Wa i n u i • M a k o r o r i • T a t a p o u r i • S p o n g e B a y
ISSUE 2/SUMMER/2008-2009 $5.00
| norfolk pines to stay
| the bob rasby story
| boardroom summer slam
| our people, our beach
| the season of the orca
A surfing way of life
SUMMER ISSUE: 52 pages of news, views and infor mation
BeachLife | 1
GET READY GET THRU
Wainui & Makorori Beach Tsunami Plans
Distant tsunami are generated from a long way away, such as from
across the Pacific in Chile. In this case, we will have more than
three hours warning time (in most cases up to 11 hours) for New
LOCAL TSUNAMI (The Worst Case) THERE WILL BE WARNINGS FOR THESE EVENTS!
A local tsunami may be caused by a major earthquake (similar to If a Tsunami is generated from a distant Pacific location there is
December 2008) or one that goes on for longer than a minute. usually many hours (about 11 hours in most cases) to prepare for
Local tsunami are generated very close to New Zealand. This type of the event.
tsunami is very dangerous because we may only have a few minutes There will be a declared Civil Defence Emergency if evacuations
warning and damage could be quite significant in specific areas. are necessary.
A landslide in the Hikurangi Trench or a large earthquake from an Only the most low lying areas of Wainui will need to be
offshore fault could cause a local tsunami evacuated.
THERE WILL BE NO TIME FOR AN OFFICIAL WARNING! You can check where these areas are on the GDC website Civil
If a Tsunami is generated it will probably arrive 20-30 minutes after Defence pages at (www.gdc.govt.nz). If unsure you can ring the
the earthquake. District Council.
If you observe the sea recede suddenly you have about 3-5 Makorori Beach will be totally evacuated – so there is no map.
minutes to get to higher ground. POLICE, FIRE AND CIVIL DEFENCE PERSONAL WILL INITIATE
EVERY HOUSEHOLD SHOULD HAVE IT’S OWN EVACUATION THE EVACUATION BY DOOR KNOCKING. THERE WILL BE NO
PLAN AND PRE-PLANNED ROUTE TO HIGHER GROUND NEED TO PANIC.
You need a pre-planned escape route. Preferably one that does You should plan to go to stay with friends or family outside of
not require a vehicle. Include elderly neighbours in your plan. the evacuation areas. There will be an official evacuation HQ at Te
You need to know exactly how to walk quickly from your house to Poho O Rawiri marae.
the nearest hill you can easily climb. You may have to stay away from your home for up to 24 hours.
Once you are high enough to view the ocean and the incoming Listen to the local radio stations (Classic Hits 90.9 or More FM
wave you are probably safe and will have time to climb higher as 98.9) for information. If information on the radio conflicts with that
necessary. At night you will hear the wave. given directly to you by Police or Civil Defence, obey the latter.
If you live longer that 3 minutes walk away from the nearest hill, if Make a plan with your family, and include elderly neighbours,
you have young children or you are elderly you may need to plan to before such an emergency. Make sure that everyone knows
take your car to where you can easily climb a hill. where they go if the call comes to evacuate.
When the first wave comes ashore it will have slowed to walking
speed on steep slopes. A second wave may move faster and NOTE: In the event of a local tsunami event Wainui and
Makorori residents should avoid driving if at all possible. With
potentially go further inland on top of the first.
only 20-30 minutes to get to high ground the highway will
Prepare an emergency “getaway kit” with things you need if you become jammed if all households try to drive to Makorori Hill
have to leave the house in a hurry. Have a torch and a battery radio. or Winifred Street. Take pets if possible but don’t waste time
trying to gather precious items. Saving lives is the priority!
Before returning you should wait for an official all clear, but
generally one hour after the earthquake is considered “all clear”. • The 1947 local tsunami event was caused by an earthquake
that went on for over a minute but the shaking was hardly
Wainui School has it’s own evacuation plan during school hours
noticed at the beach. Prolonged shaking earthquakes are
Keep listening to the radio for updates (Classic Hits 90.9 or More potentially the most dangerous for generating big waves.
There will be no official warnings given for a localised tsunami.
It is your responsibility to get yourself and family to safety.
CIVIL DEFENCE COMMUNITY EMERGENCY MANAGERS:
Ray Veal — 54 Moana Road — 867 6017
Michael Willock — 18a Sirrah Street — 868 1083
Paul Ericson — 14 Moana Road — 867 9141
GDC CIVIL DEFENCE 867 2049 EXT 8435
Richard Busby — Makorori Station — 868 9027
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M A G A Z I N E
Delivered free to every home
from Sponge Bay to Makorori. views and opinions
Published four times a year. 4 Intro: Editor’s comments and a preview of the issue.
PuBLiSheD anD PrinteD By
Gray Clapham Design Arts 5 Council rejects idea of a community representative group and calls seperate area
.................................. meetings. Wainui dad imports excellent sunscreen. B&B gets star rating. Protest stops
eDitOriaL ManaGer removal of the Norfolks. Sponge Bay Estate site work completed. Election results show
Gray Clapham Wainui’s “green” leanings. Sharron Stevenson promotes septic tank-friendly cleaning
90 Moana Road products. Isabella Vita’s vision for the future wins art competition.
Phone 868 0240 12 Look out, the paparazzi are about. BeachLife brings you shocking and scandalous
Fax 867 7010 photos from the local party scene. Yeah right.
aLL LetterS, artiCLeS & our ocean
email@example.com 14 The Season of the Orca: Amazing photographs by Tom Grimson and a look
back at the visits from the orca pods.
aDVertiSinG beach life
Phone 868 0240 16 Summer concerts in Jack Richard’s garden. Rogan Houghton’s love for surf
Fax 867 7010 photography. Local lads record pop music CD. All about the Okitu Store. Soccer
firstname.lastname@example.org successes. Skateboard kids. Three generations at local school. Saren’s wedding.
Extra copies available at $5.00
All issues will be archived after 22 They just keep on coming! Introducing nine new residents with more on the horizon.
publication on the website
www.beach-life.co.nz beach focus
Cover: 24 The Surfing Way of Life: An exploration of the surf culture and the history that
Surfing photo by the editor, orca defines life at our beaches. Plus lots of old photos.
photo by Tom Grimson, old surfies
from John Logan’s collection.
34 The Bob Rasby Story: Once at the forefront of the world’s surfboard industry our
Bob has been knocked down, but he’s not out.
36 Luke Morrell is the art director for leading world surf and skate label. Tommy Dalton
is taking his surfboard shaping skills to a global level. Amanda Foubister is Miss Fitness
39 The Ballad of Frankie and Laurie: Two nice Americans who love the Wainui
way of life.
