Mikel will be installing two figures carved from Totara, “forest guardians”. - Banks Shoes Shapeshifter 2014, Helen Reynolds works on her mirrored drops for the Shapeshifter Civic Gardens, Lower Hutt, 11am- exhibition. 7pm daily, 22 February - 16 March 2014. Hospice, the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute, Shapeshifter is a fundraising exhibition with The Dowse Art Museum and youth programmes all money going to local charities Te Omanga in the Hutt Valley.



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Johnny the sun bear heads to a bigger home by Emily Tilley Having spent three years in a tiny cage in Sumatra, Johnny the sun bear is finally going to be released, thanks largely to the persistence of local Carol Gorham. Since Johnny was confiscated by local authorities as an illegal pet, he has been living in a two metre by one metre cage from which he is never allowed out. The cage sits right outside the department of conservation, yet despite walking past the sun bear daily, no-one in the department had any plans to rehouse Johnny. On hearing of his plight a year and a half ago, Carol vowed to find a way of freeing Johnny. She raised over $5,000, enough money to build a proper enclosure, through selling skincare products, donating pay from relief teaching and collecting donations from generous locals. But despite having the funds and a place to rehouse Johnny, the Sumatran authorities wouldn’t let Johnny go. Now finally Carol has good news - the authorities have given permission for Johnny to be released. “Having explored various avenues, we ended up coming in sideways,” Carol says, explaining that the authorities finally agreed to release Johnny when approached by the Borneo Centre for the Protection of Orangutans. The centre agreed to apply for Johnny’s release on Carol’s behalf. “They’ve dealt a lot with the ministry and have the contacts,” Carol says. “They wouldn’t release him to individuals.” So far around half of the funds Carol has raised have been spent on costs leading up to Johnny’s rehousing, such as vet bills

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and tranquilizers. Now over the next six weeks a large enclosure with lots of big trees and an adventure playground will be constructed for Johnny. “It’ll be like paradise compared with what he’s got,” Carol says. “I don’t think he’ll cope initially.” When Johnny moves it will be the first time in years that his feet will touch the Johnny the sun bear’s new enclosure. ground and Carol expects he will “freak out”. However it should to give up.’,” Carol says. Now through “patience, only take a few weeks for him to settle in and persistence and blind faith” it’s finally happening. Carol hopes to visit him once he has acclimatised Carol will continue to raise funds for Johnny to his new home. and hopes that sometime soon she’ll be able to “This time last year I was touching him have a pond constructed in his enclosure. saying, ‘I’m going to get you out. I’m not going

Wild about food The Wildfood Challenge is back, and organisers Bill and Sarah Manson are gearing up for a big night on Saturday, March 15th, kicking off at 3pm. The event is the sixth annual Eastbourne Local Wild Food Challenge, and will include wild Food cooking demos, live music, a kids’ contest, and a tasting table. There will be a wild food menu at the Pavilion, and spectators are welcome. The competition will find the best entry featuring at least one wild ingredient. Entries may be hot, cold, frozen, liquid… any form you feel like creating. The competition is open to everyone from home cooks, to restaurant chefs. F o r m o r e d e t a i l s , g o t o w w w. • Cocktail

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The year that was - 2014

Here’s a selection of some of our favourite photos of 2013. Thanks to all of the great photographers out there who contribute to The Eastbourne Herald. Clockwise from top: Johnny the Sun Bear, Summer fun at Days Bay, Muritai School kids don Antarctic ice gear, a seal sits out the winter storm in Days Bay, and Muritai School donates shoes and coats to others.

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The year that was - 2014

Above: unveiling the Race to the Sea sculpture, right: a helping hand in the Wharf to Wharf race.

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ESSC unveils its plan to revitalise clubrooms by Steve McMorran The Eastbourne Sports and Services Club has launched a major fundraising effort which it hopes will allow it to undertake substantial refurbishment of its clubrooms aimed at placing the club on a sound financial footing. The fundraising campaign and the planned renovations to the clubrooms are outlined in an advertisement in this edition of the Herald. Club chairperson Mike Anderson said members of the clubs that make up the ESSC were informed of the fundraising bid and renovation plans before Christmas and, while the advertisement marked the start of a wider effort to raise funds, he was “encouraged with the commitment” so far. Anderson said he did not want to publicly indicate how much the club hoped to raise. “These are quite substantial alterations so we are talking quite a large figure,” Anderson said. “We certainly have a figure in mind but I wouldn’t want to commit us to anything at this stage. We’d prefer to see how the fundraising effort goes and, if necessary, adjust our expectations in due course. “The key thing is we don’t want to borrow if we don’t have to.” Anderson said the planned changes to the clubrooms were “not radical” but were intended to make the members’ facilities more userfriendly and more capable of hosting corporate events.

