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ISSUE 158, APRIL 2017

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A Railway on Exhibition Drive?................................................. 4 Westie dolphins face perfect storm for extinction................... 5 Great shopping at hospice shop near you................................ 6 All was going well until the slug came along!.......................... 7


Art and about with Naomi McCleary.....................................8-9 Kids activities, street food and live music at EcoDay 2017.... 11 Places to go: Events listing................................................12-13 Bandstanding: ‘Musicians are smart’..................................... 14 On stage: news from our local theatres; Have your say on Te Whau path............................................. 16


Dancing for joy....................................................................... 17 Words on Wine with Lindsay Nash......................................... 18 Demand for healthy living; Getting healthy for winter.....19-20 Time to think of heating options............................................ 21 Live @ the lounge.................................................................. 22


Advertisers directory.............................................................. 23 On our cover: Janine Boaz (left) and Michelle Rocard looking absolutely fabulous after a spot of shopping at Hospice West Auckland’s new store in Glen Eden. See page 6 for more information. Photo by Silena Griffin.


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Fiona Drummond’s history of Exhibition Drive Exhibition Drive: 100 years of making the grade, published by Friends of Arataki, was launched 12 months ago. With the Drive back in the news and new ideas for its future development being floated (see page 4), Fiona has offered a copy of her book to one lucky reader of The Fringe. Fiona lives in one of the handful of houses on the Drive and as a member of the West Auckland Historical Society, has scoured thousands of records to compile her 215-page book. Exhibition Drive opened on January 24, 1914 (25 years before Scenic Drive was built) and is now popular with walkers, runners and cyclists. The book is available from Fiona for $35 – email or phone 817 5445. To win a copy write your name, address and phone number on the back of an envelope along with the year the Drive opened and post to Book competition, PO Box 60-469, Titirangi or email your details and your answer to info@ with book competition in the subject field. Every issue of The Fringe (and the Titirangi Tatler before it) since April 2011 is on-line at Like us on Facebook ( FringeWest) to hear when each issue is available and get other updates. please support our advertisers – they support us 20,600 copies delivered free to letter boxes, post boxes, libraries and selected outlets throughout Titirangi, Glen Eden, Green Bay, New Lynn, Kelston, Konini, Wood Bay, French Bay, South Titirangi, Waima, Woodlands Park, Laingholm, Parau, Cornwallis, Huia and Oratia.

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A Railway on Exhibition Drive? March was a turbulent month for Watercare. A storm of protest over plans to annex private land for a new water treatment plant on Parker Road was followed by a brief squall over the revelation by David Cunliffe (Member of Parliament for New Lynn) of the possibility of Exhibition Drive being sold off to private interests. Exhibition Drive was originally built as a service road for the building and maintenance of the water pipeline from the Upper Nihoputu Dam, and was David Cunliffe: critical of Watercare. officially opened in 1914. Watercare denied the allegation that they were looking at the possibility of public sale, but David Cunliffe says he had documentary proof and a week later Watercare put out a statement emphatically denying that Exhibition Drive was for sale to private developers, but admitting they were looking to divest themselves of it to another Council organisation, presumably Regional Parks. "I am happy with that assurance, and that it is staying in community use. But how will Watercare make up the ground it has lost? Watercare’s image as a corporate citizen has taken a major hit and I hope they will work with community stakeholders on some positive initiatives to enhance their standing in the community,” says David. "I have been involved in discussions with Watercare since the middle of last year on an idea for Exhibition Drive: a mini train track along Exhibition Drive, leaving space for walkers, and keeping alive the spirit of the now closed Rainforest Express. It could run from the obsolete pumping station, at the corner of Woodlands Park Road and Scenic Drive, which could become a cafe and art space, to Arataki. "The tourism community is saying with so many cruise ships coming through Auckland, they have a ready market for a Waitakere experience – hopping on an antique train and going a number of kilometres into the bush, and finishing up at Arataki, and then having a coffee in Titirangi and a visit to the art gallery. A wonderful tourism attraction, and a jewel in the crown of Titirangi. "I am keen to work with Watercare and other stakeholders such as Auckland Council, Auckland Transport, and tourism operators to see whether it could be turned into a good news story for Watercare and Titirangi now that the future of Exhibition Drive has been protected." – Tony Waring




