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Maungaturoto, A Real New Zealand Town ‘Gettin’ on with it!’
Welcome back everyone and may I wish you
all, although belatedly, a very Happy and Prosperous 2007. Hope that everyone had a really
I would also like to welcome all newcomers to
I was away for the Santa Parade and for the
official opening of the Park/Playground, but I
must say how impressed I am with the Park/
Playground, it looks really impressive.
Congratulations to all who worked on it, what
an awesome job you have done and how lovely
it looks. You can certainly give yourselves a
pat on the back, it makes our town very welcoming and I am sure the children are delighted with the finished result.
I think a big thank you should go to Anne
Squire, who I know worked very hard on this
And from what I heard the Santa Parade went
very well and a great time was had by all down
at the Country Club.
I see that Fran Koni has been busy again,
working hard on the flower boxes outside the
Four Square. It looks really beautiful .
Well done Fran, you really have enhanced the
appearance and made it look most attractive.
I really hated missing the Otamatea Repertory
Theatre’s latest production, but I have no
doubt that they were up to their usual high
standard and I guess everyone enjoyed the performance.
Don’t forget to send your stories to the
‘Matters” regarding anything interesting that
is about to happen or has happened. This is
your paper and your contributions are welcome.
Also remember to keep those ‘Congratulations’
coming, births, achievements, marriage, birthdays, anniversaries—let everyone know!
Remember I used to do a “Welcome” column?
I can’t welcome people if I don’t know they
have moved into our fair town. Don’t forget to
let me know
Until next time
Issue 66 February 2007
Maungaturoto 2007 Eighties Club
January 1st was Lloyd Eager’s 80th Surprise
Party at the Fire Station.
February 3rd is Alan (Arnie) Flower’s 80th
birth, no surprise party at Gorge Road
February 6th—Leicester Trewine (Karen
Smale’s father) 80th birthday at Warkwork.
Three “old Musketeers” from school days in
Luke and Helen Ballard of Maungaturoto are delighted to announce the engagement in Perth
W.A. of their daughter Joanne to Brandon, son
of Bob and Colleen McCarroll of Maungaturoto.
Even that far away, two Maungaturoto families
are joined together.
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.
81 Gorge Rd
Ph: (09) 431-8624
E-Mail contributions to:-
Maungaturoto Business Association
P.O. Box 113, Maungaturoto or
Opening hours for the
Monday to Thursday- 10.30 to noon
- 10.30 to 4.00pm
Not open statutory holidays
There is a slot in the front wall of the
library for "after hours" returns
Subs are now due for 2007
- $10 per household
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TUESDAY 20 FEBRUARY
Infant, Child & Booster Seats Available
Long or short term hire
We also have for purchase Child Harnesses,
Locking Clips and Ext. Straps
For rental details Ph Katrina McGill (09) 4318821
Brand New Infant Seats Now Available for hire
PLAYGROUP AND COFFEE MORNING
Next Meeting - 1st February - Welcome to 2007 !
At the Plunket Rooms on Hurndall St in
Maungaturoto From 10am to Midday.
Please come along for a coffee and a yummy
morning tea to kick off our 2007 coffee mornings
Morning tea is provided, but you can add a plate of your
of your own if you wish!
Meet other parents and caregivers.
Toys and books are available for the children.
For further details Ph Jennifer (09) 431 6343
Wednesday 7th FEBRUARY
Community Centre Hall
(please note change of time)
Maungaturoto Business Association
now have a post box:
Could you please ensure that put all
payments for advertising in the
Maungaturoto Matters is sent to
PO Box 113, Maungaturoto
Enquiries: Susan McRae 431 8859
MAUNGATUROTO CHRISTMAS PARADE FOLLOW UP
A BIG THANK YOU TO MAUNGATUROTO!!!!!
Wow! What a great parade we had, it really makes all the time, effort and hard work worth while when you get such
wonderful support to an event.
It was great to see not only a great turnout of spectators but also such a huge number of groups and businesses participating in the parade.
For those of you who missed it I’ll do a recap:
The evening started with the smell of sizzling sausages. Clowns and fairies were handing out balloons and lollies and
an excited buzz hummed through the crowd.
At 5.00 the Mayor officially opened our wonderful park and a stream of excited children poured in and put the new
equipment to use.
At 6.00 the Waipu pipe band heralded the start of the Xmas parade. Over 20 colourful and dazzling floats and items
wove their way through the main street and down to the Country Club.
