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Maungaturoto, A Real New Zealand Town ‘Gettin’ on with it!’
Issue 63 October 2006
90 Years Celebrated
A family gathering was held at the old Puriri Downs residence on S.H.1, on the 19th of August to celebrate
Joan Cullen’s 90th birthday.
In attendance were her four children, ten of her twelve grandchildren and her eight great grandchildren. Also
in attendance were brother Bill Hickson from Waikanae and two cousins Harry and Steve Carter and their
wives from Auckland and Snells Beach.
Joan was born in Thames in 1916 and the family moved to Westmere, Auckland some four years later. Her
school was the local primary and secondary was Seddon Tech., then situated in Wellesley Street in the city.
Graduating from there it was a short walk to the Sun Insurance office in Shortland Street where she was employed in clerical work.
Joan’s parents association with the Fred Cullen family of Maungaturoto saw holidays and visits to the North
and led to her connection with Trevor (T.A.) Cullen. They were married in 1939 after building the original part
of the homestead now occupied by her grand daughter and her husband, Maree and Gus Redington.
Joan’s arrival on the farm saw her integration into the large Fred Cullen family group and her farming experiences ranged from the days of Horse drawn mowers and hay stackers and hand milking 30 cows, as there was
no herringbone cowsheds and the size of size of today's herd is over 300 cows.
After Trevor’s death in 1989, Joan stayed on in the family home until she moved to Orewa in 1996. This enabled her to be closer to her two daughters and she has enjoyed ten years there in the company of many new
In her 91st year Joan sends her best wishes to any of her associates who still remember her in Maungaturoto.
Well what an under whelming response for help.
I am starting to wonder if this town actually
wants a Xmas parade.
Thank you to those few who have offered, I will
be in touch .
I will give this another go : I need some volunteers for the organising of the Xmas parade, if I
do not get some help this event is running the
risk of not being held!!!!.
Come on people, many hands make light work,
your community needs you! It would be great to
see some new faces getting involved as the load
always seems to fall on the same few.
Everyone has a skill, give me a call and we will
workout what area of expertise suits you best.
Look forward to hearing from you soon
Terri Donaldson 4318 599
153 Hurndall St
Ph/Fax (09) 431-8059
would like to remind all motorists to please be on the lookout
for children walking to and from
school AND hopping on and off
our SCHOOL BUSES
Please slow down when passing a bus that has
stopped to drop off or pick up children
Non-profit organisations are urged to send in articles to
promote themselves, especially those that have paid up for
the year and are entitled to a free quarter page space. We
would love to hear from you! If you have an item you want
mentioned in the “Matters” you can either contact me at the
address below or drop it into the RED BOX in the window at
Tony’s Stationers in Hurndall Street. If it is an advert the
fees are printed on the top right of Page 1.
Please note we do not usually accept photographs as
they do not copy very well and the effect is often
lost; and we do not accept “Letters to the Editor”
as we do not have enough room to print them.
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PLAYGROUP AND COFFEE MORNING
Held on the first Thursday of every month
At the Plunket Rooms on Hurndall St in
Maungaturoto From 10am to Midday.
Please come along for a coffee and meet other
parents and caregivers.
Toys and books are available for the children.
PLUNKET APPEAL WEEK 14 - 20 OCTOBER
Did you know that all money raised in
Maungaturoto will stay to help the local branch?
We hope to visit everyone in our door to door
collection during Appeal Week
We really appreciate your support!
For further details Ph Jennifer (09) 431 6343
Real Town Maungaturoto
Real Town Maungaturoto held their AGM last month.
It was disappointing that so few turned up as this is the
group that is upgrading the town for us all to benefit.
Anyone that would like to get involved with the committee please feel free to contact either Karen Smales
431 6829 or Anne Squires (hairdresser) 431 8329
One of our projects is the playground upgrade which
is well on the way. We are having a working bees to
prepare the area on Oct 14/15 and Oct 28/29. If you
can spare some time to help please contact Anne. Construction of the new equipment will be in Nov with the
grand opening planned for Dec 9 – Xmas Parade day.
