For the first time in something like 50 years there are kiwi in the Brynderwyn ranges. Fourteen north island brown kiwi were released into the 400 hectare Maranui conservation block on the south eastern side of the Brynderwyns on Saturday 13 April 2013 (article from Bream Bay News)
Speaking to several hundred people gathered for the occasion at the King Rd. entrance to the Maranui block, Catherine Hawley, representing the Maranui community, said that the land was purchased 26 years ago by a group of families and was covenanted by the Queen Elizabeth 11 Trust, which gives it protection in perpetuity. Read more
Last week I chaired a public meeting in the Anglican Church Hall which drew a great crowd, and some passions running hot for and against the proposed combined cycleway/walkway between Waipu village and Waipu Cove.
The end result of the meeting was:
- Overwhelming support for the walkway/cycleway to do beside Cove Road (safely and separate from traffic)
- This route would also point to the public access points to the estuary, and from here people could walk along the public esplanade reserves.
- The issue of public access to Esplanade Reserves and strips remains important, and should be something that we continue to work with as a community, and as affected landowners.
- This worthwhile project needs continued community support, energy, and funding
- The Trust overseeing the project will keep people in touch with developments via a newsletter and their website. Read more
WAIPU IN TARTAN
Dates for 2013
29 June – 14th July
Calendar of Events (Draft at this Stage!!)
|First it was Tartan Day as part of Winter@Waipu, then it was Tartan Week, and then it was Tartan Two Weeks. We decided a new name was needed – so it is Waipu in Tartan|
Saturday 29 July – 31 July
Saturday 29th June 11.30am on
Sunday 30th June Tee off from 3pm
Waipu Golf Club
|Monday 1st July International Tartan Day
Tartan Pipe Band Parade 11am
Celebrate International Tartan Day with us. Young and old invited to don their tartan and join the parade. Prize for best dressed. Street Theatre – some local lads will once again be shaking off their trousers and and donning a wee bit of tartan and the Plod will be there keeping a watchful eye
From Pizza Barn to Caledonian park. Waipu Primary School will take part.
|Celebrate International Tartan Day in Waipu|
Tuesday 2nd July
Friday 5th July
Saturday 6th Saturday Festivities
Strictly limited to 100 brave souls over 16yrs.
Entry $30 – tickets from Juanita at Waipu Four Square and Sharon at Smart Fitness.
Don’t miss this inaugural event. Walkers and runners welcome.
Spot prizes, including prize for best tartan outfit.
Course is on South Road, Waipu with 4 km and 8 Km options
|Are you rough enough?
Waipu Mud Run
7pm Saturday 6 July Glamour in the Gloamin’
|The Celtic FlyersTickets will sell out
so get in quick!
Sunday 7th July
10am Kirkin of the Tartan – Waipu Presbyterian Church
10am-3pm Waipu Wellbeing
MacClean motto – Honor Thine Virtue - Join us in this hands on expo and showcase of the local Well Being providers around Waipu. Stalls, workshops. treatments and refreshment.
Monday 8th July 5.15pm -6.45pm
Wed 10 July 7pm
All to contestants to wear tartan!
Saturday 13th July
Sunday 14th July
Tartan Taniwha Competition – Use recycled/found/ household products, this can be made prior to the day & brought along & placed for judging or made on the beach on the day! Prizes for best junior and senior creations.
The Estuary Restaurant has just opened at 5 Princes Rd., Ruakaka under the Bream Bay Club. David and Dale took over the lease on this property in November 2012 and have been running a cafe and takeaways there all summer. Read more
From the latest Bream Bay News – read it on line
Settlers from Nova Scotia travel up the Waipu River and step ashore near the place where the Waipu Grand
Pageant, a reinactiment of their story was staged last weekend.
This photograph of the scene of their arrival
was taken at the second performance of the pageant held in front of an audience of 2,400 people on
Saturday night , 12 January.
Bream Bay News has the Numbers…
Number of people who appear on stage – at least 300, including the Waipu Pipe Band, the waka team from Kaeo and the kapahaka group.
- Back stage people – at least another 100.
- Number of pipers – 15, drummers – 2 and a drum major.
- Number of Highland dancers – 12
- Number of rugby players – 5 (6 if you count ex All Black Richie Guy, who kicked a rugby ball into the wings in the first act.
- Built pieces of set included a croft, which got set alight three nights in a row (including at the dress rehearsal) so had to be partially rebuilt. A sailing ship built on top of a truck with a mast, which is raised dramatically on stage. Stage wings to hide the actors and props off stage.
- Number of people in the crowd scenes who began rehearsing two nights a week for around two to three hours each time since 20 September – 81. Closer to the production date they have spent whole days on the set going over their parts.
Total number of rehearsal hours put in by George Mutch who with his native Scottish accent played the part of Murdoch, the narrator of the migration story and filled in for Dame Fiona Kidman who lives in Wellington, for many of the rehearsals
– 180. This doesn’t include the hours George put in rehearsing the script at home.
- Number of costumes – around 200 said Sue Welford, who was in charge of this department. “Many were supplied by the actors themselves. We sewed a lot of aprons and bonnets. We interchanged bonnets for the different scenes. Black bonnets when they were going through hard times, straw hats when they were out in the fields.”
- Number of props – close to 300 said Sue Mathews, who was in charge of getting all these together. These included: a coffin, spinning wheels, old – fashioned wooden handled agricultural tools, cream cans.
- One waka Te Aukaha brought down with a team of paddlers and a support crew from Kaeo .
Animals involved – Two big Clydesdales named Mark and Glen, two beautiful black Friesian horses, two stunt horses, two highland cattle and one jersey cow. The bullock team, which was to have been part of the show, was cancelled when the big animals got a bit testy at rehearsal frightening actors in the crowd scenes. The decision was taken not to risk them on the night.
