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ISSUE 153, OCTOBER 2016

community news, issues, arts, people, events


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contents

Pharmacy in your back garden?............................................... 4 Nanny with ‘bag of books’ shares writing talent...................... 5 The magic is in the movement................................................. 6 What’s next for Toby’s?............................................................ 7 Brick show returns to the West; Jazz comes to Titirangi.......... 8

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Local government elections: time is running out..................... 9 Art and about with Naomi McCleary...................................... 10 Places to go: Events listing................................................12-13 On stage, news from Titirangi Theatre; Words on Wine with Lindsay Nash......................................... 14 Bandstanding: meet Paul Symons.......................................... 15

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Feature: gifts and giving....................................................16-17 Showcase: Local company supplying cosmetic industry........ 18 Feature: spring renovation..................................................... 20 Growing West: the hanging tree orchid................................. 21 Weather: Ken Ring’s predictions for October......................... 22 Live @ the lounge.................................................................. 23 On our cover: Year 6 children from Green Bay Primary School recently unveiled a group of artworks in a reserve near their school. The Rahui Kahika Reserve, between Castleford Street and Titirangi Road, has a variety of unique ecological qualities, including wetlands, and is also affected by kauri dieback. Pamela Gill of EcoMatters Trust was keen to involve the local community in its ongoing protection and upkeep, as part of the Sustaining Our Streams initiative, and sourced funding from The Community Trusts to fund the artworks. She then approached Anja Hennig, a teacher at Green Bay Primary School, who was quick to recognise the value for both her Year 6 students and the community. With the support of Christine Rose (Waitakere Ranges Local Board kauri dieback co-ordinator) and arts facilitator Melissa Hastings, the students designed and produced the artworks themselves. The border between Waitakere Ranges and Whau local boards runs through the reserve, with placement of the artworks being in the Whau Local Board area. The Whau board was very supportive of the project. Although a lot of people were involved in this project, Pamela says that the children are the real stars here: “Everyone else was just an enabler for these kids to articulate environmental care in their community.” It is understood that Anja will continue to encourage the students to care for the reserve into the future. Photo by Bevis England.

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Formed in 1981 on land originally owned by the Eden Garden Society, the West Lynn Garden Society is now an independent organisation of people with a love of gardening and a commitment to the creation and maintenance of a unique environment that everyone can enjoy. The gardens and the associated butterfly house are great place to visit at any time of year but especially so in the spring. The Garden is celebrating its Spring Festival on October 9 from 10am with a wide range of activities including artists displays and a craft market, live entertainment, floral demonstrations and plant sales, activities for children and a sausage sizzle and other refreshments. Every issue of The Fringe (and the Titirangi Tatler before it) since April 2011 is on-line at www.fringemedia.co.nz. Like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ FringeWest) to hear when each issue is available and get other updates. please support our advertisers – they support us

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Gardening is an educational experience and even more so if some of that gardening involves the use of native New Zealand trees and plants in Rongoa Maori, traditional Maori herbal medicine that also covers massage, plant medicine and looking at the body holistically. That's the view of Green Bay Primary School teacher, Anja Hennig, who, with her students, has developed a native garden at the school that's producing kawakawa ointment and kumarahou/blackberry cough syrup that's proving popular with parents, teachers and locals. The Rongoa garden is part of their Enviro Schools programme which builds children's awareness of the need for conservation, sustainability and looking after the environment. "Our grounds had underused areas and we thought it would be great to plant natives with healing properties," Anja says. Jo Hakaraia-Olson, Rongoa Maori expert, "We started with the (left) with Anja Hennig. kapa haka group, working together, and getting the kids to design the koru shape with a kowhai tree in the middle." They did their research with local eco groups on what should be planted, had a visit from a kaumatua and the learning process was underway. Pioneer plants to provide the soil with nutrients (manuka, kanuka and kumarahou) were the first to go in and more sensitive trees like kauri and rimu were planted later. "Other students joined the enviro group – they dug it out, created the pathway, planted it all and they weed and care for it." Other dark corners soon took on new life too and now the school students pride themselves on the successes they've had developing an orchard, creating windfarms and farming chickens, the eggs from which are sold through the school. "It's a great way to show students that it all goes round and round," says Anja. "The chickens eat food scraps, their poo goes into compost which goes into the orchard that produces fruit they can eat. And we use the healing properties from the plants without using chemicals or producing rubbish. It's so rewarding and kids love it.”

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Nanny with ‘bag of books’ shares writing talent Debbie Kessell wrote a children's book over 20 years ago and it's been in her bedside drawer ever since, apart from when she read it to her children. The book, Angelic Thunder, has now become a 'real book' for the Green Bay nanny who bubbles with excitement that the words which came to her in the middle of the night all those years ago have actually been published. "When my children were small they were scared of thunder and lightning and I wished I had some way to allay their fears," she says. "The story came to me in the night and I scribbled it on pieces of paper beside the bed, in the dark, so that I wouldn't wake my husband. "The following day I deciphered it, added to it, and then read it to my children the next time there was an electrical storm. Their fear turned to glee as they thought of the story's two characters, Clementine and Demetrius – and their dog – having fun in the clouds." It was two decades before Debbie's husband, Mike, Debbie Kessell: “I love children’s books.” suggested turning it into a book. "That proved a lot harder than you'd think," says Debbie. "The process took more than two years even though the story was in place. It involved a lot of work. And money." Angelic Thunder's illustrator, Thomas Hsieh, lived in Christchurch when he began working on it and that also created challenges. "I had a vision of the illustrations in my head and it was quite difficult to share that vision with Thomas by email. But he did a lovely job." Debbie says the book's a fun story and you don't have to be scared to enjoy the tale. "It's interactive and children will have fun clapping along and doing actions to match the things happening in the story. "As a nanny, I always have bags of books to share with my charges and I love to teach them to respect books, to enjoy and to love them. "It's such a bonding experience for a child to have a book read to them while cuddled up to a loved one. It's so good for them in so many ways including creative development and language skills." Green Bay Bookshop is launching Angelic Thunder from October 8

