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Waiwera to Silverdale including Whangaparaoa Peninsula and Orewa 1 October 2010 Your LOCAL Community Newspaper A division of Local Matters Proudly NZ Owned FREE Delivered twice a month to 18,505 homes & businesses throughout the Hibiscus Coast It was a red and blackout at Stanmore Bay School (pictured), and other local schools, last month, as students raised funds for earthquake relief in Christchurch. Most of Stanmore Bay School’s 440 children came to school in Canterbury rugby colours on September 20. The Red and Black Day raised around $900 for special needs school Ferndale. Orewa College and Orewa North Primary also held red and black mufti days, raising $4867 and $300 respectively. Stella Maris Primary ran a week-long collection, while Gulf Harbour School raised $500. Orewa Primary’s fundraising mufti day is on October 15. Inside this issue Spring feature pages 9 to 11 Health and family pages 12 to 14 Local business pages 16 and 17 continued page 2 continued page 2 A down to earth plan, including fattening pigs and growing vegetables to provide food for local families in need, is about to be put into operation by the Coast Youth Community Trust. Fresh plan to feed those in need The proposal includes establishing a small-scale piggery at Peter Snell Village in Army Bay and turning a patch of vacant land in central Whangaparaoa into a vegetable garden. Demand for food parcels is growing, with agencies such as the Hibiscus Coast Community House and local churches noting an increase in families using the food bank in recent months. Christine Alesbury of the Community Land at 1 Hibiscus Coast Highway identified by Rodney District Council as the preferred site for a park ‘n’ ride station at Silverdale, is to be taken under the Public Works Act. Council invoked the Public Works Act in March. Since then good faith negotiations have continued with the landowner, however, last month infrastructure director Murray Noone confirmed that these negotiations had not reached a mutually agreeable outcome and a Notice of Intention to Take Land under Section 23 of the Public Works Act, leading to compulsory acquisition, had been issued. Prior to invoking the Public Works Act, Council stated that the high price sought for the land was one reason for stalled negotiations. Keeping the cost of the land purchase down is a priority for Council, as this Land grab for park ‘n’ ride
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  • Waiwera to Silverdale including Whangaparaoa Peninsula and Orewa

    1 October 2010Your LOCAL Community Newspaper

    A division of Local Matters

    Proudly NZ Owned

    FREE

    Delivered twice a month to 18,505 homes & businesses throughout the Hibiscus Coast

    It was a red and blackout at Stanmore Bay School (pictured), and other local schools, last month, as students raised funds for earthquake relief in Christchurch. Most of Stanmore Bay Schools 440 children came to school in Canterbury rugby colours on September 20. The Red and Black Day raised around $900 for special needs school Ferndale. Orewa College and Orewa North Primary also held red and black mufti days, raising $4867 and $300 respectively. Stella Maris Primary ran a week-long collection, while Gulf Harbour School raised $500. Orewa Primarys fundraising mufti day is on October 15.

    Inside this issueSpring featurepages 9 to 11

    Health and familypages 12 to 14

    Local businesspages 16 and 17

    continued page 2

    continued page 2

    A down to earth plan, including fattening pigs and growing vegetables to provide food for local families in need, is about to be put into operation by the Coast Youth Community Trust.

    Fresh plan to feed those in needThe proposal includes establishing a small-scale piggery at Peter Snell Village in Army Bay and turning a patch of vacant land in central Whangaparaoa

    into a vegetable garden.Demand for food parcels is growing, with agencies such as the Hibiscus Coast Community House and local

    churches noting an increase in families using the food bank in recent months. Christine Alesbury of the Community

    Land at 1 Hibiscus Coast Highway identified by Rodney District Council as the preferred site for a park n ride station at Silverdale, is to be taken under the Public Works Act.Council invoked the Public Works Act in March. Since then good faith negotiations have continued with the landowner, however, last month infrastructure director Murray Noone confirmed that these negotiations had not reached a mutually agreeable outcome and a Notice of Intention to Take Land under Section 23 of the Public Works Act, leading to compulsory acquisition, had been issued.Prior to invoking the Public Works Act, Council stated that the high price sought for the land was one reason for stalled negotiations.Keeping the cost of the land purchase down is a priority for Council, as this

    Land grab for park n ride

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    House says they are struggling to keep up with demand and a drop off in donations. She says she regularly has to spend $100 per week on stocking the foodbank. Coast Youth Community Trust director Joe Youssef says the Trust has had to put out the call for more food several times recently in order to provide for the families it supports.The price of fresh food is causing hardship, and at the same time, it is hard to supply fresh items in a food parcel, Joe says.In response the Trusts family services coordinator Allan Robertson came up with the idea of raising pigs and starting a garden to grow vegetables. The produce is to be distributed free of charge to residents in need.Allan, whose father managed a pig farm, has experience breeding pigs, but initially the Trust will fatten pigs rather than breeding them. Around six pigs will be purchased to start the project, which is expected to get underway this month. Rodney District Council granted the

    Trust $2130 for set up costs.Peter Snell Village has provided a vacant paddock, away from the camp itself, on which to establish the piggery and sties are being constructed. Allan says the land at the village is ideal, as there are no zoning issues or impact on residents.Peter Snell Village has around 10 hectares of land, and large properties around it, so it is unlikely to cause any problems, Allan says.A local butcher has volunteered his assistance, and Allan says the first fresh meat could be ready early next year, and will be distributed cooperatively with other community agencies.Stage two of the plan will see raised vegetable beds built on a small piece of vacant land owned by the Trust, behind the Whangaparaoa Baptist Church.The garden will be tended by volunteers from the church and Trust. It is a sustainable, affordable, on-going solution to a very real problem.Info: Allan Robertson, ph 424 7338.

    Hibiscus Matters is a locally owned publication, circulated to more than 18,505 homes and businesses twice a month.

    contact usHibiscusmattersEditor Terry Moore ph 428 4030email [email protected] Whangaparaoa, Silverdale Indust, Red Beach Beth Parton ph 428 4025email [email protected] Orewa, Silverdale CBD, Waiwera Pauline Stockhausen ph 022 029 1894email [email protected]/classifieds Lorry McCarthy ph 428 4025email [email protected]

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    Farm to foodbank from page 1

    The annual Noel Crawley Memorial Jazz Concert returns! Featuring Ray Woolf as M.C and renown artists such as Stephen Morton-Jones, Mike Murane, Sisters of Swing,

    Elena Wilkens, Mike Walker Trio and the Orewa College Swing Band

    Jazz ConcertGood music for a good cause

    7.30pm Thursday October 14 Centrestage Theatre Orewa

    Tickets just $25 available from Hibiscus Hospice Red Beach or Whangaparaoa and Orewa shops or online at www.hchospice.org.nzAll proceeds go to Hibiscus Hospice

    Sponsored by Lions Club, Orewa Dental Centre and The Greatest Little Hair House

    Arts fund goes to AucklandRodney District Councils plan to make $277,000 available to the Hibiscus Coasts artists has been scuppered, after advice from the Auckland Transition Agency (ATA) not to proceed.Faced with the prospect of losing the $636,000 currently in the Auckland Regional Services Trust fund to Auckland, Council had hoped to disburse the Hibiscus Coasts share and place the amount allocated to the other Wards into a fund that would transfer to the new Council. However, a letter from the ATA presented to Councils Strategy & Community meeting on September 16 stated that the ATA considered this inappropriate.

