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Hill Street improvements could begin this year An outcry by Warkworth residents over delays to work on the Hill Street intersection has prompted NZTA to suggest some improvements before the end of the year. The transport agency has told Warkworth community representatives it is prepared to consider some minor changes to the intersection, that might
help relieve congestion in the short term. But it continues to insist that it makes more sense to delay major changes until after the new Puhoi to Warkworth motorway is completed. Without an alternative route to relieve congestion during construction, it fears traffic in Warkworth would be gridlocked for two long summers.
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Highways manager Tommy Parker told a private meeting in Warkworth this month that funding for the project was not an issue. Minor works could be carried out under its maintenance budget, and could be finished by this time next year. The changes it has in mind include widening SH1, possibly as far as
Hudson Road and the Shoesmith Bridge; preventing southbound traffic on SH1 turning right into Hill Street; and possibly adding a dedicated lefthand turning lane, or a traffic light, from Sandspit Road. It would also like to close Elizabeth Street to traffic coming off SH1 from continued page 2
Takahe coming to Tawharanui One of NZ’s most endangered native birds, the takahe, will soon be making itself at home at Tawharanui Open Sanctuary. Initially four or five pairs will be relocated to the sanctuary, but it is hoped this will grow to 10 pairs in the near future. With only around 260 birds left, and just 60 safe breeding pairs, this would make up nearly 10 per cent of the total population. The project is a collaboration between Auckland Council and the Tawharanui Open Sanctuary Society Inc (Tossi), the Department of Conservation and Mitre 10 Mega Warkworth. Tossi chairman Steve Palmer says it is the first time the sanctuary has had a critically endangered bird. “It’s fun and scary at the same time,” he says. It is hoped the birds could be in Tawharanui Regional Park by September, but there is a lot of work to be done before then. About 700m of fencing will have to be put in, and tagging and tracking equipment purchased, which will cost about $45,000, Steve says. Mitre 10 Mega Warkworth has agreed to supply materials, but there is still a lot of fundraising to be done, he says. “We have set ourselves a very ambitious target of raising $30,000 to go towards the takahe fence and funding to care for the birds,” he says. “We’ll also
need volunteers to help track them.” The birds will be roaming freely through the park, but will be tagged for peace of mind. “We are pretty anxious not to lose a single bird,” he says. The project is part of a wider effort to boost breeding, Steve says. “There’s a whole new strategy to try and establish some main land breeding areas. It is the first significant breeding population on the mainland of the North Island.” A small number of birds are currently at Tiritiri Matangi, but this is mostly to raise public awareness, not for breeding. Open sanctuary coordinator Matt Maitland says it is a major milestone for Council’s first open sanctuary. “Tawharanui Regional Park provides a safe home; a predator-free mainland island sanctuary where we hope takahe can thrive and breed.” Go to tossi.org.nz for more donation and Tossi membership options (or go to the ad on page 18).
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that he did not believe the board was required to assess the economic case for the $760 million motorway, which has the lowest cost-to-benefit ratio of all seven roads deemed by the Government to be so “nationally significant” that their consents are being fast-tracked. He joked with one submitter that he might not live to see the motorway extended to Wellsford. “[You mean to say that] you and I will go to our graves with the Dome Valley still there,” he chuckled. However, he also told the same submitter that he believed there was a “whole cluster” of economic and strategic reasons why the route should be improved. He also noted that motorways tended to grow in stages There was an “acute environmental interest” in the project, he said, including concerns about an “ecoviaduct” that is proposed to straddle a grove of kauri. The board has asked for more information about kauri dieback disease, and whether it could be spread by construction work or local wildlife. Justice Priestley also warned that a one-in-50-year rainstorm could prove “catastrophic” for the Mahurangi and Puhoi rivers if the project’s massive earthworks were not handled safely. NZTA made it clear at the hearings that the final route for the motorway could change once it is given the green
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Tomarata coffee triumphs again Melbourne’s coffee snobs will be choking on their macchiatos — a Kiwi company has managed to beat the Aussies to the title of best espresso. In itself, that is a remarkable achievement, but what is even more remarkable is that the Kiwi company is based in a Tomarata garage. Rush Coffee has already won a swag of gold and silver medals in the NZ Coffee Awards, prompting it to claim the title of “NZs most awarded coffee”. Now its flagship espresso blend has also won gold at the Australian International Coffee Awards. It is the first time the company has entered an international competition, where it competed against more than 160 roasters from five countries. “We’re absolutely over the moon, obviously,” says the man with the golden touch, Hayden Prujean. Hayden’s daughter Betsy, who is the company’s marketing manager, will fly to Australia next month to accept the award at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo.
But the pair are already glowing from the judges’ comments. Hayden says the “huge panel” described his espresso as “outstanding”, with a “complex, balanced profile with fruity cocoa flavours, a bright toffee body, and a clean mouthfeel”. Hayden started roasting coffee in 2006, after a long career at Irwin Industrial Tools. Online sales have grown steadily over the past few years, and Rush Coffee is also available in 15 local cafes and restaurants, including Market Providores in Snells Beach, and The Stables and Mahurangi River Winery in Matakana. “We’re certainly keen to grow that side of the business and we’d ideally like to get a good cafe in Warkworth as well,” he says. He has also been battling to get the coffee sold at New World in Warkworth, but has almost given up. “We just can’t seem to get past the buyer.”
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Questions raised over how Rodney rates are spent Auckland Council is collecting more than $60 million a year from ratepayers in the Rodney ward, new figures appear to reveal. A member of the Northern Action Group (NAG), Dennis Brown, says he has been leaked the figures, and has questioned whether the ward is getting value for money. He has also noted that the Rodney Local Board receives just $24 million of the total. The leaked figures for the latest financial year show total rates income as $60.3 million, including just over $6 million from businesses and just over $54 million from property owners. Business owners have had their rates reduced over the past three years, while residential rates have increased.
Rates campaigner Dr Bruce Scoggins says the figures are similar to ones he has calculated. It is estimated that the total take for the next financial year will be just over $61 million in the Rodney ward, he says. Rodney Councillor Penny Webster deferred questions to Auckland Council’s manager of finance, Kevin Ramsay. Mr Ramsay says a wide range of expenditure is not included in the Local Board budget, such as regional services that Rodney residents also benefit from. Local Board budgets are limited to local activities, he says. “On top of this there is a large spend on ‘regional activities’ within the Rodney Local Board area. This includes such things as transport,
regulatory services, regional planning, animal control, stormwater, waste management, democracy, and many more activities that provide services to Rodney people.” Mr Ramsay says he can’t confirm the total rates income collected from properties in the Rodney ward, but says $60 million “doesn’t sound an unreasonable number, as a share of the $1.4b that is collected”. He was also unable to say how much of the total $3.2b operating costs of Auckland Council is spent in Rodney, but says there is a “not-insignificant amount” spent on regional activities, especially roads. Dennis would like to see greater transparency, and greater accountability, for the money. “It’s basic business to know what
income you have and to account for where it’s spent. If the money is collected in our area, it should be spent in our area. We have a right to know, but we are being obstructed at every point along the way.” NZ First MP Tracey Martin was previously a member of the Rodney Local Board. The issue of rates distribution comes back to the way the Supercity was set up, she says. “Rodney only has one Councillor vote at the Governing Body level and so any spending for Rodney can be voted down by more urban-centric councillors, and is so constantly,” Tracey says. However, she believes the board fought harder than any other local board to get funds for its community.
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OFF THE RECORD Caught red-handed One of the best local April Fool’s jokes we heard of was spread via social media. It claimed a shipping container had washed up on the beach at Te Arai with lots of “cool stuff” there for the pickings. At least two staff members from Mahurangi Matters were ready to jump in their cars to “help” in the clean-up.
