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contents Bagging it boomerang style; Perfect for business.................... 4 They said it: thinking positive thoughts................................... 5 Goff’s ‘scrub and gorse’ – stuff and nonsense......................... 6 ‘The Sentinel of the Manukau’ – still in business..................... 7 New funding for our local boards............................................. 8 Places to go: lecture, art show and tennis club....................... 9


Art and about with Naomi McCleary.................................10-11 Places to go: Events listing................................................12-13 At the Libraries; News from Titirangi Theatre........................ 14 ‘Stay motivated and keep pushing for green space’............... 16 Bandstanding: Heartstrings.................................................... 17 Feature: home and garden..................................................... 18


Community involved in restoration of streams...................... 20 Getting our hands dirty.......................................................... 21 Live @ the lounge.................................................................. 22 Advertisers directory.............................................................. 23 On our Cover: Toku Tuakiritanga (My Identity), a pastel drawing by artist

Justin Venes, to be displayed in the upcoming Emerging Artist Award Exhibition at Upstairs Gallery, Lopdell House, August 4 – 26. In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the Gallery has chosen a theme for this annual exhibition – Empathy. Writes Sammy Milne, manager and curator: “This is a theme we’re incredibly passionate about and hope that the art will engage with our local community in support of mental health and offer messages that counter misunderstanding, fear and prejudice. We believe that art is a tool for empathy and that it can help people understand mental illness in a way that is enlightening and therapeutic. A work of art can evoke powerful emotions. The colour palate, the textures and the subject matter can all cause an immediate emotional response. This intense trigger of emotion is why we have chosen empathy as the theme of this year’s exhibition.”

Grain by Grain, Frame by Frame Titirangi resident and animation film maker, Britta Pollmuller has just finished a short film which recounts the Orpheus maritime disaster, through the eyes of Frederick Butler, who was on board the ship when it was lost. Her choice of subject grew out of her work with Titirangi Coastguard, which has made her very aware of the power of the ocean and the dangers associated with the Manukau Bar. The animation film was made frame by frame using the black sand collected from the beach at Whatipu, close to where the disaster took place. The production team are all based in and around Titirangi. The soundtrack was composed and played by 14 year-old pianist, Lucas Kewell, the voice over is read by Reuven Korff and the film was edited by Martin Sercombe who is the co-ordinator for the annual Lyrical Visions film event held at Lopdell Theatre. The Orpheus film will be screened at Flicks on August 10 to accompany the award winning feature film The Mercy (see page 12).

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Bagging it boomerang style

Perfect for business When looking for the ideal area in which to move their home business, Lisa Witchman and husband Jason Coleman checked out a number of West Auckland areas and settled on New Lynn as being the best and most suitable for them.

Green Bay’s Jake Duval-Smith hadn’t had a session on a sewing machine since his school days but last month’s ‘bagathon’ in Titirangi Village saw him give it a whirl. The event resulted in more than 100 reusable fabric bags being created to replenish supplies of ‘boomerang’ bags. The bags are made in and by the community from recycled t-shirts, sheets, pillow cases and other washable fabrics and are designed to be used as shopping bags to discourage the use of single-use plastic bags. The event was organised by Love Titirangi, set up by local women Michele Powles, Kate Speakman and Karen Swainson, and saw sewing machines set up on the footpath outside Barfoot & Thompson for the public to use for sewing reusable shopping bags. Getting caught up the action, Jake says while his mum used to sew a lot, his last effort had been a pair of boxer shorts he made at school. “They lasted seven years. I occasionally alternated metalwork classes at school with sewing but haven’t done anything on a machine since then although I do hand-tailor my own shirts,” he said. Stephen Manley from Te Atatu was another who hadn’t touched a sewing machine since his school days but took the ‘bagathon’ opportunity to give it a go with son Lachie. The community and local business response to the establishment of the ‘boomerang’ bag scheme last year was immediately supportive and has seen a number of Village retailers dropping the use of single-use plastic bags completely. More than 5,500 bags are now in permanent community circulation. – Moira Kennedy Top: Jake Duval-Smith with Love Titirangi’s Karen Speakman. Left: Little Lachie Manley with dad Stephen

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Thinking positive thoughts As winter drags on DAVID THIELE finds some locals to share their dreams for more cheerful times. He asked: 1. What stunning new career would you like? 2. What would be an ideal winter outing? 3. If you could choose a great new hobby, what would it be? 4. Would you prefer a stunningly insulated home with brilliant views but no sun or fabulous all-day sun but tragic views?

David: 1. Musician. I’d be a soloist, singing originals. Either on the cello or violin. 2. This. Coming to a sunny beach or mountain on a cold winter’s day. 3. Painting i.e. water colours. Landscaping. 4. All day sun, thank you.

Frank: 1. Musician. In a band as the front man. I have no musical ability though. I’d play the organ like Ray Manzarak. 2. Going to see my son in the Rocky Mountains in Canada. 3. Art. I’d paint and sculpt. 4. I can’t do without either the sun or the views.

Stacey: 1. I’d go back to being an artist. I was for eight years. I paint. 2. A bottle of wine with my partner down at the beach. Piha. I love the simple things. 3. I started a really big hobby once but stopped. It was a children’s book. I’d finish that. 4. Sun no view.

Sheryl: 1. If I didn’t have people I cared so much about, I would have gone off and studied gorillas or orang-utans. 2. I would go into the bush but at present there is a Rahui because of kauri die-back. I love winter walks. I’m putting out stoat traps and bait next week actually. 3. I’ve always wanted to go sky-diving. I’d especially love the free fall. 4. Views no sun.


