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Our place: Five hundred trees in a day; The chickens won; Bringing back the Glow................................................................ 4 A passion for helping.................................................................... 5 Titirangi submits on Water Treatment Plant in Waima................ 6 From the West to the West, but worlds apart............................. 7 Our place: Taste sensations from Green Bay School; West Auckland Heritage Conference 2019............................................ 8


Make Titirangi Beach swimmable!; On Stage............................... 9 At the Libraries........................................................................... 10 Art and about with Naomi McCleary..................................... 12-13 Corban Estate Open Arts Day; Portage judge announced.......... 14 Going West Writers Festival – festival; overview....................... 15


Places to go: Events listing................................................. 16 – 17


Feature: local government elections.................................. 18 – 25 Bandstanding: Stephen Rose...................................................... 26 Naturally West: Brown teal thriving in Habitat Te Henga; Eco-friendly flowers.................................................................... 27 Embracing waste reduction........................................................ 28 When will swimming be safe?; Weather by the moon.............. 29 Live @ the lounge...................................................................... 30 Advertisers’ Directory................................................................. 31 On our cover: Destination West: Doris Morgan on Tom Pearce’s Rex Acme Speed King at Waiatarua, on her way to Piha, circa 1935 (private collection). Destination West is also the theme for the 2019 West Auckland Heritage Conference. For more information on this celebration of local history see page 8.


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Solid Air: Australian and New Zealand Spoken Word is the first anthology to showcase some of our leading performance poets. The collection was edited by David Stavanger and AnnieMarie Te Whiu and published by University of Queensland Press. It features works by Taika Waititi, Hineomona Baker, Tusiata Avia, Mohamed Hassan and Laingholm’s Dominic ‘Tourettes’ Hoey, one of the judges of the Poetry Slam at this year’s Going West Festival. The Fringe has two copies of Solid Air to give away. To go in the draw to win one, write your name, address and phone number on the back of an envelope along with the name of one of this year’s Poetry Slam judges and post it to: Fringe Solid Air Competition, PO Box 60-469, Titirangi, Auckland 0642 to reach us by September 13, or you can email your answer and contact details to (with Solid Air Competition in the subject line).

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Five hundred trees in a day There was a magnificent turn out at our recent Konini School planting bee, writes MANDY VANDERWEE, deputy principal. Many families from our local community worked hard to establish a garden of bushes and trees on a new embankment, made with soil and fill from the school's renovated playground area. Thanks to the planting bee there are now over 500 new native shrubs and trees nestled into their home down the far end of the Konini School field. Sarah James, the school's Forest Kaitiaki (guardian) teacher, gave guidance on how to plant new shrubs. Following her lesson it was time to pick up the spades and shovels and set to planting. And after all the hard work, there was a drink and sausage sizzle for everyone to enjoy. A big thank you to Sarah James and Gill Aldworth for organising the day, Eco Matters for a financial grant to assist with the buying of plants and of course all those wonderful families, whānau and members of our local community who helped. Top right: Millie Parahi-Kay learns how to plant young shrubs with guidance from Sarah James, who helps run the school’s Forest Kaitiaki programme. Bottom right: Ananya Kandalkar (left) and her family, helping out with the planting bee Left: Joseph Sudds (left) with his mum, brother and sister.

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Titirangi’s infamous chickens provided the inspiration for Shirley Beveridge’s painting, Fowl Play, which won the major prize at the Titirangi Painters’ Winter Exhibition in the Titirangi War Memorial Hall last month. Shirley, a long-standing member of the club, is pictured right with her lively and humour-tinged painting of three defiant chickens. To add flavour to her entry in the Reflections of the West section of the show, sponsored by Frames by Daniel, she wrote a humorous poem about the dilemma facing Titirangi and its multitude of wild hens and roosters. It was displayed on the wall alongside the painting after the award was announced. Upstairs Gallery manager/curator Sammy Milne judged the competition which drew 15 entries, most of them landscape paintings. Milne praised the winning painting’s humour and the deftness of Shirley’s technique. “Although it’s one of the smallest paintings in the contest, it’s very strong and stands alone among the others,” she said. “It draws me in, and I keep coming back to it. Once you get up close to it, there’s a quickness in the brush strokes, and the painting makes me smile. It’s something quite different, and it’s quite topical,” she added. Sharon Mann won the show’s other award, the Public Choice award, sponsored by the French Art Shop, and voted for by visitors to the exhibition. Sharon’s work, Mandalay Tea-time (left), painted in her meticulous ultra-realistic style, depicted a Burmese woman preparing the evening meal.

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Bringing back the Glow The sixth anniversary of Titirangi’s Glow Festival will take place later this year. To those not familiar with the event, it is organised by local community members and businesses to celebrate the upcoming end of year festivities. This year’s festival will take place on Saturday, November 30, beginning at 7.30pm with music, entertainment, food and fun for all ages. As nightfall descends, the Village will be transformed and set aglow, with thousands of lights and a laser show. The countdown will begin at 9pm. While the organisation of this event relies on a host of local volunteers, the cost of lighting, logistics, infrastructure and basic organization needs financial support. Financial backing from local businesses, in addition to the pledged sponsors is crucial. But is also provides a great opportunity for these businesses to showcase their involvement with the local community. If you would like to be a part of this dynamic community event, as a business or personal sponsor, or want to be part of the volunteer army, the organising committee would like to hear from you. Contact Jan Workman on 021 926 243 or email janandpaul_nz@

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A passion for helping When Woodlands Park’s Tayla “Sometimes they cry, sometimes Nasmith was just 12 years old she they hug me and they’re just discovered she had a hunger for always extremely grateful for any helping people in need. help we can give.” Her passion began during the Tayla says working in such an earthquake and tsunami activity in environment used to have an the Philippines in 2012 when Tayla, emotional impact on her. “But now her mother, church members and I understand I can’t help every the Titirangi community collected single person in need. I struggled enough donations to send two with that for a while and found container loads of goods and it distressing. Now I know I’m supplies to those affected. relieving some of the stress on “I just knew then I wanted to help these young mothers and I try to people. It sparked something inside organise as much as I can to make me and I know now it’s a passion I’ll it better for them. follow for the rest of my life,” the “I didn’t really have a social life now 18-year old says. when I was younger but now I Along the way she collected pre- Tayla Naismith: “If young mums need help, they get it.” have a partner and we have a good loved pyjamas for Starship but changes to health and safety regulations group of friends. My parents are supporting me and I love walking and saw them require only brand new clothing. Tayla says she then saw a running in the bush. That helps hugely.” gap in society where babies and young children weren’t being looked Tayla’s focus now is on building up Mummys In Need, getting funding after and Mummys In Need was created. through her registered charity and opening more opportunities for the So far she’s helped about 1,000 young mums, some as young as 13. mums to help them socially and mentally. “I realised a lot of younger mums don’t have support from family or “Every day I’m reminded why I’m doing this. It’s needed.” financially. Some fall through the gaps because they’re not old enough More information:, via Facebook or Givealittle to get a benefit from WINZ and other charities have big application – Moira Kennedy processes. “We don’t judge and there’s no application process. If young mums Spring Clean for Hospice West Auckland need help, they get it,” she says. Wave goodbye to winter and welcome spring with open arms. Collecting and sorting donations has now become a major part of Spring is a time of the year where many of us embrace new Tayla’s life and she’s providing up to 40 packages of baby clothes, beginnings. It’s often a time when we shake off the chilly winter nappies and bath products every week. On occasion she needs to put months and get stuck in to a good old-fashioned ‘spring clean.’ the call out for a cot, bassinette or a pram or seeks donations to be able Hospice West Auckland invite you to revitalise your home and to buy those items from TradeMe and other Internet sites. your wardrobe by donating excess homewares, furniture and “I started at university doing law and business this year but it didn’t clothing to your closest Hospice op shop. By donating your prefeel right. I took a job at a law firm for a while but then made the loved goods, you help Hospice provide free care and support to decision to take on Mummys In Need full-time. It was scary but it was end-of-life patients and their loved ones. important for me to bite the bullet and go for it.” You can find Hospice stores in Te Atatu, Henderson, New Lynn, Referrals come to Tayla through Plunket, social workers, midwives, and Glen Eden. Call 0508 4 HOSPICE to arrange a free pick-up or Facebook, word-of-mouth and other charities. drop-off with one of their team. “The best part of the job for me is meeting the mummies,” she says.

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Titirangi submits on Water Treatment Plant in Waima The community has been invited to ‘have Watercare has maintained that Waima is their say’ on Watercare’s resource consent the most preferred site with ideal elevation application for the replacement water to continue distributing water to Auckland treatment plant in Waima. communities. It says that, unlike other potential The public were able to make submissions on sites, there will be minimal social disruption the application, which Watercare needs to have such as resident displacement as a result of the approved before construction of the treatment plant’s construction. plant in Waima forest can begin, but only until It says building on the site of the original plant September 2. on Woodlands Park Road – built in 1928 – is not Watercare is seeking consent to fell native possible, as doing so would mean halting water trees, remove and alter streams and carry out production for up to three years. earthworks to build on the heavily forested site Watercare owns the Waima land and it has between Exhibition Drive and the suburb of been designated for water use since 1972. Waima. Because it is designated under the Auckland Since the site was selected, the proposed Unitary Plan, the construction of the plant or construction has been controversial and the associated noise or traffic do not form part contested with opponents arguing that the of the resource consent application, therefore significant ecology of the forest and its proximity the public cannot submit on those issues. (These to houses makes the site unsuitable. issues will be reviewed through the Outline Spokesperson for the Titirangi Protection Plan of Works that Watercare must submit Group Belynda Groot says that many problems separately to the Auckland Council, without have come up since Watercare made their A mature ecosystem is under threat. public involvement.) site selection, notably Auckland Council’s declaration of a climate Titirangi Protection Group will submit on all the permitted areas emergency which is inconsistent with the mass felling of trees. including earthworks, vegetation removal, the redirecting of waterways “With loss of biodiversity a key issue globally we need to be doing and contaminants and they encouraged the community to do the same. everything possible to preserve healthy ecosystems,” says Belynda. Notification of the submission window appeared in the New Zealand She says that Watercare’s ecological reports do not mention the new Herald’s classified section and in leaflets delivered to local properties insect species that has been discovered in the forest by well-known in early August. It did not appear to be published in Our Auckland, entomologist, Peter Maddison. the Auckland Council’s news publication and neither was The Fringe “Socially, the proposed development poses huge disruption of local directly informed of the submission’s notification. roads. The plant is also in very close proximity to neighbours below.” Belynda says the lack of promotion and the short time frame to examine the thousands of pages that make up the application made it tough for the community to respond. However, she says the TPG managed to put together a comprehensive submission. “We’re all very focused on ensuring that the independent commission have all the facts available to them,” she says. September 2 may have been the last opportunity for the community to submit on the application but legal challenges can still be raised if consent is granted. – Mick Andrew

