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West Auckland District Tramping Club

December 2015

Newsletter no.426

The Presidents report


Greetings Members,

President’s Report

Ten of us attended the funeral service for Jackie Fox – a caring lady and

respected Member. Tributes to her follow. Calendar of activities

It’s disappointing to have to bring to your attention that some members are not Trip reports

paying the Club Night fee. This $2 payment helps to cover the cost of supper Advanced notices and our room rent.

The Committee There will be no newsletter Club night in January (as usual) however we may update you regarding activities.

I hope you all enjoy the festive season and stay fit and well.

Jill Engle Tributes to Jackie Fox 1 The photos are very much the Jackie I remember with much gratitude, appreciation and love really. I'd put her up there with another older member we farewelled some years back, Fay Bougher, as people whose company I really appreciated and valued.

Dell Hood Jackie joined the club in the early days, circa. 1980. She was very active in the club during the following years serving on the committee, including a time as President. She lead a large number of trips and organised a number of working bees pulling out ginger plant which was becoming the scourge of Titirangi. She took part in a large number of the club backpacking trips in which Brian often served as the transport at either end.

One of my many memories was serving on the committee when she was President. A member at the time was Eric Dimmock who was also on the committee. He thought that because of his age he had a lot more experience than anybody else and let it be known. One evening, Jackie was becoming rather exasperated with his behaviour and reminded him sternly that she had indeed been in the club a longer than him. As others of us knew, this had an immediate effect. He promptly shut up and said nothing more.

For those of us who knew her, she will always be remembered affectionately as an intelligent person who you could discuss anything with. Our sympathy goes out to Brian and all her family.

I feel honoured to have known her and will remember her always.

Bruce Fletcher My memories of Jackie are of a very kind hearted and gentle lady, passionate about the outdoors and always willing to chip in when there was work to be done. Always pleasant company out on a hike.

Peter Tuohy Lyndell and I had Jackie’s company on quite a few club tramping trips over the years including multi-day backpacking trips in the South Island and we know that like us the club members who knew Jackie would agree it was always a pleasure to have Jackie’s company on these trips. To this day we can visualize Jackie sitting in a hut at the end of a day’s tramp and writing up her diary of the trip. She seemed to get over the track with a quiet competence, a positive attitude and an interest in the world around her. I don’t recall that Jackie ever uttered a word of complaint or a negative comment on any trip. Perhaps the nearest she got was a comment that it had been a long tramp when as something of a last minute decision I arranged for a group of us to tramp the Matemateonga Track in both directions instead of taking a boat trip out on the Wanganui River as I had not worked out the logistics of doing that.

Jackie enjoyed and was interested in NZ’s forests and environment and was an Ark in the Park volunteer and we remember an occasion when Jackie was there on a day when the project was trying to get rid of wild ginger in part of the Ark area. To this day the area continues to benefit from Jackie particularly thorough job of removing the young plants. I recall that we were wondering if Jackie was at that time the oldest Ark in the Park volunteer whilst still being young in spirit but when we arranged to pick her up for the volunteer day she wished to meet us by the back entrance of Crestwood Retirement Village so that the other residents would not see her wearing her shorts.

Jackie contributed much to the club including leading trips, spending time on the committee and serving a term as president. We were sorry when her health problems meant she was no longer able to take part in tramping trips but we will remember her as a valued club member and a fine tramping companion.

Lyndell and Ralph L I thought Jackie was a top lady, very patient and understanding. Enjoyed her company on the Kepler Track in 1992 when it was only the two of us. She was always happy to share advice.

Dave Wheeler

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Fare $5 members, $10 non members Join Christine as she explores one of the most rugged and scenic parts of the Waitakere Ranges in the Karekare Pararaha Valley area.

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14 December Final Club Night 2015

7.30pm Kelston Community Centre Cnr Great North Road & Awaroa Road Committee Room th Last Club night for the year is Monday 14 December – note it’s early due to the silly season bustle!

Please bring any great photos you would like to share with Members – although there is not a photo competition this year.

