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ISSUE 204, JUNE 2021

community news, issues, arts, people, events


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Te Whau Pathway moves forward .........................................................4 Keeping it fun, local and affordable – sailing at French Bay; Relief is in sight .....................................................................................5 The 60s and 70s: funky fashions revisited......................................... 6-7 Art and about with Naomi McCleary ................................................. 8-9 An update from Lopdell Precinct .........................................................10 On stage – Titirangi Theatre news; Letter ...........................................11 Places to go: Events listing ..........................................................12 – 13


At the Libraries ....................................................................................14 Keeping it Local ...................................................................................15 History: Huia water treatment plant ...................................................16 Bandstanding: Gibson ‘Gibz’ Harris .....................................................17 Naturally West: Introducing Bird Rescue Green Bay ...........................18


A Piha success story ............................................................................19 Sustainable solutions: Staying warm this winter ........................... 20-21 Legends of the West; Weather by the moon ......................................21 www.fringemedia.co.nz Live @ the lounge................................................................................22 Advertisers’ Directory ..........................................................................23

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The recent Te Whau Day Out gave locals the opportunity to explore the Whau River by kayak. Once the Whau Pathway is complete, there will be many more such opportunities. See page 4 for more. (Photo by Bevis England.)

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Te Whau Pathway moves forward

A recent Te Whau Day Out saw many locals out enjoying the autumn sunshine. Council staff introduced young and old to local plants and pests (above) while EcoMatters had their fleet of fun bikes available to try out and waka took visitors out on the Whau. Others just enjoyed the sunshine, looked at the plans for Te Whau Pathway or learned new craft skills. Photos by Bevis England.


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Te Whau Pathway is a transformational community/ council partnership project to build a 12-kilometre long shared walking and cycling path (plus about 3 km of connector paths), on and off road, to link the Waitematā and Manukau Harbours, between Te Atatū South and Green Bay. It celebrates the portage of yesteryear when waka were carried from one harbour to the other. It is being developed as a partnership involving the Te Whau Coastal Walkway Environmental Trust (which secured initial funding), Auckland Council, Henderson-Massey and Whau Local Boards, Auckland Transport and mana whenua. It will provide a largely off-road path for walking and cycling connecting the Northwestern Cycleway, the New Lynn to Avondale cycleway currently under construction, and transport interchanges at New Lynn and Te Atatū. Funding of $35.3 million was provided by the government to Auckland Council as Covid-19 ‘shovel ready’ funding to construct Section Two (Olympic Park to Ken Maunder Park) and Section Five (Laurieston Park to the Northwestern Cycleway). These will be completed by 2024. Apart from the $35.3 million, some $9 million has also been provided by Auckland Council, Auckland Transport, Henderson-Massey and Whau Local Boards, Transpower and fundraising by the Te Whau

Coastal Walkway Trust which has included grants from TTCF (The Trusts Community Foundation). Te Whau Pathway transverses a range of different environments, such as open fields, bridge structures and the coastal marine environment (which constitutes more than 50% of the pathway) to provide a unique, iconic and pleasant coastal experience. The project contributes to the Auckland Plan outcomes for community belonging and participation, Māori identity and wellbeing, transport and access, and environment and cultural heritage. When completed, Te Whau Pathway will provide a direct benefit to 98,000 people in West Auckland and 17,487 students in 35 schools. As it is only 11.7 kilometres from the CBD, a 45-minute bike ride, it will also be of benefit to the greater Auckland community. Construction will generate 47 jobs per year on average over eight years. Other benefits of the pathway include: • improved access to the coast and Whau river banks, • better connectivity to existing community assets (including 35 schools and 33 parks), • support for alternative modes of transport, • greater environmental awareness and environmental, social, cultural and health benefits, and • the potential for economic benefits from the pathway as a tourist attraction. Te Whau Pathway has been granted a resource consent for Sections Two and Five. The other sections are under appeal to the Environment Court. Auckland Council in partnership with the Whau Coastal Walkway will be carrying out community consultation on the design aspects of the pathway through workshops and pop-up events during June/July 2021. Details will be published on the web https://tewhaupathway. org.nz/ and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ TeWhauPathway/ – Tony Miguel

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Keeping it fun, local and affordable –sailing at French Bay Hamish Hall-Smith started sailing at French Bay Yacht Club at the tender age of five. Now he is the club’s head coach, leading the way for a new generation of young sailors with a focus on keeping it fun, affordable and local. “My earliest memory of sailing was the sound of the water lapping on the plywood hull and the boat rolling around in unexpected ways,” says Hamish, who sailed with his Dad – former club commodore Matt Hall-Smith aboard Snorter until he was big enough for an Optimist dinghy. He recalls that it was a cheap wooden Optimist – inexpensive but great fun. He discovered he had a talent for racing and progressed through the youth classes, all the time training and racing with French Bay Yacht Club, and becoming the youngest sailor ever to win a national title in the 3.7 skiff and then the J14 class. He went on to design and build a prototype R Class foiling boat, and then ventured into the A-Class, racing alongside the likes of America’s Cup legends Glenn Ashby and Pete Burling. As for many others, Covid-19 changed his plans and he had to find sailing-related opportunities close to home in order to take up study at Auckland University. But the chance to take the coaching position at French Bay Yacht Club was also an opportunity to give back, and to shape the club’s culture and its place as a local sailing club. “I think local sport in general is feeling the squeeze as clubs are more being treated as a launchpad rather than a destination, which is not sustainable for either clubs

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Construction of the replacement public toilets in Titirangi Village is closer to starting following recent resource consent hearings. According to Auckland Council’s John Cranfield the resource consent hearing for the Titirangi toilet block was adjourned following a request from the chair for a revised set of plans, incorporating some of the suggestions made by the Al Titchener Family Trust. These plans (already being drafted) were subsequently provided and the hearing was closed in late April. The resource consent application for the toilets has now been granted with conditions. These conditions require measures to protect the notable rimu tree, implementation of the landscape design as approved within the next planting season and that the new/

and kids. We’re actively trying to reverse this process at FBYC, and we’re encouraging kids to realise that you are not missing out by sailing local, in fact you get a more communal, accessible and affordable experience. FBYC is very special in this way. For me it’s the stuff that happy childhoods are made of – my hope is that these experiences will make sailing a sport for life for kids coming through, and French Bay a home for anyone who wants to join in.” Anyone of any age keen to sail at French Bay should visit www.frenchbay.org.nz. The club has waiting lists for upcoming learn to sail programmes but those with experience and their own boat are welcome to join at any time.

Hamish (right) coaching Eamon Withers in the action-packed 3.7 skiff. Eamon started sailing in the Optimist class with French Bay Yacht Club.

relocated bike racks and seating are installed within three months of the completion of the facility. Submitters who disagree with the decision, or parts of it now have an opportunity to file an appeal with the Environment Court within 15 working days of receiving the decision.

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The 60s and 70s: funky fashions revisited

Julie and Rex of Woodlands Park trying out costumes for a 70s-80s party at Titirangi RSA.

Titirangi Theatre’s Lynn Cottingham has seen some sights to behold in her 35 years (to date) as its wardrobe mistress and while her lips are sealed on specific questions about who, when and where, there’s a twinkle in her eye at some of her memories. Based at the Treasure House in Titirangi (in the car park behind Lopdell House) Lynn is like a charming, cheerful wizard presiding over all she surveys and no request phases her. Flappers’ frocks from the 1920s? “No problem.” Full attire for weddings? “We have a great range.” Animal costumes? “Large animals over here and children’s animals over there.” Outrageous sparkly stuff? “Plenty of that.” Then there are dresses, trousers, capes, leggings, shoes, boots, hair accessories, beads, wigs, scarves and belts by the hundreds to fit all shapes and sizes for women, men, kings, queens and children, and covering fashion periods from Elizabethan and Jacobean times when Shakespeare first produced and acted in his own plays. Lynn has designed and made many of the latter from sketches she has seen in books, including the laces, jewels and braids she’s created for on-stage performers at the theatre. She initially became involved when Vicki, her now adult daughter featured in a play as a teenager and needed an outfit. Usually costumes were hired and Lynn thought that was a waste of money so she made Vicki one – and has created or restyled hundreds of garments since then. (Over the years Vicki has continued wearing her mother’s costumes in Titirangi Theatre productions). “When we do a Shakespeare play, there could be 23 people in the cast and usually they have a couple of costumes each. They’ve all been made from scratch.

