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ISSUE 184, AUGUST 2019

community news, issues, arts, people, events

Designed by architects. Loved by owners.

A rural escape. A connected community. Fletcher Living and Jason Bailey Architects have created a new community at Whenuapai and our homeowners are just loving the outcome. For new homeowners Iiona and David, it’s the sense of community that comes from having the local school, the daycare centre, the café – right on their doorstep that makes Whenuapai so special. “We love all the big wide open spaces, nice, small community that’s growing…no stress” says Iiona. Her partner David agrees,

“There’s the playground just across from us - which is brilliant, it’s neat being that close.” That’s precisely the feeling Jason Bailey Architects wanted to achieve. Watch our new video to learn more about why our homeowners love living in Whenuapai.

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The Rise – an update; Is 5G a problem?...................................... 4 New challenges in a different community; Waste minimisation grants available............................................ 5 ‘Petrelheads’ aiming for a predator-free Cornwallis.................... 6 Turning your ‘third age’ into positive health outcomes............... 7 Helping to create memories; Environmental grants available...... 8


Caring for your assets and your welfare....................................... 9 Bandstanding: Park Rd................................................................ 10 Art and about with Naomi McCleary..................................... 12-13 At the libraries............................................................................ 14 Titirangi Painters’ Winter Exhibition returns.............................. 15 Places to go: Events listing................................................. 16 – 17


Feature: local government elections.................................. 18 – 23 New development coming to Green Bay.................................... 24 Why not give bowls a go?; Anna Crichton Cartoon.................... 25 Slowing Climate Change – one purchase at a time.................... 26 Takeaways don’t have to include plastic waste.......................... 27 Naturally West: meet the glow worm (titiwai)........................... 28


Walk west with Michael Andrew; Weather by the moon................................................................ 29 Live @ the lounge...................................................................... 30 Advertisers’ Directory................................................................. 31

On our cover: There’s nothing quite like messing about on the sea shore, exploring the rock pools, paddling in the shallows, maybe going for a swim or just enjoying our beautiful coastal areas. But it’s not as idyllic as it might appear. At the time of writing many of our local beaches and lagoons are unsafe for swimming and other water-based activities. These include North Piha and Piha Lagoons, Foster Bay (although Huia is said to be safe), Laingholm Beach, Titirangi Beach (although neighbouring French Bay is said to be safe), Wood Bay and Green Bay. A major reason why these beaches are dangerous is that there is a high risk of illness from swimming or taking seafood due to the unsafe levels of Faecal Indicator Bacteria in the water. With 520km of coastline, the Manukau is New Zealand’s second largest harbour. It is also in a state of serious decline. The Manukau Harbour Forum, established by Continued on page 9 >>

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The Rise – an update The Rise is Broadway Property Group’s new development on the corner of South Titirangi and Titirangi Roads and BPG director Adrian Hughes says that the focus since starting the project in March has been on preparing the site for the new building. Those visiting the Village will have noticed a large timber platform has been built below The Base Café. This Adrian Hughes (left) with project platform is part of a 700sq m lower manager Murray Stiven on-site. car parking area which will be used by workers and vehicles during construction, and form part of the 42-vehicle tenant and visitor car park when finished. Adrian also says that initial leasing feedback has been highly positive. Two businesses owned by long-term locals have already signed leases and others are in advanced stages of negotiation. With strong interest, the mix of tenants that will occupy the six-eight retail spaces and 650m2 of office space is likely to be positive for the Village, he says. To recognise the unique spirit of the site and its ridgetop position, local artist Malcolm White has redesigned the main office foyer and introduced a distinctive Waitākere Ranges flavour to the property. (Watch this space for more details.) “We thank all those that have warmly welcomed us into the community and shown enthusiasm for this new building which will be an integral part of the community for many decades,” says Adrian. Construction on the new energy-efficient building will begin shortly, pending the final building consent, with completion expected towards the end of 2020.

We are experiencing two losses Living out west, we are surrounded by beautiful bush and we usually have easy access to fabulous bush walks. Unfortunately, due to kauri dieback, we can no longer walk many of the tracks in the Waitākere Ranges. So we are experiencing two losses: the threatened loss of our taonga kauri, and the loss of our local walking tracks. I’ve been working on getting more action on kauri dieback. If we can get it under control, then not only will we save our beautiful trees, but we will also save our access to walking tracks. As chair of the government’s Environment Select Committee, I arranged a series of briefings which became the basis of a report to Parliament. The report is available at: https://www.parliament. nz/en/pb/sc/reports/document/SCR_89461/briefing-on-kauridieback. It’s tempting to apportion blame, but I think it’s more constructive to look for solutions. The Minister for Science and Innovation has allocated more money for research, and the Minister for Biosecurity is setting up an independent agency which will put in place a National Pest Management Plan for kauri dieback. In the meantime, Auckland City Council is working on the tracks in the Ranges to make sure that they are kauri-dieback-proof. We would all like it to happen faster but a little bit of patience will ensure that we can save our trees as well as saving our bushwalks. And a big thank you to Te Kawarau a Māki, the Waitākere Ranges Local Board and the City Council for getting the Zig Zag Track open again. – Deborah Russell, MP for New Lynn


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Is 5G a problem?

A group of concerned local residents recently met with Waitākere Ranges Local Board to request a moratorium on the roll-out of 5G technology in West Auckland. 5G is the latest upgrade to the mobile network and has been making headlines with concerns about health risks and the potential interference with weather satellites relied on by forecasters. On the other end of the spectrum, the hype around 5G has been going into overdrive, promising that the new technology will allow fleets of driverless cars to navigate our streets and surgeons to perform operations remotely. “People have only seen glossy adverts touting the so-called advantages of 5G but have not been informed of the dangers to their health and the environment,” says Laurie Ross of 5G Free NZ. Laurie also argues that the intended roll-out “is a violation of democratic rights and freedoms as well as exposing the public to highly dangerous electromagnetic frequencies 24/7 that threaten community wellbeing.” 5G Free NZ claims that electromagnetic frequencies could be carcinogenic, among many other health threats, and also draws attention to the possible environmental affects of the technology. The group wants to see a moratorium on 5G rollout until further research into “the dangers” has been conducted. Although research into the technology is being undertaken around the world, New Zealand experts have not seen any potential threat from 5G technology. The radio spectrum has long been considered safe and has been used for TV, radio and mobile phone signals for decades. “5G is just a new application of radio technology, and the knowledge gained from some 60 years of research is as applicable to 5G as any other form of radio technology,” says Martin Gledhill, director of EMF Services. “The radio frequencies to be used by 5G are similar to those that have been used for several decades. Recent research confirms the validity of current exposure limits. It also shows that in everyday life, exposures are normally far below the limits.” Keith Petrie, Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Auckland says, “the majority of studies show that there is no relationship between weak electromagnetic field exposure and symptoms or health.” Further, the Ministry of Health’s technical advisory committee on non-ionising radiation has reported that it doesn’t think the current research warrants any changes to the current health exposure standards for radiation within the radio section of the spectrum. 5G was rolled out in Finland, Estonia and Qatar in 2018. There have been no reports of ill effects to date.

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New challenges in a different community Green Bay’s Moana Cook was raised by her grandfather to look after others, to care for her community and to give anything a go. It’s a credo she’s had all her life. It was behind everything she put into her work at the Green Bay Community House for 15 years and which she’s taking to her new role at the New Lynn Community Centre. Proud of her work with a small team at Green Bay building friendships, learning new things and sharing skills, Moana says she thinks the biggest impacts she’s had are creating an environment where the community has taken ownership of the community house and developing new ‘people connections’. “When my children were babies, I used to walk past the house and not even give it a second thought. Then I started bringing the kids to playgroup twice a week and saw the potential the place had to bring people in the community together,” she says. From attending playgroup with her boys it wasn’t long until Moana was on its committee. She did that for eight years before taking on the role of coordinator at the house, seeing the place double in size and now catering for up to 30 groups covering all facets of the community. “I wanted people in the area to take ownership so it becomes very much their place too, and that’s happened. “We see different kinds of people using it now too

– activities like street food events, fairs and markets, and as a venue for school holiday programmes and children’s birthday parties.” Moana’s humble about the role she’s played in the house’s success with its open and welcoming ambience and give-it-a-go attitude for new concepts. “It’s just the way I was brought up. My grandfather was like that – our house was always full of people of all sorts and he was heavily involved in community work. We were brought up to look after other people,” she says. “But my time at Green Bay is done now and I want to see what I can do in a different community in New Lynn. I’m excited about the new challenges there and the chance to develop new programmes for that community.”

Moana Cook – new challenges in new role.

– Moira Kennedy

Calling all zero waste innovators Jump-start your waste minimisation project with funding from the Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund (WMIF). Grants of up to $50,000 are available from Auckland Council for locals with innovative ideas on how to reduce waste. The WMIF helps bring ideas to life and will help the city reach its target of zero waste to landfill by 2040. WMIF funds projects from businesses, local iwi, and education and community groups that will divert waste from landfill. Council is encouraging waste minimisation start-ups and initiatives to think about how WMIF funding could enhance or expand their work.

“Almost 400 projects have been funded by WMIF since 2013, allocating more than $3.88 million to assist our zero-waste champions,” says Penny Hulse, chair of the Environment and Community committee. “It’s encouraging to see so many groups and organisations making waste minimisation a way of life within our communities.” To find out more search for waste minimisation on Council’s web site, email or phone (09) 301 0101. Grant applications open on September 1 and close at the end of the month.

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‘Petrelheads’ aiming for a predator-free Cornwallis

Above: Alex Duncan resetting a Good Nature trap. Right: The view from a trap line to the Manukau heads.

Petrelheads Noel Armstrong, Alex Duncan, Rhys Lloyd and Oscar Dove.

