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contents Get ready for a Bagathon in the Village................................... 4 Out and about.......................................................................... 5 Curious little skulkers pop up locally........................................ 6 New crisis support service; Zero waste heroes........................ 7 Art and about with Naomi McCleary.....................................8-9 Matariki Festival events; At the libraries................................ 10


Places to go: Events listing................................................12-13 Lopdell Film Festival; News from Titirangi Theatre................ 14 Bandstanding: Trio of Serendip.............................................. 15 Feature: Education – Avondale’s champions take on world... 16 Why are all the tracks closed?............................................... 18 Tane Mahuta and kauri dieback: local students respond....... 19


What’s next for the Huia water treatment plant?.................. 20 Walking west with Mick Andrew............................................ 21 Live @ the lounge.................................................................. 22 Advertisers directory.............................................................. 23 On our Cover:

Revisitng La Rosa

It might be winter but we still have many geat reserves and parks we can explore and enjoy. One of these hidden gems is Green Bay’s La Rosa Reserve. Auckland Council used to manage its stormwater by directing it through piped networks, keeping run-off out of sight. In 2012 Auckland Council, assisted by environmental consultancy Boffa Miskell, embarked on a new approach, with the objectives of ecological restoration, sustainability, and reconnecting the local community back to its waterways. In a project that took over five years, two streams in the La Rosa Reserve, the Parahiku and Waitahurangi, have been restored to a natural state, with the removal of 180metres of 1350mm-diameter pipe and the creation of a stream habitat suitable for aquatic life. A network of walkways, boardwalks, bridges and stream-side plantings have created a unique and interesting suburban playground Considerable effort was put into getting the community involved in the project with local iwi, residents, schools and artists becoming involved through planting days. The development of a community orchard and a Pa Harakeke (weaving flax area) was also involved and art was used extensively to enhance the reserve including mosaic panels, an eel sculpture and more. With the support of EcoMatters Environment Trust and the award-winning Project Twin Streams initiative environmental and social baseline information was Continued on page 5 >>

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Get ready for a Bagathon in the Village A year after launching its campaign aimed at making the Village plastic-free and to eliminate single-use plastic bags, Love Titirangi is celebrating news that major supermarkets, including the local SuperValue, are rolling out sustainable alternatives to plastic bags. Love Titirangi was set up by local women Michele Powles, Kate Speakman and Karen Swainson who banded together and called on the community to sew reusable shopping bags to borrow or buy. At last July’s launch they organised sewing bees involving friends, family, workmates, school students, community groups and neighbours to create 2,000 free ‘boomerang’ bags made from recycled t-shirts, sheets, pillow cases and other washable fabrics. Other reusable Love Titirangi branded bags were sold for a small price. The positive community and local business response was immediate, supportive and enthusiastic and a number of Titirangi retailers now don’t use single-use plastic bags at all. “To date more than 5,500 bags have been put into the bins outside SuperValue and Titirangi Pharmacy for locals to use free of charge and these are now in permanent circulation,” says Michele Powles. Now it’s time to replenish boomerang bag supplies and Love Titirangi is calling on more people to make

Boomerang bags, working in Titirangi – SuperValue reports ordering less than 40% of the plastic bags it was ordering a year ago.

their own bags at a public ‘Bagathon’ in the Village on July 7. “People will be able to use sewing machines or make no-sew bags for free during the event outside Barfoot & Thompson in the Village between 10am and 1pm. Fabric and advice will be provided and hand-printed pre-made bags will be available for sale,” Michele says. “Local kids are especially excited at the moves to reduce plastic in New Zealand. A Picture Petition campaign run by Love Titirangi earlier this year saw hundreds of kids from local schools and kindergartens drawing pictures highlighting their concerns about plastic waste, especially in the ocean. “These were showcased at a celebration at Laingholm Kindergarten, acknowledging the centre’s achievement in becoming one of the first kindergartens in the country to go plastic bag-free.” Local MP Deborah Russel received the picture petition and then tabled the pictures at an Environmental Select Committee meeting in Parliament. Next on the agenda for Love Titirangi is offering a coffee cup recycling programme through local cafes. “Disposable coffee cups are lined and bound with polyethylene plastic which stops them leaking or going soggy, but unfortunately this also means they can’t be recycled in New Zealand and nearly all of them end up in landfill,” says Michele. “Someone who consumes five coffees a week can produce about 14kg of waste a year. Look out for new Love Titirangi cups in a cafe near you soon!” Village Bagathon; outside Barfoot and Thomson; 10am-1pm, Saturday July 7. www.facebookcom/Love Titirangi – Moira Kennedy

Keep New Zealand Beautiful has launched its annual Clean Up Week with a major clean up event on June 23. Registrations for the week, which will run September 10 – 16 open on July 2. Clean Up Week is the largest national Clean Up in New Zealand and the 2017 event saw 48,000 volunteers take part in 699 events nationwide. “Clean Up Week is the opportunity for everyday Kiwis to take part and help keep their local community beautiful,” says Heather Saunderson, CEO of KNZB who hopes that KNZB’s new partnership with G J Gardner Homes will make the 2018 event bigger and better. Clean Up events can be registered by groups of all sizes anywhere in New Zealand, and KNZB will provide everything you need to ensure your event is a success. This includes rubbish and recycling bags, gloves, health and safety guidelines, volunteer registration forms, certificates and stickers for the littlies and much more. FRINGEADLTD.pdf 1 15/11/16 16:33 www.knzb.org.nz

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Free sausages in Glen Eden The sun came out and so did the sausages when Watercare staff held a small celebration for local residents to mark the completion of the new $18 million Glen Eden wastewater tank project. The public milled around the Watercare barbecue, which was set up by the car park by Harold Moody Reserve, not realising they were standing on top of a 12-metre deep storage tank. Five manhole covers were the only sign of what lay beneath. Watercare project engineer Peter Kukulsky says 150 sausages were eaten in just over an hour. “Harold Moody Reserve is always a popular spot, particularly at the weekends, when so many people are enjoying sports activities,” he said. “We wanted to say thank you to the community, apologise for any disruption and inconvenience caused during construction and to celebrate this major upgrade in Glen Eden’s wastewater system.” The Glen Eden area has been prone to wet-weather overflows. The new tank (which has a storage capacity of two million litres) is helping to contain excess flows from the wastewater system, significantly reducing overflows. Construction of the Glen Eden wastewater upgrades began in late 2016 and was completed earlier this year. New larger wastewater pipes were also laid, connecting the new tank to the local network to service the growing population in the area.

