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ISSUE 174, SEPTEMBER 2018

community news, issues, arts, people, events


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contents ‘A place you can do nothing without worrying...’..................... 4 Local ‘AA of the sea’ signs up for new rescue vessel............... 5 Our place: Glow Festival; Feedback requested........................ 6 Is it time for Glen Eden to realise its potential?...................... 7 Art and about with Naomi McCleary.................................. 8 – 9 Going West Festival – Books and Writers Weekend............... 10 Judge announced for 2018 Portage Awards........................... 11 Places to go: Events listing............................................. 12 – 13 Bringing local heritage and culture to life.............................. 14 Gitbox Rebellion hits town; News from Titirangi Theatre...... 15 Bandstanding: Debbie Silvey of Green Bay............................. 16 At the Libraries....................................................................... 17 Titirangi Painters introduces a new artist............................... 18 Oi return to Titirangi.............................................................. 19 Sustainable solutions: dealing with soft plastic...................... 20 More nasties we need to get rid of; Cartoon Corner............. 21 Live @ the lounge.................................................................. 22 Advertisers directory.............................................................. 23

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On our Cover: Geoffrey Innes Hole (1915 – 2007) was a prolific architect who

lived in South Titirangi Road. He designed the old BNZ building with the fan roof by Todd Triangle in New Lynn and Dilworth School. Our cover is a detail of one his paintings of Laingholm beach at low tide.

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www.fringemedia.co.nz 21,000 copies delivered free to letter boxes, post boxes, libraries and selected outlets throughout Titirangi, Glen Eden, Green Bay, New Lynn, Kelston, Konini, Wood Bay, French Bay, South Titirangi, Waima, Woodlands Park, Laingholm, Parau, Cornwallis, Huia and Oratia. A recent fundraising tournament for ladies, run by the Glen Eden Bowling Club, raised $1000 for the Breast Cancer Foundation. The tournament attracted 54 players in teams of three from all over Auckland. The New Lynn team of Rhianne Tippett (skip), Rachel Hancock and Carol Berry came first. Glen Eden teams skipped by Siosiana Simpson, Judy Raill and Rae McKie came third, fourth and fifth respectively and Titirangi RSA skipped by Karen Kuzimski came 6th.

Waitakere Ranges Local Board is to host a brass band concert by the Royal Regiment of NZ Artillery in memory of Reginald Stanley Judson, VC, DSM, MM. Judson grew up at Nihotupu and went to school at Oratia and Henderson. He won his Victoria Cross at 1918’s Battle of Bapaume for singlehandedly overcoming 12 Germans in a machine-gun post. The concert is on September 2, 2pm, at the Playhouse Theatre, Glen Eden. Free but bookings required. Email sharon.davies@ aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or phone 09 813 9150.

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‘A place you can do nothing without worrying ...’ Our community has many meeting places where locals get together and share their time. DAVID THIELE experiences one such gathering place ... There’s a depth of wit, an insider’s humour that is intriguing, intimidating and exclusive until one either joins the locals or has a drink with the locals. Those familiar nods and twinkles that subtly ignite the biggest guffaw that lead me to wishing I’d said that. I’ve been on the fringes of many clubs and groups over the years but really just as a sideline observer. This was until I plucked up the courage and opened that bach-like door I had driven by for many years, and entered The Laingholm Fishing Club, the LFC. On any given Thursday, Friday or Sunday evening I had seen the cars outside and heard the laughter drift along our unique beach and wondered what went on in there. I’m in! Yikes! Heart beating a bit faster! As expected, the full room turned to see who was entering. They looked smiley-faced and someone said, “Gidday”. I asked if it was OK to come in. “Absolutely,” said a friendly man and ushered me to the western-styled bar area, a comfortable three strides to my right. A shake of a hand and an explanation about non-members paying a $2.00 entrance fee, and within a minute I had a large bottle of cold beer and a glass in my hand. (Incidentally, the last time I drank a big bottle was 1978.) I was then introduced to the nearest table and left to it. They all said hello, shook hands with me and continued on chatting together. I never felt I had to engage or for that matter, disengage. There are two pool tables in the middle of the club which is always a nice distraction if you are new. One can just look at the game, a bit like an open fire. A word of caution, there are no mug pool players I’ve seen yet but so what. It’s only pool? Someone has to lose. There are plenty of stools, tables and leaning spots so one doesn’t feel on display. The next Thursday came round and I found I was back in the LFC. Then on the following quiet Sunday, again having a couple and loving the harbour views. There are few, if any clubs in NZ that you don’t have to cross the road to be on the coast. This is right on top of our harbour. Beach frontage. Awesome. Very Mediterranean, when the tide is in. Classic Aotearoa when it’s out. The new outside tables are going to be brilliant during our ever-lengthening summers. Even some cool acoustic music perhaps, to get the toes tapping? By now, the swashbuckling club president Kevin Cooley had introduced himself and we began chatting about the club. “You get all sorts of people from all walks of life in here. We all come together over a few,” said Kevin. “People have totally different stories to tell and it’s great to hear these. We have become a social club as well as a fishing club now. There was a time you had to actually have a boat. We still have fishing competitions and weigh-ins, but it’s much more a get-

together with members and locals. All are welcome to come through the door. We are always pleased to meet the locals. New members are essential to keep it going. It’s a place you can sit and do nothing without worrying about being caught at it.” I have now met people who, for many years have been in my neighbourhood, though I had never even made eye contact with them. We normally just head home, light the fire and get the dinner on. That’s fine but I really recommend popping down to the beach and spending a couple of hours meeting your neighbours. It’s familyfriendly although kids must be out by 8.30pm. Fair enough. The original clubhouse was built in 1952. Back then, a lot of the Laingholm locals were wharfies and wanted a place to relax after work having driven home along the windy dirt roads. It was built in the stucco style. Apple box timber, chicken mesh then rendered over with concrete. This proudly served the club until it finally showed its age and was rebuilt in the early 2000s. Or put another way, earlier this century. Blimey. “We even used to have our own labelled beer brewed by a crowd in Henderson. That was maybe the late seventies”, says Kevin. “Because we are a non-profit club we keep the prices down. Everyone is a volunteer so that also helps. Friday night is President’s Pick. This is three meat raffles. Then we draw a name from the hat. This jackpots if the member is not present at the draw. It sure gets busy if it’s over a few hundy.” He went on to say they have put in a new oven and usually have $15 meals on a Friday. Great family fun. It really is quite the spot to be sitting on the rear deck at sunset, looking over my favourite harbour on the planet. I have put my name down to become a member. I think I’ll fit right in because, like our beautiful harbour, at times my tide is half-way out and my bottom occasionally muddy. Continued on page 18 >>

