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ISSUE 207, SEPTEMBER 2021

community news, issues, arts, people, events


‘Rare privilege’ as new community facility in Piha opens The first new council-owned community facility to open in the Waitākere Ranges for over a decade has officially been handed over to its tenants. The Piha Wetland was purchased by the council from the Ministry of Education in 2017, following a request from Waitākere Ranges Local Board for the land to be purchased and used as a park the previous year. The old schoolhouse building that was on the land was also retained and has now been refurbished to operate as a community facility to hire. A two-year lease has been granted to the West Coast Gallery to administer the building, while a Trust has been established with four local community groups who came together to develop the asset for the Piha community and help restore the wetland in partnership with the council.

The Piha schoolhouse: available for community use.

Rare privilege

Waitākere Ranges Local Board Chair Saffron Toms says being able to open a facility for community use is a rare privilege these days. “With this privilege comes responsibility, and on behalf of Waitākere Ranges Local Board, I acknowledge the strength and commitment of the Piha community and the community groups who’ve worked together to make this happen. “Both the flooding of the area in 2017 and more recently COVID-19 has delayed this project but I’m really proud that we have been able to play a role in making sure that this is a facility that the community can utilise, and it’s great to see that bookings are already coming in,” she says. While the building lease has been agreed, the wetland that the building sits on has recently been the focus of a plan to help restore its ecology, with the Piha Wetland Service Outcomes Plan adopted by the board in late 2020. Waitākere Ranges Local Board member Sandra Coney says restoration of the area is an important goal. “Even today, the walk around the wetland is proving popular as a place for locals to enjoy some quiet, walk the dog, and take in some beautiful views of the area. “The Piha Wetland is a great opportunity for local groups to work together on a project with multiple outcomes, environmental, cultural, recreational, educational and community building. It will provide an opportunity for local children to start caring for the beautiful place they live in and become kaitiaki of the future,” she says. Further work has also been done at the wetland since the opening of the school house, removing the old farm fencing and installing two new picnic tables, as well as completing planting. To book email pihaschoolhouse@gmail.com

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Councillors welcome beginning of works to extend Northwestern Busway

L-R: Councillors Shane Henderson and Linda Cooper, Upper Harbour Local Board Chair Lisa Whyte, Mayor Phil Goff, Transport Minister Michael Wood and Councillor Chris Darby.

Waitākere Ward Councillors Linda Cooper and Shane Henderson have welcomed the beginning of works on the Northwest Busway Improvements project. The councillors were both present at the sod turning, with work now begun on a project that will mean that people who live and work in northwest Auckland will soon be able to enjoy faster and more frequent bus services. The project will extend the bus shoulders along the Northwestern motorway from Westgate to the CBD, making faster and more reliable travel into the city, with new interchanges at Te Atatū and Lincoln Road making the services more accessible and providing greater choice for commuters. Councillor Cooper says west Aucklanders have been crying out for this project for a long time. “We want these improved bus services and those of us who live in the west will use the buses. We desperately need a high-quality bus service for the peninsula and the growth areas in the northwest. “An efficient, well-constructed bus network that makes the most of the infrastructure supporting it will be hugely attractive to the community. New bus stops near the Te Atatū and Lincoln Road offramps on SH16 are the first phase of the project, which will later include a major bus station at Westgate. Work to extend the shoulders will be carefully planned and staggered over a 14-month construction period to reduce the impact on traffic flow. Councillor Henderson says that over time the upgrade will be transformational. “This is a transformational project for the northwest, and we are delighted that it is finally underway. “When complete, this will revolutionise travel times into the city from the west, which will make a significant difference to the area. “Getting into the city from places like Massey, Te Atatū and Lincoln Road will be so much more attractive and hassle free. “With more people opting for public transport over private vehicles, there will be fewer cars on the road, and the carbon footprint will reduce. It’s a win-win.” The project is scheduled to be completed in late 2022, at which time express bus services will commence. AT will also look at improving the local bus schedules and routes to serve these new bus interchanges. Advertisement

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Our place: Annual clean-up week; Charities to benefit ........................4 ‘It went off like wildfire’: Pinesong’s NU 2 U pop-up store ...................5 Minimalist design wins awards; Flicks for Father’s Day .........................6 Local artist’s work on the rails...............................................................7

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Keeping it local ......................................................................................8 Eco Day at Titirangi Library ....................................................................9 Art and about with Naomi McCleary ...........................................10 – 11 Places to go: Events listing ..........................................................12 – 13 At the Libraries ....................................................................................14 25 years of the Friends of Waikumete ................................................15

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Bandstanding: ‘I’ve always been into the DIY school of thought’ .......16 East of The Sun comes to Titirangi ......................................................17 Bringing up Katie .................................................................................18 Our place: Titirangi Primary, VisionWest; Poem ..................................19 Naturally West: Pests, weeds and helping our birdlife; Weather by the moon .........................................................................20 Sustainable solutions: Sustainability initiatives at LynnMall................21 Live @ the lounge................................................................................22

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Annual clean-up week set to make a difference

“With more volunteers taking part in their local events, we can collectively make a huge difference.”

Keep New Zealand Beautiful is once again asking Kiwis to ‘Do the Right Thing’ and come together to make a collective difference by getting involved in this year’s Clean Up Week, September 13-19. The community pride initiative, run annually by Keep New Zealand Beautiful, aims to get businesses, schools, community groups and individuals involved in cleaning up their little part of Aotearoa. It has become New Zealand’s largest clean up event with 57,936 volunteers involved last year. An area equivalent to 4,935 rugby fields was cleared and a total of 561,979kg of litter was collected. Keep New Zealand Beautiful is a not-for-profit charitable organisation that has been working to reduce litter since 1967. It facilitates initiatives and encourages Kiwis to do their bit for the restoration, care and protection of their local and national environment. CEO Heather Saunderson says, as New Zealand’s largest community-led event, Clean Up Week presents a great opportunity for education and litter awareness to reach every corner of the country.

“With more volunteers taking part in their local events, we can collectively make a huge difference.” Keep New Zealand Beautiful used to offer free clean up kits to all Clean Up Week participants but is taking a climate conscious approach this year, asking participants to organise their own reusable and sustainable kits using everyday items such as buckets and gardening gloves. “We’re aware of the carbon footprint involved in the creation and couriering of single-use kits across the country,” says Heather. “As much as we want to clean up litter in New Zealand we also want to reduce what goes to landfill after our clean up events. This year we’d like everyone involved to be climate conscious and arrangetheir own clean up kits.” Keep New Zealand Beautiful has partnered with Waste Management, EnviroWaste and selected councils to allow volunteers to dispose of the litter they collect for free at transfer stations around the country. To register a clean up event for your local area, or to join in a public event, visit www.knzb.org.nz.

