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ISSUE 162, AUGUST 2017

community news, issues, arts, people, events

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contents ‘Just slow down’....................................................................... 4 ‘No planet B’ – locals support plastic bag campaign................ 5 New Lynn Scouts do their bit................................................... 6 Best job but working on own isn’t easy................................... 7 Art and about with Naomi McCleary.....................................8-9


25 years of Amazing Art: Titirangi Painters exhibition........... 10 Places to go: Events listing................................................12-13 On Stage: news from our local theatres; Act now to keep kauri healthy................................................ 14 Words on wine with Lindsay Nash.......................................... 15 Feature: meet the general election candidates................16-17 The Matuku Link: a restoration challenge.............................. 17


Bandstanding: Liam Muir from Avondale College.................. 18 Taking on challenges and loving it.......................................... 20 Walking West with Mick Andrew............................................ 21 Live @ the lounge.................................................................. 22 Advertisers directory.............................................................. 23 On our cover: Own

a McCahon kauri!

Vivienne Stone, director of the McCahon House Trust is pictured with a kauri sapling grown from the seeds of the kauri trees that inspired New Zealand artist Colin McCahon.

“Thanks to a wonderful joint effort, we’ve been able to harvest seeds from the very kauri trees McCahon painted and loved,” says Vivienne. Growing the saplings for the fundraising event is a collaborative project between the McCahon House Trust, The Kauri Project, Auckland Botanic Gardens and Auckland Council Biosecurity. Money raised will go towards the work of the McCahon House Trust and The Kauri Project. By 2014, the trees that inspired McCahon were in severe decline and it was feared they may not live for much longer or produce much more seed. Without immediate action, this genetic line could easily have been lost. Auckland Council biosecurity specialists worked with arborists who climbed each tree to collect cones. A major biosecurity operation was put in place to protect the kauri cones and seeds. Cones were taken directly from the trees and not allowed to touch any potentially infected material, such as the soil around the trees, and the footwear and equipment of those involved was thoroughly disinfected Photo by Chris McBride. before and after the process. The trees from which the cones were collected from were recorded and this has been tracked from seed to seedling to sapling so that all saplings can be traced back to the parent tree. Even during propagation and growth, every care has been taken to reduce the risk of kauri dieback. Cones were placed in paper bags, stored at room temperature and allowed to pop open naturally before viable seeds were selected and potted. Kauri dieback has never been suspected or detected in any of the seedlings. “Generating awareness of kauri dieback is essential,” says Ariane Craig-Smith of The Kauri Project.

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‘Just slow down’ A short stretch of Huia Road at Parau has become the focus of efforts by residents to get drivers to slow down. The road from Parau to Huia is in the top 10 percent of high risk rural roads in Auckland. That fact was highlighted recently by a nearfatal accident at the junction of Armour and Huia Roads. Parau residents want to see a footpath constructed on one side of the road between the two school bus stops at either end of Rauhuia Crescent, a 70km speed limit sign moved to the top of the hill and a safe crossing point. Their biggest fears are for their children’s safety. “I counted there are 30 kids on this stretch of road,” says parent Rachel Derham. “Some New Zealanders claim this is the best place to bring up children but when our kids don't have safe passage from their home to the local beach or school bus stop, how can this be true? It’s like the ‘clean green’ image we all know to be tarnished.” Rachel has lived in Parau for the past 10 years. “Parau’s a great place to live and I’d be fine with living beside the busy road if people would just slow down,” she says. “It’s not an impossible ask. The measures we’re asking for are so obvious.” Despite a significant increase in traffic volumes the number of accidents involving injuries on Huia Road is about the same level as 20 years ago (7 in 1997, 3 so far this year) although there was a peak in 2008-2010. The road is classed as a district arterial and Auckland Transport says that “speed calming measures would affect the capacity and level of service on this route .… The speeding issues experienced on Huia Road are best addressed through enforcement.” The Parau Residents and Ratepayers has a new committee this year, and member Philippa Stevens says it is time for action. “We’re not making progress through the proper channels,” says Philippa, “so we intend taking community action as well as pursuing the issues with Auckland Transport and the local board.” The R&R is developing a safe speed community plan and could take to the roadside on weekends with hand-painted ‘slow down’ signs. Auckland Transport this year surveyed Auckland’s 200km of rural roads and is planning to standardise all signage and markings, to improve safety. “They’re currently all different across the region,” says Kathryn King, AT road safety manager. “I expect that where and how signs are placed canFRINGEADLTD.pdf be part of the conversation with communities.” 1 15/11/16 16:33



