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Malaysian cuisine has been developed from the cultures found across the country which include Malays, Chinese and Indians with a splash of Thai and Arabian influences. These combinations result in distinct and exotic flavours and a variety of specialty dishes.

One of the staples is of course rice with a dish often referred to as the national dish being nasi lemak which is rice steamed with coconut milk giving it a rich fragrance.

Often served with anchovies, peanuts, cucumber, hard boiled eggs and sambal, a spicy chilli paste, nasi lemak is often considered a breakfast dish but can be served in a variety of ways at any time of the day.

Other staples include noodles with a wide variety of different types and bread, usually an Indian style such as roti canai.

Poultry is handled according to Halal standards to conform with the country’s dominant religion of Islam and some factions of the community, in particular Hindus and some Buddists do not eat beef.

Goat is a popular ingredient particularly in curries, soups and stews. Seafood and fish are enjoyed by most and usually fresh and tasty.

Vegetables are available year round as there are little distinction between seasons in Malaysia and there are some delicious and exotic fruits such as lychees, durian, mangosteen, rambutan, guava and longan.

Some traditional dishes of Malaysia include –

Ikan pari

A grilled stingray wings served with air asam which is a dip made from shrimp paste, onions, chillis and lime or tamarind juice.

Ikan Asam Pedas

A sour fish stew including tamarind, chilli, tomatoes, okra and Vietnamese coriander

Ayam Goreng Kunyit

Deep fried chicken marinated in turmeric and other seasonings

Pulut Inti

Steamed dry rice pudding. Glutinous rice and coconut milk wrapped in banana leaves folded into a pyramid shape. Topped with grated coconut and sweetened with palm sugar.

Nasi Berlauk

This is a great way to try Malaysian cuisine as this dish consists of a plate of plain rice with a range of other traditional dishes placed around. You eat what you choose and the cost of your meal is determined on what and how much you eat.

BABIES AND KIDS

Winkalotts
Freephone: 0800 426 800 - Telephone:  09 426 4123 - Website: www.winkalotts.co.nz
We're shipping online and open in level 2 from 9 am to 3 pm - Monday-Friday. 


BUSINESS

ABA - Associated Business Advisors
Accountants - Red Beach - 1/178 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Red Beach, Auckland - www.aba.org.nz - Email: info@aba.org.nz Ph: 09 426 8488  or 021 0864 7878
ABA Ltd would like to advise the local community that our offices are open under Covid-19 alert level two.  Our staff are continuing to work remotely, so please contact us if you have any questions or accounting needs.  We look forward to seeing you shortly.


First Rate Mortgages
Level 2 16 Florence Ave Orewa - Phone: 09 426 8927 - Email: info@firstratemortgages.co.nz - Website: firstratemortgages.co.nz
We are open all the way through. 8 am to 8 pm. Working from home with all phones / emails redirected. Our Orewa Office is now open in level 2


iLender Mortgage Brokers
Ph: 65 Karepiro Drive Stanmore Bay Whangaparaoa - Phone: 09 428 5333 - Email: jeff@ilender.co.nz - Website: ilender.co.nz
Business as usual at iLender Mortgages, a local Company with a national reputation. First home buyers, Investment property or moving home, we cover all types of lenders, banks, non banks and private funding. All you have to do is ask! Call Jeff Royle 021 765 016 or visit www.ilender.co.nz


Orewa Arts and Events Centre
76 Riverside Road,  Orewa - Ph: 021 155 2946 - bookings@orewacollege.nz - Web:  www.oaec.co.nz
The OAEC will not be available for hire until restrictions are lifted to allow groups of people to congregate again, but we are able to answer any questions you may have in the meantime, and look forward to reopening and working with the community again soon.


Hibiscus Coast Party Hire
611c Whangaparaoa Road, Stanmore Bay - Ph: 09 424 3424 - hibiscuspartyhire.co.nz
We are open in alert level 2. Thank you for your support. 


Balanced Books
Ph: 021 151 4465 -  balancedbooksnz@gmail.com
Balanced Books Services will be operating standard working hours throughout Level 3, however all meetings will be via Skype until further notice. Contact details are Cortney McGregor on the above contact phone or email. 


NZ Sign Solutions
Unit 2, 18 Arklow Lane, Stanmore Bay - Ph 09 427 4402
We are fully operational and open from 8 am – 5 pm making your Covid-19 signs, labels and floor decals plus the usual banners, flags and vehicle graphics.
Order safely from  our e-shop www.signsolutions.co.nz and we’ll courier or you can do contactless pickup. 


Think Financial Ltd
Contact Gary George for all your lending requirements – we specialise in both mainstream and non-bank lending scenarios.
Mobile: 029 235 3440 - E: gary@thinkfinancial.co.nz - Web: www.thinkfinancial.co.nz - Location: Millwater


Hibiscus Law
747B Whangaparaoa Road, Whangaparaoa - Ph: 09 424 7475  - www.hibiscuslaw.co.nz
Hibiscus Law Limited is open for business (at Level 3 restrictions) and the team here can assist in all property matters that you may have as well as our normal range of law. We can assist remotely using Skype and Zoom, and also provide a secure isolated area for physical signature and witnessing of documents at our office at 747 Whangaparaoa Road. Please give us a call on 09 424 7475 or email admin@hibiscuslaw.co.nz with any legal enquiry you may have and we look forward to being available to assist in any way.


CAFES, RESTAURANTS AND FOOD SERVICES

Coast Cakes
621 Whangaparaoa Road, Stanmore Bay
Ph: 09 424 0403 - sales@coastcakes.co.nz - www.coastcakes.co.nz
Coast Cakes are offering contactless delivery and contactless pickup of cakes, sweets and supplies. Ordering can be done online and through email with allocated time slots for collections to avoid any cross over of people.


The Ship and Anchor
Ph: 09 426 1539 - Email: shipanchororewa@gmail.com - Website: shipanchororewa.com
Facebook: The Ship and Anchor
In Level 3 we will be open for takeaways and deliveries. Timings are 12 pm to 3 pm and  5 pm to 7:45 pm. Order online at www.menulog.co.nz or give us a call or text on 09 426 1539 or 022 198 0720. Takeaway from the restaurant will be done from the front window where we will observe a 2 meter distance. Link to our takeaway menu available soon and on our Facebook page.


