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    Matarangi Beach PaperIncluding Simpsons, Kuaotunu, Otama, Opito, Rings and Whangapoua Beaches

    July 2017Edition 87

    Matarangi can claim some association to our Americas Cup Victory! Local residents Graeme and Beryl Kensingtons son Andrew has been a member of Team New Zealand since 2001 and has been involved in the structural design of our Americas Cup Class racing yachts.

    The MBP was delighted to have our very own Americas Cup correspondents on the ground in Bermuda. Graeme and Beryl travelled to the island with their daughter Joanne to support Emirates Team New Zealand defend the Louis Vuitton Cup and then the penultimate event, The Americas Cup. Prior to leaving Matarangi they were quietly optimistic that this time NZ would bring The Auld Mug home! As loyal Team NZ supporters they have travelled to the last three challenges. They were there when our hearts were broken in San Francisco four years ago, so we are thrilled that they finally got to see their team win!

    Graeme and Beryls family have a strong sailing tradition. Graemes father was a sailor and Graeme, Andrew and Joanne all sailed since childhood and have been experienced

    and competitive sailors in the past. Now their three grandsons Rowan, Sean and Hugh are showing promising talent as the progress through the age group sailing ranks. You never know one of them may be a future Americas Cup sailor!

    We have heard that Graeme and Beryl have had a fantastic time in Bermuda especially on the day of the big victory. We were keeping our fingers crossed for that one race yesterday and it was marvellous to think we only had to sail one and it was all over," said Graeme and Beryl. There were great celebrations for the rest of the day, ending up in the Team New Zealand base, and the party was really getting going when we left. The Oracle boys arrived over to the TNZ base in their rubber boat and were made most welcome 'kiwi style' so they all had a few beers together which was nice."

    The Kensington's have also been blown away by the hospitality and kindness of the Bermudan people. When we arrived back to our apartment Jean-Marie and Russell our hosts came out and gave us a beautiful iced sponge cake with Congratulations New

    Zealand written on. The Bermudan people are so friendly. I can't believe how polite the children are, they always say good morning to the bus drivers and thank them when they get off.

    Graeme and Beryl are now continuing their travels in North America. We are looking forward to hearing more about their experiences and the great win upon their return to Matarangi later in the month.

    The Americas Cup has a very strong connection with the Mercury Bay area. In 1988 Sir Michael Fay of Great Mercury Island and Whitiangas Mercury Bay Boating Club hatched a plan for a challenge against the incumbent cup holder Dennis Conner and his crew from Stars and Stripes. This valiant effort became famous more for its legal battle in the New York Supreme Court than off the waters of San Deigo.

    The 1988 challenge featured the massive J Class entered by the Mercury Bay Club, which they believed was true to the Cups original Deed of Gift. Continued on page 3.

    The Americas Cup is now Matarangis Cup!

    Congratulations to Team New Zealand for winning the America's Cup

    Your conduct on and off the water made us all very proud

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    Continued from page one... This huge 39 ton, 120 foot sailing behemoth known as KZ 1 required a crew of 40 to sail.

    It lost 2-0 to Conners much smaller catamaran Stars and Stripes H3. KZ-1 is now on display near the National Maritime Museum in downtown Auckland. The small fast cat, H3 was the forerunner to the modern carbon fibre multi-hull hydrofoils of today.

    The Mercury Bay syndicate tried again in 1992 and got as far as the Louis Vuitton challengers finals.

    After that second loss the local club and Michael Fay handed over the Kiwi Americas Cup dream to Sir Peter Blake and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron who famously won in 1995 with Black Magic.

    This fascinating aspect of recent history involving our local connection to the oldest trophy in sport, will be remembered this month in an afternoon of guest speakers as part of the Mercury Yarns series. Hosted by the Mercury Bay Historical Society & Mercury Bay Museum it will be held on Sunday 16th July from 2pm at the Monkey House Theatre in Coghill Street, Whitianga. The event will share reminiscences about the 1988 and 1992 Americas Cup campaigns. The entry is just $5 with light refreshments, and the funds raised will be going towards the upgrade of the Dairy Factory Display at the Mercury Bay Museum.

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    A Good Sort.The Good Sort for July is Alan Dickinson. What impressed the Good Sort Spy this month was that Alan has been sharing some of the excess firewood on his farm property, cutting it up and supplying it to people in the community.

    This is typical of Alan who is a generous kind of chap. Always without fuss or bother Alan has dug into his pocket and made meaningful donations towards a number of grateful community organisations.

    Congratulations Alan, the good-folk of Matarangi salute you!

    NEARLY 500,000 SUMMER VISITORS

    Nearly half a million people visited the Coromandel over the last Christmas-New Years period, according to the latest TCDC peak population study. A total of 498,000 unique individual visitors were identified in our district in the study period, from 22 December 2016 to 9 January 2017.

