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ISSUE 170, MAY 2018

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Locals oppose decision to keep tracks open............................ 4 Community exhibition opens in the dark................................. 5 All part of the community; Taking it to the river...................... 6 Schoolgirl’s scheme eases isolation in the playground............ 7 Art and about with Naomi McCleary.....................................8-9

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Tim to tinker at Corban Estate................................................. 9 Revamped Titirangi Festival a hit!.......................................... 10 Places to go: Events listing................................................12-13 Feature: Mother’s Day.......................................................14-15 Feature: local government elections.................................16-17 Bandstanding: Darryn Harkness............................................. 18 Friends bring scientists and students together...................... 19 News from Titirangi Theatre; Wandering Westies; NetWorkWest......................................................................... 20

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At the Library.......................................................................... 21 Live @ the lounge.................................................................. 22 Advertisers directory.............................................................. 23 On our Cover: The new adventure playground at Green Bay’s Craigavon Park

excited many emotions among the kids (and some adults, who were also itching to have a go) at its official opening last month. See page 5 for more. Photo by Bevis England.

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It’s no secret that living on the western fringe’s of Auckland can be exciting and stimulating but the recent weather events with their accompanying power cuts, floods, loss of roofs and trees and other problems has perhaps been a bit too exciting. And it’s no secret that we’re likely to have many more such events over coming months. So how are we going to prepare for these events? What needs to be done in your street or neighbourhood to improve resilience before the next storm hits? Do you have any suggestions on things our decision-makers should be doing? For specific complaints and issues contact Council on 301 0101 but if you have other ideas to share email The Fringe on info@ fringemedia.co.nz.

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Locals oppose decision to keep tracks open

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Extensive track closures in the Waitakere Ranges came into effect on May 1 in an attempt to save the forest from kauri dieback disease. Last month Auckland Council decided to close the forested area of the regional park with the exception of beaches, pasturelands and a limited number of tracks with track surface conditions to a standard that will support the requirements of the proposed controlled area notice (CAN). The CAN requires that track surfaces must be such that no soil can be moved or transferred and any kauri roots must be avoided. Council staff are presently reviewing the list of proposed open tracks with local Iwi, Te Kawarau a Maki, to assess whether they meet the criteria. Yet, while the Iwi has committed to working with the council on the proposed track openings, spokesman Edward Ashby said he was sceptical that the necessary upgrades to make the tracks CAN- Kauri dying from kauri dieback disease. Photo by Ian compliant would be completed by the time Horner. the closure came into effect. The Waitakere Ranges Local Board has also expressed its disapproval of opening some tracks, specifically the Kitekite Falls Track which was included in the council’s proposed list of tracks to remain open despite having been earlier identified as high risk. “We are concerned that if a few tracks are kept open they will be inundated with visitors with the associated risk of being degraded and ruined,” local board chair Greg Presland said at an Environment and Committee meeting in April. At the same meeting, the Tree Council argued that anything other than total track closure would further contradict the rahui and add to the existing confusion among visitors. “The current proposed list of open tracks does not in any way reflect a clear message, but is complex and confusing,” spokeswoman Mels Barton said. Confusion about the rahui has been a major issue this summer, with many people unsure about the area it covers. Edward Ashby has confirmed that despite the council’s decision to keep some tracks open, the rahui still covers the entire forested area of Te Waonui a Tiriwa – the Waitakere Ranges. This includes tracks outside the regional park, such as Zig Zag Track in Atkinson Park. “I think the key message is, if you are in the Waitakere Ranges or suburban foothills please stay out of the bush in general for the time being while we develop a strategy,” said Edward Ashby. The council’s final decision followed an initial vote in February and a period of public consultation and feedback, in which 25 percent of submitters said that there weren’t enough proposed closures. According to a report, these people were most likely to be local, and acting in accordance with rahui. Conversely, the 43% who said that there were too many closures were most likely to be from outside Waitakere. Of the 44 tracks proposed to remain open, most run along beaches or gravel roads away from kauri. However, 10 tracks that do traverse forests are subject to surface improvements. These include Omanawanui Track and Kitekite Falls Track. – Mick Andrew Following the decision to close forested areas of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park Auckland Council’s Finance and Performance committee has approved up to $740,000 to manage kauri die-back disease in the 2017/2018 financial year. Committee chair, councillor Ross Clow, says the decision is a vital step that the council had to take. “We as a council have a responsibility to do all we can to protect kauri across the Auckland region,” he said. “Protecting and preserving our native species is vital and it is incredibly important that we take these steps now for the benefit of generations of Aucklanders to come.” The $740,000 covers a compliance and enforcement programme, communications and engagement, two full-time equivalent staff, track improvements, hygiene station upgrades, car park and track entrance barriers, and signage costs.

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Community exhibition opens despite power cuts They don’t call it the Wild West for nothing! Despite the power going out on a wet Friday night last month, over 150 people attended the opening of an important local exhibition, On Death Row. The Upstairs Gallery is currently exhibiting works by a collective of local creatives. The collaboration unites fine art with a mission of environmental conservation to highlight the beauty of our local landscapes, the environment it leaves our next generation and the documenting of rare native species as they face extinction from both kauri die-back and industrial development. Internationally acclaimed photographers and creatives, Mark Carter, Craig ‘CPL’ Levers, Brent Courtney and Terry Williams-Willcock are all local. Brent says his aim in creating this exhibition was to encourage discussion in the community as well as show his children that they have a way to stand up for what they believe in, in this case, through art. Mark is a third generation Titirangi resident now raising the fourth generation not far from his grandparents’ original cottage on Manuka Road. Craig is an international award-winning beach, surf and landscape photographer based in Piha. Terry, a digital specialist, hails from the UK and is now raising his young family in the Waima bush and he feels passionate about keeping it special. On Death Row (in support of Titirangi Protection Group) runs until Sunday May 6. The next exhibition in the Upstairs Gallery is by local artist Kim Gunther and opens on Friday May 11 from 6pm, with a showing of his film in the Lopdell House seminar room.