Historical photographs and assistance
courtesy Tairāwhiti Museum
40 Wave Rave with Kelly Ryan: Surf stories, results and what the groms are up to.
All BeachLife pages can be viewed online at www.beach-life.co.nz
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InTRo Publisher’s Comments | by Gray Clapham
WELL, HERE WE ARE, THE SECOND ISSuE OF BEACHLIFE, the Grave. This unusual protest by the council’s own representatives has
big summer issue. So far I have had nothing but congratulations led to a turnaround in the council’s own reserve management plan,
and support for the concept of this community publication which saving these majestic trees from the chop. There are three schools
premiered three months ago. It’s a great deal of fun to produce of thought on the Norfolk pines. There are those that see them as
and provides heaps of satisfaction. And thanks to all our voluntary “exotic pests” that have no place in a New Zealand coastal dune
subscribers! I do know who you are. Appreciated. ecosystem; those that see them as iconic of Wainui Beach adding to
This magazine is “hand-made” in my basement garage on a the character of the foreshore; and those that just hate cutting down
very good, but second hand Fuji Xerox digital printer. First I print any kind of mature tree. until the reserve plan is reviewed in perhaps
all the colour pages (11.5 hours), then the black and white sections 10 or 15 years time, the second and third schools are having it their
(17.5 hours). And that’s not counting the printer malfunctions, ink way. The incident has set a precedent that shows that council policy
replacements and visits from the Fuji Xerox technician. I then gather that has been signed and sealed can still be overturned in the face
the pages together and fold them into booklets, one at a time (6 of all the consultation, planning and voting.
hours). I take them all in to Printing House and they staple and The real estate market is of great interest at the moment. Recently
guillotine-trim them off for me (thanks Grant!). It takes them a full houses along Wairere Road and in Ocean Park have sold for prices
day just to do that bit. ranging from the high $400s to mid $500s. These were houses you
So after all that printing, folding and stapling – not to mention the would have expected to have fetched prices in the high $600s or
weeks of interviewing, photographing and hours of writing – this is $700s not that many months ago. The downward adjustment of the
the second issue of our community lifestyle magazine. real estate market is now a firm reality and we are already living in a
new era of property valuation. We all have to wake up to the fact that
I’ve decided to make “surf” the theme of the issue. Because
the boom is over – we once were millionaires, but not any longer.
surf is vital to so many people here at the beach and has a large
What’s struck me as I have gone about meeting young families with
influence on everything we do. The twin beaches of Wainui and
new babies around the community is that they just about all own
Makorori are wave making machines. They are world famous. There
their own homes here, and so many of them are the children of
is nearly always a swell breaking of some kind along our sandy
Wainui parents. That’s so great. That’s what we were mostly worried
shores and it is consistently better than average, often superb.
about in the time of inflated property prices – and then the spectre
We do in fact live in a surfer’s mecca. So this issue explores that
of a huge rates increase to cover reticulation – that our kids could
premise along with the social and historical implications surfing has
not afford to live here. So this new era of more realistic property
on our local culture and lifestyle.
price expectancies should be welcomed for that reason.
The state of surfing nostalgia in which this issue may languish
In this issue we also look back on an amazing thing that
is being reflected in a Gisborne surfers’ reunion being organised
happened here at the beaches in late winter and early spring. The
over Easter weekend of 2009. There is talk of up to 300 old surfies
visits by several groups or pods of orca. Many of us saw the pods
congregating in Gisborne for a weekend of reminiscing, partying
go by, sometimes just metres off the beach. They swam right by,
and hopefully some surfing. The organisers are Victor Jacobs (868
brushing the wetsuited legs of stunned surfers, surfing the inshore
9987) and Gail Patty (868 6680) who are focusing the reunion around
waves, dolphining along the coastline in large, determined groups. In
50 years of surfing in Gisborne. There should be more information
my research I was shocked to learn these orca are a few of the total
publicised as things get rolling and a website is imminent.
New Zealand population of about 200 individuals. We review some
If you’re not connected to surfing and find this issue is a bit of the eye-witness accounts and do a bit of background research on
over the top in the surfing direction, don’t fear that we’ve turned the species. Not to mention Tom Grimson’s stunning photos!
BeachLife into a “surfing magazine”. Other areas of historical and
And – nine more babies! That’s on top of nine in the last issue
social importance will get similar focus in future issues.
and still more on the way for the next issue. (Oops, I just heard Tim
The Gisborne District Council recently rejected a well thought and Phoebe Gander have had their baby as we print.) That’s 19 new
out proposal to set up an election of a “community representative
children born at the beach in the last year, that we know of. I was
group” from nominated Wainui Beach residents who would liaise
not surprised to read somewhere that New Zealand is going through
between the community and the council, mainly on the issue of
a mini-baby boom with the most babies born in a nine month period
the management of our septic tank systems. It was quite a slap in
since 1962. I am becoming an expert at baby photography.
the face for the people who had been assisting council officers, at
council request, to come up with a democratic way this community- Plus more stories about what “our kids” are up to. I love writing
council collaboration concept could be achieved. The council is now these stories. I apologise for calling you a “kid” if you are nearly
embarking on a totally different concept by staging area-by-area, 30 years old – it was the best catchline I could think of that sums
issue-by-issue meetings as a way of consulting with us. I guess if up how proud we are of not only our own children, but also our
you want to keep up with what’s happening in the community as a neighbours’, who are out in the world making a solid go of it.
whole, you will now have to attend all three area meetings. Will you Plus this issue looks at the lives of some of our “big kids” too.
need some sort of ID to prove you come from a defined area to be
At first I worried if would I be able to find enough to write about to
allowed to speak? The wisdom of the council’s decision to divide
sustain a publication like this. I started the first issue with a long list
the community in this way will be evaluated in the goodness of time.
of story ideas, and two issues later I have hardly made a dent in it as
So, for now, the Norfolk pines are to stay. Only prompt action by new ideas crop up. Don’t be shy to call with your ideas. Call too if
local residents, backed by the mayor and two councillors, halted you want a special occasion or party photo taken. GC
contractors cutting down the three large pines over the Whales
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views and opinions
Puzzled by Council
Send you views and opinions to email@example.com
decision to reject
I WAS A LITTLE PuZZLED AFTER
the council meeting that rejected the
representative community group idea. It
seemed to me that there was an almost wilful
misinterpretation of the intent of the initiative.
Councillor explains rejection of Wainui
The locals who helped with the proposal community group concept
were there because we had been asked
and because we were willing to be involved. OPPOSITION TO THE COuNCIL PAPER ON THE CONCEPT OF AN ELECTED WAINuI
After the June decision not to go ahead with committee arose from a variety of perspectives.
the reticulation proposal, Council wanted On enquiring of the chief executive if anyone from the pro-reticulation side of the debate
to engage in a ‘collaborative’ manner with had been part of his consultation group he advised, “No.” So there was concern that
the community to work out the issues of only one perspective had been considered.
water quality monitoring and other generally The draft terms of reference for the establishment suggested that five members could
sustainable methods of continuing with on be elected via a process overseen by a JP.
site waste water management.
