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Little Village glows with a big heart......................................... 4 A real little village..................................................................... 5 Saving the Sunday school......................................................... 6 Changes at French Bay............................................................. 7 Education, communication key to beach safety....................... 8 If in doubt, don’t go out......................................................... 10


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On our cover: Artwork by students from Oaklynn Special School in Mayville Road,

New Lynn. Art teacher Mark Cygan and a group of intermediate students used mixed media and collage to create these summer themed images. (More images are featured below and on pages 5, 7,18, and 28.) Thanks to all the staff and students – Riley-Gene Anthony, Alfred Mui, Ryan O’Keefe, Matthew Liang, Rhys Fleming, Haylee Thorpe, Moses Shaik, Danial Amani, Matthew Muller, Benjamin Lim, Alexander Symes and Khushru Mehta – who have given us such stunning art. www.oaklynn.school.nz.

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As part of Titirangi’s annual Glow festival on December 3, seven kilometres of fairy lights were switched on. The annual event attracted thousands of people and donations of cash, food parcels and Christmas gifts for three charities: Key Assets, Family Action and Refugees as Survivors. “The locals love it. We’re now in our third year and Glow gets bigger, better and brighter. It wouldn’t be a reality without our army of hard working local volunteers, fire fighters and super generous sponsors,” says organiser, Natasha Berman. Overall Glow attracted support from 74 funders including The Trusts Community Foundation (TTCF) and the Waitakere Ranges Local Board. The lighting installation was shared between local business Light & Pyro and the Titirangi volunteer fire fighters and took over 300 man hours on ladders to complete. Future plans include continuing to extend the kilometres of lighting throughout the rest of the village. “We dream of lighting up the four trees outside Lopdell House and have spoken with Council about that. It would be fantastic to expand the village ‘glow’ all around Lopdell Precinct including Deco Eatery and Te Uru.” The lighting displays will remain in place until the end of December. Photos by Michelle Bava.

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A real little village The Upstairs Gallery organised a threeday event during the last school holidays to construct a miniature village. This village was installed on the grass verge on the corner of Titirangi and South Titirangi Roads and illuminated on December 3 as part of Glow. The workshop attracted many children and their parents with each participant donating $5 which has been passed on to the three charities that benefit from the Bright Lights Little Village initiative. All the houses were constructed from recycled corflute real estate signs. Local businesses were also invited to be part of the display by sponsoring a building for $50.

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SAVING THE SUNDAY SCHOOL Built almost single-handedly by 'The Bricklaying Parson', the St Andrews Sunday School Hall on Margan Avenue is one of the finest examples of a public building constructed of bricks from the local brickworks. Now it needs a redeemer. Coming to the rescue is the New Lynn Protection Society (NLPS) – a band of 25 enthusiasts who are dedicated to preserving the brick and clay heritage of the New Lynn area, once home to 13 brickworks. They recently received an Auckland Heritage Unit grant of $12,000 to fund a conservation plan and structural report, which is the next step on the road to the hall’s restoration, following a Category II listing as a scheduled building in 2003. "It is one of the most prominent and beautiful examples of a brickbuilt public building in the area and I think will be more appreciated in the future, when it stands in contrast to the housing development on the site of New Lynn's last brickworks that will shortly border it on two sides. And the story behind it is just incredible", says Penny Laybourn, President of the NLPS. And it is indeed a story of biblical proportions, with the Reverend William Rankin showing the strength and resolve of a latter day Samson. Born in Glasgow in 1881, he worked as a builder before joining the Presbyterian Ministry and moving to New Zealand in 1914. In 1926 he came to the New Lynn parish of St Andrews, where he found the small church inadequate for his popular Sunday School. William began work on the Sunday School Hall in November 1928, and told the Auckland Star reporter, who found him up to his knees in mud digging foundations, "We are not rich out this way and if I don't build the place myself I don't see how we are going to get it." The Star

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Changes at French Bay Work has started on piling for a new deck at French Bay Yacht Club and, once funding is confirmed, it's hoped the project will be completed by winter and feature a cafe for use by club members and the public. The development has come about as the club, working with Coastguard, is looking for the best use of the space. Club Rear Commodore Matt Hall-Smith says Coastguard aims to bring a new boat onshore and place it on part of the reclaimed area alongside the club. "To compensate for the loss of some of the club's operational area, we're working with Coastguard and council to have the deck built out over the water. It will be for club use and will be a public access structure so it's an exciting phase for the community with locals being able to use it for meetings or special community events," he says. The club was founded in 1956 catering for and with a focus on family sailing. It operated from an old building where the present pump is now. The new clubhouse was built in 1961 and reclamation constructed where the first ramp is, all done by volunteer club labour. The club gifted the land back to the Harbour Board for public access. With its strong family emphasis, the club runs a number of 'learn to sail' courses for children and adults and also works with schools in Titirangi, Woodlands Park and Laingholm on Waterwise programmes. The club has a range of boats which can be used by entry-level sailors who don't need to invest in a boat in year one. Currently the club has 120 members but the target is 200. "It's not just for young people," says Matt. "We have people in their 60s wanting to learn to sail and a lot return to sailing later in life, having learned it years before. It's like riding a bike – you never forget how." There's plenty more to learn at the club too – learning safe boat handling, first aid and race management are all important roles for the benefit of boaties and non-boating locals alike. For more information on the club, hiring it as a venue and learning to sail and safety programmes visit www.frenchbay.org.nz.

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Education, communication key to beach safety Piha. Karekare. Bethells. Muriwai. They're all significant West Coast beaches with huge appeal to locals and tourists alike. They are also dangerous. Education is the key to surviving dangerous – even potentially fatal – situations with water safety information just as important as road safety information according to long-time Piha Surf Life Saving Club lifeguard and educator, Gary Turton. He's passionate about water safety but worries about a lack of beach education in a country with 14,000kms of coastline (the 10th longest coastline in the world) and even the most inland areas are no more than a few hours' drive from either the Tasman Sea or the Pacific Ocean. "One of my biggest safety concerns at Piha is a lack of education and that's something we can control. Piha's fairly well known for having rips (bodies of water moving out to sea) but we can't control those – that's mother nature," he says. "All West Coast beaches have rips to varying degrees, depending on conditions, and on a calm day you'll most likely not notice them. But they're still there. On heavier sea days they're much more visible. Often there's also the danger of inshore holes, and feeder currents. "So many visitors to our beach are new immigrants or tourists from landlocked countries. They may have experienced a lake, stream or even a coast that doesn't have prevailing seas like our west coast beaches and they'll walk into the water up to their knees," Gary says. "The same applies to locals. At Piha you only need to be up to 1 an 15/11/16 16:33 wave could come in your kneesFRINGEADLTD.pdf in the water and unpredictable and catch you, knock you over and be strong enough to take you out.

