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Maungaturoto, A Real New Zealand Town ‘Gettin’ on with it!’

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Issue 90 April 2009

Kaipara Cyclists Lead the Way in Northland
Peddle power is the in thing in Kaipara, or per- adding he wants to lift Kaipara’s cycling profile
haps it was the chance to go riding with the Dis- still further in next year’s event. “But I think I’ll
trict’s Mayor.
get in a bit of practice first.”
Whatever the reason, in the recent Mayoral
Challenge Kaipara proved itself the Northland
region’s most cycle-conscious district and peddled its way to 6th place among 24 districts with
populations between 11,000 and 58,000.

Mayor Tiller thanks Sport Northland and the
sponsors for making the event possible and everyone who turned out to ensure its success.

The Northland challenges were organised by
Sport Northland whose Mangawhai co-ordinator
The challenge is a national Bike Wise promotion Bridget Sampson says there have been moves
which encourages people to take a short ride
to form cycling groups in her area as a result of
with their Mayors. Celebrities taking part attract the ride.
extra points and the district population is factored into the score. On 21 February 2009, 58
riders followed Mayor Neil Tiller on a two kilometre cruise in Dargaville and another 80 took part
in a similar ride at Mangawhai in the afternoon.
This gained Kaipara 302 points and sixth place
behind winner Central Hawkes Bay’s 507 points.
Kaipara was well ahead of eleventh placed Far
North District which scored 186 points and also
beat the 250 points which placed Whangarei fifth
in the over 58,000 category.
Mayor Tiller described the result as “a typical example of Kaipara punching above its weight.”
“I hadn’t ridden a bike for 20 years and it was a
bit of a challenge but I really enjoyed it,” he said,

153 Hurndall St
Maungaturoto
Ph/Fax (09) 431-8059
2009 Bus Trips to Whangarei
Shopping Appointments etc.
Leave 9.00am and return approx. 3.30 – 4.00pm
as required.

For information on 2009 trips
Please phone 431 8059

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Maungaturoto Matters
Maungaturoto Matters is a free monthly publication,
produced and published by the Maungaturoto
Business & Community Association for the
Maungaturoto Community.
Letters to the Editor cannot be accepted due to
space limitations. Contributions and feed back from
members of the Community are actively encouraged.
Read the full copy on line at
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Deadlines:

Advertising 15th of each month no exceptions
Editorial (articles) 20th of each month
Editor:
Elizabeth (Liz) Clark
Advertising:Elizabeth Clark 09 431 9129
Email: maungie.mtrs@slingshot.co.nz
Or
maungaturotoeditor@gmail.com

Payments to:
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Please note the Editor is not available during normal
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Questions or comments:
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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,
Maungaturoto.
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
vacancies.

FLOORSANDING
&
COATING
Serving the Kaipara area
Since 1971
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Maungaturoto Wastewater
Upgrade: March 2009

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Precious the chicken
My poultry breeding programme has a long way to go if

Earthworks involved in the Maungaturoto Wastewater this summer’s progeny, one chicken of unknown sex, is
anything to go by.
Treatment Plant upgrade have been completed and
the liner for the storage pond was due to arrive during
When Mrs Apricot went clucky I left her in the hen pen and
the last week of March.

soon she had a stash of a dozen eggs at which point the
farmer and I moved her to the predator-proof chicken pen.
Finally I heard cheep, cheep cheep. Mrs Apricot had produced one very tiny cream chicken. I left her on the remaining eggs, but it soon became apparent none would
hatch.
I planned to give the chick a name starting with E; given
the mortality rate of poultry, I’m working through the alphabet.
Monitoring will include the ability of the new plant to
remove pathogens from the wastewater. This is done Then the farmer checked out the chicken. “Oh, isn’t she a
by measuring the number of faecal coliforms per 100 tiddler,” he gushed in a most unfarmerlike fashion. “Let’s
call her Precious.” So we called her Precious and continue
millilitres (Fc/100 millilitres) of the water being disto refer to it as her despite not having a clue about its sex.
charged into the Wairau River. It is expected that,
Once again I failed to predetermine the sex of the eggs.
once online, the new system will discharge less than Apparently rounded eggs with a rounded air bubble pro200 Fc/100 millilitres into the river. This is a signifiduce females and slender, pointy eggs with a slender,
cant improvement on the old treatment system which pointy air bubble produce males.
could discharge between 30,000 and 70,000 Fc/100 A plan is in place. Next season before any hens go clucky,
I will keep eggs out of the fridge so they stay fertile. Late at
millilitres.
night I’ll hold each one in front of a torch and determine
The upgrade of the treatment plant is a significant
which have long, narrow air bubbles. Charles Edmondson
step in improving the water quality of the Wairau
of Dargaville told me these produce males and, therefore,
River which drains into the Kaipara Harbour. The
they will be poached, boiled, fried and scrambled. The othplant is situated behind Maungaturoto Country Club. ers will go underneath a hen in one hit so they mature at
the same time. A gradual incubation rate is, I fear, why
Mrs A produced one chicken.
I did attempt to sex Precious by checking her pin feathers.
Maungaturoto Primary School
They looked pointy - a sign of a chap chook - but I had
nothing with which to compare them.
My taming programme went haywire as well. Nervous is a
Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
more apt name for this teeny chicky. I figured if I delivered
Annual General Meeting
food by hand Precious would become tame, but she always squeaked piteously and hid.
to be held
Last summer I tamed Mrs Blackie’s eight chickens by this
Tuesday April 7th, 2009
method; clearly chickens are more confident when they
Teacher's Room from 7:30PM
have siblings.
Now mother and baby wander around the garden with
Mesdames Blackie, Crooked Comb, Ditzy and Whitey EsAll welcome!
quire but, as they keep to themselves, my fears that PreCall Daniel before 8 pm on 431 8251 for further info
cious is male have returned.
They eat separately and Whitey’s exceptional dining manners - he stands aside while the hens eat - seem lacking
when it comes to Precious.

