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Village getting ready to glow.................................................... 4 Our place: Titirangi and New Lynn projects............................. 5 Vision being realised................................................................ 6 200,000 bricks – and more arrive every day............................ 7


Highlighting Heritage; Titirangi Painters Encore Showing........ 8 Art and about with Naomi McCleary.................................10-11 Places to go: Events listing................................................12-13 Words on wine with Lindsay Nash; Titirangi Theatre............. 14 Bandstanding: Jeremy Eade – Garageland to Galveston........ 15 The Nihotupu Filter Station – Heritage or white elephant..... 16 Places to go: Whatipu bioblitz and Glen EdenLibrary............ 17 Feature: home renovations...............................................18-20


Sizzle comes with October..................................................... 20 Tramping Through the Western Suburbs................................ 21 Live @ the lounge.................................................................. 22 Advertisers directory.............................................................. 23 On our cover: Local resident Belinda Studholme (left), Shelley Hackett from Auckland Council’s Wai Care programme (centre) and invertebrate expert Ruby Moore analysing water samples collected from Paturoa Stream at a recent stream care and bird counting workshop at Titirangi Beach organised by South Titirangi Neighbourhood Network. The dragonfly larva, (inset) was one of many insects that were found. Photos by Bevis England.

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Kalo Wood, a Laingholm local and student at Glen Eden Intermediate, has been selected to tour Japan in 2018. A 20-player team of 13-year olds will take on some of Japan’s young elite and test the waters of international football. The tour will include both on and off the field experiences, lessons and insights into the professional game. Kalo Wood presently plays for the 12th grade Onehunga Premier Team and is also part of the Wellington Phoenix training squad for his age group and it was as part of this squad that he was selected to tour Japan. “I am really looking forward to this chance to see and experience elite football in Japan. I am really excited and am counting down the days to experience life in another country,” says Kalo. The trip will cost $6,000 and Kalo has already raised half of this but has set up a Give a Little page to raise the remaining $3,000. If you can help out, go to https:// givealittle.co.nz/cause/japanfootballtour. 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 countdown to Christmas has already begun for the Bright Lights Little Village (BLLV) committee of volunteers who are hard at work putting together this year’s Glow Titirangi festival for the community. Now in its fourth year, the event has gone from strength to strength. Last year’s festival drew a huge crowd with Jackie Clarke headlining the entertainment and preparations are well underway to light up Titirangi Village once again, on Saturday, December 2. Santa will of course be making an appearance, with his sleigh set up on the night to receive gifts on behalf of three local charities. The BLLV committee are proud that this event will once again assist Family Action, Key Assets and Refugees as Survivors. “We are thrilled to continue the Glow Titirangi festival tradition and support these charities,” says BLLV Committee Chair, LeAnne Robinson. “Christmas is all about giving, and being able to make the festive season that little bit easier for local families in need is one of the most important aspects of continuing this event.” Food and gifts will be collected from the general public and put in Santa’s sleigh during the festival. This year there will also be donation points set up throughout Titirangi Village in the weeks prior to the event, accepting gift wrapped toys (in new or near new condition and labelled with gender and age). Look out for these drop off points next time you’re in the Village, or contact info@bllv.co.nz for more information. Local businesses have generously offered financial contributions towards the running of the event and BLLV have confirmed the continuing support of principal sponsors Tael Solutions and Zenith Financial Group. The event costs in excess of $40,000 each year which the committee must source from local businesses and grant applications. The full list of sponsors is available at www.bllv.co.nz and if you would like to make a contribution please get in touch by emailing info@bllv.co.nz. The festival could not continue without the support of its many sponsors and this year’s will have a number of exciting things in store. To keep up to date with plans visit the event’s Facebook page,   www.facebook.com/groups/glowtitirangi. 

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Titirangi Library refurbishment Titirangi library remains closed for construction work including removing debris from the ceiling cavity, refurbishing the ceiling grid and panels, installing new LED lighting, repairing an internal leak and repainting the library’s walls. While it was expected that the library would reopen in late September, previously unknown structural defects have been discovered. “Our contractor found significant rust in the roof at the library, and has also seen that the roofing building paper has a gap in it that could be allowing wind-blown rain to enter,” says the council’s head of project delivery John Schermbrucker. “As a result, additional remedial work will be needed, which will add four to six weeks to the project.” Michelle Englehardt, manager community library – Waitakere Ranges, is encouraging locals to use the Glen Eden and New Lynn libraries. “The Titirangi and Glen Eden Library children’s teams are working together to run a series of activities throughout the school holidays at Glen Eden Library. See page 17 for more information. It has been confirmed that the fire in the roof of Titirangi’s War Memorial Hall was caused by a lightning strike on the west side of the building (facing the RSA). Possible arcing caused another fire in the opposite corner of the building, above the stage. A structural report states that “no visible evidence of significant damage to the main structural elements occurred during the initial lightning strikes or the subsequent fires within the roof space.” The fire caused damage to the roofing iron and ceiling tiles and the site is closed off until repairs are complete. UMS (Council’s facilities maintenance contractor) has secured the roofing iron and water-proofed as much as possible. They are checking the site regularly and clearing water that is making its way into the hall through the roof. They are also investigating the ceiling in the kitchen, which is starting to sag, and will remedy it if possible. An electrician will be assessing any electrical damage in the ceiling. At the time of writing Council was waiting for an insurance assessment of the building and it was not known when the hall would be reopened.



Work on the culverts under Great North Road in New Lynn is progressing with the original culvert having been strengthened and a new liner installed. A new inlet headwall has also been installed. Precast sections of the new high-level culvert have been installed on a concrete bed on the northern side of Great North Road (pictured above) and work is now underway on the southern side of the road. “I am pleased to see the new culvert taking shape,” says Whau Local Board chair Tracy Mulholland. “It’s also good to see traffic flow being maintained through the area throughout this process. I hope this is helping to bring people to New Lynn to patronise local businesses.”

