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ISSUE 150, JULY 2016

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contents Grey faced petrels – more being found, rescued and released................... 4 Huia’s Little Market; School in need of a playground................................... 5 Do you know an environmental champion?................................................. 6 Local action to curb predators..................................................................... 7 The race for perfection – stroke by stroke................................................... 8 Self-funded sleuth salutes historic spirit of Titirangi; Ken Ring’s Weather by the Moon..........................................................10-11


Words on Wine with Lindsay Nash; Football Festival celebrates diversity.......................................................... 12 On stage, news from Titirangi Theatre Rocky Horror Picture Show......................................................................... 13 Art and about with Naomi McCleary.....................................................14-15 Places to go: Events listing....................................................................16-17 Bandstanding: Joost Langeveld.................................................................. 18


New owner but business as usual at Huia store........................................ 19 There’s plenty to do these school holidays...........................................20-21 Local government elections....................................................................... 22 From the classroom to the workplace...................................................24-25 Keep your mind and body running well..................................................... 26 Walking West: Walking with the guardians of Whatipu............................. 28 Living Neighbourhood alive and well......................................................... 29 Growing West: Even vicious plants have a place........................................ 30


Live @ the lounge......................................................................................31

On our cover: The night sky over the Arataki Visitor Centre on Scenic Drive. The centre is organising a range of educational and fun activities to mark Matariki and the school holidays. See pages 16, 17 and 21 for more information. Photo by Chris Turner.

Kaka in Auckland The kaka is an endangered species of New Zealand parrot and July is the perfect time to try spotting one in and around West Auckland. The kaka is a medium-sized bird Photo: Department of Conservation. measuring around 45cm in length. Due to habitat loss and the introduction of predators like rats, possums and stoats their numbers declined rapidly. Although a reintroduction programme in 2002 led to a significant increase in the bird’s population, they are still listed as endangered. Because the winter months mean less food is available on the Hauraki Gulf Islands they normally inhabit many kaka fly to the mainland, making July a prime time for spotting the bird. Sightings of the parrot aren’t uncommon around Titirangi at this time of year. Typically they are solitary, but can be spotted in groups of up to two or three. For fans of kaka, Kaka Watch New Zealand (www.kakawatchnz.org) reports and records all Kaka sightings in our city and has done since 2007. There are also open discussions on the kakawatch Facebook page. – George Shiers 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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Grey faced petrels – more being found, rescued and released

The grey faced petrel (or Oi) pictured above was found on the ground in early June on Huia Road in Huia. Petrels cannot take off from the ground and it would have died there if it hadn’t been rescued and taken to New Zealand Bird Rescue in Green Bay. Petrels need a cliff from which to take off or they need to be taken out to sea in a boat to be released. This bird was released the day after it arrived from a local cliff top by Renee Henderson, a trustee for the Bird Rescue charity and her 2 year old daughter Ivy. Although Bird Rescue receives many petrels it is not common for the trust to witness them fly away so Renee and Ivy were taken aback when it suddenly took off and flew into the beautiful sunset.


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Dear Editor, Concerning the article on the Hoopy Bird or grey faced petrel (The Fringe, June 2016), we have them “hooping” at night at the moment at the bottom of our cliff. We live in Arapito Road – at the end of South Titirangi Road. I noticed them hooping years ago and every year we have one or two slamming into our windows. Fortunately they don’t kill themselves and recover after a few minutes and take off. I have not observed any tags on the ones that have come visiting. Also, Harvey Waite, 85, a long-time resident down here told me there are “mutton bird” burrows along our cliff and on the point. I was delighted to read the article – they are the most beautiful birds. Jill Perrott, Titirangi. Dear Editor, Thanks for the great article about the grey faced petrels. Those who follow my facebook page (www. facebook.com/WaitakereRangesWEST) will have seen that Huia Ranger Duncan Emerson has since discovered another large population of these birds, this time at Whatipu. This is great news and probably a direct result of increased predator control at the location. Jacqui Geux, Piha.

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Huia’s Little Market

School in need of a playground

Huia has a brand new market. Huia’s Little Market began in May and will be held on the third Sunday of every month at Huia Hall. There are a number of stalls both indoors and out and although the market is small, living up to its name, there is a healthy selection of quality art, food and second hand goods available so it is well worth the 20 minute drive from Titirangi village. The market is run and organised by Aly, Esme and Debra of the Huia’s Little Market committee. “We started the market really for the community,” says Aly. “There is nothing similar in Huia for the local community.” The closest market is the Titirangi Village Market, held on the last Sunday of every month in the car park by the library and War Memorial Hall, but this is not easily accessible to everyone in or around Huia. “We welcome anybody to run a stall but we try our best to keep a good variety,” Aly says. “We don’t want to double up.” There is a small café selling coffees and cakes and a sausage sizzle just outside keeps everybody refreshed and full. The market runs from 9am to 2pm on the third Sunday of every month (except for October), at the Huia Hall, 1253 Huia Road.

Memories of your primary school years would almost certainly involve fun times in the playground, but that isn’t the reality for current students at Laingholm Primary School. A report by the ERO (Education Review Office) found their playground to be unsafe and erected a large metal fence with a number of ‘No Entry’ signs around its perimeter last February. Now the school is trying to raise funds for new equipment. The primary school Blake Witana, aged 9, misses his playground. needs to raise $250,000 to pay for the new playground. $100,000 of this will pay for drainage. The poor drainage of the old playground caused the area to flood and the old play equipment to rot. A further $100,000 will be spent on the play equipment itself with the final $50,000 on shade covers. So far they’ve raised $20,000, with $6,000 of this coming from selling off the old equipment. “Everybody is doing the best they can to raise money,” says principal Martyn Weatherill. “We’ve got students raising funds but they’re only bringing in hundreds of dollars. We really need large corporate donations of thousands.” Currently the school is applying for grants from Sky City, the Council and the Trusts. The school has a Give A Little page and asks anyone who can to donate to help give the kids a new playground. “This isn’t just the school’s playground,” said Mr. Weatherill. “It was also used outside of school hours by many local children. It was the only playground in Laingholm.” To find out more about the Laingholm Playground Project or to make a donation visit www.laingholmplayground.co.nz

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Do you know a champion? Nominations are now open for the Love Your Place Environmental Champion Award. If you know an environmental hero, now is your opportunity to get their efforts recognised, or perhaps you know of a business that demonstrates exceptional commitment to the environment or a group tackling an ongoing conservation challenge? Take this chance to get them the recognition they deserve. There are six categories of award: • Karaka Award – for a school group or individual student champion taking action to create a sustainable environment. • Rata Award – for an outstanding volunteer effort in taking action to reduce pest animals and/or pest plants (group or individual). • Kahikatea Award – for an outstanding group or individual volunteer taking efforts to work on a significant local environmental issue. • Puriri Award – for outstanding contributions in tackling marine/ coastal environment issues. • Totara Award – for outstanding contributions in tackling climate change related issues. • Nikau Award – for a business making a significant contribution to improving the Waitakere Ranges by demonstrating commitment to the environment. While nominees may live anywhere in Auckland, nominated projects must be located within the Waitakere Ranges Local Board area to be eligible. To nominate someone fill in a form at ecomatters. org.nz/nominate or pick up a nomination form from your local library or community centre. Nominations close on August 15, 2016 and the award celebration will take place on September 14. For more information, contact Myrthe at myrthe@ecomatters.org. nz or 826 4276 ext. 110



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Local action to curb predators Stoats can travel 20km a night, rats can swim and possums will breed three or four times a year if the winter is mild. Trapping and eradicating such pests is the daunting task that a group of neighbours in Woodlands Park have set themselves. While the long term goal is to make an 800-hectare zone from Waima through to Laingholm predator free, the short-term goal for the new volunteer group is to get the community involved. Around 80 people attended a public meeting in late May at Woodlands Park School to hear about the project. The school, and Laingholm Primary, have already agreed to get involved in tracking and monitoring pest movements in the zone. Minnehaha Avenue resident Mark Harvey is a group founder and is also on the board of EcoMatters Environment Trust. He has been trapping pests on his own acre of kauri bush since 2002. “I always wanted to set up this kind of project,” he says. “I wanted to get as many people involved as possible and create a plan we can use to approach funders with.” The proposed area is half public land and half private. It embraces 1800 homes and the project has the support of Auckland Council, Watercare and Auckland University. “Suburbia has a massive role to play in bird population growth,” said Garrick McCarthy, council biosecurity adviser. “It’s awesome to be part of these programmes that act as buffer zones. If everyone does their bit on their properties it will lead to a massive reduction in pests.” Garrick was one of four speakers on the night. The other three were colleague Chris Ferkins, Ark in the Park manager Gillian Wadams, who updated the meeting on native bird translocation successes, and James Russell, an Auckland University ecologist.