A huge crowd turned out for the entertainment at the Club where there was something for everyone. The “volcano
adventure”, pony rides and novelty races had a steady supply of keen participants, while many chose to sit down to a
meal and enjoy the carols and the special performance by the Falun Dafa group. Our popular fairies were kept busy
by handing out free milk drinks and ice-blocks, and many a lolly scramble was held through-out the evening.
As darkness fell many chose to stay and enjoy the hospitality of the Country Club with many staying well into the
wee small hours of the morning.
As with any large event there are many people to thank.
Firstly I would like to start with the parade committee: Eileen Parsons, Antoinette Mitchell, Nicole Searle, Susan
McCrae and Dennis Bellew.
Huge cheers to the following:
Our sponsors: Fonterra, the Kaipara District Council and the businesses of Maungaturoto who contribute to the running of our parade, Karen Smales for her excellent job on the road closer, Anne Squires-Tantrum for the lollies and
Balloons, The local Police force and Works infrastructure for keeping us safe, Amanda Knightbridge, Craig Thornton
and Nicole Seale for the great job keeping the floats on time and in line, all the safety marshals and helpers, Maungaturoto Rotary, the lovely fairies and clowns, Wesley Cullen and his helpers from the Congregational Church for the
great activities at the Club, Stella Hansen for the pony rides, the Maungaturoto Lions and Conrad’s Catering for the
good food. Thanks to all the stall holders, the Country Club for the great facilities, cheers to everyone who helped
sing the Xmas carols, to all the spectators, both up town and down at the Club, to all the entrants in the parade and
lastly thanks to the Business Association for supporting our parade. I apologise if I have missed anyone, all helpers
were great and the day would not have been possible without all of you!!
Well done to the winners, best business float: Absolute Concrete,
Best community floats: 1st Maungaturoto Primary school, 2nd the Congregational Church, 3rd Maungaturoto Garden
club. Best dressed shop window (prize donated by Alan and Bernice Flower): Tony’s.
As with any event feed back is essential, if you have any ideas that could help improve the parade or if there was
something you liked , or perhaps you would like to be involved next time, give me a call with any comments you
Till next time
Terri Donaldson, Parade Co-ordinator, ph 4318 599
Mainly weeding and tiding up
You should have received the latest business
directory during the last week, unfortunately there
are a couple of small mistakes, could everyone
please manually change these errors.
The phone number for the Maungaturoto Butchery
is 4318 061.
The ‘b’ in the e-mail of Ideal Homes was missed
out , it should read email@example.com,
and for a few directories Tony's number should
be 4318 058.
Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused
WHERE CAN I GET ALL THESE??
Curtains and Accessories
Pottery (fabulous Robert
Tracks and Tapes
145 MAIN STREET
Please phone 431 8206 or 0800 852 363
or you are welcome to call in to our
Free measure and quote service and
finance available T.A.P.
Roses for your
in Maungaturoto, Mangawhai and Kaiwaka
Northland Polytechnic is again running a range of our popular and tremendous value for money Horticulture and Agriculture programmes in the area which have been specifically tailored to meet your needs.
They will start on February 12th and finish on June 29th, 2007 and follow the school terms.
You will need to be 16 or over to enroll and we need 8 or more students to start.
All of these course are fees-free. Ring now as places will be limited
National Certificate in Horticulture, Level 2:
Fees-free and 2 contact days per week. A very practical programme that covers all the basics on growing
plants, trees and how to maintain and care for them, soils, weeds, composting, etc. Running in Maungaturoto and Mangawhai but be in quick as this is an extremely popular programme that has over 500 students Northland-wide.
National Certificate in Horticulture, Level 4:
3 papers are to be offered at Maungaturoto in the 1st half of this year fees-free.
paper - one or all papers may be taken.
One day per week per
Mondays - Advanced Polyhouse Production - learn to get the most from your plastic house and get yourself onto the road of making a living from it. Tutor - Paul Nairn
Tuesdays - Native Plant Propagation -- covers the whole spectrum from identifying and collecting seeds
through propagation techniques to growing on and planting out. Tutor - Tina Holst
Thursdays - Soil Science - what makes good soil, how to grow it and maintain it for maximum growth - it
is all here. Tutor - Tina Holst
Tuesdays - Landscaping - this paper works you through the concepts and principles of landscape design
and then helps you to complete some practical examples. Tutor - Daniel Toohill.
National Certificate in Agriculture, Level 2:
Fees-free and 2 contact days per week. Again a very practically based programme that is designed specifically for getting Lifestylers and those with small blocks into the basic skills needed in areas such as
fencing, basic animal husbandry, laying water pipes, health and safety, pasture management and much,
much more. This course will run at Kaiwaka on Mondays and Tuesdays. Tutor – Chris McIvor
All of these courses can also cover basic first aid, chainsaw use/care and Growsafe.
