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ISSUE 149, JUNE 2016

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contents Pampered and Petted................................................................................... 4 Starting a community nursery...................................................................... 5 The art of cake decoration........................................................................... 6 Meet the ‘Hoopy Bird’; Get your gloves on; Weather by the moon with Ken Ring........................................................... 7 Taking it to the people, Waikumete’s Sheree Stout..................................... 8


Art and about with Naomi McCleary.....................................................10-11 Mike Carter to leave Titirangi Pharmacy.................................................... 12 Feature: wining and dining....................................................................13-14 Words on Wine with Lindsay Nash............................................................. 15 Places to go: Events listing....................................................................16-17 On stage, news from Titirangi Theatre....................................................... 18 Bandstanding: Don’t Call Me Shirley.......................................................... 19 Bringing quality cinema to the Village....................................................... 20 Walking West: Retracing the line of Harvey Stewart.................................. 21


Feature: education................................................................................22-23 Feature: home improvements...............................................................25-27 Growing West: Geoff Davidson on tawari.................................................. 28 Friends of Arataki; Te Whau Pathway update............................................. 29 Leanne MacDonald: it’s not a typical job................................................... 30 Live @ the lounge......................................................................................31

On our cover: I lost you to the Summer Wind, an image by Sammy K. Milne that is

part of the Upstairs Art Gallery exhibition that opens on June 9. Sammy writes: “This is an image of my grandfather who passed away in April 2015. I have always been inspired by the great artists from the Renaissance era and wanted to create his image in this style. I lost you to the Summer Wind is a Frank Sinatra song that my grandfather listened to every night on his record player.”

Two new exhibitions of photographs celebrating Dalmatian settlement and community in West Auckland are presently on display at The West Auckland Research Centre based at Waitakere Library, Henderson. The first exhibition Dalmatians Out West showcases images from the Dalmatian Genealogical & Historical Society’s collections and features early settlers, weddings, sport, gatherings and social occasions, music and dance, transport, horticulture and viticulture. The second exhibition Dominik (Dick) Nedjelko Sunde: Images from the 1920s-1940s features images from the late Rudy Sunde’s father’s collection and shows images of his and his family’s life in Oratia, Gisborne and other areas of New Zealand. This is the Centre’s feature exhibition for the Auckland Festival of Photography. The exhibitions are in the J. T. Diamond Room and Gallery until Tuesday, August 30. Phone 892 4952 for more information. Every issue of The Fringe (and the Titirangi Tatler before it) since April 2011 is on-line at www,fringemedia.co.nz. Like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ FringeWest) to hear when each issue is available and get other updates. please support our advertisers – they support us


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"Hello sweetheart. Like a cuddle Tinker? How about a nice pat Missy? Come and get your injection darling." Lisa Lyons' day has begun and it's not with her human family of husband Matt and boys Jett and Finn. No, today Lois has an earlier than usual start at her Keepin Katz boarding cattery in Parau as she has to give insulin to one of her furry lodgers. Lois and Matt bought the property in February last year and have made it a holiday haven for 15 – 25 cats a week, although that figure skyrockets to about 100 over the Christmas holiday season. "We have all sorts here," says Lisa. "Old, young, firsttimers, regulars, big ones, little ones, kittens and huge Maine Coons. They're quick learners and just fit in with each other and there are never any fights. They're all so chilled out here and even if their owners say they might be fussy eaters or don't like other cats, that's not what we see here. They just all get on." Lisa Lyons with one of her furry guests. While there are individual units with their own outdoor spaces for cats on special diets or medication or who just want to be alone, most feline guests are housed in open plan areas where they can look through large mesh screens to the garden and surrounding bush. In the communal areas there are sunny spots, shady spaces, toys to play with and beds in which the cats can lounge around. Screens roll down at night to Theis, the Maine Coon, next to a ‘standard’ size cat. protect them from the elements. But Lisa thinks that's not enough for her guests. She's launching a Catcam app soon which the cats' owners can download on their smartphones to watch their pets anytime and from anywhere in the world. It's thought to be the first of its kind in New Zealand. Plans are also underway for a fireplace for the furry guests and there'll be a big-screen TV for them to blob in front of too. "Nothing fazes me about any of this," Lisa says. "I must admit I used to be very scared of needles and I'd never given an injection before, but I got over it quickly here. We have diabetic cats staying, some have heart conditions, others have thyroid issues and need medication. Admittedly giving tablets to big cats like Maine Coons isn't the easiest task but ...." In spite of the tranquil ambience of Lisa's cattery, Lisa says there's always "something happening around here with family time crucially important too. It's great for the boys learning how to nurture and care for animals – and that includes our own three house cats and security dog Maddie. I just love it all." It seems the cats do too. – Moira Kennedy


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‘Seems such a good idea to do something like that in my own neighbourhood’ Wood Bay man David Blake is on the lookout for about 600 square metres of flattish land on which he and a group of like-minded locals can raise native trees from seed for neighbourhood planting in the future. For some time now David's been pulling up little seedlings growing on his property, replanting and raising them in pots. From there he's transferred about 300 trees a year to his parents' Awhitu Peninsula farm, alongside hundreds of trees his father has grown from seed found around the Royal Oak area. David concedes they've had limited success with the kohekohe, puriri, coprosma, kawakawa, karaka and titoki seedlings on the farm. Cows have gotten among them, rabbits and hares have munched the little plants right down and kikuyu has smothered them. Faced with those problems David approached a community nursery on the peninsula who pointed out David and his father had been planting the wrong kinds of species and that they'd fare better with cabbage trees, manuka, kanuka and flaxes. Planted in full sun, they'd grow fast, were strong enough to grow through kikuyu and critters would leave them alone. Once established, the trees would provide a protective blanket where nicer trees like titoki and puriri could grow. "That nursery is a non-profit organisation and they've agreed to plant 1,000 or so trees along boundaries and streams on the Awhitu property in the next two months," David says. "It seems such a good idea to do something like that in my own neighbourhood." In recent months David's been learning how to collect and grow seed from his own property, and his backyard is testament to his early successes. David Blake with the first lot of young karakas he’s raised from But his heart lies in working with the community to seed from his Wood Bay garden. achieve a local non-profit nursery and that's where his search for land, help and funding comes in. The aim would be to have a core group of volunteers collecting seed and growing and caring for the seedlings. They'd need funds for a water supply and perhaps a shade house too but with seedlings firmly established, the group would eventually plant them in local reserves or similar areas in the neighbourhood. "There are community groups that get involved with weeding in their neighbourhoods and they'd be ideal places to plant the tree seedlings," says David. "I've developed a real passion for trees. I've lived in Titirangi for 10 years and the longer I live around here, the more I understand the good that trees do in the environment." David's keen to hear from anyone who'd like to join him in his endeavours or has pots, trays and potting mix they can contribute. And of course, there's his search for land for this new community enterprise. David can be contacted on davidnblake36@gmail.com – Moira Kennedy


A new event instigated by the Manukau Harbour Forum, a committee with representatives of the nine local boards that surround the harbour, aims to identify key issues and outcomes around the restoration of New Zealand’s second largest harbour, the Manukau. The Manukau Harbour Forum Symposium will focus on the harbour’s future, and on real actions that can contribute to the restoration of its mauri, or life-force. It will consider proposed and current projects, innovative approaches and smart ways of acting to create a new reality. The Symposium will be held on Friday June 10 at the Mangere Arts Centre) and is free. Booking is essential. You can find out more, reserve a seat and nominate someone for an award, by visiting www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/manukauharbourforum.