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Goff’s ‘scrub and gorse’ – stuff and nonsense say protesters Two new reports have revealed what the community could lose if Watercare is allowed to construct a new treatment plant in Titirangi. The vast majority of the four hectare site has been described as an “endangered forest ecosystem” – giving the lie to Auckland Council’s claims that the land is expendable. “Mayor Phil Goff has described the site as ‘mostly scrub and gorse’ and that is pure stuff and nonsense,” says Belynda Groot from the Titirangi Protection Group (TPG). “Now we’re in a place where not one but two ecological impact reports pour cold water on the idea that nothing of value is going to be destroyed,” says Groot. The two reports, one commissioned from Boffa Miskell by Watercare and the other, an independent report written by respected ecologist, Shona Myers, recognise the high ecological value of the site. According to the Boffa Miskell report: “Our vegetation assessment identifies that endangered or critically endangered forest ecosystem types cover more than 70% of the project site.” The Myers report goes into further detail: “The site itself is representative of regenerating forest types, including kauri, present in this part of the foothills. It contains threatened ecosystem types (regenerating kauri forest, broadleaved forest and kahikatea-swamp maire forest) and nationally and regionally threatened species. The site forms linkages and corridors for wildlife with adjoining regional parkland forest. ” The adjoining parkland mentioned by Myers is home


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to two of Auckland’s oldest kauri (Clarks and Bishop). The reports also reveal that the site forms the headwaters which flow in to the Waituna Stream and Little Muddy Creek, home to native freshwater fish species such as inanga and long finned eel, both of which are at risk of extinction. “We’re thrilled to finally have official recognition that sets the record straight about the high ecological value of this site. Many of us have lived next to the Huia Water Treatment Plant for years with no issues but if your ‘good’ neighbour suddenly wanted to decimate four hectares of primarily endangered native forest I think you’d probably do what we’re doing and stand up to fight for what’s right,” says Belynda. “We have never argued about the need for a new water treatment plant. We just think it’s time for Watercare to get serious about their claims to prioritise sustainability and to protect and enhance our natural environment.” Watercare has assured concerned locals and environmental groups that it will do its best to plan the build away from the most sensitive areas but at the same time admits that the site is a lot smaller than ideal for the scope of the project which means it will be very difficult to do this. The next phase in this process begins when Watercare makes its resource consent applications. (This was planned for the end of July.) The TPG believe it has more than enough compelling evidence and support from the wider community to succeed in stopping Watercare. “If the layers of protection over this land can’t keep it safe from the bulldozers, where does it all stop? It’s time to start using our proud history of innovative thinking to come up with creative solutions that don’t cost the environment. Clean water shouldn’t be at the cost of our precious native forests. There are other more viable and sustainable options,” says Belynda.

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‘The Sentinel of the Manukau’ – still in business Whatipu Lodge is still in business, almost 100 years after taking in its first guests. Although Whatipu may seem quite a trek over a winding gravel road, this remote settlement has a long, rich history. The coastline provided an abundant source of food to Maori, while the forest gave food, medicine and building materials. This natural wealth was not lost on early Europeans and, in the 1860s, the Gibbons family began work to establish a timber mill. The original homestead and mill were constructed in 1870 by mill manager Nicholas Gibbons. Here it was that he and his wife Matilda raised eight children and ran a small farm that supplied meat and vegetables to the mill for 15 years. A lengthy depression followed the mill’s closure. Providing accommodation helped pay the bills until timber milling resumed briefly in the early 1900s and the coastal tramway north was rebuilt. The number of buildings also expanded, including the two rows of bunkhouses, and the dining hall and kitchen that still stand. When milling finally ended in 1922, the lodge attracted holidaymakers instead, able to motor over a newly completed road. Dances were held in the nearby caves, the horse trotting stable on the sand-hills fascinated guests and the place had a social heyday even through the Great Depression. By then, the Gibbons family had departed and a series of new managers proceeded to make their mark. The Farleys installed a tennis court and Austin Gibson brought in a billiard table but, despite their grand plans, bookings fell away and the lodge was in poor shape when a colourful gentlemen’s tailor named Phil Sharp arrived in 1950. Despite a serious war injury, Phil was a force of nature, and he remained the lodge’s manager for the next 34 years. He pioneered early environmental projects, cut gorse to open up the road again (supervised by two roosters Heckyl and Jeckyl), and upgraded the utilities, eventually retiring to Huia where he died at the age of 99. Mary and Neil Roberts then leased the lodge until 2000. The 1930s diesel generator and water wheel were upgraded around this time with solar panels to create a selfsustainable micro hydro system. The 820-hectare sand wilderness at the lodge’s doorstep was also declared as a scientific reserve, with mana whenua and Friends of Whatipu as kaitiaki (guardians). Auckland Council owns the property, and in May this year Huia residents Pete Riem and Ursel Koppelmann stepped in as the managers, taking over from Wayne McKenzie. “We’re committed to making sure Whatipu Lodge has a great future as well as its rich past,” says Pete. “It’s one of the rare places that Aucklanders can still experience life off the grid.” The lodge has limited capacity so bookings are essential on 811 8860 or at www. whatipulodge.co.nz. On your way over, stop at the Huia Museum for more history on Whatipu. The museum will be hosting an Oral History Day on Saturday, September 16 at the Huia Hall. – Jade Reidy Friends of Whatipu are to hold their annual tree planting event on August 5. Council Rangers provide the trees and host a barbecue for everyone afterwards. This is a fun social event for all who want to contribute to the Whatipu environment. Visit www. facebook.com/whatipu for more information.

Top to bottom: 1. The original Gibbons family homestead at Whatipu. Photograph by John Thomas Diamond. 2. Working on the boarding house at Whatipu, 1930. Photograph by A.E. Gee. 3. A game of tennis in progress at the Whatipu Lodge, 1940. Photograph by John Thomas Diamond. All photos courtesy of the J.T. Diamond Collection, Auckland Libraries West Auckland Research Centre.

