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ISSUE 171, JUNE 2018

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Out & about............................................................................. 4 More Waitakere tracks to be reopened................................... 5 So will our Boards’ plans get the big tick?.............................. 6 Like a well-oiled piece of machinery........................................ 7 Art and about with Naomi McCleary.....................................8-9


Iwi excited to share stories and history.................................. 10 Places to go: Events listing................................................12-13 Feature: Education............................................................14-16 Bandstanding: Andrew White................................................. 18 Showcase: Elise Bridler........................................................... 19 News from Titirangi Theatre; NetWorkWest.......................... 20 Walking west with Mick Andrew............................................ 21 Live @ the lounge.................................................................. 22


Advertisers directory.............................................................. 23 On our Cover: These two stilt-walking forest nymphs were among the many entertainers at the recent Kauri Karnival. For more see page 4. Photo by Bevis England.

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Residents around Titirangi Beach were surprised to be visited by a helicopter last month. It had been chartered by Vector to lift three replacement power poles into the bush between Titirangi Beach and Tanekaha Roads. The new fibreglass poles were necessary following the damage caused to Vector’s network by recent storms. The recent Kauri Karnival, organised by Waitakere Ranges Local Board aimed to raise awareness of the kauri, its environment and the threats it faces, including kauri dieback disease. Many local environmental organisations were involved in the event, including Kauri Rescue, Forest & Bird and EcoMatters. The family-friendly event at Parrs Park saw a great variety of activities including bouncy castles, garden fairies, circus games and music from The Mutes from Mars, the bluegrassinspired Pipi Pickers (pictured) and many others.

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More Waitakere tracks to be reopened More Waitakere tracks will be gradually reopened to the public as Auckland Council upgrades surfaces to a standard that prevents the spread of kauri die-back. Since early May, tracks have had to meet the requirements of a Controlled Area Notice (CAN) where no soil can be transferred and kauri are not at risk of infection. Only 29 tracks have met or partially met the standard so far, down from the 44 originally proposed to remain open by Auckland Council (including the popular Kitekite Falls Track). According to Te Kawerau a Maki spokesperson, Edward Ashby, the change from the original figure was due to the poor condition of many tracks when they were reviewed in late April. “We audited the tracks using a scoring methodology I developed,” Edward said. “A minimum pass was a score of 5/10. Most tracks only reached 1/10. Council should be aiming for long-term infrastructure upgrades that are scoring 8/10 or higher in my view.” However, two of the tracks that did not initially pass the audit were reopened after extensive upgrades and maintenance. The upper loop of the Arataki Nature Trail and the Parker Track, both near the Arataki Visitor Centre, have been resurfaced with metal and had all side drains cleared of debris, said Auckland Council Regional Parks Manager, Rachel Kelleher. “High track surface standards enable visitors to still enjoy access to kauri forest and clean their footwear on the way in and out,” Rachel said. “This is an essential condition of the Controlled Area Notice that sits over the forested areas of the park.” Breaking the conditions, by either going off track or neglecting to clean footwear on dirt tracks can now result in $50,000 fine or three months in prison. In addition to the upgraded surfaces at Arataki Nature Trail and Parker Track, improved disinfectant stations have been installed.

A recently upgraded cleaning station near Arataki Visitor Centre.

These consist of a walk-through unit with a brush fixed to the floor as well as the larger barrel and pump dispenser. More conspicuous than the rudimentary brush and bottle, the barrels also hold more of the Sterigene solution, reducing the frequency of refilling by regional park staff. With more of these upgrades, Rachel expects other tracks to be opened in the near future. “Staff are hoping to have further tracks open around the Arataki Visitor Centre in coming weeks and are also working on a number of others including the tracks that enter the Kitekite Falls area.” – Mick Andrew For the latest information on what tracks are open or closed visit pests-weeds/Pages/protect-our-kauri-trees.aspx.

Keep Kauri Standing in your backyard The forested areas of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park are now closed The forested areas of the Waikatere Ranges Regional Park are closed, with some exceptions where a Controlled Area Notice is in place from 1 May 2018. Auckland Council has taken this action to provide the highest level of protection against Kauri Dieback Disease, which is threatening the survival of Kauri in our region, while still enabling some managed use of these areas. To find local tracks you can still enjoy click add url Please respect the closures that are in place. Scrub, spray and stay on the open tracks

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So will our Boards’ plans get the big tick? Will the Waitakere Ranges and Whau make traffic travel, the nicer Local Boards get the big tick to progress a place becomes.” much-wanted projects under Auckland Costs are estimated in Council’s latest 10-year budget plan? the “10s of millions” and As The Fringe went to press each of if approved there would be Auckland’s 21 local boards was waiting three staged parts to the to hear if one of their big local projects project. “If given the tick and would get the go-ahead for the 2018 in a perfect world, things 2028 period. could get underway in the For the Waitakere Ranges Local Board next 12 months,” Greg says. the key project is the beautification of “Roading would be in the Glen Eden Village and Whau Local Board reasonably near future and has its sights set on a local pool and the town square could start Is this the future of Glen Eden? recreation centre. fairly quickly. The punchIf it gets the tick, Glen Eden Village will see significant redevelopment. through and landscaping will depend on Auckland Council firstly One of the properties on West Coast Road would be removed, with a approving the project, and secondly, fitting it into their 10-year landscaped walkway created through to the railway station. There's budgetary plan. also a plan to develop a town square near the local board offices “Things need to be worked out. Over the years Glen Eden has had making it a “people space to visit and enjoy,” says board chair, Greg 30 or 40 redevelopment plans, firstly in the last 1980s, and there was Presland. a big one again in 2007. Plans in 2012 were thwarted when the budget “Glen Eden is a lovely place but it suffers from being a car park. disappeared overnight. This is as least round four.” People come here all the time but they park their cars, do their Greg says that part of the problem with past plans is that Glen Eden is business and leave as quickly as possible. It’s not an inviting place for seen as quite resilient. “Places that are really suffering in Auckland are people. [The plan] would mean the loss of a few car parks but it might getting priority and because of Glen Eden’s resilience, it tends to miss mean more cafes and people-friendly spaces with landscaping. It would out. But its time must come soon.” be up to business owners to develop that, but hopefully it would be The Whau Board’s dream project is a multi-million dollar pool and one of the achievements,” he says. recreation centre in the next decade. “While it will probably sit in the With Auckland Transport looking at doing major traffic calming later time frame, I’d like to think it was earlier – perhaps in the next on West Coast Road to slow the traffic with raised platforms at seven years,” says board chair Tracy Mulholland. intersections, a third dimension enters the plan. – Moira Kennedy “It’s a slightly radical idea for some people but the slower you N AT UR AL H E ALT H • S U P P LE M E N TS • SUP E R FO O D •


