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contents More love in the community; Idyllic space needs help................ 4 Kauri Rescue to show results; Letter to the Editor....................... 5 Our place: Community networking, new principal and Advent fair...................................................... 6 Families to benefit from Glow Festival......................................... 7 “From tragedy good things come”; ArtWest in Kelston............... 8


Art and about with Naomi McCleary.................................. 10 – 11 Places to go: Events listing................................................. 12 – 13 Highlights from the libraries....................................................... 14 Bandstanding: Glen Eden’s Anton Bennett................................. 15 Feature: gifts and hospitality.............................................. 16 – 17 ‘I like seeing the kids smiling and showing their happiness’...... 18 Sustainable solutions: bring back the bottle drives................... 19 Naturally West: The Pūriri Moth................................................ 20


Walking West: Exhibition Drive; Cartoon Corner....................... 21 Live @ the lounge...................................................................... 22 Advertisers directory.................................................................. 23 On our cover: There’s nothing that says ‘Summer is on its way’ the way that a kowhai in full bloom does! Photo by Bevis England.


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More love in the community The Love Titirangi team which led the way in encouraging Titirangi Village to reduce the use of single-use plastic bags and use fabric ‘boomerang bags’ has launched its latest local initiative – CupCycling™. Local women Michele Powles, Kate Speakman and Karen Swainson stepped up a year ago and captured the attention of the community by organising locals to sew reusable shopping bags. More than 5,500 bags are now in circulation locally. Michele Powles says that with support from those who want to keep our community clean and green, the new CupCycling™ initiative will dramatically reduce the need for single-use coffee cups in the Village. “CupCycling™ will see participating cafés Loving Titirangi the coffee cup way working together to reduce disposable cup waste by promoting reusable take-away cups to divert one-use cups from landfill,” Michele says. The concept sees café customers borrowing a cup (designed and made in New Zealand) from a participating café and returning it to any participating outlet the next day. It was developed by Motueka-based business couple, Steph and Nick Fry, who’ve seen 11,000 single-use cups diverted from landfill in their area in less than a year. Cromwell is about to launch the scheme and Titirangi will be the first in the North Island with the local launch timed to coincide with International Day of Climate Action and Sustainability on Wednesday, October 24. The Love Titirangi team are also asking schools to get behind the project with a poetry event and a bunting and flag design competition. For more information email info@lovetitirangi.org.nz, visit www. facebook.com/lovetitirangi or call Michele on 021 864 955. – Moira Kennedy

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Idyllic space needs help An orchard planted at La Rosa Gardens Reserve in Green Bay needs a bit of TLC from the local community to help it thrive. The orchard of different types of apples, citrus, pears, banana and plums was planted about four years ago as part of a massive transformation that saw the ‘daylighting’ of the Parahiku and Wai Tahurangi (Avondale) streams that had been piped underground in the 1970s. Daylighting is the process of bringing buried streams back to the surface and restoring a natural environment. With support from Auckland Council and the EcoMatters Restorative Projects team, volunteers from the community and local school children, the area came to life again with native tree plantings, art works and the installation of boardwalks along the restored, clean and healthy streams. The creation of the orchard was part of that project but the local volunteers who were caring for it have now moved on and Green Bay’s community development coordinator, Anja Thomas, and environmental advisor, Gabriela Ezeta, see new opportunities for locals to join forces to see it thrive and to Gabriela Ezeta (left) and Anja Thomas: discourage vandalism. “It would be a waste to let the Gabriela, who was part of the orchard go.” original restorative projects team, says a lot of energy went into making the orchard happen and it would be a waste to let it go. “It seems wrong to let it stall. An older couple have been trying to keep it going but they’re burnt out. A group of people from the community helping out would see the orchard flourish again,” she says. “It would be great to set up a community roster covering feeding of the trees, mulching as summer starts and watering during the hotter weather. There are about 30 trees so it’s not too physically laborious.” Anja agrees and is keen to call together a group of local organisations and businesses to work on it. “If one person from one group joins forces with another, it’s a start. But it does need some coordination, sponsorship and community spirit to make it happen,” she says. While the orchard can provide food for the community, Anja says that’s not the main goal although that could fit in with other projects running alongside. “School groups could learn how to grow and care for trees, different types of soils, the seasons in action, how to mulch and much more. “We could create a range of mini projects and make it an educational process without necessarily focusing on a big harvest and just being a food-producing venture,” Anja says. “You don’t have to be a gardener but it would be great to engage people with different interests to help out and who can also enjoy La Rosa Gardens at the same time. It’s an idyllic space.” “This is a great opportunity,” says Gabriela. “It’s going to be fabulous.” A site visit for those interested in helping is scheduled for October 15, 10-11am – meet at La Rosa Street entrance. For more information contact Anja Thomas on 827 3300 or email cd.gbch@gmail.com. – Moira Kennedy

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Kauri Rescue to show results Kauri Rescue is set to reveal the results of nearly two years of work to halt the spread of kauri dieback reports MICK ANDREW. The project, which encourages (and supports) private landowners to treat their own trees, will hold a data workshop with its participants in November and a public ‘show and tell’ meeting on December 4. 47 private landowners are participating in the treatment process which involves injecting phosphite into the tree and then monitoring its symptoms to see whether its condition has improved. Gum bleeding, moss growth and canopy thickness are measured before and after the trees have been treated. Kauri Rescue supplies the phosphite and treatment kit to landowners, allowing them to work independently. However, in order for treatment to begin, the trees must first test positive for the disease. Local resident Tamsyn Downes According to Kauri Rescue injecting her trees with phosphite. community liaison Mels Barton, this can be a long process – up to 6-8 weeks. Also the testing methodology – where soil is flooded and dried in a 7-step process to capture the dieback zoospores – is not 100% accurate. Out of 231 properties tested, 131 did not test positive to kauri dieback despite many trees showing symptoms. “It’s the only detection test we’ve got,” said Mels. “We don’t have a rapid detection test, because the national science programme hasn’t done the science to develop any. “It’s disappointing that we have only 50 instead of 250 people but that’s been a learning.” Although the number of participants is small, Mels explains that dieback awareness is growing, especially through face-to-face interactions at local markets. While many people are initially unaware of the symptoms of the disease, they have a clearer idea of what to look for after engaging with Kauri Rescue and can request support. Continued on page 20 >>