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Westie dolphins face perfect storm for extinction A new Maui dolphin ‘abundance estimate’ last year suggested an increase from 55 to 63 dolphins off the North Island’s West coast. That’s not many dolphins in a big ocean and it’s only a very cautiously suggested positive estimate. There’s not much good news in such low numbers either way. With their distinctive ‘Mickey Mouse ears’ dorsal fin, and black and grey colouring, they’re easily recognised. Spending summer in particular, close inshore, they’re ‘Westie dolphins’. They are often reported at Piha, Karekare and Muriwai, engaging surfers, celebrating their ability to ride waves in the cheekiest way. Maui dolphins are the world’s smallest marine dolphin at only about 1.5m, fully grown. The calves are about the size of a rugby ball, but cuter. Scientists estimate there were about 2000 Maui dolphins before nylon gill nets were introduced in the 1970s. Set and trawl nets are responsible for about 95 percent of Maui and Hector’s dolphin deaths (where the cause of death is known). That’s a radical impact in a short space of time. Most of Maui and Hectors dolphin habitat remains unprotected. Observer coverage extends to less than a quarter of the fishing fleet in core Maui habitat despite Minister Nick Smith’s much publicised pledge to increase coverage to 100 percent. Maui also face new pressure from sea-bed mining and seismic testing. Untenable threats outside their small protected area leads to habitat contraction, with the dolphins increasingly confined to a smaller and smaller area, although biopsy evidence shows that some South Island Hector’s dolphins travel hundreds of kilometres north and coexist with their North Island cousins. This has positive

implications for breeding and genetic diversity but any such journey is through some of the most heavily trawled waters of New Zealand. Low population numbers, extractive industry pressure, inadequate monitoring and compliance, few The distinctive dorsal fin of a Maui sanctions applied for transgressions, dolphin. Photo by Heidi Padain. a complicit regulatory system – these are the elements of a perfect storm for extinction. China left it too late to respond to that perfect storm with the Yangtze River dolphin. Mexico left it too late though they finally bought out fishermen and deployed the navy to protect the last 60 Vaquita. Still, Vaquita numbers have dropped from 60 to 30 in the last year. That’s about as desperate as it gets. In New Maui dolphins off our West Zealand, our action has also been too coast. Photo by Christine little too late. Rose. Dolphin sightings provide invaluable distribution and habitat use information and can lead to better protection. Every Maui dolphin sighting should be reported to 0800 DOCHOT with details of the time and place, and the dolphin’s characteristics. – Christine Rose

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Great shopping at a hospice shop near you Open only a couple of weeks and Hospice West Auckland's latest retail outlet is already doing great business. Near the corner of West Coast and Captain Scott Roads, and close to the railway station, the store is the sixth for Hospice West Auckland. The others are in New Lynn, Swanson, Hobsonville, Te Atatu and Helensville. Chief executive officer, Barbara Williams says she's delighted with the immediate success of the Glen Eden shop in the increasingly popular area. "It's time for Glen Eden to shine," she says, "and it's good to have such terrific retail space providing such great shopping. All of our hospice shops are special and each has its own character. It won't be long before the people in the Glen Eden community create this shop’s own 'feel'. "This store gives us a place to broaden our connections with the people of Glen Eden and surrounding areas, providing a place for preloved items to find new homes and giving us much-needed funds to continue our services," Barbara says. Hospice West Auckland has been a registered charitable trust since 1985 and has had trading outlets, originally called Treasure Troves, for about 25 years. It costs $7.5 million per annum to provide hospice services in the West, with 35 per cent of that coming from sales in the retail outlets. Other funding comes through an agreement

with the Waitemata District Health Board to provide specialist palliative care services in the West, alongside other funding avenues like trusts, grants, donations, wills and bequests. Hospice West Auckland provides specialist palliative care at no cost during life-limiting The happy team at the Glen Eden store with illness to the people Hospice West Auckland CEO, Barbara Williams of West Auckland (in white jacket). – including patients, families, whanau and carers. Assistance is practical, physical, emotional and spiritual with a focus on quality of life, comfort and dignity at the end of a person's life. Ongoing support is provided for those grieving for their loved one. As well as specialist doctors, nurses and other health professionals working alongside a patient's GP, its services are supported by 450 volunteers. Hospice West Auckland sees 600-700 patients per year and Barbara says with our ageing population, hospice will see its greatest growth over the next 30 years. "We have a huge education role to provide to the community. I think one of the key pieces of work hospice has going into the future is being there for people who may be entering the dying years of their life. No-one wants to think they're dying," she says. "There'll be a lot of emphasis put into when people first discover that they may be unwell. How will we live every moment with our unwellness and how do we make the most of that time? It will be an evolution for us too and we at hospice will have to change quickly as well, to meet the changing needs of our community," Barbara says. – Moira Kennedy


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All was going well until the slug came along! There's sunshine on the horizon for the Karekare Surf Life Saving Club after years of frustration, fundraising and a range of other issues surrounding the needs of the local community and the club. It's a tale that started well over a decade ago but with a major fundraising drive now underway, a new access way and clubrooms are likely to be reality by early next year. Club stalwart Stephen Pye, a member for more than 40 years and still an active lifesaver, says it took about four years from 2004 for members and the local community to agree on what to do with the aging clubroom. Good storage for the An artist’s impression of the new, multi-use club's inflatable rubber clubrooms for the Karekare Surf Life Saving boats was crucial. It was Club. a juggling act getting the four boats into the current space. Also the first aid area was on the first floor meaning people needing help had to get upstairs. The decision was made to knock the old club house down and members achieved resource consent for a new building in 2010 with tremendous support, Stephen says, from the then Waitakere City and Auckland Regional Councils. "Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s a lot of school groups came through and used the club, which we like," says Stephen. "When not

