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WOW! What a staggering response to Milllion Dollar Mission

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Check out the Million Dollar Mission Finalists

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SKYCITY Mystics all set for new ANZ Premiership

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Auckland's biggest eco family day out

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Picturing Asia: Double Take - works of genius

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I'm voting for the poetry club

We’re putting a million dollars back into the community, and for the first time, your vote decides where it goes. Make a real difference to West Auckland by voting for your favourite community group or project. Each vote is worth $5, and you can pledge your support every day from March 1st until April 30th*. Anyone can vote, so spread the word and encourage your friends and family to get involved.

Vote now at milliondollarmission.co.nz


WOW! Our three independent guest panellists – Linda Vagana, Dai Henwood

and Sir Bob Harvey did a fantastic job!

What a staggering response to the Million Dollar Mission. Applications opened on 1 November and closed on 31 January. In total we received an overwhelming 130 applications requesting funding for over $6 million! That was overwhelming and made the selectors’ job incredibly hard, but the other way to look at it is that it was wonderful problem to have. We’d like to thank our Selection Panel, made up of Linda Cooper and Warren Flaunty from Waitakere Trust, Ami Chand and Janet Clews from Portage Trust, as well as our three wonderful independent guest panellists, Sir Bob Harvey, Dai Henwood and Linda Vagana, as they did a fantastic job and have achieved a great cross-section of our community causes put forward for the public vote. We couldn’t select them all to go forward as finalists, which is a shame, but it certainly gives us the goal of working to be in a position to put up more money in the future. With more money we can have more finalists and do even more good for our community. So for this year, 30 very worthy applicants received a letter telling them that they had made the cut and as finalists, and are now in the running for a share of one million dollars.

VOTING HAS STARTED! You and your friends can now vote for your favourites. People can vote for one group or project, or all 30. Voting is on-line at www.milliondollarmission.co.nz You can vote as many times as you like, but only once a day every day until

30 April when voting closes, or until the million dollars is given out.

Each time you vote, you'll be giving that organisation or project $5. Once the million dollars is given out, the Million Dollar Mission will end and finalists will receive the money they have earned up to that point in time. So it’s vital to for all finalists to mobilise their troops right to ensure they get enough votes to earn the money they’ve asked for, before the $1 million has all been shared out. You can track the progress of each finalist online. Please get online and give one or many organisations your vote. It only takes one minute, and we know they would be very grateful.

We thank everyone who took the time to enter and we wish you all the very best for reaching your funding targets. Kind regards

Simon Wickham CHIEF EXECUTIVE

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and the Applicant

Application Value Piha Surf Life Saving Club

Netball Waitakere

Zeal Education Trust

Family Action The Order of St John Nothern Region Trust Board Kelston Girls College

Bay Olympic Soccer Club

Big Buddy Mentoring Trust

KidsCan Charitable Trust

The Parenting Place 4

$23,100

$18,505

Summary of project/cause Piha Surf Lifesaving Club look after visitor safety at one of the most popular patrolled beaches in New Zealand. They require funding to update their rescue equipment, including inflatable rescue boats and rescue tubes, and to paint their clubrooms. Netball Waitakere organise netball for over 10,000 people each week during the winter season at Te Pai Courts. Their funding will go towards purchasing scoreboards and countdown clocks to provide a better experience for all their players and volunteers.

$50,000

Zeal Education Trust is a youth organisation helping vulnerable young people in the community. Zeal needs funding for their Henderson project, which builds positive youth engagement while ensuring young people get the support and services they need.

$45,000

Family action is an organisation that provides counselling, refuge and social work outreach to women and families experiencing family or sexual violence. They require funding for a fit-forpurpose vehicle to support their work with women who need refuge

$107,990

$37,770

$13,455

St John delivers an extensive range of essential health-related services and products to communities throughout New Zealand. They require funding for a new health shuttle to transport West Aucklanders to pre-arranged medical appointments. Kelston Girls' College, the only state school for girls in West Auckland, respects the community's rich diversity and empowers young women. They need funding to repair the drainage of their sports fields, which flood and becomes unusable after heavy rain. Bay Olympic Soccer & Sports Club is the largest in West Auckland, with around 3,000 members from a wide range of cultures and age groups. They require funding for 4 portable goals, as well as two gazebos to use during tournaments.

