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It’s a tall story, but true.........................................................4-5 “Everyone is so happy”............................................................ 6 Local nonogenarian still coaching top runners......................... 7 Life on Two Wheels.................................................................. 8 From Titirangi to Thailand........................................................ 9


Living Out West – a literary reflection.................................... 10 Family-friendly fun and skills in Between Worlds................... 12 Political thriller to launch in Titirangi; Equinox – a creative musical celebration............................... 13 Art and about with Naomi McCleary.................................14-15 Going West: From the edges.................................................. 16


Places to go: Events listing................................................18-19 Bandstanding: introducing Title Pending................................ 20 Words on Wine with Lindsay Nash; On stage, news from Titirangi Theatre................................... 21 Home Patch at the House; Library activities and more.......... 22 Local Government Elections: meet the candidates...........23-29 Walking West: Hunt for the Ghost Bird.................................. 30


Growing West: She loves me, she loves me not.................... 32 Introducing: Landcare Karekare.............................................. 33 Weed bin abuse to be resolved; Weather by the moon – Ken Ring’s predictions for September.................................... 34 Live @ the lounge.................................................................. 35 On our cover: Titirangi has been translated as ‘the fringe of heaven’. With views like

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Community action is an important part of who we are and when it comes to predator control the more people who are involved the better. A group of residents in the Otitori Bay, Tanekaha and Miha Road areas is aiming to make their area free of rats, possums and other predators. Tony Dunn, one of the group’s co-ordinators, is pictured speaking at a recent training and trap distribution event in the Titirangi Beach Hall. If you would like to get involved contact Tony on 817 5520.

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It’s a tall story ... but true Auckland zookeepers Nat Sullivan and Emma Wells are used to working with exotic animals and birds in their day jobs, but even for this widely-travelled New Lynn couple, collaring giraffes in Namibia, in one of the oldest and harshest deserts in the world, was something they say they'll never forget. Did someone say collaring giraffes? "Yes, collaring giraffes," says Nat, Pridelands team leader who was invited by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) First catch your giraffe ... to take part in a project in the desert of north-west Namibia. Auckland Zoo helps support the foundation, set up by Australian Julian Fennessy and his German wife Stephanie who work tirelessly in conservation management of the animals. For Nat and Emma, working on the giraffe collaring project was an opportunity that couldn't be missed. "It sounded amazing but in reality I've never experienced anything like it in my life. I don't think there are words to describe it," says Nat, whose has worked with giraffes at Auckland Zoo for 15 years. The aim of the collaring project was Nat Sullivan (left) keeps a to fit GPS satellite trackers on female giraffe calm while it has a giraffes to supplement other information GPS tracker fitted in the Namibian desert. researchers have gained over the years. “We know very little about these gentle giants – where they go, what they eat and who're they're moving with," she says. "We do know that in the harsh conditions of the area, giraffes, lions and elephants have evolved to fit the environment. You see male


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elephants on their hind legs eating all the time because the food is high up. Some of the Namibian giraffes are so pale, you can't see their spots. Why? That's the thing. There is just so much we don't know." With Julian and Stephanie at the helm, the group of giraffe collarers included an Australian zookeeper, wildlife vet Dr Pete Morkel, a photographer and two giraffe PhD students, with support from local safari guides. They spent some days collecting data and camping in the desert with its myriad Hoanib river systems was an adventure in itself. "It was a little surreal camping in the middle of the desert, with jackals coming into camp and stealing our food and various herbivore droppings outside the tent. You'd wake in the morning and check the animal footprints outside to see what had been around in the night." Once into the study area, it was straight into collecting data on giraffes they came across and then it was time to run through simulated procedures to catch a giraffe in what would be the "best day of our lives. It was exhilarating," says Nat. First up, catch your giraffe. This involves "all hell breaking loose," says Emma who was one of the pursuit drivers in a 4WD. "You get ropes on either side of the animal with three people each side. As the giraffe runs, the people cross under her and she trips up on the rope." "Giraffes run faster than me," says Nat. "The first animal sent us flying twice, literally like superman. There's no way you're going to outrun them so you have to get 20 metres in front of the animal to start, and then get your rope out before she's reached you." "Seeing this from behind is quite comical," says Emma, "We're all really focused on our roles and it's a huge adrenaline rush for everyone involved." Nat says that when the vet darted the giraffe with a fast acting drug, the animal came down quite softly. A reversal drug is administered immediately and the giraffe is blindfolded to keep her calm while the GPS tracking collar is fitted. The entire procedure takes less than 30 minutes and once the blindfold is removed, the giraffe stands up within seconds before going off to rejoin her mates. Only female giraffe are fitted with collars around their oscicones (little horns). Male giraffe use these horns for fighting so are not suitable for

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collaring. The team also collects a small sample of DNA to further aid their research. Four or five ground readings a day are achieved with the GPS tracker and it's hoped the collars, funded by American giraffe enthusiasts, will last for two years. "This is all about getting information for the protection of the species and it was such a humbling experience. The giraffe population in Namibia is doing well because of the conservation work of GCF and Julian and Steph (Fennessy). Giraffe aren't endangered there, in fact, their numbers are on the increase and a lot of that is because of the work of GCF and their partners," Nat says. "In other parts of Africa, giraffe are in dire need of help. They're poached, mainly for their tails, for jewellery, and for status. Giraffes are currently found in 21 countries across Africa but are now extinct in seven other African countries. It's heartbreaking to think that more countries may soon lose giraffes if they're not protected." Emma says both she and Nat agree the trip is the best they have both ever done. "In other areas of Africa you expect to see a high concentration of animals but it was such a privilege to see what we did in Namibia in that harsh desert environment, and to see how the animals have adapted. "Without a doubt this experience has left us all fired up to help Julian and GCF in their continued efforts to help conserve not only the desert-living giraffe in Namibia, but all giraffe across Africa.” Back home, Emma says they've hit the ground running with their regular day jobs as zookeepers at Auckland Zoo. Which may not be a very huge deal after running with wild giraffe through one of the oldest and harshest deserts in the world.


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"Ella has awards coming out of her ears. She's a star. She's very quiet about it, but she's a star." Jamie Campbell's enthusiasm for hairdresser Ella Pixie, who first worked in his Titirangi salon as a 15-year old schoolgirl, knows no bounds. Ella is back at Hair Raiser in the Village with a range of awards any employer would be thrilled about including: 2016 Industry NZ Emerging Stylist of the Year, working with the L'Oreal iD Artist Creative Team leading to opportunities at Fashion Week and working with designers such as Trelise Cooper, Huffer, Andrea Moore and Yvonne Bennetti. Since 2010 Ella has won six top industry awards, been placed second six times, and Jamie Campbell with Ella Pixie (left) and third five times. Add another of his Hair Raiser team, Emily Sumina. to that Auckland's Top Cutting Apprentice and Overall Champion Apprentice in 2011 and Auckland's Top Cutting Senior Stylist in 2014, and it's easy to understand Jamie's spirited support for her. Ella is understated about her success. "I love it here. There's definitely no other salon in Auckland – or New Zealand – that I would want to work for. I like the people of the Village, I like the environment and everyone is so happy," she says. Brought up in Laingholm, Ella got a hairdressing apprenticeship in the city after her early Hair Raiser days, and after completing that, worked there for six years before being tempted back to Titirangi. "It's such a different environment here compared to city salons where it's just rush, rush, rush. That can sometimes feel like a factory, working to get through as much as possible. "Here in Titirangi it's much more chilled with a great vibe. I'm able to spend quality time with clients and develop relationships with them," Ella says. "In this environment you can produce better work, do better haircuts and better colouring. You're better able to understand what clients want and give them the time to achieve that." Jamie too has a passion for the Village – he's been here for 23 years, starting Hair Raiser 20 years ago. "I never thought I'd be part of a community like this as I've always lived in big cities – London, Glasgow, Edinburgh. It's so nice to become like part of the furniture in a place like this." Jamie says he still has some clients from those early days and admits that while he's 'old school', he continues to learn styling techniques from young stylists like Ella. "Young people are growing up in a visual environment. Their styles are more artistic. When I started out textured looks were big, but they've now evolved into more sculpted and more precise hair cutting.” "One of the nicest things about this business is watching trends change with young stylists coming in and having a different way of seeing things." – Moira Kennedy advertise with the fringe & reach 70,000+ readers


