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Portage Ceramic Awards: the winners.............................................4 – 5 Our Place: Green Bay Community Hub; Santa in New Lynn; New Lynn Lions help out.........................................6 On the Rise: an update...........................................................................7 New commodore for friendly local yacht club.......................................8 Village vibrancy to grow; Letter to the Editor........................................9 Art and about with Naomi McCleary............................................10 – 11


From the libraries.................................................................................12 Places to go: Events listing...........................................................14 – 15 The Trusts’ pull-out calendar........................................................16 – 17 Feature: Seasonal specials and treats..........................................18 – 20 Bandstanding: Gin and Kronic..............................................................22 Save the date: TFM 2020; Jon Sanders in TItirangi..............................23 Surprise find brings back local memories; The mystery of the pou; The Nukes Christmas special.........................24


Ancient kauri cache might predate last Ice Age...................................25 Sustainable solutions: Being holiday waste-wise.................................26 Naturally West: Rare pekapeka in our ’hood........................................27 Walking and art taking audiences on journeys; Weather by the moon..........................................................................28 Walking west, The coast by moonlight; New bridge gives access to walkway....................................................29 Live @ the lounge................................................................................30


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On our cover: With news that most of Titirangi’s chickens have been successfully relocated to a farm near Ardmore, Anna Crichton a local award-winning illustrator would like to wish all our readers a merry Christmas and Happy New Year, on behalf of the chickens who aren’t here any more. Look for more of Anna’s whimsical cartoons elsewhere in this magazine. Local icon and West Coast fount of knowledge, Bruce Harvey, has given The Fringe two publications to give away to a lucky reader. This special give away includes his latest work, Te Haerenga - The Journey, the 100,000 year journey to Aotearoa, written to acknowledge Te Kawerau ā Maki’s efforts to save the Waitākere Ranges from kauri dieback. This publication is dedicated to his late wife, Trixie, who co-authored with him Te Rau O Te Huia, Māori in Huia, the second part of our giveaway.


Beautifully produced, these publications are the first two of what Bruce, a passionate man with a great love for the Manukau Harbour coastal area, hopes will be a trilogy of works. To go in the draw to win this special prize email your name, phone number and address to info@ with Harvey in the subject line. Entries must be received by December 15.

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“I was looking into the inner world of a drying and shrinking The 2019 Portage Ceramic Awards ceremony took place late last month and the winners were announced at one of those unique occasions that Titirangi is known for. Established in 2001 and administered by Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery, with support from The Trusts Community Foundation, the Awards draw entries from all over New Zealand. This year’s judge was Sydney-based Merran Esson. “This year’s strong selection demonstrates the good health of New Zealand pottery,” said Te Uru’s director Andrew Clifford. “Merran’s contribution reinforces the reputation of the Portage Ceramic Awards as an annual update on developments in ceramic practice. “We can’t be sure that every international judge we’ve approached has already been familiar with the Portage Ceramic Awards or the local scene, but they quickly learn the importance of their contribution, and many leave with lasting connections (and sometimes collections) from their time in Aotearoa. “Highly regarded Sydney-based potter and teacher, Merran Esson, is the latest visiting judge to take on the responsibility of selecting the works and awards for this year’s event and she is very aware of the anticipation that has been growing since entries first opened in April. “We are excited that she has introduced a new winner to enter the illustrious company of those that have achieved success in previous years.” Merran Esson was delighted to be selected to judge the 2019 Awards. “After working with ceramics for more than 40 years, I find myself over here in New Zealand, looking at an award competition from the other side of the fence. But I’m no less anxious because I’m still likely to be judged again – this time as a judge. The Premier Award for 2019 went to Northland-based potter, Mark Mitchell for his work Slice. “There was one vessel, which on taking it out of its crate, tore at my heartstrings,” said Merran. “I felt my knees go weak, and my breath quickened. I was looking into the inner world of a drying and shrinking surface that was clinging onto the outer structure to survive and yet there was a fragile support between the outer and the inner worlds of this vessel. “In this one piece there is a fine balance between success and failure. I returned to this piece throughout my considerations, I lifted it up and felt its weight, heavy enough to be robust, but just light enough to show the skill and mastery of its maker. This piece continued to reveal other sensations every time I looked into it, and as I walked around, it revealed different mysteries. It took me by surprise.” Mark Mitchell currently works from Haruru in Northland where he has a studio and gallery. He has been working with clay since high school. Self-taught as a domestic ware potter, he then moved into sculptural ceramics. In 1997 he began a Fine Arts degree at Wanganui Quay School of Art, completing his final year at Otago Polytechnic School of Art. “My interest lies predominantly with the vessel as an archetypal form, combined with the rich and long history of decorative arts,” says Mark. “I use pattern to create illusionary planes to explore the boundary between surface and form and how the two relate.”


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Slice, by Mark Mitchell: a fine balance between success and failure. Photos by Haruhiko Sameshima.

All the Portage Ceramic Awards finalists and winners will be on display at Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road until February 23, 2020.

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surface that was clinging onto the outer structure ...” Two Merit Awards were handed out on the Awards night, one to Blue Black for his Musical Chairs and the other to Kylie Matheson for her work Yoke. Both artists are based in Dunedin. Blue Black’s recent method of working came about by handling play dough. This led to squishing and ripping clay and constructing objects. He has been working with clay for 30 years and been around the block a few times. For Blue, being surrounded by creative folk gives a certain presence and flow to the current. Blue says: “It’s been a turbulent fourteen months for me where the world and life, on so many levels, are under threat. Recently emerging from this insanity – like waking up – being utterly amazed at the generosity and kindness of humanity. My generous use of materials stands as a tribute to these qualities.” Kylie Matheson has a Diploma in Ceramics and is a practicing artist. She draws inspiration from animals and their behaviours. Her hand-build sculptures evoke an emotional response in the viewer by setting up relationships in a scene which draws the viewer in to create their own narratives. “Each piece adds to the ongoing story of Queen Rabbit’s adventures and meetings in the world,” says Kylie. “We are looking in on a conversation between Queen Rabbit and Grizzly. Listen closely.” Merran also presented two Honourable Mentions, one to Aaron Scythe for his work Pairing and one to last year’s Premier Award winners, Sang-Sool Shim and Keum-Sun Lee for their work Where the Wind is Born.

“I was searching for a sense of the human hand and of the thought processes that the maker may have had; I was looking for knowledge and experimentation with process, clay manipulation, firing results; in other words, how concept and technical skills created the work. “Clay is a material that is continually evolving in the geological structure of the earth, and New Zealand is a country on the move. Geologically shaking as it boils and bubbles under the surface, and its inhabitants live with this on a daily basis. Potters understand these tectonic shifts because they appear in our studio practice.” – Merran Esson From the top: Musical Chairs by Blue Black, Yoke by Kylie Matheson and Pairing by Aaron Scythe. Right: Where the Wind is Born by Sang-Sool Shim and Keum-Sun Lee. All photos by Haruhiko Sameshima

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True community hub

Santa is on his way

Living in Green Bay for the past decade and with children attending local schools, the new role as Operations and Project Manager at Green Bay Community House seemed a perfect fit for Sarah Mihaere – and it is. Sarah took over from long-term coordinator, ‘house mother and community friend’ Moana Cook last month, and says she’s thoroughly enjoying the day-to-day busyness of the house. “There’s a constant and varied Sarah Mihaere: enjoying the busyness. stream of people coming through, wanting to check out the classes and events we have. There are at least 25 different groups doing different things here each week,” she says. As well as air-traffic-controlling and organising all of that, Sarah’s time is in demand for bookings at the house, a very popular – and affordable – spot for birthday parties and anniversaries as well as special events like Christmas carols and markets. “It’s busy but fun,” says Sarah. “I really want to encourage new people to use the facilities here, it’s such a value to the whole community with the great indoor space, play area and deck. A true community hub,” she says. For bookings and more information phone 827 3300 or email gbcommunityhouse@

Santa and his sleigh will be seen in the streets of New Lynn this month for the first time in nine years. He had been diverted to other areas during this period due to significant road works, new apartment building works, a major flood and other issues. But with the help of the Lions Club of New Lynn, Auckland Council has given Santa and his crew permission to celebrate the festive season by way of a parade on Saturday December 7. The parade will start at 10am from McNaughton Way, continue into Hugh Brown Drive, on to Great North Road, Totara Avenue, McCrae Way, Memorial Drive and back to Hugh Brown Drive. Santa's entourage will include clowns, bands, floats, vintage cars and community group activities. If you'd like to help him, contact Noel at New Lynn Lions, 021 321 197. Santa is also due in Glen Mall, Glen Eden on December 2 and in Blockhouse Bay on Sunday December 8 from 9.30am. Santa’s Grotto will be opening in Glen Eden at 202 West Coast Road on Saturday November 30 and will remain open throughout December. For full details of activities and Santa’s appearances visit

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New Lynn Lions Club to the rescue

Twelve years ago New Lynn Lions helped the family of a five year old child, Diam, who was officially deaf and blind. They provided a swing set and a fence and gate. Since then Diam has developed more intense behavioural and sensory problems and recently he has started having seizures. But he has always loved being in water. As it became more difficult to control and calm him when they went to West Wave (he is now 17) something had to be done at home. New Lynn Lions were approached by Make A Wish Foundation to provide a concrete pad upon which the Foundation could install a spa pool for Diam. Five hours’ work by Lions Graham, Steve, William, Bruce, Kelly and president Brent saw the pad completed. The spa pool was installed and Diam has soaked in the pool every day since then. His parents Zafar and Simi have noticed a big difference in his behaviour and say he is much happier. Zafar, Brent, Diam and Simi are pictured right. (Photo by Lions vice president Liane.)