And yes, that does include the occasional codpiece,” she says. From those early days, Lynn suggested the theatre develop a wardrobe and get its costumes and accessories in order. “The idea was that every time we did a show, everyone had to bring something new to add to the wardrobe. Gradually, it just grew. “Around that time I was lucky enough to know a man in Henderson who’d had a costume shop for years and I’d done sewing for him. He gave us a lot of stuff from his shop when he retired. Much of it I had actually made.” Public access to everything in Lynn’s wonderful wardrobe has brought many a smile – and funds for the theatre – from a vast range of clients. Tears of laughter during ‘try-outs’ and fittings are not unknown. “The fun starts here if you’re going to a theme party or fancy dress event. The 60s and 70s are hugely popular, probably because the gear is so funky and perhaps some of the hirers are reliving good times they had back then,” says Lynn. “So 60s and 70s outfits are hot and 1920s art deco period costumes are in favour too. Some of those are so lovely.” It’s not just party-goers who favour costume attire either. Teachers are also good clients wanting outfits for special school events or costumed book weeks. “All shapes. All sizes. I take things in and let them out again. If they get damaged, we repair them, and most things are hand-washed after use, including the wigs. Only things like men’s wedding garments get drycleaned.” Lynn says she’s keen to promote the wardrobe’s selection of wedding attire. “We can do a budget wedding with nice bridal dresses and menswear including grey pants, waist coats and jackets and that may only cost $100. “We do ball gowns too and as we don’t use them for the theatre, we sell them for a very reasonable price. The mothers clap their hands because dressing a teen for a ball with all the add-ons like hair, makeup, limos and so on, costs a fortune.”

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The wardrobe doesn’t hold many items from the 1980s as they are easily and cheaply sourced in op shops. “We can be more selective now. When we first moved into the Treasure House it took us three months to sort it all out and we don’t want our racks jampacked. We’re lucky to have a heat pump that helps keep everything fresh,” says Lynn. Last year seven racks of clothing were culled in a public sale. “It was just fabulous. You name it, people bought it and everything went for $2 – $5. If our racks get too full, we’ll do it again.” The wardrobe at the Treasure House is open to the public on Wednesday (4-6pm), Friday (5-7pm) and Saturday (10am - noon) or contact the theatre at www.titirangitheatre.co.nz. – Moira Kennedy

Above: Titirangi Theatre’s wardrobe mistress, Lynn Cottingham. Below: Masks and more for the kids ...

Titirangi Theatre was established in 1935 by local Ethelwynn Geddes and was part of the Country Women’s Institute based in the MacAndrew Hall in Titirangi Road. Current president, Phoebe Falconer (right), says it developed a strong following when men went off to WWII. “The women were bored so Ethelwynn thought she’d give them something to do, reading and putting on little plays. It grew as other women heard about it, and then the men came home and wanted to join in. “When I joined in the early 1980s we were based at Titirangi Beach Hall and we had some spectacular evenings. A group of bikies came down one night while we were performing Shakespeare outside with lights hanging from the trees. We told them to ‘shush’ and when they asked if they could stay and watch, of course we said ‘yes.’ They tiptoed their bikes around, parked and just sat there watching. They were enthralled. It was absolutely beautiful. “We moved into Lopdell House at the beginning of 1986 and then went to space in Portage Road for about four years when the refurbishment and earthquake strengthening took place. We returned to Lopdell House when that was completed. “We have about 120 members and we’re always looking for more. We still do four productions a year, Covid permitting, including this year’s pantomime Jack and the Giant Kauri Tree”

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application the board’s concern is that the risk of spreading kauri dieback through the valley is far too high and the potential consequences catastrophic. The local board remains opposed to the application. In fact, based on the expert evidence our opposition is now more determined.”

You would normally think that an application to construct a treatment plant on Watercare land that has a designation Council’s planners reached the The Waitākere Ranges Local Board Future West team are (left to would be a slam dunk. same conclusion. In documents right) Mark Allen, Saffron Toms, Sandra Coney and Greg Presland. filed near the conclusion of the But the site is covered by a significant ecological overlay and this has complicated hearing the planner involved said this: matters. And the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area Act means that the commissioners have to treat the area with care.

The basic problem with the application is that the huge amount of earthworks that is required will accelerate the spread of kauri dieback. Water trickling down broken up soil is the best way to achieve its spread. To stop the spread would require a rather large structure resembling a moat. And the area downstream is home to some of the most significant groves of kauri in the region. When I presented to the Commissioners on behalf of the local board my concluding comment to the hearing was this: “In assessing the merits of this

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“I consider that the adverse effects associated with kauri dieback are potentially very significant, and extend beyond the project footprint into the surrounding catchment, in a manner in direct contravention of the Biosecurity Act.” The planner involved was very conscious of the regional importance of the plant but decided to change his initial recommendation of a grant subject to conditions, to a decline. The Commissioners are now considering the evidence. A decision is due shortly. I suspect that it will be close. – Greg Presland Advertisement

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The West Coast Gallery in Piha: ‘the little engine that could’.

Multimedia artist Eliza Donald has taken on the role of gallery assistant.

I often think of the West Coast Gallery as ‘the little engine that could’. It has both survived and thrived through challenging times – not the least being our past Covid year. But it has all the constituents for longevity; strong local support, both community and artists, great ‘arts nous’ and it sticks to its knitting. Too many metaphors I know, but I really get the joy that it brings to West Coast residents and the many thousands of visitors that are drawn to the magnificent landscape, black sands and rolling surf. The gallery is perfectly positioned to catch the endless trail of summer visitors to Piha – and the work on display includes everything from craft to fine art and the quality ranges from good to exceptional. This is reflected in the quite remarkable sales figures that the gallery achieves; significantly contributing to the arts economy of the area – two and a half million dollars in gross sales over its 21 year history. It’s a potent mix; visitors in a relaxed mood and desirable artworks asking for a home. There’s a new face at the gallery. Piha local Eliza Donald has recently taken on the role of gallery

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assistant. Eliza is a multimedia artist with a focus on applied art. London-born, she moved to Aotearoa at a young age where she was raised and educated. There were several years abroad in both Australia and widerEurope where she worked as an art educator as well as in theatre and television. Eliza has exhibited locally and internationally in Zurich, London and Barcelona. She paints and sculpts from a studio at the Corban Estate Arts Centre and works from time to time redesigning children’s playgrounds and parks, drawing on the arts, cultural history and biodiversity; enhancing literacy, maths and science in the natural environment. Eliza comes from a family rich in the arts and sciences. Her mother is highly regarded South Island ceramic artist Gennie de Lange and in her childhood she was exposed to many influential creatives; Barry Brickell and other amazing potters, silversmith Kobi Bossard, poet Micheal Harlow and composer Kit Powell. Her years at Dunedin Polytechnic brought her into contact with the work of artists Jeffrey Harris and Ralph Hotere. Eliza will bring that wide background to her work at the gallery. It’s so often the conversations that visitors have with assistants when looking at artwork that deepens their experience and understanding of the artist’s intent. Stop Press: Over the years, the passionate band of West Coast Gallery trustees and supporters have designed and delivered many arts events and courses; but right now the trust has finally got the lease of the old school house next to the gallery, which means they have a home for classes and community gigs. I can testify to the tenacity and patience it will have taken to get this through Council. They have been lobbying for the school house since 2003 – originally with the Department of Education, then West Auckland intermediate schools, then Council and the Waitākere Ranges Local Board. My experience is that the support of this board is often a clincher; the elected members really understand, and are passionate about, the arts and heritage. There will be a Celebration and Community Day on Sunday, June 13, 12-3pm. All welcome.