Bring a favourite CUP along – this could be a mug from a grandchild, a sports trophy CUP or even grandpa’s shaving CUP; any CUP that is interesting.

The Club provides a festive supper and a chance to win a prize.

Members $2 please.

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Meet at New World Supermarket entrance, Victoria Park, 2 College Hill, Freemans Bay at 7.pm for a walk around Westhaven, Wynyard Quarter, Silo Park and the Viaduct. Then it is “Yo! Ho! Ho!” and off we go to visit the Christmas Lights in Franklin Road.

Leader: Pam Ph:838 5186 M: 021 214 6457 20 December Christmas Picnic Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens

10.00am Fare $10 members + $8 admission New and exciting destination for this year’s Christmas picnic. Explore the weird and wacky sculptures that can be found at the Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens at Kaukapakapa Club will put on a BBQ and supply the meat. Please bring a plate to share and your own drink and cup. The Club has sufficient plastic and paper plates and plastic cutlery if you wish to use them.

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Either meet at Glen Eden or go straight to destination (4 km north of Kaukapakapa Village).

Please register with leader before the day.

See: www.sculpturegardens.co.nz Leader: Leader: Peter Tuohy P: 8283274027 4389944 E: tait@slingshot.co.nz

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Why not try this outing at Cascade Kauri (bottom car park), Falls Road, Waitekere.

Make your own booking (Adults $10) with Auckland Council Parks – 09 366 2000 prompt 2 (credit card payment); or Arataki Visitor Centre 09 817 0089 for information and in-person cash and card payments. Discover the mysteries of these reclusive creatures.

Take suitable clothing for weather, sturdy footwear, a torch, insect repellent.

(Note There will be NO Club leader for this event.)

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Fare: $10 members $15 non members Honour that New Year promise to get out tramping more and ease your way back into it after the season of over indulging by joining Kathy for a walk around Piha. Not a fast paced day.

(As Kathy will already be at Piha camping, a volunteer to do Glen Eden paperwork would be appreciated) Why not add in a swim and or an ice cream.

Leader: Kathy McDonald P: 09 42682041 027 4533747 E: kgm@xtra.co.nz

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Meet outside Peter’s house – 1/23B Cradock Street, Avondale – at 7pm, and join him for a jaunt around and up Mt Albert, then back to Peter’s for (homemade !!) cake and coffee.

Leader: Peter Tuohy Ph: 828-3274 027-438-9944 E: tait@slingshot.co.nz

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Fabulous spot in the Karangahake Gorge.

Excellent opportunity to camp (very cheaply @ $6) at a very pretty location in the Waitawhetawha area.

Excellent day walks and swimming holes. Road end camping, so no need to carry anything. Campervans OK. Not into camping? Accommodation options nearby or make a day trip of it. Check it out at http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/bay-of-plenty/places/kaimai-mamaku-forest-park/thingsto-do/dickey-flat-campsite/ Leader: Peter Tuohy P: 828-3274 027-438-9944 E: tait@slingshot.co.nz

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Starting below the changing rooms at French Bay. Parking for cars available.

Mainly bush tracks. Should finish in daylight but bring a torch just in case. If the weather is fine and warm bring something to sit on and a thermos flask of something hot (or cold) to have on the beach after the walk.

Leader: Marcia Clarke Ph: 816-8491 021-033-1029 E: marciacl2@yahoo.co.nz

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Fare: $5 members $10 non members Bag a peak with one of our most experienced and encouraging leaders. Excellent day out in a very scenic part of the Waitakeres. No doubt a stop at the Huia store on the way home will be on the agenda!

Leader: Trish Hopkins P: 835 4405 021 1273862 E:waitakereforever@gmail.com

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Meet in the park cnr Clarke & Rankin. We will have another ramble around New Lynn exploring other nooks and crannies. I will try to get us through the Crown Lynn Museum within the Ambrico Complex then back to my place for supper.

Bring a Crown Lynn cup or plate along for supper if you have one.

Leader: Louis A P: 827 9047 021 190 6472 E: louall@xtra.co.nz

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Fare: $7 members, $12 non members Local walk for those who can't escape the big smoke for the long weekend. Join Colin for a hike along tracks and stream at Anawhata. Expect wet feet, but hey it's mid-summer so enjoy!