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From flowers to cartoons and sharks: the art of cake decoration If you asked Florinda Pereira to make and decorate a 40kg cake for a special occasion, she probably wouldn't bat an eyelid. After all, the biggest cake she's made to date weighed 65kgs. That cake was for her daughter's wedding. The decorations included not only a little bride and groom but also an entire wedding party with ushers standing within a sugar-icing cathedral with fountains, steps and assorted other features. Every single bit of it was made by Florinda. It took a week to do and covered her entire family dining table. "Before that I had made ninetier cake for a neighbour and it was the talk of the town and when my daughter got married, she wanted Florinda Pereira with one of her something bigger. That's the biggest hand-made sugar flowers. I've ever done!" Florinda's passion for cake decorating knows no bounds. It started 35 years ago in her home city of Mumbai (Bombay) when husband Leyland's work went on strike and the couple started making sweets to help pay their bills. "People loved our sweets so when Leyland went back to work, we just carried on, and haven't stopped since," she says. The couple came to live in Kelston when they retired 10 years ago and Florinda's talent for cake decorating is such that she's in significant demand teaching her art at night schools at Rutherford College and Mt Roskill Grammar. On occasion she takes one-on-one classes at her home while fitting in volunteer work for West Auckland Hospice and helping her family and grandchildren. "Cake decorating has come naturally to me. In India, hardly anyone will share their secret techniques with you so I'm self-taught. I was a teacher by profession and whenever there was a special occasion at the school, I was given the cake to do," she says. Florinda says that it was only when she and Leyland came


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to New Zealand that her cake work took on another level. She joined classes and took courses, some with visiting international experts. "I learned so much. Another benefit of being in New Zealand is looking at a flower and then being able to make it. I can copy anything. India is a concrete jungle and I'd never seen real daffodils and irises." A former gold medal winner at the National Cake Decorating competition in Wellington, Florinda also takes part in cake and craft shows around Auckland and is often asked to make themed cakes including those for the centenary of Holy Cross Church in Henderson, the 90th anniversary of Auckland Grammar School and a cake copy of Te Papa. "Themed cakes are big news these days, especially for children's parties. Children used to like fairytale cakes but cakes today are movie-themed – Angry Birds, Rio, Kung Fu Panda, etc." Wedding cake trends have changed too from formal cakes mounted on pillars to delicate and dainty cakes with edible sugar lace. "Cake making and decorating can be very high-tech these days," says Florinda. "You can have them hanging upside down from the ceiling with armatures holding the cake's structure together. Leyland has an engineering mind so he helps me a lot and he makes marzipan and the boards for the cakes to go on. We work together. "Sometimes my family get a bit irritated with me as you need a lot of patience to do the flowers correctly and I'm very pedantic. It has to be perfect. To me it's a bit like therapy – it gives me so much peace." – Moira Kennedy

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Meet the ‘Hoopy Bird’ A colony of grey-faced petrels is nesting in burrows at Cornwallis Point and predators are being trapped to help these sea birds thrive. The colony was first discovered in the 1990s but its existence was forgotten until a couple of years ago. Seabird ecologist James Russell and Auckland Museum geologist Ewan Cameron decided the Oi, or grey-faced petrel warranted a check-up. “We found a few birds still hanging around and informed the local rangers,” he says, “and the rest is history.” These petrels are unique to New Zealand and not a sub-species of the Australian greatwinged petrel, as previously thought. The only other colonies in Auckland are all in the Waitakere Ranges – at Piha, Muriwai and Bethells. They spend most of their life in the air or on the water, only coming ashore at night to breed Grey-faced petrels are one of our rarer local in burrows during winter. residents. Photo: Jacqui Geux. This adaptive feature of

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breeding in winter, when predator populations tend to crash, has helped their survival. Despite the high numbers of stoats that were initially trapped, there are still 13 petrels in the Cornwallis colony, all of which were banded during April this year. Females lay just one egg. Ranger Duncan Emerson has found seven burrows at Cornwallis. “At least one is active,” he says. “We know that because we found egg fragments beside it. They start mating about now but can leave their burrows as late as December as there’s a long period between courtship and egg laying.” The ‘hoopy bird’ as it is sometimes known because of its call, makes a rubber ducky squeak and has also been heard by residents in Huia over the years. More recently kokako have been sighted and the robin population is also hanging on in the Huia valley. Auckland Council’s conservation ranger Nicky Brown says that while pest control for the petrels is in its early stages, the colony seems to be responding well. “Duncan has put a lot of his own personal time into monitoring them. It’s great to see that enthusiasm.” James Russell says the birds’ recovery will be slow but is optimistic about it. “The remaining birds will hopefully attract others to the Cornwallis colony from other sites further away, as we know the entire population of grey-faced petrel is one big ‘meta-population’ all moving among sites,” he says. Locals are asked to keep their cats indoors at night, as cats also hunt the sea birds. – Jade Reidy

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Ken Ring’s predictions for June June is wet, with only six dry days expected. Heavier rain falls are on the 1st-5th, 12th, 17th, 22nd-23rd and 27th. About 10 days are sunny with sunshine hours below average and temperatures above average. Sudden overnight cooling around the 14th may bring frost to Henderson Valley. Maximums average 17-18°C and minimums 10-11°C. Hotter days are the 1st, 2nd, 18th and 24th, with a daytime maximum of 22°C on the 18th. Cooler days are the 7th-8th, 14th-16th, 21st-22nd, 26th and 30th, with the 14th being the coldest. The barometer drops on the 1st and 2nd to a low around the 5th before rising 7th-9th. The 14th-16th has the month’s highest pressure of 1030-32mbs. The next drop is 17th-18th and next rise 20th-21st. The 24th sees a low point of about 1001mbs and the month averages 1016mbs. Prevailing winds are from the southwest and it is windiest on the 10th. The highest tidal variations at Cornwallis are the 5th-7th. Best fishing bite times are an hour either side of midday on the 4th-6th and 20th-22nd. Next best bite chances are around dusk on the 11th-14th and 26th-29th. For gardeners, the best days for pruning are the 1st-4th and 22nd-30th and better sowing days are the 8th-19th. Best days for harvesting crops are the 13th-15th. Titirangi Market Day on the 26th may see rain developing after a brief dry spell. Allow 24 hour leeway for all forecasts. Ken Ring’s “Weather Almanac for New Zealand for 2016” (Random House), is available from Titirangi Post Shop. © Ken Ring 2016. www.predictweather. com. The Fringe JUNE 2016


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Taking it to the people – cemetery reaching into living community "There are two things you can never redo. You can't be reborn and you can't be buried again so we have to get it right and make sure the family, as much as possible, can have what they want." Sheree Stout is head sexton at Waikumete Cemetery, the main cemetery in the Auckland region, the second biggest in the Southern Hemisphere and the biggest military cemetery in New Zealand. "At Waikumete we deal with many cultures and there are a lot of different ways to do a burial to meet a diverse range of needs. There is no right way or wrong way, and we do as much as possible to ensure a family's needs are met," Sheree says. Sheree Stout: “A cemetery is Having said that, Sheree says a a living place – and a resting place.” funeral can be stopped if health and safety rules are not met. "You cannot judge but such things as jumping into the grave are not permitted." A recent open day at Waikumete saw thousands of people visit the cemetery to see just how a cemetery works and the cremator (not in use at the time) was a source of intense interest to many. While Waikumete does about 70 per cent cremations to 30 per cent burials, Sheree says cremations are quite a new thing for a lot of people. "People were really keen to find out how it works and what is involved in a cremation. It was great to get people talking as well. Too often family members turn up and they've never had the conversation with the deceased person about what they want to happen after their death. Do they want a burial or cremation? Do they want it here or somewhere else?" she says. "We wanted to reach out to the community. There's still fear and myths around cemeteries. It's not that people are afraid, it's just that people don't know what goes on here," she says. The day's success was such that Sheree, with support from Auckland Council, now plans to reach further into the community to educate the public on the various options open to them – and their families – after death. "We're not drumming up business, but many immigrants don't know what to do when they lose their loved ones. They may come

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from cultures completely different to ours and we want them to feel comfortable about coming in to talk to us to see what their options are. I feel for those people in particular." Sheree has been in the role of head sexton for a year and for four years prior to that was Waikumete's gardener. "I got so much knowledge on the workings of the cemetery by working alongside the team of sextons." Sexton is an old term for grave digger and prior to machinery, all graves were dug by hand with spades. Some still are today where it's not possible to get a digger in to reopen a grave (for something like a second burial in the plot) because large memorials or headstones prevent access. This is mostly in the heritage area where a family has rights to a plot for 60 years unless someone is buried there, in which case it belongs to the family for eternity. "I love the heritage area. My great grandparents, grandparents, my mother and my brother are all there. I will go there too in time so it's quite a family thing for me," Sheree says. She lives on site with her children and grandchildren and is quick to point out Waikumete is not just a cemetery but a park as well. "It's a living place as well as a resting place and there's a lot goes on here. There are a lot of dog walkers and runners and I don't know how many people have learned to drive here. Families come to picnic, walk or bike ride. It's a beautiful park with lovely grounds. It's a very busy place and it's not always about a burial or cremation," she says. Every day is different for Sheree with things changing from one moment to the next. There's a lot of planning for burials and cremations of course, but also plot sales and letting people know their options. "Sometimes people have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and want to choose their own resting place. Lots of people pre-purchase plots for future use and some are really excited to be able to choose a plot for themselves." She has a "great team" of five sextons and is learning to master the digger with their guidance and tuition, and there are occasional mysteries to solve too. "I love a mystery. People may want to do a family tree and don't know where a relative is buried and lots of old sites weren't marked and headstones have fallen over. Nothing was computerised back in the old days of course, so it can take a lot of time to do the research. It's very rewarding when you find someone. I haven't failed yet." And nocturnal ghostly activities? "I haven't seen one ghost! Not one." – Moira Kennedy

