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WAIRAU VALLEY SMORGASBORD 49 - 57 Porana Rd, Wairau Valley Opportunities to own commercial property in the Wairau Valley are scarce. Multi-tenanted offerings with additional vacant land are even more rare. Porana Road over recent years has seen a change of use from it's typical industrial type businesses to more bulk retail offerings. 49-57 Porana Road comprises of five individual titles with a total land area of 6373m². These properties will be auctioned in four lots offering potential purchasers a choice piece of this highly sought after location. Number 49 offers six units of various sizes and is currently returning $97,587 pa net (approx). Three tenants occupy number 53 returning $51,600 pa net. The standalone single tenant at 55 is the long standing "Sanders Fencing" leased at $52,000 pa net on a 4 year lease from April 2012. Number 51 and 57 with a combined land area of 3166m² will be sold as one lot with a current annual net return of $102,250 pa net. •

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By Caroline Everitt of Devonport Chocolates

Devonport Chocolates collaborate with local artist Fraser Williamson The advent of Christmas (excuse the pun – I couldn’t resist!) brings with it many delights. At Devonport Chocolates we enjoy creating our Christmas range of chocolates and gifts. We are always on the lookout for quirky ideas and often when we think of quirky we inevitably think of Fraser Williamson. We have had the honour of working with Fraser on a number of occasions as he brings to life our rather vague requests such as ‘we need a quirky Christmas New Zealand picture’. This year we commissioned Fraser to create an acrylic painting rather than an illustration. This beautiful painting now adorns our Christmas Assortment box and our KiwiPav chocolate tablet. Fraser is the embodiment of the multi-tasking artist. His years of experience creating children’s book illustrations, editorial illustrations and packaging icons mean you will have more than likely come across his work. Inspired by years spent in Tonga and Spain with his wife Loisi, Fraser’s paintings blend dreams, the spiritual life and reflect the ongoing influence of the different countries and cultures that he has lived in. Fraser’s characters have spirit and attitude that will always bring a smile to your face. His blend of local and international flavour is what appealed to us when we looked for an artist to bring some joy to our chocolate ranges. In this year’s painting Fraser’s funky Santa Claus relaxes with a coffee after the big Christmas Eve delivery. Elf workers catch a sunrise surf and a reindeer indulges in his morning breakfast.

Fraser Williamson.

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Friday Rumikub

Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 9am



Mums & Bubs: Movie and Hot Drink for just $12



Mairangi Bay Farmers Market Green Gables, 8am

Loren & Mark Live

The Vic, Devonport, 8pm

Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 12:45pm

60’s Up Indoor Bowls

The Rose Centre, $10 per class, 9:30am-11am

Browns Bay Grass Reserve, 11am-1pm




Browns Bay Weekly Circus Skills Workshop

Northart Gallery, 4th – 17th November St Georges Presbyterian Church, 10:30am

The Old Lolly Shop, 9am-noon

Owens Road, Devonport, 11am-2pm

Off Broadway

Dementia Social Group

Make your own Lollipop – Every Sunday

St. Leo’s School Village Fair 2013

Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 1pm


Anzac Road Carpark, 6am-noon

Milford Village Square, 9:30am-2pm




Browns Bay Market

Milford Village Square Markets

Every Friday, The Vic, Devonport, 11am

Takapuna Market

Methodist Church Hall, Takapuna, 1pm

The Devonport Craft Market

Devonport Community House, 10am


FREE BodyBalance Classes - Every Sunday Takapuna Beach Northern Reserve , 10am

Your Home and Garden Festive Home Tour 2013 Tickets $60 from Ticketek, 10am-4pm

Mums & Bubs: Movie and Hot Drink for just $12


Every Friday, The Vic, Devonport, 11am


Mairangi Bay Farmers Market Green Gables, 8am

Browns Bay Circus Skills Workshop

Browns Bay Grass Reserve, 11am-1pm

Takapuna Market 6am-noon

Browns Bay Market


Anzac Road Carpark, 6am-noon

Materiality - Michael Anderson

Northart Gallery, 11th – 27th November


Northart Gallery, 11th – 27th November


25 years of Care-a-lot Childcare Centre Celebration

Make your own Lollipop – Every Sunday

Dementia Social Group

Golf Day and Dinner WBHS Running Tour 2014 Fundraiser

Educating Rita

The Kennedy Park WWII underground Tunnel opening

Morning Melodies – Royal NZ Navy Band

A Festival of Russian Ballet

Lewis Eady Concert – Ph. 488 5700 to Book

Albany Rotary hosts

The Devonport Garden & Floral Art Club

Educating Rita

Hauraki Primary School

Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 1pm

21A Waterview Road, Stanley Bay, Devonport, 11am

North Shore Golf Course

Bruce Mason Centre, 8pm

Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 9am

Mums & Bubs: Movie and Hot Drink for just $12

Birkenhead Artisan Market

Highbury Community House, 9am



Jerry Clayton BMW National Criterium Championships Takapuna CBD, 5:30pm

Creative Directions Art Fundraiser

Make your own Lollipop – Every Sunday

From Ballet to Broadway

Creative Directions Art Fundraiser

Beatles …a REAL night to remember

Birkenhead Primary School Fair

LITTLE GEM by Elaine Murphy

The Devonport Craft Market

Bruce Mason Centre, 1:30pm & 7pm

Mairangi Arts Centre, from 7pm

Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 9am


Mums & Bubs: Movie and Hot Drink for just $12

Explore Auckland Central – Call Lynne 027 2011732 Guided Historic Walk, 9am

Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 12:45pm


Dementia Social Group

St Georges Presbyterian Church, 10:30am



Anzac Road Carpark, 6am-noon

Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 12:45pm

60’s Up Indoor Bowls

Methodist Church Hall, Takapuna, 1pm

Zonta North Shore Dinner Meeting Call Lynne - 0272011732 for Details

77 Mokoia Road, Birkenhead, 10am-2pm Devonport Community House, 10am


Bayswater Kids Duathlon

Bayswater School, Register Opens 9.15am


Takapuna Market

Every Friday, The Vic, Devonport, 11am

Mairangi Bay Farmers Market

The Royal New Zealand Navy Band

Browns Bay Circus Skills Workshop

Browns Bay Market

Browns Bay Grass Reserve, 11am-1pm

Anzac Road Carpark, 6am-noon


Affordable Art Sale - Call for entries

Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 1pm

Mairangi Arts Centre, Opening 2pm

Make your own Lollipop – Every Sunday

LITTLE GEM by Elaine Murphy

LITTLE GEM by Elaine Murphy

Dementia Social Group

St Georges Presbyterian Church, 10:30am

Morning Melodies - The Royal NZ Airforce Base


Bruce Mason Centre, 11am


Green Gables, 8am

The Vic, Devonport, 12:05pm


Mairangi Arts Centre, 9:30am-4pm

The Rose Centre, 8pm


Bruce Mason Centre, 11am

St. Leo’s School Hall, Devonport, 11:15am

The Old Lolly Shop, 9am-noon

Takapuna AFC Clubrooms, Doors Open 6pm, $30

Creative Directions Art Fundraiser


Browns Bay Market

Mairangi Arts Centre, 9:30am-4pm

Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 1pm

Takapuna Market

Rotary Northcote Glenfield Second Hand Book Sale Northcote Primary School, 9am-4pm

Every Friday, The Vic, Devonport, 11am

St Georges Presbyterian Church, 10:30am

The Coatsville Garden Ramble 10am - 4pm In aid of CanTeen and YES Disability. Tickets $40 09 4267657

Twilight Fair 4-8pm


The Old Lolly Shop, 9am-noon

Kennedy Park, Castor Bay, 10am-2pm

The Poynton, Takapuna, 4:30pm

The Vic, Devonport, 8pm


The Vic, Devonport, 2pm & 8pm



Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 12:45pm

60’s Up Indoor Bowls

Methodist Church Hall, Takapuna, 1pm

The Old Lolly Shop, 9am-noon

The Rose Centre, 8pm

The Rose Centre, 8pm

Acca Dacca - AC/DC Tribute Bruce Mason Centre, 8pm


Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 9am


Mairangi Bay Farmers Market Green Gables, 8am


Takapuna Market 6am-noon


Dementia Social Group

St Georges Presbyterian Church, 10:30am

Mums & Bubs: Movie and Hot Drink for just $12

Browns Bay Circus Skills Workshop

Browns Bay Market


The Royal New Zealand Navy Band

Fantastical Musicals (& other workz)

Make your own Lollipop – Every Sunday

60’s Up Indoor Bowls


The Great Kiwi Talent Quest Final 2013

The Devonport Craft Market

LITTLE GEM by Elaine Murphy

LITTLE GEM by Elaine Murphy

Milford Rainbow Holistic Wellness Fair

Every Friday, The Vic, Devonport, 11am The Vic, Devonport, 12:05pm

Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 1pm The Rose Centre, 8pm

Browns Bay Grass Reserve, 11am-1pm Bruce Mason Centre, 7:30pm The Vic, Devonport, 8pm The Rose Centre, 8pm

Anzac Road Carpark, 6am-noon The Old Lolly Shop, 9am-noon

Devonport Community House, 10am Milfrd Senior Citizens Hall, 10am

You can always get your monthly Channel Magazine from a BNZ North Shore Store... Devonport - 20 Victoria Road • Takapuna - 491 Lake Road Milford - Milford Shopping Centre • Birkenhead - 8 Birkenhead Ave Link Drive - 4 Link Drive • Glenfield - 409 Glenfield Road Browns Bay - 41 Clyde Rd • Albany - Northridge Plaza, 136 Don Mckinnon Drive

Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 12:45pm Methodist Church Hall, Takapuna, 1pm


November 2013

Community Calendar This Channel Community Calendar is published monthly for Community Events. If you would like to include your event please email details to:

Tuesday Scenes of New Zealand - Auckland Watercolour Society

Lake House Arts, 5th – 24th November



Community Walking Group

Meet at Les Mills Takapuna, 8am



Dementia Social Group

Mairangi Bay Presbyterian Church, 10am

Peggy Pearl Knitters Group

60’s Up Exercises

Scottish Dance – Ph. 410 5199

Orca Swim and Run Series 2013/2014 Takapuna Boating Club, 5pm

Keep Fit

Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 10am

Cards 500 or Canasta

Campbell Castor Indoor Bowling Club

A Festival of Russian Ballet


Devonport Community House, 10:30am-12pm

Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 9:15am

Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 12:30pm

Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 10:30am

Campbell’s Bay Primary School Hall, 6:45pm

Bruce Mason Centre, 8pm

Heart for Youth Trust

Devonport Community House, 1:15pm-2pm

FREE Les Mills BodyBalance Classes- Every Sunday Takapuna Beach Northern Reserve, 10am

Youth mentoring charity’s 1st birthday North Harbour Stadium, 7pm Booking essential: 09 482 0069

BNZ Connect Evening BNZ Takapuna, 5:30pm

Lake House Arts, 12th – 24th November


Methodist Church Hall, Takapuna, 10am

Yoga for Mums and Pre-schoolers

Student Show - Various Artists

Pick of the Week


Community Walking Group

Meet at Les Mills Takapuna, 8am


Dementia Social Group

Mairangi Bay Presbyterian Church, 10am


Peggy Pearl Knitters Group

60’s Up Exercises

Scottish Dance – Ph. 410 5199

Campbell Castor Indoor Bowling Club

Keep Fit

Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 9:15am

Methodist Church Hall, Takapuna, 10am

Devonport Community House, 10:30am-12pm

Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 10am


Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 10:30am

Campbell’s Bay Primary School Hall, 6:45pm

Cards 500 or Canasta

Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 12:30pm

Yoga for Mums and Pre-schoolers

Student Show - Various Artists Lake House Arts, 12th - 24th November.

Devonport Community House, 1:15pm-2pm


Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 9:15am


Community Walking Group

Meet at Les Mills Takapuna, 8am


Dementia Social Group

Mairangi Bay Presbyterian Church, 10am

Scottish Dance – Ph. 410 5199

Northcote Ladies Probus Club

60’s Up Exercises

Cards 500 or Canasta

Peggy Pearl Knitters Group

Keep Fit

Yoga for Mums and Pre-schoolers

Orca Swim and Run Series 2013/2014

Inspire Fashion Show

BNZ Connect Evening

Campbell Castor Indoor Bowling Club

LITTLE GEM by Elaine Murphy

Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 10am

Northcote Senior Citizens Hall, 10am

Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 12:30pm

Lake House Arts, 26th Nov – 15th Dec

Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 10:30am

Takapuna Boating Club, 5pm

BNZ Takapuna, 5:30pm

Members Merit Awards - Various artists

Methodist Church Hall, Takapuna, 10am

Devonport Community House, 10:30am-12pm

Devonport Community House, 1:15pm-2pm

The Pumphouse, 6:30pm

Campbell’s Bay Primary School Hall, 6:45pm


Community Walking Group

Meet at Les Mills Takapuna, 8am


Dementia Social Group

Mairangi Bay Presbyterian Church, 10am

Summer Fun Programme - Preschool Play Wednesdays!

60’s Up Exercises

Scottish Dance – Ph. 410 5199

Peggy Pearl Knitters Group

Keep Fit

Cards 500 or Canasta

Campbell Castor Indoor Bowling Club

Roger Halls Comedy - You Gotta Be Joking!

Yoga for Mums and Pre-schoolers

Dr. Cherye Roche Public Talks - Ph. 414 2225

LITTLE GEM by Elaine Murphy

Lake House Arts, 10am-Noon

Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 10am

Devonport Community House, 10:30am-12pm

Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 12:30pm

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION - Campbell Knight Bruce Mason Centre, 3rd – 23rd December


Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 9:15am

Scottish Dance – Ph. 410 5199

Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 10am

Cards 500 or Canasta

Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 12:30pm

Yoga for Mums and Pre-schoolers

Devonport Community House, 1:15pm-2pm

South Seas Film and Television Photographic Exhibition

Bruce Mason Centre, 4th – 23rd December

Community Walking Group

Meet at Les Mills Takapuna, 8am

Peggy Pearl Knitters Group

Devonport Community House, 10:30am-12pm

Methodist Church Hall, Takapuna, 10am

Bruce Mason Centre, 7:30pm

Pure Healthcare Clinic, Albany, 7-8.30pm



Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 10:30am

Campbell’s Bay Primary School Hall, 6:45pm

Devonport Community House, 1:15pm-2pm

From Ballet to Broadway Bruce Mason Centre, Sat 16th Nov, 1:30pm & 7pm.

The Rose Centre, 8pm


Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 9:15am


Little Gem by Elaine Murphy The Rose Centre, 16th - 30th Nov, 8pm.

The Rose Centre, 8pm


Dementia Social Group

Mairangi Bay Presbyterian Church, 10am


60’s Up Exercises

Methodist Church Hall, Takapuna, 10am

Keep Fit

Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 10:30am

Orca Swim and Run Series 2013/2014 Takapuna Boating Club, 5pm

Campbell Castor Indoor Bowling Club

Campbell’s Bay Primary School Hall, 6:45pm

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Contents: In the Channel




Out & About 2 9

BNZ Community Calendar Out & About on the Shore

Channel Reader Offers

Eating Out 23 24 28 29



Cover Features 32 35 82 88

Behind Partners Life: Naomi Ballantyne Gap5: What Happened Next? Channel Interview: William Pike New Local Board Goals

More features 8 57 90 92 96 109 112

I’ve Been Positively Thinking What’s Hot on the Shore Shore People Offshore:Tracy McGuigan The Channel Grill: Karin Horen 50 Years of North Shore Music Theatre The Healthy Channel: John Appleton Where Are They Now? Shaun Quincey

4/10/2013 9:58:46 a.m. 10/16/13 SQUARE SML

Feature Restaurant: He’s Kitchen Eating Out: Restaurant Listings Feature Café: Sumo Salad Eating Out: Cafe Listings

During November quote Channel to enjoy special offers at: He’s Kitchen - see page 23

Takapuna Beach

Little Red Cup - see page 28

30 Views From the Beach with TBBA 46 Takapuna Retail Feature: Migun 47 Retail Therapy at Takapuna Beach

enableMe - see page 41


Visique Milford - see page 68

Migun - see page 46 Well & Wild - see page 67 Eastern Massage - see page 75

62 Milford: MBA News 64 Milford Centre News 67 Milford Feature: Configure Express

Netball North Harbour - see page 91 New Zealand Home Loans - see page 99 Louise Simpson - see page 106


Pure Healthcare - see page 113

104 Devonport: DBA News 106 Devonport Retail: Books @Devonport Wharf

Arts 18 116 118 119 120

Education 122 123 124 126 127

The Vic The PumpHouse Lake House Arts Centre Northart News The Rose Centre

Takapuna Grammar School Kristin School Westlake Boys’ High School Pinehurst School Rosmini College

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From the Editor

• One of the leading commercial brokers on the Shore with extensive market knowledge • Janet commits to achieve a solution for you

The Channel Team from left: Aidan Bennett, Jared Trice, Ulla Bennett, Eddie van den Broek, Heather Vermeer, Ella Bennett and Crystal Sharp.

Work Hard, Play Hard, Shop Well “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” I have been reminded of this famous Confucius quote on several occasions ahead of this issue. From the passionate secondhand bookshop owner on Devonport Wharf, to the Managing Director of one of New Zealand’s leading insurance companies, the outdoor activity enthusiast to the massage therapist, the local councillor to the expert pint-puller, the Channel team has met many people this month who are fuelled by a love of what they do. Their energy and drive are infectious and I hope this translates in print to give readers a dose of inspiration this month. We catch up with young go-getters such as the girls of Gap5, top young Stand Up Paddler Ollie Houghton, and the inspirational William Pike whose brush with death in a volcanic eruption has lead him to write a book, create an outdoor activities programme for schoolchildren and become a sought-after motivational speaker. William will join Channel’s team of contributors from December. Our feature on the Local Election 2013 results

introduces readers to their new local representatives, we put local cancer awareness campaigner Karin Horen under the Channel Grill and find out what intrepid Tasman Sea rower Shaun Quincey is up to in Melissa Ingram’s Where Are They Now? We celebrate the 50 year milestone of one of the North Shore’s many performing arts groups and quiz locally-based Royal New Zealand Navy Band leader on his Five Favourites on the Shore. Plus more quality features and contributions from our local secondary schools, arts venues and more. We are also pleased to present the Shop Takapuna magazine as a beautiful, bonus component of this month’s Channel. With the festive season only weeks away, this stylish section celebrates the best of style in Takapuna and elegantly illustrates what this thriving suburb has to offer. Work, rest, play - and shop - well this month.

– Heather Vermeer

Janet Marshall

• Over a decade with Colliers on the Shore • In excess of $20 million in sales last year

CHANNEL MAGAZINE is published monthly (on the first Friday of the month) by Benefitz, PO Box 33-1630, Takapuna. Telephone 09-477-4700, The opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily the views of the publishers. For further details on the magazine visit or contact one of our team detailed below. Publisher/Advertising.................... Aidan Bennett - DDI: 477 4701. Cell: 021 500 997. Editor/Advertising.......................... Heather Vermeer - Cell: 027 808 1424. Advertising/Photographer............. Ulla Bennett - Cell: 021 411 667. Lead Designer................................ Jared Trice - Graphic Designer........................... Eddie van den Broek - Graphic Designer........................... Crystal Sharp - Web Development.......................... Aaron Morrison - @channelmag

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Janet Marshall Phone: 021 684 775 | 09 488 4775 Email: Issue 38 - November 2013


I’ve Been (positively) Thinking...

Thinking about... the community This month I’ve been thinking about the local community. Having stood unsuccessfully for our local board in the recent elections – and in a way being rejected – this probably should have put me off the subject. But the experience has been quite the opposite. It has made me reflect on what a great community we have and that I am more determined than ever to play a part. Contribute and help to make the positive changes that are needed.

I’ve Been Thinking... By Aidan Bennett What astounds me are the huge number of people education of our youngsters. The annual Hauraki Twitter: @AidanLBennett Primary Fair and the Birkenhead Primary Fair are two in the community who just keep giving in lots upcoming events that will have had hours and hours of different ways. This is one of the reasons we of time put into them by parents and teachers. set out to publish Channel Magazine almost four advantage of our special offer in this issue to buy a Then there are the local sporting organisations. years ago. We believed that the Shore needed copy to assist them in their efforts. While the job of working in or administering sports a positive vehicle that could highlight the good We are fortunate on the Shore to have some great clubs and community events can be lots of fun, it also things happening in our region at a time when requires a significant amount of hard work and it can business and residents associations who also do traditional media were intent on the negative a massive amount for the community – organising be a thankless task. But the end result of seeing the and controversial. If you thumb through this joy on peoples faces as they compete in these healthy events that really do make a difference. The Milford issue of Channel there are tons of examples of Residents Association’s Heritage Day was a great pursuits makes it all worthwhile. I take my hats off community-minded people (and groups) doing example, as are the upcoming Pirates Market Day in to those doing the hard yards in our local sporting great things. Milford and the Christmas Carnival and The not-for-profit arts sector is hugely Festivities at Takapuna Beach. active on the Shore. This sector relies on We must not lose sight of the the contribution of dedicated employees, contribution that business makes to tireless unpaid workers, trustees and the community either. All of these contributors who are passionate about organisations listed above will rely on what they are doing. The Lake House Arts generous support and sponsorship Centre, The PumpHouse, the Rose Centre, from local businesses to fund their North Shore Music Theatre, NorthArt are operations and/or events. My belief is classic examples that are highlighted that every business must give back to in this issue of Channel. The common the community it drags its revenue from. denominator are the extraordinary people Examples of such businesses are also who make massive contributions to keep highlighted in this issue of Channel. these organisations humming and offering Jocose of Takapuna recently hosted a huge amounts to the community. fashion show at the Spencer on Byron for Local charitable organisations also Hospice; Crafty Knitwits of Milford held play a big part in enhancing lifestyles. their third annual Knitathon and auction Excellent examples are the Life Education which raised $8000 for Child Cancer Trust (a charitable trust which takes a Foundation; Milford Centre teamed up very positive health-based programme with Takapuna Normal Intermediate to to school children via mobile classrooms host a ‘Trash to Fashion’ event: Highbury - see photo and caption on this page) The Life Education Trust celebrated 22 years on Shore in October with Shopping Centre teamed up with and the North Harbour Club Charitable a special function attended by NZ founder Trevor Grice. He is pictured Birkenhead Primary for a Breast Cancer Trust that I am personally involved with. (right) with Life Education North Shore chairman Barry Kirk-Burnnand. Awareness event; Starboard are behind These two entities have been around for Mr Grice brought the programme to New Zealand from Australia in the Paddle for Hope event for the Breast most of the past two decades, or more, 1987 after seeing the benefits there. Cancer Foundation; The PumpHouse and in completely different ways make a Theatre’s ‘Inspire’ fundraising fashion big impact of people’s lives. Again, hard event is also being well supported by a range of local organisations – paid or unpaid. An example of such working community-minded people are a common hard work is highlighted with the amount of time that businesses. Fantastic! denominator. This all warms my heart and makes me proud to What also astounds me is the efforts that parents has been put into the fundraising recipe/cook book by call the North Shore home. Have a great November. the team at Netball North Harbour. Hours and hours and dedicated educators put in to our local schools The team at Benefitz will be as we are having a have been put into the project by volunteers with all and other learning centres. Tirelessly organising massive party to celebrate 25 years in business! the surplus funds going back into local netball. Take and working for events that add significantly to the

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Out & About on the Shore

Out & About on the Shore


Celebrating at Westpac Auckland North Business Awards Top business people from across the North of Auckland gathered for the annual Westpac Business Awards at the Bruce Mason Centre last month. Taking out the overall ‘Supreme Winner’ award was Takapuna-based insurance company Partners Life. They also scooped two other category titles on the night, with business owner Naomi Ballantyne accepting the awards on behalf of the company, which has grown to 140 staff within two and a half years. Guests enjoyed fine dining to musical accompaniment, and an inspiring speech from New Zealand Breakers’ GM Richard Clarke. The night was a fine celebration of the best of local business!

Simon Fisher, Naomi Ballanty ne, Chris Coon, Kris Ballantyne.

Jayne Edgington, Cheryl Hunter, Louise Perris.

Paul Davies, Tina Tian, John Wetherell.

Rick Togapuna, Claire Ross, Theo Thomas, Sheona Kearney, Veronika Harrison, Kelly Bates, Marilyn Cameron.

Trent Hall, Richard Parker, Jamie McKenzie, Nicoli Giordeni.

Sioned Oliver, Heather Vermeer, Debbie Crowe.

Stephen McElrea, Greg Young, Sioned Oliver.

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Out & About on the Shore

Blissful TBBA Evening at BMW Takapuna Relaxing neck and shoulder massages were offered to guests at the recent Takapuna Beach Business Association evening, held at Jerry Clayton BMW. Guest speaker was Auckland Mayor Len Brown. Drinks and canapes were enjoyed by the pleasing number of guests who attended, with the massages being provided by Bliss Reflexology.

Lesley McLaren, Tim Wilkes, Lance Wickens.

Kevin Schwass, Simon Herbert.

Gill Saker, Andrew Scott, David Martin, Peter White, Stephen Hamlin.

Mike Cohen, Alan Clarke, Neil Murray.

Russell Ness, Dianne Hale, George Wood.

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John Coombs, Allison Roe,

Daniel Henderson.

Leanne Bate, Graeme Conning, Glen Marsh.

Aidan Bennett, Michael Sheehy, Eddie Borrie, David Popplewell.

The North Harbour Club & Charitable Trust acknowledges the ongoing support of our fantastic sponsors… NorTH Harbour Club aIMES awardS SpoNSorS


AimeS Awards Gala Dinner The Bruce Mason Centre will be transformed with a grand theme

wE’rE buIldINg NorTH Harbour SpoNSorS

Celebrate as previous AIMES winners entertain us, showcasing the young talent we are fostering in the North Harbour region. There are some great surprises in store as part of this entertainment showcase.

civil & structural engineers


proud SpoNSor of THE aIMES aluMNI NETwork

Of course the highlight of the evening is the presentation of the 2013 AIMES AWARDS. This is our “Gala” event of the year and 2013 will be the best ever.


MC: Darryl Lovegrove.

NorTH Harbour Club EvENT & SupporT SpoNSorS

DATE: Saturday November 9th, 2013 TIME: 7pm for 7.30pm start VENUE: Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna DRESS CODE: Black Tie.

All proceeds of the evening go right back into the North Harbour Club Charitable Trust and the AIMES Awards. AWARDS


Out & About on the Shore

Nick Smith for brekky in Takapuna The hot topic of housing was up for discussion at the recent business breakfast, hosted by the National Party in Takapuna. Minister Hon Dr Nick Smith was guest speaker for the event and shared his views on some of the challenges facing Auckland with housing and conservation. A full hot and cold breakfast buffet at the Takapuna Boating Club location meant guests had plenty to chew on along with the meaty topics on the agenda at the discussion table.

Joan Finlayson, Lesley Monk.

Joe Bergin, Dave Donaldson, Nick Smith, Maggie Barry.

Karsten Thomsen, Justin Storm, Phil Brosnan, Geoff Nash, Dean McGahey.

Grant Gillon, Gray Pearson, George Wood, Kevin McLean.

Graham Conning, Carol Weir.

Squire Speedy, Jan O’Connor.

Scott Martins, Tony Gibson, Jean Allan, Christopher Perk.

Fabulous Fashion and Funds with Jocose A stylish evening was enjoyed by many at The Spencer on Byron Hotel last month when Takapuna fashion store Jocose held a glamorous evening to raise funds for Hospice North Shore. The fashion show, hosted by the Hurstmere Road clothing shop featured stunning male and female models expertly showcasing the latest seasonal trends from the store. Jocose owner Nancy Sirisena organised the ‘Loving Fashion, Giving Love’ event, which was held in the Tasman Room at the Bryon Avenue hotel.

Samantha and Melanie Bro

wn, Nancy Sirisena.

Alofa Nielsen, Liz Thompson, Kathleen Crossan, Maureen Madden.

Ann Barton, Nadine Powell, Graeme and Suzanne Jespersen, Frank Denton.

Carol Lowe, Katie Schmidt, Trish Milne.

Cecilia Hagger, Sandy Callanan, Frances Schnipper.

Jo Whittingham, Vincent and Leila Matthews, Chrissy Raethel, Jo Ferguson.

Katherine Boys, Rakesh Krishnan, Gwyneth MacDonald.

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Heritage High Teas at Lake House Heritage High Tea Sundays were just one of the many visitor attractions to this iconic arts venue on the Shore last month. Visitors to the Barry’s Point Reserve centre during Auckland Heritage Festival could enjoy guided tours and talks, film nights and special heritage-themed school holiday classes. An open day on Sunday 12th October attracted art-lovers from near and far to enjoy all that this asset to the Shore has to offer. rt, Donna Dold.

Pat Grove-Hills, Val Cuthbe

Estelle Vermeulen, Ross Sakey, Dan Mulligan.

Fiona Downes, Ruth Ell, Genevieve Becroft, Adrianne Welsh.

Codie and Chase James, Henry Stutton.

Patrick Bowman, Nicola Haliday, Chantelle Gerrard.

Amy Boatman, Petra White, Matthew Mole.

Shaun Brabant, Kevin Ren, Louis Brabant, Leon Feng, Adam Chalmers, David Chalmers.

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Wishy Washy Wonder at the PumpHouse Audiences were treated to another fabulous Tim Bray Production at the The PumpHouse last month that captivated crowds during the school holidays. The childhood favourite books featuring Mrs Wishy Washy were brought to life by the renowned local theatre company that have delighted audiences with their engaging shows for many years. Cooper, Louis, Sienna, Maya Potvin and Billie Insull.

Michelle, Bella, Jared and Liam Trice.

Tatiana and Alice Strudwick.

Imogen and Zoe-Rose Gadd.

Miriema, Mercy, Togitoto Rees, Neil and Sau Hunt.

Mark and Madison Leech, Scott and Nina Rice.

Suzie Lee, Chris Clayworth, Nick and Helena Lee.

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First of the Summer Wines

Mike Allan, Lisa and Andrew Dalton.

Tracey Towner, Roslyn Hamilton, Jeanette McNeil.

Rosie Dawson, Sue Williams, Lisa Inggs, Rob Thomas.

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Val Good, Jacque Mercieca, Adele Strange.

Phil Green, Malcom Dawson, Terri Green.

Tasting fine wine helped to raise funds for Westlake Boys High School distance running group last month. The group is fundraising for a trip to Africa in 2014 and this event held in the school’s auditorium gave funds a healthy boost. As well as trying wines from various wineries, such as Auckland’s Awa Valley, guests could also enjoy samples from gourmet food vendors sampling olive oils, cheeses, fudge and sauces.

Paula Brake, Julia Grimsdale, Pauline Hall.

Daniel and Hazel Simons, Nicola and Denwin Hanvey.

Charine Smyth, Kayleen Clark-Howard, Heather Houten.

Sam Hagen, Max Rickards, Tommy Shiferaw, Joe Jackson, Bradley Hall, Ryan Williams.

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Crafty Knitwits ‘Knitathon’ Charity Auction for Child Cancer The Annual Crafty Knitwits ‘Knitathon’ Charity Auction was held at the fabulous store on the corner of Milford and Kitchener Roads on Saturday October 19th. The Knitathon raises funds for The Child Cancer Foundation. Over $8000 was raised this year which was a great effort. The Knitathon was held from Friday 23 August for 48 hours non-stop until Sunday 25th August 9am. The participants of the ‘Knitathon’ get their friends and colleagues to sponsor the time they spend participating and then Crafty Knitwits auction off all items that are made. They also auction off items generously donated by individuals and local businesses. It’s a great community event. All the proceeds go to The Child Cancer Foundation. The Harcourts Cooper & Co team were once again on hand to perform the auction duties.

Susan Hayman, Alison Francis, Val Wightman.

Geoff Worger, Melanie Halcrow, Peter Worger.

Lindsey Speedy, Linda Geor, Meg Manuel.

Kerry Bowles, Stephen Johnson, Barry Moodie and Marshall Zhang.

Karrin Kvasnicka, Lillian Bennett.

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spring at the vic MUSIC & EVENTS

Welcome to the DIGITAL ERA... 101 years ago Mr Benwell and the Devonport people celebrated the opening of the Victoria Cinema. His legacy lives on - we look forward to seeing you in our NEW (OLD) cinema!

Loren & Mark


“Fresh and exciting...these guys ROCK!!!” - Tommy Emmanuel, Australian Guitar Sensation.

A varied repertoire of original and arranged music consists of stunning guitar duets and beautiful vocal harmonies. Show starts at 8pm Tickets $25. On sale now at The Vic Box Office and

-Philipp, Robin, and the Team at The Vic.