>> Revisiting La Rosa, continued from page 3.

collected and an ongoing monitoring programme has been put in place. This has shown that there have been improvements in the local aquatic ecosystem and flooding risk to neighbouring properties has also been reduced. The latest water quality testing session took place last month (pictured above), attended by local residents and children. Paul Woodward of aFISHionado provided a native fish display and council staff demonstrated how to sample macro-invertebrates in the stream. According to Gabriela Ezeta, EcoMatters engagement and environmental advisor, the kids were great at spotting macro-invertebrates. “They were really fascinated by the damselfly!”

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Curious little skulkers pop up locally

‘If you make a noise [fernbirds] won’t run away like most birds. They’ll be curious and will pop their heads out of the vegetation and then pop back in again.”

A scruffy looking little bird that’s never before been found as far up the Whau River as Ken Maunder Park is creating quite a bit of chatter and chirruping among the team at the Whau River Catchment Trust. The fernbird came to light during the recent Great Whau Biodiversity Survey which Amber Simmonds, environmental education coordinator, says achieved ‘fantastic results’ including the identification of 20 different species of birds, 59 fungi, 187 plants, 14 spiders and 44 insects. As well as identifying several areas that need more restorative work, Amber and her team spotted banded rail tracks in the lower reaches of the Whau estuary before finding the secretive fernbird. The Trust’s ecological restoration coordinator, Neil Henderson, says Amber’s finding of the fernbirds at the park is quite extraordinary. “They’ve never been recorded there before. It’s exciting,” he says. While their population is good around Harbourview, Pollen Island and Te Atatu Peninsula, they don’t fly much so it’s hard for them to get over the motorway. Neil says they might have found their way to Ken Maunder Park if the Te Atatu population has become too dense or they’re becoming attracted to the area after Trust members and volunteers recently undertook significant clearing of privet and woolly nightshade,

replacing them with natives and a range of other plants the little birds find more appealing. “They’re cryptic birds,” says Neil. “That means you don’t see them. They’re slightly drab and are often called ‘skulkers.’ If you make a noise they won’t run away like most birds. They’ll be curious and will pop their heads out of the vegetation and then pop back in again.” Fernbirds aren’t good fliers but scramble through dense vegetation and will occasionally fly short distances (50 metres or so) with their tails hanging down. Neil says Trust members and volunteers now plan to go to the area to see if the ‘u-tick’ calls are from a breeding pair of fernbird. “It would be awesome to find a nest or babies. As they’re in this little spot way up the catchment, there’s no reason they can’t continue to work their way further up. “The more planting, restoration and predator control we can do, the more birds we can get. It’s really exciting to find them coming into more urban/industrial environments and in five or six years time, we might have fernbirds turning up all through Kelston.” As well as keeping eyes and ears alert for fernbirds, the Trust is planning more biodiversity surveys to develop and further strengthen its knowledge of the Whau catchment which will help provide direction to its ecological restoration projects. And, there’s always demand for volunteers for planting, mulching and weeding projects, including a weeding event at Rosebank Domain on July 7, 9.30am-12.30pm. Phone 021 295 0302 or email neil@whauriver.org.nz for more information. – Moira Kennedy

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New crisis support service launched

A new Sexual Violence Crisis Support service operating 24 hours, seven days a week has just been launched in West Auckland. Formerly known as Rape Crisis, this addition has improved the access to services for people in the West, according to Family Action CEO, Michelle Clayton. Family Action has provided trauma support, counselling, youth programmes and a women’s refuge for the victims of family and sexual violence in the West Auckland community for 30 years. The agency has signed a MOU with the Ministry of Social Development to develop a plan to provide consistent and seamless services across Auckland. “People deserve the best possible service close to where they need and want it. Sadly it is a very busy service,” says Michelle. Offering support to recent victims of sexual violence at the initial crisis point, the service is mainly for adults although children will be supported. The agency’s experienced and qualified staff comprises psychotherapists, counsellors, social workers and psychologists based at Family Action’s Henderson office. The organisation is also an ACC supplier for Sensitive Claims for the ongoing support that is often needed. To contact Family Action (during business hours) phone 836 1987 or 869 6699, email office@familyaction.org.nz or visit www.familyaction.org.nz. Out of office hours, call the Safe to Talk Helpline on 0800 044 334, visit www. safetotalk.nz, or contact the police or hospital.

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Who is your Zero Waste hero? Funded by Auckland Council and organised and hosted by EcoMatters Environment Trust, in conjunction with The Auckland Guardianship Group, the Community Zero Waste Hui and Awards for 2018 are coming up. Nominations close on July 15. Ecomatters wants to hear who your Zero Waste hero is. Is it someone doing an awesome job at home with reducing waste going to landfill? Or perhaps a social enterprise working hard to divert waste from landfill? Or a youngster showing leadership and innovation in the Zero Waste sector? These Zero Waste champions need to know how much their dedication to waste reduction is appreciated by nominating them for a Zero Waste Award. There are five award categories: • Trailblazer – For the individual who has gone above and beyond in demonstrating their passion, knowledge, encouragement and empowerment for zero waste in their community. • Power Of The People – For a group, community organisation (not for profit) or school that has demonstrated commitment, effort and leadership. • Leaders In The Making – For rangatahi/young people standing up and showing leadership for a zero waste world. (This category is divided into two age groups: under 13 and 13-24 years). • Fair On All Fronts – For an innovative community or social enterprise that is converting waste into a resource and improving social, environmental and local economic outcomes. • Re-Imagining The Resource – For an innovative, creative and unique upcycled product. (Each individual or group can enter up to 3 different products.) Visit www.ecomatters.org.nz/events/zerowasteawards/ to nominate or email Jean at events@ecomatters.org.nz for more information.

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Embracing communities from all over the world


There was a time when the rite of passage for a New Zealander was to fly, like Robin Hyde’s godwits, to the far reaches of the earth. Artists in particular were compelled to experience the cultural riches of the ‘old world.’ Now the world comes to us in all its multicultural glory – and often stays and brings a different world view, new cultural norms and forms – and so the process of blending, while yet standing alone, unfolds.

Above: The Dogs by Abdul-Rahman Abdullah (detail). Photo by Mark Tantrum. Below: Wendy Preston with a group of ‘Mixers’. Photo by Alistair Guthrie.

