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ISSUE 159, MAY 2017

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Great space and views: Titirangi Library deck.......................... 4 What happened and what’s next – New Lynn recovers........... 5 Between a rock and a hard place............................................. 6 Feature: gift ideas for Mother’s Day.....................................8-9

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Passion, energy and love of community in Green Bay........... 10 Art and about with Naomi McCleary.................................12-13 Places to go: Events listing................................................14-15 Bandstanding: Heidi Simpson – ‘I just do my own thing’....... 16 Words on Wine with Lindsay Nash......................................... 18

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Feature: how the legal profession is changing....................... 19 All hands welcome to save bush and deal to predators......... 22 Walking West with Mick Andrew............................................ 23 Good exercise and great company......................................... 24 Live @ the lounge.................................................................. 26

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Advertisers directory.............................................................. 27 On our cover: Many native shrubs and trees, like this koromiko, are being planted on the Tinopai Track that connects the bottom of Tinopai Road with Paturoa Road in Titirangi. To find out more about the people behind this regeneration project, and how you could help, turn to page 22. Photo by Bevis England. www.fringemedia.co.nz

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What happened and what’s next? – New Lynn recovers Major weather events in March and April caused significant disruption to traffic and businesses in New Lynn but, barring any similar events, Great North Road should remain open for the foreseeable future. And New Lynn residents might get another cycle and walk way. Although Council staff check all flooding ‘hotspots’ before and after major storms the sheer volume of water in the initial downpour (March 12) caused a large amount of debris to be swept into the culvert under Clark Street, causing it to become blocked. Water then flooded over Great North Road causing both the road and footpath to fail. Council was unable to unblock the brick-lined culvert, originally installed in the 1940s, until the water level to the west of Great North Road had dropped sufficiently and the overhanging Probett Building, east of the road had been partially demolished, a process that was delayed due to asbestos in the building. Subsequent weather events on March 20 and April 12 delayed The first major storm destabilised work on the culvert further. the Probett Building. However, Council contractors were able to install pumps and a new culvert so that future weather events will not cause further flooding and Great North Road was able to reopen on Good Friday, after ex-tropical storm Cook had passed. The story is not over however. Council is continuing to work to identify the problem with the original culvert and is also developing plans for a long-term solution. This could involve construction of a larger culvert or a bridge. Plans are expected to be finalised later this year and construction could begin by November. (This construction could cause further traffic disruption on Great North Road although it is not expected that the road will have to close.)

Council staff, speaking at a recent briefing for New Lynn businesses, said that one of the best ways of maintaining water courses and drains is to encourage the public to become involved in monitoring them. To this end, Council is considering constructing a new shared cycling and walking path along the banks of the stream. The full extent of this is presently unknown although one Council spokesperson joked that it could eventually link up with the North Western Cycleway at Waterview. With the re-opening of Great North Road to both pedestrian Pumps have been installed on the and vehicular traffic, New Lynn upstream side of Great North Road. is returning to normal although congestion at peak times will remain an issue and Council would like to see more people using public transport where possible.

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As we move into winter, further adverse weather events are very likely and it is important to be prepared. Clear all drains and gutters regularly, report blocked or overflowing public street drains (phone 301 0101) and move items in floodprone areas somewhere they won’t get wet or damaged. If your property or suburb may be affected by slips or power outages prepare for the possibility that your road access may be cut off and ensure you have three days’ food and provisions on hand in case of isolation. Never attempt to drive over slips and treat power lines as live at all times. In event of an emergency contact the Fire Service on 111.

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Between a rock and a hard place ...

Over 320 visitors toured Watercare’s Huia Water Treatment Station during a recent open day. The members of the public (in yellow vests) were escorted by Watercare staff (orange vests).

Watercare is moving apace with its decision on where to site a new water treatment plant, but there is widespread concern that consultation with affected communities has been too little, too late. Watercare’s Board of Directors will decide later this month on the replacement of the 90-yearold Huia Water Treatment Plant in Woodlands Park. Three options for the $300 million project will be tabled: 130 Parker Road in Oratia, Manuka Rd adjacent to the existing site, or the existing site itself – all of which have good elevation to gravity feed water into the city. Building on the two blocks of land at Parker Road would result in 24 families losing their homes. At a feisty meeting last month, Deputy Prime Minister and local resident Paula Bennett weighed in, saying she strongly felt “that is absolutely … the wrong choice.” Paul Goldsmith stands to lose both his orchard livelihood and a 70-year-old family home. He says the Oratia community is a close-knit,

heritage area that would be destroyed if Watercare went ahead with the Parker Road option. “If you rip the heart out of Parker Road, you rip the heart out of Oratia,” he says. “We’re a community living under significant distress and we ask the communities of West Auckland to stand strong against corporate bullying.” Waima resident Nick Bowe says people in his local community are getting increasingly worried about the scale of the project and its potential impact if construction goes ahead at Manuka Road. “The plant would be directly adjacent to residential properties. The sheer scale of the proposal has been a huge shock and many property owners are only just finding out about it, when the decision is close to being a done deal.” The reserve near the Watercare-owned site also contains kauri trees that escaped being logged when the area was first settled and may be upwards of 1,000 years old. “It doesn’t make sense to develop in an area with so much heritage and tourism potential,” Nick adds. Rebuilding on the current site would mean the plant being out of operation for two to three years. It would require Watercare to bring forward its plan to construct another treatment plant on the Waikato River. (This would be necessary to make up the 20 percent shortfall