The Great Kiwi Talent Quest Semifinal SAT 16 NOV 8AM Final SAT 30 NOV 8PM

A wonderful, fun-filled variety night of pure entertainment. Finalists complete with an expert panel of judges and a lineup of local guest artists. Tickets $20. On sale now at The Vic Box Office and

Navy Band Chamber Music Ensemble FRI 22 NOV

A lunchtime chamber music concert featuring soloists from the RNZ Navy Band from Classical to Jazz. Show starts 12pm. Adults $12; Seniors, Students & NZDF personnel $10. Door sales only.




The Johnnys


Featuring Georgia Wood Following a successful sell-out concert at the Victoria Theatre in September, The Jazz Age are back by popular demand. Show starts at 8pm. Tickets $20. On sale now at The Vic Box Office and


A film tribute to Mohamed Amin MBE who died with 125 others in a hi-jacked aircraft on the 23rd of November 1996. Film-maker Robin Kewell worked with ‘Mo’ for several years and presents this feature documentary made by Mo’s son Salim Amin. Mo became a front-line cameraman extraordinaire and, arguably, is the most renowned photojournalist of his era. For information on times and ticketing, visit The Vic Box Office or

This all-girl Johnny Cash cover band is back at The Vic for another fun-filled night of classic tunes with an alternative twist! Tickets on sale at and at The Vic box office. SUNDAY 8 DEC 8PM


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Devonport Community Choir Festival Navy Band Concert The Stone Age Space Project



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November 8th @ 8pm November 9th @ 2pm & 8pm Starring Paige Nicholls and Reg Williams Directed by charlotte nightingale



Educating Rita

From the multi NAPTA Award Winning Berkley Square Productions comes this fabulous two handed comedy about life, love and learning. Show starts at 8pm plus Saturday mantinee at 2pm. Tickets $20. On sale now at The Vic Box Office and

Your Home with Home Fabrics


Unusual-shaped window? We’ve got it covered. It was certainly an eighties thing, though we still come across them being installed today. We even have one in our own home. Those odd shaped windows; triangular, pencil-like and even round. Windows that are hard to access or just poorly located for light control or ventilation. They were often considered an integral part of the design and installed without a thought for the comfort or privacy of those living there. Many, many times we have been asked to find solutions for customers who have one of these nightmares keeping them awake at night. Duette, or honeycomb, blinds have always been a great tool in the arsenal of products we can use to solve some of the problems these windows present. They can be made in a variety of shapes, insulate very, very well and can give excellent blockout effect as they fit very closely to the sides of the window frames. I recently came across a great new variation on this that suits the really hard to access windows; the ones in a stairwell, or that highlight window above



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the bed. An American manufacturer has come up with a small motorised, battery-operated system that fits neatly in the headrail and is controlled by radio remote. Now you can have efficient light control and insulation in all those hard to access places. Because it is battery-operated you do not require any expensive re-wiring and it is simple to operate. Of course you have to change the batteries from time to time, but they last up to 3000 movements so you won’t have to worry about this for years. Cost-wise they work out less expensive in the larger sizes than a manually operated blind, but are more expensive in the smaller sizes. We recently installed six of them on a boat where you had to climb across the bunks to get to the windows. Pretty cool when you can stand in the saloon and, at the push of a button, close all the blinds.

Duette, or honeycomb, blinds have always been a great tool in the arsenal of products we can use to solve some of the problems these windows present. Of course we also still make allsorts of other alternatives for tricky windows. Special shaped Roman blinds and curtains are no problem. After more than 50 years in the window décor business we think we have come across just about every window treatment problem there is. Simply give us a call and one of our consultants can pop around and discuss a solution for this or any other Décor problem. Home Fabrics, 28 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna Beach, Phone 486 1103, Email: or Visit: Issue 38 - November 2013

Nicole, age 4

European Motoring: with Penny Thorne, Tristram European


Why Love Your ‘VDub’ have them make it in a takeaway cup and take the opportunity to Buying your car is such an exciting time and browse or drive the range in our showroom. it’s so much easier to hand over the $$ to Our Dealership is welcoming and friendly and we have so leave with ‘your new baby’. So many of our many customers who make our showroom a regular haven, customers find they have a strong relationship where they stop for coffee and to chat with our team. with their Volkswagens. In fact in most cases Janelle. Penny Thorne. it can be love, and why wouldn’t it be when Although the last part is always tricky for some to get their heads around...... “THE BILL”. Are you going to feel like you've you have a brand that caters to such a wide just opened the purse/wallet and walked out with a dashing new appealing audience? Luxury, fun, style, power, understated, overstated, priced for everyone, large and small - this brand pair of Jimmy Choo's? Not likely! But here's what you will notice; a freshened up vehicle with noticeably improved drive - well, don't really has it all! But why is it that maintaining these precious rides seem to be forget your VW Love has just had a complete "once over" - clean oil and adjustments to bring her back to how she was when you something so many would rather put on the back-burner? Kevin. drove her the first time. This car has been given some love and Let’s face it, we've all heard it; too expensive to service, Gary. attention and is ready to hit the road again! parts are expensive, you pay a premium visiting your dealership Enjoy the Volkswagen experience with our team at Tristram Service Department. Well, let me introduce the facts of visiting European and look out for these familiar faces when you the Tristram European Service Centre. Open Monday - Friday next visit. 7.30am- 5.30pm and Saturdays 8am -1pm. Bookings can be made via phone, email and on the website. Estimates are provided based on information provided by you. Servicing Now also offering tyres for purchase, wheel alignments, wheel Craig. Volkswagens can, in most cases, cost you less than other balancing, nitro fill and alloy wheels – enquire with our Travis. mainstream brands due to our clever vehicle design and Service Team . technology. Loan vehicles can be provided by booking for these or we offer a Free Shuttle Service for our customers locally or to bus stations morning and evening. All vehicle services are conducted by Exclusive to Tristram European. Six to choose from. Available while stocks last. Get your Beetle in time for Summer! Volkswagen Technicians. Genuine parts are our first preference and to ensure your vehicle remains covered by manufacturer’s warranty, it is critical that you service at the correct intervals and on time, as well as using good quality oils and genuine parts where necessary. Quotes are provided via phone or email and consent is required by you for any additional work recommended over and above your booked servicing requirements by our Professional Service Advisory Team. Here are some additional reasons you will enjoy your experience with the Tristram European Service Centre: You will be met by our Concierge on arrival. You can enjoy our Boutique Cafe facilities and let our team fuss over you with Home of Volkswagen on the Shore Tristram European, Corner Wairau and Hillside Roads, Glenfield, North Shore. tea, coffee (and its good) and biscuits, or

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The importance of gathering data cannot be overlooked; the diagnostic data guides the subsequent treatment phases, integrating all of the patient’s needs, desires, and functional and biologic issues all into one aesthetic treatment design.


One of the most exciting cosmetic dentistry developments in several years is the concept of Digital Smile Design. New to the North Shore, we now offer this unique service following extensive, overseas training with the creator of this exciting new concept, Dr Christian Coachman.

WHAT IS DSD? Digital Smile Design is a multi - use conceptual tool that can strengthen diagnosis vision, improve communication, and enhance predictability throughout treatment. The DSD system allows for careful analysis of the patient’s facial and dental characteristics along with any critical factors that may have been overlooked during clinical, photographic, or diagnostic cast based evaluation procedures.

Beauty is defined as, “the phenomenon of the experience through perception of balance and proportion of stimulus.” It’s almost impossible to express beauty as it is observed by the general population, because each individual defines it differently based on their life experiences, predispositions and biochemistry. Beauty may not be able to be measured, but harmony – one of the most important aspects of physical beauty – can. The golden ratio, also known as the golden proportion, can be found throughout nature and in some of the world’s greatest works of art. It can also be found in the facial structure of most people we consider to be beautiful. It has been said that if you draw a rectangle around the face of the Mona Lisa, the ratio of height to width of that rectangle is equal to the golden ratio. Symmetry is scientifically proven to be attractive to the human eye, but not all facial features contribute equally to the perception of beauty.

Facial aesthetic design is about more than just teeth – it’s about all the elements of the face and how they work together to achieve the most beautiful and natural smile. We don’t use the traditional method of smile design because it focuses on creating perfectly symmetrical teeth, which in an asymmetrical frame like the face actually creates disharmony. Although dentistry is in many ways a science, cosmetic dentistry requires the innovation, creativity and skill of an artist to craft the perfect smile to complement an individual’s unique facial features. It’s true that beauty is subjective, but balance is not, balance is what we are able to create using advanced facial mapping techniques and a thorough understanding of what is perceived as beautiful to the human eye. Phone us at Killarney Dental on 09 488 9050 for further information.

Keep an eye out for Kylee Tan who shot to fame when she was crowned 1st runner up Miss Universe NZ and Miss Photogenic NZ in October 2013. The 23-year-old preschool teacher secured second place in the Miss Universe NZ competition at the finals in Auckland last month. With a delightful, warm personality and pleasant, natural features she has not only won a contract with top New Zealand modelling agency Nova Models, she has recently gone

through a metamorphosis from being a Tauranga sweetheart to a stunning, young woman. “Kylee already had a winning smile when she came to see us at Killarney Dental” says Dr Gilbert Stehbens. Her smile was transformed to a fuller, wider, dazzling smile with a few sublte changes to the colour and shape of her teeth.

“My teeth look more even and whiter while still appearing natural. The procedure has given me more confidence with my own smile and the process was quick and painless. I would definitely recommend Gil at Killarney Dental in Takapuna to any one who wants to improve the shape of their teeth.” Kylee Tan

62A Killarney St, Takapuna. 09 488 9050

The Channel Eating Out Guide



He’s Kitchen, Albany

Fine dining at He’s Kitchen North Shore dining is largely dominated by cafés and casual restaurants, it’s part of the laidback culture that people love about this side of the bridge. Newly opened He’s Kitchen in Rosedale has broken away from the North Shore mould and focused on fine dining. “We aim to provide world class service with a high standard of European food in an elegant, relaxed environment. We also make our prices affordable, they are cheaper than many similar restaurants in the city,” said owner Anita. “This is the perfect venue for special occasions, or for someone who is looking for an unforgettable dining experience. The head chef has over 15 years experience in European cuisine.” Anita is a first time owner/operator with a wealth of experience in the restaurant industry, having previously managed GPK Takapuna and Hammerheads. After taking some time off from her career to have a family, she is now excited to be back in the restaurant business and finally in charge. “It’s my dream. When I worked for someone else I always dreamed that I would own my own restaurant,” Anita said. She and her staff all share the same goal – to be voted in the top 50 restaurants by Metro magazine in their first year of business.

Although the emphasis at He’s Kitchen is on fine dining, they also cater for functions as they have a large area that can seat 100 people for dinner, or alternatively 160 people for a standing cocktail party with canapés… When asked what sets He’s Kitchen apart from other restaurants, Anita replied, “Our menu is quite different from other restaurants as we have a small menu but every dish is very nice, there is no repetition of ingredients in our menu, every dish has something different. We follow traditional European cuisine but in each dish we add a bit of a twist – a fresh or different ingredient into it.” An example of this is the cumin jus used with Anita’s favourite dish - the boneless, roasted quail stuffed with fig and bacon. Although she concedes that the restaurant’s most popular dish is the prime eye fillet steak.

Anita originally hails from China. She arrived in New Zealand in 2002 and she lived on the North Shore for eight years before briefly moving to West Auckland when she met her husband. She’s been back living on the North Shore since January. “I love the environment and I think no other place can compare with the North Shore. It’s quiet and peaceful. My mum even says that the North Shore sky looks better than in other places.” Although the emphasis at He’s Kitchen is on fine dining, they also cater for functions as they have a large area that can seat 100 people for dinner, or alternatively 160 people for a standing cocktail party with canapés – a fantastic option for fast approaching Christmas parties! This welcome addition to the North Shore restaurant scene also caters for corporate bookings. Anita recommends the set menu for groups of over ten people, which includes breads, side dishes, and tea and coffee for the table. He’s Kitchen, 14/51 William Pickering Drive, Rosedale 09 415 6225 Opening Hours: 11am until late Tuesday – Sunday, closed Monday Channel Reader Offer: Enjoy a 15% discount at He’s Kitchen this month. Mention this ad to get 15% off the total bill until November 30 2013. Dinner only. Reservation Essential. Issue 38 - November 2013


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Portofino Devonport For 23 years, Portofino has been bringing the very best in Italian dining to the Devonport peninsula. A multitude of mouth-watering options delight diners; Pesce Portofino combines fresh market fish pan-fried with shrimps, champagne and a cream lemon sauce, Bistecca Portofino is a signature dish of Scotch fillet flambéed in marsala then grilled with tomato and cheese. The scallopine (schnitzel) dishes, pollo (chicken), risotto dishes, pastas and pizzas are plentiful. Fine Italian, as well as New Zealand, wines can be matched to any dish. Buon Appetito! Open seven days for dinner from 5pm. Lunch from 11.30am on Fri, Sat, Sun. Upstairs at 26, Victoria Road, Devonport 09 445 3777 Tip: Try our sensational seafood main Pesce Portofino.

Nicolino Restaurant & Cube Bar Take a trip to the Mediterranean without leaving the North Shore! Nicolino Restaurant & Cube Bar has been bringing the tastes and sounds of Greece to Devonport for over 12 years. Traditional Greek dishes such as moussaka, souvlaki, kleftiko (braised lamb shanks) and spanakopita (spinach, feta cheese, oregano and olives baked in filo pastry) sit alongside Mediterranean specialities such as Catalan duck, and delicious pizzas and pastas. Nicolino’s is both BYO and fully licensed, and provides takeaway pizzas and meals, including free local delivery. Open Mon to Sun 4pm - Late. 103 Victoria Road, Devonport 09 446 6664 Tip: Greek party night every Thursday with live Greek music and dance by “Sounds of Greece”.


Sigdi Authentic Indian Cuisine Find some of the finest Indian cuisine in Auckland. A traditional tandoor oven is used to infuse the naans, meats and entrees with the utmost flavour and Indian authenticity. Staple Indian restaurant dishes such as Rogan Josh, Balti and Tikka Masala, are expertly crafted, but look beyond these and you'll find less well-known delights such as the delicious Karhai Gosht - lamb or beef with capsicums, onions, fresh ginger and coriander. The Goan Fish Curry is a spectacular combination of fish fillets perfectly married together with coconut and tomato. Chicken Saagwala is a beautiful mild option, blending pureed spinach with light spices, if you fancy a change from the Chicken Korma. Open Mon to Sun 5pm - 10pm. 161 Victoria Road, Devonport 09 445 1546 Treat: $45 Family Deal (normally $57) - Choice of 3 curries plus 3 naan, Basmati rice, 4 poppodums & raita. Conditions apply.




Victoria Road Bistro

The Olive Press Bistro & Bar

Pinot Plus

For those looking for innovation and true quality in their contemporary dining experience, this place delivers. A well-designed interior includes newspaper print table cloths, brick and wood walls, lovely lighting, and a piano. ‘Beginnings, Middle and Endings’ are expertly-crafted from highest quality ingredients.

This winter, cosy up with weekend brunch at The Olive Press. Not only is this a gem of an after-work wind-down venue, it is a super stylish place to sit and lounge on Saturdays and Sundays when brunch and lunch is served from 11.30am to 3pm. Create your own beautiful breakfast with ‘Eggs Any Style’ and add one of the many ‘build your own’ options including bacon, smoked salmon, chorizo, avocado, potato rosti, wilted spinach, and herbed wedges. New Zealand contemporary cuisine and delicious tapas are also served in the stylish surrounds with a range of quality wines and Moa beer on tap.

The wines are boutique. It’s unlikely there will be many of the labels you’re familiar with, but that’s John’s challenge – he’s not here to keep you comfortable, but to help you discover something new, and share what he has to offer.

Open Tues to Sat 5pm - 10:30pm, Sun 11:30am - 3pm. 97, Victoria Road, Devonport 09 445 2037

Open Tue to Thur 4pm - Late, Fri 3pm - Late, Sat & Sun 11am onwards. 2A Rattray St, Devonport 09 445 1618

Tip: Full steak dinner from $24 on Thursdays.

Tip: Wednesday Steak Night 300g Scotch fillet with all the trimmings - $17.90.

Victoria Road Bistro brings new culinary flair to Devonport’s main shopping and dining strip. This little jewel of a restaurant manages to blend the relaxed ambience of the seaside village with the style expectations of some of the country’s foremost eating out establishments.

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This is one of those unique little gems in Takapuna; It’s not just a wine bar, it’s not just a restaurant – this is the living embodiment of owner John Ingle’s passion, love and taste of good wine and food.

Guests are guaranteed a wine and food experience to remember. And there are always great treats at Pinot Plus like this one below… Open Tues to Sat 5.30pm - Late. 168 Hurstmere Road Takapuna 09 489 9510 Tip: Exclusive use of restaurant for your event, lunch or dinner inclusive of three courses and wine from $1200.00 (12 to 26 people)

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Mexico Takapuna

Takapuna Bar

The Elephant Wrestler

Mexico Takapuna is a culinary haven that celebrates the vibrant, fresh and lighter side of Mexican cuisine. It offers mouth-watering Mexican fare with big, spicy complex flavours, and a loud and lively vibe.

Takapuna Bar is the original 'local' and there are plenty of reasons to head down there during the week this winter:

Mexico can accommodate a celebration with friends, or a quick mid-week catch-up. Whatever the occasion, the experience is complemented by smiling staff and the hum of happy diners, helped along by jugs of fruity cocktails, top-shelf tequila and a long list of Mexican beers. All served at prices that will leave diners plenty of change to carry on their night, or come back for more later in the week.

Tuesdays - Open Mic Night, 7.30pm, $6 house spirits, all welcome.

The aim of host Paul Lomax was to create a bar that’s simply a ‘great local’, and he’s certainly achieved that. This is a place where you can enjoy good company, a huge range of drinks and great gastro pub food at a reasonable price. With a new summer menu boasting a variety of delicious food (including a range of gluten free options), now’s the time to head in to your larger than life local. Why not try the new BBQ Pulled Pork Basket or the Seared Sesame Crusted Prawn Cutlets?

Open Mon to Sun 12pm - Late. 4 The Strand, Takapuna 09 280 1487 Tip: Don't forget to try the desserts - they're sensational!

Mondays - Texas Hold ‘em Poker, 7.30pm registration, 8pm start, $20 buy in.

Wednesdays - Whisky Wednesdays, top shelf whiskies $9 doubles. Thursdays – Live music from 7.30pm every week. Fridays – Live DJs take to the decks. Saturday drinks and Sunday afternoon meals are also popular with customers wanting a weekend wind-down. Follow Takapuna Bar on Facebook. Open Mon to Sun 11am - 1am. Cnr Hurstmere Rd & Anzac Street, Takapuna 09 486 2666. Tip: Happy Hour every Mon to Wed 4-7pm.


Kopio Malaysian Restaurant

Blankenberge Belgian Beer Café

• Viva People’s Choice Award • Best Beef Rendang in Auckland • Sunday Star Times Takeaway of the Week: Green Curry Chicken • Metro: Best Malay Seafood in Auckland If you haven’t yet tried Kopio, go and find out for yourself what all these reviewers are raving about. Open: Lunch 12noon to 2pm (weekdays), dinner 5pm to Late (every night). KOPIO, The Sentinel Building, 3/3 Northcroft Street, Takapuna 09 486 0122 KOPIO will close from 22/12/13 to 5/1/14 for a holiday break. Treat: NO BYO CHARGE until Christmas if you mention “Channel”.

Open Mon - Sun 11am - Late. 138 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna 09 489 8030. Tip: Planning a special occasion or event? Get in touch with our dedicated Events Coordinator to take the stress out of party planning at



Just some of the excellent reviews on KOPIO Malaysian Restaurant & Takeaway:

Weekly deals include ‘Express Lunch’ every Monday -Thursday for just $13.90; 2 for 1 meals on Monday nights; and a Thursday Steak Night special for just $15.90.

Blankenberg is one of Taka’s favourites. A great bar, with great beer – as is the Belgian tradition – but also a great place to enjoy good food. Not just your average pub food. Food with a FlemishFrench theme. Lots of tasty options with suggested beer matches. It is a great place for brunch (Sat and Sun), lunch or dinner with lots of dishes you simply won’t find anywhere else in Takapuna. Our favourites are their Mussels, Croque Monsieur, Chicken and Leek Pie, Seafood Waterzooi and traditional Flemish Beef Stew. Open Mon to Sat 11:30am - Late, Sun 9am - Late. 136 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna 09 486 6331 Treat: “Munday Mussel Madness” – Every Monday: One kilo mussel pot and fries, just $12. Every Tuesday: Half kilo of Angus Rump Steak, with frites, just $15.

Fortune Fountain A spectacular setting and authentic Asian cuisine are giving diners enjoyable eating out experiences at Fortune Fountain Restaurant. Quickly establishing itself as a major player on the Shore culinary scene, this Lake Road restaurant has landed with a bang. Ornate chandeliers, spacious dining rooms and an actual fountain give this place an opulent, palatial feel. Quality wines match the fine food: from show-stopping crayfish to the succulent squid and superb satay, Fortune Fountain does everything it does, well. Open Mon to Fri 10:30am - 3:00pm, 5:00pm 10:30pm. Sat to Sun 10:00am - 3:00pm, 5:00pm - 10:30pm. Fortune Fountain Restaurant, 428, Lake Road, Takapuna. Phone 09 488 6789. Tip: Create food envy with the magnificent crayfish dish! Issue 38 - November 2013


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Sake Bar Nippon

Al Forno Italian Restaurant


After looking after the needs of locals and not so locals in Epsom for the last 15 years, Sake Bar Nippon is now based in Takapuna. Guests could well believe they are stepping into Japan when they enter this authentic restaurant, situated in a prime position on Anzac Street next to the Berkeley Cinema. Food is reasonably priced and customers get even more added value through the colourful attire of the restaurant’s hosts and the traditional drum-playing – this is an experience that goes beyond food! Fresh sashimi, sushi, tempura, yakitori skewers are among the favourites offered. Private area with karaoke facilities available for special occasions.

Cointreau Creme Brulee and Ricotta Pear Cheesecake... two new reasons to visit one of Takapuna’s top restaurants, Al Forno. These seasonal offerings are but a taste of the latest dishes to be delighting diners at this popular local spot. Always a welcome experience at Al Forno restaurant. When customers go back to Al Forno – and most do – they are greeted like a long lost friend.

Gorgeous. The name says it all. Recently opened in Takapuna, this restaurant is adding its weight to the thriving eating out scene.

Open Tues to Sun 5pm - Late. 32-34 Anzac St, Takapuna 09 486 2249 Tip: Download our APP Sakebar Nippon Takapuna to become a VIP and receive specials on food and drinks!

Al Forno has a perfect location and is a must for those who love to eat out in Takapuna. Whether dining in or taking away, the traditional yet unique Al Forno Italian food is great. Choose from Woodfired Pizzas, Pastas, and mains like Veal Parmigiana, prime Eye Fillets or King Prawns. Open Tues to Sun 5pm - Late. 34 Anzac Street, Takapuna 09 488 0179. Tip: Try a take-out pizza from our wood fired oven!

Gorgeous has two expert chefs for different cuisine specialities; one from a top Auckland restaurant specialising in Yum Cha and an Asian cuisine chef to provide a range of delicious savoury delights. Popular recipes are both the prawn dumplings and chive dumplings, with a scrumptious range of tasty beef dishes. Also tempting diners are their sweet and sour pork, honey barbecue pork, pork ribs and their fabulous duck! All dishes are freshly made to order and are only prepared once ordered. Open Tue to Sun 11am - 9:30pm Lunch: 11:00am - 3pm. Dinner: 5pm - 9:30pm. Yum Cha all day. 174 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna 09 489 4727 Tip: Spend over $50 on yum cha and receive a $5 voucher to spend on your next visit, spend $100 and get a $10 discount voucher.




New Vietnam Cafe

Faro Steak House

Thyme Restaurant

It's the time of year when thoughts often turn to Christmas, and if you're planning a function for friends, family or colleagues, New Vietnam Café offers a great option. Fine food and convenient, central location are just two of the reasons to consider this Hurstmere Road spot for your next party or work function. Buffet and table-service options are both available for groups of up to 60 guests.

One of the most affordable yet satisfying meal options in Takapuna can be found at the characterful Faro Steak House. An incredible number of buffet offerings allow diners to select their choice of salads, including flavoursome couscous, pastas and fresh garden salad items, to match with their selection of meat or pasta dish. For as little as $12, guests at this ambient restaurant tucked away off 138 Hurstmere Road can enjoy a huge and delicious lunch or dinner guaranteed to satisfy the heartiest of appetites. A variety of steak cuts from 21-day aged beef are served at the table sizzling and cooking on a hot plate and there are several kids’ meal options.

Thyme Restaurant on Level 1 of the Spencer on Byron Hotel, Takapuna provides award winning dining, blending fresh and innovative cuisine with an extensive menu that uses in season fresh local produce.

New Vietnam Café offers some of the finest finger food around for delivery to your party if you have an alternative venue arranged. The herb-infused spring roll and delicate prawn cones are spectacular! Open Mon to Sun 10:30am - 9:30pm 62-78 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna 09 489 3869. Tip: Delicious $10 lunch specials served seven days.

Open Mon to Sun Lunch 11:30am - 3pm, Dinner 5:30pm - 10:30pm. 138 Hurstmere Road 09 486 5050 Tip: Try a sizzling steak for lunch with all you can eat from the salad bar for just $15!

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The Spencer’s renowned chefs and its restaurant and bar staff have won many medals for their culinary delights and hospitality. New seasonal menu items include duo of Angus Beef, Hawke’s Bay duo of lamb and seared salmon. Open Mon to Sun Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Level 1, Spencer on Byron Hotel, Byron Avenue, Takapuna Beach 09 916 4982.

Tip: Enjoy live entertainment Monday to Saturday making Thyme Restaurant the perfect place to celebrate!

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The Hub

Morgan’s Burgers

Talay Thai Restaurant

Your local in Milford! A little gem of a bar with the atmosphere of an old English pub located in the heart of Milford, tucked away behind New World.

Exciting new restaurant providing the ultimate burger experience.

Talay Thai in Milford has a loyal following due to its excellent rapport with regular customers. Seating for 40 people and a range of delicious Thai cuisine to choose from to 'dine in or take out'.

A great place to meet after work or enjoy sporting events on the large screen TVs whilst enjoying the hospitality of a family-owned bar. The Hub have a secure gaming room. Pub menu available. Wednesday - live music Thursday - quiz night Friday - live music Every second Sunday - Karaoke Keep the 15th November free for the live appearance of PAT URLICH from Peking Man playing live at The HUB. Open Mon - Sun 11am - close 145 Kitchener Road Milford (behind New World) Ph: 489 4480 Tip or Treat: Try the $10 Steak meals!


Build the burger that YOU want by putting the salads and sauces on yourself from our produce truck in the middle of the restaurant! Menu includes beef burgers (in 3 sizes), chicken, fish, lamb, vegetarian and an ‘exotics’ range. Burger buns are baked in-house daily, and there is a bakery section serving cakes, coffee and ice creams. Open Mon to Sun 9am - 9pm, grill opens 11am. Milford Shopping Centre (next to Whitcoulls), 143 Kitchener Road, Milford 09 489 3431 Treat: Creating a burger that’s exactly what you want by letting you help yourself to the salads and sauces! For specials check out Morgan’s Burgers on Facebook.

Duck and Seafood are popular and there are many Thai Vegetarian options. Talay Thai will always give you a friendly welcome and help you choose from a wide range of high quality Thai dishes. For an authentic taste of Thailand visit Talay Thai this winter.

Open: Lunch (from only $10.50) – Tues-Sat 12pm-2.30pm; Dinner – 7 nights 5pm until late. 83/85 Kitchener Rd, Milford. PH: 489 9568. Treat: Lunch from $10.50 Tuesday - Saturday.

Mairangi Bay

Castor Bay

He’s Kitchen


Mairangi Japanese Cuisine

New Restaurant - He’s - Now Open

Locals love Salt in Castor Bay, and their cafe Little Salt Eatery. Head chef is Mark Harman (ex Huka Lodge and Dine by Peter Gordon). Their aim is "to continue to deliver to our customers at a level that surpasses expectations but matches perceptions."

Lunch Special $9.90 - Mairangi Japanese Cuisine is a hidden treasure located in Green Gables shopping village in Mairangi Bay.

At the Shore’s newest restaurant, He’s, the cuisine embodies a traditional European fine dining experience with a twist. At the helm in the kitchen, the restaurant’s acclaimed chef ensures freshness and flavours that tantalize the taste buds. For a stand-out recommendation, He’s quail dish is simply amazing. This dining delight showcases perfectly roasted quail accompanied by fig and smoked bacon stuffing and served with aspargagus cauliflower puree and cumin jus. Anita and her amazing staff offer the service to be expected from a fine dining experience. Be amongst the first to sample the sensational ‘He’s’. It’s another fabulous addition to the Shore’s burgeoning dining scene. Open Tue to Sun 11am till Late. Closed Mondays. 14/51 William Pickering Drive Rosedale Auckland.

Phone: 09 4156225. Tip: Try our Roasted Quail dish and Passionfruit Pannacotta.

A new season brings a new menu with starters such as Smoked Venison Carpaccio with berry coulis, honey comb, gorgonzola and candied pecan. New mains include Five Spice Confit Duck Leg with kumara miso mash, spring roll, savoy cabbage and orange-soy reduction and Tempura Beetroot & Feta Stuffed Inari Pocket with citrus labne, shaved fennel & mint salad. Open 5.30pm -10pm for dinner, book ahead. Little Salt Eatery open 7am to 3pm, catering from 5pm to 9.30pm. Corner Beach Rd & Castor Bay Rd, Castor Bay. Phone 09 410 4488 Treat: Try Salt’s new menu in November.

Delicious Japanese food is prepared by the head chef who has over 20 years’ experience of serving top quality meals. Mairangi Japanese is both fully licensed and BYO, with a good selection of wine, Japanese tap beer and Sake also available. Live music every Saturday night. This authenticallydesigned Japanese restaurant makes an ideal venue for small functions in a lovely light-filled room, perfect for corporate groups or family gatherings. Open Mon to Sat Lunch 11:30am - 2:30pm, Dinner 6pm - 10.30pm. 376/384 Beach Rd, Mairangi Bay 09 476 9977 Treat: Try our delicious new lunch menu. Daily Lunch Special $9.90. Issue 38 - November 2013


Cafés on the Shore

Latin Larder


Latin Larder, just up the road from Takapuna Beach, is a cafe with a fabulous menu (especially their hearty breakfasts.) An idyllic garden setting at the rear of the cafe, is a great place to catch up with friends and family. Out catering available. Serving Millers Coffee with the best Breakfast / Lunch Menu in town.

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Open Tues to Sun 6.30am - 3pm. 170 Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna 09 489 5563 Tip: Come and enjoy summer with brunch in our Garden setting.

Tiger Coffee


High-end coffee to grab and go, or sit down, relax and enjoy our hospitality and friendly banter. Try our freshly made sandwiches, breakfasts and homemade muffins. Back for winter, we have the soup and rustic bread all ready to go. Come in and warm up! Need a coffee machine for the office? Look no further – our machines have the newest technology in the world of coffee. Mon-Fri 6:30am-4pm, Sat 8am-1pm. 18 Barry’s Point Road, Takapuna. Ph: 489 3084

Superfood at Sumo Salad Takapuna

Tip: Regular Tiger Breakfast & coffee $12.

ARK Coffee Company

Newly opened in Takapuna, ARK coffee is a specialty coffee roastery who endeavor to create an exceptional coffee experience for their customers. Try some of their coffees from around the world. Freshly roasted coffee beans plus some great home brewing equipment.


Open Mon to Fri 7am - 3.30pm Sun 8am - 3:30pm Shop 6, 461 Lake Road, Takapuna 09 489 8488

Sumo Salad is where many of these local fitness-loving lads and lasses head to refuel. This central spot is a mecca for nutritious nibbles and filling. Owners Stuart and Jacqui Wright have been serving up the salads, sandwiches and much more from Sumo Salad Takapuna for over four years. Stuart brings his dry English humour to Hurstmere Road and is quick to banter with food and beverage buyers, adding value to the cafe experience. “Stuart loves talking to our

Treat: Coffee of the Day $2 or when you purchase 250g or more beans ‘free coffee of your choice’.

Little Red Cup

Takapuna is widely regarded as having a large number of fitness-conscious residents, with runners regularly taking to the streets and the beach to jog off the pounds, shoppers sipping smoothies and turning sports gear into street style.


