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our west AUGUST 2017

One of New Zealand's greatest swimmers, West Aucklander Lauren Boyle, announces her retirement bringing an exceptional 18 year career to a close. Our West is brought to you by The Trusts. For more information on The Trusts, visit our website www.thetrusts.co.nz find us on facebook or email us at info@thetrusts.co.nz


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Youth arts initiative helping to turn lives around K¯akano Youth Arts Collective, an arts programme aimed primarily at atrisk youth, will receive the benefits of the $15,475 raised by the Corban Estate Arts Centre from the Million Dollar Mission earlier this year. K¯akano, meaning “seed”, developed from a pilot programme in 2013 in response to the arts and cultural needs of some of West Auckland’s most vulnerable youngsters. By engaging them in a structured arts environment and letting their talents flourish, instead of condemning them as outsiders, it has changed the lives of many of them in the last four years and contributed to the reduction of antisocial behaviour such as tagging, in West Auckland. The Henderson Youth Project brief was to help reduce graffiti and crime in the town centre, engage local youth, and create a series of public artworks to help brighten up the community and give youth a more positive image. One of the specific goals of this project was to give youngsters the opportunity for tertiary study at Unitec. As a result of the Unitec partnership, several of youngsters who might never have had the opportunity to even finish school are now on their way to a higher qualification. Some have become lead artists for other groups, role models for other youth and are getting independent commissions. None had NCEA or even attended a main stream school since they were 12. The programme engages the participants interests and visual arts talent within a structure that fosters self-discipline, focus and confidence.

ABOVE LEFT: Martin Sutcliffe (Director) and Mandy Patmore (Creative Director) with elected members Warren Flaunty and Margi Watson.

Each participant is given a taste of many different mediums in order to discover what works best for them. As a result many have left the spray can behind in favour of developing into painters, printmakers, carvers and photographers. K¯akano has gained mainstream acceptance with commissions to create numerous murals and public artworks in the Henderson Town Centre, at the Glendene Hub, in Ranui, at ZEAL, on the side of the Henderson Library and at Olympic Park in New Lynn. Given a chance to create murals and put their names to them, the artists flourished, graffiti significantly reduced, and there was a huge shift in the amount of pride the young people felt. The level of work created by the group is outstanding, and is shown in an end of year exhibition part organised by the youngsters. Most of the works sell with 90 percent of proceeds going back to the young artists, with K¯akano retaining 10% for running costs. Creative Director Mandy Patmore recently undertook a Henderson Massey Local Board project to getting her young charges to create large freestanding panels displaying artwork by several community arts groups, including K¯akano in some of Henderson’s empty shop windows. K¯akano artists installed the artwork and helped to clean each shop window.

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New electronic

ABOVE: Te Pai Courts are the major facility and headquarters for the Waitakere region.

scoreboards and timing equipment season. This is another way of ensuring that there is game time for as many teams as possible. The organisation says this equipment is invaluable for premier senior and secondary school grades playing on indoor courts, and adds value to the supporters’ and spectators’ experience of watching games.

ABOVE: Kayne Ross (General Manager) and Aileen Mason (President) with elected members Warren Flaunty and Margi Watson.

Future netball games at the Te Pai Netball Centre will be an enhanced experience for about 10,000 West Auckland participants and supporters. Netball Waitakere is furnishing its courts with scoreboards and countdown clocks thanks to the $18,505 the game’s supporters raised by voting in The Trusts Million Dollar Mission. Netball Waitakere says, and most participants will agree, that electronic scoreboards and countdown clocks enhance the netball experience. They allow all concerned to know where the score is at and how much time is left to win, lose or draw. As everybody knows, watching the clock tick down while your side hangs on in a tight match, or tries desperately to get a last-minute winning edge, adds hugely to the drama and the enjoyment of a game. Not only that but accurate time keeping assists players, coaches and umpires to start and finish games on time and ensure that as many matches as possible are played on every court throughout the playing

