The Fringe, August 2022

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ISSUE 217, AUGUST 2022

community news, issues, arts, people, events


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Contents

Council releases kauri

Stop birdstrike!........................... 17

dieback survey results................ 4

Education – special feature.... 18

Health petition update;

“They’re a nice bunch

Letter............................................. 5

of people in Green Bay”......... 19

Three Waters reforms –

Local Government Elections –

shrouded in uncertainty............. 6

special feature.................. 20 – 22

Garden club keeps on going ...

Rebecca’s Review................... 23

and growing................................ 8

Sustainable solutions................. 24

Art and about with Naomi McCleary............... 10 – 11

Walk West with ‘The Rambler’............................ 25

Tītīrangi Painters: putting setbacks behind.......... 12

Live @ the lounge .................... 26

Out and About

Advertisers’ Directory............... 27

in the West......................... 14 – 15 “That job just satisfied me perfectly”............................ 16

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Ken Ring’s Weather by the Moon

August may be slightly drier than normal, with more sunshine than average but temperatures normal. The first week may be driest and sunniest, with highest pressures and coolest nights. The second week may bring a wintry blast, and the third week the wettest and cloudiest. The fourth week has least rain amounts and warmest temperatures. Atmospheric pressures may average 1011mbs. For fishermen, highest tides are around the 13th. Best fishing bite-times in the West are around noon on the 11th – 13th and 26th – 28th. Bite-chances are also good for dusk of 4th – 6th, and 18th – 20th. For gardeners, planting is best (waxing moon ascending) between the 1st – 10th, and 27th – 31st; and pruning best between 12th – 25th, (waning moon descending). For preserving and longer shelf-life, pick crops or flowers around neap tides of the 7th and 22nd. Allow 24 hour error for all forecasting. For future weather for any date, visit www.predictweather.com. © Ken Ring 2022. Every issue of The Fringe (and the Tītīrangi Tatler before it) since April 2011 is on-line at www.fringemedia.co.nz. Like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FringeWest) to hear when each issue is available and get other updates.

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Council releases kauri dieback survey results protecting the heart of Our chiefly rākau the forest. Our vision is rangatira kauri are for the kauri to still be doing much better there as living tūpuna in than feared against 1,000 years’ time,” says their enemy, kauri Ed. dieback disease. So, do the findings That’s the key finding mean we will now be of Auckland Council’s allowed greater access first long-term health to the Waitākere monitoring survey. Ranges? In total, 81 percent Rachel Kelleher, of kauri surveyed were general manager healthy or only slightly of Environmental unwell. Young kauri Rachel Kelleher general manager of Environmental Services, Auckland Council with Ed Ashby of Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust at Arataki Visitor Centre. Services, Auckland seedlings and saplings were found at more than half the sites surveyed, even in Council, says that although the sophisticated technology areas where P. agathidicida was present. A positive soil cannot distinguish between types of vectors, i.e. who or what is spreading the disease, there is a high correlation with sample was detected in only 10 percent of surveyed trees. The presence of a new generation of kauri is a cause for historical or current human-based disturbance rather than celebration, says Ed Ashby of Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust. pigs or possums. “Animals don’t present the same risk as “This is a glass half full result. Our kaumatua said that if you humans do in moving further afield,” she adds. Ed agrees. “The days of people running all through the leave nature alone the forest will come back. Nature knows what to do, and this result might be an early indicator. We are ranges are likely over for good. It’s not Can we recreate, but How?” its helper and need to take our wisdom from nature.” The current approach of rolling openings of upgraded Surveyors took to the ground and into the air and, using sophisticated remote sensing technology, determined that tracks will continue as planned through to 2024. The survey has been the first of its kind in the country. The the pathogen’s reach is localised to the periphery of the council has developed a long-term monitoring framework ranges and has not yet penetrated the forest. Ed says the triggers for P. agathidicida at this time in history that can be applied nationally. There is similar work starting are a warming climate, the drop-off in biodiversity, and an in the Hunua Ranges and the results of this first survey increasing human population. “The kindling is dry and we’ve will be integrated into a newly developed national pest management plan for kauri. thrown a match into it.” The survey of 2,140 kauri out of a canopy of 68,000 in the Symptomatic kauri are more prevalent in proximity to historic timber sites and the coast, as is the pathogen itself. ranges cost $370,000 to carry out, funded by the Natural The pathogen begins to reduce at higher elevations and with Environment Targeted Rate and including 761 soil samples. the increasing distance from a neighbouring tree. Hot spots It required 4,450 field team hours. include the Cascades, the lower Huia catchment and Piha. – Jade Reidy “The results reinforce the importance of the rahui in

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Letter

Health petition update The community petition calling for the Waitākere Hospital Master Planning Business Case to be a priority for Health New Zealand amassed 5,563 signatures, 5,000 online and many more gathered at various locations in the West and North. Organised by Waitākere Health Link, the petition was handed to Andrew Little, Minister of Health. The now disestablished Waitematā DHB had been working on developing a full district hospital on the Lincoln Road site and there was consternation when the DHB was told recently that the project would need the approval of Health New Zealand, the new national entity replacing DHBs. Waitākere Hospital was established in the 1950s and while increased services – such as a 24/7 emergency department – had been added in recent years it does not provide all the services needed for a fast-growing population in the West, projected to reach 350,000 by 2038. A Special Care Baby Unit was recently opened at the hospital, partly funded by the local Licensing Trusts, and a new maternity unit is planned. How the restructuring of the public health sector will impact on these long-awaited improvements will be carefully watched by health advocates in the West. – Sandra Coney

Dear Editor, I live on Western Road in Laingholm, and was disappointed to see that many of the grass verges of properties on Western Road had been sprayed recently. The result is ugly brown strips on both sides of the road. The spraying was presumably carried out by Council workers who came to prepare Western Park (12 Western Road) for a "Community Planting Day". Publicity for the event included the following phrases: "restoring nature in Laingholm", "Ruatuna is working to restore natural ecosystems in Laingholm". The hypocrisy of this spraying is obvious. I have been told by long-time residents that spraying the roadsides was not historically carried out. My understanding was that residents were responsible for maintaining their verges. A few minutes with a weed whacker once in a while is all it should take to keep the roadsides tidy. Now, the road is edged by an ugly, brown border. Council workers are exposed to toxic chemicals, as are local wildlife and the water table. I respectfully request that the Council stop this unnecessary spraying. This would not only save money, but more importantly re-align Council policy to reflect our growing concern about the environmental health of this country. I understand that change takes time. This, however could and should be actioned immediately. Save money, save the planet. Annette Fitzpatrick.

