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Maungaturoto, A Real New Zealand Town ‘Gettin’ on with it!’
Issue 89 March 2009
LOCAL FIRE FIGHTERS WIN
Maungaturoto Volunteer Fire Brigade Two Man
Competition Team of William Garnett and Michael Tovine won the Auckland Provincial United
Fire Brigade Association Waterways competitions held at Te Aroha on January 30. They had
three wins, one second placing and two fourths,
giving them the overall win for the Region One
area covering from Kaitaia to as far south as
This is their first season of competition and they
have already made a name for themselves and
the Maungaturoto Volunteer Fire Brigade. They
won the first round of the Northland Sub Association Waterways Competitions, held at
Ruakaka in December; they went on to win the
second round held at Mangonui on February 21,
giving them the overall Northland win with first
place in all six events and picking up a very impressive ten trophies and overall winners’ medals.
March sees William and Michael heading south
to Queenstown to compete in the New Zealand
National Competitions held over two days.
Congratulations to them both for an outstanding
first year achievement.—Coach
Thrills and Spills at the Paparoa A &P Show
held last month—Images Liz Clark
153 Hurndall St
Ph/Fax (09) 431-8059
2009 Bus Trips to Whangarei
Shopping Appointments etc.
Leave 9.00am and return approx. 3.30 – 4.00pm
For information on 2009 trips
Please phone 431 8059
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Retirement Units For Sale and Rent
The Community Trust wishes to advise, that
vacancies occur from time to time in both the
2BR OYO units and 1BR rentals, situated
within the village in Riverview place,
If you, or you have family interested in this
retirement option, please contact Rest Home
Manager Debbie Ph. 431 8696, a name on our
waiting list will ensure you are advised of
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Rising rally star will compete on
The best of sixteen aspiring young rally drivers
from all over New Zealand who entered the Rally
New Zealand Rising Stars Scholarship programme will compete in the Kaipara stage of the
Rally of NZ in June.
The winner gets a $50,000 support package, including professional mentoring and the use of a
professionally-prepared rally car to contest the
N3 category – or two-wheel-drive production car
class – of the 2009 New Zealand Rally Championship being held locally on 6 and 7 June.
The Scholarship is for drivers who have not competed in the Group N class of the New Zealand
Rally Championship before. The 12 most capable candidates will attend the Rising Stars Scholarship shootout weekend being held in the
Maramarua Forest on 7 and 8 March.
The weekend provides candidates, who must
have been 26 by the end of January, with competitive driving experience and tuition, challenges
from fitness and mental aptitude testing and the
opportunity to demonstrate they have professional capabilities required of a full-time rally
driver when dealing with media, sponsors and
In addition to the Scholarship, the second tier of
the programme is the Rally New Zealand Rising
Stars Development Award. Entrants compete in
their own Group N front-wheel-drive (N3) rally
cars to earn points during the 2009 New Zealand
Rally Championship (NZRC) and Rally New Zealand.
Fire danger still to high to remove
restrictions in Kaipara
A total fire ban remains in place in Kaipara despite last weekend’s rain providing some relief
from the dry conditions.
The Prohibited Fire Season bans all fires in the
open except commercially manufacture barbeques and incinerators which are allowed subject
to a number of conditions.
Principal Rural Fire Officer, Fiona Vessey, said
on Monday that the fire risk is rising again after
the rain and although things may be starting to
look greener there is still a large amount of combustible material around, some of which may be
While some other councils may introduce restricted seasons Kaipara does not use this halfway option between open and prohibited seasons. As a result the total ban will remain in
place until weather conditions and fire indicators
make it’s removal safe.
Wastewater Upgrade Heads into the Home
Earthworks for Maungaturoto’s wastewater treatment upgrade have now been largely completed
with the construction of a 600 cubic metre storage pond to enable the treated wastewater to be
discharged during the top half of the outgoing
tide. This ensures that the treated wastewater
has the least impact on the river as possible.
Raising of the bund around the oxidation pond
has been completed although this has yet to be
grassed and metal may be placed on top to provide better all weather access. Harrisons Contractors Limited are installing pipe work, pump
stations and other hardware.
