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February 2015
Volume 19 Issue 2
Coromandel Town
Founded and owned by the Coromandel Town Business Association since 1996
in the sun
Adventures overseas
PG 14
Beaver memorial
PG 16
Driving Creek geckos
PG 26
Coromandel Town Chronicle February 2015
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Sandy Bay Sandcastle Competition
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Editor’s comments
I sit here with yet another glorious day unfolding outside. I can’t believe the temperatures and sunshine we have had so far this year. I hope everyone has got out and
enjoyed the weather. I have been trying to do everything energetic first thing. I was
up the top of Castle Rock by 9.30am one morning as I didn’t want to leave the walk
until the heat of later in the day.
While it is lovely to have the nice weather, with paradise comes the dark side
– mosquitoes. Maybe the pre-christmas downpours has caused high numbers of
mosquitoes – at my house anyway – this January. I am getting fed up of waking up
in the night to a faint high-pitched humming in the air, swiping out in the dark when
they feel like they are about to land on my face and then waiting to see if I managed
to catch it, before hearing the faint high-pitched hum again. I feel sorry to those
people without fly screens and air-conditioning. I’m going to have to get a new can
of Mortein, much as I hate spraying my bedroom with chemicals.
January draws to an end with the music society Beyondsemble at the Mussel
Kitchen on Saturday 24 January (see pg 25). Go along and enjoy the outdoor concert
if you read this in time.
In February activities include Waitianga Day
What were you thinking?
workshops (see ad pg 24), the Coromandel
Waikato Police ask driver
Vegetable and Produce Show (see ad pg 15)
and the Coromandel Art Group exhibition at
Hauraki House which finishes on the 7th.
Hope you the mosquitoes aren’t keeping
you awake at night too. Enjoy summer.
Praise for the Coromandel
Family Health Centre
Dear Editor,
During the months of
November and December,
I had to call the after hours
number of the Coromandel
Family Health Centre four
I can’t commend Bryan
Macleod and his nurses
Sonia and Robyn highly
enough for the excellent
treatment I (and in one case
my two young granddaughters who had fallen out of a
tree) received at all hours of
the day and night.
Having never had to
use the after hours service
before, it gave me confidence
to see how well the system
works in our small town.
Many thanks to Bryan
and his team – we are lucky
to have you.
With appreciation
Blair Beamish, Coromandel
Dear Editor,
It was lovely to see the pretty red bows on the pohutukawa
trees in the street for Christmas. Thank you to whoever was
responsible for them. Such a nice change from the usual banners
on the street lights. It was a fortunate choice too as the banners
would have been ripped to shreds in the storm.
Veronica Kalkman, Papa Aroha
Dear Debbie,
What a delightful and heart-warming poem by Briar O’Keefe
(re New Chum Beach).
Let us hope it touches the hearts of those who see dollar
signs in place of beauty.
Warm wishes,
Beryl Van Donk, Coromandel
Dear Editor,
I have just purchased the recently published book The Intriguing
Story of Coromandel Granite 2014 by Lindsay Garmson.
What a lot of research has gone into this gem, and the photos
of so many occasions.
It is just brilliant.
My late father, Jack Stongman, would have enjoyed having a
good read. He once worked there, at Paritu Bay.
I remember seeing the last truck and trailer unit, loaded with
huge blocks of granite, being driven through Coromandel town.
A marvellous piece of history, “well done” Lindsay and
thank you.
Dulcie Pepper, Coromandel
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Coromandel Town Chronicle
Thanks to Phoenix House
Dear Debbie,
After the passing of my father on Boxing Day
I wish to thank all those at Phoenix House
who took care of him. You will recognise
me as the lady who pushed her father around
the town (and in the Christmas Parade) in
his wheelchair or sat with him in Samuel
James Reserve having a coffee and people
watching. While there is no place like home,
there comes a time when professional care
24/7 is necessary be it for recuperation, illness,
age, dementia or general well-being. We are
so fortunate to have the facilities of Phoenix
House to provide this in our small town.
Without it families would have to travel many
miles to visit their loved ones. Phoenix House
has a family atmosphere where one can call or
visit anytime; no doors are shut and a personal
interest is taken in each resident. I will be
forever grateful for the support and personal
care my father received.
Diann Cade, Coromandel
Coromandel Harbour Project
Dear Editor,
I would like to reply to Sue Gilmer’s letter from the
December chronicle.
There has been much positivity recently from the
mussel industry leading up to their application for
consent to expand the Sugar Loaf area at Waipapa
Perhaps it is time for all residents of
Coromandel to take a share of the impact that
this operation causes in our lives. Coromandel
Wharf area could easily be adapted for loading and
unloading thus minimising pressure on Waipapa
I would be delighted to be looking at recreational fisher people as their impact on my and my
visitors’ lives is minimal.
We have just had a glorious time over New
Year with just such happening – peace and quiet!
All changed Sunday afternoon with radios
blaring and three large trucks running what I
presume is their cooling system for hours.
I read that the Coromandel MFA have a code
of practise which dictates, among other things, no
blaring radios at the Sugar Loaf. Yeah right!
After any complaints everything is usually
peaceful for a month or so and then all hell breaks
loose again.
The same with chucking floats onto the barges,
as was happening this morning.
They can do it quietly but these people just do
not care!
Anyway I will happily accommodate Sue’s
recreational fishermen (as we have been doing for
38 years) if she takes over the industrial operation
that we have to live with.
Also, at least you have footpaths in town to walk
on when the roads are busy – we have to cope with
walking/biking and avoiding trucks.
Megan Mackie, Te Kouma
Our butterflies need our help
Dear Editor,
I had not seen any admiral butterflies and my nettles had grown taller; they hadn’t been eaten by caterpillars. Also I only saw a male monarch butterfly feeding from my lantanas, no females around.
Butterflies need our help. Please destroy all nests of social wasps.
Fewer butterflies this month was caused by European wasps catching monarch butterflies in mid-air,
plus paper wasps killing caterpillars.
Paper wasp nests
Look for nests under roofs, windows, in small plants, fences, branches of trees. Nests are on south, east,
and west sides of houses and buildings. Rake out and then stamp onto nests to smash them, until you’ve
killed all paper wasps. Try in early morning or night time as wasps should be too sluggish to fly.
European wasps (common wasps and German wasps)
Follow the wasps to their nests, then lay poison powder near nest. If you don’t have any poison, fill a
bottle with car petrol and put the bottle into the nest. The petrol will kill the wasps.
If you do this you will give butterflies a helping hand.
Otherwise social wasps will eat all of the monarch butterflies and admiral butterflies into extinction.
Think what will happen if the monarch butterfly becomes extinct in NZ,
as well as there being no beautiful, colourful, exotic-looking caterpillars
and butterflies, swan plants and European nettles will become weeds
without caterpillars to control their numbers.
Autumn is when social wasps are in an aggressive mood, due to too
few prey for them to hunt. Chinese paper wasps are the most aggressive
wasp and most intelligent wasps, often attacking anything that moves
close to their nests.
Destroy the nests this month to February... do not give the social
wasps a chance to produce more queen and male wasps this year.
This is no joke… I am serious about the importance of giving our
butterflies a break so they can recover their numbers.
Yours sincerely,
Clinton Care, Thames
February 2015
– see back page.
Friday 6 – International
Women’s Day Champagne
Breakfast at Pepper Tree (see pg
Saturday 7 – Classy Chicks
Ladies’ Fishing Competition (see
pg 32).
Saturday 14 to Sunday 15 –
ARC Adventure Race 24/12/8hr
(see pg 30).
Friday 27 – Coromandel Music
Society presents Bella Kalolo (see
pg 25).
3-12 – Colville Arts Festival. Art
Exhibition in Colville Hall. More
details will be announced in the
next Chronicle.
Saturday 11 – Gallipoli Family
Day in Thames (see pg 20).
11,12,18,19 – Coromandel Arts
Saturday 18 – Kids’ fishing
competition (see pg 32).
Sunday 19 – Coromandel Music
Society present Sisters of Swing
(see pg 25).
Monday 20 – Anzac exhibition
(see pg 20).
Saturday 25 April – Anzac
service (see pg 20).
Saturday 13 – Coromandel
Music Society present GALS
choir (see pg 25).
Friday 25 – Coromandel Music
Society present String Wizardry
(see pg 25).
Friday 9 – Coromandel Music
Society present John and Amiria
Grenell (see pg 25).
Saturday 31 – The Cranleigh K2
Road Cycling Classic (see pg 30).
Coromandel Town Chronicle February 2015
Sandcastles in the sun
A report from the Port Charles
Residents & Ratepayers Assn
By Robyn Stewart
Fun Day
Another successful Family Fun Run and Fun
Day was enjoyed by over 230 people on a
beautiful sunny 28 December. A big thank
you to Bruce and Ann Clegg from Tangiaro
Retreat for their very generous donation of
prizes for the day. Also thanks to Peter and
Pauline Sharp and the Himalaya Shop in
Colville for donations of raffles. Once again
the mussel fritters went down a treat, thanks
to Paddy Bull Ltd, and the association this
year held a free sausage sizzle acknowledging the hard times that fell on many during
the June floods. Many events were held with
competitors ages ranging from three years to
over 65 years of age.
Sandcastle Competition
Held on 31 December this annual fun-filled
family event is now in its third season and
the numbers continue to grow. This year
a whopping 28 sandcastles were created,
with over 250 people on the beach enjoying
all the fun, with young and old stretching
their imaginations and their ingenuity. The
winning creation this year used pipi shells,
kelp and pohutukawa fronds with amazing
gruesome affect. A big thank you to Kylie
and the Swampies for all the organising
that goes into this event. Many people have
already begun thinking about this year’s
event! You don’t have to be a ratepayer to
compete, it is open to all, so next year come
on up to Port Charles and join in the fun.
We are very proud to have over 90 members
in our Association and for a very small
community this shows how passionate we
all are about our little slice of paradise.
Unfortunately numbers attending the AGM
were down this year – with the amazing
weather they were probably all out fishing!
The chairperson, John Norton, and secretary,
Robyn Stewart, retained their positions as did
many of the committee but we are pleased
to welcome new committee members, Brian
Martin and Craig Brockliss to the fold.
Lettecia Williams spoke at the meeting on
behalf of the Port Charles Fire Brigade which
has an exciting bunch of new volunteers
going through their training at present and
she also spoke on behalf of MEG of which
she is chairperson. It was very interesting
listening to all the efforts the group put
into protecting the kiwi, unique species and
ecosystems in our area and putting together
an exciting summer programme for everyone
to enjoy. Every two months Peter and Jenny
Sutton compile the very popular Port Charles
Bulletin that is full of local news and a big
thank you was sent out to them. If anyone
has any information that they would like the
ratepayers in the area to be aware of please
Steelcraft Ltd
Precision and general
Steve Norris
Paul Baylis
75 Wharf Rd
Phn/Fax 866 7710
contact the Suttons at (07) 866 7582 and they
will gladly include it in the next Bulletin.
The membership remains at $10/year
and we encourage support to keep our
Association remaining successful.
Correspondence to Secretary R. Stewart,
2850 Long Bay Rd, RD1, Coromandel
(07) 866 8681
Coromandel Town Chronicle
Half way through!
By Jocelyn Davey
In early days at 12 o’clock
On every New Year’s Eve,
Barry blew train whistles,
At midnight I believe.
Now our really little town
Is very full of guests
In sea or beach or on the train;
They really do their best.
The gulf is full of fishermen
And kids fish from the pier
The Keltic Fair on Jan 2
Brings folk from far and near.
And I walked up our road today
I saw a hedgehog...DEAD
We rarely see them, or the frogs;
My heart felt just like lead.
But then my heart was lighter,
We were taken for a drive;
I had a swim at Buffalo Beach
And lunch kept me alive.
Then back across the 309
The bush was lush and green
We saw a rata tree in bloom,
And a foamy, bubbling stream.
February 2015
Gurnard with
Tomatoes and
Courgettes – recipe
for February
Extract from the February
chapter of local cookery
book “Coromandel
Flavour” by
Deborah Hide-Bayne
For 2
1 garlic clove
1 lemon
225g tomatoes
1 courgette
10 black olives
good glug olive oil
1 tbsp capers
1 sprig fresh thyme
4 fillets of gurnard
freshly-ground black
flour to coat fish
Crush the garlic; finely grate the rind and juice the lemon; roughly chop the tomatoes; slice
the courgettes; de-stone the olives.
Put the oil in a saucepan; add the garlic, tomatoes, courgettes and lemon rind. Cook for a
couple of minutes with the lid on. Then stir in the lemon juice, capers, thyme, olives and adjust
the seasoning. Leave in the pan to keep warm.
Coat the fish with seasoned flour and fry the fillets in butter in a large frying pan for 3-4
minutes each side, until they are golden brown.
Serve with plain steamed rice.
Enjoy this lovely area
Soon Anniversary Day;
For work and school will soon resume
And the year is underway.
Coromandel Town
Information Centre
By Sandra Wilson
Happy New Year to you all
from all of us. New Year’s Day
now seems so long ago as we have been so busy! Great for
Coromandel town to start the new year off with a flurry.
I want to touch on the concern shown by a local and then a
tourist. The local found a penguin on the beach, with one side
distended. He carefully put it in a box, came in to our Centre,
explained what happened and asked whom he should contact. We
notified DOC who advised the gentleman that the penguin had
obviously overfed on fish, and needed to be put back where it
was found. DOC reassured him that the penguin would be fine in
a few hours.
That brings us to the caring tourists. They were walking the
Success Track and came across an animal that had wire caught
around its legs. They rang us to say they had found a kiwi in
distress. Without asking pointed questions I then went into
rescue mode and contacted various agencies that also went into
rescue mode. The tourists waited by the injured animal until help
arrived. Wally from MEG was the first responder. At this point
we found out the kiwi was in fact a possum and was dealt with
This was a good learning curve for myself to remember to
ask for more detailed information. It also demonstrated the high
quality of our rescue process and the benefits of people’s overall
awareness of the environment.
The Museum is open every from 1-4pm throughout February
so take some time for a visit.
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Coromandel Town Chronicle February 2015
Gulf survey targets Coromandel
residents and holidaymakers
The Sea Change - Tai Timu Tai Pari
Residents and holidaymakers on the
Coromandel Peninsula are being encouraged
to add their voices to a major marine
planning exercise in the Hauraki Gulf/Tikapa
The Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari
project is developing the first Hauraki Gulf
marine spatial plan. This plan will ultimately
inform how the Gulf is shared, used and
safeguarded, now and for future generations.
Six online questionnaires are available
on the project website www.seachange. asking specific questions about
water quality, fish stocks, biodiversity
and biosecurity, aquaculture, access and
infrastructure. Responses are confidential.
All those taking part go into a draw to win
The project’s Stakeholder Working
Group (SWG) is just six months away
from completing the marine spatial plan.
The information-gathering phase is now
over, key issues have been identified, and
the SWG will begin developing the plan in
SWG independent chair Nick Main said
this is a great opportunity for Coromandel
residents and holidaymakers to voice their
opinions and share their knowledge.
“This is the last phase of general
information-gathering from the public, and
an opportunity for people to comment on any
of the key issues.” The survey will close on
26 January.
The survey includes questions on:
• marine protected areas
• invasive species and how to combat them
• the need to rebuild fish and shellfish
• boating and boating facilities
• water transport, wharves and moorings
• pollution, nutrients and contaminants.
The six questionnaires reflect the work
carried out by six Roundtables, whose
reports and analysis will now be fed back
to the SWG. A seventh Roundtable –
Matauranga Maori – is not included in the
survey. Its work is continuing into 2015.
Information from all completed questionnaires will go to the SWG for consideration
in developing the marine spatial plan.
Coromandel Embroiderers’ Guild
By Diann Cade
It’s here, Wednesday 4 February, our first Guild
Day for 2015. Be at the St John rooms around
9.45am in time for morning tea at 10.00am and
lots of chatter to catch up after our Christmas
break. Be sure to check out the workshops and
enrol. H and H Threads will have lots out to
tempt you and look for a treasure on the sales
table. The meeting will be at 10.30am with the
afternoon filled by your own choice. There will
be the Petite Project on offer or you can continue
creating whatever you have in hand. The first two
day workshop of the year is to be held on 25-26
February with Ann Brocas. The embroidery
style is Cornpad. Yes really, corn pads are used
to support the stitches on the fabric. It is a bold, chunky style of embroidery with lots of
texture created by various stitches. Can’t wait! See you on Wednesday. Come and join us;
we love sharing.
For further information about the Coromandel Embroiderers’ Guild contact our President
Jill Wilson (07) 866 7484
Coromandel Garden Circle
By Jane Warren
With the rush of Christmas preparations I’m afraid I missed the Chronicle deadline so
although it is older news the following is a roundup of our November and December
During November we organised a day trip to Hamilton Gardens for their Rose Show
on the 15th and the following week a group of our members went to Tauranga for Art and
Garden Festival of Tauranga for a couple of days.