$20,905

Big Buddy is a free, professionally-run mentoring service that trains male volunteers from the community to become mentors. They need funding for their West Auckland coordinators who recruit, screen, and train male volunteers to mentor fatherless boys.

$15,000

KidsCan aims to ensure all children have the opportunity to take advantage of their schooling. Funding will allow them to install 30 trees of various varieties in 3 low decile West Auckland schools, as well as other gardening items required for the project.

$2,500

The Parenting place believes parents and children genuinely long for meaningful relationships. They are looking for funding to help West Auckland groups access their “Toolbox� programme and give parents the skills to make them even better.


finalists are... Applicant

Application Value Karekare Surf Lifesaving Club

Well Foundation

Auckland Swimming Association West Auckland Hospice

YMCA of Auckland

Te Atatu Rugby League

Bay Roskill Sports Club

Titirangi Badminton Club

Massey Athletic Club

Massey Matters

Summary of project/cause

$100,000

Karekare Surf Club has been patrolling the beach and saving lives since 1935. The club has an unrivalled record in New Zealand for keeping the beach safe, and are seeking funding to help develop a new facility to replace their existing surf lifesaving club.

$250,000

The Well Foundation is the official charity supporting Waitemata District Health Board (Waitakere Hospital). They seek funding for a new Mobile Health Clinic that will provide dental health services and community health links to at-risk children and families in West Auckland.

$85,000

The Auckland Swimming Association is responsible for the development and encouragement of competitive swimming throughout Auckland. They require funding to replace the Westwave Aquatic Centre scoreboard with one that will last in the demanding pool environment.

$40,000

Hospice West Auckland provides Specialist Palliative Care and support at no cost to the people of West Auckland, during terminal or life-limiting illness. They require funding to purchase a new vehicle to help keep their team on the road and provide their specialist services.

$50,000

The Massey Raise Up crew is a committee of young volunteers who initiate, plan and organise a range of activities, workshops and events for local youth. They require funding to create a youth-focused space for young people to study and learn, connect and interact.

$33,790

The Te Atatu Roosters are a Rugby League Club competing in Auckland’s Fox Memorial First Division. They desperately need funding to repaint the inside and outside of their highly visible clubrooms, which are seen by thousands of Aucklanders every day.

$11,660

$11,010

$1,500

$52,830

Bay Roskill Sports club is the home of The Vikings Rugby League team. They require funding for a range of new kitchen appliances to prepare food to sell in their tuckshop, and feed the players and supporters at after-match functions. Titirangi Badminton Club is the home of badminton in beautiful Titirangi. They are looking to upgrade the lighting on their courts to be more energy efficient and easier to maintain, which will make a huge difference to their club. Massey Athletic Club is based in the picturesque Moire Park. The club is committed to the health and safety of its members and spectators, and requires a discus cage to help keep people safe during competitions. Massey Matters works and connects with local residents, community groups, businesses and agencies, creating opportunities to make Massey an even better place to live. They need funding for a community van to help more people participate in community events and activities.

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I'm voting for the Senior Scrabble Society

We’re putting a million dollars back into the community, and for the first time, your vote decides where it goes. Make a real difference to West Auckland by voting for your favourite community group or project. Each vote is worth $5, and you can pledge your support every day from March 1st until April 30th*. Anyone can vote, so spread the word and encourage your friends and family to get involved.

Vote now at milliondollarmission.co.nz


there's more... Applicant

Application Value Waitakere Badminton Association Corban Estate Arts Centre

Waitakere College

French Bay Yacht Club Raukatauri Music Therapy Trust Auckland Sexual Abuse HELP Foundation Matuku Reserve Trust Save Cornwallis Old Wharf (SCOW) Leataata O Tupulaga Preschool Community Waitakere Charitable Trust for He Tohu Aroha

$30,000

Summary of project/cause Waitakere Badminton Association is located on Royal Road in Massey and has 12 badminton courts. They require funding to upgrade their 35-year old kitchen which is used to cater for members and visitors during tournaments.

