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ISSUE 181, MAY 2019

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A coffee-infused, community-inspired rescue mission................. 4 Acknowledging a taonga; Better parks coming............................ 5 Good news – Bad news: the fate of our kauri........................... 6-7 Bandstanding: The Playhouse gets a Wurlitzer......................... 8-9 Glen Eden gets its wheels on..................................................... 10


At the libraries............................................................................ 11 Places to go: Events listing................................................. 12 – 13 Rockin the Rāhui – to thank the community.............................. 14 Feature: Mother’s Day................................................................ 15 ................................................................................................... 16 TFM revisited.............................................................................. 17


A new threat to look out for...................................................... 18 ‘Let’s take a fresh look at soil ...’................................................ 19 Naturally West: dotterels; Weather by the moon...................... 20 New principal revels in student achievements; Cartoon Corner........................................................................... 21 Live @ the lounge...................................................................... 22 Advertisers Directory.................................................................. 23


On our cover: Kids of all ages enjoyed the activities at the recent Wheels out West event in Glen Eden, despite the weather. For more photos see page 10. 21,000 copies delivered free to letter boxes, post boxes, libraries and selected outlets throughout Titirangi, Glen Eden, Green Bay, New Lynn, Kelston, Konini, Wood Bay, French Bay, South Titirangi, Waima, Woodlands Park, Laingholm, Parau, Cornwallis, Huia and Oratia.

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Features: Moira Kennedy Gitbox Rebellion, an innovative guitar collective performed in Te Uru as part of the Titirangi Festival of Music and the gallery’s Art Trail was also popular. See page 17 for more.

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A coffee-infused, community-inspired rescue mission One knows one is in a first world society when we are saving the kauri, saving the kereru, caring for skinks and now … saving a café? Yep, none of us wants to walk too far between coffee stops, writes DAVID THIELE. This is a tale of two Toms. Tom1 is responsible for grinding thousands of kilograms of the highest quality roasted coffee beans into aromatic, pleasurable submission. This would be Tom Rapara, with 23 years experience at The Hardware and more recently at Park Road Kitchen. Tom2 is the ever-creative eccentric Tom Reilly. They have joined forces and, with artistic input from the dynamo that is HeatherMeg, plan to ‘save’ what has been known as The Fringe Café. I slipped through the graffitied doors at 410 Titirangi Road to meet with the two Toms and get the scoop. They were deep in discussion with a subtlety tattooed and striking young fellow, talking about three-phase this and the grunt output of that, with a three week, make or break deadline. The story unfolded that the previous lease holder of the café, Jeri Wang, needed to return to China for family reasons. Tom2 happened to be talking to her as she was preparing to leave the café and asked what she was going to do with the large steel saws, once ironically used to fell ancient kauri but now framed art pieces on the café wall. One thing led to another and the two Toms ended up taking over the lease and fronting up with the readies to buy the chattels. There is a sense of terrified excitement in the air as they set out to create a place of welcoming intimacy for to all lovers of fine coffee and grub. In a whirlwind of activity they have put together a holding company of shareholders and investors, a chef with impeccable credentials, trusted front of house familiarity in the form of Shani, and, as far as I can fathom, walked everyone to the edge of the abyss. With nervous giggles they are tightly holding hands

and about to jump into the great unknown. Fingers firmly crossed, here we all go. A hearty ‘Yeeehaa’, I say. We wandered about the joint a bit. Through the 90s wrap-around windows down the back, is a classic Waitākere view and a great view of the ground works for The Rise’s foundations. Old and new, side by side. Downstairs is a quite fabulous, fullysorted kitchen complete with walk-in chiller. The Toms discussed their immediate operating plans; initial opening hours will be a 4.30am start (yikes), for the weary motorist needing an eye opener, and closing at 3pm. There is a small stage which will, in time, evolve into a live ambient music venue. Very 60s beat vibe. I left the Toms painting walls and dreaming of things to come and by the time you read this article, they should be in full flight. I wish them all the best. I’m sure the community will be tolerant and patient as they take their first baby steps. Well, for a few coffees at least – before the jaffa in us demands perfection, which is, of course, their lofty aim.

A work in progress ... the interior of what used to be known as The Fringe café is being transformed and will include murals by HeatherMeg Sampson.

The Cancer Society needs you Hundreds of people visit Auckland City Hospital for radiation treatment, chemotherapy or both every day. Most of them have good support networks to help them get there and back, but some don’t. For those people, the Cancer Society runs a volunteer driving service to make sure people get to and from their treatment safely and promptly. The need for this service is growing, and the Cancer Society is in desperate need of more drivers. Can you help? The commitment can be as large or small as you wish. Most people drive one return trip a week, but some do more. Patients come from all over, but you would usually be driving people from West Auckland. A contribution is available for petrol costs. To get involved in delivering this valuable and much-needed service, meeting interesting people and visiting bits of Auckland you have never seen before, call Jacqui or Gretchen at the Cancer Society on 308 0496, or if you just want a chat, call Tony Bacon on 814 9860.

Correction In last months’ issue of The Fringe the wrong website address was given for those looking for information about The Rise development in Titirangi Village. The correct address is


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Acknowledging a taonga

Better parks on the way

Photo by Graham Collins.

West Auckland is home to many special animal species, and many of them are at risk. Īnanga are one such species. Īnanga, one of the five species that make up the galaxid family that most people know as whitebait, can be found in many local streams. In autumn, they lay their tiny eggs in vegetation where salt and fresh water meet and when the eggs hatch next spring they are washed out to sea. They return to their awa (stream) six months later as juveniles, migrating up to their spawning grounds before starting the process again. They can be found in Titirangi and Laingholm streams as well as further afield. Adult īnanga can be up to 11cm long with tiny leopard-like black spots along their body. They have a bright, silvery puku (underside). In order to thrive, īnanga need cool, clear, healthy streams but pollution and stream-side erosion is damaging their habitat. An additional threat is rats, mice and other predators who eat the eggs. In the face of such challenges, īnanga are now classified as ‘At risk – declining’, the same status as the brown kiwi. To raise awareness of the plight of the īnanga a unique artwork has been unveiled beside Te Wai o Pareira (Henderson Creek). Called Te haerenga o ngā īnanga (The journey of the īnanga) the work comprises 10 unique pou created by Jesse Steele, one of local artists from A Supported Life under the guidance of the artists from A Supported Life, with art facilitator Anna Crichton and with the support of Brian his pou. Keach (Henderson Mens Shed) and Richard Van Bremen (Cartwright Workers). Community Waitakere, Henderson-Massey Local Board, The Trusts Community Foundation and Whitebait Connection also supported the project.

