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Even simple things can help reduce climate change................ 4 Maui dolphins – a national treasure........................................ 5 Still loving Titirangi; Should plastic bags in supermarkets be banned?.................... 6 Glow Titirangi festival............................................................... 7


Hidden architectural gems on view.......................................... 8 Titirangi Festival set to entertain and excite............................ 9 Art and about with Naomi McCleary.................................10-11 Places to go: Events listing................................................12-13 On stage: news from our local theatres; There’s always something happening at our local libraries.... 14 Bandstanding: Anika Moa – witches and Ninja rats............... 15 Regatta time for New Lynn Scouts......................................... 16 Consultation and upgrades in the Whau................................ 18


Major funding decisions coming for Waitakere...................... 19 Words on wine with Lindsay Nash.......................................... 20 Walking West: Tramping from Bush to Beach........................ 21 Live @ the lounge.................................................................. 22 Advertisers directory.............................................................. 23


ON OUR COVER: The increasing concern over the future of kauri in the Waitakere Ranges has led many to look for alternative routes and pathways to explore in the West – and there are many options available, including the Upper Waikumete Walk and Cycleway pictured on our cover and Te Ara O Tiriwa, featured on page 21. For a selection of maps of some of the walks and routes around our area visit www. projecttwinstreams.com/?page_id=150. Photo by Bevis England.

What’s important to you? When the Titirangi Tatler was launched over 15 years ago we wanted to write about and share the things that were important to our unique community. Here in the West we have a special environment, great people doing interesting things, an artistic bent that finds expression in many exciting forms, and events and festivals that offer exciting and ‘different’ entertainment options. The Tatler, now known as The Fringe, has always done its best to reflect these elements and help to sustain our special identity. As we move into 2018 we intend to continue to reflect and support all aspects of our diverse and exciting community – and we’re always interested in what’s new and important to you. Perhaps there is an issue or problem that you think needs greater awareness? Perhaps you know someone who is doing something different and interesting? Perhaps you’re planning a community event? Perhaps you’d like more news about local businesses? Let us know. We can’t cover everything but we’ll do our best to help where we can. Email your suggestions to info@fringemedia.co.nz. 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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Even simple things can help reduce climate change At the end of 2017, a year of political and environmental turbulence, climate change was brought to the forefront of New Zealand government policy for the first time. The Labour Party has called it the greatest challenge facing the world and evidence of the true cost for New Zealand is becoming increasingly prevalent, and alarming. According to a Ministry report, the property cost of rising sea levels around the country could be $18 billion. Due to changing weather patterns, experts predict deadly tropical diseases to increase, invasive pests to flourish and land use to change dramatically, all of which will affect our day-to-day lives. But do average local residents share the same sense of urgency as the politicians and scientists? Outside Green Bay shops, 18-year-old builder Nathan sits and eats a pie. “It’s going to be catastrophic,” he says. “If we don’t do anything it will mean the end of the human race. I do what I can: I hardly ever drive and walk everywhere instead.” According to the World Wildlife Fund New Zealand, the cumulative effect of driving one less day a week, either by switching to public transport or walking can mean savings of thousands of tonnes of emissions a year. But changing what we’re driving can also make a difference. Sitting in a bus stop across the road from the Green Bay shops, retired shipmate Gary shares his thoughts: “I reckon we’ll be alright,” he says, watching the passing traffic, “as long as we get these diesel and petrol things off the road. Swap them out for battery-powered cars.” This transition has begun. Electric cars are becoming more popular in New Zealand with 4000 registered vehicles today up from 300 in 2013. But a common perception is that they are too expensive for most people to buy. Blair Harkness from Titirangi disagrees. Three months ago he purchased a 2015 Nissan Leaf second hand for $19,000, the same price you’d pay for an equivalent petrol car. “It’s a dream,” he says. “You save on maintenance, fuel, get to use the EV lanes and don’t burn any fossil fuels.” For 20-year-old Mikayla from Te Henga, the fossil fuels she burns in her car do concern her. “I don’t know too much about climate change but it definitely worries me,” she says. “Especially when I’m idling in my car at traffic lights.” Education and awareness are often the biggest factors in the climate change fight. But they don’t always translate into behaviour change, either because it’s perceived to be too hard or too expensive.

Blair Harkness with his electric car and environmentally-acclaimed house.

Titirangi Resident’s Association member Mels Barton feels it’s up to the government to encourage sustainable lifestyle changes. “An example must be set through legislation,” she says. “Take new buildings for instance – solar panels should be a legal requirement and there should be financial incentives.” Changes in legislation often depend on political activism and happen faster when individuals and communities put pressure on the government, according to Professor James Renwick from Victoria University’s school of geography. He says the best thing people can do is increase communication within the community and lobby local and central government to make changes. Sarah James has been involved in just that through the Glen Eden Transition Town initiative. For the past few years, this group has been advocating and developing waste reduction, sustainable public transport and environmental restoration in the community – projects that have been supported and encouraged by the Waitakere Ranges Local Board in conjunction with their climate change focus. The same goes for EcoMatters Environmental Trust, which operates from New Lynn and provides a broad range of practical skills for individuals and households to live more sustainable lives. CEO Damon Birchfield says it’s important to communicate to people that they don’t have to make massive changes to contribute to the issue. “Our aim is to show that if everyone did something, even if it’s simple, we could make an impact.” – Mick Andrew


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Maui dolphins – a national treasure Like the kiwi, the Maui dolphin (also known as popoto) is an invaluable part of New Zealand’s natural heritage. Maui dolphins are found only off the west coast of the North Island – nowhere else in the world – and it is believed that there are only about 63 adults left. They are the smallest of the 32 marine dolphin species in the world and IUCN-listed as Critically The dorsal fin of the Maui dolphin is very distinctive. Photo by Heidi Padain. Endangered. These dolphins can be saved if the New Zealand government supports affected fishers to move to dolphin-friendly methods of fishing and extends the ban on set netting and traditional trawling fishing to cover all of their known range. This requires a genuine sanctuary from Maunganui Bluff to the Whanganui River mouth, including harbours, out to 100 metres deep. Currently, less than half of their habitat is protected, a conservation emergency requiring concerted and collaborative action, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Summer is the best time to see a Maui dolphin as they swim closer to shore to feed and ‘surf’ the waves. Every sighting reported to WWF-New Zealand helps the campaign for full Maui dolphin protection. The public can help by reporting Maui dolphin sightings by: • downloading the free sightings app (iPhone or Android ) at wwf.org.nz/mauisapp • phoning 08004MAUIS or • making your report at wwf.org.nz/report_maui_dolphins Maui Dolphin Day is to take place on March 3, 2018.