We once again made our presence known in the Coromandel Santa Parade with a huge
effort made by our ladies to create an amazing float. The parade was one of the biggest for a
long time and we look forward to ideas for next year’s parade.
Our final meeting of 2014 was held at Glenise and Wayne Robertson’s home at the top of
the Manaia hill with, of course, a Christmas theme. After a leisurely walk around their garden
we shared a scrumptious Xmas lunch with the obligatory cake and bubbles.
Glenise and Wayne were wonderful hosts, organising an intriguing treasure hunt and
presenting us all with a sample of Wayne’s woodturning skills.
The winners of our competitions for December were:
Single bloom
Kate Jacobsen,
Multi bloom
Lorraine Lang,
Mini bloom Linda
Wright, Vegetable
Linda Wright and
Arrangement Julie
The next meeting
will be held on
11 February
at Jeanette’s in
Garden Circle faries
Kingston St at 1pm.
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have come on board to help this community
maintain an ambulance service over what has
been and will continue to be a busy period for
the service.
We need to double our volunteer numbers
to maintain a double shift ambulance 24/7
out of Coromandel and welcome all those
interested to come along, see what we do and
learn about how we go about providing an
ambulance service. If you are keen to become
a member of a great team come along now
and register your interest. We offer free
training to National Diploma level, but also
cater for those wanting to help out as First
Responder plus we can also look at driver
only members who can work with and be part
of a front line ambulance officer.
If this is for you, call us now.
Volunteer applications or all enquiries:
Call the station and talk to the duty officer or
leave a message on (07) 866 8279 to find out
As stated above we are currently working at
peak workloads which will continue to end of
Training and advanced learning
Training commences 12 February. Members
of the public are all welcome to join us, 7pm
Our building consent to add another bedroom
to the station has been completed we now
await the building of the bedrooms to start.
Heart Beat – St John Ambulance
By Felix O’Carroll – Station Manager
As the number of people in the area increases
so does the workload for our ambulance. As
predicted our call-outs of the period have
increased and so far the trend is similar to that
of last year. With great sunny days and good
weather we are seeing more outdoor activities
taking place and ask that you cover up and
take special care when walking the tracks and
sites around the area. Enjoy the summer and
look out for others. I hope you all had a great
Xmas and a safe and enjoyable New Year.
Over the summer period many of our
volunteers need to take time out to work
on their businesses and other work
commitments. This results in a shortage
in volunteer numbers over what has been
traditionally our busiest period of the year in
terms of ambulance call-outs.
To overcome these shortages volunteers
who remain on the roster volunteer to do
more shifts while St John has changed the
paid shift staff by adding an extra member
to the team to ensure we cover every day
during this busy period. As per last year we
also gain AUT paramedic students from
Auckland along with other outside volunteers
into the town to help us keep an ambulance
on the road. We are grateful for those who
Raffle winner –
Bronwyn Malloy
Raffle results
Garden statue winner: Bronwyn Malloy.
First Aid Kit: Bubbles Harrison.
Thanks to all who supported the raffles.
Special thanks to Rex Brett for the generous
donation of the garden statue; huge thanks to
Coromandel Meatkeeper (Shane and Tanya)
for allowing our Area Committee to sell
raffles in front of their butcher shop.
Be safe out there, stay well and look out
for others.
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Museum News
By Raewyn McKinney
As I write this, the sun is shining brightly on
yet another brilliant Coromandel summer’s
day. In spite of the glorious weather, we
have had good numbers of visitors to the
museum during the holiday season. Our
new displays are proving to be very popular
with visitors, and the old favourites are still
drawing interest. One of our most popular
displays is the collection of old irons, and
most people are amazed just how heavy they
are. It does make you realise how hard our
grandmothers and great grandmothers had to
work, especially in the days when everything
was washed by hand and then needed to be
Another display which always draws
comments is our cabinet by the door, which
contains items many of us who are over 50
remember from our childhoods; items such
as “cotton reel knitting” and “cotton reel
tractors”. Children these days do not have
such simple pleasures since wooden cotton
reels were replaced by plastic! I have seen
similar wooden holders for knitting in toy
shops, but it does seem a shame that such
things have to be bought in a shop instead of
being made at home.
Of course, our “Marj Moore Display” has
many brilliant examples of things that were
made at home instead of being purchased
in a shop; we have everything from home
mending kits for shoes and saucepans to toys,
household items and even chairs that were
homemade. No doubt our great grandparents
would be amazed at the thought of buying
all these items. It often amuses me to hear
someone suggest that the idea of recycling
is some sort of “new-fangled idea”; after all
these homemade items are the ultimate in
recycling! Finding a new use for old goods
is certainly better than throwing everything
away, but plastic bags are not quite so easy
to re-use as the old flour bags and coal sacks.
Perhaps we can get some inspiration from the
examples left by past generations.
A recent visitor to the museum remarked
that “the only trouble is, you really need a
whole day to see everything”. Unfortunately,
we do not have enough volunteers to open
all day every day, so have reduced opening
times to 1pm to 4pm daily throughout the
We have a hardy group of volunteers who
Coromandel Budget Advisory Service
By John Gaffikin-Cowan
Here at Budget we don’t like to be thought of as “the ambulance at the bottom of the
cliff”. Our aim is to help people arrange their lives and their finances in such a way that
they steer well away from any dangers. An essential part of this is to look ahead and be
prepared for those times which occur every week, month and year when specific payments
are made: rent, power, rates and so on. These can all be built into the annual budget. Apart
from this it is also important to try to create a little fund which can be called upon when
there is an unexpected expense. There’s never a wrong time to start putting something
aside for a rainy day, and it doesn’t have to be a New Year resolution!
Of course even the best of plans can go awry and this is when we turn to the Foodbank
to help out. We are very lucky here in Coromandel to have such wonderful community
support which allows us to run such a necessary service. Some of you may have noticed at
the end of last month that we ran a “can drive”. The idea was to make visitors to the area
who are in self-catering accommodation or their own bach consider donating their unused
provisions to the Foodbank. Perhaps those of you who come in contact with tourists and
other visitors could help to spread this notion. Obviously we’re talking mainly about
canned or dry goods which we can put into our food parcels.
Thanks to everyone who has already contributed.
The Budget Service is an incorporated society belonging to the New Zealand Federation
of Family Budget Services. If you wish to make an appointment, the Budget phone
number is (07) 866 8351 where you can talk to Anna, Caro, Maureen, Leigh or John.
The office at 950 Rings Road is open Monday to Friday 11am-2pm and other times by
appointment. The Budget cell phone number is 022 018 0849 – we reply to texts and
messages during office hours
enable us to keep these hours, and we thank
them all for their time. If there is anyone else
who would like to come along and help us
one day a week or a fortnight, please contact
Sue Wright on (07) 866 8039 for further
The museum will be open from 1pm to 4pm
daily throughout February
“Who What Where When”
Please identify this
photo and give us as
much information
as you can. Bring or
post your entry to the
Information Centre
with name and contact details by Friday 27
February. All correct entries will go into a
draw for a voucher from Coromandel Four
Once again, we had many correct entries
for our December competition. The correct
answer was, of course, the sundial in James
Reserve. The winning entry for the grocery
voucher this month was Marie Parsloe, from
Port Jackson Road. Well done, Marie. Most
people did also know that the plinth was
originally a water fountain made for a pool in
the grounds of Coromandel Hospital. Marie
also advised that the plinth is made from
Coromandel granite, and was constructed by
John Morteson of the Moehau quarries in the
Thank you to all who entered in the
December competition and good luck for this
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866 8635
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Registered Electrical Inspector
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P.O. Box 109
Fax (07) 866 8162
Telephone (07) 866 8166
Mobile (0274) 738 734
Free Phone: 0800 4 Electrical (0800 435 328)
E-mail: [email protected]
Coromandel Town Chronicle
Animal Rescue Thames
By Alice and John Parris
Thank mews to everyone who supported us
over Christmas/New Year with donations
of cat food, bedding and sale items. To
everyone who helped us with our fundraising
also a massive thank mew and paws applause
to the Coro Fatcats! Their kindness and
generosity to the cats and staff with the red
Santa bag left for us was a beautiful blessing
for all at Christmas. Everyone gained a few
KGs on that one.
Huge thanks to The Warehouse Thames
who did a collection for us with the coin
boxes. All adds up to blessing the felines.
Fundraising – our total for our fundraising
was $3000, which was under the target of
$5000 but we accept times are tougher, and we
just adjust what funds we have to the number
of months we need it for so basically we have
$500 a month which means we are limited
on what we can take in and hope we can get
through to April for our next fundraiser.
December saw Mitch and Dolly find a
forever home. We are unsure how they are
doing as we have not heard from the new
owner, nor is the new owner responding to
texts and calls to return the two loan cages
and update us, which is highly frustrating and
upsetting for us. The cats we rehome are our
“babies” and we like to know how they are
doing in their new homes.
Next out were Tootsie and Sparkles who
went to Huntly and a week later we learnt
they were out and about on the farm enjoying
their new life and Tootsie had been a mighty
hunter and brought home a large leaf, twig
attached, very proud boy, with Sparkles
just as proud right behind him. Tootise was
forever the clown and yes we would accept
that this proud boy is happy with his sister in
new home.
Newbies – we had a call from a farm that
haven’t called us in over a year so this was
a shock, We gained two tabbys; both have
wavy coats (aka the crinkle cut kitties) with
their wrinkly coats and twisted whiskers,
both are now tame, doing really well and
happy girls.
Next to arrive two weeks later, via
trapping, two more tabby girls born and
living in a cowshed roof. One tabby certainly
gave me a run for my experience but now
all settled and purring which is definitely a
massive turn around.
So we have to budget for four spays and
a neuter mid February which will be around
$400 for the five of them. This is almost an
entire month’s budget but something we have
to do before they are able to be rehomed.
We had a two-year-old girl returned to
us. Took a little hunting to locate her in our
books but Kera is still the same girl I knew
two years ago.
Our newest arrival – we received a call
that a kitten was caught on a beach area up
Coromandel way but sibling took off. My
husband said “Honey – no more – aye” but
I ended up going to the vet to collect the
kitten, 8-week-old shy black smoke, and
I named him Nomoreaye – kinda suits the
little man. It took my husband ten minutes to
figure what the kitten’s name stood for but
he is taming up nicely. Of our kittens half are
already pending new homes – yay, the others
will be ready end of February.
We have remained stable in numbers of
felines in care for so long without anything
incoming and we have had to keep numbers
way down due to the fact I had to go into
February 2015
hospital in Rotorua for three weeks, a long
way from home, but was grateful that I was
well enough so I could come home for a
couple of days over the weekend – but then
go back again! Three weeks is a huge time
away in an area unfamiliar to me, and I hate
hospitals of any form. However this was
totally for my benefit and this has been put
off since the end of 2011. I knew I would be
doing this alone as to me the cats and their
welfare is paramount and it was too far to
expect my dear man to do everything and
then visit me, so it was left to daily phone
calls. So yes I missed all my furrbabies
terribly (and husband too) and am hugely
greatful to my dear husband to take over not
just running the unit but also my work. This
was something we had to keep extremely
quiet due to some people out there who
would go to any length to make things as
hard and as difficult as possible for us. So
with this now fully behind us, we can get on
and enjoy the cats, new health and wellbeing
for all.
Wanted – kitten and cat food, tinned,
sachets and biscuits; towels; summer sheets
purrlease; saleable items for us to sell on
the internet; and homes for our older felines
Meow furr now.
Enquiries to Animal Rescue Thames, 532
Thames Coast Road, RD5, Thames 3575.
(07) 868 2907
Coromandel Contract Bridge Club
By Judy Bronlund
After the long summer break, we are back playing bridge at the St John hall every
Monday evening. The first night is 26 January, a fun night. Monday 2 February will be
our AGM at 6.30pm followed by the first round of our club competition. We would like
to have a few more members so please make contact if you would like to join us. Lessons
on how to play bridge will be held if needed. Perhaps you may be tempted by the prize
money. We have 13 competitions throughout the year with the top three pairs winning a
prize, a total of $730.
Contact Val (07) 866 8730 or Nat (07) 866 8422
new builds - alterations
extensions - fencing
decking - insurance work
- Outboard service centre
- General engineering
- Aluminium & stainless welding
028 2580 2351
Office: (07) 866 8004
thoughtful, competent,
competent, eco-aware
Duncan and Deborah Bayne
116,309 Road,
1km from the main road.
[email protected]
Phone us on (07)866-7796 or 021-173-7457
Coromandel Town Chronicle February 2015
Education & Training Centre
Incredible Years
Office hours: 9.30am - 3pm
This course is aimed at parents of children
aged 3-8 and 6-12 years. It focuses on
preventing and managing difficult behaviours
and uses role play, video clips and discussion
in a group setting.
Our website:
Contact: Patricia Mikaere/Annette James
phone: 07-866-7050
visit: Education Training Centre (ETC),
90 Tiki Road, Coromandel
email: [email protected]
Thank you Hiria Tukerangi
We thank Hiria for the valuable contribution she made to our Adult and Community
Education programmes delivered here at the
Venue: Whitianga
Start date: Feb 2015
Day/Times: TBC
Duration: 14 weeks
Cost: FREE
March Courses
Digital Photography
Back by popular demand. Enrol onto this
course that will teach you how to maximise
the use of your digital camera and learn how
to take photos like the professionals.
Tutor: Deborah Hide-Bayne
Venue: ETC, 90 Tiki Road
Start date: 5 March 2015
Day/Times: Thursdays, 10am - 12 midday
Duration: 4 weeks
Cost: $20
She has not left us completely (thank
goodness!) but has started her new role as our
Community Transport Service Coordinator at
Tiki House.
We wish her all the best.
February Courses
Te Reo Maori
Enrol on to this very popular course that starts
with the basics of pronunciation, language
structures and vocabulary. Emphasis will be
on cultural understanding so you will feel
comfortable in a Māori environment.
Tutor: Peg Harrison
Venue: ETC, 90 Tiki Road
Start Date: 16 February 2015
Day/Times: Mondays 1-3pm
Duration: 8 weeks
Cost: Gold coin donation
Introduction to Computing (P.C1)
Enrol onto this course now and learn the
absolute basics of how to use a computer at
home or in the workplace. If you want to use
your own laptop, let us before the start date.
Tutor: Kaye Anderson
Venue: ETC, 90 Tiki Road
Start date:18 February 2015
Day/Times: Wednesdays, 10am – 12 midday
Duration: 4 weeks
Cost: $20
Defensive Driving
Highly recommended for new drivers. Equip
yourself with the skills to drive safely on
our roads. At the end of this course you will
be awarded a certificate that will reduce
the restricted licence time down from eight
months to two months.
Tutor: Ron Agnew
Venue: ETC, 90 Tiki Road
Date: Starts 18 March 2015
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 10am - 2pm
Duration: 4 sessions
Cost: $50
Heavy Traffic Licence Preparation
This course will prepare you to sit the test for
the high demand licence to drive trucks. To sit
this test, you must have held a full car licence
for more than 6 months.
Tutor: Ron Agnew
Venue: ETC, 90 Tiki Road
Date: Tuesday 10 March
Times: 9am - 2pm
Cost: $50
First Aid Refresher
Refresh your current certificate to reinforce
the skills and confidence you need to
deal with emergencies at home and in the
workplace.Your current certificate must be
not be older than 2 years, 3 months.
Provider: St. Johns
Venue: St. Johns Rooms, Tiki Road.
Date: Tuesday 31 March
Time: 9am – 4pm
Cost: $104
April Courses
Restricted/Full Driver Licence
This course will thoroughly prepare you to
sit the test for your restricted or full driver
licence. To sit this test you must have held a
learner licence for more than 6 months.
Tutor: Ron Agnew
Venue: ETC, 90 Tiki Road
Date: Wednesday 1 April
Times: 10am - 3pm
Cost: $20
Learner Driver Licence Preparation
This course will thoroughly prepare you to
sit the test for your learner driver licence. To
sit this test you must be at least 16 years old.
This course is highly recommended for high
school students.
Tutor: Ron Agnew
Venue: ETC, 90 Tiki Road
Date: Wednesday 1 April
Times: 10am - 3pm
Cost: $20
Website Design
Design, create and publish your own website.
This course will introduce you to HTML and
web authorising software: KomPozer, Photo
Shop, Web browsers, CCS and JavaScript.
Tutor: Stephen Hutton
Venue: ETC, 90 Tiki Road
Date: Start 7 April 2015
Times: Tuesdays, 10am - 3pm
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $30
Future Courses
We have future courses on the horizon so
register your interest with us via our website.