being used for the surf lifesaving, the community uses the club for local events. The new rooms will be multi-use with sports groups and businesses hiring the space, enjoying the beach and the environment. "We want to continue to do that as Karekare is such a wonderful place to be," he says. By 2012 all was looking good for the new build, and then along came a "massive slug." That's the non-scientific term for a big body of sand which started off the coast in the Taranaki area and has been progressively moving north over the last 40 years. It has resulted in at least two million cubic metres of sand turning up on Karekare beach over the last five years. "The foreshore at Karekare has moved 200 metres further out to sea. Most people don't realise that," Stephen says. "The sand constrained the stream which became a lagoon about a metre-and-a-half deep. It was real issue and the building project had to go on hold while the surf club worked with council to achieve access to the beach for surf lifesaving and the public." Three years of intensive work with the new 'Supercity' council followed. Working relationships with previous council contacts disappeared. "It was back to square one, really," says Stephen. After another two-plus years’ work with the club and council, and checking out 15 alternative potential sites, council agreed the current site is the best. Council is currently considering a resource consent application for the access way and a spokesperson says, if approved, construction is expected to be completed later this year depending on weather Continued on page 10 >>

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Art and the Engine Room There is a largely hidden world of dedicated and passionate people who sit behind every arts organisation in our community. They are the individuals who serve on trusts and incorporated societies. In the wider world such people are paid handsomely but in the arts world such payments are neither paid nor expected even though the skills needed and responsibilities undertaken differ only in scale. Getting good trustees with the range of experience needed is an ongoing challenge for most arts trusts. Although a solid core of people who have arts literacy and the time and energy to support the particular art form is essential, it is equally important to have trustees with financial competence, governance understanding and, ideally, connections in the marketing or business worlds.

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Few people will be unaware that Watercare and the Oratia community are at war over a proposal to site a water treatment plant in the quiet, semi-rural area of Parker Road. One of the leading voices in this confrontation is graphic artist, singer, songwriter and life-long resident Graeme Gash. In a perfect example of how the arts can channel the distress of a community in a cathartic way, Graeme has produced, out of his personal pain, an Oratia anthem, first performed at a community meeting that brought out well over a thousand concerned residents to the Oratia School Hall on the first day of March. This short but powerful piece is about to be recorded in an Oratia studio for wider dissemination. At this same meeting, Graeme, with the Save Oratia team set up an installation of chairs across the school stage, each with a large sign saying Reserved for Watercare. Nothing more needed to be said about the fact that Watercare had declined to attend the meeting. In the contemporary art world this might be called 'social practice'.

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conditions. Its budget has been set at $874,000 allocated through the council's long-term plan. Meanwhile a major fundraising operation is underway to raise $600,000 to help cover the $2.9 million cost of the new building. A percentage of cornerstone funding from an Auckland Council longterm plan fund (shared among all West coast beaches in the area) will provide $900,000 and applications are before community funders such as The Trusts, Lotteries Commission and others. "We're really keen to hear from anyone with fundraising ideas we can follow through with, or who want to help us," Stephen says. "The local community is terrific but can only do so much. Our surfing community give a lot doing their job and then they have to fund raise on top of that. "In 2012 when we started this process, the budget was $2.4 million and now for a variety of reasons – that are of no-one's making – we need to find another $500,000." The club was established in 1935 with locals back then using an old cork belt on a reel to patrol the beach. Since those days more than 5,000 people have been saved or prevented from drowning by the club's surf lifesavers. It currently has about 120 active surf lifeguards and while the car park only accommodates about 200 cars, the beach has attracted strong numbers of international visitors ever since the Oscar-winning film The Piano, was filmed there in 1993. The hit television series Xena, Warrior Princess also drew crowds of fans to Karekare's glorious beach and unadulterated wilderness, and US magazine, Passport, last year rated it number two on its list of the 25 best beaches in the world. (First was L'Espiguette Beach, Aigues-Mortes, in France). Saturday April 8 will see the traditional Karekare Beach Races from 11am with funds raised being shared between the surf club and Lone Kauri School. For entry forms: To contact the surf club, email Velocity Zest

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Kids activities, street food and live music at EcoDay 2017 EcoDay is back! This is a great day out for all Aucklanders looking to make the most of the free outdoor events this fair city has to offer. Taking place on Sunday April 9 at the EcoMatters Environment Centre in New Lynn, EcoDay is the final event in the month-long EcoWest Festival, and it’s looking bigger and better than ever. Live music kicks off from 11am, continuing into the afternoon with a superb line-up of talented performers including Arjuna Oakes, Avondale’s Cook Island dance group and Sophie Mashlan. You can just relax and take in the good vibes or get handson with one of the many workshops on offer. You can test out your own beat-making skills with Creative Souls’ drumming workshop, purchase native plants that can be turned into a kokedama hanging garden, or take an electric car or e-bike around the block at the Future Transport Hub. Want to support local businesses? Quality upcycled, organic and fair trade products will be sold alongside an array of food and coffee to tempt the taste buds. EcoMatters’ Love Zero Waste trailer will be on-site so visitors can enjoy all the food on offer knowing that all dishes will be washed and reused and any packaging will be composted or recycled. Besides sustaining your stomach there will be plenty of opportunity to sustain your mind. Make sure to check out the Greenstar Sustainable Homes Zone to learn from knowledgeable experts about how to create a healthy home, set up an organic

