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Archive of Issue #3 of BeachLife Magazine, the lifestyle publication of the beach communities of Wainui and Makorori, Gisborne, New Zealand

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  • 1. 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 3/AUTUMN 2009 Free to every home | Extras $5.00 A Place By The Sea History of the Beach Wainui strikes gold Summer Review • Local News • Our Kids and More
  • 2. Okitu Store Summer Album 2008-2009 Summer! For most of us it’s a time of great excitement. The hot weather brings out summer dresses, boardies and bikinis. Tans are worked on, Makorori Headland is walked over, surfboards are freshly waxed and waves are ridden. Refreshing beverages are had on decks, ice-creams are licked, BBQs are lit and chilly bins are filled. It’s a time of summer weddings and reunions, sandcastle building and camping under starry skies. And where else would you want to be but at Wainui! Summer at the Okitu Store saw a fresh new team including uni girls, (Emma & Toni), our own fashion designer (Dani), our cute English chick (Chy – not so shy), our own Swindell sisters and serious rowers (Katy & Amanda), our dancing team (Lana, Kim D, Izis & Bree), our horse trekker (Kim M), our chiller boy (Matt), our awesome fill- in mums (Maria & Margaret) and not to forget our own family (Gary, Maryanne, Kimberley and Karyn and our resident store cat Splat). All of these lovely people have tirelessly worked extremely hot shifts, rolling endless icecreams for our customers’ satisfaction – thank you! Seven days a week with extended hours over summer was hard work but it was extremely rewarding to see sun-glowed happy faces, international visitors, families returning to Wainui for the summer, all en joying a small part of the paradise we live in – even if only for a few weeks. Great memories are made in summer, it is awesome to see generations of families like the Wagner family making memories for their children, years down the track their children and grandchildren will reminisce about their family trips to Wainui and those icecreams from the Okitu store. Thanks to all the locals for their loyalty and support, as well as the workers and transitional people travelling through Wainui, the fantastic suppliers who never let us down, our staff for their commitment, our friends for our lack of socialising through tiredness, and of course each other for our patience and energy – we love working together, side-by-side everyday. Life couldn’t be better!! As this summer begins to fade we already look Winter Hours: forward to the next, plans already on the drawing Monday to Saturday .... 7.00am to 7.00pm board, new memories to make. Yes, summer and Sunday .... 7.30am to 7.00pm Wainui Beach – who wouldn’t en joy it?? Paradise at our fingertips. Phone 06 867 7013 2 | BeachLife
  • 3. M A G A Z I N E contents intro Delivered free to every home from Sponge Bay to Makorori. 6 Editor’s comments and a preview of the issue. Published four times a year. what’s up .................................. PuBLiSheD anD PrinteD By 7 Whales grave sculpture idea thwarted. Winery building to become family home. Wetland Gray Clapham Design Arts style upgrade for Schools beach access. Local man designs city logo. The Cycle Track: when .................................. will work start? New call for residents association. Maggie’s new shoe repair business. eDitOriaL ManaGer beach life Gray Clapham 90 Moana Road 10 Look out, the paparazzi are about. Photos from social gatherings, special occasions, Wainui Beach weddings and general comings and goings. A Summer Review: All the good things that Gisborne happened at the beach this summer. Dave McCullough widens his horizons. Farewell as Phone 868 0240 local couple heads for Ireland. Wainui lifeguards strike gold at Nationals. Plus a review of the Fax 867 7010 season at the Wainui surf club. beach babes aLL LetterS, artiCLeS & COrreSPOnDenCe tO 18 They just keep on coming! Introducing the latest nine new kids on the block. .................................. beach history aDVertiSinG Gray & Sandy Clapham 21 The Mystery of the Windmills: Many people have a memory of a windmill on the sand dunes overlooking Wainui Beach. We’ve done a little digging and discovered there were Phone 868 0240 in fact two windmills. What were they used for and where exactly were they? We ask our Fax 867 7010 readers to solve the mystery? .................................. 22 A Place By The Sea: The story of the settlement of Wainui and Makorori beaches Extra copies available at $5.00 from ancient Maori times to the present day. Plus lots of interesting old photos. All issues will be archived after publication on the website our kids 35 Fleur’s daughter Nova is taking the twins to try life in Israel. Christie Carter had realised his surfing island dream. Stephanie Brown has a cool job with Nike in London. Danielle Timbs Cover PHoToS: tells us about her eventful life to date. Longboard champion James Tanner with Tuahine Point our surf behind. Insets: old windmill from Gisborne Museum collections. 40 Wave Rave with Kelly Ryan: Surf stories, results and what the groms are up to. SLS Nationals: Toby Harris wins All BeachLife pages can be viewed online at U16 sprint race. Laura Quilter (U19 surf race gold medalist) and Charlotte Harris. A handy man in the garden! • Lawn Mowing • Edge Trimming Peter Stewart • Hedge & Tree Care • Gardening & Landscaping consultation, design and installation of James LoveLock audio/visual systems Mobile 021 73 66 22 Home 06 863 2833 A Wainui Beach Business Historical photographs and assistance p 06 867 6929 lawn&gardenservices courtesy Tairāwhiti Museum m 027 278 9516 BeachLife | 3
  • 4. Onsite Waste Water Sy s t e m s : Yo u r G u i d e To O b t a i n i n g C o nsent How to find tHe best system to deal witH wastewater at your place Have your site assessed by a Gisborne District Council approved onsite wastewater site assessor. An assessor will do a soil test to identify how able your soil is to soak up wastewater. They will assess other site restrictions such as area available, slope, contour, height of water tables and distances to streams and the beach. When do I need building consent? If a new wastewater system is needed at your place you will need consent. A building consent is also required if your existing system is inadequate and parts of the system need to be replaced or upgraded. What information is needed to apply for building consent? Once your site has been investigated, the assessor will provide you with a comprehensive site assessment report that identifies the treatment and disposal options best suited to your place. This will include system design, including drainage plans and specifications. Once you accept a proposed design you can apply for your building consent. What happens next? If the proposed design meets the requirements of the Building Act 2004, Council Guidelines and the rules in the Regional Plan, then the building consent process is routine. Sensitive or difficult sites? In some circumstances additional environmental protection may be required and application for resource consent for discharge to land is required. Alternative designs such as composting toilets, fully contained systems, high volume storage, high volume discharge, and systems within coastal hazard zones are considered under this process. A discharge consent is required before the system can be used. Need more information? Contact Customer Services at the Gisborne District Council for a list of approved Site Assessors or for more information. • An example of a failed system. GISBORNE DISTRICT COUNCIL PHONE 867 2049 FAX 867 8075 EMAIL SERVICE@GDC.GOVT.NZ WWW.GDC.GOVT.NZ 4 | BeachLife
  • 5. Eureka, we’ve found it! A cost effective, environmentally-safe alternative to a septic tank B rian Hutchings of Tokomaru Bay, became involved with BioLoo composting toilets after deciding to buy a composting system – instead of spending $15,000 on a Forget about drainfields, tank conventional septic tank set up – back in 1998. He became so impressed with the composting toilet’s efficiency cleaning, sludge dumping ... – and the side benefits which included saving precious tank water – he has now installed two more BioLoo systems at his backpacker business, a couple of others around Tokomaru Bay and has become the East Coast agent for the BioLoo company. He is very keen for Wainui and Makorori people, who may be facing up to replacing failing septic tank systems, to consider the composting toilet alternative. In partnership with Tokomaru Bay handman builder, Wayne Rickard, they offer a supply and install service. “Since 1998 I have been constantly finding myself explaining, or rather “selling” the concept of the composting toilet to my many backpacker guests, all who become fascinated with the idea and impressed how well they work. So I decided to contact the manufacturers with the idea of promoting them here on the East Coast where there is a real need for an alternative to the costly septic tank set up,” says Brian. They don’t smell, no chemicals There IS another solution to are needed, they are easy to clean domestic waste disposal and don’t rely on power.” • Composting toilet systems “The added bonuses are many. They don’t need to be “flushed”, so you don’t use up precious tank water, the relatively small amount • Grey water systems of accumulating compost only needs to be shovelled out annually and can be used on your garden. There is no smell, no chemicals • Cost effective, environmentally friendly are needed, they are easy to clean and don’t rely on power.” The concept of composting human waste has been around for • Domestic & commercial options many years and used by many cultures. It is environmentally friendly and cost effective, and is being accepted more and more in this • No water flushing (optional low-flush if required) country by councils and other authorities. They work particularly well where site constraints, bylaws, cost and conscience do not • Meet all New Zealand building standards allow alternatives. Fitting a composting toilet to an existing house which has been designed for a septic tank disposal system is not an insurmountable challenge and Brian and Wayne are happy to visit and consult on site. The toilets are also ideal for orchards and farms where a stand alone “outhouse” toilet is needed away from the main plumbing. BioLoo design composting toilet and grey water systems to be as “site flexible” as possible and offer many alternative ways of installation. Brian says most people “can’t get their heads around” the fact BIOLOO that there is no smell. Aerobic bacteria doesn’t produce foul odours and the toilets’ positive ventilation systems ensures your bathroom is more pleasant than a conventional flush toilet environment. Optionally, wood shavings can be added to the compost regularly and the addition of tiger worms makes the whole composting process even more efficient, if you can be bothered. COMPOSTING TOILETS The systems exceed New Zealand standards. They come in both commercial and domestic sizes and are available using either a Phone & Fax 06 864 5870 (Tokomaru Bay) non-flush dry pedestal or a more conventional low-flush ceramic pedestal. Call Tokomaru Bay 06 864 5870 for more information. BeachLife | 5
  • 6. INTRO Publisher’s Comments | by Gray Clapham I L thought I had bitten off a bit more than I could chew this issue! ooking back to the last issue and our History of Surfing Here’s a great idea – write the complete history of Wainui Beach. at Wainui feature article, it was coincidently very timely Yeah right. Straight away I was in deep, right up to my neck – and considering there is a “50 Years of Surfing Reunion” planned had to keep swimming. for Easter in Gisborne. Quite a few people are putting in a big effort Even though I have lived at Wainui for 30 years, I was aware that I to ensure this once in a lifetime event is a great success. I understand knew relatively little about the history of the place. I knew a bit about tickets are selling fast with many interesting old characters coming. the Lysnar family legacy at Okitu, largely because they left a lot of The key photograph in the surfing history story was the one of five themselves around in the form of street names and the name of our young guys posing before heading out to surf Makorori Point. They popular foreshore reserve. were John Logan, Peter Goodwin, Darryl Heighway, David Swann and But I didn’t know anything of the Maori history or much about the Kevin Pritchard. The team is credited with first surfing the waves at Coopers, who had arrived here much earlier than the Lysnars, and Makorori Point around 1961. BeachLife recently reunited the group for other families who settled at the beach before the turn of the 19th the first time since the ‘60s, on the ocassion of David Swann’s 70th century. Then there were all those years from the 1900s, through birthday, and re-posed the photo that has become iconic with the two world war, to the 1980s when more and more people became history of surfing in Gisborne. All the guys will be at the reunion. attracted to a life at the beach. I wish I had started the research for the history of Wainui back in the Back in 1961 early 1980s when so many original early residents were still alive. The seed for this story was planted back in 1980 when I visited Wathan and Mary Lysnar at their home on the corner of Douglas and Lysnar Streets. Mr Lysnar, who was Winifred Lysnar’s first cousin, at one time a Gisborne accountant and later an accountancy teacher at Gisborne Boys’ High, pulled out a sepia coloured map and spread it out on this kitchen table to reveal the 1921 plans for the “Town of Okitu”. Sixty years earlier his uncle, W. Douglas Lysnar, had subdivided the beachfront land at Okitu and the Hamantua Stream valley to create a prospective new town of some 200 residential and lifestyle sections. Mr Lysnar pointed out the land set aside for the post office, the police station and the school. I was intrigued and meant to return to ask more questions, but never got around to it. The Lysnar’s grew older, left the beach and are now no longer alive. Gone too are my neighbours at the time, Ron 2009 — 48 years later and Jean Cooper in Williamson Street and Honey and Bill Haxton who built some of the earliest homes in the area. No longer living are many who would have had rich memories of the beach during those years through the two world wars and on into the ‘60s and ‘70s. But researching history is like mining for gold. Every now and then you strike a rich vein. Fred Phelps, now 73, was an insight into the life and times of Oneroa and Murphy Roads, his grandfather coming to live at the beach in 1897. Don Graham, now 82, remembered his parent’s first bach, actually just a shed, along Wairere Road in 1938. I spoke to Bill Lane, now 96 and living in Australia, about the glory days of the Chalet Rendezvous. Win Ellis came to live at Wainui in 1949 and has many good memories of his time here before he took himself and dear Ruth into town. And particularly Ingrid Searancke, now 83, with her amazing knowledge of Maori history and a clear recall of her S childhood at Wainui. o, welcome to issue three of BeachLife. I really could do with I spent a good number of hours spooling through rolls of microfilm some feedback or assistance from locals with story ideas, at the Gisborne Library searching ancient issues of the Gisborne news tips and supplied photographs of events – 21sts, Times and Poverty Bay Herald, triumphant when finding actual articles weddings, births, anniversaries, comings and goings – all milestones written about hitherto obscure moments in Wainui’s history. I am also that deserve to be covered. indebted to surveyors Grant and Cooke for searching historic survey One day, in years to come, we will look back on these issues as we archives which revealed when properties changed hands over a do the old Gisborne Photo News. It’s amazing how quickly today’s hundred years ago. everyday events become tomorrow’s fascinating history. Photographs A Place By The Sea: The Settlement of Wainui Beach begins on are easy these days. Just email digital JPEGs to page 22. 6 | BeachLife
  • 7. Wainui Whales Grave sculpture what’s up? memorial harpooned at Opunake PEOPLE ON THE MOVE A n elaborate sculpture known as “Tutunui’s Garden” is no longer heading Wainui’s way where it would New home on old have been set up as an artistic memorial to service station site I the 59 sperm whales stranded here in 1972. t’s the end of an era with the sale of Plans by the Gisborne District Council the Amor Bendall Winery building to reinstall the whale bone sculpture at the in Moana Road recently. The site Whales Grave site were beached in January which has been a commercial enterprise when the South Taranaki District Council of some kind since 1953 will soon be nabbed the work for Opunake. turned into a spacious family home. Plans were well under way to move the Karl and Kay Geiseler, who own an complex sculpture across the island to acreage up on Winifred Street, have Wainui Beach. Though it would cost a fair amount of money to install the piece – a 7 metre bought the highway fronted, former whale rib arch made of steel, foam and fibreglass bolted to a steel frame on a buried concrete petrol station, site and building from base – the work itself would have been gifted to the region by the artist. Noel and Alison Amor Bendall. Amor Designer Kim Jarrett originally conceived the elaborate sculpture-piece for the 2006 Bendall is shifting its winery operation to New Plymouth Rhododendron Festival. However, it was never designed to be a permanent leased buildings next to the Soho Bar by installation and last year the New Plymouth District Council made a decision to dismantle it and the inner harbour in Gisborne. put it into storage where it has been gathering dust for some time. The Geiseler’s see the building as a With the lease on the storage facility near to expiring the NPDC asked artist Jarrett to make lifestyle change and “the next best thing arrangements to take the piece back. With connections in Gisborne, Jarrett then offered the to beachfront” with their three young piece to the Gisborne District Council. Gisborne council staff indicated their keenness to take boys Kamen (15), Kurt (13) and Kelly (10) ownership of the piece, had done some preliminary planning and were waiting for confirmation wanting to spend as much time at the before arranging to take ownership and organise transportation. beach surfing as possible. However once word got out that Tutunui’s Garden might be heading our way the South Keep an eye on the development as Taranaki District Council got motivated and whipped up some funding to have the piece kept it should be interesting with Chris Shaw in Taranaki by relocating it to Opunake. Taranaki Arts Festival Trust chief executive, Suzanne of Pacific Modern Architecture working Porter, said it would have suited any coastal site in New Zealand but they definitely wanted with the Geiselers to evolve the 430 it to stay in the Taranaki region because it had been originally funded by the TSB Community square metre building into a unique Trust, which has now agreed to pay for the relocation to Opunake. STDC community services family beach house, including a planned development manager, Jan Martin, says when they became aware that Taranaki might lose the indoor swimming pool. The family plans artwork to Gisborne they expressed an immediate interest. to live in the shell of the building for a However the artist, Jarrett, is not happy. He was reported as saying he was “so embarrassed” month or so to get the feel of the site that he had offered his sculpture to Gisborne, had gone some way in arranging its transfer here before making any big design decisions. and then to hear on National Radio that it was now going to Opunake. The decision by NPDC to give the piece to STDC was arranged without his consultation. He says he is disillusioned with how he has been treated, considering the sculpture is his intellectual property. Fanthams leaving for Gisborne mayor Meng Foon says: “Gisborne District Council was very happy to get the offer Australia of the Tutunui’s Garden sculpture from the artist Kim Jarrett. It would have been a fitting tribute M to the whales who died at Okitu in 1972. I am very sorry Gisborne is not getting the sculpture oana Road folk, Peter and after I said we would take it and council had investigated transportation and a suitable location Alisa Fantham and their for installation.” daughter Amelia have sold up and will soon be heading for a new life So what is happening at the Whales Grave site in the wake of this disappointment? GDC in Australia. manager engineering Peter, senior soil conservator at the and works Peter Gisborne District Council has lived New Zealand Inspired Higgs says: “Work on at Wainui for around 35 years, first Gifts & Artwork the Lysnar Reserve, at 58 Moana and then moving down as detailed in the to number 50 in 2001. People may management plan, remember this as Brett and Lesley A wide and tasteful array of New Zealand could begin within Papworth’s former home. themed gifts and local souvenir items a couple of months. The Fantham family is moving to Gisborne District Sydney’s Northern beach area near Council is presently Mona Vale and are due to fly out on obtaining prices for April 2. Their home has been bought by the work and the Sandy and Fran Britten who are moving outcome of this will along the beach from 29 Moana Road. determine the extent Sandy is a professional real estate of work completed this photographer who decided to buy the 15 Gladstone Road • The Bridge End Phone 867 4900 year.” house after photographing it. BeachLife | 7