Another factor that has be attended to, is the challenge of being competitive with other sporting codes. Netball wants to retain current members and increase participation, as well as meeting the greater demand from a growing population. Meeting expectations and being competitive requires having the best equipment. While the Te Pai Netball Centre facility is top drawer, it has lacked some modern technology to provide that extra level of service and entertainment factor. The organisation performs a constant balancing act between keeping costs down while providing a modern and excellent level of service, thus opening the game up to as many people and families as possible from juniors to masters. The fact that so many players, coaches, umpires and supporters turn up each playing day in winter proves how successful they have been, but it has come at a cost. Keeping the prices down means that clocks and scoreboards can’t be funded from member’s subs and local fundraising. Netball Waitakere is an icon of sport in West Auckland and is committed to the concept that improving the netball offering to the community reflects positively on the whole of Waitakere. For more information see www.netballwaitakere.co.nz

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TOP: French Bay Yacht Club. ABOVE LEFT: Matt Hall-Smith (Rear Commodore) and Eva Hall-Smith (club member) with elected members Janet Clews and Steve Tollestrup. ABOVE RIGHT: Four Optimist training yachts will be replaced with the $14,905 raised.

French Bay Yacht Club to buy new boats As Peter Burling proved, you’re never too young to have big ambitions in yachting. A ten year old Burling set his heart on winning the America’s Cup and this year he brought the Auld Mug home. Winning sport’s oldest trophy is just one of the New Zealand’s history as a maritime nation second to none; we’ve held numerous Olympic gold medals and world championships, the One Ton Cup, the Half Ton Cup, the Whitbread (now Volvo) Round the World trophy and thanks to Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, this country is the first after America to win the cup twice. It is a record that has been fashioned by boys and girls who learned how become world beaters under the mentoring of the yacht clubs like Titirangi’s French Bay Yacht Club, dotted all around our coast. As the main community-based sailing club in the region, French Bay Yacht Club is focused on providing affordable opportunities for local people of all ages, including children, to learn how to sail and be involved in sailing. The club is housed in the beautiful French Bay cove, in a club rooms cantilevered out over the gently lapping waters of the Manukau. To ensure that it continues to be able to launch sailing careers, however, the club will use $14,905 raised through The Trusts Million Dollar Mission to replace four Optimist training yachts in their fleet. These boats are the “new entrants” level used to teach beginners (mostly children aged 8-11) in the club’s Learn to Sail programmes.

They are also used for the French Bay School’s Waterwise programmes, which are attended by children from Titirangi, Woodlands Park and Laingholm Primary schools. The new yachts will make sailing more accessible, help to strengthen club activities and perhaps produce a few champion sailors from the West. Having a club-owned fleet means that newcomers to sailing do not need to make a big investment in a boat. This means the club can offer West Aucklanders the chance to have a go and find out if this is something for them, at low risk to their pockets. Several youth sailors who started out in the Optimist fleet, in French Bay Yacht Club’s Learn to Sail programmes have placed highly in national championships or represented New Zealand internationally in recent years. Others have gone on to coach junior sailors and participate in Yachting New Zealand programmes that have furthered their sailing and leadership skills. By promoting the new fleet, the club hopes to increase membership of youth sailors and attract more families to the club. The club is keen to extend its reach across West Auckland, and make it easier for local people to learn sailing. And who knows? Maybe one of young sailors learning to sail in French Bay Yacht Club’s new training yachts will one day go on to be an America’s Cup winner.

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Feeding West Aucklanders who don't have enough to eat A West Auckland group has decided not to talk about the number of people who don’t have enough to eat while tonnes of food go to waste every year, and is doing something about it. Fair Food was set up in 2012 by local man Ian Myhill, who decided that somebody had to do something and it made sense to obtain all that surplus food and feed people instead of feeding landfills. It is still going strong with the support of a number of compassionate West Auckland businesses. It was the first food rescue operation in Auckland and collects good food that would otherwise go to waste and redistributes it to people who don’t have enough. Last year alone, Fair Food collected and re-shared 110,000 kilograms of food. That’s 110 tonnes a year or about two tonnes a week or between 400 - 700 kilograms a day and enough to make 277,000 meals, or 758 meals a day for a year. It all adds up to about three meals a day for 250 people in West Auckland.

