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ISSUE 168, MARCH 2018

March 23 / 24 / 25

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community news, issues, arts, people, events

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Right or Wrong –Why are people ignoring the rahui?............. 4 A fishy tale about a bridge for whitebait; Volunteers get a taste of the ‘Dark Side’.................................. 5 Teaching parents to bond; Finding four-leaf clover.................. 6 EcoWest Festival – something for everyone; Western Quilters Circle; Flotilla Whau..................................... 7


Art and about with Naomi McCleary.....................................8-9 From Titirangi Library............................................................... 9 On stage: news from our local theatres; Words on wine....... 10 Titirangi Festival Guide.....................................................11-15 A cafe with history.................................................................. 15 Places to go: Events listing................................................16-17 Bandstanding: The Logger Boys from Piha............................. 18 No horsing around – it’s a serious battle with ‘nasties’......... 20


Walking West: Exploring the Opanuku................................... 21 Live @ the lounge; ‘Birdwatching’ in the West...................... 22 Advertisers directory.............................................................. 23 ON OUR COVER: Titirangi Festival returns to the Village this year with a new location, a great line up of headlining guests and all the great music and entertainment – including fire-dancing street performers – that we’ve come to expect from this iconic event. See pages 11-15 for more information.


New Lynn restoration update Work on installing the new culvert under Great North Road in New Lynn has been completed, marking the completion of the second major objective of this project, the first being clearing and rehabilitating the original culvert. The road will be fully reinstated for traffic, including a new shared cycle/ pedestrian path on the northern side of the road and additional parking in a slip lane off Great North Road, by July 2018. A new pocket park is to be built over the new culvert on the northern side of the road (see the artist’s impression, top right). This will include planting, seating and a lookout over Rewarewa Creek and will be connected to McNaughton Way by a new board walk along the banks of the creek. Work on the shared path connecting the board walk to Great North Road has already begun. The upstream end of the new culvert is pictured (centre) and its outlet is shown (below) with a new storm water treatment filter tank on the right and work proceeding on the foundations for an erosion control weir in the background.

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Right or Wrong – Why are people ignoring the rahui? For some people, the rahui placed on the Waitakere Ranges to control kauri dieback is a revered and binding directive. Te Kawerau a Maki, the mana whenua of the area told the public to keep out so they keep out. This compliance is not universal however. Months after the ban came into effect, social media is still strewn with selfies of people traipsing through the bush and exacerbating the spread of the disease. An obvious explanation for this is that the rahui isn’t legally binding and while Council urged visitors to respect it, they voted against officially closing the park last December.

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The public was given a choice, and a huge number of them chose to continue walking in the forest. This will soon change. Last month the Auckland Council decided to close the forested areas of the park in light of the steady stream of walkers and the poor dieback hygiene compliance among them. The vote passed unanimously. The closures are planned to come into effect on May 1. But why did it need to come to this? Considering the information available and what is truly at stake, why are people disregarding social customs and scientific advice to continue to walk in the Ranges? It may be surprising, but a common reason is that some have simply been unaware of the rahui, or the true gravity of the situation. Aderyn Johnston and his friends went on a canyoning trip last month. He says that although there was some discussion in his party about spraying shoes and keeping to the trails, the rahui wasn’t mentioned. “To be honest, it wasn’t something I was aware of,” he says. “I had to look up rahui after you mentioned it. And there wasn’t a lot of ready information about dieback, even at the disinfectant stations.” Auckland Council alerts visitors to the rahui and kauri dieback on its Waitakere Ranges web page and Te Kawerau a Maki has placed signs at six entrances to the area. But if visitors miss those, there is little else to inform them once in the forest or at trail heads. Some independent websites and groups have taken it upon themselves to promote the rahui. On the popular Auckland walking site Epic Little Missions, closed tracks have been marked as such and a message on the home page encourages visitors to find walks elsewhere in Auckland. “I care about kauri,” says site founder Mitch Smyth. “Obviously I can’t make people stay away, so I can only communicate Epic Little Missions’ view to stay away and do all we can to help kauri recover.”

For other organisations it’s a little more complicated. West Auckland Tramping Club is aware of the rahui and acknowledges that human activity is the main vector spreading kauri dieback. However, they decided to continue tramping on open tracks, advising members to obey all signs and thoroughly clean their boots before leaving home. The reason for this, explains the club’s newsletter, is doubts over whether the council-provided Sterigene solution effectively kills dieback spores. They’ve therefore taken it into their own hands to mitigate the spread of the disease whilst still enjoying the walks. Another recreational group – preferring to remain anonymous to avoid negative attention – disputes that human beings are the main cause of the spread of the disease and continues to use open walks. Some members, however, have decided to observe the rahui and are no longer active. While Council has been looking at options to legally restrict or prosecute people who enter a closed walk, the Ministry for Primary Industries has outlined plans to implement a CAN (Controlled Area Notice) under the Biosecurity Act. While the CAN cannot ban people from a particular track, it can restrict the movement of at risk material – including soil – in and out of an area. This would provide more enforcement options. The rahui was for the protection of the forest, but it relied almost entirely on the cultural integrity of visitors. Come May 1, choosing to ignore the rahui will have legal consequences. – Mick Andrew

