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Jesse Griffin to light up Titirangi.............................................. 4 Ultrasonic algae control in Nihoputu Dam............................... 5 New boats create opportunities for locals; Exhibition Drive undergoes slip repairs.................................... 6 Titirangi Festival of Music returns............................................ 7

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Church nursery helping the environment; St John looking for volunteers.................................................. 8 Wildflowers on show for Waikumete Cemetery Open Day...... 9 Village schools invite locals to their gala days........................ 10 On stage: news from our local theatres; Titirangi Library re-opens....................................................... 11 Art and about with Naomi McCleary.................................12-13 Local focus for 2017 Portage Awards..................................... 14

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Places to go: Events listing................................................16-17 Feature: Preparing for a festive summer...........................18-24 Words on wine with Lindsay Nash.......................................... 26 Bandstanding: The Elements from Avondale Intermediate.... 27 SUVs nudging into motoring limelight.................................... 28 Walking West: Probing the past of Cornwallis....................... 29

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Live @ the lounge.................................................................. 30 Advertisers directory.............................................................. 31 On our cover: The annual Portage Ceramic Awards will be announced at Te Uru on November 9 and all the finalists will be on display at the gallery until February 11. Among the many works in this exhibition is Andrea du Chatenier’s Untitled (Blue Stack). For more information see page 14. Photo by Haru Sameshima.

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Sought-after comedy writer, director, actor and local favourite Jesse Griffin is set to MC this year’s annual Glow Festival, to be held in Titirangi Village on December 2 from 6pm. Jesse will bring together a line-up of local talent to keep everyone entertained as they wait for darkness to fall, signalling this year’s illumination of the Titirangi lights. “Jesse loves the Waitakere Ranges that he and his family call home and is thrilled to give his support to Glow Titirangi and his local community”, says his manager, Hilary Coe. “The added benefit of giving back to families in need through the charities that the event supports is also close to his heart.” Festival goers are asked to bring a gift (wrapped and labelled with appropriate gender and age) to add to Santa’s Sleigh on the evening. Santa will, of course, be making a special appearance to help distribute the gifts to Family Action Group, Key Assets and Refugees as Survivors to make Christmas that little bit brighter for local families in need. Gifts will also be collected during the weeks leading up to the event at Barfoot & Thompson Titirangi, Te Uru Gallery and Jesse Griffin: thrilled to support Glow Face & Body. Titirangi. Photo by Kate Little. Many Village businesses will join in the fun and add to the festival atmosphere with delicious food for sale, free face painting and more. The Glow Festival committee is grateful to local businesses that have provided financial support to enable this event to continue, singling out principal sponsors Tael Solutions, Zenith Financial Group and community grant providers The Trusts Community Foundation and the Waitakere Ranges Local Board for particular mention. You can keep up to date with Glow Titirangi via its website, www.bllv.co.nz, and the glowtitirangi group on Facebook. For more information email Rebecca Manners on info@bllv.co.nz.

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Ultrasonic algae control in Nihoputu dam Watercare is trialling some new Dutch ultrasonic technology to monitor and combat blue/green algae in the Lower Nihotupu Dam near Parau. All waterways, whether they are ocean beaches, streams, ponds or dams are more susceptible to algal blooms as early summer approaches. Watercare is believed to be the first company in New Zealand to use this technology to try to monitor and eradicate the problem. “The use of ultrasonic sound waves to control algae was discovered many years ago,” says Watercare’s dam technician, Matt Hubrick. “The devices we’re using not only monitor the water quality, the software programme interprets the changing water quality in real time, so that changes can be made almost instantly. This means the onset of algal blooms can be predicted, then crippled and slowly killed.” Cyanobacteria, or blue/green algae, as it’s more commonly known, thrives in warm water. It spreads rapidly, forming slimy clumps that can become toxic to all mammals, including dogs, and can create an unpleasant odour. An engineer from the Netherlands recently installed five “MPC-Buoys” on the surface of the Lower Nihotupu Dam. Each one looks like a small house and is powered by solar panels. Samples are taken every 10 minutes, 24 hours per day. All the units have their own small antennae and information is sent back to the Dutch team who alter the settings remotely. Next, five transmitters send out ultrasonic vibrations, which

cause the algae cell walls to resonate and break, killing the algae. The process is much like a glass breaking when exposed to a high pitched sound. The vibrations are harmless to humans, animals, fish and aquatic plants and the ultrasonic technique also means waterways can be kept clearer, without having to using any chemicals or anything else that might damage the environment. The Dutch manufacturers say their devices can clear up to 90% of algae and prevent the growth of new algae. The software programme is also accessed by Watercare staff based in Parau to check on results. If they want a closer look at the actual devices, they can get into a small boat to see what’s going on. Watercare staff are keen to see how the trial progresses. In the meantime, Watercare’s standard laboratory testing continues.

Watercare staff checking on one of the MPC Buoys on the Lower Nihoputu Dam.

Open Studios Waitakere is an annual opportunity for artists in the Waitakere Ranges Local Board area to open their studios to the public. This year’s event will be held over the weekend of November 18 – 19. Over 70 artists and 40 studios are involved this year and there will also be special events at local galleries, cafes and other venues. The weekend provides the opportunity to meet local artists, see art in action, purchase local artwork and learn about the creative process. You can take a selfguided tour with the Open Studios Map and mobile app, or join an Open Studios Bus Tour. There will also be an opportunity to enjoy live music, a creative workshop, film screening and exhibitions at Lopdell Precinct. For more information visit http://www.openstudioswaitakere.co.nz, email openstudioswaitakere@gmail.com or contact event manager Renee Tanner on 021 149 6707.