No matter what one’s political stance on the subject of immigration, we are living in a society that includes, and hopefully embraces, individuals and communities from all over the world. They bring with them their music, art, food, belief systems and ways of living, but also their hopes and fears and sometimes the legacy of war and political conflict. Our contemporary art scene is reflecting more and more the influence of migrant communities. Much of the content of current art practice reflects global concerns and issues, so the multiplicity of cultural expressions of that can be both challenging and enriching. An exhibition, now showing at Te Uru, is a stunning example of this. Dark Horizons is a suite of three interconnected solo exhibitions exploring this state of global anxiety through the lens of Muslim migrant communities. Fear of the unknown future looms heavy in our minds, and for those people who are already feeling the global effects of war and environmental disaster, the storm is no longer a distant possibility. The artists in the exhibition are Malaysian and AngloAustralian brothers Abdul Abdullah and Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, and leading Lebanese-Australian moving image artist Khaled Sabsabi. Each artist presents an individual contemplation on issues relating to migration and multiculturalism in Western colonial nations such as Australia and New Zealand. Although the sense of underlying anxiety is palpable in the work, it is breathtakingly beautiful. It is not often that I gasp on walking into an exhibition, but the startling installation of chandeliers and black dogs simply took me completely by surprise. Once I’d gathered myself, the embroidered and painted works on the walls drew me in to more subtle and layered images and meanings. Dark Horizons is on tour from Pataka Art+Museum and is a ‘must see.’ Migrant communities are very much part of the fabric of the Corban Estate Arts Centre (CEAC) and have been for many years. This is cultural engagement and inclusion at the community end of the spectrum. It happens through hospitality at the Pacifica Arts Centre, through a diverse exhibition programme and through wide-reaching education programmes and festivals such as the recent Kids Arts Festival. Perhaps the clearest expression of the embracing of migrant and refugee peoples is Mixit, a social platform that uses creativity to empower migrant young people

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The Anatomy of a Festival:

A festival is like an iceberg: 90% of it sits below the surface and is never seen and 10% is what you, the audience, experience. The Going West Writers Festival is currently deep in the 90% with a production team and programmers crafting the 23rd year of bringing the best and brightest of our Aotearoa writers, thinkers and performers to ‘our place.’ The literary weekend programme will be released mid-July and I can promise a stunning line-up. The whole experience is enhanced with exceptional catering by local chef Claire Inwood and, this year, the last of the wonderful Artisan Wines. Keep September 14, 15 and 16 free – and note that we are back in Titirangi War Memorial Hall after fire drove us to Henderson last year. A new feature between now and then will be the release of podcasts of some of the best sessions from

2017. We’ve long been sitting on the treasure that is the Going West archive, housed and available through the West Auckland Research Centre at the Henderson Library, but deserving of much wider accessibility. This is but the beginning of a more active life on www. goingwestfest.co.nz. Another addition will be ‘book blogs’ by Murray Gray, programme director for 20 years, on what he thinks are the best and the brightest of recent publications. Te Pou Maori Theatre will be running Whanau Day (storytelling for families) from the Corban Estate, which will allow for greater numbers to be accommodated, as well as a theatre season of a new play. One of the most endearing things about Te Pou is their support for new young playwrights and rehearsed readings are part of the mix supported by a week of master classes. There will be New Zealand short films and a menu of partnership events at Te Uru, CEAC and McCahon House. All in all it will be a September celebration of the unique and wonderful wordsmiths that live and breathe in Aotearoa, New Zealand. People travel from across the region and beyond for Going West. For locals it’s just a short trip to Titirangi Village, an opportunity not to be squandered. Bookings will be available through iTicket from July 20 and there will be early bird concessions up to August 3.

‘We use creativity as the activity and the language ...’

A unique photographic exhibition at Arataki Visitor Centre brings the ancestors of Te Kawerau a Maki to life. Photographer Dave Bull has captured images of the ancestral pou located throughout the Waitakere Ranges. Photographed at night and illuminated by light boxes, these photos give dramatic exposure to these pouwhenua. Not only do the ancestors emerge out of the darkness of the forest but so too will their stories emerge out of the darkness of time. The exhibition, Mai I te pouriuri (From out of the night) is at Arataki Visitor Centre, 300 Scenic drive, Titirangi; June 15 – August 30, 9:00am – 5:00pm.

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and make a difference in their lives. Mixit’s co-founder and artistic producer/director Wendy Preston was recently appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Wendy’s honour reflects her contribution in supporting former refugee communities through creativity for over 14 years, guiding young people and their families. It is very much deserved. In her words: “We use creativity as the activity and the language we use, but it’s all about core social skills for individuals who don’t always have the opportunity to develop those skills on a personal level.” The experience of a Mixit performance is a total blast! Colour and energy, song and movement, storytelling, joy and sadness – a collision of cultural expression that just lightens the heart. Behind these occasional public performances is a weekly programme that has helped to ground a diverse community of migrant young people. There is also a recently published book, Mixit: It’s all of us, which draws on the voices of participating rangatahi (young people), their families and artists together with Wendy Preston, to explain the context, challenges and triumphs of the programme’s first twelve years. ($46.50) www.mixit.co.nz

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The Matariki Festival returns in 2018 with a line-up of more than 100 events region-wide, including an evocative dawn karakia, captivating kapa haka, street parties, kite-flying events, lighting shows and cultural events across Auckland. The following list features some of the highlights in or near West Auckland. (All events are free, unless otherwise stated.) Kaporangi Kiriata: CineMarae – bringing together a collection of artworks inspired by the long-running Wairoa Maori Film Festival; Until Sunday July 22, Tuesday – Friday 10am-3pm, Weekends, 8am-5pm; Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, 72 Hillsborough Road. Te mana o te rakau Kauri: Korero Taumata rau – A holistic discussion about kauri forests from a Māori perspective. Suitable for Ages 13+. Wednesday July 4, 6.30-8.30pm. Arataki Visitor Centre, 300 Scenic Drive. $15 per person, call 892 4789 for bookings. Te Mara o te Po – The Night Garden – Featuring performances from some of the finest musicians from Aotearoa and the South Pacific; Suitable for Ages 18+; Saturday June 30; Titirangi Theatre, Lopdell House. Turama: Matariki Light Trail – Come and see the first ever Matariki light show at Arataki Visitor Centre; Friday July 6 – Monday July 9, 6-8pm; Arataki Visitor Centre, 300 Scenic Drive; Kids $5, Adults $10, call 892 4789 for bookings. Tirotiro Whetu — Pre-dawn Stargazing – Observe the Matariki cluster and other celestial objects which are an integral part of traditional navigation techniques. A light breakfast will be provided; Saturday July 7, 6-8am; Arataki Visitor Centre, 300 Scenic Drive; Bookings required, call 892 4789. Women of Waru – A special collection of eight short films made by the women who directed Waru, a landmark, internationally-acclaimed film proudly directed by eight Maori women; Suitable for ages 13+; Sundays July 8 and July 15 from 1pm (session 1) and 3pm (session 2); Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, 72 Hillsborough Road. Matariki at Kelston Community Hub: Arts and Crafts School Holiday Programme – Suitable for all ages; Tuesdays July 10 and 17, and Thursdays July 12 and 19, 10am-12noon; Kelston Community Hub, 68 St Leonards Road, Kelston. Toi Manawa Maori Art Workshops and Taonga Carving Workshop – Learn how to bind and finish your own bone carving, while gaining insight into customary Maori practices. Please bring a plate for a shared lunch; Tuesday July 10 and Saturday July 14, 9am-3pm; Arataki Visitor Centre, 300 Scenic Drive; Entry by donation, book at 892 4789. Cascade Kauri Pa Harakeke Planting Day – An open invitation to join Te Kawerau a Maki for a planting day at the Cascade Kauri Pa Harakeke. Sausage sizzle provided; Wednesday July 11, 10am-12pm; Pae o Te Rangi Farm, Te Henga Road Stockyard, Te Henga; Bookings required, call 892 4789. Zodiac – a dance/film installation and activation directed by Cat Ruka.