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On the Rise: an update Earthworks and the construction of foundations are well underway for the new retail and commercial building on the corner of South Titirangi and Titirangi Roads and the team at Broadway Property Group report that building consent – the reason or a short delay over spring – has now been issued. We will start to see the structure of the building itself rise from the ground in the new year. To provide the new building with a truly Titirangi touch, Broadway commissioned Titirangi designer and graphic artist Mal White to create a design for the façade that would reflect the uniqueness of Titirangi and the Waitākere Ranges. For the front of the building, Mal created a design in glass panels, representative of a kauri forest. Consisting of interlinking shapes, similar to the flaking effect that naturally occurs on the bark of kauri over time, the pattern formation also represents the various cultures within the local community working together to form one solid unity – which is the kauri tree form. Hidden within the design are hearts, communicating love for the forest, the people, the community and nature.

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On the side of the building, and complementing the ‘living wall’ at footpath height, the kauri theme is recreated in laser cut steel panels that also resemble a fingerprint at first glance – reinforcing our connection between people and nature. All going to plan, the building will be ready for tenants to move into before the end of 2020. Leasing has been extremely positive, with particularly high demand for the commercial office spaces on the upper floor. For those using the walkway to the lower council carpark, please note it will now be closed until construction is complete For more information: www.

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New commodore for friendly local yacht club Since it hovered on the brink of closure around a decade ago, French Bay Yacht Club is now one of New Zealand’s most successful ‘local’ sailing clubs. With sailors of all ages, in a range of boats, and a fun social calendar, the club is an icon on the Auckland sailing scene, and is well known for providing excellent sailing conditions in the prevailing south-west wind that few other locations in Auckland can rival. And now it has a new team poised to embark on an adventure to make the club even more fun and family-friendly than it already is.

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According to tradition, yacht clubs are run by a committee, with several ‘Flag Officers’ in charge: a commodore, a vice commodore and a rear commodore. For more than 10 years, a tight knit group has nurtured the club, ensured its survival in tough conditions, and grown and developed its reputation. Now they have passed the baton to a new commodore, Allan Geddes. Allan is a 23-year resident of the area, and is perhaps best known for owning the local optometrist, Hunt & Gaunt, and for starting Siren Café, now called Stripe. He got involved when his daughter Abby, now 18 and teaching other children how to sail, took a liking to sailing thanks to the Waterwise programme, which is still run through Titirangi Primary School. Allan Geddes is supported by the new vice commodore, Daniel Grimmer, who started sailing at the club when he was in primary school and rear-commodore, Cameron Grey. Allan, who started his own sailing career on the quintessential P Class, also owns a small keelboat of his own, which he confesses he doesn’t use enough, and shares a Laser with his daughter Abby. “Sailing is a great sport – it helps shape who you are as a person,” he says. “There is something for everyone. You make life-long friendships and have fun doing it.” Allan says that one of the joys of FBYC is the fact it’s not solely focused on racing – although it does have a strong race fleet. “Our focus is on having fun whether that is just going for a casual sail on a Sunday or joining in on the organised racing. We run ‘learn to sail’ courses for children and adults and we all roll up our sleeves and get involved in whatever needs doing.” Allan is very keen to add more social events to the calendar, and to get more families

Daniel Grimmer, Allan Geddes and Cameron Grey: the new team making French Bay Yacht Club more fun.

involved. One of the first things on his list is investment in an espresso machine. “Peoples’ lives are so busy these days, I think we have forgotten to take time out for fun.”

Volunteers needed!

Whether you sail or not, French Bay Yacht Clubs has a great social scene and needs volunteers to help in the club, on boats, and with race management. Contact the club through www.frenchbay. if you are keen.

Season’s greetings

From your Local MPs Hon Carmel Sepuloni

Dr Deborah Russell

Kelston Electorate Office

New Lynn Electorate Office

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Village vibrancy to grow Drumming has become a familiar sound in Titirangi Village, with local musician Kimata regularly setting up outside Hardware Café for some energetic sessions. The Village vibrancy is set to carry on throughout the summer however, with other cafés and bars adding to the harmony with their own music events. The Base Café featured the talent of some local artists including DJ Saul Hoeksema and Jake Morris at Base Burgers and Beats last month. Manager Thomas Rapana said they weren’t prepared for the number of people who turned up to the Friday night event, which had initially been a trial to gauge popularity. “It was quiet from about 4pm to 6pm but as soon as people got home from work it became insane. It just went off.” The night was such a success that the licensed café repeated Guitarist Jake Morris at Burgers Base and Beats. Photo by Michael the event the following Friday, Andrew. showcasing the talent of more local artists (Gin and Kronic, Tim Lawrence and Bevis England) co-ordinated by Wendy Morris. Thomas said they would continue to run Base Burgers and Beats throughout the summer with local musicians and DJs if it remained popular. “We’re just going to play it by ear and if we get another good night we’ll do it again the following weekend.” ITi is also planning to add to the vibes by holding live music sessions every Sunday afternoon at 3pm from December. “We’re currently trying to lock in artists,” said ITi manager Tee. The bar is proving to be a favourite watering hole for many locals and is usually teeming with customers winding down after a day’s work. Meanwhile, Hardware Café will continue to host Kimata’s drumming, although manager Paljeet Singh said there was no set schedule. “Some days he’s free and some days he has another gig. But if he’s free he lets us know and just sets up and starts playing.” – Michael Andrew

letter Dear Editor, I write to draw attention to the neglect of our heritage in New Lynn. Not many people would think of New Lynn as a suburb with Heritage buildings but it has some beauties and many have been reduced to rubble and some are now in a state of disrepair or under threat of demolition. The Heritage B scheduled St Andrews Church Hall on Margan Ave is in urgent need of attention. The owner, who lives in Malaysia, has played the “Riddler” with Council and locals for 12 years as he lets the building fall into disrepair. This stunning building was built by the brick-laying pastor Reverand Rankin – a legend of New Lynn. With the expiry of the Dangerous Building Notice requirements and the illegal cutting of protected trees we are waiting for the Council to take legal action against this owner of a Heritage building. The OAGS building on Totara Ave, a Heritage B scheduled building owned by Panuku (the development arm of Council), is another example of demolition by neglect. Panuku staff have said demolition was possible if it was found to be the best option (quoted in Stuff January 2018). Unbelievable! Also under threat of demolition are two beautiful houses built with bricks from the Gardner and Parker brickworks. 43 Astley Avenue sits in a heritage precinct but got overlooked and is not protected like those around it. It is now owned by BUPA who say they understand the historic importance of the property and that they currently have no intention to demolish it but surveyors have been seen at the property in recent weeks. What is happening BUPA? 20 Seacliffe Ave is another brick cutie sitting at the front of a very large section owned by the property arm of IHC. It will no doubt be demolished soon so that more intensive housing can be built on the site. Why isn’t our beautiful built history being cherished? Why isn’t Council enforcing its rules? These two stunning houses and other Heritage buildings should be incorporated into the development plans of their owners. They are beautiful places for the residents to enjoy. Yours, Penny Laybourn, New Lynn Protection Society