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Another story of tenacity! Maurice Shadbolt’s house was purchased by Waitākere City Council in 2004. There were a couple of diversions which delayed the establishment of a writers’ residency there; something

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that was keenly desired by his family and supported by the then council. At amalgamation all assets were transferred to the new Auckland Council – and here the saga begins (no blame attached). The bringing together of a creative concept and bureaucratic processes is always complex. (See the school house journey above.) Again, without the support of the local board and the unrelenting lobbying of the Going West Trust*, it would long have been consigned to history. And that would have been a tragedy. The recently published second volume of Philip Temple’s biography of Maurice Shadbolt charts the extraordinary story of this, one of our most prolific and loved writers, and his continuous attachment over 40 years to his home in Arapito Road. Yes, it was the setting for four marriages and other liaisons; where his children had a home; where he fished from the bottom of the garden; where he had good times and bad; but it was more importantly the base from which he wrote almost his entire canon of work. Success is now within reach. Auckland Council is close to completing some base-line work on the house before establishing an ‘agreement to lease’ with the Going West Trust. This will allow the trust to raise funds to make further improvements and to start, yet again, on a plan for a future writers’ residency programme. It’s interesting to contemplate how that might now, in a post-Covid era, play out. There’s no doubt that the arts world, including the literary sector, has changed. Creatives are a litmus test of our hopes, fears, anxieties, expectations. What writers may want now is likely to be different to what was current 10 years ago. The online world impacts. Multi-disciplinary collaborations are possible. Maurice Shadbolt was an innovator; he tackled our collective history in a way that was ground-breaking and grew an audience of readers who were enriched by his storytelling. Maybe waiting this long was meant to be. For certain the Going West Trust is talking about how we can honour that history of innovation and create opportunities for new expressions of our ancient legacy of ‘tales told around a fire’.

The 2021 Library Village Art Amble begins on Friday June 25 with an opening at Titirangi Library from 6pm. The show runs to Saturday July 3 and provides a perfect opportunity to engage with paintings by local artists and indulge in food and coffee during an “Amble” in and around the Village. This exhibition’s main base is at the Titirangi Library where the trail starts and where the trail map can be collected. Titirangi is renowned for its artists and artisans and this initiative is to celebrate the coming together of art and the written word – two passions our community shares. The artists involved in this collaboration are Jill Perrott, Ted Kindleysides, Ilsa Posmyk, Verity Kindleysides, Nicki Price, Rachel Mooney, Jasmin Canuel, Christian Nicholson and Mandy Patmore. Pictured above (left to right, back row) are artists Rachel Mooney and Ted Kindleysides with library manager Helen Kerrigan and staff Claire Paterson, Christine Carter, and Debra Comber. In the front are artists Verity Kindleysides and Jill Perrott.

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An update from Lopdell Precinct Titirangi’s Lopdell Precinct has become an important community facility. In addition to the ‘Treasure House’ (now housing Titirangi Theatre’s wardrobe) and Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery, the restored Lopdell House has become a community hub with its rooftop patio, commercial offices and businesses on the second floor, the Upstairs Gallery, seminar rooms and more offices on the first floor, the Deco Restaurant on the ground floor and the theatre in the basement.

Anna Doran-Read, the new manager of Lopdell Precinct.

An annual film festival and the Christmas market have become two of the most successful events held at the precinct. Both were established by previous Precinct manager Jolie Hutchings. Anna Doran-Read has taken over the role as manager and having had just a few weeks to settle in she is now working with Jolie and Robin Kewell (who runs Flicks) to put the final pieces in place for the 2021 Lopdell Film Festival which runs from June 23 – 26. Anna’s past experience will certainly be drawn upon running things at the Lopdell precinct. She studied art at university and then went to work at Corban Estate. A Peggy Guggenheim internship took her to Venice in 2013 and from there she went to London for five and a half years working mainly in construction. Most recently Anna worked at Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland Museum, where she project managed two significant public art

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installations as part of the museum’s redevelopment. Anna is available on 817 2583 to answer any enquiries about Lopdell Precinct. In addition to Deco and Upstairs Gallery, two of the better known organisations to use the Precinct are Titirangi Theatre (see next page) and Flicks Cinema Titirangi. 2021 has been a record breaking one so far for Flicks with very high audience numbers. Over 700 people have attended film showings this year. The season started with Bellbird, a New Zealand film that seems to have flown past most New Zealand cinemas without notice. It is a very touching and sensitively acted gem of a film. This was followed by two powerful films that continue to collect awards worldwide, The Father starring the amazing Anthony Hopkins alongside Olivia Colman followed by The Painter and the Thief, a documentary from Norway that had the power and strength of a full Hitchcockian drama. The Father sold out a week before it was to be screened and an extra screening had to be organised the following night for those who had not booked or bought tickets in advance. “It has been a remarkable year for New Zealand cinema considering that cinemas in other countries are only just able to open after over a year of lockdowns,” says Flicks’ co-ordinator, Robin Kewell. “It is a real privilege to be able to share some of the best films and have such a loyal following, The next treat for the community is the Lopdell film festival. All the films are booked and the programme will be available soon.”

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This year’s film festival will open on Wednesday June 23 with live music from local group Hoop followed by the Oscar winning feature film Minari. Other films booked include High Ground, James and Isey, Summerland, Nomadland, Lucky Grandma, Amazonia, Two by Two-Overboard, The Pinkies are Back, and Percy v Goliath. The festival will end on the Saturday night with the classic Death in Venice, almost 50 years to the day since it was released. The full programme is available at www.flickscinema. weebly.com and https://lopdellprecinct.org.nz. Tickets will be available from eventfinda.co.nz and from the Titirangi pharmacy from early June. For more information phone 817 2583.

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on stage This theatre year looks like some sort of normal, in what passes for normality now. We got our first production of the year away in very uncertain times. On again, off again, small or large audiences – who knew? Lilicherie McGregor and her team made a heroic effort in getting The Plague to the stage, and what an excellent production it was. Heartfelt thanks to them all. We are now in rehearsal for The Farm (we like short titles for our plays, they fit nicely on the billboards…) Written by New Zealand playwright David Geary, The Farm is the story of a farmer and his wife about to lose the family farm and probably their marriage until a couple of Russian cycling tourists collide with a run-away steer and find themselves having an unscheduled kiwi “farm-stay”. It soon transpires that this lycra-clad pair are looking for more than fresh air and beautiful scenery, and Jim might be the answer to their prayers. Goats, ostriches, borscht and vodka combine in a hilarious comedy, directed by Kerynn Walsh. The cast comprises Ross Brannigan, Vicki Cottingham, Olive Pownall and newcomer Daria Erastova, a very able foursome. The season for The Farm runs from June 8-19, 2021. Bookings can be made online at www.titirangitheatre.co.nz This year, for the first time in ages, we are happy to announce a season of two one-act plays, to hit the stage in September. Both plays, to be directed by Graeme Heap, will provide opportunities for new and experienced actors and stage crew. Come along to auditions (date to be decided, but probably late June) to discover what Titirangi Theatre can offer you, and what you can give in return. Phone Graeme on 0211 577 652 or email him on graemepheap@gmail.com for more information. And don’t forget to watch out for news of our pantomime, Jack and the Giant Kauri Tree, scheduled to hit your favourite theatre in November. We are delighted that our wardrobe is open for all your fancy dress needs. Wednesday 4-6pm, Friday 5-7pm, and Saturdays 10am to midday. And keep an eye on our website www.titirangitheatre.co.nz for upcoming events, plays, auditions, stories and pictures. – Phoebe Falconer

letter Dear Sir While leaving the very full Titirangi Library Hall oneway car park in April, I was confronted at a blind spot by the library by a driver who had entered the car park from the right. Needless to say, we almost collided. Alas, the driver did not appear to see the problem. May I remind people that in New Zealand we drive on the left, we enter car parks and one way systems on the left and it is normal to keep to the left on footpaths. Perhaps some signs may help those who are confused. There are consequences to not doing so as numerous accidents where people have been killed and injured by road vehicles attest. As more moving wheels such as bikes and mobility scooters share our footpaths the risks increase. Remember: drive on the left on the road, keep left when entering car parks and walk on the left on footpaths.