Cafe Manly
Manly Village, Manly, Whangaparaoa - Ph: 09 428 2211 or 0211 955 980
Please check our Takeaway Menu - If you aren't sure on our Level 3 policy you can check HERE
Cafe Manly will be providing a limited takeaway-only menu and service for the period that COVID-19 Alert Level 3 is in place. All orders need to be placed by phone on 09 428 2211 or 0211 955 980. We will ask for the name of the person who will collect the order and provide you with an order number. Only one person from your bubble may collect your order. Payment will be taken at the time you order. Only Credit Cards or "Scheme" Debit Cards (debit cards with a Visa or MasterCard logo) can be accepted. We will provide the best indication we can at the time your order is taken as to when it will be available to collect. Please do your best to arrive at the cafe at this time so we can avoid unnecessary gatherings of people outside. Orders will be taken up to 2 pm. Thank you for your support. 


Frankies Gelato and Deli
Manly Village, Whangaparaoa - Ph: 09 600 8058 - Email: grainne@frankiesgelatodeli.co.nz - Web: facebook.com/frankiesgelatodeli
For opening times in Level 3 see our Facebook post
As we have always operated as a Takeaway coffee provider, we will resume this service Tuesday 28 April 9:00-3:00 pm. Orders can be made at our Courtyard side door and we have a mobile payWave eftpos machine to make it contactless and safe. Please feel free to text us your order also on 022 644 7339 - We will have Frankie’s Coffee Card with a buy 4 get 5th free . Our front shop door will be open with a one in one out method to control foot flow.
Unfortunately no gelato and stock levels are not at 100% but we will continue to take specific orders for breads, meats, eggs and anything else there is enough demand for. Always open for suggestions. We will continue to review as need to analyse foot-flow and  demand but please don’t hesitate to ask us if you have any questions or specific needs.


Manly Bar and Grill
3/49 Rawhiti Road, Manly Village, Whangaparaoa
Ph: 09 424 5423 or 021 939 391 - Our Lockdown Menu
Will be open for takeaways only (no deliveries) from Thursday April 30 from 4 pm till 8 pm (last order taken 7.45 pm). You can order by phone 09 424 5423 or text 021 939 391. Contactless payments can be made on pick up or direct credit with proof of payment. No cash will be accepted. We look forward to serving you through L3 and beyond.


Hammer & Tongs
Shop 4,12 Silverdale Street, Old Silverdale Village
Ph: 027 315 2831 - www.hammertongs.co.nz
Contactless pick up and deliveries from 28 April. Our Facebook page is the best place to get the most up to date information facebook.com/HNTFoodStop. Check out our Level 3 Menu. We will be open for online ordering with contactless pick up or delivery using our staff to offer local deliveries within a 15 km radius and will also use NZ courier to deliver meals to the rest of the North Island. Opening hours are: Albany Monday-Thursday 9 am to 3 pm. Silverdale Monday-Thursday 11am to 3 pm. Local Deliveries are likely to be between 3 to 5 pm. We may open on Fridays depending on quantity of orders but presently we are closed on Fridays. 
How to place and pay for an order - Choose your items, make payment to 03-1509-0095203-000, Email your order to hello@hammertongs.co.nz and include your pick up date and location or delivery address. 


Local Cafe
Manly Village, Manly - Ph: 09 428 2330
Local Café  in Manly will be open during Alert Level 3! Our operating hours will be 8 am to -2 pm daily from 28 April. As per restrictions our cabinet food, cakes and coffee will be available for Takeaway only. Customers can't enter shop. Deliveries unavailable. We are accepting contactless payment or bank transfer. Bank a/c:  Delphino Cafe Ltd, A/c No: 12-3216-0196608-00.
Please confirm your method of payment when placing your order via: TXT - 021 0232 7666 or Phone - 09 428 2330.
We will also be offering pre-paid coffee cards. If you are a frequent customer, we encourage this method to further minimize contact. Prices for these vary slightly depending on the coffee order so please call us for details. We also sell gift vouchers - call us for details. Thank you for your support. 


St Pierre's Sushi of Japan Silverdale and Whangaparaoa
61 Silverdale Street, Silverdale - Ph: 09 421 1122
Unit 4/651 Whangaparaoa Road, Stanmore Bay, Whangaparaoa - Ph: 09 424 0243
St.Pierre's Whangaparaoa and Silverdale branches will be open from 28th April for Click and Collect at the shop door. Customers can place their online orders now for pick up.  Pick up times will be from 10:30 am to 18:45 pm. Every meal fresh to order for all online orders.
20 minute lead time so by the time you get there it’s freshly made for you!You can VIEW OUR MENU and order at www.stpierres.online


Hayami
9 Tamariki Ave, Orewa - Ph: 09 427 9264 - View our Menu
​Open from 5.30 pm on Thursday 30 April. Temporary hours - 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm. Collect only. Phone on 09 427 9264 to place your order and receive an order number. Make payment through internet banking to ASB 12 3042 0484588 00, use your order number, or eftpos available. Show a screenshot of payment on arrival. If using a voucher please bring with you. You can check our ordering details by CLICKING HERE. Collect your order at Hayami and enjoy!


Charm Thai Silverdale
​2 Milner Avenue, Silverdale - Ph: 09 426 2977 - www.charmthairestaurant.co.nz
Will be open in Level 3 for takeaways 7 days at 12 pm to  8 pm. Please view the menu online www.charmthairestaurant.co.nz.  All orders need to be placed by phone on 09 426 2977 or 021 258 7449.  You will receive you order number once you place your order, the payment will be accepted either credit card or internet banking. Please stay in your car we will bring the meal to you. 


Freda's Roast
175 Millwater Parkway, Silverdale - Ph: 09 426 8838 - For ordering information CLICK HERE
We thank you very much for supporting us. After 28 April we encourage you to use CLICK & COLLECT - Roast, Chinese Vegetarian Food, Takeaways, Dumpling, BBQ Buns, Drinks by scanning our QR code - Ring As Arrive and Wait Until Meals Are Ready and allowed in one at a time.  Alternatively Phone ordering Number 09 426 8838 - After confirming your order and amount using our direct credit account. Deliveries within 5 km when order amount over $20. Full details and further information CLICK HERE.  We appreciate your assistance in this unprecedented time.


Farida's Restaurant and Bar
226 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa - Ph: 09 426 5083
We have 2 special menus we are offering for takeaway in Level 3 lockdown. 
Menu 1 -  A variety of Pasta and Risotto food 
Menu 2 -  A variety of Pizza food
In addition, we will also give away a Garlic bread on the house for EVERY 2 PURCHASES ( MIX & MATCH) off either menu during this time. Thank you for your support. 


Muldoons Irish Bar
8 Moana Ave, Orewa
​Muldoons would like to advise patrons they will not be open during Alert Level 3 but look forward to welcoming back locals once New Zealand is at Alert Level 2. Thank you. 


