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In Focus - Paihia's Community Newsletter
'Research has shown that people who volunteer often live longer.'
WOW! There will be lots of locals living long if Allen Klein's quote above is true! The community has been out in force working together, for the betterment of our area. Also it has been a busy month with much happening behind the scenes in the development of Focus Paihia projects. This picture is a hint of only one!
On July 28 Focus Paihia was named the SUPREME WINNER at the Trustpower Far North Community Awards for the Horotutu - Our Place project. Over 130 people gathered at Te Ahu for the Trustpower Far North Community Awards which were presented by Mayor John Carter and Trustpower Community Relations Manager Graeme Purches. For winning the Supreme Award, Focus Paihia received a framed certificate, a trophy and $1,500 prize money. Focus Paihia now has the opportunity to represent the region at the 2014 Trustpower National Community Awards, which are being held in Wellington in March 2015. This is wonderful recognition for our town and all the hard work (over 230 volunteers, over 9000 volunteer hours!) that was put in to creating this wonderful public space. If you would like to view the details of the project outlined in the award winning Trustpower Nomination document please click HERE or view it on the Focus Paihia website. See wonderful photos of the project in this document too.
Graeme Purches, Belinda Ward, Tiffany Holland, Sarah Greener, Geoff Williams, Mayor John Carter.
Greg Jones, Andrew Younger, Tom Taylor, Bruce Gordon - taking care of the last of those sticks.
July saw Focus Paihia working with the local community, FNDC, NRC and the Dept. of Corrections to clear the mass of debris that was left on Paihia beaches in the wake of the recent storm. Focus Paihia would like to extend a huge thank you to all that helped with the beach clean up. Over 40 people came out to pick up the sticks on a blustery Saturday morning. All worked with a smile and a laugh. Great community spirit!  
In response to feedback from the April 9 Public Meeting Focus Paihia is holding a Masterplan Meeting. The community is strongly encouraged to attend. Please put it in your diary now. Please tell your friends. Don't miss an opportunity to have a say in the direction of your town. Click HERE to view the Paihia Masterplan or go directly to the website
FOCUS PAIHIA is very excited to announce our first Place Making project in OPUA! Some may have noticed bits of odd shaped equipment passing through town last week on the back of the BAY OF ISLANDS ITM truck? Since the inaugural Focus Paihia meeting in 2009 a skate park has remained high on the wish list for our area.  Focus Paihia has been very lucky to secure ALL the key pieces of equipment for a skate park, including a half pipe, at a more than reasonable price. There are drivers for this project, working tirelessly behind the scenes to enable us to bring this dream to life for the younger members of our community.
Though not the drivers, special thanks goes to OSCAR HARTSUIKER (SV Xanadu) and his parents MARK and SONYA who travelled to Hastings to dismantle and pack the ramps and pipes (vastly reducing the purchase and transport costs). Thanks also to BAY OF ISLANDS ITM who unloaded the gear when it arrived from Hastings and then transported it to storage. Thanks to FAR NORTH HOLDINGS for the storage, to IAN EMMERSON who offered a sharp price for transport to the Bay and to MARK WILSON, VINNY and the TEAM at the ATOMIC SKATE PARK Hastings, who made the gear available and provided a team to help with the dismantling.
Focus Paihia would like to see another skate park in Paihia/Waitangi and if suitable land becomes available – we hope to build another! The experience gained on the Opua project will be invaluable. 

We are still a way off finalizing the exact location in Opua for the Skate Park. Possible options are currently being evaluated. We will keep you informed of the progess but wanted to share this exciting news. Can’t wait to tell the kids!
The CCTV Camera project covers from Opua through to Waitangi, Haruru and Watea. The first stage, the junction of Kings & Marsden Roads and the second stage, the junction of Williams & Marsden Roads is now complete. $15,000 has recently been granted by PUB CHARITY to Focus Paihia to complete the next stage of CCTV. The next stage to be completed will be HARURU FALLS. Thank you to PUB CHARITY for their continual support and recognition of our efforts. Funding has been applied for to compete the remainder of the CCTV project. Focus Paihia is also proud to announce a fundraising evening for which all profits will go to the CCTV project. Details as follows.
FAULTY TOWERS FUNDRAISING EVENING. Staff are being taken out of their comfort zones – the Front of House team are the chefs – the Chefs are the Front of House team! Sunday 14th September: 3 course dinner from select menu – from 5.30pm (guests will be asked to advise of dining time) All profits go to the CCTV project. Phone 4026220 for bookings.
The WINTER SALE is still  on as there is so much stock! EVERYTHING IS HALF PRICE until further notice. Thank you to all of the Op Shop volunteers for their time and also to all the lovely people who bring in GOOD STUFF to sell. 
Unfortunately the shop has been getting a LOT OF RUBBISH which is dirty, mouldy and not 
sellable - the cause of many trips to the dump this month. Nobody likes to have to wear rubber gloves to sort bags or boxes. Donations of second hand clothing are gratefully received but please don't be offended if the ladies at the back of the shop ask if they can have a look at the goods you are bringing in, before they accept them.

