Wa i n u i B e a c h • m a ko r o r i • s p o n g e B ay
M A G A Z I N E
ISSUE 1/SPRING 2008
Free to every home at the beach
| norfolk pines’ last stand
| wainui’s first olympian? Weddings: Page 16
| post reticulation submission blues
| your septic tank and you
| keeping up with mrs jones
surfing: Page 40
The Day The Whales Died
Baby Boom: Page 18
Premiere issue: 44 pages of news, views and infor mation
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M A G A Z I N E
views and opinions
4 A community forum. Email views and opinions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Delivered free to every home
from Sponge Bay to Makorori.
Published four times a year.
6 All the news. Look who turned up at rugby training – Wainui school kids have an All
.................................. Black show them a few moves. A proposed national standard for septic tanks? Do we
PuBliShed and PRinTed BY really want to see the Norfolk Pines removed from the beachfront? No 50kmh speed limit
along Moana Road. A walkway under the Okitu Bridge, who’s excellent idea was that?
Gray Clapham Design Arts
And, at long last, safety railings on the bridge, was that overdue or what? Local boy Mike
.................................. King’s big push to make the New Zealand bobsled team for the next Winter Olympics. All
about the new Wainui Store. The Tsunami Bar is on the market. Wainui school old boy Kurt
Mastrovich is flying high and Ray Morgan’s mean, keen and ready to clean.
90 Moana Road wedding bells & beach babes
15 Find out who’s been exchanging vows lately and meet the new kids on the block.
Phone 868 0240 our issues
Fax 867 7010 19 Post Reticulation Submission Blues
A look back at the sewerage reticulation saga. We won the battle, but now it’s time to front
all leTTeRS, aRTiCleS & up to sorting out a sustainable future with our on-site waste water systems. We look at the
CORReSPOndenCe TO GDCs suggestions as to how this can be achieved and plans to set up a “collaboration”
email@example.com 23 Your septic tank and you: living with your on-site system
.................................. It’s one of your most important and expensive chattels. But how much do you really know
about your septic tank. Practical advice from the experts about how to live a long and
happy life with your on-site system.
Phone 868 0240 our history
Fax 867 7010
26 The day the whales died
firstname.lastname@example.org On a stormy March day in 1970 59 sperm whales swam into the shallows at the northern
.................................. end of Wainui Beach and died in a seething, bleeding mass. It was a tragic event that has
become part of the history of Wainui Beach.
All issues will be archived after
publication on the website
30 Keeping up with Mrs Jones
The story of Muriel Jones, the First Lady of the Beach. She’s been on this Earth for 82
years and for most of that time she’s been doing things to help other people. We look back
at a remarkable life.
35 School, club and organisation news. Let us know about your group.
37 Tradespeople, local businesses, notices.
Historical photographs and assistance
courtesy Tairāwhiti Museum
48 Wave Rave with Kelly Ryan. Surf stories, results and what the groms are up to.
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inTro Publisher’s Comment | by Gray Clapham
Out of the sand and into the fire
During the Wainui Beach reticulation SuBmiSSionS hearingS a giSBorne heralD heaDline reporteD: “Wainui haS Woken up.”
It went on to say: “Okitu resident Gray Clapham told district Then people were being offered a million dollars and after that it
councillors during submissions on the annual plan yesterday, that became a little boring if you weren’t “on the market”.
proposed reticulation and the uncertainty of costs to homeowners Then just as suddenly it was all over. Or so it appears for the
had woken up the seaside community. moment. While Wainui has established itself as a “sought after”
“That was reflected in the hundreds of submissions received from location, real estate price expectations have certainly reversed. You
Wainui residents, he said. We are serious about Wainui’s future.” can almost hear the community taking its first real breath in seven or
Well, I don’t know why they picked me out, but I do think the so years.
reticulation issue was most certainly a wake up call. And then along came the reticulation proposal which, after years
Wainui homeowners opened their eyes to the realisation that of uncertainty, was suddenly thrust upon us as an almost done deal.
they weren’t actually in control of their futures. We were faced with Suddenly we had something to really worry about, rather than
rates increases of unprecedented proportions. Many may have been how to spend the millions we might make on our properties. And,
forced to leave the beach. People who had been quietly going about while the real estate boom, in hindsight seemed to separate and
their lives were suddenly shaken awake and were being told: “If you isolate the community, the reticulation issue reunified and refocused
can’t bite the bullet, you might have to leave.” us. Or most of us. I am talking about the 416 people who went to
I was also quoted in the Herald (unwittingly) as saying I had the trouble to write detailed and often heartfelt submissions against
decided to “pull my head out of the sand”. I am not sure whether the proposal.
this referred to the sand on the beach, or the sand in the bunkers While there must be those who are annoyed that we won’t
at Poverty Bay — but either way it was a bit of an embarrassing have city sewerage and water connections in the near future, the
confession. But it did wake me up. submissions against the proposal gave a head count, an incidental
For several years I have been meaning to revive this community consensus of what this community is thinking and feeling.
news publication. Some may remember the Wainui mini-magazines I The submissions delved way deeper than the virtues and
published in the early and mid 1990s. Beachside was printed through technicalities of reticulation. There emerged the outline of a “mission
1994, then revived again as Beachlife in 1996. statement” from the Wainui community.
They were well-received and a great success, but time-consuming People were referring to “our village”, our “old people”, our
(there was no email then, can you believe it?) and not-so-cost- “children, our “futures”. They spoke of their desire to retain a close
effective at a time when I was trying to build a new business. and caring community with a diverse population.
Eventually the next issue was late, and then as time wore on, People were saying they were wary of new development, that high
remained unpublished. density housing was not necessarily progress, that Wainui was not
So here we are, 12 years on, and I have decided to “pull my head “all about coastal real estate”.
out of the sand” and give it another lash. It was, possibly, a blood-letting in the wake of the real estate
A lot has changed at Wainui over that 12 years — and, in other boom. A chance to say: We choose to live here for reasons other
ways, much has stayed the same. than real estate investment: the surf, the beach, the rural outlook,
We went on a rollercoaster ride through the “new millennium” the quiet streets, the social life, the sense of community.
and then were immediately whisked away on the ferris wheel of the There was re-assertation of identity. We stood up and said: “Hey,
coastal real estate boom. this is our place, this is where we live, so bugger off.”