ABOVE: Ian Myhill, the man behind the wheel of the Fair Food truck.

This food is re-distributed the same day to community groups, social agencies, charities and even some places of education. Apart from tackling hunger and food wastage, Fair Food, with a lot of local support is keeping 110 tonnes of food out of landfills. One of the rewards has been to receive the Waiti - Social Enterprise Award at the Eco Matters Zero Waste Awards this year. This award goes to the group or individual that has started up a social enterprise for diverting waste from landfill. The award is one of a number major milestones for Fair Food this year. The group has also opened a new headquarters and storage facility in The Trusts Railside Ave premises, in Henderson. Fair Food has also acquired a new truck for a fleet that is now being serviced, free, by West City Auto Group (Holden and Kia). The importance of organisations’ work and the recognition it has in the business community, is underlined by the fact that Fair Food has joined the local Central Park Business Association. This is a major step because, as Ian My Hill puts it, “by working alongside business we can strengthen and grow our collection, storage and re-distribution network.”

All of the food Fair Food collects is fresh, good quality, wholesome and is sourced from growers, distributors and retailers. It’s only “fault” is that it is surplus to the requirements of the wholesale and retail food trades. It is what’s left over after the retailers and caterers have bought what they need for the day or, hasn’t sold in shops or restaurants. Some is fresh produce that’s now a day old, some is food that has passed, or getting close to, its sell-by date, but is still perfectly edible.

Volunteers are always needed to help each day, with food collection, sorting and delivering throughout West Auckland. Volunteers need to be physically fit, with a positive attitude, who thrive on teamwork in a small team and who can get along with the organisations that receive the food as well. Anybody who fancies their hand at driving needs to be confident with a manual vehicle.

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Find out more at www.fairfood.org.nz


Lauren brings glittering career to an end “And that’s a wrap”. With those words New Zealand’s greatest female swimmer, and at one time one of the best in the world, 29 year old, West Aucklander Lauren Boyle announced that her 18 year swimming career was over. Lauren received Don Oliver Scholarships at a critical time in her career, the first in 2005 when she was just 17 and again the next year, when she was bursting out of the shadow of previous great and Don Oliver Scholar, Melissa Ingram. She went on to be a three time Olympian, a Commonwealth champion and to win more World Championship medals than any other New Zealand swimmer, adding a 1500 metres short course world record for good measure. “Lauren has said that the Don Oliver Youth Sport Foundation scholarships were of real help in the early part of her career. All we can say is, “you returned the value of that support many times over with a glittering career,” ” says Foundation chairman Dai Bindoff. “The board members of “The Don Oliver”, and our sponsors and supporters, over many years have been very, very proud of our association with Lauren and the Foundation’s role in helping her reach the top of the world,” he says. In her collection of 14 international medals were gold, two silvers and a bronze at Commonwealth Games; two silver medals and three bronze at World Championships with two of the silver medals at the 2015 meet when she was quite clearly one of the very best female swimmers in the world. She also collected two silver and one bronze medal at Pan Pacific Games. A nagging and persistent hip injury a decade on, however, meant that she was destined not to capitalise on the form that put her at the top of the world in 2014 and 2015, making her a genuine Olympic gold medal chance. Just a year later at the Rio Olympics the injury meant she was well below her best. Major surgery in May this year and has not enabled her to fully recover and she bravely faced the fact that the form that made her one of the world’s most formidable swimmers, was not returning and called quits on this outstanding career.