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Should arts funding be left to chance? Everyone has a position on gambling, ranging along a continuum from 'work of the devil' to harmless recreation, and everything in between. Suffice to say, it is part of our society and unlikely to disappear any time soon. Out West, the licensing trusts have for many years channelled the profits from local gambling into organisations across the spectrum of sport, social services, education and the arts. In earlier days the two trusts (Portage and Waitakere) used to host presentation dinners once or twice a year where each recipient made a short speech in response to their grant. They were long evenings but I can well recall attending these and always coming away humbled at the huge number of small organisations delivering extraordinary services and support to their communities. Times have changed and The Trusts Community Foundation (TTCF) now manages the bulk of its funding provision with locally elected trustees from both Portage and Waitakere Licensing Trusts able to make recommendations to TTCF. The thing that hasn't changed is the immense value to the arts out here from the support of an organisation that knows the territory, both geographical and cultural, and keeps on funding a sector that would otherwise struggle to thrive. The grand example is the revival of Lopdell House and development of Te Uru Gallery, but it is all the small projects and organisations that equally enrich our lives. However, when it comes to our national arts body Creative New Zealand, also almost entirely dependent on lotteries money, I think the argument changes. There has been much correspondence in the media lately about the falling income from lottery spending and CNZ has been sending letters to arts organisations indicating a 10% to 15% reduction in grants at the very least. I have not seen a single letter in any publication which suggests that it is shameful that the arts in New Zealand should be

entirely dependent on our propensity for gambling, although there are grumblings to this effect beginning to emerge. Long gone is the golden era when Helen Clark threw $80 million into the CNZ pot as a stimulus to the cultural life of our country. And what a stimulus it was, both fiscally and psychologically, that a prime minister believed in the intrinsic and central place of the arts in a healthy and mature society.

Artist of the Month: A major retrospective of a young West Auckland artist at Te Uru prompts me to write of her very contemporary arts practice. Janet Lilo (Ngāpuhi, Samoan and Niuean) lives locally but plays on an international field. Based in Avondale, she documents relentlessly, in both public and private settings: from filming a group of night-time dancers in an arcade in Japan, to re-creating a break-up scene from the movie Twilight in Porirua using two complete strangers cast through an email callout, to re-editing YouTube users singing infectious pop songs in their bedrooms. All this while being one of the main movers and shakers behind the local arts collective, Whau The People, the Whau Arts Festival and their new All Goods Whau Artspace. (See The Fringe April 2016 for more on All Goods). Her works have been displayed on monitors and projected onto objects, the sides of buildings, in museums, empty flats and backyards, and on television. She has utilised spaces as diverse as shop windows, the Internet, bus stops and billboards. Graduating with a Master of Arts and Design from AUT in 2006, she has shown work in major New Zealand exhibitions and in France, Germany and Japan. This, along with residencies in Wellington, New Caledonia and Sapporo (Japan), are testament to her growing reputation. Janet makes work that turns the familiar into the

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extraordinary. The sights and sounds that infiltrate our everyday actions become her raw material and her interactions with people become the basis for community collaborations. These are then turned into installations that are often experimental in nature, using social media, text, photography, videos and objects to create interactive and unconventional displays. The Te Uru show is called Janet Lilo: Status Update. It is not a traditional survey. Rather than simply re-showing past works, Janet has taken concepts, processes and technologies from previous works to create entirely new works that reflect back on and refine her concerns to date. I've written more than once recently about new and exciting movements in the contemporary arts scene, more easily described as 'social practice', where the 21st century artist may want to produce work that directly connects with audiences and can produce real social, political or even economic change beyond the aesthetic enjoyment and inspiration that has usually been art’s primary occupation. Janet Lilo fits this description perfectly. Because her work celebrates the everyday, she always has a broad audience in mind. “I believe in making art that is simple, playful, accessible and dynamic. I like to think that the art I create will not only stand up to an audience that is academically informed but, more importantly, to people from different intellectual abilities, cultures and ages.” For Janet Lilo: Status Update, Janet has created a series of large-scale installations that span three gallery spaces in Te Uru. These include a photo-montage made from over 10,000 six by four-inch photographs, printed using self-service machines at Harvey Norman stores around Auckland, a music video featuring text and images sourced through Google and neon works that re-use subject lines from the artist’s previous email correspondence with another artist living on the other side of the world. It may challenge your idea of what art is, or should be, but it will not fail to engage and intrigue the viewer whose mind is open to new ideas. Janet Lilo: Status Update runs until August 28.

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Glen Eden Library is offering a free course on arithmetic tricks that will help parents show their children how to gain excellent calculation skills. The six-week course is run by the library’s calculation expert Robert Taylor (MSc, Hons Maths). The course uses a visual approach to learning called "Circlemaths". It is intended for parents so they can then teach their children but parents are welcome to bring children over seven years old with them. The focus is on novelty, ease of calculation, speed and clarity of understanding. The course starts on either Monday June 13, 11-12pm. or Tuesday June 14. 2-3pm. To enrol pop into Glen Eden Library or phone 892 4943. To see what else is happening go to www.aucklandlibraries. govt.nz or like www.facebook.com/glenedenlibrary

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Times change but passion for community will last forever When Titirangi Pharmacist Mike Carter hangs up and I look forward to the challenge of continuing his pestle this month, it will close the doors on 46 the many good works Mike has done in the years of his professional life in the Village but not neighbourhood." on his support for the community he's loved all his Mike says community is 100 per cent life and for which he and wife Pam will continue to important to him, Pam and his family. Daughter have a passionate commitment. Christine who now works at the pharmacy has Mike, regarded by many as the unofficial Mayor of been in and out of its doors since she was a Titirangi, has battled cancer in recent months and come baby. out the victor. "It was a fight," he says, "but with my "As a schoolboy I used to deliver the Herald doctor's help I've turned the corner and beaten it. I'm in the area so when I first bought the business, a Pam and Mike Carter. 100 per cent well now." lot of people recognised me. Being a paper boy Mike and Pam are well-known in the Village and beyond largely because was a good foot in the door! I've known a lot of our staff from when they were of the huge number of people who've passed through the Titirangi Pharmacy's babies, and customers too. Everything I and my family have has come out of doors since November 1969. The shop's never moved from its site in the this community so of course we give back. That's all there is to it," Mike says. heart of the Village, but it has been expanded in size three times to meet the He talks of schools, myriad community organisations and the RSA which growing needs of the community. the Carters have supported over the past 46 years. "The RSA financially "The hardest part is knowing we're definitely going to miss our customers supported me through school and university as my parents (both returned and staff. Some have become wonderful friends and some of our staff have service people) didn't have a lot of dough. You don't forget things like that." been part of the team for 20 years," Mike says. Born and raised in Titirangi, Mike has only lived outside the area for eight "I can't thank our customers enough for their loyalty over the years and I years â&#x20AC;&#x201C; five years at boarding school in Hamilton and three years at university can assure them that things won't change under the new owner, Seong Chan. in Wellington. He's a nice guy and I'm happy to sell the business to him. The staff will stay So what's next for the Carters? Mike says he has heaps of things to do the same which is wonderful as they are a special part of the Titirangi Village including pursuing his passion for scuba diving. Travel is on the agenda for the community too," he says. pair, they have a big property to look after and both enjoy walking. Seong Chan has been with the Golf Road Pharmacy for 14 years and says "There's plenty to be going on with. My heart and soul are here and that he has big shoes to fill with Mike's departure from the business which has had will never change. We have lots of passion for our community and of course such a positive impact on the community. "My focus is also on the community we'll still support and be involved with it as a family. That will never change."

MIKE IS LEAVING TITIRANGI PHARMACY After 46 years, my wife Pam and I have sold our business and will be moving on in the next few weeks. Most importantly, thank you to all of our wonderful customers and superb staff for their loyalty and support over the years. You've given us many happy memories and friendships and helped make Titirangi Village the exciting place it is today. We'll miss you all. I'll be in-store from 7th to 10th June to help you welcome the new owner of the pharmacy, Seong Chan. You will be in safe hands with him and our highly regarded current team. There will be promotions and prizes during that time with a special celebration on Wednesday 8th, all welcome. Good health and good cheer for the future.

