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ISSUE 160, JUNE 2017

community news, issues, arts, people, events


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Pyjamas for foster children....................................................... 4 Nuclear-free New Zealand in Glen Eden.................................. 5 New cycle paths for New Lynn................................................. 6 Titirangi’s Miss Marple............................................................. 7

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They said it: a new train set for Titirangi?................................ 8 Film-makers reunited............................................................... 9 Community House chair calls for action on rubbish.............. 10 Bandstanding: Paul O’Brien – rocking it up a bit.................... 12 Art and about with Naomi McCleary.................................14-15 Places to go: Events listing................................................16-17 Bringing the community together.......................................... 18

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On stage: news from our local theatres................................. 19 Feature: education............................................................20-21 Feature: home and living...................................................23-24 Mural progress, Arataki events and Hospice wins.................. 25 “Like tramping but with a real purpose”...........................26-27 Join kauri rescue and save your kauri trees........................... 28

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Walking West with Mick Andrew............................................ 29 Live @ the lounge.................................................................. 30 Advertisers directory.............................................................. 31 On our cover: Kokako are rare and endangered but thanks to the work of Waitakere Forest and Bird, Auckland Council and a large team of volunteers they are being reintroduced into the Waitakere Ranges at the Ark in the Park sanctuary. Following extensive pest control work, the future for kokako chicks like the one on our cover is looking brighter. See page 26 for more on Ark in the Park. Photo by Jacqui Geux.

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Features: Moira Kennedy 817 2204, 021 723 153 moira@fringemedia.co.nz Waitakere Ranges Local Board has been constructing the new Little Muddy Creek walkway, connecting Huia Road and Rimutaka Place near Tangiwai Reserve. It was to be completed late last month. It is part of a broader concept plan for a 50km path from Titirangi to Swanson.

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Pyjamas for foster children Foster Hope is a charitable trust which believes every foster child deserves to know that someone cares about them. The trust demonstrates this through providing the more than 5,000 foster children in New Zealand, and their care givers, with support and assistance. Among the initiatives the trust runs is their annual new pyjama drive leading into winter. One of the reasons the trust specifically asks for NEW summer or winter pyjamas (for children aged 0-17 years) is that many of these children have never had a brand new pair of their very own and knowing that someone has shopped especially for them is a huge boost to their self-esteem. There are a number of ways members of the public can help the trust meet its goal of collecting 4,000 pairs of pyjamas each year. The easiest way is to simply donate pyjamas that you have purchased. Or you could place a box at your work, gym, hairdresser, kindergarten or school and invite others to donate. You could also get your friends involved. Another idea is to organise a Pyjama Day at your school or work. Just set a date when the staff or pupils are invited to wear their pyjamas for the day in return for a donation which could be used to buy pyjamas or simply donated to the trust online. All monetary donations will go towards purchasing pyjamas if you put PYJAMAS as the reference.

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Nuclear-free New Zealand in Glen Eden

Weapons Ban Treaty at the United Nations, to be debated in mid June. Among the organisations helping to drive this initiative is the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), whose banner features in the exhibition. The exhibition has moved to the Titirangi Library for the month of June and a public meeting featuring live music and speakers will take place at the Titirangi Library on Saturday, June 17 at 2pm. For more information contact Laurie Ross on 818 0696 or email laurie-ross@xtra.co.nz.

Peace activist Laurie Ross with local board member Steve Tollestrup addressing the Glen Eden gathering in front of the original Nuclear Free Peacemaker banner created by Titirangi artists Ule Kortner in 1982.

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Waitākere Ranges’ future

We’re developing our Local Board Plan 2017 and want to know what you think of the projects and outcomes we propose to focus on over the next three years. Go online to shapeauckland.co.nz to read our draft local board plan and provide your feedback by 30 June 2017. Come along to one of the events below to find out more. Drop-in sessions: • Sunday 4 June, 9am-11am, Swanson Market pop-up stall, Swanson Railway Station, 760 Swanson Road, Swanson • Saturday 17 June, 12pm-2pm, Glen Eden Community House neighbourhood BBQ, 13 Pisces Road, Glen Eden

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June 11 is the 30th anniversary of New Zealand’s decision to become nuclear-free and a major event is to take place on Auckland Domain to mark the date. Glen Eden resident Laurie Ross is helping to co-ordinate the event and also organised an exhibition and community event outside Glen Eden Library last month. The library’s display windows presented an exhibition of historic posters, badges and stickers commemorating the activities of the neighbourhood peace groups who lobbied their local councils to declare themselves nuclear free in the early 1980s. There were 105 locally declared nuclear-free councils (including Waitakere City Council) covering 72% of the population. This was the prelude to central government establishing the 1987 nuclear-free zone legislation. Waitakere Ranges Local Board member Steve Tollestrup was a keynote speaker at the Glen Eden event, along with local business woman Lisa Er. Both have worked for peace, disarmament, social and environmental values throughout their lives. Both emphasised the importance of the nuclear-free legislation which barred nuclear weapons and ships from entering this country. This year’s 30th anniversary coincides with a major international initiative as 132 nations, including New Zealand are working to formulate an historic Nuclear

• Sunday 25 June, 10am-12pm, Titirangi Village Market pop-up

stall, Titirangi War Memorial Hall, 500 South Titirangi Rd, Titirangi.

Have Your Say events: These meetings include a presentation and facilitated conversation. • Thursday 8 June, 6pm-8pm, Waitākere Ranges Local Board Office, 39 Glenmall Place, Glen Eden • Tuesday 13 June, 6.30pm-8.30pm, Waitākere Domain Hall, 13 Bethells Road, Waitākere • Wednesday 21 June, 6.30pm-8.30pm, Laingholm Village Hall, 69 Victory Road, Laingholm.

Have your say by 4pm on Friday 30 June For more information and to provide feedback, visit shapeauckland.co.nz or your local public library, service centre or local board office. Or phone the Waitākere Ranges Local Board on 09 813 9150.

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New cycle paths for New Lynn

A new cycleway could run from the intersection of Willerton Road and Seabrook Avenue (above) to New Lynn.

A proposed off-road cycleway could be coming to Seabrook Avenue in New Lynn and it would be a big step forward in connecting West Auckland with other bike lanes and making it easier to get around on two wheels. Following public feedback from last year, Auckland Transport is focusing on developing a number of cycling projects within easy distance of the Avondale and New Lynn train stations. The proposed cycleway would begin at the Willerton Avenue intersection and run along Seabrook Avenue until it connects with the existing shared paths on Margan and Rankin Avenues. Not only will the cycleway make it easier for commuters to take their bikes into the city via train, it will also make it safer for children to cycle to New Lynn Primary School.