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Vision being realised Nestled on the north facing Kohu Road Ridge, Titirangi School is one of Auckland’s most scenic schools, with 1930s era weatherboard buildings complemented by a bush setting and village life close by. Earlier this year, the school’s Board released its ‘Property Vision’ – 12 projects to provide what the school needed to inspire learners to thrive and succeed. “We are very fortunate to have so many people interested in contributing to the school and making it a better place for our children,” says Board chair Zoe Hawkins. “The Property Vision was designed to unite our children, parents and community in making the next stages of the school’s development a reality.” She says the vision document recognises that some projects such as classroom upgrades are funded by the Ministry of Education while others such as field rejuvenation, pool upgrades, bike trails or a climbing wall depend on community New open plan spaces at Titirangi Primary are colourful, fundraising activities, grant flexible and allow classrooms to be opened up for applications and working bees. collaborative learning opportunities. Photo © Ruthie Several projects have already Stoffels. been ticked off. The first shade sails were installed on the courtyard last summer thanks to a grant by The Trusts West Auckland and proceeds from a knowledge-a-thon. Roadside seating was installed by Auckland Transport and three classrooms have received a significant makeover as part of the Ministry’s move to modernising learning environments. “The way we interpret the move to modern learning environments will be different to some other schools,” says Zoe. “We are a heritage school and need to respect both the heritage of our buildings and the smaller size of the classrooms, and we work within a very confined space. However, our architects came up with a great plan that introduces more natural light, better acoustics and modern furniture. Our learners are already benefiting.” The three classrooms were completed just in time for the school to receive an excellent Education Review Office (ERO) Report earlier this year. To view the Property Plan and find out more about the school visit www.titirangi.school.nz.

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200,00 bricks – and more arrive every day By day Colin Doyle is technical manager at Auckland University’s Research Centre for Surface and Materials Science in the Faculty of Engineering, looking after the only XPS spectrometer in the country. The $1.4 million piece of equipment uses X-Rays to identify the elements present in materials and to determine their chemical bonding environment. He says it’s great fun and he has a ball with it. When he’s not at work, Colin morphs into a ‘Brick Man’ at his Waitakere home, losing himself among more than 200,000 Lego blocks. “I come home, switch my brain off and just do something that’s purely meditative. And enormous fun.” Like millions of others around the world Colin grew up with Lego. “In the 1970s imagination and play were big parts of growing up. When the space and castle themes were introduced in 1978, my brother and I spent many hours building and imagining the adventures these little people were having,” he says. “Playing with Lego then certainly fired the creative side of my brain and it didn't hurt that I was also learning spatial skills, problem solving and a whole lot of other things at the same time.” During the 1980s Colin experienced his ‘dark ages’ – a term Lego fans ascribe to their non-Lego years. “I concentrated on high school and sports and being grown up.” That involved studying at several universities around the world and picking up a PhD along the way (a combination of physics, chemistry, rocks and X-Rays). When Lego Star Wars and later Lord of the Rings came on the market, he picked up a couple of sets and on a visit home to see his Mum in Australia, found she had kept his childhood bricks and the precious space and castle sets which he’d consigned to his childhood memory. “Those old bricks had been lovingly set aside but came together as though they hadn’t been sitting untouched for the best part of two and a half decades. The spark had been relit,” he says. In 2014 Colin went to the Auckland Lego show and says he was amazed at the quality and variety of product on display. "There were collections of historical sets, an incredible city display, and there was space. I think my poor wife (Professor Rosalind Archer who is department head

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Highlighting Heritage At 12.25am on June 9, 1942 a loud explosion was heard across much of Auckland. It was the sound of a USAAF Boeing B17-E Flying Fortress heavy bomber exploding after crashing near Whenuapai air base. All 11 occupants of the aircraft were killed in what was, at the time, New Zealand’s worst aircraft disaster. There has been much speculation about the nature of the secret mission that the aircraft was on, and the cause of the crash, which was attributed to pilot error. Principal specialist – cultural heritage at Auckland Council, Robert Brassey will discuss this tragic event and the results of the investigation of the crash site as part of the West Auckland Heritage Conference on Sunday October 8. The heritage event will also involve a programme of guided walks on Saturday October 7 including a walking tour of the site of the Piha radar station, part of a secret network of air force radar stations designed to protect New Zealand from invasion by the Japanese during the Second World War. The walk will be led by Sandra Coney, author of On the Radar: The story of Piha’s World War 2 radar station. It will start at the end of Acting as radar operators was Log Race Road from 10am. It is free but bookings are required – email the first operational role for women in the air force. s.coney@xtra.co.nz or phone 021 446 370. There will also be a guided tour of Titirangi’s heritage sites with local historians Bruce and Trixie Harvey. As part of the festival former Waitakere City Council Mayor Sir Bob Harvey will narrate a special evening of Westie home movies from family archives, clubs and local movie makers. “Last year’s West Auckland Heritage Conference was a great success,” says Waitakere Ranges Local Board member Sandra Coney. “There’s a wonderful line-up of topics this year including Glen Farley on the archaeology of the Waterview Connection project, Rasheeda Woolford (Ngāti Maniapoto) on Maori identity in West Auckland and Fiona Drummond on Henry Atkinson of Titirangi.” Visit westheritageconference.nz for the full programme. Tickets are free but places are limited. To register email sharon.davies@ aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or call 09 813 9150. The Waitakere Ranges Local Board is supporting these heritage events.

Titirangi Painters Encore Showing Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery and Lopdell Precinct management have offered to host an encore showing of Titirangi Painters 25th Annual Art Exhibition following the large fire in the roof of the Titirangi War Memorial Hall that caused the cancellation of the exhibition earlier this year. The fire was attended by fire brigades from Titirangi, Glen Eden, Henderson and Te Atatu. Two cherry-picker appliances and the Electronic Mobile Command Vehicle also attended from Auckland Central. As the main hall filled with dense smoke the local fire crews, mainly volunteer staff, donned breathing apparatus and removed over 400 paintings from the display screens in the hall and stacked them in the foyer under tarpaulins to prevent water damage. Titirangi Painters were extremely grateful for this consideration. Titirangi Painters thank all their local supporters for their assistance, especially the staff of Te Uru and Lopdell House. The encore showing is to take place on October 28–29. For further information contact John Campbell (president) on 376 2662 or Robin Mansfield on 817 2212.