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Eating out: Local eateries sure to satisfy “If you’ve done six impossible things this morning, why not round it off with breakfast, lunch or dinner at Milliways, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe.” The Restaurant at the End of the Universe was a creation of Douglas Adams, the sequel to his The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and itself a total impossibility. However, we are unlikely to miss dining at this restaurant as we have many other great dining and entertainment options available to us. As the weather gets cooler and outdoor entertainment and barbecues become rather less enjoyable, it’s natural for thoughts to turn to eating out more often and there is a great mix of new venues to try and old favourites to revisit. Perhaps the newest dining option in our neighbourhood is Bolliwood, the Indian restaurant that now occupies the building that used to house Mint and Masala. The Titirangi Boliwood restaurant is being operated by Parvinder Singh and Jassi Poonia. Parvinder is no stranger to the Village as he used to be a popular chef at the former Barossa restaurant (see the May issue of The Fringe). While Asian styles of food tend not to change with the seasons, it’s true that customers at one of Auckland’s best-regarded Thai restaurants have shown a leaning towards more curries and hot and sour soups like tom yam in winter months. Pog Thomson and her husband Gavin started Lai Thai restaurant in New Lynn almost 20 years ago and say they try to spice things up a bit to give their customers some extra warmth. “Herby soups with lemongrass, more herbs, curries, lots of ginger and galangal (part of the ginger family),” says Pog “and of course ginger and lemongrass are

very good for helping to keep your body warm and improve circulation.” Thai food is renowned for its texture, colour, taste, attention to detail and use of ingredients with positive medicinal benefits, and Pog grows her own herbs as freshness in their Pog and Gavin Thompson: freshness is dishes is paramount. paramount. They buy their fruit and vegetables on a daily basis from local greengrocers. None of the meats they use are pre-cooked. “We’re passionate about the taste and freshness of our food,” says Pog, which may be why customers from Lai Thai’s early days two decades ago are still regulars today. “We’re up to the third generation in some families who come to eat with us. One of our regular clients is 95 years old, a lot are in their 80s and they’re bringing their grandchildren now.” And with winter chills on us, Lai Thai’s menu is virtually guaranteed to warm your body – and if you need an extra kick, Gavin’s known for appearing with a glass of port to really warm your body and soul. Continued on page 14 >>

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Another local eatery that has developed a loyal following is The Refreshment Room, just along Scenic Drive. In the five years since it opened it has built a solid reputation for fresh, wholesome food. “We’re proud of the integrity of our food,” says co-owner and Viv Head: “A lot of love goes into our food.” Titirangi resident Viv Head. “Our foods have no preservatives or additives. We use seasonal products and buy local organic products wherever possible. Our ingredients might not be the cheapest but the food is delicious.” The restaurant also has its own vegetable garden, tended by co-owner and head chef John Pountney, to supply many of its ingredients. The Refreshment Room makes most of its food on site, including breads, pastas, sauces, ice creams, cheeses and more. And if you have specific dietary requirements, the restaurant will happily accommodate you. “We recognise the diversity of our community,” says Viv. Because all the food is freshly prepared, the restaurant’s menu changes every week and there will always be something new and exciting to try. “Although some people tend to hibernate during the winter months and don’t eat out as much, it’s important not to forget all the local eateries,” says Viv. “We’re near by, have a warm fire and a genuine welcome and can offer wholesome, hearty food. We’re your friendly neighbourhood bistro.” The Refreshment Room will be planning more events in its Red Room venue over the winter months including music concerts. The venue can also be hired for your own parties or events. Milliways is light years away but our local dining options are sure to satisfy.


The Brickworks: a personal introduction by visiting food editor Delaney Mes LynnMall may be the oldest mall in New Zealand but its new dining precinct The Brickworks has catapulted it into the future. Fusing the old with the new, the tree-lined courtyard with its hanging lights is surrounded by an eclectic mix of modern eateries, and has fast become a dining hub for all who profess that West is Best. Walking in on a crisp and sunny, early autumn evening you’re instantly met with options: will it be a pint first at Cleaver & Co as the sun goes down, or will it be straight into a pasta favourite at Goode Brothers? Walk through the courtyard and punters line the walkway at outdoor tables, enjoying everything from Japanese (Meso), to Turkish (Bodrum Kitchen), to Vietnamese (Hansan). The courtyard is lined with options and there really is something for everyone. International favourite Wagamama has found a new home at The Brickworks, epitomising the fact that you don’t have to go into the central city or suburbs to access this noodle giant’s noodles, soups and everything in between. Likewise Shaky Isles, a café favourite formerly only in the city and central suburbs, has taken a spot out West, meaning that locals can get their city-side coffee and brunch fix just down the road. Eggs Benedict makes way for burgers, sliders, and plenty more once the lights go down. The Brickworks has taken hold as the heart of LynnMall and has that funny feeling that it’s been there forever. Strangely familiar yet with modern dining: long may it continue.

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Not all wine ages well Broaching a top New Zealand Chardonnay at less than two years old can be infanticide according to Michael Cooper. On the other hand, many a fine wine has been spoiled by opening too late rather than too soon. This I know from bitter experience. So I’m pleased to report that Chardonnays from 2012, not, it seems, a particularly highly regarded year, are right at their peak. Seresin’s 2012 Marlborough Chardonnay (about $30) is a lovely golden colour, with a bouquet that swirls with growing intensity from the glass, a grainy, buttery character. The flavour has a similar biscuity taste, long and complex with a gently elegant finish. Similarly distinguished was the Highfield 2012 Marlborough Chardonnay (also about $30). I remember visiting this winery some years ago. There’s a fine restaurant with beautiful architecture and a distinctive Tuscan tower. This wine is distinctive too. Bottle age has given it some depth of colour, and though the bouquet took a while to develop, its oatmealy aroma led to a mouth filling, butterscotch flavour. Slightly less pleasing was a Serecin 2006 Marlborough Raupo Creek Pinot Noir (about $75). In the glass it was distinctly brown round the edges, a dire warning, though the bouquet was pleasant enough. An initial mouthful confirmed its fading glory, but the wine seemed to reassert something of its former character and it produced a plummy, slightly spicy mouth feel, entirely suitable for our casserole. For everyday drinking Australian reds are hard to beat as value for money. Pick of the bunch may well be the Wyndham bin lines, often on special under $10. The Bin 555 2013 Shiraz had a little bottle age to help integrate its flavours, leading to quite a weighty, slightly liquorice black current palate. There was adequate acid to hold it all together, a bargain buy. My brother Guy usually brings an interesting wine for dinner. This time it was Les Dauphins Côtes du Rhone 2013 reserve (about $15). It’s a hearty, fruity wine, dense in the glass, with spicy bouquet, and a full-bodied, berryish flavour, and firm tannins. From a friend’s cellar comes this intriguing curiosity: Auckland Heritage Trust Fumé Blanc Private Bin 1986. It was made by Corbans from Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc grapes, “riper with higher levels of acidity than the much acclaimed 1985 vintage.” The label gives full details, describing its fermentation in small oak barriques, and how the wine is marketed to support the Auckland Heritage Trust. It is scarcely an infant, though perhaps entering a second childhood as the melancholy Jaques in Shakespeare’s As You Like it might say, “... mere oblivion,/ Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.”

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Dr Raniga says early treatment by a specialist can reduce or occasionally liminate the need for more extensive treatment at a later age. “Orthodontists pend a great deal of their post graduate training studying facial growth and evelopment,” says Dr Raniga. There is much less stigma around wearing braces nd orthodontic appliances, compared with what parents may recall from their wn childhood. “Teenagers will actually ag Mum and Dad for an appointment. Our children know the value of a eautiful, functional smile that will last them a lifetime, and they’re willing to ut the work in now. If that’s not a wise investment, I don’t know what is.”