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in water supply during the construction period.) Watercare’s only legislative requirement is to provide water to Auckland at least cost. Waitakere Ranges Local Board chair Greg Presland believes the council-controlled organisation has given scant regard to a main objective of council-controlled organisations. “Section 59 of the Local Government Act says one of Watercare’s principal objectives is to ‘exhibit a sense of social and environmental responsibility.’ I am far from convinced the current short-list of sites has met this objective. And the idea of building in Oratia is anathema to the Board.” Both groups of residents say they feel each other’s pain, and that the decision should not be made by sacrificing one community for another. Alternative, lower-impact ideas being put forward by stakeholder groups include constructing two smaller plants, smart engineering or filtering water at the dams. Watercare’s chief executive Raveen Jaduram has asked the affected communities to “have confidence that Watercare will make the right decision.” He says a new community liaison group will be established to work through the design stages for its chosen site. The project is expected to be completed in 2023. To read answers to frequently asked questions about the project, go to huiawtpproject@water.co.nz. – Jade Reidy

The revitalisation of the Glen Eden shopping centre has been a priority for both the Waitakere Ranges Local Board and the Glen Eden Business Association for some time. One of the initiatives is adding murals to the walkways connecting West Coast Road to Glen Mall. Last October the association commissioned a major mural from local artist Heathermeg Sampson and work began, in Bakery Lane, in March. Weather permitting, the work will be completed this month. The association is paying for the work with the help of a small grant from Mayoralty Town Centre Clean Ups. The Tag Out Trust cleaned the wall in preparation for the work and also painted the ‘sky blue’ background. The trust will apply two coats of graffiti guard on top once the mural is complete.

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Versatile cushion quilts decorated with native bird designs make beautiful and practical gifts for Mother’s Day. They are available from Gecko in the Village on Rangiwai Road next to the Postshop.

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art & about with naomi mccleary

‘We can’t mend the education system overnight ...’ British creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence. Closer to home Professor Peter O’Connor of the University of Auckland is an internationally recognised expert in applied theatre and drama education. His work in Christchurch schools following the earthquakes lead to UNESCO-funded research and programme development and the establishment of the Teaspoon of Light Theatre Company. I have had the privilege of listening to both these inspiring men and have no doubt that their observations apply absolutely to our New Zealand education system. In a true case of synchronicity, Deborah Hill-Cone, a Herald columnist who doesn’t always light my fire, published (on Easter Monday, April 17) a stunning exposition on the abandonment of arts and culture in our schools. She quotes Einstein: The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. Her column is worth tracking down. So right now it is being more and more left to arts institutions to provide the creative experiences that our children crave and need. There are some great projects in our area: O-Tu-Kapua – (What Clouds See) March 25 saw a remarkable sight. In the education rooms at Te Uru the exhibition opening of O-Tu-Kapua – (What Clouds See) attracted an audience, unusual for its youth and, more notably, its fixed gaze on smart phones and tablets. The idea was to upload an app at the entrance and then explore, using mixed reality, both a visual and

virtual forest filled with native birds and insects. This was the second stage of an innovative and ongoing TEMP project where you could use your phone to explore a secret world. Annie Dillard memorably wrote in Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (1974) that “When I walk with a camera I walk from shot to shot, reading the light on a calibrated meter. When I walk without a camera, my own shutter opens, and the moment’s light prints on my own silver gut. When I see this second way I am above all an unscrupulous observer.” I love intensely this book of acute and minute observations of nature “red in tooth and claw” and it serves to heighten how the world of technology has changed our lives beyond return. There was no mistaking the ease and excitement of the young digital natives and the not-so-young aficionados who stalked the gallery on that day. O-Tu-Kapua has been a collaborative project between the F4 Artist Collective, school children and NIWA scientists who have come together to make the invisible visible. Visit www.tempauckland.org.nz or www.otukapua.nz for more. Individual passion and dedication are so often the driving force behind great creative education. Iona Mathieson, who runs Pokapu Akoranga, the learning centre at Te Uru, is such a person. An artist and educator for many years, she has the ability to quietly lead and inspire children of all ages with inventive and inspiring projects. Go to www. teuru.org.nz for information on classes and programmes. Kids Arts Festival: The Sky’s the Limit in 2017! Think birds and bubbles, rockets and balloons, insects and kites and those crazy flying machines. More arts/science collaboration will

At Upstairs Gallery this month: Don Lever

Don Lever attended the Elam School of Fine Arts at the age of 14 in 1945. His teachers included Archie Fisher, John Weeks, Louis White and Ida Eise. Don says he was stimulated by John Weeks’ ‘contemporary’ colours that he used in his paintings, an influence Don continues in his works today. Don enjoyed a rich and successful career as art director and director of two major Auckland advertising agencies but never put down his paint brushes. He describes his art as traditional – with a twist. His work is represented in the Auckland Art Gallery and throughout New Zealand and overseas. Don has lived in Titirangi since 1953 and his love of the natural beauty of the Waitakeres inspired him to produce a collection of paintings that capture the regions native flowers. The exhibition runs until May 21.

