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A breath of fresh air for West Franklin

Inspirational visions of young girls making change for the good

Three Waiuku schoolgirls with big dreams are making nation-wide news a er launching a skateboarding charity.

What started out as a plea for skateboard donations has now become an ongoing charity, being run by the girls and their families.

During lockdown, Randwick skatepark in Manurewa was where Sk8 it 4ward all began for Bella Payne, Sienna Newbury and her younger sister Macie, then they started the same project in their home town of Waiuku.

“We saw that there were many kids that had no skateboards, but were yearning to have a go. Sienna and I saw the opportunity and we started getting donations of skateboards and bikes and giving them to the kids who didn’t have one,” said Bella.

Sienna’s father David said that some skateboards are quite expensive and are a big investment for some kids and their families, but giving them a board can be life-changing. We have seen some kids at rock bottom in their lives with low personal esteem and getting them involved with their own gear increases their confidence and they then realise that others care for them. It is life changing for these kids.

“Bella and Sienna put the call out for help and have been inundated with more than 500 donations towards skateboards, scooters, helmets and protective pads. The call out is amazing as it still continues to grow,” said Bella’s mother, Shontelle.

“Instantly we started to see a change in these children’s attitudes, with joy on their faces, we talked about it more and came up with the idea to ask for donations from people. We started our website Sk8 it 4ward and the result was amazing,” said Sienna.

It has developed into a real family passion with Bella’s mother Shontelle and her elder sister Libby helping with administration and guidance for smaller children at the skate park. Bella’s dad Mark helps with event days and sausage sizzles. Sienna and Macie’s parents Louise

and David also help with custodianship and skate training.

“There is a happy skate park community being established by the girls now with other children looking after one another. Every week we have a custodian at Waiuku and this works very well and is respected by the children,” said David.

During the weekends Bella, Sienna and Macie are often fundraising, holding events or planning their next business moves and this is on top of school and other sports too. “It’s alright because we can multitask,” Sienna said.

They already have t-shirts and hope to open a youth centre with supervisors to make sure the park is more of a safe place in the evenings - but have some even bigger plans for the future.

Newly elected Local Board member Gary Holmes has a similar vision for a youth centre and said he has nothing but admiration for the girls and he will help in any way to make Waiuku a better place for young people.

The girls have global aspirations: “We want it to get the project big and worldwide, but it will take a while,” Sienna said.

Find out more at www.sk8it4ward.org.nz

Leases mean Surf Club’s plans ‘are go’

Surf Lifesaving Kariaotahi has been granted landowner approval and a lease over land at the Recreation Reserve at Karioitahi Beach in a move that guarantees it can redevelop its clubrooms.

Former Franklin Local Board Chair Andy Baker says the move is somewhat technical but guarantees the club can go ahead with ambitious plans to redevelop its clubrooms.

“The club is a hugely important part of our community. Its volunteers do exceptional work in keeping people safe at what can be a challenging beach, and its members have done fantastic work to fundraise ahead of plans for new and much-needed facilities.

“While the move might seem technical, it means the club can occupy 2134 square metres of Karioitahi Gap Domain Recreation Reserve and gets easements over underground services.

“That means it can build a new clubhouse, develop wastewater disposal fields, and establish access and sharing arrangements with Council to use the existing bore water supply.”

“The beach is a jewel in Franklin’s crown but like all open water, it has to be respected.”

“The people who give their time to look out over that water and who sometimes put their own safety at risk to help others, deserve to have the certainty over the land that they need to make the development happen,” she said.

“That club has been involved in some outstanding rescues, so much so it has won national recognition for its efforts’” said Matthew Murphy, outgoing Franklin Local Board member. “Without its people the beach would be a much more dangerous place and the club needs to have good facilities to ensure it keeps on serving the community as well as it does now.”

The board has been a long-time supporter of the club, especially through its Coastal Rescue Services grants programme, which has funded safety equipment, including emergency flares, pelican cases, torches, lifejackets and more recently funds towards an inflatable rescue boat.

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Changes in the council

As the dust settles from the Council elections there will be plenty of reflection on the voter turnout and analysis of where people were more engaged and willing to vote, issues and problems with the postal voting system.

Whilst at the time of writing, I am yet to see the final official results and actual turn out which is nothing to really brag about, it is somewhat pleasing the Franklin ward with an average across the ward of around 42% turnout including over 43% in the Waiuku subdivision, was at the upper end in Auckland. The fact remains, parts of Auckland were fairly woeful which seems to be a similar theme across NZ. It is obvious there needs to be some careful thought given as to how the next elections are structured.

What is absolute though, is that Auckland has a new mayor and there have been a few changes, probably more than I anticipated, around the governing body table with some sitting councillors defeated and the two retiring councillors from last term including our own Bill Cashmore retiring.

For me personally, I have swapped my Local Board chairman’s office view of the Pukekohe library carpark and the wonderful Pukekohe Hill to one from the 26th floor of the Albert Street Council headquarters overlooking the viaduct, harbour and Hauraki Gulf. I will have to be disciplined and not spend my time watching people throwing themselves from the Sky Tower which is only a few hundred meters away. However having spent a fair bit of time up here over the past years, I am confident it won’t be too much of an issue. There is no doubt, having met the new Mayor a few times now and had the chance to sit down with him for some great discussions. There will be a change in direction in a number of ways and I have to say I am absolutely committed to making sure we are doing what we need to do so we can get the best we can for both Auckland

as a region as well as for Franklin. I was really excited to see the results for the Local Board and as I know every single board member pretty well, I believe there will continue to be really good representation for the area as well as sound decision making. Obviously there is a change in leadership on the Board but with such experience there, that won’t be an issue. At each election since 2013, there has always been a turnover of board members of around one third and this year is no different. It is great to have that level of refreshing of ideas and attitudes so I look forward to working with them albeit for me, with a much different set of responsibilities and perspective.

I want to acknowledge Bill Cashmore as he literally sails off into the sunset and actually on a wellearned holiday with his wonderful wife Lynette. His commitment to not only Franklin and to Auckland has been immense. He came to the Local Board as a forthright, opinionated and confident farmer with experience on some regional council committees, wanting to teach Council the rights and wrongs of the real world. After one term on the Board he replaced Des Morrison as Franklin Councillor and soon showed his capabilities, becoming Deputy Mayor for two terms. He never stopped trying to teach Council the rights and wrongs of the real world and I know his pragmatic, straight forward attitude will be missed. He has been a great colleague and a great mate who no doubt I will be talking to often when he isn’t out crutching and dagging as slave labour for his son on the farm.

Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who supported me in the election, I sincerely appreciate it and will continue to do what I can so we get the best we can from being part of Auckland. Whilst I might be up in the city more days than not, I am still always available for people to contact.