The plant is progressing toward an April start up.
Once online, the new membrane filtration plant will be
tested and its performance closely monitored for several months. This will ensure it is operating reliably to
a high standard before Kaipara District Council takes
over the ownership and operation.

FRIENDS OF THE REST HOME
THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORT FOR OUR
ANNUAL RAFFLE.
WITH YOUR HELP WE BUY LINEN,
KITCHEWARE ETC FOR THE HOME

If a jury was deciding on the sex of Precious, I estimate 10
jurors would have concluded she’s male and the two hold
outs who are waiting for further evidence of tail feathers will
soon join the others to announce an unpopular verdict.
- Rae

RAFFLE RESULTS
1ST DRAW KAREN IHAKA
2ND DRAW JOH HOGGARD

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North Shore Upholstery EST 1986

Jayne Short
D.Pod.M MVHs

Maungaturoto Plunket Rooms &
Ruawai Physiotherapy 09 431 7188
Also Mangawhai 09 431 4070

BUY YOUR
FRESH FLOUNDER,
KAHAWAI OR MULLET
(IN SEASON)
FROM YARDLEY SEAFOODS
Peter & Christine Yardley
(09) 431 8672

Recover Specialists, Lounge &
Dining Furniture, Loose Covers,
Fabric Protection, Free Quote,
Pick up & Delivery,
Mike Dawson
431-7116
87 Te Pahi River Dr Paparoa

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INVITES YOU
TO ATTEND
EVERY TUESDAY
10AM
AT THE
CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
MAUNGATUROTO

0-5 YRS MUSIC & MOVEMENT
FOLLOWED BY MORNING TEA
CONTACT ELAINE 431-8317
Or RUTH 431-8491

supported by
Maungaturoto Congregational Church
($2 donation per family please)

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HOMEBUILDERS
MAUNGATUROTO/PAPAROA

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Linking Hands Inc.

