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Issue 4 of BeachLife Magazine, the magazine that celebrates the lifetyle of the beach communities of Wainui and Makorori north of Gisborne

Issue 4 of BeachLife Magazine, the magazine that celebrates the lifetyle of the beach communities of Wainui and Makorori north of Gisborne

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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 4/SPRING 2009 Online at www.wainuibeach.co.nz | Free to every home | Extras $5.00 World’s top surfer joins local crew The Place To Be, Beside The Sea History of the Chalet Rendezvous Winter Review • Local News • Our Kids • Wave Rave and more
  • 2. Brunch, coffee, the paper. Every Serenity @ Wainui Beach 59a Lloyd George Road weekend at the Wainui Store. agency limited BrUNCH served witH a toasted CiaBatta BUN www.bronwynkay.com grilled ham & cheese locally cured ham & tangy cheddar $7.oo bacon & egg Tasty bacon, free range egg, tomato & relish $8.oo spinach, TomaTo & egg a lighter choice $8.oo 60 The Esplanade, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand I p +646-869-0088 I f +646-869-0089 I e info@bronwynkay.com mexican scrambled egg & chorizo $8.oo If a quiet lifestyle is on your agenda then this rustic yet charming Wainui property will delight you. With four blT spacious bedrooms plus an office this property lends itself to the writer as a retreat or a generous family bacon, lettuce & tomato $9.oo home. With over a 2000sqm section, you are definitely on your own. Come and take a look - it is worth it! bronwynkay 869 0088 Auction Wednesday 19th August 2009 big breakfasT 1.30pm on site (unless sold prior) sausauge, bacon, egg, grilled bronwynkay 0800 27 66 99 All eggs are free range. tomato & hashbrown $1o.oo Ciabatta buns are handmade locally. brunch is prepared from 9am to 2pm saturday & sunday agency limited MREINZ Stockroute | Oneroa Road | Wainui Beach | Phone 867 8446 www.wainuistore.co.nz OPEN 7 DAYS 7am – 8pm Ingrid Melissa Ray Bronwyn Jake Rosemarie Ruth Spence Gaukrodger Dalton Kay Stevens Condon Hughes 027 385 2195 021 299 5495 0274 453 955 0800 27 66 99 027 563 1132 0274 527 818 027 658 3073 2 | BeachLife BeachLife | 3
  • 3. Local GP offers a beauty aesthetic M A G A Z I N E Delivered free to every home from contents intro Sponge Bay to Makorori. Published four times a year. 7 Editor’s comments and a preview of the issue. .................................. beachlife PuBLiSheD AnD PRinTeD By 8 People on the move – a flurry of buying and selling this winter. Gray Clapham Design Arts 9-11 Local news and issues updated. .................................. eDiTORiAL MAnAGeR 12 Nigel Bryant’s bid for a world wave-ski title. Gray Clapham 13 School hangi fund raiser a success. 90 Moana Road, Okitu 14 Amber Dunn reports on the sand erosion effects of this winter’s big storms. Wainui Beach, Gisborne 16 California Dreaming – Sarah and Peter Dixon’s story. Phone 868 0240 Fax 867 7010 19 Pop Smurf ’s DVD surfing documentaries. ALL LeTTeRS, ARTiCLeS & CORReSPOnDenCe TO beach weddings info@wainuibeach.co.nz 20 Locals and former locals get hitched. .................................. ADVeRTiSinG beach babes Gray & Sandy Clapham 22 This winter’s new arrivals. Phone 868 0240 Fax 867 7010 DR ANUYA DESHPANDE: “As a GP people come in feeling sick and you get them feeling okay again. With appearance medicine, beach history info@wainuibeach.co.nz people come to you feeling okay, and you work with them to make them feel great. So it’s a whole different level of satisfaction.” .................................. 24 A Place By The Sea: The Story of the Chalet Rendezvous From the Swiss couple who G isborne’s beaches are a honeypot for visitors, keeping the two meet. As a GP, people come in feeling sick, and you get them dreamed up the idea in the 1950s to the present day the full story of the Chalet Rendezvous is extra copies available at $5.00 region topped up with people escaping the crowded grind feeling okay again. With appearance medicine, people come to you told for the first time. of major centres in the Northern Hemisphere. Like many feeling okay, and you work with them to make them feel great. So All issues will be archived after publication on the website Gisborne businesses, the Kaiti Medical Centre sweetens its web- it’s a whole different level of satisfaction. 37 Windmills Mystery Continues: More pictures and updated information about these based recruitment with online pictures of the region, and just as Dr “The most rewarding thing is seeing the happiness on people’s www.wainuibeach.co.nz intriguing structures from a lost era. Anuya Deshpande decided she couldn’t face another British winter, faces when they come back. You can take ten years off a person’s she stumbled across the site. external age, and allow them to look as good as they feel. When you our kids “The thought of another winter in Manchester getting seasonal do it well people don’t notice what has been done, there is just the affective disorder from the dreary, grey weather was just too much impression someone looks fresher, and healthier.” 39 Lana Phillips dancing to stardom; Aaron Harding’s life with Down Syndrome. to face. On the Kaiti Medical Centre website I saw a great aerial Our love of an outdoors life comes at a cost, she says. shot taken over Makorori – blue skies, blue sea, white beaches – it “A lot of my clients were once sun-worshippers. We opened the our surf just looked like an idyllic seaside town to work as a family doctor.” clinic in September, and have expanded our treatments from Botox So she came to see the real thing, arriving in Gisborne in time for and fillers to scar-less mole removal. More recently we’ve started 43 Wave Rave with Kelly Ryan: Surf stories, results and what the groms are up to. springtime, safely out of the grip of the Northern Hemisphere winter. offering skin rejuvenation and hair removal with the latest medical- She spent six months before returning to another year back in the grade IPL, which can also remove pigmentation spots and treat All BeachLife pages can be viewed online at mad, busy life of London, but was soon to return to live here and to rosacea and fine, broken capillaries – especially on the face, hands marry sixth-generation local, Martin Gibson. She loves life on this side of the world: “I’ve really enjoyed the and décolletage – which get the brunt of sun damage while people are outside.” Historical photographs and assistance courtesy Tairāwhiti Museum www.wainuibeach.co.nz laid-back lifestyle and the diverse range of people here. People Gisborne people have been looking and feeling better as a result: seem friendlier and more open than in the UK and take a genuine “It’s very liberating for a woman when lines, moles or blemishes she P I L AT E S • MASSAGE • REIKI Experience the beauty of New Zealand Greenstone interest in why you’re here. And the food is great.” thought were permanent are gone. It’s affordable, and people make • View carvers at work • large selection of carvings • PLUS shell & bone jewEllery As well as her general practice work at Kaiti Medical Centre, it part of their beauty regime, just as they would haircuts and facials. Anuya has opened Skin Deep Aesthetics – an appearance medicine Although men here are pretty coy about looking after themselves, clinic above Bex on Gladstone Road – to help Gisborne people to more and more of them are sneaking in. Getting new clothes or a “look as good as they feel”. new haircut is not as satisfying as looking in the mirror and looking “Between the ages of 16 and 18 I was undecided between a and feeling younger.” career in art or medicine. I ended up doing medicine, but it was For more information visit www.skindeep-nz.com or call that love for art that led me to appearance medicine, where the 06 863 2688. Dr Anuya Deshpande Appearance Medicine Physician WENDY SHUTT 24B Coronation Buildings, Gladstone Road 55 Lloyd George Road Wainui Beach Tel: 863 2688 Phone 863 1087 www.skindeep-nz.com lotusstudio@xtra.co.nz 237 STANLEY ROAD • NEAR OLYMPIC POOL • PHONE 06 867 3900 4 | BeachLife BeachLife | 5
  • 4. intro Publisher’s Comments | by Gray Clapham People often ask, what is it you do? GRAPHIC DESIGN | Design Arts is a creative bureau W experienced in the artistic development of corporate elcome to the fourth issue of BeachLife Magazine. If you In this issue we have a few more babies to say hello to and a lot of Design Arts is a graphic design and logos and creative promotional concepts. We do everything from designing stationery and business cards are reading this it means we have survived a full year of new families to welcome to the beach. The community is definitely publication. The feedback since we started the magazine going through a time of youthful influx. There’s also a delightful to multi-page brochures and signage. New Zealand 2008 12 months ago has been overwhelmingly positive with so many story skimming over the eventful life of California immigrants Peter printing bureau. With foundation skills in Magazine Designer of the Year Jaimée Clapham adds a people congratulating us on the concept in general and commenting new perspective to design concepts when required. and Sarah Dixon. And, in the wake of the huge storms that lashed on the stories we’ve written so far. the coast this winter local beach scientist Amber Dunn gives us her both photography and journalism DIGITAL PRINTING| Design Arts has an in-house By now you will have a fair idea of what the magazine is all about observations as a lead in to a series of more in-depth features on sand digital printing capability providing short-run printing – basically a celebration of life here at the beach. It’s not a magazine and sea dynamics planned for later issues. solutions in brilliant colour on all weights of paper. We created to give a soap-box for any set point of view, or a vehicle to As this issue hits the letterboxes let’s hope the worst of winter is we bring a variety of artistic and marketing skills can provide you with business cards, flyers, booklets and promote or oppose any particular issue. It’s all about the life and times over and spring is in the air. Let’s hope another brilliant Wainui posters at short notice if needed, and all printed here at of the people who live here. Beach summer is on its way! to the business of creative promotion. Wainui Beach. People say they have never read anything quite like BeachLife. Some say it’s the best community publication they’ve ever read PRINT BROKERAGE | As a print supplier we source (love you for that!). The magazine comes from a perspective I have competitive large and medium run printing quotes from a variety of top class printeries, locally and nationally, for developed as a journalist over 30 years or more. I’m not really interested in scandals and conflict anymore. It’s pretty hard to shock Subscribe to BeachLife. every printed product imaginable. Try us for a fresh price on any job. people these days anyway. I love writing (and reading) stories about people achieving things, living challenging lives or taking an inspiring Get 4 issues delivered PUBLISHING | Design Arts is well experienced in preparing and publishing large and small book projects. We designed and printed The Surfing Photography of view of the world. At journalism school all those years ago, my brilliant head tutor, for just $30.00. Christine Cole-Catley, continually reminded us, “people like to read Logan Murray and Eastwoodhill: Colours of an Aboretum about people.” From local kids doing well at sport and work, to stories books. We can advise and quote on publishing any book If you’ve enjoyed BeachLife Magazine over from our elder citizens lives which give us an historical perspective of project. We also publish and print our own in-house the past year, you can now make sure you get how we got to where we are today. It’s all about people. publications and annual pictorial calendars. e.g. Under In the first issue I made a call for voluntary subscriptions for the another four issues delivered to your letterbox. The Sun, Blue Sky Highway, BeachLife Magazine. Fill in the subscription form loosely inserted first four issues, and this issue honours that commitment to the CREATIVE WRITING | Director, Gray Clapham, is first many households who responded. With this issue comes a new in this magazine and post with your cheque to and foremost a journalist. A long career as a newspaper call for subscriptions to assist with the production of the next four BeachLife. Or make an online payment using and magazine editor, art director and journalist preceded issues through the rest of 2009 and into 2010. The annual four issue your name, and street address as references. Design Arts. We not only design your brochure, booklet subscription cost is just $30.00 and that includes the delivery of the or website, we also write it. magazine to your letterbox. Subscription is totally voluntary. It will still be delivered to every house in the circulation area and extra Extra copies are available from PHOTOGRAPHY | Director, Gray Clapham, has a copies of the magazine will be stocked in the local dairies. professional photographic career background having This issue’s main feature is the history of the Chalet Rendezvous. the two local dairies. worked and freelanced as a photographer for many What a story! When I started the research I didn’t even know the print publications. He is available for most commercial names of the people who built the well-known former restaurant and photographic work (not weddings!). The photographic function is a bonus to clients needing quality illustrations motel complex. Slowly, over several weeks, the full story emerged. So for brochures and websites. many people have been touched in some way by the history of this famous, sometimes infamous, local establishment. PHOTO IMAGE LIBRARY | Gray Clapham’s huge photographic image library is viewable at www.xphoto.co.nz and all images are available for hire. Xphoto contains a comprehensive collection of high resolution photographs of Gisborne, East Coast and “Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time.” DESIGN ARTS general images for the positive promotion of this region. Numerous businesses access these images for their own websites and printed promotions. - Edwin P Whipple . 90 Moana Road WEBSITE CREATION | Yes, we do this too, with a passion! Utilising the Xphoto image library and Okitu 868 0240 photographic skills as required and Gray Clapham’s skills as a creative writer and designer, we provide a one-stop bureau for imaginative website development. art@designarts.co.nz | www.designarts.co.nz | www.xphoto.co.nz 6 | BeachLife BeachLife | 7
  • 5. beach life beach life People on the move, new Schools access drainage scheme nears completion but residents are not happy families arrive at the beach Play area upgraded T he retention pond stormwater drainage concept for the Schools access is nearing AILSA SHELDRAKE WRITES: As a completion after delays caused by the recent major storms while nearby residents are mother and resident of Okitu I was very voicing concerns over the effectiveness and safety of the construction. much aware of the need for upgrading the T here’s been a lot of movement at the beach this winter with forward to having a horse and keeping chooks. GDC stormwater engineer Joss Ruifrok says the half-completed design stood up well in play facilities at the beach, I felt the existing older couples moving away and a number of young families Continuing the “Domino Effect” and moving in to fill the vacuum what was a one-in-nine-year storm event. ones were both extremely dangerous and coming in. Some of the young people are former Wainui at the Moleta house is Pak‘nSave owner Hamish Walton and family. The wetland-style project is a first for Gisborne in an effort to provide a low impact drainage inadequate. children who grew up here returning with their own families while In probably one of the simplest moves, the Waltons – mum Cher, solution in an environmentally sensitive area. The idea is that stormwater is held in the two When the W.D. Lysnar and Wainui others are new to the area. Sophie (9) and Ella (6) – have moved just one number from 105 retention ponds during wet weather and allowed to slowly soak into the soil and percolate Beach Reserves Management Plan (the Representing the former group is Darryn Emerre who grew up at to 103 Wairere Road. Originally from Oamaru, the Walton’s have through the “bunds” or dam walls. When the bunds are overtopped in very wet weather the “plan”) first came out I noticed that there the beach, went to Wainui School, belonged to the Wainui surf club retained 105 and have yet decided what their plans are in that flow will be wide, shallow and sheet-like causing minimal erosion effects. was no provision for any play area and so but, like many of our kids, moved away to find a career and a life of direction. The retention ponds will be a maximum of 0.75 metres deep when full. Mr Ruifrok says proposed to a Council hearing that one be his own away from Gisborne. After travelling the world and working Greg and Huia Judd, and nearly 2-year-old Matua, sold their they will contain ponded water during wet winter periods, but will probably be dry during the considered. Over the past year I have been at a career for nearly 20 years, Darryn has come home to settle at the Wairere Road home this year and are in the process of planning to summer months. Final touches to the 9-car parking area, general landscaping and grid matting involved with helping the Council develop beach with his wife, Joanna, and their children Noah (4) and Hugo build a new home on land in the Lysnar Valley. of the bund tops should be finished very soon. A low visual impact stainless-steel wire fence a new, consolidated, much needed, play area (nearly 2). New Zealand-known artist Tony Ogle and family have moved has been added to the design alongside the Wairere Road footpath. Mr Ruifrok says the design at “Pines”. Initial work has been carried out After leaving home in 1990 Darryn travelled and surfed through to Wainui Beach from Auckland’s Bethells Beach this winter. Tony, will be monitored for effectiveness and safety. clearing the area of bush and some trees and south-east Asia, worked in London where he met Joanna (from 50, has devoted over twenty years to making prints and colourful However, nearby residents who have watched the project develop have a few reservations. the old play equipment has been recycled. Levin), got married in Fiji in 2004 and spent the last nine years in paintings celebrating the land and the coastline of New Zealand. We asked Mr Ruifrok if the state of the project is the finished work. He says remedial work in There is some new equipment that was Wellington working for a property investment company. He returns Tony has been surfing for more than 30 years and after ten years on the wake of the storm needs to be undertaken where the heavy seas have eroded the seaward previously budgeted for, the road has been home to take over the reins of his dad’s, Wayne Emerre’s, partnership Auckland’s west coast he and wife Elena, and the boys Luke (4) and bund: “We have been waiting on the water level to drop in the retention ponds before starting closed for safety, there are new benches and in the local insurance broking business Emerre and Hathaway. Joanna Jaimie (2) have succumbed to the temptations of Wainui Beach after remedial works. The rain and saturated soil condition have delayed any work commencing. tables and the site is now ready for more continues to work for Flight Centre as a part-time business developer. a visit here in 2007. They have bought 131 Wairere Road; formerly Some discussion has also taken place regarding potential modifications to the design to equipment. Darryn says it was a big decision to throw in his Wellington-based owned by Matt Smythe and Sandy Hogg. “On the beach, close to the improve the rate of drainage but still maintain the philosophy and outcomes of the design. At a Council hearing last June I made an career, but decided he wanted to give his two boys the same sort city and a great school for the children nearby,” are just three of the “The scour protection matting will be laid just below the ground surface level of the bund. additional submission and appealed to the of life he had growing up at the beach: “The local school, Wainui reasons for the move. Tony Ogle’s art can be viewed on the websites The top of the bunds will be grassed, with the final bund planted with small plants and shrubs Council for further funds for additional play nippers, the surf club, surfing. I guess it’s a trip down memory lane. www.alohapiha.com and