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Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 November 10am–4pm Visit some of Waitākere’s most celebrated artists including sculptors, painters, jewellers, illustrators, ceramic artists and photographers. With over 70 artists involved, and 40 studios from Huia to Henderson Valley, Titirangi to Te Henga, it’s an inspiring weekend out and about. Take a self-guided tour at your own pace with our Open Studios Map and mobile App, or jump on an Open Studios Bus Tour. For more information visit openstudioswaitakere.co.nz or find us on Facebook and Instagram. Funded by

A fleet of nine new sailing dinghies for French Bay Yacht Club will help the next generation of Titirangi children learn life skills and have fun on the water. Purchased with a combination of a generous grant from the Western Districts Community Grants Board, and money earned by renting the clubhouse to producers of the hit Australian TV show 800 Words, the boats, which are called OzOpti Little Tackers, are a smart adaptation of the traditional Optimist, says club Commodore Fergus Thomson. Two new OzOpti Little Tackers are already sailing at French Bay, and seven more will arrive later this month. “They are slightly bigger than the Opti, which means two children can sail them at once, and they also have a taller mast so that the boom is clear of the kids’ heads.” Fergus says that the club’s holiday Learn to Sail programme, along with Waterwise, which is run with Titirangi and Woodlands Park Schools, has provided a great starting point for around 250 children in the last 12 months alone. He encourages families to get involved with the club, which is very friendly and social. “Sailing is a sport for life – you learn self sufficiency, resourcefulness, comradeship, and practical skills like water safety and knot tying.” He says that once you know how to sail, you can continue to sail in dinghies, take up racing, and even crew on bigger racing or cruising boats. But dinghy sailing with a club like French Bay is the best place to start. “We are lucky in New Zealand. We have some of the best natural sailing opportunities in the world,” says Fergus. French Bay Yacht Club also runs sailing courses for adults several times a year, and racing for adults all year round. The club runs regular events and regattas, and is able to keep the cost of taking part down by relying on the ongoing volunteer help from members. Sailing memberships start at $100 per year and you can find out more at www.frenchbay. org.nz/join

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Dr Raniga says early treatment by a specialist can reduce or occasionally 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 evelopment,” says Dr Raniga. There is much less stigma around wearing braces nd orthodontic appliances, compared with what parents may recall from their wn childhood. “Teenagers will actually ag Mum and Dad for an appointment. Our children know the value of a 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.”

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Two major under-slips along Exhibition Drive are about to undergo significant repair work. The Watercare-owned land experienced severe rain damage over the winter and the road was badly affected. Construction work on a retaining wall will begin once the tendering process has been completed. Sections of Exhibition Drive may be temporarily closed for short periods for safety reasons if heavy machinery is required for the repairs. Only Watercare vehicles are permitted to use Exhibition Drive. It’s not thought that pedestrians and cyclists will be unduly affected by the work, which is due to be completed in December. advertise with the fringe & reach 70,000+ readers


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Titirangi Festival of Music Returns March 22 – 24, 2018 has been announced as the dates for the return of the popular Titirangi Festival of Music. Since its beginnings in 2005 the Titirangi Festival of Music has grown from small beginnings to building a reputation as a unique and vibrant community event with a wide range of well-produced and entertaining shows, both free and ticketed. The Festival has boasted the participation of some of West Auckland’s, and New Zealand’s finest musicians, attracting the attention of such artists as the Phoenix Foundation, Nathan Haines, Dave Dobbyn, Sola Rosa and many more. After taking a break in 2017, the 2018 festival will feature some exciting changes. First, the festival will be based in one central area. Much like the monthly Titirangi Market, activities will take place in and around the Titirangi War Memorial Hall. A number of outside spaces will be designed to stage outside concerts and workshop activities and a food market is also envisaged. The area will be a purpose-built art space for the whole community. A team of locals is now engaged in bringing this vision into life. Look out for further up-dates and announcements, both in The Fringe and online at www.titirangifestival.co.nz. For those wanting to make a creative contribution to the festival, Dan Sperber (local jazz musician and BFM DJ) has been brought on board as the festival’s new Programme Director. He can be contacted at tfprogdir@gmail.com Marc Bonney is pictured (left) addressing some of the 75 people who turned up for the recent guided tour of Titirangi’s heritage, part of the Auckland Heritage Festival. Marc recently collaborated with fellow historians Bruce and Trixie Harvey to produce a brochure detailing walking and driving tours that explore our local history. The brochure, pictured right, was produced by the Titirangi Residents and Ratepayers’ Association, working with the West Auckland Historical Society. Funding to print the brochure was provided by the Waitakere Ranges Local Board. The brochure can be found in local buildings, cafes and businesses – or an electronic version is available by emailing The Fringe (info@fringemedia.co.nz) with Titirangi Heritage in the subject line.

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Church nursery helping the environment

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An eco-plant nursery has been set up by Titirangi’s St Francis Church as a community endeavour that will help restoration efforts being taken by the South Titirangi Neighbourhood Network. The network comprises neighbours who work together to create a weed and pest-free environment in areas including the Tinopai Track and the Titirangi Beach, Tamariki, Opou and Okewa reserves. Church administrator Susan Crozier says the seedlings are all native plants grown from seeds collected in the Waitakere Ranges and to date members of the St Francis congregation, children from the Baptist Church in Green Bay and network members have all had a hand in helping out. "We’re not doing this to make money but to support the local environmental projects," she says. "Personally

I’m very keen that we can function as an eco-church and make caring for the environment a central part of our spiritual life as a church. "We’re not asking anyone from the network to come to church with us! It’s more about what we can offer the community," Susan says. The volunteers work within very strict kauri dieback protocols including keeping the seedlings off the ground, washing the pots with bleach and using a sterile soil mix. The nursery project will be ongoing and more volunteers are needed to work with harvesting and bringing the seedlings on, and they’ll be especially welcome during the summer months when the plants need to be watered daily. If you’re keen to help, call Susan on 021 268 6816. The South Titirangi Neighbourhood Network will be holding a weeding event at Tamariki Reserve (opposite Arama and Arapito Roads junction) on Sunday November 26, 2-4pm. – Moira Kennedy

