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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 3/AUTUMN 2009 Free to every home | Extras $5.00 A Place By The Sea History of the Beach Wainui strikes gold Summer Review • Local News • Our Kids and More
  2. 2. Okitu Store Summer Album 2008-2009 Summer! For most of us it’s a time of great excitement. The hot weather brings out summer dresses, boardies and bikinis. Tans are worked on, Makorori Headland is walked over, surfboards are freshly waxed and waves are ridden. Refreshing beverages are had on decks, ice-creams are licked, BBQs are lit and chilly bins are filled. It’s a time of summer weddings and reunions, sandcastle building and camping under starry skies. And where else would you want to be but at Wainui! Summer at the Okitu Store saw a fresh new team including uni girls, (Emma & Toni), our own fashion designer (Dani), our cute English chick (Chy – not so shy), our own Swindell sisters and serious rowers (Katy & Amanda), our dancing team (Lana, Kim D, Izis & Bree), our horse trekker (Kim M), our chiller boy (Matt), our awesome fill- in mums (Maria & Margaret) and not to forget our own family (Gary, Maryanne, Kimberley and Karyn and our resident store cat Splat). All of these lovely people have tirelessly worked extremely hot shifts, rolling endless icecreams for our customers’ satisfaction – thank you! Seven days a week with extended hours over summer was hard work but it was extremely rewarding to see sun-glowed happy faces, international visitors, families returning to Wainui for the summer, all en joying a small part of the paradise we live in – even if only for a few weeks. Great memories are made in summer, it is awesome to see generations of families like the Wagner family making memories for their children, years down the track their children and grandchildren will reminisce about their family trips to Wainui and those icecreams from the Okitu store. Thanks to all the locals for their loyalty and support, as well as the workers and transitional people travelling through Wainui, the fantastic suppliers who never let us down, our staff for their commitment, our friends for our lack of socialising through tiredness, and of course each other for our patience and energy – we love working together, side-by-side everyday. Life couldn’t be better!! As this summer begins to fade we already look Winter Hours: forward to the next, plans already on the drawing Monday to Saturday .... 7.00am to 7.00pm board, new memories to make. Yes, summer and Sunday .... 7.30am to 7.00pm Wainui Beach – who wouldn’t en joy it?? Paradise at our fingertips. Phone 06 867 7013 2 | BeachLife
  3. 3. M A G A Z I N E contents intro Delivered free to every home from Sponge Bay to Makorori. 6 Editor’s comments and a preview of the issue. Published four times a year. what’s up .................................. PuBLiSheD anD PrinteD By 7 Whales grave sculpture idea thwarted. Winery building to become family home. Wetland Gray Clapham Design Arts style upgrade for Schools beach access. Local man designs city logo. The Cycle Track: when .................................. will work start? New call for residents association. Maggie’s new shoe repair business. eDitOriaL ManaGer beach life Gray Clapham 90 Moana Road 10 Look out, the paparazzi are about. Photos from social gatherings, special occasions, Wainui Beach weddings and general comings and goings. A Summer Review: All the good things that Gisborne happened at the beach this summer. Dave McCullough widens his horizons. Farewell as Phone 868 0240 local couple heads for Ireland. Wainui lifeguards strike gold at Nationals. Plus a review of the Fax 867 7010 season at the Wainui surf club. beach babes aLL LetterS, artiCLeS & COrreSPOnDenCe tO 18 They just keep on coming! Introducing the latest nine new kids on the block. .................................. beach history aDVertiSinG Gray & Sandy Clapham 21 The Mystery of the Windmills: Many people have a memory of a windmill on the sand dunes overlooking Wainui Beach. We’ve done a little digging and discovered there were Phone 868 0240 in fact two windmills. What were they used for and where exactly were they? We ask our Fax 867 7010 readers to solve the mystery? .................................. 22 A Place By The Sea: The story of the settlement of Wainui and Makorori beaches Extra copies available at $5.00 from ancient Maori times to the present day. Plus lots of interesting old photos. All issues will be archived after publication on the website our kids 35 Fleur’s daughter Nova is taking the twins to try life in Israel. Christie Carter had realised his surfing island dream. Stephanie Brown has a cool job with Nike in London. Danielle Timbs Cover PHoToS: tells us about her eventful life to date. Longboard champion James Tanner with Tuahine Point our surf behind. Insets: old windmill from Gisborne Museum collections. 40 Wave Rave with Kelly Ryan: Surf stories, results and what the groms are up to. SLS Nationals: Toby Harris wins All BeachLife pages can be viewed online at U16 sprint race. Laura Quilter (U19 surf race gold medalist) and Charlotte Harris. A handy man in the garden! • Lawn Mowing • Edge Trimming Peter Stewart • Hedge & Tree Care • Gardening & Landscaping consultation, design and installation of James LoveLock audio/visual systems Mobile 021 73 66 22 Home 06 863 2833 A Wainui Beach Business Historical photographs and assistance p 06 867 6929 lawn&gardenservices courtesy Tairāwhiti Museum m 027 278 9516 BeachLife | 3
  4. 4. Onsite Waste Water Sy s t e m s : Yo u r G u i d e To O b t a i n i n g C o nsent How to find tHe best system to deal witH wastewater at your place Have your site assessed by a Gisborne District Council approved onsite wastewater site assessor. An assessor will do a soil test to identify how able your soil is to soak up wastewater. They will assess other site restrictions such as area available, slope, contour, height of water tables and distances to streams and the beach. When do I need building consent? If a new wastewater system is needed at your place you will need consent. A building consent is also required if your existing system is inadequate and parts of the system need to be replaced or upgraded. What information is needed to apply for building consent? Once your site has been investigated, the assessor will provide you with a comprehensive site assessment report that identifies the treatment and disposal options best suited to your place. This will include system design, including drainage plans and specifications. Once you accept a proposed design you can apply for your building consent. What happens next? If the proposed design meets the requirements of the Building Act 2004, Council Guidelines and the rules in the Regional Plan, then the building consent process is routine. Sensitive or difficult sites? In some circumstances additional environmental protection may be required and application for resource consent for discharge to land is required. Alternative designs such as composting toilets, fully contained systems, high volume storage, high volume discharge, and systems within coastal hazard zones are considered under this process. A discharge consent is required before the system can be used. Need more information? Contact Customer Services at the Gisborne District Council for a list of approved Site Assessors or for more information. • An example of a failed system. GISBORNE DISTRICT COUNCIL PHONE 867 2049 FAX 867 8075 EMAIL SERVICE@GDC.GOVT.NZ WWW.GDC.GOVT.NZ 4 | BeachLife
