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ISSUE 163, SEPTEMBER 2017

community news, issues, arts, people, events


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Community Liaison Group ‘makes good progress’................... 4 Hardware changes hands; ‘Invest in Glen Eden’...................... 5 Titirangi corner update............................................................. 6 Art and about with Naomi McCleary.....................................8-9

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Going West Books and Writers Weekend............................... 10 Trouble in Titirangi.................................................................. 11 Places to go: Events listing................................................12-13 Get youth involved and watch things grow............................ 14 Bandstanding: Don Brough, ‘keeping creativity alive’............ 16 Feature: meet the general election candidates............. 17 – 18 A new approach to democracy?............................................. 18

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Don’t ruffle your feathers over ducklings............................... 19 Great ‘score’ all round............................................................ 20 Words on wine with Lindsay Nash.......................................... 21 Live @ the lounge.................................................................. 22 Advertisers directory.............................................................. 23 On our cover: Spring has sprung and West Lynn Garden in Parker Road, New Lynn is a great place to view the new blossoms that come with the season, including this blooming succulent. Photo by Bevis England. Thanks to the vigilance of attendees at the Titirangi Painters Annual Exhibition last month, and the rapid response of Fire and Emergency New Zealand, a potentially serious fire in the roof cavity of Titirangi War Memorial Hall was extinguished before it could take hold. As a result of the prompt action of all involved it appears that extensive damage has been avoided. It was reported that up to 16 fire appliances from all over West Auckland attended the fire. The exact extent of the damage and the cause is presently being assessed and, at The Fringe’s print deadline, repairs were still to be scheduled. Council staff have been working with users of the hall to assist in arranging alternative local venues Every issue of The Fringe (and the Titirangi Tatler before it) since April 2011 is on-line at www.fringemedia.co.nz. Like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ FringeWest) to hear when each issue is available and get other updates. please support our advertisers – they support us

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The independent chairperson of the Huia Water Treatment Plant Community Liaison Group (CLG) says a “positive start” has been made to their meetings. Titirangi resident, Paul Walbran, was asked to chair the CLG, which is made up of representatives from local community organisations, following an announcement that a replacement for the aging Huia Water Treatment Plant would be built on Watercare’s land in Waimea. Around 12-15 members have been attending the meetings, which began in July and take place every two to three weeks. Paul says good progress has been made regarding upcoming ecological surveys of the area and how they might influence the new water treatment plant’s design and construction. “We have made a positive start. One of the key areas of interest is how to ensure that the community is confident that the scientific studies that will be undertaken will be robust and independent,” he says. “Initially there was a preparedness to give it a go and see if anything could be achieved. But Watercare’s decision to fund two reports — one by a well-known environmental science company and the other by a very experienced independent researcher selected by and reporting to the CLG has changed the whole tone of the meeting. Now I would describe the attitude as co-operative.” The scientists will look at all aspects of fauna and flora on the proposed sites, which lie next to the existing water treatment plant and across the road, where two reservoirs will be constructed. The surveys were due to begin before the end of last month and reports are estimated to be due for completion by the end of the year, or early 2018, to take in seasonal factors. The most recent meeting of the CLG took place on August 22 and the minutes have been uploaded on Watercare’s website, http:// www.watercare.co.nz. To get involved in the community liaison process you can contact or join one of the groups presently involved in the process, including West Auckland Historical Society, Titirangi Protection Society, Waitakere Community Liaison Group, Waitakere Ranges Protection Society, Titirangi Residents and Ratepayers Association, Auckland Botanical Society, Waima Restoration Protection Society, Tree Council, and Forest and Bird Waitakere branch.

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Hardware changes hands It was 22 years ago that the Hammer Hardware shop in Titirangi Village closed its doors – and became the Hardware Cafe, set up and operated by Brent and Theresa Gore, pictured left. Brent already had some experience with business in the Village having set up The Mill Bakehouse (next door to The Hardware) in 1988. He knew the Village needed a proper cafe as the alternative back then was a trip to Atomic or any of the other cafes in Ponsonby. It wasn’t plain sailing: the first coffee roaster he approached wouldn’t deliver to the West, but when Brent met Michael Allpress, who was also just starting out, they struck up an enduring relationship. “It’s always been about the community,” says Brent. “People have been married here and now their kids are coming back to the cafe. And we’ve always been here for the people – that’s why we started opening at 5am.” And the cafe has been open 364 days of the year (365 in leap years) ever since it opened. The new owners already have a cafe in Newmarket and intend to keep all the present staff. After all, it is the staff who have made the cafe the place it is, with some still part of the team after 16 years, says Brent. “Theresa is the one who’s kept the place going,” says Brent. “It’s been great to see many of our staff learning the ropes here before going on to set up their own businesses.” Brent admits that leaving The Hardware could lead to exciting new opportunities but he is also sad to leave all the friends he’s made and the community he loves. However, it won’t be the end of Brent and Theresa’s connection with the Village. After a holiday in Tahiti, “exploring 200 years of my family’s history there”, says Brent, they will return and look at further developing the site of the old Montana Winery along Scenic Drive, a property he has owned for some time. On behalf of the many people who have valued The Hardware’s friendliness, great coffee and food over the last 21 years, The Fringe extends its thanks to Brent and Theresa. The new owners take over on September 5.

