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Vintage Port 2016 and 2017 – both exceptional! It is traditional for Port Houses to declare a vintage on or around 23rd April, which is St George’s Day in England. This link coming from the UK’s longstanding and continued connections to the port trade. To be a Vintage Port, the port Liz Wheadon must all come from one year, a vintage. The governing body must then declare the quality good enough to be a Vintage Port year, then declarations can be made, or not. The whole thing is quite curious, as even if a year is good enough to be a Vintage Port year (and legally can, see above), it might not be declared. If the port houses do not feel the market conditions are right, they may not declare a Vintage Port. Furthermore, in some years, a large majority do declare and in others, only some do. Confused yet? The actual declaration of a vintage year is not an official process (the quality status of a year identifying it as good enough to be vintage is). However, the port producers do seem a little more organised and cohesive than other regions (mind you there is also a fair amount of common family ownership at the top end), resulting in a more analogous approach. While there are often vintages that meet the quality level to be a vintage, and houses that seem to release a Vintage Port every year, what is exciting about both the 2016 and the 2017 vintage is the breadth of port houses that have declared their ports and the quality. When the 2016 was declared the hype on the quality front was like the 2011 (which the 2016, by all accounts, has surpassed). And then when the 2017 vintage came along, not only did the quality of it once again stand tall, a duo of great vintages is quite unheard of. In fact, it is the first time that Taylor’s (and possibly others) have declared two vintages in succession.

Taylors port barrels.

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blended together and bottled young retaining its deep ruby colour and strong fiery taste. Tawny Port is then ruby port that is aged in wood to turn tawny. A standard tawny is then a blend of different barrels of aged port that has turned tawny in colour and taken on some oxidative characters. Aged Tawny is then labelled 10, 20, 30 or 40, which indicates the approximate age of the tawny when tested and approved by the IVDP (Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e do Porto). Colheita means harvest or crop and is a tawny port from a single year. These are aged for a minimum of 7 years (usually longer) and are labelled with the date of harvest and bottling on the label. Vintage Port is the Rolls Royce of port, though represents less than 1% of all port sold globally. Vintage ports are ports from a single year, blended and aged for two-three years before bottling. Vintage ports then require bottle ageing to enjoy these wines at maturity, which can be many (30+) years. Vintage ports are made from the best grapes off the top vineyards’ sites. Vintage ports are not made every year; rather the IVDP decides based on samples reviewed to declare a year a vintage year, or not. Late Bottled Vintage is a port from a single year that is bottled four-six years after harvest and released ready to enjoy now. These are wines for enjoying when purchased, not for ageing further.

A little Port education... Port is a fortified wine. The fortifying spirit is added after two-three days of very rapid extraction of colour and tannins in granite lageres where it is foot trodden. The journey for port from here takes several paths depending on the style. White Port is made in the same way as red but without any contact with the skins during fermentation. It is then bottled young to retain its fresh, fruity style. White port is best served chilled and is an exceptional match with almonds and cured ham. Ruby Port is the first step on the red port ladder. A multi vintage wine, young port is Issue 105 - December 2019 January 2020



December 2019

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30 New Years Eve




Thunderwing – Auckland’s Rock cover band: The Patriot, 14 Victoria Rd, Devonport 9pm – 1am


Get Messy Tuesdays – Greenhithe 3 Village Hall, 7 Greenhithe Road, Greenhithe 10.30 – 11.30am Expressive Acrylics Evening Class - Mairangi Arts Centre, 20 Hastings Road, Mairangi Bay, 7-9pm

The Great NZ Santa Run/Walk: Albany Lakes Civic Park, Civic Crescent, Albany 6.30pm Imagine, Create & Invent: Mairangi Arts Centre, 20 Hastings Road, Mairangi Bay, 4.30 6pm

Dangerous Curves Bootcamp & Yoga with Nadia – The Rose Centre, School Road, Belmont, 9.15am Learn Yoga – Absolute Beginners 3 Week Course – Albany Yoga Room, 36 William Pickering Drive, Albany 7.15 - $65


Summer Fun Preschool Play – Devonport Ban Rotunda, Victoria Road, Devonport, 9.30am – FREE Get Messy Tuesdays Takapuna: Takapuna Cricket Club, Takapuna 10.45am


Snow Queen and The Broken Mirror: Torbay Theatre, 35 Watea Road, Torbay 7.30 – 9.45pm NZTrio: Techtonic Uprising: Mairangi Arts Centre: Mairangi Bay 7pm

Sunnynook Christmas Wheel Trail: Sunnynook Community Centre, 5 – 6.30pm FREE

Break a Leg! A 2-day Exploration 16 of Live Theatre: The PumpHouse Theatre, Takapuna 9am

Glenfield Laughter Club: Glenfield Senior Citizens Hall 9.30am


Traditional Romanian Costumes 18 – East Coast Bay Library, 10.30am to 12pm, Free

60s Up Takapuna monthly 19 meeting, St Joseph’s Church 10.30am – New members welcome A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – The PumpHouse, 8pm. Runs until 21st

Christmas in Lights: Northcross Church, Northcross 9-10.30pm

24 Christmas Day

The Santa Claus Show: The PumpHouse 10.30 & 1pm

Rudd School of Rock: Sunnynook Community Centre, Matai Roon - 4pm


January 1-4 Morning Kick Boxing: Priority Fitness Gym, Northcote 9am

January 5-12 Bodybalance Classes: Northern Beach Reserve, The Promenade, Takapuna, hosted by Les Mills 5th Jan 10am The PumpHouse Summer Holiday Programme -




25 Boxing Day


Merry Christmas! January 13-20 Summer Fun Preschool Play: Bayswater Park, Bayswater 16th Jan 9.30am

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January 21-31 Seasons Art Classes for Beginners: North Shore Squash Club, 5 Shea Terrace 1pm The PumpHouse Summer Holiday Programme -



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The College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University wishes you a joyous holiday season. See you in 2020! Happy new year!



Sunday Christmas Tree Showcase: Barfoot & Thompson Netball Centre 10am The Four Grand Choruses: Rangitoto College Hall 2pm


Christmas Cabaret – North Shore Brass: Spencer on Bryon Hotel, 9 Bryon Avenue, Takapuna, 2.30 – 4.30pm Devonport Craft & Fine Food Market: Devonport Community House, Devonport 10am Open Mic Night – Fantail & Turtle: Smales Farm, Takapuna 5pm


Christmas in the Desert: 6 The Rose Centre, School Road, Belmont, 6.30- 8.30pm Dave Walker – Acoustic Lounge: The Vic Cinema Café Theatre, 48-56 Victoria Road, Devonport 8 – 10pm

Hinemoa Summer Street Party: Meet your neighbours & explore Birkenhead Point. 9am Browns Bay Collective Market & Christmas Parade: Phoenix Plaza, Browns Bay 2.30pm


‘Twas the Night before Christmas: 13 Harbour Voices: St George’s Church, Takapuna 7.30pm The Christmas Spectacular 2019: City Impact Church, 794 East Coast Road, Browns Bay 7.30 – 9.30pm FREE

The Santa Claus Show Sensory Relaxed Performance – The PumpHouse, 1pm


Community Christmas Carols in the Amphitheatre – The PumpHouse, 6pm

Probus Club of Milford meets in Milford Baptist Church, 3 Dodson 20 Ave, 10am to 12pm – New members welcome Christmas in Lights: Northcross Church, Northcross 9pm

Browns Bay Laughter Club, Browns Bay Community Centre, 2 Glen Road, Bowns Bay, 9am – 9.45am Crystal Visions Holistic Market: Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 10am – 3pm


Crystal Visions Holistict Market: Milford Senior Citizens Hall, Milford 22 10am

Silverdale Village Hall Market: Silverdale Hall, 7 Silverdale Street, Silverdale 8am – 1pm


Forts of Auckland Tours: North Head Historic Reserve, Devonport 9am


Advance Notice for February

Every Saturday

Sunsetter Food, Wine, Music Festival: Smales Farm: 15th February Festival of Food, Wine, Drinks, Children’s Entertainment & Music: Mairangi Bay Village, 390 Beach Road, Mairangi Bay, 15th February

Browns Bay Laughter Club, Browns Bay Community Centre, 9-9.45am "Play a while" toy library, Devonport Community House, 9-11.30am Kai Kaha Studios – Bubble Soccer, Takapuna Beach, Free, 12pm – 4pm



Every Sunday Markets: Browns Bay Anzac Road, 7am; Takapuna, 7am; Glenfield 5-11pm Northcote Petangue Club: Little Shoal Bay, 4-6pm

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130 Westlake Boys' High School

40 Shop the Shore

30 Eating Out Guide

132 Rangitoto College

54 New World Shore City


134 Westlake Girls' High School

62 Summer on the Shore 93 The Booklover's Festive Book Guide 110 AIMES Awards 2019

TAKAPUNA BEACH 39 Views from the Beach with TBBA

136 Carmel College 138 Long Bay College


FEATURES 26 Fish Kitchen Arrives on Devonport Wharf 58 Me and My Dog 68 Christmas Gift Ideas 72

Takapuna Boating Club Celebrates 100 years


Maggie's Messenger

86 Redgraves Home Fabrics 100 Devonport Museum 104 An Interview with Wendy Harsant 108 Sunnynook Community Centre 122 Channel Youth 148 North Shore History with David Verran 149 The Healthy Channel: John Appleton 168 The Channel Crossword


Eating Out: Taylors on Hurstmere

90 Milford News

DEVONPORT 102 Devonport News

ARTS 24 The Vic 25 The Rose Centre 25 The PumpHouse


99 Northart 107 Tim Bray Theatre Company

EDUCATION 106 Massey University 123 Albany Senior High School 124 Takapuna Grammar


125 Age School

02 Community Calendar

126 Rosmini College

06 Out & About on the Shore

128 Kristin School

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Janet Marshall

The Channel Magazine team, back: Tanya Rotherham, Crystal Sharp, Aidan Bennett with Tui, Bruce Craig. Front: Kim McIntosh, Nikki Davidson with Maisie.

2019 – It’s been a big year! Well, we got there folks, to the end of 2019. It has been a big year. It is a thrill to end the year on a big note with this bumper 160plus page issue. Our biggest of the year. As you will read in this issue I have been involved with the North Harbour Club and Charitable Trust for well over two decades. I get a thrill out of being part of an organisation that rewards youngsters achieving excellence. The 2019 AIMES Awards were presented in November and not only was the standard of the young people outstanding, the event at the Bruce Mason Centre – MC’d by Shane Cortese – was one of the very best as well. I trust you enjoy reading about our high achievers, aged between 10 and 25 years, in this issue. I get excited about new businesses in our community and there are two that particularly excite me that have opened over the past month. New World Metro in Shore City will provide a great boost to the shopping centre and will be very convenient for the people of Takapuna. The new Fish Kitchen eatery on Devonport Wharf looks to be a winner. Apparently 8,000 people a day pass through the wharf and I have a feeling that the formula

that the team behind Fish Kitchen have come up with will be a real hit with a good number of those people, as well as Shore locals. I have enjoyed putting together features on these two new businesses for this issue. Also in this issue we celebrate the 100th birthday coming up early next year for the Takapuna Boating Club. Way back just after the first world war the club started out at Bayswater and has achieved a great deal a century on, now having the best spot in the world on Takapuna Beach. We look back at its rich history as it prepares for its big weekend in early February. There’s something for everyone in this bumper magazine – excellence, entertainment, hospitality, the arts, food, wine, sport, history, travel, building, home renovation, vehicles, pets, politics, books, fabrics, home furnishings, education, property, real estate, business and more. Enjoy your December - January Channel Mag and have a great break. See you in 2020! Aidan Bennett, QSM Publisher, Channel Magazine Founder & Managing Director, Benefitz

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AIMES AWARDS GALA DINNER ROCKS! The annual AIMES Awards Gala Dinner has been a fixture on the North Shore social calendar for 24 years. It is the region’s gala event of the year. This is the night when the community joins with North Harbour Club and Charitable Trust members and sponsors to celebrate excellence achieved by young people of the region, aged between 10 and 25 years old, in the fields of the Arts, Innovation, Music, Education, Sport and Service to the Community. $203,000 worth of award grants were made in 2019 bringing the total AIMES Awards grants to $2.4 million. The 2019 AIMES Awards Gala Dinner took on a rock and roll theme and drew a crowd of close to 400 people. Channel Magazine was in the thick of the action! James Davies, Courtney Davies, Johanne Kahlenberg.

Tess Boss, Kate and Craig Luxton.

David and Ann Old, Colin Gibbons.

Sue, Ken, Blake and Katie Noble, Niki Dykes, Kevin Klein.

Simon Lamb, Hugh Stedman, Sonia Thursby.

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FISHER FUNDS LIVELY ROADSHOW OPENING Fisher Funds kicked off its annual nationwide roadshow in its home in Takapuna on Monday 4th November. The house was packed at the B:HIVE in Smales Farm as North Shore locals heard about how to build wealth for retirement and how to make that money work harder for them. Guests were welcomed by experienced financial expert and CEO Bruce McLachlan who took over from Fisher Funds’ founder Carmel Fisher in 2017. Chief investment officer Frank Jasper then hosted a panel of the company’s analysts and senior portfolio managers for a fireside chat about how to build the right strategy for investing in today’s low-interest environment. The team talked about what is making it harder to save towards retirement and how to meet the challenge of low rates. The panel discussed taking a long-term approach to investing and how Fisher Funds’ active management method to beating the market is now more important than ever.

Kevin and Lorraine Stephen, Carmen Rohr, Roland Pluczinski.

Michael Gailey, Marcus Wild, Frank Jasper.

John Eaglen, Linley Rose, Lyle McNee.

Kerry Stretton, John Castle, Ashley Gardyne, Sarah Dunning.

Peter Atkinson, Neil and Joanna Calvert.

Rhonda Pearce, Courtney Gush, Mele Leha, Ellyn Skeater.

Carl Baun, Sam Dickie, Linda and Ross Barnes, Cath Lomax.

Robyn Lindsay, Nadine Perera, Belinda Petersen.

Delwyn Bell, Carol and Adrian Lichkus.

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ANDREW KELLEHER GUEST SPEAKER AT TBBA OCTOBER EVENT The Takapuna Beach Business Association runs an excellent programme of monthly business networking evenings for local business people. Andrew Kelleher of JMI Wealth – and a regular financial commentator on Mike Hosking’s NewsTalkZB show – was the guest speaker at the October networking event held at Regatta Bar & Eatery on Wednesday 30th October. Andrew shared a general economic and markets briefing and also covered the history of JMI Wealth and how they love being in Takapuna after shifting from the city three years ago. Attendees were welcomed and Andrew Kelleher was introduced by Tony Dench, the chair of Takapuna Beach Business Association.

Grae Burton, Jane and Sam Allan.

Alister Wishart, Darrel Kinghan, Lynda Mann.

Tony Dench and Andrew Kelleher.

Jeremy Bain, James Grey, Andrew Kelleher.

Mary Brown, Sue Joe, Stephanie Slyfield.

Sare Carpenter, Kerry Cook, Janet Marshall.

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TAKAPUNA ROCKS WITH RETRO FLAIR Labour Weekend kicked off in Takapuna with the sunshine and colourful lineups of classic cars, bikes and pin-up fashion. The Repco Takapuna Rocks Festival filled The Strand and adjoining carparks with vintage vehicles, shining brightly and proudly displayed as visitors meandered around admiring them, snacking on snacks from the food truck and enjoying a bit of Americana on the Shore. The stage hosted bands Boom Boom Deluxe and The Recliner Rockers while enthusiastic rock and roll dancers entertained the crowd. Later in the afternoon Shane Cortese hosted the Pin-Up Awards showcasing a very creative and colourful collection of 1950s style designs. This was a community fundraising event in support of Make-A-Wish NZ and YES Disability and there are big plans for 2020's festival.

Wayne and Jill Clark, Vicky and Ian Larsen.

Louise and Shane Bennett, Shari Woodward.

Gary Jackson, Payten Riddick, Cherry Diamond, Zavier Riddick, Kresha Jackson.

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PIRATES, HERITAGE & VINTAGE FASHION IN MILFORD Milford's Pirate Day is an annual event in the village, and this year incorporated the celebration of Milford's heritage. Held on Saturday 9th November, it was a nod to the old "Pirate Shippe' dance hall that was a popular venue but demolished in 1957. Not only were there street stalls outside stores with retailers dressed in pirate fashion, but live music also featured throughout the day and children enjoyed elaborate facepainting, balloon sculpting and a pirate treasure hunt, plus a bouncy castle. Inside Milford Shopping Centre was a heritage photo exhibition with images of Milford from the past, swing dancing demonstrations, and a strongly represented inaugural "Glamour on the Green' vintage fashion competition. The day culminated in a colourful fashion show curated by Stephanie King of Painted Bird vintage clothing store.

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CONTINENTAL CARS BMW. NEW DEALERSHIP OPEN NOW. The future is here at Continental Cars BMW new home on Wairau Road. New Zealand’s biggest and boldest luxury dealership has opened its doors. Spanning four levels with bespoke showroom areas for new and used vehicles and undercover drive-in Servicing, this state-of-the-art facility is a hub of activity. With ample on-site customer parking, we make it easy to visit the newest and most luxurious BMW dealership in New Zealand. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

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THE CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTS COME ON IN BROWNS BAY It was the perfect sunny, summer evening on Friday 15th November as locals gathered to enjoy a festive atmosphere in Phoenix Plaza, Browns Bay. With the Twilight Markets kicking off their first monthly summer event, people wandered the stalls along the boardwalk with many starting their Christmas shopping. Meanwhile the Browns Bay School Kapa Haka group performed enthusiastically and musicians played their songs. Penguino's was doing a roaring trade in ice creams while The Meat Room had its BBQ pumping out boerewors sausages for tasty rolls. But the star of the show was the giant decorated Christmas tree supplied by The Hibiscus and Bays Local Board and Eltec Lighting who have also lit up the village shops.

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LANE CHANGES ON THE NORTHERN MOTORWAY Drivers are encouraged to get ready for major lane changes on the Northern Motorway as a new northbound layout is now in place. RIV



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The Northern Corridor Improvements project will provide a much needed transport upgrade for the whole Albany and North Shore community, with 7kms of shared paths for walking and cycling. It includes a new motorway connection between SH1 and SH18 and will open up access to the Western Ring Route and travel to the airport.


“This means journeys on the motorway will look the same for up to a year at a time and this reduces the likelihood of driver confusion, frustration and accidents during the work.”


Mr Collett says the changes will be in place until mid 2020 and are part of an innovative approach to managing traffic in heavily congested areas of Auckland. Only four major changes will take place on SH1 over four years.


The new layout means that people can use the left lanes to exit at Greville Road. An express lane is also operating in the right hand lane heading north only.


Crews are working in the middle of a special work area to build the new underpass under the SH1 motorway, that will connect to the new State Highway 18. Work will also progress on replacing a section of the bridge over Rosedale Road.


“We’re advising people to plan their journeys heading north and choose their lane much earlier than usual. They can also look out for reminders on overhead and electronic signs.”


NZ Transport Agency Acting Senior Manager Project Delivery Stephen Collett, says that people should drive with care and leave extra time while they get used to the new layout.



The northbound lanes between Constellation Drive and Greville Road Interchanges were shifted to a new layout in November, to enable the next section of work to continue on the Northern Corridor Improvements project.

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BEAR BROTHERS OPENING NIGHT Bear Brothers celebrated the opening of Auckland's first denim boutique on Friday 15th with drinks for their local shop neighbours. "I have been bowled over by the support from the shops around me; they have shown true community spirit in welcoming us to Devonport's main shopping street," says Janet Bingham, owner and founder of Bear Brothers. "We have been trading our legendary denim aprons and homewares online for the last two years, but I felt that now we have launched a clothing line, we needed a bricks and mortar store. We are a Devonport brand so this was the natural choice for our first store – customers can now touch and try on our unique denim garments, and appreciate first hand how special the quality is." The store heroes all Janet's favourite materials: denim, white oak for furniture, organic cotton and natural leather. To complement their own brand denim garments and homewares, Bear Brothers have sourced premium quality classic stripe nautical t-shirts from London brand Joules, Thorberg sunnies, and are the only stockist of Funkis clogs from Sweden. Janet Bingham and Toni Van Tonder.

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NEW WORLD OPENS IN SHORE CITY Shore City Shopping Centre received a big boost in mid-November with the opening of New World Metro Supermarket on the ground floor. Parent company Foodstuffs hosted an opening function on the evening of Wednesday November 13th, and Mayor Phil Goff was on hand to officially open the store at 8am the following morning, Thursday November 14th. He joined with local councillor Richard Hills and owner Doug Cochrane and his family – wife Cary, daughter Hattie and son Angus – to do the official honours. We include a feature on the new supermarket in this issue.

Linda Summerfield, Melissa Boz, Hattie Cochrane, Serpil Boz and Sungetta Singh.

Mayor Phil Goff cutting the ribbon.

Jan Walker, Cam Gee, Terence Harpur.

Hattie and Doug Cochrane, Richard Hills, Phil Goff, Cary and Angus Cochrane.

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75TH BIRTHDAY FOR TAKAPUNA KINDERGARTEN It was smiles and cake all round when Takapuna Kindergarten celebrated its 75th birthday on November 23rd. The kindergarten, one of 107 managed by the Auckland Kindergarten Association across the city, enjoyed sunny skies and a large turnout of families and whanau, including many double-generation families who were able to look through old photo albums to show their children pictures of themselves decades before. A special highlight involved the cutting of the cake by Liz Soper – chairperson of the kindergarten committee in 1975/76 – helped by her granddaughter and current ‘kindy kid’ Olivia Gerdin (4) and watched by mum (and herself a former Takapuna ‘kindy kid’) Hannah Gerdin. In his first official capacity as chair of the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board, Aidan Bennett apologised for his ‘Movember’ moustache and congratulated the kindergarten on 75 years and the wonderful part they continue to play in the community. Takapuna Kindergarten Head teacher Kim Hedlund welcomed attendees and Robin Houlker, life member of the Auckland Kindergarten Association, also spoke.

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Meet you at The Milford By Nikki Davidson Picture this. It’s a sunny afternoon, edging into early evening. An pavement table, glass of rosé and a plate of delicately seared but substantial tuna slices sitting atop a subtle saffron mayo, Jerusalem couscous and slivers of raw asparagus. Summer doesn’t get much better than this and I didn’t want it to end. There can’t have been any other restaurant opening that has been anticipated as much as The Milford Café, Bar and Restaurant. As locals observed the old Athenia restaurant being knocked down and a solid new build started, they have watched the progress over the winter and asked if owner Ali Abassy would be back. In November they were finally rewarded as the furniture was placed out and the doors opened: they couldn’t get in quick enough and return to ‘Ali’s place’. Ali, with his wife Helen, who blends working in the restaurant with raising their Helen and Ali Abassy. two children Bardia and Sofia, had been running Athenia for 13 years and gathered a loyal following. A year ago, a like-minded collaboration between Ali and landlord John Harvey was born. They both, independently, thought it was time for a refresh on this site and to create a new benchmark for dining in Milford. They quickly made plans for a modern, architecturally designed restaurant that would be a core part of this community over the years to come and to entice other Shore diners into their village. Ali loves this community and bringing people together, essentially creating a bigger family in what feels like his second home. Renowned architect Gordon Moller worked to his brief to ‘make a statement’ of this stand alone, purpose-built restaurant. The concrete and glass give it a modern edge while the pitched cedar ceiling envelopes the diner and is greatly admired. Banquette seating is placed around two

sides allowing diners to look over other tables and out to the street. Quality glassware, cutlery and fresh flowers set the tables beautifully and the noise control wall panelling buffers noise so those hard of hearing can relax and enjoy their companions. This location really does capture the afternoon sun perfectly as light filters into the restaurant through ceiling to floor glass, creating a bright and airy ambience. Auckland chef Luca Villari, known for his restaurants, catering service and food writing for Taste magazine, was engaged to bring his extensive knowledge and pedigree to the team to create modern, Italian and Mediterranean inspired dishes. Head chef Khaled Masraujeh, previously with Ima Cuisine, is tasked with executing quality menus from the kitchen which has a semi-open view to diners. My tuna was followed by perfectly prepared chargrilled lamb fillets served as a contemporary twist on roast lamb with its tangy labneh an ideal accompaniment, joined by minted fresh peas, roasted heirloom carrots and potato gratin. A classic tiramisu rounds off this experience and leaves you questioning which dish you liked best. Brunch is available daily - I will be back for the Shakshuka Turkish Eggs - and the Underground coffee is excellent. Have your coffee or Peroni on tap (exclusive to Milford) resting awhile at the bar leaners outside the window. From December a great value, express lunch special is available featuring a main course dish and a glass of wine or beer; ideal for a work meeting or to break up your fashion and gift shopping session in Milford, and there is plenty of parking across the street in the mall open carpark. Where else in Milford can you enjoy a modern, full-service food and beverage experience throughout the day, seven days a week? But best you book: ‘Ali’s’ is already full most evenings. Open seven days from 10.30am weekdays, 9am weekends. 7 Milford Road, Milford P: 488 9888 Insta: @themilfordcafe


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Solidly Built And Four Back From Beach 1/34 HAURAKI ROAD Located only a few properties back from Takapuna Beach, this 1980's residence is built well with cedar and brick and has been impeccably maintained. Offering four bedrooms, a large office as well as two lounges plus a lovely formal dining, it could house most families with ease. On entry level you have a double garage and spacious office which works well as a work-from-home space or could be used as a kids TV lounge or even fifth bedroom if required. First floor living has the unique feature of flowing to level northeast facing outdoor living, which is an amazing entertaining space off the kitchen. The kitchen was renovated to a high standard 16 years ago (along with

dining and bathrooms), boasts underfloor heating and forms the hub of the home. Off this area, is a lovely sun room which has an excellent private outlook and benefits from sun all day. Flowing on from this is a gorgeous dining area and with clever use of skylights is a warm sunny and light space to dine. A large additional lounge with gas fire completes the floor. Upstairs there are four bedrooms with three enjoying great sea views including master with ensuite. Overall a superb Takapuna family home where a new buyer can walk in and do nothing, or come in and add some value in certain areas if required. CV $3,150,000.

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Gorgeous Sumich Designed Family Home 3 AUDREY ROAD Designed by award winning architect Lawrence Sumich in 1992, this 280sqm home was built well by the current owners on a cavity plaster system and completed to a very high standard. The property is an appealing corner site in one of the North Shore's best seaward side streets 'Audrey Road' and has been a much loved family home. Offering expansive ground floor living, you have a choice of two spacious lounges that flow out to paved private landscaped grounds. A double height entry leads you to a generous kitchen with island bench making food preparation and entertaining a breeze. As the owners suggest "It is a great space to socialise with great flow and lots of natural light". A central dining room and high studded lounge flow off

this space, forming the hub of the home. Separate to this is a large formal lounge also opening by bi fold cedar doors to the North facing grounds. A double ensuited bedroom is a great retreat for guests, separate from the main accommodation on the first floor. First floor accommodation has a further three double bedrooms with a good sized family bathroom. The master suite has private ensuite, walk-in wardrobe plus its own balcony facing out to the street. Overall a quality home with an excellent layout and private sunny grounds. BUYERS THAT APPRECIATE EASY LIVING AND ONE OF THE BEST LOCATIONS POSSIBLE ON THE SHORE MUST PHONE TO VIEW THIS RARE OFFERING.

At the top end of the market, there are large differences in where buyers see the value of property, and often homes are unique or setting benchmarks in their respective areas. Because of this, Andrew negotiates each sale price face to face, rather than selling by Auction, and has done for almost all of his 15 years in the business. The current climate is seeing fewer people in a cash position so the need for a specialist high end negotiator becomes paramount to your success. Andrew's personal sales last year alone totalled $106,207,000 at an average of $3,933,000 per property and has broken the $100 million for the last three consecutive calendar years. This makes him one of New Zealand's most successful residential sales people. Sign up for Property Updates at Follow his facebook page and Instagram feed. Issue 105 - December 2019 January 2020






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News from The PumpHouse from James Bell

Jingle your bells this festive season at your favourite theatre!

This month at The Rose Centre with manager John Davies

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From Christmas fanatics to the ultimate Scrooges… we have something for everyone this festive season! Experience the magic of Christmas by bringing the whole family along to see The Santa Claus Show, which is now in its 17th season! This enchanting tale follows Kelly, a young girl who is quite the Christmas fanatic. Kelly sends a long list to Santa of all things she wants, and Santa flies her to the North Pole so she can learn the true meaning of Christmas. This season, Tim Bray Theatre Company introduces a special Sensory Relaxed Performance of The Santa Claus Show. This performance is ideal for those with sensory, movement, communication, and learning needs, enabling neurodiverse children, adults and their families to enjoy a comfortable theatre experience. Can’t get enough of festive carols? Got Michael Buble on repeat? Then this is the event for you! Come along to our annual Christmas Carols in The PumpHouse Amphitheatre and sing along with Harbour Voices and The PumpHouse Community Choir. They will sing everyone’s favourite Christmas tunes. Santa’s favourite Meg the Elf also makes an appearance! There’s a Scrooge in every family – so we have made sure they won’t miss out on their own type of Christmas fun this year. Foolish Wit Theatre is back for a performed reading of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. This classic tale will be shared in the spooky environment of our Coal Bunker Studio. Stuck for ideas for the young ones these summer holidays? We have some exciting drama programmes for 7 – 18 year-olds led by our resident drama teacher Mags Delaney. Send your young budding actors to A Shakespeare Sampler – an introduction to the world of Shakespeare, or maybe you want them to learn how to put on a show in a real working theatre in Under The Big Top. Shakespeare in the Park returns this summer with the murderous and macabre Macbeth and the hopeless romanticism of As You Like It.. The plays are performed “true to period” on alternating nights in our newly renovated outdoor amphitheatre – or indoors if it rains! Thanks for all your support this year! Meri Kirihimete to all, and to all a safe and happy 2020!

December at The Rose Centre

John Davies

This month The Rose Centre is busy with events and presentations from local community groups. Don't miss Christmas Crackers – the Rose Singers concert. This free concert is at The Rose Centre from 5.30pm on Saturday 7th December. Enjoy the best of the Christmas season with an enthusiastic band of stalwarts who love a Christmas tune. The day before, Araballa's Bellydance presents Christmas in the Desert, a spectacular unforgettable evening of music, dance, festivity and Christmas cheer, Friday 6th December at 6.30pm at The Rose Centre. Call or email Tais to book your tickets. Filling Fast for 2020 More than half the available dates for 2020 are gone already. If you have a performing art you would like to showcase in the coming year, now is the time to book The Rose Centre. Ideal for theatre, dance, song and whatever you can do on a stage (consider the beautiful Luke Thornborough image from a film staged at The Rose Centre below), our intimate low-cost theatre is the place to be on the North Shore. We also offer what is arguably the North Shore’s and possibly Auckland’s most accessible venue.

30th November – 21st December: The Santa Claus Show by Tim Bray 14th December at 1 pm: The Santa Claus Show Sensory Relaxed Performance 15th December at 6 pm: Christmas Carols in the Amphitheatre 19th – 21st December at 8 pm: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens 18th January – 15th February 2020: Shakespeare in the Park

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Ian and Harriet Shields.

Ian Shields, Harriet Shields and Paul Byrnes outside their new Fish Kitchen eatery on Devonport Wharf just prior to opening in late November.

Fish Kitchen arrives on Devonport Wharf Brought to you by the team behind the hugely popular Vic Road Kitchen Despite being a resident of Takapuna, I spend a great deal of time in Devonport. There are many things that draw me down to the place I affectionately call ‘The Republic’. Of recent times a big drawcard has been Vic Road Kitchen, which I reckon is one of the Shore’s – maybe even Auckland’s – best eateries. It has established a very good following since opening 18 months ago. The exciting thing for Shore foodies is that the team behind Vic Road Kitchen is also behind the brand new Fish Kitchen that opened in late November on the Devonport Wharf. The ownership team is executive chef Ian Shields, his wife Harriet Shields (front of house manager) and Paul Byrnes, Harriet’s father and a self-confessed enthusiastic wine consultant. In truth he’s a savvy, experienced and celebrated business person who is a key ingredient to the success. The new venture is a clever move, as Fish Kitchen has been conceived to be a popular eatery for locals and tourist day trippers, but also appeals to the (up to 8000) people who pass through the iconic wharf every day. With Fish Kitchen, Ian maintains their commitment to showcasing fresh ingredients from artisan suppliers, sustainability and zero waste policies. The new restaurant is also a showcase of New Zealand food and beverages with all the food, wine and beer – and even spirits – sourced or produced in New Zealand. They may also have the best views of the Waitemata Harbour, with the totally new restaurant built to take advantage of the fantastic location. There is seating for 150 people, including both outdoor and indoor seating on the wharf. Fish Kitchen has an extensive seafood offering including mussels, clams, squid and octopus – all as available. These support their


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signature ‘fish ‘n’ chips’ dishes. Burgers, meat and vegetarian alternatives are equally well out of the ordinary. Look out for their ‘Kiwiana’ themed cocktails and desserts. Locals and international visitors alike will love Fish Kitchen. “A good number of those passing through the wharf are obviously local people commuting to the city,” says Harriet Shields. “We plan to cater for their convenience. This will include breakfasts or lunches to go in the morning and Ozone filter coffee that will be quick and efficient for those catching the ferry. Then in the evening we will have prepared takeaway meals and we will be selling locally caught fresh wet fish right through the day. This will also add to the wharf atmosphere and seaside experience.” Ian Shields will maintain executive chef responsibilities for both restaurants, which are fortunately only a short walk apart. Ian hails from Liverpool in the UK, but has spent the majority of almost two decades as a chef in New Zealand. He has had chef and head chef roles in Queenstown, on Waiheke Island and more recently here on the Shore. He has acted as a consultant in both kitchen and menu design for a number of new restaurants prior to their opening. With the success of Vic Road Kitchen and his philosophies around sustainability – including fish species and zero waste – Ian is an emerging identity in the New Zealand hospitality scene. Certainly, his growing reputation has helped attract a particularly strong team of chefs and kitchen staff for both Vic Road Kitchen and Fish Kitchen. Ian has worked with Paul Kenward, his head chef at Vic Road Kitchen, for over 15 years heading up multiple kitchens together across New Zealand. It is clear to patrons of Vic Road Kitchen that there is a ‘passion’ in the kitchen, with their offering changing daily. This is led by both Ian and Paul. “We share the same food philosophies,” explained Ian Shields,

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when quizzed about their combination. “We certainly gel with our styles and passion for flavours which means we have been able to maintain a reputation for exciting, seasonal dishes that our customers do enjoy.” The Vic Road Kitchen and Fish Kitchen crew share an all round passion for food and hospitality. From that perspective Harriet has been an integral part of the success. Harriet’s knowledge of wine and wineries ensures comprehensive and evolving wine lists and she has been instrumental in ensuring Vic Road Kitchen’s food and wine matching evenings have been sell-out events. Harriet manages administration, front of house staff and marketing for both restaurant businesses. Harriet worked in event management with seven years based in London. She travelled extensively and honed her interest in food and wine. Back home in New Zealand she completed an Auckland University post graduate wine science course based on Waiheke. Harriet’s subsequent vintage in Napa Valley was cut short by the 2017 California fires with her escaping with just the clothes she was wearing, her passport and engagement ring. Ian and Harriet married earlier this year. Harriet’s father, Paul, is no stranger to startups and entrepreneurial projects. His 30 years’ experience in senior and CEO roles in private and listed companies has included management buyouts, consulting and participation in merger and acquisition opportunities and early stage investing. Paul stepped down as CEO of listed Turners Automotive Group in 2016 and is credited as the architect of the remarkable turnaround of Dorchester Pacific. Paul was inducted into the North Harbour Business Hall of Fame in 2017. Readers will be well aware of how excited we get at Channel Magazine when we see new business enterprises adding value to our community. In Takapuna we all love our Takapuna Beach Café that brings people from wide and far. My belief is Fish Kitchen is going to have the same popularity in Devonport. What I have discovered in putting together this feature is the team behind this new venture has ticked all the boxes to ensure success. And they have a proven track-record that includes one of my favourites, Vic Road Kitchen. Fish Kitchen is certainly another big reason for me to spend more time in the Republic of Devonport! Fish Kitchen, Devonport Wharf – Open from 7.30am for takeaway breakfast and lunch items; Open from 11.30am for Lunch and Dinner.

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Patch café - Hillcrest Over the years we have been asked to be involved in all sorts of exciting projects on the North Shore and there is nothing more rewarding as builders than turning something old and tired into something very different altogether. One of QPC Build Group’s recently completed projects is the exciting new Patch café based in the heart of Hillcrest on the North Shore. QPC’s brief was to come up with a really exciting café in a tired and old industrial warehouse building. Working with hospitality designers Material Creative, we transformed this old warehouse into a modern meeting spot for local business in the Wairau area and the surrounding Hillcrest area. The area was in need of a new café and owners Allen and Jenny drew inspiration from the rich history of strawberry farming in Hillcrest. The 80-seater space with a bright strawberry mural is contrasted beautifully against the industrial concrete walls and floors with high exposed ceilings that lends itself to a greenhouse effect. The area is bright, spacious and includes a kid’s corner leaving patrons to enjoy the café experience. The build itself was multifaceted and required many different

trades and specialists working together with the architects on a tight time frame. The vast array of unique ‘one offs’ meant that at each stage things needed to be expertly planned and timed about the best way to achieve the desired result. We maintained the original rafters, raw concrete detailing and recycled timber, staying true to the industrial origins of the building. The painted corrugated iron walls are softened by the contrast of terracotta bricks against maroon tweed, brown leather and blue stained wood lining the booths. This has turned out to be another successful build for some repeat clients of ours and one that the QPC Build Group was proud to work on and will enjoy popping back into as often as possible. If you have a building project in mind then contact us today for a no obligations chat on 0800 772 266 or check out our website for more ideas.

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TAYLORS ON HURSTMERE ABOUT US: Taylors, best little wine bar in Takapuna. Serving sharing plates and an extensive wine and craft beer list. Perfect for after work drinks and late evening coffee and desserts. Located just 2 mins from Bruce Mason Centre and Takapuna Beach! THE FOOD: New summer menu going strong, old favourites like lamb and mint meatballs, soy and ginger pork belly, and tequila chicken, with new offerings like pulled pork bao buns and our daily arancini balls or sliders. NEED TO KNOW: DEC/JAN New Years Eve - White Party (dress in white) $25 per ticket includes glass of Veuve Clicquot and cheese!

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN DECEMBER: Season’s Greetings everyone. Steve and his team wish you all the very best over the festive season. And hope you all enjoy a safe and fun with those you choose to spend this time of the year with. If you have neglected to book a festive celebration for your crew, team, mates and or the family then call Kirsten for emergency organisation. It will be our little secret that you forgot!! Call Kirsten on 021 196 3773 Some dates to remember for Dec / Jan: Last Quiz 2019 Tuesday 10th December Closed December 25th / 26th NYE 2020 Party with Resident DJ from 9pm Closed January 1st & 2nd Live Music every Sunday in January from 5th First Quiz 2020 Tuesday 11th February Please all be safe these holidays and remember to be considerate and patient. Especially while you are on the roads Open Mon - Sun 11am-late. 138 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna 09 489 8030

Daily happy hours $7 drinks 3-5pm, $65 Verve Cliquot everyday 5-7pm 3pm till late Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Mondays Taylor’s on Hurstmere, 168 Hurstmere Road, 09 489 9510

OTTO WOO ABOUT US: Otto Woo is an award winning noodle bar, proving that healthy meals don’t have to be boring. THE FOOD: Otto Woo is gourmet Asian fusion food that’s fresh and funky and served in iconic paper noodle boxes just like a New York style noodle bar. It’s perfect for a quick dine-in meal or healthy nutritional takeout. Otto Woo provides western style modern Asian cuisine with a strong Japanese and Thai – Malaysian influence. Each meal contains loads of daily fresh vegetables, high quality sauces and fresh herbs so its tasty as well as healthy. The food is healthy, nutritious and delicious, we’ll see you there ! NEED TO KNOW: DEC/JAN Dine in takeout delivery Open 7 days 1130 am – 9pm Ph 09 488 0388 484 Lake Rd Takapuna

TOK TOK ABOUT US: Tok Tok is a unique restaurant with Asian fusion cuisine located in the heart of Takapuna’s dining precinct, just up from the beach. Many of the dishes are a ‘twist on the traditional’. Two have featured as winners in the Taste of Auckland Festival Awards. The Crispy Hapuka Curry was a Supreme Winner and the Crispy Half Duck was runner up. OUR MENU: Dishes to try this month include Lamb Bites, Scallop and Crab Betel leaf, Short Rib Massaman Curry and Tom Yum Seafood Bowl. Other favourites include Wagyu Beef Steamed Bun and the Grilled Yellow Chicken Curry. Open: Monday: 5pm till late. Tuesday-Sunday: 12pm till late! 129 Hurstmere Road Takapuna. 09 489 3988. Email: Visit: or


FRANC'S ABOUT US: Franc’s is just a few steps from street to sand. Our beachside diner smacks of fresh fish, crisp lager, flopping jandals and easy service from sunrise to sunset. Bring yourself, or bring your friends, and relax among the sights and sounds of summer all year round. WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS MONTH Did someone say Bloody Mary buffet? Grab a few mates and build your own Bloody Mary with a mini bar at your table. Also includes 1x brunch item and 1x hot beverage per person for just $40 per person. Available for groups of 4+. Must pre-book and pre-order meals. Latest seating is 12pm Open Mon – Sun, 9am-late, Franc’s Bar + Diner, Main Beach, The Strand, Takapuna 09 488 0016

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Taylors on Hurstmere Takapuna


Steve Taylor and Angela Jennings.

Taylors gets the atmosphere perfect In its three years of operation, Taylors on Hurstmere has developed a reputation as Takapuna's friendliest little wine and tapas bar. General manager Angela Jennings says, “We are a small business with a big heart, but we wouldn't be anything without our amazing patrons who are like family and friends to us.” Owner Steve Taylor agrees, saying, “People like it here because it is a place where they can communicate. Since we opened, we have seen this cosy ambience evolve. Taylor's has a really great pub feel. People can talk to each other as opposed to staring at their smart phones. I think people actually come here to escape that constant need to be attached to a screen, and they enjoy the atmosphere of an old school bar where they can have a chat.” With two decades experience in hospitality, Steve has had time to decide what kind of establishment he wants to run as an owner operator, and his philosophy focuses on making everyone comfortable. This means keeping it intimate; Taylors is not a large bar. He says, “We happily host 35 people. Of course, we could hold more, but we want people to feel comfortable and they get a welcoming feeling here. Our customers really connect with the staff. We get to know everyone’s name and it is not unusual for people to say, ‘Gosh, is this Cheers?’ That is a nice feeling for people to know that our staff members recognise and welcome them.” Cool events have become a Taylors speciality. Angela says, “Guests adore our everyday $65 bottle of Veuve between 5 and 7pm and we have so many exciting events coming up. Our next wine tasting is in the new year, though they are generally the last Monday of every month. Typically, just $30 which includes all tasting wines and generous cheese platters which are always something a little different. ‘Champagne and Bubble’ is our next

tasting night, set for 17th February. For $80 a ticket, you will be truly spoilt with carefully selected Champagne, Cava and Prosecco; an education for the taste buds. Along with a speciality seafood chef, generous cheese and seafood platters will achieve the basic needs of existence.” The monthly BBQuiz sees Steve on the golden microphone asking the questions, while the Well Hung Butchers have the barbecue dinner sizzling in the marquee. Angela explains: “This buffet style dinner is a five-star hit! All this, plus a house drink for $30. We usually host this event on a Monday in the middle of the month.” The bar’s location in Hurstmere Road makes it ideal for anyone heading to, or coming from, an event at The Bruce Mason Centre. Guests enjoy a mix of music from the 1960s through to the 1990s and Taylors happily adds requests to the playlist. They don’t play it loud, so you don’t have to shout at each other. Angela adds, “We love that we are well known in our Takapuna community as the little friendly local; a place that welcomes great people with great service, a convivial atmosphere and a fantastic wine menu and tapas. “We wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas and New Year. We are planning a New Year’s party with the theme of fresh beginnings in the expression of a white party. You'll never miss a thing if you sign up to our monthly, email, newsletter” Taylors on Hurstmere, 168 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna. Enquiries and reservations or phone 09 489 9510 Issue 105 - December 2019 January 2020



ZOMER ABOUT US: We've just dropped our fantastic, fresh new Summer Menu. We are using only the best seasonal, local produce to create dishes which celebrate our local environment and culture. THE FOOD: Come and sample our fantastic new NZ king salmon ceviche, vegan poke bowl, free range marinated chicken and mango salad plus all your old favourites!


