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ISSUE 157, MARCH 2017

community news, issues, arts, people, events

MEET THE HAIR STYLISTS JOY Owner of Fusion Salon/Senior Stylist I have a real passion for colour and restyling. Finding that new look and I love working outside the square! I have been a hairdresser for over 30 years and I’ve done a lot in that time! I have worked at Servilles as a tutor, been a colour technician and owned salons in West Auckland. LOUISE NOAKES Manager/Senior Stylist Hair design is a passion which I have enjoyed for

Fusion is a super cute salon tucked away in the leafy green suburb of Glen Eden. Bursting with creative ideas and energy, the team will work their magic and leave you spell bound with a new look. Joy bought the salon in August 2016 and, after six months, has increased the opening hours from four days to six days and is now open Tuesday to Sunday, with two late nights. The staff has also increase from four to six, including a Beauty Therapist. The team at Fusion are passionate about hairdressing and will work with you to enhance your individual style. You will receive a personal consultation that takes into consideration your face shape, skin tone, hair type personality, Iifestyle and aspirations. Whether you're looking for short hair styles through to medium and long hair, curly hair styles or hair colour Fusion will work with you. The Fusion team works alongside fashion and style consultants and the team are up to date with the latest hair styles and hair colour techniques. lmages and photos will be shown to you via an iPad during the consultation, so you can confirm the direction before getting started. Here at Fusion we love making our clients relax and want them to enjoy the time they are in the salon. We offer a great menu of coffees, teas, cold drinks and of course our much-loved home baking. We are a Joico Salon, stocking full colour and retail products which cover all hair types. Fusion Beauty is also part of the Salon, with a fantastic Beauty therapist. We are stockists of Joyce Blok skin care and have a full Beauty Service available including waxing, facials, massage, spray tanning and all other beauty treatments. A full list of our services, prices and opening hours is available on our

many years. I am always searching for knowledge to create new styles and techniques, which I am looking forward to sharing with you. I love colour work and finding that perfect colour to compliment that great new style. LACRESCIA BRANSON Senior Stylist Hello everyone! I am Lacrescia Branson. I am delighted to be part of the team at Fusion Salon. My hair stylist career spans over 20 years with international experience and award winning achievements. Specialising in colour work and personalised styling, I look forward to inspiring you. GRACE PATON Stylist (Third year apprentice) I have been in the hairdressing industry for four years and am about to begin the third year of my apprenticeship. Hairdressing is in my blood. I love colouring, the variety and ever-changing fashions. My favourite thing is having my clients walking out the door feeling fantastic with a stunning new colour that will turn heads! MILLEE PATON Second year apprentice Working in Fusion has become one of the most enjoyable things in my life. It gives me the opportunity to meet and work with some amazing people and I have discovered a new-found passion for hair and all the things it can do! I am about to start my second year as an apprentice. I love watching, helping and even being involved in client work. I am always looking for models and am very keen to get on the floor. Fridays are my day to shine. That is when I can have my own clients and have a Senior Stylist available to oversee my creations. Feel free to make an appointment. GEETA Beauty Therapist My name is Geeta. I immigrated to Australia from India in 1998 and attained my qualifications at Strand College of Beauty Therapy in Sydney, along with a Diploma in Massage Therapy. I have been in the industry for 16 years and I am passionate and love all that I

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do, from waxing to an advanced facial. I enjoy working with clientele and making them feel comfortable and at ease. My favourite thing to see is a clients big smile as they leave the salon. L love using Joyce Blok and love introducing my clientele to the products.

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Glen Eden Residents’ association formed................................ 4 Is the Manukau safe?............................................................... 5 Charging electric cars............................................................... 6 Eyes and ears in the community; Deck opening on the horizon................................................... 7


A passion for ‘mobile, thumping art pieces’............................... 8 Art and about with Naomi McCleary.................................10-11 Water treatment plant to be replaced; At the libraries........................................................................ 12 Bumper Year for EcoWest Festival.......................................... 13 Places to go: Events listing................................................14-15 On stage: news from our local theatres; Unique experience at Summer festival.................................. 16


New approaches to pest control in the Waitakeres............... 18 Bandstanding: Introducing Midweektonic.............................. 19 Feature: Dining out in the West........................................20-21 Walking West with Mick Andrew............................................ 22 Get brutal with weeds in a personal ‘war’............................. 24 Native planting update........................................................... 25


Live @ the lounge; Words on Wine with Lindsay Nash.......... 26 Advertisers directory.............................................................. 27 On our cover: The sand sculpture competition was a popular part of the recent West Coast Arts Festival at Piha. Photo by Bevis England.

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Residents’ association formed Glen Eden has a new residents’ association that’s big on ideas and nurturing what is good about being in their ‘hood. The association is the brainchild of Michelle Clayton, who stood for the Waitakere Ranges Local Board last elections but was unsuccessful. “I stood as an independent to give Glen Eden a focus,” says Michelle. “The Board is very Ranges focused and yet much of its population is urban. I felt there are things that need addressing here. Within 10 minutes of the election results, my phone was ringing with friends saying ‘you need to get on and sort out a group’.” The first meeting in January at the Shetland St Café was so well attended they had to find a larger venue. The fledgling association now has a core group, with Jennifer Conlon and Heather Michelle Clayton and Selena Tanguay, and is already helping Pitman of the Glen Eden existing groups to put their plans Residents’ Association. into action. It supported a Women’s Business Expo last month and is helping to get Street Eats, a weekly night market, off the ground by winter. Michelle says her vision for Glen Eden is a place where people want to live, a safe place to bring up families and a solid community. As the chief executive of Family Action, she sees the fallout of family violence and other social issues but the residents’ association is all about emphasising Glen Eden’s good points. “We’re not a moaning group, or a traditional ratepayers’ and residents’ association. It’s a different set-up,” Michelle explains. “Community development is an extension of my work role and I’m keen to see this association engage with as many different community members as possible. Glen Eden’s a multicultural place. We want to include everyone.” Michelle says some of the energy and ideas are coming from new residents, while others have lived in the area for a while and want to do things but don’t always know how to get funding for events or to market them. That’s where the association has skills and can help. To get in touch, email either or or phone Michelle on 027 575 3102. You can also join their Facebook page. The next meeting is at 8.30pm on March 25 at the Glen Eden Community House, 13 Pisces Road.



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Is the Manukau safe?

