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Cycleway This 1994 issue of Beachside (later BeachLife) magazine heralded the news that a cycle track and
decision a big walking path could soon be built to link Wainui Beach and the city. Fourteen years on we report
the news that the plan has now been shelved due to changed roading priorities.
AS A WAINUI BEACH resident I am perturbed
by the decision to scrap the Wainui Beach to
City walkway and cycle track.
I have lived at Wainui Beach most of my life
and know how dangerous the Highway from
Okitu to Kaiti can be.
To my knowledge there have been many
incidents including seven fatal car accidents
and four fatal cycle accidents.
In later years a new faster straighter
highway has been built allowing the logging
and sweetcorn trucks to travel faster causing
a vacuum of powerful suction that whips
anything from the side of the Highway.
So far we have been lucky that it hasn’t
been a cyclist or a walker but it is only a
matter of time.
I recently had a narrow escape with a
logging truck going over his speed limit and
I was fortunate enough to have a car with
power steering and had to hit 120kmh to get
out of his way.
In the 1940s my father fought for the Wainui
School bus route to be altered for its own
safety. It took the death of an Okitu child
named Biddy Wall to get that route changed.
How many more deaths do the Powers
That Be need to see reason? Maybe Wainui
residents should challenge them to a bike ride
along the said Highway!
A CARING RESIDENT
BACK IN SEPTEMBER – DEVASTATING news,
the Wainui cycleway-walkway has been sunk!
Many locals have been waiting with
patience since the proposed project was first
talked about nearly 20 years ago. In fact this
writer was cycling along the highway with his
children (then aged 10 and 4) back in 1994 –
last century – when Gray Clapham stopped
and took our photo to promote the idea of the
cycling track in an earlier version of BeachLife
BeachLife website helps family research
It is very unfortunate that our MP is AFTER DOING A GOOGLE search on an ancestor by the name of Charles William Ferris, I was
Gisborne based yet she does not support pleasantly surprised to come across the BeachLife website, where I eagerly read the article about
health and safety for her own constituents. the history of the Wainui area. What a fantastic article!
Since the photograph taken by then I have only been to Gisborne once in my life but knew that the Ferris family were from there. I
Beachside in 1994 the volume of traffic has myself am from Northland and in the past it has been difficult and costly to do family research
increased, the school’s roll has increased, from afar.
Sponge Bay subdivision has been developed. Charles William Ferris Jnr, who married Raiha Kamau was the half-brother to my great
In this carbon footprint driven world we live grandfather who was John Sydney Ferris. It is fantastic to me that people are publishing more
in more people want to exercise and save fuel. history like this and making it available to people on line.
Sadly not all of us will be able to use John I was also surprised and delighted to see photos of Charles’ family, and this helped me identify
Key’s cycleway developments. an ’unknown’ photograph I had in my possession that I think now is of Charles Ferris.
This district wants this to go ahead so This website was a wonderful find to me and I think it is great how there are current articles
our community must not say, "oh well never about people in the community, some of whom must be distant relatives. Thanks again to the
mind" – we must force the issue. writers, I will be sharing this with family!
KEVIN MASTROVICH MENA FERRIS
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intro Publisher’s Comments | by Gray Clapham
Stating the project was of low priority Government pulled funding for the Wainui-Gisborne cycle and walkway just as it looked like finally becoming a reality.
No cycleway ... and then the bar closes
NEVER BEFORE HAVE I felt so right about We definitely have too many cars on the road Rutledge and Maurice Judd, bought the
believing something is so wrong. at a time when petrol engine emissions are Sandbar and its lease from Brent Mitchell
The photograph above – taken just ten being part-blamed for the increase in global in 2006 to save it from closing back then.
minutes after deciding to see if I could take warming. They put a lot of money and passion into
a photograph to illustrate the real need There are people in our community who renovating and reinvigorating the bar in
for a cycleway and walking track between would love to bike to work in town or let the hope that the citizens of Wainui would
Wainui Beach and Gisborne – rams home the their children bike into town for sports events. respond and give it full support. Unfortunately
argument. The highway between Wainui Beach Families would love to bike to town at the this never really happened except for
and Gisborne is dangerous. weekend for whatever reason. But they are patronage from a handful of hardy regulars.
Whoever decided that providing a safe now just too scared to take on the logging Present owners, Rutledge and Judd, threw
pathway for cyclists and pedestrians between trucks and other traffic. an all-you-can-drink-free night for the regulars
the beach and the city was “of low priority” Somewhere in a desk drawer or on a to thank them for their patronage on Friday
has not done his or her home work. computer at NZTA there is an amazing, finished November 20 – and then bolted the doors.
It’s not about providing a feel-good design plan for the Wainui-Gisborne cycleway. Guy Rutledge says firmly: "The bar has
recreational asset for beach-loving cyclists and Transit New Zealand, the Government, Anne closed because the people of Wainui Beach
get-fit mothers out power-walking. It’s about Tolley – whoever you are with the power to did not see fit to support it."
the protection of lives. It’s a life and death move and shake – you have to put this project While BeachLife tends to take a positive
issue. back on the top of the list. view of life here at the beach, it makes us
It was so close – BeachLife spoke to The reality is that the cycleway won’t be wonder why a seaside settlement of over 700
NZTA before the project was canned and built – with Government funding at least – for homes could not make one small café and bar
a spokesman said there were just a few many years to come. Unless someone comes viable.
“consultation issues” to sort out. It was felt up with a really good argument. I guess Even the smallest village anywhere in the
that construction would probably have started its over to the newly formed Wainui-Okitu world has some sort of local inn, café or bar
in 2010. Residents and Ratepayers Association to take where locals can socialise on neutral ground,
The Wainui cycle track and walkway concept up the cause. dine out occasionally, take friends for a drink
was put forward over 20 years ago and even It was also a bitter blow to see the Tsunami or just get out of the house for a while.
then – before the logging trucks took over our Bar close its doors. A bar and café at the And imagine holidaying at a Mediterranean
country road – the highway between Sponge Oneroa Road end of the beach has been seaside village without a local taverna or café
Bay and Oneroa Road was dangerous in heavy an institution at Wainui since 1994 when it to relax at with a bottle of wine or to sample
traffic. Now it is a nightmare. It was then – and opened as Waves Café and Bar. It later became the local cuisine at the end of the day.
is now – about road safety. Off The Wall, then the Sandbar and most lately Once the chattels have been sold it’s
Today cycling is back in vogue as an Tsunami Bar and Brasserie. unlikely our local bar will open again anytime
environmentally friendly method of transport. Locals Ray and Gail Dalton, with Guy soon.
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Pacific generated tsunamis do
Wainui surf not require local evacuation
club popular TWO RECENT PACIFIC earthquakes have pointed
to a general lack of awareness about the reality
public, which adds to the confusion, is that an
alert from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Station in
event venue of the risk from tsunamis at Wainui and Makorori
beaches, according to Gisborne Civil Defence
Hawaii is not information that should be acted
upon by the public here in Gisborne, neither is
THE WAINUI SURF LIVE Saving Club officer Richard Steele. the information released by the national media
clubhouse at Okitu is proving very At the time of the Samoa tsunami Gisborne from Wellington.
popular for events and celebrations. emergency services and civil defence agreed early “Information from both these organisations is
Club manager Mike King says the that while there was no safety risk, or need for general and not specific to local areas,” he says.
club receives constant enquiries from evacuations, however it would be prudent to “Local people should only follow the directions
people wanting to hire the clubhouse advise people to stay off the beach. issued by the local Civil Defence organisation and
and its facilities for functions such as This was done by the police and broadcasting the police.
weddings or birthdays. over the local radio stations. Studies, including one just completed for
“Because of its popularity with "Unfortunately the national media was painting Gisborne District Council by GNS scientists, show
locals, out-of-towner’s and even a different picture of potential mayhem and that this region’s real risk comes from major
international guests – we are almost destruction which muddied the clear instructions earthquakes in the South American region,
completely booked out for the that were being delivered locally," says Mr Steele. especially Peru. But even then they would affect
summer months of December, January "This led to some people taking actions that were only limited areas, with sand dunes and banks
and February for the next two years,” inappropriate and unnecessarily disrupted their acting as buffers. They would take 12-14 hours to
he says. normal daily routines." get here.
The rates for hiring the expansive Mr Steele says there will never be a situation Richard Steele says in the event of a local
clubrooms with its commercial where a tsunami from the Pacific Islands requires tsunami, caused by a major earthquake generated
catering kitchen and stunning views any evacuations from Wainui. very close to New Zealand, there will be no time
out over Wainui Beach to Tuahine "The sand dunes give protection for events up for an official warning.
Point are $1000 for a wedding to about 10 metres high and that’s not going to If such a Tsunami is generated it will probably
or function that requires the day happen from an earthquake from that region of arrive 20-30 minutes after the earthquake.
prior for setting up; $500 for an the Pacific. The only action people need to take is The earthquake itself will be the warning. See
evening function and $300 for a day to stay off the beach." GDC’s tsunami alert information on page 41.
corporate function. “One issue not widely understood by the
Locals and former members, who
have an involvement with the club,
can enquire about a variation on
Call for volunteers for Sponge Bay clean-up
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However, if you are planning a their sights on the East Coast area for a major volunteers after the cleanup.
summer wedding – with the surf coastline rubbish clean-up on January 2. “With so many people here who love their
club in mind as the venue – or any One of the beach areas identified by locals coastline – be it for surfing, diving, fishing and
large scale celebration in the next as in need of a clean-up is Sponge Bay which generally enjoying the beach – it’s great for
few years – it would pay to enquire has been used as an illegal dump site for many everyone to have a chance to give something
early to avoid disappointment as years. Other targets for the clean-up include the back and enjoy themselves while they’re at it,”
the beachside clubhouse may soon Turanganui, Taruheru and Waimata river beds says charity co-founder Sam Judd.
become completely booked out – at which are affected by rubbish which flows from To register your support for the cleanup see the
least through the summer months for the storm drains of Gisborne City. charity website www.sustainablecoastlines.org or
some years ahead. Sustainable Coastlines is working closely with contact Sam Judd at sam@sustainablecoastlines.
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Cycle and walk track abandoned
IT WAS THE WORST NEWS possible. Just as it was in the final consultation stages the pin was
pulled on the Wainui to Gisborne cycleway. For those in the community who have been lobbying
for this project for nearly 20 years there is a feeling of bitter disappointment.
Transit New Zealand had actually given its approval to spend $500,000 for the Wainui cycleway
when in early September the National government announced its decision to reprioritise road
funding for this district – a decision that put Wainui cycleway project on the backburner after
years of planning.
The New Zealand Transport Association had already invested around $40,000 carrying out
investigation and preliminary design into the project at the time it was shelved.
Gisborne MP Anne Tolley said while it would have been nice to have a cycleway from Wainui to
Gisborne, it was more important for the economic strength of the region that priority be given to
sorting out State Highway 35 and ensuring it was in good condition.
“It is disappointing to lose some of our favourite projects but when the cycleways were put in
the forecasts, we were in much different times. It has had to be reprioritised.”
Labour MP Moana Mackey said it was “ridiculous” the cycleway project was being canned for
economic development reasons.
Damon Gunness was one of a crew of surfers
“The Wainui cycleway is a great initiative for our region — it’s a kick in the guts to all those who recently took on the biggest waves ever
who have worked so hard for a number of years now to get it going, to have the funding pulled ridden in New Zealand.
at the last minute,” she said.
The Gisborne District has been “done in the eye” by the change in criteria says regional
transport committee chairman Bill Burdett.