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and Debbie will be signing copies in store on Saturday, October 22, 9am - 2pm. The book is also available to buy at www.angelicthunder. com. – Moira Kennedy The Fringe has three copies of Angelic Thunder to give away. To go in the draw to win one write the name of one of the book’s characters on the back of an envelope with your name, phone number and address and post it to The Fringe, PO Box 60-469, Titirangi or email your answer and contact details to info@fringemedia.co.nz. Entries must be received by October 12.

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The magic is in the movement Rob Pearce has taught modern jive in West Auckland for a number of years and has also been running dance schools and dance competitions for 14 years so it's fair to say he knows the dance moves he's now sharing in New Lynn very well. Modern jive is a fusion of salsa, jive and swing and there's a very social element to it with no experience needed and no partners necessary. Rob has recently started classes for beginners and intermediates at the New Lynn RSA on Monday nights, along with co-directors in his business, Move Dance Company, Hannah Honey, Angela Ryan and Colin Flood and says the night's more than a lesson: "It's a great night out!"

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The classes are aimed at the 35-plus age group. "We don't have an age cut-off point. Some of our students are in their 70s so there's a great age range, and a lot of fun," he says. Rob says he's been fascinated with dance from a young age and did a lot of martial arts and gymnastics when a child. In his teens and 20s he played in bands and says dancing was a way to bring together the physical and musical sides of things he enjoys. Also a dancer for 14 years, Hannah Honey was first attracted to the Argentine tango before finding modern jive and discovering much more flexibility in Angela Ryan, Rob Pearce, Hannah Honey and her repertoire of Colin Flood: as long as you can walk, you can moves. modern jive. "It's so easy to pick up as it's one step for every beat. You can do a slow rumba or fast cha cha or dance to any sort of chart music. It's a very easy form for beginners to pick up," she says. Rob agrees modern jive is not a rigid social dance, and is very different to ballet or ballroom which have specific ways of moving. "We are very open to other influences and people bring moves from other dances. We welcome that as it creates more variety and interest. You can try styles like Latin and rock and roll. Anything really, except the waltz. That's the only style that doesn't work," Rob says. "For me," says Hannah, "I love the social aspect. It's really fun and I call it exercise by distraction. You use a lot of energy so it's a really good workout and there's a great community feel about it and we're keen to develop that at the New Lynn RSA. As long as you can walk, you can do modern jive. Great fun." Beginners classes are at 7pm and intermediate at 8pm at New Lynn RSA on Monday nights. Students, service personnel and gold card holders receive a discount. www.movedance.co.nz – Moira Kennedy WE OffER YOU A fAIRER fEE fOR SELLIng YOUR HOmE

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What’s next for Toby’s? A question mark hangs over a special piece of Titirangi history. Located opposite the Titirangi Fire Station, Toby’s has been a chameleon since it first opened its doors around 80 years ago. The building has had many uses including a pub, a book shop, a design agency, a film location (for South Pacific The Toby Jug Restaurant in 1973. Pictures’ 800 Words series over Photo by N.M. Dubois. Credit: Sir the last few months) and of George Grey Special Collections, Auckland libraries, 786-A001-5. course, a restaurant. “Toby’s is cited as the longest continuously running restaurant in New Zealand,” says Jo Anderson, Director of Corner Stone Limited, the building’s owner. “It’s a space of many happy memories for locals and Aucklanders. A lot of people around Titirangi have been married there – some people even say that they got conceived there!” The 261sq.m. bar and restaurant space is now a blank canvas awaiting a new tenant and, for the first time in over 20 years, potential tenants can deal directly with the building’s owners making considerable savings possible. Renovations are planned but these will take place in conjunction with the tenant’s requirements. What about the rumour a former Master Chef contestant was eye-balling the premises? “I have no idea about that other than the Titirangi bush telegraph is alive and well,” laughs Jo. For more information email Jo Anderson jo-anderson@xtra.co.nz.

