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Our Newsletter: The September Issue

September 2010

Grey Lynn 2030 Monthly Community Meeting
Grey Lynn Farmers Market
Waste Away news
Wilton Street Community Garden
Film Fundraiser on 10/10/10 – September Green Screen
Happening Locally

Spring has Sprung

Spring has officially started and with it, a lift in the collective energy.
Spring is a special time for Grey Lynn 2030 as the native clematis with its simple beauty is bursting forth on the trellises in the neighbourhood. that is part of our logo is bursting forth on the trellises in the neighbourhood.

Grey Lynn 2030 Monthly Community Meeting
Wednesday 8th September
7.30pm – 9.30pm
Grey Lynn Community Centre
Meet our Candidates for Waitemata Ward and Local Board
There has been plenty of uncertainty about the “super city” restructuring but as the date fast approaches for the first Auckland Council elections we now all need to be informed.

  • Who do you want to represent you?
  • What are the election issues?
  • What is the voting process?

Come along to meet the candidates standing for the Waitemata & Gulf Ward and Local Board.All welcome, with a question or two for the candidates. The meeting will be chaired by the always diplomatic, John Butters
2010 election information is available on the new Auckland Council website www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Missed the Grey Lynn 2030 August meeting: Integrated Solutions for Grey Lynn hosted by APW. Details here

Grey Lynn Farmers Market
Sunday 9 – 12.30pm

Our local market is no longer a baby, and turns one this month!
We are celebrating by taking it to the streets.

GLFM’s street market on Sunday, 26th September will be held in the West Lynn shops on Richmond Road. As well as the usual stalls, the street market will feature local crafts and art, and the West Lynn shops will be be open as always.

Please tell your friends – our last street Autumn evening market was great fun. The biggest complaint came from locals saying they didn’t know about it.

For those of you who need a coffee fix to start your Sunday, you’ll be relieved to hear that The Coffee Guy is back at the market to meet your Sunday morning caffeine requirements.

Remember the market is indoors so please support our stall holders rain, more rain or possibly one day, shine!

Come along to the Annual General Meeting

Date: 29th of September 2010
Where: Garden Room, Grey Lynn Community Centre, 510 Richmond Rd. Same venue as the .
Time: 07:30 – 09:00 pm
More details here

Waste Away News
BYO Coffee Cup
It is estimated that 100 million disposable coffee cups go to landfill each year in New Zealand, where they take years to biodegrade. Laid end to end these would stretch from Cape Reinga to Bluff almost 7 times!  Taking your own, reusable cup to a café to fill with your favourite beverage is an easy step you can take to help reduce this phenomenal amount of waste.

Some disturbing facts about disposable paper coffee cups:

  • They are lined with a plastic coating to prevent leakage.
  • This plastic lining prevents the cup from being composted or recycled and slows down decomposition in landfill.
  • Large amounts of trees, energy and water are required for their production.
  • As they decompose in anaerobic conditions in a landfill, a leachate of methane gas is produced, a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.

The production of a reusable cup is more resource intensive than the production of a paper cup, however the impact lessens over time as the cup is reused. A study conducted by Sustainability Engineer, Pablo Päster showed that the breakeven point of a stainless steel cup (i.e. the point where it becomes more environmentally friendly than a paper cup) is after 24 uses.
As most reusable cups are designed to last for 3000 uses, there is a positive environmental impact to using reusable cups over paper cups.

The GL2030 Waste Away Group has surveyed the cafes in Grey Lynn, who are all very supportive of customers bringing in their own reusable cups to be filled.  We have also compiled a list of cafes where you can buy Keep Cups, a reusable, recyclable cup made of #5 plastic. We are also selling these at the Waste Away stall at our local Grey Lynn Farmer’s Market, (Community Centre, Sunday,except the last of the month).  To further spread the word in our community, we will be running stands at our local cafes with information on reusable cups.

We estimate the number of disposable coffee cups used in our local Grey Lynn area per year laid end to end would stretch 32 times along Williamson Ave so please help reduce our community’s impact on waste to landfill by taking your own reusable cup along to the café for your coffee.

Local Cafes selling Keep Cups:

  • Coffee Supreme, 42 Douglas Street
  • Sliced Lunch Bar, 104 Richmond Road
  • Mello Café, 166 Richmond Road
  • Ripe Deli, 172 Richmond Road
  • The Little Grocer, 311 Richmond Road
  • Savour & Devour, 478 Richmond Road
  • Meola Kitchen, 184 Garnet Road
  • Pyrenees Deli, 756 New North Road (Rocket Park)
Something Local and Different for Fathers Day
Tall Stories – Told Live – True Stories about my Dad
This Sunday the NZ Book Council will hold True Stories, Told Live events:
7 people, 7 stories, straight up, unscripted, live and unrehearsed.
The Book Council is reacquainting us with the oral tradition – storytelling in a different form.

Come listen to:

  • Novelists Sue Reidy and Paul Shannon
  • Actor Michael Hurst,
  • Heidi Tannenbaum
  • Ainsley Hogarth
  • Richard Smith, Stanley Makuwe and Kathy Lissienko

TAPAC Motions Road
Sept 5 @ 4pm
$10.00 on the door (no pre sales)

The bar will definitely be open – come early and grab a drink

Wilton Street Community Garden
Spring is here and we are gearing up to plant summer vegetable crops. Compost has been turned and is doing brilliantly – some has already been turned out for the summer spuds. Everyday locals are delivering compost to the site from as far away as Pt Chev.