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Local ‘AA of the sea’ signs up for new rescue vessel Exciting times are on the horizon to pay for it. Naming rights for the for the French Bay-based Titirangi vessel are available and they’re also Volunteer Coastguard as the charity pursuing grant funding options along has just signed off on a new rescue with the traditional money-makers like craft. sausage sizzles. Work will start on building the While coastguard activity in the 8-metre Naiad in either Picton or Manukau Harbour has been reasonably Whangarei in the next couple of quiet over winter, the Titirangi unit is months and it’s expected to be in gearing up for the summer season that operation on the Manukau Harbour traditionally starts at Labour Weekend. towards the end of the coming “That’s the start of the first big week summer. when people get out their boats that It will replace the current 5.8-metre haven’t been used over winter, and rescue vessel and, with a price tag of head out on the first fine day. And often $450,000, features plenty of power break down,” says Scott. and “all the toys like radars and infra“We’re like the AA of the sea. The reds and all the fun stuff,” according majority of jobs we do are the result of Titirangi Volunteer Coastguard president, Scott Palmer (right) and basic boating errors like towing people to unit president, Scott Palmer. “We’re looking forward to having unit training officer Lloyd Carpenter with the rescue vessel that who’ve broken down or run out of it,” he says. “It’s important to us as will be replaced in the New Year. fuel back to shore. People are often the Titirangi Coastguard is the closest to the Manukau bar. That’s unprepared. They spend a couple of hours trying to get their boat a notorious piece of water and we need a boat that’s capable of started again, the kids are getting cold and tired and the tide or operating in all conditions out there. weather’s turned a bit, and by the time we get there everyone’s a bit “If we need to respond in a hurry, the Titirangi unit can be down at stressed and ready to come home. the bar in 20-25 minutes from launch. The Manukau has big tides, big “We advocate for people to contact Coastguard and lodge a trip currents and sandbanks, and there are lots of hazards at its entrance.” report before they go out, even if you’re planning on going out for just The Naiad is often called the four-wheel drive of the sea and it’s a couple of hours. Make sure you have two forms of communication – said to be anything but ordinary in its toughness and dependability, a VHF radio and a cellphone in a little snaplock bag to prevent it getting allowing rescue crews to perform better in extreme conditions. wet, ensure everyone has life jackets, that the boat has been serviced While the Titirangi unit has raised about $350,000 towards its cost, and has fuel and that you have a plan for the day,” Scott says. Continued on page 18 >> crew members continue to work on bringing in the remaining $100,000

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Glow Festival – ready to ignite!

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This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Titirangi Glow Festival, an event founded by a group of volunteers to bring together the local community and business owners in celebration of Christmas, and in support of local charities. On the evening of November 24, there will be music, entertainment and fun for all as the Titirangi community counts down to nightfall, when the Village will once again be set aglow with thousands of lights. The display is fast becoming a ‘must see’ attraction, delighting families from all over Auckland. “We’re so excited about this year’s Glow Festival and have a great line-up of entertainment,” says BLLV committee chair, Margaret Walsh. “Our Bright Lights Little Village committee is an enthusiastic mix of new and seasoned volunteers, who have been working super hard to bring together another great event. We can’t wait!” To cover the cost of the event, local businesses are invited to contribute in exchange for recognition leading up to and during the event. It’s also a great opportunity for these businesses to get involved, with many of the Village shops providing extra entertainment and eateries putting on specials to feed the crowds. “With hundreds of volunteer hours, entertainment to source and kilometres of lights to maintain, every bit helps. We couldn’t put this together without the financial support of our local businesses,” says Margaret. An important aspect of the Glow Festival is to raise awareness and to donate gifts to three special local charities. This year LifeWise, Refugees As Survivors and Family Action will be the recipient charities. For more information and to become a sponsor or volunteer contact Margaret on 0274 735 914.

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Auckland Transport (AT) is seeking feedback on improvements around Glen Eden town centre, to make it safer for people walking around the centre and train station. The proposal includes upgrades to five existing pedestrian crossings along West Coast Road, the installation of a new speed table between Captain Scott Road and Bowers Road, an upgraded roundabout and pedestrian crossing facilities at the Captain Scott/ Wilson/Oates Road intersection, and a reduction of traffic speeds to 30km/h through Glen Eden town centre. “As part of our plans to revitalise the town centre, we want to make it safer and easier for people to get around,” says Greg Presland, Waitākere Ranges Local Board Chair. These pedestrian safety improvements are partly funded by the Regional Fuel Tax. Feedback is open until Sunday September 9 at www.at.govt.nz/haveyoursay.

Cornwallis has a new website, Cornwallis.org.nz, detailing local activities and upcoming events, including information on the environment and pest control. The site includes a look at the early history of the settlement in 1841, through to the establishment of beach baches in the 1920s and their eventual removal in the 1960s and 70s. The website is organised by SCOW, the Save Old Cornwallis Wharf organisation, which came together to preserve and then help rebuild the beach’s popular and historic wharf. You can find more about SCOW on the website, as well as information about how you can help contribute to the wharf’s upkeep today. You can also view the new Cornwallis Beach Twitter account through the website. If you are interested in news from the area, follow @Cornwallis_NZ for regular photos and information on the popular coastal settlement.

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Is it time for Glen Eden to realise its potential? Glen Eden’s town centre has seen a lot of change in recent years and there are signs that this change is accelerating with many new opportunities emerging. JENNIFER CONLON, Glen Eden village manager believes it is time for Glen Eden to shine ... Glen Eden is perfectly poised to take its place as one of Auckland’s true lifestyle villages. As new commercial and high-quality residential developments invest in Glen Eden the village is set to become a more vibrant place to live, shop and socialise. With an upgraded rail system and the central rail link on its way, the village is coming to life as a thriving centre. The loss of the banks has been hard on the village. However, new investment is coming fast which is a clear indicator that Glen Eden is the place to spend investors capital for good growth and return. Commercial rents compare favourably with other suburban centres around Auckland with retail rents averaging between $250 and $400 per square metre. Glen Eden and its surrounds are home to a rich and evolving business mix that is set to grow further over the coming years as its potential is more widely discovered. There is a diverse range of hospitality with obvious opportunities to add new variety suited to a changing demographic. A growing cluster of eateries offers a rich variety of cuisine from different cultures reflecting Glen Eden’s multicultural community. Boutique cafés are arriving in the village and opportunities exist for a suburban bistro, local delicatessen, healthy juice bar, galleries and arts and crafts and so much more. The Glen Eden Business Association runs a Business Improvement District (BID) programme. The association is committed to building a vibrant town centre that is safe and secure with good retail offerings. It is also a strong advocate to local government agencies for improved facilities and promotion of Glen Eden’s unique attributes and character. Other activities include a calendar of community events, promotions, a local newsletter and an increasing network of CCTV cameras.

Glen Eden is home to the Waitākere Ranges Local Board offices and revitalising the village is a key project for the Board. Plans are being developed for a new town square to provide a local venue for events and opportunities for pop up art galleries and exhibitions. With the Ted Manson Foundation apartments rising above the village, the landscape is changing rapidly. The potential for up to 250 new residents living right in the town centre can only be good for local retailers. The Foundation is committed to ensuring this development is a success and remains a high-quality building. The Auckland Unitary Plan also provides a range of new and exciting investment opportunities in Glen Eden. Significant portions of village land are now zoned for terraced housing, apartments and mixeduse buildings. These developments will enable new residents to conveniently access a full range of local facilities, all on their doorstep. These factors are anticipated to generate new investment creating a perfect platform for development of the retail and hospitality sector to match the needs and aspirations of the growing local resident community.

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Nominations are now open for the Love Your Place Awards 2018, which recognise volunteers, businesses and schools making a positive impact on the environment in the Waitākere Ranges Local Board area. “The Waitākere Ranges and its surrounding streams, settlements, beaches and lagoons are deeply loved by many Aucklanders. It’s a special area and it wouldn’t be what it is without the people who care for it,” says Damon Birchfield, EcoMatters CEO. The awards are funded by the Waitākere Ranges Local Board. This year, one of the five award categories is named in memory of Denise Yates, a long-standing environmental advocate for the Waitākere Ranges, former EcoMatters Trustee, and a Local Board Member who passed away last December. Nominate your environmental champions at www.ecomatters.org.nz/nominate. The Love Your Place Awards Night will be at Titirangi War Memorial Hall on Thursday September 27, at 6.30pm. Free but RSVP required – email events@ ecomatters.org.nz or phone 021 044 9840.