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take flight at the Corban Estate Arts Centre (CEAC) in an exploration of all things airborne throughout a day of creative stimulation and hands–on arts experience, together with exhibitions and performances. Saturday May 13, 10am-4pm, Free. CEAC has a strong commitment to the transforming power of creativity in the lives of our more at-risk individuals. In Let’s Talk About It, young people speak up about their challenges with mental health through music, spoken word, rap and sharing personal experiences. This powerful and confronting evening explores how anxiety, depression and thoughts of ending their lives have affected these courageous young performers and presenters. The Cellar, Corban Estate Arts Centre, June 1, 7-9pm, Free. In a new venture, CEAC is sending out an ‘open call’ to young people between the ages of 16 – 20 who have a hankering to be involved in performance – acting, singing, playing an instrument or learning the craft of backstage and technical support. Westside Tales – Youth Theatre Company, under director Suli Moa, has held two workshops to date and a core ensemble of performers is evolving. Based on the improvisational work so far, Suli is writing a script for the company’s first performance piece. This is a great time to get involved. Since graduating from Toi Whakaari (the New Zealand Drama School), Suli has written and directed Early orthodontic assessment Dr Nitin Raniga several plays. In 2016 he was awarded the Pacifica Playwright Adam Award. a wise investment Orthodontist Dr Nitin Raniga, local member of the New Zealand Association of As a culminating festival to celebrate Youth Week in West Auckland, CEAC will host the BDSsays (Otago), (Otago), Orthodontists (NZAO), the best ageDCInDent for your child to see a as you notice a problem. “If you’re concerned, RSCEd, MRACDS (Orth) Vibe Youth Festival featuring a great line-up of organisations contributing to a full-onspecialist day ofis as soonMOrth you definitely shouldn’t wait until your child has all their adult teeth, you don’t need6 a referral from a dentist Exminster St, or dental therapist.” music, DJs, graffiti art, dance crews, funky art workshops, exhibitions, spoken word andandAn food. orthodontist is a registered dentist who has gone on to complete an Bay education in specialist additional 2-3 years ofBlockhouse fulltime postgraduate university Saturday June 3, 1-7pm, Free. 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 The team at CEAC also provides a comprehensive schools programme, holiday art classes, study and professional development to stay on top of the latest trends and Phone (09) 627 3555 improvements in orthodontic treatment. treatment by a specialist can reduce or occasionally youth arts workshops and also fronts large arts events. They work tirelessly to keepDr Raniga the says earlynitin@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 light of creativity alive in the lives of our children. Also on the Corban Estate, the Pacifica development,” says Dr Raniga. There is much less stigma around wearing braces Mamas continue to inspire a new generation of children with the cultural stories andandcrafts orthodontic appliances, compared with what parents may recall from their childhood. “Teenagers will actually of the Pacific. Their revered status and, often, great age, give children an experience ofown being nag Mum and Dad for an appointment. Our children know the value of a respectfully in the presence of much love and wisdom. 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.” We can’t mend the education system overnight, but arts institutions To ensure you’re receiving specialist advice, always look for the NZAO logo. For more information go to www.orthodontists.org.nz. in the West are doing a fine job of filling the gaps.

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may w – 21, Picturing Asia: Double Take, the photography of Brian Brake and Steve McCurry; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w – 28, Manukau to Muriwai, paintings by Jill Perrott; West Coast Gallery, Seaview Road, Piha; open Wed – Sun, 10am-4pm. Phone 812 8029, www.westcoastgallery. co.nz. w 1 – July 3, Dayspring Trust Creative Art Classes, suitable for all levels, starter pack provided; 10am-1.30pm; 2 Seabrook Ave, New Lynn; $80. Phone Karen Ross 827 6321. 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 5, Flicks@Lopdell: Personal Shopper (TBC) (M); Lopdell House Theatre; 10.30am and 8.15pm; tickets from eventfinder.co.nz or phone 818 2489 for bookings. flickscinema.weebly.com. w 6, SWISS MARKET DAY yodelling & Alp-horn playing, Swiss breads and pastries, Bratwurst sausages, holey cheeses, Swiss chocolates, gingerbreads, Swiss Army knives, Swiss accordions, unique arts and crafts; 6 Rockridge Ave, Penrose; 8.00 am to 3.00pm.