letter Dear Editor, On a recent drive out to Whatipu, I was saddened to see the twometre high fences blocking off all of the track entrances along the road. As a park ranger in the Waitākere Ranges for 38 years (now retired) I wondered when I would be able to revisit some of the significant sites I had come across over the years I spent in this very special area. Some of those sites relate to the first occupants of the Ranges: pā and kāinga (villages), burial caves, kūmara pits, middens, and a nearly-completed but strangely abandoned tōtara waka. Other sites highlighted the work and lives of kauri bushmen: remains of timber dams, loggers’ camps, bush railways, log chutes and bullock tracks where huge logs were slid or hauled to the mill, tunnels and canals hand-dug through ridges where the course of a stream had been altered to suit the plans of the loggers. Some sites told poignant stories such as a cave in a remote cliff face that housed a conscientious objector for several years during World War II or the deep wells dug in remote parts of the forest to supply water for settler-farmers. Nearby would be stone walls and lines of fence posts. The posts would have been cut by axe from local pūriri trees. Other sites featured plants: the ‘golden’ kauri, whose leaves are perpetually gold, not green; the ‘slab-sided’ kauri, whose trunk is shaped like the hull of a ship – many metres wide on one aspect, and very narrow on the other (in fact as you approach the tree from one direction, it resembles the tapered bow of a ship); the kauri with no trunk above ground – the first branch emerges less than a metre from the ground, giving the impression that the tree has sunk into the ground; and multi-headed nīkau palms and tree ferns. Mine shafts show where hopefuls prospected for gold and manganese and the only copper outcrop in the Ranges stands out in a steep, very high cliff face. A favourite site is the ‘stepped’ waterfall – the rocks which have been cut by water erosion into a series of flat benches; another is the sandstone cave with fossil shark teeth in the wall. One site features moa gizzard stones, including some brought by the birds from Coromandel Peninsula. Hopefully, science and common sense will prevail and we will be able to revisit the Waitākere Ranges, enjoy the forest tracks, and appreciate this unique feature of Auckland. If the tracks are left closed for too long, they will be difficult and costly to reinstate, weeds will be rampant if not attended to and wild pigs will take over the forest if left unmolested. – John Walsh, Green Bay


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Community networking a hit A coming together of local community groups, business people and service providers has been such a success that organisers are hoping it will be repeated and perhaps spread to other communities throughout West Auckland. Instigated by Community Waitākere and with support from the Whau Local Board, the event last month was held at Green Bay Community House and saw close to 50 people from all walks of life gather to network for a morning. They included those employed or volunteering in the fields of housing, food provision, law, real estate, general business and a range of environmentally-aware community groups including bird rescue. Green Bay Community House manager, Moana Cook, says the event was all about reconnecting and meeting new people in the community. “We used to network with Green Bay business owners and the local schools but that stopped a few years go. It was time we came together again, to remember the strengths and skills in our community and how we can share them. “There are some instances where different groups are doing the same things and if they joined forces, that would strengthen them all. Green Bay is quite conducive to that,” Moana says. “Other community hubs who took part could see how well the networking went and how they could use the concept in their own areas.” There are plans for networking events to be held twice a year. The next one is scheduled for December 5, 2-3pm. For more information email: gbcommunityhouse@gmail.com or phone 827 3300.

Titirangi School’s new principal saw the job advertised on the same day that the purchase of her new home in Huia Road went unconditional. “It felt like it was meant to be,” says Julie Lynch, who recently took up the reins at Titirangi School. “Working for my community feels very special and I have certainly appreciated the warm welcome I have received from the school, children, parents, and local principals. Building strong partnerships is very important to me and making those connections ensures that we have happy children who love coming to school.” Titirangi School is currently welcoming enrolments, including some out of zone enrolments, for new entrants in the 2019 school year. Parents of children turning five are warmly invited to contact the school, meet Julie and look around the school. www.titirangi.school.nz

Titirangi’s Rudolf Steiner School Advent Fair is coming up in November and prospective stall holders should email stallsadventfair@trss. community for more information and booking forms. This popular fair is a colourful, fun-filled family day with children’s activities, musicians, healthy food, artisan traders and festive crafts – there is something for everyone. A shuttle-bus service will connect the event with Titirangi War Memorial Hall, Woodlands Park School and Tangiwai Reserve. This year’s event will take place (at 5 Helios Place, Laingholm) on Sunday November 18, 10am-3pm, rain or shine. Stay in touch with developments on Facebook @AdventFairTitirangi. Got something to say? Do you have a great story idea? Know someone interesting we should talk to? Let The Fringe know by emailing info@fringemedia.co.nz

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FAMILIES TO BENEFIT FROM GLOW FESTIVAL The countdown to this year’s annual Titirangi Glow Festival is well and truly on, with the event taking place next month on Saturday, November 24, from 6pm until dark, in Titirangi Village. “Everything for the event is falling into place nicely,” says Bright Lights Little Village (BLLV) volunteer committee chair, Margaret Walsh. “We are once again indebted to local businesses which are getting involved and financially supporting the event and we have also received funding from the Trusts Community Foundation.” A full list of current sponsors can be seen on the organisation’s website, bllv.co.nz and it’s still not too late to put your hand up to support this great event. Each year the BLLV committee nominates three local charities to benefit from the festival. The whole community is invited to donate new toys and gifts for local families in need, represented by the three charities – LifeWise, Family Action and Refugees as Survivors. “What a lovely project and Titirangi Village will certainly ‘glow’ for the occasion. Thank you for reaching out to us at LifeWise,” said Darragh O'Riordan, fundraising, marketing and communications manager for LifeWise. Gifts from the community should be wrapped and labelled with gender and age. They can be dropped off at Barfoot & Thompson’s office in Titirangi Village, Face & Body on Titirangi Road, or taken to Santa’s Sleigh which will be in the Village on the evening of the festival. It won’t be long now before an army of volunteers, including members of the Titirangi Volunteer Fire Brigade, will descend on the Village to string together almost 3,000 metres of Christmas lights. There is a great line up of entertainment confirmed; local businesses, cafés and restaurants are getting ready, the good weather has been booked, and all that’s missing now is the support of the wider community. An army of volunteers will soon start installing Titirangi’s Christmas lights. Put November 24, 6pm, in your diary now, get your new toys and other gifts organised and wrapped and be prepared for a great festival in the Village. For more information on the event or to become a sponsor or volunteer, please contact Margaret on 027 473 5914, visit the BLLV website at bllv.co.nz and join the Facebook group @glowtitirangi. For more information on the three recipient charities, visit bllv.co.nz/ donations.