Hello to you all and welcome to April.
The main news this month is that Linking Hands Office has shifted.
We are now at 131 Hurndall Street, just down the
road and still accessible for you all. We have the
same ph number and the same faces you are used
to.
We were not planning to move but unfortunately the
landlords increased our rent.
Being a non-profit group we could not justify this inThank you to thank all those who contributed to our
crease to our funders and to you the community, as
cupboards for the Food Bank. Every donation,
whether fresh produce or tins, is a helpful addition to you contribute with donations which help with administration costs such as rent, phone and power. We
our supplies.
share the building with The Professionals and look
Over the past weeks we have received many requests for Food Parcels. The recession, in the form forward to a good working relationship with them.
of redundancy, has impacted some in this community The new office will be up and running by the time this
paper hits the road.
and made finances very difficult. Usually it takes
I must tell you about a new initiative which is in the
about six weeks for people to get any form of help,
planning stages. Jayne had approached the Council
except that provided by family, and friends. Thank
to suggest we have a disability car parking space for
you for being friends!
the shuttle outside our previous office in Gorge Rd.
Gail Blythen has decided to resign from her position It was dangerous loading people when the shuttle
was double parked but often it could not be parked
as our PACE Worker. We are sorry to see her go;
Gail has bought her own special flavour and wisdom elsewhere.
to the role and has had a special place in our team. Maungaturoto does not have even one disability
parking space…can you believe that…. Although we
We will miss her and wish her well in her future enhave no problems parking the shuttle outside our
deavors.
new office, we asked for this to be considered as
The ladies on our Family Support Team are always there is a need, in particular in the shopping area,
near the chemist, med clinic area.
available to help people in this community. They
This is now in the hands of the Council.
have many years of experience and are a compasIt’s a new financial year and a new location but all
sionate team. We now cover from Mangawhai to
the services remain the same.
Ruawai and every where in between and can often
We will still have our internet service, ( no coffee rebe of service to those who are struggling with life’s
member) and are still be there for you to pop in and
difficulties and disappointments.
say hi, along with our health information and health
shuttle service plus we have more storage for those
GOLDEN OLDIES
st
The next Golden Oldies Lunch will be on April 1 bits and pieces we collect.
Our Fab outing is continuing and our sub committee
, (we really will do lunch, no April Fools here) in the
is working at getting schools involved. Don’t forget, if
‘Footsteps’ Room behind the Anglican Church.
Lunch is always on the First Wednesday of each you know a family you think deserves a great day out
on us, give us a call 09 4318969.
month at 10.30 starting with morning tea.
Aqua aerobics is going strong but will break for the
We are delighted with the fun and pleasure being
derived from the Activities Mornings. Bowls has fast school holidays. Give us a call if you are interested
in joining and we’ll look at our lists.
become a favorite. Next time we are looking at
rounds of Bingo, (this will not involve gambling) small Last but not least...once again thanks to the commuprizes will be provided by Homebuilders. This is on nity for your wonderful support throughout the past
year, we look forward to an even better one for 2009.
15th April 10.30am (third Wednesday of each
We would love to buy a second vehicle and are
month, you could mark this on your calendar
looking to see if we can find funding for a small car to
too.) We hope to see you there.
dash about in. Jayne and I feel very positive about
the future of Linking Hands and, who knows, today
Have a great month
Maungaturoto...tomorrow the world…haha.
Blessings from Denise and
Have a great April.
the Team at Homebuilders
My regards Maureen Davis.
After sweltering through the first weeks of the year
we are now being hit by something of a cold
snap……A taste of things to come?
I’m sure there’s plenty of good weather to come, but
have you noticed how dark it is in the mornings.
Daylight savings is round the corner followed by
those lovely mellow autumn months.

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Fencing Contractors
Conventional
Rural and Residential
Post and Rail
Stockyards

ALAN SWINDLEHURST

Retaining Walls

Livestock Agent for
Elders.

Drilling attachment
Repairs

To contact Alan please phone
(09) 4317 081
or
Mobile 027 493 2844

Prompt and reliable service
Ring for a quote
Phone or Txt
Ed — 027 497 1714

WJ Construction
Wayne Jaques
*Decks
*Alterations

*Additions
*New Homes
Labour Only

Phone 021 400 039 A/Hrs 09 431 2808
Free Quotes
25yrs Experience

SUBDIVISIONS
FARM SURVEYS
TOPOGRAPHICAL SURVEYS
LOCATING LOST BOUNDARY PEGS

CALL KEN ON 09-4318705
OR 021-1612344
KEN URQUHART BSurv (Otago) – YOUR LOCAL
REGISTERED LAND SURVEYOR

HSB BUILDERS LTD
Phone Hayden
021 506 260
09 431 9143

NEW HOMES • ADDITIONS •
ALTERATIONS
IMPLEMENT SHEDS • ROOVES
• DECKS ETC

027 240 7786

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STEPHEN M JAQUES
CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT

_________________________________
123 Hurndall Street
Maungaturoto
_______________________________________

Phone: (09) 431 8733
Fax:
(09) 431 8736

You Can Hire …
Concrete Mixer (Electric)
Concrete Power Float
Plate Compactor
Waterblaster
Hydraulic Log Splitter
Post Hole Borer
Scrub Cutters
Weed Trimmers
Chainsaws
Lawnmowers
Trailer
Generator
1.5 Tonne Digger

At Maungaturoto
Auto Centre
431 8288

JENNY'S RURAL
CLEANING SERVICES
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.
Windows& ceilings
Ovens Domestic Cleaning

WELDING & REPAIR WORK
Panel Steel
Heavy Steel
Stainless Steel
On Site Repairs
Reasonable hourly rate
Ph 09 431 6555

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MAUNGATUROTO GARDEN CLUB
On Wednesday 18 March, members and visitors met and
traveled by bus to a garden at Parua Bay which 13 years
ago was an acre and quarter of bare steep land. There is
now a house and a huge delightful garden developed with
many hours of work put in by the owners, Sandy and
Brian. Paths have been cut into the steep banks to make
easy access around the many varieties of trees and
shrubs. While being treated to Sandy’s delicious morning
tea we could sit and admire the beautiful view of the bay.
We next visited the Parua Bay Art Gallery and admired
the art and gorgeous jewellery.
Our last stop was to Marian’s amazing labyrinth. This is
built of bricks laid on the ground in a circle of connecting
paths to make a multi-dimensional cosmic symbol, the
theme of which was developed from an ancient people
around 1000BC. Before we walked the labyrinth which is
quarter of a mile in length, Marian explained in detail the
concept of it with many books on the subject for us to
view.
Next month’s meeting will be on 15 April for a local safari
of members’ gardens. Meet at the Ambulance Station at
10.30 a.m. and bring lunch.

