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Maungaturoto, A Real New Zealand Town ‘Gettin’ on with it!’
Issue 86 November 08
New trail ride opens 80km of tracks at Maungaturoto
A new motocross trail ride near Maungaturoto next
month will give riders of all abilities access to 80km
of tracks through farms and forestry.
The event’s central location - a few kilometres off
State Highway One - means the trail ride could attract
around 500 people, including children, from WhangaThe Maungaturoto Country Club Trail Ride on Satur- rei and further north, throughout the Kaipara and
day, November 29 will enable riders to travel across Rodney districts, and from Auckland.
five farms and through pine forest on tracks which
The trail ride will commence at Smales Farms on
are suitable for both motocross and quad bikes.
Golden Stairs Rd, 8.5km from Maungaturoto. The
At 80km, the track is twice as long as most trail ride route will be signposted from State Highway One at
the south side of the Brynderwyns.
tracks. It comprises two separate tracks of similar
lengths. Riders can complete one or both.
Country Club members Shay Hawken and Brett
Coates say the trail ride will be great for anyone who
always wanted to have a go at trail riding and also for
people who’re already hooked on the sport and want
to have some challenging fun.
They hope the track will offer some of the best offroad riding around.
“Trail rides offer families an opportunity to have fun
and enjoy a great day out together,” says Brett
The tracks will open at 9am and close at 2.30pm.
The entry fees are: Adults - $30, Children under 16 $20, Families - $70.
There will be a mini track for children and food will
be available all day. Riders are required to wear helmets and suitable footwear.
The Maungaturoto Country Club, which will benefit
from the fundraiser, is a sports and social complex
operated by volunteers. It has several affiliated clubs,
including the Maungaturoto Motocross Club which
hosts meets on the first Sunday of each month.
Shay Hawken says a group of people came up with
the idea having a trail ride in the area.
For more information on the trail ride contact Shay
Hawken 09 4316 698 or hawkenhot“We all wanted to do one. We started with Mike and firstname.lastname@example.org or Brett Coates on 09 4318 720.
Karen Smales then talked to the forestry people and
another four farmers so the ride linked up. It all came
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Shopping Appointments etc.
Leave 9.00am and return approx. 3.30 – 4.00pm
For information on 2008 trips
Please phone 431 8059
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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 Debbie Ph. 431 8696, a name on our
waiting list will ensure you are advised of
Serving the Kaipara area
Ph: 0800 4 Floors
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Notice of ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING to be held
Wednesday, 5th November 2008 @ 7pm
To be held at the Maungaturoto Community Hall,
Hurndall Street, Maungaturoto. Refreshments will
All interested community minded persons and business persons are welcome.
Thanks to those who attended the Open Forum on 29
Sept. Generally this round of community consultation
was not well attended by the public. Council would
like to hear of any ideas the public have on ways of
improving these contacts with the community. Please
feel free to contact myself or council direct.
Maungaturoto Wastewater Upgrade
The works for this project have commenced.
The membrane technology is being supplied by Canadian Pacific Limited and the civil works contract has
been awarded to Kaipara company, Harrison Contracting Ltd. Work is starting this October and should
be complete by February 09. The plant should be fully
operational by April.
Harrison’s are raising the walls of the storage pond to
provide extra capacity and developing the site for the
membrane filtration plan. A new discharge consent
has been issued by Northland Regional Council.
Maungaturoto Water Supply
There have been a few problems with water supply
lately but hopefully have not caused too much inconvenience. The pipelines are old and fragile. The pump
station at Brynderwyn has been upgraded and is waiting on electrical connections .
Upgrades to the reticulation have been delayed due
to a fault in the leak detection equipment but this is
now rectified. The Ministry of Health has approved
the Public Health Risk Management Plan for Maungaturoto and council has applied for funding to upgrade
the water supply from the capital Assistance Programme.
If you have any concerns please contact myself or
It is good to see so many of the new blue numbers
appearing on gateposts. If you have not received your
number please let council know.
The next dates for recycling collection are Monday 3
and 17 November. The bags are available from your
normal blue bag retailer.