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Still loving Titirangi Six months after its launch, the Love Titirangi campaign continues to gain strength with another 2,000 bright yellow reusable bags available in the Village since the end of last year. Love Titirangi was set up by local women Michele Powles, Kate Speakman and Karen Swainson who want the community to be plastic-free and to encourage and eliminate single-use plastics. By the campaign’s launch in July last year, the women had arranged for Village retailers to stock the reusable bags for sale at a small price and had organised sewing bees to create 2,000 ‘boomerang’ bags made from recycled t-shirts, sheets, pillow cases and other washable fabrics. The ‘boomerang’ bags are free and the idea is to borrow them from retailers when shopping and then return them

next time you do your shopping in the Village. The scheme has been a huge hit with a major reduction in plastic bag use, says Michele. "More retailers are supplying paper bags than ever before and more people are bringing their own bags to the Village than ever before. "Some stores are ditching plastic completely and there’s been a huge drop-off across the board, including at the supermarket," she says. SuperValue is also putting up signs in its car park to remind shoppers to collect their reusable bags from their cars before going in to shop. Love Titirangi continues to research new initiatives based on successful single-use plastic-reduction schemes nationwide and says it’s always on the lookout for more people to join the sewing groups to meet the demand for more ‘boomerang’ bags. Go to www.facebook.com/Love Titirangi for more information. – Moira Kennedy

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Should plastic bags in supermarkets be banned? I and the vast majority of Room 18 [at Laingholm Primary School] absolutely think so. Plastic bags are an incredible danger to our planet. Sure, they’re useful to hold your vegetables and fruit, but are they really a help to our planet? Firstly, plastic bags pollute our amazing planet. Plastic bags are non-biodegradable so they will always be a deadly threat to Earth if we don’t do something about them. A thing that we can do about plastic bags is to swap them with paper or biodegradable bags. I believe that this will make at least a small difference. Secondly, plastic bags pose a major threat to our unique marine wildlife. This is a reason that I feel very strongly about them because thousands of turtles, dolphins and other incredible animals suffer from this terrible danger of suffocating or eating these inedible objects every year. How would you like to be surrounded in suffocating plastic, trying to fight? Your life flashes in front of you and, as your lungs slowly collapse, so does your body, with life draining out of it. That is what I think it would be like for a poor sea Grace from Laingholm: animal trapped in a plastic bag. ‘plastic bags should be Thirdly, plastic bags can also be a huge danger for humans, specifically young children. You can suffocate if banned’. you put your head in a plastic bag. Of course, they usually come with a warning, but I just don’t think it’s worth the risk. To conclude, I completely believe that we should ban plastic bags from supermarkets because we want to protect humans and animals alike, but mostly we want to protect our beautiful Earth that we love so much. – Grace Allen-Kemp, age 10. Laingholm Primary School

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GLOW TITIRANGI FESTIVAL The 2017 Glow Titirangi Festival was a sparkling success, with a fantastic turnout of Titirangi locals enjoying the festive atmosphere. Harold did the Chicken Dance, Santa thrilled the crowd, Anji and Cherie sang their hearts out, drummers drummed, the Ukes strummed, Geoffrey rocked, stilt-walkers pranced, children shone, Jesse held it all together and, as dusk fell, Titirangi counted down to another spectacular display of lights illuminating the Village – the culmination of the fourth annual Glow Titirangi Festival. “We are very pleased with how the Glow Festival turned out and have learnt a great deal in the process,” says LeAnne Robinson, chair of the Bright Lights Little Village (BLLV) volunteer committee. “We had a new group of volunteers join the committee this year and we feel that we pulled together a great event, despite the significant reduction in funding from previous years. Our performers were very generous with their time, allowing us to present a brilliant line-up of talent with the Among those who helped make the 2017 Glow very limited funds we had available.” Festival possible were (left to right) Raymond The committee wishes to thank all the van Orsoy de Flines (Titirangi Volunteer Fire local businesses that contributed towards Brigade), LeAnne Robinson (BLLV chair) and Joy and Evan More (Light & Pyro). the event, including Platinum Sponsors, Tael Solutions and Zenith Financial Group, and grant funding from The Trusts and Waitakere Ranges Local Board. A very big thank you must also be given to the many companies and individuals who donated goods and services which were integral to the smooth running of the event. Most especially, thanks must go to Evan and Joy More from Light & Pyro, who were able to stretch the budget they had to work with to bring the Village to life in Christmas lights, and to the Titirangi Volunteer Fire Brigade for making sure all the lights were in place. Over 45,000 individual LED lights (almost 3km) adorn the Titirangi Village and cost approximately $20,000 each year to maintain. Sadly, over the Christmas period some of these lights were vandalised and stolen, which puts the committee on a back foot as they start the task of raising funds to put this event together again for 2018. A highlight of the evening, as always, was the opportunity to present local charities with gifts for families in need. The generosity of Titirangi was evident with the gifting sleigh full of toys and gifts donated by local children and their parents. These gifts were collected at special collection points in the Village leading up to the night and placed in the sleigh during the evening. They were divided equally among Family Action, Refugees as Survivors and Key Assets. The BLLV committee volunteers are refreshed from their holiday break and ready to get plans and fundraising strategies in place for this year’s event. If you have energy and time to spare and want to share your amazing event and fundraising ideas to make the 2018 Glow Festival even better, please email info@bllv.co.nz. – Rebecca Manners

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Hidden architectural gems on view A novel venture that sees locals opening their homes to visitors has been launched by Karekare Surf Club to raise funds for a new clubhouse that’s been high on the club’s ‘must do’ list since 2004, if not earlier. Being run by Karekare locals Chrissie and David Sidwell, the tours are based on groups of 8–10 friends getting together and visiting some of the beach’s most beautiful houses – the oldest, the newest and the award winners – and to hear about some of their famous guests. Tour dates will be set to suit the visiting groups.