Recently renovated, the Little Red Cup, just up from the Takapuna Beach, is a cafe with style. A place to meet for breakfast, a coffee after your walk or that meeting with colleagues. All day menu uses free range and gluten free products. Also many tasty takeouts from the cabinets. Open Mon to Fri 6.30am - 3pm Sat & Sun 7.30am - 3.30pm 178 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna 09 4894728 Treat: Mention Channel Magazine for 15% off the lunch menu during November (excluding weekends & beverages).

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Stuart enjoys injecting his humour into the workplace, and is the first to admit he is better kept away from any baking. He once had a turn at the brownie making and added self-raising flour instead of plain flour, much to the amusement of the Chef.

Cafés on the Shore Vauxhall Cafes


Milford & Devonport

Vibrant décor, stunning service and fantastic food are setting the standard at Vauxhall Milford. Expert baristas serve up gorgeous Gravity coffee in chic surroundings. Its sister café Vauxhall Devonport is a quirky neighbourhood hub and this vibe has been carried through to the newer café in Milford Shopping Centre. Both offer standout eats, perfect for a leisurely breakfast, brunch or lunch. Vauxhall Devonport 7.30am - 3.30pm Vauxhall Milford 8.30am - 5.30pm Tip: Give the beautiful brioche a try with a perfectly made Gravity coffee.

Swiss Bakery & Cafe


The Swiss Cafe and Bakery pride themselves in producing fresh, authentic, handmade products that are free of preservatives and baked fresh daily. They have a wide range of Swiss delicacies including fresh breads, savouries, sweets, cakes and chocolates. They also have a full cooked breakfast menu. Catering and custom orders are available.

customers” says Jacqui. “He calls it marketing. Yeah right Stu!” Red Beach residents Stuart and Jacqui offer some astounding salads, featuring a regular recipe in Channel, which always prompts customer demand for the delicious dishes featured. “Our Quinoa Muffin recipe certainly caused a stir! And the Mint Tabbouleh featured last month has gone down a storm,” said Stuart. “Our Signature Salads are the Rolls Royce of salads! Made fresh to order they are simply delicious. The salads from our deli are forever changing and give our customers a chance to mix and match different flavours on one plate (conditions do apply). These salads are created fresh daily on site and offer patrons a great variety of high protein, low fat or low GI salads.” The friendly Sumo Salad team is always accommodating of dietary requirements and can adapt menu items to suit customers’ needs. Free brownie with every coffee started as a ‘yuletide gesture’ but proved to be such a popular draw card that Jacqui decided to make it a regular fixture. “People love it!” Jacqui said. “Our Chef does an incredible brownie and makes mountains and mountains of them! His carrot cake and muffins are also to die for.” Stuart enjoys injecting his humour into the workplace, and is the first to admit he is better kept away from any baking. He once had a turn at the brownie making and added self-raising flour instead of plain flour, much to the amusement of the Chef. “It came out way too high and full of air! Just like Stu. It certainly wasn’t as good as our Chef’s and, no, I didn’t serve it to customers! Stu ate most of it!” explains Jacqui. Head to Sumo Salad to re-fuel, and no doubt have a giggle, this month. Sumo Salad, 67, Hurstmere Road, Takapuna 09 489 7866. Open Mon-Fri 7.30am - 7pm, Sat-Sun 8am-7pm.

Open Mon to Fri 8am-4:30pm, Sat & Sun 8am - 2:30pm. 5 Milford Road, Milford 09 489 9737 Tip: Come in and try our international award winning organic coffee by Toasted Espresso!

Little King Cafe


This new kid on the Milford café block is making a stir. Little King Café has style and substance. Customised coffee includes choices of cherry sour and blueberry blends from Supreme Coffee. Waffles are prominent on the menu, with savoury and sweet options to tempt all tastes. Family friendly all the way, this is a new café force to be reckoned with. 132-136 Kitchener Rd, Milford 09 489 7278



Tip: Check out our rave reviews on our Facebook page

Coffee General Tearooms Coffee General brings together some of the finest coffee on offer in New Zealand. We also offer non-pressurised brewing equipment, highlighting some of the subtleties and complexities often masked in the espresso process. Open Mon to Sat 7.00am - 4.3pm, Sun 8:30am to 4pm. New Store: Coffee General Tearooms 10 Northcroft Street (The Department Store), Takapuna Tip: Come and have a coffee at our new location. The Department Store, Takapuna. Issue 38 - November 2013



Views From The Beach with Peter White, TBBA

An overview of what is happening in Takapuna Beach from Business Association General Manager – Peter White.

In this month’s column we congratulate our elected Councillors and Local Board representatives; celebrate the success of a number of Takapuna businesses and provide readers the opportunity to win some marvelous prizes simply by letting us know of examples of your experiences whilst shopping in Takapuna. Hope to see you here soon. – Pete

Shop Takapuna

A bonus for Channel readers this month and your chance to win a $10,000 Xmas Shopping Spree As you will discover (see back pages), included with this issue of Channel is our special Shop Takapuna Magazine. A 30 plus page supplement superbly put together by Cat (Catherine Howell of the TBBA) in conjunction with the team at Channel Magazine, highlighting many of the wonderful shopping treats that are available at Takapuna Beach. Shop Takapuna, which also includes interesting profiles with local retailers, provides full details of our $10,000 Xmas Shopping Spree promotion that runs through November and December with a grand prize draw after the closing day of December 19th.

Local Body Elections Congratulations to Chris Darby, Grant Gillon and Allison Roe on their success at the recent Local Body elections. Chris represents us on the governing body as Councillor for the North Shore Ward and Grant and Ally are the new representatives on the Local Board. Congratulations too, to incumbents Councillor George Wood, and Local Board members Jan O’Connor, Mike Cohen, Joe Bergin and Dianne Hale who all retained their seats. We would also like to thank both Ann Hartley and Kevin Schwass for their outstanding leadership and support over many years.

Great customer experience, the path to success Great customer experience is delivered from the heart, not the head. Global research tells us that the world’s 50 fastest growing enterprises are organised around ideals of improving people’s lives, by relentlessly pursuing customer experience excellence. Most businesses start out with an ideal about how they want to make a difference; successful businesses understand the pathway to success is by being truly customer focused and consistently delivering this at every customer touch point. This isn’t about a rule book, it’s about being really clear about the difference you want to make in your customers’ lives and genuinely delivering it, day in, day out, no matter what type or size your business is. That’s how you achieve excellence. Takapuna Beach’s ideal is to become The Customer Experience Capital of the World and who better to help with this than customers themselves?

time, or close to the time they have it, is invaluable. By utilising a real time feedback loop a business can listen, understand and act very effectively to ensure they stay on top of their game. To support the Takapuna Beach initiative Colmar Brunton is making available e-Say, a very clever and simple customer satisfaction tool that can be instantly activated by a customer to provide real time feedback to an individual business. This not only provides customer ratings, but very simply sorts and provides the reasons behind the ratings. Questions are crafted by the experts at Colmar Brunton and identity of respondents remains confidential unless they consent otherwise. How to participate will be clearly displayed in all participating businesses and as a thank you, best scoring businesses and customers go into a draw to win 80 minutes of pure Bliss from Bliss Reflexology in Takapuna. Each participating business receives a link to their own results, easily viewable in the office or the lunch room. The TBBA will have an overview of feedback from all participating businesses so they can gauge the impact of the campaign and reward outstanding results. We all have a part to play in making Takapuna Beach the Customer Experience Capital of the World. With our own ideal of ‘Better Business, Better World’, Colmar Brunton is pleased to support businesses and customers of Takapuna to achieve this right here, right now. (Thank you to Vanessa Clark – Colmar Brunton)

Had a great customer experience in Takapuna? – Be in the draw to win 85 minutes of pure Bliss Each month we will give Takapuna shoppers the opportunity to win a fabulous prize from Bliss Reflexology in Takapuna. Simply scan the QR code; email (peter@; phone (092154347) or text me (0274778485) with details of your customer experience and you could win an 80-minute Bliss treatment. Don’t forget to include your name; email address and a brief description of the experience received and preferably the name of the person who made the difference (as we will also present him or her with 80 minutes of pure Bliss).

Putting the customer at the heart of the business

This month’s winner - Como Street Café.

Seeking and acting on timely customer feedback is key to achieving this goal. Colmar Brunton has a strong commitment to helping businesses of all sizes provide great customer experience and thus improve and grow their business. Bearing in mind that if a person has a good service experience they tell nine people but if they have a bad experience they tell 13, then it’s preferable that the business itself gets this feedback so it can act on it, good or bad. Providing customers with an easy way to give honest feedback on their experience at the



James Sax.

James Sax from Como St cafe is the definition of excellent customer service. He welcomes you when you walk in, is always interested in what your up to, has a great rapport with all of his customers, no matter what age. He always has a smile on his

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face and goes out of his way to brighten up your day. His excellent customer service and attitude rubs off on his staff making it an enjoyable experience. making you want to go back - Ashley. Congratulations to both James and Ashley who will each receive a Bliss gift vouchers.

Existing Takapuna Beach businesses reap the rewards of providing exceptional customer service Feedback received from Takapuna customers: Hannahs - Shore City. I recently needed to purchase some shoes for a family member residing in a rest home. It is not easy shopping for someone else, especially when it is for shoes! All the staff at Hannahs were exceptionally helpful but Susan and Charlotte really made the experience pleasant, nothing was too much trouble, allowing me to exchange or return the shoes as necessary. After three trips to the store, two pairs of perfect-fitting shoes were found. The service was efficient, understanding, friendly and made a huge difference to the comfort of an elderly lady and myself - Dorothy. Vodafone - Shore City. My iPhone had stopped working and was outside of the 12-month warranty. Evan from Shore City sent the phone in for repair because, as it was still under contract, he felt it should be covered by the consumer guarantees act. We then found that as it was a business phone the act did not apply, however Evan went into battle for us, and, through my Vodafone business manager, managed to get it covered. It would have been very easy for Evan not to accept the phone in the first place, but he went the extra mile - Jayne.


companies are having a significant impact globally, including Booktrack. Booktrack – Creating a New Medium for the World from Takapuna Booktrack are creators of a worldleading technology that is revolutionising the book publishing landscape – and they’re taking on the world from the North Shore. Booktrack is a company that seeks to deliver something new for today’s generation of technically savvy readers. The power of reading on computers and devices means that it doesn’t just have to be plain text, yet that’s all that anyone has delivered up until now. The founders, Mark and Paul Cameron, identified this opportunity and created Booktrack Studio, an online service that provides writers with new tools to communicate their creative vision by adding an accompanying soundscape. It’s an immensely powerful tool and people are paying attention: while just released a mere four weeks ago writers and readers alike are flocking to try out the new technology. Booktrack was featured in Channel last month, you can read this on our website ( or visit

Latin Larder. The staff at Latin Larder are always happy and friendly and the menu is excellent. The older woman remembers you from previous visits and the older guy taking the orders is always very efficient and chatty. Coffee is excellent too - Gill. The Booklover. Tom Beran always goes out of his way to help you select the right book for any occasion. Whether it is a selection of books for your bookclub, a novel or non-fiction to entice a reluctant teenager to read or a gift for young or old; you can be assured that he will guide you to the perfect book -­ Desiree. Cafe Melba. Justine is always so pleasant and is like a ray of sunshine on morning when there is possibly little to smile and be happy about. She is wonderful breath of fresh air - Jonathan.

Takapuna Beach receives accolades Congratulations to Naomi Ballantyne and Partners Life who recently won the coveted Supreme Westpac Auckland North Business Excellence Award and also to Sam Cunningham (Belgain Beer Café) who was crowned the official Stella Artois Draught Master for New Zealand. Sam will go on to represent New Zealand at the Stella Artois World Draught Masters, held in Cannes, France in 2014. Features on their achievements are included in this issue of Channel Magazine. It was also pleasing to see that Hurstmere Green won a prestigious accolade at the 2013 Auckland Architecture Awards in the Planning and Urban Design category. The park, which was redeveloped last year, provides a better link between Hurstmere Road to Takapuna Beach and gives locals a public space they can be proud of.

Techapuna gaining momentum Takapuna is quickly morphing into “Techapuna” with a number of IT companies establishing themselves here. It is most pleasing to see Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED) assisting in encouraging this sector to relocate to Takapuna, citing the lifestyle and location as being ideal. A number of these

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Channel Feature Feature:Interview: … Naomi Ballantyne, Managing Director, Partners Life, Takapuna

“How much do you need?” It was without an ounce of flippancy that Naomi Ballantyne posed this question to Channel’s Heather Vermeer as she shared tales of her challenging childhood, her love of the simple life and the staggering success of her insurance company Partners Life, Supreme Business Excellence winner at this year’s Westpac Auckland North Business Awards. In this interview, Channel goes behind the corporate face to reveal a woman much more interested in character than cash.

Naomi Ballantyne addresses the crowd after accepting the Westpac Auckland North Supreme Business Excellence Award at the Bruce Mason Centre.

When a 19-year-old Naomi Ballantyne answered an advertisement for a management trainee position with an insurance company, she did not know what insurance was. Her parents had never taken out insurance and it was genuinely an alien concept to this young woman who had dropped out of her marine biology degree course in order to begin work, marry and start a family. It was to be the start of an extraordinary career for this North Shore woman who, in the past two years, has taken the Takapuna-based insurance company she founded from scratch to 140 employees. Partners Life generated over $38 million revenue on premiums in the past year. Impressive? From any point of view, but most markedly considering the personal adversity this modest mum has overcome to gain her stratospheric standing amongst New Zealand’s business elite. Talented at sports and with a love of science, young Naomi Lassen did not

experience the carefree, idyllic Kiwi childhood of many of her peers. Born and bred on the North Shore, she was one of five children, the only girl among four brothers. Naomi attended school at Target Road Primary, Glenfield Intermediate, then Westlake Girls. She ran and played sports well. But she did this with a heavy heart, knowing that the outcome, whatever the result on paper, would not be satisfactory for her sometimes difficult father. She visibly cringes as she recalls the torrents of sideline screams that alienated her from would-be friends and left an almost indelible impression of her “not being good enough” on her psyche. Almost. Naomi admits her openness has left her exposed previously in the press, and asks, utterly non-assertively, that not everything she divulges is published. “Suffice to say, I have never been drunk in my life.” This sentence serves as sufficient indication to the cause of her childhood troubles.

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With a passion for ‘the sciences’, a teenaged Naomi embarked on a degree course in Marine Biology in Auckland, but it didn’t last long. She met Kerry Ballantyne, through her brother’s rugby league team, and wanted to get married. “I love sciences but I wanted to get married and have a family and realised it (Marine Biology degree course) wasn’t conducive to this. I realised I had many years to study, and probably a job that would pay $12,000 at the end of it all. So I applied for the first job I saw that was advertising for a management trainee and I took it. It was for insurance. I didn’t even know what insurance was. It wasn’t something my parents had ever had or believed in, or something I’d ever come across.” The job was in Takapuna for Guardian Royal Exchange. She plunged into the role full-on, and supplemented her working day with a daily burst of exercise on the beach. “Yes, I’ve been running along Takapuna Beach during my lunch time since I was nineteen and I am still doing it when I’m nearly 50!” Insurance, for her, quickly became a rewarding pathway and she is quick to defend the industry from its detractors. “It breaks my heart when people go “Urgh, insurance!” I think, ‘I hope you get through your whole life and still think that paying your insurance premiums was a waste of money’. And in case it isn’t, we’ll be there. When bad things happen to people, we give them a cheque and there are not many careers where you can get a crying, sobbing thank you for doing your job.” Naomi and Kerry had a son, Kris, and with the support of her family, she was able to continue to pursue her career. “I would not have compromised my son for this (my career),” she explains. “I had family around to help look after him. I couldn’t afford to have a nanny or anything like that. I couldn’t have achieved this without that support.” Her son Kris is now 23, and Product Manager at Partners Life. Husband Kerry, who worked as an admin manager for not-for-profit organisations in the early days, before establishing his own IT consultancy, is now General Manager of HR for Partners Life. Naomi says many, including her mother, were unconvinced about her marriage at the time. She has a knack, however, of proving her doubters wrong. The couple celebrated their 30th anniversary this year. Naomi said: “His (Kerry’s) role at Partners Life has taken him a bit of adjusting to. Not just about me being his boss, but his role as GM of HR, because people come and whinge to him about me. He couldn’t understand how I could just brush it off, but that’s what happens in a company. People do moan about the boss, it’s just that he’s the one who has to hear it!”

People set up companies, they get tired and grow comfortable, and I don’t want to be that person. Kerry is a talented musician, in Naomi’s words, who is lead piper in the City of Sails pipe band in which Naomi also plays the bass drum. “I was dragged into it! They didn’t have anyone else to do it!” she insists. In the band, Kerry is the boss. Naomi explains: “It’s kind of the reverse of how we are at work. He doesn’t need work to satisfy that sense of his place in the world.” A defining partnership in the workplace - as well as the one she has with her brother Peter who has been ‘amazing at his job’ in all three of the companies Naomi has formed - has been that with fellow insurance industry expert Chris Coon. It was with Chris Coon that she took the giant leap of forming Sovereign Insurance in 1989, from the very same Takapuna offices in Hurstmere Road where Partners Life is now based. It proved a huge success, with Naomi helping Chris take Sovereign to the lofty position of being the largest life assurance provider in New Zealand with a 52% share of the market. Naomi left the lucrative position of Chief Operations Officer in 2000 after Sovereign was sold to ASB Bank. She established Club Life in 2001 and in doing so became the first woman in the world to found her own life assurance company. Hard-earned, though somewhat inevitable, success followed for Club Life and the company was bought out by ING in 2004 with Naomi remaining in charge of the company until 2009. She explains her decision to take the leap. “I had this nagging feeling that I

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didn’t want to outstay my usefulness. People set up companies, they get tired and grow comfortable, and I don’t want to be that person. I always had this idea that I would set it up, grow it and then pass it on.” Next she formed Us Advice in 2010, before deciding to take the plunge once more with Partners Life and selling Us Advice to Partners Life as part of the deal. “When I left ING I was going to retire from running Life Assurance companies, but Chris (Coon) convinced me otherwise!” Timing is everything and Naomi seized the day to set up Partners Life. “We were in a Global Financial Crisis, and during those times people stop buying cars, going away on holidays and they reduce their debt and buy insurance.” New regulations meant insurance companies were, thankfully she feels, having to be more transparent and this prompted her to make the move. “We looked at what Sovereign and other companies were doing and we saw an easy opportunity to compete, based on product and service. For these companies and the banks, it’s all about cost. “I knew I had to make a call: We either have to do it now or never.” Naomi has always ensured her companies have adopted an admirable softly, softly approach to customers in regards to non-disclosure and void claims. The catchy tagline ‘If it’s grey, we’ll pay’, and always being ‘fair and reasonable’ are the two main philosophies at Partners Life. “People think that all insurance companies have to be fair and reasonable but actually they don’t have to be,” Naomi explains. “Insurance companies don’t have any idea about the impact their decisions can have on their customers. A void claim has a double impact in terms of the client no longer having a claim and also having to disclose a void claim when approaching another insurance company.” “If we find there is stuff we should have known about, we go back to the application time and look at how the claim would look assuming we would have had that information at the time. This is not usually an accidental non-disclosure. We understand that if the client has deliberately misled us we can take it on the Issue 38 - November 2013


Channel Feature Interview: Naomi Ballantyne, Managing Director, Partners Life, Takapuna

For me it’s been about growing well so that our son doesn’t have to worry chin, so to speak. People are no worse off than they would have been if they about us in our retirement. We don’t want to leave him millions and millions had told us the truth.” because that’s not good for anybody. If we have that, then we can use that for She adds: “We have always had that philosophy and we have always funding some courses, or to put into a foundation or put it to good use in some behaved that way in every new company we started but in Partners Life we put way.” it into the wordings of every policy.” “How much do you need? We are happy. We don’t have a desire to have In the entrance to the Partners Life company office there is a piece of art. a mansion, well, maybe my husband does from time to time! But we go off to In the centre is the company logo and emanating from this, like rays of the the bach, people come and camp out on the lawn. We go fishing, I get covered sun, are dozens of names. The names are those of the company’s foundation in fish bait, I love it. We like to be able to get away to Rarotonga and know that advisers, “the brave souls” as Naomi describes them, who took the leap with our son doesn’t have to look after us. Everything else is a bonus.” her to forge one of the fastest growing businesses in New Zealand. Partners The day I met Naomi she was attending the Next Magazine Women’s Life won the Supreme Business Excellence, Best Medium-Large Business and Awards as a finalist that evening. the Excellence in Leadership awards at this year’s Westpac Auckland North “It’s going to be very humbling. It will be great to be there to celebrate Business Awards 2013 in September. people who are getting recognised, as long as it’s not me! That’s what I’ll be She brushes off any praise for achieving such high-level business success thinking anyway, and I bet every single other woman there feels the same way. as being especially impressive due to her gender. What is her take on the Women, and I think Kiwis in general, don’t gender inequality that continues to exist generally like to be singled out for praise.” in boardrooms and leadership positions It’s clear Naomi is much more across New Zealand? comfortable being recognised for being “I have never seen myself having to a member of a team. Though this isn’t a battle the gender thing. My career is largely feeling she was familiar with whilst growing because I have been brave enough to stick up. Her feeling of being ‘an outsider’ has my neck out. There are a lot of people gifted Naomi with a strong ability to read who want the recognition but they don’t people from afar and pick up on character want to stick their necks out. If you are not traits that would largely go unseen by prepared to be...(pauses) not aggressive, others. but assertive, if you don’t put your head up “People are what makes the world go you don’t get seen.” round. When you have that stand-offishness “I don’t know where the bravery came because you were never part of the ‘in’ from.” An indication however comes from group as a child, you have the advantage Naomi openly and emotionally recalling that you do observe people and you see some of the challenges from her childhood Chris Coon, Simon Fisher, Naomi Ballantyne, Hayden Jonas, people’s characters and behaviours, as an earlier in our conversation. Richard Coon, Charlie Howe. observer.” Being the head of a multi-million dollar This knack, coupled with a wish to help organisation isn’t for everyone and it takes others forge fruitful careers, has fuelled its toll. Naomi’s next goal. “It’s exhausting, juggling being a mum “I have a vision of running character and a daughter and the boss, and the person courses for people starting out in their whose shoulders shareholders’ dreams rest careers. I have met so many different on. It’s truly exhausting.” people throughout my career. I have “I think a lot of women get to a level run companies with large numbers of where they say ‘I can’t handle any more!’ employees and worked with 1000s of Maybe they want to have children and want advisers and met many, many customers to pick up their career again after that and along the way.” then maybe they don’t have the confidence “I told myself that I would write a book about the types of people, not the in themselves any more. Maybe they feel they’ve missed the moment.” individuals, but the types of people I have met. I guess you learn by observing “The key is: We need to find out who wants to represent and find out why them. You learn about yourself. You have to understand people to truly, they haven’t been able to.” effectively run a business and the more you understand people, the more you She adds: “Personally, I am tired. I am working harder than I have ever understand about life.” worked because we have done better than we ever have before in starting up a “Over the years it’s been a case of trial and error to find out what works company, we have grown so fast.” and what doesn’t. To unwind, Naomi enjoys nothing more than hanging out with her son Kris I am really interested in character. And part of that comes from being a and counts his friends among her own. “My son loves me so much and I am so mum I suppose. lucky for that. Even in his teenage years he would be happy to grab my hand I have seen so many people get tired in their 40s and 50s, people that are or give me a cuddle. Now, I go round to his house and catch up with all his so depressed about their lives. It’s always about the behaviour that they don’t friends, I love it. It’s the best part of my life, nothing beats it!” see in themselves. For example, the spoilt brat who has always had everything She is candid about the fact that she is currently getting herself out and believes the world should do whatever they say.” there to make new friends who don’t know her as the super-successful “By the time people get to their 40s and 50s, they can’t change that businesswoman she is, who can take her on face value. This scares her. behaviour and some people even kill themselves over it. I think, someone, at “I’ve always got on better with guys. I’ve never understood all that (waves some point in their lives, saw this behaviour and didn’t teach them what the her arms around) drama that many girls seem to like.” She has been trailconsequences were. I am not talking about saving people or changing them, running and playing hockey recently as out-of-work activities to engage with but giving people the tools to understand why they get what they get. It’s about others on a friendship level. giving people choices about their futures.” As far as work is concerned, there is nothing in the industry left for her to “That might be just a huge arrogance on my part to think that I can, but I achieve. want to try.” “I know we’ll list (on the stock exchange) next year or the year after, and And as anyone who has ever had the pleasure of spending time with Naomi I have to be there for a year or two after that. Then we will have a deeper to find out what goes on behind those hazel eyes could attest to, her high management in place and I will step away. You cannot motivate me any more chances of success are almost indisputable. than I am motivated. It’s not about career or ego, or making sure my CV looks “Life and the challenges you had when you were a all leads you good. You can’t dangle anything in front of me.” to where you are,” she concludes. Fortune favours Naomi, one of life’s brave “My aim is to make myself redundant, to get to the stage where my souls. Because she made it. company doesn’t need me. Most people are terrified of becoming redundant!

I have never seen myself having to battle the gender thing. My career is largely because I have been brave enough to stick my neck out.

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Channel Feature: Local Musicians Gap5


! IT OR F G IN O G Gap5 Hannah-Jane, Nicole, Alexandra, Nica and Taiva.

Anna Henvest.

Anna Henvest takes a look at what happened next for local girl band Gap5 following their X Factor journey. Anna is a student at Rangitoto College and has collaborated on this special feature with fellow pupil Sam Ross, who supplied these images of the band on Takapuna Beach.

“Surreal”, “extraordinary”, “a blessing”- all words used to describe the crazy whirlwind that was X Factor New Zealand. Gap5 are a five piece girl band from Auckland who have got big dreams ahead of them. The group consists of Alexandra Light, Nicole Hedder, Nica Israel, Hannah-Jane Thorne and Taiva Ioane, all aged between 18 and 23. These aren’t just your typical young women trying to make it big in the music scene. They’re mature beyond their years, and know who they want to be and who they want to appeal to. Jamming at 3am the night before their X Factor audition paid off for these singing sensations. Amongst sickening nerves, Estelle’s American Boy came about and Gap5 decided this was the song that would rocket them to success. This meant letting go of the three other songs they’d already rehearsed for a month, and true to Gap5 form, going with their gut instinct worked. They gained instant attention for their acapella rendition of the song, specialising in their intricate harmonies that blend with jazz undertones. When asked why X Factor was the right move for them, Nicole stresses that they didn’t want that “X Factor label”, and they’ve worked hard to ensure this isn’t the case. The band was formed in November 2012 and said they “just clicked from the start”, and it didn’t take me long to notice this. Within the first 10 minutes of our interview I already understood the bond that these five have. There were constant laughs with one another, and the girls admitted since the show that they have now become like family. We’ve got Nicole, the comedienne, Taiva the humble and kind one, Birkenhead College student Nica, the outgoing ‘firecracker’, Hannah, the softie and Alex; the Mum and manager or as they like to call her, the ‘mumager’. After the initial hesitation to audition for the popular TV show, the Gap5 girls decided that they had nothing to lose and went for it. This turned out to be a huge move for their career, creating vast exposure and a great platform for getting their music to the people. The X Factor experience sounds like any aspiring musician’s dream. Nine weeks

spent living in a Sky From left: Nica Israel, Hannah -Jane Thorne, Nicole City apartment, instant Hedder, Alexandra Light, Taiv a Ioane and Anna Henvest. fame, and advice from established musicians such as their mentor and All Saints member, Melanie Blatt. Typical days consist of a 7am pick up, then to a photo shoot, vocal rehearsal, dance rehearsal and outfit planning. But this wasn’t the highlight for them. The girls all spoke fondly of the camaraderie between all the acts, and shared that they were closest to Maaka Fiso, L.O.V.E. and Moorhouse. But it can’t be all sunshine and daisies, right? “The stress was unbelievable and the time constraints were crazy,” says Alexandra. Nicole also added: “We’ve all had to grow a thicker skin. People in NZ are especially bad with social media and they will slam you... They say some really hurtful stuff.” It’s easy to forget that, for the most part, these girls are still in their teens, thrown into instant fame as well as all the media backlash that comes with it. Although they were in an ‘X Factor bubble’ they still had the perils of NCEA on their minds during the competition. The girls did have to make sacrifices for the show, such as Nicole and Nica having to take a term and a half off school as it was too hard to complete them both. Alexandra too had to make alternative arrangements for her wedding as, if it went to plan, it would have been the weekend amidst the live shows. She later married Ricky Light in what was a “beautiful ceremony”. After getting to the ‘Top Six’, it was time for the girls’ X Factor journey to end as they lost the battle against Cassie Henderson in a controversial elimination. The competition took a further interesting turn on the girls once they’d returned back to their usual lives as employees, university students and high school students. For head girl at Pakuranga College, Nicole, it was a surreal experience that she found difficult to wrap her head around. Upon her return to school, other students were taking photos of her in class and around the school which was strange to comprehend; especially for people she’d known prior to the competition. She said: “It was really weird how people suddenly see you; like in their mind you’re all of a sudden on this pedestal.” Now that life has settled down for the girls, they’ve got some exciting things to look forward to. They’re currently in the midst of their Intermediate-Schools Tour and will soon be promoting their debut single ‘Only Boy’. They will also be performing at Christmas in the Park as well as Parachute 2014. The girls are breaking the mould, creating a girl band made the way they want and filling the gap in the New Zealand music industry. Issue 38 - November 2013

At 6.00am the blessing ceremony commenced. Front row from L to R: Ngati Whatua Kaikaranga lead escort Te Ara Totoro, Practice Manager Siobhan Matich, Miss Nicole Bowie and Ngati Whatua Kaumatua Pita Pou. (Kaikaranga lead support was provided by Erana Poulsen.)

Ngati Whatua Kaumatua Anaru Pita, Pita Pou and John Retimana (L to R) presided over the blessing of the building.

Past, present, future. Miss Nicole Bowie (daughter of Peak Primary Managing Director Roger Bowie) stands with Kaumatua Pita Pou and Anaru Pita. Seated is Nicole’s mother Helen Bowie.

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Peak Primary Board members (L to R) Dr Richard Fisher, Dato’ Dr Noorul Ameen, Managing Director of Peak Primary Roger Bowie and Karim Dhala.

Associate Minister of Health Jo Goodhew: New models of care will see the emergence of integrated family health centres and a blurring of the interface between hospitals and primary care.

Guests are treated to sunshine as they listen to the Associate Health Minister’s speech.

New model of healthcare comes to the North Shore The $6 million Fred Thomas Health Family Medical Centre at 2 Fred Thomas Drive in Takapuna was formally opened by Associate Minister of Health Jo Goodhew on 26 September 2013. At daybreak, Mr John Retimana and other representatives of Nga-ti Wha-tua performed a po-whiri and blessing of the clinic. Later in the day, Associate Minister of Health Jo Goodhew cut the ribbon. The 100 guests – including long-time patients, healthcare professionals and members of the DHB – then toured the new facilities. Fred Thomas Health represents a new model of GP practice. It maintains traditional primary healthcare values while also providing patients with the convenience of contemporary onsite healthcare services including radiology, nuclear medicine, physiotherapy, pharmacy and visiting medical specialists. 12,000 patients have already enrolled.

(L to R) A hongi between Pita Pou and Roger Bowie during the blessing ceremony.

Associate Minister of Health Jo Goodhew cuts the ribbon to formally open the new medical centre. Standing beside her is Peak Primary Managing Director Roger Bowie

New model of healthcare comes to the North Shore (continued) (L to R) Dr Rowan Waters, who has served the community for over 20 years, with Associate Minister of Health Jo Goodhew and Fred Thomas Health patient Mrs Daphne Feary.

Dr John Russell, whose Shakespeare Medical Centre team has joined with Fred Thomas Health. Dr Arthur Young, Senior Doctor at Fred Thomas Health: The Ministry of Health sees sophisticated medical centres like Fred Thomas Health as the future of general practice.

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Seated in the front row listening to John Retimana’s speech is Associate Minister of Health Jo Goodhew. Directly behind her is Mrs Mary Thomas, wife of the late Arthur Frederick (Fred) Thomas, after whom Fred Thomas Health was named. Fred Thomas was a visionary North Shore man who served seven terms as Mayor of Takapuna and was Chairman of what is now the Auckland Regional Council. He died in 2006. Fred Thomas was personally known and admired by many staff in the new practice for his humble and practical concern for people from all walks of life. The name ‘Fred Thomas Health’ pays tribute to the man and his values.