Oil Derrick – A Madonna by Eleanor Bones is one of the works exhibited at Magic Realism in Portraiture – The Group Show at Corban Estate. A workshop led by Liam Barr at last year’s Summer School at Corban Estate brought a group of painters together to improve their skills. This exhibition follows a series of regular painting sessions that the group ran. The exhibition is at Corban Estate Arts Centre, Opanuku Room, opening on October 13 (5.30pm) and available for viewing October 14–15, 10am-4pm. For more information contact Sue Gee on 027 478 3086 or email suzannegee@yahoo.co.nz








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One of the many powerful moments of this year’s Going West Books and Writers Festival was a session called The Power of Story in which Professor Peter O’Connor (University of Auckland) spoke of his work creating theatre with troubled, indeed incarcerated, young people and the transformation that comes from dramatising stories that express their hopes and dreams. This session, along with every other word spoken over a stormy but magical weekend, will be added to the rich vein that is the Going West Festival archive held at the West Auckland Research Centre at the Henderson Library and will become available to anyone interested in our Aotearoa New Zealand writers. We are awash with great stories, and nothing expresses that better than the West Auckland Heritage Conference which will take place over the weekend of the October 7 – 8. Last year’s inaugural conference was a revelation. I went for one early morning session and stayed all day, unable to drag myself away from the depth and variety of the stories told by speakers, each with their individual passions and depth of knowledge. It’s not remotely elitist – and a wonderful antidote to the often surface and trivial online world. And yes, I firmly believe that ‘history is a story told by an unreliable witness’ but it is the nearest we get to exploring the multiple truths of our past and those distinct and sometimes subjective voices are part of the fascination. I just love the experience of sitting back for a day and letting great storytelling unfold around me. Saturday, October 7 is a day of guided heritage walks culminating in an evening of home movies under the baton of Sir Bob Harvey with guest presenter Assid Corban. These fragments of life out West from the last 80 years were captured on home cameras and are a treasured record of days past. This is to be held at Lopdell House Theatre and bookings are essential. Sunday, October 8 is the conference proper. The fire that damaged the Titirangi War Memorial Hall seems to be not an easy fix, so, as with the Going West Festival, this day will be held at the Council Chambers at the Henderson Civic Centre. This is not a penance. It is a beautiful venue and a legacy of the Waitakere City era. A building doesn’t have to be old to be regarded as heritage; a unique expression of its time and place should be enough to protect it for future generations. The programme of keynote speakers will be interspersed throughout the day with blocks of simultaneous workshop talks. This demands that one makes a choice – challenging when they all sound so interesting. There will also be the opportunity to learn about techniques and resources for doing your own historical research.


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Left to right: Lynnette Sollitt-Morris, Bob Jackson, Ian Smith and Frances Bates at the 2016 West Auckland Heritage Conference.

In keeping with its strong track record of valuing and supporting arts and culture, this event was founded, and is funded, by the Waitakere Ranges Local Board. The entire event is free, but bookings are essential. Last year the weather was spring-like (i.e. it rained all day) and the place was packed. Don’t miss out! Visit westheritageconference.nz for the full programme. Summer School at the Corban Estate Arts Centre (CEAC), Monday to Friday January 15 – 19, 2018. Several years ago I registered to do a five-day workshop in creative writing at a CEAC Summer School. At the time it seemed like a totally possible and pleasant way to spend a week in January, and it scratched an itch I’d had to take a step forward in my ‘way with words’. As the time grew closer, the looming week out of my life seemed an impossible ask and I had to be stern with myself to resist pulling out. That week stays with me as precious and enlightening, a time of learning and sharing in a community of strangers who became trusted friends. I think this epitomises what summer school can be. Yes, it is a challenge to step out of the humdrum and away from normal connections and responsibilities, to tackle new skills – but the gift of making concentrated time to explore some new or loved genre of creativity is immeasurable. I recommend it – head and heart. The venue has its own power, with its heritage buildings and open parkland. In a sunny January week it can seem far away from the city that thrums on its borders. Workshops are suitable for all skill levels and the line-up of tutors includes award-winning artists of international standing. Alongside the workshops, summer school students are offered tutor showcases,

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artist studio visits and can invite friends and family to an ‘open afternoon’ to share the fruits of their week. The on-site Coffee Studio will offer delicious organic coffee, fresh lunches, snacks and beverages throughout. Discounts are available for previous summer school participants, for teachers, or if you enroll with a friend. Now is the time to be looking ahead to summer and planning a voyage of discovery into your personal creativity. For courses, tutors and costs go to www.ceac.org.nz.

Artist of the Month: John Pirtle

It seems appropriate to feature a local artist who will be teaching and mentoring at the CEAC Summer School in January. John Pirtle welcomes me at the door and over tea and gingernuts in his art-filled home our conversation ranges over photography, ceramics, (his other love – or addiction as he calls it) glass (he has a significant collection of Gary Nash work) and art in general. The table is spread with photographic images – or light paintings – and the tools of his trade sit around us: rod and disk mounted lights which can be waved or spun before a static camera with long exposure times – often measured in minutes. It was approximately 60 years ago in post-war Britain that awardwinning tutor John Pirtle’s interest in photography was first sparked. His uncle worked for the Ministry of Defence and, although much of what he did was secret, John knew that it involved ultra-high-speed photography and the recording of explosions. John arrived in New Zealand in 1965, started a new career, married Lorraine and settled in Blockhouse Bay with his family, where he still lives. A typical amateur photographer, recording family life, the intrigue of the work his uncle had done remained with him. In the late 1990s he attended Lynfield College where he was tutored by Clive Stone and passed what was then ‘school cert’ and ‘university entrance’ in photography. However, it was actually the use of incorrect techniques or ‘happy accidents’, such as wrong exposure, which excited him. Enter digital photography and over time a world of ‘light painting’ emerged.

