July 2021 Beacon Community News

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Community News

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Reaching 23,900 homes in Blockhouse Bay, Green Bay, New Lynn, Glenavon, New Windsor, Avondale, Rosebank and Lynfield

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Our People: Pep Hart:

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Library Community Hub Approved By John Subritzky The Whau Local Board (WLB) approved the draft design of the $21M Avondale Library Community Hub at the June meeting. The centre is now on a timeline to the proposed opening in August 2024. The recent public consultation resulted in 315 pieces of feedback, including from 12 organisations. While largely positive, four general themes emerged: Carparking was the biggest issue raised. The consultation at 16 carparks focused on the smallest parking option of the six explored. Other options ranged up to 28 parks, but these were not preferred. Now a separate carpark for 34 vehicles is being explored some distance away at the end of Racecourse Parade. WLB is very keen to have input on the final slipway parking design option chosen. The other themes raised were the lack of play-space, the size of the facility and the location of the kitchen. The inclusion of a commercial kitchen on the reserve

level has been praised, but the distance from the main meeting space has been questioned. After consultation, no change has been put forward to this, except for the provision of a kitchenette beside the meeting room. This decision has been guided by Maori protocols of separation of eating and meeting spaces. Avondale Library and Community Hub Concept Plan. The provision of a multi-use facility for Avondale that is designed with functionality, events/performances, powhiri, and markets in mind is a huge step forward for the town centre. • June 2021 – Concept design approved by Whau Local Board • August 2021 – Detailed Business Case

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• November 2022 – Detailed Design • August 2024 – Facility Handover. Note: the timeline above is subject to change.

Drone shots of Blockhouse Bay at night, by Andrew Gossen. Andrew is a year 10 student at Lynfield College. His hobbies include computing, robotics and his 7-year-old Jack Russell dog named “Russell”.

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Pride of the Bay gets new lease on life By Alan Gray The old landmark Pride of the Bay, a feature placed on the roundabout in Blockhouse Bay by the Blockhouse Bay-Lynfield Lions, was showing the signs of weathering many a storm and the ravages of time. So, a replacement was sought and Ton, one of our Lions with sailing connections managed to obtain an old plastic but durable dinghy donated by the Outboard Boating Club of Auckland. Suitably restored by Ton with new paint and graphics and signs from Grays Print, the new Pride is dedicated to the memory of the late Kevin Cooney, a former Lion and Treasurer, with 57 years of community service in Waitakere, Henderson, Mt Roskill, Northcote and back home to Blockhouse Bay-Lynfield, a club he helped start as Charter Chairman with Mt Roskill.

L-R Blockhouse Bay-Lynfield Lions Secretary Alan, Outboard Boating Club ’technical boat man’ Rob, Lions’ Past President Janelle, President Jenny, OBC Events Manager Erin.

Friends of his daughter Jennifer in Hawaii, who were impressed by his care for humanity and long service, donated an amount to commemorate his memory. This was used towards the expenses of restoration. The video link below records the fun hour or so spent in clearing the old

dinghy and installing the new Pride of the Bay by President Janelle, Secretary Alan, and Lion Ton. www.bit.ly/PrideoftheBay

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Secretary Alan and Past President Janelle empty out the old dinghy which has done its time.

Champion golfer awarded in Queen’s Birthday honours Avondale’s Phillis Meti was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to sport, particularly golf, in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list. A professional long drive golfer, in 2006 she became the youngest winner of the women’s world title at 19-years-old. Phillis has represented New Zealand at the World Championships of Long Drive Golf for seven years, winning three World Championships, and is currently the World Number One ranked female long driver. Born to parents of Cook Island heritage, Phillis grew up on Mead Street and then returned to the neighbourhood with her mum in 2015 after her dad sadly passed away. “My parents were always on the side-line growing up. If someone was to

ask me one thing I appreciate the most it was my parents always being there. It doesn’t matter what you’re going through, I think it’s really important to be a good person first, and then a good athlete. Phillis’s sporting experience is across several codes. She has been Golf Coordinator of the Auckland Cook Islands Sports Association since 2015 and organises the annual golf event. She has been a strong advocate for involving youth in sport, particularly girls, and has organised free junior golf clinics. She previously represented New Zealand in discus and shot put at the 2003 Oceania Games, 2003 Youth Olympic Games and the 2004 Commonwealth Youth Games, and the Waka Ama World Championships in 2004

Phillis Meti. Photo: I Love Avondale.

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Homeless benefit from addiction By Kerrie Subritzky

Pep Hart has been addicted to knitting hats ever since her Addi hat knitting machine arrived four months ago from Germany. She’s been knitting about two a day since then, 120 hats in total so far.

a small luxury, but had made a big impression on her, so she decided to contact them to see if they had a use for the hats. They sure did, and were super excited to be able to pass them on to the homeless community.

It all started with socks. Years ago, Pep’s grandmother used to knit beautiful socks, but Pep never mastered the technique. Then ten years ago she came across a YouTube video tutorial, and never looked back.

Pep initially had concerns about some of the hats being too brightly coloured, assuming they were going to men. It was an eye opener to her that many in the homeless community are women.

But socks took so long to make, and you have to make two. So, she looked online for a machine to do the job. Instead, she happened upon a machine that made hats. Pep has six great-grandchildren and has made hats for them all. But she had made so many that she needed to find an outlet for them. But where? During last year’s big lockdown Pep received a food parcel from VisionWest which contained chocolate. It was

Pep cheerfully purchases most of the wool herself. She enjoys being able to choose colours and create designs. However, a neighbour learned about Pep’s new hat-making career and recently donated a large black sack of wool. Pep’s hats are beautiful. The machine process means that they are double skinned, so are incredibly warm. Pep has a great eye for colour and design, and also has made gorgeous blankets, which are works of art. “I learn a lot and

Pep with a few of her hats and blankets. Photo: VisionWest Community Trust

keep up with the trends by watching YouTube videos”, she says modestly. “You can learn just about anything there”.

Lynfield’s Wairaki Stream: Trappers wanted By Dianne McCarthy

An imminent weather bomb meant we had to postpone our planting day in June, which of course did not eventuate once we had cancelled. However, we rescheduled and managed to get three hundred plants planted. Our Halo pest control is working really well with residents hosting traps in their backyards. We have caught 45 beasties so far: 20 rats, 15 possums, 7 hedgehogs, and a couple unidentified. Our bird survey is underway 26 June to 4 July and are hopeful of more numbers, but we expect an increase in 2022 if we continue our trapping. We are keen to hear of any residents who would like to join our Halo trapping project. We anticipate being able to extend the system to the whole of Lynfield, not just those properties attached to the reserves.

Can you help build a rat trap like this? Photo: DoC

We are keen to hear from anyone who might be able to make a rat trap box. For the instructions you can search “Build a backyard trapping tunnel - DoC” or use this short link: bit.ly/RatTunnel.

Dianne McCarthy is the co-organiser of Friends of Wairaki Stream, a volunteer group dedicated to restoring and improving the Wairaki Stream catchment, with a focus at present on Lynfield Reserve.