    The ATAs suggestion that the ARST fund be ring fenced as a special reserve fund, with its specific purpose noted, was accepted by Councillors.Rodney Community Arts Council spokesperson Natalie Fuge says that the decision is disappointing. We still have huge doubts about these funds ever coming our way, Mrs Fuge says. We lobbied Council for around 18 months, and they didnt do anything until it was too late.

    will be a major factor in determining whether or not the project achieves a benefit/cost ratio, which is required for NZ Transport Agency funding.

    Council is proceeding with investigation, design and resource consents and expects work to get underway this summer.

    Park n Ride from page 1

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    In one of its last duties as a municipal authority, Rodney District Council allocated more than $67,000 to community groups serving the Hibiscus Coast alone.

    Final community grants allocated by CouncilA total of 144 applications were received from throughout Rodney four from the Central Ward, 49 from the Hibiscus Coast, 33 from the Northern Ward, 40 from the Western Ward and 18 from groups that operate district-wide.The grants were allocated from the small grants category, representing amounts of less than $10,000. Larger grants are still to be announced. The Hibiscus Coast recipients were:Age Concern Rodney $2300 for a Family Health Expo; Air Training Corps, Silverdale $3268 for purchase of tents; Aphasia Group Puhoi $1000 to continue development of the role of part-time administrator; Bowls Orewa $3958 for a toilet and bowls; Coast Amateur Swim Club $1500 for monofins and mirrors; Coast Youth Community Trust $2130 for a foodbank project; Girl Guiding

    NZ ODC $2858 to re-roof the den; Gulf Harbour Fencing Club $1500 towards salary of fencing coach; Gymnastics Community Trust $1425 for new equipment; Hestia Rodney Womens Refuge $5000 to appoint a programme developer to develop a parenting programme for those who have experienced family violence; Hibiscus Coast Blue Light $5000 for delivery of Kidsmart Handbook to all Year 9 students in Rodney; Hibiscus Coast Bridge Club $1804 to purchase toilets; Hibiscus Coast Cadiac & Rehab Club $800 to subsidize entry to Leisure Centre; Hibiscus Coast Grandparents Parenting Grandchildren $3000 for activities for children; Hibiscus Coast Kindergarten $2000 for playgound equipment; Hibiscus Coast Plunket $1705 to replace windows of Orewa Clinic; Hibiscus Coast Youth

    Council $3000 to assist development of future leaders, community activities and administration; Lighthouse Counselling Trust $2000 to subsidise fees; Manly Bowling Club $2000 for ceiling fans; North Harbour Pony Club Silverdale $800 towards purchase of Breakaway Cups; North Shore Centres of Mutual Aid, Hibiscus Coast $2000 to continue CMA services; Orewa College $1598 for senior choir-meridian uniform; Orewa Croquet Club $322 for championship hoops; Orewa Primary $1506 for outdoor chess sets; Orewa Tennis Club $2000 for Junior Development plan; Puhoi Sports Club $900 to purchase soccer balls, goals and a sound system; Parents Inc $2000 to provide seven secondary schools with life skills presentations; Puhoi Volunteer Rural Fire Force $500 to prepare and paint the fire

    station sheds and containers; Puhoi Community Forum $500 for the Riverside Walkway Project for initial design of the Puhoi Boardwalk; Salt Community Trust $2000 for Christmas Day community lunch; Rodney Neighbourhood Support $1333 for ongoing service; SOSSI $1550 to purchase gardening tools and upgrade nursery watering system; Silverdale & Districts Historical Society $2000 for exterior painting of Frith Cottage; Silverdale Tennis Club $2000 for coaching; Silverdale Volunteer Fire Police $2200 for Pelican Remote Area Lighting system; Sport Gulf Harbour Charitable Trust $2000 for fun run/walk; Stella Maris School $1674 to purchase a barbecue; Whangaparaoa Playcentre $2000 to improve outdoor equipment; Waitemata Agricultural & Pastoral Assoc $1325 for dressage arena.

    Two projects which both address erosion issues on Orewa Beach are at loggerheads, with only one put forward by Rodney District Council for consideration by Auckland Council.At a meeting last month, Councillors were asked to decide whether to put the Orewa sea wall and walkway project on the issues list that will be submitted to Auckland Council. At the meeting Cr Zane Taylor, who is also chair of the Orewa Beach Reef Charitable Trust, requested that the sea wall project be held back until the reef project, which involves building a series of reefs 300 metres offshore, obtained resource consent from Auckland Regional Council. This process is already underway.Cr Taylor said that without the reefs, the sea wall, expected to cost around $2.6 million, would be a waste of ratepayers money.The wall is superfluous without the reefs to protect it, as it will be under

    attack from the dynamic forces on the beach and will require expensive maintenance, Cr Taylor said. The reefs should be built first to create a dry beach in front of the wall.He said if the two projects could go forward to Auckland Council together, they would provide a unique solution to erosion on the beach, with the wall addressing the land, and the reefs addressing the beach.However, consultant Gael Ogilvie said the community is in favour of the sea wall, and not to put it before Auckland Council for funding would be a missed opportunity.She described the sea wall, which includes a buried rock wall with a stabilised sand toe (or bund), as an innovative scheme, which will improve the appearance of the 600-metre stretch of Orewa Beach between Marine View and Kohu Street.She said currently this section of the beach is an embarrassment and

    Supporters say this sea wall on Orewa Beach is urgently needed, but opponents say it will be a costly mistake.

    Reef and wall go head to head

    that the sea wall will also provide an opportunity to recreate a dune system.Infrastructure director Murray Noone said that Council staff supported both projects, but it was important to get something underway as soon as possible.So far we have spent $450,000 on research, design and consent applications and not actually done anything yet, Mr Noone said. If we

    look at it as a joint project, and one is not successful, it could put both schemes back.Councillors voted to put the sea wall and walkway project on its issues list so that Auckland Council can consider it for funding.Mayor Penny Webster said this was the right move, saying urgent work is needed to improve the beach.

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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 Whangaparaoa Hall, 717 Whangaparaoa Road.

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    VOTE HIM IN FOR THE NEW LOCAL BOARD AUTHORITY Read more about Greg Sayers: www.gregsayers.co.nz

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    Ive always felt that my body was fairly substantial, but in recent years have been pushed out of the way by people intent on getting in or out of shop doors before me. So imagine my surprise when going to Fruit World in Silverdale and reaching for a bag of potatoes, only to see hands

    appear over my head, and neatly place a bag in my trolley. Later, I was asked where my car was parked and another man put my potatoes into my car boot. At home, I realised Id left my purse in the trolley. I was met by one of the staff, who produced a note and his cellphone,

    than I was directed to an address where a man handed over my purse and advised me to check its contents. The ASB also telephoned my daughter to advise her that my purse was safe. I want to sincerely thank them all.Mrs D Moffat, Silverdale

    I was in attendance at the wonderful public meeting organised by the Red Beach Methodist Church on September 19. Invited to speak were the 13 candidates standing for the Hibiscus Coast Local Board. Listening to each one speak it is obvious that we have a depth of talented candidates.