Those who know something about petrels will probably know that the way they land typically involves savagely crashing into the undergrowth when returning to the nest each night. Thanks to the conservation efforts of some dedicated locals, this is now a regular occurrence on Cornwallis Peninsula, where grey-faced petrels and other wildlife have rebounded over the last four years. That’s how long Friends of Cornwallis, locally known as the ‘Petrelheads’, have been scrambling through the scrub, resetting and monitoring traps and cameras along several kilometres of tangled, steep and slippery tracks. While it sounds laborious, local resident and avid Petrelhead Alex Duncan doesn’t see it that way. He loves traipsing along the concealed trap lines, reaching otherwise inaccessible parts of the peninsula where the views across the Manukau are unlike anywhere else in Waitakere. “I would pay to do this kind of work,” he says, gazing past the cabbage trees out to the Manukau heads. Along with about 25 other regular volunteers, Alex usually works on the peninsula once a week, something he says brings him a great deal of satisfaction. “I’m semi-retired now, but if I’m ever doing paper-work and need a break, I’ll just wander up here and work on a trap line.” With about 200 traps – a combination of Auckland Councildonated DOC 200 and Good Nature traps – across the peninsula, there’s plenty of work to be done. Resetting the traps, clearing away any dead stoats or rats – which would otherwise decimate the birdlife – and changing the batteries of the camera which monitors the petrel nesting site on the steep foreshore of the peninsula are all part of the job. It can be precarious work, and that’s where the younger volunteers come in. Oscar Dove and Rhys Lloyd are Laingholm residents both in their early 20s. While they only started recently, Alex intends to employ them on the more inaccessible lines in the coming months,

once they’ve got their heads around the traps. The pair signed up to Petrelheads to get involved in local conservation, but also as a legitimate way to get back into some nature with the rest of the forest closed to kauri dieback. Oscar is also an ecology student at the University of Auckland, making the conservation work at Cornwallis right up his alley. His knowledge comes in handy too, deftly naming and identifying many of the weeds, native trees and birdlife. Other than petrels, the area has seen a rise in the numbers of fern birds, tūī, pīwakawaka, tauhou, riroriro with rarer species like miromiro and native geckos starting to return. Fur seals (kekeno) have also been seen basking on the rocks. All this is what makes the place so special, says Alex. “It’s a fantastic amenity, the peninsula. People launch their boats here, they swim here and the work we do is all adding to that really. People wander along the beach and they can hear the birds. “We see this as being a taonga really, it’s a gift. We’re privileged to be living here.” The conservation project is due to be developed and expanded with help from the Auckland Council’s biodiversity team over the coming months. With possums all but eradicated from the peninsula, the aim will be to extend the trap lines and knock back the stoats and rats while the petrel chicks hatch during August. Anyone wanting to help make Cornwallis Peninsula predator-free and see an otherwise hidden patch of Waitākere is welcome to get involved. Contact Alex and Rosemary at pestfreecornwallis@ – Michael Andrew

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Turning your ‘third age’ into positive health outcomes Lively minds and a desire to keep learning in retirement can be at the heart of preventing – or at least avoiding – social isolation, loneliness and associated health issue in our senior years. International research has linked loneliness and social isolation to higher risks of a range of physical and mental issues including high blood pressure, heart disease, anxiety, depression and cognitive decline among others. On the other hand, studies are also showing that people engaging in meaningful and productive activities with others seem to maintain their well-being, boost their mood, have a sense of purpose and improve their cognitive function. As the population ages, governments, health authorities and social organisations are coming to understand that the ageing process can be a positive and not a negative thing, and are developing measures to deal with it. We’re living about 25 years longer than we did a century ago and UK research shows lacking social connections is as damaging to our health as smoking. As humans, we’re social creatures and social contact is fundamental to our good health. The challenges now are to make retirement a time for reinvention and help lower the risk of poor health. Many groups are working to provide social occasions and opportunities for retired individuals in our community. These groups are acknowledged as impacting positively on self-worth, identity and mental and physical and mental well-being. One such group is U3A, is an international movement that started in France in 1973 for men and women in their “third age,” post career and family, and aimed at bringing people together to continue their enjoyment of learning and sharing knowledge. The Titirangi U3A joined the global movement nearly four years ago and has blossomed into a 90-person membership of people aged 55-plus, offering more than 20 study and interest groups covering virtually the gamut of life itself including walks, art and opera appreciation, music, books, travel, mahjong, scrabble, quizzing, creative writing, Latin American studies, current affairs, history, ethnic cuisine, chess, genealogy and even

myths, legends and fairy tales. “One of the advantages of attending study or interest groups is the social interaction they provide,” says local president Maggie Way. “They’re small groups of usually fewer than 10 people and held in members’ homes. Common interests and connection with others are key to their success in a warm and friendly environment that usually involves tea and coffee as well as shared information.” Some members belong to as many groups as they have time for while others belong to one or two but also participate in monthly meetings involving mini-talks and guest speakers. “Titirangi U3A members come from all walks of life and are keen to share their knowledge and life experiences with others,” Maggie says. “No qualifications are required, just some life experience and a desire to keep learning and enjoying mental stimulation in good company,” Maggie says. “As we get older it can be easy to switch off and lose interest in what is going on around us. There’s no need to feel lonely or bored with groups like U3A on our doorstep that can brighten up our lives, create opportunities to make new friends, stimulate our brain cells and even promote positive health outcomes. And it’s good fun.” For more information visit , find Titirangi U3A on Facebook, or contact Maggie Way by email, maggie.u3a.titirangi@gmail,com, or phone 021 177 8221.

Some of the committee members of Titirangi U3A with a recent guest speaker, author and community stalwart, Sharon Davies QSM.

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The sixth annual Maddi’s Market is to take place in the middle of this month. The market was originally started to raise funds for Maddi Hinchelwood who ising event A community fundra was facing an uncertain future in her battle with cancer. Now, six years later both Maddi and the market are going from strength to strength. The initial event was so successful that Maddi’s mother Penny decided to run it annually for children with serious illness and disabilities. All proceeds from Rd stall hire, raffles, and a on ns 10 9 At ki sausage sizzle, along with a percentage from the amusement rides and food stalls will go to the chosen child. The work involved in organising the event is all voluntary. This year’s beneficiary for the market is Jayden, pictured above. Jayden’s brain tumour is proving to be a serious challenge and the goal of this year’s market is to raise enough money for ting rke to: his family to support him and help them make some ‘forever Ma ks z an Buz Th ce@Glen Eden, @Silverdale, FreshChoi k & Westgate memories’. Par via Syl e@ Di Wright, Snow Planet ous reh ABC Signs, The Wa ls Am use me nts Kerry E Photography, un tdo wn , Fu nc o & Gil nte rs, Mo oi Ba gs, Co

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Applications for this year’s Regional Environment and Natural Heritage (RENH) grants programme are now open. The programme aims to fund work protecting, restoring or enhancing Auckland’s environment, especially projects with a focus on strategic regional initiatives that support natural heritage and environmental, sustainable living. Applications close August 30, with grants of $5000 to $40,000 available. Funding will be decided in December 2019 for projects to start in January 2020. Individuals, mana whenua, iwi, organisations and community groups are all welcome to apply. The programme is looking for sustainable living projects that contribute towards behaviour change, education or adoption of sustainable practices, conservation projects working towards the effective management of indigenous ecosystems or species, projects managing plant and animal pests identified in the Regional Pest Management Strategy, Healthy Waters projects that contribute towards protecting, improving and/or restoring waterways and Kaitiakitanga, i.e. projects or activities that empower mana whenua and/or mataawaka kaitiakitanga of Auckland’s natural environment. To apply visit and if you need a hand with your application, email

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preparing for the future

Caring for your assets and your welfare The ability to manage our own affairs and make our own decisions is not often questioned by most of us. But what happens when our ability to make our own decisions is taken away from us through illness or injury? An Enduring Power of Attorney allows you to appoint a trusted person or persons to make decisions on your behalf. It is important that every adult, regardless of age, take steps to create an Enduring Power of Attorney.

What is an Enduring Power of Attorney?

An Enduring Power of Attorney (EPOA) is a legal form that allows you to appoint an attorney or attorneys to make decisions on your behalf. There are two types: 1. Property – covering your money and assets. 2. Personal Care and Welfare – covering your health and care decisions.

When do they come into effect?

The EPOA would come into effect if a member of the medical profession or the Family Court determines that you have become mentally incapable of making decisions on your own behalf. A Property EPOA may also have the ability to come into effect while you have capacity should you instruct your Attorney to act on your behalf.

How do I get an EPOA?

Once you have considered who you may want to act as your Attorney and what you would want them to do, you would need to arrange to contact a lawyer to discuss and prepare the Forms. In order for the forms to apply, your signatures will need to be witnessed by a lawyer who can certify that they have explained the forms to you. They will ensure that your forms meet the legal requirements.

You can find out more about setting up an EPOA at the SuperSeniors website. Visit www. nz.

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What Does an Attorney do?

An Attorney can make decisions on your behalf as if you yourself were making decisions, although there are some areas where an Attorney has no power to decide. Otherwise, the attorney’s main responsibility is to act in your best interests, and they must consult with you as far as is possible.

Who can be my Attorney?

It is a matter of choosing an attorney or attorneys who you trust to make decisions that are in your best interests. This could be a friend or family member or trusted colleague. The only restriction is that they must be over 20 years of age, not bankrupt and not mentally incapable themselves.

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Harbour Symposium continued from page 3

the nine local boards which surround the harbour in 2010, hosts an annual Manukau Harbour Symposium and Community Forum. The event brings together like-minded individuals, groups, businesses and organisations to work towards the common goal of improving the health of the Manukau Harbour. Speakers at this year’s event will cover Auckland Council’s Water Future Strategy, as well as Panuku Development Auckland’s plans for Onehunga. Guests will hear from young Sustainable Ambassadors, Smart Seeds, from Johnnie Freeland (Ngati te Ata) and will have the opportunity to contribute to the conversation through panel discussions and a Q&A session. Everyone is invited to attend this free event: August 3, 10am–2.30pm at the MIT building Manukau Train Station and coverage of the event will appear in a later Fringe. (To find out whether Council believes your beach is safe or not, visit www.