The Whau Local Board has approved a number of improvements in parks throughout the Whau area with several parks to receive significant upgrades. Brains Park and Archibald Park in Kelston, and Crum Park and Green Bay Domain in Green Bay all received sign off on new concept plans, which set out the vision for the parks in the short, medium and long-term. In addition, Godley Green and Barron Green at Green Bay Community Centre had an activation plan approved, setting out how the council can improve the function of these spaces. The board also approved an additional $190,000 for the Concept design for playground development at a new play tower in Archibald Park, increasing the Kelston’s Archibald Park. budget for the playground to $770,000. Whau Local Board Chair Tracy Mulholland says the concept and activation plans are part of an overall strategy to improve the numerous parks in the Whau over time. “The Whau Local Board Open Network Plan identified that we need to do more in order to increase our open space provision for our growing population,” she says. “We need our parks to be able to handle an increase in use as a result of population growth in the Whau. The plans set out a number of projects to be delivered in the next few years to help handle that growth. “For example, Archibald Park will see the connection to Te Whau Pathway, development of a new playground, upgrades to the boat ramp and a possible waka ama storage facility. Upgrading the parks in Green Bay will result in improvements to amenities, safety, recreation and play facilities as well as looking after the environment. “In Green Bay, we know that the open spaces have been under-utilised for some time, so this is a first step in guiding our future plans and investments in our green spaces within the Whau.”


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Good news – Bad news; the fate of our kauri

Awhi Awhi, the iconic Paturoa Road kauri is again under threat.

Looking at the bad news first, Awhi Awhi, the iconic Paturoa Road kauri has been refused a permanent protection order following a multi-year court battle. The interim protection order was to be lifted on April 26, making the tree’s future uncertain. The tree, which survived a chainsaw attack three years ago, became the focus of an outpouring of community support in 2015. A petition to Auckland Council attracted 26,000 signatures, local politicians, including then Mayoral candidate Phil Goff, visited the tree and there were two occupations of the tree, firstly by activist Michael Tavares, and later by arborist Johno Smith. The early morning ring-barking attack, while Johno was still in the tree, led to the placement of the interim protection order and local residents Andrew Maehl and Winnie Charlesworth have since led the court battle to make the protection permanent. “We are gutted to have lost in court,” says Winnie. “It has cost us a lot, we are exhausted and it seems so wrong that such a precious and loved tree, which miraculously survived attack, can now be cut down.” A number of other prominent experts supported Andrew and Winnie’s stance, including Chris Pairama from Te Taou/Ngāti Whātua, Edward Ashby from Te Kawerau ā Maki; scientists Dr Nick Waipara, Dr Cate MacInnis-Ng, and Dr Bruce Burns; ecologist Dr Mark Bellingham and Tree Council chair Sean Freeman. That the tree is showing visible signs of health and recovery following the ring-barking, and is continuing to escape infection from kauri dieback, despite its presence in the area, makes the tree even more worthy of protection, according to some experts. The Environment Court ruled that it was bound by the laws passed by Parliament. An amendment to the Resource Management Act in 2013 removed Council’s power to place a general blanket protection over trees within urban areas, requiring specific protections within a District Plan instead. Council lifted this kauri’s protection, known

More is needed to protect our kauri Awhi Awhi, also known as the Paturoa Kauri, has been a feature of local politics and issues surrounding the protection of trees for a few years now. Many people want to make sure she survives. Two people were that concerned they decided to set up residence in Awhi Awhi’s branches to make sure she was OK. After all why is a potentially 400-year old kauri facing the chop? And what can we do to protect her and other trees like her? Legal protection for Awhi Awhi may soon be lifted. And concerns have been expressed to me that two magnificent roadside Kauri may also be under threat. If the analysis of the potential development is correct there will have to be a significant retaining wall constructed in the road reserve and the trees would have to go. Awhi Awhi’s plight highlights how difficult it is to protect trees in the urban area. Law changes made a few years ago meant that general tree protection rules were no longer effective. I was always surprised at this because there are so many things that the Resource Management Act can regulate, for instance the shade and intensity of the colour that you paint your house, yet it was thought that trees should be exempt from more rigorous control. And they play an important role, especially out west. They hold banks together and prevent subsidence, they deal with stormwater, they sequester carbon and they provide a habitat for native flora and fauna, not to mention exotic

creatures. And they make Titirangi a special tranquil place to live in. We need to be protecting every single kauri we have, especially the large ancient ones. With the onset of kauri dieback and with a cure or an immune strain still not having been discovered we should make sure that all existing kauri are protected – particularly those which remain healthy despite being ring-barked in an area where kauri dieback is well and truly established. The fact that Awhi Awhi survived this event without developing dieback, at least so far, suggests that we should be careful before consigning her to an early death. I have asked the Local Board to pass resolutions to urge Council to return the Significant Ecological Area overlay over the area in which Awhi Awhi stands, and also over the road reserve that covers the two road-side kauri. I am confident that the Board will do so but no doubt Council will have to consider its legal position before it decides on what to do. But this situation needs to be sorted out and clearly there has to be a law change. Otherwise Awhi Awhi and trees like her will face the chop. Greg Presland, Chairperson Waitakere Ranges Local Board



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as a Significant Ecological Area Overlay, in 2015 at the request of the landowner, John Lenihan, and a Notable Tree Application, that could provide protection for Awhi Awhi and two more mature kauri on adjacent public land was yet to be approved (at the time of writing). “We are now calling on Mayor Phil Goff and Auckland Council to fasttrack Notable Tree status for Awhi Awhi, and the other two kauri on the road reserve,” says Winnie. “We also call on Environment Minister David Parker and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage to repair the RMA so that there can be blanket protection for Auckland’s kauri.” No Building Consent has ever Two other mature kauri are also now at risk. been approved for the site despite this being the developer’s reason for felling the ancient tree. To help protect Awhi Awhi, visit On the other side of the ledger, the Accelerating Protection for Kauri project team has been on the road over recent months conducting the third round of public consultation on a new approach to managing kauri dieback disease. The consultation sought feedback on two proposed options for an agency to manage kauri dieback disease, along with a National Pest Management Plan (NPMP) that will be implemented by the new agency. This followed two consultation rounds held during 2018, which generated strong public feedback that helped shape these final proposals. The team visited all the kauri regions and took part in nearly 30 hui, community events and stakeholder meetings in Northland, Auckland, Bay of Plenty and Waikato. This included direct discussions with mana whenua and commercial, environmental and recreational sector groups. More than 400 people attended these events and over 110 written submissions were received. Project lead David Williment was pleased with the feedback provided. “The consultation meetings have been really valuable for the insights

the community has given, and we’re grateful for the welcome we received and the interest shown,” says David. “We were expecting some passionate debates, as we know there are strong views in the community on the best way to save kauri, the deep connection many feel to their land and their forests, and concerns around public access to forests. Overall, the meetings were constructive and there were a lot of thoughtful questions asked and opinions expressed.” The next job for the project team was to compile all the feedback from the meetings and written submissions and draw up recommendations that should have gone to Cabinet by the end of April. Around 1000 people in total attended the almost 60 meetings and hui held across kauri lands over the three rounds of consultation, with 227 formal submissions received on the proposals.