He said large-scale corporate entertaining was beyond the scope of the facilities but smaller events and private functions including weddings would be targeted. The would in turn help to ensure the long-term financial sustainability of the facility and the club. “It’s important that we get our revenue streams as strong as possible and that’s what this is about,” he said. “It’s about putting the facilities on a sound financial footing. Above and below: initial mock ups of the proposed renovations to the ESSC “It’s a tough environment clubrooms. for all clubs at the moment. Our outgoings, for instance our insurance premiums keep going up and up and we have to find ways to meet those expenses.” In its advertisement this month, the club says the renovations would combine suggestions by members and locals with concepts drawn up by Paul Rolfe Architects and Ali Brown Interiors. These would include creating a paved, covered verandah along the entire beach front with barbecue areas for local families to enjoy with fixed majority of the community - more in keeping seating. “Stage two will see the work move indoors and the interior massively improved by with the RSL clubs across the Tasman which are moving the members club to the HW Shortt hubs for local events.” Park side of the building and then replacing the Anderson said the club hoped to see its front area with an upmarket lounge bar for a facilities used as widely as possible by the more relaxed setting for corporates, members, Eastbourne community “within the realms of guests and their families (or everyone) to enjoy. what we can do with the club’s licenses”. “Remodelling of the bar areas and a fresh The advertisement says the fundraising effort decor with new furniture and fittings are to would seek direct donations to the overall project, be completed in later stages. This work will be aid in the erection of a Memorial Wall to fallen ongoing and will progress as finance allows. soldiers, purchase a paving tile for the pagoda area “The ultimate aim is to create a more “with your family name inscribed” and support our other fundraising activities. attractive and relaxed facility that appeals to a

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involved, how much effort is required both on and off the water, and to decide whether they like the sport and want to continue. “They get a chance to see how it works, to give it a go, to learn how much effort is involved and to see how it rolls,” he said. Rowers can make significant progress in that first year. Often they begin without knowing how to row but quickly master that individual skill, then learn how to row in combination with others. They then quickly progress to learning how to pace a boat and to know what slight adjustments make a boat go faster. by Steve McMorran There is much to learn off the water, as well, about the care and maintenance Cometh the hour, cometh the man. As rowing undergoes another growth spurt in New of equipment - the great amount of work Zealand, reflected by the number of young that goes in to transporting expensive craft Eastbourne people taking up the demanding to regattas and the care that is necessary to sport, it was fortunate that Andrew Bird, a move boats from the boathouse to the trailer former Olympic and Commonwealth Games and from the trailer to the water. “The thing about rowing is the cost of rowing medallist, was on hand to provide the equipment,” Bird said. “It’s all extremely stewardship early in their careers. The Muritai School principal is coaching valuable and with the young girls and young young rowers at the Petone Rowing Club and boys it takes a lot of time simply to learn Lucy and Andrew Bird. several of his novice charges - first year rowers - how to get on the water and off. “They’re handling craft worth at least has changed. Once it was just pure excitement are from Eastbourne. Bird won a bronze medal as but now they’re self-diagnosing. They’re able cox of the New Zealand coxed four at the 1988 $20,000 and so it requires great care and involves to discuss changes they can make and what slow progress.” Seoul Olympic Games and a silver in 1986 at difference they will have. But Bird has already seen, among his novice Manchester - the last Commonwealth Games “They’re very fit. We do all sorts of tests on at which rowing was contested as a core event. charges, a startling growth in confidence, in them. We have rowing machines we can use to individual skill and in native understanding of His daughter Lucy is following in his assess levels of fitness and to get biomechanical footsteps as a cox of senior men’s crews at the rowing. data. “Being in a rowing crew is all about Petone club and is already a medallist at national “We might put them on a machine and ask combination - just like a good football team,” level. them to row at 90 percent for 15 minutes and There are six Eastbourne boys in the he said. “In an eight, when that combination then we can get a printout of how they’ve done reaches its highest point, it’s like only one person Petone novice men’s squad and four girls from and they are really interested and they pore over Eastbourne among the novice women while is rowing. every detail of the printouts. “The girls are now almost at that level. When Eastbourne’s Beth Ross, from Chilton St. James, “They have a feeling for pace and tempo is a member of the Petone women’s club squad they started they were not much above survival level but they’ve gone from just moving the boat which is really quite amazing.” and rowed for the North Island as a novice. The novice rowers have already had exposure Bird said the novice year in rowing was very to moving really well. And, what’s more, they can to top competition through the Petone club, tell the difference. much a ground-up introduction to the sport, “I’ve noticed how much the talk among them competing against rivals from larger Wellington giving newcomers the chance to see what was clubs and colleges at the recent Norton and Queens Cup competitions.