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When beaches and lagoons were at their most crowded over January, Aucklanders were shocked to read that 10 locations now have a permanent swimming ban. This year in West Auckland, the council put up permanent ‘unsafe for swimming’ signs at Wood Bay and Laingholm beaches, and at Piha and Bethells’ lagoons. It has also stopped routine monitoring at these sites. The worst faecal bacteria count was measured at Green Bay last November and was 173 times the maximum safe level, a reading that Waitakere Ranges Local Board chair Greg Presland says is “mind-boggling”. Although there has been no comprehensive analysis, suspected causes are discharges from the Mangere wastewater treatment plant, localised leaky septic tanks, and dog faeces. At Piha and Bethells leaky septic tanks have been leaching into the lagoons. The local board’s $50,000 fund to assist residents with upgrading septic tanks has been fully subscribed, and while the board hopes to continue the scheme, it appears that council restructuring is undermining the continuity of this and a range of other plans. The board also accepts that the problem is much larger than it has a remit to fix. The only long-term solution for septic tank issues is wastewater reticulation. In the Manukau Harbour, where Cornwallis and Huia residents are on septic systems, the issues are more complex. Laingholm and Wood Bay are recording the highest faecal counts yet both areas have reticulated sewerage. In June last year, directly across the harbour, around 124 Olympic-sized swimming pools of partially treated waste were reportedly discharged into the harbour. Discharges of at-best partially treated waste from Mangere have been occurring on

average 20-22 times annually, and are set to increase when the 13km-long Central Interceptor is commissioned in 2025. While the new four-metre diameter pipeline is expected to reduce overflows into the Waitemata by 80 percent it merely shifts the problem elsewhere says wastewater biologist Gemma Tolich Allen, who is the Manukau Harbour Restoration Society’s (MHRS) scientific adviser. “It’s transferring the problem from one harbour to another because Mangere is under-sized for stormwater infiltration,” says Gemma. “When the treatment plant was upgraded in 2003 it was understood it couldn’t fully treat all storm flows. It needs to operate well under both low and high flow rates but that would take considerable further investment.” As part of its current resource consent Watercare is recommended to conduct a five-year review of the effects of its discharge limits, to ensure the limit is acceptable. The review did not take place in 2014 despite strenuous requests from MHRS and presentations to both Watercare and the Auckland Council Infrastructure committee. “There’s been a tremendous amount of stonewalling on this issue,” Gemma says. “Politics and money are at the heart of it.” Society spokesperson Bronwen Turner believes the council has failed to push for this review because it is desperate to fast-track new housing developments. “The problem with Auckland Council is that they have a vested interest in growth, and seem willing to shove the effects through Mangere,” she says. “Although the new pipeline is so large it can release flows gradually we don’t know what the effect of fresh water will be on a salt water harbour – amongst many issues.”

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Charging electric cars We like to see West Auckland as clean and green yet we have only two public charging points for electric cars – one installed privately at the NorthWest Shopping Centre and the other at Lynn Mall. There are none throughout the Waitakere Ranges. Local resident Tracey Kirkley raised the issue at a Waitakere Ranges Local Board meeting and believes it is time for a change. “Clean sustainable energy is something that needs some attention, investigation and Waitakere Ranges Local Board investment via partnership with the various power providers,” she says. “The West is again behind the eight ball as these charge points are rolling out everywhere else throughout Auckland and we are well behind in investing in new technology that will encourage clean, green, renewable energy, not gas-guzzling, pollution- LynnMall’s charging point (on the upper level carpark). emitting vehicles.” “I suggest Glen Eden as being a starting point, but imagine having one out at Piha. It would encourage electric vehicle users to drive out to the beautiful coast, if they knew they could charge up for the drive home.” Greg Presland, chair of the Waitakere Ranges Local Board, said that Tracey’s presentation had been very thought-provoking but that no formal decision has been made. “The local board is keen to do what we can about climate change and electric vehicles play their part,” he says. “I am also very keen to see the vacant roof of the local board office being used for solar power, partly for figurative reasons and partly for practical reasons. Having a charging station outside the local board, fuelled by solar power would to my view be a wonderful outcome.” When asked about where the charging points would first appear, Greg agreed with Tracey that Glen Eden is a logical starting point. “We also thought about the possibility of Piha having a charging station, more as a symbolic gesture although I suspect the economics of this will be more problematic,” he says. – George Shiers >>

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In 2016, the council and Watercare finally agreed to fund hydrodynamic modelling of the harbour, to better understand water flows and the exact amount of time it is taking partially treated wastewater discharges to clear the harbour. “Let’s hope the process is transparent enough and that the science is good science so that everyone can agree that it’s good modelling,” says Bronwen. “The problem we have currently with Watercare quarterly reports is that their narrative about the data doesn’t match the data itself.” NIWA will be conducting the modelling and it is expected to take two years to complete. A group of Laingholm residents is about to start testing the local stream, to either rule out or uncover the sources of sewage leaks from broken pipes or overflows. To get involved, contact – Jade Reidy


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Eyes and ears in the community They don't rush out from behind trees with tasers and handcuffs, and they don't rugby tackle people if they think they're up to some kind of anti-social mischief, nor do they arrest anyone. No, community patrollers are volunteers who drive around in pairs acting as extra eyes and ears for the police. The New Lynn/Kelston team (which also covers Titirangi, Green Bay and Blockhouse Bay) is looking for more volunteers to join its ranks, says co-ordinator Kelly Coll, and says everyone should be aware they are not a vigilante group. "No way," says Kelly. "We are just ordinary people wanting to contribute to the security and well-being of their communities. We deal at the lower end of things – disorder, tagging, liquor ban breaches and littering and when our patrollers see that happening, we call the information in to the police and they decide what to do about it." Kelly says, as a rule, patrollers don't approach those who 'may be up to no good' and for their own safety they always work in pairs. "For us, safety is paramount but we are trained to approach some people on foot and talk to them if we feel comfortable. You deal with it issue by issue. If you're not comfortable, do nothing but call it in to the police." The group now has its own sponsored sign-written car and Kelly thinks seeing that may discourage some and put people off doing stupid things – "boozing in the park or graffiti. Some people actually think we're security to close park gates. If seeing us or our car puts trouble-makers off, all's good." The team has been going since 2014, and have about 20 volunteer

Community constable Clay Polamalu with some of the New Lynn/Kelston Community Patrol members.

patrollers but would like more. They're a range of ages and cultures and are given good training before being taken on. That includes first aid, how to deal with the scene of an accident, observation techniques, learning ways to get good descriptions of people and different types of cars and their badge designs. "Crime prevention in your own community is a really good thing to do and we have a great group of people helping to keep our own patch of the community safe," says Kelly Applications to join Community Patrol can be left at any local police station. Applicants will be police vetted and once approved, patrollers are expected to do a four-hour shift once a month. For more information visit or www.facebook. com/newlynnkelstoncommunitypatrol/, email nlkelstoncpnz@gmail. com or phone Brenda 027 695 1637. – Moira Kennedy

Deck opening on horizon

"Is it open yet? When will that happen?" They're questions heard each day by Titirangi Library staff as enthusiastic users of the library await the opening of a new deck extending from the rear of the premises. Work on the deck, providing views to the Manukau Harbour, began in October last year but the weather has caused delays and it's now awaiting a confirmation date for the final inspection. Council spokesman, Rodrigo Pizarro, manager project delivery, community facilities, says that in order to protect native trees by the library, it was decided to raise the architecturally-designed deck by 60 millimetres. "As a result, adjustments had to be made including adding non-slip material to the deck's surface and investigating options to protect users from the increased height from ground level," he says. A balustrade will be installed before inspection date, expected to be this month. "We're looking forward to the opening of the deck, and excited for all the benefits it will offer library users and the local community. It will be a great addition to the library, allowing us to bring the outdoors in and offer activities and spaces we weren't able to offer previously," he says. The project was approved by the Waitakere Ranges Local Board in 2015. Construction cost $140,000, $30,000 higher than estimated to accommodate the design changes.

