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Knitting for the world............................................................... 4 Walk on the wild side – for real!.............................................. 5 Enjoy the beach this summer................................................... 6 Behaviour change needed to save kauri.................................. 7


Growing a generation of storytellers; High costs mean cars binned too soon.................................... 8 Art and about with Naomi McCleary.................................10-11 Places to go: Events listing................................................12-13 Words on wine with Lindsay Nash; On stage: news from our local theatres................................. 14 Bandstanding: Martin Horspool – a man of many talents...... 15 Walking West: Tramping from Bush to Beach........................ 16 Feature: Preparing for a festive summer...........................17-21


Live @ the lounge.................................................................. 22 Advertisers directory.............................................................. 23 On our cover: The artwork for this issue’s cover was created by Mia Vlasich a Year 6 student at Oratia Primary School: “I was really inspired by all of my favourite summer activities and I thought that this would be a great time to make them shine. If you look at the toppings on my ice cream cone you will see a river, a BBQ, the bush, some sand, a surfboard, a spade and a kite. I thought it would be a cool idea to have an ice cream cone feature at the centre of my picture as the first thing I think of when it comes to summer is ice cream! When people look at this picture I want them to think of all the good times they’ve had during summer and get excited about summer coming again.”

Gone West: Great War memorials of Waitakere and their soldiers, a new history by Sandra Coney, was officially launched early last month (November 11, Armistice Day). Among the memorials covered are the Titirangi Obelisk outside Titirangi War Memorial Hall and the Titirangi Soldiers Memorial Church in Park Road. These chapters cover the history of the creation of these memorials, and contain much about the Atkinson and Bishop families respectively, as well as other local families and people. Other memorials include the oak tree at New Lynn School, the Spragg Memorial overlooking the Manukau from above Kaitarakihi, Oratia School’s gates, the Glen Eden School Memorial and the Waikumete Cemetery Obelisk. The book also includes biographies of selected local soldiers including the three Bishop sons (two of whom died while the third, Gus, was first president of the Titirangi RSA), and Clarence Tarlin, whose grandfather was foreman of the Nihotupu waterworks. The book is 288 pages with full colour illustrations and maps. Published by the Protect Piha Heritage Society it is available from a number of local outlets (see page 7) and could make an ideal Christmas stocking filler for those with an interest in the history of the West. 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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Friends Beryl Turner and Ethel Shute enjoy a jolly good natter when they meet up every fortnight but the best buzz they get from their friendship is the number of garments they knit for those in need. Five years ago Beryl became aware that a lot of retired ladies at her church were lonely and bored. “They needed company, so I invited them home for afternoon tea. They were keen to do it again and when someone mentioned knitting for Mission Without Ethel Shute and Beryl Turner. ‘The Borders, we jumped at the opportunity,” she said. door is always open’ at their Kelston In the past year alone the group of up to 20 women friendship knitting group. has produced 33 blankets, 189 jumpers with matching scarves, hats and gloves for a range of age groups, 24 sets of hats, scarves and gloves and 67 pairs of hand-knitted slippers. The group puts a lot of thought into the garments they’re knitting to meet the July shipping schedule. “That’s so the product arrives in time for the northern winter. We like to use strong, bright colours that put some cheer into recipients’ lives,” says Beryl. Now part of Beryl’s group, Ethel Shute says she’s rarely without a pair of knitting needles in her hands. “In the past six years I’ve knitted 1,500 garments for neonatal special groups at Auckland hospitals,” she says. "Relief from boredom is the biggest thing, and it’s great knowing that what I’m doing is going to help somebody. The friendships made along the way are a true bonus," Ethel says. Neither woman plans to give up their knitting anytime soon. “It’s very worthwhile and gives me purpose," says Beryl. “I love to see the ladies coming together and enjoying companionship instead of being in isolation.” For more information about Mission Without Borders visit http://www.mwb.org.nz/. Donations of wool are always welcome. Phone Beryl on 818 7769. – Moira Kennedy