James agrees that eradicating pests from an area requires wholesale community support. He has also put forward a range of future-oriented possibilities for pest control such as the use of drones to re-stock bait stations, solar powered self-baiting traps that can re-set themselves infinitely, electronic sniffers and new apps that identify pest hotspots. Another novel piece of research being carried out at Waikato University is whether light could deter small pests from re-entering an area. The group is asking residents to fill out a survey form on existing pest control practices so they can put together a plan of action and be able to provide equipment such as Timm’s traps and bait free of charge. The form is on their Facebook page WaimatoLaingholmPestfreeZone or you can email markharvey0007@gmail.com for a copy. – Jade Reidy

Mark Harvey (left), introducing speaker Garrick McCarthy at the meeting on 26 May.

A possum and a rat preying on a thrush nest. Photo by Department of Conversation.

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The race for perfection – stroke by stroke For much of the year Titirangi’s Carl Pracey has had four slices of toast at 4.30 every morning, the first of seven meals he’ll have each day. “I’m constantly eating, constantly fueling,” he says. 18-year old Carl is one of the eight-man rowing squad competing at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in August. The early morning starts have been just part of his daily routine until recently when he and his team left for a sixweek training camp at the Rowing New Zealand High Performance Centre at Lake Karapiro. Until then his average day was a whirlwind of training, eating, working and travelling all over Auckland from his Titirangi home. “Up at 4.30am, toast, go to training at Hobsonville Point and do about 20km on the water,” says Carl. “Home for breakfast of six eggs, a can of beans and another Carl Pracey: at every training you aim four slices of toast and then for perfection. off to work until 3pm when I’d go to another training. That could be in Albany. I drive all round Auckland for different training sessions, finishing about 5.30pm.” From there it’s home, dinner and bed until the following morning when the routine starts all over again. But Carl wouldn’t have it any other way. A member of the West End Rowing Club in Avondale, he took up rowing at Mt Albert Grammar in 2011. He’d played football before that but was looking for a change. “I had no expectations. I just joined up and didn’t see it leading to all this,” he says. ‘All this’ has included silver medals at various events, a place in the Auckland team, gold medals in Australian competitions, a place in the North Island team (twice) and now the New Zealand junior team. Carl calls it “a steady process.” “The Karapiro training camp will be fun. We’ll be training morning and afternoon for weeks and it will be great living so close to the water and having all the boys together.

“As a rower, I’m stroke seat so I sit towards the back of the boat and set the pace for the seven boys behind me. In any race you get faster in the last quarter of the race and that’s where I really come in, getting the boat to go as fast as possible at the end,” Carl says. “I’d like to think I’m a good tactician but that’s really dependent on the whole crew. It comes down to synergy and team work. When we’re all on the same page and working together, the boat goes faster. “Team work is crucial. Rowing is one of those sports where you’re taking 3,000 strokes during every single training with 11 training session a week. That adds up to a lot of strokes and the crew that wins is the crew with perfect timing,” Carl says. “At every training you aim for perfection. The beauty of this sport is that you can feel when you have a perfect stroke and you just build on that and look for more. I’ve had good races and I’ve had perfect bits of races but I’ve never had a perfect race. I’m always looking for more.” Carl says his passion comes from the beauty of the sport. “Getting the boat up and running, hearing the water run under the board and if we have all eight of us perfectly in synch, it’s a great feeling. It’s a really good high and it’s great working towards that feeling and then nailing it,” he says. With working, training and raising funds to get the $10,500 each young rower needs to get to Rotterdam, Carl says there’s not a lot of time left for socialising. “Even when I was still at school I’d turn down party invitations saying I had rowing in the morning. It doesn’t bother me. I know if I was constantly partying and drinking, I’d regret it. I definitely wouldn’t be at the place I’m at now.” In Rotterdam the World Rowing Junior Champs will be held in a combined regatta with the Under 23 and Senior World Rowing Championships giving the young athletes the unique experience of competing in a large international regatta. “It will be an awesome experience,” says Carl. And after the championships? “A little bit of travel, back home mid-September, a week off and then into the season at the Auckland Regional Performance Centre. I’d like to make the Under 23s team, learn as much as I can and I have my eye on the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. “I’ve been rowing for more than a quarter of my life and training nearly every day so I’ll keep going until my body gives up,” Carl says. To help with fundraising for Rotterdam, Carl has a Give-a-little page: https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/carlpracey – Moira Kennedy

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Just weeks after Mike Carter moved on from his business in The Village he says his so-called new retirement has found him busier than ever.

Mike and his wife Pam sold Titirangi Pharmacy to Seong Chan last month after 46 years dispensing medications – and often goodly doses of sage advice – to the community in which he was born and has lived in all his 67 years, apart from five years at boarding school in Hamilton and three years at University in Wellington. Highly regarded and well respected for their support of numerous community organisations, Mike (often affectionately referred to as “the Mayor of Titirangi”) and Pam share a deep love for the area and its people. They say they were tremendously touched by the outpourings of love and support they’ve received since Mike was diagnosed with tonsil cancer at Christmas last year. He won his battle with the disease and after chemotherapy and radiation treatment was given the all-clear by doctors in March. The experience led the couple to call time on the pharmacy and Mike says they were overwhelmed by the number of people who sent messages and cards “when I was crook.” Likewise the hundreds of people who visited the shop for what was an all-day celebration of drinks, food, speeches, bonhomie and much goodwill on Mike’s last day behind the dispensing table. “It was a wonderful day and I truly appreciated the support of those who came to wish us well that day. We can only thank our wonderful customers and superb staff for their loyalty and support over the years. “They’ve given Pam and me many happy memories and we’ve been very lucky to have made so many lovely friendships too,” he says. Mike says he knows the community will welcome Seong who was a senior pharmacist at Golf Road for 14 years before taking ownership of Titirangi Pharmacy. “He’s a safe pair of hands and the staff is all the same, so I know our customers will get the same service and attention we’ve always given.” Seong agrees. “I was anxious about taking over,” he says “but it’s been very good. The staff are

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excellent and the locals have made me so welcome. I had been in my previous role for so long and knew everyone and their names so I need to do that here. It will take a little time, but I will do it! “I have Mike’s big shoes to fill but I have experience and expertise and I’m not fazed by that side of things. I’m my own person and will bring my own personality to the pharmacy. I’m motivated and excited and I know the buck stops here,” he says. Meanwhile Mike says he still gets out of bed at six o’clock every morning. “I’ve done it for so long and I’m used to that. You start to get sick if you stay in bed too long,” he says. “My days are so full, I don’t know what to do first. There are so many jobs to do at home and we’re keen on travelling, gardening and walking. I still come up to The Village regularly so I still see all my former customers. “To them, the community at large and the staff at Titirangi Pharmacy, thank you for the wonderful memories and your support over the past 46 years. Good health and good cheer to you all for the future. “Pam and I feel very passionate about our community and that will never change. We’ll still support and be involved with it as a family,” Mike says. “This is my community and everything is wonderful. I’m really happy.”