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As someone who lives not too far north of where the Puhoi to Warkworth motorway is likely to terminate (or originate), I should be eagerly awaiting its completion. I travel to Auckland fairly regularly and I have to confess I rather enjoy slipping my sedan into cruise control once I hit the Northern Gateway, and cranking up the stereo. But even before this month’s public hearing into the motorway extension began, I was starting to have doubts about whether it was a good idea. Meeting some of the people whose lives have already been destroyed by the proposal, because they live along the route, was more than just food for thought. Sure, you need to crack a few eggs in order to make an omelette, but shouldn’t we also consider whether too many omelettes will give us a heart attack one day? The most sense I have heard so far in the hearing was from the Campaign for Better Transport, a voluntary organisation of about 50 people that has won some important battles over transport issues. The elephant in the room at the lodge in Silverdale where the hearing is taking place is the economic rationale for the project. Basically, there isn’t one. It’s a political decision, driven largely, I suspect, by the Government’s desire to help stimulate the economy in the wake of the GFC. The problem with such Keynesian responses is that there is a long-term price to be paid. I’m well aware that most people in this area want the new motorway – but few seem to have given much thought as to who will pay for it, and whether it is worth it. There is no such thing as a free motorway, so ultimately it will be taxpayers, and those who pay the tolls. Those who can’t afford the tolls will miss out on its benefits. Ironically, they are likely to be commuters who travel to Auckland for work, and could do with a decent motorway. For much less than $760 million, says the CBT, we could upgrade the existing highway and everyone would benefit. Read what the CBT has to say. Its presentation was too late to be printed in this issue of Mahurangi Matters, but a link to a transcript is available on our website, at www.localmatters.co.nz. It starts at page 382.
I have the luxury of living on a sealed road. However, I have come to appreciate the plight of our rural sector. This was reinforced recently when my colleague James Colville and guest Councillor Bill Cashmore (Franklin) were invited to tour the roads throughout Rodney on a minibus hired by the Landowners and Contractors Protection Association. We travelled 180km of what can only be described as deplorable, third-world roads within a modern forward-thinking city. These roads front onto generations of rateable land where basic core civic services are not supplied. These rural landowners have most certainly been patient. A day spent on their roads has given me a newfound respect for their frustration and anger, along with a clear mandate for all elected representatives to advocate with passion and strength for their cause. Like these landowners, I truly believe that it is no longer acceptable to live in these conditions. Landowners have pleaded for help and I, together with the local board, intend to give it. Already the Rodney Local Board has made some progress. Auckland Transport plans to seal several rural roads over the next 10 years. However, it is of major concern to farmers that only 17km of the total 670km will be sealed, leaving a whopping 650km of roads unsealed. Our rural production roads underpin Rodney’s economy; we are an agriculturalbased electorate. Unsealed roads impact us all in the pocket. Lowered productivity and increased costs as a direct result of these roads are subsequently passed onto the consumer. Combined with the health issues, safety issues, water quality issues and annual maintenance costs, the argument for sealing roads starts to become very clear. The cost alone of maintaining private vehicles on these roads is astronomical and landowners still have to pay rates for this “privilege”. Auckland Transport tells me they would happily seal all of Rodney’s roads if they were given permission from Councillors. It estimates the pricetag would be $270m. Spread over 10 years, this is $27 million per year. The Local Board wants $10 million a year — as a minimum amount. Given that Rodney ratepayers pay $60 million per year in rates, I am demanding that the Council spends more of our money back in our area and less on projects in the city. I say to all Rodney residents: “let’s be loud and proud and join the fight for our roads”.
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Good old days So once again we have Ross Miller making strange comments (MM, Mar 19) this time answering Leo Leitch on what he had to say on the spanking of children. As for Admiral Byng, I wonder how many of your readers have read Voltaire, and who is Admiral Byng anyway? Then Ross Miller makes a sarcastic statement re Snells Beach and Omaha. Oh, please, doesn’t he know that sarcastic remarks are known as the lowest form of wit? And which people is he referring to when he says “these people seemingly terrified they may not be allowed to hit children”? What a gross exaggeration. And then his last question would have been really funny if it had not been so ridiculous. “Were we really better behaved a generation ago when we all got walloped?” Better take a look at the statistics, Ross. More crime, an increase in violence is raging out of control, more rapes, more old people being beaten up, filthy language is heard on the street spouting from teenagers’ mouths. Oh, and does he not know that New Zealand now has one of the highest rates of suicides amongst teenagers in the world? The kids don’t know where they are. Yes, Ross Miller, children and adults were better behaved a generation ago. Schoolrooms were quiet and orderly. Children were respectful and helpful. So please, Ross Miller, wake up and see what people like you and others have done to our children. Deanne Howard, Matakana
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Motorway madness What a poorly conceived, irrational project the Puhoi to Wellsford motorway is. No plans or costing, or routing, to go beyond Warkworth — it makes you wonder about the hidden agendas. All traffic going north (and back) would be well served in a short time by a bypass first. We can’t afford a new motorway. For 30 years New Zealanders have paid and had enormous amounts of their taxes wasted repaying huge Government debt and interest on Muldoon’s Think Big projects of the 1970s for little significant return. When we finally get rid of the bulk of that debt, this Government comes along and is putting us and future generations back into deep, crippling debt again. NZTA finally realised they couldn’t make Woodcocks Road the exit to Warkworth so now it’s ad hoc proposed to be significantly north of Warkworth. Effectively this will cancel out any purported time saving benefits of using the motorway in the first place. And even worse make it’s use for and by Warkworth, Snells Beach and Sandspit residents virtually redundant. JD Andersen, Warkworth
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Sailors tie the knot in Mahurangi The only boat in sight at the Omaha wedding of round-the-world sailors Robin Hilton and Brad Marsh on Saturday, April 5, was a dinghy full of liquid refreshments and ice. The couple, both veterans of two Volvo Ocean Race campaigns, were married at a secret location, followed by a reception at the Omaha Golf Club. Among the 100 guests were Brad’s parents Peter and Jenni Marsh, of Omaha, and Robin’s immediate family from Victoria, in British Columbia, Canada. “When Brad first met Robin, one of the first places he brought her to was Omaha,” Jenni says. “She absolutely feel in love with it and, hence, wanted to get married here. “Her Canadian family and friends didn’t move from the beach for the first two days after their arrival and couldn’t get over our piece of paradise.” Robin, who’s a yacht rigger, first arrived in NZ under sail when she and her sister sailed from Canada to Auckland – a feat they did twice. She’s competed for Team Russia and Team Sanya in two Volvo races, and recently trialled for the all-women crew of Team Lotus. If successful, she’ll compete in the 2014/15 Volvo race, which starts in Alicante, Spain, in October. Brad, who raced for Team Ericsson and the successful Team Groupama,
Marriage celebrant John Phillis officiated at the marriage of round-the-world sailors Brad Marsh and Robin Hilton this month.
doesn’t have a contract for the Volvo as yet, but says he’d be interested if the opportunity arose. In the meantime, he’s working with four teams and has already committed to 160 days of sailing this year. The teams include a 140ft J class traditional boat which he’ll race in the Mediterranean, a superyacht owned by the CEO of Google which races in regattas in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, and the 80ft Beau Geste, owned by a Hong Kong businessman but raced by a Kiwi crew.
Brad is also working with a development company, based in New Zealand, which is designing and building deck gear. “Robin and I have been living a pretty nomadic lifestyle up to now so we’re looking forward to making a permanent commitment and have already bought a home in Birkdale.” The couple thanked the Matakana community for all the help they’d received with their wedding arrangements.
Return of King George
Maybe it was the recent royal visit of Prince George or the reminder of the World War I centenary, but it looks like King George’s head might finally be returning to its rightful place above his shoulders in Matakana. The Matakana Community Group has received an assurance from Auckland Council that the head will be restored before Anzac Day on April 25. It’s been two-and-a-half years since the war memorial statue was vandalised. Council has taken additional measures during this restoration to ensure that it will be more secure this time. Local police have also been approached to assist with security where they can. A low-key blessing involving kaumatua from Ngati Manuhiri, invited guests and possibly school students is planned for April 23.
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Bus service possible from Warkworth to Silverdale Auckland Transport says a proposal for a bus service to connect Warkworth to Auckland will be open to public consultation in July. At this stage, it is proposed there will be a service connecting Warkworth to the Park and Ride station at Silverdale, a council spokesperson says. The proposal comes amid changes to Mahurangi bus service the Kowhai Connection, which may be upgraded to a bigger vehicle. Services on Sundays and public holidays may end. Gubbs Motors operations manager Ian Davies says the service’s contract for its second year has still has not been finalised, but a range of changes are on the table. The feedback from customers has been that more would use it if it were a bigger bus, Ian says. The change would mean the service would be unable to do house pickups and people would have to be picked up at bus stations and other designated areas on main roads, he says. The service is looking at dropping Sundays and public holidays due to a lack of passengers on these days. This would save around $16,000 a year. It has also proposed an increase in fares for children and for call-outs, going from $1.50 to $2 for both. The changes are needed to bring down costs and increase patronage to make the service more financially viable,
Ian says. “We are not getting the 60 passengers a day that was expected. We are only getting about 40, so to take up the shortfall we’ve got to do something.” Currently workers are not using the bus, but an earlier timetable is being considered to hopefully boost numbers, Ian says. A morning service for Matakana School pupils is also in the pipeline. Currently about 20 Matakana pupils use the bus after school, but there is no morning run. “That change alone should boost daily numbers significantly.” Numbers have been climbing again, after a drop in patronage over December and January. In February there was a daily average of 41 passengers and a total of 1,161 for the month. March had a daily average of 43 passengers and a total of 1,339 for the month. This is well up on January’s 30 daily customers, however still below last year’s peak of 44 daily customers in November. Public transport advocate Bevan Woodward says it’s great the service has been confirmed for another year. “It’s not just about the numbers. It’s about doing better for the environment and for the community. Transport has a wide social benefit, so we’ve got to provide this.”