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SPORT Eastbourne bowlers tilt at another national title by Steve McMorran Eastbourne has again propelled itself into the playoffs of the Wellington premier interclub bowls championship, giving itself another opportunity to win the national interclub title. After hovering in fifth place for much of the season’s round robin, Eastbourne beat Naenae and Stokes Valley in the final round of the regular season to leap into fourth place, snatching a place in the top-four playoffs. Regular team member Scott Roddick said Eastbourne is now confident of pressing on and making a strong bid for the Wellington premier title. “We’ve won it from fourth before and we can do it again,” Roddick said. Eastbourne joins Stokes Valley, Victoria and Johnsonville in the final four and can take some confidence from its regular season form against those teams. It beat Johnsonville 2-1, Stokes Valley 2-1 and lost to Victoria 2-1 in regular season matches and therefore has good reason to believe it will be competitive in the playoffs in the first weekend of February. Instead of meeting in semifinals, the top four teams play a scattered draw in which they face all three of their opponents before the top two teams play off for the interclub final. That system gives a larger chance to a team such as Eastbourne to win from fourth place if it can play consistently through the playoffs matches. “We had quite a good finish to the season so I don’t see any reason why we can’t go on with it,” Roddick said. “We’ve got a pretty stable lineup and everyone’s been in pretty good form.” Key team member Ray Lovey has played most of the season with his neck in an elaborate brace after suffering a fractured vertebra but he is due to have that removed before the playoffs. “I believe we can win,” Roddick said. “We’ve gone alright against these teams

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during the season and I think we can do again. Everyone’s very fit and looking forward to it. “On paper we’re a solid unit and everyone’s raring to go.” The Eastbourne team is sponsored by Petone Pak ‘n’ Save whose support has made their involvement in the competition possible. Matt Hunter and Dean Stratford will meet in the final of the Eastbourne›s club’s men’s championships singles. Margaret Connolly, who was a noted right-handed tennis player, won the women’s singles as a left-handed bowler. Roddick and partner Tanya Wheeler flew the flag for Eastbourne at the national championships in Dunedin in the New Year. Wheeler reached the quarterfinals in the singles, qualifying easily, but lost to Sandra Keefe in the post-section rounds. She was also beaten with a scratch combination in the quarterfinals of the fours. Roddick reached the post-section stages of the singles, pairs and fours but was unlucky not to progress further. With teammate Gary Watson of Nelson he moved into contention in the pairs before an unexpected loss.

LBYC opening The Lowry Bay Yacht Club will open its 2014 season on Sunday. Formal Opening Day activities start at 11.30am and the Opening Day race, which is the first race of the club’s Summer Series, starts at 2pm. Many Lowry Bay members have spent the Christmas-New Year period cruising but now return to competitive mode in the Summer Series and in twilight and other competitions.

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Faith in the Community This month we celebrated the feast of the Epiphany which highlights the visit of the Magi to the stable and describes their experience of being in the presence of God. That was over 2000 years ago - what about today? An epiphany is a life changing event. T S Eliot says, “we shall not cease from our exploration, and the end of our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know it for the first time”. It is possible to have seen, heard, experienced something many times but somehow for this particular time we suddenly see it differently and that changes us inside - somehow life is different, more real, more connected than before and we get a sense of the one-ness of creation. We all experience these moments of grace. Think about the moments when you have been aware that there was more to the moment than what you could see; when you sensed that time stood still and you were totally present to what was in front of you; or even when you were suddenly taken by surprise, wonder, awe or amazement. We cannot make these moments happen and we cannot buy them; they are simply a gift; a gift that gives us a glimpse into the sacred. Our natural response to this - is to say thank you. San Antonio The next Children’s Mass will be on Sunday 2nd February 2014 at 9.30am. All welcome. St Alban’s Anglican Church The mid-week services at St Alban’s return after Waitangi Day.