Light painting is a photographic technique in which images are made by moving a handheld light source while taking a long exposure photograph. The symmetry of many of the images comes from the use of very functional and controlled light sources. Further computer manipulation of these images enhances abstract, and often mysterious, images of exquisite beauty. John has become very experienced and knowledgeable about what the various John Pirtle: techniques can produce, but there remains a excited by ‘happy constant play between experimentation and accidents’ ‘happy accident’ which keeps the work fresh and dynamic. In his role as a teacher and mentor, John will be using the simple, hand-made devices he has developed which, for his students, will open the door to a world of beautiful abstraction.


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Painting - Printmaking - Photography - Writing - Illustration Summer School 2018 promises an exciting array of talented artists from all over New Zealand, offering their skills and experience in a range of mediums and techniques. Tutors include Michel Tuffery, James Lawrence, John Pirtle, Laura Shallcrass, Dr Ann Poulsen, and Katie Smith. For bookings and information please visit our website www.ceac.org.nz Corban Estate Arts Centre www.ceac.org.nz 2 Mt Lebanon Lane info@ceac.org.nz Henderson 0650 (09) 838 44 55

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explores the idea of place and home; Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson; 7 days, 10am-4.30pm; Free. Phone 838 4455. www.ceac.org.nz. w – 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. Phone 838 4455. w – 23, After the Storm – paintings by Leomie Willoughby-Ellis; West Coast Gallery, Piha; Open Wed – Sun, 10am-4pm. Phone 812 8029. www.westcoastgallery. co.nz. w – October 29, Light Language, Sarah SmutsKennedy’s post-McCahon House residency exhibition; 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 – 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 1, French Market; French Bay Yacht Club, bottom of

Otitori Bay Road. Phone 817 7609 or visit www.frenchbay. org.nz. w 1, Okewa Reserve Community Planting Day; meet in the cul de sac at 20 Okewa Road; 2-4 pm; Phone Vicki 021 677 663. w 1, Sunday afternoon gardening club; Green Bay Community House, 1 Barron Drive; 2-4pm. Contact gbcommunityhouse@gmail.com w 1, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732. w 2, 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 3, Glen Eden Goes Gold, free events and activities for Gold Card Holders; Glenora Rugby League Club, 50 Glendale Road; 10.30am-1.30pm. Register by email (kaylindley@xtra.co.nz) or text (027 274 2280). w 6, Flicks presents Lady Macbeth (R16); Titirangi Theatre, Lopdell House; 10.30am, 5.30pm and 8.15pm. Details at www.flickscinema.weebly.co,. Phone 818 2489. w 7, Bee keeping workshop; Green Bay Community House, 1 Barron Drive; 2-3pm. Contact gbcommunityhouse@gmail.com or phone 827 3300. w 7, Preserving excess fruit, hands-on workshop and information exchange; Green Bay Community House, 1 Barron Drive; 2.30-4.30pm. Contact gbcommunityhouse@ gmail.com or phone 827 3300. w 7, Glen Eden Street Eats; Glenora Bears car park, 50 Glendale Road; 4.30-7.30pm.

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w 7, Westie Films with Sir Bob Harvey, part of the

Heritage Week Festival; Lopdell House Theatre, Titirangi. Details at www.flickscinema.weebly.com. w 8, 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 10, West Auckland Historical Society Family History Group meeting; Henderson Central Library Research Centre; 10-11.30am. Phone Gary Snow 832 5098, 021 618 434 or email gary.snow@ihug.co.nz. w 14, Titirangi Folk Music Club Concert with guest artists Dinah Saxby and Madeline Beasley. 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 14, Iona Church Fair, White Elephant, Plants, Books, Toys, Furniture, Cakes, Children’s activities, food and drinks; 38 Donovan Street, Blockhouse Bay; 8am to noon. Phone 027 625 9342. w 14, Glen Eden Veggie Seedling Swap; outside Glen Eden Library; 1.30-2.30pm; Free. See page 17. w 18, Flicks presents A Mindful Choice, New Zealand documentary. Lopdell House Theatre, Titirangi; 7.30pm; Tickets from eventfinder.co.nz and on door. Text bookings to 0210 222 5558. www.flickscinema.weebly.com. w 19, Waitakere Forest & Bird talk: New Zealand Penguins with conservationist Karen Baird; Kelston Community Centre, Corner of Awaroa and Great North Roads; 7.30pm; koha appreciated. Contact Liz 027 476 2732 or lizanstey@hotmail.com. w 20, Flicks presents No Ordinary Sheila (G); Lopdell House Theatre, Titirangi; 10.30am, 6pm and 8.15pm

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There is so much happening in and around our community, including many weekly events, that we can’t fit everything into these listings. To find out more about whatever you are interested in, from Air Scouts to yoga and almost everything in between, visit:




Tickets from eventfinder.co.nz and on door. Text bookings to 0210 222 5558. www.flickscinema.weebly.com. w 24, 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 27, Titirangi Folk Music Friends on Friday. Share your music with a small friendly group; Titirangi Beach Hall, Titirangi Beach Road, Titirangi; 8pm; $3, under 18 free. Phone Rosemary 814 8897 or Cathy 818 8201. w 28, Green Bay Street Food, a zero-waste street food fiesta with live music; Green Bay Community House, 1 Barron Drive; 5.30-9pm. Contact gbcommunityhouse@ gmail.com or phone 827 3300. w 28 – November 26, Three Rugged Beaches, mixed media and paintings by Vera Limmer. West Coast Gallery, Piha; Open Wed – Sun, 10am-4pm. Phone 812 8029. www.westcoastgallery.co.nz. w 29, Titirangi Village Market, art, craft, produce and music; Titirangi War Memorial Hall, 500 South Titirangi Road; 10am-2pm. Contact Tess on tvm.manager@gmail. com or phone 022 631 9436. w 29, Titirangi Beach Reserve weeding event; next to road near children’s park and Paturoa Stream; 2-4 pm; Phone Yves 021 689 103.