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Both New Lynn and Glen Eden Tennis Clubs are joining 127 tennis clubs around New Zealand in offering a special weekend of free activities, September 7 – 8, 1-4pm. The aim is to encourage adults and children to take up tennis. There will be displays, coaching, contests or you can just grab a racket and have a game. It’s all free, including the sausage sizzle, tea, coffee and cake. New Lynn Tennis Club is at 13 Fruitvale Rd, New Lynn and Glen Eden Tennis Club is at 42 Glendale Rd, Glen Eden. New Lynn Tennis Club is also running a Holiday Clinic over the school holidays, and a coaching programme is available during term 4. For more information text 021 806 992 or visit NewLynnTennisSportSocialClub.

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From the West to the West, but worlds apart His smile says it all. Mt Atkinson Coffee Roaster Jacob Parsons has gone from running a coffee cart in Atkinson Road in 2010 to landing his first container of coffee beans directly from farmers he personally knows in West Uganda. “It’s a dream that’s become reality,” says Jacob who, with his wife Emily, has formed a deep affection for the people of the remote Kanunga area and wants to ensure the fairest financial outcome for the farmers who produce the beans. The couple had been doing volunteer work in Gulu, in Uganda’s north-west, for a number of years, building concrete water tanks along with Emily’s father, Waiheke Islandbased Brett McDonald and it was then Jacob formed a strong attachment to the people. “It’s not a war zone any more but when you’re shovelling concrete with the local guys, doing physical labour, they share their stories of personal Jacob Parsons: Transforming lives suffering and the atrocities with coffee. they’ve been through, and you can’t help but become attached to the people and get invested in the place,” Jacob says. During each of six trips Jacob made while volunteering, he’d always tacked on coffee research and in 2016, met Gerald Bubazi who’d also been researching and seeking business opportunities for his people. “Gerald’s parents had pioneered a lot of community work in the Kanunga area relating to schools, education and water, and as he’d grown up drinking coffee in the area, he knew it was an incredible product,” Jacob says. So Gerald set up Gorilla Summit Coffee, getting local farmers to grow “really good coffee and paying them a good price,” says Jacob. Gerald also became involved with what he calls Community Transformation Initiatives, putting solar panels on the roofs of coffee farmers’ houses, providing mosquito nets for their beds, sponsoring their children to attend school and helping set up maternity clinics. When Jacob asked Gerald how he could help, the response was simple. “Buy our coffee.” “It’s tricky to export from there,” says Jacob. “The growing area is

remote, in a big valley, not unlike the Waitākere Ranges but at the altitude of Mt Ruapehu. “It took us a year to get it off the ground in Uganda and land the beans here. Uganda’s one of the dodgier countries and New Zealand is very strict when it comes to importing nuts and seeds. “We managed to organise shipping and secure costs but the coffee beans were leaving from the port of Mombasa and had to be driven there on a truck from Kampala (about 1,000km). No-one in the world will insure any product on that road. It’s risky. It’s a nervous process.” The next challenge was the MPI (Ministry for Primary Industries) inspection in Auckland but that was fine. Jacob and his team have spent several months roasting, tasting and blending the Gorilla Summit coffee. It is now being sold locally by Mt Atkinson Coffee Roasters to cafés, catering companies, film studios and online. “The key driver for Emily and I is how this enterprise is changing lives,” says Jacob. “The farmers in Kanunga are growing good coffee and getting a good price for it and that’s transforming their lives. And people here can have their lives transformed by a good coffee too. It’s super-exciting to be importing directly. It’s very special.” – Moira Kennedy

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Taste sensations from Green Bay School “It was the best day of my life.” Reanna Yang is talking about the day she and three other Green Bay School students did their finest culinary efforts in the recent Rabobank Root to Tip competition for year five and six children. The young locals – Sophie Goodman, Jarnu Van Niekerk, Daijah Tavave and Reanna – worked in teams of two creating a two-course menu and made it into the Auckland regional finals, selected from 250 teams nationwide. Their form teacher, Anja Hennig, says the event (known as Garden to Table last year) aims to encourage young people to grow food sustainably, learning about the value of food and reducing waste along the way. Creative kids - DaijahTavave, Reanna “They all had a really good Yang, Sophie Goodman and Jarnu Van Niekerk. try. It’s quite a tough event as the food has to be seasonal and vegetarian. Every part of the vegetable has to be used and any unused parts are weighed afterwards and points deducted from the total,” she says. Once they’d developed their menus and created their dishes, the children provided a written submission explaining the philosophy of garden to table.

“They needed to talk about the school gardens, worm farms, chickens and bees. They’re all at our school, and the students needed to explain why they were using the ingredients they had chosen and their aims to achieve as little waste as possible,” Anja says. Sophie and Daijah’s entry featured crunchy pizza canapes with heart greens and lemons (the latter grown in the school gardens and preserved by students), and rich winter ravioli in butter sauce. Reanna created dumplings two ways with a variety of dipping sauces and Jarnu’s poached pear with beetroot reduction, served with chocolate coconut mousse and a creamy coconut ice cream also went down a treat. All four admitted it was a tremendous learning experience and they were now keen to do more cooking for their families, developing more skills such as knife handling and time management and creating new dishes. For Reanna it was particularly rewarding as she had no experience in the kitchen as that was grandma’s domain. “I wasn’t really allowed in the kitchen before as grandma thought I might drop things.” She had to learn how to do everything from scratch – how to make dough, roll it, cutting and knife skills and how to grate. “It was the best day of my life,” she says. – Moira Kennedy

Destination West – West Auckland Heritage Conference 2019 The story of Daring, the schooner recovered from the sands of Muriwai Beach, and The myth of Henry Swan are among the fascinating sessions at this year’s West Auckland Heritage Conference on October 20. Now in its fourth year, the theme of the 2019 festival is Destination West and it will feature respected historians and archaeologists sharing the rich heritage of the area in the morning and a host of shorter workshops in the afternoon. Waitākere Ranges Local Board member Sandra Coney says the conference will once again showcase some of the memorable stories from the area’s past. “It just gets better every year and it seems that we will never be short of incredible stories to tell and a history worthy of discussing,” she says. “These stories begin with Māori exploring the Waitākeres and remind us that the reason people have been choosing to come ‘out West’ hasn’t really changed from days gone by. “So whether your family has lived here for generations, you are new to the West or just fascinated by history, this conference has something for everyone.”

There will be stories about escaped prisoners hiding in the bush, boat loads of day trippers visiting Whatipu, camping in Swanson and the last journey of Reverend David Hamilton. Among those presenting at the conference are Graeme Murdoch (on the arrival of the Tainui waka), Isaac McIver (with the story of the Daring – a 153-year-old schooner) and Robyn Mason (who delves into The Myth of Henry Swan). Other presenters include Lisa Truttman, Lady Barbara Harvey, Sandra Coney, Meredith Youngston, Andrew Clifford, John Walsh and Sam Sampson. Destination West - West Auckland Heritage Conference is funded by the Waitākere Ranges Local Board with support from Whau Local Board and is part of the Auckland Heritage Festival 2019. The conference takes place on Sunday, October 20, 10am-3.30pm (doors opening at 9am) at Titirangi War Memorial Hall. Entry costs $20 per person which includes lunch and afternoon tea. Bookings can be made at or (search West Auckland Heritage) before October 11. Attendees can also go in to a draw for a chance to win a $100 Unity Book voucher and books by local writers.

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Make Titirangi Beach swimmable! Titirangi residents are being invited to join nearly 900 people who are standing up for improved water quality at Titirangi beach by signing a petition asking Auckland Council and Watercare to prioritise the repair of infrastructure problems in the local wastewater/stormwater network. Water quality issues have meant that a permanent health warning has been applied to Titirangi Beach since 2016. Local children, families, fishermen and women, swimmers and paddlers, and numerous visitors from other parts of town, have been unable to use the beach for over three years. Titirangi Beach is sheltered with flat water and could be very safe for activities like paddling and kayaking, says the petition. It also has car parking, bathrooms and even a playground and hall – with green parkland that is one of the few reserves in the suburb that remain open following the latest set of kauri dieback closures. With South Titirangi Neighbourhood Network and other groups and individuals already doing a great job of weed and pest control, water quality is the remaining piece of the puzzle to help ensure healthy beaches and waterways. It’s just not the same on dry land ... A targeted rate is in place for water quality in Auckland but locals fear that the funds will be used on projects in other parts of the city that are considered higher priority. It is understood that contractors have been appointed to run investigations in other parts of Auckland (Castor Bay, Wellsford and Warkworth) and that the north Manukau will come much later with Laingholm and Titirangi Beaches not being investigated until next year. You can find the petition by searching for Titirangi Beach at or go to You can also join the Facebook group Operation Titirangi Beach for updates or to contribute. (For more on Council’s water quality work plans see page 29.)