We are looking for a name for the area and so have
decided to run a competition. So get your thinking
caps on and get your suggestion into Anne by Oct 20th
The other main project for the committee is the Lifestyler Field day held in April. We are still looking for
someone to coordinate this event. This is a paid position. Anyone interested please contact Karen
Look forward to some phone calls
Get to know . . . Eileen Parsons
Greetings from the Maungaturoto Playcentre
A couple of years ago Eileen Parsons figured that
if she didn’t improve her wellbeing she would join
the growing number of people whose lives are
wrecked by diseases like diabetes.
“I decided if I didn’t do something about it I
couldn’t blame anyone else if I got sick,” she says.
So on New Year’s Eve in 2004 she resolved to start
walking. And we’re not talking leisurely strolls,
Eileen really started walking. Her longest walk has
been 64,000 steps in the Rotorua Marathon. She
was 55th in her age bracket and came in 1782 out of
Eileen, who turns 60 this month, did a 12km walk
in Kaitaia on October 1 and will soon compete in
the Keri Keri walk. She’s competed in 10km and
half marathons in Whangarei and Auckland.
Since she started walking Eileen has lost 10kg
without trying. She expects walking will get easier
as more kilograms melt away. She no longer suffers arthritic pain in her feet and one hip.
“I’m much less stressed. It’s taught me to prioritise. I can think better.”
Her son Bren, 22, used to tell her he enjoyed walking when he was a child. “You can have time out
to think about what you want to think about. It’s
totally our own thoughts. It’s helped me put things
Eileen walks on most days, wears a pedometer and
keeps a diary of long walks. In February, for instance, she walked the 22.8km Bickerstaffe loop in
four hours and 37,000 steps.
An economics, accounting and maths teacher at
Otamatea High School, she regularly clocks up
12,000 steps a day. Eileen administrates athletics
and indoor bowls at regional level, is a swimming
timekeeper and an athletics coach.
She’s also involved with scouts, St John Ambulance, the Anglican Church, Care and Share - a
family support trust, and she does accounts for volunteer and sports groups. .She says her community
work helped her cope after her husband Murray
was killed in a road accident in 1994. Her commitments stopped her from curling up and withdrawing.
In 1999 she was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal
for Community Service and this year won the
Maungaturoto Community/Business Supreme
Award for her community service. .
“I love this community and I love being part of it
and you can’t be part of it without doing things,”
By the time you receive this newsletter, we
will have been on holiday for a week, enjoying
the sunshine and our gardens and hopefully,
enjoying our children at home, without the
routines of Playcentre and school.
However, most of us would have been into
the Playcentre to do our share of the clean-up
or gone in over the holidays with the hope it
was all be looking good for the start of Term
We have many activities planned for next
with the finer weather, including a few trips
away from the centre. We also hope to finish
re-planting the bank with native trees very
Welcome to all the new families who have
joined up. It's great seeing new faces and particularly those of the children who launch into
the 16 areas of play with great gusto.
On Wednesday, October 18, we will be holding a junior version of Pet Day -- stuffed animals included.
Our AGM is coming up on October 25 at BeeJay's Cafe with desserts and coffee, starting at
We welcome all our parents and anyone interested in what we are doing to attend the
I am hoping that we will be able to have all
our positions filled as many hands make
May Seager (President)
Phonics based program
Small class sizes
Biblically based curriculum
Next New Entrant intake February 2007
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Following the article last month on the opening of the Boarding House at the Museum and the submission from Alan Flower, the
following appeared in a newspaper in 1887. The excerpt has appeared in the Matters some years ago, but I take the liberty of
inserting it again for the many new people in our area who may be interested in the history. Ed
(Excerpt August 27, 1887)
We in Maungaturoto are enjoying a teat in election matters. The various candidates for the Marsden and Rodney districts are paying us a visit; and, from the interest the young men here are taking in the forthcoming election, I should
not be surprised at some future date to see a Premier or Minister of Public Works arise out of our midst. Mr Dargaville paid us a visit, and, in a lengthy speech, pointed out the loss the district had sustained through not returning him
instead of Captain Colbeck, but that when returned for an Auckland constituency he had repaid good for evil by urging
on the Ministry to place the first grant on the estimates for the North Auckland Railway.
