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The citizens of Waima were taken aback when an ugly fence went up next to the imposing Waima Stone and tyre tracks carved up the grass around it. Well-known local artist, Edith Diggle, of the Waima Community

Group, was quick to question Watercare on why they had erected such an unsympathetic and utilitarian fence next to their beautiful stone, and slapped a ‘Warning – No Entry’ on what is meant to be an area of welcome. “It’s certainly an ugly fence, with an even uglier sign. I contacted ‘my

man’ at Watercare, and he investigated. The result gave me heart, as it’s temporary, to appease OSH while some work is being done,” said Edith. Work on decommissioning an old tank, down the bank from the

Stone, uncovered some old steps, and the fence is to stop people wandering down the steps on to the work site. Watercare will remove the fence when work is complete. The Waima Community Group came up with the idea of the Stone to

welcome people to the community. They raised the funds for the five- tonne rock to be transported here, engraved by a local stonemason, and erected at the top of Woodlands Park Road in April 2009. Subsequently a matching stone bench was placed nearby and the attractive blend of art and nature is widely admired.


Henry gets a chalking While everyone else was distracted by the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony the Like Minds, Like Mine campaign co- ordinated a secretive reTHINK event in Titirangi. In collaboration with the facebook group CROC (Chalking

Random Objects Collective), performance poets The Literati and local artists, the reTHINK stunt involved decorating the statue of Henry Atkinson and surrounding pavements with coloured chalk – and hoping that the rain would hold off for a few days. “We think that everyone will assume it is another World Cup

stunt but, on closer inspection, we are hoping that the smiles Henry will give passers-by will raise everyone’s mental health in preparation for Mental Health Awareness week in October and other reTHINK events planned in conjunction with this,” says Taimi Allan, the reTHINK co-ordinator. Last year’s Theatre Challenge at Lopdell House was a successful reTHINK event and this year’s event is hoped to be bigger and better. For more information visit


A new supermarket opening soon

142 West Coast Road, Glen Eden. OCTOBER 2011 TITIRANGI TATLER 7

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