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ISSUE 151, AUGUST 2016

community news, issues, arts, people, events


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ART & CULTURE

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contents

What is happening with local real estate?............................... 4 Maddi’s Market enters third year............................................. 5 Rules and Rhymes for safe times...........................................6-7 Glen Eden revitalisation continues........................................... 8 They said it: what the people think about local government, and winter...................................9-11

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Local government special: meet the candidates in their own words..........................13-17 Places to go: Events listing................................................18-19 Feature: wining and dining; Words on Wine with Lindsay Nash....................................20-22

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Plan agreed for Huia............................................................... 23 Art and about with Naomi McCleary.................................24-25 Art exhibition out West; Hospice needs help......................... 26 On stage, news from Titirangi Theatre................................... 28 Adventure top priority when travelling.................................. 29 Our place: Piha at night, Heritage conference planned and Bridge club starts lessons................................................ 30

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Bandstanding: Courtney Hate from Green Bay High.............. 31 Walking West: Fairy Falls track............................................... 32 Growing West: Kidney fern, a delicate masterpiece.............. 33 Introducing: Waitakere Ranges Protection Society; Weather by the moon: Ken Ring’s predictions for August..... 34 Live @ the lounge.................................................................. 35 On our cover: Learning how to approach and play with dogs can be a fraught process but Bark New Zealand is working to make it less stressful. Our picture shows two year-old Niko Dennis of Sunnyvale getting to know Dyson. See page 6 for more. Photo by Moira Kennedy.

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So what is happening with local real estate? New research is highlighting truths and busting myths about what’s really going on in our local housing market writes JADE REIDY. Auckland has struggled this past year to accommodate 45,000 new residents, building only 9,500 new houses. While some Aucklanders are cashing up and moving south, there is still a big gap in the demand and supply equation that is unlikely to close until late 2017, according to Bayleys research accountant Goran Ujdur. Nearly 13,500 apartments or terrace houses have been consented for construction in Auckland’s suburbs but have yet to be built. The first tranche of apartments in the new West Edge development in New Lynn have already sold off the plans, and the next tranche is supposed to go on sale later this year. “We’re seeing lots of 40-55 year-olds buying in West Edge,” says Bayleys Titirangi office manager Belinda Henson, whose company has the sales contract. The same holds true for Titirangi house sales, where the demographic is mainly Kiwis in their 30s to 50s. Half of all buyers are coming from inner city suburbs. “They see better value out here and are happily reducing their mortgages,” says Belinda. “Of course that affects the market price for houses as these buyers have become used to different prices. There’s also strong interest from England post Brexit.” Immigrants from England have traditionally made up around 20-23 percent of Titirangi’s population. Nine out of 10 people looking to buy in Titirangi want to be within walking distance of the village while, for families, it’s all about school zoning and house size. Affordability is the number one issue, says Barfoot & Thompson’s

Titirangi office manager LeAnne Robinson. “People are getting into the market wherever they can, and buying what they can afford, whether that’s apartments or stand-alone houses.” Ten years ago, when the market was relatively stable, there were 10,683 properties sold in Auckland during the month of May. In May 2016, there were only 5,844 properties sold. The difficulty in getting listings comes down to uncertainty. “The risk factor is high,” says LeAnne. “People who want to stay in Auckland are afraid of being left in a vacuum if they sell their house and can’t buy another one straight away. They’ve got families and jobs. So they’re sitting on property and waiting for the market to ease.” Titirangi Village is also in a ‘wait-and-see’ position regarding further commercial and residential development. The two adjoining properties that include the toilet block and car park through to Barfoot & Thompson’s old offices have been taken off the market while the owner works through ‘issues’. Barfoots opened its new office in the old ASB Bank on August 1.

House price increases Area

Average sale price 2016

Increase 2010-16

Green Bay $800,000 97% Huia $722,500 85% Laingholm $702,750 63% Parau $843,000 60% Titirangi $824,000 66%

Glen Eden wastewater storage and pipeline upgrades Project overview Work will shortly begin to upgrade the wastewater network in the Glen Eden area. This will involve the construction of a wastewater storage tank beneath the car park at Harold Moody Reserve as well as the installation of a new wastewater pipeline along Glendale Road.

Why does the local wastewater network need upgrading? Significant population growth is predicted for Glen Eden. The population is likely to rise from 24,700 to approximately 45,600 by 2051. New infrastructure is required to support this growth. The existing wastewater network in the Glen Eden area does not have sufficient capacity to manage flows during wet weather events. During these heavy rainfall events the network overflows diluted wastewater into the surrounding environment as well as private properties. The new storage tank and pipeline will cater for growth and reduce these overflows from on average 10 per year to two or less.

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Maddi’s Market enters third year

Established 1942

Maddi’s Market is an annual event held in the Kaurilands Baptist Church to help raise money for children with terminal illnesses. The first market, in 2014, was to help raise money for Maddi Hinchelwood, a young girl living with high risk leukaemia. The success of this inaugural event led the team, including Penny Hinchelwood and Laura Turner, to do an annual "Maddi's Market" to raise money for kids with terminal illnesses.

The 2015 market was to raise funds for Emma (pictured above in the green top being held by her mother Kerry). Maddi is pictured wearing a hat. Sadly the young lady in purple, Maddi's special friend Abby, passed away in February 2016. This year’s market will be held to raise funds for five-year-old Iziyah Moemai who was diagnosed with chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) at the age of two. “His condition is extremely serious,” says Penny Hinchelwood. “Although he is treated through the blood and cancer ward at Starship Hospital he does not get the same support as cancer kids do. The money will help with creating memories for Iziyah, i.e. doing things that he would not normally do so he has those memories before he loses his vision completely. The market will also help towards medical costs. “We have had some amazing support from the community and businesses have certainly come on board. Our raffles are bursting with goodies, so I hope we make zillions for Iziyah,” says Penny. The market will host a wide variety of stalls as well as raffles throughout the day. Among the hampers that will be raffled are a family hamper with over $1000 worth of goodies, a health and wellbeing hamper, a baby hamper with a $50 Countdown voucher and much more. Tickets cost just $5 and can be purchased at the market. The market will be held on Saturday August 13 at Kaurliands Baptist Church, 32 Kaurilands Road, 11am-2pm.

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Rules and rhymes for safe times “Check it’s sweet before you meet. To understand, they sniff your hand. Chin or chest, that’s the best.” Bark New Zealand founder and director Heather Laanbroek and volunteer educator Sue Dell are in full swing with their captive audience at Glen Eden Playcentre with dogs Flicka and Dyson, the real stars of the show. The local women are educating young children how to be safe around, and have positive experiences, with dogs. Bark New Zealand is the country’s only charity providing dog safety education for preschool and school age children with the aim of reducing the national dog bite statistics. Established by Heather from her Scenic Drive home in 2012, the organisation now has about 30 volunteers – mainly in Auckland and Wellington – and has reached more than 20,000 children in sessions around the North Island. Sue, from Oratia, came on board with her Swedish Vallhund, Flicka, 18 months ago and is Bark’s event co-ordinator. “Going into playcentres is really important,” says Sue. “The earlier you get to children, the better. While we don’t expect them to remember everything at this age, using little rhymes is the start of getting them to understand how to approach dogs. “They hear the rhymes and we show them what we mean by interacting with the dogs. The children take information home with them too so parents can follow up with that. Young children are more likely to remember rhymes and if they hear them often enough, by the time they reach primary school, they’re familiar and have an understanding of what it all means.” Titirangi woman Hollie Carter says she was excited to take part in the playcentre session with her three boys, four-year old Charlie, George aged two, and nine-month old baby Henry. “It’s a cool opportunity for them to learn how to approach dogs as we go to the beach a lot. They do have experience with their nana’s dog and they’re quite confident but this hands-on experience today was really great.” Hollie says it was good for her children to hear that not all dogs are friendly and how important it is to approach the owner for permission before going up to a dog. “Asking the owner first is such a good lesson and it was a reminder for me as well,” she says. Bark’s main messages are always the same, says Sue. “Asking the dog handler – and a parent’s permission before making an approach, and letting a dog sniff your hand as you approach. Patting the right way is important too and approaching from the front where the dog

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L to r: Heather Laanbroek with Dyson, Hollie Carter with George, Henry and Charlie, and Sue Dell with Flicka

can see the person. It’s so much less intimidating for the dog.” As well as working in early childhood facilities and schools, Bark also provides individual or group support for an abnormal fear of dogs (cynophobia). They also undertake Tails with Tales – a one-to-one reading programme where the child will read to a dog to help promote confidence and improve literacy skills – and Time with Tails, a personalised programme for children experiencing learning challenges or difficult times at home or school. For more information: www.bark.org.nz – Moira Kennedy

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Glen Eden revitalisation continues

An artist’s impression of what the new library courtyard will look like when it is completed.