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When New Lynn couple Emma Wells and Nat Sullivan took a couple of weeks’ leave from their jobs as keepers at Auckland Zoo last year to take part in a giraffe collaring mission in Namibia, they didn’t for one moment think it would lead to a total change of lifestyle. But just over a year later the pair have resigned from their jobs, sold their house, re-homed their pets and are headed to southern Africa to work as volunteers for the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF). GCF was set up in 2015 by Australian Julian Fennessy and his German wife Stephanie to support and protect giraffe. It’s the only NGO in the world that concentrates solely on the conservation and management of giraffe in the wild. “At this stage we’re not quite sure where we’re going," says Emma. “It could be Namibia or Botswana and we know one of things they’d like us to do is set up a new research project in one of the big national parks in Zimbabwe, possibly Hwange.” Hwange became a national park in 1929 and covers 14,650 sq km in the north west corner of Zimbabwe, about an hours’ drive from Victoria Falls. “We could be Emma Wells (left) and Nat Sullivan with friends at Auckland Zoo. moving around all three countries, working with giraffe in all of them and taking it from there,” says Emma. “Our day-to-day job will be counting and photographing each giraffe with the aim of building a photographic database of each individual so we can monitor where they are, what they eat, their movements, who they’re moving with and how old are they.” “Not that much is known about giraffe,” says Nat. “Yes, we know they’re a big, iconic African animal but beyond that we know very little. The more we do come to understand, we realise they’re under huge threat so hopefully our work will be one small part of a jigsaw about what they’re doing in the wild and exactly what we need to do to make sure they stay on the planet with us.” When Nat and Emma volunteered with a giraffe collaring project with GCF last year (see The Fringe, September 2016) they both fell in love with Namibia and spoke hopefully about visiting there again at some stage in the future. At the time they said it was the best trip they had both done in the four decades or so they’ve spent working with wild animals and called the giraffe collaring expedition a ‘humbling experience.’ It strengthened their commitment, Emma said, and “left us fired up to help Julian and GCF in their continued efforts to help conserve not only the desert-living giraffe in Namibia, but all giraffe across Africa.” Nat and Emma knew they’d visit Namibia again at some time in the future. “We just didn't think it would be like this, and so quickly. Continued on page 21 >>

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Enjoy the beach this summer As poor long-term water quality at most of our harbour and west coast beaches sees continued warnings to avoid swimming, many of us might think twice before spending a day frolicking in the water. From last month safeswim. org.nz has been providing up-todate information about water quality at 84 Auckland beaches as well as providing real-time information about other health and safety risks such as dangerous wave and wind conditions, strong swells, stinging jellyfish and shark sightings. The entire Manukau Harbour has also been declared off-limits for shellfish gathering after a spike in toxin levels. Paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins have risen significantly and eating shellfish from the Manukau is considered dangerous. In spite of these gloomy official warnings, a visit to the beach – especially a surf beach like Piha or Muriwai – is ideal for children and family pets of the canine variety looking to have the best fun possible. There’s nothing quite as joyful for dog owners as seeing their charges leaping into the tide, chasing a ball or frisbee or even doing a bit of excavation in the sand. However, dog owners also need to respect other beach users who may not be quite so enamoured with their animal’s antics. With a number of dog-friendly beaches and parks in the West, The Fringe, has come up with a quick (but not exhaustive) overview of dog etiquette: • When exercising your dog off leash, it must still be under your control. Be firm about ‘come’, ‘sit’ and ‘stay’ commands. • Leash your dog and keep them out of other people’s space. • Don’t let your dog run up to newcomers to the beach or park. It could be seen as a threat. • Make sure your dog is beach ready – bitches in heat, puppies under four months old who are not fully vaccinated and dogs that snap at other dogs, or people, should not be exercised on busy beaches. • Supervise your dog at all times in case of bad behaviour or a pooper-scooping situation. • Carry poo-bags and always clean up after your dog. No excuses. • Think about your dog’s welfare. If the weather or the sand is hot for you, it’s hot for the dog. Make sure you carry fresh water. • Watch out for overheating (yourself and the dog) and try to find cool, shady spots in which to rest. • Use a dog-friendly sunscreen for your dog. • Carry an old towel or blanket for your dog to sit on in the hot sun and in the car on the drive home. With a bit of common sense and respect for others, there’s no reason at all for dogs and people not to enjoy our great beaches and parks this summer. More information: www.aucklandcouncil.gvt.nz/dogs-animals. To check which beaches are unsafe visit safeswim.org.nz. – Moira Kennedy