$47,280

Collective Corban Estate Arts Centre has a strong commitment to serving the arts and cultural needs of the young people of West Auckland. They require funding to expand the KÄ kano Youth Arts Collective, which aims to reduce graffiti and crime in the Henderson-Massey area.

$50,000

Waitakere College enrols many students with significant physical disabilities and requires special equipment to assist them in class and around school. Their Inclusion Support Centre/Te Whare Rangimarie requires funding for a variety of gym-related equipment.

$14,905

$50,575

$50,000

French Bay Yacht Club is is focused on providing affordable opportunities for local people of all ages, including children, to learn how to sail and become involved in sailing. They are looking to purchase four training boats to use on their Learn to Sail programmes. The Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre uses a clinical practice model to provide music therapy to children and adolescents with special needs. They require funding for six outreach programmes run specifically in West Auckland. HELP Auckland is a vital crisis response service that has served West Auckland for over 30 years. They require funding for their 24/7 crisis centre in West Auckland, which is available for anyone affected by sexual abuse.

$100,000

Matuku Reserve Trust are developing the education and conservation potential of their wetland area in Te Henga, West Auckland. They need funding to transform the barn into a sustainable Wetland Education Centre where visitors can learn about the importance of wetlands.

$11,855

SCOW (Save Cornwallis Old Wharf) was set up to stop the impending demolition of the Cornwallis wharf. Now they’re focused on the protection of the environment on the Cornwallis Peninsula and require funding to purchase traps and supplies to control pests.

$17,500

Leataata O Tupulaga Preschool is a community-based preschool focused on helping children grow up to be confident, healthy, and ready for school. They require funding for gym equipment to complement their programme focused on good food choices and exercise.

$40,000

Community Waitakere Charitable Trust for He Tohu Aroha works with whanau and community members on their journey of recovery from addiction. They require funding for a new van, trailer and irrigation system to help continue their garden therapy programme.


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MEMBERSHIPS ON SALE NOW An exciting new championship, the ANZ Premiership, begins in March and we need your support Mystics Nation! There are plenty of exciting new changes in store including the launch of Super Sunday featuring all six teams in action at our home venue! Some new benefits included in our membership packages for 2017 are: • Reserved seating in the Gold Zone – choose your own seat off the seating plan • The introduction of a Silver Zone • A ‘members only’ lounge with your own VIP entrance which is available for members to meet before the game, offering discounted food & beverage and other members only benefits such as competitions, visits from the SKYCITY Mystics coaches/players etc.


SKYCITY Mystics all set for new ANZ Premiership

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The SKYCITY Mystics proudly supported for years by The Trusts, kick start their ANZ Premiership campaign against the Central Pulse on Sunday 26 March, at 6pm, in Hamilton. This opening match is part of the first Super Sunday, which will be hosted by Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic. All six teams play at the same venue on Super Sundays. There will be three Super Sunday’s throughout the season, with The Trusts Arena hosting all teams on Sunday 11 June. The SKYCITY Mystics will have seven regular-season home games in 2017 with six at The Trusts Arena and one at the North Shore Events Centre. Their first home game takes place on Monday 3 April at 7.40pm against the Southern Steel.

journey Sasha admits she cannot wait to begin the next step of her netball

All 47 ANZ Premiership matches will be broadcast LIVE on Sky Sport on Sunday’s, Monday’s and Wednesday’s.

England international Sasha Corbin can’t wait to begin the next step of her netball journey and where better than New Zealand and the big heights of ANZ Premiership.