    One candidate in particular stood out head-and-shoulders above the rest for me Greg Sayers. It was refreshing to observe his sincerity towards the community. He was the only candidate to receive two sets of applause, one of them a standing ovation for his stand against any

    super high rise buildings along Orewas waterfront. It is encouraging to see community-focused leadership like his. Congratulations also to the Red Beach Methodist Church for running the event.Ms N Auty, Whangaparaoa

    Congratulations on new online format of the latest issue of Hibiscus Matters. Its great to read on the computer screen exactly the page that local readers see

    in hard copy, as the new format allows you to turn through the issue, page by page. So even though we are living in Borneo, we keep in contact with

    the latest news and events on the Hibiscus Coast.Colin MacGillivray, by email

    Most Mondays I catch the bus from my home in Gulf Harbour to Takapuna where I work. Last week I caught the North Star bus as usual. I was suffering from a cold, and took a couple of cold and flu tablets and a Panadol before setting off for work.As we were getting on the motorway at Silverdale I started to feel pretty

    off colour, started to sweat profusely and pretty much fainted. I thought I had better go to hospital to get myself checked out, but was in no fit state to get myself there, so I asked a fellow passenger to ring for an ambulance. Another passenger alerted the bus driver, who redirected the bus from Smales Farm directly to North Shore

    Hospital and waited while medical staff checked me out. I am very thankful for their help, to say the least and would like to thank the bus company and driver in particular. The service and treatment I received from all was excellent.Andrew Kawan, Gulf Harbour (abridged)

    Chivalry is not dead

    Praise for fair hearing

    Online format wins fans

    North Star, youre a star

    Cutting the powerRodney District Councils last ever Strategy & Community Committee meeting this month coincided with a power cut that knocked out much of central Orewa, including Council offices, until around 10.30am. The meeting therefore began in semi-darkness. This is one way of closing down Rodney, Mayor Penny Webster commented. But they might have waited for the last person to leave before switching off the lights.

    Thems the breaksA representative of Harbour Sport speaking at a Council meeting this month said that Tai Chi for older folk has become a bit of a mixed blessing. Apparently the good news is that it is effective in making older people more active, but the downside has been that more people in this age group are suffering sporting injuries. ACC arent very happy about that, the representative commented.

    To weed or not?Some rural landowners are unfamiliar with relatively common weeds according to Rodney District Council staff. The findings of Councils bushlot monitoring programme contains the following: Frequently owners did not recognise all weed species. Tree privet was sometimes thought to be a native. One owner thought climbing asparagus was a native and was growing it in his garden.

    Not so extraordinaryThe meaning of extraordinary was called into question last month by Rodney District Council. Normally extraordinary meetings are infrequent, but in September there were no less than three Extraodinary Council meetings, as business is dealt with before the supercity takes over.

    Santas helpers wantedSantas arrival in Orewa is always keenly anticipated, with the annual Orewa New World Santa Parade through the town centre a highlight for the areas families. This year the parade takes place on November 20 and will follow a new route, starting at the Orewa Beach Reserve car park (beside Orewa Surf Club) and travelling along Hibiscus Coast Highway to Florence Ave. Organiser Leanne Smith of Destination Orewa says the new route was chosen because there are larger rigs coming to haul the floats this year, which may find it difficult to safely negotiate the town centre streets. Last years parade was the biggest in its nine-year history, with an estimated 6000 spectators and 135 floats. Organisers are again asking spectators to bring non-perishable food items to contribute to the Christmas Food Drive. The collection is made ahead of the parade and food is distributed locally by Orewa Baptist Church. Entering a float is free, and must be done by the end of October. Info: contact Diane Osborne, ph 426 2638 or download a form from www.orewabeach.co.nz

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    Further planning and contract negotiations continue for remaining works on the Shakespear Open Sanctuary pest proof fence. A revised funding target of $20,000 has been set as the remaining funds required to enable completion of this project. Construction of the pest proof screens to cover all drainage culverts is underway. These screens enable water and flood debris to flow through and keep pests out. Each of the 17 culverts requires a custom-made solution, and then there is the complex maze of existing inter-connecting stormwater drains, some of which travel beneath the fence and may provide pathways for pest invasion. This attention to detail is necessary to achieve and maintain a pest free open sanctuary. Although the planting season is finished for this year, there are still plenty of opportunities to volunteer. SOSSI Sunday volunteers meet the last Sunday of every month and the Park Tuesday volunteers every Tuesday. See www.sossi.org.nz for details.

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    From September 1724, communities across the country joined together to help clean up their neighbourhoods.

    Puhoi resident Bill Marcroft (left) and Cody Mankelow from Puhoi River Canoes with rubbish collected from around the toll booth.

    Clean up time at toll booths

    Keep NZ Beautiful week was celebrated on the Coast with an aquatic theme.Puhoi River Canoes had to postpone its annual Keep NZ Beautiful Puhoi River clean up due to high winds and a storm forecast. Instead, the group took part in the Puhoi Landcare Roadside clean-up on September 17. That same afternoon the crew from Puhoi River Canoes and local resident Bill Marcroft cleaned up behind the State Highway 1 toll booth and along the river walkway adjacent to the highway, collecting a trailer load of rubbish from this area.Staff at Puhoi River Canoes say they

    are very concerned about the amount of rubbish at the toll booth. They have requested that the NZ Transport Agency look at the tolling system to see if they can change the automatic printing of receipts to a request for a receipt system in the hope that it will not only reduce the huge waste of ink and paper, but also help to eliminate the mountains of receipts surrounding the booth.The Transport Agency have also erected a fence behind the booths to try to stop people using this area as a toilet, but it seems where there is a will, there is still a way.

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    Candidates seeking election to the Local Board had a chance to put their case to members of the public at a well-attended meeting in Red Beach last month.

    Voting choices were assisted by a meeting arranged with all the Local Board candidates at Red Beach Methodist Church last month.

    Board candidates talk the talk

    All 13 candidates standing for four places on the Hibiscus Coast division of the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board attended the meeting at Red Beach Methodist Church.Organisers from the Whangaparaoa Methodist Parish made it clear that the meeting was not a debate: each candidate was given a strictly timed four minutes to speak.Around 70 residents attended the meeting on September 19, many taking notes as the candidates spoke. A number said the chance to hear the candidates first hand, and talk to them after the formal speeches were over, helped clarify their voting decisions.The candidates include current and

    past Councillors but the majority are seeking a role in local government for the first time. While more experienced campaigners said their years on Council would be advantageous in the uncharted waters of the supercity, others said a fresh approach was needed.Issues highlighted by the speakers as important locally included the building of the Penlink Road (although not all candidates support this), public transport, social services, highrise in Orewa and rates.Cr John Kirikiri sounded a note of caution, saying no candidate should promise to keep rates down, as they would undoubtedly increase because of the change to capital value assessment.

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    Incoming leaders of NZs first supercity may be relieved that Aucklanders have low expectations of their new Councils performance.A pre-local body election survey by Shape NZ, commissioned by the NZ Business Council for Sustainable Development, revealed that while more Aucklanders think the supercity will make decisions faster than the eight councils it replaces, they are not persuaded it will do a better job of growing the economy and improving residents quality of life.The survey found that 27 percent of Aucklanders think the Council will make faster progress as a result of the reform, 25 percent said it will make slower progress, while 25 percent said no faster or slower; 22 percent didnt know.Asked if they thought Auckland Council will do a better or worse job than the current council structure in growing the economy and jobs, while preserving quality of life, Aucklanders were evenly split: 23 percent said it will do better (5 percent said much better), and 23 percent said worse (8 percent much worse). A total of 35 percent said no better or worse and 20 percent didnt know.The survey was conducted between August 24 and September 14, covering 634 people within the new Auckland Council area. It has a maximum margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percent.