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New funding for our local boards Auckland Council has finalised a new 10-year plan. JADE REIDY asks what’s in it for us? The new plan is handing local boards more power to shape their local places and build new regional facilities. A $180 million capital fund gave each of the 21 local boards across Auckland the chance to pitch one major project for the next 10 years. The Waitakere Ranges Local Board ‘big ticket’ item, the renewal of Glen Eden’s town centre is long overdue, and the first major funding allocation for this has been awarded. “We’ve been given $500,000 to prepare a business case for Glen Eden beautification,” says board chair Greg Presland, “and we are confident this time we’ll get over the line.” The project is still at least a few years away from a start date and is likely to cost around $9 million, to which the local board and Auckland Transport would also contribute. The town square design aims for a more family-friendly space and better connections with the train

station and the new twin tower apartments being constructed on the corner of Waikumete and Glenview Roads. The transport capital fund for local boards has also more than doubled, from $10.8 million to $21 million each year. The calculation method for distributing this fund among local boards has been tweaked and will see areas with lower populations and greater deprivation getting slightly more money. “Auckland Transport has already committed to delivering safety measures on West Coast Road,” says Greg. The measures include traffic calming and raised platforms at intersections in the vicinity of the train station. A second swimming pool in West Auckland has long been identified as a need, to take the pressure off the the West Wave complex in Henderson. A new Whau Aquatic and Recreation Centre has finally been given the green light with funding of $104 million. Whau Local Board chair Tracy Mulholland says she can’t reveal the exact location yet. “The funding is for both the facility and land acquisition – if required,” she says. “We genuinely don’t know yet whether it will be in New Lynn or Avondale.” Work on a detailed business case will start this financial year but the new pool and recreation centre may not open until around 2023. Additional funding in the Whau Board area includes a further $2.2 million for the Te Whau Pathway and improved access to the airport with enhanced bus services from New Lynn.

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Royal Society lecture comes to Village

New Lynn Tennis Club (Mason Park, Fruitvale Road) is actively working to bring new life back into the historic club: it enters its 100th year in 2019 and is planning a celebration of all things tennis. The club is available as a venue to hire, caters for a programme of adult tennis and now, with a junior coach and a committed group of parents, is putting the junior side of the club forward with a junior coaching programme that runs until September 26. For children aged 9 – 10, coaching is provided on Wednesdays, 4-4.45pm, and Sundays 9-9.45am. Courses for children aged 11-14 run on Wednesdays, 4.455.30pm, and Sundays 9.45-10.30am. Email nltennisclub@hotmail.com or tracymcmurtrie@xtra.co.nz for more information, prices and to book your place.

Art show returns Titirangi Painters will again hold its Annual Winter Art Exhibition in the Titirangi War Memorial Hall. The exhibition will take place on Saturday and Sunday, August 18 – 19, 10am-4.30pm each day. Last year’s exhibition was cancelled after a lightning strike caused a major fire in the roof and ceiling. The Fire Service classed it as a major incident with a large number of appliances on site blocking the surrounding area. The paintings making up the exhibition were saved by the sterling efforts of fire personnel who moved them all to the hall’s foyer and covered them with tarpaulins to prevent water damage. All the painters were grateful for the work the Fire Service performed that afternoon. Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery were also extremely supportive, allowing Titirangi Painters to display works in its lower gallery for an ‘Encore and Best in Show’ exhibition last November. This year, like a phoenix rising from the fire, Titirangi Painters has a wide range of artworks ready for its 26th Annual Art Show. The paintings are varied and from the best artists in the west, real ‘Westie’ artists painting in a variety of media – watercolour, pastel, acrylic and oils. All the artists exhibiting will be attending and welcome talking to visitors and several will be demonstrating their painting techniques over the weekend. The exhibition is free and all are welcome.

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The 2018 Leonard Cockayne Lecture, Ornamental to detrimental: The invasion of New Zealand by non-native plants is to be presented in Titirangi. Aotearoa has more types of non-native plants than almost anywhere else in the world. It was believed that such non-natives would never pose a risk to our native flora, but many of these introduced species are now causing significant economic and environmental costs. Presented by Professor Philip Hulme FRSNZ (Bio-Protection Research Centre and chair in Plant Biosecurity at Lincoln University) this lecture will explore New Zealand’s history of plant invasions and examines the underlying causes and potential future trends. Some of these invasive plants have been introduced as commercial crops such as pine and pasture grasses, while others arrived as ornamentals from around the world for both home and botanic gardens. Could invasive plants and non-native weeds choke our country? What tools can control current and future threats? This Royal Society Te Aparangi event is sponsored by the Waitakere Ranges Local Board. Ornamental to detrimental, Titirangi War Memorial Hall, 500 South Titirangi Road, Tuesday July 31, 7pm. All welcome. Free Admission. More info at: royalsociety.org.nz/ news/plant-invadersseeds-of-despair.

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‘It is with our writers and in our books that we find solace’


‘Going West!’ The very words conjure up a sense of adventure, of travelling to unknown territory, of being, literally, a bit edgy. And so it is each September, when the Going West Writers Festival returns to Titirangi to examine the state of our society in general and the particular words spun around us by our writers and commentators. It is an annual celebration of our continuing love of books. In our everyday world we are swept along by the dominance of online communication; the instant news feeds, the sometimes overwhelming dependence on social media to connect us. It’s inescapable to at least some degree. At the same time we non-millennials look back with some nostalgia to a world of letter writing. Who sends or receives emails crafted and rich with ‘slow ideas’ and subtle messaging? It is with our writers and in our books that we find solace and a sense of continuity, analysis and perspective, passionately held ideas, immaculate research and just plain brilliant story telling. This year Going West is ‘spreading the word’ around some of the hottest interests and issues of our time. It may challenge and provoke but it will, as always, also entertain and amuse. The joy it offers is that you can engage with some of the best minds in New Zealand and find, if not answers, at the very least a sense of direction and optimism. Last year Going West was awarded Metro’s ‘best festival opening night of the year’ and 2018 will be as good, if not better. Serie Barford and Paula Morris are respectively Curnow Reader and Sir Graeme Douglas Orator; and will be followed by Tu – a compelling collaboration between much-loved musician and song writer Moana Maniapoto and electronic music producer Paddy Free with screen visuals by Toby Mills. Tu debuted in Finland and Taiwan, but this will be a New Zealand premier. The weekend then unfolds with a stellar line-up which includes national treasure Fiona Kidman talking about her latest novel, This Mortal Boy, and later joining activists Lizzie Marvelly, MP Golriz Ghahraman and Sandra Coney along with with Carol Hirschfeld to


