The Fringe, Issue 233, February 2024.

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community news, issues, arts, people, events


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Contents New water treatment plant to go ahead........... 4 Mind and body workout – with a great beat..... 5 Art & About with Naomi McCleary...................... 6 Cleaner studio for local potters............................ 7 Out & About in the West.................................. 8 – 9 Scouting out confidence..................................... 10

Early in 2021, Council tried to sell some of its land and reserves, including the small park in Davern Lane, New Lynn, pictured above. The local residents got together and were able to stop the sale, with the help of the local MP and the Whau Local Board. (See the May 2021 issue of The Fringe, available online at fringemedia8/docs/2105.) One of the benefits of this successful community action is that the whole neighbourhood was able to gather for a special Christmas get together and BBQ (below) late last year. Do you have a favourite local park or reserve? Let us know at info@

Experience the Te Henga wetland..................... 11 Naturally West: Karaka, Red Admirals, cockatoos and changing shorelines.................. 12 Keeping it Local: Tonic Spa................................. 13 Feature: Body & Mind.......................................... 13 Live @ the lounge ................................................ 14 Advertisers Directory............................................. 15

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running is annual fund-raising Kayak Day next month and bookings are now open. See page 11 for more information. And yes, it certainly feels as though we are paddling into an uncertain future ... with many new challenges to face! Delivered free to letter boxes, post boxes, libraries and selected outlets throughout Tītīrangi, Glen Eden, Green Bay, New Lynn, Konini, Wood Bay, French Bay, Waima, Woodlands Park, Laingholm, Parau, Cornwallis, Huia, Oratia, and beyond.

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New water treatment plant to go ahead The Environment Court has granted resource consent that allows Watercare’s Huia Water Treatment Plant replacement project to proceed following completion of the appeals process. The consent, granted just before Christmas, relates to earthworks and vegetation removal on the 3.6 hectare site in Tītīrangi that is needed for Watercare to build a new treatment plant to replace the original 95-year-old plant. Watercare head of strategy and planning Priyan Perera says the decision was welcome news after more than seven years of discussion and a robust consenting process, including court-assisted mediation. “We’re really happy to have come to an agreement that addresses the concerns of the appellants and enables us to move forward with this critical project for Tāmaki Makaurau,” says Priyan. “Our existing Huia Water Treatment Plant was built in 1928 and is nearing the end of its operational life. “With two new treated water storage reservoirs, the project improves the resilience of the water supply. It will supply water to approximately 300,000 Aucklanders, about 20 per cent of Auckland’s water. “We’d like to thank Te Kawerau ā Maki, the Tītīrangi Protection Group, the Tree Council, Waitākere Ranges Protection Society, Forest and Bird and other stakeholders for working with us in good faith and reaching an agreed way forward.” As noted in the consent conditions, Watercare will establish a Biodiversity Trust with a lump sum contribution of $8.25m to fund its work over a 25-year period. The trust will include members from Watercare, Auckland Council, the Waitākere Ranges Local Board, the community liaison group, two community representatives connected with local community-led conservation projects and mana whenua Te Kawerau ā Maki. “The trust will work with the community to enhance the biodiversity of 380 hectares of public and private land in and around Waima. It will work to enhance native forest regeneration, increase community engagement in the

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importance of sustainable management of the area, and carry out pest management initiatives,” Priyan says. While none of the appeal parties are happy that the water treatment plant will go ahead, they have recognised that further court action would have been a high risk strategy and would not necessarily deliver tighter controls than have already been achieved through the mediation process. The proposed treatment plant site is contaminated with Phytophthora agathidicida, the pathogen that causes kauri dieback disease, and therefore the prevention of any soil and water from leaving the site during construction was the priority for The Tree Council. “We’ll develop a comprehensive risk management plan to prevent the spread of the phytophthora pathogen, including strict control and treatment of stormwater on site, movements on and off site, and the locations where earthworks and vegetation can be transported to,” says Priyan. “Our experts have developed conditions that give us confidence that the pathogen can be prevented from leaving the site, provided they are implemented effectively,” says The Tree Council’s Secretary Dr Mels Barton. “We recognise this has been a trying experience over a long period of time, and it was with a very heavy heart that we accepted the need to conclude our legal avenues,” says Tītīrangi Protection Group Chair Megan Fitter. “We remain concerned about the scale of the project, its impact on roads and cost to Auckland ratepayers but note that there are still many layers of compliance for Watercare to work through.” Both The Tree Council and the Tītīrangi Protection Group want to thank the Tītīrangi community, their members and supporters for their patience and donations that have enabled this case to be run and Watercare held to account. As part of this project, Watercare will also be restoring the Nihotupu filter station which sits at the entrance to the Exhibition Drive walkway. Concept design for the water treatment plant is underway now. At this stage, Watercare hopes to begin construction in 2027.