garden or keep your own chickens. “There are some amazing local groups that people can connect with,” says Emily Harris, EcoMatters' Events and Sponsorship Manager. “EcoDay is for people to discover what’s on offer in their local area, and find know-how and inspiration to take action”. As a great family day out, there are plenty of activities to get the little ones involved, including the chance to get up close with reptiles, insects and other exotic creatures. With something on offer for foodies, music-lovers, greenies, crafty people, whanau and friends, EcoDay is an awesome day out for everyone. EcoDay is hosted by EcoMatters Environment Trust and generously sponsored by The Trusts Community Foundation and Greenstar Energy Solutions. When: Sunday April 9, 11am-4pm. Where: EcoMatters Environment Centre & Olympic Park, New Lynn. Entry: Free. Bring: Cash. Public transport: nine-minute walk from New Lynn Transport Centre. To check out other events that are happening as part of the month-long EcoWest festival visit





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by Natasha Matila-Smith; Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson; Open 7 days, 10am-4:30pm; Free. Phone 838 4455. w – 9, At a Loss, paintings by A.D. Schierning; Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson; Open 7 days, 10am-4:30pm; Free. Phone 838 4455. w – 9, Waikawa, an exhibition by Charlotte Graham; Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson; Open 7 days, 10am-4:30pm. Phone 838 4455. w – 16, Heat: solar revolutions, an art event that reflects on climate change; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w – 23, Where my eye leads, paintings by Jacqueline Fahey including a number of paintings produced in French Bay during the 1990s; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w – 23, The Fairy Falls, a solo exhibition by Cushla Donaldson exploring the world of finance; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w – 23, The Coloured World, paintings by Gareth Price; West Coast Gallery, Seaview Road, Piha; open seven days, 10am-5pm. Phone 812 8029, www.westcoastgallery.

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Mandy Patmore exploring habitat loss and deforestation; Arataki Visitor Centre, 300 Scenic Drive; 9am-5pm. Phone 892 4789. w – May 21, Picturing Asia: Double Take, the photography of Brian Brake and Steve McCurry; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w 1, OPEN ARTS DAY, an opportunity to see behind the curtain of the arts world and explore on site artist studios and take part in hands-on workshops; Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson; 10am-4pm; Free. Phone 838 4455. w 1, Garage sale and sausage sizzle; Iona Presbyterian Church, Donovan St, Blockhouse Bay; 8am-12 noon. Phone Jennie 817 4304. w 2, Waikumete Cemetery Guided Walk: On Top of the World; meet at East Berm Carpark (below Water Tank); 10am-12noon or 3-5pm; Gold coin donation. Visit Friends of Waikumete’s Facebook page or phone Ruth 818 4352. w 2, French Market; French Bay Yacht Club, bottom of Otitori Bay Road. Phone 817 7609 or visit www.frenchbay. w 2, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732. w 5, Flicks: Special screening of Human (M), the latest film from Yann-Arthus Bertrand; Lopdell House Theatre; 7.30pm; Free but bookings required. Phone 818 2489 or visit at w 6, A Plastic Ocean, a documentary shown as part of EcoWest Festival; Lopdell House Theatre; 7pm. Free but bookings required. Email

Theatre; 10.30am and 8.15pm. Tickets – morning session $12 adult, $10 Senior/student, evening session $14, available from and on door. Phone 818 2489. w 8, Karekare Beach Races – fun day for all the family with hacks, ponies, horses and thoroughbreds. Refreshments available and sweepstake betting with funds raised going to Karekare Surf Life Saving Club and Lone Kauri School; Karekare Beach; from 11am. Entry forms at w 8, Titirangi Folk Music Club Concert with Mike and Lindsay Martin, Celtic folk and jazz. Floor singers in the first half; Titirangi Beach Hall, Titirangi Beach Road, Titirangi; 8pm; $8, members $5, under 18 free. Phone Tricia 818 5659 or Ian 813 2305. w 8, Kurt Jackson-21st Century Turner by Robin Kewell, an Upstairs Gallery film presentation. Non-Members $12. Phone 818 2489 for bookings. w 9, 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 11, The Western District Women’s Dinner Club dinner and speaker; Te Atatu RSA; visitors welcome. Phone Margaret 021 154 0946. w 11, West Auckland Historical Society Family History Group meeting; Henderson Central Library Research Centre; 10-11.30am. Phone Gary Snow 832 5098, 021 618 434 or email w 14, The Western District Women’s Dinner Club dinner and speaker; Te Atatu RSA; visitors welcome. Phone Margaret 021 154 0946.