He also blamed us for the want of energy we had displayed in railway matters. He promised to urge the extension of
the line, and opened out to our vision a glorious view of the future.
Well. We want some cheering news in these parts just now, for the present id dull enough.
To meet the increased demands made by travelers, Mr Davies has now one of the most commodious and well
accommodation houses to be found north of Auckland; it comprises 19 rooms, and is a credit to the builder, Mr Billings. The premises have a large public hall attached, capable of seating 300 persons.
The roads about here are still in a very bad state, the portions under the control of Otamatea County Council being
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Hello there October and daylight saving and labour weekend, gee isn’t October is a great
Hard to believe that we are at that point of the year already when most of our activities are
starting to come to an end….but wait, we still have one more workshop to bring to you for
Heidi Downey, workshops, confidently living. The next Step. This workshop will run for 6
weeks from 16th October until the 27th November. Mondays only from 9.30am to 12.30pm.
This is the last one for this year but we will have more running for you next year.
In fact…..We would actually like to ask your opinion on workshops.
Each year about this time we get started on our planning for the following year, a difficult
task and often hard to find courses with content that, we feel would be suitable to bring to
you. This past year we put the focus on parenting courses, so now we would like some feedback from you, as to what you think you would like to see running at Homebuilders next
year. …so go on, give us a call and tell us what you think. 09 4319080
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Adult literacy. Tutor is available Monday to Thursday from 3pm- ?
The tutor will be working on a one to one basis, not with a class.
If you are interested ph 09 4319080 for more information or an appointment
time….. Plus extra tuition for children with maths and English. Robert Brownlie is a fully
qualified teacher with many years experience with both teaching and administration of
We are delighted to be able to bring this new service to the community and trust this will
be of benefit to many.
Good Old Days Group.
Now we have been trying to split this group into twice monthly because it has grown so much and it is getting hard to fit everyone in to our little house...but alas you don’t want to split up into two, so we are going
to leave you just as you are and if we have to sit people on the roof then I guess we will just have to do
that…no I am only joking of course. We may have to look at alternative sites if the group continues to grow
but in the meantime its still the same place...Homebuilders community House... and the same date...1st
Wednesday of the month and the same time… 11am and of course the same great food and wonderful company. So there you go see you all on the 4th October
My regards Maureen Davis
29th September to 7th October
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Saturday 16th September was the day the Museum came alive, to pay tribute to our early Kauri Settlers
and pioneering history. It was a fun day for the whole family with live demonstrations from 10am – 4pm.
Staff and volunteers dressed up in period costume to create an authentic Victorian atmosphere.
The day began with a church service in the old Pioneer Church at 9.30am and throughout the day there
were live demonstrations and displays - like the brick press that once made the early settlers bricks in
Paparoa and the Engine Enthusiasts who were on hand to demonstrate the running of stationary engines
and to start the 1929 Caterpillar 60 tractor.
There was also many home crafts from yesteryears being demonstrated.
The Kauri Museums ‘live day’ and Wood Sculpture event ‘From Bowls to Boats’ are being run in conjunction with Northlands Kauri Festival to create a real celebration of the mighty Kauri.
“From Bowls to Boats” is a competition and exhibition of Wood Sculpture. There are 7 categories and
woodworkers had until 13 September to enter the competition, these entries will be displayed in The Kauri
Museum, showcasing some of New Zealand’s finest craftsmen.
The Wood Sculpture exhibition was on display from 15 September until 30 September.
As part of the Wood Sculpture event there were demonstrations running on Saturday 16 September of
woodworkers using their lathes, creating inlay or carving
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Courses for Careers Evening
A well-attended information and discussion
evening was held on 30 August in the school
hall and the Performing Arts block for parents
and students to investigate their 2007 subject
options and future career pathways.