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Self-funded Sleuth Salutes Historic Spirit of Titirangi Thousands of hours of self-funded sleuthing have produced a 255page book on Titirangi history called Atkinson Park and Life at Paturoa Bay: 1910-1980. “I don’t think a lot of people know about Atkinson Park and the beach so there was a story to tell,” says first-time author Lynnette Sollitt-Morris. Lynnette has a degree in linguistics and anthropology and spent long stints working as a community nurse and teacher. She settled in the Titirangi area as a child in the sixties although admits to looking at it “from a different eye” as an adult. The trigger to write the book came after noticing locals who’d lived in the area 30 years had an “incomplete appreciation” of the past. “You can live in a place and know nothing of its development history,” she says. Her research started in 2007 and involved hours and hours of delving through library files, ‘Papers Past’ keyword searches, Council records and interviews with locals, some of whom are no longer with us. The Lynnette Sollitt-Morris on Titirangi result captures 70 years of Beach: “there was a story to tell”. local highs and lows – a record of typical Kiwi life in a bustling beach community. Lynnette’s book has been a personal trip down memory lane reconnecting the author with adults from her childhood who are quite a bit older now. “Yes, they did want it recorded and it makes a good story,” she says. “It was this semi-rural and far more open place back then. One of the things that strikes me now is that no-one would think that we had farms around here. Horse and carts at the beach – can you imagine?” Lynnette uncovered many fascinating facts and figures and records the days of visionary philanthropy, £60 sections, town planning hiccups, the Fishnet Tearooms, nosey neighbours, beach bonfires, hard working Park Rangers, creosoted boatsheds, Beautifying Societies, night floundering, prized bantams, fancy dress dances, squeaky swings, the beach kiosk, Speedy’s Tearooms, community

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clubs and even neighbourly spats over a local track. Soldiers barracked at Avondale Racecourse attract a few mentions within the pages and there is a tale about “scandalous goings on when the Americans and their lady friends engaged in behaviour that was considered somewhat risqué.” The beach was a regular weekend hangout for truckloads of US serviceman cooking “steak-frys” on open fires. “There are so many parks around – so what was so special about Atkinson Park? Well it was a different era back then,” says Lynnette. The “splendid bush park” was promoted as a must-see tourist destination and used to be one of Auckland’s most popular picnic spots. In its heyday it hosted rows of parked cars driven by picnickers who topped up their thermos with hot water from the nearby Titirangi General Store. Who would have thought that the lone concrete plinth on the grass near the playground was once a small fountain – a little footprint from the past still standing but only just – or that the area used to have a poultry farm or that pipi from the beach were once edible? One chapter is dedicated to the important role and personal profiles of all seven Atkinson park rangers/caretakers including special mention of Bill Daniels who passed away in 1980 while on duty at the beach. There’s also a roll call of families who operated the Titirangi General Store including the Boyds (the first shopkeepers), the Brights, the Davies, Mr Hall, the Landers, the Clarkins, the Cunninghams, the Cooks and the Daniels. Henry Atkinson, the park’s benefactor whose statue stands outside Lopdell House, is the one person Lynnette confesses she’d “obviously want to have interviewed.” The man, an engineer and land developer, was genuinely interested in preserving the bush and generous in his civic duty she says. “Although the community is changing, there is no reason to believe that the current residents living at the beach do not love living there or are any less interested in preserving the positive aspects of the past ‘sense of community’,” says Lynnette in an excerpt from her book. Lynnette plans to write more books if this one sells. “Maybe something that doesn’t involve quite so much research or perhaps has a more defined topic,” she laughs. “It’s amazing Titirangi beach and Atkinson Park sounded like a defined topic but it grew and grew becoming huge.” – Sarah Sparks

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With you all the way. Committed to excellence. The Titirangi General Store (above) was once a busy place. Shop keepers Joyce and Bill Daniels (right) were the last in a long line of families who operated the store. Bill died in 1980 while on duty at the beach.


Lynnette will be speaking at the Titirangi Beach Hall on Thursday July 14. The hall will open at 7pm with the talk starting at 7.30pm with a cuppa available before or after. Expect lots of photo memories and tales. She invites locals to bring photocopies of any photos of the beach for a public display at the hall. Books can also be purchased direct from Lynnette by emailing sollittmorris@gmail.com. Mention The Fringe and that you’re a ‘local’ to get a special price of $45 + courier fee.

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July is the wettest month of this year with no more than seven dry days expected. The heaviest falls are around the 11th, 18th-20th and 24th-26th. About six days are sunny. Sunshine hours are below average but temperatures may be above average. The warmest days, brought on by winds from the northeast, may also be some of the wettest, around the 5th, 6th, 12th and 19th-21st. The driest and coolest days, brought about by southerlies and southwesterlies, may be the 15th, 16th and 27th-29th. Maximums average 16-17°C and minimums 9-10°C. The barometer drops to low figures on the 11th and 12th and again on the 26th and 27th, rising to maximums around the 15th, 16th and 31st, averaging around 1019mbs over the month. Wind prevails from the south and southwest for about 18 days. It is windier on the 7th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and 22nd. The highest tidal variations at Cornwallis are the 5th and 6th. Best fishing bite times are an hour either side of midday on the 3rd–6th and 19th–21st. Next best bite chances are around the dusks of the 11th–14th and 26th–28th. For gardeners, the best days for pruning are the 1st–3rd and 21st–31st, and better sowing days are the 5th–18th. The best day for harvesting crops is the 14th. The Titirangi Market Day on 31st may be overcast but mostly dry.

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Exploring a hidden cellar We brought back many marvellous sights and sounds from our five weeks in the USA. Consider the Grand Canyon, the Mormon Tabernacle choir, Times Square, Alcatraz, Central Park, the Golden Gate Bridge ... But for me, a wine drinker, possibly the highlight was the Aladdin’s cave I discovered in my god-daughter’s cellar. As we drove across Los Angeles, old school friend John mentioned his daughter Linda had a cellar, but this was a collection beyond imagination. It was a small room with shelves floor to

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ceiling, packed with labels I had heard about but never tasted. Linda’s husband, clearly a wine enthusiast, had died 10 years ago, and Linda had no interest in wine. I knew about Napa Valley reds, and on one side was a wide range of USA wines. But across the other side were ranks of French wines of unbelievable quality. I’d been sent to pick a wine or two for dinner so I chose a white I recognised, Meursault Charmes, premiere Cru, 2000. It was well over the hill, maderised to a dark brown, undrinkable, and sadly there were half a dozen more, plus many others of similar fame. I opened another treasure, 1996 Château d’Yquem, the most famous sweet wine in the world and reputedly long lived. Again, undrinkable. But I found a half bottle of a more recent vintage, and it was superb, not to the taste of other guests, so I had it to myself. I can die happy. It was intensely sweet but with underpinning acidity, full of aromatic apricot fruitiness, and a beautifully lingering fragrance. “Help yourself,” said my god daughter. I noticed a row of premiere cru Chateau Lafitte Rothschild, a very famous Bordeaux red. It was 1998, and probably just coming into top form, but I resisted the temptation and chose instead a 2000 Château Calon-Ségur, Grand

Cru Classé Saint-Estephe, and a 1998 Château Canon, St Emilion premier Grand Cru Classé, both very significant wines. I promise to report back in due course. While at our San Francisco bed and breakfast, our host insisted on serving dry Martinis one night. It was a drink he claimed originated in Los Angeles. According to Wikipedia, he may be right. I have a fairly negative attitude to cocktails. There are certainly some glamorous concoctions around but a cocktail does two opposing things, both unwise. It sends down a stimulant to the stomach, a strong shot of spirits, at the same time it numbs it with ice. With one it flogs your appetite forward, with the other it stuns it. Drink them at your peril! Back now in wintry Auckland we’re enjoying some less exotic reds. Brown Brothers are our ‘house wines’, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, and Merlot, all about $15 on special. I hadn’t tried their Everton series. The 2014 Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec blend (also about $15) is a very cosy drop, savoury and fruity with no obtrusive tannin or acid, a worthy addition to the stable. Meanwhile I dream of my next visit to Aladdin’s cave. I wonder if I can find reasons for an urgent visit to Los Angeles.

