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Tim Shadbolt, perhaps the most famous Westie of his generation
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Did you ever want to be a fire fighter? The Te Atatu Fire Brigade is looking for new members. One of the busiest stations in Auckland, the brigade has enough members to cover four shifts and not one spare to cover sickness or leave and that means that one day, there may be a property they can’t save or a life lost. In fact, that’s how the Te Atatu Brigade came into being. One day in 1968, there was such a delay in fire tenders from outside the area reaching a Te Atatu Peninsula fire, that it was obvious the area needed its own fire brigade. Members of the Henderson station successfully recruited 11 volunteer fire fighters from the community who completed their training while the Te Atatu station was being built. From there, a brigade and a very strong tradition was built. Being a volunteer fire fighter provides fitness, skills, commitment, membership of a‘one-for-all-and-all-for-one’ elite, excitement and a special place in our community that the average citizen can’t have. Every time the volunteers go out they know that they are doing something worthwhile and when they come back they know that today or tonight, their community depended on them and they didn’t fail. They may not think so, but to the rest of us, they are heroes. There’s almost no age limit to being a volunteer. Male or female, the minimum age is 16 with parents' consent and 18 without, with virtually no top limit if you can still do a job in the brigade. You must be fit and strong, committed to making it to training every Monday evening at 6.30 and ready to be rostered one week on and two off, on any of the three, eight hour watches around the clock. This means you’ll need the support of your family and employer. In return, you get adventure, excitement, new transferable skills, friendships, camaraderie, the satisfaction of making a genuine difference, being involved with the community, getting really fit and doing something a lot of people may not be able to do in their lifetime. This is the real McCoy. You’re not making tea, sweeping out the fire station or polishing the trucks. The volunteers are real fire fighters. In fact, the majority of fire fighters available to the New Zealand Fire Service is approximately 8,000 volunteers, who receive no payment for their time or labour. They respond to up to a third of all incidents attended by the fire service. Challenges include property, vehicle and vegetation fires, rescuing people from crashed
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From left: Elina Osborne, Karl Bevin, Mark Buchanan, Shane Moore and Elaine Alexander of the Te Atatu Volunteer Fire Brigade
vehicles, and from bizarre situations, containing and cleaning up hazardous materials and even that good old cliché of rescuing a cat from up a tree. Some years ago, volunteer fire fighters in West Auckland even came up with a solution to neutralise a gigantic wasps’ nest several metres long, part way up a pine tree. The million plus wasps in the nest were stripping wood from neighbourhood fences, buildings and garden furniture and using it to put extensions on the nest, while posing an ever increasing risk to people. Volunteers come from all walks of life. Initial training is done locally and culminates in a seven day residential recruit course, normally held at the National Training Centre (NTC) in Rotorua or the Woolston Training Centre in Christchurch. Training includes hose drills, ladder drills, the use of portable pumps and breathing apparatus (BA), which is carried out in BATB (Breathing Apparatus Training Building) and RFTB (Realistic Fire Training Building) simulators. The BATB is a gasfired training facility and the RFTB is a live fire scenario. Volunteer units also provide support services over and above the role of the fire fighter. Various Operational Support Units (OSUs) manned by volunteers are attached to Fire Districts and brigades across New Zealand, which provide non-fire fighting assistance at large scale incidents. These include traffic and crowd control, scene cordons and lighting, basic first aid, salvage, communications and logistics, and even catering. While the Te Atatu brigade is looking for operational fire fighters, the men and women who drive the appliances and fight the fires, there are two other categories, operational support and brigade support. Operational support staff carry out non hazardous duties such people and traffic control, transporting of equipment, assisting the incident controller leaving the fire fighters for more specific tasks. Brigade support staff carry out roles like day to day administration for the brigade, or presenting fire safety programmes in schools.
If you are interested in joining the Te Atatu Volunteer Brigade please contact Herena on 021 629 872.
