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.
The chickens won ...
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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The Fringe SEPTEMBER 2019
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@ yahoo.com.
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Formerly the Titirangi Tatler, The Fringe is a community magazine serving West Auckland