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A busy month full of cultural variety September is rich pickings for anyone and everyone who cares about the heart and soul of our cultural life. If you haven’t already booked some time with the Going West Writers Festival, now is the time to do it. The writers weekend is detailed on pages 10, but there is much more than that to be experienced. The Poetry Slam has been reinvented under a new director, James Littlewood, and will roar into action at the Glen Eden Playhouse on Saturday September 8. James, now editor on The Big Idea (TBI), reports record numbers at heats and performance quality through the roof. On iTICKET, it’s still two-for-one at $10. Also at the Playhouse on Friday September 7 at 11am and 7pm is Massive Company’s touring production of Sightings. Written for young people by young people, it is recommended for 14+ years. Take your young people to experience this funny, deep, dark and delightful production. Later in the month Massive will be running a free workshop in Glen Eden for teenagers to explore their own stories in a theatrical environment. These workshops have seen the birth of performance careers for some past participants, but are always an enriching experience for all. In the ‘small but beautiful’ category, the wonderful Robin Kewell, of Titirangi Flicks fame, will be directing a short season of New Zealand films – a 3-session day of documentary shorts and a 3-session day of Mahana, starring Temuera Morrison and based on the Witi Ihimaera novel, Bulibasha: King of the Gypsies. Studio Season 2018 is a chance to witness emerging theatre by writers from the Graduate Studio under the baton of playwright Gary Henderson. You are invited to drop into rehearsals over a two-day

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period and/or attend a ticketed evening ‘script-in-hand’ performance, which may offer surprise gems and a chance to see new theatre in the making. Likewise the September 8 book launch of the inaugural publication from the West Auckland secondary school project, Write Here, Write Now, exposes the work of our young writers emerging from a five-week writing course tutored by Paula Morris, writer, academic and this year’s Sir Graeme Douglas Orator at the weekend writers festival. Te Uru’s programme for the month of September beautifully supports the focus on New Zealand wordsmiths, with the now annual Indie Book Fair. There will also be Envoys Onwards, a mail-art exhibition of postcards from 1993, originally curated by the Association of Women Artists for the suffrage centenary and now updated for the 125th anniversary, and From the Shore, contemporary moving image artists responding to the influence of pioneering Maori film-makers, Barry Barclay and Merata Mita. All and everything about Going West 2018 can be found at www. goingwestfest.co.nz. You will also find podcasts of some of the highlights of last year’s festival and Murray Gray’s book blogs. Te Pou, Auckland’s home for Māori theatre, is shifting house! In a bold move, Te Pou will take up a new residency at Henderson’s Corban Estate Arts Centre in September. This revolutionary partnership will enable the company to spread its wings, offering upgraded facilities to larger audience numbers. Over the past four years the growth of Te Pou has thrilled audiences and stimulated the growth of the local theatre sector. Under the literal meaning of its name, ‘the support post’, Te Pou has provided a home for the work of exciting practitioners such as Albert Belz, Aroha Awarau, Krystal-Lee Brown, Rawiri Paratene, Noa Campbell and Jamie McCaskill and countless others. It is the only professional theatre company in West Auckland and has grown a reputation across all of Auckland and beyond. The Corban Estate Arts Centre residency will see Te Pou work in relationship with Atamira Dance Company and Red Leap Theatre. Director Amber Curreen says: “this strategic alignment allows Te Pou

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Also of note this month: The Someday Challenge is to make a short, sustainability-related film of any genre, filmed with a camera and up to 5 minutes long. It is open to anyone under the age of 25. The theme can be interpreted though a personal journey, family and whanau, or environmental issues. Entries are judged by a panel drawn from media, education, government and business. A total of 20 films are chosen, all of which will be entered

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into at least one international film festival. Other prizes include camera equipment, vouchers and a trip to Weta Digital in Wellington. Entries are open until September 14. www.theoutlookforsomeday.net. The West Auckland Heritage Conference 2018 focuses this year on The Creative West. It will take place in the Titirangi War Memorial Hall on October 7 and is free – but registrations are required by September 30. This is another cultural event, sponsored by the Waitakere Ranges and Whau Local Boards, which is epitomised by generosity and the gift of stories less-known and well-told. See page 14 for more.

Sticking my neck out

The two licensing trusts (Portage and Waitakere) have been funding the communities of the west for as long as I can remember. Arts, sport, social support organisations; you name it, they’ve been there. And yes, that money comes from their oversight and management of the sale of alcohol (bottle stores and bars) and, to a lesser degree, gaming funds in our area. We’ve all agonised over the sources of that pool of money at times; but then I contemplate that Creative New Zealand is pretty well totally funded on the income from lotteries. That says something about the value we as New Zealanders place on our arts and culture! I also hugely appreciate that the existence of the trusts means we do not have booze outlets on every corner or cheap alcohol promoted through our supermarkets. This is a good thing! Take a look at South Auckland and the social harm caused by the overwhelming access to alcohol there. The current move by a group in our community to break the model of elected trustees with this oversight of bottle store sales, and to make access to alcohol mirror that of the rest of Auckland, is short-sighted and self-interested. Will it result in classy little boutique bars around the west? Probably not. But it will compound the problems we already have with at-risk youth and struggling families. It’s a small sacrifice for us all to make to keep our communities safer.

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to continue its relationship as part of the core theatre fabric of Tāmaki Makaurau in a more permanent and fit-for-purpose home. We’ve loved being in New Lynn but won’t miss the stomping from the basketball court or the cacophony from the tap dancing classes above our heads!” Te Pou will launch their new programming frame with their third annual Kōanga Festival, a vital celebration of the breadth of Māori storytelling. From September 1 – 16, both established and emerging practitioners will take over Te Pou’s new Henderson space with a range of performances, showcases, workshops, readings and social events. For more information, go to www.tepou.co.nz. Te Pou has been a partner with the Going West Writers Festival since 2015, delivering the theatre component of Going West and a Whanau Day (which is taking a break this year due to the complexities of the move to Corban Estate). This year’s theatre production ticks all the boxes: a new play by award-winning playwright Albert Belz to play in the beautiful old St Michael’s Church on the Corban Estate. Cradle Song was born of the writer’s reaction to the discovery of a mass children’s grave which was part of a home for unmarried mothers in Tuam, Ireland. In this fictionalised version, two young women are on their big OE when they come face to face with supernatural forces. Enjoy a night of chilling intrigue as the story unfolds. Belz’s work is characterised by his engagement with universal themes channelled through a Māori voice. Donagh Rees stars and Tanui Tukiwaro directs this world premier. The season runs September 5 – 8.


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places1.30pm to go THE GAME OF OUR LIVES | pg 12 Te Tākaro o ō Tātou Oranga

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SLAM POETRY WINNER

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EXCAVATING MEMORY | pg 22 Te Huke i Ngā Mahara

Going West Festival – Books and Writers Weekend 2.15pm IN SEARCH OF THE NEW BELONGING | pg 13 Niki Harré with Laila Harré

Peter Wells with Stephanie Johnson

WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN IN THE WEST...