ABOUT US: Located in the Main Beach entertainment hub on The Strand at Takapuna Beach, Tokyo Bay is an international-class venue, offering modern Japanese. The diverse menu, created by expert chef Chikara Sato of Tokyo, provides options for all. THE FOOD: Tokyo Bay offers modern Japanese cuisine with delicious flavours complemented by Japanese beers, sakes, and great international wines. Priced for the local market; you'll be happy with the value provided for a top class Auckland restaurant.

We will be open for the whole Christmas period, so come down and say hi to the best local cafe in Takapuna. You might even catch us at the Takapuna market on Sundays with our food truck, La Rotisserie!

NEED TO KNOW: DEC/JAN Christmas bookings open and filling fast. Open every day for lunch and dinner, with great views and a high quality, modern, Japanese dining experience.

Open Mon-Fri: 7:30-15:00, Sat-Sun: 8:00-15:00, 4 The Strand, Takapuna Beach 09 488 7594

Open 12noon until late seven days 20 The Strand, Takapuna Beach 09 390 7188 Book on

BLACK RICE ABOUT US: Located in North Shore’s biggest food and beverage centre (Orchard Park Retail Hub) in Central Albany, Black Rice offers a cosy dining environment with a central dining lobby, a covered outdoor patio and a VIP private dining room. We are proud to be the first Asian fusion restaurant in Albany. THE FOOD: Encompassing a diverse array of countries, cultures and cuisines, Black Rice offers an unparalleled fusion dining experience with an almost endless supply of cooking inspiration to draw from. There's simply no stopping our colourful and creative cuisine, and our tapas-style small sharing plates are in high demand. NEED TO KNOW: DEC/JAN Our fusion style lunch special has even more bang for your buck. Starting from only $12.50, there will be one from the menu to satisfy your cravings during a busy day! Open Tuesday - Sunday, 11am - 11pm Unit 10B, 21 Corinthian Drive, Albany 09 415 8377

BLAKE'S PROVIDORE ABOUT US: Blake’s Providore creates high end chefmade meals to heat & eat at home. We also have a range of delicious deli food in our cabinet and fresh Nomad coffee. Catering for small and large groups is available for all your parties, meetings Christmas functions, and more! THE FOOD: Our ever-changing menu is personally designed by Blake and inspired by his 20 year international career. Meals including beef and chicken lasagne, shepherds pie, Moroccan chicken tagine, pulled beef cheeks and much more. NEED TO KNOW: DEC/JAN The festive season is well upon us! Let us take care of your Christmas lunch or dinner with glazed ham, stuffed turkey, all your sides and salads & much more. Closed from 24th December - 7th January so make sure to stock your freezer for the break! Open 7.30am to 7.00pm Monday to Friday. 7.30am to 3.00pm Saturday. 89 Kitchener Road, Milford 09 486 5711


THE COMMONS ABOUT US: The Commons is an all-day social hub and eatery, perfect for after work drinks, week-night dinners, all-day lunches, elegant indoor dining, or one-off events. Enjoy casual get-togethers and live entertainment in The Gardens, or intimate dining indoors.


THE FOOD: BOOKED Choose from our two menus: all-day AND CELEBRATE WITH à la carte, including sharing plates and express lunches; or our dining menu Enquire at with a modern twist on classical themes. Our outstanding customer service matches the relaxed, yet classy environment. NEED TO KNOW: DEC/JAN Happy Hours 4pm- 6pm New Garden Draught Beer Try New Summer Menu Xmas Function booked Contact: The Commons, in the heart of Takapuna – 21 Hurstmere Road 09 3904512 Book online at Functions: The Gardens – open 7 days The Commons (indoor dining and functions) Open Mon-Thur from 4pm ; Fri-Sun from midday

SAKEBAR NIPPON JAPANESE RESTAURANT ABOUT US: We are a Japanese Izakaya Restaurant, also with a sushi train. THE FOOD: Authentic Japanese cuisine Sushi sashimi, tempura and many other dishes. NEED TO KNOW: DEC/JAN Book Online and go into our weekly $100 meal voucher draw. Online bookings 24 /7 with instant confirmation Open 7 days , closed Public Holidays KARAOKE ROOM AVAILABLE FOR GROUP BOOKINGS.

32-34 Anzac Street,Takapuna, 09 486 2249

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别不同 STAR YUM CHA RESTAURANT ABOUT US: Described by Concrete Playground as a gem on the North Shore, we are one of the oldest Chinese restaurants in town and have an extensive menu. Groups are welcome and can utilize our private dining area.

ABOUT US: Everything is collaborated with a Patissier of 25 years and an Artist of 25 years which will capture your heart not only by beautiful taste but also by gorgeous looking. If you want something outstanding on your special day, we are here for you! THE FOOD: We have all sorts of desserts and cakes – Whole Cakes, slices, Logs, Petit Gateau, Chocolates, Macarons, Croissant, pound cakes, cookies, etc. We use the best ingredients for all of our ranges and our chocolate is made with the finest 55% Belgium dark chocolate. NEED TO KNOW: DEC/JAN We will have fascinating looking special Christmas cakes for December! Please come into the shop and book one if you want memorable Christmas with our special cake! Open Mon-Sat 9.30am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm 2a Byron Ave, Takapuna Ph 09 200 9946

NEED TO KNOW: DEC/JAN Good for families and groups to gather before Christmas or for New Year’s Eve. Fully licensed with Chinese beer plus Chinese tea. Takeaway available, Plenty of parking. Open everyday 10am – 10pm 13A Link Drive, Wairau Park, Glenfield 09 443 6898



ABOUT US: Soho at Goodside takes the art of traditional Thai cooking and gives it a modern twist. Centre stage is their rotisserie, roasting the finest local chicken, duck, wagyu beef and kurobuta pork. It is casual dining with a great vibe. THE FOOD: Soho’s chefs dedicate their love and experience of food to doing things differently, delivering an all-star experience for the taste buds. The menu (to share) includes ‘Small Plates’ You’ll love the Caramelized Lamb Ribs, Street Style Chicken Curry Puffs to name a couple. There are also Big Plates like Whole Rotisserie Chicken and Twice Cooked Pork Hock. NEED TO KNOW: DEC/JAN Soho is the perfect spot for the festive season. You’ll discover a great drinks menu including cocktails, wine, spirits and beer and always good coffee. The cocktails draw inspiration from traditional Thai flavours and offer a comprehensive line up of entirely original, refreshing libations. Bookings not essential, but advisable in the busy season! Open: Mon – Tues 11:30am - 9:30pm, Wed - Sun 8am - 10pm At Goodside, Smales Farm, Takapuna. Phone 475-5643. Or Email:

ABOUT US: Philippe, Claire and Hemanshi invite you to come into into the unique French restaurant on the Shore. Come down to Lake Pupuke for a delicious handmade meal (French style) with fresh New Zealand product for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. THE FOOD: Wide range of typical Kiwi breakfast options like eggs benedict, omelette or gluten-free galettes and delicious sweet crepes. NEED TO KNOW: DEC/JAN Large selection of French wine including nice, fresh rosé. We are now serving partyclette (melted French cheese on potatoes and ham). Only available if your table is booked online at: French Rendez-vous cafe/restaurant, 2a Manurere Avenue, Takapuna 09 487 0009


TUCKS AND BAO ABOUT US: Tucks & Bao is a newly opened casual all-day bar & eatery offering tasty dishes paired with New Zealand wines, craft beers on tap, & cocktails. THE FOOD: Inspired by street food from Asia and across the globe, our small plates are perfect for sharing. Try the crispy pork belly bao (steamed bun) with hoisin sauce and peanuts, or “The Prawnbroker” – popcorn shrimp served with a sriracha sauce bomb! NEED TO KNOW: DEC/JAN Drop in for a $14 express lunch, or an after-work drink at the daily $8 happy hour from 3 to 6pm. We also offer takeaways and catering platters delivered fresh and hot to your home or workplace! Use the voucher code: ‘10-OFF’ to receive a 10% discount when ordering online. Open 7 days, 11.30am to late - 70 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna Ph: 09 486 1615 | Email:

THE FOOD: Known for our traditional Cantonese food, great seafood and Yum Cha we have over 101 menu choices including our popular dim sum, the much-loved sticky rice parcels wrapped in bamboo leaf, and golden yolk custard buns. If you are a big fan of Yum Cha, pop in to try us - you won’t regret it!

ABOUT US: Ristorante La Spiaggia means 'restaurant on the beach' and that’s exactly where you are. Overlooking the beach at Murrays Bay. This is the new restaurant of Maria and Emilio, wellknown for establishing an popular Italian eatery in Takapuna. Open for dinner Tuesday through to Sunday from 5pm. THE FOOD: The menu features a mix of classic and modern dishes, including the most popular main choice Scaloppine Marsala with its tender veal medallions with mushrooms and masala wine sauce. La Spiaggia’s chef, Sabo, has vast experience in Italian cuisine and his creative flair is obvious. New Zealand Angus steaks are a feature and cooked to your preference while the market fish is a visual and flavour delight. Owner Emilio’s pizza’s are legendary with their loyal clients who come from wide and far. NEED TO KNOW: DEC/JAN Taking bookings for Christmas Festive Season. Being in the heart of the Bays, La Spiaggia makes for a fine destination with plenty of parking right at the door. Even though the restaurant is new in 2019, it is very popular. So be sure to book first – so you are not disappointed. Open Tues - Sun from 5pm, 470 Beach Road, Murrays Bay 475 5643 Issue 105 - December 2019 January 2020




ABOUT US: Calling The Grange a restaurant would be an understatement. It’s a cultural space for the local community, striving to fulfill all of our gastronomic needs… Whether it’s a quick drop-in meal or a drawn-out, romantic dinner on the terrace at sunset, the new heart of the North Shore will always be ready to give you a superb experience” – Denizen Magazine.

ABOUT US: Our ardent team of chefs have rubbed, smoked, sauced speciality meats to create a BBQ style menu. SmokePit & Buoy is located on Level one of The Spencer on Byron Hotel. Byron Avenue, Come and join us for breakfast, lunch, dinner, be entertained watching sports in our Club Bar and enjoy a bar snack

THE FOOD: Lookout for these taste sensations coming up for Summer… Market fish with green tomato broth, scampi emulsion and grilled cos hearts; Crudo of snapper, blood orange verjuice and ortaga; Heirloom tomatoes with seasoned vinaigrette and barado. Yum. With berries in season try some special desserts, like… Macerated assorted strawberries with burnt meringue. NEED TO KNOW: DEC/JAN The Grange is the place to be this festive season with their covered terrace, private dining room and outdoor dining. The bar with courtyard area is very popular. There is also a dining room that can hold functions for up to 18 people in a private space.

THE FOOD: We specialise in contemporary BBQ Cookery combined with traditional techniques. We take pride in our exclusive use of wagyu beef, line caught fish and our plant-based options. Come try our feasting menu for your Christmas office party and relax with great food, vibes and our awesome range of Craft beers as well as a large wine list. NEED TO KNOW: DEC/JAN Monday – Sunday 6:30am – Late Thursday: Cocktail of the Week $8 4.00pm – 7.00pm Let us host your Corporate for you (2–30 pax) SmokePit & Buoy 09 916 4982 Level One, The Spencer on Byron Hotel 9 – 17 Byron Avenue, Takapuna

Open: Mon to Fri 8am-late, Sat & Sun 9.30am-late At Goodside, Smales Farm, Takapuna. Phone (09) 972 9060



ABOUT US: We are an Indian fusion cuisine restaurant located in Murrays Bay. Sunil Kumar, owner/chef, has 18 years experience in multicuisine. After running an authentic Indian cuisine establishment in Albany for eight years successfully, he is ready with his new innovation to serve and build up rapport with the local community. THE FOOD: Many of our dishes are a twist on the traditional and are authentic. We have wide range of food available for vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free. Drop in for $10 lunch special 11.30am – 2.00pm Wednesday - Sunday. Take-away and delivery available for lunch special also. The Cinnamon Club is BYO. NEED TO KNOW: DEC/JAN Taking bookings for the Christmas Festive Season. Get 10% off on total bill on dine in or take-away. Offer valid until 31st December 2019. Open Wed – Sun 11.30am – 2pm, Mon – Sun 5 - 10pm. 470 Beach Road, Murrays Bay 09 281 0146 Recently opened in Takapuna on the old Artwok site – serving Artwok signature dishes plus great new Asian and European recipes.


Honest. Wholesome. Quality. ABOUT US: NZ Tang offers international cuisine with an Asian gourmet twist in a smart yet casual setting, using fresh top quality seafood and meats. THE FOOD: Share sashimi fresh from the sea, snacks and cold plates, dumplings and side plates; and then choose from the exciting main plate selection – from Songshu Yu (snapper, capsicum and tomato salsa with sweet & sour sauce) to Zhenjiang Spareribs (with black vinegar, white sesame seed and salad), Guo Bao Rou (Chinese-style crispy pork with ginger and coriander, and an exciting range of Chinese style dishes. Or go for what you know – fish and chips, salt and pepper lamb rack, or beef burger. Kids select from the kids’ menu. NEED TO KNOW: DEC/JAN Check out our latest news and offers on our website: NZ Tang, 152 Hurstmere Road, Open six days 11.30am-3pm; 5pm till late. Closed Mondays and public holidays. facebook: @nztang,


ABOUT US: Located in the heart of Milford, opposite New World, George brings us the good old favourite roast meals we love and sometimes have a craving for. Open for lunch and for dinner there is no need to cook one at home or go to Mum’s! Eat in or take-out. THE FOOD: Three sizes of meals are available and include succulent beef, pork (with crispy pork crackling), lamb, pork belly, lamb shank, chicken and vegetarian as well as hot meat bread rolls and southern fried chicken. NEED TO KNOW: DEC/JAN *** Lunch Special *** Only $9.90 for a small roast meal of pork, beef or chicken. Available 11.30am – 2pm.

N.Z. Tang

The Carvery Roast Meals Open Monday – Thursday 11.30am – 8.30pm, Friday & Saturday 11.30am – 9.00pm. 194 Kitchener Road, Milford, 09 484 0043

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People who love the Northcote Tavern

Peter's keen on the Tavern!

Peter Kean is a well-known name in business circles. With Lion Nathan, Lion, and more recently the Lion Foundation. He is also on the board of New Zealand Rugby. He’s a long time friend of Kim and Billy Milne, owners of the Northcote Tavern, so doesn’t need an excuse to pop in and enjoy the hospitality. Aidan Bennett caught up with him during November for TavTalk. AIDAN BENNETT: I understand you have known the Milnes for a long time? PETER KEAN: Yes, for over 20 years. Firstly when I was National Sales Director for Lion Nathan, followed by MD of NZ Wines & Spirits and then as MD for Lion Nathan NZ. I left New Zealand to run The Lion dairy and drinks business in Australia in 2011 and returned in 2014. I joined the Lion Foundation board that year and renewed my friendship with Kim and Billy once Peter Kean and Kim Milne at the Northcote Tavern. again. They are not only very loyal to Lion Nathan, but also very loyal to the Lion Foundation. They have been with the Lion Foundation since it was established in the mid 1980s. The Lion Foundation is now one of the most respected Charitable Trusts in New Zealand and has provided grants totalling over $900 million to thousands of charitable projects. Kim and Billy have played a valuable role in helping us to achieve this. AB: What are your first memories of going to the Northcote Tavern? PK: The family-friendly atmosphere created by the Milne family, plus the lovely crosssection of locals, both young and old who frequent their local. AB: How often do you try to pop in for a visit, drink or a meal? PK: Most times when I am on the North side of the bridge when I am in Auckland. Some of my North Shore mates enjoy a drink there, so it is an easy decision! AB: Sounds like you have an interesting life – the Lion Foundation, New Zealand Rugby and other business mentoring? PK: When I moved back to New Zealand after living in Melbourne for three and a half years, I decided to try my hand at governance. I made a decision to have as much diversity as possible on the boards that I joined. I have managed that, plus it also enables me to travel around the country – and by being on some boards in Central Otago I spend quite a bit of my time “back home”! AB: What is your favourite tipple when you visit the Tavern? PK: Steinie Classic. AB: The Tavern has a reputation for great pub food as well, do you have something on the menu that’s a favourite? PK: It’s hard to beat their Roast! AB: What is it that you enjoy about the Northcote Tavern? PK: The easy movement between the indoor and outdoor ambience is a real feature. AB: Complete the following: When I visit the Tavern I love it because… PK: … the Northcote is all about the local community. The hotel epitomises that with the support and sponsorship of many worthy causes in their area. It’s a meeting place for the locals who actually treat the pub as their own and as a result the environment is very comfortable. Above all, it’s a fun place to be!

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Ship Better with Pack & Send Jane and Jeremy Bain, the franchisees at Pack & Send Takapuna have a "No Limits" approach when helping customers solve packaging and freight problems. Now you have a better alternative to NZ Post to get you Christmas sending sorted – Stress Free. “It’s a busy and Jane and Jeremy Bain. stressful time of the year for many so we make it quick and easy to send your special items” says Jeremy Pack & Send Takapuna has sharpened up their domestic budget courier service prices for the seasonal period. Pack & Send is a better alternative to the Post Shop now with competitive parcel sending rates for pre-packed packages 5kg and over. Enjoy the convenience of getting a park right outside, no queuing with others paying bills. Deal with experts that specialise in packing and freight solutions. Whether you have one small gift or a mountain of goodies for Santa’s sleigh, Pack & Send has a service that will fit your needs. From low-cost traceable courier to precision, sensitive freight services. Around New Zealand or the world they have a service for your needs. Unfortunately, the elves in the shopping malls do not wrap your gifts to stand up to the rigors of freight. Pack & Send can safely pack your gifts into one of their super-strong cartons with bubblewrap for maximum protection while they are travelling to their final destination. “We also sell packing materials if you choose to pack it yourself to take full advantage of our Christmas pricing” says Jane Pack & Send Takapuna is your "one stop shop" for all your packaging, courier and freight solutions. Pack & Send has a new Online Self-Service solution for pre-packed items weighing less than 30kg with a value under $1000 that doesn't need the full personalised service you would receive in-store. This can be used for sending international packages as well as ones around New Zealand. This is a DIY courier service option, where you manage the process in your own home or office – rather than have it done for you. It’s as simple as 1-2-3. Visit the website and start with a quote. Pack & Send Takapuna open Mon – Sat, located at 77 Barrys Point Rd, Takapuna with exclusive and convenient parking outside. Ph 09 486-3355 or email and let them make sending easy.

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Stay on track over Christmas

Summer is a wonderful time of fun and festivity. A couple of weeks of indulgence Claire Bellingham doesn’t cause a problem in itself but unfortunately research shows that people who put on weight over the Christmas period often don’t lose it again. They just re-set their “normal” upwards for the year ahead, to the detriment of future health. The season of excess is usually a lot wider than the fortnight around Christmas – it can easily stretch from the beginning of December all the way to Waitangi week. So it’s important to consider your likely lifestyle and plan exercise accordingly. Summer tends to happen in three phases, starting with the festive frenzy in the first part of December. For many people this is a frantic time of professional deadlines, Christmas functions and kids’ end of year activities. Balancing the triangle of work, family and health is tricky at any time of year but the climate of chaos makes it particularly challenging. Your exercise regime may need slight adaptations for the festive season. Many gym-goers shift to early morning sessions in December to free themselves up for post-work functions. It can help to stack exercise towards the beginning of the week while you’re still feeling fresh-ish. If early mornings aren’t your thing then consider coming to the gym at an off-peak time such as late morning or early afternoon. It’s cooler than the evening and very efficient to zip around the gym quickly. Weekends are another option – and it can be very helpful to get your car parked at the mall before it opens. Then you’re perfectly placed for a quick bit of supermarket or Christmas shopping after your workout. The second phase of your summer exercise plan is the postChristmas holiday period. Les Mills Takapuna is open every day for the stay-cationers. A workout is a great way to start your day before heading off on your sunny adventures. If you’re going away think about the exercise options that will be available to you at your holiday destination. Ask your PT to show you some body weight exercises so you have a toolbox of activities to take with you. A little activity is better than nothing. If you have a complete break from exercise in December it can be very difficult to re-start. It’s much easier to regain momentum from a slower pace than from completely stationary. The third phase of your summer exercise plan is New Year’s resolutions. These are traditionally made on the first day of the year but January can be a tricky time to achieve goals. Many people are still out of routine enjoying trips, house guests and school holiday activities. It’s a relaxed social time to recover from the pressure of Christmas and enjoy the sunshine. Lots of relaxed socialising revolves around food and then the month ends with a long weekend - not ideal weight loss conditions. There is no point in setting ambitious goals when you don’t have routines in place to accomplish them. It’s far better to continue at a modest but consistent pace through January and relaunch health and fitness for 2020 when conditions are right. This summer make a commitment to setting a realistic target, even if it’s just to maintain your weight over the festive period. Set achievable exercise goals according to the phase you’re in. Adopt a sensible approach to festive food and exercise and then relax about it. Enjoy your health, your family and all your blessings this Christmas. Les Mills Takapuna, Rooftop Level, Shore City, Takapuna 0800 LES MILLS


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The Grange The North Shore’s Hottest New Bar & Bistro. Find us at the Goodside, Smales Farm, Takapuna.

The Goodside, Smales Farm Cnr The Boulevard and Smales Farm Ave

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Takapuna 0622 P 09 972 9060

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! s u t i s i v Come ILOVETAKAPUNA: NEWS


is Auckland’s ultimate summer destination TOP 10 THINGS TO DO 1

Takapuna Beach – walk the beach, go for a swim, try stand up paddle boarding or soak up the sunshine on this beautiful white sand beach while admiring the views across the Hauraki Gulf


Enjoy the tastes of Takapuna with over 150 places to eat or drink - from chic cafes to healthy eats to world flavours, tasty takeaways or stunning beachfront dining, Takapuna has a raft of tasty treats just for you.


Shop for something special. From fashion to jewellery to exquisite homewares and gifts, you will find just the right thing from the range of high street stores, designer boutiques and Shore City Shopping Centre.

4 Discover an ancient fossil forest on the ‘lava trail’ between Takapuna Check out all the fantastic photos shared to us by fellow Takapuna lovers! and Milford which forms part of the Te Araroa walkway. This is a stunning Tag us @ilovetakapuna or usethe #ilovetakapuna on Instagram to share your pics with us. seaside walk along coast.



Bring the family to one of Auckland’s best playgrounds – The allabilities Takapuna Beach Playground, then recharge with an icecream or something to eat


Get out on the water and try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding, wind surfing, sailing, kayaking, or even snorkelling!


Stroll through Takapuna’s famous Sunday Market to find anything from fresh fruit and vegetables, to crafts, furniture and antiques


Immerse your cultural self in live theatre, music, arts, culture and heritage at the Bruce Mason Centre, PumpHouse Theatre, Lake House Arts Centre or Berkley Cinemas.


Find inner peace with a restorative yoga, massage or reflexology session or pump up the pulse with an exercise class or Pilates session.


Pack a picnic and head to the beach reserve on Takapuna Beach or the shores of Lake Pupuke.

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Talking Takapuna From the team at I Love Takapuna, we hope you all have a fantastic, safe and happy holidays, whether you’re travelling or having a stay-cation at home. It’s beginning to look a lot like – SUMMER! As the holiday festivities build up and then fade away we can really start to sit back, relax and enjoy this beautiful weather. And where better to enjoy the weather than Takapuna, of course! Takapuna is your ultimate summer destination, where you can enjoy the great beach, amazing views, scrumptious dining options, boutique shopping experience, and endless events and surprises to keep you entertained. Stop worrying about Christmas shopping and where to go for your summer needs because Takapuna has you covered. With an amazing variety of brands from the chic and unique to the stylish and trendy, there’s something for everyone. There are also heaps of choices for homewares, gifts, technology, jewelleries, activewear and swimwear, and everything else you need. The best urban beach festival is hitting Takapuna Beach again this new year – the Summer Days Festival is back on Saturday 18 January 2020 at Takapuna Beach Reserve. This free community event is fun for the whole family, so gather the crew and head to the beach from 10am for family fun and entertainment, delicious food and drinks, and of course a sandcastle building competition! Then as the evening sets in, we introduce some fantastic Kiwi musical talent to entertain us on a balmy summer evening, beachside. Dig out the jandals and bring a picnic or try any of the local restaurants around Taka or the food trucks on site and get ready for a chill summer day at the beach.

Stop worrying about Christmas shopping and where to go for your summer needs because Takapuna has you covered. With an amazing variety of brands from the chic and unique to the stylish and trendy… Keep an eye out on what else is happening in town by visiting us at and following us on social media @ilovetakapuna. Takapuna is the place to be whether you love fun events, great food, amazing shopping, or fantastic views. So, dust off your jandals, apply that sunblock and see you in Takapuna!

Check out all the fantastic photos shared to us by fellow Takapuna lovers! Tag us @ilovetakapuna or use #ilovetakapuna on Instagram to share your pics with us.

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Shop the Shore FLORIENNE Find summer at Florienne - flowers and sunshine 60A Hurstmere Road, Takapuna 09 486 6438 BIRTHDAY EVERYDAY The smooth Mango Mousse Cake is layered with passionfruit purée, blood orange purée and dacquoise on a white sponge base. The rabbits in the wood theme includes tiramisu mousse rabbits sitting on a ground of chocolate coated cereal and green chocolate leaves. 2a Byron Ave, Takapuna Ph 09 200 9946 Mon-Sat 9.30am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm

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TANGO'S SHOES Slide into Summer with Tango’s Kite. 164 Kitchener Rd, Milford 09 488 0495

CITTÀ TAKAPUNA The Vitra toolbox from Città is an organisational container you won’t want to hide away. The grab-and-go storage caddy can be used to store all the essential tools at work or at home. Perfect for desk tidying and mobile workspaces, and available in a range of colours. Available from Città Takapuna. 6-8 Como Street, Takapuna 09 972 9147


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LA MADU Brighten up your life by just visiting La Madu... bright one-season dresses, beachwear, homeware and many stocking fillers. 15 Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna Monday to Friday 10-5 Weekends 10-3

NEXT DOOR GALLERY In the true tradition of crafting, Su McPherson’s Peg Dolls are beautifully handmade for you to enjoy, gift and collect. The collection is always changing so do pop into the Gallery to choose. 132 Hinemoa Street, Birkenhead Point 09 480 9289

THE SHEEPSKIN FACTORY Enjoy a grand holiday with glorious sunshine this season. Show a copy of this ad and receive 10% discount upon purchase. (not in conjunction with other shop promos) 9-5pm Mon-Sat and 10-4pm Sunday 34 Barrys Point Road, Takapuna Ph 09 486 2679

BEAR BROTHERS Heading to the beach or winery concert this summer? The Bear Brothers Carry Cushion will hold all you need in the big pockets with your valuables zipped inside - sit back in comfort and enjoy! Great present for Festival goers, available in-store and online. 61 Victoria Road, Devonport 022 541 3554

CAPTIVATE INTERIORS ZSISKA designer jewellery – Beautiful. Inspiring. Bold. We believe in strong women who know what they want. Women who stand out in the crowd. Green Gables Mall 376 Beach Road, Mairangi Bay P: 478 9997 facebook instagram Issue 105 - December 2019 January 2020


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RESENE COLOR SHOP Use the right tones that work together and our vivid colours will provide high contrast to your bold furniture. Seen here is Resene Bluetooth on the walls. 1 Auburn St, Takapuna, 09 489 1540 2 Tawa Drive, Albany, 09 414 6500 8 Croftfield Lane, Wairau Park, 09 444 4387

POSH LABELS LTD Cooper Sunshine Dress Mars designer sunglasses Turn your closet into cash Exciting top quality labels 160 Kitchener Rd (down arcade) Milford, 489 9422

WALLACE COTTON Wallace Cotton’s new summer collection is bright and beautiful! Featuring the vibrant Rose Anna cushion available in pink and indigo ($69.90) 34 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna 09 551 7767

THE FAIRY LIGHT SHOP Brighten up your Christmas with our vintage lights… Online or in-store. 32D Barrys Point Road, Takapuna 09 486 1586


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PAINTED BIRD Celebrate a season for change and update your wardrobe and accessories sustainably with our curated and bespoke Vintage offering. A stylist is always on hand to assist in finding that perfect look. (Photo credit to

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WILD & WOOLLY YARNS Wild and Woolly Yarns‌ Simple, Honest and Sustainable. 93 Kitchener Road, 09 488 7039 Facebook: wild and woolly yarns

TAKAPUNA PAPER PLUS Lamy writing instruments made in Germany. 28 Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna 09 666 8765

CRAVEHOME Why not live a more thoughtful life this year? Start with your own reusable coffee cup – these are the best around and come in such a pretty range of colours! 30 Mokoia Road, Birkenhead 09 419 9535

JARDIN Discover Fermob - the French outdoor brand that brings colour, design and 'joie de vivre' to your garden. This Louisiane garden bench with its contemporary yet timeless shape looks at home in any outdoor setting. 3 Vega Place, Rosedale 09 889 1200 Issue 105 - December 2019 January 2020


IF SANTA BRINGS YOU TOOTHACHE THE TOOTH COMPANY - SMALES FARM & EASTRIDGE ARE OPEN CHRISTMAS HOURS: Smales Farm and Eastridge are open Christmas Eve, 24 December 2019 from 8am -1pm 26 December 2019 - 5 January 2020 from 10am - 4pm (Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day)


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Takapuna North Who’s getting excited about warm Summer days and spending time with the family these holidays? We definitely are! Look out for our Summer Fun van while you’re out and about. It’s full to the brim with fun toys to keep the kids entertained at our beautiful parks and reserves. Hopefully we’ll see you at one of Sarah Thorne our events over the next couple of months. Our Summer Fun Programme starts 2nd December. Join us for free preschool play on Mondays and Wednesdays and for Family Fun Fridays for Primary aged kids. All sessions take place at our wonderful local parks in Hauraki, Takapuna, Castor Bay, Sunnynook, Milford and Forrest Hill. For a full timetable, visit our website (www. or Facebook page: Join us at Sunnynook Park on Thursday 12th December from 5-6.30pm for the Sunnynook Christmas Wheels event. Dress up and decorate your wheels in a Christmas theme. Meet at Sunnynook Community Centre and then make your way along the path around the park. Complete the challenges and collect stamps that can be redeemed for lollies or stickers at the end of the trail. Free face painting and sausage sizzle. This event is accessible and we encourage all types of wheels and abilities. Big thanks to Auckland Transport and Devonport-Takapuna Local Board for supporting this event.

Bird counters, bird spotters and pest trappers we need you! Thank you to everyone who came along to our free Active Ageing Expo in Takapuna on 8th November. It was a fantastic day with some wonderful community groups, clubs and societies. We’re looking forward to next year’s event already! Bird counters, bird spotters and pest trappers we need you. The North Shore Birdsong Project is on the look-out for any residents keen to help out with regular bird counts in reserves and residential areas. We are looking for a large number of people for this lovely volunteer role, so if you love birds and have short blocks of time to spare every now and then, we need people to identify, monitor and report bird sightings. All you need to do is sign up, grab your coffee and the survey form, and record bird sightings for short periods of time – as easy as that. We are also really interested in hearing from any person or organisation who is able to help rid the area of pests and help our ecological restoration teams, especially if you have a pest problem on your property or live close to a reserve. We have traps available for long-term loan, training and support is available too. If you’re keen to be involved, please contact Fiona Martin at: and sign up to the Facebook page: /northshorebirdsongproject for events and notifications.


Finery for grownups with good taste

– when you fancy something a little fancy

The writer considers herself a grownup with good taste so was delighted to sample Finery’s range of sophisticated ready-to-drink cocktails. A drink enthusiast, she aligns herself with the sensibilities of the creators themselves, Fine People, a collective of like-minded people who are discerning and social grown-ups who like good food and fine company. Based in Takapuna, the grassrootsbased company recently launched its inaugural product, Finery, which is a lightly alcoholic cocktail, a sophisticated ready-to-drink vodka and soda with a beautiful and subtly designed can that you could proudly hold in your hand whatever the social occasion. What sets these drinks apart is the considered blends of fruits, teas and botanicals creating a unique taste sensation. These are natural honest flavours that are unpasteurised with no added sugar and, except for the ginger and green tea, are vegan-friendly. Finery has launched with four thirst-quenching flavours: grapefruit, cucumber and mint; vanilla and elderflower; lemon myrtle, lime and black tea; and ginger, green tea, honey, mint and lemon. These can be found at your favourite liquor stores on the Shore and in many of your local bars, restaurants, and sports clubs. Without a doubt Finery is the one to reach for when you fancy something a little fancy.

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Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency will be carrying out maintenance work, including resurfacing, on the southbound clip-on lanes of the Auckland Harbour Bridge this holiday season. Three lanes in both directions will remain open across the Auckland Harbour Bridge at all times. While work is carried out, southbound access off the motorway will be affected: • The Shelly Beach Road off-ramp will be closed. • Access to Shelly Beach Road via Westhaven Drive will operate on a stop/go system. Delays are likely and motorists are advised to consider using alternative routes along the Northwestern Motorway (SH16) and State Highway 18 (SH18). The resurfacing process used on the bridge requires three to five days to “cure” before traffic can drive on it. While this may look like nothing is happening, the team will be carrying out other maintenance tasks out of sight. Unfavourable weather or other unforeseen circumstances may result in a change from advertised dates. For more information contact or call 0800 444 449 PG17209-1119


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En route to everywhere!

The Dog Den is a dog owner's best friend The Dog Den’s fantastic location, The Dog Den aims to provide opposite Countdown in Barry’s the best in space and stimulation Point Rd makes dropping for each dog and in staffing ratios. your dog off for the day, just a Steve and Helen’s first hire was slight detour from your regular group supervisor, Mariah Rich. commute. The Dog Den is She has a diploma in veterinary super close to all motorway on nursing and animal behaviour. Steve Richardson, Darby, ramps and routes in and out of Mariah is a passionate dog Helen Miller. Mariah Rich, Finn. Takapuna. advocate, enthusiastic with an The Dog Den is a North Shore family owned business that opened endless pool of ideas based on her vast experience. Calm but fun its doors in November. It’s a specifically designed centre to look Mariah is truly remarkable with the dogs and their care. after your dog providing day care, grooming, boarding, dog taxi and Steve and Helen have a border terrier called Darby who was the specialist food and accessories. inspiration for the new business and change of direction. In the past Dog lovers and owners Helen Miller and Steve Richardson say, “It they used other dog day care centres because they got so busy took us nearly two years to find the right property and location, so we running previous businesses, but they understood that "socialisation could deliver something different that’s stimulating, social, and safe was so important for Darby and keeping him active and occupied," with a convenient drop of point right in the heart of Takapuna.” says Helen. What sets The Dog Den apart is their desire to provide the most Helen and Steve live in Northcote Point, with kids at Westlake natural environment for dogs, and be as sustainable as possible and Girls and Willow Park schools. It really is a family business with twins minimise the businesses environmental footprint. Hannah and Zoe (13) squeezing in working at the Dog Den between The warehouse is flooded in natural daylight. “We have so many North Harbour and Westlake basketball training sessions. Jamie windows we don’t need lights on during the day,“ says Helen. "Our (9) also helps out when not playing soccer for Glenfield Rovers or rubber floor is perfect for the dog’s feet, but also made from recycled basketball for Willow Park. Steve and Helen play hockey for East tyres. Fences for play areas remind the dogs of their own gardens Coast Bays and Steve has played for North Harbour masters too. A and are made from wood. A Central low energy roof ventilation fan Harbour family through and through! provides airflow." You are most welcome to drop by this convenient location and Steve says, “We also sell Roar and Good Noze, New Zealand meet the family and the local team who love dogs. owned natural dog foods, both with no additives, preservatives, or colouring. We sell and use biodegradable dog poop bags and we TThe Dog Den Day Care, 23 Barry’s Point Rd, Takapuna, Phone stock Wolves of Wellington brand of collars, leads and bandanas 486 0575. Opening Hours – Monday to Friday 6:30am - 6:30pm, supporting New Zealand family businesses like our own.” Saturday & Sunday 8am - 4pm During the design process the couple consulted experts in dog behaviour and socialisation, members of the council’s animal management team and swapped notes with other dog day care Pay for 5 flexi days & receive 6 ($33.33 per day) owners. The Dog Den is fully compliant with the MPI code of welfare * New customers only. Limit of one per customer when you enrol for dogs (Oct 2018), code of welfare temporary housing of companion your dog online. Promo code SUM2019. animals (Oct 2018), and PIA Australia Dog day care guidelines.

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Stephen Lovatt performs 'The End of the Golden Weather' on Takapuna Beach Reserve.

Golden Weather for Christmas Day Here at Channel, we’re thrilled to see that the popular Takapuna beach performance of a segment of Bruce Mason’s ‘The End of the Golden Weather’ takes place again this year at Takapuna Beach Reserve (near the playground) on Christmas morning. Stephen Lovatt, who first performed it under the direction of Roger Hall as a Christmas Day tribute to Takapuna and to Bruce Mason, right on the beach where the work was written and set, again performs an extract, Christmas at Te Parenga, from this much-loved play, focusing on a planned family Christmas. Stephen’s presentation celebrates Takapuna (thinly disguised as Te Parenga) and some of the trials and eccentricities of its residents in the 1930s, and has become very much a North Shore Christmas tradition, with families adjourning to the beach reserve from presentopening to share what is now part of Takapuna’s heritage. Every year since 2006, thousands of people of all ages have shared Christmas morning on the reserve with family, friends and neighbours, collectively enjoying part of a truly classic New Zealand play that celebrates the lazy, sun-dappled spirit of Christmas beloved by all Kiwis. With Rangitoto and the sounds and smells of the ocean as a backdrop, and framed by pohutukawa, the performance of ‘The End of the Golden Weather’ epitomises the halcyon days (and classic rivalries and tensions) of a beachside New Zealand Christmas. The story is told from the childhood perspective of a character who no doubt encapsulates some of the experiences of Bruce Mason and his contemporaries growing up in Takapuna in the Depression. It’s a heart-felt memoir that recalls the sights, sounds, attitudes and personalities of 1930s Takapuna – and an acknowledgment of the inevitable growing up and awakening of a boy’s sense of the harsh realities of life. The extract Stephen performs, short enough to retain the interest of young family members, captures the injustices of childhood seen


through the eyes of the child who upstages a carefully planned family Christmas pageant. It is poignant, packed with laughs and the perfect way to begin celebrating Christmas Day.

… the performance of ‘The End of the Golden Weather’ epitomises the halcyon days (and classic rivalries and tensions) of a beachside New Zealand Christmas. Playwright and Takapuna resident Sir Roger Hall staged the inaugural performance before a small audience of friends and acquaintances in 2006. With the tradition firmly established, Sir Roger handed organisation of the event to Bruce Mason’s daughter Belinda in 2016, and the baton has now passed to Malcolm Calder. Recent performances have attracted up to 600 who relish the performance, and share their lives, their coffee and nibbles, and even their folding chairs and rugs along with their Christmasengendered goodwill. Attendance is free with optional koha for Oxfam New Zealand. It is suitable for – and attracts – anyone of any age who is a New Zealander – or wishes to celebrate New Zealand (and Takapuna in particular) as it once was. The End of the Golden Weather, 10.30am Wednesday 25 December 2019 Alternate wet weather venue – the Takapuna War Memorial Hall, The Strand (Performance lasts about half an hour)

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Mayor Phil Goff was on hand to officially open the New World Metro Shore City store on Thursday November 14th. He joined with local councillor Richard Hills as well as owner Doug Cochrane and his family – wife Cary, daughter Hattie and son Angus – to do the official honours.

New World Metro opens in Shore City Takapuna locals rejoiced in droves when the New World Metro supermarket opened in Shore City in mid-November. A centrally located Takapuna supermarket has been wanted for a long time and this also provides a real boost for Shore City. The neat thing for the Takapuna community is New World Metro Shore City is very much a family business, run by locals for locals. The design of New World Metro Shore City is a first for New World and while visually appealing, also allows quick and easy lunch or dinner solutions. The supermarket has a wide open entry onto the Shore City Shopping Centre, with a real feature being the extensive deli that also opens directly onto the shopping mall. "It's been a fabulous opening and I'm really enjoying getting to know our local customers,” said owner Doug Cochrane just a few days after the opening. "I urge new customers to make themselves known to me as this is totally our approach to business. We are local and keen to ensure we are giving our customers exactly what they want.” The Channel Mag team was thrilled to be at the official opening of the new supermarket. Mayor Phil Goff did the official honours, assisted by popular local councillor Richard Hills. In the days following we wandered through to take a more in-depth look and also chat with members of the team that owner Doug Cochrane has put together. "I'm so excited to introduce our brand new deli team,” said Sarita when we visited the prominent deli area in the New World Metro. "We are delighted with our freshly made products and are always happy to help at the counter. We are also offering


custom catering options which we would love to chat through with customers.” The cheese cabinet is also extensive, featuring international speciality cheeses that Sarita says customers are welcome to request a sample of. Butchery manager Reuben brings 25 years' experience with him to run the busy New World Metro Shore City butchery.

It's been a fabulous opening and I'm really enjoying getting to know our local customers… I urge new customers to make themselves known to me as this is totally our approach to business. We are local and keen to ensure we are giving our customers exactly what they want. "Coming from Westmere Butchery into the new store has been fantastic,” said Reuben when talking about his new role. “Not only is it great to be working near the beach in this fantastic location,

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but I can guarantee that we will always have one of the best selections of fine cuts and meal solutions that our customers will love. We will be catering for what is a discerning local market.” Reuben also told us that the beef olives and fillet beef have been a particular hit with customers in the short time they have been open. The bakery is an important section at New Butchery manager Reuben brings 25 World Metro Shore City. years of experience with him to run Maia and her team are the busy New World Metro Shore City baking fantastic artisanal butchery. bread daily along with other usual bakery products such as muffins, baguettes and rolls. The supermarket’s cake maker is Yasmin and she is bringing custom celebration cakes in a variety of designs to the store. Yasmin is a trained pastry chef and has a passion for quirky and creative cakes. "Cakes are my passion,” explained Yasmin when we came across her delectable delights. "Outside of work I'm always on the Sarita in the entensive New World hunt online for new ideas, Metro deli. flavours and decorating options. As someone with dietary requirements myself, I'm looking to also bring more dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan options into our bakery.” In fact, catering to those with dietary requirements is something that Doug Cochrane and his team have a big focus on. There is a dedicated vegan/vegetarian and health food section. Serving a growing metropolitan area means the New World Metro Shore City offering needs to be very strong in ready-to-go items, and they are. There is a great range of pre-prepared meals, lunch items and they have a great range of sandwiches that are handmade in-store every day by their deli team. Coffee lovers are also well catered for. Doug Cochrane says head barista, Miriana, is very dynamic and always brightens customer's morning with their Supreme coffee. Supreme coffee has been around since 1993 and is known for

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its delicious blends that work perfectly with every coffee order. "Mornings can be tough, so I will always try to start your day having a laugh,” said Miriana, with a smile, on the morning we visited and Doug shouted us a coffee. "The Supreme blends have been new to me but our customers are loving it, and I’m loving being popular with the best coffee in Takapuna!” New World Metro Yasmin and her team are baking Shore City has the full fantastic artisanal bread daily. Pam's range and due to its comprehensive stock. It also has the other brand options you know and love. They even have fresh flowers delivered daily. “We know that we are catering for a pretty sophisticated clientele so we have made sure we have grocery offerings to satisfy the real foodies and chefs,” added Doug Cochrane. “I know this is a community that loves eating fine food and we intend to embrace that.” Head barista, Miriana. So there it is folks, New World Metro Shore City. Your new local supermarket that may be just a short stroll away from home or your place of work. If you need to drive there is also plenty of parking right beside the supermarket in the wonderful Shore City parking building. New World Metro Shore City - Open 7 Days, 7am until 9pm. Phone 09 869 2333

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Lester de Vere

Lester de Vere is probably the Shore’s leading Business Broker. Born and bred on the Shore he represents ABC Business Sales in his home patch. He spent many years in business himself before taking on the role at ABC – which he just loves. His passion for 'helping vendors transition through the sale process and creating a winwin for both seller and purchaser' has resulted in him being ABC’s No.1 Auckland Sales Person in 2018 and being named ABC’s Trusted Advisor of the Year 2018. ABC Business Sales was awarded Business Sales Agency of the Year 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 by REINZ.