Charities to benefit from hospitality industry recovery Thousands of charity recipients “What we are seeing is strong are set to benefit from the rapid support for suburban hospitality recovery of suburban hospitality venues as well as increased and retail as growing numbers retail activity. of consumers opt to purchase “This is driven by a range of locally. factors including more people The trend has seen one of working from home and dining Auckland region’s largest food and out locally and a reduction in beverage retailers bounce back overseas travel which also strongly after Covid – bringing decreases the amount of flow-on benefits for local charities duty free alcohol entering the and community groups. country. A $1 million charitable fund, “We are also seeing a consumer made up of profits from the Allan Pollard: seeing strong support for trend towards the purchase of hospitality industry, will provide suburban hospitality venues. higher value beverages which is dozens of community groups with up to $50,000 each having a positive impact on revenue,” he says. towards projects which support those living in West Pollard says the 2020 funding round was dedicated Auckland. to providing essential community support groups with Allan Pollard, CEO of The Trusts, which established sufficient revenue to cover their overheads. the Your West Support Fund says its hospitality and “Despite our own revenues being disrupted as a retail business is performing significantly better than result of the pandemic last year we were able to expected in the year, having been initially impacted by provide $500,000 towards ensuring the continuity of the pandemic lock downs. local groups. He says they have doubled the size of their charitable “This year we will be donating $1m to broaden our fund compared to the previous year after receiving support and help more members of the community a significant boost in revenue from Kiwis dining and as we start to look beyond the immediate impacts of shopping locally. Covid,” he says.

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‘It went off like wildfire’

There is no arguing spring is either here or on the way with fashion stores launching new season collections and colours suggesting a fresh approach and outlook to warmer days ahead. And so too is NU 2 U a recycling – reusing – fundraising initiative from Metlifecare Pinesong resident Jean Piper. Jean, together with a team of 10 women, is helping create new wardrobes for others while raising significant funds for St John New Zealand to support its ambulance and medical services. Jean came up with the idea after hearing about a ‘swap shop’ at another retirement village and after talking with friends decided that while that concept wouldn’t work for them, they hit on the idea of a newto-you pop-up store at Pinesong every Wednesday morning. “When we shared the idea with the residents, they loved it and we were inundated with their donations of quality pre-loved women’s clothing in good condition. It just went off like wildfire,” says Jean. That was two years ago and Jean and her team have so far given $11,000 to St John, with another $3,000 or so due to move to them this month.

It’s different every week with Jean and her team sorting and deciding which clothing, shoes, scarves, jewellery and handbags will be offered for sale at extremely reasonable costs. “Space is the reason for that,” says Jean. “Management provides us with some storage space for the clothes waiting to be put out, and if we just have too much, we donate our extra goods to Hospice. “We put out about 200 garment each week, and there are probably that many in storage too. Our team ensure

everything always looks fresh and is well cared for and presented – including designer clothes and other special garments. “We are not a second hard shop but rather a space where residents – and outsiders – can find quality clothing and accessories, have a coffee, enjoy friendship and conviviality and listen to resident Judy playing the piano and giving it even more ambience,” says Jean. Financial accountability is the ‘biggie’ says Jean. “Each item sold is logged in a book and tallied up each week. Everyone on the team checks my accounting to ensure there’s not a cent astray and the funds are put into the manager’s safe until we make the St John donations. “We looked at a number of charities when we first started but we all agreed St John was ‘the one’. “They’re a very good charity and they’re underfunded. They provide a free shuttle for residents going to medical appointment and the like, so they’re a terrific services for villages like this. The NU 2 U team is currently preparing its spring and summer fashion and accessory ranges which will start going on sale this month at Pinesong’s Seabreeze Lounge, every Wednesday between 9am-noon.

Above: Jean Piper, Margaret Debenham and Heather Kearns helping the NU 2 U selling efforts and raising funds for St John. Left: Jean Piper – NU 2 U went off like wildfire.

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Minimalist design wins awards Titirangi local, Natalie Du Bois has won several major awards at the recent Kitchen and Bathroom Association of New Zealand Excellence in Design Awards. Six Auckland kitchen and bathroom designers received 13 awards for eight projects but Natalie was the most awarded designer of them all winning five awards for her Beachside Bliss kitchen project. The kitchen is located in a coastal bach near Leigh. The owners had always dreamed of having a minimalist mid-century modern kitchen; a kitchen that instantly made them feel like they were on holiday. To get the desired look, Natalie introduced several design elements, including curves to the corners of the stoneclad island and textured, bead-blasted wood grain cabinetry which ties in with other timber elements throughout the bach. The slim black strip light above the island has an LED along its length and random cap details; the almost bird-wing shape echoing the beachy feel of this coastal home. The project transformed the original dark U-shaped space into a user-friend galley island configuration that celebrates its sea views and the judges praised its lightness and calmness, and the use of texture. “Visually impressive, the selection of materials is soft and organic-looking with a natural feel. The lighting is beautiful, and the soft curves of the stone mason work

are exceptional. This isn’t a large kitchen, but there are a lot of wondrous moments that make it rise above. It doesn’t feel cluttered, it is very serene, an incredible transformation from its previous life,” said the judges. The annual NKBA Excellence in Design Awards are a celebration of the most innovative and beautifully designed kitchens and bathrooms New Zealand has to offer. The 2021 judges were Shelley Ferguson of Shelley Ferguson Studio, Chelsey Mathieson of Niche Design Co., Janice Kumar-Ward of JKW Interior Architecture & Design, Ingrid Geldof of Ingrid Geldof Design, Darren James of Darren James Interiors and Nicola Manning of Nicola Manning Design.

Flicks film for Father’s Day Flicks Cinema has arranged a special screening of an award-winning Australian film, Backtrack Boys for Father’s Day. This moving documentary follows former jackaroo Bernie Shakeshaft’s mission to heal the most damaged and marginalised Australian boys through training dogs for show-jumping. Combined with a wholesome rural lifestyle, the task of training and bonding with a dog can captivate and focus kids who would otherwise be on the streets getting into trouble with the police. This heart-warming and inspirational film will be accompanied by several adrenaline-filled short films to make up a two hour show that will entertain fathers and their families. The screening will take place at Titirangi Theatre, Lopdell House, Titirangi on Sunday, September 5 at 3pm. Tickets are $15, $12 and $10 from eventfinda.co.nz and on the door (if there are any left). Text bookings to 0210 222 5558.