As this issue of The Fringe went to press, work was expected to start on a long-awaited redevelopment of the public spaces outside the Glen Eden Library. The project is intended to make the area more inviting to visitors and to enable a variety of new uses for the open air space. For example, in the warmer months the re-designed courtyard will be a place for outdoor library and other community activities such as children’s story time and school holiday programmes. One of the major influences in the design is the role that the railway line has played in the development of Glen Eden and other areas in West Auckland. The

shapes and lines of the railway sleepers are echoed in the design. Old-fashioned shilling coins are set into the wooden sleepers to reference the fare mourners would pay to travel to the area and to the nearby cemetery early last century. The second major influence on the design is the taming of the land and the planting of orchards in and around Glen Eden and its neighbouring areas. Apple trees will be planted to provide shade and, when in bloom, could be imagined to be the billowing clouds that roll over the Waitakere Ranges. The Ranges themselves, and the native plants that grow in them will also be represented in the project through the use of local natives such as cabbage tree, lancewood, ponga, crown fern, tororaro and panakenake within the landscaping. The undulating grassy mounds that will frame the courtyard reference the foothills of the ranges. Construction work is expected to cost about $155,000 and is planned to be completed by late August. The next significant project in Glen Eden’s redevelopment will be a town square at the other end of Glenmall, near the local board office. Work on a better design for the top of Captain Scott Road, to improve safety and improve village connections is also underway.

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What do people think about local government? Once we get through winter, we’ll be able to choose who we want to represent us on local boards and council. DAVID THIELE hit the streets to find out what we think. He asked: 1. If you were running for local government/council what would be your platform? 2. Is there anything that disappoints you about the present council? 3. How are you drying your clothes this winter? 4. With unlimited funds what would you put on for a huge winter knees-up? 5. What's your favourite sitting-by-the-fire movie? Nick (left) 1. I’ve got a gripe about rubbish bags. I’ll give a rebate for all those ‘supercity’ costs. I’m outraged! 2. Watch them. The screws are being tightened. 3. Split up the big items. Don’t mix up all the four members of the household. Separate loads. Then part dryer, part clothes horse. 4. Invite everyone. I like to be inclusive. Drop all the drink, all the food. Spread it evenly throughout the city to everyone. 5. I’d have to think about that. OK, The Life and Times of Tim. The boss is a great role model. John (right) 1. What I really like is the Te Uru Gallery. It has really good travelling exhibitions and great local artists plus stunning views from the top. If I was running for council I’d be a lot less intimidating. More friendly and ‘for’ the community. 2. With the ‘supercity’ they haven’t yet been able to return the local feel. It still feels corporate and there is a difference with community communication somehow. 3. A combination of a clothes dryer and a rack inside. 4. I’d hire Santa Claus. The real one. For Matariki. Then give him Christmas off. 5. I’d toss the TV and just have friends over.

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Rob 1. Well, I would reward the rate payers by reducing their rates. All the infrastructure is already in place. In fact, I’d give them free parking. 2. They’re greedy. They have become real estate agents. The’ve worked out how to accumulate rates by investing in property, then leasing it back to businesses. You go for a building permit. It’ll cost ten grand just to lodge it. 3. Well this week I hung it off the skylight in my bus. Otherwise it starts to stink. 4. First I’d sack the council and hire my mates. The intelligent ones. Then have a festival to celebrate, from the slush fund. Then turn West Auckland into ‘only the beautiful can come in’. Of course we would have food. Maybe something for the vegans. 5. Team America. F*** yeah.

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Colleen 1. A healthy community. I'm really into people. I'd reintroduce trams. I loved travelling on them. As a young girl I was a street kid, although we weren't called that then. Life was tough but I grew up using my wits. I'd represent the less fortunate. I'd run as 'The People Person'. 2. I feel guilty because I live in a three bedroom home while others are struggling with very little. The council should provide capitalisation funding for the poor. They leave things far too late before reacting to the problem. 3. I dry on racks. Good quality ones. In the garage overnight, then in the morning I finish it in the dryer. 4. I'd bring in bands in a rugged setting. I like both landscapes and people with character. All sorts would be invited. Interesting people with a story to tell. I once stitched an acquaintance of mine's ear back on after some nasty bugger had cruelly cut it off. The hospital had to finish it off. I've met many very interesting people from all walks of life. 5. I like a good crime movie. Something with a bit of suspense. It's got to be good to keep me quiet.

Caroline 1. On a local level, issues that support families and those that can’t support themselves. 2. I think there is a role local councils could play with regard to housing, transportation and the general well being of its community. 3. Outside on the line then finishing it off by the heater inside. 4. Well, I guess lots of food. Catered definitely. Lots of people. Folkies and jazz, orchestras. SplitENZ and something for the kids. Somewhere big. 5. I think it was called Ten Canoes. An Aboriginal Australian movie.

Evelyn 1. Free public transport. Free. 2. I’m not really a very political animal but I think they’re doing a reasonable job. 3. A mixture of out on the line with some later finishing. 4. The first thing is massive amounts of fires like the archways at Burning Man. Street theatre. And then get rid of child poverty and have a huge party. 5. Skip the movie. Let’s do a cryptic crossword instead. If there has to be a movie I think it’s called Kolya or Nativity on Fleet Street. That’s pretty cool. Then with a really cool ending: North and South.

Kate 1. I think my focus would be the community and culture. People, during hardships, pull together. I’d stand for Art and Culture. 2. That’s a hard one. I have noticed the standards of maintenance is less. Footpaths are very uneven especially out of the main centres and villages. 3. The same as John [previous page]. 4. I’d throw a big ‘catered’ dinner then create a fabulous park for everyone. 5. I’d like to see Lady in the Van again.

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Nikki 1. My thing would be first sort the homeless situation. Maybe a kiosk to give clothes, food, our excess. Big pots of chicken soup. Second, solar panels should be subsidised. 2. We had the blue bin. Now the boxes don’t fit with the bottles. They’ve saved money by importing plastic bins from Australia. Really smart. How come we pay for rubbish bags but they don’t in Ponsonby? 3. Dryer and clothes horse then under the heat pump in the lounge. 4. A night is all well and good but I’d still rather put the money towards the homeless and alternative energy. Let’s get off the grid. 5. Can it be a series drama? Bloodline. Both seasons.

Sean 1. There is no point in having a healthy economy without a healthy community. A poorer community is not healthy. I’d bring back the old city councils. The Unitary Plan is a waste of money. Different communities have different needs. 2. The council is too involved in their image rather than substance. 3. I have a roofed over area. Maybe a few minutes in the clothes dryer to finish it off. 4. You’d want to invite as many people as possible and reflect Auckland. Music by the APO and probably some techno dancy thingy with a few hits thrown in for the baby boomers. Plus some pyrotechnics off Rangitoto. 5. That movie about East Germany spying on its citizens. The name escapes me but get the English subtitled version.

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Meet the Candidates – in their own words Carl Harding “When asked to run with WestWards for the Waitakere Ranges Local Board, I initially said no. Aged 66 and having been there and done that, it wasn’t for me. “But when I saw the Waitakere Ranges Local Board scored below average in a Herald survey measuring public satisfaction, it was my turning point. When I was a Waitakere City Councillor we were the ‘Jewel in Auckland’s Crown.’ “February’s Fringe cover showed children playing at French Bay. As Chairman of Waitemata City Works committee, I was in the team that put sewage through Wood Bay, French Bay, Titirangi and Laingholm. I’m proud to have been involved in one of the bigger projects aimed at cleaning up our harbour and local beaches, a job that good people continue today. Even so, there were some extreme greens who tried stopping the sewage system going through, to the point of pouring concrete into a sewage pumping station. “These days there is an absolute shambles about chopping one kauri, when the real issue in our area, is still a lack of infrastructure and a new threat: council selling off parks and even car parks. “That’s why it’s time for me to come back.”

