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Currently leased for six months – your opportunity Approximately 2160m² of building: showroom/distribution Owner occupiers/investors and speculators must see

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For Sale by Auction Wednesday 24 November 2010, 11am (unless sold prior by Private Treaty) Jimmy O’Brien

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26 PARKWAY DRIVE, MAIRANGI BAY Take this opportunity to purchase (under urgent sale) a real salt-of-the-earth industrial unit that is close to all of the action, and with great motorway access. Being 1 of only 3 and constructed from block, this unit has timeless appeal to tenants and investors. Combine that appeal with its entry level price and the vendor’s urgency and this property is shaping up to be a fantastic buy. • • •

180m² approximately Recently refurbished Close to motorway

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Mix of high and low stud warehouse 3 car parks

For Sale by Auction, 11am Wednesday 24 November 2010 (unless sold by Private Treaty) Josh Coburn

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carnival To kicksTarT cHrisTmas aT Takapuna beacH Takapuna Beach will be the place to be on Saturday the 4th December, with the Takapuna Beach Christmas Carnival, in association with Classic Hits, being celebrated in Hurstmere Rd from 9.30am – 1.30pm. Now in its third year the Carnival has gained a reputation as being a community event for the whole family and offering something for everyone. Hurstmere Rd will be closed for the day, providing a pedestrian mall divided into a number of sections including a community stage with non-stop entertainment from 9.3011.30am – featuring community and cultural performances and culminating with the introduction of Santa at 11.30am – followed by the surprise main event from 11.30am until midday. Another section of the road will be turned into a children’s playground featuring two bouncy castles, Santa and friends, cartoon characters, a face painter and balloonist, hit the bell and Freddy the Frog games and a nativity display. Stalls on the street will provide the vibrancy and smells associated with market days and include food, drink and gift stalls; henna tattoos, hair braiding, shaved ice, popcorn and candy floss machines, a chalk drawing competition, finger puppets and a sausage sizzle. Classic Hits will have their team in attendance including a well-known DJ as MC for the day. The carnival will also feature on Classic Hits during the day with live crosses. Buskers will entertain visitors throughout the Takapuna CBD and then they appear on stage between 12pm-1.30pm competing for thousands of dollars of prize money in a busking competition with a mixture of different buskers performing for up to five minutes each. They will be judged by a panel of celebrities. A Brass band will play at one end of Hurstmere Rd and a Jazz band the other. Many town centres traditionally kick off Christmas festivities with a Santa parade, however General Manager Peter White, feels that the Christmas Carnival provides a greater opportunity for the public to become fully engaged in a family event. “Christmas is a time of giving and the Takapuna Beach Business Association is especially delighted that Phab* will benefit from the Festival, as the charitable recipient of the day’s proceeds” says White “ We hope to see lots of families enjoying the Carnival in the morning, then spending the afternoon on the best city beach in New Zealand – Takapuna Beach” PHAB is a charitable organisation, which works to reduce social exclusion of people with physical disabilities. PHAB has 16 social clubs (one based right here in Takapuna) and over 200 members Auckland wide, that meet weekly taking part in activities throughout the community and providing a social support network for people aged between 16-64. PHAB gives those with disabilities more confidence to be themselves, and assists and encourages members to follow dreams, introducing them to a more fulfilling way of life and exciting prospects for the future. The PHAB aim is:- “To promote and encourage people of all abilities to come together on equal terms and achieve complete inclusion in the wider community”. Visit: issue 5 - november 2010


channel communitY calendar This CHANNEL COMMUNITY CALENDAR is published monthly for Community Events. If you would like to include your event in one of our upcoming



Spring Tide -Janice Clifton Wykes Flagstaff Gallery, Devonport 10am-5pm



Melbourne Cup at Mac’s Brew Bar Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna From 4pm


Artspaces 2–Visual Arts Mairangi Arts Centre, 9.30am-4pm

Wild 4 Art-Exhibition Bruce Mason Centre, 9am-5pm

Trilogy of Expressions Lake House Arts Centre, 10am-4pm

State Beach Series Takapuna Beach Every Tuesday Evening 6.15pm

Wild 4 Art-Exhibition Bruce Mason Centre, 9am-5pm

Trilogy of Expressions Lake House Arts Centre, 10am-4pm

Trilogy of Expressions Lake House Arts Centre, 10am-4pm

DevonSport Sun Run Calliope Sea Scout Hall King Edward Pde, Devonport. 6pm



Artspaces 2–Visual Arts Mairangi Arts Centre, 9.30am-4pm

Artspaces 2–Visual Arts Mairangi Arts Centre, 9.30am-4pm


Spring Tide-Janice Clifton Wykes Flagstaff Gallery, 10am-5pm-FINAL

Wild 4 Art-Exhibition Bruce Mason Centre, 9am-5pm

Wild 4 Art-Exhibition Bruce Mason Centre, 9am-5pm

Artspaces 2–Visual Arts Mairangi Arts Centre, 9.30am-4pm

NZ Sculpture on Shore Fort Takapuna, 10am-6pm

NZ Sculpture on Shore Fort Takapuna, 10am-6pm

Wild 4 Art-Exhibition Bruce Mason Centre, 9am-5pm

State Beach Series Takapuna Beach, 6.15pm

Footloose the Musical The Pumphouse, 7.30pm

NZ Sculpture on Shore Fort Takapuna, 10am-6pm

The 5 of Us Lake House Arts Centre 9th-28th Nov Opening 5-7pm

The 5 of Us Lake House Arts Centre, 10am-4pm


The 5 of Us Lake House Arts Centre, 10am-4pm Textile Show Depot Artspace, 10am-5pm

Seniors’ Positive Ageing Expo Bruce Mason Centre, 10am-2pm

Wild 4 Art-Exhibition Bruce Mason Centre, 9am-5pm


The 5 of Us Lake House Arts Centre, 10am-4pm Textile Show Depot Artspace, 10am-5pm Passionate About Pastels Mairangi Arts Centre, 9.30am-4pm

Wild 4 Art-Exhibition Bruce Mason Centre, 9am-5pm Passionate About Pastels Mairangi Arts Centre, 9.30am-4pm

Footloose the Musical The Pumphouse, 7.30pm State Beach Series Takapuna Beach, 6.15pm


Wild 4 Art-Exhibition Bruce Mason Centre, 9am-5pm

Summer Fun-Summer in the Bays Mairangi Bay Village Green 9.30am


Intermediate Schools Battle of the Bands. Bruce Mason Centre, 7.30pm The 5 of Us Lake House Arts Centre, 10am-4pm Textile Show Depot Artspace, 10am-5pm State Beach Series Takapuna Beach, 6.15pm



Footloose the Musical The Pumphouse, 7.30pm Wild 4 Art-Exhibition Bruce Mason Centre, 9am-5pm The 5 of Us Lake House Arts Centre, 10am-4pm Textile Show. Depot Artspace, 10-5pm Jack & The Bean Sprout Windsor Park Baptist Church, Mairangi Bay 11am Passionate About Pastels Mairangi Arts Centre 17th-30th Nov, Opening 2pm Textile Show Depot Artspace, 10am-5pm


Spring Tide-Janice Clifton Wykes Flagstaff Gallery, 10am-5pm Wild 4 Art-Exhibition Bruce Mason Centre, 9am-5pm


Wild 4 Art-Exhibition Bruce Mason Centre, 9am-5pm Artspaces 2–Visual Arts Mairangi Arts Centre, 9.30am-4pm NZ Sculpture on Shore Fort Takapuna, 10am-6pm Dancespace Bruce Mason Centre, 5pm & 7.30pm Footloose the Musical. Pumphouse, 7.30pm The 5 of Us Lake House Arts Centre, 10am-4pm North Shore Taxi Drive 4 Life Charity Golf Day. Waitemata Golf Club, Devonport 1pm DevonSport Sun Run. Calliope Sea Scout Hall, Devonport, 6pm

Footloose the Musical The Pumphouse, 7.30pm Wild 4 Art-Exhibition Bruce Mason Centre, 9am-5pm


The 5 of Us Lake House Arts Centre, 10am-4pm DevonSport Sun Run Calliope Sea Scout Hall Devonport, 6pm Textile Show. Depot Artspace, 10-5pm Passionate About Pastels Mairangi Arts Centre, 9.30am-4pm Wild 4 Art-Exhibition Bruce Mason, 9am-5pm


Wild 4 Art-Exhibition Bruce Mason Centre, 9am-5pm

Wild 4 Art-Exhibition Bruce Mason Centre, 9am-5pm

The 5 of Us Lake House Arts Centre, 10am-4pm

The 5 of Us Lake House Arts Centre, 10am-4pm

NZ Breakers vs Gold Coast Blaze North Shore Event Centre, 7.30pm

Textile Show Depot Artspace, 10am-5pm

Passionate About Pastels Mairangi Arts Centre, 9.30am-4pm

DevonSport Sun Run Calliope Sea Scout Hall, Dvnprt, 6pm

The 5 of Us Lake House Arts Centre, 10am-4pm

Passionate About Pastels Mairangi Arts Centre, 9.30am-4pm

Textile Show Depot Artspace, 10am-5pm-FINAL

Summer Fun-Summer in the Bays Mairangi Bay Village Green 9.30am

Passionate About Pastels Mairangi Arts Centre, 9.30am-4pm

Wild 4 Art-Exhibition Bruce Mason Centre, 9am-5pm-FINAL State Beach Series Takapuna Beach, 6.15pm Passionate About Pastels Mairangi Arts Centre, 9.30am-4pm-FINAL

NZ Breakers


NZ Sculpture on Shore Fort Takapuna, Vauxhall Rd, Devonport. 3rd-14th Nov, 10am-6pm

Wild 4 Art-Exhibition Bruce Mason Centre, 9am-5pm

Takapuna Market

Spring Tide-Janice Clifton Wykes Flagstaff Gallery, 10am-5pm

NZ Sculpture on Shore Fort Takapuna, 10am-6pm

Spring Tide-Janice Clifton Wykes Flagstaff Gallery, 10am-5pm

North Shore Hospice Annual Women’s Golf Tournament Pupuke Golf Club From 8.30am

Melbourne Cup Day

Artspaces 2–Visual Arts Mairangi Arts Centre 3rd-13th Nov, Opening 2pm


Wild 4 Art-Exhibition Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna 1st-30th November, Opening 6.30pm

Trilogy of Expressions Lake House Arts Centre, 10am-4pm

State Beach Series



Milford Lights Christmas Window Display Competition Milford 1st-16th Dec


DevonSport Sun Run Calliope Sea Scout Hall Devonport, 6pm Milford Lights Christmas Window Display Competition



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fridaY NZ Sculpture on Shore Fort Takapuna, 10am-6pm Isla Grant Bruce Mason Centre, 7.30pm


Spring Tide-Janice Clifton Wykes Flagstaff Gallery, 10am-5pm Artspaces 2–Visual Arts Mairangi Arts Centre, 9.30am-4pm Wild 4 Art-Exhibition Bruce Mason Centre, 9am-5pm Trilogy of Expressions Lake House Arts Centre, 10am-4pm


Wild 4 Art-Exhibition Bruce Mason Centre, 9am-5pm


Artspaces 2–Visual Arts Mairangi Arts Centre, 9.30am-4pm NZ Sculpture on Shore Fort Takapuna, 10am-6pm Hauraki School Twilight Fair 82 Jutland Rd, Takapuna, 4-8pm John Williamson in Concert Bruce Mason Centre, 8pm Footloose the Musical The Pumphouse, 7.30pm The 5 of Us Lake House Arts Centre, 10am-4


Footloose the Musical The Pumphouse, 7.30pm


Wild 4 Art-Exhibition Bruce Mason Centre, 9am-5pm

NZ Breakers vs Illawarra Hawks North Shore Event Centre, 7.30pm The 5 of Us. L.H.A.C, 10am-4pm Textile Show. Depot Artspace, 10-5pm Passionate About Pastels Mairangi Arts Centre, 9.30am-4pm Summer Fun-Families in Parks Milford Reserve 5pm


Wild 4 Art-Exhibition Bruce Mason Centre, 9am-5pm


The 5 of Us Lake House Arts Centre, 10am-4pm Passionate About Pastels Mairangi Arts Centre, 9.30am-4pm Summer Fun-Families in Parks Kennedy Park, Castor Bay 5pm


Milford Lights Christmas Window Display Competition




Spring Tide-Janice Clifton Wykes Flagstaff Gallery, 10.30am-5.30pm Belmont Market. St. Margaret’s Presbyterian Church Hall, 8am-1pm Mairangi Bay Farmers Market 8.30am-12.30pm St Leo’s School Fair Victoria Rd, Devonport. 11am-2pm Artspaces 2–Visual Arts Mairangi Arts Centre, 9.30am-4pm Wild 4 Art-Exhibition. 10am-4pm NZ Sculpture on Shore. Fort Takapuna, 10am-6pm Isla Grant. Bruce Mason Centre, 7.30pm Footloose the Musical. The Pumphouse, Takapuna. 6th-20th Nov, Opening 7.30pm Trilogy of Expressions. 10am-3pm


Mairangi Bay Farmers Market 8.30am-12.30pm Wild 4 Art-Exhibition Bruce Mason Centre, 10am-4pm Artspaces 2–Visual Arts Mairangi Arts Centre, 9.30am-4pm-FINAL NZ Sculpture on Shore. Fort Takapuna, 10-6pm Jimeoin-Something Smells Funny Bruce Mason Centre, 7.30pm Footloose the Musical. Pumphouse, 2 & 7.30pm Monster Energy Super X North Harbour Stadium, 4pm The 5 of Us. Lake House Arts Centre, 10-3pm Textile Show. Depot Artspace, Devonport 13th-25th Nov, 10am-5pm


Mairangi Bay Farmers Market 8.30am-12.30pm Wild 4 Art-Exhibition Bruce Mason Centre, 10am-4pm Footloose the Musical The Pumphouse, 2pm & 7.30pm-FINAL The 5 of Us Lake House Arts Centre, 10am-3pm Textile Show. Depot Artspace, 10am-5pm Passionate About Pastels Mairangi Arts Centre, 9.30am-4pm Paintings by North Shore Artists Group Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 9.30am-4pm Coatesville Art in the Garden 271 Glenmore Rd, Coatesville 10am-3pm

Mairangi Bay Farmers Market 8.30am-12.30pm




Takapuna Market. 6am-Noon Car Boot Sale. Takapuna Primary School Carpark, 8am-11am Devonport Farmers Market Devonport Wharf, 9am-1pm Devonport Craft Market Devonport Community House, 10am-2pm Spring Tide-Janice Clifton Wykes Flagstaff Gallery, 10.30am-5.30pm 2010 Balance Round North Head Classic Sea Swim. Windsor Reserve, Devonport, 9am NZ Sculpture on Shore. Fort Takapuna, 10am-6pm Footloose the Musical. The Pumphouse, 6pm Trilogy of Expressions Lake House Arts Centre, 10am-3pm-FINAL

Takapuna Market. 6am-Noon


NZ Sculpture on Shore Fort Takapuna, 10am-6pm-FINAL Devonport Farmers Market Devonport Wharf, 9am-1pm Footloose the Musical The Pumphouse, 6pm

The 5 of Us Lake House Arts Centre, 10am-3pm Textile Show Depot Artspace, 10am-4pm


Takapuna Market. 6am-Noon Devonport Farmers Market Devonport Wharf, 9am-1pm ASO Free Family Concert Bruce Mason Centre, 2.30pm The 5 of Us. Lake House Arts Centre, 10-3pm Textile Show. Depot Artspace, 10am-4pm Vintage Jazz Society. Takapuna Boating Club Hall. Bayswater, 7.30-10pm Oceanswim Harbour Crossing Quinton Park, Bayswater 7am Paintings by North Shore Artists Group Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 9.30am-4pm Coatesville Art in the Garden 271 Glenmore Rd, Coatesville 10am-3pm

Takapuna Market. 6am-Noon


Wild 4 Art-Exhibition Bruce Mason Centre, 10am-4pm

The 5 of Us Lake House Arts Centre, 10am-3pm-FINAL

The 5 of Us Lake House Arts Centre, 10am-3pm

Devonport Farmers Market Devonport Wharf, 9am-1pm

Passionate About Pastels Mairangi Arts Centre, 9.30am-4pm

Lion Foundation Hope & Possibility 5km Fun Run North Harbour Stadium 9.30am

Regatta Market Day Kitchener Rd, Milford, 11am-4pm


Mairangi Bay Farmers Market 8.30am-12.30pm Belmont Market St. Margaret’s Presbyterian Church Hall, 8am-1pm Devonport Volunteer Fire Brigade 125th Anniversary Open Day Devonport Fire Station 11am-2pm Takapuna Beach Business Assn Christmas Carnival Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna – All Day Victoria Phillips Academy Awards Bruce Mason Centre, 7.30pm Milford Lights Christmas Window Display Competition

Designing the nursery or the kids’ bedroom can be an exciting time for parents – you get to revert back to your younger years and think of the room you always wish you had as you decorate your kids room to grow up in and love. There’s the wall paper, paint, murals and decorations to create a fun atmosphere and make the room a home. Then there’s the furniture, the desks and shelves, the toys and all the fun, which is where Takapuna’s My Room comes to the party. After eight years, My Room has built up a loyal customer base of families who return to the shop with each new addition, looking to make a fun, exciting space for their kids to enjoy. “It’s our specialty beds that win everyone over,� says My Room owner Cushla. “They buy a bed for their oldest who ends up loving it so much they come back for the rest of the kids. Sometimes we even have special orders come from the parents who want one for themselves.�

My Room has built up a loyal customer base of families who return to the shop with each new addition, looking to make a fun, exciting space for their kids to enjoy. The My Room branded furniture are custom made in Auckland exclusively for My Room and the shop in Takapuna is the only place they are available, which is why My Room is so popular with parents in the know. My Room does exactly what it says and has everything a parent needs to deck out the whole child’s room. From furnishing a beautiful nursery, to a fun child’s room, My Room has chosen to offer the most unique desks, bookcases, chairs, play sets; everything a kid could wish for in their room is available in store. All the fittings and little bits of style to make a room unique are here too, linens and decorations, as well as a selection of European brands not often found in New Zealand. Cushla and her staff are always available to make suggestions and help guide, but they know the joy in designing a child’s room and like to leave the parents to have their fun. “I’ve been doing this for years so I know this is the type of thing most mothers love to do for themselves,� she says. It’s not just about the room, My Room, is home to some of the top baby and child’s clothing brands including Minti, Mokopuna, Purebaby, SookiBaby, Diesal, Kaloo, Kushies, Ouch, Run Scotty Run, Papoose and many more. This month My Room opens an exciting new store at 447a Lake Road, so head down, have a look and enjoy all the creative possibilities.

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Takapuna Market. 6am-Noon Car Boot Sale. Takapuna Primary School Carpark, 8am-11am Devonport Farmers Market Devonport Wharf, 9am-1pm Devonport Craft Market Devonport Community House 10am-2pm Victoria Phillips Academy Awards Bruce Mason Centre, 11am, 3pm & 7.30pm Devonport Santa Parade/Christmas Festival Windsor Reserve Milford Lights Christmas Window Display Competition

NEW LOCATION Visit My Room’s new shop!

Beautiful new stock in, just in time for Christmas! Baby and childrens’s furniture, clothing and accessories.

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out & about on the shore Westlake Girls High School Sports Golf Day

Benji Marshall, Nathan Fien, Bronson Harrison.

The head of sport at Westlake Girls Dean Flyger is well-known as an organiser, so the Westlake Girls Sports Golf Day at Pupuke (on Thursday September 30th) has quickly become a popular event on the social calendar. Lots of prizes, including the opportunity to win the use of a RAV4 supplied by North Shore Toyota.

The Uniform Group team: Charles Adler, Bevin Jacobs, Mark Cennams, Adele Gordon.

Kiwi League Team at Mac’s Brewbar Hurstmere Road

Westlake Girls were there to lend a hand.

The Kiwi League team were in town preparing for their Four Nations campaign and chose the Mac’s Brewbar Hurstmere Road for a night out on Monday October 11th. Greg Eastwood, Sam McKendry, Sam Perrett with their media man Richard Becht.

Junior Sa’u, Issac Luke, Jared WaereaHargreaves, Ben Matulino.

Massey University team: Wesley Higgins, Richard Hollings, Donald Ripia, Graham Jackson.

Heta Witika, Grant Brown.

New Era IT team: John Mansbridge, Nick Coakley, Adrian Bull, Greg Strachan.

Taylor Bennett, Jacob Botica with Dean Flyger.


Lewis Brown, Shaun KennyDowall, Antonio Winterstein, Manu Vatuvei.

Reuben Wiki, Thomas Leuluai, Jason Nightingale.

Lewis Brown, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Antonio Winterstein, Manu Vatuvei, Sika Manu, Santa Wiki, Reuben Wiki, Thomas Leuluai, Jason Nightingale.

Host Kevin Schwass, Ella Bennett.

Jeremy Smith, Adam Blair, Lance Hohaia, Benji Marshall, Nathan Fien, Bronson Harrison, Stephen Kearney.

Maria Elston celebrated the opening of her new Next Page Please! specialty children’s book shop in Takapuna on Friday October 15th. For the last six years Next Page Please! has been delighting children young and old, at its former premises in Hauraki Corner, where children would come and while away the hours lost in their favourite stories. Maria has shifted the store just along the road to Takapuna and Channel’s roving photographer Ulla Bennett was on the spot at the opening.

Betty and Alan Gilderdale, authors of The Little Yellow Digger.

Jessica, Nadia, Rylen.

Jarrah Swift, Jaxon Ingold, Aidan Nicholas.

Amelia Price, Alice Steel, Lauren Bremner with Author Stacy Gregg.

Rose Steele, Lucy Steele with author Michaela Sangl.

Evan Lai, Beau Swift,Jesse Swift, Mitchell Bremner with author John Parker.

Mitchell Bremner, Gabriel Raubenheimer, Evan Lai, Angelo YelichO’Connor with author Dee Pigneguy.

Mitchell Bremner.

Gabriel Raubenheimer.

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The Department Store (Karen Walker, Black Box, Nike & TopShop) presented their Spring/Summer 2010/2011 collection as part of Fashion Week at the Northcroft Street store on Saturday September 25th. Hair and makeup was done by Stephen Marr and Lucy & The Powder Room and the crowd was treated to a performance by The Teacups on the top floor. Channel photographer Ulla Bennett has trouble staying away from The Department Store on any day so didn’t need much of an excuse to go along.

Kellie Larson, Courtney Bennett, Michelle Bennett, Ulla Bennett.

Melissa, Libby.

Zac, Anna.

Georgia, Samara.

Dougal Swift, Gracie.

Anna, Brock, Rebecca, Natalie, Jade, Pnjana.

Kate, Natasha, Kristy, Sassetta.

Blake Douglas, Kellie Larson.

Carpenter’s Daughter 1st Birthday for Takapuna Store The Carpenter’s Daughter celebrated the first birthday of their Takapuna store with a fashion parade on Saturday October 16th.

The Carpenter’s Daughter team, Waimarama McRae, Jess Reid, Caroline Marr, Tracey Grennell.

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Ioani Moataane, Yvonne McCrea.

Anne Walker, Claudia Tasker, Deborah Day.

Vicki Joyce, Dianne Woollen, Rochelle Gormly.

Doreen Giles, Maree Moselen, Jess Moselen, Emily Giles.

Lorren Connelly, Leana Watson, Abby Padgett.

Guests look on as the models strut their stuff. issue 5 - november 2010

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Award winners: Michael MacDonald, Chloe Francis, Members of The Naked & Famous (Aaron Short, David Beadle, Jesse Wood, Thom Powers, Alisa Xayalith), Sarah Mitchell (collecting the award on behalf of her sister Stephanie), Joseph Bergin. Another winner, Maddie Dillon, was not in this photo.

Hayes Knight North Harbour Club AIMES Emerging Talent Awards 2010 These awards are presented each year at a special cocktail function preceding the North Harbour Club AIMES Awards. The 2010 function was held on Thursday October 21st at the Spencer on Byron Hotel. The high calibre of the applicants (for the annual AIMES Awards) led to the introduction of the AIMES Emerging Talent Awards in 2005. The judges determined that there needed to be rewards offered for those who were talented but did not hold the raft of experience of AIMES winners. There were six recipients of these Emerging Talent Awards (each worth $4000) in 2010.

Andrew Hiskens, Sandi Hiskens, Henry Duncan, Trevor Stanaway.

Maddie Dillon receives her AIMES Emerging Talent Award from Matthew Bellingham (CEO, Hayes Knight and Vice President, North Harbour Club & Charitable Trust).

Kris MacCauley, Phil Brosnan, Michelle Brosnan.

The Naked & Famous accepting their award.

Peter Menzies, Gary Monk.

Fleur Clough, Phil Barlow, Shelley-ann Brinkley.

Mathew Bellingham, Michael MacDonald, Joseph Bergin.

Badjelly the Witch at the Pumphouse Badjelly the Witch opened at the fabulous Pumphouse Theatre on Saturday September 25th for the school holidays. The show was presented by Tim Bray Productions, adapted from the book by Spike Milligan.

Tessa Duder, Rosemary Tisdall, Tim Bray, Christine Tintinger.


Rosalyn and Co

Bruna, Nadia, Samuel, Emily, KT and Emelie.

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i, Nick Michelle, Tamm ke. and Harvey Clar Georgia, Ella and Summer.

Rebecca, Sarah, Regan Taylor.

Sarah Picker sg Bliss, Sarah- ill, Holly Jane Scarlet Giffin- Giffin, Nunn

in the channel The Benefitz CHANNEL MAGAZINE team (Back row): Jared Trice (Graphic Designer); Dustin Bischoff (Website Coordinator & Designer); Michael Campbell (Journalist); (Front row): Aidan Bennett (Publisher); Mary Bukovac (Magazine Coordinator); Ulla Bennett (Advertising/Photographer).