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SPORT Coaching skills recognised Muritai Tennis Club professional coach Marc Paulik has been recognised for his abilities with junior players by being invited to participate in one of New Zealand Tennis’s core youth programmes. Paulik recently spent a week in Auckland, working as an assistant to NZT’s head coaches at a training camp for New Zealand’s leading young players. Selectors identified 12 players of outstanding talent and the training camp was designed to find four players who will receive intense funding and coaching support in coming months. Paulik has an outstanding track record with junior players, coaching some of the most talented youngsters from the Hutt Valley and Wellington regions and guiding them to success at national tournaments. He most recently took four young players to the National 12s

tournament in Christchurch and in a draw of 64 players they finished third, fourth, eighth and 10th while George Stoupe and William Brownlee from the Hutt Valley combined to win the doubles title. Muritai Tennis Club members, senior and junior, are able to take advantage of Paulik’s knowledge, experience as a former touring professional, and expertise in the coaching services he now provides at the club. Paulik said he was “very encouraged” with the level of talent at under-10 level in Muritai. He hopes to be able to monitor players more closely in the second term, directing some into more competitive tournaments. Paulik has been instrumental in getting a new Muritai boys’ team together for post-Christmas competition in Hutt Valley’s interclub leagues, increasing to 10 the number of junior teams representing Muritai. Prior to Christmas the Muritai Sharks tied for second in Hutt Valley boys› Division 1, the Muritai Aces finished second and the Muritai Jets fourth in boys’ Division and the Muritai Williams and Muritai Kereru came third and fourth respectively in girls’ Premier A. The Muritai midweek ladies finish top of Division two and the club’s lone men’s team in division three finished in second place.

Club sells a second green The Eastbourne Bowling Club has tough decisions to make after recently completing the sale of its second green. Consent has been received for the green to be sold and subdivided by the purchaser and the club will receive a substantial injection of funds. The club now has to decide how it handles its financial windfall: whether it devotes funds to alteration or refurbishment of its facilities or looks at methods to attract new members. Eastbourne has tried for many years to boost its membership without substantial success and it will have to consider new ways to secure its future. A special general meeting of members is likely to be called this year to consider the way forward. The Eastbourne club has outstanding facilities in a beautiful setting but getting that message across to prospective new members has been difficult. The club is not as much concerned with attracting competitive members - keen bowlers - as with attracting social members who will

Strong performance from masters yachtsmen by Steve McMorran Leading Eastbourne yachtsman Pete Van Ryn finished eighth overall in the masters standard fleet at the New Zealand Laser Championships which concluded at the Nelson Yacht Club on Sunday.


Van Ryn, who has been a stronger performer in national and international masters events, had a best placing of third but sailed consistently to finish high up in a 30-strong fleet. He was seventh, ninth, sixth, third 13th and 12th in the races which counted towards his overall score and left him not far from a

News from our local playcentres



Our playcentre families have been enjoying a lovely summer break. There have been camping trips, sea swims, picnics, bushwalks, lots of family time, time in the garden, and lots of meeting up for swims at the local pool. Being part of playcentre is like growing an extended family and over the holiday break it has been lovely meeting up at different times for outdoor adventures in the many beautiful places that make up Eastbourne, or shared meals and plays when the weather has been less generous! We are now starting to get ready for our first session on Tuesday 4th of February. We are keen to welcome new families to our special playcentre community so if you are looking for a play based learning early childhood centre get in touch to organise a visit (see information at bottom of column).

In partnership with local artists our playcentre has been offering afterschool creative arts classes for primary school aged children in Eastbourne. This term we have Meg Prebble running another beginners paper art course for 5 – 8 year olds and Gabrielle Edmonds and Kate Mathewson running a handsewn handifcraft course for 8 – 12 year olds. See for more details. INFORMATION We run playcentre sessions for 0-6 year olds on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9.15 - 11.45am. Contact our information person, Gabrielle, on 021 250 2688 for more details or to organise a visit. Days Bay Play: or email inquiries to Priya at


podium placing. Garth Cheyne of Muritai, who is also a seasoned competitor, was 13th in the masters radial fleet. Cheyne had two seventh, two 10th and two 14th placings in his counting races to also finish prominently in a large fleet.