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Coromandel Town Chronicle
February 2015
Community Gardens
Coromandel Walking Group
By Louis Kittleson
By Irene Dunn
Time to join the walkers and walk off those celebration dinners and
BBQ’s we enjoy over the holidays. Our part of paradise looks so much
better with the sun shining on it but it can be a tad hot, so from 13 January
our group will meet at 8.30am at the Lotto Dairy each Tuesday and
Thursday until the end of February. Starting time will then be reviewed,
so if you are not sure make contact with the phone number below.
After many years of being our trusty leader, Janine is stepping
down. Thank you so much Janine for all the years and times you have
waited for us to turn up to walk, led us around the footpaths, around and
on the beaches or into the bush. Janine has organised our twice yearly
dinners and also written our Chronicle report. We will still enjoy these
activities with new leader Ruth. She will take us different routes around
the town and further afield – do join us, visitors most welcome.
It is with great sadness that we, as a group, acknowledge the passing of
our good friend and walker Ken Nummy – he was always the gentleman
every step of the way. We enjoyed walking with Ken, he could step it out,
wasn’t afraid to tackle the hills, would always make you laugh along the
way and didn’t mind being the only man in our group! We miss Ken, and
hold fond memories of a kind man who made the best of life.
Looking forward to seeing you all with laces tied and rearing to go at
Happy walking everyone.
Contact Ruth (07) 866 7246
The summer days have set in and the evenings have still
been holding the heat. It was a rough beginning with most
of the community gardens getting pretty mashed up by those
windy pre-Christmas rains. Luckily most of our plants were
quite small and did not get completely shredded. Plants
started to grow again by early January and the gardens are
looking a bit more promising.
Our tomatoes are really going for it and we always
struggle to stay on top of our thinning program. It has been
a great year for courgettes and cucumbers at the garden
while last year was a complete fail. This year we put up a
wind break and it has made all the difference to the plants.
Sometimes a micro-climate is all that is needed to help
plants in exposed areas.
We are using our water timers and soaker hoses to keep
areas watered, now that the big dry has come. Mulch is
another great way to keep plants happy and thriving. We
are planting out more courgettes, cucumbers, salads, basil,
mesculin, beans, carrots, and beets. In seed trays we are
sowing brassica and silver beet.
Thanks to all of our volunteers and benefactors both big
and small. Our pergola is slowly coming along and soon
fruiting vines will be growing over it offering shade and
If you would like to come down to the community gardens
and help out then come along Thursday afternoons
International Women’s
Day Champagne
The Intriguing Story of Coromandel Granite
By Lindsay Garmson
By Robyn Dudson
The book launch for my book The Intriguing Story of Coromandel
Granite, held at Barry Brickell’s Art Gallery, was a great success.
I would like to thank all who helped to make the evening an
enjoyable occasion.
The book covers the untold history of the Coromandel granite
industry, the people, the pioneers, the education of their children;
also the “relief years” through the 1930s depression, and the rural
mail delivery. All of this helped develop this small part of the north
western side of the Coromandel Peninsula.
The book is available in a “Limited Edition” hardcover (of 150
copies only) or a soft cover option, from Driving Creek Railway &
Potteries or by contacting Lindsay Garmson – phone (07) 866 6721.
Thank you.
Ladies come along and help
us celebrate International
Women’s Day at our annual
Charity Cancer Champagne
Breakfast. It is at Pepper Tree
Restaurant at 7.30am Friday 6
March. Tickets cost $20 ($10
of which is donated to Waikato
Branch of Cancer Society) and
on sale now at Richardsons
Real Estate. I do hope you can
join us.
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South Africa learning experience
By Jamie-Rose Leckie
Molweni nonke (hello everyone). I am back
from South Africa and to be honest I was
a little scared to go because all I ever hear
about South Africa is riots and disease.
I tell you though it is a beautiful place.
After a long plane ride to get there you
enter a country where smiles and hugs are
contagious, where the locals welcome you
to their villages to share with you the little
food they have and where men, women and
children work in tough rain and drought all
year round. Don’t get me wrong, politics,
regulations and diversity are really frustrating
and hard to watch but Africa gives you
more than you can give it. It taught me that
escaping the technological world is much
more beautiful; it taught me to slow down
and enjoy life; it taught me to learn and try
new things; and it taught me that we are all
The project was eye opening for all
fourteen of us. We made a huge difference
to one little village in the town of Chintsa.
We spent 536 hours working on a preschool
called Nelson Mandela Day Care. During that
time we built a new kitchen which involved
endless days of bricklaying, plastering
and mixing concrete by hand. We built a
footpath; we built the foundations for a
rubbish pit, a veranda and a tyre obstacle
playground; we pulled out thorns and
prickles; and picked up glass and rubbish that
was lying around the place. Alongside all
that we also spent 17 hours on a community
sports programme that we designed for
the children. Another thing we did on one
project was take a little boy named Lika to
the doctors to treat his skin infections and to
treat his worms as his parents would never
have been able to afford that. Finally my
favourite thing was seeing the happiness of
children that have literally nothing. The way
they would watch us
work each day, sing
to us, laugh with us
and play with us just
makes you realise
how lucky we are.
I think about these
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me. I wonder where
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In two weeks that is the amount of work
we did in one little village. Imagine how
much we could do here in New Zealand for
our own country if we all tried. Volunteering
overseas definitely made me realise that we
still have a lot of work we could do here in
New Zealand to improve our own country.
This trip wouldn’t have happened without
the support I received so thank you all for
giving me this life-changing experience and
the opportunity to help change the children’s
lives in a little village.
Experience is the greatest teacher of all.
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Coromandel 3582
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Natural Medical Centre
– Ann’s Good News, Naturally
Back to school, back to work…
Make it a healthy happy year!
Still got that feel good buzz from a great
summer holiday?
Or are you struggling already with
digestive issues, inflammation, pain, stress,
Ensuring your great sense of well-being and
vitality stays year in, year out, can be done.
What feeds you?
Nourishing foods: secondary foods
Before putting food in your mouth, think
mindfully about the nutritional value of it.
Where did it come from, what quality control
has there been around it? How processed or
toxic is it? Will it repair, replenish energise
you, to prevent a sluggish, bloated, tired, fat
and sick you? Your choice, either toxic, dead,
non-medicinal, foods (e.g., margarine, Olivio
etc.) or energising, live, medicinal foods
(e.g., butter).
I have seen over the years how the family
cook can inadvertently slowly kill her/his
family, via unmindful, poor food choices
and cooking. This leads to a half healthy,
or sickly shorter life (which is really a very
slow death). The alternative is, via real food
choices, a long healthy, happy, vibrant life,
free of hospital visits, drugs or surgery.
Know that you can feel better. I can help you.
Foods that nutritionally nourish us are
our secondary foods, because without the
following you may not have complete
balance or inner peace.
Fulfilling foods: primary foods
These are often overlooked. Healthy relationships, regular exercise, fulfilling career,
spiritual practice, all can nourish your soul
and satisfy your hunger for life. Without
these you can be lonely or unhappy.
Be mindful now of your areas of
“malnourishment”. Be wise and live
preventatively. If you need guidance or
support I can help or refer you.
More Good News
• Bed Wetting: Poor arousal from sleep,
overproduction of urine at night, itchy bottom
and poor behaviour, causing much family
anguish, are in the past now for this 9-yr-old
boy thanks to his naturopathic and herbal
medicine. He’s also stopped biting his nails.
• Breast Feeding/Reflux: This 14-week-old
baby is now sleeping well and thriving.
Our support programme, wise food choice
changes for her mum, mineral support and
beautiful herb drop formula did the trick.
• Adrenal Burn Out: “A stressful year after
a stressful life” has exhausted this 36-yr-old
lady to the point where she suffered hair
loss, depression, irritable bowel, high blood
pressure, night sweats, poor sleep and alcohol
and chocolate cravings. She has been three
weeks into her treatment plan and is already
feeling there is now a light at tunnel’s end.
• Healthy Family Food Ideas – easy to
make: “You don’t know what you don’t
know.” This young couple were not shown
how to cook and eat well during their
upbringing, or even preserve or grow
vegetables. Via our pass it on, healthy living
programme, they have learnt so much and
feel great. Healthy grandkids will be their
For appointments,
phone or text: 021 046 1647
or email: [email protected]
For further information, or to book an
appointment, contact Ann Kerr-Bell on
021 046 1647
Beaver Memorial
By John Gaffikin-Cowan
Since Beaver's death in
May 2010 I had been
looking at some way to
mark her memory here
in the town she loved so
much. Recently I was
made aware that one of the
seats in the Samuel James
Reserve needed to be
replaced and so I offered
to donate a new one in her
Coromandel was very
important to Beaver and when we married
in 2003 it was always understood that we
would eventually live here, which we did
after we found our dream house in Rings
Road in 2006. Beaver loved being here and
so she will be happy to know that, because
of her, there is a spot right in the heart for
people to rest themselves.
On 28 December last, Beaver's birthday,
I gathered with family, whanau and friends
to mark the memorial with a plaque. Her
father, Jack Morrison, was here from
Wellington, while her sisters Ngaere
Campbell and Annette James, as well as her
brother Doug Morrison, all locals, didn't
have to travel quite so far!
I have to thank Sue Wright and the
Beautiful Coromandel group for providing
the new tree as shade.
And I really want to thank Glen Beattie
for building such a fine seat which,
according to Jack Morrison has exactly the
right angle for a comfortable sit. I also want
Natural Medical Centre
At Tiki House,
rewards for the investment made.
• Poor Performance: Muscle cramps,
spasms and pain in his lower back, glutes
and legs have all gone now thanks to his
sports massage. A rigorous training regime
for the Hunua Cycle race was a struggle for
this 39-yr-old man who has now referred
other cyclists to me – he’s so grateful for
the amazing results. All athletes have done
the Active Elements online questionnaire
reflecting low mineral status and are now
taking their personalised prescriptions of
these essential minerals.
Ann Kerr-Bell
B.Hlth.Sc. (Comp.Med.)
Adv.Dip.Med.Herb. MNZAMH
Medical Herbalist
Massage Therapist
to thank Keith Stevenson and Margaret
Harrison and all at the local council for
their help in making this happen.
Thanks are also due to Geoff Kingsmill
for providing the plaque which features a
cartoon created by Jack for Beaver.
Before we married in 2003, Beaver was
confirmed into the Anglican Church, the
Church of Ireland, by the Bishop of Connor.
And so I was delighted that Coromandel's
new Anglican priest, Fr Philip Sallis, was
able to perform the dedication ceremony.
Fr Christopher Denham, from the Roman
Catholic Church, was also present.
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The only full-time Accountants in Coromandel Town.
Sue, Sue and Ann look forward to assisting you
with your accounting and taxation needs.
Open Monday-Friday 9am-4pm
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Coromandel Town Chronicle
Finfish Farm Plan Goes Belly Up
By Geoffrey Robinson
Plans for a massive new Coromandel-based caged
finfish farming industry appear to be dead in
the water, despite active promotion by Waikato
Regional Council and TCDC.
Both councils have been silent about the
project since mid-2013, leaving Coromandel
residents and visitors in the dark. But results of an
Official Information Act request by this writer in
November has revealed where things stand.
Internal WRC documents confirm that efforts
to attract industry investors have stalled, with
virtually no progress toward tenders and consents
in over a year.
Space for finfish aquaculture was created by
changes to the Waikato regional coastal plan in
2011 at the direction of government. WRC and
TCDC promoters claimed annual production
potential of up to 12,000 tonnes of kingfish and
hapuka in 240 hectares of the Coromandel Marine
Farming Zone off Coromandel town and 72
hectares in Wilson Bay.
Problems arose quickly, when an initial call
for “expressions of interest” failed to attract
investors. To restart the project, a working group
of WRC, TCDC, MPI and seafood industry representatives was formed in early 2013, outlining
a revised six-month promotional and tendering
However, internal WRC emails and reports
indicate numerous “barriers to investment” were
identified by would-be investors, making it likely
the tender process, if allowed to proceed, would
Industry concerns included uncertainties and
cost of the resource consent process, lack of shore
infrastructure, incomplete NIWA fishery research,
bonds and coastal occupation charges, and future
requirements of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial
Plan, expected in mid-2015.
To dodge the consent problem, a secret “Plan
B” was devised whereby WRC would apply to
itself for the finfish farming consent and then
transfer it to an actual aquaculture operator. That
idea flopped a few weeks later when council
staff concluded WRC was prohibited by its
own regional coastal plan from applying for the
According to another “confidential” internal
memo, WRC has also learned of previously
unreported NIWA monitoring information
indicating unusually low levels of dissolved
oxygen near the proposed fed aquaculture sites.
That memo states low oxygen “may reach levels
that would impede fish growth and even be
harmful to farmed and wild fish.”
“The immediate short-term risk is that the fish
farming space in both the CMFZ and Wilson Bay
Area C is not viable,” the memo stated.
Meanwhile, industrial-scale finfish farming
was opposed by boaties, environmentalists, recreational fishers, local mussel farmers, and flounder
fisherman, according to WRC. Opponents cited
environmental risks from fish waste, food waste,
antibiotics, and anti-fouling chemicals, spread of
disease to wild stocks, danger to mariners, and
unsustainability of world fish stocks used as feed.
WRC and TCDC had also claimed finfish
farms would create up to 355 new fulltime jobs
in the district. But another internal WRC report
admits “employment created by a marine farm
operation is predominantly low paid, part-time,
seasonal and casual, both on the farm itself and in
the factories processing the product.”
When asked in late December about the
status of the plan, WRC Chair Paula Southgate
confirmed caged finfish farming “is not actively
being worked on”.
According to WRC, further changes to the
Waikato coastal plan would be needed for any
future fed aquaculture development in the Firth.
A review of the coastal plan will likely not
begin until the second half of this year and, with
appeals, might not be operative until 2020.
Neither WRC nor TCDC has revealed how
much they expended in direct outlays and staff
time in their attempt to encourage finfish farming
off the Coromandel.
Coromandel SeniorNet
By Loes Beaver
We forward New Year’s wishes to our members now that 2015 is
There was no meeting this month, but we do have our late
celebration meeting on Thursday 19 February. So we invite
interested people to join us; just let me know.
Now another Christmas has passed and many would have
received IT presents, perhaps we can assist with help and tuition.
We are always open to new members, and also people that can
assist us with any computer courses.
Contact me any time for further information Loes (07) 866 8053
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RSA News
By Ian Franklyn, President
Help make a difference
By Jackie Goudie
I made a decision last year to
help make a difference.
Breast cancer has affected
my close family and friends
and many other people I
Seeing the New Zealand
breast cancer foundation post
about combining my passion
for travel and fundraising
for this good cause got my
So in September 2015
I will be heading to China
with nine other like-minded
people to hike the Great Wall
of China. To help make a
I am fundraising while
here in Coromandel town
by selling cupcakes and
homemade doughnuts and
other goodies at the home
grown markets on Fridays
out front of Pepper Tree
You can follow my
progress and make donations
online via the following link:
Thank you all in advance
for your support towards my
cause and helping me make a
Wishing you all a happy
and safe 2015.
As you may know 2015 is the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli. I understand that some
of you will be traveling by various means to Gallipoli to share in this very special occasion.
Dawn on Anzac Day 25 April commemorates the time that the landings commenced. Ever since then
many New Zealand cities, towns and RSA Clubs have held dawn services in remembrance. I can find no
record of a Dawn Service ever being held in Coromandel town, so in this special year we have decided to
commence our own day of remembrance with such a service.
The Dawn Service will be in addition to the normal Citizens’ Service at 10am. Members of the public
are warmly welcomed to attend one or both of these services. A special “front line” breakfast will be
available for RSA members after the Dawn Service. The usual buffet brunch will be available for all at the
Citizens’ Hall after the 10am service thanks to our Community Board.
Anzac Day will also be commemorated in Coromandel with a Field of Crosses. A white cross bearing
the name and details of the 39 servicemen from our area who lost their lives in World War 1 will be placed
adjacent to the War Memorial.
Our commemorations will begin on Sunday 19 April on a lighter note. We have combined with
Coromandel Music Society to present an afternoon concert in the Citizens Hall. “Sisters of Swing” is a
nationally renowned group presenting songs and music from both wars. Their Andrews Sisters tribute is a
joy to hear. Tickets from the Coromandel Town Information Centre.
On Monday 20 April we will also sponsor an exhibition with a difference at the Citizens’ Hall.
Instead of a formal display we are asking you, the citizens of Coromandel, to bring along any items of
war memorabilia which are especially precious and meaningful to yourselves or members of your family.
We will display these treasures over the four days leading up to Anzac Day. Items from both wars are
welcomed and it is not necessary that they have a link to Coromandel, just that they give yourselves and
others a chance to reflect on the sacrifices that have to be made in time of war. Please ring Pat Williams
(07) 866 7922 or myself (07) 866 7138, for further information.