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by Waiatarua glass artist Susan Brogan; Arataki Visitor Centre, Scenic Drive. Phone 817 0077. w – 3, Magical Realism: from the mythology to the extermination, an exhibition by Juan Castillo; Upstairs Gallery, Lopdell House; open 7 days, 10am- 4pm. Phone 817 4278. w – 6, Plastic Mouthfeel III: an installation by Dan Arps; Te Uru. Phone 817 8087. w – 26, Networking, Joanna Campbell and Rowan Panther share their mutual passion for lace; Curiosity Corner, Te Uru. Phone 817 8087. w – July 17, Uniform: Exchange, a collective of female artists explore the relationship between Auckland and Dunedin; Te Uru. Phone 817 8087. w – August 28, Status Update, a photographic installation by Janet Lilo; Te Uru. Phone 817 8087. w 4, 11, 18 and 25, Dancefit classes for teens and adults; St Andrew’s Hall, 8 Clayburn Road; 6–6.45pm Low-impact workout to music, 6.45–7.15pm Introduction to Jazz; Gold coin donation. Phone Debbie 818 4449 or Bronwyn 027 684 1401. w 2, Titirangi folk music session; Toolroom, Hardware Cafe; 7–10pm; Free. Phone Ian 813 2305.

w 3, 10, 17 and 24, Zumba Gold (for older people);

Titirangi Community House; 7.30am. Contact Kat 021 075 9628. w 3 – July 17, Carry-On, a collection of hand-coloured photographs by Bridget Reweti; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w 3 – July 17, Nga Aho Taruarua, works by Robert Jahnke, Matthew McIntyre-Wilson, Alexis Neal, Martin Langdon and Peata Larkin; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w 4 – 13, Lookout!, a showcase of West Auckland secondary school student photographic works; The Cellar, Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w 4 – July 3, Nature is the Artist – I am the Photographer, a collection of images by Suzanne Mackenzie in association with Auckland Festival of Photography; West Coast Gallery, Seaview Rd. Piha; Wednesday – Sunday, 10am-4pm. Phone 812 8029. w 8, Floral Art Club meeting; Horticultural Rooms, 990 Great North Road, Western Springs; 10am. Contact Verna 817 7677 or bvhartill@gmail.com. w 9 – July 3, Photography by local photographers Sammy K. Milne & John Scott in collaboration with the Auckland Festival of Photography; Upstairs Gallery, Lopdell House; open 7 days, 10am- 4pm. Phone 817 4278. w 11, Titirangi Folk Music Club Concert with guest artist Beverley Young. Floor singers first half; Beach Hall, Titirangi Beach Road; 8pm; $8, members $5, under 18 free. Phone Ian 813 2305. w 18, Lions Club of New Lynn Book sale; 3063 Great North, New Lynn; 9am-4pm. w 18, Matariki artists panel talk featuring exhibiting

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• Corban Estate Arts Centre, 426 Great North Road, Henderson, 10am–4.30pm daily. 838 4455. • Kelston Community Centre, corner of Awaroa and Great North Roads, Kelston. • McCahon House Museum, 67 Otitori Bay Rd; 1-4pm, Wednesday – Sunday, except public holidays. Outside these hours by appointment. 817 6148 or mccahon@mccahonhouse.org.nz. • Playhouse Theatre, 15 Glendale Road, Glen Eden. 818 5751. • Sustainable Living Centre, 4 Olympic Place, New Lynn, 10am–4pm Mon-Fri, 10am–1pm Sat, or by appointment. 826 4276; info@ecomatters.org.nz. • Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, 420 Titirangi Road, Titirangi, 10am–4.30pm daily. 817 8087; email info@teuru.org. nz. • Titirangi Theatre, Lopdell House, Titirangi, 817 5812; infoline 817 5951; www. titirangitheatre.co.nz. • Upstairs Art Gallery, Level 1, Lopdell House, 418 Titirangi Road, 10am–4.30pm daily. 817 4278. www. upstairs.org.nz. • West Coast Gallery, Seaview Road, Piha, Wednesday – Sunday, 10am–4pm. 812 8029. www.westcoastgallery.co.nz.

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artists in a conversation about their interconnected practices. Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w 18, Mostly Craft, fun activities for children aged 5-11 years (accompanied); St Francis Anglican Church, Corner Park and Titirangi Beach Roads; 1.30-3.30pm. Phone Donna 817 5412, www.titirangianglican.org.nz. w 19, Huia’s Little Market, stalls, food, music and more; Huia Hall; 9am-2pm. Phone 811 8051 or 811 8762. w 22, Genealogy and Family History, a West Auckland Historical Society presentation with Lani Rimington; Waitakere Gardens, Sel Peacock Drive, Henderson; 7pm. Phone Gai Bishop 811 8724 w 24, Titirangi Folk Music Club’s Friends on Friday. Share your songs and music with a small friendly group; Beach Hall, Titirangi Beach Road; 8pm; $3, under 18 free. Phone Rosemary 814 8897 or Margaret 818 1434. w 26, Titirangi Village Market, art, craft, produce and music; Titirangi War Memorial Hall, 500 South Titirangi Road; 10am-2pm. Contact Tanya, tvm.manager@gmail. com or 814 1177. w 30 and July 1, Kia Ora Shorts, seven new Maori short films; Opanuku Studio, Corban Estate Arts Centre; 7.30; Bookings advised. Phone 838 4455.

on stage Messiah on the Frigidaire, by John Culbertson, is this month’s production from Titirangi Theatre. The small town of Elroy, South Carolina is thrust into the evangelical spotlight when what seems to be the image of Jesus appears on a refrigerator in a trailer park. The discovery by Lou Ann Hightower, her husband Dwayne, and her best friend Betsy, sets into motion a frenzy of conflict, communion and good old fashioned commerce. When the National Investigator turns the appearance into front-page headlines, their trailer park becomes a Mecca for miracle seekers, soul searchers and disciples with a decidedly political agenda. At the urging of the town’s business leaders, Betsy pretends to get messages from the appliance-based apparition, and the crowds multiply like loaves and fishes. Through the ordeal, the three undergo an evolution in their relationships with each other, and they are forced to come to grips with their lowly status in the caste system of the rural south. In a region where religion is as much a part of life as grits and cotton fields, God surely moves in mysterious ways. Director Duncan Milne has assembled a cast of experienced actors. Lou Ann Hightower will be played by Merrin Cavel, with Karlos Wrennal taking the part of Dwayne, her husband. Also in the cast are Taimi Allen, who runs the theatre’s Green Room classes, and Rochelle Cowie, last seen in Life & Beth. Paul Greenfield and Pania Williamson round out the ensemble. It’s five years since Taimi and Karlos trod the Titirangi boards, both of them in Terra Nova. Pania was last seen as a nun in Abelard and Heloise, so she is enjoying the step up of having some lines, and also the pleasure of working with her daughter, Abi, as the girl.

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A play set in the deep south of the United States has some special requirements. Duncan has managed to acquire the services of Ouida Tartt from Alabama as voice coach. The southern US has a very distinctive accent which is quite different from the Californian accents we usually hear on TV. Ouida has helped enormously with getting the unique rhythms of that area, says Duncan. Messiah on the Frigidaire opens on June 7 and runs until June 18. Performances are at 8pm Tuesday-Saturday both weeks, with matinees at 2pm on Saturday June 11 and 4pm on Sunday June 12. Bookings can be made at Titirangi Pharmacy or online at www. titirangitheatre.co.nz – Phoebe Falconer


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The Fringe has two tickets to Messiah on the Frigidaire to give away. To go in the draw to win these tickets write your name, address and phone number on the back of an envelope along with the name of the play’s author and post it to: Fringe Theatre Competition, PO Box 60-469, Titirangi, Auckland 0642 to reach us by June 5, or you can email your answer and contact details to info@fringemedia.co.nz (with Theatre Competition in the subject line). While the sky painted glorious autumn cloud pictures above the Huia Domain last month, Auckland Council put on a display of what the foreshore could look like after a make-over. Longtime Huia residents Gary Plumpton and Stan Turner (pictured left) were there to check out the proposal which resulted from 18 months’ intense debate within the community. The plan is to bring sand from the bay to form a continuous beach to within half a metre of the top of the existing sea wall and build two rock groynes extending 30 metres into the bay to help hold the sand in place and reduce wave action. The Domain itself stays intact. Community consultation closed on May 31. The feedback and final plans will now go to Waitakere Ranges Local Board for approval and funding confirmation.