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‘No planet B’ – locals support action against plastic bags The plastic bag phase-out in Titirangi is gaining momentum following the launch of the Love Titirangi campaign last month which saw hundreds of Village retailers, residents, local politicians, community group members, musicians and national political candidates gather to mark the event. Auckland mayor Phil Goff addressed the gathering saying the time had come to stop single-use plastic bags. "Council can’t pass a by-law banning their use," he says. "That’s up to central government so we’ll have to persuade them to have a nationwide levy or empower us to do it. There’s no planet B. We have to think global and act local and keep the pressure up." He also congratulated the Villagers gather to take action against singlegroup of locals who use plastic bags. spent two months organising sewing bees to make ‘boomerang bags’ for use in the Village, talking to retailers to win their support and getting schools, the library and community groups involved. Love Titirangi founders Kate Speakman, Karen Swainson and Michelle Powles say they’re thrilled with how the project continues to expand and with the support it’s getting. "I’m really stoked at the number of bags I see around the Village," says Kate. "People are really enthusing about the project so we need to consolidate our current programme, continue with the sewing bees and get more ‘boomerang bags’ into circulation." ‘Boomerang bags’ are made from recycled t-shirts, sheets, pillow cases and other washable fabrics and nearly 2,000 were made by locals during sewing bees for launch day. They are free and the idea is to borrow one from a retailer when shopping in the Village and return it after use. Additional reusable bags branded with Love Titirangi are available from some stores, including SuperValue, for a small price.

Michelle say the response from people of all walks of life has been awesome. “Some of the retailers have stopped offering customers plastic bags and only give them out if asked. The supermarket has been super-positive and we understand they’re researching how to eliminate plastic bags altogether. That will involve hygiene considerations," she says. "School children and kindy and community groups have continued to make bags during the holidays and we’re thrilled with the number of people who’ve become really involved. Their enthusiasm is terrific. The Green Bay and Laingholm communities are showing interest in the concept and the Love Titirangi team is looking forward to helping them make things happen," Michelle says. It’s estimated New Zealanders churn through about 1.6 billion single use plastic bags each year with about 40,000 ending up in landfill each hour. In the UK, plastic bag usage has dropped 85 per cent since a 5 pence (10 cent) charge was introduced by supermarkets in October last year. The number of single-use bags dropped to 500 million in the first six months since the charge, compared with 7 billion the previous year. www.facebook.com/Lovetitirangi – Moira Kennedy

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New Lynn Scouts Do Their Bit As fog blanketed much of Auckland the New Lynn Sea Scouts took to the water on a cold winter’s morning. But rather than it just being a day to play, it was a day to help clean up the water way, in conjunction with the Friends of the Whau and the Watercare Harbour Clean-up Trust. The day netted about 15 cubic meters of rubbish. “It’s a great feeling to be able to Some of the New Lynn Cubs do something for the environment; coming ashore with a boat load of and it’s also beneficial for us,” rubbish they have collected from says Andrew Stevens one of New the Whau River. Lynn’s scout leaders. “The water ways of the Whau and French Bay have been home to our boating activities for over six decades, so it is good to help maintain the health of the environment.” In 2010 the New Lynn Sea Scouts won, the then Waitakere City Council’s Heritage and Environment Award, in recognition of their ongoing work in helping clean up local water ways. The Sea Scouts are a branch of Scouts New Zealand. While they have water activity as a core part of their programme they still do all the land-based activities that the land branches do as well. Andrew sees this as the best of both worlds for the members. To find out more about Sea Scouting in New Lynn give Andrew a ring on 539 9118 or check out newlynn.seascouts.org.nz.

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Titirangi Library will be closed from Monday July 31 through to Friday September 29, reopening on Saturday September 30. The closure will enable a complete replacement of the ceiling and lighting and new paint throughout the building. During this time the return chute will be closed. Items can be returned to any other Auckland Libraries branch including nearby Glen Eden and New Lynn libraries. The library suggests you change the pick-up location of any of your current holds to another branch. Please ensure you pick up any holds held at  Titirangi Library on or before the July 29.  

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Best job but working on own isn’t easy "I have the best job in the world. I get to go op shopping, meet people and do drawings. It’s really fun." Titirangi woman Sharon McClintock can hardly believe that a plate she painted for a friend about three months ago, has turned into a new business that sees her following her passion as an illustrator. A graphic artist by trade, and with projects including magazine design, children’s book illustrations and the design, sewing and distribution of Dinky Bits souvenir toys, Sharon found a new direction illustrating a plate for a friend. "Then another friend wanted one and it just started happening from there," she says of the plate illustrations involving family groups, pets and acknowledgements of special occasions. Sharon hand draws the portraits from family photos and works with her clients to get a good fix on their characters and how she can best illustrate them. "Families with their pets are great fun and trying to capture their characters is great." She uses a ceramic pen and bakes the plates in the oven to set the illustration and as the plates are old and usually op shop finds, she arguably has one of the cleanest ovens in the West. "Old plates will absorb things around them so my oven has to be super-clean." Having worked in a corporate environment with plenty of other creative people around her, Sharon is finding out what others setting up small businesses have already discovered: "I really miss being part of a team," she says. "It would be awesome to have a creative hub out West where artistic people could work together, bounce ideas off each other, get inspired and keep each other company. The hardest bit is working