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‘If in doubt, don’t go out’ For many New Zealanders mucking about in boats is in their genes. Our myriad lakes, rivers, beaches and the sea are a magnet for those with a passion for sailing, fishing, leisure boating, swimming and just having family fun. But it's not all plain sailing which is why charities like Coastguard Northern Region maintain constant vigilance looking out for everyone using local waters, including the infamous Manukau bar. Large sandbars that build up at the entrance create pressure waves that change all the time and, with a 10-fold increase in usage of the harbour in recent years, Coastguard is constantly pushing education programmes including specialist courses like Raising the Bar. The Manukau bar is one of those pieces of water that, when it bites, it bites hard and may not give you a second chance, according to Coastguard Northern board member, Nigel Griffiths. "Things can happen so quickly on the bar and communications are key. We worry about the inexperienced and spend a lot of time targeting that market and running courses including boat handling, day skipper, power boating and hands-on practical experience. "A lot of boaties come from the east coast and they're all keen to go over the bar where the big fish are meant to be," he says. "We're running courses in different languages too and work through churches and community groups to deliver water safety knowledge and information," he says. "It's absolutely important to let someone know you're going out and when you expect to be home,” says Nigel. “Use the Coastguard Communication Centre to ensure they have you logged in for a bar crossing. They'll give you 30 minutes to get across it and if they can't

contact you after that time, they'll send out a rescue, either a boat or a plane to make sure nothing untoward has happened." He says it's not a race to get across the bar. "Take it easy. Take your time. Assess conditions and don't panic. If in doubt, don't go out. "Pick the weather, pick your day and prepare your boat and crew well. Do that and it can be a tremendous amount of fun out there.” – Moira Kennedy Coastguard Northern Region handles recreational marine radio calls on all West Coast harbours and bars from Kawhia to the Kaipara, and covers from Whangaroa to the Hauraki Gulf and Waitemata Harbour on the East Coast. Within the region there are 25 units with 28 rescue vessels ranging from fast response rigid inflatable boats to all-weather heavy response vessels. There are two air patrols and dedicated marine communication networks. The networks are run by nearly 1,000 volunteers from all walks of life and operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They answered 112,358 radio calls, responded to 1,971 calls for assistance on the water and brought 4,381 people home to safety last year. At the height of summer, Coastguard radio rooms take a call every 20 seconds.

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Selfless and determined Former Titirangi Village pharmacist Mike Carter has been given a Kiwibank Local Hero Award recognising a person whose selflessness and determination has made a difference in the community. Six hundred nominations were received throughout New Zealand and Mike has been accepted by the judges as one of the most outstanding New Zealanders to have made a positive difference to the lives of others. Mike (pictured left) and his wife Pam sold the Titirangi Pharmacy last year after 46 years in the business, and living in the area most of their lives. With their support of many community groups and local organisations, Mike was a highly respected member of his community, and was often referred to affectionately as the ‘Mayor of Titirangi’. Mike was diagnosed with cancer around Christmas time last year but won his battle

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Year seven teacher Andy McLarin of Green Bay Primary School has been named runner-up in the primary/intermediate school category in the New Zealand’s Most Inspiring Teachers campaign. Early orthodontic assessment Andy, who has been teaching for 35 years, says receiving recognition for his teaching is Dr Nitin Raniga a wise investment Orthodontist always nice – but the greatest prize is knowing he’s made a difference in a student’sDrlife. Nitin Raniga, local member of the New Zealand Association of BDSsays (Otago), (Otago), Orthodontists (NZAO), the best ageDCInDent for your child to see a specialist is as soon as you notice a problem. “If you’re concerned, “The thing with teaching is you can make a change in student’s lives and make an MOrth RSCEd, MRACDS (Orth) you definitely shouldn’t wait until your child has all their adult teeth, and you don’t need6 a referral from a dentist impact long term. I try to make a difference for them and I’ve had more successes than Exminster St, or dental therapist.” An orthodontist is a registered dentist who has gone on to complete an Blockhouse Bay education in specialist additional 2-3 years of fulltime postgraduate university failures, I think. orthodontics. All members of the NZAO are trained in the appropriate use of Auckland 0600 the full range of available orthodontic appliances, and undertake continual “There are always little things that keep you going. When there are titbits that trickle study and professional development to stay on top of the latest trends and Phone (09) 627 3555 improvements in orthodontic treatment. back that you’ve made a difference, that’s a real buzz.” Dr Raniga says early treatment by a specialist can reduce or occasionally nitin@aucklandortho.co.nz eliminate the need for more extensive treatment at a later age. “Orthodontists spend a great deal of their post graduate training studying facial growth and www.aucklandortho.co.nz Now in its sixth year the Most Inspiring Teachers campaign attracted the nomination development,” says Dr Raniga. There is less stigma around wearing braces of 1369 teachers from 812 schools and almost 7500 votes were cast to decide themuch 10 and orthodontic appliances, compared with what parents may recall from their winners. Andy was one of nine runners up. own childhood. “Teenagers will actually nag Mum and Dad for an appointment. Our children know the value of a beautiful, functional smile that will last them a lifetime, and they’re willing to put the work in now. If that’s not a wise investment, I don’t know what is.”