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A passion for ‘mobile, thumping art pieces’ I have an admission to make: I'm an obsessed musician and a dyedin-the-wool petrol head. Music and cars. Frank Zappa said it best though,'talking about music is like dancing about architecture'. The same can be said for driving a V8 powered hot rod. If you don't get it, it means you have never driven one. When I play music, I don't do covers. Likewise, you don't buy a hot rod from a car yard. If you have the knowledge and desire to create, then surely the ultimate is to create a car? I guess that's why so many ‘hotrodders’ are engineers, fitters and turners, and mechanics. For years I've been driving past the 'Waltons'-looking cottage on West Coast Road, Glen Eden, home to the Harbour City Rod Club. Just the mention of a clubrooms gets me excited, and thirsty. Like minds. Great company. Obsession? Passion! I recently had the Jackie and Lance Crane with one of their hot pleasure of meeting rods. Photo courtesy of New Zealand Hot Rod Magazine. up with club members Jackie and Lance Crane. They told stories of cruising with a bunch of Westie teenagers in 'yank tank' influenced rides. American cars were thin on the ground back then so anything that could be chopped, flared, wide wheeled or souped up, got the treatment. Via the North Shore Rod and Custom Club, then the now closed West Auckland Street Rod Club, Jackie and Lance finally got together with Harbour City Rod Club. This club was formed in April 1967 but not affiliated until August of that year. The first meeting was in the Blockhouse Bay community hall before being based in a few other haunts including the Glenora Hall. Eventually this now, slightly older rag-tag bunch, raised enough funds to lease some railway-owned land and move a building onto it. The club rooms were officially opened in 1985 by the then deputy mayor, Janet Clews. Nowadays, the small club of about 25 members plus family and mates continues its devotion to the mighty hot rod. Hot rods must always be American and must predate 1949.

The club is very involved in the community, participating in many charity events and helping in other ways. When you see a hot rod cruising, give them a smile. Never, however, touch the rod or try to race it and never, ever say you had one once but it was a better colour. Who gives a ….? As I said my goodbyes to Jackie and Lance, he, from outside his amazing '32 Ford cabriolet/coupe, reached in and, first kick, fired up the XR8 engine, which just sat there making a menacing rumble. He then popped open the trunk to reveal the leather-clad dicky seat. Sweet. I think I'll start by putting a couple of mags on the back of my wagon. Maybe a bit of lace painting down the sides. I'm sure Lance, or another club member could spray on some tasty flames. Congratulations Harbour City Rod Club Inc. and thanks for making 80 year-old cars into mobile, thumping, art pieces and our roads far less boring. Jackie is putting a book together celebrating the club’s 50 years. Google Harbour City Rod Club for more info. – David Thiele.

The popular Flotilla Whau event aims to bring the river back to the attention of local residents and, now in its fifth year, looks set to have more vessels than ever. The flotilla will be led by the historic steamboat Puke (built in 1872) from the New Zealand Maritime Museum. Puke will be joined by a wide variety of vessels including waka ama, rafts, kayaks, traditional wooden rowing boats, stand up paddle boards and more. All small craft that can navigate the river at high tide are welcome to join the flotilla as long as the craft is sea-worthy, everyone wears life jackets and that you register. Registration is free and starts at 10.30am, March 4. Other events include a Whau River guided tour (contact Natalie@ or phone 021 295 0136) and a floating theatre (visit Visit for more information. Photo by Brian Marsom.

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TEMP: a force that won’t cool down... On March 16 TEMP will open at Corban most pressing, although at Estate with a programme of events and times controversial, issue installations that are the culmination of of our times. As part of the nearly two years of work by TEMP Director working group set up by Diane Blomfield. This initiative is a graphic the trust that governs the example of a concept, forged with the Corban Estate Arts Centre to simple notion that scientists and artists mentor this project, I initially could work together to make visual the thought that this might be issues around climate change – a ‘bright simply an updated version idea’ which has morphed into something of those earlier events but complex and fascinating and attracted the the world of contemporary Gabby O’Connor: Drawing Water, Antarctic Study 2015 support of leaders in both the arts and art practice has changed in sciences. the intervening years and TEMP 2017 looks more participatory, more The practice of artists collaborating with practitioners from conversational and perhaps more challenging. other disciplines to bring heightened awareness to social and TEMP has become an ongoing project that, while focussing right environmental issues is now standard practice. However, it is one now on a multi-faceted symposium at Corban Estate and Te Uru, will that the pre-amalgamation Waitakere City initiated well ahead of have an ongoing life both online and in real time, with festivals or any other local authority in New Zealand – so there is a real sense symposia every two years and a changing programme of events and of honouring that legacy. It is 22 years since the EcoArts Symposium projects in-between. was held at the Corban Estate (in the summer of 1995/96) after the In the time that TEMP has been gestating, irrefutable evidence Rio Conference had shone a light on environmental sustainability, of climate change has escalated and we are experiencing climate and Waitakere, under Mayor Bob Harvey, had declared itself to be an and weather extremes that are deeply concerning. The danger is EcoCity. This was followed by SitesPacific in 1998, a conference which that we retreat to a place of impotence in the face of what can took that discourse further and put artists and design professionals seem an avalanche of overwhelming problems. While TEMP will into teams to come up with innovative ways to deal sustainably in bring attention to those issues in a highly visual and intriguing way, urban development. it will also offer positive information on how small but effective So, in 2015, it seemed obvious that climate change was the individual actions can contribute to a reduced carbon footprint and a conversation of hope rather than despair. To create a manageable project out of such a complex of climate changes issues, the collaborations have been divided into five areas: water, weather, food, shelter and air. Almost all of these projects have seen a development process that has involved working with school children across the west and further afield. So already TEMP is doing its job of raising awareness in a creative way. A perfect Our example is ‘air’, which was taken on by Te Uru in a partnership with TOP Unitec and has engaged a serious number of young ‘citizen scientists’ PICKS in researching, understanding and demonstrating the invisible. This project will culminate at Te Uru with a mixed reality (visual and BioBalance 5-HTP virtual) installation to explore the living and breathing Waitakere 50mg & 150mg Ranges. Now save 45% off RRP! From $20.20

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Whānau Day, Saturday 18 March, 11am – 4pm Bring your whānau for a picnic in the park and join an action station to find out more about climate change, what’s going on and what you and your friends can do to make a difference.