www.artport.co.nz. on the seaward facing side.” equipment. The Council has replied and But you just can’t put a price on it.” The Emerres are renting in Displaced from renting at 131 Wairere Road have been Peter and He says when it has matured the area will consist of two grassed bunded areas surrounded said that they cannot find further funds and Murphy Road at the moment while waiting on finding the right Sarah Dixon, the American couple who have been around Wainui by rambling shrubs and grassy areas, a meandering footpath, and the car park. that the necessary money will need to be house to buy at the beach. Beach for several years now. (See page 16). The Dixons, with son Pahl, Commenting on observations that the ponds have been slow to drain after the heavy rains raised through the community. Leaving Wainui after 19 years on the Wairere Road beachfront have moved to town, buying a home and an acreage on the banks in July he said: “Initially the bunds did what they were supposed to do, with many people I have managed to secure funding from are well-known locals Ray and Flo Moleta. Ray says the decision of the Waimata river along Darwin Road, where they can now grow commenting how quickly it drained away. However after several storm events the deposited the Kiwanis and some family trusts for play was made in five days. When Cory and Ange Hutchings’ brand-new an orchard and develop a self-sustaining vegetable garden. They are silt layer has led to a decrease in the rate of stormwater infiltration into the soil. This matter equipment. It is a hard decision what to put house on the beach at Roberts Road became available Ray and Flo also pleased to become near neighbours of their good friend,former should be addressed once the works have been completed and vegetation established. This was in the playground as the aim is to make the weighed it up and decided to move to town. Ray says they’ve already Wainuian, Owen Williams, who lives on the river in Magnolia Street. a significant rainfall event – there was roughly two-thirds of the rainfall that was recorded area multi-age and multi-skilled. It will be noticed they’re getting more visitors calling in; town friends and “ Dad you have got to get back to Gisborne!” is the message that during Cyclone Bola.” a work in progress but I hope to have the relations who seldom made the drive out to Wainui. John Wilson’s daughters gave him after recent visits to Gisborne. Some residents have been concerned about the safety issue of creating an area of open ponds following at some point! Wainui must have a lot of going for it to drag Cory Hutchings “ Certainly that’s where both Katya and Rebekah feel their home which could be a potential drowning danger to small children. This issue was also bought up Ages 1-3: a whale and a surfboard “rocker”. away from the town beach. The almost legendary 11-times New is and we seem to know most of the old crew out at Wainui, the at a council meeting by district councillor Allan Hall. Mr Ruifrok answered: “This must be Ages 3-7: a small self-contained play Zealand surf lifesaving ironman champion virtually grew up on the disreputable ones anyway,” comments John. looked at in comparison with the many other (recreational) locations beside aquatic areas in area (similar to the one at Wainui School) beach in front of the Midway surf club, but recently he and Angela John’s first stint here was as a teacher at Gisborne Boys’ in 1971, the district. For example rivers through the city, the Hamanatua Stream, the Awapuni lagoon, with bridge, climbing frame, “OXO” games, sold their new home on the beach at Roberts Road and have opted and having lived here a couple of times since, the family are looking Wainui and city beaches. There is a danger there but at an acceptable level.” steering wheels etc hopefully in the shape of for the Stock Route lifestyle along Murphy Road. forward to shifting back this summer, after recently buying the house Another issue Wairere Road residents have queried is the surprise erection of a protective a boat. Like Darryn Emerre, Cory puts it down to the needs of the kids: in Wairere Road formerly known as One Orange. fence along the footpath bounding the new carpark. They say it was not detailed as a fence on Ages 5-10: a huge rope climbing frame/ “Town is great, but for the family I think this is the place to be. It’s Another new arrival at the beach is James Evans and his English the plan they made submissions to. At first it was erected with wooden railings which affected structure. great for the children as they get more and more into surfing.” Oldest partner Jo Thurton, who have bought a home in Douglas Street. the view of the beach through the beach access which some residents had enjoyed and even I would hope to raise $50,000 to really son Korban, who goes to Gisborne Intermediate, is currently at the James is a Gisborne boy who has been away for nearly ten years, based their property purchases on. The railings have since been replaced with stainless steel make this park a great place to play. Council top of the under-12 boys division of the national Billabong Grom working as a professional sailor on luxury super yachts. wires. have already done a huge amount of work Series. Skye (9) and Luke (7) have moved from Awapuni to Wainui Young couple Mike and Cate King, with new baby Tilly, have also Mr Ruifrok says unfortunately the cross-section (elevation view) showing the fence detail and managed to find money when there was School. Baby Zac is two-years-old. recently bought a house at the beach, the home next to the Wainui was not included in the letters to the residents as part of the consent and public consultation none budgeted, they have been supportive, The Hutchings have moved into Bron and Tim Gaddums house Store. process. However he says the fence was a requirement under the Building Act for one metre helpful and encouraging. Given that there on Murphy Road. After eights years at the beach the Gaddums are We may have missed mentioning someone, but overall there have high retaining walls. are so many contentious issues with the moving back to a country life on an 11 acre lifestyle block in the been quite a few changes this winter with several new families with Commenting on a suggestion that similar drainage schemes may be used at the Okitu plan its good that there is something that Matokitoki Valley. Originally from a large station on the Parikanapa young children moving in. Far from being a retirement village, as it lagoon and at Sponge Bay he said there are no specific projects for these areas at the moment, everyone can agree is a positive asset for the Road the Gaddums are country folk at heart with Bron looking once was, Wainui is becoming a young and vibrant community. however council’s approach to stormwater management is to use low impact design. kids of the community! 8 | BeachLife BeachLife | 9
  • 6. the matters of interest to the community in relation to the Myland beach life Holdings Limited zone change proposal. We are presently assessing beach life the matters relevant to the zone change process in more detail. We are particularly interested in traffic and landscape issues and are Residents association to be looking to commission independent professional assessment reports. formed at August meeting Kate Fraser’s vision for valley W “We are also working to address matters relating to stormwater ork is continuing on efforts to form a local residents meets local opposition management and wastewater disposal. Myland Holdings Limited and “Okitū ōte tūpāpaku” on the other. The New Zealand Transport association. A public meeting has been called for Sunday, Agency says: “This was initially placed on the sign as we were advised remains fully committed to ensuring the project is environmentally A August 16 at 7.00pm in the Wainui Beach School Hall that this was the full and correct place name for Okitu. Objections sustainable and one which will be an asset to the Wainui/Okitu plan to create a 41-section subdivision in the Lysnar where the association will be formally set up and representatives communities. As always, we are happy to discuss any aspects of the were raised by members of the community about the wording of the Valley was announced recently and quickly met elected. proposal in more detail. Contact details are ross@insightgis.co.nz or signs. While we had undertaken consultation on this wording, after opposition from residents of the area. The Gisborne A survey form was dropped in Wainui Beach letter boxes in May phone 929 1539. We propose to provide a further community update listening to these objections, we decided it was appropriate to change Herald reported on June 5: Wainui resident Kate Fraser is and the facilitators are still calling for feedback from residents. once the detail of the further environmental assessment work we are the wording so the signs simply read Okitu.” applying for a zone change from rural residential to residential for an 8.5 Information about the proposed association can be downloaded currently undertaking is available.” So down came the big green panels and up went new ones. But hectare block her family has owned for 40 years. from www.wainuibeach.org.nz . There is still time to email back the then in July the signs came down again – this time all the way down, Kate Fraser, as director of Myland Holdings Ltd, was reported survey to info@wainuibeach.org.nz. saying she: “Envisaged an environmentally-sensitive, three-stage residential development encompassing a 3.4ha reserve with public access to new concrete power poles According to the website the objects of the proposed association including the removal of the underground concrete base work. The Transport Agency says it had to do this because their design did not are to: a large natural pond and part of the Hamanatua Stream”. will be here for a generation • Promote and represent the views and unique characteristics of meet new safety standards. Design requirements have been updated recently and the first signs installed were based on an old standard. M Gisborne District Council’s draft urban development and urban Wainui Beach, its well-being, environmental and sustainability and coastal strategies have already identified the land as a possible oana Road homeowners who may have seen a chance to future development. expansion area for Wainui. The Herald later reported on opposition rid themselves of the overhead powerlines in front of their • To protect and enhance the unique nature of the ecological, Mural idea for Stock Route wall F to the proposed development saying the suggestion that Wainui was properties this winter were shocked into reality by the cost geographical and social environments of Wainui Beach and to provide of putting the power underground. ormer local lad and celebrated public artist Simon “Fred” about to spread inland had drawn an angry response from neighbours: a forum within which the community can identify discuss and deal Eastland Network, as part of its asset upgrading, have so far Clarke sees a need for a “public art” mural on the concrete wall “It would change the zoning that has been in place since 1921, and would with local issues and concerns replaced 18 old wooden power poles along Moana Road with new on the beach at Stock Route. set a precedent for more satellite suburbia stuck out on the fringes of the • To provide an informed and united voice to represent Wainui pres-stress concrete models. Some of homeowners with poles yet to Advocating for his brother’s idea Adrian Clarke says he would like city, a concept that is really falling apart in the States,” says Larry Prosor, Beach ratepayers and residents to local and regional bodies and to be replaced, from 73 to 104 Moana Road, seized the opportunity to Wainui residents to consider the concept: “Right now the stock route who has a 10.9-hectare block overlooking the area, which he has subdivided ensure that their views are reflected in the development of policies enquire about the option of having the power lines, 11kv and 400volt wall has a pretty ugly “SRM” tag on it. I’m suggesting tidying it up in accordance with a rural residential zoning. I wouldn’t be opposed to a which affect the area conductors, put underground – and out of sight. with a piece of art in keeping with the beach and history of Wainui. well thought-out subdivision, but land that is zoned general residential • To endeavour to ensure that rates paid by ratepayers in respect The response from Eastland Network was that this could be made If the council are willing to pay for a piece of art for the Wainui allows sections as small as 800 square metres.” of property within the district are the subject of the maximum fair possible – but at a price. The extra cost to go underground instead of community, surely people will get into it? I could maybe suggest a Kate Fraser said her vision is less grand and more in keeping expenditure by the appropriate body within the district for the benefit replacing the remaining 15 poles would be around $540,000. The cost couple of sites, but the Stock Route wall to me seems like a great spot. with the environment. She would not be going ahead unless the of residents and visitors to Wainui Beach. to go underground would be $900 per metre with an average cost per The other thing I have made quite clear to the council is its not about development was right, she said: “It has to be right. We have kept the So far around 80 people have said yes they want to join and two household of around $18,000. And it would need to be a unanimous making money – its about public art. Fred would be happy to have whole concept as green and environmentally-sensitive as possible.” have opposed the idea. The draft constitution is on the website. decision by all the properties involved. A survey has been undertaken his costs covered.” She proposes starting the subdivision with 10 sections and by a local resident, Peter Carroll, to see if the issue should be pursued Fred Clarke currently lives in Auckland where he works as an artist continuing farming on the undeveloped areas. Over five to 15 years, she will open up another 14 for sale, then the final 17. or other less costly options explored. The chances of a unanimous The amazing disappearing and and graphic designer. “The last thing I want is a development that is incompatible with the decision to accept such costs seem rather slim. Some residents are reappearing speed signs GDC has responded to the Clarke public art idea for the Stock Route by saying: “Any proposed art pieces and sites are put through looking at an option where only the 400 volt, the lower lines, could be D valley. The sections are generous — with a median size of 1200m2. I could put underground. This allows for a greater span between poles which riving in and out of Okitu for most of this year motorists the Arts in Public Places Trust for initial approval. If the proposed have squeezed another 20 sections out of the block but I wanted to keep is already the situation near the Chalet. may have been rather perplexed by the large speed art pieces are on Council owned property – it makes the process sections family-sized and on the flat land, away from the stream banks. Eastland Network has put the pole replacement project on restriction signs – or thresholds as they are termed – which a little bit easier. In the case where art is being proposed in a Because we have a clean slate, we have the opportunity to create something hold until it gets a decision from the residents. If and when the have been erected, dismantled, erected, dismantled and have just been public place – such as the one at Wainui – there would need to be special with the existing pond, a walkway, picnic areas and potential for a new concrete poles are erected, they come with a 65 year plus life recently erected again. community buy-in and support for the work. bridle track along the stream to the beach.” expectancy. So it will be a long time before the opportunity to put the The first version of the signage gateway, after concrete bases were Adrian Clarke is seeking feedback on the idea by asking people to In a subsequent letter to the editor of the Gisborne Herald Lysnar power underground comes around again. created and green panels erected, read “Okitu” on one side of the road email him at bullyfu@hotmail.com. Valley residents Karinjean Daniel and Trevor Herk said: “Despite the enticement of an ‘environmentally sensitive vision for the (Wainui) community’ the proposal ultimately is financially motivated. It is about carving a valley into 41 sections, from a quarter of an acre to a third of an Kids get early feel for the game Redefining the art of coastal living Aertex Shirts F acre, without justifiable demand. Contrary to Kate’s statements, findings ormer local soccer international John Hill is running a Suit Hire from primary research indicate that the residents of the Valley and environs “football fun session” at Wainui school for kids under five do not support this proposal. It is not that development is abhorrent to the years old. “We started up the session on Saturday mornings Catering for big sizes. residents but rather that development on such a scale is unnecessary and 10.30 to 11.15 when I realised that the under 5 year old kids were not WINTER SALE NOW ON! short-sighted.” catered for as they were not eligible for school teams,” he says. Kate Fraser describes it as a “soft development”, not dominated Collier’s Menswear Ltd In its second year numbers have grown to the point where he This dynamic coastal landscape inspired our name and inspires our by roads and services, in keeping with her own environmental has up to 15 children (girls and boys aged roughly 3 to 5) and their architecture. A modernist response to the South Pacific lifestyle. philosophies. parents and grandparents arriving for a kick around and a bit of a 45 Wairere Road, Wainui Beach The proposed Lysnar Valley development is dependent on a zone catch up. Anyone is welcome. There is no coaching as such, as it is Phone 06 868 9381 Fax 06 868 9380 110 Gladstone Road • Phone 867 3447 change which is yet to be publicly notified and will be subject to more about trying to encourage the kids to have fun and run off some info@pacificmodern.co.nz GENERAL MENSWEAR public comment. On behalf of Myland Holdings consultant Ross energy. Weather permitting John will be continuing to run this for www.pacificmodern.co.nz & SUIT SPECIALISTS Muir of Insight Resoure Mangement told BeachLife: “The initial community consultation process has been very helpful in identifying another couple of months. Anyone interested can just turn up or call John Hill on 8688259. pacific modern architecture Collier’s Menswear is a Wainui Beach owned local business. 10 | BeachLife BeachLife | 11