Mobile phones took on an entirely new role for viewers of On Death Row. Photos by Tatiana Harper.

The new playground in Craigavon Park (at the eastern end of Godley Road, Green Bay) features traditional and not so traditional swings and an adventure playground, including an innovative ‘splash and play’ water play area. (There are rumours that a similar water feature may be coming to the public space outside New Lynn Library.)

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All part of the community An eight-year old Green Bay boy was so impressed with the success of the recent Great Green Bay School Gala, that he's organising a Kids’ Festival at the community house on Saturday June 2. Travis Emslie is not expecting to reach the financial heights achieved by the gala (up to $25,000 was raised) but has designed fliers with his cousin and is networking with as many people as possible to ensure a winning event. “I have a lot of toys and the festival will be a good way to sell them for some pocket money. I don’t think Mum and Dad should have to pay for all my toys and I’m sure other kids will want to join in,” he says. Although Travis hasn’t organised anything like this before, the Green Bay Community House team is encouraging his entrepreneurship and hoping to help him with the multi-cultural event for Budding entrepreneur Travis Emslie children of all ages. “It’s by kids and for kids,” says Travis, “and it’s a good opportunity for us to learn stuff like handling money, giving change and understanding what it’s like to work in a shop. Adults can’t take a stand and sell things but they can come and spend money, and support us.” GBCH coordinator, Moana Cook, says the team is always open to new ideas and trying something new. “It’s all part of our community,” says Moana, who was behind the Green Bay School Gala to raise funds

to resurface the basketball court at the primary school. “The target was $20,000 and we’ve done better than that. Eventually we’ll get an awning over the court as a nice, safe place for the kids to play in all weathers.” She says the school gala was set up to be sustainable. “If I fall under a bus, anyone else could take it on and run it successfully. It will be ongoing, probably biannually.” A Green Bay resident for 40 years, Moana is keen to add to the community environment. Te Reo classes which started recently have been very successful and teachers from local schools signed up for them as well. “Our school holiday programmes are always booked out and our facilities at the community house are booked out to the end of June. But we’re always open to new ideas,” she says. Local man Marcel Mauel, who played for German youth football teams in his teens, is offering three initial soccer training sessions for local children aged 10-14 with the support of the community house this month. “I’ll help young players to get a better understanding of the beautiful game to become a better player,” says Marcel. “I’ll help with reading the game, knowing where to be, go or pass.” The $5 fee per class will go towards an activity or good cause within the community. For more information: Phone 827 3300, or visit www. greenbaycomunityhouse.co.nz. To register for the soccer sessions phone 021 2176 777 or email marcelmauel1@gmail.com. – Moira Kennedy

Taking to the river

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Work is underway on a pontoon extending 30 metres into the Whau River from Archibald Park in Kelston to make it easier for small vessels to access the river for about three hours either side of the high tides. The two-metre wide pontoon adjoins the existing boat ramp which will be widened and refurbished and its $479,000 cost has been met by The Trusts Community Foundation. The project is expected to be finished by the end of July, weather permitting. The pontoon is being built as part of the Te Whau Pathway project which plans to link the Manukau Harbour at Green Bay to the Waitemata Harbour via a 12km shared path designed for pedestrians and cyclists. Continued on page 17 >>

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Schoolgirl’s scheme eases isolation in the playground A new programme to help young children in a local primary school feel less isolated during break times has been positively received by the students themselves, the school and the Education Department. 10-year old Taylah Jones of Parau saw a television news item about a concept aimed at high school students in the United States and thought it would be great to create a similar system at her school, Laingholm Primary. With the help of her mother Alicia Blanchard and father Hamish Jones, Taylah put together a programme where all children can be included and no longer need to worry about being alone during break times. She presented it to her school peers and Laingholm Primary’s principal and staff and found immediate support and encouragement. Called Hang Out, the student-run programme helps pupils who don’t have anyone to play with at break times. “There can be lots of reasons for that,” says Alicia. “Friends might be off school that day, there’s friction in the social circle, they don’t want to play the game within their circle, their friends take off quickly and leave the others behind or they find it hard to ask someone if they can play with them. It can happen to any child – often or just once,” she says. Taylah and a group of four or five of her schoolmates call themselves Hang Out Ambassadors and wear red hi-vis jackets so any child can approach them and know they’ll be immediately accepted into a game. The ambassadors also keep an eye out for children on their own and will approach them to see if they want to join in. “On day one of the scheme, nine children approached an ambassador,” says Alicia. “I was quite shocked and it gave me hope that the programme will be beneficial to a lot of children. “A parent of a five-year old who just started at school told me her daughter is now more assured going to school knowing there will be people to play with.” Alicia says some schools do have Friendship Chairs

where children sit and hope someone will come and ask them to join in. “I think this is a better system as it empowers a child who doesn’t have anyone to play with to do something about it. Even if they’re too nervous or shy initially, they can be confident they’ll be accepted straight away. “If a child wants to hang out on his or her own, that’s fine too, but there is always the opportunity to join in with others.” Delighted with the reaction to the scheme, Taylah wrote to and met the Ministry of Education’s education manager, Grant Malins. He commended her on the “very proactive programme that looks like it will build positive relationships with all students while supporting those who are looking for company.” Taylah also won a radio competition to meet the Prime Minister at Premier House for an Easter Egg Hunt where she shared her scheme with Jacinda Ardern. Taylah is now working with her parents on seeking sponsorship to roll out Hang Out to all primary and intermediate schools nationwide. “Support at Laingholm has been fantastic,” says Alicia. “We’d be very happy to work with other schools and help set up individual programmes for them.” For more information phone Alicia on 021 452 323 or email foundation@conaryverve.com.