“Jobs and affordable houses for our young families are vital to growing our West’s economy. We cannot have our families moving out of Auckland because they can’t afford to live here! “I love Waitakere. I have lived here for over 35 years and there is nowhere else I would rather be. I am committed to serving the community I love.” Continued on page 14 >>

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Penny Hulse “The last six years since amalgamation have been challenging. As Deputy Mayor I shoulder the responsibility for keeping the council on an even keel by practising the sensible, practical non-partisan politics we learned out West. “We have seen wins but there is more to do. My senior role on council ensures West Auckland receives focus rather than the “Super City” being all about the CBD. Rates amalgamation means that we no longer subsidise other areas of Auckland, however we must remain vigilant, managing council costs. Communities have been empowered through greater funding to our local boards, but the environmental stewardship of our Ranges still requires firm focus. Our harbours – particularly the Manukau – must be restored, working with our local communities to do this. Practical environmentalism, allowing us to live in harmony with nature has always been my approach.

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Proven local leadership that will lead the Whau forward, and reputations for getting things done in our local communities Past Waitakere Councillors and Local Board Members Committed to the communities of The Whau – Titirangi North, New Lynn, Kelston, Green Bay, Blockhouse Bay Local government issues are our issues – we answer only to YOU, we do NOT answer to any central government political party.

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“We are the Future West candidates for the Waitakere Ranges Local Board in the upcoming election. “We are a progressive team who have worked well together over the last three years to get things done. In partnership with our local communities, we help make the West a great place to live, recreate and work. “Over the next three years we will: • Continue to be staunch stewards of the Heritage Area • Protect against urban sprawl and inappropriate development • Make our villages, town centres and rural areas better places to live and do business • Oppose oil drilling, sand mining or ports on the West Coast or Manukau Harbour • Work for trains beyond Swanson and feeder buses to outer areas • Support our marae, youth, ethnic, Maori and Pacifica communities • Improve public places in Glen Eden and support the Safety Hub • Create more walkways, shared paths and cycleways • Foster the arts and our artists and festivals • Restore our natural environment and protect our historic heritage • Advocate for action on pest plants and animals, priority for kauri dieback and better tree protection for urban trees. “Vote for us to continue the good work in September. You can learn more at https://futurewest.wordpress.com or facebook.com/ futurewest.nz.”

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Greg Presland “I have enjoyed my time on the Waitakere Ranges Local Board but Auckland Council is where the important decisions are made. “Part of my job on the local board is to review resource consent applications. I am now seeing them for the felling of diseased kauri. Dedicated Westies are reluctantly applying to have kauri felled for safety reasons. “Kauri dieback is a scourge in Titirangi and the French Bay/Paturoa area has a high concentration of affected trees, including around the former home of Colin McCahon. The Kauri on his property featured prominently in some of his art but many are affected. There is hope. Research into the use of phosphite to lessen the symptoms of Kauri dieback has shown promising results. The treatment could add decades of life to affected trees and needs to be accelerated. But it appears Council has cut the budget for the Biosecurity Kauri Dieback unit, despite the urging of Councillors that it be maintained. “I’m really concerned that the Waitakere Eco City spirit is being lost. We used to be able to protect our trees. Council needs to do more. That’s why I’m asking for your vote for Waitakere Ward Councillor this October.”

Whau Local Independents – Derek Battersby and Judy Lawley “We will bring our extensive local government experience to the Whau. As Waitakere City Councillors and Local Board Members for many years, we are both well known for our hard work and commitment to community affairs. We are courageous and

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persistent in working for the Whau’s share of Auckland Council resources. “We support the development and safety of the Kelston and Green Bay town centres, upgrades of New Lynn community facilities, and a quality children’s playground for Kelston. Fringe readers are aware of work needed in Avondale, and we will work to get the Avondale Advance project moving. “Cycle and walking paths along the railway corridor from Avondale to New Lynn, are important for our environment and for linking places. We actively support the shared pathway that will link Green Bay to the Te Atatu Peninsula along the Whau River via New Lynn and Derek is a Te Whau Pathway Trustee. We will advocate for park and ride facilities in New Lynn. “We advocate for high quality urban design and the very best planning to ensure we have great places to live, work and travel as housing intensification continues in the Whau.”

Linda Cooper “A current Councillor for Waitakere, I have lived most of my life in Waitakere, working and raising our three daughters here. Formerly a Registered Nurse, I’ve invested heavily in our community. I am also the President of Waitakere Licensing Trust and Chairman of Family Action and former Chairman of Hospice West Auckland. I was a Waitakere Eco-City Councillor for two of the most effective terms of that council before super-city amalgamation. “I relish my Councillor role which gives me the chance to champion the West. For example, my successful fight to keep $650,000 annual funding for Kauri Die Back in the Long Term Plan, against the advice Continued on page 16 >>

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local government elections of council staff. I convinced other councillors of the importance of this work and the funding remains in the budget. Contrary to recent chatter nothing has been cut. “I fully understand the transport and housing challenges facing us. I speak up for Waitakere families and businesses. “I will back initiatives that keep people safe and help families thrive. I’ll advocate for the North Western Busway, Lincoln Road improvements and crucial housing and infrastructure projects while ensuring the West’s natural diversity is protected. “It’s a privilege to be your strong local voice.”

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• Ross Clow: currently Whau ward Councillor/Deputy Chairman Finance & Performance Committee, Auckland Council. Ross is a businessman, long serving Portage Trust President and past New Lynn Councillor, Waitakere Council. • Catherine Farmer: currently Chairperson Whau Local Board. Catherine is a long serving Portage trustee and past Avondale Board Member, Auckland City. • Susan Zhu: currently Deputy Chairperson Whau Local Board. Susan is a lawyer, cultural advisor and respected advocate for migrant communities. • Ami Chand: currently a Whau Local Board Member. Ami is a long serving Portage trustee and Chairperson Kelston Community Hub. • Obed Unasa: currently a Maungakiekie Tamaki Local Board Member. A Presbyterian Church elder and community worker Obed has recently shifted back to New Lynn. • Te’evā Matāfai: a past member Auckland City Pacific Board. Te’evā is a Pasifika media broadcaster and community event organiser. • David Whitley: a past President Rotary New Lynn. A businessman with a strong record of community involvement. • Tracy Mulholland is currently General Manager New Lynn Business Association. Long-time Green Bay resident, Tracy has a strong record of involvement in community and business/town centre affairs. “Our manifesto and priorities in the September Fringe.”

Ross Clow “Currently Whau ward Councillor/Deputy Chairman Finance & Performance Committee, Auckland Council. Long serving Portage Trust President and New Lynn ward councillor/Chairman Finance & Operations Committee, Waitakere Council. Foundation President Bay Olympic Football/Chairman Titirangi Primary/Olympic Park trustee. New Lynn family business 24 years. Married to Lynn Pearl; father of Harry, Natasha, Ana and Nadia Pearl. “An experienced and able community advocate for almost 30 years, Ross has a proven track record of achievement in greater Auckland and Waitakere community affairs. “Working together is the key to the Whau’s success – my manifesto and priorities will appear in the September Fringe.”

Tracy Mulholland “General Manager of the New Lynn Business Association and a resident of Green Bay for over 24 years. Tracy’s background is in town centre regeneration, business association growth and

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local government elections shopping centre marketing. “Tracy is a professional and is dedicated to working within the community to improve the place we love, live, work and play. Her goal is to: • Foster betterment for local family and community facilities • Better safety and security in our communities • Support for multicultural and ethnic diversity in our community • Address the needs of people in business while promoting good economic development.”

Sandra Coney “Living in Titirangi, I’m seeking election to the Portage Licensing Trust. I know and appreciate the many organisations that serve communities in this area and how important it is that the trusts continue to invest in them. West Auckland was very wise to hang onto its trusts and keep the profits local. I have a background in community organisations myself, at the governance level, but also founding and running organisations from scratch. As well, I have had 15 years as a regional councillor, Auckland Councillor and local board chair.

“I’m a current member of the Waitemata District Health Board – the only member from Waitakere - and for six years have spoken up for local health consumers. I’m seeking your support for another term. I chair the DHB Disability Advisory Committee for Auckland and Waitemata, and have a QSO for services for women’s health. I want to see more rebuild at Waitakere Hospital and 24/7 emergency services continue. I support a new primary birthing unit for women in the west. I have particular experience in patients’ rights, public health, screening programmes and women’s health. “I am also standing again for the Waitakere Ranges Local Board, which I currently chair.”