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alone from home. Communication with others is the ultimate." Sharon’s also finding her way with all the other aspects of small business operation. "You need to learn all the social media platforms, the administration side of things. If you're a creative person and not wired that way, it can be quite difficult." And then there's the time-consuming op shopping, going from one store to the next to find just the right plates on which to create her illustrations which she also hopes to turn into prints and cards. "I’d love to do this full-time so I’m going to take the time to really pursue it," she says. "It’s something I really enjoy. I just love it." Sharon’s keen to hear from others interested in pursuing the creative hub concept. She can be contacted on frankieknox.com or email: frankieknox.illustration@gmail.com – Moira Kennedy 402a Tit ir angi Roa d , Tit ir ang i V illa ge P h : 09 817-9937 w w w. t o n i c spa.co.nz


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Going West: an event with true Westie heart and soul The word is out; the Going West Books and Writers Festival programme has been announced and it is a ripper. To get the whole story go to www.goingwestfest.co.nz where you can connect to iTicket and to a digital app. Stars for this Photo by Liz March. year include Catherine Chidgey, winner of the Acorn Foundation Fiction Award (Ockham Book Awards), Selina Tusitala Marsh, Dame Anne Salmond, CK Stead, Bill Manhire, Witi Ihimaera, Sarah Laing, Tina Makereti, Rod Oram, Diana Wichtel, Steve Braunias and Colin Hogg. But that list tells only part of the story. You may not have heard of Marcus Thomas or Neil Silverwood, who will talk you through the magic of exploring New Zealand's underworld of caves. Likewise, Pip Adams and Kirsten McDougall are not yet household names but have published new novels garnering wide acclaim. Unexpected delights can be found. It is the culture of Going West that makes it a different experience from any other festival of its kind – an ambience of friendliness and intimacy that makes for a wrap-around warmth and inclusiveness. That's why there is great catering on site and a bar selling local organic wines, allowing you, the audience, to stay around and mingle with friends old and new, talk with authors, buy their books and have them signed. It’s what you would expect in this neck of the woods: an event with true Westie heart and soul.

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Put a ring around these dates: Friday 8th, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September. The whole Going West programme cannot be covered here, but other highlights are a small but perfectly formed New Zealand film season featuring documentaries on Katherine Mansfield and Frank Sargeson, Maurice Gee’s In My Father’s Den (regarded by many as one of the finest movies made here) and a night of 'cinepoetics'. Work that one out! Te Pou Theatre will host the Auckland Premier of The Maori Sidesteps (which has been playing to sell-out audiences in Wellington) and Korerareka: The Ballad of Maggie Flynn, a condensed and intimate version of this iconic colonial story. People come from all over the Auckland region and further afield to experience Going West. Don't miss out.

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A roundabout enthusiasts’ group in the United Kingdom has named the 'famous' Titirangi Roundabout International Roundabout of the Year and will feature it in its annual calendar next year. President of the group, Kevin Beresford (who refers to himself as ‘Lord of the Rings’), says their society has been around since 2003 and is made up of people who have a fascination with, well, roundabouts. Circular junctions or intersections have been around since the 18th century, but Beresford says the first ever roundabout was Columbus Circle, in New York, which appeared in the early 1900s. So here’s the history: In 1993 I was required, in a new position as Arts Coordinator for the recently established Waitakere City Council, to produce public artworks which engaged youth. With more experience I might have said ‘not a great idea’, but with the enthusiasm of the less-informed I ploughed on and the result is with us still. The design, by Unitec student Lisa Higgins, was based on minute lichens found in the Waitakere Ranges. Lisa had been producing quite lovely brooches using these forms and simply translated them into giant sculptures. Much maligned when they first appeared, they have become a familiar part of the Titirangi landscape and appear in the branding of quite a few local businesses, including The Fringe! They have become a de facto local billboard, celebrating birthdays

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Kotahitanga; unity amongst iwi and other ethnicities; standing as one.

and home comings, the odd garage sale and occasional protests. The ANZAC day roundabout poppy field is now an annual event and recently they have sprouted a rather lovely autumn leaf installation. I'm laughing at the very existence of a Roundabout Appreciation Society, but it is endearing and harmless and, hey, we are world famous, even getting a mention on BBC World Service radio! >> Own

a McCahon kauri! Continued from page 3

Six hundred of the trees will be available to purchase for $50 each and, in keeping with their legacy, will be released as a 2017 limited edition. Each tree will be accompanied by a booklet, recording its unique edition number along with information about its heritage and how to plant and care for the sapling. The trees will be available to purchase at a free McCahon Kauri Community Day on Sunday August 6, from 11am to 4pm at the Titirangi War Memorial Hall in South Titirangi Road. The day features talks from Dr Nick Waipara of Auckland Council, a leading specialist in biosecurity; Sarah Smuts-Kennedy, a former McCahon House artist-in-residence and biodynamic gardener; and Julia Waite, curator of Freedom and Structure, a painting show currently touring New Zealand which includes all the work McCahon made while living in French Bay. If you wish to reserve a tree in advance, email info@mccahonhouse. org.nz or call 09 817 6148. You will need to collect your tree(s) from Titirangi War Memorial Day on Sunday August 6. For more information visit mccahonhouse.org.nz/kauri.