For more information please contact John Finlayson, 027 4900 176(m), (09) 459 5254
(DD) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kaipara Development Agency
The Kaipara District Council and the Kaipara Development
Agency have jointly announced changes to the way Economic Development support will
be delivered to businesses and communities within the Kaipara District.
Since the recent resignation of the Kaipara Development Agency’s Manager to pursue
other activities, a review of the best options for the District has been undertaken.
Kaipara District Council, with support from ratepayers, made a commitment to economic
development in the District some six years ago.
Initially the Council employed its own economic development officer who helped establish the Kaipara District Economic Development Trust (KDA). The public of Kaipara contributed to a District strategy which led to the KDA employing its own manager. Active
engagement by the KDA with central government agencies over the past four years has
attracted significant resources to support development within Kaipara. Successful initiatives included development and promotion of the Kaipara brand, promoting Kaipara as a
place to live, invest in or visit, assistance to community and business groups, support for
small businesses with training in management and governance, support for industry sectors such as the kumara industry, and encouraging better training opportunities through
new Northtech (Northland Polytech) programmes in Dargaville and Otamatea.
Recent changes to central government policy have directed government assistance
through the Regional Economic Development Agency (Enterprise Northland) rather than
directly to the Kaipara District as in the past.
To maximise the benefits to Kaipara, negotiations are underway to contract Enterprise
Northland to employ an officer with specific responsibility to deliver agreed development
outcomes for Kaipara. This will mean that economic development officers for Northland’s three districts will be employed by Enterprise Northland. They will gain support by
working within a team of specialist practitioners while being committed to and working
with stakeholders in their own Districts.
It is anticipated that a contract with Enterprise Northland will be negotiated, and a new
Economic Development officer for Kaipara will be appointed by early in the New Year.
In the meantime, the Kauri Coast i Site at Dargaville will be transferred from the KDA
back into the Kaipara District Council, and the Kaipara District Economic Development
Trust will be disestablished
Both the Council and the KDA trustees are confident that the new direction takes account of changes in economic development policy, and will be a progressive step to support the growth of the District and its communities in the future.
Mayor Peter King expressed his appreciation of the commitment of the Kaipara Development Agency’s Trustees, whose efforts over the past years have served Council and the
District’s communities very well.
Get to know . . . Ray and Andrea Allen
When their three children all got married in 1997, Ray and Andrea Allen figured it was time
for the change which led them to buy Tony’s Lotto Shop in Maungaturoto and move from
North Shore City to Mangawhai.
At the time, they were both also facing inconvenient work relocations that would mean tedious travel across Auckland from their North Shore home. Plus they figured it would be
smart to sell their large family home before the rest of the baby boomer generation made
lifestyle changes and flooded the real estate market with similar homes.
They already owned a bach in Mangawhai so when they saw an advertisement for a retail
business an hour-and-a-half north of Auckland, they figured it would be near their holiday
They bought the Tony’s Lotto Shop in 1999 and lived in their bach for two years while they
built a new house at Mangawhai.
Ray, who’s originally from Whakatane, met Andrea, formerly from the Waikato, in Auckland.
She had attended boarding school and business college there, while he studied law at University. After two years he switched to accountancy, got a job at the Bank of New Zealand
and studied at night class.
Andrea continued her first job, as the secretary to the editor of three magazines - The Journal of Agriculture, NZ Gardener and Young Farmer - until she had children. When they
reached school age she returned to secretarial work and eventually managed an insurance
Ray moved from the bank to work as assistant accountant then accountant for an international superannuation firm. He was there for 25 years.
The couple’s move north came just before Ray was to be transferred to Onehunga and Andrea to East Tamaki.
In 2005, Ray wanted a new challenge and became administration manager of what is now
Carters (formerly ITM). Andrea manages the shop which is staffed by full-timer Eileen Andrew and four part-timers: Catrin Frires, Jenny Reid, Sandra Sears and Merrilyn Banks.
Since Ray and Andrea became business owners in Maungaturoto they have been active in
the community. Ray was treasurer of the Maungaturoto Country Club for three years and
has been secretary/treasurer of the RSA. He is currently secretary of the Maungaturoto Golf
Andrea has been on the Maungaturoto Country Club committee and was minutes secretary,
plus she’s been on the RSA committee. They are members of the Maungaturoto Business
Their busy lives include trips to visit friends and family in Auckland - and hosting everyone at
their home in Mangawhai. They’re keen gardeners, love the beach and Ray is an avid fisherman who can frequently be found casting his line in the Kaipara Harbour.