Cr. Graham Taylor
PIANO - KEYBOARD
GUITAR - VOCAL
If you have a sound knowledge of music
You can play either, piano, keyboard, guitar, recorder
You have a pleasant personality
You would like to work from home or local schools
We need teachers in your area
Phone Alexis Westlake
09 433 0298
NZ Modern School of Music
Has come to your area
SeniorNet has come to your area in the guise
of SeniorNet Mangawhai Inc
No need anymore to travel to Dargaville,
Warkworth or Whangarei.
Open to Seniors over 50 years old, to over 90
years old, able or disabled. If you feel you want to
learn how to use the computer to keep in touch with
family and friends, SeniorNet can help.
SeniorNet is Oldies teaching Oldies how to
use the computer at Your pace. No speed teaching
here, and we have a lot of fun doing it. We have
structured courses with notes that you keep for future
reference (If you forget how to do something, which
we all do).
SeniorNet Mangawhai Inc. is a non profit,
charitable organization Run entirely by volunteers –
even the Tutors are volunteers.
Fees are charged for: - Membership of the society ($20.00 per head per year),
($5.00 per head for each workshop), -Four week
courses ($25.00 per head) and -Eight week courses
($45.00 per Head). These fees are all used to pay for
all the overheads that all businesses have - except
Try our website (we share one with Warkworth for now until we get our own)
www.seniornetwarkworth.org.nz and find our page.
If you want to find out more, come and talk to
our members at the Senior Citizens Hall, Fagan Plc,
Mangawhai Heads on Friday 31st October at 2 pm.
We are having a Workshop about “TradeMe”, and
how easy it is to buy and sell using your home
PC, presented by Howard Annan, from Warkworth
SeniorNet ($5.00 per person)
For further information on
SeniorNet Mangawhai, give the Chairman,
Neville Andrew, a ring on 4318191 or Tony Mundell,
one of our Tutors, on 4318169 (no toll calls, we are
on your side of State Highway 1).
SeniorNet Mangawhai Inc.
The value of our lives is not measures in dollars and cents and
material things we possess, but in the quality and quantity of love,
peace, kindness, gentleness, patience, meekness, self control
money can’t buy, nor facilitated by money. These are given
“Finance system on edge of meltdown” that
not by the church or any religious thing we do, but developed in
the relationship we have with Jesus. His Spirit in us grows these
This is a warning from the head of the International Monetary
his characters. (Ephesians 5:22). These are the very things that
Fund (IMF) sent out on Sunday 12 this month. He said that
money makers deligently seek and with the hope that once they
“bank debt was pushing the global financial system to the brink of have all the money they need, they will be happy, satisfied, at rest
meltdown, world leaders talked up a co-ordinated response but
with no worries in the world. But is that true of them? Hardly! King
offered disappointingly few details about what would be done.”
Solomon, the wisest and richest man of the Bible had this to say,
The financial future of New Zealand, as recently announced by
from experience :
the Labour Government and Economic experts is bleak. The National Party uses Tax cut promises as its Campaign draw card.
Does this worry you?
Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves
wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.
True to the core of life and living everywhere in the world, is
There is another way. The Only better way offered by
MONEY. EVERY ONE, well, almost every one, in the world enJesus and is In Jesus The Way, The Truth and The Life.
trust their lives and livelihood in MONEY. The term ‘economic
depression’ is an appropriate description of the state of mind of
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat
the one whose life is dependant on money and making more
or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more
money. The very thing people work so hard for in order to enjoy
important than food, and the body more important than clothes?
life seems to be flying away leaving them in depressed..
26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store
Here is a testimony of a friend whose lifestyle was changed at the away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you
Wall Street crash in 1989.
not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can
He had a motel and three restaurants with a great investment in
add a single hour to his life[b]?
the world market. His house was huge, a fully furnished three
bedroom for this couple without children. He drove a jaguar that
"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the
shamed some of the cars that parked around the church on Sun- field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even
day, for he was a church elder.
Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. 30If
that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today
I was sitting with him outside his house when the bank came to
and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe
take his car and furniture away. His house was soon up for sale
you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we
and the only thing he could call his own at that moment in time
eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the
was the Ute his brother lent him. That day my wife and I helped
pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows
them move with a few personal belongings to live with his brother. that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his rightHe already had in his hand the Job vacancies page of the local
eousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
paper. He had shed enough tears that week. But one more fell
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will
when he shared his dilemma – that he went from being a man
worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
worth a million and more, to a man with no value- in fact, less,
Jesus is concerned about us worrying which leads to depression
because after the bank confiscated the house he still had to pay
which leads to heart attacks. There is already a lot of other trouup to two hundred thousand dollars of bank loan.
bles around us to add on to it worry about how we look and what
I took the opportunity to speak truth in his life that day. I said to
we should have. He would rather that we put our priorities right
him that as far as God’s word and I believe the heart of God was and seek out what He is all about and finding a better living in
concerned, this was the best thing that has happened in his life. It Him and everything else will fall into place.
was a very hard lesson to learn but the word of God is very clear “ What happened to my friend? He found work, driving a milk truck
where your treasure is, that is where your heart is also”. His heart here in Northland. He rebuilt his life, not on investing in the Wall
was in his business, his home, and in his investment. Church was Street (learnt that lesson well). He is active in his church, not just
a comforting religion only when God does not take the central
as a church going Christian but he turned his love to the Lord:
place in his life. For him this word was true :
Matthew 6:24 "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate
the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and
despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.”
His love for money was taking him away from God and leading
him to traps and danger.
Have you heard that “the love of money is the root of evil”? Money
is not evil, nor is it the root of evil. It is when we fall in love with it
that we place our life into an evil snare. That verse actually says
this: ‘For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some
people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and
pierced themselves with many griefs.” (1 Timothy 6:10). Love for
money only brings grief and more grief.
God would have us love Him: “to love the Lord your God with all
your might (work), with all your mind (knowledge and understanding) and all your heart and love your neighbour as yourself
(sharing). And "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,
where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and
steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where
moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in
and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with
what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you." His material possessions ‘after Wall
Street crash 1989’ are blessings from God – things that are added
to him for his use in the Kingdom of God. His new found treasure
are love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, meekness, long suffering, and self control - that face no meltdown.
Greetings from the team at Homebuilders, we have had a
busy time over the past weeks as we had our AGM and a
new Chairman Brian Plunkett was elected.
Robert Brownlie who has been our Administration/Funding
Manager has decided it is time to retire and so will be leaving our team shortly before Christmas. Robert has been a
real blessing to all of us on the team with his gentle wit and
thoughtful wisdom. We will miss him terribly and would like
to take this opportunity to thank him for his commitment to
Homebuilders and to the team individually. We hope his
retirement years will be full and satisfying. I will leave him
to have the last say in next months Matters!
Hello from the Rest Home
It has been a while since we told you about what we have
been doing at the Rest Home - here are some highlights.
St John’s Trash and Treasure week was great fun as it
was close enough that we could wander down there most
Sugarbelle’s is becoming a favourite place for Rest Home
residents to go for morning tea and a chat. It’s nice to
meet all the people who come and say hello.
You might have seen residents out and about in the twoperson scooter. We have had a lot of fun with this scooter
and we thank Lou Roadley’s family who donated it to Rest
Home residents. Over summer we will use it even more
and residents are looking forward to getting out in the sun.
Tool Box has been running on Tuesday evenings for a
That’s about all for now, feel free to visit us if you have a
few weeks now and we are all getting to know each other
half hour or so.
and get lots of new ideas to help us in the awesome task of
at the Rest Home.
Golden Oldies Christmas Lunch will be held on the 10th
December at the supper room of the Community Hall.
We will begin with singing and entertainment at 10.30 am.
Last year we had 50 of our seniors come and join in for the
celebration of Christmas. If you have some free time we
would love to see you there whether as a guest or to help
with serving of the meal. If you need a ride please ring me
“THANK YOU, MAUDE”
Past and present members of Maungaturoto and Kaiwaka
St. John give a very big thank you and appreciation to
Maude Christie who has retired as Otamatea Area Committee Chairperson after 25 years as chairperson and 28
years of involvement on the Area Committee.