Waiuku Fire Brigade Callouts SEPTEMBER Waiuku Fire Brigade Callouts SEPTEMBER

2 Glenbrook Road Smoke in the area 2 Ti Tree Bay Road Smoke in the area 2 Masters Road MVC 4 Kitchener Road MVC

7 King Street Rescue 2 people from cherry picker

9 Karioitahi Road MVC

10 Awhitu Road Electrical Fire

10 Churchill Place House Fire

10 Churchill Place House Fire

10 James Bright Drive Vegetation

15 Keogh Road Vegetation

16 Kitchener Road Rubbish

19 Karioitahi Road Medical

20 Gleeson Road Couch on Fire

21 Karioitahi Road Vegetation

23 Totara Place House Fire

25 Victoria Avenue Cooking Fire 27 Meachen Terrace Lift Assistance 28 Glenbrook Beach Road MVC 29 Campbell Street Medical

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Firstly a reminder of our chat with a cop sessions at the information centre. That’s every Wednesday morning from 0900 to 10ish. It’s a chance to meet your local community Police and discuss any issues you have. We had seven people one Wednesday and then none the next week. There is also a JP on site there if you need documents witnessed.

I’ve said it before but please make sure you report crimes or incidents through the proper channels. Don’t put it on Facebook. It just gets buried in all the other stuff, the community are unable to tell what is fact or fiction and Police don’t usually see it. When we do see stuff regarding policing, it is often not correct.

As an example many would have seen a young unwell homeless man wandering the streets shoeless asking for money and getting a bit aggressive when turned down recently. We only had one or two calls on the Police 105 line about him, and when we did we

were able to intervene and get him some support and off the street. I heard that there were lots of reports about him on Facebook but none to the Police. People were still reporting seeing him when he’d been picked up the day before! It was also frustrating that he was still able to buy alcohol. It takes a community to create the problem and a community to solve it. And a reminder that the local town liquor ban runs from 7.00pm to 7.00am.

An 18 year old who has just moved into a local motel was seen recently breaking into a car at the Memorial Hospital. Thanks to great 111 calls to us from witnesses we were able to keep in phone contact and found the guy close by and arrested him on two charges.

Do you think your neighbours are dealing or growing drugs? Report it on crime stoppers line, either online or ring 0800 555 111. You don’t give your name or address and the bad guys never see it. It can be just a suspi-

cion and if your wrong and they are selling strawberries that is fine. When we do get a handful of these reports there could be enough to get a search warrant and stop it, so the more the better. You can report all sorts of historic crimes on there as well.

On road policing, when we are out and about we are always catching people driving whilst using their phones, no seat belt on or speeding and we aren’t even looking. When you go to crashes caused by people being distracted whilst talking on their phone or going too fast, or not wearing a seatbelt we don’t have any sympathy when we catch drivers doing this. I have lost track of how many dead people I’ve dealt with in crashes this year. But so often speed, using a cell phone or not wearing a seat belt is the cause.

It would be great to drive from the station for half an hour and not find anyone breaking the law.

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It was a special day at CHT Waiuku rest home on 5 October when resident Betty Dawson celebrated her 100th birthday with family, friends and residents.

Betty was born in Napier in 1922 and lived there for 20 years. On 3 February 1931 when Betty was nine years old, Napier suffered a devastating earthquake. Betty’s school was demolished during the earthquake and she remembers being outside at playtime when the ground shook and rattled and she observed part of her school crumble like a pack of cards. It was fortunate that Betty and her classmates were not in the building at the time: she survived!

Betty’s father Arthur was also a survivor. He served at Gallipoli and the Western Front during the First World War. While he was wounded and bore the scars of war all his life, Arthur was a survivor. In 1919 he returned to New Zealand.

In her childhood Betty was diagnosed with diphtheria and was told she had a weak heart but that didn’t slow her, especially considering the age she has achieved, yet another survival.

At the age of 15, Betty started her first job in an office in Napier. She met her husband to be, Bill, at the services club in Napier during the Second World War. Bill was an engineer in the merchant navy. The couple only had three days together before his ship sailed. They corresponded for four years before Bill returned home from the war. The couple started courting again and just ten days later they got married in Taupo on 11 June 1946 and were married for 46 years.

On her birthday Betty re-

ceived many messages including one from the Prime Minister and the Governor General. The traditional greeting from the monarch for a person reaching 100 years had not arrived in time for her birthday because of the suddenness of King Charles assuming the role of monarch. However, the greeting was promised to be with Betty as soon as possible.

Betty’s children Gill Aspen and Chris Dawson along with grandchildren Lauren Aspin and Joey Dawson joined Betty on her special day.

WBDA rolling out plans for busy year

The Waiuku Business & Development Association held their AGM on 18 October at the Waiuku Golf and Squash Club.

Town Centre Manager Vanessa Newman wrote the Breeze this report:

“It was a great turn out and a lovely evening, with 20 businesses and organisations attending for an overview of the previous year and plans for moving forward. Andy Baker, recently elected Councillor for Franklin, was our guest speaker.

“Andy gave us an overview of his new role and is looking forward to continuing to support our great town. We also had an update from Tuwhera Trust about all of the great things they are doing in the community, including recently introduced Te Reo classes, free to the community.

“Sharlene Druyven, re-elected for Waiuku Ward on the Franklin Local Board, also attended. We would like to congratulate Andy, Sharlene, and Gary Holmes on being elected to represent our area.

“It was wonderful to have the meeting in person after last year’s having to be held electronically via Zoom.

“The executive committee, including two new members who joined us earlier this year, are committed to helping deliver initiatives to support our businesses and community.

“Elected members for 2022/23; Julie Powell

“Committee members and AGM Minutes will be updated and available on our website. We thank those members who have stepped down from the committee this year; Debs Martindale and Lisa-Marie Anderson, for their efforts and contribution over the past few years.

“We have some exciting plans for 2022/23 and WB&DA would like to thank the Franklin Local Board, NZ Steel and the Waiuku Business Park, as without their support, we would not be able to provide all of these events and initiatives.

“Business support and resilience initiatives, along with town marketing and branding are priorities for the next year, to ensure our special town can continue to thrive into the future.

“We have several new businesses opening in the next few weeks, which is positive for Waiuku, with retail space being snapped up as soon as it comes available. We reach out to our whole community to ask that they continue to shop, eat and support local as much as possible. Small business makes our town what it is and means local jobs for local people.”

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The team at Waiuku’s VIEW (Venues Inspiration Events Weddings) has been working hard to promote the town as a one stop shop for events and tourist attraction alike for visitors and locals since it opened on Easter weekend this year.

The VIEW Marketing Director and The Roost Bed and Breakfast owner Linda Newall said the initiative is gaining traction, and has brought interest to local businesses from as far afield as Napier and Matamata. “The common theme in feedback is that they had no idea what we have out here.”

As well as showcasing local suppliers and supporters to the event industry, the VIEW offers vintage bike hire from the newly revamped Hartmann House at Tamakae Reserve. “This is a fun option and a wonderful way to explore the trail around to Sandspit Beach, and along the estuary, looping back through McCall Drive and down King Street,” said Linda.