The St John organisation is extending its health shuttle service in West Auckland and is now looking for additional volunteer drivers for its new vehicle. The St John West Auckland Area Committee has operated a health shuttle service that transports people (including wheelchair patients), to essential medical and health-related appointments, and then brings them home again since 2006. The service covers Waitakere Hospital, GP visits, physiotherapy and radiology clinics, dental appointments, specialist appointments and minor surgery. There’s no charge although a donation is appreciated. In 2016 the team of eight volunteer drivers covered 23,973kms across 1,519 hours – completing 1,671 patient trips – and St John health shuttle team leader Lindsay Roberts says demand is increasing. A second health shuttle is now being commissioned and will go into service in early 2018. “The new vehicle will based at the New Lynn Ambulance Station,” says Lindsay. “This will enable improved coverage of our existing area, as well as extending coverage to include Waima, Woodlands Park and Laingholm, and the rapidly growing areas of Whenuapai and Hobsonville.” Additional volunteer drivers are needed now for training prior to the new shuttle coming into service. Drivers must be available for a minimum of two shifts per month and have a clean (car) driver licence. Full training and a uniform are provided to successful applicants. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Lindsay Roberts at lindsayroberts@xtra.co.nz or go to 1 15/11/16 16:33 http://www.stjohn.org.nz/What-we-do/Community-programmes/Health-Shuttles/

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Wildflowers on show for Waikumete Cemetery Open Day Locals are invited to enjoy wildflowers in bloom, history walks and talks, food stalls, music and much more at Waikumete Cemetery’s Open Day on Sunday November 12, 10am–4pm. Located between Great North Road and Glen Eden, Waikumete Cemetery is New Zealand’s largest cemetery covering 108 hectares. It was opened in 1886. The free open day will feature grave digging and natural burial demonstrations and you can also tour the crematorium or learn about the burial practices of different cultures. “The open day is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the human and natural heritage of this nationally significant treasure,” says Waitakere Ranges Local Board member Sandra Coney. “I’ll be giving a talk on the war memorials. Other talks include Jason Reeve of Ancestry on the flu pandemic, the wildflowers of Waikumete by Colin Bradshaw and burial customs around the world by Sally Raludon. This is only a small sampling. “And if you have a relative buried there you can get help to find the grave,” says Sandra. To locate a grave, before the day, find the search engine using the phrase ‘west burial and cremation records’ at aucklandcouncil.govt. nz, search the database, and then print out the resulting record and bring it along to the open day. The event is organised through a partnership between Waitakere Ranges Local Board, Friends of Waikumete Cemetery, the Urupa Committee of the cemetery’s Maori burial ground, West Auckland RSAs, Discover Waikumete, Auckland Council’s cemeteries team and Ancestry. For safety reasons, the cemetery will be closed to private cars on the day but some parking is available on side streets. The best way to get to the cemetery is to take the train to Glen Eden, or bring your bike. A free shuttle bus service will operate within the cemetery on the day to help people get around. When visiting the cemetery, please be respectful of the graves. Dogs are welcome at the cemetery, provided they are on a lead and under control. No registration is required for activities – just turn up. Please note that activities and times are subject to change. The full programme is available on the event listing on the Waitakere Ranges Local Board Facebook page: facebook.com/ waitakereranges.

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Village schools invite locals to their gala days A fun, festive family gala will be held at TITIRANGI PRIMARY SCHOOL, corner of Kohu and Atkinson Roads on the afternoon of Saturday, November 11, 12-4pm. Traditional gala drawcards will include live music and performances, slip and slide (bring a towel), mega obstacle course, face-painting, crazy hair and raffles, while special treats will include a Narnia experience room and sandpit dig. A white elephant sale and ‘uber chic store’ are popular attractions and the community is encouraged to bid for silent auction items. Jolly jars packed full of toys and treats, burgers and sausages, a cake stall, candy floss and even homemade lemonade will also be for sale – all raising funds for the Photo by Ruthie Stoffels. school. The event is run by the school’s PTA and planning for the event has been under way for months. Parents and children are now invited to make the event happen and enjoy the planned fun. “The gala is always fun,” says PTA chairperson Fiona Lovelock. “It’s

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our big focus and we put our hearts and souls into it. It is something for everyone. We invite everyone to visit, enjoy, and help us raise funds for our school.” The event is the school’s key annual fundraiser and has raised more than $30,000 in past years to support school programmes and help deliver vital improvements. Visit www.titirangi.school.nz for more information. NOTE: At the end of this term Titirangi School bids farewell to Principal Alan Jackson. Alan has been with the school for 10 years and will be much missed by all. The School’s Board is recruiting for a replacement. The TITIRANGI RUDOLF STEINER SCHOOL annual Advent Fair will be held on Sunday, November 19, 10am – 3pm. It will be an extra special day as the school celebrates its 30th anniversary. The fun-filled day for the whole family will include advent crafts, market stalls, a children’s wonderland, fairy queen, live music, field games and homemade food. For the first time there will also be an electric “Bubble Train” which was built by one of the school’s teachers with help from the community, as well as a new Kids Craft Space. As part of the anniversary celebrations, there will be a Grand Raffle with prizes including a family portrait taken by Meek Zuiderwyk (Canon Media Awards Portrait Photographer of the Year 2017), a family pass to Whoa Studios (including a back stage tour) and a guided fishing boat trip for up to four people. Live music will come from Reb Fountain and the Jess Lovatt Band. The school is at 5 Helios Place, two 2 kilometres from Titirangi Village. Parking near the school is very limited so free shuttles will be running 10:30am-2.30pm between the fair and Titirangi War Memorial Hall, Tangiwai Reserve, Woodlands Park School and Fawcett Road. There is disabled parking in the school car park. The Fair is a zero waste and dog-free event. The Advent Fair is the biggest single fund-raiser of the year for the school and an opportunity to bring the community together.