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bandstanding: music in the west with susannah bridges

‘It’s important to believe in our songs and own them ...’ Park Rd (the band, not the road!) Presumably the dance was formed by five students who moves are best witnessed met at the Titirangi Rudolf Steiner at live gigs, but a wee inkling School (TRSS) in 2018. In the short of what they might be like time that they have been together can be seen by checking out Angus, Te Kapua, Carlos, Leo and Park Rd’s video submission Tom have released two songs on for the SFRQ finals. “After Spotify and Apple Music, performed winning the Auckland a string of gigs, recorded at The Lab regional final, the next stage and Roundhead Studios, and are now was to record a video entry competing for a place in the National of four original songs. We Final of the SmokeFreeRockQuest. recorded our video at The While heaps of support comes from Lab Recording Studio with musical parents and grandparents, Jol Mulholland. The top 30 TRSS teaches music as a core subject, videos will be announced on as well as offering it as an elective Left to right: Tom Thorne-Chamberlain, Te Kapua Pene, Leo Crawshaw-Bond, July 26, the national finalists subject for senior students who want Carlos Martin and Angus Hampton-Carr at Zeal’s Pink Shirt Day. will be announced on August to take music further. “We are very grateful for the support from the 2 and the final takes place on September 14.” school and teachers in allowing us to use a classroom as a space to Park Rd’s newest release Surfer Boy Paradise was also recorded at practice,” says Tom. “And we have also had huge support from local The Lab with Jol. “He was awesome to work with and he recorded guitar teacher Grant Scott who helped us with our first gig at our school us with a great sound,” says Tom. “And last year we recorded Lay Me ball last year.” Down at Roundhead Studios due to Leo and I being selected as finalists Since then the band has played many a school event, performed to a in the 2018 Play It Strange competition.” full house at The Glen Eden Bowling Club (to launch their single Lay Me Both tracks can be heard on Spotify and Apple Music and the band Down), and featured on the bills of the Titirangi Festival of Music, the have many more songs to record in the future when funds permit. Vibe Youth Festival and Zeal’s Pink Shirt Day. They have won the West “Leo has a small recording set-up in his bedroom where we record Auckland heat of New Found Sound, and will compete in the final of demos for our songs. Our process for writing is that normally we that competition on August 9 – by which stage they will know if they find some chords and start jamming them at practice in the school have a place in the final of the SFRQ. They are also finalists in the 2019 classroom, with the band trying to find a melody or a hook for the song, Play it Strange song-writing competition for their song Lie. Oh and and then we go away and write the rest.” there are other gigs before, after and in between the competitions. Apart from the New Found Sound final and the possibility of “We talked to Tom Dalton, who’s the dad of a classmate and manages performing at the SFRQ final, Park Rd has upcoming gigs at UFO in New bands in New Zealand such as the Datsuns and Don McGlashan. He Lynn on August 10 and at Stand Up Stand Out on August 12. gave us good advice and told us to play as many gigs as we can, which “It’s awesome seeing people having a great time to our music,” says is pretty much what we’ve done. Winning the SFRQ Auckland regional Tom. “Seeing the audience’s reaction is great but we’ve discovered final was an awesome experience, and SmokeFreeRockQuest has been it’s important to believe in our songs and own them on stage rather a great place to meet other bands and make connections.” than letting the audience reaction affect what we do. A highlight for us Tom describes Park Rd’s sound as Indie-rock/rock/pop. “We like to was performing to such a cool audience at SFRQ and really connecting use many different genres because it keeps it interesting for us,” says with the crowd and the excitement. It’s just the best time on stage as Tom. “We all bring something unique to the sound. Angus is pretty a performer when you are really enjoying your music and you can see gnarly on the lead guitar and he comes up with catchy riffs and sizzling that the audience is as well. When it was announced that we’d won solos. Leo comes up with much of the structure and chord progressions the Auckland regional final, it was such a high and everyone went – he creates demos in his own time and brings them to the band. Carlos absolutely crazy!” comes up with groovy bass lines, TK slots in brilliantly – and brings a You can check out their SFRQ video submission at https://www. great vibe to the band. He has picked up the drums at an alarmingly and we also recommend you get fast rate. And I write the lyrics, melodies and am also in charge of dance along to UFO, 10 Drury Street, New Lynn on August 10. Tickets are $10 moves – haha.” at the door for an 8pm, all-ages show.


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art & about with naomi mccleary

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... the devastating effects of kauri dieback ... symptomatic of a deeper malaise – climate change, species extinction, increasing isolation and loss of identity.

It’s countdown time for the Going West Writers Festival (September 6 – 15). In this, its 24th year, the programme is richer, tighter, more varied – a smorgasbord of the familiar and the new. The ‘familiar’ is the books and writers weekend for which the full programme will be released on August 8. I can assure you that it will not fail to delight. See goingwestfest. The opening night, Friday September 6, is already out and declared – and bookings are open on iTicket. The lineup is spectacular; powerful poetry from Apirana Taylor, a response to the festival theme, Cutting Through from Elizabeth Knox, and The Bellbirds. Going West has always honoured New Zealand lyricists and The Bellbirds (Don McGlashan, Sean James Donnelly (SJD), Victoria Kelly and Sandy Mill) certainly wear that mantle with pride. Opening night is always a sold-out celebration, so don’t dally on that one. Going West has always aspired to a greater sense of being at home in the Village and this year this will be realised at The HUB in the Titirangi Theatre. It will be open all week (6th to 14th) with its own programme of workshops, films, waiata lessons and open theatre rehearsals – but also with a drop-in vibe for hanging out to talk books, exchange books, play speed scrabble and indulge in any other good idea that occurs between now and then. Full details online and in the programme guide from August 8. The performance season (previewed in the July Fringe) brings new theatre to life in the West. In this, Going West has been inspired by the kaupapa of Te Pou Maori Theatre and by the plays in the new writers programme that sits under the baton of renowned local playwright Gary Henderson. The beauty of this work is that you can watch rehearsals (with professional actors) over a twoday period and then see a final performance. Two plays

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will feature this year: Duel and Duality by Tracey Sharp and Clean Me by Ken Burns. In association with Te Pou Theatre, Going West will première a new children’s play by award-winning playwright Renee Liang. In Sofija’s Garden, Baba Sofija is waiting to tell her grandchildren a story – with their help, of course! Feisty Kosjenka yearns to travel far away from her home, so she rides on the back of the wind and befriends the shy giant Reygoch. Inspired by the oral histories of Dalmatian settlers, this story-within-a-story pays tribute to the pioneering spirit and tenaciousness of these early families. Director Tainui Tukiwaho (Cradle Song, Astroman) makes magic with masks, music and puppetry, and invites the audience to participate. (September 7, 8 and 14, Shed 2, Corban Estate Arts Centre) Also at Te Pou will be Whānau Day (storytelling in all its guises), Whakarongomai (play readings) and Te Pou Tuhi (playwrights’ workshop with Albert Belz). But wait – there’s more! Going West is proud to present the world première of Gary Stalker’s solo theatre work Ghost Trees – September 9 – 14 at the Arataki Visitors’ Centre. Directed by Paul Gittins, Ghost Trees draws on science, imagination and the indefatigable love of things lost. An immersive experience that combines magical storytelling with a creative soundscape, it is one man’s struggle to cope with the loss of his partner to cancer and a search for answers. He finds the devastating effects of kauri dieback on the trees surrounding his house symptomatic of a deeper malaise – climate change, species extinction, increasing isolation and loss of identity. Stalker takes you on his journey from the darkness of despair back into the light. The Poetry Slam is an annual highlight. Going West was the first ‘literary’ festival in New Zealand to include performance poetry in its line-up, and it remains one of the most respected gigs of its genre. From the preliminary heats a cast of finalists is coached by internationally renowned slammer and teacher Carrie Rudzinski; so they are winners even before the slam finale, where cash prizes are awarded by a top line-up of judges – Ria Masae (last year’s winner), Dominic ‘Tourettes’ Hoey and Lynda Chanwai-Earle. This year, for the first time, we move to the Hollywood Theatre – a great atmosphere and larger capacity. Three New Zealand films will show at The HUB during

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the week: Daffodils, a bitter-sweet musical romance by Rochelle Bright, starring Titirangi’s own Rose McIvor; Gattaca, a sci-fi classic by Andrew Niccol; and Erewhon, Gavin Hipkins’ experimental adaptation of Samuel Butler’s 1872 utopian satire. So what does Going West Writers Festival offer? Up close and personal with some of our most admired, and indeed revered, writers and thinkers. At times you will be entertained and amused; other times engaged in new thinking about matters of interest and concern; occasionally introduced to something outside your field of knowledge. It always feels as though we have invited the brightest and best into our ‘family’ of the West; that we host them and you, the audience, with inimitable warmth and style. Go to

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A new film is to screen at Lopdell House on September 1 at 5pm. Conscious Light recounts the life and work of western-born spiritual master Adi Da Samraj. The film was releaased in the later part of 2018 but this will be its first Auckland screening (other than at the Adidam Centre in Henderson Valley). Now seen in over 30 cities in 11 countries worldwide, Conscious Light draws on extensive archival collections of film, photography and audio recordings, as well as interviews with students who lived with Adi Da and practice his teachings. Conscious Light takes the viewer on an intimate journey from Adi Da's birth through his 36 years of teaching to the legacy and continuing relationship that is deepening beyond his passing. The film has received six awards in documentary film, including the Audience Choice Award for Documentary from the Awareness Film Festival in Los Angeles. “Besides being a biography of Adi Da's life and teaching, the film draws you into direct experience of his transmission of reality,” said filmmaker Peter Harvey-Wright. “Conscious Light is a powerful glimpse into the extraordinary life and purpose of one of the most profound spiritual teachers of the modern world,” according to Stuart Gibson, senior international advisor on museums, archaeology and cultural policy at UNESCO. Conscious Light, Lopell House Theatre, September 1, 50. Tickets $10 from Eventfinda and on the door. For more information visit https://consciouslightfilm. com/.