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Local artist’s work on the rails

Mal White is a Glen Eden local with a background in retail display, advertising and graphic design. He is now building a reputation as a freelance artist. Mal is the artist behind the kauri forest images on the panels, window panes and glass balustrades that decorate The Rise but his latest and largest commission was a much more challenging exercise. Designing a ‘wrap’ for a 72-metre train, initially “scared the hell out of me,” Mal says. “I had originally approached Auckland Transport as it was looking for artists to design wraps for its large montrose boxes [track and road-side power and utility cabinets]. I did one set for Morningside train station area and they liked these so much they asked me to do another set for the same station. “The Covid pandemic then happened and then a few months ago I got asked if I would like to design a wrap for an entire train ... ‘Er, OK’ I said, not quite believing my luck. “I treated the train wrap brief more or less like a design project with the emphasis on the key safety messages. I wanted the design to be visually appealing to all ages with a particular focus on kids and safety. I decided to be a little different with the subject matter too and use native insects, lizards, frogs and birds to tell the story from their point of view as they all face

certain dangers every moment of their lives. I didn't want to terrify anyone either so I kept the style and story line (STOP, LOOK, LISTEN) quirky and colourful, and interacting with the messages in some way.” Mal has had a lot of positive feedback on the train and says he is looking forward to seeing more of these artinspired trains. “they make people smile and add to the vibe and culture of the city.” He has also just completed a series of illustrated design wraps for more Kiwirail montrose boxes that are currently under installation. And he has other jobs on the go. Of his life as an artist Mal says he never plans work. “It seems to come in at its own pace and each project can be so completely different from the next. Needless to say I have chewed all my nails worrying from time to time.” To view Mal’s portfolio check out the following links: https://www.behance.net/gallery/122084021/ Auckland-Transport-Train-Wrap-Art https://www.behance.net/gallery/98273975/ Auckland-Transport-montrose-box-designs https://malcolmwhiteartist.myportfolio.com http://www.behance.net/2feetabove – Fiona Drummond

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Buying a home: an affordable tip that may save you big bucks The old saying goes “Out of sight, out of mind” and this is all well and good, until something preventable goes wrong. What’s more, the consequences are often worse than we could have anticipated. Take buying a new home: few things in life compare to the exhilaration and sense of achievement you get out of it. There are countless check lists available and general contractors who carry out pre-purchase inspections but few people realise that one of the main issues they may face could be lurking underground. The culprit? Blocked drain lines. This is particularly true in our area, with the lush evergreen bush that surrounds us. In dry years, trees dig down to the drains infiltrating properties as they go. For quick reference, pick a tree in your section: its roots span across it as wide as the tree is tall. Many other factors block and damage drains, including their location and traffic running over them, poor maintenance, residue following a concrete pour and much more.

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Some may think that putting money aside to fix the problem, should it arise, is the solution. The reality is that even if you do, the cost of fixing a disaster is always higher than preventing it. A pre-purchase inspection is a quick and affordable check (hundreds, not thousands of dollars) which can save you mega bucks and many headaches. With an independent, written report you can factor in any issues into your offer and negotiate from an informed position. Think of your drains like your vehicle. You wouldn’t buy a car without checking it out, so why go into your new home blind? A regular drain Hydro Jett treatment is an inexpensive drain maintenance programme recommended to keep your drains in good health. Know the state of your drains beforehand and enjoy your new home from day one. If you need help along your journey, the team at Drain Ranger is just an email away. Email hello@drainranger.co.nz or phone 021 709 783.

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Eco Day at Titirangi Library

A recent Saturday afternoon became a very big day for local groups working on environmental causes when Titirangi Library attracted close to 400 people to its inaugural Eco Day. For one day the library became a hub for neighbourhood pest-free and weed-free networks, along with Arataki and the Council wastemimisation team, EcoMatters, Birdcare Aotearoa and experts on native bats, nesting petrels and the Ark in the Park initiative. At the family-themed event the children got to make foam bats and bookmarks, listen to a bird-themed story, pick up a colourful cat collar to protect birdlife, see taxidermy bats and learn about triaging injured birds. Meanwhile the adults were learning about local weeds and pests, meeting the wood-turners team creating recycled toys, and gathering information about local parks and reserves. Lots of information and networking took place and many opportunities for volunteering and involvement in future activities were presented. Of course, no-one could have made it through the six hours of displays and activities without the support of the local playcentre which provided homemade snacks. The Library says it was a very successful day, bringing together so many experts in one place, and staff are considering making it an annual springtime event. They are especially keen to thank the many presenters who willingly and enthusiastically supported the day, and the many local businesses which helped advertise it. If you missed the event, the library has a list of contacts – drop by and they will be more than happy to help out.

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Anchored by Stories

Two stunning books sit on my coffee table. Both are much more than coffee table books. Both are deeply embedded in Westie culture. Both have at their core two iconic Waitākere locals. Both needed a team to bring their vision to fruition. Mary (Bobbie) Woodward (left) is 93 years old. She has been writing about her love of the west for many years; most recently Shimmersea, a fearless account of her life; the loves and the heartbreaks; the detailed story of her crowning as the first Miss New Zealand. It was to be her last book; the coda to a long and fascinating life. Waitākere’s West Coasters, an unfinished manuscript discarded over 20 years ago, fell into the hands of the late John Edgar, then president of the Waitākere Ranges Protection Society, who believed it was not only an important piece of research and documentation but full of galloping good yarns. His interest confirmed by

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others, Bobbie moved forward. In her own words, she was ‘old and tired’ and knew she could not complete it alone. So here comes the team! Bruce Harvey, Sir Bob Harvey, Sandra Coney, Dick Bellamy and Barbara Lusk – they all contributed to the narrative. But at the heart of the book is Mary (Bobbie) Woodward, grand-daughter of Pa Bethell, with her love of storytelling and her visceral link to the wild coastline and to the pioneer families who settled the land. It is a book to dip in and out of, to return to again and again. It’s rich in detail and ripe with characters; and through it runs the magnificence of the beaches, the wild hills and the pounding sea. I am fascinated by old photographs, those frozen moments in time, and this book is my heaven. I could hardly get past the cover photo; a line-up of walkers at Te Henga, circa 1919. Large Edwardian hats dominate the scene, both men and women; they all carry what look to be hand-whittled walking sticks; the seated women all ‘side-saddle’ – no immodest knees or legs to be seen. They line up in this pristine landscape and yet a world away there is the devastation of war! There’s such a story to be read in each and every photograph and Waitākere’s West Coasters is richly larded with images from both public and private collections. This is a lovely book to hold in the hand, beautifully designed by John Ringer, yet another Westie with a passion for our stories. Orders to westcoasters21@gmail.com The second book has another local at its heart, but more distantly. Murray Gray (my partner) was the driving force behind the Going West Writers Festival for 20 years. It was his depth of knowledge of New Zealand literature and his often irreverent programming that shaped the festival from 1996 to 2016. Always there was a significant public intellectual and/or writer offered the podium to deliver a keynote address on a particular theme, or to wildly digress from that theme. Year after year many of our best and brightest wrote and delivered stunning dissertations on life, love and the universe. As with all Going West festivals, they were recorded and archived at the Henderson Library Research Centre. These, with five subsequent orations, make up Voices of Aotearoa: 25 years of Going West Oratory. I wrote in advance of publication at some length in the July Fringe. Suffice to say that a significant team of editors, publishers and designers, all local, have now brought

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Murray Gray was the driving force behind the Going West Writers Festival. Photo by John Chapman.

this truly Westie treasure to life. For Murray, it is a tangible marker of his 20 years of bringing and sharing his passion for New Zealand writing to the West. His heart is full. Voices of Aotearoa will be launched at 6.30pm on September 11 at Te Uru Gallery. It will be followed by the second of the new Going West Festival monthly gigs. Documented Reality will explore the world of non-fiction over an evening of concurrent sessions in Lopdell House and Te Uru. This is the new-look Going West. October and November will follow with evenings of fiction and commentary. Book at iTICKET. CO.NZ Addendum: Saturday August 14 saw the first of the new look Going West events. It followed the tradition of a keynote address, and this 26th oration was one of the most moving and inspiring of all my years of listening. Journalist Simon Wilson traversed our deep concerns and challenges, but in a way that was both unflinching and hopeful. There were solutions embedded in there – and he sang, made us laugh – and cry. At some point this dissertation will make its way into the archives. We’ll let you know.