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on stage How did it get to be November already? Last time I looked the year had barely started … And yet work on our final production for the year, Three Days of Rain, (can we all relate to that?) is well underway. Director Duncan Milne and his talented cast of Eric Grae, Jenny Parham and Paul Kershaw are working hard, with the capable assistance of Rachel Watkinson, producer and co-director. The playwright, Richard Greenberg, is known for his subversive scripts, and has been compared to Tom Stoppard. Three Days of Rain explores the misunderstandings between generations and reveals how little, sometimes, children know their parents. The play is set in New York in 1995 and 1960, and although it’s a drama, it has that quirky New York thing going on. Each of the three actors plays two roles separated by a generation. Three Days of Rain opens on November 21 and runs until December 2. Bookings can be made online at titrangitheatre.co.nz or at Titirangi Pharmacy. Auditions for our first production of 2018, The Savage Dilemma, to be directed by Ami Coster, will be held in the theatre on December 3. This play is described as a ‘comic fantasy’ by its author John Patrick.

It’s set in The Cloisters, a home for the unstable and confused where all the ‘guests’ have their strange little quirks but get on famously with each other. Two hippies crash in to rob The Cloisters but find themselves becoming more involved than they expected … This play will go into rehearsal early in the new year, with performance dates of March 13-24. The cast requires four men and six women. And I’m delighted to announce that Titirangi Theatre has a new committee. On board are Liz Malcouronne, secretary; Graeme Heap, treasurer; Duncan Milne, technical manager; Rachel Watkinson, housekeeper and social media; Joan Earl, marketing and planning; Graham Douglas, sponsorship; Rachel Bock, social media and front of house, and me, Phoebe Falconer, president. It’s a great team, and my thanks go to them and to the club members who have worked and helped in the past years. Don’t forget to check the website titirangitheatre.co.nz for bookings for Three Days of Rain and other upcoming events. – Phoebe Falconer

Titirangi Library re-opens After some unexpected delays, Titirangi Library will be re-opening in mid-November with a line-up of events being planned. From Thursday, November 23 to Saturday, November 25 there will be opening celebrations for adults and children alike including fun for the kids with a teddy bears’ picnic, rhyme time session, makerspace and performances from Lucas Kewell, Title Pending and other local musicians. On the Saturday, there will also be a coffee cart and a morning tai chi class on the deck at 10am. On Thursday, December 7 at 3.30pm some of the DOGabled team will visit to talk about the things pets need to be healthy and happy. There will be a story or two about keeping safe with dogs, and an opportunity to make tug toys. (A $2 donation is requested.) The library has confirmed an artist’s talk on Saturday December 9 at 11am. Evan Woodruffe has just returned from exhibiting at Sydney Contemporary (see image, right) alongside fellow New

Zealand artists Glen Hayward and Virginia Leonard with Paul Nache Gallery. Evan will talk us through this international event and other exciting ventures with humour and stunning images. The event is free but places are limited. Visit the Auckland Library website or the library in person to register. Dare to Explore, the library’s summer reading programme, kicks off in December with challenges and activities to keep the kids involved with books during the holidays. To check out times and all that’s happening visit the library, find it on Facebook or visit aucklandlibraries.govt.nz.

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This month it's all about dirt – well clay to be precise. It’s as though that deep connection to fire and clay out here in the West keeps drawing us in to something that is embedded in our bones. Finn McCahon-Jones, director of Te Toi Uku Clayworks Museum in Ambrico Place, New Lynn, has an intriguing take on how ‘ordinary objects owned by ordinary people’ (i.e. Crown Lynn domestic ware) permeated and influenced our culture from the 1940s through to the 1980s and continue to do so through the growing collector market. All over New Zealand this shared experience that took place in individual houses shaped, and was shaped by, what we ate and how we ate it. Conventions of shared meals around the table, the ritual of morning and afternoon teas, even portion sizes, were all intertwined with the ubiquitous Crown Lynn style. And it was all generated out here in the West. So many of us have those ‘aha’ moments when we see a particular design that transports us back to our childhood. Te Toi Uku, the small but perfectly formed museum adjacent to the historic downdraft Gardner kiln, is home to this story and a collection that ranges from the domestic to the industrial. Te Toi Uku translates as ‘the art of clay’. The museum is managed by the Portage Ceramics Trust with the support of Auckland Council through the Whau Local Board. Opening hours are Tuesday to Friday 10am-5pm. The major part of what resides at Te Toi Uku came from the purchase of a private collection built up by eccentric and passionate ceramics enthusiast Richard Quinn. He acquired the diverse collection of ceramics, moulds, archives and other items from all over, much

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directly from the Crown Lynn factory in its closing down days, but also from literally ‘scrabbling in the dirt’ of the abandoned site. For more visit www.portageceramicsmuseum.org. nz and read Finn’s essay The Colour of Clay – from New Lynn to Matauri Bay. It’s not surprising that the West continues to be a locus for ‘clay-based’ events and celebration. The Portage Ceramic Awards at Te Uru continues to be the star event. (See Page 14 for more on this.) But behind and beside that there are a number of exhibitions and events that connect us back to the clay. At Te Toi Uku on November 5 there will be a Collectors Market with over 20 vendors from around New Zealand selling from their personal Crown Lynn collections. Treasures are surely to be found. Also throughout November and into January there will be an artist's installation – Nga Kaihanga Uku, curated by a Maori Clay Collective – in the beautiful downdraft kiln. Leading Ladies at Te Uru will be a fascinating look at the work of five key female potters working in the early 20th century, a time when, as curator Moyra Elliot notes, ‘it was necessary to be a woman of singular purpose and determination if making pottery was the aim, whether for economic independence, contributing towards family income or artistic expression.’ Four out of the five names are unfamiliar to me so it is timely that the story and the work is revealed. This exhibition runs until January 28. November also marks the start of the Auckland Festival of Ceramics, run by Titirangi locals Robyn Mason and Suzy Dunser. A host of events will unfold – and it’s as much a celebration of the joy of clay as it is the art of the potter. You can get down and dirty with a slab-building pottery work-shop, get encouragement on starting a collection – whether it be purchases from op-shops or from a high-end gallery using interest-free loans to buy art – at a Ceramics Collectors’ Clinic. Or you can get out into the streets and byways of New Lynn to discover what remains of our clay heritage in the Remains of