  • 7. Beach here in Gisborne in fact, in 2007. beach life He came sixth in the men’s open and the beach life following year came 5th in the world at an invitational event on Reunion Island. From here he and Claire came back to New Zealand to live; to Gisborne to take on the new job with Ngati Porou and to rent a house at Okitu where he could have instant access to the surf. Nigel surfs every morning before work for an hour or more, at lunchtime and again after work until dark. In the weekends he’s out even longer; working towards a determined bid for the World open wave-ski title this year. He knows it won’t be easy as he’s up against current world champion Rees Duncan, who will be competing at his home beach at Coffs Harbour. Nigel has surfed against Duncan in heats three times in the past, with a won-one, lost-two record. Behind Nigel’s obsessive training programme is the reality of just how gruelling the championships can be with WAVe-SKi DynAMO A STEAMING SUCCESS: Wainui School hangi crew 2009 unearth the traditionally cooked up to five heats a day for up to five days in Maori feast as students and families watch on. From left at the pit we have Patrick Brass, Steve a row. He knows that in the end its fitness Grace, Don Green, Chuck Ngaira and Daren Coulston that will allow him to prevail if he makes the School hangi a welcome feast eyeS WORLD TiTLe final. He also knows the judges are looking for extreme manoeuvres. Aerials are the key. E Barrel-roll airs are where the most points ach year local families get together at Wainui School for a social gathering and a hangi come from and extremely difficult to pull off. M meal to help raise funds to pay for the school’s waiata tutor . ost surfers and Wainui wave watchers will have noticed the local iwi-owned company through the development of the recent Only a few wave-ski riders in the world even This year the food was mainly donated by parents of the school, and especially the a dynamic new presence in the water since last summer. Real Fresh and Off The Hook retail business concepts. attempt the 360 degree roll-over while flying Walton family who own Pak‘nSave. And they’d be hard pressed to suggest anybody more After graduating in 2002 Nigel and his then girlfriend (now wife), high above the breaking wave, and then land The hangi is put down by volunteers. Daren Coulston who helps co-ordinate the event committed to the surf than wave-ski rider Nigel Bryant. Claire O’Connor, set off for the Gold Coast of Australia where the move to continue surfing. says: “The hangi is prepared ‘by consensus’ and is well supported by the school community, 32-year-old Nigel has been wave-ski riding for 13 years, has Nigel’s first career job was with a seafood export-import company. Some mornings Claire stands on the kaumatua, kuia and the community at large. competed internationally and is setting his sights firmly on winning Living on a rented lifestyle block in the Tallebudgera Valley behind dunes with a video camera so Nigel can later “This year we prepared 450 food packets, with smaller packets for the children who don’t eat the world wave-ski champion’s title this September in Coffs Harbour. Burleigh Heads Nigel was just five minutes from the surf while study what he’s doing right or wrong. On as much and seem to like certain foods better. And ... plenty of gravy!” Nigel, who lives at 89 Moana Road, currently ranked sixth in the Claire, a passionate equestrian, was able keep her horse which she had other days he sets the video camera on a The protocols of karakia and kawa are observed before the food is served with volunteers world rankings, spends just about as much time in the water as shipped over from New Zealand. Claire currently owns the “Divine tri-pod and lets it run to record the session under Linda Coulston’s guidance organising the food in advance, making up the packets and out of it, even on a work day he can spend up to six hours in the Equine” equestrian equipment shop at the Wainui Road-Harris Street unmanned. He isn’t sponsored and pays for storing them in a chiller (donated by Fenn Refrigeration). Some years the children prepare the surf working on his fitness and honing his manoeuvres for the shopping centre. his own equipment, shelling out around food and make up the packets. international challenge ahead. Nigel wasted no time getting into the Gold Coast surf scene, $2500 for each new carbon fibre wave-ski On the day the students are involved in the process of preparing and putting down the hangi A Ngati Porou Maori on his mother’s side, Nigel was born and picking the fiercely local Duranbah at Tweed Heads, as his home which weigh a mere 5kgs. He has a quiver and are encouraged to be involved as much as possible. Classes receive tutelage and various brought up in Napier and educated at Tamatea High School. It wasn’t break. Right from the first day he gained the respect of the local of five skis, in various states of repair in the aspects of the process when visiting the food preparation and fire pit areas. until he was 19 that he took up wave-ski riding, and it was almost by surfers with a combination of good surf etiquette and radical wave ski shed. He currently rides an Australian made School families are involved in providing live music to add to the ambience. Daren says: chance. Keen to take up surf life saving he put an advertisement in riding. “I wasn’t a wave hog, but when I did get a wave I went hard, Gee Board. “Overall the children love the day and having everyone’s families there in a social setting. The the local paper seeking to buy a secondhand clubbie’s surf-ski so he taking on the biggest barrels. I soon got to know all the locals surfers Nigel won’t be alone travelling to Emerald parents enjoy the evening with children self managing and there is always reluctance to head could train in his own time. A guy rang up with a high-performance and became recognised as one of the crew, in and out of the water. Beach at Coffs Harbour in September. Local home when it’s all over.” wave-ski for sale, so Nigel bought that instead. There was never any animosity towards me as a sit-down surfer. I wave ski veteran who has 13 New Zealand So began several months of trips to Waimarama and Ocean got to surf with Parko and Occy, and even Kelly Slater who was out titles across the age groups, Steve Gibbs, beaches where, after several near drowning incidents, he taught one day. I surfed Snappers, Currumbin and Burleigh as well. Never a is going there to defend the World Grand CHRIS JAMES himself to eskimo roll and to surf the waves. He eventually became problem.” Masters (50-55) title he won here in 2007. PLUMBING & PUMP SERVICES part of a group of local stand-up surfers and, through his guts and Nigel has surfed all over Australia, throughout Indonesia and has So too are current New Zealand champion determination, became accepted as a surfer in his own right. even tried tow-in wave-ski surfing in cyclone surf off Currumbin. Brett Cronin and world No.2 Tony Cherry. Right from day one Nigel suffered the traditional rubbishing that During this period Nigel belonged to a loose group of 15-20 stand- Steve Gibbs says Nigel is considered one Craftsman Plumber/Gasfitter & Reg. Drainlayer stand-up surfers often directed at wave-ski riders: “ I know all the up surfers who used to have informal, but serious surfing contests of the world’s best free surfers but has yet to names, I’ve been called them all. Goat-boater, you name it. It just amongst themselves. He was the only “goat boater” allowed into the back it up with a title as he so far has had a • Installation & maintenance of all plumbing, gas & drainage services drove me harder to be better than them.” group and regularly won the events, often against top 40 pro-circuit problem adapting his amazing free surfing • Pump & irrigation systems designed, installed & maintained That was 2002 and Nigel was at E.I.T. in Napier studying for an surfers. Up to this time, apart from these “Board Jammers” contests, intensity to the competitive arena. eventual degree in business and marketing. It’s his marketing and he considered himself a free surfer. But after coming 9th in his first BeachLife wishes both local surfers all the Chris (Fred) James management skills that have brought him to Gisborne where for he is foray at the Australian Championships he decided to have a go at the best and will watch eagerly for news from Phone 027 483 1116 a/h 06 868 7444 retail-wholesale manager for Ngati Porou Fisheries. Nigel has steered World Titles which were to be held in New Zealand, at Makorori Coffs Harbour come September. email:fredjames@xtra.co.nz 12 | BeachLife BeachLife | 13
  • 8. historical structures including concrete and log-rail seawalls, groins beach life installed in the 1960s, and old access steps. AITKENS CONCRETE Other erosion features include the exposure of the rocky platform just north of the surf club (the usual sand cover has been stripped Locally owned, manufactured and guaranteed away), the resurfacing of the top of a wooden seawall on the ReLenTLeSS STORM immediate southern side of the Schools access, and the tops of gabion baskets showing between Schools and Stock Route. All of READY MIXED CONCRETE CONCRETE BLOCKS & BRICKS STRiPS SAnD these features are indicators of historical erosion events, and of times when large quantities of sand were temporarily removed from the COBBLESTONE PAVING beach, and then later returned. They also confirm that the beach has been in worst states in the past, indicating that erosion events of SAND & CEMENT By AmBER Dunn larger magnitudes have occurred historically. Several lessons can be learnt from our history of storm-generated 183 Awapuni Road, Gisborne erosion. The first, and most important, is storm erosion involves the Phone 867 9559 Email aitcon@xtra.co.nz rapid and temporary shifting about (or rearrangement) of sand – not Suppor ters of the Wainui Sur f Life S aving Club a permanent loss. This is the case because the phase of rapid erosion is more often than not followed by a phase of slow sand return or ‘fill’. This is very good news! The time to be truly alarmed is during a NOTICE: PUBLIC MEETING TO FORM sequence of closely-spaced storms. Under this scenario, more shifting RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION of sand occurs on an already sand-depleted shoreline, the phase of Formative meeting of Wainui Beach Residents Association. slow sand return is delayed, and the erosion hazard intensifies. Sunday, August 16, 7.00pm in the Wainui Beach School Hall . Secondly, storm-generated erosion is responsible for the erosion hazard at Wainui Beach – it is not a long-term erosion trend. This move too. This sand moving process is welcomed by some (e.g. conclusion is reached by recognising that the magnitudes of storm surfers) and unnecessarily feared by others (e.g. beachfront property erosion (storm cuts) are significantly greater than the long-term trend owners). WHERE’S THE SAND?: In summer this section of the Pines area of Wainui is a golden, sandy beach where locals and visitors love to swim and sunbathe. of shoreline movement. Furthermore, storm erosion is often highly My next article will explain the role and importance of natural sand movement on beaches. W localised, and causes an increased erosion risk over relatively small IT’S BEEn A HARSH WInTER. more rain than we really ainui Beach has a long history of erosion generated by areas at any one time. needed to top up the tanks and numerous wet weather weekends. storm activity. The storm at the end of June has added Lastly, the erosion manifests as large, temporary sand removals | Amber Dunn has a Master of Science degree. Her thesis was “Coastal The big storm that lashed the coast at the very end of June and another erosion event to a long list. that are associated with rip currents, storm surges, and other Erosion at Wainui Beach”. She has published several papers on Wainui into July was one of the most relentless experienced for some time. Storm-generated erosion manifests as large changes to the processes. These erosion events will always occur, regardless of what Beach erosion. Her PhD degree is to be conferred later this year based on a Huge seas and high tides rolled continuous surging waves onto the shoreline in the space of a few days (or weeks). These rapid changes the shoreline is doing over the longer term. This erosion process thesis on coastal storm activity (Department of Earth & Ocean Sciences, local beach scouring away sand and tearing at long standing sand involve the redistribution or shifting of beach and dune sand. This (or storm cut) is not to be feared, it is to be understood. One Waikato University). Amber grew up surfing at Wainui Beach. She was dunes. At the time of printing the beach from the Chalet to the erosion, more commonly termed ‘storm cut’, is part of the beach fundamental natural law of the coast is – sand moves. The sand on the New Zealand Grommet Surfing Champion in 1995 representing surf club was completely denuded of sand cover and the area from cut and fill cycle. The main concern with storm erosion is whether our beaches is meant to move. It therefore follows, given that our New Zealand from 1992-95. Her tribal affiliation to Wainui Beach is Te the surf club to the Schools Access had taken the brunt of the sand the sand that is removed from the beach is a temporary shift or a beach and dunes are made of sand, that the beach and dunes will Aitanga a Hauiti. Amber will write more on coastal erosion in later issues. loss from a protective, secondary dune system below Wairere Road permanent loss. The latter situation creates serious erosion problems; beachfront properties. BeachLife asked local surfer and coastal fortunately, this does not appear to be the case at Wainui Beach. scientist Amber Dunn to interpret the effects of the storm on The recent storm has demonstrated this with some great visual the Wainui Beach sand stocks. In later issues Amber will further effects. Between the Schools access and Hamanatua stream a large discuss the sand movement and erosion trends at Wainui beach. erosion scarp dominates the shoreline and has uncovered several PAST WORKS: Photographic proof that the sand at Wainui Beach comes and goes. The spikes used to fasten these fascines (bundles of brush and branches), STORM CUT: Waves cut into the foredunes along this beachfront section revealing erosion protection works installed half a century ago. which were installed along this section of foreshore near “Schools” circa 1950, were revealed for the first time in 60 years after the recent storms. 14 | BeachLife BeachLife | 15
  • 9. His aunt by adoption, “Aunt Toshi”, was married to folk singer beach life Pete Seeger, who lived with the extended family in a three-storeyed New York brownstone. Seeger’s good friend Woody Guthrie would come to stay and Peter Dixon says it was Guthrie who gave him his first-ever guitar lesson. Pete Seeger and Toshi are now both in their 90s, Seeger just recently hosting an environmental benefit concert in celebration of his 90th birthday at Madison Square Garden. Pete Seeger is considered an icon of American folk music history. Peter Dixon spent five years travelling back and forth between New York and LA while still at high school. Lured by memories of warm sunshine and offshore breezes he departed from the beat culture of New York, drawn to the newly-emerging southern Californian surf scene. He stayed at first with his father’s parents spending all his spare time at Malibu, the centre of the surf movement. On leaving high school he at first studied forestry at the University of Idaho, but then transferred to the University of California (UCLA) to eventually master in education, with a special emphasis on “recreation”. While studying, and with competitive swimming skills, he found part-time work as a beach lifeguard. One day in 1952 while training on a surf boat off Venice Beach he chose to dive overboard and swim ashore. At the same time a 20-year-old off-duty Santa Monica City pool lifeguard, Sarah Daniels, was taking a swim out through the waves in the opposite direction. The two met head-on, literally crashing into each other in the surf. They said “hello” again on the beach and eventually formed a lasting friendship that led to marriage in 1955. They discovered a certain intellectual curiosity in common, and most certainly a passion for the water. Through the early ‘50s they travelled, exploring the A SURER’S LIBRARY: Peter Dixon’s early publications are now bookmarks in surfing’s history and are sought after collectors’ items. surf beaches around Southern California – Sarah being a natural water-woman and a stand-up girl surfer long before the Gidget craze Paul Stader, underwater diving director for the TV series “Sea Hunt”, hit the beach scene. At this time Peter was drafted into the Korean starring Lloyd Bridges. Stader was aware of Peter’s scuba diving skills War effort but because of his water skills, he served as a swimming and while studying at UCLA Peter spent three years as a part-time instructor, teaching other draftees to swim at Fort Hood in Texas. stunt diver on the “Sea Hunt” series. While doing the stunt work CALiFORniA DReAMinG On Back at the beach in 1955 the couple married and moved into a small rented apartment under a house right on the beach at Malibu he wrote a script for an episode of “Sea Hunt” which was accepted. This led to his writing the very first script for the “Flipper” series and A WAinui WinTeR’S DAy where they lived, worked and surfed for several years, members of the now famous early Malibu Beach surfing environment which was the nursery of today’s international surf culture. several more “Flipper” episodes through the early sixties. After his graduation he started a full-time job working as a “human factor scientist” for the System Development Corporation at Santa T First son Pahl was born in 1957, James in 1960 and Megan in Monica. He was a faceless spook in the Cold War, training radar hey dream of California as it used to be – but know the place a new life for themselves at Wainui. Although both are in their late 1964. Peter continued his studies, thanks to the GI Bill (which teams sent to spy on the Russians in eastern Europe. Peter hated the they loved has changed forever. Sarah and Peter Dixon are an seventies, it was “never a retirement plan”, as they continue to work provided college education for returning war veterans) mastering in job and was eager for escape. One day in 1965, while driving to the American couple, with recent New Zealand residency, who in various areas of creative and literary endeavour. “Retirement is not Public Recreation, based on a thesis he wrote on the use of scuba office, he saw a friend out surfing alone at Topanga Beach. “I need a discovered Gisborne six years ago and have found a facsimile of their in our vocabulary,” says Peter who is busy writing and publishing diving in forensic investigations including techniques for “body job where I can go surfing and hang out at the beach all day? Then I old Californian lifestyle here at Wainui Beach. enviro-fictional novels while Sarah is rejuvenating her passion for recovery”. Living on the beach, surfing, swimming and diving – he had one of those ‘aha!’ moments. I was a writer and a surfer. I could The Dixons are greying veterans of the ‘50s and ‘60s southern watercolour painting and environment-friendly lifestyle practices. wrote a training programme for scuba diving which was adopted by write a book about surfing!” California surf scene. Contemporaries of Mickey Dora and his To tell the Dixon’s story we need to go way back to 1931 where UCLA – the Dixon’s life was all about the ocean. Their neighbour was He wrote the book. It was called “The Complete Book of Surfing” and Malibu Beach cronies. Friends of people whose names echo out of the Peter was born in New York City. His parents were involved in acting history of surfing. And they have left all that behind for Gisborne. and radio script writing. His dad, Peter Dixon senior, wrote the first- Calling Malibu Beach home for more than 50 years they had heard ever, radio soap opera, “Raising Junior” for NBC in the 1930s. about Gisborne from Rick Hodgson, a neighbour and friend who has This early venture into “show business” lured the creative couple to Carpet and upholster y cleaning to the highest standard been coming to a summer house at Wainui Beach for over 20 years . Hollywood. In 1937, with seven-year-old Peter junior in tow, they set “So we finally came to take a look for ourselves in 2002. We took out for California where his father found work as a script writer. Peter a campervan to see the country – looked around Northland, then went to school in Hollywood and through World War 2 his dad was turned south, went through Auckland without stopping, discovered on service with the merchant navy. Here Peter took up the new sport Gisborne and never went any further,” says Sarah. of surfing. With a group of teenage contemporaries from Hollywood Meeting David Timbs at Wainui the couple were invited to a social High they were among the pioneers of the Californian revival of the gathering of the Moananui Longboard Surfriders at Owen Williams’ sport, surfing redwood and balsa surfboards. Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Services house, made some friends in the longboard scene and ended up At 14 his parents parted and he returned to New York to live with renting a house in Gisborne for several months. his mother’s parents (by adoption) who were Japanese. This was New Wainui Beach owned and operated by Ray Morgan After a short time back in the States the couple returned in 2003 York in the ‘50s. His grandparents, living in Greenwich Village, were Freephone 0800 000 668 – saying goodbye to the congestion, over-development and pollution at the centre of the beat movement – an era of left-wing social and info@superclean.net.nz | www.superclean.net.nz 20 years experience in cleaning industry that had destroyed their beloved California. They bought a house at cultural revolution championed by poet Allen Ginsberg and writers Mobile 0274 778 341 10 years in carpets & upholstery the seaward end of Lloyd George Road and set about establishing William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. 16 | BeachLife BeachLife | 17