There are a raft of issues here. How would a voters roll be established? Would it be
Many councillors seemed to think that the residents? If so, for how long? Ratepayers or both? Cost of establishing the roll,
election of five (or thereabouts) members of keeping it up to date and all that that entails. The council paper advised that in addition
the Wainui community represented some to staff assistance it was proposed that council provides ongoing ‘administrative
threat to the established democratic process resources.’
and that mainstream views could be hijacked
The very real cost to the ratepayer concerns us. Once one such committee is legitimised
by these people whoever they were.
there would be no reason why other areas should not have the same. All this has to be
I don’t see how that holds water given the paid for via rates. Rates are a growing burden and it is the responsible councillors who
weight of community opinion that came out make an effort to keep some control on expenditure.
in the submission process. That is, people
Some councillors have considerable experience of communities having meetings and
wanted to continue with on site disposal.
taking an interest in various matters affecting their community. Different issues interest
The election of a smallish group was thought
various members of our communities and they are entitled to respond accordingly.
to be a more practical way of working and
There is absolutely nothing stopping any group of residents have a meeting with
‘consulting’ than the larger forums of public
councillors and staff on any subject at any time. It does not need five elected people to
meetings. It was also seen as more efficient
enable it to happen
as staff would not be continually be in the
role of educators in bringing people up to When it was agreed not to proceed with reticulation, primarily based on the cost, there
speed with complex issues as they arose. was a view that the Lloyd George Road-Murphy Road area, often referred to as ‘Old
Wainui’, should have the opportunity to have discussions on reticulation as it affected
It seems to me that pressure had been
them and potentially find a solution.
applied to some councillors by some
residents who are unhappy with the June The generally held view is that that sort of approach enables those directly affected
decision. The suggestion that elected to be involved directly with their issue, What happens in Old Wainui is less relevant to
community representatives could somehow Moana Road for example – and the reverse.
subvert the democratic process is rather So we are not opposed to a “new era of consultation”, this was just not a well thought
ironic I think, given this apparent ‘rear guard’ option in my view, and that of most of my council colleagues. Hence the 10-3 vote
action. against the paper, not against consultation.
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THE GISBORNE DISTRICT COuNCIL HAS Council calls area meetings
knocked back the concept of an elected
Wainui Beach Community Group – instead after rejection of community group idea
the council is now planning seperate area-by-
area community meetings.
In the wake of the overturning of the
Council officers presented a plan for the establishment of a “Wainui Beach
sewerage reticulation concept council
Community Group” – comprising an elected group of community members and
officers had been asked to “prepare a
an appointed Councillor. The purpose of the group would have been to assist the
proposal for how a collaborative approach
Council to collaborate with the community to develop alternatives and identify
could be given effect.”
solutions for management of wastewater and other environmental and planning
After the overwhelming number of against-
issues. Councillors voted 10-3 to reject the mandating proposal. Instead the first
submissions which sunk the reticulation
round of area-by-area community consultation meetings have been set.
proposal, it was believed the council’s
standard consultation process had not
worked in this instance.
When the idea of a Wainui Beach Hall voted in support of the recommendation. reticulation” side of the debate had been
representative group was first discussed, Councillor Gary Hope said that although consulted. She also felt an elected group
right from the outset everyone involved the community had suggested this, he was was unnecessary as there was nothing to
voiced concerns about “obtaining a mandate worried that the most prominent people in stop any group of residents having meetings
from the people.” the debate would dominate the issue and with GDC officers and councillors.
In preparing the plan council officers the views of small minorities might not be Her response is printed in full as a letter
proposed stringent terms of reference represented. back on page 5.
regarding representation. Kathy Sheldrake said it would still be GDC chief executive Lindsay McKenzie
Nominees for representation could have hard to ensure such a group was truly says while the “particular proposal” was not
come from any side of the reticulation debate representative. She also had concerns over supported by council, the Council did agree
and could have included Tangata Whenua, if the administrative costs. to meet with the community on an area-by-
nominated and then elected. Pat Seymour said Wainui was a big area area basis and on an issue-by-issue basis.
Right up until the council meeting Wainui with various pockets where there were He says staff have met to see what needs
residents involved in advising on the plan felt specific issues. She did not believe five to be done to implement the (latest) council
really proud and positive of what they had people could cover all these things, or decisions and have proposed a round of
achieved. It was with real shock that they (represent) non-residential ratepayers. She community meetings on December 10, 11
listened to the majority of councillors reject believed the council would be abdicating its and 15 at various Wainui meeting locations.
the proposal presented. own responsibility to consult with a wider “We intend to use these meetings to
The Gisborne Herald reported it succinctly: group by setting up a small group. get the collaboration underway with the
“A bid to set up a mandated group of five to In a response to an approach for an community that was contemplated when the
represent the Wainui, Okitu and Sponge Bay explanation of her stance, Councillor Pat decision was taken not to reticulate.”
communities was tossed out by the District Seymour, told BeachLife her opposition arose A notice with agendas for the community
Council.” from a variety of perspectives. Her primary meetings is advertised below.
Only Craig Bauld, Brian Wilson and Alan concerns were that no person on the “pro-
Wastewater Management Community Meetings with GDC
The community is invited to attend a meeting to discuss future planning and environmental directions with a focus on
wastewater management. Council will be holding three area based meetings:
1. OKITu: Surf Club WEDNESDAY 10 DECEMBER 5.30pm – 7.00pm
2. WAINUI: Wainui School Hall THURSDAY 11 DECEMBER 7.00pm – 8.30pm
3. LLOYD GEORGE ROAD AREA: Wainui Tennis Club – Cleary Road MONDAY 15 DECEMBER 5.30pm – 7.00pm
• Debrief on recent reticulation and planning proposals and decisions (GDC presentation)
• Where to from here for sustainable wastewater management (GDC presentation)
• How can GDC and the community work together for sustainable wastewater management (group discussion)
• Other Wainui environmental and planning issues (open forum)
For further information contact Kim Smith. Phone 867 2049 Extn 8751 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you cannot attend a meeting and would like a copy of the minutes contact the above.
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Wainui dad imports world’s
best rated sunscreen Protect plants, stop
AS A WAINuI FATHER, CLIFF BLuMFIELD GOT SICK OF NAGGING weeds and save water
his kids to remember to reapply their sunscreen.
“Giving the kid’s a tube of sunscreen to take to school doesn’t
with garden bark from Judd Bark Supplies
necessarily mean they will remember to use it, “he says.
“I had originally come across this really effective imported
sunscreen which I got from Pro Dive in Auckland. It lived up to its
promise of lasting for at least 8 hours and its claim of being the
world’s number-one rated sunscreen.
“My children used it and I now make sure my grandchildren
use it,” says the owner of Wainui Dive and the Cylinder Testing
Laboratory based in Carnarvon Street.