RAWA Property & Projects managed the Fred Thomas Health fit out. (L to R) Jeremy Waters and Wayne Herd.

Mercy Radiology and Accuron Radiology team members (L to R) Divya Trichy (Charge Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Accuron Radiology), Jan Wescott (Radiographer, Mercy Radiology) and Caroline McDonald (Mercy Radiology).

Marathon running to Smales Farm

The Adidas Marathon will pass through the Smales Farm Busway Station on Sunday 3 November, providing runners with entry onto the Northern Busway as they head for the Harbour Bridge. The Adidas Auckland Marathon course runs from Devonport through Takapuna to the Smales Farm Bus Station where it joins the Busway southbound to the Auckland Harbour Bridge. After crossing the Bridge, the course takes in Westhaven Marina, the Viaduct Harbour (the halfway mark), before heading out along Auckland City’s waterfront. This section of the course is an out and back, with the turn point being in St Helier’s Bay. The return leg follows the same course back to the Viaduct Harbour for a finish at Victoria Park. You’ll need to get up early to catch them: runners must clear Smales Farm Busway Station by 8.20am to reach the Harbour Bridge before it is closed to runners and normal traffic flows resume.

New face joins Smales Farm management team Julie Evans has joined the Smales Farm management team as Accounts Administrator. Julie is responsible for accounts payable, bank reconciliations for operational expenditure, debtor invoices and the payment of creditor invoices on behalf of tenants. Julie’s previous role was with Australian mining supplies company Moultrie Group, based in Australia’s McKay mining area. There she set up and managed an accounts receivable and billing team of six people and also managed the staff responsible for accounts receivable and credit control. “I love it at Smales Farm, it’s a very friendly group to work for – like a family,” she says. “I’m learning so much and can see a lot of scope to get more involved with the accounts. I only have a few more papers to complete my accountancy degree and plan to finish that in my spare time.” Julie is English born but has lived in New Zealand since she was nine years old.

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Health & Fitness: with Les Mills Takapuna

By Claire Bellingham Personal Trainer at Les Mills Takapuna


Summer Fit

for you

It’s now less than a month from the official start of summer and the kick-off of the festive frenzy. It’s definitely time to organise your diet and exercise plan to take you through the summer. A good exercise plan includes cardio, strength and flexibility. Cardiovascular exercise is any exercise that increases the work of the heart and lungs. In summer many people like to take their cardio outside - walking, running, touch rugby, tennis and water sports are North Shore favourites. The gym is still handy for a cardio blast – many members like to get it out of the way early, have a quick shower at the gym and be at work on time sharp and alert. Early morning Combat, Grit or RPM classes are a fantastic start to the day. There are many benefits of cardiovascular exercise. Not only does it burn calories, it also combats health conditions and diseases, improves mood and boosts energy and endurance. However there are a couple of drawbacks to relying exclusively on cardio for exercise. Repetitive movement patterns can easily cause overuse injuries. The most common injuries are tennis elbow, swimmer’s shoulder, runners knee, achilles tendonitis and shin splints. Notice how many of these injuries are named after cardio activities. To get the benefits of cardio without risking injuries it’s important to build up your intensity gradually. It’s also important to include weight training in your plan. Weight training supports your cardio training in several ways: It builds strong ligaments and tendons, which support your joints and reduces the risk of injury better muscle endurance makes cardio exercise and sporting performance easier, ie. you can push yourself harder and perform better. Weight training has other great benefits too: It builds lean muscle mass, which increases your metabolic rate. This means your body burns calories even when you aren’t doing anything. Just lying in the sunshine with your lean muscle mass, you are burning more calories than a person with less lean muscle mass. The more lean muscle mass you have, the easier it is to manage your weight without requiring a super-strict diet. Weight training can be done with body weight, free weights or weight machines. Try out a free Weights Discovery programme, enjoy a Pump class or sign up with a trainer. The third key component of a good exercise plan is flexibility. Flexibility is

the range of motion around a joint. It is usually the poor cousin of the fitness regime. It is the area that does not directly relate to weight loss, therefore many people do not prioritise it. However a limber body forms the foundation for your cardiovascular fitness and strength. When your muscles are more pliable you reduce the risk of injury in both your exercise and your everyday life. If you have tight muscles you can injure yourself in a variety of situations; from lurching sideways to avoid a pothole when running, to lunging forward to grab your child as their bike veers out of control. Les Mills Takapuna offers Body Balance, yoga and pilates as part of the membership. Even if you aren’t a member you can come and enjoy our free Outdoor Body Balance class on Sunday mornings, which runs from November 3rd through to December 22nd.

There are many benefits of cardiovascular exercise. Not only does it burn calories, it also combats health conditions and diseases, improves mood and boosts energy and endurance. However there are a couple of drawbacks to relying exclusively on cardio for exercise. Repetitive movement patterns can easily cause overuse injuries. So that’s all you need to know to get your exercise sorted for the summer season. Make a balanced plan that includes all three components of fitness – cardio, strength and flexibility. Summer fitness is so much more than just building a beach body. You also create a stronger, leaner, healthier more vital, youthful you. Start today!

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Book Reviews for Booklovers from The Booklover






The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt $40

Barracuda - Christos Tsiolkas $37

From the author of the international bestsellers The Secret History and The Little Friend. Theo Decker, 13, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend, but is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to the thing that most reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately is his nemesis. As he grows up, Theo learns to glide between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty antiques store where he works. He is alienated, and in love – and his talisman, the painting, places him at the centre of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle – the criminal underworld. The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling power. Combining unforgettably vivid characters and thrilling suspense, it is a beautiful, addictive triumph – a sweeping story of loss and obsession, of survival and self-invention, of the deepest mysteries of love, identity and fate.

Tender and brutal, searing and provocative, this brilliant novel from the acclaimed author of the international bestseller The Slap takes an unflinching look at modern Australia’s hopes and dreams, friendships and families – and asks what it means to be, and takes to become, a good person. His whole life Danny Kelly’s only wanted one thing: to win Olympic swimming gold. Everything he’s ever done takes him closer to that moment of glory, of vindication, when the world will see him for what he is: the fastest, the strongest and the best. His life has been a preparation for that moment. Danny’s win-at-all-cost ferocity gradually wins favour with the coolest rich boys at school – he’s Barracuda, he’s the psycho. When Danny thought of being the best, only then did he feel calm. Barracuda is about living in Australia now, about class and sport and politics and migration and education. It contains everything a person is: family and friendship and love and work, the identities we inhabit and discard, the means by which we fill the holes at our centre.

For November, we are giving Channel readers a glimpse of another six titles – in store now – which we have selected for our 2013 Christmas catalogue: two novels from highly regarded authors Donna Tartt and Christos Tsiolkas; the second Little and Friday cookbook from local celebrity Kim Evans; the eagerly awaited memoir from top radio talk host Leighton Smith; the first-ever history of comics and cartooning in New Zealand; and a gorgeous gift for Francophiles celebrating the best things about French life.

From Earth’s End: The Best of New Zealand Comics - Adrian Kinnaird $50 New Zealand has a rich history of comics and cartooning and has produced award-winning, internationally recognised creators. Showcasing comics from 30 of New Zealand’s best cartoonists, this splendid book reveals, for the first time, the evolution of one of the country’s most enduring, and subversive, art forms: from the pioneering local cartoonists of the early 20th century, to the rebirth of local comics in the 1970s, through to the bestselling graphic novels of today.

Beyond the Microphone - Leighton Smith $40 From his early years in Sydney to becoming one of New Zealand’s favourite radio stars, Leighton Smith’s life has been a full one. For over 20 years he has never relinquished his hold on the number one slot for the morning show. As well as telling his personal story, he also shares his thoughts on a number of key issues confronting the world today. Like his talk show, this autobiography delivers more than the everyday – it’s honest, informative and insightful in Leighton’s trademark style.

Little and Friday Celebrations - Kim Evans $45 A myriad of reading choices for all ages...

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Following the huge success of her Treats from Little and Friday, Kim Evans presents sweet and savoury recipes for a host of fun-filled occasions. Mouth-watering miniature tarts and cakes, savoury galettes, breads, biscuits and large decorative cakes cater for simple gatherings, such as a summer picnic or birthday lunch, Christmas get-together, a colourful children’s party, wedding, chocolate-themed 21st and high tea. Capturing the delightful style that has made Kim’s cafes so popular, the recipes promise plenty of good celebrations with friends and family.

La Vie est Belle - Henrietta Heald $50 The perfect gift for Francophiles or those with a passion for the best things in life – elegant interiors, ageless beauty and tradition, and fine food and wine. This stunning book is arranged by region and offers a privileged glimpse inside dozens of French homes, from chateaux to farmhouses. It celebrates the traditions and characteristics of French life: flea markets and brocantes, pavement cafes, the flavours of France, and more. Interspersed throughout are recipes for classic dishes and quotations from writers and philosophers, designed to immerse you in the French culture.

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Retail Therapy at Takapuna Beach

Pardon me?

Healing Through Burps! Yes, it sounds a little bizarre, but Takapuna has inherited a precious gift in the talents of Vio Simon, a gentle and gifted therapist who is healing in the most extraordinary way…

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When Vio Simon met an elderly woman who lived a modest life in a bamboo hut in Indonesia, she had no idea that this remarkable woman would change the course of her career, and her life. Vio has become a highly sought-after healer who practises Javanese massage, with a rare and incredible talent. Her unique style is difficult to put into words and could sound somewhat implausible, but Vio extraordinarily channels pain and discomfort during her treatment sessions, which manifests as gas belches coming from her mouth. Yes, Vio, I suppose, relieves ailments through burps! Now, get the giggles out of the way, and you’ll be amazed by the results. A university anthropology graduate, Vio was academically gifted and imagined a career encompassing her anthropological interests. She had always enjoyed and gained huge benefits from massage and whilst visiting an elderly back? lady in her home country of Indonesia in 2005, Vio picked up the ancient art of Javanese massage from a lowly, extraordinary elderly lady.

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I follow my hands. I could do this blind, as I just go wherever my hands lead me. Vio explains: “She lived in a tiny house made of bamboo and I looked at her as family, as she didn’t have any children of her own and her husband had passed away. She used to massage me and my daughter and she had helped to heal many, many people.” Vio took the opportunity to learn from this wise, elderly woman who experienced involuntary coughing whenever she hit upon an area of a client’s body that contained stress, pain or injury. After meeting her Dutch husband Robert in Indonesia, Vio moved to The Netherlands Antilles (Dutch Caribbean) where she set up her own spa. “After I had been massaging for about two years, I started to burp when I was treating clients!” Vio explains. “I couldn’t help it, it just started whenever I came across an area that needed treatment. I remember how the lady who taught me used to cough, and me, I now burp!” Her spa in The Netherlands Antilles proved very successful and when the time came to relocate to New Zealand with her husband and daughter Alexandra, she began practising from their new hometown of Lake Taupo. Modest and humble, Vio underplays her talents but gained widespread recognition for her healing abilities. Clients travelled from as far away as Wellington and Palmerston North to be treated by her healing hands for all manner of ailments, some experiencing life-changing outcomes for serious conditions. “I follow my hands. I could do this blind, as I just go wherever my hands lead me,” she says. Since relocating to the North Shore this winter, Vio has begun offering her extraordinary treatment as a new member of the Migun team on Hurstmere Road. Whatever your niggle, large or small, or if you are just in need of a re-tune of body, mind and spirit, pay Vio a visit. Expect the extraordinary. Make an appointment for a FREE TRIAL with Vio at Migun during November. Migun Takapuna: Level 1, 31 Hurstmere Road - 486 6699. Migun Albany: Unit 5, 51 William Pickering Drive - 551 5560.

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Retail Therapy at Takapuna Beach


Keep it Local Shop in Takapuna this summer

Store stylist Michelle Timmins.

Serendipitous Style Takapuna has a thriving centre of retail gems. There is no need to leave the Shore to shop for yourself, for the home, for treatments, gifts, and more. Here is a taste of what Takapuna has to offer this month: Peonies have arrived at FLORIENNE Peonies are here. These stunning large and vibrant blooms have arrived once again this year. Corals, Pinks, Crimsons and Bowl of Cream. Treat yourself or someone special to Peonies today. Don’t wait too long, in a month their season will be finished again until next year. Peonies look great in jugs and vintage vases and new shipment of vessels of all sorts has just landed at Florienne, just in time for the festive season. Come see for yourself today, visit us at 60A Hurstmere Road or online at Delivery available Auckland wide.

Make it to MIGUN If you haven’t yet tried Takapuna’s hidden hub of healing, make this the month you experience Migun. Have a break and step into this oasis of calm on Hurstmere Road. Therapeutic thermal massage beds not only relax but help alleviate pain and provide relief to a wide ranges of ailments. Or experience the healing power of Javanese massage or indulge in a sumptuous Balinese hands-on massage. Feel your best this summer with Migun.

Style sewn up at SHORE FIT Shore Fit clothing alterations in Takapuna can provide you with the fit you want - regardless of your shape or size, or the type of clothing you bring in to the store. It could be a simple repair or a complete restructure of a garment, Shore Fit’s small yet dynamic team are passionate about their work, have an eye for detail and strive on all occasions to provide customer satisfaction. Make sure your clothes are looking sharp this summer with Shore Fit.

CONNING BARRACLOUGH has moved! The experienced local accountants’ practice Conning Barraclough has relocated to Level 1, 507 Lake Road, Takapuna. Graeme and Judith are a top Takapuna team serving the accountancy needs of many local businesses. If you want an expert eye to be cast over your books, get in touch at their new office on Lake Road or call them on 09 486 7773.

Serendipity is a noun that describes ‘the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way’. When you step into the Takapuna store of the same name, you can well understand why owner Megan Key chose this word as the title for her clothing retail business. You may be unaware of the range of international brands available on the Shore, until you have stepped into Serendipity. Weddings, balls, formal dinners, award ceremonies, they all require a certain standard of attire and many North Shore residents might still be unaware of the fact that you can shop for outfits for these events right here. As well as casual wear and office clothing from some of the world’s most popular clothing houses. Megan Key hardly looks to be of an age to have owned and run a store for over 13 years. This local resident has worked hard through the tough economic times that have seen many other clothing retailers close, to establish this treasure trove of fabulous finds. Megan hand picks all the clothes she sells herself, with lines coming from top New Zealand fashion houses as well as many well-known quality international brands. She said: “I think its important to remind people we are here selling top brands at reduced prices. Because we sell samples, the clothes are heavily reduced. People are still getting the latest looks, but the stock is often half the usual retail price.” And it isn’t just evening wear that Serendipity excels at; there is a large range of workwear, casual wear and accessories. Stunning handbags, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and more give shoppers the chance to create a complete look in this one store. A popular range is Sabatini, a brand that has been much-loved across New Zealand for over 50 years. Megan, who has always lived on the Shore and has a team of five working at the Como Street store, said: “We have their current spring collection in stock, and its selling at half price. I feel really privileged to be getting their samples and seconds.” Other brands from overseas on sale at Serendipity include Zara, DKNY, Guess, Ted Baker, French Connection, to name but a few. Megan added: “We have new and different stock for many occasions coming in all the time.” If you haven’t yet discovered this Takapuna treasure, take time to savour some Serendipity in your life. WIN a $500 Designer Wardrobe at Serendipity, Shop 5, Como Street, Takapuna 09 489 9575 Issue 38 - November 2013


Retail Therapy at Takapuna Beach: Trade Aid News

Putting the World to ‘Writes’ An argument put forward by a North Shore youngster has won her top honours in a nationwide competition which aimed to prompt young people to consider the impact they can have as consumers. An essay-writing competition was organised by Trade Aid has resulted in a first place for Rangitoto College student Claudia Russell who was judged to have best answered the question: As consumers we all have power. Does this power come with responsibilities? Local winner Claudia, who scooped the North Shore area title and national top spot, impressed the judging panel with her powerful persuasive writing.

Claudia showed insight and intelligent thinking throughout her submission. She had clearly researched the subject area thoroughly to produce a well-constructed, persuasive piece of writing. Her 1450-word award-winning essay began: “Since the industrial revolution, societies have flourished and fallen in response to the world’s production and trade. This is directly related to the choices that we, as consumers, make on a daily basis. Being consumers we all have the responsibility to ensure that we are buying ethically, and this means that we make an effort to purchase goods which are

Trade Aid Takapuna manager Tony Swain with winner Claudia Russell.

produced in a way that is not detrimental to people, animals or the environment.” Auckland Education Trust Chairwoman Raewyn Lucich said: “We were impressed with the standard of entries. Claudia showed insight and intelligent thinking throughout her submission. She had clearly researched the subject area thoroughly to produce a well-constructed, persuasive piece of writing.” The purpose of the essay was to encourage students to think critically about their role as consumers, the relationship between international trade and poverty, the people who make our products and the conditions these are made in, eg: the Bangladeshi garment factory collapse in Dhaka April 2013, and alternative trading models, such as Trade Aid’s fair trade model. Claudia won a $50 Trade Aid voucher (regional prize), the national prize was $200 cash and bag of Trade Aid goodies for the school.

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Hauraki Primary Fair

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It’s Fair Time!

All the fun of the fair is set to hit Hauraki this month, as the local primary school stages its big fund-raising event of the summer. On Saturday 9th November from 4pm to 8pm, Hauraki Primary School will hold its Twilight Fair. This year, it features some astounding auction items that have been gifted in aid of raising funds for the school. Principal Clarinda Franklin said: “The Hauraki Fair historically has been a community highlight and we’re now looking forward to another great event that will raise money for the middle school playground. It is a wonderful social occasion with lots of opportunity to enjoy a huge variety of activities, stalls, entertainment, food and refreshments.” Over 120 different items and experiences have been generously donated by the community including a 14 Day Pacific Treasures Cruise for four people donated by Francis Travel Management, return Helicopter Flights from Nadi to Vomo Island, plus two nights accommodation and meals at exclusive Vomo Island for two people, basketball coaching from NZ Breaker CJ Bruton and BMX package with bike, gear and BMX tricks coaching session with professional BMX Rider Haimona Ngata. An Entertainment Stage will be running from 4pm with local musicians (including school bands) playing - this is sponsored by Brent Gilchrist of Harcourts Cooper & Co. A cash draw will also be held on the night at approximately 6.30pm with $500 to be won - the winner must be present to claim the prize. Principal Franklin said: “Bring your family and friends! I look forward to seeing you!” So, get along for all the fun of the fair!


Just as sunblock and sun hats have become accepted as a necessary part of protecting our skin from the harmful rays of the sun, the use of sunglasses to provide protection and comfort to the eyes has become common practice. Combining a visual correction with the sun protection is helpful to those whose vision can be improved. While this is often a distance correction, it can be equally beneficial to those whose distance vision is good but require reading assistance. A zone of reading correction incorporated into a prescription sunglass can enable the wearer to sit outdoors and read (at a café, on the deck, or at the beach) or glance down and check their cell phone or tie a fish hook. Many of the sunglasses Haydon Optometrists carry are suitable for being made up in prescriptions. They can incorporate a wide range of lens designs and top end lens technology (e.g. polarization, photochromic tints, anti-reflection coating, and genuine Maui Jim treatment). The 2013 sunglass collections from the Californian brand Salt and New Zealand designer Kate Sylvester follow the current optical fashion direction of ‘modern classics’. The Maui Jim sunglass range is famous for the quality of its polarized lenses which are excellent for reducing the sunlight glare that is so strong during a New Zealand summer. They are among the best available for water sports. More than having an excellent range of sunglass frame and lens options, Haydon Optometrists have optical dispensing staff whose skill and knowledge will help you obtain a perfect sunglass for a perfect summer.

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Shore Singers

Shore Singers on Air For the last 37 years, one of the North Shore’s long established choirs, the Shore Singers have entertained audiences at their popular annual concerts and through performances at most of the North Shore’s Retirement villages and beyond. This year, under their conductor, Beth Donnell, who brings great professionalism and teaching experience to her role, the 30-plus mixed community choir will present their 38th Annual Concert at St Peter’s Church in Killarney Street, Takapuna at 2pm, on Sunday 24 November. The choir’s repertoire includes songs from the classics, opera evergreens, folk, spirituals, jazz and popular musical shows. “There is always plenty of variety and everyone can find something they will really enjoy,” says Choir Chairman, Kerry Johnstone. The Annual Concerts have also built up a tremendous reputation for the excellence of their guest artistes, many with national and international status including the accomplished pianist, Jason Bae, violinist Amalia Hall and Euphonium player, Ricky McDonnell. “To enjoy hearing these talented musicians has been worth the price of a concert ticket alone.” Says Kerry. This year Kevin Kim, top New Zealand recorder player, will show this instrument’s versatility. Over the years, the choir has also provided opportunities for young emerging talent and student Sylvia Jiang, a promising pianist in the mould of Jason Bae, will entertain. One innovation at this year’s concert will be the talented Poyema Dancers, who will perform with several of the choir’s songs including the Afro-American Spiritual, ‘I’ve Been ’Buked’. Last, but not least, there is always a splendid afternoon tea! Be sure to book your tickets for this year’s concert. Phone Brenda Heywood on (09) 4181915 to secure your ticket!

The Pasta Shop, Takapuna

Feeling Saucy? The Pasta Shop specialises in Fresh Pasta, Sauces, Salads and Ready Meals. We wanted to demonstrate how versatile our sauces are so in this month’s issue we are utilising two of our fantastic sauces to bring you a meal that is suitable for either the BBQ or to pan fry.

The Pasta Shop owner Mich elle Bright and Chef Rob Noldus.

BBQ Lamb with Watercress Pesto Salad Serves four 1kg Lamb Rack 10 grams parsley chopped finely 20mls vegetable oil 1 sachet BBQ chipotle sauce 300gm fresh spirals 1 sachet watercress pesto Salt and pepper to taste 2 tbls lemon zest • In two litres of boiling salted water (as salty as the sea) cook spirals for 3.5 minutes. Drain, place in a bowl stirring through vegetable oil so pasta does not stick. Chill in the fridge. • Preheat either BBQ or hot plate until smoking hot. While waiting for the grill to heat, place the Lamb Rack in a bowl , rub in 10 mls of vegetable oil over the rack and season to taste with salt and pepper. • Place the Lamb Rack on hot plate and sear both sides until golden brown. Take off the heat and wrap the Lamb Rack in tin foil. Place the wrapped Lamb Rack back on the Hot plate and cook for approx. 5 minutes. Remove from the Hot Plate and let it stand at room temperature for 10 minutes whilst still wrapped in tin foil. • While the Lamb Rack is standing, mix the fresh spiral pasta with the sachet of watercress pesto and place on a platter. • Remove the Lamb Rack from the tin foil and brush the BBQ Chipotle Sauce over the meat. Place the chopped parsley on the chopping board and roll the Lamb Rack in it to cover. Cut the Rack to desired portions and centre on the Watercress Pesto Salad. Garnish with lemon zest. Our Semolina Flour The Pasta Shop uses only 100% Semolina Flour in the production of our pasta coupled with Free Range Eggs. That’s why it’s so smooth and silky. Semolina is a little wonder that for generations has been misunderstood. Semolina has been documented back to Egyptians, some believe it originates from the Greeks B.C. An analysis of the major nutrients found in semolina shows that it is high in protein, complex carbohydrates, potassium, magnesium and calcium. It is also a fibre with iron, zinc, manganese and copper. It is very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium.v It is high in vitamin E and contains a fair amount of the B complex vitamins (especially folic acid). The Pasta Shop uses Bellato Gold Semolina Flour imported from Australia. It is a Gold Winning Flour, which is rich in colour and gluten, perfect for our pasta. 447 Lake Road, Takapuna Beach. 486-1047. 447 Lake Road, Takapuna. 486 1047

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Channel Pets with DogHQ This lovable Channel Magazine feature is presented by Louise O’Sullivan of DogHQ, the North Shore’s premium Dog Day Care facility. DogHQ provides the ultimate in social, physical and mental stimulation for dogs of all types in a safe and caring environment. DogHQ’s full range of services include obedience training, agility fun days, grooming and all natural nutrition. See all the fun for yourself at and

The Short and the Tall of it People often describe themselves as either Big Dog people or Little Dog people and couldn’t picture themselves as owning anything else. We also see many people challenging the associated stereotypes around dog ownership. The smallest dog in the world has just been crowned by the Guiness Book of records as the Chihuahua in Puerto Rico, Milly who at 2 years old is a mere 9.6cm high and weighs just half a kilogram! It may be no surprise that one of the largest dogs recorded is actually a Great Dane called George who is 7ft long, nearly 4ft high at the shoulder and weighs in at 18 stone. It doesn’t take much to understand the difference between owning these two particular dogs and the impact this would have on your lifestyle, house choice and bank balance! So, what does the type of dog we chose to own say about us? The British Psychological Society found that dog breeds reflect certain facets of their owners’ personalities. Here are some examples… You are an extrovert if you own: Pastoral breeds, including collies, sheepdogs, heelers and corgis. Utility breeds including Dalmatians, bulldogs, poodles, schnauzers and shar peis. You are agreeable if you own: Gundogs including spaniels and retrievers of all sorts, as well as setters, pointers and Weimaraners. Toy dogs including Yorkshire terriers, Pomeranians, Chihuahuas

The British Psychological Society found that dog breeds reflect certain facets of their owners’ personalities. Here are some examples… You are an extrovert if you own: Pastoral breeds, including collies, sheepdogs, heelers and corgis. The emotionally stable own: Rhodesian ridgebacks, foxhounds, beagles, dachshunds, whippets and greyhounds. Of course, with all the cross-breeding and unknown origin pups around, the personality profiling starts to become very confused!

When it comes to choosing a dog breed there are a few questions to ask yourself that may help the decision. Questions about the size of your house, whether you have a secure back yard, how active you are, whether there are children in your family and how much into grooming you are and whether you have owned a dog before. And there is a helpful online questionnaire that will suggest some breeds for you when you answer these questions…. go to and find the breed match tool under “all things dog”.

Indie’s Insights Apparently, according to some research, the fact that my owner owns a Rhodesian Ridgeback means she is emotionally stable. However, what does the owner I have say about me? I’d like to suggest that the owner I’ve chosen is proof I’m barking mad!

DogHQ Tiny Town is the latest great development at the award winning dog day care center, DogHQ on Auckland’s North Shore. Having already established an exceptional reputation amongst local dog owners as the place to go for positive dog socialisation; the newly launched Tiny Town has been developed to specifically cater for the more delicate canine creatures.

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Five Favourites On The Shore


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In Tune with Shore Life Lieutenant Commander Owen Clarke.

Lieutenant Commander Owen Clarke was appointed the Director of Music of the Royal New Zealand Navy Band one year ago and is relishing the opportunity to make a difference to the profile and professionalism of the Navy Band and help promote the Navy in the community. The Devonportbased band has worked this year with the likes of singers Hollie Smith, Simon O’Neill and Rebecca Nelson; actor Mark Hadlow; Pianist Stephen de Pledge, and jazz luminaries Rodger Fox and Roger Mannins. Owen has conducted orchestras and bands throughout New Zealand including the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the Air Force Band, St Matthews Chamber Orchestra and more. But one of his loves is to bring music to youngsters, spearheading music workshops and concerts with a vast range of music ensembles both amateur and professional in schools and concert halls around the country. Five Favourites: 1. My workplace. The Royal NZ Navy Band is situated on Navy property near Narrowneck Beach. Each time I round the corner of Old Lake Road to the beach early in the morning I can’t believe I am lucky enough to work in such a location in a job which is my passion! I sometimes even fit in a quick dip in the sea at lunchtime. Where else in the world can you do that! 2. Sunday Yum Cha at the Golden Phoenix in Birkenhead. Our daughter Allegra is still having a daily sleep (well more of just “rest time” now) at 1pm, and early Yum Cha in Birkenhead is perfect, with the quick service and gold chair coverings! Love it. 3. The proximity of things. I can get anywhere in five minutes...beaches (Takapuna - brilliant, St Leonards with the dog), shops (again Takapuna or Albany for the mall, Wairau for Bunnings), walks (Northboro Reserve), playgrounds for Allegra (they seem to everywhere), cafes (Little and Friday just around the corner). The list goes on. 4. The sporting activities. My wife Kellie and I enjoy grabbing the opportunity to take part in sporting events, and having them so close to home and in such a great location, is fantastic. Recently was the Devonport Classic, just starting is the State Beach Series (Kellie is the swimmer!) or the Albany Lakes runs, and the Coastal Challenge (I managed to make it through last year). Runs, swims, triathlons...the choices are endless! 5. Manuka Cafe in Devonport. Their Salmon bagel is delicious. Excellent and fast service and yummy food. A tempting stop off on the way to a meeting at the Navy Base Philomel!

The Royal New Zealand Navy Band begins a series of ‘Live @ The Vic’ concerts in Devonport this month: Friday 22nd Nov, 12.05pm A brand new lunchtime concert series by the Royal NZ Navy Band chamber groups playing a mix of high quality classical and jazz music. Door sales only. Friday 29th Nov, 7.30pm An evening of jazz with the Royal NZ Navy Big Band and guest artists trombonist Rodger Fox and saxophonist Roger Manins. Tickets $20 adults and $15 discount. Bookings essential: or 09 446 0100.

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Community News

Business Success: Water Buddies of Takapuna

The Shore’s Got Talent! We all know it is true - the North Shore has talent! And this is going to be on show and celebrated at a fun-filled variety night this month. The Great Kiwi Talent Quest Final 2013 will present some diverse acts including the amazing magician Mick Peck, Fletcher Oxford - NZGT star who sang about his lost cat Sushi - and pianist Sophie Mae. The event is being staged by Auckland Rapper Stacey Farrand. Community Spirit Rising a non-profit organisation that has held over 20 popular shows and showcased more than 200 performing artists since 2009. CSR consists of experienced and emerging artists that give free time joining together for fundraiser shows held in Auckland theatres. The November 30th show will be directed and hosted by Robert Edwards and will feature an expert panel of judges, including Dave Rhodes, studio producer of Depot Sound in Devonport, and Monique Bradley, a fabulous speaker, professional musician singer/songwriter. The night also boasts a lineup of local guest artists including guitar and song, violin, rap, poetry and much more. Organiser Rob Edwards said: “With something for everyone, prepare to be entertained in a multitude of different ways guaranteed to raise anyone’s spirits!” The Great Kiwi Talent Quest Final show, The Vic Theatre, Devonport, Saturday November 30th at 8pm. Tickets available from - pre sale tickets are only $20. For more show info go to the Blog page at

Rome Smith, Managing Director of Flavour (right) during the presentation of the awards to Sian Leonard and Matt Clifford of MMC Tradelink for their Water Buddies brand.

Takapuna-based Water Buddies scoop two major food industry awards Water Buddies water drinks for children – the brainchild of Sian Leonard and partner Matt Clifford of Takapuna-based MMC Tradelink – have scooped two major New Zealand food industry awards. In the start-up company’s first year in-market, this innovative new beverage range was awarded the Flavour Packaging Design Award at the New Zealand Food Awards in Auckland as well as the Best Innovative Water Prize at the New Zealand Juice and Beverage Awards – edging out major players such as Frucor (Pepsi Co) and Coke. Kerry Tyack Executive Director of the New Zealand Juice and Beverage Association, says: “The level of innovation Water Buddies brings to the packaged water market is truly impressive. All the judges remarked on what they felt was an extremely well targeted product that was all the more successful for its on-trend approach, exciting packaging concepts and great taste.” Rome Smith, Managing Director of Flavour, whose agency sponsored the packaging award, says: “Water Buddies’ packaging was an absolute stand-out among all the entrants. They ticked every box with vibrant colours and graphics appealing perfectly to the target market, clever bottle shape for little hands, sound messaging for parents, and a tamper-proof top. It’s a brilliant product. I could see the passion and positivity of the company flowing through into the personality of the product.” With active children of their own, Leonard and Clifford know how important re-hydration after sport and play is for children and they’ve found a way to make it appealing for both children and parents. Sian Leonard, who has been invited as a co-opted executive onto the Board of the New Zealand Juice & Beverage Association, is hugely proud of their achievement. “We are so proud of what we’ve achieved in such a short time. We have always set out to raise the bar when it comes to creating an alternative to sugary drinks. Plus we wanted to make the packaging fun and something kids actually wanted. To see Water Buddies selling so well both in New Zealand and Australia has been extremely rewarding. And to receive these awards from our industry peers is even further reward.” Containing pure New Zealand spring water with natural flavours and just 1.8 per cent sugar (80 per cent less than some fruit juices), Water Buddies fill a large trending gap within the health segment of the beverage market. Launched in New Zealand in October 2012 with phenomenal success, Water Buddies took less than 12 months from idea conception to market. Channel Magazine congratulates Sian and Matt and their team. We are thrilled that they contribute to Channel by sponsoring our monthly kids page.