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“From tragedy good things come” Eighteen months after the ‘Tasman Tempest’ weather event that created devastation for businesses and road closures and diversions that lasted for months in New Lynn, a ‘good thing’ has come out of the tragedy in the shape of a pocket park on Great Road (adjoining Bike Barn) where much of the disaster took place. Opening the park recently, Whau Local Board chair Tracy Mulholland was rich in her praise for all those affected by the original flash flooding in March last year which saw the culvert under the road becoming blocked and the road and footpath opening into a huge sinkhole. A second deluge took place only weeks later, compounding the problems with extraordinary rainfall over a short period of time. Much of New Lynn was flooded, businesses (and Whau Local Board chair Tracy their owners’ livelihoods) Mulholland’s god-daughter Eva Tasila tries out New Lynn’s new ‘pocket park’ were damaged and people on Great North Road. evacuated in the floodwaters. The Probett building which housed West Auckland’s only nightclub, Club Fiafia, was red-stickered and then demolished. Roads were closed and realigned, pedestrian detours appeared and motorists complained that bottlenecks along 200 metres of the damaged area saw them going nowhere for 40 minutes. The extreme weather overwhelmed the Rewarewa Creek culvert that had been installed in the 1940s. It was extended in the early 1960s for road widening and, in the early 2000s, the culvert was extended at its upstream end to support the road. Once the upstream road edge began to collapse, the 2017 weather bomb did the rest. ArtWest is a community art exhibition and art sale, showcasing West Auckland artists and makers. Established in 2009 it is a unique event that collectively celebrates and honours the diverse arts practised in our communities. This year’s event will be a feast of local arts including sculpture, photography, a short film, jewellery, soap, painting, textiles, ceramics, illustration and raranga. Art works created by local school children (as a result of Colour my World, a series of workshops developed by ArtSpark and artist Louise Stevenson) will be displayed and ArtsWhau will host the annual dinner, a chance for local artists to catch up, exchange ideas and get to know each other.

Recovery works involving emergency services, Auckland Council and its Healthy Water department, Auckland Transport, Whau Board and other elected representatives and myriad local businesses and individuals kicked in immediately. Council’s Healthy Water department elected to increase the flood capacity of the culvert by installing a second massive culvert above the original, to cope with the run-off from the now heavily developed catchment. It was also decided to refurbish the old culvert so water could continue to flow through it while the new works went ahead. Two state-ofthe-art stormwater treatment devices remove pollutants and solids from water running off Great North Road before it is discharged into the creek. “It was agreed this was an opportunity to give New Lynn a new lease of life,” says Tracy. “A The view of the Rewarewa creek with plan was developed to develop its adjacent boardwalk from the new better connectivity through park. the area with walking and cycling routes that would maximise the recreational and environmental opportunities along Rewarewa Creek.” One of these is the newly-opened ‘pocket park’ and the Board is working with Council to develop the next phase – the walkway/ cycleway along the stream bank in McNaughton Way with clearing, stream enhancement and planting. “Ultimately,” says Tracy, “this route will connect with the existing boardwalk across the creek to Caspian Close and Rata Street. From tragedy, good things come.” – Moira Kennedy

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The Going West Writers Festival, now in its 23rd year, returned to Titirangi in September after a fire in the War Memorial Hall drove it to Henderson last year. The essence of the old Going West was still there, more than enough to keep the faithful happy, but with an added freshness that brought in a new and younger audience. Of course it’s about books (and many of us are happily lighter of pocket after the weekend) but it is as much about ideas. In a world that is fast-changing and often chaotic, it was great to experience a kaleidoscope of conversations ranging from the traditional fiction and non-fiction still coming from our great established authors such as Dame Fiona Kidman, C.K.Stead and Peter Wells, to the new voices talking cogently (and sometimes hilariously) about the digital world, artificial intelligence, robotics and the like. There was a beautiful, and very natural, incorporation of Te Reo into the programme and a Sunday afternoon that explored the new wave of engagement with Māori writers and thinkers. It is this flow and balance, the light and shade, that makes for a rounded Going West experience. Paula Green, poet and regular presenter at the festival comments: “I found the programme contoured and stimulating in view of both ideas and feelings. I just loved it. The food was exceptional! For me this maintains the literary whānau feel of the festival and (Left to Right) Carol Hirschfield, Lizzie Marvelly, Golriz Ghahraman, Sandra Coney and Dame Fiona Kidman in conversation at Going West 2018. Photo by Liz March. makes it unlike any other in New Zealand.” Having established itself as an institution of regional and national Particular highlights were: the opening night performance by Moana Maniapoto and Paddy Free; Women Then, Women Now – a line-up significance since relaunching in 2014, our own Te Uru is now wellof Lizzie Marvelly, Sandra Coney, Golriz Ghahraman, Dame Fiona placed to spread the reach and awareness of important work being Kidman and Carol Hirschfield reflecting on their lives as we mark 125 done here in the Waitākere Ranges. They tell me that plans are afoot years since women won the right to vote; Stacey and Scotty Morrison for their smash hit From Scratch exhibition earlier this year will soon sharing, with grace and humour, how they are pioneering voices in go to Wellington, and that a forthcoming exhibition about pioneering the resurgence of te reo whilst bringing up a fully bi-lingual family and local abstract painter, Roy Good, will also be shown next year in his home town, Christchurch, where he studied before settling in Titirangi. nurturing their relationship. Curators are a somewhat hidden part of the creative world. Their But there was so much more to enjoy and record audiences left ‘full research, analysis, imagination and love for both the then and the to the brim’! now is what makes exhibitions accessible and enlightening. They often The West as a wellspring tread a fine line in provocation; challenging viewers to be just enough Creativity and out-of-left-field thinking has long been a mark of outside their comfort zone to safely consider new ideas and approaches Westie innovation. The West spawned the ceramic industry, mining in making art. That’s the job of a contemporary public gallery such as clay to feed the production of everything from clay pipes to Crown Te Uru. Head curator Ioana Gordon-Smith is building a reputation for Lynn. A slew of the most brilliant studio potters in New Zealand (think thoughtful and engaging exhibitions, beautifully mounted and layered Briar Gardiner, Patricia Perrin, Len Castle, John Parker) and artists, with meaning. architects, writers and performers have found, over generations, The main gallery is currently showing a perfect example of this, a place of refuge and creativity in ‘them thar hills’. Their work has, an in-depth look at the pioneering work of our first indigenous filmof course, always spread far beyond the confines of the West and makers. contributed to the building of a national identity. Today’s creatives can From the Shore looks at the influence of Māori film-makers Barry tread an international stage; online and often in fact. Barclay and Merata Mita on a current generation of artists. The

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A still shot from Lisa Reihana’s Waltz, 6 mins, from Native Portraits n.19897 (1998).