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Hospice in West Auckland Spring Clean for Hospice. Spring has sprung and for a lot of people that’s time to de-clutter. It’s also time to remember that what one person doesn’t want can be treasure to someone else, especially an organisation like Hospice West Auckland which can sell what you don’t want, to help fund its invaluable services for people with terminal illnesses and their families. The organisation has launched its “Spring Clean for Hospice” appeal inviting West Aucklanders to donate any unwanted but still useable home wares, electrical goods, furniture, ornaments and quality clothing, to any one of its four Hospice Shops (in New Lynn, Te Atatu Peninsula, Swanson or Helensville). They will be sold with all proceeds going to the work of Hospice.
If you can’t get to a shop or if you have lots to donate or large items, phone 0508 4 Hospice and they’ll come and collect. Visit www.hwa.org.nz for store details and check out HospiceWestAuck on Facebook for some great spring cleaning tips.
One of the new specialised hospice beds in the home-like environment in Te Atatu. Hospice relies on the good will of the public in one form or another, for its ever increasing funding needs. The needs increase because the services are continually increasing. The most recent example has been the addition of the two new specialist palliative care bedrooms at Hospice House in Te Atatu Peninsula. It’s not that long ago that Hospice West Auckland didn’t have any specialist palliative care facilities at all and for people needing this level of service, the nearest beds were either on the North Shore or on the Hibiscus Coast. Now there are four bedrooms in the Kowhai Suite, with two being opened last year and another two this year.
Craft Out West Craft Out West, another initiative in support of Hospice, will be held on the 8th & 9th November at the Westwave Recreation Centre, Henderson. This popular annual craft show features a wide selection of goodies from talented New Zealand crafters, plus vintage and retro treasures and craft supplies. Craft Out West is a fundraiser for Hospice West Auckland and also a fantastic opportunity for those who are into craft-ware, to do a bit of early Christmas shopping.
Craft Out West runs from 10am to 4pm on both Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th November 2014. Entry costs $5 for Adults, $3 for Senior Citizens, children 12 and under, free.
These facilities each have a bedroom, ensuite, kitchen and sitting room, with furniture like beds and lazy boys to give patients comfortable options while they’re still mobile, and help bring comfort to families and friends. But of course, extra facilities mean extra equipment and extra specialised nursing staff. While the majority of Hospice’s clinical and social care services take place in the homes of patients and out-patient clinics, the new beds mean that patients needing extra care for symptom management, respite care and end-of-life care in West Auckland can now receive this care close to home. Funding relies on donations from West Auckland individuals, businesses and organisations (hence the need for the Spring Clean and Craft Out West among other fundraising events). Hospice West Auckland gratefully thanks to all who have donated to this important project.
Anyone who wishes to assist with the ongoing running costs of the Kowhai Suite is invited to get in touch via www.hwa.org.nz/donation or ph 834 9750.
Oh, what a treasure we had in Crown Lynn! If there is any message to come out of the new book about former Crown Lynn design genius, Mark Cleverley, it is that unbeknown to most New Zealanders, Crown Lynn really was a world force in the design and decoration of dinnerware and china ornaments.
During this time Mark Cleverley and his colleagues vastly expanded decorating techniques and created ware that sold in Australia, Canada and the USA. Designs like Autumn Splendour and Green Bamboo “sold in huge quantities” and Sapphire was “one of the most successful designs ever”.
Mr Cleverley is a living treasure in the New Zealand design profession. He pioneered new concepts and innovative and sometimes courageous, design in areas as diverse as architecture, postage stamps, packaging, graphics and ceramics; as well as being a legend to several generations of design students whom he has taught.
The team also explored Aboriginal and Maori designs. The Maori fish-hook motif was used on ware designed for Bellamy’s, the parliamentary restaurant (apparently the then MP Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan insisted that a Maori design be used). Ngakura ware was created for the tourist trade and proved very popular. Crown Lynn ware was also chosen for a major exhibition at New Zealand House in London and for the 1970 World Fair in Osaka, Japan.