In 1979 a ‘sub-centre committee’ was formed to take over
the responsibility for the financial upkeep of the station
Elaine (431 8417) has started a Slimmers club at the com- building and the well-being of its volunteers. In 1982 the
munity house each Thursday afternoon at 3pm. For a
sub-centre changed its name to the St John Otamatea
$2.00 donation you can enjoy some fellowship, check your Area Committee. Over the years several dedicated people
weight, get some new ideas and encourage each other in
have been involved with either the sub-centre or the Otayour endeavours.
matea Area Committee and Maude has certainly been one
of those people. With the establishment of the Kaiwaka St
Well another month is past and the silly season is nearly
John First Response Unit in 1991, the Otamatea Area
upon us, I will be making the most of the next few weeks
Committee took responsibility for the Maungaturoto and
before I get caught up with Christmas, I hope you can too. Kaiwaka units. The committee now has representatives
from both areas.
Blessings from the Team at
Maude’s involvement in Maungaturoto St John began in
1955 with her late husband George, who was an original St
John Volunteer. Maude became Treasurer in 1980 and
was appointed Chairperson in 1988. She guided the Area
Committee with dedication and loyalty, looking after both
Maungaturoto and Kaiwaka Brigades.
The annual Trash and Treasure, which started in 1984,
would always find Maude alongside her late friend Yvonne
Brljevich at the top table, pricing the items and taking the
money and also having a joke with both the customers and
her dedicated team of workers such as the wonderful
Pauline McMurchy. Maude was a driving force on the committee concerned only with the well-being of St John Brigade volunteers.
Maude, you have done a wonderful job and we are immensely proud of you.
From all of us a very big THANK YOU!
St John Otamatea Area Committee.
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)
Linking Hands Inc.
Linking Hands Health Shuttle is starting to take off. We
are getting more calls every day as people hear about our
services. We have been able to meet people’s needs in
all cases so far and a couple of times have even gone
that extra mile or 10 to get the job done.
A word for our volunteers: We have a great team of people who are wonderful and give their time with a happy,
cheery manner. They’re always prepared to do what it
takes to get clients to appointments. We have had great
appreciation from clients. That’s who we’re doing it for.
Sometimes it’s a big ask to get a driver to leave early, to
drive a long distance, wait around for hours, maybe get
held up while more tests are done or patients are kept
waiting for appointments with specialists…some drivers
have put in 12-hour duties without complaint or pay…and
are happy to do it. So…. WELL DONE DRIVERS YOU
ARE ALL JUST THE BESTEST, SWEETEST, CRAZY
Just updating our new initiatives:
Our FAB outing… (Family Activities Boost)
far we have taken out two families. They had a fantastic
and thoroughly enjoyable day - the treats, the picnic, the
great driver and a boost to their lives. We are about to
get our third family out about for October. If you know of
a family that deserves to be nominated for this day out on
Linking Hands please give us a call and we take it from
there. Ph 09 4318969.
Water Aerobics -
the best thing since
sliced bread…Mid October was our first trip to Te Hana.
We took nine ladies who loved it. The water was a perfect
34 degrees; the pool is beautiful with a lovely outlook to a
garden with roses and shrubs. It’s an easy 30km drive
and an enjoyable social outing with the ladies all talking at
What will they make us do?
See you at …
Please join in . . . We have a couple of places to fill
It was amazing - doing exercise in the water with no strain,
no pain, no sore muscles and guess what, it doesn’t take
your breath away like usual exercise. It makes you feel
fantastic…and well washed ... like being in a sauna for an
hour. All the ladies couldn’t wait to get back again the next
as we can take 14. If you would like to give it a go, even to
see if you like it, give us a call. It is health related and we
ask some questions to make sure you fit our criteria. Cost
is by donation as Linking Hands is subsidising it. The shuttle and second car leave Maungaturoto at 9am sharp on
Wednesdays. We may expand this to another class in the
We are looking at a
class but need more men
…so get those men to think about it, water aerobics is
great for knees, joints, back pain, etc and for overweight
people who find it difficult to exercise. Give us a call 09
Water aerobics is for everyone - not just elderly and not
just Maungaturoto residents.
Please note earlier service time
9.00 am – Every Sunday.
1st Sunday —Morning Prayer
2nd, 3rd & 4th Sundays
achieved a very high standard.