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Water treatment plant to be replaced As consultation and debate takes place over the possible future locations of the Huia Water Treatment Plant, JADE REIDY backgrounds the development of the present water treatment plant. Although Lopdell House is widely considered Titirangi’s oldest public heritage building, the Huia water treatment plant is equally venerable. Now 90 years old, the treatment plant near the top end of Woodlands Park Road has reached the end of its useful life. Completed in 1928 for £33,380, the Huia Water Treatment Plant filters water from the Upper Huia dam. It is the second largest plant in Auckland, and today processes around 19 percent of the city’s water. The first dam in the Waitakeres had been constructed in 1910, after the city’s demand for water had outstripped what Western Springs could supply. Engineer Henry Atkinson had donated some of his land for the pipeline and filter stations. The water that began to gravity feed into the city from Waitakere, Upper Nihotupu and Upper Huia dams was totally untreated until a typhoid outbreak occurred. The outcry resulted in three filter stations, one for each of the dams. These gloomily-lit buildings were hand-operated and had no control rooms. The operator simply opened the valves so water could pass through a series of sand filter beds. The water was also chlorinated

but fluoridation did not start until the 1960s. Until then, the brown sludge from the filter stations was being disposed of in Big Muddy Creek. Today it is centrifuged on site and trucked to landfill. In the early 1970s, large settling tanks were installed, taking over 90 percent of the sediment out before the water passes through the sand beds, vastly reducing the amount of sand bed washing. The Nihotupu plant, on the corner of Scenic Drive and Woodlands Park Road, was decommissioned in the 1990s, and water was re-routed to the Huia Treatment Plant, which is now fully automated. The Nihotupu plant has since stood idle, its original machinery in place. Both buildings have limited council heritage listings as being of significant architectural value. They retain their original form and scale, including the original doors and windows, and decorative facade elements. Replacement of the Huia plant is forecast for the early 2020s Possible replacements include a new plant adjacent to nearby Manuka Road or a new facility in Parker Road, Oratia. Both options would boost capacity by around 15 percent. For more information email

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Regular programmes at Glen Eden Library include Makerspace activities for kids ages 6-14 years (Tuesdays 3.30pm), Adult Book Chat (first Wednesday each month 10.30am), Preschool rhyme time (Thursdays 10.30am), Chess club (Thursdays – beginner’s 3.15pm, more experienced 4.15-5.15pm), Wriggle and rhyme for babies (Fridays 11am) and Glen Eden writers (last Saturday of the month 1pm). Regular programmes at Titirangi Library include Minecraft Club for kids ages 8 – 12 years (Thursdays 3.30pm), Makerspace Club for kids ages 9 – 14 years (Wednesdays 3.30pm, bookings required at the library or phone 301 0101), Preschool storytime (Wednesdays 10.30am), Wriggle and rhyme for babies (Fridays 9.30am), Titirangi Poets (first Saturday of the month 2pm, and Adult Book Chat (second Tuesday and first Saturday of each month, 2pm). Both libraries have free WiFi and Internet computers as well as a Book a Librarian service offering one-on-one guidance on how to download e-books, digital resources and any other queries you might have. Visit and follow www.facebook. com/glenedenlibrary or


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Bumper Year for EcoWest Festival ECODAY: Sunday 9 April 2017 EcoMatters Environment Trust & Olympic Park, New Lynn West Auckland is gearing up for a month-long celebration of our awe-inspiring environment this autumn. From March 11 to April 9 EcoMatters Environment Trust will partner with the Western local boards to host EcoWest Festival, an annual festival of more than 100 events across West Auckland that celebrate our unique environment and what we do to care for it. “We’re super excited to be offering over 100 events this year, our biggest festival yet! We have so many people doing great things which make West Auckland an awesome place to live, and this festival is about sharing their passion and skills with the wider community,” says Festival Manager Myrthe Braam. “Workshops and events during EcoWest will provide opportunities to learn practical things you can do at home like composting, growing vegetables, identifying weeds and reducing your household waste. Or you can head outdoors and show some love to our treasured parks and streams.” The whole family can get involved with activities, like family bike rides and upcycling workshops, and there will also be events

to get people outdoors and discovering the natural wonders in their backyard. Most of the events will be free or low cost. Some of the new events this year include the Down and Dirty // Rooftop Party at Lopdell House and The Green Effect Comedy Show featuring Te Radar, Penny Ashton, Pax Assadi and Brendon Green at Blockhouse Bay Community Centre. Local workshops include growing microgreens, weaving, sewing and repairing clothes. EcoWest Festival will end with a bang with EcoDay on Sunday April 9, a fun and family-friendly day out featuring loads of activities, live performances and great food. EcoDay will be held at EcoMatters Environment Trust and Olympic Park in New Lynn. The Festival is hosted by EcoMatters Environment Trust, with generous support from Henderson-Massey Local Board, Waitakere Ranges Local Board, Whau Local Board, The Trusts Community Foundation and Greenstar Energy Solutions. Full details of all EcoWest Festival events are available at

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ECOWEST FESTIVAL: Saturday March 11 – Sunday April 9 2017 Locations across Waitakere Ranges, Henderson-Massey and Whau Local Board areas

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march w – 19. The Memorandum of Nature – ceramics by

Sang Sool Shim and Keum Sun Lee; West Coast Gallery, Seaview Road, Piha; open seven days, 10am-5pm. Phone 818 2029, w – April 9, This sky, too, is folding under you, an exhibition by Natasha Matila-Smith; Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson; Open 7 days, 10am-4:30pm; Free. Phone 838 4455. w – April 9, At a Loss, paintings by A.D. Schierning; Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson; Open 7 days, 10am-4:30pm; Free. Phone 838 4455. w – April 9, Waikawa, an exhibition by Charlotte Graham; Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson; Open 7 days, 10am-4:30pm; Free. Phone 838 4455. w – April 16, Heat: solar revolutions, an art event that reflects on climate change; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w – May 21, Picturing Asia: Double Take, the photography of Brian Brake and Steve McCurry; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w 2 – April 30, Nohanga, a series of paintings and prints by Mandy Patmore exploring habitat loss and

deforestation; Arataki Visitor Centre, 300 Scenic Drive; 9am-5pm. Phone 892 4789. w 3, Seaweek at Flicks: Sonic Sea (first showing in New Zealand); Lopdell House Theatre, 418 Titirangi Road; 10.30am and 8.15pm. Phone 818 2489 for bookings. w 4 – April 23, Where my eye leads, paintings by Jacqueline Fahey including a number of paintings produced in French Bay during the 1990s; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w 4 – April 23, The Fairy Falls, a solo exhibition by Cushla Donaldson exploring the world of finance; Te Uru, 420 Titirangi Road. Phone 817 8087. w 5, French Market; French Bay Yacht Club, bottom of Otitori Bay Road. Phone 817 7609 or visit www.frenchbay. w 5, Pony Rides, Huia Road Horse Club; 436B Huia Road, Laingholm; 3-4pm; $5 per child per ride. Phone 027 499 1732. w 5, KAURI KARNIVAL, a free family fun day to celebrate our kauri trees and environment sponsored by Waitakere Ranges Local Board; Parrs Park, behind The Waterhole, in Glen Eden; 11am – 3pm. w 5, Waikumete Cemetery Guided Walk, A Debt That All Men Pay; meet at Corban Mausoleum on Orchid Rise; 10am-12pm or 4pm-6pm; gold coin donation. Visit Friends of Waikumete’s Facebook page or phone Ruth 818 4352. w 11, Titirangi Folk Music Club Concert with songwriting duo Hungry Town. Floor singers in the first half; Titirangi Beach Hall, Titirangi Beach Road, Titirangi; 8pm; $8, members $5, under 18 free. Phone Tricia 818 5659 or Ian 813 2305.