Local wave riders
Mr Burdett said he and the whole committee were extremely disappointed by the change that
had seen the replacement of the one-way Motu Bridge, the Wainui cycleway and the extension of
conquer new giant
the riverbank walkway to Taruheru taken out of the region’s roading programme. WAINUI SURFER DAMON GUNNESS has had
Gisborne district councillors and staff recently met with Minister of Transport Steven Joyce where his share of coverage in surf magazines over
he was made aware of local feelings about his Goverment’s about-turn on funding for the Wainui the years – but his picture on the latest
cycleway. cover of New Zealand Surfer is once-in-a-
Manager Engineering and Works Peter Higgs told BeachLife that the National-led government lifetime historically stupendous.
has altered the funding criteria to reflect their priority – which is concerned about economic Damon is pictured – on the cover and
growth and improvements in productivity. inside the magazine – riding what they
"Consequently funds are being put into those areas. Funds for cycleways are targeted for areas are claiming as the biggest waves ever
where they will assist in relieving congestion.” ridden ever in New Zealand. And the waves
However Mr Higgs says the Minister did agreed to ask the agency to re-look at the project." he and a crew of tow-in adventurers and
Mr Higgs says the cycleway is still on the list of works to be done in this region but there is no photographer Cory Scott pioneered are not
funding for it within the next three years at least. The project has dropped to a very low priority that far from Wainui, somewhere out in the
and has a long way to go in moving up the list in competition with other projects around the ocean off our coastline. More about this in
country. Kelly’s Wave Rave on pages 43-46.
When asked if the Council could "pick up" the project he says the Council is struggling to fund Damon is not alone in the latest issue –
basic infrastructure and to keep rates to a minimum. The Council was not in a position to fund it may as well be renamed Wainui Surfing
this project. It had to be funded by regional roading funds rather than rates. magazine. Wainui waves feature throughout
He says the cycleway design will be retained by NZTA so that if funding does become available with appearances from Bobby Hansen, Dane
in future the project will be ready to proceed. Simpson, Maz Quinn, Buck Woods, Blair
The chairperson of the local Ratepayers and Residents Association Norman Weiss says the Stewart, James Tanner, Buck again – and
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"The wave-shaped structure
conveys the school’s strong
connection with the sea ..."
Wainui School principal Nolian Andrew and architectural designer Chris Shaw checking progress of the new library in November.
New school library arrives on the crest of a wave
A STUNNING NEW LIBRARY building shaped like a Wainui Beach wave is point for outdoor gatherings at the school.”
fast taking shape at Wainui Beach school. The original plan was to build a new classroom for the school but a
The $186-thousand project certainly has eye appeal and everyone at concept was put together to turn the old library into a classroom and
the school – teachers, students and parents – are totally excited. make use of the 78 square metres freed up in the school’s building area
The concept is the work of school parent and local Wainui-based allowance to create the dedicated new library.
architectural designer Chris Shaw of Pacific Modern Architecture. Using three curved laminated beams as the basic structure of the
“The Wainui School library is more than just a place for books,” Chris building Chris was able to create a wave-like design. The roof area,
says. “It’s the centre of technology, research, reading and learning. It’s which covers surrounding decks, makes the building look much bigger
also a link to the playing fields and the front deck will act as a the focal than it really is.
Two sides of the building beneath the wave structure will be
constructed of glass from floor to ceiling with the library shelves built
Redefining the art of coastal living into the walls so books can be seen from both inside and out.
The roofing iron has been moulded to follow the wave shape and will
finish overhanging a landscaped rock garden where rainwater will flow
unimpeded by spouting with a waterfall effect.
Chris says the design was inspired by Wainui with the concept that
the wave-shaped structure conveys the school’s strong connection with
the sea, which is considered part of the wider school learning area.
He says its also a bonus that the children are being exposed to
This dynamic coastal landscape inspired our name and inspires our creative architectural design and can observe the building’s construction.
architecture. A modernist response to the South Pacific lifestyle. Principal Nolian Andrew says everyone is very pleased with the project
with the board seeing the value of the creative design which has been
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next year with a ceiling at around 230, so any families in the school’s
pacific modern architecture zoning area with children of school starting age should let the school
know as soon as they can.
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Designer Lauren moonlights “MODELING WAS NOT really something I was very interested in initially,
but when I finished my studies I found myself with a lot more spare
on the fashion runway time and after some persuasive words from friends I thought I’d give it a
whirl,” says Wainui girl Lauren Marriott.
Lauren (23) grew up at Wainui Beach, the daughter of Cliff and Lyn
Marriott of Douglas Street.
She is currently living and working in Auckland where with friend Charl
Laubscher she runs her own design company called Super Et Cetera.
“Currently we are based, in-house, at TBWA/Tequila, an ad agency
in the Wellington CBD. Notable clients include Adidas, Playstation, ASB
among others,” she says.
“I was first involved as a model in Fashion Week in 2008. Being my
first year I was not expecting to land many shows, if any. In the end I
walked for seven designers (World, Sera Lilly, Stitch Ministry, Michael
Pattison, Ana Steele, Duechar, Sable and Minx) and was involved over
the weekend in all the public shows.
“It was full-on, but a lot of fun. I actually made some great
connections for my design work also as the place was crawling with
photographers, designers, media etc.
“Fashion week was on a much smaller scale this year with several
designers opting for group shows to save on costs. I was only involved
in one group show – walking for Barbara Lee, Starfish and Mild Red.
“I was always used to being on the other side of the lens in a
more creative or directive role – so to be the object of focus was an
interesting and exciting change. In retrospect I haven’t actually been
what you would call a hard working or full time model – I tend to just
take jobs that engage my interest and will fit around my work.”
Lauren’s younger sister Ana, who recently celebrated her 21st birthday,
is back home for summer having graduated with a university degree in
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15 things to do this summer at Wainui Beach
➊ Get up early and take a photograph of the ➋ Walk over the Wainui Headland walkway for ➌ Go for a swim between the flags at The
new day’s sunrise over Wainui Beach. great views of Wainui and Makorori beaches. Pines – Wainui’s version of Bondi Rescue.
➍ Go fishing! Try your luck surfcasting off the ➎ Walk to the end of the headland for a close ➏ Walk out on the reef and feed the stingrays
beach or ring a mate with a boat. up view of the old Tuahine Lighthouse. at Tatapouri Bay. Phone 868 5153.
➐ Relax with your morning paper, takeaway ❽ Take a drive to Pouawa and walk out to ➒ Make a picnic lunch and find a quiet spot
coffee and a muffin from the Wainui Store. the marine reserve. Take a snorkel and mask. in the sand dunes along Makorori Beach.
➓ Treat yourself to a cool ice cream from the ➊ Enjoy a hamburger, fish and chips or a
➊ ➊ Have a barbecue! Fire up the hot plate
big selection of flavours at the Okitu Store. bacon and egg bap from the Wainui Store. for breakfast, lunch or dinner on the deck.
➊ Go on a mini bush walk along the shady
➌ ➊ Go surfing! Take out a longboard and
➍ ➊ Spend the day at the beach! Grab your
paths of the Okitu Scenic Bush Reserve. hang five anywhere along the beachfront. beach gear and head for your favourite spot.
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Local couple Playful dolphin likes the Wainui lifestyle
heading to town
AFTER 23 YEARS AT the beach Mike and Lyn
Griffiths of 99 Moana Road are moving to
Their quaint two-storied "dolls-house" style
beachfront property overlooking Whales sold
in November – so they can now finally move
to the convenience of a town house in Grey
Street near Waikanae Beach.
The Griffiths bought their Okitu house in
1986 after they had lived all over New Zealand
following Mike's job as an insurance agent
for Royal Insurance and later Farmers' Mutual
Everyone's wondering if Moko the Friendly Dolphin might decide to call Wainui Beach home this summer.
He's certainly become settled around the Gisborne coastline since he arrived here during the winter and
The couple were married in 1970, Lyn
has been making numerous appearances at Wainui Beach in recent weeks. ABOVE: Moko teases Graham
originally a Smyth from Ruatoria, and had two
Falloon with a large kingfish. PHOTO BY TOM GRIMSON
children. Mike was well-known as a coach
of the HSOB senior rugby team and as a LEFT: Moko’s latest trick is to gets in on the surfing
committee member of the Poverty Bay Golf action along the Wainui beach breaks.
In town the Griffiths hope to carry on their
retirement interest of minding motels for motel
owners on vacation.
Chalet back as
The Griffiths house sale is indicative of the
property roller-coaster of recent years. For the
record they bought their beachfront home for
$85,000 in 1986. It went on the market at
$850,000 just at the end of the property boom
THE CHALET RENDEZVOUS has reopened for
– and finally sold in November for $550,000.
business as a seaside accommodation lodge.
Owner Nicola Watkins has given the former
famous local restaurant an interior and exterior
makeover and once again the distinctive
Swiss-style building is providing "affordable"
accommodation to the travelling public.
Backpacker-style accommodation is available
as well as more upmarket boutique rooms
upstairs, all offering great views of Wainui
Beach and the Pacific Ocean.
With deference to the history of the
building – which opened as New Zealand's
first restaurant with a liquor license in 1957
– the business has been renamed Chalet
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Association provides collective voice
for Wainui and Okitu residents
THE WAINUI-OKITU RESIDENTS and Ratepayers the community to form a community group on
Up and running Association Incorporated has finally been its own initiative.
formed and registered. A committee was In December 2009 Council called for
CONGRATULATIONS BEACH people.
selected from the 30 people who attended the consultation on the Draft Gisborne City Urban
We now have our own Residents and
inaugural meeting on 13 September 2009. Development Strategy which contained a
The community is now invited to join the proposed change to the Gisborne Urban
Not only that, the Association is also
Association in working for the welfare of the Boundary – moving it from the 100kmh sign at
officially registered with the Companies
community. Sponge Bay to the north end of Moana Road.
Office as an incorporated society.
The main purposes of the Association is Council had actively pre-consulted and
Our name is Wainui-Okitu Residents
to promote and represent the views of the involved scores of “key stakeholders” but
and Ratepayers Association Incorporated.
Association’s members concerning all issues had ignored Wainui-Okitu organisations,
Yes, it is long. But it is descriptive and
affecting Wainui Beach and the community businesses, residents and ratepayers.
inclusive. You can use the acronym,
of Wainui-Okitu. These issues include the It was realised that Council did not consider
WORRAI, on your subscription cheques.
community’s unique characteristics, its the residents and property owners, nor
The Association’s motto is “Beach Voice
wellbeing, the environment, its sustainability even the school in our community, to be
for Beach People.” This really says it all.
and its future development. “key stakeholders” on an issue that – as it
The people who love this community and
The Association aims to protect and turned out – could have significant impact on
choose to live, work and/or own property
enhance the unique nature of the ecological, development in the community.
here want to have a say in its future and
geographical and social environments of This provided the final incentive to efforts
Wainui Beach and Wainui-Okitu and to to form a residents association with or without
The underlying and overriding intention
provide a forum within which the Wainui-Okitu the Council’s assistance.
in forming this Association is to provide a
community can identify, discuss and deal with A group of about 25 residents met in April
positive, unifying and proactive element
local issues and concerns. 2009. There was wide ranging discussion on
that will help to bring a greater sense of
It also hopes to foster a community the structure and purposes of such a group.
community to Wainui and Okitu
spirit within Wainui-Okitu by organising and Out of this came a core of about 10
There will undoubtedly arise
providing community activities open to all people who volunteered to research and
contentious issues from time to time, and
residents, ratepayers and visitors. investigate. The group got information from
this new community group will be able to
The Wainui Okitu Residents and Ratepayers the Companies Office on incorporation and a
address them. At the same time, there
Association has its genesis in the community’s sample constitution from the Piha Residents
are many opportunities and proactive
interactions with the Gisborne District Council Association. A survey was drafted and
initiatives that can bring us together as
during the Council’s 2008 efforts to reticulate distributed to residents and property owners.
a community to celebrate this beautiful
Wainui and Okitu with city water and The response from the survey was that most
place in which we are so fortunate to live.
wastewater when Council received over 400 people thought such an organisation was a
We welcome all members of the
written submissions opposing reticulation. good idea and supported it.
community to join the Association,
When the Council voted “no” to reticulation Over the next several months there were
regardless of their views on any given
it’s officers also recommended that Council working party meetings to write a constitution
issue. The Association relishes the
and our community develop a way to work and sort out other matters.
opportunity to represent the views of the
collaboratively on issues and initiatives With the paper work in order and the
community, but can only do so if there is
involving Wainui and Okitu. A group of constitution looking good a meeting was
a broad cross section of the community
residents worked with Council officers on this called for 13 September 2009. About 30
in the membership. Thus, each and every
idea with a final recommendation that Council people attended.
one of you is encouraged to join up.
assist the community in the formation of such The motion to incorporate was put to the
NORMAN WEISS – CHAIRPERSON a group. group and the group voted “yes”. Officers
Councillors then did an "about turn" and were elected. The appropriate papers were
rejected the concept with the argument that signed and sent off to the Companies Office.