The iconic Karekare beach and its wilderness surroundings attracted crowds of fans after the Oscar-winning film The Piano was filmed there in 1993. It was also used for numerous scenes in the television hit series Xena Warrior Princess in the late 1990s. Two years ago US magazine Passport voted it Number 2 on its list of 25 best beaches in the world, after L’Espiguette Beach in France.

The club needs to raise $400,000 to go towards the cost of replacing the aging premises. The replacement will include bunk rooms, a kitchen, amenities and toilets to meet the needs of the club and the community. So far locals and club members have raised just over $80,000 “so we still have a way to go. We’re just waiting on our building consent from Council at this stage,” says administrator Teresa Harvey. The total cost is expected to be in the vicinity of $3 million with cornerstone funding from the Auckland Council long-term plan fund and community funders such as The Trusts, Lotteries Commission and others. All of the houses in the tour are right on the beach and after the tour, a pizza lunch from a wood-fired oven will be provided. A reasonable level of fitness is required and the cost is $60 per person. Karekare Surf Club was established in 1935 and more than 5,000 people have been saved or prevented from drowning by the club’s surf lifesavers since then. The club currently has 120 active surf lifeguards. “The house tours are a great and interesting fund-raiser that will provide an insight to some very interesting hidden architectural gems of Karekare,” says Teresa. For more information or bookings email Christine Sidwell at chris.david@xtra. co.nz, phone 027 416 0089 or visit www.facebook.com/Karekare-Beach-HouseTours FRINGEADLTD.pdf

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Titirangi Festival set to entertain and excite Friday night’s concert line-up features Festival returnees Hopetoun Brown. You’ll recognise Tim Stewart and Nick Atkinson as the brass section of the legendary band Supergroove. They also played support for the 2016 Dave Dobbyn Tim Stewart and Nick Atkinson performing festival concert and won as Hopetoun Brown. the hearts of the sell-out crowd with their infectious and funky performance. Think Louis Armstrong meets Tom Waits and James Brown and you’re almost there. It’ll be a foot-stomping good time! They’ll be joined by the wonderful musical mash-up which is the Carnivorous Plant Society. CPS use a multitude of instruments to create an intriguing and psychedelic blend of mariachi, spaghetti western and sci-fi flavours. Together with mind-bending visual projections, expect roof-raising interplay between these dazzling acts who are also long-time friends and collaborators. Support will come from one of Auckland’s most seasoned selectors, DJ Dubhead. For booking and Festival Other acts at the 2018 Festival information visit: www. include the Ijebu Pleasure Club titirangifestival.com. (left) and Yoko-Zuna (above).







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This year’s Titirangi Festival is jam-packed with performances and activities suited to the whole family. For the first time a central festival space will be created around the Titirangi War Memorial Hall which will feature lots of interactive activities such as giant street games, arts activities and competitions. Stilt walkers, buskers and street performers will help bring the whole Village to life. A Marquee will stretch out over the outdoor stage and audience area, and there will be a street food market with a wide variety of options to tempt the taste buds, together with Mt Atkinson coffee, Gelato ice cream and much more. Headlining the 2018 Festival will be iconic New Zealand songwriter and musician Don McGlashan. He will be performing solo on Saturday March 24 in an intimate concert that will feature older classic songs and some new. With a career that includes From Scratch, Blam Blam Blam, Front Lawn and Muttonbirds, and as the author of Dominion Road, Anchor Me, White Valiant, Bathe In The River, Andy, Don’t Fight It Marsha…., Miracle Sun and many more Don is one of Aotearoa’s most revered songwriters and holds a high place indeed in New Zealand music. This will be his first ever Titirangi Festival show. Joining the night’s lineup will be South Auckland’s sisterly R&B singing sensations Shed Siddahs and rock’n’roll queen bee Labretta Suede turning the tables as the night’s resident DJ.

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Robin Kewell: ‘In short, he shares himself.’

There are many ways to describe a village. Titirangi could be portrayed as a moderately boring cluster of real estate and food businesses, with a few service suppliers and a couple of interesting boutique shops. On another day I might say it has largely indifferent architecture and dated public spaces; in particular the dangerously tilting tiled footpaths. I’d probably throw in the plague of chooks – loved by some I know, but a serious nuisance and health hazard to others. At my most positive, I’d hang on to Lopdell House and Te Uru Gallery as the jewels in the crown, and not forget the newly refurbished library and the repaired Titirangi Memorial Hall. On The Spinoff, writer and satirist Steve Braunias took a typically provocative swipe at Titirangi and its good people last September after the Going West Festival had to relocate to Henderson post the fire in the hall. We liked that he loves Going West, but not so much that he felt obliged to pillory both the hall and the Village and its people. But none of that tells the important stuff; the culture and heart of the place, which I declare to be thriving. A couple of stories illustrate this. On December 10 last year local film maker, Robin Kewell showed his extraordinary documentary Eden - the Complete Inside Story in the Lopdell House Theatre. The film is four hours long and had never been shown on the big screen before – a world premiere! Mercifully, Robin has distilled 3,500 hours of footage into 4 one-hour parts, and on this amazing day each section was separated by breaks to talk and share delicious food. The Eden project in Cornwall, where a disused clay pit was turned into what has been described as the Eighth Wonder of the World, and a garden of global significance with the world’s largest