  • 8. Rees creates new look logo for the City of Gisborne Wetland style upgrade A refreshed city brand, the work of Wainui graphic designer Rees Morley, has been adopted by the Gisborne District Council planned for “Schools” as its new logo. GDC last year decided that the old city logo, beach access known as “the sun and the squiggle”, which had been in use for N thirteen years and – although it was widely recognised as the city earby residents have been mostly supportive of brand – had become dated and was being used inconsistently. a GDC proposal to redevelop the Schools Beach A survey of 600 Gisborne people last year identified strong support Access to improve its function as a stormwater outlet for the existing sun logo subject to three provisos – that it be made and to improve its visual aesthetics. more contemporary, that the colours be changed and that cultural Council called for submissions to the proposal and of the elements be included. Local design agencies were asked to submit five received most welcomed the concept of improvements proposals and quotes with the successful redesign concept chosen to the popular public access track to the beach from Wairere for further development being that of Road and the plans to improve stormwater drainage. Rees Morley. Rees, from his Urban-i GDC says the overall objective is to improve the studio in Sandy Cove, then worked management and function of the stormwater outlet. It is with council staff to finalise the design also its goal to improve visual aesthetics as well as the which was recently adopted by functionality and usability of the area as a recreational reserve. council. The protection and sustainability of the beach foreshore is “The inclusion of the cultural water also a key objective. symbol was a sketched drawing I Works include the construction of two ‘wetland’ areas to developed with Nick Tupara from the detain and control stormwater runoff, the installation of new GDC. Together we developed the culverts, a new carpark adjacent to Wairere Road and a new concept of this symbol being the East walkway for beach access. Several consents are required. Cape geography, the water ways and GDC stormwater engineer, Joss Ruifrok, says ongoing bays, the various community groups scouring of the existing car parking area and persistent and the relationships formed and erosion of the foredune had prompted the upgrade. nurtured throughout this region. The design objective was to develop a low impact, natural “I was determined give the Council something not too far removed approach towards stormwater management. The design from the original integrity of the existing sun and water brand. These centres around constructing two shallow, grassed, temporary two powerful, natural elements represent this region perfectly and are storage areas that are designed to contain and buffer easily recognisable in the original and now this refreshed brand.” stormwater peak flows, reducing volumes discharging to the beach and improving water quality. The two ponds will be temporary storage areas for All your massage requirements containing stormwater during wet weather events. For the majority of the time the ponds should be free of stormwater available locally, conveniently, and serve as usable recreational areas. During extreme events right here at The Beach the ponds will be close to full, or overflowing. When the ponds are full the overflow will be wide, shallow and sheet-like • Relaxing Massage for stress relief causing minimal erosion effects. A car-parking area is also proposed to be constructed • Sports Massage for casual to elite athletes adjacent to Wairere Road to cater for up to ten vehicles. The car-park will be recessed down about one metre below road • Effective treatment for pain and injury level so that parked vehicles do not block the sea views from either Wairere Road or nearby homes. Cars will no longer be able to drive down to the beachfront • Pregnancy Massage as they do at present. Instead a 1.5 metre wide limestone chip walking track will be developed on the northern side of the • Massage for children and teens ponds ending with steps to the beach and a timber and chain boardwalk leading on to the sand. • Gift Vouchers The submissions while mostly supportive believe the project is a result of new stormwater run off from the Sandy Cove Half hour - $30 | One hour - $50 subdivision and would like the development of Council policy Children and Teens at school – half price and protocols to ensure developers pay for their impacts on the environment in the future. Seaview Massage Other suggestions concern pushchair and wheelchair access to the beach, the consideration of alternatives to the limestone chip paving while most are supportive of preventing NORMAN WEISS NCM, CSM, CMTMNZ vehicle access to the beach. If submission issues are resolved, consents are achieved 32 DOUGLAS STREET • OKITU • 867 2790 and Council approval is given work could start before this winter, possibly April or May. .nz 8 | BeachLife
  • 9. what’s up Cycle track idea Residents determined continues its slow, to form some sort of uphill pedal association W hen will we see work start on the website concerned about political and other A proposed cycle way from Gisborne meeting of residents at the Cleary issues that affect all people who live in the to Wainui? It’s been a long, slow Road Hall recently reaffirmed the community. saga with the sad thing being that many need for some sort of residents The website was created originally to people who pushed for the idea 20 years association to champion the causes of the spread the news about the fight to stop ago are now too old to bike to town if they Wainui community. reticulation and is now a general community wanted too! The meeting briefly talked about the “slap noticeboard. In 1984, the very first BeachLife magazine in the face” it received from the Gisborne The website is currently being edited by front-covered news of a cycle track “from town to the beach” as if it was going to District Council when the concept of a Gary Stevenson of Wairere Road. This is the happen that year. That was 15 years ago. community liaison group was rejected last best place to get up to speed with issues Many of our once flash 10-speeds and year after months of careful deliberation. affecting the community and to find out mountain bikes have rusted into oblivion “There we were, all happy and holding about proposed community meetings. since then! hands, and at the last minute they dropped There are links on the website for Just recently we heard that a cycle track us dead,” said meeting chairman Dein Ferris. residents to make comments on issues. design proposal had been delivered to the “But despite the Council’s dismissal of the The website is at New Zealand Transport Agency by the Opus idea we are now at the stage where we really consultants and there was nothing, apart from funding priorities, in the way of stopping do need to form a structured, more formal Maggie’s winning group to represent the community, to take the cycle track from actually happening. a consensus of community opinion to the with new shoe repair Full of enthusiasm BeachLife approached the New Zealand Transport Agency head Council over issues that affect us.” business office and received the following statement The meeting discussed several current W from Jenny Chetwynd, NZTA Regional issues facing the community including the ainui Road local Margaret Mayfield Director, Central Region: emergency stormwater drainage channel stepped into some big shoes “In respect to a cycleway from Gisborne to from the Sponge Bay Estate into the recently. Operating as Maggie Wainui, the New Zealand Transport Agency Wainui Stream, the stormwater drain from Mayz Shoe Repairs, she has taken over the are currently exploring a range of options Oneroa Road back along SH35 along the business of Andrew Winning, the well-known and expect to finalise a preferred alignment Dalton’s boundary and the prospect of more shoe repairer who had a kiosk in Gladstone in the next few months. Road. stormwater from possible development of “Once a preferred alignment has been Margaret, partner of Roger Willson, who the land behind Ocean Beach Motor Lodge. selected the NZTA will consult with the lives along the Sponge Bay straight, has The meeting agreed that “keeping an community and all affected parties to gather bought most of Andrew’s sewing machines feedback. The next step will be to seek eye” on stormwater drainage within the and tools, some which came originally from design and construction funding approval to community was just one issue which made a the Gisborne Shoe Repair Company which build the cycleway. “residents’ association” imperative. was run by Ted Otway in Bright Street from “We’re pleased with these recent Certain people at the meeting volunteered the 1950s. developments and we look forward to to research and report back on the structure In this throwaway age it’s good to know working with the community and the of other urban or community groups there is still an old fashioned shoe repair Gisborne District Council as we continue to like Manu Kaiti and the Piha Residents’ business in the town. Maggie Mayz is at progress this project.” Association. 433a Gladstone Road, near the Roebuck No need to oil the old chain for a while yet Wainui residents do have a dedicated Road roundabout. Phone 027 688 9475. we guess. Redefining the art of coastal living Gisborne’s biggest range of framed photo prints & artworks This dynamic coastal landscape inspired our name and inspires our architecture. A modernist response to the South Pacific lifestyle. 45 Wairere Road, Wainui Beach Phone 06 868 9381 Fax 06 868 9380 MERCADOS Picture Framing & Laminating pacific modern architecture 57 Gladstone Road • Phone 867 4305 • BeachLife | 9
  • 10. beachlife MANY MELTING MOMENTS: One of the most popular girls at the beach this summer was Emma Shields who worked long and hard all season at the Okitu Store rolling literally thousands of cooling ice cream cones. Is all that ice cream good for you? You can ask Emma, daughter of Malcolm and Lyn Shields of Williamson Street, who is now back at Otago University where she is in her second year studying for a degree in Human Nutrition with the aim of becoming a dietician. Incidentally, from a historic point of view, Emma is a fifth generation local. Her great-great grandfather was pioneering Wainui Beach farmer, William Cooper, who arrived here in 1874. See our Wainui Beach history feature on page 22. Now that was a long, hot, dry summer! I t was definitely one of Gisborne’s long, hot summers and here at the warmest in his memory this summer with fishermen recording the beach we revelled in it. It was all about ice creams, swimming, offshore temperatures of up to 23 degrees C. surfing, barbecues and long evenings with friends on the deck. We “Wave wise, it was up and down, with some real quality when all had heat waves, droughts, high humidity, water tankers, beaches full the top surfers were away at the Nationals at Piha in January. We had of holiday makers, all those young people here for Rhythm and Vines, an intense looking low-pressure system drop out of the southwest surfing contests and starlit summer nights. Pacific, intensify and then very slowly track off to the east. It produced The mean maximum temperature for Gisborne from December to a solid E-NE swell for about a week providing some truly epic surfs end of February is usually 24 degrees, but this year that average was had by many both up and down the coast,” Kelly says. up one degree to 25. The hottest day officially was February 1, where Down at 58 Murphy Road, Frank Russell, of Surfing With Frank surf we (officially) recorded 35 degrees at the hottest part of the day. Total coaching, enjoyed a record year. The consistent good weather saw as sunshine hours for the same period totalled 718, up from the average many as 25 would-be surfers taking lessons each day from Christmas of 679. On the other side of the coin we had 179mm of rain for the through to the end of January. Over the hill Dive Tatapouri reported three summer months, down on the 194mm average. international visitor numbers down in number compared to previous Water carriers Judd Water Supplies delivered 213 loads of water years with New Zealand visitors pretty much static. from December through to the end of February, at one period Cliff Blumfield of Wainui Dive was swamped with enquiries for the delivering as many as 13 loads a day. That translates to 3,301,500 SolRX sunscreen he imports, which was featured and advertised in the litres carted out here. And that’s just the one company. last issue of BeachLife. Stocks soon ran low and Cliff had to send for At the Okitu Store this summer they rolled out something like 7000 a new consignment from the US-based manufacturers of the product ice cream cones, with most of them during the Christmas through to which most people have reported to be “an excellent, long lasting end of January period. sunscreen”. This season volunteer lifeguards at Wainui provided the At the Wainui Motel, manager Linda Lewin says they had the “No community with 877 hours of volunteer patrols, made four rescues, Vacancy” sign out most of January, full most nights with bookings and attended five serious first aids and took part in two searches. people just turning up during the day. Volunteer Lifeguard patrols will finish on the 30th of March. “The people travelling were a great mix of Kiwis, a lot from the UK Our surf reporter Kelly Ryan says the water temperature was escaping from the snow storms, and a lot of Germans. Generally the 10 | BeachLife
  • 11. people from overseas just can’t believe how amazing this place is. Bronwyn of Bronwyn Kay Real Estate reports her quietest summer They intend on staying just one night but a lot end up staying two, as far as sales at Wainui go with plenty of enquiry but few results due three, four nights and more. They can’t believe they can be the only to vendors not wishing to meet the current market conditions. people walking on this big beach, something we all probably take for “It would appear that the only sales happening were those that were granted.” perhaps on a need-to-sell basis,” she says. The agency carried out a successful auction of the magnificent O n the property scene local real estate agents provide Wheatstone Road property featured in the last issue of BeachLife. mixed reports. Walker Realty sold four properties between “With interest in the beachfront still being strong, prospective December and the end of February. Neil Walker says for purchasers were disappointed perhaps by the quality of homes those who are willing to meet the market, there are buyers wanting available. Buyers assumed a million dollar-plus property would offer to purchase beach property. He says it’s a good time to buy at the the finer things in life, besides the wonderful views. However, any beach. offers made were rejected by the vendors. “It’s been great to have had a summer like we have just “As we know, Wainui market values can and do stall from time to experienced. While it has been incredibly hot in the city, I love driving time, but when all the signals are green they can explode! I believe home from town and watching the temperature fall as I turn the corner those people visiting our fair city and world-class beach envy our and hit the sea breeze. On some occasions I’ve seen a temperature lifestyle, and many are anticipating a return to purchase property when drop of up to six degrees. Of course, in winter, it will be warmer than real estate markets are once again buoyant. Now is certainly the time town. Why would you want to live anywhere else,” says Neil. to buy into the market as I don’t believe we will see opportunities like Christine Gunness of Ray White says the property market was quiet this again in our life time.” over the Xmas-New Year period with most of the visitors being here Houses that did sell this summer include 15A Douglas Street for for R&V: “It was a great time for real estate agents to have a break $382,000; 50 Moana Road on day of auction for $600,000; 56A Moana and enjoy the benefits of Gisborne. February was extremely busy with Road at auction for $612,000; 21 Lloyd George Road; 6 Oneroa Road; enquiry, especially with potential buyers hoping to take advantage a Sandy Cove section; 16 Wairere Road at auction for $555,000, 9 of the drop in prices. We have been presenting lots of offers on Douglas Street for $455,000, 9 Cleary Road and 103b Wheastone properties but most vendors still want a reasonable price for their Road. property and don’t want to give it away. As we go to press the first really cold southerly of winter has arrived “We have had a surge of enquiry for beachfront property and lots of with a big south well charging into the bay. The heat pump has been viewings. There is still a lot of interest in Wainui properties but people switched from air-con to heat. But let’s hope it’s just a short-lived cold are reluctant to offer top dollar as there is such uncertainty about the snap and this magnificent summer will drag us through to Easter. market. “However Wainui is a market that can lift very quickly. It takes just P I L AT E S • MASSAGE • REIKI one high sale for the rest to follow. Many of the potential purchasers, and we have quite a few, that are waiting to buy beachfront at a steal may find that they will miss out. We sold two Wainui properties in February, 6 Oneroa Road and a Sandy Cove Section. We are getting overseas enquiry over the Internet, and quite a few people keen to invest in beachfront from Auckland and Hawkes Bay,” says Christine. WeNDY sHUTT 55 Lloyd George Road Wainui Beach Phone 863 1087 SHOE REPAIRS Formerly Winnings Shoe Repairs • Give your favourite shoes a total makeover! • Shoes too tight? Have them stretched. Gladstone Road (Near Roebuck Road Roundabout) FLOWER GIRLS: Budding florists Eden Lewin, India McCulloch, Leucadia Shaw and Arnica Lewin sold kerbside corsages this summer. The Lewin Margaret Mayfield girls are daughters of Tony (who grew up at Wainui) and Linda Lewin, who Phone 867 1056 | Mobile 027 6880475 manages the Wainui Motel. BeachLife | 11