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September 17 will see the first ever West Auckland Ethkick Football Tournament and team registrations are now being sought. 32 seven-a-side men’s and women’s teams aged 16 years or older are sought from the West’s ethnic communities, be they refugees, recent migrants, or long established. Members of West Auckland’s Rwandan, Kurdish and Tuvalu communities have already expressed interest. The tournament is organised by Community Waitakere in partnership with Auckland Council, the Northern Football Federation and the Police and is supported by Local Boards, the Waitakere Ethnic Board, Sports Waitakere and the Human Rights Commission. The aim is to have a marvellous fiesta while encouraging acceptance and celebration of the cultural diversity of West Auckland. Supporters with flags, colours, and songs are also encouraged to participate. To register a team contact mandy@communitywaitakere.org.nz before the end of July. The team from Rwanda is pictured above. Photo by Rosemine Mutamuliza. Further information: www.communitywaitakere.org


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places to go Rangiwai, the Titirangi home to three generations of the Geddes family, has recently been sold. The house was built for the Atkinson family in 1915. Henry Atkinson, a civil and water engineer, was one of the founders of Titirangi village, owning significant land in the area and building several houses in those early days. His statue stands outside Lopdell House. Mac and Ethelwyn Geddes bought the house in the 1940s as a family home for themselves and their sons, John and Andrew. Ethelwyn was the founder of what was previously known as the Titirangi Drama Group, now Titirangi Theatre, based in Lopdell House. She started the group as a way of raising morale amongst local women whose husbands were away at war in the 1940s. John, who died last year, worked from his home office as a lawyer. He had a passion for music, played Leider music and was a member of the Lex Pistols, a Dixieland jazz-style band of retired lawyers. His wife, Claire, has left the home to live closer to her son Patrick. The extensive gardens, including natives, camellias and rhododendrons, have played host to many celebrations, including theatrical garden parties. It is admirably suited to such events, with views stretching over the city, the Skytower to the north, and Rangitoto prominent over the other islands of the Hauraki Gulf. In the other direction is the Manukau Harbour with native bush down to the shoreline. Andrew Geddes and his wife Janet built their own home on the property, and live there still. Each generation of the Geddes family has played its part in the life of Titirangi Theatre, with John, Andrew and Patrick all appearing on stage at various times, and Claire and Janet working assiduously backstage and front of house. For more information about Titirangi Theatre, upcoming productions, membership and services, visit titirangitheatre.co.nz – Phoebe Falconer

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The Titirangi Residents & Ratepayers Association invite you to shake off the winter blues at their fancy dress fundraiser at Lopdell House Theatre on Saturday July 16. The evening features the cult classic film The Rocky Horror Picture Show and is a good excuse for a dressup. There will be a prize for the best dressed and a raffle with quality prizes kindly donated by local businesses. Doors and bar open at 7pm and the film starts at 8pm. Tickets at $20 are strictly limited and must be booked in advance at https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/ rocky-horror-picture-show-fancy-dress-film-nighttickets-25853480456. No door sales.


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The Peg Parade at Upstairs Art Gallery should be great school holiday entertainment.

In a society racked with overwhelming and close to home issues of poverty, homelessness and violence, I find myself again reflecting on the importance of arts and culture, not in any way to dismiss it but to reaffirm that it has the capacity to reflect on, and engage with, that which makes us human and even to offer solace or solutions. In our local context we look to individuals and institutions to be the focus of that and especially institutions that have a history with us and with which we feel a strong sense of ownership and involvement. Lopdell House and now Te Uru has been a beacon of our pride in the creativity of the west for nearly 30 years. Reflecting on that history is interesting. I recall the opening of the newly refurbished Lopdell House in 1986 by the then mayor of Waitemata City Tim Shadbolt. In those early years local craft artists Ruth Castle and Val Haresnape became de facto curators of a programme of exhibitions very focussed on the ceramicists, weavers and object makers of the west. Director/curators followed, each bringing their personal style and curatorial experience to the gallery. The change from a local, craft-based programme to a more contemporary exhibition programme was not always well-received and voluntary gallery hosts were known to make their personal and critical opinions very

clear to visitors. It was, I guess, the price of that strong sense that Lopdell House and the gallery belonged to the local community. As we close in on two years of the new Te Uru Gallery programme, those rumblings have re-emerged with talk of Waitakere artists being ignored in favour of a more national and international focus. So let's take a look at that. In looking back over the short Te Uru history this is what I see. With top-shelf purpose-built facilities, Te Uru has brought international standard exhibitions to Titirangi and West Auckland, most of which feature some of the best artists in our neck of the woods. There isn't room here to list them all but highlights include Michael Parekowhai, Judy Millar, Rodney Charters, Seung Yul Oh, Mark Harvey, Gretchen Albrecht, Yuki Kihara, Bepen Bhana and, most recently, Janet Lilo. Some of those names will not be familiar but they are the new faces of the creative community of the west. Over the next 12 months there will be significant shows from John Parker and Anne Robinson and retrospectives of Brian Brake and, of particular interest, Anne McCahon. Always in the shadow of her famous husband, Anne, like so many women of her era, chose to put home and family above her undoubted talent. This partnership exhibition will mark the 10th anniversary of the McCahon House Residency programme. You can't get more local than that. It would be easy to say that Te Uru is our 'highend' arts facility and the Upstairs Art Gallery is the community access venue, but it is not that simple. It's now two years since Te Uru went public with its new name and identity. In hindsight, it was apt that this was first announced at the launch of their Kauri Poster initiative, which saw local artists using art as a platform to communicate important local issues in a way that would feed into the community in accessible ways. This set the scene for a strong community focus that has permeated Te Uru's programming, including initiatives that support and connect with local events

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and organisations, such as a renewed commitment to exhibiting artists from the McCahon House residency programme and working with the Going West Books & Writers Festival. We do need Te Uru to keep sight of its original ambitions to place local art and issues within a national and international programme. Given the riches we have right here on our doorstep, there's no reason Titirangi can't become an international art destination, sitting, as it does, on the gateway to some of the most spectacular forest and coastline in the world. This would be a fitting next step for an organisation that is about to celebrate 30 years of delivering cultural programmes to our community. Interestingly, it has been my observation that, over the past few months, the Upstairs Art Gallery has mounted some brilliant exhibitions by local artists unknown to me, but creating work of a very high quality. The newly refurbished gallery is light and bright and a great space for individual and group exhibitions but it is firmly focussed on the community. The Peg Parade is a perfect example of that commitment. Old-fashioned wooden pegs (doesn't that take you back?) have been gifted to local schools. (At the time of writing Woodlands Park, Titirangi and Green Bay Primary Schools along with Titirangi and Laingholm Kindergartens are involved.) The children have transformed their pegs into dolls and will have the excitement of their first exhibition in a real gallery. The show will open on Saturday July 9 at 11am and coincides with the Lopdell Precinct's Weird and Wonderful Film Festival which includes a children's' film and a performance by Captain Festus McBoyle and his Motley Crew. Proceeds from peg doll sales will go to Kidscan. In the Whau area grass roots creativity keeps bubbling up. Inter+Generation is a project by Whau the People that uses art and creative practice as a way of forging connections between and among the different generations living in the Whau. It engages

with notions of ‘heritage’ from a contemporary perspective – exploring the idea of living memories and living history as something that is not ephemeral but tangible. It will use a variety of creative media to not only capture but also creatively engage with the stories of the Whau that our older generations hold. Planned activities leading up to and including July include poetry workshops, led by Amanda Eason with a group of Avondale College students and Rosehill Gardens Retirement Village; kids at Avondale PreSchool and residents of the Avondale Rest Home collaborating with Numa McKenzie to design a mural that will be painted on one of the walls of the Avondale Community Centre; and Whau the People working with younger people to record radio stories with older people. This is heart-warming stuff.

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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 – 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 – 17, Carry-On, a collection of hand-coloured photographs by Bridget Reweti; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w – 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 – 17, Uniform: Exchange, a collective of female artists explore the relationship between Auckland and Dunedin; Te Uru. Phone 817 8087. w – 31, Still Life: Dick Frizzell & Jacqueline Fahey; Te Uru. Phone 817 8087. w – August 28, Status Update, a photographic installation by Janet Lilo; Te Uru. Phone 817 8087.

w – August 30, Two photographic exhibitions w 9, Titirangi Folk Music Club Concert with guest artist Dalmatians Out West and Dominik (Dick) Nedjelko Sunde: Images from the 1920s-1940s; J. T. Diamond Room and Gallery, Waitakere Library, Henderson. Phone 892 4952. w 3, Mokihi making workshop: making a reed boat from Raupo; Arataki Visitor Centre, 300 Scenic Drive; 10am-2pm; Gold coin donation (all materials supplied), bookings essential. Phone 817 0077. w 3, Ukulele Workshop and Play Along led by ukulele Master Ma’ara Maeva. Bring your Ukulele and join in; Arataki Visitor Centre, 300 Scenic Drive; 11am-1pm; free, bookings essential. Phone 817 0077. w 3, Huia Road Horse Club hosts children’s pony rides; 436 B Huia Rd, Owens Green; 3-4pm; $5.00 per child per circuit. Phone 027 499 1732. w 5, Evening Talk for Matariki featuring Duncan Morrison, author of Hope or High Water – the voyage of a lifetime, on Pacific voyagers and Professor Richard Walter who will outline an emerging picture of Hawaiiki; Arataki Visitor Centre, 300 Scenic Drive; 7-9.30pm; $15, including light supper. Phone 817 0089 to book. w 5, 12, 19, 26 and August 2, Tap away the winter blues to upbeat Broadway tunes. New Intermediate tap group; St Andrew’s Hall, 8 Clayburn Road, Glen Eden; 7.15pm; $5 for half hour class. Phone Andrea 027 477 6014. w 6 – 9, Weird & Wonderful Film Festival with awardwinning films, live music and free short film morning; The Theatre, Lopdell House; Tickets $10.00 from Titirangi Pharmacy. Phone 817 2583. w 7, Titirangi folk music session; Toolroom, Hardware Cafe; 7–10pm; Free. Phone Ian 813 2305.