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Like a well-oiled piece of machinery Asking home owners to get their paths and Fund-raising is part of the role too decks water-blasted before winter really kicks and the team is currently aiming to in seems like an odd request coming from a fire get a replacement Stokes basket, a fighter. But it’s a smart thing to do according to litter that helps carry injured people the chief fire officer of the Titirangi Volunteer out of the bush or other difficult to Fire Brigade, Randolph Covich. access places. The reason? They get very slippery and slimy, “It’s a significant piece of especially in bush areas and that equals people equipment, especially around this slipping or falling down. The results are broken area with tracks and bush walks. limbs or worse. And it can be used to carry rescue “We do quite a lot of work with St John gear into difficult areas as well as carrying people from their properties. It’s part bring injured people out,” Randolph of our job but we’re not great fans of going to says. help with patient lifts when paths and decks are Volunteers are highly trained and dangerous and put us and the St John crews at their performance is statistically risk,” he says. measured with the rest of the Randolph’s been a volunteer with the Titirangi country. Titirangi is always in the Fire District since 1983 and is one of 27 volunteers top tier nationwide. and operational support staff working from the “We do train hard to ensure we Titirangi station 5.30pm–7am, Monday to Friday function well,” says Randolph. “You and during weekends and public holidays. Four can be at home watching TV and five paid staff work at the station during business minutes later you could be helping hours. someone at a car accident, at a fire, Nationwide about 11,300 volunteers belong to Titirangi locals: CFO Randolph Covich and volunteer or at a job on the other side of town. the more than 650 brigades serving communities, firefighter Jason Thornley. “Some of it can be grim. What I small towns and outer suburbs and respond to about 20-30 per cent of like about it is that you see people at their very best and the public all incidents the New Zealand Fire Service attends. sometimes at their very worst. When the team is functioning well, it’s April’s violent storms saw the local volunteers dealing with 55 calls in like a well oiled piece of machinery.” just 24 hours, and there were many more call outs during the business hours of the tempest. Much of that work was clearing flooded and Winter safety tips clogged drains, trimming branches and removing vegetation that came • Clean chimneys and fireplaces, down on properties and roadways in the high winds. “We did a lot of • Check electric blankets – they should be replaced every five work,” says Randolph, "but we did get a new chainsaw donated to us years, by a Titirangi community member.” • Check that fire alarms and batteries are working – including And community is what the local fire service is all about. They’re dusting them, involved in education in schools and galas, putting up the lights in the • Check that heaters, clothes dryers and portable gas heaters are Village at Christmas and a host of other community events as well in good working order, and as the tough realities of the job – property fires, road crash rescues, • Water-blast decks and paths. working around dangerous terrain like cliffs, hazardous substance spills and decontamination, natural disasters (like storms and the problems caused by heavy rain and high winds) and medical co-responses with St John.

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Photography: much more than simple images


The Eyes Have It is an exhibition by West Auckland photographers, in association with the Auckland Festival of Photography, taking place at the West Coast Gallery in Piha. Photo by Ted Scott.

We are drowning in a sea of digital images. What will future generations make of the endless recording of banality? Why did grandma take pictures of her meals? Who are those people clustered around her? Who or what is on that distant stage? I am engaged in a battle against time and memory. I have excavated the boxes of family photographs in a last-ditch effort to identify my grandparent and great-grandparent generations, in the fond hope that my children and grandchildren will want to know who they were. The photographs go back as far as the late nineteenth century; many faded, sepia-toned, cracked and frayed at the edges. There are frustratingly cryptic messages on the backs of some. In the early 1920s it was common to have postcards made from family photos. A beautiful Edwardian woman (possibly an aunt?) has scrawled on the back of one: ‘Lovely to see you last weekend. I left my blouse behind. Can you send it with Bert?’ There is a heart-rending image of six exhausted WW1 soldiers taken in 1914, one of them my father. There is a letter on the back in his exquisite writing, now too faded to decipher. Arrrrgh! It’s a forensic exercise; comparing another of a swashbuckling man with waxed moustache with the blurred chap standing beside the woman I know was my grandmother. I will get only so far but what it is teaching me is that I need to meticulously identify all the photographs taken of my life and that of my children and wider family. There are boxes of those too, to be scanned and put into some semblance of order. I know I am not alone. Each family’s images carry the culture of our society, along with the stories handed down – yet another medium to be recorded. In recent decades images of ordinary lives have found their way into the world of art and art institutions.