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Garage sale to raise funds for PNG orphans Puhoi resident Carlene Amos-Tolhopf is holding another garage sale to raise funds for an orphanage she started in Papua New Guinea last year. The orphanage has grown to care for 25 children who have been orphaned by Aids, and plans are underway for a new building to house the children. They are currently in a bush house and sometimes sleep three to a bed, Carlene says. “We’ve got the timber ready to go. Now we are waiting to get enough bamboo for the walls and thatched grass for the roof,” she says. She started the orphanage in August after she headed back to Papua New Guinea where she worked as a missionary for a decade during the 1980s and 90s. After seeing the suffering of some vulnerable children in the village, she decided to take action. PNG has the highest prevalence of HIV in the Pacific — nearly 1 per cent of the population. According to the United Nations, there are about 13,000 orphans due to Aids. The orphanage is in the Jiwaka province in the Highlands which is one of the worst affected areas, says Carlene. Two Papua New Guinean families are currently running the orphanage and are trying to develop the land, to become self-sufficient. “I’ve been sending back money and seeds so they can grow food. But soon we will need to buy more land to
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Burglaries hit Warkworth A spate of burglaries in Mahurangi has seen scrap metal targeted and the Warkworth Hospice store hit three times this year. Sergeant Bede Haughey says there have been six burglaries for scrap metal this year, which is significant for Warkworth. An 18-year-old and a 20-year-old have been arrested in relation to one of the burglaries, but Sergeant Haughey says it is likely out-of-town criminals are responsible for other burglaries. The rise in the price of scrap metal has led to an increase in burglaries across the country, he says. Sergeant Haughey advises anyone selling scrap metal to ensure they are dealing with a licensed secondhand dealer. This will ensure that you are not supporting illegal activity, and will also give a level of security that you will actually get paid, he says. Businesses targeted tended to be on SH1 or main arterial roads and one business was targeted at least three times, he says. Sergeant Haughey is urging local businesses to be vigilant and make sure items that may be targeted are not left in view. One business owner that was targeted, who did not want to be identified, says the perpetrators were caught thanks to security cameras. He recommends other businesses think about installing cameras. Warkworth Wellsford Hospice has
stepped up security after the store on Woodcocks Rd was burgled three times in two weeks recently. A computer screen was taken, and the shop was vandalised — bales of recycled clothing were ripped apart and locks and doors were broken, hospice communications coordinator Leslie Ingham says. But the most annoying thing was the key and battery to a mobility scooter was taken, she says. “We had that donated to us and it’s worth quite a bit of money, but we can’t sell it without the key,” Leslie says. “We just want the key back. If someone could just quietly drop off the key that would be great.” It also took up a lot of time that volunteers generously donated, she says. “It’s just senseless. It’s really frustrating. We have volunteers who do an amazing job and then someone comes along and undoes a lot of the good work.” Burglary has been an ongoing issue for the hospice. Last year it was also broken into a couple of times, she says. “I don’t think some people understand that our funds go towards getting nurses and counsellors out to families who have someone suffering a terminal illness,” she says. Sergeant Bede Haughey says police have some leads for the burglaries and are “following a confident line of inquiry”.
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Great War centenary sparks medal hunt
Retired Ahuroa farmer Bruce Jenkins couldn’t hide his emotion when he displayed his father’s World War I medals.
Great War, she asked Bruce Jenkins if she could look through his old tin of medals. That’s when she found the first – and so far the only – medal. It was presented to Bruce’s father Llewellyn (TOL) Jenkins, who left NZ for Egypt with the main body of the NZ Expeditionary Force in 1914. Bruce, who’s 84, says his knowledge of his father’s service is patchy at best. “I know his departure was initially
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delayed because of rumours that German raiders were in Auckland, but like many other servicemen, he never spoke about those days. “We know he served at Gallipoli with the Army Medical Corp, was wounded at Mons, in France, and was repatriated to NZ in 1917. He then rejoined the occupation army which went in to Germany. His younger brothers, Gus and Vivian, also served.”
After the war, TOL returned to Ahuroa, married an Australian girl who was visiting the district, and continued to farm Lynvale, which has been in the family for more than 130 years. He took an interest in local politics and was the riding member for Kaipara for 33 years and Rodney County chairman for 10 years up until 1963. According to H Mabbett’s book The Rock and the Sky, TOL Jenkins “will always be remembered in local body circles in Rodney as the man who seized the chance that came with the operation of the National Roads Board to persuade his ratepayers to revolutionise their roading by introducing a five-year sealing programme.” The Ahuroa Roll of Honour, which is now housed at the RSA in Warkworth, records the following names, all of whom would have been eligible for the Ahuroa Medal: CF Berger, W Berger, WJ Davie-Martin, TOL Jenkins, HA Jenkins, CV Jenkins, WL Pine, CJ Parker, AH Parker, J Paul, B Turnwald and WS Woodcock. Those who fell: A Hannah, VR Sanderson, AR Sanderson, J Searchfield, R Searchfield and J Turnwald.
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There’s a treasure hunt underway in Ahuroa, but not for any ordinary prize. Descendents of long-standing Ahuroa families are being asked to rummage through their storage closets and drawers in the hope they might uncover an Ahuroa Medal. The small, shield-shaped gold medals were presented to returning World War I servicemen, and the families of those who didn’t return, in recognition of their sacrifice. Navy museum operations manager Cliff Heywood says the awarding of commemorative medallions and badges around the time of World War I was a popular way for communities to acknowledge people and events. “The Government of the day also recognised those who fell, with a bronze plaque, known as a death plaque,” he says. “It had the name of the departed serviceman engraved on the face and was sent to the man’s family.” Knowledge of the Ahuroa Medal only surfaced recently when local resident Mavis Russell (nee Langman) noticed a mention of it in a 1914 Weekly News article, listed on the website Papers Past. Aware that three members of the Jenkins family had fought in The
April 16, 2014
Wanted: Family photos or records from the 1910s Those old photo albums stacked away in a forgotten corner of the house might contain the key to an Auckland Council research dilemma. Council’s heritage unit is currently researching a selection of sites in the Rodney area as part of its regional World War I heritage trail project. Team leader of heritage information management, Peri Buckley, says her team is specifically interested in records, papers and photographs of Wilson Cement Works in Warkworth, Ahuroa Hall, Warkworth War Memorial, Wellsford War Memorial Gates and Helensville Railway Station. The information and photographs will be used on interpretive displays or signs; in a trail brochure; and for the website and the Heritage Trail mobile application. “The First World War Heritage Trail stretches across the Auckland region and highlights about 60 sites that are significant to NZ’s response to the First World War on themes such as going to war, military training, the home front, the economic war effort, opposition to the war and remembrance. “We’ve been working with
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Over 100 people turned out to a celebratory lunch at Sandspit Yacht Club in the hope that work will soon begin on the Sandspit Marina. The consent for the Construction Management Plan has been lodged and, pending its acceptance, construction should begin before the end of the month, Hopper Construction general manager Guy Jones says. Assembling of the pontoons has already begun and the Mahurangi built Clearwater tugboat and 300-tonne barge are stationed on site waiting to go. The Clearwater was built for future dredging of the Mahurangi River, and tugboat owner Peter Thompson says
the contract will help fund the barge and tugboat for the dredging. “The Mahurangi River is one of my favourite areas and my vision is to get that dredged. This project is helping the Mahurangi River in no uncertain terms,” he says. Guy outlined the timeline for the project, but a question from the crowd, ‘when is it going to start?’ highlighted the growing impatience of some of those waiting to get their boats in the water. Marina superintendent Graham Maker made light of the situation with the quip: “Eight years ago we told everyone it was a three-year project, so give or take a few years, we are going alright.”