Waitakere Ranges Local Board and the Glen Eden Business Association have joined forces to launch an Investment Prospectus to put the unique qualities of Glen Eden village before investors and business developers. With rapidly improving transport facilities, development opportunities under Auckland’s Unitary Plan, a changing demographic and a unique location Glen Eden offers investors and developers many opportunities. A range of development projects are underway, including a 10-storey apartment block between the railway line and Waikumete Cemetery, and plans for a new town centre. Commercial investment in the village is on the rise with openings for more hospitality outlets and retail ventures. “Glen Eden is a wonderful village full of great people. It is the centre of an area that will experience major growth, and the railway station will be used more and more,” says Greg Presland, chair of the Waitakere Ranges Local Board. To become part of the future development of Glen Eden contact Steve Tollestrup at Waitakere Ranges Local Board on 813 9150.

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A commercial property in Titirangi Village that had been on the market for almost two years gained a new owner a few months ago and the organisation is open to ideas about the site’s future. Property development and investment company Broadway Property Group settled on the 8,932m2 of land and buildings at 408416 and 490 Titirangi Road in late July. The property includes the car park and toilet block, as well as tenanted retail shops. Director Adrian Hughes says his company is a family-owned business, which is excited to gain a presence in the village. An Aucklander born and bred, Adrian grew up in Ellerslie, where the company began in 1985 and where it is still based. He sees the new purchase as a passive investment at this stage. “We have no immediate plans to develop or extend what’s currently there,” he explains. “We’re open to exploring the opportunities presented by the site and I think we’d be looking at something similar to what was previously consented – the same but different, if you know what I mean.” The original plans would have seen a mixed retail and commercial development with parking to the rear. Any development work would require a new resource consent, as the previous consent has expired. Although the bulk of Broadway’s development work has been in East Auckland and the North Shore, they do have experience in West Auckland. Broadway built Te Wananga o Aotearoa’s West Auckland campus in Lincoln Road and the Blue Star building in Swanson. Adrian is open to ideas from the Titirangi community about the site and can be contacted on 021 530 908 or by email adrian@ broadwayproperty.co.nz. The Regional Environment and Natural Heritage (RENH) grants programme has nearly $363,000 available to help fund community environmental projects. Eligible projects can receive up to $40,000. The programme is open to a range of community-led environmental initiatives including projects to promote environmentally sustainable lifestyles, support Pest Free Auckland 2050 through ecological restoration or pest control, restore Auckland’s waterways or empower mana whenua to support activities in their role as kaitiaki. For further information about eligibility and to apply for a grant, visit www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz. If you require assistance with your application, email environmentalfunding@ aucklandcouncil.govt.nz. Applications close on September 10.

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Between here and there – a narrative for our times A festival about books and ideas could not take place right now without reference to the breathlessly changing nature of the world around us. The Going West Festival programmers have expressed it thus: If a year is a book, this one is full of plot twists, unexpected narratives, surprising characters and ever-shifting viewpoints. We are seeing immense cultural and political shifts playing out globally. The New Zealand we think we know is shifting too. Going West has always been a cultural lodestone, a place where we can pause and consider, but also connect with and embrace, those special people who give voice to our fears and uncertainties but also express the beauty and complexity of our lives. So, if you need a reason to experience this smorgasbord of wordbased delights, the following email from a local resident says it all: I’m so excited by the line up for the Going West Festival and the theatre on offer too. Congratulations! We have family staying with us for the festival and it’s going to be amazing to take them to events right on our doorstep that show strands of our culture and why we love living here! Thank you for your work and passion.' Highlights of the Festival’s Books and Writers Weekend include: • Rod Oram’s keynote address, challenging us to examine how we must inevitably make fundamental changes in order to survive. • Small holes in the silence. Poet Bill Manhire will take poetry into the world of jazz with Wellington pianist Norman Meehan, vocalist Hannah Griffin and CK Stead will be among those who saxophonist, composer and multihelp examine the life and work of instrumentalist Blair Latham. poet Allen Curnow. Poetry begins to atrophy when it gets too far from music – Ezra Pound. • Two legendary women, Dame Anne Salmond and singer Moana Maniapoto, will converse about the moment when our two