ABOVE: Lauren Boyle wins Commonwealth Games Gold 2014

Business in 2011. Returning to New Zealand with former national coach Mark Regan, Lauren went to the 2012 London Olympics and stunned everyone with a fourth in the 800m freestyle. Later that year she served notice at the FINA World Short Course Championships that she was now a force to be reckoned with. She proved this was no flash in the pan with three medals at the following year’s World Championships in Barcelona. From the end of 2014 she left New Zealand again looking for the international coaching that would take her higher again, eventually choosing renowned Australian coach Denis Cotterell to take her through the run up to Rio. Boyle said “I want to thank all those who have supported me in their various roles through my career, my passion for swimming is still strong and I hope to have a continuing role in the sport.”

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Lauren’s big step up came when she decided to pursue the training, competition and education in the US and in the process, pioneered a path to the podium that other swimmers are now following. She received a scholarship at the University of California, Berkeley swimming competitively and graduating from the Haas School of

Lauren’s medal collection is:

AWARDS

World Championships Bronze - 400m freestyle - 2013 Bronze - 800m freestyle - 2013 Bronze - 1500m freestyle - 2013 Silver - 800m freestyle - 2015 Silver - 1500m freestyle - 2015

Commonwealth Games Bronze - 4x200m freestyle – 2006 Silver - 4x200m freestyle - 2010 Gold - 400m freestyle - 2014 Silver - 800m freestyle - 2014

Pan Pacific Championships Silver - 800m freestyle - 2014 Silver - 1500m freestyle - 2014 Bronze - 400m freestyle – 2014

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Top literary names to feature at Going West Some of the country’s best known writers of books, songs, film and theatre will be gathered at the 22nd Going West Books and Writers Festival in Titirangi next month; a festival once described as “a long party for the mind”. It is the only literary festival in New Zealand to specialise only on New Zealand writers and their works and is hugely valued by our great talents as a place where they can come and have a conversation, rather than come and give a lecture. The 2017 festival features new work by Anne Salmond, Witi Ihimaera, Diana Wichtel, Bill Manhire, Kirsten McDougall, Pip Adam and Selina Tusitala Marsh. Audiences will also be treated to addresses by Rod Oram; C.K. Stead will examine the literacy legacy of Allen Curnow; Steve Braunias how he Ate Lincoln Road while Colin Hogg Hits the High Road. This year’s Ockham New Zealand Book Awards Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize winner Catherine Chidgey will discuss The Wish Child; Bill Manhire plays tour guide through NZ poems set to music by Norman Meehan and Hannah Griffiths and the Titirangi Poetry Collective celebrate 40 years at the fringe of heaven. Festival Director, Nicola Strawbridge, now in her second year at the helm, says audiences can expect to hear big names celebrating what’s local and be immersed in conversations about some of the big issues the world is facing at the moment. “Come along and be inspired! There’s smart talk, poetry, great music, stimulating discourse and amazing catering. Going West Festival presents great ideas served up with delicious food and organic wine,” she says. In partnership with Auckland’s home for M¯aori theatre Te Pou, in New Lynn, the festival will present an intimate experience of Koror¯areka: The Ballad of Maggie Flynn written by Paolo Rotondo and directed by Julie Nolan from 21-23 September. For the first time in Auckland, Te Pou and the festival also present The M¯aori Sidesteps ‘the newest and naughtiest M¯aori Showband in town’,

