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Our place: Tiki Taane; Sunny side up............................................ 4 Working together for the place we love; Watercare waiting on hearing date for new treatment plant...... 5 South Titirangi tracks to be upgraded and reopened.................. 6 Art and about with Naomi McCleary...................................... 8 – 9


Judge on tour in run-up to Awards............................................ 10 On stage with Titirangi Theatre; Reawaken your creative side...................................................... 11 Places to go: Events listing................................................. 12 – 13 Bandstanding: DB Grant............................................................. 14 Feature: preparing for summer and Christmas.......................... 16


At the libraries............................................................................ 17 Students and charities to benefit from $1 million fund............. 18 Naturally West: Kaka sightings increasing out West................... 19 Sustainable solutions: Advice for a responsible festive season.. 20 Walking west: Dogless at Kakamatua......................................... 21 Live @ the lounge; Weather by the moon................................. 22 Advertisers’ Directory................................................................. 23


On our cover: Ihumātao by Louise Rive is one of the works entered in the 2019 Portage Ceramic Awards. For more see page 10.


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The Portage Awards are one of the most prestigious ceramic competitions in New Zealand and the opening night, at Te Uru on November 21, is always a special occasion for Titirangi locals and the many visitors who come from all over the country. The Fringe has two tickets to the awards night to give away, along with a set of four previous Portage Award catalogues. To go in the draw to win a ticket, write your name, address and phone number on the back of an envelope along with the name of the judge of this year’s competition (see page 10) and post it to: Portage Competition, PO Box 60-469, Titirangi, Auckland, 0642 to reach us by November 15, or you can email your Portage Awards, 2018. Photo by Amelia Harris. answer and contact details to info@ (with Portage in the subject line).

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Tiki Taane performed his One Man Band Show to a full house at the Titirangi War Memorial Hall as a fund-raiser for Save Our Kauri Trust last month. Over 350 locals, Tiki fans, kauri lovers and volunteers experienced a fun-filled 95 minutes of Tiki’s iconic dubstep, drum and bass, with his chart topping Always On My Mind as a special dedication to Awhi Awhi, the Titirangi kauri that gained national and international recognition in 2015. Chris Pairama (Te Taou, Ngāti Whaatua) and Steve Abel (MC) welcomed everyone and explained that the money raised would go towards the costs of the legal challenge that had tried to protect Awhi Awhi. The legal challenge has now concluded and failed to provide any legal protection for this ancient kauri. The fate of two more mature Kauri of similar age on the public road reserve are also at risk of felling and Save Our Kauri Trust, The Tree Council, scientists and Mana Whenua have petitioned Auckland Council to save Awhi Awhi and the two Kauri on public land. Kauri are one of the most carbon-dense trees and it has been estimated (by Dr Cate Macinnis-Ng) that Awhi Awhi stores six tonnes of carbon, three above ground and three below. It is argued that with other kauri dying from disease, healthy, mature, carbon-dense kauri should be protected. You can find out more at Save Our Kauri Trust on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or join the mailing list by signing the petition at https://

It was a beautiful sunny day in late October in Titirangi Village. It was business as usual for many with coffee in the sun high on the agenda. Just down the road and around the corner in the car park by the Memorial Hall, life went on as usual too – people went to the library, to the play centre or community house, or enjoyed a dance class in the hall. And within metres, in the covered car park, the re-homing of the renowned Titirangi chickens was finally underway. No drama. No fuss. No media circus or demonstrations from chicken lovers or haters. There was certainly no feather ruffling or unruly squawking from the birds or passers by. Chickens have been part of Village life for many years but numbers had grown to around 200, although no-one is sure just how many. They’v been causing public health and safety issues, damaging the bush and, when they took a notion to cross the road (as chickens are known to do), major traffic disruption raised hackles. The chickens’ time has come. And so it was on that lovely sunny Monday morning, as some of the chickens – young and old – wandered around clucking in the sunshine, others were encouraged, with chicken feed, into cages. Quietly and calmly they prepared for their truck ride to greener pastures.

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The sixth anniversary of Titirangi’s Glow Festival was to take place at the end of this month but a shortage of helpers has dimmed the lights. The event relies on a host of local volunteers, organised by a committee of community members and businesses. Despite considerable effort and publicity being put into finding new committee members not enough interested people have come forward to perform the important tasks that make this exciting event possible. Consequently, Glow 2019 will be carried over to 2020. If you would like to be a part of this dynamic community event, as a committee member, as a business or personal sponsor, or as a volunteer on the day, contact Jan Workman on 021 926 243 or email

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Working together for the place we love An alliance that aims to improve the impact and effectiveness of biodiversity conservation in the Waitākere Ranges has been launched to help support the myriad groups working throughout the area. Pest Free Waitākere Ranges will focus on a coordinated, integrated approach, bringing together the work being done currently by the many groups doing “amazing work across the Ranges,” says co-chair Pamela Gill, who is also part of EcoMatters’ restoration team. “It’s a coordination role, like an arch, encompassing all the work being done by the many groups working in the area so we can understand what we’re all doing, supporting each other and sharing skills and knowledge. “All the groups and their many members are really passionate about creating a pest free Ranges, whether that’s weeds, predators (possums, stoats and rats) and pathogens like kauri dieback,” Pamela says. “The groups are working in innovative and committed ways to deal with some major issues. The alliance will give us the opportunity to increase our collective impact by working together, identifying gaps and connecting the dots where possible,” she says. The alliance won’t replace any work currently being done and plans

to work with groups – not individuals – by providing support and facilitation in a coordinated and collaborative manner. “There’s a lot of energy in the pest free movement and the Waitākere Ranges is a special area that needs love and support. Lots of people are doing awesome stuff but the alliance is a way to support others who feel the same way; working together for the place we love,” Pamela says. An alliance hui will be held this month. For more information, contact or co-chair Pamela Gill: collective impact will work for pest free – Moira Kennedy movement.