One day someone decided that a sea view, or even the sniff of a So that’s what this publication is really about. A celebration of
sea view, had “value”. The rest is history. that identity. And a vehicle for community focus and reflection and,
For those who weren’t that fussed about Wainui living, and who hopefully, an intelligent read and a whole lot of fun.
decided to sell up and move on, it was a windfall. For those who So, here we go with the first issue, or actually, the very late arrival
were working towards a move to the beach it was “the end of a of the next issue of Beach/Life magazine.
dream”. For those who had no intention of leaving, it was exciting to Please help me with it. The pages are open for the whole
watch — albeit unsettling. community to utilise. In this new age of instant communication by
“What do you reckon your place is worth now?” was the email it will be so much easier, than it was before, to send in articles
conversation starter at most social gatherings. and news items for this magazine.
“How much would it take for you to sell?” someone would ask. With the community’s help Beach/Life will celebrate all our
“We have no intention of selling, but if someone knocked on the small and major successes, help air the big issues, go in search of
door and offered me a million, I reckon I’d take it,” was often the the facts, champion the causes, and do all those things a vibrant
reply. community publication should do.
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views and opinions
septic tank tips
Send you views and opinions to email@example.com
WHAT ABOuT INCLuDING A A local issue, but a global perspective
healthy Septic Tank Tips column in
LIKE MOST OR POSSIBLY ALL WHO WERE INvOLvED IN THE PROCESS OF STOPPING THE
Beach/Life – with people sharing the
reticulation proposal I am happy with the outcome. Looking back on the whole thing now it is
tips they have grown up with or learnt
hard to believe how all consuming the thing was for a few months. I feel we not only achieved
from experience. I was taught as a
the result we wanted but we also won well. We persuaded Council with the merits of our
kid by my mother and grandmother
argument and have emerged with good relationships intact. It was my first foray into politics
never to pour Dettol solution down the
of any kind and on balance I found it interesting and worthwhile. It was especially interesting
plughole after bathing cuts, and thus reading the views of others (many of whom I had never met) and seeing the issue through their
always to use a bowl for the Dettol eyes.
solution and never the bathroom basin
The business at hand now is for all of us to ‘walk the talk’ by working out practical steps to
or bath. Likewise when Napisan came
sustainably manage our environment. I have looked over draft recommendations from GDC and
along. And we were told not to pour
feel comfortable with most of them. The concern some of us had was that of winning a Pyrrhic
milk down the sink either, unless maybe victory whereby the imposed conditions would have been worse than the original proposal. I am
if we put heaps of water down with it. I confident that this will not be the case. While there are still details to work out, the spirit of the
have absolutely no idea why - will ask recommendations was positive and most of the points were those many of us had suggested in
my 80 year old Mum! our submissions. Now that people have the certainty, it becomes worth their while to do the right
Jennie haRRe hindMaRSh thing and be good stewards of our local environment.
EDITOR: Good idea. It would also be While we all had varying reasons for our opposition, there were several strong themes which
great to get a list of suggested septic came out in the submissions (yes, I have read them all). The clearest to emerge was that we all
tank friendly detergents, soap powders, dearly value what we have here. We like the absence of ‘development’ and we like the diversity
bath soap, etc. Readers – please email of the community. Many residents made reference to other beachside locations that they hoped
your healthy Septic Tank Tips to Wainui would not become (the McMansion-ed variety).
firstname.lastname@example.org. Next of course was the financial impact on the lives of a large proportion of residents earning
less than was popularly supposed by the wider community. I think this genuinely surprised a lot
of councillors. The rising coastal land values from 2002-2005 had us all in the ‘rich’ category,
regardless of individual circumstances.
Become a Probably the aspect that pleased me the most from a personal position was finally getting
some traction on the stormwater link to beach erosion. It is one thing to buy on the beachfront
and accept the risks that your property may get washed away, but it is quite another when
Beach/Life Council sanctions activities which exacerbate that risk. We have a delicate balance to maintain
and it is a relief that there are now plans to mitigate some of problems created with previous
stormwater management (which was basically, get a really big pipe and run it out to the beach as
voluntary directly as possible).
Another recurrent theme was that of sustainability. It was impressive to see that so many in
the community were in tune with the wider issues here regarding the total ecological footprint of
subscriber and the reticulation option, as opposed to well managed on-site systems. I believe energy will be the
big issue of the next few decades. Large scale, centralised infrastructure projects will no longer
stack up as well as they have while energy has been relatively cheap. Rainwater, gravity fed into
help Wainui’s tanks and disposed of on site, has in my view, a more sustainable future than the energy and
capital intensive centralised model. If not being able to water lawns, wash cars or get our shirts
spotlessly white is the price, then I am more than happy to pay it.
michael King World wide, the concept that there are limits to growth and that we need to limit our own
impact on the environment is becoming main stream. It is no longer the preserve of the hippies
or the greenies to ‘step more lightly’ on the Earth. It will be forced on all of us soon enough with
become our first electricity and fuel costs anyway. I am choosing my words carefully in this section because in
my recent experience, this is an unpopular world view. It is however the emerging reality. The era
of cheap energy and resources is over and our lifestyles will have to change. Peak oil (the point
ever olympic where demand exceeds available supply) appears to be happening now.
This will profoundly alter the economics of the way we inhabit the landscape and the way
we look to the future. The Earth’s population has more than doubled in my lifetime and the
athlete. middle classes of China and India can now afford the lifestyles that we have been enjoying
and showcasing for the last 40-50 years. While I am not suggesting it is time yet to go back to
growing our own food and prepare for the apocalypse, the small victory of retaining some on-site
see page 15. life support is especially satisfying in this context.
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views and opinions
Send you views and opinions to email@example.com
THERE ARE MANY THINGS AT WAINuI
As good as it gets?
and Makorori we need to know more about.