  • 10. it sold 60,000 hard cover and then 300,000 paperback copies. Other Through most of their creative endeavours the Dixon’s have beach life books followed. “Men and Waves” in 1966, “Where The Surfers Are” in 1968 and “Men Who Ride Mountains” in 1969. These almanacs were maintained an over-riding concern and passion for protecting the natural environment, particularly the ocean. During their Malibu LOCAL FiLMMAKeR the Bibles surfers carried through the sixties. years, Sarah became known for her delicate water-colour paintings Peter says he remembers a special day: “April 27, 1967 – 3.30pm to and her involvement in eco-politics, notably the establishment of be precise – the day I left full-time employment and never returned.” the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, serving as Through his writing and publishing Peter Dixon had established himself as a literary guru of the emerging surfing movement. For a commissioner for Southern California. An advocate representing the Malibu Coalition for Slow Growth her plein-air paintings of the CAPTuReS MAGiC yeARS a while he edited Walt Phillips’ “Surfing Illustrated”. In ‘66 he and coastal areas of the then proposed national reserve were politicised for surfing photographer, Dr Don James, returned from an epic trip the cause and earned her a certain celebrity. She also served a term as to Hawaii for the Duke Contest at Waimea Bay to provide eight president of the Malibu Town Council. historic pages of stunning photographs and an account of the event for “Life” magazine, a first for surfing in mainstream media. In ‘71 he wrote a novel called “Wipe Out”, a fiction about a boy learning to One of their favourite husband-and-wife projects was the publishing of “Children, Families and the Sea”, a series of five, photo- illustrated books they wrote and published together in 1978-79. The OF GiSBORne surf at Malibu Beach. The “Complete Guide to Surfing” was revised and republished in 2001 and a French edition was published in 2003. As a partnership they wrote more books, wrote scripts for television books are eco-studies of coastal people in various parts of the world; Japan, Mexico, Trinidad, Canada and the state of Maine. Other books they’ve written include “Hot Skateboarding” (with son Pahl) and SuRFinG shows and produced their own documentary movies. Some of the “Vasectomy, Sex and Parenthood”, as well as several works of fiction, Y more well-known television series Peter wrote episodes for were: “Sea focusing on a genre Peter calls “eco-thriller”. The latest project is “Hunt the Lucky Dragon”, a fictional eco-thriller, ou’ve got to take your hat off to Andrew Smith (a.k.a. Pop Hunt”, “Flipper”, “High Chaparral”, “The Waltons”, and “Bionic Woman”. about a surfer who, with help from a dolphin, seeks revenge on an Smurf ). He’s not quite Peter Jackson yet, but is giving it a He has written and co-written scripts for several motion pictures, unscrupulous tuna boat crew after he and the dolphin are left adrift good lash. He’s recently released his latest movie on DVD, “A including an Alain Delon 1977 French production of “The Children at sea. The book has been published successfully in France (Coulez Le Celebration of 50 Years of Surfing in Gisborne, 1959-2009”, and it really Are Watching Us”, adapted from the novel he co-wrote with Laird Lucky Dragon) and is about to be published in America by Disney. is a hoot. Koenig, which won France’s best mystery novel award in its day. Recently, in New Zealand, they produced a documentary with Under the name of his movie production enterprise, “Sic Puppy With fellow author Koenig, Peter also co-wrote “The Baby Sitter” for local cameraman Mark Chrisp called “Lost At Sea”, an account of Rob Productions”, he’s combed through hours of borrowed local home Carlo Ponti, “The White Lions” for Alan Landsburg, an Evel Knievel Hewitt’s four days adrift off the Kapiti Coast. The documentary was movie Super-8 footage to edit together 50 minutes of ancient biography starring George Hamilton and a 1970s cult-horror movie first shown on TV3 and is now on the National Geographic channel. nostalgia from surfing’s yesteryears. involving mutant piranha fish. The Dixon’s, and son Pahl, have recently moved from Wainui The DVD cover notes suggest viewers: “Sit back and enjoy 50 As well the Dixons have created several of their own documentary Beach. After several years here, they have bought a new home on an minutes of epic footage of old and new from the 70s, 80s and beyond. You television productions including “In The Land Of The Grizzlies” acreage in Darwin Road above the Waimata River where they can will crack up so grab a beer and get stoked.” focusing on the natural status of bears across North America, co- create an orchard and try organic gardening. It’s a long way from Included on the DVD, available from both local Wainui dairies produced with Liam O’Brien for the National Audubon Society. Malibu, Topanga Beach and all the lost magic of Southern California. at $20.00 a copy, is an epic egg fight in Roberts Road, footage from the Tatapouri Hotel, surfing at the 1979 nationals when Al Byrne Let the sunshine in! Like many Californians they are nostalgic for the way things used to be – before the ocean became polluted, the coastal land “gobbled won the title at Makorori and loads of other seldom seen before documented moments from those magic days gone by. up” by millionaires, and the beaches overcrowded. “When we were The movie starts with a montage of mad memories including MOVIE MOGUL: Local painter and decorator Andrew Smith is a married the population of California was four million, today it is 40 some 1957 surfing scenes from Midway Beach by Keith McCulloch, passionate amateur surfing historian and movie producer. His recent million,” says Peter. movie on DVD “A Celebration of 50 Years of Surfing in Gisborne, Sarah says: “In many ways Gisborne, particularly Wainui Beach, is Midway Beach clubbies, local lads hamming it up to the camera 1959-2009” is a classic montage of early surfing highlights. Free no obligation quotes very much like California back in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Gisborne is such a and general surfing action at the Pipe and Makorori. There’s even an Fast, efficient, reliable window cleaning special place to live. California is gone for us now.” obligatory ‘80s scene of a red-setter running along the beach. There’s a plentitude of classic surfing on the DVD, most of it worth watching, Mark Windybank. As word of the project grew a lot of small snippets Phone 06 867 4686 The Dixon’s have travelled a long way through defining eras, being particularly a longish segment at the Inside Island in the 80s. Those of film came in from other sources. History is covered cleverly with witness to, and often commentators on, nearly eight decades of who were around at the time will no doubt identify the surfers from the camera scanning pages from the Photo News over the years. modern times. Retirement is not on their agenda and age has not yet hair-dos and surfing styles. It’s not all surfing. There’s heaps of general Smurf uses a technique to create his movies that would have Steven wearied them. With computers humming on their laps, they sparkle fooling around, road-trips, close-ups and an absolutely classic few Spielberg weeping. Basically he sets up a movie projector, runs the with enthusiasm for projects still to be worked. They work, swim and SEAN McCORMICK minutes, originally filmed by Alan “Fleetwood” McRae, of a vicious film onto a white wall and then video copies the projected moving they ride waves on their surf mats with a love for each other shining Mobile 021 242 5456 pie and egg fight involving the tenants of several flats in Roberts images. Hey, it works, and with a budget of $0.00 it is definitely cost bright in their eyes. An inspiration to all who know them. Road. And there are random scenes where the psychological state of effective. And somehow Smurf also persuaded Joe Walsh, Simple the cameraman of the day could be called into question. Minds, Tom Petty and several other ‘70s and ‘80s rock icons into TERRY TAYLOR DRAINAGE There’s excellent coverage from Ron Amann of the 1979 New Zealand Nationals held in small, offshore surf near the Chalet at donating a really groovy soundtrack. The soundtrack itself is worth the buy. To fill up the DVD there is some bonus footage of more Septic Tank Cleaning Services pHONE 868 5383 Wainui, which was the last time Alan Byrne competed and won the title. You might spot yourself in the crowd shots. The filming of the recent surfing at various locations around the district. The “50 Years Celebration” movie is Smurf ’s second movie project. Mobile 0274 576 664 prize-giving after-function at the Tatapouri Hotel car park is a great He earlier created a similar nostalgic flashback called “Riders of the LOCALLY OWNED LICENSED OpERATOR terrytaylor@xtra.co.nz piece of Gisborne history. 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The lads are so excited about the new project they’ve researched the Site Assessor and System Designer Smurf gathered the footage from various local sources including criteria and are hoping to enter the finished movie in the Toronto Glen Sutton, Alan McRae, Ron Amann, Keith McCulloch, Dean and International Film Festival. 18 | BeachLife BeachLife | 19
  • 11. weddings LEWIN WEDDING: Former local Mike Lewin, who grew up in Wairere Road, put the call out to his Wainui Beach mates to be there on the occasion of his marriage to his Japanese bride Tamoko Saito. Mike, who works for Stuart Surfboards at Mermaid Beach, met Tamoko at a bar in Surfers Paradise while she was on holiday from Sydney. Tamoko has lived in Australia for 10 years. The couple now live at Miami Beach. Kane Stirton, son of John and Jan Stirton of Sirrah Street, married Leanne Harrison of Makorori on the beachfront at Makorori earlier this year. The groomsmen in matching checked shirts were Nick Summerton, Gisborne’s best value gas bottle refilling Craig Stirton, Jody Ure and Jeremy Derbyshire. The bridesmaids were Tessa McCormick, Dairne Poole, Jo Chapman, Louise Clifton and De- Arne Sutherland. The celebrant was Norman McLean. Mike Lewin with his new wife Tamoko and her parents and his mum and dad, Wendy and Phil Lewin (formerly of Wairere Road), at his wedding overlooking Miami Beach on the Gold Coast. Phil now lives at Kerikeri and Wendy at Whangaparaoa. PHOTO BY HAYLEY DALTON Best priced gas refills in town. 9kg for $27.00 Testing LPG, SCUBA, Fire Extinguishers, heater repairs. Dive instruction and equipment. The Tee siblings – Rachel (Hoggard), Robin Tee, Emily (Beetham) at sister Nicola’s wedding. Robin has now given all his sisters away at their weddings. LAWN MOWER SALES AND REPAIRS SHOP TM Suppliers of SolRX — THE WORLD’S A hard core group of Wainui boys travelled to Australia for Mike Lewin’s wedding No.1 RATED WATER- on the Gold Coast recently. From left: Nigel Jenkins, Peter Ritchie, Tom Dalton and PROOF SUNSCREEN Jett, Darryl Moleta, Phil Allen, John Lewin and Hamana Mahuika. Outdoor Power Equipment Victa • Masport • Stihl Former Wainui girl Nicola Tee married Simon Etheredge of Te Anau on February 7 Lawnmowers • Chainsaws • Weeders CYLINDER TEST LABORATORY this year at Holy Trinity in Gisborne, with the reception at The Wharf and photos on the GAS BOTTLE REFILLS Formerly Clares Mower Centre beach at Wainui. The couple met at Otago University and have been in the UK for about 7 years.Nic works for Bloombergs, a US financial company. Si is a semi-professional Cnr Palmerston Rd and Carnarvon St 155 CARNARVON STREET (BUNNINGS END) rugby player and also works for an events installation company. They are moving to live (CLIFF BLUMFIELD) PHONE 867 9662 and work in Singapore later this year. Phone 868 8045 20 | BeachLife BeachLife | 21
  • 12. beach babes beach babes THE LITTLE BLOKE in the middle is Taj Wainui Potter who makes a belated appearance in our magazine. He was born in March last year to Leigh Brunsdon and Stu Potter, who are currently living in Rotorua, but may be returning to Wainui later this year. Taj’s big brother is Jovan and big sister is Zara. Leigh is the daughter of Liz Brunsdon and the late Wayne Brunsdon of 38 Moana Road. The Brundson’s bought the Moana Motors business in 1999. With three children in the family Leigh and Stu have also announced their intention to get married “officially”, with a beach wedding planned at Okitu in January next year. Liz Brunsdon has moved to live in town with Stu and Leigh having A NEW bought a full share of the Moana Street house they will eventually call MEET HARRY ISAAC McLaughlin, a grandson for Jan Aitken granddaughter for home again soon. Below: Stu and Leigh and the children celebrate their of Wairere Road. Harry was born at 81b 10oz on May 5 this year to Jan’s Diane Ritchie of engagement on the beach at Okitu. daughter Anna McLaughlin who is married to Glen McLaughlin who Pare Street and is a food technician with Fonterra based at Te Aroha. The couple met at Murray. Daughter Waikato University and live at Te Aroha. Amanda and Simon Grove welcomed baby Bella Rose HERE SHE IS! Matilda Christina King, also known as “Tilly”, LAWN RANGER this April 14 at 71b RENT-A-BLOKE Come on Tonto. precisely. Simon who has started a family for Cate (daughter of Meg and Bill Busby) • Lawn Mowing Let’s trim and Amanda live Sean McCormick and Mike (son of Steve King of Wairere Road and Sue King). Tilly was those edges! BUILDER • Edge Trimming in Martinborough born 6lb 3oz (exactly the same specs as Mike in height, 6ft 3in) and she on a lifestyle block. Mobile 021 242 5456 arrived on 8th of May. If you were wondering – Matilda is for Cate’s • Green waste removal On their wedding grandma Matilda Hickey (mother of popular TV presenter Jim Hickey) • Reasonable rates day in October last and Christina is for Mike’s grandma Christina King, who coincidentally • No job too small Call the Lawn Ranger year guests donated • Prompt service is mentioned in our Chalet Rendezvous history as a singer in local dine vines which were and dance bands in the 1950s and 60s. Mike’s grandfather is well-known PETER ROUSE planted as part of the Gisborne identity Andy King. Mike works at Sport Gisborne and Cate Ph 06 867 4686 A Wainui Beach based business ceremony. Simon is a clothing fashion designer at New Wave surf. Tilly is the great, great, 19 Douglas Street 111 Wairere Road and Amanda operate great, great grand daughter (7th generation) of New Zealand’s first Wainui Beach the Wine Centre in Government official, the appointed British Resident, James Busby, who Gisborne later helped draft the Treaty of Waitangi. Phone 868 1111 Mobile 021 062 1170 Martinborough. GISBoRnE’S LEADInG InSURAncE BRokERS Providing affordable legal services We can teach your baby to swim from just 9 months old • Commercial • Livestock If you live at the beach, chances are your children will want to surf as soon as they can walk. • Farm • Medical At Comet Swimming Club we can teach your child to swim before they can walk. We are • Domestic • Forestry a Swimming New Zealand Approved quality swim school with Learn To Swim programmes • Marine • Liability • Life • Superannuation for all ages based at the Elgin School swimming pool which is heated to a comfotable 30 John o’leary & Kris clapham degrees. Babies, pre-schoolers and school aged children all gain water confidence and learn are nolans Partners from Wainui beach to swim with our highly qualified coaches. Head coach Greg Meade 867 1209 enquiries@nolans.co.nz % 1st floor | Treble court | gisborne Phone 867 0698 163 CARNARVON STREET • phONE 867 9811 office@e-h-insurances.co.nz Teach your baby a core skill that can potentially save their life! barristers | solicitors | notary Public 22 | BeachLife BeachLife | 23
  • 13. looking forward to a progressive and bright future. The New Zealand beach history economy was in an upswing. Gisborne was a busy provincial town and people had money to spend on nice things, like dining out. In the 1950s New Zealander diners had a limited choice both of venue The Place To Be, Beside The Sea and menu. Dining rooms of hotels served a narrow fare of grilled or roasted meats with boiled vegetables. Places like the Lyric Cafe in Gisborne, where the hot plate and the deep-fryer combined to provide fish, steak, sausage and chips dinners. These fish and chip restaurants were the forerunners of the “gourmet” restaurants that The story of the Chalet Rendezvous were emerging in the big cities as a more sophisticated culture of food, cooking and “bistro” dining developed in the late 1950s. New Zealanders returning from experiences abroad and an influx of European and Middle Eastern immigrants eventually widened culinary expectations here. At the time the Chalet Rendezvous was being built six o’clock closing was still the rule and serving alcohol in places other than public bars was subject to stringent regulation. At the same time tourism was just starting to be recognised as an important national industry. The Fankhausers must have seen a bright future for themselves at Wainui Beach and confidently set about realising their dream of creating a sophisticated, “continental” dining establishment. On the 19th of September, 1955, they signed a purchase agreement and paid Winifred Lysnar £1150 for an isolated block of land along Moana Road. The area had not yet been developed with empty paddocks all the way to Makorori hill. Plans were drawn up and local builders Wagstaff and Porter began work on the construction of the curious building which looked like for it is here the proprietor Mr Fankhauser, originator of the project, will a prop from the “Sound of Music”. When the roof went on in April exercise his talent as a continental chef. Mr Fankhauser’s qualifications of 1957 Charles Fankhauser had a decorated pine tree roped to the include a Swiss Diploma and his confidence of success with the Chalet highest point of the structure. “An old Swiss custom”, he told those Rendezvous is so strong that he already contemplates extensions to the who came out to view the building’s progress. The Gisborne Photo premises. There is ample scope for an additional block of bedrooms or the News reported: “The building is part of the Fankhauser’s plans to provide erection of residential flats on the lines of the two already provided. Plans holiday-makers with first class accommodation and dining facilities at By GRAY CLAPHAM also include lawn tennis courts and a putting green.” Chalet (n): (French-Swiss) A wooden dwelling with a Wainui Beach, which he considers ranks easily with the most famous of The restaurant opened for business with a buffet lunch on a sloping roof and widely overhanging eaves, common Mediterranean beaches.” Saturday four days before Christmas of 1957. The mayor, Harry There’s one address at Wainui Beach that is firmly in Switzerland and other alpine regions. A Gisborne Herald report from 1957 stated: “In planning the main Barker, officiated at the opening amongst an invited crowd of local entrenched in the folklore of this community. The Chalet building the proprietors chose a site easily adaptable to their main purpose, VIPs and well-to-do town-folk. While the Fankhausers stood in the Rendezvous (n): (French) 1. A meeting arranged in the conduct of a tourist house with all the elements of a seaside resort. Rendezvous, the faux-Swiss alpine restaurant at 62 limelight and were described in the local press as the proprietors, advance at a certain time and place. 2. A place where Almost every room has an attractive ocean view and from the principal another man attended the opening that day, who had quietly and moana Road, Okitu, contains a potpourri of memories people meet. 3. A date, usually with a member of the public rooms the panorama seen from the large windows is magnificent.” unassumingly partnered the Fankhausers in their bold endeavour. opposite sex. 4: A secret place for lovers to meet. The article continued: “The kitchen is indeed the heart of the enterprise for the many people who owned it, worked in the kitchen, The Fankhausers had needed an investor early into the project and bar or dining room or were regular customers in its varied manifestations as a restaurant, guest house and local ChAPTeR One: The Swiss Connection W watering-hole since the mid-1950s. Initially the high- e don’t know a lot about Charles and Hedy Fankhauser. rolling dream of an eccentric European restaurateur We do know they came to New Zealand from it became famous nationally for its unique location, Switzerland in the early 1950s. And we do know they travelled and discovered Wainui Beach and saw the potential here to exceptional food and service and for its ground-breaking realise a dream they carried from the other side of the world – a novel of new Zealand’s once restrictive liquor licensing laws. concept to construct a grand, Swiss-alpine chalet to house a fine- So let’s go on a ride back in time to see what we can find dining restaurant overlooking the ocean. Background information about the Fankhausers before their arrival out about this fabled, often foibled, local establishment in Gisborne is minimal. Although a name of German-Austrian and the people whose lives it touched. origin, the Fankhauser’s had earlier immigrated to New Zealand from Switzerland where Charles had previously worked as a chef, specialising as a patissier with a particular talent for creating sweet desserts. Fankhauser described himself as an “experienced restaurateur NOTE: Thanks to Richard Pearce at Survey Gisborne for providing holding a diploma from the Swiss Government in recognition of his details of the Chalet’s history of ownership. Thanks to all who were qualifications in this field.” willing to trust the writer with very personal details of their lives to We can only imagine what made them decide on Gisborne, or LOCATiOn iS eVeRyThinG: The original Chalet complex surrounded by empty make this story possible. precisely Wainui Beach, for such a novel and somewhat eccentric lots overlooking the beach, with the “Tourist Flats” behind. business enterprise. However, this was 1955 and Gisborne was 24 | BeachLife BeachLife | 25