Taylak Jones with the hi-vis vest she and other Hang Out Ambassadors wear. Photo by Alicia Blanchard.

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Carrying the flame of Westie innovation There’s a mystique about west of anywhere. It conjures up images of the outsider, the pioneer, someone fiercely independent and occasionally lawless in a charming way; but also creative, adventurous, inventive and above all hardworking. The history of ‘our West’ has all of that in spades. It’s easy to identify the bogan character, which has had much currency over the years. Less talked about is the long history of artists, designers, writers, performers and craft makers who came and settled west of Auckland, most in response to the beauty of bush and coast, some to escape suburbia and live simply and cheaply and others, especially in the early days, to avoid the law. Out of this history has grown a powerful sense of community. We Westies are a tribe and proud of it. During the 20 years of being an independent city (1989 to 2010) this sense of identity had a wonderful flowering under an adventurous council and with a visionary mayor in Sir Bob Harvey. We Ruth Castle's Hinaki and Lois McIvor’s West Coast in the Te Uru 30-year anniversary exhibition, were ahead of the game in environmental issues, 2016. Photo by Sam Hartnett. urban design and the honouring of the creative arts in the building of building as a gallery complex for the next 25-plus years, despite some financial and management challenges, and culminating with the what was becoming a truly livable city. Recently Simon Wilson wrote a two-page spread in the New Zealand setting up of the Lopdell Trust, again community-based, to manage Herald extolling the ground-breaking partnership between designers, the redevelopment of the heritage building and the miracle that is the iwi and artists in designing the four stations in the city underground new gallery. So on those shoulders we now have Te Uru as a powerful rail link. The process and results he described so well are marvellous independent organisation with a 30-year history of community driven and the stations will be places of great and functional beauty. But and created programmes that have a national and international profile. describing them as a ‘First’ ignored the work that artists and iwi It’s always dangerous to name individuals in a story that engaged a contributed to the New Lynn Station and to literally dozens of similar whole community but Heather Carter, Lois McIvor, Ruth Castle, Colleen Norton-Keesing and Gill Norris stand out – visionary, determined and projects during the Waitakere years. Despite the fact that we are now part of the ‘super city’, Westie hard-working women all. I’ve heard the occasional gripe about some of the more contemporary tenacity and creativity thrives because it is so deeply grounded in exhibitions at Te Uru; as in ‘Why can’t we have more ‘Westie’ artists’? community. When I asked some of our leading arts institutions to ‘talk about It would be hard to increase an already west-heavy programme the things that have made the West special and continue to do so’ I without looking parochial, not to mention Te Uru’s continued support for another local independent organisation, the McCahon House received some heartening replies. Trust, with exhibitions offered to all artists in residence. I also note From Andrew Clifford at Te Uru: I wonder if there is a narrative to be explored in the independence that the ‘new Westie artist’ is likely to be multi-cultural and up there and grass-roots resourcefulness of Westies? That all our major arts creating the best and most challenging contemporary work nationally infrastructure is independently run by community groups. I can’t think and internationally. Think Janet Lilo in Avondale, Bepen Bhana in Blockhouse Bay, and Seung Yul Oh from Green Bay. of other regions that have much that is comparable. Melissa Laing is the Whau Arts Broker. Her brief exactly reflects this His number one example is the Titirangi Community Arts Council in the 1980s, a bastion of determination and energy, persuading the notion of a community embedded and driven cultural life. She says: Re West – there is a specific ‘anti-status’ vibe that I enjoy. By that I Waitemata Council to buy Lopdell House. This led to the communityelected Lopdell House Society (now called Te Uru) running the don’t mean people cut down tall poppies, rather that there is a social

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Time to tinker

Corban Estate’s Kids Art Festival takes place on May 12, 10am-4pm, and the organisers are inviting attendees to get tinkering at the Marvellous Mechanica themed event. There will be opportunities to explore and discover how things fit together: machines and movement, energy and sound, weight and light. The event will also spark imagination using traditional skills and techniques to devise modern inventions. And the chance to take a look inside engine rooms will build curiosity around the way things fit together. This is a free event offering children and their families loads of creative stimulation through hands-on arts experiences, together with exhibitions and live performances. An exciting collaboration with MOTAT is also being planned for the 2018 festival. You can take your own picnic lunch or visit one of the food trucks on the day. There is limited free parking on site.

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inclusion separate from professional status. Projects like Artwest, and the Whau Arts Festival are examples of this – where professional and amateur arts mix and are celebrated. What I do is work in the intersection of the arts and social relationships. The driving rationale of my role is how to enable interesting arts activity that has strong roots in the local communities they occur within and, through this, support greater connectivity and appreciation of the local. I often describe the work I do as ‘hyper local’. It’s about connecting with the people who live and work in the spaces the arts practitioners are also acting in. Because the focus is hyper local while the artists and the works they create may go on to have regional or national impact they are directly meaningful to the place and people they are embedded in. The other special thing for me is that I can support work across multiple art forms and across multiple levels of professionalism. I can work with anyone from an amateur to an internationally recognised practitioner and determine with them what success looks like and what outcome they’re aiming for. The Corban Estate, with its wine industry heritage, literally breathes the pioneer story of the West, and this spirit has infused the cultural life of the Arts Centre that bears its name. Where else in the region would you find over 20 artists, ranging from the recently graduated to the internationally recognised, working away in a complex of studios alongside arts programmes for at risk youth, a schools educational programme that attracts several thousand pupils a year and performance companies creating work in some of the biggest development spaces in Auckland? All this and a gallery presenting cutting-edge exhibitions and public programmes. Director Martin Sutcliffe expresses it thus: I think from my point of view, the West has always been an easier place than most to build relationships with people, developing trust and a collaborative spirit, out of which projects happen. Artists out West are often very down to earth; for instance artists on site at CEAC are quite likely to turn up at exhibition openings in their work overalls, and no one seems to care. I’m not sure this would be considered cool at exhibition openings in the city. We’re proud to be a working site where artists are busy creating in true ‘roll up your sleeves and get on with it’ Westie style. There’s a certain egalitarian quality that’s now missing around the fast-paced young suits of the central city. The rich mix of cultural institutions of which we should be proud also includes the McCahon House Museum and Residency programme, the Upstairs Gallery (a legacy of the group who negotiated the purchase of Lopdell House), Toi Uku Clayworks Museum, the West Coast Gallery and more recently the Karekare Residency in the home of the late Dorothy Butler. With all this vitality and creativity laid out before us, it is important that we engage with our arts institutions, our festivals – use them, support them and carry the flame of Westie innovation for the next generation.