Arazo
Manly Village, Whangaparaoa - Ph: 09 947 5213 - team@arazo.nz - www.arazo.nz
We are open for contactless orders during Level 3. Please check out OUR LEVEL 3 MENU - We also have our Allpress Coffee so please head along to join us and thank you for your support. 


Thai Windows
747c Whangaparaoa Road, Stanmore Bay - Ph: 09 424 8288 - www.thaiwindows.co.nz
We are open during the lockdown level 3 for Takeaways and Deliveries Tuesday to Sunday from 4.30pm - 9.00 pm.  For order online www.thaiwindows.co.nz. Order made by phone will only take internet banking for payment.  Please give us a call on 09 424 8288 when you arrive, we will bring the meal to you at the front door. Thank you 


EDUCATION

Fame Preschool
6 Karepiro Drive Stanmore Bay Whangaparaoa - Phone: 09 428 5048 - Email: info@fame.net.nz - Website: fame.net.nz
At Fame Preschool, we provide exceptional, loving care and education for children, and we develop their confidence and creativity through our amazing performing arts programme. We are open from Monday 4th of May, and we are very happy to talk with anyone who is interested in arranging childcare, and enrolling to join our Fame Family. We can discuss your plans and answer your questions over the phone, and also arrange an appointment for a centre tour with Cathy. (Note: the government has stated we are unable to accept walk-in visits at this time.). We have supported our families by not charging fees over the lockdown, and we now need our community’s support to build our roll, so we can keep up our high teacher ratios and amazing team of loving teachers.


Paintbasket
Online Art Lessons
Our online art classes are available at any time of the day or night for you watch and learn from in the comfort of your own home at onlineartlessons.com


Hannah's House
31 Thorburn Ave Red Beach - Ph: 09 426 9237 | www.hannahshouse.co.nz
We open from the 4th of May 8 am to 4.30 pm. Unfortunately we will not allow any walk-ins from anyone with non-enrolled children for the foreseeable future. New parents must book a tour. Before the tour they must be asymptomatic and use our hand sanitizer. We will maintain the 2m distance rule as per requirements. New parents being toured will not touch/contact anything. We ask that you leave your child at home for these tours. Our enrolment forms are online. Please feel free to call to book a tour.


Dance Dimensions
2/8 Curley Ave, Silverdale - Ph: 09 426 4888 - silverdale@dancedimensions.co.nz - www.dancedimensions.co.nz
We are currently doing online classes for all ages and abilities, Hip Hop, Jazz, and Lyrical call or email and we will send you our timetable and prices, we will be back in the studio when alert level 2 kicks in.


HEALTH AND BEAUTY

Northern Arena
8 Polarity Rise, Silverdale
Northern Arena’s legendary brista made contactless coffee on text-to-order. NOW OPEN (Weekdays 8 am - 12 pm). Tell us your name, what you want to drink and when you want it. Text to order: 021 051 6969 - Call to order: 09 421 9700 - Email to order: cafe@northernarena.co.nz. Purchase pre-paid cards online by CLICKING HERE - We highly recommend purchasing a pre-paid coffee card (10 coffees per card) through our website or over the phone, this is the most efficient and contactless process.


Three Sixty Osteopathy
Ph: 09 427 9306 - info@threesixtyosteo.co.nz - Three Sixty Osteopathy Telehealth
Just because you're not so active (in fact perhaps because of it) it doesn't stop the aches and pains. ThreeSixty Osteopathy are now able to see people via video consultations to help with any lockdown aches and pains. It is likely this will continue into Level 3, as only acute cases will be able to be seen in clinics so don't delay - check out details and get yourself fixed!!


Enhanced Recovery
Stanmore Bay - Ph: 027 444 1434
To help out over the lockdown period Kate from Enhanced Recovery Physiotherapy of Stanmore Bay are offering FEES FREE Physiotherapy Consultations online or over the phone.  ACC approved, NO referral needed, specialising in Fractures, Surgery and Arthritis. Only Telehealth appointments are available during the Covid19 Level 3 lockdown period. We hope to reopen clinic and home visit options at Level 2. Contact 027 444 1434 for more details www.enhancedrecovery.co.nz


The Little Beautique
55 Karepiro Drive, Stanmore Bay - Ph: 09 428 1264 - info@thelittlebeautique.co.nz - thelittlebeautique.co.nz
Our online store is open selling skincare and makeup as well as gift vouchers for our salon.  Gift vouchers will be emailed and we’re offering free shipping on our products.


Beauty Aspects
41 Fennell Crescent, Millwater - Ph: 0210 297 2587 - www.beautyaspects.net
As much as I miss seeing everyone and miss doing everyone’s treatments and desperately want to get back to work we will only be able to operate once we reach level 2. Our health and everyone’s wellbeing is the most important thing now.
WHAT CAN I OFFER YOU NOW TILL THEN IS :-
1. Book in for a Zoom skin consultations available to all new clients wanting to start using Nimue skincare or anyone have issue with there skin 2. Delivering skincare to your door 3. Bespoke products to do your own “MINI” Facial at home for the skin and soul pick me up 4. Gift vouchers for that special occasion or birthday or just saying thank you and remember Mother’s Day Sunday 10th of May 5. Pre purchase treatments for the 12 weeks Nimue skin perfecting challenge 6. Bespoke skincare plans for your specific concerns (after zoom skin consultation) voucher can be purchased on SOS business for treatments. For any other questions or queries please get in touch 


Life Pharmacy Orewa
8 Tamariki Ave, Orewa - Ph: 09 426 4087
9 am to 5 pm Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm Sundays. Or shop online at www.lifepharmacyorewa.co.nz - Shop health, wellness and beauty 7 Days a Week


Hear Say Speech Therapy
Silverdale/Millwater - Ph: 09 4211337 - 021949539 - hearsay.co.nz
I have a speech therapy practise in Silverdale/ Millwater. I am not able to see clients face to face currently, but I can do tele-therapy with interactive therapy activities for children aged 4-9 years old. I specialise in speech , language and learning disorders. I am happy to offer a free phone consultation if parents are concerned about their children’s speech, and would like to get some advice.


Health by Logic
20 Silverdale Street, Silverdale - Ph: 09 421 1273
​We are operating under a contactless and social distancing environment. To see this regarding placing orders and making payments please CLICK HERE. Thank you for your support. 