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To while away a summer day featured in Split Level View Finder: Summer heralds a lighter mood; time to relax and Theo Schoon and New Zealand enjoy the outdoors with friends and family; or to Art. A controversial artist, Schoon’s indulge in the hedonism of the festive season, if appropriation of Maori imagery provokes that rings your bells. contended views. His importance can’t To take some of that holiday feeling and add a little be dismissed in the history of 20th depth and cultural immersion, I suggest combining century art. Note that Te Uru has a very food (maybe a little wine?) with visits to places both good shop – in fact its own little gallery local and across the isthmus. It’s a very personal list, of quality ceramics, glass, jewellery and one with a focus on the visual arts. The following books. Prezzie buying territory. exhibitions are all open over the summer season. My choice at the TSB Bank Wallace Starting with the local, go find a good Blockhouse Arts Centre, more frequently referred Bay café and visit the library, where Frankie Chu to as the Pah Homestead (Hillsborough has created a large-scale knot installation made of Rd), is Jacqueline Fahey’s Suburbanites. hundreds of raw, recycled fibre strings threaded Now in her 80s, Fahey painted her through with knots, creating a fragile, tent-like shelter domestic life with verve and a wry, which will respond and change as it weathers. The sometimes bitter, wit. Working knots were created during community workshops courageously outside the accepted at the library and carry the thoughts and touch of ‘art movements’ of her times, she has many local residents. They are based on a type of earned an enduring place as one of traditional decorative Chinese knot used as a button our most important painters of the last on clothing and also a popular global knot. Thread 50 years. You won’t be left wondering My Fresh Wounds addresses the notion of social, what this is all about; it’s right there in personal and environmental pain and questions how Thread My Fresh Wounds, on display outside your face. Likewise, Fire and Clay, by we might heal. the Auckland Studio Potters will be a Frankie Chu was born in Shanghai and now lives Blockhouse Bay Library. in West Auckland. Her choice of fibre and knotting offers a silent way good show. The café has a great reputation and the grounds and the to carry people’s unspoken, suspended emotions and build intuitive homestead are a wonderful place to wander and reflect. A trip to the Corban Estate Arts Centre is another opportunity for networks in a changing world. The project is supported by the Whau Local Board and the Blockhouse relaxing, with its stunning park on the edges of Henderson. Bounded by the Opanuku Stream and home to the historic Corban homestead Bay Library, Original Art Association. In Titirangi, cafés also abound and a visit to Te Uru wraps you in a piece and winery buildings, this is picnic territory (great little café on site) and of outstanding architecture while you ponder the range of clay forms a chance to explore. You may see evidence of studio artists working in the Portage Ceramic Awards, contrasted with a major exhibition, on-site and will certainly find in the Homestead galleries a range of The Future of Our Kids. The title is taken from a banner held by women great exhibitions. Over summer Solid as a Rock features a rare and in the Rongelap atoll to greet the Rainbow Warrior. It read We loved, eagerly anticipated show by Niuean artists, followed by Paint Etc – the future of our kids. As a future-oriented phrase, but in an unusual showing the diversity of the medium from a group of artists. The gallery past-tense, the banner has become a touchstone for recognising shop sells quality New Zealand art and craft. Summer School (January the multiple timescales underpinning anti-nuclear movements. This 13 – 16) is a busy week with opportunities to see what’s going on. exhibition brings together works from two international artists: Jane Check out the website. ( Further afield, take a train in to Britomart and walk up to the Chang Mi (Honolulu; Los Angeles) and Torika Bolatagici (Melbourne). Together, their works reflect an intergenerational approach that Auckland Art Gallery in Kitchener Street and adjacent to Albert Park. Over summer this is still ‘McCahon territory’. prioritises future political, personal and sociological wellbeing. A Place to Paint: Colin McCahon in Auckland is a big experience. If you How we understand the past in the present moment is vitally informed by concerns for future generations. This is an important love McCahon you will just want to dive into this stunning exhibition. exhibition and, despite my intention to find some summer lightness, If you are mystified by him, may I suggest you book in (essential) for a docent-guided tour (daily at 11.30 and 1.30) and try to crack worthy of your attention. Late summer visitors will find another iconic New Zealand artist the puzzle. There’s nothing like getting a glimpse of an artist’s life


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and creative drivers to lead you to an ‘aha’ moment. And it’s worth getting there. Another pathway to understanding McCahon is a series of very accessible essays posted on the McCahon House website. McCahon100 invited and invites a diverse range of people to make a personal response to his work. It’s free of ‘artspeak’ and full of the passion that fuels art lovers. There are also two newly published books: McCahon Country by Justin Paton and Colin McCahon: There is Only One Direction Vol 1 by Peter Simpson. Both are available at An image from Theo Schoon’s Split the Te Uru shop. How to Look at Level View Finder, 1965, coming in a Painting, also by Justin Paton, March. Photo courtesy of Fletcher Trust Collection. is one of the most beguiling and accessible books ever on how to approach art. It can be bought online and will be in your local library. Which leads me to remind you that the perfect gift for the loved one who has everything (or not) is a ticket to the McCahon House Trust’s bi-annual Gibbs Sculpture Farm visit. There will be site talks by Justin Paton, Neil Dawson, Chris Booth and Jeff Thomson – all brilliant and engaging speakers. Tickets (plus lunch boxes) can be booked through the McCahon House website or directly through iTicket – Saturday March 28, 2020, $40 to $95.

Kirisimasi, 2016 from The Future of Our Kids. ©Torika Bolatagici

Finally, find your way to the Botanic Gardens for their annual sculpture show: 20 pieces by leading artists scattered among beautiful gardens. This may well be a ‘love it or hate it’ experience – and that’s fun too. One wants always to avoid being precious about art. It’s OK to not like a particular piece; just as it’s very OK to let art speak and add a small something to the inner you. Enjoy!

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‘The basic problem was that there were too many’ Titirangi’s great chicken capture campaign is nearing the end. By the time you read this they may be gone, all rehomed to somewhere where they can live out their chicken lives in peace. At the time of writing 183 chickens have been captured. There are approximately 30 we know of that are still at large. The chickens that have been caught have all been checked. They are remarkably healthy and have been rehomed, most of them to a farm in Ardmore. The capture techniques have been humane and no birds so far have been injured by the capture process nor has there been a need to euthanise any of them. The initial capture technique involved getting the chickens into a regular feeding pattern and then dropping a net on them when they gathered to feed. But we are now getting to the more difficult chickens that are more wary of the people who are attempting to capture them. New techniques, including capturing at night are being used and it is hoped that the project will be completed soon. I appreciate that some people thought the chickens were quaint

and added to the character of the village. But the basic problem was that there were too many of them. And they were causing significant damage to the bush, were implicated in the spread of kauri dieback and the presence of large numbers of rats, were messing up the area and were posing a traffic hazard. And I have had many distressing complaints from people suffering from sleep deprivation caused by incessant rooster crowing. It would be good to think about the future. My impression is that native bird numbers have declined lately and it would be good for their numbers to be strengthened. Locals can help by trapping predators and other pests, planting bird-friendly plants and having feeding stations with sugar water on their properties. We could work on making Titirangi a renowned native bird haven rather than the renowned chicken haven that it was in the past.

Greg Presland, Co-Chair Waitakere Ranges Local Board


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The staff of Titirangi Library would like to wish all readers of The Fringe a fantastic Christmas and a great start to the new year. We are running some pre-Christmas events for both adults and children. Monday December 2, 11am-12pm: De-stress before the ‘silly season’, with quick and easy methods to reduce your anxiety and access your inner calm. Learn how to manage anxiety in minutes with local practitioner Becky Moore from Trance Works. For the kids, we have several Christmas craft events running: Tuesday December 3, 3.30-4.30pm: Make special handmade Christmas cards for family and friends. Saturday December 7, 11am-12pm: Repeat of our card making event. Tuesday December 10, 3.30-4.30pm: Create festive decorations using air dry clay. Saturday December 14, 11am-12pm: Come along and create a lightcatching tree to brighten up your windows. Tuesday December 17, 3.30-4.30pm: Make your own candy cane reindeer to take home. Thursday December 19, 5.30-6.30pm: Family Christmas storytime – music and fun plus an appearance from a very special guest. Tuesday December 31, 11am-12pm: See in the ‘Noon Year’s Eve’ with family-friendly games and activities with a bubble drop at 12.00 noon. The libraries regular programmes also continue - see https://www. for more. Glen Eden Library has a number of events planned for December: Thursday December 5, 10.30am: Dog safety toddler time with Bark NZ Thursday December 12, 10.30am: Christmas toddler time with Santa Fridays 6 and 13, 9.30 and again at 11am: Wriggle & Rhyme Fridays, 6 and 13, 3.30-4.30pm: FRIYAY! A programme of craft and science projects. Saturdays 2.00pm – 4.00pm: Lego Free Play. Lego fans are invited to use their creativity and imagination to build whatever they like. Creations will be exhibited in our glass cabinet by the library entrance for a week. Every Wednesday during school term, 1-3pm, Whau Ace Adult and Community Education offer free support and advice in the library. Sessions cover preparing a CV, career guidance, job search, online job applications, and cover letters. The last session will be on Wednesday December 11. Do you enjoy talking to people about books you’ve read or do you like hearing recommendations from other readers? Glen Eden Library’s monthly Book Chat meets on Wednesday December 3 in the meeting room at the library. This is an informal group that gathers to share books they’ve enjoyed. A wide range of reading tastes and recommendations are included. The Great Summer Read – He Pānuitanga Raumati runs from Sunday December 1 2019 to Friday January 31 2020. Dive into the libraries’ fun reading challenges and be in to win books, designer glasses, eReaders, tickets to Auckland’s hottest attractions and more. The Great Summer Read is open to all Auckland Libraries members.

