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Glow Titirangi – 2018 success and planning for 2019.................. 4 Seasonal success at West Lynn..................................................... 5 Taking up indoor rowing ... at 60.................................................. 6 Team effort and hard work means success.................................. 7 Art and about with Naomi McCleary...................................... 8 – 9 At the libraries.............................................................................. 9


TFM 2019 – A Welcome Return and a Bunch of Firsts....... 10 – 11 Letter from the editor................................................................ 12 Places to go: Events listing................................................. 12 – 13 Bandstanding: Blu Fish............................................................... 14 On stage: news from our local theatres..................................... 15 Something for everyone at Seaweek 2019................................. 16 ‘I really want to walk the talk’.................................................... 17


Students help save Māui dolphins............................................. 18 Naturally West: the kauri snail................................................... 19 Recycling: What goes where?..................................................... 20 Plants we can do without; Cartoon Corner................................ 21 Live @ the lounge...................................................................... 22 Advertisers Directory.................................................................. 23


On our cover: The West Lynn Garden's Butterfly House is reporting good numbers of monarch butterflies this year – even though other areas around Auckland have had low numbers. See page 5 for more on the success of this special destination. Photo by Moira Kennedy.

Waitākere Ranges track consultation

Auckland Council has worked together with Te Kawerau ā Maki on a proposed track plan for Waitākere Ranges Regional Park and is now seeking community feedback. The information gathered through this process will assist with the development of a detailed five-year work programme and a higher-level, longer-term plan which will take into account community preference and opportunities to “bundle” track work for operational efficiency and resources. Council is holding a series of public information evenings and drop-in sessions throughout February: • Barnett Hall, Piha, February 7, 6.30-8pm • Titirangi War Memorial Hall, February 21, 6.30-8pm • Huia Community Hall, February 23, 1-3pm • Arataki Visitor Centre, February 28, 3-6pm Feedback can be submitted online (visit have-your-say/topics-you-can-have-your-say-on/Pages/default.aspx), by email to, and by post to Track Plan Consultation, Arataki Visitor Centre, PO Box 60228, Titirangi, Auckland 0642. Feedback can also be handed in to Arataki Visitor Centre (300 Scenic Drive, Titirangi). The consultation period runs until March 15.

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Glow Titirangi Festival – 2018 success and planning for 2019

Locals brought Christmas presents to be distributed to charities before celebrating into the night as part of the Glow Titirangi Festival.

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Despite the day dawning to a damp start, the weather gods got their act together to ensure that the fifth annual Glow Titirangi Festival finished 2018 in grand style. Titirangi locals, young and old, along with many visitors from further afield, were treated to a great line-up of local entertainment, presented by MC extraordinaire, Estelle Clifford. The crowds boogied to the Fringe Ukes, jumped around to the Tamashii Drummers, danced with Harold the Giraffe, rocked with Ugly Friday, Roof Dog and Cherie Mathieson, sang their hearts out with the Baptist Church Choir and celebrated with Santa himself. At nightfall Titirangi Village was turned into a wonderland of lights, heralded by a laser light show, presented by local business Light & Pyro. Village eateries served up fabulous fare to keep hunger at bay and other Titirangi businesses provided additional entertainment and face-painting to delight the children. The committee wishes to thank Foundation North, The Trusts Community Foundation and the Waitakere Ranges Local Board for grants they provided for the 2018 event. It also acknowledges all the local businesses that contributed financially towards the event including the many companies and individuals who donated goods and services which were integral to the smooth running of the event. Evan and Joy More from Light & Pyro, went the extra mile with their amazing laser lights and the Titirangi Volunteer Fire Brigade again spent many hours stringing the lights. As plans are developed for the festival’s sixth year there are likely to be a number of changes. “We are really pleased with how this year’s festival turned out,” said Bright Lights Little Village committee chairperson Margaret Walsh. “However, we are looking forward to a plethora of new ideas for 2019 and maybe a change of Glow Festival style – perhaps a bit of a facelift!” After five years on the committee, Margaret Walsh (of Face & Body, the principal sponsor of the 2018 Glow Festival) is stepping away from the chairperson role and welcomes newcomers to step up and make their mark on what is becoming a much anticipated event on the local calendar. “Five years ago, this event was inspired by Titirangi local Natasha Carter’s vision to bring Titirangi residents and businesses together to celebrate Christmas, our amazing community and give back to local charities. We look forward to seeing what new ideas people will bring to the 2019 event”, says Margaret. If you are interested in volunteering to help, either with ideas, manpower or fundraising, email your interest to info@bllv. or message the Glow Titirangi Family Festival Facebook page. The first meeting for 2019 will be hosted at the Titirangi Fire Station, South Titirangi Road, Titirangi on Tuesday, March 26, at 7pm. All interested people are welcome to attend.










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Seasonal success at West Lynn It is great news from New Lynn’s West Lynn Garden with reports of good numbers of monarchs in its Butterfly House and booming business for its function centre at Parker Avenue. Since its inception in 1981, the 4.5-hectare garden has become a much-loved icon with Westies. Cared for by volunteers who have put in more than 5,000 hours to maintain it, the garden has also achieved a bronze medal in the Community Garden category at the recent New Zealand Flower and Garden Show. The West Lynn Garden Club was also involved throughout last year, planting seeds and nurturing the plants for the show stand. West Lynn secretary Marguerite Durling says that with their emphasis on the function centre and garden as an ideal venue for weddings and picnics, they’ve seen bookings for special events increase. “We based our show stand on a wedding that had previously been held at the garden, with an adjoining picnic area, and it’s paying off. “We’re booked up nearly every weekend for weddings throughout the summer and the function centre has become very popular for business meetings, retreats, birthdays and family gatherings,” she says.

While many areas throughout Auckland have reported very low numbers of monarch butterflies this season, Marguerite says there’s no such problem at West Lynn. “I think our Butterfly House is doing really well because we can keep the wasps out, and we have a diligent team of volunteers who spend countless hours caring for them and their environment.” The Butterfly House attracts countless school groups from around Auckland and, once school’s back, dozens are expected to visit during the monarch butterfly season which runs to about April. – Moira Kennedy

Above: Marguerite Durling in the Butterfly House. Below: The bronze awardwinning stand.

The Titirangi Primary School Parent Teachers’ Association (PTA) is a charity which works to build partnerships between students, parents and caregivers and the school, and to raise funds to support the school community. 2018 was another successful year with the PTA presenting $45,000 to the school. It has now raised in excess of $90,000 over the last two years. Just as importantly the PTA has also donated a defibrillator unit and associated accessories such as an alarmed cabinet to the value of $2,900. It is hoped that this will become a valued resource for the school and the wider community as well.