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Behaviour change needed to save kauri Almost half of all visitors to the Waitakere Ranges don’t spray and scrub their shoes. According to a recent kauri dieback report by the Auckland Council, the average rate of compliance at hygiene stations is 56%, a figure that has resulted in almost 20% kauri being infected in 2016, up from 8% in 2011. These numbers are expected to worsen unless significant changes are made with experts fearing the extinction of the species from the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park in the next two decades. The report also found that almost 70% of dieback zones in the park were within 50m of a track, a statistic strongly identifying human activity as the main cause of the spread. Research shows that low compliance is partly due to poorly designed or absent hygiene stations. But poor track quality is also to blame: the pathogen causing the disease spreads through soil and contaminates trees easily when roots are exposed to foot traffic. Several key solutions are outlined in the report including upgrading the rudimentary bottle and brush stations to more advanced models that are harder to bypass and where infected soil is removed and contained more effectively. Tracks also need to be upgraded through high-risk areas, making it harder for walkers to leave the path and approach the trees. But behavioural change is where the real work is needed. Kauri dieback programme manager Richard Balm explains that while most visitors are aware of the issue and value kauri highly as a national icon, many still fail to comply with the dieback precautions.

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“The real challenge is to close the gap between awareness and people taking action,” he says. “Hopefully larger cleaning stations will encourage people to take it more seriously.” Such cleaning stations have been trialled in other North Island locations, resulting in up to 97% compliance rates and lending hope that the issue will also improve in the Ranges once the new models are rolled out. By this time, the phosphite treatment being applied by Kauri Rescue will hopefully have delivered positive results. For the past six months, the government-funded project has been engaging the community to trial the chemical on private land. According to project leader Dr Ian Horner, it’s become very popular. “People are joining all the time. They apply the treatment, monitor it and submit the results online.” Although phosphite doesn’t cure the tree, it does halt the symptoms and allow the tree to fight back. Kauri are slow growers however and the results take time. But because treated kauri can still carry the disease, the initiative won’t matter unless

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Growing a generation of storytellers Wood Bay film maker David Jacobs candidly admits he spent a good amount of his time wailing and battling against the broadcast landscape back to the 1990s. He had a passion to make ‘purpose television’ outside the commercial mould of the time and felt strongly about environmental issues but was frustrated about the local media’s way of covering them. There was tension and his ideas weren’t always well received. He ended up bruised and bowed. After doing a bit of teaching he decided that the best way to change the broadcasting landscape he was fighting was to help grow the people who populate that landscape. “It was very satisfying empowering young people to tell stories David Jacobs: ‘there was tension’ through film,” he says. He became a founding trustee of Connected Media, based in New Lynn, with a mission to promote sustainability through the media. And it’s working. In the last 11 years, 1,228 entries have been received nationwide for the trust’s principal activity, The Someday Challenge. The Challenge is for young people – up to the age of 24 – to make a short film (up to five minutes) about sustainability. It has created a melting pot where young people, sustainability and film-making come together. It runs across all age groups and all genre. “We interpret sustainability broadly and encourage young people to do the same,” says David. “It’s environment, society and culture and then you can add other things like peace, human rights, health, diversity, identity and, particularly for young people, mental health. “Winning films this year include issues such as bullying, suicide and the effect of technology and social media on young people's lives. Young people are really intelligent around those issues. They’re thinking about sustainability and the environment is at the core of that.