  5. 5. Eureka, we’ve found it! A cost effective, environmentally-safe alternative to a septic tank B rian Hutchings of Tokomaru Bay, became involved with BioLoo composting toilets after deciding to buy a composting system – instead of spending $15,000 on a Forget about drainfields, tank conventional septic tank set up – back in 1998. He became so impressed with the composting toilet’s efficiency cleaning, sludge dumping ... – and the side benefits which included saving precious tank water – he has now installed two more BioLoo systems at his backpacker business, a couple of others around Tokomaru Bay and has become the East Coast agent for the BioLoo company. He is very keen for Wainui and Makorori people, who may be facing up to replacing failing septic tank systems, to consider the composting toilet alternative. In partnership with Tokomaru Bay handman builder, Wayne Rickard, they offer a supply and install service. “Since 1998 I have been constantly finding myself explaining, or rather “selling” the concept of the composting toilet to my many backpacker guests, all who become fascinated with the idea and impressed how well they work. So I decided to contact the manufacturers with the idea of promoting them here on the East Coast where there is a real need for an alternative to the costly septic tank set up,” says Brian. They don’t smell, no chemicals There IS another solution to are needed, they are easy to clean domestic waste disposal and don’t rely on power.” • Composting toilet systems “The added bonuses are many. They don’t need to be “flushed”, so you don’t use up precious tank water, the relatively small amount • Grey water systems of accumulating compost only needs to be shovelled out annually and can be used on your garden. There is no smell, no chemicals • Cost effective, environmentally friendly are needed, they are easy to clean and don’t rely on power.” The concept of composting human waste has been around for • Domestic & commercial options many years and used by many cultures. It is environmentally friendly and cost effective, and is being accepted more and more in this • No water flushing (optional low-flush if required) country by councils and other authorities. They work particularly well where site constraints, bylaws, cost and conscience do not • Meet all New Zealand building standards allow alternatives. Fitting a composting toilet to an existing house which has been designed for a septic tank disposal system is not an insurmountable challenge and Brian and Wayne are happy to visit and consult on site. The toilets are also ideal for orchards and farms where a stand alone “outhouse” toilet is needed away from the main plumbing. BioLoo design composting toilet and grey water systems to be as “site flexible” as possible and offer many alternative ways of installation. Brian says most people “can’t get their heads around” the fact BIOLOO that there is no smell. Aerobic bacteria doesn’t produce foul odours and the toilets’ positive ventilation systems ensures your bathroom is more pleasant than a conventional flush toilet environment. Optionally, wood shavings can be added to the compost regularly and the addition of tiger worms makes the whole composting process even more efficient, if you can be bothered. COMPOSTING TOILETS The systems exceed New Zealand standards. They come in both commercial and domestic sizes and are available using either a Phone & Fax 06 864 5870 (Tokomaru Bay) non-flush dry pedestal or a more conventional low-flush ceramic pedestal. Call Tokomaru Bay 06 864 5870 for more information. BeachLife | 5
  6. 6. INTRO Publisher’s Comments | by Gray Clapham I L thought I had bitten off a bit more than I could chew this issue! ooking back to the last issue and our History of Surfing Here’s a great idea – write the complete history of Wainui Beach. at Wainui feature article, it was coincidently very timely Yeah right. Straight away I was in deep, right up to my neck – and considering there is a “50 Years of Surfing Reunion” planned had to keep swimming. for Easter in Gisborne. Quite a few people are putting in a big effort Even though I have lived at Wainui for 30 years, I was aware that I to ensure this once in a lifetime event is a great success. I understand knew relatively little about the history of the place. I knew a bit about tickets are selling fast with many interesting old characters coming. the Lysnar family legacy at Okitu, largely because they left a lot of The key photograph in the surfing history story was the one of five themselves around in the form of street names and the name of our young guys posing before heading out to surf Makorori Point. They popular foreshore reserve. were John Logan, Peter Goodwin, Darryl Heighway, David Swann and But I didn’t know anything of the Maori history or much about the Kevin Pritchard. The team is credited with first surfing the waves at Coopers, who had arrived here much earlier than the Lysnars, and Makorori Point around 1961. BeachLife recently reunited the group for other families who settled at the beach before the turn of the 19th the first time since the ‘60s, on the ocassion of David Swann’s 70th century. Then there were all those years from the 1900s, through birthday, and re-posed the photo that has become iconic with the two world war, to the 1980s when more and more people became history of surfing in Gisborne. All the guys will be at the reunion. attracted to a life at the beach. I wish I had started the research for the history of Wainui back in the Back in 1961 early 1980s when so many original early residents were still alive. The seed for this story was planted back in 1980 when I visited Wathan and Mary Lysnar at their home on the corner of Douglas and Lysnar Streets. Mr Lysnar, who was Winifred Lysnar’s first cousin, at one time a Gisborne accountant and later an accountancy teacher at Gisborne Boys’ High, pulled out a sepia coloured map and spread it out on this kitchen table to reveal the 1921 plans for the “Town of Okitu”. Sixty years earlier his uncle, W. Douglas Lysnar, had subdivided the beachfront land at Okitu and the Hamantua Stream valley to create a prospective new town of some 200 residential and lifestyle sections. Mr Lysnar pointed out the land set aside for the post office, the police station and the school. I was intrigued and meant to return to ask more questions, but never got around to it. The Lysnar’s grew older, left the beach and are now no longer alive. Gone too are my neighbours at the time, Ron 2009 — 48 years later and Jean Cooper in Williamson Street and Honey and Bill Haxton who built some of the earliest homes in the area. No longer living are many who would have had rich memories of the beach during those years through the two world wars and on into the ‘60s and ‘70s. But researching history is like mining for gold. Every now and then you strike a rich vein. Fred Phelps, now 73, was an insight into the life and times of Oneroa and Murphy Roads, his grandfather coming to live at the beach in 1897. Don Graham, now 82, remembered his parent’s first bach, actually just a shed, along Wairere Road in 1938. I spoke to Bill Lane, now 96 and living in Australia, about the glory days of the Chalet Rendezvous. Win Ellis came to live at Wainui in 1949 and has many good memories of his time here before he took himself and dear Ruth into town. And particularly Ingrid Searancke, now 83, with her amazing knowledge of Maori history and a clear recall of her S childhood at Wainui. o, welcome to issue three of BeachLife. I really could do with I spent a good number of hours spooling through rolls of microfilm some feedback or assistance from locals with story ideas, at the Gisborne Library searching ancient issues of the Gisborne news tips and supplied photographs of events – 21sts, Times and Poverty Bay Herald, triumphant when finding actual articles weddings, births, anniversaries, comings and goings – all milestones written about hitherto obscure moments in Wainui’s history. I am also that deserve to be covered. indebted to surveyors Grant and Cooke for searching historic survey One day, in years to come, we will look back on these issues as we archives which revealed when properties changed hands over a do the old Gisborne Photo News. It’s amazing how quickly today’s hundred years ago. everyday events become tomorrow’s fascinating history. Photographs A Place By The Sea: The Settlement of Wainui Beach begins on are easy these days. Just email digital JPEGs to page 22. 6 | BeachLife