About 12 months ago Cliff’s began importing the favoured SPF44
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range. Running a retail dive and instruction business, it made sense
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Protest action stays execution of norfolk pines
IT WAS ONLY 11TH HOuR PROTEST ACTION INSTIGATED BY simply that those who the consultation goes against can have
an observant resident that saved the three mature Norfolk pines difficulties in accepting the decisions. It doesn’t matter whether
at “Whales” from succumbing to the we go 50:50, 60:40 or 70:30 – there are
contractors chainsaws. always going to be those who are unhappy
No one was quick enough to stop two with outcomes and pass this on as being
similar 40-foot pines being cut down in the “unconsulted”.
Okitu Lagoon Reserve earlier. “ If we have to get to 100 percent
Gail Martin saw the contractors arrive acceptance, then nothing would get done
at “Whales” from her kitchen window on because we would be held up forever.
Wednesday morning, October 22, and Although I am personally against the
twigged that GDC reserve management trees’ removal, there are those for it, and
plan policy to remove the “exotic trees” was the reserve management plan was largely
about to be implemented. accepted. Personally I was pleased that
She and husband John were able to halt something could be done at the 11th
the felling while urgent calls were put out to hour and that part of the plan is being
councillors Pat Seymour, Andy Cranston and reassessed.”
the mayor Meng Foon. does this mean that other recommendations
Mrs Seymour was able to phone Council in the Wd Lysnar Reserve management Plan
chief executive Lindsay McKenzie and could also be vetoed by protest action if they
appealed to him to call off the job. are not popular at the time of implementation?
The group then assembled for a picture Andy Cranston: “There is that danger
by the Gisborne Herald which was published but it is a public right to protest and put
under the headline: “Protest To Save Wainui their views. To get to a veto situation would
Pines.” require a very strong case and as it turned
The protest action has led to a halt on out the case for the saving of the Norfolks
any further moves to remove the Norfolks was deemed to have merit.”
until such time as the WD Lysnar Reserve Management Plan can be Pat Seymour: “ Possibly, with the wisdom of new information
reviewed. That is not expected to happen for at least 10 to 15 years. or changed circumstances, but it would not be a simple as a ‘not
Wainui resident and councillor Andy Cranston says there are some popular’ idea. Generally a ‘not popular’ idea should not get included
straggly pines along the reserve which really don’t offer too much in a management plan. You would be amazed how many people
in the way of beauty but it is becoming accepted that the Norfolks are telling us, councillors and staff, that they did not know of the
should be seen in a different light. management plan consultation.”
He says he was not aware through the consultation process of There is recommendation in the Plan to fence off the reserve with
any strong formal objections or submissions specifically against the bollard type fencing and defined car park entrances etc. This also
Norfolks’ removal: “I guess the optimistic or practical side of us all appears to be not a popular idea?
figured the discussion was largely about those trees which really Andy Cranston: “I am aware of the unpopularity of the bollards
should be removed as opposed to a burnt earth policy.” and fencing in some quarters and am in two minds. Part of the case
Pat Seymour, Chair GDC policy for the bollards is “hoon related”
and environment committee, says: as the only way to stop them
“At the time (of submissions) I was denigrating our beautiful reserve is
opposed to the removal of the to keep them off it.
pines – but that was a minority view “But it does go further because
– and the draft was adopted with even an element of legal use is
the planned removal of the Norfolk damaging. You know yourself just
Pines included. Subsequently there how much of our beautiful reserve
has been renewed interest in the is driven over and parked on. This
protection of significant trees in this is now happening extensively right
community. The loss of sea views along the length of the reserve and I
is one of the major reasons sited by even do it myself – because I can.
those keen to see removal.” “The closer to the edge the better
BeachLife asked if this issue for viewing etc. This is simply not
revealed a fault in the consultation and planning process. how was it good conservation practice! It seems fair that we lessen the effects
that the mayor and two councillors joined 11th hour resident protest by restricting some of the current access ways. We need to ask:
action to halt what was in fact the implementation of agreed Council Do we need vehicle access through the entire reserve at 150 metre
policy that had evolved out of the usual consultation process? intervals so vehicles can drive all over the entire area and continue to
Andy Cranston says: “The fault in the consultation process is have these negative environmental impacts?”
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Housing development in final stages
SITE DEVELOPMENT AT THE SPONGE BAY ESTATE HOuSING SuBDIVISION IS
nearing completion with the installation of all services and the streets about to be sealed
as we went to print. Wainui “Greenies”
Project manager, Trevor Burrows, says all of the major construction is expected to be
completed by Christmas and – depending on the issuing of the 224 certificate by GDC
and the issuing of titles – section owners will be able to start building in March.
Final landscaping and beautification will include fencing and planting along the Sponge
Bay Road boundary. The one hectare reserve in the centre of the development is to be
MOST OF uS VOTED FOR NATIONAL IN
planted in clusters of native trees and park seating will be installed.
the recent General Election. Historically
A planted berm is to be created along the State Highway 35 boundary with space
Wainui is a National stronghold.
allowed for the future construction of a cycleway-walking path linking Gisborne and
Given our demographics the final local
Wainui Beach by the district council.
tally was probably predictable, but there
The development is 12 hectares and contains 95 building sites. The names of the
was a notable increase in votes for the
streets have yet to be finalised.
Asked about what sort of housing we can expect to see in Sponge Bay Estate, Trevor
Out of 732 votes cast at the Wainui
says the covenants are reasonably relaxed: “However there is a limitation on the use of
School Polling Place way over half, 408,
brick (not to exceed 50%) and some other building materials. We expect to see the design
voted for National. up 56 votes from 2005.
of the houses to fit in with today’s modern lifestyles. There will definitely be no acceptance
148 voted for Labour and 116 for the
of removable dwellings.”
Green Party, up 69 votes from 2005. Labour
Towards mid December there will be an enquiries office on site where further
was down 55. The Green vote was up from
information will be freely available. Any sales enquiries or questions can be directed to
47 in 2005.
Trevor Burrows, phone 021 736 919.
The Green swing was obviously away
Thanks for the show of support from Labour who received 203 votes in
25 voted for ACT (compared to just 3 in
WAINuI WINTER OLYMPIC HOPEFuL MIKE KING WANTS TO THANKS THOSE IN
2005), 4 for Jim Anderton, 13 for NZ First
the community who chipped in to help him with his training costs in North America via the
and 5 for united Future. 6 went for the
BeachLife voluntary subscription idea.
Maori Party. Interestingly, only one person
“Thanks to all the local residents who have paid a voluntary subscription to this great
voted for the Legalise Cannabis option.
community magazine and supported my Olympic dream. Bobsleigh costs approximately
Those locals who voted for Winston
$17,000 per year for every athlete so all the financial support I can get helps, “he says.
Peters and NZ First in 2005, weren’t
“As you read this I will be in North America taking part in six events throughout October swayed by the Owen Glenn Affair. NZ First
through to the end of December. It’s a great feeling coming from a small town and at 14 votes this year was actually up one
knowing that there are a lot of local residents and friends behind me.” from the last election.