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It’s time to reflect – in general and in can ever be anything but the particular – on the state of the informed subjectivity. One arts in the West. Here are just some of notable Japanese judge the places you can while away an idle some years ago described summer hour or two. his decisions as, in the end, The Portage Ceramics Awards being framed by whether bring the best, and sometimes most one preferred vegemite or controversial, works in ceramics to the marmite! West, the historic home of clay, both Judge Emma Budgen, industrial and domestic. Any competitive previously Senior Curator awards show is by nature a strange at The Dowse Art Museum, beast. Ceramic entries range from the expressed it thus: “I’m purely domestic to the wildly eccentric excited by the recent and decorative. It’s a judge’s nightmare upsurge of interest in on one level; but it does deliver an ceramics, nationally and Forced Turn Teapot by Richard Stratton annual survey of the best and most internationally. The Portage interesting work being produced nationwide. Ceramic Awards are at the heart of it so I’m delighted and honoured For the first time in its 17 year history, this year’s awards were to be this year’s judge.” judged by a New Zealander. There has been a tradition of bringing This year’s exhibition, on at Te Uru until February 11, does not in a judge from some prestigious international institution, to ensure disappoint. For every viewer there will be works to admire and marvel some level of objectivity and a view of where we stand in the wider at and others that simply don’t connect. That’s the fun of it. I think ceramics context. Not that the judging of such a disparate collection very few visitors would argue with the judge’s choice for the Supreme Award. Richard Stratton’s Forced Turn Teapot demonstrates mastery of his material and a complexity of form that dazzles the eye. At Corban Estate Arts Centre (CEAC), summer sees an exhibition timed to celebrate 15 years of delivering a complex of exhibitions, performances, arts education and providing a home for such diverse groups as Atamira Dance Company, Red Leap Theatre, Mixit (youth theatre) and a changing parade of festivals for young and old. The Estate, with its beautiful open green glades bordered by the Opanuku Stream and its wine heritage buildings, is uniquely positioned to create a home for this wide range of arts and cultural activity. But at its beating heart is a philosophy of service to its communities; an ‘arms wide open’ approach to those on the margins as well as those looking for a rich and diverse cultural experience. Furniture designed and made to order The summer exhibition at Corbans, aptly titled 15 Years on the Furniture repaired and restored Estate, features a stellar line-up of artists who have participated in


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“All those other issues relate back to the environment," he says. “It’s often been said that sustainability is a journey, not a destination. While on that journey we think it's important that people talk the walk.” Twenty winning films are chosen each year by a panel of judges from the fields of media, education, government and business, including representatives of project partners and youth judges. Over its 11 years, the Connected Media has evolved to include free film-making workshops around the country where young people can experience sustainability film-making in a supportive environment over one or two days. 2018 classes, including some in West Auckland will be announced in the New Year. The trust’s latest step on the path of sustainability storytelling is Someday Stories which sees emerging young film makers being supported to make funded short films. Each commissioned film maker/team is teamed up with a production mentor from the film industry. The 20 winners from this year’s Someday Challenge have just been announced and can be watched on www.theoutlookforsomeday.net. They can also be viewed on YouTube and Vimeo. – Moira Kennedy

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different ways at CEAC over the years. The list of names is testament to the quality and diversity of the many artists who have made Corbans their home over the years or contributed to the exhibition programme. The exhibition runs December 15 to February 11, 2018. Out at the West Coast Gallery an upcoming highlight will be Inspired By Our West (West Auckland Artists Christmas Show) from December 2 to January 7. In the 17 years the West Coast Gallery has been operating, over two million dollars in sales of West Auckland artists has been achieved, with two thirds of that amount being returned to artists and the economy of our area. At Te Toi Uku (Crown Lynn & Clayworks Museum at 8 Ambrico Place, New Lynn) Maori clay collective Nga Kaihanga Uku has an installation in the old Parker & Gardner Bros kiln. On until January 12, you can view it 24/7 – it lights up at night. The museum is a small delight of carefully curated Crown Lynn domestic ware and other clay industry artefacts and the kiln is a thing of great beauty.

