Who are we?
Community Patrol New Zealand (CPNZ) are a group of local residents who are the "eyes and ears" of the police. We patrol Blockhouse Bay and Green Bay night and day on a voluntary roster, around streets, shops, parks, schools and beaches in order to deter or report undesirable behaviour such as tagging, dumping and theft, to name a few.
We are not the police, and do not approach offenders, but report directly to the police. A caring neighbourhood is one where crime will not survive.
We also need some keen, reliable people to join our team to drive our patrol car and to help with patrols, because the community needs to be more proactive in helping to look out for each other.
Annual General Meeting
When: Armanasco House (behind BHB Library car park)
Where: Tuesday 5th Sept, 7 pm
All welcome. Light refreshments provided. Come and join us and learn some more. You may be surprised at what we achieve.
Councillor Ross Clow and Whau Local Board Chairperson Tracy Mulholland are taking time to meet and listen to residents of the Bay area. The locally elected members ‘meet and greet’ is a result of community interest, social media requests and a recent public meeting about the Whau Local Board draft plans.
Tracy suggested to residents and local people that if they want to have time to talk about local matters and to share their views then so be it! Cr Ross Clow is also pleased to have this opportunity to meet with local residents. "What's important to us both is that we get to meet local people, that they too meet us and have their say on local matters" says Tracy. "Both Ross and I are committed to the community so we welcome this time to meet."
If you want to have your say, share your thoughts on local plans and Auckland Council's activities, if you would like to share your opinion then we look forward to seeing you at 3.30pm, Saturday, 26th August at The Block Cafe. The Block. Thanks to the local residents who supported this way of working for you.
Wendy Dunn has had a huge impact on the smooth running of the Business Association in Blockhouse Bay since she took over in October last year. However, Wendy leaves the Bay to take up a position as manager of the Howick Village Business Improvement Development (BID), a significantly shorter commute from the Franklin district being just too tempting to pass up. “I loved working in the Bay, and loved the vibrant community, but spending up to four hours in my car each day just didn’t make sense,” says Wendy. Wendy will miss the Bay, but as she is still the go-to person for the Santa Parade, we will see her from time to time.
We wish Wendy all the best in her new role, and welcome Jodie Judd who has been appointed as Blockhouse Bay’s new BID manager.
Jodie has lived in Blockhouse Bay with her husband and family for more than 13 years and has worked in various sales and customer services roles including marketing and co-ordination roles for Plunket. Jodie will be based in the Business Association office generally from 10am to 2pm Monday, Tuesday and Friday each week.
It is always very satisfying to be able to report upgrades and improvements at the Community Centre, especially when some of them take so long we think they are never going to happen. Just recently we have had council engineers assess the car park in preparation for re-surfacing in the summer – so no more pot holes for a while.
Also, you may have noticed our mural artist Emma from the Creative Souls Project putting in the hours (almost come rain or shine) on the mural on the outside walls of the Centre. These are finished now, just waiting for her final inspection and signature, and we are really impressed. From the comments we receive daily, this has proved to be a very popular improvement to our building. Well done Emma!
As the building is now owned by council (but our Community still manages the Centre through the governance committee) we have been visited by council contractors with a view to maintaining and repainting the roof of the building and the exterior paintwork, which they hope to have completed by the end of August, “weather permitting.”
Keep an eye out for the upgrades - the sky’s the limit!
Graham, Maree and Stephanie, BHB Community Centre
Junior school students at Blockhouse Bay Primary are learning skills in a really fun way using small, programmable robots called Beebots.
Recently, The Honorable Nikki Kaye, Minister of Education, has launched a new draft curriculum for schools - ‘Digital Technologies’. One key aspect of this is that students learn to change instructions into a code that can be followed by a machine – just what using the beebots teaches children to do.
The children learn through mistakes and much laughter as beebots often veer off course and need to be reprogrammed to do as they’re told! This leads to powerful learning through play.