The committee it would be impossible for the community
to select a group that would be totally
On 1 October 2009 the Companies Office
registered the Wainui-Okitu Residents and
THE OFFICERS FOR THE FIRST YEAR ARE: representative. Ratepayers Association Incorporated as an
Chairperson: Norman Weiss Out of this rejection was born the idea for incorporated society.
Treasurer: Chris Charrington
Secretary: Katherine Thompson
Committee Members: Virginia Gunness, Just $10 to show support for your association
Craig Jenkins and Gary Stevenson. Subscriptions to the Wainui-Okitu Residents and Ratepayers Association are $10 per year and
There will also be a co-opted are now being received. Envelopes are available at the 2 Wainui Dairies, or you can pay online to
committee member from the school the Assn Bank a/c ANZ 01 0641 0215837 00. If you pay online, please forward an email to the
Board of Trustees. treasurer Chris Charrington at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, noting whether you
are a ratepayer or resident and the date of the payment.
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A long list of
things to think
THE RESIDENTS AND RATEPAYERS Association
officers have had two meetings to date.
They looked at the survey about what
people want the association to focus on. Here
are some of those suggestions:
• Retain the distinctive beach community
character of Wainui and Okitu.
• Actively initiate projects and events that
support our sense of Community.
• Encourage people to protect and live in
harmony with the environment.
• Keep regular communications going within
• Have a community notice board detailing
• Monitor issues related to quality of life.
• Draw neighbours together around issues of
common concern to provide a ’reference
Treasurer Chris Charrington, secretary Katherine Thompson, Craig Jenkins, chairperson Norman Weiss,
point’ for GDC to hear a collective voice and
Virginia Gunness and Gary Stevenson with our long-serving community advocate Muriel Jones.
to keep GDC ’in check’.
Joining Association is important • Organise community beach social gatherings.
• Organise working-bees (sand dunes
protection, beach clean up, composting, tree
AT THE TIME OF THIS writing there were over get two votes. planting, etc).
70 paid memberships of the Association. Of course, the individual memberships are
Some who have joined have paid one preferred as that gives greater support to the • Organize an on-site wastewater monitoring
member subscription fee of $10 for their organization. system to ensure they are up to scratch.
household It was decided early on that it would • Organise children’s activities and special
Others have paid for two memberships so be difficult to represent the views of the days.
that each adult in the family can have a vote community as a whole. • Develop the community’s own civil defense
at meetings Realistically, an Association can only plan and warning system.
You may join in either way. Each member- represent the views of its members and other • Make the ’main road’ and streets safer
ship carries one vote. So if you subscribe to a people specifically and actively involved in a (decrease speed-limit, increase cycle and
household membership, you get one vote, and particular project or issue. walking paths, etc).
if both adults in the household subscribe, they The Association only represents and speaks
on the behalf of the Association’s members. • Promote beach sports, a community market,
So again we encourage everyone to join. a community garden, electric cars fueling
A celebration ... It is not a political group. You are welcome
regardless of your views. But it will deal with
station, bicycle rental station, etc.
• Coordinate a ’community bank’ to facilitate
IT WAS DECIDED that a community get- political issues if they arise. Being a member the exchange of skills and talents.
together to celebrate our environment, gives you a voice. The more members we • Help fund raise for the cycle/walkway to
our community and ourselves would be have the more weight our voice will carry. town.
our first collective activity. It will be a
community BBQ in February 2010. Details
will be available in the New Year.
A project that has long been in the
Competition to make a Wainui logo
hearts of many beach residents is the EVERY GREAT ORGANISATION needs a striking logo. A logo contest has been suggested to draw
cycle-walkway from Wainui to town. So more input from the community. There will be a vote at the next general meeting to select the
there will be a raffle at the BBQ to help best logo.
raise funds for that venture. So bring your Many people have commented on how long and non-catchy the Association’s name is. Yes, it is
family, food, drinks, togs, toys and a little a real mouthful. So, we will also consider name change suggestions at the next general meeting.
cash to buy a raffle ticket. Get your creative thinking caps on, put your logo and name ideas into the computer and email
Anyone interested to help organise this them to email@example.com.
event please contact Virginia Gunness The preamble to the Association’s constitution gives a sense of place to where we live and also
(867-2634) or Diana Whakapapa (867- connects us to its Maori heritage. The preamble is Ko Te Wainui – ’Tis the great expanse of water,
2790). Ko Te Okitu – ’Tis the place of rest, Tihei Mauriora – ’Tis the breath of life.
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ABOVE: To celebrate BeachLife Magazine’s second summer we asked some of our first
mothers and babies to repose the group photo Phoebe Gander set up for us when
the babies were mostly newborn. Here they are again as around-about one-year-olds –
Hayley Dalton with Jett (18 months), Jade Gunness with China (15 months), Cathy Morley
with Mac (13 months), Gina Robinson with Shea (13 months), Amy Campbell with Charlie
(12 months), Phoebe Gander with Sennen (11.5 months), Rachael Williams with Kobe (11
months), Kelly Thorpe with Matai (11 months), Jane Moore with Poppy (11 months). Okay
– everybody back again when the kids are 5! PHOTO BY PHOEBE GANDER
RIGHT: Nick and Jo Webb of Douglas Street welcomed baby Finn into the world on
31 July 2009. A brother for 21/2 year old Hannah. Nick is the son of Tammy and
Alan Webb of Gisborne and is in fact a great-grandson of Edward Rowley Murphy
who subdivided the south end of Wainui and whom Murphy Road is named after.
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At Comet Swimming Club we can teach your child to swim before they can walk. We are
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Phone 867 0698
Teach your baby a core skill that can potentially save their life!
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ABOVE: MEET Oscar Raniera Gerrard, first born child to Keri and Daniel Gerrard on 17 September
2009. The couple have lived in their own home in Douglas Street since moving to Gisborne four
years ago. Daniel is CEO at Sport Gisborne.
PHOTOS THIS PAGE BY PHOEBE GANDER
LEFT: Cooper Spike
Quinn, a son and
future pro surfer
for Maz Quinn and
Born 10 August
2009 in Queen Mary
at 4.34pm weighing
an incredible 10lbs
7oz! (natural birth
– go Hayley!) First
grandchild for very
proud Gary and Pip.
RIGHT: AJ Hector Kinsella, born 23 April 2009 at 7lb 13oz. A son for
Andy and Rebecca Kinsella of Moana Road, a brother for Eva (2), a
cousin for Nia (2) and another grandchild for Nigel and Vicki O’Leary.
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Ash Scott from Lloyd George Road and Troy Conole from Pare Street recently proved primitive methods can still catch a feed from the sea. Trailing a lure on five
metres of line attached to their surfboard’s leg rope attachment the boys hauled in several Kahawai schooling off north Makorori in late October. The Kahawai
were in such a feeding frenzy one latched on to Troy’s finger while he was paddling.
Kahawai feeding frenzy
WAINUI AND MAKORORI beaches during spring the poor treatment some fishermen inflict on Tony Bishop recommends this recipe from
and summer are often the scene of one of the fish when it is first caught. New Zealand’s leading fish chef Ray McVinnie.
nature’s most fascinating spectacles. A school of Right from the moment you catch Kahawai, Scale and fillet the Kahawai, leaving the skin
Kahawai on a feeding frenzy. it needs care. It pays to kill the fish quickly and on. Liberally coat the flesh with sea salt – only
The common Kahawai (Arripis trutta) are mercifully by spiking its brain – rather than to sea salt will do – and half a cup of tarragon,
pound for pound – and if fished on appropriate let it fight itself to death while suffocating. It fresh if possible, but use less if you have dried
gear – one of the hardest fighting sportfish also pays to quickly bleed the fish by running a tarragon. Place in refrigerator for at least six
in any ocean, according to fishing writer Tony knife from just inside the gills and then straight hours, overnight is better. Skin the fillets and
Bishop. through under the throat, you can also make a wipe and wash off salt and tarragon, then pat
“Most kahawai weigh between 1kg (2lb) and small cut to bleed the fish at the tail end. dry the fillets thoroughly with paper towels.
2.5kg (5lb), but they fight well above When cooked fresh Cut the Kahawai fillets into serving portions
Kill the fish
their weight class. from the sea, kahawai and grill on barbecue, or under oven grill, for
"There are few sights that stir the is delicious. If taking around two minutes each side. (The salting
fishing blood more than a school of home, keep in an ice partly ’cures’ the fish). Do not overcook –
Kahawai in full attack mode. When
they are really on the bite, they can be
mercifully slurry of seawater
slightly underdone is better. Place on plates
and dribble with a vinaigrette.
almost too easy to catch.”
Kahawai make lengthy migrations,
& quickly... When filleting the
fish immediately cut
Kahawai also makes great raw fish. Slice
fillets into thin slithers and put them in the
probably associated with spawning and out the dark red-blood meat along the centre fridge for about 2 hours to ensure they’re
seasonal changes in the abundance of food. of the fillet. Cut the fish into small fish-finger nice and cold. Marinate for 15 minutes in 1/2
They cover vast distances quickly because of size morsels and cook quickly. a cup each of olive oil and balsamic white or
their speed. Kahawai may have a bad reputation as an Italian white vinegar, 1 tablespoon of capers, 1
Kahawai often school in an iceberg shape. eating fish because people try and cook fillets loosely chopped garlic clove and some loosely
The fish that are showing on the surface may that are too big. By the time the fillet cooks chopped square leaf parsley. Eat on toasted
represent only a small percentage of the total through, the flesh is dry and tasteless. ciabatta bread with a red onion, lettuce,
school, which is invisible under the water. Smoked Kahawai is delicious, either by hot tomato salad. Also try sashimi style with any
Many people have a low regard for the or cold smoking but other cooking methods dipping sauce.
eating qualities of Kahawai. This often reflects can prove successful.
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Tall tales from the
Murphy Road ditch
There wouldn’t be many magazines that would devote a page to the memory of a ditch. This year the
infamous Murphy Road open drain was finally piped and buried and is now just that, a memory. Murphy
Road resident Beverley Carswell takes us on a nostalgic and amusing trip down memory drain ...
THE STORIES THAT OLD ditch could tell! biking past the Murphy Road ditch as these stolen. Her second attempt was when Cheryl
As small children in the 1940s Eileen Phelps terrible boys would jump out of the ditch MacFarlane and friend did a U-turn landing
and I use to scurry along the ditch and crawl calling: “Battleship! You are a destroyer.” head first in our ditch. My excited paramedic
through the drainpipe going under the main At other times the children of the mother rushed to help Cheryl who appeared to
road from Murphy Road into Cooper’s property neighborhood would have competitions to see be bleeding from the mouth only to discover
by the church. The ditch continued on until it who could jump the ditch without falling in. that she had been eating a plum.
reached the bullrushes where we use to meet I see this game was still carried on until the Later on, after we had been in a car accident
Liz Allen from the Four Square Store to play recent covering in of the drain. ourselves up Northland, mum lost her nerve
amongst the cow pats and stamp our tiny feet Not only the neighbourhood children but and refused to go out on ditch rescues. So
in the puddles, then run through the thistles also adults over the years have stories to tell one night, after hearing a thud in our front
chasing the sheep, while our brothers played about the ditch. drain, I wandered out to see that the ditch
cricket in the paddock until it was time to go One night after a party at our parents’ had swallowed an entire small car and to my
home for tea. home, as the guests were leaving, Mrs Joan delight found my ex-boss Mr Alistair Bryan,
We, tiny and unseen, would walk along this Cornish missed the footbridge and fell into the trapped inside. Unhurt I must say – shaken
muddy, subterranean pathway down Murphy ditch with a shriek. Her photographer husband and but not stirred – after a night at the Cossie
Road towards Cooper Street to play with Lyn Mr Lloyd Cornish yelled back: “It’s alright. It’s Club (if you get my meaning).