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Staff wanted casual
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coffee, tea etc….sandwiches, rolls,
etc…. slices, cakes etc….
Some cooking, washing dishes, pots
and pans, cleaning tables.
Vacuuming floors & mopping etc.
Phone: 431 9004
How Should We Use The Kai Iwi Lakes
There is a huge debate going on in the community about how this unique spot should
Earlier this year Council considered this question and sparked public controversy. It
was clear that this is an issue that is important to many of us for many different reasons
and that opinions are polarised.
Council decided to ask the community for their thoughts on three possible options to address threats to the Lakes environment and risks to the safety of other lake users:
allow things to continue as they are,
improved management - this option could include a range of initiatives including but not limited to things like providing users with better guidance, more stringent controls, more enforcement of the rules,
prohibition of powered watercraft.
Council wants to hear from as many people as possible as it sees these rare and pristine dune lakes as one of the jewels of the Kaipara and is keen to ensure that they are preserved for everyone to enjoy now and into the future.
The consultation will start with open forums held at the Lakes during the Christmas, Waitangi and Anniversary holidays. Because the issue is so important people will have until Tuesday 24 April 2007 to make a submission. We will
be making available to you all the information we have during this consultation time. Hearings will be held in May
and all those who have made comment will have an opportunity to speak to the full Council in support of their submission.
A number of studies have been conducted both on these Lakes and on similar environments worldwide and this information will be available on the Kaipara District Council website and in hard copy posted on request. Some of you
may have other information or studies that will help Council make its decision.
Members of the Management Committee, Councillors and staff will be at the Lakes during some of the busiest times
over the summer to talk to people about the options and what the issues surrounding them are. Letters will be sent to
all those who have previously expressed interest and advertisements will be run during the submission time. We
need your help to spread the word to anyone else who may be interested.
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Homebuilders Community House
Welcome to 2007, another year with many exciting new challenges and goals. All those things you never quite got
around to doing…well now you have another 12 months, well actually 11 months as its February already.
Homebuilders are back in action, our community house is open for business and our staff is all rested and ready to
support you with what ever you need.
2006 ended with a wonderful lunch for our elderly group, (Good Old Days Group) we catered to a large crowd at the
Maungaturoto Centennial Hall and then we followed this with a float in the Christmas parade…We hoped you liked
our little house, we certainly found lots of interest in the give away drink bottles and pens that we distributed on the
day. We enjoyed the participation and hope to do it again this coming Christmas.
Now down to business
Homebuilders are looking for new staff,
We have one part time paying position available and several places open for volunteers.
SO IF YOU HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO DO SOMETHING FOR YOUR COMMUNITY BUT
ARE NOT SURE WHAT YOU CAN DO, PLEASE GIVE US A CALL AND WE CAN DISCUSS IT
Volunteers are of major importance to any organization and without them we would probably cease to exist. This
position is unpaid but does provide a travel expense to cover distances traveled with clients and visits to client
homes. Training will be given.
Hours and duties are of course flexible and must be mutually agreed as acceptable by both yourself and homebuilders.
Volunteering is most rewarding in many ways and leaves you with a good feeling when you help someone in need.
Give us a call on 09 4319080.
A Part time permanent position of 12 hours per week has become available.
Successful applicant will be working with two of our programmes. Family support work and our Parents
as child educator programme, (PACE).Working hours will be flexible and travel allowance will also be
paid. Applicants are required to have part 3 training with playcentre or early childhood qualifications.
Previous experience with young children and Families are essential. Please send CV to P O Box 177,
Maungaturoto. Closing date 20th Feb. Phone for more info on 09 4319080
Upcoming events are The Good Old days lunch Wed 7th Feb at the house, we look
forward to seeing you again and hearing all about your Christmas hols.
A new workshop will be starting on the 27th Feb.
Heidi Downey ran a successful series of these last year and several people missed out on one of them so
we are repeating that one so that you may do a catch up. To register please ph 094319080. Workshops run
Monday mornings 9.30am to 12.30pm for 6 weeks
Looking forward to seeing you all and clearing my head of holiday mode….
Kaipara District Council
Prohibited Fire Season Rescinded
Pursuant to the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977 and Kaipara District Council bylaws notice is
hereby given that the previously advertised PROHIBITED FIRE SEASON for areas under the
control of Kaipara District Council is now lifted with immediate effect.