Congratulations to Erin Lambert, Nick & Patrick Armour,
Robin Ramsay, Brook Zeilstra, Jacob Morton-Jones, Cory
Morton-Jones, Ben Morton-Jones, Gemma Morton“Never Mind Mother Goose”
Jones, Olivia Cripps, Chris Dent, Ripley Dean and Karam
Excitement is building as rehearsals for the 2008 pantomention goes to Ripley Dean for her 1st in Sonmime progress and the sets and props begin to work their Special
net, 1 in Improvisation and 3rd in Characterisation. Ripley
magic. The cast is working hard at their roles and looks
forward to presenting the show. Show dates are 15, 16, 21, has played many roles in shows for the theatre and is a
22, 23 and 28, 29, 30 of November. Please put these dates great asset to our community. Well done Ripley.
in your entertainment calendar now and support the efforts
Annual General Meeting
of the cast and, of course, enjoy a jolly good show.
Annual General M was held on Tuesday, October
Book through www.iticket.co.nz, or at Craig Garnett Electri- The
14th and the new committee looks forward to an eventful
cal in Maungaturoto.
year with some interesting events planned and future
For more information contact the director, Helen Mortonproductions under review. The theatre is a community
Jones on (09) 433 0288 or the theatre 09 431 8728
facility and one that works with participation, enthusiasm
and passion and needs all the support that it deserves.
Please support your local theatre and find out what is go-
Otamatea Repertory Theatre
Northland Performing Arts Competition Society
The annual festival of dance, music and speech was held
at Forum North in Whangarei in September with over 300
entries just for the speech and drama weekend. This is a
formal competition with participants from as far away as
Auckland and is intended, amongst other things, to improve
communication and performance skills, help them overcome nerves on stage and, of course, increase personal
We have pleasure in announcing that many participants
were from Maungaturoto. Members of our theatre
Committee members for the Otamatea Repertory
President: Peter Matheson
Secretary; Lyn Warbrooke
Treasurer: Maura Flower
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MAUNGATUROTO PUBLIC LIBRARY
BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR NOVEMBER
THE COLOUR OF LAW by Mark Gimenez
A gripping courtroom drama about rich lawyers (and how
hard they can fall). It’s theme is based on the famous classic To Kill a Mockingbird. A great read.
Recommended Authors: Nicholas Evans who wrote The
Horse Whisperer. Check out his latest: The Divide.
Jeffrey Archer: His latest Prisoner of Birth.
Also check out our new selection of talking books – a sample of authors :
Dick Francis, John Grisham, Ruth Rendall, Daphne du
Maurier, Michael Crighton, Joanna Trollope and many
Hours : Monday – Thursday : 10.30 a.m. – 12 noon
Friday – 10.30 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 am –
Maungaturoto Waste Water Upgrade - Update
Ground works have begun on Maungaturoto’s waste
water upgrade which involves installing a new membrane filtration system which will meet strict new consent requirements.
Kaipara-based Harrison Contracting Limited has been
awarded the contract for civil works which include
providing road access, pond work and raising the wall
of the pond to provide addition storage.
The contractor moved onto the site - at Maungaturoto
Country Club - just before Labour Weekend and is
expected to have completed most of this work before
Canadian Pacific Limited has the contract to provide
and install the membrane filtration plant and this will
be done during January and February, with the plant
being commissioned at the end of February. Following this will be performance tested for a further two
Discharge consents, valid for 24 years, have also
The site was recently visited by Northland Regional
Council Councillors and staff, accompanied by a number of Kaipara District Councillors. Following an overview of the project the visitors expressed satisfaction
with the moves being taken to resolve problems with
Maungaturoto’s wastewater treatment and provide a
system that will produce discharges well within new
UPDATE ON JAMES GREENWOOD
We have finally been able to bring James back up
north. He is currently in a private hospital in Whangarei, where unfortunately most residents are extremely
elderly. We are working with the different bodies involved and it is hoped to set up a special residence
for younger adults, who, like James, fall outside ACC
James has continued his slow progress. He suffered
a major head injury, but has progressed so much further than we could have hoped for this time last year.
He is still confined to a wheel chair, but he is now
able to stand and walk, with assistance, during physio
sessions. He can now do a ‘stand transfer’ which
means he can be moved without the need of a hoist.