Local nonogenarian still coaching top runners 94 not out, Arch Jelley lives in Titirangi and still coaches international athletes. His coaching career peaked when John Walker won gold at the Montreal Olympics, and now, 40 years later, his newest protege, Hamish Carson, has just competed in the 1500 metres at Rio de Janeiro. Arch is probably the oldest international coach in the world, but the modest man, who has always kept himself busy, dismisses this by saying "...it's a ridiculous age, isn't it?" Part of his formula for longevity is to move with the times and Arch has his head around modern technology, Skyping Hamish each day in Rio and deftly forwarding photos to The Fringe from his tablet computer. "It's a lot different to when I started coaching, back in 1959. I was inspired by Arthur Lydiard, who was a fellow runner at the Owairaka Athletic Club. He was John Walker (left) and Hamish Carson (right) with innovative in his the modest Arch Jelley. methods, and I had a few ideas of my own and thought if he can do it, so can I. Like Arthur, I have always been an advocate of long runs in the Waitakeres." A fine runner himself, gaining fourth place in the New Zealand Cross Country Championships, Arch’s early successes in coaching were with Neville Scott who qualified for the 5,000 metres at the

1964 Olympics, and with Ian Studd, who won bronze in the mile at the 1966 Commonwealth Games. He teamed up with John Walker in 1971 and helped him to win silver at the 1974 Commonwealth Games, to be the first man to run the mile in under 3m 50secs in 1975, and to win gold at the 1976 Olympics. Arch is proud to be an amateur, and has never received a cent for his expertise. After serving in the navy during World War II, Arch went to teachers' college and university in his hometown of Dunedin, and went on to a career in primary school teaching, including 30 years as a principal. In 1962 he was the first principal of Fruitvale School, and spent 22 years at Sunnybrae School on the North Shore, until he retired in 1988. "I came to Auckland in 1957 after researching the property market and discovering that houses were cheaper here than Wellington! We bought a house on the slopes of Mount Albert for £3,300." Retirement hasn't meant slowing down, of course, and Arch has kept busy with family, grandchildren, coaching, bridge and lawn bowls. He and second wife Jean have lived at Pinesong retirement village for 15 years, and the spritely Arch still prefers the stairs to the lift. – Tony Waring

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Life on Two Wheels Auckland’s roads are getting busier and the need for alternative modes of transport is growing. Cycling is an effective way of weaving in and around traffic particularly in peak times, but the lack of designated cycle paths around West Auckland means it can prove dangerous, with many residents concerned about safety on the road. Recent research conducted by Auckland Transport shows that many Aucklanders would cycle more if they felt safer. “Godley Road is begging for a protected bike lane

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or a wider shared path that links up to Portage Road,” says Braden Blyde, a member of the Bike Green Bay cycling group. “Titirangi Road also deserves some attention to help get people into New Lynn.” Concerns are also raised that although experienced bikers can feel relatively safe cycling around West Auckland, good cycling routes shouldn’t be built for confident riders but rather for mums, dads and kids to encourage cycling for both recreation and as a mode of transport. “I would love to see protected cycle lanes put in and around the Green Bay shops and schools,” said Glenn Bell, another member of Bike Green Bay. “The area is only safe for cars currently. Painted strips on the side of the road, while better than nothing, are still hazardous, especially for kids.” Auckland Transport is looking for feedback on making safer links for walking and cycling in West Auckland, particularly in and around New Lynn. They particularly want to develop a network of cycling routes to make it easier to get around and make it safer and more appealing for people on bikes. A number of projects are currently in development including a 2.9km shared path for walkers and cyclists to connect New Lynn and Avondale and links to the New Lynn transport centre. These are likely to be completed by 2017. – George Shiers

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From Titirangi to Thailand A group of students from Titirangi’s Rudolf Steiner School will be hosting a number of events to raise funds for a trip to Thailand, where they will volunteer at a refugee camp and an elephant rescue park. Leaving at the end of January the trip will take seven year 13 students and two teachers (pictured below) to the Koung Jar Shan Refugee Camp in Northern Chiang Mai, where they will perform a number of activities. This includes helping children with reading, and school activities, helping with food preparation and serving, and assisting with building projects within the refugee community. This will be followed by a second week spent at an elephant rescue park, which rescues mistreated animals from the tourist trade. The school needs to raise $23,000 for the trip and will be hosting a number of events to raise that money. The first was a showing of The Anthony Wilding Story at the end of last month. This is to be followed by two screenings of the blockbuster Hail, Caesar at Lopdell House Theatre on September 15 at 6:15 and 8:30pm. The film, starring George Clooney and Scarlett Johansson, is a high-rated adventure following the kidnapping of a famous 1950s actor. Tickets cost $20 and include one beverage. Other events will be happening between now and January and will be posted on the class’ Facebook page. Donations can also be made through their Give a Little site, where they have already raised almost $2,000. https://www.facebook.com/groups/267386246966504/ https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/trssclass12trip – George Shiers

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Living Out West – a literary reflection The Green Bay Creative Writers group has been meeting at the Green Bay Community House on the first and third Tuesday every month since the group was established in 2011. Founding m e m b e r s Susan Clark and Melanie Wittwer formed the group to provide them with motivation to write and a platform for feedback on their work. Doris (L–R) Jason Burgess, Melanie Wittwer, Doris Evans, Evans joined in Bettina Schwenger, Anne Wroe Besley (hidden 2012 after she behind Melanie is Susan Clark) at the recent book launch. Photograph by Astrid Wolter. was introduced to Melanie at a business meeting in Auckland. Both Melanie and Doris have studied English Literature. Melanie works as a professional translator and Doris as a business journalist. Meetings generally see a core group of half a dozen or so “mostly women,” says Doris, “but that is just coincidence and sometimes the intrepid male does show up. It’s hard to say how many members we have in total because it’s a pretty casual group.” Other members have backgrounds in photography, the arts, hairdressing and teaching. The group’s first publication Living Out West was launched last

month. Made possible with support from a Whau Local Board's quick response grant, Living Out West features the work of 13 local authors. Most of the authors are members of the GBCW, but not all. Living Out West features a collection of short stories, poems, essays, childrens’ stories and horror stories. “There do seem to be a lot of corpses paving our creative way,” says Doris. “Of course we are all very nice and well behaved people, but to kill with the pen is our way of letting off steam, I guess”. Inspiration for writing comes from exercises set during the meetings and homework tasks. “Melanie is one of the best motivators of the group and comes up with some really quirky ideas,” says Doris. Living Out West “took about a year to get our heads round and to put together. When Anne Wroe Besley (our fantastic graphic designer) joined in and created the beautiful cover, we were all inspired to go the last mile. Anne has done an excellent job.” The group generates interest via FaceBook and word of mouth, and they have a website where you can see what they are up to as well as get information on bookish events and read reviews of books by adults and children. Creative writing classes and workshops may also be in the pipeline. Search Facebook for Green Bay Creative Writers or email greenbaywriters@gmail.com. Living Out West retails for $15 and is available at the Green Bay Bookshop and at Rampant Coffee (60 Castleford Street, open Monday – Friday, 8am-4pm). – Susannah Bridges


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Studying small business management, working as a massage therapist, producing a community-based circus and live band music show – and choreographing some of it – are all in a day's work for Oratia's Mathilde Burrowes. Mathilde is co-director of Silver Circle productions with her husband Ben who is also the group’s engineer and a performer. Their new show, Between Worlds, will run at the end of this month, in collaboration with West Auckland's premier concert band, the West City Concert Band which has had a loyal following for 40 years. It's the second time the band and Silver Circle have worked together and Mathilde says the upcoming familyfriendly show is a tale about finding love and your place in the world using dance, circus and aerial performances. Silver Circle has been presenting shows for about eight years with the troupe using ground-based acrobatics, juggling, dance and lifting with aerial work involving silks, straps and the trapeze. It's an arena in which learning new skills is ongoing.   all over "There's a huge community of people from


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Political thriller to launch in Titirangi Titirangi Library is to host the Auckland launch of Ruby and the Blue Sky, a debut novel by Waitakere Ranges author, Katherine Dewar. “Ruby and the Blue Sky is a political thriller that draws inspiration from the activism I’ve been fortunate to be involved with here in West Auckland,” says Dewar. “While the novel is set in my former UK home of Leeds, the themes of fame, power, sacrifice – and the importance of a good cup of tea – are universal. The book is a fast-paced adventure story about how we can act together, in our communities, to create change and takes a feminist approach to climate change.” Ruby and the Blue Sky is on sale worldwide in softcover and eBook for Kindle. The Auckland launch will take place at Titirangi Library on September 8 at 6pm. It will take the form of a question and answer discussion between the author and audience, and a short reading from the novel, followed by a book signing. Entry is free. www.katherinedewar.net Katherine Dewar: www.Facebook.com/RubyandtheBlueSky debut novelist

