Western Leader : November 12th 2010
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Photo: KENNEDY WARNE It may not be the rainforests of Fiordland, the kelp forests of Cape Town or the mangrove swamps of Bangladesh, but there is something special about Mt Albert s Oakley Creek that has caught the eye of Ken- nedy Warne. The creek s beauty has inspired the former New Zealand Geographic edi- tor to embark on a unique photography project. Mr Warne has been capturing daily images of the creek, from the shortest day of the year to the longest, which are then posted on his blog. I ve come to love this scruffy scrap of wilder- ness, which at one time was threatened by Auck- land s motorway expan- sion, and is soon to have a road and rail bored beneath it, the blog says. Urban green space is a declining commodity, yet an essential one, offering respite from city clamour and a restora- tive for the human spirit. He says it s remark- able the number of times he s visited the creek with writer s block, only to leave with a new idea or form of inspiration. It helps to unblock the mind. It puts you into a Zenish state and the wilderness helps you come up with a solution. It s not just a physical act but also a mental res- torative. There s a sense of shared ownership of the space. There s an ant trail of vehicles up on the ridge and they know nothing about what is down here. Mr Warne, 53, has three books under his belt which focus on New Zealand parks and nature, and he has trav- elled the world exten- sively to write about natural phenomena. He hopes the Oakley Creek project will help raise awareness of the area and communicate his understanding of the place. I ve always admired photography projects that have a strong disci- pline to them. It s a hook to hang an idea on. Sometimes I come down and think, I ve done it all before . But it s not about achieving a great photo. It s waiting to see if something comes along. Friends of Oakley Creek spokeswoman Wendy John says Mr Warne s photography brings a different aspect to the creek and the blog provides a chance to experience the area with- out physically being there. Visit www.thecreek abides.co.nz to see the blog. An exhibition, titled The Creek Abides, is also planned at Cosset Cafe, 1087 New North Rd from November 16. The opening night runs from 7pm, all welcome. Help to resolve family issues Patricia Schnauer. Nicolette Bodewes. Family law is not a sub- ject we think about until something impacts on our personal lives -- the breakdown of a relation- ship, for example, when our rights in relation to children, property and finances are suddenly brought into focus. Such a sensitive area requires specialist help -- Patricia Schnauer and Nicolette Bodewes of Schnauer and Co are family law specialists, who are experienced in assisting people to resolve such issues in an efficient and effective way. 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