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David Whitley “When it comes to community, there is no equal. If David didn’t have to sleep, you would find him strolling the streets, discovering and checking in with the people around him, 24 hours a day. “He contributes to our local community as much as possible including the roles of President of the New Lynn Rotary, Trustee for the Don Oliver Youth Sport Foundation, a judge for the Auckland University of Technology

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WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN IN THE WEST...

Arataki Visitor Centre

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places to go Event organisers: Do you have an upcoming event you'd like listed in The Fringe? Send the details, including a contact person and number, to info@fringemedia.co.nz. Readers: While we take care to ensure listings are correct, errors may occur. Check with the contact person wherever possible.

august w – 28, Status Update, a photographic installation by Janet Lilo; Te Uru. Phone 817 8087.

w – 30, Two photographic exhibitions Dalmatians Out

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

West and Dominik (Dick) Nedjelko Sunde: Images from the 1920s-1940s; J. T. Diamond Room and Gallery, Waitakere Library, Henderson. Phone 892 4952. w – September 4, Traits, an exhibition by New Zealand artists Star Gossage, Kerry Ann Lee, Sam Mitchell, Sofia Tekela-Smith and Roberta Thornley exploring the art of portraiture; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w – September 4, Head Trip, portraits by John Pusateri; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w – September 7, Gurmon Sup, an intricate threedimensional installation by Jae Kang; Te Uru. Phone 817 8087. w – September 18, In Formation, stop motion works by Yukihiro Taguchi; Te Uru. Phone 817 8087. w 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, English Conversation Corner, practise your English and make new friends; Glen Eden Baptist Church, 97 Glendale Rd, Glen Eden; 7-8.45pm; Free. Phone Judy 021 022 08691. w 5, Flicks@Lopdell presents Dough, a comedy; Lopdell Theatre, Titirangi; 8.15pm (doors open 7.15); $14, tickets

from Titirangi Pharmacy and Upstairs Gallery. Phone 818 2489, www.flickscinema.weebly.com. w 13, Titirangi Folk Music Club Concert with guest artists Victoria Vigenser and Toby Easton and floor singers in the first half; Titirangi Beach Hall, Titirangi Beach Road, Titirangi; 8pm; $8, members $5, under 18 free. Phone Ian 813 2305. w 13 – September 18, Creatures Exhibition. Using materials that have been re-cycled, re-vamped or re-created, we encourage the artist to use their imagination; West Coast Gallery, Seaview Road, Piha; Wed – Sun, 10am-4pm. Phone 812 8029. www. westcoastgallery.co.nz. w 16, West Auckland Historical Society: Gum Digging in Northland, a talk by Ivan Pivac; Opanuku Room, Corbans Estate, Henderson; 7pm; $2, including Supper. Phone Gai Bishop 811 8724. w 17, Prepping for Spring – Edible Winter Garden with Rob Velseboer; EcoMatters, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn; 6.30-8.30pm; $20. www.ecomatters.org.nz or phone 826 4276. w 18, Waitakere Forest and Bird presents Sex in Plants, a presentation by Trixie Harvey; Kelston Community Centre, corner of Awaroa/Great North Roads; 7:30pm with supper afterwards; Gold coin donation appreciated. For further information ph Liz 833 4145. w 20, Lions Club of New Lynn Book sale; 3063 Great North, New Lynn; 9am-4pm. w 20 – 21, Titirangi Painters annual exhibition; Titirangi War Memorial Hall, South Titirangi Road; 10am-4.30pm; Free. Phone John Campbell (President) on 376 2662 or 021663355 or Robin Mansfield on 827 2210.

Little Gem

A heartwarming Irish comedy by Elaine Murphy Directed by Liz Watkinson WINNER: Best New g Irish Writininge - Dublin Fr Festival 08

Love, sex, birth and salsa dancing. Three generations of women. One extraordinary year. Amber has fierce bad indigestion and the sambucca's aren't getting rid of it. Lorraine attacks a customer and her boss wants her to see a psychiatrist. Kay's got an itch 'down there' that her man is too ill to scratch. And if all that wasn't bad enough, baby Gem makes his presence felt and – well – life is never the same again.

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Matinée Sat 27 Aug 2pm; Sun 28 Aug 4pm. Book at Titirangi Pharmacy, Upstairs Art Gallery or at www.titirangitheatre.co.nz Titirangi Theatre, Lopdell House, Titirangi

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places to go w 26, Titirangi Folk Music Friends on Friday. Share your

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september w 4, Waitakere Ranges Conservation Network one-day

seminar on animal pest management; Arataki Visitor Centre, 300 Scenic Drive; from 9.30am. Visit https://www. facebook.com/events/1059542334081046/ for more information. w 9 – October 23, Contemporary Artefacts, a collection of sculptural and adornment pieces by Chris Charteris; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w 9 – October 23, The Glorious Children of Te Tumu, an exploration of trade and exchange in Tonga by Benjamin Work; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. 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:

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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 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.

Saturday August 13TH, 8PM

Victoria Vigenser and Toby Easton

An earthy, message-laden night of song and story Floor singers first half

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songs and music with a small friendly group; Titirangi Beach Hall, Titirangi Beach Road, Titirangi; 8pm; $3, under 18 free. Phone Rosemary on 814 8897 or Margaret on 818 1434. w 27, Art History Talk on Portraiture with Associate Professor Len Bell (Universty of Auckland); Corban Estate Arts Centre, 11am. Phone 838 4455 w 28, 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.


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Warm your body and soul by eating One of winter’s great joys is food. Lashings of it. Call it comfort eating if you like, but our bodies love and respond positively to aromatic and spicy flavours when temperatures drop. Whether it’s simple and stylish Asian dining, a pub or club setting or family-friendly recipes that have traversed the world and captured local taste buds, our area is well served with a range of options to satisfy the most committed foodies. Take New Lynn’s Lai Thai, celebrating its 20th year in the same spot this month and consistently voted one of Auckland’s favourite Thai restaurants. “Our recipe for success is simple,” says Pog Thomson. “We serve Pog and Gavin Thomson, 20 years on. good clean, fresh food and that’s what keeps people coming back. We have so many regular customers including a family from Takapuna, who travel to eat here every week.” In the two decades since Pog and husband Gavin opened their restaurant, original customers are still regulars. “One of our regular clients is 95 years old. His grandchildren are eating here now.” While Thai food tends not to be seasonal, Pog says she spices things up a bit during winter months with more curries and hot and sour soups. “Herby soups with lemongrass, and lots of ginger and galangal (part of the ginger family) are very good for helping keep the body warm and improving circulation.” And while the food and family-feeling generated in Lai Thai keeps their customers warm and happy, the couple say the support from the public has been hugely heart-warming for them. “So many people call out their satisfaction as they leave. A cheerful compliment and a ‘thank you’ mean a lot to us.” While Pog says she’d love to party to celebrate their 20th anniversary, she’s too busy exercising her culinary skills with her new, top-of-the-range commercial kitchen. “I’m happier than ever.” Another happy family enterprise is the Oporto chicken quick service restaurant in LynnMall which has seen CEO Lawrence Pereira – and his family who work with him – lift the store’s performance more than 30 per cent in the last few months. This coincides with a streetscape reimaging of the storefront in the

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The Pereira family: L to R: Rebecca, Erica, Rachael and Lawrence all work in the Oporto business. Son Reuben, also in the team, was away when this photo was taken.

mall’s food court and increased foot traffic through LynnMall since the opening of its dining precinct, Brickworks , in November last year. Oporto’s first store was established in Bondi, Sydney, by Portuguese immigrant Antonio Cerqueira in 1986. Fresh flame-grilled chicken with a traditional Portuguese sauce saw the business take off and there are now more than 150 outlets throughout New Zealand and Australia. “People are loving the authentic Portuguese flavours and our original sauce is a real winner. Spicy food is catching on here in a big way and people want that along with fresh and healthy meals. The younger generation are fully into it and their changing palates mean we’re seeing a significant number asking for hot over medium Nicole Busher at the Glen Eden RSA. spice.