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The Shadbolt House Residency project continues on; slow but certain. 35 Arapito Road and the adjoining reserve have become a neglected, tangled nightmare of weeds. Council has done the heavy work of clearance and it is now possible for it to go into community maintenance. The South Titirangi Neighbourhood Network are keen to take on that role, but would love the support from other people in the community. It’s going to be an ongoing task; the weeds are determined. Sunday September 26 will be the first community working party. Contact Aimee Hoeberigs if you are interested in sharing the mahi: aimee.hoeberigs@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

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places to go – 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

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– September 12, What we do with our hands – works by Elijah Kennar and Joshua Faleatua, Lola Greeno, Andy Snelgar and the Corban Estate Weaving Circle, curated by Shari Lett; Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mount Lebanon Lane, Henderson. Phone 838 4455. www. ceac.org.nz.

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– 19 September, The moon was talking. West Auckland photographer Edith Amituanai MNZM presents a series of portraits made in collaboration with Year 11 art students at Kelston Girls College; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8070.

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september 1, Workshop: Waterwise and Healthy Homes on a Budget – tips and ideas for keeping homes healthy, comfortable and dry, including how to save water in your home and how to fit your own water saving devices, in association with EcoMatters; West Lynn Garden, 73 Parker Avenue, New Lynn; 10-11.30 am; Free. Phone 09 827 7045

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w 3, Word-Up! Grand Final; Zeal, 20 Alderman Drive, Henderson; 7pm; Koha. Phone Sophie 021 344 488. 5, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732.

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5, Flicks presents a special two-hour Father's Day film event including Backtrack Boys (M, Australia, 95mins) plus some adrenalinefilled short films; Titirangi Theatre, Lopdell House, Titirangi; 3pm; $15,

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$12, or $10 from eventfinda.co.nz and on door. Text bookings to 0210 222 5558. 6, Learn how to grow native oyster mushrooms: learn about mushrooms, build your own box and eat your own mushrooms within 3-4 weeks; West Lynn Garden, 73 Parker Ave, New Lynn; 9.30am-12.30pm; $30 Gold card or Community Services Card holders, $40 WLG Volunteers &and Members, $50 for Non-members. Register to secure your spot by email wlg.volunteers@gmail.com or by phone 09 827 7045.

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8, Flicks presents The Duel (M), “A lush and loyal adaptation of Anton Chekhov's novella, which nails the atmosphere and features brilliant performance all round”; Titirangi Theatre, Lopdell House, Titirangi; 6pm and 8.15pm; $15 or $12 from eventfinda.co.nz and on door. Text bookings to 0210 222 5558.

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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.

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10, 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.

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11, Titirangi Folk Music Club presents Bev Young, floor singes in first half and an AGM in the intermission; Titirangi Beach Hall, bottom of Titirangi Beach Road; 8pm; Free. www.titirangilivemusic.co.nz or text Cathy on 021 207 7289.

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14, 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 – October 24, 1924 – works by Sosefina Andy, Ruby Joy Eade, Daphne Espiritu, Karen Rubado and Erica van Zon, a dynamic group of contemporary textile artists; Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mount Lebanon Lane, Henderson. Phone 838 4455. www. ceac.org.nz.

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17 – October 24, A Footnote on New Zealand History – Cindy Huang an object-based installation to recreate a market garden within the gallery space that reflects the sites where many historic Chinese and Māori relationships were cultivated around Aotearoa. By; Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mount Lebanon Lane, Henderson. Phone 838 4455. www. ceac.org.nz.

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18 – October 17, Wood and watercolour: paintings and sculpture by Len and Pamela Byles; West Coast Gallery, Seaview Road, Piha; Thursday/Friday 11am-3pm, Saturday/Sunday 10am-4pm; Phone 09 812 8029, www.westcoastgallery.co.nz.

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19, 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

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20, 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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21, SeniorNet West Auckland, speaker, morning tea and chatting about computers; RSA Henderson, Poppy Restaurant, 66-70 Railside Avenue, Henderson; 10am. Phone June 021 179 3635.

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24, Glen Eden Combined Probus Club: company and fellowship, interesting speakers, morning tea and monthly outings; Ceramco Park Function Centre, 120 Glendale Road, Kaurilands; 9.45am. Phone Brian Holt 838 5857.

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24, Flicks presents The Godmother (M, France). Based on the novel by Hannelore Cayre, the story centres around Patience Portefeux, (Isabelle Huppert) an underpaid, overworked French-Arabic translator in charge of phone surveillance for a narcotics police unit; Titirangi Theatre, Lopdell House, Titirangi; 10.30am, 6pm and 8.15pm; $15, $12 or $10 from eventfinda.co.nz and on door. Text bookings to 0210 222 5558.

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w 26, 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. 28, Titirangi U3A – meet interesting people 60-years and older; West Lynn Garden, 73 Parker Avenue, New Lynn; 1pm. Contact 818 8809, 027 699 5480 or heathertanguay@slingshot.co.nz.

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

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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

Titirangi Library’s programme of regular adult activities continues through September with its Book Chat group meeting on Saturday, September 4, 2-3pm and Tuesday, September 7, 2.15-3.15pm; Titirangi Poets meets on Saturday 11, 2-4pm; the Titirangi Creatives group meets on Friday, September 24, 11am-12noon; and the Charity Crafters Group will meet on Tuesday, Sep[tember 28, 11am-12noon. The library’s programme of preschool activities for the youngsters continues with Rhymetime for toddlers on Tuesdays at 10.30am, Storytime on Wednesdays at 10.00am and Wriggle & Rhyme for babies on Fridays at 9.30am. There will also be a special Family Rhymetime suitable for preschoolers on Saturday September 11, 10.15-10.45am. And there are opportunities to learn and create at the library’s after school programmes including the Ukulele Club on Mondays, 3.304.00pm, Lego Building on Wednesdays, 3.30-4.30pm, and Minecraft Club on Thursdays, 3.30-4.30pm.

There’s a wealth of entertainment, information and inspiration on the shelves of your local library.