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When it comes to road surfaces, it seems Reliance Way in Omaha is anything but reliable. Residents are irate at the patch-up job Auckland Transport continues to do on the cobblestone street. They feel they are paying the price for a mistake in the original design of the road, built about 20 years ago. “Instead of putting the underground stormwater drain under the road verge, it’s under the road itself,” resident Blair Martin says. “About five years ago, water leaking from the pipes started to undermine the sand on which the cobblestones are laid. It’s just gotten worse from then onwards.” Residents claim that some of the holes appearing in the road are up to 1m deep and 7-8m wide.
“So far we’ve been lucky because we’ve seen them and called Council straight away and we’ve put up some sort of barrier or sign immediately. But, sooner or later, there’s going to be a serious accident. Holidaymakers, who often arrive after dark on a Friday night, own a number of homes in the street. I’d hate to think what would happen if a car wheel went into one of those holes.” The residents say that Council’s attempts to address the sinking pavers – using a coal mix fill, steel plates and pumping concrete into a sleeve inside the pipeline – have all failed. The only comment Auckland Transport would make on the issue was to say that there was an issue with the storm water pipes, but “this has been repaired and the pavers reinstated”.
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The Plunket building in Warkworth has reopened after a 12-month makeover. Warkworth Kindergarten came along to inspect the renovations and give it their seal of approval. Plunket committee member Angela Brangwynne says it’s a huge improvement. It is hoped the building will function as a parent room, where parents can feed and change kids in a location close to town, as well as providing headquarters for the three nurses. It will be a great place for parents to feed or change children while running errands, Ms Brangwynne says. The renovations have made the room a lot more welcoming for parents and children, she says. “It was pink and blue before, with pink floors. It was really cold and uninviting. But it’s been transformed
now. We are really happy with it. It’s bright and feels a lot better.” Angela McCall from AJM Interior Design offered her services free of charge and she’s done a fantastic job, Ms Brangwynne says. Brian Andrew Ms McCall says Ms and Brangwynne his wife has been vital to seeing the Moira. project through, which was delayed for about 10 months when drainage issues were discovered in the building. “She’s just made the whole thing happen and put in so much time and energy in. She was there with sandpaper preparing the building right at the start. Nothing was a problem for her and she really made it happen.” Mahurangi Kindergarten painted a mural for the back wall of the toilet room and the Warkworth Private Kindergarten created a big heart artwork in the washroom.
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Charity comes to the rescue of meals-on-wheels service A Warkworth charity has stepped in to save a meals-on-wheels service that was threatened with closure this month. The Rodney Health Charitable Trust has agreed to continue a service that was due to be dropped by Geneva Healthcare on April 11. The trust is run by Warkworth resident Wendy Hawkings, who retired last month as chief executive of Geneva Healthcare. She took up the job after selling her own business, Healthlink North, to Geneva last year. Mrs Hawkings says income earned from the sale will continue to fund the charitable trust. She did not want to comment on the sale process, but is keen to assure people in the Mahurangi region that the frozen meal service will continue as usual. “It will be run from Warkworth as it was in the past. The only difference will be the phone number they ring to order them,” she says. The meals will not be going up in price and delivery will still be free. The trust has kept a bus that is used for weekly entertainment outings for elderly in the region, and that service, run by Judith Cowie, will also continue, she says. Mrs Hawkings has also taken over a loan pool for health equipment, which she will run from her home.
The loan pool lends out equipment such as wheelchairs and walking frames for a token donation. “If they can give $5 toward something, then that’s fine,” she says. Geneva Healthcare also announced last month that it would be closing its Warkworth office and moving several staff to Albany. Mrs Hawkings says the trust still owns the building, which is along from Mahurangi College on SH1, and is keen for the community to suggest ways it could be used. “We’re looking for suggestions of what we could do with the big house up by the road,” she says. “We’d like to know if there is any way we could help the community with that.” The trust also continues to own an apartment at Gulf Harbour and a house at Mangawhai, that is available for staff holidays, she says. It will also continue to earn income from units for the elderly that it owns in Mangawhai. It will also continue to subsidise private day-surgery, in partnership with the Rodney Surgical Trust, and its support for organisations such as Adults In Motion. * To order frozen meals, phone Annette Carr on 425 7477. * For equipment from the loan pool, or book a staff holiday home, phone Wendy Hawkings on 425 9381.
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More poppies, please Warkworth wool shop Robyn Egge Yarns is marking Anzac Day this month with a spectacular display of locally knitted and crocheted poppies. Owner Karen Caulfield put out the call for the poppies in last month’s issue of Mahurangi Matters — and was thrilled with the response. “I stopped counting after 130, but I’d still like more,” she says. “I’d like to fill the bottom of the window with a carpet of poppies.” The poppies will be on display for the rest of the month, and will then be donated to the Auckland War Memorial Museum, which hopes to display 5000 poppies for next year’s centenary of Gallipoli. Meanwhile, big turnouts are expected across the region for Anzac Day services. Wellsford RSA will have an installation of about 100 crosses, which will be installed in the park behind the Wellford War Memorial Library. The crosses will be inscribed with the names of locals killed in war. A display of military memorabilia will also be on show, which will include a Bren gun carrier (a tank-like vehicle), jeeps, and a range of machine guns from World War II. On May 3 and 4, Hakaru RSA is holding a commemoration called “Days of Thunder”. This will include a World War I battle re-enactment and a firepower demonstration from original weapons
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from World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War. The event will take place at the Hakaru RSA grounds in Kaiwaka. Re-enactment societies from the Auckland area will perform a mock battle each day, wearing complete replica uniforms of the German Paratroopers, the 82nd American Airborne and the 21st Kiwi Battalion. There will also be a display of military memorabilia including everything from handguns to a 1960s Howitzer cannon, and military vehicles, as well as classic cars, hotrods and Harleys. The weekend is a fundraiser for the RSA’s welfare work and building maintenance.
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More than 40 kiwi were recently released at the open sanctuary. They roamed all over the park until they found a territory which suited them and began to settle and hunt out a partner. Nine of the kiwi were fitted with transmitters — a little brown box about the size of a stock cube attached to their legs. The transmitter gave information on location, movement, nesting and incubation time by broadcasting a series of beeps which are detected with a receiver. We have no definite numbers of the kiwi population in the park. Call count listening is one technique that can give an indication of population. However, it underestimates the numbers of non-adults, as young birds are not territorial and do not call. These call counts have been steadily creeping up. Two of the male birds have incubated 13 eggs during the three seasons they were monitored. This is no mean feat as the incubation period is around 80 days. During this time the male only leaves the nest for extremely short periods at night to feed. Kiwi are starting to be frequently heard at dusk in the park and occasionally sighted. The best time to hear them is on calm nights. When Kiwi are transferred to a new site, part of the translocation requirements are to monitor the kiwi, to know how many there are, the proportion of adults to juveniles, and the health of the kiwi. The transmitters give some of this information but monitoring kiwi health requires catching the birds. In the past, Tawharanui has used James Fraser and Natasha Coad and their trained kiwi locator dogs to find kiwi during the day. These birds are then caught, measurements and weight are recorded, and previously metal-banded birds are noted. All the birds transferred to Tawharanui from Motuora had individually numbered metal bands fitted. Using the measurements and weights, we are able to determine the sex and age of the birds located, and to determine the health of the population. A population with very few juveniles means that there is little recruitment. A “normal” population has a 50:50 ratio of adult to non-adult kiwi. New juveniles are banded to give them a unique identification code. The dogs James and Natasha use are english setters. It is vitally important that the dogs pose as little risk to the target birds as possible. They are trained using homing feral pigeons to ensure that the dogs have a solid point and are steady to flushing birds.