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tangle with Women Then, Women Now. Steve Braunias interviews father and daughter powerhouses C.K. Stead and Charlotte Grimshaw on recent novels and popular journalists Russell Brown and Toby Manhire hold a provocative discussion on where the digital word is taking us. Wellington poets Chris Tse, Anna Jackson and Helen Heath join us with Paula Green while psychology professor Niki Harre and activist Laila Harre invite us to imagine our world anew. Scotty and Stacey Morrison korero about learning te reo with Guyon Espiner, Dr Jo Cribb and Vincent Heeringa wrestle robots, discussing what we should celebrate and what we should be concerned about in our everchanging technological future, and novelist and memoirist Peter Wells talks to award-winning writer Stephanie Johnson about his work, Dear Oliver and the view it gives of the history of Pakeha New Zealanders. Journalist and researcher Brad Haami and academic and fearless public advocate Ella Henry explore the impact of the second major Maori migration, some 800 years after the original waka made landfall in Aotearoa, and Gavin Bishop talks with Bridget Mahy (yes, daughter of our much loved Margaret Mahy) about his exquisite illustrated book, Aotearoa, The New Zealand Story, a shared history for all who live in our beautiful land. The current resurgence and popularity of the essay will be explored with Simon Wilson, Susanna Andrew and Shamubeel Eaqub and fellow falconers, Debbie Stewart and Rachel Stewart (not related) will discuss our majestic birds of prey. There are also names that will be new to you: Jenny Robin Jones, Catherine Woulfe, Rajorshi Chakraborti, Kate Duigan, Michael Steven, Annaleese Jochems and Dominic Hoey. It’s a programme with ‘meat on its bones’, a gift, offered in the heart of Titirangi, with fine food and wine, all the authors books for purchasing and signing and an atmosphere of warmth and generosity. All the information you need can be found at www.goingwestfest. co.nz. Bookings are now open on iTICKET and earlybird concessions are available until August 3.

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marriage, and her love of dance; indeed her love of Shimmersea is an exquisite memoir by muchlife. In this memoir spanning 90 years there is also loved local identity Mary (Bobbie) Woodward. It a wider story of our country through the greater has a tag-line: What Ever Happened to Miss New part of the 20th century and into the 21st, which Zealand 1949, but that is just one fascinating part gives it a depth and breadth beyond the personal. of the story of this long and courageous life. At the It is a lovely book to hold, from the beautiful cover age of 90, Bobbie has come to a place of peace in shot of Bobbie in her home Shimmersea, to the her life, still living in the home she built for herself generous scattering of photographs throughout. It’s at Wood Bay, respected for her talents as a writer a story that will evoke huge nostalgia for the grey and as one of the matriarchs of the iconic Bethell brigade, but will also fascinate younger generations family enclave at Te Henga. with its timeless humanity and courage. In her own words: “...now I feel it right to go back To purchase Shimmersea email shimmersea28@ and examine the whole drama because at last I gmail.com. Price $30 plus $4 postage within New have come to a place of acceptance of myself and Mary (Bobbie) Woodward: depth and my life, without bitterness or regret.” Perhaps it breadth beyond the personal. Photo by Zealand. is this that has allowed her to be so unflinchingly Rose Palmer. Te Uru Waitakere Gallery is hosting an exhibition of great importance. honest in looking back at the highs and lows of her life. As a cash-strapped student recruited by the local Lions Club and Nga Tohu o Te Kawerau a Maki: the people, their stories and treasures lured by prize money of two hundred pounds, she ended up becoming celebrates the taonga and stories of local iwi, Te Kawerau a Maki, Miss New Zealand 1949 – to her astonishment. She describes herself who are the official hosts for Auckland’s Matariki Festival this year. as “short and with few pretensions to glamour” – although many At the exhibition launch on June 30th, kaumatua Te Warena Taua of the photographs show a girl with a radiant smile and a youthful honoured Mary Woodward’s (see Shimmersea) long association with beauty that, in post-war Britain, must have been a breath of fresh Te Kawerau a Maki through her Bethells family and invited her to open air; intelligent, curious about the world, radiating charm and without the exhibition. It was a special moment, in a gallery crowded with both pretension. Back then she was able to avoid those humiliating swimsuit Maori and Pakeha, of true oneness, echoing the bond formed between episodes now associated with such events and was clearly chosen Te Kawerau and the Bethells clan working closely together in Te Henga for her potential as an ambassador for New Zealand, a role that she over several generations. The display cases contain taonga of exquisite beauty and significance but the larger than life photographic portraits fulfilled to much acclaim. With equal candour she records the later tragedies in her life and the of forebears, including images of the Bethells family, some faded and long journey through grief to acceptance. These are heart-wrenching frayed, that encircle the gallery walls create an overpowering presence parts of her story, but they are stitched together with tales of adventure that is mesmerising. The faces are revealing and deeply moving. It is an and travel, in particular her times in Iran through her daughter Anna’s enriching experience.