An OPEN FIRE SEASON now exists throughout Kaipara District, except for:
(1) the Pouto peninsula south of Schicks Road, which is administered by the Pouto Rural Fire
District. Permits are required for this area and may be obtained from Northland Forest Managers
Ltd on telephone 09 407 7115; and,
(2) within ONE KILOMETRE of all Conservation Department land, and,
(3) within ONE KILOMETRE of plantation forest areas.
Permits are required for these areas and information may be obtained from Department of Conservation on telephone 09 430 2470, or from Kaipara District Council, telephone 09 439 7059 or
0800 72 7059.
Residents and ratepayers are thanked for their co-operation during the recent high fire danger but
are reminded that further restrictions may again be imposed if fire danger increases.
Principal Rural Fire Officer
Ed’s Note: Check with the Council, as this could change if we have not have rain by the 28th January
200 Years of Timber Milling Background
Heads Up The Kauri Museum
At its Triennial Meeting to elect trustees from the local community the Otamatea Kauri and Pioneer Trust Board
nominated long standing Board members Derek Hope and Clive Smith as Chairman and Deputy Chairman respectively to the new board for the next three years.
Between them their families have been in the timber milling business for a collective 200 years. The Hope family
owned and operated the Rimu Mountain Timber Company in the Mamaku Ranges near Rotorua from 1895, while the
Smith family operated the Smith Bros. Mill in Matakohe until it was destroyed by fire in the early 20th century.
Clive Smith is a descendant of the first settlers to Matakohe who arrived in November 1862, a date which was to be
commemorated a 100 years later with the opening of The Kauri Museum in 1962.
However Derek Hope regards himself as a new boy in the district having arrived in Paparoa at the same time as
those centennial celebrations were creating the now internationally recognized Northland attraction The Kauri Museum. Derek recalls that he became a farm hand for Countess Tetzner, a white Russian refugee, where he grew to
love the land and purchased a block in Ararua with an old run down house which was based upon the original design
for Gordon Coates’ homestead “Ruatuna”. Over the years Derek has restored the old kauri villa to its former glory
and it was therefore no surprise that he and his wife Andrea became attached to the caring band of supporters for
The Kauri Museum.
In taking on the role of Chairman, Derek is enthused about the achievements of recent years such as the Otamatea
Boarding House and even more so the challenges of a major project to bring together the Matakohe War Memorial
Hall and the Museum in a full colonial façade for the Church Road complex encompassing a new entrance hall for
the museum and a major face lift for the hall. “An exciting and challenging time to take on the leadership role” he
said “I am looking forward to it”.
It Didn’t Happen in My Day
Like the generation before mine and, most likely every generation before that, I sometimes hear myself saying, half in jest, “it didn’t happen in my day”,
And I like to think my day is not over yet, although I have to admit it’s probably gone lunchtime. If I look back on things in terms of
change my day may as well have been another century.
You see, in my day us kids played outside. We, bashed and broke each other, and ourselves but very few of us came to any real
harm. The bruises cuts and grazes, which were the badges of Kiwi childhood, were rarely, if ever, looked upon as possibly the
result of abuse. School bullies didn’t send text messages. Hyperactive children were not diagnosed with a disorder and treated
with Ritalin. They were disciplined and often ended up playing in the First XV. Students were wary of the teachers, the teachers
were not afraid of the students.
In my day a different language was used, inappropriate meant wearing blue socks with a gray tie or swearing in front of your
grandmother. People were; disappointed, sad, grieving, sometimes they were even distraught, but they were never devastated.
Those shot, bombed, maimed or killed by way of military intervention were not described as collateral damage. Asking for a short
black could result in many and various outcomes, none of which were coffee. A civil union was a workers collective who were not
constantly threatening strike action. Graffiti was produced by people who could spell; it often carried a political or social message.
Some was humorous. A full Brazilian was someone whose parents were born in South America, maybe even a short black.
In my day a drivers licence cost next to nothing and was issued for a lifetime, although I’m not sure whose. Many of our politicians
were interesting characters. Would anyone want to go to a dinner party with any of the current lot? We had less labour saving
devices but somehow managed to work less.
In my day the understanding of ‘terrorism’ was defined by the I.R.A. They weren’t too keen on suicide bombing and couldn’t fly
planes. It was a big deal when they actually killed people. Now it’s dozens every week.
In my day we played Rugby for free and rucking was allowed. Cricket players, if they knew they were out, walked without waiting
for the Umpires signal. You could smoke at an R.S.A.