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A 40 Year Journey of Healing Through Art sale of his painting to a member of When artist Caroline Bensinger visited the Titirangi the public. Post Shop to use the colour photocopier, she “He was not your average street did not expect to start collaborating with store person – reasonably well-dressed, operator, Shri Bhave. clean. I think he’d been in the Shri spotted her artistic abilities straight away, army. I had no idea why he was suggesting that her art could be made into cards living on the street – I never found for sale. Many designs followed as the market out.” responded favourably. “People continue to come in Then, following what Caroline specifically to buy them,” Shri says. describes as a “bizarre series of Born in Aylesbury in England and raised in Canada, circumstances”, she ended up Caroline immigrated to New Zealand in the 1970s teaching art and patchwork and has been exhibiting in Auckland since 1978. to inmates at Mt Eden and Her initial plan was to go to Elam but the fees were Paremoremo prisons for three prohibitive so she trained as a teacher and taught years. at Kaurilands Primary and Green Bay High School. Caroline Bensinger: using art to connect. Initially the locked up Following a move to Titirangi, Caroline sought a change from teaching and started a dressmaking business, becoming environment was terrifying to her. “It was like walking into another world.” an accomplished sewer in the process. For five months at Paremoremo, one day a week, she painted But art was always her passion and she became a student of etcher, alongside former gang members who she recalls as “hulking guys in Rodney Fumpston and painter, Lois McIvor. For the next 20 years Caroline ran community art and patchwork tattoos. They were artistic, natural carvers.” By then Caroline wasn’t frightened and felt like she was totally night school classes at Green Bay and the old Community House on Rangiwai Road. At the request of her friend, Gillian Watkins, a meant to be there. “There weren’t a lot of stories, just a degree Methodist Minister, she began to teach the homeless one day every of trusting. I learnt not to pry – just hold the space. Art is great for communication.” week at a Methodist outreach centre. The prisoners produced five three feet by nine feet mural panels The art connected with some and there were some magic moments. Painting with one homeless man for three months culminated in the over five months as a gift for a Maori residential home for the disabled. After the art sessions ended, Caroline realised she wanted to help people more so, in her late forties, she went back to university to retrain as a Registered Psychotherapist at AUT. Caroline then went into private practice for 15 years treating a variety of clients and was also on placement at the Mason Clinic for two years. It was there that she benefited from the opportunity of being supervised by the clinic’s associate service director in charge of Maori cultural input, Charles Joe. “From the time I was at the prison, I always felt as if a korowai cloak was wrapped around me somehow, although I really didn’t understand that at the time. My training at AUT also had a big emphasis on cultural awareness.” While part of the community at the Mason Clinic, Caroline connected with many of her clients by using art therapeutically. Her first client didn’t speak at the beginning. She describes him as closed like a rock. But he drew and painted with her for seven years. When she finished they went back through the paintings. “It was like they were his children – he knew and articulated what they meant in such a poetic way. We could see the healing journey that he’d been on. I think the power of it is in the doing and what it means to the client,” she says. Caroline Bensinger has facilitated many healing journeys for others over the years through art and psychotherapy. Recently retired, she is reconnecting with her art. There is an exhibition in the pipeline and she is painting 12 new works – mandelas and oblong canvasses. “Where I am today is because of my whole life,” says Caroline. “Art has been a really powerful vehicle for me and the people I’ve worked with.” – Sarah Sparks


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Looking back – and a little forward Reflecting back on 2016, and the highlights of the arts scene in Waitakere, is a real joy – and to have been the author of this column, a privilege despite the rigor of monthly deadlines. Our heritage of arts and culture in the West goes back many decades and it is on this foundation that the current richness of our arts communities and institutions has been built. I was reminded at Te Uru’s recent celebration of 30 years since the opening of Lopdell House as an arts centre, that it was the Titirangi Community Arts Council that first lobbied for the historic building to become an arts and cultural hub. The newly formed Lopdell House Society (now Te Uru) took it from there and, on a sunny November

Dignitaries and members of the public at the official opening of Lopdell House in November 1986.

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day in 1986, Titirangi Road was closed and the opening, officiated by Governor General Sir Paul Reeves and hosted by Mayor Tim Shadbolt, spilt out across the tarmac and the community poured into Lopdell House to marvel at its transformation into a gallery, restaurants and community rooms. The early years saw a focus on the craft legacy of the area: ceramics, weaving and craft or object art. Under a series of curators the gallery survived and grew in stature to the point where a transformation was needed Cora-Allan Wickliffe, the new to meet contemporary Exhibitions Manager at Corban Estate. standards for major arts institutions. And so we have Te Uru, which in its first two years has exceeded all expectations in terms of quality exhibitions, programmes and visitor numbers. A recent highlight has been the John Parker retrospective while the current Portage Ceramics Awards (on until February 5) continues that tradition of celebrating the clay and craft of the early days of Lopdell House. Linking with the 10th anniversary of the McCahon House Museum and Residency Programme, Te Uru is now showing A Table of One’s Own: the creative life of Anne McCahon. This extraordinary show reveals, for the first time, the work of a talented artist who willingly put her artistic life on hold to support her husband Colin McCahon. This was not unusual in her time and serves to focus on the many talented women artists written out of New Zealand art history. At the exhibition’s opening, her daughter Victoria Carr spoke movingly of a woman who raised a family and supported her husband with grace and without bitterness. This exhibition also continues until February and deserves time for quiet contemplation and perhaps some nostalgia. Diane Blomfield, Executive Director of the McCahon House Trust for the past four years, is bringing her time with this project to an end in December before moving on to new challenges. Her tenure with the trust has seen both the museum and the residency programme increase its profile and deepen its reach. Among her many achievements she has completed the development of an international artist residency project which will be inaugurated in late 2017. This is in addition to the three residencies each year which have seen nearly 30 artists spend time in French Bay focussing on their art practice without distraction and with full support. The Corban Estate Arts Centre (CEAC) has had another successful year. Fine exhibitions under curator Kathryn Tsui, who has recently left Auckland for the Coromandel, have cemented the reputation of its three galleries across Auckland. CEAC is pleased to announce that it has a new Curator and Exhibitions Manager joining the team in December. Cora-Allan Wickliffe is a multidisciplinary artist of Maori and Niue descent (Ngāpuhi / Tainui and Alofi / Liku) who is originally from Waitakere. She is joining the team from the prestigious Walter advertise with the fringe & reach 70,000+ readers