    Have your sayVoting papers have been delivered to enrolled voters. All voting papers must be posted by October 6 in order to reach the Electoral Officer by 12 noon on October 9. The results will be on our website, www.localmatters.co.nz as soon as they become available.

    With the local body elections now on, Hibiscus Matters conducted a poll at Whangaparaoa Plaza to find out more about voting habits on the Coast. The sample included people in their early 20s, as well as long-established voters.We asked them the following questions: Are you going to vote in local body elections? Have you decided which candidates to vote for? What local issues, concerns or interests are likely to influence your vote?Four of the 11 people polled said they are not going to vote. These were all young people and said they were not interested in voting, didnt know who any of the candidates were and that the outcome of the election would not affect them. We also spoke to two young people who are voting, and both said they supported Michael Goudie.

    Hibiscus Coast voters assess the options Supercity not expected to be so super

    Terry Hennricksen, Red BeachI went to the meet the Local Board candidates at the public meeting at Red Beach Methodist Church and will vote according to who impressed me the most. I didnt know many of them beforehand, as weve only lived here for five years. At the same time, I dont think the local board will have much power and that the big boys in the Auckland Council will do as they please. The mayor will be just a figurehead and the chief executives of all those Council Controlled Organisations will make the big decisions. I dont think Rodney should be part of the supercity, but I will still be voting, as its a privilege to do so.

    Judy and John Pegler, Manly We always vote, but as yet were undecided which candidates to choose, apart from the mayor. We are voting for John Banks as we believe he has the depth of experience needed for the job. We think housing and roading are important locally, and a park and ride at Silverdale needs to be established as soon as possible.

    Alister McKinnon, ManlyFor me, transport is one of the biggest issues locally. Im not necessarily as impressed with candidates who promise to keep rates down, as those who I think will be frugal and spend ratepayers money wisely. Im also concerned with the care of heritage buildings, and want to see maintenance of these buildings properly funded under the supercity.

    Keeping it localThe Auckland Transition Authority says that one of the first tasks for the 21 local boards will be to work with communities to prepare a three-year plan. This will outline the communitys aspirations and priorities, desired projects and potential funding. It will also provide a foundation for budgets. The three-year plans will feed into Auckland Councils Long Term Council Community Plan, which is also produced every three years. Local board responsibilities, as initially allocated by the Auckland Transition Agency until June 2012 include: decisions on upgrading town centres and targeted rates for mainstreet and BID organizations; the locations, design and use of local parks; wetland restoration, local waste management projects and environmental education programmes; the location and design of new libraries; the opening hours, fees and programmes offered by community facilities; local events and grants to community groups.

    Jim Smith, Stanmore BayIve decided to vote for Colin Craig for mayor. Its because he is a newcomer, and also isnt John Banks or Len Brown. Although he has experience in business, I think the fact that he hasnt been in politics is a bonus. as he wont be swayed by a political party. I like his independence.

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    Above left, Expert baker Sarah Graham and a young helper, with duck themed goodies. Left, Dean Hall of Orewa decorates a ducky cookie.

    Ducks in a row for KindyThe Ducky Derby, a fundraiser held by Hibiscus Coast Kindergarten on September 19, attracted a smaller crowd than last years inaugural event, due to stormy weather, but still raised around 3800, which will be used for resources and play equipment.Organisers say they were extremely grateful to the Hibiscus Coast Youth Centre who allowed them to put stalls inside, after the marquee they had arranged failed to materialise.As well as a large cake stall, second hand goods, clothing and jewellery

    stalls, there was face painting, raffles, a lucky dip and plenty of rides for the children to enjoy.Around 300 ducks were pre-sold at $10 each for the race down the estuary.The race, with a first prize of $500, saw the ducks blown down the Estuary against the tide in fine-feathered fashion. First place went to Sandra Higgerson and second prize, a $200 voucher from Mondo Travel, went to Jamie Lee Hall. Third prize of a $100 New World voucher went to Frances Hardy.

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    Volunteers assist Debbie Thompson (third from right) with clearing weeds from the native garden at Whangaparaoa Primary.

    School uncovers secret native gardenA virtual secret garden, originally planted by the school around 15 years ago, is being gradually released from a tangle of weeds by teacher Debbie Thompson and enthusiastic parents and students.The garden is on land adjoining the school, and was originally planted with natives. Signs at the base of trees indicating the species, have been uncovered in the clean up.Debbie says the garden was abandoned after a couple of hot summers that made it increasingly hard and time consuming to care for the young plants.It has remained neglected for around 10 years, in which time the native plants have increased dramatically in size, despite being hidden beneath a tangle of black eyed Susan vine, and crowded out by kikuyu, woolly nightshade, privet, monkey apple and arum lilies.A working bee last month made good headway into the garden, uncovering a pathway through the trees, clearing several truckloads of weeds and rubbish and cleaning the sign at the entrance of graffiti. More working bees are planned.A grove of nikau palms, a cabbage tree grove, large golden totara, puka

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    October is mulch month an opportunity to retain some of the moisture that has soaked in over the last few months by covering the soil with a thick cloak of organic material.Almost any organic material can be used, including some high quality products that can be found at landscape suppliers. Many of these are the result of large scale recycling schemes, and so are good for the environment in more ways than one. Whangaparaoa Landscape Supplies, in Karepiro Drive, have a new product called Garden Delicious Compost that they say customers are finding great as a garden growth booster. It can also be piled on thickly as mulch before spring planting gets underway, retaining moisture as well as improving soil texture and fertility. The product is described as a free-flowing, organic based compost produced from chicken manure, fine bark, green waste and other active fertilisers.Mulching pointers y Apply mulch to moist soil, about 10-15cm thick. Keep it away from the stems of woody plants. Piling a thick layer of mulch up to stems can result in collar rot, killing the plant.

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    Nothing is easier than spring cleaning the garden and outdoor areas the only difficulty is deciding which job to tackle first.If youre like me and pretty much hibernated during winter, while the lawn turned into a paddy field, everywhere you look there will be something that needs to be done.Here are some suggestions to help get that list of priorities underway: y Steps, decks, paths and pavers may need cleaning with a waterblaster to ensure they look inviting and are safe to walk on. Bringing in a professional for this task will pay dividends because they have more powerful equipment as well as the necessary expertise.

    y Canvas fabrics on outdoor furniture may need attention before the next barbecue. My advice is that its best to check these fabrics, particularly on chairs, at least yearly and preferably before a relative or friend ends up on the ground with red wine from nose to navel.

    y Tackle weeds as they pop up, while theyre small and easier to remove. Dense planting crowds out all but the most pernicious weeds.

    y Next stop is the compost bin, the contents of which should go onto the garden beds, before any spring planting takes place.

    y Take a critical look at your front door/entrance and consider putting out the springtime welcome mat by refreshing it with potted plants, improved lighting or even a lick of paint to create a good first impression.

    y Any potted plants that are past their best can be replaced, and this year Im going for bold colours, inspired by In A Mexican Garden by Gina Hyams and Melba Levick. Not strictly speaking a gardening book, this is packed full of inspiring photos of Mexican courtyards, planted and decorated in a vibrant, relaxed style by people who are passionate about colour.

    y Feed plants as they begin actively growing pile on the sheep pellets (Lions Clubs will deliver them to the door on October 2, if you ordered from their annual fertiliser drive), or other slow release fertiliser of your choice.

    y As spring foliage and buds unfurl, snails are everywhere. Quash pellets, which are relatively pet-friendly, are my first line of defence, especially where new plantings in the vege patch are concerned. Theyre not cheap, but losing seedlings overnight is not a good option either.