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A fishy tale about a bridge for whitebait Cross the Paturoa bridge near Titirangi Beach The search is now on for the actual spawning and the casual observer is unlikely to know that zone to further protect the inanga from land-based the stream has become a point of interest for predators such as rats, mice, hedgehogs, slugs and locals with a passion for helping native fauna. snails that eat the eggs. A staircase has been built specially for inanga “It'll be easy to protect the spawning zone when (whitebait), little fish that spawn on land, hatch we find it by increasing the number of traps in and as larvae and are swept out to sea where they around the spawning zone," says Matt. are fed on by kahawai and other marine fish. Matt says community networks have been doing Those that survive return to Paturoa Stream fantastic predator control in the area, placing traps where they struggle to reach their adult habitat to drive down predator numbers and clearing and start the cycle again. weeds. This tale began last autumn when local And to those who want to be involved in these enthusiast Ruby Moore spotted juvenile inanga kinds of initiatives? “Join a local care group working trying to drive themselves over a concrete barrier on weed and pest control," says Matt. (a low weir) than spans the entire stream. She If you are in the South Titirangi area (anywhere could see they were in need of help, their bodies between South Titirangi Road and Wood Bay) and flailing in the water and pressed against the weir. Matt Bloxham: “We need to find the want to get involved, contact Rhyll on 027 344 984. Ruby took a video and posted it on Facebook spawning zone.” – Moira Kennedy where it was spotted by Shane Wright of Fish Passage Solutions who Volunteers get a taste of the ‘Dark Side’ pledged to retrofit the weir with a fish ladder, at no charge. Auckland Council biodiversity advisor and Titirangi Beach resident, of environmental restoration Matt Bloxham, designed a fish ladder purpose-built for the weir Volunteers working with the Whau River and Shane fabricated and installed it in time to help the last of the Catchment Trust (WRCT) got down and dirty recently to tackle a huge dump of whitebait make it over the weir. The double ramp is designed to pick inorganic rubbish on the estuary edge near up fish moving up both sides of the stream. Fish swim up one of the the beginning of the Whau River Walkway two staircases, which meet in the middle, and then burst over the top on Rata Street, New Lynn. A large skip of the weir. was provided by Ecomatters and three “It was a timely intervention for these stragglers,” says Matt. “Inanga volunteers assisted Neil Henderson from WRCT to remove tyres, car parts, shopping return rates from the ocean are often very low with only one or two trolleys and bags of domestic waste. First per cent of the larvae that went to sea returning as juveniles. However, time volunteers, Kobanaa Poopalasingham when Ruby observed the inanga, they were massing in quite high and Kailash Rana (pictured right) were numbers below the weir suggesting this is quite an important stream shocked at the extent of the dumping. for the species. Four of the five whitebait species in Auckland are in Kobanaa, from Sri Lanka, is a third year student at Auckland University while Kailash, from India, has been in decline so when we see inanga coming back and struggling with manNew Zealand less than a year and is currently housekeeping manager made structures, we try to give them a hand.” at an airport hotel. On the same day as the clean up, Mayor Phil Goff Paradoxically while Auckland Council is removing redundant weirs attended a similar event in Otara and, next day, announced that across the region, Matt says there was an advantage to retaining Auckland Council has allocated $200,000 towards a Hotline number, the Paturoa weir. "This is because in summer the bottom reaches of new CCTV cameras and new enforcement staff in order to stem the problem of people dumping rubbish illegally. Until the new Hotline is Manukau streams lose a lot of their oxygen and struggle to support life. set up, report dumping to the Auckland Council Call Centre on 3010101 That was another reason we were keen to create the fish pass before and if you would like to help make a difference on the Whau contact summer struck, so the fish could get past the weir and into better water Neil at or txt 021 295 0302. quality," Matt says.

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Teaching parents to bond Turn the clock back to the early 1980s and you’d be hardissues. She has done nothing wrong to create pressed to find support for mothers and babies living with her unwellness. She can become well but it’s post natal depression or ongoing mental illness. These early intervention treatment she needs. issues were not talked about. It was easier to sweep them “We have women in their late 30s or 40s under the carpet or hospitalise mothers with the so-called having a child for the first time. They’re well ‘baby blues.’ Their children were often taken into care. set up financially and have a good range of Those were different times but a group of local women life skills but none of that alters the fact of saw the gap in badly needed mental health services and how they’re feeling,” Jane says. volunteered to do something about it. They understood that “Attachment is the most foundational thing. these women needed help, friendship and support. They Bonding is an old-fashioned word and the also understood the well-being of mothers meant families thing is, we can teach people to bond. It’s could flourish and grow and ultimately contribute to the about raising self awareness, being able to health of their communities. see what their child is feeling and being able The group offered support in whatever way was needed, Dayspring Trust CEO Jane Bruce: to see what the child’s needs are and putting often cooking meals before setting up a catering business “The best thing for a baby is a well them before their own.” to raise funds for their cause. Doctors, public health nurses mum.” Secure Beginnings is no magic quick fix, and social workers were soon sending their clients to the group. In Jane says. “It’s a journey and we’re walking with them, along the 1984 Waitakere City Council provided free meeting space one day a way. No one is born with mental health. It develops, depending on week at the Titirangi War Memorial Hall, the women bought a van to the nurture and the capacity for a child to experience love from their help with transport issues and, in 1986, opened their first residential parent. If every child had that, it would make such a difference as to home, welcoming five women and their infants or children for respite how they see the world and their chances of having a fulfilling future and rehabilitation. by their own standards.” Today the volunteer work of those days has grown into Dayspring As well as the Secure Beginnings programme, Dayspring offers a Trust, an organisation dedicated to maternal well-being for women range of free counselling, supported landlord services and life skills and over 18 living in the Waitemata District Health Board region. The Trust’s budgeting courses where women can be supported through mental head office is a group of unassuming buildings in New Lynn’s Seabrook health challenges. Avenue and at any one time it has about 150 clients on its books. Chief executive officer Jane Bruce says she takes her hat off to the – Moira Kennedy founders. “They were incredibly passionate in what they did and it was Just in time for St Patrick’s Day, all volunteer work in the first decade.” Leonardo Passmore (aged 7) and his It’s a passion that’s survived and Dayspring still offers a meeting place mother Kashan have found almost for people who have been through crisis, providing a wide range of 40 four-leaf clovers in their garden parenting support, psycho-education and life skills programmes. in Arapito Road. “I personally spent “We didn't just arrive here,” says Jane. “We’ve worked through a lot hours during my high school years looking for four-leaf clover on the of parenting programmes along the way, with a focus on attachment school fields during my lunch breaks relationship which we see as the most foundational thing. It’s all about and never found one,” says Kashan. nurture to grow health children and healthy brains.” “My son found the first one and we Secure Beginnings is a home-based programme, delivered in worked together to pick the rest. We partnership with Waitemata DHB, designed to strengthen and improve have lived at this address for almost 6 years and never found parent-child relationships. It’s a 14-20 week individualised programme any before.” The that helps a parent to recognise the strengths and struggles in chance of finding their attachment relationship with their infants and pre-school aged a four-leaf clover children. It offers parents an easy formula which they can use as a map is said to be 1 in to recognise and respond to their child's emotional needs and manage 10,000. The photos were taken by more challenging behaviours. Sienna, Leonardo’s “The best thing for a baby is a well mum. A well mum means a happy 3 year-old sister. baby,” Jane says. “It’s not a mum’s fault if she has [mental health]

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EcoWest Festival – something for everyone Locals will be spoilt for choice when it comes to free entertainment and fun outings this autumn. EcoWest Festival is returning for a month of events, workshops and festivities starting in mid-March. “EcoWest Festival offers the perfect opportunity to pick up new skills, embrace creativity and learn new tricks for smarter living,” says festival manager Myrthe Braam. In respect for the rahui placed over the Waitakere Ranges, EcoWest Festival has rounded up a range of alternative walks to explore including the Creatures of the Dark Walk in Titirangi and an Urban Nature Walks series. You can also explore local cycle trails or venture out on the water on Matuku Link’s Kayak Tour. This year’s festival will also encourage cleaner transport options and offers workshops on preparing home-grown and crafted food and beverages. Whanaufriendly events are especially highlighted, making it easier for families to plan festival outings. “Each year, our programme gets more diverse. Our goal is to include something for everyone, whether you’re eight or 88 years old. We love seeing our events embraced by people from all walks of life,” says Myrthe. EcoWest Festival starts on Saturday March 17 with the Down & Dirty Rooftop Party, where joining a volunteer session with one of three local environmental projects will guarantee a ticket to a unique rooftop party at Lopdell House. The festival ends with EcoDay at EcoMatters Environment Hub and Olympic Park on Sunday April 15. The full festival programme is available from local libraries, cafes, community centres and at