  7. 7. Wainui Whales Grave sculpture what’s up? memorial harpooned at Opunake PEOPLE ON THE MOVE A n elaborate sculpture known as “Tutunui’s Garden” is no longer heading Wainui’s way where it would New home on old have been set up as an artistic memorial to service station site I the 59 sperm whales stranded here in 1972. t’s the end of an era with the sale of Plans by the Gisborne District Council the Amor Bendall Winery building to reinstall the whale bone sculpture at the in Moana Road recently. The site Whales Grave site were beached in January which has been a commercial enterprise when the South Taranaki District Council of some kind since 1953 will soon be nabbed the work for Opunake. turned into a spacious family home. Plans were well under way to move the Karl and Kay Geiseler, who own an complex sculpture across the island to acreage up on Winifred Street, have Wainui Beach. Though it would cost a fair amount of money to install the piece – a 7 metre bought the highway fronted, former whale rib arch made of steel, foam and fibreglass bolted to a steel frame on a buried concrete petrol station, site and building from base – the work itself would have been gifted to the region by the artist. Noel and Alison Amor Bendall. Amor Designer Kim Jarrett originally conceived the elaborate sculpture-piece for the 2006 Bendall is shifting its winery operation to New Plymouth Rhododendron Festival. However, it was never designed to be a permanent leased buildings next to the Soho Bar by installation and last year the New Plymouth District Council made a decision to dismantle it and the inner harbour in Gisborne. put it into storage where it has been gathering dust for some time. The Geiseler’s see the building as a With the lease on the storage facility near to expiring the NPDC asked artist Jarrett to make lifestyle change and “the next best thing arrangements to take the piece back. With connections in Gisborne, Jarrett then offered the to beachfront” with their three young piece to the Gisborne District Council. Gisborne council staff indicated their keenness to take boys Kamen (15), Kurt (13) and Kelly (10) ownership of the piece, had done some preliminary planning and were waiting for confirmation wanting to spend as much time at the before arranging to take ownership and organise transportation. beach surfing as possible. However once word got out that Tutunui’s Garden might be heading our way the South Keep an eye on the development as Taranaki District Council got motivated and whipped up some funding to have the piece kept it should be interesting with Chris Shaw in Taranaki by relocating it to Opunake. Taranaki Arts Festival Trust chief executive, Suzanne of Pacific Modern Architecture working Porter, said it would have suited any coastal site in New Zealand but they definitely wanted with the Geiselers to evolve the 430 it to stay in the Taranaki region because it had been originally funded by the TSB Community square metre building into a unique Trust, which has now agreed to pay for the relocation to Opunake. STDC community services family beach house, including a planned development manager, Jan Martin, says when they became aware that Taranaki might lose the indoor swimming pool. The family plans artwork to Gisborne they expressed an immediate interest. to live in the shell of the building for a However the artist, Jarrett, is not happy. He was reported as saying he was “so embarrassed” month or so to get the feel of the site that he had offered his sculpture to Gisborne, had gone some way in arranging its transfer here before making any big design decisions. and then to hear on National Radio that it was now going to Opunake. The decision by NPDC to give the piece to STDC was arranged without his consultation. He says he is disillusioned with how he has been treated, considering the sculpture is his intellectual property. Fanthams leaving for Gisborne mayor Meng Foon says: “Gisborne District Council was very happy to get the offer Australia of the Tutunui’s Garden sculpture from the artist Kim Jarrett. It would have been a fitting tribute M to the whales who died at Okitu in 1972. I am very sorry Gisborne is not getting the sculpture oana Road folk, Peter and after I said we would take it and council had investigated transportation and a suitable location Alisa Fantham and their for installation.” daughter Amelia have sold up and will soon be heading for a new life So what is happening at the Whales Grave site in the wake of this disappointment? GDC in Australia. manager engineering Peter, senior soil conservator at the and works Peter Gisborne District Council has lived New Zealand Inspired Higgs says: “Work on at Wainui for around 35 years, first Gifts & Artwork the Lysnar Reserve, at 58 Moana and then moving down as detailed in the to number 50 in 2001. People may management plan, remember this as Brett and Lesley A wide and tasteful array of New Zealand could begin within Papworth’s former home. themed gifts and local souvenir items a couple of months. The Fantham family is moving to Gisborne District Sydney’s Northern beach area near Council is presently Mona Vale and are due to fly out on obtaining prices for April 2. Their home has been bought by the work and the Sandy and Fran Britten who are moving outcome of this will along the beach from 29 Moana Road. determine the extent Sandy is a professional real estate of work completed this photographer who decided to buy the 15 Gladstone Road • The Bridge End Phone 867 4900 year.” house after photographing it. BeachLife | 7
  8. 8. Rees creates new look logo for the City of Gisborne Wetland style upgrade A refreshed city brand, the work of Wainui graphic designer Rees Morley, has been adopted by the Gisborne District Council planned for “Schools” as its new logo. GDC last year decided that the old city logo, beach access known as “the sun and the squiggle”, which had been in use for N thirteen years and – although it was widely recognised as the city earby residents have been mostly supportive of brand – had become dated and was being used inconsistently. a GDC proposal to redevelop the Schools Beach A survey of 600 Gisborne people last year identified strong support Access to improve its function as a stormwater outlet for the existing sun logo subject to three provisos – that it be made and to improve its visual aesthetics. more contemporary, that the colours be changed and that cultural Council called for submissions to the proposal and of the elements be included. Local design agencies were asked to submit five received most welcomed the concept of improvements proposals and quotes with the successful redesign concept chosen to the popular public access track to the beach from Wairere for further development being that of Road and the plans to improve stormwater drainage. Rees Morley. Rees, from his Urban-i GDC says the overall objective is to improve the studio in Sandy Cove, then worked management and function of the stormwater outlet. It is with council staff to finalise the design also its goal to improve visual aesthetics as well as the which was recently adopted by functionality and usability of the area as a recreational reserve. council. The protection and sustainability of the beach foreshore is “The inclusion of the cultural water also a key objective. symbol was a sketched drawing I Works include the construction of two ‘wetland’ areas to developed with Nick Tupara from the detain and control stormwater runoff, the installation of new GDC. Together we developed the culverts, a new carpark adjacent to Wairere Road and a new concept of this symbol being the East walkway for beach access. Several consents are required. Cape geography, the water ways and GDC stormwater engineer, Joss Ruifrok, says ongoing bays, the various community groups scouring of the existing car parking area and persistent and the relationships formed and erosion of the foredune had prompted the upgrade. nurtured throughout this region. The design objective was to develop a low impact, natural “I was determined give the Council something not too far removed approach towards stormwater management. The design from the original integrity of the existing sun and water brand. These centres around constructing two shallow, grassed, temporary two powerful, natural elements represent this region perfectly and are storage areas that are designed to contain and buffer easily recognisable in the original and now this refreshed brand.” stormwater peak flows, reducing volumes discharging to the beach and improving water quality. The two ponds will be temporary storage areas for All your massage requirements containing stormwater during wet weather events. For the majority of the time