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Maungaturoto, A Real New Zealand Town ‘Gettin’ on with it!’
Issue 112 April 2011
153 Hurndall St Maungaturoto
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Retirement Units For Sale and Rent
The Community Trust wishes to advise, that
vacancies occur from time to time in both the
2BR OYO units and 1BR rentals, situated
within the village in Riverview place,
If you, or you have family interested in this
retirement option, please contact Rest Home
Manager Ph. 431 8696, a name on our waiting
list will ensure you are advised of
Serving the Kaipara area
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.MAUNGATUROTO & SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES
COMES OUT TO SUPPORT LOCAL PLUNKET FUNDRAISING FOR CHRISTCHURCH EARTHQUAKE
Due to the devastating earthquake in Christchurch, Plunket’s
Annual Appeal week was postponed; however Maungaturoto
Plunket went ahead with their planned cake stall on Friday 11th
March. With outstanding support from the local community, a
wonderful effort produced $857.50 with all proceeds going to
the people of Christchurch.
“The generosity of the Maungaturoto Community was humbling, we had people walking off the street with their baked
goods, pickles and jams, donating and saying that it’s a good
thing we are doing” said Shar Dormer, president of the local
Maungaturoto Plunket Committee. Together with this there was
a huge army of bakers who supported this great cause and an
enormous thank you to all of you.
MAUNGATUROTO PUBLIC LIBRARY
BOOKS OF THE MONTH FOR APRIL
MICHAEL CONNELLY – ‘THE REVERSAL”
This ever popular author’s latest thrilling Courtroom drama featuring Detective Harry Bosch will once again be a hit with his
TAMI HOAG – “Secrets to the Grave”
JAMES PATTERSON – “Tick Tock”
“THE KING’S SPEECH” by Mark Logue – Grandson of
Lionel Logue the speech therapist to King George VI. The
book based on the recently discovered diaries of Lionel Logue
by his grandson.
Some of the many people who helped make this day a success
are ; Lynn Tetzner from Matakohe House for her wonderful support with boxes of yummy baking, The Kauri Museum and their MAKE SURE you check out the Northland Library large
staff for their amazing baking and donation of books for sale,
print changeover occurring after 19 April.
Maungaturoto Primary School & PTA for their baking, Bronwyn
Kaire for donating jewelry for sale, 4 Square for their generous
donations of baking goods, Newspapers and radio for free advertising and lastly the entire Plunket Committee members, their
mums, mum in laws, aunts, sisters, friends & family members
for their amazing contribution to the baking for the Cake Stall.
RELOCATED TO THE CRUISER BAR
AND GRILL, PAPAROA
We are pleased to advise that the Matakohe Music Makers' has
been kindly given the use of Laurie and Marie’s wonderful
Cruiser Bar and Grill, and we wish to publicly thank them for
supporting our community in supplying us this wonderful venue.
Our next Matakohe Music Makers night will be on 12 April,
doors open for set up at 7 pm. The Cruiser supplies all refreshments, beer, wine, spirits, tea and coffee. Nibbles are supplied
by the Music makers. There will be no meals supplied by the
Cruiser on these evenings. The Music Makers have their evenings on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. $2entry - there is plenty
Everyone is welcome to come along, bring a friend, to hum,
sing, play or give a poem. In the winter months there is a lovely
warm cheerful fire to keep us all warm.
The Matakohe Music Makers" would like to take this opportunity to thank the Kauri Musuem for allowing us to use the
Gumdiggers Cafe for a couple of months after Gael and Bill
Cullen sold them the Cafe. We have enjoyed 4 successful years
at the Gumdiggers and we are hoping to continue for another 4
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MAUNGATUROTO GARDEN CLUB
GARDEN NOTES FOR APRIL 2011
On Wednesday, 16 March members met at Nikau Grove in
Whaka Street, the first of the 3 properties to visit. Owned
by the Judd family in the late 1800’s as part of their home,
it was donated to the town. Members wandered along cool,
sheltered paths enjoying the 40ft tree canopy above and
masses of nikau saplings below.
This is the month for a tidy up of summer annuals
and perennials. This is the last chance to plant daffodils, jonquils and other spring flowering bulbs.
Also rose cuttings will root well this month. Plant cuttings of evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs.
