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Knowledge has no value
unless you put it into Practice
To help make young drivers safer, the re-
stricted driver licence test is getting tougher
from February 27th. To prepare for the new
test, the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA)
recommends that learner drivers should
aim to get around 120 hours of supervised
driving practice in a range of conditions and
Practice.co.nz is a joint initiative be-
tween ACC and the NZTA, structured
around the 120-hour target recommended
for the new restricted driver licence test. It
is designed to help young learner drivers
do sufficient on-road practice to reach the
level of skill needed to get their restricted
driver's licence. This free online programme
includes information, tips and videos for
both the young driver and the person who
is there for most of their supervised driving
-- their 'Guide'. The Guide is usually a
parent, relative or experienced friend who
sits beside them in the car to teach them
"The really valuable thing about Practice
is that it sets out what needs to be learnt,
in what order, how to teach those skills and
how much to practice the different skills,"
says ACC General Manager Insurance
and Prevention Services, Keith McLea.
"Practice takes the guesswork out of the
learning to drive process."
To pass the new test, learner drivers will
have to demonstrate safe decision-making,
observance of road rules and satisfactory
car-handling skills throughout the whole
test. The test will require drivers to handle
a wider range of road and traffic conditions
than the current test. Following the Prac-
tice programme will give learner drivers the
experience to pass these challenges.
"It's essential the 120 hours are spent
driving in all conditions, on all sorts of roads,
with an experienced driver at their side," says
Keith McLea. "This is the only way to create
confident and capable young drivers."
To find out more about Practice, and to
sign up, go to www.practice.co.nz. Once
signed up Learner drivers aged 16-19 years
get free access to 'eDrive', the new online
interactive driving simulation programme
that helps them develop the types of deci-
sion-making skills that will be assessed in
the new test.
Another useful resource is www.
safeteendriver.co.nz which collates all the
NZTA resources to help parents to stay
involved with their teen's driving from the
learner through to the restricted licence.
Auckland Christian Assembly, 26 Albany Highway. Full gospel
meeting and Sunday school, 10am and 7pm, ph: 444-5501.
Albany Baptist Church, family worship and children's
programmes, 10am at Albany Primary School Hall, Bass Rd, ph:
Anglican, Methodist and others: St Michaels, Greenhithe, 9am.
Holy Cross, Albany, 10.15am. Special family focus 4th Sun. Ph:
Albany Presbyterian Church, service 10am, old Albany Highway,
Albany Hall Committee (2nd Mon) Albany Hall 7.30pm.
Diabetes Hibiscus Coast Support Group (4th Mon), 10am-noon,
Orewa Community Church Hall, ph: Warren (09) 414-4338.
Albany Lodge (2nd Mon) 7.30pm, ph: 413-8955.
Hibiscus Coast Artists Group, Stanmore Bay Hall, ph: (09)
Hibiscus Leisure Badminton Club, The Leisure Centre,
Stanmore Bay,9am-11am. All welcome. Contact Bob Lints
Greenhithe Bridge Club, 7.30pm, old school building, Collins
Park, ph: 413-9601.
Housie, Silverdale Bowling Club, Memorial Park, Silverdale,
1.15pm, ph: (09) 426-2962.
Orewa Bridge Club, play starts 12.30pm, ph: (09) 426-7677.
Rodney District Rose Society (1st Mon) 7.30pm RSA
Clubrooms, Vipond Rd, Stanmore Bay, ph: 424-1143 or
Orewa South Indoor Bowls Club, 7.15pm-10pm, Orewa Outdoor
Bowls Club, 214 Hibiscus Coast Highway, ph: 426-4140 or
Companionship and morning activities for seniors at
Meadowood serving the north Glenfield/Albany/Greenhithe
areas. Transport and lunch provided for minimal charge. For
further info, ph: North Shore CMA (09) 489-8954.
North Harbour Concert Band, 7.15pm-9.15pm, student bar,
Massey University, Oaklands Rd, Albany, ph: 441-2385.
HBC Rock and Roll Club, 8pm, Whangaparaoa Hall. Beginners,
intermediate and advanced group lessons available. Non-
members welcome. Ph: (09) 428-1211 or (09) 424-8070.
Ladies Cards, (1st and 3rd each month) RSA section, Albany
Albany Iris Group (2nd Tues), ph: 413-8541.
Albany Toastmasters, Albany Presbyterian Hall, (2nd and 4th
Tues), ph: 473-0140.
Coatesville Country Garden Club (1st Tues), 11am. Coatesville
Hall, Mahoenui Valley Rd, Coatesville, ph: 413-7229.
Hibiscus Coast Branch, NZ Genealogists, 2pm (3rd Tues), at St
Chad's Church, 117 Centreway Rd, Orewa. Ph: Wendy (09)
Manly Outdoor Bowling Club, Hibiscus Coast. Coaching every
Tuesday, 9am-11am, ph: 424-7396.
Zonta Club of Hibiscus Coast (4th Tues) 6.30pm, ph (09)
428-0438 or 0212-544-096
Albany Indoor Bowling Club, 7.15pm, Albany Hall, ph:
Albany CWI, 1pm, 1st Wed of month, Albany Hall. Contact Peg
Welsford, ph: 415-9503.
Boating and fishing. Club nights every Wednesday from 5pm.
Hibiscus Coast Boating Club, Stanmore Bay, www.hibiscuscoas-
tboatclub.com. New members welcome,Tony, ph: (09)
Hibiscus Spirit Awakening & Healing Centre, every 2nd
Wednesday 7.30pm, a different guest medium each meeting,
488 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa. All welcome, ph: Lynda
Pioneer Herb Society (2nd Wed), 10am, Pioneer Village,
Silverdale, ph: (09) 426-1500.
