August 2014 P2 Local personalities are the face of speed reduction campaign
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Local personalities are the face of speed reduction campaign Billboards and direct mail featuring local people have begun appearing around Te Atatu and Kumeu/ South Kaipara, promoting a community based and led road safety campaign supported by Auckland Transport and Police. Under the heading of "Love Being a Local", local people have agreed to be "the faces" of the campaigns in which local people urge their friends and neighbours to "Love being a local" and slow down in the interests of road safety for all local people and especially children. In Te Atatu the "faces" are rugby league legend and Peninsula School board member Joe Vagana, fire fighter Ally Sadler, cycling advocate Jemma Anissen and Te Atatu Intermediate School deputy principal, Steve Collins. In the South Kaipara area they are fire fighter Aimee Murray and members of a local family Alex, Ella and Hannah Burnett.
Joe Vagana Former Rugby League Star, Te Atatu South
The two areas were identified as communities where there is a tight-knit community that is likely to support local initiatives to address the issue. Drivers are being asked to tackle the speeding issue together by driving to the speed limit and to the conditions at all times, to ensure the safety of others in their own community.
The problem of speed is defined as simple physics: the faster you go the less time you have to react to danger, the longer it takes to stop, the greater the damage from a collision and the greater the risk of injuries and death. To minimise these risks in their areas, drivers should slow down. Besides the billboard and direct mail campaign, road safety advocates will attend events such as market days in August, to put up displays, talk to local people and hand out information and car bumper stickers.
Allistair Sadler Local Fire Fighter, Te Atatu
Above: Local legends Joe Vagana and Allistair Sadler step up to tackle the issue of speed and road safety.
Gabrielle heads up list of 2014 Don Oliver Scholars Young swimming sensation Gabrielle Fa'amausili heads up a list of 15 outstanding young West Auckland athletes who have been selected to be the 2014 -15 Don Oliver Youth Sport Foundation scholars. Gabrielle, who lives in New Windsor and attends Avondale College, has had a year overflowing with successes. She became a junior world champion last year at the age of 13, when she set a world record 28.14 on her way to taking the 50m backstroke world title. Later she took the New Zealand age group record for the 50m free and in the process, beat Lauren Boyle a former Don Oliver scholar, one of the world’s premier women swimmers and a gold and silver medallist at Glasgow. She then picked up the Halberg Emerging talent Award and is now landed the only Gold scholarship awarded by the Don Oliver Youth Sport Foundation for 2014. The other recipients were: hockey player Danielle Sutherland and swimmer Michael Mincham who received Silver scholarships. Bronze scholarships went to: Jared Free (athletics race walking); divers Nathan Brown and Elizabeth Cui; surfers Elliot Paerata-Reid and Britt Kindred; wrestlers Brahm Richards and Matthew Downes; motor-cycle racer Daniel Mettam; mountain biker Peter Bethell; Olympic weightlifter Hazel Latoa; softballer Connor Peden and golfer Tadhg Campbell. The Foundation which has The Trusts as associate sponsor, confidently expects to see a number of these scholars becoming future Olympians or international, if not world,
champions. Don Oliver scholars have an enviable record of international success, with every New Zealand Olympic and Commonwealth Games team for the past 16 years having at least one past or present scholar. There were four at Glasgow: swimmer Lauren Boyle, cyclist Steph Mackenzie, weightlifter Matthew Madsen and boxer Alexis Pritchard. Lauren of course needs no introduction as one of the world’s top women swimmers, Alexis was one of New Zealand first two women Olympic boxers, Steph McKenzie is a former New Zealand young cyclist of the year and Matthew Madsen won multiple Oceania and Commonwealth weightlifting titles in the junior grades on his way to winning Commonwealth Games selection. The Don Oliver Youth Sport Foundation is now gearing for its annual Awards dinner at The Trusts Arena, on 29 August. Tickets are $145 each with a discount for a table of ten. Please contact Roxy at firstname.lastname@example.org for ticket sales.