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written by Rob Mokaraka and Jamie McCaskill, directed by Tamati Kawha. The M¯aori Showband plays from 14-16 September. Te Pou will also host their annual Koanga (Spring) Festival offering a range of performances, writing workshops and readings and culminating in a community Wh¯anau Day of storytelling on Sunday 10 September at the theatre’s home 44A Portage Road, New Lynn. There’s an intriguing line-up of films from 18 September, including Perfectly Frank, the Life of a NZ Writer in which biographer Michael King takes us through the life of pioneering writer Frank Sargeson; A Portrait of Katherine Mansfield which includes readings from Mansfield’s writings by Ilona Rogers and a screening of In my Fathers Den, followed by a Q&A with Producer Trevor Haysom and Going West Festival Founder, Murray Gray. Spoken word poets have time to sharpen their acts before the Going West Poetry Slam takes place on 9 September. Directed by Doug Poole, this will be a fun, fast-paced evening featuring some of the country’s best known slammers. Handsome cash prizes to be won. Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery’s Learning Centre will hold an Indie Book Fair: a thriving showcase of zines, handmade books and limited-edition publications on Sunday 10 September and Henderson’s Corban Estate Arts Centre features Word Up on Friday 8 September, an exciting, word-based performance competition which gives 13-20-year-olds the opportunity to present their original work in any word-based genre from rap, poetry, spoken word, music or stand-up comedy. The Festival is grateful for support from the Waitakere Ranges Local Board, Creative New Zealand, The Trusts Community Foundation, Foundation North, the West Auckland Research Centre, Douglas Family Trust and the Norcross Falls Heritage Trust. The full Going West Books and Writers Festival programme is online at www.goingwestfest.co.nz For tickets go to www.iticket.co.nz or phone 09 361 1000


First New Zealand judge for Portage Ceramics Awards

Emma-Bugden

we wanted to try something different and see how it would work with somebody who has a closer understanding of local contexts in Aotearoa.” Judge Emma Bugden will use photos of the submitted works to select up to 60 works for evaluation. The successful artists will be invited to send their works to Te Uru for the final selection from which the winners and the works to be exhibited at Te Uru over summer.

ABOVE: Clinch-Portage Ceramic Supreme Award winner 2016

“I’m excited by the recent upsurge of interest in ceramics, nationally and internationally,” says Bugden. “Over the last few years we’ve seen new work in clay by established potters and by artists developing a ceramics language in a visual arts context. I think each has rejuvenated the other.”

For the first time in the 17 year history of New Zealand’s premier ceramics awards, a New Zealander is to be the judge, with Whanganui based curator and writer Emma Bugden, selecting the finalists and winners for this year’s event.

“The Portage Ceramic Awards are at the heart of it, so I’m delighted and honoured to be this year’s judge. The stellar line up of former winners bears testament to its importance as a definer of excellence and a launching pad for the future.”

The Portage Ceramics Awards offer a first prize of $15,000, with three merit prizes valued at $3,000 each and a residency at the Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Centre in Denmark.

Senior Curator at Lower Hutt’s The Dowse Art Museum, Emma Bugden curated many ceramics exhibitions including Slip Cast, A Modest Modernism: Roy Cowan & Juliet Peter, Holding Holes: Lauren Winstone and the nationally touring exhibition, His Own Steam: A Barry Brickell Survey, co-curated with David Craig with an accompanying book from AUP.

The Portage Ceramic Awards is regarded as Aotearoa’s best known barometer for developments in the field of ceramics and the finalists in what is a very important national recognition of the art form will be announced 28 October 2017. The awards will be presented at a gala evening 9 November 2017 and be on show at the outstanding Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery from 10 November 2017 - 11 February 2018. Te Uru Director, Andrew Clifford, says that each year’s awards exhibition is shaped by the views of each years’ judge. “But this year

Currently, as co-founder and editor of Small Bore Books, Bugden is working on A Partial Archive of New Zealand Potter (1958 - 1967), an anthology of the early years of New Zealand Potter magazine. You can find more information and view previous exhibitions at portage@teuru.org.nz

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ABOVE : Award-winning designer Dan Rutherford

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The New Zealand Flower & Garden Show is back this November for a five-day extravaganza, showcasing some of the best work from Kiwi and international landscapers, florists,Untitled-1 and garden enthusiasts. 1 Christchurch-based, award-winning designer Dan Rutherford is just one of many horticultural experts taking part in this year’s show. Having participated in the 14th Annual Ellerslie International Flower Show in 2009 with his Wild West Coast garden (labelled a “standout favourite” by broadcaster Maggie Barry), Daniel is set to create another Untitled-1 hit display in this year’s show; Gate to The1 West. “It’s such a thrill to have the opportunity to share a garden that we’ve built with tens of thousands of people,” Dan says. “I’ve always love the West Coast Beaches around Auckland, they’re such a wild landscape, with their black sands, rugged plants, awesome people and wonderful lifestyle. Westgate and Firth are generously sponsoring this year’s garden, so I’m keen to create a something that runs close to the nature of both businesses,” Dan continues.