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Brick Show Returns to the West Jazz comes to Titirangi The Auckland Brick Show has returned to West Auckland, this year setting up at the Trusts Arena in Henderson. There will be a huge array of displays including everything from Star Wars sets to castles, pirates, space set-ups, a three-metre long German railway and a huge three and a half square metre display that has been in the works since the start if the year. The story behind this now hugely Dave with some Thunderbirds models which he and his son have made for this year’s show. popular show started in 2004 when founder and local resident David Woodbridge and a friend went to a model show and enjoyed the Lego section, but found it a little small. Liking the idea, they started their own show focused solely on the bricks and the first was held in a hall at Glen Eden Intermediate School. Since then the show has grown and well over 10,000 visitors now go through the doors every year. This year, the show will be its biggest ever so the organisers have moved it to the much larger space at the Trusts Arena in Henderson. The show runs October 22–24, 9am-5.30pm. Door tickets $10, with children under four free. Tickets are available online for $7. Visit http://aucklandbrickshow.co.nz for more information. – George Shiers

The Auckland Jazz Festival takes place across Auckland from October 12 – 23 and, in association with the Creative Jazz Club and Titirangi Festival of Music, three events will take place in Titirangi. Venezuelan cantante and songwriter Jennifer Zea will bring her unique mix of Latin styles (Bossa nova, Chanson française, Caribbean Boogaloo and Soul) to Titirangi Theatre on October 14 at 7.30pm. Her band of Kevin Field on piano, Miguel Fuentes on percussion and Mostyn Cole on double bass achieve a sound that possesses a genuine ‘Latin’ feel with an anchor in New Zealand jazz. Local group Spammerz (Alan Brown on organ, Jason Orme on drums, saxophonist Ben McNicoll and guitarist Dan Sperber) return to The Toolroom on October 14 from 8.30pm. Italian Luca Ciarla is one of the most creative violinists on the jazz scene, using loops to create a moving soundscape. His sound is a natural synthesis between contemporary jazz and the Italian folk tradition, tempered by a beautiful gypsy touch. He will be joined by local singer Carolina Moon and Nigel Gavin on guitar. This event will take place on October 15 at Te Uru. For more information and to buy tickets visit http://www. aucklandjazzfestival.co.nz/. Pet owners are invited to bring their dogs, cats, hamsters and more to be blessed at the annual "Blessing of the Pets" event at St Francis Anglican Church on the corner of Park and Titirangi Beach Roads, Titirangi, on Sunday October 9 at 10am. It is particularly appropriate for this event to be held at St Francis, as Francis was the patron saint of birds, animals and the environment.

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local government elections

Time is running out ... Every three years we have the opportunity to choose who will be in charge of our community’s future with voting in this year’s Local Body Elections closing in early October. In 2013 the reported voter turnout by 18-24 year olds was 29 percent. It was 51 percent for those aged 35-44 and 91 percent of those 65 years and older. One of the main reason people give for not voting is that they do not know enough about the candidates. Auckland Council has addressed this with a new web site: showyourlove.co.nz. “All you have do is tap in your address and it brings up all the candidates standing in your local area,” says Auckland Council’s Manager Elections Planning, Glyn Walters. “We emailed each candidate to tell them about the website, sent them a unique link and provided instructions and examples on how to add information and what the website would look like.” More than 400 of the 603 candidates provided information about themselves, what they think and their vision as well as a 150-word biography and voters can now do their own research and compare candidates’ views by topic. Of course there are many reasons why we should vote in these elections. One is that Auckland Council spends $3.7 billion dollars every year and we have both a right and a responsibility to ensure

that it is spent on what we believe is important, whether that be on solving the housing crisis, reducing the need for travel and easing road congestion, or on any of the major issues that have been clogging the media over recent weeks. For some of us, of course, such issues are not as important as those that affect where we live and play. Do we need more spent on weed removal and play spaces in West Auckland? Do we need more local facilities such as a swimming pool? Would we like more local entertainment and events? We can only make our voices heard on these issues by voting at Local Government Election time. Ballot papers must be posted by October 5 or hand-delivered to a ballot box at Glen Eden, Titirangi or New Lynn libraries.

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“I have always thought of myself as a community worker, not a politician. “I am not a fan of aggressive party politics. But I am motivated to improve what we have in our special place and to do the best for the most at least cost. I never promise what cannot be delivered. But I can promise that my word is my bond. “If re-elected, you will get total honesty. I will listen and learn through you. Every report will be read, challenged, debated and dealt with fairly. Being ‘Independent’, I am answerable only to you and to myself. The Waitakere Ranges Local Board area has a diverse population. The Local Board should reflect that. “Nothing worthwhile can be achieved alone. I want to see more cooperation between the Boards and ward councillors to get the very best outcome for the West. Their roles are different but results are always enhanced by closer cooperation. Please support people who will work this way. “You’ve just got time to get your vote in. Post it today!”

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art & about with naomi mccleary