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w – September 12, Party in Piha – an exhibition of photographs by 97-year-old Titirangi photographer, Arne Loot, documenting the legendary full-moon beach parties that took place in Piha in the 1960s; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8070 – September 12, Māori moving image ki Te Uru, an exhibition of Māori artists working in moving image to portray the resilience and continuation of mātauranga Māori; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8070.


w 4 – July 18, Give a Kid a Blanket - Documented. Bernie Harfleet and Donna Turtle Sarten document a grassroots response to help kids and families living in cold and damp conditions in Aotearoa. Now in its sixth year, this social art project takes a creative approach to local challenges by bringing communities together and offering practical support. (Donations of new and excellent preloved blankets are welcome at the gallery.); Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mount Lebanon Lane, Henderson. Phone 838 4455. www. ceac.org.nz. 4 – July 18, Hiwa i te Rangi. Penny Howard (Te Mahurehure, Ngāpuhi, Irish and Scottish) explores narratives about finding her own cultural identity and a longing for whānau, whakapapa and tūrangawaewae within her Māori and European ancestry; Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mount Lebanon Lane, Henderson. Phone 838 4455. www. ceac.org.nz

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5 – August 29, She wants to go to her bedroom but she can’t be bothered, an ambitious retrospective exhibition looking at LIsa Walker’s 30-year career as a pioneer of contemporary jewellery. The exhibition spans two floors, accommodating over 250 pieces; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. PHone 817 8070.


5 – July 4, Celebrating Matariki with Sefton Rani; West Coast Gallery, Seaview Road, Piha. Phone 812 8029 www.westcoastgallery. co.nz


6, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732.


22, Titirangi U3A – meet interesting people 60-years and older; The Crossing, 30-40 Kaurilands Road, Glen Eden; 1pm. Contact 818 8809, 027 699 5480 or heathertanguay@slingshot.co.nz.


23, West Auckland Historical Society celebrates mid-winter with a Members’ Night. Anyone can talk for five minutes about an interesting heritage item; Waitākere Gardens Meeting Room, 15 Sel Peacock Drive, Henderson; 7pm. Email Fiona Drummond at fiona.drum@xtra. co.nz.


25, Glen Eden Combined Probus Club welcomes retirees for morning tea and guest speakers; Ceramco Park Function Centre, 120 Glendale Road, Kaurilands; 9.45am. Phone Brian Holt 838 5857.


25, Titirangi Folk Music Club presents Friday Folk, an informal gathering of musicians and singers; Titirangi Beach Hall, bottom of Titirangi Beach Road; 8pm; $5. www.titirangilivemusic.co.nz or text Cathy on 021 207 7289.


w 27, Titirangi Village Market: art, craft, produce and music; Titirangi War Memorial Hall; 10am-2pm. Contact Tess on tvm. manager@gmail.com or phone 022 631 9436.

july July 4, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732.


July 9, West Auckland Men’s Rebus Club, guest speaker and morning tea; Friendship Hall, 3063 Great North Road, New Lynn; 10am-12noon. Phone Laurie 820 2234.


July 9, Ladies’ Probus Club, fellowship, fun, speakers, and a monthly day trip; St John’s Hall, Te Atatū South; 9.45am-Noon. Phone Betty 09 832 0484.


w July 10, Artists from Waitākere Central Community Arts Council; West Coast Gallery, Seaview Road, Piha. Phone 812 8029 www. westcoastgallery.co.nz July 10, Titirangi Folk Music Club presents Sarita Murdoch, floor singers in the first half; Titirangi Beach Hall, bottom of Titirangi Beach Road; 8pm; $12, $8 for members, under 18 free. www. titirangilivemusic.co.nz or text Cathy on 021 207 7289.




9, Waitakere Grey Power Annual General Meeting with guest speaker Michael Barnett, CEO Auckland Business Chamber; Te Atatū South Community Centre, 247 Edmonton Rd, Te Atatū South; 1.00pm. Phone 838 5207.



11, West Auckland Men’s Rebus Club, guest speaker and morning tea; Friendship Hall, 3063 Great North Road, New Lynn; 10am-12noon. Phone Laurie 820 2234.


11, 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.


12, Titirangi Folk Music Club presents Sadie and Jay, floor singers in the first half; Titirangi Beach Hall, bottom of Titirangi Beach Road; 8pm; $12, $8 for members, under 18 free. www.titirangilivemusic. co.nz or text Cathy on 021 207 7289.


15, SeniorNet West Auckland, speaker, morning tea and chatting about computers; Kelston Community Centre; 10am. Phone June 021 179 3635.


8, 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 gary@ snofam.co.nz.

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17, Waitakere Forest and Bird presents Rapid sea level rise in the past and the future, a talk by Thomas Stolberger, University of Auckland; Kelston Community Centre, corner Awaroa and Great North Roads; 7.30 pm; Koha appreciated. Phone Liz 027 476 2732 or email lizanstey@hotmail.com.


21, Henderson Falls Combined Friendship Club – fun, friendship and fellowship with monthly speakers and frequent outings; Henderson



Bowling Club, 2/20 Alderman Drive, Henderson; 10am-noon. Contact Fern 416 0004 or 027 472 0378.

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July 13, West Auckland Historical Society Family History Group meeting; Henderson Central Library West Auckland Research Centre; 10-11.30am. Phone Gary Snow 832 5098, 021 618 434 or email gary@ snofam.co.nz. July 18, Antiques, collectables and Crafts Fair (proceeds go towards upkeep of Armanesco House); Blockhouse Bay Community Centre, 524 Blockhouse Bay Road; 9.30am-2pm; $2 entry fee. Phone 445 1227 July 19, Henderson Falls Combined Friendship Club – fun, friendship and fellowship with monthly speakers and frequent outings; Henderson Bowling Club, 2/20 Alderman Drive, Henderson; 10am-noon. Contact Fern 416 0004 or 027 472 0378. July 20, SeniorNet West Auckland, speaker, morning tea and chatting about computers; Kelston Community Centre; 10am. Phone June 021 179 3635. July 23, Glen Eden Combined Probus Club welcomes retirees for morning tea and guest speakers; Ceramco Park Function Centre, 120 Glendale Road, Kaurilands; 9.45am. Phone Brian Holt 838 5857. July 23, Titirangi Folk Music Club presents Friday Folk, an informal gathering of musicians and singers; Titirangi Beach Hall, bottom of Titirangi Beach Road; 8pm; $5. www.titirangilivemusic.co.nz or text Cathy on 021 207 7289.


July 25, Titirangi Village Market: art, craft, produce and music; Titirangi War Memorial Hall; 10am-2pm. Contact Tess on tvm. manager@gmail.com or phone 022 631 9436.


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• Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mount Lebanon Lane, Henderson; 10am-4.30pm daily. 838 4455, www.ceac.org.nz.

• EcoMatters Environment Trust, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn; Wednesday – Sunday, 10am-2pm. 826 4276, info@ecomatters.org.nz.

• Flicks cinema, Titirangi Theatre, Lopdell House. 818 2489, www.flickscinema.weebly.com. • Kelston Community Centre, corner of Awaroa and Great North Roads, Kelston. • McCahon House Museum , 67 Otitori Bay Road, Titirangi; Wednesday – Sunday, 1-4pm, except public holidays. 817 6148, mccahon@mccahonhouse.org.nz.