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Having been in the landscaping business for the past 22 years, Dan’s work has gained him an exceeding reputation, winning the People’s Choice Award at the Singapore Garden Festival, in addition to the Gold21/06/1 and Supreme Awards at the Ellerslie International Garden Show. Dan anticipates that this year’s show will be nothing short of a knockout that he’s honoured to be a part of. “This year, I expect that there will be a huge amount of inspiring, top quality garden exhibits showcasing the best of New Zealand’s outdoor living and garden design,” Dan says. Daniel’s projects now range from water and light installations, to landscaping and construction, elements that he says we should expect in his upcoming feature within this year’s show. To view his Gate to The West display at this year’s New Zealand Flower & Garden Show, head to http://nzflowergardenshow.co.nz/ tickets/ to grab your tickets.

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Council Grants to support community environmental projects Applications for this year’s Auckland Council Regional Environment and Natural Heritage (RENH) grants programme are now open, with funding of up to $40,000 available for eligible projects. The RENH grants programme is open to a range of communityled environmental initiatives including projects to promote environmentally sustainable lifestyles, support Pest Free Auckland 2050 through ecological restoration or pest control, restores Auckland’s waterways or empowers mana whenua to support activities in their role as kaitiaki.

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Last year Project Litefoot Trust received a $25,000 grant to support their work helping sports clubs become more sustainable through the LiteClub programme. They have employed the programme in over one thousand community sports clubs around the country, saving them $6.4 million in bills while also preventing 6000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. For further information about eligibility and to apply for the grant, visit the Auckland Council website. If you require assistance with your application, email environmentalfunding@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz. Applications close on 10 September.

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Film Studios in Henderson up for sale Auckland Council Investments Ltd has decided that the council isn’t in the business of running a film studio and will seek to sell the studios as a going-concern. As a result films will continue to be made at this very successful facility. The studios were originally created when then Waitakere Mayor and an early pioneer in the New Zealand film industry saw that some old fruit coolstores alongside the railway were for sale and had the brainwave that they could be turned into film studios. West Auckland had long been the centre of a small but very vibrant and internationally known film industry. Hercules, The Legendary Journeys, Xena, Warrior Princess and Power Rangers were three smash hit series around the world that had been made here in informal facilities. Down the road in Central Park Drive, South Pacific Pictures was making Shortland Street which was also going to an international audience along with many other productions aimed at the offshore market. Waitakere and Auckland Councils agreed to joint venture the marketing of Auckland as a film destiny and 15 years ago when this was announced, the coolstores became available.

Since then there has hardly been a year when the studios haven’t been booked to capacity making commercials, documentaries and feature films for companies such as Disney and Warner Bros. Waitakere Ward Councillor Penny Hulse says “Council does not need to operate film studios and this decision reflects that. “But the film industry in west Auckland is very healthy. Productions that book the studios can employ hundreds of people on site and on locations throughout the west, not to mention their use of ancillary industries such as catering.” Waitakere Ward Councillor Linda Cooper says that the change is good for ratepayers. “With the winding up of AFSL nearly $9 million will be transferred to council which can be used for priorities such as infrastructure. “We will also save the operational and legal costs of running another entity.” The film studios will be leased to an external operator and incorporated into plans for the future development of Henderson and still deliver benefits to the city.