Thursday July 12 – Saturday July 14, 6-9pm; McCrae Way, New Lynn. Sunday Concert Series – Catherine Tunks – Genre-defying songwriter and songstress Cat Tunks will fill the Pah’s galleries with live music. Suitable for ages 13+; Sun July 15, 5.30-7pm; Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, 72 Hillsborough Road; $25, Students/Seniors $15. Back to Life – Madalyn Newton performs to her tupuna (ancestors) and the general public for Matariki; Friday July 20, 6pm; Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Lebanon Lane, Henderson. Ngahau Whakarekareka: Sweet Sounds of Matariki – Ranger Riki Bennett is back with friends Kingsley Melhuish and Pita Turei for a night of entertainment; Saturday July 21, 6.30-9.30pm; Arataki Visitor Centre, 300 Scenic Drive, Titirangi; $15, call 892 4789 for bookings. For more information about these and other Matariki events visit www.matarikifestival.org.nz.

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Thursday July 12, 11am – Robin Kewell describes his trip to the Auckland Islands and will show clips and scenes from his film Journey to the Isles of Despair. Thursday July 26, 10.30am – Experience a Japanese Rakugo Storytime for adults. Hiroshi performs in English explaining the art form and taking the part of various characters in a farcical and heart-warming human drama. Thursday August 2, 6pm – Celebrate the publication of Mary (Bobbie) Woodward’s memoir with a wine and cheese event. Based on 90 years of recollections, and with a foreword by Sandra Coney, Bobbie writes about her childhood, the Miss New Zealand experience, and ‘making sense of it all.’ Signed copies available for purchase on the night. These events are free but registrations preferred to titirangi. library@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or phone 817 0011. For the kids, there will be lots of free events happening over the July school holidays including a Matariki Disco (Thursday July 12, 5.30-7.00pm and Superhero craft and games (Tuesday July 17, 10:00-11:15am. For all the details of these and other events check out the Library website or the Titirangi Library Facebook page

Glen Eden Library

With the days cooling down and school holidays upon us Glen Eden Library has a great line up of free events to keep children busy. The Library will kick the July school holidays off with a Midday Matinee featuring a family-friendly movie on Monday July 9, 12 noon. Eco-friendly craft workshops for children will include Continued on page 16 >>

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photographers in association with Auckland Festival of Photography; West Coast Gallery, Piha. Phone 812 8029. www.westcoastgallery.co.nz. w – 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 – 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. www.westcoastgallery.co.nz. 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 the historical significance of Cornwallis wharf; Te Uru. Phone 817 8087. w – August 19, Dark Horizons, Abdul Abdullah, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah and Khaled Sabsabi reflect on migration; Te Uru. Phone 817 8087.

w 1, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia Moon (G); Lopdell House Theatre; tickets on door $12

Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732. w 4 – 7, LOPDELL PRECINCT FILM FESTIVAL, full programme available at www.lopdellprecinct.org.nz; tickets from eventfinda.co.nz and Titirangi Pharmacy. Phone Jolie 817 2583. w 6, 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. w 7, Love Titirangi Bagathon; outside Barfoot and Thomson, Titirangi Village; 10am-1pm. w 9, 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 10, 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 13, 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 13, Flicks presents Phantom Thread (M), six Academy nominations; Lopdell House Theatre; 10.30, 5.30pm and 8.15pm; tickets from eventfinda.co.nz and on door ($14, $12 or $10). Details at www.flickscinema.weebly.com. w 14, Flicks presents a FRENCH FILM DAY, a selection of award winning films for Bastille Day, along with croissants and coffee: 10am – Jean de Florrette (PG), 12.30pm – Faces-Places (PG), 2.15pm – Mune - The Guardian of the

Adult, $10 Senior/Student, $7 Under 14yrs and $30 Family Ticket (2+2). w 14, Titirangi Folk Music Club with Barry Swallow, floor singers in the first half; Titirangi Beach Hall, Titirangi Beach Road; 8pm; $10, members $7, under 18s free. Phone Tricia 818 5659. w 17, SeniorNet West Auckland, speaker, morning tea and chatting about computers; Kelston Community Centre; 10am. Phone June 021 179 3635. w 19, Waitakere Forest & Bird talk: The Million Dollar Mouse Project with Brian Shields, Auckland Council; Kelston Community Centre; 7.30pm; koha appreciated. Phone Liz 027 476 2732 or email lizanstey@hotmail.com. w 24, 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, Flicks presents School Life (PG) Ireland/Spain, a special must watch screening from Antidote films; Lopdell House Theatre; 6pm and 8pm; tickets $12/$10 and $7 for under 14, from eventfinda.co.nz and on door, bookings advised. Phone 0210 222 5558 or 818 2489. w 27, The Combined Probus Club of Glen Eden, fellowship, speakers, monthly trips; Ceramco Park Function Centre, Glendale Road, Kaurilands; 10-11.30am. Phone Brian Holt 838 5857. w 27, Flicks presents The Mercy (M), the story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst and his solo attempt to circumnavigate the globe; Lopdell House Theatre; 10.30, 5.30pm and 8.15pm; tickets from eventfinda.co.nz and on door ($14, $12 or $10). Details at www.flickscinema. weebly.com.

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retired or semi-retired men; Kelston Community Centre; 9.30am. Phone Roger 834 7945. w August 5, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732. w August 10, 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 August 11 – September 9, WCCAC – Group Exhibition; West Coast Gallery, Piha. Phone 812 8029. www. westcoastgallery.co.nz. There is so much happening in and around our community, including many weekly events, that we can’t fit everything into these listings. To find out more about whatever you are interested in, from Air Scouts to yoga and almost everything in between, visit: www.fringemedia.co.nz/ourplace

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. Our children know the value of a beautiful, functional smile that will last them a lifetime, and they’re willing to put the work in now. If that’s not a wise investment, I don’t know what is.” To ensure you’re receiving specialist advice, always look for the NZAO logo. For more information go to www.orthodontists.org.nz.