Buying a business is better than starting up... why? Income from day one Most start-ups go through an initial phase when they do not generate an income – for some, this can be three years or more. During this period, it may be necessary to lease the premises itself, equipment and its installation, initial stock and materials, fixtures and fittings, legal and professional fees, a licence, uniforms...the list goes on. Without finance in place or an alternative income, this stage can be tricky for new business owners and it is easy to become demotivated. Instant customer access An existing business also has customers/clients at the ready. You can use various strategies and marketing to build on that customer base, but you don’t have the task of building it from scratch. Focus on growing the business With a start-up, an entrepreneur has to channel all their energy into getting the business off the ground and this can be timeconsuming and exhausting. In contrast, taking over an established business means you are free to focus on the particular parts of the business that most need attention, aiding the growth of the enterprise as a whole. Trained employees in place Just as it takes time to build up a network of suppliers and other contacts, it also takes time to build up and train a team of employees. These key people are already in place in an existing business. This can make it easier to implement strategies for growth and development. It also means there is a trained team that can keep things running if you want to take time off. Income to put back into the business With a start-up, lack of finance to do what you really want with the business can be frustrating. Cash is eaten up in buying the resources needed to get things up and running. With a steady income from an established business, you have more freedom in how you choose to re-invest this money. Buying an established business in effect buys you time, the time it other wise takes for you to build the business to the same level as an existing business cannot be under-valued. Please get in contact if you have a specific field of business in mind, I am happy to do the research on your behalf Cheers for now, Lester. Contact: Lester de Vere 0274 599 773 or email: or visit:

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Nikki & Bute

Nikki Howell and Bute her much-loved West Highland White Terrier.

In association with our good friends at DogHQ each month we meet Shore people whose four-legged family members add a great deal of joy to their lives. Our very own dog-lover Aidan Bennett loves the task of putting this monthly feature together. He and wife Michelle have two dogs of their own. This month we feature Nikki Howell and ‘Bute’ her West Highland White Terrier. AIDAN BENNETT: How long has Bute been part of your life? NIKKI HOWELL: I've been fortunate enough to have Bute in my life for the last 14 months. I got him when he was three months old. AB: What made you decide to get this breed? NH: I did quite a bit of research to narrow it down to the West Highland White Terrier aka a Westie. I didn't want a really small dog and nor did I want a big dog. I'm originally from Scotland so it seemed appropriate and that's why he's called Bute. I was born on the Isle of Bute. AB: Is he your first dog? If not tell us about your other dogs? NH: He is. So I feel like I've had my L-plates up, navigating through the things that happens with puppies. I'm very much a proud fur mum and happily admit to being wrapped around his fluffy paws. It took until now for me to be a dog mum as I didn't want have him sitting at home all day if I worked and thankfully what I do now allows me to also work from home a couple of days a week. AB: Do you have any other pets? NH: No. Just Bute. AB: What do you love about Bute? NH: What do I love about him! He is incredibly social, happy and loves cuddles. He makes me smile, especially if my day hasn't gone to plan. He has such a big personality. He is a gorgeous soul – but I am a little biased! AB: Does he have any bad habits? NH: He always has to have the last bark if asked to stop barking at something or someone!

Nikki Howell and Bute.

NH: He's been going to DogHQ pretty much since I got him as I wanted him to be socialised and have fun. He loves it so much that he races in and doesn't even say goodbye. I love that you get to see photos on facebook, who he's played with and a report card that tells me how his day has been. People at work are amazed at that. AB: Does he love the beach and swimming? NH: He loves the beach. The water not so much. That is my plan for this summer, to see if I can coax him into the sea.

AB: What are his favourite things to do? NH: He loves chasing a small rubber ring that I throw and roll. It seems to be his thing to catch it before it rolls to a flat stop. He also loves zoomies with other dogs. He has no concept of size and even tries to play with a Great Dane that often walks the same beach. The size difference is hysterical!

AB: Any words of wisdom for other dog owners or prospective dog owners? NH: I should have found Bute years ago. What took me so long? I cannot imagine life without him and he makes things better. As a first time fur mum it has been a little strange at times as I don't know what I don't know but chatting to the amazing staff at DogHQ when I've had a question, really helped. Do it. Give a loving dog a great home.

AB: How long has he been going to DogHQ and does he love it?

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FREE shows and entertainment for the whole family Parade through the Mall

Starting at the Warehouse via Farmers via Centrecourt, L3

Balloonies – Balloon Twisting 'Christmas is Coming' Show

Performed by Emily & her friend Violet – Talent Quest 2019 winner

10am The Warehouse 10am – 12pm Centrecourt 10.30am

Santa Arrival & Photos Facepainting Fancy Dress Competition (13 years and under)

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Summer Fun



Summer on the Shore is pretty special and unique. We asked some local summer lovers what they enjoy most about this season.

Adam Bennett, Highlife Entertainment Adam is in the business of entertainment, creating innovative events where the focus is on people having fun, particularly during summer months. What do North Shore summers mean to you? Spending the days down at Cheltenham or Takapuna beaches, lots of BBQs or visits to the local restaurants. House parties, fishing, swimming and heaps of family and friends time in the sun. What’s your favourite event / venue that you never miss? We never miss the Devonport Santa Parade. It’s a family tradition and we always catch up with a lot of people we grew up with from around the area. The kids love it! Do you have a ‘hidden gem’ that other North Shore residents might not know about? Mount Cambria Reserve. It’s always so peaceful there and not many people know it even exists apart from Devo locals.

What would you recommend visitors do on the North Shore this summer? Come to the Sunsetter Food, Wine & Music Festival on Saturday 15th February at Smales Farm! (Haha - had to get a plug in here somewhere for it). What else would you like to see for future North Shore generations to do in summers to come? More vibrant music events and activities for people to enjoy around the place. It’s time the Shore had more of a pulse. We don’t have enough happening over this side of the bridge and in comparison to other international cities and beachside suburbs we are falling behind. What do you hope to achieve in 2020? To help more people in need where possible, spend more time with my family and take our events business to a whole new level.

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Matthew Fong, Honda Cars Matthew is the busy branch manager at Honda Cars in Wairau Road, keeping a big team humming all year. He is looking forward to some relaxation over the summer.

What would you recommend visitors do on the North Shore this summer? For those like me with young children, keeping up to speed with the local Christmas parades. Although not on the same scale as the Farmer’s parade held in the city, the local parades are a lot of fun and an opportunity to get out and meet your neighbours.

What do North Shore summers mean to you? The beach and barbecues! Being out and about with family and friends making the most of the long summer evenings.

What else would you like to see for What’s your favourite event / venue that you Ashton, Matthew and Olivia Fong. future North Shore generations to do in never miss? I can’t remember what it’s called, summers to come? Nothing different really. but every year at Brown’s Bay there are great family activities set up But probably to be more mindful of the footprints we leave. Using beachside. Music, buskers, and outdoor equipment like hula-hoops, public spaces as great as ours is a real privilege, so to make sure we stilts etc for kids to engage with. (Editor’s note: Summer Fun Friday tidy up after ourselves. afternoons, monthly Twilight Markets). Do you have a ‘hidden gem’ that other North Shore residents might What do you hope to achieve in 2020? More of the same from 2019 – family time and moments with loved ones. More gratitude and not know about? At the risk of sounding selfish, it is a “hidden gem” reflection on what and who I have in my life. for the factor that others do not know about it.

Brady Campbell, Mairangi Bay Surf Club Brady is powercraft officer at the club and is currently on the lifeguarding committee. Having qualified as a lifeguard at age 14, he is responsible for everything involving a rescue boat such as driver and crew instruction, maintenance, resourcing and simulated rescue competition, as well as patrolling and competing for the surf club. What do North Shore summers mean to you? New Zealand summer is Brady Cambell. unrivalled and the Shore makes work, beach, and socialising accessible. I would have left Auckland a long time ago if I couldn’t live on the Shore; I might as well live on the water! I tell people I’m from ‘north of Auckland’ all the time. What’s your favourite event / venue that you never miss? Mairangi Bay Food and Wine Festival in February is one of my favourites, and they support the Surf Club, so that’s a bonus. I’m a bit of a foodie. Do you have a ‘hidden gem’ that other North Shore residents might not know about? The easy answer is Mairangi Bay at sunrise; it’s quiet

and on a clear day you can see Coromandel and Great Barrier Island. Rangitoto has a perfect reflection in the glassy water and you know it’s going to be a good day. What would you recommend visitors do on the North Shore this summer? Go for a sunrise walk at Long Bay Regional Park or along the beach and seawalls from Murrays Bay to Campbells Bay. For the more adventurous, head to the Okura bushwalks (where I grew up). Then finish your day with friends and evening fish and chips at the beach. What else would you like to see for future North Shore generations to do in summers to come? I’d love to see more activities for young people at the beach. Get them outside doing things like playing beach cricket and volleyball, use water equipment that may be for hire. Give them a place to be other than in front of their phones. What do you hope to achieve in 2020? I’ll be looking to continue my role within the surf club as instructor, coach and powercraft officer, as well as competing myself. We are hoping for big things at nationals this year and I’d love to see the team in contention for the national title. We are also in training to send a team to world champs in Italy to represent the club, and that same team will be trialling for a spot in the national team. So hopefully we can make that happen!

Adam Mather, Manager at Franc's Bar and Diner, Takapuna Adam balances running the thriving Franc's establishment and is lucky that he can look at Takapuna Beach anytime while he's working. What do North Shore summers mean to you? Sharing sunny days, great food and drinks in our local paradise. Running Francs Bar & Diner, I meet so many great people. When the sun's out, it’s hard to do better than the Shore. What’s your favourite event / venue that you never miss? The Takapuna Beach Summer Days Festival is always a great day. January is such a fantastic time with holidays in full swing and families enjoying the beach, our restaurants and shopping areas. Do you have a ‘hidden gem’ that other North Shore residents might not know about? I love grabbing a coffee at Holy Shot on Hurstmere Road. It is one of my favourite little spots.

What would you recommend visitors do on the North Shore this summer? Try bubble soccer: free every Saturday on the Takapuna Beach foreshore. People encased in human sized blow up balls attempting to kick a ball is very amusing! This is an initiative from Kia Kaha Studios and Franc's to encourage outdoor activity near our beautiful beach.

Adam Mather.

What else would you like to see for future North Shore generations to do in summers to come? I’d love to see future generations enjoy clean, safe swimming beaches. There is plenty of work to be done to make that a reality and we can all help. What do you hope to achieve in 2020? Soak up the goodness. Enjoy the journey. Issue 105 - December 2019 January 2020





Shore By Christine Young

Channel Magazine’s Summery Summary There’s always plenty to do in summer on the Shore – beaches are a magnet for swimmers, sunbathers, paddle-boarders, kayakers. And where better to exercise than on the beach, or along many of the walking and cycling tracks around the area. But sometimes you need a little extra. Or maybe you just want a round-up of where to go and what to do. Here’s the Channel team’s selection of the best of what’s happening on the Shore in December and January.



Until 21 December Tim Bray Theatre Company presents The Santa Claus Show ’19 at the PumpHouse Theatre, 10.30am & 1pm. This popular show returns for the 17th time, with the tale of how Kelly learns about the true meaning of Christmas. 15 December, Christmas Carols in The PumpHouse amphitheatre, 6pm. Join Harbour Voices and The PumpHouse Community Choir as they – and you – sing everyone’s favourite Christmas songs and carols. Don’t worry about the words as you’ll get a songbook to sing from. 19-21 December, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, with foolish wit theatre at The PumpHouse Coal Bunker, 8pm. A performed reading of this classic tale in the spooky environment of The PumpHouse’s Coal Bunker Studio. No set, props or special effects – just talented actors, the magic of storytelling and Charles Dicken’s beloved story. 25 December End of the Golden Weather, 10.30am, Takapuna Beach Reserve. Stephen Lovatt performs a special extract of Bruce Mason’s enduring classic, that recalls Christmas in Te Parenga (Takapuna) in the depression years. Free. Koha to Oxfam appreciated. 18 January – 15 February, Auckland Shakespeare in the Park 2020 – As You Like It and/or Macbeth, 7.30pm. Traditional presentations of two of Shakespeare’s finest plays performed in The PumpHouse Amphitheatre. Book one or book both to make the most of Shoreside Theatre’s 24th season of Shakespeare Summer in the Park. Until 21 December, Gifting Tree for De Paul House. Tim Bray Theatre Company and The PumpHouse Theatre have a gifting tree in the theatre foyer until 21 December. The tree is decorated with tags with the name of a child and their age. Choose a tag and attach it to an unwrapped gift to leave under the tree. On 22 December the Christmas presents are delivered to De Paul House in Northcote, which currently cares for more than 200 homeless children.



18 January, I Love Takapuna Summer Days Festival, Gould Reserve, The Strand, Takapuna, 10am-7pm. The ultimate summer event – free and open to the whole community, so bring your friends, family, and loved ones along and celebrate summer. Full programme of entertainment, starting with family entertainment at 10am. From 3pm, jam with local artists as they perform favourite hits on stage. Wear your jandals, grab some takeaways from the 150 different hospitality outlets in Takapuna, or the food trucks on site and get ready for a brilliant summer’s day. 20-25 January, Waterworld inflatable water park, Lake Pupuke. Waterworld is an amazing floating inflatable water park, fun for all ages 5 years and up. Includes the Blob, swing, slides, trampoline, 15 February, Sunsetter Food Wine & Music Festival, Smales Farm. Music from local and international acts that include Swedish DJ Stone Bridge, My Baby, Bermuda Social, Automatic 80s, Lou’ana, Prins and more. All to be enjoyed as you sample the best from New Zealand wineries and craft breweries, popular eateries and food vendors. Auckland Council's 2020 series of free family Movies in Parks. doesn't reach the Shore until 20 March, when Secret Life of Pets screens in Milford. Spiderman, Daffodils, ET and Dumbo are also on the roster for North Shore parks during March and April. Check out all options at

 Sports & fItness: 20-22 January, North Shore Cricket Club’s 2020 Junior World Cricket Series. Watch budding young cricket stars play under the flag of a national team in three days of intense competition. There are no selection criteria, except first in, best dressed. Cricketers of all abilities can take part. Players are selected into teams to represent the major cricketing countries of the world, and games are played on grounds around the Devonport/Belmont area. More info at

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Every Sunday morning, Takapuna Northern beach reserve, 10am. Les Mills’ free Outdoor Body Balance classes. If you want to get the body in shape for summer, get on down there. They take a break over Christmas until mid-January, but otherwise, just turn up and take part.


13 December, St George’s Church, Takapuna, 7.30pm. Harbour Voices presents ’twas the Night before Christmas. Mystical renaissance carols, ancient Latin advent hymns, Nutcracker’s crackers, and the whimsical musical setting of Clement C. Moore’s beloved Christmas poem ‘Twas the Night before Christmas’. 13 December, The Christmas Spectacular, City Impact Church, Brown’s Bay, 7.30pm. Free Christmas Variety Show – a travelling circus embarks on a journey around Russia as they discover the true meaning of Christmas. Singing, dancing and even a little snow!

Right through summer – Harcourts Cooper & Co Takapuna Beach Series, Takapuna Beach, Tuesdays from 5pm. Beach run, coastal run, stand-up paddle and ocean swim series on. Register for the 18-week season, or enter on a week by week basis. If running is your thing, in Devonport, check out the Wednesday night Jets runs. Or enter the Harcourts Cooper & Co North Shore Run Series with events at three different locations: Run Devonport in January at the Navy Fields; race two at Hobsonville Point, and the grand finale at Albany Lakes where the series first started. Details at


School Holiday programmes:

Most local community centres offer programmes before and after Christmas. For those with an “arty” bent, try:

Right across the Shore, you can walk the beaches anytime, but there are also walking paths and shared cycle paths to explore, that can take you from where you are to pretty much wherever you’d like to get to. Try Channel Magazines favourites: the Devonport to Takapuna shared path; North Head (Maungauika) and Mount Victoria (Takarunga) walks; any of the Centennial Park trails in Campbell’s Bay; Le Roys Bush from Shoal Bay to Birkenhead central – or take side trips; the Chelsea Heritage Walk, also in Birkenhead; a circuit of the Tuff Crater on the edge of Northcote near the northern motorway. The Doc and Auckland Council websites have plenty more suggestions – and your local community centre will also be a mine of info about local walks. Watch out for any tracks closed to prevent kauri dieback.

There’s always plenty to do in summer on the Shore…

6-13 & 19-25 January, The PumpHouse, A Shakespeare Sampler, a drama programme to demystify the Bard, for 12-16 year olds. Two five-day blocks, 8.45am-3pm. 13-19 January, 8.45am-3pm, The PumpHouse, Under the Big Top, giving 7-11 year olds the opportunity to learn how to put on a circus-themed show. From 13 - 24 January 2020, from 10am - 3pm Lake House Arts has a comprehensive programme of art-based holiday programmes. Details at 16-21 January, Mairangi Arts Centre kids’ School Holiday Programme, 10am-3pm daily. A range of art classes – fun for kids that also teach valuable art skills. Details at In summary, whether your “thing” is arts, sport, theatre, or simply getting out into the outdoors on the many walkways and cycleways, the Shore has plenty to offer. Enjoy summer and make the most of it.


Right through summer – H.M Bark Endeavour: Paintings of Captain James Cook's Voyage to the South Pacific, the lobby, Spencer on Byron Hotel, Takapuna. An exhibition of paintings by Alan Sanders, capturing moments from the voyages of H.M. Bark Endeavour. Each piece illustrates one day's diary entry from Cook's travels to Aotearoa and the South Pacific. Issue 105 - December 2019 January 2020



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Bootleg Jerky

Like no other in New Zealand Ash Razmi was on a trip in the States Officially launched just a few months ago when he tasted his first quality craft beef online, the uptake has been phenomenal, jerky and couldn’t get enough. On his with stock running low enough to force return home to Birkdale, the 30-year-old increased production. Murdoch – a director was shocked to read the list of artificial of two successful companies Powerhouse ingredients in gas station and dairy packs and Oxen – takes care of digital strategy and of jerky he’d been eating…not knowing oversees the branding; Ash – with more than that he was about to take on the might 14 years’ experience in sales – deals with the of global snack food producers from his marketing, manufacturer, orders, packaging suburban garage. and despatch. Using a home dehydrator to practise with, They can’t quite believe they’re two young Murdoch and Ash Razmi. Ash was determined to replicate the flavours guys from the North Shore taking on the he’d enjoyed in the US by playing with ingredients and methods, mass-producing giants around the world – but it’s a battle they are trialling different recipe combinations hundreds of times to get the determined to win. balance perfect and meticulously recording each process. Two years “We are part of a generation that understands and is concerned ago, he realised he’d succeeded. about food ingredients more than any other in history, so we knew With most of the biltong and jerky available here made by large there was an eager demand for authentic New Zealand-made jerky manufacturing brands and containing preservatives, flavours, colours delivered via sustainable courier bag to jerky lovers across the and often MSG, Ash decided his jerky needed to be a cut above country,” Ash says. the rest - 100% grass-fed New Zealand beef with no added nitrites, “We reckon we’re spot on. What we want is actually what all Kiwi nitrates, MSG or other additives with unpronounceable names. meat lovers want. Real air-dried beef, quality ingredients and real “There is simply no need for any of that stuff, unless you want flavour – a jerky that is all-natural, healthy and authentic, with the your jerky to last forever or survive a bomb blast - but let’s face it, benefit of knowing exactly what’s in it.” who wants to eat meat that has been sitting around for that long Ash says he wants to change the perception of jerky in New anyway,” the father-of-one and director of Bootleg Jerky says. “We Zealand - most people associate it with nasty-tasting cheap used our family and friends as guinea pigs and they were stoked with processed mass-produced junk you would find in a gas station or our four final flavours, though they were subjected to some pretty dairy anywhere around the world. questionable versions early on! “Our jerky is far from that - Bootleg Jerky is pure grass-fed “At that point, there were still no good craft jerky makers in New New Zealand beef soaked for days in mouth-watering all-natural Zealand, so after a brief ‘aha moment’ with my entrepreneurial ingredients, turned by hand multiple times and dried to produce a younger brother Murdoch (28), we decided to form Bootleg Jerky and treat for meat-lovers. It’s high in protein, low in fats, carbs and sugar, have a go.” and ideal for the whole family. Our young children just love it.” Both working fulltime jobs and having mortgages and families Bootleg Jerky offers four flavours: to provide for, the Razmis spent more than a year planning the ManukaYaki – Great Barrier Manuka honey, teriyaki, Japanese company and talked to different consultants about where and how to soy sauce, rice, vinegar, ginger, garlic and sesame manufacture. Ash admits the task seemed almost too much, until luck drew them to an ideal Auckland manufacturer of biltong and other meat Sweet Heat – sweet and savoury, cayenne pepper and chilli The OG – onion, garlic, pepper - the savoury classic. products who agreed to hand-make Bootleg Jerky using the brothers’ Chilli – five different peppers to keep you on your toes. unique process in small batches to retain flavour and authenticity.

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Perfectly Balanced The design of a kitchen can make or break a house, especially when it’s at the centre of the home. Not only is it visible from multiple rooms – so it has to look good – but it also holds the key to the efficiency of the circulation in the house, which means it has to work well, too. The skill of a good kitchen designer is in bringing these two key elements of aesthetics and functionality together in a way that works well for the space in which the kitchen sits and, most importantly, resonates with the homeowners’ taste and family situation. During their journey to find a new kitchen for their modern home the owners of this kitchen came across Kitchens By Design in a local magazine. They liked what they saw and decided to pay a visit to their Takapuna showroom, where they met one of the firm’s in-house designer, Marianne Gailer. “They knew what they liked and didn’t like; they just needed someone to bring their ideas together, guide them and help them find a solution,” says Marianne. “Their existing kitchen island was wide and short, with an up-stand, which not only looked old fashioned, but also made the walk-through very tight and wasn’t really proportioned to the shape of the room.” Marianne’s new concept introduced a longer slimmer island that allowed for a lot better circulation. She also brought into play the informal dining space at the end of the room by incorporating matching cabinetry along the back wall. Her design brought together the whole room into one cohesive space, and also gave her clients a lot more usable storage than they had with their original kitchen. “With colour and materials, it always starts with the benchtop with me; everything else then falls into shape, either contrasting


or complementing with darker or lighter cabinetry colours,” says Marianne. “With this kitchen we chose a rich, veined porcelain material and continued the darker theme by selecting a matching cabinetry colour. As a contrast, the colour of the cabinetry at the dining end of the space, which we also designed, was matched to the wall colour, to help it blend in.” Among the list of space-saving and technical solutions the designer introduced is a downdraft extractor, mounted behind the cooktop on the benchtop, which is a lot more efficient than the overhead variety. Next to it, there’s an on-bench pull-out pantry, plus an all-in-one tap on the kitchen island that provides boiling and filtered drinking water as well as your normal hot and cold water. There’s also a handy pop-up power point on the benchtop for small appliances. Choosing all these gadgets is one thing, bringing them altogether is quite another, and that’s where the team at Kitchens By Design excel. “Because we were brought in right at the beginning and oversaw all the work, we were able to plan everything well ahead with all the subcontractors, making the whole process very efficient,” says Marianne. “As a team, we go the extra mile to make sure that our clients are satisfied with the final product – and in this case they absolutely love their new kitchen.” If you are thinking about a new kitchen, pop into one of Kitchens By Design’s two Auckland-based showrooms at 3 Byron Ave, Takapuna (09) 488 7201, or 7 Melrose St, Newmarket (09) 379 3084. And for inspiration, take a look at their website at

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A recent yachting event at Takapuna Beach.

Takapuna Boating Club from the beach. The three storied building was built in 2002.

Takapuna Boating Club celebrates 100 years in 2020

Four days of Waitangi Weekend in February is set aside for centenary celebrations By Aidan Bennett

There are some big celebrations taking place in Takapuna next year when the Takapuna Boating Club turns 100. The Takapuna Beachbased club will celebrate being a century old on Waitangi Day next year, February 6th, the exact date of the the inaugural meeting of the Takapuna Boating Club. They are making a weekend of it. Ray Welson is the chair of the Takapuna Boating Club Centennial Committee. His great grandfather, “Skipper Crossley”, actually held the first meeting of the Boat Club. "I think we can assume that all meetings commencing in 1913, prior to the war, were held in my great grandfather Skipper Crossley’s boat shed,” explains Ray. "In February 1914, at a meeting held in his shed it was decided to form a club to be called the Bayswater Boating Club. Then, on February 6th 1920, again at a meeting held in his shed, it was decided to form a boating club to be called the Takapuna Boating Club. Hence that is considered the inaugural or formation meeting of the Takapuna Boating Club. The first actual meeting of the club was held four days later on February 10th and on February 12th the new rules of the club were drafted.”

Sailing at Bayswater in the 1940s with the clubhouse in behind.


Names present at that February 6th 1920 meeting were Mr M. Forsyth (Chair), the name Takapuna Boating Club was proposed by Mr Abercrombie, seconded by Mr T. Roberts. Others in attendance were those by the name of Fieldsend, Bach, Fortzer, Bodle, Crosher and Aldred. Later, in October 1920, the Takapuna Boating Club committee was confirmed as Mr M. Forsyth (Commodore), J Bodle (vice-Commodore), FN Abercrombie (rear-Commodore), J. Peters (Treasurer), J. Pavitt (Secretary), H.B. Fraser (Auditor), A. St Clair Brown (Honorary Solicitor), and committee members were T. Roberts, H. Bach, A. Powell, F. Skerrett, G.H. Parker, C. Barton and C. Brinsden. In the years prior to those 1920 official beginnings, there was informal racing and club activities and an annual picnic. But the club lapsed due to numbers-twindling as a result of the first world war. In 1920 the Takapuna Boating Club negotiated with the Auckland Harbour Board for the mooring area west of Bayswater Wharf, sited where the Bayswater Marina is today. On March 9th 1920 the Takapuna Boating Club guaranteed 35 pounds per annum to Auckland Harbour

Cornwall Cup Sailing event at Bayswater, 1936.

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Board for interest on a loan to dredge the Bayswater boat harbour. The final cost of this was 550 pounds. In 1921 the new Z-Class yacht was designed and built by Robert Brown. In 1923 the club made its first steps to getting a clubhouse at Bayswater with the purchase of the Ireland's Tannery buildings at Panmure on the Tamaki River. The building cost 310 pounds and took five months to rebuild on the site at Bayswater and another two years to be finished, in 1925. In 1924, the Cornwall Cup event was first sailed in January and was won by D Mackay and A Robb. The Takapuna Boating Club clubhouse was very popular and in that original form was used as a venue for dances, boxing, library, school events, ladies mornings, roller skating as well as for yachting right through until 1963. The dances stopped following the Harbour Bridge being opened in 1959 as the ferry service from Bayswater to Auckland City ceased operating. In 1965 a new patrol boat was built to a design by Alf Lock. New yacht classes were also becoming popular, such as the Finn, Flying Dutchman and other plywood classes. With an Olympic sailing course being essential, the club need a large circle of clear water which Shoal Bay, near Bayswater, didn’t have. It was very tidal and was also home to many moored yachts and launches. So the decision was made to move racing to off Takapuna Beach, using the beach house at the Mon Desir Hotel and then the patrol boatshed on the parking area off The Promenade. Takapuna Boating Club sailed off Takapuna Beach with catamarans, mono hulls from 1969 through until the present that now includes windsurfers, paddlers, paddle boards and both plain and foiling kite boards. The council worked hard to find the club a new home at Takapuna once the sailing was taking place off Takapuna Beach, but this didn’t eventuate until 1990. In 1990 a lease was signed by the club on 119 Hurstmere Road, and with everyone mucking in with voluntary labour the building was painted, the second floor repaired and new changing rooms with showers were installed on the ground floor. In the year 2000 the marina was finished next to the Bayswater clubhouse, there was a sail loft on the top floor and the junior Optimist programme was changed to an adult Learn to Sail programme in Mirror dinghies. The haulage area to the east of the clubhouse became a public park. In 2002 the new Takapuna Boating Club clubhouse started on Takapuna Beach at 39 The Strand. It was three levels. The new facility included boat and gear storage with social areas and office space for helpers. In 2009 a two story addition was added to the northern side of the Takapuna clubhouse at The Strand. The club’s membership has now extended to include Waka Ama and social members. Any people or former members of either Takapuna boating club in Bayswater or Takapuna interested in attending the Takapuna Boating Club Centenary Celebrations should register via the website. They have an extensive programme scheduled for the weekend that is outlined below. For more information visit:

Programme Takapuna Boating Club Centennial Celebrations & Candida Stationery Regatta, February 2020 Thursday 6th February (Waitangi Day) 2pm Foiling racing 3pm Paddling race 4pm Centennial Celebration in the newly dedicated Geoff Smale Lounge. Families welcome. 5pm Dedication of the Geoff Smale Lounge Friday 7th February Clubhouse open 12 noon onwards 4pm Happy hour and platters 6.30pm Usual Friday night jackpot draw Saturday 8th February - Club Open Day Surf ski Race 11am Traditional Yacht Classes Racing 4pm Happy Hour and platters Sunday 9th February 11am Traditional yacht classes racing Followed by Candida Stationery Regatta prize giving and a BBQ

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Geoff Smale and Ralph Roberts winning the World Famous “Prince of Wales Trophy in Cowes, Isle of White, England, They were the first New Zealand sailors to win in Europe. The great mates competed together in Flying Dutchman at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico, Roberts also competed in the 1960 Rome Olympics in the Finn Class and was reserve for the Gold medal winning Flying Dutchman team at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. He was Yachting manager for the 1984 Olympic team and Chef de Mission for the entire NZ Olympic team in the 1992 Olympic games in Barcelona, Spain.

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NZTrio creates a classical music buzz Six violin exam without my violin! This month, local audiences have the “Whenever I'm away for too long, I miss opportunity for a rare musical treat: a high the North Shore terribly. The best aspect is the calibre live musical experience performed by beaches, and the fact that most of my family lives three of New Zealand's most gifted classical close by. It is always inspiring and refreshing to go musicians. NZTrio comprises founder and for a run at Long Bay and something that I love to cellist Ashley Brown; with Amalia Hall (violin) do as a balance for playing violin. Somi lives just a and Somi Kim (piano), who both grew up on few minutes away, so we carpool to rehearsals.” the North Shore. The members of NZTrio share a strong work NZTrio smashes old misconceptions about ethic. Ashley says, “Building a career is a long chamber music. Ashley explains, “We are really journey and doesn't happen from one success about crazy mash ups of styles and genres and Amalia Hall, Ashley Brown alone. It takes continual work to keep developing presenting them in a friendly way. Typically, we and Somi Kim. as an artist and striving for higher excellence, but play some older masterpieces like Beethoven and it's so exciting to know there's no limit for what we can achieve.” Ravel etc, but we breathe new life into them with fresh insights and Somi agrees, saying she has learned to “accept failure as a part of energised interpretations. And we set those into crisp comparison success”. She says, “The music industry can be quite cutthroat and with some newer, more exotic works, including new commissions tough. Believe in yourself and your artistry and anything is possible.” from our pool of amazingly talented Kiwi composers.” Ashley adds, “It is really exciting to play alongside Amalia and ​Somi attended Murrays Bay Intermediate School and Westlake Somi. They are supremely talented players and we sync naturally. It Girls High School, which have strong music departments with is awesome to work through a new piece together, discovering fresh inspiring and influential teachers and mentors. She says, “By sheer approaches, inspiring each other to take risks. Then in concerts, luck I met a wonderful piano teacher on the Shore, Val Hungerford, the overarching interpretations and fine nuances we’ve developed before meeting Rae de Lisle at the University of Auckland. Starting together are complemented by a genuine freedom of music-making trombone at Murrays Bay Intermediate School was an important in the moment." milestone for me, as I continued this through high school and had Amalia says, “In NZTrio we instantly bonded as a group, but it's such a good time and made life-long friends in the bands and still early days for our new formation, so it's going to be exciting to orchestras I played in. see what we can achieve in the future years together.” “The North Shore is a supportive safe place to grow up, with a Somi adds, “I am looking forward to exploring all the luscious great sense of community. Everyone is encouraging and there are so piano trio repertoire with my two incredible colleagues. What a many performing opportunities.” dream.” Amalia followed her older siblings into music, beginning her And for Ashley, the target is nothing less than “global domination”. passion for the violin at the age of three. She says, “I am really He says, “We aim to break into more and more overseas markets grateful for the opportunities that were available on the North Shore, and grow the presence we have in Asia, North America and Europe. such as support from AIMES, while I was studying overseas and We are developing new genre-busting collaborations and we play being given local performance opportunities through local music in country pubs, concert halls, schools and art galleries; anything clubs and choirs while I was growing up. we can do to convince the world of the importance of this genuine “Rangitoto College was also really amazing for supporting and expression of art.” encouraging me as a musician during my teen years, seeing as I had NZTrio performs at 7pm on 11th December at Mairangi Arts Centre a clear vision of being a professional musician once I left school. on the North Shore, and at 6pm on 15th December at Auckland Art “I was home schooled until I went to high school, so I had lots of Gallery. Both performances are followed by complimentary Christmas time to enjoy local sewing, art and ballet classes. I loved learning all these different things and I have lots of happy memories on the Shore nibbles and drinks with the musicians. Tickets via Eventfinda and more information at from times at the beach, although one time, I turned up to my Grade


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Solo travel is on the rise! Single? Widowed? Divorced? Partner not able to travel with you? Your friends don't want to travel where you want to go, you have some free time at the end of a business trip, or perhaps you just prefer to get away on your own and meet likeminded people? Solo travel is on the rise and the travel industry is embracing this with many more options including the waiver of single Michelle Malcolm traveller premiums. The first tentative steps can be terrifying, but there is also an ‘addictive’ sense of freedom gained from being a party of one. Striking out on your own need not be lonely or expensive. Having recently travelled to Italy on my own I was able to experience the sense of freedom, inspiration and the joy you can experience with solo travel. EMBRACE TOTAL FREEDOM – The chief joy of travelling alone is simply the act of just doing it; crossing the invisible border in your head before you leave home by deciding to just do it, even if it means by yourself. I am an absolute travel junkie and try to take every opportunity that comes my way to travel. I never want to deny myself all of those incredible experiences (and the difficult ones) by missing out just because my partner in crime can’t join me. Solo travel allows you to be whoever you want to be. Dive into the experience, trust yourself, and take the chance to express all aspects of your personality. EXPAND YOUR SKILLS - Travelling solo can be one of the most exciting, liberating and eye-opening experiences, no matter your age. It offers many opportunities for self-reflection and growth, however, it can also be daunting especially if you’ve never travelled solo before. It certainly offers a great opportunity to grow, to get outside our comfort zone, to perhaps learn a new language or skill, take part in an educational course in a city, such as cooking, photography, art, yoga. TAKE YOUR TIME - Solo travel means ultimate freedom so make sure you embrace it and take things at your own speed. One day you may feel inspired to go sightseeing, while another may call for a slower pace. The joy is making the decisions yourself. LEARN THE LOCAL LANGUAGE - It may sound obvious but making the effort to learn a handful of phrases in the native tongue can make a huge difference in how you experience a country, especially when you don’t have anyone with you to lean on for translations. For my trip to Italy I made sure, at least, that I learnt how to say ‘hello, thank you, excuse me, sorry, please and goodnight’. There are some fantastic apps you can download to your phone so you can prepare yourself and learn basic phrases before a trip. I used the Duolingo app: it’s a fun way to spend 15 minutes learning each day prior to a trip. I felt it showed the people I met that I was genuinely interested in learning about their culture and was an opening for some great conversations with the locals. ASK FOR ADVICE - There are many ways to research an upcoming trip and now social media means it’s easier than ever to ask locals for advice on what’s best to see. Your travel advisor is also a great resource - we know the best solo traveller offers in the

market, we have information on the best cities to visit on your own and tips to ensure you have the best time of your life! TRUST YOUR GUT - Putting yourself out there, meeting new people and exploring a city safely while travelling solo requires balance. In most cases common sense and a little bit of pre-planning should be just fine, but I also found the simple act of trusting my gut kept me safe and happy. TRAVEL LIGHT – Next time I travel on my own I am definitely going to travel light(er)! You don’t want to have to rely on anyone else to help with your luggage. Striking out on your own needn’t be lonely or expensive. Here are a couple of options to consider: Join a small group tour - If you’re travelling solo you don’t need to be travelling alone. When you join a small-group holiday you’ll be sharing the experience with other adventure-lovers. Some will be fellow solo travellers, others will be couples or friends who are travelling together. There’s no pressure to join in the whole time: you can be as involved or independent as you like. You'll meet other solo travellers - in fact, clients often tell us that they have made life-long friendships on a tour. Take a cruise - Some solo travellers love complete freedom, while others enjoy having more structured options. Multi-destination cruises tread a comfortable middle ground for many people, allowing them to kick back and relax in a group at their leisure, or go off on a mini solo adventure once they disembark at a new destination. Our clients tell us that some of their best solo trips have been on cruises. They could easily go on excursions with others, and then enjoy downtime or chat with as many people as they wanted when back on ship. It really is safe, easy and fun! Travel to me is about freedom, connecting with people and creating memorable experiences. Let us help plan your next adventure. If you're a single traveler, this is the PERFECT time to book your cruise, and SAVE on solo supplements, AND get flight credits. We have an amazing selection of luxury cruises from Alaska, Europe, New Zealand and everywhere in between! Quay Travel, your local travel experts. Phone 0800 782 987, email, or come visit us at 2/49 Apollo Drive, Mairangi Bay. Parking available. Expert advice and great coffee!

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Selah Homes show home Riverhead.

Is 2020 the year you build your new home? It’s been in the back of your mind that the home you have is not quite right for you, your lifestyle or your family situation. You have yet to take concrete steps towards a new home and as we come to the close of another year, you have the feeling that you should. Recently we’ve had enquiries from people who are taking a step towards options to have a home more suited to their needs (and wants). Some are simply looking for a bit of information while others have secured the finance and are looking for a design that suits them. We’ve been in the business of building new homes for over a decade and over this time we have seen and done a lot. Our newest show home is a combination of our building experience; things learned from doing, with the co-creation of our vision by our Otago



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architect, Tim Ross. The end product: a home that will make you draw breathe, you’ll feel the deep south influences in the structure, while the Auckland styling of home as a sanctuary from the bustle of the city will invite you to take your shoes off and relax. From the moment you step through the front door of our show home, the entry way does not hide a thing from you – the captivating views of the harbour with the cityscape in the background will stop your train of thought and it will be just moments before you can see yourself under an identical pergola, next to an identical pool, enjoying a refreshing summer drink in your future new home. We always say that beautiful homes start with high quality design and we’ve stuck to these principles with our home. Each part of the section has design elements to amplify the natural surroundings, from the infinity edge pool, to the position of the master bedroom. Throughout the interior we’ve packed in many design features and a visit to us will arm you with ideas about what is possible for your future home. So, with summer on the North Shore, being like an extra-long weekend, you now have the time to visit us at our Show Home: 12 William Blake Way. Here, you will find the answers, ideas and inspiration that you need to make 2020 the year that you build the home that suits you, your family and your lifestyle. We are your go-to design and build company – while you are relaxing over summer drop in and see us at 12 William Blake Way, Riverhead, to talk about your new home design and build ideas.

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Maggie’s Messenger Hon Maggie Barry ONZM Your MP for North Shore

Reflections & Highlights of 2011-2017

After nine thoroughly stimulating years serving you as your local MP, I’ve decided to retire from Parliament and will not be standing again at next year’s general election. It has been an enormous privilege to have represented the North Shore since 2011, a community my husband Grant, son Joe and I have loved being part of and we intend to stay living here.

Politics is all consuming and your life is sometimes not your own, which is as it should be for such an important role and after a full-on decade in politics the time is now right for Grant and I to make a start on a bucket list as long as your arm. As I’ve always said having Grant alongside has meant North Shore has had two MPs for the price of one and I’m now intending to take up a support role for him as he follows his dream to play in seniors chess tournaments around the world. When I turned 50, I felt the need to move on from a Broadcasting career spanning three decades and instead of reporting from the side-lines I made the decision to stand for Parliament with an ambition to be a voice for the vulnerable. It was an honour to be selected as Nationals first woman candidate north of the bridge and I promised the delegates I would do my best to represent the interests of the North Shore for three terms. I’m grateful and humbled to have had the support of the diverse and vibrant community we’ve made our home and to have earned your trust and been returned as your MP for the past three elections. There have been many highlights including being a Minister inside Cabinet for three years under the leadership of Prime Ministers Sir John Key and Sir Bill English. I was given my dream Portfolio trifecta of Conservation, Seniors, and Arts, Culture & Heritage. I’m proud to have raised awareness of the scourge of elder abuse and to make a contribution to helping save our threatened plant and bird species through launching PredatorFree2050 and it was an honour to represent my country for the World War One centennial commemorations. As I know from 30 years reporting on politics, it’s rare to be able to choose the time of your own leaving from Parliament but I’m ready to embark on the next stage of life’s adventures with Grant. But right up until the next election, it’ll be business as usual and I will continue to advocate and work on your behalf so please contact my electorate office in Takapuna if there are any issues you want to discuss with me. In the meantime I hope you enjoy this retrospective, looking back over some of the highlights of my first two terms representing North Shore with more to come. The journey began on Election night 2011 when I first became your MP, celebrating with family and supporters and memorably in the presence of two of my esteemed predecessors, George Gair & Wayne Mapp. Wishing you and your family and friends, a very happy Christmas with best wishes for 2020 and a safe and enjoyable summer holiday. Issue 105 - December 2019 January 2020


The North Shore is a community that celebrates and supports our own and the most influential force for good is the North Harbour Club. Through its annual AIMES awards, they acknowledge excellence in arts, innovation, music, education, sport & service to the community. In the past 24 years, around 2.4 million dollars worth of AIMES grants have been awarded to outstanding 10-25 year olds making an important financial contribution at a time in their lives to make a real difference in building their future careers. As the first politician allowed to become a member (it probably helped to be nominated by Joan Finlayson!) I’m impressed at the ongoing commitment and effort so many people continue to contribute to improving the prospects of talented North Shore youth.

With National Party colleagues Dr Jonathan Coleman and Dr Jian Yang at one of more than a dozen Chinese, Korean and Philippines ethnically focused meetings I’ve hosted around the electorate.