2017 SKYCITY Mystics Squad: Tera-Maria Amani Storm Purvis Sasha Corbin (ENG) Michaela Sokolich-Beatson Anna Harrison

Elisapeta Toeava Bailey Mes Maria Tutaia Samon Nathan Brooke Watt

World famous in England “I’m ecstatic. I wanted this pretty much since the ANZ started.” Sasha said. The 28-year-old will get her first taste of the newly-formed ANZ Premiership with her SKYCITY Mystics on March 26, where they will face Wellington’s Central Pulse in Hamilton as part of the first Super Sunday.

Mererangi Paul (Training Squad – Full season) Tauhi Lopeti (Training Squad – Pre-season) Helene Wilson – Head Coach Jenny-May Clarkson – Performance Specialist Coach

Younger sister Kadeen, who featured in England’s three-test series defeat against the super sunshine girls of Jamaica recently, will also pit her wits in the ANZ Premiership with Christchurch’s Mainland Tactix who meet Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic also on March 26.

2017 SKYCITY Mystics Fixtures

“Being over in Australia or New Zealand is always a massive step up. In competition you are playing with the best, week in and week out” Sasha said.

vs Steel Monday 3 April 7:40pm, The Trusts Arena vs Magic Sunday 16 April 2pm, The Trusts Arena vs Tactix Wednesday 3 May 7:40pm, The Trusts Arena vs Pulse Wednesday 31 May 7:40pm, North Shore Events Centre

vs Stars Sunday 11 June 4pm, The Trusts Arena (Super Sunday)

vs Magic vs Tactix

Monday 12 June 7:40pm, The Trusts Arena Sunday 18 June 2pm, The Trusts Arena

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Wing attack specialist Corbin admits it was an emotional moment when it was confirmed the SKYCITY Mystics wanted her services. “I actually got it in a message. I just looked at it and was like ‘is this for real?’. Then I thought maybe they don’t know I’m injured and then I just cried. I still get emotional now. Someone believed in me when I wasn’t fit.” She is determined to make the ANZ Premiership her permanent home in years to come with the aim to help the SKYCITY Mystics outfit, who include New Zealand internationals Maria Tutaia, Bailey Mes, Anna Harrison and Storm Purvis, to the 2017 title. However, it won’t be a permanent move. “Superleague is definitely getting there and I would love to retire in my home country. But we’ll see what happens for the future and just take it day by day,” she says.

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Auckland's biggest eco day! Learn more about living lightly on the earth, the only planet we've got, so that we can leave it in good health for our children and theirs, forever. Get involved with the Ecowest Festival and Eco Day. On Sunday 9 April, New Lynn will host the biggest eco day out to ever hit Auckland. This free event will have something for everyone, from street food to an upcycled market, to live music, performances and workshops all day long. Eco Day, held at EcoMatters Environment Trust in Olympic Place and Olympic Park in New Lynn, is the grand finale of the month long EcoWest Festival which this year is packed with more than 100 events across West Auckland from Saturday 11 March until Sunday 9 April, 2017.

reducing your household waste. Or you can head outdoors and show some love to our treasured parks and streams.” “It’s also great for the kids.” adds EcoMatters Events and Sponsorship Manager, Emily Harris. “They’ll be entertained by local bands and dance groups, upcycling activities and a treasure hunt. Courtesy of “Hands on Creatures,” they’ll also get the rare opportunity to get up close and personal with reptiles, amphibians, insects and exotic creatures.” EcoDay and EcoWest Festival are hosted by EcoMatters Environment Trust, with generous support from The Trusts Community Foundation (TTCF), Henderson-Massey Local Board, Waitakere Ranges Local Board, Whau Local Board and Greenstar Energy Solutions.