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Revamped Titirangi Festival a hit They came, they saw, they danced, they made stuff … and a lot of people got wet! But regardless of the weather, Titirangi Festival organisers had a lot to feel happy about. As advertised, there were lots of activities for kids this year, from face painting to Te Uru’s Art Trail and the Silent Disco (brand new to this year’s event and a hit with young and old). The cover of the Memorial Hall car park, the library and the stretch tent meant activities were able to keep going in even the heaviest downpours and those that stayed were treated to delicious eats and coffee, quirky street performers and some truly memorable musical performances. The festival had topical elements too with the Waitakere Rnages Local Board supporting a panel discussion on Council’s response to the important kauri die-back issue. On both evenings the bar was kept busy serving local beers and wine while festival goers were treated to well attended concerts headlined by Hopetoun Brown and Don McGlashan. All in all it was a great weekend of music and art, although there is plenty for the festival team to work on for next year. Expect the same location next year but improved promotion (not everyone knew where and what to expect) and more presence in the upper village. Titirangi Festival would like to thank the small army of volunteers who helped realise some of the potential that this wonderful new space holds. They are also very grateful to funders TTCF, Waitakere Ranges Local Board, Foundation North and the local businesses that came on board to support the event. – David Parker, director.

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Up and over ... Cody from the Young Guns Skate School demonstrates his skills (above) during the recent Wheels Out West celebration in Glen Eden which saw many locals out and about admiring the vehicles and other attractions on display. The event was organised by the Glen Eden BID and supported by Waitakere Ranges Local Board.

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places to go w 6, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia Community Centre; 7.30pm; koha appreciated. Phone Liz Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732. w 8, West Auckland Historical Society Family History Group meeting; Henderson Central Library Research Centre; 10-11.30am. Phone Gary Snow 832 5098, 021 618 434 or email gary.snow@ihug.co.nz. w 11, Ladies PROBUS Club, fellowship, fun, speakers, and a monthly day trip; St John’s Hall, Te Atatu South; 9.45am-Noon. Phone Betty 09 832 0484. w 11 – June 3, Works by local artist Kim Gunther; Upstairs Gallery, Lopdell House. Phone 817 4278. w 12, Marvellous Mechanica: Kids Art Festival; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w 13, Craft fair, gifts, refreshments; West Lynn Garden & Butterfly House, 73 Parker Avenue, New Lynn; 10am-3pm. Phone 827 7045, www.westlynngarden.org.nz. w 13, Titirangi Folk Music Club with Mike Harding, floor singers in the first half; Titirangi Beach Hall, Titirangi Beach Road; 8pm; $10, members $7, under 18s free. Phone Tricia 818 5659. w 14, Titirangi Death Cafe: Tea (or coffee), cake and discussion; Titirangi Community House, 500 South Titirangi Road, Titirangi; 7.30-9.30pm. Phone Graham Southwell 021 606 146 or Kerry-Ann Stanton 0274 745 003. www.deathcafe.com. w 15, SeniorNet West Auckland, speaker, morning tea and chatting about computers; Kelston Community Centre; 10am. Phone June 021 179 3635. w 17, Waitakere Forest and Bird talk: Translocation Talk with Gillian Wadams, Ark in the Park, and AGM; Kelston

may w – 6, On Death Row, works by local artists Mark

Carter, Craig Levers, Brent Courtney and Terry WilliamsWillcock; Upstairs Gallery, Lopdell House. Phone 817 4278. w – 13, Pocket Histories, an exploration of modernism featuring works by Vita Cochran, Imogen Tayler, Isobel Thom and others; Te Uru. Phone 817 8087. w – 27, Sweet Dreams, Yukari Kahori explores the process of dreaming; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w – 27, #Update, works by Hanna Shim, Dominigue Baker, Alvin Xiong, Jihun Wang, Sena Park and Ruby White; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w – 27, From Scratch: 546 Moons, the sounds and instruments of From Scratch; Te Uru. Phone 817 8087. w – 27, New York Collection and New Works, works by Jasmin Canuel; West Coast Gallery, Piha. Phone 812 8029. www.westcoastgallery.co.nz. w – June 17, Life should be simple and good, Kerry Ann Lee continues her interest in craft, identity and place; Te Uru. Phone 817 8087. w 4, West Auckland Men’s REBUS Club for retired or semi-retired men, guest speaker and morning tea; Kelston Community Centre; 9.30am. Phone Roger 834 7945.

027 476 2732 or email lizanstey@hotmail.com. w May 19 – August 5, Blind Cabon Copy: An Open Love Letter, Gabrielle Amodeo delves into the representation and signifiers of intimacy; Te Uru. Phone 817 8087. w May 19 – August 5, Headforemost, Stephen Ellis reimagines the historical significance of Cornwallis wharf; Te Uru. Phone 817 8087. w 22, 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. w 25, Green Bay Street Food; Green Bay Community Centre, 1 Barron Drive, Green Bay; 5-8.30pm. w 25, 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 Village Market: art, craft, produce and music; Titirangi War Memorial Hall; 10am-2pm. Contact Tess on tvm@gmail.com or phone 022 631 9436.