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november Need ideas on where to go and what to do? Look no further. Each month, Channel gives you a helpful heads up on new stuff on the Shore for the month ahead. If you've hit on a top spot, found a super cool something, place to go or person to keep an eye on, let us know.

What we’re creating… There’s a local lighting business creating world class light fittings. This is one of Epsilon Lightings latest creations called the “Big Bang” light, by James Russ. With their system you can build your own style of bottles into a beautiful lighting sculpture or have the team at Epsilon make one for you. Go and see this and other unique lighting ideas at their Birkenhead Showroom on the corner of Hinemoa Street and Maritime Terrace.

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What we’re eating…

Where we’re shopping…

If you love burgers, you’ll love Morgan’s Burgers in Milford Shopping Centre. Morgan’s is dining with a difference, you order your burger, they cook the bun and the patty then you choose and pile on the rest using their salad bar truck! It’s fantastic value, great for picky eaters and a fabulous family restaurant with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, friendly service and delicious burgers and sides! Morgan’s Burgers, Milford Shopping Centre, 143 Kitchener Rd, Milford. 09 489 3431.

If you are in mourning now that The Block is over, never fear! You can achieve Loz and Tom’s or Pete and Andy’s style by visiting Junk and Disorderly in Northcote. On more than one occasion, The Block couples were filmed visiting the store to furnish their homes for room reveal. The warehouse style store is a mix of funky new home furnishings (like General Eclectic) and second hand furniture, it’s an absolute treasure trove for DIY enthusists and home décor junkies! Our picks are the General Eclectic clocks and the industrial light fittings as seen on The Block! Junk and Disorderly, 18 Kawana St Northcote. 480 9010.

What we’re doing… Have you got your ticket to the Your Home and Garden Festive Home Tour 2013 yet? This year it’s happening on Nov 8th in Takapuna, Herne Bay and Devonport. Ticket holders get a one-off opportunity to step inside some amazing houses, taste festive treats cooked up in the kitchens by a range of celebrity chefs including Sean Connolly, Julie Biuso, and Julia Crownshaw. One hundred percent of the proceeds go towards World Child Cancer - Pacific Chapter, a charity that helps reduce mortality rates of kids suffering from cancer in the Pacific. For tickets, visit Ticketek.

What we’re wearing… Feeling shady? Time to slip, slop, slap...and wrap a pair of these super-hot frames around those sun-shy eyes. Ditch the aviators and hot-foot it to Haydon’s Optometrists on Hurstmere Road in Takapuna to check out the new Kate Sylvester range. So summer 2013/14. Issue 38 - November 2013


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Health & Fitness with Pilates Unlimited

New Apparatus,

Shore Matters with Maggie Barry

A New Frontier of Conservation

Master Visit and Veuve! Last month was a busy one for Pilates Unlimited. The team welcomed master teacher Cynthia Lochard, who presented the annual continuing education day for New Zealand’s Romana’s Pilates instructors. Cynthia has studied with Joseph Pilates’s protégé Romana Kryzanowska for over 30 years, and it was a privilege to have her share her extensive knowledge. “Our ongoing training is so important,” says instructor Ray Medemblik, who has taught at Pilates Unlimited for ten years. “It keeps the instructors inspired and motivated, and we pass that on to our great clients.” The team is also excited to have several new pieces of apparatus, including an extra-long Reformer for the very tall, and the impressive Guillotine. Joseph Pilates originally designed the Guillotine to fit in the doorways of tiny New York apartments. “It’s a great apparatus for men who want upper-body work and deep stretches, and it’s also a really fun place to do big, dynamic gymnastics-inspired exercises, so it appeals to a wide range of people,” says instructor Lizzie Kumar. Pilates Unlimited is the only studio in New Zealand to have a Guillotine, and clients are enjoying the variety of exercises it offers. The visit also gave NZ-wide instructors an opportunity to honour Romana, who passed away in July at the age of 90. “In New York Romana would open a bottle of Veuve Clicquot occasionally on Fridays and share with her fellow instructors and clients! It seemed in keeping to do the same after our training day to remember Romana,” says owner Carole Fraser. Romana’s passing leaves the Pilates family with a great passion to preserve her work by teaching everyone, from the injured to the elite, men and women, young and old, with the kind of energy and care Romana was renowned for during her lifetime. If you would like to experience Authentic Pilates, please call the studio on 486 1018 to book a lesson.

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Maggie Barry.

It was a pleasure to host the Minister of Conservation, Dr Nick Smith, for a breakfast meeting in Takapuna, overlooking the Hauraki Gulf, where he outlined his belief that the new frontier of conservation is the ocean. Some 80% of the species found only in this country are in the sea that surrounds us and Nick Smith believes that New Zealand could become a global superpower in respect of our oceans.

Our Exclusive Economic Zone is 16 times our land area and is the fourth largest EEZ in the world. If any country is capable of being a good steward of the ocean then New Zealand surely is and we already have a network of 34 marine reserves covering an area of 1.28 million hectares. This Government has an ambitious programme of expanding marine protection with 10 new marine reserves proposed over the next year around the West Coast, Akaroa and Kaikoura coastlines, as well as the Sub-Antarctic Islands. The Hauraki Gulf is very important to those of us fortunate enough to live on the North Shore and the recently launched Marine Spatial Planning process is going to help shape the future of the Gulf over the next 30 years. This is an opportunity for public agencies and key interest groups to work together, including the Department of Conservation, Ministry for Primary Industries, Auckland Council, Waikato Regional Council, Hauraki Gulf Forum, and Tangata Whenua representatives. They will produce a discussion document for public submissions next year and I will keep you informed about the timing and process if you would like to have the opportunity to have your say before the plan is finalised in 2015. While he was visiting the electorate the Minister of Conservation also took the time to alert us to the fact that one of the most invasive bird species in the world has been spotted in several locations around Auckland including Devonport. A prolific breeder, the red-vented bulbul, with its distinctive black Mohawk and bright red feathered bottom, poses a real risk to native birds and can cause significant damage to fruit and vegetable crops. If you do spot one of these eco-invaders there is now a $300 bounty on each bird caught so please call the Exotic Pest and Disease Hotline on 0800 80 99 66. Their call which sounds a lot like “ginger beer, ginger beer” to me, can be heard at: It was good to meet the new Area Commander for North Shore Police Shanan Gray who has hit the ground running and is working hard to keep the Shore safe. He brings a wealth of experience to the role and it’s very encouraging that the latest recorded crime figures for the North Shore area have dropped below 10,000 for the first time. The North Shore has a wealth of successful businesses and warm congratulations are due to Naomi Ballantyne and her team at Partners Life for their very well deserved win in the Westpac Auckland North Business Awards. Partners Life was named as Supreme Business of the Year 2013, which is even more impressive given that the company is still not quite two and a half years old. As always if I can help you with any issues please don’t hesitate to contact my North Shore electorate office and make a time to come and see me at one of my regular “Maggie’s Monday Meetings”. Maggie Barry ONZM, North Shore MP Email: Twitter: @maggiebarry. Issue 38 - November 2013


Takapuna Beach: Repertoire

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Your questions answered by

Meghan Maher Repertoire’s Style Director I have just turned 65 and wonder what length summer pants I should be wearing? The most ideal pant length should always be determined by the shape of your legs and the skin and muscle tone, which is generally age dependent. The most flattering and age appropriate pant lengths are on the knee for shorts and 7/8ths or full length. Pant hemlines will always draw attention to the area of the leg that they finish on. It is vital when wearing a different pant length that you ensure that it finishes on a part of your leg that you like, ideally the narrowest part of your lower leg. I recommend that you analyse your legs in a mirror and decide on what pant length suits you best before going shopping. If you love a pant that you feel may be finishing on an unflattering part of your leg you can always try rolling them up, or let the hem down to see if the change in hemline makes a difference to how they look and feel. The 7/8th pant which is currently in fashion is a great length. It is best worn with a heel and can also be rolled up to a 3/4 length and worn with a flat shoe if this suits you. Just remember 65 is the new 45 - exercise, great nutrition, body lotion and spray tans make any girls legs look fabulous no matter what her age!

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Dry Skin? Is your skin dry and sensitive, or even feels stretched and rough? Many people feel that in spring and summer their skin is affected by strong winds and increased sun exposure. At the same time, you may have naturally dry skin. This is often caused by insufficient production of sebum, the oily/waxy substance that protects and lubricates the skin. The reasons for this can include nutritional deficiencies, aging, genetics, or a health condition such as diabetes, atopic dermatitis or an underactive thyroid. It can also be a side-effect of certain medications, such as blood pressure pills and the oral contraceptive pill.

How do I treat dry skin? The best approach to improve dry skin conditions is to not only nourish and protect the skin from the outside but also from the inside through nutrition and improving overall health. Externally, you should avoid the use of harsh soaps. Choose soaps or cleansers specifically designed for dry skin (our therapists can give you the best advice). Make sure you protect your skin from the elements with a good moisturizer. This should contain Vitamins A and E, plus sun protection. Your skin may also benefit from products with added Retinol and Alpha-Hydroxil Acid. Another option to use for the whole body is coconut oil, the main ingredient in the Pure Fiji Body Butter range, which is available in several beautiful scents in our salon. Coconut oil and raw cane sugar are used for our Pure Fiji Sugar scrub, which gently exfoliates the skin, taking away dry, scaly skin cells, while at the same time nourishing the new skin. Our therapists can advise you of the best options for your skin. It’s easy to add a few things to your diet that will have a big impact on your skin’s health. Some of the super-foods rich in Vitamn A and E, zinc and other nutrients important for good skin are: avocados, macademia nuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, coconut oil and bee pollen. Fish, fish oil capsules or flaxseed oil provide Essential Fatty Acids needed for beautiful and healthy skin. Finally, providing the cells with enough water is essential for a healthy and subtle complexion. While we all know that we should drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day, remember that fruits, salads, vegetables, fresh juices (have you tried mixing fruit and vegetables? - It’s delicious!), smoothies and soups also have a high water content and can be counted towards this amount. These foods will not only provide your body with enough liquid but also fibre and a range of vitamins and minerals. On the other hand, coffee and black tea are dehydrating - so limit your intake of those! Our in-house naturopath Gabriele is happy to look into any deficiencies you might suffer from and give advice on necessary diet changes. She will discuss ways of keeping a good acid/alkaline balance with your diet, which will not only improve your skin but also has benefits for overall health and anti-aging! “Love of Beauty is Taste. Creation of Beauty is Art” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) Escape Day Spa, Level 1, 87 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna 09 486 1231 Like us on Facebook!

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AMI North Harbour Netball: News, with Lynette Brady, Director of Netball & Operations


New ‘Ones to Watch’ and more... 2013 has been a year of change for netball in New Zealand with the implementation of the new Netball New Zealand netball delivery structure. For the first time in 13 years, Netball North Harbour was able to field a team in the Lion Foundation National Championships under the guidance of Yvonne Willering and Linda Vagana. The team placed fifth, convincingly defeating Southland in the 5th/6th playoff 69-40. A couple of young players who performed well in this team were 19 year old Malia Paseka, who was in the 2013 LG Mystics team, a member of the World Champion NZ Under 21 team and has recently been signed for the Magic for the 2014 season. Malia was joined in the North Harbour team by 17 year old up and comer Fa’amu Ross. Fa’amu was a key member of both the North Harbour Under 19 and New Zealand Secondary Schools teams earlier this year. Both players, I’m sure, will be athletes to watch out for in the very near future. Following the Netball North Harbour 60th Jubilee celebrations in 2012, our oldest and one of the largest clubs, Shore Rovers, celebrated their 60th Jubilee in style by winning both the 2013 Premier 1 and Premier 2 grades in hard fought finals. Congratulations to Shore Rovers and their members on reaching their 60th year, this is testament to the commitment of the people who have and continue to lead this club. Westlake Girls qualified for the recent New Zealand Secondary School

finals by placing 6th out of 112 teams in the Upper North Island qualifying tournament during winter tournament week at Howick Pakuranga Netball Centre in early September. A total of 16 teams won the right to compete for the title of New Zealand Secondary School Champions at Auckland Netball Centre during the October School holidays. Westlake performed extremely well placing 8th nationally. Well done to Tania Flavell and her team on an outstanding performance. With the international netball season underway, umpires, Yvonne Morgan and Fay Meiklejohn will be flying the flag for Netball North Harbour with appointments to officiate on the international stage. Yvonne has been appointed to the Australian Diamonds v Malawi series in late October, and both Yvonne and Fay will officiate in the Fast 5 series being held at the Vector Arena, 8th – 10th November.

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Milford - Everyone’s Place: News

So what's


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

Milford Pirate Market Day – Saturday November 23rd One of our most popular events is on again this month. Our Milford Pirate Market Day is on Saturday November 23rd from 9.30am to 2pm. As usual, we will have lots of bargains with retailers and others having stalls out on the footpath. Our normal group of entertainers will be providing you with that fun atmosphere that the event is reknowned for.

some of our future stars competing on our local jewel – Lake Pupuke! For those that find parking a problem, we also have a parking area in the Milford Primary School grounds and will shuttle people from there to the town centre and the rowing event and back. Make this a great family day out – there is plenty to do and see. Bring your own lunch and take it down to the rowing at the lake. Or try one of the many fine cafés that we have in Milford and treat yourself and the family.

Fun for the Kids (and adults!)

New Kiwibank NZ Post

Kids, make sure you get dressed up as pirates as our old friend Matty the Pirate will be back to entertain you with a surprise guest this year, plus there will be lots of fun had on the bouncy pirate castle. Our wonderful face painters will be here, one in the village square – the other in the mall to create fantastic designs. And not to be forgotten, we will have Michelle here making unique designs as she twists balloons into all sorts of different shapes as she walks around the town centre.

By the time you are reading this we will have a flash new Kiwibank NZ Post outlet. NZ Post closed on Friday November 1st and re-opens as new Kiwibank NZ Post on Wed November 6th at 9am. A reminder that the finishing touches are being made to our new Kiwibank NZ Post premises in Milford and the branch will be closed for a few days. During the closure alternative branches are Takapuna, Browns Bay or Sunnynook Paper Plus. We welcome back Sharon Webber as the new manager of Kiwibank Milford. She was a familiar figure in banking circles around Milford previously and a member of the innaugural Board of the Milford Village Business Association when it was formed a few years ago. The new opening hours of Kiwibank NZ Post are: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm.

Live Music from Pete Ward Pete Ward and his band will be on site outside Civic Video playing music that seems to appeal to everyone and is always popular. There will also be a guest appearance by the outrageously entertaining Guggemussik band in a number of locations around the town centre.

Food Zone is back in Dodson Avenue This year also sees the return of our Food Zone in Dodson Avenue. Try some deliciously different foods from experienced stallholders while you listen to the music of Pete Ward and his band, Stray Dogs. Some of the stalls are: Shaved Ice, Spanish Paella, Kettle Korn with popcorn candy and Churro Mama.

Take in the Rowing on Lake Pupuke The event is run on the same day as the Bennett Shield rowing on Lake Pupuke and we join in with promoting the event each year. From 9am through til 5pm we run a shuttle between the event based in Sylvan Park Ave and the village square in the town centre. The shuttle stops near the entrance to the event in Sylvan Park Ave and by the pirate ship bouncy castle in the village square and picks up and drops off approximately every 10 minutes throughout the day. Hop aboard and watch

NewWorld Milford Wins Sausage Making Prize Congratulations to the butchery team at New World Milford. In the recent national People’s Choice Award at the 2013 Devro New Zealand Sausage Competition, their Venison and Blackcurrant sausage, made with pride on the premises, won first prize in the Gourmet Sausage Section. Why not pop down there soon and try some of their award winning products. Look out for their sampling table at Pirate Market day and see why they also won the Peoples Choice Award! See you in Milford at Pirate Market Day!



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Milford Centre: News

Recycling to Runway at VIP Milford Event

Takapuna Normal Intermediate School students model their ‘trash to fashion’.


Trashy fashion isn’t a concept that is often coveted by many, but a combination of environmental awareness and style came to fashionable fruition last month at the Milford Centre. Schools Trash to Fashion is an Auckland Council-run competition, which aims to create awareness of environmental impact and to encourage young people to come up with creative ways of reducing the waste they send to landfill. Takapuna Normal Intermediate School teamed up with the Milford Centre management to showcase the designs at a VIP evening set amongst the Centre’s stylish stores. Teacher Eleanor Batley said: “Aside from the environmental side to the competition, we also offer ‘T2F’ because we feel very strongly that textiles is the forgotten subject at Intermediate School. “We see fashion and textiles as an area of development for New Zealand. If we can train students to have an awareness of textiles and clothes construction they will have job opportunities in New Zealand and worldwide in the future.” This year, more than 50 students from TNIS were involved in creating 16 outfits for Trash to Fashion. Eleanor said: “We were overwhelmed by the creativity, motivation and independence of our entrants. Sometimes I can’t believe they are only 11 and 12 years old. We feel very lucky to have had 12 garments go into the finals and to go on to win three awards.” Eleanor was delighted the Milford Centre had provided this opportunity. She said: “It was fantastic for students to experience the workings of a public show. Also for them to stand alongside real models and real retailers and to take their work to the next level. Shy students have gained the confidence to stand up in front of public audiences and it has been great to watch them come out of their shells!” VIP’s were invited to the Milford Road centre for the celebration night which saw retailers and centre management mix and mingle with students and fashionfocused guests. Retailers at the Centre also took the opportunity to showcase clothing from their latest collections on the runway. “We have had a fantastic experience with the Milford Centre and hope to reflect, improve and build on it in the future,” Eleanor added.

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When you visit Caci for Botox® you can be assured that you will be offered expert advice, treatment information and superior service from one of our Cosmetic Nurse Specialists. By choosing Caci you also know you will be treated by the best. Caci have more than 16 years’ experience operating in the skincare and appearance

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Milford - Everyone’s Place: Configure Express

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Configure Express

A unique approach to women’s health and fitness in Milford Many women feel daunted about joining a gym and it can be an intimidating environment. Configure Express in Milford is a women’s only gym with solely female instructors and it aims to make women of all ages, cultures, and abilities feel comfortable. It is more appropriate to call it a health club than a gym, as it emphasises a holistic approach to women’s health rather than an emphasis purely on weight loss. When you walk into Configure Express you immediately feel comfortable in your surroundings. Owner/manager Marion Baynes is there to greet you with a welcoming smile and all the staff make an effort to ensure you feel at ease. Marion comes from an accounting background, but she made a career move in to the fitness industry a few years ago and hasn’t looked back. “I’ve belonged to gyms since forever and the best gyms I’ve been to are the ones that focus on technique. Configure Express is a small boutique gym where the classes aren’t too big and I encourage my instructors to stop and correct people. We offer a great array of classes including Latin dance, Pilates, yoga, and boxfit,” said Marion. Beauty services are also available along with fitness classes, circuit training, and weight training. A nail technician operates within the building (Cici nails) as well as a massage therapist, and facials will be included in the future. The holistic approach to health and well-being at Configure Express includes education and support surrounding nutrition and rehabilitation, and incorporates everything down to advice on the best sports bra. “It’s about community. We have social events so the women really feel like this is their place. We are going out for dinner next week and a few weeks ago we had an international night where all the ladies brought food from their own countries and that was wonderful. A lot of people who join this gym have just moved to the area, so we like to give them an opportunity to get to know people,” said Marion. Marion has never lived on the North Shore before, but Milford has stolen her heart. “I love Milford. I’ve never lived on the Shore but Milford has won me over. I love it as a community. You don’t get that in a lot of parts of Auckland. And that’s what I aim for with this gym - for it to be Milford’s women’s community gym.” Lony, a personal trainer and massage therapist at Configure Express, is currently training for body sculpting competitions, with placings in various events, so there is plenty of help and assistance if you wish to pursue a more serious approach to your training, including boot camps, Ignite small group training and Break one on one programmes. When asked what Marion loves the most about working at Configure Express she replied, “I love working here because they are a lovely group of women who help

each other. New women come in and they introduce themselves, and I love seeing ladies change their lives with a focus on health and fitness. That’s why I’m in this industry, to make a difference in people’s lives. I’m not driven by money, I’m driven by seeing people’s lives change.” Configure Express, 1 Shakespeare Road, Milford 09 489 8937

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Optometry & Eyewear with Melissa Hay, Visique Milford Optometrists This month Channel contributor Melissa Hay of Visique Milford Optometrists shares with readers the revolutionary vision correction solution on offer at her practice...

Do you want a proven non-surgical alternative to laser eye surgery? Introducing Ortho-K from Visique

Melissa Hay.

20/20 Vision Without Glasses or Surgery? Does someone in your family want or need to be able to see clearly without needing glasses but perhaps the thought of surgery is not appealing. Maybe your family has a history of poor eyesight and your child’s vision is beginning to deteriorate. Recent advancements in contact lens technology mean that at Visique Milford Optometrists can now correct your vision while you sleep. Visique Milford Optometrists are proud to have introduced Ortho-K or Orthokeratology to the North Shore - the only non-surgical procedure that involves the use of specially crafted contact lenses worn overnight to gently reshape your cornea while you sleep. Upon waking, you will have 20/20 vision without the use of correcting lenses or glasses during the day. Furthermore, another major benefit of Ortho-K is that it slows down the progression of shortsightedness. If you have poor eyesight in your family Ortho-K in children and teenagers is the answer to give them better quality of life. Ortho-K is a safe, reversible and a proven method of vision correction, and is an affordable alternative to laser surgery. We are excited to announce that we are fully equipped and authorized to perform Orthokeratology. When you come in for your 15 min free check, our corneal topographer machine will map out the shape of your cornea. Your cornea is the clear bit on the front of your eye and the process is completely painless and does not touch the eye. It’s a bit like looking into telescope with lots of concentric circles. If you are suitable to go ahead with Ortho K we can book you in for one of our comprehensive eye exams and sort you out with Ortho K contact lenses. We will spend time with you to make sure you understand how it works and how to look after your lenses including follow up appointments to make sure you are getting the best results. Ortho K is not just for young people, so if you would like to talk to us about it you can have a no obligation, free 15 minute consultation to see if this exciting new technology is suitable for you.

Logan Cooke, one of Visique Milford’s Ortho-K Specialists has seen the benefits of this treatment with patients: At the end of September I was examining an 11 year old girl’s eyes for the first time. She had come to us because her mother noticed that her daughter couldn’t see street signs as well as she could. She is an academically successful student who is also a very good tennis player.

Ortho-K allows you to have perfect vision without needing contact lenses or glasses*.

When examining her eyes it was found that her distance vision was 3x worse than the limits for driving standards. She couldn’t even see the biggest letter on the chart from the testing chair.

Ask Melissa or Logan for more information, or for your FREE 15 minute consultation to see if this programme will suit you.

I discussed with her mum all the options they had to correct her vision, but we decided to fit her into Ortho-K lenses. These are hard contact lenses that you sleep in overnight, and during the day you don’t have to wear anything – not glasses and not contact lenses.

Visique Milford Optometrists 155 Kitchener Road | Phone 09 489 4797

*Ideal results achieved between the ages of 12 - 25.

Within one week of fitting her in Ortho-K lenses she was seeing 20/20 vision without the need for glasses or contact lenses during the day. During the first week of the school holidays she participated in a tennis tournament down in Christchurch and she exceeded both her parents and her coach’s expectations. She is pleased with the results of her Ortho-K and what it has done for her in the short time, both in the classroom and on the court. And, importantly we know her shortsightedness isn’t going to get any worse!

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Trolls and Basement Dwellers As a child I was told that TROLLS lived under bridges...maybe they still do?

The habitat of Basement Dwellers however is the basement of other folks’ homes, but they are usually also quite ‘at home’ in garages, sheds, op shops, flea markets and the few secondhand and collectibles shops still remaining. The Basement Dweller can also very easily ‘morph into’ Curb Side Crawlers’ in the Inorganic Refuse Collection Season. They are therefore multi-faceted creatures of some stealth and wit with a huge passion for other peoples’ junk - ‘treasures’ that is! I have several good Basement Dweller friends who often turn up here at the shop with a boot load of precious ‘salvaged goods’ and together we ‘pick though it’ like old chooks having a frenzied feed. With their restless energy and ‘need’ to discover new treasures daily the Basement Dwellers of today would surely have been the Adventurers and Explorers of 100 plus years ago! Now, The Basement Dwellers and offshoot ‘tribes’ are not to be ‘slighted’ as they are wonderful recyclers of “Stuff”. The Op-Shop Tribe for instance are quite relentless in their quest to unearth bargains to either be cherished or perhaps sold to make a few bucks on TradeMe or such online sites. Without their regular ‘fix’ of op-shopping, depression may well occur! The Flea Market Flog It Tribe are a true revelation - a tough bunch, they troll the Garage Sales at sparrow fart of a Saturday Morning, can spend hours getting their treasures sorted for Sunday’s market, then rise at, like, 3am or so to get to the markets and set up their stalls in the dark. However, such is their absolute dedication to ‘Treasure Hunting’ many then make a mad dash around fellow stall holders’ stalls to get ‘first dibs’ on what’s on offer before poor old ‘Joe Punter’ ever arrives at the markets. Must be some truth in that old saying ‘The early birds get the worms”! A Wet Sunday is the Flea Market Floggers’ Worst Nightmare! Well, it’s all ‘made to go around’ isn’t it, and life would be so much less fun without The Basement Dwellers and their Sub Tribes wouldn’t it! Molloy’s of Milford Antiques Centre. 2-162 Kitchener Road, Milford. Email:

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2/162 Kitchener Road, Milford. (Down the lane between La Tropezienne and Milford Print). Open: Mon - Sat 9.30 - 4pm. Phone: 488-7326 or 027 2627 505

Milford - Everyone’s Place: Crafty Knitwits


Crafty Knitwits Cafe Now Open! Kerry Bowles and Linda Geor in the cafe area of their Crafty Knitwits Milford store.

Fancy a good old fashioned cup of tea? Or a very nice cup of Tiger Coffee? A High Tea platter or just a scrumptious slither of cake? Or maybe Devonshire Tea with scones and club sandwiches?

Lampshade Kits We have some really cool DIY Lampshade and Waste Paper kits in store - pick your own fabric and do it yourself! Don’t forget to drop in for a cup and have a lovely quiet browse through the yarns and fabric. It’s the best me-time activity in uptown Milford! Crafty Knitwits Limited, 101 Kitchener Road, Milford 09 4862724 / 0212164711

Well now you can pop into Crafty Knitwits for a bit of ‘me-time’. It’s a quiet haven to sit and have a chat with friends or simply browse through the patterns with a cuppa! This is an old-fashioned service that we are offering to fit with our very crafty little corner! Knitathon Update As I write this, we are still counting the funds raised for the Child Cancer Foundation through the Knitathon. We seem to be at the $7,000 mark, which is still quite short of our $20K aspirations. However, we had fun raising the money and expect we will raise a little more yet through the bucket collection, which will come in next week. So I will report back on our final achievement once all collected and counted...

Crafty Knitwits Cafe Serving Devonshire tea/coffee and scones, club sandwiches, a selection of four different high tea menus, slithers of delicious cakes, slices, light breakfast available from 7.30am.

Most of you will know we have had a fairly extensive renovation going on and have decided some stock must go. So we have some ridiculous prices on many fabrics, eg. $5 per metre on selected fabrics and lots of nick nacks going for really good prices.

All based on good old fashioned baking just like our Nana used to make!

We have had some wonderful people helping to make this happen and some fantastic support from our suppliers and quilters. Harcourts’ Auctioneers did a brilliant job for us, auctioning 49 items in one session is no mean task - harder than auctioning one house! They were great professionals with a brilliant sense of humour, which meant a lot of auction tension and most of all, lots of fun! Special thanks to the wonderful quilt makers Linda Smalley, Chrissie Raethel and Glen Weir and the very generous Longarm Machine Quilters, Susan Trendall, Helen Harford and Judi Schon. Renovation Sale Most of you will know we have had a fairly extensive renovation going on and have decided some stock must go. So we have some ridiculous prices on many fabrics, eg. $5 per metre on selected fabrics and lots of nick nacks going for really good prices. It’s worth checking out now before it all goes! Issue 38 - November 2013

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Milford Residents Association Heritage Day: Sunday 13th October 2013

Celebrating Milford’s Heritage Would our photo exhibition and band concert be outside as planned or transferred inside the Milford Cruising Club? That was the big question asked by the Milford Residents Association committee as they stood in a gale wind on the Milford Reserve. But luck and sunshine were on the side of the 500 people who turned out to remember the days when Milford was one of Auckland’s most popular beach resorts. 50 photos dating from the early 1900s showed Milford in its heyday from the 1900s to the 1940s. People loved seeing the images of bathing beauties on the beach, the national lifesaving championships held at Milford in 1939, the Ye Olde Pirate Shippe dance hall and the tranquil Milford estuary and creek. The event stimulated a lot of conversation about how different things look now. The North Shore Brass Band’s Academy section played a jazzy selection of songs reminiscent of those times. Chairs and blankets were set before the stage and, with the previously elusive sun shining, it was the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Some of the younger ones provided an impromptu dance exhibition.

Chairs and blankets were set before the stage and, with the previously elusive sun shining, it was the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon. It was also wonderful to have members of the public bring along their own photos. Some of these you will see in future Heritage Festival events held by the Milford Residents Association. The event was generously support by the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board, Benefitz and Channel Magazine, Prestige Real Estate and the Milford Cruising Club. Visit: Issue 38 - November 2013


Spotlight on: Eastern Massage, Milford


Go East for Relaxation and Healing If you are looking for a bit of a pick-me-up then we’ve found just the tonic. New kid on the North Shore’s therapeutic massage block is Eastern Massage. Having opened this spring in Milford, the team behind this centre of relaxation has proven success in the field and is hoping to repeat its winning city formula here on the Shore. Massage not only has the power to transport you a million miles away from the stresses and strains of daily life, but is a proven means of ongoing maintenance for mind and body. More and more, people are choosing to incorporate regular treatments into their schedules that leave them feeling calm and restored. The team at Eastern Massage is the team that is also behind the popular business of the same name in Westgate, which was established three years ago and has gained a large and loyal following. Now Eastern Massage has landed here on the Shore and is offering its high quality massage treatments, excellent service and a price that is among the most reasonable around. The skilled team offer the ancient Chinese art of reflexology and Chinese traditional massage, as well as offering deep tissue massage and relaxing natural

The skilled team offer the ancient Chinese art of reflexology and Chinese traditional massage, as well as offering deep tissue massage and relaxing natural oil treatments.

oil treatments. Clients can choose from nine different types of 100% natural oil, including handmade varieties and Tui Balms. Eastern Massage only uses New Zealand made oils and balms. Business to business services are a great way for local employers added value in the workplace or reward staff for their efforts. The standard price list is relevant, with no extra charge being made for massage therapist travelling to workplaces on the Shore, providing a minimum of five staff are receiving treatments. With many minds thinking about Christmas, Eastern Massage is keen to promote their gift vouchers as ideal presents and is also offering new customers some incredible specials: Full Body Massage including reflexology (70 mins) for just $60 (usually $70). Full Body Massage excluding reflexology (50 mins) for just $40 (usually $50). Or, bring a friend and the first person is charged full price and the second person is charged at half price. This means two people can have a full body massage including reflexology for just $105 in total - only $52.50 each! Offer is valid until December 31st, 2013 at Eastern Massage, 4/145 Kitchener Road, Milford Phone: 09 489 2661

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Liddlow Typing Services

The Right Type! Being highly recommended by a former Prime Minister is valuable claim for any business to be able to make. Dame Jenny Shipley calls Fiona Liddlow of Mairangi Bay ‘a complete and utter treasure’ for the support which enables her to manage her global activities. Whether your business is global or local, it is likely that you often find there is not enough time in your day to keep up to date with the office admin. Are you fed up with spending your evenings and weekends catching up with tedious typing up? It doesn’t have to be this way, as Dame Jenny amongst others have found. Follow her lead and you could be enjoying precious family time and achieving more, whilst a highly experienced administrator takes care of your typing and transcribing needs. Shore local Fiona Liddlow has been providing expert typing and administration services from her Mairangi Bay office since 2006. As well as being a legal secretary for over 20 years currently working one day a week providing both secretarial and accounting support for well known defence Barrister Gary Gotlieb at his Ponsonby office, she also puts her hand to typing valuation reports at Sheldons Valuers twice a week. Fiona said: “My experience prior to this was as a Legal Secretary/PA both in New Zealand and London. Although I am a legal secretary, I will put my hand to anything, from music lyrics, books, transcribing meetings, to minute taking.” Fiona set up her Liddlow Typing Services business after she had her second son. She said: “My family is extremely important to me and I wanted to be more readily available at home, but still have the ability to provide for my family and keep my skills up to date.” Fiona has created a good work / life balance and offers the professionalism she has been renowned for during her stellar secretarial career. Here’s the technical part, as Fiona explains: “The typing package I use is the digital Olympus AS4000. This is a fast and effective way of getting your typing to me wherever you may be in the world. I also have a micro/mini cassette machine, and a standard cassette machine.” Her ethos revolves around strong customer satisfaction. The Mairangi Bay mum-of-two said: “My company is based on the belief that my customers’ needs are of the utmost importance. I am committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of my business is from repeat customers and referrals.” Fiona added: “I would welcome the opportunity to gain your trust and deliver the best possible service for all your typing needs.” Liddlow Typing Services, 291 Sunset Road, Mairangi Bay 09 479 4727 or 027 600 4633

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Brown Rice Boost Hi everyone! Are we all starting to get excited about the summer? Summer, of course, means lots of abundant fresh fruits and vegetables and long summer evenings sitting around the barbie! Our recipe this month is a delicious and very healthy rice salad. You can enjoy this dish as a main meal with a green salad, or serve it with your favourite barbequed meat. Our kids have always loved this salad and when they were young, it was a great way to get them eating a few veges! When we make it, we sometimes add fresh baby spinach leaves and also nuts. Play with it, as there are so many delicious ingredients you can add to it. Now a little bit of history. Rice is an ancient food, which was first cultivated in China 6,000 years ago, however recent archaeological discoveries have found primitive rice seeds and ancient farm tools dating back around 9,000 years. Brown rice is an excellent source of fibre and manganese and a good source of selenium, magnesium, B1, B3, B6, phosphorus and iron. The difference between brown and white rice isn’t just the colour. Only the outer most layer, the hull, is removed to produce brown rice. This process is the least damaging to nutritional value. To produce white rice, the process includes removing the bran and germ layers and then polishing the rice. The results are white rice is simply refined starch that is largely bereft of the original nutrients. So, here’s the recipe: 2 cups of brown rice 4 rashers of bacon chopped 1 large carrot coarsely grated 250g baby mushrooms sliced 125g snow peas cut in thirds 4 spring onions chopped Dressing ½ cup of your favourite healthy oil ½ cup brown vinegar 2 tsp light soy sauce 1/2 tsp sesame oil Cook rice as per instructions on package. Sautee bacon until crisp. Add remaining vegetables and stir fry until tender. Add rice and dressing and stir fry until heated through. This recipe serves six and can actually be eaten hot or cold. Hope you enjoy this very healthy and flavoursome salad!