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vintage ceramics by Niki Gribble; Homestead Galleries, Corban Estate Arts Centre. 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; Homestead Galleries, Corban Estate Arts Centre. 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 – February 11, Portage Ceramic Awards; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w – February 28, The Burning Hours, paintings by Kushana Bush; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w 1, 8, 15, Green Bay Street Food and live music; Green Bay Community House, 1 Barron Drive; 5-8.30pm. www. greenbaystreetfood.co.nz. w 2, Walk-through Christmas Story, with 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 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 2, Glen Eden Street Eats; Glenora Bears car park, 50 Glendale Road; 4.30-7.30pm. w 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 2, Dinner at the Bay, street food and music hosted by Green Bay Street Food; French Bay Yacht Club; from 4pm. w 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 3, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732. w 4, Titirangi Death Cafe: Tea (or coffee), cake and discussion; Rangiwai House, 12A Rangiwai Road, Titirangi; 7.30pm. Phone Graham Southwell 021 606 146. w 7, Children and Youth Chorus; Titirangi Library; 5pm. Phone 817 0011. w 7, Flicks presents Lyrical Visions 2, an evening of films based on poetry. Lopdell House Theatre; 7.30pm; tickets from Eventfinda.co.nz and on door. Details www. flickscinema.weebly.com. w 8, Flicks presents Maude (M); Lopdell House Theatre; 10.3am, 5.30pm and 8.15pm; tickets from Eventfinda.

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& Butterfly House, 73 Parker Avenue, New Lynn; 5.30pm. Phone 827 7045, www.westlynngarden.org.nz. w 9, Christmas market with gifts galore; Huia Hall; from 10am. Phone Pam Goddard 811 8628. w 9, Artists talk with Evan Woodruffe, back from the Sydney Contemporary exhibition; Titirangi Library; 11am. Phone 817 0011. w 9, Titirangi Folk Music Club Concert with guest artists Three Jolly Boys. 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, 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, Christmas toy making for your pet dog or cat; Titirangi Library; 11am-3pm. Phone 817 0011. w 17, Waikumete Cemetery Walk: Danse Macabre; 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 23, Escape the Frenzy, game afternoon for adults; Titirangi Library; 1-3pm. Phone 817 0011.

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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:


l WHERE IT’S AT: • 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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Club dinner and speaker; Te Atatu RSA; visitors welcome. Phone Margaret 021 154 0946. w January 10 – February 11, New works by Dean Buchanan; West Coast Gallery, Piha; Open Wed – Sun, 10am-4pm. Phone 812 8029. www.westcoastgallery. co.nz. w January 13, Titirangi Folk Music Club Concert with guest artist Rachel Dawick. 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 January 14, 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 January 19 and 26, Green Bay Street Food and live music; Green Bay Community House, 1 Barron Drive; 5-8.30pm. www.greenbaystreetfood.co.nz. w January 20, Dinner at the Bay, street food and music hosted by Green Bay Street Food; French Bay Yacht Club; from 4pm. w January 21, Waikumete Cemetery Walk: In Memoriam; 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.

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Introducing a selection of festive treats The long-range weather forecast for Auckland’s Christmas Day is looking good. But wet or fine, we’ll be drinking bubbly – there’s nothing quite like it to lift the spirits. Last year we drank the top bubbly in the New World awards, Brancott Estate ($11). It’s a pleasantly yeasty drop, but somewhat overshadowed by the Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blanc ($15). Top sparkling wine this year at the Villa Maria awards was Morton Estate Premium Brut, (about $20), around for a while and apparently still a crisp, harmonious drink. Flutes are now the most popular vehicle for bubbly, but remember if it’s at all distinguished, champagne deserves a tulip shaped white wine glass so that you can savour its aroma. I will admit also to having a couple of those flat saucer shaped glasses reminiscent of Great Gadsby days, and reputedly moulded on Marie Antoinette’s breast. Not recommended – the bubbles disappear fast. The old favourite Lindauer Rose will be there, and probably another still rose or two. There are lots to choose from: look for signs of pinot noir or merlot on the label. One such is Villa Maria 2017 Cellar Selection (about $18), quite full bodied but crisp and vibrant, ideal with ham. Sauvignon blanc drinkers are spoiled for choice with 2017 releases now coming on to the market. For something special search out Dog Point Section 94 (about $40), a strikingly different sauvignon blanc, full-bodied, complex, weighty yet fruity, with a toasty finish. With chicken and maybe turkey too a dryish pinot gris may do the trick. We have a soft spot for Dashwood wines: their sauvignon blanc is our ‘house white’. But I’m impressed too by their award-winning