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Phillips Art Gallery at the Banff Centre in Canada where she has been working for the last two years. The more hidden work on the Corban Estate centres on a hugely successful education programme which, this year, brought over 6,000 school pupils in for programmes designed to inspire not just creative activity but transferable creative skills in thinking and attitude. Kakano is expanding its creative hub for teenagers who have not succeeded in the public school system and have come to the attention of CYFS or the courts while Mixit continues to engage refugee youth in performance projects that create connections with their new country and culture. All this goes on unseen to the casual visitor, as does development work by Atamira, Red Leap and other performance companies requiring large, semi-industrial rehearsal spaces. The CEAC board supports this ongoing work and is actively looking to the future to define what further facilities may be needed to maintain a strong cultural hub for the local and wider community. The summer’s highlight is the CEAC Summer School which draws people from all over the country for five days of intensive arts workshops (January 16 – 20). Professional tutors ensure quality teaching and a family atmosphere emerges each year in the idyllic surroundings of the estate. Places in some courses are still available. For interested observers there is a visitor open afternoon on January 19, 2-4.30pm. Other arts organisations in the West have also thrived. The Upstairs Gallery continues with a programme of excellent exhibitions that show real creative thinking and help emerging artists in the community gain a foothold in this highly competitive sector. They can feel proud of their legacy which goes back to the very beginning of the Lopdell House story. Whau Arts Broker Melissa Laing has been the conduit for an ongoing renaissance of arts activity in the Avondale and New Lynn areas. This had clearly been bubbling away for some time but the added component of dedicated time and energy and seed funding from the Whau Local Board has been a catalyst for some inspiring projects. Likewise, Finn McCahon-Jones has developed a programme at Te Toi Uku – Clay Works in Ambrico Place, New Lynn. This is where all

things 'Crown Lynn' are celebrated through a superb collection of ceramics, machinery and ephemera. The down-draft kiln beside the museum, the last of the many that dotted the landscape in the clay industry decades, is worth a trip in its own right. You may have participated in the Auckland Festival of Ceramics over November. This concludes on December 4 of with the Big Clay Day Out at Auckland Studio Potters in Onehunga, the culmination of the great programme curated by locals Robyn Mason and Suzi Dünser. A review of the year can't be completed without a brief mention of the Titirangi Festival of Music and Going West Books & Writers Festival, both delivered with style and panache as always. The newest event, which must surely become an annual occasion, was the West Auckland Heritage Conference. The large turnout for this great day reaffirms the love we all have for true stories told with love and passion.

Theatre artist Kate Parker, best known for her work founding and co-directing Red Leap Theatre, is the 2016 Auckland Council Regional Parks Artist in Residence. She is pictured near her Anawhata base where she will spend eight weeks living and working. Kate will explore sculpture and storytelling and will play with outlines and layers, shadows and light, to create a new exhibition featuring miniature paper worlds. An exhibition of her residency work will open on December 19 at Arataki Visitor Centre, 300 Scenic Drive, Titirangi.


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Leonard’s visceral clay forms that characterise her experience of chronic pain; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w – 11, like a little sphere of soapsud drifting ... contemporary ceramics by Harriet Stockman and Kelsey Stankovich; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w – 11, Site Unseen, a collection of Outsider Art objects brought together by Sue and Peter Daly-Hughes, on public display for the first time; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w – January 29 The Anniversary Show: 30 years later; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w – February 5, The Portage Ceramic Awards; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w – February 12, The Creative Life of Anne McCahon; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w 2, Carols with Salvation Army Band and Arahoe School Kapahaka group. With Craft Market and sausage BBQ; West Lynn Garden, 73 Parker Road, New Lynn; Gold coin entry. Phone Marguerite Durling 827 7045. w 3, Tell the Christmas Story, a walk-through interactive display for adults and children of all ages; St

Francis Church, corner Park and Titirangi Beach Roads; 11am-3pm; Free. Phone Donna 817 5412. w 3 – January 8, Gallery artists cash and carry, Off The Wall; West Coast Gallery, Seaview Road, Piha; Seven days, 10-5pm; Phone 818 2029, www.westcoastgallery.co.nz. w 4, Waikumete Cemetery Walks – Tragedy, Misery and Murder; Meet on Kowhai Road near Roman Catholic Division C; 10am-12pm and 4pm-6pm; Gold coin donation. Suitable shoes, drink and weather protection required. More information on Facebook: Friends of Waikumete. Phone Ruth 818 4352. w 4, 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: The Intouchables (M), from France; Lopdell House Theatre; 7.30pm; Tickets $14 (door sales only). Phone 818 2489 or visit http://www.flickscinema. weebly.com/. w 8, Flicks Cinema: Lyrical Visions, 10 films (not suitable for younger audiences) based on poetry and introduced by some of the film makers; Lopdell House Theatre; 7.30pm; Tickets $14 from Titirangi Pharmacy and on door. Phone 818 2489 or visit http://www.flickscinema.weebly. com/. w 9, Flicks Cinema: Operation Avalanche (M), a new release from USA; Lopdell House Theatre; 10.30am ($12/$10, door sales only) and 8.15pm ($14 from Titirangi Pharmacy and on door). Phone 818 2489 or visit http:// www.flickscinema.weebly.com/. w 10, Lions Club of New Lynn Book sale; 3063 Great North, New Lynn; 9am-4pm. w 10, Children’s Christmas Charity Benefit, putting the magic back into Christmas. Markets, food, and 10 bands

including Herbs unplugged, Kara Gordon, Telling Tales and more with MC Malcolm Foster from the Pretenders and Simple Minds. Organised by children’s Charity BROCCAAB; Corban’s Estate Arts Centre; 11am-11pm. Phone Julz Lee 021 104 9304, email director@bro-ccaab.co.nz or visit www.bro-ccaab.co.nz w 10, Twilight Christmas Market with artisan stallholders offering a diverse range of gifts, crafts and fine foods and a selection of Christmas short films in the theatre; Lopdell House, 420 Titirangi Road, Titirangi; 5-9pm. Phone Laura Peters (09) 267 0180 or email laura. peters@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz. w 10, Titirangi Folk Music Club Concert with guest artists Conor and Swigger, 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, 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 11, Craft fair with gifts, tea and coffee, food; West Lynn Garden & Butterfly House, 73 Parker Avenue, New Lynn; 10am-3pm. Phone Mary 834 6870. w 16, 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 814 8897 or Margaret 818 1434. w 16 – February 12, Additions, an unconventional jewellery showcase featuring the work of 10 local artists; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w 16 – February 12, B is for BFN, an examination of language and identity by Serene Timoteo; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455.