The path will be a three metre-wide off-road shared path and will have a protected cycle crossing. There will be improved way-finding signs and upgraded street lighting. There are also plans to improve traffic flow down Seabrook Avenue with traffic calming measures such as speed cushions and a speed table. “We are aiming to begin construction in October this year,” says Kathryn King, manager of walking, cycling and road safety for Auckland Transport. “If work goes as expected we hope it will be open by May 2018. “We have investigated extending the network out to Titirangi Road and hope in future that this will be possible. However, in the shorter term there isn’t funding available for this.” The Seabrook Avenue cycleway is just one of a number of projects Auckland Transport has proposed for development over the next few years. Routes that have high priority include the Rankin Avenue and Clark Street intersection and increased bike parking in New Lynn. A New Lynn to Avondale shared path is currently going through its detailed design phase with construction planned for 2018 and the Te Whau Pathway has also entered its detailed design phase following public consultation earlier this year. Parts of this path, through existing parks and reserves, have already been completed. – George Shiers

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Titirangi’s Miss Marple a reminder of tragic events in history, such as the lady who died in 1918 and was buried at Waikumete, just six months after giving birth – and one of hundreds of victims of the flu epidemic." Gail took up genealogy as a hobby 20 years ago, but took it further than most hobbyists by completing a diploma course through the University of Toronto. She has used her skills to research her own and client's family trees going back to the 1700s, putting the results into professionally printed books along with period photos and notes on the social and political situations of the time. "Searching for the living and tracing family trees can be very challenging but the satisfaction I get from 'cracking a case' and reuniting family members is enormous," says Gail. Contact Gail on Family Finder NZ on Facebook or gailwilson1864@gmail.com

Gail Wilson-Waring: reuniting families.

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We’re developing our Local Board Plan 2017 and want to know what you think of the projects and outcomes we propose to focus on over the next three years. Go online to shapeauckland.co.nz to read our draft local board plan and provide your feedback by 30 June 2017. Or come and talk to us at one of the Have Your Say events below. These meetings include a presentation and facilitated conversation: • Tuesday 30 May, 6pm-8pm, St Ninian’s Hall, 17 St Georges Road, Avondale

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She has reunited hundreds of families as a researcher for several TV shows and now Gail Wilson-Waring is offering her services to the public. "My colleagues started calling me Miss Marple, hopefully not because I look like the TV character, but because I can find just about anybody, living or dead," says Gail. "I use a wide variety of genealogy data bases to trace family trees and also utilise modern detection methods that wouldn't be out of place in a crime show to find missing relatives." Gail has just wrapped up the cases for the third series of TV3's Lost & Found, which will go to air later this year, and has previously done the sleuthing work for Missing Pieces and Family Secrets, working alongside presenter David Lomas. "We are often looking for people in the UK, and I can usually find them on data bases such as census, parish registers or electoral rolls but sometimes you hit a brick wall and have to think laterally. One man had changed his name but I knew he was a football fan and finally tracked him down though the local team's supporters’ club." "Sometimes research requires actual leg work, away from the computer, and I have visited tiny churches in England to look at the parish records, and walked around Waikumete Cemetery to find the information that headstones can give up. Often the information is

• Wednesday 14 June, 6pm-8pm, Whau Local Board office,

31 Totara Ave, New Lynn • Thursday 15 June, 6pm-8pm, Blockhouse Bay Community Centre, 524 Blockhouse Bay Road, Blockhouse Bay • Tuesday 20 June, 6pm-8pm, Kelston Community Hub, 68 St Leonards Road, Kelston • Friday 23 June, 6pm-8pm, Green Bay Community House, 1 Barron Drive, Green Bay.

Have your say by 4pm on Friday 30 June For more information and to provide feedback, visit shapeauckland.co.nz or your local public library, service centre or local board office. Or phone the Whau Local Board on 09 826 5190.

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A new train set for Titirangi? In the April issue of The Fringe, former local MP David Cunliffe broke the news that discussions have been going on between Watercare, local boards, regional park authorities, and tourism leaders regarding the possible creation of a tourist railway along Titirangi's Exhibition Drive. "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, keeping alive the spirit of the now closed Rainforest Express," said David. TONY WARING asked a random selection of locals for their opinions, asking two questions:

Uli Jess, local resident for 20 years, but now of Half Moon Bay 1. The train sounds like a good idea. Titirangi needs more attractions for tourists. 2. I never went on it – I have a car.

1. Would you like to see a small railway on Exhibition Drive, running from Waima to Arataki? 2. Do you have any suggestions for the future of Exhibition Drive? Victoria Parsons, a regular runner along the Drive 1. I like the idea as long as there will still be access for runners and walkers, and it is kept as a facility the community can use for free. 2. Auckland Council should take over ownership, and make it an entry to the Hillary Trail. The old pump building could be a running institute, keeping alive the Arthur Lydiard programmes, that are still highly regarded.

Mic Terry and Chewy, local identities 1. Wonderful idea. Certainly much better than a giant filtration plant. The area could use some more tourism. 2. Leave it the way it is. It's a beautiful track

Ken Matthews, local resident for 37 years 1. Brilliant. The Rainforest Express was magnificent, and if it could be replicated, that would be great. 2. The essence of Titirangi hasn’t changed over all my years here, and I think Exhibition Drive should stay the same, just with the addition of the railway.

Ivan Unkovich, long-time Scenic Drive dweller 1. Total waste of money. Just keep it as a walking track. 2. Ditto

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Film-makers reunited

Community organisations, sports clubs, A coincidental reunion has seen another film-maker join the burgeoning ranks of the local craft clubs and other non-commercial film community, and set up office in Lopdell House. organisations are welcome to post Since arriving in New Zealand nine years ago, their news and updates on The Robin Kewell has carved out a niche for himself as Fringe’s web site, FREE. both a maker and presenter of films. He started Email your updates and information to the Settlers Film Club in Oratia and has taken over info@fringemedia.co.nz See Our Place at www.fringemedia.co.nz. the helm of Flicks Cinema at Lopdell House. But it was while running a screening at The Vic cinema in Devonport that Robin recognised an old face from his days of making films in Cornwall. The face belonged to Bruce Everett, who came here in 2009 and, along with wife Lucy, set up the Dusty Road talent agency in 2014, representing key personnel in behind-the-camera roles in film and television and New Zealand’s leading advertising and design creatives. Bruce has wide experience in film-making, and set up animation studio Oktobor in Auckland. The studio had a staff of 150 producing the TV series Robin Kewell and Bruce Everett: looking forward to joint projects and community of Kung Fu Panda and Penguins of Madagascar collaborations. for Nickelodeon. "I had been on the waiting list for an office in Lopdell House since its refurbishment, as shuttling between my home office in Oratia and Lopdell Theatre for Flicks was rather inefficient. And Bruce was looking for an office close to home after moving from Devonport to Green Bay, so here we are," says Robin. "Bruce, like me, sees our presence in the area as a real opportunity to share ourEarly skills, orthodontic assessment Dr Nitin Raniga and collaborate with other small businesses in the community. My main work in the office is investment a wise Orthodontist Dr Nitin Raniga, local member of the New Zealand Association of editing and producing cameo films for local artists and craftspeople who want qualityOrthodontists video (NZAO), BDSsays (Otago), (Otago), the best ageDCInDent for your child to see a specialist is as soon as you notice a problem. “If you’re concerned, MOrth RSCEd, MRACDS (Orth) material to show on their websites and at exhibitions. I also offer a digital transfer service, you definitely shouldn’t wait until your child has all their adult teeth, and you don’t need6 a referral from a dentist Exminster St, or dental therapist.” transferring any film or video format that has become difficult to view, into digital files that An orthodontist is a registered dentist who has gone on to complete an Bay education in specialist additional 2-3 years ofBlockhouse fulltime postgraduate university can be played via computer." 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 study and professional development to stay on top of the latest trends and "Sharing an office with someone of Bruce's experience is a delight, and we are both looking Phone (09) 627 3555 improvements in orthodontic treatment. Dr Raniga says early treatment by a specialist can reduce or occasionally forward to working on some joint projects." nitin@aucklandortho.co.nz eliminate the need for more extensive treatment at a later age. “Orthodontists spend a great deal of their post graduate training studying facial growth and www.aucklandortho.co.nz robinkewell@xtra.co.nz development,” says Dr Raniga. There is much less stigma around wearing braces bruce@dustyroad.co.nz and orthodontic appliances, compared with what parents may recall from their own childhood. “Teenagers will actually nag Mum and Dad for an appointment. Our children know the value of a beautiful, functional smile that will last them a lifetime, and they’re willing to put the work in now. If that’s not a wise investment, I don’t know what is.”