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Using music to give back to the community Don’t Call Me Shirley is a six piece band who mostly reside in our ’hood, and play a mix of covers and a “few tasty originals” to raise money for charities and community groups. “The name comes partly from the fact that our singer at the time didn’t like her second name (which happened to be Shirley) but mainly from the 1980 disaster spoof movie Airplane, starring Lesley Nielson,” explains organiser/rhythm guitarist Geoff Sheehan. Rumack (played by Nielson): Can you fly this plane, and land it? Ted Striket (the pilot): Surely you can't be serious. Rumack: I am serious... and don't call me Shirley. The idea to form the band came about four years ago, when Geoff and drummer Bernard decided to use their enjoyment of making music to help those in need. They realised that raising money for worthy groups would be a point of difference from other bands. “We have helped Oxfam, Big Buddy, the Parenting Toolbox, the WISE Collective at the New Lynn night market, Special Olympics, the Auckland Refugee Family Trust and a Filipino charity for charcoal workers, amongst others.” The band does not charge for its services, but contributes any money raised to the cause. Geoff says they also play for parties and private functions, but ask, instead of a band fee, that the organisers make a contribution to a community group or charity of their choice. The Shirley line up comprises two vocalists, drums, bass, keyboard and guitar. Alongside the originals, they perform a wide range of music including The Waterboys, Elvis, CCR, The Beatles, Amy Winehouse, KT Tunstall, The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, The Pogues, Bob Dylan, Old Crow Medicine Show, David Gray, Fleetwood Mac and Eva Cassidy. “Our main song writers are keyboardist David and vocalist Steph. One of David’s originals is You’re never too old (to rock ‘n roll) which sums up the band’s attitude to music and also reflects the fact that most of its members are not in the full flush of youth,” laughs Geoff. The band is currently on the look out for a co-vocalist to share front person duties with Steph, to spread the singing load and for harmonies. They are auditioning at the moment, and would be keen to hear from interested singers. Geoff says it will then be a matter of

introducing the singer to the songs they play and getting her or him used to the arrangements. “This may mean changing the key to suit the singer’s voice. And of course we will be interested in suggestions from the new singer. We have a repertoire of over 70 songs, but are always keen to add more!” Geoff has just bought himself an Ibanez RD365 electric guitar, after several years of playing a Fender Strat. “The Ibanez has one single coil pick-up, and one humbucker, which is unusual and makes for an interesting range of tones. I also play a Larrivee L-03 acoustic guitar, which I will never part with”. Geoff started to learn guitar when he was 16. “I remember in my pre-guitar days using tennis rackets with a group of friends to mime along to Shadows’ hits like Apache and The Savage, trying to emulate their dance steps – the ‘drummer’ used a cushion! I don’t think we were alone in doing this,” he muses. “It was chiefly the Shadows in the ’60s who particularly turned me onto music and started my interest in guitar. That led me to guitar-based groups like The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and the Flying Burrito Brothers, as well as the British rock groups of the ’60s. And these in turn led to a strong interest in blues and jazz.” Geoff is about to depart on a holiday in Australia, travelling off road with friends in the outback of South Australia, New South Wales and Western Queensland. “I’ll be listening to some jazz – particularly jazz guitar: Charlie Christian, Joe Pass and the like – and alt country singers like Iris de Ment and Emmy Lou Harris along the way,” he says. On his return he’ll be getting familiar with his new guitar, and integrating the new singer into the band. “After my holiday it will be practice, practice, practice!” If you are interested in trying out as a vocalist for the band, give Bernard a call on 817 7001. Don’t Call Me Shirley would welcome enquiries for gigs from July onwards. You can contact DCMS and check them out at https://www. facebook.com/dcms.nz or http://dontcallmeshirley.org.nz/.

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Bringing quality cinema to the Village Since arriving in the West in 2008, Robin Kewell has been a dynamic force in local cinema. A respected documentary maker in his own right, he has also put considerable energy into bringing art house, world cinema and documentaries to West Auckland. Robin started his first film club in 1969 in his hometown of Penzance in Cornwall, England, and 47 years later he's as ebullient about the medium as ever. Shortly after setting up home in Oratia in 2008 he began the Settlers Film Club at the Settlers Hall and for the last nine years he has been the projectionist for Flicks at the Lopdell House Theatre. Robin Kewell with Jolie Hutchings in the Lopdell House Theatre. Founder of Flicks,

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Catherine Davidson, recently handed over the reins to Robin, and he is enthusiastic about the new season which started on April 1 with Youth, starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel and Jane Fonda. "The new theatre at Lopdell House is fantastic. We have a new projector, screen and sound system, and I am confident we will be filling a high percentage of the 83 seats for our fortnightly screenings. Some nights will have the film makers introducing their film, this season we have already had Sarah Gronhert with Ever the Land, and Fraser Brown with Orphans and Kingdoms,” he says. "Jolie Hutchings, co-ordinator for Lopdell Precinct, has not only provided the cinema equipment but has been an enthusiastic supporter of Flicks and, with her help, we have been able to stage several fundraising screenings for community groups. For those who are unable to get out at night we are starting morning movie sessions again at 10.30am. We tried it last year and it proved popular with older people and busy mums and dads. Lopdell Precinct have also sponsored several free screenings for the community, including the 1984 movie Purple Rain to mark the recent death of Prince. “One of the biggest challenges is letting people know that Flicks exists, and what films are showing. After paying the movie distributor their fee of 35-45% there is not much left to fund publicity. But a local real estate agent has come up with a sponsorship package for Flicks publicity and this should give us a higher level of awareness within the community," Robin says. A special event coming up is the Weird and Wonderful Film Festival running July 6 - 9. Around 10 feature films will be shown over the four days, including a selection of award-winning short films with free admission. Films on the list for the evening screenings include Beasts of the Southern Wild, Vivan Las Antipidas, Antarctica - A Year on Ice, Living in Oblivion, Heart of a Dog, and Hugo – a children’s movie showing on Saturday afternoon. Tickets for all Flicks movie nights are available from Titirangi Pharmacy, Upstairs Gallery, or can be booked by phoning 818 2489. Night time shows cost $14 and morning screenings cost $12 and $10, which includes tea, coffee and bikkies. For full details visit www.flickscinema.weebly.com. – Tony Waring

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Retracing the line of Harvey Stewart Today it is a unique It has been raining and the bush is walking track and a damp as I trudge along Anderson maintenance corridor Track on a clear autumn morning. for Watercare staff to Inhaling deeply, my nostrils fill with monitor the pipeline the familiar fragrance of moist moss that runs alongside it. and ponga trunks, a smell only New From where I stand Zealand forest can produce. at the end of the line, The rhythmic squelching of my looking west up the boots is my only contribution to the valley, the railway avian orchestra that resonates from appears eerie and the canopy above. Ubiquitous tui abandoned. Indeed, beep and click like Starwars droids, keruru thump the air as they whirl The Waitakere tram line walk winds up the cliff face toward the Waitakere dam. the whole thing has a fanatically through the rimu groves and the fantails, two of which kind of Jurassic Park feel to it, as if the tram once conveyed wealthy have been tailing me for some distance, chirp and flutter jovially, tourists around the precipice, allowing them to view the monsters far below on the wild valley floor. Fortunately, the two fantails that are pirouetting from manuka to lancewood. Anderson Track in the Waitakere Ranges is a short walk offering still stalking me are not carnivorous and the only thing I have to fear access into the area’s unique ecological and anthropological past. is the unlikely collapse of the rock on which the whole line is built. Along the tram tracks, past the former workmen’s camp and later It can be entered via two locations on Scenic Drive, and follows downward sloping terrain to the Auckland City Walk in the Cascades picnic spot, the spectacular 107–metre high Waitakere Falls comes Kauri park. The well-trodden forest track was something of a highway into view. Above that, the aged and scarred face of the Waitakere for early settlers and leads to one of the most intact patches of kauri Dam looms out of the forest like a rudimentary Angkor Wat temple. It almost seems natural, nestled amongst the trees. I close my eyes and forest in the country. According to an information sign, a small shop in the area once listen to bird song and the distant roar of the waterfall. Motorways choke and splutter not 10 kilometres away. I can’t hear supplied “food for man and beast” for those travelling the threeday journey from Auckland. Naturally, any remnants of that shop them. I haven’t seen another soul. (and the illegal whiskey stills that kept the isolated farmers in good – Mick Andrew supply) have vanished over the past century. In fact, the only visible indications of human activity are the occasional information signs, the muddy path and the lurid tape tied to branches, signalling the existence of trap lines extending into the dense undergrowth. That soon changes. At the first crossroads on the track I take a sharp left and follow the path down a muddy slope. After another 15 minutes I cross the Toetoeroe Stream and land on the rusted rails of the old Waitakere Tram Line. BUT For someone who never had the pleasure of riding Harvey Stewart (the now defunct passenger tram) the discovery of this gem of heritage was captivating. Cut into the side of the cliff, the track was originally built in 1905 to service the construction of the Waitakere reservoir and dam, 30 minutes walk up the valley. From 1975 onward it was used by the Waitakere Tramline Society as a sightseeing attraction Then in 2014 Watercare deemed the track hazardous due to unstable rock.