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we’ve cracked THe Ton! How good is Channel Magazine this month – we’ve cracked the ton for the very first time! This is a 104 page (plus cover) issue with loads of interesting reading. Thanks very much to each and every one of you who have helped make this magazine a real success story in a very short period of time. It is obvious that the North Shore was ready for its own quality magazine. This is only our fifth issue, so to exceed 100 pages, which requires healthy advertising support, is a real thrill. This issue focuses on the big summer ahead at Takapuna Beach. All the events that are coming up this summer on or at our iconic beach. Summer has well and truly started with the State Beach Series, which brings loads of people to Takapuna, kicking off on November 2nd. On the Shore we are spoilt when it comes to our natural environment, with Takapuna Beach being the jewel in our crown. We trust you will enjoy reading about how you can make the most of our fantastic beach in the summer of 2010/2011. One great initiative is the ‘Babes on Boards’ group being put together by Katherine Heatley and Rose Arnott. We have highlighted the growing sport of Stand Up Paddling in Channel Magazine in recent months, and these two local Takapuna dynamo’s have well and truly caught the SUP bug! They can’t get enough of it, and they are keen to get other like-minded ladies involved. Read all about Babes on Boards in this issue. I hope you are able to get along to the NZ Sculpture On Shore which is being held at

Fort Takapuna (Devonport) from November 4th to 14th. This is an iconic arts charity event for the Shore which only comes along every two years. There will be hundreds of sculptures on this stunning cliff-top site, and a great deal of the funds raised go to Women’s Refuges. We highlight this event in this issue. Channel Magazine is put together by our energetic team at Benefitz. A group of us completed the gruelling Les Mills Charity Bootcamp during August and September to raise money for the Heart Foundation. Les Mills branded this event ‘Beatcamp’, and what a fantastic challenge this was. Around a hundred of us – including the eight-strong Benefitz team – raised around $70,000 for the Heart Foundation while pushing ourselves to our physical limits at 6am three mornings a week. It was a struggle, but very rewarding. If any of you ever have the urge to do a Les Mills Bootcamp make sure you give it a go. You’ll love it! With Christmas just around the corner, November/December is the time most of us buy those gifts for our loved one’s. The Channel Magazine challenge to you this year is to buy your gifts locally. Help us reverse the statistic that shows that only 6% of local incomes are actually spent locally. This Christmas buy all your gifts locally. There are loads of gift options close to home. We have highlighted many of these in this issue – they’re right here on the Shore. Hope you love reading your monthly Channel – we love putting it together. – Aidan and the team at Channel

001 Takapuna Beach Christmas Carnival 002 Channel Community Calendar 004 Out & About on the Shore 007 In the Channel 008 Views from the Beach 010 Cover Feature: The big summer at Takapuna Beach 013 You’ll find them in Takapuna 018 Fashion: Swimwear with Aktivworx 019 STAND UP PADDLING: with Mark Jackson 020 North Harbour Club AIMES Awards 2010 023 NZ Sculpture OnShore 2010 024 Business Success: PieFunds 026 Christmas at Milford Shopping Centre 027 Christmas Gift Ideas at Milford Shopping Centre 031 VIP fashion evening at Milford Shopping Centre 032 CARING FOR OUR PETS: with Dr Simon Wright of pet & vet Milford 033 Optometry & eyewear with Melissa Hay 033 MILFORD BUSINESS ASSOCIATION 035 Westfield Shore City News 039 HEALTH & FITNESS with Patrick Harris of Les Mills 040 Fashion: The Carpenters Daughter 041 Beauty with The Department Store 043 Motoring: with Lexus of North Shore 044 Health & Wellbeing with Bliss Takapuna 045 Fashion with Life For Men 047 MAKING A DIFFERENCE with Cam Calkoen 048 Mac’s Brewbar Hurstmere Road 050 Eating out in Takapuna 052 Feature Restaurant: Aubergine Takapuna 054 Eating out in Devonport 055 Childrens Books with Next Page Please! 057 MASSEY UNIVERSITY News 059 Five Favourites on the Shore: Andrea Davies 059 Pilates: Pilates Unlimited 060 Wines & Cheeses with Liz Wheadon 062 CHANNEL Interview with Peter Clague, Kristin School


064 Education: Kristin School 067 Commercial and Consumer Finance with Crown Money 068 THE ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT with Shane Cortese 069 BRUCE MASON CENTRE: What’s On 070 SMALES FARM News 074 Book Reviews for Booklovers from The Booklover 076 Travel with House of Travel, Takapuna 077 THE MAPP REPORT with local MP Dr Wayne Mapp 078 Accountancy Beyond the numbers with Hayes Knight 079 Legally Speaking with Simpson Western Lawyers 080 Millennium Institute of Sport & Health News 082 Shore Sport: Melissa Ingram’s Commonwealth Games Report 083 Sports News 084 Gundry’s Grumbles with Simon Gundry 085 Auckland Council with George Wood 087 Local Government with Schnauer and Co 088 Bathroomware with Plumb’In 089 Home And Living with Firefly Light & Design, Devonport 089 Building & Home Maintenance with QPC Builders 090 Your Home with Home Fabrics 091 FABULOUS FOOD with Patrick Harris 092 Get to know your BYO with Kellie Larson 093 Education: Westlake Girls High School 094 NEWS 096 Community News 097 Trade/Services Directory 098 The North Shore: An Illustrated History – the Book 100 Education: Takapuna Grammar 101 Shore People: Sophie Henderson 102 Feature Home: with Precision Real Estate 104 Commercial Property with Andrew Hiskens

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An overview of what is happening in Takapuna Beach from Business Association General Manager – Peter White Last month’s article “A Vision for Takapuna” certainly attracted a great deal of feedback. Comments ranged from “What are you waiting for – get on and do it” to “I hope that I see it during my lifetime” to “Peter White, dream on” – which I am more than happy to do! By articulating a vision, gaining support and encouraging change for the better, I am positive that Takapuna will eventually be a place where – Residents feel proud, workers feel lucky and visitors are astounded. Thank you to those who took the time to read the article and provide feedback. Takapuna continues to attract new and quality businesses to the town centre. Welcome to La Tropezienne French Bakery and Cafe and Next Page Please who have both opened in Lake Rd, Top Man who have opened in The Department Store in Northcroft St, and Bian Sushi (alongside Jam in Hurstmere Green) and Penny Lane who have opened in the southern end of Hurstmere Rd. This month’s Channel Magazine highlights events on Takapuna Beach the events capital of the North Shore. Residents and visitors are fortunate at being able to view an array of community, national and International, sporting, arts, civic, musical and recreational events. I hope that you enjoy your read. Cheers - Pete

HisToric elecTion uniTes auckland Last month’s Local Body election sees, for the first time, Auckland controlled by one governance body, the Auckland Council. Congratulations to Mayor Len Brown on his landslide victory. The TBBA looks forward to working with Len and his Council to realise the huge amount of potential that this region has, and in particular the role that Takapuna can play. We are most fortunate to have two former Mayors in Ann Hartley and George Wood representing the North Shore as Councillors. These were two mayors who achieved a great deal for the city during their terms. Ann was responsible for the procurement of a large amount of beachfront lane within the city, and especially in Takapuna. It was also her vision that led to the formation of North Harbour Stadium which is a marvelous asset to both this community and the region. George brought stability to the North Shore political scene, being the only Mayor to serve greater than one term. During his nine years as Mayor, George, amongst many other achievements, provided the North Shore with the Northern Busway and instigated the wastewater treatment system that was responsible for cleaning up our beaches.

We are also very fortunate to have elected to our Local Board an experienced and well balanced team. Former NSCC Deputy Mayor Dianne Hale is joined by ex North Shore City Councillors Chris Darby, Kevin Schwass and Jan O’Connor and longtime Devonport Community Board chair Mike Cohen. The newcomer to the board is Joseph Bergin an exciting addition who will provide a youth perspective. The TBBA is most excited about the opportunities that will arise out of the amalgamation. Regardless of whether or not residents of the Auckland region supported the Super City model, we all need to support this council to ensure that they can deliver the outcomes desired. Congratulations to all those elected, we wish you all the best. Free major events transport proves popular Last month’s All Whites versus Honduras football match once again showed the benefits of the Park and Ride facility to the Takapuna hospitality sector with 11 buses taking patrons from Takapuna to the match then returning them to spend time in our town centre after the game. For the first time in North Harbour Stadiums major

sporting events history 20% of the crowd used non private car travelling to the game. With services from the North South West and CBD, the public transport uptake was a massive step forward in planning for the future.

Len Brown (pictured here with Takapuna Beach Business Association General Manager Peter White) made numerous visits to Takapuna as part of his election campaign.

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Takapuna Beach including international Triathlon, Sailing, Outrigger, and Thundercat racing, as well as Beach Soccer and the Coastal Challenge. The North Shore Grand Prix, held in December, provides exhilarating and action packed criterion cycling short course racing allowing the public to get close to the action whilst enjoying the hospitality that Hurstmere Road offers. Why should you shop in Takapuna? The Takapuna Beach Business Association recently received the latest Marketview report which showed that less than 6% of our catchment area (Shoppers living between Campbells Bay and Devonport, east of the motorway) spend was in Takapuna. That is people residing in or close to Takapuna were spending 94% of their money in places rather than Takapuna. The Takapuna Beach Business Association are working hard to attract quality retailers to Takapuna and each month we will highlight a Takapuna Business which we believe deserves the support of you our reader. This month we bring to you First Glass Wines & Spirits which is rated amongst the best wine retailers in New Zealand and carries the widest range of products available on the North Shore.

Takapuna is the events capital of the North Shore and there is always something happening to suit everyone.

On Saturday November 6th , Eden Park will host its first major event since the completion of the upgrade – a rugby league double header where the Kiwis will play the Kangaroos in the main match and Great Britain playing Papua New Guinea in the curtain raiser. Many Takapuna bars and restaurants are promoting the match with some providing hospitality packages around it. All ticket holders will receive free travel to Eden Park on production of their match ticket, with buses leaving from Hurstmere Rd outside of Goode Brothers. On November 25th and 26th U2 are playing at Mt Smart Stadium with ARTA once again providing free transport. It is vital that these events attract good patronage to ensure ATRA’s continued support of Park and Ride from Takapuna. Christmas Comes to Takapuna The Takapuna Beach Christmas Carnival will be held in Hurstmere Rd on Saturday December 4th from 9.30am until 1.30pm. Now in its third year the Carnival has gained a reputation as being a community event for the whole family. Hurstmere Road will be closed for the day, providing a pedestrian mall with performances on the community stage, busking (culminating in an on stage busking competition), market stalls, face painter and balloonist, kids rides, nativity displays and of course Santa and friends. For further information contact Amy on 4891003 or

First Glass Wines & Spirits

Sip and Shop experience for VIP customers Retailers in the Halls Corner precinct (those in The Strand and the southern end of Hurstmere Road from Hurstmere Green through to the lights) will be cracking the champagne bottles and providing wine and nibbles for VIP customers from 5-8pm on Thursday 9th December when they host their inaugural Sip and Shop. With three weeks left before Christmas, retailers want to provide customers with a leisurely and enjoyable shopping occasion in which to purchase their Christmas presents. Street entertainment will help provide a festive ambience. For further information contact Amy on 4891003 or Takapuna Beach – The Events Capital of the North Shore Takapuna is the events capital of the North Shore and there is always something happening to suit everyone. From various sporting events, to events for the kids, community and culture, arts, dance and drama. October saw the Bruce Mason Centre host two high profile events, the NZ Body Arts Awards and the North Harbour Club AIMES Awards along with a host of other shows (the BM Centre hosts over 155,000 people each year attending events and conferencing). Takapuna is fortunate in having a second performing arts centre in the historic Pumphouse on Lake Pupuke. November sees the start of the State Beach Series which runs weekly through until March next year and also kicks off a busy summer season for

With a small but highly experienced staff, First Glass is able to offer advice on all its wines and can assist with weddings, parties and corporate functions. First Glass supplies wine and beer to many Takapuna business houses and with thousands of glasses can offer free glass hire if combined with total wine purchase. A feature of First Glass is the weekly wine tasting every Wednesday evening. These are very popular tastings, starting at 7pm with a fee of $15 payable at the door. Reservations are not taken. First Glass carries a huge range of world-class wines but is also very competitive with their pricing. They Specialise in the classic varieties of Chardonnay, Shiraz, Pinot Noir. There are over 100 labels from Spain and Italy and when it comes to gifts, there are plenty of choices available. You can find First Glass at 5 Huron Street, it is a back section, directly opposite the northern side of the Sentinel. Drive in, there are plenty of car parks. First Glass Wines & Spirits - World class wines at competitive prices. www. Phone 09 486 6415. issue 5 - november 2010


coVer feature: the big summer at takapuna beach

liFe’s a beacH aT Takapuna

With the launch of the State Beach Series on the first Tuesday in November, the big summer of 2010/2011 is well and truly under way on Takapuna Beach. While the locals just love the beach, so do lots of other Aucklanders, who flock to it from all parts in the summer. At Takapuna Beach during the summer you will witness swimming, walking, running, group fitness, boating, fishing, waterskiing, jetskiing, surfing, skimboarding, boggieboarding, stand up paddling, windsurfing, kitesurfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, sailing, surf lifesaving, surf skiing, waka’ama, duathlon, triathlon, beach soccer, cricket, volleyball and touch rugby. Some are organised events, many are just people making the most of this fantastic natural playground. There is a big scheduled of events planned for ‘Taka’ Beach this summer. Most of these are based at the Takapuna Boating Club and/or the adjacent Gould Reserve. These events include:

orca swim ‘n run series

The ORCA Swim ‘n Run Series started at Takapuna Beach for the 2010/2011 summer on Thursday October 28th. It is held every second Thursday through summer and is run by the North Harbour Triathlon Club. This event was started way back in 1989 to give North Harbour Triathlon Club members a chance to compete when there were no other similar events on offer. It is now regarded as the most well organised series in Auckland. Each night the swim and run distances are changed to give competitors a wide variety at two disciplines, but the emphasis is still on a “user friendly” basis for both first time competitors and seasoned triathletes. Event Director, Eric Wilson, says that as usual, many people training for the Tauranga Half Ironman or the Taupo Ironman will make full use of this series, but last season it was the juniors who cleaned up the major prizes. The racing starts at 6pm, every second Thursday (they take a break at Christmas, see

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following pages. “It’s a great reason to come along with the whole family and get fit, have fun, and take in the summer vibe in Takapuna while you’re at it,” says Scott Rice. “Pull together your family, work mates or your club members and take part on Tuesday’s as a group. We have some fantastic group discounts to encourage you to get fit and have fun.” The 17th State Beach Series dates are:November 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th; December 7th, 14th, 21st; January 25th; February 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd; March 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd. Junior Swim registration 5pm-5.30pm, race start 5.45pm, Registration (all other events) 5pm-6pm, racing starts 6.15pm.

dates following) and anybody can turn up and compete by simply paying $12.00 (senior) or $5.00 (under 19 years). Race 2, November 11th - 1km/500m swim/3km run, sponsored by Decor Interiors; Race 3, November 25th - 1km/500m swim/3km run, sponsored by Aqualine; Race 4, December 10th - 500m swim/5km run, sponsored by Shoe Science; Race 5, January 20th - 1km/500m swim/5km run, sponsored by Pita Pit; Race 6, February 3rd - 1.5km/500m swim/2km run, sponsored by Orca; Race 7, February 17th 500m swim/5km run, sponsored by Haydn & Rollett; Race 8, March 3rd - 1.5km/500m swim/2km run, sponsored by The Swim Clinic; Race 9, March 17th 500m swim/3km run.

sailinG aT Takapuna boaTinG club

Over the last five years the Beach Series has come to be an integral event on Takapuna’s social calendar and now a big part of what makes the community such a great place in the summer. Each Tuesday night, hundreds of people converge on Takapuna Beach for a swim, paddle or run and there are plenty of others who come along to support their friends and families. Competitors take part in one of theses eight events on offer on the night – swim; junior swim, run; junior run; ski paddle; novice paddle; board paddle; stand-up paddle. This event is organised by Scott Rice and his team at Quantum Events. Scott provides more detail on the event in his monthly Channel Magazine column on the

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The Takapuna Boating Club is one of New Zealand’s busiest boating club’s and water sports event bases. It plays host to both local and international events, and is the venue for many of the events we have highlighted in this issue. Sailing, however, remains a clear focus of the club. Regular Sunday racing started on October 10th and these club days enable Windsurfers, Laser, 420 and 470 sailors to get out there and have fun under the capable control of the club’s race management team. The first race starts at 1pm every Sunday. Monthly regatta’s run over both Saturday and Sunday and cater for all dinghy classes and the club would love to see new sailors along and welcomes visitors. The Spring Regatta is scheduled for Saturday November 13th and Sunday 14th. The North Shore Laser Class Championships are being sailed off Takapuna during this regatta. There is a Pre-Christmas Regatta on Saturday December 11th and Sunday

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beacH soccer

Saturday January 22nd/Saturday February 12th The Summer Beach Soccer Series returns to Takapuna Beach for its third year, kicking off on Saturday January 22nd, 2011. Takapuna will be the final leg of the five venue national series which promises to generate big talent. With a social and a competitive section, there’s something on offer for everyone and in the past it’s attracted a wide range of players from New Zealand representative players and top club names to friends and family out for a bit of fun.


With teams of five players, with four taking to the field at any one time, it’s a quick fire game with 10 minute matches and short fields so it’s guaranteed action every second of the battle. This Summer Beach Soccer Series is run by Rebecca Sowden, an exFootball Fern and Westlake Old Girl, “It is always exciting to end the series on my home turf,” says Rebecca. “I will spend the early part of the summer taking the Series to Whitianga on 30th December, Mt Maunganui on 2nd January, Wellington on 8th January and Kohimarama on 15th January. “Takapuna Beach is always the most popular with an average of 36 teams turning out for the one day tournament. A knock out system with a minimum of two games per team finds the finalists, but there are loads of prizes up for grabs for all teams and spectators.” The Summer Beach Soccer Series costs $50 per team of five but you’re advised to get in quick as spots are limited. The day will kick off at lunch time and run through until competition is finished late in the afternoon. A second Beach Soccer event will also be held on Takapuna Beach on Saturday February 12th from 9am until 6pm.

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12th. This regatta will also incorporate the North Island International Moth Class Regatta. Sail Auckland is an ISAF Grade 1 Olympic Classes Regatta which is being held from February 2nd to 6th at Takapuna Boating Club. Competing classes include RS:X, Laser, Laser Radial, Finn, 420, 470, 29er, 49er, Tornado & 2.4R.2 2011. This is being run over four courses and the club is expecting international sailors for this prestigious event. There are two other national events being hosted by Takapuna Boating Club in 2011. The 2011 470 Class New Zealand National Championships are taking place at Takapuna just prior to Sail Auckland over Anniversary Weekend (January 29th – 31st). These will be followed by the Splash Class New Zealand National Championships at Takapuna from March 17th to 20th. The club hosted the world champs for this class in January 2010.

Sunday November 21st Thundercat racing is a high adrenalin, high action sport with explosive wave jumping and tight competitive surf racing in a tunnel hulled inflatable boat. The crew consists of a driver steering the boat and a co-pilot who uses their weight to stabilise the craft and obtain optimum speed. Thundercats provide great entertainment for spectators and they are returning to Takapuna Beach on Sunday November 21st. This will be what the Thundercat guys call a Surf Cross event which will provide spectacular jumps, thrills and spills with boats reaching 80kph in the surf. Surf-cross races start with a ‘Le-mans’ style start where the driver dashes out into knee deep water to the co-pilot holding the boat. The teams then battle it out over several laps on a rectangular shaped course running parallel to the shoreline in as little as 300mm of water. The finish is dramatic as boats skid up the beach for co-pilots to leap out the front of their boats and run to the FINISH line.

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coVer feature: the big summer at takapuna beach paddlinG aT Takapuna boaTinG club

Takapuna Boating Club also has over 50 ocean surf ski paddlers, making it the largest club for ocean paddling in New Zealand. Ocean paddling is one of the three recognised disciplines of Canoe Racing New Zealand and growing in popularity throughout New Zealand. Races range from 10km to over 30km and take place in the open ocean, with a preference to following the swell and wind. Experienced paddlers train most mornings from the Takapuna Boating Club with Saturday being more of a speed session and Sunday a longer paddle. Coaching is provided by Katie Pocock - recently ranked World Number One on the Ocean paddling circuit. Katie is the resident Takapuna Boating Club surf ski coach. She holds a coaching group for beginners through to intermediate paddlers from the boating club. These sessions are available to

members and non-members. The cost is $15 per session (it is recommended paddlers take around four sessions) and $10 to hire a Takapuna Boating Club club ski, paddle and life jacket. King of the Harbour is a downwind sea kayak race for all comers in April that is organised by the Takapuna Boating Club. While racing for this event is held at the Viaduct Basin the prize-giving and celebrations are back at Takapuna Boating Club. There are sprint races on Friday inside the Viaduct Basin are great fun. The main King of the Harbour race is 22 kilometres, from the Viaduct Basin to Waiheke Island. There were 65 competitors in this event in 2010. The 2011 King of the Harbour is being held on Saturday April 2nd.

Takapuna beacH cup

February 25th/26th/27th The Takapuna Beach Cup, which is an annual three day event for Outrigger Canoe racing, has brought crowds to Takapuna Beach since it was first held in 2007. These Outrigger Canoe’s (often referred to as Waka or Wakaama) are a fixture on the beach right through the year, whether training or competing, so it is fitting that New Zealand’s premier outrigger canoe event of the year is held on Takapuna Beach. Over 500 paddlers from New Zealand and overseas, their friends and families, will descend on Takapuna for a fourth year in late February for the 2011 Takapuna Beach Cup. These competitors know how to have a good time and enjoy themselves – competing and socialising – so the event is a great one for Takapuna Beach. The Takapuna Beach Cup runs over three days starting on Friday February 25th. There is sprint racing from 10am on the Friday. Saturday February 26th at 11am will see the grueling 42 kilometre Marathon race around Rangitoto and Rakino Islands. There are crews of nine paddlers (10 for the women) who take turns at paddling a six man outrigger canoe for 42 kilometres. The final day, Sunday February 27th sees a 24 kilometre relay race, which starts at 9.30am, consisting of six four kilometre laps. Race categories for the Takapuna Beach Cup include:- Open Men; Open Women; Mixed Open (all 17 years and over at time of race); Master Men (40 years and over); Master Women (35 years and over); Senior Master Men (50 years and over); Senior Master Women (45 years and over). The Ken Gilbert Memorial Trophy, which is named in memory of the well-known North Shore identity and Outrigger Canoe racing enthusiast and supporter who passed away in 2008, is awarded to the first master mens crew that wins the 42 kilometre Marathon race.

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conTacT Tri series – Takapuna TriaTHlon

Sunday February 20th The Contact Tri Series comes to Takapuna Beach for the Takapuna Triathlon on Sunday February 20th. The Contact Tri Series is a seven race series across New Zealand which provides opportunities for beginners right through to elites to take part in a triathlon. Now heading into its 5th season, the series attracted over 3,000 participants in 2010 with ages ranging from 7 through to 83. The swimming is held at Takapuna Beach and competitors experience the thrill of racing on a criterium style city circuit in the heart of Takapuna for the cycle and run. Large crowds always gather to cheer on the competitors throughout a full day of triathlon - highlighted by a finishing chute on the closed-down Hurstmere Road. Visit:

kinG oF THe baYs ocean swim – milFord To Takapuna beacH

Saturday April 16th Heralded as New Zealand’s premier ocean-swim event, this race has attracted world-class competitors since its inception in 2004. This iconic Takapuna event, having grown from 300 to over 1300 entries, will be the finale of the State New Zealand Ocean Swim Series - ultimately deciding the series champions. There are events for kids and others at Takapuna Beach as well as the 2.8km King of the Bays swim. This event is on Saturday April 16th 2011. The 2.8km event starts from Milford Beach at 11am, all other events start and finish on Takapuna Beach (Ocean Kids 8.30am; ‘Give It A Go’ 9am, Step It Up 1000m 9.45am).

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summer… Taka sTYle

Summer is around the corner, and Hurstmere Road is getting ready in style. Here are the must haves – from entertaining to sunglasses – available in Takapuna for this summer season. Karen Walker sunglasses Lemon Z Limoncello

A refreshing liqueur made in the Bay of Islands from lemon peels – Lemon Z is perfect served cold over ice, splashed with tequila and soda or added to a gin and tonic. Available at Glengarry Wine for $39.90

Trendy meets classic with Karen Walker’s crazy tort sunglasses. Our favourite styles include the Agent and the Rover. Available at The Department Store for $329

Linden Leaves footspa minikit

Naturally infused with cucumber, sage and lemongrass – this kit includes foot scrub, foot massage cream and an exfoliating stone to get your feet ready for the beach! Available at Home Fabrics for $29.99

Handmade bags from Bangladesh

In need of a beach bag? Or a tote for the Takapuna markets? These bags are made by women in Bangladesh and are available in a variety of graphic patterns. Available at Trade Aid for $17.99

Light-weight summer throws

Lovely cotton throws in vibrant colours perfect for the occasional nighttime summer chill. Available at Home Fabrics for $89.95

Butter LONDON nail polish

Stunning nail polish that is formaldehyde, toluene and DBP free in cool colours that will standout this summer season. Shown here in Queen Vic (cranberry), Scoundrel (mauve) and HRH (purple). Available at The Department Store for $31 each

The new women’s summer line from Sly Guild

Ben Sherman graphic t-shirts Top pick…the “Fish and Chips Take Away” t-shirt! Soft, super comfortable and trendy. Available at Life for Men for $79.

A clothing line created right here on the North Shore with a great balance of beach meets fashion forward style. We love this navy striped dress $69.95, cream lace shorts $84.95 and natural cropped jumper $79.95 – quintessential Taka style. Available at Cheakskates

JETS by Jessika Allen swimwear

The flirty and feminine silhouettes of JETS swimwear are quite seductive in classic hues of red, navy, slate and white. This swimwear stands out on the beach as a confident must-have. Our picks include the red and navy poked-dot bikini $225, slate swimsuit $195 and ruffle swimsuit with navy stripes $180. Available at Aktivworx

Brightly-hued swing glass bottles

Glass water jugs in bold blue, green and red shades provide whimsical touches to a summer BBQ or picnic! Available at Living & Giving for $19.99 each issue 5 - november 2010

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Right in the heart of thriving Takapuna and just a stones throw from the Bruce Mason Centre, you’ll find GPK’s Hurstmere Rd Restaurant. Whether it’s for a big night out or a quiet intimate dinner, GPK’s menu offers a fabulous range of delicious signature pizzas and appetising meals, making GPK Takapuna the ideal place to catch up with friends and family. At night, the bar comes alive as our bartenders create tasty cocktails and pour icy cold beers for many patrons that venture in for a great night.

coVer feature: the big summer on This issue of Channel Magazine focuses on all the action that’s coming to Takapuna Beach this summer. Right in the thick of all this action will be an exciting new initiative for ladies called Babes on Boards.

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babes on boards – inspirinG & moTivaTinG individuals Babes on Boards is a concept that has grown from the desire of two Takapuna based dynamos – Katherine Heatley and Rose Arnott – to have a bit of fun, get local Shore women off the couch and on to boards to keep fit, while taking advantage of the fantastic natural environment that the area has to offer. "We want to inspire and motivate women to get out of their comfort zones and out onto the water to experience the different type of water sports that are right on our doorstep," explains Katherine Heatley. "Our plan is to provide opportunities for ladies to learn in a safe and non-threatening environment while at the same time gaining confidence and a real sense of achievement. The over-riding thing is that it must be loads of fun." 18 months ago the two started out on a board and it didn't take them long to get hooked on the whole water sport thing at Takapuna Beach. The catalyst has really been the growth of Stand Up Paddling (SUP) which has been championed from issue one of Channel Magazine by Mark Jackson. It is true that they are both energiser bunnies in their own right. As well as SUP, Katherine is into surfing, kite surfing, mountain biking and has also participated in marathons and triathlons in the past. Rose is a surfer, a runner and has also competed in triathlons but after three back operations has turned to SUP for recovery. "It's all about core strength," explains Katherine, who won the ladies SUP division of the State Beach Series at Takapuna Beach last summer. "Stand Up Paddling is a great way to develop core strength while having fun at the same time. It's also very therapeutic just paddling along on the board." The 'Clubhouse' for Babes on Boards is at Dominique Parat's GPK Bar & Grill just up from the beach on Hurstmere Road. GPK is the main sponsor of Babes on Boards and Dominique's hospitality will be a big part of the whole concept. "We are hoping that as well as taking part out on the water that all our members will enjoy the opportunity to have a drink and a pizza afterwards as we are keen for Babes on Boards to be a real social and networking thing," adds Rose Arnott. While the exact details of the entire Babes on Boards package is still being worked through, there will be a very reasonable monthly membership fee to

belong and membership will open up a whole range of opportunities. These will include opportunities to participate in weekly programmes and other adventures. There is the weekly State Beach Series on Tuesday nights and there will also be fitness sessions, health and wellbeing retreats, SUP introductory lessons, trips, tours, clinics and weekend get-togethers. The girls are also going to have Babes on Boards branded t-shirts, car stickers, caps and other apparel. "We think we will end up with Babes on Boards girls who purely want this to be a social and recreational thing," says Katherine Heatley. "For those girls we can organise SUP boards that can be hired. Others may get a bit more serious, a bit more hard core, and invest in their own board. This investment can be around $2000, so we will have people who can help them get the board that suits their requirements and budget. SUP boards can be a little difficult for the ladies to carry and transport so we are also organising a small trolley device, G-Tug, which

will solve this problem. We are also looking forward to the new National Ocean Water Sports Centre which is being created next door to the Takapuna Boating Club. We are hoping that our boards may be able to be stored in that facility." For those who are adventurous Babes on Boards will also have longer paddling events that are referred to as 'Downwinders'. These are when a group may paddle with the wind or tide to other destinations such as St Heliers, Rangitoto or Waiheke. Babes on Boards will also extend to involve surfing and kite-surfing for those who want to extend themselves further. "We see Babes on Boards as a way we can give back to the community," adds Katherine Heatley. "It is all about involving the community, friends and family in something that is very healthy. I can guarantee that those who get involved will end up being much fitter and the impact will be very positive." So there it is girls. There is now absolutely no excuse for not getting involved this summer. Babes on Boards is probably just what you've been waiting for!

For more information visit - And another thing, We are thrilled that Katherine and Rose will be providing a monthly "Babes on Boards" report for Channel Magazine. Don't miss it in our December issue.

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coVer feature: the big summer on takapuna beach This monthly column is provided by Scott Rice, the driving force behind the Takapuna based event management business Quantum Events. The Quantum stable of events are...

lovinG november! It’s always a great feeling once November rolls around. The weather is warming up, the grey clouds and rain seem to come around less frequently and North Shore residents just seem to have a little bit more spring in their step. The North Shore beaches are such a fantastic asset to our community. Whether you enjoy them as part of your weekly exercise routine, as a chance to spend time with the family or a great place to walk the dog, enjoy them regularly. It will remind you how lucky we are to live in this beautiful coastal city.