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West Lynn Garden & Butterfly House, 73 Parker Avenue, New Lynn; 10am-3pm. Phone Mary 834 6870. w January 14 – February 12, Paintings by Stefanie Kroeger and glasswork by Sofia Athineou; West Coast Gallery, Seaview Road, Piha; Open seven days, 10am-5pm. Phone 818 2029, www.westcoastgallery.co.nz. w January 24, Titirangi U3A with a range of activities including study groups, discussions, speakers and more; Green Bay Life Church, 14 Vardon Road, Green Bay; 1.30pm. Contact maggie.u3a.titirangi@gmail.com. w February 8 and 15, Business Development Workshop with West Means Business; Lopdell House Seminar Room, Level 1, 418 Titirangi Road; 9.30-11.30am; Free. Phone 837 1471 or email wmb@west.org.nz to register. w February 21, SeniorNet West Auckland monthly meeting; Kelston Community Centre, corner of Awaroa and Great North Roads; 10am; $2.00 Phone 837 7600 or 827 2336. There is so much happening in and around our community, including many weekly events, that we can’t fit everything into these listings. To find out more about whatever you are interested in, from Air Scouts to yoga and almost everything in between, visit:



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• Corban Estate Arts Centre, 426 Great North Road, Henderson, 10am–4.30pm daily. 838 4455. • Kelston Community Centre, corner of Awaroa and Great North Roads, Kelston. • McCahon House Museum, 67 Otitori Bay Rd; 1-4pm, Wednesday – Sunday, except public holidays. Outside these hours by appointment. 817 6148 or mccahon@mccahonhouse.org.nz. • Playhouse Theatre, 15 Glendale Road, Glen Eden. 818 5751. • 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, Open seven days, 10am–5pm. 812 8029. www.westcoastgallery.co.nz.

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Titirangi’s own cinema, Flicks, run by film-maker Robin Kewell, screened 55 films in 2016, including nine fund-raising events for schools and organisations, holiday programmes with Lopdell Precinct, the Weird and Wonderful Film Festival, films from The Mountain Film Festival and tribute film nights for David Bowie and Prince. Flicks’ regular fortnightly screenings included many new release feature films. Before Flicks takes a break for the holiday period they have three more film nights lined up. On December 7 there is a screening of The Intouchables, on the 8th comes Lyrical Visions, an evening of films based on poetry and on the 9th a new release Operation Avalanche will be presented. “The great thing about this year is that we’ve had such a wide range of the local community coming to see films. Not only do we put on the evening screenings but we now have a regular group coming to our morning shows, where they get coffee or tea and biscuits included in their entry fee,” says Robin who took over Flicks from Catherine Davidson who set it up nine years ago. Robin is grateful to all the local businesses who have helped promote and support the film nights including Titirangi Pharmacy, Jackie Ostrowski from Barfoot & Thompson and Jolie Hutchings curator of Lopdell Precinc She was the driving force behind getting the theatre equipped with the latest projection and sound system and was responsible for several free entry events for the community during 2016. Dates are already locked in for the 2017 film nights with another film festival planned and more free community film events. For details go to www.flickscinema.weebly.com.

At the Library There are lots of activities happening at Titirangi Library over the festive season. Registrations for the Kia Maia Te Whai – Dare to Explore summer reading programme open on Monday, December 12. You can register on the library website and then pop in to the library to pick up your booklet. This is a great way to keep the children reading over the long summer break. The library is also planning lots of cool things for children over the holidays – make a family wish jar, a mini book a colourful kete or some slippery slime. Pick up a brochure from the library for dates and details. In addition, the annual Christmas pyjama story time (with a special mystery guest) will happen on Thursday, December 15 at 6pm. For more information on events and programmes run by both Titirangi and Glen Eden libraries, visit the events page at www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz or check out Facebook.com/ TitirangiLibrary or Facebook.com/GlenEdenLibrary.


Arts, Crafts, Trips, Games, Fun, Learning and Outdoor Activities. 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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on stage As another busy and successful year draws to a close, Titirangi Theatre eagerly anticipates an equally exciting 2017. First up is The Vicar of Dibley, to be directed by Lindsay Nash. More on this later. A strong drama, Skylight by David Hare follows, directed by Duncan Milne, who did such a fine job this year with Messiah on the Frigidaire. The Theatre’s third show is “a smart, funny, bittersweet Australian play”, Birthrights by David Williamson, directed by Sian Davis and the year is rounded off by Shakespeare’s delicious comedy, Twelfth Night, to be directed by Liz Watkinson. Who could forget her version of Little Gem? A year to look forward to indeed. (Note: all plays are subject to rights, as the licences have been granted but not received at time of writing. It’s also worth noting that payment for performing rights for The Vicar of Dibley go to a UK charity called Comic Relief.) But let’s start at the beginning. The Vicar of Dibley, adapted by Ian Gower and Paul Carpenter, contains all the favourite characters from the popular TV series. Alice, Hugo, Owen, Jim, David and of course Geraldine will be onstage to create an evening of laughs.