Nutritionsense - Nutrition Consulting
Red Beach/Orewa/Millwater/Silverdale - www.nutritionsense.co.nz
What does level 3 look like for nutrition consultations? Hello everyone, I’m Paula, local Nutritionist (BSc Nutrition, Massey University) of NutritionSense, Red Beach. I write monthly nutrition articles for the wonderful Millwater Magazine and run healthy cooking classes locally. I am passionate about seeing people achieve their health goals, now more than ever, it is important to prioritise our health and I’d love to help you with that. I offer online nutrition consultations via Zoom, Google hangouts or WhatsApp – whichever platform you prefer. I have been doing online consultations for a while now, as I have clients in other parts of New Zealand and internationally, it works really well. So if you’d like to set up a consultation, please feel free to e-mail me paula@nutritionsense.co.nz or for more information see my website. Stay safe and stay well!


Hear Again 
Coast Plaza, Whangaparaoa - Ph: 09 424 6035 - steve.foster@hearagain.co.nz - www.hearagain.co.nz
We have been closed through Levels 4 and 3, but have still been dealing with online orders and repairs remotely.  We are yet to find out in what capacity we can operate during level 2 and hoping we can open largely as usual, with heightened infection control measures. We will keep you up to date. 


Lumino The Dentists Orewa
18 Tamariki Ave, Tamariki Plaza, Orewa - Ph: 09 426 2251
We have been operating for Emergency only care during the full lockdown. Any patients requiring emergency need to call 0508 586 466 to be booked for treatment.  We will be back to working as usual from Level 2.


Orewa Optics
10 Bakehouse Lane, Orewa - Ph: 09 426 6646 - eyecare@orewaoptics.co.nz - www.orewaoptics.co.nz
We can help clients and locals in Level 3 under Ministry of Health guidelines. If you need our help please check out what we can do for you at our Level 3 Policy Information. Thank you for your support. 


PET AND ANIMAL SERVICES

Peninsula Bay Veterinary Hospital
689 Whangaparaoa Road, Stanmore Bay - Ph: 09 428 7017 - peninsula@vethospital.co.nz - www.facebook.com/peninsulabay - www.vethospital.co.nz/vet-clinics/peninsula-bay
We are open 7 days of the week to spread our staff members into small teams. Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 6 pm and Saturday-Sunday 9 am to 4 pm. Everyone MUST CALL AHEAD, DO NOT JUST SHOW UP - phone or email. Everything is being done over the phone or via email including but not limited to: product purchases, appointment and surgical bookings. We are accepting all types of bookings now. Pets enter the clinic, their owners do not- consults are done over the phone


The Mutt Hut - Dog Grooming
350 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa - Ph: 027 204 9923 - info@themutthut.co.nz - themutthut.co.nz
The Mutt Hutt can operate in Level 2. But booking is still available through our website or by phone. Thanks Paulina


Clip-a-Dog Grooming Studio
21 Karepiro Drive, Stanmore Bay
Open NOW during level 3. Professional All Breed Grooming.  We simply love animals,  love what we do and treat each dog as our own. 
Ring or text Karen - 09 428 3375 or 027 655 0571 - Or complete an online enquiry at www.clipadog.co.nz


REAL ESTATE AND PROPERTY

Bayleys Hibiscus Coast
Ph: 09 426 5911 - www.bayleys.co.nz/inthenorth
Bayleys Hibiscus Coast is open for business at Level 3 onwards. Agents are working remotely and property inspections and appraisals can happen. Virtual auctions will commence. We don’t expect open homes to start again until Level 2. Clients can’t visit the Bayleys office but they can phone and email to arrange appointments.


Diggers R Us
Hibiscus Coast - Ph: 021423506
Diggers R Us Ltd are back in operation in Level 3.  Social Distancing is in place.  Hand sanitiser in both 8 Wheeler Truck & Cat305.5 Digger. Happy to discuss your needs for earthmoving anytime. Nelson Stanley-Hunt 021423506


C & R Surveyors Ltd
172A Centreway Road, Orewa - Ph: 09 426 4051 - info@crsurveyors.co.nz - crsurveyors.co.nz
Under Covid-19 Level 3 we are open for business.  However we can't have face to face meetings, but emails and phone calls normally suffice.


Garage Door Repairman Ltd
Silverdale - Ph: 0800 63 63 45 - sales@northsoregaragedoorrepairs.co.nz - northshoregaragedoorrepairs.co.nz
​Open Alert level 3 -:  For all repairs and or  replacements of Garage Doors and Garage Door Openers. Phones answered 24/7 -:  0800 63 63 48 - We are all about local!


Concept Decks
Hibiscus Coast - Ph: 021 715 608021715608 - chris@conceptdecks.co.nz - www.conceptdecks.co.nz
We are back to work (deck building) as usual and just implementing health and safety guidelines as to safe distancing, handwashing and we are unable to enter clients homes at this level.


Peninsula Mowers and Heating
611 Whangaparaoa Road, Stanmore Bay - Ph: 09 424 3104
We are open for sales, parts and repairs - this will be a contactless service and our showroom will be closed. Payment will be via internet banking or over the phone and we will have a contactless drop off and pick up zone for all repairs and orders. Please email us on hal@peninsulamowers.co.nz or call us on 09 424 3104 ahead of time to arrange sales, parts or repair drop offs and pick ups. We can also pick up/drop off from your home if you prefer - please call us to arrange this service. Please remain in your car if you see someone else in the drop off/pick up zone. Thank you. 


RETIREMENT

Freedom Companion Driving
Hibiscus Coast - Ph: 021 041 9486 - hibiscuscoast@freedomdrivers.co.nz
As an essential service, Freedom Companion Driving -  Hibiscus Coast is your safe pair of hands. We can take you to your medical appointments, assist with groceries and run errands for you. We comply with all Covid-19 rules, santising our vehicle after every client and following strict personal hygiene. Freedom is both  an ACC and Auckland Transport Total Mobilty accredited provider.  Using your TM card now covers 100% of the cost of your trip (up to a max of $80 each way until June 2020).
Call Bill on 0210419486 or email hibiscuscoast@freedomdrivers.co.nz


MOTOR

North Harbour Ford and Mazda
10 Keith Hay Court, Silverdale - Ph: 09 426 0380 - How to Book Your Service
Contactless vehicle servicing. North Harbour Ford & Mazda Silverdale Service Centre is open and committed to providing the same high level of service that you have come to know and enjoy. In response to the global COVID-19 crisis we’d like to reassure you that our entire team is taking every precaution to ensure the highest level of hygiene and social distancing standards for the health and wellbeing of our customers and staff.  To view the procedure to book your service please CLICK HERE


Orewa Panelbeaters
9 George Lowe Place, Orewa - Ph: 09 426 7341 - office@orewapanel.co.nz
Orewa Panelbeaters is open by appointment only at Alert Level 3.  Give us a call and we can make you an appointment.  Open 8 am to 4.30 pm  daily.