It may be that I am viewing the past through a rose tinted lens of unreliable memory, but it seems that in my day insisting upon
your rights was not encouraged but that earning respect was, and that people cared more and worried less.
I don’t know why it seems that most changes have not been for the better, I accept that change is necessary and that in the
course of my day it’s been a while since breakfast. I’m not too sure where it’s all going or if it’s what they call progress. What I do
know is, It wouldn’t have happened in my day.
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Renowned Furniture Restorer talks of his new
book at The Kauri Museum in Matakohe.
“Furniture of the New Zealand Colonial Era, An Illustrated History 1830 – 1900” could be
considered a rather dry topic for an author’s address. However, when William Cottrell launched
into his speech to the 100 plus Northlanders who had gathered at The Kauri Museum to hear him,
it was obvious that he was speaking with a passion gained from many years of collecting, restoring and advising on New Zealand colonial furniture.
Frustrated by the lack of good references for the serious furniture collector, William became interested in writing a book on early New Zealand furniture. Motivated by a desire to put together a
reference book initially based upon his own collection, he started to compile this amazing book
more than a decade ago. As the unruly notes grew he realized that he was writing a history of
19th Century New Zealand through the home contents of the European settlers.
His own experience in his earlier years of restoring an old villa in Ponsonby, along with collecting
and restoring the furniture to put in it, certainly stood him in good stead to pursue this passion for
When traveling to London and Europe for his big OE, William was in Paris at the time of the Rainbow Warrior affair and had difficulty in getting into the New Zealand Embassy to replace a lost
passport. However he eventually did manage to get in to the Embassy, where he came across a
particularly beautiful colonial table in the Ambassador’s office. His mention of this table lead to
recognition of his skill. On return to London he was fortunate to be able to join David Hordern, a
noted antique restorer, and with a number of New Zealand pieces appearing for restoration, William was assigned the task of working with these New Zealand timbers which differed greatly
from their European counterparts.
The audience at The Kauri Museum hung upon his words and after the many questions had
been answered in his down to earth and chatty manner he stayed to sign copies of his book and
then to talk to the many people who had their own personal questions on New Zealand furniture
It was certainly one of those unique days where a serious subject is made so interesting by the
very passion of the author. His book is no less passionate while providing an excellent reference
for all manner of early New Zealand furniture pieces.
“Furniture of the New Zealand Colonial Era” is available from The Kauri Museum Shop with a
limited number of copies in stock personally signed by the author.
Kaipara District Council seeking Applications for
Now is the time for groups and individuals in the community to get going with those projects that will
restore or improve Kaipara’s natural environment. Maybe you need some assistance from Council’s
Biodiversity Fund to get a project off the back burner.
To give you an idea of what might qualify, past projects are many and varied, and range from east to
west of the district and include:
planting stream banks and fencing coastal bush in Mangawhai
fore dune restoration in Glinks Gully and Omamari
fencing remnant Kauri bush in Hukatere
spraying weeds in regenerating bush blocks in Maungaturoto
fencing of semi coastal revegetation block to keep cattle out and help with the regeneration of the
helping with the ongoing project to protect the Mangawhai sand spit
retiring of a stream bank area and replanting
fencing remnant Kahikatea bush block in Dargaville.
The success of this fund has meant that Council has allocated more money this year with the fund being increased by $5,000 to $15,000. For more information, Council has guidelines and application
forms available from its offices in Dargaville and Kaiwaka, and on its website www.kaipara.govt.nz.
Applications close on Monday 12 March 2007 with decisions being made by Council in April.
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Otamatea High School
P O Box 64 Maungaturoto 0800 682 628
Junior Dux of the School 2006
1st in Year 10 2006: Thomas Scott-Smith
Junior Victor & Victrix Ludorum 2006
Top students in sports 2006
Trent Jones and Renee Russell
IMPORTANT DATES FOR START OF
Stationery will be sold at the school from
9.00am – 3.00pm Thurs 1 Feb
1st in Year 9 2006: Dominique Squires
Wed 31 Jan
PTCA 2nd Hand Uniform Sale in the
school hall 9pm - 3pm
Wed 31Jan – Thurs1 Feb
Leadership Course for all Year 13 students Library 9.00am – 3.00pm
Wed 31 Jan – Thurs 1 Feb. Year 11-13 Students should phone the school to confirm
option subjects. If changes are required,
then appointments must be made to see either Mr Fletcher or Mr Maclennan.