Ferris with Mr Chong from the next door market just the wife.” Sometime later we found his missing
garden peering down at us from above. Wild The famous owner of J. Wattie Canneries, Mr spectacles at the bottom of the ditch which I
stories were told about him not trusting banks Gordon Wattie, after celebrating his birthday, returned, much to his embarrassment.
and burying his money in the garden. which happened to be on New Years Eve, The ditch flooded more than once. My
The ditch carried on in a U-turn down the backed his brand new prestige car straight into brothers at the time ran the Twins’ Poultry Farm
side of Chong’s house and down the back of the drain, which was lifted out manually by Mr and one day after heavy rain my brother Ross
Pepper’s and Ferris’s, past Costain’s ducks and Warwick Spence and friends. phoned me to see how I was. Why, I asked?
into King’s Creek where we caught eels and All sorts of cars were attracted to this ditch. The farm is flooded, he said. No, we are okay,
paddled and played for hours. Our mother was well known for going to the I replied. I put the phone back on the hook
The ditch was used as an imaginary castle rescue of many an injured soul. Mr Trafford, Mr and went out the back door stepping up to my
moat from which Kevin Phelps and the twins Murray Torbet and even one Christmas morning knees in ditch water.
would hurl balls made of mud while playing Santa delivered to me at 6am in a big red Mosquitoes and the odd frog lived in the
war games against each other and any poor Mercedes no other than the entertainer Prince ditch except in droughts. It always held water
soul that happened to pass by. Tui Teka, stuck in our ditch. as it actually ran uphill. In 1954, my father
They would also hide in the ditch and Before the new main road went through, wrote to the Harry Barker council to have the
spring up and scream at a poor Jenny on horse my mother put herself through a course at St. ditch filled in. Every time we’d see a surveyor
back: “Who’s got the biggest backside (been Johns and was extremely disappointed when poking around in the ditch we would ask and
polite) – you or the horse?” the next car crash happened. She rushed out be told. “Yes, we’re filling it in – next year”.
Mary Shipp told me years later she dreaded to find the occupants had flown as the car was Finally, 55 years later, it’s gone.
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Surf club ready for
new summer season
THE 2009-2010 SURF LIFESAVING season is up and away at the Wainui
Beach Surf Life Saving Club.
Volunteer patrols have started and will run every weekend from 1pm
to 5pm on Saturdays and 10am to 6pm on Sundays right through to mid-
March. Regional surf lifeguarding starts on Monday 21 December and goes
through to Friday 22 January.
The paid lifeguards are employed and managed by Surf Lifesaving
Gisborne, largely by funds received from the GDC, and they use the Wainui
surf club as a base to patrol the beaches during the weekdays in the peak
summer months of December and January. The positions are largely filled
by university and secondary school students who are on their summer
vacations and looking for work.
The Wainui Nippers programme is now in full swing. It is provided for
children from the ages of 5 through to 13 and is held at every Sunday
starting at 10am and all children are welcome.
There have been several personnel changes within the Wainui SLSC
this year. Justin Martin our long-serving Club Captain and IRB steward has
Carleen Hic moved out of town. His two positions have been filled by Rama Robertson
: Sharel le Hindrup ds (technician), (IRB Steward) and Jeremy Lockwood (Club Captain).
HAIR TEAM leigh Richar .
HOUSE OF (owner), Ash David Isaacs
arnie Evans each (technician) and Sue Quilter was awarded the Life membership award at this year’s AGM.
(senior stylist), M B
), Christina Sue has been involved with the Wainui SLSC for many years and has
Emma Ruru contributed in many different areas. She is Wainui SLSC’s inaugural woman
GHDS ... life member.
Our Junior Athletes have been working hard out training over the winter
Pink! Comes with a brush, sectioning clips and 2 bags — months and names to watch include Toby Harris in the beach sprint and
plus a donation to breast cancer. flag races, Ollie Puddick in the ironman and board races, Ben Tinnelley for
the ski events and Laura Quilter in the junior swimming events.
Black and Silver! Comes with a hairdryer and a bag. Wainui committee members and officers are as follows:
Patron – Alan Baylis; President – Grant Fussell; Vice presidents – Trevor
Black! Comes with a blowdryer or heat mat. Williams, Murray Robertson, Kev Mastrovich; Club Captain – Jeremy
Lockwood; Power craft officer and gear steward – Rama Robertson; Chief
SUMMER IS HERE! instructors – Chrissy Robertson and Dieago Pedrioli; Youth Development–
Fly Falwaaser-Logan; Caretaker – Alan Baylis; Committee – Lyn Grimson;
Come and get treatment to protect your hair, control frizz,
Honorary Solicitor – Neil Weatherhead; Auditor – Richard Coates; Manager
protect colour and increase shine! – Mike King; Finance Manager – Nic Williams and Coach – Dion Williams.
FACEBOOK ... Surf Lifeguard award courses have started again and we hope to get at
least another 10 people through their surf lifeguard award. If you have any
Check out House of Hair on Facebook for promotions, tips questions regarding any aspect of the Wainui Surf Lifesaving club please
on hair care, photos and regular updates. feel free to contact our Manager Mike on email@example.com or call
0274223364. Mike King
COMING IN DECEMBER!
New true organic colour .. watch this space for more info. ’80s nippers flashback
Where were you in ’82? Chances are you were down at the beach hanging out at
the surf club with this bunch of nippers. There are a few legends in this line-up
98b Awapuni Road ~ Phone 868 9306 who got their first taste for the waves with the Wainui Surf Club. Most of these
Open Monday to Friday. Late nights Tuesday and Thursday. kids are in their late 20s and early 30s today.
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Several locals including a
contingent of 78 children
from Wainui Beach School
took part on the Gisborne
Herald Quarter Marathon in
LEFT: Rory Faulkner of
Douglas Street celebrated his
12th birthday with a 10km
run which he completed with
his mum Nicky.
RIGHT: Also completing his
first ever 10km run was
Jordan Grace of Douglas
Street who did the run with
his dad Steve.
ABOVE: Wainui School children turned out en mass for the Gisborne Herald Quarter Marathon. On the day the 78 children taking part completed
2.2km. However in training for the event, running just 1km each day, the kids actually ran a full marathon distance.
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ABOVE: Michelle Nyholt of Pare Street celebrated her birthday recently by shouting a large group of friends to the opening of the new Matawhero
Winery. A portion of the crowd is pictured waiting for the mini-bus to arrive to take them out to Matawhero. PHOTO BY TESSA McCORMICK
ABOVE: Wainui’s Ferris family members went to Auckland recently to visit brother Dale who was having a housewarming party. What he didn’t know
was sister Sher had won a night out with the group “Ladykillers” in an online fund raising auction and brought the ladies along to the party. Pictured
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Having a celebration? Make sure you send in a photo or two to
BeachLife Magazine. Email digital files to email@example.com.
ABOVE: Tim Gander of Murphy Road as Captain Jack Sparrow at
his 30th birthday celebration recently which had Smugglers and
BELOW: Joel Pollock and Willie Baty party pirate style.
ABOVE: Local boys Blair Stewart, Tom Dalton and Dane Simpson who all grew
up together at Wainui Beach celebrated a combined 30th birthday party earlier
BELOW: Local girls Jade Gunness, Analise Franks, Hayley Dalton, Dallas Boyce
and Beth Tweedie were on hand to party with the local boys at the combined
30th. PHOTOS BY HAYLEY DALTON
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ABOVE: Not that long ago Jacob Kohn thought Razza was
his absolute hero then next thing you know he’s facing ABOVE: Casey Willson (in the middle) of Moana Road turned 5 in November and
Razza in a first round heat of the 2009 O’Neil Sequence Surf celebrated with friends Fern Boyle, cousin Charlize Willson, Shayla Neshausen, Pila Crick
Shop Pro. and Imogen Amor Bendall.
ABOVE: Lysnar Street’s Louisa Chapman was
admitted to the bar at the High Court in
Gisborne by the Honourable Justice Keane
earlier this year after successfully sitting
several requalification examinations. Louisa, ABOVE: This picture was taken in the early 1980s at a Christmas party for the Wainui Nippers of
now working at Egan and Kite, had previously the time. We’ll leave it to your keen eyes and memories to identify the kids – several who are still
been admitted to the bar in London in 2007 hanging about at the Wainui Surf Club to this very day! And look – that’s dear old Joy Low in the
after studying law at university in Bristol. background. A bearded Mike Virtue is also in the picture.
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ABOVE: Charlize Willson celebrated
her 5th birthday recently. Also
pictured are Piran Payne, Fern
Boyle and cousin Casey Willson.
LEFT: Super Dad Craig Willson
with Charlize, Jes and Chase on
Charlize’s 5th birthday.
RIGHT: Who’s the bald guy hanging
out with Adrianna Bataritta Clarke?
(John and Andrea’s grand-daughter)
Hey – it’s Kelly Slater in between
heats at the final of the ASP World
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Fleet of foot at
TOP LEFT: Grace Nepia and Emily Fitzgerald put on a sprint for the
finish with Skye Hutchings in third place.
ABOVE: Alysha Ngaira, Erina Walker, Tabitha Edwards and Myah
Woodcock in the 10-year-old girls 200m heats. In the final Myah was
first, Alysha second and Erina third.
RIGHT: Racing around the turn in the 11-year-old boys 200m were
Jacques Klavs, Tama-Jay White-Ryan, Kobe Johnson, Luke Simperingham,
Michael Bloxham and Kelly Geiseler.
ABOVE: All go in the 8 year old boys 2oom were Jacob Scammell, T.J. Pyper, Te Murunga Jones, Brandon Tane, David Barker and Flynn Kelly.
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ABOVE: Ella Trafford clears the bar with a winning smile to claim the girls high jump championship for 2009 over a height of 1 metre 20.
ABOVE: With room to spare and in classic style Jacques Klavs clears the
bar on his way to second place in the boys high jump championship.
Yahna Lodge has every
reason for a victory
salute after winning both
10-year-old girls 100m
ABOVE: Using a different but successful technique Kobe Johnson clears and 200m events.
1m 17 to win the boys high jump contest.
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Troy’s art turns a buck at the Bar
TROY CONOLE HAS NO plans to leave Gisborne anytime soon. This
22-year-old Pare Street local is proud to be Wainui born and bred and
has a collection of successfully selling art work that testifies to the
passion he has for the local lifestyle.
Troy has been exhibiting his unique artistic renderings at the Tsunami
Bar for the last year. So far he has sold around fifteen pieces and
demand seems to be increasing.
His pieces all have a surf focus conveying a certain “airbrushed”
dream-like look of surreal surfing perfection – that offshore dream of a
perfect day at a perfect location that, as they say, “only a surfer knows
The locations are not fantasies but local surf breaks like Wainui
Beach, The Island, Makorori Point, Pipeline and often evident are the
iconic headland backdrops of Tuahine, Makorori or Young Nicks Head.
Troy says he has been drawing these waves since he was about
7-years-old at Wainui School. They decorated the covers of his exercise
books and any spare scrap of paper that came his way as he grew up
doodling and sketching, later taking on painting and sculpture as his
main subjects at Campion College.
He left school half way through the 7th form when he was fortunate
in successfully applying for a graphic design apprenticeship at the
Troy’s “paintings” are actually digitally drawn. He has adapted the
design software Indesign to create digital files that, when printed on
high quality canvas, look like they have been hand-painted.
Troy defends himself when purists say they are not real paintings. He
says he has “done his time” spending years working with real brushes
using oils and acrylics and making woodcuts of his beloved waves.
With Indesign he uses his fingers on the mouse as he would a pencil
or paintbrush to draw the perfect lines and create the soft blends that
allow for the unique look of his works.