    The peak visitor night in the district was 126,298 with an additional 20,158 day visitors. Of our visitors, 212,000 were from Auckland (43% of the total), and 109,000 were from overseas (22% of the total). One in ten employees on the Coromandel work in the tourism and hospitality sector.

    The Americas Cup is now Matarangis Cup!

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    1/3 The Americas Cup is now Matarangis Cup!

    3 Nearly 500,000 Summer Visitors A Good Sort

    4 From the Editors Desk

    5 Matarangi Mid-Winter Swim School Holiday Activity

    6 The Vic Mobley Story - Part Two

    8 Welcome to Matarangi Ladies Craft Group Richardsons Success Competition

    9 Lantern Festival

    10 Fire Report

    12 School Garden Kauri 2000 Volunteers Day

    13 Puku and Kerres Wine Club Food & Wine Match

    14 Kuatunu Garden Group

    15 Food Forest Kindergarten Trust Wins Creative

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    16 Matarangi Ladies Golf Report Public Notices

    17 Men's Golf Report Fishing Report

    18 Local Events Guide Stargazers Sights Tide Chart

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    The Matarangi Beach Paper thanks the following people for their contributions in this edition

    Ryan Bull & Simon Hill of the Dunes; Stuart Arnold; Peter Murphy; Alastair Brickell; Anna Yates; Peace Bianchi and Chris Twemlow; Paul Kelly; Keith Goodall; Brenda Griggs; Steffi Hammann; Sandra Scott; Jenny Atmore; The Kensington Family; Sarah Cooper; The Kuaotunu Kindergarten; Jeannie Morton; Chris CJ Palmer & the Good Sorts Spy.

    because without these contributions and stories, your local paper wouldnt be quite the same. Thank you!

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    From the Editors DeskWith fewer people around during the winter on the Coromandel there are fewer eyes around the place and here is the troubling thing about that. Crime does not go away! In fact it is during those winter months that the career thieves and nuisance makers are out and about looking for easy pickings in quiet coastal settlements. It is the breaking into baches season. Typically they will prowl the local area looking for a likely target. Boats, outboard motors, kayaks, machinery, sports equipment, and cars parts are amongst their favourite items to steal as they can easily change hands for fast cash.

    A couple of incidents of late highlight this. One recent Sunday afternoon a Matarangi resident was happily watching TV when she heard a loud bang out side her house. Walking out to investigate she saw three men attempting to steal her husbands boat from the driveway. Luckily the thieves took off without the boat and were later caught by the Police. Elsewhere on the peninsula a homeowner away for a couple of days came home to find a young woman using her shower. The home invader fled and again the Police were able to track her down in a stolen car. These two incidents are just the tip of the iceberg as burglaries rise during winter. It is not just thieves to look out for. It is also the idiots in cars. Hoons still appear at anytime of the year.

    During the early hours of July 1st one hoon thought it a great idea to practice powerslides on the Matarangi beach reserve. Its not! Its moronic and anti-social behaviour. Deep ruts from tyre tracks make an unsightly mess.

    All of which points to the good sense of the local community to back the installation of security cameras on the corner of Matarangi and Kenwood Drive. Coastal communities, which have had security cameras installed, have seen a drop in crime. Deterrence and surveillance systems like security cameras work, but also so does keeping an eye out for suspicious behaviour in the community. Keep those eyes peeled.

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    Twenty five hearty souls braved the chilly waters at Matarangi Beach, for the 4th annual midwinter swim. Held on Sunday 18th June, this was the largest group ever to do the splash and dash according to Carol Smith, the event organiser.

    The water was pretty brisk to say the least and it was a very quick dip for some! The reward at the end though, was a small warm up port kindly donated by Trevan Smith. It was great to see some of the Kuaotunu Mad Kows pop over the hill and also join in the fun!

    The next Mercury Bay Art Escape Coromandel Peninsula Art & Craft Fair is taking place in the Whitianga Town Hall, Monk Street, on Saturday 15th July from 9:00am to 3:00pm. The event is for one day only and is an excellent opportunity to purchase work by our talented and enthusiastic local Coromandel artisans.

    Sharon Wright, well known Whitianga artist said Its school holiday time so bring the kids along! Well have some fun putting together art and photography creations. Sharon works with the young people as they paint and create settings and scenes which are then photographed and made into special works of art. The kids have a great time. They present some amazing scenes as their imaginations are boundless. Each piece will be available for the creator, parent or grandparent to purchase.

    All mediums and disciplines will be represented showcasing a wide array of quality handmade arts and crafts, from painting and sculpture to toys and jewellery and everything inbetween. All items are handmade on the peninsula.

    This Art & Craft Fair has become a feature for this district. Stuart Christie, chair of MBAE said our Trust sees this Fair as an ideal opportunity to bring

    together artists, both emerging and established artists from across the whole Peninsula to showcase the very best of what Coromandel Art and Craft is all about. We are keen to promote all visual arts within the Mercury Bay area and across the peninsula.