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w July 31, Ornamental to detrimental: The invasion of

New Zealand by non-native plants, a talk by Professor Phil Hulme from Lincoln University; Titirangi War Memorial Hall, 500 South Titirangi Road; 7.00pm; Free. www.facebook.com/events/216057185702445/

august w – 5, 27, Heartfelt, textiles and wall hangings by

Christine Robson; West Coast Gallery, Piha. Phone 812 8029. www.westcoastgallery.co.nz. w – 5, Blind Carbon Copy: An Open Love Letter, Gabrielle Amodeo delves into the representation and signifiers of intimacy; Te Uru. Phone 817 8087. w – 5, Headforemost, Stephen Ellis reimagines the historical significance of Cornwallis wharf; Te Uru. Phone 817 8087. w – 19, Dark Horizons, Abdul Abdullah, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah and Khaled Sabsabi reflect on migration; Te Uru. Phone 817 8087. w – 26, Nga Tohu o Te Kawerau a Maki: The people, their stories and treasures; Te Uru. Phone 817 8087. w – September 2, like a lotus flower that grew from mud, works by Quishile Charan; Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson; 10am–4.30pm daily. Phone 838 4455.

w – September 2, Give me space, works by Antje Barke, Patricia Ramos, Hanna Shim and Arielle Walker curated by Jessica Douglas; Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson; 10am–4.30pm daily. Phone 838 4455. w – September 4, Feels – an installation by Josephine Cachemaille featuring hybrid sculpture/paintings combined in a lively, suggestive and humorous assemblage; Te Uru. Phone 817 8087. w 3, West Auckland Men’s REBUS Club for retired or semi-retired men; Kelston Community Centre; 9.30am. Phone Roger 834 7945. w 3, Tom Rodwell and his band Storehouse in concert; Lopdell House Theatre; 8pm; tickets $20/$15 from Eventfinda or $25/$20 on the door. w 4 – 26. Empathy – Emerging Artist Exhibition; Upstairs Gallery, Lopdell House; 10am-4pm. w 5, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732. w 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 10, Flicks presents The Mercy (M). Colin Firth plays yachtsman Donald Crowhurst who creates an outrageous account of his disastrous attempt to win the 1968 Golden Globe Sailing Race; 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 11 – September 9, WCCAC – Group Exhibition; West Coast Gallery, Piha. Phone 812 8029. www. westcoastgallery.co.nz.

w 11 – November 18, Flat Pack Whakapapa, fabric

installations by Maureen Lander; Te Uru. Phone 817 8087.

w 11, Titirangi Folk Music Club, AGM and guests High,

Wide & Handsome, floor singers in the first half; Titirangi Beach Hall, Titirangi Beach Road; 8pm; $10, members $7, under 18s free. Phone Tricia 818 5659. w 13, 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 14, 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 14, Western Districts Women's Dinner Club, dinner and entertainer, visitors welcome; Bricklane Restaurant, 5 Clark Street, New Lynn; 6.15pm. Phone Anne 021 2933833 to book or for more information. w 15, Waitakere Grey Power Association Special General Meeting; Waimauku RSA, corner Muriwai Rd and State Highway 16; 3-5pm. Phone 838 5207 with number attending or for more information. w 16, Waitakere Forest & Bird talk/forum: Kauri dieback, rahui and forest closures – what, why and what’s next with an expert panel from iwi, Council and community groups; Kelston Community Centre; 7.30pm; koha appreciated. Phone Liz 027 476 2732 or email lizanstey@hotmail.com. w 21, SeniorNet West Auckland, morning tea and chatting about computers – this month: a guide to safe Internet banking; Kelston Community Centre; 10am. Phone June 021 179 3635.

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september w September 2, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia 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: 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 Gallery, 420 Titirangi Road, Titirangi, 10am–4.30pm daily. 817 8087, info@ teuru.org.nz. • Titirangi Theatre, Lopdell House Theatre, Titirangi. 817 5812, infoline 817 5951, www.titirangitheatre.co.nz. • Upstairs Gallery, Level 1, Lopdell House, 418 Titirangi Road, 10am–4.30pm daily. 817 4278. www.upstairs.org.nz. • West Coast Gallery, Seaview Road, Piha, Open Wednesday – Sunday, 10am–4pm. 812 8029, www.westcoastgallery.co.nz.

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fellowship, speakers, monthly trips; Ceramco Park Function Centre, Glendale Road, Kaurilands; 10-11.30am. Phone Brian Holt 838 5857. w 24, Titirangi Folk Music Club Friends on Friday: A small, informal, supportive group of people who like to sing and play music; Titirangi Beach Hall, Titirangi Beach Road; 8pm; $3, under 18 free. Phone Rosemary 814 8897 or Cathy 818 8201. w 26, Car Boot Sale; Titirangi Primary School, Atkinson Road, Titirangi; 9am-12pm; Site $10 – phone Fiona 021 022 16553 or email flovelock07@gmail.com for bookings. w 26, 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 28, Titirangi U3A with a range of activities including study groups, discussions, speakers and more; West Lynn Garden, 73 Parker Avenue, New Lynn; 1.30pm; gold coin. Contact 817 5519 or maggie.u3a.titirangi@gmail.com.

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Titirangi Library has three special events coming up in August. On August 11 at 11am Jennifer Dutton will facilitate Vegan Living, a chance for the curious to learn more about the vegan diet, vegan recipes and other tips. On August 23 at 6pm Ila Selwyn is launching her new book Dancing with Dragons, a collection of poems developed from performance poetry. The verses include brief passages about her own life as well as references to feminism, social issues and politics. And on August 30 at 11am Foster Hope’s craft coordinators Janet and Kate will outline the work they do supporting children in foster care and introduce the idea of a craft group that could meet regularly at the library to produce crafts for charity. For the kids Crafty Tuesdays return to Titirangi Library by popular demand, starting August 7 at 3.30pm and a new Kids Knit Club starts August 3, 3.30-4.30pm – suitable for ages 9+. (Bookings required.) The Minecraft club also continues in term 3, every Thursday 3.30-4.30pm. To ensure that you never miss an adult event email titirangi.library@ aucklandcouncil.govt.nz with the subject line “add me to your mailing list”. On August 18, 10.30-11.30am Glen Eden Library will host a special free session, Make the most of your money on how to better manage your finances. This session will be led by an advisor from the Henderson Budget Service (phone 892 4943). On August 2, 6.00-7.30pm, New Lynn Library will host Aucklandbased crime fiction writer Ian Austin who will be discussing his second book in the Dan Calder trilogy, a suspenseful revenge-driven crime thriller The Second Grave. Ian will also be talking about his experiences developing as a writer, navigating the complex world of publishing and also his previous career as a police detective in the UK. This is a free event with light refreshments provided. Email newlynn.library@ aucklandcouncil.govt.nz to book a seat. On August 11, 10.30am-12pm, New Lynn will host a basic embroidery workshop, an opportunity to learn basic stitches and create your own embroidery sampler. Suitable for ages 12+, bookings are essential – email newlynn.library@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz. Also at New Lynn Library, on August 25, 11am-12pm, Birgit Aikman will talk on the history and myth of the Vikings. From television shows to films, comics to literature, music to videogames, Vikings and Norse mythology is widespread in popular culture. This is a free event and no bookings are required. In September Glen Eden and Titirangi Libraries will be part of the Going West Festival celebrating language and literature, with guest speakers David McGill and Elspeth Sandys. See https:// www.goingwestfest.co.nz for details.