w 12, CHILDREN’s DAY, with games, chalk painting,

Craft fair, tea and coffee, food; West Lynn Garden & Butterfly House, 73 Parker Avenue, New Lynn; 10am-4pm; Children free, adults gold coin donation. w 14, The Western District Women’s Dinner Club dinner and speaker; Te Atatu RSA; visitors welcome. Phone Margaret 021 154 0946. w 15, Art Break, encouraging members of the community to make some time in their day for art and to visit the newest exhibition with a private tour by the curator; Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson; 2pm; Free. Phone 838 4455. w 16, Waitakere Forest and Bird talk: The blackbacked gull in urban Auckland – breeding and feeding, with Mel Galbraith, Senior Lecturer in Applied Ecology, Environmental and Animal Science; Kelston Community Centre, corner of Awaroa and Great North Roads; 7.30pm; koha. Phone Liz 027 476 2732, w 23, Integrated Neurological Rehabilitation Foundation Open Day; Tui Glen Centre, 2 Claude Brookes Drive, Henderson; 9am-12noon. Phone 836 6830, www. w 24, Titirangi Folk Music Friends on Friday. Share your music with a small friendly group; Titirangi Beach Hall, Titirangi Beach Road, Titirangi; 8pm; $3, under 18 free. Phone Rosemary 814 8897 or Margaret 818 1434. w 24, New season of Flicks cinema starts with Captain Fantastic (M); Lopdell House Theatre, 418 Titirangi Road; 10.30am and 8.15pm. Phone 818 2489 for bookings bookings. w 25, Titirangi Village Market, art, craft, produce and music; Titirangi War Memorial Hall, 500 South Titirangi

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april w April 1, OPEN ARTS DAY, an opportunity to see behind the curtain of the arts world and explore onsite artist studios and take part in hands-on workshops; Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson; 10am-4pm; Free. Phone 838 4455. w April 1, Garage sale, sausage sizzle, cakes, books, puzzles, toys and white elephant; Iona Presbyterian Church, Donovan St, Blockhouse Bay; 8am-12 noon. Phone Jennie 817 4304. w April 2, Waikumete Cemetery Guided Walk: On Top of the World; meet at East Berm Carpark (below Water Tank); 10am-12noon or 3-5pm; Gold coin donation. Visit Friends of Waikumete’s Facebook page or phone Ruth 818 4352. There is so much happening in and around our community, including many weekly events, that we can’t fit everything into these listings. To find out more about whatever you are interested in, from Air Scouts to yoga and almost everything in between, visit:



Road; 10am-2pm. Contact Tess on tvm.manager@gmail. com or phone 022 631 9436. w 25 – April 23, The Coloured World, paintings by Gareth Price; West Coast Gallery, Seaview Road, Piha; open seven days, 10am-5pm. Phone 818 2029, www. w 28, Titirangi U3A with a range of activities including study groups, discussions, speakers and more; West Lynn Garden, 73 Parker Road, New Lynn; 1.30pm; gold coin. Contact

• Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson, 10am–4.30pm daily. 838 4455. • EcoMatters Environment Trust, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn, 10am–4pm Mon-Fri, 10am–1pm Sat, or by appointment. 826 4276, • Flicks cinema, Lopdell House Theatre. 818 2489, • Kelston Community Centre, corner of Awaroa and Great North Roads, Kelston. • McCahon House Museum, 67 Otitori Bay Rd; 1-4pm, Wednesday – Sunday, except public holidays. 817 6148, mccahon@ • Playhouse Theatre, 15 Glendale Road, Glen Eden. 818 5751. • Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, 420 Titirangi Road, Titirangi, 10am–4.30pm daily. 817 8087, • Titirangi Theatre, Lopdell House Theatre, Titirangi. 817 5812, infoline 817 5951, • Upstairs Gallery, Level 1, Lopdell House, 418 Titirangi Road, 10am–4.30pm daily. 817 4278. • West Coast Gallery, Seaview Road, Piha, Open seven days, 10am–5pm. 812 8029,

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on stage It’s a new year and a new programme for the players at Titirangi Theatre, and first up is The Vicar of Dibley. This popular television series has been adapted for the stage by Ian Gower from the original by Richard Curtis and Paul MayhewArcher. Having a lead with an English voice for a play like The Vicar of Dibley is something of a bonus, says director Lindsay Nash. Nicola Chapman plays the Rev Geraldine, the newly appointed vicar. Nicola is originally from Hampshire in the UK, where she did her first degree in English and Drama at the University of Winchester. There are a number of other ex-pats in the cast too. Michael Allen (Owen) of Laingholm, now a veteran of Titirangi Theatre, was originally from Hyde Park Corner. He’s played a number of accents, including Maori, Russian, Welsh, Jewish, Irish and now a touch of Berkshire. Then there’s Jane Burrage (Letitia) from near Scarborough, Nicola Chapman playing Geraldine another long-standing member the Vicar) and Robin Lane playing Hugo. Photo by John McGowan. of Titirangi Theatre, last seen in Roger Hall’s A Short Cut to Happiness, and with a string of credits including a memorable Lettice and Lovage. Ariel Hubbert (Alice) says she’s firmly a Westie, but includes in her talents “twirling fire” with pois, a skill she learnt in Turkey. A newcomer to Titirangi, Mark Campbell (David) has a history of directing and writing particularly with a youth focus, including a group that toured New Zealand schools a few years back. The UK link continues off-stage, with Sally McGowan as production assistant and husband John as stage manager. Sally is from Nottingham and John is from Saffron Walden in Essex. Having worked together on the past two Titirangi shows, they have rapidly become part of the local drama scene. Others in the cast include Robin Lane (Hugo), Richard McFadgen (Frank) and Peter Goodier (Jim).