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Mind and body workout – with a great beat Margaret Webb thinks it’s a wonderful challenge that comes with a lot of laughs and Denise Ritchie thinks it’s great for the mind and a good physical workout as well. They’re talking about their weekly cardio drumming sessions at Pinesong Village in Green Bay, guided by drumming enthusiast Kath Exeter (pictured left), the receptionist at the Village who found drumming a fun pathway to good health in Hawke’s Bay some years ago. Playing the drums – actually Swiss balls in large buckets – offers a number of health benefits including physical exercise, improved coordination, spatial awareness, stress relief, cognitive stimulation and improvement to short-term memory, Kath says. “It offers so much. It helps recall, and the movement and music get the right and left brain hemispheres working in sync with each other. It’s a workout for mind and body.” “I just love it and once you get going, you just forget about anything that’s churning over in your mind,” says Denise. “I think it’s good for the mind but I do feel different physically afterwards as well. I come along feeling quite tight 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

but afterwards things are loosened up and relaxed. Sit, stand, move around. It’s great,” she says. Margaret agrees and loves getting into the rhythm of her drumming sessions. “I wanted something different to do and this is so enjoyable. I think the music takes over and you just don’t think about other things. It’s a much bigger workout than you think. Margaret Webb (left) and It’s surprising the muscles you Denise Ritchie. use. You’re in the groove and enjoying the music so you don’t realise you’re doing exercise,” Margaret says. “Kath challenges us to do more complex things every few weeks and we’re up for those challenges, although sometimes not very elegantly! There’s always laughter and that’s so important too.” Another positive is that no previous experience is necessary. Anyone can do it. But the music matters, according to Kath. “Just tap into anything that has a regular boom, boom, boom beat, and have a load of fun.” – Moira Kennedy

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Art & About with Naomi McCleary

Tell me a story! they love the outputs, it’s the inputs To paraphrase writer Maurice which cost arts organisations. A good Shadbolt: What are we without our funding environment would recognise stories? this. Homo sapiens has always generated So what to do? I believe we should stories; around the ancestral fire and all take moments to pause, reflect and throughout time; stories told, handed engage with creativity at whatever down, shaping mythologies and level 'rings your bells'. Locally there religions, recording histories. It starts will be Music in Parks; Flicks at Lopdell at bed-time; we shape the lives of our House (bless Robin Kewell); free children with the magic of storytelling. gallery shows at Te Uru, the Upstairs We know what the end result is when Gallery, Corban Estate Arts Centre. there is an absence of that nurturing The arts (and artists) need your ritual. I can't help but fear that there engagement – always and forever. will be no bed-time stories in Gaza Back to a story: McCahon House, right now. where Colin and Ann McCahon lived But to cast the net wider: arts and in the 1950s, is a local icon. The story culture is ultimately about stories. Every of how Waitākere Council acquired dance, play, film, painting, performance the property and set up a trust that and hand-made bowl holds a story. We restored the tiny cottage, built a need all that complexity and richness Jacqui Amoamo: I just need a tramping hut million-dollar studio apartment and to nurture us in good times and to hold and a fast car. developed a museum and residency programme of national us together in bad times. Right now we enter a new year with, for many, a sense and international renown, is well-known and documented. But there is another story, a sub-text to all that. of struggle; the cost to live, climate change, global insanity, It is the story of a remarkable woman, Jacqui Amoamo. rumblings of protest at home. And in that context, the arts will struggle. Funding, we know, will be further constrained. Jacqui died on November 12 last year. She was 91. She had Artists and arts organisations will be up against the notion lived in the cottage for over 40 years; first as a house-sitter that the arts are a ‘nice to have’ but not essential when when the McCahons travelled to the USA, and subsequently times are tough. I dispute that. It's where hope and beauty as the owner. She had been part of the social set that was and mystery are held; where new ideas are born; where drawn to Tītīrangi and Colin and Ann in the 50s – or as she put it, 'I was a groupie'. controversy can exist in fruitful ways. People marvel at how the McCahons survived in the tiny, And yes, the arts world has to get smarter, find new sources of funding, be relevant while being true to its vision, be ready primitive house with 4 children, where Colin completed to turn on a pin-head. Not much to ask, but hey, we've been some of his most significant paintings, and indeed it defies imagination. doing it forever! In almost any circumstance, a new owner would have, over The Going West Trust, in its efforts to bring back a 2024 version of the much loved Writers Festival, has fallen victim years, changed, upgraded, improved the simple space. Jacqui to the dearth of funding post covid. With the support of the didn't; and I know from my many conversations with her that Waitākere Ranges Local Board, the Trust can, and will, take a although she did place an importance on the many features creative pause to look back critically and inventively in order that Colin had created and built, she mostly left it 'as is' to build a relevant future. James Littlewood, who recently because it suited her. In her words, I just needed a tramping completed a four-year term as the Going West Festival hut and a fast car. And in the small road-side garage there director, had this to say in a recent column on The Big Idea was always, when I knew her, a red sports car. Jacqui was a journalist; she had been in her earlier years website. Note: His full opinion-piece is still up on TBI website a sub-editor at The Listener. She was left-leaning and very and is worth a read. No funders are really interested in funding overheads. All active in political circles. She was a fiercely competitive funders are alike in this regard: they all want their name senior tennis player. The woman who I got to know had attached to the show, in front of the punters. The back office a sparkling intelligence, often looked as though she was work that delivers the show is both completely invisible and silently amused, loved a bit of 'arts goss' and had firm opinions about most things. profoundly uninteresting to them. Here's the rub; if Jacqui Amoamo had not been this uniquely If there was one thing I’d like to see change in the funding environment (besides mega-ramping the amount of money in unpretentious and, in some ways, unworldly woman, that it), it would be that. Our funders need to recognise that while historic cottage would never have survived 40 years intact.