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l WHERE IT’S AT: • Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson, 10am–4.30pm daily. 838 4455. • EcoMatters Environment Trust, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn, 10am–4pm Mon-Fri, 10am–1pm Sat, or by appointment. 826 4276, info@ecomatters.org.nz. • Flicks cinema, Lopdell House Theatre. 818 2489, www.flickscinema.weebly.com. • Kelston Community Centre, corner of Awaroa and Great North Roads, Kelston. • McCahon House Museum, 67 Otitori Bay Rd; 1-4pm, Wednesday – Sunday, except public holidays. 817 6148, mccahon@ mccahonhouse.org.nz. • Playhouse Theatre, 15 Glendale Road, Glen Eden. 818 5751. • Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary 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 teuru.org.nz. 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 need6 a referral from a dentist Exminster St, or dental therapist.” Titirangi. 817 5812, infoline 817 5951, An orthodontist is a registered dentist who has gone on to complete an Bay education in specialist additional 2-3 years ofBlockhouse fulltime postgraduate university www.titirangitheatre.co.nz. 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 earlynitin@aucklandortho.co.nz treatment by a specialist can reduce or occasionally eliminate the need for more extensive treatment at a later age. “Orthodontists 817 4278. www.upstairs.org.nz. spend a great deal of their post graduate training studying facial growth and www.aucklandortho.co.nz 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, www.westcoastgallery.co.nz. nag Mum and Dad for an appointment.

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Emily O’Hara mark the first sighting of Matariki; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w June 2 – July 1 The Eyes Have It, an exhibition by West Auckland photographers in association with Auckland Festival of Photography; West Coast Gallery, Piha. Phone 812 8029. www.westcoastgallery.co.nz. w June 2 – August 26, Dark Horizons, a suite of three interconnected solo projects by Abdul Abdullah, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah and Khaled Sabsabi reflecting on migration; Te Uru. Phone 817 8087. w June 3, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732. w June 5, West Auckland Historical Society Family History Group meeting; Henderson Central Library Research Centre; 10-11.30am. Phone Gary Snow 832 5098, 021 618 434 or email gary.snow@ihug.co.nz. w June 8, Ladies PROBUS Club, fellowship, fun, speakers, and a monthly day trip; St John’s Hall, Te Atatu South; 9.45am-Noon. Phone Betty 09 832 0484. w June 10, Craft fair, gifts, refreshments; West Lynn Garden & Butterfly House, 73 Parker Avenue, New Lynn; 10am-3pm. Phone 827 7045, www.westlynngarden.org.


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local government byelection: meet the candidates

Ken Turner Following the untimely passing of Local Board member Denise Yates Waitakere Ranges Local Board is holding a by-election to choose her replacement. The postal vote takes place this month. Four candidates are standing for election: Ken Turner, Tiaria Fletcher, Rob Gore and Michelle Clayton.

“Waitakere is at a crossroads. Important decisions are being made ...,” Ken Turner.

“Waitakere is a great place to live, with a rich history, but it’s not just the past which makes us unique. It’s also decisions we make now that will determine Waitakere’s future. “Huge changes are happening in Auckland that impact our people, our family budgets, our townships, villages, beaches and forests. We are facing unprecedented rate rises, new large-scale apartment towers, which will bring more pressure for Glen Eden’s township and parking, a large new water treatment plant, a stormwater project and the closure of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park tracks. We face budgetary pressures for doing basic maintenance of our roads and community facilities. “Waitakere is at a crossroads. Important decisions are being made that shape our communities. It is critical that we make the right decisions and spend our rates in our Local Board area, to cope with growth but without driving down the quality of our environment or putting at risk our outdoor way of life. “We don’t deserve to fall behind the rest of Auckland. We need to ensure reasonable spending and the basics done well, so we enjoy the facilities other communities take for granted. “I’m Ken Turner. I’m Waitakere born and bred and I want to see a future for our children as dynamic and fulfilling as the one Waitakere gave me. I’m independent. I’m here to listen and work with you, to build a Waitakere for the future that we can all be proud of. “To get in touch or join the conversation, check out my Facebook page or visit www.votekenturner.co.nz.”

Tiaria Fletcher

“Kia ora – I have been selected as the candidate for Future West for the upcoming by-election. “I live in Huia and have lived in Waitakere for over 25 years. I have an extensive background working in the community. As a past board member for Community Waitakere and Man Alive, along with Massey Matters (where I am a current trustee) I have an in-depth understanding of the issues within our community. I am the CEO of Waves Trust, a local family violence network agency based in Henderson. I am actively involved in working to address poverty, homelessness and the drivers that create them and, as someone who lives in the Ranges, I care deeply about the environment. “Here are some of the key reasons I am standing – “Glen Eden town centre needs some major investment and revitalisation: a thriving town centre where people feel safe and enjoy visiting is a must and I want to support the needs of our families, our youth and elderly in this electorate. “Kauri die-back: our kauri must be protected. The rahui needs to be respected and until Council can progress with track upgrades we need to support it. “Climate change: the wild, crazy weather events impacting on our community require action and we must take this seriously now. “Watercare expansion: future proofing the supply of water is important and so is protecting the environment. A sympathetic, sensitive and thoughtful approach is needed in moving forward. “A vote for me is a vote for the community and for the environment.”