Tony Hillyard from Wellington. Floor singers first half; Beach Hall, Titirangi Beach Road; 8pm; $8, members $5, under 18 free. Phone Ian 813 2305. w 9 – 12, Peg Parade, an exhibition of character peg dolls designed and made by children between four and 12 years old. Pegs will be for sale with proceeds going to Kidscan; Upstairs Gallery, Lopdell House; open 7seven days, 10am-4pm. Phone 817 4278. w 9 – August 7, Dean Buchanan: selected artworks; West Coast Gallery, Seaview Road, Piha; Wed–Sun, 10am-4pm. Phone 812 8029. w 10, Nga rongoa o te Ngahere – Medicines of the forest with Donna Kerridge (dress for a short bush walk); Arataki Visitor Centre, 300 Scenic Drive; 10am-1pm; $35, bookings essential. Phone 817 0077. w 10, Children’s Poi Making workshop with Ruth Woodbury, Maori educator and artist; Arataki Visitor Centre, 300 Scenic Drive; 10am-2pm; $10, all materials supplied. Bookings essential. Phone 817 0077. w 12, Make Do Mend, a DIY craft evening. Bring your own upcycling project or start a new one; EcoMatters, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn; 5.30-8pm; koha. www. ecomatters.org.nz or phone 826 4276. w 15, Flicks on Friday: The Lady in the Van starring Maggie Smith; Titirangi Theatre, Lopdell House; 10.30am and 8.15pm; Phone 818 2489 for prices and bookings. w 16, Lions Club of New Lynn Book sale; 3063 Great North, New Lynn; 9am- 4pm. w 16, Wellness and Healing Fair; Green Bay Community House, 1 Barron Drive, Green Bay; 10am-4pm; Free entry. Phone 827 3300 or Claire on 021 251 7338.

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There is so much happening in and around our community, including many weekly events, that we can’t fit everything into these listings. To find out more about whatever you are interested in, from Air Scouts to yoga and almost everything in between, visit:



l WHERE IT’S AT: • 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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Sharing knowledge and creating opportunities As a new arrival to our fair shores in the early ’80s, Joost Langeveld found that music made a great “social cover” for a teenager with limited English language abilities. “I basically got sucked into the post punk music vortex of the early ’80s, a period where music ability was secondary to attitude. It was perfect for me really.” Now resident in Titirangi, Joost is a well-established and well-known figure in our national music scene. He started playing music at high school with friends Paul Casserly (Strawpeople) and Greg Johnson. “I bought a $40 bass guitar and pretty much learnt on the job.” The “job” has certainly proved itself to be a successful career choice for Joost who, as an “early electronic adapter”, made a transition from bass to synthesisers, samplers and midi sequencers – and later into digital audio. “The late ’80s and early ’90s were fertile times with Indie guitar bands comfortably segueing into urban Hiphop and club culture and vice versa,” he says. “It was a time when labels like Deepgrooves, Wildside/Southside, Pagan and Flying Nun were very active. “Being able to experiment in studio settings with the likes of Eddie Chambers (as Nemesis Dub Systems), DLT, Jules Issa, Strawpeople, Mike Hodgson (Projector Mix), Anthony Ioasa and Angus McNaughton and ‘Stinky’ Jim Pinckney (as Unitone HiFi) was a perfect counterbalance to my bass playing with Greg Johnson’s band and with Flying Nun band Not Really Anything (NRA).” The mid ’90s saw Joost in New York working on soundtracks for documentaries and short films. “Living in a large metropolis like New York offered up all kinds of music influences. It was a never ending source of inspiration.” At the same time Joost continued his Unitone HiFi project with Stinky Jim long distance, via fax and couriered DAT tapes. Jim’s annual “studio holidays” to New York enabled Unitone HiFi to complete three albums (all released on German label iNCOMING!) and tour a live show through Europe in 1997. Upon his return to Aotearoa, Joost got fully involved with the electronic music collective Kog Transmissions. “Kog was a glimpse into the future, at a time when music was still very much controlled by

major record labels and big retail chains. Kog found a way to bypass this system and connect with fans directly by combining label and live show experiences. We made CDs part of the door charge and sold music directly to fans,” says Joost. “Kog created and inspired some seriously fantastic music and left a legacy of budding professionals still active today. Not only can Concord Dawn, PMoney and Scribe trace their beginnings to the collective, but a good number of current industry leaders also had their experimental foundation years at Kog”. A man of many monikers – Mr Reliable, TriggerX, Subware, Harry Steel to name but a few – Joost says he has always loved the anonymity of early club culture. “This was not only reflected in the use of monikers and pseudonyms, but also in the fact that in those early years the DJ or music act was not the visual focus in the room, it was instead your fellow clubbers and friends on the dance floor. That social aspect – and sense of democracy/ownership by the audience over the music – still holds great appeal for me”. Joost is now co-owner of Big Pop Studios, a music production and audio post-production facility, with fellow music afficionado Chris van de Geer and a new recording venture that incorporates the labels Marigold, Black Lotus Music and ToneTonic is on the cards. “We share our knowledge and create opportunities for recorded music that stretches beyond gathering just a few ‘soundcloud likes’. To date our output consists of several albums by ambient guitar-scape supremo Arli Lieberman, a textural electronic EP by Auckland artist Traces, an abstract ‘beats’ EP from Tokyo Haze and several singles by Indie band Delete Delete.” The rest of the year looks pretty busy for Joost, with releases scheduled from pop princess Trvks, minimal deep house from Levi Patel and Suren Unka, delicate musings from This Pale Fire and some tracks from electronic songstress Kuriso. Joost says “both Chris and I come from a background of playing in bands, creating music and making records – so it’s like coming a full circle – super exciting really! I am very fortunate to have been able to turn my passion into work.” www.marigoldmusic.co.nz or www.bigpopstudios.com

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New owner but business as usual Martin Graham officially took over the Huia Foodstore late last month. A Waitakere bush runner, he has spent a lot of time in the ranges and was familiar with the store as a place to re-fuel. “I saw the ‘For Sale’ sign in the window and thought it looked like a unique opportunity,” he says. “I like the whole idea of running a café and Pien Wise,the former owner, has done such a good job and built up a great reputation. I certainly won’t be changing the menu, just carrying on what she’s been doing.” However, Friday pie night is under review as the store’s pastry chef Ki Dong has left to take up a contract in Vanuatu, managing its fibre optic network installation. Martin has negotiated an initial four-year lease with a right of renewal to 12 years and intends working in the business full-time. He will continue living in Three Kings, commuting to Huia each day, as his wife Sarah is employed in the city by Lion. Although Martin admits he has zero barista skills and will be on a steep learning curve, be brings other relevant skills. “I’ve just completed a contract with Nosh Food Market on their

food systems, largely inventory control. They had systems in place but weren’t using them,” he explains. Over 20 years spent as a retail manager, auditor and IT expert, Martin’s industry experience includes managing hotels in Lower Hutt and Invercargill, and some liquor retailing and auditing. A man who is more comfortable out of the limelight than at the centre of attention, he is aware his style will be different to Pien’s but knows that in a small rural community success is all about people and customers. And certainly the locals have been keen to know who the new man behind the counter is. “I wish him all the very best with it,” says Pien, who will continue living up the road with her family. “Although the store’s been my baby, I have four other children and it’s time to let go, sad as it is.” The Huia Foodstore is operating winter hours and is open from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Thursday, and 8am to 6.30pm, Friday to Sunday. – Jade Reidy

West’s local boards offer funding for community projects If you have an idea for a project, activity or event to improve your community, you can apply for a local board grant to help fund your initiative. Whether you need help with a one-off project, a start-up or an expansion of an existing project, community grants acknowledge the contribution that local organisations can make to building stronger communities. Two types of grant are available: quick response grants, usually for less than $2,000 and local grants for larger amounts. Grants can be used to support arts and culture, community development, environment and natural heritage, historical heritage, events and sport and recreation projects. For the Waitakere Ranges Local Board, applications for both local board community grants and quick response grants are open July 4 – August 5. For Whau Local Board, applications for local board community grants are open June 20 – July 22 and quick response grants are open July 1 – July 31. For more information visit aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/funding, or call 09 301 0101 and ask to speak to a grants advisor.