The Asia Pacific Century at Te Uru Gallery With Maori, Asian, and Pacific populations expected to make up 50% of the total national population sometime in the next 20 to 30 years, Te Uru Waitakere Comtemporary Gallery’s current exhibition is timely. The Asia-Pacific Century is an ongoing arts project that explores the emergence of ‘Asia-Pacificness’ as a major part of the nation’s identity. It is a demographic that will inevitably change the way we view who and what we are as a people. It reflects our evolution from being a predominantly transplanted Britain to a people who blend the old with the new realities. It also reflects the frothing activity going on as cultures meet and mix. This is part two of the project. Part One highlighted the formation of unexpected relationships between minority groups, between immigrants and indigenous peoples, and between people working within similar terrain across different fields. Part Two, hosted by Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery continues the thinking but on this occasion it is focussed on Auckland/Tamaki-Makaurau, where almost 50% of the population

is already made up of Maori, Asian and Pacific peoples. The exhibition runs from 29 July until 1 October, and will fulfil the dual role of being an “open research hub” where project participants and gallery-goers engage with a series important ideas, texts, objects, histories, as well as talks, discussions and events. The Asia-Pacific Century: Part One was curated by Emma Ng and Ioana Gordon-Smith and featured contributions from Bepen Bhana, Peter Brunt, Kerry Ann Lee, Lana Lopesi, Local Time, Ahilapalapa Rands, Balamohan Shingade, Melinda Webber and Anna-Marie White. The Asia-Pacific Century: Part Two includes contributions from Bepen Bhana, Max Harris, Kerry Ann Lee, Lana Lopesi, Local Time, Ahilapalapa Rands, Balamohan Shingade and Melinda Webber.


Waterview Shared Path opened by Mayor and Minister

ABOVE LEFT: The Shared path opening stage 1 Alford Street Bridge. ABOVE RIGHT: The Honorable Phil Goff and Minister Simon Bridges with the Waka Maumahara.

One of the biggest connections in the walking and cycling network being built throughout Auckland, the Waterview Shared Path has been opened.

billion Waterview Connection that also includes the new motorway tunnels.

The path passes through West Auckland and the first section includes the dizzyingly high 90-metre-long Alford Street Bridge over Oakley Creek (Te Auaunga) and a massive Pou carved from centuries old swamp Totara.

The logs for the Pou were sourced from swamps on the West Coast of the South Island and transported to Auckland where they are being transformed by Maori master carvers. The Pou at the Alford Bridge represents the ancestor of Ngati Whatua.

The 3.1 kilometre path weaves through a section of Unitec Campus to connect Great North Road to Albie Turner Field giving communities better access to a sports field and green spaces on the Unitec Campus.

Mayor Goff says, “14.2km of cycling facilities were delivered by Auckland Council, AT and the Transport Agency across Auckland last year and there’s more on the way.

The first 570 metre section of the path was opened late last month by Mayor Phil Goff and Transport Minister The Hon Simon Bridges.

“These paths deliver Aucklanders real choice when it comes to how they get around their city, and I’m proud that yet another link in the Auckland walking and cycling network is open for business. The Waterview Shared Path is great for the surrounding communities and a win for Auckland.”

The path follows Te Auaunga connecting Mt Albert and Waterview. The path is being built by the Well Connected Alliance on behalf of Auckland Transport and Auckland Council. It forms part of the $1.4

It is scheduled to be completed later this year and will incorporate three major bridges with a Pou at each one.

New Electronic and Night Security Gates way to the platform is by way of tagging on at the gates themselves or via a ticket booth. Tag on and ticket machines have been installed on the air bridge. This is part of a comprehensive package of security upgrades that is being applied progressively across the rail network partly to increase personal safety of train users and also to reducing the number of people who try to ride the trains without paying the fare.