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Cleaner studio for local potters Tītīrangi Potters is a vibrant local pottery club with its studio below the Tītīrangi Community House on the path down to Park Road. But they had a problem: the studio sink didn’t stop potentially toxic glazes and waste entering the public waste disposal network, and it got blocked making for an unpleasant working environment for the 60 club members. However, with the help of an $8,430 grant from The Trusts’ Your West Support Fund, the club has been able to get a custom sink built and installed to filter out the harmful chemicals. The original concept for the new sink had been developed by the New Plymouth Potters group. Installation was completed late last year. The club’s membership, aged from the young 20s to the 80s, ranges from established known potters through to beginners who have graduated from one of the beginner classes the club runs. Tītīrangi Potters is a co operative society, run by the

Not just another consultation The Long-Term Plan (LTP) is important. All the council’s operational decisions need to align within its parameters.

Mayor and his Office have engaged with Councillors through 40 workshops and many more personal interactions. At every opportunity, I have shown comparisons between the high cost for things in the Council’s world and the lower cost paid by individuals in the real world for the same tasks. I have challenged that this proves we can do more with our current revenue. But the bureaucratic response stubbornly sticks to the mantra that “the public must pay more to get more”. The draft LTP contains no single headline that demands Council reduce costs. I complained that one must read between the small print to find this objective. The response was that efficiency and savings underpin the proposal, and its infusion within every item proves this. I accepted this, but at the eleventh hour, the misguided slogan of “pay-less-get-less versus paymore-get-more” was inserted into the proposal. Worse still, its clear purpose is to limit the scope of decision-making. Cutting Auckland Council wastage must be the overarching principle of a refreshed LTP. Please state this clearly and simply in your haveyour-say feedback.

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The LTP is a perpetual 10-year strategy, refreshed every three years in accordance with legislation. This process is supposed to ensure adaptability to evolving needs and unforeseen circumstances. I see this refresh as most important because some critical changes are needed in the evolutionary path of Auckland Council. The parameters we adopt for this refresh will determine our Supercity model’s future success or failure. Mayor Brown has assured everyone that the upcoming public consultation process will not be constrained in its scope. In his words, “Everything is on the table for discussion.” I thank the Mayor and his office for their pragmatic approach and supported this document going to the public consultation stage. That said, I have concerns, particularly about Council procurement and expenditure. Over the past months, the