Anyway, what do the purists know. His paintings are selling – enough
to have funded an Indo surf trip earlier this year. Artist and self-confessed Gisborne lifestyle lover Troy Conole with one
Apart from a school trip to Japan the Bali trip was his first travel of his original canvas mounted surfscapes.
experience as an adult but it hasn’t fired a great desire to give up his
career for the big OE. credentials doing his apprenticeship in graphic design at the Gisborne
Where many of his Herald. At 22 he owns a car and a house in town. The plan is to keep
contemporaries had working, keep surfing, go fishing and play “happy families” when
to leave Gisborne to his girlfriend and fiance Jessica comes back to Gisborne to live from
attend universities Auckland.
or design schools, Troy’s paintings sell for $280 and are always original. Even though
amassing huge they are digital files and could be reproduced over and over, he only
student loans, Troy ever makes one print of a drawing.
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Move to stop foreign fishing
OKITU MAN AND fishing consultant
Daren Coulston is so outraged at the
current direction of the New Zealand
fishing industry he has started a
national campaign to bring about
The campaign is called “New
Zealand Fishing – Keep It K-iwi”. The
aim of the campaign is to create a
nationwide groundswell of opposition
to the foreign crewing of New Zealand
fishing vessels and the processing of
New Zealand caught fish in foreign
Daren has registered a trademark
for the campaign which is the "flag"
the growing group of discontented
people are rallying under.
Daren says New Zealand is the only
developed country in the world that
Daren Coulston has started a nationwide campaign to stop the hiring of foreign crews to fish New Zealand waters.
allows foreign-crewed factory trawlers
to catch the bulk of its fish.
“Around 45% of all New Zealand’s deepsea quota is caught by “In the last 10 years the domestic fishing fleet has declined by over
foreign-crewed vessels, nearly all of Iwi deepsea quota is caught by 50% depriving the New Zealand economy of much needed income
foreign crewed vessels and about 65% of all New Zealand fish caught taxes and ACC contributions and local economies are missing out on
is processed in China and Thailand. the millions of dollars of wages that would be spent every year by New
"”This is the great New Zealand scandal, as New Zealand has the Zealand crews and their families.
capability to catch all of its own fish – we don’t need foreign crews “A New Zealand factory trawler with a crew of 40 at sea has an
here at all.” annual wage bill of $4.2 million, whereas a foreign boat’s annual wage
The Great New Zealand Scandal was in fact the title of a recently- bill is a mere $800,000. But it’s not just wage revenue the economy
screened television documentary which exposed foreign-owned factory misses out on. Foreign factory boat skippers are paid by the amount
fishing trawlers paying crews third-world wages while living in appalling of fish that they catch, whereas New Zealand skippers are paid for
conditions onboard the boats. the quality of the end product, ensuring the maximum benefit of our
“These trawlers are chartered by New Zealand companies and valuable fish resource.”
quota-owners to catch New Zealand fish – forcing our own commercial Daren says there is no reason, apart from greed, to justify the use of
fishermen out of their own industry,” Daren says. foreign boats and their crews to catch New Zealand’s fish resource. The
Daren has created the Keep It K-iwi movement to give a voice and practice just forces local fishermen out of the industry.
a focus for New Zealand fishermen and others who are concerned this The jobs directly related to foreign crews fishing New Zealand deep-
“foreignisation” of the industry will bring about the demise of the New sea offshore resources is estimated at 1200. The loss of jobs in fish
Zealand fishing culture. processing factories is estimated at 2000 plus.
“The scary thing is that if we let foreigners catch our fish for another “And it gets worse – several companies have applied to the
10 years we will loose the capability to do it ourselves. We will be Immigration Department to allow foreign crews on inshore vessels.
trapped into foreign fishermen catching New Zealand fish for decades “We believe that the wages and social benefits to New Zealand
to come. Is that the way it is meant to be? of using local crews far outweighs the profits enjoyed by the eight
“NZ Fishing– Keep It K-iwi represents all the fishermen who went to companies who use foreign crews.
sea in the 1970s and 80s on foreign boats to learn how to catch New “This is a national disgrace being ignored by all politicians and New
Zealand deep sea species and how to operate large factory fishing Zealand’s media. Only action from outraged Kiwis will force politicians
vessels during extended voyages. to take notice and act to make it illegal to catch New Zealand fish with
“We then used these hard-learnt skills to crew and operate New foreign crews. This is our resource for all Kiwis to benefit from, not just
Zealand-owned vessels as the “New Zealandisation” of the industry a selfish few.
began after the enforcement of the Quota Management System. “In a global recession, with unemployment soaring, with crime and
“But now New Zealand company owners have found ways to import the cost of the dole on the rise we cannot allow Kiwi jobs to continue
cheap foreign labour to take the jobs New Zealanders have a legitimate to be taken by foreign crews.”
expectation to hold. Some fishing companies have never employed a The NZ Fishing – Keep It K-iwi movement has a website at www.
New Zealander in their offshore fishing operations. nzfishing.net.nz. Go online to register your support for the cause.
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Mrs New Zealand settled
for life at the beach
If you live in Lysnar Street you will know Joan Coates as the friendly lady with the lovely garden at number
one. Most often you’ll spot her ripping out weeds either at home – or around the corner at her adopted spot
on the highway. Joan has had an eventful and colourful life, coming from a privileged family of British Raj
tea planters, settling in New Zealand in the 1930s and then spending two years as the epitome of a Kiwi
housewife and mother during her 1960s reign as “Mrs New Zealand”.
WHEN LYSNAR STREET’S Joan Coates recently
received a civic award for her volunteer
work in the Gisborne community it seemed
like a good enough reason to interview this
indefatigable octogenarian about her colourful
and interesting life.
For Joan Coates has been a well-known
personality in Gisborne or over half a century,
most of those years spent living here at Wainui
In many ways Joan was Gisborne’s first real
celebrity in the modern sense of the word.
Celebrity first came her way when she was
announced the winner of the third Mrs New
Zealand contest way back in 1962. It was one
of Gisborne’s defining moments when one of
our very own provincial city “housewives” was
deemed to be the finest example of a wife and
mother in the whole of the land.
From that day on Joan Coates became a
public personality. You could hardly pick up
a Gisborne Photo News without pictures of
Joan Coates at social and charity events or
modeling the latest fashions for the local
women’s wear stores.
As the years went by she became well-
known for her interest and knowledge of sport
and her love of gardening. Lately she has
been recognised for her efforts as a tireless
volunteer for public organisations and charities
which rely on people with big hearts and
shoulders to keep them viable.
This propensity for raising her hand when
volunteers are called for was recognised
in October when she received a Gisborne
Mayor’s Civic Service Award for “community
service to the Gisborne district through various
Joan Coates was born Joan Davenport
Joan Coates 47 years after her reign as Mrs New
Zealand is still a woman of style and dignity.
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in Calcutta, India, in the mid-1920s. (With midwife was dispatched by boat while the “Winning the contest was so unexpected
reverence to a lady’s prerogative not to reveal doctor came on the back of a policeman’s and it certainly put my every move in the
her actual age, we can only say her 80th bicycle – riding along the footpath blowing his spotlight – but it gave me the opportunity
birthday was celebrated a year or so ago.) whistle. to do many interesting things I could never
Her parents, Guy and Doris Davenport, were Around 1953 after they had returned to New dreamed of doing,” she said.
wealthy English tea planters from Darjeeling. Zealand Jim Coates was offered the job of It was very much a life-changing event. She
The tea gardens they owned in the Darjeeling senior physician at Gisborne’s Cook Hospital reigned for two years as the figurehead of
hills had been in the family for several and so began the Coates family’s attachment New Zealand’s married womanhood and for
generations and they very much epitomized to Gisborne that remains to this day. the main prize she and Jim went on a tour of
the era of the British Raj – the British colonial They lived in Stout Street, just around the USA and Canada with a visit to the World
rule of the Indian subcontinent between 1858 from Wi Pere Street, and the boys went off to Fair in Seattle.
and 1947. Mangapapa School. As the wife of the town’s Everywhere she went she was photographed
Joan and her younger brother John lived leading doctor Joan was socially in demand and interviewed. An American newspaper
in luxury attended by servants for the first and even then became immersed in volunteer reported during the tour: “In her realm on the
decade of her life. work for various organisations. In 1960 she Southern Pacific Island, Mrs Coates can expect
She tells the story how one day when she gave birth to a daughter, Tessa, now married a life filled with many personal appearances,
was still a baby a wild monkey stole her out to Sean McCormick and living in Douglas lectures and interviews during the next two
of her pram. A servant saw the monkey scaling Street at Wainui. years. Her title is based on her merits as wife,
the wall separating the garden from the jungle, It seemed like a perfect story. So much so mother, homemaker, community citizen and
who alerted her father who fired his gun. that son Graham urged his mother to enter the personality.”
If the monkey hadn’t dropped her upcoming 1962 Mrs New Zealand contest. After But life was not as perfect as it appeared
immediately she believes she may have ended lengthy interviews by a panel of judges and and when her marriage ended a few years
up like Jane “swinging through the tree-tops a process of elimination Joan was announced later Joan left Stout Street to live in a rented
looking for Tarzan”. the national winner out of 2000 entrants. house in Wairere Road with daughter Tessa.
Joan received home education from a nanny
until she was 8 years old. Then family tradition
was that the children were shipped back
to England for further schooling. Her father
couldn’t stand the thought of separation from
his wife and children so he abdicated from his
role as the family manager of the tea gardens
and found a job as a tea taster with a firm in
Auckland, New Zealand.
In the mid 1930s the family booked a first
class passage to New Zealand on the SS
Rangitata, a voyage that took six weeks.
In New Zealand they lived in Remuera
Road, next door to the parents of the future
Sir Edmund Hillary. Joan was enrolled at
Meadowbank School where, at nine years
old – and because she had never been to
an actual school before in her life – she held
the dubious record of being the oldest ever
primmer one student. At least for the first
When she was 11 years old she became
friends with a young man who was five years
her senior. Young Jim Coates was a son of
friends who had tennis parties with her family.
As a teenager she attended the prestigious
private Anglican Auckland Diocesan School
for Girls and on leaving school worked as a
nurse at Auckland Hospital during the years
of World War 2. Here the pretty young nurse
met up with Jim Coates again, by this time
a handsome junior house surgeon, and they
married in 1945.
They lived in Auckland where sons Michael
and Richard were born then travelled to
England where Jim would further his medical
studies at London Hospital and later
Third son Graham was born in Hampton
Court just days after the abolition of war time
petrol rationing which caused huge traffic
jams around London and a panic as the baby
began to announce itself. Gisborne’s most photographed woman of the 1960s Mrs New Zealand Joan Coates with 21/2 year old
The house had a river frontage so the daughter Tessa pose in their Stout Street garden for the 1963 April cover of Photo News.
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OPPOSITE PAGE: Portrait of Joan just before the Mrs New Zealand contest,
publicity photo with Dr Jim Coates while on tour of the USA as Mrs New Zealand,
an early taste for beachlife at Bognor Regis in the 1930s, dressed up with Dr Jim in
top-hat and tails on the way to the Queen’s garden party in 1950.
Around 1974 Joan bought a small cottage was a committee member
in Douglas Street. Over the year's the old and then chairperson of
beach bach was renovated and improved and the Heni Materoa Children’s
Joan established a lovely cottage garden in Home through the ‘60s and
the backyard which has often been included ‘70s, a founding committee
in local garden tours. Here she has lived as a member of the Gisborne
popular personality of the Okitu community Business and Professional
until the present day. Women’s Club, also a
In the early years as an independent woman committee member of the
– with Tessa at boarding school and later away Royal Overseas League.
working and travelling overseas – Joan first She was on the original
worked for Hammon Jewellers and later as a organising committee to
salesperson for Guy and Dunsmore Sports. raise funds to build the
With an active interest in tennis, golf, Gisborne squash courts,
badminton and trout fishing she became a long-serving committee
sought after for advise and information on member and is still
sporting equipment and sport in general. currently the patron of the
Her community work also continued. She Poverty Bay Golf Club.
volunteer at Joan’s father Guy Davenport preparing the elephant for a trip into town
the Wainui from the family’s Darjeeeling tea gardens in the 1920s.