Thames Lions Club and their doings
By Christine Kemp
2015, a New Year, a time to look forward and make plans. That is what Thames Lions
are doing. We have many commitments and projects but the one which is hovering in
the fairly close future is the Commemoration of New Zealand’s commitment to the
Battle of Gallipoli. It was a time when many of our young men did not return and at
many stages it appeared hopeless. But in wartime troops and leaders have to retreat and
reform to fight another day in another place.
On 11 April Thames Lions, in conjunction with WW100, will be running a Gallipoli
Family Day – either a street parade, a static display, or both in Thames. The display
will be based at the Thames racecourse, we hope, and will include half an hour of mock
battle from a re-enactment group, a fly-past of Tiger Moths, and an opportunity to get
into old military vehicles and get photos taken. It will be a family day of remembering
the men and women of New Zealand who went to war. Some came back and others
didn’t. We have a WW1 ambulance (replica), a WW1 push bike and many other
vehicles coming. Don’t miss it.
Lions will soon be out and about selling a book printed by KMG which is written by
one of their members, Michael Kemp. It is about his experiences with military vehicles,
war and war veterans. It is a good fun read and not expensive. All profits from it will go
to funding the Gallipoli Family Day.
Thames Lions have been looking at what we do in the community and hope to
continue many of the projects that we have done in the past. We are a small active club
and our time is valuable so it needs to be wisely spent. However if you want something
done it will do no harm to ask us. We want to continue to make a difference with our
service in the Thames community and continue to be the Loving Individuals Offering
Needed Service that we are.
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Library News
By Raewyn McKinney
Things are ticking along nicely in the
library following our holiday break. Our
new librarians have settled in well, and our
members are obviously finding the wonderful
summer weather is just as conducive to
reading a good book as the colder days of
Many thanks go to all those who
purchased a ticket in our Christmas raffle
at the library. We sold all the tickets, so
most of our members must have been in
with a chance! The lucky winner was Kevin
O’Keeffe, who I believe also won our Easter
raffle last year! So, well done Kevin, and
thank you all for your support.
The book sale held between Christmas
and New Year went well, with lots of
interest. Thanks to the generosity of many
of our local residents, we still have good
numbers of books for sale, so do call in if you
are looking for cheap, good quality holiday
reading. We have an amazing range of books
for sale, and there are some great bargains
on offer. It is interesting to note that many
visitors to the town do stop to check out our
supply of books for sale; is it that people just
cannot resist a bargain? Sometimes people
are even lucky enough to discover a long lost
“old favourite” amongst our sale items.
On this subject though, I would suggest
that if anyone else has old books they are
thinking of offering to the library, please
contact us first. Unfortunately, we just do not
have the space for huge numbers of
books, so would prefer to wait until the
present collection is somewhat reduced
before accepting any further donations.
Over the past year we have
purchased quite a few books for our
“Young Adult” collection. Obviously,
there is no age limit on who reads
these books, and most are proving
popular with our older readers as
well. However, I would particularly
encourage younger residents of the
town to come along and check out our
A popular choice is the trilogy
by Lauren Oliver; Delirium,
Pandemonium and Requiem. Delirium was
a New York Times bestseller. NPR wrote,
“Oliver writes beautifully, with wellmeasured mastery.” School Library Review
had this to say: “Strong characters, a vivid
portrait of the lives of teens in a repressive
society, and nagging questions that can be
applied to our world today make this book
especially compelling and discussable.”
Garth Nix is another popular author for
this age group. We have several of his books
in the library. He is an Australian author who
specialises in children’s and young adult
fantasy novels, notably the “Old Kingdom”
series, the “Seventh Tower” series and the
“Keys to the Kingdom” series. More than five
million copies of his books have been sold
around the world, his books have appeared on
the bestseller lists of
The New York Times,
February 2015
Publishers Weekly, The Guardian and The
Australian, and his work has been translated
into 40 languages.
We also have a very fine collection of
books for younger children, including many
good New Zealand picture books, such as
Lynley Dodd’s “Hairy Maclary” series.
These are very popular with the little ones,
and are great fun to read aloud.
By the way, parents and educators of
young people should keep in mind that the
closing date for applications for the Deidre
Airey Literacy Fund is 28 February. Those
interested in applying for this grant can pick
up an application form at the library.
Library hours are: 10am to 1pm on Monday,
Tuesday and Thursday; 10am to 4pm on
Wednesday and Friday; and 10am to 12
noon Saturday
New workshop series starting – Biodynamic
By Peter and Gill Bacchus
Biodynamics is a form of organic growing which involves
enlivening the soil and plants and bringing the various growth
energies into balance in order to grow high quality food with
minimal pest and disease damage.
We moved to live in town last year and have used
biodynamics on farms and gardens for many years and have
given workshops around New Zealand. We are setting up a
series of workshops on biodynamics. The first will be held at
our orchard at 2628A Rings Road on 7 February. This will be
followed by a workshop with Louis Kittleson at the Community
Gardens in March.
For further information please ring (07) 866 7077. Peter is also
prepared to give individual advice on gardening issues
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Coromandel Patchwork and
By Mary Hickman
A big thank you to all those people, locals
and visitors, who visited our annual Quilt
Exhibition. There were 81 items on display
and we were visited by over 340 people.
We were very pleased with the response
to our sales table. It was great chatting to
various visitors from around the country and
from overseas. Hopefully some people went
home inspired to begin quilted works of their
Viewers’ Choice: Jill Wilson “Bird
Dance”; Robyn Dudson “Snakes and
Ladders”; Robyn Dudson “Retro Dreaming”;
Sally Clow “Pasifika”.
Our Grocery Raffle was won by a visitor
from Ngatea – Blue spade. F 82. Congratulations.
Our AGM is on 16 February at the St.
John Hall and proceedings begin with a
shared lunch, followed by the AGM.
You are most welcome to come along and
meet some of our members – you may even
like to join our group.
Thank you also to people who have
bought tickets in our Fractured Quilt raffle –
this will be drawn on 16 February. Further
tickets can be purchased from Stapleton’s
Drapery. Proceeds from these raffle sales go
towards the refurbishment of the Citizens’
Hall here in Coromandel
Our meetings 1st, 3rd (and 5th) Mondays
9.30am-4.00pm, St John Rooms, Tiki Road,
Coromandel. President Jill (07) 866 7484
Treasurer Mary (07) 866 8898
Mana Update
By Donna Idol
In my ideal world, I’d begin the year setting a few intentions to
guide and inspire the life I want to live. However, the first month
of the year has flashed by with an abundance of glorious summer
activity and not much time for reflection. And so, playing catch up,
I remind myself, and you too, that practicing a life of kindness will
more than suffice.
John O’Donohue, an Irish poet and philosopher, expresses so
beautifully our relationship with the quality of kindness:
“There is a kindness that dwells deep down in things; it presides
everywhere, often in the places we least expect. The world can be
harsh and negative, but if we remain generous and patient, kindness
inevitably reveals itself. Something deep in the human soul seems
to depend on the presence of kindness; something instinctive in
us expects it, and once we sense it we are able to trust and open
“The word kindness has a gentle sound that seems to echo the
presence of compassionate goodness. When someone is kind to
you, you feel understood and seen. There is no judgment or harsh
perception directed toward you. Kindness has gracious eyes; it is
not small-minded or competitive; it wants nothing back for itself.
Kindness strikes a resonance with the depths of your own heart; it
retreats, workshops, events
Feb 3,10,17 9.30-11am Open Floor Dance Prayer
w/ Geordie Jahner PhD ($15pp)
Feb 5-8
3-day Waitangi Weekend Relax
Feb 20-22 Fit for Life w/ Rod Fielder & Sol Petersen
Mar 4-8
Transformative Change Leadership Training
Mar 12-15 Reiki w/ Uli Brell
Mar 18-22 Warrior Monk
Mar 22-27 Mindful Self-Compassion Training
Mar 27-29 Bodylight w/ Edna Levy
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also suggests that your vulnerability, though somehow exposed,
is not taken advantage of; rather, it has become an occasion for
dignity and empathy. Kindness casts a different light, an evening
light that has the depth of colour and patience to illuminate what is
complex and rich in difference.
“Despite all the darkness, human hope is based on the instinct
that at the deepest level of reality some intimate kindness holds
sway. This is the heart of blessing. To believe in blessing is to
believe that our being here, our very presence in the world, is itself
the first gift, the primal blessing.”
Kindness is one of many blessings of living in Coromandel. The
way we look out and care for our neighbours; the simple friendliness in evidence in our small town – walking down the street,
across the shop counters, in the doctors’ rooms, in the library;
and also in the prompt expertise provided along with a smile and
a good conversation by so many different contractors and service
providers. Kindness – as simple as a smile and warm word or two,
can make a powerful difference to a day, a person, the world. We at
Mana feel blessed to be part of this friendly, supportive community
where kindness is a norm.
Here’s an easy recipe to use some of the garden abundance of
Summer Vegetable Fritters
3 cups grated vegetables (kumara, carrot and courgette make a great
half an onion, finely chopped
2 free-range eggs
3 tbsp olive oil
Mix grated vegetables with onion and eggs. The batter will be
quite wet. In a large heavy pan, heat oil over a medium heat.
Take a handful of vegetable mixture and drop into oil. Flatten
with a spatula. Turn them over when brown and fry for several
more minutes.
Drain on a paper towel and sprinkle with a little salt.
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Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Harataunga
By Mereana Maika
Haerenga Ki Te Waipounamu (Trip to the South Island)
Ka nui te mihi!
A big shout out to all the communities, local businesses, whanau,
hapu and iwi whose generosity enabled the Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o
Harataunga trip to the South Island. Nga mihi ki a koutou katoa!
Kei whea mai! It was wonderful! He mahi manawa kai tutae
(adventurous) and there was a lot to see. We flew to Christchurch,
drove to the West Coast then up to Nelson and flew home from there.
Some of the tamariki highlights as quoted in their stories:
“I kite ahau he tohora.” “I saw a whale.” – Hinetauira
“I kite ahau he kekeno me te punua.” “I saw a seal and a baby
seal.” – Rosa
“He pai rawa nga retireti wai ki Hanmer Springs.” “The water
slides were awesome.” – Te Ohaki
“I kohia e au he maha nga pounamu.” “I got heaps of greenstone.”
– Hamuera
“He tino ‘gifted’ ratou” haven. This quote, you had to be there to
Dare to take the challenge!
By Anna Rock
New Zealand Cadet Forces
The NZ Cadet Forces (NZCF) comprise the Sea Cadet Corps, the
NZ Cadet Corps and the Air Training Corps. It is a voluntary,
disciplined, uniformed youth leadership training organisation for
both boys and girls aged 13 to 18.
Training programmes emphasize personal development and
include a quality, nationally co-ordinated annual program which
aims to:
• Foster a spirit of adventure and teamwork and to develop those
qualities of mind and body essential for good citizens and leaders.
• Provide challenging and disciplined training acitivities which
will be useful in either Service or civilian life.
• Promote an awareness of the Armed Forces and the role they
play in the community.
The NZ cadet Forces are a youth leadership training organization created from a partnership between the New Zealand Defence
Force and the community. It is not part of the NZ Defence Force
but is supported by and gets its military training flavour from the
NZ Defence Force.
Thames Squadron supports the NZ Cadet Corps (Army) and the
Air Training Corps.
What will I do?
Tramping, abseiling, climbing, caving, physical training, shooting,
Duke of Edinburgh Scheme, International Leadership Training and
Forces Experience Programme.
What will I learn?
Leadership, bush craft, survival skills, instructional technique,
citizen training, navigation – open, bush, air, land, weapons
training, marksmanship, drill, radio procedures, first aid, dress and
bearing, weather reading, aviation studies power flying/gliding and
recreation training.
What will I gain by joining NZ Cadet Forces?
Make new friends, be part of a team, experience challenges, try
new things, learn to take responsibility and have fun.
How old do I have to be?
Aged 13-18 years.
Who provides the uniforms?
Cadet Forces.
Will I be in the military?
Please contact Anna (07) 866 8421. We currently have two boys
from Coromandel town participating, shared driving involved.
No. 37 Thames Squadron ATC, Wednesday 6.45pm, Thames
get it, but it was a treasure.
“I ngaro taku tianara ki nga toka panakeke.” “I lost my jandal at the
pancake rocks.” – Hana
“He pai nga donuts i te retireti wai.” “The donuts on the water slide
were fun.” – Te Kapua
“He pai rawa te eke rererangi.” “The ride on the airplane was
awesome.” – Hama
“Tino pai te tuara ki te wahi kaukau.” “The tuatara at the pools was
fun.” – Ririana
“He pai te kauhoe ki a ahau.” “I liked the swimming.” – Zane
No reira koutou ma, kia pai ai te nohotahi, te kai tahi, me te
arohanui ki to whanau i tenei wa o te tau.
Written by Mereana Maika, Tumuaki/Principal, Te Kura Kaupapa
Maori o Harataunga. Contact 022 083 5782 or (07) 866 8376
Te Rerenga School
Nurturing a community of lifelong learners
By Anna Yates
Thank you to all of our school families who helped
run our school fundraising disco in Matarangi on
29 December. This fantastic fundraiser for our school was popular
with so many children both local and visiting. The children just
kept on coming through the doors at the Matarangi fire station!
We are looking forward to welcoming all of our students back
to school on Thursday 29 January to start our 2015 school year.
We know our children will have had so many adventures during
this endless, sunshine-filled weather and they will have lots of
stories to tell.
Our school building project and playground installation are all
on track to be completed and
ready to utilise in 2015 so we
will be starting the year fresh
and revitalised. Our teachers
start their Teacher Only
days on Tuesday 27 January
and this year we welcome
Susan McNeil to our team
in addition to our existing
teachers Shelley, Darrell,
Luscha McMiken and Stina TowgoodDebby and Fiona.
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Coromandel Writers’ Group
By Marni Macdonald
Our group met for our last meeting, the day
of the Coro Chronicle’s deadline, so our news
is now an “oldie but a goodie”. We have a
wonderful tradition for our Christmas meeting.
A feast at Wailin’s, where the table is set fit for
celebrities, the tree is festooned and the room
is a colourful treat. The whole day is a treat.
Comfort, friends, stories, spontaneous writing,
conversations, bubbles, gifts and games. Oh,
and food of course! Much more than we ever
need and never two dishes the same. We are in
festive mood but our purpose is not lost. There
was homework to be read (about Dropping
Jaws), writing to be completed (there was no
room), poetry readings to share and books to
discuss. 2014 held the two faces of the human
condition for our group, joy and sorrow as our
membership ebbed and flowed. We have now
lost a high percentage of our stalwarts, Kath
is well settled in Hamilton and now Shona has
joined her. Margaret has moved to Auckland
and Jocelyn has resigned, with the triumph of
one book published and with the goal of writing
another. Possible new members have visited with
us. We are now in something of a transition, and
will have much to discuss about our direction at
our next meeting which is on 12 February at the
home of Lora Mountjoy, ph: (07) 866 7176.
Ukumania in the Park
Coromandel Art Group
For those of you who were in
town at the end of December
you would have heard the music
from our local group Ukumania
wafting across James Reserve.
By Lindsay Nicholls
Any enquiries regarding gigs
please phone either Vaughan
(07) 866 7969 or David (07) 866
Celebrating Waitangi Day
6th February 2015
Workshops as below with James Webster
and Hinemoa Jones
Followed by food and local Colville bands.
1 hour display and presentation, 11am.
This will be an opportunity to see, touch
and experience the haunting sounds of
1-1.5 hour workshop, 2pm.
This will be an opportunity to play, explore
and experience traditional games for
children and adults.
CSSC 07 866 6920
This is our
group project for
this exhibition.
A total of
twenty different
paintings by
different artists
to create a
mosaic of work
as one piece. All
artists just used
black, white and
Come and see this lovely piece when you visit
the Hauraki House Gallery where our annual
exhibition is held .It is open to the public on
Friday 23 January to 7 February. Open daily
10am-4pm. We don’t charge an entry fee but do
ask that you support the club fundraiser raffle.
We post the prize to
the winner if they are
from out of town and
in NZ as many of our
visitors to the gallery
are. We get a range
of overseas visitors
as well and many of
our paintings sold
have taken a long
journey home. Many
have travelled to
Scotland, England,
Australia and other
places. One of my
paintings has gone
to Iceland after an
exhibition sale!
So come along
and see the world
famous artists of
Coromandel Art
Group at Hauraki House. The artists will take
turns to be on duty so don’t be afraid to ask them
a question about their work.
Don’t forget to vote for your people’s
choice again this year. These are votes for your
favourite art piece in the exhibition. At the end
of the last day, we count up and find our winners.
These are great inspiration for all our artists to
be voted a favourite piece. This is the day the
raffle winners are notified as well. Enjoy our art
for 2015.