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Starting High School By John Cowan

Are your kids heading to high school? They will be fine! I give that glib, meaningless reassurance mainly as a way to lure you into the rest of this article. Actually, it will be mostly true for most kids. I have seen the figure that 80% of teenagers get though their high school years very well but there are complex challenges, just like when we were at school. Here’s a few tips: Kids differ. Some have a scholastic bent, others bend differently, but nearly all can get the education they will need for life. However, if kids get the idea they are ‘dumb’ and label themselves as failures, school becomes very hard. Self-esteem will be your teen’s major limiting factor. The tip: school has many subjects and activities. If they don’t sparkle academically, then maybe you’ll see them succeed and progress in the sporting, cultural or artistic life of the school. Success breeds confidence and confidence helps everything. As you encourage and praise what they are good at, rather than rubbing their nose in their failures, it might just lift their attitude about school and help them flourish academically as well. X-ray your kids. Whatever problems your kids encounter at school, look through the symptoms with your parental x-ray vision to see what the real issues might be. Stroppy behaviour? Absenteeism? Persistent under-achievement? (This could be a long list!) All real issues, but they might have some underlying cause like bullying, friction with a teacher or depression. And don’t forget: the corridors and classrooms of high schools are awash with pubescent hormones. Adolescence runs happily and smoothly for some, but for many it is fraught with stresses and frustration from peer pressure, romantic pressure, and a desperate desire to fit in. Some teenagers get a bit cranky; just as well as they have remarkable parents who can get over that and love them anyway. Stay in touch and stay on side. Successful school life depends hugely on self-discipline. Young adolescents still need parents

to provide structure around sleep, study time and appropriate behaviour – your external discipline hopefully provides the scaffold for them to build their own self-discipline on. Doing schoolwork is fine, but for a lifetime of growth and progress, nothing compares with curiosity and a love of learning. Chat about school, ask questions and be interested in what they are learning. Is it wrong for a parent to fake fascination with French verbs and algebra? If that’s the worst crime we are guilty of, we are pretty amazing parents!

John Cowan is an accomplished author, media producer and seminar presenter. He’s been a hospital scientist in neurophysiology, a youth worker, a social worker, minister, and parenting expert, but his primary passion is communication: mainly as a speaker to live audiences, and as a writer. His wit and humour have been enjoyed by tens of thousands of people in live audiences around the country. John hosts NewstalkZB’s weekly show, ‘Real Life’.

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Kāhui Ako: Local schools working together By Neil Robinson

The Government launched the Investing in Educational Success initiative in January 2014 and it included a number of ideas that it felt would deliver significant and sustained improvements in students’ educational outcomes. One of these ideas was then labelled Community of Schools (CoS), which was later to be changed to Communities of Learning (CoL) and more recently, Kāhui Ako (KA).

led to a very shaky start to its implementation. Since then, more flexibility in the system and the ability of teachers to make things work, have allowed the initiative to make a significant contribution to New Zealand’s educational landscape. Neil Robinson is Principal of Blockhouse Bay Primary, and the current Lead Principal for the Lynfield Kāhui Ako.

Initially, the scheme was criticised heavily because its restrictions and conditions were seen by the teaching profession to be counterproductive to schools working together. Amongst these was that the government believed that by financially rewarding a small group of educators, collaboration across the sector would improve. The system also omitted the significant place that Deputy Principals hold in the school, effectively leaving them out of the entire process. Over time though, the government and Ministry of Education have relaxed some of these restrictions and schools that have chosen to be part of the process, have collaborated to make good use of this extra resourcing. Interestingly, no two Kāhui Ako are the same, and all seem to operate in ways that best suit their own community and unique context. The Lynfield Kāhui Ako was one of the first to be established in the country and began its work in the second half of 2015. There were eight schools originally in the group: Lynfield College, Waikowhai Intermediate, Blockhouse Bay Intermediate, Halsey Drive Primary, Marshall Laing Primary, Chaucer School, Glenavon School and Blockhouse Bay Primary. Hay Park Primary joined in 2019 and New Windsor became a member school at the beginning of 2021. The scheme is overseen by the principals who meet regularly to set and monitor the direction of initiatives that are being undertaken. Six Across School Leaders work throughout the cluster to initiate and implement activities which bring together staff and students to fulfil goals set within the strategic plan.

Neil Robinson (left) and Sir Ian Taylor at Lynfield Colference last month.



These people have teaching roles within their own schools but are released for two days per week to run these initiatives as well as coaching Within School Leaders to run professional development programmes within their own schools. The KA has thirty-one Within School Leaders who provide leadership and assistance to other teachers in their own kura. They meet together regularly to exchange ideas which focus on helping their teachers to build their own teaching practice. In 2021, the Lynfield Kāhui Ako is focusing on the well-being of staff and students, teaching in culturally responsive ways, and improving teaching and learning overall. These themes were recently explored in a ‘Colference’ where guest speakers and presenters explored these themes and challenged the assembled teaching and support staff to look at ways of refining their work in schools. Initially, there was very little (if any) consultation with the teaching profession about the Community of Schools concept and this




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Vaccinations for the rest of Aotearoa New Zealand The COVID-19 vaccination rollout for the general population starts from the end of July. Our COVID-19 vaccination programme has built momentum steadily since February. We are vaccinating around 100,000 people a week at the moment. In the second half of the year we hit top speed and everyone in New Zealand aged 16 and over will be able to be vaccinated.

Moving to the general population So far, vaccinations have been made available to those most at risk of getting COVID-19 to limit the chances of it getting into the wider population. With more vaccine supply coming on, and having ramped up our infrastructure, vaccinations for everyone else in New Zealand aged 16 and over (the general population) start from 28 July. This is a very large group of people. To make this flow smoothly, we will break this down by age bands. All people aged 60 plus can book their vaccinations from 28 July. Then, two weeks later, people who are 55 plus. From there, new age bands will be opened up every 2–3 weeks based on confirmed deliveries of the vaccine and the speed of rollout to earlier groups. By mid to late August, invitations should be open for people over 45. By mid to late September, invitations should be open for those over 35, with everyone else being eligible from October.

Invitations Most people will get a direct invitation to book – either by email, text, phone call or in the post. You will then be able to book through Book My Vaccine, a new national booking system that will be online from 28 July, or phone a new national call centre. Availability of booking slots (the date, time and place you can be vaccinated) will vary between district health board (DHB) regions. Once you are eligible to be vaccinated, you can be vaccinated at any time. There is no cut off.

Registration Even if your age band isn’t open, everyone aged 16 and over will be able to go to Book My Vaccine to register for an invitation from 28 July. Registration means we will be certain to have your correct contact details and when your age group is opened, you will get an invitation telling you it’s your turn to book.

Find out more at Covid19.govt.nz

Getting a vaccination Step 1

Receiving an invitation We’ll call or send you an email, text or letter to invite you to book.

Step 2

Make your booking From 28 July, go to Book My Vaccine or call the new national call centre to book both doses, or to register if your age band isn’t open yet.

Step 3

Get your vaccination Have your first vaccination dose. 3–6 weeks later have your second vaccination dose.

If you don’t hear from us, or are concerned, you can register for your vaccination through the new national Book My Vaccine booking system at any time from 28 July.

Important dates 28 July

People 60+

Vaccinations open

11 August

People 55+

Vaccinations open

Mid to late Aug

People 45 +

Invitations should open

Mid to late Sept People 35+

Invitations should open


Invitations should open

People 16+

Other ways to get vaccinated As we go through the year there will be other ways for people to be vaccinated. These will include workplace vaccinations and other targeted vaccination events across the country. For some remote rural communities we will vaccinate all age groups at the same time to make it easier for them. Our successful whānaucentred approach to vaccinations will continue for Māori and Pacific communities and those with disabilities.

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First jabs delivered en-masse in Lynfield Dozens of care residents and team members at Murray Halberg Retirement Village received their first COVID-19 vaccination on Friday (4th June) with a temporary clinic set up in the village centre. The clinic was organised by the DHB who dispensed the vaccinations while Ryman Healthcare staff members assisted with the set-up and organisation. Priority was given to residents in rest home, hospital, and special care, plus those in serviced apartments - who loved the fact that they didn’t have to leave the village to receive it. “We’re very fortunate that we can get it done here,” said Judy Merriott, who moved into a serviced apartment last July and was very keen to get her vaccine as soon as possible. “It can really save your life.” Fellow resident Douglas Warren agreed: “I’m fine about it all. I’ve always had my flu vaccinations, so I feel confident about this too.” Muriel Feasey said everybody in the village was looking forward to getting it done. “It’s for the best – for ourselves, for our families, for the whole country. We have got to help one another and protect one another.”