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Three Waters reforms – shrouded in uncertainty Another Three Waters milestone is in sight, leaving a trail of unanswered questions pertinent to West Auckland, writes JADE REIDY. Legislation to set up four new entities to manage the country’s drinking water, wastewater and stormwater (hence three waters) is now before Parliament and a select committee is going through submissions. Later this year, further legislation will deal with transferring the assets of councils into the new entities and consumer protection, but as it stands there is no absolute clarity on exactly what those assets are, says Waitākere Ranges Local Board member Sandra Coney. “The Three Waters team told me they expect the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park ‘will largely remain under current community ownership’, but they concede some land may transfer to the new Water Service Entity,” she says. “We won’t know exactly what that means until some time in the future.” Around 6,619 hectares of the Ranges is a water supply area, including five dams and other water catchments. Whether this land, or part of it, and other assets involved with local parks, open space, water supply, flooding and wastewater management, will transfer is ‘up for discussion’ according to Auckland Council. 402a Ti t i r a n g i Road, Ti t i r a n g i V i l lag e Ph : 0 9 8 1 7 - 9 937 w w w.t o n i c s p a .c o . n z

Oversight of septic tanks on private property is likely to remain with the council, says Sandra, including the Septic Tank Targeted Rate, except where run-off gets into stormwater and flows into waterways. Auckland has already developed a new Water Strategy. The city is also working towards becoming a ‘water sensitive city’, one more resilient to climate change and growth with water supply, sanitation, flood prevention and environmental protection working together. How this will dovetail with the Three Waters reform, and who will collect and spend the Water Quality Targeted Rate, is unclear. Watercare will devolve into the new northern Water Services Entity. It says that all service delivery staff will retain their jobs and construction of the water treatment plant in Manuka Road in Tītīrangi will go ahead as planned from 2026, even though the new entity takes over in 2024. Whau Local Board chair Kay Thomas believes that reform is needed and hopes it might speed up under the new entity. She acknowledges that there are also equity issues. “Auckland will inevitably help fund Northland’s issues,” she says. For Waitākere Ranges Local Board member Ken Turner changes to the way water services are delivered and maintained can’t come too soon. Bigger and more isn’t the answer, he says. Ken cites fundamental failures built into procurement and contracting processes as needing to be addressed. “Uprooting Watercare like a tree and planting it somewhere close by with a new name and throwing money at it won’t fix the problems,” he says. “It’s not just the pipes that are leaking or broken, it’s the system.” Earlier this year a working group made a suite of recommendations about Three Waters, almost all accepted by the Government. They included strengthening connections to local communities, for example by introducing consumer forums. In the meantime, local boards are seeking to influence how these entities take shape and gain clarity on who retains what assets and what happens to a range of services. To read the submissions on the new entities, go to Parliament’s website www.parliament.nz and search ‘water services entities bill’.

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• Four new Water Services Entities will be created by legislation this year, from 67 councils. • Auckland is in Entity A (with Northland) and will contribute 93% of its assets (worth $10 billion) but have only four seats out of 14 on the regional representative group. Mana whenua will co-govern with half the seats. • Auckland has sold its water assets to the government for $508m and plans to plug a hole in this year’s budget with a Three Waters government part payment of $127m. • Privatising the assets in future would require a minimum of 75% votes in a public referendum. National and ACT say they will repeal the reforms, if elected.

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Garden keeps on going … and growing “Common herbs – everybody likes to grow Glen Eden’s Maurice Brown says rosemary, thyme, basil and chives. Gardens are his wife Lynn is the “glue that changing and with limited water in summer, holds it all together.” He’s talking we’re all trying to learn what to grow now and about the Glen Eden Garden Club how to maintain our garden,” she says. Lynn started 40 years ago with “We have to go into more Australian plants six members and which has now that withstand the heat better – succulents, grown to 100 or more. kangaroo paw and gums work here. Back then, and working as a florist, “I don’t think we’re really losing anything, Lynn went looking for a local garden we just have to look after things better.” group that met during the day, to Lynn’s own garden is a quarter acre and suit her early morning and late night while she originally planted shrubs and work hours. The closest club was in greenery she could use in her florist work, Henderson and was held at night. It and big herb plots, that’s changed now too. was a ’no go.’ “I’m into things that are low maintenance, So Lynn started one herself, first shrubs that will give colour throughout the in a church hall on West Coast Road, and then moving to the Glen Eden Lynn Brown: Down-to-earth gardening year. A lot of people don’t have the space now Recreation Centre in Glendale Road, where its meetings are and many of our members are gardening in small wee spots. “In these tricky times, gardening can be the one piece still held. Lynn puts much of its success down to it being a daytime of magic in people’s lives. We saw that during lockdown. People went outside to their garden and our group started meeting and there’s no pressure on participants. “You don’t need to know anything about gardening. We’re community gardens in Savoy Road and Lucinda Place and it there to share and extend our knowledge. There’s a big was great to see families getting out there.” trading table now that has developed over the years,” she – Moira Kennedy says. For more information, phone Lynn on 09 818 4348 or email It’s a down-to-earth club too. “There’s nothing really exotic lynnmauricebrown@gmail.com. or special. Just the common things that everyone wants.” The club makes a donation to charity each year and has The Tītīrangi Tennis & Squash Rackets Club Inc, planted gardens at Tītīrangi Primary, Henderson North and needs your help. Glen Eden schools. For many years club members also cared The club, on the corner of Tītīrangi and Golf Roads, for the garden at Chapel of Faith in the Oaks at Waikumete recently celebrated 75 years as an incorporated society, Cemetery. and 50 years as a tennis and squash rackets club. “It’s hard to believe it’s been going for this long but just However, all records and information prior to 1972 seeing the different people going through it and helping have been lost. Do you know when tennis was first some of them with plants and ideas and sharing knowledge played there? Or where the old records might be? has been a huge buzz.” If you can help the club, contact Tom Horomia by Alongside the gardening club, Lynn also started a herb FRINGEADLTD.pdf 1 15/11/16 16:33 email, horomia@xtra.co.nz, or phone 027 493 5947. group which now has about 40 members.