Within my working life I can recall a time when the art world was frankly ‘sniffy’ about photography as an art form, and very few galleries of note would deign to exhibit the work of photographers. (There were exceptions of course – Brian Brake, Laurence Aberhart, Robin Morrison, Gil Hanly, Peter Peryer to name but a few.) That barrier has well and truly come tumbling down. The retrospective exhibition of Arts Laureate Fiona Pardington’s work at the Auckland Art Gallery a year or so ago was a spectacular example of an artist working magic solely through the lens of a camera. And so we have the splendid Auckland Festival of Photography (May 31 to June 22). I know for a fact that in the early years it was a real battle to get councils and funding institutions to back this concept of gathering the communities of Auckland into a celebration of all things ‘photographic’. Julia Durkin, who founded the festival, was tireless in her belief and fierce in her lobbying for support. It seems to me to have carved out a significant place in the cultural life of the city. It is a broad church; including everything from high-end arts exhibitions in top galleries to community-based competitions. I’m sure much of it will come directly from mobile phones and/ or digital cameras, although there are still outstanding practitioners of the early technologies who love the alchemy of shutters, wet plates and darkrooms. Check out the brief for the Nikon Auckland Photo Day (Saturday June 9). It is an open-access public competition run over a period of 24 hours. For one day only Aucklanders are asked to capture an image which reflects ‘their Auckland’. If the photo is good enough to show your friends and family – your built-in audience – it might be good enough to win a prize. Groups, individuals, families, children, anyone with access to a camera, is encouraged to submit the scenes, people and places that reflect their Auckland region. Visit for more on both the Auckland Photo Day and other Festival events. The Auckland Festival of Photography is also being celebrated in West Auckland galleries.

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Although not officially part of the photography festival, Te Uru has Nga Tohu o Te Kawerau a Maki, led by Te Kawerau a Maki executive chair, Te Warena Taua. The exhibition will “remember and celebrate our heritage”, says Te Warena. The gallery notes that the iwi is gifting visitors the opportunity to see images of tupuna and taonga that ground current relationships in an understanding of the past. “Ka titiro whakamuri, me anga whakamua – We look back so that we forge ahead!” Photographs will undoubtedly be part of the narrative that weaves this hugely significant story into a whole. The exhibition marks an ongoing and developing relationship between the gallery and local iwi. Te Uru, a name that refers to the phrase Te Hau a Uru (the wind from the west), was gifted to the gallery by Te Kawerau a Maki. Te Hau a Uru was also the title of the first exhibition, developed in partnership with Te Kawerau a Maki, that opened the gallery in November 2014. Over the past year, three other major Te Uru exhibitions demonstrated the power and range of the art of photography to tell and document stories, including the recently completed From Scratch exhibition. In Picturing Asia: Double Take the work of Brian Brake, who we claim as our own, was paired with that of American Steve McCurry, who had been inspired by Brake’s famous Monsoon series. For last year’s festival, Roger Ballen’s Theatre of the Mind disturbed and provoked with surreal and staged images reflecting the subconscious and an understanding of the human condition. We are fortunate to have a public institution that curates and brings us work with such mana and is not afraid to ‘shake us up’ from time to time. Photography also plays a role in the diverse educational work produced in the Learning Centre under the direction of Iona Mathieson.

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Upstairs Gallery has two exhibitions by women this month, one new to the genre and one with a long and loving history behind the camera. Until recently Maxine ParkinJones had used photography as a way of recording and archiving her life’s work in textiles, fibre sculpture, ceramics, painting and window dressing. In Blacker than White she is engaging with the photo image directly, using the nikau palm as subject matter. For her the nikau has a unique shape and majesty of its own which she has captured both in the Waitakere Ranges and on Waiheke Island. Her exhibition includes photograms, negative and positive images, pen and ink drawings photographed and set in the context of the history of the nikau palm. Tatiana Harper arrived here from Latvia in 2000 and now calls New Zealand home. Photography has been in her life for as long as she can remember. She grew up with a photographer dad and a home with a dark room, where all of her photos were developed, one frame at a time. Although she has embraced and used digital technology, she has returned to the darkroom for this exhibition. She says: “I missed that anticipation and careful planning of each precious shot, so in 2009 I got back into analogue photography, as it reminded me of my childhood. Old School is a collection of photographs that were taken on film with my two favourite cameras – a Canon AL-1 and a Mamiya C 33. Both cameras were gifted to me by friends.” These exhibitions run June 8 to July 1.

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practice works to provide visibility to communities and people, often misrepresented in mainstream society. This is done through generating a living archive of recorded interviews, photographs and sound recordings. The scope of this archive ranges from the political to the personal and documents Pacific, Maori, and LGBTQI communities. Here is a perfect demonstration of how still and moving images can open a door to a world view mostly hidden from the mainstream eye. This exhibition runs June 1 to July 15.

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Iwi excited to share stories and history with local community


Matariki is coming west this year with local There will be plenty of the latter, iwi Te Kawerau a Maki set to host the Maori with many of the events including New Year festival across the West Auckland kapa haka performances, a street region. party, Maori cuisine and family kite Over 100 events are planned from June 30 flying. The flying of kites has always to July 22, starting with a dawn ceremony been a special feature of the festival and karakia at the Arataki Visitor Centre. as, according to custom, the kites fly “Hikurangi (West Auckland) has always close to the stars. been an area of cultural significance for us,” There will also be musical said Te Kawerau a Maki spokesperson Robin performances from several wellTaua-Gordon, “which is why we have chosen known female vocalists as well Arataki as the venue for the dawn ceremony.” as a Te Taumata Kapa Haka, which Once widely celebrated, Matariki fell out Arataki Visitor Centre to host opening of Matariki 2018. will highlight the power of wahine of popularity around 1940. In recent years Photo: Auckland Council. (woman) in a cultural context. however, it has been revived and is now experiencing a resurgence with Everyone is invited to learn the words and actions of the haka, which large numbers of people eager to honour ‘New Zealand thanksgiving.’ can be found on YouTube and will be performed at the dawn ceremony The dates correspond with the rise of the Matariki star cluster at Arataki. (Pleiades) in mid-winter. According to myth, the Matariki stars were “Public practises will be held at Arataki so keep an eye out for the the result of the god of the winds, Tawhirimatea being angry about dates as they are confirmed” said Robin. the separation of his parents, Papatuanuku, the earth mother and While the full festival programme will be released in early June, Ranginui, the sky father. In a rage, he tore out his eyes and cast them people can keep up with updates on the Matariki facebook page. into the sky. Matariki translates as ‘the eyes of god.’ “Te Kawerau a Maki feel privileged to be able to celebrate Matariki Traditionally, Matariki was a time to reflect on the past while with community members,” said Robin. “We look forward to sharing celebrating the present and planning for the future. Lost loved ones our stories and our history with the community.” were honoured, and the bounty of the future was celebrated. Matariki – Mick Andrew is as much a time for remembrance as it is for rejoicing, singing and The full programme of Matariki events is available at www. dancing.