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• State Beach Series - Every Tuesday at Takapuna Beach. Swimming, running, paddling. November through to March for 17 weeks (excluding Xmas/New Year holiday season). • State New Zealand Ocean Swim Series: A six-event ocean swim series which includes Harbour Crossing Auckland (starts at Bayswater); Russell to Paihia swim; Capital Classic Wellington; Corsair Classic Christchurch; Sand to Surf Mt Maunganui; King of the Bays (Takapuna Beach). • State OceanKids - kids 200m ocean swim held on the morning of the State New Zealand Ocean Swim Series at the same venues. • Champ Wag 'n Walk (Dog walk and fun day): Windsor Reserve, Devonport; Waitangi Park, Wellington Central; North Hagley Park, Christchurch. • Radiance Devonport Classic – 5km & 10km Fun run or walk.

coVer feature: the big summer on takapuna beach STATE BEACH SERIES – TAKAPUNA BEACH For me, November means the start of summer and, more importantly, the start of the State Beach Series at Takapuna Beach. It also means that the months of hard work the team here at Quantum Events has put in to organise the 17 event series are over, and we can finally settle into a routine of racing for another season. Each Tuesday night, hundreds of people converge on Takapuna Beach for a swim, paddle or run and there are plenty of others who come along to support their friends and families. Many of them are locals while others have made the trek across the Harbour Bridge to take part in one of the eight events on offer

workout for the whole body. The 3km board paddle is another new addition to the range of events and is a good workout for surfers. This season, we will be widening the scope of the series with three exciting new disciplines. A 300m Junior Swim for ages 12 and under, a Novice Paddle over 3km (to provide a platform to our 5km Ski Paddle event), and one for the surf clubbies – a 3km Board Paddle. Over the last five years, we really feel that the Beach Series has come to be an integral event on Takapuna’s social calendar and part of what makes the community such a great place in the summer. It’s a great reason to come along with the whole family and get fit and have fun – and take in the summer vibe in Takapuna while you’re at it. Pull together your family, work mates or your club members and take part on Tuesday’s as a group. We have some fantastic group discounts to encourage you to get fit and have fun. Visit our prices page at to learn more.


on November 21st from Bayswater which will see participants swim across Auckland Harbour to the Viaduct. It has often been described as one of the greatest achievements of some people’s lives, to others it is a race from one side of the Harbour to the other for a chance to win $4000 in cash prizes. Whatever your reason, November 21st is your once a year opportunity to tick the box and say you’ve done it!

The North Shore beaches are such a fantastic asset to our community. Whether you enjoy them as part of your weekly exercise routine or as a chance to spend time with the family, enjoy them regularly. It will remind you how lucky we are to live in this beautiful coastal city. on the night. I really enjoy seeing everyone getting out there and giving it a go, whether they’re young or old, a novice or an Olympian in training. Everyone just gives it their best shot and has good fun at the same time. Last season we introduced the 3km stand-up paddle. A bit like walking on water, it’s the perfect

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Our regular Stand Up Paddling (SUP) contributor is the energetic Mark Jackson, North Shore native and owner of Stand Up South Pacific Ltd, who is helping to introduce SUP to Aotearoa and especially to his Hauraki/Takapuna home town. In this issue he profiles a local Taka lady who's fallen in love with Stand Up Paddling…

A classic rubber neck glance and you’d peg Katherine as the blonde bombshell 'with her McLean’s showing'. Look further and you'll find that this North Shore Mum has a "Stray Kat Strut" that’s not on the cat walk but rather on a Stand Up Paddling (SUP) board. Katherine Heatley won her division in the SUP races at the State (Takapuna) Beach Series last summer and since we profiled the Houghton brothers – Mark Houghton won his division in the world

fantastic time surfing on these waves, which looked easy and I thought – now this looks like my kind of sport." "When I got home to New Zealand I went on the hunt for an SUP board. I just had to have one." "I first tried it on Lake Pupuke and had my little boy sit on the front and thought this is great but was chopping at the bit for some waves. Unfortunately I decided to go out for my second paddle in a storm thinking I was going to just get out and surf the waves. Well, I couldn't even balance to stand up and

What I like about the sport is it’s not as hard on your back as you would think. You are using all parts of your body to balance… the more you paddle the better your core strength will become – it’s fantastic. famous 'Battle of the Paddle' in Honolulu Hawaii – we think it fitting to have their neighbour Katherine tell us her story. Not all women are from Venus! Here’s what this Martian has to say about the planetary experiences that led her to SUP and her thoughts and feelings about the sport. "I'm an extreme sports person and if I had seen people paddling around in the flat water at Takapuna I would have thought that this sport was too boring for me," says Katherine. "But fortunately I was trying to get my children, or one of them, at least into surfing in Hawaii and was in awe watching this new craze of people standing on their SUP boards having a

did the paddle of shame back to shore. "There's a lot more to the sport than I ever realised. Not just trying to surf, but learning to balance on the board and the technique of paddling which is challenging in itself. What I like about the sport is it's not as hard on your back as you would think. You are using all parts of your body to balance and get the power behind your paddle. You need good core strength, and if you don't have that at first, the more you paddle the better your core strength will become – it's fantastic. "During the State Beach Series last summer we had different conditions to paddle in, sometimes with

a sizable swell, which sorted out the novices from the hard core experienced paddlers over the gruelling 3km race. If you want to do well in the race you also need to be fit as you can be as your strength only lasts for so long before you will fade unless you have good endurance. So doing longer paddles and even downwind paddles are good for training and make it a worth while experience. "My partner and I even took the boards to Westhaven and put them in one beautiful Sunday and did a paddle out under the Harbour Bridge, then paddled into the Viaduct, put our boards up on the wharf, and went in for a Corona. Then we jumped back on our boards and paddled back to the car. So paddle boarding has so many variations of ways you can use them even to taking a picnic down to the beach one evening and padding in the sunset in serene conditions just breathing in the salt sea air meditating. It can be very therapeutic." Thanks Katherine. It's great to hear it from the girls with the attitude “anything you can do I can do!". Loads of people are realising that the buzz we all get from SUP is empowerment all on it’s own – whether you’re male or female, younger or older. It’s that antidote to civilisation that has you rediscovering yourself and realising you don't have that fear of flying. It transforms your SUP board into your 'love boat'. Let me tell you something really subversive. Love is everything it’s cracked up to be! I love my wife’s statement about SUP... "I just wanna go and paddle”. Short, sharp, true – just like her. So, Harry Belafonte was right! The women are smarter. And another thing – See the feature on Babes on Boards in this issue. Katherine Heatley is the driving force behind this exciting new initiative for Stand Up Paddling.

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The North Harbour Club & Charitable Trust AIMES Awards were handed out for the 16th year in late October. The 2010 overall AIMES Award winner was athlete Jacko Gill from Devonport. Jacko won gold at the World Junior Athletic Championships held in Canada during August. At 15 years old he was the youngest ever male to win the title. The North Harbour Club supports young achievers through the annual AIMES Awards. The North Harbour Club has, as part of its mission statement, the desire to provide scholarship grants each year to deserving young people of the North Harbour region. Since 1995 the club has awarded over $1.1 million in AIMES Awards. The awards are presented to young people of the North Harbour region, between the ages of 13-25, who have achieved excellence in the categories of the Arts; IT, Innovation & Science; Music; Education; Sport and Service to the Community (hence - AIMES). In 2005, the North Harbour Club Hayes Knight Emerging Talent category was introduced, recognising individuals who display considerable promise in any of the above categories. The AIMES Awards were presented at the North Harbour Club's annual black tie dinner held at the Bruce Mason Centre on Saturday October 30th. The Hayes Knight sponsored North Harbour Club Emerging Talent Awards were presenting at a cocktail function at the Spencer on Byron Hotel on Thursday October 21st. Jacko Gill comes from a family that’s very passionate about throwing. Jacko explains that both his parents were high level throwers and his sister also competes internationally in hammer throwing, so the sport is very much in his blood. “Dad (Walter) and Mum (Nerida) were both national throwing champions and I also have a sister (Ayla) who is a hammer thrower and attends University in Texas (USA). She also went to the World Junior Championships and came sixth. This in itself was a great result, and it made us the most successful brother/sister combination in history at the World Juniors.”

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Jacko said that it was a desire to get to the top which motivated him to apply for an AIMES Award. “This was an opportunity for me to realise my dreams. I was aware I would be stifled by a lack of funding available to someone my age. To be able to achieve my best I will need support financially and I know I can do the rest. This ($20,000) will help pay the cost of competing at the World Youth Champs in July next year. For under 20’s there is very little help towards the costs of training and competing for your country. To have a fund to cover these costs will enable me to compete worry free and plan in advance.” A highlight of the 2010 AIMES Awards was the fact that three members of the same family each won an award. The AIMES IT, Innovation & Science Award winner for 2010 was 24 year old David MacDonald. His brother Andrew (21) won the AIMES Education Award and their younger brother Michael (19) won an AIMES Emerging Talent Award. Each year the AIMES Awards judges have the discretion to make a special award to an applicant who they feel is deserving. In 2010 they have made such an award to trans-Tasman rower Shaun Quincey (25). His story is certainly an inspirational one. In 1977, Saun's father Colin Quincey made the first solo rowing crossing from New Zealand to Australia. 33 years later Shaun followed in his father’s footsteps when he conquered the Tasman, coming ashore in his boat ‘Tasman Trespasser 2’ at 90 Mile Beach in the Far North to a heroes welcome. A feature of the North Harbour Club Hayes Knight Emerging Talent Awards was the presentation of an award to rock/pop group The Naked & Famous. Hailing from Rangitoto College, the five piece group has seen its popularity explode in New Zealand with the chart topping song ‘Young Blood’ in May 2010. The song achieved Gold sales status in just a month and New Zealand’s most prestigious songwriting award the APRA Silver Scroll. The group released their debut album in September.

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The 2010 North Harbour Club AIMES Awards winners Overall North Harbour Club AIMES Award Winner & AUT/ MILLENNIUM INSTITUTE AIMES SPORTS Award Winner: Jacko Gill ($20,000) ASB AIMES ARTS Award Winner: Verity Burgess ($10,000) MASSEY UNIVERSITY AIMES IT, INNOVATION & SCIENCE Award Winner: David MacDonald ($10,000) ALBANY TOYOTA AIMES MUSIC Award (Joint) Winners: Sophie Bird ($10,000); Will Martin ($10,000) KRISTIN SCHOOL AIMES EDUCATION Award Winner: Andrew MacDonald ($10,000) NORTH SHORE CITY AIMES SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY Award Winner: Anita Walbran ($10,000) NORTH HARBOUR CLUB AIMES Judges Special Award Winner: Shaun Quincey ($6,000) NORTH HARBOUR CLUB AIMES HAYES KNIGHT EMERGING TALENT Award Winners: Stephanie Mitchell; Michael MacDonald; The Naked & Famous (Aaron Short, Alisa Xayalith, David Beadle, Jesse Wood, Thom Powers); Maddie Dillon; Chloe Francis; Joseph Bergin. ($4,000 each). For more information visit: Note: The North Harbour Club’s 100 page annual magazine Northside was released to coincide with the 2010 AIMES Awards. Copies can be order through the club website.

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unveilinG aT Gala openinG Exceptional Exhibition in a Glorious Setting complimented by Fine Wine and Jazz. 3 November 2010 5 – 8pm, Fort Takapuna Historic Reserve, Devonport. Supporting NZ Women’s Refuges. Join us for the ‘unveiling’ as the Gala Opening is the public’s first opportunity to view this major exhibition of NZ Contemporary art. Hundreds of brand-new sculptures all available for purchase to benefit NZ Women’s Refuges. Stroll along the glorious cliff-top site whilst sipping Whitehaven Wines with catering by Mozaik Café. Tickets are $75 each of which $50 is a charitable donation or Groups of 10 for $675. Cost of ticket includes a souvenir catalogue. Go in the draw to win an Esther James Pear by Lou PrendergrastMathieson. Roger Manins, one of Australiasia’s premiere saxophonists, and guitarist Dixon Nacey perform a few selections during the event. The evening is hosted by Pippa Witzell, and Lesley Elliott (Sophie’s mum) will be speaking on behalf of Women’s Refuges. Tickets are restricted so book now on 09 3606472 or

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Children’s Programme Informative Insightful and Fun! NZ Sculpture OnShore ensures visitors of all ages have a rewarding and fun experience. Free tours, just for kids, are provided at 10:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm on the weekends and by special arrangement with classrooms or groups on weekdays.

Kid Zone for ongoing activities 11am-5pm daily including sculpture work-in-progress supported by Lion Foundation and ASB Community Trust. Children’s Sculpture @ The Fort. Once again the old underground Fort and its bunkers will be home to the exhibitions created by schools and art classes across the region. During the exhibition the popular Mozaik Caffé (Mairaingi Bay, Parnell, New Lynn, and recently Takapuna) will be running the café. Visitors can enjoy light meals and delicious snacks as well as expertly-roasted coffee from their carefully selected beans.

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$15 Adults, $10 Seniors, $5 Ages 5-17, $30 Family Gala Evening: 3 November, 5pm – 8pm, Tickets $75

Hundreds of sculptures by leading and emerging New Zealand artists exhibited on the stunning cliff-top site and in the restored Officers’ Mess. Curator Rob Garrett. Cafe Mozaik, Guided Tours, and Children’s Programme. Artwork is available for sale with proceeds benefiting NZ Women’s Refuges. issue 5 - november 2010


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One of the things we love doing at Channel Magazine is uncovering real success stories in the community. This month we’ve discovered that one of New Zealand’s most successful boutique investment funds is based right here in Northcroft Street, Takapuna.

You’ll wanT a slice oF THis pie! The fund, called Pie Funds, has been the top performing equity fund in New Zealand over the past three years. Providing a return of around 50% for investors over this time. This success has been driven by Managing Director Mike Taylor, a local born and bred lad – ex Kristin School – who is just 30 years of age. Mike Taylor founded the fund back in 2007 along with Richard Avery-Wright. The four-strong board of directors is completed by well known Kiwi business identities Roger J. Kerr and Mike Henry who made his name in travel insurance. Henry just happens to be Taylor’s father-in-law. Prior to launching Pie Funds Mike Taylor worked for a number of large financial institutions in New Zealand and the UK, including ABN Amro NZ, FX Derivatives, Merrill Lynch and the Bank of Scotland. He was keen to apply this experience to his own business once back in New Zealand. Initially Mike and his wife Jacqui lived close to the city on the other side of the bridge, but once their children were on the horizon (there are now two – aged two and five months) they were keen to get back to the lifestyle that the Takapuna area provides. They live at Hauraki Corner. “In hindsight we picked the absolutely worst time to launch the fund, December 2007,” explained Mike Taylor when quizzed about how he launched the fund. “We started with $3 million and the first couple of

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years proved to be very tough as most in business during 2008 and 2009 will know. But we have stuck at it, worked hard, and the fund has now built up to just under $10 million. We started with just a handful of investors and now have over 100. The fund has returned around 50% since inception, which makes us the top performing equity fund in New Zealand over this time. This is very satisfying.”

The fund has returned around 50% since inception, which makes us the top performing equity fund in New Zealand over this time. Pie Funds invests in smaller companies on the Australian and New Zealand share markets. These are typically companies with a market capitalisation of between $50 and $300 million. These are companies that exhibit rapid growth in earnings and Pie Funds takes advantage of the market’s undervaluation of future earnings. “Smaller companies are often under researched and not followed by the investment community in general. Therefore they are often inefficiently priced, providing greater opportunity for astute investors,” explains Taylor.

The Australian share market provides most of the trading action for Mike Taylor. He explains that this is because the Australian economy is stronger and it has over 2200 companies on the share market while there are only around 170 locally. Due to the time difference his typical working day consists of research and administration through until around midday and then the afternoon, through until around 6pm, is for trading. “I am very keen to attract more local investors from the Shore,” advises Mike Taylor. “The advantage that I can offer is personal service and contact. So often now when you are investing, with big institutions via the internet and email, you have very little personal contact. When investing with Pie Funds, investors can ring me up or come and visit me in person to discuss their investment.” The minimum investment at Pie Funds is $5000. The fund is higher risk designed for those who want to buy into the high growth potential of smaller companies but do not have the expertise or time to find such companies. “In general people invest money that may be on deposit in the bank and they want to put part of it in shares but don’t have the time or knowledge themselves,” explains Mike Taylor. For more information contact Mike Taylor, Pie Funds, Telephone 486 1701 or 021 888 231, email:,

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Distressed White Frame 4x6 Photos (x3) $125 From Surprizes Home & Decor Dualit Light Toaster (2 slice) $249.00 From The Homestore Zoku Quick Popmaker $120.00 Exclusive to The Homestore

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vip FasHion eveninG aT milFord... and You’re inviTed! If you love being treated like a VIP then the place to be on Thursday November 18th is Milford Shopping Centre. Milford Shopping Centre is known as ‘the place’ for fashion and all the fashion stores are getting together to provide a real treat for centre visitors between 5pm and 8pm on Thursday November 18th. Most fashion stores are participating with in-store fashion shows and special offers for those who visit during the three hours of the ‘VIP Fashion Evening.’ There will be door

entertainment as well as tasty treats and refreshments that go with the Christmas theme. The centre will also look great with all the decorations in place. This VIP evening will be a great opportunity to do some preChristmas shopping while having fun at the same time. If you are into fashion, you’ll love it.” The evening will also be a great opportunity for shoppers to get a taste of the new Witchery Men and Witchery Childrenswear stores that will be open. There is also likely to be exciting new offerings in the Milford

There will be door prizes and prizes with purchase for the first 50 people who purchase during the evening. There will also be a Happy Hour between 7pm and 8pm when stores will make it very worthwhile for visitors to be on-thespot at the Milford Shopping Centre. prizes and prizes with purchase for the first 50 people who purchase during the evening. There will also be a Happy Hour between 7pm and 8pm when stores will make it very worthwhile for visitors to be on-the-spot at the Milford Shopping Centre. “We are going to make this a fabulous evening for shoppers,” explains event organiser and centre manager Laraine Vercoe. “As well as the huge efforts being put in by our fashion stores we are going to have

Shopping Centre food court. “While this VIP Evening will focus on fashion all our other stores will also be involved in making this a great promotion,” adds Laraine Vercoe. “An example is the fabulous Homestore. Barb Beaumont and her team are going to have product demonstrations for the duration of the evening. These are always very popular.” Don’t miss the Milford Shopping Centre VIP Fashion Evening, Thursday November 18th.

Mama Mia’s 486-2356 Natures Window 489-2332 Spinz 489-3085 Surprizes 489-3622 Sweet Lotto Centre 489-3998 The Homestore 486-0086 Whitcoulls 489-2488

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carinG for our Pets: with dr simon wright of pet & vet milford

The Channel Magazine monthly PET&VET column is provided by Dr Simon Wright & his team at Pet & Vet in Milford. Pet & Vet is Milford’s one-stop pet centre offering Veterinary Services, a Luxury Boarding Cattery, Pet Shop, Grooming Parlour and Raw Natural Diets to ensure our much-loved animals are looked after well.

kiTTen care, rinGworm, and THe end oF pillinG Your HYperTHYroid beasT! KITTEN SEASON – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Female cats are pregnant for about 63 days. The birth process is usually uneventful but if you notice your cat straining for more than an hour and she hasn’t produced a kitten you should get Veterinary assistance. Flat faced cats with high foreheads are likely to have more trouble kittening because the head doesn’t slide through the pelvic canal as easily as long nosed cats. Kittens open their eyes at about 10 days. If you notice any discharge around the eyes or nose give your Vet a call immediately. In the meantime bathing with saline (one level teaspoon of table salt in a cup of water) is a good idea. Kittens should be offered food from about 4 weeks of aged. A good quality tinned food is okay but better, in our view, is a natural raw meat just scraped with the back of a knife to produce a soft juicy first feed. Rabbit or hare – which we stock of course – is good. Don’t feed milk. The first worming should be given at 6 weeks of age. Get Veterinary advice on this because it is vital to give a good quality wormer at the right dose rate. Worm fortnightly until 14 weeks of age, then 3 monthly. First vaccination should be at about 8 weeks and a booster at over 12 weeks. Treat Fleas only if they are a problem. Very young kittens can be treated but get our advice first. My apologies to the many lovely tortoiseshell and

black and white cats but when you are choosing a kitten be aware that very often tortoiseshells are quite flighty and may never sit on your lap, and black and white cats can be a bit feisty with people. Oh, I think I might be in trouble now for saying this and you will understand why if you have met our delightful Practice cat, Skipper, who happens to be black and white, but if you are choosing a companion for the next 15 years you want it to be friendly. Call us for advice about choosing a new pet!!! RINGWORM Ringworm seems to induce terror in the hearts of pet owners. Here is what you need to know to allay your fears. It appears as areas of broken hair usually in kittens and mainly on the face and legs. The lesions may be roughly circular hence the name. It is not caused by a worm. It is not itchy as it is a disease of the hair not the skin. It is fungal infection - Microsporum canis. Once kittens have had it once they are immune. If you suspect it please get Vet advice as it is relatively easy to diagnose and treat but can spread. It is catchy to prepubescent children and rare in adults. It can look like other diseases so do get a diagnosis from your doctor. It is easy to treat in people. If it persists in a cattery, special tests may be needed as some cats can be carriers with no lesions.


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NEW TREATMENT FOR HYPERTHYROID CATS MEANS THE END OF GIVING TABLETS EVERY DAY! We see many older cats who are constantly asking for more food and yet seem to be losing weight. It is quite likely that they may have over active thyroid glands, i.e. they are suffering from hyperthyroidism. The main signs and symptoms are:- Increased appetite with weight loss; Vomiting and diarrhoae; Restlessness, aggression and vocalization; Dull, scruffy or moth eaten looking coat; Excessive drinking. Diagnosis is confirmed by blood testing. Treatment up until now has been by the daily administration of Neomercasol tablets which often is difficult as many of these patients can be a bit grumpy. That daily grind may be at an end for you because here at pet & vet we now offer a one shot painless injection of Radio Iodine which is 95% effective and means the end of giving tablets. Certain conditions apply, but please do give us a call on 489 6263 and we will send you a brochure with all the information.

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oPtometrY & eYewear with melissa hay Our monthly OPTOMETRY & EYEWEAR column is provided by Melissa Hay, the owner of Visique Milford Optometrists. Melissa studied optometry for five years at the Melissa Hay Auckland University BOptom(Hons). CAA Accred. Oc.Cert.Pharm. School of Medicine and completed a Bachelor of Optometry (with Honours). Her qualifications also allow her to test the eyesight of pilots (CCA Accred.) and to write prescriptions (Oc.Cert.Pharm.). She has worked at Milford Optometrists for seven years and purchased the business in 2005. Melissa is married to Warrick and they live locally in Milford.

carroTs and eYe siGHT An old wives tale says that carrots help you see in the dark… this was probably based on rabbit’s seemingly fantastic vision at night and their large intake of carrots! But is this true for you and me? Carrots contain vitamin A and beta-carotene, which both play a role in maintaining normal vision. These both decrease oxidative damage to the eye – which can lower your risk of some eye diseases. Glaucoma is a very common eye disease where there is too much fluid – or pressure in the eyeball. This pressure then damages the delicate structures inside your eye, which cause deterioration of your peripheral vision. Unfortunately there are no symptoms of glaucoma – you won’t know if you have lost small areas of your peripheral vision, or if your eye pressure is raised. The only way to tell is with an eye examination. A recent study by Coleman, Stone et al (2008) showed that if you ate 2 servings of carrots a week, you lowered your risk of glaucoma by 64%! So, it’s worth making carrots part of your eye care, along with two-yearly eye examinations.

Visique Milford Optometrists

155 Kitchener Road, Milford. Phone 489-4797.

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everYone’s place By Amanda Brett Manager, Milford Business Association. I can’t believe it’s almost ... dare I say it ... Christmas!! I’m very excited to be involved with the growth and development of Milford. There are some very beautiful stores PLUS an amazing array of businesses, you can get everything done in one place!! Milford is everyone’s place!! My personal vision for Milford is, obviously, prosperity and growth for all. Milford provides a boutique service with many of our regular customers citing our personal and friendly service, plus the specialist knowledge and passion we have for our product and services, as the main reasons for doing business in Milford. Initially, we’re working on developing our brand through advertising and bringing lots of activity to the Milford community (see upcoming events below). A key unique feature of Milford is the scope of business in Milford: from professional services through to fashion, business management to leisure, health and lifestyle to IT. Not only would I like to see increased business investment, ergo the commercial buildings developed further, but I want the store frontages and the main street to progress into a theme that is attractive and truly Milford. As part of our long term plan for Milford and it’s Business Association, I want to incorporate a member benefits program providing members with professional and business development options, group discount schemes and become a valued resource for business growth. To get from A to B we’ll be starting work on our long term plan for Milford in the New Year and forge ahead capitalising on the strengths of our smallness and uniqueness, family and community. I would like to welcome new businesses to our Milford family - Hair and Beyond, Milford Physiotherapy, Sands and Assoc, La Madu, Natures Window, Secrets Ssshhh and Veni Boutique Coffee Roasters. Make a note in your calendar to bring your family down to Milford, November 27th 11am – 4pm for our first Regatta Market Day. There will be a park ‘n’ ride service (gold coin fare) from Shakespeare Rd thru Kitchener Rd, where you can jump off, take advantage of the fantastic retail market stands, jump back on and whip up to Sylvan Park with your binoculars and check out the rowing, zoom back to Milford for lunch and then be transported back to your car!! No parking hassles – just fun!! We’ve got buskers, clowns, face painting, story tellers, a band, fun games and challenges for your whole family, oodles of lovely cafes and lots more! See you there!! “Milford Lights” is fast approaching! From December 1st – 16th, every purchase in a participating Milford business gets you a vote for your favourite Christmas Display. Then join our Christmas party for fun and entertainment, 16th December, from 5.30pm, for the GIANT hamper draw worth over $500 (you have to be there to get the prize) and the presentation of the BNZ Milford Trophy to the overall winner of “Milford Lights”. Milford, everyone’s place! Come and see for yourself! issue 3 - sepTember 2010

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FiFTH avenue, THe sHore’s diamond cenTre In the September issue of Channel magazine we talked about a kaleidoscope of coloured stones that had just arrived from Adrian Turner’s recent overseas trip. Since then a second trip had to be made and with that, again, a beautiful collection of Natural Fancy Yellow Diamonds and amazing Coloured Gemstones are being set and designed into some exquisite pieces of quality Jewellery. The Pink Sapphire and Diamond Tennis bracelet, or the Icy Blue Natural and Fancy Coloured Sapphire rings – you have to see the cut of these stones to truly appreciate how they look. Also just in are some beautiful South Sea Pearl pieces, the highlight of which is a stunning white gold Pave’ set Diamond and Pearl Pendant with feature Briolette Cut Sapphires. This will be a window piece for sure, coming in for Christmas. Adrian and David have bought a lot of loose South Sea and Tahitian Black Pearls which will be made up into some lovely strands and stunning individual pieces of jewellery.

Sir Colin Meads recieves his “Link” series watch from Fifth Avenue.

Fifth Avenue Diamond Jewellers have been on the North Shore now for almost sixty years and are very proud and feel very privileged of being a part of some very significant moments in their customer’s lives. Fifth Avenue Diamond Jewellers have been on the North Shore now for almost sixty years and are very proud and feel very privileged of being a part of some very significant moments in their customer’s lives. A recent and significant moment was being asked if they would like to present Sir Colin Meads with a special presentation watch, a gesture for his outstanding contribution to New Zealand Rugby. The

watch presented to him was a magnificent Tag Heuer “Link” series watch – it has a very special automatic movement and was befitting for such a legendary chap. Fifth Avenue had already donated a Tag Heuer “Aquaracer” Sports Watch which fetched a generous sum in a charity auction for the Frank Bunce Children’s charitable trust. issue 5 - november 2010



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health & fitness with Patrick harris of les mills


The exercises below will help out with many popular summer recreational sports, such as stand up paddling.

Patrick Harris, is Service Director at Les Mills Takapuna

The beach series starts in November and I got to thinking about the over use injuries that result from the fast and repeated movement patterns attributed to all the sports involved. Not only will the massage tables be benefiting, the local physiotherapists will be rubbing their hands together in anticipation of the injured knocking on their door.

The main area of concern is our shoulders, namely the external rotators. Let me explain. Swimming, Paddling (pictured above) and boarding all stress the internal rotators of the shoulder because The Pecs and Lats are the prime movers in all these sports. After many years of training, the bodies performing these sports adapt by progressively shortening the length of these major muscle groups, therefore creating imbalances, and then the inerrable resulting injury occurs. Strengthening and corrective work of the shoulder is what’s needed, in particular the area of shoulder external rotation. I’m referring to the motion of moving the biceps away from the body or simply backwards. The follow-through on a Roger Federer backhand is

exercises For developinG THe exTernal roTaTors External rotation with low pulley while standing arm in low position. From a standing position, grasp a single handle on a low pulley. If your right hand is holding onto the handle, your left foot should be closest to the weight stack. The working arm should be abducted about 30° from the torso. With the elbow bent, rotate the working arm outward by pivoting only at the shoulder joint and lower the weight by gently reversing the direction of the movement. Switch sides and repeat. Alternately this can be performed with bands.