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Rhymetime takes place every Thursday, 10:30am-11:00am, Wriggle & Rhyme is on Fridays 11am-11:30am and the Lego club meets on Saturdays, 2.30pm-3.30pm. Whau Ace Adult and Community Education offer a Job Café every Wednesday, 1-3pm. The free support and advice session for those needing help to get work covers preparing a CV, career guidance, job search, online job applications and cover letters. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided. Glen Eden Library is a local partner for Skinny Jump that offers flexible prepaid broadband. It is available to

anyone who does not have a broadband connection. There are no contracts or credit checks and the modem, preloaded with 30GB of data, comes free of charge. Pop into the library for more information. The library’s Book Chat group meets on Wednesday, September 1, 10.30-11.30am. Everyone is welcome to attend and share what they’ve been reading.

New Lynn Library

Saturday, September 4, 11am-12.30pm: Stories of Our Lives, a book launch. Literacy Waitākere, in conjunction with Auckland Libraries, is launching a new series of books for adult literacy readers as part of the Festival of Adult Learning Ahurei Ākonga. The stories, with New Zealand and Pacific content were written by both learners and tutors, and Literacy Waitākere is looking forward to them finding a wider readership. Wednesday, September 15, 11-12pm: Book Lovers Club – Come along to meet new friends and discuss your favourite reads at the library’s community-run book club. Wednesday, September 15, 2-4pm: Would you like an introduction to family history or perhaps you need some help and advice on what to do next? The New Lynn Library can provide help and advice on using Auckland Libraries’ free family history services and resources. A research librarian is available to introduce the extensive collections available at the library, including free access to the Ancestry and FindMyPast online resources. To book a spot visit the library’s Facebook page or chat to library staff. Friday, September 24, 4-5pm: Lego build session – Design and create with Lego. Term time only. Ages 5+ Mondays, 4-5pm: Kids Knitting – Learn to knit with the help of expert knitters. Bring along your own project or start a new one. Term time only. Ages 8+ Tuesdays, 10-11am: Kēmu and Kōrero – An opportunity to play a different te reo Māori-based game every week. This is an easy and fun way to learn new kupu (words) and meet others on the te reo Māori journey. Tuesdays, 4-5pm: How Tuesday – Craft, design, create, and try something new. Term time only. Ages 5+ Thursdays, 11.30am-1pm: Rongoā Workshops – A peek into the world of Rongoā Rākau, traditional Māori healing. Learn about key philosophies, principles and processes of Rongoā Māori.

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25 years of the Friends of Waikumete

Friends of Waikumete recently celebrated 25 years of contributions and improvements to some of the historical highlights of Waikumete Cemetery. Covering 108 hectares, Waikumete is the second largest cemetery in the Southern Hemisphere. It is the final resting place for over 70,000 people. The Friends group has undertaken some major projects over its 25 years, including the successful campaign for the return of the plinths from George Boyd’s grave and the restoration of the Wallis Angel, the headstone of Dr James and Elizabeth Wallis. A special project for Barbara Harvey, a long-time supporter of the Friends, was the installation of a headstone and photograph on the previously unmarked grave of 14 year-old Robert Hale who died with his mother Eileen Hale in the 1953 Christmas Eve Tangiwai train disaster. Friends of Waikumete’s research into Robert’s life tracked down childhood friends who travelled to Auckland to celebrate the unveiling of the headstone and pay tribute to a friend who had departed 50 years ago. The Friends has also undertaken research into the identity of some of the World War I soldiers in unmarked graves as well as many of the other people buried in the cemetery. These projects have revealed fascinating insights into the lives and deaths of those who were instrumental in the making of Auckland. Barbara Harvey and Gayle Marshall, both Friends stalwarts for much of the last 25 years, jointly compiled the book Whispers the Wind in 2017, with help from researcher/historian Lisa Truttman. The book is a snapshot of the lives of several soldiers who were interred at the cemetery between 1881 and 1918. Both Gayle and Barbara are passionate about the lives of those who are buried at Waikumete and they would love to see more people taking an interest in the upkeep of the headstones and surrounds of the family plots. Gayle remembers that a local school once had an ‘adopt a grave’ programme, a special way of honouring the history of a person who lies at Waikumete. Perhaps this could be one way for schools to make history real

as the new ‘Aotearoa NZ Histories’ school curriculum evolves. The cemetery is a beautiful place to wander, to contemplate life, and to commemorate those no longer with us. As we move into summer, the cemetery will become a mass of wildflower blooms. The ecology of Waikumete is highly significant. In addition to the multitude of wild flowers, many of South African origin, other parts of the cemetery contain locally significant scrub and gumland ecologies where species such as Dracophyllum sinclairii and rare native orchids and carnivorous plants can be found. Auckland botanist Alan Esler has described Waikumete as “a wonderland of intermingled plants from three separate regions of the world.” In reality, there are less than 10 years of interment space left in Waikumete Cemetery and it is important that, when it is no longer a current cemetery, the area is still maintained. There is only so much the Friends can achieve within such a large facility: the input of the whole community, especially those who have loved ones in the cemetery, is important. Friends of Waikumete holds regular meetings and works on grave and headstone restoration and cleaning. Working with Council and Cemetery Management, they are the voice of the community and provide input to the council on the cemetery and its uses. – Fiona Drummond

Cutting the 25th celebration cake.

Whispers the Wind tells the stories of the early soldiers who lie at Waikumete.

Proudly Supporting our Local Community The merged practices of Thomas & Co Lawyers Ltd and Titirangi Law Centre are able to meet your every legal requirement. Ray Ganda and Don Thomas have many years of experience working in the Titirangi and New Lynn areas. Now, along with the Directors and staff of the combined practices, a wider range of skills and resources is offered. See our website, www.thomas.co.nz, for more details of our history and personnel. We continue to maintain and improve our level of service for our community and clients. There is always someone here with the necessary knowledge and experience to assist with any legal matters that might arise. Give us a call, or come in and visit us. We welcome enquiries and are happy to answer any questions. Details of our office location and on-site parking can be found on our website. We have lift access and are also handy to the Bus/ Train Interchange. Visiting our offices is convenient and easy.

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‘I’ve always been into the DIY school of thought.’

Andrew Moore: If you got an idea you can’t wait around, just do it.

Musician, music video and documentary maker, skateboarder, fanzine publisher, gig promoter, and not to mention DIYer, you might think Andrew Moore could be described as a modern day renaissance man. Problem is though, that the term is just not a good fit for such a rock’n’roll rebel who cares little for society’s approval or airs and graces. This is not to say the man is without standards. Growing up on Auckland’s North Shore, Andrew skateboarded his way to an Edwards sponsorship and won the 1979 junior division at the New Zealand Skateboarding Nationals. And his first band, The Growing Bones, reached the finals of a high school competition. “We ended up playing live on Shazam! We didn’t win but it’s a really cool song. Check it out on YouTube: Growing Bones – Nowhere to Run.” Inspired by his older brother, Andrew started listening to his punk and New Zealand records and loved them. “My brother formed a band called Goblin Mix who sometimes practised at our house. That really got me hooked on loud, jangly guitars and raucous pop songs. After The Growing Bones, I formed a band with David Saunders (who would go on to be in the 3D’s). We were called the Battling Strings. We both played 12-string guitars so it was a pretty massive sound. Dave wrote an amazing teen anthem called If I Do. It’s still one of my favourite songs and you could tell he was destined for big things. We played with the Chills, Straitjacket Fits, Goblin Mix and a bunch of other great bands. The scene round that time was incredibly supportive. We were younger than most bands, 16 or 17 and the older bands really helped us and became lifelong friends.”