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At the Libraries


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Titirangi Library runs two regular book chats – an opportunity to participate in lively discussions about what you’ve been reading. Members meet on the first Tuesday and first Saturday of every month, 2-3pm, and read a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction. These gatherings are a chance to meet like-minded readers and discover your new favourite book. All are welcome to these friendly groups and no booking is required. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided. Libraries provide colour and black and white printing up to A3 size, from both the cloud and the Internet. This is a great service, particularly if you’re self-employed and don’t have a full office at home. In fact, you’re welcome to use the library space as a co-working facility. The library would like to pass on a big thank you to everyone who attended its school holiday events and says it was great to see so many families enjoying their community library during this time. Term three sees the return of preschool and afterschool activities. For under-fives there are three programmes to encourage early literacy, movement and active play in a fun social environment: Music and movement at Rhymetime, Tuesdays, 10.30am; Interactive learning at Storytime, Wednesdays, 10.00am; and Active movement at Wriggle & Rhyme, Fridays, 9.30am. There are also after school clubs where children can meet up and enjoy similar interests: Ukulele with Mark, Mondays, 3.30-4.00pm, suitable for ages 8+; Lego Club, Wednesdays, anytime between 3.30-5.00pm; and Minecraft Club, Thursdays, 3.30-4.30pm. For more information about any of these activities phone 817-0011

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Alongside all its regular programming for children, New Lynn Library is running some special events in August. Zine Workshop Thursday, August 1, 3.30-5.00pm. Make your own mini-magazine or comic at the first of three zine workshops. We’ll be sharing ideas, teaching you folding and binding techniques, and getting creative. Suitable for ages 14+.

Titirangi Library took part in a Council-wide challenge for Pink Shirt Day, supporting the message “Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora – Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying!” The library was thrilled to learn that its team won first prize, a charity voucher for $200, which was donated to Youthline to support their work in teen depression. Ka pai!

Tātai Whakapapa Workshop – an introduction to Māori Genealogy Research Tuesday, August 20, 2-3pm. Poukokiri Rangahau Māori Jacqueline Snee and Dena Jacob from Auckland Libraries Research Centre share their expertise in using online and local resources to research Māori genealogy/ whakapapa. Booking essential: email newlynn.library@ or phone 377 0209. Open Mic Poetry Evening Friday, August 23, 6-7pm. Celebrate National Poetry Day at New Lynn Library. There will be an opportunity to jump on the mic or just chill and listen to local poets. Zine Market New Lynn Saturday, August 31, 2-4pm. A chance to peruse New Lynn Library’s first zine market where you’ll find and connect with local zine creators, artists and more. Please bring cash for purchasing works. For any queries please contact newlynn.library@ For Glen Eden Library events See page 16 >>

Going West Festival is to present a series of readings and a book launch at Titirangi Library on September 7. 11-11.45am – Book Launch: Cutting Through – The Anthology. An original treasure from West Auckland’s creative scene, the Green Bay Writers, Titirangi Poets and Waitakere Writers have joined forces to create this unique collection. 11.45am-2.15pm – Reading sampler from The Anthology. The Titirangi Poets have been meeting monthly in Titirangi Library for over 40 years. Piers Davies and Amanda Eason (coordinators) are delighted many of their members have contributed to Cutting Through and invite everyone to stay for a selection of readings.

1-1.20pm – Apirana Taylor reads from a selection of his poetry. Apirana Taylor (Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau ā Apanui, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Pākehā) is a nationally and internationally published Māori poet, storyteller, playwright, novelist, actor, painter and musician. His poetry and short stories are studied in schools, polytechnics and universities and have been translated into many languages. 1.20-1.40pm – Paula Green, reads from a selection of her poetry. Paula Green is a poet, blogger (Poetry Shelf) and anthologist. In 2017, she was admitted to the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services toFRINGEADLTD.pdf Poetry and Literature and received the Prime Minister’s 1 15/11/16 16:33 Award for Poetry.

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The rich diversty of West Auckland art will be showcased in the Titirangi Painters’ Winter Exhibition in the third week of August. The annual show, on August 17 and 18 at the Titirangi War Memorial Hall, will feature hundreds of paintings by more than 40 artists. The exhibition has become a Titirangi institution, and reflects the artistic talent that has become synonymous with West Auckland. The paintings range from landscapes and floral subjects, through portraits and urban scenes, to photo realism and abstraction. Among the artists showing work is Sharon Mann who picked up the best painting award at the 2019 Auckland Easter Show. Showgoers can get an insight into the creative process and what it takes to be a painter. Artists will be available to answer questions about their work and several will demonstrate how they paint, including award-winner Monique Endt and seascape painter Ian Loretz. A major part of the show is the judged Reflections of the West section where members vie for the best painting of a West Auckland subject. “There’s a huge depth of talent in Titirangi Painters,” says club president, Mike Stock. “It’s a club that embraces artistic diversity and members produce high-quality work in a vast range of styles. There’ll be plenty to delight and intrigue visitors.” Showgoers can also vote for their favourite picture, with the winner announced on Sunday afternoon. Paintings are for sale, and the show runs 10am-5pm on Saturday, August 17 and 10am-4.30pm on Sunday, August 18.

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august w – 11, Piha Preschool – young up-and-coming artists; West Coast Gallery, Piha. Phone 812 8029. www. w – 18, Names held in our mouths, six artists and collectives reflect on how cultural knowledge is revived and sustained; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w – 25, Rooms found only in the home, Marie Shannon explores objects and evidence of personal interactions; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. w – September 15, Labour of Body featuring six artists who work with textiles; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w – September 15, Capturing Liberty, paintings by Laura Williams; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w 2, West Auckland Men’s Rebus Club, guest speaker and morning tea; Kelston Community Centre, Corner Great North and Awaroa Roads; 9.30-11.30am. Phone Roger 834 7945. w 3, Te Whau Pathway Open Day, find out more about this 15km shared pathway; Kelston Boys High School Auditorium, Archibald Road, Kelston; 9am-12pm. www.

w 3, Make‘N’Trade: a series of workshops exploring

environmental concerns through art; Te Uru Learning Centre; 10am-12pm and 1-3pm; Free. Phone 817 8087. w 4, Pete Leenen, live music; Titirangi RSA, 502 South Titirangi Road; 1-4pm; free, Phone 817 6415. w 4, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732. w 6 and 20, Quiz night; Titirangi RSA, 502 South Titirangi Road; 7pm. Phone 817 6415. w 7, Waitakere Grey Power General Meeting with guest speaker, Christine Rose; Waimauku RSA, 891 State Highway 16; 3.00pm. Phone 838 5207. w 9, 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 9, Flicks presents Rory’s Way (M, 107 mins) a drama starring Brian Cox; Lopdell House Theatre; 10.30am ($12/$10), 6pm or 8.15pm ($14/$12); Tickets from or on door. Text bookings to 0210 222 5558 or phone 818 2489. w 10, Titirangi Folk Music Club presents Beverley and Al Young in concert, floor singers first half; Titirangi Beach Hall, bottom of Titirangi Beach Road; 8pm; $10, members $7, Under 18s free. Text Cathy on 021 207 7289 for more. w 13, West Auckland Historical Society Family History Group meeting; Henderson Central Library West Auckland Research Centre; 10-11.30am. Phone Gary Snow 832 5098, 021 618 434 or email w 14, The Jolly Roger, live music; Titirangi RSA, 502 South Titirangi Road; 1-4pm; free, Phone 817 6415. w 15, Waitākere Forest & Bird Talk: Eugenie Sage,

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Minister for Conservation, gives an overview of current Government conservation policies; Kelston Community Centre, corner Awaroa and Great North Roads; 7.30pm; Koha appreciated. Phone Liz 027 476 2732 or email w 16, Movie fundraiser: Pride (2014), a drama/comedy starring Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton, to raise funds for Greg Presland’s local election campaign; Lopdell Hosue Theatre; Wine and nibbles from 6.30pm, movie from 7.15pm; $20, tickets on Eventbrite. w 17, Lions Club Book Sale; New Lynn Friendship Club Hall, 3063 Great North Road, New Lynn; 8am-4pm. Phone Mary 027 487 0639. w 17, Open Studio Squiggla, a creative learning activity for all ages; Te Uru Learning Centre; 10am-3pm; Free. Phone 817 8087. w 18, George Thompson, live music; Titirangi RSA, 502 South Titirangi Road; 1-4pm; free, Phone 817 6415. w 19, Henderson Falls Combined Friendship Club for fun, friendship, fellowship with speakers and trips; Henderson Bowling Club, 2/20 Alderman Drive, Henderson; 10 am. Phone Fern 416 0004. w 20, SeniorNet West Auckland, speaker, morning tea and chatting about computers; Kelston Community Centre; 10am. Phone June 021 179 3635. w 23, The Combined Probus Club of Glen Eden, fellowship, speakers, monthly trips; Ceramco Park Function Centre, Glendale Road, Kaurilands; 10-11.30am. Phone Brian Holt 838 5857. w 23, Titirangi Folk Music Club presents Folk Jam, musicians (and audience) are welcome to join the circle; Titirangi Beach Hall, bottom of Titirangi Beach Road; 8pm; $3. Text Cathy on 021 207 7289 for more.

At Glen Eden Library Glen Eden has some special events in August, in addition to its regular programmes.


Book Launch: The Castaway Hat by Clark James, Saturday, August 3, 2:30-3:30pm. Clark James author of the Wind of the West series will be sharing more about his two latest books, The Castaway Hat and Snowgirls.

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Whakapapa Workshop Tuesday, August 13, 2-3pm Want to learn more about your Māori ancestry? The library invites you to engage with experts from Central Library at this free workshop.


Book Launch: Crackers by Anna Soppet Saturday, August 10, 1:30-2:30pm Meet West Auckland author Anna Soppet and learn about her new book Crackers, a collection of poems and stories. The works in this book are Anna’s responses to the beautiful, the quirky, and the very ordinary experiences of life. Job Cafe Every Wednesday, 1-3pm Whau Ace Adult and Community Education offer free support in the library. The drop-in session includes preparing a CV, career guidance, job search, online applications and cover letters.