Māori sensibility to the world but will also, over time, be a destination for other indigenous creatives to come to Aotearoa and, in particular, the West. Both Te Uru and the Corban Estate Arts Centre punch well above their weight. Although supported by relatively secure council funding, like all similar institutions across the country they splice and dice to produce work of international standing. We are not a society where private patronage for the arts is embedded into the culture of wealth and business as it has been for so long in the USA. I hope this will come; that business will come to see that an association with excellence in the arts can be as prestigious and savvy as an association with sport.

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exhibition title comes from Barclay’s metaphor of indigenous cinema as a ‘camera on the shore’ that reverses the historically colonial direction of the camera’s gaze (from the settlers’ ships). Barclay and Mita were forerunners in making films by Māori, about Māori, for Māori. Through their work in film, television and writing, they set out some core concerns of indigenous film-making internationally, ranging from control over production through to community-based models of filming and the upending of technical conventions, such as staged interviews. The exhibition includes work by a current generation of contemporary artists that continue the legacy established by Barclay and Mita for indigenous people to be better represented through authentic and culturally-appropriate processes. Joining major names such as Lisa Reihana and Tracey Moffatt, representatives for New Zealand and Australia respectively at last year’s Venice Biennale, are Rob George, Nova Paul, Tuafale Tanoa’I (aka Linda T.) and Tanu Gago. Alongside the exhibition is an impressive screening programme of Barclay’s and Mita’s own films, as well as a compilation of each of their writings, which are influential but increasingly difficult to find. With such a significant historic statement to make, this exhibition will travel to another important institution, Pātaka in Porirua, which will open it to audiences in the Wellington region. Across town, but still in the West, that same reach will be a signature of two new and hugely important cultural institutions. Te Pou Māori Theatre and Whaotapu (the Sacred Chisels) will settle into the Corban Estate Arts Centre in 2019, bringing rich cultural traditions of hospitality and sharing along with their respective art forms in performance and carving. What I find fascinating is that these two groups are already part of an international network of indigenous peoples. This flow will take a

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october w – 14, Matthias Sudholter, Painter; West Coast Gallery, Piha. Phone 812 8029. www.westcoastgallery.co.nz.

w – 21, Handshake 4 - Polarity, Twelve artists from the Handshake Project; Corban Estate Arts Centre.

w – 21, Still Life with Flowers, paintings by Kirstin Carlin,

Star Gossage, Peter Madden, Laura Williams and Billie Culy; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w – 28, Envoys Onwards, a celebratory exhibition of postcards to mark the 100th anniversary of the winning of emancipation by New Zealand women; Te Uru. w – 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. w – November 18, Flat-Pack Whakapapa, Maureen Lander explores the connections between whakapapa and raranga (Māori weaving); Te Uru. w 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. w 7, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per ride. 027 499 1732. w 8, Titirangi Death Café: Tea (or coffee), cake and discussion; Titirangi Community House, 500 South

Titirangi Road, Titirangi; 7.30-9.30pm. Phone Graham Southwell 021 606 146. www.deathcafe.com. w 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 9, Western Districts Women’s Dinner Club, dinner and entertainer, visitors welcome; Bricklane, 5 Clark Street, New Lynn; 6.15pm. Phone Maureen 818 3586. w 12, Ladies’ PROBUS Club, fellowship, fun, speakers; St John’s Hall, Te Atatū South; 9.45am-Noon. Phone Betty 09 832 0484. w 12, Flicks presents On Chesil Beach (M), adapted by Ian McEwan from his best-selling novel; Lopdell House Theatre; 10.30am, 6pm and 8.15pm; $14/$12/$10. Bookings 0210 222 5558. www.flickscinema.weebly.com w 13, Sir Bob Harvey presents archive films from the West; Barnett Hall, Piha; 7.30pm; Tickets from West Coast Gallery and on door. w 14, West Lynn Garden Spring Festival and Craft Fair, refreshments, fun and games for the children, plants and crafts for sale; 73 Parker Ave, New Lynn; 10am-4pm; Phone 827 7045. w 16, SeniorNet West Auckland, speaker, morning tea and chatting about computers; Kelston Community Centre; 10am. Phone June 021 179 3635. w 18, Waitākere Forest & Bird talk: Post-pest eradication and reptile recovery on Rangitoto-Motutapu with Dr Art Polkonov, school of Biological Science, University of Auckland; Kelston Community Centre; 7.30pm; koha appreciated. Phone Liz 027 476 2732 or email lizanstey@ hotmail.com. w 20, Workshop introduction to Rongoā/Māori

Medicine; Green Bay Community House, 1 Barron Drive; 9am - 2pm; $30. Contact Ihipera 021 292 3578 to book. w 20 – November 18, Pamela Byles, Painter; West Coast Gallery, Piha. Phone 812 8029. www.westcoastgallery. co.nz. w 23, 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 26, 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 26, Green Bay Street Food; Green Bay Community House, 1 Barron Drive; 5-8.30pm. Contact: Marc Hershman, greenbaystreetfood@gmail.com. w 26, Flicks presents Film to be confirmed (check website); Lopdell House Theatre; 10.30am, 6pm and 8.15pm; $14/$12/$10. Bookings 0210 222 5558. www. flickscinema.weebly.com w 27, Open Arts Day 2018 - Welcome to our Neighbourhood, see behind the scenes of a creative hub, including exhibitions, hands-on workshops, performances, studio tours, artists’ talks and a live graffiti jam; Corban Estate Arts Centre; 10am - 4pm. Phone 838 4455. w 27, West Auckland Artist Talks featuring Monique Jansen (Head of Visual Arts AUT), Evelyn White (weaver) and Katie Smith (Smitten design); Green Bay Community House, 1 Barron Drive; 2-4pm, free. Contact Louise Stevenson, artsparknz@gmail.com. w 28, Car Boot Sale: Titirangi Primary School, Atkinson Road, Titirangi; 9am-Noon; Site $10 - phone Fiona 021 022 16553 or email flovelock07@gmail.com for bookings.

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november w November 2, 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 November 4, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732. w November 9, 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 November 12, Titirangi Death Café: 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. 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; Wednesday – Sunday 10am-2pm. 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; Wednesday – Sunday, 1-4pm, 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; Wednesday – Sunday, 10am–4pm. 812 8029, www.westcoastgallery.co.nz.

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music; Titirangi War Memorial Hall; 10am-2pm. Contact Tess on tvm@gmail.com or phone 022 631 9436 w 31, A Night At The Proms with Waitākere Auckland Brass Band; Playhouse Theatre, Glen Eden; 7pm; $20/$15, pre-booking recommended. visit www.waitakerebrass. com or phone 817 7363.