At OHS we offer 22 different courses at Year
11, 29 at Year 12 and 17 at Year 13. Principal Mr Hutching believes that that there is no
school of our size in New Zealand that offers
such a range and number of course as OHS.
As well as displays for the subject options
offered to seniors, 11 outside agencies were
represented with displays and liaison officers
from universities, NorthTec, Career Services,
Rural Training Services, Electrical Apprenticeships, Regent Training and the Auckland
Jewellery Making School.
All OHS students
and guests who
attended the very
School Ball held on
9 September. The
standard of presentation, ballroom
dancing and behaviour was exemplary and I was
very proud of our
thanks are due to
the Ball Committee
for the gorgeous “tropical island” decorations and
lighting, the PTCA for supper and beverages and
everyone who helped in any way to make this
the social occasion of the school year.
prize for best
Events Calendar up to 31 October
Mon 9 October term 4 Opens
Tues 10 – Fri 13 Oct Senior Exams
Wed 11 Oct Junior Cricket Comp
Thurs 12 Oct YES Awards Dinner
Fri 13 Oct Volleyball Yr 9/10
Wed 18 Oct Junior Cricket Comp
PTCA Meeting 7.30pm staffroom
CPE Exam 9-12pm (10W English)
Mon 23 Oct Labour Day School Closed
Wed 26 Oct Junior Cricket Comp
Elizabeth Perry Assistant Principal
We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of
Maungaturoto business people who donated
prizes for the ball: Maungaturoto Four Square,
Tony’s Lotto shop, Urban Fringe Hair Design,
,Maungaturoto Pharmacy, Dreams, Sugarbelle’s
Café. In addition we also thank the Sahara Restaurant in Paparoa.
Further details about the Ball can be found in the
OHS Newsletter of 11September or on our
school website www.otamatea.school.nz
Ball photographs will be displayed as usual at
Tony’s Lotto Shop for further perusal.
Clubs & Organisations
September meeting held in the Supper
Room. Centennial Hall, Wednesday 20th.
Owing to sickness our speaker for the day
was unable to attend. So after the usual
business several members were able to fill
the time with some very interesting gardening hints.
Marj gave us much useful information on
plants not to grow and also an excellent
Sheryl told us of unusual uses for Kerosene and Bernice showed Tussie Mussies
suitable for carrying on smelly occasions.
The trading table went with a bang and
everyone enjoyed a chat.
Next Month—October 18th—a visit to
Mangawhai to two gardens.
Meet 10.30am at the Ambulance car park
and bring lunch.
Maungaturoto Squash Club News
The weather is starting to warm up so balls are getting
bouncier, and bodily fluids more profuse,
on the squash courts!
Club champs began the last week in September and
there are going to be some big battles this year. Some
of the women such as Mel, Glenys and Naomi have
shown huge improvement this year, and there are always a few whippersnappers like Ben, Eli and Kieran
who’d like a crack at the big boys! Play hard, play
The E-Grade women’s Super Champs were held in
Hamilton in September and the Kamo girls took out the
title. Also Northerner Shelley Kitchen won the National
title, for the second year in a row at the Christchurch
Nationals. The men’s title was won by Callum
O’Brien ,a bit of a character who would give Sellars a
run for his money when it comes to
challenging the ref!!!
Thought for the month:
“If you can’t play good shots then whack the
hell out of it and hope like hang it dies in the
Source: Ben or was it Eli or maybe Craig…...
Tuesday morning roll-ups
Men and Women
Includes coaching sessions for beginners
Spare bowls available
(but soft soled shoes must be worn)
New arrivals to Maungaturoto
Thought of joining a Bowling Club?
These friendly roll-ups enable you to
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Clubs & Organisations
MAROHEMO HALL NEWS: September 2006
DON’T MISS OUT!!!!
Race to your calendars right now and
check you have put a big ring around
Saturday the 14th of October!!!
That is the Pot Luck Dinner at the Marohemo Hall and anybody who is anybody will be
there! Bring lots of food to share and your own
drinks, as well as Grandma, the kids, Aunties,
Uncles……(but not the dog!).