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Taking up indoor rowing ... at 60 It was about 20 years ago that Zealand records at the Pan Pacific Masters Games on Laingholm couple Annette and the Gold Coast in November. Gordon Fletcher were invited Annette followed that success at the New Zealand to go and see an indoor rowing Indoor champs at Cambridge, winning three more competition. Neither knew it would gold medals and breaking another national record. change their lives. She capped the year by achieving the Waitākere A former power and weight Masters Sportsperson of the Year. lifter (and pigeon breeder) Gordon “It was quite an amazing month,” she says. thought indoor rowing was Annette says she had no family involved in rowing something the active pair could do before she took it up. “I was never a sports person as a hobby so they hired a machine when I was younger although, in my 50s, I did some and got on with it. Then Annette coaching for power lifting. Gordon was involved in caught a bug – an indoor rowing bug that. – and the hire machine was replaced “But since taking up indoor rowing, I haven’t looked by one that was all her own. back. I train hard and love it and usually row every “I was about 60 when I started second day. When I’m leading up to events and rowing as a lightweight. I really liked distances, it’s intense. I play loud music when I train. it. Then I had a heart attack soon “I think it’s so important for everyone to have a goal after starting and that did slow me and I think it’s better when you’re older. If you focus down a little,” Annette says. “But on something and train for it, it all helps with life’s then I thought I really needed to issues. It’s not just physical but mind, body and soul.” keep myself healthy and just got on And when she’s not rowing? “I help Gordon [80 Annette Fletcher – indoor rowing star. with it.” this year] breed pigeons and do sewing alterations. I Soon after that she went to the world indoor rowing champs in don’t like sitting still so I keep active and occupied.” Boston and won a silver medal and her rowing stepped up a level. She – Moira Kennedy was hooked. “I was thrilled with Boston and since then I’ve competed in all New Zealand masters games breaking records in every five-year age group I’ve entered.” She travels to all the masters events around New Zealand and the Gold Coast, last year winning five gold medals and breaking two New

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Team effort and hard work means success A team from New Lynn’s Arahoe School has won the Primary Challenge in the Tahi Rua Toru Tech digital technology championship. The event, which was launched last year, is open to all New Zealand school and kura students and the Arahoe Coders team of Jett Jamieson, Arlo Solomon, Matthew Ritchie and Adam Ludvig won their category challenge in a live finals event in Wellington late last year where they were judged on speed and accuracy. The team was guided to success by Year 5 and 6 classroom teacher, Megan Connolly, who says the boys worked hard for their success. “I was incredibly stoked. I knew they could do it but it was incredible seeing them being challenged and not just taking it for granted,” she says. “I am so, so proud of the work and initiative this team put in. They set themselves a goal and worked hard and it paid off.” The competition includes challenges related to computer sciences, coding, programming and the basics of computational thinking – without computers. The students learn how to detect errors, code using binary, speak binary, sort networks and algorithms.

Teacher Megan Connolly with the Arahoe Coders, Adam Ludvig (10), Matthew Ritchie (11), Jett Jamieson (10) and Arlo Solomon (10).

“The Arahoe team had no previous experience of coding or extra skills with digital technology. It’s the way education is moving these days,” says Megan. “It was the first time these boys had done anything like this and they just picked it up. “It was a combination of good math skills, logic and reasoning, and teamwork. They just clicked and practiced really, really hard,” she says. The Arahoe Coders won $250 each and $1,000 for their school to spend on technology – rumour has it the boys are keen on getting a 3D printer. Tahi Rua Toru Tech is supported by a number of New Zealandbased digital technology companies which see significant value in their investment with students at such a young age. Championship ambassador, Dr Michelle Dickinson (aka Nanogirl) says the event was truly inspiring and shows New Zealand has a promising digital technology future. “The competition is not just about coding, it’s about problem solving, creativity and team work,” she says. – Moira Kennedy

Working to protect our iconic kauri Kauri dieback has been a huge issue for the Waitākere Ranges Local Board. The last monitoring report suggested that the spread of the disease over the previous five years has doubled. Without concerted action kauri out west face decimation if not extinction.

board is considering what to do to protect kauri in local parks.

There has been a great deal of work performed on the Regional Park with some tracks open and others remaining closed while they are made safe for kauri. A third group of tracks will not be reopened and a fourth group is in a holding pattern with no immediate plans for work to be performed on them.

Bill Haresnape Track, Mahoe Walk, Tinopai Reserve, Opou Reserve, Paturoa Way and Rahui Karika Reserve will be upgraded to the kauri-safe standard. Detailed planning for the work to be performed should be completed soon.

The Beveridge Track which goes from Exhibition Drive to Arataki Centre has been upgraded and reopened and is currently in really good shape. It meets the definition of being ‘kauri-safe’ which is that a track has a dry, mud-free surface 100 metres before and after the location of kauri and kauri roots. You can currently walk the Beveridge and come away with absolutely clean boots. Hopefully winter storms will not affect this. The Zig Zag Track in Atkinson Reserve is still shut but is being upgraded and is planned to be reopened this year. Council will be consulting with locals about track reopening for the rest of the park. An information evening is scheduled for February 21 from 6.30-8pm at the Titirangi War Memorial Hall.

It is important that we show the same care in local parks as is shown in the regional parks. Mahoe Walk and Bill Haresnape Track in particular are close to some magnificent kauri and we are duty bound to make sure that the trees are protected.

The main track behind the Titirangi War Memorial Hall will be upgraded to kauri-safe standard, and there will be other changes made to deter use of informal walk lines. I appreciate there will be some disruption and the walkways are important not only for recreation but also for getting around. My strong preference is that we live in an area where walking is safe and pleasant and a viable option for everyone. I have already had a lot of feedback about the closure of the Zig Zag Track and I know how popular the track is. But to save our magnificent kauri we need to make sure that we are not spreading dieback for which so far there is no cure and no immunity. Greg Presland, Chairperson Waitakere Ranges Local Board

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‘the proud possessor of a little house in Titirangi’ In Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s timeless parable, The Little Prince (1945), this wise innocent from a tiny imagined planet ponders on the strangeness of humans; that they measure worth by numbers. ‘When you tell them you have made a new friend, they never ask you any questions about essential matters - - - -. Instead they demand: How old is he? How many brothers does he have? How much does he weigh? Only from these figures do they think they have learned anything about him.’ And so we are with measuring time and naming anniversaries. Viewed through one lens, it is meaningless. What does it really signify that x number of years have passed since Shakespeare was born or a great and devastating war began or finished? But we do create context around such markers and they serve to shape celebration and mourning; to highlight human achievement and to warn of frailty and disaster.