w 7, French Market; French Bay Yacht Club, bottom of Hall, Titirangi Beach Road, Titirangi; 8pm; $8, members Otitori Bay Road. Phone 817 7609 or visit www.frenchbay. org.nz. w 7, Waikumete Cemetery Guided Walk: Mayors, Mariners, and Stonemasons; meet at Chapel of Faith in the Oaks; 10am-12pm or 3-5 pm; Gold coin donation. Visit Friends of Waikumete’s Facebook page or phone Ruth 818 4352. w 7, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732. w 9, The Western District Women’s Dinner Club dinner and speaker; Te Atatu RSA; visitors welcome. Phone Margaret 021 154 0946. w 9, 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 gary.snow@ihug.co.nz. w 10, Lopdell Precinct Community Film Night: The Beatles – 8 Days a Week (PG); Lopdell House Theatre; 7.30pm; Free entry. Phone 817 2583. w 12, Upstairs Gallery presents The Woman in Gold (M); Lopdell House Theatre; 7.30pm; Lopdell Theatre Members free, Non-members $12. Phone 817 4278. w 13, Massive Fundraiser Garage Sale, clothing, shoes, toys, books, bric-a-brac and much more, Refreshments available; Titirangi Rudolf Steiner School, 5 Helios Place, Titirangi; 7.30-11.30am. Phone Joyce Kirk 027 410 0504 or email Jhakirk@netscape.net. w 13, Titirangi Folk Music Club Concert with Captain Morgan. Floor singers in the first half; Titirangi Beach

$5, under 18 free. Phone Tricia 818 5659 or Ian 813 2305. w 14, 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 18, Waitakere Forest & Bird AGM followed by Dale McConnell talking about SquarkSquad, a start-up social enterprise; Kelston Community Centre, corner of Awaroa and Great North Roads; 7.30pm. Phone Liz 027 476 2732 or email lizanstey@hotmail.com. w 19, Flicks@Lopdell: The Eagle Huntress (TBC) (M); Lopdell House Theatre; 10.30am and 8.15pm; tickets from eventfinder.co.nz or phone 818 2489 for bookings. flickscinema.weebly.com. w 23, Titirangi U3A with a range of activities including study groups, discussions, speakers and more; West Lynn Garden, 73 Parker Avenue, New Lynn; 1.30pm; gold coin. Contact maggie.u3a.titirangi@gmail.com. w 24, Holdens in the West, the history of Holden NZ in general and the Early Holden Club of Auckland in particular, presented by the West Auckland Historical Society; 7pm; Waitakere Gardens (Ground Floor Meeting Room), 15 Sel Peacock Drive, Henderson; $2 door charge. Phone Vivien 833 4692. w 27, 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, 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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june West Coast Gallery, Piha; Open Wed – Sun, 10am-4pm. Phone 812 8029. www.westcoastgallery.co.nz w June 4, Waikumete Cemetery Guided Walk: The Hand of Fate; meet at War Memorial Cenotaph; 10am-12noon or 3-5pm; Gold coin donation. Visit Friends of Waikumete’s Facebook page or phone Ruth 818 4352. w June 28, Early development of bus travel out West, a talk by Garth Stewart presented by the West Auckland Historical Society; 7pm; Waitakere Gardens (Ground Floor Meeting Room), 15 Sel Peacock Drive, Henderson; $2 door charge. Phone Vivien 833 4692. There is so much happening in and around our community, including many weekly events, that we can’t fit everything into these listings. To find out more about whatever you are interested in, from Air Scouts to yoga and almost everything in between, visit:

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• 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, info@ecomatters.org.nz. • Flicks cinema, Lopdell House Theatre. 818 2489, www.flickscinema.weebly.com. • 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@ mccahonhouse.org.nz. • Playhouse Theatre, 15 Glendale Road, Glen Eden. 818 5751. • Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, 420 Titirangi Road, Titirangi, 10am–4.30pm daily. 817 8087, info@teuru.org.nz. • Titirangi Theatre, Lopdell House Theatre, 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 Wednesday – Sunday, 10am–4pm. 812 8029, www.westcoastgallery.co.nz.

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‘I just do my own thing ...’ A finalist in the 2016 Play It Strange Trust’s Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition, Green Bay High School student Heidi Simpson’s star is on the rise. The 15 year-old’s song Hurts Like Hell was recorded professionally last year as part of her prize package and released on the Trust’s compilation album of the finalists’ work. The song has also just been licensed by local production company Greenstone for use in one of its upcoming shows. Now she’s teamed up with well known New Zealand musician Fiona McDonald, who is mentoring Heidi in preparation for a performance at We Are One – A Concert For Autism. Held for the first time in 2017 We Are One aims to promote awareness of autism in a positive way through music. “Fiona is a family friend and I knew her mainly from BBQs and dinners,” explains Heidi. “My parents have been friends with her for a while. She got asked to mentor someone from Play it Strange for this event and then she thought of me because she had heard my songs and heard me play and she asked me to do it.” Heidi and Fiona will play together and sing parts of each other’s songs in their performance. Heidi says she can’t remember a point at which she started to be involved with music. “I grew up in a musical home with my dad being a guitarist/singer and in bands and my mum used to be a drummer. But there definitely was a point where I started to get more into it at primary school. I joined the choirs and school bands and I was involved with a lot of different music things when I was in primary. So that was a really good starting point. Over the years I’ve been in school bands and taken music class and also just done my own thing. At the moment I’m trying to learn how to do more programming so I can record my own songs.” A guitar player since around age 8, Heidi also plays the piano and is currently learning drums. “My favourite is probably guitar because I don’t actively do lessons, I just do my own thing and learn/write