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February 2014
Coromandel Music Society
By Robin Münch
2015 Programme
In case you missed
it in the December
Chronicle, here
is the line up for
We start
with the popular
Beyondsemble at
the Mussel Kitchen on Saturday 24 January. Gates open
at 5pm, concert begins at 7pm. Tickets available from
the Coromandel Town Information Centre or gate sales.
Tickets $25, concessions $20.
Beyondsemble is an exciting band who plays an eclectic
range of music to move you and to make you move.
Bring your friends, a few extra chairs or a blanket, your
dancing shoes and your wallet (!) to buy food and drinks
from the Mussel Kitchen’s delicious menu and the wellstocked bar (there will be a vegetarian option).
Bella Kalolo - Friday 27 March
New Zealand soul at its finest.
Sisters of Swing - Saturday 19 April
A tribute to the war era and the ANZAC centenary. Sisters
of Swing perform familiar songs that made The Andrews
Sisters famous.
GALS choir - Saturday 13 June
Auckland based gay and lesbian singers whose repertoire
ranges from the schmaltzy to the serious, from the camp to
the cute, from the frivolous to the fun.
String Wizardry - Friday 25 September
A return visit from Helen Webby, harpist extraordinaire
and Davy Stuart on guitar.
John and Amiria Grenell - Friday 9 October
Good old New Zealand rural music (call that country?)
John sang as John Hore. Amiria is his daughter.
Miho’s Jazz Orchestra - Sunday 1 November
Happy, groovy music from flute player Miho and her
dynamic, pocket-sized orchestra.
And we’re also hoping to bring a classical pianist in
July or August.
Membership Subscription – discounts and prizes!
A $20 Music Society membership subscription entitles the
holder to a $5 discount on tickets to all of our concerts and
allows them to be entered into a membership draw for a
CD or a free concert pass when they attend concerts. It’s a
wonderful idea for music lovers and a good way to support
a local community group.
With eight concerts planned for 2015, you can enjoy the
benefits of a full year’s worth of entertainment.
Contact [email protected] for further details in
the first instance
Driving Creek Doings No.167
By Barry Brickell
The new exhibition here in the Driving Creek Art Gallery opened on Boxing
Day without much fanfare because everyone was busily involved with the
post-Christmas rush. The gallery is open every day from about 11am to 3pm
and is staffed by a welcoming attendant. It is my policy to have a theme
for each exhibition and to write a comprehensive catalogue that includes
the provenance of each work. Few other galleries seem to do this. I believe
that it helps the viewer to begin a dialogue with the work. Some visitors
will stand in front of a work for some time, maybe puzzling about it, but I
see this as a form of communication. The title of this exhibition is “Paint
and Clay as Forms of Expression”. It is certainly not like conventional art
society types of exhibitions; there are some challenging works here!
Two major works by the late Keith Patterson dominate the end wall.
Keith was my first art mentor when I was at secondary school. After
returning from Spain in 1957, he and his wife took up residence near our
family home in Devonport. Through Keith, I became acquainted with
several other artists involved with the “modern” movement, hell-bent
on new forms of expression, ditching any trace of “cultural cringe” or
“national inferiority complex”. I also needed to include the work of the
newer generation of Pacifica artists and my catalogue details aspects of their
work. We change exhibitions twice yearly – this one runs to about mid year.
In the ceramics display are some fine works by the late Dr Deirdre Airey,
with interpretations of her biblical stories. As with our previous exhibition
“Railways as Art”, this one is drawing a lot of interest from the public. For
children as well as adults, our new DVD player provides entertainment in
the form of me being filmed making the “last fatso” jug from start to finish,
including the firing. Entry to the gallery is free.
Not a lot to report on the extended wharf concept at this stage except
for a report by Scott Wynands on his visit to the Westhaven Marina in
Auckland. Here he met up with manager Kevin Lidgard who said that he
is fully behind the extended pile wharf concept, emphasising that it would
be a hit for Auckland “boaties” to have such an attraction in Coromandel
harbour. It would make our town much more accessible and be of great
benefit to local businesses. He offered to give any advice on project
development and sees no point in developing yet another ecologically
questionable marina. At this point I would like to reiterate that any railway
along the wharf would simply be a utility enabling a much less expensive
option than a wharf designed for tour buses.
Finally, we are looking forward to the working visit of Paul Lorimer and
his daughter Catherine from Okinawa, due here about 20 January for up to
three months. Local restauranteurs: a reminder – consider some handcrafted
local pottery! Paul has pottery skills that match those of George Sempagala,
whom many of our readers will fondly remember. Also, it was heartening
for Lindsay Garmson to have made very good sales from his recent Hauraki
House exhibition – his 26th! He deserves it as well as good sales of his
Coromandel Granite book. And lastly, Nate Savill, our blacksmith, is
working here again. Please put your orders in.
Season’s tidings, Barry
Miniature World
Opening Anniversary Weekend
(Saturday 24 January)
at 83 Whangapoua Road,
Coromandel Town
Contact Bev Johnstone
07 866 8171
Driving Creek Railway
Trains will run at 10.15am, 11.30am,
12.45pm, 2.00pm, 3.15pm.
For 5 or more adults trains can run at
9.00am and 4.30pm.
BOOKINGS ADVISABLE – Phone: 07 866 8703
email: [email protected]
380 Driving Creek Road, Driving Creek, Coromandel, 3506
Coromandel Town Chronicle February 2014
Coromandel Catchment Committee
By Reihana Robinson, local community rep
While many of us are campaigning to reduce the layers of
regional government, we presently are stuck with Waikato
Regional Council rates as well as local TCDC rates.
Some of our WRC rates are used by the various committees
created by the WRC behemoth. One of the subcommittees is
called the Coromandel Catchment Committee. As you can well
imagine this encompasses basically every aspect of interaction
with mothernature/Papaatuanuku.
As an appointed member of this group (I personally believe
that if these committees are to continue into the future, all
community reps should be elected or appointed from elected
representatives on our Community Board), I have presented
reports with recommendations from our community covering a
range of topics including a request to support bush skills training
as part of the Enviroschools programme; requests to listen to
our Community Board to support humane wild animal control;
and the request that the upcoming Long Term Plan ends targeted
rates for the Coromandel and has the region paying for where
the region plays. Locals should not be picking up the tab for the
Peninsula Project.
Since our beaches and harbours are the biggest assets in the
region both environmentally and economically, and right now
the whole region pays for the Lake Taupo cleanup and the elite
cycle track ($11m) near Cambridge, I believe all harbour, coastal
and catchment work should be paid for by the whole region, not
locals. This should also include the big WRC salaries paid to the
Whitianga staff.
I would like to encourage members of the public to attend the
17 February meeting as there is a public forum starting at 10am
at the TCDC Council chambers in Thames.
I was unsuccessful in gaining clear support for our
local community board resolution supporting humane wild
animal control, however a reformatted resolution was passed
unanimously. A staff member changed the word “support” to
“acknowledge” in the first line so that part of the long resolution
now reads:
“That the Coromandel Liaison Zone Subcommittee:
1. Acknowledges the Coromandel-Colville Ward Community
Board's opposition to the use of 1080 within its Ward and its
support for alternative methods of pest eradication, eg hunting,
trapping and cyanide.”
Readers may be entertained to learn that a DOC affiliated
colleague on the committee has questioned my right to
communicate freely with the public concerning the committee
deliberations. One imagines this “confusion” has arisen because
this committee traditionally listens to reports from staff and then
rubber stamps whatever comes out of head office. The fact that I
am presenting recommendations has come as a surprise.
Just so there is no confusion my report here represents my
views and most definitely does not represent the views of the
Coromandel Catchment Committee. I am merely the local public
I guess her idea is that we attend meetings, get paid a travel
fee and go home. One could expect that those who apply to be
on this committee would understand their role before submitting
their application. This is a quote from p31 in the Coromandel
Zone Management Plan 2012:
“The primary purposes of the catchment liaison subcommittees (now renamed Coromandel Catchment Committee) are:
• To provide advice to WRC on river and catchment related
activities in particular;
• To provide input and feedback in relation to WRC
programmes and activities;
• To assist with the exchange of information between WRC and
the community.”
Driving Creek Wildlife
By Wailin Elliott
Doug Ashby and his group
of enthusiastic listeners in
the Driving Creek Wildlife
Sanctuary Interpretation Centre
On Thursday 8 January, Driving Creek Wildlife Sanctuary,
along with the Moehau Environment Group Summer Holiday
Programme, hosted a “Meet a Gecko” morning with the well
known herpetologist Doug Ashby and his wife Jane. 36 enthusiastic adults and children turned up at 11am to listen to Doug
and learn about geckos. Everybody had the chance to handle and
observe a native gecko at close quarters. Doug and Jane showed us
Duvaucel, forest geckos, green geckos and the star spangled gecko.
It was a wonderful experience to learn about our native lizards
thanks to Doug and Jane.
This programme was organised by MEG and was very
successful and informative. Hopefully this could be an annual
event. All donations raised at this event go towards predator
protection by MEG.
Coromandel Kiwi Project
By Jeff Williams
A very big welcome to our new volunteers! As a result of the
Chronicle articles, the Keltic Fair, and good old word-of-mouth, the
Coromandel Kiwi Project now has several new volunteers – even a
couple 09’ers from Auckland! Welcome all!
I’ve gotten quite a few inquiries of “What can I do?” from people
that don’t have the time to volunteer, or perhaps aren’t ready to tramp
up to the Kaipawa Trig. There are two things that everyone can do
immediately to assist the project.
The first would be to place a stoat trap on your property. Stoat traps
are available from several sources, including online at
nz. We have helped numerous families around Coromandel town set
up personal traps and we know from reports that it makes a difference.
Our trap lines cover the hills behind town but not the more densely
populated areas in town and close to the shore.
The second would be to become a member of Moehau
Environment Group. Membership costs about the same as takeaway
fish and chips, and it lasts for a whole year. (Some say it feels better
the morning after, too.) Although we operate here in the Coromandel
Kiwi Project with volunteer time, it still costs money to purchase,
build, and repair traps. Other MEG projects in the more remote
northern peninsula cannot garner the same volunteer support and so
must pay for people to trap and clear tracks.
It’s the time of year we aggressively maintain our tracks. If
you would like to spend a few hours in the bush clearing track and
marvelling at the great views, please contact us at [email protected]
Coromandel Town Chronicle
Peninsula Project Update
By John Veysey
1080 is due in the Peninsula Project yet
It is unbelievable that the Peninsula
Project still exists after wasting so much
public money already.
The purpose of all this spending was
to reduce possum numbers so trees would
flourish better and thus soak up more water
when the heavy rain comes and thus reduce
the damage which can be caused by flooding.
It sounded untrue in 2004 and it is still untrue.
Turns out that the possum numbers were
already low enough – below 25% RTC
– before the Peninsula Project began; the
trees were flourishing very adequately thank
you. The rain still falls very heavily and the
poisoned trees still cannot soak it up any
more quickly than the trees which have not
been 1080’d.
So why did all this money get spent for
no visible return? And why on earth is it
still being spent? We have been asking these
questions for ten years.
Meanwhile DOC and regional council
have gotten used to spending many hundreds
of thousands of dollars every year. $660,000
for possums and $200,000 p.a. for goats.
After five years spending a million dollars
a year there were so few possums or goats
to be found that the goat shooters were
dismissed and there was no more work for
the possum controllers. And yet the funding
still kept turning up to be spent.
Peninsula Project funding was always
approved long before the need for it had been
By 2010 the project was out of council’s
Time and again council staff turned up
with hundreds of thousands of ratepayer
dollars to pay possum control contractors
only to find that that private landowners
preferred to handle their own possum control
on their own lands, something which John
Simmons, the then manager, disapproved
of. Not knowing how to deal with private
landowners, ratepayer funds meant for the
Coromandel area in 2010/11 were given
to DOC for a poisoning operation north of
Miranda. In 2012 council gave our $115,000
to DOC for their 1080 drop in 2013.
After a two-year trial between 2012
and 2014, regional council has shown that
possums can be kept to very low numbers if
the control is left to private landowners.
But what are DOC and council going
to do with all the hundreds of thousands of
dollars they keep pouring annually into this
make-work project?
Come 2015 John Simmons has lost his job
and the only PP work left happening is aerial
Now that they can no longer pretend that
February 2014
possums need controlling DOC is telling
themselves that the 1080 will cure a rat
problem. But is there really a rat problem?
And is there any benefit, long- or short-term,
in spreading 1080 to control rats?
In their 2014 Battle for the Birds DOC’s
1080 only achieved an 80% kill of rats which
was insufficient to have prevented a manifold
increase in the rat numbers by the time the
birds were breeding. This was all explained
on network TV by DOC’s disappointed rat
expert Graeme Elliot. Small wonder we have
heard so little about the results.
Though well-intentioned, it appears that
$27 million spent on the Battle for the Birds
has been of no more benefit to any birds than
the eight or nine million dollars already spent
on the Peninsula Project. The bird deaths of
hawk, falcon, kingfisher and morepork from the
Papapakai drop in 2013 are still being felt many
kilometers beyond the drop zone. What gives
DOC or council the right to favour one native
bird over another? Falcon, for example, are
very much rarer and more precious than kiwi.
Once again (is this the third or fourth
time?), the hills behind Thames and their
waterways will be doused with 1080 in the
coming winter – unless council decides to
step in and put community wishes first.
Will DOC’s approach in 2015 be any
more considerate than that dished out by the
2013 managers Leon Pickering and Nick
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Environmental continued
Bush Bites
nocturnal walks, a Family Fun Run at Little
You’ve all heard of “sound bites”, now our
Bay and Coastal clean-up at Waitete Bay.
By Natalie Collicott
MEG trappers want to share some “bush
A New Enterprise
Summer Highlights
bites”– inspiring encounters with nature
Campers at Waikawau Bay may have
What a fantastic
they’ve had while out in the bush: “Week 1
noticed a slight change this year, as MEG
summer we’ve had
– weasel in trap 5, week 3 – weasel in trap 5.
has been managing the camp store over the
so far. We have
Yeah!”; “Looking at my legs this morning... I
peak summer period. The store provides
thoroughly enjoyed
think the bush bit me!!”; “4 stoats, 4 traps all
a service to the thousands of campers that
meeting so many locals and visitors while out
in a row, good bye stoat family!”
stay at the popular DOC camp over summer.
running our Summer Programme activities
This year, the store is again situated in the
Moehau Environment Group is a non-profit
during January. Thanks to everyone who has
existing historic school house adjacent to
volunteer organisation dedicated to the
come along and supported us. It gives such a
the Waikawau Camp shop office. Working
protection and enhancement of the natural
boost to our volunteers, to see the delight on
under a concession with the Department of
environment of the northern Coromandel.
people’s faces when they have an impacting
Conservation, any profit generated from the
For more info or to get involved please
encounter with nature.
store will be used to fund local conservation
get in touch with Natalie Collicott, MEG
At times conservation work can
projects managed by our group.
Coordinator (07) 866 5337. Email: [email protected]
be arduous. And it is easy to become
Campaign Targets Holiday Dogs or go to
accustomed to the beauty of where we live
Community groups
and work, and the creatures we interact with.
protecting kiwi
March of the pines
So seeing others make new discoveries about
populations all over the
the natural world and hearing what they are
Coromandel Peninsula
By Carol Sutherland
observing in their backyards helps renew our
worked together over
One of the things that trappers might do along a line is take out the
enthusiasm for protecting biodiversity on
the Christmas period
odd noxious plant. Sometimes the species seems too overwhelmthe Coromandel. We hope we have inspired
to remind dog owners
ing in number but there are times that a quick uproot might stop
a few of you to get involved and help us
to be aware of the
one of the many triffids from getting a foothold. For example, in
protect what makes the Coromandel magical.
danger their dogs pose
amongst a beautiful stream setting deep in the bush a ginger plant
A personal highlight for me this year was
to kiwi. The message
might appear. It doesn’t take long to knock it back. A tad of bush
listening to herpetologist Doug Ashby during
is a simple one: dogs
gardening can maintain that vista.
the “Meet a Gecko” activity at Driving
and kiwi do not mix.