We then visited Anne Squires’ garden at Woodlands and
admired the strategic planting of native shrubs and trees
for wind-shelter and privacy, whilst maintaining her
Thirdly, Rose Robertstein’s beautifully set out garden,
with abundant shrubs and immaculate decks were enjoyed
almost as much as her delicious baking!
Members were most grateful to Anne and Rose.
Add fresh potting mix to your container plants and
put them out in warm sunny situations.
Lift late crops of potatoes and kumeras. Store
pumpkins and inspect occasionally for decay. Plant
spinach and winter growing varieties of lettuces.
Apart from late varieties of apples, most pip and
stone fruit have been harvested. Gather fruit as it
matures and pick up diseased fruit.
Prepare ground for strawberries and plant in rich free
Next month on 20 April, meet at the Ambulance Station at draining soils with plenty of compost.
9.00 to commence a Garden Ramble at Mangawhai. Bring
(Garden hints from Maungaturoto Garden Club)
0-5 YRS MUSIC & MOVEMENT
FOLLOWED BY MORNING TEA
CONTACT ELAINE 431-8317
Or RUTH 431-8491
Maungaturoto Congregational Church
($2 donation per family please)
THE CRUISER BAR
Main Road Paparoa
Open Wednesday to Sunday
Five til late
Inside and outside seating
Friendly Service and affordable meals
Available for private functions
Phone 09 431 6918
Rural and Residential
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Mobile 027 493 2844
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LOCATING LOST BOUNDARY PEGS
CALL KEN ON 09-4318705
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Every journey of a
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with one step
- Chinese Proverb
Linking Hands Inc
Hello to you all for March can’t believe it’s already 3 months
into the year.
Linking Hands wish to send a great big thank you….yet
again…..to our wonderful community for the support, commiserations and donations that have come in since we had the burglary. The money that was stolen was from donations from clients and Koha from our internet service. The very generous donations we have been given have again made us feel very humbled and the team at Linking Hands send a very big hug to you
Aqua aerobics now twice weekly if we can get enough people to
go on a Monday…please phone if you’re interested in joining a
That’s about all this month and if you need more information
about anything just give us a call at 09 4318969. Have a great
month. Regards Maureen Davis.
Paparoa Golf Club is open all the year
We provide affordable golf through sub
and green fees
What a great place this is with people like you.
We have good news regarding our SAFE project (Supa outings
for the elderly). We have received funding for this project and
are very excited to be able to offer this outing to the elderly…so
here goes with our first one in March.
Thursday 17th march…which happens to be St Patrick’s
The Club Prides itself on good club spirit.
Club Day 10 am Every Sunday
Where to find us: Sign posted on Golden
Stairs Rd onto Maungaturoto Gorge Rd =
Golden Stairs Rd onto Paparoa-Oakleigh
Linking Hands will take 7 people in the health Shuttle leaves
Maungaturoto at 1pm and proceeds to a mystery destination
where we will visit a place of interest and then we will take you
to a delightful afternoon tea…also a mystery at this stage.
Contact us on
We know of course where we will take you but we are not going
to tell you or it wouldn’t be a surprise.
09 431 8585 or 09 431 8597
You will be brought back at approx 3.30pm with renewed energy and memories of a delightful afternoon.
There is limited space on the Shuttle so you must phone us to
book the trip
Phone us at 4318969 and we will take first in first serve.
If you miss out on March trip your name will be put in for the
We look forward to your call it will be a great day out.
The shuttle is all fixed and back in service again and great to
have her back on the road, we are getting busier and busier and
can hardly handle the crowds some days but this is great that
you are all using us, it makes for great statistics and should help
us to get more funding when we can prove to the funders that
there is such a great need for this service in our community.
All our other services are going great… our internet is well used
also our book shop is doing great with books coming in and out
and I am delighted to say helping us to pay the rent which is a
So keep those books and DVD’s and videos coming in folks.
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God, before, during and after, every
disaster in our lives.
Essentially, God is Spirit, unlimited to form or space or time;
God is Life, life is a quality inherent in God Himself. All life is
sourced and derived from Him. God is perfect, meaning He is
complete in all respects and is lacking in nothing. He is totally
flawless. He exists in a state of absolute excellence. He is completely correct and accurate. God is Unique. He stands alone.
There is no one like Him – He is peerless and matchless, exalted
above His creation. God is eternal, He is now, always has been
and will be forever. He has no beginning and no end. He is the
uncaused cause of all things.