Watercare waiting on hearing date for new treatment plant Watercare has said it is “business as usual” with the old Huia water treatment plant until its resource consent application for the replacement plant is reviewed. The resource consent application was opened for public submissions in August. Of the 497 submissions, eight were neutral, 20 were in support of the project and 469 opposed the application. A Watercare spokesperson said the organisation is waiting on Auckland Council to notify it of a hearing date, where an independent commissioner will hear evidence in written form, or from submitters in person. “Watercare will also be presenting evidence from its experts relating to such matters as vegetation removal, earthworks and stream works. The commissioner will release their findings once the hearing has been completed and they have considered all aspects of the application, including public submissions.” In the event that the commission rejects the resource consent application, Watercare will see if changes to the application were required. However, the spokesperson said they are confident a robust application has been lodged. If the consent is granted, Watercare will continue consulting with

the community. “It is expected that the Community Liaison Group established for the project will continue throughout the construction and future operation of the plant,” the spokesperson said. One of the submissions on the resource consent application was lodged by the Waitākere Ranges Local Board and argued that consultation should be reopened with the community and alternative sites considered. Referencing a letter sent in October 2018 by Greg Presland, the submission urged Watercare to look at three alternative sites for the replacement plant: the Nihotupu filter station on Exhibition Road, the sludge site near the Nihotupu Reservoir and an industrial site in Glendene. However Watercare continues to believe the Waima site is the most suitable of the four that were short-listed according to a selection criteria process that considered over 100 options While the hearing date is expected to be set early next year, the old Huia Water Treatment Plant will continue to treat water from the four dams in the Waitākere Ranges and supply water to around 300,000 people. – Mick Andrew


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South Titirangi tracks to be upgraded and reopened South Titirangi residents and walkers say ‘OK I’ll just be patient and wait a bit may be getting their shortcuts back, longer’,” she said. with plans in place to upgrade and Not all of the tracks and parks in the reopen several bush tracks. area will be upgraded however. Mahoe The Waitākere Ranges Local Board Track, Wood Bay Reserve and three has allocated funds to upgrade tracks others were assessed to have either in 11 local parks which were closed too many sick kauri or very poor track earlier this year to stop the spread surfaces, with the cost to upgrade too of kauri dieback. Bill Haresnape Walk high. The local board has recommended and Arama and Opou Reserves are just closing these indefinitely based on three of the areas that the local board community consultation and available has recommended upgrading with funding. new boardwalks, stairs and surfaces Waitākere Ranges Local Board Chair to make them compliant with national Greg Presland said other than some kauri-safe standards. feedback on the Titirangi War Memorial The recommendations follow several Bill Haresnape Walk and 10 others, are to be upgraded and Track, which will be closed indefinitely rounds of consultation earlier this year, reopened within the next two years. Photo by Michael Andrew. pending further consultation, locals when the local board and Auckland Council kauri dieback team engaged seemed happy with the decisions and reasons to close certain tracks. with community members to assess which tracks were viable options. He said the priority would be upgrading Bill Haresnape Walk and Vicki Sargisson of the South Titirangi Neighbourhood Network said Paturoa Way, which are forecast for completion by June 2020 and the consultation was very inclusive and factored in the needs of the December 2019 respectively, subject to weather conditions and community. contractor availability. “I do think council and the kauri team have bent over backwards to Vicki Sargisson said this was a good decision, as both tracks are try and consult openly with the community and they’ve listened to popular thoroughfares used by school children and other residents. what’s been said,” she says. “Of course the test will be in what the outcomes are and ultimately With approval and kauri hygiene training from the council, the STNN how long this all takes to happen,” she said. has continued to maintain some of the closed tracks and carry out Upgrades on some of the other tracks such as Eric Leigh Hunt Track conservation work. require resource consent and Estimated Recommendation Estimated Cost Vicki said upgrading and Park/Track therefore have a longer time Completion Date opening the tracks would Wood Bay Reserve frame. Indefinite Closure $20,000 Nov-19 make it much easier for the Mahoe Walk One of the challenges Indefinite closure $20,000 Nov-19 community to get in and Opou Reserve is to find contractors who Upgrade and Reopen $90,000 Dec-19 continue battling the invasive Bill Haresnape walk are trained in kauri hygiene Upgrade and Reopen $120,000 Jun-20 weeds and pests. protocol, so they can work Okewa Reserve Indefinite Closure $20,000 Nov-19 She said it was a sensible Tinopai/ Eric Leigh Hunt around the trees without Upgrade and Reopen $244,000 Mar-21 decision as she had seen Paturoa Way/ Tinopai Walk: spreading the disease. Upgrade and Reopen $133,000 Dec-19 Upgrade and Reopen $78,000 Mar-21 people continue to use Arama Reserve Naturally this can delay the Partial Upgrade and Reopen 128,000 Jun-20 the tracks despite their Rahui Kahika Reserve completion of the projects. Indefinite Closure $20,000 Nov-19 closed status. She hoped Titirangi War Memorial However, Vicki said that $103,000 Dec-19 that communicating the Henderson Valley Scenic Reserve Upgrade and Reopen anyone who cannot wait that Upgrade and Reopen $36,000 Jun-20 track upgrade plans to the Siebel Scenic Reserve long to get back in the bush Upgrade and Reopen $70,000 Jun-20 community might encourage Arapito Plantation can get in contact with STNN Upgrade and Reopen $90,000 Mar-21 people to wait until they’re Kaurimu Park and get access to the walks Warner Park Upgrade and Reopen $50,000 Mar-20 ready to be used. on one of their conservation Indefinite Closure $20,000 Nov-19 “I think if people can see a Waitoru Reserve working bees. light at the end of the tunnel Waitākere Ranges Local Board track recommendations, subject to further – Mick Andrew they’re much more likely to consultation, weather and contractor availability.