The Outlook for Someday, a local initiative that brings young people and film together to tell stories related to sustainability and building a better world, has just announced its new Someday Stories series which involves six short films traversing themes of racism, sexuality, cultural identity, and social justice. They are to be created by a group of emerging filmmakers, pictured above with The Outlook for Someday co-directors, Chris Widdup and Ilai Amar. From left: Chris Widdup (co-director, The Outlook for Someday); Abigail Egden; David Liversidge (Big Tree Studios); Conor Bowden; Ashley Williams; Onehou Strickland; Bala Murali Shingade and Ankita Singh; Lance Loughlin. Front: Ilai Amar (co-director, The Outlook for Someday); Annette ‘Neti’ Fa’aū. Absent: Jamie Smith, Olivia McClymont, and Gemma Knight. The request for proposals drew more than double the number of submissions received previously which made short-listing a huge challenge. Films will be shot both domestically and internationally. To find out more and to watch previous Someday Stories visit http://

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A mighty music machine comes to the West Who would have thought that The Fringe’s territory would one day be home to a Mighty Wurlitzer organ? Creating the Wurlitzer in the first place seems crazy enough – let alone trying to house such a beast in our neck of the woods. Few wonders of the movie palace brought more shivery pleasures to audiences – or caused more breast-beating among crusaders for culture – than the Mighty Wurlitzer. Part one-man band, part symphony orchestra, part sound-effects department – the Wurlitzer was one of the most versatile instruments ever created by man. In fact, Wurlitzer (the company) has built several types of organs, pianos, jukeboxes and more recently guitars, since it was founded in America by German immigrant Rudolph Wurlitzer in 1853. But it was for its pipe organs that Wurlitzer became best known – and the Theatre Organ (aka The Mighty Wurlitzer) would become the best known of these. It was invented by Robert Hope-Jones, an eccentric English organ builder at the turn of the 20th Century. Hope-Jones strived to develop the concept of the organ as a ‘one man orchestra’ to accompany silent movies. His concept was based on two principles – that a pipe organ should be able to imitate the instruments of an orchestra (among other things), and that the console should be detachable from the organ. (The console is the bit with the keyboards (aka ‘manuals’) and knobs, and the organ is all of the pipes – where the sounds are made.) James Duncan is Chairman of the Wurlitzer Organ Trust of Auckland which owns OPUS1475, the Wurlitzer pipe organ that is coming to the Playhouse Theatre in Glen Eden. “The pipes are voiced to recreate the instruments of the orchestra and provide a very authentic sound,” says James. “There is a set (or ‘rank’) of pipes to cover each section of the orchestra. For example, the clarinet, trumpet, oboe, tuba, flute and strings. The violin pipes on a Wurlitzer are very real in their sound and most organs have four or more sets of string tone pipes. These ranks of pipes contain 61 or 73 pipes. The highest sounding pipes are smaller than a pencil. The lowest bass pipes in large instruments are about 32 feet in length, and wide enough to allow a person to stand inside.” There is also a ‘blower’, a large fan that provides the pressurised air

that blows through the pipes, and a ‘windchest’, a wooden reservoir that stores pressurised air from the blower. Valves in the windchest are opened and closed remotely by electric relays to cause the correct pipes to sound when the organist depresses the keys. “On a traditional church pipe organ the console sits underneath the organ pipes as it is physically connected to it by rods and cables,” says James. “The Wurlitzer uses electric action to control the pipes so the console can go anywhere in the theatre. It is normally installed in the orchestra pit on a D. Maciulaitis hydraulic or scissor lift, so it can rise up into the spotlight for the organist to play their solo numbers as movie-goers arrived. When the movie was about to start, the console would sink down into the pit out of the way of the audience so they could see the movie screen, and the organist (from his place in the pit) could likewise follow the action on the screen as he played the musical accompaniment.” To turn the pipe ranks on and off, the traditional organ console used drawknobs placed on panels on both sides of the manuals (keys). Using electricity, Robert Hope-Jones substituted tongue-shaped tabs arranged on a curved panel around and above the manuals. These stop tabs could be quickly and easily flipped up or down to select or deactivate any ranks of pipes. Authentic percussion instruments such as piano, xylophone, orchestral bells, etc., are located in the pipe chambers (the rooms that the pipes are housed in). These instruments are played from the keys on the console and made to sound by way of pneumatic action. Separate beaters or hammers are located above each metal or wooden bar on the pitched percussion instruments. Pneumatic action also controls the hammers that strike the strings of a real piano in the pipe chamber. Snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, and other percussion instruments are activated in the same manner so the pipes provide the orchestral voices while the percussion instruments are stand alone units. Sound effects such as siren, automobile horn, and train whistle, are also controlled from the organ console. So what about ‘our’ Wurlitzer, and where did it come from? The Wurlitzer pipe organ coming to the Playhouse Theatre is very much part of Auckland’s musical heritage. It was the Wurlitzer Organ


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Company’s 1,475th ‘Unit Orchestra’, which to house the Wurlitzer’s pipes so it is identified as OPUS1475. It was and associated blower plant. shipped from the New York factory The Percussion Chamber has in October 1926 and installed in already been built at the rear of the Auckland’s Regent Theatre on Queen stage and construction of the Organ Street early in 1927, just missing the Chamber annex is well underway with Regent Theatre’s grand opening in a completion date for late May. The December 1926. It was installed to console is already in place on its new provide musical accompaniment to lift platform in the orchestra pit at the silent films. Playhouse but the rest of the organ The Regent Theatre sold the remains in storage. Wurlitzer to the Hutt Valley High The next step is for the Wurlitzer School, just out of Wellington, in 1944. Organ Trust to bring its professional In the late 1960s the organ went into team of organ builders over from storage and in 1979, was purchased Above: Some of the pneumatically-operated percussion being Melbourne for the specialised task of by an enthusiast who brought it installed in Glen Eden’s Playhouse Theatre. installing the organ. back to Auckland for restoration. Below: A detail of the Wurlitzer’s stop rail. There have been ‘Give A Little’ The management at the Hollywood campaigns run by both Trusts to cover Cinema provided a home for it and various aspects of the build but the the Wurlitzer returned to the Auckland Organ Trust is seeking further funding music scene with regular concert and to cover the installation. $80,000 is still silent movie presentations, television required in order to see this mighty appearances and radio broadcasts. The organ perform again, and to keep this Wurlitzer Organ Trust of Auckland, a historic instrument in the West. registered non-profit charitable trust, Fingers crossed that we’ll get to was formed in 1993 to purchase and see it performing ‘Pops’ style shows safeguard the organ’s future and to with toe-tapping music from the 20s ensure its continued role in the diverse and 30s, the rock’n’roll era, themes world of musical entertainment. from the movies, selections from Many international keyboard artists the current shows and one or two regularly visited New Zealand to play numbers from the classical orchestra D. Maciulaitis the organ at the Hollywood, and rated repertoire, such as the William Tell the instrument as New Zealand’s showcase Wurlitzer. It became highly Overture or the Marriage of Figaro. And of course there will be silent acclaimed on the international theatre organ scene. movie screenings, with the greats of the silver screen like Charlie When the Hollywood Cinema was about to be sold in 2015, the Chaplin and Buster Keaton once again being brought to life with live Wurlitzer Trust was told the organ had to be removed and the accompaniment from the Wurlitzer organ. Playhouse Theatre Trust offered the organ a home at the Playhouse. To donate funds to this project, please contact Gary Daverne at However, as the Playhouse Theatre is a ‘live’ theatre, it was imperative that the stage space should not be compromised by the arrival of the And check out these clips – what an amazing machine! organ. Consequently, the Theatre Trust joined with the Wurlitzer Organ Trust of Auckland to have an annex built to the rear of the theatre in Harcourts Blue Fern Realty Ltd, Licensed Agent REAA 2008