The VIEW also provides marketing and bookings for the vintage vessel Ratahi, and has developed a one hour cruise which includes a 1940s-style vintage Devonshire tea. A recent school group was treated to an estuary tour on the Ratahi, followed by Linda’s famous titanomagnetite experience using west coast black sand, and a guided tour though the museum.

“It’s because of Waiuku Museum that the The VIEW is able to operate,” said Linda, “and we’d like to thank them for their support, and also encourage all locals to tour the museum. Feedback from visitors is that it is the best small town museum in NZ!”

As well as encouraging locals to be a tourist in their own town, The VIEW is set to launch a new calendar of events. A range of daily activities designed to work the brain, get moving, be mindful, create strength, improve fitness and be creative, Get Well Soon Waiuku! will set a series of daily challenges which can be carried out around Waiuku.

The VIEW is open half days on Tuesday, and 10am to 4pm on Wednesday to Sunday.

National Finalist is Home-Grown

Christian Beaumont, and his team at Beaumont Electrical, were announced as finalists in the ‘Emerging Business’ Category for the Master Electrician Excellence Awards, just a few short weeks ago. With the awards ceremony held in Auckland on the 14 October at the Pullman Hotel.

When speaking to Christian he said “I’m quite overwhelmed actually. I’ve been in business for just 18 months at the time we completed our submission, so to be recognised as an emerging business so early in our company’s history was a very surreal feeling. We were told that we were amongst some very strong entries and that the top ten positions had been very hard to differentiate — to the extent that the judges had allocated an unprecedented number of Highly Commended awards also. So, to win 4th place at the Awards Event was something very humbling and unexpected, especially given the calibre of other businesses in the room.”

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Waiuku Netball receive large grant

Last month Waiuku Netball Centre received a $230,000 boost from Auckland Council. The money comes from the Sport and Recreation Facilities Investment Fund, a $150 million fund provided as part of the 2021-2031 10-year Budget.

Board Waiuku subdivision representative Sharlene Druyven says every local knows how busy the netball centre is. “It’s a vital part of our community and I’m sure the netball community will be delighted because that money will be used to upgrade facilities that are at the heart of the game in our town.”

Former Franklin Local Board Chair Andy Baker said a multi-million-dollar investment across the city will enable more Aucklanders to participate in community sport and recreation. Andy says the fund’s focus is on creating the best outcomes for Aucklanders, while ensuring value for investment is achieved.

“We advocated strongly for this one alongside two others relating to facilities in Franklin

pear on the radar in Waiuku at some point.

It was just days before Christmas 2020, the 23 December in fact, in the middle of an international pandemic when the time presented itself for Christian to take on a new challenge and one that he was determined to succeed in.

As with most small businesses, it started with talent, a limited tool budget, a vehicle, and a business card.

“I wanted to grow a company that was customer focused, offered honest workmanship and provided development opportunities for my staff”, says Christian, who is joined in the team by his apprentice Liam Torpey, and Liz Hamilton who handles admin.

This is a business that is going from strength to strength and Christian has acknowledged, with a sense of pride in his hometown, “we couldn’t do it without all the local support and for that I am grateful and truly thankful.”

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and are delighted to see it receive some funding, especially given the number of groups seeking funding. It’s a terrific project that will really make a difference.”

The fund is administered by Council’s Parks, Arts, Community and Events Committee, chaired by Councillor Alf Filipaina, who says the important role sport and recreation play in our communities can’t be underestimated.

“Sport makes a major contribution to our quality of life, health and wellbeing. We’re proud to partner with sports organisations to enhance the lives of all Aucklanders. This fund ensures we continue to support the groups helping us stay, or become, active.”

More than 100 expressions of interest were narrowed down to 38 applications, 24 projects across 14 local board areas approved. Grants went across 16 sports codes, with 95 per cent of the funding for construction projects. The fund focuses on communities most in need of investment and is open to

non-council groups wanting to develop facilities.

Rachel Browne-Cole, President of the Waiuku Netball Centre was very pleased about their success of their application.

“We found out about the funding through Netball Northern Zone (NNZ), which is part of Netball New Zealand. Waiuku Netball Club (WNC) is affiliated with NNZ and is one of the two centres in Counties Manukau that are completely volunteer run.

“We are extremely fortunate to have fantastic support from our members, sponsors and community. We had a team of four people working on the application early this year; it was a lot of work involved in completing the paperwork. NNZ supported us with our funding application.

“I believe our comprehensive asset management plan that Jo Morris and Kim Voight put together, helped us hugely in gaining the funds; this plan showed that as a centre we could maintain the facilities that the funding will go towards.”

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Lighthouse opens again

After some extensive reconstruction the Manukau Heads Lighthouse is open to the public again.

Over recent months the facility has been closed while urgent and extensive repairs were made. Work leading up to planned minor renovations and painting, revealed extensive structure deterioration and work was sped along to remedy the problems. Rot had been found in some of the framework and load bearing rafters, some exterior sheathing was broken, and water ingress was creating internal problems. The upper deck was also decaying and had to be replaced.

Chairman of the Lighthouse Trust Bill Deed said it was fortunate that the Trust had received a grant earlier this year from the Franklin Local Board for maintenance which was able to be used to pay for the structural repairs.

“It has been a job that was much more involved than originally met the eye. We are very fortunate to have had Mike Warren from Grahams Beach undertak-

ing the work. Often progress appeared to be being made to only reveal something else that needed to be dealt with. Mike was very conscious that we had to work on quite a restricted budget,” Bill said.

“Other work that the Trust had planned such as concreting the remaining steps leading up the hill has had to be put on hold to channel the finances into essential lighthouse repairs.

“Then on top of this, we have had three break-ins within three weeks while the renovations were underway. While there were a few tools and bolts stolen in the first incident and the door badly damaged, it was fortunate that Mike was not leaving his construction tools in the building overnight. The other break-ins only realised minor damage and disruption.”

The Lighthouse was opened to the public in time for Labour weekend but unfortunately access to the upper deck had to be barred as repairs are still being completed.

Excitement builds for FLORA FEST 2022

Formerly Waiuku Festival of Flowers, this year’s FLORA FEST committee is set to present a slightly different, but equally ambitious programme of events at its 2022 festival.

Following on from the success of a dozen previous festivals run at St Andrew’s Centre over the years with the support of a core team of passionate advocates of floral art and design, the SACT (St Andrew’s Community Trust) festival event promises to retain all the charm of previous years, but with some exciting additions.

“With planning for this FLORA FEST going on for more than two years now, as we couldn’t run our show due to covid, we’ve had a great deal of meetings, and covered an awful lot of ground. This will all be to the benefit of the 2022 visitor,” said Di Roden, committee organiser and volunteer. “We encourage all the local community to get along to this free event, as there’ll be something for everyone.”

Floral display has always been integral to the event, and this year it will be partly provided by the first-time addition of a floral design competition for both professionals and amateurs. With the 2022 theme, ‘Origins’, long-time floral design expert, international judge, and Āwhitu Peninsula resident Nancy Murphy will judge the competition.