Full details of all EcoWest Festival events at www.ecowest.org.nz

The festival includes Kauri Karnival celebrating Kauri as one of our natural icons and also to raise awareness of Kauri dieback disease and how to prevent it spreading. Other events are as diverse as making soap, the Regenerate Kids Market, a Childrens’ Day at West Lynn Gardens, mosaics, native seed collection and sowing. Sewing of a different kind will also be available with experts available to repair and rejuvenate clothing that needs some attention but is just too good to throw out. Most of the events are free or low cost and all of them celebrate our unique environment and what we do to care for it. Popular highlights at Eco Day itself include the Greenstar Sustainable Homes Zone and the EcoMatters Bicycle Hub. Free workshops and Q&A sessions running throughout the day mean that lifestyle tips are readily available for anyone wanting to learn smart, sustainable skills they can use at home. Anyone fascinated by the idea of taking simple living to the extreme will also have the opportunity to take a peek inside a real life tiny house on wheels. A zero-waste food court will be serving a wide variety of street food and cuisines. Just a few of the many talented food makers involved include the WISE Collective, Mister Gelato, Organic Knowledge and Mama Tahina. In keeping with the eco-friendly theme, meals will be served on real crockery and cutlery from EcoMatters’ own Love Zero Waste Trailer, which features a Wash Against Waste station. New events this year include the Down and Dirty Rooftop Party at Lopdell House, The Green Effect Comedy Show featuring Te Radar, Penny Ashton, Pax Assadi and Brendon Green, free Park Yoga at Olympic Park and Conscious Layers Action Nights where you can learn the basics of repairing clothes. “We’re super excited to be offering over 100 events this year, our biggest festival yet! We have so many people who do 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

EcoMatters Trust, protecting the West Auckland environment EcoMatters Trust was formed with the support of Waitakere City Council in response to the main challenge that came out of the 1990 Rio Earth Summit. It’s about developing our commitment to living with, rather than in competition with, nature to unsure our long term future on the planet. It is a challenge that reaches down to each individual and neighbourhood and says that every one can help protect the environment, we just have to have the commitment to do it. In line with that philosophy, EcoMatters aim is to be a tohu (focal point) to connect people and the environment and to nurture a sense of guardianship (kaitiakitanga) for our place. The Trust is a non-profit hub that runs environmental outreach projects, education workshops and a number of social enterprises to help fund our mission. It’s described as a place where people come together to share ideas about living well.


ANZAC this year at re-furbished Waikumete Cemetery Cenotaph The public will see a newly refurbished Cenotaph when they arrive at Waikumete Cemetery for ANZAC Services on April 25 this year. While the obelisk itself remains the same the area around it, has been completely remodelled. The steps have been refurbished and the bushes and bluestone rocks that once surrounded the base of the obelisk, have been replaced. There is now with wide pavement surrounded by a new wall. This allows give plenty of room for people to congregate around the base to pay their respects and lay wreaths. The cenotaph was re-dedicated in December last year. Refurbishments were blessed by kaumatua Robert Newsome, while a wreath was laid by Mrs Christine Low, the last president of the Auckland RSA Women’s section. The section has now closed. Mrs Low, who was president for 16 years and also founder of the Titirangi RSA Women’s Section, was representing the women of Auckland who fundraised to pay for the cenotaph after “The Great War”. Well known and long serving RSA Welfare Officer Matt McMillan presented to Mrs Low and to the cemetery via manager Roscoe Webb, copies of the History of Auckland RSA, written by Auckland University Historian, Stephen Clarke. The Historical Re-enactment Society, representing soldiers of the First World War, provided an honour guard while pipers opened the ceremony with a lament. After the brief ceremony the group gathered to honour the rededication and blessing of 14 recently re-inscripted headstones for former Navy seamen.

Re-enactment Society doing duty at the cenotaph re-dedication

Waikumete Cenotaph first to celebrate the fern While the silver fern is today accepted by all Kiwis and many abroad as a symbol of New Zealand, it wasn’t always so. However, an early version appears on the Waikumete Cenotaph and according to military historian Jock Phillips, it was the first cenotaph to have the fern. The Cenotaph was built with funds raised by women of Auckland and unveiled on April 25 1921 by Gallipoli hero Major General Sir Edward Walter Cervaux Chaytor. General Chaytor was one of the first ashore at Gallipoli and was wounded in the head on the first day. He remained in action for another month however, before being wounded and evacuated. At the end of the war he was appointed Commandant of the New Zealand Military Forces.