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the Clay Walk. There will also be three Ceramics Safari coach tours which take in ceramics exhibitions and studios across the Central City (Safari 1), West (Safari 2), and North to East (Safari 3). These tours explore further afield and include Pah Homestead’s Fire and Clay exhibition and the Malcolm Smith Gallery in Howick. Ceramics ‘safarians’ will receive their own hand-made Festival mug to commemorate their intrepid clay expedition. For more information: www.facebook.com/ festivalofceramics, email festivalofceramics@gmail. com or call 022 353 4903. It’s stretching the metaphor somewhat, but the Eden Project in Cornwall is also built on an abandoned clay pit. Robin Kewell, of Titirangi Flicks fame, recently took part in the Going West ‘Human Libraries’ programme at the Glen Eden Library, where he told the story of his involvement with this extraordinary and visionary project. Robin worked for seven years documenting the voyage from when it was just an idea in founder Tim Smit's head, to the reality of what has been described as the eighth Wonder of the World. In this time he filmed over 3,500 hours of footage and was given free access to every part of the project. Well, get prepared! At the Human Libraries event Robin mentioned that the complete and edited film was in four parts, each of one hour – and therefore not a commercial- or audience-friendly experience. However, the audience disagreed and many of the people who had sat transfixed by his story said they would love to see the whole thing. Tim Smit, founder of the Eden Project, is due to visit Christchurch in the near future, where plans are being made to build another Eden type structure. Robin's film, Eden the Complete Inside Story, will show you how Tim drove the project against all odds and how he convinced a small group of people to build his dream, a place to tell the stories of the plants that changed the world and how plants are essential to every day life and existence. Out of a sterile clay pit in the heart of Cornwall has risen one of the most remarkable and ambitious

ventures of all time. Eden’s biomes are the largest ‘greenhouses’ on the planet and have inspired botanists, engineers, architects, artists, musicians and crucially, financiers, both public and private. The films are a real insight to the project’s rocky road, a ‘warts and all’ roller-coaster ride. Fast forward to Sunday December 10. Starting at 10am with Part 1 followed by morning tea, Part 2 followed by a buffet lunch, Part 3 followed by afternoon tea, and ending with Part 4 finishing around 5pm. Tickets are $35 inclusive of food and refreshments. Bookings are essential. www.flickscinema.weebly.com

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Artwest 2017 – Kelston Girls College Art Exhibition and Sale: October 28 to 31, 10am-4pm The opening night for the 2017 Artwest exhibition will take place on October 27, from 6pm. It will feature executive chef Javier Carmona and DJ Linda T independently creating food and a playlist in response to seven of the artists and their artworks (Andy Leleisi’uao, Charlotte Rawson, Lisa Baudry, Mark Schafer, Laura Her, Pauline McCoy and Pusi Urale). The full exhibition features over 70 artists and there will be free workshops for ages on the Saturday October 28, 10am-2pm. Visit artwest.co for more information.

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Local focus for 2017 Portage Awards prestigious Guldagergaard International Ceramic Titirangi has provided a window into the Research Centre in Denmark. world of contemporary New Zealand Bugden was previously Senior Curator at The ceramics since 2001 when it became the Dowse Art Museum, where she curated many home and heart of this country’s most ceramics exhibitions including Slip Cast, A Modest significant ceramic event, the Portage Modernism: Roy Cowan & Juliet Peter, Holding Ceramic Awards, presented annually Holes: Lauren Winstone and the nationally touring by Te Uru with support from The Trusts exhibition, His Own Steam: A Barry Brickell Survey, Community Foundation. And now the co-curated with David Craig with an accompanying annual awards exhibition has expanded book from AUP. Currently, as co-founder and editor across the region, providing a hub for the of Small Bore Books, Bugden is working on A Partial Auckland Festival of Ceramics, which was Archive of New Zealand Potter (1958 – 1967), an launched in 2014 to take in other exhibitions Emma Budgen: excited by the recent upsurge of interest in ceramics. anthology of the early years of New Zealand Potter and events throughout Auckland. International dialogue has been an important feature of the magazine. Budgen’s initial training was in ceramics through the Craft Design awards, introducing a high profile judge from abroad each year to spend time learning about the local scene, meet artists, present Diploma at Northland Polytechnic where she studied until transferring workshops and share stories about the wider world of ceramics. But to a fine art degree, giving her a distinctive perspective across the art in 2017, for the first time in the awards’ history, a New Zealander and craft sectors. “I’m excited by the recent upsurge of interest in ceramics, will judge the awards, selecting the finalists for the exhibition and the prize-winning pieces. The surprise announcement of Wanganui- nationally and internationally,” says Bugden. “Over the last few years based writer and curator, Emma Bugden, as this year’s judge has we’ve seen new work in clay by established potters and by artists drawn strong interest and there is much anticipation as to how a local developing a ceramics language in a visual arts context. I think each has rejuvenated the other. perspective will influence the selection. “The Portage Ceramic Awards are at the heart of it, so I’m The awards will be announced at a ticketed event at Te Uru on the evening of Thursday November 9, and the exhibition will be open to delighted and honoured to be this year’s judge. The stellar line up the public from November 10 to February 11, 2018. The first prize of former winners bears testament to its importance as a definer of is $15,000 and there is an additional award of a residency at the excellence and a launching pad for the future.”

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

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

november w – 5, Looking, Seeing, Thinking, new work by Christine Hellyar including drawings printed on silk and suspended sculptures; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w – 19, A memoir for falling light, an experimental film by filmmaker and artist Robert George; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w – 23, Collection Classics, works by Lois McIvor (1930-2017), a significant force in the West Auckland art community; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w – 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 – December 10, A Sign of Things to Come, repurposed vintage ceramics by Niki Gribble; Homestead Galleries, Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Lebanon Lane, Henderson, 10am-4.30pm daily. Phone 838 4455. w – December 10, Turou – The call from our ancestors, the call to return home, stories from the Pacific communities who call the Corban Estate home by Mary Ama, Tiana Epati, Annabella Hosking, Teuke Malaga, and Soia Tatu; Homestead Galleries, Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Lebanon Lane, Henderson, 10am-4.30pm daily. Phone 838 4455. w – January 28, Leading Ladies, an exhibition of work by five leading female potters curated by Moyra Elliott; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w – January 28, Louise Menzies: Gorgon Malkin Witch, objects that explore the past and present through attention to the ways they have been represented; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w 2, Bad Moms 2 a movie screening to raise funds for Titirangi Playcentre; Event Cinemas Westcity, Henderson; 8pm; $20. Contact Karen on karen.dyer.nz@gmail.com or phone 021 042 5422.