There are issues, problems, things that aren’t We don’t think so ...
always quite right in this little patch of coast
we like to think of as pretty special. Things
that could be made better.
the place on trail bikes. Today, everything
What sort of things? There’s a long list headlands overlooking the coast, are well
has to be governed, everything has to be
really, if you use your imagination. looked after and landscaped to enhance their
correct. There is a new management plan
• One thing that has come out of the for the reserve. The plan, in its own words,
submissions hearings is that beach people “has been prepared to assist in the day- • What about the walkway and cycle
like to think of themselves as a “bit green” to-day management of the reserve, whilst track? We’ve been going on about this for
in the eco-friendly meaning of the word. meeting long term management objectives. over 20 years. I’m worried I’ll be too old to
There seems to be a feeling out there It sets out a framework to provide for passive use it, if it’s ever realised. It would seem such
that we could make the beach some recreational use and access to Wainui a simple thing; a strip of pavement from the
sort of environmentally sensitive, earth- Beach, while enhancing the fragile foredune city boundary at Rutene Road to Oneroa
caring enclave. Not a bad aspiration but landscape”. Work on implementing this Road. It is genuinely needed. We love to walk
we certainly have a lot of work to do in plan is quietly beginning with the removal of and we love to bike to town. But the strip
that direction. The septic tank problem is “exotic plant pests” from the reserve. See of Highway 35 from Sponge Bay to Oneroa
discussed elsewhere in this issue, but it will our full story on the removal of the Phoenix Road is really too dangerous for walking
be, and is, one of the biggest issues we all Palms and Norfolk Pines on page 8. and cycling, and there have been deaths
face. to prove it. Where is the cycle track and
• For so long the beaches have been left
walkway scheme stuck at the moment? The
• Forestry trucks! In our next issue to exist “naturally”. But you could also say
new Sponge Bay development has allowed
(December) we’ll be looking at the issue of they have been left to deteriorate “naturally”.
for a three metre strip of reserve land along
road safety on Highway 35, forestry trucks The beaches today are very different from
its boundary to accommodate such a track.
and timber flow in general. What’s the what they would have been before roads,
Let’s go, let’s get it done. Petrol prices are
forecast? Just how many trucks can we housing, farming and tree felling. Many
rising daily, we need to get on our bikes
expect to see (and hear) rattling through our parts of our coastline, from Sponge Bay to
(quiet) beachside community. Tatapouri, are in a sort of benign neglect as
a legacy to human occupation over the past • On the subject of development – how
• Then there’s the erosion of the beach
100 years. Can we restore these places? will new housing development continue at
front. A huge issue and a huge threat. This is
Should we tidy them up? Tuahine Headland the beach in the wake of the rejection of the
such a long and on-going saga I think most
is a fast eroding piece of geography. Must reticulation proposal? Do we or don’t we
of us, those not immediately threatened by
it continue to crumble into the sea? Can want to see Wainui grow, have more houses,
the encroaching sea, have almost forgotten
anything really be done to stop the headland more people, maybe a viable shopping
about it. Winter, as usual, has delivered
from eroding through? What new forces of centre one day? Are we, in fact, being selfish
some huge southerly seas, sweeping away
the nature will Wainui face up to without its if we don’t want to allow others to enjoy
acres of sand overnight, tugging away at
protective embrace? life at the beach? Is there a compromise
the land’s edge. What is the reality of beach
between the Papamoa experience and what
erosion today at Wainui? What’s the latest • The Makorori Point lookout area is
we have at the moment?
on this front? What will global warming do another place that’s long needed tidying
to our beachfront landscape? Another major up. This neglected, pot-holed, often-a- All interesting issues. All areas of much
concern this magazine hopes to look into in dumping ground, commands one of New potential debate. That’s been the purpose
future issues. Zealand’s iconic ocean views. (The whole of this column; to kick-start an era of
world saw it in Whale Rider!) Yet, close-up, discussion, healthy argument and community
• What’s the future of Lysnar Reserve?
it’s dangerous and an eyesore. A favourite awareness through the pages of this
How fortunate we are that the Lysnar family
place for tossing over empty kina shells, fish magazine.
left this strip of undeveloped coastal dune
land overlooking the sea. What a treasure carcasses and paua guts, not to mention Communication is much easier these days,
it is. Imagine if Moana Road was hidden the odd car body. Anywhere else on Earth it we are in the middle of a communication
from the ocean behind a string of beach would be a heritage site. Who actually owns revolution in fact. I invite all residents to get
houses similar to Wairere Road. In the past this lookout? Can anything be done to make on their keyboards to write and email. All
is was just good enough that it was there as it a decent place for people to pull over and communications will be treated with care,
common land that anyone could utilise with watch the surf, view the sunrise, take photos respect and given space.
little restriction. Some dumped their lawn of the sweep of Makorori? Those who have The beach is a great place to live, and
clippings in the dunes, people planted wild travelled the east coast of Australia will it could be so much better. Let’s get some
flowers and exotic trees. Kids charged over know that such places, hundreds of lovely things done. ediTOR
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standard for on-site
THE GOvERNMENT IS CONSIDERING A
national environmental standard for the
inspection of septic tank systems.
The proposal is that regional councils will
Back Row (right to left): Rico Gear, Michael Bloxham, Tame Curtis, Sefton Harrison, Kosta require property owners in certain areas to
Atsalis. Rear: Karl Geiseler, (Assistant Coach).
hold a current “warrant of fitness” (WOF) for
Middle Row: Luke Simperingham, Jeremy Gray, Kelly Geiseler, Ben McCulloch, (captain)
Front Row: Jacques Klavs, (vice captain), Leroy Shaw, Jonti Cox, Kobe Johnson their septic tank system.
Not Pictured: Wiremu King-Taufa, Wayne Bloxham, (Coach). To obtain a WOF, a system would be
required to pass an inspection every three
Wayne’s Warriors catch All Black attention years. Regional councils would identify the
areas where the standard would apply.
IT’S NOT OFTEN THAT AN ALL BLACK TuRNS uP TO YOuR TRAINING SESSION WHEN The Ministry for the Environment will be
you’re a primary school kid, but that’s exactly what happened for the OBM Wainui Warriors running a series of public workshops to
under 10-year-olds’ rugby team last term. explain the proposed standard.