  • 14. was moved to write: “In the list of facilities and attractions licence was necessary to allow the sale of liquor to house guests in which Gisborne can offer to the outside world, the Chalet dining rooms. A Tourist-house licence allowed the serving of liquor Rendezvous at Wainui Beach, occupies a unique position. under two clauses: (a) To any person who is for the time being a lodger, Set by the sea, backed by the hills, endowed with a beautiful for consumption on or off the premises, at any time on any day. And, (b) building, luxurious guest quarters and a cuisine second to to any person partaking of a substantial meal on the premises, in any place none, it is earning for itself a high reputation with visitors, or room (other than a bar) used for dining, for consumption as part of the many of whom have been from overseas. The Chalet is a dream meal from 9.00am to 11.30pm on any day. come true for Mrs and Mrs C. Fankhauser whose efficient Tourist-house licences had been available for some years, but the and hospitable management is not the least admirable feature assumption can be made that the Chalet was the first to apply the of this unusual holiday resort. They have set out to create and “Tourist-house” definition to, what was in 1957, a rather unique have achieved something which blends the characteristics of business concept. their homeland, Switzerland, with the land of their adoption, The word “restaurant” was itself a new concept in New Zealand New Zealand. This applies not only to the architecture of the and only a few dining establishments, usually in the main centres, buildings and its interior decoration, but also to the cuisine.” described themselves as such. Early restaurants in the main centres In its own advertising The Chalet was cleverly were not involved in providing accommodation, so had no legal positioned as: “Situated on the main East Coast highway recourse to a tourist-house licence. At the same time “motel”, the new with glorious vistas of golden sands, the blue Pacific and rolling buzz-word for a motor-hotel, was also a relatively new concept in this green hills.” The menu was promoted as: “While standard country, recently copied from the United States to cater for a newly New Zealand meals are available they are seldom ordered in mobile, motoring population. The Chalet Rendezvous was designed the face of gastronomical delights of cuisine in all Continental to be a blend of the two new trends. variety. From Chateaubriand to Ravioli to Crayfish a la Fankhauser’s design of a large downstairs dining room or Mornay there is little the Chalet cuisine cannot produce nor is “restaurant”, with four modest guest bedrooms upstairs and two small there any equal to the delicious Continental cakes and special ice separate “tourist flats” behind, was unique in this country at the time, cream confectionery appearing from the same source.” and made it possible for its lawyers (Nolan and Skeet) to present the It is of interest to note that in 1963 a dozen cocktail business to the licensing authorities as a “tourist-house”. oysters could be ordered for 9/6d and a fillet steak for The Chalet opened for business in 1957 with a “tourist-house 10/6d. The much-lauded Chateaubriand for two was 21/-. licence”, definitely not a “restaurant licence”, as no such thing yet A locally-caught crayfish meal was a mere 12/6d. existed. It was, we believe, the first hospitality business in New SWiSS hOSTS: hedy Mina and Charles Fankhauser at the Chalet in 1957. Zealand to cleverly use the “tourist-house” definition to run a A 1950s Photo News feature titled “A Night Out At The Rendezvous” , where local couples “dressed up to the nines” complimentary part of its operation as a “restaurant”, and therefore Along with the “world’s first sunrise”, the Chalet’s “first restaurant” the claim of “first licensed restaurant in New Zealand” can be made, are pictured dining and dancing, gives us a glimpse back claim is part of our local folk-lore, and almost essential to our city’s if by that we mean the “first restaurant in New Zealand to have a at those times: “With fine cuisine, continental atmosphere self identity. On September 8, 1957, three months before opening, licence to serve liquor”. and intimate surroundings, the Chalet provides all that is the Chalet’s lawyers, Nolan and Skeet, assisted Fankhauser as the Outside of Gisborne it is widely recognised that pioneering, required to mark the occasional night out a great success.” company’s nominee, to apply for a Tourist-house License, under Dutch-born, restaurateur Otto Groen received the first-ever Lionel Neil is pictured at the piano, Owen Houlahan on Section 57(2) of the Licensing Amendment Act 1948. When the “Restaurant License” for his Gourmet Restaurant in downtown the drums and guest vocalist Christine King “providing Chalet opened in December of 1957 it was ready with a bar, fully Auckland in 1961. Otto Groen spend several years lobbying, pleasing entertainment”. A photograph of a laughing line stocked and ready to legally serve wine, spirits and cocktail drinks to petitioning and appearing before select committees to bring about a of pleasure-seekers carries the caption: “Custom at the via an introduction through a connection at Rotary had been able to dining guests. It was therefore the first restaurant in New Zealand to change in the liquor licensing laws. After an amendment was passed, Rendezvous demands that during the course of the evening, all present catch the attention and imagination of Turihaua farmer-businessman have a license to serve liquor. by the Walter Nash Labour Government, the licensing commission should take part in “La Conga”, an act in which all line up and dance H.B. (Bill) Williams. In April of 1957 the Fankhausers signed a A “tourist-house” in those days generally meant a hotel-type proceeded cautiously, issuing only an initial ten licenses to restaurants single file over the dance floor, around the tables, and even through the deal and went into a 50-50 arrangement with Williams, forming a establishment at a tourist destination, such as the Chateau Tongariro. kitchen.” On this particular night it “was discovered that Lesley Dunn and company called Chalet Rendezvous Limited. McCulloch, Butler and These businesses were not hotels with public bars as such, so a special Jon Overbye were celebrating their newly-announced engagement and Spence accountant Joe Oates, who had recently come to town from were toasted by all present.” the Tokomaru Bay office, had been given the Williams’ business to Long-time Wainui identities, Claire and Rob Bayly, both had an look after, remembers Charles Fankhauser being a real “enthusiast” association with the Fankhausers. Not long after they had arrived but also a man of a rather mercurial temperament, often difficult in Gisborne from New Plymouth to start their nursery business to deal with. He says his wife, Hedy, was the “even hand” in the in Lysnar Street a flood devastated the venture and to make ends relationship. meet Claire got a job at the Chalet, first as a waitress and then as a Bill Williams was the “silent partner” in the Chalet Rendezvous kitchenhand. and even to this day few people are aware of his involvement which Claire says the Fankhausers had another foreign woman working continued for 15 years. Williams was about 35-years-old at the time for them named Helenora, who seemed to be part of the family. and Oates says the pioneering nature of the Chalet Rendezvous Claire remembers her first task on her very first night as waitress was would have been attractive to the enterprising young man who was to take out a tray of seafood cocktails. After a stumble the cocktails then fronting the long-established family business. His father, H.B. ending up all over the floor. “Never mind, Claire,” said even-tempered Williams senior, who was into his 90th year, had passed on the Mrs Fankhauser. “Carry on with your duties, but we’ll let Helenora family tradition of supporting and investing in business initiatives take out the soups.” Rob Bayly first met the Fankhausers when he that had a cutting edge quality and were also of benefit to their tried, unsuccessfully, to dig a bore for water on the property. Rob says local communities. An example of this was the Williams, backing of Charles was quite a character with an “eye for the ladies.” Hedy he Robert Kerridge in his cinema business. remembers as a “very stout and very intelligent woman”. late 1950s. at the Chalet Rendezvous in the The Chalet was open for business from Christmas of 1957 and There has long been the assertion in Gisborne that the Chalet Dine AnD DAnCe: A night out it quickly caught the public imagination. In 1958 the Photo News Rendezvous was the “first licensed restaurant in New Zealand”. 26 | BeachLife BeachLife | 27
  • 15. your cheese cake at Hatfields. I regret we do not find time to visit Hatfields restaurant to his first wife, as part of a marriage break-up settlement, very often as we are now resident in Wellington. I have referred your letter and came to live in Gisborne with his new partner and later wife, to the office of the Minister of Agriculture for his attention. Sincerely, Thea Kathleen. He became known to local businessman, Jack Howard, who Muldoon.” helped him get a job running the new coffee shop at the revamped The Fankhauser’s settled on a secluded country property on the Gisborne airport terminal. Liking his style Howard later engineered Leigh Road overlooking Little Barrier Island near Matakana. The a meeting with Bill William’s representatives to see if there was a way property was sold through a trustee in the mid ‘90s after George the worldly and debonair Lane could take over the running of the Fankhauser was physically removed from the house and taken into Chalet Rendezvous. The result was the Fankhausers being bought out care. It is believed that after his wife died he became a recluse. Kay and the creation of a new company called Chalet Rendezvous (1964) and Lu Rathe of Point Wells, investors who bought the Fankhauser Ltd, with Lane as an equal partner. property from a trustee say it was in an appalling state – a once lovely A new kitchen was put in, a new bar built at the front of the dining garden had become completely overgrown and the house had become room, more accommodation was built and Lane set about establishing sealed off by overgrown ivy. Inside it was rat infested, full of old the Chalet Rendezvous as a highly creditable dining establishment. newspapers and hoarded belongings. We have not been able to find Visiting dignitaries and politicians would book accommodation and out what became of George Fankhauser after he was taken from the meals at the Chalet. It was often booked, particularly Saturday nights, Matakana house. Cheers George and Hedy, you gave us the Chalet! as far as three months ahead, seating up to 100 dining guests each night. It was “the place to be, by the sea”. Lunches were served each day and the Sunday smorgasbord (an exciting new European dining ChAPTeR TWO: A trip down memory Lane concept) was a popular event each weekend. Jean Hawksworth was A s the Fankhausers departed for Auckland the concept of the day cook who prepared lunches over a four year period during this a Swiss alpine restaurant – where nights out were often era. Chefs of note were a J. Spencer-Standing and Terry Knight. KiTChen SWeeTieS: George Fankhauser (right) in the kitchen with wife hedy (in Swiss outfit) and staff members of the earliest days of the orchestrated with a Bavarian beer hall flavour – was In 1967 an oyster or crayfish cocktail was priced on the menu at Chalet Rendezvous. Fankhauser was renown for his sweet desserts. beginning to wear thin. Restaurants by nature have their ups and downs and Bill Williams may have believed the business FOnDue Fun: Fankhauser (left) introduces guests to the newest needed a new style of management if it was to progress and dining trend of the late 1950s, the Cheese Fondue, which was in fact originally a traditional Swiss recipe. continue being profitable. In the early 1960s Bill Lane, “tall, dark and handsome” been popularly misrepresented over the years as a “restaurant licence”. and a member of the prosperous Lane’s Hosiery family from So the Chalet Rendezvous at Wainui Beach may not have Levin, was running a highly-successful restaurant in the technically been the first restaurant to obtain a Restaurant License, Waitakares, just out of Auckland. It went by the heady name, but it’s almost certain it was the “first restaurant in New Zealand to Back of the Moon. It included a 100-seat dining room and was have a licence to serve liquor”, beating the celebrated Mr Groen to a promoted as a “dine-and-dance” establishment – an “exciting, celebratory round of drinks at the bar by four years. new, European concept” in the days when dining out in New The Fankhausers remained at Wainui Beach until 1964 when Zealand usually meant steak and eggs with a pot of tea at the in the main centres. Otto Groen has long held the claim to obtaining they sold their share of the business and moved on. What eventually local grill. the first Restaurant License in New Zealand. He has photographs became of the Swiss couple is not clear. There is a suggestion that Back of the Moon had a full dance floor. The celebrated jazz and clippings from Auckland newspapers, of the then chairman of they may at one time have run a restaurant in Auckland after leaving band, the Crombie Murdoch Trio, played every Saturday night. New Zealand Licensing Commission presenting him with the license Gisborne. They did surface again briefly in 1979. Living at Matakana, While liquor was “strictly forbidden”, the reality in those days over a glass of champagne at a celebration of the event at the Gourmet north of Auckland the couple tried to persuade the New Zealand was that the women would smuggle bottles of whisky hidden Restaurant on December 13, 1961. Government to take on one of Charles’ creamy dessert recipes as a in their fur coats. BYO wine was secretly chilled and served BeachLife spoke to 81-year-old Otto Groen, who is still in the potential export item. stealthily by a waiter in a long coat. Bill Lane had built the hospitality business in Auckland as head of a private training school Always quick to see an opportunity, Charles sent off an invitation business up since arriving from Wellington in 1951 and had for hospitality workers. Surprisingly, he had never before heard of to sample his new Cream Cheese Cake to the then Prime Minister, Rob become a leading light in the Auckland hospitality industry, the Gisborne claim to his most-coveted achievement. The convivial Muldoon and wife Thea, who had a holiday home at Hatfield’s Beach, eventually president of the Restaurant Proprietors Association. PARTy TiMe: All dressed up with somewhere to go at last! 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  • 16. 75 cents. Soup would set you nights when the house was back 35 cents. A T-bone steak full for functions. Other locals was $1.65 and fillet mignon who worked at this time were with mushrooms was $1.90. waitresses Jill Simpson, Linda Chateaubriand, the Chalet Coulston (then Foreman) and special, a whole beef fillet Sheree Drummond. Robyn with port wine and bacon and Barker (then Pere) worked in bernaise sauce was now $5.00 the kitchen for a period. Mark for two people. On the wine Barker worked with me at list were imported choices the bar and wine waited the including Schloss Johannisberg, tables, serving Malcolm’s then Chateau La Fontaine, Cruse comprehensive selection of Monopol Bordeaux along with imported and New Zealand McWilliams Bakano and Cresta wines, which were stored in a Dore, Blue Nun Liebfraumilch, fabled “secret” cellar beneath Chianti, Orlando Barossa the old bar. This was a great Pearl and Penfolds Chablis place for a sly slug from a (all supplied by Williams and returned half-full bottle of Kettle and sold at double the Liebestraum or some other wholesale cost). The Chalet was wine of the day. Nearly open every day from 6.30pm all former staff members till the technical closing time of DAPPeR DAyS: 1960s Chalet owners Bill and Kath Lane enjoy a night out over a bottle of fine Mateus Rose . remember fondly the huge 11.30pm. bowl of Bluff oysters which sat The McARThuR eRA: Malcolm McArthur and Annette with staff members who managed the complex in their The licensing laws were seldom policed and guests were welcome Knight and Oliver Pasquale. Terry Knight later opened the Friar Tuck just inside the kitchen chiller. absence, Leigh Schroder and Megan Johnstone, in the early 1980s. to stay until the small hours. Drinking and driving was not seen as a (later The Balcony) restaurant in Gladstone Road introducing the Malcolm himself would show serious issue in those days. Bill Lane, who BeachLife interviewed for off by dipping in for a fistful now and then. So the cooks, kitchen concept of meals on hot cast-iron plates. ChAPTeR FOuR: Malcolm in the middle this story by phone at his home on the Gold Coast (and is alert and hands, waitresses and bar staff alike decided the delicacies were fair I Waitress Honey Bryan, the daughter of well-know local pharmacist very much alive at nearly age 96) says: “There was never any trouble n 1981 a colourful man turned up in town who was to play the game when work duties took them into or even near the chiller. Alistair Bryan, remembers the time vividly: “It really was the place with the law, if the guests wanted to stay we just kept on going. next lead role in the ongoing saga of the Chalet Rendezvous. As Leigh Schroder confirms, these were “great times” both during to go in Gisborne. The dance floor was packed every night, everyone Gordon Wattie used to come for dinner most Saturday nights and Malcolm Sutherland McArthur was a dairy farmer from Waihi and after hours at the Chalet Rendezvous with the young staff dressed up in their best outfits. There was a full a la carte menu. I then call back on Sunday to pick up his car. We had lots of company when he decided to move to Gisborne with his second wife Annette efficiently serving well over a 100 guests each night, often in the think a steak meal was about $1.95 and a shrimp cocktail about 90 functions. The Watties’ executives would come for lunch meetings, and his 13-year-old son Trevor. The title was transferred into his McArthur’s absence. Malcolm was an excellent and convivial host, cents. We had all sorts of things happen out there. Lots of scandals Fisher and Paykell people, including Sir Wolfe Fisher. Cabinet name on the 2nd of December, 1981. Ivan Hawkless says Malcolm larger than life at times and fastidious about providing excellent and goings-on, but all-in-all it was mostly just lots of fun and ministers stayed, Lord Vesty used to call in regularly. It was a great made a clean swap of his Waihi dairy farm for the Wainui property. service in all respects to the hundreds of Gisborne and Wainui folk laughter, dancing and singing. It was very upmarket, the place to be. It time with many out-of-town travellers calling in and local people The popularity of the Chalet may have waned during the Hawkless who flocked there not only to sample the fine menu but also to enjoy was actually the only place to be in Gisborne. having special functions. It really was a great time, full of nice happy leasing period but McArthur quickly reintroduced good service the festive, lively atmosphere of a restaurant operating at near full “Every Saturday night the place was packed. Through December memories.” practises in the