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Douglas Warren proves he’s a ‘Covid angel’ after getting his jab. Photo: Ryman Healthcare

After getting the jab, she said: “I didn’t feel a thing!” Each resident posed next to a special poster produced by Ryman Healthcare to prove they are all ‘Covid angels’.


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Get involved, there’s something for everyone

MONDAYS Blockhouse Bay Walking Group 8am Senior X –Fit (65+) 9am Brain Stimulation 10am AA Meeting (Armanasco House) 10.30am – 11.30am BHB Indoor Bowling 10am – 12noon Drop-in in the Bay 10.30am – 12.30pm Tai Chi for Beginners 50’s+ 10.30am Sequence Dance 12pm – 3pm Mahjong (Armanasco House) 12.30pm – 3.30pm Free English Class – Also Fridays 1.15pm – 2.45pm JD’s Maths Tuition (each weekday) 5pm – 7pm Hatha Yoga 5pm Latin & Ballroom Dance (Adults & Children) 5.30pm – 8.30pm Anuradha’s School of Indian Classical Dances (Sun, Mon, Thurs) 6pm – 8pm Sargam School of Music 7pm – 8pm

TUESDAYS Cardio Fix for all Ages Line Dancing Armanasco House Open Garden Club 1st Tuesday of Month Lifewise Men’s Group Housie Taekwondo/Krav Maga – also Thursdays Pilates Piano Lessons (Armanasco House)

8.45am 10am 10am-2pm 1pm – 3pm 1.30pm Doors open 6.30pm 6.30pm 6.30pm 6pm – 8pm

WEDNESDAYS Blockhouse Bay Walking Group 8.15am FREE Hearing Loss Clinic (Last Wednesday of Month) 9.30am – 4pm Annie’s Active Achievers Exercise for 60’s 9.30am BHB Chinese Assoc 9.30am – 11.30am Embroidery 10am – 12noon Rummikub & Five Hundred (Cards) 12.30pm – 3pm Free Help with Technology (ring to book in) (every second week) 2.45pm – 3.45pm Free Conversational English Sessions (ring to book in) (every second week) 2.45pm – 3.45pm Childrens Ballroom & Latin Dance 3.45pm – 4.45pm Kids 4 Drama (Senior Class) 4.30pm – 5.30pm Iona Scouts, Cubs & Keas 6pm Fitness Fusion 6pm – 7pm Desibeat – Bollywood Dance 7.30pm – 9pm Move Dance – Modern Jive beginners classes 7pm – 9pm Classical Indian Dance 8.30pm – 9.30pm

THURSDAYS Cardio Fix for all Ages Community Financial Hub AA Meeting (Armanasco House)

8.45am – 9.45am 10am – 12pm 10.30am

Pilates 10.30am – 11.30am Community Singers Blockhouse Bay 12.30pm – 2.30pm Children’s Art Class 3.30pm – 5pm Abacus Maths Academy 3.30pm – 6.30pm JD’s Maths Tuition 5pm Taekwondo/Krav Maga – also Tuesdays 6.30pm Anuradha’s School of Indian Classical Dances (Sun, Mon, Thurs) 6pm – 8pm Flamenco Beginner Dance Class 7pm – 8pm Desibeat Dance 8pm – 9pm

FRIDAYS Probus 2nd Friday month Yoga with Josie English Class – Also Mondays Children’s Latin & Ballroom Dance JD’s Maths Tuition AA Meeting (Armanasco House)

10am – 12 noon 10.30am – 12 noon 1.15pm – 2.45pm 3.30pm – 6pm 5pm 6.30pm

SATURDAYS Markets 2nd & last Saturday of Month 7am – 12 noon Piano Lessons (Armanasco House) 8am – 1.30pm Abacus Maths Academy 9am – 2.30pm Muslim Women’s Karate 9am – 11am Bollywood Dance, 5-7yrs 11am-12noon, Adults 12-1pm, 7-10yrs 1-2pm, 10-13yrs 2.30-3.30, 13-18yrs 3.30-4.30, Comp Adults (Audition) 4.30-5.30 11am – 5.30pm Sargam School of Music 1pm – 4.30pm

SUNDAYS Yoga 8.45am – 9.45am Highland Dance 8.45am – 12.30pm Antiques, Collectables & Crafts Fair ( Bi monthly) (18 July, 19 September) 9.30am – 2pm Pilates 10am – 11am Kollywood Dance 11am – 12pm Indian Senior Citizens (1st Sunday of each month) 11am – 2pm Fiji Indian Senior Citizens (2nd Sunday of each month) 11am – 2pm Anuradha’s School of Indian Dance (Sun, Mon, Thurs) 2.30pm – 3.30pm Sahaja Meditation Yoga 4pm – 5.30pm Indian Classical Dance 5pm – 9pm

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Aroha apartments underway Avondale has scored its first tower crane which could be a sign of things to come as more projects get started. The question is whether we will see multiple cranes at one time or if this is ‘peak crane’ for the area?

Avondale’s first tower crane dominates the town centre. Photo: Beacon

Krispy Kreme comes to town

In New Lynn, the former Steakhouse site has been vacant for several years. A drive-thru Krispy Kreme Donut shop is now under construction there, on the corner of 3050 Great North Road and Veronica Steet, near LynnMall. The community is polarised over the benefits or otherwise of these sugary treats.

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Alto apartments remedial work Apartment owners are devastated by the projected costs of an estimated $16M to repair the 16-year-old Alto Apartment building on St Jude Street, Avondale. This is not the first time the building has fallen on hard times, after the developers had financial difficulties in 2005 and called in the receivers. The main issue is concrete components above the carparks that is only rated at 20% of new building standards. Overall, the whole building is rated at 34% of the minimum benchmark for earthquake strength. There is also recladding for leaks, improvements for fire separation between units and fire sprinkler systems required. The owners will need to find alternative accommodation for 15 months while the work is under way. This could be the last straw for some owners, faced with up to $400,000 per unit remediation costs. Units cannot be sold without the issues being fully disclosed. Even insurance could be problematic.

Alto apartment block up for $16M repairs. Photo: Beacon.

Like thousands of leaky building victims before them, the only hope for owners is to try and get through this incredibly difficult period and come out the other side with a liveable and saleable home.


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Lucy & Taryn


A WORD FROM ‘Why we’re proud to work at Ryman’s Murray Halberg Retirement Village’ There’s a lot to love about their roles as sales advisors in one of Ryman’s newest retirement villages, say Taryn Eagle and Lucy Caldwell. The pair, who between them have worked for Ryman for almost 10 years, still recall their first impressions of walking into the stunning village centre at Lynfield’s Murray Halberg Retirement Village for the first time. “Seeing the marble desk, the light and bright entrance way, the wide hallways, the beautiful furniture, and the colours… it was amazing!” says Lucy. Taryn wholeheartedly agrees, adding: “The size of the serviced apartments blew me away.” She had a similar reaction when she first visited another Ryman village six years ago and thought she’d arrived at a luxury hotel - a theme that Ryman clearly repeats with each new village it adds to its growing list! “I immediately researched Ryman and decided I really want to work for this company. I was elated when I got the job,” says Taryn. Lucy says it was the same for her. “I targeted working for Ryman because they have such a good reputation.” And this filters down to each individual village, with the catchphrase amongst the Murray Halberg team being ‘five star’, meaning that everything they do must be of ‘five star’ quality. “There’s such a good, atmosphere here – and that’s a credit to the amazing team we have here. “Everyone comments on how friendly, efficient and caring they are,” says Lucy. “We really enjoy the happy, family-oriented feel of the village and our residents feel like family to us – we’re like daughters!” she laughs.