MFE says it has been estimated that in
Leanne Harrison of Douglas Street, one of the boys’ parents, happened to approach Rico
some regions at least 20 per cent of homes
Gear, who was home from England recently to visit friends and family. When asked to make
rely upon on-site wastewater treatment.
a special visit to see her son’s team, Rico didn’t hesitate to accept the offer and also co-
The MFE website says for the proposed
opted his friend and Poverty Bay legend Kahu Tamatea, (prior to his move to Ireland), to help
standard to operate effectively there needs
take the team through some All Black drills.
to be an adequate pool of suitably skilled
Coach Wayne Bloxham described the reaction on the boys’ faces as: “Priceless – mouths inspectors. The mechanics of just how the
wide open, absolutely awestruck!” inspectors would be involved in the national
It was a great thrill for the boys (and parents) and testament to Rico’s great character environmental standard process have been
putting the time back in with school kids in the district. Rico commented how quick the boys purposely left open to allow flexibility for
picked up on the drills and commented that they were advanced for their years. councils in terms of how they choose to
Playing under the Banner of the OBM Club, the Wainui Warriors have been lucky to field approach this.
their entire team from Wainui School. Team unity is strong – they’re all mates and their squad GDC chief executive Lindsay McKenzie
has largely remained the same for the past four seasons. told Beach/Life the MFE proposal doesn’t
fundamentally change anything with regard
The entire time they’ve had the benefit of dedicated father and coach, Wayne Bloxham,
to a sewage disposal planning partnership
who’s done an incredible job with these boys. Wayne makes the drive from Whangara twice
a week for practice and, on the occasion when Wayne can’t make it down from the farm, he’s
“The need to plan/partner is probably
brought the team to him – an afternoon in the yards, drafting sheep never hurt rugby players!
more compelling than before. The National
In the competition games, Wainui remained unbeaten until a recent deadlock-breaker Environmental Standards will set some
against OBM Crusaders, played as a curtain raiser at Rugby Park recently. Only a try in the bottom lines but it is still important to
final minute of the game resulted in a 10-5 loss to the beach side. get community support for what the NES
Wayne, who has been short-listed as one of six Gisborne finalists out of 3800 nationally for requires, or something better, if desired.
the New Zealand volunteer Coach of the year award, modestly credits much of the success “Our commitment to following up with
to the boy’s fitness. But sideline observers have noticed the ability of the boys to play as a the Wainui community is on a broader,
cohesive unit and more structured rugby is what has so far distinguished them from their sustainability platform anyway, so waste
opponents. disposal is just one part.”
However Wayne is credited with more than just the consistent results. What is more Any person can make a submission
pleasing is his strict code of sportsmanship and inspiring of the boys to play as a team. on the proposed standard. Submissions
Without a doubt there are a couple in the team destined for greater playing honours, but must be forwarded to the Ministry for the
Wayne has instilled positive team values in all the boys, a sense of discipline and a genuine Environment, PO Box 10362, Wellington or
enthusiasm for rugby based on his own passion for the game. by email to firstname.lastname@example.org in
time to be received no later than 5.00pm on
So if you’re driving past the Wainui School on a cold, wet Monday or Friday evening and
26 September 2008.
wondering who the dedicated team are training under instructions from a man wearing a
Go to www.mfe.govt.nz website.
“swandri” and farmer’s hat — toot your horn or wave out, because now you’re know it’s
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what’s up? exotic trees to be phased
out of Wainui reserves
A MATuRE PHOENIX PALM IN LYSNAR
Reserve, just opposite the Douglas Street
tee-junction with the Highway, was cut down
recently – the beginning of a systematic
“phasing out” of exotic plants from the
Why was it cut down? GDC’s community
facilities asset manager Terry McMillan says
the tree was removed as part of the WD
Lysnar and Wainui Reserve Management
Plan to remove “exotic” trees from all
reserves at Wainui Beach.
This was not a one-off action as, following
the intent of the Reserve Management
Plan, all Canary Island date palms (Phoenix
canariensis), also known as Phoenix palms,
will be removed from Lysnar Reserve over
time, probably within the next two years.
Some may be transplanted, if possible.
So, what other “exotic” trees will be
BELEAGUERED ICONS: A view to the eroding lighthouse framed by a lone Norfolk pine. The GDC’s
removed. What’s the fate of Okitu’s iconic
Lysnar and Wainui Reserve Management Plan will see the singular pine tree removed.
Norfolk pine trees?
The Norfolk pines at the “Pines” will Pohutukawa trees will remain even though rank grass, agapanthus, pampas grass, aloe
remain, but all the others will be removed, they are not originally “native” to the area. and wild ginger.
over the next five years, says Terry McMillan. Pohutakawa trees were planted at the The only exception are the exotic Norfolk
This should not come as a surprise, he southern end of the beach over 50 years Pines at the “Pines” dune-top, where the
says. The WD Lysnar and Wainui Reserve ago for ‘beautification’ purposes. Later, in pine trees are a cultural landscape feature
Management Plan was prepared over a 12 1977, Wainui Lions Club planted Pohutakawa and provide stability on the dune-face.
month period and widely consulted on. It trees on the Moana Road beachfront as far However, if any of these trees poses a
was released in draft and received about as the Chalet and, in the late 1980s, Project threat to public safety, they will be removed
200 submissions. These were considered Crimson planted Pohutakawa trees further and not replanted. Instead, indigenous
by Council, the Plan amended and finally northward. vegetation suitable for erosion control, such
adopted earlier this year. The concept is to leave all reserves at as flaxes will be planted.
The Management Plan notes that the Wainui Beach in a “natural state”. The Ear-marked for clearing is the grove of
reserves are currently home to a range of Management Plan points to community exotic plants opposite 125 Moana Road.
introduced plants such as Norfolk pines, feedback during submissions which Residents will be advised of this and will
Canary Island palms, agapanthus, ginger and supported retaining Lysnar Reserve in its be offered the chance to take plants for re-
aloe plants. “natural state”. “Natural state” has been planting in their own gardens.
interpreted by GDC staff and the community The Council plans to provide Wainui
as long stretches of dunes and dune residents with information on “appropriate
grasses. indigenous species for coastal planting and
Therefore, to achieve this “natural state” erosion control” and to invite residents to join
exotic species are to be removed throughout a community care initiative to stabilise the
the reserve using a “phased approach”. dunes in front of their property.
The main recreation areas of Pines, This “dune care programme” would be
Hamanatua Stream, Wainui Surf Club, extended along the length of the Wainui
Stockroute, Chalet and Northern Carpark- Beach foreshore with near-by residents being
Whales Graves will be the priority areas. invited to participate in planting programmes.
