10 days ago

Jazz band playing at the Base Cafe on Saturday

Wendy from The Base Licensed Cafe

Hi Neighbours, we'd like to introduce you to our main act for our Saturday Barbecue and Beats event... The Pepper Trio are a jazz group who got together in early 2019, with John Pepper on Piano, Aaron Watkinson on Electric Bass, and Roger Hughes on drums.

The band plays music perfect for … View more
Hi Neighbours, we'd like to introduce you to our main act for our Saturday Barbecue and Beats event... The Pepper Trio are a jazz group who got together in early 2019, with John Pepper on Piano, Aaron Watkinson on Electric Bass, and Roger Hughes on drums.

The band plays music perfect for chill out listening, with a selection of jazz standards, Latin and blues. The guys love to play laid back tunes at low volume, which an audience can enjoy over drinks or a meal. "Our aim is to create a feeling, a vibe that an audience can chill out to", says piano player John Pepper.

A typical set from the trio includes Latin essentials like ‘Blue Bossa’ and ‘Wave’, classic Miles Davis tunes such as ‘All Blues’, as well as selections from the Great American Songbook. A session can cover standards from ‘Take The ‘A’ Train’ to ‘It Might As Well Be Spring’, ‘Watermelon Man’ to ‘Poinciana’, or ‘Take Five’ to ‘Someday My Prince will Come’.

The trio are happiest playing intimate sets, where people can talk while soaking up the music.

The event starts at 4 pm with a CD music appreciation session facilitated by Murray Haddow Poet.
Then at 5 pm we have South American guitarist Sergio.
The Pepper Trio will play from 6-8 pm.
Gourmet BBQ meals available throughout the evening. Prices from $12.50 to $20.00. The Base Cafe is a licensed venue.
Check the band out at facebook.com/PepperTrioNZ.

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18 days ago

Entertainment in Titirangi Fri and Sat afternoons/evenings

Wendy from The Base Licensed Cafe

Hi Neighbours, we have a great line up of performers every Friday and Saturday at the Base Cafe. This Friday we have James Fromont, a superb local guitarist, performing from 12-2 pm. Then from 4-9 pm we have electronica, featuring DJ Saul and Dubtext. Gourmet burgers available throughout the event.… View moreHi Neighbours, we have a great line up of performers every Friday and Saturday at the Base Cafe. This Friday we have James Fromont, a superb local guitarist, performing from 12-2 pm. Then from 4-9 pm we have electronica, featuring DJ Saul and Dubtext. Gourmet burgers available throughout the event. On Saturday we have an amazing young singer/guitarist, Jake Morris, performing from 12-2 pm. Then from 4-8 pm we have a gourmet BBQ and will feature two female singer/songwriters - Paula Feather and Christine White followed by John Goudge who performs with guitar/vocals and deep house music. We hope you can make it along to the friendliest cafe in the West!

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25 days ago

Holiday entertainment in Titirangi Fri and Sat evenings

Wendy from The Base Licensed Cafe

Hi Friends and Neighbours. There's plenty of holiday entertainment at The Base - Licensed Cafe, Titirangi this weekend ... This Friday features DJ Saul 4-7 pm, then Live Music 7-9 pm, with singer/songwriter Sue Burns followed by The Fuzzies (pictured below). Gourmet Burgers available … View moreHi Friends and Neighbours. There's plenty of holiday entertainment at The Base - Licensed Cafe, Titirangi this weekend ... This Friday features DJ Saul 4-7 pm, then Live Music 7-9 pm, with singer/songwriter Sue Burns followed by The Fuzzies (pictured below). Gourmet Burgers available throughout!
Then on Saturday we have BBQ and Beats with a gourmet barbecue menu from 4-8 pm featuring local guitar/violin duo Two Hearts, singer/songwriter Jocelyn Aydon and other special guests! We hope to see you there!

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38 days ago

After work drinks with gourmet burgers and music today in Titirangi

Wendy from The Base Licensed Cafe

Looking for somewhere for a cold drink or an easy meal tonight? At the Base Cafe we have DJ Saul Hoeksema 4-7 pm, followed by live music with duo SingyMcSongface and local musicians Paul O'Brien, Lance Fitzpatrick and Ben Van De Looveren 7-9 pm. Gourmet Burger menu and cabinet foods available,… View moreLooking for somewhere for a cold drink or an easy meal tonight? At the Base Cafe we have DJ Saul Hoeksema 4-7 pm, followed by live music with duo SingyMcSongface and local musicians Paul O'Brien, Lance Fitzpatrick and Ben Van De Looveren 7-9 pm. Gourmet Burger menu and cabinet foods available, all served with a smile!