the ponds should be free of stormwater available locally, conveniently, and serve as usable recreational areas. During extreme events right here at The Beach the ponds will be close to full, or overflowing. When the ponds are full the overflow will be wide, shallow and sheet-like • Relaxing Massage for stress relief causing minimal erosion effects. A car-parking area is also proposed to be constructed • Sports Massage for casual to elite athletes adjacent to Wairere Road to cater for up to ten vehicles. The car-park will be recessed down about one metre below road • Effective treatment for pain and injury level so that parked vehicles do not block the sea views from either Wairere Road or nearby homes. Cars will no longer be able to drive down to the beachfront • Pregnancy Massage as they do at present. Instead a 1.5 metre wide limestone chip walking track will be developed on the northern side of the • Massage for children and teens ponds ending with steps to the beach and a timber and chain boardwalk leading on to the sand. • Gift Vouchers The submissions while mostly supportive believe the project is a result of new stormwater run off from the Sandy Cove Half hour - $30 | One hour - $50 subdivision and would like the development of Council policy Children and Teens at school – half price and protocols to ensure developers pay for their impacts on the environment in the future. Seaview Massage Other suggestions concern pushchair and wheelchair access to the beach, the consideration of alternatives to the limestone chip paving while most are supportive of preventing NORMAN WEISS NCM, CSM, CMTMNZ vehicle access to the beach. If submission issues are resolved, consents are achieved 32 DOUGLAS STREET • OKITU • 867 2790 and Council approval is given work could start before this winter, possibly April or May. .nz 8 | BeachLife
  9. 9. what’s up Cycle track idea Residents determined continues its slow, to form some sort of uphill pedal association W hen will we see work start on the website concerned about political and other A proposed cycle way from Gisborne meeting of residents at the Cleary issues that affect all people who live in the to Wainui? It’s been a long, slow Road Hall recently reaffirmed the community. saga with the sad thing being that many need for some sort of residents The website was created originally to people who pushed for the idea 20 years association to champion the causes of the spread the news about the fight to stop ago are now too old to bike to town if they Wainui community. reticulation and is now a general community wanted too! The meeting briefly talked about the “slap noticeboard. In 1984, the very first BeachLife magazine in the face” it received from the Gisborne The website is currently being edited by front-covered news of a cycle track “from town to the beach” as if it was going to District Council when the concept of a Gary Stevenson of Wairere Road. This is the happen that year. That was 15 years ago. community liaison group was rejected last best place to get up to speed with issues Many of our once flash 10-speeds and year after months of careful deliberation. affecting the community and to find out mountain bikes have rusted into oblivion “There we were, all happy and holding about proposed community meetings. since then! hands, and at the last minute they dropped There are links on the website for Just recently we heard that a cycle track us dead,” said meeting chairman Dein Ferris. residents to make comments on issues. design proposal had been delivered to the “But despite the Council’s dismissal of the The website is at New Zealand Transport Agency by the Opus idea we are now at the stage where we really consultants and there was nothing, apart from funding priorities, in the way of stopping do need to form a structured, more formal Maggie’s winning group to represent the community, to take the cycle track from actually happening. a consensus of community opinion to the with new shoe repair Full of enthusiasm BeachLife approached the New Zealand Transport Agency head Council over issues that affect us.” business office and received the following statement The meeting discussed several current W from Jenny Chetwynd, NZTA Regional issues facing the community including the ainui Road local Margaret Mayfield Director, Central Region: emergency stormwater drainage channel stepped into some big shoes “In respect to a cycleway from Gisborne to from the Sponge Bay Estate into the recently. Operating as Maggie Wainui, the New Zealand Transport Agency Wainui Stream, the stormwater drain from Mayz Shoe Repairs, she has taken over the are currently exploring a range of options Oneroa Road back along SH35 along the business of Andrew Winning, the well-known and expect to finalise a preferred alignment Dalton’s boundary and the prospect of more shoe repairer who had a kiosk in Gladstone in the next few months. Road. stormwater from possible development of “Once a preferred alignment has been Margaret, partner of Roger Willson, who the land behind Ocean Beach Motor Lodge. selected the NZTA will consult with the lives along the Sponge Bay straight, has The meeting agreed that “keeping an community and all affected parties to gather bought most of Andrew’s sewing machines feedback. The next step will be to seek eye” on stormwater drainage within the and tools, some which came originally from design and construction funding approval to community was just one issue which made a the Gisborne Shoe Repair Company which build the cycleway. “residents’ association” imperative. was run by Ted Otway in Bright Street from “We’re pleased with these recent Certain people at the meeting volunteered the 1950s. developments and we look forward to to research and report back on the structure In this throwaway age it’s good to know working with the community and the of other urban or community groups there is still an old fashioned shoe repair Gisborne District Council as we continue to like Manu Kaiti and the Piha Residents’ business in the town. Maggie Mayz is at progress this project.” Association. 433a Gladstone Road, near the Roebuck No need to oil the old chain for a while yet Wainui residents do have a dedicated Road roundabout. Phone 027 688 9475. we guess. Redefining the art of coastal living Gisborne’s biggest range of framed photo prints & artworks This dynamic coastal landscape inspired our name and inspires our architecture. A modernist response to the South Pacific lifestyle. 45 Wairere Road, Wainui Beach Phone 06 868 9381 Fax 06 868 9380 MERCADOS Picture Framing & Laminating pacific modern architecture 57 Gladstone Road • Phone 867 4305 • BeachLife | 9
  10. 10. beachlife MANY MELTING MOMENTS: One of the most popular girls at the beach this summer was Emma Shields who worked long and hard all season at the Okitu Store rolling literally thousands of cooling ice cream cones. Is all that ice cream good for you? You can ask Emma, daughter of Malcolm and Lyn Shields of Williamson Street, who is now back at Otago University where she is in her second year studying for a degree in Human Nutrition with the aim of becoming a dietician. Incidentally, from a historic point of view, Emma is a fifth generation local. Her great-great grandfather was pioneering Wainui Beach farmer, William Cooper, who arrived here in 1874. See our Wainui Beach history feature on page 22. Now that was a long, hot, dry summer! I t was definitely one of Gisborne’s long, hot summers and here at the warmest in his memory this summer with fishermen recording the beach we revelled in it. It was all about ice creams, swimming, offshore temperatures of up to 23 degrees C. surfing, barbecues and long evenings with friends on the deck. We “Wave wise, it was up and down, with some real quality when all had heat waves, droughts, high humidity, water tankers, beaches full the top surfers were away at the Nationals at Piha in January. We had of holiday makers, all those young people here for Rhythm and Vines, an intense looking low-pressure system drop out of the southwest surfing contests and starlit summer nights. Pacific, intensify and then very slowly track off to the east. It produced The mean maximum temperature for Gisborne from December to a solid E-NE swell for about a week