Sandy Mill to welcome Matariki Mid-winter will soon be upon us and Auckland will soon be alive with events to herald in the Maori New Year that is Matariki Festival Here in the west we will again be host to a series of fantastic concerts held at Lopdell House Theatre, and this year the sweet soul sounds of Sandy Mill (SJD, The New Telepathics), Cat Tunks (BlackSandDiva), and special guests from Taranaki – The Slacks (Saturday July 21) will all perform as part of Te Mara o Te Po – The Night Garden Concerts, a celebration of the Maori New Year through music. Saturday June 30 will see Sandy Mill and band take the stage with support from Steve Tofa. Sandy is no stranger to Titirangi audiences, well known for her performances with SJD. Her rich smooth singing voice has led her to work with Basement Jaxx,

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

june w – 3, Works by local artist Kim Gunther; Upstairs Gallery, Lopdell House. Phone 817 4278.

w – 17, Life should be simple and good, Kerry Ann Lee

continues her interest in craft, identity and place; Te Uru. Phone 817 8087. w – 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. w – July 15, Storytelling as koha: consolidating community memories, Tuafale Tanoa’i (aka Linda T) presents an archive of photos and recordings in a performance framework; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w – July 15, Held by Stars, Darcell Apehu and Emily O’Hara mark the first sighting of Matariki; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w – August 5, 27, Heartfelt, textiles and wall hangings by Christine Robson; West Coast Gallery, Piha. Phone 812 8029. w – August 5, Blind Carbon Copy: An Open Love Letter, Gabrielle Amodeo delves into the representation and signifiers of intimacy; Te Uru. Phone 817 8087.

w – August 5, Headforemost, Stephen Ellis reimagines w 11, Titirangi Death Cafe: Tea (or coffee), cake and

the historical significance of Cornwallis wharf; Te Uru. Phone 817 8087. w – August 26, Dark Horizons, Abdul Abdullah, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah and Khaled Sabsabi reflect on migration; Te Uru. Phone 817 8087. w 1, West Auckland Mens REBUS Club for retired or semi-retired men, guest speaker and morning tea; Kelston Community Centre; 9.30am. Phone Roger 834 7945. w 2, Urban Nature Walk; meet at Green Bay Beach; 9 - 10am; Email for further information. w 2, Kids Festival, stalls, entertainment, cafe and snacks; Green Bay Community House, 1 Barron Drive, Green Bay; 10am-1pm. Visit www.greenbaycommunityhouse. or email Anja at for further information. w 3, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732. w 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 9, Composting Basics Workshop; Green Bay Community House, 1 Barron Drive, Green Bay; 1-3pm; Free. Register at composting-workshop-green-bay-2/ or call 482 1672 during office hours. w 9, Titirangi Folk Music Club with Summer Breeze, floor singers in the first half; Titirangi Beach Hall, Titirangi Beach Road; 8pm; $10, members $7, under 18s free. Phone Tricia 818 5659.

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. w 12, West Auckland Historical Society Family History Group meeting; Henderson Central Library Research Centre; 10-11.30am. Phone Gary Snow 832 5098, 021 618 434 or email w 12, Western Districts Women’s Dinner Club – Dinner and an entertainer; Bricklane Restaurant, 5 Clark St, New Lynn; 6.15pm. Phone Doreen 021 078 3780 to book. w 14, Waitakere Grey Power Association AGM with guest speaker Dr Rod Perkins from Dementia Auckland; Te Atatu South Community Centre, 247 Edmonton Rd, Te Atatu South; 12.30-2.30pm. Phone 838 5207. w 19, SeniorNet West Auckland, speaker, morning tea and chatting about computers; Kelston Community Centre; 10am. Phone June 021 179 3635. w 21, Waitakere Forest & Bird talk: Discovering Latin American Biodiversity with Gael Ogilvie, Auckland Council; Kelston Community Centre; 7.30pm; koha appreciated. Phone Liz 027 476 2732 or email w 22, Flicks presents Lady Bird (R13); Titirangi Theatre, Lopdell House; 10.30am, 6pm and 8.15pm. Full details and trailer at Phone 818 2489 for details and bookings w 22, 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.

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Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732. 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:



music; Titirangi War Memorial Hall; 10am-2pm. Contact Tess on or phone 022 631 9436. w 24, WestLynn Garden AGM; 73 Parker Avenue, New Lynn; 12.45pm. Phone Marguerite 027 437 7434. w 26, 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 27, West Auckland Historical Society hosts an evening of selected readings from stand out entries from its recent Capturing the West essay competition; Waitakere Gardens, Henderson; 7pm. Phone Gai Bishop 811 8724. w 30, VIBE, celebrating youth talent in the West; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w 30, Saturday Sewing Session; Green Bay Community House, 1 Barron Drive, Green Bay; 9.30 - 12.30pm; $10 per head. Email Jo at for further information.