The other lens, the one that attributes import and significance to dates and particularly centenaries, is the one the McCahon House Trust is embracing for 2019, 100 years since the birth of Colin McCahon (above). It is an opportunity to view the greatest artist of 20th century New Zealand; to bring public attention to his life and work; to celebrate the huge contribution he made to our identity as a nation. Wouldn’t it be extraordinary if McCahon was celebrated as an icon of Auckland (and New Zealand) just as Gaudi is in Barcelona? So, in this year of marking his birth, the McCahon House Trust will launch a series of events and projects that will raise the profile of the man and the ‘small but perfectly formed’ site in French Bay. In a letter

to Ron O’Reilly in 1953, McCahon described himself as: ‘the proud possessor of a little house at Titirangi, a bunch of native bush and about 20-odd very lovely kauri trees.’ As with all celebrations, the Trust will ‘spring clean the house’; in this case, essential maintenance and an upgrade of both the museum and residency, funded by The Trusts Community Foundation(TTCF). There will be formal launches of the centenary in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch accompanied by an exclusive, (very) limited edition print of an iconic McCahon painting. Every working day from 1953 to 1959, Colin McCahon strode up a steep, winding, gravel road in Titirangi and caught an ARA bus to Auckland Art Gallery where he worked first as a cleaner, and soon after, as the head curator. McCahon’s Auckland (starting around August) will begin at the Auckland Art Gallery with a curated viewing of McCahon paintings, then follow the route he took by bus daily between French Bay and his job at the gallery. An upgraded visitor experience at the cottage at Otitori Bay Road will also include guided walking tours around French Bay and Titirangi sites of connection and significance. McCahon’s Auckland will traverse Auckland, literally and figuratively, to reveal stories of architecture, employment, social development, transport and – of course – art. McCahon’s love of the kauri of this area has a resonance with the current crisis of kauri dieback. The McCahon site is infected but is already a part of the treatment programme under Auckland Council Biosecurity. His iconic paintings of our forest giant are a powerful vector for bringing attention to this issue (see Sir Bob Harvey’s wise and provocative article in the February Metro Magazine). There will be further partnership programmes to highlight the threat of kauri extinction. Connecting young people to the experience of McCahon’s work and its place in the cultural history of the 20th century is critical. #NZ Art 100 will aim to entice teenagers to work with his imagery in a contemporary way that is relevant to their 21st century world. To deliver this ambitious project the McCahon House is exploring partnerships with galleries locally and nationally. Follow events throughout the year at

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Another event which will walk the fine line between familiarity and refreshment in 2019 is the Going West Writers' Festival. The much-loved weekend literary programme will remain largely untouched, other than a reboot of the Sunday programme towards more interactive sessions; maybe workshops and/or other participatory events. But the sprawl of other word-based events across the month will be both tightened into an intensive 10-day festive experience. Think theatre, dynamic performance (indoors and outdoors) in celebration of the power of words to ignite Aotearoa-New Zealand. Bringing all this to fruition will be an extended team led by producer Diane Blomfield and artistic director Mark Easterbrook. Get a sense of Going West at www.goingwestfest.

Before all this unfolds we’ll be celebrating with the fabulous Titirangi Festival of Music in March. Experience has shaped and intensified this great event into a three-day, full-on programme centred on the Titirangi War Memorial Hall and a community programme in a large marquee pitched in the adjacent carpark. It will be a one-stop-shop for a fantastic programme with food and beverage stalls to warm body and soul. See pages 10-11 for more on this event. Going West’s artistic director Mark Easterbrook with session facilitator Sonya Wilson.

At the Libraries Titirangi Library will bid manager Catherine Davidson a fond farewell this month as she moves to New Lynn Library. Helen Kerrigan will be picking up the reins at Titirangi. The Titirangi Poets group was established 40 years ago and still meets on the second Saturday every month, 2–4pm. Emerging and established poets take turns reading in a round robin format – all are welcome to the first meeting of the year, February 9. Our first human libraries event for 2019 is on Saturday February 23, 11am, and features a book launch with local artist Vera Limmer who will also be exhibiting and discussing her latest works. Preschool and after-school Dr Jo at work. activities start up again in the

week of February 11 on their usual days and times, including the Lego and Minecraft clubs. Titirangi Library will be offering Dr Jo’s Make-Do and Mend Clinic on Friday afternoons. starting February 15, 3.30pm. Dr Jo will demonstrate and carry out hand-sewing repairs on soft toys and clothing and fabrics. Bring in your casualties! And, as always, you’re welcome to bring a coffee and enjoy our sunny deck with the kids or a laptop. The library has free wi-fi and scanning. There will be a number of special events at Glen Eden Library this month, starting with a question and answer session entitled Vegan Living on Saturday, February 23 at 11 am. Amanda Sorenson from the Vegan Society will shed light on how your food choices affect animals, the planet and your health. Whether you’re a plant-based eater already or just ‘veg-curious’, anyone is welcome to attend, have a chat, ask questions and share recipes and tips. On Saturday March 2 at 11.30am American author and educator Vivian Kirkfield (author of Show me how!) visits the library to share some of her writing and tips for little ones. Children are invited to enjoy a special reading by Vivian and then create their own colourful animal masks from paper plates. Continued on page 22 >>


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Titirangi Festival of Music is now able to reveal its full line-up and announce that all tickets go on sale from the website on February 1. 2019 sees festival favourites Sola Rosa return to the Festival Ballroom stage (Titirangi War Memorial Hall). Led by the feverishly inventive Andrew Spraggon, Sola Rosa has delighted live audiences globally and clocked up millions of Spotify hits on the way. For the festival show Sola Rosa’s intense mix of soul, funk, Latin and hip-hop comes wrapped in a full seven-piece band, offering a next level dance experience for heels and jandals alike.

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For the first time the festival welcomes a band from Stateside – Mardi Gras Indian roots band Cha Wa (above), direct from New Orleans. Cha Wa are 2019 Grammy nominees and will find out at the February 10 Grammy Awards night whether their album Spyboy (showcasing their brand of culturally and politically aware horn-driven party funk) has won an award for best ‘Roots’ album. Continuing the tradition of Dr John, The Meters, Neville Brothers and Trombone Shorty, Cha Wa are taking the funky street music of New Orleans to the world. Joined by blues/calypso king, Tom Rodwell (UK/NZ) the evening is being billed as Bourbon Street to Titirangi. The night will be complemented by craft beer from our Gold sponsor Black Sands Brewery on tap, and our own kiwi 'soul-food' from Rewi Spraggon (right) and the Hangi Master food truck.

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Another exciting first for this year’s festival is the TFM debut of Bic Runga (above), who is performing with her band. The multi-platinum, award-winning singer-songwriter and producer will close the festival with a set of hits and show-stoppers from her rich catalogue. On top of these special concerts there are some major treats in the festival’s free programme, including a rare performance from local music visionary SJD and a fun family day featuring a parade led by Superhero Second Line and many other activities. With great live music for the kids, including a combined schools ukulele orchestra with the Nukes, Lee Major’s kids disco, drumming with Kimata and loads more, the family day is sure to be a hit. Te Uru again presents the Art Trail, this year inspired by global street carnivals and located at the Festival Hub by the Memorial Hall. Morph into a spectacular exotic bird by making a funky percussion instrument to wear around your neck with chiming bells, sequins and feathers, add

a vibrant bird mask with dazzling plumage and finish it all off with face painting to transform into a musical work of art. Finally, join the parade with Super-Hero Second Line. There will be prizes on the day and lots more for the kids to do. The exciting programme of events will start at noon on March 30 and run until 4pm. There will be many covered spaces, including the giant stretch tent, to make this a rain or shine event. There will be more programme announcements for TFM 2019 during February. Numbers for many of the events are strictly limited and all early bird tickets for the major concerts have already been snapped up. Make your bookings today! For all information and booking visit