When the ancient vicar of Dibley dies suddenly, the parishioners are surprised to find that the Bishop has appointed a woman in his place. Geraldine battles to win over the sceptical parish council, and celebrate the wedding of Alice and Hugo. Auditions will be held in the theatre in Lopdell House at 1.30pm on Sunday, December 11. If you can’t make it, come to a read-through of the play to be held at 7.30pm on Monday, December 4 in the Treasure House in Lopdell House carpark. The cast required includes Geraldine Granger – 40-50+, outgoing, vivacious, fun-loving; caring of her flock; David Horton – 50+, chairman, traditionalist, domineering; Hugo Horton – David’s son, 25+, dim witted, but sweet and naïve, loves Alice; Alice Tinker – 30+, rather dim and dizzy, crush on Hugo; Frank Pickle – 30 -50, timid and pedantic parish secretary; Letitia Copley – 40-60+, eccentric, wild unnatural cooking could poison the lot; and Owen Newall – 50+, amorous, blasphemous old farmer. (Note: ages are flexible) For bookings and information about the theatre and upcoming productions visit titirangitheatre.co.nz – Phoebe Falconer

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Christmas trees and lights A real Christmas tree requires care. Treat it as you would a house plant by making sure it gets lots of water. • If your tree becomes dry and starts shedding needles you should remove it from the house. Don't take the risk. • Check your artificial tree is made from flame resistant materials. • Lights should never be used on artificial trees with metal frames. • Tree ornaments should be flame resistant. • Check the lights carefully before placing them on the tree. If any of the wires are frayed or broken, throw them out and buy a new set of lights. Test the lights before you place on the tree. • Never leave lights on overnight or when leaving the house. • Never use candles near the Christmas tree or as tree decorations. Outdoor Fires Auckland council has rules around lighting outdoor fires to manage fire risk and air pollution. Visit www.aucklandcouncil.govt. nz and search for outdoor fires. If in doubt, don’t light a fire. Have a safe and enjoyable summer period! For further fire safety advice contact Station Officer Dave Smith on 027 487 4129 or email dave.smith@fire.org.nz. – Firefighter Jeffrey Griffiths

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On a journey of musical exploration Caro met her partner Carolina Moon’s singing career began in the Roger Mannins around ’80s in a band called Dead On Arrival but this time, and the couple not the American hard core punk band of eventually moved to that name (although, with her versatility New Zealand with their across many musical genres it wouldn’t be daughter Milli. “The a surprise). Caro’s Dead On Arrival was a Shephardic repertoire New Wave outfit from the North of England. became the focus of “Surprisingly we got a John Peel session and my Masters project in it just went from there,” she says. New Zealand. I received The chanteuse is now a local of Parau but it funding from Creative New did take her a while to get there. “I did a music Zealand to record my CD course in Liverpool and auditioned for the jazz Mother Tongue in 2011. course at the Guildhall in London. I was given We toured it nationally – a place, moved to London, was awarded a Carolina Moon’s medieval group with virtuoso Nigel Gavin on WOMAD was definitely a scholarship and then met my singing teacher guitar and Roger Manins on saxophone. who changed my life. The work was very deep, and artistically I highlight – and we’ve toured in Australia and New Caledonia.” Caro is currently delving into various aspects of medieval music flourished – there were many influences coming in from every and says “I’ve fallen in love with some 15th century pieces – some of direction – and spiritually it was a very connected time too.” Describing herself as a musical explorer, Caro says “it’s totally which I can’t sing the way I want to sing them yet, so I’m searching my passion and if I don’t do it, I get depressed.” She lists her early really for the placement, tone and ease of production that I need to influences as Kate Bush, Led Zeppelin, XTC, Peter Hamill and van der deliver them. It’s fascinating how the different styles of music all sit Graaf Generator. “Then I got into jazz with Billie Holiday, Miles Davis in your body and your sense-being in such different ways, and they and European contemporary music – Jan Garbarek, Egberto Gismonti require such different approaches in order to approach the pieces – if and Ralph Towner. I toured with John Taylor and Norma Winstone you know what I mean.” La Luna and the Gadjos is Caro’s French gypsy jazz project. With and the Guildhall Big Band which was one of the most inspiring things I’ve ever done. We performed the music of John Taylor and the recent addition of a couple of new members Caro says the band Kenny Wheeler – the writing was just beautiful, and the textures from is working up their set. “Roger’s on tenor sax and adds some New the big band were stunning. Norma has been a big influence on my Orleans into the mix and we have a honking good time. It’s coming jazz style which has always had a European edge, and that aesthetic on really well, they’re a great bunch of guys, and what’s special about this is it’s about the music, the style and virtuosity whilst letting your permeates my work.” A move to Sydney followed Carolina’s formative years in the UK hair down and having fun – all in a slightly anarchic way.” Whilst Caro says she is looking forward to a rest sometime soon, and once settled ‘down under’ she wrote and produced her first CD. She also began learning North Indian classical music. “I won a she has several gigs lined up for the summer. Look out for her and La scholarship to study raga in Mumbai for three months in 2002. Soon Luna at the Taste of Auckland Festival on November 19, The Nelson after I went to Sydney University and did some courses in Medieval Jazz Festival in January and The Luminate Festival in February. For more info visit www.caromanins.com or https://www.facebook. music where I fell in love with the repertoire and have been singing com/caromanins. mainly Spanish and Sephardic music ever since.”

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A Christmas miscellany Cabbage trees, Captain Cook called them, our iconic Cordyline Australis. They’re in full bloom now, and if their early blooming heralds a long hot summer, let’s think about wine for sipping on the deck, and at Christmas too. There will be bubbly of course. Top wine in the New World under $25 tasting was Brancott Estate ($11), a wine I’ve yet to try. It’s described as “gently yeasty and vivacious” and at that price is very tempting. The old favourite Lindauer Rosé ($10) will go well though, for a special treat, try Nautilus (about $40), crisp, intense, and long, everything a bottle fermented sparkling wine should be. If, like us, you prefer tropical, passionfruit flavours in your sauvignon blanc, look for Wairau Valley on the label. If it’s a more mineral, herbaceous style you prefer, look for Awatere, though there is sometimes an overlap in characteristics, and companies have sites in several localities including the Waihopai Valley. Brancott Estate still has the punch of its famous ancestor, Montana Sauvignon Blanc and is fine value at $11. My thoughts still tingle at the memory of a Seresin Marlborough organic Sauvignon Blanc (about $30), zesty, complex and harmonious with a long finish. Pinot gris continues to grow in style and appeal. At Kumeu River winery recently, under guidance of matriarch Melba Brajkovich, I enjoyed the Kumeu Village Pinot Gris ($15), plenty of body, a touch of tropical fruit with gentle acid sustaining the dryish finish. Top pinot gris in the New World line-up was the Thornbury ($11), again a nicely weighted mouth feel, with a hint of spice in the mid-palate. I was interested to see that the trophy winning chardonnay in the Air New Zealand awards was my old favourite, the big O from Brancott, not now from Ormond in Gisborne but Omaka in Marlborough. It’s still a beautiful oatmealy mouthful, marvellous with chicken or even roast lamb at Christmas. We’ll be drinking the champion New World chardonnay, the Clearview Estate Beachhead Hawkes Bay ($24). I’ve tasted Tim Turvey’s blockbusting style in the Clearview Reserve (about $40) and this baby brother promises to have something of the same grunty, vibrant character. I’m enjoying Gumtree Creek 2015 Shiraz ($11) from south-eastern Australia. It has a deep crimson appearance, with a slightly berry fruit