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Titirangi Library is supporting Mental Health awareness in October with four events that address various aspects of positive mental wellness, run by local health practitioners. All are free although RSVPs are appreciated: titirangi.library@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz. Wednesday October 10, 11am-12pm: Registered psychologist Jane Gabites will outline strategies and hints to help people negotiate life’s up and downs. Saturday October 20, 10.30-11.30am: Ashley, certified yoga instructor, will run a workshop introducing “Dropping In”, a form

of yoga which uses the breath to focus on mindfulness. Suitable for all fitness levels and ages 13+. Wednesday October 24, 11am – 12pm: Natsume Lines, registered medical herbalist, naturopath and acupuncturist, will talk about how natural and traditional modalities can make a positive difference in our moods. Saturday October 27, 11am – 12pm: Katharina Kercher, occupational therapist and mindfulness practitioner, will offer a brief overview of mindfulness and demonstrate how crafting can be used as a mindfulness practice. All materials provided – ages 13+. The last human libraries session is on Thursday November 8, 11am-12pm with restoration and conservation expert Jonathan Maze. Jonathan works on antiques, furniture, clocks, Māori and Pacific objects, and is a specialist in New Zealand restoration art. School holidays bring plenty of free fun activities to Titirangi Library for the whole family. Brochures are available in the library.

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Dr Nitin Raniga, local member of the New Zealand Association of BDSsays (Otago), (Otago), Orthodontists (NZAO), the best ageDCInDent for your child to see a pecialist is as soonMOrth as you notice a problem. “If you’re concerned, RSCEd, MRACDS (Orth) ou definitely shouldn’t wait until your child has all their adult teeth, nd you don’t need6 a referral from a dentist Exminster St, or dental therapist.”

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An orthodontist is a registered dentist who has gone on to complete an dditional 2-3 years of fulltime postgraduate university education in specialist rthodontics. All members of the NZAO are trained in the appropriate use of he full range of available orthodontic appliances, and undertake continual udy and professional development to stay on top of the latest trends and mprovements in orthodontic treatment.

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

Glen Eden Library also offers a range of fun, free school holiday activities for children including a miniature book craft activity, ‘time travel’ back to Ancient Egypt to make your own cartouche wall hangings and other paper craft activities. The library will also have matinées of classic children’s films on selected days as well as other activities. On Saturday October 13, 1.30-2.30 pm, the library’s Green Living Festival wraps up

with a vegetable seedling swap and a family scavenger hunt. 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. Thursday October 18 sees children’s author Stephanie Thatcher pay a visit at 10.30am as part of the library’s regular Toddler Time programme. More information about these events, is available at the library or visit www. aucklandlibraries.govt.nz and click on Events.

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School Holiday Animation Workshops: Spangle the Storyteller introduces Tales of the Whau. Participants in these two-day workshops for ages 8-14 will learn how to bring these tales to life through cut-out animation. Booking essential: newlynn. library@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz Crown Lynn Afternoon Tea (part of the Heritage Festival) will take place on Saturday October 6, 1-3pm – an afternoon of tea, talks and demonstrations. Visit www. aucklandlibraries.govt.nz for more information or contact newlynn.library@aucklandcouncil. govt.nz An embroidery workshop on Saturday October 27, 10.30am-12pm offers a chance to learn how to use basic embroidery stitches to make a stitched picture to frame and give as a gift for Xmas. Booking essential: newlynn. library@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.

Pink Ribbon Appeal calls for help Breast Cancer Foundation NZ’s annual appeal takes place on Friday October 12 and Saturday October 13 and the organisation is urgently looking for area coordinators. During the appeal, volunteers across New Zealand will raise money at more than 1000 collection points. Area coordinators manage a small team of volunteers and the foundation provides everything you’ll need, including a detailed briefing. “The Pink Ribbon Appeal funds a large chunk of our work, so there’s a direct link between the time people give on the street and our ability to fund our programmes,” says Evangelia Henderson, chief executive of Breast Cancer Foundation NZ. To get involved email volunteer@bcf.org.nz or call 0508 105 105.

To ensure you’re receiving specialist advice, always look for the NZAO ogo. For more information go to www.orthodontists.org.nz.

Dr Nitin Raniga BDS (Otago) DClinDent (Otago) MOrth RSCEd MRACDS (Orth) 6 Exminster Street, Blockhouse Bay, Auckland 0600 Phone (09) 627 3555 nitin@aucklandortho.co.nz www.aucklandortho.co.nz


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Falling asleep listening to AC/DC’s Back in Black Percussionist, lighting operator, mixer, roadie be a bit stressful at times, we are given a lot and secret agent … Anton Bennett wears of responsibility to set up and look after the many hats. And at age 13, the year eight equipment.” pupil from Glen Eden Intermediate School Anton’s been learning how to record and has plenty of time to decide which suits him manipulate music using Garageband software best, something he’ll get to explore further and how to make podcasts as well. “We learn next year when he takes up the scholarship this in class – it’s pretty fun!” he’s been awarded at Henderson High. With these musical production endeavours For the time being though, it’s drumming successfully accomplished, along with his Trinity that’s taking the lead. “As a young child I was Grade Three drumming exams, Anton thought always tapping on everything – rhythms were he’d have a crack at applying for a music appealing to me.” Anton now plays drums scholarship. “I applied for a music scholarship in the GEIS Rock Band and the GEIS Concert for Henderson High and after I completed Band. “These are auditioned positions,” he their entrance examinations I was surprised to says “and I play drums in church as well.” receive an offer for a full academic scholarship.” Music has been pretty much a part of Between now and taking up his scholarship Anton’s upbringing since birth. “Dad used to Anton Bennett operating the sound desk for a next year, Anton is busy preparing for his Trinity play music all the time (he was a bass player) recent show. Grade Four exam, and playing in the APPA so there was music all around me. I’ve been told that when I was a (Auckland Primary Principals’ Association) Concert Band. “That will baby I would fall asleep listening to AC/DC’s Back in Black! My parents be a new experience. The APPA is an annual festival and I have been thought that they would take me to keyboard lessons to ease me accepted into the Concert Band as a percussionist. The band is for into music. I learnt keyboard for about five years before switching to accomplished players in years four to eight who want to develop their drums.” musicianship skills while working towards performing at the festival. As well as his drumming Anton is involved in many aspects of It involves a three-day intensive workshop at the end of term and sound and performing arts at GEIS. “During our recent production of evening performances held during November in the Auckland Town Hairspray jr I was the sole lighting operator for the production. It was Hall. In 2017 I got to play drums in the town hall for the APPA choir – really exciting to operate the lighting desk as this job is usually given with 400+ singers – that was quite something!” to an adult. I worked really hard to become familiar with the show so December will see Anton performing in the GEIS Concert Band at its I managed to keep the job, which was a twisted mix of fun and stress. annual Cushion Concert. I really had to concentrate; I definitely didn’t get the chance to just sit With his fingers in so many musical pies, what type of music does back and watch.” Anton like best? “I pride myself on being pretty versatile. I guess I Hot on the heels of this production role comes Anton’s current gig: “I prefer pop and rock but I have also been working on some Latin beats am working as a secret agent for our in-house TV show Cactus, where to change things up a bit.” Anton says it's hard to be a soloist on the the secret agents make videos for the show, prepare and run the daily drums but he does like to improvise when he gets a chance. show and teach others how to operate the equipment.” The Eagles, Pentatonix (“they are all a capella and very impressive”) Alongside these specialist positions Anton has ongoing involvement and Anton’s Dad have all been great inspirations musically, but Anton with the year eight rock band. “I do the sound mixing and I’m a bit of a is also into science and engineering – “specifically rocketry and NASA. roadie which means I get to set up and pack up the gear. I love setting This is an area I would like to explore in the future – becoming a up and packing up almost as much as practice and performance.” scientist might also hold some appeal.” Anton’s also in the GEIS sound and lighting crew. “We operate sound For more information about Glen Eden Intermediate School check out for all events, concerts, assemblies and fitness programmes. It can their website. http://www.geis.school.nz/