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Members of Western Quilters’ Circle have had a busy year making quilts for family, friends, and the community. Community quilts are a big part of the group’s work and Aged Concern and Foster Hope will benefit this year with lap quilts being distributed to the elderly and children’s quilts being distributed through Foster Hope. These quilts are made from donated fabrics, completed and quilted by Circle members. Quilts Across the Ranges is the Western Quilters’ Circle annual display showcasing their talent. In addition to the exhibition, there will be a cafe, trading tables and an opportunity to win or purchase a quilt. The event will take place at Kelston Community Centre, corner Awaroa and Great North Roads, March 16 – 17. Western Quilters’ Circle meets the last Tuesday every month except December at 7:30pm at Kelston Community Centre and the group is organising an Open Day on April 14. New members are always welcome. Contact Michelle Dawson on 021 148 6888 or, or find Western Quilters’ Circle Inc. on Facebook.

Flotilla Whau – for the whanau! Kelston Community Hub has taken over as organiser of the popular Flotilla Whau event and is keen to engage the local community in the event, planned for Sunday March 4 at Archibald Park with on-the-water activities starting at 10am. Flotilla Whau, part of the annual Seaweek event is a colourful parade of vessels on the water and usually includes kayaks, paddle-boards, dinghies, waka ama, rafts and a variety of small powered boats. Any small craft that can navigate the river are welcome to join the flotilla as long as the craft is sea-worthy, you wear a life jacket and you register. (Registration is free and on site from 8:30am). Those who don’t have a boat also have the opportunity to join the fun as some skippers have spare seats. “It’s such a great chance for local people to get out on the Whau River – it’s in their back yard, but people seem to forget that it’s there,” says Hub manager Valeria Edwards. The hub, in collaboration with Community Waitakere, has planned a cultural food festival, water slide, art activities and the usual array of community stalls with all sorts of displays and information. Other organisations involved this year include Sport Waitakere, Whau River Catchment Trust, Te Whau Pathway Trust, AU Canoe Club, Kelston Community Trust, Kelston Community Patrol and Auckland’s Maritime Museum. Visit for updates, email or call event manager Verena Jonker on 021 683 339. (Photo by Brian Marsom.)

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Arts and culture: so pivotal and intrinsic to our well-being


The Auckland Arts Festival Sometimes it's good to cast our eyes kicks off this month with a beyond the West and see how the wider smorgasbord of events featuring cultural world impacts us. national and international I can well recall a time, not so long ago, performers. Not the least of when any coverage of arts and culture these is a partnership with our in mainstream media was a rare event. Te Uru gallery to celebrate New It’s easy to focus on the stresses and Zealand performance ensemble strains, mostly financial, of keeping our From Scratch. At the heart of arts sector alive and well and the recent From Scratch was their creation publicity on the funding of the Auckland of new instruments from Art Gallery is one such issue, albeit a everyday materials, notably very real one – as is funding for arts their huge PVC pipe installations institutions across the region. We should played with jandal-like rubber all keep vigilant when political bodies bats. The Auckland Arts Festival are making decisions that affect the arts, describes them thus: “Rhythmic while showing some understanding of From Scratch: a ‘pioneering art-music performance group’. Photo by and instrument invention lie at the challenges of the broader social and Siobhan Waterhouse infrastructural demands that Auckland and the whole country is the heart of From Scratch and have earned the group an international reputation. Their most memorable performances have been described grappling with. So let’s remind ourselves of what makes arts and culture so pivotal as 'among the greatest in any art form to come out of this country – part sculpture, part music, part ritual’.” and intrinsic to our well-being. I well remember a magical night in the Titirangi War Memorial Hall Two recent columns in the The New Zealand Herald demonstrate this in 1985, when, under creator and leader Phil Dadson, they performed, wonderfully. First off the block, chair of the New Zealand Book Council, Peter on the floor and in the round, their iconic protest piece on nuclear Biggs, wrote cogently about the importance of reading to children. testing, Pacific 3,2,1 Zero. In the political context of that time, it was He quotes poet Jenny Bornholdt: ‘How, as a child, books were the a spine-chilling, wonderfully moving and beautiful night – never to be lens through which I eyed the muddy track to adulthood.’ He also forgotten. Te Uru director Andrew Clifford writes: “Throughout March we quotes current scientific studies which show that reading fiction builds empathy, a crucial life skill, and one that is essential in navigating present From Scratch: 546 Moons, a special project that surveys the the complex social relationships which make up our modern world. career of this unique and pioneering art-music performance group, The bad news is that last December, the latest international literacy including a concert season that sees the group revisiting early works rankings for children showed that New Zealand had dropped to 33rd and exploring new directions. Their underlying philosophy of egalitarian out of 50 countries. In 1970 we led the world. Don't let the screen get collaboration and their sensitivity to global rhythms and concerns has a strong resonance in West Auckland, once proudly known as the nuclearbetween you, a book and your young ones! Later in the same week, Steve Liddle, a researcher and former teacher, free eco-city, and we are glad to have them back in Titirangi.” The From Scratch exhibition runs March 3 – May 27 and live wrote a column headed ‘Arts increasingly crucial for broadening minds.’ Essentially he was calling for a return to a liberal arts education performances take place on March 9, 10, 11, 23, 24 and 25 at 8pm. – classical studies, art history, literature, psychology, comparative Tickets via the Auckland Arts Festival website Our other major cultural institution, the Corban Estate Arts Centre, religions, philosophy and ethics. Once again, research shows that these mind-broadening subjects give students the thinking tools to compare continues to demonstrate how wide and deep the cultural fabric of our systems in terms of long-term values and relative importance. In case communities is. March includes a free concert with visiting Malaysian you think that he is a ‘dodo’, he also calls for IT back-ups and resources singer/songwriter Izzul Syafiq Mazlan and local singer/songwriters, Iris for the education system so that these more esoteric subjects can be G and Amelia Thurlow. Born and raised in Malaysia, Izzul grew up in Kuala Lumpur easily accessed on line. Closer to home, and with all that as a back-ground conversation, are as an aspiring bedroom singer-songwriter on Tumblr. There is a the institutions and events that offer us experiences that enrich our lovely synchronicity between this young troubadour and the Mixit performance group at Corbans which inspires young refugees along cultural world.