One thing that offends botanical sensibilities is the growing
Creek Wildlife Sanctuary. Doug is a brilliant
Partnering with DOC,
presence of wilding pines. Looking up to the hills above
speaker with an infectious enthusiasm for
the groups organised
Coromandel town one sees pine trees edging their crowns out from
gecko but I was equally impressed by the
free kiwi avoidance
the bush. There are more of them each year and they are getting
reptilian facts and thoughtful questions
training days at
higher. There is the odd one that has been poisoned or ring barked
brought by children who attended. With
Waikawau Bay, Te
(well done to those who did that) and around the Kauri Track there
everyone present getting to hold live gecko,
Mata, Kuaotunu and
have been some heroic kills in order to stop them looming over the
I am sure I am not the only one the day left a
Tairua. If you missed
newly planted kauris.
lasting impression on.
out but want to teach
I know Pinus radiata and other pine species are an important
Our summer programme has been running
your dog to avoid
commercial resource but I wish they would keep to the plantations,
for over thirteen years and all funds raised
kiwi, contact DOC to
but they don’t. To me they are similar to genetically modified
go towards the protection of kiwi habitat in
find out more. Please
plants escaping from a farmer’s field and running amok: alien
the Coromandel. Activities this year included
protect Coromandel
species that can change the environment by outcompeting the
day-trips to Cuvier Island, guided walks,
kiwi by being a
natives. However, the exotic invasive plants don’t need genetic
Starlight Cinema, Upclose Kiwi Encounters,
responsible dog owner.
tinkering for they are growing and procreating at a rate any
geneticist would be impressed with. They don’t even need a
gene to glow, because one can spot them easily in amongst the
natives, and unfortunately they don’t have a terminator gene. If
left unchecked we will be looking at a forest monoculture. It will
be the struggling puriri that will look like the odd one out. It won’t
happen overnight, maybe not in our lifetime, but it will happen.
However, in places that matter to us, stopping them expanding
will help. I have no problem with manageable exotic trees, ones
that don’t cut a swath through the indigenous, but with so many
introduced invasive species it feels that in order to help our forests
MEG Runners line-up at the startline of the annual Cabbage Tree Fun
the conservationist is left wandering around like a dalek muttering
Run in Little Bay
“exterminate”. (Although I do believe, even greenies tend to be
much better over uneven ground.)
There are plenty of us that like to wander along tracks, but
the wider the track the greater the chance of the forest being
invaded by the fast growing noxious. So in return for those nice
tracks where the forest was sacrificed for our benefit, how about
* Deep Tissue Remedial Bodywork
uprooting the odd alien invader? If all forest users took a minute or
* Relaxation / Swedish massage
so then that combined effort will have an effect. Call it “collective
bush gardening”. Wouldn’t it be lovely if became a unique kiwi
* Lymphatic Drainage
* Hot Stones Massage
I hope plenty of pine trees were felled for Xmas. Taking out
as many Xmas trees as one can is a jolly good gift to give to the
Lynley Ogilvie, RMT.
forest. So uproot the seedling, machete the sapling, fire up the
chainsaw, and with a piquant brew, drill baby drill!
Call for an appointment: (07) 8668684 or 021 866868
Moehau Environment Group
Coromandel Town Chronicle
Have Your Say on Wainuiototo/New Chum Beach
By Catherine Delahunty, Green MP
The new application for subdivision of the land next to Wainuiototo
is publicly notified so that people can make submissions to the TCDC
from 16 January to Monday 16 February at 4 pm. We are pleased
that people will at least have a chance to have a say thanks to the efforts
of the people who signed the petition calling for notification and the
TCDC recognition that this is a matter of significant public interest.
I have not seen the final draft of the application but I have seen
enough to know that it will change the nature of the beach experience.
One of the landowners came to Parliament and showed me their plan
earlier this year which consisted of four houses with associated roads
and several areas of bush they intend to protect. If this was a subdivision
away from the coast in an area already modified by residential developments I would applaud their application. But it’s the last public beach
wilderness on the eastern Coromandel with no development in the
backdrop and it’s a global icon worthy of special protection. I don’t
think the landscape values and the wild beauty of this place should be
sacrificed to private interests even though they own the land. I know
many people want this place protected and will help “Preserve New
Chum for Everyone” argue the case. I am personally motivated by the
leadership of the late Peter Tiki Johnston who told us how significant
the history is at Wainuiototo and how we must protect the spirit of the
place for future generations. The tangata whenua have ancestral rights
and sites in the area that are entitled to legal protection. Right now
we can still use Part 2 Section 6 and 7 of the Resource Management
Act to argue for the subdivision to be stopped due to the impact on
the landscape and the amenity values (the public recreational uses)
but the government is determined to change the law and remove these
clauses. The government now has the numbers to force this change
through Parliament but it won’t affect this application. So if you love
Leg Pains
An old man went to the doctor complaining of a terrible pain in his
“I am afraid it’s just old age,” replied the doctor, “there is nothing
we can do about it.”
“That can’t be” fumed the old man, “you don't know what you are
“How can you possibly know I am wrong?” countered the doctor.
“Well it's quite obvious,” the old man replied, “my other leg is fine,
and it's the exact same age!”
Cross-Eyed Dog
A man takes his Rottweiler to the vet. “My dog’s cross-eyed. Is there
anything you can do for him?”
“Well,” says the vet, “let’s have a look at him,” So he picks the dog
up and examines his eyes, then checks his teeth.
Finally, he says “I’m going to have to put him down.”
“What? Because he’s cross-eyed?”
“No, because he’s really heavy...”
February 2014
the wildness, silence and magic of that beach, join with us in writing
a submission to save it. Of course the increased profile of the beach
means it needs more waste management but that is not a reason to allow
subdivision. We have to do more than enjoy summer at the beach, we
have to act for the longer term on this issue.
If we can save this place we will never regret the effort and people
need to realise that previous efforts have been incredibly valuable.
They have held a line in the sand which we can now defend.
On a beautiful summer day I would rather bask in this paradise
than write submissions but the price of this environment is a continued
community commitment to action. Whether it’s stopping mining
or subdivision in the wrong place, it’s a chance to articulate values
which reach beyond personal profit or gratification in world already
compromised by short-sighted human activity. Be sure to check
the TCDC website and the Hauraki Herald for more information on
making a submission. Take the opportunity to be heard!
New Chum Beach
By Rosemary Stone
If you’ve read Catherine Delahunty’s article above, you’ll be
aware that there is a housing development being proposed by the
owners of the land adjoining New Chum Beach. If you would
like to preserve New Chum Beach and retain its unspoilt beauty
for future generations, please make a submission to TCDC before
Monday 16 February at 4pm. New Chum is one of the very last
undeveloped white sand beaches left on the peninsula. It is rare and
precious. Now is your chance to be heard.
See for helpful instructions on
how to make a submission and a user-friendly pdf
Coromandel Town Chronicle February 2014
Sandy Bay Fishing Club News
By Robyn Stewart
With a year under their belts the new
committee of the Sandy Bay Fishing
Club held another successful three-day
tournament in Port Charles. Membership
was up this year to over 200 with a large
increase in numbers for the men’s day
held on 2 January. Kids’ Day followed on
3 January with Ladies’ Day on 4 January.
Even though fishing was hard for all and
many hectares of the ocean were covered,
Mike Heather receiving his award from Ray
there were still plenty
of nice fish weighed
in. Of course the days
would not have been
as successful without
the major sponsorship
of Ocean Kayaks of
Coromandel who
not only advertised
for the club but also
subsidized prizes and
donated a children’s
kayak as a spot prize
on Kids’ day. Jessie
Martin from Auckland
is a very happy little
boy – thanks Rob and
Janet. Another major
thank you goes to Tom
and Lorraine of Joint
Venture Fishing Charters – there are 12
extremely happy men and women anglers
who can’t wait to test the Coromandel “hot
spots” with skipper Jordan. Thanks are also
extended to Salty Towers, Brian Martin
Electrical, Huchwilco, the Baxter Family
and Nicola and Mike who also contributed
prizes for the day.
We take great pride in our successful
club and this year we proudly marked the
40th anniversary of its official formation.
To celebrate this, the founding president
Ray Stewart of Coromandel was invited
to hand out the annual prizes at the AGM.
Spirit of Coromandel Trust Update
By Debra Attwood
Welcome back to the new year. February is
now upon us already and I hope you all set your
new year’s resolutions to get yourselves fit and
take on the challenge to enter and conquer one of our iconic events,
the ARC 8/12/24 Adventure Race, the K2 cycle race or the Great
Cranleigh Kauri Run. The next race on our calendar is the adventure
race on 14-15 March.
This will be the 15th running of the ARC Adventure Race. The
event will be around the southern part of the Coromandel Peninsula
and be based from the township of Waihi Beach on the Pacific Coast.
The event is comprised of four races, the traditional ARC 24 and
the ARC 12 adventure races, a new non-kayaking version of the ARC
12 and the ARC 8. The ARC 8 is a shorter, non-kayaking version of
the ARC 12-hour event.
This year’s events will have a special Service category for teams
from the armed services, the police, fire brigades and paramedics, so
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The Stewart family now have the fourth
generation of members in the club and
this year Ray was able to hand out annual
trophies to his son Graham and two grandchildren Kylie and Hamish.
Below are the annual awards: Men’s
Heaviest Snapper – Mike Heather 7.794kg;
Ladies’ Heavies Snapper – Kylie Strongman
3.38kg; Boys’ Heaviest Snapper – Damon
Morris 1.738kg; Girls’ Heaviest Snapper
– Taylor-Rose Hayward 2.29kg; Heaviest
Kingfish – Mike Heather 23.6kg; Golden
Oldies Trophy – Graham Stewart; Mattie
Bell Cup – Hamish Stewart; Ray Boland
Memorial Cup – Carina Hooper.
come on Coromandel Fire Brigade, Coromandel Peninsula Police,
take up the challenge.
The ARC 24-hour has gained a reputation for being an honest
24-hour race and has occasionally taken teams a little longer! This
year’s race is being designed so that all teams will finish between 18
and 26 hours. Our aim is to ensure that all teams will finish the course.
The emphasis is on strategy, navigation, good teamwork as well
as physical fitness. The race is open to teams of four or two, being
mixed, men’s or women’s teams. The main category is the mixed team
of four.
There is also a new five-person category whereby four people race
and the fifth person drives the support vehicle. Team members can
change during the race as long as there are four people racing at any
one time.
The races will include the following disciplines:
• Sea kayaking (not ARC 8 or the non-kayaking version of the ARC 12)
• Hill, Bush and River running/Trekking/Mountain Biking
• Navigation and Rifle Shooting
• Rope work
• Mystery Activities (high adrenaline factor)
The ARC is a community based event and is put together by local
Coromandel people and a large number of local volunteers. The
course travels over a large tract of land which includes land administered by DOC, local iwi land and a number of private landowners, all
of who have kindly given us permission to use their land.
The net proceeds from this race go into the Spirit of Coromandel
Trust which has been established to encourage and support local
people, particularly youngsters into sporting and outdoor activities and
to put something back into the land that we use for the enjoyment of
future generations.
For entry details and more information check our website or check out the events on our Facebook
pages for each race
Coromandel Town Chronicle
February 2015
ews from Thames-Coromandel District Council
F E B R U A R Y, 2 0 1 5
Youth Awards
o you know an outstanding young person? Perhaps you are one. The Youth Awards are being held
on the 23 May 2015. Nominations will be open soon, but in the meantime get your thinking caps on
and don’t be shy about putting someone forward.
ë The Young Creative’s Award for Artistic Expression – young people who excel in the arts, culture,
music, dance, performance
ë The Helping Hand Award for Community Service – young people who have volunteered in order
to improve the community
ë The Green Thumb Award for Environmental Care – young people who have completed
environmental projects improving protection, conservation and /or sustainability
ë The Kia Kaha Award for Perseverance – young people who have overcome challenges in order to
improve the community
ë The Legend Award for Leadership – young people who have demonstrated great leadership in
projects that have improved the community
ë The People’s Choice Award for Excellence – this award is chosen from all the nominations in all
the categories
To get regular updates on the awards and for more information about our Youth Projects sign up for our
Youth eNewsletter go to
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the facility.
The Colville Connection – a staple on the adventurous kiwis
annual event calendar, situated towards the northern end of
the Coromandel Peninsula, an amazing place to get out there
and do it!
The cost for use of the Grid as detailed
in Council’s Annual Plan is: $65 per
berth/per day.
21 February 2015
Monday to Friday
12:30pm to 5:30pm
Saturday 10:30am to 5:30pm
Sunday 10:30am to 7:30pm
Monday to Friday
12:30pm to 5:30pm
Saturday 10:30am to 5:30pm
Sunday 10:30am to 7:30pm
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Phone: 07 868 0200
From Monday 20 October 2014 fire
permits will be issued with a maximum
duration of 14 days (2 weeks). A Total
Fire Ban starts on 20 December 2014
through to 8 February 2015. This means
no permits will be issued during
this time – and this period could be
extended depending on weather. We
will also be monitoring our Daily Fire
Indices around the Coromandel.
Monday to Friday
10:00am to 5:30pm
Saturday 10:30am to 5:30pm
Sunday 10:30am to 7:30pm
Monday to Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday 10:00am to
Sunday 10:30am to 7:30pm
Sugarloaf Grid
Open later on Sundays or the
last day of a long weekend*
The categories for the awards are:
It is important that bookings are made
so that there are no clashes of use for all
harbour users.
Summer Refuse
Transfer Station
Coromandel Town Chronicle February 2014
Sport continued
Coromandel Golf Club
Coromandel Swimming Club
By Peter Gray
By Rosemary Stone
2015 Teed-Off with the Coromandel
Hotel Open (Top Pub) on Saturday 3 January. A
mixed field of over 40 players competed. The Club
would like to extend its appreciation for Stan Hill’s
(Top Pub) generous support. Unfortunately Stan could
not play on the day, but was well represented by his
son, Ollie.
Results for the day: Men Div1 – Gross Mark
Burcombe 74, Net Ron Evans 69, Stableford Alan
Rose 42. Men Div2 – Gross Colin McNeil 80, Net
Zim Mareroa 65, Stableford Gain Zohrab 41. Ladies
– Gross Fiona Christian 81, Net Eugene Weimer 67,
Stableford Chris Chapple 38.
The “Bragging Board” for 2014 has been wiped for
a new start in 2015. However, Mark Burcombe and
Chris Fielding shared the Best Gross for 2014 with
rounds of 68, while Ed Buckett’s 59 was the Best Net.
In the Ladies’ Eugene Weimer’s 86 Gross and Sue
Davies’s 60 Net were the best for 2014.
The AGM returned the same office bearers for
another term with Ed Buckett, President; Kevin
Verner, Treasurer; Peter Gray, Secretary; and Craig
Dudson, Club Captain. The Women’s Captain is Sue
Davies and Women’s Secretary is Philippa Medlock.
The 2015 subs were increased slightly for 2015
with full membership $375; First Year Membership
$190 (no previous Golf Membership); Summer
Membership $220 (period of daylight saving); Country
Membership $205; Junior Membership $40; Social
Membership $60; and 100km Membership $100 + $10
green fee.
Note – Twilight Golf recommenced mid January –
Friday evenings 4.30-6.00pm Tee $5.
Saturday 7 February – Maori Tournament
Tuesday 10 February – Ladies’ Open Day, Visitors’
Day (P)
Saturday 14 February – Opening Day/Bob Riley
Trophy (P)
Sunday 15 February – Championship Pennants Rd1
(not in Coromandel)
Tuesday 17 February – Ladies’ LGU Medal,
Mclnemey Cup, Gross Cup-St Patrick’s Day Green
Saturday 21 February – India Tyre Trophy
Sunday 22 February – Peninsula Executives’ Day/
Goldfields/at Coromandel (C)
Tuesday 24 February – Ladies’ Nancy McCormack.
Wednesday 25 February – Meat Pack, Laurie Olliff
Saturday 28 February – Stroke-Play Championship 9am
Seniors and Intermediates, 10.30am Juniors.
It's hot, hot, hot this month and we've been busy in the pool.
Learn to swim classes have been extremely popular and it's lovely to see new
swimmers becoming confident in the water. The next learn to swim classes will
begin on 9 February. Register your interest by picking up an enrolment form from
the pool.
On 21 February our swimming club will be hosting the Peninsula Combined
Fun Carnival. Once every three years, Coromandel invites swimmers from other
clubs to compete in this fun event. As well as being a good fundraiser, the carnival
gives our swimmers a chance to compete against members of other clubs who swim
at a similar level. We will be seeking sponsors for this event, so if you would like to
donate a spot prize or sponsor an event, please see Natalie Munns at Harcourts.
Some of our competitive swimmers will be competing in the Fairfield Classic
meet, to be held in Hamilton on 15 February. It is always a good experience for
the swimmers to visit a larger town, swim in a bigger pool and compete. Debra and
Simon spend lots of time preparing our swimmers for swim meets. There is race
etiquette to learn and rules to be observed. As a parent, it is always a proud moment
seeing how well our swimmers do when they pit themselves against swimmers
from larger, urban clubs. Their achievements are a testament to the hard work and
dedication of the coaches and to the commitment of the swimmers themselves.
The highlight of the swimming calendar for many will be held on the weekend
beginning 28 February. It's our annual 24-hour swim-a-thon. Swimmers aim to
keep their lanes full for a 24-hour period. Some set ambitious personal goals, trying
to get the most lengths swum in 24 hours. There is an adult lane too, and members
of the public are invited to come along, make a donation and join in the fun.