A miscellany of local events

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

The recent sale of a McCahon painting, The Canoe Tainui, for a New Zealand record price of $1.350 million is a reminder of his continuing status as our greatest 20th century artist. At the ‘small but perfectly formed’ museum down in Otitori Bay Road, you can soak up the ambience and history of Colin McCahon who lived there with his family throughout the ’50s. This humble cottage, surrounded by the kauri he painted, is layered with voices and images. It is open Wednesday to Sunday, 1-4pm. John Parker, another legend of the west, was lauded in the September issue of The Fringe. Cause and Effect, a retrospective exhibition of his 50 years of practice, is now open at Te Uru. Words fail – it is visually breath-taking and a stunning demonstration of his mastery of the medium. It should not be missed. In our community, and growing in scope and quality by the year, is the Kelston Girls’ College ArtWest Exhibition and Art Sale 2016, held in the school’s Islay Anderson Auditorium. Officially now part of ArtWeek Auckland, it opens on Wednesday October 12 (6pm-8pm). The exhibition will run from Thursday October 13 to Sunday October 16 (10am-4pm daily) and will showcase a kaleidoscope of the work of 70 artists, from the emerging to the international, based in the West. Support by Creative Communities Scheme, the Chartwell Trust, the Whau Local Board, Te Uru Gallery and local businesses, enables free public access to some great art events to accompany the exhibition. October 12 sees opening night performances by Rosanna Raymond and Singularity Band. On October 13 and 14, Te Uru will provide art workshops to 150 local primary and intermediate students. On October 15, free public art workshops run by local art practitioners, including The Kelston Flag Project run by the wonderful Miranda Brown, will feed the soul while the ASB will provide a BBQ to sustain the body. And October 16 concludes with six artist floor talks, a High Tea performance by the SaVAge K’lub and The Whau Arts Meet-up for Artists. All in all, you are spoiled for choice. For more information visit artweekauckland.co.nz or www. kelstongirls.school.nz. Life through creativity is celebrated by five artists: Lance Glozier, Robert Hamp, Anita Mary, Selwyn Vercoe and Victoria White for Mental Health Awareness Week 2016. Curated by Faye Norman, the artists’ works individually embrace stories of resilience and strength played out through the media of sculpture, painting, mixed media, printmaking and music. A beautiful way to nurture mental health issues from stigma to spectacular, this exhibition was developed in

High Tea with SaVAge K’lub, part of the programme surrounding the Kelston Girls’ College ArtWest Exhibition.

partnership with the Walsh Trust, Toi Ora Live Art Trust and Corban Estate Arts Centre. The exhibition takes place at Old St Michaels Church, Corban Estate Arts Centre, October 12–16, 10am-4pm, with artists talks on October 16 from 2pm and a closing event from 3pm. The Auckland Heritage Festival runs until October 9 with exhibitions, talks, seminars, tours and walks. Out West, find out what’s been happening inside the belly of the steam ferry Toroa in Henderson, or the story of Soldiers’ Corner in Waikumete Cemetery. Stretch your legs in New Lynn with the Remains of the Clay tour or the Charlotte Museum’s Women’s Walk, plus a host of other events across the region. Visit heritagefestival.co.nz for more information. Starting in November, the Auckland Festival of Ceramics, now in its third year, has become a significant and growing event in the Auckland arts calendar. It begins with the Portage Ceramic Awards exhibition at Te Uru, opening to the public on November 11. Festival coordinators, Titirangi locals Robyn Mason and Suzy Dünser, are the driving force behind much of this celebration of all things ceramic and describe themselves as “sometimes coordinators, sometimes participants, and sometimes advocates and promoters – it depends what day it is.” They are particularly excited about the ‘Clayathon’ Bus Tour of regional ceramic exhibitions, a two-day event, on November 12 and 13. Here is a chance to immerse yourself in the world of contemporary ceramics in like-minded company, including tour guides with in-depth knowledge of the subject. Keep a look out for the Festival catalogue in October. For more information check out www.facebook.com/festivalofceramics.

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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.

october w – 7, School Holiday Programme; Titirangi Community

House: Crafts, Cooking, Trips, Games, etc. Contact 817 7448 www.titirangihouse.co.nz. w – 9, Arataki Visitor Centre school holiday programme, including nature scavenger hunts, learning about bees and honey and more; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays, 10am-2pm. Phone 892 4777 or visit www.facebook.com/ aratakivisitorcentre. w – 23, Contemporary Artefacts, a collection of sculptural and adornment pieces by Chris Charteris; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w – 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 – 23, FLWS & AFCT, evolving from Kenneth Merrick’s interest in archetypal imagery and hypothetical spaces; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w – 24, Here I am, noMad artists collective; West Coast Gallery, Seaview Road, Piha; Wednesday – Sunday, 10am-4pm. Contact 812 8029 or www.westcoastgallery. co.nz. w – 31, Rogues and Runaways of the Waitakere Ranges, a display of rare and unique artefacts, paintings, photos

and other objects from Waitakere Ranges’ history; Arataki Visitor Centre, Scenic Drive. Phone 892 4777. w – November 6, On Repeat: The Disruptive Copy, artworks by Rachel Bell, Julian Dashper, Michael Parekowhai, Superflex and Chris McBride; Te Uru. Phone 817 8087. w 2, New Stories of the Old West, a one-day heritage conference hosted by the Waitakere Ranges Local Board; Titirangi War Memorial Hall; 9am-5pm; Free, but registration essential. To register, or for more information, email sharon.davies@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or call 813 9150. w 2, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732. w 7, Flicks Cinema: Theeb (M) Drama/True Story; Lopdell House Theatre; 10.30am and 8.15pm; Tickets $12/$10 (morning), $14 (evening) from Titirangi Pharmacy. Phone 818 2489 or visit http://www.flickscinema.weebly.com/. w 7 – 16, Fire on the river, a musical based on the Great Fire Of London in 1666; Playhouse Theatre; 8pm, 3.30pm Saturday and Sunday; $30 from iTicket. Phone Graeme 027 220 3111 www.fireontheriver.net. w 8, Titirangi Folk Music Club Concert with guest artist RhodeWorkz, three talented young brothers with a mix of celtic, bluegrass and folk music, 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 11, Make Do Mend, an evening of DIY crafty time; EcoMatters Environment Trust, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn; 5.30-8pm; koha for refreshments. Email fiona@ ecomatters.org.nz or phone 826 4276 to register.