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With Bated Breath! thought that Jacquie should read In 1997 Keri Hulme came first, with the stronger voices to the second Going West to follow; and suggested this. Writers Festival. What follows They politely smiled at me. I had is subject to the vagaries of completely misread and ignored memory and recall; those the protocol around mana – they fragments of moments with quietly organised their onstage scant connecting tissue presence with Jacquie, as their between them. kuia, taking the premier position The festival was settling of the final reading. I need not down; and for the only year have worried anyway; this tiny ever, was held in July (or June?). woman ‘took it away’ with a Murray Gray, the founder and voice and presence that elicited a programme director, says it was Keri Hulme and Jacquie Sturm with Roma Potiki. Photo by standing ovation. Lesson learned. specifically so that Keri could Ted Scott. Keri Hulme’s reading from Bait is the latest podcast to go come, as September is white-baiting season and she had made it patently clear that she would never leave Ōkārito up on the Going West website: goingwestfest.co.nz The website currently leads with a crowd-funding project; when the (white)bait was running. I’m not so sure that this is so, but come she did, and with a sponsorship from Bowmores the final push to reach a target that will support another round of Different Out Loud; commissioned poetry videos. whisky as an enticement. Her main reason for coming north was, she said, to deliver Season One was a triumph; visually arresting and with some the manuscript of her new novel, Bait, to her publisher. Of new voices working with videographers to create multicourse we accepted that at face value and were simply over genre performance pieces; all filmed in and around the the moon to have her at our newly minted festival. Rangiwai Waitākere Ranges – as will be Season Two. As with all crowd-funding, small donations make a Lodge in Tītīrangi was already our ‘special place’ for top guests. 1997 was also the year we welcomed Sia Figiel, who difference. This is your chance to support a unique literary had just won a Commonwealth Writers Award for her first opportunity for Aotearoa. novel Where We Once Belonged. I think Michael King was Artist of the Month the third house guest. Loaded with names from the Aotearoa Ila Selwyn: long-time Tītīrangi literati, we hosted an evening at Rangiwai for all our guest local and writer. Here are the speakers and other leading writers from the Auckland facts (which in no way reveals the region. In my mind’s eye I can see Allan Curnow, Maurice essential Ila). She has just launched Shadbolt, Kevin Ireland, Jacquie Sturm and a dozen others. her third poetry collection, slipping But Keri was undoubtedly the star turn. Whisky in hand, she between. A graduate of the Masters was a quiet presence, possibly not entirely comfortable. Sia in Creative Writing from the Figiel had been resting after her flight from Samoa and was University of Auckland, she is the to make a late entry – and what an entry! author of two previous poetry Suddenly the door was flung open and there she stood, an collections, two sisters and dancing arresting sight; tall, almost regal, in flowing Pacifica robes with dragons. A member of a poetry group, a creative writing and with long black hair radiating out in a halo. She let out circle and a theatre writing troupe, she has written three a cry of joy and launched herself across the room to fall into one act plays and is working on a collection of short stories, Keri’s arms, weeping her love and admiration. I can still see poems and line drawings for her next book. Keri’s startled face. But here’s the Ila I know. A star of the annual Going West The weekend unfolded. The word had got out that she was Poetry Slam, this amazing woman, indubitably in her ‘mature with us and there was some media attention. I think there years’; fearlessly brave in her spoken word poetry; would was already some excitement around the much-delayed take the mic; long legs in black mesh stockings, killer boots follow-up to The Bone People. And so she read from her and a mini skirt; long blond hair and, in the midst of an army manuscript for around 40 minutes to a spellbound audience. of earnestness, sock it to the audience with sexy, provocative, Her voice was light, slightly hesitant, and the tantalising even shocking, verse. It was, however, always well-crafted, snippets of the novel carried the same sombre notes of the serious in its intent, political often, and very funny. She, at earlier book. There was a second session on stage with Roma least on one occasion, swept the Grand Slam Award. The Potiki and Jacquie Sturm; three Maori writers to read from Poetry Slam is long gone; Covid saw to that; but Ila has their recent work. Both Roma and Keri were big presences continued on her trajectory of serious writing; and now and Jacquie seemed so frail and diminutive. I foolishly

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slipping between - a reflection of her life and loves, illustrated with delicate line drawings, slightly naïve, but so evocative. Poet Janet Charman, in reviewing slipping between, puts it succinctly: a poetry collection that slips between the dark and light of Tītīrangi’s forest gardens; slips between the waves at the shoreline of this country and several others, in poems that both mourn and celebrate lives and relationships sustained across several continents. - - - - the poems are quirky - - - they have intriguing and unexpected turns. - - - Ila’s own seductive illustrations appear on every page. But don’t be beguiled: Slipping between the joyous and comedic elements of this work are Ila’s knife sharp barbs. - - - Whatever we are told, or would like to believe, in our society we only actually have free speech if we exercise it. This is a time to celebrate each and every creative voice in our community; those that fearlessly dig into the fabric of our lives and help us make sense of the times we live in. Ila is one of these. slipping between is available in the shop at Te Uru.

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Putting two years of setbacks behind

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and the club is heartened by the number of people wanting to join the group. “To us, that proves that painting is very much alive, despite reports to the contrary,” Mike says. Victoria McNaughton who paints on glass and was a finalist in the prestigious Adam Portraiture Award showcased at Wellington’s New Zealand Portrait Gallery will be joined by other prize-winning painters and some who sell work internationally. Artists will vie for the club’s major award, Reflections of the West, featuring paintings with a West Auckland theme. Visitors can also get an insight into the creative process. “During the show, artists will create paintings, providing a glimpse of how painters work,” says Stock. “And visitors can vote for their favourite work in the People’s Choice category. The level of talent will ensure a stimulating exhibition.” Tītīrangi War Memorial Hall, 500 South Tītīrangi Road; August 20 – 21, 10am-4.30pm; Free.

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After two years when Covid lockdowns caused it to be abandoned, the Tītīrangi Painters’ annual winter exhibition, now in its 30th year, is set to disperse the seasonal gloom. Set for the third weekend in August, the show will feature hundreds of colourful paintings by more than 30 painters, all for sale. The paintings range from traditional and contemporary takes on landscape, still life and portraits, to floral, bird, and animal subjects, and paintings of everyday life. “Two years of disappointment have failed to dim the enthusiasm of this remarkable group of people. We won’t be deterred by Covid,” says club President Mike Stock. “And we can assure visitors of a show to remember.” Established members will be joined by several artists exhibiting for the first time,

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Meet the Future West team For Waitakere Ranges Local Board Future West is a progressive coalition of Independents, Labour and Green Party. Members of the team come from all parts of the Local Board’s geographic area, from the towns and villages to the rural areas and Coast. We combine experience with new fresh faces. We offer experience in community development, environment, emergency management, commerce, urban design, education, arts and heritage. We all volunteer in our communities and stand with our communities in bringing the best for the West.

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Provide a strong voice for Waitakere and the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area

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Complete Climate Action Plan, develop Greenways, safe off-road walking and cycling

Foster arts, support Te Uru, launch Maurice Shadbolt Writers in Residence

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Places to go – Things to do

Out and About in the West August

Place, Whenuapai; 12-3pm; $50. Contact Janet Redmond, janetredmond@ gmail.com, 027 251 5548.

w – 7, Against the tide, an exhibition celebrating the life and work of w 9, West Auckland Historical Society Family History Group meeting;

the late, self-taught ceramic artist, Robert Rapson, best known for his wonderfully wonky yet uncannily accurate sculptures of boats; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087.

Henderson Central Library West Auckland Research Centre; 10-11.30am. Phone Gary Snow 832 5098, 021 618 434 or email gary@snofam.co.nz.

w 12, West Auckland Men’s Rebus Club, guest speaker and morning tea; w – August 7, a mixed media exhibition by brother and sister Celeste and Friendship Hall, 3063 Great North Road, New Lynn; 10am-12noon. Phone

Rudi Strewe; West Coast Gallery, Seaview Road, Piha; Thu/Fri 10am-2pm, Sat/Sun 10am-4pm. Phone 812 8029. www.westcoastgallery.co.nz.

w – 28, Counting frames for a transient era, Wanda Gillespie considers timelessness as a term of value given new meaning during the pandemic; the window space, Te Uru, 420 Tītīrangi Road. Phone 817 8087.

w – September 4, Otherwise-image-worlds brings together five newly commissioned artworks from artists working in animation. Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Juliet Carpenter, Tanu Gago, Ary Jansen and Sorawit Songsataya expand and reconfigure the conventions of image-making; Te Uru, 420 Tītīrangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w – September 11, Motutapu, the conclusion of a four-year journey by artist Benjamin Work and photographer Brendan Kitto, this exhibition looks at the shared history of motutapu (sacred islands) throughout Moana Oceania as places of santuary, reconnection and reconciliation; Te Uru, 420 Tītīrangi Road. Phone 817 8087.

w – September 11, In Return, a wānanga exchange by artists Cora-Allan and Marita Hewitt; Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mount Lebanon Lane, Henderson; 10am-4.30pm daily. Phone 838 4455, www.ceac.org.nz.

w – September 11, Bodies of Woven Code, a dialogue between a diverse group of multi-disciplinary artists curated by Trixi Rosa and Ed Waaka; Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mount Lebanon Lane, Henderson; 10am-4.30pm daily. Phone 838 4455, www.ceac.org.nz. w – September 18, Matariki Ring of Fire – Emily Karaka follows her 2021

McCahon House residency with an exhibition centring on the festival of Matariki, the Matariki star cluster, and the fourteen Tūpuna Maunga of the Tāmaki Makaurau region; Te Uru, 420 Tītīrangi Road. Phone 817 8087.

w 3, Glen Eden Library presents Book Chat Glen Eden Library, 12/32 Glendale Road; 10.30 – 11.30am. Phone 377 0209.