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STOP PRESS: The McCahon House Trust is repeating the highly successful 2016 fund raising visit to the Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park at Kaukapakapa on Sunday April 8. A limited number of tickets are still available. The Gibbs Farm, one of the true wonders of the art world, is not open to the general public and can only be visited through fund-raising organisations. Tickets from www.iticket. The Upstairs Gallery will be running a colouring-in competition as part of Titirangi Festival. Children are invited to visit the gallery in the week before the festival (from March 19) as well as well as during the weekend (March 23-25) to colour in a page which will be entered into the competition.

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The library is screening the award-winning New Zealand documentary Ever the Land on March 10, 10.30am-12.30pm. The movie gives insight into the most sustainable architecture philosophy in the world, bringing together fascinating layers to tell the story of a people and their land. Director Sarah Grohnert will be available for questions afterwards. Registrations are preferred for this free event. The library is also pleased to be part of the Titirangi Festival which is happening right outside its door. The library will be open until 7.30pm on Friday March 23 and 10am-4pm on Saturday March 24 and will have activities running for the kids, including an art trail in collaboration with Te Uru, and live music on both days. The Fringe Ukes perform on Friday night at 6pm, on Saturday musicians from Green Bay High will perform and from 1-3pm a special family activity Victorian Amusements is an opportunity to try your hand at something quite different and learn to play some old fashioned games.

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with our own Maori/Pacific/Pakeha youth. This concert will take place in The Cellar on March 6 at 7pm. Book-ending the month: Let’s Talk About It (LTAI). Through music, spoken word, raps and personal stories, young people speak out about their challenges with mental health. They share their anxieties, experiences of depression and their Izzul Syafiq Mazlan: performing free at Corbans this month. attempts to end their lives, along with what is helping them recover. While their experiences may be confronting, audiences invariably come away uplifted and inspired by the openness and courage the young people display. CEAC organised the first LTAI event as part of Mental Health Awareness Week in October 2013. Due to popular demand from young people, this became (in 2016) a series of four events per year. Young people clearly respond to the directness and honesty that those performing and presenting bring to the events. LTAI happens in The Cellar. March 29, 7-9pm with refreshments and free entry. And to end: We mourn the loss of local board member Denise Yates who passed away in late January. Denise was widely known as a passionate and sometimes fierce activist across a wide range of social issues. Less known was her great belief in the integral place of arts and culture in our communities. At the political table she always supported funding for arts events, institutions and community projects but beyond that, in a hugely busy life, she managed, with her partner Jo Quatermass, to attend almost every arts event that the West provided. Exhibition openings, theatre, festivals – you name it, Denise was there; interested, enjoying herself and showing her deep belief in the tangible good that comes of arts involvement. She will be sorely missed.

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Rehearsals for Titirangi Theatre’s first play of the year, The Savage Dilemma by John Patrick, were not without dramas of their own: two of the cast, selected by director Ami Coster, had to pull out due to health issues and we wish them a full recovery. But our a call for help on our newly revamped website, and on social media outlets, served us well and we welcomed two new cast members, Melissa and Katherine, and hope they enjoy their time at Titirangi Theatre. A note on the website asking for volunteers for crew for the play has also had excellent results. The Savage Dilemma is billed by its author as a ‘comic fantasy’ and brims with warmth, wisdom and wonderful characters. The play is set in The Cloisters, a refuge for those who cannot cope with the outside world, and explores the charming realities of the guests and the effect they have on visitors. Depressed and world-weary, after extensive travels, the reputedly wealthy Mrs Ethel Savage returns to the sheltered precincts of The Cloisters, seeking refuge among her former fellow patients. But The Cloisters is on the verge of closing due to lack of funds and, as Mrs. Savage's fortune is now in the control of her greedy stepchildren, she is powerless to help. Until, that is, a ‘hippy’ couple storm in bent on robbery and Mrs Savage persuades them to kidnap her, with her share of the ransom going to the sanitorium. From then on the plot twists and turns delightfully, as one hilarious event follows another, leading in the end to a heart-warming lesson in the essential goodness that lurks somewhere even in the worst (and sanest) of us. The play opens on March 13 and runs until March 24, with performances at 8pm Tuesday-Saturday, 2pm Saturday March 17 and 4pm Sunday March 18. Book online at or at Titirangi Pharmacy. Visit for information on all sorts of things.

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I wonder if writing about wine is something like writing about art! This rather odd suggestion is sparked by our recent visit to Matakana, a recognised fine wine growing area and also the home of a remarkable art gallery, The Vivian. It’s a lovely venue, a purpose-built space by artist-designer Mike Petre with beautifully landscaped grounds. (Around the corner is the Sawmill Brewery where we sampled a lovely range of craft beers, but that’s another story.) It has spaces for local artists and currently has a specially selected group of works from New Zealand and Australian artists. You can see them on line. It’s the descriptive writing in the brochure about these art works that prompted my comparison of writing about wine and art: it’s highly imaginative, quirky and often obscurely abstract. Writing about wine and art is, of course, a subjective occupation. Perhaps we wine writers need to be careful not to become too imaginative, quirky and abstract!

West Lynn garden is a beautiful place to visit at any time but the children’s festival and craft fair this month provides a great opportunity to experience the gardens and the monarch butterflies in the garden’s Butterfly House. Volunteers will be on hand to share their knowledge on the life cycle of the butterfly and there’ll be entertainment, a bouncy castle, refreshments, child-friendly games and a craft fair featuring a range of stalls by local craftspeople. The festival is at West Lynn Garden, 73 Parker Avenue, New Lynn on March 11, 10am-4pm. Admission for children is free with a gold coin donation welcomed from adults.

“I thought all wine improved with age,” a friend said recently. Not so, I hastened to assure him. Sauvignon blanc, the foundation of New Zealand’s wine reputation overseas, is usually at its best a year after bottling. There are some notable exceptions. Seresins have an organic Marama Sauvignon Blanc (about $45), fermented and matured in oak, then released after a period of bottle aging. You can drink their 2011 with confidence. Their “standard” version also organic (about $25) ages well too. We recently drank the 2009 vintage, a smooth, rich wine, very harmonious with a touch of melon and gentle acid. Its slightly funky bouquet gave a clue to its age, and we decided it was just holding up. Some whites benefit from age too: most rieslings need at least two years to develop any character and my 2013 Main Divide is just now coming into its honeyed, toasty maturity, as is the 2014 Pegasus Bay. This year I’ll be opening my 2014 Te Mata Elston Chardonnay – chardonnays, in general, are not as long-lived as rieslings. However, a Corbans 2006 Waipara Riesling from a friend’s cellar had faded to nothing, a warning to be heeded. Very fine drinking right now is a chardonnay from Gunn Estate. I’ve long been familiar with their white label range, sound wines at about $12, but the 2017 Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay (about $17) was a surprise. A pleasantly peachy aroma is followed by a mouth filling wash of nutty, grainy fruit flavours, finishing with gentle acids. A hint of oak adds complexity to this very harmonious wine. Most red wines do improve with bottle age. The 2013 Moana Park Merlot Cabernet (special at $25) is a beautifully mature wine, a touch of plum in the bouquet, with some initial sweet fruit leading to a fullbodied, berry-flavoured mouthful. There’s a hint of chocolate there too, with silky tannins at the finish.