• Playhouse Theatre, 15 Glendale Road, Glen Eden. 818 5751. • Te Toi Uku – Clay Works, 8 Ambrico Place, New Lynn; Wednesday – Friday, 10am-4pm, Saturday 10am-3pm. Phone 827 7349, www.portageceramicstrust.org.nz.

• Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery, 420 Titirangi Road, Titirangi; Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-4.30pm. 817 8087, info@teuru.org.nz.

• Titirangi Theatre, Titirangi Theatre, Lopdell House; Titirangi. 817 5812, infoline 817 5951, www.titirangitheatre.co.nz.

• Upstairs Gallery, Level 1, Lopdell House, 418 Titirangi Road; Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-4pm, except public holidays. 817 4278, www.upstairs.org.nz.

• West Coast Gallery, Seaview Road, Piha; Thursday/Friday, 11am-3pm; Saturday/Sunday, 10am-4pm. 812 8029, www.westcoastgallery.co.nz.

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At the Libraries


Titirangi Library

Poetry has always been a vehicle for the development of a culture of peace ... Visit Glen Eden Library and write your message to a loved one or send your wish to Hiwa i te rangi, the wishing star ... Whau Heritage Stories: Missing gun from a New Lynn church hall ...

Titirangi Library will be joining the We Read Auckland – Ka Pānui Tātau i Tāmaki Makaurau celebrations with three events in early June: Wednesday June 2, 10.00-10.30am – Storytime fun and craft activity with author Dorothy Laing and her picture book What noise does a giraffe make? Thursday June 3, 3.30-4.30pm – Tracey Waller, founder of Diverse Kids, will present a talk designed to give parents of dyslexic children the tools to turn their differences into strengths. Children are welcome to attend with parents. Thursday June 10, 10.00am – A special story telling session with Kate Parker, author of Kōwhai and the Giants. Kate’s debut picture book will captivate children and adults alike following Kōwhai as she discovers a tiny seed’s hope to build a forest. The story is accompanied by 10 beautifully designed light boxes that follow Kōwhai’s journey and can be seen on display at Titirangi Library during the We Read Auckland celebrations.

Saturday June 19, 2-4pm – Over the last few weeks, nearly 2000 people have been killed or have disappeared in public demonstrations and rallies against corrupt government practices and punitive new tax laws in Colombia. Poetry has always been a vehicle for the development of a culture of peace in Colombia. Ron and Saray Riddell and other friends continue this tradition in Titirangi Library, through the sharing of poetry in Spanish and English, centred on the themes of peace and peaceful dialogue for just and positive change. All welcome. Saturday June 26 to Saturday July 3 – After last year’s popular exhibition, the Titirangi Art Amble is back with nine artists – all local and super-talented – curated by Jill Perrott. You can view art for sale at the library and collect your Village Amble map that will lead you to further art in Village shops and eateries. The opening night is Friday June 25, 6 -7pm, and the exhibition runs for a week during normal library opening hours.

Glen Eden Library

Tuesday June 1, 3.30-5pm – Creative writing session for adults with award winning author Melinda Szymanik. This workshop will discuss how to create compelling characters, organise your ideas and experiences into gripping plots, and shape them both into engaging stories. A We Read Auckland event. All welcome. Wednesday June 2, 10.00am – Traditional Samoan songs and dance presented by Kelston Intermediate School Samoan bi-lingual classes in celebration of Samoan Language Week. All welcome. Wednesday June 2, 10.30-11.30am – the Book Chat group meets in the library’s meeting room. Everyone is welcome to share what they’ve been reading. Wednesdays June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 10:30am – Pasifika Beatz, a Pasifika cultural music session delivered by Plunket. A fun filled session for kids under five. Wednesday June 2, 3.30pm – Whanau Kahoot! We Discover Glen Eden, a fun, interactive online game that helps you discover more about Glen Eden and beyond. A We Read Auckland event. Thursday 3rd June, 10.30am – Special Rhyme Time with guest author Joan Joass. A We Read Auckland event.


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Friday June 11, 3.30-5pm – Kids Movie Time, a movie session, popcorn and a paper craft session. Saturday June 19, 10am-1pm – Ahi Kaa. Visit the library and write your message to a loved one or send your wish to Hiwa i te rangi, the wishing star. Sing the waiata Maumahara with Te Wharekura o Hoani Waititi students – the lyrics are on the Matariki Festival Facebook page and website. Enjoy hākinakina (games and sports), poi-making, a guided walk on rongoā (traditional Māori healing) and live music by Junelle Kunin, Naughty Natives and Riki Bennett. Regular library programmes include Rhymetime, Thursdays, 10.30-11am; Wriggle and Rhyme, Fridays, 11-11.30am, and Lego Club, Saturdays 2.30-3.30pm. Every Wednesday, 1-3pm, Whau Ace Adult and Community Education offer free support and advice in the library. The drop-in session covers preparing a CV, career guidance, job search, online job applications, and cover letters. Tea, coffee, and biscuits provided.

New Lynn Library

Mondays, 4-5pm – Kids Knitting: learn to knit with the library’s expert knitters. Bring along your own project or start a new one. Ages 8 and older. Tuesdays, 4-5pm – How Tuesday: Craft, design, create, and try something new. Ages 5 and older. Thursday June 3, 4-5pm – Redesign Book Covers: Redesign your favourite book cover, using digital medium, collage, or any other art form you feel like using. Ages 14 and over. Thursdays, 1-2.30pm – Beginners te reo Māori class: a chance to come together and build confidence in speaking te reo Māori in a relaxed and supportive environment. Tuesdays 1, 15, and 29, 10-11am – Te Reo Playgroup, a community-led playgroup focused on speaking te reo Māori. Join in and help make it happen. Tuesdays June 8 and 22, 10-11am – Huinga Kōrero: join library staff for a relaxed cuppa, bikkie and chat in te reo Māori. All levels welcome with a commitment to stay in te reo Māori as much as possible with support from the group. Fluent speakers most welcome to come and tautoko. Friday June 11, 6-7pm – Poetry Slam: celebrate We Read Auckland with an open mic night at the library. Bring along your favourite New Zealand poem or your own original work to read in the library. Enjoy a hot drink and an evening snack. Register with library staff or email newlynn.library@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz. Sunday June 13, 2pm – Whau Heritage Stories: Missing gun from a New Lynn church hall. Join Lisa Truttman as she discusses the1934 theft of a Vickers machine gun, the news that gripped a nation, and where and how it was eventually recovered. New Lynn library meeting room. Bookings required: newlynn. library@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or talk to library staff. Wednesday June 16, 11-12pm – Book Lovers Club: meet new friends and discuss your latest favourite reads. Friday June 25, 4-5pm – Lego Build Session. Ages 5 and older. New Lynn Library has also launched a Samoan Conversation Group. Check its Facebook page for details.

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Support that suits you at Pinesong

You can enjoy life without the day-to-day stress of daily living at Pinesong’s serviced apartments. Whether it’s meal preparation, medication, laundry, or cleaning, assisted living services provide that bit of extra support. For Pinesong resident June Jones, it also offers some peace and quiet. June has lived in a serviced apartment for six years, and at 91-years-old, still swims and exercises every day. She lives independently, with a bit of extra support with meal preparation. “It’s just given me more time to have a bit of peace and quiet. To not have to worry about food. That’s a big thing,” June says. June says she’s grateful to have the option of support when and where she needs it. “It’s the freedom to choose how I live my life. My time is my own.” At Pinesong there is an enthusiastic community of well-known local artists, gardeners, craftspeople and sports people who love connecting and appreciate the finer things in life. Pinesong’s new care service manager, Pauline Southgate, supports residents living in serviced apartments, along with long-standing Pinesong staff.