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It’s been a funny old year. We had to cancel Treats, to be directed by Liz Watkinson, and by the time the decision was made, it was too late to arrange a substitute, although offers were made (thank you Paul and Patricia). However, it has allowed more time for the drama classes’ production, due to open on September 26. Drama tutor John Goudge describes the show: “It involves 30 students aged from nine to middle-age who are perfecting the art of acting. As an added twist, the students will be using their own bodies to create the set, furniture and some props for the show. This is generating lots of laughs at rehearsal, and is sure to do the same for the audience. “The six short plays use comedy to discuss some of the issues we face today, including crime, love, and the ‘end of the world’.” The show runs from September 26-28 at 7.30pm in the theatre, Lopdell House, Titirangi. Tickets ($10 and $5) and bookings may be made on our website, Our final play this year is the comedy Alarms and Excursions, by Michael Frayn, to be directed by Christine Nash. Auditions will be held in St Francis Church on the corner of Park and Titirangi Beach Roads at 2pm on Sunday, September 8. The cast comprises two couples, aged 30s to 50s, and two further women, to perform monologues. For further information, phone Christine on 027 242 4772. Alarms and Excursions is dedicated to the memory of the late Lindsay Nash, a hugely respected and greatly missed member of Titirangi Theatre. And finally, the 2019 Annual General Meeting of Titirangi Theatre will be held on Wednesday, October 9, in the Seminar Room, Lopdell House. A remit will be presented advising of the committee’s decision to reduce the frequency of accounts audits from annually to four-yearly. And don’t forget to keep an eye on our website for upcoming events, stories and pictures. – Phoebe Falconer


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On Saturday, September 7, Titirangi Library is again taking part in the Going West Festival, hosting the book launch for Cutting Through – the Anthology. A unique collection of local voices, the anthology is a collaboration between The Green Bay Writers, the Titirangi Poets and the Waitākere Writers. All are welcome to the launch at 11am which is to be followed by guest readers Apirana Taylor and Paula Green. Full details are on the library’s Facebook page. Auckland Libraries are celebrating Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language week) September 9 – 15. As part of this event,

Titirangi library is hosting Kim Muriwai on Tuesday, September 10, 12-1pm for a beginner’s te reo Māori session. Kim has a knack for simple explanations and will have you pronouncing new words in no time. The library is also running a poi-making activity for tamariki (children) on Tuesday, September 10, 3.30-4.30pm and you are welcome to drop in anytime during Māori Language Week to create a personalised pepeha booklet (a collection of mottos and sayings) to take home. Titirangi Library’s school holiday programme kicks off with a top-secret mission for children on Tuesday, October 1, 10-11am. Other events include Mini Makers on Wednesday, October 2, 10-11am for preschool science, art and technology fun and a Mad Hatter Day with games and craft activities on Friday, October 4, 10-11am. On Saturday, October 5, 11am-12pm the Library is hosting the book launch of Saving Thandi by Kate S Richards, this adventurous sequel to Trainsurfer features Richards’ trademark blend of adventure, mystery and action. There will be a reading, book sales and signing, activities and giveaways. Tuesday, October 8, 10-11am sees a special craft activity to celebrate Diwali and all are welcome to visit the Library and create a diya – a Diwali light pinch pot. The West Auckland Woodturners Guild visits Titirangi Library on Thursday, October 10, 10am-1pm. They will bring a lathe or two and demonstrate wood turning as part of the Auckland Heritage Festival. >> The

Glen Eden Library is also celebrating Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) with a free te reo Māori introductory session on Tuesday, September 12, 5-6pm. Experienced te reo coach, Kim Muriwai will share simple pronunciation tips and effective learning strategies and resources. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or more advanced, Kim’s friendly and straightforward style encourages everyone to use more te reo in their lives. Glen Eden Library’s regular programmes include Job Café, every Wednesday, 1-3pm. Whau Ace Adult and Community Education offer free support and advice in the library. The drop-in sessions include Preparing a CV, Career Guidance, Job Search, Online Job applications and Cover letters. Toddler Time takes place every Thursday, 10:30-11:00am, Wriggle and Rhyme is every Friday, 9.30am or 11am and Lego Club and paper crafts takes place every Saturday, 2.303.30pm. Pop-up crafts with Irina is on Tuesday, September 10, 3.30pm – 4.30pm. Glen Eden Library’s Book Chat group meets on Wednesday, September 4, 10:30am-11:30am in the library’s meeting room. Everyone is welcome to attend and share what they’ve been reading. Stitching Together is a monthly meet-up for knitters and other needlecraft enthusiasts who gather in the library every month. The next get-together is on Saturday, September 14, 10am-12pm. You are invited to take your current knitting, crochet or needlework project and get to know other crafters.

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Titirangi Painters’ President, Mike Stock, said the exhibition drew good crowds on both days, and votes in the Public Choice were well up on previous years. “Virtually everyone who came through the door placed a vote, and we’re extremely pleased with the public response to our annual show,” he said. “More than 420 paintings were on display, and sales were strong. Selling paintings is gratifying after the months of hard work members put into producing works. “Work begins now on organising our 2020 Winter Exhibition, which we’re sure will be even better than this year’s outstanding show,” Stock added.


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Tiki Taane live in Concert Save Our Kauri Charitable Trust is very proud to present Tiki Taane’s One Man Band show live in concert in Titirangi. Tiki is a performer whose musical stylings traverse dubstep, reggae, drum’n’bass, hip-hop and pop. He’s a dynamic artist with an international reputation, both as an original member of Salmonella Dub and with a solo career with multi-platinum selling albums and ground-breaking videos. His extensive portfolio as a producer includes acts such as Shapeshifter and Six60. Tiki’s One Man Band show is to raise funds and to unify the community around the important issue of protecting kauri, under threat of extinction from disease and inadequate laws, for future generations. Titirangi War Memorial Hall; Saturday, October 5, 8pm; fully licensed bar. All proceeds go to Save the Kauri Charitable Trust.

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A feast for the mind and the senses! We are on the cusp of the Going West Writers Festival. Don’t miss out! How often do you have a cast of the best writers, thinkers and entertainers in New Zealand right on your doorstep? Well, actually, once a year! Go to page 15 for the full programme or to – or grab a programme from your local library. From September 6 – 14, the Going West HUB will be ‘arms wide open’ in the Lopdell House Theatre, where, apart from performance, films, activities and workshops, you can get all the ‘what’s on’ information you need. Or indeed, go online at, and read the August arts column where I wax eloquent about the treasures in store. Tickets are selling fast so don’t delay. One of the delights of Going West is sharing lunch over conversation and a glass of wine. It’s part of our culture of friendliness and intimacy. This year Loaves and Fishes are our gourmet caterers. However, we need to know rough numbers and the best way to achieve that is for you to book lunch on iTicket.

The finale of Going West this year is Waituhituhi: Lines in the Sand on Sunday, September 15, 2-5pm at Piha – north end. Join us for an afternoon of poetry, reading, scribing and drawing. Watch the talented Beach Tagger, David Walter Hilliam, at work, carving poetry into the sand between the high and low tide lines. Artist Tracey Tawhiao, poet Karlo Mila and Kaumatua Pita Turei will add richness to the experience. August has been the culmination of the greater part of the celebration of the centenary of the birth of Colin McCahon. The McCahon House Trust was hosted by the Governor General, Dame Patsy Reddy, in Wellington, by Patron Helen Clark in Christchurch, an event in Dunedin and, on August 17, the opening of a major McCahon exhibition in the Auckland Art Gallery attended by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. A Place to Paint: Colin McCahon in Auckland is an extraordinary, almost overwhelming, retrospective of work completed during the 30

years he lived and painted in Auckland, made more powerful by its collective scale and range. Standing in front of these paintings is to be confronted by the power of his imagery; but also a one-on-one experience of the depth and delicacy of colour and surfaces. I recommend that you take the time to spend an hour or so with this extraordinary exhibition. Over the weekend of August 17 and 18, the McCahon House Museum showed four original McCahon works in situ, painted Dame Patsy Reddy greeting artist during the 1950s. Despite the Eve Armstrong, McCahon Director cold and wet, 400 to 500 visitors Vivienne Stone and Sir David turned up; some from a series of Gascoigne. bus trips from Auckland Art Gallery following the route that Colin took each working day; some to take walking tours around French Bay; and some to explore the residency apartment and studio over ‘sherry and rock cakes’ – a favourite tipple from the McCahon family days. The bus trip and walking tours will have a future as part of the McCahon House experience, but in the interim the house will open as usual from Wednesday to Sunday, 12-4pm. The technology supporting the interpretive display boxes has been upgraded and is now more user-friendly. The centenary continues with other events and programmes. Of note is an online project in which individuals respond to McCahon’s work with personal essays. Visit At Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery McCahon’s epic 1970 mural, Gate III, makes its first appearance in Auckland since it was originally commissioned for Auckland City Art Gallery’s Ten Big Paintings exhibition in 1971. Gate III was painted in Auckland, drawing on a combination of West coast views, rural landscapes and religious texts. It returns to the ‘I Am’ motif that he first painted while living in Titirangi in the 1950s and anticipates the grand works he would paint from his new studio in Muriwai. Implicit in the painting is McCahon’s acknowledged ambition to make a statement against the nuclear threat, a statement that would reach even the most sceptical viewer of modern art. Given humanity’s

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indefatigable and self-centred quest for power, this message is still relevant today. On Thursday, September 12 at 7pm, in a special after-hours gallery event, as part of the Going West Festival, Peter Simpson will be interviewed by Wallace Chapman against the backdrop of Gate III. Peter is currently working on a two-volume book about McCahon. Volume one will be published in October in conjunction with the McCahon centenary year and this session will offer an exclusive preview of that project. It will consider what it means to dig deep into the story of an already well-known and often written about artist, and what new perspectives can be found from a contemporary viewpoint. How relevant is McCahon in the 21st century? You may think that Wallace Chapman is an unlikely candidate to interview one of New Zealand’s most esteemed cultural writers and commentators? But, in fact, he has a long-standing, in-depth and personal interest in the arts. He is a former member of the Artspace board and was co-founder of the Blue Oyster Gallery in Dunedin. Book through the Going West Festival iTICKET site. $10. Refreshments will be served. Keep an eye out for further Gate III related events at Te Uru, including a panel discussion with artists and curators, organised by McCahon House, on Saturday, September 21. Check McCahon House and Te Uru websites closer to the date for further details. Looking ahead, the McCahon House Trust will be hosting another fund-raising visit to the Gibbs Farm sculpture park on Saturday, March 28, 2020. Tickets are on sale now (iTicket). There is a limit of 1,000 visitors and all previous events have sold out. At the Corban Estate on September 28, the curtain is drawn back to reveal the hidden life of a working arts centre. So much of what goes on at Corban’s is not visible on a day to day basis, but it is varied and fascinating. See page 14 for more detail.