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w 3, Flicks presents Mountain (PG); Lopdell House Theatre, Titirangi; 10,30am, 6pm and 8.15pm. Tickets from eventfinder.co.nz and on door. Text bookings to 0210 222 5558 www.flickscinema.weebly.com. w 4, Introductory Bee Keeping Workshop; Titirangi Community House, South Titirangi Road; 2-3pm; Free but limited to 15 people only. Email admin@titirangihouse. co.nz to register or phone Debbie 817 7448 w 4, Glen Eden Street Eats; Glenora Bears car park, 50 Glendale Road; 4.30-7.30pm. w 5, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732. w 5, Community Garden Working Bee to help sort out two small but overgrown garden beds; Green Bay Community House, 1 Barron Drive; 2-4pm. Contact Anja at cd.gbch@gmail.com for further information. w 6, 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 10, Green Bay street food fiesta; Green Bay Community House, 1 Barron Drive; 5.00-8.30pm. Visit www.greenbaystreetfood.co.nz for more information. w 10 – February 11, Portage Ceramic Awards; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w 11, Titirangi Folk Music Club Concert with guest artist Kirsty Bromley. 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 12, Craft fair with gifts, tea and coffee, food; West Lynn Garden & Butterfly House, 73 Parker Avenue, New Lynn; 10am-3pm. Phone 827 7045, www.westlynngarden. org.nz. w 14, The Western District Women’s Dinner Club dinner and speaker; Te Atatu RSA; visitors welcome. Phone Margaret 021 154 0946. w 14, 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 16, Waitakere Forest & Bird talk on the critically

endangered Norfolk Island Tasman Parakeet with Serena Simmons, Massey University research student; Kelston Community Centre, corner of Awaroa and Great North Roads; 7:30pm; koha appreciated. Contact Liz 027 476 2732, lizanstey@hotmail.com. w 17, Green Bay street food fiesta with live music; Green Bay Community House, 1 Barron Drive; 5.008.30pm. Visit www.greenbaystreetfood.co.nz for more information. w 18, Introductory Bee Keeping Workshop; Titirangi Community House, South Titirangi Road; 2-3pm; Free but limited to 15 people only. Email admin@titirangihouse. co.nz to register or phone Debbie 817 7448 w 19, Waikumete Cemetery Walk: Suffer the Little Children; Meet at the Chapel of Faith in the Oaks, Old Chapel Way; 10am-12pm or 3-5pm; $5 donation. No booking required. Contact: Ruth (09) 818 4352. w 24, Green Bay street food fiesta with live music; Green Bay Community House, 1 Barron Drive; 5.008.30pm. Visit www.greenbaystreetfood.co.nz for more information. w 24, 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 25, German Christmas Market; Green Bay Community House, 1 Barron Drive; 10am-2pm. w 26, 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 26, Arts and Crafts market; Titirangi RSA, 502 South Titirangi Road; 12-3pm. Phone Ellen 021 921 263 w 26, Tamariki Reserve weeding event; opposite junction of Arama and Arapito Roads; 2-4 pm; Phone Nichola 021 261 9434. w 28, Annual General Meeting of U3A Titirangi; West Lynn Garden, 73 Parker Avenue, New Lynn; 1pm. Phone Maggie Way 817 5519. w 28, Titirangi U3A with a range of activities including study groups, discussions, speakers and more; West Lynn Garden, 73 Parker Road, New Lynn; 1.30pm; gold coin. Contact maggie.u3a.titirangi@gmail.com.

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december sausage sizzle and refreshments; St Francis Church, corner Park and South Titirangi Roads; 11am-4pm; koha for Auckland City Mission. Phone Margaret 817 1330. w December 2, Introductory Bee Keeping Workshop; Titirangi Community House, South Titirangi Road; 2-3pm; Free but limited to 15 people only. Email admin@ titirangihouse.co.nz to register or phone Debbie 817 7448 w December 2, Glen Eden Street Eats; Glenora Bears car park, 50 Glendale Road; 4.30-7.30pm. w December 2, GLOW Festival, music, laughter and lights - fun for all the family; Titirangi Village; 5pm until dark; Free. Visit www.bllv.co.nz for event details. w December 2 – January 7, Inspired by Our West, an exhibition by West Auckland artists; West Coast Gallery, Piha; Open Wed – Sun, 10am-4pm. Phone 812 8029. www.westcoastgallery.co.nz. w December 3, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732. w December 4, Titirangi Death Cafe: Tea (or coffee), cake and discussion; Rangiwai House, 12A Rangiwai Road, Titirangi; 7.30pm. Phone Graham Southwell 021 606 146. There is so much happening in and around our community, including many weekly events, that we can’t fit everything into these listings. To find out more about whatever you are interested in, from Air Scouts to yoga and almost everything in between, visit:

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Mexican food is imbued with the tastes of summer and festive fun. At Mexicali Fresh in New Lynn you can try a delicious ‘naked’ Taco Salad, or you could add Grilled Chicken and fruit salsa to create a truly enjoyable meal.

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as a luscious steak cooked exactly how you like it and served with a glass of your favourite wine. And every Monday, from 5pm, is Steak Night at iTi in Titirangi Village – a great night out with friends or family.

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words on wine with lindsay nash

‘Wearing your art on your sleeve’

The ‘waiter’s friend’, above, is the traditional cork screw but every wine lover should also have a ‘butler’s thief, below.