Advocating for resources to be invested on the North Shore is an important part of an MPs role and I lobbied hard to get rid of the old Taharoto and helping secure $17 Million for an excellent and fit for modern purpose mental health facility alongside NS Hospital. We are fortunate to live in such a safe community but we still need to be vigilant and take responsibility for our own and our properties’ safety. My regular meetings with Area Commander Sunny Patel, keep me updated on any emerging local law & order issues.

Justices of the Peace play an important role in the administration of justice. As your local MP my role is to interview all the applicants, and I’ve nominated 16 to become JPs. If you have spare time and think you might be interested in using your skills for the good of others please contact Miriam at my electorate office.

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Advocating for our fine local schools to get what they need, from temporary prefab classes to meet growing rolls to ensuring proper funding is available for remediation work such as for Takapuna Grammars leaky iconic main building, which started at below $10M and ballooned to nearly $30M. A worthwhile investment and money well spent.

One of dozens of public meetings on topics ranging from Seniors issues, education, the economy to keeping yourself safe from scammers. Gifford Jackson ONZM was one of Devonport's most talented sons and it was fitting that he launched his book in the heart of the arts community at the Depot Artspace. It was truly impressive seeing the span of his life's work and the impact this humble man had on so many familiar boating and household essentials over such a long time.

The Naval Base at Devonport has been the pride of the North Shore for generations, and serves a vital role protecting our coastline as well as our national defence. Inspecting parades and speaking at graduation ceremonies, I’ve met some impressive servicemen and women, not to mention some very proud families and friends. I’ve always come away feeling we are in safe hands and grateful for their service to their country. Naturally I chose the Navy in 2012, to spend a week experiencing the programme for MP’s to join the Armed Forces. The simulator for fighting a fire on board a rapidly sinking ship was certainly a character building and memorable experience. Devonport is indeed fortunate to have such an outstanding Naval Museum and during the World War commemorations they’ve excelled with many impressive locally focused exhibitions, strongly supported by the community and the Navy, including Chief of Navy, Jack Steer. Helping care for those at the end of their lives has been a big focus of my Parliamentary work and follows my 20 year role as Patron of Hospice before becoming an MP. There’s no more enjoyable way to part Vintners Lunch with Jan Nichols CEO Harbour Hospice with your money supporting a fine cause than with the annual Vintners lunch. This year we attended our 9th and can confirm it’s as much fun as ever raising money and awareness for the outstanding work they do for so many at such a vulnerable time in people’s lives. Issue 105 - December 2019 January 2020


Alongside Lord Astor, son Joe, cousin Bella Biggs at Parliament.

As Minister for Arts, Culture & Heritage, I had responsibility for the 100th Anniversary of the First World War, WW100. My grandfather had fought at Gallipoli and my father and uncle had served in the Second World War, so it was a particular family honour for me to represent my country at more than 50 events commemorating the 100,000 NZ soldiers who fought and the 18,000 who never returned home.

Speaking at the opening of Pukeahu, National War Memorial Park in Wellington, wearing my grandfather’s medals was an honour and a privilege. Mike Pritchard from the Passchendaele Society, a driving force who worked tirelessly with the team behind our memorial garden in Belgium. Along with the indefatigable Chris Mullane they’ve created a thought provoking garden and it was an honour to get the gumboots on and plant their first flax in 2016. It’s in a peaceful woodland and visitors are encouraged to reflect on the significant Kiwi contribution in a place where so many of our brave soldiers still lie, buried where they fell on the Western Front battlefields.

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Gary Monk ONZM and his grandchildren laid wreaths in Takapuna on my behalf on Anzac Day. At National War Memorial Park in Wellington, I had the pleasure of approving the designs and unveiling six memorial gardens including this one from Turkey.


Laying a wreath on behalf of National at America’s Memorial Day service at Old St Paul's.

Anzac Day camaraderie at Devonport’s RSA with Grant Kerr & Chris Mullane.

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At the Auckland Domain with Howard Mace, Devonport RSA’s President carrying soldiers poppies from his At the Armistice Centenary with Howard garden. One Mace, Devonport RSA’s President of our Barry family traditions is to give a friend a packet of poppies to sow on Anzac Day which, all going well, will be in flower on Armistice Day on 11 November.

Le Quesnoy has strong ties to NZ & the fortified town was our greatest military success in the dying days of the war on 4 November 1918, when our troops scaled the massive 18th century ramparts in a daring night attack, liberating it from the Germans after four years of occupation. The Passchendaele Memorial Museum in Belgium, features a poignant sculpture from talented local artist Helen Pollock ONZM. Falls the Shadow, depicts soldiers outstretched arms made in clay taken from the battlefields of Passchendaele where so many of our brave soldiers drowned in the mud filled shell craters. Helen told me her piece Victory Medal, acknowledging all our heroes was inspired by her own father and made from casts moulded from her husbands feet in her Devonport studio.

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Proud members of Devonport’s RSA - Grant is on the Trust and we’ve been involved in projects including providing everlasting poppies & pohutukawa bouquets adorning the white crosses on Devonport’s Memorial Drive. The Devonport RSA continue to do outstanding work advocating for veterans in our community, and it’s a privilege to be part of such a positive and effective local RSA. Issue 105 - December 2019 January 2020


Boris Johnson took a shine to our endangered Tuatara “I have so much in common with this ancient reptile”. Launching Predator Free 2050. A day that was a massive win for Nature with worldwide interest in New Zealands big hairy but I believe achievable goal of killing all the introduced stoats, rats and possums by 2050.

Sadly the only way to see a Huia now is in a museum and this extinct bird is a reminder to us all that once a species is gone it is gone forever. It is a powerful reason why we needed a game changer and why Predator Free 2050 is so vital to saving our most endangered species.

Seconds after this photo was taken the reptiles made a dash for freedom. Zealandia staff came to the rescue and the politicians went back to their day jobs. Back in the 1990s on ‘Maggie’s garden show’ we used to say that saving the world starts in your own back yard and when I became Minister for Conservation with responsibility for more than a third of New Zealands land, I tried to apply the same principle. The only way to win the ‘Battle for our Birds’ and the ‘War on Weeds’ is by winning hearts and minds to enlist the help of all of us to eradicate the introduced pests that are eating our precious songbirds to the brink of extinction.


North Head DOC training on rat traps with a wildly enthusiastic group of local primary school students. With New Zealand's rarest frog, the Archeys frog. The black rubber glove was to protect the delicate and critically endangered tiny frog.

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If you've walked around Nelson Lakes in the past, you'd know the area was plagued by swarms of annoying wasps. They've now been dispatched thanks to a locally developed toxin that attract wasps which infect and kill the colonies within days.

It's encouraging to see how quickly nature recovers and thrives when you remove the predatory rats, stoats and possums. The Kakapo is one of the rarest ground parrots in the world and it's a special moment to release a young chick into a predator free island and wish it well for its new life.

Officially opening the new DOC base at Okiwi on Great Barrier Island in 2016 with DOC's Mike Slater.

The biggest challenges for our native flora are becoming more complex to manage. Track upgrades and closures were needed while cleaning stations were installed at all Kauri die back affected DOC tracks. Albany was the start of the track upgrade rollout. With Corrections Minister, Sam Lotu-liga at North Head getting down to business launching a partnership aptly named "good to grow" enabling prisoners to help with the war on weeds & making traps.

Scott Simpson, Nikki Kaye & Local Board Chair, Izzy Fordham at the Bluegreen forum.

One of my annual highlights as Minister for Conservation was presenting the Loder Cup for outstanding contributions to Horticulture & in 2014 to Clive Paton for his conservation efforts & restoration of Wairarapa Wetlands - not for his expertise as one of New Zealand's foremost winemakers for this award. I'd first met Clive 30 years earlier when I was a gardener and he was a sharemilker. Small world.

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The original Class of 2011 includes some of my closest Parliamentary friends, Alfred Ngaro, Paul Goldsmith, Simon O’Connor, Mark Mitchell, Dr Jian Yang, Scott Simpson, Ian McKelvie & Mike Sabin.

With John Key & Governor General Jerry Mateparae

Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of women winning the vote, alongside some of my National caucus colleagues. In 2011 I became the 110th woman to be elected, we can look back at a proud, world leading legacy for women’s suffrage but with much more still to be done.

The best birthday present in my life (so far) was in 2014, taking a phone call from John Key giving me the three portfolios of my dreams.

2013 Jake Benson - my first North Shore Youth MP, Takapuna Grammar.

2016 YMP Dani Clements-Levi and I hosting a local student Q&A session at Westlake Girls.

With the judging panel, Gary Monk, Fay Mason and Dani ClementsLevi for the important decision selecting my North Shore YMP for 2019, Tayla Woolley.

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Dames Malvina Major & Kate Harcourt, Precious “Use-it-or-lose it” McKenzie

Launching the new Super Seniors Website and initiatives to raise awareness and help protect vulnerable older NZers from the scourge of elder abuse. The Super Seniors Champions were appointed as articulate role models who walk the talk for older NZers leading active, fulfilled and meaningful lives.

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Making Christmas Merrier At Westfield Albany, we’re making it our mission to make your Christmas even merrier. With longer opening hours and loads of fun and entertainment for the family to enjoy, Westfield is the place to be this Christmas. Here’s some of what’s on…

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A cure for Missingungitis There is only one ice cream I ever have. For more than 60 years I have been loyal. Every member of the family knows that an ice cream at Gung’s will only ever be the one and only, original, Tip Top Hokey Pokey. It is truly New Zealand ice cream and it has to be Tip Top, because all the other fancy brands are, to me, just an imitation of the original. We had a lovely phone call the other night from a seven-yearold grandson, currently living with his family in France. He had his mother call us on Viber just to have a chat and chew the fat with Bad Jelly and Gung. It was great to hear how they had settled in to the village and were looking forward to starting school. Also to hear how his French was already way better than mine and that they were so enjoying their grand adventure. It was even better to hear that he was missing us and that modern technology allows him to just pick up the phone and call us for free. I remember when we had to book an expensive toll call, weeks in advance, to get chance to have a chat with overseas family at Christmas time. And that my mum used to sit down every Sunday night to write her letters to friends and family. Because it was harder then, we didn’t take staying in touch for granted and were disciplined about pursuing it, probably resulting in contact being more regular. This got me thinking about staying in touch more often. Making a regular a call, sending the odd letter or package and making it all exciting and fun. Of course when they really miss us and have a dose of missingungitis they will need comfort food, and what better comfort food than hokey pokey ice cream? So, today I drove out to Boric’s Food Market in Riverhead to buy several packets of the very best hokey pokey, by Kapiti Candy company. Then I posted them off with the following recipe:

Missingungitis hokey pokey ice cream gets the thumbs up. The magic ingredient in hokey pokey ice cream in France.

That special little phone call from Louis reset my thinking on the frequency and quality of my contacts with him. Technology often empowers us, but it can also make us lazy. How much nicer to get a hand-written letter than an email. Emails are instant and can appear hurried and thoughtless. Somehow a well-written letter can seem an envelope full of love. The Artist: Jessica Killen excitement and planning that went into an international toll call in the ’60s can be lost completely in a rushed Viber call today. Yes, Educated: Manchester School of Art (hons) A cure for missingungitis life is quicker but I often prefer the gratification that comes from a You will need: Lives: Cheshire UK slower world. 1 pack of ingredients (supplied) Here Green at Redgraves Home Fabrics, we travel extensively to Works: Clarke and Clarke studios - Morley near Wilmslow 1 large tub of plain, preferably vanilla, but not French vanilla, ice cream. bring home the very latest in fabrics and styles. Often our quick 1 hammer. turnaround means we show new designs years ahead of others in Method: “I believe that textiles are a form of art; using fabrics instead the market. Weinstead search for of the paper, very lateststitch technology and method • Melt the ice cream stirring occasionally until all soft. of pencil and dyes instead of paint. I like myofwork to refl ect natural patterns and their Yet manufacture, investing hugely each year in our processes. • Before opening the hokey pokey bag, hit the contents several despite all this we still like tonature do things and the old-fashioned way. Our unpredictable shapes and structures, in a celebration of life.” times with the hammer, to break into smaller pieces. process is not just about finding the right fabric for your windows, • Open the packs and mix evenly through the Ice cream. but also about finding the right lining, the right heading and hem • Refreeze and keep ready. size and style, the right fixing and the right length. Only when Dosage: these things are done do you have truly custom-made furnishings Take 2 scoops as required for melancholy brought on by missing that celebrate the art of textiles. Like the Tip Top hokey pokey ice Gung and Bad Jelly cream, any imitation of our process is just that. - Gerald Contagiousness: Missingungitis may be spread to others who do not have contact with the Gung. It is OK to share this cure with your new French mates who you feel are genuinely suffering, but do not let them overdose.

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Celebrating textile artists and their art Design: Prince of Persia Collection | By: Paige Cartledge

“Once we have found your perfect fabric we will work with you on all the little details that give a unique finish to your décor. Yes, our price will be competitive, if it wasn’t we would not have been in business for over 60 years“

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GIVING YOU MORE TIME TO SHOP Milford’s giving you more time to shop this festive season.

We are open until 7.30pm every night. Tuesday 17th to Monday 23rd December. Individual store hours may vary.

MOOCHI Top $299.99 SPORTSCRAFT Shirt $129.99

WITCHERY Earrings $59.95 THE FRENCH VILLA Console Table $899.00

STORM Top $189.00

ECCO Wedge $299.00


Prices may be subject to change. Limited stock may apply to selected items.


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UNWRAP A GIFT EVERY NIGHT AT MILFORD Between 5pm – 7pm from Tuesday 17th to Sunday 22nd December Head down to Milford Centre for your chance to unwrap: A $1,000 Milford Centre gift card each night An $899 coffee table from the French Villa A $649 handbag from ECCO Shoes A $399.99 leather tote from Moochi A $500 Blue Illusion voucher 2 x $300 Flo & Frankie wardrobes An $800 Elizabeth Arden beauty collection from Life Pharmacy A $1,000 original artwork by Debbie Morgan from MorArt Plus over 500 gifts worth more than $22,000

SANTA’S WONDERLAND Come and visit Santa at his enchanted wonderland.

MILFORD SHOPPING CENTRE Gift Card available online and at the Customer Service Kiosk

Open 12pm to 5pm, from Saturday 30th November to Tuesday 24th December.



* Christmas stocking is to take home and decorate.

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So what's


in Milford

Your monthly update from Murray Hill, Manager of the Milford Business Association.

Our People – Our Community As another year draws to an end, it is time to reflect on some of the people that make Milford a great place to live and shop and some of the things that we have achieved. A person who has worked tirelessly this year for the benefit of our Milford community has been Alison – the Milford Rotary Community co-ordinator. After answering the call from me for some help painting the street furniture, Alison took over the role of co-ordinating a weekly team from Milford Rotary to carry out tasks to beautify Milford – the seats, assisting with planting the planters, plus arranging funding for another set for early next year, mulching gardens and planting a new garden in the Kitchener Road car park. Going one step further event – arranging for these new planters to be watered so their survival was guaranteed. A huge thanks to the weekly volunteers who have shown up every week from Milford Rotary to add to the beautification of our Town Centre. The effort put in by this club has made a huge difference plus the friendliness of this group is amazing. A special thanks to the businesses that took up my challenge and have been responsible for watering the planters we installed around Milford this year: Prestige Real Estate, Helloworld Milford, Cave A Vin, Arrazzo, Harcourts Cooper & Co, Monthien Thai, La Tropezienne, Painted Bird, World Travellers and Kitchenen Mania. Milford is a better place due to your kindness and enthusiastic support! Not to be forgotten is our local building company, Bayside Designer Homes, who took care of the woodwork repairs to many of the seats around Milford. To ensure that our planters are cared for, we have employed a local gardener, Mike, who you will see tending to these plus tidying up Milford in general, by removing weeds/rubbish from around our buildings.

Milford Heritage Photo Exhibition:

Those of you who have seen the Milford Heritage Photo Exhibition would have been treated to part of the collection of heritage photo that the Milford Residents Association (MRA) has, highlighting our history. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Wairau Boardwalk Project: The Wairau Boardwalk Project that the Milford Residents Association and Business Association have been promoting through council, culminated with a meeting over the water quality in the estuary and beach. As a result, a more focused community support vehicle is in place to drive cleaning up the water quality in our community. Plans for the boardwalk have progressed markedly under the project management of the council and an announcement will be made in the new year.

Alison Waugh

Thanks to our sponsors:

It’s that time of the year when one needs to be grateful for the assistance of the many businesses that have assisted the business association acheive the success that his has. Our annual sponsors, who have been with us for the best part of eight years consecutively are: Harcourts Cooper & Co, Benefitz, Prestige Real Estate, Milford Centre, Channel Magazine and Schnauer and Co.

…it was an incredibly tough competition with fashions spanning the 1930s to the late '60s…


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Vintage Fashion Parade Winner Marion Dollykitten, pictured accepting her prize from Caroline Imrie – owner of World Travellers

Our Winners!

And what better to way to cap off another great year – here are our latest Prize Winners. Winner of Milford’s $4000 Travel promotion was Angela. She is pictured with myself and Mary from Helloworld Milford, major sponsor of the Angela, winner of Milford’s $4000 Travel prize. promotion with Murray Hill and Mary Buckley Congratulations of helloworld. to Vintage Fashion Parade Winner Marion Dollykitten, pictured accepting her prize from Caroline Imrie – owner of World Travellers, Milford. She is our inaugural winner of ‘Glamour On The Green’ a vintage fashion competition, celebrating heritage clothing and style. She wins a weekend retreat at the Okoroire Hot Springs Hotel, sponsored by World Travellers, Milford with a brand new Citroën at her disposal, from Citroën North Shore. The judges, leading NZ fashion designer Bobby Campbell Luke, specialist pin up photographer Elizabeth Jury and Milford’s own vintage and sustainable fashion expert Stephanie King from Painted Bird all concluded that it was an incredibly tough competition with fashions spanning the 1930s to the late '60s. In the end, it came down to the exceptional attention to detail that scored Marion the winning place with her 1940s inspired outfit.

Vive La France 2020 – Saturday February 22nd!

Put this date in your calendar now! This special Milford day will be bigger and better than last year – look out for information on our facebook page – milfordshops. On behalf of ALL Milford businesses and landlords, we hope you have a very Merry Christmas, and a wonderful start to the New Year.

Christina Russell, Lorena Roman, Denise Ditchburn, Amanda Bowen, Chris Smith, Debbie Jackson, Nikki Longstaff, Ake Kishimoto and Rosemary Martin.

Long-awaited gate opens for Milford Kindergarten

You may think a gate is just a security device to open, walk through and then shut, but for Milford Kindergarten, its new gate is an expression of everything its community stands for. Several years of planning has gone into the new gate, which was officially opened on 25th November 25th and includes stained glass elements that cast colours on the footpath for the children to watch. Head teacher Amanda Bowen says the gate Debbie Jackson, Nick Hawke, celebrates Rangitoto Island, Amanda Bowen, Pandy Hawke Lake Püpuke and native birds, with children. and was made by Childspace over a long consultation period. “We absolutely love this new gate, as it welcomes everyone inside,” she says. Blessed by Mana Whenua Nick Hawke (Ngäti Whatua o Öräkei), with a hymn from Auckland Kindergarten Association community engagement adviser Pandy Hawke, the gate was welcomed by a crowd of children and their families at the Pierce Rd property. The kindergarten caters for 40 children over the age of two.

Murray See you in Milford

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The Best 2020 Festivals in the World A festival is a simple concept of bringing people together to have a good time. There are tens of thousands of them around the world, but if you had to create a 2020 festival bucket list what would it look like? These festivals are worth turning into a holiday and helloworld Travel Milford can help you do this. Gather your friends and get Mary Buckley entry into at least one of these bucket list events: Owner/Director Hogmanay – Edinburgh, Scotland: See in the New Year with live music, street parties and fireworks. Comic Con – San Diego, California: Since 1970 comics, movie and science fiction fans have been coming together to pay homage to their favourite characters. La Tomatina – Valencia, Spain: A huge tomato food fight! Every August in Bunol, near Valencia, Spain. Mardi Gras – New Orleans, Louisiana: Colourful floats, parades, costume balls and parties in February. SXSW – Austin, Texas: Now the largest music festival in the world. Oktoberfest – Munich, Germany: 17 beer tents that seat 120,000 people with music and dancing. Defqon.1 – Biddinghuizen, Netherlands: Dance festival for hard techno fans. Ice and Snow – Harbin, China: Largest ice and snow festival in the world from December to February. Coachella Music & Arts Festival – California, USA. Glastonbury – Planton, England: World famous music festival. St Patrick’s Day Festival – Ireland: Five day event with 17th March carnival. Carnaval – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Great street celebration.


Our year in review - Helloworld Travel Milford 2019 travel highlights: Karen Raines: As simple as it is, this year my favourite holiday was a family getaway to Fiji - can’t beat it for some close to home, mid-winter fun in the sun with good friends and family. Vinaka! Sue Barnett: Lisbon - a beautiful city to explore and built along the banks of the river Tagus. Great to wander around or take a ride on one of the historic trams and a river cruise to explore the city from the water. Amazing food and wine – the Portuguese custard tarts are a must try! Renee Lomas: Snorkelling with my two children on the remote Savala Island in Fiji. The sea life and coral was beautiful, as was seeing my children (aged 9 and 10 yrs) snorkelling with such confidence a long way off the beach. Lyndelle Amadia: Rarotonga was my “travel highlight for 2019", being in the sun and in the water, hanging out with family and friends. Everything is at your fingertips on the island by bus or scooter. The Saturday markets and Corker Cruises are full of culture and fun. Watch this space as I’m off to Tahiti in November. Janette Holder: Salta Argentina – two hours from Buenos Aires. Take a day trip from Salta up through the Andes Mountains to the salt flats. Watch the colours of the mountains change from green, brown and dark reds until there is white all around you when you arrive at the salt flats. helloworld Travel Milford, corner Kitchener Road & Milford Road

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With Christmas just around the corner, plan now to make this year a ‘Book Christmas’. We have new stock arriving daily. Be sure to visit us soon for a good browse while our selection is at its best. Revel in the pleasure of completing your Christmas shopping early, and having all your gifts beautifully wrapped.

We Are Here: An Atlas of Aotearoa

Southern Nights Naomi Arnold

Chris McDowall & Tim Denee


This book’s sets of maps and graphics help New Zealanders make sense of their country, to grasp the scale, diversity and intricacies of Aotearoa, and to experience feelings of connection to land, to place, to this time in our history, and to one another. The graphics serve to answer a range of questions: Who visits us? How many fish are in the sea? How equal are we? How do we hurt ourselves? Where do our cats go to at night? This compelling mixture of charts, graphs, diagrams, maps and illustrations is functional, beautiful, insightful and enlightening. Essays by some of New Zealand’s best thinkers complete the package.

Aotearoa New Zealand was founded on stargazing. It was celestial navigation that brought the first people here, and it was Maori astronomy, that helped people survive once they arrived. There is no better place on Earth to view the brilliance of other worlds. Covering eclipses, aurorae, comets and constellations, backyard observatories, traditional stargazers, and world-class astrophotographers, this is the unique story of Te Whanau Marama, our family of light, the night sky that glows above us all.

$65 Private Gardens of Aotearoa Suzanne Turley

Hauturu: The History, Flora, and Fauna of Little Barrier Island

Suzanne Turley’s one of New Zealand’s most sought-after landscape designers. She has created many of the country’s most desirable private gardens, all set against the spectacular backdrop of the natural environment. From the pristine Pacific beaches of the North Island to the breathtaking peaks of the Southern Alps, this book gives readers rare access to these hidden gardens nestled alongside coastal cliffs and surging rivers, woven into bush or etched seamlessly into volcanic hills. Private Gardens of Aotearoa is both an exemplar of cutting-edge landscape design and a travelogue of a country feted for the magnificence of its natural features.

Lyn Wade & Dick Veitch Often described as the most intact native ecosystem in the country, Hauturu holds a special place in the minds of all New Zealanders interested in preserving our country’s unique natural heritage. The story of Hauturu is not just of its wildlife, but of the people who have lived and worked there. Includes chapters on the island’s early history, its beginnings as the country’s first nature reserve, and the conservation work that has been going on there for over 100 years.

$60 The Spinoff Book

The Brilliance of Birds: A New Zealand Birdventure

Toby Manhire & Toby Morris

Skye Wishart



Who knew that the morepork can turn its head 270 degrees? Or that the tui has a specially placed voicebox, enabling it to duet with itself, sometimes producing sounds too highfrequency for humans to hear? Packed with information on sixty birds, Skye Wishart writes: ‘To know more about these birds is to feel something for them: to notice even the everyday ones and enjoy observing them going about their busy lives, but also to be inspired to help protect our more precious birds from their slide towards extinction.’ Zany, off-kilter, wondrous and wild, The Brilliance of Birds gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the lives of some of New Zealand’s feathered friends.


Five years ago, The Spinoff burst onto New Zealand’s media scene with smart, screamingly funny and seriously relevant writing. Since then, it has enraged and inspired all the right people, respectably won Website of the Year at the 2019 Voyager Media Awards, and expanded into television, podcasts and now - shockingly - a book. Edited by Toby Manhire, it’s jam-packed with The Spinoff’s best work, along with full-colour artwork by Toby Morris, photography, collage, poetry and a clutch of new and exclusive essays. This is an engrossing, original take on everything that matters in Aotearoa New Zealand in the 21st century.

Wildlife of Aotearoa Gavin Bishop

The Absolute Book

A spectacular illustrated picture book exploring New Zealand’s unique landscapes and its incredible wildlife by the awardwinning author of Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story. Long before waka touched Aotearoa’s shores, the land of the long white cloud was home to an array of creatures uniquely adapted to its environments and protected by its isolation. Journey through ocean, sky and land to meet a marvellous range of organisms. Discover fascinating facts, and learn how we influence the survival of our living treasures.

Elizabeth Knox An epic fantasy, intimate in tone, from acclaimed NZ author of The Vintner’s Luck. A book where hidden treasures are recovered; where wicked things people think they’ve shaken from their trails find their scent again. A book about beautiful societies founded on theft and treachery, and one in which dead sisters are a living force. It is a book of journeys and returns, set in London, Norfolk, Auckland; at Hell’s Gate; in the Tacit with its tombs; and in the hospitals and train stations of Purgatory. ‘The Absolute Book is a triumph of fantasy grounded in the reality and challenges of the moment we live in.’ -Pip Adam



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Fiction $35

Olive Again

Agent Running in the Field

Elizabeth Strout

John Le Carré

Olive, Again follows the blunt, contradictory yet deeply loveable Olive Kitteridge as she grows older, navigating the second half of her life as she comes to terms with the changes, sometimes welcome, sometimes not, in her own existence and in those around her. Olive adjusts to her new life with her second husband, challenges her estranged son, experiences loss and loneliness, witnesses the triumphs and heartbreaks of her friends and neighbours and, finally, opens herself to new lessons about life. An extraordinary new novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning, Number One New York Times bestselling author of Olive Kitteridge and My Name is Lucy Barton.

Nat, a 47 year-old veteran of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, believes his years as an agent runner are over. But with the growing threat from Moscow Centre, the office has one more job for him. Agent Running in the Field is a chilling portrait of our time, now heartbreaking, now darkly humorous, told to us with unflagging tension by a great chronicler of our age.


Bruny Heather Rose

A right-wing US president has withdrawn America from the Middle East and the UN, and China is Australia’s newest ally. When a bomb goes off in remote Tasmania, Astrid Coleman returns home to help her brother before an upcoming election. But this is no simple task. Her brother and sister are on either side of politics, the community is full of conspiracy theories, and her father is quoting Shakespeare. Bruny is a searing, subversive, brilliant novel about family, love, loyalty and the new world order.

The Dutch House Ann Patchett An unforgettably powerful new story of the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go - from the Number One New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth and Bel Canto. When Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, his first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves, changing forever the lives of his two children, Danny and Maeve.

$37 The Testaments


Margaret Atwood Joint winner of this year’s Booker Prize. Margaret Atwood’s dystopian masterpiece, The Handmaid’s Tale, is a modern classic. Now she brings the iconic story to a dramatic conclusion in this riveting sequel. More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. The Testaments is a savage, beautiful, and powerful novel from one of the biggest authors of our time.

The Giver of Stars Jojo Moyes


Inspired by remarkable true events, this is the story of five extraordinary women living in the wild mountains of Kentucky who band together to ride hundreds of miles a week to deliver books to isolated families. Transforming the lives of so many is all the impetus they need to take such risks. Then a body is found in the mountains, rocking the close-knit community and tearing the women apart as one of them becomes the prime suspect. A love letter to the power of books and literature and their ability to bring us together and deliver the truth, as well as a tribute to female friendship.

$48 Under Occupation Alan Furst An espionage thriller from the master of the historical spy novel. Occupied Paris in 1942 is a dark, treacherous city where French resistance networks are working secretly to defeat Hitler. Just before he dies, a man being chased by the Gestapo hands off to Paul Ricard a strange looking drawing. Ricard realizes it must be an important document smuggled out of Germany to aid the resistance. As Ricard is drawn deeper and deeper into the French resistance network, his increasingly dangerous assignments lead him to travel to Germany, along the underground safe houses - all the way to the mysterious and beautiful Leila, a professional spy.

Quichotte Salman Rushdie In a tour-de-force that is both an homage to an immortal work of literature and a modern masterpiece about the quest for love and family, Booker Prize-winning, internationally bestselling author Salman Rushdie has created a dazzling Don Quixote for the modern age. Rushdie takes the reader on a wild ride through a country on the verge of moral and spiritual collapse, with the kind of storytelling magic that is the hallmark of his work.


The World That We Knew

The Diamond Hunter

Alice Hoffman

Fiona McIntosh When six-year-old Clementine Knight loses her mother to malaria during the 1870s diamond rush in southern Africa, she is left to be raised by her destitute, alcoholic father, James. Much of Clementine’s care falls to their trusty Zulu companion, Joseph One-Shoe, and the unlikely pair form an unbreakable bond. From the harsh desert of Africa’s Kimberley diamond mine to the misty, green plains of northern England, The Diamond Hunter is a breathtaking adventure story about trust and betrayal, the ultimate quest for truth, and a love that is truly priceless.





A riveting new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Dovekeepers and The Marriage of Opposites. In Berlin, 1941 at the time when the world changed, Hanni Kohn knows she must send her twelve-year-old daughter, Lea away to save her from the Nazi regime. She finds her way to a renowned rabbi, but it’s his daughter, Ettie, who offers hope of salvation when she creates a mystical Jewish creature, a rare and unusual golem, who is sworn to protect Lea. In a world where evil can be found at every turn, we meet remarkable characters that take us on a stunning journey of loss and resistance, the fantastical and the mortal, in a place where all roads lead past the Angel of Death and love is never ending.

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Jessie Burton

Kitty Hawke, the last inhabitant of a dying island sinking into the wind-lashed Chesapeake Bay, has resigned herself to annihilation... Until one night her granddaughter blows ashore in the midst of a storm, desperate, begging for sanctuary. When trouble comes following her granddaughter, no one is more surprised than Kitty to find she will fight to save her as fiercely as her name suggests... A richly imagined and mythic parable of home and kin from the celebrated author of Salt Creek.

One winter’s afternoon on Hampstead Heath in 1980, Elise Morceau meets Constance Holden and quickly falls under her spell. Connie is bold and alluring, a successful writer whose novel is being turned into a major Hollywood film. Elise follows Connie to LA, but finds herself floundering. When she overhears a conversation at a party, Elise makes an impulsive decision that will change her life forever. From the millioncopy bestselling author of The Miniaturist and The Muse, this is a luminous, powerful and deeply moving novel about secrets and storytelling, motherhood and friendship, and how we lose and find ourselves.


Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know

The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company

Malcolm Gladwell Talking to Strangers is all about what happens when we encounter people we don’t know, why it often goes awry, and what it says about us. How do we make sense of the unfamiliar? Why are we so bad at judging someone, reading a face, or detecting a lie? Why do we so often fail to ‘get’ other people? Through a series of puzzles, encounters and misunderstandings, from little-known stories to infamous legal cases, Gladwell takes us on a journey through the unexpected as he sets out to understand why we act the way we do, and how we all might know a little more about those we don’t.

William Dalrymple


In August 1765, the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor in India and set up a government run by English traders who collected taxes through means of a private army. This marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional company and became an international corporation transformed into an aggressive colonial power. Acclaimed historian William Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before.

The Outlaw Ocean: Crime and Survival in the Last Untamed Frontier

Ranulph Fiennes

A riveting, adrenalin-fuelled tour of a vast, lawless and rampantly criminal world in the high seas. There are few remaining frontiers on our planet, but perhaps the wildest, and least understood, are the world’s oceans. Drawing on five years of perilous and intrepid reporting, Urbina introduces us to the inhabitants of this hidden world and their risk-fraught lives. Both a gripping adventure story and a stunning expose, this unique work of reportage brings fully into view for the first time the disturbing reality of a floating world that connects us all, a place where anyone can do anything because no one is watching.


Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators

Kit Chapman


Creating an element is no easy feat. It’s the equivalent of firing six trillion bullets a second at a needle in a haystack, hoping the bullet and needle somehow fuse together, then catching it in less than a thousandth of a second after which it’s gone forever. Superheavy is your guide to the amazing science behind filling in the missing pieces of the periodic table. By the end you’ll not only marvel at how nuclear science has changed our lives - you’ll wonder where it’s going to take us in the future.

Bill Bryson In the bestselling, prize-winning A Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson achieved the seemingly impossible by making the science of our world both understandable and entertaining to millions of people around the globe. Now he turns his attention inwards to explore the human body, how it functions and its remarkable ability to heal itself. Full of extraordinary facts and astonishing stories The Body is a brilliant, often funny attempt to understand the miracle of our physical and neurological make up.

Eva Meijer Researchers are discovering that animals have rich and complex languages with grammatical and structural rules that allow them to strategize, share advice, give warnings, show love, and gossip amongst themselves. Dolphins and parrots call each other by their names. Fork tailed drongos mimic the calls of other animals to scare them away and then steal their dinner. If you are lucky, you might meet an animal that wants to talk to you. If you are even luckier, you might meet an animal that takes the time and effort to get to know you. Animal Languages is a fascinating and philosophical exploration of the ways animals communicate with each other, and with us.


The Body: A Guide for Occupants

Animal Languages: The Secret Conversations of the Living World


Inspired by the heroic war time escapades of his father, as well as drawing on his own experiences in the special forces, acclaimed adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes explores the history of elite military units, from ancient Sparta to the War on Terror. Whether it be fighting on the battlefield, storming forts and castles, rescuing hostages, high stakes reconnaissance missions or the dramatic assassination of enemy leaders, these are the men who undertake dangerous missions of the highest stakes. Sir Ranulph brings their remarkable histories to the fore, told with his trademark ability to weave a story which has seen him become one of Britain’s most beloved bestselling authors.

Superheavy: Making & Breaking the Periodic Table

Ronan Farrow In a dramatic account of violence and espionage, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Ronan Farrow exposes serial abusers and a cabal of powerful interests hell-bent on covering up the truth. This is the untold story of the exotic tactics of surveillance and intimidation deployed by wealthy and connected men to threaten journalists, evade accountability and silence victims of abuse and it’s the story of the women who risked everything to expose the truth and spark a global movement. Both a spy thriller and a meticulous work of investigative journalism, Catch and Kill breaks devastating new stories about the rampant abuse of power and sheds far-reaching light on investigations that shook our culture.


The Elite: The Story of Special Forces - From Ancient Sparta to the War on Terror

Ian Urbina



The Confession

Lucy Treloar



Wolfe Island


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Biography $75

McCahon Country

Year of the Monkey

Justin Paton

Patti Smith

Colin McCahon (1919-1987) is widely recognised as an outstanding figure in twentieth century art whose groundbreaking work over four decades changed the way we see this country. In this landmark new book, celebrated writer and curator Justin Paton takes readers on a journey through the landscape of Aotearoa New Zealand, as the artist loved and painted it. In deeply compelling prose, the author traces McCahon’s travels through New Zealand, charts his remarkable development as a painter and thinker, explores his deepening engagement with Maori culture and environmental issues, and reveals his vision of the land as a source of light, peace and spiritual sustenance.

From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train, comes a profound, beautifully realised memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year. For Smith, curious, always exploring, tracking thoughts, writing, the year evolves as one of reckoning with loss, aging, and a dramatic shift in the political landscape of America. Riveting, elegant, often humorous, illustrated by Smith’s signature Polaroids, Year of the Monkey is a moving and original work, a touchstone for our turbulent times.


Prince Albert: The Man Who Saved the Monarchy A Sharp Left Turn: Notes On a Life in Music, From Split Enz to Play to Strange

A.N. Wilson

Mike Chunn Mike Chunn is a music legend who has been involved at almost every level of the New Zealand music industry for decades. This is a beautifully written memoir that will resonate with anyone who loves a well-told story. A rollercoaster yarn about Mike Chunn’s years in the groundbreaking band Split Enz, but also the powerful story of how he dealt with a crippling mental health issue and went on to become one of our most influential music identities.


It was Queen Victoria’s beloved husband, Prince Albert, who was at the vanguard of Victorian Britain’s transformation into a vibrant and extraordinary center of political, technological, scientific, and intellectual advancement. Far more than just the product of his age, Albert was one of its influencers and architects. A composer, engineer, soldier, politician, linguist, and bibliophile, Prince Albert, more than any other royal, was truly a “genius.” It is impossible to understand nineteenth century England without knowing the story of this gifted visionary leader, Wilson contends. Prince Albert is a towering achievement by a writer at the height of his powers.

Me: Elton John

Native Son: The Writer’s Memoir

Elton John

Witi Ihimaera The revealing sequel to the award-winning Maori Boy. This is the second volume of memoir by a remarkable Maori writer and of the living myths that inspired him at the beginning of his career. It is the story of a native son struggling to find a place, a voice, and an identity, and to put a secret past to rest. Witi discusses his triumphs and failures at school and university, his search for love and purpose, and how he became our first Maori novelist.



Ian McKellen: The Biography

Rebecca Priestley

Few actors achieve in their lifetime what Sir Ian McKellen has. A repertoire of vast commercial success coupled with critically acclaimed and authoritative Shakespearian roles. A man whose gargantuan personality and varied achievements inspire both admiration and affection. Garry O’Connor reveals the man behind McKellen the actor. The inside story of the person himself: a constantly developing drama and a work in progress. This is an unflinching, yet deeply intimate and affectionate, biography that, like McKellen himself, will stand the test of time as a rounded and complete portrait of one of the most unusual geniuses of our times.

Travel Memoir 96

Garry O’Connor


North Korea Journal In May 2018, Michael Palin spent two weeks in the notoriously secretive Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Now he shares the day-by-day diary of his visit, in which he describes what he saw and his fleeting views of what the authorities didn’t want him to see, recounts the conversations he had with the country’s inhabitants, talks candidly about his encounters with officialdom, and records his musings about a land wholly unlike any other he has ever visited. Written with Palin’s trademark warmth and wit, and illustrated with beautiful colour photographs throughout, the journal offers a rare insight into the North Korea behind the headlines.


On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Road Trip

Michael Palin


His first and only autobiography. Elton’s life has been full of drama, from the early rejection of his work with song-writing partner Bernie Taupin to spinning out of control as a charttopping superstar; from half-heartedly trying to drown himself in his LA swimming pool to disco-dancing with the Queen; from friendships with John Lennon, Freddie Mercury and George Michael to setting up his AIDS Foundation. In a voice that is warm, humble and open, this is Elton on his music and his relationships, his passions and his mistakes. This is a story that will stay with you, by a living legend.

Fifteen Million Years in Antarctica In 2011 Priestley visits Antarctica. She is to travel south twice more, spending time with scientists, exploring the landscape, marveling at wildlife, and occasionally getting very cold. Fifteen Million Years in Antarctica offers a deeply personal tour of a place in which a person can feel like an outsider in more ways than one. With generosity and candour, Priestley reflects on what Antarctica can tell us about Earth’s future and asks: do people even belong in this fragile, otherworldly place?


Paul Theroux


Nogales is a border town caught between Mexico and the United States of America. A forty-foot steel fence runs through its centre, separating the prosperous US side from the impoverished Mexican side. It is a fascinating site of tension, as the town fills with hopeful border crossers and the deportees who have been caught and brought back. And it is here that Paul Theroux will begin his journey into the culturally rich but troubled heart of modern Mexico. Mexico is a country that has captured literary imaginations from D. H. Lawrence and Graham Greene to Aldous Huxley. Now Paul Theroux, master of travel writing, immerses himself, attending local language and culinary schools, driving through the country, getting under its skin.

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The Gobbledegook Book

Mem Fox and Freya Blackwood

Joy Cowley

Once upon a time, although this happens all the time, a tiny star fell to earth . . . This touching and timeless story combines, for the first time, the talents of world-renowned author Mem Fox with the heartwarming illustrations of Freya Blackwood. These two luminaries craft a truly unique and moving story about the journey of life, to be cherished and shared for generations to come.

The Gobbledegook Book collects Joy Cowley’s favourites in a beautiful hardback picture-book volume that will become a family treasure. It selects the best of Cowley’s poems and stories to read aloud, including much-loved classics such as Greedy Cat and Nicketty-Nacketty Noo Noo Noo. Fully re-illustrated with humour and energy by newcomer Giselle Clarkson, these short stories, picture books and funny poems will bring joy to a new generation.

$40 Guardians of Magic


Chris Riddell In Guardians of Magic the award-winning, 2015-2017 UK Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell weaves together a stunningly illustrated magical quest in which three ordinary children, with extraordinary gifts, come together to defeat the enemies who threaten the mysterious cloud horses. This is the first title in The Cloud Horse Chronicles series. The Kingdom of Thrynne is a place where fairy tales don’t behave, and magic can be found in unexpected places. Now, the future of magic itself is under threat from powerful enemies: those who fear it and, worse, those who want to use it for their own ends. What can three ordinary children do to protect it?

Frances Hardinge


This macabre YA adventure, with a touch of Lovecraftian steampunk, features underwater exploration, monsters of the deep, relic-based technology and questions of loyalty. The gods are dead. About fifty years ago they turned on one another and tore each other apart. Nobody knows why. In an alternative world, fifty years after the death of the gods, a fifteen-year-old boy, Hark, finds the still beating heart of a terrifying deity and uses it to try to save his best friend. But how long should someone stay loyal to a friend who is himself becoming a monster?

Running with the Horses

White Bird

Alison Lester


From one of Australia’s best-loved children’s book creators comes a beautiful new edition of this unforgettable story of courage, adventure and friendship. Nina lives with her father above the palace stables at the Royal Academy of Dancing Horses. She loves watching the famous white stallions as they parade for the crowds, but her favourite horse is a mare called Zelda - an old cab horse Nina often pats on her way home from school. When Nina’s world changes dramatically, she and her father have to flee from the city. Their journey over the mountains with Zelda and the stallions seems impossible, with danger at every turn. It will require all of Nina’s bravery, daring and faith in an extraordinary old horse.

R J Palacio


To the millions of readers who fell in love with R J Palacio’s Wonder, Julian is best-known as Auggie Pullman’s classroom bully. White Bird reveals a new side to Julian’s story, as Julian discovers the moving and powerful tale of his grandmother, who was hidden from the Nazis as a young Jewish girl in occupied France during the Second World War. An unforgettable, unputdownable gorgeously-illustrated graphic novel about strength, courage and the power of kindness to change hearts, build bridges, and even save lives, from the globally bestselling author of Wonder.