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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 29, 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. w 30 – August 26, Nga Tohu o Te Kawerau a Maki: The people, their stories and treasures; Te Uru. Phone 817 8087.

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Lopdell Precinct’s annual film festival is back, running July 4 – 7 in the theatre at Lopdell House, Titirangi.

Jolie Hutchings, facilities manager at Lopdell Precinct Titirangi has once again joined forces with Flicks Cinema co-ordintaor Robin Kewell to produce a fun programme of films catering to all ages, with tickets at just $10 and some free screenings for children and families on Friday and Saturday afternoon. On opening night, July 4, dress up warm and join the Auckland Astronomical Society between 6.30pm and 7.30pm on the rooftop terrace and star-gaze into the night sky through telescopes before the films start. (Weather permitting.) Throughout the four days there will be something for everyone. Drama, documentaries, comedy, animation and archive films are all involved. Among the highlights of the festival are: • Matariki Shorts on Wednesday, July 4 • Free Theatre, As Above – So Below a short film introduced by local painter Kim Gunter, and Exhibition on Screen: David Hockney on Thursday, July 5 • Finding Your Feet, Born in China, archive films and Mr Stein Goes On-line on Friday, July 6 • Animation for All, A Dog's Purpose, My Life as a Courgette, The Party and The Death of Stalin on Saturday July 7 A full programme is available at www.lopdellprecinct.org.nz, and tickets are available from eventfinda.co.nz and the Titirangi Pharmacy. For enquiries please contact Jolie on 817 2583.

How can we be in rehearsal for the third play of the year already? Where does the time go? Liz Watkinson has cast her interpretation of Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband and things are ticking along nicely. More on this next month. Liz has big shoes to fill, though. Duncan Milne’s production of Sarah Ruhl’s play Dead Man’s Cell Phone, was an unqualified success. We enjoyed several sold-out performances, and audiences were enthusiastic in their praise. Some were less enthusiastic about our new policy of general admission, i.e. no allocated seating. We hear you, and will review this later in the year. In the meantime, Titirangi Theatre is delighted to announce that we will be hosting actor and director John Goudge, in his role as drama tutor. John says anyone can enjoy stretching their minds and gaining new skills at an John Goudge: ‘acting classes are a great way to shed your fears’. acting class. “It’s a great way to shed your fears and give acting a go. The life of the theatre is exciting, and offering training is one way of making people part of that.” Classes are on Monday nights starting July 23, with 10-week terms for children (9-12 years, $100 per term), teenagers (13-17 years, $120) and adults ($200). Acting coach John is a long-time actor, director and tutor around Titirangi. He brings wide-ranging theatre knowledge to his teaching, and years of experience working with students of all ages. To enrol, email John on goudgedrama@gmail.com or go to www.titirangitheatre.co.nz/acting-classes Diary note: An Ideal Husband opens on August 28 and runs until September 8. Visit titirangitheatre.co.nz for information on all sorts of things. – Phoebe Falconer

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Trio of Serendip – hoping for more opportunities to compete Chamber Music might not be the and piano trio for the Chamber most obvious response if you Music Competition this year. Tony were asked what types of music on the other hand was wanting define West Auckland. But while to do a group with a Diocesan the classical genre may not be student and he ended up getting front of mind, groups of talented in contact with Sharon and I.” young student musicians have Stefenie also plays the been tirelessly practising their saxophone and the violin and is violins, lugging around huge involved in other school groups double basses, and warming up such as the big band, concert their oboes and bassoons. band and the chamber orchestra. They’re preparing to compete Sharon is involved in her school’s in Chamber Music New Zealand’s chamber orchestra and symphony annual NZCT (New Zealand orchestra and Tony plays the violin Community Trust) Chamber Music in the Auckland Youth Orchestra. Contest, which will come to a The three young musicians like to crescendo at the National Finals in listen to contemporary composers Christchurch on August 3 – 4. like Philip Glass, Malcolm Arnold 414 groups are entered and Bohuslav Martinu. Inspiration nationally from Whangarei in the Sharon Hung (left), Tony Wang and Stefenie Lin Yi Pickston make up Trio of also comes from “great musicians north to Invercargill in the south. Serendip. such as Julian Bliss, Evgeny Kissin Working together in string quartets, percussion quintets and piano and Jacqueline du Pre,” says Stefenie. “We also enjoy watching music trios, students will perform compositions by known composers – or comedy such as TwoSet Violin.” their own original works. Only 12 groups will make it to the national Trio of Serendip practice at least twice a week at a variety of different finals – so the stakes are high and the competition is tough. There is venues including the Lynfield College rehearsal studio, Auckland a first prize package of $6000 (sponsored by the Wallace Foundation) University and Tony’s house. Both Stefenie and Tony write their own as well as awards for finalists and semi finalists including National compositions for school assessments as well as for personal enjoyment. Best Performance of a New Zealand Work, Excellence in a group that The trio has just performed Zemlinsky’s Clarinet Trio in the CMNZ includes wind, brass and/or percussion, and senior and junior National Auckland District Finals. “We felt that playing Zemlinsky as a chamber Original Composition Awards. group was a wonderful opportunity since it is a very challenging piece. From our corner of the country in West Auckland, around 28 groups And now hopefully with that we will get the opportunity to compete in competed in the regional rounds – and one of them is the Trio of the Northern Regional Finals,” says Stefenie. (At the time of writing the Serendip made up of Sharon Hung from Diocesan School for Girls regional finalists were yet to be announced.) (cello), Tony Wang from Auckland International College (piano) and Many past CMNZ contest winners and alumni have gone on to have Stefenie Lin Yi Pickston, from Lynfield College (clarinet). international careers in music in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Stefenie started music at a young age when her parents took her to Gewandhaus Orchestra, The Philharmonia and Sydney Symphony to a music school where she learned the recorder and clarinet. Sharon name but a few. (encouraged by her musician mother) began learning the cello at age Both Stefenie and Tony will finish school at the end of this year, and seven while Tony’s mum bought him a piano as a fifth birthday present. Sharon at the end of 2019. They all plan to go to University – Stefenie to Lynfield College’s head of department for music, Lisa Norman, likes Auckland for a conjoint of music and software development and Tony to get Lynfield involved with a lot of extra-curricular activities, including to study maths in the UK. Sharon is still undecided – but knows she the KBB Music Festival, New Zealand Youth Jazz Festival, Smokefree wants to study something in the science field. Rockquest, as well as some recent offshore music festival excursions. Whatever their futures may hold – and whatever paths their talents Stefenie says “The chamber group was tutored by Dr Donald Nicholls may take them – we wish Stefenie, Sharon, Tony and the Trio of tutored, a PhD clarinetist who teaches clarinet at Lynfield College Serendip all the best for their journeys. You can check out the Trio on as well as Diocesan.” Trio of Serendip got together when Sharon’s www.youtube.com, and go to www.chambermusic.co.nz for more info teacher (at Diocesan) suggested that she could form a clarinet, cello about the chamber music contest.