greenhouses, is the result of one man’s vision and an army of passionate experts and supporters. Eden - the Complete Inside Story was filmed and edited by Robin and covers seven years from when the project was just an idea in founder Tim Smit’s head through to the reality of it opening to the public. Robin says he was ‘blown away’ by the response of the over 80 lucky people, myself included, who managed to secure tickets for this event. I would say that the audience was equally ‘blown away’ and tears were shed in response to the beauty and sheer audacity of the dream that was brought to fruition. There is no doubt that Robin’s ‘all-access’ documenting of this iconic project has been of enormous significance. It has produced a unique archive of Eden and a potential resource for the many countries which are now planning to replicate it. Equally it has been a huge project in Robin’s career and his generously shared anecdotes throughout the day were part of the magic. So another screening has been organised for Sunday, February 11. Again, the four-hour film will be broken by intervals with refreshments and a buffet lunch produced by local caterer Janice Parkin. This is included in the (ridiculously modest) ticket price of $35. With the proposed building of an Eden in the redzoned area in Christchurch, the film now has even greater relevance and interest. It is a roller coaster ride of the highs and lows of a journey that most people said was impossible, told by the people who made it happen. Here is an extract from one of the many letters Robin received following the screening. It was a fabulous experience and very emotional all round and we left inspired, touched, and optimistic … the footage and editing was fantastic – we were riveted for four hours and we could have watched more. I would so love this to have a much wider audience. What I find so special about this story is Robin himself and the role he is playing, ever so quietly, in bringing quality cinema to our Village. He talks to the audience, shares his thoughts about, and sometimes his emotional response to, each film. In short, he shares himself.

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J.T. Diamond View over clay pit from Margan Avenue, New Lynn, 1958, West Auckland Research Centre, Auckland Libraries, JTD-11G-01649-2

In an important move, Auckland Libraries’ J T Diamond Collection has been added to the UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand documentary heritage register. This recognition highlights the significance of the collection and it is among eight new additions from across New Zealand that were selected for this prestigious honour. The J T Diamond (1912 – 2001) collection is housed at the West Auckland Research Centre, Waitakere Central Library and comprises John (Jack) Thomas Diamond’s meticulous research and documentation of West Auckland’s history, compiled over 60 years from the 1930s. The collection documents many local industries and locations that have since disappeared or altered significantly and includes detailed and unique archival records of the first two generations of colonial settlement in New Zealand. The collection is made up of manuscript material, extensive photographs, plans and site records including Diamond’s notebooks. To view the collection visit the Waitakere Central Library in Henderson.

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Another of our special people is David Parker. Again, this is a case of a man with a vision and the tenacity to hold to it through all the highs and lows of the precarious world of festival delivery. In years past the Titirangi Festival of Music (TFM) has spread over a week or more and in local venues small and large. There have been great times, memorable shows and sometimes challenges to face. Titirangi Festival 2018 (March 23 – 25) expresses just how closely David and his team have been watching and learning. It is a tightly programmed event over three days and on one site. The programme, and especially the headline gig, is to David Parker: ‘a man with vision and tenacity.’ die for! (See page 9 for more information.) I particularly like the multi-genre partnerships that emphasise community and celebrate the many reasons Titirangi is such an interesting and beautiful place to live. Titirangi Festival is supporting events such as Te Uru Gallery’s From Scratch exhibition (part of the Auckland Arts Festival), the Flicks music-themed movie showings on Sunday March 25 (visit https://flickscinema.weebly.com/ for details), the APO performance workshops in local schools and a panel discussion on healthy approaches to working in the arts in Aotearoa at Soul Centre. David is a serious musician in his own right and someone who has wide and eclectic musical tastes and knowledge of the ‘music scene’ in Aotearoa. But it takes a person of great generosity to step outside their career path and put in the weeks and months it takes to share a dream, not to mention the hazards of fund-raising and the minutiae of event management. Believe me, the more relaxed it looks, the more the detail has been planned and executed! We are blessed to have such people in our community who share their passion for arts and culture. They are not alone.

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w – 11, Works by Dean Buchanan; West Coast Gallery, Piha. Phone 812 8029. www.westcoastgallery.co.nz.

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celebrating Corban Estate Arts Centre’s 15th year as a local creative hub; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w – 11, Many Worlds, paintings by 98 year-old Shirley Collinson; Upstairs Gallery, Level 1, Lopdell House, 418 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 4278. w – 28, The Burning Hours, paintings by Kushana Bush; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w – March 10, Ornamental Residue an exhibition by Manon van Kouswijk originating from a study into the typology of brooches; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w 2, Green Bay Street Food; Green Bay Community Centre, 1 Barron Drive, Green Bay; 5-8.30pm. w 3, Dinner at the Bay, street food and music hosted by Green Bay Street Food; French Bay Yacht Club; from 4pm. w 5, Titirangi Death Cafe: Tea (or coffee), cake and discussion; Rangiwai House, 12A Rangiwai Road, Titirangi;

w 16, Green Bay Street Food; Green Bay Community Centre, 1 Barron Drive, Green Bay; 5-8.30pm.

w 16 – April 8, Alma Venus, works by Ayesha Green; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455.

w 16 – April 8, works by Toi Te Rito Maihi; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455.

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guest artist; Upstairs Gallery, Level 1, Lopdell House, 418 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 4278. w 17 – March 18, More landscapes and Stuff, works by Zeke Wolf; West Coast Gallery, Piha. Phone 812 8029. www.westcoastgallery.co.nz. w 18, Waikumete Cemetery Walk: Crossing the Bar; meet at the Cenotaph; 10am-12pm or 3-5pm; $5 donation. No booking required. Facebook.com/friendsofwaikumete or phone Ruth 818 4352. w 23, Flicks presents Carnage, a comedy from Roman Polanski starring Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christof Waltz and John C. Riley; 10.30am, 6pm or 8.15pm; tickets from eventfinda.co.nz and on door. Phone bookings 818 2489. www.flickscinema.weebly.com. w 23, Green Bay Street Food; Green Bay Community Centre, 1 Barron Drive, Green Bay; 5-8.30pm. w 23, Titirangi Folk Music Club Friends on Friday: A small, informal, supportive group of people who like to sing and play music; Titirangi Beach Hall, Titirangi Beach Road; 8pm; $3, under 18 free. Phone Rosemary 814 8897 or Cathy 818 8201. w 27, Titirangi U3A with a range of activities including study groups, discussions, speakers and more; West Lynn Garden, 73 Parker Avenue, New Lynn; 1.30pm; gold coin. Contact 817 5519 or maggie.u3a.titirangi@gmail.com.