This means the overall eradication of all This would entail the new planting of
exotic plant “pests” along the entire length of indigenous species as appropriate along
the reserve. eroding dune foreshore areas (grasses),
Plant pests ear-marked for removal include and small gully slips, waterway and riparian
EXOTIC PESTS: At least another half dozen
Canary Island palms will be “phased out” from not only the Norfolk pines and the Phoenix margins (including flax, toi toi and grasses).
the Reserve over the next couple of years. palms but also “weed infestations” such as For the eroding steep country of the
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Makorori Headland, suggested indigenous
plants include Tawapou, Whau, Hebe no 50km speed restriction
likely for moana road
Tairawhiti, Taupata (coprosma repens),
Karaka and Pohutakawa. Puriri and
Kohekohe could be put in at a later stage.
The Council will maintain, trim and thin
new trees and young seedling Pohutakawas
under established canopies while retaining
resident’s “view shafts”.
Priority will be given to removing exotic
plants from the Whales Grave site and
replacing these with indigenous plants such
as cabbage trees, flax and karo.
Beach/Life made a visual inventory of
Phoenix palms and Norfolk pines currently
thriving within the reserve:
From the north – there is a row of six
Norfolk pines at the north end of the beach
at the base of the headland. There are three
healthy, established Norfolk pines within the
fenced area of the whale’s grave site.
There a two singular mature pines
opposite 84 and 87 Moana Road, there are SAFE CROSSING: Bonnie Grealish of Lysnar Street leads sister Meg, with Jo and Tadhg in tow,
also two Phoenix palms in this general area. across the Hamanatua bridge at Okitu. The speed limit is to remain at 70kmh.
There a two more pines and two Phoenix
A LOCAL PETITION CALLING FOR A 50 a visual narrowing of the highway to
palms at the north end of the Chalet car
kilometre per hour speed restriction along encourage drivers to slow down. Threshold
park. A further two more pine trees and
Moana Road has been unsuccessful – but signs create a “gateway” effect which also
two more Phoenix palms sprout from the
the petition has prompted Transit New highlights the change in the speed limit.
bushy grove opposite the Chalet. A large
Zealand to look at placing traffic and The other initiative has already been
and obvious Phoenix palm stands close to
pedestrian safety measures along that completed and well received by the Okitu
the edge of the highway opposite 44 Moana
suburban stretch of Highway 35. community. That is the pedestrian safety
Road. There are three pines between the
Work on safety railings and a new under- work around the Hamanatua Bridge.
Okitu Store and the Pines car park. Lining
bridge footpath at the Hamanatua Bridge The construction of a looping paved
the sand dunes within the Pines car park
are a result of that petition, says Transit NZ pathway from the land side of the bridge
are a line of six more pines (which are so far
regional network manager, Gordon Hart. walkway, under the bridge and into the Okitu
exempt from removal).
However, the speed restriction along Lagoon carpark, avoiding the necessity for
There are a dozen staked new Norfolk
Moana Road will remain at 70kmh. pedestrians to cross the highway, came as a
pine plantings in a regrowth zone closer to
Mr Hart says the petition was taken welcome surprise to residents recently.
the road, some now a high as five metres.
seriously and focused attention on the safety Then followed the swift erection of crash
There are two pines in the Wainui
of Moana Road, but it just didn’t meet the barriers and safety fences on both sides of
surf club car park area, planted by club
criteria that is required for a speed reduction. the bridge.
members in the 1980s. There are two more
“It’s not the end of the equation though,” Wainui school principal Nolian Andrews
across the stream at the south edge of the
he told Beach/Life. “Things do change and says the work at the bridge has been
Okitu Lagoon car park.
we will keep monitoring the situation. It’s not welcomed by the school which actively
• The Canary Island Date Palm Tree
just a matter of sticking to some rule book encourages children to walk to school.
(Phoenix canariensis) are native to the
on this, we have to use commonsense.” The safety issue of Okitu children crossing
Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off
He says one of the tests of the suitability the busy highway to get to the seaward
the coast of northeast Africa. They have
for imposing a reduced speed restriction side of the road and then crossing the
become popular landscape trees in
on a stretch of highway is if there can be a unprotected bridge was of major concern.
warm climates around the world and,
“realistic expectation of observance” of that Okitu parents who walk their children to
when pruned and trimmed, can grow as
restriction by motorists. school are very happy with the new safety
high as 100 feet.
He points out that there are constant measures. “It’s about time,” seems to be the
• The Norfolk pine (Araucaria and numerous requests for similar speed consensus.
heterophylla), is not a true pine tree restriction reductions from all over New The prospect of being caught mid-bridge
and is in fact a native of the South Zealand. with a pushchair and two school kids, facing
Pacific. As its vernacular name Norfolk However, he says, initiatives are already a fully laden logging truck doing 70kmh has
Island Pine implies, the tree is endemic underway to make Moana Road safer and to long been a parents’ nightmare.
to Norfolk Island, a small island in the reinforce the existing 70kmh restriction. The “threshold gateway sign” before the
Pacific Ocean between Australia, New This summer, what Transit NZ calls bridge on the town side is hoped to reinforce
Zealand and New Caledonia. The genus “threshold gateways” will be erected at each the speed limit change from 100 to 70kmh,
Araucaria occurs across the South entrance to the 70kmh stretch area. further enhancing the safety of crossing the
Pacific. These are large signs which provide Hamanatua Stream.