providing some truly epic surfs end of February is usually 24 degrees, but this year that average was had by many both up and down the coast,” Kelly says. up one degree to 25. The hottest day officially was February 1, where Down at 58 Murphy Road, Frank Russell, of Surfing With Frank surf we (officially) recorded 35 degrees at the hottest part of the day. Total coaching, enjoyed a record year. The consistent good weather saw as sunshine hours for the same period totalled 718, up from the average many as 25 would-be surfers taking lessons each day from Christmas of 679. On the other side of the coin we had 179mm of rain for the through to the end of January. Over the hill Dive Tatapouri reported three summer months, down on the 194mm average. international visitor numbers down in number compared to previous Water carriers Judd Water Supplies delivered 213 loads of water years with New Zealand visitors pretty much static. from December through to the end of February, at one period Cliff Blumfield of Wainui Dive was swamped with enquiries for the delivering as many as 13 loads a day. That translates to 3,301,500 SolRX sunscreen he imports, which was featured and advertised in the litres carted out here. And that’s just the one company. last issue of BeachLife. Stocks soon ran low and Cliff had to send for At the Okitu Store this summer they rolled out something like 7000 a new consignment from the US-based manufacturers of the product ice cream cones, with most of them during the Christmas through to which most people have reported to be “an excellent, long lasting end of January period. sunscreen”. This season volunteer lifeguards at Wainui provided the At the Wainui Motel, manager Linda Lewin says they had the “No community with 877 hours of volunteer patrols, made four rescues, Vacancy” sign out most of January, full most nights with bookings and attended five serious first aids and took part in two searches. people just turning up during the day. Volunteer Lifeguard patrols will finish on the 30th of March. “The people travelling were a great mix of Kiwis, a lot from the UK Our surf reporter Kelly Ryan says the water temperature was escaping from the snow storms, and a lot of Germans. Generally the 10 | BeachLife
  11. 11. people from overseas just can’t believe how amazing this place is. Bronwyn of Bronwyn Kay Real Estate reports her quietest summer They intend on staying just one night but a lot end up staying two, as far as sales at Wainui go with plenty of enquiry but few results due three, four nights and more. They can’t believe they can be the only to vendors not wishing to meet the current market conditions. people walking on this big beach, something we all probably take for “It would appear that the only sales happening were those that were granted.” perhaps on a need-to-sell basis,” she says. The agency carried out a successful auction of the magnificent O n the property scene local real estate agents provide Wheatstone Road property featured in the last issue of BeachLife. mixed reports. Walker Realty sold four properties between “With interest in the beachfront still being strong, prospective December and the end of February. Neil Walker says for purchasers were disappointed perhaps by the quality of homes those who are willing to meet the market, there are buyers wanting available. Buyers assumed a million dollar-plus property would offer to purchase beach property. He says it’s a good time to buy at the the finer things in life, besides the wonderful views. However, any beach. offers made were rejected by the vendors. “It’s been great to have had a summer like we have just “As we know, Wainui market values can and do stall from time to experienced. While it has been incredibly hot in the city, I love driving time, but when all the signals are green they can explode! I believe home from town and watching the temperature fall as I turn the corner those people visiting our fair city and world-class beach envy our and hit the sea breeze. On some occasions I’ve seen a temperature lifestyle, and many are anticipating a return to purchase property when drop of up to six degrees. Of course, in winter, it will be warmer than real estate markets are once again buoyant. Now is certainly the time town. Why would you want to live anywhere else,” says Neil. to buy into the market as I don’t believe we will see opportunities like Christine Gunness of Ray White says the property market was quiet this again in our life time.” over the Xmas-New Year period with most of the visitors being here Houses that did sell this summer include 15A Douglas Street for for R&V: “It was a great time for real estate agents to have a break $382,000; 50 Moana Road on day of auction for $600,000; 56A Moana and enjoy the benefits of Gisborne. February was extremely busy with Road at auction for $612,000; 21 Lloyd George Road; 6 Oneroa Road; enquiry, especially with potential buyers hoping to take advantage a Sandy Cove section; 16 Wairere Road at auction for $555,000, 9 of the drop in prices. We have been presenting lots of offers on Douglas Street for $455,000, 9 Cleary Road and 103b Wheastone properties but most vendors still want a reasonable price for their Road. property and don’t want to give it away. As we go to press the first really cold southerly of winter has arrived “We have had a surge of enquiry for beachfront property and lots of with a big south well charging into the bay. The heat pump has been viewings. There is still a lot of interest in Wainui properties but people switched from air-con to heat. But let’s hope it’s just a short-lived cold are reluctant to offer top dollar as there is such uncertainty about the snap and this magnificent summer will drag us through to Easter. market. “However Wainui is a market that can lift very quickly. It takes just P I L AT E S • MASSAGE • REIKI one high sale for the rest to follow. Many of the potential purchasers, and we have quite a few, that are waiting to buy beachfront at a steal may find that they will miss out. We sold two Wainui properties in February, 6 Oneroa Road and a Sandy Cove Section. We are getting overseas enquiry over the Internet, and quite a few people keen to invest in beachfront from Auckland and Hawkes Bay,” says Christine. WeNDY sHUTT 55 Lloyd George Road Wainui Beach Phone 863 1087 SHOE REPAIRS Formerly Winnings Shoe Repairs • Give your favourite shoes a total makeover! • Shoes too tight? Have them stretched. Gladstone Road (Near Roebuck Road Roundabout) FLOWER GIRLS: Budding florists Eden Lewin, India McCulloch, Leucadia Shaw and Arnica Lewin sold kerbside corsages this summer. The Lewin Margaret Mayfield girls are daughters of Tony (who grew up at Wainui) and Linda Lewin, who Phone 867 1056 | Mobile 027 6880475 manages the Wainui Motel. BeachLife | 11
  12. 12. beach life Lysnar Street Christmas gathering Lysnar Street area residents traditionally have a festive street party each December to celebrate the Christmas season. Anna Harris’s father Arthur Meier from Switzerland with his Wainui born grandchildren Romy and Toby Harris at the Lysnar Street Christmas Party. Lysnar Street children Tadhg Grealish, Eva Klavs and Abby Aldridge have their own kind of Christmas party fun. Sharon and Denis McLean with recent arrivals in Lysnar Street, Lesley and Keith Daniels. John Harris with Kevin and Kelly Ferris and Mike Aldridge. 12 | BeachLife