Equinox – a creative musical celebration Catherine Tunks and Huia Hamon, two leading New Zealand songstresses who live in Titirangi and Laingholm, are to come together for a one night performance of new material and the launch of Catherine’s new EP, The Beautiful Dreamers. Catherine is known to many from her BlackSandDiva band but The Beautiful Dreamers, released under her own name, is a body of work written and recorded with German musician Thomas Koenig (Solid Brew). The two met at Waiheke Jazz Festival then decided to work together once meeting up again at Titirangi Festival of Music. They will tour together upon his return to New Zealand in March/April 2017. “I love these new songs, and the change to a more alt-country, gospel and blues style that I have always loved deeply,” says Catherine. Huia is an award winning producer and bilingual Maori performer with electronic beats, organic percussion, live guitars and deep The Fringe has two single VIP passes to Equinox, harmonies. Huia has featured with many artists such as Kids of 88, WIN with a glass of bubbly on arrival to give away. Baitercell and Pieter T, and has performed regularly at festivals such To go in the draw to win these passes write as Sundaise, Splore, The Rogue Stage and The Oratia Jungle Festival. your name, address and phone number on the back of an The concert will feature visuals from Robin Kewell and promises envelope along with the title of Catherine’s EP and post it to: to be an audio and visual delight. The show is to be filmed live and Fringe Equinox Competition, PO Box 60-469, Titirangi, Auckland guests will be part of an exclusive live studio audience. 0642 to reach us by September 15, or you can email your answer Equinox takes place at Titirangi Theatre, September 30, from and contact details to info@fringemedia.co.nz (with Equinox 7pm. Tickets at $20/$25 through www.eventfinder.co.nz. Email Competition in the subject line). toitoimusic@gmail.com for more information.


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Going West Books & Writers Festival* As September heralds the start of spring, Going West, in all its diversity, gets underway. It feels, to the Going West team, that it is a treasure that is delivered into the laps of the local citizenry: national in scope but very local in the warmth and intimacy of its style. Why would you not take advantage of that? The balancing of the familiar and the new has been an exciting task for the Going West Trust and for the new programmers. Nicola Strawbridge and Mark Easterbrook will bring a fresh look to the weekend books and writers programme; youthful and indeed better looking than the old team (of which I was a part)! The festival weekend takes place Michele A’Court. Photo by Kate Little. September 9 – 11 at the Titirangi War Memorial Hall. The full programme is featured on page 16 but among the highlights are: • National treasure, Albert Wendt presents a keynote address as the Sir Graeme Douglas orator, • Dr David Galler, head of intensive care at Middlemore Hospital shares stories of life and death, • Michelle A'Court performs her one-woman show Stuff I Forgot to Tell My Daughter, • Flying Nun founder Roger Shepherd shares memories with John Campbell, and • Te Radar hosts Jules van Cruysen in a live craft beer experience. (There is a book in here as well as a tasting.) Along with all this there are sessions on the state of our rivers, the history of women in New Zealand, changes in our journalistic landscape, giving art a voice and how to commit an art crime. We will hear from poets (Emma Neale, Serie Barford and Gregory Kan), novelists (Damian Wilkins, Sue Orr and Helen Margaret Waaka) and introduce the voices of migrant women writing about their experiences in a new land. Throw in a brilliant illustrator making

sense of Shakespeare for young (and old) and you will have just a glimpse of the riches that will be covered over one relaxed yet stimulating weekend. Great local cuisine is available on site, as is wine from local sponsor Artisan Wines. It couldn't be easier. The full Going West Festival has a number of new components including a short but sweet film festival, the beginning of something that may grow next year. As part of this, Snapper Sandwich is a contemporary version of the Wurlitzer accompanying a silent movie. It is the personal journey of discovery of film-maker and musician Tony Burt, with the film-maker live on stage adding his musical voice to the sound-track. Not compulsory but optional: musicians may like to bring their own instruments for a post-movie jam. This takes place at Lopdell House Theatre on September 7 at 7.30pm. The festival is extremely lucky to have secured Tanna, a multiaward-winning love story set in Vanuatu and performed by local villagers. A glimpse of the trailer shows a tantalising and beautiful visual feast. This will be shown at Glen Eden’s Playhouse Theatre on September 4 at 4.00pm and 7.00pm. Tanna is part of an innovative new programme of events in Glen Eden, supported by the Waitakere Ranges Local Board. It includes two programmes at the Hoani Waititi Marae: a fully te reo play for children called Whakaahuatia Mai (September 3, 3.00pm, free) and a spoken word, poetry and movement workshop for young people September 3 – 4). Stars of the poetry and performance world, Grace Taylor and Rosanna Raymond, both of whom work internationally, will lead this two-day workshop. For the second year, Going West is enjoying a 'match made in heaven' with Te Pou Theatre in Portage Road and their Koanga (Spring) Festival. Whanau Day (September 11) is a big, familyfriendly day of storytelling, performance and word-based activities. Beyond that there are workshops, play readings and a Maori Theatre Development Season. Of particular interest is the premier of a oneman show by award-winning actor Rob Makaraka, a black comedy about his real fight with depression which took him to being Shot Bro. Going West has provided two theatre components: Sham plumbs the depths of family dysfunction and Strange and Wonderful explores life's ‘baddies’ in all their strange and wonderful glory through a season of five plays by graduate writers from Gary Henderson's theatre writing course. Te Uru's successful 2015 Indie Book Fair will run again on September 11 and Corban Estate Arts Centre continues to grow young wordsmiths with Word Up on Friday September 9.

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Small but perfectly formed will be Poetry and Pizza on Father's day at the McCahon House Museum (September 4, 4.00pm). Bookings at Alice@mccahonhouse.org.nz. Which leads me to the famous Poetry Slam. The first slam to be included in a literary festival way back in the 1990s, it's metamorphosed over the years from a rag-bag of the bad and the brilliant to something more sophisticated, but still with an edge of unpredictability. It can't be beaten for a Saturday night of great entertainment with an on site cafe and bar to fortify body and soul (September 11, 8.00pm). More information on all of the above and more can be found at www.goingwestfest.co.nz. Bookings at iticket.co.nz.

Artist of the Month: This month I want to celebrate one of West Auckland's, and New Zealand's, truly great artists. 2016 marks 50 years since John Parker started working with clay, a career marked by breaking rules and redefining what it means to make pottery in Aotearoa. Working from his 'white on white' house in the hills of Waiatarua, he has made a name for being one of New Zealand’s most consistently innovative ceramic artists, always seeking fresh ways to push the boundaries of clay production. He takes inspiration from art-house cinema, Wagner, Beatles albums, commercial potteries such as Crown Lynn and Wedgwood and even the manufacture of power pole insulators. Opening in September at Te Uru, an exhibition called Cause and Effect will celebrate his stellar career and explore the different ideas and experiences that continue to influence his work. A book of the same name will be launched under the Te Uru imprint at the opening on September 10, following two great art sessions at Going West, a mere stroll across the road. Cause and Effect features an ambitious new work, Clear and Present Danger, an installation made especially for the exhibition. Produced in collaboration with lighting designer, Phillip Dexter, it

features 200 white grooved cones made from porcelain. As the proud owner of two John Parker vessels, I love the spare and elegant forms of these pieces and the stark white glazes that so simply and sympathetically reveal the shapes. John Parker is also well known as an award-winning theatre and exhibition designer, film reviewer and opera fan. Among the many honours he has received, John was made a New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate in 2010. West Auckland has a legacy of great artists in clay. The names of Briar Gardiner and Len Castle are but part of that story. John Parker sits with these legendary names. Much of the early use of clay out here was industrial, culminating in the famous domestic ware of the Crown Lynn Factory in New Lynn. Those New Lynn clay pits are now sites for intensive housing. Progress has a price to pay. *The writer is a board member of the Going West Trust and founder and past-producer of the festival.


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FRIDAY 9 SEPTEMBER 7.00pm Mihi / Welcome 7.20pm The Curnow Reader: Emma Neale 7.40pm The Sir Graeme Douglas Orator: Maualaivao Albert Wendt 8.15pm Performance: Michèle A’Court, Stuff I Forgot to Tell My Daughter 9.15pm Supper / Bar Open

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9.15am Stories of life and death: Dr David Galler shares insightful, human stories from a physician’s viewpoint with Glenn Colqhoun, following tangents on life, death, medicine and writing. 10.30am Morning tea 11.00am From the mouth of the river: Dr Marama Muru-Lanning and Dr Mike Joy explore the place of the river in New Zealand’s cultural, ecological, and political landscape, in conversation with James Littlewood. 12.00pm Taking flight: What happens when trauma transforms our children? Emma Neale offers up a lyrical exploration of parenthood that is both funny and disarmingly frank. She’ll discuss her new novel with writer Siobhan Harvey.