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We know it must be coming up Christmas when we start to anticipate the Portage Ceramics Awards. There’s something reassuring about a ‘thing’ that turns up like clockwork every November – and has done so for the past 18 years. It seems a lifetime ago that the Fletcher Brownbuilt Pottery Award, which metamorphosed into the Fletcher Challenge Ceramic Award, took its last gasp – and the Portage Ceramic Awards slipped neatly into the gap, bringing ceramics back to the home of clay in the west. Because we are rich in clay history out here; industrial, domestic and studio based. Unlike the Fletcher Award, which allowed and encouraged international entries, Portage has remained an award for New Zealand ceramic artists/makers, although consistently with an invited international judge. It takes the pulse of the art of clay in this land and brings a critical wider eye to evaluate it. So why should we give a damn? Here is a random, off the top of my head, list: • Clay vessels, both functional and decorative, go back into the mists of human existence. • We have a history out here; from the clay pipes and bricks of the Clark family, through to Crown Lynn furnishing the kitchens and dining rooms of so many childhoods, and on to some of the finest studio potters of the 20th and 21st century. • In a time when we are questioning the use of man-made materials, clay hewn out of the earth is organic, visceral, touchable. It Cliffhanger, Janna van Hasselt’s entry in the 2019 Portage Awards. connects us to the land. • It’s a serious and highly regarded awards event which adds mana and support to the ceramics community. • It’s often contentious and stimulates robust discussion by professionals and amateur viewers alike. • Much of it is breathtakingly beautiful and some makes you scratch your head. • It pushes us to view things a little differently; gives us pause to stop and think. • It’s a ‘slow’ experience (if you will give it your time). The experience of going piece to piece is meditative. • It’s a great way to entertain and host guests over the summer season. • The accompanying publication is very collectable; a coffee-table record of a great experience. Harcourts Blue Fern Realty Ltd, Licensed Agent REAA 2008

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All Portage 19 finalists will be exhibited at Te Uru in the Portage Ceramic Awards exhibition, which runs from November 22 – February 23, 2020. Winners will be announced at the Portage Ceramic Awards Night on Thursday November 21, when the exhibition and publication are launched by 2019 judge, wellknown Australian ceramic artist, Merran Esson. The Upstairs Gallery echoes the focus on ceramics with an Lidded Jars, by Dawn Clayden at Upstairs Gallery. exhibition by Dawn Clayden (a great name for a ceramic artist!) The Shape & The Colour is an exploration of surface decoration on contemporary ceramic forms. Dawn’s first job was at Matakana’s Morris and James Pottery, followed by a Bachelor and Masters of Design. Now based out of her studio, an 1800s schoolhouse on a lifestyle block near Mangawhai, she crafts delicate and highly detailed porcelain vases, sculptures and tableware. My first response to viewing images of her work is that there is something reminiscent of Dresden ware; a delicacy and romanticism suggested in flowers and ruffles, a whiteness often touched with gold and silver gilding. They are spectacularly intricate and collectable. This exhibition runs from November 8 to December 1. As a segue from the grandeur of the recently exhibited McCahon’s Gate III to another major exhibition, The Future of Our Kids, Te Uru is taking us on a short, sharp and nostalgic look at an era of nuclear protest. Campaign draws upon the work of significant New Zealand artists and considers the prevalence of anti-nuclear sentiment in New Zealand’s art history. It revisits an era when artists across a range of disciplines were documenting, exposing and protesting the dangers of nuclear testing in the Pacific and the arrival of nuclear-capable warships in New Zealand waters. Presented in the spirit of making connections between people, generations and stories to ensure our histories are remembered, The Future of Our Kids (opening November 30) picks up on this sentiment and features two new commissions from international artists that focus on the importance of the ocean and its histories for future generations. Campaign features From Scratch, Gil Hanly, Pat Hanly, Niki Hastings-McFall, Ralph Hotere, Claudia Pond Eyley and Wellington Media Collective. It’s also time to talk about the annual, and very engaging, CEAC Summer School. Set in the park-like grounds of the Corban Estate and imbued with the vibe of an active studio arts community, Summer School offers a week of hands-on immersion in a range of arts genres. The quality of the tutors ensures that lasting skills are passed on, and this is enhanced by a relaxed sense of community; sharing food and conversation over the week. The 2019 programme includes: • Writing Creative Prose with Paula Morris • Etching with Jan Philip Raath • Japanese Woodblock Printing with Sybille Schlumbom • Introduction to Carving with Wikuki Kingi and Tanya Wolfgramm • Crash Course in Glass Casting with Sofia Athineou • Abstract Landscapes with Sally Barron • Creative Documentary – Framing Your World with Paul Janman These courses are already booking up, so waste no time. The full programmes with details of tutors and course content is available on the CEAC website,

Give the gift of time this Christmas Hospice West Auckland is on the lookout for volunteers to help out at one of its six locations in the West for its Christmas Stars campaign from December 7 to 23. Christmas Stars are a heartfelt way to honour and remember a loved one. People are invited to make a donation to Hospice and, in return, they receive a Christmas Star on which they can write a personal message before hanging it on Hospice’s dedicated Tree of Remembrance. Volunteering your time will help keep Hospice West Auckland’s services free by raising vital funds to care for our patients, families and their loved ones. If you’re able to help, Hospice would love to hear from you. Call the fundraising team on (09) 834 9752 or email for more information.

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I’m grateful for the support of the Waitakere community in re-electing me to represent you for another three years. It’s a regional job I take seriously with the West at heart. Thank you. The main building projects I’m focussing on this term are a Rapid Transport busway on the Northwestern Motorway, a new swimming pool to increase West Aucklander’s’ access to swimming and improvements to Lincoln Road. Environmental and climate change actions are critical in this term. Replacing Auckland’s bus fleet with electric vehicles will help to reduce the main source of carbon emissions in Auckland – currently 46% transport related. Improving water quality remains high on the agenda as well. The Waitakere pump-out programme will remain, with an adjustment for the change in contract to cater for the smaller area, and a region-wide monitoring programme is being developed to help understand more specifically where the pollution is coming from. I support the continued upgrade and re-opening of walking tracks in the Waitakere Ranges while still protecting our kauri. Other areas needing attention are a review of CCOs, in particular a review of Auckland Transport. The community deserves better service for the things that matter on a daily basis such as safe and smooth footpaths and pothole-free roads. I’m very keen to keep working with the Local Boards. The closer we work together the more power to our arm for the West. I’m always happy to hear from you with your ideas or concerns. Please contact me anytime.

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Enigmatrix by Helen Yau is one of the exciting entrants in this year’s Portgage Ceramic Awards.