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Guess the Baby photo competition August is ‘Family History’ month and the library is running a competition to get to know the local business community and librarians. Guess who the babies are and you could win a prize. Circle Maths for Mums Thursday, August 29, 9:30-10:15am Learn cool maths tricks to teach your children!

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places to go w 24 – October 20, A way through, Colin McCahon’s

september w September 1, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732. There is so much happening in and around our community, including many weekly events, that we can’t fit everything into these listings. To find out more about whatever you are interested in, from Air Scouts to yoga, visit:



epic 1970 mural Gate III makes its first Auckland appearance since being commissioned by Auckland City Art Gallery; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w 25, Titirangi Village Market: art, craft, produce and music; Titirangi War Memorial Hall; 10am-2pm. Contact Tess on or phone 022 631 9436. w 25, Paul O’Brien & Friends, live music; Titirangi RSA, 502 South Titirangi Road; 1-4pm; free, Phone 817 6415. w 27, Titirangi U3A with a range of activities including study groups, discussions, speakers and more, new members welcome; West Lynn Garden, 73 Parker Avenue, New Lynn; 1pm; gold coin. Contact 817 5519 or maggie. w August 28, West Auckland Historical Society meeting: Club Moderne (formerly Art Deco Society (Auckland)) members speak about their activities; Waitakere Gardens Meeting Room, Henderson; 7pm. Phone 836 5917. w 30, OPEN MIC NIGHT; Titirangi RSA, 502 South Titirangi Rd; 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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KEN TURNER. Born and bred Waitakere local, Small Business Owner, Volunteer, Practical Conservationist, Farmer, Fisherman, Family man. In the 2018 Waitakere by-election, I asked for your vote. I promised to be a local voice on local issues, to fight for practical investment in our communities, and to prioritise the key services that affect our everyday lives. For 18 months, I have worked hard at keeping that promise and ensuring our community’s voices are heard by the council. As an individual board member, I’ve been effective at opening up communication, challenging wasteful budgets and questioning entrenched Council thinking.


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Locals from all walks of life are being encouraged to stand in this year’s local election. Nominations are now open, with 170 roles being contested. Aside from the mayoral race, 20 councillors will be elected to represent the 13 city wards and a further 149 representatives will be elected across the 21 local boards. “Now is the chance for people from all backgrounds to step up, share their ideas, and help lead our region forward,” says Auckland Council’s general manager, democracy services, Marguerite Delbet. A number of information sessions will be held over the coming weeks for people interested in standing. These will be publicised on the, where nomination forms are also available. Nominees must be New Zealand citizens aged 18 years or older and be enrolled on the New Zealand electoral roll. Nomination must be submitted by midday on August 16. After the candidates are announced on August 21, information about each person, including what motivated them to stand, will be available on Closer to the election, voters will be able to type their address into the website to find their local board and ward. They will also be able to search for the closest post box to return their voting papers. Nominations are also open for the DHB and licensing trusts elections, which take place at the same time as the local election. On the following pages we introduce the candidates that we already know are standing in Waitākere Ranges and Whau board areas.

But to build on this work, and create further opportunities for real change in how our communities are served by Council, we need the support of an experienced and grounded team on the Local Board. And I am hugely encouraged and grateful that five such people have stepped forward from our community offering their energy, experience and expertise to be part of the solution. So I ask again for your vote in the upcoming local elections, but this time I ask you to vote for the whole WestWards team: LINDA POTAUAINE, ANGUS CATHCART, CHERYL KELLY, DAVE DEMPSTER, MICHELLE CLAYTON and please don’t forget me, KEN TURNER

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Get to know Warren Piper “I am standing for the Whau Local Board as an independent because I believe the interests of our community should be put first over party politics. “I have always had a strong connection with West Auckland. It is both my home and where I work – in my family’s business with my father and grandfather. I’m passionate about this community and that’s why I have volunteered in various roles over the past few years including as Chairman of the New Lynn Business Association. “I’m proactive, driven and committed to delivering a better future for everyone that lives in the Whau. I will be the voice protecting the things that matter, planning for our future and that of the next generation, and advocating for the changes we need to shape a safe, healthy and thriving community. “I look forward to getting to know you when I’m out and about during the campaign, and I would appreciate your vote towards a fresh and passionate voice that will deliver a positive future for all of us here in the Whau. “Watch this space in the coming weeks as I discuss the issues that people in the community have raised with me. If you have any questions or would like to know more, visit my website, reach out over social media, email or ask me when you see me out and about.”

heritage. I am currently writing my fifth book about the Waitākeres, about Piha’s bushmen who went to WW1. “My track record includes achieving (with others) the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area Act, smoke-free parks and places, investment in fighting kauri dieback, greater support for community-coordinated pest control and environmental restoration in the Waitākeres. “On the Waitemata DHB I’m Deputy-Chair of the key Hospital Continued on page 20 >>


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Sandra Coney – ‘an outspoken advocate’ “I am a current member of the Waitemata District Health Board and the Waitākere Ranges Local Board on the Future West team and am seeking your support for another term. “I am an outspoken advocate for strong healthy communities and restoring our natural environment. I believe strongly in parks for people and have been instrumental in the acquisition of new parkland throughout Auckland. I have a background in community organisations, including founding and running organisations from scratch. I have also had 18 years’ experience in local government, as a regional councillor, Auckland Councillor, local board member and DHB member. “I live between Titirangi and Piha where my family has been for nearly 90 years. As well as restoring our land after fires, I love the old stories of the West and have built up the local board’s focus on

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Advisory Committee. I speak up for local health consumers and am one of only two board members from the West. My background is the Cartwright Inquiry into cervical cancer and I have a QSO for services for women’s health. We now have 24/7 emergency services at Waitakere Hospital and I want to see more rebuild at Waitakere Hospital and a new primary birthing centre for women in the west. I have particular interests in patients’ rights, public health, mental health, disability, screening programmes and women’s health.” – Sandra Coney, Waitemata District Health Board and Waitakere Ranges Local Board

VOTE CHRISTINE SHEPHERD for Waitakere Ranges Local Board I am an INDEPENDENT representing our Waitakere community. • Listening to you, the people • Transparency • Getting things done! Authorised by Christine Shepherd, 16E/30 Westward Ho Rd, Glen Eden, Auckland.


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Introducing Ross Clow “I am currently councillor for the Whau and chair of Auckland Council’s Finance & Performance Committee. Prior to this I was a long-serving New Lynn councillor and chair of Waitākere City Council’s Finance Committee. I have also served as president of the Portage Trust for 20 years. I was the founding president of Bay Olympic Football Club, past chairperson of Titirangi Primary’s board of trustees and a past trustee of the Lopdell Development and Olympic Park Trusts. A Titirangi resident for over 50 years I have run a New Lynn business for 27 years. Married to Lynn Pearl I am father of the Pearl clan. Our key Greater Auckland challenges are: better transport infrastructure and greater public transport options; affordable, sustainable housing choices; climate change challenges; enhancement of our public green spaces; keeping rates affordable; and embracing the rich cultural diversity in Auckland. I am an experienced and capable community advocate with over 30 years experience and have a proven track record of achievement in greater Auckland and Waitākere community affairs.

‘There is so much more work to do’ “Shane Henderson and I are standing for Auckland Council and hoping to represent the West after this year’s election. “We are both current Local Board chairs out West. The jobs are great and the work is challenging and exhilarating. Each day we get to make decisions at a local level to make our part of the city better. “You need Councillors that will deliver for you. There are big decisions ahead for our city, and our records show that we will listen and engage with you and get results for Westie residents. “I have lived in the West for the past 30 years. My wife and I have made the West our home. My kids were born here and went to school here and I have set up my law firm here. I have helped people with some of the most important things they have done and some of the most stressful. I have also been heavily involved with local community organisations and I know how wonderful and constructive local groups can be. “I am proud to be a Westie.  I love it here, it’s a community with values of fairness, diversity and a chance for everyone to get ahead.   “West Aucklanders expect action from their

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local representatives. They rightfully want us to be approachable and hard working and to make the West better one decision at a time. “But there is so much more work to do.  Rapid public transport links are essential to ease congestion, so residents can spend less time in traffic and more time with their families.  We need Council to focus on local jobs again. And we need to protect our environment and make our beaches swimmable again. The West is not doing as well as it should out of the super city.   “To really get action in the West, we need dedicated determined experienced representation.  Please vote for us for Council.”

Introducing Go the Whau! “Our strong team comprises candidates of great experience and promising new blood. Ross Clow: currently councillor for the Whau and chairperson Finance and Performance Committee, Auckland Council. Ross is a long serving Portage Trust President, past New Lynn councillor and Chairperson Finance Committee, Waitakere Council. Continued on page 22 >>

– Greg Presland

Future West – an experienced team “It’s local elections year this year and Future West candidates Sandra Coney, Saffron Toms, Neil Henderson and Greg Presland are again seeking the privilege of your support. This year we are joined by Mark Allen who has extensive experience in the West and Council and brings a new energy to our experienced team. “We have had the privilege of having significant representation on the board for the past three terms. During this time we have supported our town centres and worked hard to protect and enhance our natural environment, to strengthen our local communities and to make sure that your local concerns and voices are heard at the regional level. “We have had a strong focus on environmental protection and particularly for our magnificent kauri. We are the only local board to commission a marine audit (the Big Blue Report) to get Council to take more action to clean up our local beaches and waterways. We have worked closely with local communities and organisations across the Ranges area to deal with concerns including the scourge of weeds and pests. We have also persuaded Council to secure land in the Glen Eden town centre that will in due course become a civic square for the area. “We have strengthened local communities through more activities and events across the diversity of people that call the west their home. We know the importance of strong safe neighbourhoods and centres and we have worked to enable improvements in our parks, facilities and streets. One of the strengths of the Waitākere Ranges area is the wisdom and passion that local people bring to issues and we are experienced in working with that knowledge and passion to advocate for and bring about change. “We again seek the privilege of your support. Vote Future West this election.”