Murray Halberg sales advisors Taryn and Lucy “So to have the opportunity to help other families is a hugely rewarding part of our job.” With Taryn and Lucy often the first point of contact for people making enquiries, they understand the enormity of the decision being made and are there to help guide people through every step with kindness and empathy. “We’ve both been through the process with our own parents so we know what a big decision it is.” “If people want to come back several times with a family member, that’s okay,” Lucy says. Being able to tell people about Ryman’s industry leading terms is a constant source of pride. “It is no surprise to us that Ryman has been awarded the Reader’s Digest ‘Most Trusted Brand’ seven times now,” says Lucy. They believe that is because people soon see how user-friendly Ryman’s terms are. “Lawyers tell us they love how straightforward and transparent our contracts are,” says Taryn. “You only pay the Deferred Management Fee (DMF) once with Ryman, even if you later move to a serviced apartment. “Ryman has one of the lowest deferred management fees at 20% and it’s spread out over five years whereas many others can be 30% over three years.

Our fixed weekly fee makes budgeting easy. The fee includes the cost of building maintenance and insurance, rates and water bills meaning you’ll know every week what you’re spending while in your apartment. “Rates, water bills and building insurance will go up but the weekly fee is fixed in a Ryman village.” Mother and daughter residents, Eunice and Jan can vouch for relief that certainty brings. “We love that there is no maintenance or bills to pay. “We have wonderful neighbours who are very caring and thoughtful and when lockdown was on Ryman went the extra mile in taking care of us. “We consider Taryn and Lucy our friends, we love them. We are both so happy.”

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Two cultures, one place

Connell Brothers Farm | Jomac Place By John Subritzky

Bob, Daniel and Roy Connell with their produce ready for market. Photo: Neville Exler, Avondale-Waterview Historical Society collection.

The hearse pulled up outside Chrysalis Early Learning Centre. Bob Connell had come back for the last time to the site of the original homestead. The oak and the pohutukawa, planted about 80 years earlier by his family, were now magnificent trees. The Connells had grown up with the trees and now the family stopped to collect acorns for Bob’s funeral. In pre-European times, Maori had lived for a while here, on the shore of the Whau River. Shell middens with traces of charcoal from their fires was mapped by archaeologists. They tell us that cockles were the main shellfish eaten, but a range of other sea creatures were also locally sourced and on the menu, likely eaten between 1540 and 1670 AD. In an amazing link back to those early Maori, their mahi was uncovered in the form of two postholes, 1 metre apart. The circular postholes were of a very regular shape, measured 30cm in diameter x

33cm deep and 15cm diameter x 12cm deep and had flat bases.

away to neighbours. “They were very nice flounder,” said Bob.

There was a succession of European owners before the Connell Family bought the property in 1921. All that was left from that period for the archaeologists to find was the remains of a small brick house or hut, and a scattering of early 20th century bottles broken bricks and other debris visible on the foreshore.

In December 1959, the three boys, Daniel, Roy, and Robert became tenants in common on the farm. In 1996 Roy’s share went to Daniel and Bob, who by then were both retired.

The Connells were market gardeners on the 10ha site that is now Jomac Place. They grew potatoes and kumara for many years. Bob Connell claimed, that for a while after WWII, they were probably the biggest kumara growers in the country.

The original homestead was pulled down by the Connell brothers in 1951. Bob said that it had been built from kauri and had individually made blacksmith nails. After that, the site was farmed as part of the market garden, and a new house was built. The house was located approximately where the street is now (Jomac Place).

The three brothers and their sister grew up on the farm, playing in the Whau River. Bob said, “We used to swim down there when we were kids, but it was mighty muddy!” They also had small boats and went fishing. One time they netted 740 flounder in one day, giving the surplus

In 1993, Neville Exler filmed the three brothers on his Sony Handicam, giving an insight into their last few years market gardening. They had started selling off other parcels of land from 1965. The writing was on the wall as their land was surrounded by industrial buildings.

JULY 2021 Beacon actively farmed. Bob was living in the house and he was feeding so many ducks that people referred to it as “The Duck Farm”. That didn’t seem to bother Bob. He kept a bag of poultry food at the front door and would regularly throw Connell Brothers harvesting cabbages in 1993. Photo: Neville Exler, some to the Avondale-Waterview Historical Society collection. assembled flock. When challenged that Bob noted, “We don’t have much he was creating a nuisance with wild compost in the soil now; we have worked ducks, he would claim that they were all it out. We have mined the soil. We know his birds. it’s going to factories, and we won’t last Jomac Properties developed and much longer. It’s like the house. It’s going subdivided the land. Their first to be pushed down in a year or two. It’s preference for the road name was not worth spending money on.” Connell Place, after Bob and his family. The Exler film shows them harvesting However, as there were many other cabbages, loading the boxes onto the roads around Auckland with that name tray of their trusty Massey Fergusson it was declined, so they settled on Jomac tractor before taking the boxes to their Place. The Avondale Historical Society truck to load for the markets. Asked suggested four other names to the about how they grew the cabbages, Bob Avondale Community Board, but these said that they propagated the cabbages were turned down. Deputy Mayor at the from seed they grew themselves. They time, David Hay, felt that the developers selected about 100 of the best cabbage were entitled to name the street after plants each year and transplanted them themselves and the Board agreed. into a garden together. To avoid the Approximately half the sections were bees crosspollinating the cabbages sold. Jomac built on some sections and with cauliflowers and Brussels sprouts, continues to lease them out. Ironically, they would cover the plants with scrim the company that owns and leases to keep the bees out. Then they would these properties is called Connell Place crawl under the scrim and worked them Properties. It was named in the expectation with little brushes to pollenate the that it would mirror the road name. cabbages themselves. Bob claimed that this gave them some of the finest seed In 2009, it looked like the magnificent in the country. pohutukawa and oak trees would By the time the land was sold to Jomac Properties in 2008, it was no longer being

be felled, so a protest was mounted with a petition gathering about 1,200

The pohutukawa and oak is all that remains of the Connell farm.


signatures. The battle was led by Sigrid Shayer, a former Avondale resident who was chair of the Tree Council at the time, Imi Tovia, and Nina Patel, with support from Catherine Farmer. The conflict dragged on, coming close to the time when the end of tree protection was in sight. Auckland Council had granted non-notified consent to fell the trees, then backtracked and sought to protect them. In late 2010, Jomac Construction was asking the courts to call off the Tree Council’s crusade against them felling the pohutukawa and oak. It was reported that the developer had previously offered to keep both trees to mitigate the removal of 25 other generally protected trees on the main site. Darius Singh purchased the lot with the trees on it for a childcare centre. He says it’s one thing to protest the removal of trees, but actually protecting and incorporating them into a development is another challenge. He sees the two trees – a native and an exotic – as being biculturally symbolic. The trees’ canopies have almost grown together, or touching each other as Darius says. The place where the Connell children grew up and played is the same place where a multitude of other children are now doing the same thing. The Chrysalis Early Learning Centre building curves around the trees like a cocoon. Early on, they were visited by a cloud of monarch butterflies. This confirmed to Darius that the centre’s name was right. Under the oak tree is a bench seat with a plaque dedicated to the Connell brothers, “For starting a dream, planting the seeds of an oak and a pohutukawa, side by side”. Now a diverse group of children are growing up together, side by side.


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Ken Turner rides again! The loss of the express bus routes 152x, 171x and 172x from New Lynn and the west into the city has made many commuters travel times significantly longer.

Waitakere Local Board member Ken Turner has gone into bat for the hapless public transport users. But it is an uphill battle, as he feels that communications from AT are less than transparent. His personal view is that “I doubt that we were ever going to get the shuttle buses in the first place.” “AT did engage with the local board over the past couple of years about the removal of the New Lynn to City express bus, offering to use the savings to fund shuttle buses right out to our coastal communities thus extending the public transport ‘reach’. I apologise for voting for this, without informing myself of the full consequences. I was won over by the prospect of extending our bus coverage. AT is now not able to deliver on its shuttle bus promise because the savings are

needed to offset reduced revenue, maybe I should have foreseen this possibility. Also never needing to use public transport myself I had no understanding of the impact the removal of the 152x, 171x and 172x would have on people using this bus service to the city. I was quickly put straight by the irate commuters who wrote to me.” Says Ken. Former express bus user, Sandra Moorhead, said “I used to be a user of the 151x from Glen Eden. It used to go via

Kelston straight to the city, then they changed all the express buses to go via New Lynn Ken Turner which added a lot of time to the journey. Now they’ve scrapped them completely. Public transport takes me almost two hours to get to work on Fanshawe Street. I’ve given up and am leaving Auckland permanently on Friday.”