Surf Club for and ‘80s she socialised with a great group of
decades, a helper at the Gisborne lady friends – who were all characters of the
Public Relations office in its day, Okitu neighbourhood – Joy Low, Jean Schroder,
a volunteer with Palliative Care, Gloria Harrison, Nelly Lloyd, Kate Hitchings –
Keep Gisborne Beautiful and spending hours at the beach in the summer
Eastwoodhill Arboretum. and long evenings dining and playing cards
She has worked as a volunteer together.
gardener at Eastwoodhill for 20 Joan is now the last woman standing of this
years, she gardens and maintains group of local identities. Today she continues
an adopted spot on the State to garden as much as she can, keeps in touch
Highway at Okitu – also at with her children and her grand-children – and
retirement homes, the Poverty is lucky to have son Richard and daughter Tess
Bay Golf Club and for years has still living at Wainui.
opened her own garden for public Until just recently she would jump in her
viewing to assist fund raising car at short notice and drive to Blenheim to
ventures. visit son Graham, an expert consultant on the
A bite from a white-tail spider farming and marketing of salmon, who is now
a few years ago has left one of partnered with winemaker Jane Hunter. Son
her hands slightly deformed which Michael occasionally visits from England.
caused her to give up golf and Yes – Joan Coates is an icon of Gisborne and
restricts her gardening activities. certainly a loved elder of the Okitu and Wainui
Joan with baby Richard in England in the late 1940s. Through the years of the ‘70s communities. A true celebrity in our midst.
“Books are lighthouses erected
in the great sea of time.”
- Edwin P Whipple
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Very clever and always extremely fit Dean Craig was
a committed but unassuming citizen of the beach.
Okitu sad at loss
of a capable man
THE UNTIMELY DEATH on the 10th of Dean first built a garage
September 2009 of Douglas Street resident at the front of the property
Dean Farley Craig provided an opportunity for in which Heather and first
friends to look back on the life of this multi- daughter Tess, who is
talented local man. now 21, lived for about
Dean, most-lately known for his work locally five years while the main
as a property valuation expert, died only 10 house was being built. A
months after being first diagnosed with colon second daughter Meg, now
cancer in December 2008. 16, followed and then son
Born in Lower Hutt in September of 1953 Baxter who is now 13.
Dean spent his early years on the Kapiti Coast Around 1987 Dean
until his mother and step-father, who were got a job with the then
both teachers, left New Zealand to live and New Zealand Valuation
work at Niagara Falls, Canada. Department which went
They returned to New Zealand to live at on to become Valuation
Manurewa when Dean was 12. From an early New Zealand. Surviving the
age he was a handy runner but at Manurewa downsizing era he proved
High he was always beaten into second place himself as a very capable
by a very fast opponent named John Walker. valuation officer with his
Due to his speed as a runner he also made the knowledge of building and
school first XV. his ability to write well-
He left school and went to Victoria to study structured reports.
law but dropped out after a year. Here he met Later he became the
his wife-to-be Heather Mackay who was also Gisborne area manager for
a student at the time. Heather is now library Tauranga-based Landmass
manager at Tairawhiti Polytechnic. Technologies and through Dean Craig taking a break in his workshop with his son Baxter.
Around 1974 they went north to live in his efforts successfully held
Mount Maunganui where they shared a flat the contract to undertake the three-yearly Formula One motor racing, boxing and cycling
with others right on the main beach. Dean government valuation of this district. – particularly interested in the Tour De France,
took up landscape gardening and pursued As always Dean became very passionate of which he knew every detail. Even at a time
his passion for kneeboard surfing. They then about his role as a valuer receiving favorable when he was seriously knocked about by
moved to Auckland where he started a job feedback from the Government auditors for chemotherapy he insisted on inviting friends
building. the credibility of the data he prepared on over over for a Tua versus Cameron fight-night party.
Around 1975-76 Heather’s parents were 23,000 individual homes. As Heather’s brother Neil says: “Dean never
living in Gisborne where her father, Dr Millen Dean was a huge reader of newspapers with gave in, he really did die with his boots on.
Mackay, was the superintendant at Gisborne a big concern for global issues and always up Even with his chemotherapy he insisted on
Hospital. Dean and Heather came down for a with the play on international news. During driving himself to Palmerston North for the
look, liked what they saw, and stayed forever. the Springbok Tour of 1981 he turned his van treatment. He never once complained or
In Gisborne they bought a house-bus in into a mobile petition until it was eventually expected any sympathy about his medical
which they lived at Makorori for the summer covered in hundreds of signatures from those problem. To him it was just another challenge.”
and then at the showgrounds. Dean had a against the rugby tour. He and Heather were Just ten days before he died he was at
number of jobs – he did a diesel mechanic amongst the protesters who invaded the Rugby Park vocally encouraging son Baxter
apprenticeship at Monk Brothers and then pitch at Hamilton to disrupt the now historic as he played for the Poverty Bay Under-13s
switched to take on an auto electrical career at Springboks versus Waikato match. against Wellington.
Lucas. At another time he went crayfishing. Dean was an enthusiast for everything Heather says he was real can-do sort of
While at Monk Brothers he and friend Ned he took up. He was one of the first to take man. He built their house, he fixed their
Pyne from Wainui got the job of demolishing up mountain-biking in Gisborne and was cars, he made their furniture, made his own
old Central School and salvaged the rimu and extremely fit. During the early ‘90s he would surfboard – he even sewed Heather’s wedding
kauri timber to build their homes. While renting often be seen returning home covered in mud dress.
a bach on the beach in Wairere Road Dean and on late weekend afternoons after cross-country Dean’s family will miss him dearly and so
Heather bought an overgrown section along cycle rides over the steepest terrain. He had a will those who called him a friend.
Douglas Street. huge interest in all sports – particularly rugby,
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Farewell to Quietly-spoken Moana Road
resident Bert Cotterill was
the New Zealand swim coach
to three Olympics, bringing
home a bronze medal with
John Coutts in 1976.
EARLIER THIS YEAR I went to the home of my Joe was a member of the Wanganui East Club realise a dream to live beside the sea. Shortly
Moana Road neighbour Bert Cotterill. I often when he was made a SNZ life member. after buying their home on Moana Road Bert
played golf with Bert on Sunday mornings and Bert was, in fact, New Zealand’s first full- and Pam went for a swim and, after catching
he had kindly offered to let me have a near time professional swimming coach. a wave and body surfing into the beach, Bert
new trundler he had in his garage when he A former head of physical education at said: “I think we’ve just arrived in heaven.”
noticed mine had become dilapidated. Colenso High School, Bert started swimming From 2000 until his semi-retirement in 2007,
Bert and his wife Pam lived at 81 Moana with the Wanganui East Club in 1942 and also Bert was assistant-coach to Gary Martin at
Road in a beautiful, spacious home on a 1/4- represented the Karori and Heretaunga clubs. Gisborne’s Enterprise Club.
acre section overlooking Wainui Beach.
He was proud to show me around his
house and in a small room dedicated as his
office I noticed several pictures of a younger
Bert in celebratory poses with athletic young
swimmers who were obviously New Zealand
It was only then I learnt Bert, the Sunday
morning golfer, was actually quite famous and
a respected personality in the New Zealand
A great story for BeachLife, I thought,
and made a plan to come back in the near
future for an interview so I could write up his
interesting life’s story for a future issue of this
I was shocked and dismayed when I heard
news on Monday 24 August that Bert, at age
75, had died suddenly the night before in
So I am now, sadly, writing his obituary.
Bert was famous in the swimming arena.
He taught thousands of youngsters to swim
during a 66-year involvement in the sport.
During a period of 20 years he coached
three Kiwi swimmers at three Olympic games
– Sandra Whittleston of Napier in Mexico in Bert and Pam Cotterill together not long before Bert’s sudden death in August this year. Bert was
1968, bronze medal winner John Coutts of a well-known coach and official of New Zealand Swimming.
Hastings in Montreal in 1976 and Sharron
Musson of Napier in Seoul in 1988. He was a five-time winner of the New In recent years, he enjoyed playing golf
His numerous official roles over the Zealand three-mile championship from 1954 to with Poverty Bay’s Sunday morning “Three
years included coaching and managing 1958. In Hawke’s Bay he took up a teacher- Putt Club”. In partnership with competitive
Commonwealth and Olympic Games teams, a coaching role with the Te Awa club, which he local golfer Allan White he was a winner of the
four-year stint as chief examiner for the New held from 1960-1966. He was the Greendale prestigious Barns Graham Cup in 2007.
Zealand Swimming Coaches Association from club’s chairman and coach from 1966-1972. “He was a generous and totally honest
1980-1984, treasurer and later president and During the 1985-86 summer, he was centre man,” says Pam, “who never gave up his love
secretary-manager. In 1977 he was named New manager and coach at Sydney’s Carlisle club. of teaching children how to swim.”
Zealand Coach of the Year. From 1991-2000 he was the New Zealand Bert is survived by his wife Pam, six
A foundation member of the Napier Swimming Federation’s director of coaching children from separate earlier marriages and
Aquahawks Club he had recently been and education. He was also the author of the 12 grandchildren. A very sad Pam is now
awarded life membership of Swimming New unit standards for the popular Lotto Learn to planning to leave Wainui Beach to move to
Zealand. He completed the first father-and-son Swim programme. Tauranga where she has family.
duo to be awarded this honour. His late father Bert and Pam came to Gisborne in 1999 to Gray Clapham
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Douglas Street local and art gallery entrepreneur Matt Clarke and his Welsh-born wife Tracy, daughter Teifi (2) and son Roman (4) relish life at Wainui Beach.
Matty Clarke’s choice of home works out
IT’S BEEN FIVE YEARS since Wainui local Matt Matt says the concept of the gallery is to only Auckland Art Fair and being recognised
Nache Clarke and his friend Gene Paul started showcase art of the highest local, national and amongst the leading art dealers in Australasia.
Gisborne’s PAULNACHE art gallery. international level. Their showing at the Art Fair has made
Originally The Pencil Gallery, Paul Nache Now their reputation has elevated in the art valuable new connections with dealers and
(an amalgam of the two owners names) world people are now buying online via the promoters from all over Australasia and that
specialises in contemporary New Zealand gallery’s website, but at first it was important will lead to some really good work coming to
painting and hosts frequent exhibitions by to establish the gallery and the physical Gisborne.
recognised local, national and international connections with artists and buyers. “It’s great to be in business in Gisborne,”
artists. Establishing relationships with art buyers, says Matt. “We like Gisborne, we have our
On October 23 they celebrated the gallery’s some in Gisborne but mostly in the main family and friends here, we can live the
fifth anniversary and took time out to reflect centres and some internationally, has been the Gisborne lifestyle. The earthquake of 2007
on their success and the choice to base the key to the business. (which badly damaged the gallery building)
business is Gisborne. “We’ve got good relationships now where worked in our favour allowing us to reinvent
Matt Clarke – the son of Penny and Kerry we are the intermediary agents connecting the space, add on a balcony, uplift the whole
Clarke – met Gene Paul at art school at artists to art buyers,” says Matt. image and totally rebrand.”
Massey University where the were both “It’s a game. While people are buying art A real highlight this year was the showing of
studying design and fine art in advertising. for investment, they are also investing in five works by Raymond Ching at the gallery.