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Avondale’s champions ready to take on the world

Microsoft’s national champions, Avondale College’s Ved Kulkarni, Christopher Tang, Sebastian Thomas, Tristan Mona, Jack Hui and Alex James are USA-bound.

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Six Avondale College students are heading to Microsoft’s equivalent of the Olympics after winning the national finals of the Microsoft Office Specialist Championships. This year 120 schools from around New Zealand took part in the national competition, which tests students’ skills in Microsoft Office applications. And, for the third consecutive year, all 20 places in the national finals were filled by students from Avondale College. The six champions - Ved Kulkarni (14), Christopher Tang (15), Tristan Mona (15), Sebastian Thomas (17), Jack Hui (17) and Alex James (17) rose to the top of the competitive field, with as little as 0.04 of a second separating some of the final place winners. They are now to represent New Zealand – and Avondale College – at the MOS World Champs in the USA this month. More than half a million competitors from around the world are vying for a place at the world finals. The students, aged 13 to 22, will be tested on their aptitude and knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint (2013 or 2016). The competition is projectbased, with points being awarded for accuracy and credit given for fast completion. In recent years Avondale College has made a name for

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upcycled t-shirt bags on Tuesday July 10, 10.30am, seed bombs on Thursday July 12, 10.30am, upcycled plastic planters on Saturday July 14, 10.30am and hanging decorations on Tuesday July 17, 2pm. You can find a full list of events in our area on Auckland Libraries website or pick up a flyer in the library. Glen Eden Library will be marking Matariki with a special Matariki Storytime on Thursday July 5, 10.30am. Families are welcome to join in reading stories, singing songs and celebrating together. During the holidays there will also be special children’s Matariki craft sessions on Thursday July 19 and Saturday July 21 at 10.30am. Stitching Together: On the second Saturday of every month

itself in this international competition, having won 12 top-10 places (including three podium finishes) in the four years it has entered. Avondale’s success in the global competition underlies a larger commitment to supporting student achievement in information technology, says Avondale College’s principal, Brent Lewis. “We are a registered Certiport Examination Centre and offer all students the opportunity to earn internationally recognised Microsoft, Adobe and Autodesk certifications,” he says. “The take up has been extraordinary, with more than 4,400 professional qualifications earned by students and staff since the programme began four years ago.” Avondale College is now New Zealand’s largest provider of industry certifications. Director of Avondale College’s Innovation Programme, Paul McClean, says a number of students have taken this achievement to the next level this year, with 22 (so far) having gained perfect scores of 1000/1000 in their preliminary tests. “Even more impressively, many of these students have achieved this score in record times – most in under 10 minutes, some even in under four, and across multiple applications.” He is quietly optimistic about the group’s chances at the world champs this year. “This, by far, is the most exceptional range of performances we’ve had from such a young group. We’re excited to see what will happen next.” The Microsoft Office Specialist World Championships will be held in Orlando, Florida from July 29 to August 1.

(10am-12pm) knitters and other needlecraft enthusiasts are invited to meet up. People of all ages and abilities are welcome to come along to the next gathering (July 14). Bring your current project and enjoy the company of other knitters and crafters. Tea and coffee (and plenty of knitting books) will be provided. Call 892 4943 for more information.

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Why are all the tracks closed? Kauri dieback disease has been visible in the West for over a decade with prominent trees in Titirangi and elsewhere dying or showing severe stress as far back as 2006. In 2013 infected trees were removed from around McCahon House in Otitori Bay Road, and now most tracks within the Waitakere Ranges have been closed. Although the closure of the Ranges seems drastic, a review of the background research and data contained in Auckland Council’s Kauri Dieback Report 2017: An investigation into the distribution of kauri dieback, and implications for its future management, within the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park suggests that such a step could be overdue. The report provides background on the disease, analysis of its spread and data on the possible causes of this spread. The following summary of the present situation is drawn from this report.

What is kauri dieback?

Kauri dieback disease is caused by a soil and water borne pathogen of New Zealand kauri (Agathis australis). Commonly referred to as Phytophthora taxon Agathis (PTA) the pathogen is now formally named Phytophthora agathidicida. The above-ground symptoms of kauri dieback infection include yellowing of the leaves, thinning of the canopy and lesions on the lower stem which often encircle the base and produce copious amounts of resin (kauri gum). Other symptoms include damping off and wilt of seedlings, root rot and underground lesions of structural peg roots. Such symptoms are considered mid to late-onset reactions to infection with the ultimate outcome being death of the tree. Initial infection and early symptoms of kauri fine feeder root infection are cryptic and currently difficult to detect.

The research

The Waitakere Ranges Regional Park (WRRP) covers more than 16,000ha of native forest and is one of the earliest areas of kauri dieback investigations. In 2010 a survey of all kauri along the track network was completed. This was followed, in 2011, with aerial surveillance that highlighted areas of kauri canopy decline and an off-track survey of all kauri in poor health. The data from these surveys showed a high prevalence of kauri dieback within the WRRP with roughly 7.9% of the kauri area affected by kauri dieback and a further 2.7% possibly infected. These surveys were the first of their kind and highlighted not only the threat of kauri dieback but also the importance of human-assisted spread as a vector of disease.


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These figures have since been updated following more recent research (2016) and it is now known that 18.95% of the kauri area is infected and a further 4.65% is possibly infected. Furthermore, of the distinct areas of kauri forest within the WRRP which are above 5ha in size, 58.3% are exhibiting symptoms of kauri dieback infection to some degree.