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Award winning designer-maker Susannah Bridges works mainly in ceramics. Her focus is on creating functional and sculptural objects with her forte being porcelain lighting. Susannah’s embossed lights (above) are among her more recent designs – fabrics are used to texture porcelain clay that is high fired to translucency then finished and assembled as a light. Susannah can customise textures in the porcelain to suit your individual settings and requirements. Talk to her now if you’re looking for a special gift. A selection of Susannah’s work is available from Te Uru in Titirangi or visit www.susannahbridges. co.nz for contact details and a full list of stockists.

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“I like seeing the kids smiling and showing their happiness” “As long as there are things to do, you just keep moving 15 years is also close to Julz’ heart. forward.” And that’s what Titirangi woman Julz Lee does: She realised the need when working planning to repeat a recent successful bike safety day, with a range of children who told working in schools and during holidays with anti-bullying her they didn’t know how to deal programmes, teaching self defence to disabled children and with those who wore glasses, had volunteer fundraising for myriad community groups. Down Syndrome, autism, Asperger’s Julz is the CEO (unpaid) of the Brighter Rainbows Children’s Syndrome or ADHD. Charity that provides support, information, life skills and “That put those children with activities for children and youth with several types of different needs at risk of bullying. disabilities and their families. Although presently based in We teach repetitive lessons and don’t premises in Henderson – with the charity’s board members change them until the students are chipping in to pay for the rent as there’s no government Julz Lee: When there are things to do, keep competent. Often these young ones funding – she’s on the hunt for space in Glen Eden. moving forward don’t feel safe so we give them the “We work with all demographics. Money is a factor and we’re skills to be little ninjas, able to show their skills and take them back always fund-raising to keep our programmes free. About 80 per cent into the community. of the children we work with come from Glen Eden, Green Bay and “I like seeing the kids smiling and showing their happiness,” Julz says. Laingholm,” she says. “I like seeing them understand there is somebody who is listening A bike safety/bike swap event last month was so successful that to them. A lot of kids who are bullied are not listened to. I’ll go with planning is underway for a repeat in March next year. “We had them to school, work with their parents as an advocate. Instead of hundreds turn up and gave away 65 recycled bikes and 130 helmets separating them from the community, embrace them and make them along with food, hats, socks and drink to children in the community. feel comfortable.” “We gather donated bikes and take them to Paremoremo Prison A finalist for the 2017 New where the inmates refurbish and recycle them through their Giving Zealander of the Year Award, Back to the Community programme. Julz’ fund-raising over the “It doesn’t matter if the bikes are rusty, have bald tyres or anything years has included work for else. If a bike’s not safe, a child shouldn’t be riding it. We recycle Homes of Hope, Muscular donations into 100 percent safe bikes and pass them on, also teaching Dystrophy Association of the children road rules and how to ride the bikes safely. New Zealand and Kidney Kids “We want to make sure all children know the (road) rules and how to New Zealand. As a biker she’s obey them,” Julz says. helped set up fund-raising Teaching self defence to nearly 30 young disabled people aged 5 to rides for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation and set up the only registered bike Evie Dutton and Mila Laing from charity in the country, Bike Laingholm with a bike they’re donating. Riders Optimising Children’s Charities Abuse and Bullying (Bro-Ccab.) Her passion for others stems from a stroke which left her wheelchairbound in her 20s. “I spent more than seven years having brain injury therapy at Auckland Hospital. They teach you how to start all over again – reading, writing, talking, walking. I know how hard and frustrating it is to get messages and meanings across,” says Julz. “I have plenty of patience. I don’t care how long it takes for anyone with disabilities to learn how to do something. I will be ready when they’re ready.” To donate bikes or offer help, or if you know of nearby suitable premises near Glen Eden, contact Julz at brighter.rainbow@gmail.com or phone 021 104 9304. – Moira Kennedy.

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New Lynn Tennis Club is gearing up for the summer. School holiday coaching clinics take place on October 4 and term four coaching is on Wednesdays and Sundays. The Senior interclub competition is already underway and Junior interclub will be starting after Labour Weekend. The club is starting Cardio Tennis, a fun way to get fit and other events are being planned in November. A Christmas tournament will take place in early December. The club is also starting to put together its plan for its 100 years celebration (1919 to 2019). These will start in February 2019. For more information phone Tracy McMurtie on 021 806 992, email tennisnewlynn@gmail. com or visit: https://sites.google.com/view/ newlynntennis/home or https://www.facebook. com/NewLynnTennisSportSocialClub/.