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Community House chair calls for action on rubbish The chair of the Titirangi It's estimated that half of the 2.23 Community House, Ed King, is billion beverage containers bought throwing his support behind a in New Zealand each year end up in petition asking the Minister for landfill, the sea and waterways or the Environment to bring back the are disposed of by methods other bottle deposit scheme and he’s than recycling. That's nearly 46,000 asking the community to do the tonnes, the equivalent of 700 Boeing same. 747s discarded as litter. The Cash For Containers concept Ed was impressed with the is also being supported by the professionalism and experience of New Zealand Product Stewardship a team from the NZPSC who gave Council (NZPSC) which sees the a presentation to local boards, and scheme as a simple and effective thinks the information they shared way to deal with plastic pollution. Titirangi’s Community House: supporting a new recycling should be further disseminated People would pay a small deposit campaign. through community houses. on the container when they buy drinks, and get this back when the "Community houses exist to serve the people," he says, "and container is recycled. they're ideal locations from which to share this kind of information. A similar scheme operated in New Zealand in the 1980s (as many "The Titirangi house does do recycling but we will do a lot more readers of a 'certain age' will recall) and 'bottle drives' were hugely in the future and are keen to get local businesses involved. The popular with community groups like Scouts and sports clubs who house will become a source of information about recycling and successfully used them for fundraising. The scheme stopped when other community issues and it won't just be talk, talk, talk and then 'disposable' plastic bottles were introduced. just nothing. Talk is cheap. We need to have action on these issues, Ed says he remembers taking empty bottles and aluminium cans to otherwise it's pointless," Ed says. the dairy and getting money for them when he was young. "People And it's not just bottles and cans causing environmental issues. It's would go shopping with their own shopping bags or trolleys. Plastic accepted that many people think they are doing the right thing taking bags didn't exist. We've become a throwaway society and this has to their e-waste to a recycler, unaware that 'free' recycling services may stop," he says. mean that valuable parts will be stripped, and other parts dumped or sent to landfill. The NZPSC wants manufacturers of all products to be responsible for them from the point of their manufacture to disposal. That would see producers required to design, manage and finance programmes for end-of-life management of their products and packaging as a condition of sale. "Voluntary recycling doesn't work so there's a need to get government involved," Ed says. "I'm passionate about this as I have children and it's them or their children who will suffer and will end up living on a planet full of rubbish."

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“I would get asked to ‘rock it up’ a bit ...” Paul O’Brien has a history that would make the punk-poprockers among us green with envy. He’s rubbed shoulders with rock’n’roll royalty including Roger Daltrey, Glen Matlock, Rod Stewart and Roger Taylor. “OMG!” I exclaim. “Ha ha!” laughs Paul “I was just in the right pub at the right time!” Growing up in 1970s London, Paul’s involvement with music started young. “Although my parents and sisters were not musicians we all loved music of all types and genres. I used to sing the lyrics to The Who’s Tommy as a kid as all the words were on the album sleeve. My Dad would take me to see my cousin Gary Grainger play with his band Strider at gigs like the Marquee Club where I’d stand behind the PA speakers with cotton wool in my ears. When Strider supported Rod Stewart and the Faces at the Kilburn State I sat at the side of the stage next to Keith Moon’s daughter Mandy and as the band came off stage I remember thinking ‘that guy doesn’t look well’ not realising at the time it was Keith Richards!” At age 14 Paul formed his own band, Free Access, and ended up on guitar as the result of a coin toss with friend Richard, who ended up on drums. “When we played our first gig and got our first round of applause it was addictive. The guitar and music have been a part of my life ever since”. After leaving school Paul joined mate Gerry Foster’s professional pub rock band Under The Influence. Taking their name literally, the band managed to cause havoc in many a London establishment. “One night we played the Golden Lion at Fulham Broadway – my Dad was the roadie,” says Paul. “We did a great set and brought more people along to the gig than the headline act. Unfortunately the manager had a disagreement with our rhythm guitarist over money. A fight broke out involving two cricket stumps, band-members, bouncers, girlfriends and me in the middle trying to break it up. As I tried to extricate myself from the melee, the huge frosted windows came crashing in. This was my band-mate exacting revenge by smashing the pub windows and he also did the wine bar next door for good

measure. My dad got everyone in the van and off he sped (20 mph with all of us in it) down North End Road. Then Fulham’s finest came screeching round the corner and we were all carted off to the local nick! I ended up sharing a cell with my Dad, who was 60 at the time, and as the duty policeman shut the door on us he said to him “Aren’t you a little old for this rock’n’roll lifestyle Mr O’Brien?” We made the local paper and the pub was re-named ‘The New Golden Lion’ after that.“ Of course Paul and Gerry also happened to be mates with Glen Matlock, the original Sex Pistols bass player and songwriter. “Glen was starting up a new project and he asked Gerry to be the lead singer. After starting off with a couple of better known guitarists, including Steve New (Rich Kids) and Keith Levine (PiL) I was asked to join. We ended up calling ourselves The Philistines and gigged up and down the country and did a couple of mini tours in France. We recorded an album called Hard Work for which I co-wrote some of the songs and it was released in 1994. It didn’t set the world alight but was named as Glen’s best work since the Sex Pistols. Our finest moment was when we played at the Mick Ronson Memorial Concert at Hammersmith Apollo with the likes of Roger Daltrey of The Who, Roger Taylor of Queen and Def Leppard’s Joe Elliot and Phil Collen among others. That was a night to remember!” After travelling around New Zealand in 2006, Paul landed here for good and took his in-laws advice that he’d love Titirangi. He’s now firmly ensconced in the local music scene via the ever popular Titirangi RSA Open Mic nights. “After playing in the UK for nearly 30 years I was missing performing with other people, so one night I took my guitar up to the RSA and did some rock’n’roll songs. From then on I would get asked to ‘rock it up’ a bit at the jam nights run by Rod Redgrave, Pedro, Lance McNichol and later Phil Toms and Aaron Turner. Everything came to a halt with the jam night around the 2011 Rugby World Cup, but I got a call in 2012 from the then manager Randal Godfrey asking if I’d like to start it up again. He and Mike Logan, the president at the time, decided it was time to bring in a younger crowd and make it a bit more upbeat.”