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Residential Property Management: Quinovic

How Can you Improve the Desirability of Your Rental Property? If you want to increase the value of your investment property, what are some of the things you can do? Sure, you can freshen up the property with a new coat of paint, carpet, general upgrades and tidying up the garden. But have you thought of asking your property manager to review the property and making some valuable recommendations? You might very well be able to increase both your capital and income yields with some minor changes to your property. As a simple example, enclosing a carport and converting it to a garage will increase yield and capital but will also make your property more desirable for new potential tenants. Additions like installing a heat pump, fitting out a study area or even installing new white ware. We as the property managers can often give you additional ideas on how to improve your property as we will see the layouts over long periods of times and several times a year during inspection. Additionally we get the input from the tenants living in the property to what would work best. Sandra May, Quinovic’s Business Development Manager says: ‘Not only is it important to think how to improve the value and therefore the yields of your investment it is also a matter of keeping it up to a high standard and not to let the regular maintenance slip.’ Landlords often underestimate the amount of maintenance that is involved to make sure the property is kept to the highest standard possible. Some simple examples are; Is your chimney swept annually? Are the gutters cleaned at least once a year? Is the roof and house washed annually? Is the property secure and are all locks, gates and garage doors in working order? We at Quinovic Takapuna carry out thorough property inspections on a quarterly basis and make recommendations to landlords on improvements that can be done and how to keep maintenance up to date. We believe that your property should be kept to a high standard at all times. By conducting regular maintenance reviews and suggesting improvements we make sure that your investment is well protected. Call us today and see if we can assist you with some ideas that may improve the desirability of your property!

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Priorities for the New Term

Here we are at the start of the second term of the Auckland Council. I want to congratulate your new North Shore councillors and local board members. I have a lot of respect for the work Chris Darby and George Wood have done over the past three years, as well as the great work done by your local boards. I’m sad to see Ann Hartley go from my council table, but I am very glad her significant experience and wisdom will continue in the service Mayor Len Brown. of the North Shore and Auckland Council on the Kaipatiki Local Board. Welcome to the elected members new to Auckland Council, and congratulations to all our elected members – I look forward to working with you. One of my first tasks is setting out my priorities for the next annual budget. I’ve talked to thousands of Aucklanders over the past few months. People want to be assured that we’re doing everything to keep rates low while keeping a close eye on debt and making thoughtful, strategic investment in infrastructure, which has been neglected and underfunded for so long. As Aucklanders, we need to have a discussion about funding – what funding mechanisms are acceptable to us for the infrastructure shortfall, how we could utilise public private partnerships, and possible sponsorship agreements for day-to-day operations, such as our swimming pools. Fairness is critical to the new Auckland, and I know some of the changes we have faced have not seemed fair to some communities. Berm mowing and rates are two examples. Auckland City was the only former council which mowed berms. We faced the decision between saving $3 million to cease mowing, bringing the area into line with the rest of Auckland or spending an additional $12-$15 million to mow all Auckland berms. We needed to consider what was fair practice and what was the fairest and best use of our finances.

People want to be assured that we’re doing everything to keep rates low while keeping a close eye on debt and making thoughtful, strategic investment in infrastructure…

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Moving to a single, region wide rating system was a challenge that would face the first Mayor and council of all Auckland, irrespective of the people in the hot seats. Properties of equal value being rated on an equal footing is the principle, but I acknowledge it hasn’t felt equitable for many people on the North Shore in the transition from a land-value based rating system to a capital value based rating system. Uneven impact of the change is why we asked the government to enable us to have a three-year transition period. The first term of Auckland Council has been a big step forward – never has there been so much debate about our future direction as well as so much real progress. The second term will be no less significant as we make real progress towards making Auckland the world’s most liveable city.

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Hobsonville Point: Farmers Market


This delicious recipe was inspired by Farm Gate Produce’s amazing free range pork and cheese from her market neighbour, NZ Cheeseman, with a few cheeky apples thrown in as well! This dish is so successful due to the apples which, together with the cheese, basically make a self-saucing grilled pork chop! It is also one of those recipes that tell me what a farmer’s market kitchen is all about - every single ingredient can be found at the market (with the exception of the sugar). And if apples are out of season you can adjust the recipe and use pears instead. So get down to the market this weekend, talk to the producers and create your own magic in the kitchen.

Baked Pork Chop with Apple and Cheese Topping North Shore Soroptimist Paula Siddle, right, with Federation Friendship Liaison Chris Knight.

Soroptimists Show their Style

Helping to raise awareness of issues affecting women in New Zealand and beyond was the driving force behind a recent fashion show held by Soroptimists’ International North Shore Club. The local arm of the international . North Shore Club members Soroptimists International women’s service club held a fashion parade with partners Ballentynes Fashion Central of Albany in the presence of international guests, to support many worthy causes. Guests Nicole Tan from Malaysia and Christine Blidy from New Caledonia were among women who attended the fashion show held at the Ballantynes store to raise funds for projects supported by the local Soroptimists’ Club. These include ‘Birthing in the Pacific’, which is supplying training and development for groups of local midwives in Papua New Guinea where three women die in pregnancy or childbirth everyday. This is a four year project where training and equipment is given to midwives, clinicians, health workers and village birth attendants. This project is being supported by Soroptimist members across South West Pacific and Asia. Soroptomists North Shore member Paula Siddle said the club has already enabled 49 village birth attendants to completed literacy and reproductive health education programmes, allowed seven community health workers to completed maternal health education plus has purchased education teaching aids such as ‘neo-natalie’ dolls and other birth education equipment. The local North Shore Soroptimists, like their NZ Soroptimist counterparts, are also supporting the ECPAT network, which is raising awareness about family violence and specifically about human trafficking internationally, but especially in NZ. Funding this network is helping to raise awareness of these issues and increase support of the work being carried out to combat these problems. Soroptimist International is a vibrant, dynamic organisation for today’s professional women, committed to a world where women and girls together achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong, peaceful communities worldwide. Like other service organisations, Soroptimists are looking for members.

Ingredients – Serves 4 4 Farm Gate Produce Pork Chops 100ml Rockhaven Estate Olive Oil 50g Sugar 1 Large apple 200g Cheese, preferably cheddar type cheeses, you have many to choose from Salt and Pepper (Yes you can get this at the market!) Recipe 1. Pre-heat an oven to 200°C. 2. In a frying pan gently heat the oil (not too hot). When the pan is warm carefully add the pork chops, seal until golden brown on both sides. 3. Meanwhile quarter the apple and take out the core. Now finely slice the apples. 4. Lay the apple slightly overlapping so you have two layers and then sprinkle the sugar on top. 5. Slice the cheese (do not grate it) and lay this on top of the apple. 6. Bake the pork for 20-25 minutes (time will vary depending on the size of your pork). 7. Serve hot straight from the oven. I suggest serving with some rosemary and garlic potatoes, and honey glazed carrots. For more or similar recipes head to or

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Stand Up Paddling: The Houghtons of Takapuna

Houghton’s tackle the “Battle of the Paddle” in California The high achieving Stand Up Paddling Houghton family of Takapuna ventured to California in late September to compete in the sixth annual ‘Battle of the Paddle’ event at Dana Point, Southern California. The husband and wife team of Gav and Rosie were accompanied by their son Ollie. These series of races are the premier events on the global SUP calendar and are attended by the best paddlers from all over the globe including the best watermen in the world. The likes of Buzzy Kerber, Gerry Lopez (who hosted the event) and Larry Hamilton – all big wave riders – took part. Paddlers competing ranged from eight years old to athletes in their 70s. There were approximately 1000 competitors for the 2013 event. 11 of them were Kiwis, with six ending up on the podium. On the first day the youngest Houghton, 13 year old Ollie who attends Rosmini College, took out third place in under 18 years open section of the 4.5 mile race. He was placed third again in the intensive sprint race on day two competing against top rising SUP paddlers from the US, Hawaii and South America aged 13 and 14 years.

On the first day the youngest Houghton, 13 year old Ollie who attends Rosmini College, took out third place in under 18 years open section of the 4.5 mile race. Gav, a long time SUP and surf rider was entered into the elite race on the first day. Trouble with his leg rope meant he didn’t make it to the finals of that event. The second day was the 10 mile distance race out to sea and true to form

Rosie, Ollie and Gav Houghton proudly display their SUP winnings at the “Battle of the Paddle” at Dana Point, Southern California.

Gav came first in his division out of hundreds of top competitors from all around the world. “The American’s, as they always do held a brilliant event,” said Rosie Houghton when they returned early October. “Gav, Ollie and I are now looking forward to this summer’s State Beach Series at Takapuna Beach.” The State Beach Series is held on Tuesday evenings at Takapuna Beach from October 29th 2013 through until March 18th 2014 with a break for the Christmas Holidays. Visit:

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Feature Profile: The Extraordinary William Pike



DAY! Channel’s new contributor William Pike’s story is an inspirational one

From our December issue we welcome William Pike as a new contributor to Channel Magazine. William has an interesting life story. William was born and raised on the North Shore, attending Glenfield and Forrest Hill Primary Schools, Wairau Intermediate and Westlake Boys High School. But his life changed forever when he was one of two young climbers caught in a volcanic eruption on the slopes of Mount Ruapehu, on the evening of 25 September 2007. William suffered numerous life threatening injuries, and as a result, his right leg was amputated below the knee, needing extensive recovery and rehabilitation. Six years on his story is a remarkable one. By adopting a positive attitude and moving on with the support of his family and friends, William was once again, able to embrace his love of the outdoors. He has even written a book about his life called Every Day’s A Good Day. William is now a well-known Kiwi, a sought-after motivational speaker and an accessible role model for New Zealand youth. We reckon he will be great reading in your monthly Channel as well. William has a passion for the outdoors and education. He has an infectious enthusiasm for adventure, life and fun. His character and outlook on life are nicely summed up in his autobiography. William has a Bachelor of Education with First Class Honours. He is an experienced Primary School teacher. William has now given up life as a classroom teacher to follow his dream. A dream to turn his “William Pike Challenge Award” initiative into New Zealand’s most popular Intermediate and Middle School outdoor education programme. These days William enjoys spending time with his immediate family, his partner, special grandparents and friends. He values his holidays, personal time and aims to live a balanced lifestyle of work and play. Channel’s Aidan Bennett put these questions to William during October and asked him to provide information on the William Pike Challenge Award.

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AIDAN BENNETT: So how did his thirst for adventure come about? WILLIAM PIKE: In 1997 my granddad took me on a once in a lifetime trip to Nepal. The trip to Nepal, my time as a Scout in Forrest Hill, combined with the time spent in the outdoors through the sixth form (year 12) Outdoor Education programme at Westlake Boys was a catalyst for developing my passion for the outdoors. After leaving WBHS I gained the confidence to attempt multi-day trips in the bush by myself. AB: You are quite clearly a very active human being, with the range of activities you continue to be involved in? WP: Yes I love being active and outdoors. I played club level Waterpolo for North Sport Waterpolo from 1999 - 2006. Along the way we won a number of national titles. The most valuable things I took from waterpolo was discipline and I developed life-long friendships through playing Waterpolo at WBHS and Northsport Waterpolo. The friendships have been the most valuable. In 1999/2000 I had my first job, hanging onto the side of a milk truck with white knuckles, firing bottles of milk into letter boxes. I’d meet the milk truck and driver outside Westlake Girls, jump in the back with my school uniform on and emerge somewhere in Takapuna in my running gear, ready for three to four hours of hard work. Damn good fun. Only fell off once. From 2001 - 2005 I worked at the Dive Centre Ltd in Wairau Road. This was the perfect job to complement my love for the ocean and scuba diving. I was a part of Mairangi Bay Surf Club from 2000 - 2007, participating in patrols and national competitions and lapping up the social side of being a clubbie. I’m a regular at Millennium Institute of Sport and Health. Just love the place. Favourite thing to do up there is swimming. I can kick my leg off and jump on in. Contrary to my mates thinking I’d swim in circles after losing my leg - it’s far from the truth! I swim 4/5 times a week. A 3km session is about the norm. These days I enjoy kayaking, tramping, mountaineering, hunting, and photography as hobbies. On a day to day basis I love to keep fit by walking, cycling and swimming. AB: And teaching has been a passion? WP: I worked at Murrays Bay Primary School from 2009 - 2012. Murrays Bay School is a fantastic school, where I learnt from teachers with a high degree of professionalism and passion for teaching. These teachers were perfect role

83 models for me to be surrounded by, as I was a beginning teacher then. The kids, the parents and community were great to work with. The principal Ken Pemberton took me on as a teacher soon after my accident, despite not knowing how I would really cope. He took a risk. At the time even I wasn’t sure what my true ability would be – if I could participate fully in all school areas. Ken showed showed his good character, if he hadn’t given me that opportunity to get back into teaching, to do what every teacher wants to do, it could have really knocked me. I’m forever grateful for him to opening the door for teaching for me. AB: Speaking has also become a passion? WP: I speak to a wide range of audiences from Primary Schools to large corporate audiences. I shock audiences with my story of surviving a volcanic eruption and give horrific details of my injures. I speak about embracing challenge, having a positive attitude and overcoming adversity. Audiences walk away motivated and inspired, and are able to draw upon their own strengths to get out of their own crises - whatever that may be. Being fit, healthy, having a hobby, going on an adventure and having a good network or friends and family are all part of my message. AB: Despite the accident you obviously still love the outdoors? WP: I’ll jump at any chance I get to be amongst the New Zealand outdoors. Whether it’s an extended expedition, or a weekender, there’s something special about leaving civilisation and making your own tracks into the unknown, or soaking up the atmosphere at your local, bush, hills, or seaside. Wherever you are in New Zealand, you’re no more than a short trip to some where spectacular. I get a huge sense of satisfaction in visiting isolated places rarely enjoyed by others. Allsports provide me with Marmot clothing and equipment and Scarpa footwear that allows me to safely enjoy all the environments we have on offer in New Zealand, from the seaside to the mountain-tops. AB: What are your favourite places on the Shore? WP: Okura Bush Walk, wandering around North Head and Mt. Vic on a windy day or sun rise/sun set, rock-hopping, scrambling and swimming along the kilometres of coastline from Long Bay right down to Mt. Victoria in Devonport. Rangitoto Island, Motutapu, Motuhie Island all provide bucket loads of day and overnight trips in a kayak or boat. The Hauraki Gulf itself provides endless adventures. Browns Island is an awesome place to visit for a day trip with a significant volcanic crater - with a unique view/perspective of the surrounding Islands and Auckland CBD. My family has a small aluminum tinny that we enjoy fishing out of and island hopping. With over 20 parks on the shore, there’s plenty of reasons to put your joggers on and go exploring. From the Awaruku Bush in Torbay, to Kauri Glenn Park with some great walking tracks, to the Northcote Point Walk and so on. I also spend a lot of time in the Waitakere Ranges and exploring the plethora of tracks, waterfalls and beaches. William Pike will write a monthly column for Channel from the next issue, December. For more information visit:

THE WILLIAM PIKE CHALLENGE AWARD The William Pike Challenge Award (WPCA) provides Intermediate and Full Primary Schools with support, resources and motivation to facilitate Education Outside of The Classroom. The WPCA is an outdoor activity based program run over one school year. Groups of students participate in outdoor activities, community service and personally develop a new sport, hobby or skill. The WPCA is a gateway to new experiences, opportunities and a means of developing a positive youth culture for the nation. The programme started in 2011 with one school, there were four in 2012 and it has grown to 16 in 2013. The goal is 25 in 2014. The WPCA sees each student undertake: Eight outdoor activities during the school year, tailor-made to fit each school’s needs, resources and local amenities; The development of a new sport, skill or hobby over the school year; 20+ hours of community service that directly benefits the local community, This year-long program fosters positive connections across home, school, peer and community life. The WPCA gives pre-teens a focus and direction while in a formative stage of their lives. Through new experiences and opportunities students are empowered to overcome and embrace challenges in their everyday lives. A special camaraderie developed between those involved in the WPCA will long outlive the school year. Results from the WPCA include; broadening student connections to society, encouraging a sense of community accountability and empathy, developing life skills and confidence, outdoor safety and survival skills, environmental education, fit and healthy living, exposure to career pathways, life-long skills and hobbies and the list goes on. An emphasis is placed on schools using their local outdoor environment and resources. No two school’s activities will be identical. The WPCA has flexible elements that allow it to be tailored to suit each school’s values, goals, staff and students. Throughout the year a variety of program support is available to ensure that the WPCA is a huge success. The WPCA is fast becoming a nationwide network for Intermediate and Full Primary Schools when seeking advice for outdoor activities, community relations and recreation. William and his team act as a consultancy between schools and registered outdoor providers to quickly and easily determine the best outdoor activities for schools. As a trained Primary school teacher, and having experience from working with schools all around the country, William knows what works best in schools. The WPCA has developed strategic relationships with key organisations. The Halberg Disability Sport Foundation provide young people with disabilities with support and resources for sport and outdoor recreation. The New Zealand Mountain Safety Council encourages safe participation in all land-based outdoor activities. The WPCA is seen as a lead-in to the popular Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award. Northcross Intermediate are participating in the WPCA in 2014. Northcross will be the first North Shore School, joining an estimated 25 schools nationwide for 2014. They will be taking advantage of the local resources on offer, engaging with the community and trying something new over the year. For more information visit:

WHAT ARE OTHERS SAYING ABOUT THE WPCA? “The most important thing that I have learnt, from doing this award is self belief. Before I started the challenge, I was afraid of quite a few things; I was afraid of taking on new activities, afraid of the dangers in the outdoors and most of all, I was afraid of believing in what was possible. Not only has it helped me physically, but it has also made me mentally confident and it helped me to believe in things that I want to achieve - perfect skills to have handy later on in my life.” – Rose, Hilltop School Student (Year 8). “If anyone was sceptical about the programme before hand, they were turned around once William spoke. The story behind the WPCA is the special part and motivated the students like no end...So far the programme has exceeded my expectations in terms of the enthusiasm shown by both the students and the school community.” – Stuart Priddy, Loburn School Principal. “The strengths of this programme include the opportunity for students and schools to connect with their local communities in real and meaningful ways and to develop partnerships that create potential possibilities for further opportunities – in this way, the programme creates exponential opportunities.” – Sharon Marsh, Westport North School Principal. “The challenges are merely a catalyst to breaking down barriers within oneself and seeing that in adversity or tough times anyone can work through a challenge to come out the other side a success. The WPCA certainly provides the students with self confidence, a belief that they can succeed with effort, the importance of a positive attitude, physical fitness, giving back to others and good friends and family. A truly valuable life changing experience!” – Karl Bishop, Hilltop School Deputy Principal. Issue 38 - November 2013


For The Home with Harvey Norman, Wairau Park

The PODiSTA tea selection is proving very popular with options including:- English Breakfast - Black Tea; Earl Grey - Black Tea; Marrakech - Green Tea. Cuida Tea is a selection of premium quality teas carefully blended for their particular characteristics: aroma, finesse, natural properties and lasting aftertaste.

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– they are a whole new ball game at Harvey Norman Wairau Park

The coffee machines that feature the super-easy pod system have revolutionised having great coffee at home and the office over the past few years. Those who love coffee simply love the ease of these machines. Now Harvey Norman are making the coffee pods much more affordable and accessible with the introduction of the PODiSTA brand which are available now at their Wairau park SuperStore. PODiSTA is New Zealand’s first multi-beverage Nespresso compatible pod range. The range features a selection of high quality coffees – including a vanilla infusion. There is also a hot chocolate, and for tea lovers a selection of premium teas from Cuida Tea. The PODiSTA coffee range comes in three intensities:- Espresso Intenso - Intensity 10/10; Espresso Supremo - Intensity 8/10; Espresso Aromatico Intensity 5/10. There is also an Espresso Vanilla-Infusion option and the Hot Chocolate. The PODiSTA tea selection is proving very popular with options including:English Breakfast - Black Tea; Earl Grey - Black Tea; Marrakech - Green Tea. Cuida Tea is a selection of premium quality teas carefully blended for their particular characteristics: aroma, finesse, natural properties and lasting

aftertaste. The aim of Cuida Tea is to provide you with exceptional tea every day and to bring the premium tea world within your reach at all times. PODiSTA Capsules are also suitable for coffee machines such as Delonghi, Breville and more. PODiSTA capsules deliver refreshingly delectable brews without the noise or mess that comes from grinding beans and disposing of grounds. “At just $7.99 for a pack of 10 these are great value for our customers,” said Harvey Norman homeware’s specialist Manpreet Kaur when Channel Magazine popped in for a chat about the PODiSTA product in mid-October. “They are proving popular with most of our stock selling out in the first few weeks. But we have a new shipment arriving to meet the demand.” Harvey Norman Wairau Park, 10 Croftfield Lane, North Shore. Phone 441 9750. Store Hours Monday to Wednesday 9am-5.30pm, Thursday and Friday 9am7.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am - 5.30pm. Visit:

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North Shore History with David Verran

Takapuna and the Bays in 1930 and 1931 From the mid 1920s, New Zealand’s Lands and Survey Department drew up a series of detailed cadastral maps called ‘Auckland and Environs’. For example, Sheet Number 2 covered all of the Borough of Devonport but only the Borough of Takapuna as far north as Bracken and part of Sanders Avenues. Copies of these maps are held in many libraries, and are available online, but most researchers believed that maps for the outer areas of Auckland were never compiled. However, they have now surfaced and they are available at ‘Heritage Images’ on the Auckland Libraries website as New Zealand Maps 7932 to 7941. Maps 7932 and 7935 were compiled in 1931 and include the Beach Haven and Greenhithe areas. What is interesting is that the Beach Haven Estate was subdivided only as far as where the Beach Haven shops are now. In addition, some of the roads between Tramway Road and the wharf were given the names of native trees, such as Puriri, Tui, Pohutukawa and Kowhai. All those streets were renamed in the late 1960s. Similarly, Greenhithe had been subdivided only around Greenhithe Wharf, directly opposite the wharf at Herald Island – which remains. Developers promoted access to Beach Haven and Greenhithe by ferry and launch and in Beach Haven’s case also by bus from Birkenhead. Map 7933 was compiled in 1930 and covers Glenfield and parts of the East Coast Bays. Sunset Road was at that time known as East Coast Rd, while the current East Coast Road was known as the Takapuna Silverdale Main Highway. In addition, that part of Forrest Hill Road, from Quebec Road to the current East Coast Road, was known as the Old Wade Road. According to Map 7933, Wairau Road ended just to the south of Porana Road and there was no obvious connection to Taharoto Road, although there was some land subdivision around what is now Westlake Boys High School. What is also interesting is the large amount of land subdivision around Campbells and Castor Bays. Centennial Park was then known as Takapuna Domain, but already had its golf links. Greville Reserve was at that time designated as a cemetery reserve. Map 7934 was also compiled in 1930 and covers the Takapuna, Wairau Valley and Castor Bay areas. It locates the Birkenhead and Northcote freshwater pumping stations from Lake Pupuke on the lakefront where the Quarry Lake Reserve is now. The pumping station for Birkenhead was on the north side of Northcote Road, which extended to the lakeshore, and that for Northcote on the south side. The water pipes followed Northcote Road into those other Boroughs. The tramline from Bayswater Wharf to Milford is outlined on the easterly side of Bayswater Avenue, Lake Road, Hurstmere Road and so forth, rather than down the centre of those roads. Milford Beach is given the Maori place name of Onemaewao, but there is no sign of the ‘Pirate Ship’ on the reserve – despite being built in 1929. What is now Brian Byrnes Reserve was at that time part of Wairau Creek. The map also shows both Milford and Takapuna Primary Schools, St Georges Presbyterian Church in its current location, but St Peters Anglican Church is on Anzac Street, next to the Independent Order of Foresters’ building (which also housed the Gaiety cinema). Sir Henry Brett’s Children’s Home was where St Peters is now, while the Takapuna Borough quarry is shown at the corner of Anzac Street and what is now Fred Thomas Drive, opposite St Josephs. Map 7934 also notes Te uru tapu, the sacred grove of pohutukawa, just to the south of The Promenade adjacent to Takapuna Beach, which is given the Maori place name of Waiwharariki. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, NZ Map 7934.

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By David Verran

Building And Home Maintenance: With QPC Builders


Our CHANNEL Building and Home Maintenance column is contributed on a monthly basis by Alex Coburn QPC Builders. Alex and his team are refreshingly energetic and passionate North Shore builders dedicated to delivering the highest quality work that sets them apart.

What is it like renovating with QPC? QPC recently completed a complete renovation inside and out including full landscaping of a large two storey home in Mairangi Bay on Auckland’s North Shore. We caught up with the owners John and Margaret Da Silva to see what they thought of QPC and to take a tour of their lovely renovated home. 1. What made you decide to renovate your house? Margaret and I started looking around at possibly buying a new property, but the locations and houses that we liked were out of our price range, and houses that we liked and could afford, were not in the right location. We really liked our current location, so decided instead of moving to a location we did not really want to live in,we would stay where we were and renovate our home to the standard we were looking for. 2. Did you enjoy working with QPC through the process and did you feel they looked after you? We have really enjoyed working with the team at QPC. The two people we have had the most to do with from the beginning to end have been Alex and Brett. Both have been a real pleasure to deal with. Alex has always communicated clearly, and given many suggestions on the options available, many of which we went with, and have resulted in the best outcome. As this is our first major renovation, we were fairly inexperienced at the outset so it was really good to be able to lean on Alex for advice. This advice was given with our best interests at heart for the best outcomes. Brett as the Project Manager was excellent to deal with his attention to detail and follow up was superb. We were regularly updated on timelines, and we found that our scheduled onsite weekly meetings were most productive – Brett

attended all of these, and Alex also attended the majority of these. We had two very good builders who took care of the bulk of the renovation – the second was Simon – and his care and genuine manner to go the extra mile to make sure you got what you imagined, has been outstanding. We did feel like we were very well looked after.

As this is our first major renovation, we were fairly inexperienced at the outset, so it was really good to be able to lean on Alex for advice and this advice was given with our best interests at heart for the best outcomes. 3. Did you feel that the pricing of your jobs was reasonable? The detail supplied on the pricing was broken down in detail and Alex and James were always available to discuss this. We did go through it a number of times before the project started so that we felt, especially as inexperienced/novice renovators. We had a good understanding of the breakdown of costs. Alex was always clear and transparent throughout the process, which was refreshing, and made us feel secure and comfortable about this major project we were about to embark on. 4. Are you happy with the end result and would you recommend QPC builders in the future? We are very happy with the end results and yes we would recommend QPC and we will do, as our friends start to come around again now that we are back in our house – we will tell them of our good renovation experience with QPC. For more shots of this house and others check out our website or for a FREE no obligations quote give QPC a call today 0800 772 266. Issue 38 - November 2013


Channel Feature: Your Devonport-Takapuna Local Board Representatives

Local Board Goals… Last month, the elections for our local boards brought about change in terms of who represents local residents across the North Shore. On Auckland Council, George Wood retained his seat representing the Shore, with Chris Darby joining him by replacing Ann Hartley on the Council. Here, we introduce to our readers the new Devonport-Takapuna Local Board. We asked each member, newly elected or re-elected: What are your main goals for the coming term on the Local Board? This is what they said...

Grant Gillon I would like to thank the North Shore community for extending their support and confidence to me at the local body elections. I was humbled by the result and pleased that I can focus my efforts on our local communities. I hope to encourage greater openness and transparency in decision-making and a return to a community focus. There are many issues to start with, but the retention of the Takapuna Camping Ground, rectifying the dodgy last minute Bayswater Marina decision, and addressing the 27 Lake Rd debacle must be some of the more important. Sorting these issues will help restore people’s confidence in their local representatives and enhance the democratic process. A further major project that needs to be addressed this year is the Area Plan for the local Board area. One immediate concern is to enhance and protect our North Shore character, lifestyle and heritage. This goal should be accomplished during the area plan process. I am sure this will require dedicated energy and concentration from board members. It is important that this process is developed in conjunction with meaningful community consultation and input. I am really looking forward to this term.

Jan O’Connor

The first priority for the new Board? Openness and transparency. Instead of closed workshops our new format will allow for two 4.30pm monthly forums with online agendas. The public will be able to attend and talk at the Open Forum. We are your advocates and must listen to your views whether it be about rates, the Unitary Plan, public transport, roads, parks, footpaths or our community facilities. One project we need to review is the proposed Korean Garden on Barry’s Point Reserve adjoining The Lakehouse. The Korean Garden Society has raised substantial funds. The Garden will become a tourist attraction, next to Akoranga Station with buses every ten minutes connecting to Takapuna. They will be the only such gardens in Australasia. Construction of an imaginative children’s playground on Hauraki’s Laketown Green is starting soon. Every area has very active community groups. Friends of Laketown Green is no exception. Next year there will be a major review of the bus services. Takapuna to the CBD is a fast 15 minute journey via Esmonde Road. However, a more frequent shuttle service is needed. Takapuna is a major town centre, attracting employees and shoppers from all over Auckland. It deserves nothing less.

Dianne Hale

In the Takapuna area – keeping the focus on Takapuna as a metropolitan centre, progressing the Milford/Takapuna walkway, ensuring that the Hurstmere Rd upgrade gets underway at the earliest opportunity, returning the camp ground to the public for their enjoyment and starting the planning process for a destination playground within the reserve. Progress both the development of Lake Town Green and the enhancement of the Green/Recreation/Cycle route between Takapuna and Devonport, particularly since the opening of the new Northboro Pipe Bridge has seen increased numbers finding and using the route. Milford – continue and progress the town centre planning process commenced during the past three years. Devonport – ensure that the work currently underway or planned to start in the near future (Victoria Wharf, Devonport Library, Devonport Wharf and Marine Square, and Clarence St) moves forward in a timely manner, with minimum disruption and remains within budget. Work with the Sunnynook community to assess their priorities for future planning.