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Bring Back the Bottle Drives! We buy over two billion beverage containers each year writes FIONA DRUMMOND. Nearly half of these are plastic and only 35-40% are recycled, with the rest going to landfill or becoming litter. Plastic bottles spend hundreds of years polluting ecosystems. They break down into micro-plastics, harm marine wildlife and enter the food chain, affecting humans in the process. Some readers will remember the days when we received our milk in glass bottles. We put out tokens or money with the empty bottles and they were swapped for full ones. In those days glass was the preferred receptacle for most beverages and they were too precious to throw away. Until the 1970s you could get a refund for each bottle returned to the dairy. For many children, that was a solid reason to be a tidy Kiwi. They gained ‘disposable’ income and became innovative and industrious at acquiring recyclables. And they learnt entrepreneurial skills and that trash was a potential treasure. Bottle drives were popular fund-raisers for groups like the Scouts, who organised door-todoor collection of used glass bottles. Then drink companies started using disposable containers. Refunds for glass bottles stopped and many Plastic bottles can be people just threw plastic bottles and repurposed as herb planters (top) or horizontal and vertical aluminium cans away. The introduction storage containers. of supermarkets and the conversion to cartons in the 1980s meant milk delivery to the door was discontinued by the mid-1990s. So is bottle recycling over? Bottle deposit schemes (also known as container deposit schemes or CDS) are now making a comeback worldwide with around 40 countries already instigating them. A scheme will be operational in all Australian states by the end of 2018 and Germany has already achieved a 98% recycling rate on plastic bottles. The schemes are an effective way to deal with plastic pollution while supporting local communities. It’s estimated that a 10-cent recycling refund on a bottle could virtually triple New Zealand’s recycling rates – meaning less plastic on beaches, more kids off their devices collecting litter and over 2,000 new jobs. It is also possible that a nationwide scheme could save councils around $21 million per annum on recycling collection costs. 90% of local councils embrace the idea of bottle deposits and a recent survey showed 92% of New Zealanders agreed with them. So what are we waiting for? In New Zealand, there is no legislation requiring manufacturers to produce goods in recyclable packaging or to keep packaging to a minimum. Government can, however, force manufacturers to develop a life cycle stewardship scheme. It can also place a levy on beverages in containers and this levy could be passed on to the person recycling the container, creating a circular economy. The CDS movement has strong support and is led at the grassroots level by Kiwi Bottle Drive, an initiative of Cash for Containers NZ and the NZ Product Stewardship Council. It, with support from other organisations including Greenpeace, is petitioning Government for a Container Deposit Scheme and has nearly reached its target of 9000 signatures. (Readers can also lobby local and central government directly. Visit https://kiwibottledrive.nz/write-to-an-mp/.) While we wait for this to get rolling, we can reduce our hard plastic waste in many ways. Start by looking at the contents of your recycling bin with new eyes. What can I use this bottle for? Pinterest has lots

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of visual answers and many of them are simple, free and attractive. Milk bottles are a huge proportion of the plastic in our bins but can easily be developed into many items including storage systems and plant containers. Not everyone has a worm bin but at our place milk bottles are used to contain the worm tea which keeps on coming. Milk bottles can also make herb planters, hung on a fence or recycled pallet. (Retain the handle as a hook and punch a few holes in the bottle base for drainage.) They can also make handy storage containers in your shed, sewing room or kids rooms. You can also make bird feeders and even greenhouses. Other bottles can be made into self-watering planters by slicing them width-wise, putting a plant into the lid end and sitting that in the other half of the bottle from which it can draw water. It is also important to involve kids and grand-kids, teaching them we are all Self-watering planters. responsible for looking after our part of the planet. Discuss the plastic waste problem with them, take them on a regular street or beach clean up mission, encourage them to share their perceptions on pollution through words or artwork or inspire them to organise their own bottle drive. (All the resources and how-tos are on the Kiwi Bottle Drive web site.) There’s plenty of kids crafts to make with bottles too. More information is available at https://www.greenpeace.org/newzealand/act/plastic-free-nz/. Postscript: I talked about reducing and recycling soft plastic waste last month and have since come across reusable silicon container lids, promoted via social media. They come in a variety of sizes, stretch to fit all shapes, can be used on containers of all types in the fridge, microwave or oven and are a reusable alternative to cling film (which can’t be recycled). It’s another small step.

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The Pūriri Moth (Pepetuna) – our ghostly giant Spring is the time of year to keep an trunk, cutting through the bark to create eye out for the elusive pūriri moth or a distinctive mark in the form of a tunnel pepetuna. (Pepetuna in Māori means shaped like a numeral seven which will be ‘eel moth’ – the caterpillars were used as its home until pupation stage. Emerging bait for eels.) If you know where there is to feed at night, the caterpillar can be a likely pūriri tree or two in a park or on predated by ruru, kākā and robin as well a track that hasn’t been closed for the as cats and rats. Mokoroa were regarded rahui, this could be an exciting torch-lit by Māori as good eating and were night walk with children or a friend*. extracted by pouring water down the Despite its immense size, it is quite entrance hole, to flush out the grub. The probable that you will have never seen grub itself feeds on the sap of the tree, the nocturnal pūriri moth, and given that sometimes causing its death and decay it only lives for a few days, it is a pretty hit – hence the Maori saying ‘he iti mokoroa and miss affair all round. e hinga pūriri’ (the little mokoroa grub Of the 1500-odd different moths in New Female pūriri moth. © Landcare Research. fells a pūriri tree). An expression meaning Zealand, the pūriri moth, found only in the North Island, is the largest small things can have a big impact. and most spectacular with a wingspan of up to 15cm. It gains its Ghost *For open tracks, visit https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/ Moth nickname for its brilliant green colouring which creates an almost environment/plants-animals/pests-weeds/Documents/waitakeretransparent appearance. Because it flies at dusk and into the night, ranges-track-list.pdf. commonly regarded as the realm of spirits, the pepetuna was known to Māori as a spiritual messenger, or the ghost of an ancestor returning >> Kauri Rescue to show results Continued from page 5 to visit his or her descendants. This is precisely the process that local resident Tamsyn Downes went The moth has an incredibly short lifespan for an insect which has just spent through after she spoke with project team members at Titirangi Library. five to seven years in another life as Although her Laingholm property had tested positive for kauri dieback a caterpillar. Given the long caterpillar three years before she moved in, Tamsyn was initially dubious about stage, one wonders how the emergent its presence and was dismayed to learn that many of her 100 kauri moth manages to find a mate that happens were infected after project team member, Lee Hill, visually identified to be hatching within its own two-day the symptoms. “Its such a tragic thing. It’s such a beautiful forest and some of those timespan. Pheromones presumably play a part in this. Emerging from the chrysalis trees are really old,” Tamsyn said. Her fears were allayed significantly when Lee told her of the project’s the magnificent moth has no mouthpart to feed, and just two nights in which to treatment plan. While it wasn’t fool-proof, it was something that could breed and lay eggs to continue its life help. Lee took the treatment kits round to Tamsyn, showed her what cycle. The female will fly over a wide to do and left her to treat the trees in her own time. However, when area, scattering up to 2000 fertilised eggs winter hindered her efforts to get to all the trees, Lee organised a Illustration of life stages of throughout the forest, near suitable host community working group to help treat the entire property. pūriri moth (1a-1c) from An trees. This could be any of around 60 Tamsyn has recently been collecting data on her trees’ condition elementary manual of New native and introduced tree species, but and submitting it to Kauri Rescue. While many trees are still showing Zealand entomology; being the favourites are the maire, pūriri and symptoms, most haven’t deteriorated further. One tree in particular an introduction to the putaputawētā – the latter named for the is showing significantly less bleed, a result that gives Tamsyn a huge study of our native insects, wētā that shelter in the holes vacated by feeling of relief. “I’ve done something. No matter how effective it will George Vernon Hudson (1892). the pūriri moth larvae. The moth, eggs be, I’ve tried. I hope it will work or at least help them find something deployed and reason for being accomplished, then dies, falling to the that does work,” she said. The long-term plans for the Kauri Rescue project will be considered forest floor. are analysed. The egg hatches into a caterpillar (mokoroa), which starts out eating after the results FRINGEADLTD.pdf 1 However, 15/11/16people 16:33can still get involved via fungi on the forest floor, then seeks a more permanent home in a tree www.kaurirescue.org.nz.