ANZAC Services throughout the West next month ANZAC services will be held throughout West Auckland as usual, next month with a Dawn Ceremony at Waikumete Cemetery, starting at 6am sharp and another ceremony at 11am. Ceremonies will also be held at other parts of the West Auckland. Details will be in next month’s Our West.

Christine Low lays wreath accompanied by Matt McMillan


Pioneering West Auckland plane carried first NZ woman to fly A year or so ago Our West was charting the progress of a Kelston man's bid to prove that Kiwi Richard Pearse could have flown an aeroplane before the Wright Brothers. Recently it has come to our attention that the West already has a secure place in the history of New Zealand flight. It came in the form of the Sandford-Miller Biplane which for a time in 1913, was based at the Avondale racecourse. The story isn't straightforward. The plane started life as a Howard-Wright biplane kitset owned, assembled and flown in 1911 by the legendary Walshe brothers, Leo and Vivian. It was later crashed and wrecked. What follows isn't entirely clear but the end result was that one William Miller of Avondale and Frederick Sandford, ended up not just re-building the machine, but also redesigning it. They changed it so radically that it was no longer a Howard Wright machine, but the Sandford Miller Biplane and this was the name it was known by for the rest of its “career”. With Sandford at the controls it made its first flight from the Avondale Racecourse on 13 April 1913. It is also believed that in about May of that year, it went aloft with Miss Lester onboard making her the first New Zealand woman to fly. A less happy story is of an unfortunate dog killed by the propeller, possibly making it New Zealand's first aviation fatality.

Its other first was to make the country's first cross-country flight. This was in August 1913. It must have been an advanced design because the plane covered some three miles (approximately 4.5 kilometres) at 70 miles per hour. Sopwith Camel fighters were only doing 100 miles per hour four years later. This flight ended in an uneventful forced landing beside the Rewa Rewa stream, but the next one did not. In December after another force landing, Sandford crashed on take-off and was thrown out of the plane onto his head, and knocked unconscious. Despite determined efforts, the money to re-build the plane could not be found and it's short but memorable career came to an end. It was not the end of flying for Sandford, though; he went on to a distinguished career as a World War One fighter pilot.

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Exciting changes at Black Salt Black Salt Bar & Eatery is New Lynn’s local gastrobar, and new manager Amy Krishnan-Jones (formerly of Soul Bar in the Viaduct) has made some exciting changes to the venue. The outdoor courtyard has had a refresh and is now the perfect spot for enjoying a drink and a bite to eat in the afternoon sun. A new menu boasts plenty of tasty dishes such as the Soft Tortilla Tacos, Brisket Croquettes and Slow Cooked Ribs. There’s also a $15 Weekday Lunch menu featuring favourites like the Mussel Pot and Fish & Chips. Combine all of this with live music every weekend, and Black Salt certainly ticks all of the boxes. Black Salt also has a private function room available for hire, suitable for occasions such as birthday parties, engagement celebrations and conferences. With a flexible function menu and spacious layout, it’s the perfect place for your next event. Contact Claire to find out more events@thetrusts.co.nz

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Picturing Asia: Double Take - works of genius One of the world’s great photographers was the late West Auckland icon Brian Brake. His standing among the greats of the photographic world is underlined by having his images and those of renown American photo journalist Steve McCurry offsetting each other in the extraordinary exhibition, Picturing Asia: Double Take.

Exhibited at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Picturing Asia: Double Take is an exclusive feature of the exclusive Auckland Arts Festival and is appearing in collaboration with the Asia Society Hong Kong Center. New Zealander Brian Brake (1927-1988) came to prominence in the 1950s with a photo essay of Pablo Picasso, while American Steve McCurry is forever linked with a photo instantly recognised the world over. In 1984, when he was a National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry took “that” photo of a 12-year-old Afghan girl in a Pakistan refugee camp. The haunting image shows the girl in a rust-coloured headscarf; her striking sea-green eyes staring with ferocity at the camera. It soon became a symbol of Afghanistan’s suffering during the 1980s Soviet occupation and the US-backed mujahedeen insurgency against it. And “that” photo probably owes existence to Brian Brake and another photo that had become an international phenomenon about a generation earlier. As a boy, McCurry had seen the 1961 issue of Life magazine that featured Brian Brake’s Monsoon Girl, a photo essay that included what would become a famous image of a young Indian woman revelling in the torrential seasonal rains. The essay was an inspiration for the young McCurry to pursue a career in photo journalism.