Silverdale Car Services
Unit 5, 14 Curley Avenue, Silverdale (Down the road in Silverdale Village by the corner of Hirepool / St John’s Ambulance Station) 
 Phone call - 09 421 1413 - info@silverdalecarservices.co.nz - Online booking - https://www.silverdalecarservices.co.nz/page/book-online/
We will be operating under Alert Level 3, providing a contactless method of service for all mechanical repairs, servicing, WOF’s etc. We are a small Family owned and operated business with a highly skilled team of NZ/European trained mechanics and we specialise in European vehicles.  
SANITIZING: All vehicles will be sanitized before and after our mechanics work on them. Examples include (but is not limited to): Steering wheels, keys, seat belts, gear sticks, handbrakes, door handles, surfaces etc. Our team will be using disposable seat covers, disposable gloves, and other PPE equipment to keep you safe!
 DROP OFFS & PICK UPS: We require all cars being dropped off to be parked outside the work shop in an available space and keys left in the secured silver drop box next to the reception door or left in the vehicle.
You will be contacted via phone when the work has been completed and contactless pickup instructions will be explained.
 PAYMENTS: Payments must be made prior to collecting your vehicle and may be made through: 1. Internet Banking, 2. Over the phone payments for Credit Cards or Visa Debit cards
For bookings please use one of the following methods: 1. Phone call - 09 421 1413, 2. Email - info@silverdalecarservices.co.nz, 3. Online booking - https://www.silverdalecarservices.co.nz/page/book-online/
OPENING HOURS: Monday-Friday: 8:00am – 5:30pm, Saturday: 8:00am – 12:00pm, Sunday: CLOSED


Calibre Collision Orewa
10 George Lowe Place, Orewa - Ph: 09 426 5086 - orewa@calibrecollision.co.nz - calibrecollision.co.nz
Calibre Collision Orewa is open under Level 3 following Ministry of Health Level 3 guidelines


SHOPPING

North Beach
61 Silverdale Street, Silverdale - Ph: 09 426 6993 - www.northbeach.co.nz
While our stores remain closed at level 3, you can order our full product range online for contactless delivery at northbeach.co.nz. There are no delays with picking and packing orders, so if you order before 12pm, your order will be packed the same day. Delivery may take longer than usual due to the high volumes Courier Post are currently experiencing. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time and can't wait to see you back in store soon!


Stanmore Bay Laundromat
2/707 Whangaparaoa Road, Stanmore Bay - Ph: 09 428 2008
Your laundry will be taken AFTER you Leave and placed outside BEFORE your arrival (appox 5 mins). Hence, please confirm us the pick-up time that will most suit you OR call us on 09.428.2008 to inform. (Must be contactless). During Alert level 3, our ’new normal’ Drop-off and Pick-up service will be from OUTSIDE the premises. Customers CAN NOT enter to the shop. Therefore, the self-service is temporarily NOT available. Contactless payments and bank transfer are both available. (Additional: Keypads will be sanitised after each use). Our temporarily Hour during Alert level 3 is from: 8.00 am  to 6.00 pm


Paper Plus Orewa
Moana Ave, Orewa - Ph: 09 426 4063
Open Mon to Sat 9 am to 5 pm at the front door. Order online, over the phone or come down and “point and click” - orewa@paperplus.co.nz
@paperplusorewa


Floosie NZ Design Store
www.floosie.co.nz
Level 3: Open 9 – 12 every day for click & collect of online sales. Free door to door delivery on the Coast. Freight free courier to other areas (North Island)


TRAVEL AND TOURISM

Ramada Suites by Wyndham Nautilus Orewa
9-13 Tamariki Ave, Orewa - Ph: 09 427 0131 - www.thenautilus.co.nz
Ramada Suites has stayed open as an essential service. We remain open for business and future reservations. At this time we are able to take immediate reservations only from Essential Services Workers or for those other businesses reopening under current guidelines and needing to house staff or support persons to get their services up and running. That can be as far reaching as examples of Supermarket, Trucking, Police or Medical folk needing to make a break for themselves. However under current limitations we cannot use our Gym, Sauna, Spa or Swimming Pool. We have not taken on any isolation arrivals. Future reservations can be made by anyone in anticipation of the end of restrictions. In this respect we would look at taking open reservations from anyone from 01-July-2020 (as perhaps a safe date).


Silver Service Transport
Silver Service Transport is still operating,  getting people to medical appointments doing deliveries for people, just not operating on group bookings, at this stage, but always there to help, phone Judy  0272460201  Ann 021543200


WEDDINGS

Pauline Moffat VCANZ - Celebrant
Ph: 027 208 7340 - www.facebook.com/paulinemoffatlifecelebrant
Level three allows me to now marry couples with a maximum of 10 people in attendance (this must include everyone) with social distancing between everyone except the couple or people from the same bubble.  I am available within the Hibiscus Coast, Rodney area for the time being. It’s a trying time for everyone however as we progress down the levels more restrictions will be lifted. I am more than happy to accommodate couples who wish to marry soon and are completely committed to the level three restrictions. 

1. Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway and Walk

Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Pathway provides an excellent bike ride, or riding with children on bikes or scooters.

Accessed from Western Reserve, at the southern end of Orewa beach and just 40 minutes drive north from Auckland centre. The path features tributes to the estuary's past as a significant food gathering place for Maori including six carved seats created by Auckland's prison's carving group, carved from Macrocarpa trees felled during the walkway construction. Five of the seats represent the various hapu of the Kaipara Harbour who travelled to their traditional fishing grounds in the Orewa estuary to collect seafood.

The sixth seat was unveiled in memory of Kiara Morgan, a young Orewa girl who died of cancer in 2011.

The pathway is 7.6 km long and passes along the edge of the estuary through bush trails and quiet residential areas. It is mostly sealed and flat.

The pathway (travelling anti-clockwise) follows the Millenium Walkway through Western Reserve and distance markers are placed every 1 km so you can track your progress! Connects to walk Nos 1, 2 and 3 below.

Orewa Walks
1. Alice Eaves Scenic Reserve
Old North Rd, Orewa. 30–45 mins. Fine remnant stand of native kauri and broadleaf forest at northern end of Orewa. Lower track beside Nukumea Stream to Kensington Park suitable for wheelchairs. Good examples of kauri and puriri. Pa site at Hillcrest Rd entrance.