The Vicar of Dibley opens in Titirangi Theatre, Lopdell House, on Tuesday, March 21 and runs until April 1, with shows at 8pm Tuesday to Saturday, 2pm on Saturday March 25 and 4pm March 26. Bookings can be made online at or at Titirangi Pharmacy. – Phoebe Falconer

Unique experience at Summer festival Good times are guaranteed at this year's Children's Day at West Lynn Garden on March 12 with games, pavement chalk drawing, a bouncy castle and a host of other child-focussed events around the 2.5 hectare gardens. High on the list of 'must do' activities is a visit to the Monarch Butterfly House to learn the butterfly’s full life-cycle. The Monarch is New Zealand's largest butterfly and a visit to West Lynn provides a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with hundreds of them. Refreshments and plant sales will be available and there'll be a craft market run by local artisans. Visitors will also be able to try their hand at petanque, also known as boules, a game involving fresh air, fun and a little bit of easy exercise. The petanque group has been playing at West Lynn, 10am-12noon, Titirangi petanque player every Sunday since 2002. The group Jack Anderson tosses his is keen to attract new members. Age boules with friends at West is no deterrent and there are no Lynn Garden. restrictions to those in wheelchairs. Former club president Jack Anderson says petanque is a great game. "It loosens the body up and there's great enjoyment mixing with others.” Children's day: Sunday March 12, 10am-4pm; 73 Parker Avenue, New Lynn; Children free, adults gold coin donation. Petanque information: phone Barbara, 826 4206. – Moira Kennedy


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New approaches to pest control in the Waitakeres Pest control has been practised for decades In the Waitakere Ranges and new approaches are now being developed. Some of these were showcased at a recent Waitakere Ranges Conservation Network seminar at Arataki Centre The 1990s saw an effort to reduce the number of possums, (Operation Forest Save by the Auckland Regional Council) and determined efforts on weed control (the successful Ginger-out!). Operation Forest Save was successful in reducing possum numbers by 95%, and resulted in rejuvenation of the vegetation and an increase in birds and invertebrates. But it was not a permanent solution. More research has shown that other mammalian species, particularly mustelids (stoats, weasels etc.) and rats, are also a problem. However, improved technologies are giving hope that we may be able to further reduce these pests. Seminar highlights included Dr. James Russell, senior lecturer at Auckland University’s School of Biosciences spoke of the ambition of extending the Ark in the Park’s pest control programmes outwards to other sites, potentially using a new computer programme called Catchit that offers free data management of projects run by volunteer groups. This is already being used by ZIP (Zero invasive Predators), an initiative of Auckland University. Dr Helen Blackie, ecologist at Boffa Miskell, introduced PAWS (Print Acquisition for Wildlife Surveillance) which is being developed by her company. This tool detects animals which cross its surface and identifies their species. Minimal maintenance is required and information can be relayed immediately to a central location. Sean O’Brien, sales and account manager at GoodNature described the company’s self-resetting traps for both possums (A12) and mammalian predators (A24). These traps are suitable for smaller organisations or individuals in semi-urban areas and for people who do not want to handle poisons as they use a different kill method. More advances in technology were described by Simon Croft, director at Encounter Solutions Ltd. This company has developed a wireless sensor technology called Celium. This is aimed The GoodNature A24 self-resetting trap at wildlife management for mammalian pests. in large areas with difficult

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terrain and should make the job of Department of Conservation and Regional Councils easier. Neil Dingle of the Department of Conservation described the organisation’s ‘Walk the Line’ programme which helps staff efficiently communicate the results of pest control lines from PC or mobile devices. Dr Jacqueline Beggs, associate professor at Auckland University’s School of Biosciences discussed the problem of vespid wasps. The wasps, Vespula germanicus and V. vulgaris, have caused huge problems in beech forests of the Nelson Lakes district. Fipranyl, the poison of choice, was used effectively there but is toxic to bees. It must be used using a bait unattractive to bees. Trials are continuing. The seminar concluded with a number of smaller local groups, including the Waima Laingholm group, the Otitori Sanctuary group and Friends of Whatipu, reporting on their successes and aims. While the government’s aim of a pest-free New Zealand by 2050 might appear to be pie in the sky, the work of these groups and the new techniques becoming available will certainly help rid the Waitakeres of our undesirable pests. – Trixie Harvey

Ark in the Park turns 15 Waitakere Forest and Bird are looking forward to a series of celebrations to mark the 15th birthday of its ground-breaking Ark in the Park initiative. Among the planned activities are: • Saturday March 25: Sunset and night walk. Walk the Auckland City Walk at sunset and try to find the nocturnal animals that inhabit the bush. • Sunday March 26, 6.30am: Listen to the Dawn Chorus with experts highlighting the different birds. You might even hear a ‘Grey Ghost’, a kokako with its haunting song, one of the species re-introduced in the Waitakere Ranges. For both of these events park at Cascades Car Park at the end of Falls Road. Bring a torch, sturdy shoes, a jacket and your friends. Bookings are essential at • Sunday March 26, 10am-3pm: Guided Walks. All walks will start at Forest and Bird’s stall at the Cascade Kauri Car Park. Volunteers and experts will take you around the Auckland City Walk to highlight how special this area is. No booking necessary. All events are free but donations would be appreciated.

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No boundaries on creativity or improvisational flair Midweektonic is a threepiece rock band based in West Auckland comprising Yair Katz on drums, Richard Ingamells on guitar and Andrew Burt on bass. We caught up with the guys fresh from rehearsing, and on the eve of the release of their second album Innocence Lost. They’d known each other for some years and, like most musos, kept saying how they should get together for a jam. “We finally made it happen in late 2013,” says Andrew. “We were lucky enough to have a practice space and basically we set up, plugged in and went for it. We had no preconceptions and no idea what would happen. From the very first note we knew it was going to be something special so decided to make it a regular Wednesday jam. We recorded everything as we went, improvising some lyric ideas along the way and, after a few months, realised we had the makings of some really strong material. We all felt a very strong musical bond and often commented what a tonic it was to meet up in the middle of the week, hence the band name.” The decision was made early on not to impose any boundaries or limits on each other’s creativity or improvisational flair in an effort to discover new things and move outside of their respective ‘musical boxes.’ “Whether it be Yair picking up a guitar and singing, Richard creating an astonishing flute solo on the spot or me thrashing it out on a guitar,” says Andrew. Two years later the band recorded their debut album Running Out Of Time which New Zealand Musician touted as “…top of the list for diversity, creativity and originality.” Andrew’s own musical journey began at his home at a young age where classical music was always played. “I was captivated by the different sounds and layers I was hearing. I started taking guitar lessons and took grade exams in classical guitar from the age of 10. Richard was classically trained in flute and taught himself guitar from age 14. Yair’s musical involvement began at age two when he first learned to put on a vinyl record.” Yair’s drum lessons began at school after he showed his interest by tapping out rhythms on any surface he could reach in the family kitchen. He’s since spent many years travelling the world, playing music and meeting other musicians on the road. The sound of Midweektonic has been described as ‘a potent

