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  1. 1. Wa i n u i • M a k o r o r i • T a t a p o u r i • S p o n g e B a y ISSUE 2/SUMMER/2008-2009 $5.00 | norfolk pines to stay | the bob rasby story | boardroom summer slam | our people, our beach | the season of the orca A surfing way of life SUMMER ISSUE: 52 pages of news, views and infor mation BeachLife | 1
  2. 2. GET READY GET THRU Wainui & Makorori Beach Tsunami Plans DISTANT TSUNAMIS Distant tsunami are generated from a long way away, such as from across the Pacific in Chile. In this case, we will have more than three hours warning time (in most cases up to 11 hours) for New Zealand. LOCAL TSUNAMI (The Worst Case) THERE WILL BE WARNINGS FOR THESE EVENTS! A local tsunami may be caused by a major earthquake (similar to If a Tsunami is generated from a distant Pacific location there is December 2008) or one that goes on for longer than a minute. usually many hours (about 11 hours in most cases) to prepare for Local tsunami are generated very close to New Zealand. This type of the event. tsunami is very dangerous because we may only have a few minutes There will be a declared Civil Defence Emergency if evacuations warning and damage could be quite significant in specific areas. are necessary. A landslide in the Hikurangi Trench or a large earthquake from an Only the most low lying areas of Wainui will need to be offshore fault could cause a local tsunami evacuated. THERE WILL BE NO TIME FOR AN OFFICIAL WARNING! You can check where these areas are on the GDC website Civil If a Tsunami is generated it will probably arrive 20-30 minutes after Defence pages at (www.gdc.govt.nz). If unsure you can ring the the earthquake. District Council. If you observe the sea recede suddenly you have about 3-5 Makorori Beach will be totally evacuated – so there is no map. minutes to get to higher ground. POLICE, FIRE AND CIVIL DEFENCE PERSONAL WILL INITIATE EVERY HOUSEHOLD SHOULD HAVE IT’S OWN EVACUATION THE EVACUATION BY DOOR KNOCKING. THERE WILL BE NO PLAN AND PRE-PLANNED ROUTE TO HIGHER GROUND NEED TO PANIC. You need a pre-planned escape route. Preferably one that does You should plan to go to stay with friends or family outside of not require a vehicle. Include elderly neighbours in your plan. the evacuation areas. There will be an official evacuation HQ at Te You need to know exactly how to walk quickly from your house to Poho O Rawiri marae. the nearest hill you can easily climb. You may have to stay away from your home for up to 24 hours. Once you are high enough to view the ocean and the incoming Listen to the local radio stations (Classic Hits 90.9 or More FM wave you are probably safe and will have time to climb higher as 98.9) for information. If information on the radio conflicts with that necessary. At night you will hear the wave. given directly to you by Police or Civil Defence, obey the latter. If you live longer that 3 minutes walk away from the nearest hill, if Make a plan with your family, and include elderly neighbours, you have young children or you are elderly you may need to plan to before such an emergency. Make sure that everyone knows take your car to where you can easily climb a hill. where they go if the call comes to evacuate. When the first wave comes ashore it will have slowed to walking speed on steep slopes. A second wave may move faster and NOTE: In the event of a local tsunami event Wainui and Makorori residents should avoid driving if at all possible. With potentially go further inland on top of the first. only 20-30 minutes to get to high ground the highway will Prepare an emergency “getaway kit” with things you need if you become jammed if all households try to drive to Makorori Hill have to leave the house in a hurry. Have a torch and a battery radio. or Winifred Street. Take pets if possible but don’t waste time trying to gather precious items. Saving lives is the priority! Before returning you should wait for an official all clear, but generally one hour after the earthquake is considered “all clear”. • The 1947 local tsunami event was caused by an earthquake that went on for over a minute but the shaking was hardly Wainui School has it’s own evacuation plan during school hours noticed at the beach. Prolonged shaking earthquakes are Keep listening to the radio for updates (Classic Hits 90.9 or More potentially the most dangerous for generating big waves. FM 98.9). 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 www.gdc.govt.nz 2 | BeachLife
  3. 3. M A G A Z I N E contents Delivered free to every home from Sponge Bay to Makorori. views and opinions Published four times a year. 4 Intro: Editor’s comments and a preview of the issue. .................................. what’s up PuBLiSheD anD PrinteD By Gray Clapham Design Arts 5 Council rejects idea of a community representative group and calls seperate area .................................. meetings. Wainui dad imports excellent sunscreen. B&B gets star rating. Protest stops eDitOriaL ManaGer removal of the Norfolks. Sponge Bay Estate site work completed. Election results show Gray Clapham Wainui’s “green” leanings. Sharron Stevenson promotes septic tank-friendly cleaning 90 Moana Road products. Isabella Vita’s vision for the future wins art competition. Wainui Beach Gisborne beach party Phone 868 0240 12 Look out, the paparazzi are about. BeachLife brings you shocking and scandalous Fax 867 7010 photos from the local party scene. Yeah right. aLL LetterS, artiCLeS & our ocean COrreSPOnDenCe tO info@beach-life.co.nz 14 The Season of the Orca: Amazing photographs by Tom Grimson and a look back at the visits from the orca pods. .................................. aDVertiSinG beach life Gray Clapham Phone 868 0240 16 Summer concerts in Jack Richard’s garden. Rogan Houghton’s love for surf Fax 867 7010 photography. Local lads record pop music CD. All about the Okitu Store. Soccer adverts@beach-life.co.nz successes. Skateboard kids. Three generations at local school. Saren’s wedding. .................................. beach babes Extra copies available at $5.00 All issues will be archived after 22 They just keep on coming! Introducing nine new residents with more on the horizon. publication on the website www.beach-life.co.nz beach focus Cover: 24 The Surfing Way of Life: An exploration of the surf culture and the history that Surfing photo by the editor, orca defines life at our beaches. Plus lots of old photos. photo by Tom Grimson, old surfies from John Logan’s collection. 34 The Bob Rasby Story: Once at the forefront of the world’s surfboard industry our Bob has been knocked down, but he’s not out. our kids 36 Luke Morrell is the art director for leading world surf and skate label. Tommy Dalton is taking his surfboard shaping skills to a global level. Amanda Foubister is Miss Fitness Australasia. our people 39 The Ballad of Frankie and Laurie: Two nice Americans who love the Wainui way of life. our surf Historical photographs and assistance courtesy Tairāwhiti Museum 40 Wave Rave with Kelly Ryan: Surf stories, results and what the groms are up to. All BeachLife pages can be viewed online at www.beach-life.co.nz BeachLife | 3
  4. 4. InTRo Publisher’s Comments | by Gray Clapham WELL, HERE WE ARE, THE SECOND ISSuE OF BEACHLIFE, the Grave. This unusual protest by the council’s own representatives has big summer issue. So far I have had nothing but congratulations led to a turnaround in the council’s own reserve management plan, and support for the concept of this community publication which saving these majestic trees from the chop. There are three schools premiered three months ago. It’s a great deal of fun to produce of thought on the Norfolk pines. There are those that see them as and provides heaps of satisfaction. And thanks to all our voluntary “exotic pests” that have no place in a New Zealand coastal dune subscribers! I do know who you are. Appreciated. ecosystem; those that see them as iconic of Wainui Beach adding to This magazine is “hand-made” in my basement garage on a the character of the foreshore; and those that just hate cutting down very good, but second hand Fuji Xerox digital printer. First I print any kind of mature tree. until the reserve plan is reviewed in perhaps all the colour pages (11.5 hours), then the black and white sections 10 or 15 years time, the second and third schools are having it their (17.5 hours). And that’s not counting the printer malfunctions, ink way. The incident has set a precedent that shows that council policy replacements and visits from the Fuji Xerox technician. I then gather that has been signed and sealed can still be overturned in the face the pages together and fold them into booklets, one at a time (6 of all the consultation, planning and voting. hours). I take them all in to Printing House and they staple and The real estate market is of great interest at the moment. Recently guillotine-trim them off for me (thanks Grant!). It takes them a full houses along Wairere