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Mike Cohen QSM JP I am looking forward to working successfully with the returning Board members and the newly elected Allison Roe and Grant Gillon during the second term DevonportTakapuna Local Board. In my view that by the Board operating constructively each of us can feel that at the end of the next three years we have made a difference in making our area a great place to live, play, work and do business. It is vital that as a board we drive the current projects in the pipeline to completion and are well positioned to progress the interests of our Area. The voting turnout for our area was 23% less than the election in 2010. People didn’t vote because they did not really know the candidates. Further to this, many potential voters did not see the relevance of our Local Board to their lives The new Local Board, embodying democracy at the “grass roots”, has to address these obstacles and work towards local people feeling that they will be heard and that they can make a difference in influencing what happens in their street, neighbourhood and community. I want to replace the previous closed workshops with open public Forums that provide the opportunity for community input and are chaired by the holder of specific portfolios, such as Parks. I would like to see changes to times and processes be introduced to make meetings more relevant and for the Board to truly hear, respond to and act on behalf of the Devonport-Takapuna community.

Allison Roe

As a new local board member it is my goal to get up to speed as fast as possible. The future will be about an agreed vision, strategy and values for change regardless of who gets what portfolio. I would like to see our area as the healthiest, happiest place to live in New Zealand. That requires thought and research into our environment as to how we improve air quality, recreation, youth and arts facilities, cycling, walking and our coastline. I am interested in exploring support from local business, community, outside stakeholders and fundraising initiatives to strengthen any plan or budget, be that a ‘gateway’ economic initiative like the Devonport wharf re-development, a kids playground for Takapuna, the upgrade of Hurstmere Road or progressing the Milford/Sunnynook town centres. I would like our local board to stand out from the crowd, to be the most listening, thinking, responsive team finding ways to drive the change that our people want and deserve to see on the Shore.

Joe Bergin

If there is one thing I have learnt from the past three years on the Board, it’s that things move much slower in the Council than anyone would reasonably expect. For that reason I am committed to work toward finally completing some of the Board’s biggest priorities: 1. It’s about time we sort Takapuna out. For the past three years we have been talking about the future potential of our only metropolitan area in the North Shore Ward, but the Council is still slow in coming to the party. Key transformational projects such as the upgrade of Hurstmere Road streetscape, Takapuna Beach out-flows, the NOWSC and implementing the Takapuna Strategic Framework are ways to follow on from Hurstmere Green. 2. Connecting the dots. Our transport options for recreation and commuting need to be completed. Projects such as the Milfordto-Takapuna Coastal Walkway, Devonport Green Route and Regional Public Transport Network need to be put into place. 3. We need to re-engage our youth. Those under 25 represent 40% of our population and yet they’re barely listened to in planning decisions and funding priorities always seem to be skateparks. Investigating an appropriate mode and operation for a youth centre on the Shore remains a priority for me.

The Waitemata District Health Board elections resulted in the formation of a new board as follows: Max ABBOTT, Health Board Action Pat BOOTH Sandra CONEY, Independent Warren FLAUNTY, Health Board Action James LE FEVRE Christine RANKIN, Independent – Conservative Party Allison ROE

Following last month’s elections the Kaipatiki Local Board now looks like this: Grant GILLON, Team of Independents John GILLON, Team of Independents Danielle GRANT, Kaipatiki Voice Ann HARTLEY, Kaipatiki Voice Richard HILLS, Kaipatiki Voice Kay MCINTYRE, Kaipatiki Voice Lorene PIGG, Team of Independents Lindsay WAUGH, Kaipatiki Voice Issue 38 - November 2013


Shore People Offshore: Tracy McGuigan, Yorkshire, England

Enjoying the Yorkshire Life Tracy McGuigan thought she was travelling to the UK for her OE in 2003 and, 10 years on, she’s still there! Tracy lives in Leeds with her Husband Lee and two children. Channel Mag caught up with her to find out why she’s made Leeds home and all about her life on the continent. Channel Magazine: Why did you move to the UK, and have you lived elsewhere in the world? Tracy McGuigan: I originally came to the UK in 2003 to do the typical Kiwi OE and join my friends living in London. I lived in the London area for three years and now live in Leeds with Tracy McGuigan. my husband, Sam and children Henry and Edith. I have also lived in Japan for one year after finishing high school on a school exchange programme. CM: What do you do in the UK and does it differ from your life/career in NZ? TM: I am working as a civil engineer, specialising in geotechnical engineering, which is the same as my career in NZ. I worked at Beca in Auckland and now work at Jacobs engineering. I now work part time since having my children, Henry (4) and Edith (2). CM: What do you like or dislike about living in Europe? TM: Sometimes I feel like there are too many people here, especially in London. However, I really enjoy the history in Europe, which is different to New Zealand and it is great being able to visit so many places. Also the pub culture is good! CM: What do you do in your spare time and in the weekend? TM: Sam and I really enjoy walking and if we get the chance we enjoy trips to the Lake District or the Yorkshire Dales. Since having children we spend a lot of time at parks and local attractions and less time climbing mountains or camping. We also both enjoy bike riding. CM: How does the cost compare with New Zealand? TM: I think the cost of living is cheaper than in NZ....well in Leeds anyway! We find food very expensive in Auckland when we come home to visit. CM: What type of food do you eat there? TM: I definitely eat a lot more Indian food in Leeds. Curries are really popular in the north as there is a large Indian/Pakistani population here. I miss all the Japanese restaurants that Auckland has to offer. CM: What is the best way to get around the city? TM: We tend to usually drive but either the train or buses are good in Leeds or cycling along the canal is a nice way to commute to work.

CM: What is the restaurant/pub/cafe scene like? TM: Good, Leeds is a popular hens/stag destination and there is a wide range of pubs and restaurants. The cafe scene is nowhere near as good as in NZ though but they are slowly catching up, and flat whites finally made it here a couple of years ago. CM: What is your favourite place where you are currently living and why? TM: We enjoy visiting the Yorkshire sculpture park, which is historically an estate and now open to the public to enjoy the landscape and various sculptures. We also like Harewood House which has great gardens, play ground and bird garden....there are penguins in Yorkshire! CM: Do you miss living on the Shore? If so, what do you miss most about it? TM: Yes! I really miss my family and friends, and also the beach! CM: What are your top tips for North Shore people visiting the UK? TM: Make sure they visit places outside London too. The Lakes District has lots to offer as does the Yorkshire Dales and Cotswolds etc. If you have time it is worth visiting North Wales and the highlands in Scotland. Long distance train tickets can be expensive so it is best to book in advance, also the night train from London to either Scotland or Cornwall is well worth it. CM: When is the best time to travel there? TM: The summer is really nice - especially the long day light hours - but my favourite time is the autumn when the schools have gone back in September. CM: Where are you originally from on the Shore? TM: I grew up in Devonport, in Cheltenham. I went to our local primary school, Vauxhall Primary and then on to Belmont Intermediate and Westlake Girls High School. CM: Will you ever come back home to the Shore? TM: I would love to come home at some point especially so my kids can enjoy the beach and have trips to our Bach up north like I enjoyed.

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Channel Christmas Gift Ideas: Netball North Harbour Fundraising Recipe Book


Feed – It’s game on in the kitchen The perfect Christmas Gift is available now with a special offer for Channel readers. If you are searching for an affordable Christmas Gift then the team at Channel Magazine may have just discovered it for you. A Christmas Gift that your friends, family or customers will love and at the same time you will be giving back to the community. The hardworking team who administer local Netball have turned out a fabulous cook book to raise funds for the game. It is called “Feed – It’s game on in the kitchen.” This is a great recipe book with a sporting flavour with all proceeds going toward the upgrade and maintenance of local Netball facilities. The book is packed full of family favourite recipes contributed by the Netball North Harbour community, including some from well-known netballers. Caramel Chicken was contributed by Anna Harrison, Easy Ratatouille came from Ruth Aitken, Chicken Filo parcels and Hedgehog slice were from Tania Dalton. There are other tasty recipes from Netball North Harbour members including staff, board members, committee members, umpires, sponsors, players and sideline supporters. New Zealand’s first MasterChef winner, Brett McGregor has also produced a Thai styled three course dinner party packed with punch and colour. “Feed” is professionally designed, beautifully photographed, and it will be a collectable item and a gift to be treasured. It’s also well printed with support from Benefitz – publishers of this fine magazine and strong supporters of Netball. The book includes recovery food, celebratory functions and dishes to satisfy the sweet tooth. All recipes have been tested and created for the photography by professional chef Grant Kitchen. Appropriately, there are amazing recipes for entertaining at Christmas.

The book includes recovery food, celebratory functions and dishes to satisfy the sweet tooth. All recipes have been tested and created for the photography by professional chef Grant Kitchen. Appropriately, there are amazing recipes for entertaining at Christmas. Special Offer - How you order: We have made ordering this book very easy and affordable for Channel readers. There is Christmas Special for Channel Magazine readers, just $30 + postage and packaging – saving $5 off the usual price. You can order online (quote “Channel special deal” in the delivery instructions) or simply drop in to the reception at the AMI Netball Centre, Northcote Road. Make sure you say you want the Channel special deal! For online orders go to, then click on “Feed” on right hand side of the home page for online orders. Copies can also be purchased in store at Farro Fresh on Constellation Drive, Mairangi Bay. If you are interested in purchasing bulk copies of the book for corporate Christmas gifts you can call Annie at Netball North Harbour on 021 228 8704 or 481 0949 or email: Issue 38 - November 2013


The Channel Grill: Karin Horen

Stand Up Against Cancer Karin Horen is a Milford resident who is involved in the Starboard Paddle for Hope event to benefit the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. Karin is a breast cancer survivor so the cause is particularly close to her heart. Channel Mag sat down with Karin to hear about her day-today life and pulling together the Paddle for Hope event.

Channel Magazine: How did the idea for Paddle for Hope come about? Karin Horen: I arrived in New Zealand about four years ago from Sydney with my partner and our little girl Huia. I was introduced to paddle boarding by my partner - I started in Takapuna and just fell in love with the sport. I quickly saw the physical and emotional benefits and kept on riding. I approached Victoria Stuart who is my best friend today, and suggested the idea of Paddle for Hope. Victoria and Jeremy are the distributers of Starboard in New Zealand. I have always been involved with breast cancer awareness activities (Israel, Sydney and now NZ) and Victoria loved the concept so we got together, threw some ideas in and shortly we had a whole committee involved. We decided to raise money for a rehabilitation programme for people who have had breast cancer. Kristin Percy who is on the trust (with Victoria Stuart and myself) tried paddle boarding as well as part of her rehab and we both knew the benefits this sport can have post breast cancer surgery from our own experience. We had 200 paddlers at the event last year and we’re hoping to double the numbers. This year its our third event. CM: Why did you choose to base your event around paddle boarding? KH: Last year, before I was diagnosed I paddled at least three times a week. I found it so therapeutic and challenging. I had rotation and posture issues after my first breast cancer and had to work on that. Even now, while getting chemo treatments I still manage to paddle with the help of my girlfriends who carry the board for me. You can do yoga on boards and just enjoy the sunshine, the fresh air and smile. This is why I based it around SUP. Paddle boarding gives me confidence, it brings light into my eyes and I feel I am drifting away not just from the coastline but also from the day to day problems. I can work on my core and my mental and physical strength. CM: How much are you hoping to fundraise for Paddle for Hope and what will the money fundraised go towards? KH: We have already raised about $100,000 dollars in the past two years and we are hoping to raise another $100K with our sponsors and paddle boarders fundraising online. We really want to be able to develop a good rehabilitation programme for patients and show them something new. We need funding as this will not be funded by the government. CM: How can Shore people get involved in Paddle for Hope? KH: Anyone can get involved, it’s suitable for all ages! If you haven’t paddled and would like to try, you can contact us and try our demo sessions at Takapuna Beach and St Mary’s Bay. The competition is off the water too, we encourage people through our fundraising page to donate to the teams or individuals. If you choose not to actively participate in the race you can donate through our website and off course COME ALONG to watch the event, which is spectacular and unique. Everyone will be dressed up in pink! We have amazing prizes and auction items including tickets to Hawaii and lots of other goodies. CM: Can you give readers an overview of what to expect on the day of Paddle for Hope? KH: On the day anyone who doesn’t paddle can arrive from about 11am and take part in the different activities we have including a bouncy castle, face painting, dancing, music and have a go paddle boarding sessions. There will also be Yoga and spectators can watch the race (times are is on the website). We will be holding an after party at Marvel Grill as soon as the race finishes and there will be a prize giving and auction at the venue, plus heaps of entertainment (Erakah, Sequence sisters, DJ all day and more). We have celebrities attending and competing such as Shortland Street actors,

Karin Horen with her daughter Huia Bennett.

Olympic medalists including Jo Aleh and Joseph Sullivan and more. For the race participants, they will be able to enjoy all of the above and the paddle board race. It will be really exciting. CM: You are based in Milford, do you have any favourite cafes and restaurants around the area (or on the Shore)? KH: Yes! Little King Cafe on Kitchener Road in Milford. David who owns the place is a lovely guy and it’s just across the road from our house. The girls can play there as it’s got a little play area at the back. I also love Jam cafe in Takapuna where I visit probably three times a week for a Spicy Chai Latte.... CM: Outside of paddle boarding, what do you enjoying doing in your spare time? KH: I usually take long walks with my three girls Huia, Mokoia and Pania, watch fun movies (we love musicals), do yoga and develop my PINK VISION which involves all the pink ideas I have. I am working on a recovery institute with a different committee. It’s a place where women can stay at after a mastectomy or any type of breast cancer surgery for a few days, straight after they have been at the hospital. It will be a get away and the women will receive the professional care and support they need before they return home. There’s currently nothing like that in NZ. I love travelling too, I try to go overseas once a year and take a break. When summer comes we spend most of our time at the beach. Next year I am hoping to go back to part time work and continue working on my charity. I am involved with the NZBCF and I am part of their pink breakfast committee and do a lot of public speaking at different events to raise awareness for breast cancer. The NZBCF supports our event and we have been given the pink ribbon this year. CM: What do you like most about living on the Shore? KH: I love the relaxing atmosphere and the fact that I have everything close by. I love having the beach walking distance, it’s definitely the place to live. The schools are great and so are the kindergartens, Huia loves going to Milford school - it’s so warm and friendly. I love the fact that the Shore is a family-oriented community where so many people know you and your kids. I have lived in Takapuna, Northcote Point, and now Milford, and every suburb has its own qualities and has beautiful surroundings, beaches and parks. For more information, go to

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Auckland Council with George Wood


George Wood is a North Shore ward councillor on the Auckland Council. The former three-term mayor of North Shore City lives in Forrest Hill with wife Myra.

Busy start to the new Auckland Council term Another term of Auckland Council is starting. I always find it interesting as to how long it takes to go through all the “housekeeping” that is required briefing all the elected members on our responsibilities and duties. Local Government is a great bureaucratic machine and it certainly means there are many discussions on a whole host of subject matter as we move into the new term. Starting a new term always takes me back to my school days. We come back to find a nucleus of the former councillors but with a number of new faces in the ranks. I had previously worked with my new North Shore ward colleague Councillor Chris Darby at North Shore City in the 2004 - 2007 term. Both Mr Darby and I have agreed to meet regularly to discuss matters of concern to the North Shore ward area. I am certain that we will have a good working relationship and will advocate strongly for the North Shore. I must say that I am very pleased that Mayor Len Brown has promised to look closely at the level of Auckland Council borrowing in the next ten to fifteen years. This must occur if the mayor plans to also control rate increases to a maximum of 2.5% year-on-year. My colleagues and I who are placed on the centre-right of the political spectrum have made it known that we believe the level of spending to far too high. Now that it is clear that the mayor will lead with spending issues it makes it far more certain that we will get some improvements in controlling the debt levels. It is also very apparent that there is no wriggle room to add in new spending programmes. Even projects that are on the current capital works programme will be subject to review. It is interesting that the Chief Executive of Auckland Council Mr Doug McKay has now agreed that an inquiry will be held into the actions of Mayor Len Brown and his relationship with Ms Bevan Chuang. Auckland Council does have an extensive Code of Conduct document which covers what is acceptable and not acceptable behaviour of elected members. The document was recently reviewed and signed up to by the former Governing Body of the council. Therefore until the results of the inquiry are known any further comment is just speculation. Notwithstanding the issues surrounding Mayor Len Brown it is important that the business of the Auckland Council continues unabated. I am most anxious to play a role in the formation of council policy in the new term of council; however, it is important that I still have freedom to advocate and vote as a free agent. I was able to serve an apprenticeship in the last term of council as deputy chairman of both the Auckland Plan committee, that handled the unitary plan, and the Accountability and Performance committee that handles the Council Controlled Organisations. I was also the chairman of the Community Safety Forum which played a role in the formation of the region wide graffiti eradication policy along with a number of initiatives in the crime prevention area. This forum relating to community safety was also closely aligned to the Civil Defence and Emergency Management Committee where I acted as deputy chairman to Councillor Michael Goudie. The formation of policy in the setting of a council is essential. Now that Auckland is one local authority area it is important the well thought our and tested policies are prepared. That preparation can be a long and drawn out process. I do wish to play a pivotal role in this policy development work. At the time of writing I am still considering my position as to what role I will play in the new council. Contact:

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Blankenberge Belgian Beer Café: News


Sam Cunningham in action holding the Stella Artois Draught Masters trophy with a couple of his proud support crew, Blankenberge Belgian Beer Café owner Kevin Schwass (left) and General Manager Andrew Schmid.

Local wins NZ’s 2013 Stella Artois Draught Masters Crown Sam Cunningham, from Blankenberge Belgian Beer Café in Takapuna, has been crowned the official Stella Artois Draught Master for New Zealand. Held at The Occidental Bar in Auckland, the prestigious competition saw 16 Stella Artois connoisseurs from all over New Zealand compete against one another in a national competition. Each contestant was judged on their passion, enthusiasm and skills on the 9-Step Pour, a mastered technique that requires practice and precision to perform. When carried out properly, discerning fans can enjoy a glass of Stella Artois that’s served in its perfect form. As the new winner, Cunningham will go on to represent New Zealand at the Stella Artois World Draught Masters, held in Cannes, France in 2014. “To be able to represent New Zealand at the Stella Artois World Draught Master is a Sam Cunningham. dream come true,” said Sam Cunningham after picking up the award. “Since the competition began some 16 years ago, Kiwis have won the world title three times – I’d love to be the fourth to bring it home.” Flying in especially to judge the finals was none other than Allaine Schaiko, the winner of the 2012 Stella Artois World Draught Masters. He commented. “The level of competition I’ve seen in New Zealand has been extremely high and Sam will do New Zealand proud at the international final in Cannes next year. It gives me great pleasure to see people of all ages taking part and mastering the art of the important 9-Step Pour.” “As a judge, we are looking for the highest degree of quality, excellence and execution. Sam performed outstandingly well throughout the competition and thoroughly deserved to win.” Pete Dick, Brand Manager at Stella Artois, says: “The Stella Artois Draught Masters is a celebration of pouring perfection and this competition helps provide our discerning fans a superior beer experience.”

“If successful in France, Sam could have an amazing opportunity ahead of him, going on to become an international brand ambassador for Stella Artois around the world.” “Stella Artois has an amazing history that stretches back over 600 years and it’s important to protect the traditions associated with it, so beer drinkers around the world can enjoy an exceptional experience like no other.”

Each contestant was judged on their passion, enthusiasm and skills on the 9-Step Pour, a mastered technique that requires practice and precision to perform. When carried out properly, discerning fans can enjoy a glass of Stella Artois that’s served in its perfect form. NOTE: Stella Artois traces its origin back to 1366 to the Den Hoorn brewery in Leuven, Belgium just outside of Brussels. The beer was originally brewed to celebrate Christmas, and it was named Stella (Latin for “star”) for its exceptional clarity. Blankenberge Belgian Beer Cafe, 136 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna. Open 11.30am til late Monday to Friday, 9.30am til late Saturday and Sunday. Issue 38 - November 2013


North Shore Music Theatre: Celebrating 50 Years, 1963-2013

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North Shore Music Theatre members and life members. From Left to Right: Brian Potter, Jean Johns, Rhonda Daverne, John Antony QSM, Kerry Priestley, Carol Rogers, Delwyn Smith, Margaret Hart, Ernie Cayley, Betty Taylor, Scott Thomas, Don Carter, Angela Antony QSM. Seated: Hon George Gair CMG QSO, Kath Pring and Kay Martin.

The North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) recently celebrated 50 years of providing musical entertainment to the North Shore. The NSMT, formerly North Shore Amateur Operatic Society, had its beginnings in the lounge of Florence James in Devonport in 1963. Florence put an advert in the North Shore Advertiser on 3 July 1963 to see if anyone was interested in getting together to sing Gilbert and Sullivan music. The response attracted about a dozen or so people and from there it grew. They branched out into other music and the rest, as the saying goes, is history. Florence felt there was a need for something like this on the North Shore and how right she was. The first performance by the group, who by then had called themselves the North Shore Amateur Operatic Society, was a “Coffee Evening of Opera”. This was followed in 1964 with the Gilbert and Sullivan duo of “Cox and Box” and “HMS

Pinafore”. It wasn’t very long before the word “Amateur” was dropped from the title because the people being attracted to perform were considered to be semi-professional. In the early stages the NSMT were lucky enough to form an orchestra for their shows from very accomplished musicians from within orchestras in Auckland. As time has gone on there has been less and less demand for such large orchestras. The shows put on by NSMT were of such a high standard that directors such as the late Alan de Malmanche were asked on many occasions to direct shows. The early days of the NSMT saw Florence running stalls to raise funds. Wooden crates (that carried imported glass) were broken down to make scenery, building

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scenery in committee members’ homes, storing scenery in buildings that had been loaned to NSMT, and signs being painted at Florence’s home. When the NSMT was granted a piece of land by the Birkenhead Borough Council the clearing of the section and the building of the clubrooms was done by sheer hard work of the committee and friends. NSMT quickly grew into a theatre well known for producing very professional shows. Shows such as the familiar Rogers and Hammerstein shows and Gilbert and Sullivan to the more recent big name shows like West Side Story, La Cage aux Folles, The King and I, Les Miserables, Aspects of Love, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat, and Miss Saigon. So over the years the theatre had grown from performing in school halls to performing in The PumpHouse, The Bruce Mason Centre and more recently in the Civic Theatre where it staged “Miss Saigon”. In addition to founding NSMT Florence’s contribution to music on the North Shore included the co - founding of the North Shore Harmony Club, The Shore Singers and the Florian Singers. In recognition of this she was asked to sing at the turning of the first sod at the Bruce Mason Centre and she also received a Civic award from the North Shore City Council for her services to music. Her dream was continued over these past 50 years by many hard working and loyal committee members. These people, who helped to mould the NSMT into what it is today, gathered on Friday 4 October at a cocktail party to celebrate the 50th anniversary and to relive and share all the trials and tribulations that were experienced over the years and the successes that were achieved. About 150 people shared in this celebration at which three of the very first

North Shore Music Theatre founding member Tony James (son of founder Florence James) cutting the group’s 50th birthday cake watched by President Mark Betty.

members were present: Colin Griffiths and Tony James (Florence’s son) both of whom performed in the first two productions, and Angela Antony whose association with NSMT began with the third production. Unfortunately Florence passed away in March 2012 but had she survived to enjoy the celebrations she would have celebrated her 100th birthday 4 days prior to the celebrations. The evening consisted of much talking and laughing and catching up with familiar faces again. Speeches were given by the President Mark Betty, Hon. George Gair (CMG, QSO - former Patron of the theatre) and Tony James. Mark


Florence James’s dream was continued over these past 50 years by many hard working and loyal committee members. These people, who helped to mould the NSMT into what it is today, gathered on Friday 4 October at a cocktail party to celebrate the 50th anniversary and to relive and share all the trials and tribulations that were experienced over the years and the successes that were achieved.

also read a message from the current Patron, Tina Cross, who was performing in Rotorua at the time. A cake to celebrate the 50 years was cut by Tony James. The evening concluded with a concert of music from shows that the NSMT produced over the years. This was performed by four young singers Rory Nolan, James Calcinai, Melinda Joe, and Emily Hermon accompanied by Kerry Priestly on double bass and Sam Jury on keyboard. Saturday, NSMT hosted a day of seminars and workshops for members, including a directing seminar by Miss Saigon Director David Adkins, An audition workshop by renowned Musical Director Catherine Carr, and a vocal technique workshop convened by NSMT’s patron Tina Cross. Celebrations continued on Sunday afternoon 6 October with a family barbeque at the NSMT club rooms. Once again this was a catch up time with familiar people and to enjoy a time of trivia and musical entertainment. NSMT are planning 3 shows for next year, and as always welcome new members wanting to get involved on or off stage (from set construction to technical, sound and lighting), if you wish to find out more and get involved visit the website www. or on facebook. Issue 38 - November 2013


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Channel People: Chris Haeger, Powerboat Racer


Takapuna Teen Takes on National Championship He may be too young for a driver’s license, but that hasn’t prevented 16 year old Chris Haeger from preparing to take on race teams nationwide in the New Zealand Offshore Powerboat Series this coming summer. The Takapuna Grammar student has taken on the role as driver in the 150 horsepower class, for New Zealand Home Loans Offshore Race Team. An Chris Haeger. exciting step-up from his role as co-driver in the previous season, and has firmly established Chris as the youngest driver in the competition to date. “It’s definitely a bit intimidating being the youngest, all the other guys are a lot bigger, but everybody helps me out. I do think a lot of them underestimate me at times though” Chris says. In a sport where youth is often associated with inexperience, Chris has shown he is no amateur when it comes to powerboats. Having spent many hours gaining experience in the workshop of Westhaven’s ‘Marineworkz’, Chris knows his powerboats inside and out, quite literally. Chris has just completed the rebuild of this season’s powerboat. “This year we’ve put on a different engine, which means it has better handling and is a lot easier to drive,” he said. It was in the Marineworkz workshop that Chris was mentored by his now co-driver, Jono “Rockstar” Hanley, a force to be reckoned with on the water. “The guys from Marineworkz are awesome, they’ve taught me heaps. Jono has heaps of experience, so he helps me out a lot”, he adds. Chris is keen to follow in Jono’s footsteps, and pursue a career in Marine engineering and working with boats when he leaves college. Until then, he will just have to settle for racing them.

In a sport where youth is often associated with inexperience, Chris has shown he is no amateur when it comes to powerboats. With the New Zealand Home Loan Race Team experiencing success in previous seasons, the team has expanded to include North Shore locals Mike Urquhart and James Downs who will take part in the 200 horsepower class. Chris’s father, Brett Haeger, from New Zealand Home Loans in Takapuna has been the driving force behind the teams. “We’re really excited to sink our teeth into this season. Especially with the expansion to include another boat in the competition, we’re looking forward to getting on that podium again.” With the New Zealand Home Loans slogan being “Debt Free Faster”, the father-son duo seems to share a few interests in common. See Chris and The New Zealand Home Loans Race Team take part in the Offshore Powerboat Competition, in Auckland Harbour on the 6th of April 2014.

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Highbury Shopping Centre: News

Models from Birkenhead Primary School.

Seriously Stylish Fun for a Serious Cause Celebrating community spirit, showcasing stores and making money for a cancer-fighting cause were the aims of a day of fun and fashion. Caring character Melvin Vongprem from Rodney Wayne at Highbury Shopping Centre was the brains behind the fashion show which showed Highbury’s heart last month. Melvin enlisted the support of several stores as well as mini-models from local school Birkenhead Primary to bring the fund-raising event together during Breast Cancer Awareness month. Local resident and inspirational cancer survivor Karin Horen played host and brought a poignant touch to proceedings by sharing her personal insight into the devastating disease. Stylist Melvin said: “It was really good fun! The fashion show went really well, especially considering they weren’t professional models who were modelling the clothing. Many were Rodney Wayne clients, and the children from Birkenhead Primary School were awesome! The children were freaking out beforehand, they were so nervous, but when they got out on stage they rocked it!” Melvin was delighted how so many businesses, friends and parents chipped in to make the day a success. A pump class demo by Club Physical also helped add to the day, which raised over $1,000 for Breast Cancer Awareness. Through collaboration with the Highbury Shopping Centre management, Melvin feels the event could have the potential to become an annual fund-raiser at the Highbury Shopping Centre. He added: “Everyone had a great time, it was such a fun day, and we raised money for a good cause.” Robert Harris cafe provided refreshments and a VIP area for guests. All the shops at Highbury got beind the event by donating fabulous raffle prizes. Special

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It was really good fun! The fashion show went really well, especially considering they weren’t professional models who were modelling the clothing. Many were Rodney Wayne clients, and the children from Birkenhead Primary School were awesome! thanks to The Warehouse, Postie, Mystiqa for providing the garments for the fashion show and Rodney Wayne for hair and styling. Highbury Shopping Centre kindly provided face painting & train rides for children, and promoted the October event. Karen Western, of the Highbury Shopping Centre management team, said: “We’d like to thank the children Melvin Vongprem. from Birkenhead Primary School for their superb modelling, all our stores for supporting the event and Karin Horen for hosting the event and sharing her experience. She is not only a fantastic advocate for Breast Cancer Awareness, but an incredibly beautiful, positive person.”

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Birkenhead Primary School Fair: Sunday November 17th 2013

A Fantastic Family Day Out If you’re looking for all the fun of a traditional Fair, then the Birkenhead Primary School Fair is for you. Held this year on Sunday 17th November from 10am to 2pm, the Fair is the school’s main fundraiser for the year and is a fantastic day out for the whole family. Last year’s Fair raised over $30,000 for technology resources for the school and the organising team hope to exceed that this year. “We had over 3,500 people come to the Fair last year and would love the same support from the wider Auckland community again in 2013,” says Fair organiser Steve Williams. The Fair has lots of activities to entertain the kids including big and small bouncy castles, Water Rollers, Sammy the Train, a water slide, a Haunted House, and face painting. The always-popular garage sale has plenty of interesting items to peruse. When you get hungry, you can fill up with one of the many food options including an International Food Hall and Sausage Sizzle. The delightful café sells a wide selection of cakes, biscuits and savoury items all baked with free-range eggs plus there are some gluten-free options available.

The Fair has lots of activities to entertain the kids including big and small bouncy castles, Water Rollers, Sammy the Train, a water slide, a Haunted House, and face painting. This year’s entertainment on the main stage includes renowned local singer-songwriter Phil Madsen and, for the kids, pirate Captain Festus McBoyle. The School Principal’s Jazz/Blues band, Freight, will also be making its annual appearance. There is over $10,000 worth of great prizes up for grabs on the day in the silent auction, quick fire raffles and main raffle – the latter will be drawn at the Fair at 1.30pm and the top prizes include a $1,500 voucher from Birkenhead Flight Centre and an iPad 2. Don’t miss out on all the fun. Make sure you head along on Sunday 17th November from 10am – 2pm. Birkenhead Primary School Fair, 77 Mokoia Road, Birkenhead: and

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our charming village by the sea


By Murray Hill, Business Improvement District (BID) manager.

Devonport - Gateway to the Shore

Community News

By Maria Teape - Devonport Community Coordinator, Devonport Peninsula Trust Murrray Hill.

Business Improvement District (BID) Update Our BID project is a partnership project between the Auckland Council and the Devonport Business Association and is part of an ongoing regional programme focused on improving business precincts throughout Auckland. Devonport is one of the few business precincts on the North Shore that is yet to join the successful BID partnership programme. Other very successful local BIDs include Takapuna and Milford. It’s our turn!!! The first meeting has now been held by the Devonport business owners and their landlords to discuss our BID project. They have settled on an agreed “Vision” for Devonport moving forward: “To create a prosperous and vibrant local economy and a unique atmosphere to attract locals and visitors.” They support their vision by endorsing the following initial Goals for our Devonport Business Community: • To improve the customer service offered to both locals and visitors by developing, strengthening the “Devonport Brand”. • To build a strong Devonport Business Association. That supports and meets the local economy and also lobbies on behalf of its members. • To improve the physical environment provided to the Community of Devonport. • To develop a strong and attractive Tourism package that will entice tourists to Devonport. • To integrate Devonport to the wider town of Auckland precinct. This is a living project and it is expected over time that our goals will be challenged, debated and improved with input from all stakeholders. This change process to Goals is already factored into the BID programme. Voting to approve our BID project remains on track for Feb/March 2014.

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It’s a busy month on Devonport peninsula with a plethora of events and activities coming up. On Saturday 16th November, 12 noon to 3pm, we are holding the Ngataringa Skate Day at Ngataringa Park, Devonport. This is a new skate boarding competition Maria Teape. for Devonport, complementing our other long running skate boarding event, the Scotty Brewer Skate Day – this event will still be held in March 2014. Ngataringa Skate Day was developed due to demand from skaters to have more skate boarding comps and earlier this year, we identified the need to have more comps for younger kids and girls. Ngataringa Skate Day is open to all ages and the format will be very similar to Scotty Brewer Skate Day, but this time we hope to have enough girls and young kids enter so that we can have comps just for them! Also, as an extra twist to the event, we are running a photo competition! The winning photos will be published right here in Channel Magazine. For more info about Ngataringa Skate Day visit: or ph: 445 9533.