“All the support that I have been getting – whether it is food from Charcoal Chicken,
Powerade from Coke or verbal support from local residents – is something special that 2008
a lot of the guys in my team from the large cities (Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin)
don’t get. In fact they often cheekily comment, ‘Geez, I wish I lived in Gisborne’. All the Green
best with the second issue and I will be thinking about the Wainui surf and sun while
surrounded by snow and sub-zero temperatures over the next few months.”
BeachLife would also like to thank those who got the idea of the voluntary subscription, Labour
that not only helped Mike a little way with his costs but also guaranteed the continuation
of the magazine. It was also a way of gauging support for the idea of the magazine and we
thank all those who took the time to write a cheque or go online and send in the money.
If you missed the opportunity to subscribe, hey we’ll still be happy to receive your
cheque for $30.00. Post to BeachLife, PO Box 969, Gisborne.
Check out the website Green
IF YOu WANT YOuR FRIENDS OR FAMILY OVERSEAS TO READ THE STORIES IN
BeachLife, tell them about the online version of the magazine at www.beach-life.co.nz
(don’t forget the hyphen, someone already has beachlife).
A GREAT WAy To AdvERTISE. Local people are catching onto the idea of using
BeachLife magazine to advertise within the beach community. The magazine has
staying power and everyone reads it thoroughly. Advertisers in the first issue all say
they have got results. Business profiles, houses for sale, goods and services.
ConTACT BEACHLIFE AdvERTISInG: Phone 868 0240 or email@example.com Graphs created from votes cast in the Wainui
School Polling Place in both 2005 and 2008.
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what’s up? Sharron finds her particular shade of “green”
IT HAS BEEN A YEAR OF LEARNING FOR Sharron says one of the many positive forever) range is the best. They have
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through mountains of reticulate, Sharron felt I really like them; My son has bad eczema
reports, documents, she needed to do her bit and the washing powder dosen’t irritate
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Isabella’s future vision
ISABELLA VITA OF PARE STREET HAS A VISION FOR THE
future of Gisborne.
Her painting of what Gisborne might look like in 2018 was
selected as the winning entry in a Gisborne-wide schools’ art
competition to find a cover for the Gisborne District Council’s 10
Year Community Plan.
The competition theme was: “Gisborne growing up – what will
Gisborne be like in 10 years time.”
The competition was open to local primary, intermediate and
secondary schools with the aim of recognising and using the artistic
talents of local youth.
Considerable effort was put in to entries with roads, high rise
buildings, the town clock, Maori culture and beach people being
recurring themes. The awards night was celebrated on October 11
with students and their families, the mayor and councillors.
There were awards presented in primary, intermediate and
secondary schools categories but 12 year old Isabella, a Year 7
student at Campion College was chosen as the overall winner.
Isabella, who received $200 for herself and $100 for her art
department at school, says her design for the future was all about
things she would like to be able to do in Gisborne.
Her concept was of a beachside community with a rock climbing
facility, a bowling alley, a water park, a burger bar and, not
surprisingly when you know her dad Mike Vita, a soccer field right by
The design also included a safe walkway and cycling path along
side the road where people used both cars and public transport to
High-rise apartment dwellings, one with a penthouse, owned by BEACH LIFESTYLE: Isabella Vita’s artistic concept of Gisborne ten years
Isabella looked out over the beach. from now will be featured on the cover of the Council’s community plan.
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Popular local identity and Gisborne accountant, Richard “Dicko” Coates, celebrated his 60th birthday recently with a large gathering at his
Murphy Road home. It was a great opportunity for a family photograph. From left: brother-in-law Sean McCormick, Dicko, daughter Charlotte,
sister Tessa McCormick, wife Prudence, his mother Joan Coates, nephew Alistair, brother Graeme Coates, niece Debbie and daughter
Noel and Alison, the Amor Bendalls, threw a
great party at their home at the top of Wheatstone
Road to celebrate Noel’s 50th recently.
All smiles at Noel Amor’s birthday bash were Michelle Nyholt,
Pete Anderson and Ian Francis
Mountain Warrior Shane Cameron met up
with old mate Karl Geiseler at Noel’s party.
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BeachLife can’t gate crash all your parties!
If you have a special occasion, send photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. beach party
All Thai-ed up at the
Tsunami Bar Thai Night
Banquet were Yvonne Beaufoy,
Darleen Funston, Bronwyn
Kay, Cindy Prosor and Ingrid
Also taking part in the
Thai food menu occasion
– where the Tsunami
Bar hired chef’s from
Gisborne’s Thai Sunshine
Restaurant to cook on
premises for the night
– were Sandra Ellmers,
Margaret Winter, Buster
Taylor and Diane Ritchie.
Making up a group to enjoy the Tsunami Bar Thai Night were Christine Sisters Bianca and Ashlee Destounis at the
Gunness, Murray McLeod, Maxine Francois, Fleur and Pete Anderson. Tsunami Bar Thai occasion.
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YOUR WAVE: The large female orca which dropped
in on Jaydah Martin-Fitzharris at Wainui Beach.
The season of the orca
IT REALLy WAS An AMAzInG THInG. For several weeks pods of orca frolicked in the seas off
Pouawa, Tatapouri, Makorori and Wainui. At times they were way out in the bay, surging north and
then surging back south in large groups. At other times they were right in close. on several occasions
they surfed beneath the waves sending stunned surfers scrambling for the beach. What were they
doing here, where did they come from, and where have they gone? Photographs by Tom Grimson.
WHILE MOST PEOPLE FELT THE HuGE SEA MAMMALS, OFTEN the ribs of his surf mat, making a high-pitched noise. Immediately
known as “killer whales”, posed no immediate harm to humans, the baby veered away from the mother and came straight over to
young surfer girl Jayda Martin-Fitzharris got the fright of her life when him. It submerged beneath his surf mat leaving big water boils on
a huge black and white orca came within touching distance as she each side before veering back to join its mother. Paul says he could
was taking part in a surfing contest at the “Lone Pine” break in mid- see the “daddy” orca out the back keeping an eye on things.
October. Ben Cowper has posted a really good video on You Tube of at
“It was really scary,” she told the Gisborne Herald. “I turned least three orca swimming around not far behind a crowd of surfers
around and there was this big black fin, it was just behind my board.” at Makorori Point on October 18.
Watching from the shore, Boardriders Club organiser Heather Kohn Just when we thought they had disappeared wave ski rider Nigel
of Lloyd George Road, said two orca, one a baby, appeared to chase Bryant accidently videoed a pod of orca passing by Lone Pine in late
Jayda as she started yelling and paddling fast towards the shore. November when he set up a remote video to film himself in training.
