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  • Waiwera to Silverdale including Whangaparaoa Peninsula and Orewa

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    Buildings of up to six storeys in central Orewa, together with rows of terraced housing of up to five storeys in the residential area are among the provisions of Auckland Councils draft Unitary Plan which will be released in two weeks.The draft plan, which goes out for consultation on March 15, flies in the face of the Area Plan prepared by the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board, which provided for building heights of up to four levels in Orewa town centre. The Area Plan, which has yet to be adopted by the governing body, allowed for buildings in the residential zone to go to three-storeys maximum.Last month the local board voted not to amend its plan, despite pressure from the governing body to do so (HM February 13).

    Auckland Councils controversial plan to sell 5.5ha of publicly owned marina land at Gulf Harbour to the lessee, Gulf Harbour Investments, is not the only option being considered.

    Local board considers Gulf Harbour marina sale optionsHibiscus Matters investigations have revealed that five options are under

    consideration by Council, ostensibly in order to protect public access to the

    Six storeys for Orewa

    adjacent Hammerhead also licensed

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    Cr Wayne Walker says he made it clear at the meeting of the governing body last week, which formalised the Unitary Plan engagement process, that he objects strongly to the provisions for Orewa and Browns Bay town centres.He says that terraced housing will create a wall of buildings in parts of Orewa (see below) that will significantly alter the character of the area.Its absolutely vital that the public have their say, Cr Walker says. What is proposed will have a massive impact on residents.Rather than a formal submissions process, Council is opting for what it calls engagement on the draft plan, which involves roadshows and events as well as an online forum that goes live this week. Feedback forms will be available online and in libraries. There will also be a public expo on Saturday, March 16 at the Viaduct Events Centre

    in the city for people to find out more, talk to experts and give their views. Info: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/unitaryplan The draft Unitary Plans provisions for Orewa include: y Buildings of up to six storeys in the town centre

    y An area of terraced housing/apartments of up to five storeys on the inland side of the Hibiscus Coast Highway from the south bridge to Moenui Ave, bounded by Centreway Rd to the west.

    y A block of terraced housing/apartments of up to five storeys north of Florence Ave to the end of Orewa Beach.

    y A band zoned Mixed-use housing of up to five storeys along Centreway Rd on both sides, going back at least one section.

    to Gulf Harbour Investments, until at least 2088.Alternatives on the table include the subdivision of the Hammerhead, with Gulf Harbour Investments leasing a portion back for development, or a Council buyout of the companys rights over the Hammerhead.The bulk payment of marina rents by Council in exchange for the Hammerhead lease, or compulsory acquisition of the Hammerhead lease via the Public Works Act, are also being considered.The option of Council selling freehold title to the marina land to the lessee in return for surrender of its rights over the Hammerhead appears to be favoured because Council can expect to gain several million dollars in addition to securing long-term protection of the Hammerhead for public use.However, both the Gulf Harbour Berthholders Association and the Marine Village Residents Association consider that loss of the marina is too

    high a price to pay.The marina land, which lies along Laurie Southwick Parade, is currently used by a number of commercial enterprises, including boat builders, and is the base for the Gulf Harbour Yacht Club and Hibiscus Coastguard.Consideration of the options has so far been undertaken in secret and this continued at the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board meeting on February 13, when they were discussed as a confidential item.Local board members considered that the information presented was not sufficient to make an informed decision and asked Council officers to bring a complete set of papers to workshops to be held over the next few weeks.The Local Board will then make a resolution at one of its business meetings and its recommendations will go forward to Council CCO Auckland Property Ltd and the Strategy & Finance Committee.

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    You dont have to look very hard to see the rot that is eating away the fabric of the Whangaparaoa Guide Hall in Stanmore Bay.The wooden building, which was built in 1930, was the original Whangaparaoa School but its more than 80 years of community service have taken a toll as volunteers, with limited funds, have been unable to keep pace with maintenance.In several patches, paint has flaked off revealing timber that is soft and crumbling away. The back deck, which has spectacular views of the Coast, has not been used for many years by the groups of around 90 Pippins, Brownies, Guides and Rangers who come to the hall each week, because it is in danger of collapse.The hall, and the land it sits on, is owned by the Department of Conservation, who lease it to Whangaparaoa Guides. The Guides are responsible for maintaining the building, but district coordinator Barbara Hamer says it is a challenging task with their limited resources and volunteer labour.

    The process of selling Peninsula Golf Clubs land in Red Beach to developers, which began four years ago and is staunchly opposed by a large number of community organisations, Council CCOs and residents, has reached a crucial stage with the announcement of a Plan Change hearing date.

    BRIEFSAnnual plan hearingsThose who made submissions on Auckland Councils draft Annual Plan can have them heard locally this month. At its February meeting, the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board agreed to hold local Annual Plan hearings on March 20, with an overflow date of March 27. The draft Annual Plan 2013/2014 outlines Auckland Councils budget for the 12 months to June 30, 2014. It proposes an average rates increase of 2.9 percent.

    Constables office relocatesThe Orewa Community Constable Anthony Searle is vacating his office in Tamariki Plaza this week (February 28) to move into the central Orewa Police station. Area commander Inspector Scott Webb says this is because of a lack of agreement regarding a long-term lease and that it also makes good economic sense. The Iwi Liaison constable, Neighbourhood Support Coordinator, community patrollers and volunteers will also move to the Orewa Police station. Inspector Webb says there will be no change in service levels.