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“That’s a hard one! I appreciate a wide variety from classical to hard rock – it just depends on the mood.” – Jason Ng, Titirangi Dental. “Today my favourite is In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel with Youssou N’Dour. I admire how Peter Gabriel has fused his music with musicians


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This year, for the first time, there will be a central festival space in front of the Titirangi War Memorial hall. A marquee will stretch out over the outdoor stage and audience, and there will be a street food market to tempt the tastebuds, plus street performers bringing the whole Village to life.

Proudly Supporting the Titirangi Festival as part of our Merger Anniversary It is now one year since the practices of Thomas & Co Lawyers Ltd and Titirangi Law Centre merged. Our own and our clients’ experience over the year has confirmed the value of the original decision to combine the resources of the two practices. Don and Ray’s many years of experience in the Titirangi and New Lynn areas has combined with the wider range of skills and resources offered by the Directors and staff of the combined practices. This has meant we have been able to maintain and improve the level of service for our clients. The ease of access to the New Lynn premises has also proven a welcome benefit for our clients. We are handy to the Bus/Train Interchange and have onsite parking and lift access. Visiting our offices is convenient and easy. The combined resources in the new firm means there will always be someone available with the necessary knowledge and experience to assist with any legal matters that might arise. Give us a call,come in and visit us with any questions you may have or see our website for more detail on our history and personnel.


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Featuring an afternoon and evening of music, food, street performers, art trail and prizes. THE NUKES, celebrating their tenth year together, joined by a huge group of young ukulele players, will kick off the day’s proceedings at noon. Then join CAPTAIN FESTUS MCBOYLE’S TRAVELLIN’ VARIETY SHOW for a wonderful, irreverent and engaging show that kids of all ages enjoy – not to be missed! 2pm: Local favourite Tui Mamaki leads the Balkan polyphony group ACAPOLLINATIONS, filled with harmony and the wairua of Aotearoa. 3pm: SANDY MILL (of SJD, New Telepathics, Bellbirds fame) takes centre-stage, together with a full band, to deliver her unique brand of edgy, energised soul from her new EP. 4pm: IJEBU PLEASURE CLUB are an Afrobeat big band performing much loved 80’s retro-radio pop hits in an African style. Get your dance moves out on the lawn in front of the stage. 5pm: Things will heat up with the highenergy electro hip-hop of YOKO-ZUNA, wrapping up our amazing afternoon of music. OUT ON THE STREET: Look out for stiltwalkers, street performers and musicians out and about around the Village. Funky and brassy marching band Superhero Second Line, retro and classic jazz sounds with the Strolling Tones, Mhara Marimbas and those trouble-makers Festus McBoyle and his crew. ART TRAIL: Get on the art trail as it winds its way around the Village. This interactive treasure hunt is full of exciting, familyfriendly activities: make a headdress, an instrument, or get your face painted. SILENT DISCO: Get on a flash headset and boogie down with your friends to the sounds of your own private disco. Gold coin, 12pm to 4pm.

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Festival Film and Music Event A cafe with history Sunday 25th March. 4pm

A special presentation of The Characteristics of C Minor, a short film funded by the BBC about Dunedin pianist Nick Knox, will be followed by Genius Within – The Inner Life of Glen Gould, a feature film about the amazing and eccentric Glen Gould. An enigmatic musical poet – and the most documented classical musician of the last century – world-renowned pianist Glenn Gould continues to captivate international audiences 26 years after his untimely death. Genius Within – The Inner Life of Glen Gould humanises the legend, weaving together an unprecedented array of unseen footage, private home recordings and diaries, as well as compelling interviews with Gould’s most intimate friends and lovers – all exploring the incongruities between Gould’s private reality and his wider image. Tickets at $12, $10 (Senior/Student) or $7 (14yrs and under) are available from and on the door.

Sunday 25th March, 7-30pm (Doors/Bar open at 7pm) SHADOWS & LIGHT – a live music evening with film, Dunedin pianist Nick Knox and guests. Local musicians will kick this special evening off at 7.30pm and at 8pm there will be a second screening of The Characteristics of C Minor, a short film about Nick Knox – his music and his struggle and resulting transformation since losing his leg. This beautifully crafted and intensely personal 14-minute biopic was made by Dunedin film-makers J. Ollie Lucks and Max Bellamy Nick Knox: a unique and thrilling with support from a New musician. Zealand Young Producer grant awarded by BBC Knowledge. The film will be followed by a short interval before Nick Knox plays live on stage. Nick’s music is thrilling, strange and utterly unique. Imagine Rammstein’s tour bus, with a troupe of Tibetan throat singers on board, crashing into the middle of a Bach recital and you can begin to imagine the sound. It is the spontaneous expression of many years’ isolation and mental as well as physical ill-health.
 Tickets for this extraordinary evening are $20 from www. or $25 on the door. A combined ticket for the film screening at 4pm and the evening performance from 7pm are available for $30. Phone 818 2489/ 0210 222 5558 for more information. This event is part sponsored by 
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The almost hidden historic Packing Shed Cafe in Oratia reopened a few months ago, with a unique twist. The shed was built in 1908 and was previously the packing shed for the old Tara apple orchards. It remains a fascinating part of West Auckland history. The land was purchased in 1908 by Henry Izard, a lawyer from the Wairarapa. Now a vineyard, it had originally been used for grazing dairy cattle. Henry married Georgina McKenzie, a nurse who nursed him when he was hospital recovering from an infected and ultimately amputated finger (as a result of a rose thorn). Together they transformed the farm into Tara Orchard with apples, pears, peaches and plums. The pair had two children, Betty and Hayward. Betty joined the Air Force as an instrument repairer during World War II where she met Jonathan Davis, a British officer on the HMNZS Achilles. The pair fell in love, got married and took over the orchard. Tara Exports (now trading from premises in Royal Oak) was established in the 1960s and fruit and vegetables from the orchard were exported all over the Pacific. Betty and her mother Georgina developed the beautiful garden that can still be admired as you stroll past today. Betty and Philip had three children – Michael, Anne and Rosemary. Today Anne and her husband Charlie and their four children Emma, Georgie, Phoebe and Sam care for the original property including the garden. The original homestead and packing shed (converted into a cafe around 1996) remain as a trace of history that is much loved. Both the packing shed and the homestead are listed as heritage buildings. Local Westies, Lisa and Pramod took over the cafe in September 2017 and remodelled it. They considered it imperative to retain the historic feel yet wanted to transform it into a contemporary hang-out for locals and travellers en route to west coast beaches. Apart from the usual fare the menu has a number of surprises including the vegan ’Shroom Burger and fusion-inspired grilled lamb skewers with garlic and saffron custard served with a quinoa salad. The cafe supports local suppliers including organic eggs from Anni at the adjacent Oratia Farmers Market, bread from Zeki’s Turkish Bakery and organic sausages from Clarks Organic Meat Specialists in Glen Eden. Music is an integral part of the cafe’s atmosphere and a purpose-built stage showcases local performers. The cafe is supporting the Flat White Ride initiative from EcoMatters (see The Fringe, February 2018) and has also recently started a Book Exchange adding to the cafe’s unique feel. Although some think the cafe is reminiscent of a New York coffee shop from the 60s Lisa and Pramod think that cafe is right at home where it should be – steeped in the history of Oratia.