Tues 6 Feb Waitangi Day School closed
Wed 7 Feb Years 7,12 & 13 attend
Buses will run. Students should bring
pen, paper, togs & a towel
Thurs 8 Feb Whole school attends
Please phone the office on 09 4318230 or
0800682 628 for further information or to
make an appointment
Elizabeth Perry Assistant Principal
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HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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Functions: Meetings, Seminars, Celebrations or Farewells – very reasonable rates. Call to discuss.
Wednesday Indoor Sports: Snooker, pool, darts - join us for friendly competition from 6.0pm.
$2 sausage BBQ available to members.
Friday Dining & Social: A relaxed, fun evening. 6 or 7 delicious dinner choices all with veges
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fish/egg & chips; chicken kebabs & rice. $10 or $12, and $4 desserts.
Clubrooms Hours: Wednesdays 6.0pm, Fridays 5.0pm. Applications from NEW MEMBERS
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Enquiries: Ron Manderson, Sec/Treasurer ( 09) 431 9101.
Maungaturoto Squash Club News
Club nights won’t resume for a while but I have spotted
some keen (or silly) people playing at the courts during
the heat of the summer. Well done if that is you, you
will probably start the season off by cleaning up the rest
of us calorie-loading, sofa-sitting, beer-drinking
Club nights won’t start for a while but there are a few
keen players out there so if you are wanting a game just
ring around. The next squash meeting will be held soon
(date unavailable at time of print) so keep your ears
open as we’d love to have more members attending
If it doesn’t hurt then you’re not working hard
If it does hurt then well done, you’re
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
Try before you buy
As from the 1st of June
Is the new Livestock Agent for
To contact Alan please phone
(09) 4317 081
Mobile 027 493 2844
Phone Jenny on 09 431-2826
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MAROHEMO HALL NEWS: February 2007
I hope you made it through the festive season
in one piece and are going to live up to that
New Year’s Resolution of partying more at the
As always the hall is available for hire so give
Ted a call on 4318249.
This year it is our Bi-Annual Dinner and
Dance, a wonderful evening of good
food, good company and dancing cheekto-cheek!
This year we will be holding it slightly
later in the year so as not to clash with
another local event. It will be held on the
14th of April, so pop that date in your diaries now!!!
With Des Chitty playing , Pam Chapman organizing
the catering and Trevor doing the spit, it is a MustAttend Event!!
Full details will be in the next issue of
Committee Meeting to be held on Wednesday the
7th of Feb, 7.30pm at the hall, all welcome.
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
December meeting — Pot Luck Lunch at
Lyn Causir’s home at 11.30 on 13th
A short meeting was held when members
exchanged plants and Christmas Cheer
was donated to help with the upkeep of
’The Avenue of Trees”.
A good number of members and friends
attended and a wonderful lunch was enjoyed.
Though misty rain arrived we could still
walk around this extensive garden.
Lyn had worked very hard to create a
magnificent water feature where once
was a hole in the ground. This was a real
credigt to her.
Next meeting 21st January with a visit to
several local gardens.
Meet at the car park
EXERCISE TO MUSIC
AT THE PAPAROA HALL
Tuesdays 10:30 a.m.
Contact Rose Plunkett
Ph: 431 7418
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
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Phone Bus: 431 8545
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Hot shot possum control system
Here’s a possum control method I’ll bet you’ve never thought of - invite an army-trained
marksman around for dinner.
Then, when you’re having pre-dinner drinks and the dogs go crazy because they’ve seen a
possum, send him outside with a gun. In this case, the possum had made it past the dogs
and clambered onto the roof.
It was from this perch, where it mistakenly thought it was safe, that it peered over the edge
and watched the cavorting dogs.
One tidy gunshot later and the possum was dead as a stone while poor shotgun-shy Kate the
dog was a quivering wreck. She raced inside and attempted to climb onto my lap while I
was perched on a bar stool.
This is the second possum that’s been done in because it got over- confident and poked its
nose over the edge of the roof to watch the dancing dogs.
Disposal via Zimbabwean sharp shooter was much simpler than getting rid of a possum
which, unbeknown to us, had settled into the house.
The door to the back upstairs terrace had been open for several days when I closed it one
cool evening. Then, when I walked upstairs later that night, I found myself eye-to-eye with
a possum who’d been coming and going to his nest.
I shrieked and ran downstairs to get my big strong husband, but by the time he and the gun
came to the rescue, the possum had returned to its day-time hideaway in what we quaintly
call our ‘painting room’, i.e. it’s filled with paint tins among other unmentionable clutter.
We shut the door and it was curtains for the possum when it emerged the next night. Rex
was camped outside with the gun.