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Glen Eden gets its wheels on For the first time in five years it rained on Glen Eden Village’s annual Wheels Out West gala last month but the the weather did not dampen the enthusiasm for Jojanneke and her children Hendrix and Madeleine (left). EcoMatters’ collection of novel bicycles attracted a lot of attention and the line-up of classic and special cars intrigued many passers-by.

St John staff demonstrating a Health Shuttle (foreground) and an ambulance (background). Riding on the wheelchair hoist was a hit with children of all ages. Photo by Geoff Beynon. (A formal dedication ceremony for a new shuttle to serve West Auckland will take place on May 4.)

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Members of a local chapter of BNI (Business Network International) raised $1,500 for Hospice West Auckland (HWA) at a recent fundraising event. As one of Hospice’s national supporters, BNI’s core motto ‘Givers Gain’ was put into action during the breakfast meeting with weird, wonderful and treasured possessions being raffled. Hospice relies on the community to help raise funds so that palliative care services can be offered at no cost to patients and families. All funds raised go directly towards helping those with a terminal illness to live every moment comfortably and as pain-free as possible. Over Hospice Awareness Week (May 13 – 19), HWA will be working to increase awareness of its services and raising funds to help it continue to provide free end-of-life care to those who need it. Volunteers will be out and about accepting donations and a Trade Me page (search for Hospice West Auckland) will feature quirky, special, one-off and collectible items which you can bid on during May. If you have any bright ideas to help raise funds, email bellad@hwa. or visit to make a donation.

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Titirangi Library staff got into the spirit of the occasion during the recent Titirangi Festival of Music.

Titirangi Library is celebrating NZ Music Month in May: Wednesday May 1, 11am-12pm: Sylvia and Mallory from Two Hearts Strings and Sings perform folk music with guitar and fiddle. Saturday May 4, 11am-12pm: bring a coffee and enjoy the students from Able Music School performing classical piano music. Thursday May 9, 5.30pm-6.45pm: Bevis England will perform a set of original songs. Musicians from Green Bay High School will perform from 5pm on May 23 and 30 and June 6. For the June event GBHS invites you to bring an instrument and play along. Saturday May 25, 2-2.45pm: The Fringe Ukes will perform an eclectic mix of New Zealand and international music. Also on May 9, 11am-12pm, the Library invites you to a different experience – a Rakugo (Japanese storytelling) performance with comedic and dramatic actor Hiroshi. He describes Rakugo as storytelling that connects us all through the common threads of our experiences. RSVP preferred for seating. See the Library’s Facebook page for more details on all these events.

New Lynn Library

New Lynn Library is offering a beginner’s embroidery workshop, every Saturday in May, 2-3pm. Embroidery is the craft of decorating fabric or other materials using a needle to apply thread or yarn. The library also invites you to join electronics genius Diamond as he takes you on a journey into the world of coding and electronics across two fun and interactive workshops. Spaces are limited so booking essential. Suitable for ages 11+. Speak to a member of staff at the desk or email New Lynn Library is also supporting NZ Music Month and there will be plenty of music throughout the month. Bevis England plays on May 16 at 4.30pm and The Fringe Ukes are playing on May 25 at noon but times are yet to be confirmed for many other acts. Check the Library’s Facebook page for details. All welcome. In a special event, Jeremy Scott (adventurer and author) will be in the Library discussing his book and his life on May 18, 2pm. All welcome. The Library welcomes Atarangi Anderson to their team as the new Community Engagement Librarian. She is excited about the challenge and the potential of her role in the busy branch.

Glen Eden Library

Glen Eden Library’s regular programmes include Toddler Time – Thursdays at 10.30am; Wriggle and Rhyme – Fridays at 9.30am and 11am; Makerspace – May 7 at 4pm; and Lego Club – May 8 at 3:30pm. The library’s Book Chat group meets on May 1 at 10.30am. Everyone is welcome to come along and share what they’ve been reading. Stitching Together is a monthly meet-up for knitters and other needlecraft enthusiasts. The next gathering is May 11, 10am-2pm. Take your current project and get to know other crafters.

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Now Showing- Live on stage Fabulous Family Fun! The Mad Hatter believes there’s always time for tea party – but will anyone come? Did Alice deliver the invitations? Can his dear friends the Caterpillar and the March Hare prepare in time? The Mad Hatter finds himself feeling in a funk on the day of his very important Tea Party. This slightly mad and heartwarmingly fun story highlights the importance of friendship, self-love and kindness. Join the Mad Hatter, as he discovers friendship and funk can help him find his happy place. A 45-minute visual and musical delight! The Mad Hatter’s Funk is a high energy interactive experience which will have you dancing in the aisles and giggling along al immersed in a visual wonderland. A colourful celebration of how friendship and fun can help you find your fun-k! Featuring music from international and NZ artists. Best Suited to ages 3+

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may w – 19, Blood Water Earth, the New Zealand première of an exhibition and performance series by artists Santee Smith and Louise Potiki Bryant; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w – 19 Drop the Ball, a collaborative live performance project by local artist Mark Harvey with Woodlands Park Primary School students; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w – 26, H-Art attack, paintings by Ted Scott; West Coast Gallery, Piha. Phone 812 8029. www.westcoastgallery. w – 26, In The Rough, Parts 1, 2 & 3: Emma Fitts references the practices and biographies of three modernist female artists Anni Albers, Romaine Brooks, and Eileen Gray; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. w – June 2, The Homely II, an exhibition by Gavin Hipkins; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w – June 2, Shifting landscapes, works by Dieneke Jansen, Qiane Matata-Sipu, Jean Stewart and Emily Hartley-Skudder exploring social and political themes; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w – June 2 Attitude towards encountering nature, an insight into Sena Park’s recent residency in Mongolia; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455.