“Our chicken and lamb are fresh not frozen, grilled not fried. People really care about their food being fresh and that’s what we deliver,” Lawrence says. For winter diners keen to pursue a more traditional style of dining, the Glen Eden RSA has launched a new winter menu soon after unveiling its stylish new restaurant, Foothills. “New caterer, new menu, modern food, new decor and really good prices have turned the restaurant into a real winner for us,” says assistant manager Nicole Busher. In fact it’s been such a success, the club’s seen its membership increase by at least 150 in the past three months. “”It’s important to remember that RSAs are community-oriented and while we wanted to modernise, it had to have a family-friendly ambience with great food and really good prices,” Nicole says. “Our chef, Andy Sherry, has done a lot of research and put a lot of effort into achieving a fabulous menu but keeping prices reasonable.” So, whether your want spicy Indian or Thai food offerings or a more traditional but modern style of menu when dining out this winter, you’ll find flavours, aromas and tastes locally that are bound to keep you and your family warm, well fed and happy. – Moira Kennedy

Inside the new Kelston venue known as Workshop. The ‘No Fuss Bar & Eatery’ was previously known as The Korner Bar. The venue has been rebuilt into a spacious, modern new bar where you can enjoy a drink and a bite to eat while watching live sport or catching up with friends over a game of pool or darts.

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words on wine with lindsay nash

Now’s the time for mulled wine

Is this the way this wine is supposed to taste?

Our annual mid-winter celebration with mulled wine gave me the chance to try some cheap full-bodied reds. I chose three, all at $8.99 on special. I was familiar with Jacob’s Creek Shiraz (2015) from way back. It’s still good value, richly red, a hint of berried aroma, medium bodied in the mouth, though with little lingering flavour. Gunn Estate is a New Zealand company but the 2014 Shiraz was from Australian grapes, again quite brightly coloured with a slightly funky flavour and an undistinguished after taste. Best for me was the Saints 2013 Shiraz, again a New Zealand company but with Australian (Victorian) grapes. This gave more aroma than the others, a slightly peppery, savoury character. There was more weight here too, with a slight tannin grip at the finish. To make mulled wine I boil together six or seven thin slices of lemon, several inches of orange peel, four cinnamon sticks, half a dozen cloves, half a cup of sugar (adjust this to your taste) and a third of a bottle of water per bottle of wine. Bring it all to a simmer for about 10 minutes but don’t let it boil. Boiling drives off the alcohol. You can prepare this the day before you intend to drink it and live with the delicious aroma that fills the house. If you are dining out you may be looking for a slightly more stylish wine than those I’ve mentioned, possibly buying by the glass. Regrettably it’s time for another

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call for wine drinkers to unite: wine by the glass should be poured at the table! Most, but by no means all, of our best restaurants do this. It’s a courtesy that all those who serve wine should observe. Some even offer you a taste to help you make your choice. Incidentally, if the wine you receive is not up to the standard you expect, have the courage to approach the maître d’. Say something like “Is this the way this wine is supposed to taste?” We did this last week and a fresh bottle of the sauvignon blanc we had chosen was opened. It did indeed taste fresher and fruitier. While on my hobby horses, could I make a plea for white wines to be served at less arctic temperatures! Admittedly you can warm the glass in your hands, but this takes a while, and by the time it’s warmed up, you’ve drunk it all. If you’re ordering a bottle, you can ask them to run it under the hot tap for a while. Eyebrows may be raised, but it won’t hurt the wine, and it will then have a chance to really show off all its scents and flavours. For Father’s Day next month why not wander down to Artisan Wines on West Coast Road where Rex and Maria Sunde are charming hosts. Their stunning 2010 Fantail Island Syrah is still available, at $40, with later vintages at $28.50. There’s a range of other wines too, all suitable for banishing any remaining winter blues.

Lunch – Tuesday to Friday Dinner – Wednesday to Sunday DINE IN THE RESTAURANT & JOIN THE RSA FOR $20 AWESOME NEW WINTER MENU Lunch from $10 –– Dinner from $12.50 includes salad & vegetable buffet. PLUS WEEKLY SPECIALS Lounge Hire available for Functions. New Members & Visitors Welcome. Benefit from Happy Hours, Membership Draws, and more… Phone 818 4219 or visit www.glenedenrsa.co.nz or see our FACEBOOK page for daily updates GLEN EDEN RSA 9 Glendale Rd Glen Eden

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A plan to reduce erosion on the Huia Domain and foreshore has been approved by the Waitākere Ranges Local Board following extensive consultation with the local community, iwi, coastal engineers and council representatives. The plan developed by all the stakeholders and signed off by the local board will maintain the current seawall and rock revetment to protect Huia Domain and transfer sand that has accumulated within the intertidal area of Huia Bay back to the area immediately adjacent to the existing seawall, retaining it with two rock groynes. The plan will also restore an area of dry high-tide beach to provide a better storm buffer for the domain while improving pedestrian access and recreation potential. It will also involve repairing the boat ramp and raising the crest of the seawall by the eastern car park. Beach levels along Huia Domain have lowered significantly since 2010, and are continuing to lower during coastal storms and higher than average tides. This caused failure of the existing seawall. The initial three options to manage this erosion were not deemed appropriate by many locals and community consultation led to the development of the final option. Council will continue to work with the community to get the erosion management plan in place before the end of 2017.

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Young Enterprise Scheme, Head of Student Exchange for Australia, Business Mentor NZ, member of the Titirangi BNI, Rosebank Business Association, ATEED Auckland and the West Auckland Business Club. “David now contributes and advocates for social and economic development in the Whau. Currently David is a member of Rotary New Lynn, a business mentor for the Auckland Chamber of Commerce, a well-regarded member of the Titirangi Arts Council, and a member of the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand. “David has joined the Whau’s Labour team to answer the call for social & economic development. Being passionate about his community gives David the drive to advocate in favour of all age groups and ethnic cultures. Vote for David, Go The Whau!”

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Coming up in the West

Attendees at the 2016 Going West Festival are sure to have as much fun as those at the 2015 event, pictured above. Photo by Liz March.

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After the fanfare and nostalgia of the 20th anniversary of the Going West Books & Writers Festival in 2015, a new era is about to be born. New programmers and a revitalised team have cooked up a literary feast that will have just the right balance of familiarity and freshness. Here are some reasons to grab a programme (distributed throughout the Village and at all the libraries out West) and book yourself a ticket to ride! • It’s local – no travel or parking issues (well, not many). • It delivers to your door (figuratively) the crème de la crème of New Zealand’s finest writers and thinkers. • It’s intelligent without being in any way elitist. • It’s friendly and intimate. Audiences can’t exceed 250 and writers tend to hang with the crowd. • It’ll make you laugh, possibly cry, and most certainly provoke you to consider. • There’s great food and wine available.

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• You can buy the books and have them signed by their authors. • You can luxuriate there all day or weekend or just pop in for a particular session. • You can relax into the best poetry slam in the country and be in awe of the naked courage of performance poets. All this in one fun and fabulous weekend, September 9–11, in the Titirangi War Memorial Hall which will be tarted up like you’ve never seen it before. Great things will also be happening at Te Pou Theatre in Portage Road, in particular the Going West Theatre Season of Sham (Annie Whittle in punching good form), September 1 – 4, and Whanau Day, a free, family day of multi-cultural storytelling and theatrical magic. New to Going West, watch out for awardwinning New Zealand films at Lopdell Theatre (The Snapper Sandwich) and Glen Eden Playhouse (Tanna). Add in an Indie Book Fair at Te Uru and Poetry and Pizza at the McCahon House Museum in French Bay and you are contemplating a series of enriching, eyeball to eyeball cultural experiences. Visit www.goingwestfest.co.nz for more information.

In the meantime: Last month I mentioned the arresting work that has been showing at the Upstairs Gallery over the last few months. Here is a miscellany of just some of those exhibitions. In April a collaboration of artists (Jo McLean, Zena Dawson, Chris Knox, Stefan Neville, Beth Dawson and Kelly O’Shea) got together and created Mr Heartbreak. Most of these artists live in both the visual arts and music worlds, but I was absolutely stunned to see work by the legendary Chris Knox – raw and violently energetic.