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Shops to be `reborn´ as first step in Te Atatu Road upgrade Te Atatu residents will soon see the start of demolition of the block of shops on Edmonton Road at the intersection with Flanshaw and Te Atatu Roads. This will be phase one of the long-awaited upgrade to the Te Atatu Road Corridor between the motorway and Wakeling Avenue that is designed to make roaduser’s lives easier in the future. Auckland Transport needed a portion of the land on which the block sits, in order to widen the outlet from Edmonton/Flanshaw Rd into Te Atatu Rd, with a new left turning lane. "As we can’t take only a part of a block of shops for public works, what we have done is bought the whole site," says Hussam AbdulRassol, who is leading the project for Auckland Transport. "Now we’ll demolish the shops, and sell the land we don’t need, back to the original owner. He also owns the adjoining land and will aggregate the land we sell back with the adjoining block and rebuild the shops there," he says.
The sculpture has to go because the roundabout is to be demolished in favour of traffic signals. At the moment, the roundabout can become a bottle neck whereas lights, phased with others already in place, will ensure that traffic pouring through this area benefits from better and fairer control and synchronisation. The works will include a raft of relatively small measures to help traffic, cyclists and pedestrians flow better on Te Atatu Road and into and out of, surrounding streets. Among the other features will be bus priority measures, widened intersections with dedicated lanes for left and right turning and straight-ahead traffic, cycle lanes and shared cycle/walking paths. At some intersections right turns into Te Atatu Road will be prohibited but alternative routes will be available to affected motorists. Meanwhile, a painted flush median in Te Atatu Road will enable turning traffic to get out of the stream, helping to improve overall traffic flow and giving a clearway for emergency vehicles.
The shops will be demolished during September, ahead of the start, early next year, of the main corridor works. The next phase will see Auckland Council remove the sculpture from the Te Atatu-Edmonton roundabout in March. The council will hire a professional conservator to move the sculpture to safe storage until a new site is found.
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Maurice Gee The year 2004 was a milestone year for prolific author Maurice Gee, for New Zealand literature and New Zealand film. It was the year when the two works of one Kiwi novelist, former Henderson lad, Maurice Gee, were made into films, Fracture and In My Father's Den. It was also the year Auckland University bestowed an honorary doctorate, he won the Prime Minister's Award for Literary fiction and his novel, The Scornful Moon was runner-up in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards. This is a high-water mark in New Zealand literature and one that was fittingly set by one of the first generation of New Zealand writers who came to international notice in the 1950’s and in many ways, laid the foundations on which today’s New Zealand literature stands.
Zealand Literary Fund. He had been a handy rugby player and his first novel, 1962’s "The Big Season", centred on the characters and culture of a rugby club. It introduced dark themes he was to return to repeatedly; dysfunctional families, violence and death create highly charged stories that play out within and protest at, the very conservative society of mid-century New Zealand. "The Big Season" was one of those works that challenged the cosseted, reined in and somewhat smug era of the pre 1960s, and it met guarded praise and outrage in equal measures. The New Zealand Herald found it "not always pleasant but certainly forceful and sincere". The Southland Times decided that "Gee must have decided he would out-modernise the modernists in vulgarity".
While he was born in Whakatane, he was raised in Henderson and the town and Henderson Creek were formative influences. Henderson, as itself and in various disguises, was the setting for a number of his works. Gee’s father was a carpenter and with access to tools and know-how, Maurice and his brothers made boats for paddling round the creek and down to the harbour.
"A Special Flower" followed, then "In My Father’s Den" before he produced his masterpiece, "Plumb" which earned him the James Tait Black Memorial prize. "Plumb" became the first book in a trilogy completed by "Meg" and "Sole Survivor" which, between them, explored the lives of three generations of a New Zealand family. "Plumb" was one of those works of New Zealand literature, rare at the time, that received acclaim abroad as well as at home.
"I seem to have spent half of my boyhood there; a place of marvellous and terrible things," he said later of the creek. "I got my first sight of death, there. I’d run home from the creek to the safety and security of the kitchen; one the place of safety and affection, the other the place of adventure, danger, excitement", he told New Zealand Books in 1995.
It was now that he turned to writing for children and young adults, producing such enduring classics such as "Under The Mountain", "The Halfmen of O" trilogy , "The World Around The Corner", "The Priests Of Ferris", "Motherstone", "The Fire Raiser" and "The Champion". A number of these went on to be very successful TV series.