Artist of the Month

Local resident and Auckland professor of psychology, Niki Harré, has won this year’s $10,000 Ashton Wylie Mind Body Spirit Book Award for The Infinite Game: How to Live Well Together, a book that teaches us how to live and work co-operatively, for the good of ourselves and the planet. Niki is the author of numerous scholarly papers on community psychology, youth development and social change, as well as the book Psychology for a Better World: Working with People to Save the Planet. She has conducted numerous ‘infinite game’ workshops in New Zealand and overseas; memorably, one at the 2018 Going West Writers Festival. She asks, is life really a finite game; a game of selection and rules, winners and losers, players and spectators? In The Infinite Game, she asks us to Niki Harré: Imagine our imagine our world anew. What if we are all world anew. part of a different type of game entirely; a game in which playing matters more than winning; a game that anyone can join at any time; a game in which rules evolve as new players turn up – an infinite game? Niki looks at our society (are people pawns or participants?) and at us as individuals (what kind of player would you like to be?) to offer an inspiring vision of how we might live well together. Deeply informed by psychological research and a life of social activism, Niki Harré’s provocative book teaches us all how we might live life as an infinite game.

A Place to Paint Colin McCahon in Auckland Featuring major works by Colin McCahon from the 1950s to the 1970s and drawing upon Auckland Art Gallery’s extensive collection, this exhibition considers McCahon’s sustained relationship with Auckland and the significance of the physical, spiritual and cultural landscape on his painting.

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Colin McCahon May His light shine (Tau Cross) 1978–79, Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki 1994. Courtesy of the Colin McCahon Research and Publication Trust.

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Corban Estate Arts Centre is proud to welcome you to its annual Open Arts Day, an opportunity to immerse yourself in the arts and learn more about this local community. Open Arts Day provides an exclusive look behind the scenes at a renowned West Auckland creative hub. The site is home to an acclaimed contemporary art gallery, more than 20 on-site artists and arts organisations, and has been host to a variety of functions which include music concerts, filming locations, weddings and more. Highlights of the day include open studios with artists and guided studio tours, alongside a number of exhibitions, free hands-on arts workshops, a dance class, live performances, artists’ talks, food trucks, a café and live mural painting on the graffiti wall. Studio artists and arts organisations demonstrate a diverse range of creative practices including illustration, painting, dance, sculpting, installation, theatre and more, with a mixture of emerging, mid-career and senior practitioners. Many are successful both commercially and critically, in domestic and international arenas. Here is your chance to talk with them one on one! In the Homestead Galleries two new exhibitions will explore the wide spectrum of human emotions. Long-time studio artist Tony Brown’s solo exhibition Paneke details how reaching out for help changed his life for the better, while group exhibition The Marketplace of Feelings examines the impact of modern anxieties and concerns on people today. The Neighbourhood exhibition, located in the Projectspace, will feature work by friends and whānau of Corban Estate. Whether you’re already participating in activities at the Estate or have never visited before, this is an opportunity to get involved in all the creative stuff happening there. Personalised tours with one of the Estate team can be arranged ... there really is something for everyone! Corban Estate Arts Centre Open Arts Day, Saturday, September 28, 10am-4pm. Free, all welcome.



Portage judge announced

Te Uru in Titirangi has announced the judge of this year’s Portage Ceramic Awards: Australian ceramic artist Merran Esson. Established in 2001, the Portage Ceramic Awards is a hallmark event for the New Zealand ceramics community, showcasing some of the best work currently being made, and providing an opportunity for dialogue about developments in the ceramics field. Merran Esson (pictured right) has been working internationally for more than 40 years but this will be her first visit to Aotearoa/New Zealand. She will be selecting the finalists and winners, and will also present the awards for this event, organised and hosted each year by Te Uru with support from The Trusts Community Foundation. “We are delighted to bring Merran to Aotearoa and to introduce her to our own clay community,” says Te Uru director, Andrew Clifford. “We also look forward to learning more from her extensive experience of exhibiting and teaching internationally. The distinctive ways her own work responds to and is situated in the landscape will be of great interest to potters in Aotearora.” Merran recently retired as the head of Ceramics at The National Art School in Sydney, and is currently working as lecturer-in-charge of ceramics at the Australian Catholic University. “It’s always exciting to get an invitation to be part of an event like this in another part of the world that I Works by Merran Esson: Autumn on the haven’t been to before,” says Monaro (above) and Broken Buckets Breaking Boundaries. Merran. Entries for the 2019 Portage Awards winners will be announced at the Awards Night held at Te Uru on Thursday, November 21. The finalist works will then be exhibited at Te Uru until February 2020. Embossed Porcelain Lights – on sale now at Te Uru



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OPENING NIGHT | Friday 6 Sept | 7.00pm | Titirangi War Memorial Hall | $55.00 ($35 concession)

THE CURNOW READER | Apirana Taylor | THE SIR GRAEME DOUGLAS ORATOR | Elizabeth Knox PERFORMANCE BY THE BELLBIRDS | Sandy Mill, Victoria Kelly, Don McGlashan, Sean Donnelly

IN CONVERSATION SESSIONS | Saturday 7 Sept | 9am – 5pm | Titirangi War Memorial Hall | Each session $18.00 ($15 concession)

9.00am | CUTTING THROUGH THE WATERS | Sir Bob Harvey, Gregory O’Brien with Elisabeth Vaneveld 10.00am | A CONVERSATION ACROSS WORLDS | Elizabeth Knox & Dylan Horrocks 11.00am | VOICES RISING | Tui Gordon, Tulia Thompson, with Janet McAllister 11.45am | LET’S CUT TO THE CHASE | Alan Duff with Guyon Espiner 1.30pm | UNWINDING GEOGRAPHIES | Rosetta Allan, Craig Cliff with Caroline Barron 2.15pm | A HOUSE OF VERSE | Paula Green with Kiri Piahana-Wong & Sue Wootton 3.15pm | A NEW SON RISING | Witi Ihimaera with Sue Orr 4.00pm | WHAT IT SAYS ON THE TIN | Pete Gillespie with Mark Easterbrook


11.00am | A selection of local writers read from Cutting Through - The Anthology 1.00pm | Apirana Taylor 1.20pm | Paula Green

IN CONVERSATION SESSIONS | Sunday 8 Sept | Titirangi War Memorial Hall | All sessions $18.00 ($15 concession) except UNFILTERED 9.15am | WRITING THE LAST PAGE | Dr Kiri Edge, Vana Manasladis, Emma Johnson with David Slack 10.00am | BROKEN PASTS AND SEVERED FUTURES | Carl Shuker, Kirsten Warner with Siobhan Harvey 11.00am | A NEW ZEALANDER IN CHINA | Elspeth Sandys with Matt Nippert 11.45am | UNFILTERED | In partnership with Auckland Museum | Dina Jezdic with Saraid de Silva Cameron, Louise Tu’u, To’asavili Tuputala, Lucy Zee | FREE 1.30pm | THE UNWRITTEN CITY | Owen Gill, Patrick Reynolds with Malcolm Paterson 2.15pm | MAKING THE CUT | Harriet Allan, Bridget Williams, Peter Dowling with Witi Ihimaera 3.15pm | TURNING THE TIDE | Jeff Murray, Neville Peat with Phil Vines 4.00pm | FUNNY AS | Michele A’Court with Paul Horan, Phillip Matthews FESTIVAL HUB | Friday 6 – Saturday 14 Sept | Titirangi Theatre Lopdell House Book exchanges | Speed Scrabble | Open Mic | Waiata | Film | Theatre | Workshops WRITERS CLINICS | Sunday 8 Sept | FREE

10.00am | Writing in 3D | Embarking on a theatre script with Gary Henderson 12.00pm | Writing to Evoke with James George 2.00pm | Poetry with Apirana Taylor New this year!


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FILM | EREWHON | Sunday 8 Sept | 4pm | $14 ($10) | DAFFODILS | Sunday 8 Sept | 7pm | $14 ($10) GATTACA | Friday 13 Sept | 10.30am, 6pm, 8.15pm | $14 ($10) STUDIO THEATRE SEASON | Open Rehearsals | Presentations | Titirangi Theatre

DUEL & DUALITY | Wednesday 11, Thursday 12 Sept | 10am – 4pm | FREE | Thursday 12 | 7pm | $10 CLEAN ME | Friday 13, Saturday 14 Sept | 10am – 4pm | FREE | Saturday 14 | 7pm | $10

THE ART OF WRITING FOR ART | Te Uru Contemporary Gallery | Thursday 12 Sept | 7pm | $10

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IN CONVERSATION | MORE THAN JUST FIELD GUIDES | Sara Ell with Edin Whitehead, Skye Wishart, Robert Vennell

Arataki Visitor Centre | Sunday 15 Sept | 10.30am – 11.30

GHOST TREES | A Theatre Production Premier | Written and performed by Gary Stalker Arataki Visitor Centre | Monday 9 – Saturday 14 Sept | 7pm | $25 ($15 concession)

SOFIJA’S GARDEN | A Theatre Production for Children | Written by Renee Liang | Corban Estate Arts Centre Saturday 7 Sept | 10.30am, 12pm, 2pm | KOHA | Sunday 8 & Saturday 14 Sept | 10.30am, 12pm, 2pm | $15 Adult $10 Child WHANAU DAY | Te Pou Theatre Kōanga Programme | Corban Estate Arts Centre | Saturday 7th Sept | 10am-3pm | Shed One | KOHA WHAKARONGO MAI | Play Readings | Te Pou Theatre Kōanga Programme

Corban Estate Arts Centre | Friday 13 and Saturday 14 Sept | 6pm

TE POU TUHI | Playwrights Workshop Corban Estate Arts Centre | Saturday 15 Sept | 10am-2pm | $20 per person WORD UP! Grand Finale | Corban Estate Arts Centre | Friday 6 Sept | 7pm | KOHA POETRY GRAND SLAM Hollywood Cinema | Friday 13 September | 7pm | $15.00 (concession $10.00) HEAT 1 | Brown Street Studio Bar | 50 Rosebank Road Avondale | Monday 26 August | 6pm | FREE HEAT 2 | Thirsty Dog K’Road | Tuesday 3 September | 7.30pm | KOHA HEAT 3 | Deadline: Saturday 7 September | 11.59pm | Online submission!