“They’re still living independently,” she says. “They just have a higher level of support than other people in the village. Some of our serviced apartment residents continue with activities outside the village, others utilise the service available on-site like activity sessions, the hairdresser, or physiotherapist.” Pinesong offers luxury retirement lifestyle, set on eight hectares of stunning grounds with 180-degree views across the magnificent Manukau Harbour. “Village living at its finest, this is a place you can wake up to the sound of birdsong and immerse yourself in a unique blend of upmarket living and a ‘get away from it all’ lifestyle,” she says. The village offers accommodation options which range from 1, 2 and 3-bedroom independent living villas and apartments, serviced apartments through to care facilities. With care home and hospital level of care provided, Pinesong residents have the peace of mind that there’s care if it’s ever needed. Residents and their families are encouraged to tailor the level of care they would want, or not want, to suit their level of wellbeing or comfort.

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Water supply and dam levels

Nominations are now open for the 2021 Tāmaki Makarau Zero Waste Awards. The awards recognise individuals, groups, schools, businesses and organisations which are helping to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. “There are so many people across Tāmaki Makaurau finding creative ways to reduce waste in their local communities whose stories need to be heard,” says Councillor Richard Hills, chair of the Environment and Climate Change Committee. “Celebrating these people and organisations and their mahi helps inspire others to try new things. It will take all of us to meet Auckland’s target of being zero waste by 2040.” The five award categories are Rangatahi Leadership, Growing the Movement, Community Collaboration, Cultural Connection, and Innovation. This year’s awards are being hosted by EcoMatters Environment Trust, and nominations are open until June 30. Visit at ecomatters.org.nz/zerowasteawards.

At May 20 dam levels are at 50.11%. At this time of the year, they are normally at 76.8%. The Waitākere Dam levels are as follows: • Waitakere Dam: 48% • Upper Nihotupu Dam: 40% • Lower Nihotupu Dam: 39% • Upper Huia: 36% • Lower Huia: 45% While recent rain has helped raise dam levels, much more is required. Weather forecasts indicate normal winter rain levels. Since water restrictions began in May last year, Aucklanders have saved almost 17 billion litres of water. The daily demand target for May is 430 million litres per day. Current consumption is 404 million litres (rolling seven-day average). Note: Stage one water restrictions remain in place – hand-held hoses and water blasters must have a trigger nozzle.

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Water Treatment Plant, Titirangi, 1930. Photographer unknown: Print Collection. Auckland Libraries Research West Originally built in 1928, the Huia water treatment plant was extended in the 1940s and again in the 1970s and was one of the four largest water treatment plants in New Zealand, supplying 25% of Auckland’s peak demand for water. A $14 million upgrade took place in 2004. More information is available at https://kura.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz/digital/collection/akldpeople/search/searchterm/huia%20water%20treatment%20plant.

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‘There are people in your life that 100% believe in you.’ Born and bred in Te Tai Tokerau (Northland), Gibson (Gibz) Harris made his move to Auckland in 2009 to study music, though he had never intended to become a musician. “Growing up, I had two of the world’s greatest guitar players in my family and it seemed impossible to ever be that good!“ That concern is past and Gibz now sings alongside his Dad in their band Chemamari, based in Kaitaia. “We have been together for seven years now and play RnB, funk, right through to country. The other group I am a part of is a duo called Tonez and Gibz. Tony O’Rourke and I started an acoustic duo not long after we both graduated from the Excel School of Performing Arts. We started making YouTube videos because we were bored and we’ve accomplished some amazing personal milestones together since then. Our mission statement has always been ‘to build a platform to inspire youth’ and I feel like we have been true to that.” A further year of study at MAINZ led Gibz to SAE to learn audio engineering. “It was challenging as I had no idea that there was so much maths involved in producing music. But it prepared me to be able to record my own music and that of others to a professional standard.” Gibz now teaches music at Zeal West Auckland, a space providing events, creative programmes, workshops, crisis intervention and more for young people across five centres in Te Ika-a-Māui (the North Island). “Before I started at Zeal I used their facilities a lot for practice and studio work so when I heard there was an opportunity to teach I jumped at it. Zeal is the embodiment of all my passions rolled into one. It’s just a great place to meet new people and hang out, and is something a lot of us wish we had growing up. “In my classes we teach the basic theory of the student’s chosen instrument, apply that theory to performance and take this new knowledge into the studio to make a recording they can take home. We provide a foundation that makes it possible for students to pursue many different opportunities in the future. We are very fortunate to have a group of staff who are well connected in the creative industries and who are always willing to go above and beyond to help individuals who are passionate about achieving their dreams.” As well as delivering Zeal programmes, Gibz says the connection with rangatahi (youth) is equally as important. “The service you provide is more than the

title of your course. Sometimes a student just needs to talk to someone before they can even decide to learn. It’s so rewarding to remember that we offer that.” In addition to his work at Zeal, Gibz is involved in two other projects. “The first is a second season of the stage show Maui run by the dance company Freshmans. We tell the stories and legends of Maui through a mix of contemporary and traditional dance and music. The second project is Autaia Haka Tapere run by a company called Hawaiki Tu, eight talented Māori artists specialising in haka theatre (kapa haka, Māori dance, and theatre). They have come together to help three kura kaupapa (Māori schools) in the Auckland region to produce a 20-30 minute haka theatre piece of their own to showcase at Auckland Town Hall.” Inspired by people and ideas that extend beyond the square, Gibz’s musical influences include Prince, Stevie Wonder, Pharell Williams, and film composer Hans Zimmer. Closer to home it was an Adeaze gig that flicked a light on. “My Dad took me to a concert that Adeaze put on in my home town of Kerikeri, and while we were sitting in the crowd I turned to Dad and said ‘I want to be like them one day’. Fast forward to 2010 – I was doing a small fundraiser show in South Auckland and the final act was Adeaze. I had to call my Dad and tell him where I was and what I was doing. He wasn’t surprised and had never doubted me. “That memory always lingers with me and reminds me that even when I don’t know if I can do something there are people in your life that 100% believe in you.” Apalogue (meaning a short moral fable, especially one with animals as characters) is the title of Gibz’s second album “I wanted to write an album about my favourite fairytale stories and characters, and what they would look like now in the real world. It’s been lots fun and FRINGEADLTD.pdf 1 of15/11/16 I’m hoping to release it at the end of the year.”

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Introducing Bird Rescue Green Bay

Dr Lynn Miller: “We really have our hands full ...”

Releasing Cook’s petrels at a private bird sanctuary on Ihumoana Island at Bethells Beach.

Bird Rescue is a charitable trust, operating from a large property next door to Pinesong Retirement Village in Green Bay. The trust aims to rehabilitate injured birds and release them back into the wild. The trust’s founding group of local residents had been caring for birds in their own homes until the property was bequeathed to them by bird enthusiast Jocelyn Grattan in 1985. The centre now incorporates a bird hospital, a rehabilitation centre and other facilities. The hospital was established in 2009 and has been expanded from just one room in the on-site house to a full professional hospital over the past two years. It now includes a laboratory, two nurseries (one for native birds and one for non-natives), spaces for cleaning and waterproofing birds, a volunteer lunch room and offices. Outside there is a vet examination room and a sea bird enclosure, currently housing a couple of shags with fish hooks in their gullets. A black swan currently has a trough at its disposal with a drip rigged up for it, while it recovers from being hit by a car. The centre services the needs of sick and injured birds from across the Auckland area, with the help of volunteers. Dr Lynn Miller was appointed general manager in 2019. The centre assists thousands of birds each year, many being directly and indirectly related to human behaviour including victims of cat attacks, road accidents, water pollution (such as fishing line and nylon entanglements and botulism) or human cruelty. Lynn says that in 2020 the centre admitted 6,170 birds, a 20% increase on the year before, and 2021 has already been busy with 2,150 birds admitted. October to December are typically the busiest months but on just one day in April, 45 birds were released. They included juvenile tūī that had hit cars and windows, juvenile silver eyes hand-raised at the centre, orphaned black backed gulls (victims of human abuse, dog attacks and fish hooks) and a population of myna, starlings and sparrows (some juveniles raised at the centre and some the