Another addition is an art exhibition, with work for sale mainly from local artists, and with a botanical theme. Local primary schools, Wai-

uku Library and Action Office Products Depot on Bowen Street now have copies of colouring pages for local children to enter the Kids Colouring Competition, sponsored by Go Graphics.

For many, the highlight of the two-day event will be the line-up of free talks and presentations from local botanical celebrities Bridell Clark (Dellrian Gardens), Rebecca Balemi (Koru Gardens), Terry and Lindsey Hatch (Joy Plants) and well-known TV personality and author Lynda Hallinan.

Others will enjoy the relaxed market vibe and wares from both botanical and artisan producers, or the refreshments from the on-site cafe.

Franklin Rose Society’s annual rose show and competition is always the most delightfully fragrant highlight of the event.

FLORA FEST is a free community event supported by Franklin Local Board, and all profits from entry koha donations, the Bring and Buy table generously supported by St Andrew’s parishioners, as well as market stall fees and any artist commissions, will be donated to Waiuku Food Bank.

“We’re really hopeful of a great turnout on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 November at St Andrew’s. It’ll be amazing to see the show finally come together, and we think Waiuku is in for a treat.”

Contact the FLORA FEST team at florafestwaiuku@gmail.com

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Timber star loves singing, entertaining and dungarees

Jaime Kuppens has been entertaining people since she was in primary school, starting out with Manurewa’s Young Stagers.

It was the first extra-curricular activity that really clicked for her, after she’d tried others without success. “Two weeks in, I’d say no. I don’t want to do this any more.”

When she asked to try her hand at theatre, Jaime’s mum said if she was going to do it, she had to stick with it. But lucky for Jaime, she loved drama. “I found my thing.”

A naturally talented singer, Jaime had her first taste of musicals when she watched the Broadway classic, Annie. Afterwards, she took to sitting on her windowsill in residential Manurewa, just as little Annie had done in the show, to sing all the songs and serenade her neighbourhood. “My neighbours, who were our friends, would listen to me.”

Growing up as an only child developed a rich imagination, and when Jaime and her family moved to a Glenbrook farm when she was around eleven, she would keep herself entertained by heading to the paddocks and acting out stories in her self-made tree hut.

At Glenbrook Primary School, Jaime performed in a show about three pirates as ‘Pirate Winklepoo’. “She kept

interrupting everyone else’s stories because she was this really annoying, outspoken character. She was great!”

As a teenager Jaime became involved with Pukekohe Light Opera Club, and as a student at Waiuku College she performed in school shows, although she said she never had the confidence to go for the big roles. “As long as I was in the chorus and got to sing, I was happy.”

While she has enjoyed the experience of non-singing theatre productions in the past, there is nothing like the joy of musicals for Jaime, who said she sings anywhere, anytime, whether anyone’s listening or not.

“There’s something about a musical that just stirs me up.”

She had classical vocal training at high school but the security of a more conventional career, and an admitted lack of confidence put paid to any thoughts of pursuing a professional theatre or singing career.

“In the back of my head I never felt like I had the right look or the right sound, but I wish I’d had the cour-

age. When I work with kids now, and I watch how they blossom, I always encourage them—just go for it, just try — don’t have any regrets.”

Jaime has been with Waiuku Theatre Group for ten years now, and has performed in close to 20 productions.

Variety shows like Timber, the group’s latest production running at Waiuku War Memorial Hall until 12 November, are a joy for her, as they combine singing, acting, choreography and musical direction.

Jaime plays Ange in the show, the sole female lumberjack in a 1970s-era gang who clashes with environmentalists over the fate of a giant kauri tree. “I get to wear dungarees . . . which I love!”

Jaime described singing as her outlet to express herself and said it brings her a lot of joy, but the thrill of theatre is working alongside people who want to bring a smile to people’s faces. “It’s a buzz to work with people who like to entertain.”

For tickets or more information about Waiuku Theatre Group’s current production, Timber, go to waiukutheatre.com

Christmas Festival revival for Waiuku

It is now two years since Waiuku staged its traditional Christmas parade and market, being a casualty of the covid pandemic during those two years.

Planning for this year’s Waiuku NZ Steel Christmas Festival is well underway and it will be held on Saturday 17 December.

This year’s Santa parade theme is “Dancing in the Street!” to represent celebration and freedom, following some challenging times and the joy of performing and connecting with friends and whanau.

Please note the change of times for the event this year, which has changed to the evening.

From 5pm the town centre will be full of festive cheer with a variety of family entertainment, photos with Santa and the Christmas market in Bowen Street, with a multitude of delicious treats, gifts, clothing and crafts.

The Santa parade will be at 6pm, leaving from Rugby Park, King Street, up Queen Street to Kirk Street, looping around the back and final procession from Court Street down Queen Street and back to the park.

Secure a good spot before 6pm to watch the parade. Enjoy the festivities, do some shopping and get something for dinner at the market, one of the local eateries, or take the opportunity to book a table and dine out with the family. All the eateries and restaurants are listed in the EAT section at waiukutown.co.nz

Float Entry Forms can be downloaded at waiukutown.co.nz/whats-on/christmas-parade-float-entry

For market stalls, please apply online at www.waiukutown.co.nz/whats-on/christmas-parade-stall-holder-form

Forms are also available by emailing waiukutownmanager@gmail.com or can be picked up at the Waiuku Information Centre.

The rain save date should it be required for this event is Sunday 18 December 2022 starting at 11am with the Parade at 2pm.

This event is supported by NZ Steel, the Franklin Local Board and Waiuku Business & Development Association.

Community gets every dollar

I didn’t, until I joined Waiuku Lions Club.

Why did I join Waiuku Lions? –after volunteering with Waiuku Plunket while my children were at primary school and being actively involved in Waiuku Girl Guides for 15 years – my lovely motherin-law, Pam Foote, took me to a Lions meeting and it didn’t take me too long to know that this community group is what I was looking for. I joined Waiuku Lions in April 2017 – proudly sponsored by our now President Ivy Tapsell. I can fit Lions in around my family and private life – which I think is very important when considering joining any volunteer organisation.

I love that we work alongside other Waiuku community groups and that our club is very hands on with the projects that we do.

One example of this is the Lions catering project – we cater for a variety of events – Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Breakfast, mid-Winter Christmas luncheons, Op Shop afternoon teas, funerals, weddings and the local Fuchsia Club lunch – all great events and always with amazing feedback. It’s a great time with the members of my club – laughs a plenty over making club sandwiches and cuppas! I also enjoy getting out in the community with our BBQ and world famous chips – cooked to perfection in our custom built chip cooker!

I have just completed five years of service, but we have others in the club whose memberships

range from one year up to 40 years. Some have also achieved life memberships to the club. The different generations working together is just awesome. I have been secretary now for three years and I thoroughly enjoy this position.