  • 12. beach life Lysnar Street Christmas gathering Lysnar Street area residents traditionally have a festive street party each December to celebrate the Christmas season. Anna Harris’s father Arthur Meier from Switzerland with his Wainui born grandchildren Romy and Toby Harris at the Lysnar Street Christmas Party. Lysnar Street children Tadhg Grealish, Eva Klavs and Abby Aldridge have their own kind of Christmas party fun. Sharon and Denis McLean with recent arrivals in Lysnar Street, Lesley and Keith Daniels. John Harris with Kevin and Kelly Ferris and Mike Aldridge. 12 | BeachLife
  • 13. Friends chip in to give Dave electric wheels D ave “Cloe” McCullough still can’t get his head around how great his friends are. “I’ve got the best friends and family anyone could ask for,” he says. Dave has had a hard road to ride since he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 1996, so when his friends chipped in recently and presented him with a $2500 high-tech electric bicycle it certainly opened up his horizons. In fact he has a range of 80 kilometres on one battery charge and can travel up to 30 kilometres an hour, according to the manual, but he says he has been clocked at 42kmh, wind assisted. Dave had come to terms with the limitations of having MS, but then received another setback in 2002 when he had an attack from a form of viral meningitis. This had nothing to do with MS and in many ways was more of a curse. He no longer has the virus but the attack scarred parts of his brain, leaving him prone to having seizures which meant he wasn’t medically allowed to drive. Walking, or relying on friends for a ride, has been his only way of getting around for the last six years. One morning last year he watched the Good Morning Show which featured a story about a Whakatane-based company, Electric Bikes NZ Ltd, who had developed a really cool electric bike, and thought “that’s what I need”. At the same time good friend Michelle Nyholt watched the same programme at her home in Pare Street. Quick-thinking Michelle thought, “that’s just the thing for Dave” and made some enquiries to the manufacturers and soon had a secret scheme in motion to buy Dave one. The word went out to all Dave’s friends who chipped in the necessary money and they were soon able to order a Wisper 950se, the top of the range model. However, keeping it a surprise was the key issue until they lured Dave to the Tsunami Bar one night and presented him with the concept. The bike was not quite ready so they gave him a brochure and made a big banner which everyone signed. When the bike arrived on January 13 everyone gathered again for the handing over ceremony where Dave got his first ride on the bike which has literally “changed his life” and he’s hardly stopped smiling since. “It’s unbelievable. I can now go places without relying on others ELECTRIC PEDAL POWER: Dave McCullough had his horizons stretched and its just a buzz to ride. I can even go to Makorori and check the when friends got together to buy him a high-tech electric bicycle. surf from the lookout like I used to.” surfboards in New Zealand. They now live at Snells beach. His metallic black bike has hydraulic front suspension and operates Dave says that although the MS has been a real trial, it is not a on battery power, pedal power or a combination of both. Each night death sentence. Despite constant fatigue and joint pain he gets on he just plugs in the battery like you would a cellphone. No license, with life as best he can, but there is always the chance of having a insurance or registration are required. seizure, especially at night, as a result of the meningitis. However Dave is the son of Jan and Keith McCullough, formerly of Makorori Dave generally keeps smiling: “I just have to accept how things are.” Beach. Their boat building company, Condor Craft, was well known Before MS Dave was a boat builder by trade, a deep sea fisherman in Gisborne with Keith making some of the very first fibreglass and a painter. Septic Tank Cleaning Services Wayne’s Septic Tank Cleaning & Bin Hire Waste Owner driver: Wayne Baty PHONE 867 3606 For all enquiries about the maintenance of your septic tank system. MOBILE 027 434 0924 WasteTRACK compliant operator. BeachLife | 13
  • 14. beach life Jenny Allen of Sirrah Street had all her girls on hand to help celebrate her 50th birthday in January. Amy, Jade and grand daughter Natalia were amongst the happy group of family and friends who gathered for a great party. Jay Quinn may have lost his grasp on the New Zealand Open Surfing title in January but he is definitely holding on to his Australian girlfriend, Amanda Barry. Home for Christmas Jay announced their engagement. Jay is based at Kirra on the Gold Coast of Australia. Family and friends are travelling to the Gold Coast for an official engagement party at the end of this month. Emma Knox, who grew up in Douglas Street, married Steve Greaves on January 17 at Holy Trinity. Photographed on Wainui Beach (from left) Jared Rofe, Emma Knox, Niki Boyle, Tash Law (obscured), Steve Greaves, Craig Twistleton and Ila Robertson. Emma is assistant principal and classroom teacher at Awapuni School. Steve is a Gisborne plumber and drainlayer. They honeymooned in the Cook Islands and are to live in Gisborne. • Flight bookings • Package holidays and accommodation • Cruises & tours • Surfing holidays • Adventure & sightseeing • Rental Cars & Travel Insurance 37 Bright Street, Gisborne, Phone 868 2700 See Brett Papworth for travel advice. 14 | BeachLife
  • 15. Chris Emerre, son of Wayne and Jacque Emerre of Wairere Road, married Beth Tyler from Surrey, England on March 7 at Hahei Beach on the Coromandel. The couple met in Wellington. Chris, who is Georgina Hefford (Talking Heads) married Jimmy Lovelock Caroline Ryan’s twin brother, works in the film and television industry. (Lawn and Garden Services) on March 7 at Opou with the The couple plan to return to live in Wellington after a trip back to reception at PBC. The couple have a home in Murdoch Road. England to finish off a house renovation project. Wainui Beach’s reliable water supply DRIVER/OPERATIONS MANAGER: 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 green truck! 15500 litres of quality city water per load. Phone 867 6028 Greg Judd Mobile 027 230 2464 WATER SUPPLIES BeachLife | 15
  • 16. beachlife Beach says farewell to Luke and Irene P opular Okitu couple Luke Porter and Irene Pender are travelling back to Northern Ireland to spend a couple of years with Irene’s family after living in New Zealand, mostly Wainui Beach, for the last 20 years. Luke, a New Zealand representative and champion kneeboarder, met Irene at the Surfer’s Bar in Rossnowlagh where she was playing in the Irene waves goodbye as the family heads off for a two year break from Wainui. band at the prize-giving party after a New Zealand versus Ireland surf contest in 1986. It was a classic case of “surfer boy meets the girl in the band” and Wainui strikes gold at Nationals they’ve been together ever since. After a few years living in England and travelling around Europe Luke brought Irene back to New Zealand where they lived at Kaiti Beach for a couple of years and then first lived in a shed they built on a section they bought at 5 Douglas Street in 1992, slowly building their own home. Irene very soon became a popular person about Gisborne sharing her considerable musical talents and entertaining a generation of locals at bar and concert events. Those with long memories may remember “Pol Pot Girl”, “Loopland”, “The Shams” and more lately “Sonny Jim”. Irene, a bit of a punk rocker and new waver at heart, was not really into traditional Irish music until she came to Gisborne. One St. Patrick’s day she played an Irish music gig for fun and – with that amazing Irish accent – THE GOLDEN GIRLS: The Wainui women’s four of Carolyn Hibbert, Jane Goodman, Moria Lee and Chrissy Robertson won gold medals in the Open Women’s short and long course was enticed into the local Irish music scene. For canoe races at the New Zealand lifesaving nationals. many years she has held regular trad-Irish jams with the local “Madra Dubh” group. Luke has shared the musical journey, learning to play the guitar after meeting Irene in Ireland, and for years has been the bassist in most of the groups Irene fronted. Luke has been the New Zealand champion kneeboard surfer in 1991, 1993 and 2008 and has taught at Ilminster Intermediate for the past 15 years. Irene has a BA in teaching. They have two boys Finn (8) and Shea (6). The trip home to Ireland is all about family, says Irene. After nearly 20 years in New Zealand (with several visits home) she says she “feels the call”. Originally from Ballyshannon in County Donegal Irene has a mum and a sister she’s very close to in Derry, and a brother and many uncles, aunties, cousins and old friends across Northern Ireland. So Derry will be home for two years, they’ll rent a place and the boys will go to school and where they hope to do a fair bit of travelling across to Europe as well. “It’s all about family and friends and the desire to SIBLINGS CELEBRATE SUCCESS: Daniel and Maya Harris were on hand to congratulate little see a bit more of the world while we can.” brother Toby after his win in the National Surf Life Saving U16 Beach Sprint championship which he added to his U16 Beach Flags championship from earlier in the day. 16 | BeachLife
  • 17. ON PATROL: One of this summer’s Wainui Surf Club volunteer weekend patrols. From left – Diego Pedrioli, Trudy Fantham, Kiel Hovell, Oliver Puddick, Ben Tinnelly, Justin Martin and Scott Grimson. The quad bike is a Can-Am twin seat Outlander complete with radio and resuscitation equipment which was beach life acquired this season with funding from the E&C Community Trust. Golden summer for Wainui Beach lifeguards W ainui lifeguards topped off a long hot summer with six before the start of next season. gold medals at the New Zealand Surf Life Saving National Prior to the Nationals the club had a strong competitive season Championships in Gisborne this month. with several Wainui members picked to represent Gisborne at the Toby Harris of Williamson Street took double gold by winning the Lion Foundation Surf League at Mount Maunganui. Under 16 beach sprint and Under 16 flags race. Laura Quilter won The Gisborne Surf Lifesaving Championships were held at Midway gold in the Under 19 surf race. The women’s four of Carolyn Hibbert, beach over three days in January and this year Wainui members won Jane Goodman, Moria Lee and Chrissy Robertson won gold medals several open and junior titles and 90 percent of the IRB rescue boat in the Open Women’s short and long course canoe races. And the events. The National IRB Championships held in Taranaki on the last junior women’s crew of Lucy Suttor, Sophie Peters, Jamie Phelps weekend of March will be strongly attended by Wainui crews. Several and Elaine Van Den Worm won gold in the Under 19 short course crews are hoping to gain medals including Justin Martin, Mike King, race. Stuart MacGregor, Steve Sutherland and Yannis Kokkosis. On the patrol scene this summer professional surf lifeguards were In February, the Surf Lifesaving Gisborne Junior surf based at the Wainui Surf Lifesaving Club from Monday to Friday Championships was held at Midway beach where Wainui finished from the end of December until the end of January. Volunteer patrols third overall. Large number of competitors braved large surf and watched the beach during the weekends. cold conditions where individual age group winners from our club Every surf lifesaving club in New Zealand undergoes a monthly included Sunny Brown (13 Under Boys), Georgia Harris (12 Under patrol inspection and Wainui was consistently the top patrolling club Girls), Jasmine Smith (11 Under Girls) and George Zame (7 Under in our region this year. Boys). The juniors also competed successfully at the Ocean Athletes “This can be attributed to the importance our club puts on having national championships held at Papamoa Beach in February. a quality patrol every weekend and the high percentage of adults The annual house to house appeal was held on February 12 with who are involved with the club as volunteer lifeguards,” says club the club collecting just on $2000 from the community this year, manager, Mike King. the highest amount ever received. The club would like to thank the This season volunteer lifeguards at Wainui have provided the community for its continued support. community with 877 hours of volunteer patrols, have made four Introduction to surf lifesaving courses will be held throughout the rescues, attended five serious first aids and taken part in two winter months. If you are interested you can train and become a searches. Volunteer Lifeguard patrols will finish on the March 30. qualified surf lifeguard over the winter months and be ready to get Currently the club is rebuilding a new first aid room downstairs straight into patrols and competitions at the start of next summer. so it can provide a nicer environment to provide first aid with more If you are interested in becoming a surf lifeguard, renting the quality supplies and improved equipment. A second development club for a function or have any questions regarding the Wainui Surf is to produce a new ski rack area to provide better storage for surf Lifesaving Club please call Mike King on 0274 223 364 or email equipment. It is envisaged these developments to be complete BeachLife | 17
  • 18. beach babes Their wedding photograph graced the cover of our first issue of BeachLife and now here’s the baby pic! Phoebe and Tim Gander Gavin and Diane Murphy of Lloyd George Road with two-year-old welcomed their 7lb 8oz boy, Sennen Beau, on Thursday, November 27. Lucy and baby Caitlyn, born Saturday, May 10 last year. Sennen is named after the couple’s favourite surf beach in Cornwall. We knew there was a baby thing happening at the beach, and this photograph confirms it! From left – Hayley Dalton with Jett, Jade Gunness with China, Gina Robinson with Shea, Phoebe Gander with Sennen, Rachael Williams with Kobe, Kelly Thorpe with Matai, and Jane Moore with Poppy. Photograph sent in by Phoebe Gander. Carpet and upholster y cleaning to the highest standard Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Services Wainui Beach owned and operated by Ray Morgan Freephone 0800 000 668 | 20 years experience in cleaning industry Mobile 0274 778 341 10 years in carpets & upholstery 18 | BeachLife
  • 19. Craig, Jes and Charlize, who live on the corner of Lysnar and Douglas Street, were happy to announce the arrival of Chase David Javier Willson on Thursday, January 8 weighing in at 7lb 12oz. Poppy Isabella Lee arrived at the beach on Sunday, January 18, 71b 3oz of darling daughter for Jane Moore and Lee Jerome, who live at 61 Murphy Road. Lee, also known as “Pommie Lee the Window Cleaner” and Jane, a physiotherapist at the Gisborne Hospital, immigrated to New Zealand from Essex two and a half years ago. Say hi to Nelly Bee Varey, who belongs to Peter and Sarah Varey of 24 Wairere Road, who arrived on the local scene on Thursday, September 4 last year at 7lb 2oz. Peter is a school teacher at Lytton High. Here he is, attending his first SLS Nationals, Kobe Ernest Tiger Elm and Kelly Thorpe with their baby boy Matai, born on December Williams, son of Rachael and Daniel, born on December 12 at 8lb 2oz. 14 at 5lb 6oz. A grandchild for KJ and a nephew for Christie (see p.38). Grandchild for Trevor and Debbie Williams of Douglas Street. BeachLife | 19
  • 20. winter 2009 collections PreMiuM labels in store day Jets Wainui born and bred Vanya Brown, and Manly boy Chris Mills, carlson with their new baby Civanah Suma-Star, born March 16, 2008. The couple live at Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast. Bill and Trish Brown starfish of Wairere Road are the proud first-time grandparents. Metalicus laurie foon kinGan Jones Juliette hoGan standard issue caroline church tolaGa bay cashMere Meet Adrianna Bataritta Clarke, born in Deusto, Bilbao, Vizcaya, Spain on October 9. A daughter for Amanda and Anders Bataritta Clarke and a grand daughter for Andrea and John Clarke of Wairere Road. The new family is living in Leioa, Vizcaya, Spain. Amanda teaches English and Anders is the North of Spain company 83 Gladstone road ~ 867 7339 representative for the Consentino Group (Silestone quartz products). TERRY TAYLOR DRAINAGE Septic Tank Cleaning Services pHONE 868 5383 LOCALLY OwNED LICENSED OpERATOR Mobile 0274 576 664 Registered Drainlayer • Septic Tank Installations & Assessments •CCTV Camera Local installer for Aerated Sewage Treatment Systems 89 Customhouse Street Gisborne GDC Approved On-site Wastewater WasteTRACK compliant operator Site Assessor and System Designer 20 | BeachLife