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SUNDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 8.45am Coffee / tea 9.15am New voices: Renee Liang introduces readings by four migrant women writers from the New Kiwi Women Write workshops: Gloria PoupardWalbridge, Himali McInnes, Katerina Patitsas and Amèlia Homs Ferrer. 10.00am Reckoning with women: Barbara Brookes shares the story behind her groundbreaking A History of New Zealand Women with Judith Pringle, looking at the shaping of New Zealand through a female lens. 10.45am Morning tea 11.15am In small places...: Paula Green, Sue Orr and Helen Margaret Waaka join in conversation to look beneath the surface of small town and rural New Zealand, exploring the deep vein of stories buried there. 12.00pm The future is unwritten: With seismic shifts altering our journalistic landscape, Giovanni Tiso, Simon Wilson, Paula Penfold and Sara Vui-Talitu debate how the media is taking shape in Aotearoa.

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1.30pm A brush with the Bard: Book creator Donovan Bixley presents his riotous illustrated celebration of Shakespeare, a book 10 years in the making and now an international success.

2.00pm Navigating the in-between: Poets Serie Barford and Gregory Kan read from their recent work and, with fellow writer Robert Sullivan, take a journey to explore the meaning of place and identity.

2.15pm Contemporary chronicles: Damien Wilkins and Sue Orr in conversation on writing, teaching and Damien’s Dad Art, a vibrant novel about the capacity for surprise and renewal. 3.00pm Afternoon tea 3.30pm Giving art its voice: Writer Anthony Byrt and artist Judy Millar join Andrew Clifford to explore the experience of writing about art from the viewpoint of both the critic and the creator.

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2.45pm Sounds from the South: Flying Nun founder Roger Shepherd joins lifelong music fan John Campbell to share his memories of the label’s early days and the spirit of adventure and independence that took its sound to the world. 3.45pm A crafty brew: Food and wine connoisseur Jules van Cruysen is joined by the multidimensional Te Radar for a live craft beer experience, complete with audience tastings and ratings and a celebratory toast to Going West.

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september w – 4, Traits, an exhibition exploring the art of portraiture; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w – 4, Head Trip, portraits by John Pusateri; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w – 7, Gurmon Sup, an intricate three-dimensional installation by Jae Kang; Te Uru. Phone 817 8087. w – 18, Creatures Exhibition using materials that have been re-cycled, re-vamped or re-created; West Coast Gallery, Seaview Road, Piha; Wed – Sun, 10am-4pm. Phone 812 8029. www.westcoastgallery.co.nz. w – 18, In Formation, stop motion works by Yukihiro Taguchi; Te Uru. Phone 817 8087. w 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, Dancefit classes for teens and adults; St Andrew’s Hall, 8 Clayburn Road, Glen Eden. 6-7.15pm; entry by gold coin donation. Contact Debbie 818 4449 or Bronwyn 027 684 1401. w 4, Waitakere Ranges Conservation Network one-day seminar on animal pest management; Arataki Visitor Centre, 300 Scenic Drive; from 9.30am; Free, lunch included. Registration essential at infowrcn@gmail.com. w 4, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732.

w 5, 12, 19 and 26, English Conversation Corner; w 10, Flicks: Mountain Movies, the best of the Glen Eden Baptist Church, 97 Glendale Rd, Glen Eden; 7-8.45pm; Free. Phone Judy 021 022 08691. w 7, 14, 21 and 28, Irish Dance for beginners for boys and girls aaged 7-13 years; St Andrew’s Hall, 8 Clayburn Road, Glen Eden; $5. Phone Andrea 027 477 6014. w 7, The Snapper Sandwich. Live music, story telling and film from Tony Burt; Lopdell House Theatre; 7.30pm; Tickets $10 from i-ticket.co.nz. w 9, Flicks: Our Kind of Traitor, a new release based on John le Carre’s book; Lopdell Theatre; 10.30am and 8.15pm; Tickets from Titirangi Pharmacy or phone reservations on 818 2489 www.flickscinema.weebly.com. 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. w 9 – October 23, FLWS & AFCT, evolving from Kenneth Merrick’s interest in archetypal imagery and hypothetical spaces; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w 10, Mostly Craft, fun activities for children aged 5-11 years (accompanied); St Francis Anglican Church, Corner Park and Titirangi Beach Roads; 1.30-3.30pm. Phone Donna 817 5412, www.titirangianglican.org.nz. w 10, Titirangi Folk Music Club Concert with guest artist Paul Symons, guitarist and songwriter, floor singers in the first half; Titirangi Beach Hall, Titirangi Beach Road, Titirangi; 8pm; $8, members $5, under 18 free. Phone Ian 813 2305.

Mountain Film Festival (PG), 6pm, followed by Sherpa – Trouble on Everest (M), 8.15pm; Lopdell Theatre; Tickets on door or reserve by phone 818 2489. w 15, Waitakere Forest & Bird Talk: Emerging issues in predator control; Kelston Community Centre, cnr Awaroa and Great North Roads; 7:30pm. Gold coin donation. Contact lizanstey@hotmail.com. w 17, Lions Club of New Lynn Book sale; 3063 Great North, New Lynn; 9am-4pm. w 17, Spring Funk costume dance party with band IJEBU Pleasure Club; Barnett Hall, North Piha; 7.30pm; Tickets $20 from Titirangi Pharmacy, West Coast Gallery or on the door. Contact 812 8029. w 22-25, Strange and Wonderful, a season of plays by graduates from Gary Henderson’s Playwriting Studio; Te Pou Theatre, Portage Rd, New Lynn; Tickets $15-$20 from iticket.co.nz, 0508 ITICKET. w 23, Titirangi Folk Music Friends on Friday. Share your 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 23, The Carer (M) a new release drama/comedy from the UK; Lopdell Theatre; 10.30am and 8.15pm; Tickets from Titirangi Pharmacy or reservations on 818 2489. w 25, Titirangi Village Market, art, craft, produce and music; Titirangi War Memorial Hall, 500 South Titirangi Road; 10am-2pm. Contact Tess tvm.manager@gmail.com 022 631 9436. w 25, Battle of the Somme Memorial Concert, hosted by Waitakere Ranges Local Board, followed by afternoon tea at Glen Eden RSA; Playhouse Theatre, 15 Glendale

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Road, Glen Eden; 2-3.30pm; free. Email civicevents@ aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or visit the board office (39 Glenmall Place) to reserve your ticket. w 26 – October 7, School Holiday Programme; Titirangi Community House: Crafts, Cooking, Trips, Games, etc. Contact 817 7448 www.titirangihouse.co.nz. w 27, Titirangi U3A for a range of activities with study groups, book discussions, current affairs, history, travel talks, guest speakers and more; Green Bay Life Church, 14 Vardon Road, Green Bay; 1.30pm. Contact maggie.u3a. titirangi@gmail.com. w 29, Environment and Conservation Election Special. Hear local government candidates answer questions on environmental issues; Ceramco Park Community Hall, 120 Glendale Road, Glen Eden; 7.30pm; Koha to cover costs. Contact Robert Woolf, waitakere.branch@forestandbird. org.nz.

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Tutus, gas masks, balaclavas, top hats, rabbit ears Last month’s BandStanding featured all-girl band Courtney Hate, who hail from Green Bay High School’s incredibly prolific and motivated music department. Yet another talented band from the same stomping ground are this month’s subjects – three young guys that go by the name of Title Pending. “We had to put a name on the sheet to perform at our school’s music night, and it just stuck,” says drummer and vocalist Cameron McCurdy. “We meant to think of something better but never got around to it. Four years later it seems a bit too late to change it now.”

(L-R) Ruben Mita (Guitar), Cameron Mason McCurdy (Drums/Vocals) and Josh Rundle (Bass) make up Title Pending.

The band formed when the trio were all in year nine in 2012. “Cameron stole Ruben’s seat in art class and then forced him to start writing music together. We knew Josh already and started jamming together with him and our friend Marieke (bassist from Courtney Hate) the next year. When Marieke switched to another class, Josh moved from rhythm guitar to bass, and we’ve been playing like that ever since.” The three all say that they grew up with music in their lives – mostly classic rock, jazz and old pop music from their parents’ record collections. Cameron took trumpet lessons as a child and Ruben played guitar from an early age with his Dad. Cameron has “been playing drums for four years, and only started singing because the other two wouldn’t do

it.” Ruben has “been playing guitar for 12 years” and Josh was “forced to play bass by the other two, and I’ve been doing so for three years now.” When talking about their music they say “the music department and our head of department of music (Jeni Little) has been really encouraging in our involvement with making music and performing.” Title Pending play what they call jamming-based alternative rock, with a focus on drum and bass rhythms. They’ve done a lot of gigs recently around the Auckland high school music scene and they have also been spotted providing entertainment at restaurants such as Ika (in central Auckland). “So depending on where you see us it might be more folky or jazzy,” says Cameron. “We’ve also just played a gig in Wellington with Courtney Hate. We’ve had success in the Play It Strange Lion Foundation song writing competition, and recorded our song 15 at Roundhead Studios last year. This is available on our Bandcamp page.” Title Pending can often be found playing acoustic Led Zeppelin and Beatles songs while avoiding schoolwork, but they do all plan to go to university next year. “We’ll all be in different cities,” says Cameron, “so until this year ends we’ll be playing lots of gigs and writing and recording lots of songs.” While they don’t have any gigs planned right now, keep an eye on their social media for announcements, or download/stream their music on Bandcamp and SoundCloud. “If you need a band to play at parties or events (rocky or jazzy or acoustic) feel free to contact us,” says Cameron. “We played two Halloween gigs last year in costume, including tutus, gas masks, balaclavas, top hats, and rabbit ears between us, so we’re pretty versatile”. Title Pending are planning to release their song Faith Coat as a single early this month. The track was recorded in Cameron’s spare room and Ruben’s bedroom and was produced by the band themselves. Look out for its release at https://titlepending-music. bandcamp.com/ and contact Title Pending at https:// www.facebook.com/TitlePending.Official for bookings or enquiries.