Road and in Ocean Park have sold for prices day just to do that bit. ranging from the high $400s to mid $500s. These were houses you So after all that printing, folding and stapling – not to mention the would have expected to have fetched prices in the high $600s or weeks of interviewing, photographing and hours of writing – this is $700s not that many months ago. The downward adjustment of the the second issue of our community lifestyle magazine. real estate market is now a firm reality and we are already living in a new era of property valuation. We all have to wake up to the fact that I’ve decided to make “surf” the theme of the issue. Because the boom is over – we once were millionaires, but not any longer. surf is vital to so many people here at the beach and has a large What’s struck me as I have gone about meeting young families with influence on everything we do. The twin beaches of Wainui and new babies around the community is that they just about all own Makorori are wave making machines. They are world famous. There their own homes here, and so many of them are the children of is nearly always a swell breaking of some kind along our sandy Wainui parents. That’s so great. That’s what we were mostly worried shores and it is consistently better than average, often superb. about in the time of inflated property prices – and then the spectre We do in fact live in a surfer’s mecca. So this issue explores that of a huge rates increase to cover reticulation – that our kids could premise along with the social and historical implications surfing has not afford to live here. So this new era of more realistic property on our local culture and lifestyle. price expectancies should be welcomed for that reason. The state of surfing nostalgia in which this issue may languish In this issue we also look back on an amazing thing that is being reflected in a Gisborne surfers’ reunion being organised happened here at the beaches in late winter and early spring. The over Easter weekend of 2009. There is talk of up to 300 old surfies visits by several groups or pods of orca. Many of us saw the pods congregating in Gisborne for a weekend of reminiscing, partying go by, sometimes just metres off the beach. They swam right by, and hopefully some surfing. The organisers are Victor Jacobs (868 brushing the wetsuited legs of stunned surfers, surfing the inshore 9987) and Gail Patty (868 6680) who are focusing the reunion around waves, dolphining along the coastline in large, determined groups. In 50 years of surfing in Gisborne. There should be more information my research I was shocked to learn these orca are a few of the total publicised as things get rolling and a website is imminent. New Zealand population of about 200 individuals. We review some If you’re not connected to surfing and find this issue is a bit of the eye-witness accounts and do a bit of background research on over the top in the surfing direction, don’t fear that we’ve turned the species. Not to mention Tom Grimson’s stunning photos! BeachLife into a “surfing magazine”. Other areas of historical and And – nine more babies! That’s on top of nine in the last issue social importance will get similar focus in future issues. and still more on the way for the next issue. (Oops, I just heard Tim The Gisborne District Council recently rejected a well thought and Phoebe Gander have had their baby as we print.) That’s 19 new out proposal to set up an election of a “community representative children born at the beach in the last year, that we know of. I was group” from nominated Wainui Beach residents who would liaise not surprised to read somewhere that New Zealand is going through between the community and the council, mainly on the issue of a mini-baby boom with the most babies born in a nine month period the management of our septic tank systems. It was quite a slap in since 1962. I am becoming an expert at baby photography. the face for the people who had been assisting council officers, at council request, to come up with a democratic way this community- Plus more stories about what “our kids” are up to. I love writing council collaboration concept could be achieved. The council is now these stories. I apologise for calling you a “kid” if you are nearly embarking on a totally different concept by staging area-by-area, 30 years old – it was the best catchline I could think of that sums issue-by-issue meetings as a way of consulting with us. I guess if up how proud we are of not only our own children, but also our you want to keep up with what’s happening in the community as a neighbours’, who are out in the world making a solid go of it. whole, you will now have to attend all three area meetings. Will you Plus this issue looks at the lives of some of our “big kids” too. need some sort of ID to prove you come from a defined area to be At first I worried if would I be able to find enough to write about to allowed to speak? The wisdom of the council’s decision to divide sustain a publication like this. I started the first issue with a long list the community in this way will be evaluated in the goodness of time. of story ideas, and two issues later I have hardly made a dent in it as So, for now, the Norfolk pines are to stay. Only prompt action by new ideas crop up. Don’t be shy to call with your ideas. Call too if local residents, backed by the mayor and two councillors, halted you want a special occasion or party photo taken. GC contractors cutting down the three large pines over the Whales 4 | BeachLife
  5. 5. views and opinions Puzzled by Council Send you views and opinions to views@beach-life.co.nz decision to reject community group I WAS A LITTLE PuZZLED AFTER the council meeting that rejected the representative community group idea. It seemed to me that there was an almost wilful misinterpretation of the intent of the initiative. Councillor explains rejection of Wainui The locals who helped with the proposal community group concept were there because we had been asked and because we were willing to be involved. OPPOSITION TO THE COuNCIL PAPER ON THE CONCEPT OF AN ELECTED WAINuI After the June decision not to go ahead with committee arose from a variety of perspectives. the reticulation proposal, Council wanted On enquiring of the chief executive if anyone from the pro-reticulation side of the debate to engage in a ‘collaborative’ manner with had been part of his consultation group he advised, “No.” So there was concern that the community to work out the issues of only one perspective had been considered. water quality monitoring and other generally The draft terms of reference for the establishment suggested that five members could sustainable methods of continuing with on be elected via a process overseen by a JP. site waste water management. There are a raft of issues here. How would a voters roll be established? Would it be Many councillors seemed to think that the residents? If so, for how long? Ratepayers or both? Cost of establishing the roll, election of five (or thereabouts) members of keeping it up to date and all that that entails. The council paper advised that in addition the Wainui community represented some to staff assistance it was proposed that council provides ongoing ‘administrative threat to the established democratic process resources.’ and that mainstream views could be hijacked The very real cost to the ratepayer concerns us. Once one such committee is legitimised by these people whoever they were. there would be no reason why other areas should not have the same. All this has to be I don’t see how that holds water given the paid for via rates. Rates are a growing burden and it is the responsible councillors who weight of community opinion that came out make an effort to keep some control on expenditure. in the submission process. That is, people Some councillors have considerable experience of communities having meetings and wanted to continue with on site disposal. taking an interest in various matters affecting their community. Different issues interest The election of a smallish group was thought various members of our communities and they are entitled to respond accordingly. to be a more practical way of working and There is absolutely nothing stopping any group of residents have a meeting with ‘consulting’ than the larger forums of public councillors and staff on any subject at any time. It does not need five elected people to meetings. It was also seen as more efficient enable it to happen as staff would not be continually be in the role of educators in bringing people up to When it was agreed not to proceed with reticulation, primarily based on the cost, there speed with complex issues as they arose. was a view that the Lloyd George Road-Murphy Road area, often referred to as ‘Old Wainui’, should have the opportunity to have discussions on reticulation as it affected It seems to me that pressure had been them and potentially find a solution. applied to some councillors by some residents who are unhappy with the June The generally held view is that that sort of approach enables those directly affected decision. The suggestion that elected to be involved directly with their issue, What happens in Old Wainui is less relevant to community representatives could somehow Moana Road for example – and the reverse. subvert the democratic process is rather So we are not opposed to a “new era of consultation”, this was just not a well thought ironic I think, given this apparent ‘rear guard’ option in my view, and that of most of my council colleagues. Hence the 10-3 vote action. against the paper, not against consultation. andReW dOnaLdSOn PaT SeymOuR, ChaIR POLICy and envIROnmenT COmmITTee, GdC Wayne’s Septic Tank Cleaning Services Waste Septic Tank Cleaning & Bin Hire Owner driver: Wayne Baty PHONE 867 3606 MOBILE 027 434 0924 For all enquiries about the maintenance of your septic tank system. WasteTRACK compliant operator. BeachLife | 5