  • 21. beach history A MYSTERY TO SOLVE: Local Dutchman George Ottway with the windmill The eccentric Dutchman he built overlooking Wainui Beach circa 1906. It was said to stand on the Wairere Road dunes for 20 to 30 years. But wait, there’s more! Below a and the mystery of the second windmill that appears to be on the Moana Road beachfront, much larger but built of similar materials. Can any reader supply more detail Wainui windmills about these two structures? P eople often speak about the “old windmill” that used to be a feature of Wainui Beach many years ago. So we obtained these photographs from the Gisborne Museum and set out to try to unravel the mystery of the windmill. Then suddenly it became obvious (at least to Owen Williams who first pointed it out) that the photographs are of two totally different windmills. The smaller windmill above is thought to have stood on the dunes overlooking Wainui Beach, half way along Wairere Road. Is that correct? It was built before the First World War (possibly as early as 1906) by an eccentric Dutchman, George Ottway, and over the years there have been many suggestions as to what he used it for. Some said he used it to grind up shells for the chickens he kept in a shed nearby and to supply the local market with “fowl grit”. One of the more bizarre interpretations was whispered that during the war he was actually a German spy and used the angles of the sails to signal coded messages to German warships off the New Zealand coast. Yeah right! Maybe the ingenious machine, made from salvaged driftwood and flattened kerosene and benzine tins, had multiple uses but the most commonly accepted explanation is that he used it to run the circular saw, that can be seen in the above picture, to cut driftwood into firewood. At the time the photograph was taken Mr Ottway was said to be 71 years old. He also kept a cockatoo and other animal pets. Later photos dated around 1926 show this mill as a ruin and no longer in use. But what of the much larger windmill (pictured left)? Looking at the hill shapes in the background it was most likely opposite the Chalet along Moana Road. Is the old bearded gentleman with the dog Mr Ottway? Did he build a second windmill? This windmill doesn’t appear to have a wood sawing attachment, so what was its use? Hopefully we can solve the mystery in our next issue. BeachLife | 21
  • 22. beach history A place by the sea: The settlement of Wainui Beach I By GRAy CLAPHAM n pre-European times Maori lived in their verdant, south seas domain unconcerned about the need to own the land by individual title. Tribal territories were defended forcefully but the ownership When we moved to live in Lysnar Street in 1979 I became of parcels of land by one person or family was not a concept the aware that the beachfront reserve and most of the streets early Maori subscribed to. A state-of-affairs that would create a around Okitu where I lived were named after members of major challenge for the land-needy settlers who arrived on these an early settler family who farmed most of the Okitu and shores in the wake of Captain Cook. Makorori beach at the turn of the century. And that for a Here at Wainui, before the arrival of Cook, the local people lived a bountiful and industrious, albeit vigilant, life beside the food-rich long time was the extent of my historical knowledge of ocean they called Te Moananui-a-Kiwa. They were the Ngati Rakai this place I have called home for the past 30 years — until people. A hapu group who traced their key ancestry back to the chief I embarked on this feature on the settlement history of Rakaiatane, who came to this area from Whareponga around 1660. Wainui Beach. As I began my research I was surprised to Ngati Rakai(-a-tane) were part of a larger iwi, Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti, who lived as far north as Tolaga Bay. find how much more history there is before and beyond the There is history of people living here before Ngati Rakai. Circa Lysnar era. At first it was difficult to source reliable, detailed 1350AD, from the immigration canoe Horouta, Uenuku Whakarongo, information about this community’s early development. a tohunga chief with a powerful connection to the spirit world, was But by scouring Poverty Bay Herald and Gisborne TImes dropped off at Wainui Beach. Here he established a “school” for microfilms at the Gisborne library, searching the internet, the teaching and studying of supernatural powers, known as the Wharekorero House of Learning. It overlooked the beach at the base haunting the museum, help from Grant and Cooke of the Maungaroa (Tuahine) hills near Tuahine Crescent, an area long Surveyors and talking to descendants of the pioneers and since claimed by the sea. the original inhabitants, this feature came to life. Note: I am no historian, so this does not claim to be a definitive and INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY: The billboard (above) promotes the sale of 200 sections in the residential development of the “New Township of Okitu” exact history. It is at best an interesting historical overview. which went to auction at the Gisborne Opera House on December 8, 1921. 22 | BeachLife
  • 23. A sacred burial place of these very early Horouta people, known as the Kohurau caves, also existed on Maungaroa. Here bones of the ancestors carried on the Horouta from Hawaiiki, were hidden as sacred taonga, a connection to the ancestry from where they came from. As generations went by great chiefs like Ruapani, Kahanungu, Rakaiatane, Konohi and others were buried there. The caves no longer exist or cannot be located, believed caved in and eroded by the sea. Today the Maori cemetery Rakau A Ue is still sited by Tuahine Crescent, dissected by the road, the last remaining of many ancient urupa (cemeteries) along the Murphy Road foreshore, and the burial place of today’s descendants of the early people. From the time of the arrival of the Horouta there passed some 300 years, perhaps 10 generations, until the arrival of Rakaiatane and his followers who left Whareponga looking for a place to call there own around 1660. The Ngati Rakai grew to occupy the land from Kaiti (this side of the Waimata River) through to Whangara. They lived mainly on the fertile flats, sheltered behind the Maungaroa (Tuahine) and the Papawhariki (Sponge Bay) hills in the area we now know as Lloyd George Road and now the new Sponge Bay Estate. They had strategic pa on Titirangi (Kaiti Hill), Maungaroa, Tuamotu Island, Tatapouri and at Makorori where the hapu’s fishing fleet was based. They kept manned lookouts along the seaward hills at Okitu and Makorori. Makorori was a special place for several reasons. In summer, when the weather was favourable, double-hulled waka would sail out to Toka-ahuru (Aerial Reef) where they would spend several days, CLEAR STREAM: Taking refreshment from the Hamantua Stream at Okitu in and nights at anchor, catching fish and drying them in the sun. On 1887, the boundary between the Cooper and Lysnar properties. return to land from many days in the blistering heat, the fisherman would recuperate and take treatment for sun exposure at Makorori. settled around 1800 with a marriage merger between the two It was originally known as “Makororiri”, so named for a rare aloe rivals. Thus by the time crown titles were issued by the Native vera plant which grew there. Maori had discovered the sticky juice Land Court in the 1860s the land was seen to be owned by a mix squeezed from the plant’s spongy leaves was a salve for sun burn. of people of the Ngati Rakai hapu of Te Aitanga-A-Hauiti, and Te At “Makororiri” the fisherman would rest for a few days (at a Maori Whanau A Iwi, a hapu of Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki. version of a sanitarium) before returning to their homes at the main Before the amnesty however, warriors from Te Aitanga-a- village at Wainui. Mahaki would regularly attempt to usurp the coastal stronghold “Wainui” was the name for the land area containing the headland of the Ngati Rakai, penetrating through a backdoor route across and hills of Maungaroa, the flats along Lloyd George Road as far as country from Whatatutu, down the Waimata river watershed and Sponge Bay and the beach and foreshore along Murphy Road. It then through the coastal foothills to Okitu by way of the Te Rimu was so named because of the wide view of the sea the land offered. and Hamanatua streams. Along the hilltops Ngati Rakai had The rest of the beach lands, overlooked by the seaward hills along permanent lookouts where sentries kept a constant watch for the Okitu to Makorori, while belonging to Ngati Rakai, was open ground enemy’s many attempted raids. The desperate inland hapu was and mostly uninhabited. It was in fact the buffer in a war zone, and a landlocked and hungry for permanent access to the coast with frequent theatre of battle between the local hapu and their arch- its rich supplies of kaimoana. enemies, the inland people from Mangatu known as Te Aitanga- Ngati Rakai successfully rebuffed the forays of the Aitanga- a-Mahaki. A bitter war festered for over a 100 years, being finally a-Mahaki people on many occasions over more than a hundred BEACH BUGGY: A rare view of Wainui in the 1890s when the beach was still the main route to the East Coast . BeachLife | 23
  • 24. years but several major battles were fought and many warriors THe FOUNDeR OF OKITU: died on both sides. Thus the land where the battles took place was named “Okitu”, or “The Killing Grounds”. Many Aitanga-a-Mahaki William Douglas Lysnar 1867-1942 victims were hurriedly buried on the hill-slopes at Okitu as the battle survivors made hasty retreats. There is also anecdotal evidence of a WILLIAM DOUGLAS LySNAR WAS BORN AT AUCKLAND IN 1867, THe raid “behind enemy lines” where an Aitanga-a-Mahaki force entered fourth of twelve children of William Dean Lysnar, a schoolmaster, and the unprotected village in (what is now) Lloyd George Road and killed his wife, Frances Sarah Brewer. At Omahu, Hawke’s Bay, where from and beheaded hundreds of elderly, women and children as an act of 1875 to 1877 William Senior was headmaster of a Maori school. During utu for the beating the raiders were getting at Okitu. A large and final this time Douglas began to acquire a working knowledge of the Maori battle was fought around 1780, in what we now call the Lysnar Street language, which was later to prove useful to him. valley, where the famed warrior chief Konohi of Whangara, a nephew In 1879 the family settled permanently in Gisborne where William of Rakaiatane and ally of the Ngati Rakai, was injured in a clash in a established a private school, supporting his large family with some ravine of the Hamanatua Stream and later died. difficulty. At the age of 12 Douglas acquired a pony and began carrying This was the approximate local picture as it was at the time of the mail from Gisborne to Manutuke. In his early teens he left town to work British discovery of New Zealand by Cook in 1769 (where incidentally on back-country stations around Gisborne. After returning to town and Cook’s landing party shot and killed a Ngati Rakai leader and spending some years working for a barrister named edward Ward, grandson of Rakaiatane, Te Maro, on Kaiti Beach). Living in a benign climate by a clear blue and seafood rich sea he joined the legal firm of Sievwright and de Lautour in 1887. He was – much in the way Wainui residents do today – the Ngati Rakai admitted to the Bar in 1891 and by 1892 he was practising on his own fished, farmed, traded and prospered; defending themselves when account. His facility with the Maori language gave him an edge in land necessary, in this sheltered pocket of land at Wainui Beach, with dealings and he soon developed a busy practice. He earned a reputation strategic outposts at Sponge Bay, Tuamotu, Titirangi, Makorori and as a relentless opponent. Tatapouri. In 1893 at Taradale he married Ida eleanor Tiffen, the daughter of a After Cook’s culture clashing visit here, sixty years went by wealthy Hawke’s Bay sheepfarmer. They were to have two children, without known further contact with Europeans. It wasn’t until the one of whom died in infancy. With earnings from his law practice arrival of the first European adventurers and traders in the 1830s, and financial help from his father-in-law, Lysnar purchased several that this “land beneath the long white cloud” came under the eye properties within the borough of Gisborne. His purchases later extended of colonists, poised and ready to carve the countryside up into to farms and by 1901 he was operating a dairy farm at Makorori, a few legally defined parcels so it could be “owned by individuals” in miles north of Gisborne, and a butter factory at nearby Okitu. the European tradition. The story of how the local Maori land was Lysnar was elected to the Gisborne Harbour Board in 1905 and eventually acquired here by the colonists was controversial in its day, mayor of Gisborne in 1908. At his insistence, proposals were adopted legally complex and politically manipulated. It is also the foundation in 1909 to raise a substantial loan for sewerage, electric power, street of how Wainui Beach was settled and developed to the present. improvement and a tram system. He retired for health reasons 1911. From the arrival of the traders in the 1830s through to the 1860s Lysnar pursued his farming interests acquiring a large station, the coast north of Gisborne (Turanga) was a wild frontier. Most of Arowhana, near Whatatutu. At the same time he became deeply the land we are concerned with here at Wainui, Okitu and Makorori concerned about the influence of overseas trusts and combines in the was still in customary ownership by the Maori who had been here emerging freezing industry. With a group of local farmers, in June 1915 since ancient times. By the 1870s Government-appointed surveyors he formed the Poverty Bay Farmers’ Meat Company and became its had been at work and two large, adjacent areas of land just north of first chairman. The company built the freezing works at Waipaoa which Gisborne has been mapped and defined as the “Kaiti” and “Pouawa” was commissioned in 1916. In line with their anti-trust philosophy, the blocks in what was then known as the “Turanganui Survey District”. directors purchased the Admiral Codrington, a vessel of 6,629 tons, At this time European settlers and their political leaders had and equipped her with refrigerating machinery for trade with the United decided that pastoral sheep farming was the most viable form of Kingdom. By 1923 the company was insolvent. The National Bank of agriculture for the “vast acreages of the east coast”. This was the era New Zealand forced the sale of the works and the Bank of Scotland took when most of the native bush on the coast was cleared and burnt. possession of the ship. Maori landowners without the means to raise capital to “break in the As an independent for the Gisborne parliamentary seat he was land” to establish sheep farms, had been persuaded to lease large elected to the Reform Government in 1919, defeating Sir James Carroll. parts of their lands to the early European “flock holders”. By the He was said to be an erratic, obstreperous member and a passionate ‘80s, with the prospective arrival of more and more colonists eager advocate against trusts and monopolies. Lysnar maintained great to own land to support themselves, more and more pressure was confidence in the productive capacity of New Zealand farmland, being exerted by those with vested interests to end the leaseholds, especially that of Poverty Bay whose interests he promoted at every buy the land from the Maori and subdivide it into smaller parcels opportunity maintaining his opposition to overseas businesses gaining interests in New Zealand freezing works. During this time he subdivided some of his seaside land which began the early residential settlement WAINUI’S FIRST INDUSTRy of Okitu. He was defeated by the Labour candidate, D. W. Coleman, in The Okitu Co-operative Dairy Co Ltd 1931. His legal practice continued to flourish during the 1930s where appeared as leading counsel in two of Poverty Bay’s most notable IN NOveMBeR, 1901, W. DOUGLAS LySNAR PLACeD THRee herds lawsuits. of cows on Makarori Station, built a butter factory and a bacon factory at Okitu, and engaged T. D. Bathgate, of Taieri, as buttermaker. The Douglas Lysnar died at Gisborne on 12 October 1942, his wife having factories were in the cul-de-sac that is now the beginning of Moana predeceased him in 1939. His estate was inherited by his their only Road overlooking the Hamanatua Stream. Both factories were daughter, Winifred Frances Lysnar, who donated much of her substantial destroyed by fire in 1904. A new butter factory, which Lysnar built in estate to charitable purposes in the Gisborne district up until her death Gisborne, was taken over in October, 1930, by the Okitu Co-operative in 1974. Dairy Co Ltd. 24 | BeachLife
  • 25. that could be sold to would-be, small farmers. The colonising companies back in England were advertising extensively to landless rural farm workers promising land to spare in New Zealand. But it was not that simple in reality. These were the early days of the various Native Lands acts. Nearly every year right through to the 1930s the rules changed with clauses and conditions to do with Maori land dealings continuously being altered and amended. The Native Lands courts were the focus of continuous legal proceedings and a knowledge of the “native land laws” was a handy skill. The Native Lands Act of 1865 had allowed Maori land owners to apply for titles to land they owned ancestrally but by 1870 there had been several amendments and new acts passed. The land laws were promulgated theoretically to stop unscrupulous settlers taking advantage of naive Maori landowners, as well as to deter rich entrepreneurs from monopolising the still virgin acreages. Primarily they meant Europeans could only buy Maori land after it had been surveyed and the owners issued with a legal crown title. Years of work lay ahead in the land courts FAMILY PHOTO: W. Douglas Lysnar poses for William Crawford in 1912 with his wife Ida to define land areas, determine the names of and only daughter Winifred who in later years ran the Wainui Beach horse riding school. the multiple owners and provide some form of title that could then be transferred by purchase Between 1865 and 1875 the blocks were “leased” to pastoral under the (shifting) current laws. As historian J.A. Mackay reported: farming pioneers, often wealthy political figures from Auckland “In the case of practically every block (near Gisborne), a tangled investing in the business of pastoralism, employing experienced farm skein as to ownership and boundaries required to be unravelled.” managers from the “old country”. Their job was to burn the native Opening up the large blocks for settlement was the major political forest and clear the coastal scrub to create farms, or large “runs”, for issue of the era and attempts to “open up” the Pouawa and Kaiti the first attempts at growing grass and grazing sheep for a mutton- Blocks at Turanga were observed with keen interest nationally. And it hungry nation. At first Maori were happy for the lessees to spend can be noted this was mostly transpiring during the 1880s, a decade the necessary large amounts of capital to “break in” their land, of severe economic depression. improving its future value. And many Maori gained valuable pastoral The complex political, legal and financial machinations that led farming experience working for the leaseholders. to the eventual European ownership of the land that now makes Early leaseholders, according to historian J.A. Mackay included up Wainui and Makorori is a complicated story beyond this writer’s George Sisson Cooper, private secretary to George Grey and later ability to decipher with absolute accuracy. It does however seem Under-secretary for Native Affairs. He held the lease on the 19,200 clear that the lands were slowly and surely surveyed, Maori were acres of the Pouawa Block from 1865, which was managed by given titles, the land was then sold and transferred legally into Captain W.H. Tucker. William Cooper (no relation) later leased 1150 European ownership, with influential local Maori leaders of the era acres in the Kaiti Block at Wainui in 1874. In 1877 Mackay reports assisting in the process. a messrs Barker and McDonald stocking 30,470 head of sheep The ensuing European settlement of the land at Wainui beach – across lands in the Whataupoko, Kaiti and Pouawa blocks. However, following the “opening up” of the Kaiti and Pouawa Blocks – has with the arrival of more and more settlers in New Zealand the many perspectives. Various pioneering families began the settlement leaseholders days were numbered. process at various parts of the beach at different times. This In 1881 there appeared on the Gisborne scene a British- story will attempt to describe this 130-year saga to the best of the born lawyer and Auckland-based politician named William Lee writer’s research skills. Once again I must point out that this story Rees (1836-1912). Rees had been a member of the House of is an amalgamation of unearthed newspaper files, title searches, Representatives in 1876 and was an advocate of Crown intervention biographical notes and people’s best intended memories. It is not in the business of Maori land “in order to open up the vast remaining the gospel. acreages remaining of the North Island” to allow for closer settlement by prospective boat loads of incoming British immigrants william rees, wi pere aND THe pOUawa aND kaiTi BlOCks who had been promised fertile farms in a South Seas’ version of P RIOR TO 1883 WAINUI BEACH NORTH OF THE Mother England. Hamanatua Stream (Okitu Bridge) was part of an 19,000- Rees arrived in Gisborne in 1879 with a reputation as “a clever plus acre parcel of Maori-owned land known as the “Pouawa man with an ability in dealing with the natives”. He entered into Block”. The Pouawa Stream was its northern boundary. South of the association with locals Wi Pere and other influential Gisborne Maori Hamantua stream the land was known as the “Kaiti Block”, which of the time, who saw advantage and profit in being able to trade in stretched back to the Waimata River at Gisborne. These blocks were their lands. They saw in Rees a lawyer with the skills to interpret the the ancestrally occupied lands of the Ngati Rakai, descendants of complex and ever-changing native land laws. Rees’s believed only Rakaiatane, as discussed earlier. Crown preemption could ensure that “fair deals” took place, with the BeachLife | 25