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The house that Harold built When I consider the rigmarole involved in building a house these days, I think of how simple it was in my grandfather’s day. It was hard work, but there was certainly no red tape. In 1909, Harold Marsh proposed marriage to Grace Moffatt. He lived in the house his father built in the 1860s and perhaps it was getting a little rundown, so he decided to build a new one to start married life. Our family is fortunate to have not only his diaries and John Moffatt in the completed photographs to give details of the build, chimney. Photo, WH Marsh. but also invoices for building materials. The couple chose a flat site adjacent to the “old house” with a lovely view of the Oruawharo River. In June, Harold went down into his little patch of bush and cut trees to become house blocks. He went to Port Albert and arranged with Mr Bennett to supply the galvanised iron, spouting, ridging, paint etc and to deliver it. The following Monday, Bennett’s launch came down the river with most of the timber, weatherboards, lining etc. The diary notes that the weather was so rough Mr Bennett had to throw nearly all the load overboard to land it. Harold then had to get everything ashore. The whole next day was spent cleaning and stacking it, ready to haul 13 loads a half-mile or so from the beach using a horse and sledge. In late July, Bennett’s launch delivered corrugated iron, sash weights, nails, scrim etc and joinery from O’Brian’s of Wairoa. These supplies, too, had to be hauled up through the paddocks. While all this was going on Harold was still working his farm, gumdigging and travelling the district taking photographs, not to mention continuing to court Grace. He spent hours painting weatherboards before starting to build. On August 30, Harold wrote: “Guy Witheford came along in the forenoon and we commenced to build the new house and put in the blocks under the East and Mahurangi 15block.” April 2014 South Advertising walls. Took a in photo laying theMatters foundation Guy and his father, Walter Witheford, were accomplished builders in the district. On September 9, the framework began. Six days later Walter and Guy had the fascia and front and west side weatherboards up. The following day Walter arrived early and finished attaching the spouting. Guy and Harold completed weatherboarding the eastern side and put all the iron on the roof. Harold remarked that they didn’t knock off until 5.30pm, then he went to visit his fiancée. The exterior was completed by September 18 and the men began internal flooring and lining. By the end of the month, ceilings were up and scrim attached to walls ready for papering. Windows were installed and a porch built. Not everything was brand new. Internal doors from the old house were used in the new one and it’s always amused family and friends to see how many different hinge holes there are in some of these doors. Ceiling battens were reused. So, too, was the chimney, taken down brick by brick, cleaned and re-erected by John Moffatt, Grace’s father. The house was ready when Harold and Grace were married in February 1910.
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The chances of suffering a heart attack while playing sport or socialising at your local sports club are thankfully slim. But should disaster strike, help will be close at hand at Centennial Park in Wellsford. The community has clubbed together to fund a portable defibrillator, which will be permanently housed in a locked box outside the Wellsford Rugby Club. Wellsford District Sports and Recreation Collective co-ordinator Lynnette Gubb says getting the defibrillator installed has been quite a long process. It was originally thought the community would have to raise money, but in the end several businesses agreed to help out. The defibrillator was supplied by the Coast to Coast Hauora Trust. Wharehine made the metal box, while Warren Hedley from Specific Security Specialists made the keys. The Wellsford Lions paid for signage, and the Wellsford Pharmacy provided extra equipment. All users of the park have a key, and a key is also available at the clubrooms. Several defibrillators are already available in Wellsford, including at
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where the public gathers, is entirely appropriate, and at least gives people a chance.” Dr Malloy says a defibrillator helped saved the life of a man who collapsed at the Caltex service station in Wellsford just before Christmas. “He was resuscitated and flown to Auckland, and he has now returned to work. It’s not always as successful as that, but just knowing that we can give people a chance for recovery is very worthwhile.”
Local choir set to perform again The Local Vocals Choir is launching another 10-week series of concerts, following on from its success over the past two years. This year’s theme will be “Songs of Freedom”, and will again be under the direction of choirmaster Max Maxwell. The choir developed from the original Wellsford Community Choir project, which began in 2012. President Sally Randall says this year’s theme will be “uplifting and positive”, with music styles from around the world. More members are being sought for the choir. No singing experience is needed and there are no auditions. The 10-week series begins on Sunday May 4, and will run on following Sundays from 3-5pm. It will conclude with a concert at the Wellsford District Community Centre on Sunday July 6. Members of the audience will be asked for a gold coin donation. Info: email@example.com, or visit the choir’s Facebook page at www. facebook.com/singlvc.
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Large family home with delightful expansive view of Kawau Bay. 4 big bedrooms, modern kitchen, open plan dining/lounge opening on to covered decking looking over the mature fully fenced back garden and out to Kawau Island. 2 bedrooms and bathroom for the extended family downstairs. Garage, workshop, large laundry. Heaps of storage in this home. Hardstand for the camper van or boat. Close to everything Snells Beach has to offer.
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Snells Beach TIDY AND AFFORDABLE
At last a neat, tidy and affordable home in Snells Beach. Modern and clean. Handy to everything Snells has to offer with a sea view. 2 bedroom, up to date kitchen, open plan lounge/dining opening on to lovely North facing decking with all day sun and a sea view. Free standing single garage workshop with good hard stand area. Well kept low maintenance garden areas, fully fenced and does not have shared access.
Be first or miss out on buying this tidy 2 bedroom home. Close to beach and shops on a level, easy care site. Currently rented to a reliable tenant wishing to stay on. Perfect as a continuing investment property or priced for a first home buyer. Viewing is strictly by appointment and inspection is invited with the listing agent.
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Best buy in town!!!! We were surprised by what we found & weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sure you will be too!!!. This cute 3Bedroom plus office is very neatly presented, currently tenanted, but suitable as a first home too. Modern kitchen & bathroom and good quality chattels included. Single garaging. Fully fenced site secure for kids or pets and very handy to schools and Kindergarten.
This character filled 4-5 bedroom home on the flat is a real cutie. Perfectly positioned for the kids to play. Generous living throughout. Set on 1 hectare in a lovely peaceful location yet close to school and the Warkworth village.
$439,000 View by appointment www.rwwarkworth.co.nz/WAR22631 rwwarkworth.co.nz/WAR22631 Terrence Banks 021 412 183 09 425 1612 firstname.lastname@example.org Paul Gothard 021 422 738 09 425 1608 email@example.com Warkworth office 09 425 7959 Bogue Real Estate 2014 Ltd LICENSED (REAA 2008)
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Character and charm can be yours with this very cute warm and friendly home sitting pretty as a picture on 7221sqm of easy care flat land within a few minutes of Warkworth Township on the tar seal. Plenty of scope for landscaping or building a shed before the summer ends and then cosy up in front of the fire for the winter. 3 double bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sep. toilet and laundry. Well cared for and loved this home is now ready for its new owner. Viewing by appointment.
Magic Hideaway Inspiring new home on the waters edge just under ten minutes of Warkworth Township, Serene & private north facing bush setting of just over 1 hectare. Landscaping just being finished on this brand new 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom easy care, trend setting home. Nature lovers will enjoy the array of native NZ birds and the beauty of the bush with good walking tracks. If you really want something totally unique then donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t delay as this type of property is rare.
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April 16, 2014
Briefs Snells Beach sale Bruce Goodhue and Barry Masefield from Barfoot & Thompson recently sold 206 Mahurangi East Road. The 6.45ha site has excellent frontage to Mahurangi East Road and is adjacent to the Cabra residential development. The site has been sold to a developer who intends to subdivide the property.
Ti Point still on market One of the region’s most spectacular properties – Ti Point Wines, on Taiere Road – was passed in at auction on April 9. Bayleys agent Dahnie Burton says no unconditional offers were received on the day. “This is a very beautiful property, but also very specific,” she said. “There’s good conditional interest, particularly since all previous price indicators have gone.” The waterfront property of just over 19 hectares includes three dwellings, a boutique vineyard and paddocks for stock.
Sales down in Rodney district
Farmers pays $5.7million for 1.2ha site at Silverdale The recent purchase of this site on the corner of Silverdale Street and Millwater Parkway by the Farmers Trading Company is the first indication of the type of retail centre that could be built on the land. Farmers purchased the 1.16ha site for around $5.7 million. Farmers Trading Company managing director Rod McDermott confirmed the purchase of the land, which is alongside the Silverdale Centre, but
would not provide any further details.The possible impact of Farmers’ future development in Silverdale on Whangaparaoa Plaza is also yet to be determined. Farmers, Whitcoulls and Stevens are all owned by the James Pascoe Group, and they all have stores in The Plaza. At this stage it is unknown whether any or all of those stores will continue trading in Whangaparaoa long term, as The Warehouse has, or open jointly at the new site in Silverdale.