  6. 6. what’s up THE GISBORNE DISTRICT COuNCIL HAS Council calls area meetings knocked back the concept of an elected Wainui Beach Community Group – instead after rejection of community group idea the council is now planning seperate area-by- area community meetings. In the wake of the overturning of the Council officers presented a plan for the establishment of a “Wainui Beach sewerage reticulation concept council Community Group” – comprising an elected group of community members and officers had been asked to “prepare a an appointed Councillor. The purpose of the group would have been to assist the proposal for how a collaborative approach Council to collaborate with the community to develop alternatives and identify could be given effect.” solutions for management of wastewater and other environmental and planning After the overwhelming number of against- issues. Councillors voted 10-3 to reject the mandating proposal. Instead the first submissions which sunk the reticulation round of area-by-area community consultation meetings have been set. proposal, it was believed the council’s standard consultation process had not worked in this instance. When the idea of a Wainui Beach Hall voted in support of the recommendation. reticulation” side of the debate had been representative group was first discussed, Councillor Gary Hope said that although consulted. She also felt an elected group right from the outset everyone involved the community had suggested this, he was was unnecessary as there was nothing to voiced concerns about “obtaining a mandate worried that the most prominent people in stop any group of residents having meetings from the people.” the debate would dominate the issue and with GDC officers and councillors. In preparing the plan council officers the views of small minorities might not be Her response is printed in full as a letter proposed stringent terms of reference represented. back on page 5. regarding representation. Kathy Sheldrake said it would still be GDC chief executive Lindsay McKenzie Nominees for representation could have hard to ensure such a group was truly says while the “particular proposal” was not come from any side of the reticulation debate representative. She also had concerns over supported by council, the Council did agree and could have included Tangata Whenua, if the administrative costs. to meet with the community on an area-by- nominated and then elected. Pat Seymour said Wainui was a big area area basis and on an issue-by-issue basis. Right up until the council meeting Wainui with various pockets where there were He says staff have met to see what needs residents involved in advising on the plan felt specific issues. She did not believe five to be done to implement the (latest) council really proud and positive of what they had people could cover all these things, or decisions and have proposed a round of achieved. It was with real shock that they (represent) non-residential ratepayers. She community meetings on December 10, 11 listened to the majority of councillors reject believed the council would be abdicating its and 15 at various Wainui meeting locations. the proposal presented. own responsibility to consult with a wider “We intend to use these meetings to The Gisborne Herald reported it succinctly: group by setting up a small group. get the collaboration underway with the “A bid to set up a mandated group of five to In a response to an approach for an community that was contemplated when the represent the Wainui, Okitu and Sponge Bay explanation of her stance, Councillor Pat decision was taken not to reticulate.” communities was tossed out by the District Seymour, told BeachLife her opposition arose A notice with agendas for the community Council.” from a variety of perspectives. Her primary meetings is advertised below. Only Craig Bauld, Brian Wilson and Alan concerns were that no person on the “pro- Wastewater Management Community Meetings with GDC The community is invited to attend a meeting to discuss future planning and environmental directions with a focus on wastewater management. Council will be holding three area based meetings: 1. OKITu: Surf Club WEDNESDAY 10 DECEMBER 5.30pm – 7.00pm 2. WAINUI: Wainui School Hall THURSDAY 11 DECEMBER 7.00pm – 8.30pm 3. LLOYD GEORGE ROAD AREA: Wainui Tennis Club – Cleary Road MONDAY 15 DECEMBER 5.30pm – 7.00pm AGENDA: • Debrief on recent reticulation and planning proposals and decisions (GDC presentation) • Where to from here for sustainable wastewater management (GDC presentation) • How can GDC and the community work together for sustainable wastewater management (group discussion) • Other Wainui environmental and planning issues (open forum) For further information contact Kim Smith. Phone 867 2049 Extn 8751 Email: kim@gdc.govt.nz If you cannot attend a meeting and would like a copy of the minutes contact the above. 6 | BeachLife
  7. 7. Wainui dad imports world’s best rated sunscreen Protect plants, stop AS A WAINuI FATHER, CLIFF BLuMFIELD GOT SICK OF NAGGING weeds and save water his kids to remember to reapply their sunscreen. “Giving the kid’s a tube of sunscreen to take to school doesn’t with garden bark from Judd Bark Supplies necessarily mean they will remember to use it, “he says. “I had originally come across this really effective imported sunscreen which I got from Pro Dive in Auckland. It lived up to its promise of lasting for at least 8 hours and its claim of being the world’s number-one rated sunscreen. “My children used it and I now make sure my grandchildren use it,” says the owner of Wainui Dive and the Cylinder Testing Laboratory based in Carnarvon Street. About 12 months ago Cliff’s began importing the favoured SPF44 sunscreen direct from the uSA-based manufacturers of the SolRx range. Running a retail dive and instruction business, it made sense that he stock the product. The strength of the SolRx sunscreen products lie in the company’s ongoing testing and publishing of its own results. Waterproof and sweatproof tests, using a panel of humans with various skin types, have been conducted periodically since 1991. SolRx’s SPF ratings Good for the Earth! are assigned based on results after 8 consecutive hours on the skin, Recycled greenwaste products 6 hours of which are in the water in twelve x 30 minute immersions. SolRx sunscreen has been proven to be still 97% -100% effective Organic Compost ......... cubic metre $50 after this rigid 8 hour test scenario. The basic sunscreen comes in tubes of two sizes. The large 180ml Use for raised beds, improve the structure of your soil tube is $34 and the smaller 60ml “Sports pack” is $14. Bark (Nos. 2,3,4) ............. cubic metre $50 Weed control, low maintenance, moisture retention B&B recognised with four star plus A WAIRERE ROAD HOME-BASED BED AND BREAKFAST Forest Floor Bark .......... cubic metre $32 business has been recognised as one of New Zealand’s leading Style and texture, weed control, moisture retention accommodation providers by being licensed for the second time to use the Qualmark – New Zealand’s tourism official quality mark. To gain their Qualmark Andy and Lyn Broad’s “Absolute Wainui Carpet Belt Bark ........... cubic metre $26 B&B” underwent an onsite assessment using criteria made up of Economical weed control, moisture retention over 400 quality checks including cleanliness, safety, facilities, customer service, business operations and more. As a result of the onsite assessment Absolute Wainui B&B was awarded a Four Star All Products + Tub Mix available in 40 litre bags. Plus grade in the Guest and Hosted category. . Absolute Wainui is the permanent home of Andy and Lynn Broad who enjoy sharing their home’s incomparable location with their We take and recycle all garden guests. greenwaste. Clean, user-friendly Absolute Wainui has been in operation for three years and Andy and Lynn are enjoying the lifestyle it affords in conjunction with their and very competitive charges. other business interests. They decided to open a Boutique Bed and Breakfast after identifying a gap in the Gisborne market for affordable luxury accommodation. Andy’s mother Prue used to live in the house at Wainui Beach and seven years ago Lynn and Andy moved into the house and BARK SUPPLIES embarked on a series of renovations. Chris Shaw from Abode Coastal helped them with their plans and has produced a series of areas and rooms all of which have stunning views across the endless Mon to Fri: 7.30am to 4.30pm Pacific Ocean. The variegated pohutakawa beside the front deck Sat & Sun: 9am to 2pm was planted 40 years ago by Prue and in December 2005 Andy and MacDonald Road, Matawhero Lynn were married underneath that same tree. Local food treats and local wines are served and guests are Phone 867 6028 encouraged to visit those wineries, partake in stingray feeding just up the road at Dive Tatapouri, have a surfing lesson with Frank or just enjoy the beauty of Wainui Beach. www.absolutewainui.com BeachLife | 7