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BOOKS & WRITERS WEEKEND Opening Night Woulfe Jenny Robin Jones with Catherine

TOKU REO, TOKU OHOOHO | pg 23 BOOKS & WRITERS WEEKEND Opening Night My Language, My Awakening Scotty Morrison, Stacey Morrison with Guyon Espiner

3.00pm Afternoon tea Paramanawa o te ahiahi

OPENING NIGHT | FRIDAY 14 SEPTEMBER

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Russell Brown, Toby Manhire and Madeleine Chapman

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DRAWING OUR OWN HISTORIES | pg 24 Te Tuhi i ā Tātou Kōrero Tāhuhu ake Gavin Bishop with Bridget Mahy

INK AND BLOOD | Te Waituhi me te Toto

Sp re 4.00pm A NEW PLACE TO STAND | pg 25 ad the He Tūrangawaewae Hou w or d Brad Haami and Dr Ella Henry

OOKS & WRITERS Sessions

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THE SIR GRAEME DOUGLAS ORATOR | PAULA MORRIS

SATURDAY | 15 SEPTEMBER

Every year,   in honour of Allen Curnow, a generous friend of the festival, Going West invites an established New Zealand poet to read. Curnowtea once& wrote that by ‘simply sailing in a new direction Complimentary coffee you could enlarge the world’; and this year we celebrate the power of words to spread ideas and enlarge the world of those that read or hear them.

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| FRIDAY 14 SEPTEMBER THE LIFE AND DEATH OF AN OUTSIDER | pg8 9.00am The 2018 Curnow Reader is Serie Barford, a remarkable poet with deep ties to West Auckland and a long-standing connection with the Going West Writers Festival. Of mixed Samoan-Palagi descent, much of Serie’s writingDame exploresFiona what she has described ‘the stories Kidman with as Karyn Haywithin us and how we sustain relationships both within and between visible and invisible worlds’. She will share with us poems from across her writing life — and no doubt enlarge the world in the process.

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n at intermission and following performance. 9.50am A READING He Pānuitanga | pg 8 ission and following performance. Serie Barford was awarded the Seresin Landfall Residency Amy McDaid

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in 2011 and is a recipient of the Michael King Writers' Centre 2018 Pasifika residency. Her latest collection, Entangled Islands, is a mixture of poetry and prose. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies.

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Ka Rere te Kupu i te Tāone Hauhau

Chris Tse, Helen Heath & Anna Jackson with Paula Green

10.45am Morning tea Paramanawa o te ata 11.00am WRITING THE LANDSCAPE OF FAMILY | pg 10

Te Tuhi i te Whakapapa o te Whānau

Rajorshi Chakraborti, Kate Duignan with Siobhan Harvey

11.45am WOMEN THEN, WOMEN NOW Wāhine o

Mua, Wāhina o Nāianei | pg 11

Lizzie Marvelly, Dame Fiona Kidman, Sandra Coney, Golriz Ghahraman with Carol Hirschfield

The keynote address of our opening night is named in honour of the late Sir Graeme Douglas, teawhose & coffee a long-time supporter of the Complimentary Going West Festival, and family and estate continue that tradition in 2018. Every year, we invite a writer of note to engage with the festival theme on their own terms and in their own words.

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American artist Bari Ziperstein has been announced as the judge for the 2018 Portage Ceramic Awards. Established in 2001 the annual Portage Ceramic Awards hosted by Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery has become Aotearoa/New Zealand’s best-known survey of contemporary ceramic activity. Bari Ziperstein is at the forefront of a thriving ceramic scene in Los Angeles. As well as gallery-based exhibitions and site-specific public installations, she also produces functional ceramics through her company, BZippy & Co. Working in different media and formats, Bari’s work is focused on experimenting with ceramic materials but also has a strong conceptual dimension that addresses politics, propaganda and consumerism. She has been described as working at the crossroads of traditional craft, feminist critique, conceptual theory and historical research. “Using the material and history of clay as a means to tap into a political narrative is of utmost interest,” she says. “A part of my practice is driven by the classic vessel silhouette – but as a means to infuse the works with more problematic content, like carved images of 1980s propaganda from the Soviet Union about alcoholism, being a good mother and being a good worker.” Bari received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a certificate in Women’s Studies from Ohio University in 2000, and a Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts in 2004. For a decade she taught and ran workshops for children and adults in community and academic environments, including as visiting assistant professor in sculpture at the University of California at Riverside. From 2007-11 she was a board-member for Pasadena youth-focused artist-run organisation, Side Street Projects. She was included in a 2017 Artsy article as one of the 20 artists ‘shaping the future of ceramics.’ “I’m thrilled to engage with the thriving international ceramic community in New Zealand for the Portage Ceramic Awards,” she says.


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

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by Quishile Charan; Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson; 10am–4.30pm daily. Phone 838 4455. w – 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 – 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 – 9, WCCAC – Group Exhibition; West Coast Gallery, Piha. Phone 812 8029. www.westcoastgallery.co.nz. w – November 18, Flat Pack Whakapapa, fabric installations by Maureen Lander; Te Uru. Phone 817 8087. w 1 – November 4, From the Shore, acclaimed works from Lisa Reihana and Tracey Moffatt, alongside new commissions from Tanu Gago, Robert George, Nova Paul and Tuafale Tanoa’i (aka. Linda T.); Te Uru. Phone 817 8087. w 2, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732.

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Festival: Pacific Cooking Demo, Taste and take home recipes; Green Bay Community House, 1 Barron Drive; 7-9pm, $10. http://www.whaupacificfestival.co.nz/ events. w 7, 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 8, WhauNesian Factory as part of the Whau Pacific Festival, a day of Pacific craft workshops; Green Bay Community House, 1 Barron Drive; 10am-4pm, free. http://www.whaupacificfestival.co.nz/events. w 8, City of Auckland Pipe Band Celidh; Titirangi War Memorial hall; 7.30-11.30pm; $15/$10/$5. See https:// www.facebook.com/events/498181533977375/. w 10, Green Bay Open Door Day, get to know and connect with local businesses and organisations; Green Bay Community House, 1 Barron Drive; 10 - 11.30am, free. Contact Anja Thomas, cd.gbch@gmail.com. w 10, 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 11, West Auckland Historical Society Family History Group meeting; Henderson Central Library Research Centre; 10-11.30am. Phone Gary Snow 832 5098, 021 618 434 or email gary.snow@ihug.co.nz. w 11, Western Districts Women's Dinner Club, dinner and entertainer, visitors welcome; Bricklane Restaurant, 5 Clark Street, New Lynn; 6.15pm. Phone Maureen 818 3586 to book or for more information.

Festival presents a sampler of hand-picked short films; Titirangi Theatre, Lopdell House; 10.30am, 6pm and 8pm; $10, https://www.iticket.co.nz/go-to/going-west-writersfestival-2018 and on door. www.flickscinema.weebly.com or phone 818 2489. w 13, In association with Flicks Titirangi, Going West Festival presents Mahana (M), internationally-acclaimed director Lee Tamahori’s first New Zealand film in 20 years, based on Witi Ihimaera's novel, Bulibasha; Titirangi Theatre, Lopdell House; 10.30am, 6pm and 8pm; $10, https://www.iticket.co.nz/go-to/going-west-writersfestival-2018. Trailer and details www.flickscinema. weebly.com. Phone 818 2489. w 14, 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 15 – October 14, Matthias Sudholter, Painter; West Coast Gallery, Piha. Phone 812 8029. www. westcoastgallery.co.nz. w 16, Flicks presents Mountain Fest Best, a selection of award-winning films from this year’s Mountain Film Festival; Titirangi Theatre, Lopdell House; 10.30am, 1pm and 3.30pm; $12 and $10 concessions, children $7. www. flickscinema.weebly.com or phone 818 2489. w 18, SeniorNet West Auckland, speaker, morning tea and chatting about computers; Kelston Community Centre; 10am. Phone June 021 179 3635. w 20, Waitakere Forest & Bird talk: Putting our ideas to the test. Kristal Cain, School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland uses birds to examine assumptions about the evolution of song, aggression and bright colours; Kelston Community Centre; 7.30pm; koha

SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAMME 1st October to 12th October We have exciting trips to Butterfly Creek and Waitakere Gymnasium and children will also visit Titirangi Library for its ‘Back in Time’ sessions. Our theme these holidays will be Yesteryear and we look forward to preparing some of Grandma’s favourite old-fashioned recipes and reviving long-lost crafts and games. We will also have a special Origami craft day and a trip to Te Uru to see the Maori weaving exhibition.