There is still a long way to go, but we are hopeful he
will continue to improve.
He still suffers from short term memory loss and lost
memory of the last seven years. But here again he
has shown he is able to improve. With repetition he is
able to learn to retain things to his long term memory;
so he can learn the names of new people or play
games like bingo. It also means he has very definite
ideas about what music he has on the radio and what
shows he watches on TV, and what activities he will
or won’t do.
The care that had to be taken in the past in not overfatiguing him has just about gone. We can now take
him out and about so much more. For instance, we
were able to take James along to the recent Jazz
Festival and to such things as his brother Chris’ singing competition.
So, if you have any spare time James would love to
see you. If you haven’t changed too much in the last
few years he will even possibly recognise you. But
James is still himself and just likes having people
around him. If they are young and pretty all the better; (recently this was the only way they could convince him to let someone take a blood sample!) But
he is happy to get any visitors - to take him to his
room and talk, take him out for a while or just sit in the
garden for a while. He and some of the other residents like it when the family go and sing; James sings
along with us if it’s a song he knows.
I would like to finish with a thank you to all who have
helped us over the last year. Something like this
doesn’t just go away, but you have to readjust to the
changes and get on with life.
If you want to visit James, he is at
Potter House, 176 Bank Street, Whangarei.
If you would rather visit with one of the family first,
give me a call on 09 439 2216, or just front up and
ask for James. He is currently out on Monday and
Wednesday afternoons from 1pm to 3pm.
~ Brian and Ngaire Dent
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MAUNGATUROTO GARDEN CLUB
Garden Club members travelled to “Rosalie’s
Retreat” at Mangapai on 15 October. This magnificent natural garden was a bare 2.5 acre paddock 38 years ago and since then Rosalie has
developed every nook and cranny with trees and
shrubs and flowers. She has many varieties of
gorgeous rhododendrons – luscious pale pinks
and reds, along with different coloured vireyas
and also old fashioned roses. After 38 years the
trees are large and we admired, amongst them,
a persimmon tree and fig trees, all bearing fruit
every year. Amazingly, Rosalie finds time to
make garden ceramics as well as tend to her
garden every day.
Hopefully early summer has arrived and your plants
will probably need watering to maintain growth.
Mulching helps to keep the soil moist – use grass
clippings and compost
Roses will be at their best in November. Trim back
dead flowers and cut back three or four buds below
old flower heads to encourage new flowers.
Canna lilies can be planted in warm sheltered positions. Also plant chrysanthemums and carnations
directly into the garden.
Apply fertilizer to citrus and other fruit trees. Your
grape vines will have rapid growth this month.
Move your container plants to a sheltered position in
On 19 November members are to visit three
gardens at Mangawhai. Meet at the Ambulance hot weather.
Station at 10.30 a.m. and bring your lunch.
(Garden hints from Maungaturoto Garden Club)
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Kia ora, Hi everybody,
Term Four has started with the two sessions this week
happy and busy. We have some new dress-ups costumes
which have been popular - we have discovered a few batmen on our roll! The new wooden push-chairs have been
in demand and the swings, as usual, have been well used.
The blocks received a thorough cleaning thanks to our
CSW (Centre Support Worker) and her band of small helpers at the water trough. They scrubbed them in soapy water, laid them out to dry and pulled them back to their
shelves in the hand cart. Really well done!
We have made a few plans for this term’s sessions. We're
looking forward to having our own Pet Day on Wednesday
(plus sand saucers with flowers), followed by a visit on Friday to the Primary School Pet Day. Also planned are a
Bike Day, a trip to the beach, and sessions with a focus on
water play. And lots more, including Christmas things to
What is Playcentre?
At Playcentre we value the family/whanau as the most important setting for the nurturing and education of our children. Children have the opportunity to reach their full potential when parents understand their development and
take part in their learning experiences.
We have a group supervision licence which means Playcentres are supervised by parents.
Playcentre offers children playmates of varying ages, a
wide range of equipment, a chance to relate to other adults
while their parent is there for support, a caring supportive
environment in which to develop as a whole person. Children have opportunities for adventure and imaginative play,
freedom to choose their play and learning activities, fun,
plus they can practice communication and social skills with
a range of children and adults.