w 3, West Auckland Men’s Rebus Club for retired or

semi-retired men; Kelston Community Centre; 9.30am. Phone Roger 834 7945. w 3, Flicks presents The Favourite (R13). Oscar winner Olivia Coleman stars as Queen Anne in this political comedy-drama; Lopdell House Theatre; 10.30am, 5.30pm and 8-15pm; tickets $14, $12 or $10 from eventfinda. and on door. Text bookings to 0210 222 5558. w 4, Kids Arts Festival – ANIMALIA, Spend the day exploring, discovering and creating, with exhibitions, workshops and live performances; Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mount Lebanon Lane, Henderson; 10am-4pm. Phone 838 4455. w 4, Mostly Craft presents a Children’s Fun Afternoon with crafts, sausage sizzle, refreshments, games, story and music; St Francis Church, Corner Park and Titirangi Beach Roads; 1.30-3.30pm. Contact Deborah 817 6618. w 5, RnR Music featuring Bevis England and Friends; Titirangi RSA, 502 South Titirangi Road; 1-4pm; Free. Phone 817 6415 or @RnRMusicCountryBlues, w 5, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732. w 10, Ladies’ Probus Club, fellowship, fun, speakers, and a monthly day trip; St John’s Hall, Te Atatū South; 9.45am-Noon. Phone Betty 09 832 0484. w 11, Titirangi Folk Music Club presents Clare Senior and Nick Johnson, talented singer/songwriters with a gift for telling a folk tale; Titirangi Beach Hall; 8pm; $7 members, $10 non-members. Phone Tricia on 818 5659. w 12, RnR Music featuring Just Richard; Titirangi RSA, 502 South Titirangi Road; 1-4pm; Free. Phone 817 6415 or @RnRMusicCountryBlues,

w 14, West Auckland Historical Society Family History

Group meeting; Henderson Central Library Research Centre; 10-11.30am. Phone Gary Snow 832 5098, 021 618 434 or email w 14, QUIZ NIGHT; Titirangi RSA, 502 South Titirangi Rd; 7pm. Phone 817 6415. w 15, Flicks presents At Eternity’s Gate (M). Willem Dafoe plays Vincent van Gogh in a movie that casts a magnetic spell; Lopdell House Theatre; 7.30pm; tickets $14, $12 or $10 from and on door. Text bookings to 0210 222 5558. w 16, Waitakere Forest & Bird Talk – Quentin Paynter, research scientist at Landcare Research discusses weed biocontrol; Kelston Community Centre, corner Awaroa and Great North Roads; 7.30pm; Koha appreciated Phone Liz on 027 476 2732 or email w 17, Flicks presents The Wild Pear Tree (M) Turkey Sinan, an aspiring writer, finds his youthful ambition at odds with the deferred dreams of his gambling-addict father; Lopdell House Theatre; 10.30am, 5.30pm and 8-15pm; tickets $14, $12 or $10 from and on door. Text bookings to 0210 222 5558. w 18, Lions Club Book Sale; New Lynn Friendship Club Hall, 3063 Great North Road, New Lynn; 8am-4pm. Phone Mary 027 487 0639. w 19, RnR Music featuring Jolly Roger; Titirangi RSA, 502 South Titirangi Road; 1-4pm; Free. Phone 817 6415 or @RnRMusicCountryBlues, w 21, SeniorNet West Auckland, speaker, morning tea and chatting about computers; Kelston Community Centre; 10am. Phone June 021 179 3635. w 24, The Combined Probus Club of Glen Eden, fellowship, speakers, monthly trips; Ceramco Park

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june w June 1 – July 7, Matariki – group exhibition; West Coast Gallery, Piha. Phone 812 8029. www. w June 2, Rockin the Rāhui, featuring Swamp Thing and a line up of local musicians; Barnett Hall, North Piha; from 6.30pm; Tickets $20 from Email toitoimusic @gmail for more information. There is so much happening in and around our community, including many weekly events, that we can’t fit everything into these listings. To find out more about whatever you are interested in, from Air Scouts to yoga and almost everything in between, visit:



Function Centre, Glendale Road, Kaurilands; 10-11.30am. Phone Brian Holt 838 5857. w 26, Titirangi Village Market: art, craft, produce and music; Titirangi War Memorial Hall; 10am-2pm. Contact Tess on or phone 022 631 9436. w 26, RnR Music featuring George Thompson and Friends; Titirangi RSA, 502 South Titirangi Road; 1-4pm; Free. Phone 817 6415 or @RnRMusicCountryBlues, w 28, 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 w 28, QUIZ NIGHT; Titirangi RSA, 502 South Titirangi Rd; 7pm. Phone 817 6415. w 31, OPEN MIC NIGHT; Titirangi RSA, 502 South Titirangi Road; 8.30pm. Phone 817 6415.

• Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mount 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. • Flicks cinema, Lopdell House Theatre. 818 2489, • 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@ • 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@ • Titirangi Theatre, Lopdell House Theatre; Titirangi. 817 5812, infoline 817 5951, • Upstairs Gallery, Level 1, Lopdell House; 10am–4.30pm daily. 817 4278, www. • West Coast Gallery, Seaview Road, Piha; Wednesday – Sunday, 10am–4pm. 812 8029,

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Rockin the Rāhui – to thank the community


A special concert, Rockin the Rāhui, has been organised for Queen’s Birthday weekend to thank the communities of the Waitākere Ranges for supporting the rāhui. Happening at Barnett Hall, North Piha, on June 2 the concert is being organised by The Tree Council, Waitākere Ranges Protection Society and Forest & Bird. The event will feature a line up of local live music acts starting with students from Piha’s Rob’s School of Rock at 6.30pm and including Cat Tunks and her Bona Fide Band and Te Henga Collective. The event will be headlined by out-of-town favourites Swamp Thing. The Kauri Dieback Management Programme has provided some funding towards the event and volunteers are donating their time to help make it happen. Waitākere Rāhui spokesperson and The Tree Council’s secretary Mels Barton says the organisers wanted to thank the communities which have had to give up walking in the bush in their own backyards to protect the kauri over the 18 months since the rāhui was placed. “We appreciate the enormous sacrifice they are making and how hard it has been for everyone. So we’d like to all come together for a fun evening and enable everyone to let off some steam.” This concert promises to be a night of good groove rock’n’roll, visuals and top local talent celebrating the community’s achievements and support. Food and a bar will be available. Tickets are $20 from Email for more information and social media links. The Waitākere Rāhui was placed by local iwi Te Kawerau ā Maki to prevent and control human access in order to protect kauri and allow the forest to heal. All tracks within the forest are closed unless they have achieved agreed track surface standards. It will remain in place until the risks can be neutralised or controlled.

Swamp Thing (above) will be supported by Cat Tunks and her Bona Fide Band (below) and others at a special ‘Rockin the Rāhui’ concert.