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A sense of place

McCahon House Museum: celebrating a unique sense of place.

We live in a dislocated world where truth is becoming stranger than fiction, where 'alternative facts' have gone from bad joke to serious descriptor of the way the 'greatest' nation on the planet is run, and where the online world melts boundaries and dominates and infects all our lives. What is the importance of ‘place’ in such a world? How do the arts and cultures of our dizzyingly multi-cultural society keep us grounded? Indeed, can they? Let's get local – because that is one way to still the clatter from the onslaught of information and stimulation that comes our way every single day. And, because the essence of place is personal and immediate, we can only talk of it in a local context. By showing examples of its impact and the richness and balance it gives to our lives, we can open up avenues of experience and choice. The McCahon House Residency has now been in operation for over 10 years. In that time 30 artists have each spent three months in a beautiful apartment with an attached studio, with a generous stipend provided by Creative New Zealand and a brief to focus intensively on their own work without distraction. There is no absolute requirement that they reference Colin McCahon's work or life. However, they live surrounded by the kauri rain forest that was his subject matter for much of that time and adjacent to the humble cottage in which he and his family lived in the

1950s. No matter what each artist's medium is, or their expectations of what the residency holds, they have all been impacted by the place and the history, which is well-documented in the small museum on the site. Artist John Reynolds recently spent two weeks there, not as an official 'artist in residence' but as a guest of the trust while advancing work referencing Colin McCahon. His message to the trust perfectly expresses the power of place: Humbled actually with the experience of that proximity to the McCahon's French Bay time ... And of course the stay has been brilliant for my orientation toward both a more localised grasp and an expanded sense of the arc of McCahon's work and life. I feel I’ll be mining this territory for several years yet! The opportunity to take time out from our frazzled lives to experience a part of both Titirangi's heritage and New Zealand's art history is just a five minute drive from Titirangi Village. The museum is open Wednesday to Sunday, 1-4pm, and by appointment. Phone 817 6148. Our local festivals also celebrate place and bring people to the West to experience a particular style and ambience. It has always intrigued me that the 'west' has had such a strong image of the bogan, the edgy, the outlaw culture. Outrageous Fortune didn't entirely help to dispel that, brilliant though it was! So, although there are some valid reasons for that particular image, the story of arts, design, literature and creative innovation out here also has a long and rich history. Think ceramics (Len Castle, John Parker), architecture (Tibor Donner), photography (Brian Brake), film-making and, of course, Colin McCahon and many others. The Going West Books & Writers Festival is very much about place and experience. There is nothing of a factual nature in the programme that couldn't be found online – and that is true of almost all cultural content in any festival you can name. What can't be replicated on a screen is the experience of being in a space where audience and writers are sharing in a conversation that may go anywhere, where the

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emotion of that sharing may bring laughter or tears, where new ideas are spawned and each person goes away entertained and maybe somehow changed by it all. This is what happens in Titirangi every September and has done for 21 years. If the weather is fine, sunlight spills into the hall and people move out into the sun for breaks and conversation. If the weather is wet or windy the hall becomes a warm cocoon. In either case food and drink lubricate the exchange, allowing people to stay in the ambience of some of New Zealand's best known writers. Lock in September 8 – 10 for this year’s festival. For the second year, Nicola Strawbridge and Mark Easterbrook are programming and confirming writers. They are playing with the notion that we are poised on the cusp of change. In their words: The world changes, fast. We are seeing immense cultural and political shifts playing out around the world. Closer to home, the New Zealand we think we know is shifting too. So much sits in a state of metamorphosis, the cocoon still concealing what the caterpillar will become. Old rules keep crumbling. Losses shake us to the core. Unexpected successes happen. New writers hover on this brink. The whole world seems poised on the cusp of … something. These between states, these transitional moments and points of crossing over, will shape the themes we will explore at Going West in 2017. Going West also has a new producer. Diane Blomfield has taken on the challenge of delivering the best of the past and, using her wide experience of event management and programming, to introduce new and exciting word-based innovations. Going West is for anyone and everyone who stops to wonder whether there is more to life than the daily grind. It's for young and old. It has serious moments of reflection but equally, points of hilarity and sheer

enjoyment. The festival will also include a Poetry Slam, a theatre season, a New Zealand film season and a storytelling day for families at Te Pou in Portage Road. Massive Company will run a youth theatre programme in Glen Eden and Te Pou will present performances and master classes focussing on the work of Maori playwrights. Corban Estate Arts Centre delivers WordUp for young people and this year there will be a 'writer's walk' to launch a programme of literary awards initiated by the Henderson/Massey Local Board. In our hood the Waitakere Ranges Local Board is a major source of support and funding. The festival website, www.goingwestfest.co.nz, will be up and running early this month. An important aspect of place-making is, of course, history; social, cultural, political and environmental. Another event to look out for, I hope, is a second West Auckland Heritage Conference. The 2016 inaugural event, New Stories of the Old West, was a huge success. I went for a single session and stayed for the whole day: just couldn't tear myself away. Again, it is about stories, narratives that make sense of what is now and that give balance and that vital 'sense of place'.

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places to go

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

Event organisers: Do you have an upcoming event you'd like listed in The Fringe? Send the details, including a contact person and number, to info@fringemedia.co.nz. Readers: While we take care to ensure listings are correct, errors may occur. Check with the contact person wherever possible.

june w – 4, Not Mush Room, works by three students

from the Hungry Creek Art and Craft School Jewellery programme; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w – 18, Pokepoke, improvised formations by Yukihiro Taguchi; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w – 25, Project Kai, Kelston Girls’ College presents a photographic exhibition of still life works that reflect the students' interpretation of what food means to them; Te Uru Learning Centre, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w – 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 – July 23, Watching Windows: an international network of artists negotiate the physical and digital interplay of light and space; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w – August 20, Theatre of the Mind, a collection of 75 black and white images by Roger Ballen; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w 3 – July 2, Matariki, paintings by Dean Buchanan; West Coast Gallery, Piha; Open Wed – Sun, 10am-4pm. Phone 812 8029. www.westcoastgallery.co.nz. w 4, French Market; French Bay Yacht Club, bottom of