The acquisition of a video camera not long after this led to a series of skateboarding videos. “I started filming my friends. I travelled New Zealand skating and filmed a bunch of footage that I released on VHS tapes and sold via mail order. Later on, I reconnected with an old skate buddy Tony Hallam whose father had filmed a lot of Super 8 in the 70s and it was decided a film had to be made.” The product of this idea is Andrew’s excellent documentary No More Heroes. “I interviewed close to 30 people and tracked down a lot more skateboarding footage and photos, and Graham Brazier agreed to be the narrator. It took me five years to make and it screened around the country as part of the 2006 New Zealand International Film Festival. It’s screened on Sky TV’s Rialto channel and I’m incredibly proud of it.” Andrew’s camera skills and music connections led to making music videos, which has included working with some of New Zealand’s better known bands including The Exponents and Voom. Currently he’s working on a documentary project about the band King Loser. “I started making it in 2016, so it’s been a massive but enjoyable job. King Loser were a great band who were around in the early 90s. They split up in 1997 and reformed in 2016 for a one-off national tour. They are quite volatile, unique characters and an epic live band so I knew it would be worth capturing on film. I wasn’t disappointed!” Self-driven and self-funded Andrew says “I’ve always been into the DIY school of thought – self releasing tapes/records/CDs, making fanzines, putting on gigs, making videos and basically not waiting for anyone else’s help. If you got an idea you can’t wait around, just do it”. Following along in the same vein, Andrew has converted a shed at his place into a venue called Ruru. “We’ve had a few small gigs. I’ve got all my amps and guitars there so it’s a cool place to hangout, drink beers and play music. Ruru can only fit about a dozen people, but I usually film the gigs and hope to put together a kind of ‘Best of Ruru’ compilation that can be uploaded to YouTube.” Influenced by Brian Wilson, the Clean and Guided by Voices, The Brian Jonestown Massacre also rate high on Andrew’s radar. “I saw them play at the Kings Arms once and it was a memorable show. Continued on page 17 >>

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East of The Sun comes to Titirangi

connect an audience with the emotion of a lyric is what makes these concerts special, and opens us to a wider audience. We’re lucky to have such a world-class singer on our doorstep to work with.” Auckland Jazz Orchestra and Caitlin Smith perform East of The Sun in the Titirangi Theatre in Lopdell House on Saturday, October 2, 8pm. Tickets ($39 or $25 for students/children) are available from Eventfinda, or the band’s website www.ajo.co.nz. Get in quick as seats are limited. For more information contact Ben McNicoll: ben@ saxophone.co.nz or 021 439 294.

Caitlin Smith with the Auckland Jazz Orchestra are to perform in Titirangi. Photo by Dennis Thorpe.

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“The singer Anton Newcombe had a reputation as being a wild frontman who at times would get into arguments with the crowd and other band members. He was on really good form and was swigging from a 40-ounce bottle of vodka in between songs. I couldn’t figure out how he could drink that much and keep it together. About an hour into the show something snapped and he just lost it. Abusing and firing members of his band onstage and yelling obscenities at the crowd. Then he just dropped his guitar and walked out the door. The crowd was stunned, it was nuts!” Andrew’s current band is called The New Existentialists. “I play bass in it with Dunedin legend George Henderson who used to be in the Puddle. It’s going really well. George has all these great songs that are really challenging and fun to play. We’re about to do some recording – I can’t wait!” Alongside watching skating vids, making more films, listening to and playing music, Andrew hopes to get better at his home renovations. His King Loser doco will be out later this year. Keep an eye on www. facebook.com/kingloserfilm for more information. You can order copies of his skateboarding doco No More Heroes at https://www.defstore.co.nz/products/no-more-heroes-nz-skate-docodvd and read more about the making of the film here: https://www. facebook.com/nomoreheroesfilm.

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The Auckland Jazz Orchestra has joined with renowned songstress Caitlin Smith for a series of concerts around Auckland to celebrate the release of East of The Sun. East of The Sun, their third album, and the first to feature a singer, highlights original contemporary arrangements of jazz standards with Caitlin’s stunning vocal interpretations. The band breathes fresh life into some well-loved tunes, such as Ellington’s Solitude, You Don’t Know What Love Is, and Triste by Anotonio Carlos Jobim, all arranged by members of the 18-piece ensemble. As a singer, songwriter, performer and poet, Caitlin Smith is loved by audiences and has been a mainstay of the music scene both in front of the mic and as a vocal coach behind many of the voices you hear in New Zealand pop. Caitlin is fresh off a 23-date New Zealandwide tour with Brave Caitlin’s Imaginary Band. AJO has a long history of collaboration with vocalist Caitlin Smith, going back to a programme of Duke Ellington’s music the band arranged specially for her and which debuted at the National Jazz Festival in Tauranga in 2014 and also at the Titirangi Festival. Festival Director David Parker says “We are so fortunate to have performers of the calibre of Caitlin and the AJO performing locally, they really are superb and audiences won’t be disappointed”. “Caitlin’s vocal range is incredible,” says saxophonist and former Titirangi-local, Ben McNicoll. “We love how she interprets these sometimes challenging arrangements of familiar music, that push both her and the band into new territory. And her ability to


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Bringing up Katie

Framed, again.

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A new puppy has joined our family, and there have been a few repercussions writes CYNTHIA SMITH. Katie’s training is coming ahead in leaps and bounds. I also am proving to be a quick learner. You know those dog owners in muddy green gumboots you repeatedly meet on bush walks or trade smiles with as you both throw soon-to-be-lost tennis balls into the surf at Kakamatua Beach? They are the alpha dogs of the excited packs of wet animals running and panting at their heels. I am fast joining their ranks. I now insist on going through doors before anyone else and on eating first. I say no (a lot) in a deep, firm tone, and have become a dab hand at canine sign language. All my trousers have an ever-rising tideline of pawprints at mid-thigh level and my sweaters shine with snail trails of puppy saliva; Katie likes to nibble on my sleeves when I scratch her tummy. Training treats fill my pockets – and get overlooked when clothes go into the wash. I’m told that I emit a faint whiff of beef jerky. Not only has my husband remarked on the eau de biltong, he also admits to being somewhat unsettled by how I have started to insist that he breaks eye contact with me first.