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pinot gris, sprightly yet quite weighty, typical pear and spice in flavour with a spine of gentle acid. There’ll have to be a chardonnay for the chicken. At a recent Titirangi Wine and Food Society tasting I particularly enjoyed the Linden Estate 2016 Chardonnay ($20). The presenter was Trevor Shepherd, viticulturalist, winemaker, and cellar hand. His enthusiasm was palpable and he has clearly revived the fortunes of that winery. You’ll find it on the right just before the Taupo-Napier road hits the coast at Bay View. His Linden Estate 2013 Merlot ($30) was big enough to match any red meat from the barbee, made to be “voluptuous, not soft” he said. Still bright crimson in colour, it has mouth-filling plum and spice flavours and a firm tannin finish. We’ll probably look to Australia for our cabernet sauvignon, Brown Brothers for example ($15), with its hint of chocolate and gentle tannins. However, there are a couple of Te Mata 2009 Awatea Cabernet/Merlots lurking in the cellar, so I think their time has come. If we have a Christmas pudding, we’ll need a ‘sticky’. I see we have a Hunter’s Hukapapa 2014 Riesling desert wine ($24), reputedly sweet and crisp with balancing natural acid. But if the weather’s at all chilly, we’ll settle down with a port, and Pleasant Valley’s Founders’ Port ($15) will do very nicely. Season’s greetings to you all. The phrase ‘May you live in interesting times’ can be seen as a curse or a benediction. We at Titirangi Theatre prefer to consider it a challenge. This year has had its share of fun, laughter and frustration, but as always, we muddled through. Next year promises more of the same. We start 2018 with The Savage Dilemma, a play by John Patrick, to be directed by Ami Coster, an experienced film and stage actor. The action is set in a refuge for the bewildered, and explores the sometimes unusual realities of the residents and their guests. Auditions for The Savage Dilemma will be held in the theatre in Lopdell House at 1.30pm on Sunday December 3. Performance dates are March 20-31, 2018. The cast requires six women ranging in age from late teens to 70s, and three men aged late teens to 40s. Visit titirangitheatre.co.nz for information on all sorts of things. – Phoebe Falconer

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bandstanding: music in the west with susannah bridges

A man of many talents Yes, Martin ‘Robot Man’ Horspool really does make robots, but not the awkwardly animated and monotone kind. Martin’s robots are individual sculptures with character and personality. Martin also takes great photographs, is an accomplished illustrator, and, of course, is also a musician. I spoke to Martin on the brink of his departure for China to exhibit his robots and illustrations at the Chengdu Creativity and Design Week. “It’s an amazing opportunity to showcase my art alongside fellow Kiwi artists to a whole new audience,” he says. Martin’s 3D explorations into robots began as a progression of his illustrations and led him most recently to a sell-out show at a gallery in New York. But to the music: Martin played bass guitar in his youth in a band that covered Motorhead and Status Quo. “I then bought a drum kit which annoyed my parents when I practiced in my bedroom,” he laughs. This was in Martin’s homeland of Wales, where he dropped out of Wrexham Art School after a year: “I wanted to buy a motorbike, earn some money and go to the pub with my mates.” But he did complete an apprenticeship in offset printing before moving to New Zealand 20 years ago with partner Wendy. “We especially love Titirangi as the people are a bit arty-farty, greenie and a bit like me.” Martin currently performs as a percussionist in two bands. He has been playing a small hand-held drum called a tambourim with AK Samba, a 35 piece Brazilian-style street drumming band for over 10 years and is also an essential half of two-piece garage–blues– rockabilly–skiffle band called Durty Murder. He plays stand-up snare and sings backing vocals, alongside mate Andy Millar on cigar box guitar. “We play mashed up covers of obscure blues tunes,” says Martin. Durty Murder also customise and build their own instruments. When asked if there are crossovers between his music and his robots Martin says “I built a full-size robot family for the Splore music festival. The Man-bot had an internal mirror-ball and laser plus built in speakers playing 80s techno. The Lady-bot had light-up boobs and blew soap bubbles out of her navel. These are now on permanent display in the Grey Lynn Community Centre.” Recent inspirations include local music by Marlon Williams, Aldous Harding and Tiny Ruins. “And I always love anything by The Smiths, Motorhead, Amy Winehouse, Blur, Pulp, Prodigy or Radiohead. I once touched Lemmy’s boots at a Motorhead gig in 1979. I was chuffed but my young ears were ringing with tinnitus for days!” Coming up on Martin’s musical calendar is the inaugural release from Durty Murder: “We have been recording some tracks and hope to release an EP next year, which will be really exciting. We’re playing