  8. 8. what’s up? Protest action stays execution of norfolk pines IT WAS ONLY 11TH HOuR PROTEST ACTION INSTIGATED BY simply that those who the consultation goes against can have an observant resident that saved the three mature Norfolk pines difficulties in accepting the decisions. It doesn’t matter whether at “Whales” from succumbing to the we go 50:50, 60:40 or 70:30 – there are contractors chainsaws. always going to be those who are unhappy No one was quick enough to stop two with outcomes and pass this on as being similar 40-foot pines being cut down in the “unconsulted”. Okitu Lagoon Reserve earlier. “ If we have to get to 100 percent Gail Martin saw the contractors arrive acceptance, then nothing would get done at “Whales” from her kitchen window on because we would be held up forever. Wednesday morning, October 22, and Although I am personally against the twigged that GDC reserve management trees’ removal, there are those for it, and plan policy to remove the “exotic trees” was the reserve management plan was largely about to be implemented. accepted. Personally I was pleased that She and husband John were able to halt something could be done at the 11th the felling while urgent calls were put out to hour and that part of the plan is being councillors Pat Seymour, Andy Cranston and reassessed.” the mayor Meng Foon. does this mean that other recommendations Mrs Seymour was able to phone Council in the Wd Lysnar Reserve management Plan chief executive Lindsay McKenzie and could also be vetoed by protest action if they appealed to him to call off the job. are not popular at the time of implementation? The group then assembled for a picture Andy Cranston: “There is that danger by the Gisborne Herald which was published but it is a public right to protest and put under the headline: “Protest To Save Wainui their views. To get to a veto situation would Pines.” require a very strong case and as it turned The protest action has led to a halt on out the case for the saving of the Norfolks any further moves to remove the Norfolks was deemed to have merit.” until such time as the WD Lysnar Reserve Management Plan can be Pat Seymour: “ Possibly, with the wisdom of new information reviewed. That is not expected to happen for at least 10 to 15 years. or changed circumstances, but it would not be a simple as a ‘not Wainui resident and councillor Andy Cranston says there are some popular’ idea. Generally a ‘not popular’ idea should not get included straggly pines along the reserve which really don’t offer too much in a management plan. You would be amazed how many people in the way of beauty but it is becoming accepted that the Norfolks are telling us, councillors and staff, that they did not know of the should be seen in a different light. management plan consultation.” He says he was not aware through the consultation process of There is recommendation in the Plan to fence off the reserve with any strong formal objections or submissions specifically against the bollard type fencing and defined car park entrances etc. This also Norfolks’ removal: “I guess the optimistic or practical side of us all appears to be not a popular idea? figured the discussion was largely about those trees which really Andy Cranston: “I am aware of the unpopularity of the bollards should be removed as opposed to a burnt earth policy.” and fencing in some quarters and am in two minds. Part of the case Pat Seymour, Chair GDC policy for the bollards is “hoon related” and environment committee, says: as the only way to stop them “At the time (of submissions) I was denigrating our beautiful reserve is opposed to the removal of the to keep them off it. pines – but that was a minority view “But it does go further because – and the draft was adopted with even an element of legal use is the planned removal of the Norfolk damaging. You know yourself just Pines included. Subsequently there how much of our beautiful reserve has been renewed interest in the is driven over and parked on. This protection of significant trees in this is now happening extensively right community. The loss of sea views along the length of the reserve and I is one of the major reasons sited by even do it myself – because I can. those keen to see removal.” “The closer to the edge the better BeachLife asked if this issue for viewing etc. This is simply not revealed a fault in the consultation and planning process. how was it good conservation practice! It seems fair that we lessen the effects that the mayor and two councillors joined 11th hour resident protest by restricting some of the current access ways. We need to ask: action to halt what was in fact the implementation of agreed Council Do we need vehicle access through the entire reserve at 150 metre policy that had evolved out of the usual consultation process? intervals so vehicles can drive all over the entire area and continue to Andy Cranston says: “The fault in the consultation process is have these negative environmental impacts?” 8 | BeachLife
  9. 9. Housing development in final stages what’s up? SITE DEVELOPMENT AT THE SPONGE BAY ESTATE HOuSING SuBDIVISION IS nearing completion with the installation of all services and the streets about to be sealed as we went to print. Wainui “Greenies” Project manager, Trevor Burrows, says all of the major construction is expected to be completed by Christmas and – depending on the issuing of the 224 certificate by GDC help Labour’s and the issuing of titles – section owners will be able to start building in March. Final landscaping and beautification will include fencing and planting along the Sponge demise Bay Road boundary. The one hectare reserve in the centre of the development is to be MOST OF uS VOTED FOR NATIONAL IN planted in clusters of native trees and park seating will be installed. the recent General Election. Historically A planted berm is to be created along the State Highway 35 boundary with space Wainui is a National stronghold. allowed for the future construction of a cycleway-walking path linking Gisborne and Given our demographics the final local Wainui Beach by the district council. tally was probably predictable, but there The development is 12 hectares and contains 95 building sites. The names of the was a notable increase in votes for the streets have yet to be finalised. Green Party. Asked about what sort of housing we can expect to see in Sponge Bay Estate, Trevor Out of 732 votes cast at the Wainui says the covenants are reasonably relaxed: “However there is a limitation on the use of School Polling Place way over half, 408, brick (not to exceed 50%) and some other building materials. We expect to see the design voted for National. up 56 votes from 2005. of the houses to fit in with today’s modern lifestyles. There will definitely be no acceptance 148 voted for Labour and 116 for the of removable dwellings.” Green Party, up 69 votes from 2005. Labour Towards mid December there will be an enquiries office on site where further was down 55. The Green vote was up from information will be freely available. Any sales enquiries or questions can be directed to 47 in 2005. Trevor Burrows, phone 021 736 919. The Green swing was obviously away Thanks for the show of support from Labour who received 203 votes in 2005. 25 voted for ACT (compared to just 3 in WAINuI WINTER OLYMPIC HOPEFuL MIKE KING WANTS TO THANKS THOSE IN 2005), 4 for Jim Anderton, 13 for NZ First the community who chipped in to help him with his training costs in North America via the and 5 for united Future. 