  • 26. MAKORORI HOMESTEAD: The original homestead on Makorori Station which may have been built by James Andrews. land being sold to bona fide settlers, rather than monopolists and existing leaseholders was all part of the complicated deal. The deal land sharks. He also urged his Maori associates to retain strategic was widely publicised but at the 11th hour judges of the Native Land portions of their land, and reinvest in other lands, so they could Court stopped the transfer of title and the Irish crofters were diverted ensure the financial futures of their people. elsewhere. It was in this turbulent political climate that the business Rees and others, including Wi Pere, persuaded groups of Maori of claiming title, leasing, selling and subdividing the lands around landowners, mostly Wi Pere’s relatives, to sign over their titles “in Wainui and Makorori beaches was played out. trust” to a company they formed called the “New Zealand Native Title searches show that in 1870 title to the 19,200 acres of the Land Settlement Company”. As trustees they had the authority Pouawa Block (under the conditions of the 1867 Native Lands Act) to deal with the business of these lands on behalf of the multiple was in the name of Hirini Te Kani and nine others of the local hapu. owners. Profits from selling or leasing the land could then be How this block was subdivided and sold to Europeans is beyond invested in further land ventures. However, there was much this writer’s ability to account for in detail. However, with regard to suspicion and hostility towards Rees from his own people with the land from the Okitu Bridge to Makorori, records show that by the courts refusing to accept the legality of the trusts he formed. 1889, 3009 acres (what we now recognise as Waimoana Station, Unfortunately the scheme was flawed in many ways and many Maori Makorori Station, the Wainui and Makorori headlands and most landowner’s “shares” in the company later became worthless as of the beachfront lands from the Hamanatua Stream to Tatapouri the Bank of New Zealand foreclosed on lands that had been used Beach) was in the name of the New Zealand Native Land Settlement as security for a failing overdraft. Lands were also taken in lieu of Company and heavily mortgaged to the Bank of New Zealand. arrears in rates and taxes. In August of that same year several of the original customary One of the Land Company’s early schemes, which made national owners bought the land back into their names. (It is thought William headlines in 1881 – and, if it had been successful, could have led to Douglas Lysnar assisted in this process.) Names on the title included a totally different history of Wainui and Makorori – was an attempt to Hirini Te Kani (protégé of the great chief Te Kani-A-Takirau), Eruera attract Irish farmers to settle on the Pouawa Block. Harete (who was also known as Edward Frances (E.F.) Harris, the Acting for George Reed, an Irish-born New Zealand newspaper oldest son of pioneering Gisborne trader Captain John Harris and his owner and politician, Rees and Wi Pere attempted to facilitate the Maori wife Tukura), Wi Matangi, Pera Te Weri (from whom the Ferris purchase of the Pouawa Block from its Maori landowners on behalf family descend) and several others of the Ngati Rakai. Mortgages of Reed. This was to be done by persuading the sixty or so Maori were taken out on the property through the mid ‘90s. Te Kani died in owners to sign over 12,000 acres of their land in trust to allow it to 1896 and Harete in 1898, about the time the land was finally fell into be subdivided and sold in blocks to the Belfast settlers. Paying out non-Maori ownership. A BEACH TO ONE’S SELF: Winifred Lysnar posed for William Crawford in 1908 as he took this panorama of Wainui Beach looking south to Tuahine Point. 26 | BeachLife
  • 27. w.D. lYsNar aND waimOaNa sTaTiON I n 1897 William Douglas Lysnar, the turn-of-the- century businessman, Gisborne mayor and prominent politician, purchased most of the land from Hamanatua Stream to Makorori Headland from its Maori owners. It was first known as “Makorori Station” and was developed by Lysnar as a sheep and cattle property with a dairy herd at Makorori. In 1919 he sold 1380 acres at the northern end of the property, along Makorori Beach including the Makorori headland, to a James Andrews, farmer of Whangara, who later sold to the Duncan brothers (they may have been related to Andrews) who farmed the block through to the 1980s. Since 1987 it has been the sheep and cattle breeding and stock fattening property of Richard and Robyn Busby. Some land along Makorori remained in Maori ownership until it was sold to Winifred Lysnar to assist the owners clear crippling mortgages in the 1950s. However a remnant of the property, a three hectare strip of beachfront land between “The Creek” and Makorori Headland still remains in the ownership of today’s descendants of the original Maori owners. Prior to this, the 152 acre rectangle of land, which rose steeply from the beach at Makorori, was leased by a family called Cowan. The Cowans had a homestead in a sheltered valley in the hills above the beach, which was relocated to Wainui when the land was sold to Winifred Lysnar. Back to 1919, Lysnar, who was struggling financially with the faltering Poverty Bay Farmers’ Meat Company at Waipaoa, may have been facing hard times when he sold the northern Makorori land to James Andrews. In a transcript of an interview with Winifred Lysnar before her death she stated: “Father put half the proceeds into shares in the ship Admiral Codrington and with the other half he purchased bush at the back of Arowhana.” Bush Reserve). The hills and lowland along the beachfront from The foreshortened Lysnar-owned property, with its new northern northern Wainui to Tuahine Point is a stretch of bare paddocks with boundary near what we now call “The Creek” at Makorori, was then, just a few remnants of puriri and struggling cabbage trees on the and still is, known as Waimoana Station. It was bought from Winifred steeper slopes, where some erosion is evident. At Makorori the Lysnar by Whangara farmers Ian and Sue Fraser in 1967. (Mrs Fraser slopes are still partially covered by a forest of puriri. still lives in the valley). It is now owned in separate parcels by their At the northern end of Okitu, where we now have Sirrah Street, children, and by investors and residents who have bought lifestyle can be seen a modest, single-storeyed, verandaed cottage with a blocks in recent subdivisions. few out buildings, home paddocks and a stockyard which was the However, during the 70 years the property belonged to the Lysnar homestead at Wainui. A narrow, sandy track, where we now Lysnar family many things transpired which gave shape to the have State Highway 35, winds up Makorori hill and in the distance a beach community of Okitu which we recognise today, including the dusty road parallels the ocean back towards the Tuahine end of the memorialisation of Lysnar family members by the names used for beach, where there is a fledgling settlement of a very few houses. the streets developed at Okitu and by the gift of the W. D. Lysnar At the centre of the beach, by the Hamanatua Stream, can be seen Reserve along the Moana Road foreshore. several buildings centred around the Cooper property homestead, of We are fortunate to have a window where we an view the physical which more will be written later. Separating the track from the beach Wainui beach environment around 1900 through the photographic is a 100m width of rolling sand dunes, a treeless zone of sand and records of early Gisborne photographer, William Crawford. In sea grass stretching from point to point. 1908 Crawford paid a visit to the Lysnar property where he took photographs of the farm and small homestead (the Lysnar’s mostly THe TOwN Of OkiTU I resided in Gisborne), including a series of coastal vistas, with a n 1921 W.D. Lysnar, in a further attempt to raise needed funds, young Miss Winifred Lysnar posed on the hilltops above the beach. came up with a scheme to subdivide and market the valley In these photographs we can study the physical nature of the terrain lowland on the north side of the Hamanatua Stream and the at the time. seaside acres along the front of Waimoana Station as a new Most of the native bush is long gone with just a small patch residential development he named the “Town of Okitu”. The land remaining at the base of the Makorori hill (later to become the Okitu was subdivided into 200 lots, consisting of around 170 residential BeachLife | 27
  • 28. WAINUI BEACH IN 1937: From Tuahine Crescent over the beach front homes along Murphy Road. sections or “bungalow blocks” and around 30 larger acreages grassed, flat land rising to level terraces, which all command an advertised as “orchards and farmlets” (today’s lifestyle blocks). uninterrupted view of the ocean. All this front has been subdivided A network of “suburban and country lanes” formed the foundation into business and bungalow sections, corner sites having been of the current street layout of the Okitu community. Lysnar, Douglas, reserved for public buildings and the school. The nearest sections to Frances, Winifred, William(son) and Eleanor streets were named town will make an imposing town centre when once the township is (after members of the Lysnar family) and sites were set aside for the settled. A regular motorbus service will be established once people municipal buildings of the proposed village. Lot 17 on the corner settle on the new Wainui Beach township.” of Lysnar and Douglas (currently owned by the McKenzies) was However, on the day of the sale a developer’s worst nightmare reserved for the post office and the opposite Lot 21 (now owned by happened. The bids did not come and the sections hardly sold. The Craig and Jes Willson) was earmarked for the village police station. Gisborne Times, on December 9, reported that 150 people turned up There was a site set aside for a church at the end of Lysnar Street at the Opera House but showed little interest in buying: “Throughout, and another larger reserve (where there is now the Douglas Street the sale was a dragging one and although the auctioneer made extension) promised to be the new town’s school. Lots on the corner full use of his gifts of eloquence the public showed little inclination of the highway and Lysnar Street were expected to be developed as to part with their money. Only nine lots being sold out of the 200 the town’s new business centre. offered.” Lysnar employed earthmovers to create the subdivision, flattening Those few that did sell were — 1 Moana Road (in the cul-de-sac and filling the natural roll of the sand dunes beneath what is now by the bridge) for £120 to Mrs Lunn; 8 Moana Road for £100 pounds Douglas Street. In 1980 I spoke to my neighbours in Lysnar Street, to Mr H.F. Forster; 9 and 10 Moana Road for £100 pounds each to Wathan and Mary Lysnar. Mr Lysnar, (W.D.Lysnar’s nephew) Mr W. Hazell; 18 Moana Road for £85 pounds to Mr A.S. Parker. 30 remembered as a young man watching the earthworks in progress Moana Road for £85 pounds to Mr J.H. Dennis; 25 Lysnar Street for and said one day, when all the work had been done and the top soil £65 pounds to Mr H.P. Hamilton; 32 Douglas Street for £82 to Miss scraped back over the bare sand, a fierce northwesterly wind sprang Lunn. In the Lysnar Street valley one block of four acres was sold up and for several days blew all the top soil off the exposed sections to D. McRae at $40 per acre. (As reported in the Gisborne Times, and out to sea. That is why to this day many of the properties in December 9, 1921.) Douglas Street have very sandy gardens. The development was in fact a failure. What happened back there The sale of the land by public auction on Thursday, December in the summer of 1921 can only be the subject of speculation by this 8 at 2.00pm at the Opera House was widely publicised. The terms writer. Was the prospect of living at the beach less than desirable in were 15% cash at the fall of the hammer, 15% in four months, a the 1920s? Or was it the tall poppy syndrome? Lysnar, at 54 years further 15% in eight months and the remainder over three years old, was the recently elected local member of Parliament, having at 6%. For farmers there was the option to pay for the first 45% of defeated the celebrated Sir James Carroll who had been the local purchase price with store sheep and lambs in lieu of cash. The sale MP since 1893. Lysnar had a reputation as a “dogged” barrister was handled by Common Shelton and Co with local identity Mr C.G. and solicitor and had earlier, from 1908 to 1911, been the mayor of Bloore the auctioneer. Gisborne and known as a man of “strong opinion”. He was at this A report in the Poverty Bay Times the day before the sale stated: time, as its chairman, struggling to keep the Waipaoa freezing works “There may never again be such a chance of being in first to buy from going under; the company had just purchased the refrigerated sections in what will certainly be the finest seaside holiday and health ship Admiral Codrington and was in dire straits; insolvent by 1923. resort in New Zealand.” In 1974 his only daughter Winifred Lysnar described her father as: “A Just a few days before the sale W.D. Lysnar announced that he man of action who no doubt made many enemies. Though, perhaps, was gifting the seafront portion of the development to the people of uncompromising in his beliefs – and a lot of people don’t like that – Gisborne – some 22 acres of sand dunes from the Hamantua Stream father was a man of vision, and often many years ahead of his time.” mouth – to be used as a public park so that “everyone would have Winifred, most famous for her celebrated riding school which free access to the ocean for all time”. This was later added to by operated on the old homestead land which is now Sirrah Street from Winifred Lysnar and remains today the W.D. Lysnar Reserve. 1955 to 1974, sold the larger part of Waimoana Station to Ian Fraser There was much excitement about the prospect of Gisborne’s of Whangara in 1968 and then the riding school property to a Mr and new “seaside suburb” with the Gisborne Times reporting: “There Mrs J.H. McGuiness, who in turn sold it to Bob Harris in 1980. has never been in the history of Gisborne such wide-spread interest The Harris’s have since subdivided the land into various residential taken in any land sale as the Okitu subdivisional sale has created.” and lifestyle properties and gave us the slightly tongue-in-cheek It described the development: “The frontage is elevated, well name “Sirrah” Street, which is “Harris” spelled backwards. 28 | BeachLife