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march w – 10, Ornamental Residue an exhibition by Manon van Kouswijk originating from a study into the typology of brooches; Te Uru. Phone 817 8087. w – 11, works by Graham Young, a UK guest artist; Upstairs Gallery. Phone 817 4278. w – March 18, More landscapes and Stuff, works by Zeke Wolf; West Coast Gallery, Piha. Phone 812 8029. w – April 8, Alma Venus, works by Ayesha Green; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w – April 8, works by Toi Te Rito Maihi; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w – May 13, Pocket Histories, an exploration of modernism featuring works by Vita Cochran, Imogen Tayler, Isobel Thom and others; Te Uru. Phone 817 8087. w 2, Green Bay Street Food; Green Bay Community Centre, 1 Barron Drive, Green Bay; 5-8.30pm. w 2, Special film showing as part of the 2018 Seaweek Festival: Chasing Coral; Rooftop, Lopdell House; 7pm; Free but bookings essential on 817 2583. w 3, Special film showing as part of 2018 Seaweek Festival: The Odyssey, a drama about the life of Jacques Cousteau; Rooftop, Lopdell House; 7pm; Free but bookings essential on 817 2583.

w 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. Phone 817 8087. w 4, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732. w 5, Titirangi Death Cafe: Tea (or coffee), cake and discussion; Rangiwai House, 12A Rangiwai Road, Titirangi; 7.30pm. Phone Graham Southwell 021 606 146. 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 guests 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, Children’s festival and craft fair; West Lynn Garden and Butterfly House, 73 Parker Avenue, New Lynn; 10am-4pm. Phone 827 7045. w 13, 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 w 13, The Western District Women’s Dinner Club dinner and speaker; Glen Eden RSA; 6.15pm; visitors welcome. Phone Doreen 021 078 3780. w 15, Waitakere Forest & Bird talk: Saving our National Icon with Michelle Impey from Kiwis for Kiwi; Kelston Community Centre; 7:30pm; Koha appreciated Phone Liz 027 476 2732 or email

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

w 17, Mini Fair with homemade cakes books, toys,

white elephant goods, sausage sizzle, coffee cart, children’s activities; Iona Church, 38 Donovan Street, Blockhouse Bay; 8am till noon. w 17 and 24, Wax Wrap Workshops facilitated by Jeffrey Sim; Green Bay Community House, 1 Barron Drive, Green Bay; 9.30-10.30am; $17 per person. Phone Jeffrey 0226 035429 or visit w 18, Waikumete Cemetery Walk: A Thousand Winds That Blow; meet at the Cenotaph; 10am-12pm or 3-5pm; $5. No booking required. friendsofwaikumete or phone Ruth 818 4352. w 20, SeniorNet West Auckland meeting, speaker and morning tea; Kelston Community Centre, corner Awaroa and Great North Roads; 10am. Phone Ruth 827 5529. 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 24, Mostly Craft presents Easter Story – interactive celebration, crafts and refreshments; St Francis Church, Corner Park and Titirangi Beach Roads, Titirangi; 1.303.30pm; koha for Auckland City Mission. Phone Margaret 817 1330. w 24, The Great Green Bay School Gala with farmers market, Devonshire teas, retro op shop, kids’ white elephant, upcycled crafts, raffles, prizes, food alley, talent quest and more; 131 Godley Road; 10am-2pm.

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Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732. w 3, Titirangi Death Cafe: Tea (or coffee), cake and discussion; Rangiwai House, 12A Rangiwai Road, Titirangi; 7.30pm. Phone Graham Southwell 021 606 146 or KerryAnn Stanton 0274 745 003. 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:



group exhibition featuring jewellers from West Coast Gallery and Whau Studios; West Coast Gallery, Piha. Phone 812 8029. w 25, Titirangi Village Market: art, craft, produce and music; Titirangi War Memorial Hall; 10am-2pm. Contact Tess on or phone 022 631 9436 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 w 29, Waitakere Grey Power Association general members meeting; Te Atatu South Community Centre, 247 Edmonton Road, Te Atatu South; 12.30-2.30pm. Phone 838 5207.

• 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, • Flicks cinema, Lopdell House Theatre. 818 2489, • 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@ • Playhouse Theatre, 15 Glendale Road, Glen Eden. 818 5751. • Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Early orthodontic assessment Gallery, 420 Titirangi Road, Titirangi, a wise investment Dr Nitin Raniga 10am–4.30pm daily. 817 8087, info@ Dr Nitin Raniga, localOrthodontist member of the New Zealand Association of BDSsays (Otago), (Otago), Orthodontists (NZAO), the best ageDCInDent for your child to see a specialist is as soonMOrth as you notice a problem. “If you’re concerned, RSCEd, MRACDS (Orth) you defi nitely shouldn’t wait until your child has all their adult teeth, • Titirangi Theatre, Lopdell House Theatre, and you don’t need a referral from a dentist Exminster St, or dental therapist.” Titirangi. 817 5812, infoline 817 5951, An orthodontist is 6a registered dentist who has gone on to complete an Bay education in specialist additional 2-3 years ofBlockhouse fulltime postgraduate university orthodontics. All members of the NZAO are trained in the appropriate use of Auckland 0600 the full range of available orthodontic appliances, and undertake continual study and professional development to stay on top of the latest trends and • Upstairs Gallery, Level 1, Lopdell House, Phone (09) 627 3555 improvements in orthodontic treatment. 418 Titirangi Road, 10am–4.30pm daily.Dr Raniga says treatment by a specialist can reduce or occasionally eliminate the need for more extensive treatment at a later age. “Orthodontists 817 4278. spend a great deal of their post graduate training studying facial growth and development,” says Dr Raniga. There is • West Coast Gallery, Seaview Road, Piha, much less stigma around wearing braces and orthodontic appliances, compared Open Wednesday – Sunday, 10am–4pm. with what parents may recall from their own childhood. “Teenagers will actually 812 8029, nag Mum and Dad for an appointment. Our children know the value of a beautiful, functional smile that will last them a lifetime, and they’re willing to put the work in now. If that’s not a wise investment, I don’t know what is.” To ensure you’re receiving specialist advice, always look for the NZAO logo. For more information go to