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l WHERE IT’S AT: • Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson, 10am–4.30pm daily. 838 4455. • EcoMatters Environment Trust, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn, 10am–4pm Mon-Fri, 10am–1pm Sat, or by appointment. 826 4276, • Flicks cinema, Lopdell House Theatre. 818 2489, • 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. 817 6148, mccahon@ • Playhouse Theatre, 15 Glendale Road, Glen Eden. 818 5751. • Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, 420 Titirangi Road, Titirangi, 10am–4.30pm daily. 817 8087, • Titirangi Theatre, Lopdell House Theatre, Titirangi. 817 5812, infoline 817 5951, • Upstairs Gallery, Level 1, Lopdell House, 418 Titirangi Road, 10am–4.30pm daily. 817 4278. • West Coast Gallery, Seaview Road, Piha, Open seven days, 10am–5pm. 812 8029,

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environmental consultant on sharing responsibility for waste; Kelston Community Centre, Corner Awaroa and Great North Roads; 7.30pm; koha appreciated. Phone Liz 027 476 2732 or email w 21, Flicks: I Toni Erdmann (R16), a comedy/drama; Lopdell House Theatre. 10.30am and 8.15pm Tickets from and on door. Phone 818 2489 or visit w 25, Titirangi U3A with a range of activities including study groups, discussions, speakers and more; West Lynn Garden, 73 Parker Road, New Lynn; 1.30pm; gold coin. Contact 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 Rosemary 814 8897 or Margaret 818 1434. w 29 – May 28, Paintings by Jill Perrott; West Coast Gallery, Seaview Road, Piha; open Wed – Sun, 10am-4pm. Phone 812 8029, w 30, Titirangi Village Market, art, craft, produce and music; Titirangi War Memorial Hall, 500 South Titirangi Road; 10am-2pm. Contact Tess on tvm.manager@gmail. com or phone 022 631 9436.

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‘Musicians are smart’ and one of the country’s top jazz After graduating from Auckland University with guns for hire, having played live and a Bachelor of Music Education Lisa Norman in session with The Queen City Big landed her first teaching job at Lynfield College Band, Nathan Haines, Sola Rosa, Big in 2000. She became Head Of Music at the Ticket and The Hipstamatics. school in 2003 and has seen the department Lisa teaches the Funk Band, a grow from a handful of incomplete groups preliminary group for students who to over 15 ensembles including jazz bands, want to develop their jazz playing. orchestras, chamber groups, rock bands, choirs The Funk band plays predominantly and singer-songwriters. jazz and funk, but also some pop It will be the singer-songwriters who will be and R’n’B. making the most of this year’s album project in Lisa says the department is the school’s new facilities – a 95 square metre rehearsal room, recording studio and isolation Lynfield College jazz musicians after a performance at challenging students to reach their full potential. “As the department booth, which was constructed during the music a Pah Homestead open day. has grown and the number of students has increased, so have our department’s recent renovation and extension. Lisa herself started learning trumpet at Birkenhead High School. expectations of what our kids can achieve. We have a great structure “I wanted to learn sax, but there were none available for hire, so I in place within the music department to help them to reach their ended up on trumpet,” she says. “A few years after I joined the team goals,” she says. Senior management and the board of trustees place at Lynfield there was common ground across the staff in teaching high value on the music department at Lynfield. Graduates of Lynfield have taken out honours degrees in jazz expertise in jazz. We didn’t choose to direct the students in that way specifically, but it kind of snowballed as more students got involved – at Auckland University and been selected to study at Sydney’s prestigious Conservatorium of Music. “But many of our top musicians a bit of a chicken and egg scenario.” Many of the school’s ensembles are experiencing success at also go on to become engineers and doctors,” says Lisa. “Musicians regional and national level. In 2016 the Big Band received four first are smart, hard working, organised and learn valuable teamwork place awards in the Auckland competitions. The Jazz Combo took skills.” The college is sending a group of 36 students to Sydney in July top place in the Auckland Secondary Schools Jazz Band Competition, won the Jazz Combo Section at the New Zealand Youth Jazz Festival – to attend the Australian International Music Festival. A first time and participated in the Mt Gambier Jazz Festival in Melbourne. Rock excursion for Lynfield, the festival is targeted at secondary schools band Schizm was selected for the Auckland finals of RockQuest and and will see Lynfield’s Jazz Combo and concert band perform at The student Andrew Isdale was Rock Quest’s recipient of the 2016 award Opera House, the Sydney Conservatorium, Darling Harbour as well as for most outstanding musician. The chamber music ensemble won undertake workshops and adjudicated performances. To help get the students there, the school is holding a fundraising the adjudicators award in the Auckland heats, and talented pupil Stefenie Pickston has been offered an internship with the Auckland auction and concert on April 5 at 7pm, in the school hall. Tickets are $10. Goodies on offer include toys, technology devices, designer Philharmonic Orchestra for 2017. The music school currently employs three full-time and 10 part- home wares, beauty products and vouchers. Refreshments will be time staff. Special mention must go to Paul Norman, teacher of the available. To purchase tickets contact Lisa on lnorman@lynfield. trumpet, trombone, Jazz Combo and Big Band. He is Lisa’s husband Limited door sales will also be available on the night.