Also, Canadian Pacific Limited has begun site
work to install the membrane filtration unit which
forms the heart of the upgrade and will filter
pathogens and other contaminants from the
The project is now slightly behind schedule due
to additional ground stability work being undertaken and a decision to shift some existing pipe
lines. Duffill Watts Northland Manager, Gavin
Gribben, says that despite some delays the project is progressing well and will be a long term
asset to Maungaturoto.
0-5 YRS MUSIC & MOVEMENT
FOLLOWED BY MORNING TEA
CONTACT ELAINE 431-8317
Or RUTH 431-8491
Maungaturoto Congregational Church
($2 donation per family please)
By the time you read this the worst of the hot and humid
weather should be behind us and we can enjoy our gardens, walking and other things again.
I found it too hot to get on with life at all. One day the thermometer in my office read 31.5c - that’s when I understood why nothing would come together in my mind! .
‘Tool Box’ for the teenage years started on 17th February
and we are having great discussions, and helping each
other meet the challenges of teenagers in our homes.
This course ends on 24th March. Later in the year we
hope to run a course for the ‘Early Years’. If you are interested please give me a ring on 431 9080.
The Golden Oldies lunch on the 4th of February was held
in the Footprints Room at the back of the Anglican Church
for the first time and went well. Two weeks later on the
18th we had the first Activity morning. This month there
was a game of bowls; those who didn’t play cheered on
Matty McNay’s team challenged Doug Slatter’s team and
the game raised good support from onlookers. There was
much cheering when Doug Slatter’s team won, despite
having sent one bowl right through to the kitchen sink.
Another bit of news: we have extended our boundaries to Ruawai as many people are now going to the
Ruawai doctor, particularly people from Pahi,
Paparoa, Matakohe and Tinopai. If that sounds like
you, give us a call and we’ll pick you up and take you
there and of course… bring you back.
There are discussions going on as to whether to extend to Waipu. I guess if a lot of people wanted to
use our service to Waipu it’s a possibility. So here is
a challenge for you….call us if you have regular appointments outside our regular area and we will look
at it. Ph 09 4318969.
We have just started our funding round for 2009 and
are keeping all fingers crossed and praying hard that
we will be as successful as last year. The trusts and
organisations were a great support and the reason
we have been able to do so much. Also, without
you, the community and our fantastic volunteer drivers, it would not have been possible. Donations from
our clients have been great and several community
groups have chosen us as the recipients of their
hard-earned money. Thank you for this ongoing support.
An update on our services:
Shuttle service now extended to Ruawai on reOn the third Wednesday of the month Homebuilders
quest…you need to phone and book. The shuttle
hosts morning tea and an activity for Maungaturoto older
goes to water aerobics three times a week and the
residents who wish to attend. Rumour has it that cards
classes are presently full, if you would like to join, we
and housie will become part of the agenda.
can put your name on a waiting list.
We would appreciate help from anyone who wishes to
The FAB outing for families is preparing for the
support this venture and who has experience in suitable
next outing so please nominate someone if you think
activities to create a morning of fun for the folk who have
they deserve a day out on us. Ph 09 4318969.
given us the heritage of this lovely township. We have no
Our little internet café…(without coffee - remember
meals on wheels, we have no ‘Old Folks Society’ - let’s
that) is going well and great for checking emails,
give them a morning of fun every month.
banking needs, Trademe, and Internet research.
Next month our chief cook will not be available but we
We also have lots of information about health needs
promise to provide a nice lunch for those who can make it and services and can link you with groups that are
on the 4th March from 10:30 am and an Activity mornspecialists for your need. We have contacted many
ing on the 18th.
groups for clients and helped them to get onto programmes or treatment. Don’t hesitate to call us for
information on health matters.
Last but not least…
Denise and the Team
We now have available for the public
…Fundview…this is a website where you can find
information and details on groups and trusts that provide funding. This is free and provided by the KDC.
It’s there for your use anytime during our office
Hello to March.