Otitori Bay Road. Phone 817 7609 or visit www.frenchbay. org.nz. w 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 4, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732. w 5, Flicks@Lopdell: Hidden Figures (M); Lopdell House Theatre; 10.30am, 6pm and 8.15pm; tickets from eventfinda.co.nz or text 0210 222 5558 for bookings. flickscinema.weebly.com. w 10, Titirangi Folk Music Club Concert with guitar maestro Pitt Ramsay. Floor singers in the first half; Titirangi Beach Hall, Titirangi Beach Road, Titirangi; 8pm; $8, members $5, under 18 free. Phone Ian 813 2305. w 11, 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 12 – 16, Winter Workshops: members and nonmembers of SeniorNet West Auckland are invited to a week of introductory computer workshops; 67 Henderson Valley Road; 10am-12 noon and 1-3pm; $10 per workshop. Visit www.seniornet-west-auckland.org.nz or phone Pam Smith on 827 2156. w 13, The Western District Women’s Dinner Club dinner and speaker; Te Atatu RSA; visitors welcome. Phone Margaret 021 154 0946. w 13, 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 14, Waitakere GreyPower Annual General Meeting;

Te Atatu South Community Centre Hall, 247 Edmonton Road, Te Atatu South. Phone 838 5207. w 15, Waitakere Forest & Bird Talk: Dean BaigentMercer on The Forgotten Forests of Northland; Kelston Community Centre, corner Awaroa and Great North Roads; 7.30pm; koha appreciated. Phone Liz Anstey 027 476 2732 or email lizanstey@hotmail.com. w 17, As far as the ear can hear, fundraising concert with Chinmaya Dunster and The Grateful Dads, Caroline Moon, Basant Madhur and Nigel Gavin; Titirangi Rudolf Steiner School, Helios Place, Titirangi; 7pm; $28, tickets from the school. Phone 817 3286, www.titirangi.steiner. school.nz/events. w 27, 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 28, Early West Auckland Bus Operators, 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. w 23, Titirangi Folk Music Friends on Friday. Share your music with a small friendly group; Titirangi Beach Hall, Titirangi Beach Road, Titirangi; 8pm; $3, under 18 free. Phone Rosemary 814 8897 or Margaret 818 1434. w 25, 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. w 27, Waitakere Auckland Brass Jazz Mania Concert with special guest Bevan Williams; New Lynn RSA, 2

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members and friends welcome; Swanson RSA. Phone 838 5207 for details w July 8 – August 6, It’s the Little Things, Mixed media botanicals and still life by Leah Wilson; West Coast Gallery, Piha; Open Wed – Sun, 10am-4pm. Phone 812 8029. www.westcoastgallery.co.nz 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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Veronica Street, New Lynn; 7.30pm; $25, book at www. waitakereaucklandbrass.com/. w 28 – July 1, LOPDELL FILM FESTIVAL June 28, 8pm – West of Eden (M), introduced by the director; June 29, 6.15pm – Dark Horse (PG) (from Wales); 8.15pm – Heart of a Dog (PG) by Laurie Anderson; June 30, 10.30am – Whiskey Galore (PG); 6pm – Stage Beauty (M); 8.15pm – Adult Life Skills (M), a new release; 10.30pm – Re-Animator, late night horror; July 1, 10am and 11am – Animations for Kids, a selection of award-winning films suitable for all ages; 12.30pm – Song of the Sea (G), an award winning animation from Ireland; 3pm – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (G), the classic family movie; 6pm – I Daniel Blake (M); 8.15pm – Beyond the Known World (M), a new release. Visit flickscinema. weebly.com or lopdellprecinct.org.nz for full details. Phone 818 2583.

• 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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Bringing the community together

Matariki is an important event in the traditional Maori calendar.

Dozens of local events are on the horizon this month to celebrate Matariki, the rising of the star cluster which heralds the start of the Maori New Year. Matariki is the Maori name for the seven-star cluster known as Pleiades (also the Seven Sisters) and in days gone by it was thought to determine the plantings for the coming season. The disappearance of Matariki in autumn signalled the time to gather and preserve crops so it was also an important marker in the harvest calendar. Traditionally, the appearance of the Matariki cluster was an opportunity for the whanau (family) to come together to reflect on the past, give thanks to the land, sea and sky, show respect for nature and celebrate new beginnings. Today it's seen as an important time to celebrate the earth and show respect for the land on which we live. It's also a time for the community to unite and acknowledge the year gone by and to celebrate and prepare for the year ahead.

Matariki has grown in popularity in recent years and this year the star cluster rising in New Zealand's eastern skies will see the beginning of a vast range of community events and celebrations. These will include concerts and cultural performances, art exhibitions, tree plantings and family events. Included in the raft of 'Westie' events are storytelling sessions, sounds and stories of Matariki, guided ranger walks and workshops on the uses of forest plants at the Arataki Visitor Centre (see page 25). There'll be similar events at Corban Estate Arts Centre, special theatrical presentations at Te Pou Theatre in New Lynn and community breakfasts and afternoon teas at the Kelston Community Hub. Although many events are listed at www. matarikifestival.org.nz, other events will be listed on the websites for Auckland Council, Waitakere and Whau local boards, community centres, galleries and local theatres. The festival will run from June 10 to July 2 although the major celebration is on June 25. – Moira Kennedy

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Titirangi Theatre’s March production of The Vicar of Dibley was a raging success, as all who saw it will attest. The theatre’s play this month is somewhat more sombre. As director Liz Watkinson explains, when Henrik Ibsen’s play Ghosts was first performed in 1882 it shocked the theatre-going public. Norway in the 19th century was certainly not ready to discuss, let alone view this powerful exposure of the underbelly of polite society. We are not so squeamish now, yet the pathos and drama of the play still has the power to move audiences. In the play Mrs Alving (played by Georgie Monro) has undertaken to provide financial backing for Pastor Manders’ (Malcolm Dale) scheme to build an orphanage in memory of her late husband. It sounds innocuous enough, but the project is complicated by the hidden agenda of Jacob Engstrand (Graeme Heap) and the increasingly serious flirtation between Mrs Alving’s invalid son, Oswald (Paul MacIver) and the maidservant, Regina (Hannah Grace). Ibsen's contemporaries found the play shocking and indecent, and

disliked its more than frank treatment of forbidden topics. Upon being produced in England in 1891, the play was reviled in the press. In a typical review at the time the Daily Telegraph referred to it as "Ibsen's positively abominable play entitled Ghosts.... An open drain: a loathsome sore unbandaged; a dirty act done publicly.... Gross, almost putrid indecorum.... Literary carrion.... Crapulous stuff.” The version to be performed by members of Titirangi Theatre was translated by Richard Eyre, and directed by him in 2013, to appreciative audiences. According to Eyre, large piles of unsold copies were returned to the publisher, the booksellers embarrassed by their presence on the shelves So, unmissable, then. If you’re captivated by the current craze for Scandinavian darkness and gloom Ghosts is the play for you! The play opens on June 6, and runs until June 17 at the theatre in the basement of Lopdell House. Bookings can be made by phoning Titirangi Pharmacy on 817 7658, at Upstairs Gallery in Lopdell House, or on the website www.titirangitheatre.co.nz. – Phoebe Falconer