And of course, he was the man who, in 12 years, took Crown Lynn design to the top of its game. Now honoured by his peers as a Master of Craft, and the subject of a new book, ‘Mark Cleverley: Designer’, he entertained the large crowd at the recent Going West Books and Writers Festival in Titirangi and treated the appreciative audience to lively and sometimes interactive reminiscences about a time when Kiwis were innovating in many fields and were “showing the world how it’s done”. The great pity is that TV wasn’t there; this warm bath of nostalgia for an age when Kiwi creativity was bursting out all over would have made an unforgettable documentary. Today, perhaps the overriding memory of Crown Lynn is that in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, every New Zealand household had at least one Crown Lynn dinner set. It was our ‘every-day ware’ and that rather tends to disguise the fact that some of these every-day Crown Lynn designs were really good by any international standard. Mark joined Crown Lynn in 1967 at a time of exploration and expansion into shapes and decorations that were attuned to international tastes and trends. But the sales could barely keep up with demand for new designs. So, on the one hand, while some of our finest industrial designers of the era, including Mark and chief designer Dave Jenkin, were investing their professional energy into producing world-class quality, salesmen were sticking transfers on product to create a ‘new design’ sample to take down-country. Mark and David pushed the limits of what was possible, as Mark put it “We took the Murray Curvex [ceramic printing] machine apart and rebuilt it. We did more with it than it was ever thought possible”. It sounds like a recipe for potential disaster but it saw Crown Lynn ware came on in leaps and bounds. Indeed the results were so good that Sir Arthur Bryan, chairman of Wedgewood, that most iconic of names in ceramics, said no single pottery in the UK could do all the things Crown Lynn could do.
Unfortunately, the 1970s marked both the water mark and the beginning of the end of this era of incredible commercial creativity, when New Zealanders across a vast field of endeavours, discovered that they were at least the equal of the world’s best and very often, better. By 1974 Crown Lynn had become incorporated into the new Ceramco conglomerate. Inevitably this led to internal change and a new business culture. Five years later, Mark Cleverley decided that he had achieved all he could at Crown Lynn and moved on to a new career in teaching design. Crown Lynn pottery production continued for another decade before the door opened to cheap imported dinnerware and this brand, once a household name, ceased and the business closed its doors. The great irony in the early years of the 21st century is that the brand, which we once took for granted, a product that was everywhere, has now become iconic New Zealand ware, highly valued by collectors. Echo - one of the most popu designs by Max Cleverley lar Crown Lynn
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Tim Shadbolt “I don’t care where, as long as I’m mayor.” It has become one of those famous trademark quotes linked with Westie Icon serial mayor, and New Zealand’s longest serving mayor Timothy Richard Shadbolt. Although he was born in Remuera in 1947, Tim Shadbolt was for many years not only one of New Zealand’s most famous and colourful characters, but the most famous Westie of his generation. The Shadbolt family was in the UK and Tim was only five, when his father was killed in a flying accident while serving with the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm. Tim’s mother brought her two sons back to New Zealand and West Auckland where Tim took his schooling variously in New Lynn, Blockhouse Bay and Avondale before becoming a foundation pupil at Rutherford College. There, with no hint of the radical and rebel he was to become, he was both a prefect and a member of the school council. It was later, at the University of Auckland that Tim Shadbolt emerged as the most famous renegade leader of the social revolution in New Zealand in the 1960’s and ‘70’s. Shadbolt helped shake New Zealand society to its foundation as the number one foot soldier of a generation that was at war with “the establishment” and its stifling values. They protested against the Vietnam war, apartheid, prisons and the way they were run, landlords, city councils, government, the universities and an American navigational system called Omega. They also protested for things. They were in the early environmental movements, in support of Maori land issues and grievances, feminism, legal and social equality, even the right to listen to rock and roll music and the right of men to wear long hair. They shook New Zealand to its core and they frightened many but the very man who was most recognisable in all this, was also the least threatening. Timothy Richard Shadbolt, was one of this country’s most charismatic characters; a young radical who on the one hand was shaking everything up and on the other reaching across the “generation gap” with his trademark humour and infectious grin, that almost nobody could resist. He was sincere, goodnatured, a blazingly good orator and possessed a rapier wit that had them splitting their sides at times. Tim could see the funny side of anything, even being in prison. He was arrested 33 times (once for saying the word bullshit in public) and jailed twice for nothing more threatening than his belief in freedom of speech.