The Disappearing Spoon

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox & the Horse

Sam Kean

Charlie Mackesy

A young reader’s edition of the New York Times bestseller The Disappearing Spoon, chronicling the extraordinary stories behind one of the greatest scientific tools in existence: the periodic table. Why did Gandhi hate iodine? How did radium nearly ruin Marie Curie’s reputation? And why did tellurium lead to the most bizarre gold rush in history? The fascinating tales in The Disappearing Spoon follow elements on the table as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, conflict, the arts, medicine, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them. Presented in a simple, easy-to-follow format, burgeoning science buffs will love learning about the history behind the chemistry.

The conversations of the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse have been shared thousands of times online, recreated in school art classes, hung on hospital walls and turned into tattoos. Enter the world of Charlie’s four unlikely friends, discover their story and their most poignant life lessons. A reminder of the most important things in life. A book of hope for uncertain times. This is a beautifully illustrated book for fans of Winnie-the-Pooh’s Little Book of Wisdom. A timeless gift for all ages.



Brilliant Maps: An Atlas for Curious Minds

How to Walk a Dog

Ian Wright

Mike White Mike White began walking his SPCA-rescue huntaway, Cooper, at Wellington’s dog parks ten years ago, and since then he has become part of a remarkable community of people and their pets. Written with wit, wisdom and heartbreaking poignancy, How to Walk a Dog is a story anyone who has ever owned or loved a dog will relate to. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will learn some of the secrets of living with a dog. Illustrated with drawings from acclaimed cartoonist Sharon Murdoch.




Children/ Young Adults

The Tiny Star


Revelatory, thought-provoking and fun, Brilliant Maps is a unique atlas of culture, history, politics and miscellanea. As full of surprising facts and figures as any encyclopedia, Brilliant Maps is a stunning piece of cartography that maps our curious and varied planet. For graphic design enthusiasts, compulsive Wikipedia readers and those looking for the sort of gift they buy for someone else and wind up keeping for themselves.


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Food/ Lifestyle

Summer With Simon Gault

Whole Again: A Fresh Collection of Wholesome Recipes

Simon Gault


Bronwen Kan

The Kiwi summer goes hand in hand with good times, friends and family, and the finest, most nutritious food. In Summer, beloved chef Simon Gault shares his favourite recipes for the summer months, offering quick fixes for the BBQ, picnics at the beach, stints at the bach, keeping the kids happy and exploiting the best produce of the season. With a focus on healthy, tasty and stress-free eating, it’s mouth-watering food for everyday people, a book to make summer entertaining easy.

The contributors for this collection draw from various sectors such as hospitality, product development and food nutrition and are gathered here to showcase their common interest in holistic health and a conscious approach to business. This cookbook follows on from the success of WHOLE: Recipes for Simple Wholefood Eating, and is for those in search of new inspiration to continue on their wholefoods journey. From plant-based bowls for one to warm, wholesome family meals to share and plenty of delectable raw treats too, it’s all about embracing cooking with ingredients from the modern pantry.

$45 Rick Stein’s Secret France Rick Stein

Mid Century Living: The Butterfly House Collection

Rick’s meandering quest through the byways and back roads of rural France sees him pick up inspiration from Normandy to Provence. With characteristic passion and joie de vivre, Rick serves up incredible recipes. Simple fare, wonderful ingredients, all perfectly assembled; Rick finds the true essence of a food so universally loved, and far easier to recreate than you think. Real French home cooking.

Christine Fernyhough

$60 Our Spaces: Contemporary New Zealand Interiors

For over 30 years, philanthropist and best-selling author of The Road to Castle Hill Christine Fernyhough has built an extraordinary collection of over 4000 everyday objects of mid century New Zealand craft, design and folk art. She has devoted her classic 1960s seaside bach, ‘The Butterfly House’ to housing her collection. In this book Christine entertainingly blends her own family stories with those of New Zealand’s manufacturers and craftspeople, sharing her journey into collecting as well as her knowledge and passion, and evoking nostalgia for the beach, the bach and bygone summers.


Alana Broadhead


Cabin Porn: Inside

Art director, writer and designer Alana Broadhead founded her popular online journal The New close to ten years ago. Over this time, she has earned a reputation as a tastemaker and respected curator, keeping her followers on the pulse of New Zealand design and its international context. Our Spaces takes you room by room through some of New Zealand’s most stylish and inspiring homes, spaces that are relaxed yet refined, modest yet modern. Discover not only what makes a space beautiful, but also what makes it meaningful.

Zach Klein Initially created by a group of friends as an online scrapbook, Cabin Porn became an international sensation following the publication of the first volume of photographs of hand-made homes in breath-taking natural landscapes around the world. In this book, its creators delve deeper, offering close-ups of the stunning architecture and interior design that make them truly remarkable. With more timeless photography and new design stories, Cabin Porn - Inside brings fresh inspiration for your quiet place somewhere.

$55 Courtyard Living: Contemporary Houses of the Asia Pacific

Big Ideas for Small Houses

Charmaine Chan This lavish survey of 25 residences across the Asia-Pacific region features homes from Australia, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore, India, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. Structured by courtyard function, the book consists of five chapters, on privacy; multigenerational living; sightlines; light and ventilation; and living with nature, that are richly illustrated with photography as well as architectural illustrations showing courtyard positions within floor plans. Showcasing the unique lifestyle opportunities afforded by contemporary courtyard design, this is an inspirational resource for anyone interested in indoor-outdoor living.

Catherine Foster


A look at a range of small houses around New Zealand, and the strategies the owners used to get a toehold in the tight housing market. From building a secondary dwelling on an existing family section, to tiny houses on pocket handkerchief pieces of land, these approaches to housing will give ideas and inspiration to all wondering how it can be possible to own a first home in the twenty-first century. Beautifully photographed, and including plans and costs for building smaller and smarter homes. Each entry begins with a statement about the strategy the owner used to achieve a home of their own.

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Currin 1.

Robert Ellis City with New Flyover.

Humberstone Coloratura.

The Road from Cork.

Whippy No 8 In the City.

Margaret Sumic Blue Teebpot.

Trance #1.

Christmas Showcasing at Northart

Currently on show at Northart we have two outstanding shows that are well worth checking out, especially if you are looking for a special Christmas gift at an affordable price. ‘Pocket Edition. Small Works for Large Walls’ includes 284 original art works by 32 artists. All are painted on postcardsized pieces of card and the variety of styles and subjects is just extraordinary. Installed as a zip around the gallery walls, it still looks stunning despite the many sales since the opening. Wandering around it with a catalogue in hand is a very rewarding and relaxing way to take time out from a busy day. ‘The Christmas Show’ in the other gallery spaces includes ceramics, small items of art and craft as well as cards and calendars. Both ‘Pocket Edition’ and ‘The Christmas Show’ are cash and carry – so once you have paid for the work you take it with you - and both close on Sunday 15 December. The gallery will then close for the holiday season reopening on Tuesday 28 January. ‘Landscapes. From the Kelliher Art Trust Collection’ will front the year’s programme. Sir Henry Kelliher was a longstanding patron of the arts and in 1956 he set up the Kelliher Art Award “to capture the grandeur of the New Zealand scene in all its changes through the seasons”, as he described it. The objective of the competition was to

encourage realistic portrayals of New Zealand’s landscapes and the ways of life of its people. The Kelliher, as it soon was called, quickly became New Zealand’s premiere art event. Peter McIntyre was one of the early winners of the competition and other established and emerging artists were to follow. The Kelliher Art Award was held until 1977. Today, the Kelliher Art Trust holds a superb collection of New Zealand landscape paintings, initially acquired from Kelliher competition prize-winning paintings augmented with others, acquired or commissioned by the Trust. Christopher Johnstone, curator of the collection, has selected works for the exhibition that will be at Northart. Included in it will be works by at least two North Shore artists – Robert Ellis and Aroha Gossage. The exhibition will continue until 19 February. For further information about gallery Time for Kids and other public events, go to or contact the gallery Northart, Norman King Square, Northcote Shopping Centre 09 480 9633 022 102 2422 Northart is supported by Auckland Council, Kaipatiki Local Board, the Birkenhead Licensing Trust and Lion Foundation.

Norman King Square, Ernie Mays Street, Northcote Shopping Centre Phone 09 480 9633 Northart is supported by Kaipatiki Local Board, the Lion Foundation and Birkenhead Licensing Trust and is open 10am – 4pm daily, evening viewings by arrangement. Admission is free. Issue 105 - December 2019 January 2020



At Channel Magazine we love highlighting entities doing great work in our community. We also embrace the history of our little slice of paradise with a monthly feature provided by local historian David Verran. David and his wife Susan play a part as committee members of the Devonport Museum, located in the Mt Cambria Reserve in Devonport. Bruce Craig visited the museum during November to discover their great work and priceless treasures. Museum friends, back row from left: Alastair Fletcher, Elizabeth Baird, Jeremy Robinson. Front row Anna Clarke and Boyd Miller.

Devonport Museum brings generations together When you visit the Devonport Museum, you get a real sense of the local history and distinctive nature of this special part of Auckland; one of its earliest 19th century settlements and an area with a rich indigenous history prior to the settlers’ arrival. The museum sits in the picturesque Mt Cambria reserve at 33A Vauxhall Road, Devonport, a short walk from Devonport village. Once a quarry for scoria, from 1883 to 1985, Mt Cambria (or Takaräro) now provides a welcome relief from the city’s busyness with replanted native flora and pretty picnic areas. Alastair Fletcher, president of the museum, says that throughout its history, the museum has benefited from locals donating “some priceless treasures”. The museum welcomes donations of memorabilia, photographs and any records that relate to the history of Devonport. He says, “We collect and preserve all manner of artefacts and information about Devonport. This gives us the opportunity to not only mount interesting displays but also to provide a base for research. We provide access to some display material, a research service, and a place to receive and process items and information of local interest.” The museum’s displays range from natural and geological history featuring local landmarks and early settlement to social developments and the growth of the area. Devonport has a rich maritime history that features among the exhibits and visitors can see the locations where a number of shipbuilders plied their trade.” Alastair adds, “Many visitors find the family and household exhibits particularly interesting. You can see how people lived a hundred years ago: the properties they lived in, what it looked


like inside, even down to the tools they used and the toys their children played with. The school groups that visit the museum absolutely love the old toys – no Play Stations here.” The museum building itself forms part of Devonport’s history. Alastair says, “The building that houses the museum once formed part of an early Presbyterian church building, which became redundant when they built St Paul’s brick building in nearby Albert Road. Our museum building was carved off and moved here in 1978."

Volunteers make a museum

One of the greatest treasures of the Devonport Museum is the group of volunteers who receive, research and catalogue the artefacts before turning them into displays and exhibits. Alastair says, “Right now, volunteers are accessioning the storage shelves and checking things and restoring them in a logical way. They come in most days. For example, on Monday and Tuesday, I have a couple of volunteers who tidy up the furniture and make brackets etc. We have other volunteers who tend the gardens, planting native trees to help return the area to how it was. It looks wonderful and they continue to improve the whole area. “Things have certainly changed since we began this work. We now use high-end computers and fibre. We can go through everything, know where they came from and we can consider new displays. “I have to emphasise that we don’t own this; the community owns it and we simply support it. We are working out how to build our volunteer numbers to introduce more people so they feel they

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can take ownership of this process.” The volunteers share an affinity with the area. Alastair moved here as an infant – “After dad came back from the war, my parents bought a section and built a house in Northboro Road”. He attended pre-school and primary in Belmont, and then at Hauraki when it opened, followed by Belmont Intermediate and Takapuna Grammar. Pursuing a career in teaching, he studied at Auckland University and North Shore Teachers College, and later Massey University. Alastair retired from teaching after forty years but has continued to place his energy into the local community. He says, “Apart from a couple of years teaching in Wairoa and a stint in Glen Eden, I have loved calling Devonport my home. It was then, and still is, a great place to grow up. I love that our grandchildren are here.”

“One of the things we have worked at is to make the museum user friendly, so people can become involved. We have installed a big screen that shows a mix of videos and still pictures. We have enormous library of pictures that show so many facets of the local history, such as videos of scows sailing and unusual pictures of the terrain and housing. “What we really enjoy doing is telling people’s stories. Recently, we have had the pleasure of hosting an evening with archaeologist Dave Veart and historian David Verran. They delivered a fascinating presentation that informed everyone who attended about what Devonport as like in the 1800s. We believe we need to do more of those kinds of events, and we are working toward that.”

Coming attractions

The museum has several fresh initiatives underway that locals and out of towners will enjoy. Alastair says, “We have discussed with the local business association about helping it emphasise the heritage and making stories accessible to visitors. We are at the early stages of talking to Victoria theatre people about having a village fair as a fundraiser for the theatre. “Devonport Primary School turns 150 years old this year and we are working with them and Vauxhall School celebrates its centenary next year. We also work with sports clubs. We at the early stage of restoring a mural with the North Shore Rugby Club. “We create plaques as well to help people Devonport Museum is located in Mt Cambria Reserve. share their stories. We encourage residents to contact us if they are interested. In another Visiting the Devonport Museum initiative, we are improving the plaques along Anyone can visit the museum during its opening Victoria Road to help share the local stories.” hours of 10am-12pm Tuesday, Wednesday and The Devonport Museum will continue to Thursday, plus 2pm-4pm on weekends. The share the massive amount of information it weekend hours extend from 12pm-4pm during summer. Alastair says, “We don’t just want to open receives from the community in an entertaining at business hours. We will always listen to requests and educational manner. Alastair says, “We look forward to hosting more speaking events to for opening it.” The museum has a donation box where visitors bring more people in and raise the awareness of what we have here. We have partnerships in the can leave a gold coin. Alastair says, “For many community and that leads to initiatives that will visitors, the concept of a koha donation is not resonate with the families that live in the area. understood totally, so it is a good way for them to learn something of our culture. Visitors come from For example, we are working with Fiona Manning from local bookshop Bookmark planning for the all over the world. Many of the people are parents visiting their children and grandchildren who live in Americas Cup Regatta.” He points out what a privilege it is to be the area. Some of them become volunteers while entrusted with people’s property. He says, “The they stay here in Devonport. credibility to be trusted with family treasures as “Given the voluntary nature of the museum people downsize their lives makes us feel truly helpers, we are quite pleased that we can offer humble. What we can do for those treasure these opening hours, but we will also open the is to continue making this a place the museum to groups such as school trips and people pf all generations want to be. This retirees. It depends on what your group wants, and we are always happy to talk about your needs. museum brings the generations together.” It is simply a matter of contacting us and we can arrange your visit. Devonport Historical and Museum Society “There is something different for everyone who – 33A Vauxhall Road, Devonport. comes here. It gives a pleasant surprise to some of Opening hours 10-12pm Tuesdaythe locals, who have lived here a long time, when Thursday and weekends, 2pm-4pm. they find things they have not seen before. Also, Also available for special events. the setting is ideal. Backing on to, and being part Contact of Cambria Park, allows people to enjoy a picnic Phone 09 445 2661. when they visit. Visit: Issue 105 - December 2019 January 2020



Devonport Community News for this month Maria Teape, Devonport Community Coordinator, Devonport Peninsula Trust

News from Devonport's Business Improvement District Manager, Toni van Tonder

Toni van Tonder

Devonport News

And we made it! Summer is here once again and all those winter blues are swept away and forgotten about. The sky has never been clearer, the sand never so golden or the sea so enticing. Devonport makes your heart sing in summer. We got into the festive spirit once again as the village came alive with its annual Santa Parade and Christmas Carnival 11am Sunday 1st December. Inside the Community House, at the same time, was an ethical Christmas market for those that enjoy some guilt-free, locally made shopping. Inside the Library the Village Christmas Tree is up with boxes for this year’s City Mission collection; so remember to buy an extra gift for those in need. With new retailers operating in the village, Devonport is a great place to do Santa’s dirty work in a relaxed seaside setting. My top tips are Perfume Workshop vouchers at Miller Road Perfumery, locally-made glass jewellery by our own Peter Raos glass artist, stunning stationery, fountain pens and wax seals at Fitzgerald Taylor, stylish little homewares and unique qifts from Echo Living, and durable denim aprons from Bear Brothers Denim. And for those Secret Santa gifts? Who can go past Devonport Chocolates? If you’re on the hunt for a fantastic Christmas party venue, then find the time to try Vic Road Kitchen and their latest offering Fish Kitchen on the ferry terminal. Or for relaxed after-work vibes, grab yourself a Harry’s burger and take it Tiny’s to wash down with the latest craft brew on tap.

Devonport is genuinely a village to explore and for those of you who have family from abroad coming to check out our piece of paradise, then consider a Magic Broomstick Segway Tour or ebike hire from Bikes & Barbers; two great ways to navigate the peninsula and its many secret spots. This is my last column as Devonport Business Improvement District Manager as I am taking up my duties alongside Aidan Bennett on the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board. I’m looking forward to discovering more local eateries, beautiful shops, exploring more reserves, walkways and treasured places further up the coast. Wishing all of you a really joyful Christmas day, a relaxing break from work (if you get one) and long golden days in our beachside suburb. Merry Christmas. Toni van Tonder


Maria Teape

December fun in Devonport

Summer Fun Preschool Play mornings, Tuesdays at Windsor Reserve, Devonport (by the band rotunda behind the library) and Thursdays at Bayswater Park, Bayswater continue until 12th December then resume on 14th January 2020 after the Christmas/New Year break. Both sessions run from 9:30am to 11am and are a fabulous opportunity to get out and about with little ones, having fun and making new friends. For more information visit our website: The JETS Run programme is currently running every Wednesday starting 6pm from Torpedo Bay Navy Museum – register from 5:45pm. Following Devonport’s waterfront, course lengths vary and costs are $6 adult, $5 child. Participants get the chance to win both spot and place getter prizes. The programme takes a break for Christmas/New Year from 18th December and resumes on 22nd January 2020. For more information contact Paul at or 0274 379 423. Devonport Readers and Writers group extend an invitation to a Garden Party with Stephanie Parkyn, celebrating her new novel ‘Josephine’s Garden’. On Sunday 8th December, 3pm at Camellia Cottage, 7 Church St Devonport. Tickets cost $59 per person and include wine, canapes, a goodie bag and signed copy of ‘Josephine’s Garden’. Bookings can be made at Paper Plus Browns Bay, Glenfield, Meadowbank or Remuera or online at

On Monday 20th December activities include: Minty's baking and professional decorating workshop, plus STEM Christmas kitchen science… Soul Sprite has a fantastic Christmas holiday programme lined up for school aged kids! On Monday 20th December activities include: Minty's baking and professional decorating workshop, plus STEM Christmas kitchen science, and pool party! The fun continues on Friday 23rd December with Christmas kitchen science gift-making, Go Native quality ingredients for gift-making soaps, sugar-scrubs, lip-balms and much more. Complete the day with slushies, pool party and a Christmassy movie. The programme is for ages 5-7 years and 8-13 years with short and long day options. Contact or visit https:// for more information. Devonport Folk Club has some great concerts lined-up. You, Me, Everybody (YME) is the band to look and listen for. Through the diverse ages and musical styles of these top NZ musicians, you will hear traditional bluegrass weaving the rhythms of jazz, country and blues into a dynamic sound celebrating the best of Americana. They perform at the Bunker, Takarunga/Mt Victoria on Sunday 15th December at 8pm. Bookings essential: ph: 445 2227. Tickets $25 cash. Check out Devonport Folk Club’s website for more information about their upcoming events, www., including an Andy Irvine concert on Monday 20th January at 8pm. For more community news about what’s happening in Devonport each month, sign up to our monthly community e-newsletter at Ngā mihi nui, Maria

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Cheese and charcuterie platter.

New Zealand Angus beef rib eye on the grill.

Cured salmon with beetroot and spices.

Bistro la Poste

– French Bistro opening in mid-December Things are continuing to evolve at the Old Devonport Post Office building with their brand new French bistro, Bistro la Poste scheduled to open on Tuesday December 17th. Bistro la Poste will be fully licenced and open for lunch and dinner, every day except Mondays. The Bistro la Poste staff are all from France and they will be serving dishes with classical French ingredients and flavours. Every day they will offer a “plat du jour” and a “salad du jour” – specials of the week, priced under $20, to satisfy the taste buds. As this issue of Channel Mag was going to press the Bistro la Poste team was refining the menu, so we asked them to provide some examples of what will be on offer. They will have New Zealand Angus beef rib eye on the grill – this will be a popular dish on the menu’s ‘from the land’ section. Also on the menu will be Cured salmon with beetroot and spices, served with crème fraiche and squid ink blinis. Perfect for summer French Ratatouille. days! This will be a popular dish on the menu ‘from the sea’ section. The ‘sharing is caring’ part of the menu is also sure to be popular. Included in this section will be the Cheese and charcuterie platter from France. Great too enjoy an after work with authentic French products with a glass of wine! Vegetarians will love Bistro la Poste as well. Their authentic French ratatouille will be the most ‘Provençal’ dish on their menu for vegetarians. Bistro la Poste at The Old Devonport Post Office, 10 Victoria Road, Open 6 Days, Tuesday to Sunday.

You’ll find all these businesses in The Old Devonport Post Office: MAKOTO SUSHI & DONBURI

Best Japanese food in Devonport All the favourites, including – Teriyaki Chicken Donburi; Spicy Chicken Donburi; Chicken Katsu Donburi; Karaage Chicken Donburi; Makoto Miso Ramen; Prawn Yaki Soba; Teriyaki Bulgogi Beef Donburi; Sashimi Donburi; Egg Chicken Katsu Donburi; Prawn & Pork Gyoja Open until 8pm – Phone 446 6645


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Being an artist is a lonely occupation and I wanted to establish a meeting place where like-minded people could get together, and learn from each other – both artists and art lovers.

Vision, energy, and a love for art

by Christine Young

Wendy Harsant in front of a triptych by Shruti Yatri in one of her final exhibitions at Northart at the end of 2019.

When Wendy Harsant retires from the position of Gallery Director at Nothcote’s Northart gallery in December (or as soon as the appointment of her replacement allows), it will mark for the end of an era for Wendy, for Northart, and for the North Shore visual arts community. Northart broke new grounds for the North Shore, and Wendy was there right from, even before, its inception. She started work with the Westshore Community Arts Council, now the Northart Society in March 1998, nearly 22 years ago. “There was no contemporary gallery on the Shore where you could view the work of established North Shore artists,” Wendy recalled on the 20th anniversary of Northart. “To see good art and innovative exhibitions back then, you had to go into the CBD. I determined to turn that around.” Turn it around she did. Starting without permanent premises, Wendy has carved a reputation for Northart as innovative, committed to contemporary fine art. Wendy was not originally from the North Shore, though now, like Northart, she is very much part of it. She was born and raised on a farm at Hahei on the Coromandel Peninsula, “back in the days when Hahei was just farmland and beach,” she recalls. She studied anthropology at Auckland University and worked as a curator at the Otago Museum for ten years before returning to Auckland. She then had “another stint at Auckland University studying Art History and eventually arrived at Northart”. By that stage she lived locally, but knew nothing of the Westshore Community Arts Council. She did however, read the local paper, and it was there that she found the ad for a director of a (then-non-existent) gallery. Once on board she set about finding premises for the fledgling gallery. As luck would have it, three shops in the North Shore City Council-owned Norman King Building in Northcote became available. “Tony Holman, then a North Shore City councillor, was incredibly supportive and helpful in Northart obtaining a lease on the building from the council,” Wendy recalls. “The late Don Wood, an architect, designed the renovations to the


first galleries developed in 2000 and a decade or so later, architects Tom Dixon and Bruce Wild designed the renovation to galleries 4 and 5.” Wendy says the initial attraction in working for the Westshore Arts Council was simply to “develop a space where North Shore people who had an interest in contemporary art, could access it on this side of the bridge. There was a huge gap between what was available here and what was available in Auckland City. I wanted to close that gap a little.” But there were – and are – other attractions too. “I am married to an artist [Ross Ritchie], and while he was reasonably well established as an artist when I first met him, I know first-hand how difficult it can be for artists to sustain their practice. Particularly if they also have a ‘day job’. I enjoy encouraging artists and providing them with opportunities to develop their professional practice through putting together a body of work for an exhibition – and to keep going and overcome the disappointment if people don’t understand their work or don’t purchase it. “Being an artist is a lonely occupation and I wanted to establish a meeting place where like-minded people could get together, and learn from each other – both artists and art lovers.” In that aim, Wendy has certainly succeeded. Hundreds of North Shore artists can testify to the importance, personally and professionally, of having their work exhibited at Northart. Exhibitions Wendy has curated range from solo shows to smallgroup exhibitions, showing the latest works by well-known professional artists; from student shows to important retrospectives honouring some of our best artists; shows that focus on painting, or photography, or ceramics, or weaving; members’ exhibitions; and school/student exhibitions. You name it, Wendy will have featured it in some way. Wendy has also been mindful of the changing demographics of the North Shore and alongside the regular ‘Stations of the Cross’ window exhibition for Easter, Northart has featured art by Māori,

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Korean, Pasifika, and Chinese artists, to name just a few. Two years ago, she apppinted a Chinese liaison coordinator. In 2019 alone Northart has hosted exhibitions by members of the New Zealand Institute of Chinese Fine Arts and by young contemporary Asian artists, as well as exhibitions curated by Wendy of Chinese New Zealand artists Lu Bo and Bangzhen Deng. Shows in recent years that featured Pasifika artists have included Tongan mixed media artist Tevita Latu, who also conducted youth workshops in the gallery’s Studio space; tapa artists Tui Emma Gillies and Suileti Fieme’a Burrows; photographer Emily Malifel’o and filmmaker Vea Mafile’o. Looking ahead to 2020, Wendy has envisioned an exhibition for March that will feature Muslim artists and acknowledge the 15th March tragedy in Christchurch. “Our policy is to encourage all people to enjoy and use the gallery,” she says. Wendy Harsant. Artist Sharon Vickers, one of many artists who have exhibited regularly at Northart over the years, has done so since she entered a Birkenhead Licencing Trust competition at Northart in 2002. She says Wendy “has been a force to be reckoned with her vision, energy and professionalism. She has been a supportive mentor to me and many other emerging artists over the 17 years I have been exhibiting, and I have seen the gallery grow not only in size but in its sense of artist community and friendship. Wendy has developed a wonderful family of artists and supporters. We are hugely grateful to her and she will be much missed.” Another key aim when Wendy started at Northart was to “raise the quality of the art as well as the standards of exhibition installation on the Shore”, and aim which she thinks, and the art world agrees, she has achieved in spades. Just one testament to the extent of her achievement is the numbers of people, from the Shore and beyond, who attend the Sunday afternoon exhibition opening each month. It’s not unusual for not just the main gallery, but all three gallery spaces to be crammed with art lovers, from the Shore and beyond, all examining what’s on offer in the latest Northart exhibition, animatedly discussing the merits of the various works, and catching up with art-loving friends. But ask Wendy about highlights from the last 20+ years, or about her own achievements, and she’s stumped. Of the latter, she simply says, “Lasting 20 years! Seriously? Time will tell.” And exhibition highlights? “After 20 years? That is impossible! We have had so many wonderful exhibitions and events. Of the last few years, [I could name] the exhibitions ‘Singing to the Dead’ held recently; the Malcolm Harrison retrospective in early 2018; and ‘Arrested Practice’ – a show of works that artists had abandoned for various reasons.” To that, this writer would add the exhibitions marking the 20th anniversary: two carefully curated assemblages that honoured many of the gallery’s regular and best-known artists: ‘Twenty’ (which featured one artist who exhibited in each of Northart’s 20 years), and ‘First Five’, an exhibition of works past and present by the five North Shore artists who featured in Northart’s first-ever exhibition. These were both exciting exhibitions, and reminders of the great visual heritage that Wendy and Northart have generated on the Shore. During her tenure, Wendy has not only been curator and manager at Northart, but also chief grants applicant. Balancing the books now, as over the last 22 years, has relied on grants from

Auckland Council, Kaipatiki Local Board, ASB Community Trust, Lion Foundation, Pub Charities, Birkenhead Licensing Trust, and Creative New Zealand’s Creative Communities scheme. Whatever the difficulties, Wendy believes that “obstacles are also challenges”. That’s an approach she took back at the beginning when there was no gallery at all, and one she’s carried through to today, as the gallery faces a similar uncertainty – the prospect of no or a different home under the current Northcote Redevelopment programme. “Not knowing the form, i.e. the place and space, that the gallery will take and when that will be, is the key [issue] for the future,” she says. And while Wendy has had sole responsibility for Northart, its exhibitions and its financial survival, she says it’s been far from sole charge. “I have had an incredibly supportive husband, who has always shared my vision for Northart; there is a very small but very loyal and dedicated staff (not quite but almost a full time equivalent in addition to myself), and there is a wonderful team of volunteers (including a supportive Board) and a fantastic group of artists. I am always sounding out ideas with other people – some of my best I can’t take ownership of!” At the beginning, Wendy worked with a “small but keen group of people whose experience of the arts was mostly at an amateur level. But they were willing and keen to back me and my vision. Their support was incredible." “I think today,” she adds in what might be best regarded as masterly understatement, “that we are reasonably well established as a gallery on the Auckland art scene, but that we have not lost the accessible, friendly and community ethos we set out to develop.” As she plans for a move south to spend more time with family, including grandchildren, Wendy is positive about Northart’s future, as a community-based and led gallery as well as one that discovers, seeks out and honours professional artists. But she also looks back on opportunities perhaps missed by the wider North Shore community and its politicians. Northart is only partially funded by Auckland Council, and relies on other funding and its own resources to continue to offer the exhibitions it does. “With more secure funding and support from Council, Northart would be able to provide more specialised services and opportunities for people and groups to be involved.” An “unrealised ambition” is to have opened a dealer gallery in Takapuna – surely a community with the style, sensibility and wherewithal to sustain one. And, she says, “I have never understood why the North Shore does not have its own public art gallery. We are a well-educated and affluent area, two things which generally lend themselves to support for the arts. Having a significant public gallery on the Shore would be a wonderful thing and would certainly encourage a more active and creative city, for residents and visitors. As would having a tertiary art school. Currently those interested in art, architecture and design, indeed all creative industries, leave the Shore to study in the city, and their whole focus shifts. And most don’t come back!” Her hope for the future, as she bids the Shore farewell, is that one day she will return, to visit, perhaps even to celebrate the opening of, a Shore-based public art gallery. In the meantime, we at Channel join with the Shore arts community in thanking Wendy for her decades of dedication to Northart, and to making the North Shore a richer place to live from its presence.. Issue 105 - December 2019 January 2020



Game of Thrones to Gate Pā – the past is a digital feast Is it possible that young people hooked on Game of Thrones could get seriously addicted to learning about local history? History professor Michael Belgrave thinks so… Aotearoa/New Zealand is considered a ‘new’ country in many respects. With a recent government decision to make the teaching of New Zealand history in high schools compulsory, a new generation might see our history is fascinating, turbulent and complex – rich in multiple stories, personalities and perspectives that have shaped who we are now. That’s the hope of Professor Belgrave, award-winning author and former research manager of the Waitangi Tribunal, now based at the School of Humanities at Massey’s Albany campus. In terms of studying history, there’s no time like the present, he says. “One of the most significant things for historians is how much technology has transformed what we do,” he says. “We used to have to sit in archives wearing special protective gloves with dusty bunches of files in front of us, writing notes on cards with a pencil and then going away and sorting them into some form to write up the history. Today, we can draw down so many different sources directly onto our laptops.” He says there is no other point in human history when people have had so much access to the past, and the ability to learn from so many sources in all their complexity and contradictions. “We also have the ability to imagine what the past was like through the images that we can connect to. Paintings, photographs, architecture, drawings, and the huge plethora of historical dramas and documentaries, mini-series and films.” History is much more a part of New Zealand's popular culture now. A growing interest in the study of medieval history (one of the specialty areas at Massey’s history programme) is linked to the popularity of Game of Thrones, he thinks. Skills we gain from studying history Among the many transferable skills gained from studying history, one of the most important is being able to assess and understand the limitations of evidence, and how difficult it is to know what happened in the past, and why. “It’s not just a matter of training people to be knowledgeable. We have primary sources that we rely on and those have biases and missing pieces,” he says. “What we're trying to do is to get away from the idea that historians are ‘flies on the wall’ that see everything and then write about the important bits. What we’re really doing is sifting through the rubble of earlier generations trying to work out what it means and how we can tell credible stories about it.”How we decide what is important is, in itself, an ethical issue. “Who's viewpoint becomes extremely important,” he says. Until midway through the 19th century, most sources of history were archives written by the wealthy and the politically influential. “Ordinary people just don't get a voice,” says Professor Belgrave. Women’s voices, views and experiences were largely absent as were other marginalised groups. The advent of government records – for births, deaths, marriages, land titles and more – and of newspapers, postal services, widespread access to paper and ink, and increasingly literate populations meant that ordinary people could write about their daily lives in diaries and letters, creating more layers of historical data. In 21st century Aotearoa, Professor Belgrave sees the challenges of developing a new history curriculum as bound up with the diverse definitions of the past seen from the post-colonial era we are in now.


Michael Belgrave.

He currently teaches two New Zealand history courses ­– a history of New Zealand's peoples exploring the waves of migration that made up our society today, and a second on Māori and colonisation, a subject he has written widely on. His book Dancing with the King, an exploration of diplomacy and peace-making in the decades between the Waikato War and the opening of the King Country after the 1860s, won the Ernest Scott Prize for the best Australasian history published in 2017. As well as indigenous Māori history, a curriculum relevant to today’s young people needs to include the migration stories of all those living in our communities, including the English, Irish and Scots as well as Pasifika, Chinese, Indian and more, Professor Belgrave believes. Historians have to be involved in discussing what New Zealand history is, how interesting and important it is, and also to “break down prejudices that there is a good history and a bad history based on the politics of the present, and that some things have to be taught and others not. It's our job to try and help, and participate in a broader public debate about the nature of New Zealand's past and the nature of the skills that we want people to have.” For more information on studying history at Massey -

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Kelly, Santa and Elfie.

Tim Bray as Santa Claus.

Santa Claus is coming – to The PumpHouse “Christmas doesn't start until we see The Santa Claus Show”, according to one local theatre-goer. For his and many other families, Tim Bray Theatre Company’s ‘The Santa Claus Show’ is an integral part of their Christmas tradition, with children or grandchildren revelling in the familiar yet different-everyyear tale of best friends Kelly and Alana and their different expectations of Christmas. This year is the seventeenth season of ‘The Santa Claus Show’ – and the fourteenth appearance as Santa Claus by Tim Raby, who appeared as Santa in the first production in 1991. Just as Tim is firmly established as Santa, so too is ‘The Santa Claus Show’ on Auckland’s list of must-dos for families at Christmas. Kelly is an energetic girl who knows what she wants. At Christmas, she wants a lot. Alana, her friend from next door, is quieter, content with her lot, kind and caring. She goes out of her way to help others; Kelly still has a few lessons to learn. Kelly sends the longest wish list for Christmas that Santa has ever seen. In response, Santa flies Kelly to the North Pole so she can learn for herself the true meaning of Christmas. At the North Pole they meet Santa Claus’s side-kick Elfie, one of the most enthusiastic elves you’ll ever meet. Elfie has the distinguished role of chief elf in Santa’s workshop, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a wicked sense of fun! And of course no story about Santa is complete without Rudolf. Between Alana, Elfie, Santa and some helper elves, Kelly comes to appreciate the special meaning of Christmas, and the show comes to a very special end, that leaves Kelly and everyone in the audience with a warm Christmas feeling. In keeping with the Christmas spirit and the Tim Bray Theatre Company (TBTC) mission of making theatre accessible for all, the company continues to provide audio-described and New Zealand Sign Language interpreted shows, as well as donating theatre tickets to Make-a-Wish (New Zealand) and low-decile school groups, through the Gift a Seat programme. In addition, for the first time, ‘The Santa Claus Show’ is offering a sensory relaxed performance for anyone who would benefit from a casual, supportive theatre atmosphere, which softens some technical elements and offers resource materials to create an inclusive theatre experience. TBTC has been working with Children’s Autusim Foundation to develop the special performance and online tools to help theatre goers with a sensory relaxed journey to the theatre. The tools include a welcome video, a frequently asked questions section, performance day arrival Information and theatre house rules, so that young people and their families can arrive fully prepared. An online visual story guide to read before coming to the performance has images of the show taken at the dress rehearsal. The company has also added a chill-out zone in The PumpHouse Theatre foyer which has a tv screen showing the

performance also should your child find the theatre too much, a relaxed space if your child needs a quiet place to settle, familiarisation visits, a pre-show tour, open seating space, fidget toys, and more. Tim Bray Theatre Company, The Santa Claus Show ’19 Bookings: phone 489 8360 or visit Children are encouraged to dress up as their favourite Christmas character and join the on-stage costume parade prior to every show. To book a familiarisation visit to the theatre or to find out more about the 14 December sensory relaxed performance phone 09 486 2261 or email Issue 105 - December 2019 January 2020



Key people at the Sunnynook Community Centre, from left: Simon Watson (Chairperson), Debbie Ruscoe (Community Co-ordinator), Penny Rusbatch (Sunnynook Community Constable) and Bronwyn Bound (Centre Manager).

It’s all go at Sunnynook Community Centre By Aidan Bennett As many Channel Magazine readers will know, I was recently elected to the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board. While I have had a reasonably large involvement in the community, during the election period I went much wider than I had before. I discovered wonderful things happening in Sunnynook, at the Sunnynook Community Centre. I thought that Channel Magazine readers needed to know more about it, so set about putting together this feature in November. The Sunnynook Community Centre has been around since the early part of the '90s. It evolved from a steering committee that was set up in February 1992 by Frank Cleary (Chairperson) and Peter Loud, then the North Shore City Council Community Coordinator. In November of that year the inaugural meeting was held, with resulting founding office-holders being Cleary, as the Chairperson, Alex Bowerman (Deputy), Jo Greacen (Secretary) and John Hills (Treasurer). Cathie Smith also worked in the office from 1993 to early 2001. From December 1992 to the middle of 1993 a budget was set to build the Sunnynook Community Centre (incorporating the Sunnynook Hall). The income received was $300,000 in funding from North Shore City Council, $150,000 from a Lotteries grant and $79,000 from the ASB Community Trusts for the purchase of furniture and furnishings.

Morning tea about to be served on Monday.


$65,000 was also contributed by Plunket. The Sunnynook Community Centre first opened its doors for community use in July 1993, with the exception of the hall. In October of that year it was officially opened by then North Shore City Council Mayor mr Paul Titchener. In mid 1994 Karen Scheirlinck became the Chairperson, Jackie Prestidge the Deputy Chairperson while Jo Greacen and John Hills remained Secretary and Treasurer respectively. John Hills served as Treasurer right through until 2016 – over 23 years. From those early beginnings, and largely through the efforts of volunteers, the Sunnynook Community Centre went from strength to strength, to the point where it is now the busiest community centre on the Shore. It really does show what can be achieved when members of the community and users of the centre are passionate about their community. The current committee is still made up of 10 volunteers. It is led by Simon Watson as Chairperson. Simon, who is also a key player in the Glenfield Rugby League Club next door, joined the committee in mid 2013 and became Chairperson July 2015. Carol Lunjevich-Grigor joined the committee in April 2002 and became the Secretary in mid 2002. Samik Basu joined in 2016, replacing John Hills as Treasurer.

Early Learning Centre.

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Tuesday Exercise Class in the hall.

The purpose of the Sunnynook Community Centre is documented as: To enhance social and cultural well-being by providing accessible and affordable opportunities for people of all ages, cultures and interests to come together in a safe and supportive environment to make friends, meet people, learn, contribute and participate in the local community. Also to participate in programmes and services developed in response to changing community needs. The values of Sunnynook Community Centre are: To have a strong community focus driving the decisions we make; Provide a warm and welcoming environment for all centre users; Embrace and celebrate the diversity within our community; Be family focussed and safety conscious; Provide quality facilities for users. Centre Manager Bronwyn Bound is the dedicated dynamo who drives the success of Sunnynook Community Centre. Bronwyn is passionate about the place and is clearly dedicated to delivering on the organisations purpose and values. Bronwyn joined the committee in 1995 as the North Shore Parent Centre representative. In September 2003 she started working part-time in the Sunnynook Community Centre office. She did a job share for a number of years before being appointed Centre Manager in 2012. Bronwyn is assisted by part-time Community Centre Co-ordinator Debbie Ruscoe who has been in the role since mid-2016. They work closely with Sunnynook Community Constable Penny Rusbatch, who has an office at the centre and also runs the local Neighbourhood Watch programme from the centre. Penny has been 20 years at Sunnynook and in the Police for 28 years. Alterations were carried out to the building around 10 years ago to provide space for Penny’s office and to provide a dedicated office space for centre management. In early November I went along to the Sunnynook Community Centre for the purpose of this article for Channel. The place was buzzing – people everywhere. Centre manager Bronwyn Bound explained that no less than 60 community groups regularly use the centre. Then there are casual groups as well. There is an early learning centre that caters for 25 children per day. This is run by supervisor Rose Broderick. There are Parent Centre groups for first time mums to do a four to six week course. It is a diverse community so the groups that use the wonderful facility reflect that. Activities at the Sunnynook Community Centre include: Kung Fu Dance - A combination of traditional Chinese Martial Arts and Qi Gong; Hearts and Minds - Positive Psychology, Personality and SelfEsteem; Rudd School of Rock; Chinese language classes for school aged children; New Zealand Sign Language classes; Chinese dance classes; KungFu Classes; Tribal Fusion belly dancing; Essentrics – A combination of yoga, Pilates, tai chi and dance; Intermediate level English; tai chi maintenance/health classes; exercise group for people with Parkinson's; yoga; Latin ballroom dancing; Baby Ballerinas; Zumba; line dancing; Brownies: Pippins (young Guides); German language classes; fitness classes, women exercising for fun; Chi Gong healing exercise; Mah Jong. Organisations that use the facilities at the Sunnynook Community

Centre or Kennedy Park include: Dementia Auckland; Arabellas Belly Dance School; Prostate Cancer Foundation of NZ; Sunnynook Ladies Group; Milford Combined Probus Club; North Shore Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Support Group; Sunnynook Indoor Bowls; Miles Dance School - ballet, tap and jazz, pre-schoolers to advanced; Korean Culture Society; Sunnynook Chinese Association; Bread of Life Christian Church; North Shore Country Music Club; North Shore Cake Decorating Club; Kennedy Park Petanque Club. The day we were there, a Monday morning, the English Conversation Group class was under way in the Sycamore Lounge. This is where they invite those with English as a second language to join in to practise speaking English and meet new people. The place was a hive of activity, with a buzz from the early learning centre and activity also taking place in the hall. Volunteers were preparing morning tea that looked well worth hanging around for. The Walking Group on Wednesday mornings is very popular and a great way of fostering community. Local residents gather for a weekly walk in the area to enjoy the company of others. Also on Mondays is a free games afternoon. Attendees can play casual board games – Scrabble, rummikub, backgammon or chess etc., or they can bring their own favourite game. Alternatively they can bring unfinished objects/projects such as knitting, scrapbooking, card making, cross-stich etc. Centre Manager Bronwyn Bound also organises holiday programmes for five to nine year olds at Sunnynook and for 10-14 year olds at Kennedy Park. They use the Kennedy Park as an extra facility. These programmes are always full, with around 60 young people every day. Bronwyn explained that young people that attended the programme themselves can volunteer to be helpers in the holiday programme from the age of 15, and from 16 they can become leaders. The programme was started by Colleen Doody at the nearby Church and then it moved to be part of the Sunnynook Community Centre. The programme has OSCAR MSD approval and Bronwyn sits on the Out of School Care Network Executive Committee. A big congratulations to the dedicated team at Sunnynook who make this community centre so special. It is a busy place that is certainly delivering for its culturally diverse community. The only time the centre is closed is for a 10 day period over Christmas/New Year when maintenance is also carried out. Before that they have a special free community event happening on Thursday December 12th – the Sunnynook Christmas Wheel Trail, that starts at 5pm. The community is encouraged to dress up and decorate their wheels (bikes, trikes, wheelchairs etc.) and come along to take part in the Christmas ride around the park. There will also be activities, games and treats as well as a sausage sizzle and face painting. There is also free maintenance checks for the bikes. Keep an eye out for our regular Sunnynook Community Centre column that will be in Channel from our February issue. For more information visit: Issue 105 - December 2019 January 2020



Courtney Davies was presented with the 2019 AIMES Supreme Award by North Harbour Club and Charitable Trust Patron Peter Menzies (left), and President Phil Brosnan. She receives the award, the Sir Peter Blake Trophy for 12 months and total cash grants of $30,000. Sir Peter Blake was the founding Patron of the North Harbour Club.