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External Rotation with Dumbbell, arm abducted & supported For this one, you’ll need to support your triceps on a preacher bench. The height of the support pad should be set so that the top of the elbow is set below the shoulder joint. As you lower the dumbbell during the eccentric contraction, make sure you achieve the greatest stretch and keep your wrist in a neutral position.

an example of external rotation. Although many muscles are involved in this motion, the two most important muscles are the teres minor and the infraspinatus. These muscles lie adjacent to each other and originate on the scapula (shoulder blade) and insert in the humerus (the upper arm) and comprise two of the four muscles known as the rotator cuff. From a biomechanical perspective, the teres minor and the infraspinatus help stabilize the shoulder and are therefore crucial for protecting this area from injury. Injury prevention is only part of the benefit of training the external-rotator muscles; these muscles can dramatically improve posture and enhance symmetry in the back. Ladies you will feel more comfortable in your dress and men in your shirts after training the external rotators. The improved fit is a result of your shoulder blades moving back to proper alignment. To get the most out of training the external rotators, here are the main points to consider: 1. Make sure the muscles work through the full range of motion —if you shorten the range of motion, there’s no point in even doing the exercises. 2. Stretch the internal rotators (Pecs and lats) between every set. You’ll find you won’t fatigue as quickly in the following sets; plus your range of motion will be increased. 3. Perform relatively high reps. Perform at least 6 reps per set for the external rotators and, in many cases, up to 20 reps per set. 4. Avoid high-speed movements. The external rotators respond best to slow to medium speeds of contraction. Movements should be kept smooth throughout the entire range of motion, and the resistance should be moved at a constant speed. 5. Maintain correct head position. Always hold your head in the neutral position when performing exercises for the external rotators. 6. Maintain correct wrist position. Keep the wrist in a neutral position to minimize the stress on the elbow. 7. Apply gradual overload. Most of you will have to use one – two kg dumbbells or the smallest plate on the pulley when you first try these exercises. Bands in increasing resistance are also great options. 8. Work the non-dominant arm first. The number of repetitions you can perform for this arm (and usually weaker) will tell you how many reps you should perform for your dominant arm. issue 5 - november 2010


fashion: the carpenters daughter

FasHion Tips

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The Carpenter’s Daughter (TCD) specialise in producing 100% New Zealand Made Clothes in sizes 12-24. Established in 1990, TCD has grown from humble beginnings to become a destination fashion label with six stores nationwide and available online. Fresh from showing at Fashion Week 2010, Caroline Marr has some key tips to help you get it all together for Summer 2010. A busy Fashionista The TCD always has lots of events to attend in November stylists have and December with a trained eye, parties and weddings when you walk galore. Her wardrobe needs to be versatile to in the door they go from work to drinks know exactly then out on the town... what better than the what style layering style of The would look Carpenter’s Daughter (TCD). good on you. The way we layer together outfits from key pieces in any wardrobe means many different looks can be achieved leaving our Fashionistas feeling like they are never seen in the same outfit twice. Help is always at hand with your wardrobes stylists at TCD. First Impressions always count girls! I find that a smile gets us a long way – it is the beginning of what

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others see and is the lasting impression they remember. Because we TCD girls are bigger we take up more space and we need to dress the space we take up. The TCD stylists have a trained eye, when you walk in the door they know exactly what style would look good on you. If you allow them to undress and redress you in their vision for would be amazed...what is even more amazing is that it won’t cost you anything unless you would like to take it home... this in store service is a great way to recreate a NEW YOU! Just having an open mind to being dressed by the TCD stylists can change your world! Truly.... don’t tell them what you like and don’t like...just allow them to dress you! Come see us in Takapuna, 5 Hurstmere Rd. Phone 09 488 0829, or email


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THIS MONTHS TOPIC: SPRING CLEANING - IT’S TIME TO DETOX! Detoxification, system cleansing, internal deodorising, skin brightening, right now is the time to do it. However, the right approach is key to get the best results. Here is what we recommend; Start with a good supplement rĂŠgime. It’s one thing to remove toxins from body tissue but if the systems for toxin removal are not supported they are not eliminated from the body efficiently. Milk thistle supports filtration systems of the body during the detox period, this can be found in Solgar Greens & More. Greens & More is a supplement made from living greens rich in nutrients, minerals and vitamins. Take Greens & More to alkalinise and detoxify the system coming out of the Winter months, when red wine and coffee have been the hardest to resist. It’s important to make sure that, once detoxed, you supply your skin with the right nutrients to support regeneration. All the necessary nutrients required to rebuild sluggish skin can be found in Osmosis Catalyst. A product designed to rejuvenate and repair damaged skin cells, stimulate collagen structure and regulate pigment production. I recommend to start using this product now in preparation for Summer as Catalyst corrects DNA damage related to UV exposure. Whenever I detox my skin breaks out. Can you recommend something to minimise or eliminate this? When skin is detoxing it may manifest itself topically in the form of a break out, especially around the nasal folds, chin, ears and jaw line. You can reduce the appearance of physical manifestations by using topical anti inflammatory’s such as Osmosis Immerse with raspberry seed extract to help reduce redness or irritation. How can I find out if a detox supplement is right for me without trialing a whole lot? This can be a lengthy task, however, at Lucy & The Powder Room and the Marr Lab we have created a service called ‘The Edit’ which is designed specifically to educate you in the latest science, beauty and nutrition in a custom-made one-on-one workshop so you can find the perfect supplement/s to suit your diet and lifestyle. Solgar ‘Greens & More’ $75 Osmosis ‘Catalyst’ $202 Give me a bell to enquire 09 4880686. take internally

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motorinG: with lexus of north shore

inTerview wiTH simone lawrY We all know finding the perfect hairstylist is both a necessity and a rarity. However on the top floor of The Department Store, long time North Shore resident and Stephen Marr hair stylist Simone Lawry encompasses both intelligence and fun in her work. Simone recently returned from Melbourne Fashion Week, for which she was selected to work on several international shows as a part of the elite Kevin Murphy session styling team. Having been in the industry for over 10 years, Simone keeps her passion for work alive by constantly challenging herself in every area. She draws inspiration from classic movies, books and the arts – and takes care of her health as much as her clients. From styling sessions to The Runway Touch Up’s to Keratin specialist, Simone approaches every obstacle and opportunity with an enthusiastic and professional flair.

What did you want to be when you grew up? An architect. I used to draw floor plans in the back on my school exercise books. How did you start off as a hair stylist? It was my first partime job over the chrissy holidays in ‘98. Best thing about your job? The people I meet. What does your average day entail? Up early, exercise, food, work, read or watch a film, eat more… wine too. Your three great loves? The outdoors, travel and my cat Phoenix. Where do you call home? Wherever Phoenix is.

new lexus is350 (3.5 liTre v6) arrivinG aT lexus oF norTH sHore November is a big month for Bob and Mark Jago and their team at Lexus of North Shore. They are launching two new vehicles during the month which will prove to be very popular with those who love driving luxury motor vehicles. Both of the vehicles being launched are from the Lexus IS Line, so the team at Lexus of North Shore have dubbed November ‘IS Month’. The first vehicle to be launched in November is the enhanced Lexus IS250 ‘Limited’. “The IS250 has proven to be extremely popular with our customers, so the enhancements made to the new 2011 range will only increase this popularity,” explains Lexus of North Shore CEO Bob Jago. “Along with the enhancements, the pricing has been adjusted to make this top-end vehicle

The IS350 features a powerful quadcam 3.5 litre V6 petrol engine, mated to a six-speed sequential transmission, developing 233kW of power and 378N of torque. It can propel from standstill to 100km/h in a mere 5.6 seconds.

Best designer in your opinion? Pheobe Philo for Chloe.

very affordable. This enhanced Lexus IS250 ‘Limited’ vehicle is priced from just $79,990.” It is fair to say that the most excitement at Lexus of North Shore is around the launch of the second vehicle. This is the completely new Lexus IS350. The popular IS model with a more powerful engine. The IS350 features a powerful quad-cam 3.5 litre V6 petrol engine, mated to a six-speed sequential transmission, developing 233kW of power and 378N of torque. It can propel from standstill to 100km/h in a mere 5.6 seconds. “The IS250 is a great car with great power,” adds Bob Jago. “But a high percentage of us like to have that maximum power and performance, and with the new IS350 you will certainly have that.” As part of the ‘IS Month’ promotion Lexus of North Shore have teamed up with The Department Store to offer people who test-drive either of these two new vehicles the opportunity to win a shopping spree at the fabulous store in Northcroft Street which includes Karen Walker, Black Box, Nike, TopShop, TopMan, Stephen Marr, Lucy & The Powder Room and Marr Lab. Full details were being ironed out as this issue went to press and will now be available by contacting the team at Lexus of North Shore. Ring 442-3670 to arrange a time for your preview of new IS250 Limited or IS350 with one of our Lexus of North Shore team.

Describe yourself in 3 words. awesome parallel parker.

Lexus of North Shore – 2 Link Drive, Wairau Park, North Shore, Phone: 09 442-3670 or visit

What countries have you worked in? USA, Australia and NZ. Have you worked on any fashion shows? I’ve just come back from Melbourne where I worked on several international shows as part of the elite Kevin Murphy session styling team. We worked on shows such as FAT, Alpha 60, Carly Hunter, Claude by Claude Maus, Jack London, Limedrop, Tesla and Trimapee. Most defining moment in your career? So far....when I got my first pair of snips. Who/what is your greatest source of inspiration? Books, films and people who make up my past. Last film you saw? ‘Im not there’ a Todd Haynes tribute to the life and times of Bob Dylan. If you could style anyone’s hair in the world who would it be? Jullianne Moore.

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health & wellbeinG with bliss takapuna

True bliss!

If you are looking for a bit of a pick-me-up then the team at Channel Magazine may have discovered just the tonic. Bliss Relexology & Massage in Hurstmere Road, right in the heart of Takapuna. Bliss is an indulgence that will take you a million miles away from your daily life, and will leave you feeling calm and restored. The skilled Bliss team in Takapuna offer the ancient Chinese art of reflexology and deeply relaxing traditional massage. So you can step out of the bustle of the outside world and into true Bliss! Reflexology, deeply relaxing massage provides many positive benefits for the mind and body.

Skillfully applying pressure to the reflex areas of the feet influences other vital areas of the body, like the spine, the kidneys, the neck and the abdomen. It de-stresses, re-energizes and re-balances the body, creating a unique feeling of well being. Bliss treatments include Chinese Traditional Reflexology; Chinese Traditional Body Massage;

real treat! The team at Bliss in Takapuna currently have a fantastic special offer that applies to their location only. This offer is $79 for one person (usually $89) or you can team up with your partner, a relative or friend and save $69 (two people only $129). Either way they make a great Christmas present. Offer is valid until

Bliss was named the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Health Spa in Takapunaâ&#x20AC;? in the Takapuna Beach Business Association awards â&#x20AC;&#x201C; voted by the people of Takapuna in The Best of Takapuna Campaign, 2009. The people have voted with their feet! Supreme Series, Reflexology & Body Massage and Chinese Traditional Pedicure (Pedicure without polishing). Bliss was named the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Health Spa in Takapunaâ&#x20AC;? in the Takapuna Beach Business Association awards â&#x20AC;&#x201C; voted by the people of Takapuna in The Best of Takapuna Campaign, 2009. The people have voted with their feet! A Bliss gift voucher may be the perfect gift for Christmas â&#x20AC;&#x201C; or you may want to just give yourself a

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maKinG a difference with cam calkoen


To call himself a "North Shorian" is one of Cam Calkoen's proudest traits for it is in this environment that he is inspired to make a difference and be the best that he can be. From athletics, through to community service and motivational speaking Cam has locally, nationally and internationally represented our region with pride and built networks into the many subcultures of our North Shore community. He is a monthly contributor to Channel.

wHaT do You THink wHen You Hear communiTY service? What do you think when you hear community service? Personally I used to imagine chain gangs with pick axes or environments that would restrict creativity, but these misconceptions were positively shifted when I attended a Rotary club as a 17 year old. As a teenager my assumption of Rotary was influenced by a love of cars and I thought I’d been invited to a Rotary car club. I quickly recognized that while Rotarians were not the petrol head mullet brigade I’d envisaged, they were and are indeed a powerful engine within our community. From their projects, fundraising and volunteering I saw Rotarians as individuals whose success during adulthood had moved them to give back to the community at a more grass roots level. This inspired me to see what contribution I could make but wondered if community involvement had to be retained until more senior years? I quickly learnt that the only limitation to making a difference in this world is the extent of our imagination and that through my alignment to community I can now advocate age to be no barrier. Whether we are passing on life experiences or gaining life experience we are never too young or too old to contribute to our community and the journey can be enriching. It is a journey where one can control the pace as well as the magnitude of influence and see that with great commitment comes greater achievement. I’ve seen community minded peers go from collecting

books in Takapuna to building a library in Vanuatu. I’ve seen others trade the office suit or school uniform for rags suitable for a beach clean-up and

…we are never too young or too old to contribute to our community and the journey can be enriching.

I’ve gone from speaking to a local Lions Club to presenting on ‘social issues’ to the Cabinet Office of Japan. From learning skills, to building networks

and increasing understanding among peoples of the world the abundance of opportunities could propel ones career (in whichever field that may be) and connectedness to the community. When you can recognise personal development and community contribution on a parallel par it makes life feel pretty awesome! Making a world of difference and strengthening our communities is something we can all partake in. Whether it is raising money to build a community resource, volunteering for a local charity or simply sharing a smile with someone (if our actions spread happiness, that’s the best service we can offer) the result can have a long lasting effect and influence beyond what you’ll ever know. An involvement in your community is like an iceberg in the ocean, what we see or expect is far less than the potential impact on life, the impact on self, the impact on others and the impact on humanity. For young people seeking involvement in your community check out the Rotaract Club of Pupuke, or simply call up your local charity to see how best you can contribute to the achievement of their vision and enjoy!

Cam Calkoen is a Motivational Speaker, Ambassador for the YES Disability Resource Centre, Ambassador for 0800WHATSUP, Paul Harris Fellow - Rotary. issue 5 - november 2010


the taKaPuna striP mac’s brewbar hurstmere road

mac’s brewbar the

HoTTesT spoT!

There have been many very positive things happening in and around Takapuna during 2010. The opening of the brand new Mac’s Brewbar on Hurstmere Road has been one of the biggest. Kevin Schwass and Dean Lodge (ex owner Empire Tavern) have made a massive investment in the site that was R'toto for many years, and the winners are those who love to eat and drink in Takapuna.

long hot It’s promising to be a garden bar Takapuna summer, the very popular at the front will prove

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Mac’s Brewbar Hurstmere Road, has taken the finest elements from each of the Brewbars before it (there are now seven Mac’s Brewbars throughout the country) and added some quirky characteristics to celebrate its location on the North Shore. In keeping with the sunlight that is synonymous with Takapuna, the roof has been removed in the front of the bar, to allow natural light to stream in. The doors throughout have been refurbished from old North Shore villas, reflecting the Brewbar’s locale. The Mac’s Brewbar Hurstmere Road has been superbly designed in a style that is best described as 'Retro'. As we come into what is promising to be a long hot Takapuna summer, the garden bar at the front will prove very popular and Dean Lodge has some creative ideas that will make customers feel right at home in the outdoor area. Don't be surprised if you see beach towels, sunscreen and complimentary sunnies when you spend time outdoors at the Mac’s Brewbar Hurstmere Road. Although he's hoping that these things don't go walkabout like the Gnome's that have come and gone from the bar since opening.

the taKaPuna striP mac’s brewbar hurstmere road "This is going to be a very popular meeting place over the summer and we think we have created a fantastic outdoor environment," says Dean. "We have awnings and outdoor heaters as well to ensure customers feel right at home." Inside the Mac’s Brewbar Hurstmere Road the retro feel really takes over with classic old-style decor and furnishings. There is a very comfortable bar with areas for dining, relaxing and even a library if a spot of reading takes your fancy. It’s a place for everyone

to feel at home. It’s a relaxing space, but a creative one too, with an eclectic collection of sights, smells and tastes. "We are thrilled with the way locals have warmed to our Mac’s Brewbar concept since we opened," said Dean Lodge when we spoke to him in late October. "We want this to be a real meeting place on the Shore and are going to make sure that customers always have a great experience at the Mac’s Brewbar Hurstmere Road. The key to this is ensuring that we have great entertainment and promotions that will go hand-in-hand with the environment we have created. We have entertainment from 9pm each night from Wednesday through to Saturday. Wednesday's we are calling 'Accoustics at Hurstmere' with a great live Blues act. Thursday's is our 'Hurstmere Hustle' with a focus on funk and soul. 'Thank God It's Friday' is the entertainment theme for Friday's and Saturday's is 'Burning Down The House', with our resident DJ pumping out the tunes."


Inside the retro feel really takes over with classic old-style decor and furnishings. There is a very comfortable bar with areas for dining, relaxing and even a library if a spot of reading takes your fancy. The food is in abundance at the Mac’s Brewbar Hurstmere Road as well. Dean Lodge describes it as 'Great Kiwi Pub Fare' with something to tempt the taste-buds of everyone. For those who like the hearty meal there is fish, steak, burgers and a pie of the week. You can choose from an extensive range of mains (13 options) or it may be that the 'Small Plates' (11 options) priced from $10-$15 are more to your requirements. There are great salads and no less than eight pizza's to choose from on the extensive Mac’s Brewbar Hurstmere Road menu. "Our menu is proving very popular with the lunch-time as well as dinner crowds," advises Dean Lodge. "At the moment we have a great Pizza lunch special which means that lunch at the Mac’s Brewbar Hurstmere Road can be very affordable, quick and easy." "Our friendly, but slightly eccentric bar staff are obviously very passionate about our Mac’s beers," adds Dean Lodge. "There are no less than 11 Mac’s brews available as well as an extensive wine list and all the other tiples that our customers require. "This is all about having fun and we've had heaps of it over the first couple of months. We are confident

that summer in Takapuna is going to be huge and we intend to be the centre of attention at the Mac’s Brewbar Hurstmere Road. Mac’s Brewbar Hurstmere Road, 134-138 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna. Ph 486-4105.









134-138 HURSTMERE RD, TAKAPUNA. PH 486 4105

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eatinG out in taKaPuna

Taka’s biG niGHT ouT Takapuna is famous for its beachside bars and restaurants, and amongst class and cocktails of the strip, there is a gem - the truly iconic kiwi style pub – The Copper Room. Serving the full range of Monteiths on tap, including seasonal offerings like Summer Ale (the only place on the Shore to do so), a full wine list and some of Takapuna’s best gourmet burgers and sandwiches, The Copper Room is the ideal place for those after work drink occasions, pub lunches or a big night out on the town. “It’s just a great honest pub with great friendly personal service,” says Managing Director Paul Lomax. “People come here after work to have a few drinks with friends, enjoy some good food, and on the weekend, to let their hair down and party. It’s a place that gets a great crowd.” Fuelling up for those big nights, The Copper Room has earned a reputation for its burgers and sandwiches, which are made on site fresh, every day and served on bread baked that very morning. With 13 different burgers on offer from $12.90 each, there’s something for every taste. Unique combinations include the True Blue char-grilled beef burger with NZ blue cheese, caramelised onions

and horseradish mayo; Peri Peri char-grilled chicken with peri peri marinade, jalapeno aioli and relish; The Takapuna with grilled fish, lemon caper mayo and capsicum relish; Go Slow with slow cooked lamb, hummus and eggplant; and the Falafal, with homemade falafel patties, cucumber raita, hummus and aioli. They even have Sliders - plates of mini

half kilo of authentic Buffalo Chicken Wings or Ribs for $10.50, or $20 for the full kilo, and take part in the quiz night. The quiz starts at 7pm and entry is free, with the chance to win some amazing prizes. Wednesday’s The Copper Room gets retro with specials on steaks and a game of The Bag or the Money. On Thursdays the weekend starts and the bar has live music playing every night through to Saturday. To complement the music, there are drink specials with $6 cocktails on Thursdays; Happy Hour from 5 – 7pm on TGI Fridays and cheap French bubbles on Saturday. “Every day there’s an event in the bar, but the real fun is in the live music and the atmosphere that creates,” says Lomax. “The Copper Room is the iconic music venue of Takapuna and it’s a cool place to come hang out with friends and have a party.” “Our goal here is to create a fun environment where you can relax, enjoy a drink and have fun.” Starting November, the summer acoustic sessions start up on Sunday afternoons , so you can sit back, with a Sunday roast while chilling out to some live music. See you there.

It’s just a great honest pub with great friendly personal service... people come here after work to have a few drinks with friends, enjoy some good food, and on the weekend, to let their hair down and party. burgers for a bit of fun to share. Open sandwiches are made to order using fresh baked artisan bread, plus there’s salads, a large grill selection, as well as a good kids menu, so the whole family can enjoy themselves. Every day of the week there’s something happening and the best day to try those burgers is on a Monday, when the pub celebrates Burger Heaven with all Copper burgers priced at just $10.50. Tuesdays is Bones & Brains, where you can get a

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eatinG out in taKaPuna marVel Grill


Pinot Plus wine bar

34 anzac street, Takapuna.

168 Hurstmere road, Takapuna

Marvel Grill specialises in fresh quality meat cuts paired with lovely side dishes and an authentic kiwi menu, which still manages to borrow from exotic themes and cuisines. As well as serving the traditional 220gm scotch fillets through to the 450gm T-bones, eye fillet steaks as small as 80gm and 120gm are on the menu, which are proving exceptionally popular with women. Along with the grill offerings, a range of hot skillets brought steaming hot to your table are available, including pork ribs with tangy bbq sauce, prawns with garlic butter & sourdough toast, or a mixed grill of miso rubbed sirloin, chorizo, pork hunter & lamb cutlets with a red wine sauce and roasted onion. Marvel Grill offers an impressive wine list of reasonably priced

SIgnature dishes are slow cooked meats, hearty soups and flavoursome risottos. An array of nibbles are always available to those seeking an indulgent glass of wine on the way home from work!

486 2249 -

489 9510 -

wines which make the whole menu affordable. Open Tuesday to Sunday 12:00 till late.

Private parties and Christmas functions welcome! Maximum group 24 people. Open for Dinner Tuesday to Saturday, from 5pm – Late.

GPK bar – Grill – woodfired Pizza

162 Hurstmere road, Takapuna. 488 0015 -

It is one of the most established restaurants on the Shore, having been around for 12 years, which has given it time to build a loyal base of regulars and carve itself a place in Takapuna’s eating and dining culture. GPK is a full grill offering A La Carte mains and great steaks. A sample from the menu includes entrees ranging from Clevedon rock oysters to goat cheese wrapped in prosciutto; salads, of which the chicken and ceaser are definite favourites; mains, from spaghetti to the aforementioned steaks, and desserts. Children have their own special menu to choose from and a takeaway menu is also available. Open: Mon – Fri 11:30am – Midnight Sat & Sun 9.30am – Midnight. Midnight

al forno restaurant

34 anzac street, Takapuna 488-0179

Authentic Wood Fired Pizza cooked in an original stone oven. Great for takeaways to the beach on those summer weekends. Open early for Sunday breakfast - enjoy Eggs Benedict, the Big Breakfast, Pancakes & of course, the Italian Mediterranean Omelette with Chorizo, red onion, & capsicums served on toast, after a morning at the markets. Breakfast menu is available all day every day. Al Forno is located next door to Berkley Cinemas and only a short walk from the beach, Al Forno has a perfect location and is a must for those who love to eat out in Takapuna. Tuesday – Saturday from 11am till late, Sunday (for brekky) from 8am till late, Monday closed.

Goode brothers

138 Hurstmere rd, Takapuna 489 8160

Goode Brothers is about giving you the goode life. It’s about having some goode fun around the table. We’ve got pasta bowls for groups to share, the option of ‘creating your own’ GOODE SALADS or finding the perfect GOODE PASTA and sauce combination. Try one of our GOODE PIZZAS or GOODE CLASSICS like… Di Primavara Soup, Chicken Ciabatta Burger, Goode Beef Ciabatta Burger, Grilled or Monteith’s Golden Beer Battered Tarakihi, Char Grilled Scotch Beef Fillet.

Monday: Goode Traditional pasta $10.50 Tuesday: Goode Traditional pizza $10.50 Everyday: 2 Heinieken and a Traditional pizza $24.50 Goode Food. Goode Friends. Goode Times at Goode Brothers Takapuna.

blanKenberGe belGian beer cafe

136 Hurstmere road, Takapuna beach 486 6331 -

Enjoy the traditions of Belgian Beer and food in a distinctive, authentic Belgian atmosphere in the heart of Takapuna. Monday Mussel Madness: 1 kilo Mussel Pot & Frites just $10 Tuesday Steak Night: ½ kilo Angus Rump just $15 Wednesday Rib Night: ½ kilo Marinated Ribs & Frites just $12.50 Conditions apply and booking is advisable. issue 5 - november 2010


feature restaurant: aubergine takapuna

auberGine – a Takapuna TradiTion Here To HosT Your end-oF-Year FuncTion Takapuna has a rich history of comfort, dining and eating out, and for the last 10 years Aubergine has been at the cusp of that tradition – serving beautiful Mediterranean inspired food and a lavish, open atmosphere.

Over the years Aubergine has proven itself to be a very popular choice as one of the Shore’s favourite restaurants and was recently awarded a testimony for being Takapuna’s Best Restaurant in a survey carried out by the Takapuna Beach Business Association. Owner Basi James says the vital ingredient to Aubergine’s success is consistency in presentation and quality, which guarantees his customers can be confident every time they come back for a meal. “This is why the people of Takapuna and greater Auckland are so supportive and loyal to us,” he says. “80 percent of our customers are regulars and most come in at least once a week. They can always be sure that the atmosphere, what they order, everything will be as good as it always is.” “We’ve had customers tell as that they’ve moved away but still travel back regularly just for a meal

seat is a prime seat,” says Basil. “No matter where you sit in the restaurant there’s a nice, positive light atmosphere.” “It’s a great outside area as well; the perfect place to enjoy some drinks and food after work in the afternoon sun.” Now, as the best part of the year approaches, Aubergine has proven itself to be a Aubergine is preparing to very popular choice as one of the host Christmas parties, work functions and sun Shore’s favourite restaurants and worshippers in its light, open premises. was recently awarded a testimony for “The advantage we being Takapuna’s Best Restaurant in have is that we’re a big restaurant, we can easily a survey carried out by the Takapuna seat 100 inside and another 50 out on the terrace which Beach Business Association. is protected and heated in a flowery environment,” he says. “Because of the size we are very well suited for Menu highlights include new and classic large parties and group bookings, which is just right Med dishes such as Prawns Mediterranean , Veal for now, the best time of year.” Parmigana, Duck La Orange and a beautiful creamy The restaurant is open every day of the year, Chicken Kebab Lebanese, as well as rich and tasty including Christmas, and has a wide variety of set deserts, the recommended option being Aubergine’s famed desert platter – a tasting sample of all the best menus available for all functions and Christmas parties, which can be viewed online at from the menu. Being west facing with an entire wall and half a “Just get in and book quickly because there ceiling made of glass, the restaurant itself is a haven aren’t many days left.” Aubergine is now taking group in Takapuna for the afternoon sun and is one of very bookings for end of year parties, work functions and few restaurants where customers can enjoy a drink Christmas meals. or a meal as the sun shines on their backs into the early evening. There is also the big front patio basking in that afternoon sun surrounded by flowers and the scents of summer. 129 Hurstmere Road - Phone 489 3104. Open 12 till “It’s the perfect place for the sun with lots of late weekdays, brunch 11 till late weekends. light and the glass ceiling and walls mean that every at Aubergine.” The cuisine which everyone keeps coming back for has a distinctly European/Mediterranean feel to it with dishes influenced by a medley of French, Italian, Greek and Lebanese flavours.