The second time he was jailed he penned the infamous book “Bullshit and Jellybeans” that predictably shocked and provoked with a rawness and brutal honesty that made it a best seller and recognition as one of the great New Zealand biographies. In 1970, he set up a commune at Huia and took up a new trade as a concrete contractor. However, he still found time to get himself arrested, joining the historic occupation of Bastion Point by Orakei Maori and supporters determined to prevent the Government selling the land which was not theirs to sell. In the same spirit, he joined the late Dame Whina Cooper's great land hikoi. Nevertheless a new Shadbolt was also emerging. In 1975, by now a father of three, he moved to Glen Eden and was elected to the school committees of Konini Road and Glen Eden Intermediate schools. In 1983 he confounded everyone, by winning the election as Mayor of Waitemata City which until then had been a bastion of conservative politics. It was the beginning of the transformation of both Tim Shadbolt and West Auckland. The irrepressible student radical towed his concrete mixer behind the mayoral Daimler to make a point. Even the concrete mixer was given a character typical of Shadbolt. He called it Karl Marx because it made a lot of noise but didn’t work very well. The mayoral chains also famously went missing, spawning a whole chapter in the encyclopedia of urban myth. Tim’s first term sowed the first seeds of what was to later become Waitakere the Eco City, and he then put together “Tim’s Team” of environmental pioneers to win a second term. In 1989, however, Waitemata City, and the boroughs of New Lynn, Glen Eden and Henderson were amalgamated and became Waitakere City, with Assid Corban as mayor and Tim as councillor. Three years later he disappeared from West Auckland and in ‘93 re-emerged as the new Mayor of Invercargill, a position he retains to this day. It was an unprecedented career move, making him New Zealand’s first “professional mayor” in the sense that he saw his political skills as being portable. It was also when the famous saying “I don’t care where, as long as I’m mayor” was coined, but not by Tim. He said it but it was written by an advertising agency in the script for TV commercial for cheese he was fronting. In all, Tim Shadbolt has served a total of 25 years,and is now in his ninth term as Mayor; two in West Auckland and seven in Invercargill, and he’s still going strong.
Tim Shadbolt, Icon of the West, the West salutes you.
2015 Northern Mystics
stacked with talent both on and off the court After bouncing back towards the end of last season, promises that the Northern Mystics were just starting to re-build, look like becoming a reality. Netball legend Noeline Taurua has joined old friend and former team mate, Debbie Fuller, on the Mystics “brains trust”, and Chris Tennant is back as manager after spending last season seconded to Netball New Zealand. The on court line-up has also been settled; contracts have been sealed yielding a team that mixes youth and promise with some of the game’s greatest internationals. So, as one of the key sponsors, The Trusts is delighted to report that the Mystics in the coming season, will be launching from a formidable platform both on and off the court. Off the court there is the experience of Debbie Fuller and Noeline Taurua both of whom know what it takes to reach the top in this most demanding of all netball competitions. Debbie took the Mystics to the finals in 2011 and the semis in 2012 while Noeline went one better by taking the Magic to the only premiership yet won by a New Zealand franchise. On-court, the team is stacked with International players, at the head of which are ANZ and test centurions Laura Langman and Maria Tutaia. In total, there are six Silver Ferns and a former Fern plus an England international and several massively talented youth representatives. As a result, there’s a fizz around the franchise that suggests the Mystics will enter next season’s ANZ Championship ready to pick up the winning ways that they’d rediscovered in the second half of last season. Joining Langman in the midcourt is yet another Silver Fern, 11-cap Millie Lees, who is returning from Wellington’s Haier Pulse. Youth international Nadia Loveday is back for her second season and Katherine Coffin, has followed Noeline north from Waikato/Bay of Plenty’s Kia Magic. Katherine is niece of former Fern and now TV1 sports anchor, Jennie-May Coffin. England international Serena Guthrie has also joined for her first taste of the world’s most ferocious netball series. Returning to a young defence line-up is the outstanding young player of recent years, Kayla Cullen. Kayla had a meteoric rise through the game to earn selection to the Mystics, the Silver Ferns, and the Fastnet Ferns. She now returns to the Mystics after a year recovering from an ACL injury and knee reconstruction. Completing a formidable defence are last season’s big improver Temalisi Fakahokotau and former Fern Sulu Tone-Fitzpatrick who has come home after stints with the Magic and Southern Steel. At the “sharp-end”, Silver Ferns Maria Tutuaia and Catherine Latu are teamed with Paula Griffin and Elsa Brown. Paula is a former Mystic returning from the Pulse, while Elsa is facing the heat of the ANZ championship for the first time. Anna Harrison who is pregnant, will be absent for the coming season.