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The Ceramics Association of New Zealand and Te Uru have teamed up to present an informal lecture and Q&A series with Merran Esson the judge of the 2019 Portage Ceramic Awards, . For this lecture series, the Australian ceramic artist will talk about her practice, influences and experiences as an exhibiting artist and educator. Merran will follow her presentation with questions, conversation and refreshments. This is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in ceramics and craft education to engage with an experienced artist in an intimate setting. Please register for this event. Following two presentations in Wellington (The Dowse Art Museum, November 15, 6pm) and Christchurch (Christchurch Art Gallery, November 17, 2pm), Merran will then present at Objectspace in Auckland on November 19, 5.30pm. These events will lead up to the Portage Ceramic Awards awards night on November The 2018 Awards were a popular event and the the 2019 21 at Te Uru from 6pm. There iteration promises to be even better. Photo by Amelia will also be the traditional Harris. post-awards exhibition tour with Merran and some of the entrants, also at Te Uru on November 23 at 11am. Merran Esson has been a practicing ceramic artist for over 40 years. Her large forms are influenced by the Australian rural landscape of her childhood and express the contrast between the extremes of country and city. Her works are held in significant collections around the world. Recently retired as the Head of Ceramics at The National Art School in Sydney, and currently Lecturer-in-Charge of ceramics at the Australian Catholic University, Merran will bring a wealth of insight to New Zealand potters and educators.

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places to go Another year rolls around, Christmas approaches, and we are in rehearsal with our final production of 2019. Alarms and Excursions, by Michael Frayn, is described by the playwright as ‘more plays than one’, as he thought it would make a change to have tapas of comedy instead of a large plateful. A comic compendium, if you like, comprising a series of short plays interspersed with monologues. Director Christine Nash has recruited a great cast: Paul Kershaw, Alsa Kemeys, Rachel Bock and Tenzin WebberStephens, all of them well-known to our audiences. The monologues will be delivered on alternate nights by Rosemary Moore and Jane Burrage. Titirangi Theatre’s production of Alarms and Excursions is dedicated to the late Lindsay Nash, Christine’s husband and a loved and greatly missed stalwart of our theatre. The play opens on November 19 and runs until November 30. Performances are at 8pm, Tuesday to Saturday, with matinees at 2pm on November 23 and 4pm on November 24. And, to complete what promises to be an excellent show, we are re-introducing our afternoon teas at the Saturday matinee on November 23 at 2pm. Scones with jam, anyone? I am delighted to announce that for once, we are ahead of the game, and have set the play programme for 2020. We open with Martin McDonagh’s play A Skull in Connemara, to be directed by Paul Roukchan. The second slot will be filled by Waiting for God, from the television series of the same name, to be directed by Bob Lack. The third play will be All My Sons, by Arthur Miller, director Liz Watkinson, and the last production of the year will be a pantomime, still in draft form by Kerynn Walsh. Audition and production dates will be on the website. As the year end approaches, we start to make plans for Christmas celebrations and adventures for 2020. Our wardrobe staff, led by the indomitable Lynn Cottingham have been hard at work sorting out costumes for themed Christmas parties and other such frivolities. And looking ahead, February and the Art Deco weekend in Napier are not too far away either. There is always a rush on the wardrobe for our beautiful 1920s outfits so Lynn and the team are holding extra opening hours for this. The dates are November 16th and November 30th, from 1pm to 3pm. This is strictly appointment only, so ring Lynn on 818 6645 to ensure your February glamour. And don’t forget to keep an eye on our website www. for upcoming events, plays, auditions, stories and pictures.

Reawaken your creative side Revive your creativity at Corban Estate Arts Centre’s Summer School 2020, an exciting week of creative courses that take place in the middle of sunny January on the picturesque Henderson-based site. The annual programme offers affordable intensive learning for adults with skilled tutors, all of whom are prominent figures in their fields with impressive creative careers, and strong teaching backgrounds. You can choose from creative prose, etching, short film-making, mokuhanga woodblock printing, waka hoe carving, glass casting, abstract painting and more. Dr Paula Jane Kiri Morris (Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Whatua), pictured right, is one of the Summer School tutors – a novelist, short story writer and essayist who has received numerous fellowships, international residencies and awards, including best work of fiction at both the New Zealand Post Book Awards and Nga Kupu Ora Māori Book Awards in 2012 for her novel Rangatira. Morris recently returned from Menton, South of France, where she undertook the 2018 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship. (Menton is where Mansfield created some of her most important works.) Morris’ workshop Writing Creative Prose is a practical class for prose writers of all levels. Participants will be taught the skills to write stories, novels, personal essays or memories—from point of view and narrative structure to character, setting and dialogue. They will also take part in a number of free activities including studio tours, a tutor showcase, an open afternoon for family and friends, and a farewell celebration. Whether you are a serious creator or just want to reconnect with your creativity, Summer School 2020 really has something for everyone. To find out more, visit:



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Coast Gallery, Seaview Road, Piha. Phone 812 8029, www. w 2, Kids Market, by kids, for kids; Green Bay Community House, 1 Barron Drive, Green Bay; 10am-1pm. or email w 2, Iona Church Fair, check out the bargains and enjoy the fun, wet or fine; 38 Donovan Street, Blockhouse Bay. Phone Robert Findlay 027 625 9342. w 3, Live Music: Paul O’Brien; Titirangi RSA, 502 South Titirangi Road; 2-5pm. Phone 817 6415. w 3, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732. w 6 and 20, PowerTalk Waitākere can help you speak publicly with confidence: New Lynn Community Centre, 45 Totara Avenue, New Lynn; 7.30pm. Phone Sheridan on 828 7999 or 027 282 8799. w 8, Ladies’ Probus Club, fellowship, fun, speakers, and a monthly day trip; St John’s Hall, Te Atatū South; 9.45am-Noon. Phone Betty 09 832 0484. w 9, Titirangi Primary School Gala with music, games, stalls, silent auction and treats; Titirangi Primary School, corner of Kohu and Atkinson Roads; Noon-4pm. Phone Karla 027 664 7758. w 9, Titirangi Folk Music Club presents Rosemary Thomas 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 10, Public raku firing: paint your own vessel, watch it being fired and take it home; Titirangi Potters,

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nuclear sentiment in New Zealand’s art history; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w – 17, twenty-four-seven, considering the relationship between labour and time; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w – December 1, Moana Currents: dressing Aotearoa now, Moana and Māori influences on Aotearoa style, curated by Doris de Pont and Dan Ahwa; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w – December 1, A Memoir for Falling Light by Robert George; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w – December 1, Techno Tapa, Numa Mackenzie explores her fascination with patterns and motifs; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w 1, West Auckland Men’s Rebus Club; Kelston Community Centre, Corner Great North and Awaroa Roads; 9.30-11.30am. Phone Roger 834 7945. w 1, Brimstone & Glory (PG). A film from Mexico about fireworks plus short films Surface and Touch, a a feast for the eyes and a pet-safe way to get the thrill of pyrotechnics; Titirangi Theatre, Lopdell House; 10.30am, 6pm and 8.15pm; $14/$12/$10/$8 from eventfinder. and on door. Text bookings to 0210 222 5558.