Looking for fun, free ways to keep your tamariki learning and building their reading skills over summer? Launch into summer with Auckland Libraries’ Kia Māia te Whai - Dare to Explore, Auckland Libraries’ summer reading programme for children aged 5-12 years. Don’t miss out! You can register on line from at www. and collect your free booklet full of exciting challenges from any one of the 54 Auckland libraries from Monday December 9. Challenges can be completed at home, on holiday, or check out free events happening at an Auckland Library near you this summer. Get involved and see why over 10,000 tamariki enjoyed reading with Auckland Libraries last summer.

Shared path underway

Work is starting on a major shared path linking New Lynn and Avondale. The 2.9km path (shown in these two artist’s impressions), which will cost $44.3 million, is a joint project between Auckland Transport, New Zealand Transport Agency, Auckland Council and the Whau Local Board. It will create a continuous shared path linking New Lynn Station and Avondale Station and connecting to the Waterview Shared Path and the Northwestern Path which runs alongside the Northwestern Motorway. The path will be mostly off-road and will cross the Whau River on a new purpose-built bridge (which will stand alongside the existing rail bridge). The Whau Local Board has provided significant funding for this bridge.

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december w – 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 – 1, A Memoir for Falling Light by Robert George; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w – 1, Techno Tapa, Numa Mackenzie explores her fascination with patterns and motifs; Corban Estate Arts Centre. Phone 838 4455. w – 1, Paintings by Dean Buchanan; West Coast Gallery, Seaview Road, Piha. Phone 812 8029, www. w – February 23, Portage Ceramic Awards exhibition; 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, Live Music: Jan Elliott and friends; Titirangi RSA, 502 South Titirangi Road; 2-5pm. Phone 817 6415. w 4, Waitakere Grey Power Association general meeting with guest speakers from St. John Northern Region; Swanson RSA, 663 Swanson Road; 10.00am (lunch at 12.00pm); $20.50 a head. Phone 838 5207.

w 4, PowerTalk Waitākere can help you speak publicly:

New Lynn Community Centre, 45 Totara Avenue, New Lynn; 7.30pm. Phone Sheridan on 828 7999. w 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. w 6, West Auckland Men’s Rebus Club; Kelston Community Centre, Corner Great North and Awaroa Roads; 9.30-11.30am. Phone Roger 834 7945. w 7, Mostly Craft presents CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS, crafts, singing, dancing, refreshments; St Francis Church, corner Park and Titirangi Beach Roads; 1.30-3.30pm; Koha or gift for a child. Phone Elaine 817 9555. w 7, Mrs Lowry & Son, a new release and the last film for 2019; Titirangi Theatre, Lopdell House; 6pm and 8.15pm; $14/$12 from and on door. Text bookings to 0210 222 5558. www.flickscinema. w 7, Titirangi Folk Music Club presents a Christmas Special with SuperSheep; Titirangi Beach Hall, bottom of Titirangi Beach Road; 8pm; $10, members $7, Under 18s free. Text Cathy on 021 207 7289 for more. w 7 – January 5, Christmas Show – small, affordable gifts; West Coast Gallery, Seaview Road, Piha. Phone 812 8029, w 8, Titirangi Village Market: art, craft, produce and music; Titirangi War Memorial Hall; 10am-2pm. Contact Tess on or phone 022 631 9436. w 8, Live Music at the Titirangi RSA, 502 South Titirangi Road; 2-5pm. Phone 817 6415.

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Group meeting; Henderson Central Library West Auckland Research Centre; 10-11.30am. Phone Gary Snow 832 5098, 021 618 434 or email w 10, 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 11, Lyrical Visions iV, a day of films based on Poetry presented by Flicks; Titirangi Theatre, Lopdell House; 10.30am – The Kindergarten Teacher (R13), $12/$10 5.30pm – short films suitable for a younger audience, free 7.30pm – a selection of short films followed by In Praise of Nothing, directed by Boris Mitic and narrated by Iggy Pop, $14/$12. Tickets from Eventfinda or on door, text bookings to 0210 222 5558, Details and trailers at www. w 13, Ladies’ Probus Club, fellowship and fun; St John’s Hall, Te Atatū South; 9.45am-12. Phone Betty 832 0484. w 13, Titirangi Folk Music Club presents Folk Jam, 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 14, Lions Club Book Sale; New Lynn Friendship Club Hall, 3063 Great North Road, New Lynn; 8am-4pm. Phone Mary 027 487 0639. w 15, Titirangi Village Market: art, craft, produce and music; Titirangi War Memorial Hall; 10am-2pm. Contact Tess on or phone 022 631 9436. w 15, Live Music at the Titirangi RSA, 502 South Titirangi Road; 2-5pm. Phone 817 6415.

SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAMME Monday January 6th – Friday January 24th Join us for fun,games , art and crafts, baking and creating, sports and more. Lava lamps and sweet Lava treats, trip to Whoa Studios, Japanese Day (origami and sushi), Water Wednesday and a Dr Seuss Day, Don’t miss out. We are a MSD Approvd Provider and WINZ subsidies are available to eligile families.

Standard Programme Hours, 9-3pm. Before and after care is available. Please visit ring 817 7448 or email We would love to hear from you.

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january and beyond w January 3, 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 January 5, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732. w January 10, Ladies’ Probus Club, fellowship, fun, speakers, and a monthly day trip; St John’s Hall, Te Atatū South; 9.45am-Noon. Phone Betty 09 832 0484. w 10, Elvis in the Park, a family day with music and classic and hot rod cars to celebrate Elvis’ 85th birthday; Cranwell Park, Henderson; 11am-5pm; Free. Phone Jackie Bridges 817 4892 or 027 490 1126. w January 11 – February 9, Paintings by Michael Rowland; West Coast Gallery, Seaview Road, Piha. Phone 812 8029, w January 14, West Auckland Historical Society Family History Group meeting; Henderson Central Library West Auckland Research Centre; 10-11.30am. Phone Gary

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:

St Francis Anglican Church, Titirangi corner of Park Road and Titirangi Beach Road.

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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Candlelight; Chapel of Faith in the Oaks, Glenview Road, Glen Eden; 7-8pm. w 17, SeniorNet West Auckland, speaker, morning tea and chatting about computers; Kelston Community Centre; 10am. Phone June 021 179 3635. w 22, Live Music at the Titirangi RSA, 502 South Titirangi Road; 2-5pm. Phone 817 6415. w 29, Live Music at the Titirangi RSA, 502 South Titirangi Road; 2-5pm. Phone 817 6415.

Snow 832 5098, 021 618 434 or email gary@snofam. w January 18, Lions Club Book Sale; New Lynn Friendship Club Hall, 3063 Great North Road, New Lynn; 8am-4pm. Phone Mary 027 487 0639. w January 21, SeniorNet West Auckland, speaker, morning tea and chatting about computers; Kelston Community Centre; 10am. Phone June 021 179 3635. w January 24, The Combined Probus Club of Glen Eden; Ceramco Park Function Centre, 120 Glendale Road, Kaurilands; 10-11.30am. Phone Brian Holt 838 5857. w January 28, Titirangi U3A – meet interesting people 55-years and older. Guest speaker, Bruce Harvey, local icon and history buff; West Lynn Garden, 73 Parker Avenue, New Lynn; 1pm; gold coin. Contact 818 8890, 027 699 5480 or w February 2, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732. w February 5 and 19, 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 February 15, Lions Club Book Sale; New Lynn Friendship Club Hall, 3063 Great North Road, New Lynn; 8am-4pm. Phone Mary 027 487 0639.