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‘We tell the truth in our songs’ “We are a fusion of swamp, folk and there’s a few new ones on the rock … I think … that’s such a hard horizon,” says Nat. question,” says Nat Jakich, when Nat and Nick write the majority asked to describe the music of The of the songs, Russ has a couple Logger Boys. The band is Nat (guitar), and Stan comes in to co-write, or Nick Brown-Hayson (guitar), Nick help complete lyrics. Stanley (drums) and Russell Wakeling “If we have a completed song, (bass). “We all like to sing so backing or even only a few chords, we just vocals and harmonies are an essential get it out there and rely on each part of the feel.” other for feedback,” says Nat. “We Making a decision to live out of the trust each others musical tastes city in 2003, Nat and his wife Melissa and share all kinds of music with moved from Sandringham to Piha, each other. We email around the where he and Nick (Brown-Hayson) clips from the Tiny Desk Concerts started hanging out a lot with good each week, and go to gigs like the friend Mark Mitcheson. “He had an Left to right, Nick Brown-Hayson, Nick Stanley, Nat Jakich and Russell Laneway Festival together. There old shed where we’d sit the evening Wakeling. Photo by Paul Taylor. is a Melbourne band called Rolling through, have a couple of beers and chat. One night I brought the old Black Outs Coastal Fever that we can’t stop listening to right now.” gat down for a strum and we just got into it. We did a lot of strumming Musically Nat says of his influences “the country years of the Stones and singing together. At that stage Nick had never played the guitar – is a particular fave of mine, you know, like Let it Bleed or Exile on now he’s really good. So Nick and I played together for a few years and Main Street.” Inspiration also comes from the home front. “We are one night we played at the Piha RSA, and Stan (Nick Stanley) got up all inspired by our families and the experiences the magnificent West and played some percussion. Next thing he was in the practice room Coast provides for us. I now live in Oratia, while the others live in Piha, with us playing drums, an instrument he also had never played before. and we are not going anywhere in a hurry. First and foremost we are “Then there is Russell, the accomplished musician between the lot of kind of a community band, and we like playing halls and small bars us. Russ can play most instruments and has gigged himself around the and keeping it a bit personal. We have songs about relationships, kids, globe. I think he just turned up for a jam one night and liked what he Mums, nights out, travel – it’s fairly raw stuff, we tell the truth in our heard. Boom! We had a band,” says Nat. “It’s been six years or so now songs.” and we have gigged everything from school fairs to The Kings Arms.” The Loggers have just released their first song on Band Camp. Nat recalls his parents got him into guitar lessons round age 10 with “We are stoked on that,” says Nat. “It’s a song about a guy we were a guy called Rangi Hadfield. “It was cool. But when my folks got me all connected with in Piha who passed away.” They’ve also recently into more classical guitar lessons, I didn’t like it so I quit. While I would recorded four songs at the Lab in Mount Eden and plan to load another pick a guitar up now and then it wasn’t until I travelled in my 20s that two tracks onto Band Camp over the next two months. I really got back into it.” A gig is booked for the Piha Bowling Club with the Hey Honeys Life for Nat now is a bit of a juggling act with the band, two boys (another local band) for April 7. Nat reckons the club is an awesome aged 12 and 14, surfing, mountain biking, renovating his house – not venue: “It holds just over 100 people and everyone is up for a good to mention being a co-director of Box Living, that he runs with three time. You can come out, stay at the camp ground, see The Logger Boys partners. “We build homes in and out of Auckland and have just started play and walk back to the tent. How can you go wrong?” pre-fabricating houses in a big warehouse in Henderson.” Check out The Logger Boys at The Loggers have just got back into their somewhat relaxed practice releases and get along to The Piha Bowling Club on April 7: $5 or $10 routine. “Although we do see each other out of band time we were on the door (for a local charity), food available until around 7.30 and stoked to meet up again post holidays and bash a few tunes out – the bar will be open.


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No horsing around - this is a serious battle with weed ‘nasties’ It will take more than two men with papier mache horse heads on broomsticks to win the battle against weeds but EcoMatters’ Simon Grant and Phil Needle will stop at nothing to lead the charge on War on Weeds. It’s an annual event in the West which sees bins placed in a number of high-profile public sites for the community to dump their invasive weeds. The idea is to help householders eliminate invasive weeds from their gardens, and by extension, control the spread of weeds into Auckland’s West Coast bush. Last year more than 100 tonnes of weeds were collected and while Simon and Phil say that's a significant amount, the weed battle is ongoing. “I think there’s a growing awareness of the weeds that flourish in our area but there are also significant numbers of people moving into the area from other places in New Zealand and overseas and the weeds are just foreign territory to them,” Simon says. “Even people moving out here from central Auckland simply don’t know the weeds that flourish locally. Suddenly they’re living in the ranges and they’re shocked at the weeds taking over their place.” New Zealand has about 3,000 introduced plants that are running wild. Of these 350 are environmental weeds that threaten our gardens and bush.