    Last year over 600 visitors enjoyed the diverse range of beautifully crafted goods and artworks. MBAE organisers have been thrilled with the amount of enthusiatic participation from both the artists and the public in the past and many of the artists and craftspeople will all be in attendance again to answer questions about their work. In some cases the artists will be demonstrating their techniques in, for example, jewellery making, flax weaving or creating soft toys.

    The fair is a gold coin entry event with proceeds going to future Coromandel Peninsula Art and Craft Fairs. Make a weekend of it and arrange visits with local artists in their studios as well. For artists details go to http://www.mercurybay-artescape.com/artists It is an exciting time for local artists as the Mercury Bay Art Escape Trust (MBAET) is currently calling for new artist members. Local artists and art groups can apply online from the website.

    SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITY at Coromandel Peninsula Art and Craft Fair in July

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    The Vic Mobley Story - Part TwoThe following season was a mixed bag as the injury niggles returned from time to time, but eventually Vic was able to go through the 1967 and 1968 seasons relatively injury free. This period included the captainship of the English Under 23 side. After five years with Sheffield Wednesday Vic was transferred to Queens Park Rangers in October 1969 for a fee of 55,000 after playing 210 league and cup games scoring eight goals. I did not really want to leave Sheffield as I had a family and home there, but they transferred me, said Vic adding, My loyalty to the club was stronger than their loyalty to me. The whole thing had to be handled by the Players Union involving arbitration and contract negotiations.

    However, during his stint at QPR he again was injury plagued and only was able to play 25 games across the next two years. The injury count took its toll and in 1971 at the age of just 28 Vic was forced to retire after making 237 top level appearances, years earlier than he would have normally done so. The fall-out from the injury saga at QPR continued after his retirement though as QPR took Sheffield Wednesday to court in February 1973 to claim compensation for selling them a dud racehorse as Vic puts it.

    The injuries were career ending. My knees were smashed and I had no kneecaps. Most of those injuries

    were caused by the fact that the training methods and game preparation attitudes in those days were all wrong not like today. Of course the substitution rules, meant players stayed on the field badly injured. Player welfare and sports medicine is so much better now. A lot of those injuries that I suffered then if they happened today to a modern player he would have a much better and faster recovery, said Vic adding, Of course player salaries are much better today as well. When I first signed for Sheffield in 1964 I was paid 60 pounds a week. Yes, it was good money for those days for someone like me who was coming from a carpentry apprenticeship but nothing like the millions a year players get in the premiership today.

    Vic is philosophical these days when he looks back at those times as a professional player, even when his career was cut short. I played in an incredible era. Football was starting to be televised and salaries started to be improved. It was the beginning of the modern professional area. I got to play against some of the games legends. I marked Bobbie Charlton and George Best and held my own against them, said Vic.

    In 1971 with his career stalled before its time and a young family to support he needed something else to come up. It did with an offer to coach in New Zealand with the Eden Club in Auckland. The Eden club would get him over here and would help him settle in, but because New Zealand football was amateur they

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    would have to find him a job. Vic did have his carpentry trade to fall back on but he was interested in getting into sales and marketing.

    Thus the Mobley family moved to Auckland in the early 1970s. Jobwise, a great opportunity showed up. At that stage Lion Breweries were interested in building relationships with sports clubs and sports fans to build market share against their rival Dominion Breweries. They had already lined up the famous All Black Waka Nathan in the role of promotions officer, so when DB found out that a top English soccer professional had just arrived in the country to coach and was looking for a jobit peaked their interest. This was an era when British soccer TV shows like Match of the Day were being rebroadcast on the NZBC on Saturdays and during a time where New Zealand saw large numbers of Brits emigrate during the 1960s. Many of them bringing their football traditions, and culture with them and not quite converting to Rugby. Football was gaining ground in New Zealand, the Rothmans National League was growing in popularity and Aucklands Newmarket Park was often packed out with crowds of 12,000. Lion Breweries knew where there was a thirsty market enter Vic Mobley to partner Waka Nathan.

    Waka and Vic worked together right throughout the 1970s. In those days the corporate strategy was for Lion to grab as much market share as possible from Dominion. It was a big rivalry and having sports celebrities as Promotions Officers was one of the innovative approaches to capture market share. As promotions officers our job was to use our status as sportsman to build rapport with the management and patrons of sports clubs and pubs. We wanted to them to sign exclusive supplier contract with Lion Breweries meaning only Lion products were sold. No DB! The goal was to shut DB out! Said Vic.

    We were a successful team and worked out a way to each approach our jobs to get the business. We would visit sports and chartered clubs, we would have a few social drinks of Lion product with the people there and engage them talking about sport and our careers. Then I would follow up with the pitch to the club or bar about how

    Lion Breweries can make you more money and we will rebuild your bar facilities for you and pay for it. Just give Lion Breweries exclusive rights, said Vic. As a team using this approach we made serious inroads into the sports bar and club market around the country on behalf of Lion, he said.