Starts at 6pm with dinner at about 7pm.
Also coming up is our Annual Cake Stall, the 10th of
November, for which we need lots of help and loads
of baking. Maybe pop a few groceries aside now for
the grocery raffle. Talk to Annette or Heidi at the Pot
Luck Dinner if you can help.
Congratulations to Kim and Julian Allen on the safe arrival of another baby
girl to add to the collection.
Best wishes to you all.
As always the hall is available for hire.
For Hall bookings call Ted 4318249.
At the Paparoa Hall
9:00 a.m. Beginners
10:00 a.m. Intermediate
11:00 a.m. Advanced
For Fun, Fitness and
To Improve Your Memory
Now is the perfect time for interested
people to come and have a look.
Our instructor, Bev Baxter from Whangarei is one
of the best
So come along and join us and get fit and have fun
and maybe come with us on our trips to workshops
around the country.
Rose Plunkett (09) 431 7418
Otamatea Repertory Theatre
There were more people than parts at the auditions
for “The Frog Prince” recently held at ORT, so
a great turnout by you all. The Pantomime this
year was written by Peter Flower and will also be
directed by him.
Pantomimes have become an annual event for ORT
and always a popular one for families to attend.
Of course we have the usual reverse type rolls as
is custom for a panto and this year we look forward
to seeing Ripley Dean playing the role of the
Other members of the cast include, Alan Giles,
Chris Dent, Dennise Brownlie, Derek Yardley,
Elmo Dean, Frances Yardley, Laura Andrews,
Maura Flower, Paige Carter, and Patricia Hunt,
plus many more chorus members not to mention a
group of Dwarf’s The above names are not in order of appearance..
This looks to be an amusing Panto full of music
and colour with a mix of some characters from
other well loved fairy tales. Show opens on Friday
December the 1st and runs for three weekends.
More good news about the theatre we are in the
process of getting new seating rostra for the theatre. We can not give you a date for that yet but it’s
all very exciting and promises to be a great deal
better for our audiences in the future.
Look forward to seeing you all at the panto in December.
Regards Maureen Davis
MAUNGATUROTO TAI CHI CLASSES
Our hours have changed for Thursdays.
Changes are as follows
Tuesday—usual time. 11.00am—Noon.
Thursday—new time. 11.00am—Noon.
EXERCISE TO MUSIC
AT THE PAPAROA HALL
Tuesdays 10:30 a.m.
Contact Rose Plunkett
Ph: 431 7418
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Stirling Mortlock - Private Investigator
Stirling Mortlock. What a magnificent name!
The last New Zealand-Australia test had barely started when he kicked a penalty. But I wasn’t concentrating. I was thinking that anyone with such an incredible name would be a private investigator in a hard-boiled detective novel.
“Why’s Stirling Mortlock kicking instead of Daniel Carter?” I idly ask the farmer and resident
rugby-head, although I’m not really interested because Stirling’s name has me captivated.
“Because he doesn’t play for the All Blacks,” he says in a droll monotone from his favourite
Oh! And I am a total idiot! I’ve seen Mr Mortlock play rugby before, of course, but I was so
busy reinventing his career I wasn’t thinking straight. Perhaps it was the red wine and roaring fire so early in the evening.
Daniel Carter can be distracting too, but I won’t theorise on his true calling except to ask:
Am I the only person who thinks he always looks like he’s just got out of bed? It’s something to do with his dishevelled hair. Check it out.
Anyway, my blunder must be close to the last straw for Rex who played rugby for years. He
stopped after he swallowed his tongue, blacked out and only survived because someone
pulled out his tongue with a lineout flag. He lost his nerve after that.
Rugby’s followed with almost religious fervour at our place. I’d already been in trouble at
kick off time when I suggested that we do a scratchy - crossword scratchies are among our
The frustrated AB was mortified! We’re concentrating on rugby, he said and I backed down.