Swamp Thing to take on the West Coast

Legendary Blues rock duo Swamp Thing is to return to the West for a one-off concert at Piha Surf Life Saving Club on Saturday, June 16. Part of the Auckland Matariki Festival 2017, this concert is an opportunity for Piha to host this exceptional band whose profile went through the roof after its performance at the 2017 WOMAD Festival. Swamp Thing was formed in 2010 by former John Butler Trio drummer Michael Barker and fellow Kiwi Grant Haua on vocals and guitar. The blues/ roots duo’s ability to entertain and captivate an audience is testament to the dedication and passion Barker and Haua have for their music. Haua's unique vocal sound is deep and gravelly in timbre and has earned high praise from his contemporaries while his guitar style on both electric and acoustic exudes a passion for the blues. Barker's multi-tasking instrumental skills lay a solid foundation for the full sound that drives Swamp Thing through soundscapes of brooding tension or high-energy, dance-inspiring grooves. Swamp Thing’s energetic live performances are renowned and they play every show like it was their last. They have captivated audiences at Titirangi Festival of Music and around New Zealand. For this one off show they will be supported by Damn Native. Tickets are likely to go fast. Swamp Thing at Piha Surf Life Saving Club; Saturday, June 16, 8pm; Tickets $25/$30 from www.eventfinda.co.nz. FRINGEADLTD.pdf 1 15/11/16 16:33 Enquiries to toitoimusic@gmail.com.

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Flexible thinking comes with flexible spaces Some are lying on the floor, some on cushions or couches. Others are sitting in small groups on exterior steps or in the gardens. There are even some sitting on chairs at tables and desks – just like the olden days of the 1990s and earlier. School is in at Glen Eden Intermediate. It may seem that the students are lounging around, doing their own thing, having a good time. And indeed they are but they're also learning in innovative learning environments called flexible learning spaces (FLS). Such spaces are being adopted by a number of schools and are certainly included within many new-school builds. The aim of these spaces is to encourage and support many different types of learning. They are being driven by the Ministry of Education which has accepted that one size does not fit all. "The days are gone when a teacher stands in front of a classroom, writing on a blackboard with the children doing their work on their own," says Glen Eden Intermediate's principal Maree Stavert. "The biggest change in the recent educational landscape is digital

technology and flexible learning spaces allow the students to work collaboratively, move around in groups and learn together. "FLS allows the students to work in an environment that's comfortable for them, that ignites their thinking and allows lots of different ways of thinking." Glen Eden Intermediate has both traditional and flexible spaces but both feature flexible furniture – a mixture of desks, standard and higher-level tables, bean bags, chairs and soft furnishings students can sit on or kneel at. "A lot of students prefer to sit on the floor, but no matter the space, we want the teaching and the learning to be the best. We want every student in school to get the same deal, in whatever space they're in," Maree says. She accepts FLS can be challenging for teachers as it's a different way of teaching. It allows collaborative teaching which means a

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number of teachers are working together and it's not just one person at the front of a classroom as with traditional methods. "We have one space where there are four classrooms and four teachers, some have two. There aren't real problems but it can be difficult for teachers, particularly when it comes to planning, assessing and organising their work days. We need to work out the best way for teachers and the students and change our ways of thinking. "It's a challenge and we're still working on it," says Maree. "Each year it looks a little different as we're always trying out new things. You can be quite innovative and push the walls out – literally in some cases as some of the walls have gone!" Not all parents like flexible learning spaces. "Some parents want the traditional classroom, while others are positive about FLS, especially for those children coming from contributing primary schools like Woodlands Park and Kaurilands which have very effective FLS of their own. Other local schools have plans to implement the approach." While there are differing expectation and beliefs about FLS among parents, Maree says the system has shown improved levels of engagement. "The students are very focused on their work as they have choices in how and where they work. When you get engagement, sooner or later you get that flow on to outcomes and improved achievement. Lots of things do come into that but certainly increased levels of engagement are very evident." Glen Eden Intermediate is not unique in its approach to FLS. It’s happening in all educational spaces from primary to university where there's an increasing demand for what's known as visible learning, which then flows into 'real world' working environments. "We want our kids to be adaptable and resilient and we want them to collaborate and cooperate. That's what employers are looking for too. They want staff who can problem solve and think outside the square and I think FLS contributes to developing this," Maree says. “The world is about working together now. It's not about people working on their own but about collaborating. That happens in flexible learning spaces and I think it's pretty exciting." – Moira Kennedy It was something a bit different for Avondale College students doing the school's Innovation Programme when game guru Shane Coleman dropped by to see what NCEA L2 students (where the base line is level 3 to 4 with embedded industry qualifications) were up to. Director of Innovation Paul McClean says although there's no 'gamification education' on offer, Shane committed to engaging directly to support the development of their programme which is "absolutely awesome. Shane's expertise will be of significant value to the kids (Junior NCEA and Cambridge) mature into Adobe Creative Cloud and Azurebased solutions through our immersion learning model across a variety of subjects," he says. Shane has a dual background in technology and digital media and has been in the IT sector in New Zealand for 12 years,10 of those in management with hands-on infrastructure. He's managing director at his firm Shane The Gamer. please support our advertisers – they support us

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A dream come true Cornwallis man Ty Pink loves wood and loves making it look good. "It's the craft of it, the working with it, and I love making something that people look at and genuinely like and want." Ty's talking about how his love for wood has turned into a passion for building 'garden rooms' which he says are reinventions of the small kiwi bach or cabin but are bespoke and crafted. "They're hand-built on site even if they're in difficult places. They're not kit-set but crafted and created on the spot they're going to stay. That's my buzz." Originally from England, Ty followed in his family's footsteps with a career in horticulture before getting into landscaping and the landscape construction industry which he continued with after moving here about 20 years ago. He's managed big landscape projects in the commercial sector such as the North West shopping complex but says these days he's absorbed with design and building, particularly creating new concepts and solutions for small living spaces. "There's something exciting about creating spaces with multiple functions. They could be an office, a spare room for guests, a teenage – or parental – refuge, music room or even a clinic for a home-based business," Ty says. "Some people just want them as a

quiet space close to home and on the same property – a sanctuary they can go to reflect on life." The garden rooms are built to a maximum of 10 sq m to avoid building and resource consents and permits and don't have kitchens, bathrooms or running water. "All those charges can add up so a garden room is a way to create space, built to exacting building code specifications and with multiple uses. It's a functional room that's attractive, solid, warm and comfortable that keeps the costs down." Ty’s son Sam has now joined him in the business and Ty says it's a dream come true to be working with his son building gorgeous buildings and making people happy. The future? "I want to play about with shapes and forms, perhaps create pods with interesting shapes ..."