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    Herb of the monthby Pam Ellender, Pioneer Herb SocietySpring planting will soon be underway and it is timely to note the benefits to gardeners of companion planting. Fragrant, aromatic herbs can aid neighbouring plants and deter harmful pests. Basil and tomatoes are natural companions and garlic among the roses keeps aphids at bay. Borage, with its bright blue flowers is beneficial to most edible plants and also attracts bees. The common nasturtium is a colourful and excellent companion in the vegetable garden. African marigolds discourage unwelcome visitors and dill, another useful herb, is helpful in pest control but should not be planted near carrots, tomatoes or lavender as it can have adverse effects.

    The scent of freshly cut wood fills the workshop at Clipper Outdoor Furniture, and drifts into the showroom out front, which is filled with recliners, tables and chairs, swing seats, benches and footstools.

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    New hands on deck at Clipper FurnitureApart from a range of folding furniture made in Henderson, everything at Clippers is made on site by new owners Grant Bezzant and his partner Dorothy Fowler of Stanmore Bay. The couple took ownership of the workshop and showroom on Silverdale Hill (next to the BP Station) in August and say it has brought together their enjoyment of working with wood, and desire to run their own local business.Grant has worked with wood all his life. For the past 17 years he has been wood turning on a grand scale, making large runs of 1000 or more items, such as axe and shovel handles, for a company in Silverdale.Dorothy, who has worked as a boat builder and builders labourer, is enjoying the hands-on work turning out high quality chairs, as well as doing the books for the business.Grant has to chase me out of the workshop, Dorothy says. Id much rather be in there than in the office.

    All the outdoor furniture is made of kwila, which Grant says is sourced from timber merchants with a verified sustainable forest policy and a high quality product.He says kwila is ideal for outdoor furniture, as it doesnt crack or twist and lasts for years. We have people bringing in kwila chairs for repair that are 20 years old and they still look good, Grant says.Dorothy says Clippers have established

    a good reputation and tried and true designs for practical, comfortable furniture. Items can be selected from the showroom and made to order. The specifications can be adjusted to suit each customers requirements.Dorothy and Grant say that their most popular items are the heavy rectangular tables in chunky thick timber.We are enjoying working here so much. Its not like a job more like spending time on your favourite hobby, all day.

    From left, Sue Wright, Jan Barrington and Raewyn Prentice with their horticultural hats.

    Hats decorated with ribbons of flax and spring blooms were a fun feature of last months Horticultural Society show at Whangaparaoa Hall. The last couple of bi-monthly shows have featured a fun themed section, and last month it was hats off for spring.Horticultural Society president Jo Moxey says the section has brought out members creativity, and is proving very popular. Floral artist Jill Yates judged last months novelty section, selecting Sue Wrights straw hat with a crown surrounded by stripy flax to be the winner.Members of the Society are already getting their green fingers ready for their big summer show, which will take place on November 5 and 6.

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    Look out for your windows Clean windows can be a revelation as grime tends to build up gradually on the surface, slowly but surely blurring our view of the outside world. Unless you are Spiderman, its a good idea to employ a professional at least once a year to give the windows a thorough clean. Keep windows clean in the interim by spraying them with a glass cleaning product or a homemade mix of 500 ml of white vinegar and 1 litre of warm water. Use screwed up newspaper to clean to a sparkling finish. Once windows are clean, consider having UVTEC applied, to block UV radiation that can damage fabric.

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    The number of people identified as having Influenza H1N1 (or swine flu) is steadily falling, as the flu season winds down, and the outbreak has been similar to last years, according to Ministry of Health data.The latest figures show that NZ-wide there have 690 hospitalisations of confirmed cases of pandemic influenza H1N1, including four people currently in intensive care. So far this year, a total of 103 people with confirmed H1N1 have been admitted to intensive care. In the year to date, the deaths of 18 New Zealanders have been linked to swine flu, 14 of which have been confirmed by the coroner as being due to swine flu. This is described by a Ministry of spokesperson as a slight improvement on last year, where there were 17 deaths where swine flu was identified as the primary cause.The Ministry advises that it is still important to seek medical advice early, particularly for pregnant women and people with underlying medical conditions, as they are at greater risk of a more severe illness. Seek medical advice quickly if you have influenza-like symptoms.

    The Sharks Shared Vision touch rugby tournament is a way for mental health providers and service users to reach out to the community.

    Tournament touches on mental health issuesThis is exemplified in a touch rugby tournament that is to be held for the second time at Victor Eaves Park in Orewa this month, during Mental Health Awareness Week (October 410).Shared Vision Rodney, a committee which provides a platform for the planning and provision of mental health services in Rodney, came up with the idea of holding a touch tournament as a way of bridging the gap between mental health services and the community.Co-organiser Shona Miers says one of her clients desperately wanted to play touch, but lacked the confidence to join a community team. Shona says last years inaugural tournament and the one to be held on October 9, have given him the boost he needed.She says the tournament is also a chance to win the trophy back from the Mahitahi Trust from South Auckland, which took first place last year.Last year around four teams took part in the tournament, but more than double are expected this year, including teams from Sharks Sports Club.Any community touch teams with players older than 10 years of age, including mixed elite, mixed social and

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    family teams, are invited to take part. Teams are coming from as far away as the Waikato, and Shared Vision Rodney will put up teams made up of community support workers, family and service users.A series of round robin games will be played. Christine Bolstad of Shared Vision Rodneys steering group committee says last years event was a fabulous day for all involved.We are hoping that this year will

    be bigger and better, Christine says. Everyone knows someone that has experienced mental illness in some form, so this is a chance to bring the community together, gain a better understanding and celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week.Everyone is welcome as players or supporters to the touch tournament, October 9 at Victor Eaves Park, Orewa. Registration is open until October 7. Info: Shona Miers, ph 09 477 2630 or email [email protected]

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    Once again it is the time of year to take the tennis racquet out for another season, and give the garden its spring makeover.Unfortunately these activities can be restricted by elbow and arm pain. Tennis elbow (or lateral epicondylalgia) is an umbrella term for elbow pain. Golfers elbow is a term for pain experienced on the inside of your elbow, and this affliction has a similar pattern of behaviour and causative factors.As physios, we are often asked what causes this pain. The muscles of the forearm that extend to your wrist, those involved with gripping and particularly used in the backhand tennis shot, have a small origin just above the elbow joint on the outside of your arm. Poor biomechanics, such as a stiff elbow joint, muscle weakness or an incorrect racquet grip size can cause excess stress when the activity is repeated. The resulting strain can cause microscopic tearing of muscle fibres, resulting in a sharp pain or dull ache. The initial pain settles, but as the injury heals with scar tissue, this shortens and it is more susceptible to future damage. Repeated tennis or gardening aggravates this and the cycle continues. If the causative factors are not addressed a chronic situation can develop.Here are some tips to help with this painful condition: y Apply ice to the elbow area for 20 minutes after completing the sport or activity that aggravated it.

    y Stretch the extensor muscles regularly hold the elbow straight, then turn the forearm inwards and bend the wrist under. Hold this stretch for 20 seconds.

    y Use a correctly fitted tennis elbow brace which can be purchased from your physiotherapist or local pharmacy.

    y Have your racquet and stroke technique assessed by a tennis coach.Other problems can cause elbow and arm pain, so if the problem persists see your physiotherapist or doctor. A physiotherapist can identify poor biomechanics and teach you specific exercises that have proven to be very effective. This is important if you are to get long term resolution to this problem.