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GARDEN NOTES
FOR MARCH 2009
Most fruit varieties will have been harvested and this
is the month to prune those trees if weather is still
dry.
Strawberries can be planted this month - put new
plants in rich free-draining soils and give them plenty
of compost and fertilizer.
This is the month for a tidy up of summer annuals
and perennials. Also the last chance to plant daffodils, jonquils and other spring flowering bulbs. Also
rose cuttings will root well this month.
Add fresh potting mix to your container plants.
Lift late crops of potatoes and kumara. Store pumpkins. Plant spinach and winter growing varieties of
lettuces.
(Garden hints from Maungaturoto Garden Club)

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Mobile Accounting
Solutions
Registered Tax Agent
Invoicing, Gst Returns, Paye,
Budgets, Financials to Tax returns.
We come to you and we
don’t charge Chartered
Accountant prices.
Ph 09 4318 617 or Mob 021 431861
E-mail maccts@slingshot.co.nz

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CALL IN TO SEE US FOR ALL
YOUR SURVEY & SUBDIVISION
INQUIRIES
OR
PHONE US ANY DAY AT
431 8750
OR
MAKE AN APPOINTMENT BY
CONTACTING JULIE AT THE
OFFICE

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Master Plumber
Registered Drainlayer

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FIRST WEDNESDAY IN THE
MONTH IS OUR VISITING DAY

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MAUNGATUROTO
PLAYCENTRE NEWS
Kia ora, Hi everyone,
Sand, sea and surf – we experienced it all during our
visit to Waipu Cove on Friday the 27th of February.
Despite storm warnings for the weekend, our morning
was cloudy, calm, warm – perfect for digging, splashing, chasing seagulls, picnicking, relaxing. We could
have stayed all day.
The slippery waterslide was used during the next
session with great enthusiasm. Children took turns
sliding down – fast, slow, or touched the sprinkling
water and watched the action.
Our sandpit has been tidied up. Graham Slatter donated the use of his digger to remove sand from the
pit, Kieran Slater gave his time to operate the digger
and Mike Donald also provided some digging power.
We really appreciate your help guys. This resulted in
a waterfilled sandpit site (it rained that weekend) and
a lovely pile of sand on the concrete play area. Our
children were thrilled with the new play opportunities
this presented. Then BJ Marshall donated his time to
construct the new walls of the sandpit. Thanks BJ,
the new pit looks perfect. This week we plan to return
the sand to the pit before it is carted away to make
roads and other important creations over the rest of
the playcentre grounds.
Sheepworld was the location of our Wednesday trip
this term. By all accounts it was a very entertaining
morning. We now have experienced lamb feeders
and also a shearer in our midst.
Playdough was our contribution to the Childrens Day
organised by our local Plunket. We were pleased to
see our table was popular and the site of many interesting creations. Also that the bags of playdough all
found homes. Thank you to Plunket for a fun filled
morning.
We have an Easter raffle which will be drawn April 3rd
at Playcentre. 1st and 2nd prize are an Easter Hamper
and 3rd a Large Easter Egg. Tickets are $2.00 each
and can be obtained from any member of Maungaturoto Playcentre. Thank you for your support.
Our sessions are on Wednesdays and Fridays 9.30 –
12.00. They are for 0 – 6 year olds and their caregivers. Come along for 3 free sessions and see what
Playcentre has to offer you.
Phone 4318517 during session hours, Jacqui on 027
285 1409 or Helen 4318221.

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REST HOME NEWS
Hello to you all from all of us at the Rest Home.
It has been a lovely summer for us. The residents
have been able to get out and about on the scooter
thanks to our band of Rest Home helpers and we
have enjoyed other outings to the cafe or to visit people.
Our new Registered nurse, Tenille, is settling in well.
On Fridays she works a full day and together with
Wendy they do some interesting recreation mornings.
We have also joined the library so we can get books
and tapes for the residents.
On a more serious note: The staff and I are very
aware that some Rest Homes have got bad publicity
lately. Many of us have older parents and can understand that this is very worrying for the elderly and
their families. We came up with the idea of an open
day at the Rest Home, but then decided it would be
better to give an open invitation to the public to visit at
any time between 8.30 and 4.30 on week days to
have a look around.
Either Debbie the manager, Tenille the Registered
nurse or Wendy the senior staff member would be
happy to show you around and answer any questions
you may have about the services we provide. I hope
that if you are interested in the Rest Home or the rentals and own-your-owns, you will take this opportunity.
From all of the staff and residents, have a great April
and hopefully we will see some of you in at the Rest
Home.

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