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on stage As Scottish poet Robbie Burns had it, ‘the best laid plans o’ mice an’ men gang aft agley’. And so it was with the next production from Titirangi Theatre. Our advertised play, Skylight, by British dramatist David Hare, was found at the last minute to be not available for amateur theatres. After some frantic reading by director Duncan Milne, who gave us his wonderful production of Messiah on the Frigidaire last year, we are now proud to announce that Ghosts, by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, will take the place of Skylight. Ghosts is not without its share of controversy. British newspaper The Daily Telegraph pulled no punches, describing the play as ‘An open drain: a loathsome sore unbandaged; a dirty act done publicly.... Gross, almost putrid indecorum.... Literary carrion.... Crapulous stuff". Excellent. Nothing like putting on a play that receives such a wonderful response. It will make a great contrast to The Vicar of Dibley, which was so funny. And despite being written in 1881 and first produced in 1882, Ghosts remains relevant, with its examination of gender roles and religious fundamentalism. Auditions for Ghosts will be held at the theatre in the basement of Lopdell House at 5.30pm on Sunday April 2 and the production dates are June 6 – 17. For a copy of the script and a cast list phone Duncan on 022 515 4321. If you would like to be part of the production but not on stage, do ring Duncan to offer your services. And do keep an eye on our website at for any changes to the audition or production dates. – Phoebe Falconer

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The public is being asked for feedback to help improve and refine the design of the Te Whau Pathway that will link the Manukau Harbour at Green Bay to the Waitemata Harbour at Te Atatu Peninsula. The three-metre wide pathway is a shared path designed for commuting and recreation for pedestrians, cyclists, mobility scooters, prams and activities like fishing and kayaking. It will link 33 reserves, esplanade strips, sports parks and roads along the western edge of the Whau River. Some of the pathway, inside existing parks, has been completed and work is continuing on more park sections and on the design of the board walk sections that will link those sections to create a continuous path. Whau Coastal Walkway Environmental Trust spokesperson, Iris Donoghue says they are sensitive to people living in the area who will have the facility close to their property and want to hear from them during this preliminary design phase. "When it is completed the pathway will breathe new life into the area as it showcases some of the river's distinctive environmental and historical features," she says. Auckland Transport's manager of Walking, Cycling and Safety, Kathryn King says the Whau path is a strategic part of work being done all over Auckland. "As Auckland becomes more built up we have to carefully use the space we have so it's essential the community helps decide what things will look like," she says. The feedback period closes on Sunday April 16. To have your say visit, or www. nz or phone 355 3553.

Activities at Upstairs Gallery, Lopdell House April 26, Wet Felt Painting workshop with felt artist Evelyn Davis. Learn how to create a felt landscape using a variety of techniques. Wet felting requires no previous experience, just playful creativity. For 8 – 80 years old; 10am-1pm; $35. Call 817 4278 for bookings.

Welcome to autumn, the sun might not be shining but that doesn’t mean your hair can't. Pop in this month for an Olaplex treatment and restore your hair’s natural glow. Olaplex is a strengthening and deep conditioning treatment that helps re-grow and strengthen your hair from its core. Especially good for blondes with damaged ends.

April 27, Fairy Furniture workshop with Marama Davis. Learn how to create beautiful little pieces of furniture for fairies from twigs and driftwood and found objects. For 8 – 80 years old, but must be comfortable using a hot-glue gun; 1-4pm; $35. Call 817 4278 for bookings.

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Dancing for joy It's never too late to start chasing your dreams so if you're thinking of taking up ballet, there's nothing to stop you getting on with it – except perhaps yourself. Helen Anderson's 200 or so students range in age from 18 months to those in their 60s and she's adamant any age is a good time to start dancing. Helen is the principal and director of Rhythm'n'Steps Dance Academy who's been teaching dance for the past 25 years and opened her purpose-built studio in Glen Eden in 2012 after many years based in New Lynn. Apart from studying at the New Zealand School of Dance in Wellington and achieving a BA in Dance in Australia before freelancing there, she's always been a local. Born and bred in New Lynn, Helen says she not only has a passion for her work but takes pride in the family-oriented approach she brings to her classes and students. "That's really important to me. We encourage families to join us for picnics and other outside events rather than a total focus on dance classes," she says. Former students from years ago are now bringing their own children for dance classes. Some are just 18 months old while others are two or three years old. "The little ones are amazing," says Helen. "They're like sponges and just soak everything up, taking everything on board. While our classes are ballet-based, we do it with the littlies in a fun way. There are lots of props, music, marching and hopping and skipping. "We use a blend of music and instruments and the children learn in different ways, not just by copying a teacher. We provide this huge sort of bubble of learning and just seeing their development is wonderful. "I've worked with children who've been