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Family dining at wainui Beach’s bar and brasserie
Market Fresh Fish 21.50 Tsunami Pizzas (Dine In or Takeaway) Large 18.00 Small 9.50
Beer battered or pan fried served with golden fries, garden salad and > Gourmet Meat Lovers Salami, chorizo & cured ham, herbed potato,
house made tartar sauce onion jam & fresh herbs
Scotch Fillet (200g) 24.50 > Vegetarian Roast pumpkin, feta, sun dried tomato, pine nuts, baby
spinach & balsamic reduction
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winter vegetables with a red wine and peppercorn jus onion, fresh basil & Parmesan cheese
> Smoked Salmon Goats cheese, Spanish onion, cherry tomatoes,
Primo Beef Burger (180g) 16.50
baby spinach & capers
Served with crispy bacon, tasty cheese, salad, tomato and home made
relish. With fries or kumara wedges on the side Entrees
Tsunami Chicken Burger 16.50 Garlic and herbed bread > 7.50
Skewers: > 11.50
Tasty pieces of grilled chicken, crispy bacon, brie, cranberry sauce, salad, > Saki and ginger marinated beef with sweet soy
tomato and aioli in a warm bun with fries or kumara wedges
> Chilli and garlic prawn with lime & coriander sauce
Lamb Shanks 1 shank 17.50 | 2 shanks 25.00 Soup of the day with fresh bread > 10.50
Crispy limed spiced squid with dipping sauce and side salad > 12.50
Slow braised with seasonal vegetables, red wine and Italian herbs served
on creamy mashed potato Bar Snacks
The Tsunami Antipasto Platter (to share) 36.50 Garlic and herbed bread > 7.50
A luxurious spread of cured meats, seafood and New Zealand cheeses, Bread and dips
with by gourmet deli products, homemade dips and warm breads Warm selection of oven fresh breads & house made dips > 10.00
Kumara wedges with housemade aioli > 8.00
Sides Creamy mash, Seasonal vegetables, Green salad 6.50 each
Chunky potato fries with tomato sauce > 6.50
Vegetarian meal options on request Crispy limed spiced squid with dipping sauce and side salad > 12.50
Fisherman’s Basket > 12.50
Desserts All 12.00
Battered fish bites, prawn cutlets & squid rings served on a bed of
golden fries with dipping sauces
> Warm sticky date pudding, caramel sauce and vanilla icecream
> Chocolate brownie, Kapiti triple chocolate ice ream, chocolate sauce Green Salad > 6.50
> Oven baked apple slice with warm thick and creamy vanilla custard A bowl of fresh mesclun & seasonal produce tossed in olive oil &
15% surcharge applies all public holidays
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Time for new owners to what’s up?
benefit from the makeover
THE TSuNAMI BAR AND BRASSERIE, WAINuI’S POPuLAR BAR daughter, Ruby Rose, and living in Douglas Street, Okitu, Wainui
and family dining restaurant is on the market. After two years in the Beach.
ownership of Maurice Judd and Guy Rutledge and Ray and Gail With the guidance of the Tsunami Bar directors, Neil has helped
Dalton, the partners say its time to realise the investment. steer the local bar and brasserie on a steady course where it is now
The partners took over the former Sandbar well and truly serving the needs of both the
in late 2006 and have spent a great deal of local community and the travelling public.
time and money giving the Oneroa Road As well as looking after the bar and
establishment a total makeover. restaurant Neil has also had time to complete
A completely new kitchen, new bar and a Certificate in Viticulture and Winemaking at
serving facilities, new furnishings, new Tairawhiti Polytechnic’s Waimata Winery.
computer and security systems, a state-of- He hopes to do more study and pass more
the-art sound system – nothing was spared papers first, so he can eventually become a
towards attaining the goal of a creating a bar qualified winemaker.
and restaurant equal to Auckland’s best. Early attempts to set up the restaurant as
While on the market, the bar continues to a “fine dining” experience have been relaxed
operate and these days is run by manager and nowdays the bar is ticking over nicely
Neil Aitkenhead. The Belfast born 35-year-old, as a “family” style dining experience with a
married to a Gisborne girl, Amber Creswell, menu and prices to reflect the needs of the
now calls himself a Kiwi, and has been a real local community.
bonus for the Tsunami Bar since he started as For the rest of the winter the Tsunami Bar
manager last January. and Brasserie will be open six days a week,
Neil left the Emerald Isle ten years ago for Monday to Saturday, from 4pm. Winter dining
a new life Down under and ended up running incentives include Wednesday nights where
Kitty O’Shea’s Irish Bar in Wellington. children under 12 get to dine for free and on
It was here he met Amber Creswell, a Monday nights, dine-in pizzas are two for the
Gisborne girl working in Wellington. Now they price of one.
are married, with a lovely little three year old Tsunami Bar manager Neil Aitkenhead.
Wainui Beach’s reliable water supply
As a Wainui Beach homeowner, Greg Judd of
Judd Water Supplies knows the importance
of a reliable, clean source of household water
for those times when the tanks run dry.
Call the big
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Greg Judd Mobile 027 230 2464
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Beach/life plans to run regular stories about the success of our kids, at home and
our kids abroad. Send suggestions to email@example.com.
First officer Kurt flies the indonesian skies
FLYING COLOURS: Kurt Mastrovich,
son of Kevin and Jill, is a former
Wainui School boy who dreamed of
becoming an airline pilot and is now
realising that dream in Indonesia.
Kurt mastrovich was one of those boys who wanted to grow up to be a pilot. And guess what, he did. it’s not an
easy career to chase. it’s expensive, it’s difficult and there are never any guarantees. But 23-year-old Kurt has
recently landed a fulltime job flying for a commercial airline in indonesia. This is his story.
I HAD ALWAYS BEEN INTERESTED IN FLYING AND AFTER becoming the Operations Controller where I was responsible for the
visiting the flight deck on the way home from the 1999 Lytton High smooth running of a school that had 12 aircraft, 11 instructors and
Japan-Malaysia trip I decided it was definitely what I wanted to do 100 students.
for a job. In May this year I started working for an airline in Indonesia called
I went to Wainui Beach Primary School between 1990 and 1995. Susi Air. I saw the job advertised on an Australian pilots union
It was an awesome primary school and I remember being very upset website. I am flying as a First Officer on Cessna’s top-of-the-line
at the prospect that I was going to have to go to another school Grand Caravans which seat twelve passengers.
as I got older. There were some great teachers; my first was Mrs Out of fifty pilots, most of whom are expatriates, I am one of seven
Manning who later became the Principal. Other greats who I will not New Zealanders. As First Officers we move around the bases to
forget include Mrs Collier, Mr Parker, Mrs Bartje and Mrs Rowland. build experience in different environments.