Natasha Smyser (above) recently gained her bachelors degree in Maori Visual Arts – Te Maunga Kura Toi, Whakairo (carving) through Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. Upstairs Gallery invited her to take on her first curator role, bringing together 18 artists who share a common love and connection with Toi Maori and Pacific journeys of art through all the visual media. The result is a celebration of Maori and Pacific visual art including traditional korowai, pounamu, tewhatewha and hoe by artists Tessa Harris and William Theodore as well as more contemporary works by artists Inia Taylor from Moko Inks, Numa Mackenzie and Tony Brown. The exhibition is on show until Sunday August 13 and is open to everyone everyday from 10am to 4pm. – Sammy Milne

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The longest existing art group in the West, formed 35 years ago, Titirangi Painters are proud of their achievement in showing excellent art. Their 25th Annual Exhibition is the culmination of a year’s work from all the group’s artists, and showcases an extensive variety of works. Over 40 artists will display work in a variety of media and several artists will give painting demonstrations. All artists will be present to talk about their art and painting techniques. Sharon Mann The exhibition includes Sharon Mann’s realistic watercolour and pastel, Lynette McKinstry’s atmospheric Westie scenery, Helen Stevens’ attractive watercolour Suzainne Greenshields flower paintings and Monique Endt’s ‘real look’ of the West. The list of well-known painters goes on: Chic Hunter, Jill McMillan, Akemi Nakamura, Ray Blomfield, Lou Walters, Ken Pagett, Ross Runagall, Leesa Terlesk, Ian Loretz, Ann Palmer, Mike Stock, Odile Sprenkeling, Nora Grieve and Helen Verkerk. The last year has produced several new members who will be exhibiting this year for the first time including Margaret Kemp, Jithman Ramachandra, Robin Scott, Natasha Smyser and Leomie Willoughby-Ellis. There is a special ‘Best of the West’ award sponsored by Frames by Daniel which will be judged by Kelvin Collins from The French Art Shop. Visitors are also asked to select their favourite painting in the ‘public vote’ section sponsored by Xpress Stationery, New Lynn. Titirangi Painters’ Art Exhibition ls a great way to spend Saturday or Sunday viewing this large display of local art. All paintings are also available for sale. The Titirangi Painters 25th Annual Winter Art Exhibition; Titirangi War Memorial Hall August 19 and 20, 10am-4.30pm. Free admission. The Creative Communities Scheme is now open for applications to support local community arts and creative cultural projects. Applications close on August 25 for projects that start after October 11, 2017. Information about the fund and an online application form are available at http://www.aucklandcouncil. govt.nz/EN/newseventsculture/communityfundingsupport/ Pages/findagrant.aspx#332.

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and Reuben Paterson exploring the recurring aesthetic, political and spiritual use of light and darkness; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w – 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 w – 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 – September 3, 16 years later, refugee artist Sakina Ewazi shares memories of living at sea; Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson; 7 days, 10am-4.30pm. 838 4455 or www.ceac.org.nz. w – September 3, Concrete is as Concrete Doesn’t, a video installation by John Vea; Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson; 7 days, 10am-4.30pm. 838 4455 or www.ceac.org.nz. w – September 3, The 45th Landlord, American artists respond to the election of Donald Trump; Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson; 7 days, 10am-4.30pm. 838 4455 or www.ceac.org.nz.

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Valentine; Small Space, Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w 2, Community Film Night, film to be confirmed; Lopdell House Theatre; 7.30pm; Free. Phone 818 2489. w 4, Flicks presents Pecking Order; Lopdell House Theatre; 10.30am, 6pm and 8.15pm; Morning screening $12 ($10 Senior/Student), Evening screenings $14 ($7 for under 14 yr olds). www.flickscinema.weebly.com or phone 818 2489 w 6, French Market; French Bay Yacht Club, bottom of Otitori Bay Road. Phone 817 7609 or visit www.frenchbay. org.nz. w 6, McCahon Kauri Community Day: talks, presentations, art and an opportunity to buy a limited edition kauri sapling (see page 3); Titirangi War Memorial Hall; 11am-4pm. w 6, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732. w 7, Titirangi Death Cafe: Tea (or coffee), cake and discussion; Rangiwai House, 12A Rangiwai Road, Titirangi; 7.30pm. Phone Graham Southwell 021 606 146 or KerryAnn Stanton 0274 745 003. www.deathcafe.com. w 8, 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 9, One-day film-making workshop hosted by The Outlook for Someday; Ceramco Park Function Centre, Glen Eden; 9am-4.30pm; Free. Register online at www.