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Parks need People As another summer holiday season unfolds we still have desperately few Park tracks open, virtually all our beloved Waitakere Ranges forest walks are closed. Auckland Council initially justified park track closures as temporary precautions whilst their claim that human foot traffic is the principal vector of kauri dieback disease was validated. But two years on and Council’s Biosecurity Department has failed to add any certainty to their claim. To the contrary, public scrutiny of the scientific evidence Council relied upon to underpin their 2017 Kauri Dieback Report has found this data seriously wanting. The report states 22,477 kauri trees were surveyed, but this was just observation and in reality this report relied on only 146 soil samples taken from around trees surveyors thought to be dead from kauri dieback. Of these 146 soil samples, tests showed only 27 were confirmed as having kauri dieback (PTA), 55 tests showed NIL dieback (No Phythophtora isolated). These statistics do not support Council’s claims that kauri is in crisis from one specific disease or vector. These numbers come from research data owned and funded by Auckland Council. But despite this real data leading to more questions than answers, Auckland Council is ramping up its spurious claims that people and kauri are mutually exclusive. So why would Council do this? Because Council intends to replace its precautionary approach of temporary track closures with a catchment-wide closure of the forested Waitakere Ranges hinterland forever, and they want to divert public attention from the fact that legally they cannot. Our Waitakere Ranges parks sit within the ‘Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area’ and this Act of Parliament imposes multiple conditions upon Auckland Council’s management of these parks. In short Council must provide balance to both conservation and recreation. Moreover, Council has a legal obligation to the ‘purpose’ of the Act, which includes “promoting the protection and enhancement of the areas heritage features for present and future generations”. And the list of “heritage features

of the heritage area” includes “the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park and its importance as an accessible public place with significant natural, historical, cultural, and recreational resources”. Our historic tracks are the embodiment of our heritage, they bear Maori and European names that reflect their past purpose and our ancestors that used them. Take the Bob Gordon Track, for me it’s a tangible connection to 120 years of heritage, Bob Gordon purchased his farm in Huia off my great-grandfather in the 1900s. My father in his youth helped Bob Gordon herd cattle to the Donald McLean saddle and further to the Pararaha Valley for summer grazing. In the 1930s my family purchased the farm back and my grandfather with my father’s help continued grazing some areas which are now deep in the park, until they voluntarily stopped in the late 1940s. Then Phil Sharp who ran the Whatipu Lodge grazed cattle that roamed free in the Whatipu Valley and sand dunes. After he retired, Regional Parks invited me to graze cattle in the Whatipu Valley (this time behind fences) which I did for 10 years up until I drove my cattle home for the very last time in 2010. Those cattle are gone from the Waitakere Ranges, along with horses, bullock teams, saws and sawmills. But their spirit is brought back to life when my grandchildren and I walk the Bob Gordon Track. A day’s walk in the Ranges breaths meaning into the history, the stories, pictures and memorabilia that hang in the local store and at the Huia Museum. Auckland Council, or anyone else for that matter, cannot lock people out of the Waitakere Ranges permanently, nor is there a need too, as we can protect our heritage and nature without exclusion from it. – Ken Turner, WestWards Advertisement

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Local duo Gin and Kronic reckon the key Fellow musician Pita Tapene is credited to their ability to get together and play by Gin and Kronic as someone who helped is that they’ve managed to synchronise them in learning how to really play around their life’s dramas and calm spots “so with rhythms, arrangements and chords we can time our practices and gigs in songs; how to play them in different right!” And although the pair deny styles and find their own ‘sound’. “Pita just that they met in a bathroom doing loved jamming, and we often thought we something illicit – “We have to protect had no hope of keeping up with this guy, the innocent!” – you could say they he’s such a maestro, but we would hang are generally involved in plotting and in there, and somehow come away from scheming of some sort – when it comes our sessions wondering how we managed to their upcoming performances and to do it. That man has taught us so much, planning for their shows that is. and many of our favourite songs are due to “Actually,” says Gin (aka Gaylene his suggestions/drilling /patient teaching.“ Kennedy), “we met via the inimitable DB Originally inspired by classics from the Grant’s two Titirangi community groups, 60s and 70s – Cat Stevens, et al – they have SingJam and Fringe Ukes, and discovered developed eclectic music tastes. we loved singing in harmony with each “The other week I was listening to a Doris other, and that we enjoy performing.” Day album, and then some banging drum Simply calling themselves “G and K” and bass on another day,” says Kronic. (with K being Kararaina Penehira) the Gin (right) and Kronic: ukuleles with attitude Both have past experience of writing and duo played open mic nights, until the name Gin and Kronic was coined playing originals, and Gin records chord progressions “that get stuck in by DB Grant. “We then started to play regular open mic nights, some my head, with the intention of doing something with them… one day friends’ parties and local events, and now we are regular players at the ....” Kronic prefers to play covers these days “mostly because there are Titirangi RSA Sunday afternoon music sessions.” so many great songs that I love already, I don’t feel the need to write Gin’s first involvement with music was via a ukelele at the age of my own stuff.” 10. By age 12 she’d moved to guitar. “I became your typical wanna The pair reckon that each gig is special. “Growing our ‘sound’ is part be guitarist/singer with a book of guitar chords and a record player, of the specialness. We call our sound ‘genre-bending’, which means listening intently to try and play along with my favourite songs. basically we’ll take any song that we like and play it in a different Through my teens, I dragged my guitar everywhere. And that’s where style, adapt it to our humble duo capabilities, and we particularly like it stopped for a LONG time. Apart from playing Puff the Magic Dragon re-creating rock/pop songs traditionally performed by men,” Gin says. to my children. I hope they’re not scarred for life!” “Of the two of us, Kronic has the most performance experience. I’m Kronic learnt piano as a youngster and taught herself guitar in her learning heaps from her, and now we’re out there performing. I’m teens. “In my 20s I met Katy Soljak when we were working together in particularly loving the impetus G&K is picking up. It’s something I pinch a school and I started singing and playing original jazz and blues with myself about regularly to make sure it’s real – it’s a joyous thing!” her. After she moved to Waiheke we weren’t able to play so much It was the beaches, bush and people that drew Kronic to the West, together, and I started writing a few songs myself, learning covers, and whilst Gin was in hot pursuit of “a nice boy from Green Bay”. Now the playing here and there around Auckland. At some point about 10 years “proud to be Westies” are working on their next live show: a Christmas ago the ukulele bug bit me and I thought, this is just pure fun, and I special with iconic local ukulele trio, The Nukes on December 13. started learning and playing and experimenting with songs with a few Gin and Kronic received raucous applause the last time they played musician friends. We formed a couple of bands and played some gigs Titirangi Theatre “and shouty demands for encores etc. We were quite around town.” bowled over, but mostly just pleased it went over so well with the The complexities of band management and getting everyone together audience.” They are looking forward to being part of The Nukes’ special at the same time meant that these bands didn’t last. Gin and Kronic event. (not to be confused with an Australian thrash metal band of the same Keep your eyes open for Gin and Kronic around the Village or at the name) are both really busy with day jobs and families, but it’s much Titirangi RSA and get along to Titirangi Theatre, 8pm on December 13. easier for the duo to get together and to toss new songs at each other. (Tickets from

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Fresh from launching his brand new album Nada Brahma in Europe, ‘bassouki’ world music artist Jon Sanders is bringing his eclectic sounds to Titirangi in February 2020. Jon Sanders has developed a unique world music sound and style that evokes diverse cultures in a “quantum-leaping” way, to quote the Irish Times. Playing the bass mandola and an eight-stringed, guitar-bodied ‘guizouki’, Jon uses a second pickup to add bass lines and create a depth and colour to his compositions, drawing on Celtic, Arabic, African and contemporary styles. Add a percussive stomp and emotive vocals and the sounds soar into a new dimension. In contrast, he finger-picks an upside-down, variously-tuned ukulele giving Mali-inspired rhythms and melodies alongside bluegrass stomp and Celtic/Mexican hybrids. Called the ngoni-uke, the wee instrument sounds harplike, funky as and a wee bit cheeky. For Jon’s Titirangi Concert he will be supported by Cat Tunks and Gavin Dowling (pictured right). The concert is at Titirangi Theatre, February 5 at 8pm (doors open at 7.30pm). Tickets are available through Eventfinda for $22.50 with door sales at $25. For more information: Spotify - Jon Sanders,, or Facebook/Jon Sanders Music.