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featuring the jewellers of Whau Studios in Point Chevalier; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road, Titirangi. Phone 817 8087. w – 10, Portage Ceramic Awards Exhibition; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road, Titirangi. Phone 817 8087. w – 10, Parallel Universe: The Art and Design of Roy Good, celebrating a 50-year career as both a designer and painter; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road, Titirangi. Phone 817 8087. w – 10, Under the Same La’ā, a collaborative exhibition by mother–daughter team Sulieti Fieme’a-Burrows and Tui Emma Gillies; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w – 10, Over the water: Julian Hooper and Tevita Latu create a drawing installation that spans the Pacific Ocean; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w – 10, Between Strangers: finding and making connections to whakapapa has led Rowan Panther and Monica Paterson to investigate imagery, materials and themes from their Samoan heritage; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w – 10, Forces of Nature, sculpture exhibition by Andy Mardell; West Coast Gallery, Piha. Phone 812 8028. www.

w – 24, Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, exploring the dynamics of media, technology, and power in our connected world; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road, Titirangi. Phone 817 8087. w 1, 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 3, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732. w 8, Ladies’ PROBUS Club, fellowship, fun, speakers, and a monthly day trip; St John’s Hall, Te Atatū South; 9.45am-Noon. Phone Betty 832 0484. w 8, Flicks presents Leave No Trace (M); Lopdell House Theatre; 10.30am, 6pm and 8.15pm; $14/$12/$10 from and on door, text bookings to 0210 222 5558. Trailers and info at w 10, Make your own Kombucha workshop; Green Bay Community House, 1 Barron Drive, Green Bay; 1.30-3pm; $25, register via Phone 827 3300. w 12, West Auckland Historical Society Family History Group meeting; Henderson Central Library Research Centre; 10-11.30am. Phone Gary Snow 832 5098, 021 618 434 or email w 15, Flicks presents The Happy Prince (M); Lopdell House Theatre; 10.30am, 6pm and 8.15pm; $14/$12/$10 from and on door, text bookings to 0210 222 5558. Trailers and info at w 15, Green Bay Street Food, foodie fiesta; Barron Green, 1 Barron Drive, Green Bay; 5-9pm; Contact Marc Hershman,

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artworks featuring Masi designs by Fijian artist Rowena Rooney; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w 15 – April 7, The Ultimate Project, Daren Kamali and Inise Eremasi present the practice of indigenous Fijian wig making; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w 15 – April 7, Nakilamai Creations, Fijian barkcloth designs by Railala Gade; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w 16, Lions Club Book Sale; New Lynn Friendship Club Hall, 3063 Great North Road, New Lynn; 8am-4pm. Phone Mary 027 487 0639. w 16 – March 17, On the Horizon, oil paintings by Dale Cassidy; West Coast Gallery, Piha. Phone 812 8028. www. w 17, The Young Folk, live music event; Titirangi RSA, 502 South Titirangi Road; 8pm; $2, tickets from or on door at the RSA (if not sold out), text bookings to 0210 222 5558. w 19, SeniorNet West Auckland, speaker, morning tea and chatting about computers; Kelston Community Centre; 10am. Phone June 021 179 3635. w 21, Waitākere Forest & Bird Talk: Ruby Moore, freshwater ecologist and collections manager, Auckland Museum, highlights some of her finds in West Auckland streams and gives an overview of what is happening in wider Auckland in regards to fresh water streams; Kelston Community Centre, corner Awaroa and Great North Roads; Koha appreciated. Phone Liz on 027 476 2732 or email w 22, The Combined Probus Club of Glen Eden, fellowship, speakers, monthly trips; Ceramco Park

Dear readers, We have some questions that we’d really like your answers to ... but first, some background: When the Titirangi Tatler was launched back in 2002, it was committed to supporting our unique community, promoting local events, bringing important issues to the attention of residents and showcasing local individuals who are doing interesting things. Despite the many changes that have occurred over the last 16 years, we have continued to honour this commitment. Our founding editor and some of our contributors might have passed on, we might have had to change our name, our readership might have changed and a so-called ‘Supercity’ might have replaced Waitākere City but The Fringe still respects the unique outlook and attitudes of those who live in and love the West. However, there are some changes we can’t ignore. Our readership continues to evolve; Council and some community groups and organisations no longer seem as interested in using print media to spread their messages; some advertisers have decided that reaching an engaged and interested readership is no longer important to them; some or us now believe that online networks and gossip are more important than quality print publications; and the costs associated with print and distribution are not going down. All of which makes us wonder ... Should we work to keep The Fringe going or should we try a different approach? We believe that The Fringe still has an important role but what do you think? 1. Is a print magazine still important to you or would you rather The Fringe was replaced by a new website and improved online presence?


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Function Centre, Glendale Road, Kaurilands; 10-11.30am. Phone Brian Holt 838 5857. w 22, Flicks presents Capernaum (M), a brand new release and winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2018 Cannes film festival; Lopdell House Theatre; 10.30am, 6pm and 8.15pm; $14/$12/$10 from and on door, text bookings to 0210 222 5558. Trailers and info at w 23, Composting basics workshop – an introduction to cold compost, bokashi and worm farms; Green Bay Community House, 1 Barron Drive, Green Bay; 10am 12pm; Free. Register via nz/events/composting-workshop-green-bay/ or call 482 1672 during office hours. w 24, Car Boot Sale: Titirangi Primary School, Atkinson Road, Titirangi; 9am-12 noon; Site $10 - phone Fiona 021 022 16553 or email for bookings. w 24, Titirangi Village Market: art, craft, produce and music; Titirangi War Memorial Hall; 10am-2pm. Contact Tess on or phone 022 631 9436 w 25, Steps To Happy Eating; Green Bay Community House, 1 Barron Drive, Green Bay; 7-8.30pm; Free. Register via Phone 827 3300. w 26, Titirangi U3A with a range of activities including study groups, discussions, speakers and more; West Lynn Garden, 73 Parker Avenue, New Lynn; 1pm; gold coin. Contact 817 5519 or

