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Happy New Year!
Have you thought that this year you might spend more time in your garden?
Well, the way to do things is to begin. So get up, get a plan, and get into it.
If you are new to gardening, we are always here to encourage your plans. We
really want you to enjoy real success with your gardening, and we are very keen
to make sure you get off to the very best start.
While the weather has been against gardening for months, the next couple of
weeks are going to be dominated by sunshine. And as a bonus for January, your
garden is wetter and greener than it has been in years!
We know the economy has been against big spending for months, but feeding
yourself fresh vegetables and fruit, and making your garden colourful and
inviting has never been cheaper. And this is the way we intend to keep it this
So our emphasis on gardening for the next couple of weeks is to offer you basic
gardening at the best value. Potted colour is at an all time WOW price just $10
for 10 plants. Veges are priced at 3 punnets - thats 18 plants - for $10. Our own
Garden-X compost is 4 for $20, and sheep pellets are only $9.99 a bag.
Other specials you can see below include watering cans, basic pest care
products, super-cheap fruit, and many more. This week our catalog will be in
your letterbox. Take a look, and make a plan.
Some up-coming events that need your diary: The Whangarei Garden
Discovery is coming up in February. For sheer jaw-dropping inspiration this
weekend is a hard one to miss. You can pick up more information, and purchase
tickets, in store. Or check out their website at www.gardendiscovery.org.nz.
And what of our plans? We aim to provide you with a great deal more information
this year. We are trialling a neat loyalty
scheme that we may roll out into the
store. A couple of areas of the garden
centre are in for a revamp. And we hope
to formalise a number of casual
relationships we have with community
groups this year. The café is very
popular, and about to introduce a new
seasons menu in the next couple of
So if your 2012 includes plans for
gardening, eating out, and fresh flowers, we really look forward to seeing you!
In The Garden...
In association with
Girls bond over brigade
By DENISE PIPER
Great fun: Marilee, left, and Melani Waanders, and Kate Wilson say the best thing about working on the brigader
brooch was meeting new friends.
Three teens have discovered their
true potential with Girls Brigade.
Twins Marilee and Melani
Waanders and Kate Wilson have
earned the brigader brooch, its
highest national award.
Girls Brigade is a Christian
organisation which leads girls and
young women in fun, interesting
and challenging activities.
Its motto is Live a balanced life
and discover your potential''.
Marilee and Melani joined the
2nd Whangarei Company aged
eight to meet people, after emi-
grating from South Africa.
Marilee says working toward
the brooch seemed like a natural
progression of Girls Brigade aims.
It was also a way of challeng-
ing ourselves and seeing what we
Melani says they both decided
to take on the challenge but they
tend to do everything as a pair.
I think we sort of take it for
granted that if one's doing it then
the other does.''
Girls must do community ser-
vice, attend camps and area
events, serve their Girls Brigade
and attend church or Christian
They must also do four funda-
mental badges in physical, edu-
cational, social and spiritual
Kate, who is a member of the
1st Kamo Company, says working
on the brooch encouraged her to
do things she wouldn't normally.
You have to do things like com-
munity service and go to area
camps, which is where I got to
meet Melani and Marilee.''
Kate helped at Kamo Home for
her community service.
Melani says her favourite part
was attending a course on evan-
gelism, run by St Andrews
It teaches you to talk to people
about Jesus and God. Me and
Marilee were the only young
people going along,'' she says.
Marilee says her highlight was
an international camp where she
met girls from England, Singa-
pore, American Samoa and New
Marilee and Melani are
finishing their education at
Pompallier Catholic College this
year and continuing with
Whangarei Youth Music.
Both are working on the queen's
award -- an international honour
from Girls Brigade.
Kate will focus on her studies
and education this year.
She is a prefect at Whangarei
Girls' High School, competes in
rowing, plays soccer and fences.
Surfing a new business venture
Professional passion: Kevin 'Nudge' Piper enjoys restoring old boards
most of all with his new business Nudge's Surfboard Repairs.
Necessity has proved to be the
mother of all inventions for a
When Kevin Nudge' Piper
was made redundant from his
job as a building project man-
ager he knew he had to look out-
side Whangarei's struggling
So he turned to his life-long
passion of surfing and began
Nudge's Surfboard Repairs at
his Ocean Beach property.
He fixes all types of
surfboards and stand-up padd-
leboards, makes new surfboards
and hand-makes custom fins for
shapers around the North
Island. He also sells surf
essentials like wax and is the
Northland agent for Morris
Nudge has been surfing since
age 10 and has been involved in
the surfboard industry for a
number of years, working in Gis-
borne, Auckland and Surfline
Surfboards in Ruakaka in
between building roles.
Ensuring people ride the right
equipment for the conditions is
something he feels passionate
I believe a lot of surfboards
have stagnated in design and
consequently people end up
riding a lot of the wrong equip-
ment just because they can buy
it off the shelf and it's made
cheap in Thailand or China.
If you want to buy a
surfboard you should be talking
to somebody that knows the
waves you're riding and can get
you to surf the right equipment,
as opposed to a board that's
designed for Californian waves
and made in Asia.''
Nudge says he is interested in
the history of surfboard design
and draws inspiration from the
1970s when design was an
important part of surfing's evol-
Fins also play a huge part in
how surfboards function, he
says, and his handmade
fibreglass fins have flex which
can dramatically improve the
Wife Denise is the number one
team rider for Nudge Custom
She is competing on the
Hyundai Longboard Tour this
year, where Nudge also works as
a professional judge.
The tour has five stops around
Whangarei's Sandy Bay.
Nudge also does a weekly
Northland Surf Update video
blog on website zepher.co.nz.
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