Laurie 820 2234.

w 12, Ladies’ Probus Club, fellowship, fun, speakers, and a monthly day trip; St John’s Hall, 247 Edmonton Road, Te Atatū South; 9.45am-Noon. Phone Betty 09 832 0484. w 12, The Club presents Sunnylaw Social Club, The Peter Pan Experience

and special guests; Tītīrangi RSA, 502 South Tītīrangi Road, Tītīrangi; 8.30pm; $10, tickets from www.titirangirsa.co.nz or at bar. Phone 817 6415.

w 13, Waitematā Country Music Club 50th Birthday Concert, featuring special Guest Artist Dave Ewart jnr; Playhouse Theatre, Glendale Road, Glen Eden; 2pm and 7.30pm; $20/$15/$5, tickets and info from Lois Haydon 838 2547 or lois_country@yahoo.co.nz. w 13, Tītīrangi Folk Music Club presents Celtic Ferret, the best from the

West. Floorsingers in first half; Tītīrangi Beach Hall, bottom of Tītīrangi Beach Road (Livestreamed if meeting not possible); 8pm; $12, members $8, under 18 free. www.titirangilivemusic.co.nz or text Cathy on 021 207 7289. Vaccination Pass and mask required.

w 13 – September 11, Jasmin Canuel Coasting– paintings; West Coast

Gallery, Seaview Road, Piha; Thu/Fri 10am-2pm, Sat/Sun 10am-4pm. Phone 812 8029. www.westcoastgallery.co.nz.

15, Henderson Falls Combined Friendship Club – fun, friendship and fellowship with monthly speakers and frequent outings; Henderson Bowling Clubrooms, 2/20 Alderman Drive, Henderson; 10am-noon. Contact Joy 837 4646 or 021 267 3544.

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w 16, 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. w 17, Combined Waitākere Rebus Club; St John’s Hall, 247 Edmonton

Road, Te Atatū South; 10am-Noon. Contact Philis on 838 5361.

w 5, Glen Eden Library presents Owl Lantern Craft Session; Glen Eden w 18, Waitākere Forest & Bird Talk – Greg Holwell, zoologist and

Library; 3:30–5:00pm. Phone 377 0209.

behavioural ecologist from the University of Auckland, on camouflage and

w 7, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia Road, Laingholm; competition among Tāmaki Makaurau's neglected insects and spiders;

3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732.

w 7, Reclaiming your Warrioress; The Combat Centre, 2B/12 Kawakawa

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Places to go – Things to do

w 19, Glen Eden Library in partnership with The Reading Revolution presents a new Shared Reading Group for adults; Meeting Room, Glen Eden Library, 12/32 Glendale Road; 10–11:30am. Phone 377 0209.

w 19, Glen Eden Library presents Jumping Jack Puppet Workshop; Glen Eden Library, 12/32 Glendale Road; 3:30–5:00pm. Phone 377 0209.

w 19, Tītīrangi Library presents a guided night-time walk for adults with Annette Less, author of After Dark: Walking into the Nights of Aotearoa; Arataki Visitor Centre, 300 Scenic Drive; 7.00-8.30pm. Places are limited and booking is essential: visit Eventbrite.com and search for Tītīrangi Library. Phone 377 0209.

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

w September 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. w September 9, West Auckland Men’s Rebus Club, guest speaker

and morning tea; Friendship Hall, 3063 Great North Road, New Lynn;

w 20, Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra presents Snow & Ice; The Trusts 10am-12noon. Phone Laurie 820 2234. Arena, 65-67 Central Park Drive, Henderson; 3pm; Free, bookings required w September 9, Ladies’ Probus Club, fellowship, fun, speakers, and a www.apo.co.nz.

w 23, Tītīrangi Library presents Drag Queen Storytime with special guest Medulla Oblongata; Tītīrangi Library, 500 South Tītīrangi Road; 10-11am.

monthly day trip; St John’s Hall, 247 Edmonton Road, Te Atatū South; 9.45am-Noon. Phone Betty 09 832 0484.

w September 10, Tītīrangi Folk Music Club AGM with guests Terry Free

w 23, Tītīrangi U3A – informal learning for people 60-years plus, guest and Janet Thomson; Tītīrangi Beach Hall, bottom of Tītīrangi Beach Road

speakers, study groups; West Lynn Garden, 73 Parker Avenue, New Lynn; 1pm. Contact 818 8809, 027 699 5480 or heathertanguay@slingshot.co.nz. www.u3a.nz.

(Livestreamed if meeting not possible); 8pm; $12, members $8, under 18 free. www.titirangilivemusic.co.nz or text Cathy on 021 207 7289. Vaccination Pass and mask required.

w 24, West Auckland Historical Society presents Karekare Surf Club and w September 15, Combined Waitākere Rebus Club; St John’s Hall, 247

more, a talk by Sir Bob Harvey; Waitākere Gardens Meeting Room, 15 Sel Peacock Drive, Henderson; 7pm.

w 25, Glen Eden Library presents a special Drag Queen Rhymetime; Glen Eden Library, 12/32 Glendale Road; 11-11:30am. Phone 377 0209. w 26, 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.

w 26, Tītīrangi Folk Music Club presents Friday Folk, an informal gathering

of musicians and singers; Tītīrangi Beach Hall, bottom of Tītīrangi Beach Road; 8pm; $5. www.titirangilivemusic.co.nz or text Cathy on 021 207 7289. Vaccination Pass and mask required.

w 27, Tītīrangi Library presents a fiction writing workshop for adults and young adults with local author and Woodlands Park School librarian Kate S Richards; Seminar Room, Level 1, Lopdell House, 418 Titirangi Road; 10-11am; Bookings required: visit Eventbrite.com and search for Tītīrangi Library. Phone 377 0209. w 28, Tītīrangi Village Market: art, craft, produce and music; Tītīrangi War Memorial Hall; 10am-2pm. Contact Tess on tvm.manager@gmail.com or phone 022 631 9436.