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An exhibition of nature and heritage kauri dieback. Even so, boot hygiene is I used to neglect Exhibition Drive. For essential, as is keeping to the road. Dogs years I considered it too urban and too are permitted, but only on leashes, and close to the din of traffic to be a notable numerous signs warn of rock fall and Waitākere outing. In a forest full of slips, which affect both sides of the road. beautiful, diverse and remote walks, At a dawdle, it takes about 45 minutes this flat gravel road didn’t appear very to get to the end of the private road special. How things have changed. section of the Drive at Mackie’s Rest. While all of those other walks and Here, a seat looking out at an impressive tracks have closed, the Drive, as it is view, marks where Alexander Mackie, a affectionately known, has stayed open. Looking south-west over the Lower Nihotupu Reservoir. It is now a sanctuary, a place I regularly go to keep my mind clear and local trader in the 1800s, would rest on his journeys through the area. It is also the entry to the recently reopened Beveridge Track. calm and to reconnect with a forest that is otherwise inaccessible. Judging by the number of walkers, runners and cyclists scattered Re-gravelled and upgraded with two disinfectant stations where along the Drive on a Saturday morning, I’m not the only one who feels council ambassadors are often posted, the track follows the last part this way. Its proximity to Titirangi is a massive draw card, as is its rich of Exhibition Drive which once crossed present day Scenic Drive and connected with Carters Road in Oratia. heritage which can be seen throughout the 3.2km route. After the Drive was closed to cars in the 1950s, the bush reabsorbed Starting at the junction of Scenic Drive and Woodlands Park Road, it follows the old cast-iron water pipeline that runs from the Upper this part of the road. This only adds to its tranquillity however, and Nihotupu reservoir to the old filter station. Almost entirely flat, it the one-hour route to Arataki Visitor Centre can be combined with was originally the bush tram-line which serviced the reservoir. Then, Exhibition Drive to make a wonderful three-hour return trip. If you’re in 1914, it was made into a narrow road to allow Auckland’s first looking for beauty, diversity and a sense of remoteness, look no further. motorists access to the forest. In case you were wondering ... Evidence of the tram-line still exists, with many of the original The resource consent applications for the new water treatment tunnels cut into the bottom of the cliff on the right hand side. Plaques plant in Waima were to be lodged a couple of months ago. have been installed along the drive, detailing the history of the road, In response to a query from The Fringe Watercare’s principal including one at a set of steps that once led to the home of legendary consents planner Paul Jones writes: local ranger Bill Beveridge. “A change in the proposed approach for obtaining statutory A number of houses are still located on the Drive and while locked approvals from Auckland Council has resulted in a delay to the gates restrict public vehicles access, residents can access their homes lodgement of the resource consent applications with Auckland through Shaw Road, which intercepts the drive about 20 minutes in. Council. The revised approach will see more work undertaken on Even here the trees dominate with dense groves of nīkau, rewarewa the outline plan of works for the proposed plant, required as part and pūriri enclosing the road from all sides. of the designation. Throughout the walk, the delightful bush opens up allowing views “The outline plan of works and consent application will provide the across Woodlands Park and south Titirangi and the south-western community with a greater understanding of Watercare’s proposal to valley where the lower Nihotupu Reservoir slowly feeds the Manukau. construct and operate a water treatment plant on the proposed site Above it, on the distant ridge line, thickets of skeletal kauri can be seen, at Waima including the actual and potential environmental effects. a poignant reminder of the on-going battle still raging in the unseen “It is anticipated that the additional work will be completed within depths of the forest. the coming months and submitted to Auckland Council later this Fortunately, the Drive is wide enough and its surface of a quality year.” where soil can’t easily be transported, reducing the risk of spreading

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Welcome to Lizard’s pantheon A hearty howdy and a dandy dudey to ya. I’m Lizard and as all lizards do, I am really enjoying basking in the early spring sunshine. I’d like to give thanks to Helios or kia ora to Te Rā or indeed chur to Mother Nature herself for the gorgeous sun. As we all know by now, there are many gods. Māori respect well over 40 and let’s not get into the Greeks. Wasn’t Hermes the God of Feet? Having a good relationship with as many gods as possible is a bloody good idea. When we have an openhearted relationship with them, they are awesome. When we forget who is running the joint and become selfish, well, they can be right little shits. Here’s a refresher course on dealing with your everyday gods. Smiling. It’s essential to smile to the god that protects the traveller. This is the blighter that gets us home when the petrol light has been on for over 80 kilometres. The English confuse this with, ‘crossing your fingers.’ The same god will never pick up the hitch-hiker who has a very tight schedule. Hitching while frustrated only results in a weird motorist stopping and offering you some crystal-meth. The God of Beauty gives wonderful kisses of sunlight creating a golden halo on the hair of the caring volunteer, but a gigantic forehead boil to the uptight job interviewee. Gods are always trying to give lessons: ‘Beauty comes from within’ is a hard one to remember. One of my favourite gods is the God of Comedic Timing. If you’re letting it flow, this god really is awesome. “My wife said it annoys her when I constantly impersonate a flamingo. I had to put my foot down.” Hilarious rebuttal. Wandering into the wrong conference room and not realising you are in front of the OSG (Orphan’s Support Group), and opening with, “Your

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The Fringe, formerly the Titirangi Tatler is a community magazine serving the communities of West Auckland.

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The Fringe, formerly the Titirangi Tatler is a community magazine serving the communities of West Auckland.


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