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    Hairdressing trainee Moana Riddell from Red Beach (pictured) is one of four finalists for this years Jasmine McBeth memorial scholarship.

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    The recent donation to Hibiscus Coast Family Services of four gift baskets by Hibiscus Coast Parents Centre highlights the cooperative and supportive relationship between the two agencies.

    Working together for families pictured is Family Services manager Karyn Hodge (left) receiving a gift basket from Parents Centre president Kyleigh Thomas.

    Family support close at hand on Coast The baskets, which included items such as an activity centre, baby sleeping bag, toys and nightlight, will be handed on to local families in need.Parents Centre is a nationwide voluntary organisation set up by parents for parents. President of the local branch, Kyleigh Thomas, says the non-profit organisation, which provides antenatal classes, coffee groups and other programmes for new parents, recognises that at times parents find it hard to cope and when this happens the Family Services team provides additional support.When we decided to donate these items, we immediately thought of Family Services, because they are working with families that need a helping hand, Kyleigh says.Hibiscus Coast Family Services recently changed its name from Parent Aid, which manager Karyn Hodge says reflects the holistic and non-discriminatory values of the service.Families come in all forms, and we wanted our name to reflect that, Karyn says.She says last year the service, which has been based in Whangaparaoa since 1997, struggled for funding, and

    almost closed, but was pulled out of the mire by Governments emergency Community Responses Fund. It relies on the Ministry of Social Development for around 40 percent of its funding, but must raise the rest from agencies such as the Lotteries Commission, ASB Trust and Rodney District Council.Karyn says although funding is always an issue, the service is now working harder and smarter, ensuring its in-home

    support, social work and budgeting advice services are here to stay.There has been a huge increase in demand as the Coast grows, and the economy falters. We see people coping with a lot of stress, often without extended family to help out. With ourselves and Parents Centre, theres a lot of support available.Info: Parents Centre, ph 427 6114; Family Services, ph 424 4014.

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    Heroic help for hospiceFestival organisers are out looking for gay gardens with an edge to feature in next years Heroic Gardens Festival. The popular Auckland-wide garden show will be held on March 5 and 6 and proceeds will benefit all Auckland hospices. Next years event will mark the 15th anniversary of the festival. Last year more than 17,000 people visited festival gardens and $51,500 was raised for hospice. Organisers are seeking innovative gardens. Info: email [email protected]

    Dementia facility opensA 37-room dementia and Alzheimers unit opened last month is the first specialist care centre of its type in Orewa. The opening of the unit, on September 20, marks the completion of the care centre at Ryman Healthcare Groups Evelyn Page Retirement Village, which also includes rest home and hospital care rooms. Opening the facility, Age Concern chief executive Catherine Smith said the care centre provides a high quality aged-care option in Orewa, in a positive and vibrant environment. Village manager Judy Brady said that the village is delighted to be offering the elderly of Orewa and the Hibiscus Coast a first-class dementia care facility, staffed by a highly regarded and enthusiastic nursing team.

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    Phone Andrew Young at Jade River Tai Chi for more information 09 422 3424 or 027 327 6604

    Email: [email protected] - Some classes are ACC funded

    MANGAWHAI: Tues & Thurs 12.30-1.30pm, Senior Citizens HallWARkWoRTH: Tues 2.30-3.30pm, Warkworth Town HallSNELLS BEACH: Tues & Thurs 4-5pm, Mahurangi Community Centre.oREWA: Mon & Wed 1-2pm STANMoRE BAY: Mon & Wed 2.30-3.30pmWHANGAPARAoA: Mon 4-5.30pm & Wed 3.30-5pm

    The Art of Moving Meditation for Physical & Mental Well-Being

    As part of the Auckland Heritage Festival, which this year has the theme History through a House, Couldrey House at Wenderholm Regional Park came to life last month.

    A roller disco for all ages is the latest initiative passionate skater Brigitte Legendre is trialling on the Coast.The Skate and Sing Disco on October 9, which Brigitte is organising with Olivia Schiltknecht, combines music (including Kareoke), races, games and raffles, as well as a roller hockey demonstration. There will be a disco for beginners, and one for more experienced skaters.Olivia says she got involved because she loves to skate, and has dreamed of having a skate club.She says the event, at Whangaparoa Primary School hall, is handy for local parents and affordable. There will be a separate area for toddlers.Brigitte also runs regular skating lessons at Whangaparaoa Primary and the Youth Centre in Orewa and says it was the enthusiasm of the youngsters that encouraged her to organise a disco.

    Brigitte Legendre (left) and Olivia Schiltknecht have combined forces to wheel out some roller disco fun for the school holidays.

    Get in line for new skate event

    Its a cool activity, that more people should get into, Brigitte says.The event starts at 3pm and goes until 9pm and costs $5. There will be a limited number of inline skates for hire. These can be pre-booked. Info: ph Brigitte 424 1380 or visit www.kidsactivities.co.nz

    From left, volunteer guides Carolyn Reid, Heather Dobson, Chris Hagon and Shirley Martin.

    Historic house comes alive

    On September 18 the doors of the historic homestead were thrown open and layers of history were revealed with displays that showed changes in the lifestyles of the six successive families who lived there from 1857 to 1973. Costumed guides demonstrated bygone times and a Time Trail sheet was provided for children to enhance their visit. The displays were organised by the Friends of Couldrey House, and as a bonus the Auckland Regional Council sponsored a complimentary ranger-guided walk through the garden and park.The Couldrey House Heritage Festival showcase will continue on October 13, each afternoon from 1pm4pm. Couldrey House will then be opened by volunteers each weekday from

    14pm for the second week of the school holidays (until October 10) and thereafter from 14pm each weekend. Info: www.historiccouldreyhouse.co.nz

    Volunteer guide Carolyn Reid churns butter in the Edmonds Kitchen.

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    Life dishes out some harsh lessons but there is no need to learn everything the hard way. The response to the disaster in Christchurch shows the benefit of preparation and planning. Your legal affairs should also be in order to deal with a disaster. Locally the failure to provide alternative access for the Peninsula is a disaster in waiting.

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    Magic Moments

    Areas in Rodney that Rodney District Council deems appropriate for future industrial use have been brought together in a document released by Council last month.