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Edmonton Road, Te Atatu South; 10am-Noon. Contact Philis on 838 5361.

w September 18, Antiques, Vintage and Retro Fair, proceeds towards the upkeep of Armanesco House; Blockhouse Bay Community Centre, 524 Blockhouse Bay Road; 9.30am-2.00pm; Admission $2.00. Stall bookings and info: phone 445 1227. Event organisers: Do you have an upcoming event you’d like

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“That job just satisfied me perfectly” work stories. I didn’t believe some of Former Waitākere Ranges Regional them myself! Park ranger, John Walsh, has better “While there are some tragic stories in work stories than most of us, and my book, it’s reality. The whole spectrum after 38 years on the job and 10 years of humanity. Things like mental health of retirement, he’s decided to share issues, a lot of suicides, three homicides, some of them. found bodies. Suicides are always sad So You Want To Be A Park Ranger, a and tragic, especially young people. I self-published, just-released book sees realised there were two categories of John sharing an insight into what the job people – those who wanted to be found of being a park ranger actually entails – quickly and were, and those who didn’t and it’s not just a cushy number, tripping and weren’t. There are still bodies up through forests in nice weather to check there in the Waitākere Ranges.” on how well the flora and fauna are John says he has written about things doing. he expected to do and was trained to “In the course of my duties, I received do, but he’s also written about things he four death threats, was shot at on never expected to do and wasn’t trained three occasions, survived an attempted for. “The first body was a bit of a shock stabbing and two attempts to run me and then I realised I had a job to do and down, was involved in the aftermath of I had to get on and do it. There was no three homicides, attended many motor vehicle accidents (some fatal), took part John Walsh: “The kids used to terrify me.” trauma counselling back then.” Along with his ranger work, John also took part in more in over 250 search and rescue (SAR) operations, spent time than 250 search and rescue operations. “It was unpaid work in court as a prosecution or expert witness …,” writes John. And that’s just in the introduction to his book, before he but I saw it as my community service. It took up a lot of gets to fighting several multi-day forest fires, interactions my spare time over about 20 years. Rescues are different to with motorcycle gangs, cannabis plantations, arson and searches. A lot of rescues are down to ignorance, stupidity, whale strandings. Not to mention groups of challenging five lack of skills, bad decision making or just bad luck. “I don’t miss that side of it. I miss the people who year olds. Earlier, John had tried and hated desk jobs. “Someone told appreciated what we (police, fire service and ambulance me I needed to find a job that involved my hobbies. Those service) provided. The others probably represented five per were tramping and hunting and so it became,” he says. “That cent of our visitor base but took up 95 per cent of our time.” But his job wasn’t all death, doom and disaster. John and was one of the best bits of advice I ever had.” Admitting to a low boredom threshold, John says he found his wife, Heather Walsh (Laingholm Primary School’s Deputy the life of a ranger, initially based at Arataki, and later at the Principal) who now live in Green Bay, have no children of Huia Ranger Station, also fitted in with his fascination for the their own and John says as part of the park’s education “wackiest side of human nature and the bizarre/humorous/ team, he loved working with the children who visited the Waitākeres in school groups. tragic encounters” he had with park visitors. “Mind you, at the beginning and given a choice of dealing “People wouldn’t believe me when I told them some of my

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Stop birdstrike! with a group of five year-old children, or a patched gang, I’d go with the gang! The kids used to terrify me but I learnt a lot from them and very quickly. It was lovely.” John has no regrets – “that job just satisfied me perfectly” - and would do it all again, confessing he nearly lost the job before it was properly underway all those years ago. “I went into battle to prevent the then Auckland Regional Council developing a highway from Whatipū to Piha. That campaign could have been career damaging, but it had to be done. It was just unthinkable. That was my first big conservation effort.” John’s book costs $45 (including postage) and can be bought directly from him at email: huia8118@gmail.com – Moira Kennedy

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Education – special feature

Outstanding results for Avondale students Avondale College students consistently gain some of the highest marks in New Zealand and the world in NZQA and Cambridge International examinations, and the results from 2021 were once again cause for celebration. In the Cambridge International examinations, two students came Top in the World, with nine achieving the best marks in New Zealand. Justin Yang (Year 11) came first in the world in the IGCSE English exam, with a raw mark of 99%; and Seivin Kim topped the world in the IGCSE Mathematics exam, gaining 100% – while only in Year 10! Avondale College’s NCEA results were also well above national averages, with an increase to 93% NCEA achievement for Years 11-13 students – despite an overall drop in NCEA achievement nationally for 2021. Literacy rates for Year 11 were the highest they have been for five years, and more students gained 14 credits in their courses in 2021 than in the previous three years. Furthermore, 32 NZ Scholarships in 13 different subjects were awarded to Avondale College students in 2021. “Our students achieve the exceptional,” says Principal Lyndy Watkinson. “At Avondale College our expectations are high, opportunities abound and role models are plentiful. Our students graduate from our school ready to make a

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positive contribution to their wider community.”

Prospective students and their families are invited to come and see for themselves at the Avondale College’s Open Evening on Wednesday August 3, from 4-7pm.

New classrooms, playgrounds and sports facilities for our schools Our Government is working hard to build an education system that gives every student the best chance to succeed. As part of this work, our School Investment Package has supported around 4,500 school upgrade projects around New Zealand, including 31 upgrades to 12 schools in the New Lynn Electorate. We believe all Kiwi kids deserve classrooms that are fit-for-purpose, vibrant spaces to learn and play in, and decent sports facilities. To make this a reality, in 2019, the Government announced the biggest capital injection for school maintenance funding in over two decades – and thanks to this, almost every single state school in New Zealand has been able to make muchneeded property improvements. Locally, the School Investment Package has delivered $400,000 to Arahoe School for classroom improvements and $273,000 to Woodlands Park School for a new administration block. Other schools in the electorate have received funding from $15,000 to $172,000 for individual projects such as new canopies and covered walkways, landscaping, car parks, heating, staff rooms, playing fields and hard courts, toilet upgrades and reconfiguration, and security systems. All of these improvements are helping to make our local schools places where young people want to be. In addition to delivering upgrades to almost every state school, the Government is building hundreds of new classrooms around the country. We’re also making school funding fairer by scrapping the outdated decile system, and we’re boosting investment to give schools the teachers and equipment they need. All of this builds on the work we’ve done since 2017 to make sure that every Kiwi kid gets a great education, including making schooling more affordable for families, better supporting teachers, and more. We know there’s still more work to do, but our Government is committed to making New Zealand the best place in the world to be a young person, and building a stronger education system is a vital part of that. – Ngā Mihi, Deborah Russell, MP for New Lynn Advertise with The Fringe – It’s who we are.


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“They’re a nice bunch of people in Green Bay” What is it like to work in Green Bay? And what’s on the television that’s worth watching? JOHN GOUDGE chatted with three Green Bay business owners to find out. Nikki Watts, owner (along with her daughter Sarah) Chameleonz Hair Skin and Body. What’s the best thing about doing business in Green Bay? “Wow, I live in Tītīrangi, so I don’t have any traffic issues, except for the schools. And I’ve been here 16 years, so, the vets (next door) are like family; and I go to that little local supermarket all the time, and the florist shop; and everything is like, quite community. Everyone knows everybody and says hi, and they’re nice people.” What is the most important improvement you’d like to see? “Well, it’s getting done! The supermarket’s getting bigger. That’s the best improvement.” What film or TV show have you seen lately you would recommend watching over winter, and why? “I’ve been watching re-runs of .. oh, what’s it called? Denny Crane – what was that many years ago? Boston Legal. I’ve been watching that, and Ghost Whisperer. I don’t like a lot of blood and guts – that’s not my thing.”