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Family, friends and Titirangi – feeding the Fish The Fringe first met Cameron McCurdy Waterview because of the SH20 motorway in 2016. He was then a member of local tunnel), and we write our music at my act Title Pending, a band he formed at parents’ house in the Village. We love the Green Bay High School with classmates bush and the beaches out West, and tried Josh Rundle and Ruben Mita. When that to tell the stories of our lives growing up band split to pursue University studies in out here in our EP Shments. For the Scenic different cities, Mitchell Baber stepped Drive music video, we even set up all our in to join Cameron and Josh and Blu Fish instruments on the Titirangi roundabout was born. at 2am to film ourselves playing the song!” “We knew Mitchell from Green Bay High Shments was recorded in local houses/ School as well, he got to the Smokefree bedrooms and released late last year. Rockquest finals with his old band The Big “We’re pretty chuffed with how the EP Gus and we’d played heaps of gigs together was received. The lead single, The Party, over the years as part of the Auckland all has over 10,000 streams on Spotify, the ages music scene,” says Cameron. music video to Scenic Drive was shared Blu Fish started on the first day back at around heaps on Facebook and we had uni last year. “We were hanging out in a heaps of fun at our EP release shows,” says big group at Shadows Student Bar and Cameron. “That Shments is an acronym talked about how much we missed making for ‘See How My Endless Night-Times music since high school. So we planned a Sing’ is a lie that I made up when our jam for that weekend and got our first gig friend Keegan (who plays the Fish in our at the 2018 Frick Yeah Festival before we’d music videos) asked us what it meant. It’s even finished writing any songs.” actually from a photo I took of a pink neon The established bond between Cameron Blu Fish Band: Cameron McCurdy, Mitchell Baber and Josh sign on Ponsonby Road at the 2018 Pride and Josh meant that new Blu Fish tunes Rundle. festival that actually said ‘Establishments.’ were penned with ease. “We write our songs together, improvising and In further support of the EP, the band has just released a music video then refining – or one of us will bring something we’ve half-written to for the track Fresher which Cameron says is their favourite song off our practice session and we’ll jam it out until it’s a full song. Mitchell the EP. “The music video for our song Asinine Homies is coming out and I both write the lyrics and share lead vocals.” on February 26 on the one-year anniversary of the band forming. It Describing themselves as an “indie, heavy, surfy, rocky pop band” completes the alternate reality story that takes place in all our videos.” Blu Fish combines blues-inspired post-rock (the sound of Title Pending) The band has also created a comic that ties the whole story together, with pop melodies and psychedelic guitar (the sound of The Big Gus). set for release later this year. “We all love and are inspired by New Zealand music like Charlie Freak, The Blu Fish world is one of family. Friends play characters in music Connan Mockasin, Miss June, The Beths, Wax Chattels and Hans videos, help with filming, do doors and merchandise tables at gigs. “It Pucket, and also our friends like Munkhouse, Teuila Brown & Barracuda really feels like the band is more than just the three of us”. A special Swim School.” shout out goes to Cameron and Josh’s parents for driving the band 2018 quickly brought success for Blu Fish as winners of the New around everywhere! Zealand Battle of the Bands “which felt pretty cool,” says Cameron. 2019 is set to be a big year for Blu Fish – as part of the Battle of the “Our friend Jesse from Ill-Gotten Guns gave us a long monologue Bands prize they’ll be recording a brand-new single in Brisbane before convincing us to enter. We didn’t really treat it as a competition and heading off on a tour of New Zealand, Australia, the Philippines, Hong just tried to have as much fun as possible. We’re kind of against the Kong and Singapore. First up though you’ll get to catch them at the idea of people competing with music, because that collaborative Titirangi Festival of Music – performing on the main stage on Friday, community vibe of the music scene is so important.” March 29 at 6pm. And so, it would seem, is our local community, with the band For more on Blu Fish go to describing themselves as “Titirangi-centric.” Cameron explains: “Josh Shments is available on Bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes, YouTube and on grew up in Titirangi, Mitchell grew up in Laingholm, I moved to CD if you can catch the band playing live. Titirangi before high school (after being forced out of my old home in


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Focussed on the issues: Safety in Glen Eden Safety and security in Glen Eden wasn’t one of the issues that surroundings and modern city infrastructure is an essential provoked me to stand for local government. I’ve always been element to creating an inviting ambience in a public place comfortable walking around the place, usually engrossed but that in itself will not stop individuals from behaving badly. in my own activities and taking little notice of those around Auckland Council’s recent $3.8M property purchase to build me. Unfortunately not everyone feels so at ease, in particular a Town Square demonstrates a commendable commitment many women and elderly find the behaviour of a few loitering to continued improvement and growth, but to bring and around our town centre threatening. Everyone has the right maintain the best results it must be supported by confronting to be in Glen Eden, it’s a public place, but everyone has a people behaving badly face-to-face. This of course is what the police are for but their budget is duty to exhibit socially acceptable behaviour, as that’s what limited, their numbers are short and Glen Eden is not the only makes for a good community. Unfortunately antisocial behaviour by a very limited number place facing bad behaviour from a few individuals. After talking with the police, landlords, business owners and of people have hurt Glen Eden town centre’s reputation, robbing it of an otherwise pleasant West Auckland community members of the public I will be advocating for the Waitakere atmosphere. Unchecked these behaviours have been proven Ranges Local Board to; • Implement a multi-pronged street level behaviour to escalate until action must be taken. One day last December when entering the local board improvement strategy, running in parallel with and office I was confronted by the results from one of these complementing police efforts. • Request our Local Board make funding available for escalations. A business owner stood in the foyer, with hammer blow injuries to his back, neck and abdomen, receiving these initiatives so they can be continued for the long term. • Move the Community Safety Hub to a more central assistance from our town manager and police. Like plunging into ice water this opened my eyes to the other face of Glen location within Glen Mall and expand the community Eden, one which continued to dominate social media over interaction activities conducted from it. Personally I will work alongside the Glen the holidays. Eden Business Association to help members Previous Council administrations have located within the GE Business Improvement tried a number of ways to curtail this District (and paying the B.I.D target rate) appalling behaviour but with little long-term get good results for the money they pay. success, I believe in part because of an – Ken Turner indirect approach. Clean and tidy physical

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The Young Folk (from Dublin) are ending their New Zealand tour with a performance at the Titirangi RSA on February 17 at 8pm. This exciting group blew people away last year with a performance at Lopdell Theatre. Their musical skills and Irish wit have been compared to Crosby, Stills & Nash meeting Mumford and Son ... Tickets are $20 and available from or on the door at Titirangi RSA. Bookings can be made by text to 0210 222 5558.

It’s time to get ready for the New Zealand Premiere of A Bunch of Amateurs coming to Titirangi Theatre from March 12 -24. When a failing theatre company decides to re-invigorate their group they decide that the best way would be to bring in a Hollywood Star to play the role of King Lear. Enter Jefferson Steel: arrogant, insecure, brash, gauche and demanding. He believes he is coming to Stratford-upon-Avon and is ready to perform with Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh, and Maggie Smith, only to be told that he is at Stratford but it is Stratford in Surrey. His rage and arrogance are quickly dealt to by Dorothy who is the director for their performance of King Lear. Written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman this play is full of humour and some pathos and anyone who has had anything to do with community theatre will have sympathy for the group who believe, and don’t we all, that theatre is an important part of life. Although this has been a film it was re-written for the stage. Nick Newman a co-writer says: “As a piece about the redemptive power of theatre, Amateurs is more appropriate on the stage than on the screen. As our hero, the fading Hollywood legend Jefferson Steel would say, misquoting King Lear, “The play’s the thing.” And nowhere is the play more the thing, than when being performed by a bunch of amateurs.” Look out for the announcements of ticket sales. You will be glad you came to see A Bunch of Amateurs.