I think very highly of our local members – I have learnt a lot from them and enjoyed plenty of laughs in my five short years with the club and I thank them for that. I know I have many years of camaraderie ahead of me within Waiuku Lions. Why not join us and experience the warmth, friendship and buzz from serving the community for yourself?

Oh, and the reason Lions can commit every dollar raised to community causes is because Lions members pay the administration costs through their membership fees (only $10 a month!).

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The importance of NZ Steel to Franklin

In September NZ Steel applied to renew its resource consent to continue discharges from the Glenbrook Steel Mill for a period of 35 years. While Auckland Council staff have recommended it be approved, a small group of ten residents made submissions for the consent renewal to be declined or for it to be extended for just five to ten years.

Resource consent hearings were held in front of independent commissioners in the Waiuku War Memorial Hall on 27-28 October.

At the time of the hearings, the Member of Parliament for Port Waikato, Andrew Bayley contacted the West Franklin Breeze with a report of a recent visit he made to the Steel Mill along with National Party leader Christopher Luxon. Andrew also includes additional data and information about the mill and its operations.

“I recently took National’s Leader Christopher Luxon to visit New Zealand Steel at Glenbrook. I wanted him to meet the leadership team and to see at firsthand the innovation the company em ploys to make their outstanding products.

“New Zealand Steel has been producing steel on a commercial basis from the mill at Glenbrook since 1968, making use of the local raw material (black ironsand) of the west coast. In this regard it is unique in the world.

“It is not a large organisation by inter national standards, but New Zealand Steel is incredibly important to the Franklin region and the New Zealand economy as a whole.

“It supplies the building and construc tion sector, supports our local manufac turing, and helps build our infrastructure. Its branded products, including COL ORSTEEL®, AXXIS® Steel for Framing, ZINCALUME® and GALVSTEEL®, are re nowned in New Zealand for their quality and importantly being NZ made.

“Steel is a terrific building product and is used in more than half of New Zea land’s building projects. It is incredibly strong and versatile. It can be formed into different shapes and long spans, giving architects more options for designing workspaces.

“It performs well under seismic condi tions. Following the Christchurch earth quakes, modern multi-level steel-framed buildings were able to be passed as safe and fit for re-occupation with no struc tural repairs necessary.

“Steel costs around the same as con crete and less than timber when used in construction, and because it is manufac tured offsite, a building made from steel components is more quickly erected than one built from other products.

“It is also sustainable: steel is one of the world’s most recycled materials. Components can be dismantled and re used or altered without compromising on quality and this essential product is made right here in Franklin. New Zealand Steel is the largest single manufacturing site in the district, employing over 1300 people, most of whom live in Franklin.

“Its employees don’t just work in steel manufacturing. The company has an important sales and marketing division, plus laboratories, quality assurance, health and safety, environmental pro tection, and a research and development capability that supports programmes in New Zealand’s universities.

“Having a domestic supply of this vital product means New Zealand is not dependent on imported product. We have supplies when they are needed, and we have a steel certification scheme that means product quality is assured to meet NZ and Australian standards.

“For example, in 1998 during Auck land’s water supply crisis, it was a New Zealand Steel pipe that carried water from the Waikato River to the Hunua water treatment facility. Steel plate was instrumental in restoring Wellington’s port after damage sustained in the 2016 Kaikoura earthquakes. Then in 2020, when the Auckland Harbour Bridge was damaged, the replacement girder was manufactured right here.

Without this local source, our vital infrastructure would take much longer to build and be more costly to complete.

“New Zealand Steel is committed to meeting its environmental responsi bilities and has implemented a formal environmental management system which aims to avoid or minimise the environmental effect of its operations. The system is continually reviewed, and

this focus has led to many improvements and reduction in costs. The programme includes an environmental committee which comprises representatives from local grower organisations, territorial au thorities, and senior company managers.

The company, and the steel industry within New Zealand, continues to in novate and develop new technologies to improve processes and systems.

“In August I visited HERA, the Heavy Engineering Research Association, which is based in Manukau, and spoke to Dr Michail Karpenko, who heads up HERA’s Welding Centre. He explained that they are currently research ing the use of robots to undertake standard welding operations.

“While robotic weld ing is commonplace in light manufacturing, such as car bodies, in heavy fabrication it is not so straightforward. The welds are typically very large and it takes time and skill to pro gramme a robot to the accuracy required to achieve a good-quality weld.

“However, recent developments in ro bot technology have simplified the process. Robots equipped with

Gary Holmes “not afraid to speak out”

Independent candidate, Gary Holmes (Working for Waiuku) won one of two contestable seats on the local board.

Gary has a background in pub lic relations, sales and market ing. He served three terms as a North Shore City councillor prior to the formation of Auckland Council and more recently was a member of the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board. With this ex perience behind him, Gary feels he is well-positioned to be a new local board member for the Wai uku Sub-division and advocate for the community.

“I have always had an interest in community politics and local government so was keen to put my name forward and see if the experience and knowledge I have could be of use to Waiuku and West Franklin residents.

“I have already met a number of Waiuku residents and groups during the campaign period, who I have been able to assist with advice and suggestions on how to progress their issues,

concerns and ideas.”

Gary has for the past 14 years run a company specialising in providing management services for business associations in Auckland and Wellington.

“I have been an ex-officio in ternational director on the Inter national Downtown Association for the past five years and was a recipient of an Emerging Leaders Fellowship (New York) with the same organisation, in 2016.”

Gary has lived in Waiuku for the past two years with his wife Faaiza and two step-daughters. He was the second youngest survivor off the Wahine when it sank in Wellington Harbour on 10 April 1968.

Part of Gary’s campaign in volved inviting residents to have their say as part of an online survey.

“The issues that were consis tently raised included challenges from the growth in the area which impact on our infrastruc ture and roading; public trans port options (or lack thereof),

the opportunity to investigate some sort of facility for our young people and water quality in this part of Franklin.

“I campaigned on my previous local government experience as something that would be an as set to Waiuku as I would be able to hit the ground running.

“I also highlighted that the National Policy Statement for Highly Productive Land (NPSHPL) released by the govern ment last month is vital at ensuring such land can be used for growing vegetables, fruit and other produce such as in and around Pukekohe. This gives councils more ammunition to protect this land from inappro priate use and development.

“It is imperative that this high quality land around Pukekohe is protected from urban develop ment. We have lost too much al ready and we must continue to stand up against this travesty.”

Another issue Gary has an interest in is council’s manage ment of water and wastewater

sensors can more easily adjust when parts are out of position and when weld seams move during welding. Using ro bots to do standard welding frees up our skilled welders to do more complex and difficult work.

“It is essential that we support New Zealand Steel in its operations here in Franklin. It is a vital part of our economy.”

Andrew Bayly is the MP for Port Waika to and the National Party’s Spokesperson for Small Business, Revenue, Commerce & Consumer Affairs, Manufacturing, and Building & Construction and authorised this press release.

treatment services throughout Franklin.