6 went for the BeachLife voluntary subscription idea. Maori Party. Interestingly, only one person “Thanks to all the local residents who have paid a voluntary subscription to this great voted for the Legalise Cannabis option. community magazine and supported my Olympic dream. Bobsleigh costs approximately Those locals who voted for Winston $17,000 per year for every athlete so all the financial support I can get helps, “he says. Peters and NZ First in 2005, weren’t “As you read this I will be in North America taking part in six events throughout October swayed by the Owen Glenn Affair. NZ First through to the end of December. It’s a great feeling coming from a small town and at 14 votes this year was actually up one knowing that there are a lot of local residents and friends behind me.” from the last election. “All the support that I have been getting – whether it is food from Charcoal Chicken, Powerade from Coke or verbal support from local residents – is something special that 2008 a lot of the guys in my team from the large cities (Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin) don’t get. In fact they often cheekily comment, ‘Geez, I wish I lived in Gisborne’. All the Green best with the second issue and I will be thinking about the Wainui surf and sun while surrounded by snow and sub-zero temperatures over the next few months.” National BeachLife would also like to thank those who got the idea of the voluntary subscription, Labour that not only helped Mike a little way with his costs but also guaranteed the continuation of the magazine. It was also a way of gauging support for the idea of the magazine and we thank all those who took the time to write a cheque or go online and send in the money. If you missed the opportunity to subscribe, hey we’ll still be happy to receive your cheque for $30.00. Post to BeachLife, PO Box 969, Gisborne. 2005 Check out the website Green IF YOu WANT YOuR FRIENDS OR FAMILY OVERSEAS TO READ THE STORIES IN BeachLife, tell them about the online version of the magazine at www.beach-life.co.nz Labour National (don’t forget the hyphen, someone already has beachlife). A GREAT WAy To AdvERTISE. Local people are catching onto the idea of using BeachLife magazine to advertise within the beach community. The magazine has staying power and everyone reads it thoroughly. Advertisers in the first issue all say they have got results. Business profiles, houses for sale, goods and services. ConTACT BEACHLIFE AdvERTISInG: Phone 868 0240 or info@beach-life.co.nz Graphs created from votes cast in the Wainui School Polling Place in both 2005 and 2008. BeachLife | 9
  10. 10. what’s up? Sharron finds her particular shade of “green” IT HAS BEEN A YEAR OF LEARNING FOR Sharron says one of the many positive forever) range is the best. They have Wairere Road’s Sharron Stevenson. outcomes from her involvement with the independent accreditation of the highest “Learning about the workings of local and reticulation issue is that she is now more standard – Environmental choice NZ – who central government; long “green”. look at every ingredient put into every term community pans She says she has a product. B_E_E is the only household and the environment. greater awareness of cleaning range to carry this world-leading Words like sustainability, the environment and in eco-label. collaboration, particular what works and “I am excited to be able to bring them consultation, became what doesn’t in septic or to our community and have been receiving part of my vocabulary this on site systems. positive feedback.” year,” she says. Following on from Sharron says feedback has included “ I toiled my way Council decision not to comments like: “I have used them before and through mountains of reticulate, Sharron felt I really like them; My son has bad eczema reports, documents, she needed to do her bit and the washing powder dosen’t irritate submissions, plans and to be environmentally him like other powders; I used to buy these data – sometimes in responsible and to help products when I lived in Auckland. Thank you the small hours of the ensure onsite systems for bringing B_E_E to us; I just love these. I’ll morning! I spoke at were “working the way be back for more; The whitener took away a council meetings, emailed they were designed really bad stain – fantastic; I got 30! washes councillors and prepared and not contributing out of the Laundry Powder; This is great – so submissions. to the pollution of the convenient to pop in when I pick up the kids “I met neighbours I environment”. from school”. never really knew and “I wanted to find a Sharron says: “Personally it just feels good made new friends in range of eco-friendly to know I am not putting harmful chemicals ECO-CLEANING: Products available our community. I learnt products we could use. and substances in my septic system. I from Sharron Stevenson, 54 Wairere how effective a group Road, phone 867 5595. Not only that, but I wanted believe our community can be a showcase of people can be with them to be New Zealand for a sustainable – there’s that word again – the same vision and how vitally important made and I wanted to find the best!” environment and I am proud to be a part of effective communication is.” “I believe the B_E_E (Beauty Engineered it.” www.bee.net.nz You’re allowed to feel this good A pampering massage just to feel good. A relaxing massage for relief of stress. A therapeutic massage for relief from aches and pains. A sports massage for recovery from injury. Foot reflexology to soothe and balance. Pregnancy massage for ease and comfort. • Injury prevention and injury treatment • Sports preparation and recovery • Children and teens (especially for sports) • Treatment for pain and discomfort • Relief from headaches Adults: Half hour – $30 One hour – $50 Children and Teens at school: Half Price Gift vouchers available Providing therapeutic and relaxation massage services since 1994 NORMAN WEISS NCM, CSM, CMTMNZ 32 DOUGLAS STREET Seaview Massage OKITU, WAINUI BEACH PHONE 867 2790 normandiana@clear.net.nz 10 | BeachLife
  11. 11. Isabella’s future vision ISABELLA VITA OF PARE STREET HAS A VISION FOR THE future of Gisborne. Her painting of what Gisborne might look like in 2018 was selected as the winning entry in a Gisborne-wide schools’ art competition to find a cover for the Gisborne District Council’s 10 Year Community Plan. The competition theme was: “Gisborne growing up – what will Gisborne be like in 10 years time.” The competition was open to local primary, intermediate and secondary schools with the aim of recognising and using the artistic talents of local youth. Considerable effort was put in to entries with roads, high rise buildings, the town clock, Maori culture and beach people being recurring themes. The awards night was celebrated on October 11 with students and their families, the mayor and councillors. There were awards presented in primary, intermediate and secondary schools categories but 12 year old Isabella, a Year 7 student at Campion College was chosen as the overall winner. Isabella, who received $200 for herself and $100 for her art department at school, says her design for the future was all about things she would like to be able to do in Gisborne. Her concept was of a beachside community with a rock climbing facility, a bowling alley, a water park, a burger bar and, not surprisingly when you know her dad Mike Vita, a soccer field right by the beach. The design also included a safe walkway and cycling path along side the road where people used both cars and public transport to get around. High-rise apartment dwellings, one with a penthouse, owned by BEACH LIFESTYLE: Isabella Vita’s artistic concept of Gisborne ten years Isabella looked out over the beach. from now will be featured on the cover of the Council’s community plan. Wainui Beach’s reliable water supply DRIVER/OPERATIONS MANAGER: As a Wainui Beach homeowner, Greg Judd of Judd Water Supplies knows the importance of a reliable, clean source of household water for those times when the tanks run dry. Call the big green truck! 15500 litres of quality city water per load. Phone 867 6028 Greg Judd Mobile 027 230 2464 WATER SUPPLIES BeachLife | 11
  12. 12. beach party Popular local identity and Gisborne accountant, Richard “Dicko” Coates, celebrated his 60th birthday recently with a large gathering at his Murphy Road home. It was a great opportunity for a family photograph. From left: brother-in-law Sean McCormick, Dicko, daughter Charlotte, sister Tessa McCormick, wife Prudence, his mother Joan Coates, nephew Alistair, brother Graeme Coates, niece Debbie and daughter Georgina. Noel and Alison, the Amor Bendalls, threw a great party at their home at the top of Wheatstone Road to celebrate Noel’s 50th recently. All smiles at Noel Amor’s birthday bash were Michelle Nyholt, Pete Anderson and Ian Francis Mountain Warrior Shane Cameron met up with old mate Karl Geiseler at Noel’s party. 12 | BeachLife
  13. 13. BeachLife can’t gate crash all your parties! If you have a special occasion, send photos to info@beach-life.co.nz. beach party All Thai-ed up at the Tsunami Bar Thai Night Banquet were Yvonne Beaufoy, Darleen Funston, Bronwyn Kay, Cindy Prosor and Ingrid Spence. Also taking part in the Thai food menu occasion – where the Tsunami Bar hired chef’s from Gisborne’s Thai Sunshine Restaurant to cook on premises for the night – were Sandra Ellmers, Margaret Winter, Buster Taylor and Diane Ritchie. Making up a group to enjoy the Tsunami Bar Thai Night were Christine Sisters Bianca and Ashlee Destounis at the Gunness, Murray McLeod, Maxine Francois, Fleur and Pete Anderson. Tsunami Bar Thai occasion. BeachLife | 13