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september 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 – October 20, A way through, Colin McCahon’s 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 1, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732. w 1, David Doyle, live music; Titirangi RSA, 502 South Titirangi Road; 2-5pm; free, Phone 817 6415. w 3 and 17, Quiz night; Titirangi RSA, 502 South Titirangi Road; 7pm. Phone 817 6415. w 6, 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 6, Flicks presents All is True (M, 107 mins), Kenneth Brannagh, Judi Dench and Ian McKellen in a biopic about Shakespeare’s final years, written by Ben Elton; Lopdell

House Theatre; 10.30am ($12/$10), 6pm and 8.15pm ($14/$12); Tickets from or on door. Bookings by text 0210 222 5558 or phone 818 2489. w 7, Clean Up Day, with support from EcoMatters; Piha Bowling Club, Piha Domain; from Noon; lunch provided. w 7, Waitakere Grey Power General Meeting with guest speaker, Sarah Fitt, chief executive of Pharmac; Te Atatu South Community Centre, 247 Edmonton Road, Te Atatu South; 12.30pm. Phone 838 5207. w 8, James Fromont, live music; Titirangi RSA, 502 South Titirangi Road; 2-5pm; free, Phone 817 6415. w 10, 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 13, 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 13, Stingray, live music; Titirangi RSA, 502 South Titirangi Road; 8.30pm; $10/$15 from www.titirangirsa. or on door. Phone 817 6415. w 14, Titirangi Folk Music Club presents Geoff Rowe 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 15, Gerry O’Neil, live music; Titirangi RSA, 502 South Titirangi Road; 2-5pm; free, Phone 817 6415. w 17, SeniorNet West Auckland, speaker, morning tea and chatting about computers; Kelston Community Centre; 10am. Phone June 021 179 3635. w 19, Waitākere Forest & Bird presents an election special. Hear what local government candidates have to

say on local environmental issues; Kelston Community Centre, corner Awaroa and Great North Roads; 7.30pm; Koha appreciated. Phone Liz 027 476 2732 or email w 20, Flicks presents Shoplifters (M); Lopdell House Theatre; 10.30am ($12/$10), 6.30pm or 8.15pm ($14/$12); Tickets from or on door. Text bookings to 0210 222 5558 or phone 818 2489. w 21, Lions Club Book Sale; New Lynn Friendship Club Hall, 3063 Great North Road, New Lynn; 8am-4pm. Phone Mary 027 487 0639. w 21, MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL, a selection of films from the 2019 festival; Lopdell House Theatre; Two shows 10.30am and 2.30pm Over $400 worth of prizes for lucky tickets. w 21, Flicks presents This Mountain Life (G); Lopdell House Theatre; 7.30pm. w 21 – October 27, Glass sculpture by Sofia Athineou; West Coast Gallery, Piha. Phone 812 8029. www. w 22, Gin and Kronic, live music; Titirangi RSA, 502 South Titirangi Road; 2-5pm; free, Phone 817 6415. w 24, Titirangi U3A with a range of activities including study groups, discussions, speakers and more; West Lynn Garden, 73 Parker Avenue, New Lynn; 1pm; gold coin. Contact 817 5519 or w 25, West Auckland Historical Society meeting: Essay competition prizegiving; Waitakere Gardens Meeting Room, Henderson; 7pm. Phone 836 5917. w 27, 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.

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l WHERE IT’S AT: • 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,

musicians (and audience) welcome to join the circle; Titirangi Beach Hall, bottom of Titirangi Beach Road; 8pm; $10, members $7, Under 18s free. Text Cathy on 021 207 7289 for more. w 29, Titirangi Village Market: art, craft, produce and music; Titirangi War Memorial Hall; 10am-2pm. Contact Tess on or phone 022 631 9436. w 29, Bevis England and friends, live music; Titirangi RSA, 502 South Titirangi Road; 2-5pm; free, Phone 817 6415.

october w October 4, 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 October 6, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732. w October 8, West Auckland Historical Society Family History Group; Henderson Central Library West Auckland Research Centre; 10-11.30am. Phone Gary Snow 832 5098, 021 618 434 or email 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:


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Devised by Titirangi Theatre’s adult, teenage & junior actor trainees Directed by John Goudge Six strange stories to excite the imagination Titirangi Theatre is proud to present the work of it’s acting trainees. Three classes of students, children, teenagers and adults, have devised six short plays as part of their course work. Their imagination and talents will delight and intrigue theatre goers of all ages. Expect the unexpected as these tales unfold, shedding light in the darkness and giving hope in the most perilous of circumstances.

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Six years of progress

The Whau Labour team is proud of its achievements since 2013: • $37 million for Avondale Community Centre/Library. • $104 million for Whau Swimming Pool/Recreation Centre. • $23 million to finish the Crown Lynn Precinct. • Three kilometres of the Te Whau Walkway completed and the Waterview – New Lynn walkway/cycleway to be completed in 2020. • Waitākere Ki Tua, Whau Pacific People’s and Whau Ethnic People’s plans launched. The team aims to build on this work with a range of core policies: • Rates should be set as close as possible to inflation with alternative sources of revenue negotiated with Central Government. The public must continue to own strategic business assets such as Watercare, Ports of Auckland and Auckland Airport shareholding. • All CCOs need to be under greater democratic control and community accountability. • We will continue to demand more affordable and sustainable housing. Local, affordable apartments are especially important. • All have a right to feel safe in their own neighbourhood. We strongly support liquor bans in public places, local community policing, Pacific/Maori wardens, CCTV coverage in our town centres and responsible liquor management in our community. • Avondale needs more public green space – the 15 hectares of Avondale Racing Club must be retained. • We strongly support our libraries as crucial community hubs and centres of learning. • We applaud the adoption of the Water Quality and Natural Environment targeted rates and accept that Climate Change is the most significant environmental challenge of our time. • We embrace the rich cultural diversity in our Whau community.

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Greg Presland: planning ahead

Shane Henderson and I are seeking the privilege of your support in the local government elections this year. We are standing for Council and want to represent the West. We have been chairs of the two western Local Boards this term and the work is great. We have made our part of paradise better one decision at a time. But Council is where more regionally important decisions are made and this is why we want to step up. The city is facing major issues. One is Environmental protection. When I was on Waitākere City Council we started the work to make the Waitākere Ranges a heritage area. The benefits can now be seen. But there are many other challenges. Climate Change is a crisis and the work to address this is urgent. Kauri dieback is a scourge and we need to make our tracks safe. There is an ongoing problem with weeds and pests. And our beaches should be swimmable, not shut when it rains. The causes are complex and the issue has not appeared overnight. It will require concerted action to address. A second issue is transport. I was part of a Council that made decisions that resulted in double tracking and electrification of the West’s rail. We are now seeing the benefits of this. Parts of Auckland finally have the first class service that they deserve. It’s great that the City Rail Link is under way and when it is open it will be transformative. But we have to continue to plan ahead and keep developing our transport systems. In particular planning for light rail on the North West motorway needs to start now. Another issue is housing. It is appalling that we have homelessness in New Zealand. Even people with jobs are finding it hard to house themselves. If like me you have kids in their 20s or younger you have to wonder how they will ever afford a home in Auckland. For more information visit And please consider voting for Shane and I.

Making Regional decisions with the West at Heart Getting a fair share of your rates $$$ spent in Waitakere I will Champion our local communities Keeping up the push for reliable, safe and frequent public transport Protecting our environment and improving beach and stream water quality I support a review of Auckland Transport

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‘Bringing experience’

PiperforWhau Authorised by: W Piper, 2/164A Titirangi Road, New Lynn, Auckland

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 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 communications, challenging wasteful budgets and questioning entrenched Council thinking. I’ve heard the issues facing Waitakere loud and clear, 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 a strong, experienced and grounded team on the local board. So again I ask for your vote, but this time also for your support for a team, so WestWards can; • Commit to essential changes that bring real public consultation and guarantee decisions are made in public view and open up Council’s


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“I’ve had three terms on Waitematā District Health Board and am seeking your support to continue. I’ve been proud to serve on this DHB which is the largest and best-performing of all DHBs in the country. It has improved the health of its communities to one of the best in New Zealand and achieved the highest life expectancy in the country, 84 years, and over 80 years for Māori. “In the past three years I’ve supported a new Emergency Department at Waitākere, upgraded radiology department and three new CT scanners, renovated medical wards, new mental health services and over-delivery of elective surgery. There’s been a lot of improvement on the Waitakere Hospital site recently, and an expanded and refurbished special care baby unit for our most vulnerable new arrivals is on its way. I’ve supported the Board moving to a Living Wage for employees and people employed under contract. “This term I’ll work for a rebuild with expanded services on the Waitākere Hospital site, a new $200 million surgical hospital at North Shore to increase its elective surgical capacity, new primary birthing units for women in the West and north to give them more birthing choices, improved mental health and addiction facilities, quality disability services and health equity for our diverse populations. “I’m currently deputy chair of the Hospital Committee. I have a QSO for women’s health advocacy leading to the Cartwright Inquiry and major reforms in patients’ rights for all New Zealanders. My particular interests and background are in women’s health, screening programmes which reduce deaths from cancer and access for everyone to good primary care. “Waitematā DHB has a budget of $1.8 billion annually so it needs experienced people on its board. I’ve been working in the health area for four decades and can bring all I’ve learned to that task.” – Sandra Coney

accounts to real public scrutiny. Remove confusion around council process and departmental overlap. Advocate for what the people want to the governing body. Protect our community’s economic well-being, so we can continue to work and raise families in our remarkable corner of Auckland. I am hugely encouraged and grateful to the five people who have stepped forward from our community to help with this job. Five people who are there for the issues, not the politics. There for what they can give, not what they can receive. And who know how to get a job done. LINDA POTAUAINE, ANGUS CATHCART, CHERYL KELLY, DAVE DEMPSTER, MICHELLE CLAYTON Please give WestWards the opportunity to prove we can make changes that benefit all our people, and we will stand accountable to you in three years’ time. WestWards, best for WAITAKERE RANGES LOCAL BOARD • • •