beneath Titirangi Community House; Noon-4pm; from $5, including glaze and firing. Email Victoria Parsons,, for more information. w 10, Live Music: James Fromont; Titirangi RSA, 502 South Titirangi Road; 2-5pm. Phone 817 6415. w 12, 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 12, Western Districts Women's Dinner Club meets for dinner and a speaker/entertainer; Bricklane Restaurant, 5 Clark Street, New Lynn; 6.30pm. Phone Anne 021 293 3833 or 627 1416 to book or for information. w 16, Lions Club Book Sale; New Lynn Friendship Club Hall, 3063 Great North Road, New Lynn; 8am-4pm. Phone Mary 027 487 0639. w 17, Live Music: Bevis England and friends; Titirangi RSA, 502 South Titirangi Road; 2-5pm. Phone 817 6415. w 19 – 30, Titirangi Theatre presents Alarms and Excursions; Titirangi Theatre, Lopdell House. Visit www. for bookings and information. w 19, SeniorNet West Auckland, speaker, morning tea and chatting about computers; Kelston Community Centre; 10am. Phone June 021 179 3635. w 21, Waitakere Forest & Bird Talk. Biologist David Havell talks about his work and discoveries on Raoul Island; Kelston Community Centre, corner of Awaroa and Great North Roads, Kelston; 7.30pm; koha appreciated. Phone Liz 027 476 2732 or email w 22, The Combined Probus Club of Glen Eden, fellowship, speakers, monthly trips; Ceramco Park Function Centre, 120 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,

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436B Huia Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732. w December 4, NEW DATE for 1 Giant Leap, a film fund-raising night for ETHNO 2020; Titirangi Theatre, Lopdell House; 6.45pm for 7.30pm; $14 and $12 from and on door if not sold out, all previous ticket sales will be valid for this screening, text bookings to 0210 222 555. 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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presents a weekend festival of folk music; Motu Moana Scout Camp, Green Bay. Visit https://waamfestnz.wixsite. com/waamfest for more information. w 24, Titirangi Village Market: art, craft, produce and music; Titirangi War Memorial Hall; 10am-2pm. Contact Tess on or phone 022 631 9436. w 26, Titirangi U3A AGM followed by entertainment by Operatunity and afternoon tea; West Lynn Garden, 73 Parker Avenue, New Lynn; 1pm; booking essential. Contact 817 5519 or w 30, Green Bay German Christmas Market, enjoy a piece of Europe and get together in a relaxing atmosphere for the whole family to enjoy; Green Bay Community House, 1 Barron Drive, Green Bay; 10am-2pm.

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DB Grant: playing whenever he can get away with it Inspired by “weird people doing and managed to convince weird things”, and with a dry wit her I was a stable genius and and musical experience spanning that’s how we formed the the great divide between baroque duo. I think she’s discovered recorder and garage punk, DB the terrifying truth now but Grant is firmly ensconced in our we still play the songs.” local scene. So how did DB get involved As manager of The Fringe Ukes with The Fringe Ukes? “That and founder of SingJam he has his magical mystery tour started hands full enough, though you’re when David Parker of the just as likely to find him behind a Nukes generously handed chainsaw or a scrubcutter. “I have his Fringe Ukes group over some land out of Auckland that I’m to me in 2015. So that was working on wrangling into shape. an existing group that I’ve SingJam: a singing group that is neither choir nor karaoke. It’s not rock and roll but I like it.” kept going since then. We DB’s relationship with music began in the 1980s. “I studied classical still have some original members who have kept the faith and we’ve guitar and jazz drums. I sang tenor in my high school close harmony added many more along the way. People like the progress they make. group. At the same time I played drums in a garage punk band called They start with learning two or three chords and the next thing they The Comfy Chair. We played at Mainstreet a few times till the bass know they’re playing Iron Maiden and The Clash. I try to sneak an Abba player blew up the sound system and the sound engineer chased us song in if I can.” out of the building. Then I played drums for the infamous Eric Glandy DB then started SingJam in 2016. “I had an idea for a singing group Memorial Big Band. In the ’90s I studied baroque recorder and choral that wasn’t a choir or karaoke. SingJam is a fusion of a choir and a directing while at The Auckland College Of Education, then I taught in singing jam session where the members choose and arrange their own primary schools, produced school musicals and ran choirs, and played songs and I provide a musical and technical structure. The group has guitar with various local characters for fun.” grown a lot but, like The Fringe Ukes, I still have many of the original After leaving teaching in 2000 DB began writing his own music. “I members from 2016 turning up every week.” did the earnest singer-songwriter thing at open mic nights and played And both groups are well known, in our neck of the woods at least. covers in bands and solo at pubs, cafés and markets. “The Fringe Ukes play whenever we can get away with it, at events like “My writing process usually starts with a fragment of phrase or the Titirangi Festival Of Music, the Glow Festival, the RSA, the local melody. Then lots of hard work! I like to tell a story with the best and library and the lucrative rest home circuit. SingJam has played a couple simplest words I can imagine.” of gigs at the Titirangi RSA and also at a tennis club. It’s heady stuff!” Musical influences include Ron Sexsmith, Don McGlashan and Mick DB is very grateful to the Titirangi RSA for hosting both groups every Softley, though DB acknowledges that “they might be appalled!” week. “They are a wonderful support to local music.” Other influences include “musicians like While DB has met and played with lots of interesting and famous Joe Morello, Cleo Laine, Willie Nelson, Elvis people over the years he still reckons the best musical experience he’s Costello and Nate Dogg; and bands like had is singing around the fire with the kids on school camp. Right now Abba, Steely Dan, Planxty and The Mockers. he’s working towards recording some of his original music. “And I’m I love TV theme songs and advertising playing covers again as a side project to keep me out of trouble, whilst jingles. I have a thing for traditional British I keep on building The Fringe Ukes and SingJam!” and Irish folk music too.” You can find Fringe Ukes and SingJam on Facebook, or just go along Currently DB has an originals duo with and check them out. Fringe Ukes offers regular beginners ukulele Tracey O’Neill, called The Utter Bastards courses or if you know a couple of chords you can leap right into (left). “We play my strange little songs the main session. There is a lot of singing to go with the ukulele too! when we can fit in a gig. We played at SingJam is for anyone who enjoys singing without compulsory ukulele. Lopdell Theatre last year, which was a great The Fringe Ukes meet on Mondays at 6.30pm and SingJam is on gig with a full house. Events have transpired against us this year but Tuesdays at 7pm, both at the Titirangi RSA. You can also check out DB’s 2020 will bring perfect vision. I met Tracey through The Fringe Ukes originals, The Utter Bastards and upcoming gigs on Facebook.