We are not the only ones having to adjust to the effects of having a new puppy in the house. Poor Amber patiently endures Katie leapfrogging over her, gnawing on her forelegs, hanging from her cheeks, and repeatedly sniffing her behind. She gives Katie a quick bollocking when she goes too far, but she’s a good big sister, aiding and abetting Katie in the dismemberment of various toys and joining in on the daily zoomie run around the garden. Despite all this long-suffering tolerance, we fear she may have been framed. More than once. The streets of many Asian cities are filled with scooters. Thousands of them. Other than a vague tendency to travel on the right hand side, road rules are generally ignored. When pedestrians cross the street they must

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step off the curb and commit, walking in a straight line at an even pace and never stopping, or worse, turning back. It’s like wading through a small stream; scooters simply flow around you. It’s helpful to keep this strategy in mind when walking around with a lolloping puppy behind you intent on darting incursions, the target of which are on your feet. Stop suddenly, or worse, change direction, and inevitably the little blighter will head-butt your calves. I confess to being the owner of a pair of leopard-print Crocs. I wear them when I’m gardening, confident in the fact that I will never, ever want to be seen in them in public. This minimises the chances of unwittingly carrying kauri dieback spores back home to infect our beautiful trees. Katie is fascinated by them and she lurks behind me when I’m weeding, exploiting every opportunity to wrestle them off my feet and sprint away triumphantly. I have been impressed at how remarkably hardy they are, not only as gardening clogs, but as puppy fodder for Katie. They now live out of reach on the BBQ, along with an ever-growing interesting collection of confiscated items. Katie has now had her final shots, so at long last I was able to take the dogs for a walk. I took them together. This was a mistake. It was Katie’s first foray off the property so, for her initial introduction to the big wide world, we walked around the block. It was less of a stroll and more of a Morris dance. My advice when walking a puppy, especially in winter, is to wear shoes with a particularly sturdy tread. Amber plodded sedately along in a relatively straight line, but after Katie had darted off in all directions, sniffing every flax bush and lamp post, turning somersaults in an attempt to rid herself of the lead, and enthusiastically investigating everything Amber even glanced at, the two leads knitted themselves together into a maypole plait and it required complicated pirouettes to get us back on task. Not an activity to be recommended when negotiating wet, slippery footpaths. Katie loves shoes. I imagine there is a fascinating smorgasbord of smells in and on them, and maybe the leather ones still retain the scent of the original occupier of the hide. They are even more tantalising because, when not being used, they tend to lie around at nose level, so now all shoes sit either on top of the BBQ and the wood burner, or sit out of harm’s way on the lid of the washing machine. I’m currently ruining my slippers because there are never any shoes within arm’s (or foot’s) reach when Katie needs to go out. I’m pleased to report that she’s almost fully house trained – there is only the occasional puddle inside, but when she has to go, she has to go now. I may have to invest in a pair of green gumboots.

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our place Titirangi Primary School’s Student Council recently initiated a can drive, collecting 1,258 cans for VisionWest’s pātaka kai (free food store). They are seen (right) receiving a certificate of appreciation from the local community support organisation. The cans will go a long way to feeding whānau who might otherwise go without food, especially during winter when the cost of other commodities increases. You can support VisionWest’s pātaka kai by dropping off food items directly to the food store during opening hours, or delivering them to the VisionWest Community Trust main reception. You can also support the trust by becoming a volunteer or making a donation. The food store is at 97 Glendale Road, Glen Eden and is open Tuesday – Friday, 12-2pm (except Public Holidays). (Photos by VisionWest.)

Cleansing the Path Why not accept everything that happens here on earth with calm, cool clear-headedness with candour and compassion? even when you are struck to the quick and tears prick your eyes, your cheeks: watch them rise, watch them fall watch them issue from their hidden source watch them follow in their secret course cleansing the path before you…

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naturally west with fiona drummond

Pests, weeds and boosting our native bird population Why do pest control?

Have you heard of the “North-West Wildlink”? It is an initiative that aims to protect native birds which are moving from off-shore islands in the Hauraki Gulf to the Waitākere Ranges. The idea is to provide safe feeding and breeding grounds for native birds and other at risk species such as the tuatara, wētā and a large range of lizards and to encourage more natives back to our reserves and backyards. To do this we need to plant more trees (to provide food and shelter) and engage in predator control. Native birds can already take advantage of a number of ‘stepping stones’ between the Gulf and the Ranges, i.e. the areas of native bush along the North West Wildlink path. However, the distance between Tiritiri Matangi Island and Ark in the Park in the Waitākere Ranges is 50km and not all birds can fly more than 2.5km between possible habitats. This means more “green spaces” are needed for these birds. There are many people already involved in providing a safe passage for native birds and more than 130 community and volunteer groups are involved in pest control and restoration. If you would like to become involved there are many organisations in our local area which can provide traps and advice for your property. These include: • Waima to Laingholm Pest Free – contact@w2l.nz • Restoration Ruatuna – https://www.pfwra.org.nz/find-yourpeople/restoration-ruatuna/ • South Titirangi Neighbourhood Network – https://www. southtitirangi.org.nz/contact • The Petrelheads in Cornwallis – https://www.cornwallis.org.nz/ petrelheads • Friends of Cornwallis Peninsula – pestfreecornwallis@gmail. com • Trap NZ Huia – https://www.trap.nz/project/1106292/info • Friends of Whatipu – https://www.whatipulodge.co.nz/index. php?page=Contact • Pest Free Waiatarua – https://www.facebook.com/Pest-FreeWaiatarua-878893365649818/ • Oratia Native Wildlife Project – oratinativewildlife@gmail.com • Ark in the Park – nature.project@forestandbird.org.nz These and many other groups and networks in the west bring together around 10,000 volunteers. The Pest Free Waitākere Ranges Alliance (PFWRA) is an informal alliance supporting all these groups and other organisations which are working to restore biodiversity in the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area. The Alliance’s website (https://www. pfwra.org.nz/) has information on the groups mentioned above, news about developments in the world of conservation, and information about upcoming opportunities to participate in plantings, working bees, workshops and hui.