“It is not acceptable that Wai uku residents feel they need to buy bottled water as an alterna tive to putting up with the un pleasant taste arising from hard water. Alternative solutions must be explored. While I don’t have specific answers yet, I am keen to get to the bottom of why we have this issue, explore options for dealing with this and advo cate to Watercare and others for improvements to be made.”

Gary is also passionate about looking into facilities and ac tivities for youth and is keen to facilitate the opening of a youth centre in Wauku “to empow er our youth by providing an interactive and safe environment through sports and activities, mentoring and setting positive goals for their future.”

The voting system is another issue on Gary’s list. “I’m an ad vocate for improving our voting system for local government pushing for the introduction of

online voting, having a limited number of polling stations avail able on election day and looking towards changing to an single transferable vote (STV) voting system as is used in many other parts of the country to provide a more equitable voting outcome.”

“I am not afraid to active ly speak-out and stand up for community issues and I am en thusiastic about Waiuku and the Awhitu Peninsula, and the job of preserving its special qualities,” he said.

Gary can be contacted by phone 0274966283 or email gary.holmes@aucklandcouncil. govt.nz.

STORY SANDY SMITH From left: New Zealand Steel CEO Robin Davies, Andrew Bayly MP for Port Waikato, Christopher Luxon National Party Leader and Rob Bebelman New Zealand Steel GM Mills and Coating. Steel billets rolling over the production line at New Zealand Steel

Sand renourishment at Taahuna Kaitoto

Sand renourishment works have recently been completed at Taahuna Kaitoto – Sandspit Reserve.

Local supplier Land and Sea Civil, relocated 100 cubic metres of sand from the lower beach between the jetty and slide, redistributing it to the western end and upper beach.

Franklin Local Board Chair Andy Baker says an additional 200 cubic metres of screened sand from Tuakau was trucked to the site to further supplement sand levels.

“The natural dynamics of the coastal system at Taahuna Kaitoto (Sandspit) shift the sand east ward down the beach and out into the estuary.

“That means to maintain the amenity value of the beach it becomes necessary to have ongoing redistribution and sand top-ups from time to time. It’ a wonderful beach that’s very much loved by the community and it attracts a lot of people. But a beach with no sand isn’t quite as appealing.”

Local credit union proposes merger

Steelsands Credit Union wants to merge with First Credit Union as a result of financial challenges includ ing ‘astronomical cost rises’ across many facets of its business.

Branch Manager Lauren Morley said, “While there is absolutely nothing wrong with Steelsands out on our own, we realise that we do need to merge with a big ger Credit Union in order to stay financially viable for our members long into the future.”

The business faces ris ing costs including those of compliance and risk, regu

latory changes, cost of living increases affecting borrowers and continued fallout from the pandemic.

As a larger organisation, First Credit Union would be able to offer members better banking products and services, such as strong deposit rates, competitive lending rates, and access to the mortgage market with better or no fees.

First Credit Union is set to open a new, full service branch in Pukekohe which Steelsands members may access. It can also offer better accessibility with a full con tact centre and increased inbranch staffing and resource


The proposed merge partner, which has locations across most of the North Island, has guaranteed job retention for all current Steel sands staff.

Lauren said Steelsands was looking for support from its members to vote for this pos itive change.

“We are really excited about this proposed change and we hope that our members will get behind us and vote for the merge to happen.”

More information detailing the proposed changes was communicated to members in early October.

After 44 years of operating as an industrial based Credit Union NZCU Steelsands made the decision to seek a merger with First Credit Union. In accordance with the Friendly Societies and Credit Unions Act 1982, by way of public notices in regional newspapers and on our website, we advised Members that NZCU Steelsands Incorporated had requested to merge with First Credit Union. This is formally called a Transfer of Engagements.

On the 18th October our members voted in favour of the merger. The transfer will occur on or around the 1st December 2022 subject to regulatory approval.

As a small financial entity, NZCU Steelsands Incorporated has been finding it difficult to compete due to relatively higher costs to meet and deliver

Harbour beach etiquette

Awhitu Coastcare say that with the start of the holiday influxes there is a need to remind holiday makers and locals alike about what and how to treat the harbour beaches. Shorebirds are nesting and vulnerable to vehicles, feet, feral cats, ferrets, muste lids, rats, hawks, gulls and free running dogs.

Coastcare are not an ti-dog and know they need some free running spaces but, on-lead only works while walking near or past nesting zones on the beach. The parent birds’ threat display helps in reminding beach visi tors of their responsibilities.

The New Zealand dotterel which are currently nesting at Big Bay, Wattle Bay, Colbeck Spit, plus a pair preparing at Orua Bay South are amongst New Zealand’s most endangered birds. They nest right through the summer so nesting sites can appear on any beach at any time. If you find an unmarked nest please let a local know so they can protect it. There is only around 1200 pairs remaining and many of them make their home on the Manukau Harbour beaches.

Editor: The harbour beaches are vehicle free zones but it is com mon knowledge that many do drive along the sands. Please, if you must, drive on the wet sand below high tide mark and keep speed to below 40kph. Do not drive in the dry soft sand or in the dunes as this is where our shore birds nest. Many just making a shallow scrape in the sand or debris at high tide mark.

Other birds that can be seen are gulls, paradise duck, oyster catch ers, godwit, plovers, stilts, herons, terns, gannets and maybe the odd black swan to name a few.

services and, in recent years, the increased cost of compliance. This trend is expected to continue in the future. The Transfer of Engagements to First Credit Union will provide a more secure future of NZCU Steelsands Incorporated for its members and will create increased opportunities to deliver improved products and services in the future.

NZCU Steelsands branches at Glenbrook, Waiuku, Manukau and Lorneville (Invercargill) will all remain open and all staff will be retained.

The Board and Staff of NZCU Steelsands are excited for the change and look forward to being able to continue our motto of people helping people long into the future and wish to thank all its loyal members for supporting Steelsands over the years.

Students at Waiuku College preparing signs for the 2022/2023 nesting season. STORY TIFFANY BROWN

We have previously discussed the idea of the need for water on the farm, the importance of saving as much as possible from roof collected sources and the value of a piped reticulation system, generally following the fencing.

In the Franklin area, there may be several sources of water available for the home and farm on a lifestyle block.

Some residential properties, including smallholdings close to settlements, may be connected to the town supplies. These are generally mains pressure systems affording considerable benefit for household use however they also come with a cost and an absolute requirement for great care in avoiding any contamination. This point is important. On a property on which town and farm supplies coexist, there must be no possibility of farm water entering the public system. This can only be avoided by never connecting the two and to make doubly sure of that, outside town supply taps on

a farm must, by law, be protected with a one-way valve. Farm supplies may derive their pressure from either the head of the storage tank, or from a pump.