Flowing out of the five essence of God are other attributes that
are true of God, as revealed in the Bible. He is Holy, meaning
He is morally excellent, perfectly pure and absolutely separate
from sin and evil. Holiness is that which makes God divinely
and distinctly different from all others. God is Transcendent,
that He is higher than and above all His creation. Except as God
chooses to reveal Himself, He is incomprehensible and unapproachable. God is Self-sufficient, that He perpetually exists in
and of Himself and is therefore independent, self-sufficient and
has no need of anyone or anything. God is Infinite, that he is
free from all limitations; He knows and has no restrictions. His
attributes cannot be exhausted or strained. God is immutable,
that He cannot change for better or for worse; nothing can add to
or subtracted from God. He is not subject to anyone or anything.
God is Omnipotent, that He inherently possesses and exercises
all power, ability and strength. God is Omnipresent, that everywhere is in the presence of God. There is no where we can go
where God is not. God is Omniscient, that God knows and understands all things, events and people past, present and future,
possible or potential that have been, are now, will be, might be,
or could have been. Nothing is beyond God’s knowledge. God is
Sovereign, that because of who He is, God has both the authority, right and power to rule over and control all things in accordance to His perfect will. God is Faithful, that His actions and
attitudes are always consistent with His character and He always
keeps His promise. He is equally faithful to His promises of
blessing and judgement. God is Love. Love is that demonstration
of God’s character by which He voluntarily commits Himself to
always seeking the highest good of others. God is Light. Light
demonstrating God’s character by which He reveals a true
knowledge of His salvation and His absolute moral purity. God
is Truth, that everything God says and does conforms perfectly
to ultimate reality. What He says and does is absolutely correct,
accurate and reliable. God is Good, that He is inherently Good
and always acts for the right motive seeking to accomplish that
result which is beneficial, profitable, useful and appropriate from
His perspective. God never seeks to bring about bad results. God
is Wise, that God alone understands all things and knows how to
skilfully, perfectly and appropriately apply that knowledge to
life in order to accomplish the desired results. Wisdom is knowledge fully understood and skilfully applied. God is Just, that He
always deals equitably with all men by holding them accountable to Himself and to the same standard, while rewarding the
righteous and punishing the wicked. God shows no partiality.
God is Merciful. Mercy is God compassionately withholding
what we rightfully deserve because of our sin. God is Gracious.
Grace is God freely and generously giving to us what we do not
rightfully deserve. God is Wrathful. Wrath is God’s righteous
anger at and settled disposition against sin and wicked people.
God is Forgiving. Forgiveness is God not holding us responsible
for the penalty for our sins because Christ has paid the penalty
for us. God is Patient. Patience is God’s self-restraint to judge
sin because of His desire for people to repent and be saved. God
is Righteous, that He is always right and always acts in perfect
accord with His holy character. (Get the Bible verses from me if
you want to follow –up).
It is human nature to try and understand bad situations in our
lives (which we do not often bother to do when good things are
happening to us), seeking answers and explanations as we strive
to come to terms with it and find a place of solace. It is human
nature too, to look for a supernatural intervention, explanation
and a way out when the natural world, the man-made world, the
intellectual / scientific world that we know so well, only shows
hostility, violence and destruction – God, where are you? It is
very much human also that when we do not have the answers, or
/ and in the way we expect them, prefer them, that suits us, we
often discard or even oppose them.
God is often on trial - prosecuted, defended and judged by both
Christians and non- Christians alike in every kind of disaster.
To the human detriment, we even discard God as uninvolved and
non-existent. In doing so we put ourselves at the mercy of the
defects in our natural and human world.
It is beyond human understanding to try and put together or
correlate the interlocking character of God described above. And
we are only talking about those things that God has revealed of
Himself through the Bible- the tip of the Iceberg, as it were.
There is more of and about God we do not need to know now.
Rather than putting Him on trial as if He is in the wrong and we
are in the right (or discarding His presence) because of our limited understanding of His involvement, (according to His nature,
character and will) in such situation, why not take the step of
faith and seek Him. “… because anyone who comes to him
must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6). The Bible is full of incidences
of earthquakes where God is directly involved. God may give to
you an answer that will satisfy your need of Him facing such
crises. How often do we (or do we not) focus on God’s part in
what we call natural disasters – even repentance and confession
of our sins is the step to salvation, deliverance, healing, restoration and being made whole and made anew. Only God can do
Meshach L Adomea
Otamatea Cooperating Parish.