members, with all profits put back into the club. the club organises an annual fund-raiser for local causes, making mugs and selling them at Thomas’ coffee shop or producing bowls and selling soup at Tītīrangi market. The beneficiary in 2023 was Piha Surf Life Saving with $2000 donated to their flood recovery efforts. Locals anticipate these sales and come out to add to their Tītīrangi Potters collection. The club’s classes always sell out, and there is a wait-list for membership as the small studio is at capacity. Look out for the Tītīrangi Potters stall at the Tītīrangi market (first Sunday every month at the Tītīrangi War Memorial Hall, 500 South Tītīrangi Road). This February sees Victoria Parsons step down as president of Tītīrangi Potters, a role she has filled for the last eight years. She is to be replaced by Anja van Polanen. (For more on the new sink project visit https://thetrusts.

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Places to go – Things to do

Out and About in the West Event organisers: Do you have an upcoming event you’d like

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Exhibitions w – 24, Landmarks for the Landless, examining the presence of pouwhenua, symbolic boundary markers, as public art installations; Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mount Lebanon Lane, Henderson; 838 4455.

w – 24, She is a Country, an exhibition of acrylic and soft pastel works by Leena Kheir, paying homage to Sudanese women; Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mount Lebanon Lane, Henderson; 838 4455.

w 8, Dance exercise workshop with Sherylee, an LGBTQI+ safe place; Glen Eden Library, 12/32 Glendale Road, Glen Eden; 9.30-10.15am. Phone 377 0209.

w 9, West Auckland Men’s Rebus Club, guest speaker and morning tea;

Friendship Hall, 3063 Great North Road, New Lynn; 10am-12noon. Phone Vince 021 189 6822.

w 9, 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 9 (and following Fridays), Hand drumming group, all welcome and teaching provided; Glen Eden Community House, 13 Pisces Road, Glen Eden; 10.00-11.30am; $5/$3 for room hire and refreshments. Contact Ben 021 146 9038.

w 9, Flicks presents One Thousand Lines (M), a German thriller/comedy; Tītīrangi Theatre, Lopdell House, 418 Tītīrangi Road; 10.30am, 6pm and 8.15pm; $15/$12. Test 0210 222 5558 for bookings.

w – 29, Being “out” in the 1940s and beyond…, Photos and memorabilia from Billy Farnell and Russell Green, pioneers for the gay community at a time when repression and homophobia were very much the norm; Tītīrangi Library, 500 South Tītīrangi Road. Phone 817 0011.

w 10, Tītīrangi Poets with a guest poet and readings by members; Tītīrangi War Memorial Hall, 500 South Tītīrangi Road; 2-4pm. Phone Ron Riddell 021 181 6698.

March 2 – April 27, Windows to the World, Rozana Lee extends her research on global histories of encounter and exchange, establishing connections between her Indonesian cultural heritage, Pasifika culture, and Central Asia; Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mount Lebanobn Lane, Henderson. Phone 838 4455.

w 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

w – March 3, Portage Ceramic Awards 2023, a unique and fascinating insight into the rich diversity of contemporary ceramic practice; Te Uru, 420 Tītīrangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w


w 2, Flicks presents Alcarras (M, 119 minutes), Carla Simon splits the difference between poetry and documentary; Tītīrangi Theatre, Lopdell House, 418 Tītīrangi Road; 10.30am, 5.45pm and 8.15pm; $15/$12. Text 0210 222 5558 for bookings.

w 10, Tītīrangi Folk Music Club presents Ang Kidd floorsingers in first

half; Tītīrangi Beach Hall, bottom of Tītīrangi Beach Road; 8pm; $15, members $10, under 18 free. or text Cathy on 021 207 7289.

w 14, Dance exercise workshop with Sherylee, an LGBTQI+ safe place; Glen

Eden Library, 12/32 Glendale Road, Glen Eden; 9.30-10.15am. Phone 377 0209.

w 14, Flicks presents a special Valentine’s Day screening of Past Lives (M, Korea/USA), two deeply connected childhood friends, are wrested apart after Nora's family emigrates from South Korea; Tītīrangi Theatre, Lopdell House, 418 Tītīrangi Road; 7.30pm; $15/$12. Text 0210 222 5558 for bookings.

w 4, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia Road, Laingholm; w 16, Shared Reading Group, discussing short stories and poetry and

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

w 7, Book Chat: share and talk about what you’ve been reading; Glen Eden Library, 12/32 Glendale Road, Glen Eden; 10.30-11.30am. Phone 377 0209.