    Rodneys industrial land needs identified

    Unlike Councils recently adopted Rural Strategy, the Rodney Industrial Land Strategy has not been through a process of public consultation and is, according to assistant chief executive Warren Maclennan, to provide pointers and a factual resource for Auckland Council.The document pulls together information from existing structure plans for Rodneys main settlements, as well as economic reports and projections, giving an overview of the districts industrial land needs and the infrastructure that will be required to support it. Councils projections indicate that there will be demand in Rodney for

    approximately 234ha of industrial land over the next 20 years, 200ha of which is expected to be required on the Hibiscus Coast. Currently there is around 68ha of vacant land in industrial zoned areas. The Industrial Land Strategy identifies a further 386ha, of as yet unzoned land planned for industrial use, mainly centred in Silverdale, Warkworth and Kumeu-Huapai.Most of this land is already identified as industrial in structure plans adopted by Council, with the exception of the land in the draft Silverdale West Structure Plan (yet to be adopted).When the Industrial Land Strategy was presented to Council, Cr Wayne

    Walker expressed concern regarding industrial development in Silverdale West, saying this could lead to wall to wall industry at the gateway to Orewa.The Weiti Estuary is already silted and polluted and this is a shameful legacy of Council, Cr Walker said. Before there is any further expansion, we need to clean up our act.Mr Maclennan says the next stage for the Industrial Land Strategy would normally be to seek public feedback, but instead the document will go forward to Auckland Council to inform future strategies.Auckland Council may well consult on it further, Mr Maclennan says.

    One of the pioneers of Matakanas growing wine tourism industry Ascension Wine Estate isnt about to rest on its laurels.It has been a decade this month since Darryl Soljan and wife Bridget first welcomed guests to Ascension. From those early days of platters and counter service, Ascension has grown to offer a full a la carte menu, with many national food and hospitality awards to its credit.

    In the next five years, Darryl says Ascension will develop as a celebration centre, with more events. He has also formed an alliance with Kay Baxters Koanga Institute who will assist with the establishment of an edible food and tree trail, raising heirloom seedlings.Our customers are interested in where their food comes from so this is a way of expanding that knowledge, he says. The food grown in our own gardens will be served at our tables.

    Darryl says his tendency to get bored easily has been partly responsible for Ascensions stable performance through the recession.Over the years, weve tried to be innovative, to keep the customers interested. Because there arent 12 layers of bureaucracy, whats decided at a meeting today can be underway tomorrow. Its given us the ability to change quickly to respond to whats happening.

    Establishing the business meant long days for Darryl and Bridget, who would often work until the early hours of the morning labelling their wine by hand.Today Ascension employs the equivalent of 27 full time staff.Darryl estimates the business has injected more than $10 million in wages into the local economy, a statistic he is enormously proud of.

    Ascension vineyard explores new directions for a new decade

    To market, to marketRetailers in Whangaparaoa Town Centre are in the process of organising a weekend art and craft market along the lines of the Hobbs Wharf market. It is hoped this can be held outside Whangaparaoa Plaza (between Farmers and the carpark). One of the organisers, Pet Planet owner Robin Sabin, says details are still being worked out, but the first stage obtaining a permit from Rodney District Council is already underway. This is the perfect area for a small market, with plenty of parking and room for a band to play down one end, Robin says. We are looking for stallholders with handmade items to sell. The plan is to hold the market on Sundays, from 10am to 2pm. There are spaces for around 20 stalls. Robin says the market may be held fortnightly to begin with. Info: ph 424 4353.

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    nI N T R O D U C I N G

    local businessRed Door Studios Art & Design

    NEWTON ROSS have a successful track record building investment strategies for: Retirees Trustees Migrants Professionals BusinessSellersPhone Wayne Ross on 09 377 5777

    www.newtonross.co.nz [email protected]

    Call us for a free no obligation discussion Independant Personal Professional

    The red paint job on the door of a new art studio in central Orewa is a bold statement about the creativity that lies within.Red Door Studios, which officially opens on October 2, is a place where a group of local artists work, meet the public and sell artworks direct. Painter Terry Jones had been working on his abstract images from a studio upstairs at 304 Hibiscus Coast Highway for a year, and when the adjoining spaces became vacant he told fellow artists Sue Law, Pauline Stockhausen and Gina Upton.Together the group has created an artistic hub, with individual studios as well as shared space where work can be displayed.The sunny spaces, with a glimpse of Orewa Beach opposite, are ideal for the various creative projects that the artists are involved in.Gina sells retro vintage homewares and craft supplies and incorporates vintage fabrics into items that she makes, such as aprons and cushions. She also assists people to make their own collage for the soul. Just down the hall, Pauline Stockhausen uses her space as a base for her photography and nave style painting. She also teaches art and works part-

    From left Pauline Stockhausen, Gina Upton, Terry Jones and Sue Law.

    time as an advertising salesperson for Hibiscus Matters. Sue Laws passion for art combines teaching with creating portraits, murals, book covers and pieces for exhibitions. She says Red Door Studios provides an opportunity for the artists to support each other.Weve all had studios at home, but it can be quite a lonely process, Sue says. Sharing a studio is a great way to network.Terry says the group are sensitive to each others needs as artists, providing an ideal work environment. He says

    the open door policy of the studio, enables the public to come and learn more about the artists and their work before deciding on a purchase.It gives art more meaning if you know where and who it came from, Terry says.The studio is already attracting interest from artists in the know and passers by.Pauline and Gina say people drop by all the time, and find plenty to look at and explore.Work made by guest artists will also appear from time to time, keeping the creative juices flowing in and out of the Red Door.

    Silverdale artist Brian Moore with his bronze tuatara, which is proving to be a collectors item.

    Tuatara bronze brings trees to Tiritiri Matangi

    Dianes School of

    Tap Dancing

    Dance with ChazSunday October 31Dance Workshop 9am

    Zumba Workshop 10am$20 per person Ph 428 4977

    2010 Annual Production Special Guests Chaz Cummings, Senior

    Movement & The Stepping Out TeamSaturday October 30, 1pm & 7:30pm

    Centrestage Theatre, Orewa, Ph 426 7282$15 ticket or 4 for $50

    Bronze sculptures of tuatara made by Silverdale artist Brian Moore have found themselves in good company over the years.Last month, one of the life-sized tuatara was presented to the Wellington Police by the builder of the maritime units new launch, in appreciation of the $3.5 million contract.Other notable recipients include HRH Prince Philip, Mercedes Benz headquarters in Germany and a number of exclusive lodges around the country.Brian made the first of a limited edition of 250 tuatara bronzes in 1985. The first one was presented to HRH Prince Philip in his capacity as Patron of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The WWF used the bronze tuatara project as a fundraiser, raising around $40,000 from sales which the government matched two for one, creating a $120,000 pool that was used for the tree planting on Tiritiri Matangi Island.More than 150 bronze tuataras have been sold to date and Brian says there has recently been a resurgence of interest. Each one is cast to order and takes around six weeks to put through the various stages at the foundry.Info: www.brianmoore.co.nz

    Come to the Official Opening of

    &The Scarlet FoxTerrence Jones 021 304 390Susannah Law 027 259 2897Pauline Stockhausen 027 224 4180Gina Upton (Scarlet Fox) 021 054 6219

    Opening HoursTuesday - Saturday

    9-3 or by appointment

    First floor, 304 HBC Highway, Orewa

    Saturday 2nd October

    5-7pm

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    A HUGE 6-hour family-friendly event among the vines.Were celebrating our 10th birthday, so the first 1000 tickets are half price at $19.90 and kids are free*! Gates open 3.30pm

    4pm 8pm Live music by The Mighty Groove Diggers, James RAY, The Late Show and Lou Lou.