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peoples met and tried to make sense of each other and how, by looking into these two world views we might gain insight into facing contemporary challenges. 2017 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize. Author Catherine Chidgey with Sue Orr will add depth to your reading of The Wish Child. More depth will also be brought to our understanding of poet Allen Curnow, arguably the defining voice of 20th century poetry in New Zealand. Diana Wichtel, probably best known as the acerbic and often witty television reviewer in The New Zealand Listener, will talk to Steve Braunias, an equally witty and satirical voice, about her astonishing memoir Driving to Treblinka. Witi Ihimaera, a loved and senior writer, will talk with Tina Makereti, a rising star in the fiction world, and Hemi Kelly, AUT lecturer in Te Reo, writer and creator in the visual and performing arts, about mentorship and collaboration. Other highlights of the Going West Festival include: The Poetry Slam. A night of performance that will run the gamut of emotions from laughter to passion, from joy to rage. Enjoy a cafe atmosphere with a cash bar and delicious food for purchase. New Zealand Film Season with seldom seen documentaries on Frank Sargeson and Katherine Mansfield and feature film In My Father's Den. This adaptation of Maurice Gee’s novel is regarded by film buffs as one of the great, unsung New Zealand movies. The Maori Sidesteps. A sell-out in Wellington, this is the Auckland premiere and not to be missed. Short, sharp and hilarious with some great music from the Maori show band tradition. Kororareka – The Ballad of Maggie Flynn, by Paolo Rotondo. A fierce and yet funny look at our colonial history – all defences down. Set in Russell, it starred at Q Theatre before playing to communities up north recently, receiving standing ovations. A Botanical Sublime: New Writing for Henderson. This magical project has drawn forth three essays and a children's play, all of which will be launched with readings and conversation with the writers, Paula Morris, Renee Liang, Nina Seja and Ann Poulsen. www.outsidethesquare.org.nz. Anything in the Koanga (Spring) Festival at Te Pou Theatre

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STOP PRESS! The fire in the roof cavity in Portage Road, New Lynn, of the Titirangi War Memorial Hall last including Matakitaki Mai a month means that Going West Books Maori Theatre Season. & Writers Weekend, September 8–10, • Whanua Day is the rightful is relocating to Waitakere Central, 6 inheritor of the old Going West Henderson Valley Road. This beautiful, StoryFest – still action-packed architect-designed venue has ample but rich in storytelling and parking and is right next to the theatre from our multi-cultural Henderson Station for public transport society. users. There will be no other changes • Peter Paka Paratene. A night of to the weekend or to other festival story, song and verse with Rawiri venues. For further details go to www. Paratene, one of New Zealand’s The Auckland premiere of The Maori Sidesteps is one of the goingwestfest.co.nz. most loved communicators and festival’s hIghlights. a ‘national treasure’. • Hinepau. A Te Reo theatre show for rangatahi (young people). Book-related events at Glen Eden Library • Tuhi Tika. Playwrights workshop with Albert Belz. Author talk by distinguished physician Dr Sharad Paul, • Stuff. The Studio Season is produced by the Graduate Studio, author of The genetics of health. Dr Paul has featured at many a collective of theatre writers, convened by playwright Gary international literary festivals. Saturday, September 30, 1-3pm. Henderson, who meet monthly to read and critique new work. ‘Going West’ Human Libraries, a collaboration between Stuff is a new play by Westie Paula Crimmons. A weekend of open Going West Festival and the library featuring a programme of rehearsals culminating in a rehearsed reading with actors Donagh ordinary people with extraordinary stories to tell. See www. Rees, Elizabeth McRae, Rachel Nash and Munashe Tapfuya. goingwestfest.co.nz or contact the library for more information. • For the first time we welcome Massive Company out West to Glen Various Tuesdays during September, 11am. Eden. The company will run a two-day workshop for young people Book Chat. Join lively discussions about what you’ve been (14 to 25 years old). This is a glorious opportunity to experience reading and hear recommendations from others. Glen Eden the fun and excitement of theatre life in safe and experienced Library meeting room, first September 6, 10.30-11.30. hands. www.massivecompany.co.nz/workshops • Also for youth: Word Up at the Corban Estate Arts Centre. A wordbased performance competition for 13 to 20 year olds which encourages rap, poetry, spoken word, song and stand-up comedy. • Indie Book Fair – a thriving showcase of artist books, catalogues, limited-edition publications, zines and more. Indie publishing is a phenomenon that is sweeping the writing world. For venues, times and other information about all these events visit www.goingwestfest.co.nz or read it on mobile goingwestfest. partica.co.nz. I make no apologies for featuring Going West again and yes, I have a personal connection with this festival which goes back to its very beginnings under Waitakere Council. Thank goodness for those golden years which saw the creation of this and many other arts and cultural events that changed the way the ‘Wild West’ was viewed. It had always been a hot-bed of creativity waiting to vent.

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The second annual West Auckland Heritage Conference is to take place early next month. The theme is The People of the West and the event will offer a great opportunity to delve into the rich and varied stories of the West. There will be stories of different cultures, community heroes and just plain quirky characters. Presentations will include Fiona Drummond on Henry Atkinson of Titirangi, Rasheeda Woolford (Ngati Maniapoto) on Maori identity in West Auckland, Robert Brassey on the excavation of the Texas Tornado Flying Fortress near Whenuapai and much more. Attendees will also be able to learn how to carry out historical research. The conference will take place on Sunday October 8, 9am-5pm, at the Titirangi War Memorial Hall. Funded by Waitakere Ranges Local Board the conference is free but registration is required. To register email sharon.davies@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or call 813 9150 by September 30. Visit westheritageconference.nz for more information.