w 11, The Western District Women’s Dinner Club meets

for dinner and speaker/entertainer; Te Atatu RSA. To Book and for more information please phone Margaret 827 1525. w 15, Lions Club of New Lynn Book sale; 3063 Great North, New Lynn; 9am- 4pm. w 15, Wellness and Healing Fair, stalls, food, tea and coffee, therapists, workshops; Green Bay Community House, 1 Barron Drive, Green Bay; 10am-4pm; Free entry (workshops $10). Phone Claire Chateau 021 251 7338. w 15, Film showing to raise funds for Woodlands Park School; Lopdell House Theatre; 6pm Oddball and 8.15pm Hunt for the Wilderpeople; Tickets $12 from Woodlands Park School. Phone 817 5140 or www.woodlandspark. school.nz. w 18, SeniorNet West Auckland monthly meeting; Kelston Community Centre, corner of Awaroa and Great North Roads; 10am; $2.00 Phone 837 7600 or 827 2336. w 20, Waitakere Forest & Bird Talk on the threat introduced wasps pose to our native ecosystems and what solutions are available; Kelston Community Centre, corner Awaroa and Great North Roads; 7:30pm; gold coin donation appreciated. Phone Liz 833 4145. w 21, Flicks Cinema: The Clan (R13), new release Drama/True Story from Argentina; Lopdell House Theatre; 10.30am and 8.15pm; Tickets $12/$10 (morning), $14 (evening) from Titirangi Pharmacy. Phone 818 2489 or visit http://www.flickscinema.weebly.com/. w 22, DIY Rainwater Harvesting with Laurie Dee; EcoMatters Environment Trust, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn; 10.30-12.30pm; $20. Book at ecomatters.org.nz/ learn or phone 826 4276.

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november w 2, West Auckland Historical Society: Capturing the West Essay Competition Prize-giving; St Michael’s Church, Corban Estate; 6.30pm. Phone 833 4692. 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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l WHERE IT’S AT: • Corban Estate Arts Centre, 426 Great North Road, Henderson, 10am–4.30pm daily. 838 4455. • Kelston Community Centre, corner of Awaroa and Great North Roads, Kelston. • McCahon House Museum, 67 Otitori Bay Rd; 1-4pm, Wednesday – Sunday, except public holidays. Outside these hours by appointment. 817 6148 or mccahon@mccahonhouse.org.nz. • Playhouse Theatre, 15 Glendale Road, Glen Eden. 818 5751. • EcoMatters Environment Trust, 1 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.

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study groups, discussions, speakers and more; Green Bay Life Church, 14 Vardon Road, Green Bay; 1.30pm. Contact maggie.u3a.titirangi@gmail.com. w 28, 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 Margaret on 818 1434. w 29, 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 29 – November 27, Inspired by JOHN GREEN, ceramics from artists and John Green; West Coast Gallery, Seaview Road, Piha; Wednesday – Sunday, 10am-4pm. Contact 812 8029 or www.westcoastgallery.co.nz. w 30, TITIRANGI VILLAGE MARKET 25TH ANNIVERSARY – art, craft, produce and music; Titirangi War Memorial Hall, 500 South Titirangi Road; 10am-2pm. Contact Tess tvm.manager@gmail.com 022 631 9436.

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I don’t know why it seems that the year speeds up as Christmas approaches. The days are supposed to be getting longer, not shorter! And, as with any self-respecting theatre company, the pantomime season approaches rapidly as well. Titirangi Theatre is lucky to count among its members Chris Lane, writer and director of this year’s pantomime Red Riding Hood and the Three Pigs. Regular Titirangi theatre-goers will remember Chris’ sell-out production of Cinderella two years ago, and this year’s effort seems set to equal that. Chris started on the stage over 30 years ago as ‘second goose, rear row’ in the panto Mother Goose. Reportedly, only his mother recognised him, by his wobbly knees. He soon decided that writing and directing were a lot easier but had brief returns to the stage as Fagin in Oliver! in the UK and in Fawlty Towers in Titirangi. As well as writing for the stage Chris is also the author of the number-one Amazon best-seller comedy e-book Bloodwrath! and a number of top ten best-selling comedies including Sky Tower – set in Auckland (e-versions on Amazon). He also wrote How to Create an Amateur Show without Killing Anyone. In the last two years he has moved to writing screenplays for feature films and his first is to be filmed in the autumn (Two Corpses, with well-known New Zealand and UK cast) while seven other scripts are currently with directors or production companies for development. Chris lives with his wife and son (a film maker) in Laingholm, and has a daughter in the UK. Red Riding Hood and the Three Pigs runs from November 22 – December 3 at Titirangi Theatre, Lopdell House, Titirangi. November’s issue of The Fringe will carry details of the cast and crew of Red Riding Hood and the Three Pigs, as well as a competition to win tickets to the gala opening night. For bookings and information about the theatre visit titirangitheatre.co.nz. – Phoebe Falconer