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march Centre, 1 Barron Drive, Green Bay; 5-8.30pm. w 4, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732. w March 3 – May 27, From Scratch: 546 Moons, an interactive survey exhibition of the sounds and instruments of renowned ensemble From Scratch, including six live performances; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w 9, Green Bay Street Food; Green Bay Community Centre, 1 Barron Drive, Green Bay; 5-8.30pm. w 10, Glen Eden Street Eats; Glenora Bears car park, 50 Glendale Road; 4.30-7.30pm. w 10, Titirangi Folk Music Club with guest artist Martha Louise and the Backseat Drivers, floor singers in the first half; Titirangi Beach Hall, Titirangi Beach Road; 8pm; $10, members $7, under 18s free. Phone Tricia 818 5659. w 11, Craft fair, gifts, refreshments; West Lynn Garden & Butterfly House, 73 Parker Avenue, New Lynn; 10am-3pm. Phone 827 7045, www.westlynngarden.org.nz. 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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• 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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on stage We’re back! With a hard-working committee and support network, we have lots to offer this year. We start 2018 with The Savage Dilemma, a play by John Patrick. The action is set in a refuge for the bewildered, and explores the sometimes unusual realities of the residents and their guests. The play will be directed by Ami Coster, an experienced film and stage actor, and we welcome her to our theatre. The Savage Dilemma opens on March 13 and runs until March 24. Next on the calendar is Dead Man’s Cellphone by Sarah Ruhl, to be directed by Duncan Milne, a theatre and Pop-Up Globe stalwart. Hunched over a bowl of soup at lunch one day, Jean becomes flustered, then irritated, then quietly outraged as the phone of a man across the way trills insistently. He makes no move to answer, so Jean gingerly approaches, only to find that the man is not afflicted with rudeness but with a mild case of rigor mortis. The season runs June 5 – 16 and the cast requires four women and one man. Back by popular demand is this year’s third play, Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, to be directed by Liz Watkinson who recently gave us Little Gem and Ghosts. The play is set in early 19th century London, where a big party is in progress at the home of rising political

star, Sir Robert Chiltern and his wife, Lady Gertrude. Wine flows, diamonds glitter, conversation sparkles. Enter Mrs Cheveley, the most outrageous and most talked-about woman in town. She radiates a menacing charm and Sir Robert is about to receive a shock – her purpose is blackmail. She threatens to reveal a secret that will ruin his career and even perhaps his marriage. The season runs from August 28 to September 8 and the play requires six women and nine men. And, as a counterbalance, the last play of the year will be Shirley Valentine, requiring only one woman. But what a part! Written by Willie Russell and to be directed by Rita Stone, who gave us such an excellent Measure for Measure, the play centres around Shirley, trapped in domesticity and quietly (or not) going mad. She escapes with a friend to the Greek islands, with unimaginable consequences. Shirley Valentine runs from November 20 to December 1. Many thanks to all our patrons who supported us last year, and those who intend to do so in 2018. We look forward to seeing you! Visit our newly revamped website titirangitheatre.co.nz for information on all sorts of things. – Phoebe Falconer

There’s always something happening at our local libraries Following on from the launch of Sandra Coney’s new book Gone West: Great War memorials of Waitakere and their soldiers, (as mentioned in the December/January issue The Fringe) Sandra will be giving two talks at local Libraries, discussing in detail the local families and memorials. Sandra is a renowned local writer and historian with a reputation for meticulous research. Her first talk is on February 17, 2-3.30pm, at Glen Eden Library when she will be discussing some of the fighting families of Glen Eden, Oratia and Waikumete. Her second talk, at Titirangi Library, is on February 24, 2-3.30pm remembering some of the lost boys of Titirangi, New Lynn and Kaitarakihi (Huia). RSVP to Glen Eden (892 4943) or Titirangi (817 0011) Libraries Other events at Titirangi Library include: Titirangi Poets’ Poems From the Pantry, Saturday, February 10, 2-4pm. This event, with MC Amanda Eason, will feature contributors from the newly published Poems From the Pantry,

edited by Judith Haswell and Janny Jonkers. Attendees are invited to bring a plate making the event a real culinary and poetic celebration. Ever The Land: a screening of a unique New Zealand documentary exploring the sublime bond between people and their land will take place at on March 10 at 10.30am. RSVP to the Library on 817 0011. Regular pre-school programmes will return in February with Tuesday Rhymetime and Wednesday Storytime both at 10.30am, and Wriggle & Rhyme (active movement for babies) on Fridays at 9.30am. No bookings required and all welcome. Titirangi Library will also be launching new weekly after-school clubs for those interested in Lego or Minecraft. And look out for a kid’s electronics class on Saturdays, Slime Time (a month of experimenting and making different slime recipes to take home) and Pop-up Saturday craft activities. For more information visit https://www.aucklandlibraries.govt. nz or https://www.facebook.com/titirangilibrary/, email debra. comber@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or phone 817 0011.   

