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Glen Innes School welcomes back our students to the
2011 school year and extends a friendly welcome to the
families new to our school community.
First school day: Wednesday2Februaryat8:55am.
Uniform sales and enrolments
The school office opens on Monday 26 January for all
enrolments, uniform and stationery purchases and a
chance to tour our school.
Please note that the office is temporarily based in the
school hall due to renovations
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1st -- 3rd April 2011
The organizing committee warmly invites all past and current
students and families, staff, PTA and BOT members, friends
of Glendowie College to celebrate the 50th Jubilee.
The programme and registration details
are available on the college website
(open link on Home page)
Jubilee registration and the ordering of tickets and momentos
can be submitted online.
For more information contact:
Mr David James
Ph: 09 575 0798
Mrs Joan Stenning
Development Trust Administrator
Pit stop: A bite to eat on the path to Cape Brett.
Photos: MATTHEW GRAY
Big tramp worth the effort
Landmark: The Cape Brett Lighthouse is in good shape
after a major revamp in 2008.
TREK FACT FILE
Five tips for the trek to Cape Brett.
1. Give yourself at least eight hours of daylight to
get there and leave early in the day. The last two
and a half hours are particularly tough and you
might want to allow for a few extra breathers along
2. Take plenty of water for the trip. There is a tank
at the hut but there's no guarantees it'll be full at
the height of summer. Check with DOC staff when
booking the hut on (09) 407-0300. Boil the cape
offerings well before you drink them.
3. Think carefully about any extras you might like to
pack in your kit. That extra weight is a killer and
you'll feel every kilogram as you struggle up and
over the last ridge on your way to the hut. If in
doubt leave it out.
4. The hut fee is $12 a night and an extra $30 is
required for track maintenance. Don't forget to get
the code for the padlock. An unplanned night under
the stars isn't everyone's cup of tea.
5. Take a camera. You might not see views quite
like this ever again.
Historic cottage: The only surviving house at Cape Brett is now used as a hut for
By MATTHEW GRAY
Comments in the visitor
book at the Cape Brett
hut are fairly consistent.
Most contributors say
the walk out from Oke
Bay at Rawhiti is tough
and a quick glance shows
the water taxi business
from Paihia does a
roaring trade picking up
those who can't face the
16.5km trek back.
A hardy few do man-
age the return journey.
And, with a pack light-
ened after a couple of
nights rest, it's not as
bad as you'd think.
The views either side
of the peninsula are just
as spectacular the sec-
ond time around and
vertical challenges faced
along the way seem less
imposing with the prom-
ise of a hot shower and
your own bed just eight
hours or so ahead.
But it's still a relief to
get the boots off at trail's
Cape Brett is an ex-
perience to be savoured.
It was once home to a
small settlement estab-
lished to service a light-
house that was restored
in 2008 after being
retired from use in Octo-
Construction of the
three keepers' homes, a
school, workshop and
various service buildings
started in 1907 and was
largely complete by the
time the iron tower and
its kerosene powered
lantern were hauled up
the hill in segments
three years later.
through a diesel gener-
ator was used to fire up
the light from 1955
though a power cable
didn't stretch its way out
to the cape and its
residents until 1968.
Those who lived on the
grassy slopes main-
tained links to the larger
population by telegram
and shared a phone line.
Their supplies mostly
arrived by sea.
The keepers and their
people were largely self
sufficient growing their
own vegetables, milking
cows, keeping poultry
and putting down the
occasional batch of
Fish were in abundant
supply and easily caught
at the water's edge
where a large lifting
crane was used to offload
materials from visiting
boats and barges.
Everyone was at the
mercy of the elements.
Records still kept in
the one surviving house
now used by trampers
document waves of unbe-
lievable height that once
battered the landscape.
One rolled in from an
angry ocean to crash
down on a cottage roof
about 41 metres above
sea level in 1951.
Mighty winds fre-
quently hammered the
isolated area, flattening
outhouses, ripping the
spouting from its
mounts, lifting roofs and
blowing chicken coops
away out of sight.
What nature failed to
remove was eventually
dismantled or burnt as
the cape's lighthouse
was made redundant
and its minders moved
A few foundations and
disused concrete water
tanks remain as do
portions of the landing
Sightseers are com-
mon on land but gener-
ally arrive by sea.
Some on their way to
the nearby Hole in the
Rock don't even bother to
set foot ashore.
Instead they get a
first-class view of the
cape and the occasional
seal basking in the sun
from the comfort of vari-
ous tourist craft.
Whichever way you
get to Cape Brett it's all
good stuff and a
reminder of just what a
beautiful country New
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