  13. 13. Friends chip in to give Dave electric wheels D ave “Cloe” McCullough still can’t get his head around how great his friends are. “I’ve got the best friends and family anyone could ask for,” he says. Dave has had a hard road to ride since he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 1996, so when his friends chipped in recently and presented him with a $2500 high-tech electric bicycle it certainly opened up his horizons. In fact he has a range of 80 kilometres on one battery charge and can travel up to 30 kilometres an hour, according to the manual, but he says he has been clocked at 42kmh, wind assisted. Dave had come to terms with the limitations of having MS, but then received another setback in 2002 when he had an attack from a form of viral meningitis. This had nothing to do with MS and in many ways was more of a curse. He no longer has the virus but the attack scarred parts of his brain, leaving him prone to having seizures which meant he wasn’t medically allowed to drive. Walking, or relying on friends for a ride, has been his only way of getting around for the last six years. One morning last year he watched the Good Morning Show which featured a story about a Whakatane-based company, Electric Bikes NZ Ltd, who had developed a really cool electric bike, and thought “that’s what I need”. At the same time good friend Michelle Nyholt watched the same programme at her home in Pare Street. Quick-thinking Michelle thought, “that’s just the thing for Dave” and made some enquiries to the manufacturers and soon had a secret scheme in motion to buy Dave one. The word went out to all Dave’s friends who chipped in the necessary money and they were soon able to order a Wisper 950se, the top of the range model. However, keeping it a surprise was the key issue until they lured Dave to the Tsunami Bar one night and presented him with the concept. The bike was not quite ready so they gave him a brochure and made a big banner which everyone signed. When the bike arrived on January 13 everyone gathered again for the handing over ceremony where Dave got his first ride on the bike which has literally “changed his life” and he’s hardly stopped smiling since. “It’s unbelievable. I can now go places without relying on others ELECTRIC PEDAL POWER: Dave McCullough had his horizons stretched and its just a buzz to ride. I can even go to Makorori and check the when friends got together to buy him a high-tech electric bicycle. surf from the lookout like I used to.” surfboards in New Zealand. They now live at Snells beach. His metallic black bike has hydraulic front suspension and operates Dave says that although the MS has been a real trial, it is not a on battery power, pedal power or a combination of both. Each night death sentence. Despite constant fatigue and joint pain he gets on he just plugs in the battery like you would a cellphone. No license, with life as best he can, but there is always the chance of having a insurance or registration are required. seizure, especially at night, as a result of the meningitis. However Dave is the son of Jan and Keith McCullough, formerly of Makorori Dave generally keeps smiling: “I just have to accept how things are.” Beach. Their boat building company, Condor Craft, was well known Before MS Dave was a boat builder by trade, a deep sea fisherman in Gisborne with Keith making some of the very first fibreglass and a painter. Septic Tank Cleaning Services Wayne’s Septic Tank Cleaning & Bin Hire Waste Owner driver: Wayne Baty PHONE 867 3606 For all enquiries about the maintenance of your septic tank system. MOBILE 027 434 0924 WasteTRACK compliant operator. BeachLife | 13
  14. 14. beach life Jenny Allen of Sirrah Street had all her girls on hand to help celebrate her 50th birthday in January. Amy, Jade and grand daughter Natalia were amongst the happy group of family and friends who gathered for a great party. Jay Quinn may have lost his grasp on the New Zealand Open Surfing title in January but he is definitely holding on to his Australian girlfriend, Amanda Barry. Home for Christmas Jay announced their engagement. Jay is based at Kirra on the Gold Coast of Australia. Family and friends are travelling to the Gold Coast for an official engagement party at the end of this month. Emma Knox, who grew up in Douglas Street, married Steve Greaves on January 17 at Holy Trinity. Photographed on Wainui Beach (from left) Jared Rofe, Emma Knox, Niki Boyle, Tash Law (obscured), Steve Greaves, Craig Twistleton and Ila Robertson. Emma is assistant principal and classroom teacher at Awapuni School. Steve is a Gisborne plumber and drainlayer. They honeymooned in the Cook Islands and are to live in Gisborne. • Flight bookings • Package holidays and accommodation • Cruises & tours • Surfing holidays • Adventure & sightseeing • Rental Cars & Travel Insurance 37 Bright Street, Gisborne, Phone 868 2700 See Brett Papworth for travel advice. 14 | BeachLife
  15. 15. Chris Emerre, son of Wayne and Jacque Emerre of Wairere Road, married Beth Tyler from Surrey, England on March 7 at Hahei Beach on the Coromandel. The couple met in Wellington. Chris, who is Georgina Hefford (Talking Heads) married Jimmy Lovelock Caroline Ryan’s twin brother, works in the film and television industry. (Lawn and Garden Services) on March 7 at Opou with the The couple plan to return to live in Wellington after a trip back to reception at PBC. The couple have a home in Murdoch Road. England to finish off a house renovation project. Wainui Beach’s reliable water supply DRIVER/OPERATIONS MANAGER: As a Wainui Beach homeowner, Greg Judd of Judd Water Supplies knows the importance of a reliable, clean source of household water for those times when the tanks run dry. Call the big green truck! 15500 litres of quality city water per load. Phone 867 6028 Greg Judd Mobile 027 230 2464 WATER SUPPLIES BeachLife | 15
  16. 16. beachlife Beach says farewell to Luke and Irene P opular Okitu couple Luke Porter and Irene Pender are travelling back to Northern Ireland to spend a couple of years with Irene’s family after living in New Zealand, mostly Wainui Beach, for the last 20 years. Luke, a New Zealand representative and champion kneeboarder, met Irene at the Surfer’s Bar in Rossnowlagh where she was playing in the Irene waves goodbye as the family heads off for a two year break from Wainui. band at the prize-giving party after a New Zealand versus Ireland surf contest in 1986. It was a classic case of “surfer boy meets the girl in the band” and Wainui strikes gold at Nationals they’ve been together ever since. After a few years living in England and travelling around Europe Luke brought Irene back to New Zealand where they lived at Kaiti Beach for a couple of years and then first lived in a shed they built on a section they bought at 5 Douglas Street in 1992, slowly building their own home. Irene very soon became a popular person about Gisborne sharing her considerable musical talents and entertaining a generation of locals at bar and concert events. Those with long memories may remember “Pol Pot Girl”, “Loopland”, “The Shams” and more lately “Sonny Jim”. Irene, a bit of a punk rocker and new waver at heart, was not really into traditional Irish music until she came to Gisborne. One St. Patrick’s day she played an Irish music gig for fun and – with that amazing Irish accent – THE GOLDEN GIRLS: The Wainui women’s four of Carolyn Hibbert, Jane Goodman, Moria Lee and Chrissy Robertson won gold medals in the Open Women’s short and long course was enticed into the local Irish music scene. For canoe races at the New Zealand lifesaving nationals. many years she has held regular trad-Irish jams with the local “Madra Dubh” group. Luke has shared the musical journey, learning to play the guitar after meeting Irene in Ireland, and for years has been the bassist in most of the groups Irene fronted. Luke has been the New Zealand champion kneeboard surfer in 1991, 1993 and 2008 and has taught at Ilminster Intermediate for the past 15 years. Irene has a BA in teaching. They have two boys Finn (8) and Shea (6). The trip home to Ireland is all about family, says Irene. After nearly 20 years in New Zealand (with several visits home) she says she “feels the call”. Originally from Ballyshannon in County Donegal Irene has a mum and a sister she’s very close to in Derry, and a brother and many uncles, aunties, cousins and old friends across Northern Ireland. So Derry will be home for two years, they’ll rent a place and the boys will go to school and where they hope to do a fair bit of travelling across to Europe as well. “It’s all about family and friends and the desire to SIBLINGS CELEBRATE SUCCESS: Daniel and Maya Harris were on hand to congratulate little see a bit more of the world while we can.” brother Toby after his win in the National Surf Life Saving U16 Beach Sprint championship which he added to his U16 Beach Flags championship from earlier in the day. 16 | BeachLife