Brian Brake “Monsoon Girl”

Now half a decade later Te Uru, the Auckland Arts Festival and the Asia Society Hong King Center, have brought together a selection of the best works of these two legends of the camera, “showcasing stunning images, complex narratives and a fascinating conversation about how Asia is ‘pictured’ within an old history of the exotic.”

Picturing Asia: Double Take pairs photographs and contrasts the documentary styles of Brake and McCurry. Not just

representations of Asia, these unique photos both document world events and other encounters that were captured throughout the lives of these prolific photographers and invite us to ‘picture this’, to engage imaginatively with the stories within the photographs.

Steve McCurry Sharbat Gula “Afg han Girl” 1985 ©Steve McCurry

Making its NZ premiere and headlining the visual arts programme of events and exhibitions at this year’s Festival, Picturing Asia: Double Take is supported by The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and is organised by Asia Society Hong Kong. “We are pleased to bring Picturing Asia: Double Take - The Photography of Brian Brake and Steve McCurry to New Zealand. Through their lenses, Brian Brake and Steve McCurry have brought Asia’s cultural richness to the eyes of global audiences. We hope to build on their legacies and strengthen interactions between Asia and the rest of the world,” says S. Alice Mong, Executive Director of Asia Society Hong Kong Center. “It is fitting that the exhibition is at Te Uru in Titirangi,” says Te Uru gallery director, Andrew Clifford. “Brake was based in Titirangi from 1977, having previously lived in Hong Kong and this rare exhibition includes photographs of the environment where Brake made his home in his later years.” Auckland Arts Festival Artistic Director, Carla van Zon, says, “Picturing Asia: Double Take is an opportunity to celebrate the work of an internationally revered New Zealand photographer alongside the work of perhaps his most famous professional disciple. “The exhibition is the centrepiece to the 2017 Auckland Arts Festival’s visual arts programme as it provides a rich visual conversation about our evolving views of the East and the changing cultural landscape of our region.” Over 19 days the 2017 AAF will present 10 major visual arts events and exhibitions as well as a new AAF-commissioned community arts project, Whanui, and the hugely popular White Night.

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LET’S SAVOUR THE RICH WELCOME TO OUR AUTUMN & WINTER As the days get shorter, and the temperatures cool down, we look to more comfort food, and once again our wine requirements change. Whilst we don’t ignore the Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc completely, our attention is drawn towards more substantial and richer wine.

Savoury Sips Wines such as Pinot Noir, Beaujolais, and some of the lighter Syrah are great complements in Autumn. This is a time when we introduce more hearty meat and protein into our diet. Savoury Sips are typically lighter in body than most red wine, but importantly only carry a small amount of tannin. Tannin is the stuff in red wine that provides the body. It is drawn from the skins of the grapes, and if balanced, makes the wine taste and feel very good. You want to go back for another sip. Pinot Noir would be the main contender in this category. We grow great Pinot in this country, but it really does like a cooler climate. The key areas in New Zealand for growing Pinot Noir are Wairarapa or Martinborough at the bottom of the North Island, Marlborough at the top of the South Island, Waipara or North Canterbury, about an hour north of Christchurch, and the sprawling region of Central Otago a bit further south. As you move south through these regions, the night-time temperatures cool off, the days are longer, and the wines tend to take on more savoury notes. Fruit flavours are present across all regions, but mainly lighter berries and cherries are predominant. Earthy mushroom and beetroot flavours also pop-up in the cooler areas. Enjoy these wines with lighter meats, pork, duck and the last of the summer ham.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, heavier Syrah, Zinfandel and Tempranillo tend to make up this category. Often on their own, but winemakers often blend, so often a mixture of these grapes will be on the label. These are big solid wines. Winemakers love getting the maximum flavour and colour out of the skins, to present to you a great looking and tasting glass of wine. Big spicy flavours show through on Shiraz and Syrah, red and black berries on the Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Zinfandel. These wines are often almost a meal in themselves. Heart warming, with a good dollop of alcohol, they just call out for more substantial food. Stews, casseroles, slow cooking, with gravies. Often some of the wine in the gravy or sauce can help ‘match’ the wine even more.