Swimmers will be seeking sponsorship – either per length or a set amount so
please give generously to this fundraiser.
Happy swimming everyone.
Fishing Club
By Lindsay Nicholls
What a cracker summer we are having; not too sure about the fishing though. Fish
can be caught, just not as easily as when it’s cooler and less populated.
Fish of the month for November was Logan Davies 1.987kg John Dory.
December winner was Clay Short with a 2.918kg trevally weighed in. Well done,
dollars coming your way.
Any member is entitled to weigh in a fish and be up for the month’s prize. The
rest of January is snapper and February is kingfish.
Scales are now at Fish and Dive and at Val and Max Larsen’s for after hours at
356 Wharf Rd, next to the walkway. A courtesy phone call beforehand would be
good please. Raffles at Admirals are selling well. These can be sold anytime within
your duty week. Thanks to those supporting the club in this way.
Hopefully we will be running Anniversary weekend tournament. Nonmembers
can join in for a day fee. The next tournament after that to put into your diary is
Classy Chicks on 7 March and our kids’ comp is now on 18 April. Every kid who
enters gets a prize. This is the last weekend of school holidays before term two
K Bay Kayak & Paddleboard Hire
Mussel farm ¿shing, Sightseeing,
Birdwatching, Kayak trails,
River, coastal exploration,
Safe friendly Kayaks &
Paddleboards. Affordable prices.
Endless paddling options
for all abilities.
All enquiries welcome,
ph Amanda 866 7097
Situated in Kennedy Bay - 20mins drive from Coromandel town.
Coromandel Croquet Club
By Judy Bronlund
Now that we are having beautiful summer days it is great to be out
playing croquet. Beats doing housework any day! Recently two ladies
saw us playing as they were going to the shops and they called in.
They had a fun game of golf croquet before joining us for morning
tea. The ladies had been touring around New Zealand and had been
down to Stewart Island. From Coromandel they were heading back to
Wellington where the daughter lived and worked and the mother was
returning to Scotland shortly after.
We ladies at croquet are wondering if enough people were
interested in playing golf croquet, that maybe a Thursday would be
suitable for it. Contact us if you would like to give it a go.
Our condolences to the family and friends of Jessie Anderson.
Jessie was a regular player on our lawns 20 years ago.
Contact Kaye (07) 866 8968, Judy (07) 866 8637
Coromandel Town Chronicle
Coromandel Community
Recreational Society
Trust Waikato Events Centre
(Community Swimming Pool
By Debra Attwood
With most of our summer season behind us
we are now heading into the school term
again. January saw some beautiful days
and the pool headed up nicely with the
solar heating at times reaching 31 degrees.
We continue to offer our early morning
swimming six days per week and this is
proving to be very popular. It is a great way
to wake up and get going in the morning
swimming or walking a few laps in the pool.
December was not very kind to us. Unfortunately the storm and high winds ripped
our covers right off, damaging them, so we
are in the process of getting new covers
at a great cost. This extra cost ($17,000)
could mean that once again we may have to
delay the badly needed painting of the pools
as the cost of painting is $30,000. We are
currently fundraising to meet this goal. You
can help to support us by buying a “brick”
on our supporters’ wall. Each brick will have
your name on it at a cost of $200. If you are
interested call in to the pool or contact Debra.
Contact details below.
Our learn to swim classes were once again
very popular. It is great to see the enthusiasm
that the children have to learn how to swim.
Water safety is an essential life skill as in
New Zealand the drowning statistics are very
high. It is vital that everyone learns how to
keep themselves safe in the water. Water
safety New Zealand has set a target that
by the age of 12 all children can swim 200
metres nonstop (8 lengths in the pool). So
set yourself and your children a challenge to
meet this target.
Also if you are interested in private
one-on-one learn to swim lessons these can
be organised at a time to suit. Call in and see
Debra for further information or give her a
February 2014
call on phone: (07) 866 7660
or mobile 027 348 2400.
Pool Hours from 2
Mornings: Monday thru
Saturday 6-8am.
Afternoons: Tuesday,
Thursday and Friday 3-5pm.
Tuesday and Thursday
afternoons 5-6pm lane
swimming only. Waitangi
Day: 12-5pm.
Entry costs: Adults
$3.50; Students and Seniors
$2.50; Preschoolers 0-5yrs
$1.00; Spectators $1.00.
Concession cards are
available as well. Call in to
the pool and check out the great deals.
Check out our Facebook page
(Coromandel Community Swimming Pool)
for up-to-date information and upcoming
Remember, we now have solar heating
installed at the pool; this greatly helps to heat
up the pool and to maintain that warmth.
If you are looking for a venue to hire for a
day, night, afternoon our hall is available
contact Debra ph: (07) 866 7660, mobile 027
3482400 or email [email protected]
Good fishing on
Mussel Farms
Luxury motel suites with spa baths, SKY TV.
Air conditioning. Sleep up to 4 people.
Plus renovated historic four-bedroom house.
Air conditioning. Sleeps up to 8 people.
View prices and book online
check-in, unwind, indulge
245 Tiki Road, Coromandel Town, 07 866 8966
[email protected]
The Industry requests that all boaties taking advantage of
better fishing inside Coromandel Mussel farms, please:
Tie up to the farm and never anchor
Do not run over any farm structures or ropes
Do not tie up to and move off any line being worked by
a farm vessel
Always discharge any sewage more than 500m away
from the farm
Coromandel Town Chronicle February 2015
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massage and organic skincare at the Lions Den
Hostel (07) 866
8157 Abby 021 352 486.
ARE YOU THINKING of having those
needed jobs done? Whether it be Carpentry,
Decorating, Tiling, I can give you advice and a
free quote. Call Vaughan on (07) 866 7969.
BROKEN GLASS? Call Mike Coromandel
Glass (07) 866 8869.
check out my new designs; don’t forget bring
along your mending. 45 Wharf Road
Ph 027 248 5431.
& REPAIRS. 45 Wharf Road next to Coro
Pies. Ph 027 248 5431.
CARPENTRY: Windows, Doors, Decks,
Kitchens. Sound Tradesman. Free Quotes.
Vaughan Udall (07) 866 7969.
McCauley. For appointments call 021 172
a shout! Cleaning, gardening, lawns and weed
eating, give our skills a test let GO GIRLS do
the rest. Phone Lizzie (07) 866 8810/
021 148 5261.
COMPUTER FIX Your local support and
expert for computer repairs, upgrades, backup
solutions, virus removal, software problems,
purchase advice or tuition. Micha Wellnitz, Ph
(07) 866 8932.
Certified Systems Engineer with over 15 years
of IT experience providing solutions and
support service for PCs, Laptops, Printers,
Wired and Wireless Networks, Virus and
Spyware removal, Data Protection and
Recovery. Up gradations, Consulting, Design
and Training. Contact: Dheeraj Bali
Ph (07) 866 7550 Mob 021 207 1341
E-mail: [email protected]
TUITION. Custom built desktop machines
for home and small business use. 7 years’
experience. Call Leon Barton (07) 866 7206,
021 140 9316.
from Coromandel township. Ph (07) 866 8117
or 0274 331 665 for all enquiries or check us
out on: or
MASSAGE. Lalita Morrison - Dip.
Therapeutic Massage (RMT) - offers
Relaxation, Remedial and Deep Tissue
Massage, Reflexology and Reiki. Personalised
treatments tailored for you. Clinic at Coastway
Cutters, 100 Kapanga Rd, Coromandel.
Appointments 7 days on 0274 918 932
or (07) 866 7474.
Steve Garmey, 17 Puriri Place, Tuateawa,
(07) 866 7669, 021 0244 0002.
“FOR TREES” Peter Novis, climbing
specialist, felling, topping, pruning and
chipping. Fully insured. Phone
(07) 866 7764, 027 636 3253.
MAINTENANCE. Contact Tony Burton
0800 024 874.
LAWNMOWER, chainsaw, weedeater
repairs. Ph Rob 021 618 601.
45 Wharf Road.
SPELLS available available at Abby’s
Healing Haven 021 352 486, (07) 866
8157. Formulations for personal transformation by medicine woman Franchelle
Ofsoke-Wyber, a genuine matakite.
Calendula cream and face care products
for sale at Abby’s Healing Haven.
Stockist for River Veda organic perfumes,
lipsticks, make-up and organic skincare.
Organic facials available. 126 Te Tiki St,
Coromandel (07) 866 8157.
Neat tidy work. Free Quotes. Vaughan
Udall (07) 866 7969.
Mike Coromandel Glass (07) 866 8869.
can pickup & deliver. Rob’s small motor
repairs 45 Wharf Road Rob 021 618 601
or leave a message (07) 866 7407.
Peter Bacchus (Dip. Therapeutic
Massage), new to town, has experience
in therapeutic massage and a variety
of healing modes as needed. For
appointment phone (07) 866 7077,
027 263 2621
SPRING IS HERE: Jobs to be done!
Phone Vaughan Udall for a free quote
(07) 866 7969.
custom woodworking, furniture, Persian
rugs and LOCAL ART. Between Coro
Pies and Morrissey Automotive, down the
green lane. 75 Wharf Rd 021 038 0923.
TILING: Wall and floor tile laying
service. High standard of work. Free
quotes. Vaughan Udall (07) 866 7969.
awning, leather. Phone Rob 021 618 601
or call into shop 45 Wharf Road.
TREESHAPES. Qualified Arborists for
all treework, chipping, stumpgrinding,
hedges, section clearance, free quotes.
Phone 0274 726 627.
Mike Coromandel Glass (07) 866 8869.
Coromandel motel. Duties include cleaning
rooms, bathrooms, making beds and preparing
rooms for guests. Long-term, part-time position.
Pay $19.44/hr including holiday pay. Paid
“through the books” with income tax deducted.
No cash work. Start 10/10.30am each day
with up to 4 hours work per day depending on
bookings. Looking for several cleaners so fine if
you are just looking for a work for a couple of
days a week. No previous experience of cleaning
jobs necessary, but must have a good work ethic,
an eye for detail and good communication.
Please call and register your interest
027 722 4476.
TREESHAPES. Qualified Arborists for all
treework, chipping, stumpgrinding, hedges,
section clearance, free quotes. Phone
0274 726 627.
(07) 866 8074.
TREE SERVICE. Dismantling or pruning. Free
quotes. Call Jeremy Haszard (07) 866 0118.
quality wood at affordable prices t-tree and pine
free local delivery phone or txt ezra on 022 0860
FAMILY FISHING BACH Close to harbour,
right in town, high-stud garage, 3 beds, 2 baths,
country outlook. $410,000. Enquiries
(07) 866 8111/027 448 9326.
FAMILY HOME Walk to school, 3 beds, 2
baths, great garden, fort, fruit trees, Pyroclassic
log burner with wetback, Adjacent to reserve
with trees and stream. $410,000. Enquiries
(07) 866 8111/027 448 9326.
Walk to all services, internal ramp access from
garage, nice neighbourhood, rural outlook, flat
easy-care section, north facing, part double
glazed. $410,000. Enquiries (07) 866 8111/
027 448 9326.
AND EXTERIOR OIL for wood. Made in
NZ by the Naturalhouse Company. Excellent
product, easy to use. Available from The
Lighthouse Studio, 75 Wharf Rd ph
021 038 0923.
SOLAR HOT WATER – complete system for
sale as no longer required. Comprises two large
panels, large h/w cylinder with electric boost and
control panel (with instructions). Available in
Coromandel township. Experienced installer.
Ph 021 989 266.
DINGHY in sound condition and easily
smartened up with a fresh coat of paint. Trailer
needs some DIY maintenance but is quite
serviceable. $500 Phone (07) 866 8885.
FREE GRAZING, electric fencing,
cattle yard and water up to 25 acres available
at Te Tiki Street, Coromandel
Ph (07) 866 8478.
Coromandel Town Chronicle
February 2015
Coromandel Town weekly and monthly meetings
Every Monday
Every Saturday
Coro Gym – aerobics, Charles St, contact Peg (07) 866 8635 .......................................8am
Mahamudra Centre, guided meditation-in Gompa, contact (07) 866 6851 .......... 8-8.30am
Coromandel Hikers Group, Hauraki House, contact Don & Anne (07) 866 8885 ..........9am
Colville Social Services Collective, Colville Hall, contact (07) 866 6920 ............. 9am-3pm
Kohanga Reo o Kapanga, contact (07) 866 8417 .................................................. 9am-3pm
Coro Gym – sit and be fit, Charles St, contact Peg (07) 866 8635............................9.30am
Aerobics low-high xtrng KiwiCan rooms, contact Evy (07) 866 8242 ............. 5.15-6.15pm
Coro Gym – boxing/aerobics, contact Marty (07) 866 8635 ............................ 5.30-6.15pm
Shrinking Violets, contact Betsie (07) 866 7076 ......................................................5.30pm
Coro Contract Bridge, Coro Ambulance rooms, contact Natalie (07) 866 8422 ............7pm
Four-part harmony singing, contact Sue (07) 866 8833 ............................................7.30pm
Mahamudra Centre, guided meditation-in Gompa, contact (07) 866 6851 .......... 8-8.30am
Coro Tennis Club – juniors, Rings Rd, contact Gayle (07) 866 8063..............................9am
Croquet, Woollams Ave, contact Judy (07) 866 8637 ..............................................9.45am
Coromandel Golf Club-club play, Hauraki Rd, contact Peter (07) 866 7633tee off 12.30pm
Coromandel RSA, contact Ian (07) 866 7138 (winter 1st, 3rd & 5th Sat only) ........ 4-10pm
St Colmans Catholic Church-mass, Rings Rd, contact Frieda (07) 866 7872 ................5pm
Prayers for dead and healing, Mahamudra Centre, contact (07) 866 6851............... 5-6pm
Every Tuesday
Homeschoolers gathering, contact Julene (07) 866 8005 ....................................................
Mahamudra Centre, guided meditation-in Gompa, contact (07) 866 6851 .......... 8-8.30am
Colville Bay Early Learning Centre, rear Colville School, contact Alex (07) 866 8319 ..9am-3pm
Coro Walking Group, Hauraki House car park contact Janine (07) 866 7660
or Joy (07) 866 7762 ......................................................................................................9am
Swissball Training – Hi-Tech Health & Fitness, contact Marlene (07) 866 8019......... 9am
Colville Social Services Collective, Colville Hall, contact (07) 866 6920 ............. 9am-3pm
Kohanga Reo o Kapanga, contact (07) 866 8417 .................................................. 9am-3pm
Music and Dance, Elim Church- Preschoolers Dance Group.
Contact Dawn (07) 866 8150............................................................................... 9.30-11am
Coro Ladies Golf, Hauraki Rd, contact Peter (07) 866 7633.............................tee off 10am
Yoga, Colville Hall, contact (07) 866 6612 ...................................................................10am
Croquet, Woollams Ave, contact Judy (07) 866 8637 ..............................................9.45am
Narcotics Anonymous meeting, Havalona Centre, contact 021 314 467 ................12 noon
500 card session at the Bowling Club, contact (07) 866 8886 ......................................1pm
Coro Cub Scouts, Scout Hall, Hauraki House, contact Abby Morgan 07 211 9790 .. 4-6pm
Aerobics non-impact cross training & stretching KiwiCan rooms,
contact Evy (07) 866 8242 ............................................................................... 5.15-6.15pm
Coromandel Ambulance training, Ambulance Station, contact Felix (07) 866 8279 ..............7-9pm
Coro Motorcycle Club, Star & Garter, contact John (07) 866 6776 .......................... 7-9pm
Swissball Training – Hi-Tech Health & Fitness, contact Marlene (07) 866 8019......... 7pm
Every Wednesday
Dharma Gaia, Meditation, contact (07) 866 7995 ..................................................... 6-7am
Dharma Gaia, Sitting & Walking Meditation, contact (07) 866 7995 .................. 7.30-9pm
Coro Gym – aerobics, Charles St, contact Peg (07) 866 8635 .......................................8am
Rudolf Steiner Kindergarten, Rings Rd, contact Anna (07) 866 7794......... 8.30am-1.30pm
Rudolf Steiner Playgroup, Rings Road, contact Anna (07) 866 7794.......... 8.30am-1.30pm
Mahamudra Centre, guided meditation-in Gompa, contact (07) 866 6851 .......... 8-8.30am
Colville Bay Early Learning Centre, rear Colville School,
contact Linda or Alex (07) 866 8319 .................................................................................9am-3pm
Colville Social Services Collective, Colville Hall, contact (07) 866 6920 ............. 9am-3pm
Kohanga Reo o Kapanga, contact (07) 866 8417 .................................................. 9am-3pm
Coro Gym – sit and be fit, Charles St, contact Peg (07) 866 8635............................9.30am
Coromandel Playcentre, Woollams Ave, contact Debbie (07) 866 7119 .. 9.45am-12.15pm
Coro Gym – body sculpt, Charles St, contact Georgia (07) 866 8635 ......... 10.15-11.15am
Tai Ji, Top Floor, Waikato Events Centre, contact Sol (07) 866 8971 .........................10.30am
Coromandel Golf Club – mens, Hauraki Rd, contact Peter (07) 866 7633 ..tee off 12.30pm
Scrabble Club, contact Joan for venue on (07) 866 7580 ..............................................1pm
Coro Tennis Club – club night, Tiki Rd, contact Gayle (07) 866 8063 ............................4pm
Wing Chun Kung Fu- Hong Kong Style, contact Chi Sau Club 027 283 0773.. 4.30-8.30pm
Aerobics – hi/low, KiwiCan rooms CAS, contact Evy (07) 866 8242 ............... 5.15-6.15pm
Running Group, meet at rugby club grounds.