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Waitakere Walks explores the Ranges The stunning Waitakere Ranges The informal group aims to get with its hundreds of tracks and out at least once a week throughout walkways is often taken for granted the summer, although there may be but Waitakere Walks wants to take additional spontaneous walks at any you walking on all of them. time. It’s a great way to get fit, make Daniel Berry and Chris Yong new friends and enjoy the stunning started the group around three scenery we live so close to. years ago, although they have been All information about upcoming walking in the ranges for far longer. walks, as well as photographs “I’ve been walking for around five and videos taken while out and or six years and started the group about, can be found on the group’s about three years ago to encourage Facebook page: www.facebook. more people to get out and enjoy com/groups/815355401827638/. the stunning scenery.” says Daniel – George Shiers Looking down at O’Neills beach. Photo by Rachel Donaldson. Berry. Waitakere Walks is completely public and anyone is welcome to Trees of Remembrance join. You do not need to be super fit to take part. The group is easy Hospice West Auckland is again teaming up with retailer going and won’t leave anyone behind. Recent walks include a trail at Farmers, national partner of Hospice New Zealand, for the Te Henga and the Goldies Bush walk. annual Trees of Remembrance fundraising campaign at Farmers Occasionally, there will be a barbeque and drinks at the end to stores throughout West Auckland. relax after the hike. In exchange for a donation, shoppers will be given a Future plans for the group include initiatives to get physically remembrance card to write a personal message on before it is disabled people and those with mental health issues out to places placed on the in-store Remembrance Tree. Funds raised ensure they wouldn’t usually be able to go, as well as getting more people hospice care and support for those with life limiting illnesses to join in on the regular walks. continues to be provided at no cost to patients and their families. “It will be great to get the community more involved in our walks,” The Christmas trees can be found in all West Auckland Farmers says Daniel. stores, and in shopping malls and precincts around West Auckland from 21 November until Christmas Eve.

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Leptospermum through the ages When Captain Cook, Joseph Banks on wetter or impoverished soils while and Daniel Carl Solander arrived kanuka thrives on drier hillsides. in Poverty Bay on October 7, 1769 They can be identified in several they found a world of plants and ways. birds unlike any they had seen Manuka is predominantly spring before. flowering although it has a secondary It was springtime and they were flowering in late summer. Its white able to go ashore and collect the flowers, some with a tinge of pink, are herbs Cook wanted to feed to his 1 – 2.5cm in diameter and they develop crew to prevent scurvy. Prominent into hard, durable seed capsules more among the plants were two very than half a centimetre in diameter. Its similar looking species, one leaves, normally quite sharp-pointed, flowering, the other not, that they are between 0.5 and 2 cm long and no doubt recognised as belonging to 0.5cm or more wide. The grey/red/ the Myrtaceae family, but they were brown bark is normally ‘tatty’ and peels then unknown and unnamed. off in short scruffy pieces, and the Dr Daniel Carl Solander was a wood when cut can be distinctly red Swede who had studied under giving the early European name of “red Linnaeus, the world’s pre-eminent tea tree”. Manuka can grow to five or botanist, before taken a position at six metres tall, is seldom more than the British Museum. When invited 10cm in diameter and typically lives for by Banks to join the expedition to 40 or 50 years. the Southern Hemisphere to observe Kanuka is different in almost the transit of Venus, he accepted all aspects but until you learn the subject to having three artists (all of differences they can be hard to whom died on the voyage) to record Leptospermum scoparium (manuka) in bloom. determine. Continued on page 30 >> the places and plants as they were discovered. The hundreds of plants and accompanying sketches and paintings collected by Banks and Solander were taken safely to England where they were redrawn, described and named in a manuscript entitled Primitiae Florae Novae Zelandiae. There they languished, unpublished, due to a wrangle between Banks, the Admiralty and the Treasury. Had it been published as intended the names of Banks and Solander would have been conferred on the more than 350 new species they collected. Later botanists, such as the Forsters (father WITH THESE GREAT DEALSGREAT DEALS WITH THESE and son) on Cook’s second voyage, had their own frustrations with British authorities, but they got the honour of publishing names MASPORT MASPORT MASPORT MASPORT 1000 ST 5000 AL 1000 ST 5000 AL for the plants they collected including the names of Leptospermum NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW $ $ scoparium (manuka) and Leptospermum ericoides (kanuka). $ $ SAVE $50 $50 SAVE $100 $100 SAVE $50 SAVE $100 SAVE SAVE Manuka and kanuka have generally been treated as one species, with most people not recognising the differences, or the importance  of knowing which habitat each species prefers. Manuka is generally






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Kanuka’s white flowers bring a white Christmas to New Zealand. The flowers are considerably smaller than manuka flowers, never much more than 1 cm in diameter, and their capsules are also smaller, less than half a centimetre in diameter. Kanuka has soft, not sharp leaves, that tend to be narrower relative to their length than manuka leaves, seldom being more than 3mm wide to a length that may vary from 1 – 3 cm. Kanuka bark is more of a silvery grey colour and tends to peel off the tree in long slender strips. The colonial name “white tea tree” refers to the colour of the wood, not the flower. With so many differences it was decided in 1983 that kanuka better fits the Australian genus of Kunzea than Leptospermum to which the Forsters attributed it. The species name of ericoides was retained and other than a low growing form on Great Barrier Island, all kanuka in New Zealand were known as Kunzea ericoides. Then, in 2014, Auckland-based Department of Conservation botanist Peter de Lange redefined New Zealand Kunzea by creating a total of 10 species including Kunzea ericoides which is confined to where the Forsters saw and described it in northwest Nelson. The Waitakere form has been named Kunzea robusta and is the largest growing form reaching a height of up to 30 metres and a trunk diameter of one metre. They can live for around 150 years. Generally the best identifying characteristic is the capsule as manuka flowers while very young and the developed capsules can remain prominently on the branches for many years before opening to release their seed. Kanuka’s smaller capsules generally open in the autumn following flowering, and frequently drop off the branch within a few months, so by spring it can be difficult to find a capsule on some trees. Just to complicate the story early botanists recognised that Leptospermum scoparium includes “a myriad of varieties” and “multitudinous forms imperfectly known”. With modern DNA techniques it is now possible to determine more accurately whether or not there should be several new species of manuka created out