    It was here that all the knowledge from his earlier carpentry apprenticeship that his father encouraged him to undertake when he was 15, as a backup plan was utilised. As Vic says, I was able to talk to them and tell them what we would do for them in a technical sense. Like any tradesman outlining what is possible on a project. So having the trade behind me really paid off in the end.

    During this time Vic was still involved with soccer with initially Eden then other clubs around Auckland such as Mt Wellington FC, North Shore United, Papatoetoe AFC and Waitakere City. He got heavily involved with Football New Zealand and worked alongside the local games illuminaries such as Ken Armstrong and Kevin Fallon in promoting and developing the game in New Zealand. Following, his time at Lion, Vic moved over into the insurance industry where he spent the last stint of his working life before he retired and shifted to Matarangi.

    Away from the limelight Vic now enjoys the peace and quiet walking on the beach or relaxing at home with Barbara or watching the football on TV. Here he is just Vic. Back in Sheffield Wednesday though, where he played most of his professional career even the Rock Stars treat him like he is the Rock Star. I was invited back to a Sheffield Wednesday reunion. I was watching the game in the clubs corporate VIP box. The corporate box next door is owned by one of the guys from Def Leppard and he is a huge lifelong Sheffield Wednesday supporter. When he found out that I was in the box next door he got all excited and came over and told me I was his boyhood hero. It was quite amazing for me - fantastic really. These days I am just Vic Mobley living in retirement at Matarangi, says Vic.

    The Matarangi Beach Paper would like to thank Vic and Barbara Mobley for allowing us to tell Vics story.

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    A BIG WELCOME TO THE

    FANNING FAMILYNew arrivals into the Matarangi community are the Fanning family. Raymond originally from County Tipperary in Ireland is the new Course Superintendent at the Dunes Golf Course.

    With his wife Nicky (who was born in Sri Lanka) and their 22 month old child Fallon, Raymond moved into the community in March. Raymond has been hard at work with his team whipping the course into shape and settling in to the job.

    Prior his move to the Coromandel, Raymond was working at the prestigious Auckland Club, The Royal Grange. We wish the Fannings all the best and if you see them, give these new arrivals a big Matarangi welcome.

    Left: Raymond Fanning the new Course Superintendent at Dunes Golf Course.

    RICHARDSONS REAL ESTATE AWARDS NIGHTThe team at Richardsons Real Estate Matarangi have been awarded for another busy year at the 2017 Richardsons Awards night, held in Whitianga on the 17th June. The Matarangi team received fourth runner up Office of the Year, in addition to salespeople Simone Parr second runner up Salesperson of the year and Keith Goodall third runner up Salesperson of the year. Simone Parr also received an award for the highest number of properties sold overall which is a huge achievement when considering that the Richardsons group consistently sells the more than half of all property on the Coromandel Peninsula. Congratulations to the Richardsons Matarangi team!

    LADIES CRAFT GROUP There is always something on in the local area. One of our many groups is the Womens Craft Group, which meets on Wednesday mornings at the Matarangi Rural Fire Force Station.

    The group gets together to compare craft projects, get creative, share advice and have a good old chat with a few humorous anecdotes thrown in.

    What a great way to spend a couple of hours each week amongst friends and neighbours with shared interests.

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    Lantern & Matariki Festival in KuaotunuOn Friday 23rd June the wet mid-winter weather cleared just in time for us to celebrate our annual Lantern and Matariki festival at the Kuaotunu Kindergarten. Over the last few weeks, the children and parents of the Kindergarten having been making their own lanterns in preparation for the festival.

    To start the evening everyone first listened to a puppet story before we gathered up our lanterns to walk together down to the reserve. Phil Nielson and his son Alexander led the procession with their bagpipes down to the reserve, where we gathered around a fire and sang songs. After, we walked back to the Kindergarten where everyone enjoyed a shared potluck dinner.

    The midwinter Lantern Festival celebrates the turning point of winter when daylight hours become longer. Thus we celebrate the coming of light- the rebirth of the sun, so to speak. The Festival also celebrates the rising of the Matariki (Pleiades) constellation in the eastern sky at dawn and thus the traditional beginning of the Maori New Year.

    The Mataraki, also known as the seven sisters, are seven small stars that can be seen in the evening sky. In ancient times, the start of the New Year, was determined the appearance of this group of stars. It signified the end of the harvest and the beginning of a new planting season.

    Photography by Emma Steel.

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    These are significant awards to our volunteers and we appreciate their service and dedication to our organisation and our community.

    Stay warm, dry and safe everyone, Stu Arnold

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    Te Rerenga School is buzzing this term with excited children who are working together to make school a really great place to be.

    We have 10 fertilised eggs incubating in the Principals office. A small group of children have researched the best type of eggs, found a place to purchase eggs, written to the BOT for money to fund the project and are now busy turning eggs 3 times a day. We are all looking forward to seeing some live chick activity!

    Some other children have decided to beautify an unused area of our school field. They have been bringing in a range of flowers and seedlings from home and head down there every break time to continue to develop their area. It is now filling up with pansies, rosemary, daisies and other bright flowers.