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Weaving tales of girl-eating witches and Ninja rats job right there – and in between the Bandstanding’s subject this month, music and the television it sounds like Anika Moa, really needs no that’s what it is. introduction. Anika is performing her “I love being at home with my kids, awesome show Chop Chop Hiyaa! in cleaning and playing and generally our neck of the woods in March. Make being a stay-at-home mother. My sure you get along to check it out and son Soren is learning how to swim, don’t forget to take your kids! which is awesome to watch. He is A predominant player in the fabric also learning to be more helpful at of our popular culture for almost two home and is passing his toddler phase decades, Anika achieved global public – which was crazy!” Anika also has attention in 2001, when, after signing twins who are now at primary school. to Atlantic Records in the US, her debut In terms of her music Anika says album Thinking Room hit the top of the that becoming a Mum really made charts. her grow up fast. “It made me realise Upon return to our shores not long I’m not in it for myself anymore. And after that, she gave us another gem of I am just happy to be alive and be me an album, Stolen Hill in 2005. 2007s In and a mother. Nothing else compares Swings The Tide went platinum, with The New Zealand Herald naming Anika Anika Moa: ‘nothing compares to bare feet, the beach, wine ...’ to bare feet, the beach, wine, kids one of the top 10 kiwi music successes of the past 10 years. Add to playing and a wife that you can kiss at night!” In 2013 she wrote her first album for children Songs For Bubbas, that collaborations with the likes of Bic and Boh Runga, Hollie Smith and SJD, contributions to numerous important local releases, album which was inspired by her twins and created out of frustration with number four Love In Motion in 2010, New Zealand Music Awards for the other kids’ music available at the time. Full of love, laughter and Songwriting and Best Female Solo Artist (twice) and you might be animal noises, Songs for Bubbas won the New Zealand Music Award thinking that this sounds like a full career’s worth of achievements for Children’s Album of the Year in 2014. The album now has a younger sibling, Songs For Bubbas 2. Taking already. But of course there is plenty more… Anika now juggles her music career with her more recent roles as the imagination on a journey of delight and mystery, this album television presenter, children’s entertainer and being Mum to three weaves tales of witches and Ninja rats, not to mention Taniwha, into boys. How the heck does she fit it all in? “With wine,” she laughs. “I a spell-binding brew of wonderment and intrigue. And yes, there is a live show too! “It’s an extremely grand show have so many things I juggle each day, and first up for 2018 is that I’m about to begin filming my new TVNZ online interview show, where I called Chop Chop Hiyaa!” says Anika, “and I am performing it for the head to famous people’s houses and have a korero with them, make Auckland Festival of the Arts in March. I sing for the tamariki for 45 them feel awkward and uncomfortable, steal their food and drink minutes – it’s energetic and extremely naughty and a great day out for your wee ones!” their wine before leaving them with a shell of their former self.” “My aim is to make my kids’ shows engaging and educational. Kids ‘Personality Plus’ is a pretty good way to describe Anika, and she certainly has an upfront sense of humour. But when asked has she learn basic Te Reo – the colours and how to count – it makes them ever considered doing any stand up comedy the answer is loud and feel proud. They learn the art of storytelling, too. When you make up clear: “Hell no! But I am growing to love doing television so I hope to wild tales of rats that love to karate chop or a witch that loves to eat split my time between that and music. Think of me as a female Stan little girls, it sparks a child’s imagination,” Anika says. You can catch Chop Chop Hiyaa! at the Titirangi War Memorial Hall, Walker – lol!” So that’s the career stuff sorted, now to fit in the family life. With March 11, 11am. Tickets are $10 or $28 for a family pass. For more her kids all aged under 10, many would think that Anika has a full time information and for bookings go to www.aaf.co.nz.

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Regatta Time for New Lynn Scouts The 28th National Scout Regatta was held over the Christmas / New Year period. The New Lynn Sea Scout Group travelled to this event (in Porirua) as the defending champions with three successive wins. The Scouts were tested for their seamanship, lifesaving skills, sailing, rowing, camping, Ironman, canoeing and swimming with events across three age groups. Although the New Lynn Group succeeded in winning many of its events, equipment issues (boats used at the regatta were drawn from Groups across the country and the standard of boat was not uniform) made some events a bit of a lottery. At the end of the regatta, the unprecedented fourth win in a row eluded the Group and they had to settle for second place overall. However, they still won the award of Naval Recognition from the Royal New Zealand Navy in recognition of the all-round excellence that the Group displayed in training, leadership, stewardship, achievement and community involvement. The New Lynn Sea Scout Group caters for boys and girls aged 5-19. To join the group contact Andrew on 027 693 9756 or visit www.newlynn.seascouts.org.nz for more details. Competitors from the New Lynn Scout Group included Luna, all concentration as she rigs her Sunburst ready for the Junior Sailing (top), Bronson and Karl being given some sailing tuition by Cassie during some down time, and Angus, leading the way in the Senior Canoeing races.

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Finishing the New Lynn culvert repairs, reopening the children’s playground at Craigavon Park, a ‘high tea’ for seniors and a call for consultation on a potential new swimming pool and recreation centre are all part of the Whau Local Board’s first few months this year. Whau Board chair Tracy Mulholland says it’s exciting times for the area and its diverse population. “We have a broad community with different views, different interests and multiple ethnicities and we all have a say and rights,” she says. “As elected members of the Whau Board we must respect ratepayer funding. People work hard for their money, and we need to make sure we’re spending it wisely, especially on services like parks, play areas and other community spaces.” Arguably the most significant local initiative for the board is to achieve funding for a pool and recreation centre in the Whau area. In Council’s 10-year budget plan, each of the 21 local boards in Auckland has the option to put forward one key project for the 2018–28 council budgetary process. “Whau has gone for the pool and recreation centre. It will cost millions and while it will probably sit in the later time-frame, I’m hoping it will be within the next seven years,” says Tracy. The board wants feedback from the community and consultation documents will be available from February 28 until March 28. “It’s a key priority for us and we want the public to have its say,” says Tracy. As part of wanting the local community to share its views, the board is inviting anyone over 65 to a Seniors High Tea to hear guest speakers, mingle and discuss what they’d like to see in the community and what they want the board to prioritise. "We have a beautiful and strong aged community in the Whau area. They’re real troopers and have very valuable knowledge. We want to share our plans with

them and hear their feedback," Tracy says. The Seniors High Tea will be held at the New Lynn RSA on March 8, 2.30pm. Transport will be available for those who need it (phone 301 0101 or 021 194 4377). Consultation documents will be available from the Whau Board’s office, 31 Totara Avenue, New Lynn or on www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz’s Whau Local Board page. Also on the agenda in the next month or so is the completion of repairs and additional work on the culvert under Great North Road in New Lynn. Additional work has included clearing significant amounts of rubbish from the Rewarewa Creek (up and downstream) which saw the aged culvert collapse in the extreme weather event. The original culvert has been structurally strengthened and given an enlarged inlet to increase its capacity. Other work includes the creation of a ‘pocket’ park over the new culvert, allowing for seating and a small play area where the public can enjoy creek views in a landscaped environment. Road widening, building removal and footpath upgrades have also been part of the $15 million project. “The flood damage has been very upsetting for businesses in the immediate area and we shouldn’t underestimate that,” says Tracy. “Board member Derek Battersby, deputy chairperson Susan Zhu and I visited each one personally to see how we could help. We’ve had very good support from Healthy Waters/Auckland Council and Auckland Transport but it’s been very difficult times for so many people affected.” To round out the board’s current high-profile activities is the opening of the $200,000 redevelopment of the children’s playground at Craigavon Park, due to open as The Fringe went to press. “There have been delays and we’re not happy about that,” Tracy says. “Someone cut through the wire safety fencing and stole valuable equipment being used and not easily replaced. It’s not anything anyone could have foreseen.” It’s unknown if an arrest for the theft has been made. – Moira Kennedy