This is one of those years when Easter and
Anzac celebrations share the same Sunday.,
April 24th. Our Easter/Anzac Service on the
Theme of “Love U ”! – Love Ultimate,
Unlimited, Unmatched and Unconditional is in
Pictures, Displays, Stories, Memories and
Thanksgiving will mark the day followed by a
Sunday April 24th
Sunday Service at 10.00 am
Paparoa Community Church
Pukearenga Te Kōhanga Reo
Tēnā rā koutou i runga i ngā ahuatanga o te wā. Auē te tangi, e
pūpū ake nei. Ka tuku aroha ki ngā whanauka kei Otautahi me
Hapani. Haere te waka wairua ki te kāinga tūturu, ā, ki ngā waihotanga, kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui.
The first kaupapa that we looked at this month was the Kaipara
awa in following with the topic, ko wai au? In week 5 the tamariki had fun learning about waka. Then we looked at whānau,
hapū, iwi and Rongomātāne. At the moment the tamariki are
learning about the marae, different roles on the marae and the
different parts of the whare tupuna and their significance. We
will be visiting different marae as part of this topic study.
As a kōhanga Reo we not only educate our whānau in terms of
knowledge. We also try to instil values like manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga and aroha. In accordance with these values we have
begun raising putea for our
whānau in Christchurch still struggling to come to terms with the
tragic earthquake. Last week we raised $107 in a sausage sizzle.
Over the following weeks we will continue to raise funds. We
are asking for any donations for a silent auction that will be finalised on Monday 28th March at 7pm. Already whānau have donated taonga and we thank you for your efforts. We look forward to informing you of our fundraising efforts.
are not able to be trimmed and food can only be trimmed so
much. Petrol is an essential when one lives in a rural area. Yes,
I know that some people still spend money on things that aren’t
absolutely necessary but as most of us can testify it is very difficult to live without a few of those ‘extras’ to make life a bit more
For your information this is the list of those who make Food
Bank possible. Care and Share, Ararua Church, St David Church,
the Catholic Church.
Along with these good folk we add the Lions Paparoa, J Logan
Campbell Trust, Sky City, and most recently the ANZ.
Then of course there are the generous folk of this community,
one of whom just called in to the Community house with a bag of
goods and those who put goods into the Blue Box at Four Square.
We have been trialing a new way to dispense Food parcels by
working with Four Square Maungaturoto, this seems to be working well.
The Food Bank is available to anyone who is in financial difficulty, we do need to have limits and a process but we try to keep
this as simple as possible.
Next month I will explain how our free Counselling Service
works, we are available to anyone in the community, including
any visitors from Christchurch who would like to have someone
to talk with.
The pou that is our focus during this month is Te Reo Māori.
We ratified our policy that Te Reo is only spoken to our tamariki For now Blessings from
here at Pukearenga Te Kōhanga Reo. This is possible only if our Denise and the Team
whānau agree to make a commitment to retaining our reo as a
taonga and this is shown by the many who regularly attend
classes in order to improve their Māori skills. Tau kē!
Last month the pou or principle that our whānau focused on was
auahi kore; no smoking. To help whānau, a quit smoking advocate came to talk about the assistance that she can give. Ngā
mihi nunui ki a koe Jeanette. Jeanette Nathan is an Aukati Kai
Paipa Quit Coach from Te Ha Oranga and is always keen to help
people improve their health by quitting smoking.
This month we had to say haere rā to a valued whānau that
moved home to Kaitaia. Casey me āu tamariki, kia hora te marino, kia whakapapa te moana, kia hora te kārohirohi.
I thought this month I would like to tell you a bit about the Food
When I arrived here almost 4 years ago Homebuilders used to
give out about 30 parcels a year. This has escalated to well over
100 parcels a year.
Times have become very difficult for many families as prices
rise and wages don’t keep pace. When I first arrived our Food
Bank clients were almost all beneficiaries, where as now we
seem to have a call on us from people who simply cannot earn
enough money to live.
It is easy to say people need to ‘trim their budget’ but mortgages
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Forget the coffee! There’s a possum in my
Mid morning....nice hot day. Still a coffee is always required
around 10.30 am in the morning or so. Then the crunch of car
tyres on the driveway = visitor = my mother getting out of her
car with her pyjamas still on. The reason - her dunny door was
open. The old dunny which is now a garden shed that holds my
mother's pots and garden tools. The thunder box still there but
covered up. Still - it's a dunny.