theoutlookforsomeday.net/workshops. Phone Julia Hyde 827 6050. w 12 – September 17, The Burning Ground – paintings by John Madden remembering the 29 miners at Pike River; West Coast Gallery, Piha; Open Wed – Sun, 10am-4pm. Phone 812 8029. www.westcoastgallery. co.nz w 12, Titirangi Folk Music Club Concert with guest artists Tamlin, great entertainment from a very popular group. Floor singers in the first half; Titirangi Beach Hall, Titirangi Beach Road, Titirangi; 8pm; $8, members $5, under 18 free. Phone Tricia 818 5659 or Ian 813 2305. w 13, 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 17, Waitakere Forest & Bird meeting: Election Special with candidates debating conservation and environmental issues; Kelston Community Centre, corner of Awaroa and Great North Roads; 7.30pm; koha appreciated. Phone Liz 027 476 2732 or email lizanstey@hotmail.com. w 19-20, Titirangi Painters 25th. Annual Art Exhibition; Titirangi War Memorial Hall, South Titirangi Road; 10am-4.30pm each day; Free. Phone John Campbell 376 2660 or 021 663355 or Robin Mansfield 817 2212. w 22, 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 25, 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, Cathy 818 8201 or Margaret 818 1434.

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w 27, 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 31, The Kauri Rescue team hosts a public hui with Dr Nick Waipara; Titirangi War Memorial Hall, South Titirangi Road; 7pm. www.kaurirescue.org.nz

• 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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Reading versus drinking Now that arthritic joints move a little less freely, reading about tramping in wilderness magazines is just about as good as hiking the trails. I’m not sure if the same principle holds for drinking wine! Certainly, there is some elegant writing about wine from André Simon, founder of the Wine and Food Society, through to Robert Parker, Michael Broadbent, Janis Robinson, Michael Cooper, Oz Clarke and James Halliday. I like André Simon’s remark: “A man dies too young if he leaves any wine in his cellar.” True to his word, he left just two bottles of claret in his cellar. I might just check on my own stocks. We celebrated the winter solstice with the usual mulled wine. I used three bottles of cheap red: Tyrone Estate (South Australia) is a reputable maker and their 2014 Shiraz (about $9) was full bodied, dark red, with a berryish aroma. The Los Pasos Malbec (about $10) recommended last month was a spicy addition, but pick of the bunch was a 2013 Côtes du Rhône Villages from Clerget (about $12). Côtes Du Rhône Villages wine must have at least 50% grenache with syrah and mourvedre often making up the balance. The warm flavours of the grenache were given some spine by the syrah, producing a surprisingly complex wine at this price. Jared’s visits always lead to some interesting wine drinking. This time he brought an unlabelled bottle with a cork which crumbled on extraction. A slight brown tinge gave further evidence of age. My guess of Pinot Noir 2010 was spot on but I couldn’t guess the maker, Fromm of Marlborough. Its flavour was beginning to fade but it was a mellow mouthful, quite svelte with silky tannins and a lingering finish. It was distinguished company for our beef casserole. To match this I produced from the cellar a 2013 Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay (about $32). This is an appropriate winter chardonnay, weighty, multi layered, with a rich oat mealy flavour and a seductive after taste. Clearly at its peak, it could last for some years yet. I had another chardonnay open when I brought home some pacific oysters, so I tried a glass with them. It was a mistake, too fruity and creamy. I rapidly switched to our favoured Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc which with its vibrant acid was a perfect match. Of course some chardonnays would be appropriate, those from Chablis for example. They have a typical dry flinty quality without the fruit characteristics of New Zealand wines in general. There are good wines from Chablis at about $20 on local shelves. In a local bookshop I spotted a James Halliday publication on current Australian wines, a special at about $40. At that price I’d rather drink wine than read about it.

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Bala Beeram is the National Party candidate for Kelston. Currently working as a scientific analyst for a food and pharmaceutical testing company, he lives in Avondale, his home for 18 years, with his wife and teenage daughter. Bala comes from an agricultural background, with his parents still working as farmers. After graduating from Bhopal University with a masters degree in chemistry, he taught the subject at a high school in India before moving to New Zealand in 1999. Bala has previously served as president of the New Zealand Telugu Association, as well as an advisory committee member. He is also actively involved with the Telangana New Zealand Association. Giving back to the community is something Bala cares strongly about. He has organised tree-planting programmes, blood donation events, fundraisers for cultural activities and victims of natural disasters, and various sporting events. Bala has a strong understanding of the electorate and its people and is passionate about the importance of education, jobs and keeping the community safe. Bala wants every child in Kelston, and across New Zealand, to achieve at least NCEA Level 2. He believes we can grow local jobs by encouraging investment and expansion within the Kelston electorate and understands the need for apprenticeships for young people. Maintaining law and order is another important issue for Bala and he’s happy to see Kelston is already benefitting from a larger police presence. As an MP, Bala will advocate strongly for the resources Kelston needs to grow jobs, see young people succeed and keep the community safe.