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

Internationally-acclaimed local musician, Andrew White, returns to Titirangi to launch his latest album Beautiful Trouble this month. Following a South Island tour, and before touring in Australia, Andrew will be performing only one Auckland concert, at Lopdell House Theatre on September 9. He will be featuring tracks from Beautiful Trouble along with favourites from his back catalogue of 13 albums. Andrew’s performance will be complimented by visuals from film maker and co-ordinator of Flicks Cinema, Robin Kewell. Concert goers will also be able to sample Beautiful Trouble IPA craft beer, brewed by the Birkenhead Brewing Company, inspired by the album. Andrew White is a troubadour. He combines brilliant fingerstyle guitar work with compelling lyrics and delivers them both in an engaging live performance. His music has been described as a road map of the experiences of a musical life coupled with guitar technique that has left thousands of people breathless. Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Andrew's interest in guitar and song writing developed at age 12, after hearing folk artists such as Ralph McTell, Paul Simon, Donovan, Bert Janch, Pentangle and others. His family emigrated to New Zealand when he was 16 and he started his musical career busking in Auckland. He now lives in Oratia. Beautiful Trouble, Lopdell House Theatre, September 9. Advance tickets $25 from Eventfinda and Upstairs Art Gallery, Lopdell House (817 4278). Door tickets at $30 (if not sold out). More details at www. flickscinema.weebly.com.


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september w – 10, The ninth Emerging Artist Award exhibition; Upstairs Gallery, Lopdell House. Phone 817 4278.

w – 14, Flex, tactile bronze forms by Hannah Valentine; Small Space, Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087.

w – 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 – October 1, Japanese Laurel, works by Oliver Perkins current McCahon House artist-in-residence; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w – November 5, Looking, Seeing, Thinking, new work by Christine Hellyar including drawings printed on silk and suspended textile sculptures; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w 2 – November 19, A memoir for falling light, an experimental film by filmmaker and artist Robert George; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w 2 – October 29, Light Language, Sarah SmutsKennedy post-McCahon House residency exhibition; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w 3, French Market; French Bay Yacht Club, bottom of Otitori Bay Road. Phone 817 7609 or visit www.frenchbay. org.nz.

w 3, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia

Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732. w 4, Titirangi Ratepayers and Residents Association Annual General Meeting; Titirangi Presbyterian Hall, Atkinson Road, Titirangi; 6.30pm; membership fees ($5) to be collected at door. w 4, 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, Flicks presents Their Finest (M); Titirangi Theatre, Lopdell House; 10.30am, 5.30pm and 8.15pm. Details and trailer at www.flickscinema.weebly.co,. Phone 818 2489. w 8 – October 22, I’ll see you at Orion, Louisa Afoa explores the idea of place and home; Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson; 7 days, 10am-4.30pm; Free. 838 4455 or www.ceac.org.nz. w 8 – October 22, Body Surface, an exibition by John Ioane, Jeremy Leatinu’u and Siliga David Setoga; Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson; 7 days, 10am-4.30pm; Free. 838 4455 or www.ceac.org.nz. w 9, Titirangi Folk Music Club Concert with guest artist Bryce Patten. 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 10, 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, West Auckland Historical Society Family History Group meeting; Henderson Central Library Research Centre; 10-11.30am. Phone Gary Snow 832 5098, 021

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w 12, Western District Women’s Dinner Club; Te Atatu RSA; visitors welcome. Phone Margaret 021 154 0946.

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planting event. Light refreshments provided; GBRRA Hall, 229 Portage Road, Green Bay; 9am. Contact gbrracontact@gmail.com. (Rain date September 30.) w 17, Bird count and stream care workshop; Titirangi Beach Hall, 1 Aydon Road, Titirangi; 9am-Noon; RSVP to southtitirangi.wixsite.com or Vicki at vsargisson@xtra. co.nz or 021 677 663. (Rain date Sunday 15th October.) w 19, SeniorNet West Auckland monthly meeting with Grant Stevens, Senior Consultant at Grace Computers – bring your computer questions; Kelston Community Centre, corner of Awaroa and Great North Roads; 10.00am. Phone 837 7600. w 21, Waitakere Forest & Bird talk: The Wetapunga, New Zealand’s largest insect with Ben Goodwin, Keeper of the Ectotherms section at Auckland Zoo; Kelston Community Centre, Corner of Awaroa and Great North Roads; 7.30pm; koha appreciated. Contact Liz 027 476 2732 or lizanstey@hotmail.com. w 22, 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 Cathy 818 8201. w 22, Flicks presents A Man Called Ove (M); Titirangi Theatre, Lopdell House; 10.30am, 5.30pm and 8.15pm. Details and trailer at www.flickscinema.weebly.co. Phone 818 2489. w 23 – October 23, After the Storm – paintings by Leomie Willoughby-Ellis; West Coast Gallery, Piha;