I’m not a person generally given to jealousy but I must confess to a pang or two when I hear of wine writers who have cases of a winemaker’s product delivered free to their front door. Nearly all the wines I write about I have bought myself, so I can’t be accused of not being objective. My recent trip to Hawke’s Bay was one of missed opportunities. I visited not one vineyard. Fruits of my visit last year are gently maturing. The 2014 Te Mata Elston Chardonnay ($36) and the 2013 Esk Valley Chenin Blanc ($20) are both beautiful wines but wil benefit from a year more bottle age The Esk Valley 2014 Chardonnay currently on sale (about $15 on special) is worth looking for. Its gently citrus aroma heralds a delightful mouthful of summer, melon and hay, with a well judged under pinning of oak. There’s quite a grainy mouth feel, typical of many Hawke’s Bay chardonnays, and a smooth finish. Jacob’s Creek has introduced a new line: “Double Barrel”. The back label explains “[the wine] was first matured in traditional oak barrels before being finished in aged Irish whiskey barrels.” I tried the Cabernet Sauvignon (about $18 special). It’s certainly a step up from even their Reserve range, a rich mouthful. There’s a hint of liquorice in the bouquet, reinforced by the initial wash of flavour. Blackcurrant and a touch of chocolate follow, and there’s a firm tannin finish. Argentina’s Trapiche winery can be relied on for sound wines and their 2014 Oak Cask Cabernet Sauvignon (about $10 special) has a slightly spicy aroma, a harmonious flavour with plum and blackberry, and a smooth aftertaste. It’s great with a hearty casserole. Montepulciano is a familiar name too, though for a different reason. It’s a small, ancient hilltop town that gives its name to the grape Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, not to be confused with the wine made in the area around the town, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano made mainly from Sangiovese, slightly confusing! We recently drank the 2012 Caldoro Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (about $15 on special). It has a dense, dark crimson appearance and a blackcurrant aroma that swirls from the glass. It’s a beautifully balanced wine, with unobtrusive acid sustaining the full-bodied fruitiness. New Zealand has a few wineries growing this grape and sangiovese has been grown here too but, value for money, it’s hard to beat the Italian originals.

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Keeping the good stuff coming instrumentalist friend, Lott. The duo, going by Born in Taranaki and now resident in the the name of ‘Plot’ are a combination of acoustic West, Paul Symons is a man of many hats. guitar, double bass and two voices. Paul says On the practical side: truck driver, oil rigger, Plot has “a synergy that happens when two painter, scrub cutter, sawmiller, tree feller, highly musical knuckle heads combine their builder, groundsman and stevedore. On the powers for good rather than evil, and it amounts more flamboyant side: petrol head, musician, to highly contagious fun all round!” songwriter, sculptor, music promoter and One musical highlight was having a song larrikin. off his first album represented by a Nashville Paul has wandered New Zealand in his song broker who worked to ‘place’ it with a big vintage bus playing music at festivals, in pubs, name artist looking for a new song to record music clubs, motorcycle rallies and most places or something to add to their album. “Alas, the that will have him. “I’m working on restoring song didn’t find a home and the contract ended the bus at the moment,” he says. “I have without any success. It was all very exciting owned it for over 25 years. I bought it as a though, and I’m hoping to do it again.” young touring musician and have had it ever Another highlight was playing live acoustic since. The condition had deteriorated badly guitar backings for stories in an informal ‘yarn and the bus was at a real crossroads, but session’ led by the late greats Jon Gadsby and I decided that we had too much history to Paul with a Fender Strat signed by Billy Barry Crump in a tiny West Coast pub. “That throw it away. The exterior is finished and I’m Gibbons of ZZ Top. currently working on the interior. This has been a central project for a was a unique kiwi experience – I won’t ever forget that day!” Paul arrived in our ‘hood in the mid ’90s to help on a little building few years now I guess,” he says. With his house full of music from an early age – courtesy of his and painting project and has been here ever since. Regarding his hobby as a sculptor, Paul says it’s a side-line that piano teaching and church organist Mum – Paul learned his first guitar chords at primary school, played in musicals at high school and started with making things he wanted for himself at home and as started busking and doing gigs in Dunedin as a university student. “I gifts for friends. It’s since become a favourite activity. “I’m working started playing around Otago, then the rest of the South Island. Once towards a small exhibition at a friend’s gallery early next year. I got the bus, I went on the road full-time looping all around the South The creations are varied and often incorporate objects, parts or machinery that I have found along the way and kept because of some Island, and parts of the North Island too.” Paul’s musical style is described as “…home-grown New Zealand hair-brained idea. Lucky I have a big shed,” he laughs. Paul currently has a series of guest spots in other artist’s shows sounds viewed through the blues lens, the songs and styles flow, and it never sounds repetitive.” He’s released two original albums, and recordings coming up, as well as planning a return trip to South Spaceman in 2005 and Shooting Stars in 2012. Currently playing Island venues and festivals in the revamped bus. And he’s “in a flurry originals and covers gigs as well as guesting at festivals, Paul also does of creative work in my workshop and music studio to keep the good live sound and mixing. “And I contribute to other artist’s recordings. stuff coming.” You can see him perform with Lott – as the duo Plot – at Titirangi I’ve just returned from Levin where I added acoustic and steel guitar RSA on Friday, October 14 at 8pm. Check out his music or get in touch to a new album by Wellington artist Helen Dorothy.” Paul also plays regular gigs with his Waikato-based multi- at www.spaceman.net.nz.