    Country Club soldGulf Harbour Country Club, with its international standard golf course, was sold last month to a private investor for a sum of $12.8 million. The new owner is Chen Gao (not Gau as reported elsewhere). The clubs members bought the facility for $5 million in 2008 from the receivers of previous owner Mark Bryers Blue Chip.

    Local board funds events Two local events were granted funding by the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board last month. The money came from its local event support fund, which had a total of $87,966 to distribute over two funding rounds in the 2012/13 financial year. In this final funding round, Orewa Events was granted $6545 towards the Orewa Beach Half Marathon (April 21) and the Hibiscus Coast Community Arts Council received $4000 for the Orewa Arts Fiesta (March 9).

    Hearing date set for Red Beach development

    The hearing, before independent commissioners Pamela Peters (chair), Bill Smith and David Mead will take place at Orewa Service Centre on April 9 to 12. The commissioners ruling is a recommendation only, with the final decision as to whether the land will be re-zoned Residential Medium Intensity resting with Auckland Council. That decision can be appealed to the Environment Court.The re-zoning would allow Peninsula Land Development to proceed with its plans for a subdivision of more than 500 homes.

    The development planned for the undulating and poorly drained land in Red Beach involves removal of around 500 trees and extensive earthworks to create 520 house and land packages.A total of 621 submissions were received on Peninsula Land Developments proposed Plan Change, of which 586 were opposed. Many are expected to speak to their submissions at the hearing.Neighbours of the site such as Hibiscus Hospice, Red Beach School and Hibiscus Coast Village, as well as Watercare Services, Auckland Transport, the NZ Transport Agency, the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board and

    Millwater developers WFH Properties are among those who made submissions highlighting major difficulties with the proposed development.Among the concerns are the effects on already overloaded infrastructure such as roads, wastewater and sewage, as well as environmental concerns and social issues, including the effects on schools.Peninsula Golf Club members voted to sell the land to the developer in June 2009. The deal, which chair Patrick Kennelly described as ensuring a strong future for the club, involves exchanging the 44ha site for cash and a custom-built, international standard, 18-hole course to be built in Wainui Rd.

    Whangaparaoa Guides district coordinator Barbara Hamer says the Guide hall is in desperate need of repair. She is pictured on the failing back deck of the hall.

    Guides seek helping hand with building repairs

    She says Whangaparaoa Guides plans to add an extension to the building, which have been on hold for four years, recently became more urgent with the need to enable larger groups of Guides to use the facility.We were focused on trying to get a grant to fund the extension, but when we looked around we realised that major maintenance work is required to

    the hall before any new construction can take place, Barbara says.The organisation is ready to apply for grants to the Lions Foundation and ASB Trust, but is also keen to hear from anyone who is able to help with repair work.If you can help, contact Barbara, email [email protected] or phone 021 266 6437.

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    FeedbackHibiscus Matters welcomes readers contributions to Feedback. Preference will be given to letters of 150 words or less, and the editor reserves the right to edit letters to meet space limitations. Unsigned letters, personal attacks or defamatory remarks will not be published. Contributions can be emailed to [email protected] or posted to Unit G, 18 Tamariki Plaza, Cammish Lane, Orewa.

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    Course a challengeRegarding the difficulties faced by Gulf Harbour Country Club (HM Feb 1)as a golf course writer and course appraiser, I consider there may be reasons for this other than national declining membership. The club has great facilities, including a magnificent main lounge, driving range and sophisticated practice areas. The course is always immaculately presented, with fairways almost as well groomed as the greens. These are among the reasons that it is regarded as an international standard layout. So how can such an attractive facility be losing over $200,000 a year? One factor could be the difficulty of the course. The design is largely unfair to average golfers with handicaps from, say, 18 to 30. All the fairways slope severely into rough, which punishes the shorter hitter. Six blind pins mean the golfer can only see the flag and not the green, the bunker sand is mainly too coarse and the greens slope towards the player so any putt from above the hole becomes extremely difficult. The cart paths are mostly set on the side of a hill which means a slippery climb up to the cart and a slippery slope down to your ball. Its little wonder that golfers refuse to play when carts are banned on the fairways. Good players can carry all these hazards and reach greens in regulation figures but the less gifted player (which is 70 percent of registered golfers) may be looking elsewhere.John Morris, Gulf Harbour (abridged)

    Gulf Harbour Country Club declined to comment.

    Mosquito a winnerI would like to thank the police for the Mosquito device initiative (HM February 1) which has made our part of Whangaparaoa far more pleasant to live in. I wondered why there were no longer youths hanging out

    and drinking in the area, which had become a real problem, especially in the weekend, but this article explained it. Its awesome to see such a proactive approach from police and I hope to see a lot more of it in the community.Steven Black, Manly

    A voice for VillagesThe recent article in Hibiscus Matters on declining Greypower membership (HM February 13), mentions their advocacy for older peoples issues with residents of retirement villages specifically mentioned. Readers may be interested to know that Retirement Village residents across the country have their own advocacy group. The Association of Residents of Retirement Villages was formed in 2009 by residents who saw the need for representation in this new industry, with the village operators group and our law-makers in Wellington. We meet regularly with the Department of Building and Housing, the Retirement Villages Association (the operators) and others, to address issues, share ideas and keep abreast of needs. Currently our Auckland ARRV is preparing to incorporate and form a national body, which other groups throughout the country may join, and to employ an advocate to speak to the government on our behalf. Membership, which is rising, is open to all residents of Retirement Villages, with the approach usually through the villages Residents Committee.Colleen Troup, Orewa (abridged)

    High rise not wantedHibiscus Matters (February 13) gave residents in Orewa the news that the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board has stated its opposition to high rise buildings in the town. Mrs Parfitt states that developers claim that it is not profitable to build town centres without high rise.