Open 12 till late weekdays, brunch 11 till late weekends 129 Hurstmere Road. Phone: 489 3104 -

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eatinG out in deVonPort

devonporT’s new HomesTYle communiTY caFe A good family style cafe, bar and restaurant with tasty home made food and an open, friendly atmosphere is just what the good people of Devonport have been waiting for and now it can be found right next door to the old theatre. Corellis, the new fully-licensed cafe on the corner of Victoria Road and Rattray Street, only opened a month ago and already it’s becoming a popular destination for those early morning wake-me-ups, afternoon drinks in the sun and good traditional dinners. The theme of the cafe is undeniably communitycentric and owner Ann O’Sullivan has done her best to create a comfortable corner of Devonport where locals and visitors can enjoy traditional style homemade food and a great community spirit. “We’re casual, relaxed dining for the community serving fresh, healthy home cooked food,” says Ann. Keeping that theme, all meals at Corellis are under $20 and everything is made on premises – they even have their own coffee bean roaster. Highlights of the menu include Corellis homemade muesli with fresh fruit and yogurt for $12.50; Eggs Benedict with tomato, spinach and bacon for $13.50, marinated tofu burgers, $9.50, and the Seafood Chowder, $12.50, which has become Corellis’ most popular dish since opening. Freshly made juices and fruit cocktails are made on premises, and the cafe also serves traditional

We’re casual, relaxed dining for the community serving fresh, healthy home cooked food. Indian Chai tea along with its home-roasted coffee. Keeping that community feel, Ann offers a diner special every night of a main meal plus desert for just $15, and as Corellis is fully licensed, it makes a perfect destination to enjoy a drink. There is also free wi-fi and a play-pen for the kids. “The location is great,” says Ann. “It’s big, open and airy with French doors that open right up in the summer and views across Devonport to the harbour. It’s big and roomy with lots of space and the theatre is right next door so we’re in the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of wine or a drink and some food before and after going to the theatre.” Being in Devonport creativity is never far away and Ann honours this by hosting exhibitions of local artists every month with ceramic displays and artworks adorning the walls which can be purchased. Ann herself is an award winning artist and her own works of which won first prize at the recent Lakehouse Members Exhibition, are on display in

evening dinner spec ial 2 courses fo r only $15 !

the Cafe. This month, works by notable painter Debi Lewis, and winner of the Auckland Studio Potters Domestic Wear Award, Carol Stewart, are on display. “All works are for sale and any artists wishing to display can feel free to contact me as we’d love to show their work for the community to enjoy,” says Ann. The Corellis Coffee Club is great value - you only need to buy six coffees and your seventh is free. Also, put the card with your details on it in the draw to win a free Meal for Two every week.

Bring this Voucher into Platter, and when you purchase any meal receive a...


33 King Edward Parade Devonport Ph: 446 6626

One free coffee per customer per voucher


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161 Victoria Road, Devonport 445 1546

childrens booKs with next Page Please


nexT paGe please!

Turns To THe nexT cHapTer So, where to find a hungry caterpillar, worlds of magic, wizards, the epic and the supernatural, a hairy dog, a big friendly giant and some green eggs to go with that ham? After moving last month from Hauraki Corner, Next Page Please is now a neat little shop in Takapuna where, much like the fabled piper in one of the shop’s tales, the children have followed. “Reading is alive and well, it really is,” exclaims Maria, the passionate advocate and owner of Takapuna’s only speciality children’s bookshop,

books we want to read.” It’s not a place to just come in and buy a book – recently a little kid ran in and just said ‘wow it’s cool!’ and that made me feel good because he has walked into a world of children’s books and loved it.” As well as the obvious admiration of the young readers who frequent the shop, Next Page Please has earned itself a lot of interest from local authors who are often in store for appearances, signings and book presentations. Just last month, well known kiwi author Brian Falkner, a three times NZ

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Paddle power dominated Massey’s Albany Grammar School student became the first person in Blues Sports Awards on October 4 with kayak the world to row solo from Australia to New Zealand, champions Lisa Carrington and Scott Bicknell covering a distance of 3947km in 54 days. named BNZ Albany sportswoman and sportsman BNZ Massey of the year. University Albany They were chosen from 36 Blues Award recipients Sportsman of the from the Albany campus representing 20 sporting Year 2010 Scott codes. Fourteen recipients were unable to attend Bicknell. because they were competing in swimming, cycling and hockey events in the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. Seven won medals at the games. Ms Carrington, a second year Bachelor of Arts (Maori Studies and Politics) student from Whakatane, is New Zealand’s number one open women’s competitor. This year she won gold in the K2 1000m at a World Cup event in France, lowering the world record by five seconds. She also competed in the World Cup series in Slovenia where she finished first in the K2 500m and seventh in the K2 200m final. She says she was delighted to receive the award “in recognition of all the hard work we put in”. Flat water sprint kayaker Scott Bicknell, who was unable to attend the 2010 Massey Blues awards ceremony, won Awards - Albany campus: The New Zealand gold this year in the Athletics: Adrian Blincoe. Oceania Championships Universities Blues Award is Aerobics: Kelly Pelham. K2 1000m and silver Beach Volleyball: Carli the highest sporting accolade Botes. Bodybuilding: in the K1 200m races. A fourth-year Bachelor Stephen Papps. Cricket: given in New Zealand... of Arts student, he also Jason Donnelly. Cycling: competed in the World Rushlee Buchanan, Aaron Cup series this year, achieving a top-15 in the open Gate, Jaime Nielsen, Shem Rodger. Diving: Hannah K1 200m in France, and a top 30 finish in the Open Wood. Football: Anna Green. Hockey: Simon Child, K1 and K2 200m in Hungary. Elizabeth Gunson, Richard Petherick. Judo: Justine The New Zealand Universities Blues Award is Bishop, Moira De Villiers, Marco Nienaber. Kayak: the highest sporting accolade given in New Zealand, Lisa Carrington, Jaimee Lovett, Erin Taylor. Kayak and is part of a tradition dating from 1922 in New Slalom: Benjamin Gibb. Kayak - Flat water sprint: Zealand, and earlier in England, where the colours Scott Bicknell. Netball: Carli Botes. Rugby: Sam Ward. of Oxford and Cambridge Universities came to be a Skiing: Monique Oosterbaan, Emilie Tait-Jamieson symbol of sporting excellence. (Alpine), Lucie Tait-Jamieson. Swimming: Moss Guest speaker Shaun Quincey captivated the Burmester, Amaka Gessler, Natasha Hind, Penelope audience with video footage and a colourful account Marshall, Hayley Palmer, Glenn Snyders. Yachting: of his perilous solo canoe journey across the Tasman Sam Meech, Jason Saunders. Water Polo: Kristina Sea. On March 14 this year, the former Takapuna Watson. Weightlifting: Chantal Lambrechs.

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Massey athletes’ medal haul better than most nations

Twenty-seven of the 37 Massey students who took part in the Commonwealth Games will return with medals from 14 events – a medal haul that exceeds most participating countries including Cyprus, Jamaica and Northern Ireland. The students competed in seven sporting codes – athletics, badminton, boxing, cycling, hockey, netball and swimming. The sole gold medal winner was Anna Scarlett, a member of the Silver Ferns netball team, whose victory last night on the final day of competition added to the seven silver and five bronze medals won by the University’s student athletes. The men’s hockey team, with Andy Hayward, Simon Child, Arun Panchia and Nick Wilson, last night won the bronze medal match against England. High performance co-ordinator Kelly Rofe says it was a great night of sport. “This is a brilliant way for our New Zealand and Massey University athletes to cap off a very successful Commonwealth Games,” she says. “Of the 37 Massey University athletes competing at games, 27 will be bringing home a medal, some more than one – an outstanding achievement!” Other winners were track cyclists Ethan Mitchell and Sam Webster (silver medal for the men’s team sprint), and road cyclists Linda Villumsen (silver medal in the women’s time trial), Jo Kiesanowski (silver in the women’s scratch race) and Lauren Ellis (silver in the points race). Albany students made a splash in the pool. Hayley Palmer won bronze in the women’s 50m freestyle, Glenn Snyders won silver in the men’s 50m breaststroke, and Hayley Palmer, Natasha Hind, Penelope Marshall, and Amaka Gessler won bronze in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay. Ms Hind, Ms Marshall and Ms Gessler also won silver in the 4x200m freestyle relay. Stuart Farquhar won silver in the javelin event, while the silver medal-winning women’s hockey team featured nine Massey students – Emily Naylor, Kayla Sharland, Krystal Forgesson, Katie Glynn, Stacey Carr, Elizabeth Gunson, Beth Jurgeleit, Sam Harrison and Gemma Flynn.


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…consumers worldwide now have an insatiable demand for these wines. So much so that demand has outstripped supply and Champagne prices are starting to soar.

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time in the cellar. Like the port houses in Portugal, the Champagne producers review each year and decide whether they will ‘declare’ a vintage year. Even in a declared vintage year for the region, not all producers will make a vintage. Some like the Champagne house of Salon have even higher standards and very rarely produce any wine. Vintage champagnes are unique and very special, they give you a little picture of that year, that vineyard and the skill of the producer neatly packed into a bottle.


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maTcHinG cHeese and wine This month we explore the exciting world of cheese and wine. When matched well the results are heavenly, when not, well the wine does nothing for the cheese and neither the cheese for the wine. Cheese is often either part of an antipasto platter as an entrée or served as a dessert in New Zealand. As an entrée, the wine selected is likely to be more suited to the start of the evening and the occasion than the cheese. At the end of the evening, it’s usual to serve port – after all isn’t that the traditional match with cheese? Traditional it is, but good, no. The practice of matching port with cheese is historic and comes from a need to preserve, milk into cheese and wine into port. There are some basics to remember when matching cheese and wine. Like any food you match with wine, the general rule is like-with-like. So sweet wines with sweet cheeses; strong wines with strong cheeses; heavy wines with heavy cheese, and fruity wines with fruity cheeses. A light fresh cheese with a light fresh wine, an older, rich cheese with an older, richer wine. To make it all a lot easier, I’ve selected a range of cheeses available from Didas and matched them with wines available from Glengarry. Chevre Chevre is fresh young cheese that has developed a natural rind. Made from goat’s cheese, you can find Chevre is many different shapes. The portions of chevre are sometimes rolled in ash, herbs, pepper or left plain. This cheese

has wonderful natural acidity, freshness and a creamy texture. These characters match well with Sauvignon Blanc. Try Chevre with a great New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc like the Matawhero Sauvignon Blanc. Brie de Meaux Brie de Meaux is a meatier style of brie. When selecting this cheese, the rind on the outside should have mushroom aromas, the cheese inside should be creamy, have wild mushroom characters and a light fortified flavour. The cheese should have a smooth and runny texture. This style of cheese matches perfectly with Pinot Noir, particularly from Martinborough. Try Brie de Meaux with Nga Waka Martinborough Pinot Noir. St Nectaire St Nectaire is a semi soft cheese. Traditionally made by curing the cheese on beds of straw, St Nectaire often has characters of cut grass and herbs. The cheese has a creamy rich texture with floral notes. These all match very well with a lightly oaked Chardonnay. Try St Nectaire with Chartron La Jaja Jean Chardonnay from Burgundy.

Valdeon From the limestone peaks in Northern Spain, this area is home to Blue cheese in Spain. The limestone caves in the area and protection from the peaks create the perfect environment for blue cheese. Made from a blend of cow, and either goat or sheep, depending on the season, Valdeon is a creamy, moist blue cheese, usually eaten with wild honey. Valdeon matches very well with a late harvest wine or a light red from the South of France. Try Valdeon with the Jules Taylor Later Harvest Sauvignon Blanc.

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While Kristin School has been around for 37 years its reputation has in the past been relatively unknown compared to private (or independent) schools from across the other side of the Harbour Bridge. But this is no longer the case. As a result of some very forward thinking, that started decades ago, Kristin now places incredibly highly amongst other private schools. More pupils than ever before now come from the other side of the bridge to Kristin, a trend that’s increasing all the time. The biggest contributing factor is without doubt the academic success being achieved by the school as part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme. Kristin was the first authorised IB school in New Zealand and has offered the Diploma Programme for 21 years (since1989). This is certainly an independent school on the up and the person leading this success is Executive Principal Peter Clague. Peter Clague has had a rounded pedigree which has prepared him for this role at Kristin. He was originally from South Auckland and went to school at Aorere College. On leaving Aorere he went to teachers training college and became a geography teacher at Otahuhu College where he also taught English during his decade at the school. From there he became Deputy Principal at Mt Albert Grammar before moving to an equivalent role at Wanganui Collegiate. He initially joined Kristin 11 years ago as headmaster of the Senior School and was appointed Executive Principal in 2006. Channel’s Aidan Bennett went to Albany to have a chat with Peter Clague to find out the full Kristin success story.

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channel interView with Peter clague, Kristin school 63 We have developed a it is also good to still be relatively young and agile. When Kristin School was founded almost four The world has changed so much from 20 or 30 years decades ago it was at the old Methodist Health reputation for being ago when we could predict what the world would be, Camp at Campbells Bay. A short time later the innovative and progressive… school made a decision to purchase the large plot but now there is constant change, so schools must we have embraced new have the flexibility to adjust and we have that at of what was then very rural land at Albany. Kristin. This process is not as easy for a state school “Back then this was a bold and very forward technology, preparing our but it is something we are focussed on at Kristin thinking move,” says Peter Clague. “Apparently quite pupils for what they will which means our students will leave the school totally a few people asked why such a rural piece of land face in the outside world. was chosen as it really was out on its own back then. prepared for what the world has in store for them.” Tell us a bit about International Baccalaureate. But that decision is really paying dividends for us approach to teaching and learning. Our teaching Why is it so good? today. This is a magnificent site with lots of space methods will build on students individual knowledge “Because it really is a global passport. It and we are now sitting in the heart of the Shore.” and interests, and emphasise learning how to learn has gained a reputation for its rigorous external So why do parents chose Kristin School for and how to find out, using both traditional and assessment and is recognised and respected by their kids? contemporary media.” “An independent school Kristin is also very like Kristin provides parents strong in performing arts with choice,” explains Key features of the IB Diploma Programme: but probably not as strong Peter Clague. “We have The IB Diploma Programme is a broad, balanced and academically challenging in sports. Is that true? very good state schools programme of education preparing students for success at university and in life “It is true that we on the Shore but Kristin beyond. Taught over two years in Years 12 and 13, it has gained a reputation for are very strong in the provides more choice for its rigorous external assessment and is recognised and respected by universities performing arts but we parents and they will find worldwide. The Diploma Programme emphasises critical thinking as well as interhave also performed very things here that they won’t well in many sports. Our cultural understanding and respect for others in the global community. Kristin was get in state schools. Our boys premier football team International Baccalaureate the first authorised IB school in New Zealand and has offered the Diploma Programme competes very well in the programme is just one since 1989. Kristin has a proud record of success in the Diploma Programme with a top (1A) grade, our netball example. We provide the pass rate averaging 96% (worldwide 80%) and an average Diploma score of around teams play in the upper choice of NCEA or IB. NCEA 34 points (worldwide 29 points). In the past three years, nearly 14% of Kristin levels of their competition, suits a high percentage of students achieved a score of 40 or more points from a possible 45. we have developed our students but IB offers a a huge reputation for real alternative. Kristin was basketball, we have done also the first school to have “I took a moderate interest in well in national hockey laptops for all students. We school work – until I enrolled tournaments and our cricket were the first to introduce in IB. Suddenly the world teams remain strong. Every the middle school concept. appeared more mysterious and year, the number of New We are now using our enchanting than I previously Zealand representatives we independence as leaders imagined. IB sparked my have competing in age-level in the digital space. Many passion for learning, which competitions, increases. also see the co-ed option has not diminished since.” Since I have been in this as being the way to go as – Zac Cole 1993, NZ Government role I have placed a strong it really does reflect what employee in Hamburg, Germany. emphasis on sport and this life is all about. We are the is starting to pay dividends. biggest independent co-ed “I really appreciated the ‘warm fuzzy’ When you consider that school in the country. atmosphere at Kristin, my classmates “I was fortunate in attending the likes of Rangitoto and “We have developed were great and teachers were easy Kristin in that I was able to Westlake have six to seven a reputation for being to approach, it was a lot different to participate in the rewarding times the pool of boys that innovative and progressive,” previous schools I had been to...As a curriculum that is IB, which, we have in some sports we adds Peter Clague. “A prime result I became more confident and had as I have discovered, is a really are doing pretty well.” example is the way we have a different approach to life. Kristin well-recognised qualification How do you counter embraced new technology. really changed me in a good way.” worldwide.” the travel issues of parents We believe that we should who live over the bridge – Purva Bhatnagar 2003, completing a – Rachel Lory 2004, studying to be preparing our pupils for or in parts of the Shore, Masters in Law and Business in Germany. become a Doctor in Otago. what they will face in the like Devonport, Milford and outside world and this area Takapuna, where they are is a very important example. some way from the school? universities worldwide. We now have 100 students Rather than discouraging the use of mobile phones, “Over 60% of our students actually travel to the doing the programme in our senior school. We went laptops and iPads, we embrace them. Our technical school by bus. We have 20 school buses on the go into IB 21 years ago, the first school in New Zealand resource sets us apart. Almost weekly I will get a every day bringing students from these areas and to do so, so we have a great deal of experience with call from other school’s asking IT questions. Our IT now we even have a dedicated bus that comes to it and it means we are now a New Zealand school structure is the envy of the rest of the country. Eight Kristin from over the bridge to cater for the 30% with a truly global outlook. The world is now a much years ago Kristin were the architects of the NEAL growth we have had from the Ponsonby, St Mary’s smaller place than it was two decades ago so IB has Loop (North Shore Educational Loop) which provides Bay and Herne Bay areas. With the bus lane and the really come of age. Our IB pupils graduate and go all fast high-speed internet like the universities use. So vast improvements in transport, getting to Kristin has over the world. It makes us a world school. we have very fast wireless internet right across the never been so easy. Once we were in the country, “We also now have IB programmes in our junior school. and middle schools. Our IB Primary Years Programme now with the development around us at Albany we “We are old enough now at Kristin to have (PYP) has been in place for 10 years and our IB Middle are actually a realistic option for those students and developed the value of tradition which is probably Years Programme (MYP) was introduced to the Middle parents who choose to be part a school with a good something that many have seen as lacking in the balance of creativity and innovation.” past. Tradition can be a real inertia as well though, so School two years ago. These take an inquiry-based issue 5 - november 2010


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…it is really fun training with all the New Zealand fans and friends and that here... the support is brilliant - it’s amazing. - Ryan Nelsen

It was a great day for Kristin Football enthusiasts on Thursday, October 7, when the All Whites were on site for two training sessions. Staff and students were treated to an exclusive viewing of their morning training session which was closed to the public with only media in attendance. TV cameras and sports journalists, along with class after class of Kristin students, framed the sidelines of the Football pitch as the team performed drills and practice games in preparation for their 1 – 1 draw against Honduras at North Harbour Stadium. Captain Ryan Nelsen has dismissed the idea that the ASB International Series games against Honduras and Paraguay are just ‘friendlies’. “These games are true internationals... Players from both teams are deadly serious. You know that players from teams like Paraguay would expect to win.” From the intensity of the All Whites’ training, it was clear that the team were taking the competition seriously and are relishing the opportunity to play in front of supporters who followed their recent FIFA World Cup achievements. Following the morning training session, the players gathered near the end of the pitch and children from the Junior School gave an outstanding performance of the National Anthem and thanked the team for their attendance. Year 6 student Adam

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Sinclair said a few words on behalf of the school, thanking them for the opportunity to see the team close up and telling them they would be watching their games. The young children wanted the players to remember their visit, so gave each of them a small gift. The children were delighted with high-fives from all the players. The afternoon session was open to the public and approximately 300 spectators arrived at 4.00pm to enjoy the occasion. An autograph session followed the training. Ryan Nelsen proved the most popular with hordes of fans eager to get autographs of their heroes. “It’s really cool,” Nelsen said. “Obviously it is really fun training with all the New Zealand fans and friends and that here... the support is brilliant - it’s amazing. Hopefully we can put in some good performances.” Craig Owen and the Kristin ground staff should be commended for the superb condition of the pitch and surrounds. They worked hard and performed miracles in just a few days. The images on the television coverage were stunning. The All Whites entertained more than 18 000 spectators with a 1 – 1 draw against Honduras at North Harbour Stadium, but two goals in the space of five and a half minutes gave Paraguay a 2 – 0 win over New Zealand in Wellington.

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BEYOND THE BRIDGE Preview Night Wednesday 17 November 2010 6.00pm Contact Allison. Phone 415 9566 ext 2828 Tickets $35 Exhibition Open Thursday - Saturday 18 - 20 November 2010 (8.00am - 4.00pm) (Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm) Library Information Centre ÀˆÃ̈˜Ê-V…œœÊUÊ>ÌiÊ£]ÊÎÈäʏL>˜Þʈ}…Ü>ÞÊUʏL>˜ÞÊäÈÎÓ

See this very special retirement lifestyle, now available at very special prices.

The Poynton is North Shore’s premier retirement lifestyle village with luxurious apartments and brand new facilities. Everything is of the highest quality, lending the village a touch of real class. Some say it’s “like living in one of those grand hotels”. Those who know superb value when they see it, will not want to miss the apartments now available from only $540,000*.

This Month at The Poynton: OPEN VILLAGE Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th November 10am - 4pm daily Tour the village and facilities, and inspect the available apartments. Have a coffee and a chat with our sales executives.

PIANO AT THE POYNTON Saturday 13th November, 6pm Anya Maksymova, an exceptional young talent will play classical music on our grand piano. $30 entry - all proceeds go to The Lewis Eady Trust. RSVP to 09 488 5700 to secure your spot as the tickets are limited.


A grand, yet casual asual retirement lifestyle. Visit at 142 Shakespeare Road, Takapuna

Arrange a tour on 0800 638 543


*Limited offer. Some conditions apply. Settlement of your chosen accommodation must occur by 23rd December 2010. Speak to our sales executives about further details.

commercial and consumer finance with crown money


crown moneY corporaTion opTimisTic abouT THe FuTure Crown Money Corporation has been one of the few finance companies to come through the carnage that has decimated the sector with a confident forward looking outlook for the next 12 months. Crown Money was formed to explore lending opportunities in the New Zealand commercial and Chris Arbuckle consumer finance market place. Having successfully navigated their way through what can only be described as an unprecedented ‘shake up’ of the finance industry, CEO Chris Arbuckle is confident there are still quality lending opportunities to be identified in both the consumer and commercial sector. “Crown is in an excellent position given that the company has not had to rely on debenture deposits to fund its lending. Although the finance market has tightened considerably and suffered from a severe lack of confidence, those companies that remain will benefit from lessons learnt over recent years. Both globally and domestically, the industry had grown considerably through a period of extremely loose lending criteria

where prudent lending practices had been relaxed in an effort to lend substantial funds sourced from the public. We have seen a rapid lack of confidence occur and the domino effect was inevitable for those companies exposed to singular lines of funding and a lack of equity.” The company specialises in property secured lending for a wide range of purposes including asset purchases such as motor vehicles, home improvements, debt restructuring, residential and commercial property development. Crown Money has recently re-launched into the consumer market after a brief foray into the sector in 2006. Arbuckle explains; “Crown had some exposure to the consumer sector at a time where there were many lenders offering very loose credit assessment procedures. In many cases the pricing of these loans was not commensurate with the risk being undertaken which is evidenced in the losses we have seen to date. We chose to step back from the market and concentrate on other areas which were more in line with the company’s appetite for risk. We now feel the time is right to re-enter the consumer finance market given that more sensible lending criteria is becoming commonplace and quality clients still require funding at competitive interest rates.” Crown state that although they will still be concentrating on lending primarily to property owners,

they see themselves as an excellent alternative to banks and first tier finance companies given their competitive approach to rates and fees. Banks will continue to demand higher rates of equity in property lending proposals making it more difficult for New Zealanders to source funding for residential and commercial property development. The days of utilising home equity for luxury purchases have become much more difficult as banks try and improve debt to equity ratios. “This scenario puts Crown Money in a strong position to take advantage of the current climate and develop quality loan portfolios based on sound lending practices whilst becoming a sensible option to bank finance. The art of lending in today’s market place is in correctly identifying the value of secured assets. Given the current state of the property market, this is no easy task.” Crown Money is currently embarking on a campaign to raise its profile to the Home Improvement Industry, Mortgage & Finance Broker Industry and people who fall outside bank lending criteria with the intention to develop strong relationships with these groups who are seeking competitive financing options. If you wish to know more information or to become a Crown Money client please contact Chris Arbuckle on 021 938 009 or 09 486 8799.

If your business goal needs finance to make it a reality, we can help. Whether you need money for additional plant, working capital, property development or bridging finance, we offer competitive lending rates and a prompt professional service.

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the arts & entertainment with shane cortese

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packinG ‘em in aT THe pumpHouse. The recent season of children’s theatre at The PumpHouse saw unprecedented demand for tickets to Badjelly the Witch. Thousands of children packed into the 24 sell-out shows, forcing Tim Bray Productions to add three extra shows to the season – all of which sold out within 36 hours! Remarkable. It just goes to show how many parents have fond memories of reading Badjelly when they were nippers. TV psychic medium Sue Nicholson’s ‘Energy of Spirit’ evening at The PumpHouse also sold out very quickly, just as her 2008 show did. Mediums enjoy the intimate atmosphere and energy of The PumpHouse. The old building adds a little ‘je ne sais quoi’ to the audience experience and according to one medium, the PumpHouse is home to at least one delightful historic ‘presence’. Speaking of historic presence, by the time you read this, The PumpHouse chimney will be free of scaffolding and safe to withstand earthquakes, tsunamis and the ‘slings and arrows of outrageous fortune’. Months of strengthening work has ensured that Takapuna’s iconic brick landmark will still be standing when today’s children are bringing their kids to see Badjelly the Witch.

Playing now November 6-21 FOOTLOOSE, THE MUSICAL Based on the 1984 hit movie starring Kevin Bacon, Footloose is the story of Ren, a young man from Chicago, forced to move with his mother to a puritanical, small town after his father abandons the family. Footloose, the movie that spawned many top 40 hits from its original soundtrack is sure to have audiences singing along with the cast. Footloose the Musical is a PG rated family show. Saturday matinee sessions are available. Adults $30. Concession $25. Under 18 - $20.

Coming soon December 6-23 THE SANTA CLAUS SHOW The magic of Christmas comes to life on stage in December when Santa stars in his very own stage show. Share the magic of Christmas with your school, early childhood centre, family, friends or work colleagues this year. All tickets $21. Family Pass (4) $75.

Bookings Ph 489 8360 - The PumpHouse Theatre, off Manurere Ave, Killarney Park, Takapuna.

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I got into the entertainment scene pretty late in life, dragged into it by a girl called Kathy in Palmerston North. It was quite obviously life changing and a massive change in direction for me having been a travel agent for seven years. At that time I wished I had got into it earlier as it really throws you amongst some interesting people! Because of that I accepted an invitation a couple of years ago to become the Patron of the Auckland City Theatre Company (ACTA), an acting school for kids and young adults. Not because I wanted them to think that by virtue of going to the school it would guarantee them a job in the industry (lets face it the majority of actors fall by the wayside as time goes on because of the job insecurity and low income for the jobbing actors) but because of what it teaches. The skills students get from learning at ACTA will put them in good stead for the rest of their life, whether it be confidence to be themselves amongst their peers, self assurance at job interviews, or simply for the fun they have performing, everybody gets something from going to ACTA. The Academy specialises in musical theatre tuition teaching students aged five to 20-years-old in groups and private classes. ACTA is the only performing arts school in Auckland that teaches a musical theatre curriculum of the three main art forms (Acting, Singing and Dancing) in one combined syllabus for this age group, and believe me these days with talent around vying for parts you have to be excellent at all three. In the business it’s what is known as being a “triple threat”. Once a year, aside from the student’s performances, ACTA has a gala cabaret dinner and dance, with both senior and ex students returning to provide the entertainment alongside guest seasoned professionals. This year’s dinner will take place on Saturday November 27 and fresh from playing Jean Valjean in the hit musical Les Miserables is veteran musical theatre performer Tim Beveridge. Tim, widely known for his swing and big band singing, is an accomplished musical theatre artist having performed, among others, the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of The Opera. He is as much looking forward to performing with the students as they are with him. Always a great night out, a good cause and one of the Shore’s success stories, ACTA guarantees the night will be a perfect way to bring in the Christmas season. Tickets are $85 and include a two-course meal and a glass of champers on arrival and entertainment. For tickets contact: Kim Ash 410 6744 or 021 774435 All the best everyone and don’t forget to send me an email if you want me to write about your project. See you at the Show! Shane Cortese -

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Twilight Til midnight dine & dance christmas party or medieval Feasts

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If Twilight is not to your taste Try Our Medieval Feast.

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Exhibition Wild 4 Art November 1 – 30 Wild 4 Art - a collaboration of 4 talented artists - Michelle Male, Carmel McCormick, Tania Parrott and Jo Eve. Isla Grant November 5 – 6 Scottish born singer-songwriter Isla Grant returns to New Zealand with a fresh look and brand new songs, as well as old favourites. Pre Show Buffet Dinner $27.50 p/p. Tickets: $61.00 Concert Dancespace November 11 On November 11th 2010 Dancespace has two concerts. The first is our Preschool concert. This concert involves about 300 two, three, and four-year-olds who dance in small groups on the stage, performing either Tap ,Ballet, Jazz or Hiphop. The 2nd concert is our Tap and Hiphop concert, this involves about 100 talented children and adults performing Tap and Hiphop to modern and traditional music. This is a great show for all ages. Concert John Williamson in Concert November 12 From his musical family beginnings in the Victorian Mallee, to defining the Australian character through song, John Williamson has achieved musical success and respect internationally and nationwide, writing some 400 songs and selling in excess of 3.8

Comedy Jimeoin - Something Smells Funny November 13 Something......Smells Funny. There is a hilarious aroma in the’s Jimeoin’s new show ‘Something........ Smells Funny’. Join him as he effortlessly makes you breathe in his witty brand of charming humour....... you will leave with the unforgettable stench of happiness. Pre Show Buffet Dinner $27.50 p/p. Tickets: Adults $34.90; Concession $31.90; Groups 10+ $31.90 Website: Concert Morning Melodies Lynn Walters presents Songs from the Blitz November 15 Be entertained by Lynn Walters and sing along with her as she performs songs from the Blitz. Tickets: $3.00 Concert ASO Free Family Concert November 21 Be entertained by the Auckland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gary Daverne ONZM and associate conductor Peter Thomas.