The recent appearance in the night sky of the constellation of stars known as Matariki, or the Seven Sisters, was celebrated by Blockhouse Bay Primary last term with a whole school assembly. The members of the kapa haka group were outstanding performers, due to many hours of practice led by teacher, Whaea Jas.
Matariki heralds the Māori New Year and is a time of new beginnings. Across the school many new activities were experienced by the children teaching them about what Matariki means to Māori and exploring other aspects of traditional Māori arts and craft. Paper kites were created and attempts made to fly them – stars were cut out and brightly coloured, paper fish were woven, and competitive knuckle-bones played! A rich cultural experience and worthy celebration of Matariki.
The unrelenting rain and sloshy fields made for the perfect setup for Blockhouse Bay Primary’s annual Junior Cross-Country Run.
The children, aged from five to seven, had challenged themselves to cover a long distance around the school grounds and had regular practices to build up their stamina. On the day the weather was rainy and cold, but the children and onlooking families were undaunted – after all cross-country is all about running in the winter and in all conditions! The senior students guided the youngest participants around the course and gave them lots of encouragement to keep going.
Year 2 children wrote poems to celebrate their participation and effort.
The Big Race by Justin Kommunuri
Huffing and puffing in a big big race,
I’ll have lots of power
I’ll use all my pace.
Although it’s so sloshy and slippery too
I will not fall down
‘Cos I’ve got grip shoes.
The recent school holidays were enjoyed by a fortunate group of kids in a way which is now somewhat unusual. The foundation of the Conscious Kids program is free play in a natural setting, with as little assistance as possible from equipment and technology. It offers a chance for children to play as they like, for as long as they like, within a framework of respect for those around them and the environment - an antidote to the fast-paced technology-filled world many children now inhabit.
Programs go ahead in all weather; rain brings exciting opportunities for play and exploration, and of course shelter building! Conscious Kids follow the maxim "there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing."
Blockhouse Bay Reserve is a hidden wonderland for children, waiting to be explored. It offers opportunities to explore tide pools and discover secret coves on the beach, and then to build huts and climb trees in secluded bush tucked up on the hill. Children play like previous generations in Auckland did; away from screens and schedules, exploring and appreciating the natural beauty of their surroundings.
Kate Webber, a mum of three boys and also a teacher, runs Conscious Kids in Blockhouse Bay. “These holidays completely blew me away,” says Kate. “Kids would arrive and not really know what we were going to do, and they would have these huge bags with about three changes of clothes. But after just 5 minutes outside, shoes would be caked in mud and squeals could be heard when crabs, prawns and small fish were discovered under rocks. By midday we'd all be in our second change of clothes, making huts, booby traps, doing tightrope walking between trees or trying to light fires with magnifying glasses.”
“Constantly kids would say 'this is the best day ever, I'm coming back tomorrow,' she says.
Kate goes on to comment, “it just blows me away that it’s such a simple idea, getting kids outside exploring, getting muddy, taking a few risks, but they love it. It's like every day they were on some exotic new planet realising how fabulous it was. I felt pretty lucky working there!”
Conscious Kids also run a One Day Nature Programme every Wednesday at Blockhouse Bay for school aged kids, if you want your kid to have a day playing in the trees. See their website for more information www.consciouskids.co.nz
They were the subject of some of New Zealand artist Colin McCahon’s most notable works - now you can own a limited-edition kauri grown from the seeds of the trees that inspired him.
Not only will your purchase help continue McCahon’s legacy, planting kauri will help ensure the future of this mighty native tree in the face of kauri dieback disease.
“Thanks to a wonderful joint effort, we’ve been able to harvest seeds from the very kauri trees McCahon painted and loved,” says Vivienne Stone, director of the McCahon House Trust, which maintains the French Bay property.
“It was a challenge, as these trees are now sadly infected with kauri dieback disease themselves, but with input from a range of experts, the seedlings are now ready to be planted and are thankfully free of any signs of kauri dieback.”