  • 29. In 1973, prior to selling the homestead property, Winifred Lysnar two bedroom cottage at 30 Moana Road from spec builder George presented the 2.66 hectares pocket of native bush surrounding the Piesse. creek beneath Makorori hill to the Government to be cared for by “There were very few other houses here in 1949 – we were pretty the Forest and Bird Protection Society, now know as the Okitu Bush much living out in the country,” says Win. “Old Frank Whiteman had Reserve. a bach made from two old army huts a couple of doors north and Ted Findlay had a house next to where Graeme Collier now is. The a COmmUNiTY eVOlVes Chalet hadn’t been built, so it was pretty much just empty paddocks T he Town of Okitu became a “ghost town” after the auction all the way to Winnie Lysnar’s riding school at the end. It was much in 1921 and for 30 or so years it remained a barren patch of the same looking back to the bridge, the shops hadn’t been built empty lots. Then, in the late 1940s, after his return from the then.” war, Lysnar’s nephew and local accountant, Wathen Lysnar, put the Win remembers Douglas Street also being slow to develop but subdivision back on the market on behalf of his cousin, Winifred a small building boom saw several houses go up through the late Lysnar. Winifred was the only daughter of Eleanor and W.D. Lysnar ‘50s and early ‘60s. This began with Bob and Evan Craill and friend who had inherited Waimoana Station before her father’s death in Fred McNabb building houses in Douglas Street looking down 1942. Frances Street. Bob and Fred were such good friends they build their In 1941, from the 1921 map of the “Town of Okitu” subdivision properties with a shared central driveway which still exists today. hanging on the wall of his Peel Street office, Wathen Hilton Lysnar The sections available for sale of the Town of Okitu plan only went was instructed by his cousin Winifred to revitalise the Okitu concept as far north as number 52 Moana Road at first (currently owned and by promoting the sale of numerous sections along Douglas Street, being newly renovated by Richard and Doris Warren. Lysnar Street and Moana Road. Then in 1958 Winifred Lysnar had Grant and Cooke subdivide the As payment for their services, Wathen Lysnar and his wife rest of Moana Road from number 53 to what is now Sirrah Street. Mary built one of the first houses at Okitu on the rise at the corner A demarcation line can be seen in the building-era styles between of Lysnar and Douglas Streets, living there until the late 1980s. the two Moana Road addresses. At number 52 Ted Findlay, a stock Daughter, Jill Charteris, remembers it being the only house in the agent, had a concrete block house built in the late 1940s; next door vicinity for many years, on a dusty road edged by boxthorn bushes. Graeme and Raewyn Collier bought a section and built their classic From 1941 through to the mid ‘50s the sections slowly sold at Okitu ‘70s home at number 53 in 1974. and slowly and surely houses were erected. The suburb grew randomly over the ensuing decades and today The earliest purchases were made in 1941 by Clive and we can observe the random nature of the various architectural Constance Wall, Laura Armstrong and Robert Poulgrain – all in the trends of the various eras. Albeit many of the homes were designed elevated the strip along the Moana Road cul-de-sac overlooking the as “beach baches” and built to a budget that reflected the cheap Hamantua Stream to Tuahine Point. and cheerful status allotted to “beach living” in those times. More Another of the earliest homes to be built belonged to Honey substantial houses were built at the “Whales” end of the beach and Bill (Wilfred) Haxton who lived at what is now 20 Lysnar Street through the ‘80s. owned by Kath Green. In the 1980s Mrs Honey Haxton told this The building of the Chalet Rendezvous restaurant in the mid 1950s writer how for several years she carried household water in buckets was a big event for the small beach community, nudging the quiet from the nearby Hamanatua stream when the tank ran low. beachside suburb into national attention. Originally the concept of Another early arrival was retired farm manager, Ron Cooper and a Swiss chef and entrepreneur, a Mr Frankhauser, it was built by the his wife Jean, who bought four sections and built a house looking H.B. Williams family of Turihaua. Frankhauser and Bill Williams were north into the Lysnar Street valley from a high point in Williamson instrumental in the Chalet becoming the first licensed restaurant Street. On one of the sections linking through to Lysnar Street to operate in New Zealand. From 1964, under the new managing- they created a small vineyard. Old “Cooper”, who was this writer’s directorship of Auckland restaurateur Bill Lane, it became nationally neighbour in the ‘80s, told me how he designed the property to famous and well patronised by diners from Gisborne and the local remind him of a station homestead overlooking its rural domain. The vicinity for over a decade. We will stop there with the story of the main part of this property is now owned by John and Jo Grant, the Chalet Rendezvous as the subject deserves more detailed attention vineyard section by Nick and Louisa Chapman. in a later issue. Win and Ruth Ellis were one of the very first couples on the Moana The “Town of Okitu” never quite eventuated as old Lysnar has Road beach front shortly after their marriage in 1948. They bought a dreamed of it, but over the decades a little village did slowly develop. Maungaroa Tuahine Headland Lloyd George Rd Stock Route THE BEACH IN 1949: Looking down at the Stock Route, Pare Street, Murphy Road. BeachLife | 29
  • 30. A TOWN BY THE SEA: An aerial photo Tuamotu taken in 1950 shows the baches along an unsealed Wairere Road, the Maungaroa hills development around Pare Street and the Raiha Kamau’s Papawhariki Cooper farm flats before the highway homestead site bypass. The trees at the bottom made Wainui way for the school in 1962. Cook Farmhouse Sports Paddock Cooper Property School Site Old timers can remember the first local dairy on the corner of Lysnar Gisborne, bought the land and the run down shops in 1977. He later Street and Moana Road where the highway then dipped down transported a house-for-removal from the Esplanade which he had to an old wooden bridge across the Hamantua Stream. The site, trucked out to the beach and placed on the site at the rear of the then zoned commercial, was purchased in 1949 by David Miller, a shops. The shops remained until their demolition in 1984. Gisborne accountant. The site was later bought by Doug and Violet Before then Mike Vita and Gary Neill ran a popular local fish and Menzies, who ran a successful milk bar and a catering business in chip business for a time and later Mark Barker and Doug Rishworth Gisborne (Mayfair Caterers); the shop was run by their son Wayne had a brief go at a vegetable shop, known as “Vegetable Overload”. and his wife Ngaire. The business was later leased by Alan and Nola Mr Whippy leased it for a while to keep his ice cream cold. Before Saunders and then by Bill and Paddy Tonkins. The story goes that their demolition the shops were used for a while by the Wainui- to side-step a rent increase the Tonkins went up the road, bought a Makorori Vegetable Cooperative. Several young families at the vacant site and built a new store, which is the Okitu Store we know time pooled together each week to buy produce from the Gisborne of today. There have been several lessees and owners of the store Markets which was distributed equally, using the shop as a base. since then, many of them great characters like Gwen and Gloria The shops are now just a vague memory to most people. However, Findlay, Chester and Marilyn Haar, Murray and Mary Webb, Willie they still exist in a fashion! Rutene, and the current owners Gary Quinn and Maryanne Egan. In 1984 a resourceful Noel Amor, a family friend of the Vitas, The old dairy which became the local scout den for a while dismantled the building carefully, loaded it onto the flatbed deck slowly fell into ruin. Believed to be haunted by local children it was of his VW Kombi and re-erected them on the road frontage of his eventually demolished. It remained a vacant corner site for many property at 8 Pare Street to use as a garage. Ironically, Mike Vita years until the recent building of the Dobbie’s new house. Junior now owns 8 Pare Street – and the bones of the old shop Two sites north at 24 Moana Road there stood for many years buildings. two adjoining road front shops, next to a petrol service station The Okitu service station complex, later known as Moana and mechanical repair garage. The shops were built in the 1950s Motors, was built by the Hall brothers – Alvin, Stuart, Winton and by Frank Beckett and they housed a butchers and a hairdressers. Lindsay – with help from their grandfather Matthew Hall, about The butcher shop was operated by Jack Woolley, who left the Elgin 1953. They bought the land for £200 when they ran out of room Butchery to start out on his own and also built the weatherboard, to do mechanical work on the side at their Darwin Road orchard tiled-roof house at 28 Moana Road where he lived for many years. packhouse. As well as a service station pumping Atlantic petrol, it The hairdressers was known as the “Beverley Anne Salon”, run was also a mechanical workshop and a spraypainters. by Beverley Bodle (now Carswell), a local girl from Murphy Road The Hall brothers were all early residents of Wainui Beach – Alvin who leased the shop at just 18-years-old on leaving school in first in Wairere Road and then building at 15 Lysnar Street (now Kelly 1961. Beverley, who used to bike to work from Murphy Road each and Kevin Ferris’s); Lindsay built along the road at 19 Lysnar and day, ran a busy hairdressers; cutting and styling the hair of Wainui later Winton further along Lysnar Street still. Stuart Hall and his wife locals, school children, coasties and servicing a large clientele from Joan bought and renovated an old bach at 14 Murphy Road in 1956; Gisborne, until she sold the business to Tricia Lloyd in 1965. She and Bernice (nee Hall) and George McAra, who used to be the pump in turn passed the business on to the local milkman’s daughter, attendant, built their house at 49 Douglas Street around the same Frances Low. The business closed in the mid 1970s. time. Mike Vita (senior), well known from Vita’s Service Station in The Halls sold the land and business to Whangara storekeeper 30 | BeachLife
  • 31. HAMANATUA HOMESTEAD: The grand house at Wainui Station in it’s early splendour. The homestead was demolished in 2008. John West in about 1956-57. John West later drowned while This was the property known as “Hamantua” or Wainui Station snorkeling at Pouawa. Alan Wilson, now 77 and still living in Wainui which consisted of the seaward hill slopes and the flat land all the Road, first managed the business for West then bought it in 1958, way to the beach from Oneroa Road to the Okitu Bridge (Hamantua changing over to BP petrol, diversifying into the manufacture of Stream), then inland on the south side of the stream through to stock crates and stock yards before selling to Vern “Flogger” Floyd the Waimata River in Darwin Road. The stream was the boundary (later of Enterprise Cars) in 1969, who in turn sold in to Albie Smith, with what was later W.D. Lysnar’s Waimoana Station. The Coopers who sold it to Ray Fielder in 1976. Ray Fielder sold to Corey Carlson acquired other larger land holdings inland from Gisborne with the and Terry O’Connor who then sold to Tim Lloyd. Tim Lloyd, who now Wainui property considered the “home farm”. At the time of his death owns several service stations in Wellington, rebuilt the building into Cooper’s three main properties were said to carry 14,000 sheep, 800 a modern service station and added the leasable front area which head of cattle and 100 horses became a fish and chip shop. The Poverty Bay Herald in 1905 reported: “The situation of this After several lessees in the garage and the takeaway shop, not to property (Wainui Station), some 31/2 miles from Gisborne and forget Kerry Clarke’s short-lived Pines Alley Surf Shop, Lloyd sold overlooking the sea, makes it an ideal spot for a residence. The to Noel and Alison Amor Bendall. Noel had the pumps and tanks homestead has been tastefully planted and laid out in harmony with removed and converted the building into the Amor Bendall winery. its surroundings, and probably the many residential sites on the In December the Amor Bendalls, who are moving the winery to beach frontage will in future years be the suburban homes of the the Gisborne inner harbour area, sold to Karl and Kay Geiseler of merchant princes of Poverty Bay.” Winifred Street who are now having plans drawn up to turn the 430 William Cooper, who was a leading protagonist in the bureaucratic square metre space into a modern beachfront family home. battle against confusing native land ownership laws and was obsessively involved in early searches for oil in the Gisborne district THe COOper DYNasTY aND THe TOwN Of sUmTer He travelled to the World’s Fair and visiting petroleum producing W illiam Cooper was born in Yorkshire in 1845. On his death states in America in the 1890s. He held seats on both the Cook at Wainui Beach in 1905 he was farewelled as one of County Council and the Gisborne Harbour Board. Poverty Bay’s earliest settlers and a man held in high After his death in May of 1905 the Wainui property was run by his esteem throughout the district. He arrived in New Zealand in 1856 widow Sarah Ruth and his surviving sons. A son Charlie was killed with his immigrant parents and four brothers. In 1858 his father was in the First World War and son Gordon was severely wounded. The killed by a falling tree and at age 13 Cooper went out on his own major part of the property went to son Les Cooper after “Grandma working for settler farmers in the Hutt and then moved over to the Ruth’s” death in 1930 – with a portion of the flats paralleling the Wairarapa. beach part of a wider family estate. The station property was later Here he became a farm manager and by 1868 he was able to take acquired by Les’s son William Benson (Bill) Cooper and his wife up some 4000 acres of unbroken land with a fellow shepherd, John Brenda in the 1950s, who eventually sold the farm in 1998. Bill’s son Cross. By 1874 they made a “satisfactory sale” of the land. Richard Cooper lives on and owns the site of the old homestead, Cashed up Cooper then looked further north to the relatively and Mrs Cooper retains the site with the new house built next to the untouched lands around Poverty Bay arriving here in 1874. He soon Okitu Bridge. The old Cooper homestead, which was started in the acquired two properties in this district totalling 19,000 acres which late 1890s and finished around 1906, was an icon of the beach until he began breaking in and developing as sheep runs. Four years later its demolition last year, he was to lose everything he owned after the disastrous failure of the In 1903, not long before his death, William Cooper had his City of Glasgow Bank in 1878. (The collapse of this bank half a world beachfront land subdivided and marketed as the “Town of Sumter”. away had a huge impact in New Zealand where it had a large stake Sections were available for sale on both sides of what we now call in the New Zealand and Australia Land Company and held securities Wairere Road, from Oneroa Road to the Okitu Bridge. There was over land owned by many settler farmers.) originally another proposed road, called Ranui Street, running In Cooper’s obituary the Poverty Bay Herald reported: “With the parallel with Wairere Road and linked by proposed Ngaio and Rere stout heart which has hitherto been the secret to his success Cooper Streets. Ranui Road later became State Highway 35, when it was again put his shoulder to the wheel.” rerouted from Wairere Road across the Cooper flats in 1990. In 1959 Following his financial collapse he arranged for the lease of and the government purchased some of the Cooper estate for the new ultimately purchased some 1150 acres of Maori-owned land in the Wainui School. The school opened in 1962. Prior to the rerouting “Kaiti Block” in the name of his wife Sarah Ruth Cooper. of the highway in 1990 the land between the proposed bypass and Wairere Road was acquired from the Cooper estate by the roading BeachLife | 31
  • 32. authority of the time. This land was later purchased by Garth and violinist in the Auckland Symphony Orchestra, bought land on the Sandra Ellmers and the subject of relatively recent subdivisional corner of the highway and Oneroa Road and established a business developments at Ocean Park and Sandy Cove. growing hot house tomatoes and gladiolus. Later his son Jim and The Town of Sumter never stuck as a name, and the purchase of wife Pat sold half the property to the Bodle brothers who established sites from Cooper’s 1903 subdivisional plan was a slow process. the Twins’ Poultry Farm. This property is now owned by Robin It wasn’t until the 1930s that baches started to appear on the sand Bennett. Brothers Peter and Tim Stewart still own the block by dunes on the seaward side of Wairere Road and by 1950 an ex Oneroa Road. Also in this area was the popular Bayly’s Plant Nursery patriot farming community had set up camp along both sides of the which is now owned by Alan and Sue Lewington. sandy track that was the main highway north. Ormond farmer William Graham was typical of those that bought THe raiHa kamaU (ferris) DYNasTY aND THe earlY seTTlemeNT sections from the William Cooper estate along Wairere Road, Of “waiNUi” A acquiring an acre of land over four titles in the vicinity of 39-43 s mentioned earlier, the land at the “Wainui” end of the beach Wairere Road in the 1930s. About 1938 Don Graham, now 82 of was the original settlement of the Ngati Rakai hapu dating Haronga Road, remembers his grandfather erecting a garage on one back to ancient times. After obtaining title to these lands in of the sites from which the family spent weekends at the beach. It the first rounds of the Native Lands Court proceedings in 1870, some was not a bach as such, just a place to store things needed for a day of the Maori titleholders sold their properties, with the seaward side of swimming and relaxing. The acreage was reduced with a section of Murphy Road up to the Tuahine headland one of the first parts of being sold off after the war and then the remainder was divided the beachfront to see houses or baches go up. The Cleary family down the centre by members of the Graham family. Extensions were were amongst the first to subdivide and sell off sections. Oneroa added to the garage by Jim Graham and it slowly became a classic Road and Pare Street were also sold and subdivided around this Wainui beach bach. This was much the story with many of the time. There were many transactions, once again beyond this writer’s properties along the beachfront being bought as weekend getaways scope to detail. The area of the beach from Oneroa Road through by farmer’s from Gisborne’s hinterland. Escaping the hot, hill country to Tuahine Crescent was a fledgling European settlement from well summers for a day or weekend by the cooling sea was the fashion of before 1900. the times. However, 90 acres around Lloyd George Road were retained in Ellis and Helen Rouse, East Coast farmers, built a bach on the Maori ownership with the title being in the names of three brothers; section at number 111 in 1948. It was a long journey to town from Pera Te Kahori, Wi Matangi and Pera Te Weri, descendants of the Te Puia in those days and the Rouse’s were typical in their need for founding chief Rakaiatane. Wi Matangi and Pera Te Kahori died a place to stopover while in Gisborne. Later the bach served as a without leaving descendants. Pera Te Weri and his wife Merewai place for family and friends to gather for weekend parties. On their Manuka farmed the land and had just one daughter, Raiha Kamau, a retirement from farming in the early ‘70s the senior Rouses built a Maori of full blood who had many suitors. She eventually married the substantial home on the site. Continuing the family attachment to the handsome and cavalier half-Maori, half-Scotsman, Charles William property son Peter Rouse and his wife Dot moved into the house on Ferris in 1885, who was the offspring of Captain C.W. Ferris of the their retirement from the farm in the ‘90s and still live there today. Armed Constabulary, and Keita Te Rapa Winiata of Nuhiti. Viewing old aerial photographs taken of the area around 1950 the Raiha Kamau and Charles (Charley) Ferris and family continued pattern of randomly sited bachs on the Wairere Road foreshore can farming the land at Wainui, and other holdings at Nuhiti and Anaura be observed. Only a dozen can be seen on other side of the beach, Bay, through to the 1950s. A two-storeyed homestead on the stopping at a stand of macrocarpa trees where the Wainui school property was the family seat. (The house was burned to the ground now stands. Behind these properties are the flat paddocks which the and replaced in the early 1930s.) The couple had five children – Coopers had to give up for the highway bypass. James Paumea, Donald Mataira (died at Gallipoli), Atarini, Hirini Te In the distance beyond Cook’s farm can be seen several sheltered Kani and Takatoroa. Talking to descendants of the original Maori blocks where, in the 1950s, several small farming and horticulture owners, particularly Ingrid Searancke (daughter of James Paumea), ventures were attempted. Wallace Stewart, who had been second a picture emerges from the 1890s to the 1950s of a busy, fertile Road Oneroa Road Pare Street Wairere Wainui Stream Murphy Road Rakau A Ue Cemetery Tuahine Crescent BEACH TOWN BEGINNINGS: North from Tuahine Point hillslope in the 1930s. 32 | BeachLife