    This is rather strange, as we have recently seen three new buildings in Orewa that are only two storeys. It would appear that some developers can manage comfortably without going high. Cr Goudie rightly noted that considerable planning took place under the former Rodney District Council, although he never stated that its culmination, Variation 101, which would have permitted taller buildings, was rejected by the Environment Court. His assertion that the vast majority indicated a preference for a variety of architecture and building heights is, however, rather puzzling. Who are the vast majority? Certainly not the residents of Orewa who have voiced their opposition many times against tall buildings. Mayor Brown noted (Viewpoint) that local businesses desperately need a greater population density to be economically viable. Are local businesses aware that the forecast population increase in and around Orewa is 22,000? This is a huge increase, which should provide businesses with the population numbers they seek. It is the residents who choose to live in Orewa for many reasons, not businesses. Silverdale provides a large area for businesses and it is here that this type of development should take place, not in a small seaside town. Furthermore, Silverdale is not in a low-lying area susceptible to coastal inundation, unlike the coastal strip in Orewa. If residents feel strongly about high rise in Orewa, they must make their views known next month in submissions to the draft Unitary Plan.Ron Cooper, Orewa (abridged)

    Compliance kills DigWe are horrified and disgusted that an event such as The Big Dig at Orewa has had to be cancelled this year due entirely to an Auckland Council who once again insisted on compliance with utterly outrageous demands. It would seem that the Council is determined to

    stop any activity that is designed to give residents, and in particular the young people who are desperately in need of good clean fun and entertainment such as this, when so many of them are struggling to find jobs and finding life very tough. We should be giving the organisers encouragement and bending over backwards to help in any way we can, but the Council seems to want to throw every obstacle they can to prevent and discourage these worthy people. To demand that 20 extra portaloos be provided at a cost of $1800 and that a large number of extra volunteers patrol the waters edge is beyond belief when the same event has been held for many years without incident. The public toilets are adequate and, believe it or not, parents are perfectly capable of keeping an eye on water safety.Spencer & Lois Morrison, Orewa (abridged) For more feedback on The Big Dig cancellation or to add your comments, www.localmatters.co.nz

    Paper shed solutionsWe are aware that the Te Ara Tahuna walk/cycleway is being used as a racing cycle track, which was not the original intention, surely? The Lions Paper Shed, which is to be demolished (HM February 13) is a safety feature in a busy part of the walkway, in that it makes people slow down. As for the area being dark the logical solution would be to attach a light to the back of the building. The width of the walkway at this point is already a boardwalk surely the answer is to widen this short length of boardwalk? The Lions, along with other volunteers, have extended the boardwalk in Eaves Bush. Why not solve the problem by supplying the light, wood and fixings to the Lions and other volunteers to do the job? Why go to the expense of a $100,000 building in Victor Eaves Reserve?Clary and Sally Corbel, Orewa (abridged)

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    Its not every day you see a sperm whale washed up on a Hibiscus Coast beach, but last month the carcass of one of these ocean giants appeared on a beach between Hatfields and Waiwera. DOC was notified and officers identified the remains as those of a sperm whale. Because the bay is difficult to access, the remains have been left to rot. A piece of the upper part of the skull, around 3m in length has been placed upright in the sand. The jawbone is not there. A DOC spokesperson said the remains could have been floating in the sea for some time before washing up on the beach and advises the public not to touch them or let dogs go near, as the carcass can carry diseases. Sperm whales are a toothed deep-water species, and Kaikoura is home to the main NZ population. Photo, Andrew Peddie.

    Piping pleaseI wonder if someone with the appropriate authority could remind me why the Brightside Road stream is unable to be piped. I have lived next to it for the past 15 years and while I agree with Mr Dyson (HM Feb 13)that it harbours eels it also harbours any trash that pedestrians care to throw into it along with a large amount of waterweed for the majority of the time. I am unsure what was intended by the planting of native flax and shrubs along the bank recently when it seems that something of this dimension in a different area would have been piped. The reality is that it resembles a large ditch, collects a surprising amount of rubbish and water weed and has never been serviced satisfactorily by the Council on a regular basis. When full it seems to presents the same type of danger as an unfenced pool.Fleur Mulgrew, Stanmore Bay

    Stormwater business support manager Andrew Crann repliesThe issues raised by the resident are typical issues associated with watercourses in an urban environment. Open watercourses provide a natural stormwater path and, with appropriate maintenance, operate as a cost effective part of the overall network. This watercourse is maintained per schedule on a quarterly basis. Standard maintenance works include weed management and rubbish clearing. Additional maintenance has occurred recently due to weed growth being faster than anticipated for a watercourse of this type. Planting of the banks improves the environmental aspects of the watercourse but is also aimed at preventing litter getting into the watercourse. Piping would be considered a last source of solution to address the issues mentioned by the resident. Even should that approach be considered, a resource consent is required to pipe a watercourse with eels in it and it is considered that this would be unlikely to receive approval.