Another possum who made this room his home disturbed our guests last summer. It was
shot one evening after he’d jumped from the terrace to a nearby banana palm where he sat
blinking in the torchlight.
Possums also make sophisticated and cosy homes out of leaves on the roof. We hear them
when they make navigation errors and slide down the steep roof. If it’s a really bad mistake
they slide right off, but it’s no big deal as they’re almost indestructible.
One day the farmer was on the roof with a guy who sells mesh to keep leaves out of roof
guttering when they encountered a possum who’d been particularly evasive. Armed with a
wooden club, they went for the possum but it nimbly avoided them, flew through the air,
ducked past the dogs and fled to live another day.
If only our Zimbabwean sharp shooter ** had been here - he’d have got it in mid air with
one neatly-placed shot.
** If you haven’t already guessed, Stuart Duff was on the end of the gun.
Thanks to Rae for her contribution
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WORSEL’S COUNTRY CRITTERS
A Charmed Life
There I was, deadline staring me in the face and I had nothing for the Country Critters column.
I went to see the chooks, they had plenty to say, but nothing that I thought would garner the requisite public interest.
The cat, who I suspect harbours many an interesting secret, laying in a patch of sunlight on the carpet, merely lifted a
disdainful eye and refused to be interviewed.
There was no sense to be got from the dog.
In despair I turned on the radio. The news was on but It was a slow news day. Murder mugging and mayhem were
at an all time low, fewer politicians had said fewer silly things than usual. An item caught my ear:
“Malaysian snake charmer Ali Khan Samsuddin, known for his commanding performances over the last 25 years
has died after being bitten by a King Cobra during a show.”
I knew I was on to something. I rang the Govmt for funding. The public servant who answered said, “We’re not terribly keen on funding Snake stories,” so I had to play my trump card “This is no ordinary snake” I informed her, “he’s a
performer, I think he does hip hop.”
“Oh that’s a different matter then.”
The next day a business class ticket with my name on it and a small truck load of money arrived. In short order I was
winging my way towards the exotic south east Asian city of Kuala Lumpur, home of King Cobra.
One smooth serpent a real cool cobra, he sat coiled languidly upon a silk cushion. Knowing his reputation for being
difficult to interview I was a little nervous. He fixed me with a gangsters steely eye flicked a long tongue across dry
lips and asked, “You from the Pressss,” I nodded aware that since the media treatment of the Garden of Eden affair
many serpents often resented reporters. “Hey I’m on your side,” I told him “I reckon it was the Devil’s fault”
“Yeah man, and you could sell that Eve chick anything.”
“Well then you’d better give me your side of the story”
“Alright G, I’ll tell ya straight, I bit that #####f#### Ali, but he deserved it. He’d been exploiting us snakes for a long
time and do you think it was him and his lousy horn playing the people were coming to see? No way man, It was us
serpents who were the stars of the show. With Rustle Ratler’s rhythm section, and Anna Conda and Vie Purr on
backing we had a real class act, but that didn’t stop him siphoning off the profits while he kept us as virtual prisoners.
He was turnin us into basket cases “His eyes misted over as he reminisced, “ Yeah that Vie was really somethin, as
tidy a piece of asp as your likely to find this side of Egypt. I tell ya we was destined for the big time and we would
have made it to if it weren’t for old Ali. got a message for all the people out there.” With that he started to sway with
that slow rhythm for which he was famous, and began to lay down some rhyme
We play our part
with all our heart
but the man, he only use us.
So we take a stand
We show our fangs
This treatment don’t amuse us
We’re not the least
like other beasts
for no man is our master
if man refuse
to pay his dues
he’s flirtin with disaster
Make no mistake
A snake’s a snake
We slide upon the ground
If we don’t like ya
We will strike ya
So don’t push us around
It feels right
For snakes to bite
It’s what our fangs are for
It is our karma
To bite our charmer
If our charmer, isn’t charming, any-more
could appear here
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What’s on in FEBRUARY
School Term Commences - Primary School
Good Old Days Lunch - Homebuilders
Maungaturoto Business Association
Monthly Meeting - 6.00-pm
Community Centre Hall
Whole School Attends - Otamatea High School
Fashion Parade - Country Club 7.00pm
Coming up in MARCH
Club Car Rally - Country Club 2.00pm
Morgan McArthur - Country Club 7.30pm
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 Thursday morning 9.30am – Paparoa Hall
Mainly Music Tuesdays 10.00am Congregational Church Hall
Indoor Bowls Mondays 7.15pm R.S.A.
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
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