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of the existing Leptospermum scoparium. Some animal and insect species have evolved to live their lives on just one form of manuka, and never adjust to moving onto a differing form which may grow adjacent to their preferred host tree. Such speciation may be for a number of reasons, but with the influence of modern man, these specialist insects are at great risk of being driven to extinction. One rapidly developing situation could see the increasing numbers of introduced honeybees lead to the decline of many endemic native species. Man’s determination to maximise profits by overloading an environment with increasing numbers of hives can only be to the detriment of the native biota. Precious resources essential for native species such as insects and bats which rely on a limited range of plants, will be depleted by the thousands upon thousands of foraging bees, efficiently collecting pollen and nectar in vast quantities. Having been part of a balanced ecosystem for millions of years, the native species could be exterminated in a matter of years. Many of these insects have not been discovered yet, let alone identified and named. Many bee-keepers are planting extensive areas of manuka to provide still more habitat for bees, yet we don’t know the differences among the “multitudinous forms” to even attempt to match the habitat with the form. All the apiarist wants is maximum production and chooses his manuka plants on the assumption that a known form produces more of the active ingredient that his customers are wanting. It may be good business but it is not good for the environment. 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 became 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. Geoff and Bev are now starting to wind down the nursery operation. The plan is to start reducing staff and opening hours as existing stock is sold off. There is still plenty to choose from and forward orders can also be considered for some plant material. Core staff are still keen to continue the work they love, so if there is anyone out there prepared to consider taking over the nursery, Geoff and Bev are open to discussion. Geoff and Bev have been providing The Fringe’s Growing West column since June 2009 but this month’s column will be the last. We would like to thank them for their support and contributions over the years and wish them all the best with their future ventures. www.oratianatives.co.nz.

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Yeah, Gidday and I trust Yuletides be high. I hitched into New Lynn the other morning to buy Shaz a CD for Christmas. You have to time your hitch well. Go too early and people are not stopping for fear of picking up the slow-talking scruffs off to score a Scrumpy. Leave it too late and they worry you're a speedtalking preachy nutter back from a methadone run. It turned out I had left my run 40 years too late because I had just discovered Creedence Clearwater Revival, tragically in a time when record shops don't exist. I was given directions to what I always thought was an appliance store only to be served by a kid who thought CCR was a video player. I found the record shelf between the huge array of cellphone covers and the Pokemon department and chose a Best of Creedence CD. By now it was mid morning and my malt levels were getting low so I popped into a licensed cafe and ordered a glass of beer. Twelve bloody dollars! I nearly choked but sculled the glass and refused to pay for it. The bar girl with earlobes like uncooked doughnuts pointed out that I had consumed a craft beer from a micro-brewery called 'Old Mans Lumps'. It was hand-crafted by exclusively left-handed Persian automotive electricians who, upon arriving in the shaky isles, changed professions and purchased a block of land behind the Park’n’Sell in Glen Eden to put down a crop of hops last July. I stormed out, sober, and stuck out my thumb. Immediately a brand new Holden Commodore wagon pulled up. The bloke driving was a freedom camper from Hamburg who had just hired the station wagon to visit a friend before making himself comfy on one of our, as he put it, up-tight beaches. I recommended Cheltenham or Mission Bay, assuring him he'd get a warm welcome at either. We shot up Titirangi Road. I was impressed by the radio and asked if I could turn him on to some CCR grooves. Check this. No CD player. We had Blue-tooth hands-off auxiliary everything but no CD slot. The German said he could burn it onto a stick at his mates but I had tried 'Thai Buddha' years ago and it made me paranoid. We arrived at a house that looked like the architect had run off in a huff and left the baker to finish the icing.

Inside was a French girl, sitting cross-legged in the lounge on a yoga mat, wearing strange headphones while shooting soldiers on a giant plasma screen with a joystick. My driver and this chick began kissing each other all over the face, then disappeared down the hallway. I stood there aimlessly for a bit until a bearded chap came out of the dunny. We awkwardly exchanged pleasantries and I found out he really dug Creedence and could make me a memory stick on his laptop. We had a cuppa, by which time the stick was ready and he tried it out on his smart phone. This had a wireless connection to a strange black sausage-shaped device sitting on the kitchen bench that turned out to be a speaker. I thought it was an object his wife might usually hide in a bedside drawer and was a little embarrassed looking at it. The sound quality was as if I was listening to a ukulele recital through the wall of a country hall, holding a glass to my ear. John Fogerty would have torn open the domes on his Levis shirt. Still, he was an alright bloke and he, the foreign couple and I jumped into the Holden and drove to my place. It was then I realised I'd left the CD at his so he burned me a new one which I immediately bunged into my '70s Kenwood component system. It blew them away. “What is that?” they asked. That, my friends, is a classic, to which I've added a Technics amp with a standard graphic equaliser, powering four, three-foot quad speakers in original wooden cabinets and the best quality speaker wires of course which I swapped for a 'Magic Bullet' food thingy, in almost new condition, five years ago. I brought out some beers and we sat around drinking and singing. Shaz organised a chocolate fountain for grub and a good time was had by all. Tomorrow I might take them rabbit shooting with my .22. No virtual games for me. Merry Christmas everyone. Why not spin a few LPs over the break? Frank’s Moon River is always in style. Or a bit of Andy Williams. Failing that, any Bad Brains album. Try to handle your piss and watch out for the cops. See ya later, Lizard.

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