  14. 14. our ocean YOUR WAVE: The large female orca which dropped in on Jaydah Martin-Fitzharris at Wainui Beach. The season of the orca IT REALLy WAS An AMAzInG THInG. For several weeks pods of orca frolicked in the seas off Pouawa, Tatapouri, Makorori and Wainui. At times they were way out in the bay, surging north and then surging back south in large groups. At other times they were right in close. on several occasions they surfed beneath the waves sending stunned surfers scrambling for the beach. What were they doing here, where did they come from, and where have they gone? Photographs by Tom Grimson. WHILE MOST PEOPLE FELT THE HuGE SEA MAMMALS, OFTEN the ribs of his surf mat, making a high-pitched noise. Immediately known as “killer whales”, posed no immediate harm to humans, the baby veered away from the mother and came straight over to young surfer girl Jayda Martin-Fitzharris got the fright of her life when him. It submerged beneath his surf mat leaving big water boils on a huge black and white orca came within touching distance as she each side before veering back to join its mother. Paul says he could was taking part in a surfing contest at the “Lone Pine” break in mid- see the “daddy” orca out the back keeping an eye on things. October. Ben Cowper has posted a really good video on You Tube of at “It was really scary,” she told the Gisborne Herald. “I turned least three orca swimming around not far behind a crowd of surfers around and there was this big black fin, it was just behind my board.” at Makorori Point on October 18. Watching from the shore, Boardriders Club organiser Heather Kohn Just when we thought they had disappeared wave ski rider Nigel of Lloyd George Road, said two orca, one a baby, appeared to chase Bryant accidently videoed a pod of orca passing by Lone Pine in late Jayda as she started yelling and paddling fast towards the shore. November when he set up a remote video to film himself in training. Over the weeks orca were sighted numerous times around The zoological name for these creatures is Orcinus orca. This is the beaches. Paul Dixon of Wairere Road says he had three orca thought to be derived from the Latin word orcus, meaning “demon encounters this year. The first was last summer off the Wainui surf dolphin”. There are also many different common names for the club when he spotted an estimated 2-metre high fin about 10 metres species. The Society for Marine Mammalogy lists the English names away. “It was coming straight for me and I paddled in so fast the killer whale and orca as the most common. clubbies asked if I wanted to compete for them in the next paddle Department of Conservation spokesman Jamie Quirk said it was board race,” he says. normal for orca to frequent East Coast beaches around October- The second encounter was the one many people witnessed at November. It is believed the mothers come here to teach their young “Schools” in October: “I was out body surfing and I looked over and how to feed on stingray, he was reported in the Gisborne Herald. saw this huge male orca surfing a wave. He was really going for it. It “If you sit and watch them, you will notice the pod break into was so cool.” groups. Two will act like sheep dogs, working a certain part of the Paul says even though he tried to control it, fascination turned coast and shepherd the stingray into an area of the reef, at which to fear on both occasions and his final reaction was to flee the point they will all join in on the feeding frenzy,” he said. perceived danger. He vowed the next time he would stay and make “Gisborne people are very lucky to see a unique marine mammal contact. come so close to shore. And New Zealand orca are the only species He got his chance a few days later when a mother and baby came of orca in the world that feed on stingray.” by. He spotted the two dorsal fins and strummed his fingers along “They will move through pretty quickly. They set themselves up 14 | BeachLife
  15. 15. in residence in the area between northern Hawke’s Bay, Mahia right killed several people. A few New Zealander divers have tales of through the East Cape,” Mr Quirk said. close encounters with orca, during which their fins were nibbled and Fully grown orca can reach six metres in length. The males are tugged. Such activity appears to be more an expression of curiosity easily identified by their large, triangular dorsal fin, while female or a bit of fun (for the orca, not necessarily for the diver) than testing orcas have a curved fin. Juvenile orcas can be spotted swimming for taste. about the fins of the adults. It is possible that this high degree of interaction with humans has While there has been no record of orca attacking people or evolved the unique nature of New Zealand orca hunting culture. mistaking them for other sea creatures, Mr Quirk recommended that Culture can be defined as traditions transmitted and reinforced surfers or swimmers who found themselves in the company of orca by members of a group. Orca culture is often unique to a small exercise a degree of caution. geographic location, not unlike human tribal culture. New Zealand “They live in the sea all their lives, so they are much more aware of orca employ several different hunting methods, but most are aimed humans being there than we are of them. But they are wild animals at catching the same kind of prey— rays and sharks. New Zealand so we must treat them with respect.” orca were the first to be recognised as specialising in hunting this Scientist and orca researcher Ingrid Visser based at Tutukaka in type of prey, and they remain the only orca that use these particular Northland is New Zealand’s knowledge-base about orca. In a New methods. Zealand Geographic feature story recently she said her studies NEW ZEALAND ORCA FACT FILE: indicated that there were fewer than 200 orca individuals living • 117 individual orca have been photo-identified in New Zealand waters. The permanently around the New Zealand coastline. population estimate ranges between 65 and 167. “Three groups appear to exist—one that inhabits the waters of the North Island, a second in the South Island, and a third that roams • Some individual animals have been known to travel up to 170 km per day on the entire area. Given this small population estimate, DOC has average. The largest known range of a NZ orca is 4200 kms. changed the status of orca from “common” to “nationally critical”— • Orca are most frequently seen in the Bay of Plenty/East Cape/Hawke’s Bay its highest threat ranking. This is because, although orca are found region in June, and often from October to December. in other parts of the world, those around New Zealand are unique, • NZ orca feed on a variety of prey, the most common being rays (long-tailed with their own distinct dialects, hunting methods and other cultural and short-tailed stingrays, eagle rays, and torpedo rays), but also sharks characteristics. (blue, mako, basking, and school sharks), a variety of fin-fish (yellow-fin tuna, “There is still much about them of which we remain ignorant, such as how stable their groups are, but we have certainly come to realise bluenose grouper, kahawai, and sunfish), and a blue penguin on one occasion. that they are special and deserving of our respect and protection,” • NZ orca have also been observed attacking and consuming other cetacean Ingrid Visser says. species (common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, dusky dolphins, Hector’s She says there isn’t a single verified record of an attack by wild dolphins, sperm whales, pilot whales, humpback whales, and southern right orca on people anywhere in the world, although captive orca have whales). ORCWARD SITUATION: Duncan Gordon (left) and Willy Brown (right) meet one of the daddy orcas at Makorori Centre. TERRY TAYLOR DRAINAGE PHONE 868 5383 Septic Tank Cleaning Services Mobile 0274 576 664 Locally Owned Licensed Operator terrytaylor@xtra.co.nz 89 Customhouse Street Registered Drainlayer • Septic Tank Installations & Assessments •CCTV Camera Gisborne Local installer for Aerated Sewage Treatment Systems WasteTRACK compliant operator BeachLife | 15