Former Long Bay College student wins AIMES Supreme Award for 2019 By Aidan Bennett

The annual AIMES Awards were presented at the North Harbour Club’s gala dinner held at the Bruce Mason Centre on Saturday November 9th. Twenty-three year old former Long Bay College student and microbiologist Courtney Davies won the AIMES Innovation Award, sponsored by Massey University, and then went on to also pick up the AIMES Supreme Award. Courtney received the award and cash grants of $30,000. Courtney Davies is passionate about bacteriophages...and rightly so. The young microbiologist graduated this year with a Master of Natural Science degree from Massey University, earning Distinction for her thesis on isolating the protein that enables bacteriophages (viruses that infect bacteria), and bioengineering them into an antimicrobial tool. In other words, finding an additional barrier of defence to effectively help people such as healthcare workers who put themselves at risk to help others. “I’m personally really interested in bacteriophages because unlike antibiotics, bacteria don’t develop resistance to them as easily, meaning we are able to treat infections quickly, efficiently and environmentally friendly with little residue,” Courtney explains. “This is the type of research I am passionate about, when biological innovation is able to save lives, especially as we enter into a time where it is expected that by 2050, antibiotic-resistant infections will take more lives than cancer.” It’s been four years since Courtney isolated a novel bacteriophage virus from soil that had never been discovered before. Since winning the AIMES Emerging Talent Award in 2017, she has worked with Fonterra producing ground-breaking research into isolating viruses from unpasteurised milk, and is currently collaborating with the Massey University Marine Ecology department on a marine genetics project using environmental DNA barcoding to detect the presence of the rare toheroa mollusc along New Zealand beaches. “With just a handful of sand, we are able to detect the presence of this rare mollusc, almost driven to extinction throughout the


1950s due to over-harvesting and the establishments of canneries along the coastline,” she says. “eDNA is becoming a popular tool for species identification and conservation, so it is especially important to utilise this science within New Zealand.” Courtney – a gifted hockey player – has been involved in the Metagenomics Day outreach programmes across North Shore secondary schools and served for three years as a laboratory demonstrator for undergraduate cell biology, plant biology and biochemistry papers. Other accolades include the Massey University Albany Vice Chancellor's Natural Sciences Excellence Award and the Massey University Vice Chancellor’s High Achiever Academic Scholarship; her work for the university at Fieldays in 2016, 2017 and 2018 fitted her passion for agriculture, having established her own breeding stud of purebred Ayrshire dairy cattle in 2011. With communication at top of mind, Courtney won the 2017 Massey University and Inter-University National Masters 3-Minute Thesis competition and is a member of Toastmasters International. Her passion for educating youth has culminated in a fulltime environmental educator position for Blake NZ, reaching more than

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25,000 students and community members to foster the relationship between marine landscapes and terrestrial ecosystems using virtual reality across Auckland, Northland and the Waikato. Last year, Courtney was appointed as the New Zealand Royal Agricultural Society Rural Ambassador and has travelled more than 11,000km in the name of agriculture, supporting the next generation. She has been elected onto the Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) executive committee – the youngest person ever – and is involved with many agricultural organisations, science and education organisations. She’s also been on the move. Last year, Courtney was one of just 15 students globally to attend a Red Sea Summer Programme in Saudi Arabia, and in November was the New Zealand delegate to the Bayer Youth Ag Summit held in Brazil to find solutions towards feeding a hungry planet over the next few years. “Being recognised as someone who can help make that change is rewarding,” she says. “I presented one of my ideas on how to feed our hungry planet by using virtual reality technology to educate the wider communities around us about the benefit of agriculture and how

Summit in Brazil just a few hours prior and with a 15-minute layover in Chile’s largest airport, I didn’t think I would make it back in time. Without a doubt this has been the pinnacle of my academic career and I am excited to use this platform to inspire more young people from our region into science, education and leadership through the many opportunities this fantastic area has to offer.” “I am currently working for Blake NZ as a Virtual Reality Environmental Educator and will continue to work in this position, taking on additional tasks around logistics and project management of the environmental leadership programmes within our non-profit in 2020,” explained Courtney when quizzed on what the next year will hold for her. “I currently sit on two executive boards, focussing on youth involvement in science and the agricultural industry in New Zealand where I have the chance to be involved in decisions that directly impact these groups. I am looking forward to using these platforms to create more opportunities for the people around me, giving back to the communities who have provided me with experience and skills along the way. I will be starting 2020 with the Agricultural Shows Australia Next Generation Conference in Queensland, using some of the AIMES Awards funds to help me

Since winning the AIMES Emerging Talent Award in 2017, she has worked with Fonterra producing ground-breaking research into isolating viruses from unpasteurised milk… food makes its way to the supermarket. By showing people the grass-roots of agriculture, I hope this inspired them to get involved and to see that agriculture is more than just milking a cow… it involves science, technology, business, accounting and so much more.” Beyond the classroom, Courtney says her aspirations revolve around speaking and presenting her research around the world – something she will use her AIMES funding for. “It was an incredible honour and surprise to be acknowledged with the 2019 AIMES Supreme Award,” said Courtney in midNovember. “I remember when I first applied for the AIMES Awards several years ago, I was in awe of the supreme winners. These were people who epitomised excellence throughout all aspects of their specialty, both in the community and on the international stage. In all honesty, the supreme award was not something I thought was attainable due to the high calibre of those who have gone before me and as a result, to not only be awarded the 2019 AIMES Innovation Award, but the supreme award, was truly humbling and affirmed that scientific innovation is something highly valued in our community. I had arrived back from the Youth Ag

over there. I am also looking at completing an MBA at Massey University, to equip me with the knowledge to better give back to those around me through leadership and governance and am looking forward to exploring more local initiatives to participate in.” “I have some clear goals for my career. I am still so passionate about giving back to our community and the people within it. I am looking forward to a future career involved in agriculture, science and leadership. Eventually I am looking forward to completing in a PhD project combining science and business. I would like to remain involved in research while still being part of the boardroom decisions to ensure that scientific innovation and communication is accurately transferred into society. However, like many other young people, I still have no idea of exactly what I want to do over the next few years. The one thing I do know is that I want to ensure my actions are focussed around our North Harbour shores before acting globally.” A full summary of all 27 young people who received awards and grants in the 2019 North Harbour Club AIMES Awards is included in this issue. For more information visit: Issue 105 - December 2019 January 2020


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CHANNEL FEATURE: AIMES AWARDS 2019 The North Harbour Club’s annual AIMES Awards were celebrated during November. This awards programme recognises excellence being achieved by young people in the region aged between 10 and 25 years old. The programme has been running since 1995, so this was the 24th year. AIMES is an acronym that stands for Arts; Innovation; Music; Education; Sport: Service to the Community. Awards and grants are made in these categories across four award sections. AIMES Awards; AIMES Emerging Talent Awards; Junior Excellence Awards; Sports Scholarships. Since 1995, the North Harbour Club and Charitable Trust – the organisation behind the awards – has provided award scholarships to a total value $2.4 million. The achievements of 27 individuals were recognised and celebrated in the 2019 AIMES Awards. The 2019 AIMES Awards Gala Dinner was held at the Bruce Mason Centre on Saturday November 9th. This was preceded by a cocktail function at the B:HIVE/Smales Farm on Wednesday November 6th when AIMES Emerging Talent Awards, Junior Excellence Awards and the Sports Scholarships were presented. Channel Magazine’s Aidan Bennett, a passionate North Harbour Club member and former President, provided this summary of the 2019 AIMES Awards.

All 2019 AIMES Award winners who were in attendance at the Gala Dinner.

2019 delivers a standard of excellence like never before! Having been a member of the North Harbour Club for more than two decades and having attended every AIMES Awards Gala Dinner during that period, I could probably be excused for becoming blasé. But then came 2019… wow! A standard of excellence like never before. The AIMES Supreme Award for 2019 went to Courtney Davies. The 23 year old former Long Bay College student describes herself as a microbiologist, agricultural enthusiast and environmental educator. The AIMES Innovation Award and the AIMES Supreme Award in 2019 follows an AIMES Emerging Talent Award she won in 2017. See our special profile on Courtney in this issue.

Since 1995, the North Harbour Club and Charitable Trust – the organisation behind the awards – has provided award scholarships to a total value $2.4 million. Issue 105 - December 2019 January 2020


Andrew Coshan received his AIMES Arts Award from John Twomey of sponsor ASB and North Harbour Club President Phil Brosnan.

AIMES Arts Award – Sponsored by ASB

The AIMES Arts Award in 2019 and a grant of $15,000 went to actor, singer and dancer Andrew Coshan. Like Courtney, Andrew has previously won an AIMES Emerging Talent Award, back in 2016. The 25 year old former Takapuna Grammar student has spent the past 12 months working nonstop in productions across Australia – and has set his sights firmly on London’s West End. He says his win will assist the development, funding, production and touring of his cabaret, full of golden age musical material, tap dancing and political humour. When receiving his award Andrew announced that he has recently been cast in two more shows. Melbourne Shakespeare Company cast him in their Taming of the Shrew, and around the same time the Australian Shakespeare Company cast him in their Hamlet as Laertes. Andrew explained that this latter role was a much greater opportunity and therefore he had to decline the role in Taming of the Shrew.

AIMES Innovation Award – Sponsored by Massey University

The AIMES Innovation Award for 2019, and $15,000 was won by Courtney Davies who also picked up the AIMES Supreme Award. See the special feature on Courtney.

AIMES Music Award – Sponsored by Yamaha Home Entertainment

To adequately describe the meteoric musical career of Matthias Balzat, you would need a novel. The 20 year old, who is based in Germany, won the AIMES Music Award and a grant of $15,000. Matthias is New Zealand’s leading cellist. He is the youngest of seven children, was home-schooled by his piano-teacher mum Vivian, and played instrumental folk music with his family during his early years, finishing secondary education at just 13 and attending university a year later.

Matthias collected his first music prize at the age of nine and was offered a soloist spot in an Australian showcase concert at 10. Matthias was three when he started formal lessons on the cello and, buoyed by the family’s competitive spirit and determination, has striven for excellence since. He won an AIMES Emerging Talent Award last year. Matthias collected his first music prize at the age of nine and was offered a soloist spot in an Australian showcase concert at 10. By


Harry and Jack Alexander received their AIMES Education Awards from Mark Wilson of sponsor Kristin School and North Harbour Club President Phil Brosnan.

12, he’d topped the Trinity College of London cello diploma with the highest mark in New Zealand, as well as gaining University Entrance and his AS Level Cambridge Exams at 14, again with recordbreaking marks in music and art design. On completion of his Honours degree, Matthias was invited to attend the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Dusseldorf. One week into his first semester in April 2019, he entered the SieghardtRometsch Concerto Competition in Dusseldorf and - out of around 50 instrumentalists - won first prize. Matthias is currently living in Dusseldorf to complete his Masters. He is extremely busy with his studies and music, and was unable to travel back to New Zealand for the AIMES Awards Gala Dinner. His AIMES Music Award was collected by his mum Vivian.

AIMES EDUCATION AWARD – Sponsored by Kristin School

The 2019 AIMES Education Award was a family affair, going to identical twin brothers Jack and Harry Alexander. They recieved cash grants of $15,000 each. Jack and Harry’s education journey started at Coatesville Primary School, then onto Albany Junior High School, before completing their final years of schooling at ACG Senior College in Auckland’s CBD. In 2012, when it was time to head to University, Jack and Harry chose to take different paths – Jack started a law degree, while his brother Harry chose medicine. Jack Alexander is a lawyer and researcher. After completing his law degree, with Honours, Jack secured a sought-after position as a Judges Clerk at the Court of Appeal, where he attended hearings, undertook legal research and delivered judgments for some of the country’s leading judges. He currently works full time as a lawyer at Gilbert Walker, representing clients in significant commercial disputes. Jack balances full time work with his interests in research and teaching. He is a teaching an assistant at University of Auckland Law School and has had eight peer-reviewed papers published in legal journals in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Several of his papers have been cited by the High Court. Next year, Jack will travel to the United Kingdom to undertake a Master of Laws, before returning back to New Zealand to practise. Not to be outdone by his brother, Jack’s identical twin Harry Alexander is a doctor and internationally published medical researcher, currently completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy. Harry is passionate about the field of interventional radiology – he spent three months of last year working in the interventional radiology department at Saint Mary’s Hospital in London, observing cutting edge procedures that inspired him to specialise in this area. When he finishes his post-graduate study, Harry hopes to secure a position on the radiology training programme where he will learn the speciality. Harry’s recent research in the field included a clinical study on imaging and management of portal vein thrombosis, and in coming years he hopes to use his research to develop a Surgical

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Connor Bell received his AIMES Sport Award from Mike Stanley of sponsor AUT Millennium and North Harbour Club President Phil Brosnan.

Safety Checklist for interventional radiology procedures to improve patient outcomes. Harry’s long term goal is to live on the North Shore and work as an interventional radiologist, using his skills to serve his community.

AIMES Sports Award – Sponsored by AUT Millennium

Eighteen year old discuss champion Connor Bell has just completed year 13 at Westlake Boys High School – and now has his sights firmly set on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and beyond. Connor is the current New Zealand Track and Field Championships Under-20 Men’s Discus champion, and a member of the High Performance New Zealand squad. He holds the New Zealand record for men’s discus in the U17, U18, U19 and U20 categories, and also holds several secondary schools’ national records. Perhaps most notably, Connor currently holds the world U20 discus record, with a throw of 70.13 metres. Ultimately, Connor hopes to top the world with a world record beating discus throw of 75 metres. Connor’s training is supported by AUT Millennium and High Performance Sport NZ, but most of his travel for training and competition is self-funded. He will use his AIMES grant of $15,000 to cover costs such as equipment, travel and accommodation.

Connor is the current New Zealand Track and Field Championships Under 20 Men’s Discus champion, and a member of the High Performance NZ squad.

Nancy Yuan received her AIMES Service to the Community Award from Hadyn McKenzie of sponsor Albany Toyota and North Harbour Club President Phil Brosnan.

Nancy will return to Oxford University in 2020, to complete an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, followed by a Master of Public Policy. After that, her goals include working with the Red Cross, and ultimately as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

North Harbour Club Ross Finlayson Award

18 year old Tayla Woolley has just completed Year 13 at Westlake Girls High School, and is planning to study law and politics next year at Victoria Univerity of Wellington. Tayla’s long term goal is to enter politics, serving the North Shore community as a Member of Parliament. In 2019, Tayla attended Youth Parliament as the North Shore Youth MP, and worked alongside North Shore MP Maggie Barry. She also raised funds for Cure Kids New Zealand, served on the organising committee for the Auckland Schools Strike for Climate, and attended a number of UN Youth events. Tayla has been a leader at Westlake Girls, involved in a wide range of clubs and activities, and the recipient of a number of awards. With the Ross Finlayson Scholarship, Tayla will take part in an OutwardBound New Zealand Course, funded by the North Harbour Club. Ross Finlayson was a key founder and a driving force of the North Harbour Club. He passed away in 2009.

Footnote: All overseas-based winners were flown back for the AIMES Awards Gala Dinner by North Harbour Club sponsor, Air New Zealand. As well as the cash grants, all 27 AIMES Awards recipients in 2019 received a 12 month gym membership from North Harbour Club sponsor AUT Millennium.

AIMES Service to the Community Award – sponsored by Albany Toyota

Brown’s Bay resident Nancy Yuan is passionate about serving her community. As a first generation New Zealander, Nancy says her calling is to create better conditions for migrants and refugees seeking to improve their livelihoods – and she is working hard to do just that. Nancy received the AIMES Service to the Community Award – and a grant of $15,000 – in recognition for her contribution to New Zealand’s migrant and refugee communities. Nancy’s recent roles include Oxfam NZ climate migration intern, Pacific regional representative for humanitarian affairs for the United Nations and director of the Oxford Society for International Development Events. She provided substantial support to the victims of the Christchurch mosque attack, using data analysis to inform decision making around the provision of food, supplies, accommodation and other services to bereaved and injured members of the community.

Tayla Woolley received her Ross Finlayson Award from Stephen Finlayson (son of Ross) and North Harbour Club President Phil Brosnan. Issue 105 - December 2019 January 2020


North Harbour Club President Phil Brosnan (left), AIMES Judging Chair Sue Stanaway (second from right) and Mike Atkinson of sponsor Bellingham Wallace (right) with 2019 AIMES Emerging Talent Award recipients who were at the awards evening, from left; Tess Costil, Mae Everett, Tayla Alexander, Amelia Ullrich and Kanah Andrews-Nahu.

AIMES Emerging Talent Awards – Sponsored by Bellingham Wallace

North Harbour Club Emerging Talent Awards in 2019, each also getting a grant of $7500, went to:Amelia Ullrich (Arts Award) – Amelia Ullrich is an award winning competitive dancer. She has been dancing competitively since the age of eight, and recently placed first in all her solo performances for jazz, contemporary and jazz impromptu at the New Zealand Dance Awards. As a result, she was selected for the New Zealand team to dance at an international competition in Portugal in June. In the future, Amelia hopes to become a recognised expert professional dancer and choreographer. The AIMES Emerging Talent Award will assist in funding Amelia’s training and study, local and with leading overseas programmes. Tess Costil (Arts Award) – Tess Costil is an artist, designer and youth mentor. She uses fashion, illustration and photography to create art and design works that have won her an international design competition in England, seen her complete a Bachelor of Design, and allowed her to exhibit work locally and around the world. In 2019, Tess won a scholarship to fund an eight month solo trip to Europe, including a Semester at Koln International School of Design in Germany, and interned at Mokum Textiles in Sydney. She has also worked with well-known New Zealand companies, and is a youth mentor, ambassador and creative director for Heartspeak Collective, a core programme of the Bridge the Gap Project Charitable Trust. Tess will use her grant to produce art, and hopes it will enable her the financial freedom to produce art on a larger scale, and to be more experimental with her work. Tayla Alexander (Music Award) – Tayla Alexander is a classical singer, known as the “Kiwi songbird”. In the last year, while studying classical voice at Waikato University, Tayla has performed live on television, sung to crowds of more than 200,000 at Cola Cola Christmas in the Park and launched an album of classical music favourites. She releases music through iTunes and her YouTube channel, where she achieves more than 120,000 views per video, and has amassed a whopping one million views on her release of Wuthering Heights.


Tayla was selected as the youngest soprano to receive a full scholarship with the Auckland Opera Studio, and receives coaching from Frances Wilson-Fitzgerald and Dame Malvina Major. Emilly Fan (Education Award) – Emilly Fan just completed her first year at Harvard University, studying environmental science and public policy. She is on the board of the Harvard Undergraduate Clean Energy Group, and volunteers for several organisations supporting disadvantaged children. While at Harvard, she has worked with groups including the China Forum, Harvard College Association for US-China Relations, Harvard Business and Environment Group, and Natural Resources Defense Council in Beijing. Just 4.6% of the 42,749 applicants for Harvard were accepted in Emilly’s year – and she was one of them. She was accepted based on exceptional academic results, numerous awards, her SAT score, and extensive extra-curricular involvement. Studying at Harvard as an international student costs US$50,000 each year. Kanah Andrews-Night (Sport Award) – Kanah Andrews-Night has represented New Zealand as a competitive weightlifter since the age of 13, at events such as the 2019 IWF Junior World Championships in Fiji, where she won New Zealand’s first gold medal at the event. She was the flag bearer for New Zealand at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Argentina. Kanah now has her sights set on the Tokyo Olympics – and she is confident she will be selected. She holds an impressive 140+ New Zealand Olympic Weightlifting records, and several Oceania and Commonwealth records. Kanah’s training is entirely self funded. She will use the AIMES Emerging Talent grant to assist with travel and competition costs, and well as meeting day to day costs associated with training full time. Mae Everett (Service to the Community Award) – Mae Everett is dedicated to community service. She is currently studying, and hopes to eventually achieve a Masters Degree in Business Law. Mae balances her study with extensive work in our local community – she works alongside the Takapuna North Community Trust, the Takapuna Devonport Local Youth Board and Shore Junction, and has dedicated many hours to these groups. At Shore Junction, Mae is the youth advisor who co-designed floorplans,

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North Harbour Club Junior Excellence Awards Judges Joe Bergin, Catherine Lamb (Chair), Sherida Penman-Walters and Fay Mason with the 2019 recipients, from left; Amy-Lee Pateman, Lianne Kim, Daichi Iizuka, Nathan Jin, Benedict Thomas, Liam Richards, Andre Smirnov, Lesina Eneleo and Zoe Ellis.

facilitated design ideas and co-created a strategic programme around ensuring youth would be provided with the necessary resources to achieve their potential.

Championships and Festival, and this year he won a number of prizes. He will continue to compete in this competition, and hopes to compete and perform overseas.

Junior Excellence Awards – Sponsored by Precise Homes

Nathan Jin (Music Award) – 13 year old Nathan Jin started playing the drums when he was seven, keyboard at nine, and piano at 10. Recently, he has also taught himself to play the bass guitar. Nathan has received many awards – distinction in every exam he has completed, the Big Band Cup and Top Rock Band Drummer at Murrays Bay Intermediate, and selection for the APO Christmas Concert – and hopes to join Westlake’s Premier Big Band and Stage Band in 2020.

Lesina Eneleo (Judges Special Award, Arts) – 11 year old Lesina Eneleo already has outstanding singing and performing talent. In May, she won the ‘Glenfield Primary School has Talent’ event, and went on to win the top award in the Glenfield area competition involving 10 local schools. She leads the school’s Kapa Haka and Pacifica Groups. Lesina’s cash grant of $1,000 will assist in funding singing and performing lessons with New Zealand singing icon Suzanne Lynch. All the following Junior Excellence Award recipients received the award and a cash grant of $3000. Lianne Kim (Innovation Award) – When 12 year old Lianne Kim’s grandpa collapsed at home while alone last year, her family were very worried about his safety. The Murray’s Bay Intermediate Student responded by developing a software application in javascript and HTML languages that could detect her grandpa’s movements and alert the family instantly if he was not moving for a certain timeframe. Lianne is a keen scientist, winning multiple awards in the NIWA North Harbour Science and Technology Fair, the David Peace Prize and the Miles Maxted Award for her recent science projects and investigations. Andre Smirnov (Music Award) – Andre Smirnov has been playing the piano and piano accordian since his mum took him to piano lessons at the Music Education Centre in Glenfield at age four. Now 11, Andre has been a member of the Hauraki Primary School orchestra, is in a school rock band called Exploding Emus, and won the Hauraki School Talent show in 2017. He is now at Belmont Intermediate, where he is involved in a wide range of extra-curricular music activities including rock band and orchestra. Outside of school, he is a member of a number of youth orchestras and has performed across Auckland and in other parts of New Zealand. Over the past few years, Andre has performed in the South Pacific International and New Zealand National Accordian

Just this year, Liam won gold medals at the USA Freeski Nationals and the North Island New Zealand Slopestyle Series… Liam Richards (Sport Award) – 11 year old Liam Richards has been skiing since the age of two. At just seven, he attended his first New Zealand Junior Freeski Nationals and last year was selected for the Snow Sports NZ national development team – two years earlier than the target age of 12-14. Just this year, Liam won gold medals at the USA Freeski Nationals and the North Island New Zealand Slopestyle Series, and silver at the NZ Slopestyle Series in the U14 category. His future goal is to win a medal at the 2026 Winter Olympics. Liam is also passionate about sailing, competing in the Optimist fleet over the past three years at national and international age group level. Daichi Lizuka (Sport Award) – Daichi Lizuka is dedicated to two sports – karate and football. He started karate at age seven, and now competes at national and international level. Daichi also coaches and mentors younger students, and says he enjoys seeing the younger students develop. He is aiming to win the Oceania Karate Champs in 2020, and longer term goals include representing New Zealand at the 2024 Olympic Games. Daichi also plays football for East Coast Bays 12th Grade rep team and Kristin School team, and was selected in the Wyner’s Football Academy squad that travelled to an international tournament in Korea earlier this year. Issue 105 - December 2019 January 2020


2019 North Harbour Club Sports Scholarship recipients, from left; Taine Murray, Blake McGlashan, Cameron McTaggart, Seb Menzies and Mikayla Smyth. Also pictured are sponsors Pam and Paul Bayer of Vantage Windows (right) and left, Phil Brosnan (North Harbour Club President) and Sue Stanaway (awards judging chairperson).

Amy-Lee Pateman (Sport Award) – Amy-Lee Pateman plays almost every sport – touch, tag, netball, swimming, cross-country, dancing. You name it, and Amy-Lee loves it. Amy-Lee is currently a member of the Basketball Oceania U15 squad, a New Zealand Tag representative, a North Harbour age group representative touch player, and an age group representative netball player. Amy-Lee’s goals include being part of the New Zealand basketball team for the 2022 World Basketball Championships.

than 100 national records, and won an impressive range of senior awards. To make the Olympic team, Cameron has to compete in a minimum of six international competitions over a 14 month period. He has three to attend in the first half of 2020 – Brisbane, Nauru and Ohio. He is confident that if he shows steady improvement over these three competitions and stays injury free, he will be selected for the Olympic team.

Zoe Ellis (Sport Award) – Twelve year old BMX Rider Zoe Ellis started riding her BMX bike at age four, racing at age five, and competed in her first world championships at age six. In 2018, Zoe was selected in the New Zealand BMX Test Team, to compete against the top Australian riders in 2018 and 2019. Next year, Zoe hopes to attend the World Championships in Houston, and says maybe one day she could possibly go to the Olympic Games. Financial constraints mean it is difficult for Zoe to travel to competitions, and her cash grant of $3,000 will be put towards this.

Mikayla Smyth – Alpine ski racer Mikayla Smyth has been competing since age six, and is currently the 2019 Whistler Cup Giant Slalom gold medallist and the Zagreb International Youth U14 Giant Slalom Champion. Mikayla is currently training and racing in the northern hemisphere, and recently joined an elite all-female ski racing academy in Italy, where she trained for four months with top level international coaches. She aspires to compete at world-class level and to one day represent New Zealand at the Winter Olympics.

Benedict Thomas (Service to the Community Award) – Ten year old Benedict Thomas uses his violin playing skills to support community causes – by busking! Benedict starting busking a few years ago, and since then has raised money for St John Vianney, Starship Foundation, families of the victims of the Christchurch mosque attack and Mangawhai Fire Station. Benedict will use his cash grant of $3,000 to replace his violin, which is getting too small as he grows, and use any leftover money to replace two broken benches outside the retirement home on his street.

North Harbour Cub Sports Scholarship – Sponsored by Vantage Windows North Harbour Club $2000 Sports Scholarships in 2019 were awarded to:-

Cameron McTaggart – Weightlifter Cameron McTaggart has dreamed of making the 2020 Olympic team, and is looking to make that dream a reality. Over the past eight years, Cameron has won medals at a number of junior competitions, has broken more


Seb Menzies and Blake McGlashan – Sailors Seb Menzies and Blake McGlashan have been sailing together for two years, after meeting at the Murrays Bay Sailing Club. Together they have won gold at the 420 Youth World Championships in Poland and the 2018 World 420 Championship in Newport, and silver at the 2019 World 420 Championship in Portugal. Long term, the pair hope to represent New Zealand at the Olympics – winning medals – and to sail in the America’s Cup. In the short term, in 2020 they aim to win more competitions in New Zealand, represent the 2020 New Zealand Youth Team, and finish on the podium at the Open and Youth World Championships. Taine Murray – 17 year old Taine Murray is a talented basketballer. He is a Harbour representative player, and was selected in the New Zealand Tall Blacks long list for the build up to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo – Taine says this is his greatest achievement to date. Taine has been invited to attend the Nike All Asia Camp in China and India and the Steven Adams High School Invitational. He hopes to gain a college scholarship in the US, so is focusing on developing his skills to the highest level over the next 18 months. His $2,000 grant will go towards funding development opportunities in New Zealand and overseas.

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Advocate for a cause Suzanne Brooks-Pinčević uses art to tell her story

by Christine Young

of the public's lack of comprehension Suzanne Brooks-Pinčević is a about the war, erroneously attributing passionate artist and writer – a the cause to ethnic hatreds and passion that has resulted in her religious intolerance, when it was painting a series of searing images purely and simply a land grab by of conflict in Croatia, and writing Serbia,” she tells Channel Magazine. two books, one of which has "Then I did the two huge ‘Bleiburg’ been translated into Croatian and paintings…. Having completed these, presented to world leaders. I felt the paintings were not enough Suzanne is a North Shore local with and a book was necessary to more a fascinating story to tell. She was explicitly tell that story.” the result of the post-war reunion of Her second book, ‘Dubrovnik her French mother and English father My Love’, was published earlier this just after World War II in Sydney; she year. She held a preliminary book spent her early childhood in Hong launch in May with the ladies of her Kong and her teens in rural/smallWomen’s League on the League’s 25th town New Zealand. She later married anniversary, and an “official” launch in Croatian Gašpar Pinčević,who risked late September at French Rendezvous his life escaping from Tito’s communist Café in Takapuna. dictatorship. ‘Dubrovnik My Love’ had its genesis Suzanne has exhibited in in an accident. “I had promised Gašpar exhibitions and painted numerous since I met him that I’d write his unique commissions. She has also story one day…. Then time caught published two books that focus on up with me! As we were crossing the Croatia, a country she has come to Suzanne Brooks-Pinčević signs a copy of street, Gašpar slipped in a big puddle. love dearly through her marriage. 'Dubrovnik my Love'. He aquaplaned into the air and crashed “I became involved with down on his back – breaking it! He was rushed to hospital. Luckily the Croatian community at the he had not broken his spinal cord but it meant several months of not commencement of war in Yugoslavia doing much.” when its six republics broke apart Gašpar was not a reader of fiction. But a friend offered him some in 1990,” she says. “A group of ladies led by Zdenka Batistich books to fill time and he quickly became an avid reader. “He was established the Croatian Women’s League to fundraise and send hooked!” says Suzanne. “I decided that this was what I needed to containers of medicines and blankets etc. to help their unarmed do for my book about his story. Having nearly lost him, I was spurred countrymen to defend Croatia from the aggression of Serbia. I donated several of my art works. I also did four significant paintings on to complete what I’d promised 50-odd years ago.” Creating a novel was a new experience. Suzanne had attended of the effect of the war on Croatia.” These were donated by the Auckland Croatian community in 1998 to the new Croatian embassy several writing classes with Joan Rosier-Jones, and she studied “many Google instruction blogs on various aspects of writing fiction”. in Canberra. She also sent her manuscript to Joan. “Joan instructed ‘fix this, fix Since the 1991-95 war in the Balkans, Suzanne has become that, do this, do that’ – and so the manuscript was improved.” an advocate for the Croatian cause. In 1994, after exhibiting As for the story, “I prodded Gašpar to remember. It was quite her "Liberation" series in Sydney, she brought to Auckland from fun – like going on a journey together!” she says. “The fiction aspect Australia 200 paintings done by refugee children from Croatia and provided the all-important avenue to elaborate on Gašpar’s thoughts Bosnia, and organised functions to fundraise for the children by selling their paintings as well as donated works by well-known New and feelings, bringing alive his days of trauma, his despair, his hopes Zealand artists. “The events raised a substantial amount,” she says, – and elation when things went well." “I am fortunate to have had a very multi-cultural upbringing, “which went to five venues in Croatia to help these children, and which has given me a wide view of world affairs,” says Suzanne – also children at Starship Hospital.” though it must be said that despite her international background she After the war, the League evolved into a beneficial local was remarkably ignorant about Croatia when she first met Gašpar organisation visiting the sick and elderly, promoting women's at a coffee bar in Auckland in the 1960s. She had no idea where achievements, providing afternoon teas, lectures, bus and air Croatia was; no idea about Yugoslavia or the politics of the area. trips, dinners and social events for Croatian women. “We also do fundraising, especially for Breast Cancer and Starship Hospital. The She was, by her own admission, “a spoilt product of the Britïsh Raj League has been going for 25 years and for most of that time I have in Hong Kong”. Now, she counts herself as “being French, English, Australian been its secretary,” says Suzanne. With her Croatian sensibilities awakened by the war in the former and New Zealand, plus Croatian by adoption and also a Hong Kong colonial! All these countries figure hugely in my life and have made Yugoslavia, she wrote her first book, ‘Britain and the Bleiburg Tragedy’, an analysis of the impact of that war on Croatia. This book me the person I am. I love them equally; they are all a part of me.” was translated into Croatian and republished in an updated edition in 2009. It was Suzanne’s first foray into writing in any substantial Suzanne Brooks-Pinčević speaks at East Coast Bays library way and is based around two series of her paintings: The Liberation in Browns Bay on Wednesday 19th February 2020 – a talk of Croatia series, and the Bleiburg set. that is sure to provide more anecdotes about her life and her “I felt compelled to do the four ‘Liberation’ paintings because achievements in so many spheres.


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Rugby and loss joins hearts across the globe By Nikki Davidson The stillness of the morning in early summer embraced those who gathered in silent prayer around a plaque and a young linden tree, planted in 2017 as a memorial to young French exchange student Peyo Crus, who tragically lost his life in a car accident while attending Long Bay College earlier that year. This tree also signifies ‘liberty’ after villagers planted them following the French Revolution in 1789. Peyo was known to have a great love of life, and it was his love of the game of rugby that drew him to New Zealand for his international high school experience. He was a member of the Long Bay First XV and forged some strong friendships in that time. His coach Craig Thomason described him as having soaked up rugby like a sponge. After Peyo’s accident, his father Olivier Crus said, "Life is intense, maybe short. You need to make the most of it, live life to the fullest, love, play rugby, play in everyday life, communicate, learn; at school, from yourselves, from others. We must not be sad." This sentiment prompted the phrase #livelikepeyo which has been printed on t-shirts and adopted by other sports teams in Peyo’s home town of Chaumont. So, in 2018, the Long Bay College team, coached by Craig and at the invitation of Olivier, flew to France and was hosted by the welcoming Chaumont community which opened their homes and arms to these North Shore families. The Kiwis took with them a specially-made silver cup named ‘Peyo’s Cup’ and following a commemorative haka especially designed by Ben Thomason, played a one-off game against Peyo’s club team, which the Kiwis won by just one point. Beautiful friendships were formed between the families, who had never met before, so it was deemed a good idea by Olivier that the French came to New Zealand for a rematch this year. Last month, 2nd November was about remembering and honouring Peyo on his old rugby pitch at Long Bay College, along with the reformed original First XV of which Peyo was a member, and his French club team and family visiting for the first time. As an observer, you couldn’t help but recognise the closeness of this unique group of people. From a tragic event, friendships have grown that now span the globe. During the week, college families billeted the French in their homes and helped them get to the various excursions and events that were organised for them. The All Blacks bus from Ritchies was used to transport them to ferries, rugby clubs, Rotorua (including a marae stay), and the famous Eden Park with lunch at The Barbarians Club and where Olivier was presented with a rare Barbarian’s tie. In return, he presented a #livelikepeyo tie to ex-All Black Craig Dowd. Organising committee member Sue Thomason said the sponsorship of the activities, transport, food and playing kit had been amazing. The kit was supplied by Paladin Sports and designed

Craig Thomason and Olivier Crus.

by Ben Thomason with Māori motifs and depicting golden stairs for Peyo’s ascent to heaven. New World Long Bay was generous with food for a picnic down at the beach and Fullers Ferries took everyone to Mototapu Island one day. “Even flowers for placing at the crash site were donated.” Before the big match, on Saturday 2nd November (the same day as the Rugby World Cup final), the French and New Zealand families joined together in the spirit of friendship and honour. Coach Craig welcomed everyone to the tree memorial recognising this special friendship between France and New Zealand. “Our whanau is now yours,” he said. “Our hearts are with you and your hearts are with us. Play this game for Peyo as he would have wanted it.” Past team assistant coach and player Ben Thomason gave a karakia then led the two teams in the commemorative haka. Peyo’s mother placed flowers by the memorial tree. A hearty lunch was served before the Long Bay Girls' Sevens team played Rangitoto College and the rugby teams met on the pitch at 3pm for a spirited, close game that was finally won by the Kiwis 17-10, completing a week of bonding, and sharing tears and tributes. But there were plenty of smiles too, as everyone made sure they were focusing on how to #livelikepeyo. Issue 105 - December 2019 January 2020



Summer on the North Shore

by Jessy Thurston

Summer is well and truly here, and there are loads of activities to take advantage of on the Shore while this hot weather is beaming upon us. I have done some investigating and reminiscing and pulled together a list of ideas to make the most of the summer season with friends and family. The first idea is pretty obvious to those of us that know the Shore in and out. Beach days are the perfect way to take advantage of the gorgeous sunny weather, especially when there are so many beaches surrounding us on every corner. Browns Bay is a beautiful little place with all the essentials to tackle summer boredness, as many of the locals will know. If you’re not too familiar with the area, there are some really great parts of Browns Bay that make it pretty special. There are unique shops scattered across the main street which are perfect for window shopping. The cafe and cuisine selection in Browns Bay covers almost every craving you can think of, from sweet handcrafted cakes to freshly made dumplings. It would be hard not to find something that everyone in the family liked. The skating rink is great for teens who are seeking a bit of exercise, and the paths along the beach and those hidden among the cliffs are beautiful places to walk the dogs while taking in the view. Another great experience on a hot summer’s day would be to take advantage of the facilities that are available along the beaches of the Shore. Takapuna Beach often has paddle boards available to rent for the day or even just a couple of hours. If you haven’t already tried paddle boarding, I highly recommend adding it to your summer fun checklist. It’s a great way for the whole family to get together and try something new, and can definitely be a laugh when someone falls off! Takapuna Beach often has summer day music festivals which are great for family time and include musical acts, food trucks, activities for the kids and more, so keep an eye out for the dates that these events fall on. If you aren’t prepared to spend all day at the beach, there are still some easy ways to ensure the kids are entertained on the days where the temperature becomes unbearable. If you have a backyard with a lot of space, I would highly recommend investing in a cheap water slide or water toys that you can connect the hose to and leave the kids in charge. There are a whole range of options available at many department stores which are sure to leave them having fun for hours. This idea is especially good for a family without a pool. I


remember spending hours slipping around slides like this when I was younger, and some of my fondest summer childhood memories were when we had the water slide up and running! Daylight saving makes a great excuse for catching the sunset and having dinner outside. A great way to spend summer evenings on the Shore is to pack a picnic and find a local spot where you can watch the sun go down. There are a few great spots that have BBQs available to rent as well, perfect for a cooked dinner on the beach with a change of scenery from cooking at home. The great weather provides an opportunity to finally get around to the gardening if you’ve been putting it off during the winter months. Why not try and grow something new this summer and get a good herb or veggie garden started. This is another great way to keep the kids entertained outside and teach them how to grow their own food. Seedlings and seed packets aren’t too pricey, so if you have the space for a garden, summer is the perfect excuse to get one growing! My nana would always make sure the cherry tomatoes were ripe and ready for us in the summertime. There is something really special about eating homegrown fruit and vegetables! There are many beautiful walks hidden among the North Shore that are perfect for exploring in the sun. Most of them also showcase our native flora and fauna, and bird watching in these areas is a must if you’d prefer not to work up a sweat. Smiths Bush in Northcote holds some of my most exciting memories from when I was younger; my sister and I used to take binoculars along the path and were delighted whenever we spotted the fantails in the trees. These are just a few ideas that I remember being stand outs during the summer when I was younger, but there are so many other ways to spend the hot days coming up. It is the perfect time to try things that you haven’t before and get the whole family together for days of summer fun.

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ASHS Head Students.

Top marks for Albany Senior High School! 2019 has seen Albany Senior High School (ASHS) experience many changes. Since I arrived in the middle of 2018, ASHS has seen its roll grow, attendance improve and academic results going from strength to strength. Over the last 18 months our leaders and teachers have been working hard to ensure learning is, at all times, visible, deep and inclusive. ASHS Gold Winners. This means that our teaching is underpinned by the principles of universal design for learning and that our teachers work with students to assess them when they are ready in a way that best showcases their learning. This has resulted in improved outcomes for learners and we look forward to building on these successes in 2020. In 2019 our students have continued to experience authentic real world learning in their Impact Projects and next year we look forward to launching Scaffolded Impact Projects for all Year 11s to ensure project based learning can work for all. Earlier this term we received our three yearly report from the Education Review Office (ERO) and it was exciting to see our national review office also recognised the powerful learning enabled by the approach to teaching and learning we have here at ASHS. Below are a few of the key quotes from the report: “Teachers have a relentless focus on achieving equitable and

excellent outcomes for all students. Most students achieve NCEA at the relevant year level. In 2018 there were high levels of achievement in NCEA literacy and mathematics with endorsements. School data indicate an increasing number of students are on track to achieve NCEA and endorsements in 2019.” “The school processes and practices that effectively promote and support equity and excellence include a responsive curriculum, strong educational leadership, collaboration and professional capability building, and focused and strategic evaluation and decision-making. Students experience a rich, broad and relevant curriculum that challenges their critical thinking and creativity. The school’s integrated approach to learning means that the curriculum is connected and coherent and promotes students’ depth of learning.” You can check out the full ASHS ERO report here: Claire Amos Claire Amos Principal

Out of zone enrolments for 2020 closing soon! All out of zone enrolments must be completed by Friday 31st January 2020. In zone and out of zone enrollments are now open for 2020! Simply head along to and hit the Enrolment box. Enrolments can be completed online. You will then be invited to make an appointment for an Enrolment Interview. Please contact to book a time. Issue 105 - December 2019 January 2020



Evan Williams.

Abbie McGavey.

Georgia Doughty.

Zephyr Lovelock.

2019 Pride Co-Curricular Major Award Winners Sports:

Sportsmanship Cup for Sportsman of the Year - Evan Williams The Sandie Wiltshire Cup for Sportswoman of the Year - Nina Edgar The Al Cameron Cup for Junior Sportsman of the Year - Zephyr Lovelock Linda Geary Cup for Junior Sportswoman of the Year - Natalie Sayes Team of the Year - Premier Boys Volleyball Team: Jake Avram, Josh Clarke, Connor Cowie, James Daniel, Harrison Free, Wilson Li, Daniel Linthwaite, Connor O'Brien, Will Twiss, Isaac Vyas, Maaki Muir, and Coach Tristan Hegglun Takapuna Grammar School Coach of the Year - Tristan Hegglun Takapuna Grammar School Manager of the Year - Carron Steedman The Geange Trophy for Senior Boys Contribution to TGS Sport - Robert Wilson TGS Margaret Moore Cup for Senior Girls Contribution to TGS Sport Gracie McLeod

Nina Edgar.

India Worsnop.

Performing Arts:

Harvey Cup for Service to School Drama - Abbie McGarvey Arts Council Spirit Award for Contribution to the Spirit and Culture of Performing Arts - Giorgia Doughty Top TGS Drama Student for Highest Performing Drama Student Year 13 - India Worsnop Musical Theatre for Standout Performance in a Song, Showcase or Musical Joshua Downs

Natalie Sayes.

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Global Explorations and Junky Monkeys Innovative learnings happening at AGE School in Takapuna

Pearce Christian teaching his cousin Giselle Christian how to play Watermelon Chess. Giselle Christian, Harvey Baker.

Elliott Cameron and Branson Christian repurposing Clam Shells for outdoor fun.