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Phil trained in the radar a few years ago horticulture in the and now at the top of the UK and admits when list of 'nasties'– starts off he came here a as tiny seedlings which decade ago, he was are easy to remove. confronted with a Leave them for a year or totally different kind so and they become very of flora. “I live locally difficult to get rid of. and was aware of the Kahili ginger is a horror environment around too (don’t be charmed me, but it’s taken me by its pretty looks and a good amount of lovely scent). Its rhizomes time to learn about spread in clumps with it and come to grips thick foliage up to two with it. metres high. It will grow “We all need to pretty much anywhere get out there and and lets nothing else become part of our through its deep root environment, to care Simon Grant and Phil Needle ride to War on mats. Imported to New for it and nurture it. Weeds such as ginger and pampas grass. Zealand in the 1890s as We need to deal with little bits at a time and an attractive garden plant, it escaped and do it often,” he says. grows vigorously throughout the Waitakeres “One or our key things is not to lecture but and other parts of the country. to listen. Everyone has a different story and “There’s a lot of talk and chest beating we’ll listen to those stories and can then guide about weeds but we don’t always deliver on people on how to prioritise what they need to the ground as the funding is not there,” says do,” Simon says. Simon. “It would be great if the programme to “We’re interested in helping people find make Auckland predator and pest free by 2050 simple little things to make their weed included weeds. Weeds are pests too. problems a bit easier.” “It’s a constant battle with them but the bins “Do as much as you can with what time you around West Auckland during War on Weeds have,” says Phil. “If jasmine is starting to climb month is an opportunity for everyone to get all over things, deal with that. If there’s ginger weeds off their land. But we need to keep at that’s starting to prevent the bush growing, get it. Bit by bit. Step by step.” on to that one. Other weeds to look out for include woolly “Deal with the really critical ones. Climbing nightshade, moth plant, Japanese honeysuckle, asparagus and tradescantia have to go but pampas grass, blue morning glory, privet, people can’t do it all at once – it’s a step by plectranthus, agapanthus, brush wattle and step process.” Cape ivy. The War on Weeds programme runs Getting at weeds while they're small is a until the end of March. useful strategy. Climbing asparagus – barely on – Moira Kennedy

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Exploring the Opanuku – an urban wilderness Although not quite the same tourist draw card as a glamorous beach or mountain, there are few things more quintessentially kiwi than the humble urban creek. For prior generations, the mysterious, eel-filled rivulets were key features of childhood – places to play, dream and shelter, close enough to home to be safe, removed enough to feel like the wilderness. The Opanuku Stream in Henderson is a classic example. Starting as a trickle in the Waitakeres and ending in an estuary in the Waitemata, it was used heavily in the late 1800s and early 1900s as a recreational area and supply line to Auckland. As with many waterways however, it became degraded as rural became urban and town became suburb. Until 2003 that is, when the community initiative Project Twin Streams began to restore it to a healthier state. It now exists as an ecological corridor featuring a network of walks and cycle ways connecting it with nearby Oratia Stream and Henderson Creek. Starting in the middle at Corban Estate Arts Centre, I cross the bridge to Henderson Park where a paved cycle way cuts across the field. I, however, take the gravel path to the right and follow the left bank of the stream through thickets of native bush and under several tall macrocarpa. Not long after, I cross a bridge and proceed up the right side of the stream. The murky brown water flows quietly by, groups of mallards drifting on its surface. Despite its opacity and the occasional piece of litter snagged on a fallen trunk, the restored stream supports a variety of threatened native species including koura (fresh water crayfish), eels and even pekapeka (long tailed bats) which use the space above the water to move and hunt.

The trees grow progressively larger as I move onward into Plumer Domain. Karaka, totara and even kahikatea (our tallest native tree) rise out of the swampy soil which appears flooded in some places from recent severe weather. In fact, many of the shrubs and grasses along the banks look bent and twisted, evidence of the stream’s capacity to become a fierce torrent. The Opanuku has been prone to flooding throughout its history. Since Project Twin Streams began, however, hundreds of thousands of native trees have been planted by volunteers to stabilise the banks, prevent erosion and filter toxins from storm water. After 40 minutes or so the path reaches Palomino Drive and continues on the left side of the bridge along the paved cycle-way through Henderson Valley Park. Here the reserve is more open and grassy with the stream concealed by a verge of trees. Farms and vineyards start to appear, vestiges of a time when Henderson Valley was known as the garden of Auckland. I wind along through the reserve for another 20 minutes, passing art features built by Project Twin Streams, until I reach Henderson Valley Road. Here the path ends, or can be extended by walking 30 minutes down Parrs Cross Rd to Oratia Stream. I look over the bridge at the Opanuku. Closer to its source, its waters are now much clearer, fresh from its cascade down the forested hills. Tourists may not come flocking, but streams and creeks like this have had an essential and nostalgic role in our history. It’s encouraging to see their significance restored.

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Yeah gidday. This has to be the most summery of all summers. Hotter than a stolen glimpse and stickier than fresh baklava. All this sun, rain, sun has my neighbour’s hidden plants poking their heads well above his corn crop. Shaz has made me sleep out on the verandah because I make the sheets so damp she swapped my pillow for a sponge wrapped in an old t-shirt. Still, I love it. Bring on the heat. It’s great for day trips. Speaking of trips, I took either a grandson or great grandson, I think Lizard the fourth, to sit on Santa’s knee over Christmas in one of the big department stores on Queen’s Street. The poor little bugger got so confused, because just as he was explaining how good he’d been all year to the old bearded bloke, he could see two more Santas, one in boyswear and another in haberdashery. The wee fella was more upset than when Shaz discovered her ‘free pass card’ Vince didn’t fit tyres at Beaurepaires but was a song and dance man around Colorado. This got me Googling and I was shocked to find out that the original spokesperson for Carpet One International was none other than Florence Agnes Henderson. Yes, Carol Brady from The Brady Bunch. I'll be hopping mad if I find out that the Trivago lady is actually Gabrielle Miller, an Australia born tap dancer and ukulele player who is in a band called Zap, lived in a bush hut and likes to swim naked. Hey, don't get me wrong, I’m the last person to be taken at face value. I once wore a full body cast into the social welfare department so I could get some disability money to build an access ramp into our state house. It never saw a wheelchair but made getting the chopper in and out of the house at night a damn sight easier. We’ve all known the original mad butcher hasn’t had sausage meat on his hands for years and Four Seasons in One Day would be a lot easier to put up with if you were a really successful song-writer. In Colonel Sanders’ latest ad, he’s played by a female actress, Reba McEntire, wearing a false goatee and honky-tonk singing about southern-inspired blends of barbecue recipes from Memphis and the Carolinas. I never understood Rugby League stars selling ‘cheap’ finance and the lovely Briscoes lady is a real live ageless miracle. Well, that’s what I’ve been pondering about. I think I’ll borrow Brian’s Indian-manufactured Jaguar, pop down to the Ozzie butchers and score me a size 20 organic chicken.

These colourful ‘Owlets’ were recently spotted in New Lynn Library. They are part of The Big Hoot, a public art trail (sponsored by Haier) which is taking place around Auckland throughout March and April. In addition to around 60 owlets, typically decorated by local schools including Laingholm and Woodlands Park Primary Schools (the front two of the four pictured) as well as Kaurilands, Arahoe and New Lynn Primaries, there will be a further 47 giant owls in prominent locations. LynnMall is to host one of these giant owls, decorated by artist Rogan James. Other artists include Dick Frizzel, Jeff Thompson and Flox (Hayley King) and each artwork is filled with hidden messages, knowledge and stories. The public art trail will raise funds for the Child Cancer Foundation with all the owls and owlets being auctioned in May. Visit for more information.

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