restaurant, employing a top European chef and capacity. Many Friday and Saturday nights were fully booked with the and January the motel and the restaurant would be booked out nearly The Chalet was well ahead of its time. In the 1960s there were few professional front of house staff. The large dining room was soon at Chalet sitting up to 160 diners. every night. We had a resident band, the Graham Bell Combo, which other choices for dining out apart from the dining rooms of the local full steam again. Charismatic, intense, quick-witted and generous A house band played throughout these years. Terry Sheldrake with featured Graham Bell, brother Noel and his wife Bobbie Bell and hotels. It wasn’t until the 1970s that the new concept of “bistro-style” McArthur would steer the Chalet through another boom period for Tama Koia and John Wilson were a three-piece called “Motion”. Owen Houlahan on drums. Tony Beattie took over when Noel left restaurants appeared in Gisborne. the next three years. Sheldrake would play the piano on his own on quiet nights, but once for Australia and Lena Ruru was often also a guest pianist.” By the early 1970s Bill and Kathleen were tiring of the long Local girl Leigh Schroder (later Dawson) who had recently the bookings got over 15 Malcolm would insist on calling in the Love was in the air not long after Ivan showed up at the Chalet. nights and, by taking regular holidays there, had grown fond of the returned from working at the Wrest Point Casino in Tasmania, full band. Later on the band was “Sapphire and Steel”, consisting of And it was a local scandal when Ivan, who had first brought his Gold Coast of Australia. One day while Bill was mowing the lawns worked for the McArthurs through this period as hostess and later Graeme Swan, Kate Smart and Dein Ferris. The band boys and the wife and family down to Gisborne, fell for the pretty 22-year-old and thinking about the warm Australian beaches, a “big flash car” manager. Megan Johnstone of Douglas Street, worked part-time as waiting staff were easily persuaded to stick around for the after hours waitress. He then separated from his wife who had returned to live in pulled up and a real estate agent from Auckland said he had a client head waitress and maitre de when needed. She had also worked part- socialising which Malcolm generously and enthusiastically officiated Auckland and later married Honey in December of 1975. interested in buying the business. time at the Chalet for an earlier lessee before heading off on an OE over most nights. While Malcolm’s generosity and need for drinking Ivan and Honey operated the Chalet together for going on two Three months later the deal was done. On the 20th of June, (to Kathmandu!). This writer was also one of the many who worked company was eagerly taken advantage of, it was seldom outrightly years and then headed off to Tauranga after which the Chalet went 1972, Ivan Bruce Hawkless, Auckland motel proprietor and general at the Chalet during this period. My job was barman and wine waiter abused. through a period of short leases. In December of 1973 the building property investor, took title of the Chalet, buying out the Lanes on the busy Friday and Saturday nights and on the many other week However, assistant cook of the era, Ashley White, remembers a was leased to a McCormick Enterprises Ltd. Eighteen months on, in and Bill Williams. Bill and Kathleen left for the Gold Coast where July of 1975, the lease was transferred to G. F. Faulkner Ltd, then in they both still live today after many years of successful property Septic Tank Cleaning Services July of 1977 to P. G. White Ltd and again in November of 1978 to Wayne’s investment. 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  • 17. businessman Win Ellis, away from the limelight for a while. Leigh Dawson remembers him who had been a great friend coming to stay: “He was very shy but really nice. The McArthurs were ChAPTeR FiVe: no shrinking Violet of Bill and Kath Lane and really good friends of his and he came and stayed quite a bit.” Ashley I then the McArthurs. Later White says Malcolm once told him he had been the “bank roll” n 1985 Violet and Allan Foubister were a successful business on Leigh Schroder and behind the Thomas retrial campaigns. couple living in Auckland. After three years OE, working and Megan Johnstone were given Another historic social occasion at the Chalet was the famous saving money in South Africa, they had a freehold Auckland charge. They ran the ship “wrap party” at the end of the filming in Gisborne of the movie “The home, a boat and a bach at Piha. admirably, including looking Bounty”, directed by Roger Donaldson, starring Anthony Hopkins, They had just sold a fruit and vegetable business at St. Lukes after Malcolm’s teenage son Mel Gibson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Liam Neeson and a gang of other shopping centre and Allan was trying out a new business installing Trevor. However there was lesser known movie stars of the day. The Chalet connection began Para Pools. However, they were restless and in need of a new the odd night when there with one of the chefs of the time, Peter McNamarra of Makorori, adventure. After a visit to the Bay of Islands they caught the romantic were no bookings and the catching up with Mel Gibson, who he had been to school with as dream of running a beachside holiday resort. As chance had it they girls would shut the doors a kid back in Sydney. Gibson started coming out to the Chalet for saw an advertisement in the New Zealand Herald advertising the lease to the public, wheel out the dinner most nights, bringing his wife Robyn and their children. of the Chalet Rendezvous, so they came down to check it out. BBQ, put the call out and Leigh would take the kids upstairs where they could watch TV They loved the beach but at first they turned down the prospective throw a grand private party until their parents were ready to go back to their accommodation in deal as the Chalet needed maintenance work and the deal offered for their wide and eager town. Along with being the best place in town to them just “didn’t feel right”. But Malcolm group of friends. Trevor and to have a function at the time, this led to the McArthur was a persistent and compelling his high school mates were “Bounty” hiring the Chalet for its end of film salesman. He pursued the couple in Auckland given access to the beer celebration. It was a famous affair with just finally signing them into a lengthy lease, on fridge and kept occupied about everyone involved in the filming – the May 25, 1985. Violet and Allan Foubister, both with their own party upstairs. stars, the local helpers and “extras” and even the then aged 37, with little hospitality industry The motel units were local fire brigade (who had used their hoses to experience, sold their home and left Auckland MeL FunCTiOn: The never-before-published photograph the author took of Mel Gibson, pictured with director Roger Donaldson (right) and Tahitian actresses, which led to an infamous bar room brawl at the Chalet Rendezvous in 1983. working well and even on simulate a storm at Cape Horn) – turning up with their 6-year-old daughter, Amanda, bound week nights the bar was for an all-you-could-eat-and-drink Hollywood- for Wainui Beach. particular night when Malcolm singled him out for an extended rum- busy entertaining the many sales reps who chose to stay in the units, style shindig. The big “do” was put together by At first it was the realisation of the “romantic drinking session with an unspoken challenge to see who would be the most of whom would end up having late night drinking sessions with Malcolm, Annette and staffees Leigh Schroder dream” , running the quaint, Swiss-style first to drop. One of the traditions of a Malcolm McArthur-binge Malcolm and the chefs of the day. Front of house staff wore black and (Dawson) and Linda Foreman (Coultson). establishment overlooking the surf . “We were was that the fellow-binger had to “shout”, which meant going to the white, the wine waiters bow ties, the waitresses traditional Swiss- This was the infamous occasion where this captivated,” says Vi. “We met such lovely people bar to pour the free drinks. (The drinking sessions were held at the style uniforms, the chefs white hats. In the early McArthur years the writer (who was working part-time at the and were drawn by the energy of the place. prep table in the kitchen out of view of passing traffic.) Unbeknownst kitchen was ruled by a highly-qualified Swiss chef who was largely Chalet at the time), sneakily gate-crashed the Even though things later went very wrong, I to Malcolm, young Ashley was infamous on several continents for responsible for the ongoing popularity of the restaurant. party through the back door. Mel Gibson, who think it was all supposed to happen.” his binge-drinking exploits. Every time he set up the triple-shot Peter Britt had come to New Zealand in 1968 from Switzerland knew I was a photographer for the local paper, Things went awry from the very first week rum-and-cokes for each “shout”, Ashley would help himself to a and first worked at the THC Wairakei resort. He discovered decided I was an untrustworthy “paparazzi” and when one night, with the restaurant fully sneaky shot or two of “top shelf ” liqueur. Shortly before sunrise the Gisborne on holiday and ended up some time later getting a full-time demanded that I leave. Attempting to placate booked for the first time, the chefs didn’t show AT The BAR: Allan Foubister in the mid ‘80s. proprietor collapsed snoring at the table. Ash went to the bar, put his job with the McArthurs. He says it was just an amusing coincidence the volatile actor to avoid eviction led to a classic up. “It was a nightmare,” says Vi. “We kept a feet up and enjoyed the sunrise that a Swiss cook ended up bar-room brawl between myself and Gibson. Fists were thrown (none straight face out front while there was absolute chaos in the kitchen, while helping himself to further working at a “Swiss chalet” in New connected) and we ended up in a wrestlers’ clinch, crashing about the but somehow, with the waitressing staff pitching in, we got through.” drinks from the top shelf before Zealand, but it certainly added to lounge bar, knocking over tables and chairs until the crowd jumped She also remembers the place being very run down and needing waking Malcolm up at 8.00am. the appeal of the restaurant to be in and pulled us apart. Needless to say it was me and not Gibson much maintenance. There were plumbing problems, recarpeting, “Don’t let Annette see me like able to boast of an authentic, and who was tossed out the front door (by the treacherous local firemen!). rewiring – and the lease stated such things were the lessee’s this,” Malcolm mumbled, as highly-rated, Swiss chef. Manager This could also explain why I’ve never been to a Mel Gibson movie, responsibility. They put a “pile of money” into the business by Ashley carried his boss down the Leigh Dawson remembers the despite his rapid rise to Hollywood super-stardom. Lethal what? enclosing and finishing off a swimming pool area Malcolm had highway to his Moana Road flat, McArthurs running a very fine Leigh Dawson’s memory of that night is helping Malcolm in the started on the spare section next door and establishing an outdoor tucking him safely onto the couch, establishment with the assistance kitchen stirring up gallons loads of maitai cocktails in plastic buckets. garden-bar overlooking the beach. They also redesigned the units where a worried Annette found of Peter Britt: “We had various It was possibly the biggest party ever seen in Gisborne in terms of increasing the number available from 8 to 13. Income from the motel him later in the day. elaborate set menus for corporate celebrity “who’s who”. It is believed others ended up facing the “Mad units was crucial to keeping the business afloat. The rent was huge, On another occasion, being dinners, and a full a la carte menu. Max” side of Gibson’s personality as well that night. but to make a go of it they were committed to putting things right, New Year’s eve night of 1983, bar Peter Britt was a great chef.” Transient chefs, new restaurants in town, the new stringency and eventually spent all their savings. They had sold their Auckland and kitchen staff and members Other chefs from this era of drink driving laws and Malcolm’s ongoing health and financial property to buy into the lease but steadfastly held on to their bach at of the band, on Malcolm’s invite, SWiSS MAiD: Megan Johnstone as Swiss waitress in the early ‘80s. included Peter McNamarra and problems all contributed to the Chalet’s downturn from about 1984 Piha, which was later to prove fateful. stayed on drinking till the sun Dave Barron. Barron and Britt left on. In October of 1984 McArthur had to get away and leased the Things started to go really wrong when, in mid-1987, Allan rose on New Year’s day. A spontaneous, naked, group exodus for a the Chalet at the end of 1982 to open Flambards in Childers Road. Chalet to a messrs Sims and O’Connor, two gay men from Auckland, Foubister nearly lost his foot in a lawnmowing accident. His celebratory swim at the beach across the road occurred at sunrise. Other chefs were later employed, but possibly none measured up to ostensibly for a period of 16 years. A property in Mangere was part recovery took nearly six months and during that year Vi could see Meeting milkman Lex Gibson coming down Moana Road on dawn the culinary flair of Peter Britt and the Chalet may have begun to lose of the deal. Not much is known about this partnership as the couple the business going downhill. Their desperation to make ends meet deliveries was funny enough until Malcolm made a late dash across to its lustre after his departure. stayed only a matter of months, the lease transferring in May of 1985. led to a legendary era at the Chalet known as “Thursday Nights”. the beach and over the sand dunes, stark naked except for a bow tie. Staff were amazed at one time when the man convicted, then later With the business up for lease the first McArthur years came to an The restaurant licence meant they could serve people at the bar till Malcolm was legendary for these late night shenanigans but pardoned for the Crewe murders, began showing up at the Chalet. end with Malcolm and Annette heading off to live in Auckland. Son the early hours as long as they had partaken in a substantial meal. unfortunately they were not the best thing for a man with a dodgy Malcolm had grown up with Arthur Allan Thomas and had been a Trevor had grown up to call Gisborne home and, after leaving school, So Vi advertised an “Italian Buffet” at $15 per head which started liver. He was often in pain, sometimes very ill, spending time in big supporter of his retrial bids which led to the Royal Commission stayed on in Gisborne. He now has his own family living at Wainui around 11pm each Thursday night after any regular evening diners hospital and at times had to go away on recovery vacations. During that found him innocent. Malcolm invited Thomas and his new wife and is Service Manager for the Enterprise Motor Group. had left. The idea was to attract the passing crowd, literally, vacating these absences the Chalet was at first entrusted to retired Wainui to the Chalet on more than one occasion, to relax and possibly hide the nearby Tatapouri Hotel and looking for somewhere to “party on”. 32 | BeachLife BeachLife | 33
  • 18. The concept caught on and the Chalet soon became the mecca for which drew the attention of the local press. The Gisborne Herald had given to McArthur over the Chalet’s chattels, which the bank leaving for a new job at the Wigwam Resort in Phoenix, Arizona. “night owls” from town as well as the nearby Tatapouri – the seaside made enquiries and ran an article headlined, Future Uncertain for later seized and put in storage). Moodie, who was trying to organise During this time and after her departure the Chalet became more pub enjoying an institutional “huge” Thursday night before the 11pm Gisborne’s Oldest Restaurant: “The fate of Gisborne’s oldest restaurant, a mortgagee sale, vehemently disputed the legality of this. Without and more a local club house for Greg, Charley and their wide and shutdown. Vi would regularly see the last of the revellers off the the Chalet Rendezvous, a pioneer licensed restaurant in this country, hangs any furnishings or kitchen equipment the Chalet could not be sold colourful group of salubrious friends. Eventually Ginn and McLeod premises not far from sunrise. in the balance. It is understood the Chalet has been on the market for some at a realistic price, an auction was aborted and the business was made a departure from the Okitu address and Moodie was forced to One legendary night saw Todd Casella bring Herbs to the Chalet months and is closed at present.” forced to cease operating for a period of nearly two years from 1992. return to Gisborne once again to sort the place out. with Joe Walsh (ex Eagles) in tow. Through all the ups and downs Vi McArthur was located in Auckland: “Mr McArthur confirmed he was In 1993 Moodie called a meeting with Westpac and National Bank Not long after this era Grant Kennedy died and Charley McLeod was a serene host, immaculately dressed, calm and polite, even when open to offers for the Chalet but in the meantime he intended to open it for representatives, sorted out the chattels dispute and gained the right to was killed. Debbie Wooster currently works at the Kaiti YMCA in dealing with some of this town’s most prodigious “party animals”. business again as soon as possible. The current tenant had left abruptly and step in to run the business as mortgagee in possession. He structured Gisborne. Greg Ginn runs a business in Australia. During this era, on or about July 1, 1988, Allan Foubister drove the restaurant has to be open again as soon as possible to meet the license a deal with Westpac to take over McArthur’s first mortgage and then The sudden closure of the restaurant and Moodie’s subsequent himself to Auckland and took his own life at the Piha bach. requirements. He said he would return to Gisborne to run the business took over the title, thus ending the McArthur eventful ownership of arrival back in town was noted by the Gisborne Herald. An optimistic Shocked and bereft, Vi was left to trade on, trying to keep the place himself, as he had done from the time he bought it in 1980 until 1984 the Chalet Rendezvous. caption of Moodie standing outside the Chalet read: “Chalet afloat. She says she could not have survived without the help of her when he leased it out.” The chattels were returned but numerous items were alledgedly rendezvous owner Neil Moodie of Auckland says the latest setback to the staff, particularly Jill Like his namesake, missing or had been ruined. But despite the obstacles Moodie set complex is a challenge. He aims to have the business running better than it Simpson who took over McArthur did return, about refurbishing and re-establishing the Chalet as a going concern. was before.” The article went on to say: “The Chalet has had a chequered looking after the books albeit briefly. The In early ‘93 Moodie put a manager into the business and entrusted a history with several changes of management and lessees in the past few while Vi looked after Chalet opened for Gisborne accountant to look after the finances and generally keep an years coupled with a number of closures.” Moodie said: “I would like to front of house. She was business again in eye of the place while he returned to his affairs in Auckland. Moodie see the business established on a sound basis. It’s a fantastic location. All also well supported November of 1989, says the observant accountant drove by one night and noticed the it needs is the right operator. I hope the future will be brighter than it has by others including securing the services back motel units had their lights on all night with cars coming and been. I hope it will change its downward course.” Sandy Kokiri, Christine of a young Hong going till the early hours. The accountant also knew there was no Moodie spent 1994 and 1995 at the Chalet running the restaurant Breingan, Carole Green Kong-born chef, money coming in from rental of the units. and the motel units himself, calling in chefs as needed. He remembers and Chrisse Robertson. Stanley Choy. Sporting Moodie says: “When I was alerted to this, I drove down the next catering for several wedding receptions and large functions during The business carried top credentials from day and went into the office while the manager was out and printed this period: “I had some real good people helping me out. Everyone on through to 1989 but London, and “direct off the telephone records for the back units and saw that there enjoyed themselves and had a real good time.” eventually it became from the Regent in were hundreds of calls being made. When the manager returned I In 1996 local lads Riwai Williams and Takapuna Mackie just too tough. One day, Auckland”, Stanley confronted him about the mystery phone calls from the ‘empty’ units. approached Moodie, worked out a deal and bought the Chalet after she had paid all “added an oriental touch At first there was denial but he eventually came clean about the sort Rendezvous. However, by leaving money in as vendor finance, Neil creditors, Vi tidied the to his classical French of ‘profession’ he was running from the rooms, after which he was Moodie’s fun and games with the Chalet were not completely over. place up, shut the doors training and created a quickly shown to the door.” and departed without menu appropriate for Moodie reluctantly stayed on to get the business going again, ChAPTeR SeVen: looking back. “What The LOnG hAuL: Auckland property investor neil Moodie, who spent a decade protecting Gisborne.” while looking around for someone to lease the Chalet on so he could his investment in the Chalet Rendezvous, pictured outside the restaurant in 1994. Tropical ambrosia and a wild west show happened after that I The Chalet hung its return to his wife and his retirement in Whangaparaoa. In late ‘93 he S have no idea, I walked away and that was that,” she says. shingle on its chef ’s shining star in 1990 when the Claridges-trained leased the building and business for a first term of four years to Grant ensing the need for a change, the Chalet’s new owners, former While the Chalet days were done and dusted Vi could not break chef won the annual New Zealand Meat Producers Lamb Cuisine Kennedy and Greg Ginn, the latter a former Gisborne man who had policeman and keen body builder Williams and martial arts her ties with Gisborne. She had earlier started a loving friendship Award with a dish called “Chinese Lamb on Bone”, a traditional returned from some time living overseas. When Kennedy pulled out, exponent Mackey rebranded the Chalet as the Pacific Reef with charismatic Matawhero winemaker, Denis Irwin. They married lamb-rack served with an oriental flavour. Ginn then invited in Ross “Charley” McLeod. Resort. Ironically this writer, in my role as a graphic designer, created and together they now run the Colosseum Restaurant and Bridge The Gisborne Herald was moved to write: “To have reopened in In 1993 local girl Debbie Wooster was working as a conference the new logo for the “resort”. In its optimistic marketing the Pacific Estate caravan park at Matawhero. trying conditions, to have raised the standard to what it once was and earn and wedding planner in Melbourne when she got a call from Charley Reef boasted “a newly decorated licensed restaurant suggesting a theme not only a Lamb Cuisine Award, but also a Taste New Zealand Award, asking her to come home to manage the running of the Chalet. reminiscent of palm swept beaches and tropical ambrosia.” Guests were ChAPTeR SiX: in just over six months, is evidence enough of the McArthur’s reputation Debbie was flown home, given accommodation at the Chalet and invited to “step back in time at the Western Bar to relax, meet new friends for providing only the best to patrons.” The Herald went on: “It brings a made a concerted effort at marketing the restaurant back to its former and enjoy the full bar facilities.” McArthur returns and gives Moodie the blues The Western-themed bar was a contentious issue at the time. The return to the magic that past patrons of the Chalet Rendezvous remember glory. Fine dining and quality service was once again the promise D uring the Foubister lease period an Auckland builder so well. With Malcolm and Annette McArthur back to welcome diners once made to Gisborne diners. Lunch being served from 11am to 2pm and bar at the Chalet, long popular with the local drinking subculture, and property investor named Neil Moodie came into the more, the crowds are slowly flocking back. With a shuttle bus service on dinner from 6pm to 10pm. Debbie worked for nine months before was seen as a potential source of extra revenue but needed a makeover picture. In 1985 Malcolm McArthur bought an attractive offer from town to Wainui every night there is no excuse not to travel the after the Ginn-McLeod era. Riwai Williams remembers: “At first we nineTieS STyLe: An advertisement from the Photo news in October of five-bedroom, harbour-view property Moodie owned at Hobsonville. extra distance.” 1993 introducing hosts Charley Mcleod, Debbie Wooster and Greg Ginn. had an idea of opening a bar for the locals with a Western theme due As part of the deal McArthur provided a property he owned at Nelson Gooding, who owned Fettuccine Brothers at the time and to the Mexican hacienda look that the bar already had. However the Blackbridge, Mangere, as the deposit. McArthur had earlier taken also employed Stanley Choy, says: “Stan the Man was a real character, locals let us know strongly this as part payment on the Chalet lease from the gay lessees, Sims a Chinese with a cockney accent. He’d have five tea towels hanging that they didn’t want this.” and O’Connor. Moodie didn’t know it at the time, but this deal was to off his belt and a pint of beer in his hand at all times.” For the next three years be the beginning of a decade long legal marathon involving mortgage While the press reports gave an impression of the Chalet getting the Pacific Reef continued battles, bank disputes and his eventual ownership of the Chalet back up to speed, the McArthur’s finances must have been in to operate as a restaurant Rendezvous. some jeopardy at this time. Title deeds show the Chalet taking out and motel business, In 1987, when McArthur needed to sell the Hobsonville property mortgages with various banks and finance companies during the ‘89- providing a venue for to meet mortgage repayments on the Chalet Rendezvous, Moodie ‘93 period. dining out, weddings, family ended up holding a $95,000 second mortgage on the Wainui property, In 1989, with a vested interest in keeping the business going, functions and corporate then worth around $1-million. It was the beginning of a complex saga Neil Moodie took over a fourth mortgage which, combined with a events. of caveats, mortgage transfers and an eventual mortgagee takeover of second mortgage from the Hobsonville property deal, was giving him However district council the property. This at a time in 1987 when mortgage interest rates had a big stake in the McArthur-owned property. Moodie ended up in zoning changes loomed on reached 18%. a dispute with the Westpac Bank over who held the first mortgage the horizon and Williams After Vi’s sudden departure the Chalet was closed for a while (and also the National Bank over a security for around $40,000 they could see troubles ahead: 34 | BeachLife BeachLife | 35
  • 19. “At this time the property was over an acre and I think the only Tony and Jude Harbott came to Gisborne from Dunedin in property at Wainui at the time still zoned rural. When we got notice from the council that the property was about to be rezoned 1983. They lived in Russell Street for several years but when the opportunity arose to buy the Chalet from the Wilsons in 1999, which beach history to residential we knew this meant a huge increase in our rates. After meant a shift out to the beach, they seized the moment. With five doing a subdivision costing we closed down the Pacific Reef as a business and began subdividing the property into seven (residential) bedrooms upstairs and plenty of room for bunks down stairs they soon established the concept of a boutique backpackers lodge and so Windmill mystery blocks, one which contained the old Chalet building. This was sold to Don and Jenny Wilson as a private residence. Don and Jenny were caregivers from Hamilton, although Don was originally from the Chalet Rendezvous morphed into the Chalet Surf Lodge. On its website it was described: “Set by the sea and backed by the hills, the Chalet Surf Lodge has a range of accommodation facilities from unique continues I Gisborne and used to play soft ball for Richardson’s Mill. The front backpackers accommodation to our lodge, where most of the rooms have t is becoming more evident that there were in fact two windmills set of units were sold and moved to Mangapapa and converted into a view of the Pacific Ocean and a large roof deck from which to catch the built on the beachfront at Wainui during the early years of last flats. The units at the back I retained, had Taylors lift them and I sunrise.” century. Old windmill photos sent in and unearthed from various renovated them into a private residence where my family and I lived The Harbotts ran the Chalet Surf Lodge for five years, it went sources make it obvious that there was a larger and a smaller windmill for a further 18 months and then sold.” so well they eventually became crowded out by the backpackers. So and they appear to have been built at separate ends of the beach. When the subdivision work got underway Moodie as a mortgagee when another opportunity arose, they purchased the semi-completed The smaller of the windmills (pictured right), which has a wind stepped in again and by the time the sections were sold off he was house at the rear of the Chalet which was still owned by Riwai shelter structure protecting a wood-cutting bench saw, seems mostly finally able to get his money back and say goodbye to the Chalet Williams. During their time with the Lodge they were regularly likely to have been the first of the windmills and most likely erected on Rendezvous. Moodie summarises: “Looking back over the ten years visited by the Kiwi Experience bus and other free and independent the Wairere Road sand dunes. A caption attached to this photograph or more I was involved with the Chalet, well, it didn’t do me any travellers making their way to Gisborne. In a Gisborne Herald article from a national magazine states: “One of New Zealand’s first recyclers harm. It gave me a lot of experiences I wouldn’t have had otherwise. from the time Tony Harbott said: “People had been asking what has is how Mrs D. Goodhue of Auckland, describes her grandfather Frederick When I first took on the second mortgage (with McArthur) my been going on with the Chalet recently. Now it has new life offering funky Ottaway. Frederick built this windmill out of flattened kerosene tins on solicitor warned me about getting involved, he said I could lose accommodation to travellers from all over the world.” Wainui Beach, near Gisborne. The photograph was taken in 1895 although everything. But I just dug my toes and went for it and eventually rode Retaining the property at the rear of the Chalet Tony Harbott the windmill remained a landmark for many years after that. When times it out and at the end of it all I’ve come out all right.” says: “It was a very special place, we loved it there and so many of the were lean Frederick would cut up driftwood to sell for firewood and grind Neil Moodie is now 75, retired and living at Whangaparaoa backpackers reckon it was the best place they’d ever stayed at.” maize into flour.” WinDMiLL #1: Frederick Ottaway beside the smaller of two windmills he with his wife Shirley. Malcolm McArthur worked in real estate in A Photo News caption accompanying a photograph of the larger built at Wainui from around 1895. Auckland and later the Bay of Plenty. He died from a heart attack windmill states: “Mr Frederick Charles Ottway built this windmill at Papamoa on October 28, 1997, aged 58. Annette McArthur still around 1917 on the seaward side of the road and opposite the present Chalet windmill. Early William Crawford photos of the Wainui beachfront lives at Papamoa. Riwai Williams went to the United States to work Rendezvous. It was built from timber and flattened kerosene tins and stood show no sign of a windmill there around 1908. There is no archived as a long-haul truck driver. He then moved to Perth where he is a for some time after the death of its owner. It was used for grinding flour, mention of Ottaway being given permission by W.D. Lysnar, who supervisor of Transit Officers who manage the policing of Western cutting wood and appeared on marine charts at the time as a navigational then owned the Moana Road dunes. Australia Public Transport Authority property. Taka Mackey went to aid.” Elder Wainui resident Keith Redstone says he can remember the Iraq to work in private security. BeachLife is assuming that Ottaway built his first and smaller windmill along Moana Road. He is sure it was on the high point of windmill on the vacant dunes along Wairere Road some time before the dunes a little north of where Douglas Street meets the highway. ChAPTeR eiGhT: 1895, long before any subdivision of the area. He may have then He and his friends used to cycle out from Gisborne around 1939 and would explore the then ramshackle old windmill which was The surf lodge and the Argentinian occupation needed to dismantle his windmill after the Wairere Road dunes were surrounded by boxthorn, the ground littered with broken bottles. He B developed for subdivision by the then landowner William Cooper in riefly in 1998 the Chalet was bought and used as a private 1903. However, it wasn’t until the 1930s that baches started being built thinks it was finally dismantled during the war. Keith says he once home by Rotorua couple Donald and Jennifer Wilson. At this so Ottaway would have had plenty of time to move on. This writer spoke to Mary Lysnar, formerly of Lysnar Street, who confirmed point, after the subdivision, the Chalet property had become therefore guesses that Ottaway, who is seen as a much older man there had been two windmills built by Ottaway. The first being just the road front section with the original chalet-style building. in the large windmill photos, shifted his makeshift operation to the opposite the entrance to Ocean Park. The Wilsons were IHC caregivers who, with children of their own, uninhabited sand dunes along Moana Road some time before 1917, However, we would still like to find more about Ottaway. Where saw the former Chalet as an ideal place to look after a large extended and using the same kerosene tin technique, built a second and larger did he live? Was he a squatter? Did he have family? The mention BACKPACKeRS’ BuS STOP: in recent years the Chalet has been run family. Fourteen months later they sold the property and moved on. of his grand daughter, Mrs D. Goodhue of Auckland, is a clue that successfully as a backpacker lodge. someone may be able to follow. The “Mystery of the Windmills” file is still open and BeachLife is keen to find out more. WinDMiLL #2: A second, larger windmill that remained on the dunes along Moana Road until the 1940s. iS ThiS WAiReRe ROAD?: A photograph of the first and smaller windmill. The hill shapes behind look like the view towards the Lysnar Street valley. 36 | BeachLife BeachLife | 37
  • 20. initiative supports humanitarian our kids projects in Africa ice cream girl dancing to stardom It’s the The Best Little By mARyAnnE EGAn Hair House in Town! I t’s not until you work with people awhile that you realize just what talents people hold, some of the amazing achievements they have made, how hard they train to meet their goals and where or what they Marnie Evans ~ formerly of Shear Vision at Wainui need to do to get there. So I thought it timely to share an achievement of a young aspiring Wainui teenager, ~ brings you a great team, great services and great Lana Phillips. products at the House of Hair in Awapuni Road. 15-year-old Lana, eldest daughter of Maria and Sam Phillips – and oldest sister to Eden, Keely and Max – is Manager Sharelle Hindrup and stylists Carleen one of New Zealand’s aspiring young dancers. One to watch for in the future. Hickling, Emma Ruru, Ashleigh Richards and Christina Lana went to primary school at Wainui, followed by BEADS FOR HUMANITY: Sara Trafford with a boy from Ilminister Intermediate and is now at Gisborne Girls Beach are available to help you with all hair services Mkwiro village in Kenya. Sarah now lives at Makorori where she High school. At the end of her high school education continues her humanitarian work for African communities. her future goal is to become a full-time contemporary and hair products. Using Joico products, focusing on dancer at the New Zealand School of Dance, and she M the “health of your hair” and constant training and akorori beach’s Sara Trafford raises money for African dreams of dancing professionally for the New Zealand communities in Kenya and Uganda through a project of Ballet Company. This a dream that she is well on the upating on the latest looks and trends throughout the her own initiative called HumanityBeads. way to achieving and has been focused on for the past HumanityBeads is a company Sara founded when she returned 11 years. world we can offer you advice and help with all your from Africa in November 2007 to raise money and create a market Lana began dancing at age four and locally is a dance needs. Children and men are also welcome. Make an for products made by African women by distributing, selling and student at the Nadine Antoinette School of Dance. She assembling bead necklaces, bracelets, earrings and loose beads that first started with ballet, jazz, hip-hop and now majors appointment or just walk in. On offer also at the salon have a humanitarian story behind them. in contemporary dance. Currently Lana is “Grade 8 Originally from Gisborne, Sara lived and worked in Africa for five Advanced 1”, trains about seven times per week and are hair extensions in many colours, tailored to suit you years, mostly in community development and wildlife research in often more when it’s time for competitions. Kenya and South Africa. Lana was accepted from more than 150 other dance personally. Phone or call in for all your hair services Sara sources beads from several community groups which in turn students around New Zealand to join the New Zealand and products. We will be happy to help. support other projects and initiatives. In Uganda she sources simple School Of Dance Junior Associates. A rigourous beads made from recycled magazines. The women in the community weekend audition, lots of hard work and determination groups she buys from have either been affected by HIV, or by the is required before dancers are accepted. This is a war with the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) which left nearly two programme run by the New Zealand Ballet Company DAnCinG STAR: Lana Phillips at the local Festival of Performing Arts last million people homeless. and requires Lana to travel to Wellington once a term year. Photo by Stephen Jones. By making beads women are able to afford life saving drugs to for weekends of intensive classes and sometimes up combat HIV, to buy bicycles to help children get to school and to pay to seven times per year. She is also required to attend for their further education. Master Classes with the New Zealand Ballet Company when they Sara also sources beautiful and more up-market ceramic beads are on tour. These intensive training classes test dancers on classical from a Fair Trade Federation certified organisation in Kenya, which training, point work, flexibility, freedom of movement, not to mention Gisborne’s biggest range of framed employs and supports over 100 solo mothers. determination, focus, responsibility, organization and self-discipline. photo prints & artworks Profits raised from both the Ugandan sales and the Kenyan sales Lana’s travel expenses to Wellington are covered by local sponsorship also help Sara to support community initiatives in the Kenyan village thanks to her Dad, and in her spare time Lana happily serves of Mkwiro where she lived and worked for two years. In Mkwiro, customers and rolls many icecreams at the Okitu Store which she fits there is no electricity, phone access, roads, medical practitioner, around training and school work. running water or even fresh water available. On June 12th Lana participated in an educational training class with If people are interested in buying bead products, or the recent Stacy White from the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company, and is one addition of African printed aprons, they can either contact Sara and of the very few in New Zealand who has been nominated to perform make an appointment to view the beads at her home in Makorori, or simply drop by if they are out at the beach (13A Makorori, phone in October for the National Young Performer of the year awards down in Invercargill. MERCADOS 0210 26 88 282, or 867 66 13). Her next general open day to view the Quiet by nature, with a bubbly personality, gorgeous looks and a Picture Framing & Laminating 98b Awapuni Road ~ Phone 868 9306 beads will be Sunday 16th August from 10.00am to 3.00pm– write it lovely smile, Lana quietly keeps to herself, yet is a rising star on her way 57 Gladstone Road • Phone 867 4305 • jeffos@clear.net.nz in your diary so you don’t miss out! to great success. Definitely a local to watch out for in the future. 38 | BeachLife BeachLife | 39