Later in Wellington they worked together on the future of the artists they buy. They are “We are now operating at the same level as
the idea of creating an online art gallery. By usually people who have a passion, maybe an many of the bigger city galleries but we get to
chance Matt was offered the upstairs space obsession, for buying and collecting art.” do it from this beautiful place called Gisborne.”
above Mitchell’s Cameras in Gisborne and the Matt gets satisfaction from seeing top artists On New year’s Day PAULNACHE Gallery will
idea moved to establishing a physical gallery like John Walsh, who he used to study at be opening a new exhibition called Paper
based in Gisborne. The decision to try such a school, now working enthusiastically with the Money, a curated group show of works on
venture in the provinces was a bold one. gallery. paper featuring art by Damian Hirst (UK),
But for Matt particularly it meant he could Matt and Gene look back on getting started James Aldridge (Sweden), W.D. Hammond,
come home to Wainui Beach with his partner as 23 and 24-year-olds in a gallery in Gisborne Gretchen Albrecht, Billy Apple, Rob McLeod,
Tracy and their little boy Roman where with no lights and no doors. But then this Matthew Couper, Mark Braunias, John Walsh,
he could bring up a family in the beach year they saw themselves mixing with the James Ormsby, James Robinson, Paul Hartigan,
environment he grew up in. 'who’s who' of the art world at the invite- Rob Hood, Sanjay Theodore plus others.
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damage of a
life in the sun
LOOKING HEALTHY BECAUSE you have a tan can be a bit like looking
happy because you are drunk – it can be a short-term illusion with a
Kiwis have some of the most sun-damaged skin in the world – a
price we pay for clean air, outdoor lifestyle, and skins that would be
happier in a cloudier climate.
You can avoid sun damage by covering up and using sunscreens,
but advancements in science offer hope for those who didn’t.
From California, where youth and sun are almost religions, there are
now physician-only products that give your body the ability to undo
some of the damage.
ABOVE: Specialised scanning technology can reveal broken capillaries (middle)
To understand how the repair works, we need to understand a little
and pigmentation (right) from sun damage in the dermal level of the skin before it
about how the damage is done. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun and
makes its way to the surface, or epidermis. Skin Deep Aesthetics has the Reveal
sun beds has two main wavelengths, UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays
Skin Analyser in Gisborne for a limited time from this month to give clients a
have a shorter wavelength and cause sunburn in the outer layer or
baseline to track treatment progress.
epidermis, but UVA rays cause a lot of aging because they penetrate
deeply into the middle “dermal” layer of skin and damage collagen aging taking place in the middle "dermal" layer of skin.
fibres. Young, healthy skin constantly renews itself in this layer, eliminating
As these are repeatedly rebuilt, skin gets wrinkled and loses its or repairing old and damaged cells, and generating new cells before
elasticity as collagen becomes depleted. fine lines, wrinkles, or sagging can develop.
To protect against sun damage, our skin forms melanin, better known As we age, the rate we heal slows as levels of human growth factor
as a tan. The trouble is, fair to medium-skinned people have uneven drop, and this, along with DNA denaturing from the sun’s radiation
melanin production, and tend to form freckles, moles and age spots, (or mean our skin begins to lose the race repairing the damage.
liver spots). Without protection, capillaries break and skin loses its tone. Growth factors are natural proteins abundant in young skin that
Prevention is better than cure, but some existing damage can be regulate cell turnover and generation, and the production of collagen
undone by stimulating the skin’s own capacity to repair itself. and elastin in the skin.
To do this we can either stimulate collagen production and break Skin Deep Aesthetics now has the latest low-allergenic skin
down pigmentation using intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments, or use rejuvenation range from American company, Benev.
specialised peels suited to your specific skin type to get through the In addition to high quality peels and maintenance products, Benev
epidermal layer of skin to the dermal layer beneath. also has human growth factor products, which simulate the healing
Peels painlessly take away layers of dead cells that build on the processes that take place in young skin.
skin’s surface, revealing new skin beneath. This is not a time machine, but the results are often amazing, and
Most creams and potions people use can’t make it past the offer hope for a range of skin issues, including eczema, acne, psoriasis,
epidermal layer to work where they are needed. Skin may feel softer, and pigmentation.
but they do nothing to stimulate collagen production or address the
Call Skin Deep Aesthetics for a consultation with Dr Anuya
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Fitness and childcare
offered at Kaiti YMCA
WAINUI RESIDENTS are fortunate
in having close access to the
YMCA’s Kaiti fitness centre and
early childhood care facilities in
In what was the former Kaiti
Memorial Hall the Gisborne YMCA
now runs a state-of-the-art fitness
centre and employs professional
trainers to assist members
achieve health and fitness goals.
Adjacent there is also a newly
built complex devoted to child
The overall CEO of the YMCA is
longtime Wainui Beach resident
Leigh Gibson. Leigh has a huge
and passionate commitment to
the YMCA. She says the YMCA, a
community owned organisation,
has a vision to be recognised
and respected as a leader in the
YMCA Kaiti Gym fitness instructor Len Wawatai explains fitness equipment to Anne Bradley and Kath Thomas.
for providing quality services in
education, childcare, fitness and programmes are available to help with quality resources, quality
recreation. you meet your goals whether you equipment and quality staffing."
HEALTH AND FITNESS are training for an event or just The Kaiti childcare options are
"Focusing on the fitness role of wanting to keep fit. Y Tamariki Bilingual Centre (6am
the YMCA, which most people are Kaiti Gym members Anne to 6pm) and Y Arataha Childcare
familiar with, the concept here is Bradley and Kath Thomas at the back of Kaiti Hall (8.30am
to make achieving fitness fun and (pictured above) can’t say enough to 3.30pm).
easy by providing motivating and in support of the Kaiti Gym. The YMCA provides all meals
encouraging environments within "It’s friendly, welcoming and for children which include
Gisborne’s most professional very relaxed. The instructors are morning and afternoon tea and a
fitness gyms," Leigh says. very good and it’s non-threatening cooked lunch and dessert. Dietary
for people our age. We love it." concerns and special meals are
While the gym is set up catered for.
to make new members feel There is also the Active
comfortable – it has all the latest Learning Centre, similar to Kip
Wainui’s Leigh Gibson is CEO of the equipment and range of weights McGrath, (3pm to 5.45pm)
Gisborne YMCA. experienced weight-trainers need managed by a registered teacher
for a full body workout. currently doing her masters. The
Kaiti Gym open hours are
weekdays (6am to 7pm) and CHILD CARE cost is $15 per afternoon, and
Saturday (8am to 12 noon). The Also available to beach the children are collected from all
City Gym hours are weekdays residents is the YMCA’s Early primary schools including Wainui.
(5am to 8pm). Saturday (7.30am Childhood Centre in Wainui Road. The programme is filling fast so
to 3pm) and Sunday (8am to "We are a chartered and contact the City YMCA reception
midday). Ministry of Education-licensed for registration forms.
Membership allows use of early childhood centre offering The YMCA is very keen for
both the City and Kaiti facilities quality care and education for Wainui and Makorori residents to
and entitlement to reduced rates children from birth to 5 years of make themselves familiar with the
at the City Gym’s cycling Spin age," says Leigh. Kaiti Gym and Child Care services.
YMCA KAITI CENTRE Classes. "Our community early Call in and ask about
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www.ymcagisborne.co.nz health tips. Personal training
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A little more light on windmill mystery man
THE STORY OF Frederick Ottaway and the mystery of
the Wainui windmills continues.
We have been able to shed some light on the
background of the man who built windmills in the
Wainui Beach sand hills around the turn of the 20th
In earlier issues of BeachLife we revealed that
Frederick Ottaway built two windmills – one along
Wairere Road around 1895 and then another larger
one opposite where the Chalet now is around 1917.
Both windmills were built from recycled materials,
mostly from flattened kerosene tins which were
painted with tar and coated in sand.
Older Gisborne residents remember the Moana
Road windmill still remaining in a dilapidated state up
until the early 1940s.
Recently BeachLife was contacted by Mr Ivan
O’Connell who’s wife Lilus is the great-great-grand
daughter of Mr Ottaway through Ottaway’s daughter
Hilda. It is now believed Frederick had two children
with his wife Elizabeth, the other a son named Alfred.
Of interest is that Lilus and Ivan’s daughter Rachael
A photograph of Fred Ottaway and his wife Elizabeth from great-grandson Ernie Hart’s album.
is married to local man John Lewin and living in
The family portrait and substantial cemetery plot suggest they were people of some means.
Murdoch Road. Their two daughters Grace (7) and
Gemma (5) who attend Wainui School are therefore
great-great-great grand children of the man who built
We also now know that Frederick and his wife
Elizabeth lie side by side in a substantial plot in the
Taruheru Cemetery. Fred died on 14 December 1928
aged 81 and his wife died aged 70 on 23 January
1930. It is thought Frederick was of Norwegian origin
but details of what he did for a living and where the
family lived are still unknown.
Another descendent of the Ottaways, Ernie Hart,
still lives in Ormond Road. Although Fred died just
after Ernie was born, Ernie can remember going
on family outings by horse and buggy to visit the
windmill which still had its sails attached in the very
Mr Trevor Ottaway who used to be a cobbler who
ran the shoe repair business in Bright Street was also
a direct descendent.
BeachLife welcomes any more information about
the Ottaways and their windmills. The last resting place of the Ottaways at Taruheru – Fred died in 1928 and Elizabeth in 1930.
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Wainui & Makorori Beach Tsunami Plans
Distant tsunami are generated from a long way away, such as from
across the Pacific in Peru/Chile. In this case, we will have more
than six hours warning time (in most cases up to 11-15 hours) for
LOCAL TSUNAMI (The Worst Case) THERE WILL BE WARNINGS FOR THESE EVENTS!
A local tsunami may be caused by a major earthquake (similar to If a Tsunami is generated from the West Coast of South America
December 2007) or one that goes on for longer than a minute. there is usually many hours (about 11 hours in most cases) to
Local tsunami are generated very close to New Zealand. This type of prepare for the event.
tsunami is very dangerous because we may only have a few minutes There will be a declared Civil Defence Emergency if evacuations
warning and damage could be quite significant in specific areas. are necessary.
A landslide in the Hikurangi Trench or a large earthquake from an Only the most low lying areas of Wainui will need to be
offshore fault could cause a local tsunami evacuated.
THERE WILL BE NO TIME FOR AN OFFICIAL WARNING! You can check where these areas are on the GDC website Civil
If a Tsunami is generated it will probably arrive 20-30 minutes after Defence pages at (www.gdc.govt.nz). If unsure you can ring the
the earthquake. District Council.
If you observe the sea recede suddenly you have about 3-5 Makorori Beach will be totally evacuated – so there is no map.
minutes to get to higher ground. POLICE, FIRE AND CIVIL DEFENCE PERSONAL WILL INITIATE
EVERY HOUSEHOLD SHOULD HAVE IT’S OWN EVACUATION THE EVACUATION BY DOOR KNOCKING. THERE WILL BE NO
PLAN AND PRE-PLANNED ROUTE TO HIGHER GROUND NEED TO PANIC.
You need a pre-planned escape route. Preferably one that does You should plan to go to stay with friends or family outside of
not require a vehicle. Include elderly neighbours in your plan. the evacuation areas. There will be an official evacuation HQ at Te
You need to know exactly how to walk quickly from your house to Poho O Rawiri marae.
the nearest hill you can easily climb. You may have to stay away from your home for up to 24 hours.
Once you are high enough to view the ocean and the incoming Listen to the local radio stations (Classic Hits 90.9 or More FM
wave you are probably safe and will have time to climb higher as 98.9) for information. If information on the radio conflicts with that
necessary. At night you will hear the wave. given directly to you by Police or Civil Defence, obey the latter.
If you live further that 3 minutes walk away from the nearest hill, if Make a plan with your family, and include elderly neighbours,
you have young children or you are elderly you may need to plan to before such an emergency. Make sure that everyone knows where
take your car to where you can easily climb a hill. they go if the call comes to evacuate.
When the first wave comes ashore it will have slowed to walking There is no need to evacuate for a potential tsunami from
speed on steep slopes. A second wave may move faster and the Pacific Islands – just stay clear of the beach.
potentially go further inland on top of the first.
Prepare an emergency “getaway kit” with things you need if you NOTE: In the event of a local tsunami event Wainui and Makorori residents
should avoid driving if at all possible. With only 20-30 minutes to get to
have to leave the house in a hurry. Have a torch and a battery radio. high ground the highway will become jammed if all households try to drive
Before returning you should wait for an official all clear, but to Makorori Hill or Winifred Street. Take pets if possible but don’t waste
generally one hour after the earthquake is considered “all clear”. time trying to gather precious items. Saving lives is the priority!