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There’s plenty to do these school holidays

Arataki Visitor Centre

Welcome to Arataki, the gateway to the Waitākere Ranges and the Hillary Trail Winter hours: 1 May - 31 August 9am – 5pm (weekends) 10am – 4pm (weekdays)

Find out more: phone 09 817 0077 or visit Waitākere Ranges Regional Park 300 Scenic Drive, Titirangi


Fun activities that are also educational and let children use their imaginations wherever possible are high on the agenda for events throughout our community these school holidays. LynnMall’s marketing manager Karla Robertson says when planning for school

holidays, the mall team look at what is trending around the world – and the rest of the country – before making their decision on what to organise. “The kids want to have fun and memorable experiences.” These holidays the two major free events scheduled at LynnMall are Lego and Ice Age. “Children will be able to explore this creative play experience with Lego bricks featuring fun challenges that will set their imaginations alight,” says Karla. “There will also be the chance to meet their favourite Lego character.” With Ice Age children can immerse themselves in learning fun facts about space and planets, hang out in the activity zone or have the chance to meet Scrat, the unlucky pre-historic squirrel from the movie Ice Age: Collision Course. “It’s possible for families to make a day of it at LynnMall with the entertainment, dining and other options available,” says Karla. “With the bus and rail services right on our doorstep, it’s an easy choice for a great family day out.”

10 am-12:30pm. $25.00 per person. Cloth Doll Making with local doll maker Clair Inwood who will show how to design, make and dress an original cloth doll across two afternoons. Suit ages 8-14 years, Thursday July 21 and Friday July 22, 1pm-4pm. $75 per person. Visit the gallery to book spaces and make payment. Spaces are limited.

Also in Titirangi, there is a programme of activities at Titirangi Library. On Wednesday July 13 at 10.30am there will be a dance themed Storytime with a Zumba session to follow. All ages are welcome. On Wednesday July 20 at 10.30am there will be a celebration of Roald Dahl’s Big Friendly Giant with some dreamy stories and everyone will make a fabulous dream catcher to take home. On Thursday July 21 at 2pm Caroline Masters will host a children’s poetry workshop for children aged 7-12 years. (Bookings required 817-0011.) And on Saturday July 23 the library will host a heritage games day. Families can pop in anytime between 11am In Titirangi there will be a programme of and 2pm to try out the giant wall ball, table creative workshops organised by Upstairs elastics and buzz wire. Gallery. These will include: Meanwhile at Glen Eden Library a different Book Diorama with Anita Ferrick, making set of activities will be offered. an amazing miniature space using books and This will include jewellery making on creating miniature furniture using recycled Monday July 11, 10.30am, and learning how materials. Suit ages 7-12yrs. Wednesday July to make yarn flowers on Tuesday July 12, 13th, 10am-1pm. $35.00 per person. 10.30am. On Wednesday July 13, 10.30am, Pacific Pegs with Su McPherson, showing you can make your own Big Friendly Giant how to turn wooden pegs into beautiful dream jar and play the Big Friendly Giant quiz. pieces of art. Suit ages 6-12yrs. Friday July 15, Thursday July 14, 10.30am, sees a fun active

SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAMMES AT YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY HOUSE THIS WINTER Arts, Crafts, Trips, Games, Fun, Learning and Outdoor Activities. For full details contact: Green Bay Community House

Glen Eden Community House Green Bay Community House July 11 – 22 July 11 – 22 Phone 09 818 2198 Phone 09 827 3300 osc@glenedencommunityhouse.co.nz gbcommunityhouse@gmail.com www.glenedencommunityhouse.co.nz www.greenbaycommunityhouse.co.nz

Titirangi Community House July 11 – 22 Phone 09 817 7448 admin@titirangihouse.co.nz www.titirangihouse.co.nz

These programmes are approved for the OSCAR subsidy – School Holiday Programme Subsidies are now available from Work and Income New Zealand for working and studying parents. WINZ forms are available from the Community House office on enrolment.


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story time and craft programme for all ages. The following week starts with a S.T.E.M engineering project, building a tower that can hold an egg without collapsing on Monday July 18, 10.30am. This is suitable for ages 7 – 10 but all are welcome. Tuesday July 19, 9.30am, sees a cup stacking demonstration from our national representatives, the Black Stacks (http://www. facebook.com/NewZealandBlackStacks/) and on Thursday 21 July, 10.30am, there is another story time and craft programme for all ages. Visit www.facebook.com/glenedenlibrary or www.facebook.com/ titirangilibrary for more information. Arataki Visitor Centre is also running a holiday programme including some ‘crafty’ fun with a Maori focus and readings of the superb Legends by Peter Gossage. As well as the story times the centre will be providing opportunities for children aged 3 and up to make their own waka and poi. Events take place at the centre, 300 Scenic Drive Titirangi, on July 12, 13, 14, 20, 21, and 22nd with the first story telling session at 10am and the second session at 12pm. The self-directed crafts table will be available 10am-2pm. The story telling and waka making are free and the poi making workshop is $5.00 per child. Adult supervision is required for all programmes. Phone 817 0077 for more information. Our local community houses will also be offering a great programme of indoor and outdoor activities across the holiday period. Contact the Glen Eden (818 2198), Green Bay (827 3300) or Titirangi (817 7448) community houses for more information.

School Holiday Fun School holiday activities that are sure to keep your youngsters entertained Sit down in the ‘chill’ out zone and watch Ice Age: Collision Course clips and have the chance to meet Scrat, the unlucky pre-historic squirrel. Learn fun facts about space and planets or hang out in the activity zone. Date: Wednesday 20 July to Sunday 24 July

A brand new and exciting LEGO event is coming to LynnMall these school holidays! Come and explore this creative play experience with LEGO bricks, featuring a number of challenges to showcase your imagination and building skills! Meet your favourite LEGO character, learn about the LEGO Club and more! Date: Wednesday 13 July to Sunday 17 July Time: 11am – 2pm Location: Behind the Customer Service Desk

Time: 10am – 2pm Location: Behind the Customer Service Desk Ice Age: Collision Course opens in cinemas July 7.

For more information visit lynnmall.co.nz 3058 Great North Road, New Lynn Ph 09 826 2333


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local government elections

Notes from the campaign trail

My first campaign meeting for 2016 Local Body Elections was to speak at Oratia Residents and Ratepayers AGM. It only seems like yesterday that I was debating local issues in campaign meetings but it was actually almost three years ago and I was a little out of practice. It was good to see five Waitakere Ranges Local Board members there just to hear me speak and quite flattering to see at least one taking copious notes. The best part of these meetings is talking to individuals over a cuppa and hearing them explain council’s actions or inaction relating to issues in their area, sometimes with great humour. Let’s face it, you have to laugh or some of this stuff will drive you crazy. I spoke about council’s inefficiencies; about how Auckland Council lacks robust management and that this is because of the absence of good leadership from the present Mayor and Councillors; about how the council and the Council Controlled Organisations are more focused on receiving income generated by their activities, than on producing outcomes and serving ratepayers. I talked about how I read the potential costs of rapid growth to us, the established communities/suburbs and how we are being forced to pay overpriced charges for council services in part to fund new housing growth. In all a good first meeting. Thanks Oratia

‘The West is my home’

I’m seeking to be elected to Auckland Council as a Councillor for the Waitakere area. Over the last three decades my wife Jan and I have raised our kids in the West, I’ve run a successful law firm here and I’ve been involved in many local projects such as the rebuild of Lopdell House and the construction of the Te Uru Gallery. The West is my home. I previously served as a Councillor on Waitakere City Council and I am serving my second term as a member of the Waitakere Ranges Local Board and my first term as a Portage Licensing Trust trustee. The work is great, trying to improve our corner of the world one decision at a time. But Auckland Council is where the important decisions are made and this is why I have decided to stand for Council. I’m worried we are losing the Eco City spirit and that Waitakere is missing out under Super City. And I’m worried about the housing crisis and the effect it is having on all of us. I want to change that. I am happy to answer any questions you might have and I am keen to hear your thoughts on what’s needed. For more details go to www. gregpresland.com – Greg Presland