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    BRIEFSWifi sought for OrewaOrewa business association Destination Orewa Beach is taking steps to try and establish free Tomizone WiFi within the town centre. The organisation says that free WiFi is an expected service for businesses and tourists internationally. A request for support has been lodged with the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board.

    Plaza owner revealedWhangaparaoa Plaza is now in the hands of a family-owned, NZ company, Greenwhale Holdings. The company purchased the Plaza last November for $29.5 million and at the time wished to remain anonymous. The sole director of Greenwhale Holdings (which changed its name from NZ Business Consultants Ltd in November 2012) is Shahin Behrooz Kermani of Auckland, who is also director of numerous other companies, including Gemini Property Management Ltd, Westcity Enterprises Ltd and Wainuiomata Shopping Centre Ltd. The Plazas marketing coordinator Marjolein de Graaf says the new owners intend to undertake a review of the centre in the near future and will explore options, including community based initiatives, in order to ensure that The Plaza remains the number one shopping destination on the peninsula.

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    Are your employees updating their Facebook page or tweeting, when they should be focused on the job at hand? These problems, and many more, can make employment law a minefield, juggling the rights and obligations of both employers and employees. Here are some tips to help employers negotiate that minefield in a future column Ill look at the issues from an employees perspective. A carefully drafted employment agreement catering to the specific employment relationship is an essential tool to prevent problems in the work place. Once an offer of employment has been accepted an employment relationship is formed regardless of whether an employment agreement has been signed. This means an employee is able to negotiate on every term in the employment agreement. To avoid this, any offer of employment should be conditional upon the employer and employee agreeing to the written terms of employment. It is also important that the employment agreement is signed prior to the employee commencing work. Here are some issues to consider: y The 90 day trial period allows an employer to have confidence when taking on a new employee. If the 90 day trial period is correctly used, an employer may dismiss an employee within the 90 day period without fear of a claim of unjustified dismissal. However, there are strict requirements and it is important to know what these are to obtain the protection.

    y Restraints of trade are a feature of many employment agreements. Whether they are enforceable depends on a number of factors. A validly drafted restraint can prevent an employee leaving with confidential information, taking an employers clients or setting up in competition using their previous employers business and marketing strategies. It is important restraints are carefully drafted to ensure they can be utilised to their fullest intent.

    y Unilateral changes: Changes in the workplace are common place. Is your employment agreement flexible enough to deal with these? Terms and conditions of employment cannot be unilaterally changed agreement is required unless there is an express condition in the employment agreement allowing for such changes.

    y Kiwisaver: Employees enrolled in Kiwisaver are entitled to an employer contribution of 2 percent on top of their usual salary or wage unless there is a provision in the employment agreement stating that any employer contributions are to be part of the total remuneration.

    y Social media policy: Facebook, Twitter and My Space are all social media sites which are now part of every day life. What level of personal use do you allow within your workplace? What are the rules and obligations around use of these sites? What are the consequences if an employee denigrates the employer or a fellow employee on one of these sites? All these aspects should be addressed in a comprehensive internet policy.

    Employment law is regularly changing and it is important to keep up to date. Having your employment agreements reviewed at least once a year helps reduce the cost of any problems that arise.Hibiscus Matters welcomes Sarah Martin to our Law Abiding column. She has taken over from Dennis Gates, who has moved out of the area. Sarah is a commercial law specialist and an Associate at Simpson Western. Her column will run every second month.

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    money that you have invested in it. Dont be too conservative in the way that you calculate that number: your time is valuable, just ask your family theyll tell you.Next, work out all the costs of operation that you envisage for the next 12 months (call it $B).This is otherwise known as the overheads of the business, such as advertising, bank fees, vehicle running, professional fees and wages.Now we add those two numbers together $A+$B=$C.That figure represents the gross profit that you must generate from sales.Then divide that number by your historical Gross Profit percentage, which you should find this on your previous financial statements.The answer to that equation is the theoretical sales figure that you will need to achieve in order to get what you want from your business.Clinton Sanford, director of Baldry & Sanford in Orewa, has more than 30 years experience as a Chartered Accountant and five years experience as a business coach and mentor.

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    Fast coaches neededYouve heard of speed dating now theres speed business coaching. Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED) is looking for just two hours of support from local business people, in early March, to assist with this years Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme. The scheme involves college students starting their own small business as a practical way to learn business skills and last year more than 1000 Auckland students took part, including several from local schools. Around 50 speed coaches are wanted for the E-Day, to be held at AUTs North Shore campus in Northcote on March 5. The speed coaching sessions entail business people spending five minutes with each YES company (110 students) to hear their ideas and give feedback. All thats required is the ability to take part from 12pm2.30pm on March 5, and a willingness to offer guidance in a positive and constructive manner. For further information, or to sign up to be a speed coach, email [email protected]

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    The All Star Cheerleaders are back on the Hibiscus Coast, offering locals a chance to join one of the countrys biggest cheerleading companies.Infinity All Star Cheerleaders director Sheridan Read says there has been a lot of excitement about the return of the franchise, which is based at Whangaparaoa College the Orewa group folded at the end of 2011.As well as being the local franchise holder, Sheridan also coaches the Infinity All Stars elite team, assisted by Harry Mann and Ashleigh Best.Sheridans background in gymnastics, ballet and jazz dance equipped her well to coach cheerleaders, which she began doing in Christchurch in 2006.She says coaching the All Star Pride teams in Christchurch soon got her hooked on cheerleadings mix of dancing, gymnastics and stunt work.Its a mix that she says is attracting increasing numbers of talented, fit young people with performances in NZs Got Talent helping to raise the sports profile.At present Infinity All Stars, which held initial trials last month, has a small, elite team, which trains once a week at Whangaparaoa Colleges gym, but Sheridan expects this will soon