The creek and his time at Henderson primary school, remained intensely vivid in his writing and his own adventures in the creek reappear as the adventures of his fictional characters.
In these works, Gee takes his readers into worlds where the traditional battle between good and evil is played out in defeating creatures who would destroy all that is beautiful in our world. In "Under the Mountain", slug like creatures living under Auckland’s volcanoes want to turn this beautiful city into a wasteland. "The World Around the Corner" follows a similar theme but is based in another part of New Zealand.
After Avondale College he took a BA and followed it up with an MA in English in 1954. During this time also, he began writing short stories and with them, commenced his long and distinguished career as a very prolific author. In total he has penned 34 novels, three of which have been made into feature films, a collected works anthology and many short stories. His short stories were published first in the New Zealand literary magazine, Landfall, but in 1960 (Mate) and 1961 (The Losers and Eleventh Holiday) were published to good reviews by the British anthology; New Authors, Short Story. Encouraged by acceptance outside his homeland, after two years of school teaching and three of casual labour, he left to write and teach in the UK, helped by a grant from the New
Winning the Deutz Medal for Fiction at the 1998 Montana Awards was the beginning of an avalanche of recognition. He won the Margaret Mahy Medal, The Gaelyn Gordon Award and was shortlisted in the Montana Awards and the South Pacific and South East Asian Region Commonwealth Writers Prize. He was made a distinguished alumni of the University of Auckland which also awarded him an honorary Ph.D, honoured with the 2003 Arts Foundation Icon Award, and received Listener Television awards for the TV adaptation of "The Fire Raiser".
Maurice Gee, Icon of the West, the West salutes you.
Lesley Smith - from Lopdell House Gallery
to the world-wide letterpress revival The ancient art of hand-operated letterpress printing is being kept alive in various parts of West Auckland including in the Titirangi garage of graphic designer and former Lopdell Gallery director, Lesley Smith. Lesley now has three manually operated Victorian printing presses, the most recent having been painstakingly reassembled by Lesley and her landscape architect husband Chris, after it had lain in pieces in the previous owner’s workshop for 30 years. Two of the presses are massively constructed from cast iron, and the other is a small desk top model. All date from the mid 1800s and now they are all in pristine working order, Lesley plans to start bespoke printing, commencing with her nephew’s wedding invitations and eventually ranging up to books. "The jobs are piling up," she says with a note of pleased anticipation. Lesley took a degree in graphic design in the UK after previously completing a diploma in catering and becoming a fully qualified chef and somewhere in her early life she developed a passion for typography, which is the art of designing and using type-faces. It wasn’t until 2007 however that her fascination with type found a practical outlet. She attended a typography conference in Seattle, in the USA. "I headed to the preconference letterpress printing workshop and fell in love with the art," she says. Letterpress is an exact description of the process first invented (possibly) by the Chinese nearly 2,000 years ago and which formed the core of all printing until the invention of offset printing in the 20th century. Basically words that are to be printed are created using letters of the alphabet, pre-made in wood or metal, and available in different sizes and fonts. These are assembled, put into the press, coated with ink and have a sheet or paper or other printable material pressed against them. Just like a stamp, the image created by the letters is transferred to the paper. This laborious process changed the face of civilisation by making the printed word widely and inexpensive available, opening the first era in mass communication. Letterpress continued to be used with only relatively small improvements until the mid-Victorian era when it became increasingly mechanised. "It’s such a tactile process and after 30 years at computers it’s a wonderfully satisfying way to create. The shape and the feel of the wood, the smell of the ink, the feel of the variety of papers, the way the machines work, the pleasure of creating the design and then creating the finished product," she says.