Antoine Rossi, Phoebe Tutt, Terina Hall and Lucas Armstrong collaborating with pulleys and hammocks.

Junior High art in development incorporating diverse symbols.

Global Explorations Our globalisation focus this term has seen our students enjoying the chance to learn about various places around the world. The younger students have explored this theme through languages and games from countries around the world. They have particularly enjoyed teaching their families and our older students games like Dara, Watermelon Chess and Semut/Orang/Gah.

The younger students have explored this theme through languages and games from countries around the world. The Junior High students have been able to take their base understanding of globalisation and pursue their own interests linked with this concept. This has seen students trace the etymology of words, create art pieces incorporating religious symbols or global landmarks and researching public transport methods around the world.

Holly Mackay.

Junky Monkeys This term our students have been spending one morning each week taking part in Junky Monkeys. Junky Monkeys is an innovative programme which provides children access to a wide variety of open-ended, large loose parts that have been diverted from landfill. This programme enables students to have the opportunity to make their own choices and follow their own interests and curiosities within a framework of respect for those around them and the resources/environment. Playing outdoors inevitably means getting dirty, and often getting a few scrapes and bruises too, but the learning that naturally occurs is truly worth it! Our students have thrived in this programme with Conscious Kids getting the chance to further develop skills like teamwork, creativity and resilience. Issue 105 - December 2019 January 2020



Rosmini College Senior Prizegiving 2019 Rosmini College’s Senior Prizegiving was held on Thursday, 31st October in the Tindall Auditorium. Year 10 student, Aaron Fialho sang the National Anthem and there were a number of other outstanding musical performances throughout the evening including an item from Rosmini College’s award winning Premier Jazz Combo Band.

… Wynton Brick was named the School Dux and he also won the Father Charles Sormany Chemistry Cup, the Mathematics and Statistics Cup… Year 13 Prefect, Wynton Brick was named the School Dux and he also won the Father Charles Sormany Chemistry Cup, the Mathematics and Statistics Cup and the Donnelly Cup for Senior Economics. Rosmini College’s Head Boy, Amesh Wijesinha was the Proxime Accessit Dux and he also won the Hillman Cup for Senior English together with the Eric Hayden Debating Cup.

Wynton Brick and his proud parents.

Rosmini College students in Serbia.

Serbia Trip

Rosmini College’s Red Star Football Academy headed to Serbia in the September school holidays. They began their tour with a two-night stay at the FA Serbia National Training Centre in Stara Pazova, where they shared world class training facilities with the Serbia U19 women’s team, the Beijing Guoan Football Club and the Ukranian national futsal team. The students then travelled north and the highlight of the trip for many was travelling to Belgrade to watch the UEFA Champions League match between Red Star Belgrade and Olympiacos from the VIP seats at Rajko Mitic Stadium. The students’ next stop was the Palisad Hotel in Zlatibor, for a week of trainings and games against local teams from Zlatibor and the neighbouring town of Uzice. The team performed extremely well, winning all four of their games and impressing many with the way they played.


Showdown Awards.

Showdown Success

Rosmini College’s Year 13 Drama production Graham Lineham's 'The Ladykillers' won Overall Most Outstanding Play 2019 at the recent the Showdown Awards. Year 13 Prefects Timothy Carter and Levi Kereama also won Best Male in a Lead Role and Best Male in a Minor Role respectively. The Year 13 production was performed at The Pumphouse back in September and four judges from the Showdown Competition came along to watch. Rosmini was lucky enough to be nominated for 10 awards and was thrilled to win five of them. The production also won Best Sound in a Play and Best Props in a Play.

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Jayden Williamson, Sam Dick, Isaac Houlbrooke and Taine Murray.

Taine Murray and his parents.

College Sport Awards: Rosmini Dominating On Thursday, 14th November at the 2019 College Sport Awards, Rosmini College Year 12 student, Taine Murray (17) of Albany won the prestigious Young Sportsman of the Year Award and the Basketballer of the Year. Year 13 student Sam Dick (17) of Herald Island won the Gymnastic Award and fellow Year 13 student and Sports Captain,

Isaac Houlbrooke (18) won the Hockey Player of the Year. Year 12 student Jayden Williamson (16) of Greenhithe was runner up for Athlete of the Year. Sam's older brother, Ethan Dick, who is an Old Boy, has just received a substantial scholarship with the Pennsylvania State University. Taine also received an AIMES Sports Scholarship from the North Harbour Club earlier this month.

Rosmini College's Senior Premier Basketball team.

Rosmini College Sports Awards Dinner The Rosmini College Sports Awards Dinner was held at Takapuna’s Spencer on Byron Hotel on Friday 25th October. Guest speaker was Tom Ashley who won a gold medal in the men’s sailboard event at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The Sportsman of the Year was Tall Black Taine Murray. The Junior Sportsman of the Year was Hayden Brosius who recently won a New Zealand National Judo title. The Intermediate

Sportsman of the Year was Matthew Mihaljevich as he has consistently displayed excellence in Waterpolo. The Sporting Performance of the Year was the 1st XI Hockey team who won the Auckland SuperCity Boys Championship and the Sports Team of the Year was the Rosmini College Senior Premier Basketball team who were the runners up in Schick Championships Secondary Schools Nationals. Issue 105 - December 2019 January 2020



Bree Ackland.

Luca Paul.

Muka Thompson.

Izzy Gaze.

Pippa Plummer.

Diving, Football, Cricket and Orienteering Achievements Congratulations to Year 10 student Bree Ackland who placed second in the 5m Platform and Synchro diving events at the NZ Age Group Diving National Championships. Bree will head to Brisbane in 2020 as part of the New Zealand Development Age Group Team to compete in her first international event. Based on their performances in tournament week, Kristin First XI players Luca Paul and Muka Thompson have been asked to trial for the New Zealand Secondary Schools side to tour the UK in January 2020. The competition for places will be tough but they obviously did enough to catch the eye of the New Zealand Assistant Coach who was at the tournament, so well done to those two players who will be key for the Kristin First X1 in 2020. Good luck boys!

Congratulations to Year 11 student Izzy Gaze who has been offered an Auckland Hearts Senior Women’s Cricket contract for the upcoming season. Auckland Hearts coach Nick White said he was thrilled to be able to reward the consistent hard work that the players have put in. “National contracts have also allowed us to welcome both Izzy Gaze and Molly Penfold into our squad for the first time. It is exciting times for the women’s game and it is inspiring to see the commitment and work ethic within this squad.” Congratulations also goes to Pippa Plummer who has been selected for the Under 18 Orienteering NZ training camp being held from 15-20 December. We wish Pippa all the best for the upcoming camp.

AIMES Sports Scholarship Winners Congratulations to Mikayla Smyth (Year 10) and Daichi Iizuka (Year 8) who were each presented with a Sports Scholarship by North Harbour Club in recognition of their sporting endeavours in their chosen sports of alpine ski racing in Mikayla’s case and karate and football for Daichi. In addition, Kristin alumni Cameron McTaggart (Class of 2015) was awarded the AIMES Sports Scholarship which should help Cameron achieve his goal of representing New Zealand at the Tokyo Olympics in his sport of weightlifting.

Daichi Iizuka.

Mikayla Smyth.

Kristin School Strengthens Bond with Cashmere High School organisation which is affected by a globally In November, the 2019 International significant event. Past charities supported Committee and UNESCO Club include the Japan Tsunami Fund, Malawi Chairs were proud to present to our Children’s Fund, Medicin sans Frontieres, Executive Principal, Mr Mark Wilson, International Women’s Refuge, and the the proceeds from the International Nepal Rebuild Fund. This year, the proceeds Peace Night to pass onto Cashmere were sent to the Cashmere High School High School. community to support those affected by the Casper Wong, Yuzuki Muso, Elinor 15th March event in Christchurch. Mr Wilson Graham and Jonty Grant led this year's Yuzuki Muso, Casper Wong, Executive Principal joined Kristin from Cashmere High School a production, supported by their student Mark Wilson, Elinor Graham and Jonty Grant. matter of months after this calamity, and has teams and more than 100 student received confirmation from his replacement, Principal Joe Eccleton, performers and crew. Proceeds from this celebration of diversity that the proceeds have gone directly to their affected families. in our school community are sent to an annually nominated


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NZ Opera 'Turn of the Screw' Starring Alexa Harwood and Olivia Forbes We are very proud of senior students Olivia Forbes (Year 13) and Alexa Harwood (Year 12) who have just completed a season performing to rave reviews in NZ Opera's 'The Turn of the Screw' by Benjamin Britten. As part of his address during the opening night function, NZ Opera's director Thomas de Mallet Burgess made a point of highlighting the accomplishments and professionalism of Olivia and Alexa. The opera’s composer Benjamin Britten never intended for the role of Flora (a teenage character) to be sung by a teenager. However, NZ Opera decided they would like to attempt to cast young people if at all possible. Mr de Mallet Burgess stated that he was very concerned they would not be able to find young singers capable of executing the challenging role, but that in discovering our two students he was extremely impressed, and relieved. “Olivia

and Alexa's ability to deliver such moving performances of complex music and theatre was testament to music education in this country – and it is no coincidence they both attend the same school, Kristin.'' Here at Kristin School we are extremely proud of these two young women who have absolutely made the most of Olivia Forbes and Alexa Harwood. the wide range of performing arts opportunities we have on offer. They have now shared their accomplishments with the New Zealand public at the highest level.

Graduation Walk and Senior School Prizegiving

Our Year 13 students proudly took their final walk through the school grounds in early November to the cheers from our Kindy to Year 10 students, staff and parents who lined the route. They were then welcomed by Year 11 and 12 students to the Auditorium for the Senior School Prizegiving, where the Senior School Prestige Awards were presented. We recognise the immense amount of work that these students have put in throughout their schooling careers and offer our greatest congratulations and respect for their achievements.

Prestige Awards

Foundation Cup Christina Min Kristin’s highest honour, awarded to a pupil who shows the true Kristin example. Stevens Award for Academic Excellence Jenna Sparg NCEA Dux of School Claudia Wysocki Memorial Trophy for Academic Excellence Christina Min IB Dux of School Appreciation Cup Nodoka Inoue For attitude, reliability, kindness, courtesy and consideration towards others. Sir Denis Blundell Trophy Olivia Milsom For personal conduct and citizenship. Anna Fuller Trophy Jaqlin van Schalkwyk Awarded to a student who has displayed a consistently positive attitude, commitment and determination in the pursuit of excellence. Gifford Shield Joshua Heatley For exemplifying the qualities of leadership.

Premier Sporting Awards

Marge Scott Trophy Dennis Yang For significant contribution to leadership in sport. Tournament Trophy Premier Girls Water Polo Team - captains – Alice Steele and Clodagh Weir Awarded to a Premier Team achieving in a school’s tournament.

Firth Cup Lucia Doak Sportsperson of the Year

Premier Cultural Awards Senior Performing Arts Cup Alex Marris For initiative and leadership in the Performing Arts. Production Cup Olivia Forbes Awarded to the student who has, in addition to exceptional performances, made the most significant contribution to, and impact on, major senior productions at Kristin. Kristin Performing Arts Trophy Alyssa Chia Awarded to the student who has made the most outstanding all-round contribution to cultural activities at Kristin. ‘K’ Factor Trophy Joshua Phillips Awarded to a student who is an active and contributing member of a team of students who are fully committed and involved in school life and contributing significantly to the school community.

Head Prefects Joshua Heatley & Swati Puri lead Kristin's Grad Walk.

Lucia Doak and parents.

Joshua Phillips.

Nodoka Inoue.

Jenna Sparg.

Premier Service Awards Liberalitas Cup Frances Drader Awarded for leadership of a team in providing service to the school. Service to School Cup Alex Marris Presented in recognition of exemplary service to the school community.

Alex Marris.

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Les Miserables School Edition cast.

Showdown Awards Live Performance.

Showdown Success In July Westlake Boys and Westlake Girls High Schools performed the much anticipated ‘Les Misérables School Edition’. The production received nightly standing ovations and accolades from audiences who proclaimed the production to be the best to date. In November the cast reunited at the Auckland Live Showdown Awards, hosted at the Bruce Mason Theatre, where their production had been nominated for a record 24 awards. These awards are greatly coveted by all schools committed to creating high-quality theatre performances for their community. The Westlake Schools’ production of ‘Les Miserables’ winning the following categories: Best Sound Design Best Lighting Design Best Music Director Best Director The iTicket People’s Choice Award The Auckland Live Award for Best Production (play or musical) An outstanding achievement, reflecting hundreds of hours of hard work from a dedicated team of talented students, staff and parents.

Winners of the 'Supreme Award'.

Sportsman of the Year.

These awards are greatly coveted by all schools committed to creating highquality theatre performances for their community.

Cast at the Bruce Mason Theatre.

Rosa Wallace and Finau Paea.

Team of the Year.

Sports Stars Shine at Awards Dinner Our annual ‘Sports Awards Dinner’ was held Friday 1st November, celebrating the success and sporting talent of many young men at our school. The top awards were highly contested for this year with ‘Sports Team of the Year’ awarded to our Badminton team which recently won gold at the NZSS Badminton Championships; while Blake McGlashan earned himself ‘Sportsman of the Year’, after winning several national and international 420 sailing titles.


Finau Paea received the ‘Zae Wallace Trophy for Player of the Year’, a new award created in memory of Zae’s contribution to the Westlake rugby league programme after sadly passing away earlier this year. Zae captained his team in his final year at Westlake and was named MVP in the Auckland wide competition. His mother Rosa presented the prestigious award, her son “inspiring many around him with his passionate and competitive personality”.

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Head of Maori Johnny Waititi.

Westlake Haka.

Po Whakanui Māori 2019

Wednesday 23rd Oketopa saw Westlake Boys and Westlake Girls celebrate the achievements of our young Māori men and women, Pō Whakanui Maori 2019. More than 90 awards were given to students who’ve demonstrated exceptional performances in the sporting, academia, performing arts and community arenas. Black Ferns member Ruahei Demant spoke on valuing one’s heritage and

being Māori while touching on the importance of being one’s absolute best, which was positively received by Westlake students and whanau. Our Maori students adding to their accolades after taking part in Ahurea 2019, placing second in ‘Male Costume’ and third in ‘Female Leadership’. The group have now set their sights on Ahurea 2020 and 2021 when the event will be held on the North Shore. Mahi tiki ana!

Westlake Music Staff.

Music Madness Our end of year ‘Music Dinner’ was hosted at McHugh’s of Cheltenham in Devonport. The evening celebrated Westlake’s talented performers and conductors while offering the opportunity to relive the successes and highlights that have occurred throughout the year. Our students were individually honoured for their commitment and leadership they contribute to our well-known musical ensembles. Top awards were received by: William Price: Excellence in Composition Jonny Clark: Excellence in Vocal Performance Tony Ma: Excellence in Instrumental Performance Jeremy Peregrino: Most Improved Senior Musician David Huckle: Outstanding Service to the Music Department!

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Dux - Tessa Herkt.

Sportsman of the Year - Josh Armit.

Sportswoman of the Year - Shaunna Li.

Awards Season Awards season at Rangitoto College has seen our top performing academics, athletes and performing artists honoured for their achievements and hard work throughout 2019. The college prioritises excellence in not only academics, but in sport and performing arts, and our students are among the top in the nation in all three arenas. The highlight of Senior Prizegiving is the naming of the College’s Dux. In 2019, this accolade went to Tessa Herkt in recognition of her prodigious academic success. Among her many achievements, Tessa was awarded four Scholarships as a Year 12 student, with two at Outstanding level, and was also named in the top 50 scholars nationwide for 2018. Earlier in the evening, Benson Chiang was named the IB Top Achiever, Proxmie Accessit was jointly awarded to Wey Jynn Thoo and Joyce Yang, and Summa Cum Laude was awarded to David Choi, Noah, Ferguson-Dudding, Veronica Kagaoan, Joanna Lee Crawley, Michaela Ryan-Lentini, Rebecca Liao, Helen Peng, David Walton, Bill Wang, and Raymond Zhang. These students represent the academic elite at Rangitoto College, and these prestigious awards recognise the students' countless hours of hard work and dedication to their studies, as well as the invaluable support of both parents and teachers. The breadth of talent at the College was evident in that 200 students from Year 12 and 13 also crossed the stage during the evening to receive certificates, cups and university scholarships worth over $450,000. ​Arts Awards evening was an elegant and extravagant celebration with a Gatsbystyle flavour. More than 170 students were recognised for their service, contribution and achievement in co-curricular music, dance, drama, visual art and debating and the night was certainly one to remember. The top award–the Zigliani Cup for Excellence in Performing Arts, went to trumpeter/vocalist Miles Timmis and saxophonist/composer Charlie Harmer. These two extremely deserving students hold the title Performing Artists of the Year 2019. We recognised students across a variety of sporting codes for their achievements at Sports Awards. Many of our students compete at the highest levels in their chosen sports, and these awards are a chance to celebrate those students who have been selected for national teams. The top awards of Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year went to Josh Armit and Shaunna Li in recognition of their achievements in sailing and badminton respectively.


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Performing Artists of the Year - Miles Timmis and Charlie Harmer.

Centaine Noon-Duckworth.

Samuel Poching.

Rangitoto students win top College Sport Awards

With ten students nominated for awards across a variety of sports, Rangitoto College was the one of the bestrepresented schools at College Sport Auckland’s Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards 2019.

Seb Menzies.

We were proud to see four of our students win awards in their respective categories. These awards, held at Eden Park, celebrate the outstanding sporting achievements of secondary school students Auckland-wide. We were proud to see four of our students win awards in their respective categories. Shaunna Li won Best Badminton Player in the female category, and in the male category, Samuel Poching and Seb Menzies took the top awards in swimming and sailing respectively, while Centaine Noom-Duckworth won an All-Rounder Award

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A tremendous year of sporting accomplishments Our annual Sports Awards Evening was held on Thursday 31st October at the Barfoot and Thompson Netball Centre (Netball North Harbour). Some outstanding sporting talent was recognised, which celebrated an exceptionally good year for Sport at WGHS. Major Awards Winners: Volunteer of the Year - Joel Foster Student Official of the Year – Chloe Baker and Erin Edwards Student Coach of the Year – Amy Brotherton Coach of the Year – John Howard International Performance of the Year – Aneka Mittendorff Sportswoman of the Year – Emme Shearer Emme was a member of the Westlake Premier basketball and volleyball teams. She was a NZ U19 Volleyball team representative and was a member of the NZ U18 3 x 3 Basketball Team, also being named in the Tall Ferns squad in September. Emme was a member of the Premier Volleyball team which was the AKSS Volleyball Champion, NZSS Volleyball Champion and the Premier Basketball team which was AKSS Premier Competition Runner-up and came 4th in New Zealand. She was also selected for Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Asia Camp in Japan, where only the top U17 basketballers from the Asia-Pacific region are invited. Junior Sportswoman of the Year – Vivian Yang Vivian was the NZ Tennis U16 Indoor Singles Winner, NZ U18 Junior Doubles Runner-up, U18 G4 International Junior Canterbury Doubles Runner-up, U18 G5 International Junior New Caledonia Doubles winner x2, U18 G5 International Junior New Caledonia

Singles Runner-up; and a member of the Premier Tennis Team (NZSS Champions). Vivian recently represented NZ in the WTA Future Stars tournament in China. Sporting All-Rounder of the Year – Tamara Otene Tamara was in the Premier Netball North Harbour team which won the Premier grade, a member of the UNISS Netball Team and NZSS Netball Team which finished 3rd at the NZSS Championship. She was a member of the Premier Volleyball team which won the AKSS Championship and NZSS Volleyball Championship. Tamara was a member of the NZ U23 Volleyball Team and NZ Women’s Volleyball Team. She was part of the team which came runner-up at the NZSS Beach Volleyball Championships, and she also represented the school in the Premier Badminton team. Team of the Year – Premier Volleyball The Premier Volleyball team was the AKSS and College Sport Premier Grade Champion, as well as the NZSS Champion for a second consecutive year. This team was unbeaten for the entirety of the 2019 Secondary School Season. Guest Speaker: Debbie Fuller Debbie gave an incredible presentation about the process involved for the Silver Ferns to win the Netball World Cup. They set out to be PURE (Play to win, United we are ready, Ruthless, and Explosive) real and connect, while empowering and inspiring through exceptional leadership and consistent sustainable performances. By re-establishing their goals and approach towards the game, they won the NWC.

Celebrating our 2019 successes

Wednesday 30th October was an important day for WGHS, with our Special Awards Ceremony in the morning – celebrating students who have made a significant contribution to our school life - and our Senior Academic Prize-Giving in the evening recognising our top academic achievers. Our guest speaker for the evening ceremony was Westlake Alumna Jolie Hodson, CEO of Spark NZ. This year’s Dux is Emma McGuigan and our Proxime Accessit Dux is Xiaole Zhan. Emma has been a diligent, enthusiastic Proxime Accessit to Dux Xiaole Zhan with her mother. Dux Emma McGuigan with her parents. student who maintained an outstanding academic record during her five years of creative writing and music. As a composer, she has received top study. She achieved NCEA Level 1 and 2, each with Excellence prizes in a variety of national and international competitions, including endorsements, and this year was first in chemistry and statistics, in the Vancouver Chamber Choir International Young Composer’s gained distinctions in biology, history and physics – all five of her Competition. Her novella ‘The Extinct’ won the Youth Laureate Prize subjects - and sat Scholarship in four subjects. Emma has a keen Editor’s Choice Award and was published by Phantom Feather Press. interest in Biological and Environmental Sciences, and she hopes to This year Xiaole was top in english and music, gained distinction Study a Bachelor of Science at the University of Canterbury. in biology and sat four Scholarship examinations. She has a Top Achiever’s Scholarship to the University of Auckland.

She achieved NCEA Level 1 and 2, each with Excellence endorsements…

Within Westlake, Xiaole has held roles in the student council, the Onewa cultural committee, and this year led the School creative writing club while starting up a school literary journal. Xiaole has also mentored younger students as a Smart Swans Tutor. She is a member of Choralation choir and Westlake’s Symphony orchestra. Outside of school, Xiaole has achieved highly across both


Supreme Awards

Emma McGuigan - Dux Xiaole Zhan - Proxime Accessit to Dux Shanmei Zengm - Outstanding all-round student in Cultural, Academic and Leadership Juliette Vukets - Outstanding all-round student in Sporting, Academic and Leadership Emma Ormsby - Citizenship - Outstanding Service, Academic and Leadership

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Meet our 2020 Prefects At our recent Special Awards Ceremony, the WGHS Prefects for 2020 were announced, including our Head Prefect Kaia Tupu-South and Deputy Head Prefect Darcy Frank. “It felt really amazing and a bit surreal to be named as Head Prefect,” says Kaia. “After the past four years of seeing all these awesome Head Prefects, it is such a privilege for me to now be the next in line.” Kaia says her main goal for 2020 will be to 2020 prefects. encourage students to make the most of their time at WGHS. “I want to enhance their ability to set and achieve high goals for themselves and have the best high school experience possible,” she says. As well as being an exceptional student academically (she was Westlake’s Junior Dux in 2017 and top Year 11 student in 2018), Kaia is a talented athlete who won three national titles at the 2019 New Zealand Athletics Track and Field Championships – in U18 shotput, discuss and the U20 shotput. Darcy is also excited about 2020 and her chance to give back

to the school. “I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work alongside so many amazing people, and to make a difference within the school community and beyond,” she says. “I am incredibly passionate about the environment, and within my role I hope to place focus on generating an environmentallyconscious and sustainable Westlake Girls High School, developing new systems as well as encouraging students to live a sustainable lifestyle. “Throughout my time at Westlake, I have been involved in many groups across different fields including Service, Cultural and Drama committees as well as Student Council. I have also been heavily involved with the arts, participating in two school productions and both leading and competing in Theatresports. Groups such as Amnesty International and Enviro-Group have also been key parts of my Westlake experience.” We wish Kaia, Darcy and all of our prefects a wonderful 2020.

College Sport Awards

Seven Westlake Girls students were acknowledged and celebrated for their sporting success at the recent College Sport Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards. There were between two and four finalists named in each sporting code from more than 110 schools in the greater Auckland area. The finalists and winners for each category were: All-rounder winner (for athletics, cross country and netball) - Jessica Lane Athletics winner - Kaia Tupu-South Tennis winner - Vivian Yang Tennis finalist - Elys Ventura Basketball finalist - Emme Shearer Volleyball finalist - Kaila Ru-Tearoiti Volleyball finalist - Emme Shearer Volleyball winner - Tamara Otene Tamara was also named as a finalist for the overall Sportswoman of the Year.

Music Awards - Kezia Simpson.

Sports - Emme Shearer, sportswoman of the year.

YSPOTY winners.

Music Awards - Isabella Brown (left) and Paris Jagger.

Music Awards - May Zeng (left) and Rachel An.

Music Awards - Xiaole Zhan (left) and Wei Qi Lim.

Outstanding year of music celebrated

The Annual Westlake Music Dinner is a spectacular evening celebrating the myriad successes of both Westlake schools. This year it was held on October 22nd at McHugh’s of Cheltenham, with outstanding performances by Year 13 students May Zeng and Tony Ma, and an inspiring talk by guest speaker Mark Bennett. The following students were awarded cups and trophies for their outstanding contribution to music: Instrumental Music: May Zeng Leadership in Music Department: Gabriella Kiefte

Leadership in Performance: Kezia Simpson Creativity in Music: Wei Qi Lim and Xiaole Zhan Choral Music: Isabella Brown and Paris Jagger Excellence in Music Performance: Paris Jagger Most Promising Song Writer: May Zeng and Judy Zhang Accompanist: Sandra Kang Excellence in Contemporary Music: Eternity Tuilaepa Excellence in Ensemble Performance: May Zeng and Rachel An Issue 105 - December 2019 January 2020



Carmel and Rosmini College cooks.

Cooking for those in need Carmel College students cooking for those in need.


Late in the year Carmel and Rosmini Young Vinnies leaders organised a cook-up and made more than 150 meals for Auckland City Mission to distribute to families and individuals who are in need of food. Thank you Rosmini and Carmel for your faithfulness throughout this year. Although the year is coming to an end, you have all shown us that service will always continue when heart and faith lead the way.

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Materials Technology student raised funds for charity with bespoke handbag Year 13 Materials Technology student, Avery Turner, created a handbag for her year's project and to fundraise for the Well Foundation’s Diagnostic Breast Screening project. This unique black leather stylish tote bag, perfect for everyday use, is one of a kind. It was made with sustainably sourced leather and features gold hardware, chain detail and an exclusive hemp cotton lining. The bag was auctioned and funds raised of over $500 went towards this amazing cause.

Avery Turner with her handbag she made to raise funds for charity.

This unique black leather stylish tote bag, perfect for everyday use is one of a kind.

Blessing of food kits for de Paul House.

My Goodness Bag

Head Girls 2020 Caitlin Blewden and Veronique Simmonds.

Carmel College Year 11 Food Technology students creatively supported families at de Paul House Emergency Housing and Family Support Service in Northcote. Students made food kits for families on low incomes, after learning about the work of de Paul House with families in need. Some students chose to base their kits using items commonly given out in a food parcel from food banks to make a quick and nutritious meal. Other students saw this as an opportunity to develop a kit that contained treats for special occasions such as baking kits for children or a birthday cake kit. The students packaged their kits with the necessary ingredients, recipe instructions and sometimes even additional kitchen equipment or special activities for the children.

Students made food kits for families on low incomes, after learning about the work of de Paul House‌ Before delivery to de Paul House, the kits were blessed at the end of year Thanksgiving Mass when students from the Year 11 class took their kits up as part of the offertory.

Proxime Accessit 2020 Mia Boothroyd.

DUX 2020 Josephine Situ.

Congratulations Dux 2019 - Josephine Situ Proxime Accessit 2019 - Mia Boothroyd Head Girls 2020 Caitlin Blewden and Veronique Simmonds Issue 105 - December 2019 January 2020



Top Scorer in ICAS Mathematics Achieving the top mathematics score across all students who completed ICAS assessments in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific regions is an outstanding achievement by our Year 9 student, Alia Cauty. Her fantastic result has seen her earn a High Distinction award and medal she will receive at a special celebration at Auckland University this month. Alia says her score came as a surprise. “I wasn’t expecting it at all. There were a few questions that were difficult but I just chilled out and tried my best to

figure them out and hoped.” After almost completing her first full year at Long Bay College Alia says she is really enjoying her studies. Mathematics has always been one of her strong subjects and she says she has grown her skills under the guidance of her mathematics teacher, Ms Boran Alkhudairi. “She is so good at explaining things thoroughly and giving time one to one.” ICAS assessments were developed for students in primary and secondary school years and assesses higher order thinking and problem-solving skills.

Alia Cauty.

Head Boy’s year of success

Samuel Roberts.

Samuel Roberts, Long Bay College’s Head Boy, has been selected for the New Zealand Junior Men’s Under 20 Indoor Volleyball team and will travel to the Asian Championships in Thailand next year. This latest announcement caps off an amazing year of success for Samuel who was also a finalist in the 2019 Young Sportsperson of the Year awards for the category of Student Official and named Long Bay College's Sportsman of the Year. Samuel represented New Zealand in volleyball earlier this year at the USA State Volleyball Championships and led the team’s haka. He also competed in the Auckland Tournament Team as one of the top nine volleyball players in Auckland and was also selected for the North Harbour Senior Super 12 team. In 2020, Samuel is intending to study for a Bachelor of Architecture and is excited about the possibilities of his future career while continuing to build on his success in sport.

Highest accolades received at YES awards Year 13 student, Gustav Khan has earned the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) New Zealand Individual of the Year award. Gustav, an international student from Germany, was recognised for his success as a passionate, driven and hard-working CEO of the small bread-making business, DeutschesBrot that he developed through the YES programme with business partner, Ayden Kim. Keziah Berg, Kiara Kruger, Blake Goodhue and Josh Allen (all in Year 13) were presented with the Excellence in Food and Beverage category award for their innovative multi-purpose serving platter designed for use by the hospitality industry. We are delighted that Mrs June Lee, Business Teacher at Long Bay College, has earned the YES Most Inspiring Teacher award.

Gustav Khan.

Years of commitment to Volleyball recognised

Adele and Volley Team 2016.


It’s hard to imagine just how many students Long Bay College’s Health and Physical Education teacher, Ms Adele Drabble, has supported over the thirty years she has been managing beach and indoor volleyball teams. Now her efforts have been celebrated with a Sporting Acknowledgement Award for her 30 years of commitment to the sport at the Massey University Harbour Sport’s Sporting Excellence Awards. Ms Drabble was absolutely delighted to receive the reward, which has resulted in some wonderful and unexpected outcomes. “I have been thrilled to hear from so many former students who have been in touch with me about the award. Sometimes all the work can go unnoticed so it has been amazing and memorable to have so many people congratulate and thank me,” Ms Drabble said.

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countries due to their size and the quantities required.” An extension of this book publishing capability has been the development of the ‘My Life Story Book’ system by the Benefitz team over the past 18 months. This is an online system for the publishing of life story books. Benefitz developers have created the online system which makes the whole process very easy and smooth for those wanting to publish their own life stories, or those of loved ones. If you are self-publishing or looking for someone to produce your book, then contact Aidan Bennett and his team at Benefitz. Aidan Bennett, Phone 09-477-4701 or 021-500-997 or email: Visit:

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Janet Marshall, speaking to the large crowd after receiving the prestigious Women in Property Award at the Auckland Property People Awards in early November.

Janet Marshall receives prestigious property award

By Aidan Bennett

At Channel Magazine we love celebrating success. During November we were thrilled to learn that Janet Marshall of Colliers International North Shore had received the prestigious Women in Property Award at the Auckland Property People Awards. The fifth annual lavish industry awards dinner, that was attended by cabinet ministers and industry leaders, was held on Friday 1st November at The Hilton Auckland. The Awards celebrate the people in property; recognising excellence in leadership and innovation in the Auckland property industry and celebrating outstanding contributions to our industry and the local economy. The judging panel consists of an extremely high calibre group of Auckland property professionals from a range of disciplines within the property industry – providing reputability and ensuring equality in the judging process. The award organisers had this to say about Janet in making the award: “This year’s Women in Property category featured a list of highly respected, successful women, but Janet stood out not only for her illustrious career as a property broker, but also because of her significant contribution to the North Shore community which makes her a role model for other women in the industry. The judges were impressed with her tireless work ethic, which has enabled her to rise from humble beginnings to paving the way for greater diversity within her organisation and the community at large.” Janet was encouraged to enter the awards by her proud daughter Katherine who was on hand – along with husband and father Paul – to see her win and accept the award.


Janet stood out not only for her illustrious career as a property broker, but also because of her significant contribution to the North Shore community which makes her a role model for other women in the industry. Janet is currently a Director and Manager (Commercial) of Colliers International. She is the only female director in the commercial broker sector in Auckland. Brought up in England, Janet Marshall emigrated to New Zealand with her husband Paul and young family, son Cieran and daughter Katherine, back in 1995. She had a background in administration and first got into commercial property when she joined Colliers North Shore’s office, then owned by Andrew Hiskens, back in 2002. Her initial role was office manager for Andrew and he became a mentor. He soon saw her potential and pushed her to become a commercial broker

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With Councillor Richard Hills, North Shore representative on Auckland Council.

Positive steps for climate action

Janet Marshall with husband Paul and their daughter Katherine.

in 2005. In that same year Janet picked up Colliers award as ‘Rookie of the Year’ and she had clearly found her niche. “I loved working with Andrew and he encouraged me a great deal,” said Janet Marshall when I met her for a chat about her success at her Takapuna office in mid-November. “Both Andrew and Jimmy (O’Brien) have played big parts in pushing me to be the best I can be in the industry. I can’t thank them enough.” Those who deal with Janet Marshall understand the level of professionalism and thoroughness she brings to her industry. And it is not an industry – commercial property broking – that is over-populated with women brokers. So she stands out as a real leader. “Right from the start integrity and following through were important qualities that I was determined to stick too and I have never waivered from them,” explained Janet. “I have always liked helping people and I maintain very high standards. If I say I am going to do something, I do it. Clients appreciate that and they enjoy working with me. I have wonderful clients who are very loyal.” “I have always wondered why we don’t have more women as commercial brokers. Maybe they feel they don’t have the right attributes for the business? But I don’t think it should be about gender. I have had success by just being myself and I firmly believe more women should do it. You do need mental toughness, confidence and to just get on and do it. And an ability to not take things personally. I really don’t believe it’s a man’s world. It’s a great career with good rewards.” Janet says that the market continues to be strong with good quality investments in high demand. She used examples of the interest in two properties being marketed in Cowley Place in the Rosedale area as an indication of the demand. “We have had more enquiries than ever in these two properties, a huge amount of interest. There is a great deal of competition in the market and a number of large tenants in the market as well.” In the days prior to our chat Janet had also just confirmed a deal for a major corporate tenant to lease over 1000 square metres of office space in the building located at 1-7 The Strand in Takapuna – previously occupied by North Shore City Council and Auckland Council.

Richard Hills

I want to start this column with a huge thank you for re-electing me as your Councillor for the North Shore. I enjoyed meeting more of you during the campaign, the kind words and support were appreciated. At times it was a tougher and much nastier campaign than I have previously experienced, so it was humbling to come out of it as the highest polling candidate and to be back representing you on the Auckland Council. Congratulations to my fellow Councillor Chris Darby, our new and returning Devonport-Takapuna and Kaipatiki local board members, and our new chairs. I look forward to working collaboratively together to achieve positive outcomes with and for our community. I’m looking forward to my new role as chair of the Environment and Climate Change Committee; the youngest ever appointed by the Mayor to chair one of the four major committees. This term marks a sea change in the Auckland Council approach, with climate change at the heart of decision making and a focus on the opportunities as well as the risks. The massive groundswell of people – particularly young people – taking to the streets around the world has been heard. I marched with 70,000 of you earlier this year and it is both daunting and exciting to now lead Auckland’s response to an issue we can no longer ignore. For too long we have allowed our actions around climate change to focus on the increasingly few non-believers or on the apocalyptic imagery of end of the world explosions and effects. The debate is now over and I believe simply talking about the fire, flood and pending disaster isn’t helpful. I want to bring our community together on this issue and show how we can make tangible actions now to reduce carbon emissions and make our community better - whether or not other nations follow suit. The government and opposition have united in passing the Zero Carbon bill. The next step is to identify how we get from where we are now to a community with cleaner air and better water quality - for both swimming in and drinking. We will have more open spaces across the region, better tree coverage in communities that lag behind the lush green neighbourhoods we are proud of on the Shore, and a public transport system that is safe, affordable, and comfortable; so more of us both want and choose to leave the car at home. This does not need to be achieved by simply asking for more funding. I recognise the hardships many are facing, even in our own neighbourhoods, with the rising cost of living. My focus for this committee is on efficient decision making and aligning the goals of climate change with existing projects. There are many decisions coming that we will need to make as a community both small and large. To what degree do we adapt our existing infrastructure vs. mitigating the causes behind these issues? When adapting to extreme weather events will we focus more on high probability but low impact events; or on those with a much lower likelihood of happening but far larger consequences? On that note, have an amazing summer, Christmas, and New Year. Please travel safe, spend time with those you love, and have a break – even if you have to work through and it’s just a few hours at the beach or at the park. See you all in the New Year when the hard work begins again. Feel free to continue to contact me about local issues on Issue 105 - December 2019 January 2020




By Melanie Barr, Community Director, Shore Junction

Cam Calkoen is an inspirational speaker who is bending perceptions to inspire change and an attitude of awesomeness through simple, lasting human truths. Passionate about the Shore, this column reflects the awesomeness that surrounds us and the potential we all have to achieve a personal best.

Reflecting on 2019...

Cam Calkoen

It’s now time to farewell 2019 and take the opportunity to stop, smile, and reflect on what stood out and what those moments now represent. What went to plan? What was unexpected? What would we do differently? What will we never forget? The successes of a year are a reflection of what we see, what we do and what we create. Yes, success can often involve other people... but people don’t just connect with anyone. Yes, success can often involve luck... but where did we position ourselves to create that moment? For me a real highlight was climbing the 19,000 feet of Mt. Kilimanjaro. I remember the evening of the final assent when we left from base camp at 10.30pm. It was dark, cold, horrible, but no more horrible than I’d prepared myself for and with that I was able to focus on the beauty... the moon was so bright and close Cam Calkoen with his fellow climbers that it was casting shadows in on Mt Kilimanjaro. the darkness. For reasons I can’t explain within the text permissions of this column I’d been given a 30 minute head-start on the rest of my group. My guide looked at me and said, “You’re not going to let go of this lead you’ve been given are you?” I responded with... "I went through my biggest challenge (altitude sickness) on day three of this climb, now on day five I know some of my friends will experience their biggest challenge but if they know I’m up here, they’ll keep going." Standing on the pinnacle and seeing every single member of our team summit still brings a tear to my eye... as did continuing to celebrate our accomplishment that morning. Among our friends, families, colleagues and communities we all experience challenges and victories, which we’re not always there to witness. How reassuring it is to know we’re not alone with these and that using the festive season to speak of them with people is what creates togetherness and more genuine relationships. Togetherness is the reason for the season, it’s the reason for bonding and genuine relationships; when we take the time to share and to care there is no limit. It’s through the togetherness I experienced one year ago that I decided to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro... What will it bring for you? Best wishes for 2020.

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Melanie Barr

Climate change and what we can do

Shore Junction is a youth innovation hub being created in the heart of Takapuna. It is being designed as a space for young people to connect, belong, and grow. Shore Junction will offer youth-friendly facilities and integrated services that support innovation, learning, wellbeing and creativity, enabling young people to accelerate their potential and embark on their future pathways to success. An estimated 170,000 New Zealanders, most of them school students marched in the climate change strikes nationwide, contributing to the 7.6 million who took part in the strikes internationally between September 20th to 27th. On the ground in New Zealand leading the national strikes is Sophie Handford. After seeing Greta Thunberg in action in late 2018, Sophie realised there was nothing on the cards for New Zealand. All New Zealand needed was one person to recognise this, and make that change. The young people at Shore Junction recognise the need for change, and they know their generation will be the ones to lead this change, they champion the actions of Sophie Handford and Raven Maeder, School Strike for Climate Movement. Our young people.

…use LED lightbulbs, unplug electronics from the wall socket, wash clothes in cold water and air dry rather than use a dryer. You can take small actions at home to help the impacts of climate change. Here are some examples of actions you can take every day. Further details of these tips can be found at the Ministry for the Environment website. Drive less – Walk, cycle, use public transport or car pool! Reduce your electricity use – Switch off lights not in use, use LED lightbulbs, unplug electronics from the wall socket, wash clothes in cold water and air dry rather than use a dryer. Eat less meat – Red meat production produces significantly more greenhouse gas emissions than the production of chicken meat, fruit, vegetables and cereals. Try having one meatless meal a week. Reduce, reuse, and recycle - Reducing how much you buy is good for the environment and your wallet. Plant trees - Plant native trees on your property and get involved in a community forest restoration.

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Living your life with presence Carol White (middle) with Lion Club Members Vickie Jones (left) and Lois McEwen (right).

December News

As we enter the festive season, the team at Wilson Home Trust would like to acknowledge the support we have had from so many different individuals and groups this year. This year we have been delighted to have been the focus of fundraising efforts from local schools and community groups, the most recent being the Lions Club of Hillcrest Inc. Early last month our Trust Manager Carol was invited to their meeting to share dinner and be presented with a cheque for $6,100. Since then, a few of the group have come to the Trust site to visit our beautiful gardens and learn a little more about the history of the Trust. A reminder that our final site tour and information session for this year is on Tuesday 10th December from 10am to 11.30am. This is a great opportunity to see all of the gardens and areas of the site not normally available to the public. If you would like to attend give us a call on 09 488 0126 or email

This year we have been delighted to have been the focus of fundraising efforts from local schools and community groups… We still have spaces available for weddings in our Chapel and gardens over summer and autumn next year. For more information or to arrange a meeting with our Wedding CoOrdinator Megan, phone 08 485 3464 or email If you would like to know more about the Wilson Home Trust and the work we do check out our website or facebook page

Inside the Chapel at Wilson Home.

Mark Wilson

As school concludes and the Christmas holiday season begins, will you be just attending some family functions, or will you be truly present? Too often in our busy world we may attend events, but do not allow ourselves to fully engage and be committed to where we are at that time. People notice when you may be there but are not present. For example, gazing into the distance when someone is speaking to you, standing in the corner of a room avoiding people, checking your cellphone messages instead of watching your child’s dance lesson, or hearing but not listening to a conversation. Sure, we all need some time out, a break from social interactions. If we are tired and needing a break, then be honest and don’t turn up. A bad performance can sometimes be worse. We need to be aware of how disrespectful our lack of presence can be to others who can read our body language. What our lack of presence is really saying is that I am not interested in you. The consequences for you personally will be weakened relationships and people disengaging with you. At Kristin we often refer to our sports players being “in the zone”, when all their focus and energy is so aligned on what they are doing they seem to perform magical acts of sporting skills and mastery. We also talk about players who just “turn up” and are not present; they will tend to perform badly. Life is not a spectator sport. Like top athletes we all need to look after ourselves, get plenty of sleep, eat and exercise well so we are fit to live a life in the present. While being healthy is critical, so too is the attitude we bring to the game of life. Fostering a truly grateful nature will help create your positive mindset.