concoction that could spontaneously switch from some harmonious little ditty your Nanna would love, to a huge dirty rock beast that would send her running to the bus-stop with her knitting over her ears.’ Whilst this may well be assisted by Richard’s home-brewed craft beer that makes a regular appearance as the mid-week tonic, Andrew says “we get immense gratification from creating music together that knows no boundaries. We’re inspired by life, people, love and hate. And that unseen cosmic musical energy that touches us every time the three of us are in a room together.” “We’re heavily influenced by bands and musicians who managed to break free of contemporary musical fashions and create their own mythologies, such as Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, Neil Young, Bowie…the list goes on,” says Richard. Yair adds “A lot of music from the late ’60s and early ’70s has a profound sound quality that I love, whether it is in rock, funk, jazz, psychedelic, or singer-songwriters. I often return to that era. I like stuff that's less predictable and has a feel of musical risk taking and originality. I like the edginess of free improvisation.” Of Innocence Lost the band say: “We’re really proud, not only of the music – an eclectic mix of songs fusing rock with folk, acoustic and even some reggae grooves – but also of the fact that we recorded and produced the album by ourselves in Andrew’s garden shed.” You can listen to Midweektonic at andrewburt/sets/innocence-lost. Innocence Lost is to be released at a special gig on March 18 in the stunning native tropical bush gardens at Landsendt in Parker Road, Oratia. Tickets are $25 or $40 for two and are available by emailing the band direct at midweektonic@hotmail. com or messaging them at The Fringe has two double passes to Midweektonic’s Lansendt gig to give away. To go in the draw to win one write the name of the band’s drummer on the back of an envelope with your name, phone number and address and post it to Midweektonic, PO Box 60-469, Titirangi or email your answer and contact details to with Midweektonic in the subject line. Entries must be received by March 15.


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Auckland has many great places to relax, dine with friends or entertain but we don’t have to go far to enjoy some of the best options around. We are lucky to have some great dining options right here in the West. We have so many comfortable, affordable restaurants, bars and eateries that it could be hard to choose the best option. Whether you are interested in fresh, spicy Thai cuisine, traditional family-friendly dining or tasty bar snacks, New Lynn’s Lai

Thai, Bricklane or Black Salt venues are sure to impress. Five minutes along Scenic Drive there is The Refreshment Room (now under new ownership) with its fine dining and great views and in Titirangi there is the new Park Road Kitchen (on the corner of Park and South Titirangi Roads). Glen Eden also has a great dining option with the Italian-themed La Rosa Restaurant on the corner of Captain Scott and Wilson Roads. Whatever you fancy, you’re sure to find it locally. So why would you want to drive to town for your next meal out?

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Wandering Whites Beach vistas of the rolling hills Piha, even on a muggy overcast Sunday, is and chiselled coastline likely to be one of the busiest destinations offering a satisfying in the Waitakeres. The black sand and contrast to the cluttered tumultuous waves seem to be a magnet volcanic world below. A for visitors. Explore the walks at the few minutes walking northern end of the beach, however, and south on the road will you’ll not only leave the crowds behind but lead to the entry of you’ll encounter a medley of contrasting Whites Track and the landscapes connected by a reasonably short route south back to and manageable circuit. Piha. Beginning at the northern tip of the Whites Beach sits sheltered and empty to the north of Piha. Here the bush beach, Laird Thompson Track ascends steeply through pohutakawa forest for 20 minutes to the saddle of the changes from open coastal scrub to typical Waitakere rainforest, with headland. A small sidewalk runs out to the lookout at Te Waha point, kowhai and rata slowly giving to way to large specimens of karaka and the historic site of one of Piha’s Pa and a great vantage point looking matai. The track winds gently down the spur for 30 minutes, running above and behind the houses of north Piha, before descending into out to the grey Tasman Sea and Whites Beach to the north. The beach can be accessed either by walking inland up the ridge a dense river gully. Huge puriri sprawl their branches like immense to Rose Track which descends gradually to the dunes or down the octopii into the undergrowth while the nikau-dominated understory relatively more precarious northern face of Te Waha point. Beginning creates an intriguing textured effect, as if the forest were constructed with a dirt path, the latter route zigzags steeply through clusters of green herringbone. A further 10 minutes will take you out to North Piha Road. From of ignatius rock and pohutakawa roots, both adequate footholds here it’s a short stroll back to the parking lot where groups of surfers throughout the descent. The coastal bush quickly opens up to a tumbling garden of boulders and beach goers pile out of their cars, eager to submit to the black and rocks which in their conglomerate form look like huge chunks of sand and the untameable sea that borders it. ‘Rocky Road’. A rope has been suspended over the steepest section, letter but once having passed this the gradient levels out and it’s a case of rock hopping around the shore and onto the beach. It would be wise Dear Editor, to check tide times before you attempt this route as high tide is likely It was disappointing to read the article “Bush-bashing up the to make it more difficult. Pararaha Stream” in the February issue of The Fringe. Auckland The scenery, as with all West Coast beaches, is rugged and Council, and Auckland Regional Council before it, has been trying to stunning. The craggy hills envelope the beach like a horseshoe and discourage off-track tramping for years. the sand is cast with streaks of glistening midnight blue. Aside from a All that clambering up streams and across rocks damages native nudist bather and a pair of oystercatchers menacingly guarding their vegetation and stream eco-systems, destroys habitat and creates fledgling, the beach is empty. wear and tear on fragile stream banks and rocky cliffs. Informal tracks Rose Track is deceptively concealed halfway along the beach can be unsightly and encourage others to go off-track, doing more behind the sand dunes. It climbs gradually out of the sand and back damage and also creating risks to less experienced trampers. into pohutakawa groves, eventually connecting with a driveway. The It also risks further spreading kauri die-back which is spread walk can be cut short by following the driveway back to Thomas Laird through soil on shoes. Locations of the disease are clearly aligned Track and down to Piha. Alternatively you can make a 20-minute with track routes: if it can spread along formal tracks, it will also trudge up and inland to Anawhata Road. spread on informal tracks where there are no hygiene stations. Sea level to 200 metres in a short time is certain to get the lungs Sandra Coney, Titirangi drawing. Yet the view from the top is well worth the effort with

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Get brutal with weeds in a personal ‘war’ Threatening your weeds with herbicide and shouting at them to die while you point toy guns at them isn't going to help you win the war on weeds. It might help you get rid of some personal angst, frustration or anger but unless you take physical action to rid your garden of weeds, they'll just keep growing until they've taken over, say local weed warriors Simon Grant and Phil Needle The pair are running EcoMatters' War on Weeds campaign in West Auckland this month. The campaign sees bins placed in a number of high-profile public sites for the community to dump their invasive garden weeds. The annual project, which runs until the end of March, saw more than 100 tonnes of weeds collected last year. It is said that Auckland is one of the weediest cities in the world with exotic species outnumbering native plants. Simon Grant and Phil Needle – threatening weeds with toy guns won’t And with the warmth and do the trick. A bigger battle is needed. humidity at this time of year, they take off. Simon and Phil say the long-term secret to keeping your property weed-free is to tackle them when they're small, and keep at it – all year round. "We have real problems with some very nasty weeds in our area," says Simon. "Ginger and tradescantia (wandering jew/wandering willy) are bad, and jasmine too. It's a bit slower growing but creeps up on you. Get it while its young and you can pull it out by hand but if it gets going, it will take a mighty effort to beat it. "Climbing asparagus has become the big, new nasty. It has tiny little seedlings and people tend to ignore them, but if they're not pulled out when they're small, within a couple of years it's taken hold and is very difficult to get rid of," he says.