Wainui School has it’s own evacuation plan during school hours. • The 1947 local tsunami event was caused by an earthquake that went
Keep listening to the radio for updates (Classic Hits 90.9 or More on for over a minute but the shaking was hardly noticed at the beach.
Prolonged shaking earthquakes are potentially the most dangerous for
generating big waves.
There will be no official warnings given for a localised tsunami.
It is your responsibility to get yourself and family to safety.
CIVIL DEFENCE COMMUNITY EMERGENCY MANAGERS:
Ray Veal — 54 Moana Road — 867 6017
Michael Willock — 18a Sirrah Street — 868 1083
Paul Ericson — 14 Moana Road — 867 9141
GDC CIVIL DEFENCE 867 2049 EXT 8435
Richard Busby — Makorori Station — 868 9027
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Okitu Store Summer 2009-2010
Let the sun We have a wide range of
just about everything!
he winter at Wainui seemed particularly longer and
colder than usual so the summer warmth is definitely
Summer brings to you the new ice-cream flavours like Mint
Cookie Smash, Yoghurt, Berry Mudslide and of course we’ve still
got the tried-and-true favourites.
Kids – come in and check out our slushies – be adventurous –
mix it up and make sure to ask for a special Vampire Concoction
and grab a snack pack or some treats for the beach.
The surf is getting better so if you haven’t already; come and
hire a surfboard and wettie give it a go and have some fun with
A range of boards of various sizes is available, waxed and
ready – and if you are super lucky some sessions with the Quinn
males might be available over the summer holidays.
Top those beautiful warm summer BBQ evenings off with our
great range of wines and ales and for those too tired to cook
after a day in the sun and surf – ring or pop in for takeaways.
Make sure to take time out with a magazine over the holiday
period – the surfing magazines have some great footage of our
local surfers showing their stuff!
If you’re thinking of some gifts for Christmas – grab one or a
few of Christine Page’s beautiful photo tiles and complete the
gift with one of her locally shot cards – the perfect package.
There are plenty of refreshing drinks to quench the summer
thirst and off course a great range of energy ones for that extra
zing required over the holidays!
Smiles are free from our friendly staff and summer hours
have begun so we don’t close until 8pm!
The hardest decisions you should have to make this summer
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as spring brings
class waves By KELLY RYAN
WE HAVE HAD AN interesting spring with members enrolled and
weather conditions ranging from summer- participating. The surfers
like swelter to wild winter temperatures, have been split into
often within one day. I haven’t seen smoke three groups Emerging,
pouring from neighbor’s chimneys so regularly Advanced and Elite. Bodhi
throughout October and November for many Whitaker is head coach
years. for the Emerging group, I
The cold snaps had me thankful for the am coaching the Advanced
extra stash of firewood I had tucked away in group and James Fowel P 867 1684 W www.surfboards.net.nz
the woodshed. Needless to say the regular is in charge of the Elite
wind switches to the south have kept our group.
beaches alive and pulsating with plenty of From what I’ve seen With many local surfers entered, the
springtime swell. The sand has also made a so far I can safely say that no coaching competition was exciting viewing as Gisborne’s
steady return to our beaches and its no secret programme for surfers this well structured older more experienced surfers went head
how good the waves have been along the has ever been offered to our young surfers. to head with new local talent. Of course, the
middle of our beach. Pines to Chalet has been The students seem to be responding well to out of town surfers were certainly not there
pretty good over the last couple of months the regular, structured lessons combined with to merely make up the numbers and as
with nice sand bars being held in place by practical sessions. conditions deteriorated on day two their ability
pockets of reef not yet entirely covered by The O’Neil Sequence Surf Shop Pro bought to make something out of nothing was all
sand. many great surfers to our beaches over the important.
The Gisborne Boardriders Club’s leading weekend of the 7th and 8th of November Che Whitaker, Morehu Roberts, Damon
figures and committee members have been and Saturday provided all competitors and Gunness, Brent Rasby, James Fowell, Nathan
very busy over the last part of the winter spectators with great 2 to 3 foot waves with Welch, Johnny Hicks, Blair Stewart and Maz
through to spring organising grants and a offshore winds at Red Bus, Makorori. Quinn were all local heat winners on day one,
paid coaching team to implement an intensive
ten-week coaching course for young club
members. Being hired to head the coaching
is local ripper and former National Champion
and New Zealand Representative James Fowel.
James has used his knowledge and experience
as a teacher and coach at a national level
to design a full programme that will run the
duration of school term four.
The course covers basic preparation for
young competitive surfers, goal setting, mental
preparation, filmed competition and free
surfing sessions and a health component.
The course also provides a pilates and fitness Adam Grimson finds perfection over the Wainui spring banks.
section with Fiona. PHOTO BY TOM GRIMSON
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an impressive quota of local success. Morehu
Roberts and Blair Stewart were top scorers on
day one with two wave totals of 13.75 and
For some of our younger competitors like
Jacob Kohn, 16 it was a great chance to get
some valuable Open Men’s surfing experience.
Kohn drew seasoned competitor Brent
Rasby, Matthew Daniel and Chris O’Leary, all
Gisborne surfers in the round of 64. Rasby
was able to offer a few words of advice and
encouragement pre heat before demonstrating
the heat winning formula. Kohn was eliminated
but the way this guy is going at the moment
he probably took more from this loss than
anyone else did over the weekend.
Jamie Curl pumps the accelerator
Sunday dawned with a snappy southerly
surfing his Wainui home beach.
on the water and this, combined with a
PHOTO BY TOM GRIMSON
diminishing swell made for much worse
conditions. The event proceeded and most of
the local contingent fell in the Quarters and
Semis. Chris Malone was our only finalist and Jayda Martin-Fitzharris performed well system helps to develop the next tier of junior
surfed very well to a credible second place making the Open Women’s final and at 14 is surfers of the future.
finish. The event win went to a young Raglan doing well to make open finals. Testing conditions at The Pipe greeted
surfer Billy Stairmand. Stairmand 20, was a On the weekend of November 14 the New what seemed like hundreds of grommets on
former Raglan Surfing Academy student and Wave Primary School Championship provided day one. The incoming tide saw a dramatic
surfs very fast – look out for him this season an opportunity for New Zealand primary and increase in swell from two to three feet and
as he now leads the Export Gold Series. The intermediate aged surfers to compete in a then five feet by lunchtime. Stamina, paddling
next event is in Whangamata at the end of professionally organised surfing event. The fitness and wave selection determined the
Januray. In the under-20 division a very young inclusion of championship and plate divisions progression of surfers through to the next
Adam Grimson and young Buck Woods both allows the grommets to have a minimum round.
managed to finish 5th equal with the winner of two surfs and compete against surfers of In the championship division local boy
of the event Paco Divers from Sandy Bay. similar ability. The championship and plate Korbin Hutchings (Gisborne Intermediate)
made his mark on the event scoring 15.67 out
of a possible 20 in his first heat then backing
it up with a 13.0 in his 2nd heat to progress
into the semi finals.
In the plate event George Busby impressed
many with his efforts attempting to tackle the
big waves out the back in his heat. With time
running out he changed his plan and managed
to get two scores and move through to the
Dayna Story (Campion College) progressed
and secured a place in the girls’ championship
division semi finals a long with Millie Crewe.
Paige Penny (St Mary’s), Jasmine Smith
(Gisborne Intermediate) Taylor Brown
(Gisborne Intermediate), Samantha Wood
(Campion College) Abby Falwasser-Logan
(Campion College) were others that progressed
through to the semi finals of the girls’
Wainui’s George Busby made an impression in the New Wave Primary School Championships.
Korbin Hutchings was the eventual winner
PHOTO BY TOM GRIMSON
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"I knew it was big but had no idea it was that big until I saw the photos later. Everything came together
perfectly and I’m sure that day will be locked in our memories for life." DAMON GUNNESS
of the boys’ championship division, a good sausage sizzle, Primo giveaways, awesome ABOVE: Thanks Cory Scott of New Zealand
town beach up-bringing obviously helping the prize packs, autograph sessions with Surfing Magazine for letting us print this now
young ripper who is now a Wainui resident. Gisborne’s top surfers and the chance to test famous photograph of Wainui local Damon
Dayna Story managed to finish 3rd for drive the latest shapes to come out of the Gunness surfing what is thought to be the biggest
Gisborne in the girls’ championship event but Boardroom, see you there! wave ever surfed in New Zealand. Damon was
was a little disappointed with this result. After Finally, I want to wish all surfers preparing one of a crew of surfers who took boats and
a flawless semi final performance 3rd was for the upcoming competition season the jet-skis out to a "secret" offshore reef on October
obviously not the goal for this focused and best of luck with their respective circuit 14. Looking for a rock in the ocean some 26km
stylish young woman. Abby Falwasser-Logan competitions. In saying that it’s no secret that offshore – previously only spoken about by
from Gisborne came in 4th place behind Story. good competitive surfers create their own luck fishermen – they discovered waves breaking,
Final results in the boys’ plate division were by being prepared, setting realistic goals and fanned by an offshore wind, of proportions never
George Busby 1st, Leroy Shaw 2nd, Issiah having the desire to win. before experienced in this country. The photo of
Grace 3rd and Rangi Moore 4th. All these boys For all the free surfers, enjoy the empty Damon above has been entered in the Oakley
are local surfers. One Gisborne girl made, and waves when all the hotties leave for their Australasian Big Wave contest which rewards the
won the girls’ plate final and that was Ruby competition weekends, spending nervous rider of the biggest wave of the year with a cheque
Cave. hours sitting in their cars waiting for their for $20,000.
Damon Gunness had a memorable baptism heats in often substandard conditions. PHOTO BY CORY SCOTT – NZ SURFING
by fire a couple of swells ago with his first
shot at serious tow surfing at a crazy reef
off the coast. Damon’s ride of the biggest
wave of the session landed him the cover
of New Zealand Surfing Magazine. He must
be now wondering if he can still draw some
excitement from 3-foot Wainui waves. The
group of well-known New Zealand surfers set
off on a mission to find a wave fishermen
talked about. On a hunch and a truckload
of pioneering spirit they headed into the
unknown and discovered a slab of rock out in
the ocean that creates rideable monster waves
– right on our continental shelf door step.
The 12th December is a date to keep free
for the 2009 Primo Boardroom Summer Slam.
More of a festival of surfing than a
competition and designed for all ages this Jacob Kohn enjoying the power
event is a chance to spend the day at the lefts at Impossibles during a
beach with friends and family. trip to Bali in October with Adam
Those who were among the hundreds and Tom Grimson.
involved last year will tell you what an PHOTO BY TOM GRIMSON
awesome day out it is. Surfing competitions,
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up, check the surf and go!
Landscaped gardens and sunny
private backyard. There’s even a
gypsy caravan office.
Contact Diane Ritchie
0800 342 663 (0800 DIANNE)
Office 06 867 0060
HAPPY JACKS BOAT HARBOUR
An absolute beachfront property
at Mahanga beach, Mahia,
with 5.36 ha of coastal headland
including 550m of waterfront.
A fisherman’s dream with your
own boat harbour and stunning
sandy bay. Perfectly private, safe
for surfing, swimming and diving.
Includes existing 2 bedroom Kiwi
bach overlooking the ocean with
surf breaks and miles of sandy
beaches. View by appointment
with Jenny Krzanich.
Phone direct 06 837 5095
Gisborne office 06 867 0060
Phone Ray White TODAY for Real Estate
Ray White Works Principal Officers
Diane Ritchie AREINZ 0800 342 663
Christine Gunness AREINZ 0800 536 306
1 2 3 Our team has the experience
to make it happen ....
Gisborne Property Shop Ltd MREINZ
Tel: (06) 867 0060 Fax: (06) 867 0064
MREINZ 468 Gladstone Road Gisborne
www.rwgisborne.co.nz Phone 06 867 0060
we know when the swell’s
arrived and the wind’s offshore ...
Sponsor of 2010 Makorori First
Light Longboard Surfing Contest