    Dentist Bryce Camerons first attempt at semi-retirement proved to be short-lived and he returned to work last month, opening Cameron Dental Services in Manly Village.Bryce, who has been a dentist for more than 30 years, says when the opportunity came up to work alongside Manly Medical Centre he couldnt turn it down, despite having left his Hibiscus Coast Dental practice in Red Beach for an attempted semi-retirement in 2010.He says that Cameron Dental Services, which he is running with his wife Julie, is a low key, friendly place for patients, and to ensure a good work/leisure balance, he is working four days a week.After graduating from Otago Dental School in the 1970s, Bryce worked in various practices in the North Island before buying Dr Vautiers practice in Orewa in 1995.A love of boating drew Bryce and Julie and their two sons to the Coast, and remains a favourite pastime.When Bryce was growing up in rural Hawkes Bay he initially had his sights set on a career as a top dressing pilot, but turned to dentistry after becoming aware of the large number of fatalities incurred by those pilots.

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    Over the years Bryce has seen many changes in the profession in technology and materials and also in the way people look after their teeth.Better anaesthetics and materials are becoming available all the time, and its exciting to keep up with those changes, he says. Many of these advances make things easier for patients as well as faster and more efficient for dentists.As well as two hygienists, Rebecca Lock and Sharon Boutell, Bryce is ably assisted in the practice by Julie, who is managing the practice and taking care of reception duties.She says its great to be back.Word is getting around, so the client base is growing, she says. It doesnt look like retirement is on the cards for us again any time soon.

    grow, and that recreational teams will also form. Cheerleaders can join from five years of age, and there is also an adult social team.All Star Cheerleaders are competitive cheerleaders, which is different from the cheerleaders who are there to support sports teams.All Stars run three competitions annually and preparing for this is a big focus for the teams.Routines must include stunts, tumbling, jumps, a dance and the pyramid, which is the most difficult feat for the athletes.However, as well as the physical challenges offered by the sport, Sheridan, who is also a college teacher, says those who take part learn important lessons about teamwork.

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    Fields of sunflowers sown last December in Gulf Harbour as part of Make-a-Wish NZs Field of Dreams Summer Festival began to bloom last month. Although the emergence of around 90,000 sunflowers has been patchy, largely due to dry weather, they have still created a lot of interest and been sold as a fundraiser at Hobbs Wharf Market. This week, festival events kick off at Hobbs Wharf with outdoor movies held in the evening, starting on February 28, and dragon boat racing on March 3. For a programme visit www.makeawish.org.nz Pictured in one of the sunflower fields are, from left, Make-a-Wish NZ volunteer and community outreach manager Shane Gorst, chief executive Carolyn MacDonell and project manager David Thomas.

    Green light for EcoFestival to celebrate sustainabilityThe Auckland Council supported initiative involves a month of workshops and activities to inform and inspire people about sustainability.The Kaipatiki Project, an environment centre on the North Shore that delivers projects such as growing and planting natives, and Create Your Own Eden free composting courses, is coordinating the festival. The festival includes beach and bush clean ups, a session with Auckland

    Council Eco-design advisor Eion Scott, and guided bike rides.Marketing coordinator Lisa Ridehalgh and festival manager Louisa Chase say their role is to encourage not-for-profit and community organisations and businesses to run an event in keeping with the theme.Lisa says that the EcoFest, which takes place from March 131, showcases and celebrates the work that goes on to protect the environment and hopes to

    inspire people to make small changes in how they live, in order to work towards a more sustainable future.As this is the first time the EcoFest has come to the Hibiscus & Bays area, many of the events were already underway, but have been happy to link with EcoFest North.Next year Lisa says the event will include more local activities and may be extended to encompass the Warkworth and Mahurangi area.

    The programme has more than 100 events in total the majority of which take place on the North Shore and Albany.Local highlights include the Tiritiri Matangi Saddleback Celebration and the Stillwater Raft Race.For details of the Tiritiri event and the Stillwater Raft Race, see Whats On, p19. For a full programme and more information on EcoFest North, visit www.kaipatiki.org.nz/ecofest2013/

    Marathon helpers neededHibiscus Coast Plunket needs volunteers to assist with the Orewa Beach Half Marathon. In return for supplying marshals, course officials, drink station volunteers and enrolment assistants, the organisation receives a donation. This years race is on April 21 and volunteers must commit a few hours in the morning.Info: ph Jaimee Durham, 426 9522.