Playcentre offers parents companionship and friendships, a
chance to learn more parenting skills through shared experience and by attending Playcentre workshops, courses
• A place where you can develop your strengths.
• An informal meeting place where people from diverse
backgrounds and with different values meet as equals and
share a common bond - that of wanting the best for our
children and provision of an early childhood education for
• A supportive environment where sharing problems often solves them.
• A place where you can enjoy your children.
A place where you can have real input and a real say in
children's early education.
Our sessions run 9.30am - 12.00, Wednesday and Friday
for 0 - 6 year olds. We offer three free visits - come along
and see if Playcentre is for you, we'd love to see you.
Maungaturoto Playcentre phone number is 4318 517 or
contact Helen at 4318 221.
Trespassers at Playcentre
Playcentre had uninvited visitors sometime between Friday
17th and Monday 20th of October. They managed to open
the shed door and put the wooden diggers in the sandpit,
then played on them. They pulled out other gear, leaving it
outside here and there. They tossed some dolls' furniture
and cushions out of the playhouse and broke the small children's bed in it. A few other things were strewn around
outside. Judging by the footprints in the sandpit, the kids
who did this were probably 10 years old or younger. Although the damage was not huge, it still represents time
and money which most playcentre parents don't have a lot
of to spare, and also means our preschoolers have lost
some favourite playthings to this vandalism. It is sad that
the kids who did this showed disregard and lack of respect
for other people’s property.
Maungaturoto Plunket Rooms &
Ruawai Physiotherapy 09 431 7188
Also Mangawhai 09 431 4070
If bird flu ever strikes our country, Biosecurity New Zealand need look no further than my hen pen to find its
As I browsed through a lifestyle farming magazine recently,
Biosecurity’s bold yellow advert grabbed my attention. It
offered eight tips for keeping birds healthy.
I learned I am guilty on seven of eight charges then, uh oh,
a few days later, a sparrow lay cold and dead in the pen.
Tip One: Don’t let food and water get contaminated. Food
should be stored in a sealed container and water treated
with chlorine if it’s not town or bore supply.
Guilty. My poultry drink tank water and, on rare occasions
(forgive me, Biosecurity NZ), dam water.
As for uncontaminated food, as far as I can figure hens
love foraging. Mrs B, who excavated immense craters to
feed her chickens, is a shining example of this phenomenon.
I have, however, mended my ways. But although I now put
their food in a dish, the hens still forage.
Tip Two: Avoid contact with wild birds. Use netting to protect your birds and remove places where wild birds might
Guilty. Sparrows flock above the open-topped pen. The
hens and Whitey Esq. spend hours mooching round the
garden where they meet countless wild birds which have
access even more countless nesting spots.
Tip Three: Keep it Clean. Clean aviaries and poultry yards
and disinfect equipment, feed and water containers. Wash
hands, clothing and footwear before and after handling
Guilty. If I wash my hands each time I pet Ditzy Daisy I will
appear obsessive. And I’m too lazy to clean the hens’ food
dish daily, scrub my gumboots daily and do more laundry.
Tip Four: Practice good hygiene at shows.
Yay! Not guilty. But also not applicable, although dignified
Whitey Esq and glossy Mrs B would surely win prizes.
Tip Five: Limit visitors and ensure they only handle birds if
necessary and wash their hands with hot, soapy water before and afterwards.
Hordes of visitors have petted my chickens, helped with
wing clipping and a couple have given old hens and surplus roosters their final goodbye. No soap in sight.
Tip Six: Quarantine new birds.
Guilty. But when the next newbie arrives, I promise to follow the rules.
Tip Seven: Know the signs of disease.
Guilty. I attributed one hen’s slow down to old age. When
she died I found she was fly blown under her feathers. Still
feel guilty about that. Am now vigilant and promise to notice sudden deaths, depression, loss of appetite, nervousness, blue combs (they are currently all red), coughing,
sneezing and diarrhoea.
Tip Eight: Report sick or dead birds to 0800 80 99 66.
Another black mark, but I doubt Biosecurity NZ want to
know about the old girl who passed away a while back.
Telecom got phoned about her death. The housesitters cut
the telephone cable when they buried her.
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FAX 09 4318064
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