Over the weeks orca were sighted numerous times around The zoological name for these creatures is Orcinus orca. This is
the beaches. Paul Dixon of Wairere Road says he had three orca thought to be derived from the Latin word orcus, meaning “demon
encounters this year. The first was last summer off the Wainui surf dolphin”. There are also many different common names for the
club when he spotted an estimated 2-metre high fin about 10 metres species. The Society for Marine Mammalogy lists the English names
away. “It was coming straight for me and I paddled in so fast the killer whale and orca as the most common.
clubbies asked if I wanted to compete for them in the next paddle Department of Conservation spokesman Jamie Quirk said it was
board race,” he says. normal for orca to frequent East Coast beaches around October-
The second encounter was the one many people witnessed at November. It is believed the mothers come here to teach their young
“Schools” in October: “I was out body surfing and I looked over and how to feed on stingray, he was reported in the Gisborne Herald.
saw this huge male orca surfing a wave. He was really going for it. It “If you sit and watch them, you will notice the pod break into
was so cool.” groups. Two will act like sheep dogs, working a certain part of the
Paul says even though he tried to control it, fascination turned coast and shepherd the stingray into an area of the reef, at which
to fear on both occasions and his final reaction was to flee the point they will all join in on the feeding frenzy,” he said.
perceived danger. He vowed the next time he would stay and make “Gisborne people are very lucky to see a unique marine mammal
contact. come so close to shore. And New Zealand orca are the only species
He got his chance a few days later when a mother and baby came of orca in the world that feed on stingray.”
by. He spotted the two dorsal fins and strummed his fingers along “They will move through pretty quickly. They set themselves up
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in residence in the area between northern Hawke’s Bay, Mahia right killed several people. A few New Zealander divers have tales of
through the East Cape,” Mr Quirk said. close encounters with orca, during which their fins were nibbled and
Fully grown orca can reach six metres in length. The males are tugged. Such activity appears to be more an expression of curiosity
easily identified by their large, triangular dorsal fin, while female or a bit of fun (for the orca, not necessarily for the diver) than testing
orcas have a curved fin. Juvenile orcas can be spotted swimming for taste.
about the fins of the adults. It is possible that this high degree of interaction with humans has
While there has been no record of orca attacking people or evolved the unique nature of New Zealand orca hunting culture.
mistaking them for other sea creatures, Mr Quirk recommended that Culture can be defined as traditions transmitted and reinforced
surfers or swimmers who found themselves in the company of orca by members of a group. Orca culture is often unique to a small
exercise a degree of caution. geographic location, not unlike human tribal culture. New Zealand
“They live in the sea all their lives, so they are much more aware of orca employ several different hunting methods, but most are aimed
humans being there than we are of them. But they are wild animals at catching the same kind of prey— rays and sharks. New Zealand
so we must treat them with respect.” orca were the first to be recognised as specialising in hunting this
Scientist and orca researcher Ingrid Visser based at Tutukaka in type of prey, and they remain the only orca that use these particular
Northland is New Zealand’s knowledge-base about orca. In a New methods.
Zealand Geographic feature story recently she said her studies
NEW ZEALAND ORCA FACT FILE:
indicated that there were fewer than 200 orca individuals living
• 117 individual orca have been photo-identified in New Zealand waters. The
permanently around the New Zealand coastline.
population estimate ranges between 65 and 167.
“Three groups appear to exist—one that inhabits the waters of the
North Island, a second in the South Island, and a third that roams • Some individual animals have been known to travel up to 170 km per day on
the entire area. Given this small population estimate, DOC has average. The largest known range of a NZ orca is 4200 kms.
changed the status of orca from “common” to “nationally critical”— • Orca are most frequently seen in the Bay of Plenty/East Cape/Hawke’s Bay
its highest threat ranking. This is because, although orca are found region in June, and often from October to December.
in other parts of the world, those around New Zealand are unique,
• NZ orca feed on a variety of prey, the most common being rays (long-tailed
with their own distinct dialects, hunting methods and other cultural
and short-tailed stingrays, eagle rays, and torpedo rays), but also sharks
(blue, mako, basking, and school sharks), a variety of fin-fish (yellow-fin tuna,
“There is still much about them of which we remain ignorant, such
as how stable their groups are, but we have certainly come to realise bluenose grouper, kahawai, and sunfish), and a blue penguin on one occasion.
that they are special and deserving of our respect and protection,” • NZ orca have also been observed attacking and consuming other cetacean
Ingrid Visser says. species (common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, dusky dolphins, Hector’s
She says there isn’t a single verified record of an attack by wild dolphins, sperm whales, pilot whales, humpback whales, and southern right
orca on people anywhere in the world, although captive orca have whales).
ORCWARD SITUATION: Duncan Gordon (left) and Willy Brown
(right) meet one of the daddy orcas at Makorori Centre.
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Concert series in Tiromoana
AN EXCITING SERIES OF SuMMER CONCERTS
FOR THE forthcoming season, featuring musicians
from New Zealand, Australia, united Kingdom and
Europe will be hosted at the home and garden of Jack
Richards at 41 Winifred Street this summer. Here is a
preview of what is to come.
December 18th | Simon Tedeschi returns:
uS and Australian based virtuoso classical and jazz
pianist returns for another breathtaking performance
GOLF TOURNAMENT WINNERS: The Ray White Gisborne #1 team won the Gisborne
from both the classical and jazz repertoire.
Real Estate Golf Tournament with a four shot lead from the next best team the
January 10th | Emerging piano star Nicholas Young: Gisborne Herald recently. All team members are Wainuians. From left: Peter Rouse,
organiser Bruce Third, Maxine Francois, Christine and Kim Gunness. The Ray White
17 year old Nicholas Young from Sydney gives his
#2 team of Peter Ritchie, Phil Allan, Brent Rasby and the Editor took fourth place.
first New Zealand recital.
January 17th | Soprano Anna Pierard, Tenor Jose
reviews for his interpretation of the classical piano repertoire, which will be the
Aparicio, accompanied by David Harper.
feature of his Gisborne recital.
uK and Spain-based Anna and Jose will give a
recital that includes operatic arias and selections from February 14th: VENUE: | Margaret Medlyn soprano accompanied by Bruce
Spanish operetta. Greenfield.
New Zealand diva Margaret Medlyn has been busy on the opera stage in new
January 31st | Student recital by Taleim Edwards and
Zealand throughout 2008, and thrilled us with her concert at Tiromoana last
Paul Romero – saxophone and piano
Taleim and Paul are from Gisborne and will perform
a selection of pieces for saxopone and piano, and will Tickets for all concerts are $25 (donated to the Gisborne Music Competition).
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February 7th: VENUE | Introducing Polish-Australian
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A life-long passion
for surf photography
HE’S AS ICONIC AROuND WAINuI BEACH AS THE NORFOLK
pines these days. Rogan Houghton and his furry friend Precious
are always about when the surf is up and pumping.