David Bannister, owner Green Bay Bookshop. What’s the best thing about doing business in Green Bay? “Well, I’m a local, so there’s no place like home. And the people around here are really nice.” What is the most important improvement you’d like to see? “I’d say we need some security cameras to catch some of

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the graffiti artists. And maybe do something about the professional beggars we get in here. We get a group come in – they drive over in their Audis and their VW Golfs, and they park at the front here. They are quite big lads, and they’re quite intimidating, and they’re quite aggressive when they’re asking people for money. There’s about four to six of them, and they come back here a lot. And they threatened a guy with a knife because he told them to ‘f’ off. Otherwise, Green Bay is fantastic.” What film or TV show have you seen lately you would recommend watching over winter, and why? “It had Gary Oldman in it. He’s really good. He plays a spy. Slow Horses. It’s very good.” Craig Loza, owner Godley Road Autos. What’s the best thing about doing business in Green Bay? “I grew up in Green Bay, I know a lot of the people. Mum and Dad live just up the road. I lived in England for a while, and then my wife and I moved back to New Zealand. My dad had been talking to Steve who owned the place here and he had said he was really busy leading up to Christmas, and he could do with my help for a couple of weeks. So that ended up being 17 years. Then we bought the business off him. Not bad for a temporary job. “Lots of people have been coming here for a very long time – lots of people retiring and lots of new people moving in. It’s good – they’re just a nice bunch of people in Green Bay.” What is the most important improvement you’d like to see? “Green Bay’s good. It’s really friendly.” What film or TV show have you seen lately you would recommend watching over winter, and why? “I like The Rookie. It’s about a builder who decides in his 40s to join the police force – so he’s the oldest recruit ever.”

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Michelle Clayton, Westwards I am re-standing as an Independent with the Westwards team. I offer practical solutions and am tenacious as I navigate Auckland Council and CCOs for escalations and answers. I am also known as a strong advocate and voice of the Community. Having lived in the West for 18 years I am extremely passionate about this community. I work for a charity in Henderson but live in Glen Eden with my family. I am a committed volunteer, sitting on a variety of local volunteer groups, including Glen Eden Community House, Te Wahi Ora retreat, and Waitākere Cogs. As a volunteer I know how important it is to support our local clubs and groups whether it’s tackling the weeds in the Ranges, providing after school programmes at community houses or being a community patroller. Volunteers provide the backbone of our area. As our area intensifies, I am committed to fixing and future-

Ken Turner, Westwards Are Aucklanders going to let Watercare leave our beloved Rainforest Express to rust and fail? Are we going to accept more of our Waitākere heritage lost for eternity? This little railway is a historic legacy, hand-built in 1912 by our forebears to construct the Upper Nihotupu Dam and pipeline that supplies drinking water to Auckland. For decades, it was a cost-effective way for construction workers and engineers to carry out inspections, maintenance, and repairs to the pipeline. In 1998 Watercare management (CEO Mark Ford and Mike Lee) saw the potential this little railway offered for educational excursions: school children, groups, and family members could safely travel through the bush to enjoy the birds, trees, streams, glow worms, and landscapes and develop an understanding and love for nature. The ride traversed several spectacular forest-clad valleys. Passengers experienced the adventure of 10 tunnels, nine streams and a 12-metre-high viaduct. Equally important was the opportunity to teach how our city’s water reticulation worked. In short, the perfect PR exercise. Up to 20,000 passengers per year enjoyed the 11km round trip from Jacobson’s Depot to the Upper Nihotupu Dam and back. Then, in 2012, Watercare closed the Rainforest Express citing a risk of rockfalls and Watercare has since allowed this asset to deteriorate.

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proofing our infrastructure to meet our growing population. This means pushing AT to fix the pavements and potholes in our roads and advocating for sensible public transport options that get you to where you and your family need to go. Climate change is a problem for everyone and we need a plan that we can all get behind. But we can’t be anticar when we have little public transport and live in the Waitākere Ranges with a beautiful natural environment but little employment or amenities for our families. The outdoors is important for our health and wellbeing, and we need to upgrade our small local parks to create facilities that our young people want to use and push for the rapid development of the tracks so that people can return to the bush they love without compromising the environment. The Glen Eden town centre is well overdue an upgrade. I am committed to keep pushing it on the Council’s agenda. A vote for me is a vote for a solid independent voice, with a determined and sensible approach to solving complex local issues that affect us all. To find out more and tell me what you think please go to the Westwards FB page or email michelleclayton48@yahoo.co.nz

For over 100 years this railway has had no operational accidents caused by rockfalls. The rockfall risk is no different to anywhere else in the Waitākeres. Watercare’s 2012 decision ignores the fact that every day thousands of people drive along Scenic Drive, through the same active geography and often within 100m of Watercare’s service-roads and railway and on the same terrain that Watercare now finds so dangerous. Over the last decade Auckland Council and its CCOs have lost their common-sense. Once we used constant observation to evaluate operational risk, and scheduled maintenance to mitigate physical risk. Now we just lock everyone out and deem it a ‘precautionary approach’. This is robbing our grandchildren of a childhood experience that some of their parents still talk about. Watercare is losing its ‘good corporate’ PR connection to the public (not to mention what is still a cost-effective way to service their pipeline). But the flame of hope still flickers in me. Because I’m told Watercare’s new CEO has some background in rail, and here’s hoping a soft spot for this little railway. Please Mr Watercare CEO help us get our Rainforest Express back. Aucklanders will applaud you for it. Advertise with The Fringe – It’s who we are.


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West Auckland Licensing Trusts Action Group Did you know that West Auckland has just eight tavernlicensed venues to cater for a population of about 280,000? Yes, there are lots of restaurants, but if you want a drink in a cosy wine bar or a great craft beer pub, good luck finding one in West Auckland. The two West Auckland Licensing Trusts, Portage Licensing Trust, and Waitākere Licensing Trust, have the exclusive right to tavern licences and retailing alcohol for West Auckland. This means only the Trusts can own and control off licences in the West. Supermarkets can’t sell alcohol. It also means you pay the prices the Trusts set. The West Auckland Licensing Trusts Action Group (WALTAG) seeks an end to this monopoly. Ideally, we’d like a referendum and have been raising a petition to make this happen. In the meantime, there’s the opportunity to effect change from within the Trusts, with elected members supporting our principles of choice, transparency and generosity. Until the monopoly is ended, we’re advocating for the Trusts to offer better bars and more of them, better choice of liquor stores, better pricing, better targeted giving back to the community and more of it – but not just to gain favour,

Allan Geddes, Westwards Our community clubs can be part of the mental health solution, says local board candidate Allan Geddes, they just need some help Local business owner, Allan is concerned enough about mental health and well being in the local community to stand for the Waitākere Ranges Local Board. “I am seeing people in a bad way,” he says. “They are at the end of their tether for a range of reasons – stress, burnout, health, financial.” He believes that there is one way that Auckland Council can genuinely assist the situation: by giving community facilities and clubs what they need to thrive. “We know that being closely involved with our local communities goes a long way towards happiness and mental health,” he says. He describes a typical sailing day at French Bay Yacht Club, which he has been involved with for 10 years, and headed up as a volunteer committee member for the last four years.