If animals are run, watering troughs are needed, best installed early on, preferably at the time of fencing and running the supply pipes. Most commercial troughs incorporate a float valve which maintains the water level and avoids overflow. This valve is closed by the pressure provided by the rising water level in the trough, and, when the float falls, it is opened by a combination of the falling float and the pressure of the water supply. This is made much more certain where there is some pressure behind the water; the head of a full tank, enhanced considerably if the tank is elevated, will generally operate the valve. In the case of pumpbased systems, the higher pressure available readily opens the valve but can also be a significant source of water wastage, if a worn valve is leaking. These float systems and parts for them are readily available, inexpensive, and easy to maintain. It is worth making a distinction between taps and valves. Whilst the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, a valve is as a device for shutting off water in a pipeline, not at

North Waikato halls

Under the old Franklin District Council, ratepayers were target rated for their local hall. After amalgamation, some halls (such as Pukeoware, Puni and Waiuku War Memorial Hall) ended up being administered by Auckland Council, though many of their former targeted ratepayers were now in the Waikato region.

The boundary between Auckland and Waikato authorities split Karioitahi district in two – with far fewer dwellings in the Waikato on the south side of Karioitahi Road. Consequently the local hall (formerly Kariaotahi School on the Waikato side of the road, had a significantly reduced income from targeted rates. Auckland ratepayers on the north side of Karioitahi Road were no longer required to pay a targeted rate. These historic Franklin District Council boundaries remained until 2021 and after community and committee consultation, lobbying and submissions, a more equitable rating system where all dwellings in the northwest Waikato – roughly between the Waikato River, Puni School intersection and the northern Auckland/Waikato boundary – paid a targeted rate for Aka Aka,

the final exit point. A tap is mounted at the end of a pipe and available for water delivery, or perhaps connecting to a flexible hose.

The common domestic, or garden tap is often, like indoor taps equipped with a washer which presses down on a seat and can be gradually released against supply pressure for control of water flow. Such taps are generally unsatisfactory for farm, and particularly low-pressure use, because the jumpers, which hold the washers, are inclined to stick, particularly with the high mineral content in Franklin water.

It is far better on the farm, to use gate valves, either inline in a pipe, for example for isolating a trough or the faucet variety which are readily available to use as a terminating fitting. In a gate valve, a rotating or sliding orifice is moved around the bore to open or close the water flow. Although the flow adjustment does not have the finesse of a hand basin tap, the great advantage of these valves is that they do not rely on the movement of a jumper and are essentially self-clearing.

Various types of troughs are readily available. The advantage of a round trough is clearly that more animals can stand around it at once, however for the smallhold-

Otaua (including the old bowling club building), and Kariaotahi halls.

The targeted rate allows for essential and preventative long-term maintenance of the halls and opportunities for projects that benefit the community to be funded. Other income sources are generated by the individual hall committees and can include things like income from hall hire, grants and general fundraising.

These halls are managed by dedicated volunteers – some with generations of connection to their hall and district. All hall committees welcome their community to become involved in the management and upkeep of their halls – even in a small way. New people to the community are especially welcome to begin their families’ contribution to the history of their district.

Halls have been a social hub of local communities for generations and must always be considered as an option when organising a function or event. Each of the Aka Aka, Otaua and Kariaotahi halls have features which make them suitable for specific purposes and anyone can make enquiries for hiring them – regardless of being a targeted ratepayer or not. Make use of these halls and keep an eye out or make a connection to be informed of upcoming working bees and events so you can lend a hand. It is important for the community to attend events being hosted at the halls, particularly their annual general meetings.

Hall committees are always encouraging anyone to join and contribute and share the spirit of a rural community.

The Waikato District Council works diligently to facilitate empowered hall committees, complimenting their vision to create and maintain livable, thriving and connected communities. The objective from all perspectives is to deliver the best assets these halls can offer for longterm use. If it were not for the day-to-day operation and management by their committees, their facility may cease to exist.

Contact a hall committee member today and get involved. A link for contacts is on Waikato District Councils website waikatodistrict.govt. nz/recreation/community-halls

ing the rectangular trough against the fence is more practical and avoids the need to bury the water feed. With some advance planning, especially while fencing, double sided troughs can be used which straddle the fence and only require one water feed. For small paddocks and relatively few animals these are ideal, minimising both plumbing and maintenance.

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As a 17-year-old part-time market garden worker, Dennis Ennion could not believe his luck when he found his first Ford Model A truck in a shed on the land next door to the market garden. It looked like it didn’t need too much attention other than a new battery and some fuel. Dennis thought himself incredibly lucky and thrilled to purchase the truck from the market gardeners for the princely sum of $75.

As luck wouldn’t have it, the very afternoon it was transported home, Dennis’s stepfather was uncharacteristically home early from work. Unfortunately, he did not share Dennis’s enthusiasm for the truck, and after enquiring what Dennis thought he was doing, told Dennis plainly that he could “un-buy it.”

Dennis owned the truck for only two hours before it was reluctantly returned to the market garden shed.

Dennis inherited his love of all things mechanical including old cars from his dad. Although having no formal training in mechanics, he grew up around cars and over the years raced and has been involved with go-karts, motorbikes, grass track and drag racing. Others noticed Dennis’s talent and skill and he was encouraged and mentored by experts like Ralph Wright

of Pukekohe to hone his skills using the tried-and-true principle of “watch and learn.”

Dennis wanted to maintain his interest and was aware that sometimes if your passion becomes your career – you lose the passion! Career-wise, he became a chef instead, enjoying the creative aspects of cooking and art, allowing his enthusiasm for all things mechanical to remain intact.

Owning another Model A Ford remained just a pipe dream as the priorities of the day became family and home, but Dennis still hankered after that first four-wheel love of his life.

Fast forward 50 years since obedience to his stepfather denied him of his passion.

Dennis was fortunate to gain the financial means necessary to make his dream come true.

A lucky phone call on the right day to a friend enquiring about sourcing a NZ based Model A truck or coupe led to an offer to import one as part of an inbound consignment from the USA which just happened to have room for a couple more vehicles.

The 1931 Model A truck was sourced. The vehicle had originally sported a

Auckland Council is noticing an increase of illegal dumping over recent months and West Franklin is not exempted.

Illegal dumping is damaging the environment as well as being an eyesore and the council is asking people to do the right thing and dispose of their waste properly.

Senior Waste Advisor Jan Eckersley says that Auckland is a great place to live, and the community needs to look after the city.

“The environment is precious, and nobody wants to see piles of rubbish dumped around the place.

“If you’re planning a clear-out of your house, garage or garden, make sure you also plan how you’ll dispose of waste correctly,” Jan says.

“Our network of Community Recycling Centres is a good place to start, where unwanted household items in good condition can find a new home.”

Items and household rubbish that are not reusable or recyclable should be taken to your nearest transfer station for disposal – charges apply.

Council receives over 18,000 illegal dumping reports every year, ranging from large items of furniture to general rubbish from moving house, food scraps and disposable plates from gatherings, and bags of excess household rubbish.

Tyres, mattresses, green waste, household items, clothing, demolition, and hazardous waste are common items that are dumped, rather than being disposed of correctly.

“The team finds all sorts of things dumpedtyres and shopping trolleys in streams, piles of green waste and household rubbish in industrial areas,” Jan says.