Deborah Russell is Labour’s new candidate for New Lynn. In her own words: “I’m deeply committed to fairness and equality and this is what has driven me towards politics. I started out as an accountant but went back and completed my PhD in philosophy. That unusual combination has driven both my egalitarian values and my desire to turn those values into pragmatic policy. I want a society where every individual is valued and knows they belong. I’m a tax expert, and I think that restoring fairness to the tax system is a top priority as the divide between rich and poor continues to expand. “I really love Titirangi’s local initiative to ditch plastic bags and I was pleased to be able to sew my own fabric bag for the project. It’s these kinds of community-led solutions that I will promote and support as your MP. “I have three daughters and I want them, and all other young people in New Zealand, to be able to tackle any issues by working together in their communities. But to be able to do this, all our children need to have secure housing, good healthcare and high quality education. These are my, and Labour’s, priorities at this election. “Here in Titirangi, New Lynn, Blockhouse Bay, Avondale and all the other suburbs in the New Lynn electorate let’s work together to make sure that our community is safe and supportive of every individual. By finding solutions together, we can make sure we have a society where everyone can thrive.”

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general election: meet the candidates Paulo Garcia: ‘a strong local voice’ Paulo Garcia is a New Zealander of Filipino descent, a lawyer for more than 20 years, a loving husband for 26 years and a father of four young women. Paulo and family moved to New Zealand more than a decade ago. “One of the things that drew me to New Zealand was its reputation as a place where anyone who worked hard and cared about their community could get ahead,” he says. A man of service, Paulo has been a solicitor volunteer for the Eden Albert Community Advice Bureau since 2007 and also now serves four other CABs. He was also Honorary Consul General of the Philippines for Auckland for five years. He considers it a great honour to be chosen by the National Party to be a candidate, especially by the local membership in New Lynn. “The New Lynn electorate is full of people with a great attitude. It’s a community I’ve come to know well, a really positive mix of born-and-bred New Zealanders through to brand new Aucklanders,” he says. Paulo adds that he will work hard to serve as a strong local voice in a National Government that knows how to deliver. “I’m standing for National, because it’s a party that welcomes diversity and understands the needs of New Zealanders of all backgrounds – wherever they live or wherever they’re from. Bill English and his team understand the needs of the country well. Because of their leadership, people here are getting ahead, with incomes rising and businesses growing.”

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The Matuku Link: A restoration challenge In October 2016 The Fringe published an article about the Matuku Reserve Trust and the link they were hoping to create by purchasing the 37 hectares at 111 Bethells Road. Much has happened since then. The trust successfully raised a good portion of the finance required and purchased the land in November Creating additional wetland habitat. 2016. The new Link Reserve connects the Forest & Bird Matuku reserve to Bethells Road and beyond to the Ark in the Park. Additionally the Habitat Te Henga project is downstream from the reserve and the trust is already seeing an expanding Pateke population enjoying the wetland portion of the new reserve. The trust was also particularly fortunate in being chosen to be part of The Trusts ‘Million Dollar Mission’. With great enthusiasm from its supporters the trust was the second most successful organisation, achieving sufficient votes to win $85,125, and is now able to press ahead with a co-operative venture with Unitec students designing the planned restoration and the conversion of an old barn on the property. The barn is to become a wetland education centre to provide information and lectures to school groups about New Zealand’s natural heritage, with a living example outside the window. The Matuku Reserve Trust expects to have 6 to 12 students per year staying in the house on site and is also keen to welcome the first research students, providing them with a base from which to work, either on the extended Matuku Reserve, or in the nearby Ark in the Park. The trust has also invited the Waitakere Rivercare volunteer group to shift their nursery onto the site. The earthworks for the nursery have been completed and groups from Brownies and Kiwi Conservation Club have started planting surrounding vegetation. This will be mutually beneficial as the trust will need plants for the new wetland that it is developing. The trust is hoping to have a fully functional wetland covering the lower five hectares of the site and a 95 percent predator-free zone protecting the 32 hectares of forest areas. Once restoration is largely complete it will be open to the public to visit, providing another natural area to enjoy in West Auckland. However, the trust still has a mortgage to pay off and is actively raising funds. If you can assist please make electronic contributions directly to the Trust’s bank account 38 9018 0039553 01 with your email address as a reference and send notice of your donation to info@ artants.co.nz. If you don’t have a computer you can write to Matuku Reserve Trust, c/o 64 Parker Road, Oratia, Auckland 0604. – Geoff Davidson please support our advertisers – they support us