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Rob Gore

“For the last 22 years, I’ve lived, and been raised by, the Waitakere Ranges. I am ready to start giving back. “The Waitakere Ranges is a unique mix of rural and urban communities on the fringes of a bustling Super City. “If we don’t stand up for ourselves, our voice and our heritage will get lost amidst the drive for growth and expansion. “I’ve got the energy, the passion and the commitment to fight for our community and to keep battling to make sure Waitakere isn’t ignored. “I support the Trains to Huapai Initiative and want to see Waitakere train station reopened. Better public transport options for communities in Piha, Waiatarua and Huia are also required. “I will work to force action on our infrastructure problems. Road safety, power lines and cable and phone coverage must all be addressed so our communities are safe and connected. “And we have to preserve and protect our natural and cultural heritage so we can have a value-added tourism sector in West Auckland that creates employment. “These policies and plans will be driven by stakeholders, the communities and residents – not dictated to them after the matter. I want to unleash the potential of our people in the Ranges. “I’m asking for your vote, so I can be an advocate and a fighter for the Waitakere Ranges. “Vote Rob Gore, vote for a future for Waitakere.”

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Whau Coastal Walkway Environment Trust chair, Tony Miguel, says that by the time the multi-million dollar project is finished, it’s predicted 300,000 people a year will use it. “There are lots of schools (with around 9,000 pupils) in the catchment, 30 local parks will be connected and it will provide safe walking and cycling opportunities and open up new options for recreation,” he says. “Part of what we’re doing is to promote the restoration of the Whau. A lot of work is being done and we have a great opportunity to develop a community restoration model with ourselves, the Whau River Catchment Trust and Council. “We need an integrated plan and it’s a big [community] education project. Part of that is getting the people onto the river, and that’s where the pontoon project comes in,” he says. “We do need plans but we also need to get people in the community on board first.” Three waka ama clubs use the Whau with one of them having to travel to Lake Pupuke on the North Shore for training. It’s hoped the new pontoon will also encourage kayakers, paddle-boarders and those with dinghies and rafts to use the area more. “In the 20th century the thing was to turn our backs on the water and now we want to open it up for people to use. It’s the backyard for so many and if we can make it so they and others can use it, that will be fantastic,” Tony says. – Moira Kennedy

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bandstanding: music in the west with susannah bridges

‘... a very rocking good time all of the time ...’ Karekare resident Darryn Harkness gets some of the best of our western lifestyle from his place of residence, but he also keeps a foot in the city via his workplace – a studio on Queen Street called Tone Exchange. It’s from there that Darryn creates, produces, records and rehearses the sounds of the myriad musical enterprises that he’s involved with. At this stage he’s been in over 70 bands, both internationally and in New Zealand, including the experimental music/ performance group From Scratch, whose survey exhibition is currently showing at Te Uru in Titirangi. Darryn says his initial musical inspiration came from his parents. “My mother sang and my father played piano at the local restaurant and in hotels. But my uncle Ross was the person who introduced me to heavier and weirder records that inspired me as a kid. I started taking classical piano lessons at age 10, and at high school I learnt jazz drums and taught myself guitar by playing along to records.” Early influences were many and varied, including Sun Ra, Ornette Coleman, Hendrix, Diamanda Galas, plus writers like Burroughs, Kafka, Camus and artists like Joseph Beuys and Alberto Giacometti. Darryn’s current projects are also many and varied. “My career could be split into a few areas and the projects and bands reflect this,” he explains. “I have always liked to push boundaries with music and have never just stuck to one genre. The different groups that I’m in pave the way for song-writing, composition, improvisation or sonic exploration. The rock’n’roll side of me has produced bands of mine such as Braintree, Serafin, Counts and Loud Ghost, and got me joining friends bands such as Andrew Fagan’s and The Hallelujah Picassos. The groove and experimental side of me has produced groups Spacesuit and New Telepathics and led me to collaborate with wonderful artists like Phil Dadson (From Scratch). I’m also a part of the improvisation scene in Auckland which goes under the name Vitamin S.” A multi-instrumentalist and musical explorer Darryn doesn’t favour any particular instrument or style. “For me it’s all the same process, through different colours, if you like. I feel very lucky to have two very different but amazing bands to explore through with Loud Ghost and New Telepathics. Loud Ghost explores song-writing with a trio of loud guitars, bass and drums and New Telepathics reflects the intergalactic side of my music, with horns, Afrikan and industrial percussion and wonderful collaborations and improvisation with our crew. The musicians in my projects are all really good. I feel honoured to work

with them, and I couldn’t imagine not being immersed in both of these worlds. Perhaps though I do show a particular strength in keeping us all together!” With around 12 members in New Telepathics alone, Darryn describes Tone Exchange as “like a family where our bands and friends record and rehearse. We are all in each other’s bands, and other friends and bands at the studio makes for a very rocking good time all of the time.” Darryn describes himself as “ultimately an artist who mainly uses rhythm and frequencies, though living on an island in the middle of the Pacific means you have to do things yourself if you want things done. So this means I have had to be responsible for album artwork, photography, videos and music production – all of which I have really enjoyed. I am fiercely anti-war and have been vegan for 25 years. This probably ties in with my art and music which is reflected in a philosophy of mine: ‘protest the suffering and celebrate the joy’. I guess that kind of philosophy dictates my role as an artist and therefore my way of life.” After a busy time playing live with New Telepathics and From Scratch, Darryn plans to spend the next six months focusing on recording. “I have a project called Counts which we are about to start recording as well as starting on the second Loud Ghost album. New Telepathics are four or five tracks into a new batch of stuff and the Andrew Fagan band are about to start recording some new songs. Plus there’s a new Hallelujah Picassos album coming out this year.” But that’s not all. Darryn continues: “I have been invited to perform my live soundtrack that I have re-scored for Nosferatu at a horror film festival in Spain in October, plus I’m booking the odd show for the bands that I’m involved with and I am also constantly writing new works.” While he likes being based in the city Darryn isn’t surprised he’s ended up living in the West. “I’m lucky to enjoy both spaces, but I love it at Karekare and I really enjoy the community vibe of Titirangi.” Darryn is also dad to son Melvin. “He will be turning nine this year and he means the world to me. I’m also enjoying family, friends, good food and wine, hanging out with the sheep and goats at the neighbours place, and something nice to put in my pipe. Generally speaking, I’m either working too hard or relaxing.” See Loud Ghost at Leigh Sawmill on July 9, and the From Scratch exhibition at Te Uru is open daily until May 27. You can check out Darryn’s music at newtelepathics.bandcamp.com and loudghost. bandcamp.com