• 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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From ‘jazz and cheese’ to summer wine Wine and cheese gatherings are common enough. So we thought we’d try something different for a recent social event at our local Anglican church: jazz and cheese! Participants were invited to bring their favourite jazz CD and a matching favourite wine. It produced some interesting mixes – and a very pleasant Saturday afternoon. Surprisingly, all but one of the wines was red with syrah/shiraz most prominent. Consequently my Forrest 2014 Riesling (about $18), a fine match for my Stan Getz disk, was found to be unbearably sweet. The jazz ranged from Bach (Jacques Loussier) to Brubeck, varied enough to suit any palate. Even more varied was the recent Trade Day tasting at Villa Maria. This included all the Villa Maria stable: Kidnapper Cliffs, Te Awa, Left Field, Thornbury, Esk Valley and Vidal, an impressive line-up of over 70 wines. In the interest of research I focussed on the six master-classes offered, with six wines in each. Of special interest was the ‘Emerging Varietals’, grapes quite recently launched on the market. Albarino is a great alternative for sauvignon blanc lovers, said David Roper (Villa Maria’s winemaker). Its tropical fruit aroma leaps from the glass, with quite weighty citrus flavours, just off dry but with gentle acid. We tasted Left Field 2016 (about $18), and Villa Maria Single Vineyard (about $30). Sauvignon gris is not a blend but a distinct variety, giving a beautifully rounded mouth-feel and some depth of flavour, peachy but with a dry finish. (The Villa Maria Cellar Selection 2016 is about $18.) Esk Valley Verdelho 2017 (about $20) was a darker gold, full-bodied (14%), with tropical fruit and a hint of spice in its smooth dry finish. Villa Maria Cellar Selection Grenache ($25) has been around for a while, one of the very few examples in New Zealand. It’s worth seeking out, a dark red wine giving a fragrant, violet tinged aroma, followed by rich berry and spice flavours and a silky finish. Visits to my GP, recently retired but still a wine judge for New World, used to be such a pleasure: five minutes on my ailment and the rest of the time on wine. So it was a delight to run into him at Mitre 10 Garden Centre: five minutes on our plant purchases and then on to wine. He mentioned some superb chardonnays from Tony Bish. Formerly with Sacred Hill Tony now has his own label. He’s establishing his winery in the iconic Art Deco Rothmans building outside Napier, a stunning combination. You’ll find him on line and in local shops with prices ranging from $18 to $40. A pleasing summer drink is the Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Pinot Noir Rose ($18). The Private Bin version of this Rose (often $13) is mainly Merlot, but the Pinot Noir in the Cellar Selection adds a touch of class. It’s a beautiful pink, capturing summer in the glass, says the winemaker. There’s hints of strawberries in the aroma and a delicate blend of berries and melon in the flavour, all neatly balanced with gentle acid. Why wait for summer!

The theatre at Lopdell House has been buzzing in the last month. It’s good to see so many cultural activities, from Go West Festival events and a new Stephen Sinclair play, to Flicks and the final sessions of Titirangi Theatre’s Birthrights season. Looking ahead, Titirangi Theatre is now in rehearsal for Three Days of Rain by American Richard Greenberg. He is known for his humorous and subversive depictions of middle America with this particular play moving across the generations and challenging the assumptions children make about their parents. Director Duncan Milne and assistant director Rachel Watkinson have been involved in theatre for many years and have assembled a fine cast. Eric Grae, American born actor and musician is making his New Zealand stage debut; Jenny Parham, a performer in several Shakespearean productions including Michael Hurst’s Hamlet, is now tackling two complex roles; and Paul Kershaw who has been both backstage as sound designer and onstage in diverse plays from The Mousetrap to Macbeth is also performing. With this talent, Duncan and Rachel will certainly bring an intriguing, witty and must-see experience to all theatre goers. Three Days of Rain opens In November with bookings online in mid-October at Titirangitheatre.co.nz. Also in October, don’t forget to see the two Flicks movies on the 6th and 20th. Audiences love the ambience of Titirangi’s great little theatre so do support the many events coming up in the near future. – Christine Nash

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Green Bay’s Jeremy Eade: From Garageland to Galveston Guitarist, singer and songwriter Jeremy Eade was once in a band who were described by NME as having “enough catchiness and sonic adrenaline to incite a teenage riot … a collision of Sonic Youth, Pavement and a massive lorryful of hooks … half Pixies, half mass-slaughter-of-oxen ... bloody marvellous.” That band was Garageland – one of the more successful acts on seminal New Zealand label Flying Nun’s roster from the mid 90s until 2001. Now resident in Green Bay Jeremy is rocking a new band called Galveston with bass player Sean Reid and drummer Rick McShane. “We’re having fun exploring as many riffs as we can find,” he says. “It keeps us off the streets, and it’s been great to hook up with a few old friends who are keen to kick back into the world of rock’n’roll.” Jeremy’s involvement in music began in a fairly typical way. “At school in the 1980s I just started playing with mates and comparing records etc. It was very exciting to make our own sounds. We were about 14 at the time, one friend had a drum kit, one had a guitar, and I was singing. We formed a band called The Incrowd, and we did actually do some ‘proper’ gigs outside of school, including playing at Russell Crowe’s The Venue up on Symonds Street.” A few years later Jeremy got a guitar and Garageland was formed. In the early 90s the band gained a staunch following fuelled by a string of gigs and their track Nude Star achieved a long running spot on 95bFM’s playlist. Flying Nun signed them in 1995 and their debut EP Come Back Special charted in the New Zealand top 20. Their debut album Last Exit to Garageland was released in 1996 and reached number three on the album charts. International touring was closely followed by the chucking in of day jobs and a permanent move to the UK. “There was lots of touring and recording and plenty of riders [backstage food and drink],” laughs Jeremy. “It was very exciting, lot’s of cool things going on, lots of