    8pm The all-time classic movie Casablanca on the Outdoor Big Screen

    10pm Spectacular fireworks display

    Bring a picnic and a blanket but NO ALCOHOL, GLASS or four-legged family members! Any non-alcoholic beverages must be in originally sealed containers.

    Tickets are limited and just $19.90pp for the first 1000 (and after that $39.80). *Kids 14 and under FREE. Tickets - Internet / phone from Ticketmaster.co.nz or 0800 111 999 (booking fees apply). Or purchase over the counter from Ascension Wine Estate 480 Matakana Road, Matakana (No booking fees. Sorry, no phone sales).

    All tickets are general admission. We encourage blankets and low chairs. Those with normal height chairs will be directed to the sides and rear of the venue.

    A full bar with EFTPOS will operate and wood-fired pizzas will be for sale.

    PARKING on-site parking is only available for disabled guests. Please park at either the Warkworth Golf Club or outside Mahurangi College. FREE shuttle buses will operate from 3.30pm until the event has finished.

    This is an outdoor event. We play "rain or shine". However, the promoter may decide in its sole discretion to postpone the event to the following Sunday 31st October and the same tickets will apply (NO refunds).

    Go to www.AscensionWine.co.nz for further information.

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    2 cups self-raising flour cup brown sugar454g can Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce cup orange juice75g buttergrated rind of 1 orange2 eggsIn a large bowl, mix together thoroughly the flour and brown sugar.In a small saucepan or in a microwave, warm the cranberries and orange juice until the syrup has thinned enough to strain. Sieve, without mashing the fruit, but bang sieve on the side of the bowl to extract all of the juice.In another container, melt the butter, add strained juice, grated orange rind and eggs, beat well. Pour over flour and sugar mixture. Fold together, taking great care not to over-mix. Spray 12 medium muffin pans with non-stick spray. Half fill each cup with the muffin mixture and make a depression in this with the back of a dampened teaspoon. Spoon whole, drained cranberries into this depression, then top with remaining batter. Bake at 200C for 1215 minutes until muffins spring back when pressed.

    Auditions! Auditions! Auditions!By appointment only

    Sunday 10th October from 10.30am Tuesday 12th October from 7.30pm

    Wednesday 13th October recalls only

    Award winning team!Rhonda Daverne Director

    Andrew Christie Musical Director

    Centrestage Theatre March 2011For audition pack

    www.centrestagetheatre.co.nzFor audition time

    Phone 09 426 7282

    Hibiscus Matters has a copy of Alison Holsts More Marvellous Muffins (Hyndman Publishing) 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 More Marvellous Muffins, Hibiscus Matters, Whangaparaoa Hall, 717 Whangaparaoa

    Rd, Whangaparaoa. Entries close October 22. CONGRATULATIONS to Andrea Schreuder of Silverdale, winner of a copy of Food to Go.

    Cuisine with Alison Holst

    You dont have to wait until Christmas to use cranberries, although these muffins from Marvellous Muffins (Hyndman Publishing) would make a festive addition to brunch with coffee on Christmas morning. They are also delicious as a dessert, with whipped cream or ice cream.

    Festive muffins

    Ascension Wine Estate in Matakana is hosting a Labour Weekend birthday party on October 24, and everyone is invited. The Big Night Out opens at 3.30pm with live music from 4pm. Cinema classic Casablanca will show on the massive outdoor screen from 8pm and there will be fireworks from 10pm. The party is celebrating Ascensions first 10 years. Owner Darryl Soljan says the musical line-up includes Auckland blues and

    rock band The Groove Diggers, alt-country rock artist and former New Zealand Music Award finalist James RAy, talented local singer songwriter Lou Lou and The Late Show. This is our way of saying thanks to everyone who has supported us, paid us a visit, enjoyed our wine, or simply stopped in to enjoy a show, he says. We have heavily subsidised the event to make it as family-friendly and accessible. We cant wait to see the place buzzing on Labour Weekend Sunday.

    Big night at Ascension vineyard

    A concert that showcases some of the best jazz musicians on the Coast takes place this month to raise funds for Hibiscus Hospice.

    Swing by for jazz fundraiser

    Orewa Colleges jazz band with piano soloist Elena Wilkens (front row, left).

    This is the fifth concert that Orewa Lions have organised in memory of the late Crawley, a Lion who instigated a series of jazz concerts at Centrestage in the late 1990s.The musicians for the show are selected by jazz pianist Mike Walker of Red Beach. This year he has assembled a stellar line up, including German exchange student Elena Wilkens. Elena is spending two terms at Orewa College where Mike teaches music and approached him for piano lessons.Mike says she blew him away with a beautiful rendition of Gershwins Rhapsody in Blue and he immediately asked her to play at the fundraising show.The concert also includes Ray Woolf, Orewa Colleges Jazz to Go, the Mike

    Walker Trio, saxophonist Stephen Morton-Jones and the Sisters of Swing.The show is always a sell out and last year raised $5000 for Hospice. It is on October 14 at Centrestage Theatre, Orewa. Tickets are $25 from Whangaparaoa and Orewa Hospice Shops or Lions Clubs.

    The 10th Rodney Art AwardsRodney Community Arts Council Inc

    Thank youJudges: Julie Collis, Peter Collis, James Wright, Dugald Page

    Sponsors: Rodney District Council, Creative NZ, Local Matters, Rodney Times, Northwest News, HB Link, RDC Arts Advisor,

    Estuary Art Centre, Neil Fuge, Times FM Radio, All participating Artists, All the amazing helpers, Raffle Julie Connolly

    Peoples Choice Artist Michelle Gladwell/Audrey Perry.Award Winners: Supreme Award Kvetoslava Flora Sekanova,

    Most Promising Artist Samantha Lane, Oil Alan Croggan, Watercolour Elvira Baranova, Mixed Media Sue Hill, Acrylic Tricia Crombie, Dry Colour - Samantha Lane,

    Ceramics Fiona Lander, Sculpture John Ferguson, Fibre Jennifer Eade, Porcelain Painting Dawn OLeary, Jewellery Jeanette Switzer,

    Glass Te Ronga Kirkwood, Photography Darryl Torckler

    214B Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa. Phone 426 5570

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    Orewa Community Church

    Orewa

    Entrance from Amorino Drive, Red Beach. Phone 426 7023

    www.occ.net.nz

    Discovering GodSharing Christs Love

    Family Services at 10amSunday 3 October

    Pauls' Work & ExampleSunday 10 OctoberFreedom & Victory~ All Welcome ~

    Coastguardwith Nikki Latham, Coastguard Hibiscuswww.hibiscus.org.nz

    Cleaning Re-tubing Custom-made new boats

    Annual servicing Repairs/Restoration Free pick up and delivery on the

    North Shore All workmanship guaranteed

    Trade-ins welcomeLOW & HIGH TIDE TABLE (times & heights)

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    Phone Dan 0800 inflate (463 528) or 021 886 642

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