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Susan Zhu: currently deputy chairperson Whau Local Board, a post held for six years now. Susan is a lawyer, cultural advisor and respected advocate for diverse communities in Auckland. Catherine Farmer: currently a Whau Local Board member and past chairperson. Catherine is a long-serving Portage Trust trustee, past Avondale Board Member, Auckland City. She has 21 years experience in local government. Te’evā Matāfai: currently a Whau Local Board member. Te’evā has been a Pasifika media broadcaster and coordinator, for over 20 years. Especially proud of the delivery of both our Whau Pacific Peoples Plan and Whau Ethnic Peoples Plan for our community. Ami Chand: past Whau Local Board member and long-serving Portage Trust trustee and Justice of the Peace. Strong affiliations with Waitākere Indian Association and the wider ethnic community in West Auckland. Kay Thomas: currently a relief teacher at Kelston Girls High and New Lynn community volunteer. Very experienced secondary school teacher, Deputy Principal Mount Roskill Grammar School for 11 years. Uesifili Unasa: currently chaplain North Shore Hospital, Waitemata DHB and Deputy Chairperson of Problem Gambling Foundation. Past chaplain Auckland University and past chairperson Pacific Peoples Advisory Board, Auckland Council. Fasitua Amosa: a 37 year-old Samoan actor, director and voice over guy. “I’m your young, approachable voice on the team that wants to lift all our Whau communities to do well and play well.” The Go the Whau manifesto and priorities will appear in the September issue of The Fringe.

Key election dates August 16 – Candidate nominations close at noon / Electoral roll closes August 21 – Candidates announced September 20 – Voting opens October 8 – Last day to post voting papers (ballot boxes will still be open) October 12 – Voting closes at noon October 17 to 23 – Official results announced

Nominations are being sought for the Portage Licensing Trust and Waitakere Licensing Trust elections., to be held at the same time as the local government elections. The Portage and Waitakere Licensing Trusts were established in 1972 by a community vote. The two trusts are responsible for managing the retail sale of alcohol and hospitality venues operating with a tavern licence within their respective boundaries. Each Trust is governed by a group of elected members from the local area who are voted in every three years. Because the Trusts Simon Wickham: “Our elected members are a are community-owned, vital community link.” profits from their retail and hospitality businesses are given back to the community, through grants, sponsorships, community events and household distributions such as first aid kits, tool kits or smoke alarms. In 2018 those donations totalled nearly $2.5 million and included the Specialist Care Baby Unit upgrade at Waitākere Hospital, a free first aid kit for all households in the region and the ‘Million Dollar Mission’ which has helped over 100 different community groups. In 2019/20, donations will total over $3.5 million. West Auckland Trust Services CEO Simon Wickham is encouraging anyone who has an interest in their local community and bringing their voice to how alcohol is sold responsibly in their local area, to consider standing to become an elected member. “Our elected members are a vital community link – they ensure that The Trusts are selling alcohol responsibly and are running modern hospitality venues in line with what their community wants. “I encourage anyone who is interested to get in touch and find out more,” he says. Nominations to become an elected members of the Trusts close at midday on Friday August 16.


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Ken Turner & the WestWards Team for 2019 The upcoming election is the chance for our communities to have their say on how things are run. I’m asking again for your support, not only for me but for the strong WestWards team who share those values for transparency, community and people. Dave Dempster: Two generations and owning Newfamilies Lynn Rotary Club. She corner bringsofcreative skills and We are a team of local Waitakere people - living living, working and raising in our remarkable Auckland. businessesdeserves in Glenthe Eden. had a 30 members, year practical management, which be vital in Weboating believe Waitakere best Dave from its elected and areproject dedicated to delivering the bestwill for our career in offshore powerboat racing, winning 15 New the revitalisation planned for Glen Eden. communities. Zealand Championship titles, and in 1990, won –Silver Cathcart: three,forgrandfather of To do this, we commit to having no conflicting interests therefore,Angus no member of the Father group is of standing any other elected in the World Offshore 4L Powerboat championship. On three, respected local businessman, born and raised position. the for dirt, Dave won a Grand isCross motocross Waitakere. Asfirst, a lad Angus worked in and boatbuilding A vote WestWards candidates a voteCountry for putting local peopleinand local issues doing the basics well, creating a competition at the age of 53. Now Dave volunteers and on the weekends in the Orchards and vineyards transparent council process that our work can be measured against. *Dave Dempster Two generations livingon and owning boating businesses Dave had a 30 year careerCertifying in at your an Auckland Charity focusing poverty relief,happen, of Oratia. Now home is Titirangi. Builder, With help we can bring fresh thinking, make real change and in getGlen the Eden. best for Waitakere! offshore powerboat racing, winning New Zealand Championship titles, andUnitec in 1990,Tutor won and Silverlocal in thebeekeeper. World Offshore providing practical support and15budgeting advice. Drainlayer. Many of 4L Powerboat championship. On the dirt, Dave won a Grand Cross Country motocross competition at the age of 53. Cheryl Kelly: Lawyer and Barrister. Committed and the most serious issues facing our area relate Now to poor Dave volunteers at businesswoman. an Auckland Charity Proud focusingmother on poverty relief,water providing support and budgeting advice. road independent and andpractical drainage infrastructure – including *Cheryl Kelly Lawyer and Barrister. independent businesswoman. and grandmother. grandmother. Honours degreesCommitted in Englishand Literature slips, water qualityProud issuesmother in the Manukau Harbour, and Honours degrees in English Literature and Law with post graduate certificate of Education. Cheryl practices in the of and Law with post graduate certificate of Education. flooding in Piha. Angus brings the technical area expertise Family Law for 19 years with the last 11 years as a Barrister. Resident in the beautiful Waitakere ranges. Passionate about Cheryl practiced in the area of Family Law for 19 to tackle the problems facing our area. theyears outdoors, withand thenature. last 11 years as a Barrister. Resident in Michelle Clayton: Passionate Waitakere resident, *Linda Linda works in marketing and partnership of Westand Auckland’s largestTownship charities. She is the Potauaine beautiful Waitakere ranges. Passionate about the building living for in one Titirangi Waitakere before alsooutdoors, a partner and and the administrative backbone in her families’ architecture & sculpture business. Home in Kaurilands. nature. settling in Glen Eden. Local volunteer, community Mother of two children attending local schools and sports.and President of NewChief Lynn Rotary Club.ofShe brings creative Linda Potauaine: Linda works in marketing patroller, Executive a leading Familyskills Services andpartnership practical project management, which will be vital in the revitalisation planned for Glen Eden. building for one of West Auckland’s largest Charity, Qualified Nurse, Kiwi-British expat, and *Angus Cathcart three, grandfather of three, respected local businessman, raised inassociation Waitakere. where As a charities. She isFather also aofpartner and the administrative Mother. Chair of theborn localand residents lad backbone Angus worked boatbuilding on the weekends in the Orchards and vineyards of Oratia. Now home is Titirangi. in in her families’ and architecture & sculpture she has been a staunch advocate for improved safety Builder, Certifying Drainlayer. Unitec Tutor and local beekeeper. Many of the most serious issues facing our area relate to business. Home in Kaurilands. Mother of two children and investment in our townships. poor water and drainage infrastructure - including road slips, water quality issues in the Manukau Harbour, to flooding in attending local schools and sports. President of Piha. Angus brings the technical expertise to tackle the problems facing our area. *Michelle Clayton Passionate Waitakere resident, living in Titirangi and Waitakere Township before settling in Glen Eden. Local volunteer, community patroller, Chief Executive of a leading Family Services Charity, Qualified Nurse, KiwiBritish expat, and Mother. 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New development coming to Green Bay

A new auditorium is being planned for Green Bay’s Life Church.

Tucked just down Vardon Road past the Green Bay shops is the Green Bay Life Church, although most might mistake the church for a charity shop or a play group. It is in fact all those things (and more) but behind the present multi-purpose church building is a large car park area and shed, recently fitted out and opened up to make a new space for the charity shop, the New Life Boutique. The New Life Boutique was opened nine years ago by Robyn Irwin to provide quality yet affordable new and used clothing, shoes, accessories, books, linen and brica-brac for the community. Robyn continues to run the shop along with other volunteers. Thanks to generous donations from Green Bay residents and others, the shop has continued to serve both its customers and the local and international activities of the church. It is also helping to fund a major redevelopment of the church which will see the shop being relocated permanently to the back of the building.

The purpose-built retail space will ensure that trading can continue during the planned redevelopment. It is a strategic step for Green Bay Life Church as building consents have been applied for in order to create a much larger auditorium, where the boutique previously was, to accommodate the growing congregation. Concept drawings show a contemporary building with a covered entranceway, which will, on completion, leave little doubt that this is a place of worship. Green Bay Life Church has been part of the Green Bay community for more than 50 years. It started as a small group of 15 people. The congregation grew and it later became St. Paul’s Baptist Church. The name and denomination of the church have changed over the decades and the church today is a Pentecostal, multicultural, multi-generational church that is affiliated with Life Church International. Pastor Jamie Paz first attended the church as a 13 year-old and has been a member for 25 years. He and his wife, Pastor Ezra, have been part of the church band for over 10 years and they were ordained as senior pastors in 2013. Jamie and Ezra’s intent is for Green Bay Life Church to play a central role in supporting the local community and to provide opportunities to serve those in need, both locally and internationally. This year the church, in conjunction with Green Bay Community House, also sited a Pataka Kai community pantry on their frontage. Ezra acknowledges the support the Community House and Green Bay residents have given to the pantry with their generous donations. “Every act of generosity and kindness is never wasted,” says Ezra. The New Life Boutique is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9.30am-12.30pm. – Fiona Drummond

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Why not give bowls a go? Hidden behind the Titirangi telephone exchange and below the Titirangi RSA is a special place where young and old alike can gather to learn and play bowls, meet new friends and enjoy a sociable afternoon. It’s all thanks to a group of founding members of the Titirangi RSA who dreamed of converting a neighbouring piece of land, owned by Council but recently vacated by a kindergarten play group, into a bowling club. They secured the lease and after months of hard labour, a fair amount of Kiwi ingenuity and tons of fill (from demolished buildings, old concrete roading slabs, railway rails and more) had created a level, square surface measuring 40m x 40m and able to accommodate eight standard bowling rinks. With grass greens being expensive to lay and maintain an artificial surface, a mixture of tar and old tyre chips, was laid. As the RSA grew and expanded, a lower level room became available for the bowling club which was formally

established as a separate entity in 1970, retaining RSA in its name but managing its own affairs and accepting membership from the general public. The first president was the late Bill Hornblow. The clubrooms were extended and toilets, a larger kitchen and more seating were added. 1984 saw the tar and tyre green replaced with ‘astrograss’, a matting surface with the texture of plastic grass. This surface has since been replaced as it has a playing life of 12 to 15 years. The club is renowned for its casual, friendly atmosphere and while other clubs might strive for competitive success, enjoyment and fellowship are more important at Titirangi, making it a great place to learn the game. The club even has bowls and equipment available for learners to use. To find out more and to get involved, phone Eileen on 827 9195.