- Two horse – drawn carriages
- Four vintage cars.
- Money spent – despite all the voluntary contributions by the actors and background crew, the Grand Pageant cost approximately $240,000 to stage.
Costs included the hiring of the professional technical crew – Oceania who provided lighting and projection and the LED screens, the hiring and running of generators, a koha to The Rununga of Whangaroa for the waka and its crew and promotional advertising.
- Ticket sales – the production team was still cleaning up on Monday when the Bream Bay News went to print and final figures were not available but Joy McKay, whose husband Rod as Waipu Museum chairman, oversaw the sales and expenditure was able to tell us that a fairly accurate estimate is 1800 tickets sold for the Friday night show and 2,400 tickets sold for Saturday night.
“It is pretty close but we don’t think we will have to run to our underwriters. Thank goodness the weather stayed fine.”
Taken from the Bream Bay News – get the news online as well as in your letterbox
A new track which has been named the Tanekaha Forest Track has been built to provide public access to the Brynderwyn ridge. A group of volunteers describing themselves as “a bunch of old broken down track builders”, gained funding from the New Zealand Walking Access Commission and the agreement of private land owners Marunui Conservation Trust and dairy farmer Mark Gash, to form the track which was formally on Labour Weekend.
King Road is off Cove Rd. on the right hand side coming from Langs Beach and just passed the Mangawhai Heads turnoff. The track is accessed from 3 km up King Road via a legal unformed public road on the right just beyond the second bridge. A parking area has been constructed 100 metres up this access and no vehicles are permitted past this point. The track, marked by blue and silver markers, follows the road to a stile, which leads onto Marunui land and a swing bridge funded by the Walking Access Commission.
From the bridge the track crosses a second stream by stepping stones and briefly proceeds upstream before climbing towards the ridge and into Department of Conservation reserve. Steeper sections have been stepped and slopes benched but once on the ridge the grade lessens with just a few steeper climbs.
There are further plans to extend the track so it becomes a longer loop walk. He has been told by pig hunters that there are two waterfalls in the forest and he had been attempting to locate these so detours can be
built to view them. The Brynderwyn forest comprises 15 square kilometers of native forest,
shrublands, streams and wetlands.
Members of the newly formed The Friends of the Brynderwyns Society were at the track opening ceremony handing out leaflets and inviting new membership. The society has plans to reintroduce Northland brown kiwi to the forest. Contacts are: Martina Tschirky 09 431 5161, Catherine Hawley 09 376 4069 and Denis Kerins 09 376 4551.
The track passes through regenerating forest dominated by tanekaha at lower elevations and large very old kanuka higher up. There are scattered rimu, totara, and puriri, as well as nikau palms, lancewood and a variety of shrub hardwoods, along with lots of seedlings and saplings along the route. Glimpses of Mangawhai Harbour and the surrounding area occur along the track but the real views are from the top when the track reaches the trig. Depending on walking pace it takes from one to one and a half hours to reach the top.
The track was blessed by Ben de Thierry of Te Uri o Hau who said he was happy to give his support as it was te huanui ki te ora (a pathway to health.) It was opened by acting Conservator for Northland Alistair Drake, who commended the Mangawhai trust for building the track.
Taken from the Bream Bay News – get the news online as well as in your letterbox
A new track which has been named the Tanekaha Forest Track has been built to provide public access to the Brynderwyn ridge. A group of volunteers describing themselves as “a bunch of old broken down track builders”, gained funding from the New Zealand Walking Access Commission and the agreement of private land owners Marunui Conservation Trust and dairy farmer Mark Gash, to form the track which was formally opened on Labour Weekend. Read more
Entry forms available from Bream Bay Retail outlets from 9 September.
Race is Saturday 27 October 10am
Get Training!!! Sharon at Smartfitness can help,
join her newsletter for hints and encouragement!
Northland Natural Horsemanship Games
On Easter Sunday April 8th 2012 at Barge Showgrounds, Whangarei the Northland Natural Horsemanship Games (NHG) will run for its second year.
Following last year’s amazing success where over a 1,000 spectators watched 35 contestants play and ride naturally with their horses, contestants, stall holders and spectators asked for it to become an annual event.
This years organisors are all from Waipu – and they are all passionate about Natural horsemanship – relating to your horse by using the horse’s own language. The human uses almost exclusively body language and modifies their natural predator responses. The horse then enters into more of a partnership with their human which opens the possibility for more fun and extends what a horse and human can do.
At the NHG there are 16 different games for contestants and their horses to play at their chosen skill level. All the events give everyone a chance to win ribbons if they complete the game in time and with their relationship with their horse intact.
During the day there are students showcasing what they can do with their horses and inspirational demos from some professionals. There will be food stalls, raffles and horse focused stalls. Several new sponsors have joined last years in donating some fantastic and valuable prizes. It is $25 for participants for the day and free for spectators.
The highlights of the day will be two demonstrations by Russell Higgins, a 4* Parelli Professional, and his two horses. You will see Russell play with Oscar and Maverick both on the ground and ridden, sometimes at liberty, sometimes with saddle and bridle. It is an inspiration to see the love and relationship the horses have with him.
View the NHG website for more details. You can download the Games Booklet and enrolment form and start practising for the fun and challenges the day will bring. You can phone Pat and Claire on (09) 432-0018 for more information.
More than 4,500 people attended Refining NZ’s 50th anniversary open day at its Marsden Point refinery near Whangarei on Sunday 9 October, raising $18,000 for the Project Promise drive to fund a dedicated oncology facility at Whangarei Hospital. Read more