Basic Programme, 9-3pm. Before and after care is available. Please visit www.titirangihouse.co.nz, ring 817 7448 or email admin@titirangihouse.co.nz. We would love to hear from you.

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october w October 5, 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. October 7, The Creative West, West Auckland Heritage Conference; Titirangi War Memorial Hall; 9am-5pm, free but registration required at westheritageconference.nz or phone 813 9150. w October 7, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732. w October 8, 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 October 9, 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 October 9, Western Districts Women’s Dinner Club, dinner and entertainer, visitors welcome; Bricklane Restaurant, 5 Clark Street, New Lynn; 6.15pm. Phone Maureen 818 3586 to book or for more information. 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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appreciated. Phone Liz 027 476 2732 or email lizanstey@ hotmail.com. w 21, West Auckland Artist Talks featuring local painters Allie Eagle, Zarahn Southon and Jean Stewart; Green Bay Community House, 1 Barron Drive; 7-9pm, free. Contact Louise Stevenson, artsparknz@gmail.com. w 25, 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 28, 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 28, Flicks presents Foxtrot (R13), winner of the Golden Lion for Best Film 2018, hot from the NZ Film Festival; Titirangi Theatre, Lopdell House; 10.30am, 6pm and 8.15pm. Details and trailer at www.flickscinema. weebly.com. Phone 818 2489. w 28, Green Bay Street Food; Green Bay Community House, 1 Barron Drive; 5-8.30pm. Contact Marc Hershman, greenbaystreetfood@gmail.com. w 28, 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 30, 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 30, Titirangi Village Market: art, craft, produce and music; Titirangi War Memorial Hall; 10am-2pm. Contact Tess on tvm@gmail.com or phone 022 631 9436


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The West Auckland Heritage Conference returns to Titirangi early next month with a large range of speakers and presenters covering almost every aspect of the West’s cultural heritage. Although based at Titirangi War Memorial hall, events will be taking place at many venues around the Village. Among the highlights are: Harry Turbott – the journey of a West Coast Environmental Designer, – Garth Falconer. When Architect Harry Turbott (1930-2016) returned from studying landscape architecture at Harvard in 1960 he divided his time between teaching at the School of Architecture and Town Planning with working as a consultant around the country on projects ranging from motorways and large-scale housing developments to national parks. He chose to base his family at Karekare, from where he tirelessly defended the Waitākeres and West Coast from inappropriate development. Perhaps his greatest design was for the Arataki visitors centre where he sought to channel the energies and stories of Te Kawerau a Maki and the Waitākeres Ranges for the people of Auckland. Seminar Room, Lopdell House, 1.30pm Colin McCahon House in the 21st Century, – Vivienne Stone. How does a house museum dedicated to a single artist of the 20th century stay relevant to 21st century audiences? In 2019 the McCahon House will celebrate Colin McCahon’s 100th birthday and it is timely to upgrade the visitor experience at the house museum where Colin McCahon and his family lived in the 1950s, and where he produced some of the nation’s greatest art treasures. The challenge is how best to preserve the authenticity of 1950s lower middle class family life in New Zealand while offering an engaging visitor experience relevant to a 21st century audience. Director Vivienne Stone travelled to France, Amsterdam and the United Kingdom and will share how other single artist museum houses of the late 19th and 20th century engage with their audiences. Titirangi Library, 2pm

Headforemost, – Stephen Ellis. On November 26, 1841 the small boat containing William Cornwallis Symonds and four other passengers sank ‘headforemost’ in the Manukau Harbour. Symonds was the impetuous deputy to Governor William Hobson. His Manukau Land Company was a private scheme to entice Scottish emigrants to his proposed capital city on land that he had not yet negotiated the purchase of at Cornwallis. Artist Stephen Ellis has just finished his exhibition Headforemost at Te Uru (above) in which he reimagines the settling of Symonds’ unbuilt city at Cornwallis, the last remnant of which is its rebuilt wharf. Ellis’ research, modelling and meticulous drawings contrast historic and current colonisation and migration – the push and pull, the drivers and the disappointments of so much arduous journeying. Education Centre, Te Uru, 2.30pm Living in a Tibor Donnor House – Tanya Wilkinson Tanya Wilkinson lives in the Atkinson House, built in 1946-7 in Titirangi and designed by Tibor Donner. From the late 1960s to the early 2000s the house was owned by the Waitakere City Council and from the late 70s operated as the Titirangi Community House. In this talk she will give a brief introduction to Tibor Donner and the history of the Atkinson House and talk about what it is like to live in a house designed by Tibor Donner, and one that has had a former life as a community house. Seminar Room, Lopdell House, 2.30pm The Creative West, Sunday October 7, 9am-7pm, Free but registration required. Register at westheritageconference.nz or call 813 9150. Visit http://ourauckland.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/articles/ events/2018/10/the-creative-west-west-auckland-heritage-festival/ for more information.

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Gitbox Rebellion hits town

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This month sees a one-night festival of guitar legends at Titirangi Theatre on September 21 – Gitbox Rebellion is coming to town with special guest support from songstress Cat Tunks. Gitbox Rebellion is an innovative and exciting 10-piece guitar ensemble, founded and guided by legendary guitar virtuoso Nigel Gavin. Gitbox perform intricate and clever original compositions as well as much loved guitar hero covers, such as The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Guitar Boogie. Members include Kim Halliday, Russell Hughes, Bodi Hermans, Peter Kirkbride, Tomislav Skulic, Sam Loveridge, Sonia Wilson, Rob Mita and Joanne Melbourne. The original group, a quartet comprising Nigel, Kim, Russell and Bodi recorded two albums in the 90s, Pesky Digits and Touchwood. The group was reformed in 2017 with the addition of the other six members and now creates a dimension of sound that is both a joy to listen to and a curiosity to view, an ideal act for the intimate Titirangi Theatre. Cat Tunks, well known in the West as an international songwriter and performer, will be performing in the support role. The concert starts at 8pm, tickets are $25 through www.eventfinda. co.nz. Email toitoimusic@gmail.com for more information.

“I always pass on good advice, it is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.” That’s just one of the pithy quotes from Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband now delighting audiences at the theatre. Directed by Liz Watkinson, this classic and witty play runs until Saturday September 8. There are still limited seats so book now on our website or at Titirangi Pharmacy for the last few nights. Auditions for Shirley Valentine are coming up very soon. To be directed by John Goudge, this much-loved play will open in November. All interested in auditioning or being involved should email goudgedrama@gmail.com. Do take a look at the treasure trove of costumes in our wardrobe behind Lopdell House. There are many new recent additions in 20s, 50s and 70s costumes. All the celebrity costumes are there including Elton John, Madonna, Elvis, Abba, Freddy Mercury and many more. Wigs feature strongly too. These are beautiful and in all colours. So when it’s fancy dress or party time our wardrobe has just what you need! Children will love the huge new array of animal costumes and character costumes from super heroes to Harry Potter and Disney and favourite story book characters. We have outfitted many school shows and themed book days We can even outfit a whole wedding party. There are stunning bridal dresses and bridesmaids’ dresses, so new that some still have their new price tag. And a whole set of morning suits for the groom and attendants in a large variety of sizes. It is the way to have a very affordable wedding which looks like a million dollars! Check out the website titirangitheatre.co.nz for all the information and if you have any queries for wardrobe phone 818 6645.