Buses at New Lynn Transport hub. Photo: Beacon

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• $45,000 community grants up to $3,000 each allocated to 18 local and 14 other organisations. Kay Thomas, WLB Chair says “I’m always really pleased when we get to approve grants for so many different types of organisations and projects. It’s a good reminder that there is lots of good work that goes on right here in our area.” • Presentations on the Regional Land Transport Plan. Warren Piper promoted establishing a park and ride in New Lynn. Jessica Rose promoted a mode shift to more pedestrian and cycle friendly streets using St Georges Rd as an example. Kay Thomas and Fasitua Amosa argued against the loss of road safety funding. The Veronica Ave pedestrian crossing remains elusive. • WLB and 20 other Local Boards presented to the Governing Body in one marathon day.

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• The 10-year Long Term Plan. Goals include the urban Ngahere strategy (tree cover), an aquatic centre, the Te Whau Pathway.

working with business associations, implementation of the Pacific and Ethnic Peoples’ Plans, placemaking activities and expanding the Whau Arts Broker role.

• Adoption of the Community grants with a renewed commitment to Maori,

• WLB objected to the Whau office being closed to the public as a service centre.

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Central’s Tips

July 2021

Build up the soil in raised beds, get a potato patch ready and prune the pip and stone fruit trees and berries. Rose pruning time, feed breeding birds, shop for specimen trees and make some free plants by dividing garden perennials.

In the Edible Garden

The rest of the Garden

• Prepare a potato patch – dig in lots of

• Rose pruning can begin this month – for

compost and sheep pellets so the soil is ready for sprouted seed potatoes. Growing potatoes in heavy soil can help break up clay and leave it more friable for other summer crops

• Renovate raised vegetable beds: get them

ready for spring growing by adding fresh garden mix or digging through organic compost. Time to fix any leaks or drippers in irrigation systems

• Pruning time: sharpen secateurs and loppers

newbies local garden centres often hold rosepruning demonstrations – or there’s Youtube. Leave the hydrangeas for another month

• A bird seed pudding is easy to make: take

bird seed mix, melted lard and a bit of honey, shape into a ball and place in a netting bag. Hang it high in a tree where the birds feel safe enough to get to it

• Lift and divide favourite perennials now:

free plants are often under your nose – this includes perennial plants such as hostas, delphiniums, penstemons and shasta daisies

to get the cleanest cuts when pruning and shaping deciduous fruit trees and berries

• Spray pip and stone fruit trees with copper and oil to eliminate fungal spores

• Plant new season’s ornamental trees: there’s

a variety of showy cherries, liquidambars and maples available now. Stake them to two thirds of their height to keep the root area steady in spring winds

• Harvest a winter salad: baby leaves of kale,

beetroot, spinach and rainbow chard make salads so much more colourful, add calendula petals for a splash of orange

• Woody herbs can be planted now – rosemary,

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JULY Did you know…

Library opening hours:

Each of our libraries have their own page within the Auckland Libraries website? Simply Google your library’s name, eg “Avondale Library” to find your library’s page. Once there you will see all the services and upcoming events for that library. Our libraries also have their own individual Facebook pages as well. Make sure you follow them to stay up to date with all their activities and notices.

Check pages 20-21 for regular library events.

Avondale Library 93 Rosebank Road facebook.com/avondalelib For bookings email avondalelibrary@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Winter Makerspace events Lego Mon 5, 3:15-4:30pm. Build and Destroy at our monthly Lego session. Ages 5+. Pop-Up Friendship Cards Mon 26, 3:15pm-4:30pm. Come and make a card for International Friendship Day and show someone you care.

July School Holidays: Matariki Matariki Wishing Jars Mon 12, 11am12pm. Craft a special wishing jar and capture the light to brighten your night in the Matariki Winter months. Ages 5+. Matariki Storytime Wed 14, 3-4pm. Join us for a fun late afternoon Matariki Storytime, please bring along a torch to look out for the glow worms. Ages 5+. Winter Warmer Bug Hotels Sat 17, 11am-2pm. Build a house to celebrate your garden insect helpers this Matariki. Bookings essential. Ages 5+. Whanau Photo Frames Tue 20, 11am-12pm. Create a beautiful photo frame to present a family member in. Bring in an electronic image and we can print it. Ages 5+. Poi Making and Dancing Thurs 22, 2-3pm. Make your own poi and learn the awesome Matariki poi dance with our librarians. Ages 5+.

Colour Constellation T-Shirts Sat 24, 2-3pm. Tie dye one of your old t-shirts and be the brightest star in Matariki. BYO cotton t-shirt. Bookings essential. Ages 8+. Dream Board Making Come in any time in the holidays and cut out words and pictures to make a collage to express your good wishes and positive feelings.

Adults’ events Raranga Rerenga Raupori Weaving Biodiversity - all July. Join artist Tanya Ruka, visiting local community gardens, working with Te Ao Maori concepts. DIY Cleaning Products workshop Thurs 29, 10am-12pm. Run by Auckland Council Community Waste Wise team. Get a free product and ideas. Adults only. Booking required.

Monday-Friday 9am-6pm Saturday 10am-4pm Sunday 12pm-4pm (New Lynn 10am-4pm)

Blockhouse Bay Library 578 Blockhouse Bay Road facebook.com/blockhousebaylibrary For bookings email blockhousebaylibrary @aucklandcouncil.govt.nz Matariki Wriggle & Rhyme Wed 7, 9.30am. Songs, rhymes, and dancing in English and Te Reo Māori for babies and toddlers. Stay for a special morning tea with home baking. Matariki Storytime Thurs 8, 10.30am. Stories, songs and an interactive Matariki tale. Make a Matariki star to take home. For children under five.

July School Holidays: Matariki

Rotarota/Poet Corner Tue 13, 10am4pm. Sit a while in our beautiful Poet’s Corner, then use our special haiku tools to write a poem, illustrate it, then see your haiku published on our big TV. Tupuārangi Storytime Thurs 15, 10.30am. An interactive Matariki tale about a very surprising bird. Matariki Window Charm Tue 20, 2.303.30pm. Fill your special bottle with stars and a beautiful feather made by you.

Steady Steps Fri 30, 10-11am. Steady Steps introduces facts about slips, trips and falls and their likely causes, plus easy strategies to reduce the risk of falling. Presented by Age Concern. Recommended for 65+ but all welcome. Bookings required. AT Drop-in Session Ash Street & Rata Street Project Fri 30 July and Mon 2 August 3-5pm. For more info visit our Facebook page. Matariki weaving display from Jane Wilks, a talented, creative artist. Food waste workshop.

JULY 2021 Beacon Waipunarangi Storytime Thurs 22, 10.30am. Enjoy rain stories while safe and dry inside, plus an interactive Matariki tale. Birdcare Aotearoa Bring in nonperishables to donate to Birdcare Aotearoa in Green Bay: dry kitten food (chicken/ beef), puppy pads, fly spray, biscuits for volunteers, Eco-store multipurpose cleaning spray, black trash bags.

Arts at the Library

Clark James Painting Demonstrations Tue 13, Thu 15, Tue 20, Thurs 22, 1-3.30pm. See New Zealand author Clark James painting at the library and ask him questions about his work. Printmaking Workshop Sat 17, 2-3.30pm. Score your picture into foam board, and use printing ink and roller to make prints. Adults and children.


Ultimaker 2+ Connect 3D printer is now stationed permanently at BHB Library. Printing is $1/m of PLA filament used. If you are new to 3D design and printing, we have instructions sheets for Tinkercad and Cura. Talk to a staff member now!

Volunteers wanted!