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cool contacts. I guess meeting John Cale from Velvet Underground was a personal highlight. He produced a song for us and played piano on it. It was very surreal as I used to listen to Velvet Underground everyday. It was great to travel, meet new people and go to new cities – I was very lucky to have had that opportunity.” But things weren’t all easy going, and the international scene grew wearying. After returning to New Zealand in 1999 Garageland released two more albums before calling it a day in 2002. The fans are still out there and the band has enjoyed success at re-union gigs. Work and family commitments kept Jeremy away from the rock’n’roll life for a while. “Unfortunately that did take priority over jamming. Playing in a band is great but it is very time consuming. The guitar is a great instrument though, every week I learn something new on it. It’s quite a discipline, both challenging and rewarding.” Inspired by classic pop and rock (think Beatles and the Rolling Stones), along with alternative bands like the Pixies and Sonic Youth, Jeremy says: “I usually write new songs by starting off with a riff or a lyric that I find attractive and/or moving. And I just build from that, I try to make the song twist and bubble, I listen back a lot and try to think how someone might receive the music, and what emotion I am trying to convey.” While looking forward to summer and taking his first holiday in a few years Jeremy is also busy with Galveston. “We’ve got a load of gigs, some recording and maybe an album coming up,” he says. “We don’t want to force anything too soon but making an album would be sweet. We have a good set at the moment, it’s really rocking along and we would certainly like to document it at some stage.” Catch Galveston live at The Clare Inn, 278 Dominion Road, Mt Eden on October 4 and the Grey Lynn RSA, 1 Francis Street, Grey Lynn on October 28. Search for @galveston band on Facebook for more information.

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The Nihotupu Filter Station – Heritage Gem or White Elephant? Navigating Scenic Drive from Titirangi Village, a derelict concrete structure indicates the start of Woodlands Park Road and the gateway to Exhibition Drive. In 1910 Auckland City Council purchased 11 acres from a 350acre property (owned by Hibernia Smyth and descendants since the 1850s) in the Waima vicinity and it was here that the Nihotupu Filter Station would later be built in the area, locally known as Smyth’s Saddle. The land purchase was concurrent with a decision to build a storage dam at Nihotupu and by 1912 work on building the tunnels, laying the tramlines and the dam earthworks had begun. Although an earth dam was first mooted a concrete dam was finally settled on. Meanwhile World War I intervened with labour and material shortages meaning that the dam would not be realised until 1923, though an interim auxiliary timber dam was operational from 1921 on the north side of Piha Road, a fast track solution to an Auckland water shortage in 1920 and increasingly contaminated water problems from the existing supplies. The Nihotupu Filter Station began operation in 1927 to treat water from the Upper Nihotupu dam, The car park view of the existing and operated successfully from reservoir adjoining the Nihotupu Filter Station. its inception. The design of both the Nihotupu and the Waitakere filter station constructed the same year were contracted to international specialists in filtration, the Candy Filter Company of London, and both plants were constructed by Fletcher Construction Company. The Nihotupu Filter Station used a Hennebique patented ferro-concrete system, an early form of steel-reinforced cast in-situ concrete construction. The main building was designed in Stripped Classical style (popular in the inter-war period for public and commercial buildings), intended for architectural as well as functional value. The plant was modified over time and used by Watercare for FRINGEADLTD.pdf 15/11/16 before 16:33being decommissioned various purposes including a1laboratory in 1989. Elements of the Nihotupu Filter Station’s heritage were

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recognised in the Waitakere District Plan in 1992, now transferred to the Auckland Unitary Plan. These included internal and external elements of the building including the form and scale of the building, the decorative facade (excluding later additions), the original doors and windows and the basic form of the filter tanks. In 2001 a water reservoir was constructed adjacent to the existing Nihotupu Filter Station. The reservoir face fronts on to the adjoining Exhibition Drive car park. Watercare undertook an earthquake and structural assessment of the old filter station in 2010 which showed the building had significant structural deterioration and was earthquake prone. A further assessment indicated it could cost up to $2 million to make the building safe and repurpose it for an appropriate future use. In 2012 Watercare began a conversation on the future of the filter station discussing options with Council staff, the Waitakere Ranges Local Board and the original Huia Water Treatment Plant Community Liaison Group. Watercare was investigating demolishing the derelict building and replacing it with a new local water reservoir which would otherwise be located on the site of the Exhibition Drive car park which is designated for water supply purposes. A concept to incorporate heritage aspects and stories into the new reservoir was also presented. The concept would have transformed the building through murals, interpretative material and landscaped surroundings, providing an attractive gateway to Exhibition Drive. In 2015 Watercare completed heritage assessments for the Nihotupu, Huia and Waitakere Water Filter Stations as a record of the buildings and their important history in the supply of drinking water to Auckland. This identified the heritage status of the Nihotupu Filter Station as a Category II listing for its exterior. Though significant for the architectural and construction technique, the building and plant were also recognised in the heritage assessment for their status in the heritage of the City Council scheme for water catchment, treatment and delivery. The Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) also acknowledged it as having outstanding engineering significance as the succession of structures demonstrates the evolving theory, techniques and materials of New Zealand dams and water supply in the 20th century. Some of the original interior equipment has also remained intact at the Nihotupu Filter Station. The original concept and pursuit of approvals for demolition of the Nihotupu Filter Station have been put on hold pending further discussion on the replacement of the Huia Water Treatment

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A bioblitz, a major project to develop a baseline of data on biodiversity, will take place at Whatipu on October 27 – 28. The project, initiated by Dr Peter Maddison and community group Friends of Whatipu Inc., involves scientists and others moving over designated areas and noting the flora and fauna. Senior students from Kelston Boys High School and Titirangi Rudolph Steiner School will be involved along with tertiary students from Eco Quest, a biological and ecological institute. The Auckland Botanical Society will conduct a field trip on Saturday, October 28. Scientists from Landcare Research and Auckland War Memorial Museum will also attend and will be accommodated at Whatipu and Huia Lodges over the period. The aims of the Bioblitz include promoting an understanding of the biodiversity of the various ecosystems of the Whatipu area and developing information on the distribution and abundance of terrestrial, freshwater and marine organisms as a baseline for monitoring and management. The results will be made available to Auckland Council, Landcare Research, and the Auckland War Memorial Museum and will be used to assist in future management of this important area. The official opening of the Bioblitz is on Friday October 27 at 10am. Email Bruce Harvey, Bioblitz Committee and Friends of Whatipu Inc., at brutrix@xtra.co.nz for more information.