Titirangi Theatre’s next production, An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde, was a crowd pleaser in its day and has continued to delight audiences ever since. The story of a highly thought-of politician who, in his youth, delivered a valuable piece of information to a speculator and profited by it in terms of money and power, is as pertinent in this era as it was in 1895. An unlikely subject for a comedy you might think, but the threat of blackmail from an unscrupulous femme fatale and the hero’s panic at the thought of the resultant scandal sets in train a series of events that are bound to keep you laughing. Wilde’s witty dialogue and a gloriously eccentric cast of characters keep the play moving at a lively pace. For lovers of costume drama and the antics of the ruling classes this is the play to see. An Ideal Husband opens on August 28 and runs until September 8. Bookings can be made online at titirangitheatre.co.nz or at Titirangi Pharmacy. And mention of costumes brings to mind the wonderful new array of outfits at the theatre’s wardrobe in the Treasure House, behind Lopdell House. Henderson costumier Ian Donaldson has shut up shop but bequeathed his huge wardrobe to us. If you’re looking for costumes for plays, fancy dress parties, school learning experiences or just fun, do come and inspect our range, from children’s animal outfits to Victorian wear, robes, cloaks, wigs and more. There is something for everyone, and our experienced wardrobe mistress, Lynn Cottingham, has it all at her command. It’s worth a visit. Visit titirangitheatre.co.nz for information on upcoming plays, events at our sister theatres, drama classes, and all sorts of things. – Phoebe Falconer

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‘Stay motivated and keep pushing for green space’ When Heather and Jerry Tanguay moved to and the community helps Heather and Jerry Glen Eden five years ago, one of the major maintain the reawakened bush. selling points for them was that the Milan “We now have diverse people living in Drive Reserve was just across the road from the community so it’s nice getting different their new home. cultures involved in a community event. You “It looked so nice,” says Heather, but further need green spaces to make people feel good, investigation proved otherwise. “We couldn’t somewhere they can go to feel quiet and at get into it. There were no paths, no entrance, peace,” Heather says. nothing. We struggled through and in the “Council wouldn’t give us a garden seat so middle it was full of rubbish, furniture, chairs we asked for an old one we could restore. A and broken bottles. Young people had been neighbour renovated and painted it. We dug lighting fires in there and using it for parties. a hole out and boxed it and when we found “It was unloved,” she says. someone doing concreting in the street, we For a couple who’ve always loved and asked for any spare. They happily obliged! treasured green space, that wasn’t good “You have to keep going, stay motivated, enough and they set to doing something keep pushing. It gives me enormous pleasure about it. While working to establish to see people sitting on the seat or walking neighbourhood support for the challenge, into the bush. One local man has told me there was a horrifying home invasion in the Jerry and Heather Tanguay: “You can’t go through this is the most tranquil place for him to sit life not caring.” street. and study and listen to the birds singing. ‘It’s “Not once, but twice, and everyone in the street was traumatised. much nicer than my own back yard,’ he said. I’m a strong person but I’d never suffered shock like it. We were all “You can’t go through life not caring. It’s more important than ever absolutely terrified but it was a factor in getting the street galvanised that communities guard the green space in their area. It concerns me into thinking we had to pull together. that encroachments are being made – take a little bit off here, a bit off “We used the bush to try and engender enthusiasm and help create a there. We must be absolutely respectful and look after green spaces. neighbourhood support group to counteract the horror,” Heather says. Unless we look after and treasure them, we’ll never get them back “One woman had lived in the street for 20 years and never gone again,” she says. into the bush. Another said she hadn’t been near it as it was too Heather’s no stranger to a good challenge. More than 40 years ago dangerous.” when there were no consumer protection laws in New Zealand, she A self-confessed social activist for most of her life and a Palmerston organised a petition to parliament on toy safety legislation after her North city councillor for 12 years (and mayor of the city for four years), child swallowed a bell on a rattle. It took time but the legislation was Heather knew the machinations of local bodies. Jerry did too – he had drawn up and is still used today. been a social worker for 35 years. They both cared deeply for people “From that I learnt you have to stand up and fight for what you think and just as strongly about the environment. is right.” “We’ve always believed in respecting the environment and that the During her mayoralty in Palmerston North, Heather supported the environment makes you feel good. I have to have trees in my life,” says development of the first wind farms in New Zealand to supply power Heather. “We used to have busy jobs and would go to the bush in times to the national grid. The farms now support about 45,000 New Zealand of stress, or go skiing. I took that up in my 40s. homes. “When you’re exhausted in your head, the environment and its “Some residents didn’t like them. They didn’t like the visual impact, glorious sights restore you. We just think that’s important.” but again, it was an environmental thing. You had to do it. As mayor I’d It’s fair to say that doing something about the Milan Drive Reserve also started refugee resettlement in the city – some people didn’t like wasn’t a high priority for the council so the couple cleared the mass of that either,” Heather says. debris and weeds and Jerry created paths and covered them in bark “If you’re an activist, you’ve got to keep at it. You have to be true before laying edgings from old broken tree branches. to what you believe in. Fairness to all is one of the principles we live Council came to the party supporting a community tree planting by. You have to be strong in what you believe in. Stay motivated. Keep programme that has seen hundred of natives planted in the last four going.” years. There’s now an annual tree planting event on Neighbours’ Day – Moira Kennedy