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The Titirangi Festival of Music returns April 3 and 4, 2020. The Titirangi festival team are already hard at work preparing for next year’s event. Look out for a star-studded line-up of concerts plus the usual selection of free family-friendly music events and activities. 2020 will be packed with lots of music in the village with local talent on display and opportunities for musicians to get involved across a number of stages. If you are a local business wanting to get involved with this longestablished event, or someone who would like to be a volunteer, please get touch through the website, and keep an eye on the website for future updates and announcements:

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Surprise find brings back local memories While clearing out under her new home in Mahoe Road at Titirangi Beach, Candice Bell chanced upon a sign. Intrigued by her find, she posted a photo of it on Facebook to find out more about it. Was it from a fishing shop or a lingerie shop perchance? In fact the Fishnet sign alluded to the colourful past of Candice’s property. The Fishnet had started life as The Titirangi Beach Kiosk, a business begun at the property of Mr E. © Candice Bell Boyd, 2 Mahoe Road, close to Titirangi Beach, at the end of 1929. From this time until 1960, there would be four owners, and the shop would provide grocery supplies as well as hot water for picnics, accommodation and camp sites for visitors to the popular holiday destination of Titirangi Beach and Atkinson Park Estate. The shop

The mystery of the pou Tom Reilly has a mystery to solve and it resides in his office in the basement of The Base café in Titirangi Village. In the process of renovating the building, he removed some cladding to reveal a large wooden pole which, on closer inspection, appeared to be a carving, much of it defaced, presumably to fit within the cladding. Part of the carving shows enough of a face, to be recognisable as a pou. Tom called on some local kaumatua to provide apology and blessings to the found taonga, once again revealed to the light of day. Though the word about the carving is spreading, Tom is yet to resolve its origins. Bob and Jean Connon who operated the café twice remember it first as a rimu tree trunk complete with bark which they believe was part of the original interior decor. When they saw it a second time, the bark had been stripped from the trunk to make it smooth and this is how it stayed until they sold the coffee shop in the late 1980s. So it is after this time that the carving was done. If you have relevant information to offer about the pou, Tom at The Base would like to hear from you.


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hosted meetings, concerts, Saturday night dances, an election day polling booth and was the registered address of the Paturoa Bay Ratepayers and Residents Association. The kiosk became The Fishnet Tearooms, which then included a restaurant, in 1960. There would be a further three owners by 1975, with the last being an English family, Bill and Joyce Daniels, their two children and later Joyce’s parents. The world moved on and the store became less profitable. Now widowed, Joyce Daniels, known as a friendly, chatty shopkeeper and a fount of local knowledge decided to close the shop in 1975. Following her death in 2018, the house was sold to Candice and partner Josh. © Candice Bell Candice’s Facebook post led to other locals sharing their own memories of the tearooms. Del McFarlane-Scott recalls visiting the tearooms many times as a child: “We had a bach across on Aydon Road and used to visit each weekend. The tearooms also ran a little ice cream store on the beach beside the beach hall. The only thing you could get there was Tip Top ice cream in the little tubs if I remember rightly, and occasional bags of sweeties for tuppence. The couple who ran the store/café were really sweet…” A few months after her first find, Candice discovered another sign up in their ceiling, this one in ‘tip top’ condition and another classic reminder of a much loved store and venue that served the Titirangi beach community for nearly half a century. – Fiona Drummond (More information about the history of Titirangi Beach is contained in Lynnette Sollitt-Morris’ Atkinson Park and Life at Paturoa Bay: 19101980, available from Te Uru’s gallery shop.)

Local, nationally-known (and loved by many) ukulele trio The Nukes will perform their last concert of 2019 in Titirangi Theatre, 8pm on December 13 – a Christmas special. Expect an entertaining show featuring original material from their three albums plus some new songs due to be released early next year. The Nukes (pictured right) always deliver a fun, entertaining show and the theatre is a perfect space to hear them. There will be some ukulele giveaways on the night, perfect for someone who might be thinking getting into music and also great for the Christmas stocking. The Nukes will be joined by another pair of uke enthusiasts, Gin and Kronic (see page 22), with their brand of slightly off-kilter cover versions of well known songs. They’ll make you smile and tap your toes. David Parker’s Point Chevalier ukulele orchestra will kick off the night with some classic tunes and waiata. This will be great night of entertainment designed to get you into the summer-Christmas spirit. The bar will be run by the theatre. The Nukes rarely play locally so don’t wait, get your tickets now by visiting The Nukes’ website at

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Ancient kauri cache might predate last Ice Age Swamp kauri found in West Auckland earlier this year and thought to be about 10,000 years old, has now been found to be much older – possibly more than 45,000 years. It was found by construction workers on a Lincoln Road building site, at a depth of about four metres. Because the swamp kauri was sealed off underground, the timber was preserved in exceptional condition but needed to be dried as it was saturated. Results from radiocarbon dating carried out by scientists from NIWA (the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research) and the University of Waikato Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory indicate the wood is likely to be 45,000 years old – placing it within the Paleolithic age of human prehistory. That could have considerable significance internationally according to NIWA’s principal scientist, Dr Andrew Lorrey, who says that due to the sensitivity of kauri to regional climate patterns, important knowledge could be gained on how El Niño operated in the past and how it might change in the future. He says the find is much older than originally expected and more work on it is still required. “Once it's dry enough, we take it back to the lab and sand it down, so that we can see the rings clearly and measure the sequences. It’s like a time barcode,” he says. “We'll then run those barcode sequences against other reference chronologies that have already been dated and see if we get a match. It will be interesting to see when these trees were growing, and if it tells us something about when a kauri forest may have been present there,” says Andrew. He says that it is hard to know precisely what they are dealing with until they measure it and try to match the ring patterns against other trees that have a close radiocarbon date. Kauri tree rings are annual, so the find is like a high-resolution time capsule. If the swamp kauri is as ancient and unique as now believed, more significant information can be retrieved from its discovery. “That time period was characterised by rapid climate

changes, most probably caused by the Northern Hemisphere ice sheets and sea level fluctuating wildly. We think that by looking closely at these trees, we can learn something new about the global climate system. “When we get all the data together on the same time scale, we’ll get an interesting picture of climate and environmental changes on the planet," says Andrew. He says swamp kauri is an ideal natural archive to give indications of what's happening with El Niño in the Pacific region. “Kauri contains patterns that appear sensitive to that particular climate mode, which has a strong impact on New Zealand. From examining El Niño’s behaviour back in time, this wood could be a hugely valuable tool. It can help us examine periods of El Niño activity during the times when humans weren't around in the landscape to modify it,” Andrew says. “We can get a good picture of what's going on with this major climate mode, which impacts billions of people all over the world. It also gives us an idea about the range of natural climate variations that impact on New Zealand, which is important for planning future climate extremes.” Traditional carvers and students at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Mangere in South Auckland, will receive the ancient taonga which will be carved by Tohunga Whakairo (expert wood carver) Troy Hart-Webber into pou whenua. At one time, New Zealand swamp kauri was valued at over $10,000 per cubic metre, making it one of the most expensive timbers in the world.

A swamp kauri found in West Auckland could be over 45,000 years old.

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Being holiday waste-wise With Christmas and the holidays just around the corner, it is important to tread lightly on our earth. Here are some ideas to get you in the right mindset. • Choose quality lasting gifts and holiday supplies with minimal packaging. • For Christmas gift wrapping, avoid cellophane. It is not recyclable. Some foil wraps may not be either. Use plain brown wrapping paper, reusable bags or furoshiki (fabric wrapping). There are lots of Youtube ‘how to’ videos on the art of furoshiki. • Opt for reusable not disposable festive crockery and cutlery. • Switch to toilet paper with recyclable packaging. A number of manufacturers produce toilet paper from recycled paper, including Cottonsoft Earth Smart. Smartass toilet paper is made Furoshiki fabric wrapping is an alternative to wrapping paper or cellophane. from sugar cane and bamboo fibre and can be ordered online, with a range of funky wrappers which can be reused as wrapping paper (https://www. A similar product, Greencane, is available from Huckleberry New Lynn or Organics Out West Glen Eden. • Use leftovers to make more holiday meals, check out the Love Food Hate Waste Facebook page for tips and inventive recipes ( • If you are buying new household items or anything involving polystyrene packaging, please dispose of it at Mitre 10 Mega New Lynn, 5 Astley Ave, New Lynn; Dayle ITM, 713 Rosebank Rd, Avondale or Chesters Plumbing, 45 Portage Rd, New Lynn. These stores are collection depots for manufacturer Expol, which recycles 350 tonness of polystyrene a year. • Holidays are the perfect time to get composting up and running, whether it be a compost bin, worm bin or bokashi bucket system. All of them are covered in a free Compost Collective workshop coming up on January 15 at the Glen Eden library (6.30-8.30pm). Register now and following the workshop you can get a discount on the system that suits you ( events/composting-workshop-glen-eden-5/).


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Get a vegetable or herb garden up and running. Not only can you guarantee fresh organic vegetables, but you avoid the packaging that still comes with many vegetables purchased at the green grocers or your supermarket. When heading to the beach, or out for a picnic, bring all your recyclables home with you to be sorted and recycled properly rather than throwing them in the general waste bins, the contents of which go straight to landfill. Kiwis love their jandals for summer, but purchasing most jandals just means more manufacture of what inevitably will be plastic waste. A US company called Subs has made a business out of recycling plastic beach waste into a new breed Subs come in a large range of colours, of jandals, with each pair available from Sustainable Coastlines utilising 500g of trash. There is even a Subs Anzac option with a combo of green and gold straps, representing our Aussie cousins and the black soles for the Kiwis. The good news is you can buy Subs in several stores around New Zealand ( but I promote buying them from Sustainable Coastline’s online shop (http://, to support this charitable organisation activating communities around Aotearoa and the Pacific to look after the beaches and rivers we love. An ecoconscious and charitable option whether you’re buying for yourself or as a gift. If you come across rubbish in a waterway, and you're not able to easily remove it yourself, contact the Pollution Hotline on 0800 884 883 so you can help keep our waterways pollution free.