building connections with literature; Glen Eden Library, 12/32 Glendale Road, Glen Eden; 10-11.30am. Phone 377 0209.

w 16, Flicks presents Charcoal (M, 107 minutes), a Brazilian drama/

w 7 (and following Wednesdays), Chair Pilates: a seven-week course comedy full of twists and turns; Tītīrangi Theatre, Lopdell House, 418

bringing health to mind, body and spirit; Yoga West, The Rise, corner of Tītīrangi and South Tītīrangi Roads; 11-11.50am. Bookings and information or email

Tītīrangi Road; 10.30am, 6pm and 8.15pm; $15/$12. Text 0210 222 5558 for bookings.

w 17, New Lynn Lions Club $1 Book Sale: Books, Magazines, CDs, DVDs,

w 7, Tie Dye T-shirt: learn how to revive old clothing and create bright, new LPs and jigsaw puzzles; New Lynn Friendship Club Hall, 3063 Great North

patterns; Glen Eden Library, 12/32 Glendale Road, Glen Eden; 3-5:30pm:. Phone 377 0209.

Road, New Lynn (down the driveway by the traffic lights); 8am-4pm. Contact Mary Hibberd on 027 487 0639.

19, 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.

w 8 (and following Thursdays), Mat Pilates: a seven-week course using w

classical and evolved exercises; Yoga West, The Rise, corner Tītīrangi and South Tītīrangi Roads; 7.45-8.40am. Bookings and information www. or email

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w 21, Combined Waitākere Rebus Club; St John’s Hall, 247 Edmonton Road, Te Atatū South; 10am-Noon. Contact Philis on 838 5361. w 23, 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 23, Flicks presents The Great Escaper (M, 96 minutes, UK), a drama starring Michael Caine and the late Glenda Jackson; Tītīrangi Theatre, Lopdell House, 418 Tītīrangi Road; 10.30am, 6pm and 8-15pm; $15/$12. Text 0210 222 5558 for bookings. w 23, Tītīrangi Folk Music Club presents Friday Folk, an informal gathering

of musicians, singers and listeners; Tītīrangi Beach Hall, bottom of Tītīrangi Beach Road; 7.30pm; $5. or text Cathy on 021 207 7289.

w 24, New Lynn Repair Cafe organised and run by DEANZ (Doughnut Economics Advocates NZ) with funding from Whau Local Board, New Lynn Community Centre, Tōtara Avenue, New Lynn; 11am - 2pm; Koha. Enquiries to w 25, Tītīrangi Village Market: art, craft, produce and music; Tītīrangi

War Memorial Hall; 10am-2pm. Contact or phone 022 631 9436.

w 27, Tītīrangi U3A – informal learning for people 50-years plus, guest speakers, study groups; West Lynn Garden, 73 Parker Avenue, New Lynn; 1pm. Contact Jan George, 027 478 4119 or www.u3a. nz.


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

w March 8, West Auckland Men’s Rebus Club, guest speaker and morning tea; Friendship Hall, 3063 Great North Road, New Lynn; 10am-12noon. Phone Vince 021 189 6822. w March 8, 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.

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WHERE IT’S AT: C orban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mount Lebanon Lane, Henderson; 10am-4.30pm daily. 838 4455, EcoMatters Environment Trust, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn; Wednesday – Sunday, 10am-2pm. 826 4276, info@ecomatters. Flicks cinema, Tītīrangi Theatre, Lopdell House, 418 Tītīrangi Road. 818 2489, McCahon House Museum, 67 Otitori Bay Road, Titirangi; Wednesday – Sunday, 1-4pm, except public holidays. 817 6148, 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, Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery, 420 Tītīrangi Road, Tītīrangi; Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-4.30pm. 817 8087, info@ Tītīrangi Theatre, Tītīrangi Theatre, Lopdell House, 418 Tītīrangi Road. 817 5812, infoline 817 5951, Upstairs Gallery, Level 1, Lopdell House, 418 Tītīrangi Road; Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-4pm, 817 4278, West Coast Gallery, Seaview Road, Piha; Thursday/Friday, 10am-3pm; Saturday/Sunday, 10am-4pm. 812 8029, www. There is so much happening in and around our community, including many regular events, that we can’t fit everything into these listings. If you can’t see the event you’re interested in, visit:

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Out & About

Scouting out confidence When Green Bay’s Fletcher “Getting out and challenging Martin first became involved myself to do things I’ve never with New Lynn Sea Scouts, he done before has been amazing. We was just a little lad. He’s now 15 went to a jamboree recently (along and it’s been a journey of great with 4,000 other young people at adventures through Keas, Cubs Mystery Creek near Hamilton for and on to Scouts. (He’s a senior a week). now with his eye on moving up “We did abseiling, rock climbing to Venturers.) and zip lining and these really He’s loving every minute of pushed me out of my comfort zone. it, having fun and adventures, Imagine being up high on a real challenging himself, developing rock face. I am so pleased to have leadership skills, and the big one: done that. It was a case of taking gaining self confidence. a deep breath, saying ‘here we go’ “For me it’s been exciting the and then it’s over the edge. whole time, and it’s always fun,” he “This January has been one of says. “I never turn up to gatherings the funnest times I’ve had. The and have a dull time. I feel the camaraderie and friendships are activities draw people in and the great too and that’s added to the friends I’ve made definitely help experience and really pushed me. me have a good time.” “The challenges and the While it’s called ‘Sea Scouts’, development of self confidence I’ve the organisation’s not just about learned will stay with me for life,” water and sea-based activities but Fletcher says. also includes camping and hiking Fletcher Martin at a regatta at Kai Iwi Lakes in Fletcher is keen to show adventures and well as taking part Northland: Self confidence soared with Sea Scouts. leadership to younger boys and in regattas, sailing, rowing, kayaking, paddle boarding and girls. “You can buddy up or work in pairs. Whether we’re beach games. “We’re lucky to have power boats we’re camping, sailing or doing other activities, there are juniors allowed to use too and that’s all very cool,” says Fletcher. around us and we give them pointers to help build their “When you get to senior level, it’s definitely exciting. Last confidence and aim for a higher levels. year we did a trip to Wenderholm, north of Orewa, and had to “There have been times when I have been scared but as do all the planning for the event and organising the gear and I get older, I’ve learnt how to have confidence in my own the boats ourselves. Probably the biggest hurdle was filling ability.” in all the health and safety forms! A lot of logistics, but that’s New Lynn Sea Scouts is for boys and girls; Keas (5-8 years), definitely a learning thing too.” Cubs (8-11 years), Scouts (11 – 14 years) and Venturers (14 Fletcher says that while he’s had adventure, learned skills – 18 years.) For more information: visit newlynn.seascouts. 1 on 15/11/16 16:33 and made new friends, the greatest thing Sea Scouts has orFRINGEADLTD.pdf contact Andrew 027 6939 756. given him is self confidence. – Moira Kennedy

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Experience the Te Henga wetland The navigable part of Waitākere River is accessible only from private land but on World Rivers Day, Saturday March 23, access is provided for Matuku Link’s biggest fund raiser of the year, the VIP Kayak Day – a two-hour paddle in small groups on kayaks. Matuku Link is a community conservation and education project in Bethells/Te Henga, restoring the wetland with plants from its own nursery and protecting the wildlife with pest control. A wetland education programme is run by trained educators for local primary schools at the project’s Sustainable Wetland Education Centre. The Kayak Day is an opportunity to drift along the Waitākere River, which flows through Matuku Link, through to Te Henga wetland. Support your largest Auckland wetland and possibly spot a rare pāteke (brown teal), hear a mātātā (fernbird) or even our namesake, the cryptic wetland ninja the matuku (bittern)!

Funding Community Groups Local community groups have received funding support for their mahi from Whau Local Board through the board’s local, multi-board and quick response grants programme. A total of 18 community groups were awarded $33,000 in the latest round of Whau Local and Multiboard Grants. Twelve groups received $10,014.84 in the Quick Response round. The funds go towards various events and activities, including Christmas celebrations, sports and cultural activities, and events for local youth and ethnic communities. Local Board chair Kay Thomas says: “We’re pleased to see the funds make a difference in our local area. “From a personal perspective, just imagining how many great things can be done for our community with the funds makes my job feel more worthwhile and meaningful.” Decisions around the funding were tough, as the amounts requested were more than the funds available, adds the chair. “With the grants rounds typically over-subscribed and the amounts requested far exceeding the funds available, we are trying to make every dollar count.” The next round of Whau Local Grants is scheduled for the period between 12 February – 29 March 2024 and the decision will be made on 22 May 2024. Info on how to apply can be found on www6s6mb.