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Local couple supplying the cosmetic industry Jojoba, Emu oil, Kalihari melon, "People want natural things. They want to Moringa mustard, Bariti, Amazonian oil, make their own skincare products and know Frankincense ... No, this isn't a lesson in what's going into them; they might have allergies a new language but a tiny sample of or don't want to use preservatives. They want to the exotic potions offered by Titirangi know they're safe," Kerry says. couple Kerry and Sue Good through "We've seen spectacular growth in the sales of their company Pure Ingredients. natural products – vegetable oils, essential oils, The pair started the company in waxes, butters, extracts, natural preservatives their home in 2006, melting lanolin in and emulsifiers – and new products are being the bath and packing product on their discovered all the time. Nobody would have kitchen table to supply pure natural heard of Kalihari melon oil until about a year ago ingredients to the cosmetic industry. and cacay oil is a big newcomer too." Now with a team of 16, a Glendene Kerry was introduced to cacay oil during a warehouse, a new Henderson showroom trip to South America earlier this year. "It's and on-line arm, PureNature, they're the successor to rosehip oil which everyone meeting the needs of many of New loves. It's very high in retinol and Vitamin E and Zealand's leading skin care and cosmetic the South American suppliers are selling it into manufacturing companies. Kerry says Sue and Kerry Good: Spectacular growth in natural Europe by the tonne." the company's main business is selling products business. Rose oil has long been considered the liquid product to companies which want to make things to sell to other gold queen of essences in a big-dollar stable that includes neroli, people. helicrysum, jasmine and melissa. They're labour intensive: 1,600,000 "Many of the big brands’ high-end natural skincare products rose blossoms make 1kg of rose oil. Their price and quality reflect will most likely contain some of our ingredients. That whole sector that. continues to grow on New Zealand's reputation of being a clean, Kerry often travels the world checking that the products he's green place. That branding is very powerful and while we aren't sourcing are pure. Pure Ingredients is a certified organic business exporting directly, our business is growing on the back of companies and works within a quality accreditation programme. Each supplier is exporting to China and India." scrutinised and Kerry says his company is scrupulous about who they It's a massive market, Kerry says, where the demand for good purchase from. "It's a rigorous process." quality Western products is virtually insatiable. "There's a fear of Not all Pure Ingredients products are imported though. With anything that's not pure. Chinese tourists take New Zealand manuka an increasing interest in Rongoa Maori (see story on page 4) the honey and skincare products containing manuka honey back home company uses our unique flora to hand-make products from kowhai with them. Anything with lanolin in it – with the sheep connection – extract, kawakawa, kumarahou, koromiko, horopito and others. sells well too. "We have a passion for the business," says Kerry. "We're not some "There's a lot of indirect export through gift and souvenir shops here today and gone tomorrow place. It's been hard work for 10 years with some of them doing six-figures a month in sales, especially to and we love it, live it and breathe it. It's all-consuming and a nice Asian tourists." business to be in. I wouldn't want to be doing anything different." The big consumer appetite for natural skincare doesn't just lie with And with that Kerry returns to his potions, balms and essential tourists. The growing number of people wanting to make their own essences ... strawberry seed, passionflower, baobab, bergamot, balms and massage oils saw the company establish PureNature in peppermint, eucalyptus. There are more than 1,000 of them. 2011. The on-line customer base of more than 12,000 is growing every www.purenature.co.nz month. Many of these customers are making their own products in an – Moira Kennedy 'artisan sort of way', with many selling through markets.

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The Hanging Tree Orchid (peka-a-waka) Orchids are numerous and widespread in many different New Zealand habitats, yet they are generally unknown and unseen. They are mostly diminutive herbs that hide in swamp, tussock or forest and modestly conceal their beauty with small flowers, cryptic colouring, and shortish flowering periods. Perching or epiphytic orchids are the exception. While not flamboyant, epiphytes do draw attention to themselves with a powerful scent that radiates from the plant during the month or so of flowering. Their flower spikes dangle tantalisingly close, but generally above nose level, so they can be difficult to smell up close. Earina is a Pacific genus of about 10 epiphytic species with two endemic New Zealand species. Earina mucronata (left) is perhaps the most common and it has certainly earned the genus name Earina which means ‘vernal’ or ‘springtime’. During October to December the fresh forest air is interspersed with wafts of its strong scent. Look up and around to discover the hanging bunches of white/green flowers with yellow/orange labellum. Beyond the drooping, straplike leaves, there are clusters of densely-packed flowers, scarcely a centimetre across, on branching panicles about 20cm long. Perching orchids have developed three extraordinary survival mechanisms due to the need to conserve water high on the trunk of a tree, way out on a branch, or grasping the bare surface of a rock. The roots which encircle the host grab every nook and crevice to ensure the growing clump is securely attached. But to counter the extremes of such an exposed position the roots quickly develop a loose dead sheath called a velamen with perforations. When wet these sheaths absorb the water and retain it till the plant can store it in special cells. When leaves of other plants open their pores during the day to absorb carbon dioxide, they lose some water vapour in the process. Epiphytic orchids keep their pores shut during the day, opening at

night to absorb the CO2 and store it in special holding cells till required the next day to use in photosynthesis. The third curious habit of epiphytic orchids is that their pollen is not granular but clumped in viscous, sticky masses designed to stick to the head of the pollinating insect when it visits the flower, and then carries it to some other flower where the pollen adheres to the stigma to complete the pollination process. There are two other Earina species: E. aestivalis, a summer flowering form (pictured right) and, in autumn, E. autumnalis, a source of wonderful scent as it comes into full flower. The flower spikes of Earina mucronata are just beginning to form as I write this. By October they should be ready for the observant passer-by to enjoy. 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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weather by the moon