• 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 Gallery, 420 Titirangi Road, Titirangi, 10am–4.30pm daily. 817 8087, info@ • Titirangi Theatre, Lopdell House Theatre, Titirangi. 817 5812, infoline 817 5951, • Upstairs Gallery, Level 1, Lopdell House, 418 Titirangi Road, 10am–4.30pm daily. 817 4278. • West Coast Gallery, Seaview Road, Piha, Open Wednesday – Sunday, 10am–4pm. 812 8029,

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Prepare for more rapid changes in the employment market With work options changing so rapidly over the last few years, it’s a minefield for teenagers wondering what kind of career to pursue and things are moving so quickly that no-one can predict what jobs will be available in just a few years’ time. We’re already seeing a decline or disappearance in some jobs. Video stores are long gone. Travel agents are decreasing in number as more people do their travel planning online. Bank tellers, retail assistants and postal workers seem few and far between. Digital literacy is said to be the new literacy and if a job can be easily automated or replaced by technology, it most likely will be. Printing workers will see vast changes in coming years and technology and automation are replacing repetitive jobs. The writing is on the wall for once rock-solid means of sharing information. Think printed newspapers, and even email, Facebook, Twitter and other online

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Your local high school is flourishing. We serve the families in the Titirangi and Green Bay area and are committed to providing high quality public education in our community. Principal, Morag Hutchinson, will speak in the auditorium at 10:00am and 12:30pm. There will be guided tours throughout the school between 9:30am and 2:00pm.

services are constantly reinventing themselves with faster, cheaper and so-called better options. With so many jobs being replaced by technology, it’s natural there will be a boost in technology-related career options. Engineers, technicians, application developers, designers and biomedical engineers will evolve their skills as technology also evolves. Careers New Zealand say some long-standing, high-demand industries that have traditionally offered good work opportunities, will continue to do so. For example: • Health – with an ageing population, demand for workers will continue to grow • Education – there is high demand for teaching and training services • Social services – again, an ageing population will drive demand for social support • Personal services – trades, accommodation, hospitality, transport, communications, property and business services • Agriculture and horticulture – high demand for our dairy, meat and fruit products will lead to more jobs But no matter how much the work environment changes, personal qualities will still shine like beacons and employers universally seem to want the same things from their employees: • a positive attitude, • being tech-savvy, • the ability to work collaboratively and in a team, • good communication skills, • self-management skills, • strategic thinking and problem solving ability, • flexibility, staying power and emotional resilience, and • a desire to constantly learn.

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Timely tips for school choice With massive changes in education offerings and needs in a rapidly changing world, schools (like all other educational, business or social service providers) are increasingly intent on providing the best outcomes for those using their services. That being so, it’s ‘open door’ time when schools invite parents and potential students in to see just what they have on offer; that time of year when parents look forward and do their research into the next step of their child’s education. And the big question at the heart of the exercise? What is the right school for my child? In an odd way it’s a little bit like house-hunting. Many of the questions that need to be answered when looking for a home relate to the feel and atmosphere of the building and its location. And many of the questions that need to be answered when choosing a school relate to similar intangible qualities. Some parents start their research years before their child goes to secondary school and do the rounds of schools over a couple of years to get an overview of what’s on offer. They check out school websites, seek word-of-mouth recommendations and will often ask other friends and associates for the experiences of others in their neighbourhood. If you’re planning to participate in school open days and information nights, the following questions and suggestions may help clarify your research • Does the school satisfy the child’s interests in educational and academic outcomes? Are all the child’s favourite subjects available? • Do the extra-curricular activities such as sports, clubs and hobbies reflect the child’s interests? • Take your child with you. They will have their own perspectives and will notice things you may miss. • Look at the scope of work on display. Does it meet the potential interests of your child? Does it represent a broad range of ability? What about other creative opportunities outside of the classroom? • Ask questions of the teachers. Why did they choose to teach at this school? What do they think makes their school better than other options? Are the teachers motivated? Do they seem enthusiastic, even happy? • Ask questions of the students too if any are around at the time. Do they like it here? Does it meet their academic, sporting and extra-curricular needs? What could this school do better in their view? Are they positive about the teachers, the education offered and the school life? Do they seem happy? • What are the classrooms like? Are there flexible learning spaces or traditional classrooms? What will suit your child best? • Does the school take pride in its buildings and grounds? • And above all, does the school have an atmosphere that feels right and does your child share your feeling?

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Titirangi Primary Car Boot Sale The next monthly Car Boot Sale takes place at Titirangi Primary School on Sunday June 24 from 9am to 12noon. Kings and queens of clutter, kids who are ready to part with old toys and anyone wanting to move last year’s winter jackets and shoes on will welcome the opportunity to turn unwanted items into cash. Or perhaps you have a craft or hobby and need a venue to sell the products of your artistic talent? The Car Boot Sale has also featured slime, bath bombs, plants, jewellery and even buskers, not to forget the coffee, hot chocolate, sausage sizzle, bacon butties, baking and more. Whether you want to make money or spend some, it’s a friendly, fun community event. To book a site (for $10) call Fiona on 021 022 16553 or email

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Arahoe School celebrates turning 60 Arahoe School has seen many changes since first opening its doors 60 years ago – and is marking its 60th birthday with the release of a special cookbook. The school opened in 1958 under the leadership of Mr S J Marks. It had six classrooms, six teachers and 169 students. Peter Bull became principal in 1966 followed

by Tony Turner in 1991. Richard Limbrick, the current principal, joined the school in 1993 by which time the school had grown to 13 classrooms, 13 teachers and 314 students. There have been numerous building projects undertaken over the years. The main office area was upgraded in 1997, a new library was built in 2000, heating was added to the pool in 2010, Ara Huaanga was added in 2012 and 2017 saw the opening of Te Ara Nui, the school’s new senior student block. A major project for this year is the upgrading of the six classrooms that the school originally opened with. In other changes, 2003 saw a transition from mufti to a uniform with yellow and navy blue colours. In 2012 the yellow was replaced with a teal blue and the navy was retained. In recent years, due to the relationship the school has with schools in Korea, Arahoe began to offer Mandarin and Korean language classes. These are part of a broad range of cultural programmes within the school that also includes kapa haka and pasifika groups.

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Dr Raniga says early treatment by a specialist can reduce or occasionally liminate the need for more extensive treatment at a later age. “Orthodontists pend a great deal of their post graduate training studying facial growth and evelopment,” says Dr Raniga. There is much less stigma around wearing braces nd orthodontic appliances, compared with what parents may recall from their wn childhood. “Teenagers will actually ag Mum and Dad for an appointment. Our children know the value of a eautiful, functional smile that will last them a lifetime, and they’re willing to ut the work in now. If that’s not a wise investment, I don’t know what is.”