The smell of a sausage sizzle (regular, vegan or GF) will await you when you arrive at the education centre (aka “the barn”), with home baking, locally roasted coffee and cold drinks to provide you with sustenance before or after your tour. Limited tickets are available for $70 each with all gear (kayaks, paddles, life vests, etc.) and training provided. Bookings are essential: the tour sold out in two weeks last year. To book or find out more visit product/kayakday or phone 021 220 7136. There is a suggested minimum age of 12 years. Contact Matuku Link if you want to bring younger family members or have other questions.

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Naturally West Watch out – it’s karaka berry time

Red admiral for Bug of the Year

They look attractive but beware karaka berries, in full fruit from now until April. Karaka trees are natives, easy to spot and grow up to 15 metres with thick, dark, glossy leaves. They are canopy trees with spreading Photo by Simon Walls. branches. The tree flowers from August to November and produces bright orange berries from January to April. They’re a major food source for the kererū who love their sweetness and fragrance. The bad news is that the berries contain the alkaloid karakin which is very toxic. When the berries fall to ground, dogs also enjoy eating them with potentially fatal results. Symptoms of toxicity in dogs include vomiting, weakness, confusion, convulsions, hind leg paralysis and even death. All these symptoms need urgent veterinary help. Although Māori developed methods of making karaka berries safe for humans to eat by cooking it in a hangi and then rinsing it or by boiling the fruit in thermal pools for extended periods, the seed is toxic so the safest option is to avoid them.

We’ve had Bird of the Century 2023, all praise to the pūteketeke, or Australasian crested grebe. And now to Bug of the Year. This is the second Bug of the Year competition: the native bee (leioproctus fulvescens) flitted into the top spot in 2023. There are 20 bugs in contention this year, including snails, beetles, butterflies, wētā, dragonflies, spiders and even worms (representing just .001% of New Zealand’s 20,000 insect and spider species). You can find out more about the nominees and start voting, at www.bugoftheyear.ento. Voting ends on February 14. Along with the Moths and Butterflies of New Zealand Trust, I’m personally championing the kahukura or red admiral butterfly, to draw attention to the loss of these in the Auckland region, believed to be caused by the aerial spraying to kill the painted apple moth around 25 years ago. “This beautiful butterfly species is only found in NZ,” said Jacqui Knight, founding trustee of the MBNZT. “There are other red admirals in the world, but ours is very special.” NOTE: Now is the time to control predatory wasps. Paper wasps and Vespula species are introduced pests that are decimating our native butterflies. Donations to help wasp control can be made at

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The sulphur crested cockatoo (right) is a noisy Australian pest that has become increasingly common in West Auckland. The cockatoo damages native plants and may spread Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease to native birds. Auckland Council is investigating the bird’s presence in the Waitākere Ranges. Please let them know if you see them by filling out the survey form at SV_bxOU1hbHToHDKbY.

Auckland Council is preparing shoreline adaptation plans to respond to coastal hazards and climate change and promote preservation and restoration of the coastal environment for future generations. Council has been working to survey public opinion in stages and the Whatipu to South Head phase (including Karekare, Piha, Te Henga and Muriwai) is presently open for feedback. It is interested in your opinion on areas of importance to the community, community values and connections to the coast, and plans to help manage the changing shorelines. To have your say, visit https://akhaveyoursay.

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Keeping it Local Fringe makes Tonic Spa becomes a Sothys Premium Partner The space available for Tonic Spa in Tītīrangi is now one of just nine Sothys Premium Partners in New Zealand. This network of clinics is acknowledged for achieving a high standard of treatment and homecare expertise. Sothys has been the chosen product and treatment brand for Tonic Spa for more than 20 years and the spa is recognised as one of the leading Sothys Specialists in New Zealand. Sothys Paris is a global brand with a 75-year history of serving professional skincare therapists in more than 120 countries. It was created by the pioneering Dr Hotz during the new wave of French beauty in 1946. His visionary research led to the creation of what we know as the ‘ampoule’, an encapsulation of a serum in a glass vial to maintain its stability and effectiveness. Sothys drive continues. Alongside its own in-house R&D team, Sothys has partnered with a number of scientific institutions in France, including the renowned Limoges