Jottings from the Otamatea
Grey Power February Meeting
The first meeting of the year of the Otamatea Grey Power was
held on February 23rd 2011 in the Anglican Church Hall (The
Footprints Room.) It was well attended by over twenty people.
It was good to be able to announce that we have enough paid-up
members and are now an Incorporated Society in our own right.
As with all long since disused dunnies, sooner or later, it becomes the perfect place for the habitation of nocturnal furry
creatures known by the initials R.M.S or Rotten Marsupial Sods. There was interesting discussion on the ACC Levy charge in
vehicle registration. It was felt generally that seniors should get
Also referred to by normal people as Australian Brush-tailed
a reduced rate, because they don’t have the most accidents. AlPossum.
ternatively there should be available an addition to the benefits.
I made her a cup of tea of course, while she told me about what This is currently being handled at a higher level of Grey Power.
was sitting above the old dunny door, grey fur sticking out in all
directions glaring coldly back at the human being still blinking
away the night's sleep to commence with diurnal activities - like
having breakfast. Breakfast time is not supposed to be interrupted by the spotting of dunny doors mysteriously being left
open when the day before it was closed.
So there we are, with me forgetting completely about the coffee,
in discussion about how we would deal with said RMS in my
mother's dunny. She offered to put out the trap. That would be
fine, but the thing would only cause damage to the trees and
garden, before its greed got the better of it and it ended up in the
trap stone cold dead in the morning. Pulling out stiff RMS out of
a Timms Trap is at times a mission to extract the thing. A few
hard shakes is what it usually takes to yank them out of there.
A trap is one solution - but, I had a much better, and more instant solution to dealing with the hairy pest in my mother's
dunny. Outside looking on, was of course the Village Idiot dog
Simon. He loves to hunt possums...and everything else he can
find unfortunately. But..he was the best solution for the hairy
sod in the dunny. So my mother went back up to her place
locked up her cats while yours truly put the lead on the dog and
walked up the hill in the wake of her departure.
Get up there - look in the dunny - no possum? Dog however was
on the scent sniffing around knocking over garden forks and
pots to try to figure out where RMS was hiding. So I shoved my
cattle stick into the bits and pieces. Next thing out flies RMS
with grey fur sticking right out, the well sharpened claws out for
a rumble in the jungle type conflict - before it sprinted straight
up into the rafter.
There it sat, hissing, the grey fur now standing out in vertical
formation. It sure didn't appreciate the hard shove from the cattle
stick in its face. By now, dog was trying to nab the RMS. One
more shove in the furry face had the thing dropping and dog
Dog ended RMS there and then - much to my mother's relief.
One less TB carrying pest on the farm, one less eating our trees
and our wildlife. I hate possums - dog just thinks they're dinner.
Now where's that coffee I forgot about.
- Mad Bush Farm
It was discussed, and decided, that from the March meeting, we
would have a Trading Table. This can either be for the benefit
of the person selling the goods, or for a donation to the church
for the use of the hall. Bring along any goods or produce that
you would like to sell.
After the meeting and discussion closed we had a lovely afternoon tea, provided by the committee members. Thank you to
the members who provided this.
Our next meeting will be 30th March. The April meeting will
be 27th at 2pm.
We will continue to have our meetings on the last Wednesday of
the month in the Footprints Room at 2pm.
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Well hello to you all and wonderful news this month so here
First of the good news is our Gardening environmental course
has started with North Tech and so far its going great.
anyone has any little ride on toys and would like to donate them
we could teach the kids about road rules….as I said it gets better
Those of you that play facebook games will know all about setting up a town only we are doing it in the real world. So come
along and have a look and if you have any ideas we would love
to hear them.
Our markets have come to an end now with summer on its way
Some amazing changes have started to take place and if you are out and we will reopen our fortnightly markets again at Labour
passing by the old Paparoa Bowling club, which is our home, you weekend.
will notice the changes.
We have also received funding for administration and commuWe now have a lovely new polyhouse and much work has been nity awareness so you will soon see a lovely big sign going up to
keep you informed of our workshops and all our other upcoming
done in and around our community garden project.