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‘... it’s great to see how talented many young people are ...’ can say I have been introduced to a On the eve of their 10th anniversary, number of different genres and artists Auckland band Decades are fresh off by students. Students also ask me the back of headlining a nationwide about my upcoming gigs and give me tour and have just released their feedback on singles or videos. I think debut album The Truth And Other for them to see me working in the People. The band’s guitarist and industry is a really positive thing. songwriter Liam Muir is also a music “It can also be a pretty full-on thing teacher at Avondale College. for me to do with a full-time teaching Decades formed in Christchurch, Decades are (left to right) Daniel Perry, Emma Cameron, Liam work load,” laughs Liam. “As a teacher with a different name and a different Muir and Curtis Booth. Photo by Mardo el-Noor. sound. Under the name Ashei, Liam, Emma, Dan and Curtis released it is great to see how talented many young people are and how 5 singles and an EP but the rock band now has exciting new directions passionate they can be about music. Some days it feels like a real to look forward to. “Emma met Tom Larkin (ex Shihad) at a gig in privilege to do this job, especially when you see an outstanding Melbourne a couple of years ago. They got talking about music and performance from a student.” Initially inspired to pick up the guitar by listening to Blink 182, Liam he said that we should make an album with him. So he came on board as our manager and producer and helped give us more direction as cites studying jazz guitar as also having a big influence on his playing a band,” explains Liam. “A little while after this we signed to Warner “I really like an American jazz guitarist called Emily Remler. To be honest my influences are always changing, I will listen to one artist Music New Zealand, which released The Truth And Other People.” Liam’s own musical journey began in high school, when he started for a month or so and then move on to the next one. I was also really to learn guitar. “Although I did not take music at school, I did take a into a group called Taking Back Sunday who we were lucky enough to few private lessons,” he says. “I mainly practiced at home and formed open for at The Kings Arms earlier this year. To be able to open for a bands. Then I wanted to get a more in-depth knowledge of music, so group that had been a huge inspiration to me was really cool!” Liam says there’s been no time to think about future plans as the I went to the Christchurch Jazz School and got a degree.” Liam then did a teaching diploma at Canterbury University, and it was during band have been flat out finishing their album and getting the tour happening. “Following the tour we have time to figure out what the this time that Ashei were playing and recording. Fortunately Liam’s move to Auckland did not disrupt the progress next plans are – they may well involve another album!” To hear Decades and get news and info about the band go to www. of his band for long. “I saw the job as music teacher at Avondale College advertised. Although I was in Christchurch at the time, the job wearedecades.com really appealed to me as the school was known for having a strong The Fringe has two copies of Decades’ The Truth history of music. They were also looking for someone who played WIN And Other People to give away. To go in the guitar and had knowledge of contemporary music which really suited draw to win one write the name of one the band’s members me well. Being a large school it also had the advantage of having four on the back of an envelope with your name, phone number music teachers which is great as you get a wide range of skills in the and address and post it to Decades, PO Box 60-469, Titirangi or department.” email your answer and contact details to info@fringemedia. Liam says his students also teach him a thing or two. “They co.nz with Decades in the subject line. Entries must be can be a big help with staying up to date with what is trending. received by August 16. Being a musician you usually specialise in one type of music but I


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Taking on challenges and loving it Team training is significant and thorough and Gerard After just three months as store has a passion for trying to ensure each individual is manager at Mitre 10 Mega New getting what they want out of their career, and their Lynn, Gerard Bainbridge is loving the life. challenge the new role has brought "Everything we do in-store is focused on the customer him. and it’s not just about having the right products but Born and bred in Auckland, Gerard helping our team bring those products to life for the took up a career in retail 12 years customer. Combine that with the best possible service ago, and after a management role at and our customers will walk out happy and with all the Countdown in Nelson for the last two knowledge they need to complete their home project." years, has returned to his hometown Gerard says his team thrive in that environment too with the fresh challenge of big-box – giving excellent service with good knowledge and a retail in a big city market. positive attitude ensures the store will stay ahead and He’s big on family and quality have the marketing edge over its competitors. family time. "Family and business Gerard Bainbridge and store greeter Mere "Retail is exciting. It doesn’t stand still and I love are both full-time jobs but you also Waenga from Green Bay need time to catch up with friends. What drives me is my family motivating the team to keep moving forward and upward. "We’re always thinking ahead. The plans for spring planting are set. and wanting to succeed for them but also to create the best home We're thinking about December events now." improvement store in the country. Special event promotions are important too. As an enthusiastic "Every day is different and every customer is different and as store manager I’m involved in every aspect of the business. I really like do-it-yourselfer, Gerard is looking forward to Father's Day and Mitre 10 as a 100% Kiwi-owned brand and I’m driven to make sure hints he's already suggested to his wife Dawn and children Haylee that customers have the best possible experience they can when (20 months) and nine-year-old Lochlan that a man can never have they come in here. enough power tools. "Our team’s interaction with customers is crucial and every "I really enjoy seeing people succeed, whether it's our team at a customer who comes in the door must be acknowledged. That personal or professional level, or our customers achieving the best greeting sets the tone for the store and the rest of our 150-strong outcome they can with products from our store team continue with that positive attitude," he says. – Moira Kennedy