  • 33. PEOPLE OF THE LAND: Sometime around the turn of the 20th century Charles Ferris sows seed potatoes while his daughter Atarini follows with the plough on the farm in what is now Lloyd George Road. triangle of farmland from Sponge Bay through to the beach at the moment who may have believed street names were memorials Murphy Road. for people no longer living and did not want fate tempted. Thus the Ingrid Searancke, now 83 and born in 1925, who still lives with her local authority continued with its trend of naming Gisborne streets family on three remaining acres of the old property at 41-51 Lloyd after British politicians. George Road, remembers many social events at her grandparents One of the earliest European families to arrive at Wainui were fine home, with other Wainui farming families and friends from the Phelps who initially settled in Murphy Road. George Frederick Gisborne attending. Phelps arrived at the beach from Wales in 1897 and soon after Close to the beach, sheltered from cold southerlies, frost free bought a block of land that can now be described as the beach side with a warm micro-climate and a clean water supply from a spring- of Murphy Road from Oneroa to Cooper Street. At that time there fed Wainui stream, with soils conducive to horticulture, it was an were only a handful of families living at Wainui – the Ferris whanau of enviable location. A large dairy herd was kept at one time and Raiha Kamau, the Clearys, the Coopers at Hamanatua Station, the over the decades many crops were grown here, including kumara, Phelps and the Cooks who ran dairy cows and had a milking shed potatoes and other crops. Later seedling plants, strawberries and just over the Wainui stream near Cleary Road. vegetables were grown. Wainui grown potatoes, of which three crops Welshman George Phelps ran bullock wagons from his property, could be grown a year, and Wainui kumara were held in high esteem loading wool bales onto scows bound for Auckland which came and freighted to markets all over New Zealand. ashore at Wainui Beach at the “Stock Route”. The family later At one time, between 1900 and 1915, there was a kautawhare, modernised the operation with Phelps Transport becoming a well- or a meeting hall, at the back of the cemetery near Murphy Road. It known trucking firm in the Gisborne district for many years. served as a church and as a place for locals to gather. It had mostly When George died in 1912 he left behind five children and each a hard dirt floor with long tables and forms to sit on, with a raised acquired one of the sections along Murphy Road, of which most wooden-floored platform at the far end with bunks and beds where were sold on during the 1960s. Des Phelps remained the longest, local children would be put to sleep while their parents played cards, with his house on the corner of Oneroa and Murphy from where he danced or held fund raising events for the building of the new Te operated the family trucking business, Des Phelps Ltd, logging out of Poho-o-Rawiri marae in town. It slowly fell to ruin, finally consumed the Motu and up the East Coast by fire around 1933. Later he was joined by his sons Fred and Kevin Phelps who Raiha Kamau died in 1924 with Charles Ferris living through to the worked in the family business. Fred Phelps then went out on his own 1950s. Hirini Te Kani Ferris had five children and James (Jim) Ferris as F.J. Phelps Ltd building forestry roads around the district. Fred also had five children – William (Bill), Ingrid, James, Julie and Robert. and Anne lived on the beachfront along Wairere Road, first building a Bill Ferris was well-known in his day for the entrepreneurial small house at 125 Wairere in 1958 and then building a newer house horticultural business he ran on his Lloyd George Road acreage, and (now owned by the Rishworths) on a double section at 127 in 1970. another block he bought along Murphy Road, until his untimely death Fred – who sold up and left Wainui in 1986 to move to the West at age 44 from leukemia in the 1960s. At one time Bill and May Ferris Coast, where he and his wife Anne continue to run a gold mining sent flowers and vegetable seedling plants all over New Zealand operation on property they own near Hokitika – says he did the local (wrapped in newspaper and tied up with a strand of flax) supplying paper run in the 1930s, delivering just on 100 papers as far as the the Woolworths chain of stores. Most of his children and those of last house at the beach which was the Okitu shop which stood just Ingrid, Julie and Robert still live in the Wainui community. over the wooden Hamantua Bridge. From there to Winnie Lysnar’s One question that could be asked is: Why was the road named house at the far end of the beach it was uninhabited. “Lloyd George”, after the British politician who was prime minister By the late 1930s the southern pocket of Wainui was quite from 1916 to 1922, instead of after the family with such a strong tie established with cottages and baches on the slopes above Tuahine to the area? The name is an anomaly when we consider most of the Crescent and along the seaward side of Murphy Road. This was land street names at Wainui are named after pioneering families such that Maori owners were first given title to in the 1870s. Much of this as Cooper, Lysnar, Cleary, Murphy and the Maori names Moana, area, including Pare and Cooper streets, was subdivided and put up Wairere, Pare and Tuahine are names of consequence to local Maori. for sale by E.R. and J.R. Murphy in 1926 (known then as the Sumter Lloyd George became an official road when the government put in extension). By the late 1940s Pare Street was well developed with the radio transmitter at the end of the track into the Ferris property almost all sections on both sides built on. in the 1940s. It is considered a strong possibility that when it was The centre of the community was Oneroa Road. There was Firth’s suggested the road be named “Ferris”, it was declined by the man of ice cream kiosk on the corner where Richard Gordon’s shed now is BeachLife | 33
  • 34. and on the other side was a Four Square Store, built in 1935, which awe looking at the surf, their ice creams melting, as they first took in housed the post office with a petrol pump. (Now the new Wainui where their parents, Roy and Margaret, had brought them. Croatian- Store.) born Roy Krzanich was a self-made man, with an incredible work Beverly Carswell (nee Bodle) was a young girl in the ‘50s living in ethic, who became a legend at Wainui Beach with his “Roy’s Wainui the house which her parents (Hugh and Bunny Bodle, who came Service Station”. He ran the pumps, did lubes, fixed punctures and from Hawkes Bay to manage Reliance Tyres in Gisborne) bought in did small mechanical repairs while wife Margaret ran the post office 1945. Their house still stands on the corner of Oneroa and Murphy and the dairy in the shop next door. At first they lived behind the (now owned by Kris and Rhonda Clapham). shop, then bought the big house overlooking the “Stock Route”. Bev can remember stock from farms up the coast coming up from They ran the service station and the shop until the late ‘80s, then the beach and along Oneroa Road being driven into the freezing leased both businesses. It was a sad day when Roy witnessed the works in town, hence the origin of the name “Stock Route”. Next to service station he was so proud of burn to the ground in 1987. the shop were empty paddocks and over the road was the Settler’s In 1994 an era ended when the Krzanichs sold the shop and the Hall and a sports ground where gymkhanas and sports days were former service station site to the neighbouring Atsalis family of Pare held. Murphy Road was empty paddocks on the seaward side with Street and the “Stock Route” house to Danny Keighley, of failed Bill Chong’s market garden on the other. The Cook brothers, owned Sweetwaters 1999 fame. Not many months later the older Krzanichs the farm on the hill, would daily walk their cows down Murphy Road were planning to move to live with family in Australia, however Roy to their milking bales where Cleary Road now is. died an hour before boarding the plane. The Cook’s have a long connection to their acres which overlook FOOTNOTE: It’s hard to know where to stop this pocket history the Oneroa Road settlement. There was originally a George Cook of the beach, with still many avenues yet to explore. It has taken six Senior who bought the land from William Cooper and later left the weeks to research and write and still it feels unfinished. However small farm to his bachelor sons Bill and George Junior in the 1930s, in this day and age when everything can be archived digitally and who ran the dairy herds on the property. The farm is still owned, regularly updated, it’s rather a beginning than an ending. If this albeit divided, by several descendants of another of George Cook article has sparked memories of important events not covered senior’s sons. herein (or, dread the concept, inaccuracies that need correcting) the In 1962 a family arrived at the beach from Wellington after writer urges readers to email or write in with further information that answering a notice in the Dominion newspaper advertising the can be reported on in forthcoming issues and added to the digital Wainui Store and Service Station for sale. The vendors, the Jollys, archive. We look forward to and welcome the receipt of more historic eager to impress, rolled the three children big icecreams and they photos and memoirs that can be published in ongoing issues. were sent off to the beach while the big folks negotiated. Peter Krzanich remembers he and his brother and sister stood in FAMILY PORTRAIT: Reiha Kamau, direct descendant of Rakaiatane, with her husband Charles William Ferris and their young family circa 1900. From left – Hirini Te Kani, Donald Mataira, James Paumea, Atarini and Takataroa. 34 | BeachLife
  • 35. our kids TO TRY THE KIBBUTZ LIFE: Nova with Gidi, Shai and Kaya are leaving the beach to spend some time with Gidi’s Israeli family near the Jordan River. (Nova and the twins are descendants of Rakaiatane through Rakai Kamau and Charles Ferris as detailed in the preceding history article.) Nova and Gidi are Israel bound N OVA, GIDI AND THE TWINS HAVE DEPARTED FOR ISRAEL location near the Jordan River at the foot of Mount Hermon has made this month where they plan to spend six months living and it a center for outdoor recreational activities including hiking, kayaking, working on the kibbutz where Gidi’s parents live. and rafting. Gidi will work for his father who runs a landscaping Nova, daughter of Fleur Chambers (Ferris) met Israeli Gidi while business and Nova plans to work in the day care centre on the travelling in Scotland and since the birth of the twins, Shai and Kaya, kibbutz. 21 months ago, they have been living on mum and Pete’s Lloyd The arrival of twins came as no surpise to the Avni family. Gidi’s George Road property. mum is herself a twin, one of Gidi’s two sisters has twins and one Now that the twins are “up and running” the couple are looking of two brothers has twins. They hope to catch up with his large, forward to spending time with the twins’ Israeli grandparents who live extended family who are spread throughout Israel. in the Kfar Blum kibbutz in northern Israel on the banks of the Jordan Gidi says he is Jewish by birth, but apart from celebrating the River. (Named after Leon Blum, a Jewish French socialist who was holidays and enjoying some of the customs he does not attend three times Prime Minister of France.) synagogue or adhere to religious beliefs. His family background is Kfar Blum is a communal settlement about the same size as Wainui through his grandfather who escaped Poland before the holocaust and in a lush, green valley surrounded by snow peaked mountains ten met his US-born grandmother in England. They last visited his parents minutes from the Lebanon border. Founded in 1943, Kfar Blum’s when the twins were just three months old. GISBORNE’S LEADING INSURANCE BROKERS Aertex Shirts • • Commercial Farm • • Livestock Medical Suit Hire • Domestic • Forestry Catering for big sizes. • Marine • Liability • Life • Superannuation Collier’s Menswear Ltd 110 Gladstone Road • Phone 867 3447 GENERAL MENSWEAR & SUIT SPECIALISTS 163 CARNARVON STREET • PHONE 867 9811 Collier’s Menswear is a Wainui Beach owned local business. BeachLife | 35
  • 36. our kids Christie’s island surf paradise That’s Christie Carter from Wainui Beach above. That’s his own wave he’s surfing, known as Mentawai Pipeline, on an island in Indonesia he has leased for 20 years and operates as a surf resort. C HRISTIE CARTER CAN’T BE BLAMED FOR HAVING THE arose to work on a 65-foot yacht in Thailand. I joined the crew as first urge to wander. He was born in Gisborne on August 21st, mate and ended up almost two years working on the boat, sailing 1975. “Nine months prior, my parents had unknowingly to Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Sabah, Philippines and conceived me in Byron Bay, Australia. Upon reaching New Zealand, eventually found myself in the Mentawai Islands of West Sumatra in my mum thought she had picked up a tropical disease, which turned Indonesia. out to be me,” he says by email from Mainuk Island in the Mentawai “On the yacht we visited an area in the Mentawais where we scored group off the southern coast of Sumatra. unbelievably perfect surf with nobody else around for about three “My mum Karinjean Danielle was born in Hawaii, she met my dad weeks. This was in 1997 and I starting tossing around the idea of Dick Carter in San Diego. They married and travelled across the finding a way to spend more time in this amazing area. So after we Pacific winding up at Wainui Beach, Gisborne.” had delivered the yacht back to Thailand, I jumped ship with the idea Christie says he spent most of his life travelling between Gisborne of starting a surf resort.” and the US. After his parents parted when he was 13 the custody Christie went back to the Mentawais in 1998 to explore the arrangement meant he spent eight months in New Zealand with possibility of somehow leasing some land to start a surf camp. After mum and four months in California with dad. several adventures and exploratory missions he eventually found an He says Wainui Beach Primary School will always have a special island with fantastic surf owned by a single family who allowed him to place in his heart. “I remember walking along the beach to school. realise his dream. “My eventual contract (after 6 years of negotiation) The only time shoes were needed was inside the classroom, took the form of renting the entire island for 20 years. It has one of the otherwise it was a free-for-all, stub-your-toe-if-you-want kind of life. best beaches in South-East Asia, and a wave that has been dubbed “I’ve always been a surfer; on a boogey board until I was 13, and “Mentawai Pipeline” right out front. then standing up like my dad from then on. He introduced me to “Things started slowly and the first couple of seasons were just his hobby, and we have always lived near the beach and waves, mates coming out to visit me on the island. Happy mates tell other no matter where home was. I grew up in the company of the best mates, and this remains the basis of my business today. I had surfers that New Zealand had produced to date, and it was an incredible challenges getting the business started up, especially as exciting childhood living in Murphy Road, especially when it was I had no capital and no investors. Luckily for me the Asian financial blowing offshore, surfing with my mates Marc and Vaughan Ferris, crisis made the US dollars that I did have worth a lot more. Craig Clissold, Richard Van Wyk, Damon Gunness, Brent Rasby and Fast forward to 2008: “As a legal requirement for the surf resort Maz Quinn. which I’ve called “WavePark Mentawai Surf Resort”, I own a foreign “On winter break from school during my 19th year an opportunity investment company domiciled in Padang, West Sumatra. I have 15 36 | BeachLife
  • 37. “ I think of myself as extremely lucky to be able to surf everyday, to meet such an amazing array of the human population that share a beer with me at the bar, and to live in a place of such amazing beauty.” full-time staff during the March – November season, but I keep a staff of 8 full-time all year round. The business has started to snowball in the last couple years, and now my job really is a CEO position, not just a title on my immigration card. I’ve designed and supervised construction on all the facilities on the island, including a two-storey main house with three bedrooms and en suite each, two bungalows, a bar/restaurant, a games room, crew quarters, generator house, fuel garage, massage hut, viewing platform and a speedboat shed. “We have agents and guests from every main country in the world that has surfers. I’ve had guests from Switzerland (no ocean) and Holland (who would have thought?), as well as Italy and Puerto Rico. We had 160 guests in 2008. I now have a full time Kiwi chef, surf guide, bartender and masseuse. My girlfriend Alice Trend (From St. Paul, Minnesota – they met in Padang where she was a teacher of English in 2003) deals with all the bookings from agents and emails ISLAND LIFE: The two-storey main house where Christie and his girlfriend and takes photographs of the guests surfing, which we present during Alice (below left) operate their WavePark Mentawai Surf Resort. a slide show every night in the bar. “Unfortunately it’s not all peaches and cream. Since 1998 I’ve dealt with the dismissal of Indonesia’s president and subsequent political fallout and riots. 9/11 in New York, Bali bombs in Kuta and Jimbaran, SARS and bird flu epidemics, a massive tsunami and years worth of earthquakes. I miss my family and friends from home everyday. I have to deal with corrupt, power-hungry government officials who want their slice of the pie. I pay massive taxes and have a full-time accountant to navigate the mine-fields. I have to hire and fire people and struggle to manage a crew that not only works together, but lives together every day of the season. Politics, greedy western operators, licenses, oppressive heat and unavailability of Pascall jet plane lollies makes it difficult to live here 11 months of the year. “Overall I think of myself as extremely lucky to be able to surf everyday with the guests if I want to, to meet such an amazing array of the human population that share a beer with me at the bar, and to live in a place of such amazing beauty. My business is successful enough to allow me to fly home once a year to visit my family, resort finished and then sell the business, although there are many and I always have enough food to eat. The resort as of now is not challenges between now and then, including a worldwide recession for “finished”. I intend to build four more bungalows and a pier for loading starters. and unloading within the next couple of years. I would like to get the Website: BeachLife | 37