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Music and performance have always been strong and this continues through extra curricular lunch-time groups as well as through classroom learning. The introduction of a Unicycle Club back in 2010 has given students a unique opportunity to learn something quite different. Arahoe School now has 740 students, 38 teachers and 32 classrooms. The cookbook project was seen as a way for the school to capture some of its 60-year history, as well as sharing some favourite recipes from the many families who make up the school community. The images to accompany the recipes were sent in by the families and the school used the images unchanged. The range of recipes in the cook book also reflects the cultural diversity of the school. Copies can be purchased from the school office or via email at arahoecookbook@gmail. com.

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Inspired by love, life, people and nature to my neighbour and remarked how Andrew White – self-described delicious the Pacific pale ale was. It troubador – arrived on our shores turned out I was talking to the owner at the age of 16 with a bag full of of the BBC brewery and bar, Steve dreams. He’d been teaching himself Simms. We had a lively conversation finger-style guitar for the previous about beer and he let slip that he had three years so he entered a guitar a new brew but no idea what to call competition hosted by Kevin Black at it. I think I was onto my third Pacific the Auckland Boat Show. pale ale and as sometimes happens, “I won $50, two tickets to see Bo my brain erupted with a very cunning Diddly at the Town Hall, and two plan. I said, well I know what you dozen bottles of Coca-Cola. This was should call it … Beautiful Trouble!” a watershed moment as I felt that this “Steve was silent for a short while. could be a very cool way of making Long story short, he pitched the idea a living.” So naturally, when The to US microbrewery Ninkasi. A few Fringe caught up with Andrew he was weeks later while I was in South Africa poolside in Phuket “with my guitar Andrew White: inspired by love, life, people and nature. and a much worn and battered bag of dreams beside me. I’m still living on a blind date, I had an email saying that they loved the idea and when my dream. I’ve spent my life travelling and falling in and out of love, just could I come back to discuss it. We reached an arrangement and now travelling and writing songs about it all. So I’m still doing it, still loving every bottle of Beautiful Trouble has a QR code where a scan will take you to a page about the beer that also has my website on it where you it, still falling in and out of love, just not as much and not so hard.” Music came to Andrew at an early age, when he found refuge in the can purchase my album. This is now available in 15 states in America!” The next step with Beautiful Trouble is for Andrew to take it on the piano rooms at boarding school in England. “It was there I learnt to love both music and meditation,” he explains. “I would press the pedals road and to the world. He’s already written his next album, which he with my feet quite aggressively, which made the whole of the piano plans to start recording as soon as possible. Andrew has played with some of the big names in the business too. board resonate. I would then close my eyes and allow myself to follow this resonance into infinity and beyond. This was my happy place, in a “In the early days I was rather brash and fearless. I was always out and about networking, and never afraid to ask for a gig. I was never afraid place that was otherwise not at all happy.” At age 13 Andrew fell in love with the acoustic guitar, and the music to go up to famous people and ask them to take me on tour with them. of Ralph McTell, Bert Janch, Paul Simon and John Martyn. “I would Many of them laughed, but some of them said yes. One day I phoned describe my guitar style as essentially finger-style acoustic folk-rock- Jerry Harrison from Talking Heads and asked if he would fly to New pop. However I have also developed my own style of playing which I Zealand to open my friend’s night club in Auckland. I’d met him while recording in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We used to go drinking together like to call the effortless bliss guitar technique.” And it’s serving him well. Andrew has just released his 16th album, and had played the odd round of golf with Brian Ritchie of the Violent Beautiful Trouble. This is his favourite album so far. “And it got me out Femmes. He said yes! And once I managed to get hold of Jim Kerr from of a deep funk that probably lasted some years. My wife – 23 years Simple Minds and I asked him to come over and do a gig with me in younger than myself – had run off with a very good-looking, smooth- New Zealand but when he found out I wasn’t a big promoter he hung talking Italian chap. I mean it was obviously going to happen at some up. You have to have some balls, and in the early days I had big ones.” Right now Andrew’s immediate plan is to stay in Phuket. “I’m trying point, but love is blind!” Fortunately there’s also a Beautiful Trouble beer in which one could to secure a contract to stay here by the swimming pool and play guitar drown one’s sorrows. “I was having a beer on a Friday at the BBC bar music overlooking the beach for the duration of New Zealand’s winter. Continued on page 21 >> in Birkenhead and while my drinking partner was in the loo, I turned

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Feed your body the right stuff and it’ll perform to its optimum Working with a professional nutritionist can give our bodies the best possible support to ensure they function at their very best. Each body’s healthy functioning is supported by how we feed it and if we’re not getting optimum performance from it a small nutritional tweak could get it back in the best of health. Titirangi nutritionist, Elise Bridler, says that as we are all different, it’s natural for our bodies to have slightly different nutritional needs. “I experimented with different ways of eating over time, and I noticed that what I was eating at different times could have different effects on my body,” she says. “I’ve experienced detrimental and beneficial effects with food myself and now know what works for me and my health. It’s what has led me to my profession Elise Bridler: practising holistic nutrition. and now I want to help other people find what’s right for them,” she says. “The more you work with your body, the more in tune with it you get but it’s difficult to recognise symptoms that you may not realise are nutrition-related. I see symptoms as the body’s way of communicating with us, talking to us and telling us there’s something out of balance that needs help.” Elise sees her role as a health professional practising holistic nutrition specifically targeted to individual clients. “Our bodies are made up of cells and all of them have different nutritional needs. Brain cells have different needs to bone cells. “Depending on what’s going on with someone there can be cellular processes that are going awry and that will cause certain symptoms. If we can provide the nutrition cells need to heal and get on track with producing the right compounds or healthy cell activity, that’s healing. “It can be simple or complex, depending on age and lifestyle and is just as relevant for children as adults,” Elise says. “The right nutrition and nutrients can support issues in children around behaviour, attention span, allergies, digestive troubles or anxiety.” In adults, nutrition can support energy, sleep, hormones, joint and muscular health, fatigue, mental clarity, cardiovascular, skin,