    The school garden areas are always in different stages of development. At break times children can often be found digging or weeding in their class area. This week our senior class have been working together to develop the soil in their garden patches with lots of talk about their plans for planting. They are making some decisions about what to grow and why they should grow it. The junior class have their garden all planted out with winter vegetables, but are on the look-out for pests in their garden. Room 2 have planted daffodil bulbs in their gardens which, surprisingly, are coming through already.

    Anna Yates (Principal), Te Rerenga School

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    KAURI 2000 VOLUNTEERS DAYStudents from Mercury Bay Area School with teachers, parents and helpers planted 505 seedlings over 2 days at the Blackjack Hill, Kuaotunu.

    Our major sponsor, BNZ, was joined by three members of Air New Zealands Green Team to plant more than 350 trees in the Matarangi Reserve. Saturday 10 June was volunteers day with 406 seedlings planted, followed by a sausage sizzle.

    New planters this year were 46 members of the Chinese Conservation and Education Trust from Auckland who planted at Coromandel town.

    At the end of this planting season Kauri 2000 will have planted more than 50,000 seedlings.

    This years plantings have been GPSd / digitised for mapping on our website to show areas where weve planted. We plan to retrospectively digitise all our past plantings so each planting area will show on our website.

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    Food and Wine MatchThink Winter. Think Comfort Food. Think Pork Belly! Chef Ryan Bull of the Dunes has shared with us this month his delicious Pork Belly recipe. This recipe is on the brand new menu which launched (along with a new wine list) at a special gala night on July 6th.

    We [The MBP] will definitely rock up this one for our next dinner party!

    Kerre from Puku and Kerres liquor store has suggested Macs Cloudy Apple Cider for the cooking of the pork belly. She has matched this dish with a Jules Taylor 2014 Marlborough Pinot Gris.

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    Heat all the ingredients back up to temperature, plate, serve and enjoy!

    Puku and Kerres Wine ClubThe wine club was pleased to welcome back Simon Avery, Silenis General Manager for Asia and the South Pacific region, for its June meeting. Simon who represented New Zealand in surfing and was a professional surfer for more than 15 years, loves Matarangi and used to own a property here. I love the region because of the abundance of the different breaks especially the jewel of the crown in the Coromandel region. A specific break (not far from here) that lights up on a north to east swell with southerly winds really excites me. Simon just loves the Coromandel vibe and the small communities we live in. Not to mention the fact that we can get a feed from the ocean or land whenever we need, says Simon. It was wine not surf though that brought him back to Matarangi this time! Sileni which is based in the Hawkes Bay is owned by Simons parents Sir Graeme and Lady Gabrielle Avery. The Avery family have a proud sporting and business history. Prior to Sileni, Sir Graeme, spent more than 30 years as a leading international medical publisher. He was also instrumental in establishing New Zealands national training centre for high-performance sport and was recognised with a knighthood in 2014 for his contribution to business, sport and food and wine tourism. Sileni is a family affair. Nigel, Simons younger brother is CEO. Nigel is renowned for being an accomplished and multi-talented sportsman, representing New Zealand in track and field, bobsleigh and weightlifting. He represented NZ at the 2000 Olympic Games and won two Gold and a Silver medal for weightlifting at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

    The name Sileni, was inspired by ancient Greek mythology. The Sileni were renowned for their love of wine, feasting and a good time. Accompanying the name is a symbol which appears on every bottle of Sileni wine and represents everything Sileni stands for. The three angles of the triangle represent great food, great wine and great company. Enclosing the triangle is a circle, reflecting the companys global outlook. They produce 760,000 cases annually and distribute wine to more than 80 markets across Europe, the Americas, Asia and Oceania. Simon shared with the wine club members Silenis Cellar Selection Pinot Gris and Chardonnay, their Plateau Pinot Noir and Triangle Merlot. He finished off the evening with a real treat, Silenis 2014 Estate Selection Peak Syrah. This wine has just picked up a top Platinum medal at the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards staged in London. To be awarded a platinum medal at one of the worlds most important wine awards is a very rare honour, said Simon.All these wines are available at Puku and Kerres liquor store.

    Next wine club meeting is Nautilus Wines on Wednesday the 12th July. Clive Jones Chief Winemaker and General Manager will be in attendance.

    George Rurinui with Simon Avery

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    Monthly activities feature some old favourites like flower competitions and a lovely raffle, and there are visits to locals gardens, and trips away on garden-themed adventures. The members bring food to share for lunch which is always a sumptuous fare, and often raved about by guest speakers. Weve some great talks and trips coming up this year, with topics of interest from biodynamics to running a garden centre.