2. Orewa Esplanade Reserve

Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa - 45–60 mins. Paved walking track along northern half of beachfront reserve. Runs from Arundel Reserve, at northern end, to the town centre. Links to No 1 above.

3. Orewa Millennium Walkway

Orewa Township. 2 hours. ‘Oval’ walkway. Start from south bridge, follow estuary to Centreway Reserve, turn left down Riverside Rd and cross road into Grant Park, along Hatton Rd through Victor Eaves Park to link with Eaves Bush returning to south bridge via Orewa beachfront. Follow the blue footprints.

4. Maygrove Reserve

Riverside/Lakeside Drives, Maygrove, Orewa. A variety of walkways through residential areas, esplanade reserve and around the artificial lake in Lakeside Reserve. Wet in winter. Range of short and long walks.

5. Pohutukawa Reserve/Orewa Estuary

Pohutukawa Ave and Moffat Rd, Orewa. 30–45 mins. Grass reserve walkway on south side of estuary running from Orewa south bridge to Jelas Rd/Kingsway School into Totara Views subdivision.

Whangaparaoa Walks

1. Amorino Reserve
SH1/Hibiscus Coast Highway, Red Beach. 15–30 mins. Reserve walkway beside Orewa estuary mouth, linking with surrounding residential streets. Start of Whangaparaoa Peninsula’s ‘Coastal Walkways’. Follow signs on lamp posts.

2. Red Beach Reserves
Vista Motu and Marellen Drive, Red Beach. 30-45 mins. An informal walk between various reserves in the centre of Red Beach. From Red Beach Lookout Reserve take walkways into Higham Ferrers Reserve, cross Bay Vista Dr into Gilshennan Reserve, follow path to right and follow walkways to Rushden Terrace and Red Beach Park, cross Marellen Drive to beach.

3. Red Beach section of Coastal Walkway
Ngapara St – Duncansby Rd, Red Beach. 30 mins. Walk along beach from Ngapara St to Duncansby Rd. May be restricted at high tide.

4. Stanmore Bay Beach
Cooper Rd and Stanmore Bay Reserve, Stanmore Bay. 15–30 mins. Walk along beach from Cooper Rd/Lea Reserve to Stanmore Bay Park. Cross arch bridge at eastern end of park to link to No. 3 above

5. Stanmore Bay Reserve to Manly Beach
Stanmore Bay Rd – Moreton Dr, Manly. 15–30 mins. Walk from end of Stanmore Bay Rd and take track up through historic cemetery. Left into Ardern Ave and cross to next accessway. Turn right into Swann Beach Rd to the top corner and next accessway with steps through to Hurdlow Place and Moreton Drive / beach.

6. Manly Beach to Tindalls Beach
Brown St – Tindalls Bay Rd, Tindalls Beach. 15–30 mins. From end of Brown St, walk along beach (restricted at high tide) to boatramp. Cross footbridge by sheds to accessway to The Crescent. Follow road round Crown Reserve to Tindalls Beach.

7. Tindalls Beach to Matakatia Beach
15–30mins. From centre of beach, take series of accessways through to Whangaparaoa Rd. Cross road and turn right to top of hill, then left into reserve accessway down to Matakatia Beach.

8. Gulf Harbour
Shakespear Rd – Gulf Harbour Drive, Gulf Harbour. Walkways progressing as Gulf Harbour estate develops. Network utilises reserves, roads and runs through the golf course. Range of short and long walks. Toilets at boatramp.

9. Fisherman’s Rock/Pacific Parade
Fisherman’s Rock Reserve, Army Bay. 60–90 mins. Coastal clifftop walk from Fisherman’s Rock Reserve to eastern end of Pacific Parade. Two clifftop staircases and stone ramp provide access onto rocky foreshore. Access between Fisherman’s Rock and Pacific Parade Reserves via foreshore, restricted at high tide.

10. Shakespear Regional Park
Army Bay, Whangaparaoa Peninsula. Various marked tracks ranging from 1 – 2 hrs around farm park at end of peninsula. Open sanctuary under development behind predator-proof fence. Bookable picnic sites and camping. Sweeping views of Hauraki Gulf and islands. The Heritage, Tiri and Okoromai tracks are medium difficulty and are approximately 9 km. Click here for basic Shakespear map.

11. Tiritiri Matangi Island
Take ferry from Gulf Harbour Marina. Open sanctuary for some of New Zealand’s rare and endangered plant and bird species. Home to saddlebacks, kiwi, takahe, bellbird and other native birds no longer seen on mainland. A variety of walking tracks across island.

12. Tiri Rd – East Ave Clifftop
Starts at 33 Tiri Rd, Little Manly. 5–15 mins. Short clifftop reserve walk between Tiri Rd and East Ave cul de sac. Good views of Hauraki Gulf.

13. Little Manly Beach
South Ave – Little Manly Beach, Little Manly. 5–15 mins. Shore reserve and clifftop walk from South Ave to beach.

14. Arkles Bay Clifftop
Ladies Mile – Arkles Bay. 5–15 mins. Short clifftop walk from Ladies Mile/Whangaparaoa Rd intersection to Arkles Bay beach through coastal bush. Steep flight of steps at Arkles Bay end.

15. Whangaparaoa Town Centre to Stanmore Bay beach
Town centre – Brightside Rd, Stanmore Bay. 15–30 mins. From town centre via Palmgreen Court and reserve, walkway to Rata Rd. Walkway half way along Rimu Rd on right leads into Stanmore Bay Park past leisure Centre. Cross Brightside Rd to beach side of reserve.

16. Stanmore Bay Reserve to Town Centre
15–30 mins. From the back of the leisure centre, via wetland walk to Rata Rd, Palmgreen Court or Red Hibiscus Rd and onto Whangaparaoa Rd.

17. Ferry Road Reserve. Ferry Rd, Arkles Bay
5–15 mins. Short reserve walk through coastal bush to foreshore of Weiti River near mouth of river. Timber steps at top. Slippery rocks on foreshore.

18. Fairhaven Walk. Wade River Rd, Arkles Bay
30–45 mins. Rough dead end walking track off end of Wade River Rd past boat club on banks of Weiti River flanked by native bush with some big puriri trees.