The Titirangi Library and Glen Eden Library children’s librarians have created a programme of fun, free activities to be held at Glen Eden Library while Titirangi is undergoing repairs. There is orienteering and navigation on Tuesday, October 3 at 10am where children will be able to learn survival navigation skills and how to make a compass. A special Rhymetime for all ages on Monday, October 9 at 10.30am will encourage older siblings, parents and caregivers to join the fun. There will be a Geronimo Stilton Mystery Cheese Adventure to solve on Tuesday, October 10 at 10.30am. A Lego Survival construction event will take place on Wednesday, October 11 at 10.30am. And there will be a fire wise day on Friday, October 13 at 10.30am. The library will also have special holiday story times on Thursday 5th and 12th of October at 10.30am.

A seed sowing workshop was held last month outside Glen Eden Library with the assistance of EcoMatters Environment Trust and Glen Eden Transition Town and support from Watiakere Ranges Local Board. The goal was to encourage Glen Eden residents to grow vegetables at home or as a community initiative. This workshop is to be followed by The Great Glen Eden Veggie Seedling Photo: Pamela Gill. Swap. Attendees are invited to bring a vegetable, herb or companion (flower) seedling to swap with others. Even if you do not have a seedling to swap you can still come along and learn how to minimise your food waste and let the kids have a go at creating their own little garden feature. The Great Glen Eden Veggie Seedling Swap; Saturday October 14, Outside Glen Eden Library; 1.30-2.30 pm; Free.

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Saturday, October 7, 2-3pm, Glen Eden Library meeting room, free. John Parker, who lives and works in West Auckland, is one of New Zealand’s most inventive and renowned potters. Alongside his work in ceramics, John is also an award-winning theatre and exhibition designer. Glen Eden Library is hosting a special exhibition of John Parker’s work during October and this talk is an opportunity to hear him speak about the ideas and experiences that have influenced his practice over the past 50 years. For more information visit www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz or www. Facebook.com/GlenEdenLibrary.

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Hard work now will pay off in summer With warmer weather on the way, it’s in the kiwi psyche to start thinking about the lazy, hazy days of summer and how we can best enjoy them, especially around the home where so many choose to entertain family and friends. October is when we shake off winter and its woes, plans are set in place for a Labour Weekend holiday or entertainment options and beyond that there’s the under-riding ting-ting-ting thing at the back of the head to ‘get things done around the house before Christmas.’ There, it’s been said. And yes, it’s coming. Just like every other year. Large retail outlets like Mitre 10 Mega New Lynn report that October is the busiest month of the year (and Labour Weekend the busiest weekend) as people gear up to get their home renovation and spring cleaning projects underway. “Kitchens are a summer thing,” says zone manager Christoph Obitz. “People like doing outdoor renovations in summer – the garden, decks and painting – and they like the kitchen to be ready for summer entertaining.” That means if you want the kitchen of your dreams to be finished before the summer holidays, get on with it now. There’s a surge in kitchen activity at this time of year so there’s a need to have your design and product needs sorted by the beginning of November, says retail manager Richard Clark. “Visit the store, talk to our design consultants, see the product ranges, research the latest trends and get your order in by early November as the store has a lead-time to get your kitchen created and installed. Kitchen installation just doesn’t happen over Christmas or in January,” he says.

Christoph and Richard are proud of the service options the store offers and the quality of the staff’s knowledge. “Our people go through extensive e-learning, including management, and they’re not allowed on the floor dealing with customers until they’ve achieved certain levels,” says Richard. In specialist areas like kitchens and bathrooms, that can take up to six months of intensive learning. “It’s quite technical. Many of our team Richard Clark and Amber Pribicevich in Mitre also have extensive 10 Mega’s new bathroom showroom in New experience from the Lynn. kitchen and bathroom industries previously. Their knowledge and experience is equal to or better than many of the designers in the marketplace.” With many home renovation projects taking place in the kitchen Continued on page 20 >>

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and bathroom areas, Mitre 10 Mega New Lynn has recently completed eight different pods in-store providing packages incorporating vanity, shower, lighting, baths, taps, mirrors and more. “It’s the third dimension. People can see exactly what the finished room will look like and how it functions,” says Christoph. The New Lynn pods are the first of their kind in Mitre 10 stores and will now be run out over 30 stores nationwide in coming months. While kiwis have strong leanings towards DIY, it’s worthwhile thinking that one through as it might be easier – and more costeffective – to get the professionals on board. Council rules, regulations and restrictions are tricky things and a pro will know what’s needed. Set your budget, research your design concept and products and let the professionals get on with it. Lots of saving of time, angst and probably money in the long run. This time of year is also all about renewal and new life in the garden. Get rid of the weeds, decide what you want in your summer garden, clean up the barbecue, water-blast decks, terraces, fences and pathways and give overgrown trees and shrubs a seeing-to. Check out the professionals for that difficult tree-work too. They have the experience, qualifications and insurances to deal with all things relating to tree trimming, stump grinding, land clearing and debris removal. So spring and early summer are busy times around the home. Have a coffee, list your priorities and get on with a spring in your step. Come the festive season you’ll be able to kick back and enjoy the fruits of your labours. – Moira Kennedy