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    On Sunday the 26th of June locals got together for a stage two planting of the Kuaotunu Food Forest. The fruit trees planted in late spring last year are looking really healthy and within a few hours the area around them was weeded of kikuyu and mulched with woodchip kindly donated by Tricky Trees and Tree Man Trav. Then we got on to the main event. Along the 100m south eastern boundary 250 low growing natives and along the western edge 50 feijoa and citrus were planted. A special thanks to Waitaia Nursery who allowed us to purchase all the plants now so as to get them in the ground at the optimum time of year. Even after a hefty discount and some donations we went well over budget, so if you have $20, $50 or even $100 that you would like to gift you can make a direct deposit to WANT

    Nursery BNZ 02-0496-0015061-00 ref: foodf or contact Peace Bianci on 02108208577, this will help us cover the short fall and possibly even to build up some credit for the next purchase of fruit trees. We would also like to encourage anyone, anytime to head on down to the food forest and help complete the sheet mulch around the shelter belts by spreading wood chip over mulch mats provided by Richardsons Real Estate Matarangi and the 1/4 tonne of Cardboard provided by Whitianga Countdown. We would also like to thank our secret gardeners who are planting vegetables around the pears and nectarines, we encourage this always and if you need an extra feed of silverbeet over winter please help yourselves, just remember to break it off at the base.Above: Kuaotunu Food Forest founder Peace Bianchi.Reported by Chris Twemlow.

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    Indeed we are absolutely stoked to receive this grant, said Kindergarten Trust member Steffi Hammann.

    The kindergarten is the collaborating organiser of a new creative project, the Handmade Craft Workshops and has received from the June 2017 funding round a grant of $2000 towards the project.

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    Having recently returned from a visit to Wyoming and Mexico to visit my family, I have found the change in temperature here a little difficult to manage. However it is good to see the Dunes in such great condition. Raymond and the men's volunteer brigade are to be congratulated on their work which I know is appreciated by all players. I understand weather conditions have not been perfect so their efforts are worthy of comment. We are indeed fortunate, especially as I was informed on my holiday that it is not unusual for annual membership fees in USA and Mexico to be $US6000 or more. Count your blessings!

    The Match Play Championship is under way with, unfortunately, many of the first round matches featuring byes owing to the lack of entries.

    The Shootout qualifiers to date are Jenny Atmore, Carol Wyborn, Sandra Bowen and Sue Karl.

    Jenny Atmore shot to fame recently by holing a chip to the eleventh green for a magnificent two with which she scooped the rather large twos pool. Not satisfied with that she continued on to win the competition for the day. Definitely a financial success!

    The Nine Holers have played on as usual, numbers varying from week to week. Jill McAnnally has had leave of absence to have a carpal tunnel operation and hopes to be back on the course very soon.

    REMINDERS. The monthly meat haggle is held on the first Saturday and I remind members that ladies are most welcome.

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    Another Hole in One By Chris CJ Palmer

    Long time club member and stalwart of The Dunes, Colin McAnnalley, scored his first Hole in One with the perfect shot at the 18th at the Mens Competition day on Wednesday 28th June. This was Colins first ace and he told us it had taken him 60 years to achieve it. Well done Colin. Fortunately Colin is a very modest man and did not spend the rest of the time in the clubhouse afterwards explaining, in great detail, to his fellow members how he managed his ace. Instead he very kindly shouted us all a drink to celebrate. Colin will now get his name in lights on the Honours Board, a Hole in One trophy and $200 in prizemoney. For those who may not be aware I have ceased sponsoring the Hole in One since selling my Lawn Mowing business a couple of months ago. The Dunes have now taken over that role. The same rules apply for the $200 prize; i.e. any of the Par 3s but on competition days only.

    The course got a battering a few weeks back when a big storm with heavy winds raced through the area. Golf got cancelled that day for safety reasons and it left the course scattered with debris and even a couple of trees blew over. The greenkeepers and volunteers had a big job over the next few days

    clearing it all up. More work has been done to re-sow couch grass in patchy areas on some holes on the back 9 and additional volunteer help on Thursday afternoons for numerous tasks is always appreciated.

    The Veterans Pennants Team had a very enjoyable wind-up do at the end of the season, kindly hosted at Murray and Merrin James home in Whangapoua. Although the team didnt fare well in the competition, it was ably managed by Ray Watt, who did a great job organising the team for each match.

    The 1st round of the Mens Match-play Competition has now been completed and the quarter final match ups are as follows:

    Ray Watt v Geoff Atmore Barry Bowen v Colin McAnnalley Chris Palmer v Allan Jackson Rhys Mathias v Graeme Woode

    The next Meat Pack Day will be on Saturday 5th August.

    Finally, golf fanatic, Bob Hope, made many amusing golf quips in his lifetime. Here is one of them. I have never kicked my ball in the rough or improved my lie in a bunker. I have a caddy that does that for me!

    Happy golfing and dont forget to repair your pitch-marks and replace your divots!