Are you a beekeeper and would you be willing to share your knowledge with other people in your local community? Are you good at English, Chinese or Arabic calligraphy and would you like to teach others? Please come and talk to us if you are interested.

New Lynn War Memorial Library 3 Memorial Drive facebook.com/NewLynnLibrary For bookings, email newlynn.library@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz Card-making for Children Sun 18, 2-3pm. A workshop with Marlene Rei. Make mix and match greeting cards with a Matariki theme. Children 5-12 years. Under 14 years must have adult stay. Bookings essential. Card-making for Adults Sun 25, 2-3.30pm. A workshop with Marlene Rei. Make mix and match greeting cards. Bookings essential. Introduction to Embroidery Sat 31, 2-3.30pm. Learn some basic embroidery stitches then use to create your own designs. All materials provided. Ages 12+. Bookings required.

Rongoā Workshops Thurs 1, 15, 29, 11.30am-1pm. Māori healing and medicine. Key philosophies, principles, and processes of Rongoā Māori. Drop in for any or all sessions. Kids Knitting Mon 5 & 26 4-5pm. Learn to knit with the help of our expert knitters. Bring along your own project or start one with us. Ages 8+. How Tuesday Tue 6 & 27 July 4-5pm. Craft, design, create, try something new. Ages 5+. Huinga Kōrero Tue 6, 10-11am. Join us for a chat in te reo Māori. All levels welcome.

Recommended reads There are two beautiful new books about Matariki for you to enjoy with your whanau: Flit the Fantail and the Matariki map by Kat Quin. Flit and Keri the kiwi get lost in the dark while exploring in the bush and are guided home by the Matariki star cluster. Te Kahui o Matariki/The Matariki star cluster by Sharon Holt focuses on each of the nine stars in the Matariki cluster and their relationship to the environment.


3D Design and Printing drop-in with Brain Play Sat 10, 1-3pm. Try your hand at 3D printing! All ages and ability welcome. Matariki Bingo Mon 12, 10.30-11.30am. Join us this Matariki and play pingo (bingo) with us. This awesome themed Matariki Pingo comes from the Te Reo Māori Classroom. Ages 6+. Harry Potter Wand Making Wed 14, 2.30-3.30pm. Come and get crafty, make yourself a Harry Potter wand. Ages 6+. Wilbur’s Cosmic Cone Thu 15, 10–11am. Meet the author and illustrator at this reading of Wilbur’s Cosmic Cone, then stick around for an art session. Ages 4+. Harry Potter Evening Sat 17, 5-6.30pm. Attention all witches and wizards, muggles and squibs, mythical and magical creatures. The after-hours Harry Potter quiz is on again these holidays. Quiz, snacks, and prizes. All ages, join as a team or on your own. Bookings required. Book Lovers Club Wed 21, 11am-12pm. Meet new friends and discuss your latest favourite reads. Community-run. Matariki Kēmu Wed 21, 4.30–5.30pm. Play and learn, adult and family game afternoon. Rongoā for Kids Thurs 22, 10-11am. Learn about rongoā from an expert. A chance for your children to explore the bountiful gifts within our local ngahere (forest). Ages 6+. Seed Paper Making Thurs 22, 2.303.30pm. Upcycle our old scrap paper into paper pulp, then add seeds to turn it into seed paper to plant in your garden. Held at NL Community Centre. Ages 6+. Lego Build Session Fri 30, 4-5pm. Build design and create at our Lego build sessions. Ages 5+.



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Advertise your non-profit community event here for free! Email kerrie@bhb.nz CLASSIFIEDS Karls Mowing Lawns, hedges, weed spraying, garden tidy up, garden waste removed. Reliable. Phone 022 199 3133. Learn to Dance a fusion of Latin & Hustle! Beginners - Social Partner Dancing. Every Wednesday 7pm at BHB Community Centre. Drop In class, no need to book. No experience necessary. Phone Colin 021 0363 249 or Hannah 021 576 210.

WHERE IT’S AT: BHB = Blockhouse Bay GB = Green Bay NL = New Lynn BHBCC = Blockhouse Bay Community Centre, 524 BHB Rd, Blockhouse Bay. GBCH = Green Bay Community House, 1 Barron Drive, Green Bay. NLCC = New Lynn Community Centre, 45 Totara Ave, New Lynn.

JULY Sat 10 – Sun 25 School Holidays Sat 10 Community Market 7am-12noon at BHBCC. 2nd & last Saturdays each month. Sun 11 West Auckland District Tramping Club This is an easy walk, taking us through the bush tracks of the Domain, along Shore Road to Orakei Basin and back to Britomart along Tamaki Drive. Phone leader first: Mike 817 5811. Details westaucklandtrampingclub.co.nz. Sat 17 New Lynn Lions Monthly Book Sale 8am-4pm at New Lynn Friendship Club, 3063 Gt Nth Road, New Lynn (down the driveway). All books, DVDs, CDs, videos and jigsaw puzzles just $1. Magazines 5 for $1. Drop off books for donation Thursdays between 9 & 11am or on the day. Sun 18 The Fair: Antiques, Collectables and Crafts 9.30am-2pm at BHBCC. Large collection of antiques, collectables, memorabilia, and crafts. $2/ adult. Proceeds towards Armanasco House. Sun 18 West Auckland District Tramping Club Omanawanui and Puriri Tracks, Whatipu. A good level of fitness is required. Phone leader first: Peter 828 3274 or 0274 389 944. Details: westaucklandtrampingclub.co.nz Sat 24 Friends of Wairaki Stream volunteer day Location TBC. Updates at www.wairakistream.com or Facebook.com/FOWairakiStream Tues 27 Auckland Grey Power 10.30am-12noon at Icoco Café in Blockhouse Bay Village. All welcome, coffee and chat, bring your knitting if you’d like. Sat 31 Community Market 7am-12noon at BHBCC. 2nd & last Saturdays each month. Sat 31 BHB Village Market From 8.30am, along mainstreet on BHB Rd. Contact Jodie Judd manager@blockhousebay.org or ph 09 626 5081. Last Saturday of each month. Sun 25 West Auckland District Tramping Club Helensville riverside walkways. Followed by a dip in the Parakai Hot Pools. Phone leader first: Dave 835 3272. Details westaucklandtrampingclub.co.nz


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* NEW MONTHLY MARKET * Sun 1 New Lynn Market on Portage 9am-2pm 34A Portage Rd, New Lynn (5 mins walk from LynnMall). First Sunday each month all year round, rain/shine, fully undercover indoor-outdoor space’. Food, music, crafts, entertainment, local fundraising groups and initiatives. Hosted by Rampant Coffee Company. Facebook @New Lynn Market on Portage. Sat 7 Avondale-Waterview Historical Society meeting 2pm at St Ninians Hall, St Georges Road, Avondale. Meetings every second month, on the 1st Saturday. Open to all. Avondale.org.nz for details. Tues 24 Auckland Grey Power 10.30am-12noon at Icoco Café in Blockhouse Bay Village. All welcome, coffee and chat, bring your knitting if you’d like.

REGULAR SOCIAL EVENTS MONDAYS Mandarin Speaking Knitting Circle 10am-12noon at BHB library. Bring your own knitting needles and wool and join other knitters at all levels of experience. Experienced knitters will be available to help. 普通话毛线编织社 每周一上 午10.am – 12noon 请带上你的毛线编织针 和线来学习交流编织技法 Pickleball 10am-12 noon at Lynfield YMCA. More info at pac.org.nz.

REGULAR SOCIAL EVENTS TUESDAYS Greater Auckland Chorus All-female a cappella and barbershop chorus rehearses Tuesday nights in Epsom. www.greateraucklandchorus.com West Auckland Ladies Craft group 6:30-8:30pm Rosebank School Hall. Bring your crochet, sewing, artwork etc. along for inspiration and new friendships. Cost $2. Oreen 021 0297 6012. Housie at BHB Community Centre. Sales from 6.30pm. 7.30-10pm. Western Districts Women’s Dinner Club meets monthly for dinner & speaker, Bricklane Restaurant, NL. Visitors welcome. Ph Anne 021 293 3833 or 627 1416.