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‘Music weaves us all together in harmony ...’ Titirangi residents Natarani and Sasha WittenHannah are accomplished professional musicians who together comprise the duo Heartstrings. Natarani first heard a cello soloist with the Auckland Philharmonia at age 10 and decided there and then that she would play the cello too. Sasha’s father sang “and he played the guitar when I was a child – I remember begging to have my own when I was 8 though I didn’t really practice until I was a teenager.” Now Natarani holds a Master of Music Degree in cello and a Postgraduate Certificate of study from Trinity College, London. Sasha completed his Diploma of Music at Auckland University and has studied with classical guitar masters in Venezuela and Canada. Sasha says his teachers are among his strongest influences and inspirations, along with the virtuoso classical guitarist John Williams. For Natarani it was an early enchantment with cellists Jaquline du Pre, Rostropovich, Alexander Ivashkin and YoYo Ma that ushered her onto her musical pathway. The couple first met at a concert at The Pumphouse Theatre, and unsurprisingly hit it off when Natarani revealed one of her favourite recordings to be of Jaquline du Pre playing with John Williams. Sasha describes the performance of Manuel de Falla’s Suite Populaire Espagnol that evening as “the first step on our life’s journey together.” That was in 1999. Heartstrings was formed in 2001 and the couple married a year later. Heartstrings perform at weddings, concerts, funerals, festivals and corporate functions. “We enjoy a range of styles – classical, Spanish, Latin, popular song arrangements, Celtic music. We sometimes perform with singers, often for songs requested for weddings.” Sasha also writes original compositions and, as a solo guitarist, his playing is ideal for restaurants, functions and events where a flamboyant Spanish or Latin atmosphere is desired – but of course he can cater for softer more romantic evenings too. A core focus for Heartstrings are their wedding performances. “We love to play music for weddings because we believe in what they are all about. We feel truly blessed to play for every wedding that we are invited to be a part of. Music weaves us all together in harmony – family and friends past, present and future.” The Heartstrings duo have been employed by people of many faiths and cultures and say they are constantly amazed at the love of great

music that all have in common “It’s wonderful to us to think of the diversity of our clients and engagements over the years. One of our most picturesque gigs was a New Year’s celebration at the Sky Tower. We were dressed in costumes of the 1600s with big wigs and white painted faces – that was a fantastic event! At one wedding on Waiheke the groom and his friends arrived in a helicopter while Heartstrings played a driving Spanish piece called Asturias. Then there was the wedding on Kawau where all the wedding guests arrived on The Spirit of Adventure, and the father of the bride rowed his daughter ashore. A recent humorous moment “was when the bridesmaid was a black dog with the wedding ring tied around it’s neck!” Teaching is another string to the Heartstrings bow – both Sasha and Natarani are trained in the Suzuki method of music education that emphasizes developing an ‘ear’ for making music. As a teaching aid in sight reading, Sasha has also developed a unique colour coded system which he uses to make learning easier for students. Sasha is establishing a Suzuki guitar studio from the Heartstrings home base in Titirangi while Natarani teaches students of all ages from beginners to advanced cello. She also still accepts roles as a professional cellist with orchestras and chamber ensembles, and to perform recitals. She has played in Bach Musica and the Waitakere Orchestra. When in his role as mayor, Bob Harvey appointed Sasha and Natarani as ‘Ambassadors of Music’ of Waitakere City to recognise their dedicated contribution to enriching the cultural life of the city. Both were brought up in the West and love living near the ranges and their families here. Sasha holds great love for our native bush and admits “I sometimes imagined myself as a Waitakere Ranger” but his love of music won him over in the end. Most recently the couple have been teaching in Christchurch at the Suzuki Winter Workshop. With a steady string of many and varied performances both behind and ahead of them Heartstrings are planning to record their second CD, and Sasha is soon to record a selection of his own compositions. To find out more about Heartstrings and to contact them go to heartstrings.co.nz or phone Natarani on 021 0864 2113 or Sasha on 021 254 5046.

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Getting rid of the nasties As the weather starts to improve and our gardens and sections begin to dry out, we will get many more opportunities to catch up on all those outdoor tasks, including getting rid of the noxious weeds which have been spreading over recent months. Pest plants are creating havoc in our public and private open spaces, including bush reserves, coastal areas, walkways, gardens and parks. Although many of these plants were introduced as attractive garden plants they have a habit of spreading widely, growing vigorously and displacing or smothering our native vegetation. Not all are legally declared to be pest plants but they still have to be eradicated wherever they are found. A few of the worst pests include: Climbing Asparagus (asparagus scandens) is a vine that grows virtually anywhere – in sun or shade, on disturbed sites or in deep forest. With its soft fern-like foliage and small white flowers in spring, followed by orange berries, it smothers our native plants, especially seedlings. The best way to control climbing asparagus is to hand pull small plants before they are established. All the tuberous roots should be removed and plants can then be disposed of in a weed bin. It is also possible to control it by spraying lightly with a mix of 200ml glyphosate per 10 litre of water. Wild Ginger (hedychium gardnerianum) is also known as kahili ginger. This plant is a herb that grows to two metres high in both sun and shade. Its fragrant yellow flowers appear from February to April and each flower head can produce 100 seeds. Fast-growing, this pest displaces native vegetation, smothers seedlings and covers the forest floor with an impenetrable mat of roots and rhizomes. Young seedlings can be pulled up by hand and disposed of in a weed bin. In larger infestations, cut the plant stems just above the rhizome and paint the stump with a solution of 1g metsulfuron per 1 litre of water. The plants can be composted if no seeds or flowers are attached. Dense patches of ginger can be sprayed with a solution of 5g metsulfuron plus 10ml penetrant per 10 litre of water. Woolly Nightshade (solanum mauritianum) is a shrub or small tree with grey-green leaves covered with dense felt-like hairs. The tree has a strong odour. Clusters of purple flowers lead to berries that ripen to yellow and produce many thousands of seeds each. In addition to the threat to native vegetation, the dust from woolly nightshade leaves can cause health problems. Small plants should be pulled up and composted, with flowers and seeds being disposed of in a weed bin. Larger trees should be cut down and the stump painted with picloram gel. Painting a 70cm high collar around the stem with picloram gel can also kill a growing tree. To spray woolly nightshade, use a solution of 60ml triclopyr plus 10ml penetrant per 10 litre of water.