through serious accidents and one little girl took five years to be able to skip again. It was a long process but she did it and that's so good. “All age groups have their challenges but if people really want to do something, one of the greatest things is to teach them how," says Helen. About 10 percent of the students at Rhythm'n'Steps are boys who can do mixed classes or those for boys only. Many are brothers of girls doing classes who've watched their sisters and want to participate as well. As well as the studio classes, Helen teaches dance to about 60 interested students during lunch breaks at Titirangi Primary, Laingholm Primary and Woodlands Park schools during school terms. Specifically designed for children of working parents or those who can't get their children to afterschool classes, Helen says this group did tremendously well in dance exams. "We don't make exams compulsory but we do encourage the kids to take them so they're working towards a specific goal. They come to realise they have to work hard to achieve and that things aren't just given to them. As adults we know that you have to work for what you want." Helping Helen in a teaching role is Jaimee Lawrence who has been taught and mentored by Helen since she was three. Jaimee has danced professionally overseas and is now back home doing her teacher training in dance. "She loves dance with a passion," says Helen. "And it's wonderful seeing one of my former littlies carrying it on." – Moira Kennedy

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Savouring a mystery The wild weather bomb that hit West Auckland last month was a great chance to hunker down with a cuddly red. So up from the cellar came a wine I’d forgotten about, a Moana Park 2013 Single Vineyard Merlot Cabernet. This was a wine I had bought online a year ago as a ‘mystery wine’ at $15, and it has developed beautifully. From the Gimblett Road area in the Hawke’s Bay region, it is deep, dark crimson in the glass, with an appealing bouquet of blackberry and plum. After the initial wash of fruit, there’s a warm depth of flavour, plum with a hint of chocolate, then a lingering after taste of svelte tannin, prominent enough to please my palate. It certainly brightened the gloomy day. It was a pleasant contrast to share a delightful white in Jenny and Neil’s courtyard, a cloudless sky and late afternoon sun. Where you drink, and with whom, can be as significant as what you drink. The Alan Scott 2015 Riesling was off dry with a sweet raisin quality in its aroma. There is nicely judged acid to underpin its fruitiness, giving a delicate toasty note and a balanced finish. It went well with Neil’s generous helpings of mussel fritters. Escarpment wines don’t often appear on special, but when they do, they’re well worth picking up, and the 2013 Escarpment Chardonnay at under $20 was an irresistible bargain. Wine maker Larry McKenna made his name with pinot noir but he’s also produced some striking whites. I remember an intense riesling a few years ago. Perhaps I was expecting a more intense chardonnay too but this is a subtle wine, with layers of nutty, citrus flavours with gentle oak. It certainly opens out with time in the glass, giving an elegant mouth feel, and an after taste with a slight mineral quality. It went well with our roast chicken. John Forrest has a special love of riesling and he produces a number of wines under his label. His 2013 Marlborough Forrest Riesling (on special at about $15) is ageing beautifully, with a touch of the toasty, mineral quality that marks classy riesling. There’s an appealingly fragrant bouquet with an off-dry citrus flavour with supporting acidity. It’s great with chicken too, and also Asian dishes. No more weather bombs, we hope, but with winter round the corner you might like to consider an after-dinner port. Our West Auckland wineries have many great ports to choose from.

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Demand for healthy living Locals going all-out to look after their health have seen New Lynn's HealthPost increase its business to such a degree it's moving its Veronica Street store over Easter to one that's twice the size. Initially an online supplier of supplements, natural health, skincare and household products based in Golden Bay since 1988, the store opened two years ago and manager Lilani Rogers says demand for its products and services have seen the need to take on bigger space in premises that housed the old Westpac Bank in Great North Road, opposite LynnMall. "It's become busier and busier â&#x20AC;&#x201C; last year saw a 60 per cent growth â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and we want to be able Lilani Rogers: brisk to connect with our customers more and offer business sees move them a wider range of products than our small to bigger premises store can provide," she says. With the customer base predominantly female of all ages, Lilani says she's surprised at the number of men visiting the shop. "They're keen on products that help them increase energy, immunity, sports performance and general men's health," she says. "But there's strong interest in family health across the board. Women seek hormonal support and stress supplements to help them get through the day, teenagers often have energy and skin issues, many young people are studying and need help with stress at exam times." Naturopath Liz Jury, one of the team at HealthPost, says with the cooler months approaching, it's a great time to start a general health Continued on page 20 >>

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maintenance regime that could help ward off winter ailments. "Taking vitamins or multi-minerals is helpful. They're useful if people aren't eating well or have busy lifestyles. For immunity support and to prevent colds and flu, there's echinacea, olive leaf, vitamin C and zinc.

"Turmeric is a beautiful anti-oxidant with great liver support and has broad applications for general health and well-being. It's an ancient spice and very popular. People try it out, get great results, tell their friends and it snowballs from there," she says. "It's never too early to be healthy."