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Tramping Through the Western Suburbs A tramping grade track is an unusual thing to find next to the houses of an Auckland suburb. Yet at the start of a Clark Bush Track in Waima, less than two minutes drive from Titirangi Village, an orange diagram of a little man with a backpack is displayed on the signpost. The entrance to the hour-long track can be found near the beginning of Manuka Road, where I give my boots a vigorous scrub and spray at the kauri dieback disinfecting station. While other parts of the Waitakeres have been ravaged by the pathogen, many of the kauri in Clark Bush have been assessed to be healthy. They are not entirely safe however. Other forces are at work. The top section of the reserve is owned by Watercare Services. Earlier this year, it was selected for construction of a new water treatment plant, a controversial decision that has sparked vehement protest and legal action by many who argue that the bush has deep historical, social and environmental significance. The reaction to the proposed construction is very evident a few minutes into the track where a number of manuka, rimu and kauri now carry signs displaying sad faces and entreaties: ‘Watercare, don’t chop me down!’ A vast puriri also carries an emotive sign on its trunk, as well as a nest of wood planks higher up. According to locals, these are the remnants of a childhood tree house built by a lifelong resident 60 years ago, now rotten and damp but still attached to the sprawling branches. The track quickly leaves the designated area and after some muddy sections where logs have been fashioned into makeshift board walks, 1000-year-old Clark’s Kauri emerges from the bush. Along with two others nearby, this tree is one of the oldest and largest in the Auckland urban area. It was spared the axe by the land’s former owner, Matthew Anderson Clark, when the surrounding bush was converted to pasture in the 1800s. Eventually however, the land was donated to the public by the Clark family and the bush was allowed to regenerate. Now dense and fecund, it hosts a diverse community of native flora and fauna, including some endangered species. Apart from the occasional loud engine from Scenic Drive, there is nothing to suggest I am wandering through the back yard of an Auckland suburb. It feels as though I’m out in the wop-wops. From Clark’s kauri, the track veers away to the right and starts the winding, boggy descent down Yorke Gulley. After 20 minutes it crosses and runs alongside Little Muddy Creek before crossing and climbing the other side. Steep and rugged, the trail here starts to earn

its tramping grade and I feel like the little man on the signpost as my boots sink into the mud. The terrain levels out near the end of the track but I take a side path to another ancient survivor, Bishop’s kauri which stands like a placid dinosaur at the bottom of a set of steep steps. Finally I reach the end of the track and emerge puffed on Tainui Road before walking back to my car through quiet Waima. There’s a pleasant blend of suburb and bush here and everything is tucked up Bishop’s Kauri dominates the canopy of together: the houses, the Clarks bush. kauri, the pink magnolia and yellow kowhai. “Nature is my church,” said one passionate resident, adding to the feeling that in this community, the trees are prioritised and revered. Other than its location and tramping status, it’s understandable why Clark Bush Track is so cherished. It offers walkers a pilgrimage to some pretty magnificent idols. >> The

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Plant which also contains important heritage elements with greater potential for future protection and use. Watercare is continuing this discussion with the Community Liaison Group formed to represent all interested parties in the consultative process for the proposed Manuka Road water treatment plant. The group has the Nihotupu and Huia heritage buildings on their agenda for discussions with Watercare at their October meeting. – Fiona Drummond Clarification: We referred to the Titirangi Protection Society in our September issue. Although this group is an incorporated society they prefer to be called the Titirangi Protection Group.

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Lizard delights in a spot of Spring bird-watching Yeah Gidday. Whew, it’s finally spring. Time for Mother Nature to pull out the plug and drain the front lawn. As Bishop Reginald Heber said, ‘Spring unlocks the flowers to paint the laughing soil.’ Quite right. Speaking of vicars, the tui with their clerical collar are now nutty on nectar and posturing up after weeks of preparation. Countless tail feather chases have finally favoured the lucky few to choose the fairest feathered female for five quick flicks of fun. Or as Bertha O'Riley once said, ‘love, life and other misadventures.’ I guess it’s all about the chase. Strangely though, the sight of twenty or so tui frolicking in the kowhai kind of creeped me out in a Hitchcock Birds kind of way if the movie was by David Lynch and was re-enacted by nuns and the mob. OK, that's a bit far. I know the Mighty Mongrel Mob wouldn't climb up a kowhai to chat up a bunch of nuns who were hanging about up a tree on the off chance a gang member might notice their flirty ways. Meanwhile, the mynah birds, always trying to fit in, sat in the flowering magnolia swiping their beaks on the thin branches, almost imitating a French swordsman. It’s a well known fact that mynah have trouble understanding the tui’s Maori accent and giggle at their throat squawks. The cool-as kereru, fluent in both French and Te Reo and very secure in his ‘mate- for-life’ relationship, ignored all the shenanigans by gracefully blundering onto the highest branch knocking three tui off and terrifying a resting wax-eye. He then ate six kowhai flowers, munched eight leaves, shot out a satisfying squirt and took a nap. The thrush, as is their irresponsible want, made their nest almost on the caravan roof, less than six feet off the ground and immediately

filled it with far too many mouths to feed. Even the ever-alert opportunist, the sparrow, found this to be rather ambitious but agreed to share the pastry crumbs that had dropped from my mince and cheese pie. When a few seagulls turned up quite unannounced and some distance from the sea, this was the last straw for Plumbless Walker. He got up from his leaning spot by his kennel and marched across the lawn and grabbed the stale Vogels. He then hid it under the compost heap. Not really for later, more out of spite. This was eaten that evening by a rat that, if the size of its hole is anything to go by, must be the size of a King Charles spaniel. A spaniel with huge yellow teeth and the cunning of a hedgehog. A really brainy hedgehog. Anyhoo, I’d had enough of bird watching and popped into the ‘potter about shed’ to check what Shaz was up to. When my eyes adjusted to the light, I looked with horror upon what at first glance seemed to be two huge glass kegs filled with a pinky liquid, topped with a thick skin of tentacle-dangling placenta. “What the beejesus, Shaz?” Turns out it was this ancient brew called kombucha and the crusty bits were a living bacteria called scobie. I remember Mum keeping a living thingy in the warming cupboard for ginger beer. Shaz said it was good for our guts. I said my home-brew was a huge affect on my guts. She said, function, not form. Oh, very Frank Lloyd Wright. I’ve half a mind to cut the Sky cable I’ve run from the neighbours. Shaz watches too many life-style shows. Oops, here we go. The doves are back. This should be fun. No-one can understand pigeon English. Get out amongst it and grab a few rays. Catch ya on the coast. Later, Lizard.

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The October issue of The Fringe (formely Titirangi Tatler), a community magazine serving West Auckland.


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