Cheers to Bottle Drives Returning A year ago, in the October Fringe, I wrote in this column about bringing back the bottle drives, and a year later it is poised to happen with a plastic bottle return scheme announced by the Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage at the WasteMINZ conference in late September. Ms Sage says the initiative is something citizens, councils and stakeholders have been asking for. It is likely that plastic bottles would carry a refundable deposit of 10 to 20 cents, redeemable at a collection depot or drop off point. Overseas experience had shown that a refundable deposit puts the value back into recycling and should result in around 22% to 35% more containers being recycled in New Zealand. Currently between 45-58% of containers only are being recycled. There are over 40 countries globally using Container Return Schemes (CRS), including Australia. The Auckland Council and Marlborough District Council are tasked with the project design with Waste Minimisation funding of around $1 million. A proposal will be presented to the government by August 2020. One of the considerations in designing the CRS will be considering how it will affect existing kerbside collections, with the types and amounts of recyclables collected likely to change. The suggestion of the CRS was also a component of the recent Ministry for the Environment Product Stewardship Scheme that called for public submissions on having regulated product stewardship for six priority products: tyres, electrical and electronic products, agri-chemicals and their containers, refrigerants and other synthetic greenhouse gases, farm plastics, and packaging.

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Rare pekapeka in our ’hood Long-tailed bats (Chalinolobus tuberculatus) used to be common throughout New Zealand, but from the 1900s have become increasingly scarce due to forest clearance and predation by cats, rats, possums and stoats. They now have the highest threat ranking of ‘nationally critical’, equal to the kākāpō. There are believed to be only a few hundred nationally. In May 2017, an Auckland Council BioBlitz event detected New Zealand long tailed bats (pekapeka tou-roa) in the urban Henderson region. The 24-hour BioBlitz used intense biological surveying to count all living species within a specific area. A bat detector was used in the BioBlitz and it was with great excitement that the team located the endangered long tailed bats for the first time in 15 years in Henderson. The local presence of the bats can be attributed to the stream restoration and pest control work of Project Twin Streams as healthy stream habitat produces lots of insects, key to the bat diet. Another bat mission in February 2018 saw a team of bat experts and volunteers camping out in the Waitākere Ranges over four nights, trying to catch and tag some native long-tailed bats. The team was successful in capturing and attaching tiny radio transmitters to both a male and female bat. This important monitoring will enable them to learn more about the prevalence and roosting locations of this special species. Pekapeka inhabit forest edges, feeding above the forest canopy, along forest margins, over farmland, streams and lakes and sometimes even in caves. They live in small social groupings of 20–60 bats and change roost trees most nights. Little is known about their breeding behaviour but only the females care for their solitary pup, gathering in maternity roosts. The pup is born in December, and takes its first flight from the roost in early January. The bat’s lifespan can be up to 25 years. Adults grow to roughly the size of a thumb and weigh 8-12 grams and their wingspans stretch the length of a hand. They can fly up to 60 kilometres an hour and have a home range of up to 100 square kilometres. They hunt in the air for small insects such as flies, moths, midges, mosquitoes and beetles. In flight they can be easily mistaken for the welcome swallow. Vampire movies have given bats a bad rap, but the tiny long tailed pekapeka has an appealing teddy bear like face and is quite harmless. In Māori culture, the pekapeka was spoken of with wariness – the proverb ‘pekapeka rere ahiahi, hōkioi rere pō’ (the bat flies at twilight, the hōkioi flies at night) urges haste on travellers, as the hōkioi, an ominous mythical bird, comes out at night. Sinister or not, they were eaten by early Māori, who smoked them out of their tree hollows and collected them when they fell to the forest floor. If you would like to go bat spotting in your backyard or at your local stream or park, you can borrow a bat detector free of charge from Auckland Council. The detectors have microphones that pick up the

echolocation calls that humans can’t hear, and convert them into audible clicks and buzzes. Best to get in early, as the detectors are in demand, particularly when the council runs night walks in summer. Summer is the A tagged long tailed bat (pekapeka). Photo by Colin best time to go O’Donnell, Department of Conservation. out bat spotting and this is an exciting night-time conservation activity for the whole family. Email to find out more about borrowing bat detectors and for advice on where to go looking for bats. Cascade Kauri Park in the Waitakere Ranges is a popular location to see pekapeka flying at dusk in the carpark area near the toilets. Bat hunters are able to log their findings on the iNaturalist NZ app (a citizen science platform where users can record and share their observations in nature) or report the findings directly to researchers such as Auckland Zoo Community Conservation Manager, Ben Paris – perhaps better known by his alter-ego ‘NZ bat man’ https://www.





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Walking and art taking audiences on journeys across Auckland A roving Te Uru Gallery place for her walk. “Lots exhibition has combined of people walk through the walking and art to take cemetery at this time of audiences on a journey year because all the flowers across parts of Auckland have popped up. It’s a with Te Hau ā Uru – the beautiful spring walk.” West Wind. The walks are grounded in Walking About is a series the concept of Maramataka of guided walks where local (the Māori lunar calendar) artists use unique methods and an interactive principle of art and performance where the participants are to evoke the history and central to the art, rather stories of each location. than simply observing it. Throughout the year each According to Christina, one of 12 artists will guide Jeremy Leatinu’u’s walk people on a walk through a around Mt Albert in early different area of Auckland. November incorporated Mt Albert, Avondale and this concept. Glen Eden are just some of Pita Turei guides walkers through story telling at Pukematekeo Lookout. “His was different yet the areas being explored. again because he didn’t really direct people on the walk, he provided Two Waitākere walks have already featured so far: Pukematekeo the finish point and a map and you could choose your own journey. Lookout in the Waitākere Ranges in September, and Wayfinding Everyone brought something precious to carry and that turned out to Waikumete in November. be really amazing because lots of little groups of people got together About 50 people turned up at the crack of dawn for the Pukematekeo and created their own stories for the day.” Lookout event, which was guided by Pita Turei. Christina said the concept of Walking About was born out of a Walking About organiser Christina Houghton said the audience meeting of minds between herself and fellow artist Melissa Laing. responded really well to the experience. “I’ve got a dance and choreography background, and she’s got a “The concept of Pita’s work was walking through telling stories, so we visual arts background so we’re meeting in between the theatre and looked out on the landscape and he told Māori stories of the people the gallery and in outside spaces where we’ve both got an interest in who had been there before,” said Christina. “Pita has got another walk ecology.” coming up soon. We’re going to meet on Ōwairaka Mountain (Mt After getting support from Andrew Clifford at Te Uru Gallery, the two Albert) and it will probably be a similar experience.” applied for and received funding from the Auckland Council and invited Christina guided Wayfinding Waikumete, a location she chose in other artists to participate. order to explore the mysterious and not widely known history of the Future walks in the New Year will take place at Piha, Mt Albert and area. Western Springs but there are also other events on the horizon such “The reason I chose that journey is that it was called Waikumete as a walking Olympics at Olympic Park and a walkers and writers before Glen Eden. The name was changed after the flu epidemic symposium. T when they had to put on extra trains to bring the all bodies out to the he walks will be spread across the year finishing in August 2020 as cemetery. That was in1918.” winter blows its last gusts. She also said it was the natural beauty of the area that made it a good – Michael Andrew

west auckland weather by the moon Ken Ring’s predictions for December and January Despite a good dry spell in the second week, December should be mainly wet, with more than twice the rain average (up to 200mm). It may be cloudier and warmer than normal. After a dry start, heavy rain dominates the rest of the first week. The second week should be the driest, but a heavy fall near the 13th ends a dry spell. The third week follows the pattern of the second, with a downpour around the 20th. The warmest day may be the 18th (24°C), but temperatures may briefly drop around the 20th. The rest of the month is unsettled, with rain expected almost every day. Christmas Day falls on a new moon day, which could be clear and the month’s coolest day, although the previous night may be wet. The barometric average may be 1013mbs, and the average humidity 84%. The average wind is from the southeast. For fishermen, the highest (king) tides are on the 26th, with a lesser king tide on the 14th. The best fishing bite-times (in the West) are around noon on the 11th–13th and 25th–28th. Chances are also good in the West for dusk of the 3rd-6th and 18th–20th.