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like the first aid kits. We had two candidates elected in 2019. Ben Goodale (pictured right) who was elected for Tītīrangi and Green Bay is standing again and we’ll be announcing other candidates soon. We want to ensure that pressure is maintained on the Trusts to work harder for the West. “The last three years has seen significant change, much of it consequent to WALTAG pressure,” says Ben Goodale. “The management team at the Trusts has been transformed, refocused under a new CEO. The management board has been shaken up too, with a new chairman and board members. We’ve supported the introduction of the Liquorland franchise to provide more choice, and the Living Wage for staff. We’ve pushed for giving back to be more planned, less ad hoc. We’ve also ensured that the Trusts are a lot more open than they ever were before.” Visit www.trustsaction.org.nz or our Facebook page to find out more. “It’s all about people coming together, catching up, and doing something outside that is healthy, active and challenging. It’s the same at the surf lifesaving clubs, the local tennis club, and the clubs that run team sports too. “Local people are the experts in providing what their community needs,” he says. “They are in a position to reach into communities and provide people with social connections, opportunities to play sport, and to feel involved and part of their neighbourhood. And they usually do it as volunteers, for very low cost.” He believes that Auckland Council and the Waitākere Ranges Local Board have an opportunity to support these clubs, and their volunteer armies. The primary tool for this is improved lease terms that enable the clubs to implement long-term strategies, and to gain long-term funding. “A recent move towards short term leases is tremendously challenging for the volunteers that run clubs. It makes it very difficult for them to make new projects happen and as a result we are seeing clubs dying,” he says. “It’s far better for the community to support an existing club than to let it disappear and try to replace it with something new for a much higher cost,” he says. Allan has lived in West Auckland since childhood, and Tītīrangi for the last 25 years. He is partner in a family business. He has one daughter. The Fringe AUGUST 2022

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system that had two major changes from what was recommended. There To morefor and a tellre-think us what you on thinkthe please go to Isfind it out time Super were to be between 20 and 30 local Facebook City? www.facebook.com/futurewestnz boards (there are 21) and local roads Twitter https://twitter.com/futurewest Auckland’s Super City is now 12 years were to be managed by AT, thereby Authorisedold by Greg Presland, 512 South Titirangi Road, Titirangi, Auckland 021 998 411 and Future West thinks thatPh:now is denying the ability to engage in significant ‘place making’. a good time to review how it is performing. It believes that Local boards get to comment on many Council proposals, significant improvements could be made, and are needed if but often local board views diverge and there is no consensus. the Super City is to reach its full potential. We lack the power of a united voice. Council Controlled The original model proposed by the Royal Commission was Organisations hold extensive power but there is no local for a Regional Council and six local councils including one based on Waitākere City’s old boundaries. It concluded that control. There can be significant interaction between the this arrangement would improve regional decision-making local boards and the various CCOs but interaction is not the while allowing the local flavour of Auckland’s distinct areas same thing as decision making. We believe it is time for Auckland’s governance to be preserved. The Commission proposed a new regional transport entity arrangements to be reviewed. The West would be best with responsibilities for regional transport, public transport, served by devolution of further powers to the local board strategic planning and for regional arterial roads. Local roads with increased autonomy over the day-to-day running of were to be the day-to-day responsibility of local councils, our area. This body can then get on with protecting and a valid concession given how important roads are in ‘place enhancing our unique Westie characteristics including, in particular, the protection and enhancement of the Waitākere making’. Area. Mark Roberts Sandra Coney Liz Manley Mark Allen Jessamine Fraser Heritage Greg Presland Unfortunately the Government disagreed and created a Ranges

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Dear Virus by Anna Crichton Meet the “Dears”, making the best out of the strange couple of years we’ve had with the Covid pandemic and the resulting lockdowns. Follow the trials and adventures of Mr and Mrs Dear as they navigate their way through weeks of flour shortages, toilet paper panic buying, boredom and new discoveries. Covering all the ups and downs of life in lockdown, I could totally relate to this wee treasure of a book. Who among us did not spend the day in their PJs, dreamt about hamburgers, tried to hide their home haircuts, invented new ways to amuse themselves, or marvelled at the quiet roads and the sounds of nature? I feel like The Dears reflect a little bit of all of us, and if we can’t make fun and have a bit of a laugh, we would be in an even sorrier state indeed! Crafted by Tītīrangi local, Anna Crichton, this book is delightfully and cheekily illustrated, showcasing the author’s insight and quirky sense of humour on every page. Anna is a renowned artist, illustrator, cartoonist, ceramicist and world explorer. With buckets of energy, a quirky sense of

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humour and a satirical edge, Anna has received many awards and accolades as an editorial artist. She lives by the beach and draws inspiration from her peaceful surroundings. Some of her work has been exhibited at Te Uru recently and her prints are available for sale at the Tītīrangi Post Office. Dear Virus… was created under lockdown. Anna describes her creative process: “Inspiration can come from sitting still – it’s a matter of letting your mind wander in any old direction – I sat on my special log by the sea and stared at the sea and the sky to let these ethereal thoughts meander into my head. It was such a respite from a world that was becoming weirder and weirder.” Dear Virus… is available from Tītīrangi Pharmacy, or via Anna’s website, annacrichton.com. Ten percent of sales will go to the NZ Native Forests Restoration Trust. “The Dears are grateful they now have a souvenir of all the ways they survived lockdown, and how it made themselves anew,” writes Anna. – Rebecca Manners

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Sustainable solutions with Fiona Drummond

Disposing of items sustainably Some items can be difficult to recycle, but one person’s trash is another’s treasure, so spread the love and lessen the landfill load.

Curtains

Clean second hand curtains can be dropped off directly to Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 7 Dora Street, Henderson or Ecomatters in New Lynn will pass them on to Habitat for Humanity stores.

Fabrics/clothing/sewing accessories

Cleaning out your wardrobe or sewing stash (or someone else’s? The Upcycle Collective in New Lynn will take ANY clothing, even damaged or stained, and any fabric donations or sewing accessories and trims. They are all about keeping it out of landfill and use it for upcycling or stuffing. Make contact via https://www.facebook.com/ theupcyclecollectiveaotearoa to arrange drop offs.

Inflatable pool toys

Clean, mould-free pool toys that have deflated can be dropped to Ecomatters in New Lynn. I Used To Be recycles them into bright and fun water-resistant bags and accessories.

Polystyrene, plant pot and light bulb recycling

After a period of limited operations due to Covid, Mitre 10 stores in New Lynn and Henderson and MacClure’s ITM (256 Swanson Road, Henderson) are accepting polystyrene for recycling again. Mitre 10 has committed to making a real and sustainable impact on our environment by working towards a ‘circular economy’ where waste is recycled into new products. The company introduced Pot Recycle in November 2021. This initiative closes the loop on plastic ID5 plant and seedling pots. Mitre 10 accepts clean plant and seedling

pots identified with 5 in the recycle triangle symbol, representing most of the plastic pots they sell plants in. The pots are sent to their recycling partners, Recycling Group and Pact Group, to be shredded and melted into resin, then remoulded into new pots by their supply partner Zealandia Horticulture. Mitre 10 has now launched a second national product stewardship scheme, Lightbulb Recycle, in partnership with specialist waste and recycling business Interwaste. Most light bulbs contain components made of hazardous materials like mercury, which can contaminate landfill and pollute waterways and are not supposed to be discarded through household waste collections. Drop your old bulbs into the Lightbulb Recycle boxes at your local store and they will be sent to Interwaste, where they are dismantled with the materials recovered to be recycled into raw materials for other uses. The glass, for example, can be reused as glass wool insulation; mercury is extracted and reused in the dental industry; and aluminium and other metals are separated and recycled for industrial use.