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Work is continuing on the extensive mural in Glen Eden’s Bakery Lane, between Glen Mall and West Coast Road, ahead of its possible completion later this month. Local artist Heathermeg Sampson says “I want the bush and the landscape, to speak for itself.” Even holes in the masonry walls find a use in the mural.

Turkish restaurant, Deco Eatery in Titirangi's Lopdell House turned two this March and decided to skip the birthday party and instead donate the money they would have spent to the charity with most customer votes. Hospice West Auckland came out on top and received the $2,000 cheque from Deco’s Alex Isik and Nigar Ivgen,

In celebration of Matariki Festival the Arataki Visitor Centre is hosting a number of exciting events. June 9, 7pm – Variety night: Enjoy the magical sounds and ancient stories of Matariki. $20, Bookings essential. June 10 and 24, 10am-1pm – Workshop with Donna Kerridge: Learn about Rongoa Maori, the oldest medical practice of Aotearoa and its tangata whenua. $35, bookings essential. June 11, 10am – Whanau Day at Arataki: Bring the whole family to Arataki for a day of fun and learning. There will be a range of interactive activities from learning about local Maori history to making your own purerehua (wind instrument). Free. June 14, 7-9.30pm – Talks on knowledge from the past: Join author Graeme Murdock and expert waka navigator Hoturoa Kerr for an evening of history and culture. $15. June 17, 10am-1pm – Traditional Maori reed boat workshop: Learn how to make a Mokihi (reed boat) as Maori did in the past. Gold coin donation. June 24 and 25, 9am-3pm – Wild Things: Kai time, a full day family-fun expedition into the forest. Children will learn how to forage, harvest and cook edible native plants. $45, bookings essential. For bookings or more information, contact Arataki Visitor Centre, 300 Scenic Drive, Titirangi; visit facebook.com/aratakivisitorcentre or phone 892 4777.

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“Like tramping but with a real purpose” "It's easy to be passionate about this place." Gillian Wadams' eyes shine when she talks about her workplace and her role as manager of Ark in the Park, Established 15 years ago, this open sanctuary restoration project in the Cascade Kauri Park in the Waitakere Ranges is a partnership between Forest and Bird and Auckland Council that has not only seen significant reduction in predator numbers, but forest regeneration and the reintroduction of a number of bird species as well. Managed by the Waitakere branch of Forest and Bird, the sanctuary came about when a small group of enthusiastic volunteers began working with Friends of Arataki and the Auckland Regional Council as it then was. They took on an area of 300 hectares of land in the bush as a trial block and laid bait stations to control predators like rats, stoats and possums, and to restore the natural glory of the forest area.

Gillian Wadams checking a wasp bait station at Ark in the Park

It's flourished since then and Gillian says once it was understood that the habitat was of exceptionally high quality around Cascades Kauri Park, everyone realised there was much to do to protect the biodiversity there. "Volunteers just started coming and now it's grown in terms of land area to 2,100 hectares and about 300 active volunteers doing a range of activities – behind-the-scenes work, data entry, field work, helping on committees, recruiting new people and cooking sausages at weekly barbecues after working bees." The Ark is not a fenced area but efforts to reduce predators have seen encouraging results with rat monitoring seeing very much lower predator numbers – less than five per cent of previous numbers   compared with 90 per cent outside the zone. 

That gives seedlings, birds, geckos and frogs a much better chance to recover their numbers. The undergrowth isn't being eaten so much by rats and possums and rare plant species are being recorded now. "People who were involved with the Ark 15 years ago often comment on the bird recovery," says Gillian. “We've left tui, kereru and tomtits to do their own thing and their populations have really flourished." Excitement too that North Island robins, kokako and whitehead, which were gone from the Waitakeres but have been reintroduced to Ark in the Park, are doing well. "It's a real privilege and quite a responsibility to be gifted with these birds which have come from other sanctuaries around the country. They have become our responsibility to do the best we can for them," Gillian says. "We're always looking to attract new volunteers and we're lucky with our position," she says. "Lots of restoration projects are on islands or remote locations but we're so easily accessible that people can come out and work for half-a-day and then get on with their busy lives." There are organised sessions on Thursdays and Saturdays although volunteers are in the park on most days. "Once they have some experience people can come out in their own time to do trapping and baiting, or take part in other programmes like tree climbing, invertebrate monitoring, native species monitoring or weeding and planting. "It's a busy place," says Gillian. "People keep coming back because they want to spend time in our amazing forest environment, doing something meaningful. It's like tramping but with a real purpose with an obvious beneficial outcome. "For many it's an escape from technology, from a constant online connectedness. It's a real break and step back to something simpler. It's fantastic exercise and a real contrast, especially perhaps for younger volunteers who have busy city jobs. "This is something completely different," Gillian says. "Even though we're so close to the city, we're in a true wilderness with spectacular mature trees and excellent bird life." Volunteers range in age from six to 80-plus years and Gillian says there's something for everyone to do. "The younger ones bring a special youthful energy with them. The younger generation has amazing knowledge with conservation and the sciences becoming part of mainstream curriculum in schools. "Some of the things they know are truly impressive. They have

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passion and a real understanding of the concepts and reality of conservation in New Zealand and it's very hopeful for the future to see how clued-up these young people are. "It's easy to be passionate and enthusiastic about Ark in the Park," says Gillian. "There's some amazing stuff happening and the volunteers are such an amazing crew. There's always something different happening. Always something new to learn." To volunteer at Ark in the Park email nature.project@forestandbird. org.nz – Moira Kennedy

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Paul explains “Titjam, as it’s affectionately known now, takes place on the last Friday of every month. It keeps me on my toes and allows me to spread my musical wings and play with some top musicians, but I also get a lot of pleasure seeing first timers, young kids as well as seasoned musicians get up and create a bit of magic every month. “The open mic band The Kneecrawlers is my only regular band at the moment. We recently played the Kumeu Truck and Machinery Show, as well as a lavish wedding in Pauanui (because the bride and groom saw us play at the RSA). Until recently I was also playing with one of West Auckland’s finest, Th’ Mutts. I also had the honour of setting up the Titirangi All Stars Band for the TFM Encore series of concerts. We’ve played at subsequent TFM’s since and featured a plethora of local talent including Dave Parker, Mandy Patmore, John Goudge, Peter Fielding, Stewart Allen and Tommy Godfrey. We need a big stage to fit us all. “Reaching out to people through music, humour and humility floats my boat. On one of our first Open Mic Nights back in 2012 a lady by the name of Leanne came up and asked if can she could sing a capella. ‘Sure!’ I said, thankful for a break from playing guitar. You could hear a pin drop as her beautiful voice silenced the audience and every woman and every man was left transfixed. That’s what I love about this community, it has so much talent, yet a lot of it is hidden away,” says Paul. You can book The Kneecrawlers for weddings, parties and anything you fancy. For information about Titirangi Open Mic Nights like www. facebook.com/TitirangiOpenMic/ or contact Paul on 022 000 7285.