Surf photography is a passion Rogey has had since a youngster
when he first tried taking surfing pictures with his Kodak
Instamatic while on surf trips with big brother Brett.
He grew up on Auckland’s North Shore but is another local who
now calls Wainui Beach home. Now aged 41, Rogey left school on
the dot of turning 15.
“I left school real quick, I was out of there like a shot,” he says. A
scant education left Rogey with reading and writing problems but
this year he has completed a three-year adult literacy course at
Tairawhiti Polytechnic which he says has given him a real boost.
Rogan also has a turned-out left eye which has possibly held him
back a bit and must make it hard work to focus his camera for
hours on end when the surf’s running high.
His first decent SLR camera set up was a Minolta X300 with a
300mm Sigma lens which he bought in his early 20s. Big brother
Brett had moved down to Gisborne to live, so Rogan spent a lot
of time down here. About 15 years ago when Budge Berge was
running New Zealand Surfing magazine with CPL (Craig Levers)
as chief photographer, they appreciated Rogan’s enthusiasm and
helped him out a bit.
CPL pointed Rogan in the direction of a great set of second-hand
surf photography gear that was going cheap. He ended up with a
Canon F1 body with 800mm, 600mm and 400mm lenses.
His photos weren’t up to full page treatment, so they gave him
a double-page spread of smaller images which they called “The
Rogey Files”. The Rogey Files #2 and #3 followed in later years.
He also had other photographs published in regular reader’s
DUNE WATCH: Surfing photographer Rogan Houghton and his dog
photo pages during CPL’s editorship.
“Precious” keep their eyes peeled for the next big set.
The editor also gave Rogan a boost when I ran one of his surfing
pictures, a photo of Clint Daly, in my first calendar published over of spring, good waves and bright light he is working hard chasing
a decade ago. those great pictures.
Rogey always stuck to the standards required by surf magazines Rogan says he loves the satisfaction of photographing other
which meant he had to spend a lot of money on slide film and surfers. “I don’t surf big waves, but I love being behind the camera,
professional processing. A single roll of processed slide film could it’s almost the same sensation as being out there.”
cost as much as $100. Every now and then CPL would send Rogey It’s great to see Rogan out there, perched in the dunes with his
the odd spare roll of Velvia to help him out. best-friend “Precious”, a tiny little Maltese Bichon who travels with
So it was a relief when digital photography came of age recently him everywhere, even on the back of his motorbike. Rogan may
and about 12 months ago Rogey bought his first digital SLR Canon. not be one of the world’s best-known surfing paparazzi, but when
He can now fit hundreds of images on a single 2gig flash card. Maz Quinn is pulling in to an overhead barrel at the Chalet on a late
Sticking to the rules, Rogey is shooting both JPEG and Raw mode, afternoon mid-week, it’s Rogan who’s behind the lens, motordrive
which is what the magazines require should he get that elusive whirring, capturing the fleeting moment of surfing brilliance in a
“money shot”. mass of digital pixels.
His chances have improved lately with the purchase of a decent His images might not get published in Surfer’s Journal – yet – but
300mm digital Canon lens ex Logan Murray and with the arrival at least he’s out there, giving it a go. Keep it up Rogey.
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Recording brings on memories of joy and innocense
LOST INNOCENSE: Fresh-faced Trev and Pete
in the 1980s bar band “Innocent Dingos” with
Shane Bollingford, Tim Stewart and Andy
IF YOu REMEMBER THE INNOCENT DINGOS Schollum. Photo by Gray Clapham 1980s.
and can go as far back as Country Joy, then
you’ll be keen to listen to a CD of songs recently is as good as you would expect from an
produced by Wainui jam band Big Water. amateur recording studio, but crank it up and
Pete Stewart and Trevor Herk (that’s them you’ve got some great sounds. All the better
circa 1980 above second right and second left) with the understanding it’s organic, home-grown, Wainui Beach-born
are Gisborne’s elder statesmen of rock and roll. music to boot.
Over the decades since the 1970s Trev has provided the bass line Trevor Herk, the always unassuming bassist these days lives up
to numerous live performing bands around the town and Peter has the Lysnar Street valley and is a well respected music teacher at
added his dexterous lead breaks to an equal number. Lytton High School. Think back to the mid 1970s when the band
For several years now Pete’s lounge at his home on the corner of Country Joy held the fort at the DB Gisborne Lounge Bar and you
Oneroa and the Highway has been the venue of legendary Thursday can picture Trev thumping out the bass notes to Long Train Running,
night expression sessions and the Big Water CD is a creative coming Cocaine and other anthems of that era. You have to also picture the
of age of those late night jams. band’s drummer, Pare Street’s Paul Conole, hammering away at the
Formerly known as the Borderline Trio, Bigwater came about when rear as well. Those were the days.
Lincoln Wright (drummer) joined the long established Thursday night If you have an interest in local music the first Bigwater CD is a
musical excursions. must for your collection. Keep listening and the songs grow on you,
Trevor and Pete are long established Gisborne musicians that and soon you think you’re listening to pop songs you’ve known
have played in several local bands together, including the celebrated all your life. Oh, and hey, Bigwater? That’s Wainui, the English
Innocent Dingos from the River Bar heyday of the early ‘80s. translation thereof. And, at $15 available from Peter and Trev and at
Lincoln Wright is a well-known DJ, (the Missing Link) with a CV from the Wainui Store, this is perfect Christmas present material. There
Wellington that includes The Hairy Lollies and Gamut. are 11 tracks on the CD.
Initially they explored a collection of mainly covers and a few Since recording this initial sampling of some of their originals
original songs, but after a while originals replaced all the covers. Bigwater has become in demand for live performances and are
Pete puts this down to his going through an especially creative song already working on a follow up CD.
writing binge in recent times. Bigwater are: Pete Stewart, guitar & vocals; Trevor Herk, bass &
Don’t expect any head banging, plaster cracking mayhem from vocals; Lincoln B. Wright, drums & backing vocals. Recorded and
these musicians. As Pete says, they are lyric-based pop songs. engineered by Trevor Herk.
Sensible, easy to listen to, with catchy melodies. The sound quality Bigwater have an online Blog at www.bigwater.co.nz. GC
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Okitu Store has just about everything
THE GOOD OLD OKITu STORE – aka
Seaquinns Ltd – might look shabby on
the outside but it’s what’s on the inside
that really counts!
Built way back in the ‘50s the Okitu
Store has serviced many people from
all walks of life, has had many changes
of ownership, and the normal ups and
downs of the retail and fast food world,
however the Okitu Store still stands as
strong today as the foundations on which
it is built.
Maryanne Egan and Gary Quinn
ditched their educational careers and
stressful government influenced jobs and
purchased the Okitu Store in December
2006, two years on they still consider
it to be the best career choice they’ve
both made and compliment each others
strengths and weaknesses – making a
great duo! IN ICE CREAM HEAVEN: Shop owners Maryanne Egan and Gary Quinn
Maryanne is born and bred in Gisborne with affiliations to Ngati outside their Okitu Store – the place to be beside the sea.