– Ken Turner

GREG PRESLAND Candidate for Waitakere Ward on Auckland Council


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From the Classroom to the Workplace Preparing students for careers is an important role for schools and ensuring students are on the right track towards their dream job is often the task of a careers counsellor or coordinator. Although the services available will vary from school to school the goal is always to get students into the workplace or into the training they need, whether that be an apprenticeship, university or some other specific education. At Kelston Girls’ College the careers department offers plenty of help and advice for students. “At Kelston, our year 13 students take a subject on their timetable called Lifeskills,” says Tara Heta, careers coordinator at the college. As part of this they get a one week period of ‘careers’, including, but not

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limited to, visits from universities, career research and matching, help applying for scholarships, CV and cover letter writing and much more. “We also offer a career counselling service where students can get one-on-one advice,” Tara says. Avondale College offers a number of classes and options for students to figure out what they want to do when they leave school. “The careers department is located at the centre of the school and is a very important part of a student’s support,” says Jacqui Birkhead, director of careers at Avondale College. Junior students study career units as part of their social studies course, developing self-awareness and understanding, and researching the world of work. Year 11 and 12 classes have career seminars that focus on setting career goals and planning for them, and Year 13 students all have one-on-one interviews to plan their transitions from school whether it be into work or further study.

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Local board programme helps youth into employment For young job-seekers, not knowing how to present themselves can pose a significant barrier to getting a job but the Youth Connections Whau Badge course can help. It offers opportunities to meet employers who provide insights on what is expected and what could be improved on. Whau Local Board Deputy Chair Susan Zhu said the Whau Badge brings together young people, employers and training providers, with the common goal of having young people well prepared and ready to enter the workforce. In addition to the assistance offered to young job seekers, the Whau Badge also helps local employers with a free workshop and resource pack covering advice on the effective hiring of young people. Employers are then able to take this a step further by engaging with local young people in the Whau Badge youth programme. Young people interested in the course should contact Kelsi Cox – Youth Connections Specialist Broker, 021 504 708 or kelsi.cox@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz. Employers interested in being involved should contact Tracy Watts – Whau Badge coordinator, 021 243 4701 or tracy@tracyelwin.com.

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“We also run a lunchtime career speaker series for senior students and the careers department is open every day for students to drop in for information from our extensive library or advice from the careers staff,” says Jacqui. Another service schools offer is the Gateway Programme, which provides opportunities for senior students to experience working in their industry of choice. They can apply Sabrina Senifili (left) and Kiyah To'elau, students at Kelston Girls College browsing and work for a few days through the tertiary opportunities available. or weeks in a certain position to see if they enjoy the job and want to continue to follow that career path. “The Gateway Programme provides a wonderful opportunity for year 12 and 13 students to experience the world of work,” Jacqui says.

KELSTON GIRLS’ COLLEGE Corner of Great North and Archibald Roads, Kelston

OPEN MORNING Tuesday 26 July 2016, 9:30am – 12:00pm For Enrolment Week dates, please contact reception (t) 09 827 6063 (e) reception@kelstongirls.school.nz (w) www.kelstongirls.school.nz

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Keep your mind and body running well this winter Eating, moving, sleeping and staying connected – some of the joys of winter. The shortest day of the year passed last month but the risk of contracting flu, colds or other winter bugs hasn’t so we need to maintain self-health measures. Washing your hands regularly is a no-brainer at any time of year, but especially in winter when so many viruses and bacteria are in circulation. Think about carrying a little hand sanitiser when you’re out and about – using trolleys in the supermarket, handling money in stores or even using gas pumps at service stations where possibly hundreds before you may have left their bugs. Winter’s a time of not feeling guilty about comfort food. Most of us eat more stews, soups and casseroles and fewer salads but that

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doesn’t mean cutting back on seasonal fruits and vegetables that are high in the minerals, fibre and Vitamin C that keep your immune system strong. Garlic, ginger, chilli peppers and mint really come into their own in winter and you can spice up your meals and drinks even further with cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg and turmeric. They taste sensational and are good for the body too. Supplements such as Vitamins C and D, zinc and Echinacea give extra support to a healthy immune system in winter, and don’t overlook iron, Vitamin A, omega-3 fatty acids, folic acid and Vitamin E. They all have a role to play maintaining good winter health. It’s easy to duck under the duvet for a bit longer in winter but exercise will do its bit to protect the body against viral and bacterial infections. Thirty minutes a day is ideal for most people. If you feel like sleeping a bit more at this time of year, just do it. See it as giving your body a chance to reboot, build energy and replenish infection-fighting cells. Eating well and exercising regularly could be in vain if you don’t get a good night’s sleep. While much of winter wellness can be attributed to the right kinds of food, exercise, keeping bugs at bay and sleeping well, don’t overlook care on the body’s largest organ – the skin. Cold weather affects our skin by sucking the water content out causing dryness and irritation. A good starting point for skincare is a medical-grade skincare routine for barrier protection and hydration. Rich creams will replenish moisture and prevent dehydration which may be caused by drinking less water, reduced humidity or even reduced circulation lowering the flow of nutrients to the skin. Another way to winter skincare is the use of serums containing hyaluronic acids, an increasingly popular go-to option for boosting collagen, improving uneven skin tone, providing hydration and lightening and plumping the skin. Keep drinking water to maintain hydration and don’t overlook the joys of herbal teas for great tastes and good health. Lemon drinks with Manuka honey offer great antibacterial action – made more effective by slipping in a little bit of fresh ginger. With your body up and running well in winter, don’t overlook good mental health. It’s very tempting to rug up on the couch with a good book and the TV but socialising is just as important as other health measures. It can keep you active, reduce stress levels and ward off the winter blues. Think movies, lunch or coffee with friends, starting a wine or book lovers’ club but whatever your choice, stay connected. – Moira Kennedy

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walking west with mick andrew

Walking with the guardians of Whatipu Shimmering turquoise, the distant, steady of the surroundings. Below me hiss of a heaving torrent – not what to the west, the Whatipu valley you normally expect in the Waitakere extends out like a grassy delta Ranges – yet as I walk down the track, before blending into the shifting gazing out between nikau trunks and black sands of the beach. Even ponga fronds, the bright blue-green hue here, at this remote and isolated of the Manukau emerges and the hiss of corner of Auckland, the vestiges the Tasman surf grows gradually louder of human history are evident. This above the happy chatter of birdsong. hill is near the site of the old This is the legendary Omanawanui Omanawanui track runs along the ridgeline on the left and Omanawanui Pa and below me to Track – a coastal walk above the Manukau down to Whatipu Valley. the south-west, the waves crash Harbour, regarded by many as the finest trail in the Ranges. Beginning menacingly on the notorious Manukau sand bar, the site of the HMS on Whatipu Road, 15 minutes drive past Little Huia, the two-and-a- Orpheus wreck where 189 people lost their lives. half hour track follows the ridgeline of Burnett Head and extends out Across the harbour entrance sits the seemingly deserted South to Whatipu Beach. Head. Long since stripped of its forests and converted to pasture, Thirty minutes into the walk and I already know the track’s it sits in stark contrast to the lush, verdant hills I am traversing. The reputation is justified. Firm underfoot, despite recent rain, it descends towering trees and mature forest all around me seem to exude through mixed-canopy bush before meandering along the cliff side resilience, as if the Waitakeres stand in proud defiance of the forces and over a series of prominent hills. On the first of these, the lush that rendered its southern counterpart barren and treeless. forest blends into stunted, windswept scrub, providing exquisite I head down the other side of the hill before ascending again to the views over the vast Manukau and the southern coastline beyond. top of the final bluff. From here I can either head down to the valley Looking to the west, I see that the track leads up to a higher bluff, and up to my car via the Kura Track or I can return the way I came. so I decide to press on and savour the view later. The path undulates Below the bluff is the small bay of Waitipua or “bay of the drastically, yet is well maintained and constructed, with chain ropes spiritual guardians”. Looking once more over the water at desolate installed over the more precarious sections. South Head, then at the rich, dignified forests all around me, I can After another hour, about three-quarters along the trail, I arrive at confidently say that the spiritual guardians of Whatipu, and the the crest of the highest hill, presenting a spectacular, 360-degree view physical ones, are doing a fantastic job!