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Friends bring scientists and students together It has taken a while but the results of the ‘bioblitz’ held at Whatipu last year are almost complete and the complete database is soon to be sent to Auckland Council. The bioblitz was planned by the Friends of Whatipu Inc. and the was for scientists, helped by members of the public and interested students, to list all the species found in an area. Each species is given its full Latin name and classified into its correct order and family. Such information is valuable for Auckland Council biosecurity and biodiversity managers in the area, as they then know about any weeds and pests which may need to be controlled, and any rare or interesting species which may need special attention. At the same time the exercise is a valuable exercise for students, helping to identify species, and the general public gains recognition of the sheer variety and numbers to be found in the area. The Whatipu bioblitz attracted a large attendance of 40 biological scientists from Landcare, Auckland Museum, Auckland Zoo, Niwa Wellington and other institutions along with private individuals. All these specialists gave their time without remuneration other than help with travel and accommodation. The October weekend also saw two secondary schools, Kelston Boys, and Titirangi’s Rudolph Steiner School, bringing their senior biology students to the bioblitz. EcoQuest, a tertiary facility specialising in biological studies and conservation in the field, brought their students who stayed in the Whatipu Camping Ground, overnight. All the students gained knowledge of the ecosystems and contributed to the collection of data. Dr Peter Maddison led the scientific agenda with help from Trixie Harvey and Auckland Museum staff Ewen Cameron and Wilma Blom. The organisation was planned over a whole year by Bruce Harvey and Frazer Dale, and the kitchen team of Friends was led by Lindy Harvey. Data entry was done by Robert Woolf and a team of helpers. Many people were involved in the organisation and smooth running of the event. Medical assistance was provided by Friends of Whatipu, although, fortunately, no serious incidents were reported. As data came into the headquarters at Whatipu Lodge it was logged into the computer or, if identification was doubtful, it was checked with microscopes and other FRINGEADLTD.pdf 1 15/11/16 16:33 research methods. Much data, especially invertebrates

in insect traps, and tiny organisms from the water samples had to be checked over some months following the bioblitz for identification and duplication. This work, mostly done by Peter Maddison, is still proceeding. Of particular interest among the species found, were Long Tailed Bats, Hochstetter Frogs, certain new bacteria and marine animals. Organising the bioblitz was a challenge for Friends of Whatipu. All supplies had to be brought in for preparation of food and drink for the scientists and helpers over the two days. The weather was a big unknown in the planning and it rained on the preceding days, resulting in some flooding in the camp ground and on some of the tracks. Scientists and students coped with this admirably. Their enthusiasm was undimmed, and valuable material was collected and identified. At the official opening on Saturday morning, Te Kawerau a Maki representatives welcomed participants with song in true Maori fashion. Two local MPs, Deborah Russell (New Lynn) and Chris Penk (Helensville) were present and Auckland councillor Ross Clow and Waitakere Ranges Local Board chairperson Greg Presland, and board members Sandra Coney and Saffron Toms were also present. To date, some 1700 species have been identified and entered into the database. However, there are still some samples to be completed before the entire database is sent to Auckland Council, the museum and the participating organisations. The aims of the bioblitz were largely met. – Trixie Harvey

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our place Titirangi Theatre’s second play of the year, Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl, is already in rehearsal, following on from a very successful season of The Savage Dilemma. Cell Phone director, Duncan Milne, believes that audiences can look forward to a stylish and funny night’s entertainment. Hunched over a bowl of soup at lunch one day, the mousy-looking 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 phone continues to ring. And as Jean will later say with mournful truth, a ringing phone demands to be answered. So she flips it open. “Hello?” Pause. A sidelong glance at the guy who failed to fog a spoon. “No, he’s not. Can I take a message?” Duncan has been Titirangi Theatre’s technical manager for many years with a flair for creative lighting. He turned to directing two years ago with two successful productions (Messiah on the Frigidaire and Three Days of Rain) and was the scenic construction lead for the Pop-up Globe. He has assembled a cast of actors who will do Cell Phone justice. Georgie Monro, well-known to Titirangi regular audience, takes on the role of Mrs Gottlieb, the dead man’s mother. The dead man himself, Gordon, a part you could be forgiven for thinking might be minor, will be played by Paul Greenfield. The soup-swilling Jean will be played by Rachel Bock, an actor fast becoming a favourite with both directors and audiences. Gordon’s brother Dwight is played by Raymond Vinten, and Gordon’s widow, Hermia, by Sandra Szenyika. The part of a mysterious stranger has been given to Rochelle Glover. The crew for Dead Man’s Cell Phone is as illustrious as the cast. Malcolm Dale, designer for the Pop-up Globe, will design the set while fight action will be directed by Alexander Holloway, director of the New Zealand Stage Combat School and fight captain for the Pop-up Globe. Dead Man’s Cell Phone opens in Lopdell Theatre on June 5, and runs until June 16. Bookings will open on May 22, and may be made at Titirangi Pharmacy or online at www.titirangitheatre.co.nz. Visit titirangitheatre.co.nz for information on all sorts of things.