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Major funding decisions coming for Waitakere The Waitakere Ranges Local Board is back in full swing with a range of projects and priorities. “We managed to stay out of the office over the holidays,” says chair Greg Presland, “But we’ve kept our ears to the ground, especially with the clear and present danger posed by kauri dieback.” This month, local board members will again be discussing the critical issue of the trees’ survival with councillors on the Governing Body. They are pushing for an expanded version of December’s agreed closure of all high- and medium-risk tracks, and for greater attention to how the council is handling track closures. Further measures would include urgent work on tracks to improve drainage, double the number of kauri ambassadors, stopping all sporting events in the ranges and prohibiting dogs off-leash anywhere in the ranges. “There’s been a lot of respect for the rahui over the holiday period,” says Greg, “but not 100%. The rahui plays an important part in protecting kauri in the short term but we also need to look at what powers council and government have to do more. Closing car parks for example would help deter people from using the tracks.” The local board is also investigating whether central government has legal powers to declare a biosecurity no-go zone over the Waitakere Ranges. This month should also see the release of a ‘Big Blue’ report that the board commissioned on coastal water quality in our harbours and lagoons. Its release coincides with consultation on Auckland Council’s 10-year plan for 2018-28, and the budget it sets for various projects. “The report has been prepared over a long period,” Greg says, “and it contains a number of recommendations that we’ll be looking to prioritise, with input from the community. Many of the causes of pollution are localised so there’s a lot we can do.” Indications are that the regional budget for the environment will be significantly increased, although it’s not yet confirmed how the funding will be allocated. Also part of the 10-year budgeting exercise is a bid for Glen Eden’s town square and surrounds to be

redeveloped. The plan was created in 2013 and the total bid is for $24 million. It would create social spaces for community events, better walking and cycling connections, a new town square structure and more pedestrian-friendly access. “We’re cautiously optimistic about getting it approved,” Greg adds. Final decisions on funding will be announced in April or May, ahead of the 10-year plan being adopted in June. Consultation is taking place this summer on a new design guidelines booklet for local parks in the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area. The 92-page draft guidelines cover the historical context of our parks, the different environments and a set of design principles that will ensure a consistent look and feel for our public parks. Open days, hard copies of the draft booklet in public places and an online survey will form the backbone of the consultation on these guidelines. The local board also sponsors Movies in Parks. This year’s film, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, will screen at Hoani Waititi Marae, on February 23, 7.30pm.

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Visiting vineyards by velocipede A bike tour through some top Marlborough vineyards was certainly a great way to begin the year 2018. Only one electric bike was available – no prizes for guessing who rode it. But it’s all flat, often on sealed paths away from the traffic, the weather was balmy and I had easy, fingertip control of the gears. So off we went, three vineyards planned for the morning, quite enough even though I spit every tasting. Although it’s a special pleasure to talk with the winemaker or viticulturist, or even sometimes the owner when you’re tasting, I was most impressed, in their absence, by the depth of knowledge and panache shown by the young people behind the counter. The range of samples was generous and there was no pressure to buy. Framingham, Nautilus and No 1 (formerly Daniel le Brun) can all be highly recommended. A day or so later, this time by car as it’s a little further out, we visited Clos Henri, a delightful venue in a converted church building. The place has a fascinating history, starting in the Loire Valley where the Clos Henri founder, Etienne Henri Bourgeios, and his family had made some of France’s classiest sauvignon blancs for years. But now, says general manager Arnaud Bourgeios, their aim is to make a wine that “whispers he is not French but Marlborough”. You won’t find Clos Henri wines in the supermarket but some stores have them (about $30). Look too for their lower tier labels, Bel Echo and Petti Clos, beautifully crafted all of them. A new cycle map is making it easier for riders of all ages to explore West Auckland’s best cycle paths and coffee stops by bike. The EcoMatters Bike Hub has launched the Flat White Ride, a 33-kilometre loop which connects the top cycling and coffee destinations between New Lynn, Waterview, Henderson and Glen Eden. EcoMatters Bike Hub Manager, Brent Bielby, says the Flat White Ride has been created so that cyclists at every level can easily enjoy a day out on their bikes. The route includes scenic sections that showcase some of West Auckland’s best natural gems, such as the Henderson Creek and Oratia Stream. It also features six participating bike-friendly cafes. “All bike rides should be rewarded with an ice cream or a coffee,” says Brent.

Wines from the 2017 vintage are now appearing, ‘a challenging year’ many report. So if you have a choice, go for the 2016, in most regions a very good year. Certainly the 2016 sauvignon blancs are at their best now. One of the classiest is Seresin’s organic (about $25), a subtle wine, with a deceptively sweet initial flavour, quite full bodied and fruity as a follow up, ending with benign acid, in a typically sauvignon blanc way. Holiday guests brought some interesting wines. Saltram’s 2012 Mamre Brook Shiraz came from Bryan’s cellar and it’s a beauty! It still has a youthful purple hue, very dense, with a bouquet that is rich and fruity. It’s rich and full bodied on the palate too, not at all sharp and peppery as some Australian shiraz is. There’s pleasing oak and tannin in its long finish. Just as rewarding was the Trapiche 2017 Malbec, again a striking purple with robust mouth filling flavours, and a silky after taste. The malbec grape has become the national variety of Argentina, but their other reds too are great value for money, often under $10. Not so happy was a pinot noir a guest had left some time back. The screw top had become broken, air had leaked in and the result was a brown, unpleasant-smelling liquid. Let this be a warning about the treatment you give metal closures. While at Framingham we tried their sweet white Riesling (about $35), already delicious though with undeniable keeping qualities. But with Valentine’s Day approaching, why wait? The route also includes the EcoMatters Bike Hub at Olympic Park in New Lynn where Brent and his team provide free advice and teach basic bike maintenance skills. Copies of the route map are available at the EcoMatters Bike Hub (1 Olympic Place, New Lynn; open Thursday-Sundays, 10am-2pm) and a Google Maps version can be downloaded from www.ecomatters.org.nz/flatwhiteride If you’d rather not ride on your own, there are also guided Pedal & Pizza rides that begin and end at the EcoMatters Bike Hub in New Lynn with wood-fired pizza from the EcoMatters pizza oven being shared at the finish. Upcoming Pedal & Pizza rides are on February 11, March 25 and May 27, all starting at 9am. Tickets are available at www.facebook.com/EcoMattersNZ.