The vegetables that our children’s group planted along with
some adults are coming along lovely with this much needed rain Meantime have a great April…regards Maureen
and some of our local families have benefited by some fresh
CHILDREN RELISH THEIR DAY IN
Two of the students on the course have taken responsibility for
the community garden and we are always on the lookout for
other keen gardeners to get involved to keep this garden project
Maungaturoto has celebrated Children’s Day with every year better than
going. The old bowlers will get such a surprise when they see the the last, and this year was no different with the Children’s Day being
old car park turning into a lovely community garden which will
described as “simply the best Children’s Day in Maungaturoto ever”!!!
help many people in our communities.
Children’s Day was instigated in the year 2000 with the aim of providNext exciting thing is we now have our first little playhouse on
site. We are setting up a little street of children’s playhouses that
will be used not only for fun play but will help to teach our children about the basic things in life they will need to know as they
The first of our houses is a bank… Funding has been provided
by The rural communities Trust and they have purchased the
bank building so that is what it is called.
The rural Communities Bank will be painted with their logo and
possibly the colours they work with, we are waiting confirmation
on that. We have had some items donated towards this bank by
some lovely locals who think its great.
We are presently making up deposit slips for the children to
bank and little savings books for them to fill in and we are intending to use monopoly money for them to play with. The little
bank arrived on Friday the 19th march and has already proved a
hit by several children.
ing a day for children to celebrate being children and this year was no
different for the kids of Maungaturoto. ,
Over 120 children, together with their parents, grandparents and caregivers all enjoyed a couple of hours of entertainment organized superbly
by the local Plunket committee. With a sea of balloons, fun and laughter
at every turn it was a remarkable sight to see so many happy young
In order to make this day as successful as it was, the tremendous support from local and regional community groups and companies was
vital. A huge thank you to:
St John for supplying the colouring competition
Mainly Music for a wonderful music session & spot prizes
Primary School PTA and Tina Holst for the healthy fruit
TransSpread for printing all the flyers
Maungaturoto Play Centre, Emma & Linda for supplying the playdough & playdough table and the great toys & facepainters galore!
Fonterra for supplying yummy yoghurt & milk
Small Poppies for the amazing face painting & bouncy castle for
We are looking at approaching several local business groups and • Children’s Day Org, S.K.I.P, Huggies, Eco Store, Child Youth &
Family Services for all the wonderful products used in the goodie bags.
clubs to help finance a little house of their choice and it will be
named after them and called whatever they choose it to be. We
• Flannigan Family for organising the Bouncy Castle for the over 5’s
want to have a Marai building, a church, A post office, a corner
• Epic Kids for a brilliant craft table
dairy, a supermarket, maybe a service station, etc. We could go
on and on with all of the fun ideas we have to set up a little street • Sport Northland for the yummy spot prizes and activities
of business buildings and educate our children along with play
• Scouts for running the Sausage Sizzle
what the little towns we live in are all about….maybe we could
Local newspapers and radio for running free advertisements
set up a dairy factory…what about the warehouse…where everyone gets a bargain…can you imagine that…..what about a milkThank you to Cynthia Keay & May Seager for their support, the
ing shed… and a school…..as I said we do go on.
entire Plunket committee (and their partners) and lastly & most
importantly thank you to the children and their families for comWe would love to see the public get involved and we have asked ing along and enjoying the day celebrating our nation’s treasure –
some locals to help by donating little things we need on the
Our Children !
street, like a postbox, a street sign. Maybe some traffic lights. If
If it’s concrete we do it
Full preparation and pour by
experienced local team
Subfloors Sheds Driveways Patios
Also retainer walls and fences
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 Karlene Storey
(09) 431 8890
Brand New Infant Seats Now Available for hire
1.6 Ton Digger Available & Light
Phil Keen Contractors
027 659 2376
First Thursday of the month
10am to Midday
-Plunket Rooms, Hurndall St Maungaturoto
All are welcome to attend our friendly coffee
For further info contact our Coffee Morning
Co-ordinator Jodie 09 4319 090
OTAMATEA DAY CAMPS ARE
Yes you can whip out those calendars and mark Day
Camps dates on it… Tuesday 19th through to Thursday 21st of April. The ball is rolling and organization
is under way. It will run much the same way as last
year. But I hear some of you out there saying, what is
Day Camp? Let me explain.
Day Camp is an event run by the local churches for 6
– 12 year olds. It is set at a location on Station Road
where we set up a huge marquee, hire portaloos, set
up campfires, build huts in the bush (according to the
building regulations of course!!), entertain well over
120 children with bible songs and dramas then let
them loose into electives that range from horse riding
to dam building to archery to numerous crafts and
many more. They are picked up by buses from various
locations around the area and taken to the site then at
the end of the day bused back to the drop off points
only to return the next day for more fun and excitement with not a play station in sight. This goes on for
3 whole days with the 3rd day ending in a bbq for all
the families to come and see what their darlings have
been up too. A very broad outline of course but a
taste never the least.