Wandering Westies

We live in a special part of the world, surrounded by rich bush and a marvellous and varied coastline. But we still like to get away and explore other parts of our special country: Westies like to wander. And while we’re away we take photographs to share with our friends and family. We at The Fringe would like to share some of these photos with our readers. Perhaps you have found a special place or got close to a unique piece of flora or fauna? If you have taken a photo you think deserves to be shared, send it through to us (info@fringemedia.co.nz) and we’ll try to find space for it in future magazines. To kick things off, Glen Eden resident Will Dickens was recently on the South Island’s West Coast and returned with these images, one in the Hokitika Gorge and the other of a kea at the Otira Gorge lookout.

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Not everything that is happening in our local organisations and businesses can be covered in the pages of The Fringe but that doesn’t make such news or events any less important. This NetWorkWest column offers community organisations and regular advertisers an opportunity to share brief snippets with our many thousands of readers. Are you offering a new service or product? Has a new staff member joined your organisation? Do you have a new sponsorship deal in place? Is there something important you want to share? Send us a few sentences by May 17 and we’ll fit something into our June issue.

From BNI Titirangi: Our BNI Titirangi networking group provides an opportunity for locals looking to grow their business in the West and we are looking for new members The group meets on Thursdays for a 7am breakfast. To find out more about the group and what it does to grow and support local people contact LeAnne Robinson on 021 431 556 or (after hours) 814 1992. From Titirangi Death Cafe: We offer an opportunity to share thoughtprovoking, engaging and life-affirming conversations about death within a small facilitated group, accompanied by tea or coffee and cake. The group meets monthly at Titirangi Community House with the next meeting on May 14 at 7.30pm. For more information contact Graham (021 606 146) or KerryAnn (027 474 5003).

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The biggest eco event in Auckland took place at the EcoMatters Environment Centre and Olympic Park last month. Bringing the monthlong EcoWest Festival to an end, EcoDay included many activities and attractions. Nina Griffiths (9) got into the swing of things while Ben Stoffels-Butlin (14) got up close with a scaly critter. With stalls, workshops, panel discussions and entertainment for all ages, the event has become an important event in the West.

Titirangi Library had its first Human Libraries talk in April, a well-attended presentation about medieval architecture. The library is interested in hearing from local artists, enthusiasts, designers and adventurers who have stories, demonstrations or activities they would like to share with their community. Human Libraries sessions occur on the second Thursday of every month at 11am for 30-60 minutes. On Thursday May 10, local artist and well-known resident Caroline Bensinger will be presenting her artwork and discussing her working processes. On Saturday May 19 at 11am the library has an author talk by Bill Humphrey who recently published Getting It: How Eckhart Tolle changed my life. He will talk about his experience of depression and how he has spent the last eight years living with happiness, peace and joy, a state he hopes to help others share in. Other events in May include a second public panel discussion on kauri die-back (date to be confirmed) and the Titirangi Poets group will meet on Saturday May 12, 2-4pm. Activities for children in May include New Zealand music month preschool sessions featuring New Zealand stories, rhymes and dance. A ukulele class for ages 9+ is planned for Saturday May 19 at 2pm. A limited supply of uke’s means bookings are required (or you can bring your own). At a craft session on Saturday May 12, 10:30-11:30am, children can make a Mother’s Day surprise. The library will be taking photographs and creating special picture frames to take home. Local school librarian Kate Richards will be launching her debut novel Trainsurfer at Titirangi Library on Saturday May 26 at 11am. Although aimed at children 10-16, Trainsurfer should also appeal to adults. Kate will be doing a reading, taking questions and offering a lucky draw give-away. Registrations are preferred for all these free events. Phone 817 0011 or email Titirangi.library@ aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.

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Lizard solves Auckland’s housing crisis Yeah gidday. I guess there’s nothing that can make a bloke feel as old, or as proud and perhaps a little sadder, than looking for your child’s first home to buy. To be straight up, Lizard Junior is not the brightest maraschino in the steam pudding. He once sold his car to get petrol money. Idiot. Junior, his partner Britenly and little Jade, their first born, wanted at least three bedrooms, three bathrooms and all in neutral tones for re-sale value. They haven’t even looked at a house yet and are already thinking about when they sell? That’s what the real estate people say, she said. Yep. They also say a leaking roof and a rotten bathroom have so much potential that you should put in an offer which is more than you can pay in your life time. Britenly, is alas, a matching pair intelligencewise with Junior. The local policeman told her to put her breast back in her top or he would arrest her for indecent exposure. That’s when she realised she’d left Jade, their breast-fed baby, on the bus. Being the Dad, we put our money together and scraped up a deposit. Twenty seven grand. Yeehaw! But not quite enough for the bank’s first year’s interest. We drove up and down the North-Western. Nothing.

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However, we did pass thousands of road cones. Thousands. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. Nobody has died from smoking a cone. An old school mate coincidently, moved to Whanganui and works for a crowd that manufactures road cones. 50,000 a year to be exact. He said a least three times that amount are imported annually by the big construction companies. That’s two million every 10 years. Heaps more than immigration. More than the population. Cones to direct us. Prone cones. Cones that are alone cones. Green eggs and ham, Sam I am, cones. They’re PVC or vinyl chlorine. The world produces 44 million tonnes of chlorine, so we are doing our bit to use it up. We don't want chlorine laying about. It stings. So, with heads down, we decided to build the kids an apartment up the back. It started with a couple of road cones but before long we had built a thirty metre fence out of them. Then good old Google showed us a process called polymerisation which let us pour the liquid cones into a driveway. We cut off the end for a long-drop. Plumbed them for vanity units and plant holders. Even built the back wall of the apartment. I guess orange is the new wood. Anyhoo, they now live in a maintenance-free dwelling in high-vis orange. The Westie camouflage for the unemployed. How ironic. Please stop when you see me putting a road cone in front of you. True, there’s no road works, but there’s always time for a quick chat. Later, Lizard.

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