Kahungunu ki Wairoa, Rongomaiwahine, Whangara and Ngati Porou. some hot food or takeaways to eat under the pohutukawa trees or
From a family of eight, one of her fondest childhood memories was on the grassed area.
travelling all the way from Makaraka to the Okitu Store every Sunday Of course when there are no waves to surf you might want to try
for an ice-cream treat. In summer they would your luck fishing with the variety of fish bait and fishing
camp out at Tatapouri and Pouawa and come supplies available and ice to keep it chilled. And then
to the store every second day for ice for the perhaps relax on the deck in the evenings watching
chilly bin. the sunset with one of the many wines or ales on sale
Her childhood dream was to one day own in hand.
the Okitu Store so she could have ice-cream Parking is never a problem whether it be truck and
whenever she wanted – while her dream has trailers, harvesters, motorhomes, motorbikes or horses
come true she doesn’t eat as much ice-cream – we’ve seen and had them all with room to spare.
anymore – even though they are still the While the hours maybe long, the winter mornings
best ice-creams in town! In her spare time chilly and the summer days crazy – it’s all worth it.
Maryanne runs the Coastguard Radio Watch The key to our success is good communication,
from the shop, keeping a watchful ear and eye on those that love the being organised, great family support, efficient service, good staff,
sea but may get into trouble and leads an active sporting role with teamwork, fresh and plentiful supplies. Plus a good rapport with
her two daughters Kimberley and Karyn. suppliers, good old fashion manners and service with a smile. It’s
Gary has lived in Wainui for over 18 years and is passionate also important to take time out and have quality family time to re-
about surfing. So of course the Okitu Store offers everything in the energize.
surfing line from surfboard and wetsuit rentals, leg ropes, surf wax, Where to from here – well watch this space as 2009 will see some
surf combs, wax bombs, Surfer’s Skin sunscreen (as worn by Maz further development and more exciting things on offer!
Quinn!), sometimes a quick surf lesson and in the holidays the young
grommets may get the extra pleasure of bumping into Maz, Jay and OkITU STORE IS OPEN SEVEN DAYS:
Holly when they come home and chill out with the family. Summer Hours:
With their mutual passion being the sea Maryanne and Gary • Monday – Saturday 7.00am – 8.00pm
have the prime location for a retail business that provides almost • Sunday 7.30am – 8.00pm
everything. Where else can you get the beautiful beach straight Winter Hours:
outside the front door, a new funky playground for the kids across • Monday – Saturday 7.00am – 7.00pm
the road to play on, picnic tables to sit in the sun and eat ice- • Sunday 7.30am – 7.00pm
creams, chat and relax with a magazine, a surfboard to hire and test Takeaways and hot food are available all day within shop
out your skills straight across the road. All topped off with fresh hot opening hours. Phone orders welcome on 06 867 7013 .
coffee and a locally-made pie to warm you up afterwards or maybe
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DEMONS RULE: The mighty Wainui Demons Walker Realty football team won both the Poverty Bay Soccer 2nd Division Competition and then the 2nd
Division Cup Knockout Round to complete an extremely successful 2008 season. Back Row: Hugh Higgins, Gary Smith, Clay Parker, Vince Ford, Steve
Sutherland, Mike Evans, Jay Papworth, Warren Muir, Craig Scott, Andrew Reid, Brett Parker. Front Row: Richard Page, John Hill, Brent Strong, Karl
Geiseler, Ben Drummond, Trev Williams, Adam Dawson, Aaron Welsh. Dion Williams (on ground).
SCHOOL SUCCESS: The Wainui Beach School A Grade Soccer team won the Gisborne Primary School A Grade competition for only the third time since
1965 (last time was 1995). They were undefeated throughout the season with only one draw and scored 116 goals for and only 10 against. Back Row:
Joel Robinson (Assistant Coach), Jonty Low, Isaiah Grace, Josh Meade, Jack Virtue, Charlie Scott, Rory Faulkner, Tewai Coulston, Cassidy Teaia, Josh
Cook, Craig Scott (Coach). Front Row: Kosta Atsalis, Hamish Robinson, Jarram Brouwer, Rangi Mitchell, Layne Nalder.
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THE GEnERATIon GAME
Wainui School kids get to try out a lot of
IN THE LAST ISSuE of BeachLife we reported that Wainui School opened in 1964. Very quick outdoor activities and recently BeachLife
on the phone was Jean Webster (pictured left) to correct that date to 1962. Mrs Webster, now dropped in on a skateboard coaching
aged 89, was one of the three first day teachers way back then and Sandy Gibson (right) was session. Above: Jack Dixon-Smith gets
into the groove.
one of the first day pupils who was taught by Mrs Webster. When Sandy’s grand daughter Ella
Sutherland started at Wainui School in September this year she became the third generation of
the Gibson family to attend the school. Ella’s mum, and Sandy’s daughter, De-Arne Sutherland
went to Wainui School from 1983. While there are other families who have this generational
association with the school we thought it would be a nice way of acknowledging Mrs Webster’s
alertness in correcting the actual date the school opened. Liesje Bartie rounds off the story as
she first taught at the school in 1963, was De-Arne’s teacher in the early ‘80s and is this year
teaching Ella. Mrs Webster came from Ilminster School where she was also a first day teacher
with the new headmaster Lou Thompson and the third teacher Huri Callaghan.
L ov E A n d M A R R I AG E
Charlie Klavs may turn down dad’s offer
of the builder’s apron and embark on a
career as a professional skateboarder.
PROuD DAD BOB RASBY made the trip up to Wellsford recently to be on hand to give away
his daughter Saren Rasby on the occasion of her marriage to Daniel Heywood. The couple
were married on the beach at Pakiri, north of Auckland. Brother Brent with wife Helena and
baby Perle are also pictured. A good sized crew of Wainui friends went north for the wedding.
Skateboard tutor Karn Payne gets Angus
Hayward going off the ramp.
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Local graphic artist Rees Morley couldn’t have drawn up a better
looking baby boy than mac morley, with no small part played in
the design concept by Cathy. Mac arrived on Tuesday, October 14,
weighing 9lb 2oz.
Born Sunday, September 7 Tilly Lisla Lovelock was a
perfect 81lb Fathers Day present for Jimmy from Georgina.
Georgina owns Talking Heads salon and James is the former
Tsunami Bar head chef, now operating his gardening and
landscaping business, Lawn and Garden Services.
Charlie Campbell Whitfield introduced himself
to his parents Amy and David and sister Olivia on
Halloween Night, Friday, October 31, weighing in at a
Tigher Hill (4) is stoked to have a little brother, Ziggy hill, who arrived on
strapping 11lb 3oz.
Monday, June 26. His parents are John and Naome Hill and they live in Douglas
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