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Later, the work of a young artist, Juan Castillo, caught my eye. Juan was born in Mendoza, Argentina and came to New Zealand with his partner and interpreter Pedro on a working holiday. His show, Magic Realism: from the mythology to the extermination, focused on exquisite drawings of anthropomorphic figures and fantastical fusions of two or more animals. The blending of immensely skilful traditional ink drawing and digital technology created pure magic. The Auckland Festival of Photography is now an eagerly awaited annual celebration with exhibitions all over the region. It has contributed immensely to the now wide acceptance of photography as an art form. At the Upstairs Gallery, three local photographers, each with distinctively different styles and backgrounds, were featured. John J. Scott moved to New Zealand 10 years ago. After early study in advertising and underwater photography in the UK, he spent 20 years in an entirely different corporate career, but never stopped taking pictures in his travels. Originally schooled in the use of film cameras and chemical processes, John has embraced the digital camera and the digital darkroom, fusing the best of both worlds. Recent work has centred on photographing specimens at Auckland Museum and exploration of the past traditions and future possibilities of still life photography. Sammy K. Milne, is the new co-manager and curator of the Upstairs Gallery, as well as a photographer. She describes herself as technically challenged and takes photographs from the heart using very personal images to invite the viewer into fleeting glimpses of her life. (The photo featured on the cover of the June issue of The Fringe is a case in point.) Without any formal training she claims a freedom to break the rules and play with her images using Photoshop, layering them

with colour and texture. Joining John and Sammy was Alice Elcoat, a 20-yearold student studying at the University of Auckland. After a serious accident, Alice has spent the last seven years in recovery. During this time she was introduced to photography. In 2015 she was inspired to take photography at NCEA level 3 where she received an A with distinction. Her portfolio, Nature through a Lens, is this young woman’s photographic journey through wonder, curiosity, creativity and knowledge. Bringing student artists into group shows is a core part of the Upstairs Gallery ethos, offering first-time gallery experience in a nurturing environment where experimentation can be safely explored. August sees the Emerging Artist Award show, another annual event that further supports the goals of the Upstairs Gallery: to inspire and encourage new artists and to provide a launch pad for exhibiting and selling work.

Unicorn by Juan Castillo – ink on paper – from a recent exhibition at Upstairs Art Gallery.

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Art Exhibition Out West

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For over 35 years, around 60 Titirangi artists have been a vibrant active group, attracting more new talent each year. For the past 24 years the group, now known as Titirangi Painters, has held an Annual Exhibition. This year over 40 artists will present over 400 paintings for viewing and purchase. There will also be painting demonstrations. There will be a special section called Best of the West, featuring paintings with some type of Westie scenery and culture, to be Karamatura Stream by Edith Diggle. judged by John Gow of Gow Langsford Gallery. Visitors will be able to vote for the painting they consider the best of the show in the Public Vote award. The exhibition is at Titirangi War Memorial Hall, South Titirangi Road, on the weekend of August 20 – 21, 10am-4.30pm. Admission is free and light refreshments are available. For further information phone John Campbell on 376 2662 or 021 663 355 or Robin Mansfield on 827 2210.

Moving house? Decluttering? Donate your pre-loved goods and give them a new lease on life. Hospice West Auckland’s six stores take pre-loved goods and turn them into funds to support the care of terminally-ill West Aucklanders and their families. While these retail shops had a great Christmas and early 2016, the shelves in the Swanson Road Distribution Centre on Swanson Road, Henderson need to be replenished. Right now the stores need winter clothes, heaters, home wares and accessories. If you have any such goods to donate, Hospice West Auckland’s patients (and their families) would be very grateful. Take goods to any of Hospice West Auckland’s stores during opening hours or call 0508 4 HOSPICE to arrange a free collection.

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An award-winning Irish comedy Titirangi Theatre’s next production is Little Gem by Elaine Murphy, an award-winning Irish playwright. This no-holds-barred Irish comedy tells it how it really is for three generations of one family: grandmother, mother and daughter. Heavily into alcohol and drugs, Amber, the youngest, is a troubled young woman searching for a love to replace the father who abandoned her. Lorraine, her mother, is seriously OCD. Maybe it’s the only way she feels she can exercise some control over a life that is a sad disappointment to her. Kay, the grandmother, is 61 and not yet ready to give up WIN Tickets to the theatre on the sensual aspects of life. The only trouble is her man The Fringe has two tickets to opening night is terminally-ill and she feels of Little Gem (August 23) to give away. that her life is falling apart. To go in the draw to win these tickets Not much to laugh about write your name, address and phone number here, you think? Well, think on the back of an envelope along with the again! The way they tell it will number of characters who appear in the have you rolling in the aisles. production and post it to: Fringe Theatre Director Liz Watkinson Competition, PO Box 60-469, Titirangi, has cast Georgie Monro as Auckland 0642 to reach us by August 15, Kay. Georgie is well known or you can email your answer and contact to Titirangi Theatre audiences, details to info@fringemedia.co.nz (with having appeared in a number Theatre Competition in the subject line). of productions. Most recently

she brought the house down as Sybil Fawlty in John Goudge’s production of Fawlty Towers. Teena Speedy, who takes on the role of Lorraine, made an impressive debut on stage in Roger Hall’s play A Shortcut to Happiness which was directed by Lindsay Nash. And Samantha Carruthers, playing Amber, is perhaps better known to casts and crews as our lovely sound and lighting technician. This is a departure for her, in front of the lights instead of behind them, and she is loving it. Elaine Murphy won the Stewart Parker BBC Northern Ireland Drama Award and Little Gem won the Fishamble New Writing Award, both in 2008, and the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award in 2009. The overwhelming success of Little Gem showed that there is a real appetite for an authentic representation of modern life among Irish theatre audiences, who are predominately female. Titirangi Theatre’s season of Little Gem runs from August 23 to September 3, 2016. Bookings can be made online at www.titirangitheatre.co.nz or at Titirangi Pharmacy. For more information about Titirangi Theatre, upcoming productions, membership and services, visit titirangitheatre.co.nz. – Phoebe Falconer

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Adventure top priority when travelling don’t know if I’ll make it,” she says. Titirangi woman Ngaire Kay loves to travel to Ngaire’s off to Sri Lanka soon, meeting different places around the world and, after plenty friends from Titirangi and going on tour of varied experiences, says ‘small group’ travel is with them to Mumbai. “It will be a good the way she prefers to go. trip for getting Christmas presents.” And travelling with a friend in a group is, for her, She says she always books her travels the best experience of all. “I just love travelling with through her travel agent – “I like to a friend in a small group and strongly recommend get advice and pointers from them” – that,” she says. “It’s nice at the end of a day’s and the tours are always with reputable adventures to get back to your room and share your companies, recommended by friends. experiences with someone else and talk about the Having learnt about luggage from her highlights of the day.” backpack/suitcase experience in Europe Ngaire says she especially likes groups of 13 – years ago, Ngaire now considers herself a 17 people as with those numbers you can work fairly savvy traveller. “Travel light. If you around someone who doesn’t quite gel in the group take more than 10-12kgs, you’re taking environment. “I did go on a tour with only seven too much. You can always buy something people and while we all got on, it could have been if you’re caught short. There are no lifts tricky or a bit tense if that hadn’t been the case. in a lot of European hotels and as you get “With 13 or so people you tend to eat at two Ngaire Kay – small group travel with a friend is the way to go older, it’s no fun carting heavy stuff. I take tables and you can always switch around.” Ngaire’s love of travel started in the 1960s when she and her (late) a good soft-sided suitcase on a trundler with good wheels.” Adventure is all-important for Ngaire. “You come back with so husband Murray went to England to live. He was an architect and when the opportunity came up for them to go to Lagos in Nigeria many memories of fun things that happened, and it opens your eyes for him to work, they leapt at it. Nine months into that adventure, to how other people live and think. That’s important. “But I always like coming home. There’s no place on earth that I’ve in 1967, the Nigerian-Biafran war broke out. The bloody three-year been that I want to live, other than New Zealand. We’re very lucky. conflict had a death toll of more than a million people. “They were interesting times,” says Ngaire. “Roadblocks Especially in Titirangi.” everywhere and not the sort of roadblocks you’d see here. The men – Moira Kennedy manning them couldn’t read, they couldn’t speak English. At best they had some Pidgen English. They were armed. “At night we’d see the tracers going into the sky and a plane crashed into a creek two or three houses down from us. My husband regularly saw downed aircraft when he had to travel up-country with his work.” Ngaire says she and Murray always had their bags packed in case they had to leave in a hurry. “We didn’t have any kids and just thought we were having a real Titirangi’s very own adventure. I still have that philosophy. Have an adventure,” she says. travel expert Back in New Zealand in the early 1970s, the couple had a family Rod Vickers and didn’t travel – except to Australia – for a number of years. “When my daughter was 17 I backpacked with her through is now joined by Turkey, Greece, Italy and Switzerland to England. I had a backpack fellow local and a suitcase, a bit of a disaster, and travelling with a teenager was Glenn Warrington. interesting. “I would have liked to have a nice meal in a nice restaurant now Together they share and again but she was more interested in pizza from a hole in the wall, a passion for travel, or souvlaki over the counter somewhere. It was fun.” excellent knowledge & over 40 years Since that time Ngaire has discovered her love of small group travel and that’s been her modus operandi on a number of adventures travel experience. – India, Kashmir, trekking the Himalayas, Burma, Russia, Finland, glenn@titirangitravel.co.nz • rod@titirangitravel.co.nz Norway, Denmark and Japan. “Turkey was one of my favourite destinations. The food is so delicious and the people are wonderful. I would have liked to go to Syria and Iran and had booked, but my trip got cancelled a couple of years ago. You wouldn’t go now. I should have organised myself to leave six or so weeks earlier and I would have got there. Experience the world differently “I’d like to go to Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and those sorts of countries. Ethiopia too, but it’s awfully expensive to get there so I Phone: 817 8042

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This image of the Milky Way setting behind Lion Rock at Piha was taken by Jack Burden recently. For more visit www.facebook.com/jburdenimages.