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Tracy Mulholland is leading a strong team of C&R candidates in the Whau. Tracy is standing for councillor and there is a full ticket of seven talented, multi-skilled Local Board candidates to represent the distinctively different communities within the Whau. The C&R Local Board candidates are committed to listening to all residents and representing them effectively so that each community in the Whau gets a fair and equitable share of the available Council funding for improvements. Each community is unique and has its own distinct needs that require tailored solutions taking into account the goals of residents. Our team recognises this: Alston D’Silva is a local small business owner in IT and childcare. Alston understands the accountability and service that is required from Council to deliver for its communities. Gisa Dr Moses’ experience ranges from helping vulnerable people as a social worker, to community regeneration and providing advice on local and central government policy development. Jitesh Ganatra has worked closely with various local Indian communities and temples, and will be a strong voice for Whau’s many communities. Sandra Paterson understands the effect of Council’s decisions on local business and the importance of such decisions to the community as a whole. Anne Riley is currently active on the boards of a number of local organisations, bringing extensive non-profit experience to the team. John Subritzky has led large scale regeneration that boosted Kiwi numbers and habitat. He now works closely with faith-based organisations seeking better outcomes for youth and men. Sara Watson has been heavily involved in community governance on a voluntary basis. Long-time community advocate and local business owner.


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‘We will be your voice’

“Out and about in West Auckland, the WestWards team hear that people feel excluded and often mystified by decisions made by council and the local board. I’ve heard people query decisions about many diverse issues including road safety, the science behind kauri dieback and skate parks. “Our community is asking for more open and transparent decisionmaking, and this is why I, and the WestWards team, are committed to opening up local board meetings and workshops, to encourage public

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discussion and are making communication an absolute priority. “We would like to see discussion and debate brought out into the open, for decisions to be based on researched facts with transparent information and the community to be included and welcomed, not feeling shut out. “Social media should not be the only avenue for discussion and communication and we will explore options to engage and share information as broadly as possible. “Waitakere has a finite amount of resources to address the many contentious issues facing our community: public safety, kauri dieback, the closure of tracks, the unitary plan, water pollution and town centre upgrades. “When discussions surrounding these public issues appear hidden, it does not support positive solutions and trust. People deserve to feel important within their own communities. “If elected, I and the WestWards team will be the conduit between our community and the council. We will be your voice, act on your concerns, and drive improvements together. “Vote for me and I will deliver transparent decision making for the Waitakere Ranges. “VOTE WestWards” – Michelle Clayton, WestWards-Independent

Ross Clow: ‘an able advocate’

“I am currently councillor for the Whau ward and chairperson Finance & Performance Committee, Auckland Council. “A long serving New Lynn councillor, past Waitakere City councillor, Portage Trust president and foundation president Bay Olympic Football, I am also past chairperson of the Titirangi Primary School board. I have run a New Lynn family business for almost 30 years and been a Titirangi resident (200 metres outside Whau ward) for over 50 years. “I spent my 20s educating myself, labouring and travelling. I have degrees in economics, accounting and history. Fortunate to backpack around the world – North and South America, Asia, Africa and Europe – for three years, I worked in industrial relations in my 30s and then bought a New Lynn business. “As chair of the Finance committee I am proud of helping deliver modest 2.5% rate rises and a $26 billion/10 year capital investment programme focused on transport and water infrastructure. I believe it is important that we retain ownership of Watercare, Ports of Auckland and our Auckland Airport shareholding and working alongside Government for affordable, sustainable housing choices remains a top priority.

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local government elections “Ring-fenced Water Quality and Natural Environment targeted rates are far-sighted environmental initiatives. The challenges climate change presents need to be met now and with urgency. Enhancing our green spaces and preservation of our trees and heritage buildings is very important for me – New Lynn’s St Andrews hall must be saved. I am also proud of the progress made on the Te Whau Coastal Walkway and Waterview to New Lynn walkway/cycleway, expected to be complete by 2020. “I am an experienced and able community advocate with a proven record of achievement in local and greater Auckland community affairs. “I seek your continued support.” – Ross Clow

‘Committed to Giving Back’

“As your Glen Eden representative on the Portage Licensing Trust, I continue to be future focused. “‘The Trusts’, which includes the Portage Licensing Trust, is a soundly-based business, with arguably the strongest professional management by West Auckland Trust Services we have ever had. The returns from profits to local community organisations in the last financial year were $2.5 million with another

$3.5 million forecast to come from the current year. What other business here does that? “And you are all able to have a say on where much of it goes, through the ‘Million Dollar Mission.’ Why would anyone jeopardise this? “What other local business also invests, building a capital sum to provide community funding in perpetuity? That is what the ‘The Trusts’ are doing. I think of it as being our ‘Community Kiwi Saver’ and applaud it. “I am committed to excellence in both management and customer service, in continuing to develop the business sensibly, while still being able to enhance the work of many worthy recipient groups, which help Westies thrive. “By law, elected members are able to recommend to The Trusts Community Foundation, where the money from the diminishing number of gambling machines in our taverns should be allocated. Most of it goes to schools for special projects or scholarships and to sports clubs, health, welfare, arts and music organisations. “I know the good that has come from ‘The Trusts.’ You own them. You and your families benefit from their existence. So please trust me with your vote. I am committed to supporting the agreed plan to continue giving back into the future. “Call me on 818 7262 if you would like more information.” – Janet Clews

I am Michelle Clayton and I am standing as an independent candidate with the WestWards team for the Waitakere Ranges Local Board. I’m a passionate Waitakere resident with 30 years’ experience working in health and social services, including my current role as Chief Executive of a well-regarded and successful local family services agency. My work drives my passion for the community and its people. I am a keen community volunteer, involved with Community Patrol, Community Houses and I’m the Chair of the Waitakere Community Grants Scheme committee. As Chair of the Glen Eden Residents Association I encourage and support community initiatives and am proud to have been part of the team that brought the highly successful Street Eats events to the community, which raised money for local schools and brought attention to some of our road safety risks. I want communities to feel connected and safe, and for people to feel valued in the areas where they live, work and play.

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I’m a team player who offers a strong, independent voice at local level, and I am happy to stand with the WestWards team, so together we can: • Support common sense measures to help clean up our beaches and streams. • Deliver a Glen Eden Town Centre upgrade that will attract business and local families, and improve our local economy. • Advocate for the rapid re-development of the ranges tracks, so people can return to the bush they love, without compromising the environment. • Encourage practical solutions and regular maintenance to improve essential infrastructure. • Upgrade our small local parks to create facilities that our young people want to use, including skateparks! • Drive road safety initiatives and encourage sensible transport options. • Champion community conversations and consultation that matters. I would appreciate your vote in this year’s local election.

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Future West: People and Place

The health and well-being of our communities and environment is at our heart. Future West has led your board over the last six years and, with two new people in our team, we bring strong connections and a variety of experience and skills. There’s still work to do! Our key projects include: • $30 million Glen Eden upgrade: Key building purchased, transport upgrades, new laneway and civic square to come. • Our Beaches & Coasts: the Big Blue Waitakere report is a platform for action and seabird protection and beach contamination are to be addressed this summer. • Septic pump-out scheme: we fought to retain this and will fight for regional funding of new compliance costs. • Climate action: Develop and implement action plan for resilience in our communities and across Council. • Forest protection & biosecurity: continued advocacy for tree protection, weed and pest control, an alternative water treatment plant, grants for weed and pest control, and weed bins. • Track upgrades, local connections & parks: prioritising local needs in regional

programme, more safe and low carbon connections and new park infrastructure. • Heritage, Culture & Creativity: continuing to celebrate our communities’ richness, diversity and talent with funding for Te Uru, Upstairs and West Coast Galleries, Hoani Waititi and events. • Business & Employment: encouraging Glen Eden investment, responsible filming in the Heritage Area, fast internet in outer areas, youth employment and leadership. The Future West team are: Greg Presland (lawyer, climate activist), Saffron Toms (mother, geographer, environmentalist), Sandra Coney (author, health and women’s advocate, environmentalist); Neil Henderson (weed buster, environmental scientist); Mark Allen (community development expert), Mark Roberts (commercial pilot, accountant, pest trapper). Please vote for us all.

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MHF Changes

The Manukau Harbour Forum (MHF) is a collective of the nine local boards that border the Manukau harbour. Formed in recognition of the deteriorating state of the harbour, the Forum has worked to raise the profile of the harbour, building a case for increased resourcing and recognition by Council of its responsibility to protect it. With a single territorial authority, there is now a key opportunity for Council to take a stronger role.. The Forum has commissioned a governance review, which is almost complete. This review is expected to make some strong recommendations to Auckland Council to formalise the forum, have Councillor representation, budget and staffing resources, among other things. Key achievements of the Forum to date are its contribution to advocacy for a multiagency hydrodynamic model and industry education programmes leading to increased resourcing for monitoring and compliance of smaller construction sites. There’s still so much to do for the Harbour. If the recommendations from the governance review are acted on by the new Council the Forum can enhance its work for the health and well-being of the harbour and the communities that live with it.