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Something for everyone at Seaweek 2019 Seaweek – Kaupapa Mōana is a illustrated diaries and journals. These nationwide event that runs from are to be published as a series of Saturday, March 2 to Sunday, March books but he will bring examples to 10, 2019 although additional events the film screenings. will be taking place on either side One of the most important local of this week. The theme this year is events will be the Manukau Harbour Tiakina o Tātou Mōana – Care for Clean Up to take place from 10am on our Seas. Saturday, March 2. You can choose Although there will be hundreds of to be part of the big clean-up on events all over the country, there will Cornwallis Beach or put your own also be significant events around the team together and clean up a harbour Manukau Harbour, on our West coast beach near you. There will be teams and in Titirangi. working around the harbour in various Among the Manukau Harbour locations so you could also join one of activities will be a special event those clean-ups. focussing on the grey faced petrels If you’re interested in cleaning up living on the West coast and around some of the more hard-to-get-to the harbour. This event will feature beaches during the week, Captain researchers from the University Hayden will have the Sea Cleaners of Auckland and will take place at boat on the harbour and can take Arataki Visitor Centre, Scenic Drive, on small groups to help his team collect Tuesday, March 5. rubbish. For information on where There will be special events as part clean-ups are being planned or how to of the Onehunga Festival on February be part of a Sea Cleaners expedition, 23 at the Onehunga Reserve and contact Friends of the Farm will be doing The annual Seaweek Sand Sculpting a clean-up along the Ambury Park Competition will again take place on foreshore. There will also be a unique Cornwallis beach after the clean-up. guided walk at Awhitu on March 17. Start thinking of your creation now. A highlight of the week is sure to Get your family or a team together, be a special one-off cinema event have fun and be in to win great prizes at Lopdell House in Titirangi. Awardincluding a kayak. winning cameraman and film maker, Seaweek is organised by the New Robin Kewell, is to present his series Zealand Association for Environmental of underwater films at a special Education (NZAEE). “We’re using the cinematic event on March 6, starting current push to ban single-use plastics at 10.30am in the Seminar Room, 1st as an opportunity to foster critical floor, Lopdell House. thinking around the connections Robin is better known locally for between land and sea and ways our presenting other people’s films at the actions and choices affect the health Flicks cinema in Lodpell Theatre. of the marine environment. We want For this series of films, part of a everyone to be an ocean champion, series made for Discovery Channel, and to understand that everything Robin travelled to some of the is connected and everything we remotest parts of the globe, visiting do makes a difference,” says Pam marine environments where man has Crisp NZAEE executive member and not ‘made his mark’. Several of the Seaweek programme manager. locations in the series are now World Seaweek 2019 is supported by From clean ups to fun and games, there’s something for everyone at Department of Conservation, New Heritage sites. This will be the first time that he Seaweek 2019. Photos by Jacqui Geux. Zealand Marine Studies Centre at has shown all six films across three sessions and for this special event the University of Otago, Greater Wellington Regional Council, The he will also host a question and answer session after each screening. National Aquarium of New Zealand – Napier City Council, Environment Each session will consist of two 25-minute films and will last about 75 Canterbury Regional Council, New Zealand Coastal Society. Other minutes. major sponsors inlcude Foundation North, Fisheries New Zealand The programme includes: and Kiwi North. Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust, Canoe and • Fernando de Noronha (Island of the Dolphins), Brazil Kayak, Outboard Boating Club, Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari • Cocos the Treasure Island, Costa Rica and Fish4all have also donated prizes for Seaweek 2019 competitions. • Palau-The Rock Islands, Micronesia (Additional supporters for the Cornwallis clean-up and sand sculpture • Aldabra-Paradise Islands, Seychelles competition include Waitākere Ranges Local Board, Kilwell and Harper • Niugini – Islands of Eden, Papua New Guinea Collins Publishers.) • Aotearoa – Land of Ice and Fire, New Zealand Check the Seaweek website for up-to-date details on dates, times For trailers, times and details go to and locations of all events across Waitākere and the rest of Auckland. Robin is currently writing up all his dive experiences from his


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‘I really want to walk the talk’ Giving young people a ‘wow’ moment an environmental nature. and providing them with opportunities “I’m a strong believer in contributing and events they find interesting is key to to society and there’s always a need encouraging youth to get involved in and for volunteers. I think the more you volunteering for environmental causes. volunteer, the more you get out of it. So says Sunnyvale local and Auckland Volunteering has been special for me Zoo outreach educator, Frazer Dale. As a and I think I get much more out of it than teacher, he likes to engage young people what I give. in interactive events, giving them hands“Volunteers tend to be people who on experiences and seeing how that can are really passionate about something – empower them to join in or take action to animal causes, the bush, the environment. help environmental causes. Find something you like doing and then it And Frazer well knows the personal doesn’t feel like work at all, but more like empowerment he achieves, not only in a hobby.” his work with the zoo but also in his And environmental volunteering isn’t ‘spare time’ volunteering with groups just attractive to older people. “With such as Friends of the Whau, Twin young people you need to give them Streams, Friends of Whatipu, EcoMatters, ‘wow’ moments, connect them with Friends of Sunhill Scenic Reserve, Tiritiri effective tools like the Internet or social Matangi Island, Henderson and Whatipu media. Have a hook to interest them and Bioblitz, Rotoroa Island and the Youth they will care,” Frazer says. Enviro Leaders Forum with the Sir Peter “Kids are very keen to help. As a teacher Blake Trust. I see they’re very into environmental It’s a long list that saw Frazer awarded issues – you just need to find ways to get the Individual Award in last year’s them involved. Inaugural Mayoral Conservation Award Frazer Dale: Environmental future looking bright. “If I had a dream it would be to get for inspiring conservation action in the community. more people caring for our green spaces out West so that the birdlife, “My passion for the environment goes back to when I was a kid,” he insects and reptiles that used to be here will make their way back.” says. “We had a property with bush and a creek down the back and I With more than 130 community and volunteer groups working on grew up playing around there. pest control and restoration across the North-West Wildlink*, Frazer “While I teach conservation and science and all the skills children will is rich in praise of strong Westie representation from groups such as need in the future to take part in conservation, I also really want to Gecko NZ Trust, Forest & Bird, EcoMatters and Community Waitākere walk the talk. I found the best way wasn’t just to read books but take among others. “They’re all community driven and with their ongoing efforts, the part in volunteering. Do the work. “I’ve had great experiences with amazing people from lots of future looks bright. There’s a lot of work being done in creating pestfree areas. It will take decades but the future of the environment is different groups and I’ve developed a lot of skills as well,” Frazer says. He’s so committed to his volunteering activities that if he can’t find a looking good. We just have to carefully manage how we get there,” Frazer says. group working in conservation, he’ll start one. The Sunhill Scenic Reserve is at 133 Awaroa Road (opposite the Take the Sunhill Scenic Reserve for instance. Close to his home, there’s a narrow strip of bushland that creates a buffer between Kelston Community Centre). For more information go to www. Waikumete Cemetery and Sunhill houses in Awaroa Road. It needed Reserve. significant work and Frazer couldn’t resist the challenge presenting – Moira Kennedy itself on his doorstep, bringing together a group of locals who wanted to protect and restore the little-known community reserve. *The North-West Wildlink is a green corridor linking habitats and communities Poisonous and invasive weeds, rubbish and litter have been hauled from the Waitakere Ranges in the west to the Hauraki Gulf Islands in the east. out, a path has been created and an education garden developed along Islands such as Tiritiri Matangi, Rotoroa and Motutapu are pest-free and with insect and lizard habitats. It’s an ongoing project like all others of teeming with wildlife as a result.