Pamphlets and registrations will be out sometime soon
and can be picked up from the local schools offices,
Paparoa Drapery or Homebuilders in Maungaturoto.
If you would like to know more about this wonderful
event you can contact Ruth Rosser 4318491 or Debbie
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The Maungaturoto Business Association puts
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That the Maungaturoto Business Association is
to amalgamate with Real Town Maungaturoto
Both AGM'S are to be held at the Maungaturoto Country Club on Wednesday 13th April
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The Tennis coach from Tennis Northland is returning to Paparoa
Tennis Club on Saturday 26 March. Beginners at 9.30am.
Intermediate skill level at 10.30am and Advanced players at
11.30am. Children and adults welcome. Please contact Sue
Skelton 4316 224 if unsure which group to attend. $2 each
player to help cover costs.
Adults daytime tennis is now on Thursday mornings from 10 –
12 midday. Lots of fun, all levels of skill welcome.
enjoyed the activities there.
The Keas (6-8 years) have been also visited the Bird Park and
had a great time playing Japanese Golf and seeing the animal
life. In addition to this they have worked towards their Road
Our thanks go to Gary Morris for making both groups so welcome at the Bird Park.
Our Cub Pack (Mondays 4.30pm) have enjoyed a range of activities including creating gifts for Valentines Day, making and
cooking on campfires and gaining their swimming badges.
Paparoa Badminton Our thanks to Frances Vincent for all she does for us. Frances is
Badminton will start again in the Paparoa Hall from beginning
of term 2. First session will be Thursday 5 May. Kids year 5 and stepping down from Cubs in the near future and we need a new
up 5.30pm – 7.00pm. Adults 7.00 -9.00pm. All welcome. Con- leader – could this be you? We offer plenty of support and very
professional training, no experience is required just enthusiasm
tact Pete 4316 822
and enjoying spending time with children aged 8-10 years old.
Scrap Metal Drive The Paparoa Sports and Recreation Association is still collecting If you would like to find out more about your children joining
scrap metal for the upgrade of the Sports Pavilion. Anyone who or if you are interested in becoming a Leader please contact
has any scrap metal to donate please contact Pete or Libby to
Eileen Parsons 431 8055 or Alison Cadman 431 8860 acadarrange pick up. Ph 4316 822
Maungaturoto Primary School Kaipara Knights Soccer
We would like to start by thanking Plunket for organising
such a great event for our children on March 6th. Many
Hello to everybody
Primary School families attended and thoroughly enjoyed
the range of activities
Soccer season is coming and we are taking names of people
interested in playing for the Kaipara Knights Soccer Club.
The season kicks off on Saturday, 7th May. All games are
We have been busy looking forward to the next year: we played at Port Albert every Saturday with games starting at 9am
have discos, a pizza drive, the Fun Run and plenty of
going through to about 12 noon.
other events in the pipeline to raise money, as well as
our usual efforts to support the school on occasions such We are taking names now so we can work out how many teams
as Pet and Show Day.
we can field. The grades are: under six, under eight, under 10,
under 12, under 14, under 16 – perhaps under 18 or those older
If you want to see pictures of our trial ride earlier in
players can go into the open grade.
the year, go and visit:
As well as players, we are looking for people willing to coach,
manage or help with running the club. This is a great way to be
You can buy a complete DVD with all these great photos involved with a fun, healthy activity.
(850 images) for just $10 contact Tina Holst on 19 431
8180 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
So, please get talking with your friends, neighbours, people you
pass in the street about joining in.
Our AGM is on Tuesday 5th April at 7.30pm in the staffroom, all are welcome to attend.
April 2, FINAL REGISTRATION DAY 10-11am at the
Kaiwaka Sports Complex. All registrations can be sent in before that date or presented to club officials by that date.
Maungaturoto Scout Group
The exciting news for our group this year is that, thanks to
Graeme Stevenson, we have started up a Scout Troop (Tuesdays
5.30pm). So far the children (aged 10-15) have enjoyed learning
archery, kite flying and compass reading amongst other things.