result of cat attacks). Other birds released in April included a ruru, five banded rails, a black swan, eight mallards and a kererū, illustrating the diversity of species at the centre. April was also a busy month for Cook’s petrels with 40 being taken to the centre and 13 others being released all on one day. When flying from one coast to the other (east to west) at night, the city lights confuse juvenile petrels and they think roads are the sea. Once they land they become stranded (they need a cliff top or other high point to take off from), making them very vulnerable to dogs and cats. Eventually they can starve. The population of this species is decreasing and it is classified as vulnerable because of the limited areas for breeding. If you find a Cook’s petrel, do not feed it (they have a specific diet) but take it to the centre as soon as possible. “We have admitted 148 Cook’s petrels this year compared to 20 last year,“ says Lynn. “They are such beautiful wee birds and yet to help them, we really have our hands full with ensuring they are hydrated, fed and their water-proofing is spot on.” If you love birds, you would be warmly welcomed as a volunteer at Bird Rescue. Sought after skills include feeding injured and orphaned chicks, ground maintenance, cleaning and other general duties and building traps, wētā houses and enclosures. Email volunteer@birdrescue.org.nz to get involved. Other ways you can help the centre include donations of dry kitten food, chicken feed, eggs (hard boiled or fresh), frozen mixed veggies, kūmara, spinach, oranges, apples, berries, live and dried mealworms, frozen bloodworms, frozen Brine shrimp, toilet paper, paper towels, puppy pads and old newspapers. The centre would also like help fostering baby blackbirds, feral pigeons, thrushes, sparrows and starlings. Financial donations to care for sick, injured and abandoned birds are also welcome. The centre will be running a responder training workshop on June 17, 9.30am-4.30pm. “This full-day workshop emphasises human safety and humane management of the bird in trouble before they get to a vet or rehab facility. Our goal is to increase their chances of survival and to reduce suffering,” Lynn says. Visit https:// www.facebook.com/events/491539698704113/. The Bird Rescue Centre, 74 Avonleigh Road, Green Bay, is open seven days a week 8am-4.30pm.

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A Piha success story

A Pest free Piha (PfP) wasp control programme has reduced the level of common and German wasps by over 70% this autumn. Wasps are predators of insects and even small birds, and attack beehives. Some people are allergic to their stings, not to mention that they can spoil a good BBQ. If the site of a wasp nest is known, it can be easily dealt to with a proprietary powder obtainable from most hardware stores. But Merchento, a Nelson-based company, has developed Vespex bait in cooperation with the Department of Conservation. Wasps take the bait back to their nests, wherever these are. Usually the nest is wiped out overnight. Sadly, Vespex doesn’t kill paper wasps. Vespex is completely safe for bees – it is protein-based and used only when testing shows that the wasps have switched to a protein diet in late summer. Bees have no interest in collecting protein. Vespex was created to deal with wasps in South Island beech forests where they consume massive amounts of the honeydew that is the food of native birds, bats, insects and lizards. But it works just as effectively in the Waitākere Ranges, as PfP found in a pilot carried out in Te Ahuahu Rd in 2020. A similar exercise in Rayner Rd that year could not go ahead due to the Covid lockdown, but, success in the Te Ahuahu pilot encouraged a Pihawide control programme and funding was raised from The Trusts Community Foundation and the Lotteries Environment Fund. “This was a massive exercise for our community,” says PfP’s operations manager Peter Hosking. “But like all big jobs it was achieved by division into smaller tasks.” Volunteer coordinators were found for all but two of Piha’s roads (two coordinators for the longer ones). This was in line with the PfP road-by-road model (which encourages people to work with their neighbours in weeding bees and predator control, helped by a local coordinator). “What people have made together (a pest-free environment) they will be motivated to maintain,” says Peter.

Coordinators had to find enough properties to ensure full coverage of their road (about every third property) and erect bait stations in advance. PfP’s mailing list provided a good start, but coordinators had to knock on doors and do letterbox drops. A total of 366 bait stations were installed on properties across Piha roads. It was planned to do all the baiting over one weekend at the end of February and a start was made on the Saturday. But once again Covid intervened with a week-long lockdown from Sunday. Those who had planned to bait on Sunday had to wait a week, and then a day or two longer until suitable (sunny) weather returned. Then the bait had to be removed again after a week or so (it quickly loses effectiveness). “The coordinators did a fabulous job,” said Peter. “They had to cope with multiple complications but pulled it off in the end. Where ‘after’ tests were done, a knockdown rate of 72% was achieved despite the various challenges.” There was lots of anecdotal feedback that people had noticed a big drop in wasp numbers, though this was not universal and one road and some properties had to be re-baited. Peter is keen to repeat the exercise again, this time in coordination with the Auckland Council, as no bait stations were erected on the extensive parkland in and around Piha. This left gaps where there was no coverage from bait stations. Council has already indicated its willingness as it has been fielding health and safety complaints from its contractors who are encountering large numbers of wasps when doing weed and predator control. This may be a result of climate change. Warmer winters that mean more and more nests are overwintering, resulting in much larger nests the following season.

Peter Hosking: “What people have made together they will be motivated to maintain.” Photo by Wayne Laird.

A closed Vespex bait station. Photo by Peter Hosking.

A common wasp. Photo by Sid Mosdell.

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Staying warm this winter

In praise of wool

Whatever happened to wool carpet in New Zealand, the byproduct of one of our essential industries! Nadia Lim, the creator of My Food Bag, is also a sheep and crop farmer in Central Otago and recently wrote: “There’s so little demand for wool that we literally have tonnes of it sitting in our shed in bales. It must be an education and awareness thing, because if everyone was actually serious about wanting to be more sustainable, do you think as many of us would be wearing (synthetic, petroleum-based) acrylic jumpers and polar fleece, or that we’d put synthetic insulation and carpets in our homes? Imagine how much plastic (and toxic chemical) waste that generates.”

Wool Carpet in the Brake house, Titirangi. © Bremworth Ltd


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She’s got a valid point. In the United States, seven percent of non-compostable waste in landfill comes from synthetic carpets and rugs alone. Manufacturing a typical nylon-based carpet for a small two-bedroomed house requires the energy equivalent of 300 litres of petrol while synthetic fabrics leach micro-plastics into our waterways every time they’re washed. Most carpet isn’t sustainable with its synthetic fibres, glues, dyes, stain, fire, insect-resistant finishes and energy requirements. Wool carpet, however, uses a local natural resource and is biodegradable meaning it needn’t join the synthetic alternatives into landfill. For a hard-wearing flooring which helps create a warm, dry and healthy home, it has no equal. And of course we are supporting home-grown primary industries.

Wool carpet was the preferred option for flooring for many years but this had changed over the last 20 years as lower cost choices, including those made from plastic fibres, became available. Kiwi manufacturer Bremworth (formerly Cavalier Bremworth) has committed to phasing out synthetic fibre carpets which it says have “negative impacts on people’s health and the planet” in favour of wool and natural fibres to meet a growing demand from consumers wanting high quality, natural and sustainable products in their homes. Bremworth already recycles some commercial carpet and is looking into recycling residential carpet in the future. Visit https://bremworth.co.nz/wool-carpets. And if you are renovating and replacing your existing carpet, consider offering it on TradeMe or contacting local charities before you send it to landfill. Wool is also good for home insulation. Poorly insulated houses lead to many health issues such as asthma, bronchitis, rheumatic fever and infectious skin diseases. The structure of sheep wool fibre is 'hygroscopic', meaning it absorbs moisture and releases it in the form of vapour – helping to mitigate the risks of damp and condensation. Earthwool glasswool is available for underfloor, wall and ceiling insulation and is made using a combination of wool and up to 80% recycled glass and sand making it a great choice for environmentally conscious customers. It has no added formaldehyde and is based on renewable, bio-based materials instead of traditional petroleumbased chemicals. Another home-grown product, Terra Lana NZ Wool Blend, is sustainable ceiling insulation that keeps heat in, blocks out noise, is stable and long lasting and backed with a 50-year guarantee. The wool carpet and textile industry produce considerable yarn wastage. Terra Lana recycles this and blends it with polyester (for rigidity), sourced mainly from recycled PET bottles. Any wastage is returned into the blending process. There is government help available to insulate your home if your home is built before 2008, doesn’t have ceiling and underfloor insulation and you have a community services card or live in an area identified as low income. Funding could cover up to 90% of the cost of ceiling and underfloor insulation. Visit https://tools. eeca.govt.nz/warmer-kiwi-homes-tool/ to see if you are eligible.

