As the month of May drew to a close Splice in partnership with the Guild of the Feijoa (est. 2015) climbed the spiral staircase to TABAC for the annual festival of celebration of the tasty green fruit and community connection – “A Most Unanticipated Feijoa Festival”.
Come one, come all of the neighbourhood and they did – residents, workers, reps from: CCRG (resident’s group), Downtown Dogs, Chessmates, the Waitemata Local Board, splicing students from Auckland Uni, Tai Chi’ers, the Civic Trust, ACPC etc – new apartment neighbours lured in as they happened to pass by (and then stayed the whole night) even visitors from the Caribbean.
Understanding local history is often a cornerstone to building a collective sense of belonging to a place. So it was with this year’s festival speaker Hannah Alleyne and her aptly named presentation “A wee story about Auckland city’s heritage toilets”, the type of social history too often hidden away in the water closet. As an early example of inequitous user-pays (and as designated by male burghers of the city council) while Women’s “restrooms” once required the spending of a penny, Men’s “toilets” operated free of charge.
With The Guild of the Feijoa, Celebratory Jug once again up for grabs, local judge Chris van Ryn of Freestyle Photography www.freestylephotography.co.nz – a man who knows more than a thing or two about photographic composition, had the tricky task of adjudicating the winners of this year’s competition “The Neighbourhood Feijoa - a photographic study of small green fruit in their neighbourhood".
From the individual shots, to the plethora of photos from local groups, winners were sought - including the supreme winner, local resident Julie’s stunning montage of feijoa zeppelin. Absolutely no photoshop involved in this creation, though there were apparently some questions being asked around Devonport about a hybrid-pohutukawa bearing green fruit.
Good fun, plenty of conversation and connection - great neighbourhood.