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Te Ara O Tiriwa - The Pathway of Tiriwa Even on a quiet afternoon, Blockhouse Bay is discernibly more bustling than the Fairy Falls Track would be. Yet with the rahui in place to protect the Waitakere Ranges from the spread of kauri dieback, it’s the suburbs that will have to quench our thirst for exploring. Fortunately, there are some great walks that combine native bush and urban history, and Te Ara O Tiriwa or The Pathway of Tiriwa is a fine example. Starting near the Blockhouse Bay shopping centre, this route traverses the forested cliffs along the Manukau coast toward Green Bay, connecting beaches, local reserves and some pleasant street walking to form a one-and-a-half hour loop. The most convenient place to begin is on Gill Crescent where I park and enter the regenerating bush of Gittos Domain. The dense scrub provides almost instant insulation from the clamour of the shops – a pleasant reminder that even in the suburbs, a sense of isolation is not hard to find. The domain is a dog exercise area and there are plenty of bush tracks to explore if you have the time. I keep to the main path however, which, after 20 minutes of descending steps and gently sloping track, pops out at Blockhouse Bay Road. From here it’s a brief walk down to the beach, which curves around to the boat club at Te Whau point. Once the site of an extensive Pa, the headland has endured frequent landslides over the years and any middens have been lost or reclaimed by the bush. The Maori inhabitants favoured the location because, from here, canoes could be hauled over land to the Whau River, thus connecting the Manukau and Waitemata harbours. I follow the walk round the bay, past the picnic area full of families enjoying the hot afternoon. To the right of the playground, the path leads up into the trees and briefly onto Taunton Terrace after which it re-enters the bush and undulates mildly along the coast. With the sun high and the temperature approaching the late 20s, the puriri and pine dominated forest offers a shady refuge. Karaka, houpara and tarata line

the leaf-littered track which, although easy and well formed today, is likely to be more challenging in wet weather. Soon the track climbs out at the western end of Taunton Terrace, offering views toward Cornwallis and the distant Manukau heads. It then continues through the pine and down steps to Green Bay. Back in the open and the baking sun has the murky waters looking more and more alluring. This beach however is severely polluted and I decide a week’s worth of gastric problems is too high a price for a cooling swim. The walk leads inland along Portage Road, crossing Craigavon Park to Armagh Road. I follow this to Gilfillan Street, where once sat the military blockhouse that gave the suburb its name. Built in 1860, it overlooked the Manukau heads in preparation for a potential attack by Taranaki Maori. The invasion never happened and in 1886 it was demolished. Rows of quaint houses now sit in its place. At the end of the street is the Blockhouse Bay shopping centre. While the walk is practically over here, the village has other relics of history to explore such as Armanasco House as well as a few cafes and bars. While you might not expect an urban walk to match the spectacle of those further West, this one does pretty well. And how many Waitakere Ranges walks have the advantage of ending with a cold beer?

A view of Manukau Harbour from Te Ara O Tiriwa.

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Wow! 2018. Nearly 20 years since we puckered over Y2K; 40 since we cried over Elvis. I’ve been up north for a few weeks and it’s only been a couple of days since I rolled into Titirangi … my ribs are killing me! Boom, boom. West Auckland and Northland have a lot in common really. For example, when I was grabbing some road supplies for the drive back, from the Ngunguru dairy/ grog store, a couple of blokes in front of me, wearing boardies and jandals, were saying how you have to put out heaps of burley to catch snapper and how they were going to meet up later at the coastal, native, organic, plant, pottery, painting, pilates, pizza hut then head out to the Poor Knights. Back in Titters, a bloke ahead of me at the checkout,wearing fluoro harems and Birkenstocks, said to his mate: "Yes, goat butter is so good for the intestines and I always add some fish oil, then purge my colon every three days." "Well, I always have a certain amount of lecithin and muchathin in my diet to cleanse my kidneys … Let’s meet up and do some tai-chi on Laingholm beach," replied his mate. I then compared the public notice boards. At Tutukaka, someone wanted a beach tractor: ‘must have rod holders, jetski compatible and a bait net. Will consider a mobile beer fridge or a kayak.’ Back

in God’s own West, the supermarket notice board had an ad that read: ‘Harmonious male, back-packer, into making sixteenth-century stringed instruments, seeks radical lesbian feminist to share studio sleep-out. Nonsmoker. Freedom campers OK.’ See, just ordinary Kiwi folks. While I'm chatting with ya, I’m hanging out for a drink. Shaz and I had said to each other that we would try to cut back on our booze over Christmas and maybe start drinking a bit later in the day. That was on December 23 at 10am. We were pissed by lunch and asleep by 2. Hey, there’s no point in being too hard on yourself while on holiday. Poor me, poor me, pour me a drink. A wiser lady than both of us once said “Self pity is like wetting yourself in winter. A very warm feeling, for a very short time.” Or as our oddly reclusive neighbour Ted said when I said we were trying to cut back, “There’s more than three ways to skin a cat, Lizard.” I didn’t get it either. Ted’s very weird. Anyhoo, it’s awesome to be back home. Looks like we’re in for an old-fashioned, hot-as summer like when we were kids, maybe hotter. As a final random thought: imagine a televised debate between Jesus and Trump. Now that would be great pay to view. Catch ya at the beach. Later, Lizard.

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