songs. I like learning piano too but I most enjoy it when I use the skills I’ve learnt to write songs on the piano because they come out differently to the songs I write on guitar.” The song Hurts Like Hell evolved “when I was just mucking around with some chords that I hadn’t really used and then I just made up lyrics to it and for some reason it didn’t take very long. To be honest it was one of those songs where I didn’t think too hard about what I was writing about. And it can mean a different thing to me each time depending on what I’m thinking about or what’s happening.” Heidi worked with producer Jeremy Toy to record Hurts Like Hell. “We started with the guitar, then added electronic sounds and my voice. The drum beat was recorded last. “When Fiona asked me to be involved with We Are One I was super keen,” says Heidi. “There will be a few people performing who are on the spectrum of autism, and of course it’s a fundraising event, so everyone coming will be helping out, even if it’s just a little, by buying a ticket.” Other well known performers at the concert include Shane Cortese, Mike Chunn, Jordan Luck and Peter Urlich. Although there is some uncertainty as to how her year will progress musically, Heidi is definitely interested in studying music after high school. “At the moment I am working towards recording my own songs but I would definitely like to get a few more done professionally. And I am writing more new songs. I will enter the Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition again and may enter things like the SmokeFree Rockquest.” When asked where she sees herself in 10 years time Heidi laughs. “Oh wow that’s a tough question! I would love to still be doing music and to be successful. I also really enjoy acting, but I’m not 100% sure about anything yet. It’s hard to know when you’re only 15!” We Are One - A Concert for Autism; May 13, 7pm, Sacred Heart College Auditorium. Adults $45, children $25. Book at eventfinder. co.nz. Listen to Hurts Like Hell at www.playitstrange.bandcamp.com/ album/2016-lion-foundation-songwriting-competition.

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Buying wine in restaurants

The person who pays the piper, calls the tune.

It’s time to talk about buying wine in a restaurant. I could say, like Mr Punch’s famous advice for those about to marry, ‘Don’t!’ But that would be churlish: a good meal out demands a good wine to accompany it. The prices, however, do amaze me. They’re often a 100% mark-up on retail prices. Despite the restaurateurs’ explanations, I can’t see why a wine that retails at about $20 should cost about $40, while a wine we know is about $40 in a shop costs about $80 in the restaurant. Is the cost of cellaring a $40 bottle so much greater that caring for a $20 bottle? I don’t believe their explanations. A further complication is that names on the wine list are often unfamiliar. There are several explanations: some small boutique wineries sell mainly to restaurants and at their own cellar door. Another possibility: some wineries have a second or third label, sold only at restaurants. The obvious solution is to buy the cheapest label of your favourite grape. Seeking something a little more classy, ask the wine waiter, “What is your best value white/red under $50?” I did this at the French Café, a fine-dining Auckland restaurant, and was pleasantly surprised when the wine waiter chose a French Shiraz blend at the cheaper end of the spectrum, about $45. You’re unlikely to see anything less than about $40 and

this will give 4 people two glasses each Consider also buying wine by the glass. Most restaurants have a fair selection. Some seem more generous than others! You should get about 100ml. Only once in our travels did we find a glass marked at this level: a very stylish hotel in Greece. I’ve mentioned this hotel before. It’s the same place that, when I commented that the white wine was rather too chilled, the waiter whipped out a wine thermometer and asked, without any hint of a patronising tone, “What temperature would you like it at Sir?” I hadn’t a clue and was speechless. I now know that the temperature I prefer, cool in the mouth, is about 13 degrees. Most places serve white wine too cold. Take courage and ask them to run it under the hot tap for a while. It won’t hurt the wine, and the flavour will be enhanced. I have a theory, supported only by my own research, that white wines as well as red, benefit from having time to breathe, exposure to air through decanting or being poured from glass to glass a few times. Open too long and a wine begins to fade and change. In a restaurant they usually write the time and date of opening on the label. If you find the wine does not meet your expectations, don’t be afraid to ask. The person who pays the piper, calls the tune.

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Technology has a place but personal service remains essential Whether we like it or not, technology is changing the way we live and work, and for professions that are traditionally slow to change, such as law, technology is transforming the way practitioners work. For many it's a process of evolution but it's no easy ride. Glen Eden lawyer Greg Presland says changes in the law appear to occur much quicker these days and computers are the main reason. "It used to be that legislation was in place for a couple of decades but now it might be five years. Computers have not made it easier, but more complex," he says. "The process of doing legislative changes is different now. We follow models where we add things in rather than slim things down. With word processing now it means that when you review a document, you add extra words and put other things in. Rather than keeping it simple, much legislation is increasing in length to an unfortunate amount," Greg says. Don Thomas and Ray Ganda have both been practising law since 1971, Don always in New Lynn and Ray in Titirangi since 1985. They've recently combined their two firms with Ray relocating to New Lynn because, they say, their work is becoming more complicated each year with increases in the responsibilities on lawyers, and changes in the complexity of their requirements in offering services to clients. Across the range of the legal services they offer, Don says technology has been the main driver of change with Google and other research tools being easily accessed. Technology is changing "People have more knowledge now and the way lawyers expectations are higher. We're in the service operate. industry and always have been," he says. "No matter how much research our clients do, they may spend way more time than if they had consulted a lawyer." Ray agrees. "It's easy to Google something but it's not explicit enough or thorough enough for most people. It's okay for background but it's not getting the job done. "We're here to provide a service and get clients the results they need and want. People often leave it too late before getting a lawyer on board and underestimate the minutiae. That's where lawyers really are your best friends. FRINGEADLTD.pdf 16:33which could have been "Lawyers end up cleaning1 up15/11/16 a lot of issues avoided in the first place," says Ray.