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• Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson, 10am–4.30pm daily. 838 4455. • EcoMatters Environment Trust, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn, 10am–4pm Mon-Fri, 10am–1pm Sat, or by appointment. 826 4276, info@ecomatters.org.nz. • Flicks cinema, Lopdell House Theatre. 818 2489, www.flickscinema.weebly.com. • Kelston Community Centre, corner of Awaroa and Great North Roads, Kelston. • McCahon House Museum, 67 Otitori Bay Rd; 1-4pm, Wednesday – Sunday, except public holidays. 817 6148, mccahon@ mccahonhouse.org.nz. • Playhouse Theatre, 15 Glendale Road, Glen Eden. 818 5751. • Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, 420 Titirangi Road, Titirangi, 10am–4.30pm daily. 817 8087, info@teuru.org.nz. • Titirangi Theatre, Lopdell House Theatre, Titirangi. 817 5812, infoline 817 5951, www.titirangitheatre.co.nz. • Upstairs Gallery, Level 1, Lopdell House, 418 Titirangi Road, 10am–4.30pm daily. 817 4278. www.upstairs.org.nz. • West Coast Gallery, Seaview Road, Piha, Open Wednesday – Sunday, 10am–4pm. 812 8029, www.westcoastgallery.co.nz.

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What does it take to engage youth in the neighbourhood and to benefit the local community? “Providing a range of opportunities in a supportive environment, and giving something a good go,” says Green Bay Community House coordinator, Moana Cook. ‘Giving something a good go’ is something Moana and her small team are good at, with plans for new events being announced virtually every month. Their school holiday programmes are well-regarded and daily Green Bay Community House recently activities are managed by qualified primary celebrated the fourth anniversary of its afterschool teacher Shafiyah Saheed and seven school Unicycle Club. other young locals aged between 17 and 20 years old who are employed on a casual basis. “The programmes are seen as real gems among the kids,” says Moana, “and many of the Early orthodontic assessment Dr Nitin Raniga participants want to return to help out on a casual or volunteer capacity when they turn 13. a wise investment Orthodontist Dr Nitin Raniga, local member of the New Zealand Association of “Our programmes have a real community feel about them. Many of the families have been BDSsays (Otago), (Otago), Orthodontists (NZAO), the best ageDCInDent for your child to see a pecialist is as soonMOrth as you notice a problem. “If you’re concerned, RSCEd, MRACDS (Orth) coming to us for more than 10 years and since our staff are local, we are able to bond with ou definitely shouldn’t wait until your child has all their adult teeth, nd you don’t need6 a referral from a dentist Exminster St, or dental therapist.” the children attending,” she says. An orthodontist is a registered dentist who has gone on to complete an Bay education in specialist dditional 2-3 years ofBlockhouse fulltime postgraduate university With such interest and support from the community, Moana says they’re now looking at rthodontics. All members of the NZAO are trained in the appropriate use of Auckland 0600 he full range of available orthodontic appliances, and undertake continual additional ways to engage local young people aged between 11 and 17, and hoping to link udy and professional development to stay on top of the latest trends and Phone (09) 627 3555 mprovements in orthodontic treatment. Dr Raniga says early treatment by a specialist can reduce or occasionally with Sport Waitakere’s Move It youth programme at the New Lynn Community Centre. nitin@aucklandortho.co.nz liminate the need for more extensive treatment at a later age. “Orthodontists pend a great deal of their post graduate training studying facial growth and www.aucklandortho.co.nz On the calendar for both adults and children in coming months are drawing classes, evelopment,” says Dr Raniga. There is much less stigma around wearing braces community potluck dinners and free bee-keeping workshops. And with spring on the way, the nd orthodontic appliances, compared with what parents may recall from their FRINGEADLTD.pdf 1 15/11/16 16:33 community house will start its first 'Sunday Afternoon Gardening Club' on October 1 with the wn childhood. “Teenagers will actually ag Mum and Dad for an appointment. Our children know the value of a aim of establishing a community garden. eautiful, functional smile that will last them a lifetime, and they’re willing to ut the work in now. If that’s not a wise investment, I don’t know what is.” Green Bay Street Food will hold a special event on September To ensure you’re receiving specialist advice, always look for the NZAO ogo. For more information go to www.orthodontists.org.nz. 30 and will be run weekly from November and the annual German P R E S L A N D a n d C O LT D Christmas market will be held later in the year. Moana says they'll be engaging local youth to help run them. B A R R I S T E R S & S O L I C I T O R S “We’ve had great support from the Whau Local Board with funding Dr Nitin Raniga for our youth groups which provides us with the valuable resources BDS (Otago) E S T 1 9 8 9 DClinDent (Otago) MOrth RSCEd our kids enjoy," Moana says. MRACDS (Orth) 6 Exminster Street, The Titirangi Community House is also getting closely involved in Blockhouse Bay, Auckland 0600 spring events supporting conservation. It will be holding a DIY worm Phone (09) 627 3555 nitin@aucklandortho.co.nz farm workshop, another on composting and a third on bee-keeping m y l a w y e r . c o . n z www.aucklandortho.co.nz in September. Presland and Co provide a variety of legal services For more information on community house events Green Bay can including conveyancing, family law, criminal law, be contacted at gbcommunityhouse@gmail.com or phone 827 3300 wills & estates. and Titirangi can be reached at admin@titirangihouse.co.nz or phone 817 7448. C