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What is Classical Acupuncture? The oldest Chinese Medicine textbook, the Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine, dates as far back as the 3rd century BC. Just as Prometheus gave humanity fire and told us how to use it, the Yellow Emperor bestowed the channels of acupuncture for use on humanity. Acupuncture back then was used to treat everything. During the Song Dynasty (13th century), the Imperial Academy initiated a shift where herbalism was deemed superior. Acupuncture continued to be used, but only the channels that pertained to the autonomic nervous system remained. The channels that accessed the entirety of the body-mindspirit were no longer practiced. Acupuncture experienced a significant revival in the 1950s when Mao Zedong had it integrated with Western medicine, calling it Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It became famous in the West when ex-President Nixon’s press secretary had an appendectomy in Beijing under acupuncture anaesthesia in 1972. Modern Acupuncture is described as reducing inflammation, releasing neuropeptides, and changing the polarisation of specific nerve pathways. Classical Acupuncture lives on, though. Even if we have a cold or serious illness, we are all human, we are innately perfect, and we need to uncover that. The body is incapable of making the wrong choice. Acupuncture helps you realise your full potential and make your mark in the world.

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Ada Sobieszczuk started her Chinese medicine journey straight out of high school when she completed her traditional Chinese medicine degree in London, UK, and at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and Pharmacology. However, she felt she lacked the profound depth and holistic understanding she sought regarding the seamless connection between body, mind, and spirit. She kept studying and seeking guidance, leading her to complete mentorships in Classical Acupuncture, which answered all her questions. All to help others uncover the root of their ailments, no matter what shape or form. Born in Poland, Ada is now settled in West Auckland with her partner and three children. She remains deeply committed to her holistic approach to healing.

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Kinross Heights: selling fast! Yeah gidday. Lizard here. Wow! 2024. Spacey kind of numbers. Get yourselves comfy because what I’m about to tell you will require you to use your old forgettery to the max. It all began way back, as all things begin I guess. West Auckland was a much, much different place than it is today. For starters, we voted for our very own mayor (who, incidentally, lived among us and often threw wonderful parties). We had our own pub, The Ho. Hey, we even had our very own Ford dealership. New Lynn Ford. It’s now an Australian import business of some kind I think. But, if physically possible, I’m getting ahead of myself. You have probably all heard of the infamous artist/ architect, Friedensreich Hundertwasser? Well, he had a brother, Waltervasser Hundertwasser. A go-get-em kind of fellow, who began and ran a rather successful exterior house-cleaning service called Waltervasser Hundertwasser Waterblasters. Walter, who eventually grew a magnificent moustache, married my great, great grandmother Mary, who intentionally remained under five feet tall. Mary was the only daughter of the local pastor. A fun fact: Arthur Plaster the pastor [actual name] was the first known person to put wheels on office chairs. He was to unite Waltervasser and daughter Mary nee Plaster in marriage and they began operating as Mary and Waltervasser Hundertwasser, Water Blaster Pastor and Castors Ltd. They were blessed with only the one child. A smart young lad that soon became, quite by accident, my great grandfather on my mother’s side. When his parents died, within a week of each other and remarkably both 104 years old, great granddad, Bob, sold the business and bought a few pockets of land. One of these has now become the Tītīrangi roundabout. When Bob owned the land, he built the first and perhaps only, cool jazz bar and tobacconist. He named

it The Roundabout Club. Another fun fact: This was the first use of the word ‘roundabout’. Before this, people called them tram circles or cargo rounds. The Roundabout Club was a roaring success. No small coincidence that. After all, all roads went right around the only jazz bar/tobacconist in West Auckland. Bob would be thrilled that our young folk can once again smoke, although he died of lung cancer before reaping any of the tax cut benefits. He built the club in classic Hundertwasser style. Of course, when the Trust took responsibility for all booze distribution, Bob was forced to dismantle the club and gift the land to the council. Three of the original pillars still remain on the roundabout. But this story doesn’t finish there. Grab another cold one. I mentioned that Bob had purchased a number of small land pockets? Another of his purchases was the Blockhouse Bay roundabout. Fortunately, under the Super City, we can build medium density housing. Shaz, myself and a silent partner have formed a development company called Squeeze Them In Developers Ltd. We are currently constructing 17 one-room, family homes on the site of the roundabout. The development is called Kinross Heights and it’s selling fast folks. (We apologise for any traffic delays and will be putting out the appropriate number of orange road cones to keep things moving.) Finally, the race around Ranui roundabout is still going ahead. Just waiting for the long-drop to have its final inspection and wheelchair access to be signed off. Thanks for you patience. See you around. Later, Lizard.

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