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‘... a love of finding and arranging harmonies ...’ Choirs, bands, radio jingles, TV voice overs, acting, advertising and silly accents. Green Bay resident Debbie Silvey has done it all, but her latest gig is the most rewarding yet. It all started back in ‘Old Blighty’ where, as a secondary school student, Deb sang in the school choir. “I almost always had to sing the solos!” A move to madrigals (a medieval form of a cappella singing with several intertwining voices) followed soon after. The madrigal was most popular during the Renaissance – the lyrics told a story and were based around the poems of the time. Back in the modern world and Debbie was also taking guitar lessons and performing in musicals. “I loved being in the school musical productions such as Godspell and Anne of Green Gables – ha ha – but sadly my lack of dancing ability put paid to any career aspirations of West End productions!” Singing developed as a natural strong point. “It’s my first love, and I also have a love of finding and arranging harmonies. The guitar became an extension of vocal harmony. I would listen to a song and then I could ‘hear’ the harmony and then ‘do’ that harmony on the guitar.” She emigrated to New Zealand with her parents and, at Pakuranga College, got together with her guitar and bass playing brother Mark, and mates Andrew Gladstone and Jeremy Eade. “I started hanging round with them in bands doing harmonies and playing the Casiotone(!). Later we did some recordings with the awesome Bungalow Bill Latimer at an early incarnation of The Lab recording studios. Some bloke called Russ Le Roq (aka Russell Crowe) was running an under-age venue called (imaginatively) The Venue on Symonds Street. I was in a band called The In Crowd and it was Russell’s idea to record and release the compilation album All Dressed Up And Nowhere To Play. Russell was actually quite the champion of young bands – although he would always remind you that he was better than you at it.” High school finished, some proper work had to be done – one of Deb’s early roles was at The Auckland Star “where I collated the gig guide and typed it up on a typewriter. “A couple of years later I met my now husband Rick McShane, his brother Darren and Murray Couling, who’d had success in his own bands, and previously been in Hip Singles with Dick Driver.” The four formed indie band Chainsaw Masochist, and their debut album Periphery was released on Flying Nun in 1990. “This was when I picked up the guitar again – and this time I had a hollow body semi-acoustic that was full of feedback – Yay! Chainsaw Masochist had quite a lot of noisy guitar and we still actually have a whole album’s worth of

unreleased songs somewhere.” The band disbanded a couple of years later, but not long afterwards Debbie re-joined Mark, Andrew and Jeremy to form Garageland which was also signed to Flying Nun. This band quickly gained a strong following along with New Zealand chart success and the release of three albums between 1996 and 2002. Flying Nun ‘dispatched’ the band overseas for a stint in the UK. “One of the many highlights for me was gigging in London, and then going to Paris on the Chunnel to play at The Olympia with Mazzy Star, Sparkle Horse and Tricky,” says Deb. Unfortunately proper work still had to be done, but it was never far from the musical sphere. “I’ve worked in magazine publishing, small ad agencies and then in radio – first at the launch of Classic Hits 97FM when it was an independent radio station in Takapuna, followed by a 10-year stint at Radio Pacific under the helm of Derek Lowe (an original Radio Hauraki pirate). I held an admin role but the best bit was that I got to sing jingles and voice radio ads. I could do corporate style ads as well as funny ads that needed silly accents. My favourite was singing the TV2 jingle I Got Two Babe. Fast forward to the present: Deb and Rick have two boys at intermediate and high school. Deb still voices occasional ads and jingles and also does session work (including, most recently, backing vocals for Kendall Elise at Roundhead Studios) but her main gig is working as a teacher aide for Oaklynn Special School. “I teach autistic teenagers, in a satellite class at Green Bay High – and they inspire me every day. I have been using my acting and musical skills to help them gain confidence and find an understanding of music and rhythm. I take my acoustic guitar, and let them play it, feel it, put their ears on it and feel the vibrations. I may do the chords with my left hand and let them strum the strings, or I take my little amp and a mic and get them to sing. We also listen to and sing songs to help with social interactions – it’s awesome. Working with the kids and seeing the progress, no matter how small it may seem, teaching them something that they couldn’t do yesterday and which you helped to make happen, is just so rewarding.” And for the future? “Well I’ve taken a couple of acting classes and have now done heaps of lift riding on Shortie St, plus some other stuff in a few other locally-produced TV shows working as an extra. West Auckland has an amazing film and television industry but I don’t get a lot of time for that at the moment. One day perhaps. I still can’t dance but would still love to be in a big musical stage production. Oh and maybe write and record some of my own solo stuff – who knows?”

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At the Libraries In September Glen Eden and Titirangi Libraries will be part of the Going West Festival celebrating language and literature. The libraries share two guest speakers – David McGill and Elspeth Sandys. David McGill is the author of more than 50 published works. He will be launching his latest crime novel, On a Bodgie Bike, the third of a trilogy, with a plot set largely in Glen Eden in 1955. The Glen Eden Library talk will be on Tuesday, September 4, 11am and the Titirangi talk will be on Thursday, September 6, 6.30pm. Elspeth Sandys is a prizewinning author and Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to literature. She writes fiction, short stories and stage works. Her talk, Fact and Fiction: A Disputed Border, will take place in Glen Eden on Tuesday, September 11, 6.30pm and in Titirangi on Thursday, September 13, 11am. On Saturday, September 22, 11am Titirangi Library will host visiting artist Teresa HR Lane discussing her latest body of work. The visual story she presents is a real time reference to her living experiences. She is an active participant, but also plays the role of the observer, documenting the human form, celebrating the ordinary and recognizing the humorous and often perverse ways we interact with others. Her preferred media are collage and animation, which she will be screening as part of her presentation. Titirangi Library will be hosting Titirangi author Mike Graham on Thursday, September 27, 6pm. Secret SAS Missions in Africa, published by Pen and Sword in England is the first of two books Mike has written about his experiences with the SAS. In the Cold War years Mike led an SAS team against Russian and Chinese backed terrorist groups operating in Central Africa. Based in fact but reading like a thriller this story is a rare insight into the covert operations and the colourful characters of the SAS. Mike has recently been interviewed on National Radio, and has appeared on breakfast radio on TVNZ. Registrations are preferred for this popular event. September is comic book month at Auckland Libraries and Glen Eden and Titirangi libraries will be running a number of events for kids throughout the month. In October Titirangi Library will have a series of events to support Mental Health Awareness Month. More details will follow next month but one highlight will be local psychologist Jane Gabites outlining strategies and skills we can learn to reduce anxiety and depression on Wednesday October 10, 11. RSVP preferred. The theme for Titirangi’s school holiday sessions in October is Time Turner. Events include an adventure based on the Magic Treehouse series, family time capsules, craft activities and a scavenger hunt. To register for any of these events, find out more information or to be added event mail outs, email titirangi.library@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz, phone 817 0011 or visit https://www.facebook.com/titirangilibrary/.