Woolly nightshade (tobacco weed) is another that spreads like "billy-o" but is easy to pull out when young. It's much harder to handle when it grows into a tree with its seeds spread far and wide by birds. Some invasive weeds can be composted but not all, and they must be totally dead before putting them in the compost bin. "The top part of ginger (the leaves and stalks) can be composted but make sure there are no seeds attached," says Phil. "Put the rhizomes (bulbs) in your rubbish bag – they can't be composted, and don't let tradescantia anywhere near your compost. Put that in black weed bags or a water barrel in the hottest part of the garden to speed up the process. With no light getting to the weeds, the process will work but it will take quite a long time." For those who don 't mind a mess, frying weeds on sunny concrete paths or driveways may be the solution. It can take time but once the weeds are dead, they can go in the compost or rubbish bag. And what of the ‘elephant in the garden’: to spray or not to spray? "A lot of people say no-one should use chemicals at all," says Simon. "I don't think using chemicals in large quantities over a long period of time is good, but at some point we have to decide which weeds we're going to live with and which must go. "At EcoMatters we're working on getting neighbours to work together and help each other with their weed battles. We're also working with the community to achieve large weed-free areas and stop reinvasion but we're not magicians who can do everything to help everybody. We don't have the funding or the resources but we can provide a lot of advice and information to help people win the weed war," Simon says. A winning strategy is to get on top of weeds when they're young. "We see people all the time who've worked hard on their properties for years and years and won the battle against weeds. Then they get older, the garden becomes too much to deal with, they get ill or family matters take priority. The weeds come back and get away again. Try to get on top of weeds when they're small,” says Phil. “Have a regular scout around your garden and check out every little corner and deal with the tiny weeds there and then. And never give up." – Moira Kennedy


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An abundance of native seedlings are coming up in the cleared areas around the SuperValue car park in Titirangi Village. Gecko Trust facilitated a major weed clearing operation in August last year, followed by a replanting programme. Karamu, kawakawa, mahoe and native grasses are among the native seedlings that are now coming up. Many of the new natives have appeared through natural regeneration showing that, in many cases, simply removing the factor that inhibits the natural system (in this case the invasive weeds such as ginger, convolvulus, tradescantia and plectranthus) will allow nature to do the rest of the work. Over the summer months grass and other weeds have started growing back and the site will be undergoing another round of maintenance soon. If you would like to get involved with this project and perhaps spend a bit of time helping with hand-weeding the site email or text 021 076 3157.

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The joy of karma

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Yeah gidday. How are ya? I’ve been thinking. What if I was a superhero? My name would be,'Captain Karma' and this would be my MO. That idiot in the blue Holden down my street that drives three inches behind me, even though I’m exceeding the speed limit, in a huge line of traffic, heading down a cul-de-sac full of unattended babies and off-the-leash puppies, before zooming past, braking suddenly and pulling into his driveway. Enter, 'Captain Karma' … KAPOW! … all his airbags go off, three tyres deflate and he defecates themselves. That bunch of very drunk teenagers, walking through the village, late in the evening, when the wanna-be alpha spits on Sir H Atkinson and pulls over a letter box ... KAPOW! … he is instantly butt naked, wearing only a strap-on and sporting a rather large tattoo of Boy George on each cheek. That group of tourists wearing hiking boots, last worn in the croc.infested tundra of outer Tibet, that stroll past the kauri die-back cleaning stations to take a leak on a pohutakawa sapling … KAPOW! … instant, angry, inflamed, strawberry-coloured, highly-itchy facial rash in the unfortunate shape of 'I've got an STD'. That property tycoon that acquired the handkerchief-sized back section, then immediately chops down a stand of trees to let more light in to the jacuzzi … KAPOW! … a Police announcement on the evening news warns the West Auckland public to stay indoors until a cannibalistic maniac is apprehended … KAPOW! … the house is plunged into total darkness and the only sound is a branch scraping disturbingly on the lounge window. That person en-route to Piha that drives straight past the sign with the large arrow indicating that the fire risk for the day is moderate, yet, doesn't slow down to check they haven't accidentally started a 'moderate' camp fire in the back seat. Actually 'Captain Karma' doesn't know what a ‘moderate’ fire is either. That person that scatters eight kilograms of take-away chicken bones around the over-filled public rubbish bin so that dogs get perforated guts … KAPOW! … pound-for-pound explosive diarrhoea next time they attend a televised speed dating show. Delayed karma. Nice. As I was writing this, the jug boiled, so I went to the fridge, only to find the milk had soured. I removed the carton and hidden in the back, was one remaining cold bottle of beer. It must be karma man.

Having a distant relative driving a tractor for a distinguished winery can’t be a bad thing. It leads to him occasionally presenting his family with some very distinguished wine. So that’s how we came to be drinking recently two quite exceptional Dog Point wines. I’ve written earlier about Dog Point (in Marlborough) but not until now had I tasted a mature Dog Point Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc. Section 94 is a small piece of land that produces a distinctive quality in the grapes grown there and it’s treasured tenderly. This was the 2011 vintage and it had matured superbly. Its bouquet was subtle and slightly spicy and its taste had many layers of flavour, slight, tropical fruit beginning, a nutty mid palate, and a gentle acidsustained finish, underpinned with unobtrusive oak. Indeed there was little of the usual bright, upfront flavours that characterise the ordinary Marlborough sauvignon blanc. It’s not cheap, about $35, but worth seeking out. We also drank the Dog Point 2011 Pinot Noir (about $42). Bottle age had brought harmony to this full-bodied masterpiece. Dark red, it began with a slightly plummy bouquet, developing in the glass a complexity of flavours that utterly beguiled. There was a touch of fruit at the start, followed by a savoury, almost barnyard mid palate, with a hint of tannin at the finish. It was great with the barbecue. While in Blenheim we visited a small boutique winery, Gibson Bridge, a tiny vineyard (two hectares) specialising in pinot gwris. In the tasting room we met the two owners, Howard who looks after the viticulture and his wife Julie who runs the cellar door, a lively entertaining couple. The Reserve Pinot Gris (about $30) was very attractive, weighty but by no means cloying, dry but not austere, nicely balanced with pear flavours and gentle acid. We bought and enjoyed on the summer deck their Rosé (about $20), made from pinot gris grapes rather than the usual pinot noir because, as they explained, the pinot gris grape is grey-blue sometimes black, unlike the light yellow of other white wine grapes. It was fresh and dry, a very appealing mouthful. These quality wines come at a price, but a little seeking can lead to some bargains. One such is the 2014 Old Vine Hogshead Cabernet Sauvignon (about $15), a South Australian wine showing many attractive characteristics of this grape, dark red, a berryish bouquet with a hint of chocolate in the flavour and a smooth finish. And if you’re looking for a real bargain, take a trip out to Pleasant Valley to pick up their 2008 Pinotage (about $10), still a lusty tipple. FRINGEADLTD.pdf 16:33 Which all goes to show 1you15/11/16 don’t need distant relatives in high places to drink quality.

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