“Fine feathers make fine birds,” they say. Others say “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Take your pick. Certainly, attractive packaging can help with the marketing of wine when there are so many labels crying for your attention. Crafters Union have been around for a few months, but I hadn’t sampled their wines until recently. The paper wrappings, featuring different art work for each variety, are very colourful and well designed – “wearing your art on your sleeve,” the makers claim. The wines are sourced from significantly different areas, Pinot Noir from Central Otago, Merlot/Cabernet from Hawkes Bay, and Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough. All are priced around $20. I tried their 2016 Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia. It’s dark rich red in appearance, a prelude to a rich fruity mouthful with layers of plum and hints of chocolate, finishing smoothly with subtle tannins. Another unusual packaging unfamiliar to me was the current line from The Hunting Lodge, Waimauku, the new resident of what was formerly Matua Valley’s winery. All varieties have the same small white images on the bottles, fruit, vegetables, flowers, trees and other country matters, and the grape is identified by a neat label high on the neck. Their Marsanne Viognier ($25) is an unusual and, to my taste, successful blend. Viognier seems to be increasingly popular, maybe an alternative to Pinot Gris, and it has a similar fruitiness, a suggestion of apricot and gentle acid. Marsanne, very uncommon in New Zealand but quite widely planted in Australia,

adds richness and a nutty quality, the combination giving a rounded, food friendly wine. Nearing present buying time? Gifts for wine drinkers are easy. For example, you can never have too many wine glasses: they break. Our cupboard is full of mismatched glasses, but we do keep a matching set of six for when they’re needed. A lot of nonsense has been written about special glass shapes for different grapes. The basic tulip shape, however, serves all wines well (from $10). Look for thin glass and a reasonably wide rim, about 8cm. Champagne flutes are always welcome too, but avoid any painted or decorated shapes – we need to see the bubbles! Though many bottles now have screw tops, corkscrews are still needed sometimes. There’s a huge range of different types. I once had a needle style that pumped air in to the bottle to lift the cork out, a device to be avoided at any cost. Stick to the traditional single lever type, “the waiter’s friend”. Every home should also have a two-pronged opener (from $20, sometimes less), the only safe way of removing old and brittle corks. They’re sometimes called “the butler’s thief”. Take care how you use it: insert the longer prong first, then the shorter and continue with a rocking motion till it’s fully in. Then pull the cork out with a twisting movement. If the cork is old and crumbling, you’ll avoid spoiling the wine. For a wine lover consider one of the less familiar grapes, Albarino, Arneis, Verdelho, Grüner Veltliner from the whites; Grenache, Tempranillo, Montepulciano, Northland’s Chambourcin from the reds. Many of these can be found around $20. The labels, and of course the wines, will provide a lively talking point.

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The Elements from Avondale Intermediate The Elements are a 10-piece band “It has been fun getting to know from Avondale Intermediate School. the other students in music and Its members modestly describe seeing how they play and what they their sound as strong, funky, cool can do,” says Israel Vake. and amazingly good. They’ve just Irene Kim competed in the given their all in the 2017 Rockshop competition last year as well. “I think BandQuest competition – achieving this was a good opportunity for us at first place in the Auckland regional this age to perform together in front final and coming second nationwide, Members of The Elements include Irene, Nofo, Silivia (above) of a large audience,” she says. proving they’re not only modest, but and Saufoi, Xavier, Shammah, Israel, Fabien and Tulei with the As well as the regional and national bandana on (below). honest to boot! awards, three members of The BandQuest is a competition which Elements were awarded individual aims to get young people involved prizes. Best Female Vocalist went to in making music, benefiting both the Nofo Ulutoa, while the Musicianship individuals and their school. award was shared between Saufoi Music Teacher Grace Ikenasio Saia (bass) and Tulei Tuavao (drums). explains: “Thanks to The Elements, Inspiration for the budding young our school has won Rockshop musicians comes of course “from vouchers to the value of $1400. We our teacher, Miss Ikenasio” but also are looking at putting the money from their traditional multicultural towards purchasing a new bass amp, backgrounds, R&B and Hip Hop, and stocking up on mic cables and perhaps a mixing desk as all of this gear popular chart toppers like Beyonce. The band all cite the experience has recently died on us.” Grace has been a music teacher at her old of performing at BandQuest as a definite highlight of their year, and school for 6 years now – “Yes, I am an ex-pupil,” she laughs – and was their advice to others is to “never give up and not to be scared and responsible for the auditions for the band. just do what you do! Don’t be shy to express yourself and remember The band members include: Tulei Tuavao on drums – “I started that practice makes perfect because without practice you can’t playing in church”; Saufoi Saia on bass – “I jam at home with my achieve what you want. And play whatever, whenever you want!” brother”; Shammah Seiuli on guitar – “I also started playing in The group is planning to make the most of the time they have left church”; Xavier Taufasia on keyboards – “I have private lessons and I together. “The band will be looking to rehearse a new repertoire for play with my brother and at church”; and Irene Kim also on keyboards their upcoming performances at various events both in and outside – “My Aunty taught me piano”. Vocals are provided by Paula Vaka and of school,” says Grace. “These events include two art exhibitions, one Israel Vake – “We play in the church brass band and with our families”, for our school and another for a community exhibition, Sirens and Nofo Ulutoa – “I started singing in church”, Fabien – “I just started Sounds (our Neighbourhood Police Team’s community initiative), our singing on my own at home”, and Silivia Teulilo. school’s annual prize giving and graduation as well as our cultural The Elements chose to cover songs from The Black Eyed Peas, The festival and school assemblies. In addition to this we are focusing on Commodores, Janelle Monae, Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande for writing an original song before the year is out.” their performance at BandQuest. They have some pretty awesome Seven students from the current line-up move on to college next dance moves too. “We took inspiration from the video clips of the year but Nofo is looking forward to the new directions the 2018 songs we performed and also taught ourselves some moves,” they Avondale Intermediate band may take. “I think next year we have a say. “Our teacher helped too. We practised for BandQuest for four chance at taking the lead again at BandQuest. I also think that we will weeks before school, during school break times and sometimes after be playing a different style of music because the Year Sixes we saw at school. Plus we had a few rehearsals during class time.” our school open day look like they will have a different taste in music.”

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SUVs nudging into motoring limelight

Eric Zhang: “If I didn’t believe in our products, I’d work for someone else.”