Latest statistics from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) show sales volumes in the Rodney district fell by 4.5 percent in March, compared to March last year. There were 232 sales in March, compared to 243 in the same month the previous year. However, the number was well up on February, which had just 144 sales. The median price in the Rodney district in March was $615,000, well up on $523,500 the previous year. Nationally, sales volumes fell across the country by an average of 10 percent. REINZ chief executive Helen O’Sullivan said there were clear signs that the national sales volume trend was easing, continuing the trend that began last November. Only two of 12 regions, representing only 3.9 percent of total sales, showed an increase in sales volumes compared to March 2013.
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Bayleys in the North is throwing an 80s beach party and charity auction on April 26 to raise money for the Omaha Surf Life Saving Club. Established in 1988, the club has continued to grow to meet the needs of the burgeoning Omaha population. The club has around 65 active patrolling lifeguards and around 120 junior surf members, in addition to an enthusiastic community of volunteers and supporters. The not-for-profit club provides a dedicated lifeguard service with trained volunteers patrolling almost 4km of beach and keeping a watchful eye over the 3000 visitors each day during peak season. Bayleys in the North director Mark Macky says the club is a hub for a great community, and not only keeps the beach safe, but also keeps its younger members active and involves them in the community.
“This is the largest fundraising event for the Omaha Surf Life Saving Club each year so come along and support a great cause.” Auction items donated by generous local businesses and individuals include three-course dinners, artwork, and accommodation. Money raised on the night will go towards the continued development and improvement of the club. The evening will also feature a silent auction. Thanks to a mobile phone app, people will be able to bid on the silent auction remotely over the 3G network. It is the tenth year Bayleys in the North has supported the Omaha Surf Life Saving Club, raising $40,000 at last year’s event. Tickets can be purchased at the Omaha Surf Life Saving Club or at the Bayleys Omaha, Warkworth and Mahurangi East Offices.
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River Nile Linens has moved into Matakana village, just next door to the preschool, Small Steps. Last October Jenny and Tony Bullock bought the business with the intention of moving it into Matakana, to be a part of the great atmosphere of the village, they say. “There may have been a bit of confusion regarding the future of the business recently because the property where the business was previously located is for sale. We just want our customers to know we are definitely still in the area and look forward to seeing them call in to our new premises”, Jenny says. When Jenny and Tony bought the business they were looking to return to the area permanently. For a number of years they had a property at Omaha but back then the timing wasn’t quite right for them to live here. Now they’ve purchased land in Matakana and hope to start building soon and are looking forward to the transition from commuters to locals. “I’m really loving the business, people come in just to say hi, which is really great. Once we’re properly settled the next step is to work on some new
Cherry Men has been flat out for the past few years being a full-time Mum. With three children — aged 2, 3 and 13 — to keep an eye on, she’s been kept pretty busy. But she has finally decided to take on a new challenge, taking over the wellknown Cider Shed café and vegetable shop on SH1 just north of Warkworth. Originally from Beijing, Cherry has previously worked as a personal assistant, and in advertising and public relations in China. She also had her own IT business for six years, selling networks to government departments and banks. After moving to Auckland, she completed an accountancy degree at Massey University, and is relishing the chance to run her own business again. “I have found that Kiwis are very friendly, and very helpful, which you won’t find in many other places,” she says. “People really care – it’s not just about the money.” She wanted to find a business that would allow her to continue to spend time with her children, and initially considered chicken farms, and growing tomatoes. She also looked at cafes, and considered setting up her own vegetable business, but was
embroidery designs and get our online store up and running”, Jenny says. We have an open plan workspace and people love being able to come in and see our production area in action, she says. “The nice thing about the shop is the people you meet. People who come into the shop have a love of nice things and appreciate the quality of the luxury pure cottons we use.” The couple are planning a trip to Turkey in the near future, which will include a visit to the facility where the cotton is milled.
thrilled when she came across The Cider Shed. “I loved the property as soon as I saw it.” Cherry wants to assure existing customers that she will at least maintain the business as it has been in the past. But she is also keen to make improvements, and is especially keen to forge stronger links with locals through newsletters and special deals, as well as boosting its profile through tourism networks. She is determined to sell the freshest and best quality produce she can find, and to gradually renovate the café as well. “I just want all the community to know that by taking over this business I’m not changing things for them. The food will be at least the same quality, and if they have any concerns they should just pop in and see me and I’ll address any concerns they might have.”
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Christian Herbulot has travelled the world on the back of his baking skills, and has finally found paradise living in Mahurangi. He started bakery and pastry business Bonjour Patisserie in November, continuing his lifelong love affair with dough. He has previously worked as manager of the chocolate factory at Chocolate Brown and as desert chef at Plume. His passion for baking started as a child in the family bakery in the Republic of the Congo. “That’s what I always wanted to do from a very young age. There was no issue deciding what to do for a job,” Christian says. His family sent him to France for an education and he went on to study in Paris. After graduating he began his own education, travelling the French countryside and learning all he could about traditional French baking. “Different areas have different styles. I love how they bake in the countryside. They are purists,” he says. His other passion, surfing, took him to Bali for seven years, where he opened up a restaurant and later started a bakery. Political tension in Bali led him to move to Australia, where he worked in a series of top restaurants making desserts and baking. But 10 years ago he decided it was time
Warren and Wendy James are country people at heart. They used to live in Albany, before it became a suburb of Auckland, then moved to Matakana, where they managed John Baker’s Country Park. For the past 20 years they have been in Wellsford, where Warren has worked as a contractor doing all types of farm infrastructure. But health problems forced them to consider a change. They had both been interested in solar power for some time, and started investigating the industry. That led to them becoming the distributors for NZ Solar in Northland — a region that stretches from Orewa to Cape Reinga. “We looked at lots of different things, and this fitted in with my building experience,” says Warren. “We both feel quite strongly that it’s an industry that’s got a good future. And it’s exciting to help people out.” Several of their friends have recently installed solar power. The couple also supply hot water systems, and are particularly keen to work with local farmers. “Some of the people who’ve installed it have surprised me, actually,” says Warren. “It’s no longer just a ‘green’ thing.” The couple say they chose NZ Solar because it has been in business for a decade. The company is based in Nelson, and has only recently
for a change and moved to Auckland, working in high-end catering, before finally settling in Mahurangi three years ago. “When you travel all the time you are always searching for the perfect place. When I came here I found my little piece of paradise. For me, it’s the end of the road.” Mahurangi is a great place to raise children, and brings back fond memories of his own upbringing, he says. “I grew up on a beautiful beach on the coast of Africa. You’ve got the beach in front of you and the forest behind you. It’s like a fairytale. Here reminds me a bit of growing up there.”
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People also call the business when they want to sell, as a smart-looking deck can make a significant difference to a property’s value, says Paul. Sandra agrees. “The wife is going for the kitchen and the deck,” she says. The business has also branched out into garage carpet, which can also add thousands to a property’s value, says Paul, because it effectively adds an extra room to the house. “If you take your average double garage, you can turn it into a rumpus room or living room. To build one, you’re looking at $60,000 for a room that size.”
Change is in the air for Wayne and Elaine Dodds — they have started an earthmoving business, Pro-Dig, after owning Trench & Power for 12 years, and they have moved onto dry land after five years living on a yacht. It was time to move on from their trenching and cabling business, Wayne says. “But we are not finished with the earthmoving industry and will continue to offer our services and my 40 years’ experience,” he says. Pro-Dig will work on everything from landscaping, to laying driveways and tidying up building sites. “I’ve always been involved in earthmoving. That’s what I’m good at and that’s what I know,” Wayne says. He and Elaine ran Trench & Power from the 65ft yacht they also lived on. They moored the yacht on the Mahurangi River and, after Wayne installed a fireplace, it was comfortable all year round, he says. “You meet a lot of nice people on the river. It’s a big boat and you’ve got all the comforts of home,” he says. “We’d fish flounder off the back of the boat,” says Elaine. “We also had pet eels and pet ducks.” They have done up five yachts over the past 30 years and have kept the boat for the odd getaway. But after living back on land for about a year, they are enjoying the change.
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“I’ve got gardening to do now,” Elaine says. They are looking forward to the challenge of the new business, and are incredibly grateful to the customers they’ve had in Rodney over the years, Wayne says. “We would like to thank all our customers from Trench & Power Services, in particular local power network Electrix and GJ Gardiner have been great to us over the years,” he says. “Derek and Jan Browne have taken over the business now and we wish them well.”