Glen Eden Pharmacy

Changes in Glen Eden Unichem Glen Eden Pharmacy has been operating in Glen Eden for the last 45 years having opened in 1974. Care Plus Pharmacy, Glen Eden, originally named Hollings Phamacy has been operating in Glen Eden for the last 65 years. Both pharmacies have served many families over a long period of time and are proud to be part of the Glen Eden community. PAUL BORICH from Unichem Glen Eden and SUE ROSS from Hollings Care Plus have worked in Glen Eden for many years, live locally and are passionate about helping their customers. The Health Department’s future direction for health has meant we have had to re-evaluate how we can best serve our valued community and offer the diverse range of services that DHB’s want to fund with further focus on patient care and all care givers working more collaboratively for better outcomes. In order for both pharmacies to continue to offer their customers the high standard they have become used to, the two pharmacies will be merging, and operating from 226 West Coast Rd ( the site Care Plus Pharmacy is operating from now). We are next door to FIESTA CAFÉ. From 1st MAY, you will be able to collect your scripts and receive all of the services you have become used to from Care Plus Pharmacy. For any queries phone 09-818 5242 Email


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The 2019 Titirangi Festival of Music had something for everyone. Clockwise from top left: Labretta Suede performed with her band The Motel 6; it was impossible to stand still in the Silent Disco; the Village was full of dancing; Second Line Super Hero led a parade through the Festival Hub; children were transformed into colourful fairies; the Fringe Ukes entertained in the Library, the Skools Out Stage outside Glovers drew huge crowds; and Kimata entertained with his percussion workshop.

Focussed on the issues: Targeted rates I believe targeted rates offer an opportunity to regain lost effectiveness by geographically ring-fencing money for core local services and delivering them at local board level. Targeted rates aren’t new. What is new is Council’s claim that they’re separate to general rates and therefore do not constitute a rate increase if implemented. Council’s new thinking is because our Mayor pledged to keep annual rate increases under 2.5%, but failed to cut the layers of management and bureaucratic process needed to achieve his promise. Without the cost cutting this promise infers, Council’s revenue collectors are being forced to bridge funding gaps with new initiatives. And in light of public support (albeit subdued) for Council’s recently implemented Natural Environment and Water Quality targeted rates, Auckland Council sees an opportunity to impose more. The greater Auckland area has been amalgamated into one council for almost a decade and it’s now obvious this model is not delivering core services as well as previous councils (with smaller geographic focus) did. I believe targeted rates ring-fencing money and being delivered by local boards, would reduce decision-making and management to a single layer and combined with a local workforce which better understands local maintenance needs, savings could be obtained.

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However this would require a change to local board structure giving them the right to ‘procure’, at present the sole domain of Council. Moreover, any ‘targeted rates’ ring-fencing funds to specific board areas must be in place of ‘general rates’ not an addition to them and calculated in light of our Mayor’s promise. Although local boards cannot establish a targeted rate themselves (a job of the governing body) a new targeted rate will be needed for continuation of the Waitākere ‘septic tank pump-out scheme’. Despite Auckland Council indicating they wished to abolish this scheme Waitākere residents overwhelmingly supported its continuation (96%). And Council is unlikely to ignore such a clear indication of what people want. This targeted rate would be collected and accounted for centrally in the ‘consolidated fund’. However as the pump-out scheme is such a specific operation with a limited number of, if not single, contract providers, it would be a good transparent test of Council’s accounting to ensure all money collected reaches the job. I am looking forward to working on the establishment and delivery of this continuing but new service. Ken Turner, Local Board Member Advertisement

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A new threat to look out for Locals are being asked to look out for a new pest that could threaten our local environment – the wood-boring granulate ambrosia beetle. According to Biosecurity New Zealand the unwanted pest has been detected in five Auckland areas this year, including Blockhouse Bay. This is the first time the beetle has been found in New Zealand and while it is unclear how the beetle arrived, evidence to date suggests it may have been in the country for at least two years. The beetle is native to tropical and subtropical East Asia. It has been found in many areas in the world, including Africa, the USA, Central America, Europe, some Pacific Islands, and most recently in Queensland. The granulate ambrosia beetle attacks many hosts. It has been recorded on more than 100 species in over 40 plant families. Hardwoods are the preferred hosts, but any broadleaved Top view of an adult female ambrosia beetle. Photo by Lyle J. Buss. tree or sapling may be attacked, including horticultural species such as avocado. It can also spread fungal diseases. Native broadleaf species include pōhutukawa, pūriri, rewarewa. karaka, nīkau and many more. Biosecurity New Zealand is currently assessing the potential risk to New Zealand from the beetle, says Brendan Gould, biosecurity surveillance and incursion manager. “We need to know if New Zealand has a wider population, which is why we are asking the public to report any possible sightings,” he says. The beetle is only a couple Sawdust strings protruding from the trunk of a tree. of millimetres long and resides Photo by Jiri Hulcr. under bark, making it difficult to detect but one tell-tale sign is the distinctive protrusions of frass (compacted sawdust) from bark that look like toothpicks. Adult females excavate a system of tunnels in the wood to create ‘brood galleries’ and introduce a fungus to these tunnels as a food source for both the adults and their larvae. When excavating these tunnels, the beetles push frass out. Attacks on living plants are usually near ground level on saplings, or at bark wounds on larger trees. Other symptoms include sap oozing from the tunnel entrances and branch dieback. Officials are working with local authorities to identify the extent of the spread, including inspecting known host trees and placing lured traps around the detection sites and Biosecurity New Zealand has already directed the removal of infested oak trees at one of the infected sites. Anyone who believes they have seen the granulate ambrosia beetle or any sign of frass on trees should take a photo and call Biosecurity New Zealand’s exotic pests and FRINGEADLTD.pdf 1 15/11/16 16:33 diseases hotline on 0800 80 99 66.

A new pataka kai (community pantry) has opened at the Life Church in Vardon Road, Green Bay. A joint collaboration between the church and the Green Bay Community Centre its opening coincided with a Family Fun Day at the church which included games, music, a 50s fashion show featuring garments from their charity shop, and plenty of good kai. Other pantries, where locals are welcome to ‘Take what they need and Leave what they can’, are located in Glen Eden at Aquarius Avenue, Seymour Road, Clayburn Road, Captain Scott Road and a bathroom pantry at 45 Routley Avenue. There are also pantries on Seabrook Avenue, New Lynn and outside Woodlands Park School. To find out more about the Pataka Kai movement and to become a part of it visit www., phone Joy Bennett on 027 363 2253 or find @ openstreetpantries on Facebook.

Million Dollar Mission benefits local groups Public voting by locals has led to $1million being shared by 48 organisations, covering a range of environmental, educational and health charities. Around 200,000 votes were cast in the Million Dollar Mission, an initiative developed by The Trusts West Auckland to redistribute the profits from the retail sales of food and beverages through its hospitality venues and off-license outlets around the region. The initiative is now in its third year. EcoMatters received more than $23,230 to help collect donated bikes for reuse and The Waitakere Ranges Protection Society received $5,655 to continue its work to protect biodiversity and conduct native planting around local waterways. Other local groups to receive funding were United North Piha Lifeguard Service Inc. ($35,525), Bay Olympic Soccer and Sports Association Incorporated ($33,950), Titirangi Primary School ($25,000), Laingholm Kindergarten ($21,355), Glen Eden Tennis Club Inc. ($19,520), Kelston Boys High School ($18,850), Oratia United Sports Club ($15,565), Playhouse Theatre Incorporated ($14,400), Literacy Waitakere ($13,500), Glen Eden Bowling Club ($11,040) and Kelston Girls College ($10,745).