The Portland Public House on December 16 and The Kings Arms on New Year’s Eve – which will be very special as it’s likely to be the last New Year event at the venue ever!” Check out Martin and his talents at www.buggyrobot. com, www.aksamba.org. nz. Find Durty Murder on Durty Murder: Andy Millar (left) and Martin Facebook. Horspool. Photo by Shelley Butt.

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Tramping from Bush to Beach Once the mud is baked dry by the morphs into a tall and open sun, the Karekare to Pararaha loop forest dominated by kauri and walk will make a perfect summer puriri. The gnarled and grey trees excursion. Immensely variable, sprawl their epiphyte-covered it features spectacular beach limbs horizontal creating a dark views, rich kauri and puriri groves, and eerie undergrowth where chiselled cliffs and sandy wetlands little thrives other than nikau. on a challenging 3.5-hour circuit. After another hour, Zion At the picnic area south of the Ridge track links up with Buck main Karekare car park, Pohutakawa Taylor track where hiking poles Glade Walk leads toward the beach might come in handy – walking under weathered trees on the cusp becomes a case of extracting Pararaha Bay and Whatipu from Zion Hill Track of flowering Christmas crimson. each foot from ankle deep mud Passing a second picnic area I head up Zion Hill Track, scrubbing my and wobbling down sodden slopes. boots vigorously at the kauri hygiene station before climbing through After about 40 minutes the track levels out at the swampy flats at groves of cabbage tree, kawakawa and kowhai. the foot of Pararaha. Reclaimed by nature, this valley at the mouth Views gradually open up back toward Karekare and the colossal of the Waihuna stream was once the sight of an extensive milling cliffs of Farley Point and Te Kaka Whakaara with the surf club tucked operation. Now the only sign of human activity is the boardwalk in at its base. Underfoot the track surface changes from mud and clay which I follow across the wetland to the black sand of the beach. to newly compacted gravel, making for easy walking up through the Because it is a scientific reserve, dogs are not permitted in this area windswept kanuka toward 272m high Mt Zion. south of Karekare beach. It is abundant with native birds including Beyond the summit the track winds inland and I reach a T-junction dotterels which may be seen flitting about the groves of spinifex and with the conventional route along Zion Hill Track closed for yellow flowering lupins. maintenance until December 8. Once on the grassy dunes, I follow a cluster of footprints along the The alternative route along Zion Ridge Track continues inland and beach toward Karekare. Part of the Hillary trail, this section of the its surface gradually melts into large sections of deep mud. Here the loop is relatively easy and meanders gently through the waterlogged ridge is sheltered from the incessant westerly and the coastal scrub meadows under the scarred cliffs of Tiwira point. Not far along, the path veers away to the right toward the sheltered Tunnel Point camp ground, so called because of the tunnel drilled through a large mound on the clearing’s northern side. More than a century ago, this tunnel connected a tramline used for milling operations from Piha to Whatipu. Now it serves as a track thoroughfare from the camp ground to Cowan Bay. Once through the tunnel, I follow the route of the tramline until the track ends on the immense sand plains stretching away to the roaring tide. Ahead Karekare point juts out onto the beach, but fortunately the tide is low enough to round it easily and emerge onto AND RECEIVE $50 - $300 TO SPEND ON STIHL ACCESSORIES the majestic beach that gave it its name. STIHL CHAINSAW STIHL BLOWER STIHL STIHL STIHL MS 170 BG 50 From here it’s a quick 10 minutes back through Pohutakawa Glade BLOWER LINETRIMMER HEDGETRIMMER BG 56 C-E FS 55 RC-E HS 45 450mm $ $ 295 Walk to the road. But the sun is out and so are the flags. The perfect 325 Engine Capacity 27.2cc Engine Capacity 27.2cc Engine Capacity 27.2cc way to end this outing is with a run across the hot black sand and into $495 $495 $ 395 the tumbling waves. with with EasyStart $100 $100 $50 EasyStart