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At the libraries Titirangi Community Library was thrilled to get a great turnout for Sue MacRae’s dance class for seniors last month and the event will now be running in Titirangi War Memorial hall on Mondays at 10.30am throughout this term. Dance is fantastic for keeping active and social and participants came out of the class beaming. For details contact Sue on 022 640 9852 or On Wednesday November 6, 10am local author and illustrator David Minty will be presenting a special storytelling of his hilarious picture book My New Red Car. David will also be sharing a sneak peak of his new picture book What’s in the Box?. Expect stories, music and giggles. With one term left of school this year, the library has restarted its regular children’s programs. For preschooler’s there is Rhymetime – Tuesdays at 10.30am, Storytime – Wednesdays at 10am, and Wriggle and Rhyme – Fridays Titirangi Library ran a children’s Heritage Event last month and staff at 9.30am. Afterschool couldn’t resist getting in on the act. activities include Ukulele with Mark – Mondays at 3.30pm, Lego Club – Wednesdays at 3.30pm, and Minecraft Club – Thursdays at 3.30pm. In December the library is adding pop-up Christmas craft events, on Tuesdays at 3.30pm, as well as DIY activities every Saturday. The library will also be a drop-off point for the Sending Love Drop Box – bringing the community together to make a festive gesture towards someone who may experience loneliness over Christmas. There will be two card making events in December for people to create a card filled with a happy message which the organisers will deliver to someone who doesn’t have family around them. See the library’s Facebook page for more information or visit Glen Eden Library’s regular events continue in November, including: Toddler Time – every Thursday at 10.30am, Wriggle and Rhyme – every Friday during school term – 9.30am and 11am and Lego Club – Every Saturdays 2-4pm. A new weekly event for school-aged kids, FriYaY takes place every Friday during school term, 3.30-4.30pm in the Glen Eden meeting room. A different hands-on art project or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) challenge is featured each week: November 1 – Egg drop challenge (STEM), November 8 – Pastels cakes (Art), November 15 – Water slides (STEM), November 22 – Egyptian Pharaohs (Art), November 29 – Snowflakes (Art). The Library’s Job Café takes place every Wednesday during school term, 1-3pm with Whau Ace Adult and Community Education offering free support and advice covering preparing a CV, career guidance, job search, on-line job applications and cover letters. Glen Eden Library’s Book Chat group meets on Wednesday November 6 at 10.30am, in the library’s meeting room. Everyone is welcome to come along and share what they’ve been reading. Stitching Together a monthly meet-up for knitters and other needlecraft enthusiasts, is on Saturday November 9, 10am–12 pm.

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Students and charities to benefit from $1 million fund Thousands of West Auckland school students are among those set to benefit from grants which will see $1 million allocated by The Trusts to community organisations across the West. Applications for funding were received from 167 charitable organisations and 57 were selected to receive funding, two-thirds of which are local schools. An online platform (milliondollarmission. has now been opened so that locals can vote for the charities and groups they feel are most deserving of funding. Anyone can vote for the cause of their choice each day, with $5 provided by the fund for every vote cast until the grant pool of $1 million has been fully allocated. The 57 potential recipients were chosen by a panel which included Sir Bob Harvey, Linda Vagana, Duncan Garner and members of the Portage and Waitākere Licensing Trusts. While the most common use of the possible grants is the development of new playgrounds and shaded areas for school students, applications were received from a diverse range of causes which include smart pest control traps that can send an alert when they have been triggered, funding for native tree planting and bird habitats, and support for those living with asthma. The full list of organisations looking for your votes includes: Hobsonville Point Primary School, Flanshaw Road School, Liston College, Whenuapai School, Asthma New Zealand Incorporated Auckland Region, Silver Fern MotorSport Charitable Trust, Hobsonville School, Henderson South School, Rutherford Primary School, Green Bay School, Massey Primary School, Edmonton Primary School, Rudolf Steiner Schools (Titirangi) Trust , Laingholm Primary School, Auckland Kindergarten Association, Kelston Primary School, Rosebank School, Avondale Primary School, Konini School, LovingCare Kindergarten, Titirangi Playcentre, Summerland Primary School, Ranui School, Waitākere Primary School, Piha Surf Life Saving Club Incorporated, Waitākere Workers Educational Association, Henderson High School, Bellyful West Auckland, Road Safety Education Limited, Sport Waitākere, Glendene School, Piha Volunteer Fire Brigade, St Paul's School, St Dominic's Catholic College, Te Kōhanga Reo ō te Marae ō Hoani Waititi, SCOW, Swanson Playcentre, Oratia School, Matipo Primary School, Woodlands Park School, Laingholm Baptist Church, Glen Eden Athletic and Harriers Inc, Red Leap Theatre Charitable Trust, Diving Waitākere, The Whau River Catchment Trust, Waitakere Chinese Association, Bay Roskill Sports Club, Auckland Climbing Youth Development Club, Massey Amateur Swimming Club, Kelston Community Hub, New Zealand Bird Rescue Charitable Trust, Waitākere Hindi Language and Cultural School, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori Ō Hoani Waititi Marae, Just Move Charitable Health Trust, Waitemata Table Tennis, West City Band and Waitākere Auckland Brass Band.