Exhibition NZ Art Guild “Small Packages” December 1 – 23 Showcasing a diverse range of artworks from NZ Art Guild Artists. These fabulous small artworks are all 25cm x 25cm – paintings, textile, photography and much more. Purchase and take with you, ideal for Christmas. Kids Mums N Kids Magical Story Time Every Tuesday & Friday at 10.00am Kids come and be entertained with a story or two from the magical story box. Cushions Provided – story’s change every time. Kids $5.00, Under 1 free. Suitable for ages 1 – 7 years Story time will finish for the year from Tuesday December 14 and commence Tuesday February 1, 2011. Dance Victoria Philips Academy Awards December 4 – 5 A dance spectacular of movie classics including favourites from Flashdance, My Fair Lady, Shrek, Hairspray, to name a few. Nominees will go head to head to battle for a prestigious Academy Award. Tickets: $23.50 – $28.50 Dance The Nutcracker – Royal NZ Ballet December 8 – 9 The Royal NZ Ballet’s version of The Nutcracker takes the Christmas classic and adds a twist. Adult Premium $77. Other ticket prices available from Ticketmaster. Pre Show Buffet Dinner $27.50 per person. Includes roast dinner, house wine/beer



November 16 to December 16 Are you sick of the same old lame Christmas Parties? The Bruce Mason Centre offers you the choice of the party of all parties, the one your friends wish they could all attend. Twilight till Midnight. Party right this year. The package price includes a fully themed dining room, scrumptious Christmas Buffet Menu, drinks package, DJ and dancing! You can even add transport to and from the venue for just a little extra. Dress to impress or come as you are, Vampires aren’t fussy when it comes to looks! Expect the unexpected. Demand Twilight for your 2010 Xmas event. OR Medieval Feasts! If you want to add some bite into your Christmas event call us today! For more information and to book phone the Party Bus Company on 09 416 6606 or email - HURRY, some dates are already sold out. Bookings essential.

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and Kapiti ice cream to take into the show. Concert Bays School of Dance 2010 Concert December 11 – 12 The style of dancing includes Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, HipHop, Musical Theatre, Character and Acrobatics. The performers range from pre-school to adult. Concert Morning Melodies Royal New Zealand Navy Band December 13 $3 Tickets available from the Bruce Mason Centre Box Office from 9am Monday 15 November. Dance Theatrical Dance North Shore Presents: “Variety Dance Show 2010” December 14 – 15 A non-stop variety show of dance, music and entertainment. Kids Frosty The Snowman December 17 – 18, 20 Frosty is the story of everyone’s favourite festive snowman! This is no ordinary Christmas and Frosty is no ordinary snowman – all it takes is a magical top hat to bring him to life! Frosty is full of festive frivolities and he takes the children on an adventure they will never forget! It’s time to deck the halls, jingle those bells and rock around the Christmas tree with a cast of your yuletide favourites. Tickets: $15 per person plus booking fee / adults at kids prices. issue 5 - november 2010


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ShoreCare CEO Mary Gordon in the patient waiting room of the new Accident & Medical clinic, which features beautiful and durable natural materials such as wood and stone.

24/7 medical FaciliTY openinG 5 november ShoreCare’s new accident and medical facility at Smales Farm will be open for business at 8.00am on Friday 5th of November, providing accident and medical services for the North Shore population 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The new purpose-built facility is located on the ground floor of Sovereign House. It will offer a comprehensive range of services including X-ray and ultrasound services in addition to a full accident and medical clinic. ShoreCare CEO Mary Gordon believes it is the most advanced A&M facility in the country. “The patient-centric design is quite unique,” she says. “Health professionals are coming in from around New Zealand to view it.” The accident and medical clinic is open to everyone on a casual, walk-in basis. An ultrasound facility will enable ShoreCare to offer pregnant women maternity scanning as part of their prenatal care. ShoreCare’s A&M clinic at Smales Farm will service the entire population of the North Shore for after hours care. From 8.00pm till 8.00am, ShoreCare and the North Shore Hospital are the only two options for patients needing accident or medical care on the North Shore. The new facility will treat between 75,000 and 85,000 patients each year. A general practitioner (GP) service will open in the New Year.

The accident and medical clinic will treat both illness and accident. People with chronic illnesses will continue to see their GP in the normal way, but most GPs are only open until six o’clock in the evening. There are also times when patients can’t get an appointment quickly enough with their own GP. On these occasions the new clinic will provide backup,

ambulance bay. Orthopaedic surgeons will run fracture clinics five days a week. Finding the perfect location for a world-class facility. ShoreCare chose Smales Farm as the location for its new facility because of the Park’s proximity to the

The new ShoreCare clinic at Smales Farm is the most advanced Accident & Medical facility in the country. - ShoreCare CEO Mary Gordon

seeing patients on demand and sending records back to the patient’s regular GP to ensure the visit is entered into the patient’s full medical records. The X-ray service is provided on a walk-in basis and will service anyone with accident or medical conditions through to patients who have been referred for an X-ray by their GP or other health care provider. Additional facilities include a resuscitation unit and

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motorway, easy access, plentiful parking, good public transport options and facilities such as cafes and banking, says ShoreCare CEO Mary Gordon. “We want to offer the very best in customer service,” she says. “We’re looking forward to giving the people of the North Shore access to truly world-class facilities and care in a really nice, soothing environment,” she says.

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Hire bikes arrive aT smales Farm Hire bicycles are now available from outside Columbus Coffee at Smales Farm Technology Office Park, and also from Smales Farm Busway station – to celebrate, Smales Farm is giving away 15 free riding days. 30 riders delivered the bikes from Auckland city, taking the Devonport ferry and enjoying a casual ride through the beaches to Takapuna and then on to Smales Farm. There they were met by new Supercity Mayor Len Brown, an advocate of sustainable transport. Visit to register as a Nextbike member. You need to register to use the bikes, but it’s free and only takes a few minutes. If you forget to register but need to use a bike, you can phone register by calling 09 909 9090. The first 15 people to register can enter this code: 252252 to receive a free day’s (24 hours) riding courtesy of Smales Farm.

The hire bikes make their way from Auckland city to arrive at Smales Farm, where riders were met by Supercity Mayor Len Brown.

To celebrate the arrival of the hire bikes, Smales Farm is giving away 15 free riding days.” If you’ve registered already you can still win – just go into your Nextbike account and add the code into the vouchers field there. Each rider will have 30 days to use their free ride. A fleet of Nextbikes are now located across 15 onstreet rental locations on the North Shore. Nextbike

has over 2200 members, and grew more than 150% in the last year. The bikes can be rented 24/7. A helmet and lock is included with the bikes and the first 30 minutes is free for every rider, every day. When a rider is standing by the bike they wish to rent they call 09 909 9090 from their registered

phone to get the lock code texted to their phone. Use the code to unlock the bike, don the helmet and away you go. Riders can return their bike to any Nextbike rack in the rental area – for North Shore riders, this includes Auckland city. A second call to Nextbike confirms the return and terminates the rental. To date 201 major cities around the world have public bike infrastructure. The bikes are an upright “European Cruiser” style, have three easy gears, adjustable seat, chain guard and a basket in the front which is ideal for a laptop or picnic lunch. Bicycles travel free on all Fullers ferries. Costs to ride: The first 30 minutes of riding every day is free, then $4 per hour up to a maximum of $16 per 24 hours.

laTe niGHT pHarmacY openinG 5 november A new extended hours pharmacy will open in the Q4 building at 8.00am on Friday 5th of November, so patients of the new medical facility at Smales Farm will need to walk only a few steps to fill prescriptions. The new store will carry a full range of pharmacy retail products including vitamins, health supplements and beauty products as well as medicines and prescriptions. The ShoreCare Pharmacy in the Q4 Building opposite the Accident & Medical centre – will be open from 8.30am to 11pm seven days a week, 365 days of the year. The extended hours make the new store the last pharmacy to close on the North Shore every night. A qualified pharmacist will always be available to give advice and information about prescriptions and medicines.

Director Bryan Rowney says the new pharmacy will be almost double the size of the existing ShoreCare pharmacy in Shakespeare Road. “We will be offering a larger range of products and services to our customers on the North Shore,” he says. “The Smales Farm site has easy vehicle access at all times and plenty of parking. That will make life easier for all of our customers, whether they are filling prescriptions or just shopping with us.”

Photo: ShoreCare Pharmacy Director Bryan Rowney says his store will carry a full range of pharmacy retail products as well as medicines and prescriptions.

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SmalesCorner@SmalesFarm – New Zealand’s best place to work and do business

Services and infrastructure key to Smales Farm success S

males Farm continues to attract new tenants with a unique blend of services and infrastructure that includes a gym, crèche, shops, banking, cafes, easy parking and its own bus station – all in a landscaped park-like environment. Smales Farm Technology Office Park is North Shore City’s most identifiable address, with over 1.2 million vehicles passing each week. The Park is going from strength to strength, attracting new tenants despite a tough economic climate. The ‘green’ technologies and design of Smales Farm’s buildings yield substantial power and water savings for tenants, but other success indicators such as company culture, staff retention and morale are helping attract new tenants, says the Park’s General Manager Daniel Henderson. “Tenants report high employee satisfaction as Smales Farm delivers on the ‘soft’ dimensions of the workplace dynamic,” Daniel Henderson says. “Low operating costs are essential, but this alone does not make people enjoy coming to work. People like working here because of the look and feel of the working environment, and because of the extensive “Prospective anchor infrastructure tenants are typically large and services that make their lives organisations considering an alternative to long-term simpler. The ability to do banking leasing in the CBD.” and get a haircut Daniel Henderson, at lunchtime, to General Manager, collect your child Smales Farm Technology Office Park from the crèche on your way to the car after work, or catch a bus to work that stops next to your office – these are things that make people’s lives easier, and in the long run assist our tenants to flourish.” The park has a flexible approach to building and leasing, which is creating an environment capable of growing and adapting to tenant companies’ changing needs and demands. “Prospective anchor tenants are typically large organisations considering an alternative to long-term leasing in the CBD. We have the vision, the time, the resources and the track record to be here for the long haul, delivering the best office environment to the best companies and organisations.”

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“People don’t need to understand banks, banks need to understand people.” ASB Smales Farm branch

Banks don’t exist without the people who entrust their lives, dreams, or plans in them. It’s one thing ASB has never forgotten and it’s what drives us to be a better bank. Whether you’re just popping in to deposit some cash or sitting down with us to talk about your financial goals, we’re here to discuss and more importantly, listen. It’s not just about being a bank. It’s about being human too. Phone Number: (09) 448 4480 Hours: Mon — Fri 9:00am to 4:30pm ASB Bank Limited’s current Disclosure Statement is available free of charge from any branch of ASB.

“We offer a fabulous environment for business meetings, or just relax with wine and some exceptional food.” Jayson Hayde, Owner

Seriously good food and coffee has seen Columbus Coffee Smales Farm build a great reputation, win industry awards and gain a loyal following of regulars. Whether you’re seated in the plush leather lounge chairs, or out in the courtyard with its piazza atmosphere, you can relax in comfort and style. From 6.00am weekdays and 8.00am weekends. Call us on 486 3200

“A great haircut without the fuss is the secret of our success with blokes.” Owner and Director Jeremy Foster-Moan

Servilles Barber at Smales Farm is the best place to get a men’s haircut this side of the bridge. You’ll get a superior haircut like that of a Servilles salon, but in half the time and cost. There are no appointments to make. Just watch some Sky Sport, get a good haircut and go. Sun & Mon closed, Tue & Fri 8.00am – 6.00pm Wed, Thurs 8.00am – 7.00pm Saturday 9.00am – 2.00pm

“BodyTech is unique in delivering 30 minute supervised workouts, which is like ‘personal training that’s free’.”

“At child® our goal is simple: to make learning irresistible.” Lee Clark, Director

Carla Hickmott, Manager

Because you never workout alone and you’re investing just 30 minutes (or less) three times a week, your motivation stays high and you’ll get in shape fast. If you’ve ever felt out of place in a ‘regular’ gym environment, come try BodyTech. Call us on 486 6400 or visit

“We strive for simplicity and convenience.” Lim, Manager

child® at Smales Farm is the highest quality pre-school available in New Zealand, setting the standard in both education and staffing. We offer five innovative and individual learning environments, catering for all pre-school children from birth to five years. Our holistic teaching programmes use leading technology, structured learning plans, lesson evaluations and child-initiated activities. Call us on 488 7766, or visit

“Some days you just need to escape the daily grind. Our fireplace is roaring! Meet you there!” Gordon Simpson, Owner

Hatsuhana at Smales Farm bridges the gap between East and West. It’s a friendly and welcoming sushi and noodle bar where you can depend on getting the freshest fish and the tastiest noodles. This is deceptively simple cuisine, saluting the centuries-old methods used by the very best sushi shops and chefs in Japan and China. Monday – Friday 10.00am – 3.30pm Call us on 488 0210

“The SkinFit team has designed express versions of all full treatments, so you can always find something that fits inside your time frame.”

Quarry at Smales Farm was one of only two Auckland restaurants to place in the top six of the most recent Monteith’s Wild Food Challenge. The other was the Hilton. Come in and check out their great menu today! It’s the perfect place for a meal or just a quiet drink with friends, and the ultimate venue for private functions. Monday – Friday 11.30am – Late Saturday 4.00pm – Late Call us on 915 0101

“Ordering with SUBWAY restaurants is super easy – text, internet or in person. Great parking right outside means a no-hassle pick up.”

Natasha Bull, Owner & Manager

Terence, Manager

SkinFit’s three most popular treatments are skin treatments such as facials; 40-minute ‘high impact’ treatments for a specific problem such as sun damage; and permanent hair removal or skin pigmentation removal. SkinFit was awarded national runner up at last year’s New Zealand Beauty Therapy Awards, and topped the Auckland rankings.

Order on the internet, from your mobile or watch our friendly staff make your food - just the way you like it. We custom make every order: breakfast, lunch and dinner. We have excellent catering options for all sized functions, and you can collect loyalty points with SUBCARD.

Call us on 489 8489 or use our online booking form

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HAND ME DOWN WORLD Lloyd Jones. $40 From the author of the award-winning bestseller Mister Pip, this is a poignant tale of a mother’s quest to be united with her child. It tells the story of a nameless African woman who sees her baby taken away by his father just a few weeks after birth. Her journey to find her son relies on the barest of resources as she tracks him from the shoreline of Tunisia to the confusion of Berlin. It is her encounters with an array of strangers along the way, and with love and betrayal in their many guises, that give this spellbinding novel its kaleidoscopic and haunting, but beautiful, tone. When the truth is dramatically revealed, it throws into doubt everything that has been accepted at face value before. Hand Me Down World is an unforgettable story of the courage of a mother and the versions of truth we create to accommodate our lives.

A myriad of reading choices for all ages.

MUD AND COLOUR MAN: The Morris & James Story Anthony Morris et al. $65

HOME WORK: Leading New Zealand Architects’ Own Houses John Walsh & Patrick Reynolds. $75

Ant Morris has always has been an artist, and a potter, fascinated by colour and form. From the rough clay of Matakana, he and Sue James created one of New Zealand’s leading potteries. From terracotta flooring tiles to huge clay pots, a piece by Morris & James would be coveted, a superb and highly desirable piece of art – distinctive and stylish. Since the 1980s, Morris & James have ridden the booms and troughs of three indifferent economic decades. This fascinating insight into the artistic man and the company shows how both were forced to change, yet never lost their place in the affections of those who love the vision and the glorious sense of colour which characterised everything stamped with their distinctive penny-farthing brand. Superbly illustrated with stunning images, this is a book to love and a gift to treasure, just like a piece from Morris & James.

When architects accept a client’s commission they are working to fulfil the client’s aspirations. When they build their own houses they have only themselves to please. In this fascinating and handsomely produced book by the authors of the acclaimed New New Zealand Houses, Patrick Reynolds and John Walsh go inside 20 homes built and still lived in by their architects. These range from homes built in the 1960s through to new houses only recently completed, throughout New Zealand. Patrick Reynolds’ skilful camera captures their details and John Walsh’s sparkling text explains the significance of each house while also examining its architect’s career. Given that they are all practitioners with a significant body of work (including David Mitchell & Julie Stout, Ian Athfield, Marshall Cook, Patrick Clifford, Neville Price, Peter Beaven, Bill Toomath and Gordon Moller), together the essays create a survey of high architectural endeavour over the last 50 years.

Enjoy our knowledgeable reading advice, in-store monthly newsletter, gift wrapping, generous loyalty scheme, special orders service.

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new navY museum a Top aTTracTion Dr Wayne Mapp is the local Member of Parliament for North Shore. First elected in 1996, he is currently the Minister of Defence and Research Science and Technology, and Associate Minister for Tertiary Education and Economic Development. Electorate Office contact details: 15 Anzac Avenue, Takapuna Phone 486 0005. HMNZS Philomel. On 8 October, the Prime Minister opened the War 1. We learn about our Kiwi seamen who fought In 1982 a museum was opened at a site on outstanding new Navy Museum at Torpedo Bay in so gallantly in World War 2, our Navy’s role in the Cold Spring Street, right on the boundary of the naval Devonport. War and finally of today’s peacekeeping and multibase, and thus accessible to the public. Over the 28 The museum is a great achievement and a national naval operations. significant tourist attraction for the North Shore and The museum’s Director, Commander David Wright, years the museum was there, the collection grew to over half a million items, looked after by 12 staff. Auckland. The Museum staff, project team, display who has guided the project at Torpedo Bay, was Over the past 20 years various designers, consultants and contractors all projects were mooted for a permanent deserve full credit for the work that they The museum’s Director, Commander David naval museum, including a large building have put in. They are all justifiably proud of Wright, who has guided the project at at the Philomel main gate, the conversion the new Museum. The museum illustrates Torpedo Bay, was this month awarded a of the Devonport Ferry Wharf, and the the story of our Navy, stretching back over replacement of the Torpedo Bay buildings a century. Companion to North Shore City Civic with a large new structure there. The site of the museum, Torpedo Bay, Award in recognition of his leadership. Eventually, restoring the mining base and was originally the base for the Waitemata re-using those buildings was chosen as the most harbour’s mine defences. The new museum utilises this month awarded a Companion to North Shore appropriate option. historic buildings that have survived from that early City Civic Award in recognition of his leadership. He The Navy Museum is the most public face period. The large building, originally known as the has created a new asset for the whole community, of the Navy in Devonport, and the new premises Connecting-up Shed, now houses the main museum which recognises and celebrates Devonport’s establishes Torpedo Bay as a destination in its own exhibition space, other rooms and a café with one of unique heritage. The civic award is an appropriate right. The site has strong historic ties to Devonport the best views in Auckland. recognition of his, and his staff’s hard work. as well as the naval base. The exhibitions tell the story of the Royal New The origins of the Navy Museum stretch back to The Navy Museum and Torpedo Bay have an Zealand Navy, starting with the giant battlecruiser 1974, when the Navy’s small collection of objects exciting future. I congratulate all involved with the HMS New Zealand, which was a gift to the Royal Navy and photos were housed in one of the wartime huts project on a job well done. from the people of New Zealand and fought in World that lined the seawall at the Devonport Naval Base,

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FooTloose THe musical North Shore Music Theatre brings one of the most explosive and popular movies, bursting onto the live stage as a full-fledged musical. Winner of 4 Tony Awards and having played in London, Broadway and toured the United States. FOOTLOOSE was the hit movie in the mid 1980’s starring Kevin Bacon with Number one songs such as ‘Holding out for a Hero’, ‘Let’s hear it for the Boy’, ‘Almost Paradise’, and of course ‘Footloose’. This production has high energy dance sequences designed by Amy Christie, Musical Direction from NAPTA award winning Robin Kelly, and creative direction by Nicky Vella. When teenager Ren and his Mum relocate from Chicago to a small rural town, he is not prepared for the rigorous local laws. Years ago, following a night of partying at a dance, a car accident

claimed the lives of four local teens including the son of a local minister, Shaw Moore. In a misguided attempt to honour the victims, the reverend pushed through a town ordinance banning dancing and in the process has kept alive a memory that can only foster pain. At the emotional heart of 'Footloose' is a boy longing for the father who walked out on him and a man aching for the son he lost. Ultimately Rev. Moore realises that only through placing trust in our young people can they become truly trustworthy. 'Footloose' is propelled by the rocking rhythm of its Oscar nominated top 40 score, the soundtrack album having hit number 1 on the Billboard Charts. FOOTLOOSE is a feelgood, dance in your seat, great night out. Book now at or Ph (09) 489 8360. Season commences from November 6th at The PumpHouse theatre in Takapuna.










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You’ve GoT To spend moneY To make moneY It seems that at every turn the big question on everyone’s mind is are we in the double dip of the recession now? How deep will it be, and when will it end? Well, whatever the answer is, it is clear that local businesses are continuing to feel the pinch. Whilst I don’t profess to hold the holy grail of answers, here are what I think are the top four tips to flourishing in stormy weather. 1. Make the Sale The obvious place to start is with the top line and while customers will typically become more price sensitive during a recession this does not necessarily mean discounting prices will translate into increased sales or profits. This is particularly true if implemented in conjunction with a cost cutting strategy which decreases advertising and marketing. Let’s consider a business with a GP of 30% that decided to reduce price by 10% - a seemingly insignificant reduction. However, the company will require a 50% increase in sales just to maintain their gross profit. On the flipside, a company can sustain a 33% drop in sales at their original GP of 30% before being in a worse position than if they had dropped the price. Status quo

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Remember, pricing is very transparent as a competitive advantage and one easily copied by

competitors, so what other strategies could be implemented to keep sales moving? • Consider ways of offering a lower priced alternative to your price sensitive customers while still maintaining margins. • Margins may vary significantly across products – knowing these will allow you to implement an effective pricing structure and focus on the areas of your business that are most profitable. • Building an efficient sales teams, sales processes, sales activities and channels are also key revenue drivers. 2. You’ve got to Spend Money to Make Money Discretionary expenses include all costs which are not absolutely required for the business to run, and would include items such as research and development, training, marketing, customer service initiatives and entertainment. Cutting these expenses seems like another obvious place to start when times get tough but it is not always a great strategy. You should not cut any expenses which will impact the strength of relationships with profitable customers, nor any investment in developing or delivering profitable goods or services. This includes marketing and advertising. A key step to managing expenses is conducting an analysis of customer and product line profitability, then reviewing this on a case by case basis. This may be a good time to seek out alternative suppliers who can offer goods or services at a better price, although be wary of compromising quality if this forms part of your competitive advantage and don’t destroy long term relationships over a very minimal difference. 3. Asset Management There are two key components in managing your assets; developing good debt to equity structures, and

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managing cash and working capital. It is a common fault for businesses to have too much debt to the short term, when long term secured loans invariably carry a lower interest rate. Reviewing your financing arrangements may allow you to decrease your interest expense or, if cashflow is tight, allow you to consider the possibility of a period of interest only repayments. Managing cashflow has become one of the key issues for businesses particularly when exacerbated by decreasing sales and slowing debtor days. Receivables and inventory are key to improving your cash cycle and monitoring these areas closely will ensure not only that cashflow is optimized, but also that stock is available to meet customer needs. Cashflow optimisation will decrease the need for short term funding, and hence cost of capital. And a final point to note, good staff are one of the key assets to any business, recession or no recession. Look after them 4. Be the Man (or Woman) with a Plan Having a clear vision, strategic plan and business plan, and reviewing these regularly are a must for any successful business. Recession or not it is important to clearly define and monitor your company strategy. When business is failing it becomes even easier to lose sight of your original vision as day to day focus turns to short term survival. Take active steps to understand the current situation, and what you need to do to survive, then build this into your plan. Does your business model need to change for a recessionary market? Develop agile and resilient strategies and stick to them – remember, in a recession your value proposition does not change, just how you bring it to market. Back up your plan with clear, consistent and transparent performance measures, KPIs and a financial forecast model.

Matthew Bellingham is CEO of innovative chartered accountancy practice Hayes Knight

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planninG aHead avoids issues Making decisions for those who can no longer do so themselves is a huge responsibility. It can weigh heavily upon those to whom the responsibility is passed. Most people are conscious of the need to put their affairs in order in case of death or mental incapacity. If you do not have clear directions and correct legal authority, the process can become protracted and expensive. Planning ahead gives an opportunity to help future generations avoid issues you may have faced during your lifetime. Common legal tools include: 1. Wills - If you simply leave your assets to a surviving partner, that can create problems if he/she might otherwise have qualified for asset tested benefits. For example, if a couple have assets totaling $400,000.00 in value, one partner dies and leaves all the assets to the surviving partner (or if they pass automatically because they are jointly owned) the survivor will have assets of $400,000.00. He/she will not qualify for benefits such as Residential Care subsidy where the benchmark is $200,000.00. If the deceased partner leaves to the survivor a right to use, but not own, his/her share of the assets, the surviving partner may then qualify for support.

2. Memorandum of guidance for trustees - if you have transferred assets to a family trust, your will does not apply to those assets because they no longer belong to you. Upon your death, the trustees of the trust need to know how you want them to deal with Trust assets. A memorandum of guidance for trustees (also known as a memorandum of wishes) lets the trustees know how you would like them to exercise their discretion. For many people, this memorandum is more important than their will, for most of their assets have been transferred to a trust. 3. Enduring powers of attorney - these documents allow your appointed person to make decisions for you if you become mentally incapable. A will does not take effect until a person has died, and so an enduring power of attorney can fill the void between full capacity and death, and make the process a lot easier for those who may have to care for you. 4. Advance directive for healthcare - sometimes called a “living will”. These can express your wish that you should not be kept alive by artificial means when you might consider that you no longer have any quality of life. A living will makes it easier for surviving family when faced with a stressful decision about continuing life support treatment.

It is important that any asset planning exercise is comprehensive. If you have a trust, you should make sure that your will complements that trust. For example, if you have a life insurance policy, and you are the named owner of that policy, any proceeds payable on your death will fall into your estate and pass to the beneficiaries of your will. But, if the trustees of your trust are named as the owner, then upon your death the trust will receive the policy proceeds without having to undertake a lengthy gifting process. Future generations can enjoy the benefits of a trust without most of the cost and documentation that comes with starting one. An effective combination of a will and trust means that your children and grandchildren receive their assets in their own trusts without any debt owing. A focus on one aspect without considering the others can waste opportunities and obstruct your objectives. Effective planning can avoid leaving future generations with difficult choices to make, and money to spend on things which could have been avoided.

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1 - Nicki Hamblyn. 2 - Glenn Snyders. 3 - Daniel Bell. 4 - Brent Newdick. 5 - Relay Team. 6 - Sevens Team. 7 - Men’s Hockey Team. 8 - Sam Michael Webster. 9 - Women’s Hockey Team. 10 - Valerie Adams. 11 - Silver Ferns.

Good siGns For FuTure in perFormance oF YounG aTHleTes Millennium Institute CEO Mike Stanley believes New Zealand’s 36-medal haul at the Delhi Commonwealth Games bodes well for the future. “Sure, everyone would have liked to have seen us win more gold medals. But I think we can be very proud of the team’s efforts – and there are good signs in the number of young people who achieved so well. “The performance of young athletes in sports like cycling, swimming and athletics in particular, was very encouraging.” Also heartened to see so many young

– i.e. rowing, sailing, equestrian, triathlon. Commenting on the Games overall, Mike felt they ‘exceeded expectations’. Heavily involved – as President of New Zealand’s Olympic committee – in the lastminute negotiations to ensure the Games went ahead, he says a number of problems were highlighted in the lead-up to the Games which had taken ‘extraordinary measures’ to overcome. “Once the Indian Government understood the magnitude of the problem they certainly pulled out all stops to put

We can be very proud of the team’s efforts – and there are good signs in the number of young people who achieved so well. athletes associated with the Millennium Institute on the podium, Mike says that in looking ahead to New Zealand’s London 2012 Olympic prospects we need to remember there are a number of sports where New Zealand is strong that weren’t on the Delhi Commonwealth Games programme

things right with the two main areas of concern – the village and the transport system. “As the Games went on the organisation got more efficient and it was also good to see the event becoming more popular with the locals.”