The human impact

The 2016 research also further evaluated the vectors that lead to the spread of the disease, including the track network, baitlines and waterways. The results generated showed that of the 172 visitor tracks within the Waitakere Ranges, 108 have kauri along them. Of these, 51 intersect a kauri dieback zone and a further 13 intersect a possible kauri dieback zone. Of the 279.7km of tracks in the Waitakere Ranges, 83km is within a kauri zone and 20.9km of the network is within a confirmed kauri dieback zone and a further 7.5km is within a possible kauri dieback zone. Therefore, 25.16% of the kauri area along the tracks is affected by kauri dieback, and a further 9.09% is possibly affected. The research has also shown a close relationship between kauri dieback zones and their proximity to the track network, with 71% of kauri dieback zones and 56% of possible kauri dieback zones within 50m of a track. In comparison, 59% of kauri dieback zones and 47% of possible kauri dieback zones were within 50m of a waterway and 48% of kauri dieback zones and 28% possible kauri dieback zones are within 50m of a baitline. In other words, people using the track networks play a major role in spreading kauri dieback. Data would suggest the creation of kauri protection zones (begun in 2012) has not slowed the spread of kauri dieback within these zones. Furthermore, the cleaning stations set up to manage and eliminate the soil movement that spreads the disease appear to have been largely ineffective.


Survey results show an increase from 10.6% of the total kauri area within the WRRP being surveyed as either kauri dieback or possibly kauri dieback infected in 2011 to 23.4% in 2016, more than doubling the contaminated area in a five-year period. While this is a dramatic increase in affected kauri areas, the realisation that 33.4% of all distinct kauri areas and 58.3% of distinct kauri areas over 5ha in size within the WRRP is potentially infected is arguably of greater significance as there is currently no proven method to prevent the natural movement of the disease once introduced to an area of kauri. Finally, if the rates of disease expression and continued increase in distribution recorded between 2011 and 2016 continue unabated, localised or widespread extinctions of kauri could eventuate, with significant loss of kauri by 2021 when the next five-year survey is due. All kauri could be lost from many, or all stands, within the park without urgent intervention and disease management. To read the full report go to https://ourauckland. aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/media/16649/kauri-diebackwaitakere-ranges-report.pdf.

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Lisa Spacey, a teacher at Titirangi Primary School recently challenged her students to write a poem reflecting what they thought about kauri and the threat of kauri dieback. “It has been very exciting and the children have been very motivated to write these poems in order to get the message across regarding Kauri dieback,” said Lisa. “It was actually only one student who had permission to send her poem to you. However, the other two children were probably overcome by enthusiasm! We have had a discussion about the positives and perils of publishing and the children understand that they may not be successful, as was the case with J.K. Rowling ... but they are ever hopeful!”

The Silent Creeping up to the sky, A life begins, One stronger than the strongest, Growing faster than the fastest, His arms lift birds to fly. The earth’s taonga, Guardian of the living, god of the dead, Ruler of the green city, Voice of all living, Speaks for those who can not speak. But, He is sadder than the saddest, Angrier than the angriest, No longer needed, The silent now screaming. He is Tane Mahuta, But not for long – Evarose MacLeod (10)

Protector of Life Lover of peace, Controlling all nature, beyond thinking, Power of the bush, Watches over Waipoua Forest. Spirit of peace and life, Moving within your skin, Power of the heart and soul, Stands above all, Bigger than big, Will always be in our mind, Tane Mahuta. – Violet Tyler (10)

Tane Mahuta Influencing life of Aotearoa, Guardian and gravity of the world, Spirit of the life and the land of the forest, Power of the wisdom. Power of the Waipoua and the wairua, Spirit of the heart, Lifting his wings to touch the sky, Voice of the forest, fighting with fear, Strong and bold they stood, Universe of our soul and our heart, He is Tane Mahuta, but will he live forever? – Juliette Giboney (10)

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What’s next for the Huia water treatment plant? The Titirangi Protection Group’s battle over Watercare land’s designation “for water supply purposes” is over. Simon Kitson, president of the Titirangi Protection Group (TPG) said the group could not afford to continue legal action. The latest legal case confirmed the Environment Court’s 2017 decision that there was no way that the land designation could be challenged now. The Fringe approached both TPG and Watercare for their reactions and an update on what the next steps are.

Local residents join a public protest outside the proposed site last month.

The spokesperson for TPG was Belynda Groot: Do you think TPG’s expenditure on court proceedings was worthwhile? “Absolutely! As a committee we felt, and still feel, that we had a very strong case and our legal advice also indicated that we had a good chance of winning. There was also an important legal point at stake: should designations be written in such a way that they give a precise indication to the local community about what could happen in their vicinity? Ultimately the judges decided it was OK for their wording to be vague. The designation challenge was narrowly focused and very technical. We still feel strongly that no reasonable person could have expected a new industrial plant of this size to be built on land that Auckland Council has classified as a Significant Ecological Area.” What plans does TPG have now following the court decision? “The legal avenue was only one of many we have been focusing on in our fight to save this protected four hectares of native forest. The next step in the process is for Watercare to apply for resource consents. This is the point at which the true ecological value of the site comes into play, something that we couldn’t use as an argument in court. “We understand the need for a new water treatment plant but don’t believe this needs to be at the cost of critically endangered native forest. The final ecological reports are due to be published very soon and we expect them to show the true value of the sites. As soon as these have been finalised we will share this information with our supporters. We will also be working with the community on the creation of resource consent submissions to ensure all voices are heard.

“The TPG remains committed to fighting this proposal and to keeping the public informed on all aspects of the what is planned. Anyone who would like to be kept updated or to get involved can either join the Titirangi Protection Group Facebook page or sign up for our newsletters at protecttitirangi.org.” The Spokesperson for Watercare was Maxine Clayton: When will the resource consent process start and what will the consents cover? “Watercare is hoping to lodge resource consent applications by the end of July to cover the removal of vegetation, earthworks and stream disturbance.” Is a definitive map of the site available? “On May 30, 2017, Watercare selected the location for the replacement of the Huia water treatment plant – on land owned by Watercare adjacent to the current plant (near the corner of Woodlands Park and Manuka Roads). Two treated water storage reservoirs will be located across the road, near Exhibition Drive. “The project is still in early concept design phase and final drawings are not yet available. A site map will be released before resource consent applications are lodged.” Assuming Resource Consents are granted, when will work start and how long might it take? “Once resource consent applications have been approved, a significant amount of detailed design work needs to be completed before work commences on site. The Huia WTP replacement project is due to be completed in 2025.” What disruption is expected to local roads and travel? “A traffic management plan will be put in place in order to minimise disruption to local residents. This will include such things as reducing truck movements during local school drop off/pick up times.” What will the project cost? “The plant cost alone is estimated at $191 million. When ancillary structures including the reservoirs, design and consenting as well as construction risk is added, the value of the project is estimated at $317 million. The final amount may vary from these estimates as more detailed information on the project becomes available.” How can residents find out more? “Watercare has established an email database, through which residents receive updates. There are also details of the project on the website (www.watercare.co.nz/About-us/Projects-around-Auckland/ Huia-water-treatment-plant-replacement-Manuka-Ro) . “Residents will shortly receive another update regarding the upcoming resource consent process and how they might participate. This will be done via email and posters will be distributed locally (at dairies and libraries).”