WEDNESDAYS Wriggle & Rhyme for 0-2-year olds 9.30 @ BHB Library. Songs, rhymes, and gentle exercise to music for babies and toddlers. Term time. Mainly Music for 0-4-year-olds 9.30am @ BHB Baptist, 504 BHB Rd. Singing, dancing, craft, morning tea. Ph Mary 828 9027. Friendship Centre All seniors welcome. 9.30am12.30pm (term time). Avondale Baptist Church Hall, Cnr New North & BHB Bay Rds. Ph 09 631 5968. Green Bay Art Group 9.30-11.30am at GBCH. $3 donation, bring your own project along. All art mediums & styles welcome. Term time. Creative Colouring Class 9.30am-11.30am at GBCH. $3 donation, bring your own books and materials. Term time.

Puzzle Club 10am-12pm at GBCH. Meet other puzzle lovers, enjoy peaceful puzzle time. Puzzles, tea, coffee provided. Gold coin donation per class.

Knitting and Crochet Group 9.30am-12noon at GBCH. $3 donation. Swap patterns and share ideas. Free lessons! Term time.

Mandarin English bilingual storytime 10:30-11am at Avondale Library. Term time. 图书馆每周五的中文故事会欢迎所有小朋友 及家长的共同参与。通过讲故事,唱儿歌, 念童谣,一起度过欢乐的30分钟。

Church Service with Communion 10am at Church of the Saviour, 2 Kinross St, BHB. “Best morning tea in the Bay”.

Rhymetime 10:30-11am at NL Library. Music and rhyme, great for language development, movement, and co-ordination. 18m - 3yr. Term time. Knitting for kids Ages 8+. 3.30 - 4.30pm at NL Library. Wool and needles provided. Term time.

TUESDAYS Green Bay Community Playgroup 9am-11.30am at GBCH. $4 per family, under 6months free. Tues & Thurs, term time. Wriggle & Rhyme for infants and toddlers 9:30-10am, 10:30-11am at Avondale and NL Libraries. Promotes active movement for early learning. Suitable 18 months and under. Term time. Armanasco House 10am-12pm at BHB Library. CV assistance, career counselling and job search assistance, run by Whau Ace. Job Café 10am-12noon at Blockhouse Bay Library. For CV assistance, career counselling and job search assistance, the wonderful people from Whau Ace are here to help.

Rhymetime 10-10.30am at Avondale Library.

Pickleball 10am-12noon at Lynfield YMCA. More info at pac.org.nz. Storytime 10-10:30am at New Lynn Library. Enjoy stories, rhymes and songs, encouraging a love of books. Suitable for kids aged 3-5 years. Term time. Get Work Ready 10am-12pm at BHB library. Need help in getting work? Whau Ace Adult and Community Education offer free support and advice every Wednesday. Rhymetime Storytime 10am-10:30am at Avondale Library. Term time. 500 card game Played 12.30-2.30pm at the BHBCC. Friendly group, looking for more players. Contact Noel Johnston on 627 8306. Māori Conversation Group 2-3pm at Avondale Library. Term time. Practice Te Reo Maori in a relaxed setting with fellow learners of all levels. Nau mai, haere mai. Social Partner Dancing with Move Dance Co. at BHBCC. No experience necessary and no partners required. 7pm Beginners, followed by social dancing. Beginners’ concession available, casual $15. Ph Hannah, 021 576 210.

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REGULAR SOCIAL EVENTS THURSDAYS Green Bay Community Playgroup 9am-11.30am at GBCH, $4 per family, under 6m free. Tues & Thurs, term time. Friendship Centre All seniors welcome.9.30am12.30pm term time. BHB Baptist Church Hall, 504 BHB Rd. Ph 09 631 5968 for further information. Friendship Club . 1-3pm at GBCH. Everyone welcome, meet new friends, share a laugh and a cuppa. Gold coin donation. Term time only. Job Café 10-11am Avondale Library. CV assistance, career counselling and job search assistance, run by Whau Ace. Preschool Storytime 10.30 @ BHB Library. Free and fun, literacy development through stories and songs. Term time. Community Singers Blockhouse Bay Practice from 12.30-2.30pm at BHBCC, and sing at rest homes monthly. Contact Anne Rogers phone 626 7040 or email ruth52@outlook.co.nz Knitting Circle 1-3pm at BHB Library. BYO knitting needles and wool, join others in casual knitting group sessions for all levels. Experienced knitters available to help. Family History drop-in workshop 2-4pm at NL Library. 3rd Thurs/month. Get help with online family history resources from our research librarian. Register at desk/message us on FB. Zumba Fitness for all ages 6.15-7.15pm New Windsor Primary School Hall. Instructor Evelina Collins. Term time only. Contact Shelly 021 743 549. Pickleball 6.45pm-8.45pm at Mt Albert YMCA. More info at pac.org.nz.

FRIDAYS Pickleball 10am-12noon at Mt Albert YMCA. More info at pac.org.nz. Book Club 10:30am-12pm at BHB Library, 3rd Fri/ month. Discuss what you’ve been reading, find new books. Mandarin Storytime Fridays 11-11:30am at New Lynn Library. Stories, rhymes and music in Mandarin. Term time. Māori Conversation Group 11am – 12pm, Avondale Library. Practice te reo Māori in a relaxed setting with other speakers of the language. Tea/ coffee provided. Social Indoor Bowls 11am – 2.15pm, Western Hall, 38 Portage Road, New Lynn. Beginners welcome. First two visits free, then $3. Ph Bill 627 3113. Food Pantry open 1-3pm at BHB Baptist Church. Momiji Japanese Kids Playgroup 3.30-5.30pm at GBCH. First visit free. Contact momojiplaygroupnz@gmail.com. Chess For Success 3.30-5pm at Avondale Library. All levels and ages welcome. Term time only. Ruh ki Baarish led by Pastors Anil and Reena Kant and the Hills Satsung Team. 7pm every Friday at Hills Church, 179 Hillsborough Rd. West Auckland Men’s Rebus Club Meets 2nd Friday every month, 10am, New Lynn Friendship Hall, 3063 Gt Nth Rd. Guest speaker. Morning tea provided. Visitors welcome. Ph Laurie 820 2234.

SATURDAYS BHB-Lynfield Lions Club sausage sizzle 9am–1pm for Lions Projects. Last Sat/month outside BHB ASB. Meat or vegetarian, plus books and other goodies. Bollyworx 9-10am at St. Mary’s School Hall, 2134 Grt Nth Rd, Avondale. Fun-filled exercise to Bollywood music. Baptist on 021 815040. Family Storytime 11-11:30am at Avondale Library. Term time.

CHURCH SERVICES St Dominic’s Catholic Church 34 Bolton St, BHB ph 09 626 6207. Weekend Masses: Saturday vigil 6pm; Sunday 8am & 9:30am. Weekday Masses: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9:15am; Wednesday 7pm. St Jude’s Anglican Church 27 St Jude Street, Avondale p: 020 4079 4554, Sundays 8am and 9am.

Free Dinner 2nd Saturday of the month, 5-7pm, at Iona Presbyterian Church hall, 38 Donovan St BHB. All welcome. For more info ph 09 627 9845.

SUNDAYS Book a Sewing Machine. Basic assistance with projects is available if needed. Talk to a librarian to book in a time. Avondale Library. New Lynn Market on Portage (starts 6th June) 9am-2pm 34A Portage Rd, New Lynn (5 mins walk from LynnMall). First Sunday each month all year round, rain/shine, fully undercover indoor-outdoor space’. Food, music, crafts, entertainment, local fundraising groups and initiatives. Hosted by Rampant Coffee Company. Facebook @New Lynn Market on Portage. The Fair: Antiques, Collectables and Crafts. 9.30am-2pm at BHBCC. Large collection of antiques, collectables, memorabilia, and crafts. $2/adult. Proceeds towards Armanasco House. 3rd Sundays, Jan, Mar, May, July, Sep, Nov. Knitting and Crochet fortnightly 3-5pm at GBCH. Knitting and crochet for fun. Swap patterns and share ideas. $2 donation.