“We hope this project honours McCahon’s legacy while helping to preserve one of New Zealand’s natural icons.”
Six hundred of the trees will be available to purchase for $50 each and in keeping with their legacy, they will be released as a 2017 limited edition. You can even choose what number tree you’d like!
Each tree will be accompanied by a booklet, recording its unique edition number, along with information about its heritage, and how to plant and care for the sapling.
The trees will be available to purchase at a McCahon Kauri Community Day, free to attend on Sunday 6 August 2017, from 11am to 4pm at Titirangi War Memorial Hall, 500 South Titirangi Road, Auckland.
The day features talks from Dr Nick Waipara of Auckland Council, a leading specialist in biosecurity; Sarah Smuts-Kennedy, a former McCahon House artist-in-residence and biodynamic gardener; and Julia Waite, curator of Freedom & Structure: Cubism and New Zealand Art 1930 – 1960, a painting show currently touring New Zealand which includes McCahon’s French Bay and kauri paintings.
“Generating awareness of kauri dieback is essential,” says Ariane Craig-Smith of The Kauri Project.
“The more people that are aware of this disease and what they can do, the more likely we are to limit its spread - and hopefully find a cure.”
Growing the seedlings and the fundraising event is a collaborative project between the McCahon House Trust, The Kauri Project, Auckland Botanic Gardens and Auckland Council Biosecurity. Money raised will go towards the work of the McCahon House Trust and The Kauri Project.
To enquire about purchasing saplings, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 09 817 6148. For more information visit mccahonhouse.org.nz/kauri
With four games left in the regular season, the West Auckland Admirals have locked up a place in the NZIHL Finals series after a very eventful season to date which has included a seven game undefeated run, blowing out cross-town rivals Botany Swarm, serious injuries to key players including the Captain, and finally a wake-up call double header loss away to the Queenstown Stampede.
As the season started, the Admirals looked very strong on paper, boasting a trio of new import players who came with big potential along with added depth in quality New Zealand players. And so it has proven, with big wins in the early part of the season, culminating in securing their first Finals berth since 2010 where they will meet the two time defending champion Queenstown Stampede in a home and away series. But the season has not been without its challenges, primarily the loss to serious injury of Admirals captain Justin Daigle in a freak play during the team’s first loss of the season on Sunday 2nd July against the Stampede. Daigle took a stick to the face, injuring his right eye in the process, and ending his season. In the next round, two wins away in Christchurch against the Red Devils, Taylor Rooney also suffered a season ending injury, and Admirals stalwart Andy Hart was also laid low, although he’ll likely be back for the later rounds and Finals.
As the team regroups for the push to the Finals, they have just come off two losses (6-4 and 5-3) in their last round, both to their Finals opponent, Stampede. With the injury toll mounting, and a regular season 1-3 record versus the southern team, the Admirals know they will have their work cut out for them in the first Finals to be held in Auckland for six years, and the first ever at Paradice in Avondale.
No one can question the form of the Admirals imports however, as they have stunned the League with an elite skill level and scoring ability rarely seen in the NZIHL. Adrian Toth (Hungary), Henric Andersen (Sweden) and T.J. Battani (U.S.A.) fill three of the top four places on the NZIHL scoring table. Toth leads the League with 43 points, and is threatening the League all time regular season record of 57 points, set by Chris Eaden from Canterbury in 2009. Can he make it, with four games to play?
Next month we will report on the Admirals 29-30 July home game against Dunedin Thunder and the regular season close out across town versus Botany Swarm on 5-6 August. Game 1 of the Finals Series will be at Paradice Avondale on Saturday 19 August.
Kerrie and John went along to the game against the Dunedin Thunder. Unfortunately it did not go as well for the local boys as hoped but it was a fast paced and exciting game. There is something pretty primal about Ice Hockey!