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42 days ago

How a Titirangi cafe owner gave a homeless man a second chance

Wendy from The Base Licensed Cafe

The touching article below was published recently by AMI insurance about an employee of the Base Cafe, Matty Harris. I just wanted to provide an update that Matty is going from strength to strength and is even training for chef duties. He manned the barbecue for a large number of orders on Saturday… View moreThe touching article below was published recently by AMI insurance about an employee of the Base Cafe, Matty Harris. I just wanted to provide an update that Matty is going from strength to strength and is even training for chef duties. He manned the barbecue for a large number of orders on Saturday and everything was cooked to perfection!

The article:
Tom Reilly took a chance on a local homeless man, Matty Harris, and gave him a job in his cafe and art space in Titirangi. As a result, Matty has found a sense of purpose and rediscovered his passion for art.

Tom

"I met Matty when he was living under the run of shops in Titirangi. There’s a village vibe here and everyone gets to know everyone. I was impressed that Matty was trying to better himself by getting out of the gang he’d been in. I felt he’d been on quite a heroic journey and he always seemed like a switched-on kind of guy.
When I told him I was opening a cafe he offered to help out with the initial cleaning of the space and the renovation. Once we got the doors open, we needed staff and Matty was one of the first I offered a job to. He works front of house, waiting tables, washing dishes and helping out with admin. It didn’t matter to me that he was homeless. I prioritised character over experience.
There was quite a lot of manual labour involved in the initial stages and we had a limited budget, so it spoke volumes that Matty had volunteered his time for free. During the renovation, he revealed his massive artistic talents, and we’re lucky to have some of his work adorning our walls.
I think it’s really important to prioritise community and a sense of whānau tātou, so it made sense to include some of the locals in our operation. Our philosophy is that we’re only as strong as our weakest link so we try to make sure that everybody’s okay, and I think Matty enjoys that sense of family.
I’m hoping that kindness is making a comeback. The Black Eyed Peas and Snoop Dogg have got a new song called “Be Nice”. Our Prime Minister speaks about kindness a lot. I think people are beginning to realise that kindness is what we’re looking for from a very young age. We might go seeking status or security but what we really need is emotional generosity in our familial connections.
During his time with us, Matty, who is quite a shy person, has come out of his shell and revealed some of his many talents. It’s working out really well for us, and I hope that, in time, the job will allow him to get into some sort of accommodation."

Matty

"When Tom told me he was opening a cafe, he sounded like a crazy man with a dream – but I said straight away I’d help out. Tom has always shown kindness to Titirangi’s homeless community. He would visit us where we live under the shops, where the cafe is, and often he’d bring food or just cigarettes and a friendly face. I’d been trying to get out of a gang. I was worried that there might be some kind of payback if I left, but eventually I got to the point where I was able to hand the patch back.
My life has changed dramatically since I became involved in the cafe. I feel like I’m a part of something really good and I have a sense of purpose now. There’s a routine to my days and my weekends are taken up because I’m employed instead of drifting around like I was. It’s gone from negative to positive in a really big way.
At the moment, I’m really focused on helping to make the place a success. When you’re homeless, you can fall into a rut and forget your passions. For me, that’s art and music. It was so great to be allowed to paint on the walls of the cafe, and locals gave me paint and canvases so I could start doing works to sell. The art curator here has been like a mentor to me.
The music’s coming back into my life a bit, too. Years ago, I did some recording and maybe I’ll get back to that. I feel I can be myself more than before, and I feel kind of supported by the people around me.
I’m not worrying about what’s going to happen next all the time. Tom has taken me as I am and given me opportunities that no-one else would. It would be good if kindness like that was contagious."