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Forest & Bird Weed Control Guide

The Waitākere Ranges, including the Titirangi area, are home to an enormous variety of invasive weeds. Forest & Bird New Zealand has put together a user-friendly guide for identifying these weeds and provides information on how to control them. The weeds listed are invasive plants that spread widely, grow vigorously and displace or smother native vegetation. The guide is designed to help homeowners, community groups, and businesses get to know the weeds listed and help eradicate them from their garden and reserves. Each entry has the name of the plant, a photo, why the plant is a problem and how to control it, either physically or through organic or herbicidal methods. The guide also explains how to use herbicide, what each chemical is and how it is best used. To download a copy go to: https://www.forestandbird.org.nz/sites/ default/files/2021-01/Forest%20%26%20Bird%20Weed%20Guide%20 2021.pdf

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Think about providing extra food for native birds during the winter when the food supply is low. Set up a feeding station that is well away from introduced predators such as rats, stoats and possums. Set traps to control these predators. Put a bell or a bright ruffle on your cat if you own one. Many native birds feed on nectar, fruit and insects but you can supplement this diet with sugar water. Visit https://www. forestandbird.org.nz/resources/feeding-native-birds-garden for instructions on how to make this. Don’t leave honey or honey water out for birds as this also attracts bees, which can spread their diseases. Fruit can be added to the feeding station by hammering nails through a board and securing pieces of fruit to the exposed nails. Foods to avoid are seeds and grain (as this will attract introduced birds that compete with natives), bread (birds will become malnourished), milk (it can cause stomach upsets), cooked oats or porridge (It will harden around their beaks, raw oats is fine). Make sure you clean the feeding station regularly to avoid the spread of disease.

weather by the moon Ken Ring’s predictions for September September is likely to have average rain, sunshine and temperatures. The first week is the cloudiest but driest with the highest average pressure, the second and third weeks are the wettest, the fourth week is the sunniest, and the last week is the warmest. Air pressure may average around 1009 millibars. Most rain may be during the second week. The 4th/5th could be the best weekend for outdoor activities. For fishermen, the highest tides are around the 9th. The best fishing bite-times in the West are around noon on the 5th-7th, and 19th-22nd. Chances are also good for around dusk of the 12th-14th, and 27th-29th. For gardeners, pruning is best between the 1st-2nd and 22nd-29th (waning moon descending), and sowing is best between the 8th – 14th (waxing moon ascending). For preserving and longer shelf-life, pick crops or flowers on neap tide days of the 2nd, 16th and 30th. Always allow 24 hour error for all forecasting. For future weather for any date, visit www.predictweather.com. © Ken Ring 2021.

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Sustainability initiatives at LynnMall LynnMall was New Zealand’s first shopping centre, when it opened in 1963, and is continuing to lead the way with a range of sustainability initiatives. Shoppers might remember LynnMall’s food court where all types of non-recyclable materials were used to serve food and beverages before being dumped into bins which went directly to landfill. Now there are no public rubbish bins in the food court area. Display stands and table coverings explain the change: “Why No Rubbish Bins? By not having rubbish bins in our food areas, we can better sort organic, recyclable and landfill waste to reduce impact on our earth, making food court dining more refined in the process.” The shopping centre has also undertaken a range of other initiatives. Electric Vehicle Charging: There are 10 electric vehicle charging stations available. Type 1 charging stations are located on the upper car park near the entry to Farmers and Type 2 charging stations are located in the lower car park underneath Reading Cinemas. There is also an e-bike charging station that holds up to 10 bikes, located near The Brickworks. Water filling stations: The shopping centre’s free water filling stations have saved the use of more than 112,600 plastic water bottles. Foodcourt renovations: In addition to removing the public rubbish bins the centre upgraded its furnishings and donated all the old food court tables and chairs (as well as some fittings and fixtures from stores that had left) and raised over $10,000 for the Habitat for Humanity charity. LED replacement: The centre is close to changing all its lights to LEDs. 1,300 fittings have been replaced so far, saving enough energy to power over 80 homes.

Community programmes at LynnMall include Kiwibubs, a free club created to help parents and caregivers find support, practical advice and friendship; and Kiwifit, a programme to encourage customers to use the centre as a fun way of getting fit. Kiwifit members meet two mornings a week and walk and exercise their way around the centre under the guidance of trained professionals from Les Mills. During the July school holidays the centre ran a campaign called Bee Wrappy to support Plastic Free July. Customers were invited to design and make their own beeswax wraps, an eco-alternative to plastic food wrap. Customers were also invited learn more about the honey bee. Over 1,800 children participated over the nine days. Over the last year LynnMall’s recycling programmes have diverted: • 21.1 tonnes or 2,000 360-litre wheelie bins of mixed plastic containers • 19.5 tonnes of glass • 161.79 tonnes of cardboard: • 1 tonne of polystyrene, enough to provide underfloor insulation for 106 homes • 46.3 tonnes of organic waste • almost 2 tonne of coffee grinds Large facilities such as shopping centres have traditionally been centres of consumerism and waste. It bodes well for our environment that LynnMall is promoting sustainability to its visitors. Hopefully this exposure will lead to improved practices in West Auckland homes.

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live @ the lounge Yeah gidday. Lizard here. How’s it all been going? These are definitely confusing times, hanging out on our tiny island at the bottom of the world. It feels like we’re all holding our breath, half expecting someone to sneeze into our faces and the tide to rush in through the ranch sliders. Reminds me of that old adage about the bloke who fell off the 10-storey building and on the way down said, “So far, so good.” The other day Lizard Junior drove me into Titirangi Village to score a coffee from one of the several hundred joints that compete for my caffeine dollar. Dollar? That'll be the day. More like a fiver. For those so inclined, the chemical formula is C8H10N4O2 and it’s a stimulant for the nervous system. Yeeha. Believe me, when Junior is driving, you sure have a system that’s nervous. While Junior was texting Tierra, his latest BFF, he looked across at me and asked, “If I send an emoji to Tierra of two apples close together with a love heart, do you think she’ll know I mean she has a hot butt?” He didn’t get that class from his old man. I used to make a mixed tape of mainly Zeppellin and ZZ Top songs for Shaz. Rest in peace brother Rusty Hill. Thanks for the awesome music man. We tried out a new coffee place. I forget the name. Reminded me of that little blue pill the old or needy need. Oh yeah, The Rise. It was OK. Really busy. Same old faces but. Way back, on a road trip to Timaru with Shaz and her mum, we stopped in at some roadside tearooms for a 'pot of tea’. Shaz’s mum was horrified when the girl brought out a ‘mug' with a teabag in it. Not the usual tea leaves in a teapot with

an extra pot of hot water for seconds. It was like we were wiping the cake crumbs from the sides of our mouths on the hem of the Queen's frock. I hadn’t expected Tierra to turn up. Junior must have told her we were in town. She sure is a show stopper. Every head in the place turned in her direction. Tierra is a five foot nothing, full-on Goth. She’s all blacked out eyes and clothes. Still, at least she never has to worry about mixing colours and whites on wash day. She’s actually really cute and very kind-hearted. Most importantly, she seems to get Junior and he takes some getting. He told me that Tierra was once possessed by a dead altar-boy. “That’s why she can speak Latin Dad.” He’s a bloody worry that boy. Tierra is Gay Gary's daughter. He and Manaia had her before he went completely gay. They all still get along just fine and see each other heaps. Quite the amusing family picture. A Goth holding hands with her very Māori looking mum and her very camp looking dad. Not sure how she got the white-as complexion, but she definitely got her Dad's sweet nature and her Mum's quirky sense of humour. Check this out: before Gay Gary and Māori Phil tied the knot, they went through a slightly rough patch. Gary went over to Manaia’s to talk things through. Later she said to me, “When a man cries, nothing feels safe.” Wow. What does that even mean? I love it. Well, that’s about all that’s going on in my corner of paradise. Watch out for each other and please try not to look over the neighbour's fence. Catch ya later, Lizard.

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