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The mills and hills of Huia On the western shore of Huia Bay, under a quiet grove of pohutukawa trees, a cluster of stone foundations sits half buried in the sand. They are the vestiges of the once prominent kauri industry which stripped the area of its largest and oldest inhabitants. These days, Huia may be known for its rustic valley and romantic fiord-like landscape, but evidence of its colonial history is there to be explored. The Huia Settler’s Museum is a great place to start. Although it’s closed on weekdays, information signs point toward the shore where the Manukau Timber Company mill once operated. Built in 1854 by the Gibbons brothers, the mill was nicknamed the ‘Niagara’ due to the force of the water that powered the driving wheel. In the 1890s a steam engine mill was built at nearby Hinges Bay, which can be accessed by following orange markers over a stretch of farmland. The logs would be processed into timber and then carried by tram line onto barges sailing to Onehunga. No remnants of the tram line can be seen on the now tranquil shore, but the crumbling stone foundations where the barges docked still remain. I follow the signs back toward the museum, across Huia Road and up Karamatura Valley. Here the walk follows the tram line the loggers used to extract the colossal kauri logs from the tangled slopes. They would also use the nearby Karamatura stream to float the logs down to the mill. Looking at the gentle stream, it’s hard to imagine that it was once manipulated by dams into a heaving torrent that would flood the gulley and carry 10-ton tree trunks out of the forest. An easy loop walk takes about an hour in total but is connected to a network of much longer tracks to the west coast, including the section of the Hillary trail out to Whatipu. I instead take a right turn

Looking down over Huia from Twin Peaks Track.

over the stream and up muddy Tom Thumb Track. Although the biggest kauri were felled long ago a lone survivor stands at the top of the 40-minute climb. The Tom Thumb kauri is over 800 years old and was, due to the ungainly shape of its trunk, spared by the millers. Today it presides over an intersection of tracks in a flat clearing, a pleasant place to rest and ponder the folly of it all. On one side of the clearing, the Twin Peaks track runs northwest up to Te Toiokawharu, at 474 metres the highest point in the Waitakeres. On the other side it runs down the spur to Huia Dam Road. I take the latter but not before a quick detour up Goat Hill for a fine view of the Manukau and the lower Huia reservoir. The 20-minute route down to the dam road is mostly dry and offers a fantastic outlook over Huia. It is such an enchanting place, unlike anywhere else in Auckland and even now, with its modest blend of rustic farmland and bush, gives the impression of a frontier outpost. Yet, while the landscape here has largely remained the same over the years, our attitude towards it has certainly changed, emphasised perhaps most profoundly by an entreaty on an information placard near the end of the track – Keep Kauri Standing!





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live @ the lounge Yeah gidday. Lizard here. I guess, like me, you have that “I live out West” signature: a muddy Plimsoll line halfway up your heels when you go out in public? My home front is relatively stable at the mo but with the gender balance heavily female-weighted. Shaz’s sister Star has moved her girlfriend in. They're in a multi-race, same sex, transgender (Michelle was Michael), culturally monoicous, gynandromorphic union – in their words. All I can see is that they’re great mates and it works out quite well for me. Having three women in the kitchen, their deepest DNA still drives them to compete on a nurturing level thus producing heaps of yummy food, admittedly often lentil-based and nothing ever sausage shaped. As long as I do my share of the dishes and maintain accuracy in the toilet, we all get along really well. There are of course a few interesting conversations but none get too heated. The other night Star and Michelle were saying that if they won Lotto they'd give half to Aids Prevention then buy a retreat at Waipu Cove. I said the first thing I would do is get a separate bed for Shaz's mum. Yes, Gloria is also crashing at ours for a month’s holiday and there’s a lack of beds. She’s a good old stick and has had a huge life. In the 50s she moved to Australia with hubby number four. They set up a business that literally brought coals to Newcastle. They bought it cheap in Newcastle, UK, and shipped it out. Their grandson had a business selling tubs of bulk egg yokes to bakeries. Gloria would lend a hand on the weekends so he actually taught his grandmother how to suck eggs. Classic. Gloria loves her grandkids and is always keen to lend a hand so immediately said yes to giving me a hand at the supermarket. That’s

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