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Students help save Māui dolphins The school children explained that the Woodlands Park School students existing sanctuary protects only 30% of have been doing their bit to help the dolphin’s habitat from set-nets. An save the last 63 (or fewer) Māui expert panel convened by the New Zealand dolphins living off our west coast by government in 2012 estimated that around writing to the Prime Minister. The five Māui dolphins are killed each year school children asked her to end in fishing nets and with mature females set-netting and trawling in the Māui producing just one calf every 2-4 years, it dolphin habitat (from Maunganui is thought that the dolphins could become Bluff to Whanganui River mouth). extinct in less than 20 years. Almost 150 heart-felt letters were The school children were pleased to receive written to Jacinda Ardern, many a written response from Jacinda Ardern who citing the fact that she could be the thanked them for their “thoughtful and well last Prime Minister to save these written letters.” dolphins. The Prime Minister referred to the existing The school students learnt about Some of the letters prepared by students at Woodlands Park sanctuary and said that a special group the local dolphin during their school before being sent to the Prime Minister. enquiry on the ocean and environment and felt a level of responsibility of experts was working on how best to protect Māui and Hector’s dolphins and the recent announcement to end all off-shore oil and gas to protect these dolphins and become their kaitiaki (guardian). Although related to the more numerous Hector’s dolphin found in exploration should also help protect them. “Letters like yours,” she wrote, “are really helpful in keeping this the South Island, Māui dolphins are physically and genetically different with larger skulls and a wider rostrum. These dolphins are only found problem at the forefront of my mind.” For more information on our local dolphin please visit www.doc. living off the West coast of the North Island with most sightings between Manukau Harbour and Port Waikato. Like Hector’s dolphins,, or How you can help: Māui dolphins are easily recognisable by their Mickey Mouse ear• Write to the Prime shaped dorsal fin, their distinctive grey, white and black markings and Minister, the Minister a short snout. The dolphins are usually seen in small groups and close of Conservation or your to shore during October to March. local MP and ask them As well as being the rarest marine dolphin in the world they are also to support increased the smallest. As one student wrote: “They are as small as a five year protection of Māui old. I am five years old.” dolphins through a gillnet ban, extension of the existing trawl ban from Maunganui Bluff to the Whanganui River Mouth out to 100m water depth and increased observer coverage on trawling vessels. • Report any Maui dolphin sightings this summer to DOC on 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468). • Spread the word about the plight of the Maui dolphins. – Christina Baker

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Kauri Snail – Pupurangi – Paryphanta Busbyii small snails are also favoured. With all the recent focus on Our Waitākere Ranges rainforest kauri dieback, it is right to be is a perfect habitat for pupurangi concerned about the many and they can be often found animals and plants that could on Exhibition Drive and in the live within the kauri ecosystem surrounding bush, where they and could be perceived to be have been introduced from their dependent on these threatened original Northland home. In 30 trees. The so-called kauri snail is or so years of walking the Drive, one such creature. I have observed an increase in However, despite its name, the numbers and now that possum kauri snail is not reliant in any trapping is occurring along the way on the kauri for its existence. length of the Drive, one of their In fact the dry conditions that main predators is being controlled. the kauri tree favours are not If you encounter a kauri snail on the preference of the snail which the road, carefully relocate it to a prefers moist forest and scrub The kauri snail in action. Photo by Colin Thew. areas. It is these areas which hold in abundance the favourite diet of bank on the edge of the track, placing it so it faces in the direction it was originally heading, and make sure it is safe from walkers, dogs or the pupurangi, the earthworm. The snail is both carnivorous and cannibalistic, which would not seem bike wheels. We had a heartening experience last year when we came across a to bode well for the species. In addition to worms, insects and slugs, furtive-looking member of the public with a facecloth clad bundle in hand. He told us he had come across the snail he had in his hand on the Drive, and figuring he had found something unusual, took it home, identified it and sought help from DoC on what to do with it. He had then gently wrapped it up in a moist facecloth and was returning it to its habitat. The kauri snail and even the empty shell are in fact both protected so should not be removed from the forest. Keep an eye out for these spiral taonga of the natural world and, if necessary, be prepared to give them a hand to cross the road.

A juvenile kauri snail (pupurangi) in the mouth of an empty mature shell.

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Recycling: What goes where? With the prediction that there will be ‘more plastic in the oceans than fish by 2050’, it is more important than ever to try and recycle what we can when we can. Recycling can be a confusing business so a refresher list of what can be recycled where is provided below.

Soft plastics

Soft plastic recycling was operating as a trial project with collection bins at the front of Pak’N’Save, New World, Countdown and the Warehouse. The recycled soft plastcs were supposedly being transformed into park benches, fence posts, playground and outdoor gym equipment and a variety of other products. These schemes have mostly been suspended since December following reports that soft plastics were being stockpiled in New Zealand and not shipped to Australia for recycling as planned. The scheme is expected to be reviewed in April. In the meantime all soft plastic bags, cereal bags, plastic packaging, crisp and biscuit packets including the ones with silver foil backing, bubble wrap, fruit netting bags and any other plastic that can be scrunched in your hand could be stockpiled for a later collection. All items should be clean and dry.

General household recycling

Council’s fortnightly recycling collection accepts paper (including baking paper), cardboard (including milk and juice cartons), steel and tin cans, glass (but not window glass), empty aerosols, kitchen foil (including Easter egg wrappings) and any plastic that clicks when you squash it, e.g. meat trays (but not polystyrene), milk bottles, take away coffee lids, etc, Small items such as lids and bread bag tags can be placed in a small non-clear plastic bottle with the lid on. These small plastic items can sometimes fall through the machine and not be processed but they

may get processed when contained in a larger bottle. Although it is said that take-away coffee cups are compostable many are lined with polyethylene and specialist equipment is required. As they should go in the waste bin, it is best not to use such cups. All items should be clean and dry. If a recyclable item has a lid of the same material (e.g. plastic milk bottles) the item should be squashed and the lid kept on.


Terracycle is a free recycling programme that provides collection points for qualifying waste which can then be redeemed for charitable gifts, products or donations to schools. There is currently a collection point at the Titirangi Community House which collects plastic toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, food pouches with the Tetracycle logo such as Moogurt and Tuna pouches, and tooth floss containers that do not have a recycle stamp.