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Farmers’ spirits low as drought proves too much for some As the second year of drought begins to bite, some farmers have reached the end of their tether and are selling up. Dargaville dairy farmer Carol Blagrove has put the farm she owns with her husband on the market as drought conditions continue. “We’ve had enough,” Carol says. They have had the farm for three years, but consecutive years of drought have taken a toll, both mentally and financially. “This year people don’t have that same buoyancy. Last year people were thinking we can get through this. This year people have their heads down. My husband gets down on it and people are really low,” she says. “It’s not just the money, it’s the stress.” Recent statistics from the chief coroner’s office found that, apart from old age and illness, suicide is the leading cause of sudden death for farmers, with suicide responsible for significantly more farm deaths than quad bike crashes and drowning. In 2010, rural New Zealanders were 43 percent more likely to commit suicide than urban New Zealanders, with male suicide rates around 67 percent higher in rural areas compared to men
in urban centres, a recent Federated Farmers media release states. In light of the statistics, the website depression.org has tailored its content to be more relevant to rural communities. The high suicide rate is probably because of times like these, Carol says. Fonterra payouts have helped, but not much, she says. “It would have been devastating, now it’s just soul destroying,” she says. “But our farm isn’t that bad compared to out on the coast. We have some grass, but they have absolutely none. They say even the rabbits are starving out there.” If they sell the farm they will continue to work in the industry, but the first thing will be a holiday, she says. Northland Rural Support Trust coordinator Julie Jonkers says the service provides counselling services
and urges anyone who is struggling to get in touch. “Farmers are so stoic they just put their head down and keep going. But some times you need to stop and see the seriousness of the situation,” she says. There is also a shortage of supplements such as hay, which has made feeding stock more costly, she says. Julie knows of one farmer who has had to sell all of his capital stock. “He couldn’t afford to feed them,” she says. “People don’t realise how expensive it is. It can knock $100,000 off your profit. For smaller operations that’s huge, especially if it’s happening three years in a row.” The long-range forecast has provided little comfort. NIWA’s April to June forecast gives a 35 percent chance rainfall will be below average, with a 40 percent chance of near average rainfall. Meanwhile, a recent report
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CountryLiving Julie Cotton
Not so super city The implementation of the Supercity for rural landowners and farmers has been a complete disaster, and I am yet to find any rural landowners who will disagree with me. The facts are now on the table and it is obvious our initial fears about amalgamating with the city have been realised. It seems our big sister city wants to eat her cake and most of Rodney’s as well. Is it any wonder why farm gate banter is now focused on whinging about Council as opposed to commodity prices and the weather? I am a firm believer that every citizen should be entitled to basic core services; after all historically this is why councils were originally formed. Decent roading, sewerage and water must be provided first and foremost – end of story. But our rates are now expected to provide for so many other amenities. Traditional services that were once provided by central government through our taxes are now being foisted upon ratepayers and our Government has become a bit “chequebook shy”. The Supercity concept was sold to rural people under the banner of more money for the peripherals. We were all thinking that our problems would be solved, but in fact the opposite has occurred. It is funny how people think, though. A caller from the city recently rang a national talkback radio show and stated that Aucklanders should not be expected to use their money to provide services for towns like Warkworth. I nearly fell off my chair. It must be very hard for our Local Board to try and satisfy everybody with such limited funds — a clear-cut case of which seagull gets the chip. The microeconomies of our small rural communities and those of our satellite towns are very susceptible to change and over-regulation, and must be protected. Local money must circulate within our communities for us to survive, and this includes revenue from rates and ever-increasing compliance costs that are being bestowed upon landowners. Local contractors must always be given opportunities to tender for local work; a bureaucratic firewall of intense paperwork should not be an easy means to shut out local contractors. It annoys me to tears when I see contractors from Auckland and beyond in this neck of the woods doing the work of local businesses. Surely they are not that far off the mark in terms of price and availability? The Supercity needs to recognise the importance of this if we are to have employment for our citizens, and flourishing communities – after all, the city is big enough and ugly enough to look after itself, isn’t it?
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localentertainment Eclectic line-up heads for Leigh Sawmill The songwriting force behind Cold Chisel is performing at the Sawmill this month, while a ukulele band and a singer songwriter will serenade the Sawmill early next month. Don Walker played keyboard for the Australian pub rock legends, and wrote many of the band’s hits. He will be joined by Australian band The Bads at the Sawmill on April 19. Don was inducted into the Australian songwriters hall of fame in 2012 and his recent shows in Australia have been lauded as lectures in the art of song writing by crowds packed with musicians. The gig comes after the release last year of his third album, Hully Gully, which features songs that delve into the Australian character, dissected by his signature sharp wit. New Zealand-based Swiss/Kiwi singer-songwriter/loop artist Sonic Delusions will play Friday May 2 as he tours his second album Open Your Eyes. Last year he completed a 70-date tour, traveling in a converted school bus so he could take his family with him on the road. Along the way he has supported major New Zealand bands including Fly My Pretties and Trinity Roots. This year he has left the family at home but will be joined by a backing band.
Don Walker will be joined by The Bads at a gig at the Sawmill on April 19.
We have three double passes to give away. Email news@localmatters. co.nz with “Don Walker”, “Sonic Delusions” or “North of Bombay” in the subject line to be in the draw. The Don Walker competition close at 3pm on April 18, Sonic Delusions closes on April 30, and North of Bombay closes on May 2.
Ukulele band North of Bombay is playing at the Leigh Sawmill on Sunday, May 4 from 5pm. The group consists of seven Auckland-based musicians, including five music teachers. North of Bombay use a range of ukuleles: 6-string, baritone, bass, concert, soprano, tenor and banjo, which they say results in rich, layered music which is complemented by vocal harmonies. The group also throws additional instruments into the mix, including a melodica, glockenspiel, African drums, flutes, tin whistles and other oddities. The repertoire is eclectic and, besides original material, includes songs from the sixties to the present day, representing a wide range of genres. Keep up-to-date with everything happening in the Mahurangi and Hibiscus Coast areas at www. localmatters.co.nz/whatson
Carnival time at Leigh and Waipu It’s carnival time this Easter, with Waipu holding its annual carnival on Easter Saturday (April 19), and Leigh following suit on Sunday. Waipu’s organisers are promising “good old-fashioned yummy gourmet delights” including its famous Russian fudge. There will be a kids’ zone, and new rides this year will include water walkers, a merry-go-round, mini ferris wheel, mini digger challenge, petting zoo, Segway obstacle course, paintball and a Picarazzi photo booth. The Waipu Lawn Mower Racing Club will be also taking to the field, battling it out for this year’s title. The carnival will be held between 9am and 2pm at Caledonian Park, and all proceeds will go to Waipu Primary School. The Leigh Carnival will take place from 9am to 2pm on Easter Sunday, April 20, at the Leigh School field. There will be a fine wine auction, fresh fish and crayfish, quick-fire raffles, silent auction, local food, plus kids activities including an egg hunt with the Easter Bunny, bouncy castles and rides. Info: waipucarnival.com and leighcarnival.co.nz
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Hockey turf nearly finished Warkworth hockey players could finally have a new turf by Christmas. Auckland Council has laid the tarseal and kerbing that will provide the platform for the project, and all it needs now is for the new turf to be laid on top. The chairman of the Warkworth Hockey Turf Charitable Trust, Brett Illingworth, says a contract has been signed with Tiger Turf, and all the trust needs now is one more grant to complete the project. It is hoping to receive $335,000 from the Lotteries Commission by early June. The trust has already raised around $250,000 from the community, and also received a $300,000 grant from the ASB Community Trust. “If we get the Lotteries funding, it
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Soccer refs ready for season start The standard of refereeing in the Rodney Otamatea Soccer Association (ROSA) competition, at Port Albert, is expected to ratchet up a notch this year. A refs course, which started last season, was completed over summer. Sport Northland community sports advisor Janine Gilmore says welltrained refs make for better matches, particularly in the open grade. The ROSA competition, which caters for clubs from Kaiwaka, Mangawhai, Wellsford and Matakana, starts
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Warkworth Anglican Parish Easter Services
17th April: Maundy Thursday Service 5 pm Christ Church, Warkworth 18th April Good Friday Service 9.30am Christ Church, Warkworth 19th April Christ Church, Warkworth 10.30 am Messy Easter for all ages all welcome. Bring small plate of food for morning tea Easter Sunday – 20th April: 8.00 and 9.30 am: Christ Church, Warkworth 9.30 am St.Leonard’s, Matakana 9.30 am St.Michael and All Angels, Leigh 11.15 am St. Alban’s, Kaipara Flats Further details available on www.anglican-warkworth.org or 425 8054
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Part Time Job heather lomas, lyndsay (nee FORD) AND MARK are very happy to welcome Daniel Parker Pimm, Born on 24 March 2014, in London. Many thanks for all prayers and good wishes.
