Hibiscus Matters Letters, April 17, 2019

By: Hibiscus Matters readers

Thanks for the hand up

Pamela Lelean, Orewa
On March 26 I had a bad fall in Cammish Lane, Orewa. I want to thank the kind people who came to help – from the dental premises, Labtests, and someone from Restyle Boutique who came out with a fur coat to cover me – first time I have worn one! Also to the AA man who stayed and gave us moral support until the ambulance arrived. The ambulance staff were so kind. I am still in North Shore Hospital and have a way to go but thanks to all those people who tried to help.

Speed kills

Phillip Moore, Stanmore Bay
I was surprised to see Hibiscus Matters giving this guy publicity in his bizarre campaign (Campaigner Targets Speed Limit Bylaw, HM April 3). People are dying on the roads due to speed and his problem appears to be that he is frustrated sitting behind slow drivers on his way to work. Here’s a tip for him – how about leaving 10 minutes earlier on your way to work. Drawing penises on the road and sitting on the horn behind drivers shows this is clearly not a constructive, friendly or helpful approach to improving anything, let alone the road toll.


There was an error in the story that ran in our April 3 paper regarding the opening of a recycling cabinet and worm bin at the Community Hub. The recycling cabinet and worm bin are not for use by the general public – they are only for the groups that use the community hub. We apologise for the error. However, the public is encouraged to take items to the Whangaparāoa Community Recycling Centre, 637 Whangaparāoa Road, including plastics numbers 1 and 2, glass and paper.

The origins and meaning of this humble memorial, made of a piece of rock, may be lost since the metal plaque on it has been removed. Residents hope to solve this mystery and wonder whether a reader can shed some light on the issue. The memorial is located on the banks of the Weiti River, just down from Flexman Place near Tavern Road. Silverdale residents who drew the matter to the paper’s attention hope someone remembers what the cairn was put there for, and when, so that a new plaque can be made. Any information can be emailed to the editor, terry@localmatters.co.nz or drop into our office in Cammish Lane, Orewa.

Phyllis Poole celebrated her 100th birthday with friends and family on April 6 at Baycrest Retirement Village in Manly. Phyllis settled in Manly 30 years ago, and has lived at Baycrest for 15 years. A keen sportswoman, she has been an active member of Whangaparaoa Golf Club and Manly Bowling Club. She still lives independently, enjoys gardening, is a passionate scrabble player and indoor bowler and regularly attends Manly Methodist church. Phyllis spent her birthday surrounded by family and friends, including nine of her nieces and nephews. She is the first Baycrest resident to turn 100, and as such was also treated to a celebratory afternoon tea.

Even the Hibiscus Matters office was not immune from the phonebox prank. Pictured, ‘queuing’ are pranksters Pat and Graham Daw.

The most fun you can have for just one dollar

When Tindalls Beach residents Pat and Graham Daw bought a decal of a red English phonebox for $1 on Trade Me, they planned to put it on their own door for a bit of fun.
The decal (essentially a large sticker) proved to be too large for the doorway, so Pat says they put it on a board – and that’s when the real fun began. It went up outside their house, as it matched their letterbox and Pat then began pranking her friends by putting the decal up on their door, or in the garden, while they were out. So far it has found its way to four local homes, where Pat says it has been seen as a real laugh. “It makes people smile, and that’s what life’s all about,” Pat says. “We’ve had a lot of fun for $1.”


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