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‘Keeping creativity alive and fresh’ compositions: “There’s classical, new age, Wellington-born and Christchurch-raised, pop and hybrids. I don’t prefer one style classically-trained pianist Don Brough over any of the others, but will gravitate to has an impressive collection of musical classical or new age or pop as the feeling in achievements to his name, including me dictates at the time. I’ve tried to listen numerous national and international tours to everything I could over the years, from and 12 original albums. He’s a teacher at a wide variety of ethnic and folk music, Henderson’s Music Education Centre and to jazz, pop and classical. Classically I was now lives in Glen Eden. influenced by romantic and impressionistic With mum on the piano, music in the composers such as Chopin, Sibelius and home and singing at church, piano lessons Debussy, and by new age artists the likes and the like were prescribed at a young of Eno and Deuter. Sometimes it’s not the age for Don and his siblings. “I enjoyed style but the approach and attitude of the the quality musical training that existed in composer or musicians that’s important.” Christchurch, singing in choirs, orchestras, Landing in Auckland in 1999, Don’s search music competitions – they were exciting but for work and the enjoyment of teaching led scary too!” says Don. him to the Music Education Centre. “The “Throughout my teens I was interested manager and staff were nice people and in becoming a classical pianist but I later fostered a real sense of community,” Don became more attracted to contemporary says. “I work in studios at the MEC and I go styles and taught myself guitar. In my out to schools. It’s great to be able to work early 20s in 1986 I moved to Dunedin and Don Brough: “a wish to learn, expand and deepen with students of all ages.” experienced the band scene there, playing myself through music.” When asked if he has a particularly memorable moment from his on the fringes – solo, in bands, in cabaret and with a poet.” That poet was one David Eggleton and Don composed and performed for career, Don recalls the opportunity to attend an occasion with Sir Ed his now legendary national tour and undertook several recording Hillary in attendance. “Some musician friends needed my keyboard so sessions with him. Drummer Robbie Yeats (from the Verlaines) also they asked me to come too. I decided to write a piece called Mountain took part in the recordings and the Dunedin and Queenstown shows. Dream for Ed and the other mountaineers and their families. Sir Ed Don then took classical piano to a more advanced level, securing didn’t make it in the end but I was granted an opportunity to perform diplomas in performance, teaching and theory. He experimented with my piece. The performance ended and there was silence – you could electronic music and a range of styles, while also wanting to perform hear a pin drop – and then a roar of applause rose up from children, more. “It was ambition but with a kind of searching angle – a wish to mountaineers and their wives. Somehow the music really hit a chord learn, expand and deepen myself through the experience of music,” with them.” As to his next adventure, Don says “I’m not quite sure what that is says Don. He also developed a desire to understand life in a more esoteric way yet, I have a penchant for the unknown. I think this keeps my creativity and wrote music that attempted to portray a wide range of subject alive and fresh. But I am focusing on a new music project, based on matter, including New Zealand and international locations, nature, concepts that have long been cooking in me and are now coming to mythology, philosophy and human relationships. “My eagerness to fruition. If the compositions manifest successfully they’ll be recorded compose grew and that led to recording and performing in Wellington as they appear, and may be followed by a public performance.” You can check out Don’s work on Youtube, where there is music and Auckland.” Don undertook two national tours and was invited to composed by Don and visuals by Don and artist Mala Mayo. Don is perform in the UK, Germany and Boston, USA. Don has self-published 12 albums on Spotify, iTunes and also available to provide live music for functions and weddings – you   other music sites. Covering several musical styles Don says of his can contact him via his website at 3-idmusic.com. 

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Paulo Garcia: looking to the future

“The fantastic thing about being a candidate for the National Party, apart from campaigning for a strong team with great plans and policies for New Zealand, is that I have met and continue to meet an ever-increasing number of very inspiring people – people doing big things in their own space and under their own circumstances. “We all deal with the daily challenges of our everyday lives: work and our families. I am greatly encouraged to see so many going beyond just work and survival, to thinking of the bigger picture and looking into the future. “Having been invited to attend the recent Titirangi Protection Group evening at the Woodlands Park School, I met many people passionate about the environment, who help others become more aware and protective of the beautiful environment that New Zealand has and all New Zealanders enjoy. Attending the meeting helped me realise even more that there are many things we can all do that help the environment – planting our own vegetable gardens (something my family has enjoyed over the years) and reducing the use of plastic, to name a few. It’s amazing what we all can accomplish if we would all do what we can and help others do the same along the way. “I am glad that there are residents of the New Lynn electorate who are part of the Titirangi Protection Group and other organisations actively protecting the environment.”