Illegal dumping causes huge damage to the

painted bright red and pin stripe finish which looked suspiciously “Mexican.” It had spent years in the Mohave Valley situated in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada mountains in the southwestern United States.

The Model A truck landed in New Zealand covered in dark grey primer and upon sanding back the body, the pinstripes revealed themselves. Dennis, ably assisted by son Luke (who owns and operates Franklin Speed Shop), set about the task of compliance, certification, and restoration of the vehicle.

Firstly, came the task of pulling it apart and rebuilding it. The distinct advantage of the Model A is the availability of new parts and panels which have made its restoration much easier.

Dennis’s workmanship is brilliant. With the panel skills of son Luke and the outstanding woodworking skills of a close friend Phil Meachen and his joinery work the restoration is nearing completion with the application of the fabric roof the next step.

This beauty being a 1931 Model A Truck, now boasts a throbbing 3.31 4-cylinder flathead motor, and a stunning patina body finish.

This restoration project was largely done during the covid lockdown period and Dennis is thankful he had the project to keep him occupied.

Is there another project on the horizon? Dennis says, “anything is for sale.” My bet is that in the not-too-distant future the next project will be underway.

environment - tyres cause pollution when oil and chemical residues leach off the tyres onto the ground and into waterways; bagged rubbish can get split open causing litter problems and rubbish dumped in the bush crushes and kills plants.

“People don’t seem to realise that not disposing of waste the right way causes all sorts of environment issues - green waste kills plants and spreads weeds, food waste attracts vermin, and hazardous waste - oil, chemicals, batteries etc - contaminates the ground and pollutes the waterways,” Jan says.

Auckland Council is cracking down on illegal dumping and is calling on the community to help in the battle against it.

Dumping can be reported by phone to 0800 NO DUMP (0800 66 3867), which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The complaint will be investigated, and the council may issue instant fines up to $400 or prosecute the person or business responsible.

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Waiuku railway centennial re-enacted

Sunday 16 October 2022 saw a large crowd take the opportunity to be part of a re-enactment of the railway first coming to Waiuku in 1922. The re-enactment was held at the Glenbrook Vintage Railway’s Victoria Avenue Station, with a market and entertainment being held at the adjacent Waiuku Cosmopolitan Club grounds.

The day started with a steam train of 500 passengers arriving from Auckland and southern stations. Along with locals the (2022) crowd watched as the Prime Minister of the day Rt. Hon. William

F. Massey (played by Mike Morrow) drove the lead steam engine through the ribbon to formally open the line.

Then the “formal” parts of the celebration of 100 years ago were played out by actors taking the parts of local dignitaries and parliamentarians.

Local speakers were Mr H. Ossie Mellsop (Barry Gibbon), Mr Martyn Barriball (Sean White), Mr William King (Merv Stowers) and Waiuku Town Board chairman Mr R. T. Reid played by Bill Deed. Representing parliament was the Hon. J. Gordon Coates played by Paul Radden.

The highlight of the day, was of course, the speech by the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Massey:

The crowd here today is demonstration aplenty of the wonderful enthusiasm with which the local people, of which I am one, have embraced the provision of a branch line to Waiuku.

Waiuku has waited 40 years for its railway, and I believe that its coming will add even more to the present prosperity of this place.

We are all aware that the railway to Waiuku has taken a long time to come to fruition, even though it was recommended for construction in the early 1880s.

Unfortunately, the prevailing depression of the late 1870s and 80s meant that money for construction was tight, and any available had to be spent on the construction of the main trunk railway, which took precedence over the construction of branch lines.

Consequently, it was not until 1912 long after the main trunk was completed in 1908 and other works completed, that the opportunity came to consider the Waiuku Branch once again.

Parliament then agreed unanimously to the authorisation of the Waiuku Branch.

Further delays were caused by a shortage of men and materials during and after the war, but I am glad to say that the line is now practically complete.

It is now for the people of Waiuku and the surrounding district to justify its construction by making it pay!

I would also here like to pay tribute to the pioneers of the district, whose descendants now face me in their hundreds.

I hope that the railway will lead to development of the district, which I believe still has tremendous potentialities.

I now formally declare the Waiuku Branch railway open!”

Mr Barriball presented Mr Massey with an inscribed trophy as a memento of the historic day, and the Town Board formally changed the name of the Waiuku park to Massey Park to also record the part that the Prime Minister played.

During its operation the Waiuku train carried many passengers to and from Waiuku to the city and beyond. It

also hauled freight such as farm equipment, fertiliser, goods for a growing retail market, produce, cattle and pigs to a burgeoning Auckland city, all of which as Mr Massey quoted made it pay!

The Waiuku Branch line was closed in 1967, and later the Glenbrook Vintage Railway was formed to create the steam railway we know today.

A lady with a personal, unique history is Joy Dyer, and she has written about her experiences into a popular book.

Joy in her childhood had a very close relationship with Princess Te Puea, and many years ago wrote a small book about her love and experiences with the Princess. Many hundreds of these books have been printed by GoGraphics formerly Deed Printing over the years.

Joy came from a family of seven children, and she was born in Franklin Memorial Hospital at a time when her father and mother used to share milk for a farmer at Mauku. The family’s next move was to Ngarurawahia where Joy’s father took

up the share milker role on the Tainui Trust Board’s farm, and this is when the friendship with the Maori Princess developed.

At the time of the family’s relocation there was no house on the land and the Trust built a small home, but it stretched family resources to the extent that Joy started to spend more time with Princes Te Puea. “I used to run across the paddock to see her, and there were many times she invited me to stay at her house.”

“Te Puea was like a second mother to me, and to be with her were such special and loving occasions,” said Joy. Te Puea never had any children of her own, so Joy felt very privileged that such love would be extended to her. “I was spoiled really,” she said.

“She shared with me historical Maori stories and traditional medical cures, details of which I have retained to this day,” Joy said.

“I was nine years old when she started taking me for drives in her famous Chrysler

car, and we used to attend the annual regatta at Ngaruawahia most years. I used to love it when she used to put her arm around me to ensure I was comfortable in the car.

“She even invited me to have lunch with the then Prime Minister Sidney Holland and members of the Tainui Trust Board. As a child, I felt so very important.”

Joy’s final time with Princess Te Puea was sitting with her and holding her hand when she was dying. “She will always be in my heart,” said Joy.

Princess Te Puea Herangi was the grand daughter of the second Maori King Tawhiao.

Joy has written several book titles over the years, including family histories and a new one in progress containing Maori poems.

Orders for Joy’s Princess Te Puea books can be made at Action Office Products Depot, 16 Bowen Street Waiuku for $15.00.

Rt. Hon. WIlliam F. Massey (Mike Morrow) speaking at the re-enactment of the Waiuku Railway opening.
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Rt. Hon. WIlliam F. Massey (Mike Morrow) in the cab of Ww644 after the breaking of the ribbon ceremony. Princess Te Puea Herangi Joy Dyer
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