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BYOD – Smart Thinking or a Step Backwards? The BYOD (bring your own device) initiative is gradually being introduced into schools across New Zealand, but not everybody is a fan. The idea is simple: students are required to bring their own laptop or tablet to classes. In a fast evolving digital world it is important for classrooms to keep up to date, and with much more now done digitally it makes sense for students to be using computers alongside handwritten notes. But is this move really a step forwards? Fenella Thomas and a group of parents of year nine Green Bay High School students think not and are worried about the level of device use at school. “We appreciate that computers have a part to play in the education of our children but e-learning can constitute up to 60% of lesson time for some subjects such as science,” she says. “The 2015 OECD report on computers in schools found that education systems which have invested heavily in information and communications technology have seen ‘no noticeable improvement’ in PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) test results for reading, mathematics or science.” She says that schools in New Zealand have actually seen “significant decline” in reading performance and countries with the lowest level of Internet use in school are among the top performers in international tests. Other concerns include the risk of students being distracted on their devices, the fatigue that comes with long periods of time in front of a screen and that students are missing out on practical elements of learning, such as discovering science through experimentation. Paul McClean, Director of Digital Innovation at Avondale College, agrees that although these are all real concerns they often come from schools rushing into BYOD and associated BYOD technologies: common approaches present big risks for learner development.

“Robust change reasoning, smarter wireless technologies and well organised change management practices are required to assist staff to transition from the old pre-BYOD education processes and adopt a new environment,” he says. “Depending on the school and its approach, alternatives to the prevailing BYOD approaches can ensure educational outcomes are enshrined in a long and well thought through exercise.” Chris Woodward, acting principal at Green Bay High School, believes that the digital change not only provides useful educational tools but is also an essential part of 21st century learning. “Devices don’t take away any of the practical aspects of learning,” he says. “Take, for example, a maths experiment of a person running 100m and timing it to see how long it takes. Students aren’t just going to watch a video of somebody else running, they will still perform the experiment themselves and use their devices to record results.” Green Bay adopted a policy called Blended E-Learning in 2015. Laptops and Chromebooks are used alongside notes and activities to create better, more modern classrooms. “Classroom relationships are still very important and the relationship between students and teachers is still there,” he says. “Laptops do not replace teachers. They are an extra educational tool used in much the same way as textbooks.” Although stressing that exams were by no means the sole driving force of a digital blend, Mr Woodward says they were an influence as NZQA announced in 2015 that by 2020 all external exams would be taken on computers. “In order for our students to achieve to the best of their abilities they need to be digitally literate. Our blended e-learning approaches will ensure that our students have these skills,” he says. – George Shiers


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“It’s about making good choices” ACG Sunderland implemented bring your own device (BYOD) in 2013. Principal Nathan Villars said there was demand for the technology from parents and students who believed it could be a tool to aid learning. “BYOD provides a lot of opportunities for reactive and interactive teaching. A teacher in a social studies class may be talking about a country – they can instantly go to a map, find a video clip, or provide extra resources for classroom discussion. It’s about collaborative learning rather than one-way traffic,” he says. There are other benefits, too. Students don’t have to carry heavy textbooks around, art can be viewed and discussed online instead of in expensive art books, homework can be emailed directly to the teacher and students are prepared for using technology in later life. But the success of BYOD relies largely on students using it responsibly, Nathan says. “It’s about educating students to make good choices – and by and large they do. Our cyber safety breaches are next to zero and I believe our students are learning to be more critical of information – they’re very astute about the legitimacy of sources and discerning fact from opinion.” ACG Sunderland Year 13 student leader Matthew Jujnovich has experienced first-hand the risks that can go alongside BYOD. “I was spending a lot of time gaming on my device and ended up with poor grades in my mock exams,” he said. “That flicked a switch for me and I changed from using it as a distraction to using it productively, as something to push my grades forward. I started using it to download exam papers, taking notes and summarising topics. “BYOD forces you to take responsibility because if you’re not using your device well, you’re not going to end up doing well.” The school’s head girl, Tessa Cavell (pictured left), agrees. “I’m pleased the school instituted it because I can see that there’s massive benefit to it,” she says. “It teaches you responsibility for your own decisions. If you cheated in a test, for example, you’re only hurting yourself. It prepares you for adulthood when no one will be breathing down your neck.”

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Keeping it local Huia has a new kitchen business that is already attracting local customers. Alpha Kitchens is the brainchild of Kevin Moir who says cabinetmaking is in his blood. His grandfather was a cabinetmaker and two of his four brothers have become joiners. He completed a craftsman apprenticeship straight out of school and, since qualifying, has been employed for the past 16 years or so making high-end joinery for kitchens. The entrepreneurial Moirs ended up moving from Oratia to Huia by a happy coincidence. “We came out here for a New Year’s party and really liked the place,” says Kevin. “A week later our landlord decided to sell our Oratia home so we found a rental in Foster Bay and have been here a few years now.” Word has spread quickly and Alpha Kitchens has already installed two kitchens in Huia and has more work in the design stages. The business is home-based and their target market is West Auckland, keeping it local and offering high-quality materials at mid-range prices. “As we’re just getting started with this business we want to be

competitive,” Kevin explains. “I see our point of difference as being a Kiwi-owned, family business that uses the best materials and gives people who might not otherwise afford it a quality, custom-made kitchen.” Alpha Kitchens manages the entire process from design to build, including getting other tradespeople on site for plumbing and wiring. Kevin does the initial design work and produces CAD models so clients can see what their new kitchen or renovation will look like. He uses German-made 16mm boards that are fully moisture-resistant and has them machine tooled before installation begins. While his personal preference is for modern kitchens he can create timeless designs and engage in an active conversation so his customers get what they want. – Jade Reidy

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Tom Bethune, the new manager of Mitre 10 Mega in New Lynn has 30 years experience in the DIY and home improvement retail sector and knows how much things change with the seasons. “In the gardening department some things, like pots, are yearround sellers but in the spring, purchasers are looking for new colour and as we move into winter more hard-wearing plants are more popular,” says Tom. “The same can be seen in the paint department. In the summer people are buying exterior paints but come the winter they move indoors. “A few months ago people were looking for outdoor furniture and now they’re looking for heaters, fireplaces, heat pumps.” Mitre 10 is offering a warm homes promotion over the next few months with special deals on insulation products such as Batts and underfloor products. Tom came to the New Lynn store at the beginning of this year after working in the Warkworth Mitre 10 for three years. “It was very relaxed and easy-going up there and customers were happy to spend time chatting and considering their purchases. It’s busier here and customers don’t spend as long in the store.” he says. Continued on page 26 >>

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There are lots of things to consider when upgrading or replacing your mattress. Naturally you want it to be comfortable and good for your back but it’s also important that it is natural, biodegradable and contains no chemicals that could be hazardous to your health. Local company, Innature, specialises in manufacturing and selling natural mattresses. Although they also make futons, the company’s major line is latex mattresses. Latex is a 100% natural product derived from the rubber tree. It is naturally fire and pest resistant while also being hypo-allergenic. It also comes in a variety of densities. “We can make mattresses firm or soft or somewhere in between,” says Innature’s Sukhita Derova. “We can also add a layer of coconut fibre to the latex core to make the mattress even firmer.” The natural core of the mattress is wrapped in wool and covered in a hemp or organic cotton zip off cover. “If the customer isn’t happy they can bring the mattress back and we can zip off the cover and change the core,” says Sukhita. “Happy people make us happy.” Sukhita came to New Zealand from Moscow 17 years ago and, with her mother, set up Innature in 2006, initially in Kelston. As the company grew, it moved to larger premises in Henderson and then to its present location in Portage Road, New Lynn. All the mattresses are made on site and the wooden bed bases (also free of glues and other potentially dangerous materials) are hand-crafted in Kelston. From this West Auckland base, Innature ships beds all over New Zealand as well as to Australia, New Caledonia, Hong Kong and the USA. The company also sells direct to customers and you can try all the mattresses out and see how they are made at the New Lynn store. The company can also make mattresses to order.