19. Okura Walk
Duck Creek Rd, Stillwater or Haigh Access Rd, Redvale. 2–2.5 hours from Stillwater through muddy pastures and along foreshore to historic Dacre cottage (composting toilets alongside). 3–3.5 hours from Okura (Haigh Access Rd) through Scenic Bush Reserve. Coastal walk between Weiti and Okura Rivers. Boots required. Check out Okura Walk details

Again, there is a view of Mexican food that doesn’t do it justice and this is because of the way this has become one of the most popular #world cuisines in recent years. The

Mexican cuisine is primarily a fusion of indigenous Mesoamerican cooking with European, especially Spanish. The basic staples include corn, beans and chili peppers with a number of other foods introduced by the Europeans, in particular, meats including beef, pork, chicken, goat and sheep, dairy products (especially cheese) and various herbs and spices.

When conquered initially by the Spanish, they tried to impose their own diet on the country, however the foods and cooking techniques began to be mixed. Eventually African and Asian influences were also introduced into the mix.

Tortillas, chimichangas, fajitas and chili con carne have been adopted by Western restaurants as Mexican food, but this only really represents Northern Mexico. The food of Central and South Mexico is subtler with many dishes derived from the ancient Mayan culture.

Mexican cuisine is an important aspect of the culture, social structure and popular traditions of Mexico. Native ingredients include tomatoes, squashes, avocados, cocoa and vanilla

The main meal of the day in Mexico is the "comida". This is eaten between 1.30 pm and 4.00 pm.  It typically consists of an appetizer, a soup or salad and the main course: seafood, meat or poulty, rice and/ or beans and of course some hot tortillas.

You will find tortillas all over the country, along with plenty of eggs and vegetables. Chilies, chocolate, tomatoes and cumin are also major flavourings.

Mexicans work around their eating schedule unlike us in the Western world!

Traditionally we think of Mexican food as being tacos, salsa, quesadillas, beans, tortillas and enchiladas

Thinking about having a guinea pig as a pet? For many guinea pigs are ideal pets for kids and families as they are cute, cuddly, tolerant of boisterous kiddies and are relatively low maintenance. Here are six good reasons to own a Guinea Pig:

  • They are affectionate and social
  • They are inexpensive to buy and maintain, and rarely bite
  • They don't require vaccinations and are not prone to disease
  • They won't rip up your house
  • They don't smell, because unlike their fellow rodents, they don't have musk glands
  • They don't require a lot of space and are thus ideal for people living in small homes like apartments or townhouses.

However, guinea pigs can be messy!

Guinea pigs are herbivores and require a high-fibre diet. They should have grass or grass hay available at all times. Lucernce or clover hay can be offered but not as the sole source of fibre as they are high in calcium and protein. Suitable grasses include clover, buffalo grass and oat grass. Guinea pigs also enjoy dandelion, milk thistle and a variety of fresh herbs.

If you are a clean freak you might want to think twice about a guinea pig. They are slobs. They poo in their food, water and bedding. They scatter their bed into their water and their water into their food. So because they can't do it, you need to check, clean and restock their food and water containers daily.

Enjoy!

Running is a popular health kick in New Zealand and can become quite addictive but running isn’t just good for the heart. Read on for some of the other great benefits then get those running shoes on and head out into our Spring sunshine!

1. Healthy heart - Running is one of the best ways to give your heart muscle an effective workout. By running regularly you can improve circulation, and reduce the risk of a heart attack, high blood pressure and stroke.

2. Weight loss - The average runner burns 1,000 calories an hour during a training session. So expect to get thinner, which will in turn help you run faster.

3. Osteoporosis - If you run on a regular basis you are continually taxing your muscles and bones so the bones are stimulated to remain stronger and do not easily weaken with age. So bye bye osteoporosis.

4. Mental health - A regular running habit will you lift your mood and build self-esteem. It also increases your self-confidence as you reach fitness and/or weight loss goals. Running can help relieve mild depression.

5. Sleep - Studies show that runners find it easier to get to sleep at night and sleep longer. Insomniacs take note.

6. Stress - Running increases your ability to cope with everyday minor irritations and stresses.

7. Happiness - Endorphins engendered by exercise mean that people who run are often happier than those who don't: ever felt that sense of elation during or after a run (known as the runner's high)? Running regularly can also improve patience, humour and ambition, and make you more good-tempered and easy-going.

8. Anxiety - Runners generally have a lower level of anxiety than those who don't run. One study suggests that regular training reduces the activity of the serotonin receptors in the brain which regulate mood. Reduced sensitivity of these receptors to stimulation might explain the positive effects of exercise on anxiety.

9. Immune system - If you are a runner you will find that you have a stronger immune system, that means you'll suffer less from minor illnesses such as colds, allergies, fatigue, menstrual discomfort, backache, and digestive disorders.

10. Brain power - You can increase your mental functions by going running as it boosts blood flow to the brain and helps it receive oxygen and nutrients, making you more productive at work.

11. Complexion - Running stimulates your circulation, improving the transportation of nutrients around your system and flushing out waste products. This will help make your skin clearer and give you that distinctive runner's glow.

12. Fat burn - By running you are building lean muscle, changing your body composition and your metabolism. Lean muscle weighs heavier than fat, but burns more calories even when you're resting, so cultivate a regular running habit and you should see a gradual, healthy inch loss.

Source: www.zest.co.uk

With some products it simply doesn’t make sense to buy new at full price when invariably you can find the same quality buying second hand. By doing so you can often see your savings quickly multiply. Here are examples of some of the best items to consider buying second hand.

Car - Probably the first thing that springs to mind would be a car. Did you know if you buy a new car it depreciates by up to 20% as soon as you drive out of the car yard! Even just going for last year’s model can be a huge saving. Once a car is over five years old you can expect to get only a third of the original price.

Books - Both text books and reading books. Nowadays you can of course buy online making huge savings. However for those who enjoy the feeling of holding a book there is an abundance of second hand book stores and book fairs. Another option is to ask your friends or on facebook, invariably someone will have finished the book you are after and happy to pass on or sell at a very good price. For text books often your college or learning facility will have a library or rental department you can use if it is not a book you will need on-going.

Children’s Clothing - Often you can find some wonderful items through friends and family, websites for swapping or buying/selling second hand clothes and of course shops such as your local Hospice or Salvation Army store always have some great bargains. In fact, while you are at it there are often great bargains for adults as well as a book section too!

Pets - It almost seems a sin to pay the hundreds of dollars you can do for pets in a store when there is such an abundance of abandoned and yet loving, beautiful pets at the SPCA and other shelters. If you are considering getting a pet make sure you check these out first - you may be there last hope for a good home!

Formal clothing - Whether a wedding gown, ball gown or dinner jacket there are so many people that head out and spend the earth to wear something just once! You can make some wonderful savings. Also designer stores can sometimes have seconds on sale at significant savings often with flaws barely noticeable!