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Kaka sightings increasing out West Maybe you have seen or heard a screeching parrot overhead in your neighbourhood? I have a few times, in the early morning or late in the day, and that screeching call made me scan skyward earlier this year to see a pair of kākā flying above Exhibition Drive. More recently kākā have been sighted in Oratia district, and Helga Strewe from Lone Kauri Road in Karekare reported (in August) that she had at least seven kākā resident in their old tall pine trees. “I hear them every morning and most evenings. I also see and hear them in Karekare Valley, they also like the old pine trees there, I saw about 12 down there.” Another Karekare resident has seen 10 kākā in their pine trees and enjoying their banksias, reporting that their dawn chorus calls wake them every morning and that the population has been steadily A kākā dining on kowhai nectar in Oratia. Photo increasing for around 10 years. It seems by Penelope Sparks. that these are all the same kākā population who may actually be breeding at Karekare and succeeding due to the predator control work of the Karekare Landcare organisation. And at Ark in the Park at Cascade Kauri Park, volunteers were pleased to see a mini flock of five kākā return in August after a year’s absence. A cousin to the kea, but with less of the cheek, the kākā also possesses a destructive beak, used for stripping bark from a range of native and exotic tree species to gather insects, and for tucking into nut or fruit trees. Kākā, like kea, have brush-tipped tongues and are partial to both nectar and honeydew, berries and insects, moving from food source to food source as different fruits, seeds and nectar become available. They are adept fliers, capable of covering long distances and weaving through trunks and branches with ease. At the time of European arrival in New Zealand, kākā were among the most numerous of forest birds, outnumbering pigeons in the diet of some Maori tribes, and also enjoyed by early European miners and settlers. Kākā massed in huge flocks from sea level to the tree line, from North Cape to Bluff, in the forests which covered most of the country. A serving of 6000 kaka at a tribal gathering in Taranaki in 1880 was not an uncommon culinary indulgence. The birds seem to have been able to sustain that level of harvest for several hundred years. Today, with their greatly diminished forest habitat invaded by predators, there are probably fewer than 100,000 kākā remaining.

Fortunately kākā have been protected since 1907, and now have a conservation status of At Risk:(Recovering) on the North Island mainland. For Māori, kākā were historically an important food source, second only to kereru, and were especially sought after when flavoured from gorging on the nectar of flowering rātā. To catch them Māori often used a pet kākā as a lure and then the wild kākā were speared or caught in a noose, then preserved in fat. Captive kākā were common pets and were taught to speak and a Māori observer once saw and heard a tame kākā play a kōauau flute. The scarlet feathers under their wings were also much prized for feather cloaks, as well as mats, kites, and taiaha weapons. From autumn to spring, as their available food sources are depleted on predator-free islands including Little Barrier, Great Barrier and the Hen and Chickens, kākā move from their breeding areas to the mainland to feed, where Photo by Doug Stuart. the tree variety including exotic species is greater. As they nest in tree cavities, there is no escape from predators such as stoats, rats and possums (which eat chicks and eggs and some nesting females) but mainland predator-controlled sanctuaries like The Ark in the Park may in time become a stronghold for kākā. They mainly breed in spring and summer, but occasional second broods can extend breeding into winter. Nests are generally over five metres above the ground but can be at ground level on offshore islands. They are lined with small wood chips and the typical clutch size is four eggs. The female incubates the eggs and cares for the chicks on her own but is fed by the male throughout the breeding season. Both parents feed the fledglings which often fledge before they are able to fly, or even climb, effectively. Kākā fledglings are vulnerable to cats in their first few weeks out of the nest as they move closer to the ground. KakaWatchNZ ( welcomes mainland sightings of kākā and observers are encouraged to provide information such as foraging behaviour, tree and food type. From this information KakaWatch are building a database and preparing a scientific paper on kākā foraging preferences on the upper North Island mainland.

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Zero Wasters advice for a responsible festive season I’m a total fan, along with 28,150 others, of the Facebook page Zero Waste in NZ, started by local Kristy Lorson. This is my go-to page if I want to ask a question or get advice about where to access (or how to make) anything sustainably related or if I want help to solve an annoying waste related issue. And I know I will get 20 or more intelligent and insightful answers from a great community of environmentally aware, passionate people – mainly women, I have to say. So it was a no-brainer to call on these same people to help provide solutions to that annual gift dilemma known as Christmas, where sustainability can easily fly out the window amongst the festive frenzy. So here, grouped into categories, are some of the ideas they came up with, and I have added others from my own research, including some charitable businesses or causes that relate to people out West making a difference. This is only a fraction of what is out there but I hope it helps us all make more meaningful gift choices in the lead up to Christmas; choices that shun consumerism and waste, help communities or the environment, and most of all, show our children and grandchildren that we care about their future world. When making your Christmas gift-giving decisions and looking for the most thoughtful gift with the least impact on the environment, you could also refer to the Ethical Hierarchy of Gift Purchasing produced by Spokane County (above).

Experience Gifts

Meal vouchers, movie tickets, Pop-up Globe tickets, concert tickets, Christmas light shows, a Hauraki Gulf ferry day out (www.fullers. or, or a not-for-profit upcycling workshop (

Environmental gifts

Tree restoration with, stream restoraton with, protecting New Zealand fauna with Sponsorships.html, protecting native species and places with www., or supporting the Ark in the Park restoration project in the Waitākere Ranges ( default/files/2018-05/ArkInTheParkDonation). You could also consider giving a beginners beekeeping course (www.aucklandbeekeepersclub. or a compost or worm bin .

Homemade/handmade Christmas gifts

Baking – cakes/cookies/loaves/ sweets; Preserving – pickles/chutney/ jam/lemon curd; Fermenting – kombucha/sauerkraut/etc., Brewing – beer/limoncello/etc.; knit some socks, crochet some cotton dishcloths, paint a picture, craft some jewellery, dedicate a song, write a poem, record your life memories, make a photobook or calendar.

Arty Christmas gifts

Look for sources of good kiwi craftsmanship such as or, an on-line design store. www.facebook. © Spokane County. com/groups/MadebyMumNZ/ is a New Zealand platform for selling products hand-made by local small businesses. You could also give art and craft supplies.

Fair Trade and Ethical charity Christmas gifts

You could visit to help the world’s most vulnerable children get the help they need or www.worldvision. to make a life changing difference to families in need. At you can find charity gifts addressing poverty and injustice or you could adopt an orphan elephant, rhino or giraffe through orphans. Trade Aid shops are always worth supporting and nz supports the Blue Light Trust, Orphans Aid and Tearfund projects. Products supporting school children around New Zealand who are living under the poverty line can be sourced at www.