    MATARANGI BOAT & FISHING CLUB REPORT JUNE 2017Boy, have we had our share of rain! It has been hard to get some clear water for diving, but Barry has taken some nice crayfish prior to their migration. The water temperature is on the decline and this has led to the departure of the snapper from the sand. We have had some unbelievable calm weather over 2 to 3 day periods which has led to several boats venturing out. There are several 2 to 3 kilo snapper in good condition being taken on the foul, but plenty of berley is a major requirement. The Kontiki boys are picking up some Gurnard from the beach and the Terakihi should be starting to show up on the worm beds and low foul.

    Be aware that the bar is pretty shallow at the lower tides and the inner channel has silted up a bit. Remember this area is always changing and requires constant monitoring... DONT TAKE RISKS, IF IN DOUBT, DONT CROSS THE BAR.

    The Annual General Meeting of the Matarangi Boat and Fishing Club was held on the 3rd June. The incumbent Committee was re elected with Steve Clay being added to the committee. At the meeting, a report was tabled by Harry Karl outlining the addition of a pontoon at the ramp which will be implemented over spring. Harry also reported that agreement was reached with all parties regarding car and trailer parking at the boat ramp as the development of this area is implemented.

    Remember the WHITIANGA COASTGUARD has changed its channel and can now be contacted on CHANNEL 63 and the NOW WEATHER REPORT is on CHANNEL 20

    Safe Boating and limit your catch, dont catch your limit!

    Peter Murphy, President

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    Regular Events

    MONDAYSMen on Mats (Pilates for blokes) @ 8am. Ph Christiane, 0273122584

    Matarangi Pilates @ 9am. Ph: Christiane, 0273122584

    Kuaotunu Craft & Social Club 1-4pm Ph Lia 866 2054

    Kuaotunu Library 1-4pm Ph Jeannie 869 5455

    Nine hole golfers tee off 10:30am @ The Dunes

    Contract Bridge: 7pm St Johns rooms, Tiki Rd, Coro. Town. Info ph Colin: 866 5428

    Yoga: 7am Vinyasa @ Kuaotunu Hall. Ph: 021 08 100 125

    TUESDAYSMens Coffee Morning (1st Tues of every Month 7th March). 10am @ Pipers Caf.

    Kiddy Club Coffee Morning. Text for more info: Shirvani Kopu 021 028 464 58

    Matarangi Craft Group. 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month 7-9pm. Meet at the Matarangi Fire Station. Contact: Lesley 07 866 0788.

    KAMAG meeting 5:30pm, every 2nd Tuesday of the month @ Kuaotunu Hall. All welcome.

    Hatha Yoga at the Kuaotunu Fire Station 10-11.30am. Ph: Jose 07 8664888 or 021 393299 Email: [email protected]

    WEDNESDAYSKuaotunu Steiner Play Group. 9:30-11:30am Ph: Ina 866 2841

    Mens Golf. Tee off 10am. Meet @ The Dunes just before tee off.

    Womens Coffee Morning (1st Wed of every month). 10am @ Pipers Caf. All welcome!

    YOGA: 7am Vinyasa @ Kuaotunu Hall. Ph: 021 08 100 125

    ICONZ Building Boys into Kiwi Icons. Activity Programme start date delayed until the completion of the Kuaotunu Hall upgrade. All inquiries please contact Robyn Balfour: 02040939674, [email protected]

    THURSDAYSNine hole golfers tee off 10:30am @ The Dunes

    Ladies Keep Fit 9-10am @ Matarangi Fire Station. All Welcome Phone Barbara 866 2687

    Ladies Golf Summer Programme: Tee off Thursdays 9.00a.m. Meet at the Dunes 8.30a.m onwards.

    Matarangi Craft Group meets every Thursday at 10:30am @ the Matarangi Fire Station. Info: Linda Segetin at 866 5653

    Super Thursday dinners at The Dunes.

    TUES, THURS & SATSRings Beach Wetland Volunteer days. 8.30-12.30 Ph: 866 5338

    SUNDAYSMatarangi Markets 9am-1pm outside the shopping centre

    Upcoming Events

    09 & 23 JULKuaotunu Swap Meet: Contact Kathy Spiers at [email protected]

    15 JULCoromandel Peninsula Art and Craft Fair. Showcasing quality hand made arts and crafts from artisans of the Coromandel Peninsula. Entry is by gold coin donation.Whitianga Town Hall, Monk St, Whitianga.

    16 JULMercury Bay Yarns. "The time Mercury Bay Boating club challenged for the Americas Cup." 2-3pm Monkey House Theatre, Coghill Street. $5 entry per person with light refreshments included. All funds raised for Mercury Bay Museum display upgrade. Limited seats.

    Homemade Limoncello Competition. Puku & Kerre's Wine Shop. Prizes for top 3. Easy to make! Get rid of your Unwanted Lemons!

    Dates for the Dairy

    01 AUG 2017 - 31 JUL 2018Catch gold fever! A bonanza of events celebrating 150 years since the thames goldfields proclamation. Contact: [email protected] to find out how you can be involved or phone 07 878 0260.

