Western Leader : November 25th 2010
6 WESTERN LEADER, NOVEMBER 25, 2010 NEWS Westpac New Zealand Limited WCH0068_opening_WL Westpac Te Atatu Peninsula. 568A Te Atatu Road. Just like Te Atatu, our branch is up and coming. flash new k b Our exciting new Te Atatu Peninsula branch is almost complete. Opening on 29 November 2010, it features all the latest banking technology, with a 24/7 banking lobby for your convenience. Our friendly local staff are looking forward to helping you with all your banking needs. Wonder Walk opens to visitors Hard worker: Gerry Andrews created Waitakere Wonder Walk over three years from a site that used to be a rubbish dumping ground. Photos: NICOLA MURPHY By NICOLA MURPHY Hand-crafted: This pohutukawa and bird sculpture was carved completely out of wood except for the flowers, which are made of brush tips and plastic rings. Long gone: A three metre-high moa carved out of ponga. Bird welcome: An owl and tui greet you as you walk down the path. It started as a rubbish dumping ground but now it's a little piece of his- tory. Oratia landscape art- ist Gerry Andrews was clearing a piece of land he owned when he got the idea of reusing the ponga and other wooden stumps to create sculptures. The idea grew and three years later Waita- kere Wonder Walk is near completion. Visitors can take a walk through native for- est, chill out in the romance garden and get up close and personal with sculptures of a var- iety of native birds including the moa, kiwi and the haast eagle which are all carved out of wood. Children can search for the buried treasure of the ship Orpheus, which sunk in the Manukau Harbour in 1863. Pupils from Oratia Primary will be the first to do the walk next week. Mr Andrews is proud of the garden. To have produced something like this from such a mess is really great,'' he say- s. To see the garden call Gerry on 814-9969 Go online to www.western leader.co.nz to hear Gerry Andrews talk about how he started the garden.
November 23rd 2010