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    New approach to alcohol on AA agendaA new approach to treating people with alcohol and drug dependency issues will be discussed at a public meeting in Orewa on March 9. The meeting will conclude the annual Alcoholics Anonymous Area Assembly, which is expected to attract up to 200 people from Kaitaia to Rotorua. Non-members are welcome to attend. The guest speaker will be Judge Lisa Tremewan, of the Waitakere Court who will talk about the new courts emphasis on intervention for those who plead guilty, face a term of at least three years in prison and show a willingness to change. The meeting will also include talks by AA members. It will be held at the Orewa Community Centre, starting at 7.30pm. Entry is free; supper provided. The Hibiscus Coast AA group holds five local meetings a week. Al Anon, for family members, meets on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm, at St Andrews Church, 105 Centreway Road, Orewa. Info: www.aa.org.nz

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    Regional coordinator Auckland North Kylie Johnston says she has recruited an extra eight committee members and managed to fill other vital roles.An additional windfall came in the form of a donation from The Warehouse in Silverdale, which gave the organisation $1000 last month. Store manager Kevin Balding says the donation is part of the business philosophy of supporting local organisations. He says shortly The Warehouse Silverdale will launch an initiative to allow its customers to decide which community groups they would like the store to support.

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    Recently I found myself at the Auckland International Air Show on one of those beautiful summer days. Sometime between the Red Checkers and Jetman I looked around at the crowds and could almost hear skin sizzling as the suns ultraviolet barbecue beat relentlessly down. I wondered how many potential skin cancers had been created that day. So what about sunscreen? We all know we have to use it, but how does it work? Sunscreen is a lotion that contains substances that absorb or reflect ultraviolet radiation produced by the sun. It prevents UV light from reaching the skin cells where it causes damage that can lead to skin cancer. There are two types of UV light: UVA and UVB. UVB causes sunburn and can lead to skin cancer. UVA light does not cause redness, but can lead to skin cancer and premature aging of the skin. When you buy a bottle of sunscreen, there is an SPF number on it. SPF means Sun Protection Factor, but what does that number mean? The SPF is a measurement of how well the lotion prevents sunburn (which is caused by UVB) compared to if you did not use it. It is common to think that if you normally would get a sunburn within one hour in the sun, that an SPF 15 sunscreen will give 15 hours of protection, an SPF 30 gives 30 hours, etc. Its not quite that simple. The intensity of the suns rays changes depending on the time of day, plus not everyone has the same skin type. It also depends on how often and how much you apply, and what kind of activities you do such as water sports or sweating during exercise. SPF does not say anything about UVA protection, it only indicates how effective it is at preventing sunburn. That is why a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen is important to protect against both forms of ultraviolet light. Have a look at your bottle of sunscreen. You should see an SPF of 30 or higher, UVA/UVB broad spectrum and complies to AS/NZS2604:1998 which means it has been tested to the Australian standard. Make sure you apply the recommended amount 30 minutes before you go out in the sun and reapply after swimming or every two hours as the protective molecules in the lotion wear out after sun exposure. And remember, even if you have sun damaged skin already, its never too late to start applying sunscreen regularly.Dr Lauren Roycroft has taken over the Health Column from Dr Kevin Walters, who has moved out of the area. Dr Roycroft, who is originally from The Netherlands, has been a GP for 10 years. She has a strong interest in preventative medicine and recently joined Coastcare in Red Beach, after working in a rural practice south of Hamilton. She is looking forward to taking advantage of the running, cycling and kayaking opportunities that abound on the Coast.

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    Hygiene bylaw reviewedAuckland Council is seeking feedback on a bylaw and code of practice for commercial services such as tattooing, body piercing, hair removal, indoor tanning and manicures. Council inherited 11 different bylaws from legacy councils and has drafted the region-wide bylaw to ensure these practices, and the places they are carried out in, are safe. Proposals include the requirement for a Health Protection licence for managers of services that pierce, or risk breaking, the skin and possibly drawing blood, and minimum standards for services such as sunbeds and laser treatments. Submissions are open on the proposed health and hygiene bylaw and code of practice and close on March 15. The draft bylaw can be viewed at Council service centres and libraries or at www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/bylaws

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    A tournament that has become known for its sense of fun and good golfing drew around 80 golfers from 16 clubs to Whangaparaoa Golf Club last month.The annual Mixed Veterans Tournament saw competitors from throughout the North Island take part in two days of golfing on February 7 and 8, in hot, sunny conditions.This years Australian theme was reflected in the amount of wildlife located around the course, including

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    Dancers, bands and soloists/singer-songwriters aged 1224 can enter, competing for a first prize of three hours recording time at Platinum Records (valued at $450) and the inaugural Talent Search cup. Other prizes include a workshop with Centrestage Youth Theatre.Army Bay musician and Platinum Records studio owner Reg Keyworth will be one of the judges when the contestants take the stage from 1.30pm3.30pm.

    The Hibiscus Arts Fiesta is a free community celebration of the arts, which includes arts and crafts, hands-on art activities and food stalls. It takes place on Saturday, March 9 in Western Reserve, next to Estuary Arts Centre in Orewa.Late entries for the Talent Search will be taken up until March 1. Contact the Youth Centre, ph 426 5005 or email [email protected] Hibiscus Arts Fiesta Western Reserve, Orewa March 9, 10am5pm

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    There are still warm evenings around the barbecue to enjoy before daylight saving finishes next month. Fresh fish cooked to perfection on a barbecue is so delicious, and healthy and this recipe, from my NZ Barbecue Cookbook (Hyndman Publishing) can be served in many ways, as well as on warm noodles as suggested. Fish is delicate, so it must be handled carefully for good results.