Heritage conference calls for papers The Waitakere Ranges Local Board is seeking original research for a new heritage conference focused on West Auckland’s history, . Genealogists, historians, authors, academics or anyone who has done original research about the history of West Auckland is invited to submit their work to be considered for inclusion in the day’s programme. There will be keynote presentations to the whole conference as well as shorter break-out workshops. The one-day conference, called New Stories of the Old West, will take place on October 2, 9am-5pm at Titirangi War Memorial Hall, South Titirangi Road, Titirangi. It will be part of the larger, region-wide Auckland Heritage Festival, which runs from September 24 to October 9. Contact the Board on 813 9150 for more information.

Bridge is a sociable card game that keeps your mind active no matter what your age. The Waitemata Bridge Club has a wide variety of members, and is to restart bridge lessons in September. The club meets in Covil Park at the end of 56 Covil Avenue in Te Atatu on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7.30-10.30pm, and Tuesday and Friday mornings from 11am-2.30pm. There is also an Easy Going Bridge session on Thursdays, 10am-noon, for those who would like a refresher. For more information phone Denise 027-286-4396, email waitematabc@xtra.co.nz or visit www.bridgewaitemata.co.nz.

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“It originally started as a joke ...” Girl band Courtney Hate got together at Green Bay High School two years ago when the four members were in year 11. The “Space Princess Rockers” have clocked up a tonne of experience since then, and are now poised on the brink of their first release. So what exactly is Space Princess Rock? “Really it has no meaning whatsoever,” agree drummer Xanthe Brookes and vocalist Jami Kerrigan, “but it’s something of the glitterfilled, grungy-dark yet slightly ethereal, sometimes alternative rock-ish variety.”

says Xanthe. Recent local gigs have included bFM’s Fancy New Band showcase at the Kings Arms Tavern as well as involvement with the MAINZ “Ignite” music and events mentoring programme. Further afield the band is organising a Wellington gig called Witches in Wellington at Aro Valley Hall on August 27. Soda Boyz, Hex, Title Pending (also from Green Bay) and Mermaidens will also be performing. They hope to have their EP Sleepwalking ready for release around the same time. Sleepwalking is being recorded locally and will be mixed by Chris Townend, the same Chris Townend who’s mixed Portishead, The Violent Femmes and Die!Die!Die! to name but a few. The band is also performing at September’s The Others Way Festival that takes place across several venues along Auckland’s Karangahape Road and L-R: Marieke Van Orsoy De Flines, Xanthe Brookes, Jami Kerrigan and Ruby Colwell make up Courtney Hate. sees established New The name Courtney Hate is a reference Zealand bands playing alongside newcomers. to grunge rock chick Courtney Love and the Although they generally do all-ages gigs band’s first single Barbie Parts was a play on every couple of weeks, performing live is the track Doll Parts by Love’s then band Hole. taking a back seat while they concentrate on Both Xanthe and Jami confess to having their EP, an upcoming school production and had a love of music for as long as they their school grades. The band takes inspiration from the can remember. “I’ve been singing ever since it was painful to listen to, but have been aforementioned Mermaidens, Soda Boyz and performing since I was about 12,” says Jami. Hex, along with Heroes for Sale, Connan Xanthe has been playing drums since the Mockasin and Liam Finn. The band Warpaint start of high school but has been involved has influenced a lot of their recent writing. in music and other instruments her whole Of course there is also school work. “I’m life. Marieke started playing bass in early pretty into this history assignment I’m high school and Ruby started playing guitar doing on cults” says Xanthe, and for Jami “documentaries are really spinning my crank in year seven. The band was initiated through “a series at the moment. One of my favourites is The of gruesome, physically and emotionally Mask You Live In, directed by Jennifer Siebel exhausting events which included chainsaws, Newsom.” The next six months will see Courtney a few wiccans and a slice of vegan, glutenfree, nut-free, lentil-free cheese. How else?” Hate releasing music, playing lots of gigs, and laughs Jami. But actually: “Ruby, Jami and I hopefully just having a really great time. “We had been playing together and then when are unsure about next year though as this Marieke was put in our class we created is our final year of school and we will most Courtney Hate. It originally started as a joke likely not all be together. Courtney Hate will always be more than just music though. It's a but we take it seriously now,” says Xanthe. Since reaching the national finals of the friendship between the four of us that won’t SmokeFreeRockquest last year the band has die with separation.” been busy. “We have been playing heaps of Watch @CourtneyHateSchoolSux for news gigs and working on our EP and new music,” and details of upcoming events. please support our advertisers – they support us

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Don’t judge a walk by its carpark In Aotearoa, we can have entire national parks completely to ourselves. Or at least it can feel that way. It is not unusual to spend hours on a pristine walk without seeing another soul. This is a feature that makes our country unique and special. We are very lucky. It can therefore be a shock to the system when, on certain walks, we don’t find the serenity and solitude to which we are accustomed. Occasionally, we must compete for path space, strain to hear bird song over discordant chatter, and constantly be alert to the dangers of flailing selfie-sticks. It tends to be the shorter, highly-accessible tracks that develop this level of popularity. For many avid trampers, who find satisfaction in the serene qualities of a trail, these short ‘tourist’ walks have acquired reputations as no-go areas, to be avoided at the best of times. I decided to smother these reservations when I pulled into the crowded Fairy Falls car park on Scenic Drive. Having not done this walk before, I was unsure of its status. But the number of cars – and people milling around them – suggested that it was not one in which I’d find the typical solitude of the Waitakeres. The firm, gravel track leads gently down from the road between giant rimu and totara. Not far along I encounter a young family coming the other way. A toddler teeters up the path between his parents followed closely by a labrador, the track being one of the few

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that still permits dogs on leashes. The most striking thing about this walk is that I am never quite out of earshot of other people. Laughter drifts back from ahead while talking can be heard from behind. It is not an unpleasant experience, just different. After about 20 minutes, the track starts descending more steeply and I pass more people walking up the opposite way – a group of teenagers, a few tourists, and several puffing individuals running up the incline. Through the trees you can glimpse the sprawling mass of suburban Auckland extending out to the Waitemata, a unique feature of walks on the eastern side of the ranges. The track traverses a stream before changing to a sturdy board walk. From here it descends steeply around the trunks of several colossal kauri trees before levelling out at the viewing platform for the first waterfall. Beyond the platform a final descent leads to the base of the second, much higher fall. Here a couple of girls stand laughing and shivering in the waist deep pool and a young man with a Staffordshire terrier gazes up at the tumbling water, periodically sipping from a can of bourbon and coke. Apart from the relative accessibility and the short return time of 90 minutes, it is easy to see why this walk is popular. It is an enchanting spectacle. The water delicately cascades out of the lofty verdure while kauri flank the top of the waterfall like lords of the forest. The two girls leave the pool and sit on a picnic blanket with their mother, who gives them each a sandwich. The man takes a big gulp on his drink and sits down next to his dog. The constant rushing of water dominates the clearing. I approach the man and ask him what he thinks of the walk. “It’s pretty stunning, bro,” he answers. He takes one final gulp of his drink and looks around the clearing. “Might be different story on a weekend though,” he adds.