Bala Beeram: believing in positive change

“I been working and contributing to the Kelston electorate since moving to New Zealand over 15 years ago. Coming from a farming family, achieving a Masters degree in Chemistry, and raising a family here, I believe that New Zealand is a place of equal opportunity where hard work is rewarded. “I will strive to ensure that Kelston is a safe, secure and prosperous community so that families can enjoy all of what it has to offer and I believe that the National government has brought a lot of positive change for West Auckland, including: • $1.4 billion invested in the Waterview tunnel that connects to SH20, and reduces traffic congestion for West Auckland. • 99,800 children in the Waitemata DHB area are benefiting from free GP visits and prescriptions for all children under 13. • 73 more police have been introduced for Waitemata police district. • 8,145 more Waitemata DHB patients are receiving elective operations each year than when we were elected. • 40,061 businesses and homes in West Auckland are now able to connect to Ultra-Fast Broadband as part of our $2 billion investment to roll out faster internet across New Zealand. • 78,660 60 to 74-year-olds in the Waitemata DHB area will be eligible for our bowel screening programme, which is being rolled out across the country to help prevent around 1,200 deaths each year.”

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Deborah Russell: Let’s do this

“Your vote is critical this election. It’s extremely close between the right and left blocs, and your party vote will help determine the next government. I urge you to exercise your democratic right to vote and have your say. Early voting begins from September 11, so if you’re going to be busy on Election Day, plan to cast your vote in advance – and cast it for Labour. “A Jacinda Ardern and Labour government will deliver practical solutions for West Auckland. We’ll cut down on congestion through having light rail from West Auckland to the CBD. By charging commercial users who profit from our water a fair levy, we’ll invest in cleaning up our waterways. We’ll build better, more affordable housing through cracking down on speculators and building more houses. A Labour government will work with communities to solve our local issues. “I love living in New Lynn and I’ll listen to our communities and stand up for them in Parliament. I’ve always believed in equipping people with the tools they need to solve their problems. That’s why I’ve lectured at universities in New Zealand and in Australia, as well as worked with community groups like Meals on Wheels. It’s what I’ll continue to do here in New Lynn if you elect me as your MP. Together, let’s make West Auckland even better. “Party vote Labour and candidate vote Deborah Russell on September 23 and let’s do this.“

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If the idea of deciding how to spend $20 million appeals to you, then try getting behind an idea called Participatory Budgeting. What Oratia resident John Howell wants to see happen is for Auckland Council to set aside a minimum of one percent of its annual capital budget, currently around $20 million, for ratepayers to decide what projects are funded. “It would be ‘the People’s Budget’,” he says. “People having a direct say in how their rates are spent.” The idea itself is not new, but it has yet to be tried in this country. “There are 3,000 cities world-wide using it. But I couldn’t find anything in New Zealand. I emailed the Australian organisation to John Howell: promoting see if they’d heard of any such projects here and they said, ‘no, community input into rates spending. you’d better start something’.” John became excited about the concept of Participatory Budgeting through reading books such as Everyone Counts by Josh Lerner and The End of Politicians: Time for a Real Democracy by Brett Hennig. Voter turnout in elections, and particularly local body elections, is low in New Zealand and potentially declining. Participatory democracy is seen as one way to reawaken an interest in the process of democracy, and could work in a similar way to The Trusts recent million dollar give-away, with projects put forward by local areas and then selected or voted on by a ‘citizen’s jury’. John approached the Waitakere Ranges Local Board in June but was told their budget is too small for his idea to be viable. After receiving an open response from Council’s governing body in July, he then went to the Community Empowerment Unit. “They essentially said, ‘We’re interested but is there any way we can pretend to be doing this without actually doing it’,” John recounts. “I think they had a struggle with seeing how the concept would fit with how Council does things. It wouldn’t happen overnight, anyway.” Political campaigners ActionStation have lent their support to John’s one-man campaign. What he is seeking now is a show of support from people interested in participating. You can find the link to register through John’s blogsite moredemocracyplease.nz. Or, get in touch with him directly by email johnst@inspire.net.nz. – Jade Reidy advertise with the fringe & reach 70,000+ readers