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Winter on the wild coast – the Te Henga walkway Russian playwright Anton Chekhov once said: “People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.” Perhaps, but happy or not after a few weeks trapped indoors without a walk, winter has a way of becoming oppressively obvious. Fortunately, even the short chilly days can yield some sunshine hours, and only about four are needed to complete the Te Henga walkway. Stretching along the coast from Te Henga to the cliffs of Muriwai, it is the longest section of the Hillary Trail still open to the public. To avoid an extra four hours walking back, we parked a car at Constable Road in Muriwai and drove for 30 minutes along the back roads of Taupaki to Te Henga, parking down a small drive opposite the Lake Wainamu car park. The walk begins by crossing a bridge and running through a grassy meadow occupied by a couple of amiable horses. Not long after it passes through a gate and begins climbing a dirt path through native scrub, eventually gifting views over the beach and valley to the south. While the eccentric settlement here has always remained quite small, Te Henga has the most archaeological sites out of any district in the Waitakere Ranges. It was occupied by Maori for hundreds of years, including iwi Te Kawerau a Maki who favoured the area for its abundance of natural resources and strategic geography. We saw examples of this as we moved around the coast to O’Neill Bay – promontories like Ihumoana Island and Erangi Point would have made perfect Pa sites and the land above the beach is terraced, ideal for crop cultivation. We continued along the sandy track above O’Neill beach, which is a popular and reliable surfing spot. At the end of the beach the route starts climbing steeply, winding up through the harakeke (flax) and after about 30 minutes, we reached the edge of the farm at the top of the bluff. This is the highest point on the track, lofty enough to see back over the hills to Lake Wainamu and its immense blanket of sand dunes, the product of 4,500 years of coastal erosion and accretion. The entire walkway is a geologist’s dream and with the right kind of eyes, every slip and sediment layer will tell a story of the landscapes volcanic development. We continued over the bluff and down through the

scrub to the coast. Nearing the halfway point, we noticed other walkers turning back. Without a car at either end, many opt to tackle the different sides on different days. Coincidentally, this point is where the track surface starts to deteriorate into deep mud pools. Without good boots it’s easy to slip, but it’s even easier to clutch onto the surrounding gorse for support, resulting in sore hands and mud-caked shoes. We followed the track as it curled around deep coastal crevices, with the sea frothing in rocky blowholes below. Everywhere curious formations can be seen in the rock, including what looks like a natural canal for boat landings, evidence of the ocean’s interminable force. After another hour, isolated houses start appearing on the hillsides and the track begins to head inland up the hill. We passed through a flat section of grassy paddocks for another 30 minutes before ascending a punishing flight of stairs to the car park on Constable Road. Significantly warmed and invigorated, I looked back out over the empty valley, its bare trees and the chiselled cliffs with the cold sea beating them into sand and the pale sun hovering out over the Tasman beyond. It’s impossible not to be happy after a walk like this. And it’s impossible not to notice winter. It’s too beautiful.

Looking north, halfway along the Te Henga Walkway.

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Howdy. Like all Lizards, I’m definitely feeling the firm grip of winter’s freezing hands on my tail but I’m also looking forward to burning my extensive collection of empty beer cartons under the BBQ’s steel plate to remove the rust. Firstly though, I’m going to stroll into town, dropping in on a couple of mates for a few cold ones, before scoring some lamb chops and perhaps the odd ox tail to throw on the grill. I get my meat from a bro called Heme who has a home kill in his garage. Wow, you can only imagine my horror, when I turn up at Heme’s, after quite a few, to discover that his new missus, Skyraver, has turned the joint into a vegetarian cafe. She’s very quick to point out they no longer sell dead animals as they’re totally vegan but asked if she can get me anything else. I think ‘a bloody taxi mate.’ “Oh, come on bro. How about a nice broccoli shake?” I thought ‘the only difference between broccoli and a booger is that the kids won’t eat broccoli.’ Just about then, Heme wanders into the cafe/ garage and raves on about how great business is. They’re making heaps and asked if I’d like to get involved. He’d heard that I had found/ scored/acquired a dehydrator and could partner up to make veggie chip thingies. He threw some numbers by me and I said, “I’m in bro.” He then pointed out they don’t even need the freezer or the smelly old offal pit. To lighten the mood I asked Skyraver why the tofu crossed the road. “To prove he wasn't chicken.” She kind of cracked a wee smile. Heme really got it. I said I’d head home and in the morning jump into Whitevan and score some veggies from a few growers I knew out West. It’s then that Skyraver gave me a list to perhaps gather together on my way and two hundy cash to begin with.

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Up nice and early the next day, I grabbed a cup of tea and some shortbread for lunch and jumped into Whitevan. After a lot of pleading, he reluctantly fired up. While I was warming him up I read the list of ingredients. A big tin of canola oil. No worries. Tapioca flour. Huh? Cassava, say four kilos. Maltodextrin. Tomato powder. Yeast extract. Onion powder. Maybe 500 grams of flavour enhancers. Make sure it’s [635]. Sugar. Salt. Some acidity regulator, [330] should do it. ‘What the…?’ She went on to say they had plenty of monosodium glutamate, hopefully E621 but perhaps if I come across some vegetable protein ... but make sure it’s completely and thoroughly hydrolysed. Finally, plenty of pure bottled water. Should be cheaper in bulk? Blimey. I was going to just grab a few dozen tomatoes and get a mate to send a couple of sacks of kumara down from Dargaville. If we needed water I was going to use the garden hose. The note went on to say that I should read the water label carefully. It’s OK to have either magnesium chloride or sulphate but not too much sodium bicarbonate. Potassium bicarbonate in small amounts was fine. I thought water was H2O? Go figure. She ended the note with a smiley face and a rainbow over Skyraver with a postscript: ‘Hope this isn’t too stressful as I know you’re very brave but getting on a bit. LOL.’ I’d had enough. To his great relief, I switched off Whitevan and went back inside. I opened a jar of pickled onions, cut off three inches of salami and wrapped it in a thick slice of white bread. Munching that down, I handed Shaz the list then headed to the beer cartons and threw on a couple of cups of methylated spirits. Whumph! Shaz laughed and said, “I know you’re getting on a bit Lizard but old hay burns fiercest. If you’re throwing a steak on that grill, made mine medium rare.” Never mind. I still dig Heme but miss his boil-ups and will drop off his cash. Minus expenses of course. I wonder what's left in his freezer? Later, Lizard.

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