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Creepy critter: Tanya Batt was fascinated by the giant prehistoric insects called phasmids being re-introduced to Lord Howe Island after it was thought they were extinct. Island apart: Lord Howe Island, which is 700km off the New South Wales Coast, hosted the first small island forum in Australasia. Photo: TANYA BATT Tanya Batt is preparing for the biennial The Once Upon an Island Storytelling Festival at Queen s Birthday week- end. Before finalising plans for her trail of tales , she took a trip via Syd- ney to Lord Howe Island 700km off the New South Wales coast. The inter- national traveller is fas- cinated by islands and joined residents from islands north-west of Australia, in the Tasman Straight, the Chatham Islands, Cook Islands, Kiribati and further afield for the Australia s Small Island Forum on Lord Howe Island. It was the opportunity to share ideas about growing sustainable communities, to discuss the culture of small islands, how to make a living and how tech- nology is changing small islands. The week-long pro- gramme enabled us to talk about the challenges we face and what s special about living on an island. One highlight was guest speaker Zita Cobb from Fogo Island off Canada. Zita s island used to be dependent on cod fish- ing. When international fishing quotas came in the whole community collapsed. Zita started a foundation called Shore- fast, using arts ini- tiatives to revive their island s health both economically and soc- ially. When it was Tanya s turn to present she spoke about storytelling and community building on small islands. I took some of our Waiheke wine, olive oil, lavender oil and some of our artwork to show them. I discovered Wai- heke was a large small- island compared to some of them. There s only 350 people on Lord Howe. One key discussion point was about island- ers having a strong sense of identity. People in small island communities have a larger sense of social res- ponsibility as they feel they belong to a com- munity. Identity is fun- damental in people being connected to place. Stories are a key part of identity and hold com- munities together. In mythology, islands have always been places of magic and retreat, Tanya says. They almost serve a function to anchor main- land communities. It s where the dreaming or imaginative aspects of a culture live. And environmentally, creatures survive that haven t survived on the mainland, like the giant prehistoric insects called phasmids found on a rocky outcrop of Lord Howe Island after it was thought they were extinct. The island is now undergoing pest eradication and the insects are being reintroduced. One man who spoke on restoring island biodiversity said New Zealand is at the cutting edge of pest eradication and weed control and he cited Tiritiri Matangi as an example. Now we have Rotoroa Island as the new shiny kid on the block which is why I m doing a day trip there during the storytelling festival. Tanya hopes Waiheke will be able to host the first New Zealand small island forum one day. Tanya attended the small island forum with help from the Waiheke Local Board and the Once Upon an Island Trust. The One Upon an Island Festival of Story opens on June 1 at Artworks. Visit onceuponan island.info for the programme. Musos play classics The Live at Five Whitta- kers concert this Saturday will bring back old time classics and pay tribute to the eight musicians who died after continuing to play as the Titanic went down 100 years ago. The musicians could play all of the 352 songs in the White Star Line s songbook from memory, from light classics and opera favourites through to the new American dance-craze music of rag- time. The band gave up any hope of their own sur- vival when they decided to play music on the deck to help calm the passengers. Pianist Reg Towers, violinist David Rawsth- orne and singer Andy Spence will perform the tribute concert titled And the Band Played On. It starts at 5pm at Whittakers music museum at Artworks. Tickets are $25. Call 372 9627 to book. Garden safari calls for volunteers to get in early Register now: Volunteers Kim Brinster and Janet Layard-Leisching enjoyed their time helping out at the SeaLink Jassy Dean Trust Garden Safari in November, raising funds for sick Waiheke children. By GEORGE GARDNER The Jassy Dean Trust is calling for garden safari volunteers to register early. Event co-ordinator Michelle Barber says the safari committee is finalising the gardens for the self-drive event that takes place in spring. The trust helps sick Waiheke children and their families in times of a child s illness and the safari is its main fundraiser. There will be between 12 and 14 gar- dens and we will be dedicating one of them to a child that the trust is helping. The fairy garden was really suc- cessful last year, Ms Barber says. The event will also feature Waiheke Art in the Garden. It went so well we will be repeating it. Waiheke artists will take part and there will be another art auction at one of the garden venues on the Friday night prior to the safari, Ms Barber says. Volunteers will spend one of the two safari days at one of the gar- den venues and will get a free ticket for the safari on their free day. The SeaLink Jassy Dean Trust Garden Safari takes place on November 10 and 11. Email gardensafari@jassy deantrust.co.nz to register interest as a volunteer or to be involved as an artist.
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