Lesley even loves the blocks of wooden type because of the way they wear and develop quirks and imperfections that add character to the printed product. She was surprised to note that the majority attendees at the workshop were women. "Waves of women all over the world are discovering this art and keeping it alive, I met one who was travelling across America seeking out these old printing presses, restoring them and selling them on." On her return she met up with another West Auckland craft printer, Green Bay’s Beth Serjeant, who pointed Lesley towards MOTAT; MOTAT’s printer volunteers, in turn, suggested that she acquire an American treadle-powered Chandler and Price jobbing press built in 1885. This came along with case of type both wooden and metal. Getting deeper into her passion she met Tara McLeod, arguably New Zealand’s top hand-craft printer. He, knowing that artist Mervyn Williams had an Albion press disassembled in his garage, made the introductions and Lesley and Chris became the proud owners. She and Chris took many trips to Tara McLeod’s studio to study the similar Albion press he uses, and learn how to re-assemble their own machine and put it back in working order. It was a process in which many people around the area played a role, she says. "It doesn’t take much strength at all to use," Lesley says admiringly, eagerly demonstrating how easily she can make them obey her will. And soon, in rural Titirangi, these machines will be a fully productive part of the world-wide revival in letterpress printing.
Portage Ceramics Awards return to spiritual home: Titirangi's Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery The Portage Ceramic Awards, New Zealand's premier recognition of the work of ceramic artists from around the country, is not only 'on' again this year, but it's returning to its spiritual home in Titirangi. The awards originated in 2001 with what was known as the Lopdell House Gallery, which has now gone through a change of identity. In 2012, it relocated to New Lynn while the iconic Lopdell House (its original base) was given a comprehensive restoration and a new purpose-built gallery is built alongside. Now no longer based inside Lopdell House, the new gallery will re-emerge in November under the name Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, or Te Uru for short, and the Portage Ceramic Awards will proudly return as one of the first major exhibitions of the new facility. This annual award provides the country’s most prestigious platform for showcasing the quality and diversity of work by contemporary ceramic artists nationwide and is proudly sponsored by The Trusts and supported by The Trusts Community Foundation. Still the richest in New Zealand, the Premier Award this year is $15,000 with Merit Awards totalling $6,000. The People’s Choice Award is worth $1,000. In addition, this year the Portage Awards offers the Peters Valley Scholarship, which
includes a workshop at Peters Valley School of Craft, New Jersey, USA. This year’s judge is the internationally Takeshi Yasuda renowned ceramicist, Takeshi Yasuda. The Japanese multi-award winning ceramicist and teacher will travel from Jingdezhen, China, the porcelain capital of the world, where he has an established studio. As a practitioner for more than 50 years, Mr Yasuda brings a wealth of experience to the awards, including a deep knowledge of both Asian and English traditions that have been so influential in New Zealand.
The key dates for the Portage Ceramic Awards: 15 August, 5pm
Closing date for entries
Judge’s floor talk
For more information and entry forms: www.lopdell.org.nz/portage
Going West Books and Writers' Festival celebrates 19 years at Titirangi The Going West Books and Writers festival is back for its 19th year in late August to early September, with its unique and vibrant mix of books, authors, a theatre production, the Poetry Slam that turns poetry into a competitive event, and even a hint of sex, drugs and rock and roll. The rock and roll comes in the reminiscences of Hello Sailor band members Graham Brazier and Harry Lyon, together with publisher Finlay McDonald recalling the life and times of the late Dave McCartney as told in his autobiography, Gutter Black. This ramble through a golden age of kiwi rock is on the evening of Friday September 12, along with the Curnow poetry readings and the Sir Graeme Douglas Orator, Robert Sullivan. All of Saturday 13 September is to be spent discussing 10 different works and wraps up at 7pm with the Poetry Slam. Sunday 14th is to be spent exploring eight books, culminating with Sandra Coney’s On the Radar. The main festival is being held at the Titirangi War
Memorial Hall, while the Theatre Season on August 29, 30 and 31 is at The Playhouse, Glen Eden. This year’s play is "Goodbye My Feleni" (friend) and it traces the experiences of Pacific Islands soldiers who served with the Maori Battalion. Going West was conceived by Murray Gray (of Murray Gray’s Gone West bookshop in Titirangi) as Auckland’s first writers’ festival. Going West originally included a steam train excursion from Auckland to Helensville with stops at various West Auckland stations for literary events. This was inspired by the train journey in Maurice Gee’s novel "Going West". For many years it was an eagerly anticipated adventure but was forced into retirement with the advent of passenger rail services at weekends.