Leader: Colin Spencer P: 8385706 022 4356839 E: broncol@windowslive.com

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Including parks and the new wharf. Take the Tauhinu Road turnoff, onto Greenhithe Road. Park by shops at No.10 Greenhithe Road. Drinks/coffee at the Malthouse afterwards.

Leader: Shirley Bulog P: 810-9303 E: sbulog@hotmail.com 07 February To be advised – keep an eye on the website We will meet outside Blockhouse Primary School, in the main shopping area.

Then go down bush tracks to the beach, then up around the other side.

Leader: Denise Vazey P: 827 -1552 027-329-0052 E: vazey@xtra.co.nz 14 February To be advised – keep an eye on the website The walk will be from 7.pm until 8.30pm. Starting from the Motions Road car park opposite the Zoo.

Leader: Jill Dingle P: 832-3459 021-294-5700 E: jill.dingle@gmail.com

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Fare: $50 + transport cost Former club members Lorraine and Russell Williams (now owners of Canoe & Kayak) will be taking us on another of their excellent day's out. Easy pace, plenty of instruction and safety paramount. Perfect opportunity to try your hand at kayaking as all the equipment provided. Destination to be advised closer to the day depending on tides and weather.

Leader: Peter Tuohy P: 828-3274 027-438-9944 E: tait@slingshot.co.nz

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Lynne, John, Astrid, Valerie Ellis, Sandra, Louis S, Dave and Trish and visitor William (Bill) went up Piha Valley Track and up Centennial, then back down Centennial and up a steep climb up Forbes to McKenzie Junction and down Maungaroa Ridge track. We had lunch at McKenzie Junction as intrepid trail bikers shot through. We got back down at about 2.00 after a very good workout and stopped at the Piha Store for refreshments. It was a good day.

``````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` Waiheke Island Saturday 21 November Leader: Peter Tuohy Due to the generosity of club member Val Mitchell, the club again enjoyed another weekend on wonderful Waiheke Island. The club has been hosted at Val’s bach for 20 years now.

Upon arrival at Waiheke we bused and walked to Val’s bach at Sandy Bay where we settled in and contemplated how we would spend the afternoon. The idea of trying out the zip line at Onetangi was quickly foiled upon learning they were fully booked. Good to hear for a reasonably new venture. We instead walked into Oneroa village where some browsed the shops and the bright new library while others visited the quirky Whittakers Music Museum. A fascinating little museum filled with all manner of musical instruments, some dating back many years. Owners Joan &Lloyd Whittaker provide a well-rehearsed show talking about their collection and playing each instrument as they make their way around the display. A most interesting & unique experience.

Back at Val’s bach after nibbles and drinks a variety of dinners were consumed, which then required an after dinner stroll (roll) around the neighbourhood. A very stormy night followed with endless claps of thunder and lightning strikes.

Thank you Val for once again sharing your little slice of paradise on Waiheke Island.

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Waiheke Island Sunday 22 November Leader: Ralph Lyon The weather on Saturday night reminded me of a sketch in a British TV Comedy series called Not the 9 O’clock News in which the “Presenters” giving a weather forecast became increasingly wild eyed and frenzied until they were forecasting “hell fire, brimstone and thunderbolts will rain down on you.” However by 7.30am on Sunday the weather had moderated and Peter reported good weather at Waiheke as I made my way in that direction.

When Val, Denise, Sandra, Pam, Peter, Colin and Louis joined me on the Rocky Bay bus our group of eight was complete and by 10.20am we were off the bus and starting the day’s walk.

As we approached Dead Dog Bay, shortly after starting, our attention was caught by the dramatic sight of a car with the top rail of a roadside wooden fence passing neatly through the windscreen and out the rear window. On reflection apart from the bits of shattered fence and the surprisingly limited damage to the car the “accident” scene was strangely tidy. Art works take many forms these days so it’s location outside the Dead Dog Sculpture Gardens might just have been significant.

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