From Titirangi Library

It’s been great having musicians from Green Bay High School performing every Thursday evening in May for NZ Music Month. We welcome music in the Library and invite local musicians to contact us if they would like a warm and inviting venue. Coming up in June we have another of our ongoing ‘human library’ talks: on June 14 at 11am Mary (Bobbie) Woodward will be speaking about her time as a somewhat reluctant Miss New Zealand, and her initial reception in England. If you’re self-employed, you may want to come along to Liz Zellman’s talk on Saturday June 16 at 2pm. Liz is a whizz with Xero accounting software and will give an introduction to how the package works and answer questions. We also have our regular monthly book chat events on the first Tuesday and Saturday of the month. Come along and get some new ideas for your next read. For the kids there are regular after-school Minecraft and Lego clubs, we have a new ukulele class on Monday afternoons and Creative Paper Craft takes place every Tuesday in June at 3.30pm. We’d like to restart our after-school children’s knitting club and need keen volunteers who are confident knitters and happy to commit to a weekday afternoon through winter. – Christine Carter, Titirangi Library. Phone 817 0011.

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inflammation, infections, low iron, anaemia and many, many more issues affecting our everyday health, says Elise. “For myself, I’ve found that more old-fashioned ways of eating really suited my body.” Elise says she thinks that people’s understanding of what good nutrition is has been lost with the passage of time and science is now starting to support what our grandparents and their parents did as normal for them. But what exactly is traditional nutrition? “The most natural ways of raising food – animals and plants – and the least amount of intervention in processing it, getting rid of additives our bodies don’t need, eating with the seasons. For example, more soups and stews in winter will support our bodies more. Traditional food is also food that’s easier to digest. Fermented vegetables like sauerkraut are really old foods. Food has been fermented in things like pumpkin skins for example, long before there were even vessels to do it in.” Another part of traditional eating involves thinking more about the parts of animals that we eat (if we’re meat eaters). Think beef cheeks and liver. “These got lost a bit and are now making a comeback,” says Elise. “It’s challenging to fit changes into modern life as people are so busy, so I like to help them make small adjustments and tweaks to suit them. I want to help people avoid some of the pitfalls and challenges with their bodies and nutrition. “Dietary changes can be quite small and still have positive effects on health. Sometimes change can happen within weeks, sometimes it takes longer to listen to the body’s messages and work with those. It needs to be slow and steady and sustainable change that becomes part of life and is enjoyable to do.” For a free phone consultation call 027 609 4661. – Moira Kennedy


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on stage That commonplace gadget you are advised to turn off when the lights in the theatre go down, or when the plane takes off, becomes a mysteriously powerful totem of transformation in Dead Man’s Cell Phone, a delicious play by Sarah Ruhl. .Jean is sitting quietly in a cafe when she becomes increasingly frustrated at the endlessly ringing cellphone on the table next to her. Its owner won’t answer it and Jean soon realises it is because he’s dead. In her panic, she begins answering the persistent phone calls, including one from the dead man’s mother, and finds out the man’s name is Gordon. She sits with him until the ambulance arrives. Robert Hurwitt, in reviewing a production in 2009 in San Francisco, wrote: “After one of her better plays, you exit the theater to enter a Ruhl world of ordinary people living extraordinary lives and small coincidences opening into quirky metaphysical conundrums.” Dead Man’s Cell Phone, directed by Duncan Milne, opens in Lopdell House on June 5, and runs until June 16. Bookings may be made at Titirangi Pharmacy or online at Preparations are already underway for our third production of the year, An Ideal Husband, by Oscar Wilde, to be directed by Liz Watkinson. The play deals with corruption and attempted blackmail in 18th century English politics. Sir Robert Chiltern, Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs and a rising star in the political firmament has a dark secret. In his youth he leaked the details of a political document in order to obtain a large sum of money that has been the foundation of his political success. His wife, Lady Chiltern, cannot begin to conceive that her ideal husband could ever be guilty of such a crime and as far as Sir Robert is concerned she never will know and nor will anyone else. But glamorous, unscrupulous Mrs. Cheveley has other ideas. She has come to London with the express purpose of forcing him to repeat the crime so that this time she can reap the benefits of it. Set in the glittering high society of the time and with a large cast of gloriously eccentric characters, Oscar Wilde extracts every ounce of comedy from this serious subject in his famous, witty epigrammatic style. There will be a relaxed read-through of the play at the theatre on Monday June 11 to get a feel for the play and the characters before the auditions which will be at 1.30pm, June 17. For further information phone Liz (817

5812 or 021 657 396) or email It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Lindsay Nash. Lindsay directed more than 20 productions for Titirangi Theatre, in a wide variety of genres. Every play that he directed assisted the experienced actors in his cast to explore new skills, and gave the inexperienced confidence and insight into their characters. Lindsay also directed plays in other theatres, adjudicated for the New Zealand Theatre Federation, and was an examiner for Speech New Zealand. He sang, loved rugby and travel, friends and especially family. He will be missed. Visit for information on all sorts of things. – Phoebe Falconer

Left to right: Rachel Bock, Paul Greenwood and Georgie Monro in rehearsal for Dead Man’s Cell Phone.