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‘Let’s take a fresh look at soil ...’ FIONA DRUMMOND quizzes local composting enthusiast Katrina Wolff. How did you become inspired about composting? I’ve been a keen gardener for about 20 years, and once I discovered biodynamics it became a bit of an obsession. What methods do you use? Worm farms, cold compost, hot compost and biodynamic compost preparations. Tell us about your involvement with Green Bay Community House and Green Bay Primary School. I live in Titirangi, but have an affinity with Green Bay. Anja Thomas, Louise Stevenson and I created a vision for a garden for the Green Bay Community House where flowers and soil could meet in harmony. We have embarked on this initiative with the help of a small amount of funding from the Whau Local Board. Green Bay Primary School invited me to work with them in term four of 2018, to see how the hot composting methods of processing green waste could be applied in a school setting. The children were involved in every aspect of this process: weeding, shifting mulch, collecting branches, planting companion plants, stirring cow manure, adding chicken manure, and then monitoring the temperature fluctuations over the weeks that the compost cooked. With food waste making up 40% of Auckland’s landfill rubbish what is your vision for food waste? I struggle with the term ‘food waste’. It’s not wasted until it’s put in landfill. I use the term ‘food scraps’, in the sense that the scraps are what we typically don’t eat. They may still be chicken food. Or worm food. Or at the very least can placed in a bokashi system or compost bin. My vision is that NO food scraps make it to landfill. And I think this could be implemented tomorrow. I accept that we can’t or won’t all become composting addicts but two online platforms, ShareWaste (www.

Katrina Wolff enjoys sharing her passion for soil and compost with children. Photo by Chris Wolff.

Compost rich with worm life Photo by Emma Badeia. and MakeSoil (, can help by linking composters together with neighbours who have food scraps. If just 20% of us took on the challenge of composting, and we each accepted food scraps from up to five households, then we would no longer have a problem. All it takes is communication. What else should we know about composting? Composting is often associated with slimy, wet, unpleasant smelling piles of unidentifiable muck. It doesn’t have to look (or smell) like that. I feel that, as a society, we need to reconnect with the land we depend on. Our dependency on the land is not just for our food, but the flowers that keep our bees alive, the trees that clean our air, and the native plants that have such a vital role to play in our Waitākere Ranges. Let’s take a fresh look at soil, and how we can regenerate the earth by learning to turn our ‘waste’ into living soil. I work with feelings more than science, and know for a fact that most people benefit emotionally and psychologically when they spend more time gardening. Can we expand gardening tasks to include making soil, while also keeping our resources local? How can readers help? I’d like readers to question every single food scrap and piece of green waste that leaves their kitchen. Is there a better way of disposing of it? Do you think that the Titirangi community could compost 100% of our food waste? I believe the answer is yes and would love to talk to locals who want to help. Katrina Wolff aims to bring biodynamic composting to all households, schools and businesses. She teaches about compost by showing how to use it, making home-made seed-raising mix and potting mix. Through her company Blue Borage, she provides consultations and workshops for homes, schools and businesses. She can be contacted through Instagram, Facebook and a Facebook group called ‘Blue Borage Gardening’.

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Our West Coast dotterels – striving to survive The New Zealand Dotterel of chicken wire and sticks to deter (tūturiwhatu) is an endemic species avian predators, fencing, signage of plover classified as ‘at risk but and predator control. However a recovering’ in the North Island, storm in November wiped out the unlike the southern subspecies, first nest, meaning the later nests which now only breeds on Stewart coincided with increased human Island and is classified as ‘nationally activity and dogs on the beach. The critical’. The Banded Dotterel is the fact that the nests were in an offmost common plover species on leash dog area made matters even New Zealand seashores, estuaries more challenging. and riverbeds but even it is After the additional parenting classified as ‘nationally vulnerable’. duty that Jordi (father of a one-year Our West Coast dotterels are the This season’s dotterel chicks at Piha. old) has undertaken with the Piha first mentioned species, and are far dotterels, he is interested to see if from plentiful on our West Coast beaches. The breeding season is the three chicks he banded will return from their ‘OE’ to take up their now over for 2018-19 and 10 chicks are known to have successfully own breeding sites at Piha. His advice to beach goers is: “Be a wet sand fledged, three from a breeding pair at Piha, one from Bethells/Te walker; stay below the high tide mark between August and March to Henga, three from one breeding pair at Anawhata and three from avoid disturbing nesting shorebirds. If you're walking your dog please four pairs at Karekare. Only the first two sites are managed (crucial abide to the local rules and make sure you keep your dog under control to breeding success), and it is heartening news that for the first time at all times.” (Check out Jordi’s website at in many years a dotterel chick has fledged at Bethells/Te Henga. The Dotterels leave their breeding grounds and form flocks, peaking in conservation work carried out by Auckland Council’s biodiversity team, March, typically at large estuaries such as Mangawhai and Omaha in conjunction with some Bethells locals has been key to this success, where they feast on invertebrates, mussels and small fish before they and similarly at Piha, local dotterel minders Jordi Tablada and Sean move back to their breeding sites from May. MacKenzie have helped ensure the chicks made it to juvenile stage. Dotterels are gutsy little birds and it is fascinating to observe them Coastal dotterels tend to nest in a scrape of sand on the beach which as masters of distraction. In their mission to lead potential intruders is a prime reason why they are so vulnerable. They also tend to nest at away from nests and chicks, they use ‘rat-runs’ and injury-feigning peak visitor times and although most humans are mindful of the roped- techniques. Small chicks crouch and ‘freeze’ when danger threatens, off nesting areas, the chicks are vulnerable to dogs, gulls, pūkekos, while older chicks typically run to the nearest cover and hide. Both stoats and other predators. Dotterel chicks are at most risk in their first strategies work in their favour as they camouflage well into sand. few days which can be a stressful time for both the adult birds and the It is estimated that there are about 2000 northern New Zealand volunteers wanting to protect them. dotterels, with only around 200 in the South Island where they face 2017-18 was the first time in the last few years that dotterel chicks extinction. had fledged at Piha. Of the three chicks hatched then, two survived You can help the recovery of this delightful little bird by supporting and one was killed by a dog. This year Jordi Tablada says that, the Omaha Shorebird Protection Trust http://www.omahashorebirds. over a five-month period from when the eggs were laid, they took or becoming a dotterel minder on your local beach between measures to protect the dotterel nest including building a shelter August and March.