They all cycled down to our Local Bird Park one evening and
Kaipara Knights Soccer Club vice-president
(09) 4318494, (021) 238 5328
Call in at GAS Maungaturoto for your application form, or
phone us on 431 8174 and we will post an application for to
NEWS FROM ST JOHN AMBULANCE
09 4318 403 or 0212316836
Contacts: Stephen Rosser, Maungaturoto/Kaiwaka
Operations Team Manager,
Leigh Knightbridge, Assistant Team Manager
different seeing the reality, rather than watching it on television. Driving was also a challenge. Some of the roads
were extensively damaged, and on two occasions we went
to a job, only to find the road had been closed while we
were there, so we had to figure out a different way out!
Finding our way around a strange city, with many roads
Tuesday 7.30pm (during school term.
Third Tuesday of the month training is at Kaiwaka sta- impassable, certainly was a challenge.
We arrived by bus back to camp at 7.30pm each evening to
a beautiful two course meal cooked by ladies from the local
community, who also did washing for anyone who needed
We attended 60 call outs in February, which was the same it done. My accommodation was in an old caravan, with
no power or water, but I was so tired each night I hardly
as February last year. 43 of these were medical calls, and
17 were accidents. Unfortunately we have had to stand our noticed!
vehicle down two nights over the last month, due to no volA local real-estate firm was in the car park each day with a
unteers being available. In light of the recent disasters,
bar-b-que cooking meals – breakfast when we arrived, and
maybe it is time to think about becoming a volunteer.
the food seemed to continue all day. Seemingly endless
supplies of baking arrived – I was too scared to weigh myChristchurch Earthquake
self when I got home! The hospitality was just incredible
everywhere. It was a very emotional experience seeing
Four our staff were called on to help in Christchurch as
how everyone pulled together during this terrible time. It
volunteers. St John has been making an extra 150 staff
available every day, manning 30 extra ambulances from the was an experience I will never forget.
South Island. For the next two weeks, two staff will be
sent from Northland. There has been a huge increase in the The real hero’s of this disaster, however, were the wonderful volunteers at our station at home who did many extra
day to day workload, with a large number of chest pains,
respiratory problems, physciatric patients and stress related shifts to keep our ambulance on the road while we were
away. Thank you so much, it was really appreciated.
This was a very memorable experience. I flew down and
back on a RNZAF plane, which was an experience in itself! We were put up at a youth camp in Waddington, approximately 60 kilometers out of Christchurch.
We now have 53 Youth members. If you are interested in
joining, please contact our Divisional Youth Manager Jodie
The hospitality there was wonderful. I was up at 4.30am
Hosford on 4319 090
each morning to catch a bus into central Christchurch,
where we worked out of a car park that was being used as IMPORTANT NOTICE - Public Events
the ambulance station. Christchurch ambulance station had
been condemned, so everything was outside! This worked Due to OSH and insurance regulations, our Public Events
quite well for the first day I was there, as it was fine. After now have to be logged on to the National Events Managethat it was not so pleasant! I experienced my first Canter- ment System. This means anyone requiring Ambulance or
First Aid attendance at an event, must book this at least two
bury nor-wester, and the dust from the liquefaction was
weeks prior to the event (preferably sooner than this).
It was like a very very fine black sand that created a haze,
and got into absolutely everything! We wore masks and
goggles, and my white shirts will never be the same again!
It was also an issue keeping vehicles running. Mechanics
were full time cleaning out the air filters in an effort to
keep them on the road. I have never seen an ambulance in
the state they were in on the inside either – the dust was
everywhere, and no matter how hard I tried, it never
seemed to look any different!
The devastation was heart-wrenching – it certainly was
This can be done through Stephen at the station, or our
events coordinator Donna Vincent Phone Number
You may notice the Community Directory isn’t in the
Matters. This is because I’m redoing our directory to
make it easier to locate the organisations we have
listed plus we have several new additions.
I’d like to say a huge thank you to Linda Little for all
of her time and help she has put into helping with
the matters. Sadly she’s leaving us and will be much
All the best Linda to you and your family from all of
us here at the Maungaturoto Matters
The Matters is also in digital format and can be accessed via
There are also some great photos of the recent
Maungaturoto Junior Touch Rugby Tournament to
check out. Take a look this is your community blog.
If you have an item drop me a line love to hear from
All the best to everyone
FOR THE MAY
EDITION OF THE
PLEASE CALL ANNE
ON 09 431 8329
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