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"Wills are the classic situation,” says Don. “You can get wills packages through a stationer or on the internet but we spend a lot of time afterwards trying to fix them up. They're not signed correctly, they're not witnessed properly, they don't cover all the things they need to." Technology is not going away and, as systems develop, the onus is on lawyers to keep up with changes. There are, of course, administrative benefits. Greg notes that he no longer has to write about a hundred cheques a week, particularly on Fridays when vast amounts of money relating to property transactions are moved around. "When I started 30 years ago, everyone had a secretary and all sorts of assistants. There are no secretaries to do the typing now and we tend to do things quicker," he says. "Emails are the big thing these days," says Ray. "We hardly ever post or receive mail now. It's about 90 per cent email." Green Bay sole practitioner Bill Korver has specialised in property

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law since the 1980s and recommends that anyone entering the property market should do as much research and networking as possible, particularly as law changes are significant and happening all the time. The internet is a valuable tool for research but there have been so many changes in property law over the past two decades – deposit rules for first home buyers, overseas investors and rules about tax, family trusts, rest home subsidies and more. “Internet searches can’t replace the up-to-date knowledge of those who've worked in the industry on a daily basis for years,” says Bill. Even as a sole practitioner, Bill is still part of a team. There's no flying solo in his work. "Lawyers don't just sit on the fence doing our own thing. We're part of an integral whole with all the links in the property chain coming together alongside banks, accountants, real estate agents, builders and councils. It's a bit like an eco system and we're part of the biological cycle but in an economic sense. You can't do your job without talking to other people and having knowledge about how other things work in with what you do. "Changes are happening all the time but when you work on something every day, the changes come over a period of time so it's not a huge surprise when they do arrive," he says. "I think if you went on holiday for a year, when you came back, you'd have a fair bit of research and learning to do to catch up." No matter how tech savvy our lawyers become, computers and their benefits simply won't replace the 'hands-on' role of lawyers as clients demand personal, efficient and knowledgeable legal services.

The Green Bay team was recently involved with spreading its message through the EcoWest Festival with a range of events including environmentally-oriented films and a sharing of knowledge and experiences with other community houses in West Auckland. In April there were interactive, hands-on workshops providing an introduction to zero waste, and a beach clean-up. School holiday programmes are run at the community house using materials that can be reused or recycled. Birthday parties are in huge demand (you need to book well in advance to get your required date) and Moana is working on a plan to create a birthday party kit that will feature reusable crockery, utensils and decorations. "I think Moana's attitude of giving things a try has made the community house the success it is," says Anja. "She has an open mind and a great love for her community. With social media, many people are becoming isolated so providing a space for them is at the heart of what we do." And if you don't want to be part of a group, it's okay to pop in to read a book on a comfy couch. There's a good chance the house cat, Twinkletoes, will join you. He's so adored by everyone using the centre, he even has his own Instagram page. "Get involved with your community house, no matter where you live. It's affordable and you can start your own activity," says Anja. Moana says she walked past the Barron Drive house nearly every day for 17 years before she had children and started taking them to playgroup there. "I didn't know what the place had to offer until I started bringing my kids to various events," she says. "There was something different nearly every day." With the Friday night food event now finished for winter, Moana and Anja don't intend to let things slacken. "We have lists of ideas. Lists and lists. We want to inspire people in our community to get involved, in whatever way they want," says Anja. "And we need to think and plan ahead for what we want in our community and what we want it to be in the next 15 or 20 years. We want to collaborate with other communities, organisations and groups and share the knowledge we've achieved in the last few years," Moana says. "Watch this space." For more information visit www.greenbaycommunityhouse. co.nz or phone 827 3300. You could also visit www.instagram.com/ twinkletoesthecat.

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All hands welcome to save the bush and deal to predators It is said that invasive weeds reduce the life of the bush to 70 or 80 years, instead of letting it last for hundreds of thousands of years. Auckland is one of the weediest cities in the world but with council resources becoming more limited, the battle to contain weeds increasingly lies in the hands of caring communities. The South Titirangi Neighbourhood Network is one such. It's been walking the walk for the past 18 months, clearing and controlling weeds, planting native trees and shrubs, setting up programmes for predator control and running community workshops. It has partnered with Gecko NZ Trust, a non-profit organisation set up to improve social and ecological outcomes in communities. Tinopai Road residents and network co-ordinators Anja Hennig and Kate Anson are committed to their 'patch' and beyond, but with full-time careers, they're keen to see more people put their hands up to help and for council to provide support to maintain the areas they've already worked on. "We need to chip, chip, chip Kate Anson and Anja Hennig - loving their neighbourhood away and keep on top of the sites we've already cleared and planted, giving the natives the best possible start before they get overrun with weeds again," Anja says. But it's hard going. "We need to grow and we're keen to attract young people and teens. "We'd like to see more support from council and for it to take ownership of its own properties like parks, reserves and tracks. With that support those of us volunteering can work more closely with elderly neighbours. It would be a real neighbourhood support system," she says. When Kate moved into the neighbourhood in 2013, she fell in love with the surrounding bush and fabulous views but the back of her property was a slope of solid ginger, tradescantia, climbing asparagus and plectranthus. "I've always been passionate about the environment, loved gardening and wanted to see my own property