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51 days ago

Sausage sizzle

Wendy from The Base Licensed Cafe

Feel like an easy dinner tonight after a hot day? Head over to The Base Cafe for a sausage or some loaded fries and enjoy some free entertainment from DJ Saul from 4-7 pm

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57 days ago

Musician Luke Hurley in Titirangi today

Wendy from The Base Licensed Cafe

It would be hard to find someone in Titirangi who hasn't heard of Luke Hurley and it's incredible how many people say they know him personally. It just goes to show how many people he has not only crossed paths with but also had meaningful interactions with. Today you can hear Luke play … View moreIt would be hard to find someone in Titirangi who hasn't heard of Luke Hurley and it's incredible how many people say they know him personally. It just goes to show how many people he has not only crossed paths with but also had meaningful interactions with. Today you can hear Luke play in Titirangi and catch up with him, in and around The Base Cafe from 12.15 pm until 2.15 pm ish.
A prolific singer-songwriter, Luke once toured with Michelle Shocked and Marianne Faithfull but many of us know him for his concerts and busking in and around greater Auckland.

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61 days ago

Dog Friendly Cafe

Wendy from The Base Licensed Cafe

Just sharing my amusement at the collection of small dogs that were visiting the Base Cafe when a film maker was there doing a documentary about the cafe staff. They made a beeline for the camera man and befriended him and managed to wriggle their way into featuring in the documentary haha. … View moreJust sharing my amusement at the collection of small dogs that were visiting the Base Cafe when a film maker was there doing a documentary about the cafe staff. They made a beeline for the camera man and befriended him and managed to wriggle their way into featuring in the documentary haha. Sometimes there are more dogs than people outside the cafe. The chef told me he's going to put dog burgers on the menu. I was a bit worried about that for a moment until he explained that the burgers would be mini beef burgers, for the dogs to eat!

62 days ago

Hemp products available at Titirangi Cafe

Wendy from The Base Licensed Cafe

Just getting the word out that The Base Cafe in Titirangi is now selling NZ produced Hemp oil and Hemp flakes (the soft centres of Hemp seeds) and is also incorporating Hemp flour/oil/flakes in many of the menu/cabinet items. Hemp has many health benefits, including providing all the essential … View moreJust getting the word out that The Base Cafe in Titirangi is now selling NZ produced Hemp oil and Hemp flakes (the soft centres of Hemp seeds) and is also incorporating Hemp flour/oil/flakes in many of the menu/cabinet items. Hemp has many health benefits, including providing all the essential amino acids and the perfect ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 oils. We're excited about this addition to our range and can assure anyone who's unfamiliar with Hemp products that the only "high" you'll get from them is the enjoyment of knowing you've eaten something yummy and healthy! You can find the cafe in the Titirangi Village shops.

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80 days ago

Burgers and Beats at The Base Cafe

Wendy from The Base Licensed Cafe

Hey lovely people! Friday 8th Nov: STOP in on the way home OR on the way out .... We have a special afternoon/evening with local DJ Saul Hoeksema followed by live acoustic music. To help soak up the beats we offer a fine selection of Burgers and Beer-battered Fries. The fun kicks off at 4 pm and … View moreHey lovely people! Friday 8th Nov: STOP in on the way home OR on the way out .... We have a special afternoon/evening with local DJ Saul Hoeksema followed by live acoustic music. To help soak up the beats we offer a fine selection of Burgers and Beer-battered Fries. The fun kicks off at 4 pm and goes until 9 pm. Don't forget we are a licensed cafe. See you there!
410 Titirangi Rd, in Titirangi Village

73 days ago

Introducing The Base Cafe and Art Space

Wendy from The Base Licensed Cafe

A recent addition to Titirangi Village, The Base Cafe is doing something a bit different ... We're a community cafe started by a group of locals who wanted to provide a friendly creative hub. The cafe features live acoustic music and exhibitions of work by local artists. The two chefs provide … View moreA recent addition to Titirangi Village, The Base Cafe is doing something a bit different ... We're a community cafe started by a group of locals who wanted to provide a friendly creative hub. The cafe features live acoustic music and exhibitions of work by local artists. The two chefs provide the usual cafe favourites as well as super-healthy options including vegan dishes and a variety of sweet and savoury hemp-based meals and snacks. We're now holding evening musical events including our Burgers and Beats nights, featuring DJs and live music. Do come and meet the team, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy our lovely bush views! Please check out our Facebook page for upcoming events.

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