On October 13, Glen Eden Transition Town will hold a vegetable seedling swap outside the library, starting at 1.30 pm. At the same time, families can take part in a scavenger hunt around the building and be in to win a $100 prize pack, sponsored by the Glen Eden Business Association. Children can make seed bombs to plant in hard-to-reach places and representatives from Love Food, Hate Waste and Live Lightly will be on hand to answer questions around sustainable living. For more information about these events, contact the Glen Eden Library or visit www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz and click on Events. New Lynn Library is hosting a free two-day Raranga weaving workshop with Evelyn White. It will run on two Saturdays, September 15 and 22, 11am-3pm. Over the course of the two sessions attendees will learn all about the kaupapa of Raranga, the Māori tradition of flax weaving. This will include the philosophy, harvesting, preparation and making four weaving designs. Each session runs for four hours with a break for lunch. (Bring a packed lunch.) All materials provided. Bookings are required: email newlynn.library@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz. Saturday September 29, 11am-2pm, will see a Health and Wellbeing Community Information Expo at New Lynn Library. This free expo launches a new series of Community Information Expos in the Whau and will provide an opportunity to meet local organisations from the Whau and find out about services and activities in the local area to support the Health and Wellbeing of your family, whanau and communities. As part of the Auckland Heritage Festival, New Lynn Library and the Portage Ceramics Trust are hosting a Crown Lynn Afternoon Tea, an afternoon of tea, talks and demonstrations, celebrating the contributions made by Maori and Pacific island communities to the rich cultural success of Crown Lynn Potteries. This free event will take place on Saturday October 6, 1-3pm.

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Titirangi Painters introduces a new artist A new and interesting artist with a unique painting technique won the Best in the West Award at this year’s Titirangi Painters’ Annual Winter Exhibition. Victoria McNaughton only recently joined Titirangi Painters (this was her very first exhibition) and her reverse painting on glass attracted a lot of interest. Victoria describes her painting style: I was introduced to reverse glass painting early this year and was immediately drawn to it. The technique involves painting on the back of glass, in reverse (highlights and details first) and mirror image. The technique dates back centuries and spread throughout Europe as religious and folk art. I started experimenting on picture frames I found in op shops and flea markets and instantly enjoyed the challenge of trying both the new style and the medium that I felt this style demanded. I found the technicalities of painting in reverse catered to my logical side while just using and mixing paints and colours connected with my creative side. I also enjoy the mini reveals you get each time you turn the glass over to check on progress but ultimately one of the most refreshing aspects is the fact that you can’t overwork or change what is already painted, resulting in having to admit that once the glass is covered the painting is finished and out of your hands. As far as subject matter goes I try to honour the origins of glass painting by capturing scenes from everyday kiwi life as a form of modern folk art. I owe a debt of gratitude to the Titirangi Painters for their warm welcome, kind support, and generous sharing of their knowledge and experience. It is thanks to all their hard work behind the scenes that my very first exhibition experience was not only achievable but enjoyable. Thank you.

Above: Sharon Mann’s painting Hard Headed Woman in watercolour and pastel won the Public Choice Award with a total of 59 votes. Upper left: Victoria McNaughton demonstrating reverse painting on glass. Lower left: Rainy Day Prices at Avondale Market, Victoria’s prizewinning artwork.

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To become a member is easy. The only criteria really, is, no bad attitudes. There really is a neat reflection of people in our community inside the club. Men, women and kids. Blue, white or no collar at all. I’ve heard there are fun day challenges with the Huia Fishing Club, cricket, fishing, etc. All things I’m hopeless at so, once again, I should fit right in. So, if a relaxing drink of your choice (yes, there is wine) and casual company sounds the go, I recommend you contact the Laingholm Fishing Club. Either Google them or just take a deep breath, put a smile on your dial and take the leap of faith. We don’t just live in and enjoy our community, we are our community.

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With the busy season nearing, Titirangi Coastguard is seeking to increase its volunteer numbers. Unit training officer Lloyd Carpenter says new recruits are always welcome and will learn all kinds of skills as well as search and rescue. It takes about a year to become operational and part of the crew. “Come down to our French Bay base and hang out for a few weeks to see what goes on and then decide if you want to become an official trainee. Some people come in with huge experience in all kinds of things while others are fresh but really take to it like ducks to water,” Lloyd says. Not all volunteers are rescue crews as ‘dry crews’ fill a number of roles like committee positions, fundraising and event management. A major role is that of project management for the new Naiad. “It’s a big project,” says Scott. “We need jacks of all trades and there’s plenty of room for people with all sorts of skills to contribute. They’d be very welcome.” There are cross-training opportunities for volunteers too - working in conjunction with the fire service, the police, Westpac helicopter and Eagle police teams. – Moira Kennedy

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Oi return to Titirangi When a video surfaced on the Titirangi Facebook page last month showing a grey faced petrel being prised from its burrow on a Titirangi property on the edges of the Manukau Harbour (https://www. facebook.com/jill.perrott.7/ videos/10216955537299749/), some questioned the intrusion but it was with good intent. University of Auckland sea bird expert James Russell was just going about his work monitoring petrels. It is a delicate operation as the last thing needed is a smashed egg in the process of pulling the parent bird out of the burrow. On the same day, Bronwen Turner, founding member of the Cornwallis Petrelheads conservation group, gave a talk to Friends of Arataki about the grey faced petrel and the passionate group of 20 Cornwallis residents who are recording, monitoring and providing pest control around the petrel colony at Puponga Point on Cornwallis. This work started in 2016 when the project was initiated with the discovery of a vulnerable colony nesting in burrows on the southern cliffs. Cats, rats, stoats and weasels are all predators of the petrel and, starting with a 65 hectare area, this active group have installed 106 mustelid and rat traps and 126 possum bait stations. Timms possum traps are also used. The group hopes to mount pest control across the whole peninsula. The petrel is a beautiful little native sea bird, known by Māori as oi for the adult and titi for the chick, is the muttonbird of the Northern Maori. Ungainly on land with limited mobility, the oi is an aerial machine. One of the group known collectively as gadfly petrels, it is a powerful long distance traveller, known to fly from here to Australia and back to feed its chicks. Oi disperse in the summer throughout the Tasman Sea and South Pacific, but breed in New Zealand as far south as Gisborne, with the largest colonies being on the offshore islands of Moutohora and Hongiora in the Bay of Plenty. Oi dig burrows in their colonies and breed annually in winter, laying just one egg which is incubated for up to two months. As the bird is nocturnal, the fledgling titi will only surface at night. They are unable to fly until

they are around four months old. The young birds return to colonies at three years of age and tend to breed at around 8-10 years. They can live for up to 40 years. They feed far from the coast in deep oceanic water, diving and slicing their prey of squid and fish with their hooked bill and also include crustaceans in their diet. Classified as a non-threatened species, the grey faced petrel had retreated to offshore islands due to habitat loss and predation, but have been returning to the mainland. It is hoped that as more titi are hatched in the Titirangi area, we will in time see flocks of grey faced petrels migrating back to their homes in the Manukau Harbour, the most important habitat in New Zealand for shore and wading birds. The Petrelheads meet on the third Saturday of the month to carry out pest control and their work at Cornwallis is having a downstream effect with colonies of petrels reappearing along the Manukau Harbour where they were once common. They group is supported in its predator control activities by Auckland Council park rangers and researchers from the University of Auckland. Financial support has been provided by The Trusts Community Foundation, Z Energy’s Good in the Hood promotion and the Waitākere Ranges Local Board, through EcoMatters Trust. The group’s vision of a pest and weed-free Cornwallis may in time lead to translocations of other bird species to the area. If you are interested in helping to monitor the control lines at Cornwallis once a month contact Alex Duncan of The Petrelheads at alroseduncan@gmail. com.

Above: An adult grey faced petrel. Above left: University of Auckland sea bird expert James Russell holding a titi. Below: Members of the Petrelheads setting up bait stations. All photos by Jacqui Geux.