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    The Orewa Surf Club formed in 1950 and Red Beach Surf Club formed three years later. Over the years, both clubs have provided great sport, education and protection for our community. My 10-year-old daughter loves days at the beach. So we joined her up at our closest surf club, Red Beach. The club runs a terrific programme for the young ones. On one of those beautiful Sunday mornings down at the beach for trainings, I ran into an old mate Shane Ata who told me about the Orewa Red Beach Derby. His tip was there is a good healthy rivalry going on between these two clubs. When I think about such rivalries in sport, the Auburn v Alabama University stands out. The Tigers and the Crimson Tide are fierce. There were reports of a 62-year-old Alabama fan poisoning the prized Auburn town hall tree. Which is definitely taking it too far, but probably highlights an unbridled passion in supporting your team. I have also met married people in England who become divided on the weekend their teams meet in the neighbourhood clash. Theyll wear their teams colours and not speak to each other until after the match. I know of some who wish for this most weekends. So the first competition day arrives for my daughter Katie. Shes had a couple of weeks preliminary training and is rearing to go. I can see from a distance the teams from many Clubs lined up and waiting for their event. So I amble down the beach to check it out. It just so happens, that Red Beach and Orewa are sat next to each other and Katie is screaming Go Red Beach. at an Orewa girl two feet away she proudly returns serve. What is it that gets us so competitive against are neighbours? Probably pride that we have backed the right horse, or maybe its the bragging rights until the next event. Sometimes its just a good-natured ribbing that adds to the folklore. One such prank was when Red Beach hosted a Carnival and the Orewa crew strategically placed a banner just out past the buoys, proclaiming Red Beach to be Orewa South! Of course Red Beach gets one back, when their chairman announced over the PA the results of a closely contested day. And the winner is Orewa (To joyous premature Orewa celebrations) until he adds on South. All good fun had by two terrific clubs. These clubs are jewels for our community and the more we support them the more they can support us. They teach our youth wholesome sporting skills and also educate them about the sea. For us oldies, both clubs also offer reasonably priced dining with the best views in Auckland.Brian McClennan, known as Bluey, needs no introduction to Coast sports fans, having a seven-year career as a professional league coach behind him. He has lived on the Coast for more than 20 years and is involved in a wide variety of sports here. His column will run monthly.

    Clubs enjoy healthy rivalry

    Netball worlds on againThe Coasts many young netballers are again being given an opportunity to sharpen their skills and have fun by taking part in the Netball World Series Tournament. The tournament was initiated last year by Ruth Reidy of Manly, and offers Year 510 players the opportunity to play two full days of netball, with individual players forming teams to represent different countries. Ruth says the reason the tournament proved so popular is that theres loads of court time, as well as trophies, medals and spot prizes. This years event takes place on May 2 and 3 at the AMI North Harbour Netball Centre. Registrations close 1 April. Info and registration: email [email protected] or phone Hiria, 027 436 3638 or Ruth, 021 174 2923.

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    Saturday April 6 & Sunday April 7, 2013

    Carnival rides Food & drink stalls Sausage sizzles Raf es, & lots more 2013 offers opportunities for special needs children to be part of the racing in our new Super Kids trolleys. We are also calling for support from local businesses to sponsor trolleys from as little as $250.

    Contact Terry to register: [email protected] Mobile 021 918 980 Phone 09 270 3078 A/hours 09 426 5426

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    With the fine weather, the summer has been busy for Coastguard Hibiscus. In January alone, our primary vessel Hibiscus Rescue 1 was on the water on 20 days and our Sealegs vessel for eight days. In that time we racked up 750 crew boat hours, were tasked to 24 incidents of various kinds, and helped 60 people get back home safely.One of those incidents has led to a doubly rewarding outcome, as two rescued boaties have decided to become rescuers themselves. Lotta De Smet of Gulf Harbour and Alex Wilson of Orewa, along with Alexs dad and sister, spent a morning fishing to the north of the peninsula. Later, they headed for Saddle Island to stretch their legs, but the outboard dropped its propeller. Luckily they drifted to the island shore, at which point they called Coastguard for assistance. Hibiscus Rescue 1 gave them a tow back to Hatfields Beach. Following the incident, Lotta and Alex explored the unit further, which led to their volunteering for Coastguard Hibiscus. Lotta comments on how useful it has been for their own boating education that they have been strongly encouraged to ask as many questions as possible during training sessions. She cheekily adds that they have lowered the average age of the unit!

    Dropped prop leads to new recruits

    From left, Alex and Nicole Wilson, Lotta De Smet

    Bogged downA few nights ago I was on holiday in a remote Coromandel bach, when around 10pm we heard a cry for help. A local boatie, returning late in a tiny dinghy with his catch, had driven his ute onto the soft sand next to the boat ramp and was thoroughly bogged in. Eventually our whole family turned out to heave the stricken vehicle from the rising tide, which lapped around the wheels. We saved his vehicle (and he kindly repaid us in snapper), but it strikes me that this shouldnt have happened. He knew the beach like the back of his hand. But had we not been there, he would have lost the ute. This does, perhaps, illustrate the point that if youre going out alone, be prepared to get yourself out of a tight spot or ensure you have access to help.

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    One of New Zealands most prolific boat designers, Alan Wright, doesnt believe in retirement and, at the age of 82, various projects on the go in his workshop in Whangaparaoa still absorb a lot of his time.

    Alan Wright with his latest design a motor-driven trimaran.