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A drop of what you fancy First, some unabashed self-indulgence: a wine that few of you will have heard of and even fewer tasted. Hans Herzog is a relatively small vineyard of 13 hectares at Raupara just outside Blenheim. Hans and his wife Theresa established it in 1996 with a splendid restaurant too. They produce an amazing range of wines both red and white, all certified organic. Their flagship red is the Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon, Spirit of Marlborough (about $64), and their Pinot Noir (about $50) and Montepulciano (about $64) are similarly impressive. Jared’s visits are always interesting. He carries out audits for Biogrow and Hans Herzog is one of his clients, He brought the 2009 Sauvignon Blanc Grande Duchess (about $64). This is no ordinary Sauvignon Blanc, unlike anything I have ever tasted. It is fermented in new French oak softened by a malolactic process, producing a wine of great depth and complexity. We wondered if at seven years we were drinking it a year too late, but it was nevertheless a wine of huge interest, smooth, rich, with lingering orange and lychee flavours. A memorable bottle. From the sublime to the ridiculous. That’s not really true: the price is ridiculous, the quality simply amazing. Pinotage has fallen completely out of public view in recent years and hence those few wineries that persist find it hard to sell. Pleasant Valley has long been a producer of this grape but Stephan Yelas is easing out of it. At $7 the price is ridiculous but the quality will astound you. The 2008 is still brightly deep crimson, the bouquet fragrant and fruity. Its flavour is smooth and slightly plummy with gentle acids and tannins in balance. I’ve been back for more. There’s also a Pinotage/Cabernet Sauvignon blend at $9, which has somewhat less character. Fortified wines are not really in favour these days but Stephan has some beautiful examples based on vintages laid down by his father. The sherries ($12) are seductively mellow with raisin and chocolate overtones while the Founders Port ($16) is smooth and nutty, a wonderful conclusion to a meal. The Titirangi Wine and Food Society recently held a tasting of wines from the Wright winery in Gisborne. Highlight of the night for me was the Gisborne Chardonnay (about $30) with all the rich buttery flavours traditionally associated with the area. One of the beauties of the chardonnay grape is its ability to produce wines of varying styles, from the almost austere, flinty quality of some Chablis, to the opulence of Hawkes Bay and Gisborne. The best wines do not come cheap, as a review in Wine NZ noted, but there are times when a little self-indulgence doesn’t go amiss.

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on stage Titirangi Theatre’s current production Little Gem finishes on Saturday, September 3. And what a great season it’s been. This three-hander (well, four if you count the eponymous Little Gem, who neither appears nor speaks) is a mix of sorrow, joy and inappropriate laughter. At the time of writing, seats were still available for the last three shows, but you’ll need to be quick. On September 19, Titirangi Theatre will hold its Annual General Meeting at the theatre in the basement of Lopdell House at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome. With a number of committee members being forced to resign because of outside pressures, the theatre group is in urgent need of several key office holders including treasurer, president, marketing and social media person. If you feel you could contribute in any of these roles, or if you would like to be part of the management team of this exciting and thriving theatre, email Jerome Scott at president@titirangitheatre.co.nz or phone Phoebe on 623-9192. And as the end of year looms (where has this year gone?) so do auditions for our pantomime Red Riding Hood and the Three Pigs. Playwright Chris Lane, who will also direct, explains: ‘“There are so many in the family that poor old Mum has to call them by what they are wearing – such as 'Little Red Riding Hood' and older sister 'BIG Red Riding Hood'. To make things worse, the neighbours are three pigs who have just finished building their own Grand Design homes next door, Grandmother has taken to her bed and has to have meals delivered – and now there is a wolf who is always hungry and will eat anything – and anyone. “And on top of this the Royal Palace wants to redevelop the whole area – but the Prince IS rather handsome! Maybe not all bad news?” Auditions for the pantomime will be held in the theatre on September 10 at 1.30pm, with the season running from November 23 to December 3. For more information about Titirangi Theatre, upcoming productions, membership and services, visit titirangitheatre. co.nz. – Phoebe Falconer

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Home Patch is at the House Titirangi Community House is looking for new volunteers to serve on the management committee that helps to support the team who run its vast range of activities. Managing coordinator Debbie Winter has been in her full-time role overseeing about 40 community groups who use the premises for nine years. Her administrative support, Bernie Porter, first joined 12 years ago. It's not known exactly when the house was first set up, although hearsay suggests 1978. The present building, in Memorial Square next to Titirangi’s War Memorial Hall, was built in 2002. It has become a popular gathering place for Titirangi residents to enjoy a large range of programmes covering everything from ukulele lessons for children, creative writing, mah jong, French lessons, crafts, health and fitness and all manner of Debbie Winter and Bernie Porter: activities for mothers and babies. working in a ‘great place’ New classes include young at art (children's art classes), a storytelling circle and pottery classes. There's a new website (www.titirangihouse.org.nz) and plans are underway for a giant jumble sale on November 5. School holiday programmes have also been revitalised and are going from strength to strength. The community house is also available for private classes run outside usual business hours and on weekends, and there are three rooms available for hire by community groups or individuals. "It's a great place," says Debbie, "and our committee members are wonderfully supportive but people move on or leave the area and that's left us with a couple of vacancies for new members. "People with committee experience would be great and we'd welcome anyone with knowledge of how a committee is run, who has business skills or community experience, or wants to give back to the community," Debbie says. The time commitment is not extreme – the committee meets once a month for up to an hour in the evening and Debbie promises she'll provide hot homemade scones, jam and cream. Give her a call on 817 7448 or email admin@titirangihouse.co.nz.

At Titirangi Library in September

The library is running a variety of events this month. During school term there are preschool storytimes (10:30am, Wednesdays), wriggle and rhyme sessions for 6 – 18 month olds (9.30am, Fridays), a Minecraft club (3.30–4.30pm, Thursdays), Makerspace activities for children aged 8 or older (3.30–4.30 pm, Tuesdays) and an adult colouring club (10am, Monday and 2pm, Wednesday). There are also book chats (2pm, first Saturday and third Tuesday of the month) and Titirangi Poets meet at 2pm on the second Saturday of the month. The library is also organising some special events for the school holidays. On September 28 at 10.30am there is a Trains Storytime, on September 30 at 10.30am children aged 8 or older are invited to explore scientific concepts using balloons, on October 4 at 2pm there is a craft session suitable for all ages and on October 5 at 10.30am there will be a Puzzles Storytime. For bookings call 839 2260 or message the library at facebook. com/TitirangiLibrary. Upstairs Gallery has two special events coming up this month. On September 8 the gallery will present a Word Circus Film Night, featuring children's animation skills taught at the recent Word Circus workshop, run by Martin Sercombe. The event is at Lopdell House Theatre from 7.30pm and bookings are essential. Email gallery@upstairs.org.nz or phone 817 4278. The gallery is also planning to create a miniature village that will be lit up and on display over the Christmas season. You are invited to join the team at the gallery to make your own miniature house over three days, September 26 – 28, 10am-4pm. This is a free activity for all the family.

Children aged between five and 11 years old who like to make a mess are invited to participate in Mainly Crafts, an event set up by St Francis Anglican Church in 2009. It has become a go-to fun place for children to have happy times, playing games, doing crafts and making new friends. Each child needs to be accompanied by a guardian. The next Mainly Crafts is on September 10 and a Mainly Games event is scheduled for September 18; 1.30-3.30pm at St Francis Anglican Church, corner of Park and Titirangi Beach Roads. Donation welcome. Phone Margaret 817 1330.

SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAMMES AT YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY HOUSE THIS WINTER September 26th – October 7th Arts, Crafts, Trips, Games, Fun, Learning and Outdoor Activities. For full details contact:

Glen Eden Community House, Phone 09 818 2198, osc@glenedencommunityhouse.co.nz, www.glenedencommunityhouse.co.nz Titirangi Community House, 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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Meet the candidates – In their own words David Whitley

David is an experienced Real Estate Leader, currently standing for the Whau Local Board. He is also the twice served past president of New Lynn Rotary where he has spoken at a multitude of events, presentations, and conferences. With experience on TV and radio on many occasions, David thrives on hosting events and conferences whenever required, at long or short notice. David is a strong community contributor in many ways, who has sat on many boards including the Don Oliver Youth Sports foundation, and the Pathways to the Future Trust. David is a business mentor for the Auckland Chamber of Commerce, a well-regarded member of the Titirangi Arts Council, a member of the Fundraising Institute of NZ and has been a respected judge of Unitec’s Dragon’s Den. David advocates for social and economic development in the Whau at all times, for all ages and all ethnic groups.

Tracy Mulholland

Tracy is a long-term Green Bay resident and manager of the New Lynn Business Association with business, community and local government experience.

Tracy’s current work includes town centre revitalisation, safety improvements, local events, and sustainable business growth practices. Her priorities are community safety, town centre regeneration, public transport, local parks, community facilities and an Avondale redevelopment project. Tracy has strong local business and community connections that can work for Whau residents. She understands the importance of transparent, fair decision making and asks for your vote of confidence in her and the team to serve on the Whau Local Board.

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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 well known for our hard work and commitment to community affairs. We are courageous and persistent in working for the Whau’s share of Auckland Council resources. “We support the development and safety of Kelston and Green Bay town centres, upgrades of New Lynn community facilities, and a quality children’s playground for Kelston. Readers of The Fringe are aware of work needed in Avondale, and we will work to get the Avondale Advance project moving. Continued on page 24 >>


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“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 and Derek is a Te Whau Pathway Trustee. We will advocate for park and ride facilities in New Lynn. “As housing intensification continues in the Whau we will work for the right type of planning and high quality urban design to ensure we have great places to live, work and travel around the Whau.”

a family after their home burnt down, with food, clothing, a house and furnishings in just four days. Sandy lobbied the government on behalf of people who needed to go overseas for medical treatment and had to fund all costs themselves. As a result, funds are available today for air fares, accommodation, medical treatment and for a buddy to accompany the patient. Sandy will advocate for you on local issues too. Sandy has been a Portage trustee for eight years helping make recommendations for funding in the community.

means that Sandy can start work on the Whau Local Board straight away. Sandy believes that elected members (who are paid) must make themselves available to meet with residents, community groups and attend workshops during the working day. This is some of the community work that Sandy is involved in: as a Justice of the Peace, Sandy visits people in their homes when they need to sign documents if they are unwell or have mobility issues and as a charity officer she assisted, with help from the community,

Local Board committed to spending rates on essential services for practical solutions that get the job done. Angus says “if rates increases aren’t stopped, we’ll soon be rated out of our homes! I will stop the wastage to get better value for our money.” Carl Harding is astonished that, in his words, “the old guard still think of Glen Eden as a borough, but those days are long gone.” Most of us have concerns with Council’s management of the Super City model. The WestWards team will work with the Super City concept to get the best out of it for our area. Carl says,

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“Let’s put the Eden back in Glen Eden.” Linda Potauaine says “Our local board must work better to align its objectives to the needs of other community organisations such as schools, Police, neighbourhood watch, sports clubs and social charities.” Dave Dempster and Ken Turner are working hard to get their message out to the voters. Ken says “if you like our message and want to make a real change, then give the Westwards Team your vote.”

Ross Clow

Currently Whau Ward Councillor and Portage Trust President. “Your support will ensure my fight against excessive rate rises and escalating staff costs continues, fully exploring all alternative revenue sources. “Affordable housing choices for our children and grandchildren, and modern public transport options are essential. Walkway/cycleway developments and “clean up“ of the Whau waterways must continue. “Avondale’s new community centre/recreation centre will rejuvenate that town centre. We must embrace the Whau’s cultural diversity. “An experienced community advocate for nearly 30 years, with a proven track record of achievement in greater Auckland and Waitakere community affairs.”

Penny Hulse

“After five years of work, thousands of submissions, community meetings and heated debate, the Unitary Plan is finished. Mostly it’s good for the West, with much of the excellent Waitakere planning framework retained. The rest of the region is now accepting more development – not just the West! The Ranges Heritage area has seen some amendments. After studying the decisions, I am reasonably comfortable with the outcome. We will monitor this over the next few years and if required, make changes to ensure the area remains protected. “A new Waitakere heritage area overlay contains all the objectives and policies required by the Bill. The biggest change however, and one that I didn’t support, is that subdivision in the area is now “non-complying”, no longer “prohibited”, meaning landowners can now apply for subdivision where previously they couldn’t. To even apply to subdivide, a notified plan change complying with all aspects of the Ranges Bill will be required. “The historic heritage overlay remains in place in Titirangi, including the ridge line protection. However the footprint of the village now extends further down Titirangi road.

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“Please contact me at council penny.hulse@ aucklandcouncil.govt.nz for information on the Unitary Plan, or any other council issues. www.pennyhulse. co.nz.”

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“The Labour team is an experienced group, comprising Councillor Ross Clow, several serving local board members and several promising newcomers. All are long term residents of the Whau ward and reflect the diversity that makes up our community. “We are supportive of Auckland’s new Unitary Plan – it is a vision for a better Auckland. We will help make it work. “Excessive rate rises must stop. Central Government must enable Auckland Council to raise the transport investment funds it needs, without costing the ratepayer excessive rate rises. “We will continue to work hard to get housing choices and transport options that work for every citizen in the Whau ward. “The public must continue to own strategic business assets such as Watercare, Auckland Airport and Ports of Auckland. These provide dividends that help hold rates down. We can only sell them once. Selling “the family silver” steals from our children and grandchildren.

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“Cleaning up the Whau catchment waterways and the Manukau harbour are our top environmental challenges. “Whether it be Waitangi Day/Matariki, Chinese New Year, Diwali/Holi festivals, Pasifika festival, St. Patrick’s Day or other ethnic celebrations – we embrace the cultural diversity in our Whau community. “We seek your support.”

Sandra Coney

“As an elected member of Waitemata District Health Board for the last six years – the only one from the West – I am delighted with the progress made at Waitakere Hospital. The Emergency Department went 24/7 and last month, a $9.8 million state-of –the-art emergency department opened, doubling the treatment cubicles and creating new triage areas, better waiting rooms and four ambulance bays. “I had been in the old ED, so can vouch for this huge improvement. The new development was a response to ballooning patient demand - from 28,000 patients in 2009 to 52,000 in 2015. Staff have increased from 50 to 84 to meet this growth. “The ED department is one of the top performers in the country with 97% of patients admitted, treated and discharged within six hours.

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“Other improvements include a significant increase in medical staff – from six to 11 teams, with eight new medical specialists. There is still room for improvement on the Waitakere site, with more planned rebuilds and expansion, and a primary birthing unit. I hope I will be returned, so I can continue my advocacy for the West. I am also standing for Portage Trust and Waitakere Local Board.”

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Janet Clews

CNZM, QSO and Justice of the Peace, Janet has served this community as a Waitakere City councillor, Waitakere Ranges Local Board deputy chairman, Glen Eden mayor and sitting Portage Trust member. Always future-focused, she is passionate about good governance, works collegially and brings balance to debate. Staunchly independent, Janet believes local means local. So decisions should not be driven by Wellington’s party politics. The Waitakere Ranges are our special place but both the environment and the people who inhabit it must be respected. Public perception is critical. Board members must not display bias or predetermination. Sadly, in the case of the Titirangi kauri, a majority of the local board compromised their governance role by publicly supporting actions of some people who appeared to condone flouting the law. That shouldn’t have happened. It has led to quasi-legal action, which is not yet resolved. Focus should move a little now towards urban communities. Town centres need attention, expansion of the Glen Eden park-and-ride must be planned even before it is opened and changing demographics in coastal villages must be recognised. Diversity round the board table is essential. Janet Clews offers experience, commitment, integrity and impartiality. She would value your vote. Continued on page 28 >>

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Greg Presland

Protecting the Ranges, supporting our artists and developing amenities

“I am standing for Council because that is where the most important decisions are made and the city is facing major issues. “One is housing. The level of homelessness is appalling and the crisis is affecting people across the board. I have kids in their 20s, and I wonder how they will ever afford a home in Auckland. The causes are complex and will take concerted action to remedy. “Another issue is transport. I was part of a Council that implemented the double tracking and electrification of Auckland’s rail system and we finally have a first class train service. It is good that the City Rail Link is under way but we need to plan ahead and keep developing options with minimal environmental impact. “Protection of the Waitakere Ranges is also very important. I have observed the Unitary Plan process closely and am concerned that our heritage area is threatened by changes to the subdivision rules. When I was on the Waitakere City Council we achieved meaningful protection for our Ranges. As your Waitakere Ward Councillor I will work to make sure that this is upheld. “Please vote for me in October.” For more information visit www.gregpresland.com.