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on the wild side Continued from page 5

“To have this happen is a passion that’s come to fruition. Dream’s the wrong word. It’s so cool, so huge for both of us,” says Nat. Emma admits she’s rather more anxious about the coming adventure than Nat, who has worked with giraffe at Auckland Zoo for the past 17 years. “There are a lot of unknowns out there. This is my fifth time to Africa but in the past it’s always been as part of a tour or with other people who know the environment. They knew things like how to get a 4x4 out of hole if it got stuck, or even how to drive safely through herds of different types of animals. “We’re experienced campers but we’ve never done it on our own in Africa,” she says. “We’ll travel by 4x4 and sleep in a tent stretched over it. We’ll cook over an open fire most of the time. Cooking what? That’s to be confirmed! We’ll find out when we get there. It’s exciting but scary as well.” Nat says she is now getting a little nervous about what’s to come. “It really is a jump into the unknown but we have total faith in Julian, Stephanie and the GCF. They won’t send us into dangerous situations. I don’t doubt we’ll meet some amazing people on the way and hey, if it doesn't work out, we’ll come back again. It’s completely openended and that’s absolutely fine," she says. “We’re both very, very excited to be able to help with giraffe conservation in the wild. We’ve worked hard for this opportunity and we think we can give it a good go,” Nat says. “We’re not just going for a jolly time. We really want to go in and help and try to make a difference.” – Moira Kennedy

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live @ the lounge >> High Cost Mean Continued from page 8

Lizard waxes lyrical Water water everywhere but not a beer to drink. ’Twas Christmas Eve, the first Noel, glad tidings did he seek. Thus yonder wandered he to Laingholmtown, fair maiden true to meet. With raven hair, t-shirt of black and huge speakers pounding AC/DC beats. He waded out upon said muddy bay, glanced back to tethered shore. No bark of hound nor gallivants. No piss heads to be found. ’Twas night they said, and yet he stayed, through chill, fog, rain and mist. How long, how long, must he wait, to get either laid or pissed? A light did shine on bracken hill, a beacon beckoned he. More than twice, he fell into the mud, alas crawled on hand and knee. At last a path, a welcomed track. Farewell now thee bog. But how to greet his princess sweet, less handsome now – more muddied frog. Upon the house, please yield thy spouse, the window he did peek. His heart did race, yet eyes betrayed, a grand lady by the fridge. Bent at the waist, her buttocks taught, so perfect to avail. She into fridge, plunged her mitts and clutched a couple of ales. Full bosom heaved with furrowed brow and eye with just a tear. “Who, oh who? Oh stranger come, shall I share with thee these beers?” I slid the sash, it opened wide and inward I did bound. She spun a twist, our peepers met, she thrust me to the ground. ... “Jeez Lizard. What the ...? I've told you to pace yourself. You can't drink this early on Christmas morning, the kids’ll be here any sec for lunch. Have you even said Merry Christmas or Happy New Year to anyone? You’re covered in mud. What’s up with climbing in the bloody window you idiot? Is that an eye patch? I must admit though, those pirate pants are cute. Go and jump into the shower and I just might come in and scrub your back.”

Merry Christmas everyone. Aroha from Shaz, Lizard and the crew. If you have fun you’re a bloody legend.

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