The Paihia/Waitangi Cub Scout den fire exits were in urgent need of repair. Focus Paihia gladly donated funds to cover the cost of the materials for the project to rebuild the exits and keep the kids safe. This is the lovely card and some of the messages sent to Focus Paihia from our local cub scouts.
The MARSDEN RD SEATING project is well under way. TODD EVERS & his volunteer crew have been busy over the last week, constructing posts and framing boxes for the seats around some of the pohutakawa trees. Todd has been helped by DON MANDENO, PETER SECCOMBE, EVAN DESILVA & TRENT BOULT. Don even coming over each day from Kerikeri - his commitment to our community has been passed down through his family – some of the first missionaries here in Paihia! Thank you also to CARTERS PAIHIA for supplying all the materials at cost.
ABOVE: Evan De Silva, Don Mandeno, Peter Seccombe. BELOW : Todd Evers
A huge thank you for your splendid efforts! Now the framing has been completed the decking can be laid on – the easy bit. We need more help to complete this last part...

This Sunday 17 August. Please come down and lend a hand to help finish off these little beauties. The decking needs to be laid on the seat frames and then the wood needs to be stained. Please bring a brush and be sure to wear your old clothes. Todd says bring a chainsaw if you have one!  He will be at the Seaview Rd corner carpark at 9am for a team briefing.
LUNCH/BAKING would also be greatly appreciated for our hard working VOLUNTEERS. If you would like to contribute in this way, please deliver to Alfreco's and it will be distributed to the teams from there.
BAY OF ISLANDS ELECTRICAL have now installed the box lights along Marsden Rd. They look great! Certainly smartening up the waterfront. Thank you to BRUCE ROGERS and his team for thier efforts and for supplying all materials at cost. Huge thanks also goes to FNDC for their continual support.
The plan for the Paihia Village Green enhancement was prepared by the Village Green Phantom Group under the Focus Paihia umbrella. A final plan has been drawn up that has been presented to and is currently being considered by FNDC.  Focus Paihia is working with Sue Hodge and the Community Services Development Committee. Progress will be advisedThank you to HENK KUIPER, NICK GALAMA, KATJA COULTON and JEANNETTE LANGERAK who are the drivers of this project.