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Join kauri rescue and save your kauri trees The Kauri Rescue project, launched earlier this year by a project team comprising scientists, social scientists, iwi and community groups, is about to move into its second phase. The project gained two year’s funding from the Government's Biological Heritage National Science Challenge (www. biologicalheritage.nz) and was officially launched in Titirangi earlier this year. An audience of over 100 attended the launch event and heard about how kauri die-back is killing kauri, the promising results of research into using phosphite as a treatment and the social science and mataurangi Maori elements of the project. Since the launch, the Kauri Rescue project team has worked with a small pilot group of private landowners who have treated sick kauri trees with phosphite and provided feedback and guidance so that the treatment manual and procedures could be improved. The project team is now making a video to assist participants in the second phase of the project. This phase will involve a much larger group of landowners across northern New Zealand. The group will work alongside scientists to treat their own trees with phosphite, a chemical which has shown great promise in scientific trials by enabling kauri to fight back against the Phytophthora Agathidicida pathogen that causes the disease. The project also encourages landowners to test other treatment techniques, including both western science and matauranga Maori methods. One of the requirements placed on landowners joining the project is that they agree to rigorously collect monitoring results and data on all treatments so that their efficacy can be determined. The aim of the project is to develop a suite of effective control tools that

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A gentle walk to explore Auckland’s water supply Water is life. Even in a country like New Zealand where the resource comes in relative abundance, this age old expression is becoming increasingly more profound. If ever you have an urge to investigate the origins of the stuff that enables our lives, the Upper Nihotupu Dam walk provides a convenient insight into the behind-the-scenes story of Auckland’s water supply. Beginning at the Upper Nihoputu Reservoir car park on Piha Road the track immediately crosses a small bridge and follows a well-formed gravel track through mature manuka bush. One of the most noticeable things is the absence of kauri die-back disinfecting stations, the area being managed by Watercare and not Auckland Council. After 10 minutes the track connects with the Watercare access road which leads through the bush alongside the Nihotupu stream. Although there are few signposts, the sound of rushing water is a constant presence on this walk and can be a useful guide to the various features. The sound quickly grows from a gentle flow into the thundering tumult of the first waterfall, the top of which can be accessed through a gap in the bush on the left. Here a rocky platform sits alongside the stream as it funnels through a corridor of mossy rock and surges down to the next level. The access road continues alongside the stream before crossing it via a wooden bridge. From here walkers can look back at the first waterfall cascading down into its picturesque clearing, flanked on all sides by rimu and totara. A small side track just past the bridge then leads to the remnants of a man-made levee where the green water bottle necks before pouring over the concrete crest into a foamy cascade. The walk continues down the main access road for another five minutes before flattening out. Here walkers are likely to be lured down a side road on the right in the direction of an immense roar. It quickly reveals itself to be the stream pouring out of the upper levels of the bush and into the Upper Nihotupu reservoir, whose dark olive water starts calmly snaking

its way through the ponga-filled valley. Completed in the early 1920s, the reservoir is one of five in the Waitakere ranges which, together with the five in the Hunua ranges, supply Auckland with hundreds of millions of litres of water per day. Strolling under the kowhai which hang over the lazy, slow flowing water, it’s difficult to conceive that this reservoir was man made and is filled with the same stuff that comes out of our taps miles away. In fact, compared to the clamour upstream, the tranquillity of the place seems to give it the look and feel of a calm jungle river, totally separate from human civilisation. After 20 minutes the road reaches the dam itself, providing exquisite views down the lush valley toward the Manukau Harbour. From here you can complete a 20-minute round trip to see the base of the dam and the old tram line – used for the construction of the dam and by the now defunct rainforest express. Otherwise it’s back upstream toward Piha road. Although this walk can be completed in oneand-a-half hours (as displayed at the car park), give yourself at least two hours. This walk offers an intimate perspective on the origins of this precious resource on which we so totally depend. Take the time to truly marvel at its value and mana that, for all of us, will only continue to increase.

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Yeah gidday. Lizard here. I'm sure you all have heard the saying: “visitors are like fish and go off in three days.” Man, was this to be true. Shaz was positive she had told me her sister was arriving today by train and would be staying until she had sorted through some issues. “What sort of issues?” I asked. Shaz assured me they were nothing really. A misunderstanding about free-ranging 25,000 hens in their natural habitat – in this case, the Optus Oval near Brunswich in mid-town Melbourne. She was also being constantly harassed by the paparazzi camped outside her yurt in the quiet neighbourhood of Carlton. She was refusing to answer allegations involving the wife of a prominent AFL coach and a buffet cart at the Conservative Party’s fund-raiser for 'Mining rights for non-indigenous Australians'. During his speech, the coach said that “just like the Sydney Swans, the protesters deserved a jolly good licking” unaware of what was taking place under the canapés. I pointed out that we had only just moved back out West after being evicted from the Sky Tower underground car park and were on trial at the Motu Moana park, so possibly not the time to have overseas guests. “She's family Lizard.” “How will I recognise her?” I asked. “She looks just like me, but with much longer hair,” said Shaz. I whipped the battery from the ground keeper’s ride-on, threw it into White Van and nipped down to the New Lynn station. On arrival, I could hear the unmistakeable shrill of an Aussie accent yelling at a railway bloke that she would be happy to pay the ticket once his fascist bosses installed creches and fluid-friendly toilets and that it was her right to breast feed in public. It didn't seem to matter that she was not lactating, nor carrying a baby. In fact, it was just that her pink shining spandex boob-tube had let one of its

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contents escape. Her argument may have been a little flat but her bust certainly wasn't. I got out of the van and gave the bloke ten bucks. “You must be Elizabeth?” “I haven't used that name since I discovered my parents named me after the mother of a pathetic prince of a colonial pit called England. Everyone calls me Star now.” We loaded in the tie-dyed sacks containing clothes, a didgeridoo, two tea chests and a one-eyed possum called Button, which Star said had chosen to live on her shoulder. She was wearing cowboy boots over forest-pattern tights under a ballooning, very short mini skirt, the boob-tube and dreadlocks down to her ankles. We did an awkward European cheek double kiss thing resulting in my moustache catching in her lip ring. The ride-on battery pulled a sickie so Star got the railway bloke to help push the van so I could crash-start it. He also gave her his number. We set off with Star complaining we were in a fossil-burning planet killer and then passed me a bottle of beer, one of six she had stashed in the didgeridoo, along with a bottle of rum, a bag of medicinal weed and a 'house trained' spider called Pale Tail. I needed to stop at the supermarket but Star refused to eat anything from a greedy, minimum wage-paying enemy that spewed plastic over our oceans and had crippled small sustainable organic suppliers. I bought three dollars worth of chips and Star sucked down another beer. Finally we arrived back at the caravan and I must say, the sight of these two sisters embracing for the first time in 30 years was quite amazing. We all felt the love. That is, until Plumbless bolted out of his kennel and bit the head off Button. This is going to be quite the ride. I'll keep you informed. Later, Lizard.

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The June issue of The Fringe, formerly the Titirangi Tatler, a community magazine serving West Auckland.