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Don’t ruffle your feathers over ducklings or handy towels. Keeping it in With the arrival of spring, the the dark lowers stress levels, and team at Green Bay's Bird Rescue keep your cat, dog and children is likely to receive up to 60 sick, away too. Don’t give it anything, orphaned, injured and lost birds including a bowl of water as each day and more volunteers they're very unstable and might are needed to help out. fall into it and drown,” says Bird Rescue is a charitable Karen. “And then take it to Bird trust that’s been going since Rescue.” 1984 and each year helps There it will go into one of about 5,000 birds of all kinds the hospital stations developed which have been victims of cat by Karen to meet the needs of or dog attacks, road accidents, various birds and their ailments pollution (fishing line and nylon in the trust’s care. entanglements and botulism) or “We need at least 8 volunteers human cruelty. Iryll Findlay and Karen Simpson with some new arrivals at Bird Rescue covering those stations every “Now that we’re coming into the spring season, it’s going to be quite hectic,” says volunteer morning,” says Iryll. “We’re very keen to hear from anyone over 18 services manager Iryll Findlay. People sometimes rescue baby birds years, who is healthy and reasonably fit and active. There’s a lot of lifting and cleaning of cages and we do have very high standards of that don’t need rescuing and this can create more pressure. Weekend hospital operations manager Karen Simpson says it’s hygiene for our volunteers, staff and birds,” she says. “We have very strict procedures but that shouldn’t put anyone off common for people to take a clutch of ducklings with no adult duck volunteering as full training is given.” And of course, liking birds of all around to Bird Rescue thinking they’re orphaned or abandoned. “In reality it’s common for the mum and dad to go off to find food, kinds is a given: “There’s a lot of handling of the birds.” For more information on volunteering at Bird Rescue, email leaving the babies under a tree or somewhere nice and secluded for an hour or so. People gather them up thinking they’re rescuing them volunteer@birdrescue.org.nz, phone 816 9219, visit 74 Avonleigh Road, Green Bay or go to ww.birdrescue.org.nz. but when the adults come back, they’ve lost their babies,” she says. “We get many, many ducklings coming in for that reason. Lots of – Moira Kennedy things happen to mallard ducklings (those we’re most likely to see in The Fringe readership area) and it’s not because the adult ducks are bad parents. It’s called nature and that’s just how it is,” Karen says. “It’s best to just leave them and keep an eye on them for an hour or so to see if the parents come back. They most likely will,” says Iryll. It’s a similar story with other baby birds. If they have feathers and are about to fledge, they’re ready to fly and have been taught how to look for their own food and need to develop strength in their muscles and wings. “It’s likely the mum and dad aren’t far away. Don't disturb the little bird, just keep an eye on it and don’t let your pets near it,” Karen says. “If, however, a little bird has no feathers at all, the chances are that it’s fallen out of the nest or it’s unwell and the parents have popped it out of the nest. The best thing is to pick it up and if you can find the nest, put it back in there. “If not, put it into a darkened box with something soft like tissues

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Great ‘score’ all round A novel kind of treaty involving New Lynn-based EcoMatters, the Corrections Department and Auckland Council's Parks is seeing a full-on attack on a thorny invasive weed above Kaitarakihi Beach near Huia. Hakea is a rigid and spiny ‘horror’ shrub or small tree, originally from Australia and classified as an invasive weed here. And it’s been a thorn in the side of community weed warriors and Auckland Council which administers the Waitakere Ranges. EcoMatters’ restoration team member Simon Grant says the ‘treaty’ is a great collaboration between the three organisations: Council gets the problem tackled, Corrections are happy they’re getting meaningful work for their community workers and EcoMatters

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Celebrating the Spring Equinox Hints of kowhai gold in the bush suggest that it’s spring, and the calendar confirms it. So why not celebrate the spring equinox and indulge yourself with something from the top shelf for a change. For red wine drinkers, a pinot noir from Central Otago would go down well, the lower tier Felton Road for example (about $60). It’s a wine that leaps from the glass, an aroma you can savour for minutes before venturing a taste. Loads of rich plummy fruit follow, with a harmonious sweep of oak and tannins and a lingering finish. But there are a number of classy pinot noir wines under $30, among them Thornbury, with the attractive dancing Bacchus label, mentioned in an earlier column. It’s a surprisingly weighty mouthful, densely coloured, with plum and spice flavours and smoothly balanced after taste. West Auckland residents might remember a childhood with braces from local orthodontist Tony Laurence. He and his wife Joan were stalwarts on the Titirangi cultural scene, and I served with Tony on the Titirangi Community Arts Council. The family shifted to Central Otago and established the Aurum winery near Cromwell. Their Madeleine Pinot Noir 2014 ($88) was top wine in the recent Cuisine tasting, with the organic 2015 Pinot Noir ($38) ranked number 10. Clearly your orthodontic fees have been put to good purpose!

Nearer home Pleasant Valley is the oldest winery in New Zealand under continuous family ownership, with the first wines produced in 1902. Their main activity these days is finishing and bottling for others, but Stephan Yelas still bottles some remarkable fortified wines, from stocks laid down by his father Moscow. You might be interested in the dryish Amontillado ($12), with nutty, raisin flavours, or the creamy rich medium-sweet Amoroso ($12). And any celebratory meal could be beautifully rounded off with their Founder’s Port ($16), perhaps Pleasant Valley’s ‘jewel in the crown.’ While there, pick up a bottle or two of their 2008 Pinotage, a steal at $7. Pinotage was once widely planted in West Auckland, but it’s now nearly forgotten. This 2008 wine is still brightly coloured, gently fragrant, savoury and smooth. For whites a pinot gris might fill the bill. Villa Maria Cellar Selection ($18) is dryish, with typical pear and spice flavours, with some weight in the mouth and smooth finish. Or you could consider an exotic version of sauvignon blanc, Cloudy Bay (about $35) or Palliser Estate (about $28), both intense, zingy wines. For myself, I’m reaching for a black label chardonnay from Villa Maria, single vineyard or reserve (about $35). A couple of years’ bottle age would be ideal, but with such an indulgence I won’t quibble.

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