The Linking Hands team has been busy transporting hours….10am to 2pm. Phone for more info on any of
people all over the place. We are glad we continued these services and we will do our best to help
the service over Christmas as there were a number
Have a great March. Regards Maureen.
of calls from people needing our service.
We have now passed our first birthday and have
transported 500 people to medical appointments,
hospital, etc. We are getting more calls from Hospital
to bring people home to Kaipara after operations; this
has been a relief to many who would otherwise have
had difficulty getting home. Remember - if you need
to get home and have no-one to bring you… we will.
Linking Hands Inc.
Rural and Residential
Post and Rail
Livestock Agent for
To contact Alan please phone
(09) 4317 081
Mobile 027 493 2844
Prompt and reliable service
Ring for a quote
Phone or Txt
Ed — 027 497 1714
Phone 021 400 039 A/Hrs 09 431 2808
LOCATING LOST BOUNDARY PEGS
CALL KEN ON 09-4318705
KEN URQUHART BSurv (Otago) – YOUR LOCAL
REGISTERED LAND SURVEYOR
HSB BUILDERS LTD
021 506 260
09 431 9143
NEW HOMES • ADDITIONS •
IMPLEMENT SHEDS • ROOVES
• DECKS ETC
027 240 7786
STEPHEN M JAQUES
123 Hurndall Street
Phone: (09) 431 8733
(09) 431 8736
You Can Hire …
Concrete Mixer (Electric)
Concrete Power Float
Hydraulic Log Splitter
Post Hole Borer
1.5 Tonne Digger
Phone Jenny on 09 431-2826
Let’s take the hassle out of your busy life.
These are the services we offer.
Cleaning on weekly, fortnightly, monthly
or those one off jobs.
Rented & Holiday Homes.
Ovens Domestic Cleaning
WELDING & REPAIR WORK
On Site Repairs
Reasonable hourly rate
Ph 09 431 6555
MAUNGATUROTO GARDEN CLUB
On 18 February, Garden Club members
met at Marg Paton’s home for a meeting
and picnic lunch. A decorated hat
competition was also held.
FOR MARCH 2009
This will be a colourful month in the flower garden. Continue to dead-head chrysanthemums
to encourage large blooms. Roses may be coming to the end of their flowering season so the
plants need to be sprayed to prevent disease
over winter. It is not too late to plant spring flowering bulbs, eg daffodils
A very pleasant day was spent by all
wandering around Marg’s well laid out
and interesting garden with many varieties of fruit trees, flowering shrubs, succuThis will be a good time to take cuttings from orlent gardens and a flowering bromeliad
namental shrubs. Select young shoots from the
upper portions of branches.
On 18 March members are to travel by
bus to Whangarei to visit “Woodlands by
the Sea” and the Parua Art Gallery.
March is also the fruit harvesting month for apples and late stone fruit. Watch for brown rot on
Golden Queen peaches – you may have to
spray right up to harvest .
Vegetables can be sown this month e.g. carrots,
spinach, cabbages, cauliflower, etc
Registered Tax Agent
Invoicing, Gst Returns, Paye,
Budgets, Financials to Tax returns.
We come to you and we
don’t charge Chartered
Ph 09 4318 617 or Mob 021 431861
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FIRST WEDNESDAY IN THE
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143 HURNDALL ST
Ph (09) 431 8750
Mob (021) 723 284
5 View Road,
A/Hrs Ph. 431 8451
Fax. 431 8561
It’s been wonderful to see all our friends back at playcentre after the summer holidays – and welcome to new
friends too. Water play has been popular during sessions
– at the water troughs with pouring, floating things, splashing and keeping cool – and also with containers and constructions in the sandpit. We plan to continue this theme
with a trip to the beach in the very near future, hopefully the
weather stays warm for us (on the day at least).
The swing area is also popular, with children often having
to wait to have their turn on the horse and aeroplane
Inside, our playdough cooks have been supplied with superb batches of brightly coloured dough, freshly made for
each session. The table is always occupied, with creative
minds producing all sorts of cakes, cookies, creatures and
And the library, puzzles, blocks, music and under-twos toys
areas are well utilized too.