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Community involved in restoration of streams how to identify and remove weeds, pest eradication, mulching, planting methods and identifying NZ native flora and fauna,” Charlotte said. But potentially the most unique aspect of Project Twin Streams is how it has used art to engage the community. Over 98 art projects involving thousands of participants have been completed including public murals, sculptures, theatre productions and four community gardens. One of these, located next to Glen Eden’s Waikumete stream is a public fruit orchard. It was created after two houses were bought and removed by the project to establish a natural flood plain. However, the existing fruit trees gave rise to the idea of an open orchard and recreation area, maintained by the community to be enjoyed by all. Some of those involved in such projects include harder to reach groups such as at-risk youth. According to Charlotte, the project’s methods are effective at reconnecting the hearts and minds of these people to their environment and engendering a sense of belonging and ‘pride in their place.’ PTS crew and volunteers planting natives during one of their local working bees. This sense of belonging is by no means exclusive. Several urban streams that were once polluted and ignored have Anyone can join EcoMatters on their regular weekly workdays. On been brought back to life, thanks to New Zealand’s largest sustainable Fridays, stream ranger Gabriele Ezetsa takes volunteers to an area of catchment project. Since 2003, Project Twin Streams has removed Glen Eden where they can help remove weeds, collect litter and plant 4,000 square metres of weeds, planted over 800,000 native trees and natives like cabbage tree and hebe. constructed award-winning walking and cycle ways alongside 56km A key goal of the project is to mitigate storm water run off that often of streams running through West Auckland. carries harmful pollutants. Planting natives helps filter these pollutants Originally conceived as a natural approach to storm water and prevent erosion of the stream bank, results that are evident management, the project has evolved to integrate environmental, when Gabriele tests the quality of the water using a scientific testing social, economic and cultural goals through its partnership with four kit. Water clarity, nitrogen content and temperature are measured community-based organisations. each week, at a different location of the stream system. Another test EcoMatters, Community Waitakere, Te Ukaipo and MPHS (McLaren monitors aquatic life. If Gabriele’s water sample is crawling with a Park and Henderson South) are all contracted to the project with variety of little critters known as micro invertebrates, it’s a sign that the each group managing its own area of the West Auckland catchment stream is in good health. – Glen Eden, Henderson Creek, Ranui and Oratia/Opanuke streams For Gabriele, helping to improve the health of these natural places respectively. has enormous benefits for both the environment and residents. Through each community organisation, local residents, businesses “It’s well known that natural spaces, especially in highly urbanised and schools are able to participate directly in the restoration of their places like Glen Eden contribute greatly to our physical and mental neighbourhoods, something that spokesperson Charlotte Armstrong well-being,” she said. says helps build community ownership of the project, a key goal from “By volunteering with us people learn skills that they can then use the outset. on their own properties, find a space to do their bit for the community, The community has certainly been involved: over 60,000 volunteer learn from each other, meet like minded people and have fun.” hours have been contributed to the various initiatives. Volunteers can join any of the other community organisations on “Thousands of West Aucklanders have learned about subjects like their workdays by going to the website16:33 – projecttwinstreams.com. FRINGEADLTD.pdf 1 PTS 15/11/16 rongoa Maori, sustainability, recycling, stream health, water quality, – Mick Andrew

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Awards and funding opportunities The search is on to find the heroes fighting to protect our precious native species and habitats. Council has announced two initiatives to acknowledge and assist communities and individuals, Auckland’s first Mayoral Conservation Awards and the opening of the 2018/19 Regional Environment and Natural Heritage grants programme. The Conservation Awards are a chance to celebrate the conservation work being taken on in our communities by groups and individuals. Locals are encouraged to nominate a project or enter their own. The project should demonstrate great conservation work in the community and nominations can be made for projects in six categories (Eradication, Restoration, Innovation, Collaboration, Individual and Schools/Education) and can be submitted online or by mail. Entries close 5pm, August 13. If you have an environmental project you would like to get off the ground the Regional Environment and Natural Heritage grants programme might be able to help. The 2018/19 programme sees a particular focus on initiatives that contribute to sustainable living, conservation projects, management of plant and animal pests, healthy waters projects and kaitiakitanga (projects or activities that empower mana whenua). Funding of between $5,000 and $40,000 is available for eligible projects and grants are open to individuals, groups and organisations. Applications close on August 31. For assistance with applications email environmentalfunding@aucklandcouncil. govt.nz


Residents from Mahoe, Aydon, Paturoa and Tinopai Roads participated in a major planting exercise at the Titirangi Beach domain in early July. The community event, organised by the South Titirangi Neighbourhood Network, saw a large number of native shrubs, grasses and trees planted in areas previous working bees had cleared of weeds. The next working bee will be on August 26, at Opou Reserve (at the bottom of Opou and Otitori Bay Roads, Titirangi. Phone Vicki on 021 677 663 for more information.

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