Old car batteries and engine oil

Dispose of them sustainably by dropping your waste off at participating Repco and Supercheap Auto Stores. The oil must be in the old oil container. You can also take your car batteries to any metal recycling place, and they will pay you for them.

Paint products

Both Dulux and Resene have drop off facilities for their branded paints and other products, check what they will take here: https://www.makethemostofwaste.co.nz/ stewardship/.

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Walk West with ‘The Rambler’

The stress-relieving qualities of white noise and waves “What goes up must go down” as the saying goes and when it comes to walking in the Waitākere Regional Park, what you walk down you must walk up again – unless you cheat and get someone in a car to pick you up at the bottom. That’s tip number one from the Rambler after exploring beautiful Whites Beach just north of Piha on Auckland’s rugged West coast. The tip for any younger, fit and energetic types wanting a great workout is ignore tip one. From Piha Road turn right onto Anawhata Road and drive almost to the end. It’s a long windy stretch of gravel with plenty of potholes and not a road cone in sight. Heavenly. Pass Craw camp and keep going a little further. You’ll find a private driveway on your left by a pull-off area, with a sign saying “to Whites Beach.” (Very near there is also the entrance to White Track, which will take you down to Piha, connecting with the Marawhara Walk.) The night before my excursion was one of tremendous storms, so I was expecting the tracks to have taken a beating. But starting on this well-made driveway meant there was no slip-sliding on the first part of the descent. I was instantly greeted with great views of the sea, and great gusts of wind in the face. The mānuka-clad slopes huddled against the cold, the colours vibrant despite a dull day. Tip number two: wear good grippy shoes or boots. Feeling sure-footed on a steep descent like this makes all the difference. The driveway was, I believe, the start of the Rose Track, but the Rose Track sign didn’t appear until near the bottom, where I turned right for the final drop down onto Whites Beach. The track here was the old-style Waitākere track – steepish, muddy in places, and ducking between outstretched limbs of pōhutukawa. Down on the beach, the waves were still roaring from the storm, smashing impressively against the rocks, and leaving a line of white foam on the sand. As I approached, small chunks of foam broke off, and scampered across the sand like little birds. It was truly beautiful on the beach. Climbing back to the driveway was 10 minutes, or so the sign said. It felt like 20. Onward a little more, I found the Laird Thomson Track. It took me to the end of the Te Waha

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headland. A lookout there is well worth visiting, with views up the coast to Puketai Point and beyond. There is a small cairn and plaque honoured the gifting of the headland in the 1960s to the people of Auckland by Jim and Phyl Rose, and Laird Thomson. I had reached my goal, and wasn’t relishing the walk back up to Anawhata Road, some 200 metres above me. Looking out, as the sea carved its white etchings on the sand, I marvelled at the stress-relieving qualities of white noise and waves. On my way back from the lookout, I discovered that the Laird Thomson track continued down to North Piha Beach. I decided to let gravity take control and clambered down the final section. The track was muddy and slippery, with overhanging rocks, but was holding up okay considering the night before it would have been a waterfall. A moment later, I was on the sands of North Piha. Near where the track came out a pond of water had formed, and a small stream struggled to get to the sea but had not made it yet. I became aware of the great water-cycle around me. I was now a few minutes from the nearest carpark, or a longer beach walk to Lion Rock and South Piha. I went for the longer option, strolling slowly, watching families and dogs enjoying the outdoors. A man took his two boys to explore the caves nearby. A girl flew a kite. A group of kids climbed a large rock, and I watched for a bit, hoping they could get down safely. The new surf-life-saving tower at North Piha looks like an alien craft, with its stealth charcoal paint, and its base hidden by the dunes, giving it an impression of hovering (right). Lion Rock moved steadily closer. I crossed the two small streams and, with wet boots, found my ride waiting for me outside the surf club. Too easy. The Fringe AUGUST 2022

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Live @ the lounge

‘There is a lie at the heart of the camera’ Hello and glad tidings to you all. Once again it is I, Mopey Jesus, employing this fabulous forum to firstly thank those fantastic friends who have given me such terrific support and encouragement to carry on with my Councillor aspirations. On the subject of friends, the other morning I called out to check on Shaz, just to see how she was faring with Lizard being AWOL, and to tidy up the yard a bit. “Yeah. Not bad thanks Mopey. Sometimes I feel a bit invalid other times an invalid. Guess it depends on where you put the emphasis. Plumless is missing him though. Miserable old dog. Maybe you could take him for a ride in the cab of your truck once you’ve loaded up.” Lizard had hoarded several hundred metres of broken sewer pipes, disused stormwater culverts, and at least 60 long lengths of under-maintained contaminated wastewater drainpipes that he had intended to sell back to the 'Stop Three Waters' protest groups up North. He had told me that some of them had actually once been used to dump industrial waste directly into the Manukau Harbour, so perhaps they might be of interest on a cultural level? He said he could make them as good as new with a smear of superglue over the cracks, a thorough flush through with a strong glysophate and a quick final wipe over with a soft cloth. Then he’d added “Bloody central government. No bloody idea”. “God created man,” I said, shaking my head in disbelief. “Yeah,” said Shaz, “but then he had a better idea.” It took most of the day to load the old Peterbilt truck and trailer unit but by late afternoon I was finally ready to hit the road. “I think that’s about all I can take this trip, Shaz. I haven’t even been right down the back of the gully yet.” Shaz replied with a slight sigh, "He would spend hours

down that stupid gully and when I'd ask him what for, he’d say he was looking for something that he'd only recognise when he found it. Loveable idiot. Made not a lick of sense most of the time. When Mum moved in he said that Barb would be the kind of wife you were glad to leave at home. He had a point there. She could be hard work.” I asked Shaz if she’d ever thought of dating another man. “I dated a Buddhist bloke once. Wimpy little man. Ran a book store on Great North Road. I was hoping for enlightenment. Ended up with glandular fever. Put me off spirituality forever.” I went into the bathroom to wash up before heading off. On the sink bench was a glass with a single toothbrush in it. It struck me that perhaps there's nothing lonelier than a lone toothbrush. Shaz caught my eye and with a wink said, "Lizard and me will never be enemies, Mopey. We raised a swag of beautiful kids together. I’ll always love him for that.” Down the hallway there was a picture of great Grandpa and Grandma Lizard. An old sepia-toned photo. I always find photographs unsettling. There is a lie at the heart of the camera. It implies the past is tangible but in fact the opposite is true. I helped old Plumless up into the cab and turned and gave Shaz a hug. “Do you think Lizard really cared about Three Waters and Covid and all that? For all his talk and rambles he never actually left the property much.” Shaz said, “Lizard would say he was ‘exhaustipated’. Just too tired to give a shit.” On that note we had a good laugh and I promised to drop by more often. Keep up the good fight folks. Kindest regards, Mopey Jesus.

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