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walking west with mick andrew

Dogless at Kakamatua I don’t have a dog. But if I did I would do what At low tide, the beach is wide and every other dog owner in West Auckland does long, with plenty of space to exercise the and take it to Kakamatua Reserve. dog. The black sand curves right around It’s an off-leash dog area just shy of Huia, and to the base of Cornwallis peninsula, despite the reasonably long drive the car park where evidence of the nasty 2014 scrub always seems full, even on a weekday. fire can still be seen. While fire fighters I park up and get out of the car, and immediately and light winds prevented the blaze feel conspicuously dogless – kind of like turning from threatening the Cornwallis homes, up to a school without a child. So I pretend like the fire still left a great grey scar on the I’m on official business and head off down the hillside. flat gravel track, which winds its way through At my pace this a short walk, taking nikau scrub next to the Kakamatua Stream. me about 20 minutes to reach the Although the beach is an off-leash area, the With plenty of flat black sand at low tide, Kakamatua end of the beach. With a dog stopping bush segment at the start isn’t. This only lasts inlet is a great place to exercise your dog. Photo by every two seconds to smell something for about five minutes before the track opens up Michael Andrew. however, this could be a full morning into a field of raupō spanning the breadth of the inlet. excursion. The path runs along the sand next to the shallow stream, which There’s no shortage of scenery and with the forested hills, the black I’m told dogs love to play in. Kingfishers perch on the overhanging sand and the Manukau heads rising up across the choppy harbour, this branches and while there are kauri, they are protected by a buffer of has all the hallmarks of a classic West Coast beach. water and wetland. Being some distance from the road, it’s apparently a fine place to About halfway along, a boardwalk extends out to the left across the spot wildlife with seals reportedly sighted on the rocks nearby. raupō to a public toilet. The main path continues following the stream However, other than the dogs the only wildlife I can detect today around the wetland, eventually leading to the beach. are the frogs croaking away in The human-to-dog ratio here is about one-to-one and I realise how the raupō. unusual it must be for someone to turn up without one. I contemplate I decide that if anyone asks pretending like I’m looking for my lost pet, but I have the foresight to what I’m doing here, I’ll say I’m see how elaborate the lie might become and abandon the idea. catching tadpoles.

With summer well and truly on its way, we can expect to see many more artworks and ‘constructions’ appearing on our Western beaches. This specimen, Beach Behemoth, Piha, was created by the Perrott/ Tunnell clan last month. Photo from Jill Perrott.

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live @ the lounge Yeah gidday. Lizard here.

I had a couple of mates over the other night to watch Series Three of MMSG on the telly. If you’re not into MMSG yet, you’re really missing out of something epic. It’s mixed martial soccer golf. It’s just like the old soccer-golf but on certain ‘mystery’ holes, a bunch of ninja warriors jump out of the rough and attempt to kill the players. True, it’s not for the squeamish but a hell of a laugh. Most of the players are ex-golfers with an interest in Karate or Muay Thai or Tae Kwon Do, except the Scottish guy, who had a background in ballroom dancing. Unfortunately he was beheaded in Series Two, Episode Five. A real shame because he was a bit of crowd favourite, with his full head of red hair and an obvious ‘commando’ wearing of the kilt. When asked by the commentators if he didn’t wear undies because of the heat he always said, ‘And I don’t want to’, but because of his Scottish accent, this came out as ‘Annahdoanwannoo’. It was on all his merchandise and is now the show’s ‘catch phrase’. We get perfect HD, that’s ‘high definition’ to you pensioners, on the big screen. Ever since Pharmac has ploughed its huge profits into telecommunications and has been our internet provider, we get perfect streaming and loyalty card holder’s discount on Nutri-Kill all-purpose, to drench the goat. Spark still however, provides our phone connection and most of our landscaping needs. We have also kept most of our finances with Sealords Nippon Suisan Kaishe Aotearoa Ltd because we didn’t want one of those bloody offshore mobs knowing all our banking

business. As Dad always said, ‘It takes faith to engage with faith’. Turned out to be a cruel irony as he actually ran off with our neighbour Faith – Faith Watkins, from over the back fence, who was at the time engaged to our Uncle Barry. Hence, the other family saying, ‘Have faith in Faith to misbehave and Barry to never marry.’ We do most of our on-line shopping through the Mid-Canterbury Persimmon Growers TVSN channel, run out of Dargaville via Earl Biggs electrical and light engineering factory, Kaeo branch. It’s from there Shaz scored a vacuum sealer that uses aero-quality plastics to seal in the goodness nature intended. When the boys came over, as I said, the other evening, Shaz whipped out a couple of vacuum-packed corn cobs [bought for 20 cents each when in season last year] from the freezer and bunged them in the bench-top air oven for half hour or so and hey presto, hot buttered corn for around 20 cents a cob. No dishes, just bin the plastic bags so no wasted hot water. Shaz is a bit of a greeny. Anyway, summers-a-coming and as Elwood Blues would say, ‘we’ve got a full tank of gas, half a packet of cigarettes, it’s dark out, and we’re wearing sunglasses.’ Time to start planning a roady. Have fun but watch out for slippery corners and do-it-yourself home varicose veins removal kits. As Mum always said, ‘If it sounds too good to be true, try it on your father first.’

Later, Lizard.

west auckland weather by the moon Ken Ring’s predictions for November A wetter than average November, but normal sunshine and temperatures, is expected. It may not go three days without some rain, except for the final four days which should be dry. As for trends, the first week is the cloudiest, the second week is the warmest and contains the 12th which may be the warmest day (it might be 26°C). The third week is the coolest and may see the most rainfall, with the night of the 5th recording the lowest temperature (3°), and the last week is the sunniest. The barometer is expected to average 1012mbs, and the average relative humidity may be 82%. The average wind is from the southwest. For fishermen, the highest (king) tides are on the 27th, with a

lesser king tide on the 14th. The best fishing bite-times (in the west) are around the noon on the 11th-14th and 26th-28th. Chances are also good in the west for dusk of the 3rd-6th and 19th-22nd. For gardeners, the best sowing intervals are the 1st and 27th-28th, when the waxing moon is ascending. The best pruning time is the 13th-15th when the waning moon is descending. If harvesting for longer shelf-life, choose lower water-table (neap) days of the 6th and 21st. Allow 24 hour error for all forecasting. For future weather for any date, visit © Ken Ring 2019.

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