Video games and DVDs - Once someone has completed the game or seen the movie more than 4-5 times it is time to move on and you can take advantage and get some great bargains.

Home Gym Equipment - Yes, the fad comes, the fad goes and so often equipment merely sits in someone’s garage or spare room collecting dust. Do check on the condition but generally so many people lose interest before the equipment has barely been used!

Hand Tools - Simple tools with few moving parts, hammers, wrenches, screwdrivers, etc can last for decades if well made and maintained and often easy to find in garage sales or online.

Musical Instruments - Particularly when your child is starting out buying new is not wise. Either second hand or perhaps rental can give you an idea of how long their interest will last. If the interest continues and the ability is good you can change your stance later.

Bicycles - Like cars new season bikes come out all the time. Do check the condition of the bike and also ensure it isn’t stolen! Also if you can wait until the cooler months you can often get better bargains on bikes from those who no longer want to brave the elements!

So much of what we buy devalues as soon as we open the box or walk out the store so save yourself some dollars and use it for something else you enjoy!

We have hunted out our five favourite dive sites in New Zealand. New Zealand reportedly has more scuba divers per capita than any other country in the world. Whether it's cruising around reefs in subtropical Northland water, or exploring a subterranean fresh-water cave system, Kiwis are at home under the water.

POOR KNIGHTS ISLANDS

If you're looking for superb diving opportunities in New Zealand, you cannot go past the Poor Knights Islands, off the coast of Tutukaka, near Whangarei. Jacques Cousteau named it as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world and more recently Diver magazine called it the world's best subtropical dive.

Warm currents swept in from tropical waters further north support 125 different species of fish, as well as corals, sponges, kelp forests and stingrays. This is the place to go for stunning displays of underwater colour: Reef fish mingle with sponges, anemones and vibrant seaweeds.

The islands are the remains of a group of 11-million-year-old volcanoes and underwater cliffs drop to 100m below sea level in places. Caves and archways shelter species that usually would be found much deeper than they are here  - in the Rikoriko Cave, 10m below the surface, is a sponge usually found 200m down.

The Poor Knights include the world's largest sea cave - so big that it's reputed to have hidden a Japanese submarine during World War II.

Visibility is best in winter, when divers can see up to 30m. But as the water warms up, plankton moves in and decreases visibility, although it boosts fish life. Watch out for passing humpbacks and turtles.

RAINBOW WARRIOR

Still in the north, Greenpeace's flagship boat was sunk at the Cavalli Islands in 1987, two years after its infamous bombing in the Auckland harbour. It is now an artificial reef teeming with marine life and a very popular dive site. But reports from divers say that the wreck appears to be disintegrating at an increasing rate, so this is one to visit sooner rather than later. The wreck is 27m below the surface, and about 40m in length.

It is covered with gorgeous jewel anemones - but some experts say it takes a night dive to see them at their very best. On a normal day you could expect to come face-to-face with golden snapper, kingfish, john dory, mackerel, scorpion fish, moray eels and crayfish.

There are usually mild currents and visibility is good from February until the end of June.

RIWAKA CAVERNS

A unique opportunity for divers of any skill level, the Riwaka Caverns near Nelson are a massive underground network of caves and tunnels, filled with fresh water. A bush walk leads you to the start of the dive, where you slip underwater and swim through a series of enormous caverns.

It's cold and very dark at the beginning but once you surface inside, you can take your scuba equipment off and marvel at the stalactite and stalagmite formations as well as a waterfall of pink limestone inside the cave at the end of the second sump.

Divers comment on the unexpected size of everything to do with this dive - from the boulders they clamber over to the caves themselves. Explorers have so far ventured about 800 metres into the network, called the Riwaka Resurgence.

WHITE ISLAND

There are not many places in the world where you can dive around a live volcano but New Zealand is one of them.

White Island, about 50km off the coast of Whakatane, is a 200,000-year-old volcano surrounded by water that is full of marine life, including kingfish, stingrays, moray eels and blue maomao.

Fissures in the rocks create a ''spa-pool'' effect of bubbles in places. The water temperature hovers about 18 degrees but can get to 22 degrees in summer and divers report up to 50m visibility, with reefs, pinnacles, drop-offs, boulders, archways and plateaus to explore. Stop for lunch or to snorkel at Champagne Bay, which gets its name from the thermal activity in the water. Rare diadema urchins have made their home at White Island - check them out at Diadema Rock.

HMNZS WELLINGTON (F69)

After 18 years in the New Zealand navy, the Wellington is now the most accessible dive wreck on the planet, just off the coast of Wellington, about 10 minutes from the airport. Scuttled in 2005, the wreck has been broken up into three sections by currents and is a living reef, home to many different species of fish.

The wreck is roughly 24m down, with visibility of about eight metres. Being Wellington, divers are warned to watch for currents. Dive around the gun turret or take in the exterior of the ship - diving in the midship and stern sections is not advised. This is as safe as it gets for wreck diving, though, you will not even need a torch.

Article courtesy of Hamilton News - 3/12/12

Has your child ever asked you this question? And what was your answer? Here are a few facts and arguments you can use in the future.

When learning many can't understand the benefits of maths beyond the basic calculation of daily things. However maths is important in all aspects of our lives.

Maths equips us with many tools including -

· Logical reasoning

· Ability to think in abstract ways

· Problem solving skills

Maths develops the imagination and trains us to be able to think clearly. Maths is also important in the development of language. You would be amazed at how often the language of maths crops up in your daily conversations; talking about time, money, temperature, technology, planning trips, shopping, cooking, designing plans ...

Mathematics is important in many everyday employment situations, science and technology, medicine, the economy, the environment and development, and in public decision-making. Think of the jobs that require maths these include doctors, teachers, scientists, engineers, technology services, lawyers, marketing, building, designers just to name a few.

Maths is invariably used, and often without realisation, to find the right concepts and methods to make difficult things easy, to explaining why a situation is how it is. By using maths skills you develop language and insights into our understanding and appreciation of the world.

Maths isn't just numbers and is all about patterns too. Imagine a fashion designer trying to develop a concept without maths abilities!

Increasingly, employers are looking for graduates with strong skills in reasoning and problem solving.

Finally of course everyone nowadays has a computer. The computer itself is a machine built upon the principles of mathematics.

So whilst you may think you don't use maths or hate the subject, just imagine how you would get on calculating your change at the shop, working out if you can afford that much anticipated trip, reading your bank statement or baking that cake if you had no, or very limited, concept and knowledge of that often dreaded subject - mathematics!

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