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unprecedenTed medal Haul For baYs couGars’ aTHleTes Members of North Harbour Bays Athletics are over the moon with the success of their club representatives at the Delhi Commonwealth Games. Club vice-president Dave Norris says the four medals won on the track by club members Nicki Hamblin (two silvers in the 800m and 1500m); Andrea Miller (bronze in the 100m hurdles); and Brent Newdick (silver in the decathlon) were ‘unprecedented’. “We had high hopes for those who were selected – because they had to be ranked in the top six in their event to even make the New Zealand team. But we understood how difficult it was going to be, not only with the elite level of competition but also coping with the heat and humidity and we didn’t dare dream of four medals.” “We’re delighted for them,” he says. “And also very proud of the great efforts by Monique Williams and Adrian Blincoe in making it through to the finals of their events.” Describing Nicki Hamblin’s 800m-1500m double as ‘world class’, Dave says her performance in finishing one step behind the Olympic champion in the 800 metres was outstanding.

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A multi-million dollar donation by an international businessman with a passion for seeing New Zealand sports people succeed, has given a substantial boost to fundraising for the $40M expansion of the Millennium Institute of Sport and Health. Last week, Owen Glenn pledged to match other private and business donations by a further $2.75 million. This brings the total of the renowned philanthropist’s donations to the project to $3.85 million. Mr Glenn’s generosity will be recognised through the naming of the Owen G Glenn Aquatic Centre. After an initial donation of $100,000 which funded research into the viability of the proposed National Training Centre for High Performance Sport, Mr Glenn had donated a further $1 million earlier this year. Now, his latest donation is designed to lead the way for other private sector donations. Delighted with Mr Glenn’s support of the vision to create a multi-disciplinary centre of excellence committed to propelling our next generation of athletes onto the world stage, Millennium Institute of Sport and Health CEO Mike Stanley described it as ‘a very significant contribution’. The Minister of Sport and Recreation, Murray McCully, was similarly appreciative of Mr Glenn’s generosity. He explained that when, in June this year, the Prime Minister announced the biggest-ever increase in Government funding for high performance sport, the intention was that it would be the catalyst for ‘private sector and philanthropic funders to produce a much larger pool of money to support our elite athletes’. “We are therefore delighted that Owen Glenn is making such a generous contribution, through the Glenn Family Foundation, to the National Training Centre at the AUT Millennium Campus where Mike Stanley and his team are in the process of creating a world-class facility for New Zealand’s top sportsmen and women.” With organisers now rapidly ‘closing the gap’ on the funding required, construction on the expansion is due to start early in the new year, with the first facilities available in early 2012 - in time to benefit athletes preparing for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.


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shore sPort: melissa ingram’s commonwealth Games report

Left: The New Zealand Commonwealth Games Team’s accommodation block within the village at Delhi. Above: Melissa Ingram with swimming coaches Jan Cameron (her former coach) and her son Scott Talbot (her present coach).

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North Shore swimmer Melissa Ingram provided this report for Channel Magazine on her experience competing at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. The New Zealand Swimming Team left Auckland on September 22nd to fly to Dubai for a training camp. All twelve swimmers boarded the plane and were unsure as to whether the games would even go ahead. I was sceptical after reading media reports of uninhabitable accommodation, dengue fever outbreaks, snakes in bedrooms and monkeys running riot in the village. But we got the all clear from the NZOC on September 27th and we were off to Delhi. As soon as the plane touched down in India I had my Purell in my pocket and it would become my best friend. I managed to escape Delhi without getting the dreaded Delhi belly! Like every participant in the Games I had my fears about the security, but my concerns were eased somewhat as I stepped outside of the airport doors to be instantly surrounded by a dozen armed soldiers. I’d never seen a machine gun up close before and now it was dangling only 60cm from my face. The streets to the village were lined with hundreds of armed soldiers and I noticed that our bus did not stop once. Upon our arrival in the village we were greeted by the New Zealand team performing the haka for us outside our accommodation block. It is a very powerful and emotional welcome that helps unify the team and introduce new team-mates. We then headed up to our apartments and I was pleasantly surprised after expecting the worst. It was clear that the support staff had worked extremely hard over the preceding days to get our accommodation into an inhabitable state. It became apparent throughout the village that the Indians had really tried to make this the best Commonwealth Games ever, but had lacked the leadership and organisation to get it done in time. As the Games progressed all the training venues within the village finally opened and the smaller details began to be addressed.

Like every athlete competing at the Games there were issues which I had to deal with, but I went in expecting the worst and didn’t actually find it too bad. Having competed in Asian countries before I was confident that I would be able to handle what was thrown at me. When we arrived at the competition venue for our first swim the pool was about four degrees under legal race temperature, I couldn’t feel my feet when I kicked! There were constant issues with the plumbing as toilets got blocked and showers ran out of water, not good when I was halfway through washing my hair! But I felt that these issues were not serious enough to impede performance and it was best to just laugh and move on. There were thousands of volunteers at the Games who were only to willing to help in any way that they could, these volunteers made the Games a success. After I finished competing I went on an amazing day tour to see the Taj Mahal. The Indians organised a full day of first class service free of charge, we were treated like royalty. It was a two hour train ride each way and we were treated to full breakfast and dinner, as well as lunch at an exclusive hotel where Indian performances entertained us while we ate. Seeing the Taj Mahal was surreal. The white marble was incredibly beautiful and I can understand why it has been named as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. After visiting the Taj we were taken to some government controlled markets where we could pick up some souvenirs and get a taste of Indian culture. The village ‘bubble’ travelled with us that day as security was incredibly tight, they even stopped all the traffic while the convoy of buses came through. The local people were forced to stand at the side of the road and watch as we travelled through the streets. There was much scepticism about what the food in the village would be like, and every athlete was concerned about Delhi belly, but the food was very

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Melissa Ingram at the Taj Mah


Seeing the Taj Mahal was surreal. The white marble was incredibly beautiful and I can understand why it has been named as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. good. Our New Zealand support staff ate at the village for two weeks before we arrived and none of them got sick. People’s natural rhythms were definitely askew, but that was always going to happen in India. Some countries whinged about it and made excuses, but I thought the kiwis were great because we all just got on with the job. The main dining hall was about the size of a rugby field and was divided up into Indian, Asian, Western, African, Salad, and Pizza/Pasta sections. Unfortunately I never got the opportunity to venture outside the village and taste the local cuisine, but I did have a lot of fantastic curries from the Indian section! My third Commonwealth Games experience was enjoyable, but as predicted I didn’t leave the village bubble and will have to return to India to experience their culture sometime in the future.

sPorts news By Adele Lendich, CEO of Netball North Harbour.

social season Congratulations to our Gold Medal Winners, the Silver Ferns! Lyn Gunson – Director of Netball at Netball North Harbour has returned home having recently been seconded by Netball NZ as the Specialist Coach to the Silver Ferns at the Commonwealth Games. Of course our first comments to Lyn in her first day back in the office were ‘what a fantastic final to win gold”. For us at home the final against Australia was a nail biting, frustrating yet highly exciting game. However, for the coaches on the sideline, Lyn’s comment was that they didn’t even see the game, their priority was thinking about the next movement, the next pass, all the while pre-empting what Aussie would think or do next. Three weeks of solid preparation saw Lyn with a 6am start and 1am bed time every day, planning and practicing every possible scenario for the team. Hard work indeed - but what a fantastic outcome for NZ. Well done – go the Ferns! For those of us back in the office however, the social season has sneaked up on us with many people starting to fill their diaries with Christmas functions and events. Our focus here at Netball North Harbour has been developing the social side of our sport. Mid-October sees us start our Summer Social leagues, so you will see our car park filling up again for our mid week competitions. Primary Twilight commenced on Wednesday afternoons and our Intermediate and College twilight competition on Thursdays, with 150 teams having registered so far to compete in these competitions. No longer is netball considered a winter sport! Mid week Ladies Day netball has been re-introduced (after a fifteen-plus-year-break). The Wednesday morning competition is very social and many of the competitors haven’t played for a number of years. Netball North Harbour staff are participating in the competition with a team aptly named The Mind Is Willing. We have a child minding service available so Mums can focus on the game and have peace of mind that their children are in safe hands. With the sunshine out we have put up some of the tennis nets out on the sixteen dually marked courts and it’s great to see a lot of young people and families getting out on the courts, playing tennis, having fun and making the most of daylight savings. Our function rooms are also proving very popular with a large number of local community groups and businesses utilising our fantastic facilities at great prices. The AMI Netball Centre is a place for the community to meet and participate in sports, events and functions, this is certainly our vision and focus and we will continue to develop our Social competitions in 2011. On Sunday 21st of November we have a fabulous evening of entertainment planned. The North Harbour Swing Band is performing for the North Shore community here at the AMI Netball Centre. The North Harbour Swing Band has 18 players and 2 vocalists, their repertoire includes the likes of Glen Miller, popular Sinatra numbers plus a range of more up-beat Latin numbers. We have arranged some exhibition dancing and a surprise celebrity performance, so get your dancing shoes on and come and join us for a great evening’s entertainment! The function is running from 6.30pm-10.00pm and tickets are $35 per head including a delicious roast meal and dessert buffet. All proceeds raised will be going towards our covered courts project. To reserve your ticket please phone our fabulous receptionist Sopo on 481 0941. For more information on our social competitions, function room hire and our big band event, please visit


norTH sHore’s cHampions North Shore Squash Club gained international acclaim recently when one of it’s A-Grade players, Gary Duberly, won the Men’s 45 – 49 age group at the World Squash Masters Championships in Cologne, Germany. New Zealand sent 28 representatives to the Squash Masters, of which six were from the North Shore Club, with over 800 entries from countries around the world. Duberly’s win was the crowning achievement for the North Shore Squash Club after a successful year in competition both nationally and internationally. Just missing out on joining Duberly on the podium, another of he club’s A-grade players, Lisa Cowlard, played extremely well in the Women’s 40 – 45 age group to take away the 4th prize. Closer to home, Ben Kennedy, one of the club’s up-and-coming Juniors, won the Boy’s under 11 North Island Age group Championships. Josh McHugh and Bryce Redman, along with Rachel McLeod, Sarah Agi and Michelle Heron, represented the Club in the Auckland inter-district teams events. Also, ladies A-grade Mitchell Cup team of Rachel McLeod, Lisa Cowlard, Trina Moore, Mandy Kennedy and Sarah Agi brought home the 2010 cup after some very competitive games in the Hawkes Bay against rival National Teams. Founded in 1964 on Shea Terrace, Takapuna, the North Shore Squash Club originally had only two courts, but has grown over the years so that it now has seven squash courts. Three of these being glass back with seating facilities for viewing, which enables the Club to host many major national and International squash events right here, on the Shore. Many of New Zealand's prominent squash players have passed through and benefited from the Club and its programmes. With membership of 540 players, including over 100 Juniors, the Club runs two major junior programmes. Beginners and lower level players receive coaching on Friday evenings, with the more advanced players under the tutelage of club Coach Mark Waldin on Tuesday evenings. Players who are identified as being of an 'elite' category receive additional coaching both within the Club, and

are also recommended for inclusion in the Auckland regional and the national coaching programmes. The Club has also developed a very strong relationship with local schools, including Westlake Boys and Westlake Girls grammar schools. The Club's facilities are made available to players from these schools, in particular the two grammar schools use the Club facilities on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. They are used for the inter school squash competition, a competition that involves Schools on the North Shore and also around the greater Auckland area. The lounge and Bar area which is surrounded by a large deck, has fantastic views overlooking the shores of Lake Pupuke and is available to members and the general public to hire out for functions and events. The Lounge boasts a big 60 inch T.V situated at one end of the lounge where many a great night has been had at the Club with members and friends cheering on their favourite sports teams. John the Irish Barman is always on hand to serve the odd ale and tell his usual Irish jokes. Also onsite you will find Lakeside Catering manager Tina in the Club kitchen ready with a tasty meal or snack of your choice. North Shore Squash Club would like to offer all Channel readers a Special Offer to get ready for some Summer Fun:

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crickeT club siGns naminG sponsor East Coast Bays Cricket Club has topped off a successful year by signing a sponsorship deal for its top two teams. Under the deal with Insurance and Lending Group (ILG) which is set to pump funds and resources in the club, the Premier and Premier Reserve teams will now be known as Insurance and Lending Group East Coast Bays. "We're excited to welcome ILG as our naming sponsor for our top men's teams" said Club Chairman, Andrew Diver. "It's very difficult finding resources to run a sports club nowadays and the generous support of ILG will help us to provide sporting opportunities that we may, otherwise, not have been able to do".

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GundrY's Grumbles with simon Gundry Simon Gundry is a Devonport and North Shore identity, and character, who is known for calling a spade a spade. He is a director of contracting company Gill & Gundry, is an enthusiastic and active sailor (past crew-member of Ceramo New Zealand and Lion New Zealand in Whitbread Round The World races and Shockwave in Admiral’s Cup) and is a life member North Shore Rugby Football Club. This is his regular and lively contribution to CHANNEL.

poHuTukawas in bloom I can’t believe we are looking down the barrel at Christmas already, where has the year gone? The beautiful pohutukawa blossom is starting to appear along the waterfront at Devonport, with the tide full and the blue skies I wouldn’t want to be living in any other part of the world. I have just returned from Australia where I visited my number three son, who graduated from Otago University with a degree in Surveying. He is working on the biggest infrastructure project in the Southern Hemisphere, guiding tunnelling machines that are boring a myriad of tunnels underneath Brisbane. I came back thinking why the hell can’t we do something like this under our harbour. Sir Dove Myer Robinson, the former Mayor of Auckland, with his idea of rapid rail really did have the right idea – he was a

funded tertiary education working to the advantage of countries overseas. These young people are now working in Australia, Europe and the Middle East. I do realise that this overseas experience is important for these young New Zealanders, and the bright lights of London are more exciting than the bright lights of cities in New Zealand. Sometimes I wonder whether New Zealand is too small, too few people paying taxes and too many on social welfare, too many on benefits. We have too many people with a sense of entitlement, who think the state will pay for them and look after them. Where has this come from, when we used to be known for our independence, ingenuity, innovation and can do attitude? We are now a nation of beige people, too scared to speak out. We have lost our sense of

Within a couple of days of this article being published in Channel magazine, I received a trespass notice in the post barring me from the Masonic for 24 months. man ahead of his time. He was the man who stopped the proposed oxidation ponds being put on Browns Island, instead building them down at Mangere where they are now. One of my great concerns on talking to my number three son, is that of the 40 young people who graduated from Otago with a degree in surveying in 2009, less than a handful have jobs working in New Zealand. The rest of them are spread throughout the world. Again, another example of our part taxpayer

humour. One of the worst things that happened to us as a country was losing Billy T James at a young age. He was one person who could “poke the Borax” and get us to laugh at ourselves. When he died, a lot of our national humour died with him. Now we are so politically correct we can’t say anything vaguely controversial. I’ll give you a graphic example, I wrote an article for this magazine a couple of months ago with my opinion about the Masonic Tavern in Devonport, in

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which I said the Environment Court decision in giving the go ahead for this development was just the first hurdle in the ongoing battle for the developer. Many more hurdles will be thrown up before this project is finished. In fact I feel now that the owner would be better off selling the hotel and the land right now and walking away, and spending the money to enjoy his life. I believe he would be better off financially doing that, than when the project is finished. Within a couple of days of this article being published in Channel magazine, I received a trespass notice in the post barring me from the Masonic for 24 months. This really has annoyed me, as I do enjoy a quiet beer there on a Thursday evening with a few good people. One of my good friends wrote a letter to the proprietor of this fine establishment asking why I had been banned and defended my position. He also received a trespass notice banning him for 24 months by return post – the reason given being “Quarrelsome and Insulting behaviour”. There are a couple of other regulars who have voiced their opposition to this development. One in particular is a very well travelled and articulate person, who goes in to play pool a couple of nights a week with his best mate, the lawyer. He has been quite vocal with his opposition in the environment court, telling the court that the proprietor had run down the hotel deliberately to try and convince people it was a dying business. He too has received trespass notices for 24 months. Where the hell has the freedom of speech gone? People have told me just to go back and try to have a beer there, but these trespass notices have also been filed with the police and the council. We have no right of appeal. I can remember from my history lessons at Takapuna Grammar School of people trying to stifle the freedom of speech in Germany in the 1930’s. Sometimes in life you have to speak up and say what you believe in, and to hell with the consequences. Summer is coming on, a wonderful time in this country. We are blessed with good beaches and sailing grounds, open country and fresh air and friendships. Lets make the most of the summer months, I get sick of going to funerals and saying to friends “let’s catch up sometime” and the next time you catch up is at another funeral. Make a few phone calls over the summer, invite those friends over and have a beer, a glass of wine and some food. Include the kids. Communicate with your next door neighbours, sometimes it takes an extraordinary event as happened in Christchurch back in September, for people even to get to know their neighbours. Okay, that’s it for now. See you in the December edition of Channel. It’s good to see it being accepted so well by the people of the North Shore. I know it’s pretty widely read as a lot of people come up and talk to me about the column, and agree with many of my points.

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Council Controlled Organisations (CCO’s): Most councils around the country operate many CCOs, and very successfully. CCOs are trusts or companies in which the council controls 50 per cent or more of the votes or has the right to appoint 50 per cent (or more) of directors or trustees. The CCOs are independent of the council’s operations and, in the case of companies, are set up under the Companies Act 1993 and have their own boards of directors. They are also accountable to the Auckland Council. Water services will be delivered through Watercare; Transport services will be delivered through Auckland Transport. The other CCOs are Auckland Council Investments Ltd, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development Ltd, Regional Facilities Auckland,

Auckland Council Property Ltd and Auckland Waterfront Development Agency. The council must agree statements of intent with each of its CCOs, which will contain performance measures for the CCOs. The CCOs will also have a role in helping achieve the objectives in the council’s long-term plan and other strategic plans, such as the spatial plan. The board of each CCO must nominate two meetings every year to be open to the public. Boards must also allow reasonable time for the public to address the meetings. First meetings: The first meeting of the Auckland Council is on 1 November, when the mayor and councillors will be sworn in to office. Local boards across Auckland meet during that week for the same purpose.

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baTHroom producTs aT FacTorY prices If you are in the market for bathroom products then we think we’ve uncovered a little secret for you. Plumb’In at Albany, where you will find quality bathroom products at unbeatable factory pricing - backed by manufacturer warranties! High quality, low price is what’s all about at Plumb’In. There are no frills at Plumb’In. Just an extensive range of Showers, Vanities, Toilets, Tapware, Baths, Spa Baths , Laundry Tubs and kitchen sinks – on the floor and ready to buy. There is always a range of seconds as well as ex-display and clearance stock at Plumb’In. “Plumb’In is where beer money buys champagne taste,” explains Nuala Goldstein of Plumb’In. “We have most of the top brands all in a factory shop environment. These include Englefield, Aquatica, Caroma, Weiss , Clearlite and Alpha. At the moment we also have a whole consignment of a premium European designer brand which is very affordable. This range includes baths, vanities and toilets.” Plumb’In is owned by local North Shore couple Walter and Nuala Goldstein, who started it seven years ago. Their first outlet was on the Shore. There are now seven stores throughout the country with a great

store at Albany to serve their local community. Prior to starting Plumb’In, Walter was an architectural rep for a bathroom importing company and saw an opportunity to market all the seconds and end-of-line stock that was just sitting around doing nothing. So Plumb’In started out as purely a seconds or end-of-line supplier, and while it still has all these types of products in stock it also now has leading brands at factory prices as well. “All our stock is sold as cash-andcarry as we don’t open accounts,” explains Nuala. “We just offer quality products at very affordable prices. As a result we get a wide range of customers buying from us. From bathroom designers, to customers who are recommended to us by their builders or plumbers who just carry out the install, through to DIY’ers. Our pricing means that what we sell is great for all budgets and very popular

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QuenTin blake ZaGaZoo collecTion Quentin Blake Zagazoo is a whimsical and fun new textile collection from English fabric house Osborne & Little, designed by Quentin Blake, which is available now at Firefly Light & Design in Devonport. Quentin Blake, the celebrated author and artist, has designed this collection of children’s fabrics and wallpapers exclusively for Osborne & Little. All the patterns are based on Quentin’s original book illustrations. Exuberant patterns for fun rooms are printed on practical, washable cottons and wallpapers. Quentin is one of Britain’s best-loved and most successful illustrators and children’s authors and ‘has drawn ever since he can remember’. The Quentin Blake Zagazoo collection comes as both textiles (pure cotton with high rub-rate suitable

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Our CHANNEL Building and Home Maintenance column is contributed on a monthly basis by Luke Henley and Alex Coburn of QPC Builders. Luke and Alex are two young refreshingly energetic and passionate North Shore builders dedicated to delivering the highest quality work that sets them apart . In this column Luke Henley has some advice for those thinking of a new deck for summer.

GeT readY For summer wiTH a new deck It was good to get some nice weather in the weekend, mowing the lawns and working outside and around the house, enjoying the sunshine finally!

It got me thinking about what outdoor improvements I need to start on at home. As it gets warmer we spend most evenings outside BBQ’ing, so the deck becomes another living area and through the summer. It’s definitely the most used space at our place. So, I think I’m going to have to extend mine. While I’m at it I’ll need to update the handrail, and maybe add some seating... Here are some ideas for things you can do to update your outdoor living area. Its money well spent as you’ll get heaps of use out of it over summer and it will increase the value of your home. · Decking - when it comes to decks, the bigger the better. Remember you’re creating another living space. There‘s a lot of choice when picking your decking timber. I personally prefer hardwoods which look very cool in wide board. · Built-in timber seating looks good and gives you heaps of extra space if you’ve got a lot of extra BBQ guests. · Planter boxes create a nice feature especially if you want to build around trees rather than cutting them down. · Replace old timber balustrades with glass panelling, if you’re lucky enough to have a view of the sea you may as well make the most of it. · Fencing – it’s nice to have privacy of a fence but be careful about closing in your property with high fencing; a lot of people make that mistake. · Retaining walls help to tidy up unruly garden areas and can create more usable space in your backyard. · Pergolas make a great feature on a deck or garden. Consider covering it if you need extra shelter. Shade sails also work well for hot summer days and look good too. · Don’t underestimate landscaping; it can truly make a property if done properly. Think about pebble paths, large concrete pavers, water features and nice outdoor lighting. If you think you’re up to tackling these projects yourself but don’t quite know where to start, you can pick up ‘how to guides’ at Carters stores. You can also download them from These guides are simple to follow yet detailed enough to give you confidence you’re doing the right thing. But if you’d rather spend your weekends playing golf or fishing (that’s what I’ll be doing), you can call me and we’ll give you a no-obligation free quote for work at your place. Luke Henley - 021 479 324, Alex Coburn - 027 536 2494,

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a romanTic GeTawaYâ&#x20AC;Ś everY niGHT! If you have ever stayed in one of New Zealandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s luxury hotels, you probably wondered what made the bed so special. Gerald Sheehy at Home Fabrics in Takapuna knows the answer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Odds are it had one of our luxury feather mattress toppers, or Grandmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feather beds as we know them, some beautiful quality fine cotton sheets, then four of our luxury hotel feather pillows, two soft and two firm, and a beautiful goose down duvet or espresso blanketâ&#x20AC;?. More and more hotels around the world are making the bed the focus of your luxury stay. A few years ago hotels put a huge effort into luxurious bath rooms, more luxurious than you would ever have at home. Today all the focus is on the bed and ensuring their guests have a great nights sleep. In fact some hotels are so certain they have the right formula that you can purchase the entire bed, sheets, pillows, duvet and topper as you check out. So what is it that makes the difference? First

there is the feather mattress topper for that soft layer of luxury. Gerald made five different versions before settling on our final model. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ours are 7.5 cm thick and have two layers of down proof casing to keep the fill in place. They are filled with 85% duck feather instead of duck down as what we are looking for is firm yet cushioning support. Everyone who slept on these prototypes just loved the comfort and one of our â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Guinea pigsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; even went on to buy five of the finished products as gifts for his familyâ&#x20AC;?. A quality feather mattress topper costs around $375.00. The next point of difference is the pillows. We have always manufactured our own range of exclusive Goose down duvets and pillows. Last year we introduced a new and immensely popular new model, The hotel pillow. Made to the exact specifications of one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest luxury hotel chains, these pillows are made from duck down




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with a firm feather core and a softer outer layer. They come in two grades, soft and firm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they both cost around $119.00 each. The Sheets are another luxury in bed dressing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People are often confused about what makes a quality sheet,â&#x20AC;? says Mr Sheehy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone has got carried away with high thread count sheets, up to 1000 thread, but there is no point in knowing the number of threads unless you also know how thick the thread is. To make it easier, high thread count sheets are often sateen weave, and therefore softer to the touch, but they are hotter and do not breathe as well. In addition, they are more likely to pill than a conventional weave. To combat this, manufacturers have added an anti-pilling agent to prolong the sheets life, but this can wash out in less than 10 washes and the result is a vey uncomfortable nights sleep. So, a good quality sheet is no more than 320 thread count and a set of these is about $200.â&#x20AC;? Espresso blankets are a must. Light weight feather blankets for the top of the bed are ideal for summer or that little extra in the winter. Available in a wide range of colours and completely washable. An expresso blanket will cost around $180. The duvet inner is a subject in itself and we will deal with this in a later issue. We have always made our own duvets under the Pillowtalk label, and are very confident that they are the very best on the market. In the meantime check out our website So there you have it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only around $1500 to transform you bed into a luxury haven. Why wait for that romantic getaway when you can have it every night. We spend so much time in bed it seems a waste not to make sure that every night you are getting the best sleep you can. It would make a great Christmas present for your loved one! Home Fabrics. 28 Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna. 486 1103 -

fabulous food with Patrick harris


Food and Fitness is my passion. I aim to bring you modified classic recipes that meet the demands of a healthier lifestyle and occasionally will break the rules. To ask a question or request a recipe contact Patrick: or While walking Takapuna strip last month I was asked about some local restaurant dishes and how they go about preparing them. Hearing this, and having worked in some of them way back in the mid nineties, namely Ibiza and Isobar, I got to thinking. A couple of particular dishes come to mind, both of which are popular choices for many, and can still be ordered today – Steamed mussels and Bombay pizza. Let me give you the recipes so that you can make these at home for a fraction of the cost. I will address the mussels this month then I will cover off the Bombay Pizza next month. Below are three great mussel recipes for you to try at home.

Steamed Mussels Provencal INGREDIENTS 1kg fresh small-medium mussels. 10g butter. ¼ onion - finely diced. Small clove of garlic - sliced. 100ml white wine. 50ml cream. 1 tomato – seeds removed & chopped. Chopped chives and parsley. PREPARATION Wash the mussels under running cold water scrape the shells and remove the beards. Discard any open mussels.

COOKING Using a large based pan melt the butter, sweat the onion and garlic without colouring. Add wine and boil briefly to remove the alcohol then add the mussels. Cover and cook for 5-6 minutes until all the shells have opened. SERVE Add the cream & chopped herbs. Serve in deep warm bowls.

Mussel Soup

Mussel Fritters INGREDIENTS 20 fresh mussels – cooked (prepare same as steamed mussels provencal – omit the cream). 1cup self raising flour. 1 whole egg. 2 spring onions - sliced. ¾ cup milk. Salt and pepper. Parsley – chopped.

Steamed Mussels Provencal.

INGREDIENTS 1.8 kg mussels. 1tbsp butter. ½ Celery stalk washed and finely chopped. 1 small onion finely chopped. 1tsp curry powder. Pinch of cayenne pepper. cipes.

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PREPARATION Sift flour into bowl, make a well in centre and add egg, seasoning and milk. Whisk to smooth batter while slowly drawing in the ingredients from the side of the bowl. Mix in chopped mussels, spring onions and herbs. COOKING Place spoonfuls in medium heat pan. Cook to brown on both sides. SERVE Serve with a Chilli Lime & Coriander dipping sauce: 1tsp chilli powder. 3tbsp fish sauce. 3tbsp lime juice. 1tbsp caster sugar. 1/2 small red onion, finely sliced. 1 red Chilli –seeds removed & finely chopped. Chopped Coriander. Add all ingredients in a jar and shake to mix or simply whisk together in a bowl.

Pinch of saffron threads. Sprig of thyme. 250mls of dry white wine. 150mls of light fish stock (alternatively use stock of choice ie vegetable, chicken or even water). 150mls of cream.