Thirteen years after it first opened, Henderson Rail Station is getting electronic gates and the “air bridge” between Railside Avenue and Henderson Valley Road is also going to be locked off between the last train at night and the first in the morning. The ticket gates were installed on the bridge above the escalators leading to and from the platforms during July meaning that the only

The installation of gates at the entrances to the air-bridge itself allows the bridge to be locked off between the last train at night until half an hour before the first train in the morning. This is partly in response to the damage that the structure suffers in the dead of night when trains aren’t running and potential vandals have unrestricted access. The air bridge was built by Waitakere City Council as an integral component in the new Waitakere Central Civic Centre opened in 2006. It provided access to the new train and bus stations that were built at the same time and also created a pedestrian link between Henderson Valley Road and Railside Avenue.


ABOVE : Grant and Rebecca Stenbeck

Unique West Auckland beers with the goodness of herbal tonics The Herbalist. Never heard of them? You should have. That’s the name of a stunning and unique West Auckland herbal-infused beers. And it’s not just a name. Brewer Rebecca Stenbeck is actually a qualified Herbalist and Naturopath (and serious foodie) who, with her husband Grant, has spent a long time getting her special brews to taste just right. Needless to say The Trusts West Liquor outlets are excited to stock this new adventure in brewing because it seems to us that it “ticks all the boxes” in terms of what people are likely to value in the 21st century. As the name suggests, it is a range of beers with the healthy lifestyle and taste benefits of herbs, that are hand crafted by a West Auckland woman, and are enjoyed by women as well as men. There’s a Manuka Ale, Rosemary and Liquorice Ale and Nettle and Bilberry Lager and they are all equally popular. They’re not really health tonics anymore just beers with interesting flavour profiles which match extremely well with food. “I designed them for my tastes.” says Rebecca. “I’m not really into bitter beers and I love pairing what I drink with what I eat. I realised after letting others sample it, I wasn’t alone.” As a naturopath, Rebecca also wanted to create a product to encourage people to drink a smaller amount of alcohol for flavour reasons rather than encourage binge drinking. “A moderate amount of alcohol in normal healthy adults is fine, but I’d really like to see people thinking more about what they are drinking and to savour and enjoy it for its taste, as well as consider food pairing to enrich their experience.” She seems to have found a “recipe” that resonates in the market because in the very short time, The Herbalist beers have been around they’ve made a big splash in the craft beer space providing new flavours for those who drink beer for its own sake while creating a new twist for those who want their beer flavours to enhance and complement their food. Rebecca and her husband Grant have found the beers often appeal to women, even those who ordinarily don’t drink craft beer. “We’ve

had several women come back and say they love the flavours and have matched the Rosemary & Liquorice Ale with their roast lamb or the Nettle & Bilberry Lager with panfried fish.” They also appeal to men, especially the Manuka Ale which is towards the bitter end of the spectrum. “We were also surprised at how many wine drinkers we’ve converted. I think it’s because of the layering of the flavours that occurs when you use herbs,” Rebecca says. It all started when Rebecca became interested in the fact that for hundreds of years, women would make herbal tonics to help make their husbands strong. “They used to brew with whatever was in their environment and in season, leaves, bark, flowers and natural yeast. Because it was fermented it was nutritious and the recipes were often passed down mother to daughter.” Rebecca started making tonics with herbage foraged around her home. Meanwhile Grant knew about beer having been a home brewer in his twenties. Between them they came up with the idea of combining the two. Determined to do it properly and to avoid using sugar Rebecca acquired a Williams Warn Personal brewery. This piece of kit invented in New Zealand and billed as the world’s first personal brewery. It is about the size of a small fridge and enables home brewers to replicate the equipment found in big commercial breweries. Using this to build up the layers of flavour enabled Rebecca to develop her recipes and then pass them to the award winning Steam Brewing Company to produce her beers in commercial quantities. Rebecca grew up in the Huapai area but went to Massey High School and then spent 18 years of her working life in the Avondale area. It’s perhaps not surprising therefore that The Herbalist is based in Rosebank Road. Or that The Trusts are very proud stockists of this unique West Auckland beer that fits so well with their culture of offering interesting, different, and quality products with a broad appeal to young and old, men and women and are consistent with responsible drinking.


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