weed-free," Kate says. "I just started working on it and the bush around it, and then began helping the neighbours out. Working in the bush is good for your mental health and physical fitness," says Kate. The achievements of the network over the past 12 months include: • More than 800 native plants planted on Tinopai, Tamariki and Titirangi Beach Reserves. • Tinopai Track cleared of more than 3 cubic metres of ladder fern, agapanthus, arum lily, asparagus fern and montbretia. • Titirangi Beach Reserve cleared of more than 60kgs of plectranthus. • Tamariki Reserve cleared of 30kgs of ginger, 20kgs of tradescantia and 10kgs of asparagus fern. "If everyone does a little bit, we can make a huge change," says Anja. "Every little bit of effort helps enormously, even if that's someone bringing a drink to those working. A real community effort would be great." Kate has also developed a keen interest in predator control, working with 200 other households doing co-ordinated pest control 'pulses' from Wood Bay Road to South Titirangi Road. Pulsing involves each household blitzing pests at the same time for two weeks every few months. To date neighbourhood pulses have caught 90 possums and 150 rats, and used 738 bait blocks for rat eradication. You can join the programme at any time. The South Titirangi peninsula is thought to be an ideal site for restoration and as more groups join the pulses, the area will have a ring-fence of trapping, enclosed by the coastline, streets doing pulsing and volunteers working trapping lines from Park Road to Titirangi Beach. With enough support, a pest-free South Titirangi is achievable by 2022. "By getting rid of the predators we can create a sanctuary here for birds and other creatures in this beautiful bush," Kate says. "We'll get an overflow from the Ark in the Park where we're starting to see kaka, kokako and North Island robin again. "As that project continues, it will link an area of bush reaching from Tiritiri Matangi Island allowing birds and the whole forest to thrive," she says. More information: www.facebook.com.South-Titirangi-Neighbourhood-Network For weeding/planting call Anja 021 239 1179 and for predator control call 027 344 9847 to find out your local group or email kateanson@hotmail.com. The next pulse starts on May 13. – Moira Kennedy

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Some of the most spectacular views in Auckland Two striking features are likely to cross your mind when you complete the Mercer Bay Loop Track – the sheer majesty of the highest sea cliffs in the Waitakeres and the incredible ease with which one can reach them. Less than 10 minutes drive from Piha beach and taking only about an hour to walk, the track is a blissful wander around a manageable route and provides the ultimate introduction to the rugged beauty and history of the west coast. The car park, located at the end of Log Race Road (off Te Ahu Ahu Road), was once the site of a World War II radar station used to detect enemy aircraft entering Auckland’s airspace. In the years since then, the buildings have been relocated to other locations throughout the city and a weather beacon now sits on the site. Being a loop track it can be started from either direction with the western route quickly leading south along the cliff tops of Takatu Head through regenerating scrub. When I visited the afternoon was perfectly still and quiet with the wind and normally roaring tide below scarcely uttering a whisper. The wellformed gravel track undulates gently through thickets of manuka, kawakawa and pohutakawa presenting, at one point, a case of natural symbiosis – a kauri growing out of the base of a pohutakawa as if the two icons of New Zealand flora were joined at the hip. After a further 15 minutes, walkers will reach the first of the track’s lookouts offering perhaps one of the most spectacular views in Auckland. At 270 metres above sea level it presents an immense panorama of the glassy seascape stretching from the horizon to the coastline, extending southward over precipitous rocky promontories to the sandy plains of Whatipu. Although safety railings have been installed around the most dangerous sites, extreme care should be taken on all parts of the walk, especially by those with children. The track then starts a mild descent winding inland through patches of toe toe and harekeke on which the last of the cicadas feebly sing their autumn aria over the growing hiss of the sea. Levelling out, it runs toward

the cliff’s edge and onto one of the promontories, the site of a former Pa and one of the first settlements in the Waitakeres. Here a Pou (or commemorative pillar) has been erected acknowledging these former inhabitants and as a symbol of Te Kawerau a Maki, the local Tangata Whenua and Kaitiaki of the area. From the nearby grassy platform at the end of the bluff, you can observe, to the north, the colossal cliff face on which the first lookout is perched. Its sheer power is staggering, tumbling away into the ocean no longer placid but tumultuous with patterns of white foam rippling across the pounamu-green water. Venture back to the Pou and the loop continues up the inland side of head. For those willing to continue around the coast, Ahu Ahu track branches off and progresses south past Mercer Bay to Karekare. Otherwise it’s a quick slog up the hill to the car park. Although the ascent is relatively brief, those with limited fitness may want to take their time on this segment or alternatively attempt the loop from the opposite direction. In any case, you’re not likely to want for much on this walk or find many others that so perfectly combine accessibility, spectacle and duration. And for those fleeing the clamour and convolution of less serene places, the views from the tops of those immense, ancient cliffs are certain to raise spirits. And put things in perspective.