Future West

Future West sees Titirangi as the arts hub of the local board area. We will build on this to attract activity and appropriate business to the Village. Titirangi has a long tradition of being a favoured place for artists, with a huge influx of architects, potters, weavers and craftspeople in the post-war period. Titirangi was a style beacon for Auckland then and it still is. We support funding for the Going West Books and Writers Festival, Titirangi Music Festival, McCahon House, Te Uru Gallery and the Upstairs Gallery. Last year we inaugurated the successful Open Studio weekend and we are committed to developing a Writer in Residence at Shadbolt House. We are delighted at the success of the refurbished Lopdell House and the gorgeous Te Uru Gallery. The arts continue to bring vibrancy and business to Titirangi and we believe that is its future. Future West support ongoing protection for trees. We are creating more space for regeneration by getting rid of unsightly weedy areas, with Gecko and local business partners. We will make sure that the character of “the fringe of heaven” is retained and enhanced. Vote Future West so that we can continue the good work.


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Tracy Kirkley

“Elected to a local board in 2010, I’m now living in the Ranges. It’s time to turn my attention to the issues here. Focused, informed, hardworking. Communities matter. Waitakere is blessed with many Villages and people who care for environment and neighbours. I will continue to foster that strong sense of community and lobby for amenities that improve core council services like better roads and footpaths, speed and safety issues being tackled and encouraging small businesses to thrive. Yes, Protect the Ranges, but … people matter and it’s the local board’s job to make good decisions based on what the ratepayers need – good roading networks, transport solutions, sensible distribution of the budget, prioritised fairly. “In many leadership roles I’ve proven I get things done. Innovation and thinking outside the square has yielded an amazing variety of

park amenities under my watch: first public futsal court, dog agility course, Frisbee golf, snow festival and a purpose built youth park. “I have 30 years’ community involvement in schools, churches, health, youth and volunteer organisations. Current trustee St Dominic’s College. Strong advocate for animal lovers. “I’m not influenced by party politics – local community views will decide. Listening and working for you.”

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TITIRANGI HOSTS ‘MEET THE MAYORS’ Local residents will have their first opportunity to meet the top seven contenders in the upcoming Auckland Council mayoral race, including Phil Goff, Vic Crone and John Palino this month. The Titirangi Resident and Ratepayers’ Association is hosting the event, which will provide local voters with a rare opportunity to meet the candidates and to question them. Association chair Mels Barton says she is delighted to have secured all the top candidates for the event. Sir Bob Harvey will MC the event. Dr Barton says the public will have the chance to find out just what the candidates believe are the important issues for the West – and for them to find out what the locals really care about. The ‘Meet the Mayors’ event will be held after the 6.30pm start of the Association’s AGM on September 6 at the Titirangi Presbyterian Church on Atkinson Rd (opposite Titirangi Primary School). Note: parking at the venue is strictly limited. The Association suggests parking in the village and walking to the church.

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Hunt for the Ghost Bird My attention, once again, has strayed and become absorbed in thoughts that belong in the world beyond the trees. Yet with every step I take along muddy Cutty Grass track, I feel my mind slowly unclenching like a fist, gradually letting go and opening up my senses to the great flux of sensation all around me.

Cutty Grass track runs flat yet muddy from Scenic Drive to Anawhata Rd.

Of these senses hearing can be one of the most difficult to engage. Without considerable focus, the mind will frequently drift off and become preoccupied with thoughts of the outside world, rendering the ears quite unresponsive to the rewarding plethora of sounds the bush has to offer. On the track, I aim to test my hearing with the intention of observing all the notes resonating through the trees. An immense blanket of tui song easily dominates the sound scape. But bubbling beneath that is a medley of insects, the wind, the leaves and the songs from at least three other birds. Yet there is one birdsong in particular that I am straining to detect, the legendary and haunting song of one of Aotearoa’s most revered and threatened birds, the kokako. The North Island kokako is an endemic wattlebird, which, thanks to intensive conservation efforts is recovering in numbers. In 2008, 30 breeding pairs were released into the Waitakere Ranges (after a 60-year absence) bringing with them their ghostly, ethereal call which can travel with clarity far across the forest.

More have been released in subsequent years which hopefully, coupled with breeding, will set the scene for a thriving population. Rumour had it that Cutty Grass might be a potential track on which I might hear one of these birds. Following a set of power lines, it runs relatively straight between Scenic Drive and Anawhata Road and with its canopy cleared and tufts of cutty grass spilling over the fringes, resembles more of a bucolic country lane than a typical New Zealand bush walk. One hour in and my mind is still wandering. I find that periods as long as 10 minutes pass without me listening at all and I lament the dozens of kokako songs that may have gone unheard in that time. Not having actually heard the song before, I had downloaded an MP3 on my phone and had familiarised myself with the sound beforehand. Yet it proves difficult to identify over the rampant tui chatter, which can seem moderately similar. At the Anawhata Road end of the trail I saturate my boots in kauri dieback disinfectant and start back the way I came, pledging to pay greater respect to the bush acoustics this time. Ten minutes in and I enter a stretch where the tui song slowly wanes and the bush grows quiet. Suddenly, I hear it: the unmistakable echo of the mythical ghost bird! It’s somewhere to my left, possibly in a tall rimu about 50 yards away. I pound the air with silent excitement and hold my breath, listening to the mellifluous tones permeating the little clearing. After a minute it fades and I press on with a spring in my step. I heard a Kokako! With a huge grin, I pull out my phone and check the time. As I stare at the illuminated screen I realise, with a wave of confusion and disappointment, that the MP3 on my phone is open. I have no way of knowing if the sound I heard was real or a simulation coming from my pocket. Technology can be just as invasive as any thoughts. Phones however, unlike thoughts, can always be switched off!

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She loves me, she loves me not ... If you are a romantic and have cause to choose a daisy to pluck the petals reciting “She loves me, she loves me not”, discarding a petal on every phrase, then you are in luck in New Zealand because we have lots of daisies. Three hundred and forty six at last count with a spread throughout the country from coastal to high alpine, from the subtropical Kermadecs to the subantarctic islands. Of course, every species has flowers somewhat different from all the rest so there is huge variation in size, colour and shapes. In fact, quite a few have almost no discernible petals, which does make it difficult for the forlorn lover. However, there are plenty to choose from with myriad petals – enough to satisfy the most love-lost swain. But the New Zealand daisy I would choose if ever in such a state would be Kohurangi (Brachyglottis kirkii var angustior and Brachyglottis kirkii var kirkii, also known as Kirk’s Tree Daisy). I would choose this daisy for rather practical reasons: the petals are large and easily plucked and there are not too many of them. Further, the decision cannot be predicted as to whether the loved one returns the sentiment as the number of petals varies but generally falls in the 6 – 10 petal range. In fact, they are not true petals at all. The yellow centre of the flower is actually a cluster of many flowers which gives daises the family name of Compositae as in ‘composite flowers’. What appear to be petals are the flat strap-shaped corolla usually occupying the outside ring of flowers within the cluster or ‘capitulum’. If spring is the season for lovers, then the Brachyglottis kirkii var. kirkii (pictured) is the plant for them as it is at its best in September, whereas the more common Brachyglottis kirkii var. angustior is a summer flowering form, giving the curious lover a second chance.



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Apart from the flowering time there are two characteristics that make the two forms easily distinguishable, even without flowers. Angustior means narrow and the leaves of that variety are long and narrow, with slightly undulating margins, particularly when compared to the more rounded and lobed leaves of the variety kirkii. In addition, they occupy different niches in the forest ecology. Var. angustior is generally found on the ground and, with more widespread pest control showing its effects throughout the Waitakere Ranges, it is becoming increasingly common, with a commensurate increase in the display of flowers in summer. Less obvious are the few plants of var. kirkii despite their flowers being just as showy. They probably never were as numerous or conspicuous as they live their lives epiphytically high up in the branches of other trees or clinging to a bunch of moss wrapped around a nikau trunk. Both forms are worthy of cultivation and var kirkii will grow on the ground as will be evident if you take a trip to Rangitoto this spring. There on the harsh volcanic lava amongst that other grounded epiphyte, the puka or Griselinia lucida, there are swathes of var. kirkii, but apparently no var. angustior. So spring is definitely the season for young lovers to visit Rangitoto.




