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

Issue 105 August 2010

The start of a new century was marked by the
Installation of Lindsay Stichbury as Master of
Marsden Lodge, Maungaturoto.

each month in Hurndall St. And welcomes new

Info :- Tom Walsh, Ph. 09 423 7137
The ceremony was carried out by the District Grand
or email
Master of Northland in the presence of the Grand
Master of New Zealand and the Divisional Grand
Master of the Northern Division, supported by a number of other Grand Lodge Officers.
Photo Sel Olney on the left presenting Nick Evans
with his Past Masters Jewel. The new Master, Lindsay
A total of 90 Masons of all ranks attended the
Stichbury is in the background.
ceremony, making it standing room only in the Lodge
Rooms. Afterwards, 42 ladies joined for
a dinner celebrating the Lodge
The Past Masters certificate was
presented to the Immediate Past Master,
Nick Evans by Stan Barker the Grand
Master of New Zealand and the Past
Masters Jewel by Sel Olney, a Past
Master of the Lodge.
The Marsden Lodge started following a
meeting of 12 brethren in August 1909,
who explored the option of applying for
a charter for a new Lodge in
The Lodge meets on the 3rd Monday of

153 Hurndall St Maungaturoto
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Maungaturoto Matters is a free monthly publication,
produced and published by the Maungaturoto
Business & Community Association for the
Maungaturoto Community.
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Maungaturoto Centennial
Community Centre
A public meeting held on 12th May 2010 for the future
prospects for the Centennial Community Centre resulted in a
new hall committee being formed of the following people;

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1 Packet of Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix
1 cup of well drained pineapple chunks
1/2 pint of cream (300mls)
3/4 cup of pineapple syrup

Hall Committee:
Ashley Cullen (Chair)
Karlene Storey (Secretary)
Juanita Ingham (Treasurer)
Gary Morris (Bookings through First National)
Andrew & Wendy Swadling (Hall Caretakers)
Alan Caple
Donald Cullen
Jayne King
Dave Maney
The committee have been working through a process with the
Kaipara District Council to purchase the hall so it passes into
community ownership.. All documents are in place with council
and the solicitors.
A Business Plan and three year budget have been formulated.
These are available to view at Linking Hands Health Shuttle
office, the Maungaturoto Community Library or at First National Roper & Jones Real Estate at Hurndall Street.
This process has also required that the committee has applied to
the Companies Office to become an Incorporated Society with
charitable status. We are awaiting confirmation of our future
Our hall is one of the best in the region, and has a rich history of
community support worth carrying on. A commercial kitchen
licence, enables it to be used for all sorts of functions large or
small. The kitchen can also be used for Cottage Industry as in
processing food items for commercial sale.
We need to pull together and preserve it or we will loose it.
Plans to market and promote the hall facilities are underway and
other projects to beautify the surrounding area in the pipeline.
New prices are now in place and can be obtained through the
booking agent Gary Morris at First National Real Estate (09)
4311 016 0r (0800 311 322).
Let us ALL own this great hall and enjoy it and keep it going for
the next generation to use. For further information contact one of
the committee members.

The road to success is dotted with
many tempting parking places.
~Author Unknown

Pour the cream and pineapple syrup into
a mixing bowl
Sprinkle the contents of the pudding mix
on top
Whip this mixture with a rotary beater
(or you can just use a hand one)
for 1 minute until it starts to thicken and
hold its shape
Fold in the pineapple chunks.
Spoon the dessert into parfait glasses (or
whatever you have on hand)
Set aside for 10 minutes
Garnish with extra whipped sweetened
cream and extra pineapple chunks