  • 38. our kids London career gives Stephanie the big tick By HeIDI CLAPHAM H ome from the UK for summer at Wainui Beach, Stephanie Brown was looking forward to getting back to work. When you realise she has a great job in London as retail marketing manager with one of the world’s most exciting retail brands you can understand why she is keen to get her visa sorted and be winging her way back to London a.s.a.p CENTRE COURT: Stephanie Brown with boyfriend Shannon Dowsing and Stephanie, daughter of Dave and Liz Brown of Wairere Road, is the London flatmates at Wimbledon. retail marketing manager for Nike in the United Kingdom. A job that has seen her involved in photo shoots with the English rugby team, a to live and breathe the brand. The Nike marketing office is in London’s participant at the Nike Plus Human Race and schmoozing in corporate Carnaby Street, what was the trendy gathering place of the fashion boxes at major sporting events. pack in the sixties. The office floor she describes feels like a basketball A combination of factors came together for Stephanie to get the court, the walls shaped in the swoosh sign and each room is aptly opportunity to work at Nike. Of course having a marketing degree and named after selected sports stars like Tiger Woods and Roger Federer. experience in the sports industry (she worked for Asics in Auckland) Stephanie enthuses about the wide range of sport she enjoys put her in good stead, but there was also a good dose of that ‘being watching. While the job at Nike calls for her to take a keen interest in the right place at the right time’. While previously working for in sport, she attends many sporting events by choice. This passion an advertising company at the bottom of the food chain as far as has seen her at Wimbledon, the Aussie Open and the French Open advertising and big brands go, Stephanie describes how she had to watching tennis, the Monaco Grand Prix and she was at that fateful chase after individuals at Nike, and after one particular stressful time quarterfinal at the Rugby World Cup. She has watched the All Whites she decided she wanted to be the one being chased and not the one vs Brazil in Geneva, various rugby games at Twickenham Stadium and doing the chasing. watched a test cricket match between England and New Zealand this As fate would have it she got a call from her recruitment consultant year at Lords. about a position going and it was at Nike. She was very enthusiastic, She also still tends to her travel bug, and has left Nike twice to and was definitely available. Her immediate availability, her work spend time in Greece and Turkey with her partner Shannon Dowsing history plus a bit of clever negotiation (Nike normally recruit internally), (also of Wainui Beach). Both times Nike has taken her back, so she and she secured the contract. must be doing something right. She thinks perhaps it’s the Kiwi work Stephanie describes her position as being responsible for all Nike ethic and the ability to ‘just get on with it’ which could coincidentally marketing materials that appear in stores all over England and being resonate with the Nike slogan ‘just do it’. responsible for the relationship with retailers from a marketing point of An ex-pupil of Gisborne Girls’ High School, Stephanie chose to view. For the Nike Pro campaign (the layer worn under sports jerseys) go to the University of Otago in Dunedin. There she completed a she explains she coordinated 1900 window displays of the Nike Pro business degree majoring in marketing, and completed her final year product in 340 sports stores around England. This campaign had a on an exchange programme with the Bocconi University in Milan. huge budget at around two million pounds. It was in Italy that she first got a taste of the European lifestyle, Stephanie says the work culture at Nike encourages the employees which influenced her to make the decision to go to London 18 months later. Stephanie says her career has progressed rapidly in London, CHRIS JAMES and while she does get homesick for New Zealand, the job at Nike has given her a real sense of belonging. It also helps that her big sister PLUMBING & PUMP SERVICES Nancy has been living in London for the last eight years. Stephanie says she will stay in London for as long as the going is good. The credit crunch is a new reality and jobs are being scaled Craftsman Plumber/Gasfitter & Reg. 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  • 39. Darnelle’s life less ordinary TOM GRIMSON PHOTO By HeIDI CLAPHAM D arnelle Timbs is a hard person to pin down for a chat. This Wairere Road girl is constantly on the move. Even when she’s sitting down, she’s trying to go as fast as possible. She has spent eleven years rowing – seven years representing New Zealand internationally. She has travelled to Europe for world championship events six times and competed in several other international regattas. She has also completed a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Geography and Political Science, with Honours in Advanced Development Studies and has recently completed her Masters First Class. Darnelle’s international rowing career began when she was asked to trial for the New Zealand Junior Team at the end of high school along with Bess Halley (who also resides in Wainui). Both Darnelle and Bess were selected for the Junior World Rowing Championships and this marked the step from national-grade success, to a long and accomplished international career for the high school friends who MY MATE FERGIE: Darnelle interviewed the musicians and management of uniquely rowed in virtually every crew together at both domestic and the Black Eyed Peas as part of her Masters’ thesis. elite level. Darnelle trained and studied in Christchurch under the New Zealand Rowing Academy. She then moved to Cambridge, the From Beijing Darnelle went to rural Cambodia where she worked for national rowing base, where she trained for many years among the several months as a volunteer to try out her next idea of working for a New Zealand rowing elite squad, rowing alongside the likes of Sonia development organisation. Darnelle spent this summer in Gisborne as Wadell, the Evers-Swindells and Mahe Drysdale. the Event Coordinator for the BW Camping Festival. Darnelle, the daughter of David Timbs and Ro Darrall, says she As an illustration of her determination Darnelle tells the story of how never really planned to live the life of an athlete, but she quickly found she once chased the music group “Black Eyed Peas” pretty much all out what she was in for. At junior level she trained twice a day and around the world. At an Auckland concert she got the idea that the then at elite level, life was “pretty much all about rowing”. While many Peas’ philosophy to music could help with her Masters’ thesis on how students go off to university with the goal of having as much fun as music can create beneficial change in the lives of ethnic minorities. possible, Darnelle had a different focus. On a busy week she rowed She managed to get backstage where she met the Peas’ manager over 50km each day. As a professional athlete she had to constantly who was enthusiastic about the idea. watch her diet; no alcohol was allowed and there was random drug After competing at the World Rowing Championships in England in testing. Rowing was such a commitment that she had to become a 2006 she flew to Canada to try and interview the group on tour. After part-time student during her Masters, which took two and a half years, following the tour for a week, numerous concerts and VIP after-parties as opposed to the usual one year, to complete. later, she finally managed to get an interview on the tour bus. On Darnelle says the best thing has been the friends she made in the another rowing trip she stopped over in Los Angeles to interview the rowing community. She also loved the competition of racing and bands management and insisted on visiting the notorious LA ghettos the travel it offered, allowing her to fulfill her desire to observe and to witness a programme set up by the Peas to assist marginalised experience other cultures. She rowed in many different countries – and youth. She then tracked the group down again in Sydney to hand then, after competition duties were fulfilled, went off on a backpacking deliver the thesis at their concert and enjoy another after-party. As a stint with friends from her rowing squad. A highlight was winning an result, a local documentary maker has contacted her, interested in Under 23 World Championship in Poland in 2004 and then travelling to possibly turning her thesis into a documentary. Athens to witness the Olympic Games. At 25 Darnelle is concerned about social inequalities, the contrast It was in Athens that Darnelle developed the dream to compete between rich and poor. She wants to pursue her passion in this area, at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and for several years this became the having a particular interest in the use of sport and play programmes main focus in her life. Unfortunately the dream didn’t become a reality as a means of improving the futures of children in disadvantaged as she was not selected for the final squad, and recently Darnelle areas of the world. This month she found a way to attend the Global decided to finish with rowing for the time being. Sports Forum in Barcelona in Spain where, by chance, she met and Darnelle did make it to Beijing however. Last year she went to the made a contact of Australian 60 Minutes journalist and social justice Olympics on her own steam to at least experience what she might advocate, Jeff McMullen. Jeff is CEO of Ian Thorpe’s Fountain of A have been part of. She says it was one of the most exciting things she Youth programme and a champion of “journalism that really matters”. has done so far. She attended many sports including all the rowing Right now Darnelle is enjoying being back home in Gisborne and is races as a spectator, while catching up with long-time fellow rowers. in no hurry to leave. She plans to study Spanish extramurally. She and “The best thing was getting into all the Olympic after-parties with all Bess still enjoy the odd row together on the Waimata river, the place my rowing friends,” she laughs. where they began their sporting journey back in high school days. BeachLife | 39
  • 40. H i beach residents, wow what a summer! I’ve been surfing since the mid eighties and can’t remember water temperatures ever being anywhere near as warm as this year. One local fisherman told me it was 23 degrees off the coast and its usually warmer in the surf zone. All I know is my spring suit didn’t get much surf time this year but I have worn out a couple of pairs of board P 867 1684 W TOM GRIMSON PHOTO shorts. Wave wise, it’s been up and down with some real quality when all the hotties were away at the Nationals at Piha in January. We had an intense looking low-pressure system drop out of the Southwest Pacific, intensify and then very slowly track off to the East. It produced some solid E-NE swell for about a week and with the Southerly winds it produced, there were some truly epic surfs had by many both up and down the coast. It’s March already and that intense summer heat has gone, replaced by cooler and noticeably shorter days. Autumn is upon us and I know that every surfer in Gisborne must appreciate what autumn brings. With summer crowds dwindling, sea breezes dying and the Pacific still very warm, autumn makes surfing in Gisborne just brilliant. At this time of year the southern ocean begins to stir up those distant lows that TOM GRIMSON PHOTO BIG SPLASH: Blair Stewart at the Nationals. bring southerly groundswells to surprise even the avid Buoy Weather subscribers. The South Pacific, being still so warm, invites lows from the north to slide close enough to give us a generous helping of northeast groundswell. It is not uncommon this time of year to have two solid swells arrive congruently with light offshores blowing all day. This is a very busy time of year for our competitive surfers and there is a Surfing New Zealand event on nearly every weekend. Men, Women, Grommets, Seniors, Masters, Veterans, Pro Short and Longboard circuits and events are all in full swing and many parents find themselves stretched mentally and financially with all the GIRL POWER: Hannah Kohn shows mature style at the Mount. competition and travelling. Drive away well connected, a perfect match every time 40 | BeachLife
  • 41. TOM GRIMSON PHOTO I’d just like to say “well done” to all those Gisborne surfers who travel the length and width of this country competing for our district, themselves and to better their skills. And a big thanks also to those parents that drive our groms everywhere, pay their entry fees, petrol, and accommodation then wait in their cars watching for hours on end. (Make sure you thank your mums and dads if you’re one of these). Gisborne has some great surfers and we have had some excellent results over the summer. If you want to enter an event, check out event results or ratings for various Surfing Circuits you should use this website The Nationals, New Zealand’s longest running surfing event, was held at Piha in Auckland this year and Gisborne was well-represented in all divisions and produced four national champions. Daniel Proctor (22) brought the Open Men’s Longboard title back to Gisborne again and has since gone on to win another Hyundai Pro Longboard Circuit event at Sandy Bay. Procter missed the Christchurch Event but will be back in action at Whangamata trying to produce a surfing Hat- trick soon. Daniel looks well positioned to take out the Hyundai Longboard Series this year. Local boy, Blair Stewart, former Open Men’s National Champion in 2003 took out the Senior Men’s division 30+ this year with a fine display and has since gone on to place in the final of the Billabong Pro in Whangamata. John Gisby added two more titles to his record breaking horde, winning both the Over 50s Mens and the Over 55 Mens titles respectively. DID YOU JUST TEXT ME?: Pushing the envelope of the telecommunications Makorori local Bobby Hansen won the Billabong Pro at revolution Jacob Kohn can now state with confidence that mobile phones don’t work while in your pocket out in the surf. Jacob had just competed Whangamata in convincing fashion recently and has now won three in the Billabong Grom Search at the Mount and posted the highest heat events on the circuit this yar and is the current leader. Bobby is score of the whole event – a 10.0 and a 9.0 for an almost perfect 19 out of still competing on the WQS, (World Qualify Series) and is still New 20 points. The loss of the phone became inconsequential! Providing affordable legal services AITKENS CONCRETE Locally owned, manufactured and guaranteed ReaDY mIXeD coNcReTe coNcReTe BLocks & BRIcks John o’leary & Kris clapham coBBLesToNe PavING are nolans Partners from Wainui beach saND & cemeNT 183 Awapuni Road, Gisborne 867 1209 % 1st floor | Treble court | gisborne Phone 867 9559 Email Suppor ters of the Wainui Sur f Life S aving Club barristers | solicitors | notary Public Laser Electrical thanks the many homeowners at Wainui Beach who have supported and trusted our electrical and air-conditioning services ELECTRICAL • Domestic • Commercial AIR CONDITIONING • Mitsubishi • Fujitsu Phone 868 6720 BeachLife | 41
  • 42. TOM GRIMSON PHOTO you can select a team of eight WCT surfers you think will do well in each up and coming event and you are awarded points for their placings. You compete against people from around the world and can join local Wainui teams and play as groups. Finally a big congratulations to BIG DAY OUT: Damon Gunness finds near perfection at Schools during a big swell moment this summer. James Tanner from Zealand’s top ranked Kiwi male. He needs to try to break into the top Douglas Street, Okitu, for taking out the Open Men’s division of the 15 of the WQS by the year’s end if he has any chance of making the Annual Makorori First Light Longboard Competition which was held in elite WCT (World Championship Tour). small glassy conditions over Waitangi weekend. Some were saying the The Byron Bay Longboard Club made their second visit to Gisborne “Cat” was back! in February this year. They enjoyed the delights of our district and had Well, good luck to those who are chasing competitions and circuit a friendly competition with Gisborne’s premiere Longboard Club, the titles over the next few months and remember at this time of year, if Moananui Longboard Surfriders. The day was unfortunately cold with you leave the district your probably going to miss something good. a strong southerly wind so the event was moved to Tolaga Bay where the ANZAC spirit was embraced with a friendly, all in, competition. Men, women and children longboarders from both sides of the Gisborne’s best value gas bottle refilling Tasman rode with valour and styled with glory? Or was it rode with glory and styled with valour? You choose. Everyone was a winner for participating. Spot prizes presented by president Ian (Moti) Procter and all surfers left feeling good about the sports exchange with the Byron Bay Best priced gas refills in town. Longboard Club. Moananui Longboard members regularly travel to 9kg for $27.00 Byron Bay to compete in their annual longboard festival and it’s good to see a large group of them, again, making the effort to reciprocate. Visiting with the Byron Bay crew was Hawaiian surfer and elder statesman Keoki Puaoi, from the island of Kauai, a friend of Ian Testing LPG, SCUBA, Fire Proctor, Owen Williams and Kevin Croskery. In the first ever Kauai- Extinguishers, heater repairs. Wainui Golf Challenge, Keoki (a.k.a. “The Sandbagger”) soundly defeated the editor of BeachLife magazine (a.k.a. “The Lizard). Dive instruction and equipment. Did you log on to watch the world’s best surfers going head to head at this year’s Quicksilver Pro on the Gold Coast? Australian Joel Parkinson, 27, won the event, defeating Adriano de Souza of Brazil in solid six-to-eight foot surf at Kirra. With winter coming on (another) silly game you can play that’s free is Fantasy Surfer. Log on to to register, and LAWN MOWER SALES AND REPAIRS SHOP TM Suppliers of SolRX — THE WORLD’S No.1 RATED WATER- PROOF SUNSCREEN Outdoor Power Equipment Victa • Masport • Stihl Lawnmowers • Chainsaws • Weeders CYLINDER TEST LABORATORY Formerly Clares Mower Centre GAS BOTTLE REFILLS Cnr Palmerston Rd and Carnarvon St 155 CARNARVON STREET (BUNNINGS END) Phone 868 8045 (CLIFF BLUMFIELD) PHONE 867 9662 42 | BeachLife