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Come and join the fun, 1st Monday of month, Upstairs New Masonic Lodge, Baxter Street, Warkworth, 7pm. Proceeds to Warkworth Museum.
LEARN TO PLAY HARP Teacher in Snells Beach contact Becky at swanharp@ yahoo.com or 425 5079
HOUSE WANTED Family home wanted Warkworth, Snells beach, private sale, any condition. Call Leigh 021466692 FARM HOUSE 3 + bdrms with/without sleepout or cottage, 5 + acres. Local small family to rent/buy. 021 478 655
• Four hours twice a month on a Tuesday, starting at 9am, to assist in Warkworth. • A couple of hours twice a month on a Friday to drop paper bundles in the Snells Beach, Matakana, Pt Wells and Omaha area. Person must have own car. For details, phone Angela 425 9068.
APPLIANCE REPAIRS A SMART REPAIR Service for F&P
smartdrive washers, F&P/Simpson dryers. Same day service 09 423 9660 or 021 168 7349.
S.O.S A V E
MARKETS MUSIC AT THE MARKET. Mangawai Village Hall Easter Monday from 9am. Singer Songwriter David Shanhun will entertain you. Food, fun, local produce and much more. Contact Sharon 027 4860133
Mahurangi Matters is looking for a part time general duties person. Immediate start. The position involves:
Host an ENJO Demo and receive fantastic Host Rewards FREE!
Clean without Chemicals Contact your ENJO Consultant - Judi
Ph: 027 5262 800
N A P P E R
LESS IS MORE!
If we wan’t to fish MORE in the future, we need to fish LESS now! ONLY TAKE WHAT YOU NEED & CAREFULLY PUT BACK THE ONES YOU CANT TAKE SO THERE WILL BE PLENTY FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS FROM THIS
Fletch Ostling Mahurangi College
what’s on April
For links to more information about some of these events, as well as listings through to the end of the year, visit the What’s On calendar online at www.localmatters.co.nz
10-27 “Impressed”, an exhibition of fine art prints at Charlie’s in Matakana. 17 Rodney Local Board members one-on-one meetings with locals, 2pm-4pm, Warkworth Service Centre, 1 Baxter St. By appointment only. Ph 09 301 0101 and ask for Warkworth Service Centre. 19 Algies Bay Ratepayers & Residents AGM, Betty Paxton Room, Mahurangi Community Hall, Snells Beach, 10am. 19 Don Walker, Leigh Sawmill at 8.30pm. Tickets $40. 19 Mangawhai Fishing Competition. Fishing starts at 6am with weigh-in at 4pm. Cash-only auction of prizewinning fish after weigh-in. Tickets, Mangawhai Fish and Tackle. 19&20 Mosaic exhibition by Joy Bell, who recently completed the Warkworth clock tower. Hosted by Ti Point Vineyards, Tairere Rd (1 km past Ti Point Reptile Park), 10am-4pm 19 (Easter Saturday) Waipu Carnival, 9am-2pm, Caledonian Park. Info: waipucarnival.com 20 (Easter Sunday) Leigh Carnival, 9am-2pm, Leigh School Field. Info: leighcarnival.co.nz 20 (Easter Sunday) Two-hour Easter excursion along the Mahurangi River on the Jane Gifford, departs 10am. Bookings required. Info: Ph 425 5006 or 027 484 9935 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 23 Mahurangi Probus Club 25th anniversary, Salty Dog Inn, Snells Beach. Guest speaker, Rodney MP Mark Mitchell. Info: Mary Davies 425 6128. 24, 26 & 27 Leigh Coastal Walk and fire brigade open day. Guided walks including Goat Island, Cape Rodney and Little Barrier. Info: leighbythesea.co.nz or call Tony 422 6127 25 Anzac Day 25 Puhoi Library is holding a comemorative ANZAC opening from 10am-4pm. There will be a WWI and WWII display including newspapers and documents from the period. Free coffee and ANZAC biscuits. 26 Quiz night, Puhoi Centennial Hall, 7.30pm. $10 per head, BYO drinks and nibbles and gold coins for raffles etc. Tea and coffee available. Fancy dress optional, with prizes for best team of six. Info: Fran 4220835. Fundraiser for a new hall roof. 26 Omaha Surf Life Saving Club Beach party and charity auction, 6pm, 80s entertainment by AutoMatics, tickets $50 available at Bayleys offices in Omaha, Warkworth and Mahurangi East. 27 Warkworth museum Open Day, Parry Kauri Park, from 10am. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the document archives, photo archives, machinery display shed, workshop, and textiles. Plus view vintage machinery in action. Entry by voluntary donation. 30 Gospel singer Peter Shurley will play at the Mahurangi Baptist Church from 7pm. The concert is free but donations are welcome.
April 16, 2014
Kowhai Connection Local bus timetable
Stude n $1.50 ts
Warkworth • Snells Beach • Matakana
Plus on-request pick-ups and drop-offs to:
Algies Bay • Sandspit • Point Wells • Omaha Weekdays Leaving Warkworth Warkworth
(excluding public holidays)
Weekends (and public holidays)
7.00 8.30 10.00 12.00 2.00 3.40 5.10
7.10 8.40 10.10 12.10 2.10 3.50 5.20
Snells Beach ▼
Sandspit & Algies
7.30 9.00 10.30 12.30 2.30 4.10 5.40
Omaha/Pt Wells Whangateau
8.10 9.40 11.10 1.10 3.10 4.50 6.20
8.20 9.50 11.20 1.20 3.20 5.00 6.30
Return to Warkworth Omaha/Pt Wells Whangateau
7.50 9.20 10.50 12.50 2.50 4.30 6.00
Sandspit & Algies
Snells Beach ▼
R = Request a pick-up or drop-off
Freephone 0508 KOWHAI (569 424)
3 ways to catch the KowhaiConnection 1. From a bus stop 2. Hail a ride 3. Request an off-route ride 5 6 9 4 24
0508 KOWHAI • www.kowhai.org.nz
May 2 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug showing at Kaiwaka Community Cinema, 7.30pm. Tickets: adults $10, under 16 $5. 3 Warkworth Museum market, Old Masonic Hall, 8am 3 Free composting workshop, Matakana, from 2pm-4pm. Info: www.kaipatiki.org.nz/courses, email email@example.com or call Kaipatiki Project on 09 482 1172.
Email your events to firstname.lastname@example.org
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April 16, 2014
John Key pays a visit to Warkworth School
View more photos online localmatters.co.nz
John Key attended the Warkworth School assembly on Friday April 11, fresh from dining with the royals the night before. The Prime Minister apologised that he couldn’t bring “the prince and princess” with him, but entertained the pupils with a story to
inspire them to do their best. He had just come from a kiwi release at Mataia Homestead before the visit and told the children one of the kiwi fell asleep in his arms. The school kapa haka group performed and drew praise from Mr Key, who
was accompanied by Rodney MP Mark Mitchell. “What a passionate haka. I hope the All Blacks can do one as good as that at the next World Cup,” he said. Four pupils then did a presentation about Kauri Dieback disease and the
school Pasifika group performed. Mr Key then presented sports trophies to some of the school’s recently successful sports teams. After the assembly, he walked through central Warkworth for a meet and greet with locals.
For a full range of family health care, including A&M services in an integrated system 24 hours per day, across our region, including public holidays For further information and new enrolments, please contact any of our clinics Wellsford 220 Rodney St (Cnr. SH1 & Matheson Rd) 09 423 8086 ALSO AFTER HOURS Snells Beach 145 Mahurangi East Road 09 425 6666
Matakana 74 Matakana Valley Road 09 422 7737 Mangawhai 4 Fagan Place 09 431 4128
Maungaturoto 138 Hurndall Street 09 431 8576 Paparoa 1877 Paparoa Valley Road 09 431 7222
Wellsford Birthing Unit
Full 2 bedroom birthing and post natal care facility with your own LMC & Registered Nurses 24/7 in attendance. Birthing pool, FREE baby car seat with admission. 218 Rodney St, Wellsford Health Centre, Wellsford • Enquiries Admin 09 423 8745
PHONE 09 423 8086 FOR 24/7 AFTER HOURS URGENT SERVICE