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Karekare Landcare – tackling weeds and predators Landcare is a group of Karekare residents involved in environmental projects, whether removal of plant and animal pests or enabling the regeneration of native forest in the Waitakere Ranges in other ways. The group’s mission is to do what they can for birds and other native fauna to survive and breed successfully. Since the group was started about 15 years ago it has had many successful weeding days, written articles in local newsletters and formed two local pest control groups tackling the predator problem. The Waitakere Ranges Strategic Weed Management Plan, written by Jack Craw, comments that while pest animals and kauri dieback disease are being managed to a relatively high level, pest plant management is not well coordinated and is under-resourced. The plan identifies weeds as being the largest threat to the values of The Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area (WRHA) and notes that Karekare as a high priority site. The plan suggests that cooperative community action integrated with local board and council resources and effort as the most practical and effective way to tackle the weed problem. Landcare feels that it is conceivable that Karekare could be weed free given its comparatively small size and also believes that this is arguably more achievable than making New Zealand predator-free. Both, however, require enormous buy-in from all local residents. Following the appearance of the Local Board’s weed management plan, Landcare decided to step up its weed managment work in the Karekare valley, an area which is the most densely inhabited area of Karekare, with the longest history of settlement, and therefore possibly the weediest area. Two areas of Cape Ivy, both on roading reserves have been tackled recently. The first effort was undertaken up by an individual member of Landcare while the second was a community effort that resulted in a full weed bin and a selection of native plants planted. This was followed by a second weeding day which cleaned up more of the same roadside area with another weed bin being filled.

Predator control – rats and possums

One of Landcare’s predator control groups, in lower Lone Kauri Road and beach areas, continues to set more than 500 bait stations, mostly on park land. This work seems to be keeping the possums at bay and keeping the rat population at a low level. A number of old stoat traps have been renovated and are now being set and monitored by local residents. Another member, Peter King, maintains his predator control network in the La Trobe area and continues to advise and inspire the rest of the group. The dream is to create a predator free area in Karekare which will attract a few kokako over from the Ark in the Park. Landcare, a member of the Waitakere Ranges Conservation Network, would welcome more volunteers. The group is particularly keen to enlarge its network of bait stations as there are a couple of lines not being regularly monitored at the moment. This is a great way for keen, regular trampers to see new areas of bush and it’s extremely satisfying to feel that you are taking responsibility for your area. Anyone interested could email Caroline on cgrovekk@gmail.com.

Members of Landcare on one of their successful weeding and planting events in Karekare.

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Weed bin abuse to be resolved

Damon Birchfield, Phil Needle and Simon Grant – after the nasty environmental weeds.

Weed bin abuse at two of West Auckland's free weed bin sites is to be overcome with restricted and monitored use of the sites. Ecomatters Environment Trust (incorporating the former Weedfree Waitakere and Keep Waitakere Beautiful Trusts) has been active for many years leading environmental weed reduction programmes including the hugely successful War on Weeds held every March. They have also placed permanent bins at other sites in The Fringe's readership area, but abuse of two – Kowhai Reserve at Withers Road and Kauri Loop Road – will see the withdrawal of those and one bin being placed at each for just one day a month. Ecomatters CEO Damon Birchfield says the bins were originally to encourage people to take action and get rid of weeds from their properties but now the bins are being used "in all sorts of other ways. That’s a cost for the local board but for the abusers, it's a cheap way for some people to get rid of all sorts of household rubbish and junk."

Project spokesman Simon Grant says Ecomatters is committed to still helping those who genuinely want to get rid of environmental weeds from their properties, including the so-called nasties such as ginger, tradescantia (wandering jew), climbing asparagus, honeysuckle, blue morning glory, jasmine and others. "By installing supervised bins at Kowhai Reserve and Kauri Loop Road we can ensure most of the weeds we get will be compostable and not contain contaminants which would mean they'd need to go to landfill," says Simon. The new scheme will see large weed bins placed at Kowhai Reserve on Withers Road between 8am and 5pm on the first Saturday of each month. That will be repeated at Kauri Loop Road on the second Saturday of each month. This new scheme will run indefinitely. Other sites where weed bins are placed permanently in Piha, Laingholm, Huia and Mountain Road in Henderson Valley will not be changed. More information: www.ecomatters.org.nz. – Moira Kennedy Keep New Zealand Beautiful's annual clean up week, the biggest national clean up initiative in New Zealand, is to take place from September 12-18. More than 610 events happened last year at every type of place imaginable – beaches, streams, rivers, waterways, parks, recreation areas, highways and town centres – and involving over 43,000 volunteers. To find out what’s being planned this year and to get involved, visit www. knzb.org.nz/cleanupweek.

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Ken Ring’s predictions for September September is drier and sunnier than average, with above average temperatures. There will be three main rain phases in the month: around the 5th-6th, 16th-17th and 25th-27th. Sunny days will outnumber cloudy days. Some of the heaviest rain for the month follows a dry and overcast start. Then, from the 7th-15th, it will be sunny with passing showers. Rain at the start of the third week is followed by more sunshine with patchy rain. The last week starts wet and the month ends with three dry days. The warmest days, resulting from northerly wind systems, should be the 26th-27th. The coolest days, with southwesterlies, will be around the 7th-11th. Maximums average 16-18°C and minimums 8-10°C. The barometer drops to low figures on or near the 9th and 16th, rising to maximums of above 1030mbs around the 2nd-3rd and 22nd-23rd, averaging 1021mbs overall for the month. Winds prevail from the south and southwest for about 13 days, from the northeast on about six days, from the northwest on about five days and from the west on about six days. It is windier on the 5th-8th, 16th-21st and 25th- 28th. The highest tidal variations at Cornwallis are the 18th-19th. Best fishing bite times are an hour either side of midday on the 1st-3rd, 16th-18th and 29th-30th. There are also good bite chances around dusk on the 8th-11th and 22nd-25th. For gardeners, the better sowing days are the 2nd-10th. Best days for pruning are the 18th-23rd and best day for harvesting is the 10th-12th. The Titirangi Market Day on 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 Yeah, gidday, Lizard here. I woke up the other arvo, which in itself was worth a small celebration. I pulled up my woollen socks and the hoodie of my onesie and went searching for some coffee. Shaz was sitting on the fold-out cutting out photos from a 'my house makes yours look like Norman Kirk's Aunty designed it' magazine. She had that ‘we need honey-drenched plywood panelling and bespoke cork bed linen to tie in the flavours of the Movenpick manchester’ look on her face. I avoided the stare and switched on the kettle which, by the way, I had cleverly mounted on a solid wood dresser I'd scored from the inorganic. After finding that the milk had turned into a probiotic, I canned the coffee idea, whipped on my gummies and made my escape to the sanctuary of the Harlequin Bar in Point Chev. This is well known to be frequented by tradies clocking up some well-deserved overtime. Here's a bit of marital advice. When the wife gets that, 'you don't do enough around the place' look, pull out your tape measure and measure anything, then make a huffing noise, scratch your chin and get the hell out of there. Try to seek out fellow avoiders who can talk about work rather than sit at home feeling like Bruce Jenner with a tool belt. I eased Whitevan into the back carpark where the tradies hide their work Range Rovers and Porsche Cayennes, patted a labradoodle in the back of Bruce's king cab and entered the back bar for a few hours of stimulating chat and a shot at the meat raffle. Both achieved, I headed home. Shaz will be stoked I had scored the biggest chicken drum sticks I'd ever seen. How do they get them to be that big and still so tender? Here's another tip. Always go for cammo onesies. You don't want to look like a prat out in public in your jammies.

As I cruised west along Great North Road heading to the on-ramp, I was struck by just how amazingly beautiful the new spaghetti motorway towers tunnel thingy really is. It's absolutely magnificent. Brilliant in design. Clever as hell. Humans do some really cool stuff. If the Egyptian pyramids were, say, Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper, then the new motorway is the Starship Enterprise. It's a modern miracle. This got me thinking about just how far the human race has come. One of the tradies had said earlier that some clever scientist way back had a recording of the Big Bang. Sure, it's way in the background as is cosmic radiation. According to the plumber, and he drinks Guinness, this is something we have all experienced. When you tune in your telly and all you get is static, about 1% of that is an ancient remnant of the Big Bang. This is why I drink with brainy buggers. So, the next time you complain there's nothing on telly you can always watch the birth of the universe. On my way home, I called into a building site a mate at the bar had put me onto, saying there was an entire roll of waterproofing rubber that had been over ordered but paid for by the client so up for grabs. The next day, while Shaz was at the podiatrists getting her wedgies re-soled I covered the caravan roof in the rubber and screwed on a couple of deck chairs creating, even though I say so myself, a quite brilliant, observation deck. Shaz loves it. Now, of an evening, we get out the crochet blankets, a few bevies, a copy or two of Modern Scientist and just ponder stuff. Shaz enjoys sitting next to a 'doer' and I enjoy reading out facts I thought I'd forgotten since leaving school. Shaz started to snore so I woke her up and we went downstairs for a cup of tea and a piece of shortbread. Later, Lizard.


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