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The upcoming election is the chance for our communities to have their say on how things are run. I’m asking again for your Thenot upcoming the WestWards chance forteam ourwho share To do this, we for commit to having no conflicting support, only for meelection but for theis strong those values transparency, community and people. interests – therefore, no member of the group is communities to have their say on how things are run. We are a team of local Waitakere people - living, working and raising families in our remarkable corner of Auckland. asking again deserves for yourthe support, notitsonly formembers, me standing any other elected position. WeI’m believe Waitakere best from elected and arefor dedicated to delivering the best for our but for the strong WestWards team who share those A vote for WestWards’ candidates is a vote for communities. values of transparency, community and people. We are putting local people and local issues first, doingelected the To do this, we commit to having no conflicting interests – therefore, no member of the group is standing for any other a team of local Waitakere people – living, working and basics well, and creating a transparent council process position. raising families in our remarkable corner of Auckland. work can be doing measured against. A vote for WestWards candidates is a vote for putting local peoplethat andour local issues first, the basics well, and creating a We believe Waitakere deserves the best from its With your help we can bring fresh thinking, make real transparent council process that our work can be measured against. elected members, and are dedicated to delivering the change happen, and get the best for Waitakere! With your help we can bring fresh thinking, make real change happen, and get the best for Waitakere! best for our communities.

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. Chair of the local residents association where she has been a staunch advocate for improved safety and investment in our townships.

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‘Nature and the ocean are a constant source of energy’ From prisons and gang pads to high-end restaurants and art groups, you can’t say that music hasn’t taken Stephen Rose anywhere. Having played shows in many such places in the past, you can now catch Stephen at his regular local gig at the Titirangi RSA. “I was born singing and I sing all day until I go to sleep. I have played everywhere from Cape Reinga to Bluff, from upmarket hotels to beach-side camp sites – it’s easy to do that with a harmonica.” Stephen’s also a member of the Auckland Blues Music Club, and has been a driving force behind the Titirangi RSA’s Open Mic Night for the past eight years. “I feel like part of the furniture there now!” Stephen arrived in West Auckland at age 10, “I roamed the streets of Blockhouse Bay and Titirangi growing up. Other than stints living in the South Island, I’ve lived in the west ever since.” The gateway to music was opened at age 19, via inspiration from a harmonica player. “It literally struck a note,” says Stephen, “and now I’ve been a gigging musician for about 30 years. I’m a lead singer and I play the blues harp and guitar, sometimes all at once,” Stephen currently performs solo and in several bands, and he’s also a music teacher. “I’ve given music lessons for years, and I’ve also taught music as behaviour therapy. Lately I have had a flurry of students taking lessons with their mums or dads. Seeing the shared learning and special bonds that develop between them through music is a new insight and yet another blessing of being a musician. We know that music has power, but it’s a rewarding dimension to be enabling parents and kids – families – to make music together.” D’Coda is the name of Stephen’s rock covers band. “In a good band, you create something that is greater than the sum of its parts, and with D’Coda especially, we contribute something special to significant occasions in people’s lives. We play rock music that gets people dancing.” Regular appearances with The Knee Crawlers at the Titirangi RSA and with the Auckland Blues Music Club’s All Star Band keep Stephen a busy man, “but I get to spend a lot of fun time with my lifetime music buddies. I never have to look far for musical inspiration because I have a set list continually running through my head. I’m inspired by American 1950s blues through to Seattle-era modern rock.”

There are lots of musical anecdotes. “Being a musician exposes you to the edgier side of life and human nature, especially when alcohol is involved. You end up with many incredible stories, but generally they’re not ones that can be repeated in a family magazine! “Once we played at the Carrington Head Injury unit for a patient’s birthday. Those sort of events are sobering and quite significant. As a member of the Auckland Blues Music Club I played in a Men’s Mental Health Awareness fundraiser. For my solo performance, I played my song Little Black Dog which is about the human condition. It’s about how we have to live with the sadness of life”. Describing his own song writing as quirky, wry and distinctly Kiwi, Stephen says: “I love the creative writing process and its spontaneous magic, though some songs take a long gestation. I have written and recorded some really fun and catchy songs but there are very limited career options with original music in New Zealand.” Whilst music is the backbone of his life, Stephen says: “I never take my musical career too seriously. Once my band mates celebrated the visit of AC/DC with an alternative, AB/CD, and I was in a Radio Hauraki take-off band. We were called True Piss, recording a parody of the hit song Tonight by the popular girl band of the time, True Bliss. The ball just rolled on from there – a crazy video shoot, performing live on breakfast TV, the limousine ride, the parody song on the radio and in the charts at number 17, we got fan mail. A real generous 15 minutes of fame and a very humorous time to boot!” Nature and the ocean are a constant source of energy and motivation for Stephen: “I love getting out on the water with my kayak.” Looking to the future, Stephen has lots more gigs coming up “and if the past is anything to go by there will be a lifetime more of playing guitar at camp sites around the South Island.” Titirangi RSA hosts the Open Mic nights on the last Friday of every month, the September date is the 27th. You can catch D’Coda at the Landmark Tavern in Panmure on September 13, and check out Stephen’s facebook pages for more info. Harcourts Blue Fern Realty Ltd, Licensed Agent REAA 2008

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Brown teal thriving in Habitat Te Henga The brown teal or pāteke is the largest and John Sumich filmed the first known pāteke only avian member of the three brown teals family at Matuku Link on a trail camera in July endemic to New Zealand. 2018. A second pair has had two broods this Pāteke were abundant and widespread 200 year, the first in February and another at the years ago, before the arrival of introduced end of July. John was thrilled to witness this predators, but by 2000 they had become recent family of five pāteke ducklings scooting the rarest duck species in the world. Today happily around the raupō with their attentive they are mostly confined to Northland, Great parents. Barrier Island and Coromandel Peninsula and The conservation success of these ducks is several island and mainland sanctuaries. Their testament to the work done by the volunteers conservation status is ‘at risk/recovering’ but at Matuku Link and, in time, the Waitākeres where they have had predator and habitat may again be a pāteke stronghold. protection, their populations have thrived. Matuku Link are currently seeking funds for However, they are still the rarest waterfowl the Million Metres Streams Project. They want species on the mainland. to plant an additional 260m of stream banks In West Auckland we are fortunate to have and re-establish 1400 square metres of native an expanding community in the Waitākere bush. They are hoping to raise $15,600 to plant Ranges wetland habitat. 1400 native plants and trees providing more Forest & Bird’s Habitat Te Henga project A Matuku Link breeding pāteke pair. Photo by habitat and helping to improve the quality of started in January 2014 aiming to control Jacqui Geux. the water that flows into the Waitākere River. predators over the Te Henga wetland and surrounding forest and Donations are appreciated. farms, so that pāteke could be released. Pāteke can breed well but are to predators, especially dogs, stoats and ferrets. rare-bird-haven Twenty birds were released in 2015, each with a radio transmitter attached so their whereabouts could be tracked. By the end of that year, 17 pāteke were still present although one bird was absent for over three months. A West Auckland flower grower After that success a further 80 were released in 2016 and again 20 is leading the way by introducing had transmitters attached. Once more 17 of the transmitter-carrying recyclable packaging for their fresh-cut pāteke survived to the end of the year so it was decided that, although flowers, reports FIONA DRUMMOND. the DOC permit allowed further translocations, they were doing so well Van Lier Nurseries in Riverhead is a no additional birds were needed. family-owned and operated business The pāteke from both releases rapidly spread to all parts of the that has been producing and selling wetland, from Bethells Beach to the pond at Te Henga rock quarry and flowers and plants since 1967. everywhere in between. As the second largest rose grower Fortnightly trapping of pests has continued and the trapping in New Zealand, they have over 2.1 contractor notes his sightings of pāteke and also other rare wetland hectares of glasshouses planted with birds including matuku (bittern) and pūweto (spotless crake). over 40 varieties of roses, as well as May 2016 was exciting when the first ducklings were observed. various other flowers. Family groups have continued to be seen at many different sites – The company’s new 100% recyclable from the wetland edge walk in the Forest & Bird reserve, along the packaging is made from unbleached Waitākere River, on some of the large open ponds of the wetland paper created from certified materials Photo c. Van Lier Nurseries. and, most recently, at West Auckland’s newest conservation project, and has been sourced from a supplier who has a sustainable Matuku Link. tree replanting programme. It also uses natural water-based ink. Matuku Link is replanting the alluvial forest, sedge and reed beds It is being used for all flower varieties grown and replaces the to make more habitat for pāteke, matuku, puweto and other native cellophane packaging previously used. 16:33 FRINGEADLTD.pdf 1 15/11/16 Continued on page 29 >> species. It is also establishing a Wetland Education Centre.