Rich Whites Viognier, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay are the wines that fit in here. As we head further into the colder months, think about only lightly chilling the wine, or even not at all. Chilling often has the effect of reducing flavour in the wine. Chardonnay is the wine a lot of people love to hate. But so often it really shows off the skill of the winemaker to great effect. Getting that balance of fruit and oak flavours is not an easy job, but when it is good, it can be so good, that you might fall in love with it all over again. Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne are the warmer areas in New Zealand so often produce big ripe Chardonnay that works well with both French and American oak barrels. Marlborough on the other hand is cooler, so we see wines produced that have a bit more acid, therefore a little lighter, and really work well with French oak.

Australia produces great Chardonnay too. From both the warmer and cooler areas. Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, and Adelaide Hills and Padthaway in South Australia are These are big wines. Grown in warmer regions of the world, gaining very good reputations for well balanced, tasty the grapes are allowed to get very ripe, with lots of natural wines. sugar for the winemaker to turn into alcohol, lots of colour in the skins to make deep, rich wines, and most notably lots California also produces great Chardonnay, from the warm of tannin to add body to these wines. Napa Valley, and slightly cooler Sonoma, to the very warm

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COMPLEXITIES OF WINE 2017 PREMIUM WINE SELECTION. Central Valley. Generally these wines carry good levels of oak, and being just a little parochial, they generally use American oak. Match Chardonnay with Chicken, Pork and oily fish such as Salmon or King Fish. Pinot Gris can be made into a generous wine by the winemaker leaving just a little sugar in the finished wine, allowing the fruit flavours to shine through and balance with the sugar. Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne once again produce a fuller style of Pinot Gris, whereas Marlborough is just a little lighter and crisper. Some of the most memorable Pinot Gris are grown in the Alsace region of Northern France. Big, fruity and richly balanced, these wines are long lasting on the palate and match rich Chicken dishes, and dishes with cream based sauces.

Tawny Port is older, browner, mellow and usually slightly less sweet than Ruby. Try it after dinner, with a slice of fruit cake, or cheese, or as my Grandfather liked to have it, with both! White Port is starting to gain some popularity, and is becoming more available. White Port is treated more like a Sherry. It’s ideal before dinner as an aperitif. Even over ice if you dare in these colder months.

Crisp and Clean And don’t ignore the Rosé or Sauvignon Blanc over the cooler months, enjoy them when the occasion feels right, and the food match makes perfect sense.

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Not all red wines are big. Merlot and Malbec grapes love a warm climate, and both produce medium bodied wines with plenty of flavour, and with only a moderate amount of tannin.

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We grow great merlot in New Zealand. Much of it (but by no means all) in the warm climate of the Hawke’s Bay. Merlot ripens early in this region, meaning grape growers have a very good chance of getting the grapes nice and ripe. Moderate amounts of tannins means the wines are generally medium bodied, and suit meat like Venison and Lamb. Sometimes winemakers like to lift the weight of the wine by blending in another grape with a bit more body. Malbec and more importantly Cabernet Sauvignon are often added in small amounts to create a great, rounded wine with plenty of flavour. We so often forget about Port these days. Port is a fortified wine. This means that quite a bit of the alcohol in the Port is added in the form of Grape Spirit, or Brandy. Port is generally aged for a good length of time before being offered for sale. The two most common types of Port are Ruby and Tawny. Ruby is the younger, redder, brighter and slightly sweeter version. A bit more age, and the Port become Tawny.

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