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Good exercise and great company With the Waitakere Ranges right on our doorstep, West Auckland is the perfect place to explore and be in nature, and there is no shortage of clubs and groups around to make sure you don’t have to do it alone. One such group is Titirangi Walkers, a small group that meets every week. Meeting at the Titirangi Community Centre most Sundays, the group goes for walks around the area, each one typically five to seven kilometres long although there are shorter options available as well. After the walk a room is hired at the Community Centre so that walkers can relax, have a chat and enjoy a cup of tea. When the Titirangi Village Market is happening the group will have away walks, with recent ones including Olympic Park and Keith Hay Park. “On our away walks we bring morning tea to share and always have a table full of yummy food,” says Keren, a member of the group. There are typically 10 people on the walks, and they will be out there rain or shine, having cancelled only once in the past four years due to incredible rain. Each walk usually lasts around 90 minutes. Anyone who wants to get in touch with the group or find out more can do so on their Facebook page, or by meeting them at the Titirangi Community House on the first three Sundays of the month at 8:15am to be ready for an 8:30am start. https://www.facebook.com/TitirangiWalkers/ – George Shiers

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Lizard leaves the Village Yeah gidday. Lizard here, but not for long. If I'm honest, Shaz has not been entirely happy living in the caravan for the last 20 or 30 years so when the council’s final eviction notice was stuck to our rear window stating we had three days to vacate the Titirangi roundabout, Shaz was not as upset as I was. I had made a lot of friends with the locals while on the roundabout, some of whom shared our clothesline to hang their own sheets with messages welcoming home mates or wishing people happy birthday. We were always considerate and kept the blinds open so drivers could get a clear view through the caravan to spot oncoming traffic and see if we were up and ready for visitors. Passers-by could use the longdrop, as we had dug it plenty deep, as per council requirements and our awning helped protect the sculptures from the weather. Win, win we thought. We kept visitor parking to two vehicles at a time and only used the outdoor shower after dark. We're not idiots. I also had no idea it was illegal to keep pigs in a residential area. No mention of the horse the kids loved to sit on I noticed. Still, as we roundabout dwellers always say, all good things must come to a bend and Shaz popped out to visit one of the 20 or so real-estate offices in the village while I began to demolish the outbuildings and make a stack of the corrugated iron from the fence, in a tidy pile behind the gallery. Boy I was going to miss the 360 degree views. I am even leaving the spud patch so some lucky bugger can dig them up around Christmas time. It took a while to get a real-estate salesperson that didn't talk in confusing corporate lingo and didn't say the word 'investment'. I had sunk over four grand into the caravan and a further hundy into improvements so we agreed on a budget of $5000. The sales bloke misinterpreted this to mean $500,000. Just a question of zeros he jokingly said. Bloody hilarious mate. Shaz had once watched this chick-flick set in New York or Paris about this artist that lived and painted nudies in a loft so when she said this to the real-salesman he said they are called studio apartments and that he had heaps to show us. He went on to proudly say there was a law coming in demanding a minimum size of 30sqm. The smallest one sold in Auckland was 7.9sqm he scoffed.

I'm not very good at visualising sizes so I dropped into a mate’s flat in Henderson to take some measurement and judge what 30sqm looked like. His lounge, as far as we could figure, was 60sqm. The granny flat out the back, which had a dining room, dunny, laundry, single bedroom and a study was 143sqm. His double garage was 36sqm! Anyway, Shaz said I had to have an open mind. I said I'd have to go outside the studio to get enough room to open my mind. I got the look. Whoops. The sales bloke said it was smart of us to invest in a professional’s time as there were heaps of really flash million-dollar apartment buildings that leaked. This reminded me of granddad: he built a woodshed in an afternoon that kept the kindling dry all winter, for three dollars! How was it, that a team of architects, engineers, and council inspectors could spend a fortune and then only guarantee the building until next Thursday as long as there wasn't a weather bomb with a name like Carol? He went on and on about trustworthy corporate bodies that diligently maintained things for as little as five grand annually, per unit, naturally. The incredible security that a $150.00 swipe key offered the residents and how it was wonderfully quiet because no-one was allowed any guests, pets, or petrol driven vehicles in the single carpark provided, of course, for a small monthly additional fee. Short story made long, we are now still in the caravan but behind the bins in a place called Metropolis Mansions Belle Vista Court. I slipped the security guard, an old mate from Glen Eden, a hundy so we could run a lead out of the toilet louvres and he kindly threw in his spare swipe card. Shaz loves her morning dip in the house lap pool and I'm selling the kitchen some free-range eggs from the chooks I grabbed as we left the village. The pigs are fattening up well from all the kale left on the diner’s plates. I admit, living in the urban jungle, I miss the traffic noise and congestion of the village which lulled us to sleep. The kitchen-hand said we should check out some unused land on Rangitoto. If that disappoints, who knows, we might be back out west. Later, Lizard

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