Then, barely 10 minutes later, I see him doing Sukodu to which he is even more chronically
addicted. I call him on it and he says, “I only do it during line outs. We’re not good at line
outs and I don’t like watching them.”
Rex sounds genuinely pained and I get a new appreciation of what it is to be a rugby-mad
Kiwi bloke. Just a few nights earlier I’d been unable to watch large chunks of Behind Enemy
Lines about the fighter pilot shot down over Bosnia. Even though the film was too spiced up
to be true, watching it made my tummy flip and go woozy. It was awful.
This is how rugby fans can feel during line outs. Wow! It really gives me something to think
A while later an Aussie gets a dodgy try that’s replayed several times and I’m asked:
“Would you award it?”
I decide, yes, a try has been made, but the rugby-head is adamant: “Nuh, there was no
When a try is awarded I expect him to acknowledge my appreciation of the finer points of
rugby. Okay, my blue about Stirling Mortlock was pathetic, but I’m still disappointed when
And I’m also disappointed in Stirling for not living up to his name - until I learn he’s got a
science degree. It’s an ideal qualification for a private investigator.
Thanks to Rae for her contribution
Worzel’s Country Critters!!
From Out of Left Field
Taking a break I leant on a fence post. Nearby a flock grazed contentedly under warm spring
sunshine. A sturdy looking Ram, noticing my presence, left ewes and lambs to make his way towards where I stood watching, and cast sheep eyes upon me. I had the strange feeling he was
trying to tell me something.
“You see,” he said, ‘there’s thems as thinks sheeps is stupid, and, for the most part, they’d
be right. I gotta admit there’s plenty as don’t mind bein led like lambs to the slaughter. But sure
as my name’s ‘Arry ‘Oggat I’m one as would rather be ‘ung for a sheep as a lamb. See I’m the
Ram elect round ‘ere, delegate for the wool producers union, and you don’t get that job if you
can’t perform in the top paddock as it were. I reckon most of yous think bein a sheep is easy.
Take my job for instance. Only workin a season, and nice work if you can get it, then for the rest
of the time, all sunshine and clover.
Well that might be what ewe think, but don’t the grass always look greener on the other side
of the fence?
It sure aren’t like the old days when we had good shepherds to lead us Back then we’d walk
through the valley of the shadow of death and not even fear any evil. And there was pastures
green and quiet waters by. Gawd, the places sheep went in those times. But these days, it’s
fenced paddocks, bossy Dogs and noisy motorbikes. There’s laws and regulations each way
you look, and compliance is getting tougher all the time, If it’s not drenchin, It’s crutchin and I
wont mention tupping. Talk about mountain oysters round ‘ere and your likely to bring on a
nasty turn in the wether. Now I got more naggin wives than a Mormon and with the current emphasis on production if they aren’t all ave’n twins every year then I not only get the chop, I become chops. That’s right, if you’ve ever wondered why sheep are a bit nervous try livin with the
prospect that if there’s a fluctuation in the global economy or a bit of a dry spell, you’re likely to
end up in a very hot place makin close acquaintance with rosemary and mint sauce. Yep, us
sheep all get fleeced in the end and bein nothin more than a production unit, it’s intolerable.
So what are we gonna do? We could rise up and impose mob rule, after all there is 45 million of us, or we could go on strike, fly strike if necessary. But we wont. And why not? Because
we’re sheep that’s why. We’ve become so used to bein pushed around by others, bullied into
doin what we don’t want to do, forced to go places we don’t want to go, even if it’s the abattoir we still go, why? Because we’re sheep. Sure bein a sheep might be easy but what’s the
point if you got no freedom, no say in things.
Now you could be a cunning Rat, a dirty Dog, or a siily old Cow. People might even call
you a pig headed swine, a snake in the grass or, heaven forbid, a wolf in sheep’s clothing. But
take some advise from one who knows ‘is ryegrass from ‘is ragwort. Be anything else, but don’t
be a sheep.”
With that he turned and with the quiet dignity of the long oppressed walked back to join his
flock. I’d been fed by sheep before, but as I went on my way I realised this one had given me
something more, Food for thought.