  16. 16. beach life Concert series in Tiromoana gardens AN EXCITING SERIES OF SuMMER CONCERTS FOR THE forthcoming season, featuring musicians from New Zealand, Australia, united Kingdom and Europe will be hosted at the home and garden of Jack Richards at 41 Winifred Street this summer. Here is a preview of what is to come. December 18th | Simon Tedeschi returns: uS and Australian based virtuoso classical and jazz pianist returns for another breathtaking performance GOLF TOURNAMENT WINNERS: The Ray White Gisborne #1 team won the Gisborne from both the classical and jazz repertoire. Real Estate Golf Tournament with a four shot lead from the next best team the January 10th | Emerging piano star Nicholas Young: Gisborne Herald recently. All team members are Wainuians. From left: Peter Rouse, organiser Bruce Third, Maxine Francois, Christine and Kim Gunness. The Ray White 17 year old Nicholas Young from Sydney gives his #2 team of Peter Ritchie, Phil Allan, Brent Rasby and the Editor took fourth place. first New Zealand recital. January 17th | Soprano Anna Pierard, Tenor Jose reviews for his interpretation of the classical piano repertoire, which will be the Aparicio, accompanied by David Harper. feature of his Gisborne recital. uK and Spain-based Anna and Jose will give a recital that includes operatic arias and selections from February 14th: VENUE: | Margaret Medlyn soprano accompanied by Bruce Spanish operetta. Greenfield. New Zealand diva Margaret Medlyn has been busy on the opera stage in new January 31st | Student recital by Taleim Edwards and Zealand throughout 2008, and thrilled us with her concert at Tiromoana last Paul Romero – saxophone and piano summer. Taleim and Paul are from Gisborne and will perform a selection of pieces for saxopone and piano, and will Tickets for all concerts are $25 (donated to the Gisborne Music Competition). also play solo pieces. Performances will start at 7.30 and will be followed by a light complementary supper where you can meet the performers. You are welcome to come along February 7th: VENUE | Introducing Polish-Australian piano virtuoso Wotjek Wisniewski earlier to enjoy the garden. This will be the young Australian-based pianist’s first You can reserve tickets by emailing: tiromoanasummerconcerts@gisborne.net.nz recital in New Zealand. Wotjek has received glowing or phone 868 6443. Carpet and upholster y cleaning to the highest standard PROTECT YOUR MOST VALUABLE INVESTMENT • Safe, non toxic system • Reduce/remove unattractive stains & soiling • Reduces damage to your carpet from sand / soil particles • Kills & removes dust mites & allergens • Remove smells & odours from carpets not cleaned regularly PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN & PETS • Less bacteria in your home • Non-toxic/non-allergenic • Help Prevent pet soiling by removing previous pet odours • Safer environment for asthma and allergen-sensitive people • Peace of mind for you & your family IMPROVE THE OVERALL HEALTH QUALITY OF YOUR HOME • Affordable means of ensuring clean carpets & upholstery • Less dust, hair, and other nasty particles in your home • Fast drying ensures minimal air moisture • Breathe easier with less dust mites and other creepy-crawlies Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Services • Save time, effort and money without sacrificing cleanliness Call Ray Morgan 20 years experience in cleaning industry 0800 000668 10 years in carpets & upholstery info@superclean.net.nz 16 | BeachLife
  17. 17. ROGAN HOUGHTON beach life A life-long passion for surf photography HE’S AS ICONIC AROuND WAINuI BEACH AS THE NORFOLK pines these days. Rogan Houghton and his furry friend Precious are always about when the surf is up and pumping. Surf photography is a passion Rogey has had since a youngster when he first tried taking surfing pictures with his Kodak Instamatic while on surf trips with big brother Brett. He grew up on Auckland’s North Shore but is another local who now calls Wainui Beach home. Now aged 41, Rogey left school on the dot of turning 15. “I left school real quick, I was out of there like a shot,” he says. A scant education left Rogey with reading and writing problems but this year he has completed a three-year adult literacy course at Tairawhiti Polytechnic which he says has given him a real boost. Rogan also has a turned-out left eye which has possibly held him back a bit and must make it hard work to focus his camera for hours on end when the surf’s running high. His first decent SLR camera set up was a Minolta X300 with a 300mm Sigma lens which he bought in his early 20s. Big brother Brett had moved down to Gisborne to live, so Rogan spent a lot of time down here. About 15 years ago when Budge Berge was running New Zealand Surfing magazine with CPL (Craig Levers) as chief photographer, they appreciated Rogan’s enthusiasm and helped him out a bit. CPL pointed Rogan in the direction of a great set of second-hand surf photography gear that was going cheap. He ended up with a Canon F1 body with 800mm, 600mm and 400mm lenses. His photos weren’t up to full page treatment, so they gave him a double-page spread of smaller images which they called “The Rogey Files”. The Rogey Files #2 and #3 followed in later years. He also had other photographs published in regular reader’s DUNE WATCH: Surfing photographer Rogan Houghton and his dog photo pages during CPL’s editorship. “Precious” keep their eyes peeled for the next big set. The editor also gave Rogan a boost when I ran one of his surfing pictures, a photo of Clint Daly, in my first calendar published over of spring, good waves and bright light he is working hard chasing a decade ago. those great pictures. Rogey always stuck to the standards required by surf magazines Rogan says he loves the satisfaction of photographing other which meant he had to spend a lot of money on slide film and surfers. “I don’t surf big waves, but I love being behind the camera, professional processing. A single roll of processed slide film could it’s almost the same sensation as being out there.” cost as much as $100. Every now and then CPL would send Rogey It’s great to see Rogan out there, perched in the dunes with his the odd spare roll of Velvia to help him out. best-friend “Precious”, a tiny little Maltese Bichon who travels with So it was a relief when digital photography came of age recently him everywhere, even on the back of his motorbike. Rogan may and about 12 months ago Rogey bought his first digital SLR Canon. not be one of the world’s best-known surfing paparazzi, but when He can now fit hundreds of images on a single 2gig flash card. Maz Quinn is pulling in to an overhead barrel at the Chalet on a late Sticking to the rules, Rogey is shooting both JPEG and Raw mode, afternoon mid-week, it’s Rogan who’s behind the lens, motordrive which is what the magazines require should he get that elusive whirring, capturing the fleeting moment of surfing brilliance in a “money shot”. mass of digital pixels. His chances have improved lately with the purchase of a decent His images might not get published in Surfer’s Journal – yet – but 300mm digital Canon lens ex Logan Murray and with the arrival at least he’s out there, giving it a go. Keep it up Rogey. BeachLife | 17
  18. 18. beach life our people Recording brings on memories of joy and innocense LOST INNOCENSE: Fresh-faced Trev and Pete in the 1980s bar band “Innocent Dingos” with Shane Bollingford, Tim Stewart and Andy IF YOu REMEMBER THE INNOCENT DINGOS Schollum. Photo by Gray Clapham 1980s. and can go as far back as Country Joy, then you’ll be keen to listen to a CD of songs recently is as good as you would expect from an produced by Wainui jam band Big Water. amateur recording studio, but crank it up and Pete Stewart and Trevor Herk (that’s them you’ve got some great sounds. All the better circa 1980 above second right and second left) with the understanding it’s organic, home-grown, Wainui Beach-born are Gisborne’s elder statesmen of rock and roll. music to boot. Over the decades since the 1970s Trev has provided the bass line Trevor Herk, the always unassuming bassist these days lives up to numerous live performing bands around the town and Peter has the Lysnar Street valley and is a well respected music teacher at added his dexterous lead breaks to an equal number. Lytton High School. Think back to the mid 1970s when the band For several years now Pete’s lounge at his home on the corner of Country Joy held the fort at the DB Gisborne Lounge Bar and you Oneroa and the Highway has been the venue of legendary Thursday can picture Trev thumping out the bass notes to Long Train Running, night expression sessions and the Big Water CD is a creative coming Cocaine and other anthems of that era. You have to also picture the of age of those late night jams. band’s drummer, Pare Street’s Paul Conole, hammering away at the Formerly known as the Borderline Trio, Bigwater came about when rear as well. Those were the days. Lincoln Wright (drummer) joined the long established Thursday night If you have an interest in local music the first Bigwater CD is a musical excursions. must for your collection. Keep listening and the songs grow on you, Trevor and Pete are long established Gisborne musicians that and soon you think you’re listening to pop songs you’ve known have played in several local bands together, including the celebrated all your life. Oh, and hey, Bigwater? That’s Wainui, the English Innocent Dingos from the River Bar heyday of the early ‘80s. translation thereof. And, at $15 available from Peter and Trev and at Lincoln Wright is a well-known DJ, (the Missing Link) with a CV from the Wainui Store, this is perfect Christmas present material. There Wellington that includes The Hairy Lollies and Gamut. are 11 tracks on the CD. Initially they explored a collection of mainly covers and a few Since recording this initial sampling of some of their originals original songs, but after a while originals replaced all the covers. Bigwater has become in demand for live performances and are Pete puts this down to his going through an especially creative song already working on a follow up CD. writing binge in recent times. Bigwater are: Pete Stewart, guitar & vocals; Trevor Herk, bass & Don’t expect any head banging, plaster cracking mayhem from vocals; Lincoln B. Wright, drums & backing vocals. Recorded and these musicians. As Pete says, they are lyric-based pop songs. engineered by Trevor Herk. Sensible, easy to listen to, with catchy melodies. The sound quality Bigwater have an online Blog at www.bigwater.co.nz. GC 18 | BeachLife