People of all ages and skill levels can enjoy bowls.

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The destruction of the world’s forests is another major cause of climate change. GoodFor has teamed up with Trees For The Future, which helps impoverished communities in Africa plant trees. Each time you shop at GoodFor, the money to have one tree planted is donated – 170,000 and counting.

It’s no secret that climate change is one of the major global challenges of our time, adding considerable stress to the environment. From shifting weather patterns that threaten food production, to rising sea levels that increase the risk of catastrophic flooding, the impacts of climate change are significant. But recent scientific reports are painting a far worse picture of the immediate consequences of climate change than previously thought. Even if nations stick to the Paris agreement and keep global warming below 2°C, we now have less time to act than previously thought. And If governments don’t take significant action over the next 10 years, we could be faced with severe food shortages, increased forest fires and large scale coral reef die-offs by 2040 – a period well within the lifetime of many of us. Not to mention more serious issues that have not yet been considered, including potential migration of millions of people that could increase the risk of wars. Avoiding the most serious damage requires transforming the world economy within just a few years, which might appear unrealistic. But there are other important things that can be done and which will help. One of these is to eliminate plastic pollution. Imagine a Venn diagram of two overlapping circles. One circle represents ‘plastic pollution’ and the other ‘climate change’. Where they intersect, you could write the words ‘fossil fuels’ (i.e. coal, oil and natural gas). With the exception of the tiny amount of plant-based plastic, most plastics are made from fossil fuels like oil and natural gas. These fossil fuels release toxic emissions and contribute to greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. So not only is plastic polluting our environment and threatening wildlife, the processes that create it are one of the causes of climate change. James Denton, founder of GoodFor, a chain of Auckland ‘wholefoods refilleries’ says that there is no

such thing as recycling when it comes to plastic. “Although you can take some used plastics and turn them into something useful, this is only another temporary product and once it’s done with, the recycling stops right there.” says James. “Putting it very bluntly, 100% of plastic eventually ends up in landfill, burnt or in the ocean. This is why we have to stop consuming the stuff, because we are drowning in it. It is literally everywhere, even to the point now that it is found in our bodies from the food we consume.” Of course, we do need some plastic for some things but we have gone far beyond what is necessary. One example is grocery shopping: we do not have to have to accept the amount of packaging that is normally offered. Everyone can reduce their consumption of plastic by 50% easily enough by simply deciding to take the necessary steps and recognising that most items you purchase from the supermarket can be purchased without plastic packaging. “At GoodFor we have every single pantry ingredient you need with over 400 products to choose from,” says James. “Our focus is to provide consumers with affordable, unpackaged, premium products that you can trust. We source as local as possible and we demand complete transparency from our suppliers. “We are so proud to hear from so many of our customers that we have made this style of shopping inviting, fun and convenient. “We set out to make sustainable shopping something that was an enjoyable, experienced-based activity that didn’t feel like your typical supermarket grocery shopping chore. A place where you are closely connected to the food you are eating, giving you tangible appreciation for that food and allowing you to get creative with base ingredients, experiment with flavours and have fun with your food.” GoodFor’s latest Auckland store has just opened in LynnMall. Shoppers are encouraged to bring their own reusable packaging such as glass jars, cloth bags and so on to refill with all their household pantry items. Simply weigh your containers at the weigh station before you fill, then grab a pencil to jot down the product codes as you go. If you don't bring your own packaging you can use the paper bags provided. “Shopping sustainably needn’t be complicated,” says James.

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Takeaways don’t have to include plastic waste Choose to refuse was the catchphrase for Plastic Free July in Titirangi, writes FIONA DRUMMOND. Titirangi retailers including Thai Chef, Titirangi Indian Kitchen, Soy and Ginger, Village Kebab and Titirangi Takeaways participated in the Love Titirangi trial initiative to allow customers to bring their own takeaway containers as an alternative to using restaurant containers. Titirangi Supervalue also welcomes customers bringing their own containers for bakery and produce items. (Items in their deli section come pre-packaged at present.) For Lucy Chun of Titirangi Takeaways, the initiative wasn’t that much of a change as she hasn’t offered plastic containers for a long time. Paper bags and recycled boxes have been the norm for her takeaway customers. Thomas Yadegary of Village Kebabs is very happy for customers to bring in their own containers at anytime. Although only a small number have been doing this so far, he believes these initiatives take a while to catch on. He will also soon be providing customers with wooden forks rather than plastic ones. Dhara Shah at Thai Chef has even had phone-in takeaway customers asking to bring their own container and the restaurant is happy to oblige. They are also happy for across-the-counter customers to bring their own containers. The initiators of the promotion, Love Titirangi, is the same group who introduced Boomerang Bags to the Village in July 2017, before the plastic bag ban that the government announced last year and which is now in place nationally. The ban applies to all new single-use plastic shopping bags with handles that are made of plastic up to 70 microns in thickness.

featuring the fantail. You can receive a discount when bringing your cup to most of the cafés in the Village and, Importantly, you don’t add to landfill waste. "With an estimated 10,000 disposable cups and plastic lids not sent to landfill since the launch last October, it is great to see that bringing your own cup is becoming the new normal with lots of people taking advantage of the discounts cafés offer and avoiding unnecessary waste," says Karen Swainson of Love Titirangi. "It was logical to tackle takeaway containers next!" Follow Love Titirangi on Facebook: For more inspiration on cutting down your waste join the Zero Waste in NZ Facebook group: h t t p s : / / w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / groups/1742068422749288/ Look for the poster (top right) to find Titirangi cafés participating in the Love Titirangi cup-cycling scheme. And you can take your own containers to local takeaway vendors displaying the Choose to Refuse poster, right.



All of these plastic bags were banned on July 1.

This includes: • light-weight plastic bags commonly found at supermarket, takeaway food and other retail checkouts, • heavier boutique-style plastic shopping bags commonly found at department or clothing stores, and • ‘emergency’ bags offered by some supermarkets as an alternative to a free single-use plastic bag. Bin liners, bags for collecting pet waste and barrier bags used when purchasing meat are not included in the ban. Nor are plastic bags in fruit and vegetable shops which is a problem as many people would like to use their own bags at the green grocer but discover that some items are already bagged and not available as loose produce. The ban includes bags made of degradable plastic. This is regardless of whether the plastic material is made from fossil-fuel or biological sources such as plants. This includes biodegradable, compostable and oxy-degradable plastics bags. Presumably this is because some of these supposedly eco-friendly bags still take a very long time to compost in landfill. The Ministry of Environment website advises if a business gives you a single-use plastic shopping bag you should refuse the bag and explain that they are now banned. If the business continues to provide singleuse plastic shopping bags you can report this to the Ministry for the Environment. Love Titirangi last year introduced the Cup-Cycling initiative, with cafés placing multiple reorders for the distinctive reusable cups

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Meet the glow worm (titiwai)

Will bioluminescent lights become the street lights of the future?

Above: The larval stage of titiwai. Photos by EmmaLouise Crawford. Below: Jewel-like glow worm snares in daylight at the entrance to a cave. Photo by Phil Bendle.

As a child I remember my Dad taking us one dark night to a damp bank in a little hollow on the farm to look at the glow worms. I’m not sure how he knew there were glow worms there, but I can remember to this day how captivating that discovery was for a small child, given that this same child liked to believe that fairies lived in toadstool houses. Miniature lights in the dark implied that same sense of magic. The Maori name for the glow worm is titiwai, meaning lights reflected in water. So what is this amazing little creature that can generate a light power source of its own? It is in fact the larvae of a special type of fly known as a fungus gnat. Up until the 1880s it was thought that only beetles such as the northern hemisphere fireflies glowed, and people assumed that New Zealand’s glow worms, too, were beetles. Until entomologist George Vernon Hudson took glow worm larvae from Wellington Botanic Gardens and raised them in a tank, discovering that they had a pupa stage and then emerged as a fly, closely resembling a mosquito. (This interesting man authored seven insect books and 122 papers and was also the first New Zealand proponent of daylight saving, presenting a paper on the virtues of a two-hour daylight savings shift to the Wellington Philosophical Society back in 1895. It was in fact some 30 years on, in 1927, that daylight saving was implemented in New Zealand for the first time.) So how does the glow worm’s light work? The titiwai tail has the unique

Help requested Following the apparent failure of Council and the legal system to save Awhiawhi, the Paturoa Road kauri tree, from being felled, the Environment Court has ordered locals Winnie Charlesworth and Andrew Maehl to pay $30,000 in court fees for losing their fight to gain permanent protection for the tree. Winnie and Andrew were acting on behalf of the community when they tried to stop the tree being felled and had the support of the Tree Council, Titirangi Protection Group, Forest and Bird and many locals. It was a matter of community and public interest.