    Book records a life spent messing about in boats

    The most recent is a mini-trimaran, powered by an outboard motor, designed for use by families or older folk, which he is currently testing, and hopes to have built and put on the market.As a boat designer, one of Alans strengths has been thinking about who is going to sail the craft once its built something that began with his very first boat, the Variant, a keel yacht which he designed because his father wanted to cruise the Hauraki Gulf.Alan says that first Variant, built in the 1960s, launched his career and so it is fitting that, last month, the very same boat was listed on Trade Me, and brought back into the family by Alans son, Donald.Initially Alan combined full time work teaching boat building at ATI (now AUT) with designing, but soon found himself working around 100 hours a week in order to keep both professions going, so the decision was made to start a design business.He went on to design around 7080 different boats, including pleasure yachts suitable for racing and cruising, and multi-hulls, including power cats.

    He says the industry in the early days sprang from the DIY philosophy guys building boats in their backyards something he says is no longer common because of the economic climate, the lack of leisure time and cheap pleasure craft imported from overseas.Alan and his wife Ailsa moved to the Coast in 1986 during the building of the Gulf Harbour Marina. He is a founding member of Gulf Harbour Yacht Club. The couple sold their yacht, a Lotus 10.6, five years ago, which Alan says was really a case of been there, done that.We felt wed had the best of the sailing, and have given our children and grandchildren a good introduction to sailing, Alan says. My ambition, throughout my career, was always to get more people out enjoying the water. Now Im happy to sit back and watch them sail.Recently, Alan wrote his autobiography, Wrighty, in order that his family, colleagues and friends could have a lasting record of a life spent messing about in boats.The book is available, by phoning Alan, 424 3488 or Bev Head, 428 2247.

    Hibiscus Matters has two copies of Alans book Wrighty to give away. To be in to win, write your name, address and daytime phone number on the back of an envelope and post to Wrighty,

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    ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOuS meet Fri 7.30pm, Orewa Community House (behind Estuary Arts Centre) Ph John 027 646 2995, 0800AA WORKS.ALANON If you are affected by someone elses drinking, come along to our Helensville meeting, 10am, every Wed. Ph Cathy 09 420 9902/Amy 027 653 1487.CAR BOOT SALE FuNDRAISER. Last Sun of month. Centrestage theatre Carpark, Centreway Rd Orewa. $10 per Car. 8am-12noon. Ph Rosalie 0274 198 135 or [email protected] OFFERS COMPANIONSHIP and morning activities for seniors 65+. Wed & Thurs from 10am starting with morning tea and finishing with lunch. Only $5 per week! Come and join the fun. Ph Melissa 424 8194. for queries and to organise transport for you (small charge).COAST OPEN MIC Wed March 20. Kinja bar. Manly Village. 7.30pm start. Bring your Acoustic instruments and Friends.ENJOY SINGING? Hibiscus Coast Singers welcome men & women to join our Choir. Rehearsals start March 4th, 7.30 pm, Presbyterian Church, Waiora Rd, Stanmore Bay. Concerts mid-June. Ph Bob 424 5711 or Wendy 428 4452.GOOD COMPANIONS OREWA meet Fri mornings for senior citizens 10am11.30am. Orewa Croquet Club rooms, Hatton Rd., Orewa. HIBISCuS COAST STAMP CLuB meets every second Thurs, Methodist Church Hall Whangaparaoa Rd, 1.30pm. Interesting meetings, guest speakers, buy, sell, swap stamps New Members are welcomed. Ph Robin 424 8615.HIBISCuS COAST WIDOWED CLuB Meets 2nd Wed of month. Orewa Community Centre 1pm. Interesting speakers, morning/afternoon teas, raffles, outings/trips. Good Company We care. Ph 424 3757. HOME STAY FAMILIES WANTED over Easter. Japanese students coming to learn English, sight-see and spend Easter with family. Based at Plaza shops, March 25April 2. Good remuneration. Ph. Donna 424 5163 or 027 272 3215.KIWI DANCE CLuB, SOCIAL DANCE - ballroom, Latin American, new vogue, Modern sequence. All welcome. 4th Sun of month, 5pm-8pm. A great way to meet people. Silverdale Hall, Ph 428 4939 or 022 081 6476. Next event March 24.LEARN TO PLAY BRIDGE, starting March 4, Mon, 7pm9pm at Hibiscus Coast Bridge Club Manly, Edith Hopper Park, Ladies Mile, Manly. Ph Ian 428 3278MENTORS ART GROuP, Orewa Community Church, Tues 12.30pm2.30pm. Art classes with an experienced teacher. Suitable for beginner to advanced. Come along and discover your artistic abilities. Ph Jane 426 6537.

    SCRABBLE AND 500 CLuB Mon, 9am12pm, Methodist Church, Red Beach Road. New members welcome. Ph Ann 427 8024. vOLuNTEERS NEEDED CMA Companionship & morning activities for seniors. Stanmore Bay Community Hall, Thurs mornings. Help needed with crafts/cooking/driving and other tasks one morning a week 10am12.30pm. Ph Rachel 09 489 8954. www.cmans.org.nzWHANGAPARAOA TEN PIN BOWLING SENIOR GROuP, need new players. Wed 9.45am11.30am. Ph Chris 426 1503 or Shirley 428 2312. Come along for a free game, its fun.WHANGAPARAOA LADIES PROBuS No longer working, missing the company? Join us at Probus. Regular meetings with interesting speakers and trips