Below: an Illustration of the grey faced petrel by Emma Scheltema. (https:// emmascheltema.com/)

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sustainable solutions

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In the first of an occasional series FIONA DRUMMOND create useful items such as outdoor furniture, bollards, provides some practical tips to help minimise soft fitness circuits and other products. plastic waste, one step at a time. Some suggestions to remember: As a nation we need to 1. Use fabric bags in place of plastic bags when take responsibility for our shopping. (You could also take your own containers own rubbish. Our country is for meat and fish.) If you don’t have fabric bags, actively looking for recycling make your own or access the Love Titirangi bins opportunities both here and outside SuperValue and Titirangi Travel. If you love overseas to deal with the sewing, contact the Love Titirangi group for some huge volumes created and we material to help out making bags for our village. as individuals can help that https://www.facebook.com/Lovetitirangi/ process by sorting our own 2. Learn what packaging can be recycled. Even the waste as best we can. foil packets used for ice creams, crackers, biscuits, Many of us have already cut chippies and other snack products are actually soft down on plastic bag usage, plastic. Other items include plastic bags, netting citrus thanks in part to the work of bags, frozen food bags, snack/chip/confectionery/ the Love Titirangi campaign muesli/ice cream wrappers, courier packs, biscuit and its boomerang bag wrappers (not trays, they are hard plastic), squeeze concept. Titirangi’s SuperValue pouches, cereal box liners, magazine wrappers and is already ordering 40% fewer bubble wrap. Visit https://www.recycling.kiwi.nz/ plastic bags than a year ago solutions/soft-plastics for more information. and many local residents are 3. Ask your kids to bring their lunch box rubbish home now making and taking their and get them to sort it. That way we’re training the own bags to the green grocer. next generation. Better still, boycott packaged foods (Given the quantity of plastic in school lunch boxes. bags used there ‘green’ could 4. Hang a plastic bag handy to your recycling bin, fill it be a misnomer.) It takes no with the soft plastic waste and, on shopping day, take longer to put the produce into the accumulated soft plastic and put it in the Love NZ your own bags. Or do you even bin at the supermarket. need the bags? Just take a box, 5. Reject plastic packaging wherever you can. or find a green grocer that 6. Hang your shopping bags inside your door or put provides boxes. a post-it note above the door handle or on your When you know how much soft plastic you are car’s dashboard to remind you to take your reusable consuming, you will start questioning whether you shopping bags and soft plastic recycling. need all that packaging. You can even take your own We have all become desensitised to packaging and containers to the butcher, or buy at bulk bins where plastic at huge cost to our country and environment but your own bags can be used. we can make a difference, one step at a time. The next step is to start separating soft plastics from the general rubbish and scrunch it up for recycling. STOP PRESS: Big ups to the government for their Love NZ is a soft plastic recycling initiative introduced announcement to phase out single-use plastic by The Packaging Forum to reduce landfill. The initiative shopping bags over the next year. As Jacinda Ardern provides soft plastic recycling bins in participating stores said: “It’s great that many people are already such as New World Green Bay and New Lynn, Fresh changing the way they shop. We need to be far Choice Glen Eden, Countdown New Lynn and Kelston smarter in the way we manage waste.” Visit www. and the Warehouse. Using such bins means that, rather mfe.govt.nz before September 14 to give feedback than contaminating the hard plastic recycling and FRINGEADLTD.pdf 1 15/11/16 16:33 on the government’s plans. adding to landfill, your plastic waste is being used to

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More nasties we need to get rid of In August’s issue of The Fringe we introduced three of the worst plant pests that are threatening our special environment. Although it is important to eliminate these three pests (climbing asparagus, wild ginger and woolly nightshade) they are not the only ones we should be concerned about. Moth Plant (araujia hortorum) is a vine with pointed leaves and clusters of creamy coloured flowers. Plants are very long-lived and can smother trees, weighing them down. Moth plant produces very large seed pods which, when they split, can disperse up to 1,000 thistle-like seeds which can then travel long distances on the wind. Seedlings are shade-tolerant and grow rapidly. To control moth plant collect the seed pods, seal them in a bag and dispose of them in the rubbish. You can also dig or pull out the seedlings (taking care to avoid skin contact).Established vines should be cut near the ground and the stump painted with picloram gel. This pest can also be sprayed in summer with a mixture of 120ml tordon BK to 10l of water. All sightings of moth plant should be reported to Auckland Council’s biosecurity team. Although agapanthus (agapanthus praecox) can be a popular garden plant it is a pest once it enters the wider environment. It is a type of lily with strappy, bright-green leaves and showy clusters of blue or white flowers. The plant prefers sun or semi-shade and colonises roadsides, stream banks and cliffs, growing into the dense clumps that smother and exclude other vegetation. Spread by natural expansion and (in some cases) deliberate planting its prolific seeds wash or fall in small niches and grow rapidly.

Isolated plants can be dug out and disposed of in a weed bin. It can also be sprayed with a mixture of 60ml triclopyr + 20 ml penetrant in 10l of water. A mix of 100ml triclopyr per litre of water can be painted onto fresh stumps, once the leaves have been cut off. It is a good idea to begin eradication at the top of a slope and work down. (Repeat treatment will usually be needed.) One of the West’s more threatening species is wandering Jew, also known as wandering Willie (tradescantia fluminensis), a shade-tolerant ground cover which roots along its stems and has small start-shaped flowers. It quickly creeps over large areas forming dense mats and smothering all other plants. Pieces of the stem can break off easily and will quickly take root again. The plant is spread by people, water and machinery. Wandering Jew can cause dermatitis in dogs. The easiest way to get rid of wandering Jew is to rake or hand-clear the infested area, starting at the outer edge. Dispose of the removed plant matter in a weed bin. (Take care to collect all fragments of the plant as each fragment could quickly regrow. Wandering Jew can be sprayed with a mix of 60ml triclopyr + 10ml penetrant in 10l of water. Spraying will give a 90% kill rate and repeat treatment is likely to be necessary.

Agapanthus (above) and wandering Jew are both pests we need to eliminate.

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A rose by any other name? Yeah gidday. Lizard here. Once again, as regular as habit, the magnolia is in flower and the kereru are munching on the kowhai. Also, with habitual regularity, Shaz is on my case to regain control of the weeds invading the caravan site. I pointed out that the Buddhist does not put labels on things, man. What Shaz cruelly calls a weed doesn’t actually consider itself to be anything but a living plant getting on with its own planty business. (I also think the name wandering Jew is a racial slur but that’s a different story.) Sure I could eradicate the weeds for Shaz but does she really want me to be a fascist? It’s giving-a-dog-a-bad-name syndrome. Look, rats care for their young and look lovingly into each other’s eyes after repeated mating. It’s us that label them vermin. They think they are hot. You never see women wailing at the tragic stranding of a huge and majestic great white shark. Māori are not keen to carve its cartilage. Nobody marches the street with signs saying Save Our Cockroaches. One never hears of a gang of thugs called The Propagators or The Leathered Lads. No, it’s always Devils Drummers and Satin’s Staunch Offspring and the like. Rude Remuera Rowdies. Jerks. Anyways, to keep the peace, I put on my work clobber and stepped out of the warmth and security of the caravan to give the wandering Jew what-for. Shaz was right: it was everywhere. I asked what she was going to do with the area after I’d poured my sweat into the removal of the offending weed. She said she was going to the plant place as there were several options she’s looking at. Perhaps coprosma brunnea? Maybe leptinella Platt’s Black, which

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