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Exploring the city’s largest stand of native bush If you’ve never had a reason to visit Waikowhai, you’ve probably never been there. It’s a quiet suburb tucked away at the bottom of Hillsborough, technically central, but green enough to feel like the West. It’s also in the middle of the Waikowhai walkway, a coastal bush corridor connecting Onehunga to Green Bay and potentially the best alternative to the Waitakeres in the area. It takes about five hours one way, but the walkway can also be explored in four separate segments. One of these is Waikowhai Park, a large reserve featuring several sandy bays and the largest stand of native forest remaining on the Auckland Isthmus. Opened in 1914, the park was promoted as a healthy country getaway for Aucklanders and as one of the city’s most picturesque destinations. It remains that way today. There are multiple entry points, but I chose the western side on the hill at Cape Horn Road. The walk begins by descending through the scrub down some old wooden stairs and levels out after 10 minutes at a sealed path. Taking the right path toward Waikowhai Bay I came across the concrete skeleton of the old public changing sheds built when the park opened. It was once customary to build these sheds in secluded spots away from prying eyes; this one sits roofless and reclaimed by the trees like the ruin of some jungle temple. Two minutes further on are the calm waters of Waikowhai Beach, from where you can look across to Mangere Mountain, Ambury Regional Park and Puketutu Island. A peculiar aspect of this walk is that there is no set route. Paths criss-cross here and there, all leading to different destinations within the park. The foreshore is also accessible as a walkway and, at low tide, can be incorporated into a loop of the park and on to greater stretches of the entire walkway. I continued along the sealed path which circles the grassy clearing of the off-leash dog area. It then climbs to Waikowhai Road where there is a playground and a public toilet. The path continues across the road to the left of the playground before descending through native bush. For the flora fan, the park contains a variety of different specimens including several pittosporum, houpara (five finger) and kohekohe, the perfumed flowers of which grow directly from the trunk in a

process called cauliflory. Waikowhai translates as ‘kowhai along the water’s edge’, and it’s not surprising to see many of those distinctive trees along the way too. I continued past a gravel clearing and up the path to a junction, taking the left dirt path to Aldous Gate Road and through Captain’s Bush. Here the forest becomes even denser, presenting grizzled and cavernous gullies reminiscent of the Waitakere’s Zion Ridge Track. After 15 minutes, I followed the zigzagging path to the right, down toward Wesley Bay. From here the shelly beach leads toward the west and a set of stairs back into the bush, and I eventually reached the gravel clearing I’d passed before. The bottom of Waikowhai Road sits to the left and this leads down to Faulkner Bay. To the right of the beach, an overgrown, ramshackle path leads up to the crest of the hill and a viewing platform that overlooks the entire coast stretching out to Onehunga in the east and Green Bay in the west. This walk took between one and two hours, but with miles of coast in either direction, the full walkway is bound to keep you busy for a few weekends at least. >> Inspired

The historical remnants of the old changing sheds.

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“I had actually decided I would not come to Thailand for this audition, but when I woke up in my van parked in a friend’s driveway in Swanson at 4.30am, the frosty air prompted me otherwise. I had a coffee and by 10am, I had booked the flights and after lunch was on my way to warmer climes. A car picked me up at Phuket airport and drove me straight to the venue – the 5 star Pullman Panwa resort. Within an hour of landing I had auditioned to the management group and was lounging in the pool rewarding myself with a very well-made margarita!” Andrew has a connection with the West “since when I lived at KareKare beach and recorded my album Guitarra Celtica there.” But home for him is wherever he is “and I am on the road a lot.” Andrew is also a fledgling children’s author “I have two novellas coming out next year – over 30 chapters for kids 6-10 and also two books for children aged 3-5, one called The Pebble And The Pea, and one called The Whale Of Waitakere.” Inspired by love, life, people and nature Andrew says “life is good, life is awesome, and I wouldn't have it any other way.” His next New Zealand gig will be at Cafe 121 on Ponsonby Road, 4.30-6.30pm, Sunday June 3, $15 on the door. You can check out Andrew’s music and latest news at

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Lizard uncovers a Village mystery Yeah, Gidday. When I was a kid, I’d hang around on street corners wearing my grandfather’s oversized cheese-cutter cap keeping an eye out for troublemakers. I looked like Oliver Twist and my mates thought I was weird but I fantasised I was a newspaper reporter looking for the scoop that would bring down the baddies. Hopefully murderers. Shoot forward 50 years. The cheese-cutter is now a Warriors beanie and I’m leaning outside the public toilets and it should be no surprise to you, that my ears pricked up when I overheard a bloke say: “The body’s all hard and they’ll never find the head.” Now, I’ve eavesdropped many a time and I know my voices, and this man’s tone was definitely evil. As they exited the dunnies, I was pretending to read one of the posters on the outside wall. To make it look believable I even read one out loud: “At last. Somebody’s advertising ear wax removal,” hinting I was a little hard of hearing. Clever, eh? I pulled my beanie down over my eyebrows and casually clasped my hands behind my back and strolled behind the two gentlemen. I couldn’t hear every word but the shorter and more menacing of the two definitely said, “and even his cheapest so-called art, goes for heaps.” I knew it. My reporter skills were still sharp. I was witnessing a pair of murderous art thieves. Classic upper class Village crooks. Shorty crossed the street so I tailed the taller guy down the steps that led to the library. He was obviously the ring leader. Half way down the steep, dark track, he was met by a very buxom blonde, wearing wrap-around sunglasses and a head scarf. I thought her chest was heaving just a little too heavily for the rather mild conditions. They hugged, so I pretended to adjust my socks, mumbling, “bloody things are always slipping down me gumboots.” The dame said, and I quote, “I never wanted to get involved but now it’s gone too far. The police came by last night. I didn't know what to say.” The tall guy said, “Don’t worry. I'll sort it. Just go to work as usual and try to relax.” Then an awkward kiss. I squeezed past and used an old gum-shoe’s trick. I said, “Good morning. Is it not a great day to be alive?” Our eyes locked. His deep-set, cold peepers didn’t even blink. Shivers went down my spine. I walked ahead and thought I’d lost him until I turned and he was talking to a man in a van. They had the double rear doors open. I hit the ground and rolled between two parked cars. The new guy said that he had stuck the head on with icing and passed a huge cake to tall guy. The cake had an edging banner that said, ‘Congratulations On 30 Years Sergeant’. They then shook hands and the van guy asked me, “You OK down there mate?” I jumped up saying I was just straightening my back. An old war injury. I then went to the Razza for an ale and to gather my thoughts. I still felt something was fishy so I reckon I’ll continue to run a subtle sting outside the toilets. If you see me lurking about the Men’s, please don’t break my cover. Later, Lizard.

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