Ken Ring’s predictions for October October is likely to be wetter and cloudier than average, with slightly above average temperatures. The main rain phases will be around the 6th-14th, 19th-26th and 30th-31st, with heaviest falls around the 6th, 10th, 21st and 30th. The number of sunny days will equal cloudy days. The warmest days, from northerly wind systems, will be around the 7th, 17th-25th and 29th-31st. The coolest mornings will be the 17th and 29th. Maximums average 18-20°C and minimums 11-13°C. The barometer rises to a maximum of above 1030mbs around the 2nd-5th and drops to low figures on or near the 22th-25th, averaging 1017mbs for the month. Winds prevail from the westerly side on about 20 days. Most rain will be generated by winds from

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Anja says it was a natural progression to start making products from their growing efforts and with the success of the kawakawa ointment and kumarahou cough syrup, they were keen to create new recipes. However, finding Rongoa Maori practitioners willing to share their ideas with strangers was not so easy. Enter Joanne Hakaraia-Olson, who was introduced to native plants by her grandparents and as a child watched her father using herbal therapies on such things as rugby wounds. "Looking back now I realise I was being taught but it didn't really register with me at the time." She says not a lot of people passed on their knowledge of Rongoa Maori and it was 30 years before she got back into it, only to find many of the native medicines she uses in her own back garden. "There is korero (discussion) that whatever is growing around you is what you and your family need," she says. "If it's not in your back yard, it will be in the surrounding environment and, if there is a lot of it, it may well be something you require. "When the earth is damaged, the first plants that come up heal her and it's the same with us too," Jo says. Jo recently took a workshop on Rongoa Maori at Green Bay Primary for parents, pupils and other interested locals, leading them through the native garden and sharing the secrets of plants growing there – kowhai, karamu, five finger, manuka, kanuka, kawakawa, koromiko, hohere, kumarahou, titoki and others. It's left Anja and her green-fingered pupils with plenty to think about as they make plans to develop their range of products. Who knew that kopakopa balm was great for abrasions and wrinkles, that kowhai is good for bruising or that titoki has a role in stress relief? – Moira Kennedy

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live @ the lounge Hello. I am Worthington Chinlis-Overbight OBE but that's so very formal. Everyone calls me Worthy. I'm waiting here by the hedgerow to meet an acquaintance of my neighbour, Lizard, with a mind to sell him my much adored Silver Shadow Rolls Royce. This chappy is supposedly a famous Australian surfer. He goes by the dubious handle, Glassy. Whoops, you'll have to excuse me as I think this must be him approaching now, surely there can't be two fellows that have dishevelled mop-like hair and wear what can only be described as a rubber gimp suit. "Gidday cobber. Sorry I'm late but there was a mean ground swell. I only go out if it's double head, at least, and this was going off. So this is the Roly Poly?" "Good day to you too. I'm Worthington but please call me Worthy. Everyone does. Yes, this is the Double R. My haven of peace in a troubled world." I feign a smile. "No worries Bluey. We should take some photos of today and start a blog. Downer man. I've left my Go-Pro with me board back at Tubbie’s house. Let's jump in. You drive Worty." "That's Worthy. You appear to have dropped the h." "Yeah sorry 'bout that. I had a sick-as curry last night. Maybe wind down the windows for a bit. Narly seats Wortsy. These real hides?" "Well, Glassy, you'll be cocooned in the softest leather while admiring the polished walnut as you are wafting along with such dignity." "Hey Worty, could you pull the strap on me steamer? It's powerful hot. Thanks mate. Let's see what the old girl can do. Hey, do you know where we can score some free beer? I'm drier that a wallaby’s wizza." Hiding a slight grimace, I replied, "There is a cheerfully chilled bottle of bubbles in the cooler behind your seat."

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"Sick bro. Wow. This is one choice Royce Worty. Not mushy at all." "You will be surprised how discerning it is to drive. It's a subtle ride Glassy old chap. A silk gearbox and you will note the whispering purr of the V8 engine. I'll just get her to lift her petticoats to say, 80mph." "Brill bro. She pulls stronger than a rip during an off-shore. You ever surfed the pipe, Worto? Sweet, a glovebox. Woohoo. But these floor mat things are a bit shagged." "Yes, the wool carpets have gently mellowed. You will find where ever you go, Glassy, you bask in your own personal spot light. These cars often out-live their owners. She has not just been cared for, but rather, cosseted. I have waxed her silken flanks regularly. I'll just pull over here and you can inspect the boot." "Blimey! It's bigger than the mouth of the Murray. No need for board racks. Awesome. I'll take it." "Really? And how would you be transferring the funds? Through a government department or welfare account perchance?" "Easy on Worty. Cash bro. I've got the folding in me boardies. I'm guessing that's not too uncivilised?" "That would be perfect. You will be constantly rewarded by your decision I assure you, along with the pleasing certainty that you will feel better at the end of your journey than when you started." "Speaking of the journey’s end, I'll have to get you to jump out here and hitch back mate. You see, there's a break up north and the tide’s just right if I nail it. Just stick out your finger. Everyone’s cool round here in Kiwiland. Not like back home. There you'd have more chance of catching crabs than a lift. Stay tight Wortsey. Later dude." The last I saw of my beloved Rolls was her throwing up gravel as she roared into the distance. I'm not sure I'll ever quite fit in to this odd country. Still, I'm sure I'll find little to grumble about. Goodbye.

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