Wainui was very progressive. I was introduced to computers So far I have spent one month in Pangandaran, West Java, two
straight away with the school having an Amiga 500 in each months in Medan, North Sumatra, one month in Jakarta and I am
classroom. Early on I joined the Computer Club and then began now at our base in Sentani, Papua for a month.
teaching other students how to use computers. While our bases are all at major airports most of our destinations
After Wainui I went to Ilminster Intermediate and had to endure the are small airports serving small communities. This gives us a lot
pink shirts – which turned out to be quite liveable given 300 other of variety flying over large smog covered cities, across jungle, and
students were wearing the same thing and then I went to Lytton High hopping between small islands. Most legs are no longer than an
School from 1998, becoming Head Prefect in my final year. hour. It’s an incredibly fun job and gives me a chance to travel the
In 1999 I was went on a school trip to Japan and Malaysia, it was country and see the rest of Asia.
definitely a pivotal moment. I got to see a different part of the world With my student loan up around the $80,000 mark I was very
and on the flight home got to sit up the “pointy end” with the pilots fortunate to get my first flying job with only 240 hours total flying
as we flew over Indonesia. time. In New Zealand especially you need to have hundreds more
In 2003 I began my Bachelor of Aviation at the Palmerston North hours to get into a flying job like this.
campus of the Massey university School of Aviation. I didn’t actually I guess I always thought I would try to fly for big airlines like
do my first flight until then. Air New Zealand but having been here for four months and really
During the three year degree I took 32 academic papers and enjoying the flying and travelling I am not in such a rush anymore.
also gained my Commercial Pilots Licence and Instrument Rating At this stage I intend to stay here for a couple of years which will at
Privileges among other aviation qualifications. least be enough time to get my captaincy and a decent amount of
In 2007 I returned to the School of Aviation as a member of staff, pilot-in-command hours on the aircraft.
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ray’s gone from clean to superClean what’s up?
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The result is Superclean and now Ray, in
his brightly signwritten Superclean van, is a
common sight to see heading in and out of
the beach on jobs.
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A treat in store at
THE FOLKS THAT BROuGHT YOu CAFé
Ruba, and then Café villaggio, now bring
you The Wainui Store. And what a bonus to
the beach the all new Wainui Store is!
Experienced restaurateurs David and
Amy Whitfield, with Amy’s brother Marcel
Campbell, recently took on the lease of
the Wainui Store in Oneroa Road and have
since turned it into classic mix of local
BRIGHT AND CHEERFUL: Local dairy, fish and chip shop, burger bar, café, organic veges and
dairy, café, takeaway bar, fish and chip gourmet items – there’s a lot going on at the new Wainui Store.
shop and gourmet food outlet.
After selling both Café Ruba in Childers brand. The result is top quality café coffee real meat sausages custom-made at the
Road and Café villaggio in the Ballance at the beach. The coffee is proving hugely Ballance Street Butchery.
Street village last year, David and Amy popular with David saying they are now The hamburgers are a real treat too,
took some time out, went back to visit making more cups of coffee at Wainui on a created with a chef’s eye for both gourmet
David’s family in England and sat around weekly basis than they did at Café Ruba. and classic Kiwi tastes.
thinking about what to do on their return to The Whitfields are also making use The two centimetre thick beef patties
Gisborne. of their ties with the café industry by are grilled to perfection and added to the
As they live in Wheatstone Road, and accessing a few wholesale gourmet food hot buns with local lettuce and garnishings
the old Wainui Store was their local dairy, products, items you wouldn’t usually including a tasty olive and tomato relish.
they began talking about what they could expect to find in a local dairy. The fish burgers are fresh whole tarahiki
do with the shop if they were able to get Items like pasta, risotto rice and fillets with homemade aioli dressing. Paua,
the lease. olives are just a start to a growing line of veggie and cheese burgers are menu
Back home in March this year, Marcel delicatessen items. They’re also stocking options.
also became enthusiastic about the organic vegetables and free range eggs. The Wainui Store is open seven days
concept of turning the dairy into a vibrant A Bose sound system wafting good music from 7am. Monday and Tuesday to 7pm
community store and takeaway food outlet. throughout the store is another little café and Wednesday to Sunday to 8pm.
They approached the former owners who extra. The takeaway food bar is serving in the
were happy to hand over the lease. On the takeaway food side of the evenings only, Wednesday to Sunday, from
The first thing they did was gut the business, David says they have imported 5pm.
building and renovate the interior into the the same quality standards from their “At the moment this works best for us,”
bigger, brighter premises it now is. restaurant experiences, the difference David says. “It means we can keep the
being the food is wrapped in newspaper quality under control. It’s difficult to keep a
“We really thought hard about what the
rather than served on plates. kitchen hot and ready all day just to make
community would want and – as we were
also customers – what we would want in a They use only soya oil for the deep fryer the odd burger and a punnet of chips.
local store, apart from the usual milk, paper and this is changed daily. They’ve installed However we will look at opening longer as
and bread,” says David. three-phase power so they can keep the summer comes around.
heat up, which is of prime importance Another feature of the new Wainui Store
“While we’ve designed it and branded it
when frying. They buy fresh fish, usually is an outdoor seating and eating area on
to give off all the nice feelings of a classic
locally caught tarakihi from Gisborne the beach side of the shop. This is still a
Kiwi corner store, complete with scoop in
Fisheries, which is usually fresh off the work in progress and will be developed
the cone ice creams, we’ve added a few
boat. “It’s so fresh they’re often still filleting more into the summer months.
trendy extras like a commercial espresso
it when we go for supplies”, says David.
coffee machine, and a takeaway food So there it is. The all new, really cool,
kitchen based on the technology and The fish is served in either a batter Wainui Store – espresso coffees, beer-
quality controls we used when running our made from Gisborne Gold beer or a mix of battered fish and chips, custom-made hot
restaurants.” export quality crumbs with added seeds dogs, organic vegetables – just another
and spices. The chips are from the also compelling reason to love living at the
David bought a ex-café espresso
bought locally and cooked in the very hot, beach!
machine on Trade Me and has continued a
neutral-flavoured soya oil. The hot dogs are
long association with the Supreme coffee Phone for takeaways: 867 8446.
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abroad. Send suggestions to email@example.com. our kids
our mike’s big push for olympic selection
IF MICHAEL KING’S TRAINING PAYS OFF OvER THE NEXT TWO
years, Wainui Beach may very well be watching it’s first born-at-the-
beach Olympic athlete competing at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Mike is vying to be selected as a final member of the four-man Kiwi
bobsled team for the vancouver Games. On September 4 he leaves
for Canada with the 8-man selection squad for an intensive training
camp, on actual ice for the first time, at the 1988 Winter Olympic
Stadium in Calgary.