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For gardeners, there are no good sowing intervals this month, because the waxing moon will not be ascending. The only pruning day is the 12th when the waning moon is descending. If harvesting for longer shelf-life, choose the lower water-table (neap) days of the 5th and 20th. JANUARY starts the year with a total of twice as much rain as average (up to 150mm). However sunshine and daytime temperatures will both be higher than average (with below average night-time temperatures). After a dry New Year’s Eve and Day, the first week descends into rain and ends on a wet note. The second week also starts wet but finishes clear. The third week is the wettest, and in the last days of the month a downpour arrives. The barometric average may be 1007mbs, and the average maximum temperature is 24°C. The warmest day may be the 14th at 29°C. The average wind is from the southwest. Allow 24 hour error for all forecasting. For future weather for any date, visit © Ken Ring 2019.

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The coast by moonlight Above Comans Track a slim crescent moon in softly as we reach the first summit, where a newly the black sky casts just enough light through gravelled path leads out to a viewing platform that the the pōhutukwa for us to gently teeter our way council has enclosed with a fence. up from the car park at Watchmans Road. As we press on, the moon vanishes behind the When we get to the ridge line the bush clouds and I switch my flashlight on, briefly illumining ends, the track levels out and the yawning the glowing eyes of a possum before it scurries away Karekare beach opens up between the two into the darkness. bluffs beneath the endless starry sky. With our eyes of little use, our ears naturally begin Perhaps it’s the dark, with no colour but working harder, picking up the creaks, cracks, hoots the luminous tide and the harakeke glowing and calls from all sides. While the rest of Auckland like blades in the light of the moon, but this sleeps, the coast is wide-awake and crawling with life. landscape is one of calm, where the mind is at That’s the beauty of a night walk; you get a window last spared the stimulus that besieges it from all into a dark but unique world that would normally sides all day long and is finally allowed to relax. Descending the new steps on Comans go unseen and unheard. The extra effort makes it After a long time we turn away from the view Track by moonlight. Photo by Michael especially satisfying. We could be at home right now, and start making our way north along Comans Andrew. warm and tucked up with a hot cup of tea and a book. Track, feeling our way with the soft glow of the moon up the newly But we’re out here with nothing but the moon, the waves and the formed steps. strange creatures of the coastal scrub. This walk has received some attention in recent months, mainly due For those, like myself, who are sceptical about the ‘enhancement’ of to the extensive upgrades which, like many tracks in the Waitākeres Waitākere walks and the crowds that they might attract, night walking have seen it transformed from a formerly rugged trail into an accessible might just be the solution. The sanitised aesthetic details of the track and ‘sanitised’ walkway. It certainly wasn’t a priority with locals, as are virtually unnoticeable, but the predictability and accessibility of it only 3% of submitters wanted it earmarked for upgrade in the council's make it possible to move in darkness, without polluting the night with future work programme. any artificial light. In a Wilderness magazine opinion piece, Devonport Flagstaff editor Save for a relatively rough rocky section 40 minutes along the track (and Karekare bach owner) Rob Drent lamented the upgrades, which – where the folk at council have installed a climbing chain – Comans is he said were gradually eroding the legendary wild character of the free of obstacles, allowing us to reach the connection with the Mercer west coast. Bay Loop Track and return to our car park in under two hours. You can see what he means. The jack mesh track and wooden steps We do however use a flashlight on the darkest sections of the walk – make for very easy going as we climb the hillside. We’re still breathing just to make sure we don’t trip on any possums.

New bridge gives access to walkway

Walkers will now be able to keep their feet dry when accessing the Te Henga Walkway, after the construction of a new bridge over the Waitākere River was completed last month. The new bridge serves as the inland gateway to the four-hour coastal walk and replaces the 30-year-old bridge which, according to the Department of Conservation, required frequent remedial work to repair damage from heavy rain. The elements proved too relentless however and the bridge was washed away in a severe storm on Boxing Day 2018 (left). Since then walkers had only been able to access the walkway at low tide and in fine weather via Te Henga and O’Neill beaches. DOC Senior Ranger Stefan Sebregts said the replacement bridge had been planned for a long time. “It’s really great to see this new bridge completed and to offer visitors easy access again to the stunning walkway. It is truly a little gem offering spectacular views of the rugged west coast of Tāmaki Makaurau,” he said. Part of the Hillary Trail, the Te Henga walkway remains the longest round trip walk in the Waitākere Ranges and features a variety of landscapes and unique perspectives of the coast’s phenomenal geology. Walkers can either take a full day to walk the track to Muriwai and back or park a car at Te Henga and another at Constable Road, making a drive and walk time of about 6 hours. The new Te Henga Bridge over the Waitakere River.

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Beards, sleds and sleigh bells

I was on community service for driving on a motorway, pissed, without a vehicle.

Yeah gidday and Seasons Greetings. I’ve clocked, lately, that a lot of blokes are sporting facial hair on their dials. There seems to be two main styles. One looks like their chin is a magnet that has attracted a circle of iron filings while the others resemble Mike Tysons old promoter, Don King, but with his head on upside down. I found myself face to face with such a beard when, at midnight, I answered a knock on our back door. There stood a very ruddy faced man with a long white beard that even Santa would grace. But I’m getting a little ahead of myself. It would not be too far a stretch of the undies to say that Shaz and me were deeper in Christmas debt than an Event Centre without poker machines. In fact it was the pokies where it all went so horribly wrong. Lizard Junior had come to me with a brilliant system where we would play the pokies and the horses. If we lost, we would double our next bet to recover and get back our losses plus some. To fund this brilliance, we posed as an unemployed Samoan father and son down on our luck. Those ‘walk-in’ ‘pop-up’ finance shops love to support the unemployed. We said we desperately needed a 72-inch flat screen, fund a wedding, give to a church and score a second-hand SUV. Thirty minutes later we were seated in front of the pokies with 30 grand. Twenty hours later we were broke. Should maybe have read the small print regarding interest rates. Yikes. Higher than the vibe at a Tauranga Home Owners Association monthly rent review meeting. On top of this, Chardonay had come back home to live with nine puppies to feed. Turns out her plan to get a thousand bucks a pup was flawed. Nobody wanted a pure-bred Pitbull Corgi cross. From the front they look like they could guard a junkyard and from the back, as though they had sat on a candy floss machine that blew up. Kind of like nine sausage rolls you could write with. Or Donald Trump walking backwards. Added to this, Junior was running up serious legal bills defending five allegations concerning the misspelling of facial tattoos. I thought Mumble Mob was kind of cool. I was on community service for driving on a motorway, pissed, without a vehicle. Long story. And Shaz had to walk away from her eyebrow extension boutique. The lovely ladies of the West had some irrational aversion to ‘real hair’ being armpit hairs sourced from Bolivia. Gauchos have the most exuberant oxter hair. So when, at midnight, I was confronted by this white bearded man saying he had crashed his sled into my back paddock, I was initially a little unwelcoming. But I

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had built a couple of led sleds, the best being a ’49 Ford with a four-inch roof chop, French handles and a de Soto grill. I said he could sleep in the shed and we’d sort it in the morning. As per usual, the morning arrived earlier than expected. Junior, me and the old man grabbed some tools and headed across the field. Shaz yelled out that the neighbour had rung the SPCA because eight or so strange looking deer were eating his Christmas pumpkins. I didn’t know what she was on about, so carried on. To our astonishment, two very long skid marks in the mud led to a very odd sled-come-carriage thingy. No wheels, just ski looking skids. I asked if he’d slid off the road or was transporting it on the back of a truck and it fell off. He just shrugged and laughed. We spent most of the day bracing, welding and even cobbling an old hockey stick as the seat’s cross member. Eventually it looked quite cool. The old bloke was thrilled. He said he had no cash but instead gave us an old crumbled Lotto ticket he pulled out from his wide black belt. Junior and I headed back to wash up leaving the man to pack his gear. After about half an hour, we heard a most unusual ringing of bells and a very loud, deep voice laughing, ‘Ha, ha, ha, and a Merry Christmas to all’, which seemed to come from above the Macrocarpas. I was first up the next morning. With one thing then another, I’d forgotten it was Christmas day. Trying not to wake anyone, I went to check on the old guy. My neighbour was leaning over the fence saying the SPCA must have gathered up all the odd looking deer, with huge antlers, because they were all gone. We grabbed a couple of home-brews and headed over to the shed to discover the man and his sled were gone. When I got back inside, everyone was jumping about, laughing and crying and carrying on. I asked, ’What’s up?’ Chardonay said she had checked the Lotto numbers on line and we had won 50 grand!! As I sit around the big table surrounded by a huge feast and all the Lizard clan, I truly wish you all the fun, laughter and good tidings you so deserve. May the New Year bring kindness and peace, good times and compassion to all. A very, very Merry Christmas! Love Lizard.

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