Albany Residents and Ratepayers (2nd Wed) Albany library,
Greenhithe Lions, old school building (1st and 3rd Wed), ph:
Scottish Country Dancing, Orewa Primary School, Maire Rd,
7.30pm, ph: Gail (09) 428-5655.
Stanmore Bay Hall, 7.30pm, ph: (09) 424-1461.
Albany Mainstreet History Committee, (4th Wed), Albany Library,
9.30am. Ph: 415-9574
Orewa Lions, Orewa Surf Club, 6.30pm, 1st Wed business, 3rd
Wed dinner. Ph: (09) 426-6629.
Hibiscus CWI, 10am (3rd Wed), Brightside Hall, ph: (09)
The Fitness League NZ (every Wednesday) 9.30am-10.30am,
exercise classes, Albany Hall, ph: (09) 424-0402.
Hibiscus Coast Widowed Club, every 2nd Wed, Orewa Com-
munity Hall, 1pm-3pm.
Companionship and morning activities for seniors at Red Beach
serving the Hibiscus Coast area. Transport and lunch provided
for minimal charge. For further info, ph: North Shore CMA (09)
Coatesville CWI, (1st Thurs), Coatesville Hall, 7.30pm, ph:
Albany Spinners and Weavers, Okura Hall, 10am-2pm, ph:
Free spinning and weaving lessons, Albany library, 10am-1pm,
Albany War Memorial Library open 10am to 1pm.
Yoga classes with Annie 9.30am-11am, Coatesville Hall, ph:
Stetson Club Inc, Dairy Flat Hall, cnr Postman Rd/SH17. Live
band second and fourth Friday each month, 8pm-11.30pm.
Great night of country rock music and dancing, members $7.50,
non-members $10, bring a plate and save $2.50. Phone (09)
444-7954 or (09) 479-6778.
Albany War Memorial Library open 10am to 1pm.
East Coast Folk Club, Torbay Senior Citizens Social Centre,
behind shops on Watea Rd, Torbay. Meets first Friday each
month except January, 8pm-11.30pm, ph: (09) 427-5728 or
Hibiscus Leisure Badminton Club, The Leisure Centre,
Stanmore Bay, 9am-11am. All welcome. Contact Bob Lints
Hibiscus Coast La Leche League, 2nd Fri, ph: (09) 428-0065 or
Greenhithe Riding for Disabled, in school terms, Wainone Park
North, Churchouse Rd. Ph: 021-227-7436 or 410-4995.
Three Streams and Kauri Grove working bee, third Saturday
each month, 9.30am, 343 SH17 Albany (500 metres north of
village), ph: 415-9336.
We asked and you all
Project Surf -- a
fundraiser for Surf Life
Saving New Zealand --
has helped raise $70,000.
The money came
through donations to the
Mad Butcher and Sub-
urban Newspapers Com-
munity Trust as well as
cash collected during the
Christmas in the Park.
The trust was set up in
1998 and has given away
more than $500,000 in
the last year to organis-
ations including Dia-
betes Auckland, Allergy
New Zealand and
One of its biggest
Heal, raised $230,000 for
the purchase of a high
tech operating micro-
scope at the National
Burn Unit in 2010 .
Much of the money
was generated by
readers of the Suburban
Newspapers group --
publisher of the North
Harbour News. It is
important for our audi-
ence to know that every
cent contributed goes to
the cause we are sup-
porting, general man-
ager and trust chairman
David Penny says. The
trust s activities are very
much part of a com-
munity team effort and
so I want to say thank
you to all of our readers
for their ongoing support
-- without you none of
this would be possible.
Ray's run continues
Veteran runner: Ray Urbahn's association with Ports of
Auckland Round the Bays dates back 40 years.
ROUND THE BAYS RUN
Ray Urbahn is still set-
ting marathon records at
the age of 82.
And the Red Beach
runner reckons he s run
82,243km since 1975.
Not bad for a guy who
took up running at
lunchtimes to stop nod-
ding off at his desk.
Ray joined the Auck-
land Joggers Club in
1972 when it started the
Ports of Auckland Round
the Bays fun run.
He s had a long
involvement with the
popular event which is
partly sponsored by Fair-
fax New Zealand, owner
of the North Harbour
News and its sister
publications in the Sub-
That includes mar-
and other behind the
Now he s considering
the March 18 event and
whether he ll line up
with the many thou-
sands of other Auck-
landers taking part in
the 40th anniversary jog
around the waterfront.
Ray has completed 67
marathons during his
The first was the Roto-
rua Marathon in 1975
which he has finished 28
He s aiming to enter
the New Plymouth Bay-
leys Mountain to Surf on
March 4 for the 16th
time after setting an
80-plus age group record
there last year of 4 hours
Then he will aim to
better his Lion Foun-
dation Rotorua Mara-
thon age record of 4
hours 46 minutes 7
seconds on April 28.
Ray has also run
marathons in Honolulu,
Melbourne and the Gold
Coast. Wife Shirley
usually accompanies him
to events and used to do
the 10km option.
The keen cyclist,
bowler and vintage car
enthusiast says he has
no medical conditions,
apart from the odd
sprains picked up while
running -- and he s only
once not finished a mara-
thon. That was during
the Gold Coast marathon
in 2007 when he injured
Registrations for this
year s Ports of Auckland
Round the Bays are now
open and can be done
online at www.roundthe
Entry is $10 for chil-
dren 16 and under and
$15 for adults. Proceeds
go to the Child Cancer
Foundation, Garden to
Table Trust and Make a
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