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KAIPARA KNIGHTS SOCCER CLUB
Sportperson of the Year
9th Grade Knights
9th Grade Leopards
David Hames &
Player of the Year
Jordyn Smith &
Cassidy Weatherhog &
Ruby Rose Hallamore
11 Grade Knights
Lawton Dods &
Janos Panyoski &
Daniel Rich &
13th Grade Magpies
13th Grade Knights
Sean Bradley &
Bradley Powdrell &
15th Grade Cougars
Congratulations to the Open Grade Team who won the ROSA competition this year.
Also to the 13th Grade Knights Team who came Runner Up in their competition.
Well done to you all!!
Congratulations to the following who trialed and were successful in making the ROSA under 14 rep squad
to play a tournament in Whangarei in the September school holidays: –
Jonathan Sergeant, Bradley Powdrell
Allister Langridge. Mervyn Rosser was selected for the under 13 squad – well done to you all.
Many thanks to Kelly Edwards who, as our Kaipara President has led us through another successful year,
and organised yet another great prizegiving. Now after three+ years she is handing over the reins next
She also took over position of ROSA President this year so she has really had her hands full.
We would also like to thank all the coaches and managers who took on the role of training and organising
our children over the season – they have done an awesome job – this is no mean feat believe me!
We would like to thank all our sponsors this year: –
Three Furlongs Hotel,
Graeme Hawkins Accountants,
Shamrock Auto Care,
First National Real Estate.
PRIZEGIVING RESULTS FOR MAUNGATUROTO J.M.B. RUGBY:
Player of the Year
A special presentation was made to Terri Donaldson and Ken Finlayson for their many years of dedicated
service to the club. Terri and Ken will be moving on with Scott to IMB.
What’s on in OCTOBER
Good Old Days—Homebuilders
Maungaturoto Business Association Meeting
Community Centre 5.30pm
PTA Meeting—Primary School 7.30pm
Pot Luck Dinner—Morohemo Hall
Real Town Working Bee
Otamatea Quilters Exhibition - Matakohe
Real Town Working Bee
Northland Kauri Festival—Kauri Museum and
Coming up in NOVEMBER
Kaipara District Sports Awards
Melbourne Cup—Country Club
Maungaturoto Business Association AGM 7.30pm
Centennial Community Centre
Maungaturoto Business Association Meeting
1st Wednesday of the month
Community Centre 5.30pm
Monday to Thursday 10.30am to 12.00 midday
Friday 10.30am to 4.00pm
Tae Kwon Do Mondays & Wednesdays 6.00-7.00p
Maungaturoto Community Centre
Line Dancing Monday evening to be advised
Thursday morning 9.30am – Paparoa Hall
Mainly Music Tuesdays 10.00am Congregational Church Hall
Indoor Bowls Mondays 7.15pm R.S.A.
Last Friday of each month
Emergency – Ambulance, fire Police
Public Health Nurse - Claire Jaques
Care & Share Family Support
Homebuilders Community Services
Kaipara District Council
Dog, Stock & Noise Control
Rubbish Mobile (Truck)
Maungaturoto Community Centre
Contact:- Lorraine Orford
Maungaturoto Country Club
Maungaturoto Money Exchange
Maungaturoto Primary School
Maungaturoto Rest Home
Otamtea Christian School
Otamatea High School
Otamatea Marae, Batley Road
Otamatea Reperatory Society
School Dental Clinic
Veterinarian, Vet Centre
Ararua Pony Club Contact
President Bevan Haddrell
Arthritis Support Group
2nd Tuesday 2nd month
Craft Group – different venues
Last Thur. Of the month
Cubs & Scouts
CWI (Country Womens Institute)
Last Monday of the month 7.00pm
Friends of the Rest Home
1st Tuesday, 2nd month
2nd & 4th Monday (cont Alistair Banks)
Maungaturoto Garden Club
3rd Wednesday of the month
Club Mangaturoto & Districts
RSA (Returned Services Association)
500 Card evening
Congregational Church Hall