CHURCH SERVICES BHB Baptist 504 BHB Rd. Ph 09-626 6980. Sundays 10am Worship and teaching for all ages, 6.30pm worship, teaching and coffee. BHB Community Church 76 Dundale Ave, BHB. Ph 09 626 6284. Sundays, 10.30 am service. Church of the Saviour 2 Heaphy St, BHB. Ph 627 8779. 9am Communion service. 11am Café Style church. 1.30pm - Mandarin service. 4pm - Interdenominational Service. Courageous Church 9 St Jude St, Avondale. connect@courageous.nz. Sundays 10am. Encounter Church 495 Rosebank Road, Avondale, P: 820 8231, E: office@encounter.org.nz. Sundays 10am + 6pm – children and youth programmes provided. Hosanna Avondale Baptist Church 1288 New North Road, Avondale Ph. 09 828 0182. 10am. Children’s Ministry 10.30am. Coffee & fellowship afterwards. Iona Presbyterian Church 38 Donovan Street, BHB Ph. 09 627 9845. Sundays, 10am service. Lynfield Community Church 35 The Avenue, Lynfield. Ph 09 626 4141. Sundays, 9:30am service. St. Austells Uniting Church (Methodist/ Presbyterian) 35 Margan Avenue, New Lynn. Ph 09 827 4360. Email staustells@xtra.co.nz. Sunday service 10am. Other activities on website.

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Te Uru’s 2021 Autumn Season Exhibition: Lisa Walker: She wants to go to her bedroom but she can’t be bothered 5 June – 29 August 2021 An ambitious retrospective of Lisa Walker’s 30-year career as a pioneer of contemporary jewellery, her ground-breaking works will be spread across three of Te Uru’s gallery spaces. Over 250 pieces dating from 1989 to just last month.

Where: Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Rd Cost: Free Info: teuru.org.nz

Māori moving image ki Te Uru

Lisa Walker: She wants to go to her bedroom but she can’t be bothered.

12 June – 29 August 2021

Arne Loot: Party in Piha

Te Uru presents the latest iteration of Māori Moving Image. Examining photographs, texts and oral histories, the exhibition will portray the resilience and continuation of mātauranga Māori through a selection of moving image works by artists whose practices examine ‘the archive’.

29 May – 12 September 2021

Featuring Ana Iti, Jeremy Leatinu’u, and Nathan Pōhio. Curated by Bridget Reweti and Melanie Oliver.

New Coffee & Chat starting in BHB Feeling isolated and want to connect with others? Need help looking for work? Whatever situation you find yourself in, Jeremy Walters has a heart to help. From his own experience of having to change career direction with COVID-19 last year, he is wanting to help others. Jeremy was in full time study looking to progress to post grad study in psychology at AUT when everything changed. Now he is having a break, doing part-time work from home, helping with care of his children and also looking for more employment. In his current role working from home, he has become keenly aware of the effects of isolation.

Party in Piha is an exhibition of photographs by 97-yearold Titirangi photographer, Arne Loot, which document the legendary full-moon beach parties that took place in the remote coastal settlement of Piha in the 1960s. It has been created from a series of original proof sheets that Loot used to make for young party-host, Brian Rainger.

Lynfield prepares for a “Blast from the Past” Nothing good ever gets done without a lot of planning, and of course, many hands make the work light. The Lynfield Community Day team are hard at it again planning a fun Spring event for locals. Themed “Blast from the Past”, this year’s event is set for the afternoon of 25 September and it promises to be a real winner. The team are now taking expressions of interest for stalls and entertainment. They are also looking for anyone interested in being part of the event, such as: • To help organise • Volunteer on the day • Have a community group stall • Sponsor • Performances • Other entertainment stalls You can also book your team of 6 to 8 for activities like the 3 legged race, egg and spoon races, cartwheel races and tug o’ war. For more information contact Ella Kumar on 021 047 7642 or Terry Connor on 021 056 7161.

The weekly Monday coffee morning has emerged from this experience. Ideally, he would like to involve a local pool of experts to give guidance of things like writing a CV, job interview skills, employment agencies, and how to deal with stress. If you would like some time out to chat and find help, or if you can come alongside Jeremy to help others, then contact the BHB Community Centre or Jeremy on Facebook – search: DropIn in the Bay. The group will meet on Mondays 10.30am-12.30pm from 26 July.

The Lynfield Community Day team, L-R: Gillian, Ashwin, Terry, Gargi, Lisa, Kathy and Ella.

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Beacon JULY 2021

Full house at seniors’ afternoon tea By John Subritzky

There was a full house with over 140 of our respected seniors gathered for a High Tea. The crowd started getting rowdy as the agenda slowly unrolled beginning with a welcome from a kaumatua and then through speeches by politicians and dignitaries. It was a classic case of “let them eat cake”, and as tea was served the mood lifted noticeably. For Raewyn Robertson, timing and content were everything. She is the Senior Librarian, Local History, Auckland West Library. Her slot was just after the masses had been fed and watered. She had great, relevant content, starting with a couple of icebreakers. “Who is the oldest person in the room?” kicked it off, with an auction type response of elderly clamouring to be recognised as the oldest person there. Ironically, the oldest

were the ones who struggled most to lift their hands up enough to be seen, but with the help of some friendly staff, we got there in the end with the honours going to a lady aged 98 years. Next up Raewyn asked who had lived longest in the Whau. The winner was Murray Taylor with 86 years living locally. His parents had built a house on Great North Road in 1921 near the Crum Brick factory. He says that it was the first house with electricity in the area. Chatting to him, I discovered that back in the day, Murray had been employed by my father as a construction supervisor. It is a small world! Raewyn then went to the main event of some historic photos from the Whau. These were on each table and the good folk were invited to share memories about local landmarks of a bygone era

Margaret and Murray Taylor enjoying ‘longest in the Whau’ status.

Fuimaono was in police custody when he died suddenly after an apparent medical event. Ardie’s funeral was held at St Joseph’s Catholic Church and the procession took in some places that were special to him, including Canal Road, Avondale. Canal Road had been home for a long time after he moved from Grey Lynn.

The entertainment kept coming with a dance group of Chinese ladies, rumoured to be all over the age of 85. I’m glad the MC mentioned their age bracket because they were moving with poise and grace expected of much younger people. The Kapa Haka group from Kelston Intermediate actually looked like most of the school was present. Their performance was polished, intense – and the large group was loud! No hearing aids were needed to appreciate their items. After the thankyous to Communicare, Whau Local Board (sponsor) and the participants, it was time to gather up the leftovers and head home.

Seniors enjoying Kelston Intermediate Kapa Haka performance.

Last ride for Ardie Mass burnouts and dangerous driving trumpeted the reporting of the funeral of Head Hunters member, Taranaki Fuimaono, known as “Ardie”. Media noted that members of at least six gangs came together to pay their respects.

like the Tram Terminus at Rosebank Rd and local brickworks.

Hundreds of motorbikes travelled down Canal Road, showing respect for Ardie. Facebook comments included:

Ardie’s last ride down Canal Rd was respected and supported by a large group of local residents.

Will never forget Canal Rd. Even going down that road just makes me feel at home and gives me sooo many memories. Fehoko. It was GANGSTA AZZ history went down on CANAL ROAD bet you never seen hundreds of bikes roll down that street at once Thrilling experience. Janiero.


Gr8est send off for our King! LONG LIVE ROAD KING ARDZ! We miss you and we love you Uncle! From GLC 2 CANAL right back 2 WESTMERE. Penina.

Taranaki “Ardie” Fuimaono, 25.1.78 – 13.6.21. Photo supplied.