  19. 19. beach life Okitu Store has just about everything THE GOOD OLD OKITu STORE – aka Seaquinns Ltd – might look shabby on the outside but it’s what’s on the inside that really counts! Built way back in the ‘50s the Okitu Store has serviced many people from all walks of life, has had many changes of ownership, and the normal ups and downs of the retail and fast food world, however the Okitu Store still stands as strong today as the foundations on which it is built. Maryanne Egan and Gary Quinn ditched their educational careers and stressful government influenced jobs and purchased the Okitu Store in December 2006, two years on they still consider it to be the best career choice they’ve both made and compliment each others strengths and weaknesses – making a great duo! IN ICE CREAM HEAVEN: Shop owners Maryanne Egan and Gary Quinn Maryanne is born and bred in Gisborne with affiliations to Ngati outside their Okitu Store – the place to be beside the sea. Kahungunu ki Wairoa, Rongomaiwahine, Whangara and Ngati Porou. some hot food or takeaways to eat under the pohutukawa trees or From a family of eight, one of her fondest childhood memories was on the grassed area. travelling all the way from Makaraka to the Okitu Store every Sunday Of course when there are no waves to surf you might want to try for an ice-cream treat. In summer they would your luck fishing with the variety of fish bait and fishing camp out at Tatapouri and Pouawa and come supplies available and ice to keep it chilled. And then to the store every second day for ice for the perhaps relax on the deck in the evenings watching chilly bin. the sunset with one of the many wines or ales on sale Her childhood dream was to one day own in hand. the Okitu Store so she could have ice-cream Parking is never a problem whether it be truck and whenever she wanted – while her dream has trailers, harvesters, motorhomes, motorbikes or horses come true she doesn’t eat as much ice-cream – we’ve seen and had them all with room to spare. anymore – even though they are still the While the hours maybe long, the winter mornings best ice-creams in town! In her spare time chilly and the summer days crazy – it’s all worth it. Maryanne runs the Coastguard Radio Watch The key to our success is good communication, from the shop, keeping a watchful ear and eye on those that love the being organised, great family support, efficient service, good staff, sea but may get into trouble and leads an active sporting role with teamwork, fresh and plentiful supplies. Plus a good rapport with her two daughters Kimberley and Karyn. suppliers, good old fashion manners and service with a smile. It’s Gary has lived in Wainui for over 18 years and is passionate also important to take time out and have quality family time to re- about surfing. So of course the Okitu Store offers everything in the energize. surfing line from surfboard and wetsuit rentals, leg ropes, surf wax, Where to from here – well watch this space as 2009 will see some surf combs, wax bombs, Surfer’s Skin sunscreen (as worn by Maz further development and more exciting things on offer! Quinn!), sometimes a quick surf lesson and in the holidays the young grommets may get the extra pleasure of bumping into Maz, Jay and OkITU STORE IS OPEN SEVEN DAYS: Holly when they come home and chill out with the family. Summer Hours: With their mutual passion being the sea Maryanne and Gary • Monday – Saturday 7.00am – 8.00pm have the prime location for a retail business that provides almost • Sunday 7.30am – 8.00pm everything. Where else can you get the beautiful beach straight Winter Hours: outside the front door, a new funky playground for the kids across • Monday – Saturday 7.00am – 7.00pm the road to play on, picnic tables to sit in the sun and eat ice- • Sunday 7.30am – 7.00pm creams, chat and relax with a magazine, a surfboard to hire and test Takeaways and hot food are available all day within shop out your skills straight across the road. All topped off with fresh hot opening hours. Phone orders welcome on 06 867 7013 . coffee and a locally-made pie to warm you up afterwards or maybe BeachLife | 19
  20. 20. beach life DEMONS RULE: The mighty Wainui Demons Walker Realty football team won both the Poverty Bay Soccer 2nd Division Competition and then the 2nd Division Cup Knockout Round to complete an extremely successful 2008 season. Back Row: Hugh Higgins, Gary Smith, Clay Parker, Vince Ford, Steve Sutherland, Mike Evans, Jay Papworth, Warren Muir, Craig Scott, Andrew Reid, Brett Parker. Front Row: Richard Page, John Hill, Brent Strong, Karl Geiseler, Ben Drummond, Trev Williams, Adam Dawson, Aaron Welsh. Dion Williams (on ground). SCHOOL SUCCESS: The Wainui Beach School A Grade Soccer team won the Gisborne Primary School A Grade competition for only the third time since 1965 (last time was 1995). They were undefeated throughout the season with only one draw and scored 116 goals for and only 10 against. Back Row: Joel Robinson (Assistant Coach), Jonty Low, Isaiah Grace, Josh Meade, Jack Virtue, Charlie Scott, Rory Faulkner, Tewai Coulston, Cassidy Teaia, Josh Cook, Craig Scott (Coach). Front Row: Kosta Atsalis, Hamish Robinson, Jarram Brouwer, Rangi Mitchell, Layne Nalder. 20 | BeachLife
  21. 21. THE GEnERATIon GAME beach life Wainui School kids get to try out a lot of IN THE LAST ISSuE of BeachLife we reported that Wainui School opened in 1964. Very quick outdoor activities and recently BeachLife on the phone was Jean Webster (pictured left) to correct that date to 1962. Mrs Webster, now dropped in on a skateboard coaching aged 89, was one of the three first day teachers way back then and Sandy Gibson (right) was session. Above: Jack Dixon-Smith gets into the groove. one of the first day pupils who was taught by Mrs Webster. When Sandy’s grand daughter Ella Sutherland started at Wainui School in September this year she became the third generation of the Gibson family to attend the school. Ella’s mum, and Sandy’s daughter, De-Arne Sutherland went to Wainui School from 1983. While there are other families who have this generational association with the school we thought it would be a nice way of acknowledging Mrs Webster’s alertness in correcting the actual date the school opened. Liesje Bartie rounds off the story as she first taught at the school in 1963, was De-Arne’s teacher in the early ‘80s and is this year teaching Ella. Mrs Webster came from Ilminster School where she was also a first day teacher with the new headmaster Lou Thompson and the third teacher Huri Callaghan. L ov E A n d M A R R I AG E Charlie Klavs may turn down dad’s offer of the builder’s apron and embark on a career as a professional skateboarder. PROuD DAD BOB RASBY made the trip up to Wellsford recently to be on hand to give away his daughter Saren Rasby on the occasion of her marriage to Daniel Heywood. The couple were married on the beach at Pakiri, north of Auckland. Brother Brent with wife Helena and baby Perle are also pictured. A good sized crew of Wainui friends went north for the wedding. Skateboard tutor Karn Payne gets Angus Hayward going off the ramp. BeachLife | 21
  22. 22. beach babes Local graphic artist Rees Morley couldn’t have drawn up a better looking baby boy than mac morley, with no small part played in the design concept by Cathy. Mac arrived on Tuesday, October 14, weighing 9lb 2oz. Born Sunday, September 7 Tilly Lisla Lovelock was a perfect 81lb Fathers Day present for Jimmy from Georgina. Georgina owns Talking Heads salon and James is the former Tsunami Bar head chef, now operating his gardening and landscaping business, Lawn and Garden Services. Charlie Campbell Whitfield introduced himself to his parents Amy and David and sister Olivia on Halloween Night, Friday, October 31, weighing in at a Tigher Hill (4) is stoked to have a little brother, Ziggy hill, who arrived on strapping 11lb 3oz. Monday, June 26. His parents are John and Naome Hill and they live in Douglas Street. 22 | BeachLife