Click HERE to view the plans that are currently before council. Or visit 
In the meantime the call out for a 'BUILDERS BRAIN' produced a fantastic volunteer, with a wealth of knowledge and experience, who has now joined the Village Green Phantom team. BRIAN RAPHAEL has previously been involved with Habitat for Humanity and Focus Paihia is delighted to have him on board. Brain is providing the VG team with advice on materials, method and budget. 
The FPCT board has gifted the Village Green rocks to HARKO BROWN  for the KI-O-RAHI FIELD at Waitangi. Harko was very grateful and said that rocks carry alot of mauri - Kaumatua spoke of the rocks being entrusted to them for the Ki-O-Rahi Field by Focus Paihia, and as kaitiaki they take that obligation very seriously. It is wonderful to see these rocks go to such a deserving home. Keep up the great work Harko!
BAY OF ISLANDS ITM have kindly offered the use of their Hiab/truck to lift and transport the rocks from the Village Green to the Ki-O-Rahi Field when we are ready to rock 'n' roll - helping two projects at the same time! Thank you for your continual support  ANDY VANASCHE.
WELCOME to all new Subscribers. This newsletter is the best source of information regarding Focus Paihia and its projects. If this newsletter has been forwarded to you please to subscribe to it yourself. Click HERE to sign up using the link on the Focus Paihia website Homepage. A HARD COPY of this newsletter is distributed to the many clubs, cafes and waiting rooms around Paihia. Huge thanks for the generous regular donation by THE MARINA SHOP in Opua for the printing. 
The BAY OF ISLANDS YACHT CLUB boasts a lovely new roof that has created a wonderful new lease of light and life. The Club started out at Waitangi from the relocated old Kaikohe Library building some 50 plus years ago. In subsequent years it was extended by Club members to its now footprint size. The old gull wing roof featured an internal gutter which became a leaky achilles heel with heavy rain.
Local Kaeo designer Paul Hayman of Cadplanz was engaged to come up with a cost effective solution. The eastern wall of the Club was raised 1.2m & a new mono pitch roof drawn. The deck to the North was enlarged to 88m2 , 42m2 of which is now under cover . This dramaticly increased the outdoor living court.
The Club was lead into fundraising mode by members John & Margot Roberts… Murder Mystery Nights, raffles, dinners and many public donations were received. Very generous grants from the ASB Trust & Lotteries Grants bolstered the coffers and construction was able to proceed after several years of planning and fund raising.
Local contractors Henwood Builders were awarded the contract & started in April 2014. Henwoods cleverly constructed the new roof over the existing structure allowing a seemless operation. The old roof was then removed ensuring a watertight structure throughout the construction process. New, insulation, high light windows and accoustic panels with led lighting inserts were an integral part of ensuring a well lit, warm, eco friendly & acoustically sound venue. John Roberts & team tidied up the interior painting. Darryl Honey accessed new TV and stereo equipment & directed the installation. New bar fridges & a freezer were purchased. A major rewire, new switchboard and led sensor lights finished off the work.
A big thank you to the following: ASB TRUST, LOTTERIES GRANTS, CADPLANZ, HENWOOD BUILDERS, FELL ENGINEERING, BOI ELECTRICAL, HESKETH PLUMBING  and to all the BOI YACHT CLUB MEMBERS and MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY who donated their time and energy. The build was a great success which will see the Club enjoy another 50 yrs + of future service to our community. Great work by the  BAY OF ISLANDS YACHT CLUB! Well done.
Since 2001 a privately funded venture by RUSSELL PENINSULA KIWI RECOVERY PROJECT has been making kiwi nesting boxes and putting them out in the forest. They have been a huge success with kiwi preferring them over natural nesting sites. The best thing about them is they are dog proof.
 PHOTO: A kiwi family inside a kiwi house. Photo courtesy of Russell Peninsula Kiwi Recovery Project.
BAY BUSH ACTION Paihia’s local pest control group has followed suit and made a number of the kiwi houses for this area. The kids at Opua School have helped out with painting them and now they are all out in the bush ready for kiwi to move in. The group say they would like to build another 20 kiwi houses to put around the Paihia area. So if you have some private bush where you know there is kiwi, email the group and put your order in! 
Photo: Awesome kiwi box the Opua School kids painted! Happy kiwi.
Dog predation is the largest issue for Northland brown kiwi. The life expectancy of our Northland brown kiwi is just 14 years compared with 40 to 65 years elsewhere in the country. Six things you can do to help preserve Kiwi:
  • Putting your dog through regular Department of Conservation kiwi aversion training, it’s free.
  • Keeping dogs and cats locked up at night and don’t let them roam.
  • Use radio tracking devices on hunting dogs and avoiding hunting at night.
  • Reporting any wandering dogs to 0800 DOC HOT and the Animal Control.
  • Using traps or bait stations on private properties to control pests.
  • Getting involved with your local pest control groups
Thanks to Caro and her Crazy Critters for entertaining the kids again on the PAIHIA VILLAGE GREEN in the school holidays. Look forward to seeing you next holidays too!
The PAIHIA WAR MEMORIAL HALL COMMITTEE wishes to invite all interested parties to its AGM on Monday 25th August 2014 at 7pm.  Nominations for committee membership will be sought and accepted on the night. The secretary has recently resigned and all committee roles are available for re-election annually.
Many in the community have still not seen the new conference/meeting room at the rear of the building which is the venue for the AGM. It's proving to be a great asset for the town and is proving very popular for smaller groups and break out meetings - e.g. the room has been booked for the entire month of September for election purposes. Come along, give your input and get involved if you want to contribute to another successful Paihia community organisation. Time commitments are not large when the work is shared. 
7.30am. Friday 29 August at the KINGSGATE  AUTO LODGE in Paihia.  $21 pp – Bookings essential. Numbers are limited. Book early. Don't miss out. Tickets are available at ‘Take Note’ Paihia or alternatively by phoning Ruth Moore 021 023 24779.
THE BAY OF ISLANDS ROTARY CLUB are the official project managers for the CANCER SOCIETY'S NORTHLAND DAFFODIL DAY ANNUAL APPEAL for the Bay of Islands to be held on Friday August 29th, 2014. Part of their fundraising project for the Cancer Society is to provide 3 Gift Hampers and over the weeks prior
to Daffodil Day they will sell raffle tickets for the hampers.  The RAFFLE is to be drawn outside the PAIHIA PHARMACY by MURRAY JENKINS at 4.00pm on Friday 29th August.  The money that is raised for the NORTHLAND CANCER SOCIETY helps to provide free support to cancer patients, their families and caregivers within Northland as well as enables education and prevention programmes to be set up in the community. For more information click HERE to go to the  Cancer Society Website.
The CLASSIC AND SPORTS CAR CLUB NORTHLAND will be on display on the PAIHIA VILLAGE GREEN on Sunday 31 August from 11am.
DAFFODIL DAY CAR & MOTORCYCLE RALLY WHANGAREI - PAIHIA. â€¨With your help there is hope! Sunday 31st August 2014. Gather your work mates, family and friends. This is a cruisy day out for everyone and a great way to see some of the magnificent Northland Countryside. All vehicles welcome, you do not have to own a specialist car to participate.
For all Rally enquiries contact Phil Schultz P 09 438 4506 M 027 498 3974, or Cancer Society Northland Events 09 437 5593,
Saturday 30 August. Tickets on sale now at KINGSGATE AUTOLODGE. $100 per ticket - stunning buffet, welcoming champagne cocktail and refreshments with dinner. Entertainment with Markby & Flash. Incredible auction prizes, including 7 nights at Aro'a beachside Inn Rarotonga, return air fares from Mondo travel, dinner at Waterline, game fishing with Wahoo fishing charters and lots more astounding prize packs! Phone 402 7416 for more details.
Saturday 20 September Join this iconic BOI event with the 32nd annual race from Russell to Paihia! Organised annually by the BAY OF ISLANDS UNDERWATER CLUB Enter a team of 6 (5 snorkelers, 1 diver) and be in to win prizes from local businesses while raising money for Russell Radio, BOI Coastguard and Paihia Volunteer Fire Service. For more info click HERE to see the BOI Underwater Club Facebook page.
The 2014 Rally of the North comprises approximately 180km of competitive stages and will be based around Paihia where the start and finish will take place. The event will be on Saturday October 11th, 2014. Spectators get out and watch some of New Zealand's best drivers in action! For more details click HERE. PHOTO: G Ridder
The BOI Walking Weekend is back and better than before and you can book your walks online right now! 3, 4, 5 OctoberAll walks only have 15 to 20 walkers on them so book now to secure your place. The timetable and walks from last year have been fine tuned and have added in a few new ones. The Walking Weekend gives you the chance to get to many walks that are hard to access or on private land. The walks are also guided by passionate locals who can take the walk to a whole new level with their knowledge of culture, history, flora and fauna. The majority of the walks take place over the weekend 3-5 October but also scheduled are a few walks a day from 29 September leading up to the weekend. Click HERE for more information or visit
Saturday 25 October 2014 11am - 6pm This is “IT” - for the fifth year Paihia is holding the successful 'it' Bay of Islands Boutique Food and Wine Festival. 'IT' is the event not to be missed - Love it! Cook it! Drink it! Bite it! Sing it! A successful recipe of fantastic food, wine, entertainment and friendly locals all mixed up together in the Bay of Islands. The main act this year is SUPERGROOVE! Can't wait!
PAIHIA KIDS MUSIC CLUB  is a great opportunity to interact with your child and watch them interact with others. On every Friday from 10am to 11:30am (excluding primary school and public holidays) at the Uniting Parish, 35 Kings Rd, Paihia. Please bring a a little plate/light snack and $2 Koha per family.
Free ads for anyone with a small unique new business venture or event. The same station also runs in Kerikeri, so anything about Paihia gets heard over there too. For details please contact Peter 0274937025.
The PAIHIA FARMERS MARKET is on from 2 - 5:30 pm every Thursday afternoon on the Paihia Village Green.
SING ONG TAI CHI  - focus, balance, circulation, flexibility, coordination. Monday, Paihia Memorial Hall: 5.15pm / Tuesdays, Russel Masonic Hall: 5.15pm.  Tai Chi is a great way to exercise and relax Suitable for all ages or abilities – private classes
available. New students welcome anytime. Come and see: first class free. For more information contact Catrina Sutter ph 09 40 37 247 /  021 124 7983

