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Glen Eden tells its stories in major community collaboration


Glen Eden has many stories as is befitting one of Auckland’s longest-settled communities, and now a selection of those stories have been written, filmed, recorded and/or set to music, collated and finally published in an on-line “book” on the Greater Glen Eden website.

The new Glen Eden Stories site was launched recently at the Glen Eden library at a ceremony attended by some of West Auckland’s most dedicated community leaders. Some of them, including former mayor and Waitakere Councillor Janet Clews, had contributed stories about their time in Glen Eden and their hopes and dreams for the village. Others included former councillor Judy Lawley, Waitakere Ranges Local Board Chair Sandra Coney, her predecessor Denise Yates and local personality Sharon Davies.

Sue Berman of Auckland Libraries archived the stories and collated this “first edition”. She said that the group chose to publish on the web because it offered scope to tell stories on video and by sound recording and to also set events to music.

Stories covered a vast array of Glen Eden life past and present and range from the recollections of celebrity residents like Mrs Clews and Sir Bob Harvey, to those of Stephen Haroa who once raced go-carts around Glen Eden Mall. There are stories about Project Twin Streams, the Glen Eden Christmas Carnival, Glenora Bears Rugby League Club and local music trio, Singularity, who contributed music to the book and performed on launch night.

This novel concept had its origins four years ago when community organisation Lifewise decided to research how it could best support the Glen Eden community. This led to the creation of Greater Glen Eden, a loose affiliation of local people who decided to find ways to get the community together to share what is most valued in their community. This was the first of many steps to promote environmental, social, cultural and economic justice to make Glen Eden an even better place to live and to help shape the community of tomorrow.

Their unofficial slogan is “Putting the Eden back into Glen Eden”.