Liz says supporting our bodies with natural supplements can make people feel better but with so much information available, good advice is crucial. "It's important to talk to quality people who really know their stuff." – Moira Kennedy

Getting healthy for winter

• Eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of water. • Exercise regularly – 15 minutes a day is a good start. Short walks are great for enjoying the changing hues of trees and plants as the weather cools. • Ease up on stress-creators and take time out to care for yourself. • Talk to a health professional about supplements to help support your health aims. Vitamins will help keep colds at bay and olive leaf, zinc, echinacea, tumeric, cider vinegar and green powders also help. • Give sugar – in all forms – the heave-ho. • Wash your hands with soap and water often to keep viruses away from your face, mouth and eyes. Hand sanitiser is a useful back-up if soap and water aren't readily at hand. • Time to start new health efforts? Today is good but it's never too late to begin.

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technique and colour, always learning and striving for something better. It has been said that Shirley paints like a 30 year old with a strength of purpose rarely seen in most artists, let alone someone of her age. Her son Paul speaks of her with palpable pride and affection as a role model to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is an inspiration on how to grow old gracefully yet remain curious, engaged and indeed feisty; always happy to talk time travel and politics and not shy of reacting sharply to any hint of being patronised. Rather than seeing this first solo exhibition as an end point, she is already talking about the next one. Don’t miss this one.

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Dr Raniga says early treatment by a specialist can reduce or occasionally liminate the need for more extensive treatment at a later age. “Orthodontists pend a great deal of their post graduate training studying facial growth and evelopment,” says Dr Raniga. There is much less stigma around wearing braces nd orthodontic appliances, compared with what parents may recall from their wn childhood. “Teenagers will actually ag Mum and Dad for an appointment. Our children know the value of a eautiful, functional smile that will last them a lifetime, and they’re willing to ut the work in now. If that’s not a wise investment, I don’t know what is.”


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Time to think of heating options It seems that with every change of season, there's a list of chores to do before the weather changes. And autumn is the time to consider home heating options before the cold weather arrives. Innovations in heating technology are ongoing so it’s important to remember that the aim is to have a home that's warm, dry, pollution free and doesn't blow your budget. There's a range of choices: Heat pumps: Low running costs when used properly, produce instant heat and with temperature controls. Woodburners: Low running costs, produce very little pollution and use renewable wood energy, heat large spaces and can heat water if wet back system installed. Wood pellet burners: Good for the environment – pellets are made from waste products and burn cleanly. Electric heaters/panel heaters: good for heating small rooms infrequently and for short periods only, very cheap to buy. Open fires: nothing quite like them for producing a special ambience that will warm any heart on the coldest night.   Central heating: convenient thermostat

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Lizard decides to get involved in his community Yeah gidday. Why is it, when you're in the greatest hurry, little things get in your way? Yes, I know the saying, 'less haste, more speed.' I prefer 'less grace, more weed.' I was in a flap to be at a meeting which was to start in 30 minutes and realised it was a 50-minute drive. I shot back into the house for a dump, then hopped across the room with my pants round my ankles to get the toilet paper which the manufacturer had used super glue on, so I waisted half the roll getting it started. I quickly found my keys, rushed to the van, went back inside for my wallet, back again for my sunnies, then off. It was quite an important meeting to attend. A get-together of the Save Secondhand Corrugated Iron Community Trust. This was the second round of meetings to raise awareness and submit for funding. We had missed the council’s first deadline. By the time we had begun our field trials, consulted local iwi on the possible cultural significance of historical roofing iron usage/ ownership, documented the research of existing iron deposit sites and set up a sub-committee to report back vis-a-vis timetables, we missed that round of funding by eight months. When I walked into the hall, the meeting had been going for over an hour so the powhiri only had twenty minutes to go. After this we adjourned for a cuppa and then got down to the crux of the matter: The Tirau town sculpture fiasco. This split our members down the middle. One side strongly supported the notion that used corrugated iron was, in itself, Art, thus posing the question, what is art and should it be belittled by being bashed into the shape of a sheep, then popped onto the roof of a bric-a-brac cafe in the middle

of the Waikato? The other half of our members, with whom I agreed, submitted that it made a bloody cheap fence and handy to chuck over the firewood stack during the wet winter months. This caused quite a long discussion, until we agreed it was wise to place cinder blocks on loose iron to avoid a repeat of Uncle Frank’s accident. (He lost part of an ear back in the ’60s to a unsecured piece of corrugated iron.) A third piece of business was introduced by the Stop People Walking About Society, who pointed out that if we all just headed out willy-nilly gathering old bits of tin, we would, in fact, be directly responsible for kauri die-back. This was seconded and entered into the minutes. At the conclusion of the meeting we put down what should be addressed at our next meeting. The points were as follows: 1. Should we reuse existing nail holes, perhaps weakening the tin. 2. Should we nail in the valley of the iron or on the roundy bit. 3a. Can we just rip the iron from obviously abandoned sheds in the middle of paddocks. 3b. Subclause: Who legally owns corrugated iron once the manufacturers warranty has expired. 4. Signage and what to put on the sign. Anyway, we all agreed that we definitely needed a chairperson, so an informal meeting would be held on the last Thursday of the month, at either Jan’s or Jack’s, depending on who wasn't taking Karate classes that night, to accept nominees for chairperson and whether they should be elected or rotated. Well done all I say. Till next time, Lizard.



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