weather by the moon

Ken Ring’s predictions for May May should be sunny and dry for the first 10 days, but for the rest of the month rain is expected within any three days. There may be, like last month, three main phases of rain, the first over the middle of the month, the second in the fourth week, and one in the last few days. Heaviest rainfall may be on or near the 14th. Sunshine gives way to cloudiness in the second week and returns only intermittently thereafter. The average wind direction is from the southeast. The windiest day may be the 16th. The average maximum temperature may be 19-21°C and for minimums, 12-14°C. The warmest day may be around the 24th with a possible 22°C maximum, and the coolest night may be around 28th with an unusual 4°C. Overall the barometer may average above 1019 mbs. The highest barometer reading may be approximately 1030mbs between the 6th and 9th, and the lowest about 1000mbs around the 21st. The best interval for outside activities should be the first 10 days. Highest tides at Cornwallis are on the 19th, being only the eighth highest this year, with a lesser high tide around the 6th. For fishermen, the best fishing bite-times (in the West) are around lunchtime on the 4th-6th and 18th-21st. Chances look okay for dusk 12th-13th and 25th-28th. However, south-easterlies after the 9th are not good for fishing. For gardeners, the best sowing interval is 11th-18th, when the waxing moon is ascending. The best pruning periods are 1st-4th and 24th-31st, when the waning moon is descending. If harvesting for preservation and longer shelf-life, choose lower water-table days: 1st, 12th and 27th. Allow 24 hour error for all forecasting. For future weather for any date, visit © Ken Ring 2019.


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New principal revels in student achievements Green Bay High School’s new principal, Fiona Barker has returned to her roots, having grown up first in Glen Eden and later in Titirangi. Though a Mt Albert resident for the last 20 years, she still feels a strong connection to the West Auckland communities and the unique Waitākere Ranges backyard. Fiona attended Avondale College and completed a music degree at University of Auckland. Marriage and a sixyear stint in the UK followed, where Fiona completed teacher training and taught secondary school music. On her return to New Zealand she became a music teacher at her old secondary school, progressing to head the music department and then became deputy principal. She then went to Mt Albert Grammar for three years as deputy then associate principal, with curriculum and ‘Community of Learning’ portfolios. Fiona has been impressed by the passion and commitment of Green Bay High staff and their openness to providing personalised learning and pastoral support for students. She attributes this, in part, to the work of her predecessor, Morag Hutchinson, who created the environment for this work to evolve, complementing her own vision of a wider educational context – helping students become the best they can be, both academically and personally. She plans to continue to drive innovation in the school, to be flexible but opportunistic, future proofing the school curriculum but also instilling the basics to create well-rounded students. As she reflects on her first term as principal, Fiona is very proud of the school’s stream of significant regional and national student achievements. These have come in a diverse range of individual and group activities spanning the arts, sports and technology. Fiona recognises that there is a wealth of skills, knowledge and innovation in our community that students can learn from and welcomes potential partnerships with individuals or businesses, be they work experience, coaching, or other opportunities. – Fiona Drummond

Community Centre to be upgraded The community centre in New Lynn is to receive a $1 million boost following a decision to redevelop and improve facilities at the venue. The Whau Local Board has agreed to allocate $300,000 towards the overall cost of the project, which, along with programmed renewal works, will also see improvements to the entrance, the creation of a bigger foyer space, a new lounge space and the creation of a new meeting space. Since it was opened in 2001, the centre has seen steady growth in use in line with the growth of the population, and with New Lynn expected to grow by around 10,000 more residents by 2024, future proofing the facility to cope with the expected growth was seen by the board as a crucial piece of work. “Allocating this funding to improve the community centre is essential to ensure that the centre is fit for purpose and can serve a rapidly growing population,” says Tracy Mulholland, Chair of Whau Local Board. Work on the design and consenting work is underway, with physical work starting later this year.

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Baby Boomers to invest in Village Yeah gidday, Lizard here. I was woken by the ringing of my phone. It was very late, or very early, depending on which way I was facing. It was Charles, president of the Titirangi Old Folks Fun Society, or TOFFS as they are now known. (They used to be the West Auckland Neighbourhood Kind Elderly Residents Society, but that drew too many complaints.) Charles wanted my thoughts and suggestions as to where the TOFFS could invest the substantial booty that the baby boomers had amassed and which was held in a very fruitful bank account called Retirement Investment Property Expansion Ltd or RIPE. They had faith in my advice because I’d always kept my nose to the ground. As Charles said to his committee, “No-one has spent longer, face down in our gutters, than Lizard.” As we all know, Titirangi Village is about to get a makeover. Gone will be the posters advertising yoga, landscaping, feng shui, bedside furniture and open mic nights plastering the urinal walls. The urinals are to be replaced by a smart new retail development, enticingly called The Rise. I am usually against anything new, with the exception of seafood and toilet paper, but I don’t want to be a fuddy-duddy and consider this to be a great opportunity for the TOFFS to represent many of the people living in the Village i.e. the retirees. I suggested they lease three shop spaces and we agreed to meet at the RSA the next morning, before bowls, to brainstorm some ideas. We arrived around lunch time so I got in the first round of jugs and we began our meeting. We agreed from the outset that we didn’t want to repeat the mistakes made on the Gold Coast, where the retail sector was being overrun by poker machines and huge discount pharmacy warehouses. As Charles rightly said, ‘“If we want to peddle black market Viagra, I don’t think a place called The Rise is at all appropriate.” Edna got the giggles and spilt her Tequila Sunrise. I’d made out a list of ideas and passed copies around the group:

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1. Rent three shops. 2. One space to be a ‘soft food’ outlet with an early-bird menu. Possibly called Gummies? All dishes should include marijuana. With this health theme in mind, we should decorate the cafe with dozens of throw cushions made from recycled Jamaican hemp. 3. All coffee should have three shots standard unless more is requested. Cups of tea should be free. 4. The in-house sound system should always play a selection of Olivia Newton John, Andy Williams or (obviously) The Doobie Brothers. 5. We should have ladies, wearing nurse’s uniforms and appropriately qualified, cruising the common areas on Segway machines, toting for new business and handing out free aspirin and or Vodka cocktail jellies. 6. In the foyer we could run educational classes. I’m looking for ideas but definitely think, to begin with, we should offer classes on birdfeeder construction, ham radio operation and, perhaps, beginner’s stamp collecting with the title, ‘It’s never too late.’ 7. A second shop should be a knick knack shop specialising in figurines. N.B. Ask Dick about his model train set and perhaps Jim could make some more wooden wall plaques. ‘Who farted?’ was always a good seller. I’ll bring, for display only, my amazing clock that is inside a bell jar with all the working parts visible, powered by a ring of three shiny balls that spin one way, then the other. 8. The third shop could just be a chill space for over 55s. Perhaps a crossword club? We finished off this very productive meeting with a round of snooker and a jug of Fluffy Ducks. Delicious. Well, ’til we meet in the Village, remember the great real-estate proverb: “Find out where the people are going and buy all the land before they get there.” Money for jam. Later, Lizard.

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