  17. 17. ON PATROL: One of this summer’s Wainui Surf Club volunteer weekend patrols. From left – Diego Pedrioli, Trudy Fantham, Kiel Hovell, Oliver Puddick, Ben Tinnelly, Justin Martin and Scott Grimson. The quad bike is a Can-Am twin seat Outlander complete with radio and resuscitation equipment which was beach life acquired this season with funding from the E&C Community Trust. Golden summer for Wainui Beach lifeguards W ainui lifeguards topped off a long hot summer with six before the start of next season. gold medals at the New Zealand Surf Life Saving National Prior to the Nationals the club had a strong competitive season Championships in Gisborne this month. with several Wainui members picked to represent Gisborne at the Toby Harris of Williamson Street took double gold by winning the Lion Foundation Surf League at Mount Maunganui. Under 16 beach sprint and Under 16 flags race. Laura Quilter won The Gisborne Surf Lifesaving Championships were held at Midway gold in the Under 19 surf race. The women’s four of Carolyn Hibbert, beach over three days in January and this year Wainui members won Jane Goodman, Moria Lee and Chrissy Robertson won gold medals several open and junior titles and 90 percent of the IRB rescue boat in the Open Women’s short and long course canoe races. And the events. The National IRB Championships held in Taranaki on the last junior women’s crew of Lucy Suttor, Sophie Peters, Jamie Phelps weekend of March will be strongly attended by Wainui crews. Several and Elaine Van Den Worm won gold in the Under 19 short course crews are hoping to gain medals including Justin Martin, Mike King, race. Stuart MacGregor, Steve Sutherland and Yannis Kokkosis. On the patrol scene this summer professional surf lifeguards were In February, the Surf Lifesaving Gisborne Junior surf based at the Wainui Surf Lifesaving Club from Monday to Friday Championships was held at Midway beach where Wainui finished from the end of December until the end of January. Volunteer patrols third overall. Large number of competitors braved large surf and watched the beach during the weekends. cold conditions where individual age group winners from our club Every surf lifesaving club in New Zealand undergoes a monthly included Sunny Brown (13 Under Boys), Georgia Harris (12 Under patrol inspection and Wainui was consistently the top patrolling club Girls), Jasmine Smith (11 Under Girls) and George Zame (7 Under in our region this year. Boys). The juniors also competed successfully at the Ocean Athletes “This can be attributed to the importance our club puts on having national championships held at Papamoa Beach in February. a quality patrol every weekend and the high percentage of adults The annual house to house appeal was held on February 12 with who are involved with the club as volunteer lifeguards,” says club the club collecting just on $2000 from the community this year, manager, Mike King. the highest amount ever received. The club would like to thank the This season volunteer lifeguards at Wainui have provided the community for its continued support. community with 877 hours of volunteer patrols, have made four Introduction to surf lifesaving courses will be held throughout the rescues, attended five serious first aids and taken part in two winter months. If you are interested you can train and become a searches. Volunteer Lifeguard patrols will finish on the March 30. qualified surf lifeguard over the winter months and be ready to get Currently the club is rebuilding a new first aid room downstairs straight into patrols and competitions at the start of next summer. so it can provide a nicer environment to provide first aid with more If you are interested in becoming a surf lifeguard, renting the quality supplies and improved equipment. A second development club for a function or have any questions regarding the Wainui Surf is to produce a new ski rack area to provide better storage for surf Lifesaving Club please call Mike King on 0274 223 364 or email equipment. It is envisaged these developments to be complete BeachLife | 17
  18. 18. beach babes Their wedding photograph graced the cover of our first issue of BeachLife and now here’s the baby pic! Phoebe and Tim Gander Gavin and Diane Murphy of Lloyd George Road with two-year-old welcomed their 7lb 8oz boy, Sennen Beau, on Thursday, November 27. Lucy and baby Caitlyn, born Saturday, May 10 last year. Sennen is named after the couple’s favourite surf beach in Cornwall. We knew there was a baby thing happening at the beach, and this photograph confirms it! From left – Hayley Dalton with Jett, Jade Gunness with China, Gina Robinson with Shea, Phoebe Gander with Sennen, Rachael Williams with Kobe, Kelly Thorpe with Matai, and Jane Moore with Poppy. Photograph sent in by Phoebe Gander. Carpet and upholster y cleaning to the highest standard Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Services Wainui Beach owned and operated by Ray Morgan Freephone 0800 000 668 | 20 years experience in cleaning industry Mobile 0274 778 341 10 years in carpets & upholstery 18 | BeachLife
  19. 19. Craig, Jes and Charlize, who live on the corner of Lysnar and Douglas Street, were happy to announce the arrival of Chase David Javier Willson on Thursday, January 8 weighing in at 7lb 12oz. Poppy Isabella Lee arrived at the beach on Sunday, January 18, 71b 3oz of darling daughter for Jane Moore and Lee Jerome, who live at 61 Murphy Road. Lee, also known as “Pommie Lee the Window Cleaner” and Jane, a physiotherapist at the Gisborne Hospital, immigrated to New Zealand from Essex two and a half years ago. Say hi to Nelly Bee Varey, who belongs to Peter and Sarah Varey of 24 Wairere Road, who arrived on the local scene on Thursday, September 4 last year at 7lb 2oz. Peter is a school teacher at Lytton High. Here he is, attending his first SLS Nationals, Kobe Ernest Tiger Elm and Kelly Thorpe with their baby boy Matai, born on December Williams, son of Rachael and Daniel, born on December 12 at 8lb 2oz. 14 at 5lb 6oz. A grandchild for KJ and a nephew for Christie (see p.38). Grandchild for Trevor and Debbie Williams of Douglas Street. BeachLife | 19
  20. 20. winter 2009 collections PreMiuM labels in store day Jets Wainui born and bred Vanya Brown, and Manly boy Chris Mills, carlson with their new baby Civanah Suma-Star, born March 16, 2008. The couple live at Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast. Bill and Trish Brown starfish of Wairere Road are the proud first-time grandparents. Metalicus laurie foon kinGan Jones Juliette hoGan standard issue caroline church tolaGa bay cashMere Meet Adrianna Bataritta Clarke, born in Deusto, Bilbao, Vizcaya, Spain on October 9. A daughter for Amanda and Anders Bataritta Clarke and a grand daughter for Andrea and John Clarke of Wairere Road. The new family is living in Leioa, Vizcaya, Spain. Amanda teaches English and Anders is the North of Spain company 83 Gladstone road ~ 867 7339 representative for the Consentino Group (Silestone quartz products). TERRY TAYLOR DRAINAGE Septic Tank Cleaning Services pHONE 868 5383 LOCALLY OwNED LICENSED OpERATOR Mobile 0274 576 664 Registered Drainlayer • Septic Tank Installations & Assessments •CCTV Camera Local installer for Aerated Sewage Treatment Systems 89 Customhouse Street Gisborne GDC Approved On-site Wastewater WasteTRACK compliant operator Site Assessor and System Designer 20 | BeachLife