Contact Mark 027 338 6697 or (07) 866 7660 ...................................................... 5-6.15pm
Coro Gym – step/LBT, Charles St, contact Georgia (07) 866 8635 .................. 5.30-6.30pm
Circuit Training – Hi-Tech Health & Fitness, contact Marlene (07) 866 8019.................. 7pm
Yoga, Events Centre (behind 4 Square) $8, contact Jessica (07) 866 8405 ......... 7-8.30pm
Discussion night-optional pot luck dinner, Mahamudra Centre, contact (07) 866 6851
............................................................................................dinner 6pm, meeting 7-8.30pm
Walking & sitting meditation, Dharma Gaia Centre, contact (07) 866 7995........ 7.30-9pm
Every Thursday
Mahamudra Centre, guided meditation-in Gompa, contact (07) 866 6851 .......... 8-8.30am
Rudolf Steiner Kindergarten, Rings Rd, contact Anna (07) 866 7794 ............ 8.30am-1.30pm
Rudolf Steiner Nursery (<3’s), Rings Rd, contact Anna (07) 866 7794 ........... 8.30am-1.30pm
Coro Walking Group, Hauraki House car park contact Janine (07) 866 7660
or Joy (07) 866 7762.......................................................................................................9am
Coro Art Group, St Andrews Church, contact Val (07) 866 8911 ........................ 9am-12pm
Colville Bay Early Learning Centre, rear Colville School,
contact Linda or Alex (07) 866 8319 ..................................................................... 9am-3pm
Kohanga Reo o Kapanga, contact (07) 866 8417 .................................................. 9am-3pm
Coro Community Garden, Glover St, contact Louis (07) 866 8866 ............................ 2-4pm
Service of the Word & Holy communion, St Colmans church,
contact Jocelyn (07) 866 7126 .......................................................................................5pm
Beginners Yoga with Becks, at Coro Gym, $5, all welcome. Contact Becks 027 407 0079.
Last class for 2014 is 11 Dec, restart Feb 2015...................................... 5.15pm to 6.30pm
Aerobics – step only, KiwiCan rooms CAS, contact Evy (07) 866 8242 .......... 5.15-6.15pm
Swissball Training – Hi-Tech Health & Fitness, contact Marlene (07) 866 8019......... 7pm
Quiz Night, Admiral’s Arms, contact (07) 866 7069 .......................................................7pm
Every Friday
Circuit Training – Hi-Tech Health & Fitness, contact Marlene (07) 866 8019 ...............6am
Coro Gym – aerobics, Charles St, contact Peg (07) 866 8635 ................................... 8-9am
Colville Bay Early Learning Centre, 3-4 yr olds, rear Colville School
contact Linda (07) 866 8319 .................................................................................. 9am-3pm
Rudolf Steiner Kindergarten, Rings Rd, contact Anna (07) 866 7794 ............ 8.30am-1.30pm
Rudolf Steiner Nursery (<3’s), Rings Rd, contact Anna (07) 866 7794 ....... 8.30am-1.30pm
Mahamudra Centre, guided meditation-in Gompa, contact (07) 866 6851 .......... 8-8.30am
Colville Bay Early Learning Centre, rear Colville School,
contact Linda or Alex (07) 866 8319 ..................................................................... 9am-3pm
Kohanga Reo o Kapanga, contact (07) 866 8417 .................................................. 9am-3pm
Yoga for everyone, Anglican Church Hall, contact Katie (07) 866 6612 ............. 9-10.30am
Colville Services Collective, Colville Hall, contact (07) 866 6920 ........................ 9am-3pm
Coro Gym – sit and be fit, Charles St, contact Peg (07) 866 8635................. 9.30-10.30am
Coromandel Playcentre, Woollams Ave, contact Debbie (07) 866 7119 ..... 9.45am-12.15pm
Coro Tennis, Men’s night, contact Gayle (07) 866 8063 ................................................4pm
Every Sunday
Mahamudra Centre, guided meditation-in Gompa, contact (07) 866 6851 ...... 10-10.30am
Aerobics – step combo, KiwiCan rooms CAS, contact Evy (07) 866 8242 .............. 9-10am
Elim Church Services, Rings Rd, contact Steve (07) 866 6900 ..................... 10am-12 noon
Coro Tennis Club-club play, Rings Rd, contact Gayle (07) 866 8063 .............................2pm
Swissball Training – Hi-Tech Health & Fitness, contact Marlene (07) 866 8019..........2pm
Circuit Training – Hi-Tech Health & Fitness, contact Marlene (07) 866 8019 .............. 4pm
Prayers for dead and healing, Mahamudra Centre, contact (07) 866 6851............... 5-6pm
Alcoholics Anonymous meeting Anglican Church Hall, contact 021 314 467 .........7.30pm
1st Mon – Coro Patchwork & Quilters Ambulance rooms, contact Jill (07) 866 7484 ...........
2nd Mon – Friendship Group, contact
Advertisers’ directory
Jocelyn (07) 866 7101
3rd Mon – Coro Patchwork & Quilters
Ambulance rooms, contact Jill (07) 866 7484
360 Discovery Ltd
Ann Kerr-Bell – Natural Medical
3rd Mon – Alzheimer’s Carers’ Group,
Retirement Village Hall, bring plate & koha,
Aston Electrical Ltd
contact (07) 282 0453, (07) 866 8653
...............................................................10.30am CILT
1st Tue – Coro Motorcycle Club general
Colville Social Services
business John (07) 866 6776 ..........7.30pm Collective
2nd Tue – Coromandel/Colville Cmty Board, Coro Gym
Council Chambers, contact (07) 866 1001
.................................................................9am Coromandel Accounting Limited 14
2nd Tue – Public Trust, Harcourts, contact
0800 368 appt Coromandel Cabs
1st Wed – Coro Embroiderers’ Guild,
Coromandel Construction
Ambulance Station, contact Jill Wilson
(07) 866 7484..............................10am-3pm
1st Wed – Lions Dinner Meeting,
Coromandel Garage Ltd
Ambulance Rooms; contact Jayne Lister
(07) 866 7687........................................6pm Coromandel Marine Engineering 11
2nd Wed – Garden Circle, ph Linda Wright
Coromandel Marine Farmers
for venue, (07) 866 8440 ......................... 1pm Association
3rd Wed – Lions Business Meeting,
Coromandel Plumbing (1986)
Ambulance Rooms; contact Jayne Lister
(07) 866 7687 ........................................... 7pm Coromandel Quarry Ltd
4th Wed – RSA Women’s Section, RSA
Coromandel Refrigeration
lounge, contact Betty (07) 866 8192
Coromandel Vegetable and
.........................................................1.30pm Produce Show
2nd Thu – Coromandel Writers’ Group,
Driving Creek Railway
contact Margaret (07) 866 8862
............................................. 10.30am-2.30pm Frank
3rd Thu – Coromandel Poetry Group,
Gaia Decorators
contact Jocelyn Davey, (07) 866 7101 .6pm
4th Thu – Coro SeniorNet, Trust Waikato
Events Ctr, contact Loes (07) 866 8053...1.30pm
3rd Fri – Housie at Bowling Club, bar available,
contact (07) 866 8886 ......... doors open 6.30pm, James and Turner
................................................. calling starts 7pm
James Drainage '97 Ltd
1st Sat – Coro RSA, RSA Hall, contact Errol
(07) 866 8845............................................4-10pm K Bay Kayak and Paddle Board
3rd Sat – Luncheon Ladies, contact Lorraine
(07) 866 8144...............................................12pm Llandem Consulting Engineers
3rd Sat – Coro RSA, RSA Hall, contact Errol
Lynley Ogilvie – massage
(07) 866 8845............................................4-10pm therapist
1st Sun – Coro School of Mines & Historical
Sty/Museum, contact (07) 866 8711 ........... 4pm
Over the Fence
1st Sun – St Andrew’s Union church service,
Rings Rd, contact (07) 866 8633 ...................10am Papa Aroha Engineering
2nd Sun – Christ Church service, Tiki Rd,
contact Barbara O’Reilly (07) 866 8299 .....10am Peninsula Electrical Services Ltd 10
2nd Sun – Young Eagles, Tiki Rd, contact
Purnell Jenkison Oliver 13
Lisa (07) 866 2055 ................................9am Lawyers
3rd Sun – St Andrews Union church service,
Richardsons Real Estate
Rings Rd, contact Hilda (07) 866 8633
......................................................................10am Scott Revell Building Contractor
4th Sun – Christ Church service, Tiki Rd,
Steelcraft Ltd
contact Barbara O’Reilly (07) 866 8299 .....10am
5th Sun – Christ Church/St Andrew’s share
......................................................................10am TCDC
If your meeting is listed incorrectly,
or has been missed out, please email
Debbie at [email protected]
with the subject “meeting” phone (07)
866 7119 or post details to PO Box
148, Coromandel 3543. Please include
contact name and phone number.
The Hauraki Taxation Service Ltd
The Lighthouse Studio
The Olive Motel
Waitaia Nursery
Corom andel Town
High tide 3.05am (2.4m), 3.20pm (2.5m)
Low tide 9.15am (0.8m), 9.40pm (0.7m)
Best bite 8am/pm
Coromandel Vegetable and
Produce Show (see ad pg 15)
Opening Day/Bob Riley Trophy
at Coromandel Golf Club
(see pg 32)
High tide 2.33am (2.7m), 3pm (2.6m)
Low tide 8.46am (0.7m), 9.09pm (0.6m)
Best bite 8am/pm
High tide 3.33am (2.6m), 3.58pm (2.5m)
Low tide 9.47am (0.8m), 10.10pm (0.7m)
Best bite 9am/pm
Coromandel Art Group exhibition
continues (see pg 24)
High tide 5.59am (2.6m), 6.20pm (2.5m)
Low tide 12.08pm (0.7m)
Best bite 10.30am/pm
High tide 10.32am (3.2m), 10.59pm (3.1m)
Low tide 4.12am (0.1m), 4.42pm (0.1m)
Best bite 3am/pm
Monday to Friday
Saturday 10.30am-5.30pm
Sunday and public holidays
Peninsula Executives Day /
Goldfields at Coromandel Golf
Club (see pg 32)
High tide 4.08am (2.5m), 4.21pm (2.5m)
Low tide 10.16am (0.8m), 10.43pm (0.6m)
Best bite 9am/pm
High tide 10.20am (2.7m), 10.42pm (2.7m) High tide 10.56am (2.7m), 11.19pm (2.6m)
Low tide 4am (0.5m), 4.27pm (0.5m)
Low tide 4.36am (0.5m), 5.04pm (0.5m)
Best bite 2.30am/pm
Best bite 3am/pm
7 Coromandel Mussel Festival
Coromandel Art Group exhibition
closes (see pg 24)
Biodynamics (see pg 21)
Maori Tournament at Coromandel
Golf Club (see pg 32)
Calendar of events
Coromandel Town February 2015
High tide 9.43am (2.8m), 10.06pm (2.7m)
Low tide 3.22am (0.4m), 3.49pm (0.6m)
Best bite 2am/pm
High tide 9.04am (2.7m), 9.27pm (2.6m)
Low tide 2.44am (0.5m), 3.11pm (0.6m)
Best bite 1.30am/pm
High tide 8.24am (2.7m), 8.46pm (2.6m)
Low tide 2.03am (0.5m), 2.30pm (0.6m)
Best bite 1am/pm
Waitangi Day Public Holiday
Celebrating Waitangi Day
(see ad pg 24)
High tide 7.40am (2.7m), 8.02pm (2.6m)
Low tide 1.19am (0.5m), 1.47pm (0.7m)
Best bite 12am/pm
Coromandel Area School
start of Term 1
AGM bridge club at St John
room (see pg 11)
High tide 6.52am (2.6m), 7.13pm (2.5m)
Low tide 12.30am (0.6m), 1pm (0.7m)
Best bite 11.30am/pm
High tide 2.08am (2.4m), 2.24pm (2.5m)
Low tide 8.16am (0.8m), 8.40pm (0.7m)
Best bite 7.30am/pm
High tide 9.44am (3.2m), 10.08pm (3.1m)
Low tide 3.22am (0.1m), 3.51pm (0.1m)
Best bite 2am/pm
High tide 1.19am (2.5m), 1.35pm (2.5m)
Low tide 7.23am (0.8m), 7.48pm (0.7m)
Best bite 7am/pm
Ambulance training
(see pg 7)
Ladies’ Open Day, Visitors Day
at Coromandel Golf Club
(see pg 32)
High tide 12.11am (2.6m)
Low tide 5.54am (0.6m), 6.20pm (0.6m)
Best bite 5am/pm
High tide 12.35am (2.5m), 12.51pm (2.6m)
Low tide 6.36am (0.7m), 7.02pm (0.6m)
Best bite 6am/pm
Swimming lessons start
(see pg 32)
High tide 11.33am (2.7m), 11.56pm (2.6m)
Low tide 5.14am (0.5m), 5.41pm (0.6m)
Best bite 4am/pm
High tide 8.53am (3.1m), 9.17pm (3.1m)
Low tide 2.31am (0.2m), 2.59pm (0.2m)
Best bite 1.30am/pm
High tide 8am (3.1m), 8.24pm (3.0m)
Low tide 1.38am (0.3m), 2.06pm (0.3m)
Best bite 1am/pm
High tide 7.07am (2.9m), 7.29pm (2.9m)
Low tide 12.44am (0.4m), 1.12pm (0.4m)
Best bite 12am/pm
High tide 6.10am (2.7m), 6.29pm (2.7m)
Low tide 12.15pm (0.5m)
Best bite 11am/pm
21 Colville
mountain bike race
Peninsula Combined Fun Carnival
(see pg 32)
India Tyre Trophy at Coromandel
Golf Club (see pg 32)
High tide 5.11am (2.6m), 5.26pm (2.6m)
Low tide 11.17am (0.7m), 11.45pm (0.5m)
Best bite 10am/pm
Town Chronicle
16 Coromandel
DEADLINE for March issue 17
Ladies LGU Medal,Mclnemey
TCDC submissions close
Cup, Gross Cup-St Patrick’s Day
for land adjacent to New Chum
Green at Coromandel Golf Club
Beach (see pg 29)
(see pg 32)
Patchwork and Quilters AGM
(see pg 22)
High tide 1.35am (2.8m), 2.04pm (2.8m)
Low tide 7.46am (0.5m), 8.11pm (0.5m)
Best bite 7am/pm
Museum Monthly Competition
closes (see pg 10)
High tide 12.41am (3.0m), 1.10pm (2.9m)
Low tide 6.49am (0.4m), 7.16pm (0.4m)
Best bite 6am/pm
Meat Pack, Laurie Olliff
Trophy at Coromandel
Golf Club (see pg 32)
High tide 12.18pm (3.1m)
Low tide 5.55am (0.3m), 6.24pm (0.3m)
Best bite 5am/pm
Ladies’ Nancy McCormack at
Coromandel Golf Club (see pg 32)
Championship at Coromandel
Golf Club (see pg 32)
Applications close for the Deidre
Airey Literacy Fund (see pg 21)
24-hr swimathon (see ad pg 32)
High tide 11.26am (3.1m), 11.49pm (3.1m)
Low tide 5.03am (0.2m), 5.33pm (0.2m)
Best bite 4am/pm
Full moon
Tide times and heights from Land Information NZ for Coromandel Harbour.
For Thames times -15min High and -18min Low. Note: Tide heights are
different for Thames.
Bite times and good fishing ratings supplied by Ken Ring.
= Average fishing,
= Very good fishing,
= Excellent fishing
New moon
Make sure your event gets listed
To get your event listed, email the details, your
name and contact phone number to Debbie at
[email protected] with the subject “event”.
Or post to Jude Publishing, PO Box 148, Coromandel.
There is limited space available and will be published
subject to space availability, with preference to not-forprofit groups.

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