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Embracing waste reduction without consideration of the environment and for the people who make the clothes. Any future plans for the market? The market is expanding so the next one is planned for October 6 at the Te Atatu Peninsula Community Centre, 595 Te Atatu Road, a bigger venue. The fee for a stall is $35. We also offer spaces free of charge to local community groups to raise money through bake sales and sausage sizzles and we give back to the community by supporting charities like Kids Can and Titirangi Kindergarten. More information can be found at

Eleven tips for avoiding the fast fashion trap FIONA DRUMMOND talks with Susi Lay, organiser of the re:generate markets since 2016. Tell me about the re:generate philosophy? It is to reduce, reuse and relove. The re:generate kids market is a place to buy and sell quality pre-loved children’s clothing, books, toys, nursery items and more while the re:generate fashion market is a place for like-minded environmentally-conscious individuals to buy and sell adult fashion, including clothing, shoes, jewellery and accessories. What inspired you to organise the first re:generate kids market? I started going to markets to sell my own childrens’ clothing and toys in 2015 and enjoyed the experience so began buying most of their things second hand. At that time there weren’t many markets of preloved things around, so I organised the first kid’s market in Titirangi. Was the re:generate fashion market a natural progression of the kids market? I have thought for a long time how great it would be to on-sell my own wardrobe as well as buy clothing second-hand from one place with lots of offerings. Several market goers and stallholders also asked for a place to sell their items, so we held the first re:generate fashion market in April 2019. The feedback was very positive. Most of our sellers are offering women’s clothing, though there are several stallholders selling men’s clothing. We want to keep re:generate markets for pre-loved items only. We do have sellers who alter and up-cycle their pre-loved items – which we are totally in support of. But we don’t intend to be a craft market as that is already well catered for. What is your opinion of the fast fashion industry? Fast fashion has become a huge part of consumerism and our throw away culture, creating masses of landfill and sending the wrong message to future generations. While there is a place for new fashion we believe ‘fast-fashion’ comes from a lack of education and awareness of managing waste and caring for our environment. Fast fashion exists because of our modern economy where everything can be produced in underdeveloped nations at extremely low cost, but

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Only buy clothes you love Shop from your own wardrobe first, create new combos Go vintage or second-hand and support the charity shops Make your own clothes, or have them made Seek quality fabric in clothing, it will last longer Repair clothes where you can DIY & upcycle clothes to give them new life Repurpose clothing into other items or accessories For every piece of clothing bought, remove one from your wardrobe 10. Host a clothing swap with friends 11. Delete shopping apps from your devices

Fresh Finds Market to launch in New Lynn Gina and Shane Radcliffe are set to create a community-focused market to invigorate their corner of New Lynn. Since moving their coffee-roasting business (Rampant Coffee) from their Green Bay home to the heritage brick post office in Totara Avenue, New Lynn, they have been thinking about ways to revitalise the area. Their vision for the Fresh Finds market is to showcase fresh produce and homemade, handmade, organic and natural products, connecting the extended communities within the Whau and bringing vitality to the area. “We want to bring back the essence of the marketplace: the people, the connections, the amalgamation of ideas,” says Gina. “Though we all want to be successful and profitable, for us, it’s connecting with others where the real satisfaction lies. “With over 40 unique vendors secured so far, we are getting excited. We aim to make this a regular monthly event.” Gina and Shane’s maxim is Let’s Meet, Eat, and Repeat Community! The first Fresh Finds Market takes place on Saturday, September 14, 9am-2pm, New Lynn Community Centre.

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When will swimming be safe? With growing awareness of the state of our Manukau Harbour beaches, and the associated ‘SafeSwim’ and ‘Safe Networks’ programmes, communities are asking, when will our beaches be safe to swim in? Well, the good news is that work is due to start soon. ‘Boots on the ground’ smoke and dye-testing for breaches in infrastructure will be common sights around our northern Manukau beaches this summer. This is all part of Auckland Council’s Safe Networks programme which is closely connected to the SafeSwim project. While Takapuna and Hibiscus Coasts were the first cabs off the rank to benefit from the water quality targeted rate, the beaches of Titirangi and Laingholm are next up and with the first phase of the project complete (the problematic outlets identified) the next phase is to track the origins of the breaches. CCTV will also be used to travel through the pipes and identify breakages and faulty or illegal connections. “Expect to see lots of action,” says Nick Vigar, SafeSwim programme manager. “We’ve already achieved a big win for Laingholm with a significant breach identified and fixed, but we know there are still issues”. The major wastewater line dropping into the stormwater network was fixed about six months ago, and testing is already showing huge improvement. This will no doubt be a huge relief to beachgoers and the local Wai Ora group who has been working in the area and recently discovered inanga. The ‘groundtruthing’ of contamination sources is expected to take approximately three months to complete, and works will begin to rectify the issues as they are found. Once they are fixed, there will be another period of intense testing in all weather circumstances to make sure all issues have been resolved. “This is where the community can help,” says Nick. “We will be needing loads of samples in different scenarios to ensure that we’ve solved all of the issues. Citizen science can be of great value here, saving time and money. “It is important to note that the topography and low energy environments of our Manukau beaches (typically characterised by mudflats at low tide) mean that these beaches are prone to high faecal indicators. Even once we fix human faecal contamination issues, we’re likely to still have high readings from birds. This is way less of a concern for human health (unless chickens are the source, in which case the health risk is high).” Contaminations sources will be investigated in this approximate order: Laingholm, Titirangi, Wood Bay, French Bay, Green Bay. If you have any feedback or queries, please call Council’s helpline 09 301 0101. – Saffron Toms >> Eco-friendly

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“The change to paper has been one that I am really proud of,” says Harry Van Lier. “The drive to find an alternative for our plastic sleeves came about while I was away on my honeymoon last year. We had travelled to a geopark that was supposed to be a location of pure natural beauty. As I looked into the water, all I could see was rubbish floating around and it really hit home that we all have a part to play to reduce the amount of waste we create. “The best part about our change of packaging is that it has reduced the amount of waste we are passing on to our customers. Our florists and wholesalers will be able to reduce their waste and save money while doing so. I sincerely hope others choose to join us in this change and take time to look at areas where they too might be able to find alternative packaging or processes to help the environment.” Local florists, including Green Bay Florists on Godley Road, are stocking Van Lier roses in the eco-friendly packaging.

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A summer that was. Cornwallis, March 2019. Photo by Leigh Williams. (The Fringe welcomes submissions from local writers and photographers – although we can’t use everything we receive.)

west auckland weather by the moon Ken Ring’s predictions for September The first week of September is wet and the second and third weeks even wetter, but the fourth week is relatively dry. The wettest days are expected to be the 11th and 16th and half as much again over average rainfall is expected over the month. The best interval for outside activities should be the 20th-25th. Maximum temperatures (on average) are 18°C (warmer than normal) and minimums could average 8°C (cooler than normal). The average wind direction may be southerly. Expect some rain every day for the first week. The beginning of the second week is mostly dry with the coldest nights of the month, and the heavy rain on 11th is accompanied by the lowest barometer reading. The beginning of the third week contains a downpour, and at the beginning of the fourth week the barometer climbs to its highest for the month. The warmest day may be the 28th with a mean of 19°C, and the coolest may be 8th with a mean of 9°C. For fishermen, the highest (king) tides are on the 1st, with a lesser tide on the 17th. The best fishing bite-times are at noon on the 1st, 13th-16th, and 28th-30th. Chances are also good around dusk on the 5th-8th and 21st-23rd. For gardeners, the best sowing intervals are the 1st-7th when the waxing moon is ascending. The best pruning time is the 14th-22nd, when the waning moon is descending. If harvesting for longer shelf-life, choose lower water-table (neap) days of the 8th and 24th. Allow 24 hour error for all forecasting. For future weather for any date, visit © Ken Ring 2019.

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It’s not as easy as it looks ... Yeah gidday. Lizard here. The other week, which makes it sound like I have only ever had two separate weeks, I signed up to a model’s and actor’s booking agency. They said I had a great look (?). They took my photo and set up a Facebook thingy which had a brief description of my suitability to be an extra if the ‘industry’ ever needs a Santa look-a-like that could perhaps be a Maori. “I’m in,” I thought. While waiting for my ‘look’ to be plastered all over the telly selling funeral insurance or craft beer, they invited a few of us model types to sit in on a lecture about acting by a prominent American bloke called Beau. Only yanks have names like Beau, or Randy, or Chip. Chip what? Off the old block? This guy went one step further, his full handle was Beau Tocks. I kept my gob shut. So, we all rocked up in our casually contrived, natural-toned corduroys and just-so, gelled, hair to get some tips on entering the big time. Beau began in typical Trump American-style, shooting from the hip, with a few well-rehearsed bullet points. “As a life member of the American Actors’ League, I have an uncanny insight into the ridiculous political and social landscape affecting every facet of life.” Blimey. Go Beau. “In short, and I’m assured it applies equally here in Nu Zeelan, we are expecting ordinary citizens, of whom very few, if any, have had any formal acting or modelling training, to come across on our screens as sincere,” he continued. “For example, the other evening I was watching several farmers being interviewed during ‘prime time’ about water or something, and none of them had a handlebar moustache or even a giant cowboy hat. Ridiculous. They looked like soft furnishings salespeople. The news went on to talk to some primary school teachers about some kind of nonsense because they totally lost me when not one of the teachers was wearing spectacles yet they expect me to think they are intelligent? “Before we know it, there will be scientists ranting on without wearing white lab coats or doctors spouting on about health issues with no stethoscope around their necks? Incredulous. The Prop Department is our friend, ladies and gents. Use it. Same as Hair and Makeup.” Wow, we all began to sit up and take notice now. What a pro.

“At least your morning television shows have made some effort,” he went on. “The hosts have some of the best dentistry I have seen anywhere in the western world. Their opinions on politics and how we should vote, come across with almost no signs they are trying to sway public opinion. There is barely a whiff of hidden agendas. This is very tricky, even for seasoned Fox reporters back state-side. “I put it to you that only actors have put in the hundreds of hours in front of the mirror necessary to develop the full range of facial expressions needed in our modern, highly critical and closely scrutinised media world. “With the exception of perhaps musicians, with their tortured guitar solo faces and teared-up country style, only actors can pull off emotions like the ‘straight down the camera, regret tinged with hope look’, or the almost impossible facial torment of ‘I’ll be back if only you’ll believe in me and give me another chance, puppy face side-head slant’. Brilliant and credible. Something our sports people are getting much better at, but they are at least getting some formal media training by ex-children-show hosts who know the industry.” Wow again. It was as if he was reading our minds. We all had such hope yet so much to learn. He finished just as strongly. “Finally, if you take nothing else from today’s brilliant oration, remember this, people vote with their eyes. If you don’t make an effort to always look your very best, why should anyone remember you? Red eye shadow is nobody’s friend, ladies. It makes you look like the first wife in a marital trilogy. There is no such thing as cheap surgery. The more the surgeon takes out, the more we get back. And finally, only battleships are ever grey. Thank you. “Keep your chins and breasts up, your eyes on the mirror and if over thirty, your necks covered at all times. Especially when swimming.” After the lecture, we all had a meet-and-greet and a glass of non-carb wine. I bought his book, Fat Men Should Never Tuck in Their Shirts which I skim-read on the way home. It’s true that extras get less than the minimum wage but that’s the price of fame. Later ... who knows where? Maybe, just maybe, behind someone famous ... Lizard.

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