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ability to generate a blue-green light, with an air bag surrounding the light organ providing it with oxygen and acting as a silvery reflector to concentrate the light. The chemical light reaction involves luciferin, a waste product; luciferase, the enzyme that acts upon luciferin; adenosine triphosphate, the energy molecule; and oxygen occuring in modified excretory organs known as Malpighian tubules in the abdomen. That’s some heavy science right there. (There are plans underway to develop street lighting via ‘bioluminescent’ trees using this same chemical reaction.) The light is created for practical reasons. Our fungus gnats are carnivores and the worm-like larvae use their glowing lights to attract small flying insects, mainly midges, into a snare of sticky threads – one step up from the spider which also uses web entrapment but without the light attractant. The larvae spins a nest like a silk hammock on the ceiling of a bank or cave and then hangs down as many as 70 threads of silk line snares containing droplets of poisonous mucous from the nest. The prey attracted by the light is subdued by the mucous, which allows the larvae, sensing the vibration of a catch, to reel it in by swallowing the thread, then biting, killing and consuming the catch. The hungrier the larvae, the brighter it glows. If prey is scarce the larvae will turn to cannibalism, eating other larvae, pupa or adult flies. The larval stage of the glow worm lasts about six to 12 months, then it becomes a pupa for one to two weeks before emerging as a gnat fly which lives less than a week. The glow worm can glow at all these stages of its life-cycle, but the larvae has the brightest light. Titiwai need damp places, where the air is humid and still to construct their snares. Caves and old mining tunnels are ideal, as is the forest, where we are most likely to find them in the Waitākere Ranges. They are not uncommon on moist banks. They will light up at any time in caves, but outdoors they start glowing shortly after dark and usually shine all night. If their light suddenly goes out if disturbed, it is because the larvae is slithering into a crevice rather than turning off its light, which actually takes several minutes. Although the magic of childhood mostly disappears in adulthood, those little lights still captivate me 50 years on. And I don’t have to go far to find them, they are all around my backyard, fairy lights in pockets dispersed the length of Exhibition Drive, more prolific and brighter in the darker months. So before winter passes on, take a small person on a night wander to see the fairy lights, that simple act might stay etched in their memory.

Mels Barton of the Tree Council is angry about the situation. “The cost of trying to save trees in a legislative environment that always favours the developer over the trees just got real. After more than four years of fighting through the courts to try to save a kauri tree these neighbours are now stung with a bill for $30,000 for their trouble. It’s time for the Labour/Greens/NZ First government to change the RMA and protect the taonga we still have on private land before they are all gone to greed.” To help Winnie and Andrew cover the court costs incurred, please go to:

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Do birds really hate mud? Exploring the Slip Track loop. Despite the name, there’s no slipping on slip track, what with all that new bitumen packed as tight as a sealed road. Recently opened after extensive upgrades, it’s one of a handful of ‘new and improved’ kauri dieback-compliant tracks that no longer have any mud. While it might lack that rugged aspect that makes a track appealing, it’s now 100% tourist friendly. Combine it with Pipeline road and Beveridge track and you’ve got yourself a descent 2-3-hour loop which includes the Arataki Visitor Centre. Tackle it in either direction, but for the anti-clockwise loop start at Slip Track, to the right of the visitor centre. Once the beginning to the fabled four-day hike known as the Hillary Trail, the track immediately begins climbing above and behind the centre to a fine lookout with 360-degree views in all directions. With the entire city and most of the Ranges to be seen from the platform, it might be one of the best views in Auckland. From here continue north along the path which hairpins after a few minutes and begins a long descent down the hill and into the southern Nihotupu Valley. The birds and their happy songs are abundant throughout the walk, which leads me to suspect that birds hate mud as much as the council does. It’s very easy going as the track winds its way down. After about 15 minutes it crosses the blocked off tramlines that once served the old rain forest express and then down a long set of steps before crossing the Bald Spur stream. After about 25 minutes from the start, the track leads out of the bush and onto the start of a four-wheel drive road. From here it’s a bit of a gravelly descent down through kanuka scrub, before turning east and connecting with Pipeline Road. The Hilary Trail used to continue down the western end of this road, but with it blocked off it’s up alongside the large water pipe, which gives the road its name, heading in the direction of Huia Road.

It’s a direct ascent back up the valley for about half an hour, before the road winds to the right, passes a big construction project that looks like an industrial coal mine, and meets the bottom end of Exhibition Drive. 400 meters up Exhibition Drive is Mackies Rest, the other place to park your car and start the loop from. While Exhibition Drive leads toward Titirangi, Beveridge Track starts just beyond the dieback cleaning stations at the left of the car park. It’s a nice way to complete the loop; most of Beveridge Track is flat and well formed, has great views to the west over the Nihotupu reservoir and features a bit of reading as well, with small information signs about the history of the area spread along the way. After 20 minutes the track starts to climb up to Scenic Drive, running parallel as it nears the visitor centre. It flattens out as more information signs come into view, these ones detailing the names and properties of native trees and shrubs along the walk, before ending at the visitor centre car park.

The Nihotupu Reservoir from Beveridge Track. Photo: Michael Andrew.

west auckland weather by the moon Ken Ring’s predictions for August August is expected to bring early spring-like unsettled conditions. The best interval in August for outside activities may be the 2nd-9th. Temperatures may be slightly higher than average. Around half the average rain for this time of the year is expected during the month with a shower expected within any three days after the 7th. The 2nd-10th is mostly dry, with air pressure climbing to the month’s highest (1028mbs) around the 6-9th. The coolest night may be 5th with freezing in low-lying areas. The barometer dips twice: around the 12th and then around the 16th-22nd as northerlies bring alternate days of rain. Wind strengthens around the 14th. The month’s wettest day is most likely on or near the 19th. The warmest day may be the 21st with 21-23°C. On the 23rd, wind changes to southerly, and

from the 24th to end of the month daytime sky should gradually clear. The wind direction average may be from the southeast. Average for maximums may be 16°C and, for minimums, 6°C. The barometer may average 1015 mbs. For fishermen, highest (king) tides are on the 3rd, with a lesser tide on 18th. The best fishing bite-times are at noon on the 1st-2nd, 15th-18th, and 29th-31st. Chances are also good in the west for dusk of the 6th-10th and 23rd-25th. Southeasterlies (not good for fishing) may blow around the 23rd-28th. For gardeners, the best sowing intervals are the 2nd-14th and 31st, when the waxing moon is ascending. The best pruning time is the 16th-25th, when the waning moon is descending. If harvesting for longer shelf-life, choose lower water-table (neap) days of the 10th and 25th.

The best interval for outside activities may be the 2nd-9th.

Allow 24 hour error for all forecasting. For future weather for any date, visit © Ken Ring 2019.

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He said he had to bugger off to meet someone or something and that the chopper was around the side of the shed.

Yeah, Gidday. On July 14, 1969, in New York, that awesome movie Easy Rider was released. That’s 50 years ago. I had the poster of those cool-as chopper motorbikes with Henry Fonda and Dennis Hopper riding them on my bedroom wall. I’d learnt Born to be wild on guitar and since then, always been a fan of Jack Nicholson. I’d read that Rip Torn, how cool is that blokes name, was going to be in the movie until he and Hopper had a knife fight. Hard out, eh? They were going to get Crosby Stills Nash and Young to do all the music but when they rocked up in a limo, Dennis Hopper said, “anyone arriving in a limo won’t get what this picture is about.” They were also, gone. So with Jimi Hendrix cranking out on the stereo, I went on the interface thingy to score a tribute ride and take Shaz on our own run. (Run is what us biker types call a long ride. On a motorcycle.) I came across a great deal on a chopper, with long extended forks. Perfect. Also, a very good price. I immediately hit the buy-now button and sorted out the collection details. Initially Shaz was keen as and ripped out the sewing machine and covered a pair of my old corduroys in leather patches and sewed some tassels on a couple of jackets. I would have preferred these were not puffer jackets but still, they kinda looked the part. At the last minute, Shaz bailed out, mainly because she said the last time we went for a ride we ended up neck deep in a river outside Wellsford. Man, that was 30 years ago and the three suitcases full of op-shop stuff made the bike a bit top heavy. So, me mate Colin stepped up and said he’d be me old lady. That’s biker talk for the chick, or in this case, bloke, riding pillion. Colin said we needed cool names because all patched members have cool names. He is a huge Star Wars fan and wanted to be called Han Solo. I said it sounded like he played with himself. Eventually I went with Shovelhead and Colin chose again. Because his grandfather was some kind of a

Spanish gangster, he chose Campana Final. I said, “what ever” but when Shaz looked it up on Google, it actually meant ‘bell end’ so we just called him Boof. We hitched over to the guy who was selling the chopper with a pocket full of readies, a couple of skid lids (that’s biker for helmets) and we were of course already wearing our black tasselled puffer jackets. If you have ever heard of something being too good to be true, then this is a prime example. We sorted out the cash with this skinny little bloke immediately so he couldn’t change his mind. He said he had to bugger off to meet someone or something and that the chopper was around the side of the shed. He guaranteed it was a mint runner and the key was in it. True, it was a minter, but unfortunately it is what is more commonly known as a ‘mini chopper’. It has a 49cc engine, smaller than my lawn mower and a seat that’s less than a foot off the ground. It was so low, I had to put my legs out straight and hang my boots off the front axles. Then we had to tape an old pillow we found in the bloke’s shed on to the back guard for Boof to sit on. We both agreed the metal flake flames were cool so what the heck. Plus a deal is a deal and Shaz has a 100% good feedback rating so we jumped on. Well, more like lay on. Anyway, we still had a ball on the anniversary of a classic movie. We shortened our run back a bit. Instead of Piha via Riverhead we decided to just nip down to the Laingholm Fishing Club. It was a bit stink when 30 Ulysses riders passed us on their noisy roadhogging Harleys along Scenic Drive but hey, if Easy Rider taught me anything, it’s that we hog riders will always encounter bigotry. As a bonus, Boof won the meat raffle and I swapped the chopper for a pair of Doc Martins some local kids had found somewhere and were too big for them. Live to ride, nip home for a cuppa, then down to the club for a couple of cold ones. Later, Lizard.

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