Mike will then spend much of our summer commuting to the
ice and snow of North America’s winter. They will be competing
in a series of events starting with the America’s Cup in November,
followed by World Cup and European Cup events and then the World
Championships at Lake Placid, New York, at the end of February.
Mike, now aged 25, son of Steve and Sue King, got into the sport
via his Gisborne friend, Otago university student Michael Coutts,
who has already represented the country at various international
competitions, including the junior world championships, in the one-
man bobsled “skeleton” discipline.
He trialed with over 70 others as part of a SPARC talent
identification project that has the aim of the Zealand bobsledding
team making the top 10 in the 2010 Winter Olympics.
The final eight will be reduced to four before the Olympic Games. If
successful, Mike will have the “second man” position in the team, the
man behind the driver.
Mike’s coach is bobsledding legend, Gerd Grimme, former head
coach of the Canadian team, who has also coached and directed
bobsleigh for the Netherlands, Norway and Germany.
Weight and speed are the key to Mike’s position, attributes gained
from both surf life saving, particularly beach sprinting, and rugby.
The Wainui surf lifesaver and HSOB premier rugby team member
has so far reached the 106 kilogram mark of his aim to get to 112kg.
Mike, who went to Wainui School, gained a sports degree from
Waikato university and then trained to be a secondary school teacher
at Victoria. He returned home recently after five years working as a
PE teacher in Wellington and last January was married to Cate Busby,
daughter of Bill and Meg Busby of Tokomaru Bay (see our weddings
page). They live in Lloyd George Road.
Cate, a clothing designer at New Wave Surfboards, is fully
supportive of Mike’s Olympic bid and the couple is looking forward to
possibly combining a bit of OE while Mike’s attends events in Europe.
Though the squad get sick of the “Cool Runnings” comments, Mike
admits it is a pretty similar scenario. A bunch of guys with no money,
little experience, with big dreams and a former world famous coach.
On the subject of “no money”, Mike says thanks to Brent Simpson
at Charcoal Chicken who is donating him $1 from every bottle of
Powerade sold at the shop, and Mike is keen to hear from any other
local company interested in supporting or sponsoring him. There is
also a promotion included in this magazine to help Mike with some of
the early personal costs involved in his Olympic bid.
OLYMPIC DREAMS: Michael King is training hard to make the
Mike works as a sports development officer at Sports Gisborne who
New Zealand bobsled team for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
he says are supportive of his once in a lifetime bid for Olympic glory.
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WILLIAMS-CARROLL: Wainui beach boy Dion Williams went looking for
mid-winter sunshine in Rarotonga where he and Nicola were married on
July 26 in the company of a small gathering of family and friends.
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KING-BUSBY: On Saturday January 19 at All Saints Church, Tokomaru Bay,
Catharine Helen Busby married Michael Daniel King of Wainui Beach. Cate
is the daughter of Meg and Bill Busby from Rahiri Station near Tokomaru
Bay. Mike is the son of Steve and Sue King.
CHAPMAN-MOSS: Nick Chapman and
Louisa Moss were married at the beach
on February 16 this year. Nick is a
school teacher and local lad, well-
known around the surf breaks, and
Louisa is his imported English bride, a
lawyer now working at Egan and Kite.
Nick and Louisa live in Lysnar Street.
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The population of wainui and Makorori Beaches has been steadily climbing over the
past year or so with an amazing number of babies being “born at the beach”. Many
of the new babies are second generation residents. On this page we introduce you to
the newbies we could locate, and if we missed anyone, let us know, as we will update
this page each issue.
Boardroom owners Tom and Hayley
Dalton are so happy to have Jett nicholas
dalton on the surf team. Jett, weighing in at
a chart topping 9lb 10oz, arrived on Friday
afternoon June 6th, just in time for Friday
drinks at grandma and grandpa’s.
Definitely bound for equestrian glory is
second generation Wainuian Toby david Rugged up and strapped in for a winter’s
lane (born at 6lb 12oz on the 28th of May), walk along the beach is Jacob Christian
pictured here with mum Sarah Aitken. Gilmour, who arrived on the scene weighing
Sarah’s mum and dad, Trudy and David 9lb 3oz on Tuesday, March 4th. His mum and
Aitken, have lived at the beach for thirty dad Steve and Caroline Gilmour are living
years or more. Sarah, Tom and Toby are along Moana Road. Mum is originally from
living on the “farm” at the of Lysnar Street South Africa and is an ER doctor at Gisborne
where Sarah is running her riding school and Hospital. Dad is from Wanganui.
Tom breeds polo ponies.
New Makorori resident is Jade isabella
Stirton, a grand child for John and Jan
Stirton of Sirrah Street. Dad Kane Stirton
is Wainui born and bred and mum Leanne
Harrison is an Aussie import by way of
Auckland, but has owned a house at the end
of Makorori Beach for nearly ten years now.
Leanne is a social environmental planner
working part time for a Wellington based
consultancy firm from home via the internet.
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The ever expanding Ryan family welcomed the six week early arrival of daniel darryn Ryan at 4lb 3oz on Wednesday, February 27. Daniel
is a healthy, happy little brother to Brie 6 and Jay 2. Caroline is a full-time mum to the Ryan crew of Douglas Street and dad Kelly is a popular
Lytton high school teacher and well known for his longboard surfing exploits. Kelly is also Beach/Life surfing correspondent. See page 40.
Meet Perle Moana Rasby, born at 7lb 2oz on
Sunday, February 10, to Brent “Young Razza” and Helena.
Brent is the son of Bob “Old Razza” and the late Kathy,
growing up at the beach in Murphy Road. Helena is an
osteopath and a French import from Normandy, who
came to Gisborne to learn to surf and works with the
“Frenchmen” at ECO Osteo. Brent is a nurse at Gisborne
A second generation Wairere Roadian is Matua Kowhai Judd, born at
8lb 8oz on Monday, September 15 last year, and a happy little boy for Greg
and Huia Judd and a grandchild for Bruce and well-known Wainui artist Erika
Holden. Greg is the son of Denzil and Rose Judd of Matawhero, and he’s the
friendly fellow who drives the D.B. Judd Holdings water truck when needed
and is operations manager for the family firm.
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