We have started the construction and planting of our new lizard garden using the money given to us by the Western Bays Community Board.   While its not yet finished it is already looking great.  A few skinks have been seen around the site so we hope when its finished they will move in and live there safely amongst the rocks and plants.  Some of the plants chosen for the garden are pollinated by lizards.

Cats are one of the worst predators for native lizards and are a particular problem in the garden. We have investigated the use of a NZ-made sonic alarm – cat repellent, however it turns out to be unsuitable as lizards are very sensitive to noise and would be disturbed by it as well as the cats.

If anyone has any bright ideas about keeping cats off the site please let us know.

New gardeners would be welcome – with spring here there’s much to do


Frocks on Bikes
Celebrate the warmer weather with other fabulous Frockacious bicycle riders, and join the flock of Frocks in a cycle-parade along Ponsonby Road at 1pm

Saturday 18th September 2010
11am, Western Park, Ponsonby Rd
In tandem with Ponsonby Market Day

As well as look gorgeous, you can also Fix your bike with the team from Tumeke Cycle Space, or take advantage of free maintenance checks by Adventure Cycles. Check out a selection of stylish bikes, bicycle bling and accessories.Bring the kids along to the bike decoration station for a spring makeover and to win fabulous prizes donated by CYCO.

Frocks on Bikes and Cycle Action Auckland support the 350 Big Bike Fix Up –  a Global Climate Working Bee for 10/10/10. More details at www.350.org.nz

Film Fundraiser- 10.10.10
“The Global Work Working Bee” — is a day when thousands of communities across the globe will come together to celebrate climate solutions.
Kathleen Gallagher has asked Grey Lynn 2030 if we want to help launch her new film “Water Whisperers”. It is perfect as we were wanting to do something for 10.10.10. We will be showing her film and with a celebratory event that night. There will be lots of activity happening around Auckland during the day but so far this is the only night event. We also had a great turn out and response to her last film Earth Whisperers so we are expecting this one to be equally beautiful and inspiring.We will let you know as soon as we have all the details finalised.
September Green Screen, Saturday 25th, 7pm
Save the date . Check the Grey Lynn 2030 website for details.

If you would like to be on the Green Screen mailing list email greylynn2030@gmail.com

At the August Green Screen we enjoyed a special showing of Garbage Warrior about acrew of builders explore off-the-grid sustainable building design in the New Mexico Desert. More details here
Grey Lynn means Business in the local paper
Grey Lynn 2030 have formed a new focus group – Grey Lynn Business Network. This networking group will be for businesses in the area with an office/ retail and also for those who work from home. We have had two meetings and now have the beginnings of a steering committee. If you would like to get involved with the Steering Group, please contact suzanne.kendrick@theconnector.co.nz. If you want to help shape how the GLBN operates and what we do please get in touch.

Our first public meeting is our AGM on Wednesday 13th October
Our local Grey Lynn Quality Inn on Great North Rd has kindly offered a venue and refreshments. 7.00 Networking – 8.00 meeting.There will be plenty of chances to network and then a quick meeting to elect the positions to become an Incorporated Society.
How about a speed dating, whoops I mean, speed business session to help the shy people?

Happening Locally
The Grey Lynn RSC- 1 Francis Street
A relaxed community facililty in Grey Lynn. Membership till Christmas is now only $30.00.
We welcome visitors and new members: Children are welcome until around 7pm, and must be supervised at all times. We have members nights on a Wednesday night – we have 7 day a week faclilties-we have no cover charge for entertainment:

Wednesday 1 September 8pm the MAINZ music school foundation students play Country music old and new
Friday 3 September 8pm – band Friday 13 August 8pm band “The Brendon Ham Band”-country honky tonk
Friday 10 September 8pm band “Rebel Without Applause” 70’s and 80’s and NZ favourites
Friday 17 September 8pm band “The Alibis” playing jump blues and swing and rhythm and blues
Friday 24 September 8pm band “The Kingpinz” playing old hits rock n roll and rhythm and blues and many more

We also have the rugby and league games on our big screens during our opening hours. Come and see our new big screen TV. Thursday night at 7pm is quiz night. Our function room upstairs is available for hire for your special functions. Book early for Christmas functions.

We have large dance floor, kitchen, seated dining area, bar and restroom facilities, the best kept art deco secret in Grey Lynn.

Enquiries greylynnrsc@hotmail.co.nz

Mt Eden Village People

Our friends and neighbours in Mt Eden are pumping! Take a look at their web site to see what they are doing. We are so impressed!

Fruit trees for Auckland:
The Village People’s are behind a campaign to get more fruit trees planted on public land. Suggest your favourite fruit tree location for community fruit trees:
Upcoming Mount Eden Village People Workshops:

City chooks – keeping chickens in your backyard
September: Sunday 12.09.10

Square Foot Gardening
October: 3.10.2010

Beekeeping in the city
October: Sunday 17.10.10

Urban Eden Workshops with the Dirt Doctor

Dirt Doctor founder to host Urban Eden workshops in Auckland for the first time! With special guest landscape architect from One Earth Matte.

Two full-day programmes covering the complete Dirt Doctor system of gardening. A comprehensive weekend introducing a unique biological approach to micro-farm and home garden soil ecology.

Saturday, Sept 4, 9:30am-4:00pm – Urban Eden
Sunday, Sept 5, 9:30am-4:00pm – Advanced Soil Biology
Te Waipuna Puawai Community Centre
email jacob@dirtdoctor.co.nz.