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Living Neighbourhood alive and well Fact: Auckland is one of the weediest cities in the world. There are 20,000 exotic plant species in Auckland and more than 200 of them are noxious weeds. It’s fair to say that Council cannot provide adequate funds to tackle the weed problem head on so it’s increasingly up to neighbourhoods to take on weed eradication as a community project. One such initiative is the South Titirangi Neighbourhood Network, a group of eco-minded and committed people, partnered by Gecko NZ Trust, a non-profit organisation set up to improve social and ecological outcomes in communities. The Network, part of a Living Neighbourhood Programme, comprises neighbours from several streets in South Titirangi who are focused on protecting and regenerating biodiversity in their area. The group’s passion for the environment is endless, sometimes working in pouring rain and often in difficult conditions in their drive to improve their surroundings. They work on public land, clearing tracks, weeding and planting and, just as importantly, having fun and making new friends. Bonny Maltby and Nichola Turenhout are two members of the group. Bonny moved into the area about five years ago and although she’s always pitched in with environmental initiatives in her “patch”, she found it was difficult to entice people away from working on their own properties to tackle public land. A couple of years ago Bonny and Nichola started trying to energise their community into doing weeding in their neighbourhood. “We tried all sorts of ways to get interest – fliers in letter boxes, suggesting it as a way to get fit and healthy,” Bonny says. Then Nichola hosted a tea party at her home and about a dozen people came. “We asked them what they wanted,” says Nichola. “They wanted to know their neighbours and to be safe in their community. They wanted our children to meet each other and play together and not be stuck at home on their gadgets,” she says. A door-knocking campaign followed and the group grew from about 20 to between 60 and 80 people joining in social events. “It’s amazing and so much fun. There are picnics and barbecues and games for the kids, and each event has a theme. Everyone joins in with the food and refreshments,” says Nichola. “We’ve become more like a village, a real village. From not knowing our neighbours, we’re holding three or four social events a year. It’s great.” But this isn’t a two-person set-up. “We’re now a group who divide and conquer, doing all the different tasks, setting dates and organising events, emailing and sharing all the jobs,” says Bonny.

As well as the socialising, a good ‘weed team’ has sprung up. Recent projects included clearing and planting the banks of the stream at the Titirangi Beach Reserve in a bid to attract more native birds, reduce the spread of weeds and promote the seeding and spread of natives. There’s also been planting Nichola Turenhout and Bonny Maltby: along Tinopai Track making new friends while beautifying their (with more to come) neighbourhood. and at the end of this month there’ll be a weeding workshop at Tamariki Reserve near the bottom of South Titirangi Road. Facilitated by Gecko NZ Trust, the workshop (July 31, 2pm-4pm) is free and open to everyone. It will cover what the top 10 weeds are and how to remove them, whether herbicides should be used, health and safety and an opportunity to contribute to the South Titirangi Neighbourhood Network’s vision for a thriving community. For more information contact Fiona 021 076 3157 or fionasmal@gmail.com. https://www.facebook.com/South-Titirangi-NeighbourhoodNetwork – Moira Kennedy

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Even ‘vicious’ plants have a place in your garden The Moths & Butterflies Trust of New Zealand (MBTNZ) is embarking on a campaign to save the forest ringlet butterfly this month. The butterfly is only found in New Zealand, is the only one of its kind in the world and, sadly, it’s on the decline. With your help we can reverse this situation. The forest ringlet depends on a variety of plant species – particularly Cutty Grass or Gahnia, an essential host species for the rapidly disappearing butterfly. Gahnia are where the adult female of the forest ringlet (Dodonidia helmsii) deposits her eggs and is the food source for the emerging caterpillars. If we are ever to have our native butterflies in our cities we need to provide the host plants for them to feed on. Most New Zealanders know of and are cautious of cutty grass for obvious reasons – it cuts. Technically The forest ringlet. Photo by Dr speaking, however, Gahnia species Melissa Hutchinson are sedges not grasses. In New Zealand we restrict the ‘cutty grass’ label to the Gahnia species, even though both toetoe and pampas can also cut and are true grasses. There are six species of Gahnia. Three are common in the Waitakere Ranges and one, Gahnia pauciflora, is less commonly found here. The other two species are found in the mountains from Coromandel south (Gahnia procera) or in the Central North Island and the top of the South Island (Gahnia rigida). For much of Blockhouse Bay, Green Bay and Titirangi it is Gahnia lacera, or coastal cutty grass, that is most common. The following description has been adapted from one by Dr Rhys Gardner, an eminent Auckland botanist and erudite ‘Westie’. “The one to two-metre coastal cutty grass, Gahnia lacera, is easily found by those on the coast as it is abundant in most pieces of dryish coastal forest and scrub here. Gahnia lacera is different from the dense tussocky growth of the other species in that it forms comparatively open colonies like ‘a small yellow green bamboo’ with the new rhizome segments being more or less horizontal and breaking through the bases of the scale leaves that enclose them. The upper surface (adaxial) of the leaf blade is hardly if at all ridged and is quite smooth (i.e. papillae and teeth are lacking). Notably, a distinct straw-coloured midrib is present on the adaxial surface, a feature which none of the other New Zealand species have. The small black

nut of Gahnia lacera is also very distinctive.” The name ‘lacera’ suggests it is the most lacerating of the species, yet it is pleasant to handle and walk through and scarcely cuts even when put to the test. The two other common species in the Waitakeres are much larger, standing two or three metres tall when flowering, and the foliage is equally long but droops elegantly, being longer and sharper than Gahnia lacera. Probably the most common in the Waitakere Ranges is Gahnia setifolia (pictured) which tends to grow on poorer soils such as on ridges where impoverished clay soils predominate. The second common species is Gahnia xanthocarpa which prefers richer soils, generally found in the wetter valley floors, swamps and bogs. They are very similar in appearance but generally G. xanthocarpa has dark, glossy green leaves and glossy black seeds, whereas G. setifolia is a paler green and its seeds are a reddish brown colour. All of which is totally confusing as xanthocarpa means yellow fruit. And there is not much that is bristling about the leaves of setifolia, although the name means bristle leaves. So why should I encourage you to plant such vicious plants? The answer, as always, is that they are a natural species for the area and deserve a place in the garden. But more than that, they are part of the ecosystem which was present prior to man’s arrival and in most of suburbia we have totally displaced them. If they go, so do the many species that depend upon them, such as the copper butterflies that flit so elusively in the sunlight, and the forest ringlets which will have to be reintroduced to the Waitakeres from elsewhere, as they have already disappeared from our rainforest. Plant some cutty grass, join the MBTNZ and bring back the ringlets. https://www.facebook.com/mbnzt/ 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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When is the right time for breakfast? Yeah, gidday. Wow. If you've had half the week I just did, then a great time was had by all. Where to start? I popped off to the downtown precinct to meet up with Stefano, my cousin on my parent's side of the family, who had nipped across the ditch from Melbourne for a few days with his husband Shjason. Turns out they're in a bi-racial relationship. They'd rented an inner-city apartment, so while I said gidday to Stefano, Shjason had to wait in the lobby because there wasn't room for all three of us inside. We (well they) decided, as it was mid afternoon, we should go out for breakfast. Stefano gave me the once over and said he wouldn't be seen dead in public with me if I didn't change my overalls. Luckily we're about the same size. After about an hour of hilarity we headed out in what I would describe as very snug-fitting gym gear. We strolled down to a pop-up brasserie for brekkie. Shjason ordered for us. We had a liquorice flavoured, lime green macaroon and a triple-shot short black, all washed down with a test-tube of deconstructed water. He then insisted we finish this with a chilliinfused vodka/chardonnay shot. Brilliant. Breakfast downed, we (they), decided it was time for dinner. We decided to try and be seen at the recently opened and totally retro joint called 'No'. It was a converted sewage treatment station that still cleverly retained some of its original fixtures. Once again, Shjason did the ordering and after a very entertaining 1 hour 54 minutes, our meals arrived. We wolfed down our raw goat, kale and moong-bean smoothies and savoured every drop of the avocado, campari, sly-gin cocktails called an 'eyebrow raiser'.

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