  • 21. our kids As Aaron grew up he at first went to the Tony Singer IHC pre- Laser Electrical thanks the many homeowners at Wainui Beach who have supported and trusted school, and then to an early special needs integration programme at the Knox Street Kindergarten which was attached to Elgin School. our electrical and air-conditioning services When he reached school-ag he first went to Kahutia Special School but then at his parent’s insistence became an inaugural ELECTRICAL member of the first “satellite” class for special needs children to be • Domestic part of a normal school, based at Riverdale. Then followed two years • Commercial in a special class at Gisborne Intermediate. Later he followed big AIR CONDITIONING sister Louise to Campion College which was a first for the local high school where, with a teacher’s aid, he attended normal classes. While • Mitsubishi at Campion he achieved the Duke of Edinburgh Award bronze • Fujitsu award. Through his school years, with his parents fighting for his rights, Aaron was one of the pioneers of Down Syndrome integration Phone 868 6720 into normal schooling. www.laserelectrical.co.nz When he left school at 17, the Hardings faced another decision. The only real option going was a job at the IHC workshop, but Ivan decided to take him into the family butchery business at Elgin. And here Aaron has worked pretty much every day, helping in all sorts Carl takes top award of ways from packing the shelves to serving customers, for 10 years. When the Hardings branched into fruit and vegetables and began setting up a regular stall at the Alfred Cox Park fleamarket, Aaron was once again part of the team. On Friday nights he helps Ivan pack up the horse float ready for the 5.30am start on Saturday morning. He helps set up the stall and serves customers, many who have got to know him and always offer a “hello”. While he has difficulty with numbers in general, he has learned to give basic change when customers hand over their five and ten dollar notes. Recently the Hardings decided he needed to start to make a life MARKET VALUE: Wainui’s Aaron Harding is a well-known character at the Gisborne Saturday morning flea markets. Despite being born with of his own, so he now works two days in the Elgin shop and goes to Down Syndrome Aaron leads a full and productive life and is a real testimony to the work his parents have put in to give him a normal existence. Vanessa Lowndes for the other three days. Here he is making friends and broadening his view on life. And it’s a busy life. Aaron also goes Aaron looks forward to every day to the Kaiti YMCA gym three mornings a week, where Carl Cairns is his personal trainer. Aaron has been working out with Carl for over a year now which is helping keep his weight under control and give him general fitness and strength (see caption story on this page). I f you are a frequenter of the Gisborne early morning flea market, Although IHC offered great support, the Hardings say they were Around 2002 Aaron went to Disneyland. With sister Louise a then you’ll recognise Wainui lad Aaron Harding. Aaron is the pretty much left to work things out for themselves. Down Syndrome steward on Air New Zealand, a cheap fare was organised but Aaron polite, obliging, easy-going Down Syndrome boy who works was first described in detail by an English doctor, John Langdon set about paying for it himself from the proceeds of a road side diligently at his parents’ fruit and vegetable stall every Saturday Down, in 1866. It is a congenital condition which randomly affects stall outside the family home selling rock melons. Late last year morning. about one in every 1000 babies born throughout the world, male and Aaron went on a course at Outward Bound. He’s also completed an This is a story about Aaron, but it’s also about his parents, Ivan and female alike. The New Zealand Down Syndrome Association says it is underwater diving course. Lois Harding, and his sisters Louise and Sarah. Because Aaron’s 27 a life-long condition that causes delays in learning and development While he was at Outward Bound Lois and Ivan went on a driving years to date is very much about his family. How they’ve brought him caused by an extra copy of chromosome 21 inside each of the body’s tour around the South island and realised it was the first time they up to be a really nice, thoughtful and caring young man. How they’ve cells. It is a chromosomal accident, not caused by anything the parents had been on their own for nearly 30 years. This has made them worked the system to give him a relatively normal life and how they may have done before or during pregnancy. concerned about finding more independence for Aaron as they get love him dearly. In a previous era Down children were often put into group care at older. They have in mind to buy him his own house sometime soon, It was a week after Aaron was born on September 16, 1982, that special homes or institutions. Today people with Down Syndrome where he can have flatmates of his own choice, live his own life and the Moana Road couple, realised something was not quite right with are seen as viable members of the community and all efforts are made have access to recreational and social facilities available in town. For their new baby boy. When they found out it was Down Syndrome to provide them with just enough care so they can live active and most Wainui parents the routine of driving the kids to town and AWARDeD FOR eFFORT: Working with special needs clients like they were at first devastated. They new nothing about the condition. independent lifestyles. picking them up again eventually comes to an end, but Lois and Ivan Aaron harding has earned Kaiti yMCA personal trainer Carl Cairns the It was all new and what was ahead of them was unknown. Today we The Association website says the outlook for children born with have been doing the “ride into town thing” for over three decades. prestigious “Leading By example” award within the national yMCA can search the internet, but in 1982 Lois and Ivan could only call Down Syndrome has improved greatly over the past generation: “It Aaron looks a little sad when leaving home is mentioned, but organisation. 35-year-old Carl, who is married to Rosie (formerly hansen the local IHC for advice. Someone came out to talk to them and the is best to not base perceptions on out-dated information, or on the lives brightens up when his mum explains how good he already is at of Makorori) and lives in Douglas Street, received the award for his work options for Aaron’s care were explained. of older adults who have not had today’s levels of health care and early cooking and looking after himself in general. Ivan knows it will in developing and running fitness programmes for people with disabilities. his philosophy is that people with special needs, which includes people In those days many parents, who decided they couldn’t cope with intervention.” be hard for him too, as he admits Aaron, who pretty much goes injured in accidents, have equal rights to belong to fitness centres and caring for a Down Syndrome baby, would apply to have their child Lois and Ivan were already thinking this way in 1982. They decided everywhere with him, is in fact his best friend. have everyday use of equipment. Carl has been working in the fitness adopted or fostered at birth. The only other option was to take your to treat Aaron as they would a normal little boy. On a list of priorities Aaron took part in the interview, mostly agreeing with his parents industry for 10 years and is now based at the Gisborne yMCA. he is not baby home and, left to your own devices, bring him or her up as best for Aaron’s upbringing the first was that he taught to be sociable; to comments, and sometimes not. Quietly spoken, a little shy, open and only a personal trainer for special needs people but also for several elite you could. The Hardings decided on the latter option, and made a behave acceptably so as not to be an embarrassment to his family. This honest and always eager to help out Aaron is pretty much a “poster athletes in our community. Carl won the 2009 “Leading By example” award ahead of two organisation chief executives and the Auckland area commitment to themselves to raise Aaron just as they would any meant applying the usual discipline and behavioural guidance they boy” for Down Syndrome. Lois says he gets up nearly every morning fitness co-ordinator, who were also short-listed. For more information other child. would to their other children. and says, “I’m really looking forward to today.” Cheers Aaron! about personal training phone Carl on 021 722 323. 40 | BeachLife BeachLife | 41
  • 22. Okitu Store Winter Report 2009 wave rave Winter sport keeps us We have a wide range of Top surfers ride hot waves at our beach motivated at the Okitu Store just about everything! W hy is it that many Gisborne folk often hibernate in winter only braving warmer days to venture out . The winter blues at Wainui – not at the Okitu Store! The sea and sky is still blue, we really don’t have a lot to be moaning about considering it’s absolutely freezing and summer is over. Winter in Wainui is often cold and windy. Turn up those heaters and stoke up those fires, tis’ a time for thermals, beanies, full-length wetsuits and where only the bravest of surfers venture into the colder waters (or holiday where warmer surf welcomes). However we have to embrace the winter and with it the winter sports that we love to take part in – and admire the many dedicated parents who stand on the sidelines supporting and cheering along their children, whom are often in less clothing than those of their supporters. Yes, winter is a time where the training gets harder and the motivation to train or play sports is harder still. No-one really wants to get out of bed early on a winter morning do they? So this W edition I thought I’d ask how many of our staff actually play winter inter! What a drag of a winter it’s been so far, absolutely BIG FRIDAY: For a community that revolves around surfing, it was sports and I was mildly surprised to find that all of them take part horrifyingly cold and wet. The chill started in May and certainly a red-letter day at Wainui when two of the world’s top surfers we kind of skipped that Indian summer that often rolls turned up for a surf at the local beach. The kids thronged at “No Access” in a sport during winter. Who said sports was dying code? This is and the two Aussies were just too happy to sign autographs on just on through autumn. This year we have been hammered by an endless what I found. about anything presented to them, including a number of foreheads. Joel succession of lows dropping out of the Pacific’s southwest delivering Matt Cooper plays rugby, hockey and indoor volleyball for Parkinson, 28, is the current number one surfer on the ASP World Tour E-SE winds and plenty of precipitation. and Mark Occhilupo, 43, was world champion in 1999. Above: The Campion College. Jacob Leaf plays rugby for Pirates and Loads of rain also means loads of swell, the likes of which have Aussie stars head out for a surf with local legends Bobby Hansen and Maz basketball for Ilminister. Kimberley and Karyn Egan both play drastically altered the contours of our beachfront. Beach users have Quinn. BELOW: Parko prepares for one on the head. hockey for Campion and do gymnastics. Izis Weatherhead been cut off at Pines by a completely new landscape of rocks and crevices. Thousands of cubic meters of sand from both ends of Wainui used more than ever leading me to ponder three important questions. plays netball for Campion College and dancing all year round. beach have been moved out to sea or down the coast somewhere. Is improving wetsuit technology making local surfers softer? Is the Kim Dreifuss plays hockey for Campion College and Kia Toa and globe really warming? And does buying a pair of booties pay for itself Between squalls of wind and rain there have definitely been dancing all year round. Amanda Humphries plays soccer and windows of opportunity for Wainui surfers. With the swell being over the winter with reduced wax use? Now that wax is $5.00 a block! rowing for Gisborne Girls High School. Katy Humphries plays regularly way overhead and tending E-SE there have been some I had a plan this winter to wear a thinner wetsuit as long as I could netball and rowing for Gisborne Girls High School. Lana Phillips hollow waves around for the keen. The creek outlet at the Surf Club and go to a proper winter suit later to trick myself into thinking it was and Bree Dobbie both do dancing all year round. Chy Start-Walter has, at times, resembled a river and has formed some good sandbars warm out there. I was holding out in a very good 2/3 Xcel steamer responsible for several broken boards and bodies. plays netball and does hip-hop dancing As for the water temperature, well its very cold this winter 14 Gary Quinn surfs all year round. I surf only when it’s warm and degrees officially on the surf2surf website – but I’m sure its been coach gymnastics and am one of the many parents that scream colder than that. Judging by the amount of rubber being worn by support from the sideline at hockey, even if I have to wear ski-gear local surfers it’s probably one of the coldest winters for a long while. and gumboots sometimes, and if injury allowed I would be doing a Full winter suits, boots, hoods and in some cases gloves are all being whole lot more. So yes, we supportively adjust the roster to suit our Okitu Store Sporting Team and the hot food, hot chocolates, and hot coffees are always ready for the players and parents of Wainui players after a bitterly cold morning of sports whom, like creatures of habit, continue to do this year in and year out lovingly. Winter at Wainui, ah yes, keeping warm is about keeping Winter Hours: motivated, get out and watch our young Wainui kids playing sports Monday to Saturday: 7.00am to 7.00pm and enjoy the warmth we can provide for you afterwards at the Sunday: 7.30am to 7.00pm Okitu Store! Phone 06 867 7013 maRyanne P 867 1684 W www.surfboards.net.nz 42 | BeachLife BeachLife | 43
  • 23. until mid July and have only just got a brand new Xcel 4/3 Superflex were screaming from the dunes as Parko pulled into some thick and with some Xcel thermo barrier booties I am now able to sit and ledgey Wainui barrels. Both Parko and Occy live on the Gold When friends or family come to visit, neW SummeR around out there enjoying the dark clouds and waiting for good waves rather than paddling around in an effort to stay warm. Coast of Australia with their families and young children and their affiliation and patience with the young Gisborne surfers was brilliant. give them the best room at the beach COlleCtiOnS I got a call from the Gisborne Herald asking me to write an article As far as I was concerned Occy is still the man. He epitomises a in-StORe nOW and interview two professional surfers who were coming to Gisborne true surfing legend having experienced the extreme highs of a young day for just one day in late May to put on a surfing display and sign professional surfer in the eighties before bowing out with depression, JetS autographs. Occy was one of my childhood hero’s, my brother and I drug and obesity issues. Occy rebounded with a popular and fabled meSOP used to watch him surf on VCR in mum’s full length mirror just so we comeback to professional surfing in the mid nineties, building up to CaRlSOn could picture him surfing in a natural foot stance like us. Parko is the an incredible and possibly the most talked about World Title win StaRfiSh current World Championship Tour leader and could quite possibly be ever in 1999. Occy was humble, very easy to talk to and didn’t mind Sea fOlly this year’s World Surfing Champion. signing my poster as we talked. (Of course, my poster was for my hOPetOWn Corona, major sponsor of Surfing New Zealand and the Corona oldest son’s bedroom. ) metaliCuS Crown Series, had organised the Occy-Parko tour which began in Give Adam Grimson a big pat on the back next time you see him JOe’S JeanS Piha on Wednesday May 27th, followed by a visit to the Coromandel in the surf or on the beach. He surfed his way into third place in tRue ReligiOn on Thursday before flying to Gisborne to catch the tail end of a strong the under-14 division at The Rusty Gromfest at Lennox Head in lauRie fOOn south-easterly swell on offer here. Australia in July. This is a solid result for the young Wainui ripper kingan JOneS Relax in our large, individually-styled one or two The idea behind the tour was to get the surfers to the best waves as these events draw the best Australasian surfers in each age group. Juliette hOgan bedroom luxury apartments or spacious studio suites. on offer anywhere in New Zealand and to provide a world-class free- Jayda Martin-Fitzharris was another Gisborne finalist in the under StandaRd iSSue surfing display and the signing of autographs on the beach afterwards. 14 girls division at another event on the Gold Coast in the school 2 Bedroom Apartments > sleep 1-6 CaROline ChuRCh A crowd of over 150 spectators turned up to “No Access Surf holidays. 1 Bedroom Apartments > sleep 1-4 theReSe haWthORne Break” at Wainui to witness Parko and Occy’s surfing display and no- Tommy Dalton down at the Boardroom has a great winter sale on Executive Studio & Spa Suites > sleep 1-2 one was disappointed. The pair, along with New Zealand’s top surfers now that’s worth a mention. If you’re thinking about ordering a new and Gisborne locals Bobby Hansen, Maz Quinn, Blair Stewart, longboard or mini-mal for the summer do it now. If you order in July Daniel Procter, James Fowell and Clint Daily lit up the waves with an or August you get a boardbag to fit for free! intense and memorable surfing session. Tommy has some new Placebo and Herbie Fletcher Flexlite Occhilupo said, while signing countless Gisborne grommets surfboards arriving in September just in time for spring. These will unwind in style and comfort at wainui beach memorabilia, that these were easily the best waves they had on their be available in some all-new models and all the old favorites as well. reservations 0800 25 0800 visit to New Zealand. He had visited the district last year and left Some of the new models include Rocket Fishes and 7’6” and 8’0” with great impressions and was very keen to get back. Occy also Herbie Fletcher Mini-mals. There are also some new models of the 60 gladStOne ROad ~ 867 7339 W oceanbeach.co.nz E info@oceanbeach.co.nz T 06 868 6186 commented on Maz Quinn’s surfing ability saying: “He looked easily very popular MR and Lost shortboards arriving with this spring one of the best out there today.” shipment. These all look very sharp and could complete your quiver As far as the local kids were concerned it was Parko who left the ensuring you are prepared for all conditions. most lasting impression. Kids from primary through to high school Ray Dalton (Aardee) has been back in the shaping bay this winter producing some new models of longboard and mini-mals for the summer and these look good too. These boards are very well priced. “THE ERECTION SPECIALISTS With all the new stock arriving over the next few months the ” WE’LL HAVE IT UP WHEN YOU NEED IT Boardroom is filling up fast so make sure you get down and at least have a browse through the racks. You will notice some extra flair in mobile scaffolds available for hire the artwork available on your new surfboard as Jason the new sprayer is creating some really exciting designs. Of course, Meady’s artwork is still available too but he’s away on an extended vacation in Indonesia but will be back sometime soon. Finally, current New Zealand Longboard surfing champion Daniel Proctor and last year’s Open Mens’ National Champion Jay Quinn are the only Gisborne surfers selected to represent New Zealand at the ISA World games in Costa Rica in July and August. Proctor is 8 MURDOCH ROAD PHONE 06 863 3604 raising money for his trip by running surfing competitions and other fund raising ventures around town. If you can help Daniel to Costa Wainui Beach Hideaway CELL 027 6496021 philipallan@xtra.co.nz Rica with a small donation he would really appreciate it. 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