The side has its first ANZ Championship game in March and the home game draw is: Monday 23 March v Pulse Sunday 29 March v Southern Steel Sunday 26 April v Queensland Firebirds Sunday 3 May v Canterbury Tactix Monday 18 May v Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic Monday 1 June v Melbourne Vixens
Noeline Taurua to take key roles with Mystics and Northern Zone Noeline Taurua, the only New Zealand coach ever to win the ANZ netball premiership, is coming to assist Mystics head coach Deb Fuller next year. She will also lead the coach development programme in Netball’s Northern Zone covering Auckland and Northland. Mystics and Northern Zone CEO, Julie Paterson, told Our West earlier this year that, at the start of the 2014 season, Deb Fuller had put in place a three year programme for the Mystics. This programme would lay the foundations for a team that would return to the top and stay there. She said that the Mystics play a high-energy game which, is also high risk because it is balanced on a very sharp edge and relies on all team members being utterly familiar with both the game plan and the way the other squad members play. Deb Fuller approached her old friend Noeline at exactly the right time for Taurua, who is studying towards a Masters of Science in Performance Coaching. Noeline had been working with the New Zealand Sports Academy, running its netball programme in Rotorua, doing international and local netball consultancy work and felt refreshed after a season away from the ANZ Championship. Noeline says she likes the look of the Mystics, “those girls can play”, and liked what she saw at the end of the Mystics’ 2014 season. Deb agrees, saying Taurua is an ideal fit. “We have a shared understanding of how we approach and respect the game,” she says. “The Mystics had to improve their grasp of physical dominance in the modern game so it is important to have an experienced coaching and management team to best support this”. During Taurua’s tenure at the Magic, from 2008 to 2013, the team made three grand finals and reached the semi-finals every year. Get ready for a fantastic season!
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The Trusts Arena is proud to present The Trusts Spooks & Sparks, a family fireworks and entertainment extravaganza, on 1st November 2014*. This year we have confirmed a fantastic range of entertainment. Activities that the lead up to the massive fireworks and laser light display include cultural groups, freestyle motocross, aircraft displays, cheerleaders and sky divers. There will be a range of craft and food stalls and 20 face painters ready to go as the gates open at 4.00pm. Enter the Best Costume competition by dressing up as your favourite ‘SPOOK’, prizes will be awarded at 6.55pm.
Building on the success of Waitakere Fireworks, The Trusts Spooks & Sparks will be the largest choreographed sound, light and pyrotechnic display in New Zealand and the event is sure to entertain young and old alike.
Tickets are available now at:
*Rain Date - 2nd November 2014
Arena Boxing is West Auckland’s newest combat facility located in The Trusts Arena.
Designed by Kevin Barry, we have created a state of the art facility that promises to cater to all of your fitness and combat needs. Joseph Parker will be opening the gym on Wednesday 15th October. Check out the hot opening deals at www.arenaboxing.co.nz For more information call 09 9705 214 or email email@example.com