Like top athletes we all need to look after ourselves, get plenty of sleep, eat and exercise well so we are fit to live a life in the present. While being healthy is critical, so too is the attitude we bring to the game of life. To be present in life takes deliberate practice. You need to be mindful, and conscious of being focused and attentive in the moment. It is just like the old expression, “stop and smell the roses”. Life will actually be much richer, meaningful and rewarding for doing so. Otherwise life can simply pass us by. When you are invited to someone’s table to eat with them, it is a special opportunity to strengthen relationships and bonds. Sadly, it was once television, now cellphones that are the new distraction that have taken our presence away from our family dinner table. At least half of your family or workplace relationships are based upon what you bring to the table. The best Christmas gift you can give is to be truly present in the lives of those you love. Otherwise you risk them disengaging with you. How about you make this New Year’s resolution a commitment to live a life which is more present? Issue 105 - December 2019 January 2020



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Stephanie Box is a Solicitor in the trusts team at Davenports. She specialises in trusts, wills, relationship property and enduring powers of attorney.

Giving guarantees

Stephanie Box

Lily and Noel wanted to buy their first home, but their bank told them they wouldn’t give them a loan unless they had someone else guarantee their borrowings. Their bank told them that since they were intending to borrow $600,000, they would require an unlimited guarantee. They asked Lily’s brother Sam and his partner Riley if they could guarantee their lending. Lily and Noel were confident they would be able to pay their mortgage repayments and told Sam and Riley it was “more of a formality with the bank”. One of Riley’s friends suggested they see their lawyer to talk about the risks involved in giving a guarantee. Their lawyer met with Sam and Riley and explained the nature of the guarantee. Sam and Riley had bought their own home ten years ago and had paid down a good proportion of their mortgage. Sam and Riley were therefore shocked to learn that by giving a guarantee, the bank would be able to take security over their home and possess it if Lily and Noel couldn’t meet their repayment obligations. They also discovered that actually, the bank could come to Sam and Riley before going to Lily and Noel to repay the loan.


Tammy McLeod (BA LLB) is a director at Davenports Harbour and a trust and asset structuring specialist. Tammy leads the Davenports Harbour Trust Team and enjoys providing clients with advice and assistance on a broad range of issues involving the structuring and establishment of asset plans, interpretation of trust deeds, the management and administration of trust funds and trust disputes. An important part of Tammy’s practice is reviewing existing asset holding structures to ensure they Tammy McLeod achieve the needs and requirements they were established to meet. She is also experienced in Property (Relationships) Act issues and advises clients on both contracting out agreements and separation. Tammy is a past president of the Auckland Woman Lawyers’ Association and is the current vicepresident of the North Harbour Club.

Lou & Thelma

Their lawyer advised that they should not give the guarantee as they would essentially be stepping into the shoes of someone else’s borrowings and taking on their financial risk. She also explained the “chain of guarantees”; that if Lily and Noel decided to guarantee someone else with the same bank, Sam and Riley (and their home) would be tied into that new guarantee as well. Their lawyer also advised that the unlimited guarantee meant that Sam and Riley were liable for an unlimited amount, and that Lily and Noel (or any other guaranteed party) could also borrow further funds from the bank without telling Sam and Riley. Sam and Riley felt very uneasy about the risk they were taking on and decided not to give the guarantee. Lily and Noel had to wait a bit longer but after a couple more years of saving were able to buy their first home without a guarantee from the bank. When thinking about giving a guarantee to anyone, even family or friends, it is crucial that you speak to a lawyer to get independent legal advice on the risks associated with the transaction.

Lou and Thelma were in their early 60s and had just celebrated the arrival of their first grandchild. Their family was close and supportive and they were financially well-off having recently sold the family farm in Matamata to move to Auckland to be near their son Paul and daughter Samantha. They also had a family trust which they established 25 years ago to own the farm and an investment trust which held their fixed term deposits and shareholdings. The trusts had served them well but they thought it was time to meet with a solicitor to see whether the trusts were still needed now that they no longer owned the farm and shareholdings. Once they were settled in their new home in Auckland, they set up a meeting with a local solicitor who was referred to them by their friendly neighbour. Fortunately, the solicitor Bob was a specialist in trust law. Bob advised Lou and Thelma they no longer needed two trusts and that all their assets could now be held in one trust. As the family trust owned the property, Bob suggested it would be simpler to move the fixed term deposits into the family trust and wind up the investment trust. Lou and Thelma thought this was a great idea as it would save them the extra costs with running a second trust. Since Lou and Thelma would be keeping the family trust, Bob also carried out a review of the trust deed taking into account the provisions of the new Trusts Act. He could see that the deed contained provisions which were now outdated due to the recent law changes, that it was missing clauses which would give the trustees vital protection if the trust was ever challenged and, more importantly, it did not provide for who is to hold the power of appointment of trustees if either Lou or Thelma lost capacity. Further, Lou and Thelma didn’t have a memorandum of guidance or letter of wishes. They hadn’t even heard of those terms, but soon learned that these were instructions to the trustees as to how they wished the trust assets to be dealt with if one or both of them died – like a will for the trust. Fortunately for Lou and Thelma, the trust deed did allow for its terms to be varied, so most of the things that were wrong could be fixed. Because Bob specialised in trusts, he also had a trustee company which Lou and Thelma appointed as their independent trustee. Lou and Thelma were relieved that their affairs could be tidied up and were grateful they had taken specialist trust advice.

Stephanie Box, 09 915 4398

Tammy McLeod, 09 915 4386

…the unlimited guarantee meant that Sam and Riley were liable for an unlimited amount…

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Accountancy with Graham Lawrence of Bellingham Wallace.

R&D Tax incentives: What’s new? Over the last few years there have been various iterations of tax credits for businesses that undertake research and development. The New Zealand government is trying to encourage onshore innovation with dreams of our own Silicon Valley experience. Below is a summary of tax current landscape which sheds some light on what you might be entitled to – and it may be a pleasant surprise. R&D expenditure R&D costs money. Lots of it. Trial and error can be very expensive for businesses. Therefore, Inland Revenue has specific rules around deductibility of certain types of scientific and research and development expenditure. The rules allow businesses to choose to allocate certain research and development deductions to income years after the income year in which the expenditure was incurred. This flexibility creates a better timing match between the income from research and development and the expenditure incurred. Cash out tax credit In addition, to assisting with the alignment of income and expenditure, there has been an option in place since April 2015 for innovative start-up companies to convert their tax losses (arising from qualifying R&D expenditure) into refundable tax credits instead of carrying it forward to the next income year. The aim of this is to help with cash flow. This has been effective for those businesses who choose to utilise this option. Now, some of those businesses are getting into positive tax positions and they no longer qualify for the “cash out tax credit”. New R&D tax credit The newest tool in the tax toolbox for R&D businesses which the newly introduced tax credit scheme for businesses who undertake R&D but are not in a loss position. It is designed to incentivise a person for performing, or contracting for the performance of, activities to create new knowledge, or new or improved processes, services or goods. The new tax credit rules apply from the 2019/2020 income year. That is this year that we are currently in. The tax credit is effectively a 15% refund of eligible expenditure. The legislation is crafted to ensure that activities do not inappropriately qualify for R&D tax credits. In its simplest form, the criteria under the new rules are that a person, or joint venture must: • Perform a core R&D activity in New Zealand, either themselves or through an R&D contractor who carries on business in New Zealand through a fixed establishment in New Zealand, and • Carry on a business in New Zealand through a fixed establishment in New Zealand (or be a non-business researcher, that is an industry organisation to which a levy is payable under New Zealand statute). PLUS, either of the following: • The person, or a member of the person’s corporate group


resident in New Zealand or in a jurisdiction with which New Zealand has a double tax agreement, or a joint venture of which the person is a member, must own the results of the relevant R&D activities, or • The person or a joint venture of which the person is a member may use the results for no further consideration. The key points above are that the core R&D activity must take place in New Zealand. The activity must result in ownership of the results of the R&D, or that the results can be used at no extra cost to the person applying for the tax credit. This is central to the reason for the incentive – Government wants the R&D to take place in New Zealand and not off-shore. The list of activities which may qualify as core R&D activities is very broad, so the legislation sets out an exhaustive list of activities that do not qualify. Each application will depend on the facts and activities of the business applying for the tax credit, so taking advice on whether your business activities qualify is an important first step. Ineligible persons There are always some strings attached. If you have outstanding tax returns you are not able to claim the tax credit. So, make sure your taxes are up to date. This tax credit regime is only one of several incentives. Most people in the R&D industry will be familiar with Callaghan Innovation. In years gone by there has been a perception, rightly or wrongly, that applying for Callaghan grants was too hard. This is why Government has introduced the new R&D tax credit to assist businesses. The new rules rely on very similar criteria as the Callaghan Innovation Growth Grant. It is because of the similarity, although different delivery mechanism, that a taxpayer who is the recipient of such a grant (or they are directly or indirectly controlled by, or associated with, a recipient of such a grant) cannot apply for the new R&D tax credit. It is a case of one or the other. The R&D tax credits are also not available to non-residents. Do you qualify? If you think that your activities involve research and development that may qualify for the new R&D tax credit, or you are in the business of research and development and you have not yet received advice on any of the above tax incentives, contact your Bellingham Wallace advisor today to discuss this further. By Graham Lawrence (Director) and Carla Cross (Senior Tax Manager) Phone: 09 309 7851 Visit:

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How are the kids?

Odette practices a range of family related matters focusing mainly on relationship property and care of children matters.

A focus on children during separation When a child’s parents are separating it can be an earthshattering process for them. It may raise many questions and feelings about themselves, their family and the future. Unfortunately, often the child’s feelings are just one of a long list of things that a separating parent is thinking about. In lots of cases, children are unable to express or understand their feelings and this can lead to them bottling it up or acting out at school or at home. When our clients approach us during their separation to discuss their parenting arrangements, one of the first places we direct them to is the Parenting Through Separation course. This is a course that is government funded and is based around teaching parents how to look at their separation from their child’s point of view. This helps the parents better understand how it may be affecting them and what they can do to try make the transition easier. This can be a very useful tool for parents, especially around communicating with their children. Parents attend separately from one another. Attending a Parenting Through Separation course is necessary if a client wants to apply for a Parenting Order to determine their children’s care arrangements. Upon completion of the course, a parent will receive a certificate to confirm they have completed this step. Another requirement in applying for a Parenting Order is attending Family Dispute Resolution. This is a mediation service associated with the Family Justice system. Its purpose is to help parties come to an arrangement that works for them by themselves, without incurring the stress and expense of going to Court. The mediator will work with the parties to come up with a practical arrangement to suit their situation, with a focus on what is in the children’s best interests. Coming to an

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arrangement themselves means they have a lot more control over what their day to day routine will look like, whereas if it is left to the Court to decide then it is completely out of their hands. However, if one party won’t cooperate by attending mediation then the person applying can get an exemption certificate.

Attending a Parenting Through Separation course is necessary if a client wants to apply for a Parenting Order… If your children are struggling with the separation or change in care arrangements, it might be worthwhile for them to attend counselling. This can be helpful for children to have someone empathetic and independent to talk to about their feelings. Many counsellors or psychologists have different techniques, such play therapy example, which helps a child open up. This can be useful for children to help them develop coping mechanisms, boost self-esteem and focus on working towards a more optimistic future. If you are going through a separation and need help discussing your parenting arrangements or navigating the legal process, do not hesitate to get in touch. We have a great who are more than happy to help. Schnauer & Co, 1 Shea Terrace, Takapuna 09 486 0177

our name may be hard to say, but working with us is easy Founded in the 1980s, Schnauer and Co is a well established law firm located on the North Shore. Our expertise focuses on the following areas of law: Relationship Property and Family Law | Trusts/Asset Protection and Estate Planning Property | Commercial | Elder Law | Deceased Estates At Schnauer and Co we: have a passion for problem solving, a flexible approach to working, and a consistent commitment to clients, we love what we do – and it shows.

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Devonport in 1827 and 1857 When Jules Sebastian Cesar Dumont d’Urville visited the Waitemata Harbour in his ship the ‘Astrolabe’, his entry for 25 February 1827 in his ‘Voyages’ (page 153) is: “We entered [the Waitemata Harbour] and landed on the right bank [Devonport]. While M[onsieur] Lottin set up a geographical observation post on the top of a mountain [Takarunga, Mount Victoria], which we had noticed the day before from a great distance, I had a look at the country round. Although it was well covered with plenty of herbaceous plants, there were no trees growing here, only bushes. Already the heat seemed to have destroyed a great deal of the vegetation, and although the soil had every appearance of fertility, it seemed to me to lack fresh water, for all I could discover was a pool of brackish water. There were very few birds; we were only able to shoot a few shore species; we must, however, note a quail of the same type as the European bird. Going along this beach we experienced the sort of heat which we had seldom found since reaching the shores of New Zealand.” Note the absence of people. Twenty years later, geologist Dr. Ferdinand von Hochstetter described Devonport in his book ‘New Zealand’ (published in 1867, page 249 and following): “The North Shore d'Urville's 1827 map of Auckland, 4-179D (part), courtesy of Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections. [Devonport] is a peninsula, and was probably hemispherical shape and on three sides washed by the sea, from formerly an island. Only a narrow, slender strip of sand connects which it rises in steep ascent. It is the most interesting of the Norththe peninsula with the mainland. Small as it is, measuring scarcely shore hills." a mile at its widest part between the Waitemata and the eastbranch of Shoal Bay, it nevertheless presents various points of Takapuna, the North head of Auckland Harbour. attraction to the geologist. The western half consists of tertiary The first eruptions were here evidently submarine, the basis of sandstone and shale, forming precipitous walls on the Aucklandthe hill round about being formed of regular layers 20 to 40 feet side, in which near the high-water line small seams of lignite crop thick. Dinner over, we set out to ascend the flagstaff-hill or Mount out. Farther east the tertiary strata cease, making room for a flat Victoria. It is the highest volcanic hill on the North-shore, 283 feet strand covered with muscle-shells. Those shells are piled up high, and is called Takarunga by the natives. In former times the in heaps several feet high, and, there being no limestone in the summit bore a pā, and it is from the fortifications of this pā that vicinity of Auckland, they are burnt for lime. Behind the musselthe terraces, cut along its slope 10 to 15 feet high, date, likewise banks small extinct volcanic cones arise, the scoriae and lavas of a hole on the Northside of the hill about 20 feet wide and deep. which extend farther west to the sea. The principal one of these The top is flat and truncated, it presents still a semi-circular crater cones is Mount Victoria, formerly called Takarunga, a crater-cone open towards southeast, from which in the same direction several nearly 300 feet high, upon which a flagstaff has been erected… lava-streams issued forth as far as the sea, forming stony bars. The prospect from the top is truly charming. It opens a view over the whole Waitematā Harbour, and farther on, the Hauraki Gulf is visible with its islands and promontories, and the sea alive with sails of every kind. Between Victoria Hill and Takapuna head there is a third small scoria-cone, about 100 feet high, with its crater in a tolerable state of preservation, which on the map I have styled "Heaphy Hill" in honour of Mr. C. Heaphy [now Mount Cambria]”. He later writes: “we [then] set out to visit Lake Pupuke about five miles distant in a northerly direction.” "Our object was, to visit and to examine the most easterly of the three cones, called Takapuna by [Māori], and 216 feet high. It forms the North-head of Auckland Harbour, is of an almost By David Verran

Between Victoria Hill and Takapuna head there is a third small scoria-cone, about 100 feet high, with its crater in a tolerable state of preservation…


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I have been writing articles on topics related to our health for a number of years and in Channel I keep you up to date on ways in which we might improve our health by becoming more aware of the many options that are available to us.


Not a nutrient but it works the same way

John Appleton

As I see it - by John Appleton Everyone likes a ‘freebie’ and when it comes to our health, if we had constant free access to something that had the potential to make a significant difference to the way we feel and our overall wellbeing, most of us would be pretty happy. Well there is something out there and it’s causing a stir around the world. The talk is about something that is being referred to as vitamin G. It’s not a vitamin that we obtain from our food or supplements, but it works in much the same way. The G stands for ‘Grounding’ or ‘Earthing’ and obtaining vitamin G simply involves reconnecting the body with the energy that is naturally present in the ground we walk on. By so doing we can tap into an unlimited supply of electrons. American cardiologist Dr Thomas Levy who is widely acclaimed for his research on vitamin C says “without exception every process that requires or produces energy is dependent on electron movement or flow. In fact the health status for all living organisms is determined by overall electron flow – Good electron flow = healthy energetic long life – Poor electron flow = low energy and disease – No electron flow = death.” I first read about ‘Grounding/ Earthing’ early in 2010 when another American cardiologist Dr Stephen Sinatra devoted most of his monthly newsletter to it. His comment, “The benefits of ‘Earthing’ are so profound that I believe it may be the greatest health discovery of our time” got me thinking that I should really look into this. The discovery started out with shoes in 1993 when Clint Ober, a pioneer in Cable Television, had noticed that almost everyone was wearing synthetic-soled shoes. He wondered if it might be a problem for people if they were insulated from the naturally occurring electrical charges in the earth’s surface. The ‘snow’ (electromagnetic interference) that was common on TV screens prior to the introduction of Cable TV disappeared as a result of ‘earthing’ the ‘cable’. Clint’s curiosity led him to conduct an experiment on himself which involved using a conductive form of duct tape which he laid on his bed in a grid form. He then ran a wire to the outside to an ‘earthing’ rod buried in the ground. He lay down on the bed and the next thing he knew it was morning – the best night’s sleep he had experienced in years. Clint repeated the experiment with the same result and in addition he began to notice a significant decrease in pain that he had lived with for many years.

By simply re-connecting ourselves with the Earth we have an opportunity to enhance electron flow

I can recall my early years at primary school when we didn’t wear shoes and somehow we didn’t come down with the colds and illnesses that are now so prevalent. Today there is hardly a pair of feet not fitted out with fashionable brands of walking shoes and ‘trainers’. We have all lost contact with the earth. At one time it was believed that the earth is neutrally charged but it’s now known that it has a negative charge. This is very important for us because damaging free radicals that rob electrons from ‘us’ are positively charged. By simply re-connecting ourselves with the earth we have an opportunity to enhance electron flow and thus minimise the potential for free radical damage. We take antioxidants as supplements for exactly the same reason. Humans evolved like all animals without insulating barriers between the earth and our feet. The soles of our feet are extremely sensitive due to a high concentration of nerve endings and because nerve tissue is electrically conductive, it’s not difficult to understand why it’s so easy for us to tap into the earth’s limitless supply of electrons. There’s another option too. While we sleep, simply by covering our mattress with an earthing ‘sheet’ we can obtain all the benefits that being ‘earthed’ can confer. For more information contact Dianne Taylor in Takapuna Getting our daily vitamin G is very simple, totally safe and absolutely free. Take your shoes off and have a safe and happy Christmas and a healthy year in 2020. John Appleton (09) 489 9362 Issue 105 - December 2019 January 2020



Sonia – Champion at home and abroad At YES, we are always looking for room to grow, learn and develop not only as an organisation, but as individuals. Some of these learnings come from the everyday interactions we have with the people we serve and the people we work with. Others come from out-of-office, out-ofthe-box, international experiences. Sonia Thursby A few years ago, I had the privilege of attending the 34th PAC RIM International Conference on Disability and Diversity in Hawaii. This was an amazing opportunity to learn from others around the world in the same line of work, with interest in discussions around how to transition young people with disabilities from study to employment. This was also a prime platform for networking with people from across the globe, exchanging stories and learning from each other's experiences of working within the sector. From these learnings, I wrote a report on the concept of “Learning to Earning”, talking of methods to safely and successfully transition young people from school through to employment. This had a cascading effect, leading to the conception of “Project Employ”, with the sole mission of transitioning young people with disabilities into meaningful employment. It was initially a featurette YouTube series of 12 videos showcasing the journey of 12 young people, their families, and their potential employers. It has now developed into a project of upskilling young people with the “soft skills” necessary to become successfully employed.

From these learnings, I wrote a report on the concept of “Learning to Earning”, talking of methods to safely and successfully transition young people from school through to employment. This had a cascading effect… All of this from a conference, a discussion, and an idea to make impactful change. Another byproduct of attending this conference is that it’s shown how effective international collaboration and networking is. This has opened opportunity for others in our organisation to attend other overseas conferences, which we will be hearing about in the columns to come. Stay tuned!!


News from Christine Meyer-Jones

Seasons Greetings

2019 has been a great year for Life Education on the North Shore. As a Trust we own our two mobile classrooms, employ our educators and manage relationships and partnerships within the North Shore (schools, volunteers and stakeholders). We use mobile classrooms to create a unique and engaging learning environment to capture children’s imaginations. Our planning with teachers at each school is an important part of our Educator’s role. Our Trust works hard to have the classroom booked each day of the school year. Lessons include modules on the following: • Community and Relationships • Identity and Resilience • Food and Nutrition • Human Biology • Substances On the North Shore we have seen 15,000 children and taught 1,500 sessions. We owe a big thank you to Corinne and Jenni and Charlie (our educators) for their professionalism, dedication and enthusiasm in ensuring the programmes are delivered to as many children as possible on the North Shore. At our monthly trust meetings they report the previous month’s activities and share with us the amazing stories, pictures and drawings from children who have attended the sessions. It keeps is all focused on the importance of the messages we bring to the schools. However this could not happen without the outstanding support of the trustees who give generously of their personal time to ensure the trust remains viable financially and meet all the needs and requirements of running a charitable trust. Thank you to you all for your commitment and passion. Also the Trust is extremely grateful to Bonney’s Transport, Boat Haulage, East Coast Bays Towing and Crown Relocations for their ongoing support in either moving the classrooms to the schools or parking them up in their yards during the holidays. Life Education is a charitable trust and we rely on grants and donations to exist. I would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the many families, organisations and individuals who support us either financially or with their time and expertise. Also a big thank you to Murray and Carol Judge from Apollo Accounting who look after the finances and also host our monthly meetings in their boardroom. Sadly this is their last year after seven years of wonderful service. We are so blessed as a Trust in so many ways and we thank the North Shore Schools and community for their continued Support. Onward and Upward in 2019 Christine Meyer-Jones Chair Life Education North Shore Contact us: Visit:

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Devonport Primary, Campbells Bay Primary

COLLIERS NORTH SHORE YOUR SALES & LEASING TEAM JIMMY O’BRIEN General Manager | Director 021 979 001 jimmy.o’

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is in the air

As the year closes, the Colliers North Shore team wish to take the opportunity to thank all our many clients, suppliers, colleagues and friends for their valued support. Having sold more than a quarter of a million dollars and leased 38,910 sqm of Industrial and Commercial properties YTD, it has been a busy year for the team and we will soon be looking forward to 2020 and the opportunities and challenges which the new year will bring. We predict that there will be a high demand for solid investments (long leases and quality buildings) and on the leasing side the demand for large floor plates will continue because of the positive outlook from businesses. We expect the vacancy levels to continue to drop as more businesses look to own and occupy and the population increases. The North Shore is the place to be and we are fortunate to have so much on our doorstep. We wish you a safe and Happy Christmas and very best wishes for 2020.

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New office accommodation in scarce supply… the only office building currently under construction in Albany is 55 Corinthian Drive.

Office supply squeeze pushes rentals up North Shore office accommodation remains in very tight supply with little better quality space available for lease. Rentals are increasing as a consequence. The latest accommodation survey of office precincts in Takapuna, Akoranga/Northcote, Wairau Valley, Albany, Rosedale, Mairangi Bay and Browns Bay undertaken by Bayleys Research shows the North Shore’s overall office vacancy sits at 5.4%, little changed from 2018. Bayleys North Shore Commercial General Manager Daniel Henderson says this figure is below the Shore’s historical average vacancy rate and is indicative of a shortage of office accommodation, particularly for good quality premises. “Conditions within the Takapuna market have tightened considerably with pockets of long standing vacancies being leased and little space above 700sqm now available,” he says. “Better quality leasing opportunities in the Albany Basin are also few and far between. The only new office development currently underway there is 55 Corinthian Drive (6,500sqm) due for completion mid-2020 and largely pre-leased.” Mr Henderson says with office vacancy in Auckland’s CBD at an historically low level, occupier demand for commercial accommodation is increasingly spilling over into CBD fringe and other locations, including the Shore. Larger groups in the IT and utility sectors are at the forefront of this push into amenity rich urban areas outside of the CBD. The most high profile example on the Shore has been Vodafone’s relocation of its New Zealand head office from Fanshawe St in central Auckland to Smales Farm in Takapuna following its merger with Telstra.

“This trend is expected to continue as issues with traffic congestion into and out of the CBD get worse,” says Henderson. “Competition to attract and retain key talent also means organisations are looking more closely at locational attributes and high spec working environments as draw-cards. “Unfortunately, this demand for top quality office accommodation outside of the CBD is not being adequately matched by an appropriate level of supply on the Shore which is putting upward pressure on rents. This is likely to remain the case until supply catches up with demand.” Rentals have been trending upwards across most parts of the North Shore with the best quality office space in Takapuna and Albany now being generally leased at between $275 and $375 per sqm and from $210-$275 per sqm for secondary space. Operating expenses (including utility services, insurance and rates), which tenants pay in most leases, are higher in Takapuna at $60-$95 per sqm than in Albany where they range from $50$75 per sqm. The cost of car parking in office buildings is also on the rise. Parking in Takapuna ranges between $35-$60 per space per week while in Albany most rates sit at $15-35 per week. Bayleys North Shore Commercial’s office team leader Dean Gilbert-Smith says the shortage of office accommodation on the North Shore is the result of an increase in leasing activity amongst both existing tenants and new players. These include Comworth Group, Penguin Random and Fuel 50 in Takapuna plus Plan B and Auckland Transport in Albany. No new office development is currently underway in Takapuna


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Dean Gilbert Smith.

there is a definite need for more new, mediumscale office development in Albany.

although a number of opportunities exist, says Mr Gilbert-Smith. These include the redevelopment of the former Takapuna Council building at 1 The Strand, Takapuna. Although the council’s lease runs for another couple of years, it has almost fully vacated the premises and sub-leased part of the space to a number of large office tenants. Mr Gilbert-Smith says the property’s Hong Kong based owner has recently announced plans for a comprehensive refurbishment and modernisation of the four-level building. This will include a fully remodelled lobby, complete services upgrade, new courtyard and onsite cafe, as well as end of trip facilities. “In light of the current shortage of quality office space in Takapuna, coupled with the property’s central location and proximity to the beach, it is likely to attract a wide range of tenant interest. Its large 3400 sqm floors mean it should have particular appeal to larger tenants wanting to accommodate all staff on one level or a small number of contiguous floors.” A major proposed redevelopment of the Anzac St car parking site could also incorporate office accommodation. As part of an Unlock Takapuna initiative, Auckland Council urban regeneration agency Panuku Development Auckland is overseeing a redevelopment of the under-utilised site. Mr Gilbert-Smith says the development, being built around a large $7million public town square, will be a quality mixed use project with both residential and commercial buildings although it is unlikely to have much impact on the office supply shortage.

Active leasing market

Bayleys North Shore Commercial negotiated close to 50 office leases in the first 10 months of this year. Substantial transactions included: Level 2, 5 Auburn Street, Takapuna: 560sqm on middle level of three-level office building leased to IT services company at a net annual rental income of $143,600 including two car parks @ $35 per week. (Jane McKee & Dean Gilbert-Smith) Level 4, 15 Huron Street, Takapuna: 438sqm in modern office complex leased to insurance company for $124,280 net pa including four car parks @ $45 per week. (Dean Gilbert-Smith & Jane McKee)

He says there is also a real lack of good quality office space available for lease in Albany and a need for additional higher quality premises there as well. “There have been a number of large-scale office developments proposed for Albany over the years which have been overly ambitious and therefore did not get off the ground. “However, there is a definite need for more new, mediumscale development right at the moment along the lines of the very successful development which is nearing completion at 55 Corinthian Drive and the neighbouring Mitre 10 head office and Olympus buildings.” Mr Henderson says North Shore office investment property remains in steady demand and there is particularly strong interest in vacant or semi vacant buildings from owner occupiers which is indicative of continuing buoyant business activity on the Shore. “Historically low interest rates are fuelling owner occupier acquisition activity because it means businesses can borrow to buy at a similar or lesser cost to renting. The big drop in the Official Cash Rate by 0.75 basis points this year, with the possibility of further decreases, is also resulting in more investors moving out of cash and back into property in search of income yield.” Mr Henderson says a lack of buying opportunities at the prime end of the market has resulted in investors looking more closely at B grade properties with potential for higher and better uses. Syndication operators and local private investors currently dominate investment activity although a growing amount of off-shore capital, unable to secure CBD assets, is now seriously looking at other locations including the Shore, he says.

very low interest rates are resulting in more investors moving out of cash and back into property in search of income yield

Daniel Henderson.

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The NAI Harcourts Business Broking team, from left, Angela Fletcher, Garth Partridge, David Wells, Allan Coutts and Kevin Stevens.

How to get the most for your Business

By Angela Fletcher

Many business owners have the vast majority of their wealth tied up in the business, even their home is likely used as security for a business loan, so it is vitally important to be mindful of the value of the business and also how readily that value can be realised. The ideal is to be working towards a desired sale price from the day you start business. This way you are prepared if life throws you a curve ball and you don’t get to choose when you will sell. Luckily, factors that make a business attractive to potential buyers are also going to be beneficial to you, the owner, and you can enjoy those benefits until such time as you choose to sell. Like other investors, business buyers are generally looking for maximum profits for minimum risk and these will be the main drivers in determining the sale price of the business. The following is a list of features you can work on. You will see that they generally relate back to either profit or management of risk. • Focus on growth. Buyers will look for a rising trend in sales and in profits. • Identify potential. Buyers won’t pay for potential but it will certainly pique their interest, and you are bound to have seen opportunities that you haven’t had the time or energy to pursue • Aim to have a range of clients so you are not vulnerable to the loss of one source of revenue. • Have more than one supplier to secure your ability to service or supply your clients. • Build a great team by engaging reliable staff and training them well, to the extent that you are confident the business is running smoothly in your absence. Take time out from the business to demonstrate that it does indeed function as expected when you are not there. • Have documented systems and procedures to ensure that there is consistent production or service, delivered in the manner you instructed, and also as a reference point in case of you or a staff member being unavailable. This is also an important factor in transitioning ownership.


• Have all records up to date, tidy and available. • Be transparent. If you are aware of a weakness that you haven’t been able to overcome, disclose it. It is much better to be out in the open than have it turn up during due diligence and make the buyer suspicious of what else may have been hidden from him or her. Besides, what is your weakness may be someone else’s strength and an opportunity for them to improve the business. • Determine a realistic sale price. Many serious buyers will be watching the various web sites for new listings and if you miss consideration at this point that opportunity is gone. This is evident in the level of enquiry that we get in the first week of listing compared to the number of enquiries over the term of the listing. At NAI Harcourts North Shore we have access to statistics of completed transactions across the full range of industries to use as a basis to calculate a comparable and realistic sale price. This list is certainly not exhaustive. For more ideas imagine yourself to be a buyer. What would you like to see and what would you be prepared to pay for the business? When the time comes to go to market, talk to a business broker. We can help you decide on that all-important sale price and we will be actively working with genuine buyers. Have you tried looking for a business to buy? It is a daunting task! So little information is given that many of the enquiries you make will be for something completely different to what you had in mind. It is not a deliberate ploy to frustrate you, but a result of the fact that most businesses do not want their staff, clients or suppliers to be aware the business is on the market in case they become concerned about the future arrangements and start looking to move. As a result, we have had the opportunity to speak to numerous buyers who have not found what they are looking for that we can introduce to more relevant businesses. This relates to new enquiries as well as our existing data base, and being part of a team further increases our reach to genuine buyers.

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PPL Runner up, Norm Scott Morrison, Takapuna.

PPL champion, David Pierce, Northcote.

PPL champion, Brent Malcolm from Northcote.

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Northcote decisive winners of the North Harbour PPL Bowls comp Northcote, a club used to battling the odds, was a deserving and decisive winner of the North Harbour PPL competition when it was concluded at the Takapuna club early last month. Northcote scored 31.5 points in the final round to be well clear of Takapuna’s 22, Orewa Seagulls on 20.5 and the Orewa Tuis on 16. It was a notable success by Northcote’s Shaun Bayne, David Pierce, Greg Taylor, Ray Tomes, Brent Malcolm and Mike Haggart, as they faced strong opposition in the other three teams which were studded with centre title-holders. All of Takapuna’s players have been centre champions and at least two, Trevor Forward and Chris Taylor, are gold-star holders. The others were Trish Croot, Connie Mathieson, Brett O’Riley and Norm Scott-Morrison. And the two Orewa sides contained such formidable players as Peter Clark, Walter Howden, Gail Dick and Bruce McClintock. But Northcote’s struggles in recent years against the threatening tides to its base near Shoal Bay have given its players a tough mental attitude and this quality came to the fore in the final rounds. Northcote started slowly, losing to Takapuna, but then swept past the two Orewa sides, while Takapuna over the final two rounds,


despite playing on its home ground, faltered a little. The cut-throat nature of the quickfire sets format and the high playing standard meant not one of the pairs went through the three rounds without a defeat. The quality of most matches kept a good attendance at the Takapuna club absorbed. Generous sponsorship from Ryman Healthcare provided a healthy stake with Northcote taking first prize of $600, Takapuna $400 and a total of $450 for the two Orewa teams. All of this money goes into the funds of the respective clubs. Takapuna might have been left with third prize of $250 but won an additional $150 when with his last bowl Scott-Morrison drove the kitty into the ditch for a crucial win. Any Takapuna disappointment in finishing runner-up, however, was eased when on the same day a member of the club, Black Jack Selina Goddard, continued a rich vein of form by having a brilliant win in the Stoke club’s prestigious women’s singles tournament. This event attracted almost all of the country’s best women’s players, including Mandy Boyd, Wendy Jensen and Sandra Keith.

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Simon Gundry is a Devonport and North Shore identity, and character who is known for calling a spade a spade. This is his regular and lively contribution to Channel Magazine.

Loving local stuff! It’s December, again. Another year has passed us by, another once proud amenities becoming dilapidated and let go to slide into year of having to put up with the pathetic COL in Government, oblivion. I have been told the COL means a collection of lunatics and it And, while we are still in Devonport, walking across the pedestrian times it seems like it with what goes on. That outburst by Shane crossing from the Ferry Buildings and up the main street, Victoria Jones outside Parliament in front of all those hard working Road, there is a patch of grass outside the Esplanade Hotel that for farmers calling them “rednecks” is an outrage and is almost a months has never been mown. This was starting to gather rubbish, bridge too far. These people are the backbone of our country cigarette butts, straws, etc. Not a great look for the front door of our and the backbone of our economy. Sure, their water – their North Shore. A local contractor, Dave McNeish, who is the Company rivers and creeks can be messy at times, but they are making Director of the Devonport Lawn Company, and one of his employees huge attempts to clean up their environment and it’s working, known as “Tex” took it upon themselves to go down one Monday throughout the country. I’d far sooner be eating food grown in morning in mid-November and clean it up. What a great thing. He this country than buying an overseas product that you have no picked up all the rubbish and mowed the grass, and edged it all and idea of their farming practices and if these products are grown made it look like a million dollar front lawn. We obviously cannot using the same standards that we have. rely on the Council maintenance to do this anymore. In fact, things You’re much better to support our local growers than buying have slipped badly since Recreational Services, the local North imported food. Not only that but if you are supporting our local Shore company, lost the contract for parks and gardens throughout growers, you are buying in season for fruit and vegetables, which is the Auckland area to a company that is run by an Australian parent good for our carbon footprint!! company. There is an agreement now with regards to this particular I heard a good rumour the other day, and I heard it from a very piece of ground that a local Devonport contractor will maintain this good source. There is a drive to rename all the streets and roads in area from now on. Devonport to Maori names. I’d really like to get to the bottom of this While we are in Devonport, we might as well stay in Devonport – one, as Devonport is full of historic and wonderful names for our we used to have six petrol stations. I do agree that there is no need streets and roads. If anyone knows anything about this, please let me for six stations any more, but driving to the BP at Clifton can be a know. But, beware and let’s watch this space. real pain in the neck especially during busy weekends, due to the I see that the Bean Rock playground, which is a million dollar constant clogging of Lake Road. Of late of course we have not had Bean Rock themed playground on Windsor Reserve in Devonport a petrol station there, the nearest being at the top of Barry’s Point has been stalled, while the sewer lines are being located. Auckland Road. I do see though, there are plans afoot to build a self-service Council said the design avoids the sewer lines and Watercare will Gull station on the corner of Vauxhall and Tainui Roads, and as sure locate them prior to any foundations being poured. I would have as God made little green apples, a neighbourhood group formed to thought it would be common sense to have located where the oppose this construction. I cannot understand the opposition towards sewer lines were and constructed prior to any plans being drawn, this, especially if it’s built in keeping with Devonport character. There then design the foundations where applicable to adjust to these has been a service station there on that site for so many years going lines. Or this too much like common sense? What has happened back, I can’t remember it not being there. Sure, I don’t believe we is the contractors have gone in there, fenced off the area, set up need a 24 hour station, 7am to 7pm is plenty of time for people to get construction offices, started work and loaded the site with materials their fuel and I’m sure there is some common ground there. and it has now ground to a halt while something that is as basic and Alright, that’s it for one more year. Enjoy the summer, your friends, common sense as this has been overlooked. So, the poor contractor a good barbecue with locally sourced meat and vegetables, our great now has to find other work for his workforce and with Christmas beaches and clean air. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to looming I can see a vacant and horrible construction site sitting there you all. right over the Christmas holiday period for tourists and locals to ogle and photograph. Well done, and again, watch this space. While we are still in Devonport, I see the Devonport Yacht Club Wharf is still sitting there, broken, as it has been for the last three years. Is it not time that Auckland Transport made a statement of where they are headed with this project? It is 0800 772 266 just another example of

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Considering retirement village living? Here’s what you’ll need to consider first When you first walk into your ideal retirement village, it’ll feel like home already. You’ll be able to imagine building a life there – a life that’s yours. It’s a wonderful feeling, but it’s also just the beginning. It’s time to embark on a purposeful decision-making process, and we’ve put together some handy tips to help you choose a village with confidence. (1) Check the numbers Before you buy in, you’ll need to know if the financials are going to stack up. Find out: • The total cost when you buy in. • What your outgoings are likely to be • Whether there’s a fee involved in leaving or transferring to another village. • If you’ll share in any capital gains (or need to pay for any capital losses!) (2) Location, location, location Village location can greatly affect your level of independence. You’ll probably want to be close enough to friends and family to stay connected, and it may be worth investigating how easy it is to catch public transport or use the village transport options. (3) Find your fun Retirement villages typically offer a wide and varied selection of facilities, activities, and outings. Most villages will also let you try the facilities or attend an outing or event, which can be a great way to get a feel for the community. Popular options are swimming pools, fitness classes, bowling greens, salons, restaurants, hobby groups, movie trips, picnics and walking groups. Many villages also offer less conventional activities – think worm farms, hip hop dancing, aquarobics and fukiya (Japanese blow darts)! (4) Think about tomorrow Even if you’re happily living independently today, what will happen if things change for you health-wise? Will you still be getting what you need to live your best life in retirement? Many villages have a variety of housing options from independent living villas to serviced apartments, and some also have care homes attached. By thinking carefully about what options you feel it’s important to have onsite, you can ensure you have the support you need at a later stage.


(5) Pop in for a visit (and stay for a chat) There are plenty of fun ways to experience village life – for example, you might like to come to an Open Day for coffee and cake, or bring the grandkids in for a tour on Grandparents’ Day. You’re welcome to pop in anytime, along with any family members you want to bring. Wander around the grounds, soak up the atmosphere, check out the facilities, and take a tour of the villas and apartments. Does it feel like you? • Take plenty of time exploring the villa or apartment you’re interested in, just like you would if you were buying a house. • Ask what your obligations are around maintenance, insurance, repairs and refurbishment. • Find out what the rules are about family, friends and pets staying in your unit with you. • Ask if you can bring your own furnishings and adding your own personal touches to make your home your own. • Take some time to chat to the people who might be your new neighbours. Not only do they have first-hand experience of living in the village, they've been through the same process as you and they may have useful advice. (6) Found something great? Get great advice. Think you’ve found your ideal match for your ideal retirement lifestyle? No matter how much you love a particular place, you’ll need to seek independent expert legal and financial advice. By spending a little money up front, you’ll avoid potentially costly problems and put yourself in a much stronger position to make an informed, empowered final decision. (7) Take all the time you need. In our experience, you’re more likely to feel comfortable with your final decision if you relax and try to enjoy exploring the various options available. It’s a big decision, but it’s also it’s the start of a new, exciting phase of life packed with potential. Finding a great match takes as long as it takes, so take it easy. Metlifecare have five unique villages on the North Shore. Head to to view these villages as well as more helpful info on planning your retirement.

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Raising the Benchmark 19 Scarboro Terrace, Murrays Bay – For Sale by Negotiation Just completed, this brand-new architecturally designed beach home provides a sumptuous launchpad from which to explore the region. For all those families who treasure time together, but struggle to find a suitable place to gather, this is the spot! Beautifully built and designed for extended and/or large families the living here is magnificent, just a few moments wander to the beach with its fabulous lifestyle, a luxurious new residence. Contemporary elegance and quality finishes are present throughout the home, highlighting clean lines and an impeccable choice of materials. Good use has been made of floor to ceiling glass, offering uninterrupted views and accentuating the symmetry and flow of the design. The result is sophisticated, eminently workable and fuss-free. Accommodation is provided by six bedrooms and is complemented by three ensuites and one lavish bathroom while a designer kitchen and an array of formal and informal living spaces ensure the home is as functional as it is aesthetically pleasing. Multiple decks and a variety of outdoor living areas mean you're spoilt for choice when it comes to soaking up the sun (and the scenery!), while internal access garaging and plenty of off-street parking add to the appeal. As if the home's specifications weren't compelling enough the location is also superb. Zoning for highlydesirable schools (including Rangitoto College, Murrays Bay Intermediate and Murrays Bay Primary) ensures every educational need is catered to, while the proximity to local beaches, boutique


shops and all of the amenities on offer in nearby Mairangi Bay ensures your coastal lifestyle offers everything any family desires. There's an enviable lifestyle on offer here; one full of lazy walks along the beach, invigorating dips in the ocean, and laidback barbies with friends and family. Of course, there's plenty of versatility on offer too, with the property perfect as a permanent residence, a holiday retreat or an idyllic place to work from home. Make no mistake - homes of this calibre, in this most soughtafter of spots, are always in demand, and prospective purchasers are advised to proceed with genuine urgency.

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Set locally by Mãyã, especially for Channel each month. No. 54




1 Envelope torn apart with passion within indicates calculation (6,4,3)

2 Some capital marks of approval follow Lydon's band not going down the tubes? (9)

10 Snake put in charge of jelly (5)

3 Singer's notes pursue avocado without fuss (8)

11 Bar for male relations? (4-2-3)

4 Sodium 'as infiltrated space agency (4)

12 Hun takes the helm, they say (6) 13 Kelly's blend of DNA? (4,4)

5 Side with O'Neill to make flax seed extract (7,3)

15 Dogs Russian - yes, at church - avoids taking in head of Diocese (10)

6 Metal with Mâyâ moved back one place in Ira Levin novel (6)

16 Pence follows this to be right as... (4)

7 Roger's follower of almost Scarlet company (5)

19 ...yes, a theatrical picnic (4)

8 Sally giving a talk over lunch? (5,8)

20 Director Mike's first alarm was the sound following Rudolph? (6,4)

9 Recombine 1 to get the same end result (6,4,3)

22 Stands with bits of wood in the vicinity (6,2)

14 Peel a sleepy brown bear? Could make a racket (10)

24 British vehicles can be cruel (6)

17 I deform "99% fat-free", all the same (9)

26 Old city splitting at time of birth, of course (9)

18 1 and 9 make this thing partly right for a youngster (8)

27 Previous lag of energy x lightspeed now activated! (2-3)

21 Avoids protests over losing energy (6)

28 Causes up and down movement, relatively speaking - and that's all there is to it! (4,4,5)

25 Colourist is awful, they say (4)

23 The beginning of Nitro Circus? (5)

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