Other collection points

Polystyrene can also be dropped off at the Titirangi Community House, although it does not accept meat containers. However, these can be taken to Ecomatters at 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn which sends them to China to be made into shoe heels, picture frames, and other products. Batteries can also be taken to EcoMatters which then sends them on to Abilities. This service costs $3 per kilogram for alkaline batteries (AAA, AA, 9V) and $6.50 per kilogram for recharchable batteries (lithium, Nicad, Nimh, button, etc.). Note that stock piling batteries can create a fire hazard. Aluminium Nespresso capsules can be taken to the florist in Titirangi Village. Treated and untreated wood for DIY projects or burning can be collected free of charge from Waitākere Refuse and Recycling Station, Henderson.

Earth-friendly actions for 2019

Since the new year is a time for resolutions, FIONA DRUMMOND has some earth-friendly actions to suggest for the coming year ...


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Join Zero Waste NZ on Facebook. This forum, operated by local Kristy Lorson, is a great place to get feedback on all waste queries, initiatives and more.

Respect the Rahui. Scrub and spray footwear, dog feet and bike tyres to avoid kauri dieback spread. Attend one of the kauri science lectures at Arataki Visitor Centre to find out more about kauri dieback.

Become part of the Love Titirangi cupcyling initiative by purchasing one of their cups, available from most of the local cafés and the Arataki Visitor Centre.

Support Dairy NZ’s ‘The Vision is Clear’ initiative. (See article.cfm?c_id=1504591&objectid=12178903.)

Recycle all waste mindfully.

Check out the Love Food, Hate Waste website for lots of tips on minimising food waste and recipe ideas.

Turn plastic milk bottles into useful containers, for plants or for storage.

Start composting your food waste. Get your own worm farm, bokashi bucket or compost bin or join forces with a neighbour who is already composting their waste.

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Plants we can do without In previous issues of The Fringe this occasional column on the weeds and invasive plants we need to get rid of has discussed climbing asparagus, wild ginger and woolly nightshade (in August 2018) and moth plant, agapanthus and wandering Jew (in September 2018). There are actually 16 plants on the list of the worst weeds in the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area. In addition to those listed above arundo grass, Japanese honeysuckle and blue morning glory are also threats. Arundo Grass (arundo donax) is also known as giant reed. Forming bamboo-like clumps and growing up to five metres in height this grass (pictured left) forms a dense root mat of short rhizomes. It has feathery, plume-like flower heads. Not content with displacing native vegetation and impeding drainage this grass also provides habitats for rats and possums. It is spread by both people and waterways. Arundo grass should be cut close to the ground and the tops should be disposed of in a weed bin as they can re-root. Regrowth can be sprayed, before it reaches 60cm high, with a combination of 150ml haloxyfop and 50ml crop oil in 10 litres of water. It could require four to six treatments. Japanese Honeysuckle (lunicera japonica) is a vigorous vine that can grow up to 15 metres in a year. Its fragrant cream and yellow flowers are followed by black berries. It grows on roadsides and on the margins of forest, wetland and coastal areas and is not affected by low light, drought or frost. It rarely seeds but is dispersed by fragments taking root and growing naturally. It can quickly climb over and smother any other vegetation.

This weed should be cut back with the roots dug out. All parts of the plant should be disposed of in a weed bin. It can also be cut with the stems painted with 5g metsulfuron per litre of water, 200ml tordon BK per litre of water or picloram. Large vines can cut at chest height and sprayed with 5g metsulfuron plus 10ml penetrant in 10 litres of water or 60ml todon BK in 10 litre of water. Blue Morning Glory (ipomoea indica) is another pest that is spread either by natural spread or by stem fragments taking root. With its distinctive heart-shaped leaves and showy blue-purple convolvulus-type flowers it grows rapidly in sun or light shade and in wet or dry soil. It rapidly invades forest margins and roadsides and smothers vegetation both as ground cover and as a climber. Small infestations can be pulled by hand and disposed of in a weed bin. Stems can also be cut and painted with 100ml glyphosate per litre of water. Larger vines can be cut at waist height and sprayed with 100ml glyphosate plus 20ml penetrant per 10 litre of water.

Japanese honeysuckle, above, and blue morning glory, below, may look attractive but they smother all other vegetation.

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Yeah gidday. Well done you all for seeing off 2018. Not the easiest of years for many especially concerning health issues or, for some, health issues that were concerning. Maybe it was the crazy unaccountable numerology? Weirdly misaligned stars? Too little gluten? Too much polyisobutylene, when mixed with plasticisers? One way or t’other, a big bruiser of a year was had by all. Hell, let’s not forget, as a coalition collective we voted out a strapping, affluent, polished, performing hair trichophiliast for a sparing, fertile, nicely-spoken, hair-coloured naturalist. Ain’t she a beaut? I for one, always felt a little uncomfortable supporting a member of the same genital group. Speaking of all things happy and gay, a close friend of ours said we should ‘spend more time’ doing things we like. I thought, I ‘spend’ most of my time avoiding anything – starting with Real Housewives, now that’s just wasting time. Shaz said she didn’t like the expression, ‘spend time’. She said it sounds like life is being used up. She’d rather create more time. The other day I got up at five thirty. Man, I’d done heaps by eleven in the morning. Sure I was back in bed by three, sound asleep then couldn’t sleep at night but for a while, I owned the day. Getting back to our country’s leaders, I was queueing behind a tastefully facially-pierced woman at the supermarket check-out. She was behind an equally tasteful man sporting a fluorescent singlet and cammo shorts. As he unloaded his trolley, the lady with the forehead ornamentation said under her breath, ”what a disgraceful usage of single-usage plastic bags.” She had a point, he was asking for a plastic bag to put his eight black plastic rubbish bags into. These were already grouped in a clear plastic bag. He turned around with a ‘I’m well informed on this particular subject’ face and replied, ”I’ll do my bit when this bloody government finally solves the recycling situation. Until then, why should I put myself out?” At this point, I felt quite justified carrying a bottle of plonk in each jacket pocket ... until the alarm went off making me put the bottles into a paper bag. Oh, and paying for them. Ah life. Let’s not forget a journey shared is too far by half. Later, Lizard. >> At

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Glen Eden library’s regular programmes will return this month, including Toddler Time, Thursday, February 7 at 10.30am; Wriggle and Rhyme, Friday, February 8 at 9.30am and 11am; Makerspace, Tuesday, February 12 at 4pm and Lego Club, Thursday, February 14 at 4pm. (Makerspace and Lego will now be held once a month instead of weekly.) The Library’s Book Chat group normally meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 10.30am in the meeting room. Everyone is welcome to share what they’ve been reading. The first meeting of 2019 will be on February 13 as Waitangi Day falls on the scheduled meeting day. The Library’s knitting group, Stitching Together, is a monthly get-together for knitters and other needlecraft enthusiasts who gather on the second Saturday each month, 10am–12pm. The next get-together is on Saturday, February 9.

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