  21. 21. beach history A MYSTERY TO SOLVE: Local Dutchman George Ottway with the windmill The eccentric Dutchman he built overlooking Wainui Beach circa 1906. It was said to stand on the Wairere Road dunes for 20 to 30 years. But wait, there’s more! Below a and the mystery of the second windmill that appears to be on the Moana Road beachfront, much larger but built of similar materials. Can any reader supply more detail Wainui windmills about these two structures? P eople often speak about the “old windmill” that used to be a feature of Wainui Beach many years ago. So we obtained these photographs from the Gisborne Museum and set out to try to unravel the mystery of the windmill. Then suddenly it became obvious (at least to Owen Williams who first pointed it out) that the photographs are of two totally different windmills. The smaller windmill above is thought to have stood on the dunes overlooking Wainui Beach, half way along Wairere Road. Is that correct? It was built before the First World War (possibly as early as 1906) by an eccentric Dutchman, George Ottway, and over the years there have been many suggestions as to what he used it for. Some said he used it to grind up shells for the chickens he kept in a shed nearby and to supply the local market with “fowl grit”. One of the more bizarre interpretations was whispered that during the war he was actually a German spy and used the angles of the sails to signal coded messages to German warships off the New Zealand coast. Yeah right! Maybe the ingenious machine, made from salvaged driftwood and flattened kerosene and benzine tins, had multiple uses but the most commonly accepted explanation is that he used it to run the circular saw, that can be seen in the above picture, to cut driftwood into firewood. At the time the photograph was taken Mr Ottway was said to be 71 years old. He also kept a cockatoo and other animal pets. Later photos dated around 1926 show this mill as a ruin and no longer in use. But what of the much larger windmill (pictured left)? Looking at the hill shapes in the background it was most likely opposite the Chalet along Moana Road. Is the old bearded gentleman with the dog Mr Ottway? Did he build a second windmill? This windmill doesn’t appear to have a wood sawing attachment, so what was its use? Hopefully we can solve the mystery in our next issue. BeachLife | 21
  22. 22. beach history A place by the sea: The settlement of Wainui Beach I By GRAy CLAPHAM n pre-European times Maori lived in their verdant, south seas domain unconcerned about the need to own the land by individual title. Tribal territories were defended forcefully but the ownership When we moved to live in Lysnar Street in 1979 I became of parcels of land by one person or family was not a concept the aware that the beachfront reserve and most of the streets early Maori subscribed to. A state-of-affairs that would create a around Okitu where I lived were named after members of major challenge for the land-needy settlers who arrived on these an early settler family who farmed most of the Okitu and shores in the wake of Captain Cook. Makorori beach at the turn of the century. And that for a Here at Wainui, before the arrival of Cook, the local people lived a bountiful and industrious, albeit vigilant, life beside the food-rich long time was the extent of my historical knowledge of ocean they called Te Moananui-a-Kiwa. They were the Ngati Rakai this place I have called home for the past 30 years — until people. A hapu group who traced their key ancestry back to the chief I embarked on this feature on the settlement history of Rakaiatane, who came to this area from Whareponga around 1660. Wainui Beach. As I began my research I was surprised to Ngati Rakai(-a-tane) were part of a larger iwi, Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti, who lived as far north as Tolaga Bay. find how much more history there is before and beyond the There is history of people living here before Ngati Rakai. Circa Lysnar era. At first it was difficult to source reliable, detailed 1350AD, from the immigration canoe Horouta, Uenuku Whakarongo, information about this community’s early development. a tohunga chief with a powerful connection to the spirit world, was But by scouring Poverty Bay Herald and Gisborne TImes dropped off at Wainui Beach. Here he established a “school” for microfilms at the Gisborne library, searching the internet, the teaching and studying of supernatural powers, known as the Wharekorero House of Learning. It overlooked the beach at the base haunting the museum, help from Grant and Cooke of the Maungaroa (Tuahine) hills near Tuahine Crescent, an area long Surveyors and talking to descendants of the pioneers and since claimed by the sea. the original inhabitants, this feature came to life. Note: I am no historian, so this does not claim to be a definitive and INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY: The billboard (above) promotes the sale of 200 sections in the residential development of the “New Township of Okitu” exact history. It is at best an interesting historical overview. which went to auction at the Gisborne Opera House on December 8, 1921. 22 | BeachLife
  23. 23. A sacred burial place of these very early Horouta people, known as the Kohurau caves, also existed on Maungaroa. Here bones of the ancestors carried on the Horouta from Hawaiiki, were hidden as sacred taonga, a connection to the ancestry from where they came from. As generations went by great chiefs like Ruapani, Kahanungu, Rakaiatane, Konohi and others were buried there. The caves no longer exist or cannot be located, believed caved in and eroded by the sea. Today the Maori cemetery Rakau A Ue is still sited by Tuahine Crescent, dissected by the road, the last remaining of many ancient urupa (cemeteries) along the Murphy Road foreshore, and the burial place of today’s descendants of the early people. From the time of the arrival of the Horouta there passed some 300 years, perhaps 10 generations, until the arrival of Rakaiatane and his followers who left Whareponga looking for a place to call there own around 1660. The Ngati Rakai grew to occupy the land from Kaiti (this side of the Waimata River) through to Whangara. They lived mainly on the fertile flats, sheltered behind the Maungaroa (Tuahine) and the Papawhariki (Sponge Bay) hills in the area we now know as Lloyd George Road and now the new Sponge Bay Estate. They had strategic pa on Titirangi (Kaiti Hill), Maungaroa, Tuamotu Island, Tatapouri and at Makorori where the hapu’s fishing fleet was based. They kept manned lookouts along the seaward hills at Okitu and Makorori. Makorori was a special place for several reasons. In summer, when the weather was favourable, double-hulled waka would sail out to Toka-ahuru (Aerial Reef) where they would spend several days, CLEAR STREAM: Taking refreshment from the Hamantua Stream at Okitu in and nights at anchor, catching fish and drying them in the sun. On 1887, the boundary between the Cooper and Lysnar properties. return to land from many days in the blistering heat, the fisherman would recuperate and take treatment for sun exposure at Makorori. settled around 1800 with a marriage merger between the two It was originally known as “Makororiri”, so named for a rare aloe rivals. Thus by the time crown titles were issued by the Native vera plant which grew there. Maori had discovered the sticky juice Land Court in the 1860s the land was seen to be owned by a mix squeezed from the plant’s spongy leaves was a salve for sun burn. of people of the Ngati Rakai hapu of Te Aitanga-A-Hauiti, and Te At “Makororiri” the fisherman would rest for a few days (at a Maori Whanau A Iwi, a hapu of Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki. version of a sanitarium) before returning to their homes at the main Before the amnesty however, warriors from Te Aitanga-a- village at Wainui. Mahaki would regularly attempt to usurp the coastal stronghold “Wainui” was the name for the land area containing the headland of the Ngati Rakai, penetrating through a backdoor route across and hills of Maungaroa, the flats along Lloyd George Road as far as country from Whatatutu, down the Waimata river watershed and Sponge Bay and the beach and foreshore along Murphy Road. It then through the coastal foothills to Okitu by way of the Te Rimu was so named because of the wide view of the sea the land offered. and Hamanatua streams. Along the hilltops Ngati Rakai had The rest of the beach lands, overlooked by the seaward hills along permanent lookouts where sentries kept a constant watch for the Okitu to Makorori, while belonging to Ngati Rakai, was open ground enemy’s many attempted raids. The desperate inland hapu was and mostly uninhabited. It was in fact the buffer in a war zone, and a landlocked and hungry for permanent access to the coast with frequent theatre of battle between the local hapu and their arch- its rich supplies of kaimoana. enemies, the inland people from Mangatu known as Te Aitanga- Ngati Rakai successfully rebuffed the forays of the Aitanga- a-Mahaki. A bitter war festered for over a 100 years, being finally a-Mahaki people on many occasions over more than a hundred BEACH BUGGY: A rare view of Wainui in the 1890s when the beach was still the main route to the East Coast . BeachLife | 23