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Other benefits have occurred with the wolves
returning. Beaver numbers have climbed since
As we end this first decade of the 21st Century 1996 when only one colony was recorded in
the United Nations have announced 2010 as
1996 by 2009 there were 12. Chadwick obbeing the International Year for Biodiversity.
served at a location named Crystal Creek with
a beaver dam in place other species had also
"Biodiversity is the variation of life forms within benefited
a given ecosystem, biome, or for the entire
earth. Biodiversity is often used as a measure "Along Crystal Creek I find another recent beaof the health of biological systems. The biodi- ver dam storing water, releasing a more conversity found on Earth today consists of many stant flow for riparian species downstream
millions of distinct biological species, which is through the dry months. Ponds and marshes
the product of nearly 3.5 billion years of evolu- that form behind the dams create habitat for
moose, muskrat, mink, waterfowl, wading
Life is a complex web all things are interconbirds, and an array of other wildlife. "
nected. Alter the balance for example in a single ecosystem and all species will be affected. With the return of the wolves cougars that had
A prime example of this was illustrated in the
previously been hunting in the valleys returned
March edition of National Geographic Magato their natural terrain of steep rocky areas.
zine. In his outstanding article Wolf Wars,
The wolves had also killed over half of the resident Coyote population. While the coyotes
remain they do not have the same significant
biologist Douglas Chadwick's description of the presence before the wolves were reintroduced.
characteristics of the wolf, brings to light the
Chadwick also noted that with less competition
essential part this apex predator has to play in from the elk for grasses, the resident bison
the complex web of an ecosystem:
may be doing better than ever
"Wolves, when you get down to it, are a lot like
us. They are powerful, aggressive, territorial,
Naturally there had been opposition to the
and predatory. They are smart, curious, coop- wolves returning. Ranchers have lost livestock
erative, loyal, and adaptable. They exert a
to wolves but some are now taking better preprofound influence on the ecosystems they
cautions to ensure their stock is kept safe from
the packs. This is one example where an ecoAccording to Chadwick, the wolves were resystem can be restored for the benefit of all.
leased into Yellowstone Park in 1995 and 1996 Biodiversity is all around us. It's how we treat it
and from there the packs grew. The economic that matters. Our earth is the only thing we
benefits to the park were around US$35 million have and the life upon it should be treasured
added to the economy each year. That's a
and taken care of. Lose it we lose ourselves. In
figure not to be ignored. Nor are the environthis year that celebrates the diversity of life
mental benefits the reintroduction of the wolves stop for a moment and consider the incredible
into Yellowstone hold.
variety of life we have in our own backyards
"Scientists are documenting ecological
and the in the world beyond. Man has a lot to
changes tied to this top predator's return that
answer for in the willful destruction of species
may hold the poten-tial to repair out-of-balance and of habitats in the land and in the oceans.
wildlands, making them more stable and bioLet's hope that in 50 years we won't be looking
logically diverse."
back and saying "I remember when we had

The year of Biodiversity

The imbalance caused by the eradication of
the resident wolf packs onwards from 1926
Chadwick noted that staff at Yellowstone were
culling Elk in the thousands. With no predators
to keep the population under control elk numbers exploded, resulting in over grazing of key
habitats in the area. With the reintroduction of
the wolf packs the numbers of elk have been
halved over the last 15 years. A change in the
elk herd's behaviour has also occurred with
pack hunted animals now more vigilant and no
longer remaining in favourite winter feeding
areas. This has resulted in the Aspen, Willow
and Cottonwood being able to grow without the
intense browsing pressure the elk had placed
upon these tree species before the reintroduction of the packs.

whales living in the oceans and African Lions
hunting in the night - oh how I wish they hadn't
been wiped out like that." Right now that is
what is going on.
Slowly but surely as
we take our world for
granted species of all
kinds are fast vanishing. Do we want that


GUY WALTERS – “The Traitor”
A novel based on 2nd World War true events of
how the British Free Corps came into being.
British SOE agent Captain John Lockhart is in
Crete, fighting with the Resistance. Captured
by the Germans, he is forced to lead a unit of
the Waffen SS made up of British fascists and
renegades culled from POW camps: the British
Free Corps. He must walk a fine line to keep
his life and his honour. An exciting and well
researched story.
Also a new selection of favourite authors
to choose from :
JAMES PATTERSON – “9th Judgment”
DAVID BALDACCI – “Wish You Well”
NON-FICTION – “A Life on Gorge River –
New Zealand’s Remotest Family”
by Robert Long
Robert Long and his family - wife Catherine,
and children Christan (17) and Robyn (14) live in complete isolation, in a hut two days'
walk south of Haast in South Westland. Robert
has lived there for nearly 30 years; Catherine
for 20 and the kids all their lives. Their only
contact with the outside world is a helicopter or
plane once a month, and two trips a year to the
'outside world'. Robert - known locally as
'Beansprout' - came to live at Gorge River, and
the family's experiences there over the years,
living self-sufficiently and forging close bonds
with the natural environment, harking back to
the days of the earliest pioneers.
NEWS : From 13 July 2010 the Library
Committee applied and were successful in
their application for the Maungaturoto Public Library to be an incorporated society.

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