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The Warmer Kiwi Homes tool can also tell you if you are eligible for up to 90% of the cost of installing fixed heaters (i.e. heat pump, wood or pellet burner, flued gas heater or central heating system) in your home. This government funding is capped at $3000 (including GST).

Heat pumps

An efficient heat pump that suits your home and climate is a seriously low carbon option. It can be costeffective to run, provides instant heat and tends to be more efficient than a wood burner at distributing the heat. Set the thermostat to above 18ºC (to combat damp and mould) but below 21ºC (to save power). Set it to ‘heating’ mode as ‘auto’ can make the heat pump waste energy by constantly changing between hot and cold. When it’s really cold, set the fan to ‘auto’. During heat pump season, clean the filter with a vacuum cleaner or warm water every couple of weeks. It can make a lot of difference.

Wood and pellet burners

Burners contribute carbon to the atmosphere so are a less eco-friendly option. However, a clean-burning, modern, wood burner makes the most of a plentiful, renewable biofuel. They use renewable wood energy and can be used for cooking and water heating and of course won’t let you down in a power cut. Only burn dry, untreated and unpainted wood from plantation forests like pine and gum. (Burning damp wood increases pollution.) Get the right amount of heat by using the right amount of fuel, rather than dampening the air control. Pellet burners have the advantage of using pellets made from 100% waste wood (sawdust and shavings).

The above illustration, telling the story of Tom Skeates, featured in the May Fringe and readers wanted to know more about this series of artworks. The Legends of the West artworks were commissioned by Waitākere City Council to tell the stories of the West. They were originally intended to prevent graffiti alongside Henderson Railway Station although they have since been relocated. Originally eight artists and illustrators were appointed to illustrate legendary stories from the West. Another five were added later. The legends were printed on a tough, washable plastic sheet material and have been installed in selected community centres around Waitākere, including a few at the Titirangi War Memorial Hall (including the Whatipu Dances panel, below). More of the images can be viewed at https://ehive.com/collections/7178/ objects/894973/legends-of-the-west-billboards.

Electric heaters

Electric heaters are a climate friendly option for smaller rooms such as bedrooms. They are cheap to buy, but can be more expensive to run than other options and are less effective. Assuming an electricity price of 25 cents/kWh, they cost six cents/hour for a 250W heater, 25 cents/hour for a 1000W and 60 cents/hour for a 2400W heater. Choose a heater with a higher wattage and a thermostat. You’ll get to a comfortable temperature quickly without wasting energy. Use a timer to warm the room before you need it – you can buy a separate timer plug. Put portable heaters on the cold side of the room or near a window – it helps to distribute the heat. If purchasing a heater, burner or heat pump (or any other household appliance), check its energy rating. Products with more stars on the label are more energy efficient – meaning lower running costs and lower energy consumption and emissions. Stay warm this winter, and be sure to bring wool back into your lives. Simply donning a woollen jersey and socks can greatly reduce the amount of heating you need in your homes.

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weather by the moon Ken Ring’s predictions for June June sees average rain, sunshine and temperatures. The second week is the driest with the most sunshine and is the best week for outdoor activities. The third is overall the wettest week, but most rain may fall at or near the 26th. Winds are expected to average from the southwest. Atmospheric pressures may be highest around the second week. They may average around 1017mbs for the month. For fishermen, the highest tides are around the 26th. The best fishing bitetimes in the west are around noon on the 8th-11th, and 23rd-25th. Chances are also good for around sunset of the 1st-3rd, 15th-18th, and 30th. For gardeners, pruning is best between the 1st-9th and 27th-30th (waning moon descending), and sowing is best between the 14th-24th (waxing moon ascending). For preserving and longer shelf-life, pick crops or flowers on neap tide days of the 4th and 18th. Allow 24 hour error for all forecasts. For future weather for any date, visit www. predictweather.com. © Ken Ring 2021. The Fringe JUNE 2021


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“Too much soft rabbit can give you the runs”

“I can smell apple dipped in cinnamon. I’ll be right back.”

Good day. I’m Alfred, nee Alfred from Alfreston. If you could see me you’d instantly recognise me as a possum. We were introduced so many generations ago that we have dropped the ‘O’ from our name. Opossum sounded as if we hobnobbed with lions. We do not consider ourselves above the native habitants of course. Not in the least bit. We are just trying to settle in and get along with our neighbours. As we aptly say. ‘there’s plenty of sweet tips to go round.’ I’m no longer from Alfreston incidentally. I’m now, Alfred from Waitākere. Here’s why. As is so often the case, Dad was right. For years he had tried to drum into our thick skulls, not to play on the road. “Especially at night!!” Of course this is made all the harder since we are nocturnal, but hey, his point was that possums are put under a spell by the hypnotic headlights of vehicles. Mum said that if this occurs we should immediately ‘freeze’ and ‘play human’. Anyway, as you have probably already guessed, early one evening, I was nipping across the road to have a nibble at the orchard, when, like the Manfred Mann song says, I was Blinded By The Light. All I remember was a huge thump, being tossed by the tail into the back of Whitevan and a man’s voice saying, “he’ll make a fine hat.” I awoke the next afternoon to the smell of hops and marijuana. I have eaten the Devil’s cabbage before so I knew the smell. Next, the squeak of the back door being opened. Like a flash I made my escape and have been living in the man’s roof ever since. He lives with a woman that smells of plums, or onions, and an old dog that smells of domestication and slavery. Perhaps creek water as well. For a dog, he’s not too bad. On occasion, we play ‘tag’ or go ‘grubbing’ if it’s a full moon. Oh, by the way, I do apologise for having to use a tape recorder and get one of my children to type this up but embarrassingly, I never learnt to read. Or write. Speaking of Joeys, I have three common wives and quite a few casual girlfriends. Wink, wink. At last count, between us, we have 409 offspring.

This number may double or triple if this wonderful feijoa season continues. Of course there are always millions of deliciously fresh kauri tips available. The pūriri berries have finished but the kererū will soon be laying eggs. Yum. Last night, we had a secret meeting that had been called by the sparrows. It was secret because the mynah birds repeat everything. The usual gang of tūī were there squabbling and hassling the black birds. Luckily the fantails weren’t. It may be just me, but whenever the fantails attend one of our meetings, someone dies a few days later ... The point of the meeting was that the sparrows thought the rats were increasing their numbers to the detriment of the mouse population. Usually my wife’s brother Jack would be the first on any point of business but he had been missing since he said to me, “I can smell apple dipped in cinnamon. I’ll be right back.” That was two nights ago. The second bit of business was brought up by Fred Owl (always a hoot). He had noticed a marked decline in feral cats and noted that their domestic cousins were thriving but not in the wild. It was suggested that perhaps it was a lack of eel in their diet. But since this was suggested by Pauleen the hedgehog it was just too prickly a topic to discuss without further investigation. “Too much soft rabbit in your diet can give you the runs,” interjected someone. I think it might have been one of the hawks. But they always have something stuck in their claw. Fred Owl brought the meeting to a close. We drank the last of the kōwhai wine and headed back to our respective homes. I’m beginning to feel my age. No one ever wants to get old but then no one wants to die young. Keith Richards I think. Enjoy the last of this autumn and thanks for the scraps you so generously leave out. As Lizard always says to me, ‘catch ya later.’ Alfred from Waitakere.


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