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“We’ve been robbed’ A handsome tree up to 10m tall, tawari (Ixerba brexioides) is endemic to the northern half of the North Island. Curiously, it does not fit well into any closely-related family and has been shunted from the Brexiaceae family to Escallionaceae. More importantly, in 2008 it was briefly placed into its own monogeneric family named Ixerbaceae, which made it the only New Zealand species in an endemic plant family but this was a short-lived honour. In 2009 it was moved into the previously endemic New Caledonian family of Strasburgiaceae – which was disappointing for botanists of both countries as it is a matter of national pride to have endemic families that do not occur elsewhere. It gives a degree of exclusivity to the vegetation. New Zealand’s plant species endemism of 81.9% is behind Hawaii with 89% but ahead of New Caledonia’s 79.5%. The order is reversed when the number of species is considered. New Caledonia at 1.8 million hectares, is slightly larger than Northland, yet has 2,973 species compared to New Zealand’s 26.8 million hectares with 2,362 species, and Hawaii’s 2.8 million hectares has only 956 species. When you consider a quarter of New Zealand’s species are alpine plants above the tree line, it means that we are ‘species-poor’ over the rest of the country when compared to New Caledonia. Of course, compared with many other parts of the world New Zealand is very rich in species. The “we’ve been robbed” moment comes when you realise the Ixerbaceae was our only endemic ‘family’ meaning the Ixerba was so distinctly different it was not just an endemic genus but had no close  relatives at the family level either.  

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As an endemic species is considered different from any species in other countries, at the genus or generic level the endemic genera are really different, which of course makes an endemic family really, really different. But in the New Zealand bush it looks only slightly out of place. Ixerba’s glossy leaves have a slightly tropical look, but they are smallish, 10 by two centimetres, serrated and rather leathery with a strange olive-green colour occasionally turning red as the leaf ages. The attractive, scented white flowers are clustered in five to 10 flowers per panicle on the tips of the branches in late spring. This is one of the few species for which Maori had a special name for the flowers – whakou. In spring the blossom provides nectar and pollen for bees to make delicious tawari honey. In autumn the leathery seed capsules split to reveal the five millimetre glossy black seeds with the orange-scarlet aril attached. It must be full of nutrients because the tui and other frugivores love the fruit and flock around the trees in autumn to gorge on the rather small portion attached to each seed. Alas, the tawari is a difficult tree to cultivate so if you live on the higher slopes of the Waitakeres, treasure the tawari which may be growing naturally alongside the kauri in your backyard. Geoff and Bev Davidson established the family-owned Oratia Native Plant Nursery at 625 West Coast Road, Oratia, in the early 1970s. Since then it has become arguably New Zealand’s best native plant nursery, an achievement confirmed in 2005 when it won the New Zealand Plant Conservation Network’s inaugural award. www.oratianatives.co.nz

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FRIENDS OF ARATAKI Specialising in funding projects that help all residents and visitors enjoy the beauty and history of the Waitakere ranges, Friends of Arataki is a non-political incorporated society which is administrated by many dedicated volunteers.. Since its formation in 1995, Friends of Arataki has raised funds for projects at the Arataki Visitor and Educational Centre including taxidermy for animals and birds, plants and plant labels, video equipment, interpretation signage on decks and in the visitor centre, insect enclosures, wheelchairs and wheelchair-friendly picnic table sets, and paving for the Education Centre. Funds have also been raised for projects in the Waitakere Ranges including planks for Cornwallis wharf, drinking fountains at Mill Bay, picture frames for Hinge House in Huia, historical interpretation signage for Exhibition Drive, plant identification signage on Beveridge Track and the research and initial set-up of the Ark in the Park project. Funds were also raised for the installation of a series of Pou and interpretation signage and creating an Art Heritage Trail through the Waitakere Ranges. Friends of Arataki has donated picnic table sets and seats, which are installed at relevant areas in the Waitakere Ranges. The society has also built seats for sponsors which have been installed in a variety of other parks. Funds are raised by application to funding corporations and by a variety of fundraising projects which have included the annual Fruit Growers Ball, a Titirangi Studio tour, hangi, native plant workshops and a monthly sausage sizzle and cake stall at Arataki. Since 1998, Friends of Arataki has organised an annual free kids day event at Arataki, where children can participate in a number of events associated with nature and the Waitakere Ranges. A quarterly newsletter, The Kauri Cone-xion, is sent to all the societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s members to keep them informed of annual talks, soup lunches, social events and ongoing projects. In 2016 Friends of Arataki funded the publication of Exhibition Drive. 100 years of Making the Grade, a book about the history of Exhibition Drive written by Fiona Drummond, a past president of the society. This book can be purchased at the Arataki Centre or by contacting Yvonne Pivac on the email below. To become a member of Friends of Arataki, contact Yvonne on y.pivac@xtra.co.nz or by picking up a brochure at the Arataki Visitor Centre and filling in a membership form.

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A link between the Manukau and Waitemata harbours is another step closer, now that work on the next phase of Te Whau Pathway has kicked off. The work will involve creating additional linkages to the main pathway at McLeod Park, Archibald Park, Ken Maunder Park and Olympic Park and should be completed by the end of August. When complete, the shared cycling and pedestrian path will run along 13km of the Whau River, from Green Bay Beach to Te Atatu Peninsula. The project will provide opportunities for cycle commuting and recreation, while protecting and enhancing the local environment. Visit tewhaupathway.org.nz or email tewhaupathway@ aucklandcouncil.govt.nz for more information.

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Leanne MacDonald: ‘It’s not a typical job’ A high level of commitment and passion and an on-call requirement are all part of Leanne MacDonald’s role as care services manager at Metlifecare’s Pinesong Village. “No two days are the same when working in a retirement village, which is part of the reason I enjoy the role so much. “The residents come from a vast array of backgrounds and cultures. It’s so rewarding to get to know them and learn about their lives and where they’ve come from. A lot of my time is spent with the residents and their families,” she says. “One of the major challenges is to help older people recognise that with a little bit of daily support, they may be able to stay at home longer. Some are very determined and have lived through times of hardship and war. It’s natural for them to be self-reliant and it can be hard for them to let that go. “I make the time for them to learn to trust me and accept when help is necessary.” Leanne says she particularly enjoys being let into resident’s lives. “Some of my role is around palliative care and it’s such a precious thing to support a person at the end of their life.” Leanne believes nursing and supporting residents in a village

setting will grow as the population and percentage of those aged over 65 continues to rise. “Residents who come to us want to live independently but still have access to support and care should they need it,” she says. “They also have a voice and are directing the care they want and making informed choices rather than just accepting the things the ways they perhaps used to be. “Technology will play a big part in the way we support residents in the future. Many of them are already using technological devices to monitor their own wellbeing.” Leanne began her career in surgical wards in hospitals before becoming a district nurse. She first worked at Pinesone eight years ago as a part-time registered nurse before taking on the role fulltime. She became care services manager at another Metlifecare village before returning to Pinesong two years ago where she has built strong connections with residents and staff. Leanne was awarded Metlifecare Clinical Manager of the Year for 2015. “It’s not a typical job but I enjoy it very much. It takes a certain level of commitment and thinking outside the square.”

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live @ the lounge Yeah gidday. It's Lizard, coming to you from Poo Park. We call it Poo Park because dogs are allowed to hoon about without being attached to their human. Free to coil a steamer in the great outdoors, if you get my drift. Some folk are dog lovers while others can't stand the smelly beasts. I'm sort of in-between. As the old saying goes, 'I wouldn't take a hundred dollars for him but wouldn't give you ten cents for another like him.' Plumless Walker is so named, firstly, because he's rather inaccurately described as being fixed (I'm pretty sure he preferred it broken) and secondly, because he sports large eyebrows and a canine moustache not unlike an infamous, now departed, cricket umpire who also, apparently, enjoyed being led around by a leash and collar. He could be entered in, and possibly win, up to six 'best of breeds' categories, maybe even seven, if 'hairy' is a breed. Upon arriving at the park Plumless likes to lift his leg on anything his keen nose thinks is worth claiming. Trees, grass, outdoor furniture, even small children on the swing. Parents love that. They give me a 'control your mutt or I'll hit you in the face with a hammer' look. Once he's marked out the entire field, he likes to ingratiate himself with other dog owners who are dutifully training their ex-police dogs and immaculately groomed poof-headed spoodles by running away with their ball, causing them to chase him into the muddiest part of the creek. European automobile enthusiasts are not always thrilled to put their now very wet smelly best friend onto the hand stitched leather seats. Another favourite of old Plumless is to run up, wagging his tail

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