    04 - 05 AUGThe Coromandel Players 40th Reunion. 7.30pm, Hauraki House Theatre. Excerpts from some of the plays, music, exhibition, memories, food and drinks. Contact Liz Cameron: 027 4941188 or 07 8668508.

    26 AUGGold Rush Rally of Coromandel. Rally HQ at the Mercury Bay Sports Centre

    Classifieds

    DOG BED & COFFEE TABLE FOR SALE - Polycane Dog Bed, easy to clean, won't rust.

    670W X 370H X 620D, $50 ono. - Ballarat Coffee table with 2-way centre drawer,

    as new. Light Beige colour (very neutral) 1100W X 480H X 650D, $120 ono.

    Phone 8671410 or 0272660203 Kevin & Anita Salt.

    STARGAZERS SIGHTSAlastair Brickell of Stargazers BnB and Astromony Tours, Kuaotunu

    Brilliant Venus continues to be the star of the show in the early morning sky but continues to sink lower each week as it gets gradually closer to the Sun. Gas giant Jupiter is unmistakeable as the brightest object high overhead in the evenings with yellowish Saturn fainter and lower in the southeastern sky.

    06 JULYellowish Saturn lies below and to the right of the nearly full Moon in the evening sky.

    07 JULSaturn now just above the bright Moon.

    08 JULBrilliant Moon just below and to the right of Saturn.

    20 JULThe crescent Moon lies just above brilliant

    Venus in the morning sky with the Pleiades (Matariki) visible on the left before the sky gets too bright.

    21 JULA very thin crescent Moon lies just below and to the right of brilliant Venus around dawn in the east with Matariki higher up and to the left.

    25 JULThe very thin crescent Moon in the evening has faint Mercury just above it and to the left of the bright star Regulus.

    28 JULThe crescent Moon lies just below bright Jupiter in the evening.

    29 JULA first quarter Moon lies above and to the right of bright Jupiter.

    03 AUGSaturn lies just above and to the right of the nearly full Moon.

    Whitianga Tides - July 2017

    High Low High Low High

    Thu6 Jul 04:451.9 m 11:000.6 m 17:251.9 m 23:230.7 m -Fri7 Jul 05:331.9 m 11:460.6 m 18:111.9 m - -Sat8 Jul - 00:090.7 m 06:201.9 m 12:290.6 m 18:552.0 mSun9 Jul - 00:520.7 m 07:041.9 m 13:100.6 m 19:372.0 mMon10 Jul - 01:340.7 m 07:471.9 m 13:490.5 m 20:182.0 mTue11 Jul - 02:140.6 m 08:301.9 m 14:280.5 m 20:582.0 mWed12 Jul - 02:550.6 m 09:111.9 m 15:080.5 m 21:392.0 mThu13 Jul - 03:360.6 m 09:531.9 m 15:480.5 m 22:212.1 mFri14 Jul - 04:190.6 m 10:372.0 m 16:310.5 m 23:042.1 mSat15 Jul - 05:040.6 m 11:221.9 m 17:170.6 m 23:492.0 mSun16 Jul - 05:500.5 m 12:101.9 m 18:060.6 m -Mon17 Jul 00:372.0 m 06:400.5 m 13:021.9 m 18:590.6 m -Tue18 Jul 01:282.0 m 07:330.5 m 13:592.0 m 19:560.6 m -Wed19 Jul 02:222.0 m 08:290.5 m 14:582.0 m 20:570.6 m -Thu20 Jul 03:202.0 m 09:280.4 m 16:002.0 m 21:580.6 m -Fri21 Jul 04:202.1 m 10:280.4 m 17:002.1 m 22:590.5 m -Sat22 Jul 05:212.1 m 11:270.3 m 17:592.2 m 23:590.5 m -Sun23 Jul 06:212.1 m 12:250.3 m 18:562.2 m - -Mon24 Jul - 00:570.4 m 07:192.2 m 13:200.3 m 19:512.3 mTue25 Jul - 01:530.4 m 08:152.2 m 14:140.3 m 20:442.3 mWed26 Jul - 02:470.4 m 09:082.2 m 15:050.3 m 21:352.3 mThu27 Jul - 03:390.4 m 10:002.1 m 15:560.4 m 22:252.2 mFri28 Jul - 04:300.4 m 10:502.1 m 16:460.4 m 23:142.1 mSat29 Jul - 05:190.5 m 11:402.0 m 17:350.5 m -Sun30 Jul 00:022.1 m 06:080.5 m 12:292.0 m 18:260.6 m -Mon31 Jul 00:492.0 m 06:570.6 m 13:201.9 m 19:170.7 m -Tue1 Aug 01:381.9 m 07:470.6 m 14:121.9 m 20:110.7 m -Wed2 Aug 02:271.9 m 08:390.7 m 15:051.9 m 21:050.8 m -Thu3 Aug 03:171.9 m 09:310.7 m 15:581.9 m 21:580.8 m -Fri4 Aug 04:081.8 m 10:220.7 m 16:491.9 m 22:480.8 m -

    Source: LINZ

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