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Eastbourne Buses: Any pre-1990 Eastbourne Bus timetables, photos, or memorabilia please. Ph Markus 476 9990. Cash for scrap - Copper, Brass, Aluminium, Stainless, Cars, Whiteware, Steel. Ingot Metals, 2 Port Road, Seaview. Ph 568 8300. Window Cleaning residential and commercial phone Graeme 5692247 or txt 027 2509847 Guthrie Cottage - beautiful self-contained beach-front accommodation. Perfect for excess visitors or enjoy all of the comforts of home while you renovate. www. Lynne 562 8889. Dressmaking & Alterations. Janette 562-8276 For Sale: Yamaha Piano. 15 years old, beautiful condition, Model: M1J. Trials and viewing available. Contact Francesca on 0277662035 or 562 8048. To Rent: Sunny Eastbourne 2 Bedroom flat, carport, whiteware included. $300 pw. Ph. Scott 027 6344162.


Local Tree Works: Tree trimming, tree removal. TAI CHI classes start Weds 12 Feb at 9.15am Phone Steven 027 666 6279 or 562 6031. in the Muritai Yacht Club rooms and 6.15pm at St Ronan’s. For health and fitness. Phone Mosaic classes Thurs morn and eve. 562 6266. Bev Barclay 562 0965 or 021 293 6740. All welcome. Sonny’s Yoga Class: St Ronan’s Church hall every Wednesday 6.30-8pm. $15 casual FELDENKRAIS METHOD Awareness Through or $135 10 trip. Email Movement classes start 7.30pm on Weds 12 Feb at St Ronan’s. Phone Bev Barclay 562 For Sale: Display bed from Polka Dot. Designed 0965 or 021 293 6740 All welcome. and made by Turkish company “Chilek”, King single base and mattress with head House painting, Weltec graduates, free quotes. board, extra-long (120cm x 200 cm). Contact Phone Martin at 568 5958 or 022 076 4672. Francesca 0277662035 or 5628048 Suit Semi or Retired person in Eastbourne Help Wanted - Days Bay: Father with 3 District to drive 15 Seater Van from wonderful children (12, 14 & 16, week about) Eastbourne to Karori daily and Return during requires assistance on the home front - child School Terms. ( “ P “ Class Licence Essential) care after school 3 days per fortnight, plus Phone Fred on 027 2481745 or 9738150. additional hours helping with household management, & jobs (eg laundry, cooking meals etc, but already hv a cleaner) - about Looking to set up an office in Eastbourne? This is an ideal position on Muritai Road 15-18 hrs per fortnight. Must have drivers for a business Sole Operator wanting quiet licence. Please ph David on 021 499 547 office space. We have 2 rooms and bathroom facilities with separate access available for rent. Call 562 8703 for more information.

PUBLIC NOTICES Public meeting Muritai Track upgrade project

Church Services

Greater Wellington Regional Council is to hold a public meeting to explain the project background further, and to discuss and resolve community concerns.

In Eastbourne

St Alban’s Anglican: 11 Ngaio St, Eastbourne Rev. Dr. Eleanor Sanderson, tel: 562 6076 Thursday: 10am, Sunday: 8am, 9.30am Sunday School: 9.30am St Ronan’s Presbyterian: Muritai Rd, Eastbourne tel: Parish Clerk 562 8753 Sunday Morning Worship: 9.30am Power Hour: 9.30am San Antonio Roman Catholic: Oroua St, Eastbourne tel: Sharon Penny (06) 379 8279 Saturday Vigil Mass: 5.30pm Sunday (Sacred Heart, Petone): 9.30am & 5.30pm

APPLICATIONS FOR EASTBOURNE FREEMASONS’ SCHOLARSHIP Closing date 20 February 2014 This $4,000 scholarship is available to Students who have distinguished themselves during a minimum of three years tertiary study and who have lived in Eastbourne for a minimum of five years during their life. Application forms are available from the website eastbournebays-communitytrust Contact: George Tuffin: 562 7520

Date: Tuesday 4 February 2014 Time: 7pm-8.30pm Venue: Eastbourne Sports and Services Club, Tuatoru Street, Eastbourne For more information, please contact the GWRC Parks Department on 384 5708 or address your comments to or by mail to Muritai Track, PO Box 11646, Manners Street, Wellington 6142.

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