The finger-paint table has been in frequent use this term,
with different colours to mix together and the lovely sensation of the gooey squishy slimey mix on hands and
(sometimes) hair, arms, tummy, and legs. Spare sets of
clothes have often been used this term.
We recently had a workshop – Te Reo 1 held at our centre. This is part of the Playcentre Course 2, which a number of people are working towards. Adult education is part
of Playcentre for the interest of all and also to achieve a
level of qualification in Early Childhood Education (the
Playcentre way) that is required (by the MOE) for us to run
We love to see new families attending and offer three free
sessions for you to come along and see if Playcentre suits
you. Our sessions are 9.30 – 12.00 on Wednesdays and
Fridays for newborns to six year olds.
Contact us during session on 4318517 or Jacqui (our
President) 027 285 1409 or Helen (PR) 4318221.
Our stall holders are the old favourites and a few newcomers. Goods for sale include native wood products, wooden
toys , knitting, sewing, jewellery, greeting cards, plants, etc
......... more to come in the near future. The kitchen
remains open with fresh baked goods to accompany reasonably priced hot and cold drinks.
Open at 9:00 am to 2:00 pm ( at present ) Bev and Anne
Ph 431 6180
Maungaturoto Plunket Rooms &
Ruawai Physiotherapy 09 431 7188
Also Mangawhai 09 431 4070
North Shore Upholstery EST 1986
Recover Specialists, Lounge &
Dining Furniture, Loose Covers,
Fabric Protection, Free Quote,
Pick up & Delivery,
87 Te Pahi River Dr Paparoa
The joys of a rural New Year
New Year at the end of a gravel road proved an interesting
beast thanks to two truths about rural living.
Truth One: You have to dispose of your own body waste, and
Truth Two: new people are a novelty in an area that’s heavy on
livestock and light on humans.
The issue of sewage has twice reared its ugly behind at around
opened every year. Then they dropped in a vacuum tube and
emptied the tank in minutes.
“Look, there’s yesterday’s!” cried the farmer. The guys, who must
have heard it all before, were kind enough to laugh. Later Rex
said he’d decided the situation required a joke.
New Year also had a bright side; we welcomed in 2009 with a
record crowd. Ten people joined us, including a couple who’d
parked their campervan in our paddock.
I’d met them when I took my wine for a wander the previous evening and concluded they’d be excellent dinner guests.
Several friends subsequently said there’s nothing like unexpectedly meeting new and interesting people, especially in a sparselypopulated neighbourhood. This couple had kayaks and bikes and
were on a mission to explore the west coast from New Plymouth
Last summer the public toilets at our remote beach on the Kaipara
Harbour blocked and, amazingly, some people kept using them till
they overflowed. A septic tank cleaner saved the day last year
and this, when days before 2009 ticked in, the septic tank at a
house on the farm threw a wobbly. “This is freaky,” Rex and I
The party carried on past midnight although some people left well
muttered, fearing we were in Groundhog Day.
before hugs, kisses and yahoos.
The farmer figured if one tank needed emptying, why not do all When you travel many miles on New Year’s Eve, you come faceto-face with a third truth of rural living: You have to decide where
you want to see in New Year well before midnight.
He opened our tank and, while what greeted him was never going Leave for home too late and you’ll enter the bright and shiny
brand new year on a dark and dusty corner of a gravel road.
to be good, it was worse than expected.
The tank was filled to the brim (waste water reaches this destination along with the stuff you’re thinking of) and bubbles blooped in
LITTER AT BATLEY: If you’re in the habit of dropping litter,
a fashion perfected by Rotorua’s more sluggish mud pools.
He fished around with a stick, then I brought him a longer stick, please, please, please stop. By taking your rubbish with you and
then he found an even longer stick.
leaving nothing but your footprints, you’ll keep your local beach
Finally, using a plastic bag as a glove, he yanked a handle in the and harbour clean and beautiful, and preserve birds and fish
murk, thus opening the overflow pipe for the first time in eight which can die after they mistake scraps of plastic for food.
The septic tank guys, one in crimson overalls and another wearing a t-shirt with ‘sweet’ printed on it, said it was supposed to be
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