BAREFOOT YOGA Monday Evenings. 6:30pm - 7:45. Haruru Falls. Please contact Lara for more details 021658576. All levels welcome, including beginners. 
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Did you know how the Lily Pond on Puketona Road came to be so called? It was previously called Maiden Hair Fern Bridge and Pond. Then, when Edward and Mabel Clarke lost their daughter Mavis at the age of 20 months from pneumonia, on 12 September 1912, Mrs Clarke wished to have a living memorial for her daughter. So she had Edward pull up a bunch of lilies from from their own water lily pond at Waimate, tie a weight around them and drop them where they would become very visible, on the Puketona Road. Once the lilies established and flourished the old name for this spot was dropped over the years. So today's Lily Pond is a living memorial to Mavis Clarke. Incidentally Maiden Hair Fern Pond was named after the maiden hair fern that grew on the stream banks.


Email Focus Paihia: - Tiffany
Phone 022 128 3805 - Tiffany
Mail PO Box 17, Paihia 0247



Grant Harnish, Chair
(Director of Salt Air)
Geoff Williams, Secretary
(Chair, Paihia R&R)
Sarah Greener, Treasurer
(Owner-Operator of The Rock Overnight Cruise)
Andrew Thomson, Trustee
(Haven of History)

Jane Lindsay, Trustee
(Paihia School)

Adelaide Rameka, Trustee
(Iwi representative)

Tiffany Holland - Trust Coordinator 

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