PREPARATION Wash the mussels under running cold water scrape the shells and remove the beards. Discard any open mussels. COOKING In a large saucepan melt the butter; sweat the chopped onions, celery, curry & cayenne pepper, saffron and thyme for 4-5 mins without colouring. Add wine and boil for approximately 1 minute to remove the alcohol then add your stock. Add mussels, cover and cook for 5-6mins until all the shells have opened. Set aside and allow cooling. Reserve some mussels for garnish and discard the sprig of thyme. Remove the mussels from their shells and pull out any beards you have missed. Puree the mussels, juices and chopped vegetables until smooth then pass the soup through a fine sieve. Optional - pass liquid again through muslin cloth for an extra delicate finish to the soup. Add back to the saucepan, stir in the cream and warm the soup. Do not boil. SERVE Place the reserved mussels into the warm bowls and ladle in soup. Sprinkle with chopped coriander and a side of crusty bread. issue 5 - november 2010


Get to Know Your bYo with Kellie larson in THe mood For someTHinG diFFerenT

BYOs are often viewed as the “cheap” alternative, not a dining experience. I’d like to think this isn’t entirely true. BYOs on the North Shore are integral to the local restaurant scene that we love to rely on for great food and a friendly atmosphere. Relaxed, in a good way. Not lacking in flavour. Just delicious, enjoyable dining experiences in our local communities. But these BYOs aren’t always easy to find. Online searches produce very little for the North Shore, and personal references tend to only take you to someone’s local Thai restaurant. So I have placed it upon myself to seek out the best BYO experiences to add to my “black book” of restaurants.

In the mood for something different – something adventurous – I decided to sample Korean cuisine for the first time. Not sure what to expect beyond kimchi and bbq beef, I found One Dak Hanmari, a Korean BYO and buffet, in Takapuna that always seemed to be busy when I drove by. Located at 5 Auburn Street, first impressions of this BYO don’t leave you with much. It is a restaurant under a lighting store with a cafeteria-like buffet and homemade cardboard signs on the walls. If it weren’t for the tables filled with diners, you might just turn around and walk out! As we were seated we realised two critical points. First, each table was fitted with a bbq, so we would be cooking our own food. And second, there were going to be definite language barriers. Our beacon of light came in the form of a sign at the front door that said “$23 Buffet.” So we did what you do at all good buffets and got ready to load our plates with


STRENGTH THROUGH EXPERIENCE EXPERI The adolescent years are particularly important in education, in that students are formulating and stabilising the identity and the values that will underpin their behaviour in future years. A school needs to offer the support of a stable and secure environment and be sensitive to changes in society itself. More than ever before students must learn to be flexible and to develop the judgement and discernment needed to cope with change and the explosion of knowledge. Westlake Girls High School fulfils this dual role by encouraging girls to learn about themselves and their constantly changing environment, while at the same time

offering support and guidance as they practise decision making and social skills. As well as fostering high standards of academic, sporting and cultural achievements, the school promotes social responsibility and maturity through its corporate life and discipline. This calls for commitment and identity with the school’s activities, and fellowship and co-operation with its standards of conduct. Finally, we welcome an active, continuing interest and involvement of parents in the progress and activities of their daughters while at school. Indeed, this is essential if we are to achieve the best results for them.

Grilling our food was quite fun, and as we continued on in our journey, mainly watching what “the regulars” were doing, we started to get a bit more confident in our skills and combinations. mountains of food. To be honest, I am still not sure what exactly we ate! Like kids in a candy shop, we simply took one of everything. First, we filled a plate with marinated raw beef, pork belly, baby octopus and calamari to cook at our table. We also selected an assortment of glass noodle salads, fried rice and kimchi. Grilling our food was quite fun, and as we continued on in our journey, mainly watching what “the regulars” were doing, we started to get a bit more confident in our skills and combinations. Our favourites were the baby octopus, calamari and glass noodles. Round two of eating was filled with more grilling. We grilled thin slices of beef for just a few seconds so that they would melt in our mouth. We also grilled chicken and more calamari. Along with our new passion for grilling, I sampled two different types of soup – a sweet pumpkin soup and a spicy beef and cabbage soup. Both were tasty, and it was nice to be able to take small tastes of many different things. Our favourites this time were the thinly sliced beef and spicy soup. To end our meal, we found a moorish rice water flavoured with coconut. It was sweet yet refreshing, and I went back for seconds (I could have gone back for thirds)! All in all, we had a really fun experience trying new food and even different ways of dining. The food may not have been outstanding, but for the adventurous type One Dak Hanmari is an excellent way to sample a unique cuisine on the Shore. Kellie Larson is a local ‘foodie’ who lives in Takapuna. Email:

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WESTLAKE GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL 2 Wairau Road, Milford, North Shore City • Phone: (09) 489 4168 •

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KELLIE'S RATING: Food: 6/10 Atmosphere: 9/10 Service: 7/10

education: westlake Girls high school


busY Times aT wesTlake Girls HiGH scHool There has being a lot going on at Westlake Girls High School during September and October. The school held their annual Sports Golf Day at Pupuke Golf Club on Thursday 30th September with the aim of raising funds for the purchase of a new sports tent which sporting codes and students can use at their respective events. Westlake Girls Sports Director Dean Flyger was

The Uniform Group team teeing off during the Westlake Girls Sports Golf Day.

with the package being auctioned at the prize giving later that evening. Canon provided all teams with individual framed photos for their players and Gilpin Travel presented four $100 travel vouchers as prizes. The tournament was won by Team Quarry who were the defending champions and included; Gordon Simpson, Nick Whittaker, Michael Simpson and Phil Hocking.

It’s fantastic that organisations that sponsor holes and enter teams in this event get behind Westlake Girls sporting programmes…

satisfied with the day’s events stating “fun was had by all and the weather was kind after starting out not looking great, it’s fantastic that organisations that sponsor holes and enter teams in this event get behind Westlake Girls sporting programmes and I am happy to say we have purchased a new sports tent and we are grateful to them for making it possible”. Mark Jago from North Shore Toyota provided a car for the weekend with a night’s accommodation at the Spencer on Byron Hotel on offer if anyone achieved a hole in one; there were none of those

October 14th was the Sporting Excellence Awards Dinner held at Westlake Boys High School Auditorium. The evening is the years sporting showcase where students are recognized for their sporting achievements. Guest speaker was Danyon Loader New Zealand’s most successful swimmer; he provided a great insight into his sporting success and had the audience engrossed in his journey while challenging them to do the same. The Premier Cups were awarded to the following; Samon Nathan, Student Coach of the

Melissa Yin and Anona Pak joint winners of the Westlake Girls Sportswoman of the Year Award with Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer Danyon Loader who spoke and was on hand to present awards. They received a cheque for $250 from ASB Smales Farm.

Westlake Girls Premier Badminton Team, the Westlake Girls Sports Team of the Year.

Year, Sara Kutia, Volunteer of the Year, Helene Wilson, Coach of the Year, Premier Badminton, Team of the Year, Hannah Carlsen, Junior Sportswoman of the Year, Megan Perry, Sporting Allrounder of the Year and Melissa Yin and Anona Pak joint winners of the Sportswoman of the Year Award, the Sportswoman of the year received a cheque for $250 from ASB Smales Farm. A special presentation was made to Joanne Hewitt who has coached the Premier Badminton team for the past twenty five years with this being her final one. Joanne started playing badminton for Westlake Girls High School when she was a pupil and has been involved ever since as a player, coach and administrator. She started coaching the school’s premier badminton team in 1985, a total of 25 years. During this time the team has won three national titles, two silver and three bronze medals. Her motivation to coach the team stemmed from her time at Westlake as a pupil and gave her the opportunity to give something back to the school.

The Massey University team at the Westlake Girls Sports Golf Day.

Westlake Girls Sports Director Dean Flyger with the North Shore Toyota RAV4.

naTional scHool road cYclinG cHampionsHips Westlake Girls High School had a team of fourteen students attend the National School Road Cycling Championships in Levin and Fielding during the school holidays with some outstanding performances. Year 9 student Jemima Wasson claimed the Gold medal in both the Under 14 Girls Points Race and Road Race an outstanding achievement. Fellow Year 9 student Alana Lythe claimed the U15 Road Race Gold medal giving Westlake Girls the unique feat of having both the Under 14 and Under 15 Road Race titles for girls. issue 5 - november 2010



norTHcoTe arTisT FinalisT in aTTiTude awards Northcote artist Susan King has been selected as a finalist in the Attitude Awards, which honour the outstanding achievements of New Zealanders living with disabilities. A finalist in the artistic achievement category, Susan is a full time artist and has recently had her work exhibited at the High Seas Gallery in Newton as well as Sydney earlier this year. A documentary is currently being made about her by award-winning documentary maker Dan Salmon. Susan, who is autistic, has not spoken since she was four years old. Growing up she expressed herself through drawing but in 1990 she stopped completely following extreme depression and intensifying obsessive compulsive disorders. It wasn’t until 2008 when Susan’s work started to be seen and with support from her family that she was ready to start drawing again. She has since completed over 700 drawings and is known locally and internationally through her website and Facebook page. The Attitude Awards have grown from the television series “Attitude”, which screens throughout the year on TV One at 8.30am on Sundays. The winners will be announced at Eden Park’s ASB Lounge in Auckland on December 1. There are six categories in the awards, including sport, courage in sport, artistic achievement, youth, spirit of attitude and employer as well as the Attitude Hall of Fame and the ACC Supreme Award announced on the night. Attitude TV executive producer Robyn Scott-Vincent says the awards celebrate the achievements of people who deserve greater recognition. “We hold these awards with a very clear purpose - to continue to support the drive for inclusion and acceptance of people who live with disability,” Robyn says. “We

book drivinG miss daisY and ride wiTH a Friend! believe the ‘Attitude’ TV series shows their lives add real value to New Zealand society and our communities. However, we have much to do to ensure this country is truly inclusive.” This year the winner of the Attitude ACC Supreme Award will receive the use of a Signature Class car for a year, provided by Toyota New Zealand, as well as $5000 worth of travel from Air New Zealand. Dr Jan White, ACC Chief Executive says ACC is proud to return as a principal sponsor of the Attitude Awards. “We are privileged to be sponsoring these awards and it is always wonderful to see what our winners achieve with limitless imagination, positive attitude and the opportunities available to them,” says Dr White. “We are confident our winners will go on to inspire organisations and individuals to change their attitudes towards people with disabilities.” The Lion Foundation, Air New Zealand, Westpac, Wayne Francis Charitable Trust, Drake Medox and the Ministry of Health have also committed to supporting the awards.

Driving Miss Daisy is a safe, friendly and reliable companion driving service offering much more than a taxi. The service is already very popular in Wellington, Hawke’s Bay, Christchurch and other parts of Auckland and has just launched on the North Shore. Who uses Driving Miss Daisy? Senior citizens who would like to maintain their independence; Parents who need children to be delivered to/from after school activities; Organisations who need to deliver people to/from appointments or engagements; People who don’t drive. Driving Miss Daisy provides more care and service - they meet clients at their door, can attend medical appointments with the client and relay information back to family members and assist with shopping or other jobs. Special needs are catered for, including assisting with a walker or wheelchair. Driving Miss Daisy is perfect for: Medical appointments; Personal grooming appointments; After school activities for children; Social engagements; Grocery & other shopping trips; Scenic drives; Airport departures or pick ups. Driving Miss Daisy clients look forward to their trip with a trusted companion, the service helps them to maintain a level of independence and they appreciate the extra help provided as a standard part of the service - Driving Miss Daisy gives them confidence and reassurance. Clients families love the service too - Driving Miss Daisy is the next best alternative if they are unable to be there for their loved one. The service gives clients and their families a peace of mind - in fact, some have said that the Driving Miss Daisy service has changed their life for the better! The local franchise owners look forward to providing this wonderful service to the North Shore. Please call to make a booking or for further information: 0800 948 432.

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The Wilson Home Trust Chapel Events

GiFTs For Good call For expressions oF inTeresT North Shore Hospice is launching a new fundraising initiative – GIFTS FOR GOOD. Gifts for Good is an on-line site where you purchase gifts for all occasions. We are very excited with this project and you can buy great gifts knowing that all profits are being used to support our terminally ill patients and their families. We aim to carry a good variety of high quality products, which we have sourced where possible locally. We have something for everyone and all budgets and will continue to add additional products over time.

All purchases from our Gifts for Good campaign will be used to support over 500 terminally ill patients and their families on the North Shore each year.

Gifts for Good Currently we have a great range of gifts, including wine, 2011 NZ home diaries, extra virgin olive oil, delicious fudge, all occasion cards, BBQ aprons, memory orbs, soaps, handcreams, plus handcrafted kiwiana teatowels carrying the official Rugby World Cup logo and kiwiana bed socks (great gifts for friends and family heading into winter in the northern hemisphere). We are also offering some great gifts specifically for Christmas including delicious award winning Christmas cakes, specialty chocolates, strawberry angel tree decorations and Christmas cards. If you are really stuck, we also have Gift Certificates which state that you have made a donation in lieu of a gift to North Shore Hospice. Long term will ensure that speciality products are available for upcoming occasions i.e. Christmas, Valentines, Easter, Mother’s Day & Father’s day At this point in time we can only send the product to the purchaser anywhere in New Zealand. So for some great Christmas gifts or whenever you are looking for gifts for family, friends or colleagues, checkout Gifts for Good:

The Wilson Home Trust would like to talk to individuals or organisations experienced, capable and interested in being the Trust’s point of contact for events that use the chapel and adjacent grounds of the Trust, in particular weddings. This would involve taking bookings for the Chapel and grounds and being present on site during events. Initially, it will not involve managing the event itself. The Trust intends to grow the use of the Chapel and grounds in order to better communicate the work of the Trust and increase the fund that can be distributed to children and families. The Wilson Home Trust’s St Leonard’s Chapel is an award - winning venue used for weddings and other ceremonies. Events tend to be mainly weekend events with most being held between September and April. In the height of the season, however, weddings can be Friday, Saturday and Sunday consecutively. It is important to recognize that The Wilson Home Trust is host to the Wilson School and the Wilson Centre – a specialist facility for children with disabilities and

families run by the Waitemata District Health Board. Any site events need to be highly sensitive to this use. If you wish to respond to this opportunity, please provide a brief outline of the following: • Evidence of an understanding and empathy with the Trust and its objectives. • Established networks with other wedding businesses and relevant experience in managing/coordinating weddings and other ceremonies. • Description of your present capability to run the Chapel “business” for the Trust and/or experience in promoting and growing a small enterprise. Express your interest via email by 5pm 31 October 2010 to: Russell Ness, Trust Director.

devonporT ToY librarY celebraTes 15 Years The Play-A-While Devonport Toy Library is celebrating its 15th year anniversary with a party on Saturday, November 13th from 10am to 12 noon at the Devonport Community House. The toy library welcomes all past, present and future members to join in the fun. Popcorn the Clown will be there along with bouncy castle, toy garage sale, colouring-in competition, cupcakes, and prizes - loads of fun for all the family! The Devonport Toy Library welcomes new members - there is no waiting list. The library holds two sessions per week (Thursday and Saturday mornings) for families to check out toys. The library purchases good quality toys and continually upgrades

and replaces toys to keep the stock fresh and fun for the children. The library is grateful to Pub Charity, ASB Community Trust and Devonport Rotary for the generous grants it has recently received to upgrade the toy stock. For more information about joining the toy library, visit:

be prepared - disasTer maY sTrike aT anY Time The devastating Christchurch earthquake has been a stark reminder to us all - we are vulnerable to disaster anywhere, anytime. While Auckland does not have such a high risk of earthquake, it is still possible that we could experience one. We are also vulnerable to disasters such as tsunami, volcanic eruptions and destructive storms and floods. In Canterbury, some people affected by the earthquake were not visited by authorities for several days. With the best will in the world, and with the best organisation possible, it is still not possible for all victims of a disaster to be contacted immediately. After a major widespread disaster, the number of people needing assistance is simply too great. In addition, access may be difficult, with roads impassable due to damage or floods. For these reasons, it is very clear that each and every household should be prepared and able to look after themselves, and if necessary their neighbours, for up to a week after a disaster. After a disaster, or even during extended power and water outages, householders can be stuck in their house - or in the ruins of their house - for several days with no help, as the emergency services struggle to cope with widespread devastation. What would you eat? How would you cook? Would your baby and pets be ok? Where would you go to the

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toilet? How would you get news of the outside world? Would you be able to help your elderly neighbours? And what if you were away from home when disaster struck? How would you find out if your family was safe, and how would you be re-united? Every household should be prepared for a natural disaster, with an agreed action plan and provisions set aside for emergency situations. Supplies should include enough food and water for at least three days, along with a first aid kit, torches, radio, batteries and anything else which is necessary for hygiene and health. It is important to have a means of heating food, such as a barbecue or portable gas cooker. These supplies should be checked every six months, to ensure that the batteries work, the food is inside its best before dates, and water is still fresh and drinkable. We may never be subjected to a disaster of the magnitude that Canterbury has just suffered - but then again we could have one tomorrow! Useful websites The Auckland Civil Defence and Emergency Management website: The “Get ready get thru” website:

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Q&a wiTH david verran, auTHor oF THe norTH sHore: an illusTraTed HisTorY For the first time we have a book which focuses on the complete history of the North Shore. Written by David Verran, this illustrated history of the North Shore covers its development from Maori and early contact times up to and beyond local body amalgamation and the formation of the first ‘North Shore City’ in 1989. The book is beautifully designed with many of the historic photographs and paintings coming from the North Shore City Council Library and the Takapuna Library archive and photograph collections. From apple orchards and kauri gum fields to John Leon Benwell’s Picture Palace, everything is here in a gorgeous coffee-table format that reflects and celebrates the diversity of the region in time for the Supercity merger. Here David shares some of the highlights he discovered through researching and writing about our fair city.

Channel Mag. What inspired you to write this book? David Verran. Over the years, people have written about different parts of the North Shore, but there was no history of the whole. I am used to giving 45 minute speeches to local groups providing an overview history of the North Shore from the 1790s to 1960, and getting such great feedback, I felt confident enough to write this book. CM. Was it a long undertaking and how did you research for it? DV. Effectively 15 to 16 years. CM. What was the hardest section to write/ research? DV. Sport, as there are not a lot of published sporting histories across the North Shore. A great pity.

Author David Verran

CM. What were some of the biggest surprises you came across in your research? DV. The importance of agriculture, the population dominance of Devonport to the 1920s and the removal of Maori from Awataha. CM. Who are some of the important players in the Shore’s history? DV. Patuone and the Alison and Seaman families from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. CM. Did the North Shore have a strong Maori connection through its history? If so, what are those Maori roots and how have they survived into the 21st century? DV. Yes, until the 1860s. Some Te Kawerau and Ngati Paoa descendants have returned. CM. What is the most interesting aspect of the North Shore’s history? DV. Too many to list. Everything has at least some interesting aspects. CM. Can you share some fun facts you have learnt about the Shore? (This might help our readers with the monthly Channel Trivia) DV. The ‘bear house’ in Devonport that had no bears. The extended hours of opening and poker machines at the Albany pub in World War 2. Some people think you need a passport to come over the bridge from the city side.

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David Verran currently lives in Takapuna and manages the Auckland Research Centre at the Central Library of Auckland City Libraries. David is president of the North Shore Historical Society and has published many articles and book reviews. David was born in Devonport, raised in Birkenhead and can trace his family’s roots on the North Shore to 1876. He is passionate about the history and people of the region and has frequently lectured on the subject.

Brought to you by Achilles International New Z ealand Sunday 28th November, 9.30am at North Harbour Stadium 5km fun run, walk, hop, wheelchair and handcycle around the North Harbour Stadium for the first Hope & Possibility event in New Zealand brought to you by Achilles International New Zealand. This event is for both disabled and able bodied people coming together to achieve their goals whatever they may be. · Entertainment

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100 education: takapuna Grammar

Takapuna Grammar scHool 2010 FasHion sHow Celebrity and actor Shane Cortese hosted another hugely successful fashion show by Takapuna Grammar School Year 13 students, raising in excess of $6000 in support of the Starship Foundation. This year’s theme was based on the concept of the Secret Garden. The hall was a buzz with fashion lovers from far and wide and students, all keen to see the show case of upand-coming and current lines. It was a chance to observe their favourite labels from local designers but more importantly, to see their peers ‘strut their stuff’ on the runway, showcasing a comprehensive collection of current student work from all levels. The scene was set against an attractive back drop of foliage and ivy to create the theme of a garden which even included a swing! Glamorous students modelled sophisticated high street lines and popular styles, as well as designs from Year 10 students that included denim and masquerade work and NCEA examination garments, inspired by various countries from around

the world. During the interval the audience were treated to a range of beautifully prepared cupcakes, prepared by Hospitality students, matching the theme of the evening. Year 13 students had an extremely busy lead up to the show that involved a crash course in event management. The development of a business model and the appointment of individuals to different roles such as designers, wardrobe managers, dressers, financiers and advertisers, ensured all aspects of the show went smoothly. The range of local designers included Sly Guild, Ruby, KetzKe, Barkers, Lara Parker, Peter Alexander, Federatio, Kei Kei studio, Frank Casey, Echo, Yarntons, Storm, Cheapskates and Lonely Hearts. They generously loaned their fashion

garments in support of Starship. Serville’s, the leading edge hair dressers, set the standard of creativity and flair, wonderfully supported by Vanity Walk who prepared the models, and with makeup by S.R.A. Congratulations to the students and sponsors who donated their time,

Glamorous students modelled sophisticated high street lines and popular styles, as well as designs from Year 10 students. effort and expertise in order to provide a creative, fun and uplifting experience for all.

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wHY i love THe sHore - Sophie Henderson Her television credits include The Jacquie Brown Diaries, Piece of My Heart, This Is Not My Life, The Cult and Legend of the Seeker, and she also appeared in the films Rowboat and King Kong, but viewers of TV’s Outrageous Fortune probably know her best as lawyer Bailey Wilson. It’s a busy life for the young actor and this year alone she has written and acted in the theatre production, I Heart Camping, and acted in The Scene, Christ Almighty, The Reindeer Monologues, Little Dog Laughed, Who Needs Sleep Anyway, Milk! Rumplestilts, Tis A Pity She’s A Whore and Based on Auckland. Under all this, Sophie Henderson is really a Shore girl at heart. Here she tells Channel how she relaxes when she’s not on stage or in front of the camera.

Channel Mag. How long have you lived on the Shore? Where were you before? What was it that brought you to the Shore? Sophie Henderson. I have lived on the Shore on and off for 25 years. I come from Torbay, but I’ve also lived in Point Chev, Titirangi, Wales, England and Whangarei. The Shore is where all my family is - it will always be my home. CM. What’s your favourite Shore restaurant and why? SH. Spgetti in Browns Bay, beautiful Italian food and wines - it always has a lovely atmosphere and wonderful service, it’s right by the beach too. CM. Saturday morning, North Shore style: SH. Morning tea at the Tea Room at The Department Store in Takapuna, followed by a spot of shopping and a walk along the beach. CM. What’s your favorite Shore beach and why? SH. Long Bay - I’ve spent many summer days at Long Bay beach and have hundreds of wonderful memories there - Christmas with family, picnics with friends, school trips, learning to boogie board, weddings, kayaking, sand castle building, the train - oh I miss the train! CM. Where do you go to relax on the Shore? SH. I love Devonport for a treat at the Stone Oven Bakery and a swim at Cheltenham Beach. I’d definitely have a quick slide down North Head on a cardboard box too if I was out that way. CM. What’s the Shore’s best kept secret? SH. Climbing the Tor - it’s pretty dangerous to get up there - I think they’ve taken the rope down too, but it has the best views and you feel pretty terrific once you’ve made it, plus there’s never anyone else up there. It’s covered in flowers at the top and I can see my parent’s roof. Also, The Pumphouse amphitheatre - more plays need to be staged there - it’s fantastic! CM. Have you ever found anywhere else in the world that reminds you of the Shore?

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SH. Nope, never - it’s one of a kind. There is nowhere else that has this many beautiful beaches and is still so close to town. CM. Finally, what do you love most about the city you call home? SH. I love that the Shore is a huge city but still feels like a little community, I always see someone I know when I’m out and if I meet someone on a job that is from the Shore, we have an instant connection as ‘shore-kids’. I love that people have North Shore pride - I know I do.


Channel Trivia


Which very wise and enchanting fictional character’s name is the Old English for any insect that flies with a loud humming noise?


There was literally peace on Earth at 06:00 GMT, March 23, 2001. Explain.


The following words are from which cult film? “Nobody’s gonna hurt anybody. We’re gonna be like three little Fonzies here. And what’s Fonzie like? Come on Yolanda, what’s Fonzie like?” “Cool?” “What?” “He’s cool” “Correctamundo”


other two, Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best were not. In fact, both were born outside of England. In which country was;

What is the only country in the world that has an acroynm for a name?

The four Beatles we all know, George, Paul, John and Ringo were all born in Liverpool. The


a. Stuart Sutcliffe born and b. Pete Best born? Which six letter word describes both a rupture and the leap out of the water made by a whale?


What are the first four words to both the original and classic Hippocratic Oath?


Fruit flies were the first animals to do what in 1947?


What do the following places have in common: San Marino, Colombia, Bolivia, the Philippines, Israel, El Salvador and Bermuda?

10 On what date was the Auckland Harbour Bridge, linking the North Shore to Auckland, opened to the public? Answers are on page 104

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104 commercial ProPertY with andrew hiskens HelpinG companies THrouGH cHanGinG Times Andrew Hiskens, Colliers International’s North Shore Director, reviews the qualities of commercial property in recessionary times, and how it has led the way as an asset class over the medium term:

The economic climate of the past two years has affected businesses throughout the country in a huge variety of ways. While the newspapers have been full of the difficulties experienced by a number of companies and the resulting strong focus on reducing costs, it is also true to say that the environment has also created opportunities for other organisations which have been firmly grasped. From a commercial property perspective, a time of tactical change, business expansion or contraction often means that company premises are no longer right for an organisation’s size, location or scope. The shoe doesn’t fit, so to speak. We are seeing some companies rattling around in buildings that are now too big for them, with the potential of assigning their commitment. On the flipside, we have found plenty of companies in expansion mode, taking advantage of landlord incentives or new improved facilities, or with new opportunities to acquire complementary companies and amalgamating them under one roof. Some businesses are now bursting at the seams, while others are sitting on one or more leases. Increasingly, through our daily business, we uncover companies who are not satisfied with their current property situation whether they are tenants or owner occupiers. So new options need to be investigated. Often the dilemma is the lease commitment companies are tied into and their ongoing liability. A rewarding part of our business is working with individual companies as strategic partners to solve property problems such as these. The strategy we adopt is to focus on their desired outcome: whether it is to save the business money, re-engineer their

property commitments with a predetermined check list, increase their productivity through improved layout or just improve their working environment, we work towards a common goal. We are constantly amazed how many companies have compromised their business environment and property position by working out of more than one building. When a business is expanding, renting another nearby property is an easy next step, but it is not always the best solution. This scenario quite often

through the difficult process. We have found that through specific property specialisation in the industrial and commercial areas we are able to add exceptional value while teaming up with local businesses. Each year, as the summer approaches, we notice a shift in sentiment as the sun comes out and our business experiences a sharp spike in activity. I’m not sure if it is an annual coincidence that we get busy as Christmas starts to enter people’s thinking, but the anticipation of good weather certainly has a positive

…now is a great time to look into the wonderful facilities we all enjoy here on the North Shore… I cannot think of a better place to be working. arises because a business is locked into a lease in their existing building and they believe just renting a separate property is the easy option. Experience tells us that this decision is a short-term fix that can add a whole bunch of unnecessary costs. These costs for instance include body corporate fees, insurances, power, extra phone lines, software maintenance, staffing and the list goes on. Another area of concern for many businesses is the breakdown of their team dynamics and inefficiencies in staff time, all a direct result of the segregation two separate properties create. Whatever the situation, a business will often be faced with the dilemma of relocation or stay-put options - and associated costs - and will need to have a clear strategy in order to ride through the process without unnecessary disruption and expense. The old adage “I love it when a plan comes together” has never rung truer for my team lately. Our business has been rewarded in more ways than one, with the satisfaction we get from helping companies

effect on business attitude. As a result, now is a great time to look into the wonderful facilities we all enjoy here on the North Shore. Whether it’s as simple as having your lunch on Takapuna beach or completely immersing yourself in all the area has to offer, I cannot think of a better place to be working. It is a great place to do business, with many property options for companies thinking about their property requirements – something to put down early on your Christmas shopping list, whatever your business outlook.

Colliers International North Shore Andrew Hiskens

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1 Pakistan: Punjab Afghan Kaschmir Indus Sindh TAN Belutschistan 2 Dumbledore. 3 The MIR space station hit the Pacific Ocean. MIR means ‘peace’ or ‘world’. 4 Pulp Fiction. 5 A Scotland (Edinburgh) B India (Madras). 6 Breach. 7 I swear by Apollo. 8 Go into space. 9 All named after people: San Marino (Saint Marinus), Colombia (Christopher Columbus), Bolivia (Simón Bolívar), the Philippines (Philip II of Spain), Israel (Jacob, alternate name), El Salvador (“The Saviour”, Jesus) and Bermuda (Juan de Bermúdez). 10 May 30, 1959.
















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