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Kidney fern: a delicate masterpiece

Kidney fern is an instantly recognisable endemic fern thanks to the 10cm rounded fronds scalloped in the shape of a heart or a kidney. This is reflected in the botanical names: ‘Cardiomanes’ means ‘transparent heart’, while ‘reniforme’ means ‘kidney shaped’. The Maori name, kopakopa, means to clasp or grasp. The fern is mildly scented and Maori used it to indicate they were in mourning. The fern is able to grow without interference from other plants on the wide expanses of the forest floor as the rhizome emits a chemical which inhibits germination of other seedlings within the area it covers. This seemingly fragile frond will shrivel in hot dry weather, and you might think it has died when you look at the crisp remains, particularly on exposed rocky areas. However, shortly after the application of a light misting, the fronds recover their usual translucent beauty again. The group of plants known as ‘filmy ferns’ have fronds appearing to be one cell thick and so are nearly ‘see-through’. While most of them belong to the Hymenophyllum genus, kidney fern has been classed separately in the genus Cardiomanes, and it is both distinctive and widespread throughout New Zealand. At various times it has been called Trichomanes reniforme and Hymenophyllum nephrophyllum. The fern forms wide-spreading clumps that can be on the ground, or climbing up tree trunks. Nikau is a particular favourite where the  fern spore lodges amongst a clump of moss and gradually spreads to

encircle the trunk, or it may be clustered along a branch high above the forest floor, usually nestled amongst other epiphytes. It loves the humidity of the sheltered forest interior and normally dies off if exposed to wind or sun but occasionally you can find it surviving in an open situation despite the constant drying it must suffer. The thin string-like rhizome grips the branch or rock and creeps through the protective surrounding moss pushing up a new frond every few centimetres. The wondrous structure of the frond is clearly discernible if held against the light. The winged stalk or stipe is attached in the notch of the kidneyshaped frond and then divides into two at the beginning of the vein network. It then divides again and again up to seven or eight times. Consequently there are from about 64 to 128 vein endings on the outer edge. Some fronds become fertile with the spore enclosed in a capsule, half sunk into the frond and half protruding, from which the spore will be released when ripe. The perfect frond is a masterpiece of exquisitely delicate construction which always causes observers to exclaim how beautiful it is. Next time you are in the bush, take the time to search for kopakopa and marvel that such delicacy can survive in the harshness of our forests. 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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The Waitakere Ranges Protection Society One of the oldest and most influential conservation organisations working in the Ranges, the Waitakere Ranges Protection Society (WRPS), has achieved a number of notable victories in its 40 year history. The first victory was in 1973 when a rubbish tip was proposed for the Te Henga valley that would have polluted the lagoon and river and spoiled a scenic valley. The proposal brought a number of environmentally aware people together and resulted in the formation of the WRPS which fought the proposal in the courts and finally won. The society went on to fight other battles, advocating against unsuitable subdivision, ill-considered sewage proposals and the downgrading of conservation regulations. The society has also assisted in the purchase and protection of pieces of valuable land adjoining the park such as Lake Wainamu, Waitoru, Pae o te Rangi and Big Muddy Creek reserve. All these areas have now been added

to the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. In addition the society has been at the forefront of education and advocacy for conservation values in the Waitakere Ranges. In 2006 the society published Waitakere Ranges, Ranges of Inspiration, a book which covers the biology, history and culture of the ranges, and in 2013 a history of the society’s first 40 years, Saving the Ranges was published. Both these publications are available from the society’s website. The WRPS, along with other groups, successfully advocated for the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area Act, passed in 2008, which blocks unsuitable development in the Ranges and encourages more conservation of the forests and coasts of the Waitakere Ranges. The society has become heavily involved in planning and legal matters over the last 20-30 years, and has acquired considerable expertise in these fields. The society has always enjoyed the support of the artists and craftspeople living in the west and prominent sculptor and artist John Edgar has been president of WRPS for nearly 20 years. Close relationships are maintained with Forest and Bird, Environmental Defence Society and scientific experts. At present, the society is supporting research into kauri dieback and council’s attempts to limit its spread in the Ranges. Society membership is not confined to the Ranges area but spans the whole of Auckland. New members are always welcome and the society’s website gives much more information and directions on joining. www.waitakereranges.org.nz

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Ken Ring’s predictions for August August is the coldest month of this year, and the second wettest (after July). The heavy rain comes in three phases: the first week, the fourth week and the last four days. Apart from isolated showers around the 11th and 12th, the period between the 9th and 18th is pleasantly dry and mild with daytime temperatures occasionally reaching 20°C. About 10-12 dry days are expected, at or near the 6th-7th, 9th-10th, 14th-18th, 27th and 31st. The heaviest rain is around the 2nd-3rd and 20th. Sunshine hours are below average and cloudy days (around 17) result in overall above average temperatures. The warmest days, with winds from the northerly quarter, may be around the 2nd, 18th and 21st-23rd. The driest and coolest days, with south-westerlies, may be the 13th-14th and 27th. Maximums average 15-17°C and minimums 7-9°C. The barometer drops to low figures on or near the 9th, 21st and 30th, rising to maximums of above 1030mbs around the 14th-16th, and averaging 1019mbs over the month. Wind prevails from the south, south east and south west for about 16 days. It is windier on the 4th-5th, 20th, 25th and 29th-30th. The highest tidal variations at Cornwallis are on the 20th-22nd. Best fishing bite times are an hour either side of midday on the 2nd-4th, 17th-20th and 31st. Other good bite chances are around dusk on the 9th-12th and 24th-26th. For gardeners, the better sowing days are the 4th-14th and best days for pruning are the 19th-27th. The best day for harvesting crops is the 12th-13th. Titirangi Market Day on the 28th may be wet. 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.

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live @ the lounge Hello. While Lizard is in the shed getting a handle on his wood for the winter fires I thought I'd say gidday. I'm Shaz, and have been with Lizard since my very early teens. We got together after our second child, Chardonnay, was born and Mum thought we should leave school so Lizard could get a job. That still might happen. Lizard has been under my feet all month, moaning about the cold and how hard it is to get away with plugging the extension lead into the neighbour’s sleep-out without leaving tell-tale foot prints in the frost. He's always prided himself on being a great heat provider, especially in the bedroom with his pot belly. He installed it last winter. It's awesome but will be even better once he connects the flue part. My personal thoughts on winter are that I think it's when a fullerfigured woman is at her most attractive. In the summer, Lizard says if my love handles get any bigger he'll flip me over and use me as a wheel barrow. The cheeky bugger. But in winter I just layer up the woollies, pull on my awesome op-shop long coat, drape on my extra long scarf, and Dot’s your aunty. Whack on my 'you-bet-I'm-ready' knee high boots and it's goodbye pudding guts, hello spunky. The extra couple of bra sizes keep his eyes from wandering too far south as well, if you get my drift. As Dad would say “you don't look at the tyres when you're buying a duck.” Speaking of poultry, cooking’s a breeze during the winter months. We just deep fry everything. As my Mum always said, add a few chunks of lard, a couple of dollops of butter, a cup of last night’s roast dripping, wrap it all up in some pastry and smack on some double whipped cream and you're ready to go. Personally I never use tomato sauce because I think it's an insult to the chef.

Here's another wee advantage to the colder days. When our hair is all lank and the re-growth looks like we dipped the ends of our ponytails in acid, just go into any community centre and grab a felt hat from the lost property. The elderly are always leaving their stuff about once they have taken it off to show someone their veins and the likes, so pop that on your noodle, pull it way down over the ear hairs (aren't they odd?) and you're set for the mall. Also, our make-up can be applied with dark, bold accentuating strokes. Try to avoid the summery colours like pink eyeshadow or rouge – you don't want to look like mutton dressed up as alligator. I go for heavy black eye-liner and a bit of lip-gloss to highlight the natural purple hue we get on our kissers in winter anyway. If you go for a quick pee outside then we get red cheeks anyway. On our face cheeks you dirty-minded buggers. Another plus in winter is that the dog doesn't give you that 'take me to the pub with you' look. Rather it just leans on your knee and dozes through winter. Anywho, Lizard is making his way back from the shed. I can smell the home-brew on his breath from inside the caravan. Not too bad a batch this time round actually. Quite drinkable if you add a bit of Stones ginger or a shot of Jacks. I'm on the look out for someone that can knit. I never got round to learning how because Lizard and me always skipped home-ed class for a pash behind the gardener’s shed. He was a bit of an old perv but that's another story. Oh yeah, I'm after someone to make me some of those leg-warmers that Kylie wore back in the day. They're choice. See you around eh, Shaz.

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