Feeling hemmed in by SUVs in our village or supermarket car parks? Well, your imagination might not be running away with you. Multi-use vehicles – and SUVs (sports utility vehicles) are in that category – are high on the need/want list according to North West Toyota’s new vehicle sales manager, Eric Zhang. "The demand for traditional sedans isn’t as great as it once was," he says. "Now people want vehicles that will meet a range of family needs, for work, sports and enjoyment." Until recent years the SUV was seen to be a light truck that might occasionally be used for the family but that view has definitely changed and SUVs are now part of a major motoring trend around the world. In New Zealand last year, just under 53,000 SUVs were sold while 51,522 sedans, wagons and hatchbacks were sold. "SUVs are all about family now," says Eric. "The seven-seat version is very desirable if you have a reasonable sized family that in the past might have needed two cars to transport them safely. "They're better value for money – one car instead of two, which saves running costs of two vehicles, and savings in parking spaces in popular spots." While our liking for SUVs grows, Kiwis’ love affair with the workhorse Hilux, hasn’t diminished and it led the pack of Toyota’s top selling models for last year. "We’ve sold more Hilux than ever before and while it’s not seen as a family vehicle, the designer of the latest model spent 10 years travelling the world to ensure it met all manner of extreme challenges including weather and terrain. "The fact it has heated leather seats, GPS, pushbutton start, Bluetooth and lots of other functions makes it that much more desirable," Eric says. But while there’s much talk and excitement about

electric vehicles, Eric says Kiwis have been a bit slow to show interest. That’s why Toyota has entered the New Zealand electric vehicle (EV) market with guaranteed used cars imported from Japan. Importing brand new plug-in vehicles has been too expensive in the past so the company buys lowmileage, three-year old vehicles from Japan and puts them through the Signature Class refurbishment programme before selling them locally. "Price is the biggest issue for brand new EVs but there’s also the issue of limited facilities to service the vehicles. Only a handful of shopping malls have plugin chargers and the vehicles have a limited range," Eric says. "Even when fully charged, they only go 350-370 kilometres and that’s not really enough for Kiwis who like their road trips. It might be OK to get to Hamilton and back but any further and you'd be stuck if you couldn’t find anywhere to recharge your car. "In time that will change. Government is working on the facilities issue," Eric says. "Toyota has a strong commitment to the environment in New Zealand – and globally – and we really mean it. Within each dealership, we have programmes in place that will have a positive influence on the environment including staff reward programmes for saving water and power. We’re audited regularly to check all our facilities meet and even exceed regulations. "We operate a ‘belief’ system throughout the company that aims to have a totally positive relationship with our customers, from groomers to managers. Every staff member is committed to helping people and giving the best service we can, and we get involved with local sponsorships too, including the Kids Tryathlon in Henderson on December 17." Last year was another record year for Toyota in New Zealand selling 26,753 vehicles though the company’s 68 dealerships. "Toyota has been in New Zealand for 50 years. I truly believe in our products, the brand and the company. If I didn’t, I would work for someone else," Eric says. – Moira Kennedy

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Probing the past of Cornwallis Had certain dreams been realised, Auckland’s CBD might have been at Cornwallis. At least that was the plan for early settlers on the Puponga peninsula who hoped that through European migration and sea trade it would turn into a bustling township. Geography, adverse circumstances and the Manukau sand bar proved overwhelming in the end and, in 1840, the city of Auckland was founded on its current site on the Tamaki isthmus. Cornwallis was left alone in isolation to spawn several incarnations of eccentric coastal communities. There is little to indicate the lofty city visions as I park at the first parking bay on Pine Avenue and take Jubilee Walk in the direction of the peninsula. It descends gently through mixed exotic and native scrub with the occasional pine and kauri poking through, and board walks crossing segments of wetland. After 30 minutes, the track ends at an overflow car park and continues on the far side with a short descent to the shore. Nowadays Cornwallis beach is a family friendly public reserve. It is beautiful, calm and relatively sheltered from the coastal westerly. Couples and families stroll barefoot along the golden sand amidst the scuttling oyster catchers and groups recline in the picnic area that runs adjacent to the beach. These grassy sections are empty now but in the 1830s they would have been cluttered with shacks and canvas huts – ad hoc housing for the weary migrants after their 300-day voyage from Europe. Some years later, in the early 1900s, with the land long sitting empty, the area was gifted to the people of Auckland by the son of Lachlan McLachlan, leader of the original settlers. Traditional baches then began to pop up along the shoreline and for the next half century Cornwallis was a true summer destination for both locals and city dwellers. The road in from Auckland being rudimentary, people would travel by boat from Onehunga. By the 1960s it had been decided to return the site to a public reserve and all the properties were controversially removed.

After a kilometre-long walk down the quiet beach, the sand ends and I edge under the cliffs along rocks, slippery and lime green with algae. Beyond, 200-metre Cornwallis wharf extends into the sea. The last of the 16 Manukau Harbour wharves, it was built in 1926 to service the community but gradually fell into disrepair. In the 1990s however, the Save Cornwallis Old Wharf organisation (SCOW) embarked upon its complete restoration. A lone fisherman stands at the far end of the now robust wharf, almost every plank of which has been adorned with a plaque in commemoration of those who contributed to its restoration. To the south, on top of a hill, an obelisk-like structure rises above the pine. I head up to it via the road and through the contemporary Cornwallis settlement, where many of the motley and colourful houses evoke the traditional kiwi bach character. After 30 minutes I arrive flustered at the crest of the 115 metre hill. The obelisk, a monument to the gift of land made by McLachlan over 100 years ago, looks out over the Manukau heads to the south and back along Cornwallis beach to the north. Up here the wind is strong but warm and carries with it the scent of pine needles dried crisp by the sun. Below, the blue tide glistens enticingly at the edge of the sand. The baches may have come and gone and so too have the residents. But summer, it seems has returned early to Cornwallis.

Cornwallis beach stretches along the peninsula to the wharf with the McLachlan monument on the hill above.

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