Ngataringa Skate Day is open to all ages and the format will be very similar to Scotty Brewer Skate Day, but this time we hope to have enough girls and young kids enter so that we can have comps just for them! November also means school fair season on Devonport peninsula – there are 3 great events for families to choose from. First up is the St Leo’s Traditional Village Fair being held at St Leo’s School on Saturday 2 November, 11am-2pm. There will be traditional village games, cakes, books, crafts and much more. Next is Hauraki School’s Twilight Fair on Saturday 9th November, 4pm-8pm featuring live music, auctions and water activities to name a few. Then for a change of pace on Sunday 24th November is Bayswater School’s Bayswater Kids Duathlon. This is a running and cycling event for kids aged 7-13 years. Competitors can either complete the event as a solo competitor or as a team of two. Registration is from 7:30am on the day and events start at 9:45am. Enrol online to secure your t-shirt at Devonport Community House and Devonport Community Garden continue to provide great workshops for the community. Devonport Community Garden is hosting a cheese making workshop on Saturday 23rd November, 10am-1:30pm at the Garden’s kitchen on Mt Cambria Reserve. For more info phone: 427 6393 or email: The Community House’s fun and interactive Baby Sitting Training for Teenagers workshop is being held on Saturday 30th November, 1pm-4pm, costing $25 per person. That’s all I have room for this time. – Maria For more info or to sign up for the Devonport Peninsula eNEWS, please contact or call 445 9533

Face It: Beauty with Amanda Care

On the Ferry with Fullers: Q&A

On the Ferry


Channel’s resident beauty expert, Amanda Care of Face It in Devonport, gives readers a monthly insight into what’s happening in the world of skincare. This month she shares how to…


Amanda Care.

Make your beauty treatments last It’s that time of year again, when thoughts of summer come to mind and the party invites start stacking up. When you take a long, hard look in the mirror to assess winter damage, on your skin and body. Then you call in the professionals (like me) to get you looking head to toe perfection in no time! So how do you avoid chipping those freshly painted toes? What can you do to make that post-facial glow stay? Check out my tips below and learn the tricks to get more bang for your beauty buck. Kristen Schwarzer.

Being able to sail over to the city has to be one of the many bonuses to living on the North Shore. If you do the commute every working day, it might be easy to take this picturesque trip for granted. Visitors to the area often view the journey with enthusiasm and a sense of adventure and novelty. Kristen Schwarzer was spotted taking panoramic photos of the cityscape from the Devonport Wharf whilst waiting to take herself and her bike across the water. Channel caught up with her on the sunny wharf... Name and rank? Kristen Schwarzer, currently working as a waitress. Where’s home? I’m from Germany and I’m here on a working holiday. I only arrived here three weeks ago, but I’m loving it. Which crossing? Devonport to Auckland city. I work a lot and I haven’t had much time off yet. I have a day off today so I want to go and explore the city. Why the ferry? The ferry is very quick and it’s not expensive. It’s very nice to go over the sea and have these views. It feels much nicer than going in the traffic over the bridge. Going on the ferry its already like a little event, like you’re already doing something nice for yourself as you set off on your journey. I have been trying to get a good photo of this view over to the city, and today with sun shining this view should make a great photo! How does the North Shore differ from your home in Germany? It’s much different! I’m from the countryside in Germany so it’s a very quiet place with not much to do. It’s exciting to have the city so close to where I am living here in Devonport. It’s great to be able to get onto a ferry and be in a big city so quickly. Any ‘must-do’ sights you’d like to see whilst you’re here? Today, I’m going to take my bike over and see more of the city, but there are a lot of places I’d like to see whilst I’m here in New Zealand. This is my second trip to this country and I want to go to the South Island. I would also like to get to Wellington and Rotorua too.

Maintaining manicures and pedicures. Traditional polish is designed to last up to five days but you can stretch it to a week by • Avoiding chlorinated water in the first 12 hours, which chips the polish. • Apply a fresh top coat every other day. • Apply moisturiser to your feet and cuticles after showering. • Avoid tight, closed toe shoes that wear the polish off. Staying smooth down below. Waxing the bikini line beats shaving hands down as the most time efficient method. • Don’t shave between waxes. It will create stubble, which will make your next wax less effective and a mediocre result. • Use PFB Vanish roll on solution daily after showering to prevent red rash or ingrown hairs. • Exfoliate 2-3 times a week. • Make your next booking before you leave the salon. You’ll thank me when you have a weekend away in 4-6 weeks’ time, but can’t get in to see me beforehand! Keep eyebrows in line. Eyebrow hairs take 4-6 weeks to regrow after a wax, follow these rules for D.I.Y between waxes. • Use decent angled tweezers on any strays. • Only remove two hairs at a time. Step back from the mirror and check before removing more. • Don’t alter the shape, you’re only grabbing the strays. • If you’re unsure leave it to the professionals, better to pay $20 than have uneven brows. Prolong the post facial glow. A good facial is the ultimate for recharging your skin (especially one with Ultraceuticals products!). To maintain that post facial glow........ • Exfoliate twice a week. • Use a mask at home once a week. • Invest in a cleanser with AHA/BHA to polish the skin daily. I’m sure you’ll find something helpful in these tips. Have a beautiful November, and don’t forget I’m always here to help with any beauty dilemmas you may have.

Catch a ferry to the city with Fullers Take advantage of regular weekend ferry services from Birkenhead, Northcote Point, Devonport or Bayswater wharves to Auckland City. It’s a relaxing way to travel to and from Downtown Auckland. No traffic jams, no parking costs and café bars onboard. Visit or any Fullers Ticket Office for timetables or booking information.


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Bianca Guethert

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95 Victoria Rd, Devonport Phone: 445 0600, Face it Beauty Devonport Issue 38 - November 2013


our charming village by the sea The Power of a Good Book

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” So said Confucius, and Devonport’s Robyn Dormer agrees. A chemistry teacher turned bookshop owner, Robyn, lives and breathes books. Since 2002 Books @Devonport Wharf has been supplying secondhand books to the Shore and beyond. And her love of literature has taken her over the world to the locations of many of her favourite fiction titles. Despite the introduction of electronic reading devices over the past few years, Robyn finds the thirst for reading the good old fashioned way, with a tactile paperback or hardback experience, is as strong as ever. Her business even expanded in May last year and now occupies two retails spaces on the busy Devonport Wharf. Technology has brought, however, a new outlet for book sales. Robyn lists titles on the popular She has Robyn Dormer. 10,000 currently for sale through this international book-buying site and this has become a big part of what she does through Books @Devonport Wharf. She said: “You can access the site from anywhere in the world and search for hard to find, out of print or older books. We sell a lot of books this way and a lot of time we are processing books we are selling online to send offshore. “From this shop down here on Devonport Wharf, we are going global!” Robyn grew up on the Shore, attending Hauraki Primary School, Belmont Intermediate and Westlake Girls High School as a youngster. It is clear she has found her vocation she loves after switching from chemistry lecturing “The stock is just growing and growing and growing!” Said Robyn. She is Half price cut and delighted by the response her store often provokes from customers. “A very knowledgable man who came in the other day complemented me by saying that blowdrys for all new we had the best range of books in the Classics section that he had ever seen in a clients in November. bookshop, anywhere.” Many overseas fans ensure Books @Devonport Wharf is on their list to visit when in New Zealand. Another customer overheard passengers on a plane flying into Auckland recommending her store to others as a ‘must-do’ place to visit whilst they were here. 95 Victoria Road, Devonport | 09 445 0600 | And her personal favourite book? There is no hesitation in her response. “Lorna Doone by R.D. Blackmore. It has always been my favourite and always will be.” For her, this classic has a strong personal significance. Robyn travelled to Exmouth, England where the book is set, and experienced a serendipitous encounter. “I went to Oare Church, which features in the book, and the very first grave I saw, I literally fell onto it, bore the name ‘Nancekivell’. This was my Mum’s maiden name.” “My grandfather came from that area and I managed to meet up with the deceased lady’s grandson and found out that, yes, we are related! It was a wonderful feeling, knowing that my own history links back to the setting of my ges. ts for all a n e s favourite book!” re p le z es and puz Robyn added: “It just goes to show, you never know where a book is going to Great gam take you!” Puzzle Shop on the Wharf Devonport Wharf 09 446 6060 Books @Devonport Wharf, Devonport Ferry Building, Devonport 09 446 6660 Devonport, Auckland Open seven days a week.

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Torpedo Bay Navy Museum News

Interior Trends: with Amanda Neill


Navy Museum Open 7 days 64 King Edward Parade, Devonport

Spring has Sprung

Amanda Neill


Now is the perfect time of year to organise, de-clutter and update your home. Amanda Neill, leading Auckland Interior Designer, talks you through how you can make the most of spring when it comes to your space. Spring has finally arrived, and what better time to start on those home projects you haven’t quite been able to get to. Traditionally this is the time of year when we open our door, let the fresh air in and get into the garden. It’s also a great time of year to spring clean the inside of your home and de-clutter. All of us are guilty of living with the status quo in our homes – ornaments that haven’t moved for years or furniture that has remained in the same position for as long as anyone can remember. The best way to update your space is to start seeing your home through new eyes. Is the furniture placed correctly? Have you slowly built up a collection of photos, ornaments, books or other odds and ends that really should be moved, replaced or given to a new home? There is no better way to improve the appearance of your home than to remove the clutter, organise, clean and update some of the pieces to really give it a fresh feeling. An easy way to update your space for spring is to add a pop of colour – out with the heavy, dark colours of winter and add a pop of spring brightness to your décor. This could be anything from a new paint colour scheme in your room, new drapery, a slip cover on your sofa or even as small as new cushions on your sofa to bring life, vibrancy and colour back into your décor. Adding some natural elements to your décor really brings the outside in. Flowers and indoor plants are a tried and true way to brighten your home for spring. To really bring spring into your home select flowers that are in season to bring a sense of living in the moment. Nothing freshens a room more than a beautiful arrangement in a beautiful vase to really light up a space. By making a few simple changes you can create the space that reflects you and your style. What better time of year than now - spring is a time full of energy and promise of the sunshine to come. By starting on your home now you will reap the rewards and can enjoy the space over the festive and summer periods with your family and friends. We have a beautiful range of spring pieces in our showroom which will really bring spring into your home, as well a great range of gifts for Christmas arriving daily. We look forward to seeing you soon. Designworx, Interior Design Studio, 64 Vauxhall Road, Devonport. 09 445 1098. -

Stag’s head jewellery stand • Ceramic skull • Funky tin unit • Dragonfly bowl Pineapple lamp base & Floral shade • Yellow ceramic jugs (top)

Hands to Bathe; Imagining a Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary A group of artists who voyaged with the Royal New Zealand Navy to the Kermadec region two and a half years ago are bringing works inspired by the experience to the Navy Museum in Devonport over the coming summer. By the time the HMNZS Otago docked at Nuku’alofa in May 2011, the naval expression ‘hands to bathe’ had become both a catch-cry and a mantra for the nine ‘Kermadec’ artists who had been seariders during the voyage north from Devonport naval base. Upon reaching the Tropic of Capricorn - as sailors know well - the engines of a naval vessel are switched off and, when the ship has stopped, the announcement ‘hands to bathe’ comes over the intercom. Crew members are then allowed to dive or jump into the ocean. While this is an ancient ritual, handed down from ‘the days of sail’, those of us on the ship were told, for the voyaging artists it came as a huge surprise and offered a few moments of exhilarating engagement with the immense, life-giving, all-encompassing ocean. The photographic images in the exhibition by Jason O’Hara and Bruce Foster capture something of this transcendent swim. Sponsored by the Pew Environment Group, the artists on the Otago were participants in the ‘Kermadec’ art project. As well as being inspired by the pristine marine environment of the Kermadec region - midway between New Zealand and Tonga - the artists were energised by time spent on the vessel and the many levels of engagement with officers and crew. While the artists explored the ocean and the role humanity can play therein, it was heartening for them to see the New Zealand Navy also examining its place in the oceanic scheme of things. In keeping with increased awareness of global environmental concerns, the navy now sees itself very much as a custodian of the ocean rather than a user of it. The sensible, sustainable management of the waters, the need to service offshore islands (like Raoul in the Kermadecs), our responsibilities towards our Pacific neighbours, and such environment dangers of pollution and over-fishing are now at the forefront of naval thinking. The exhibition title is an apposite one. The ‘Kermadec’ art project offers a rich, full-bodied portrait of a remarkable region on earth - and one that New Zealand is fortunate to claim within its territory. As the subtitle of the exhibition makes clear, the artists who travelled on HMNZS Otago see it, the formation of a Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary would be a huge step in the right direction. Gregory O’Brien Hands to Bathe: Imagining a Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary is on at the Navy Museum from 30 November 2013 to February 2014. Issue 38 - November 2013


North Shore YMCA: News

Achieving your best by providing my best Personal trainer, Ben Sims (26), found his passion in life: helping others achieve their fitness goals. Travelling the world, meeting new people and experiencing different cultures gave Ben Sims valuable knowledge and people skills. He utilises these attributes to full extent in his current profession at the YMCA North Shore fitness centre: personal training.

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“I am very much a people`s person, and I have a genuine interest in working with people. Through my own experience with exercise, I discovered my passion for helping people achieve their goals. I realise that many people do not have the knowledge or motivation to do what`s necessary, and I want to help them. Because of this I can honestly say that nothing makes me happier than when a client has reached his/her goals!” Although Ben Ben Sims. appreciates he is one of many trainers operating on the Shore, he believes he has the skill set which places him apart from other trainers. “There are many trainers who know a lot about exercises and how to train people but they may not be as skilled in delivering nutritional advice. My genuine interest and education in human nutrition enables me to help my client with more than just their gym workout. I can assist them in their daily food intake and ensure a safe and research based approach towards a healthy lifestyle.” The health and well-being approach towards exercise is something Ben believes to be especially crucial, as sustainable change is the most important element to any form of training. “My overall goal for each client is to make sustainable changes: changes I know the client will incorporate into his/her life. Too many people are concerned with ‘when should I have my protein shake’ or ‘I have to have a certain amount of meals per day’; instead of actually thinking about how much they actually eat. For example, telling a new client they have to be in the gym for one hour every day and never have a glass of wine is not only incorrect, but also unrealistic. By helping clients make realistic changes, they will be able to reach their fitness goals whilst still living their life, and they should be able to make these changes into permanent lifestyle changes!” To contact Ben or any of the other professional trainers at YMCA North Shore call 480 7099.

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The Healthy Channel with John Appleton


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

Your Sinuses

– As I See It, by John Appleton

John Appleton.

How many us have suffered with a sinus infection or worse have chronic sinusitis? The pain and discomfort, fever, headaches nausea and cough associated with sinus infections send thousands of us to the doctor every year. I don’t have NZ Statistics but in the U.S. 40 million people suffer with sinus infections each year and up to 33 million have chronic sinusitis, which means the infection does not go away. We all have eight sinuses (four matched pairs of hollow cavities) forehead (frontal) behind the cheekbones (maxillary) between the eyes (ethmoid) and behind the eyes (sphenoid). All of our sinus cavities are attached to the nasal passages and indeed to the nostrils themselves. So what do our sinuses do? They seem to have a number of roles including regulating pressure in the nasal cavity giving resonance to voice, absorbing shocks and contributing to facial growth. However the two most important roles that we need to be aware of are; our sinuses form mucus and they increase the surface area of the mucous membranes to warm and humidify the air we breathe. In terms of our health, our nasal cavity and sinuses are our first line of defence working hard to filter up to 90% of bacteria entering the body and protecting against viruses, fungi, toxins and allergens. Touching our noses is the primary means of contamination with cold and flu viruses. When it comes to producing mucous the amount can be up to one litre every day. When the sinuses are functioning properly millions of tiny hairs (Cilia) have the job of moving the mucus through into your nose and down into the throat. Problems arise when the mucus is not able to be cleared due to the passageways being obstructed and the sinus cavities fill with fluid and become blocked. Inflammation is most often the cause and the villains behind the inflammation can be bacteria – viral or fungal infection and allergies. Structural issues when nasal passages are restricted and nasal polyps can also contribute to sinus woes. Treating sinus infections can be a challenge because viral infections – fungal growth and allergies will not respond to antibiotics. Mainstream treatments have largely focused on antibiotics - antihistamines – decongestants and even steroids but there has been little success and with the over prescribing of antibiotics we are now faced with antibiotic resistant bacteria some which have developed as ‘superbugs’ e.g. MRSA (methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus). While the nasal mucous is the primary defence against any pathogens (infectious agents) the nose is also a breeding ground and incubation reservoir. The colonisation of our nasal cavities by bacteria is a concern for many of us and there are three bacteria that are often involved: Staphylococcus Aureus – Streptococcus Pneumoniae - Haemophilus Influenzae and research indicates

that many of us are ‘carriers’ who can infect others even if the ‘carrier’ has no symptoms. Studies show that as many as 90% of people with chronic allergies are colonised with these bacteria. Clearing these bacteria from the nasal cavities would be the most effective way to prevent and treat sinus infections but until now this has been a challenge because dosing large numbers with antibiotics would only increase problems associated with antibiotic resistance. For some time I have been very enthusiastic about the use of Probiotics (for life) for improving digestive function and supporting the immune system. Probiotics simply help us restore and maintain optimal levels of so called ‘friendly’ bacteria that populate our gut. It’s estimated that we have about 100 trillion microorganisms in our intestines, a number ten times greater than the total number of human cells in the body. Given that gut ‘flora’ plays such a massive role in our immune function we should be paying close attention to it. When I read a book by high profile American Clinical Micro-Biologist - Prof John G Thomas entitled ‘Probiotics And Your Sinus Health’ I was really excited to learn about how four specific strains of Probiotics may provide a powerful safe and very simple alternative to existing treatment options for sinus infections. Prof Thomas says that “Probiotics can break the vicious circle by: balancing beneficial organisms to help eliminate harmful bacteria viruses and fungi – strengthening the immune system increasing its ability to fight off infections and promoting the healthy flow of mucus to eliminate harmful organisms from the nasal passages”. Swiss researchers discovered that Bifidobacterium Bifidum – Lactobacillus Acidophilus – Lactobacillus Rhamnosus and Streptococcus Thermophilus are the key players when it comes to maintaining healthy levels of flora to support nasal Sinus health. Even though I don’t have significant problems with my sinuses I was keen to do my own research and I have been taking a product developed specifically to incorporate the four probiotics mentioned above. I have been taking one 3 times daily on an empty stomach and I have been more than a little surprised. My nose which was often a bit ‘stuffy’ in the morning has completely cleared and I find myself sniffing often because it’s such a pleasant experience to have both nostrils completely clear. As I see it, the great thing about trying such things is that even if they don’t work they will do no harm.

Treating sinus infections can be a challenge because viral infections – fungal growth and allergies will not respond to antibiotics.

John Appleton – Ph: 09-489-9362 Issue 38 - November 2013


Caring For Your Car: with Car-fé

Rob Bonnici is the Car Guy. Rob lives, eats and breathes car cleaning products and services. Having a background in chemicals, car cleaning products and now owning a seven day a week car cleaning and grooming centre, he is without a doubt the most passionate and the most knowledgeable car guy in New Zealand. Rob, along with his wife Siobhan, owns Car-fé facing the motorway in Barry’s Point Road, Takapuna. Rob is more than happy to help you out with any car cleaning issues. Email: Carfe. or Phone 488-7000.

Rid your car of odours Once you have tried all the tricks you know to remove cigarette, pet and bacterial odours come and try this… Have you ever been really excited about that purchase to upgrade your car, that over-powering fragrance has gone and a very unfriendly odour day by day consumes your car? Or doing a good deed lending your car to a friend in need, to find that they forgot you weren’t a smoker or that you really aren’t fond of their favourite pet fragrance as they are? A commonly asked question at Car-fe Takapuna is... Is there any way to permanently remove cigarette, dog and milk odours from my car? While we treat all odours quite differently, there is one common factor that we use to permanently remove them… We Ozone them. What is Ozone? When the oxygen (O2) that is all around us rises to the upper atmosphere, and is exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, that oxygen is naturally turned into ozone (O3). That is the ‘ozone layer’ that protects us from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Since ozone is heavier than air it naturally falls back to earth. This is the ozone that naturally purifies our air and water. Without ozone nature could not purify our Earth. Because it is made up entirely of oxygen, ozone is sometimes called “activated oxygen”. Ozone is not smog or pollution as sometimes mistakenly reported. Ozone is the second most powerful steralent in the world and its function is to destroy bacteria, viruses and odours. Ozone also occurs commonly in nature as a result of lightning strikes during thunderstorms. The ‘fresh, clean, spring rain’ smell that we notice after a storm results from natures creation of ozone. Ozone is also created by water falls. If natural ozone ceased to exist, life on this planet would also cease to exist. Ozone is nature’s way of purifying the air we breathe. Contact Rob Bonnici at Carfe Takapuna or via Email: or Phone 488-7000.

We use an Ozone Generator to help rid cars of smoke, mould, and other odours. OZONE KILLS MOULD IN CARS! Automobile restoration experts know the value of ozone for removing odours from vehicles. Used vehicles are much harder to sell if they contain smoke, mould or other foul odours.

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Vehicle Maintenance with AA Auto Service & Repair


Helpful Tips to help fuel economy over Christmas It’s more efficient to turn off your car and turn it on again than to let it idle for more than 45 seconds while waiting. Drive at the speed limit. Cars use about 20% more fuel driving at 110km per hour than they do at 90 kilometres per hour. Avoid driving fast in low gears. Driving at high speeds in the improper gear can reduce fuel efficiency by up to 40%. Avoid using air-conditioning whenever possible. Air-conditioning reduces fuel economy by 10% to 20%. When approaching hills or steep slopes, accelerate before the hill. Accelerating once on the slope will consume much more fuel. Service your car regularly while paying special attention to oil and filters. Blocked air flow from clogged air filters will increase fuel waste.

Keep your foot off the brake. Some people have a habit of resting their left foot lightly on the break while driving. Not only will this cause drag that will require you to use more gas than needed, you’ll also wear out your brakes sooner. Don’t let your car idle. Even on cold mornings, there’s no need to let your car idle for more than 30 seconds. Newer cars are designed to be driven almost immediately and letting your car idle longer is a waste of fuel. Take the time to check your car tyre pressures each month (purchase a good-quality, dial-type gauge for yourself). Pencilstyle gauges and the ones mounted on the air hose are unreliable according to federal surveys). Under-inflated tyres reduce fuel efficiency by up to 2% for every pound they are under-inflated. Under-inflation also causes premature tyre wear giving your tyres a shorter life.

Periodically calculate your car’s fuel efficiency. A loss in fuel efficiency is an indication of possible mechanical problems.

Try to accelerate gently, brake gradually and avoid stops when driving. Gunning engines, quickly accelerating and abrupt stops all waste fuel.

Remove all excess weight from your car. Many people use their car trunk as a storage space adding unneeded pounds to the car’s weight. This unnecessary weight reduces the car’s fuel efficiency.

Refrain from ‘topping-off’ at the petrol station. Gas pumps don’t contain enough pressure to deliver gas well in short bursts meaning that you get short-changed when you top your tank off.

Use cruise control to maintain a steady pace on the motorway to increase fuel economy.

Remember to check when your car or trailer’s service and warrant of fitness are due. Book in well before time, just in case some work is needed – you don’t want to be left stranded over the Christmas break.

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North Shore People: Where Are They Now?

Channel’s contributing writer, Olympian Melissa Ingram, takes a look at the present day lives of North Shore personalities who have found public recognition through their endeavours, Melissa asks‌ Where are they now?

New adventures for Quincey

Shaun Quincey out at sea on the Tasman Trespasser.

Torbay resident Shaun Quincey rowed himself into the history books by embarking on an adventure that saw him cross the Tasman Sea in 54 days. The 25 year old left New South Wales on 20 January 2010 in his 7.3m boat Tasman Trespasser. His 2200km solo journey ended at Ninety Mile Beach in Northland, with the surf lifesaver swimming the final kilometre to shore.

Shaun Quincey lands at Ninety Mile Beach.

Quincey was the second New Zealander to successfully row across the Tasman, following in the footsteps of his father who completed the journey in the reverse direction 33 years before him. I caught up with Shaun to discuss his epic adventure and what he has been up to since his return.

1. What have you been up to since you completed your row across the Tasman? After I arrived back from rowing the Tasman Sea the first 6 -12 months were busy as I was writing a book about the experience, creating a documentary, and getting on the speaking circuit to pay back a few debts that I owed from the expedition. After the dust had settled a bit I was given the opportunity to take part in some rowing and speaking opportunities in the UK. This led to a 12 month extended visit working in the sponsorship industry and speaking at various events across the UK. But my partner Lisa and I missed the New Zealand way of life, so we moved back to NZ and got married in November 2012 up in Matakana. Since then we have both settled into great jobs working on the North Shore. 2. Did the row change your life in any way? There were a number of sink or swim moments during the planning and crossing of the Tasman Sea where I had to make sacrifices or push myself significantly harder both physically and mentally. Results that I managed to achieve from pushing through the challenges have certainly provided me with a sense of self belief that I potentially would not have had otherwise. However I feel I still approach life in the same optimistic and positive way that I did prior to the row. 3. Did opportunities arise from your adventure? There is no doubt that I have had a number of opportunities extended to me as a result of the crossing. Speaking at events across the world, writing a book, creating a documentary, meeting the Governor General, all of which I feel incredibly privileged to have been involved with. The most rewarding opportunity certainly was speaking to schools after the crossing, with the unique and honest questions the kids asked, ensuring I kept both feet on the ground.

moments when I was distracted from the rowing whether these were huge lightning storms, flaming sunsets, or flying fish. 5. What did you enjoy least about the row? The unknown and the stress that this caused was the worst. I simply never knew how long it was going to take, or what the Tasman was going to throw at me at any day. There were so many uncontrollable elements that had a dramatic effect on my progress - sometimes I just had to wait and watch the miles I had rowed blow away. At one stage I spent seven days stuck in the cabin waiting for a storm to blow through. 6. What fills your days? I am currently National Sales Manager at North Shore based company Debitsuccess. Debitsuccess is a rapidly growing company providing full service billing and recurring payment solutions across NZ and Australia. It is New Zealand owned and operated, and we employ 140 people on the North Shore. The story of my Tasman row is also still keeping me fairly busy with corporate speaking events every few weeks in NZ and Australia. 7. Have you continued to row or are you trying other things? I am still an active member of Mairangi Bay Surf Lifesaving club where I compete across New Zealand in Surf Boat Rowing. I still have a huge desire to do some more expeditions, and I certainly have a few ideas in mind as to where and when I want to take on some more challenges. However life has taken a slightly different focus for the next 12 months as I got married last November and now have a baby on the way! 8. What do you love most about the North Shore? The diverse access to awesome stuff - beaches, people, sports clubs, schools. We live in an amazing part of the world and it’s all on our door-step!

4. What did you enjoy most about the row? Apart from finishing! The wild-life was incredible, whether it was a visit from a whale or an albatross gliding across the back of the boat. Also the special

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The Tasman Trespasser is launched.

Pure Healthcare: With Dr. Cherye Roche


Whatever your sport of choice, Dr Cherye can help enhance your performance this season...

Summer Sports

Dr Cherye Roche Doctor of Chiropractic

Get going and keep going with a “gram of prevention” to avoid the need for a “kilo of cure”. Learn more at our public information “Summer Sports Performance Enhancement” talks.* Golf – French composer Claude Debussy said… “The beauty in music is not in the notes, but in the spaces between the notes”. An analogy can be made to golf injuries. The injuries are not in the swing, but in the steps between the swings! In an 18 hole round of golf, lasting four hours, the golfer spends just four minutes swinging the club to hit the ball! Plus, one hour addressing the ball, and three hours walking. Therefore, the swing is unlikely to be the source of injuries in the lower extremity, pelvis or spine. What is more likely is that underlying faulty biomechanics in the walking pattern create muscle imbalance, and eventually pain in the muscle and joints. So, if you get to the 19th hole and have a sore back, sore knees, or sore feet, you will want to have an analysis of your walking gait as well as your swing mechanics to help with diagnosing, treating and preventing those injuries. And - It is also common to see an average golfer drop 3-4 strokes off of their handicap with better biomechanics. Cycling – If you are one of the many who gave up running and resorted to cycling due to chronic injury, but still have some joint/muscle pains even with the cycling, we can show you why this is. Even though you are not pounding on your feet, you are still putting pressure on your feet on the down-stroke of your spin cycle. Often, a forefoot biomechanical problem can lead to excessive pronation of the forefoot causing persistent knee and hip pain, especially with hill training. So, having your foot function assessed both weight bearing and not weight bearing by someone who understands the mechanics of both, can help to find a solution to that recurring joint/muscle pain. And – optimizing your biomechanics can enhance performance by improving recovery.

until your gut rots is probably not wise; or you are weary of simply resting and doing those same rehab exercises, only to find that when you return to running your symptoms return; then consider a detailed biomechanical assessment. We can help you get back to running, training, tramping, and enjoying yourself! And – optimizing your running mechanics can enhance performance by helping you to recover faster, and train harder without those nagging injuries. Softball – Getting the bat around with speed and accuracy is largely a function of leading with your trunk and using your core muscles to transfer rotation from your feet, through your trunk and into your upper body so as to swing and create bat speed. Notice that this starts from your feet up. If one foot collapses more than the other, this creates an imbalance at the base of your swing and causes weakness and potentially injury. This type of biomechanical weakness will cause you to compensate in your spine and shoulders causing pain and injury. And – these injuries can be prevented, and your performance enhanced, by optimizing your foot mechanics.

*Learn More at a Public Talk… Dr. Cherye Roche, Sports Chiropractor, will be offering public talks on the topic of optimizing and balancing your biomechanics to treat and prevent sports injuries as well as to enhance performance. This will include a demonstration of dynamic gait analysis and a chance for all attendees to have a dynamic GaitScan with analysis data report to take away.

Location: PURE HEALTHCARE CLINIC in Albany 09 414 2225

Running– Are you about to start yet another summer running season with the fear of being shut down by that chronic pain in your legs? Running should be a JOY! Not a constant battle with heel pain, shin splints, knee pain, hip pain or low back pain. If you have ever wondered why you have that muscle/ joint pain in one leg and not the other; or if you have decided that using the same anti-inflammatories

Time: From 7-8.30pm with healthy snacks provided.

Wednesday 27/Nov/2013 Tuesday 3/Dec/2013 Monday 9/Dec/2013 Thursday 12/Dec/2013 Seats are limited to 20 –call early to reserve your seat,and bring a friend. $20.00 per person.

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Your natural choice for wholistic healthcare in Albany Dr. Cherye Roche Clinical Director / Sports Chiropractor

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Nerena Morris, B.Sc., N.D Naturopath / Pain Management / Wellness

Hannemari de Jager Massage Therapist / Exercise Physiologist

Pure Healthcare, 1 Airborne Rd, Albany 0632. Phone: 414 2225. Issue 38 - November 2013


Channel Feature: Bayswater Marina Project

Marina magic for

The Bayswater marine village has been two decades in the making. Although there is still much work to do, Simon Herbert, one of the visionaries behind the project, tells Channel Magazine how his team will make the new village an icon of the Auckland coastline. In some respects, the proposed project of 125 new homes within the five hectares facing Bayswater Marina is a test case, thanks to the new planning and legislation being undertaken by Auckland Council and central government in response to the city’s housing crisis. Addressing the housing crisis is an enormous task and few would envy those in charge, who have to balance greenfields development with new construction in existing built-up suburbs. This is where the seasoned professionals come in, and one of those driving the Bayswater Marina project is former commercial lawyer Simon Herbert. Having specialised in property as a law partner, he then turned directly to property and marina investment. Eight years ago he bought Bayswater Marina, and more recently, Westpark Marina. The project team’s plans are at once ambitious and modest. Simon says, “I’ve always thought there is something magical about a great home or group of houses. Though I’m not an architect, like many people I recognise and appreciate great design. The Council’s vision expressed in the Auckland Plan is to make Auckland the world’s most liveable city, and we hope in our own way to make Bayswater Marina an icon representing this ambition. “There are few sites in Auckland that have the opportunity to create such a great lifestyle for families. The ferry service from the marina takes seven minutes to the CBD and the opportunity for access to the water by boat of

virtually any size or type is without peer. Kayaking, paddleboarding, kitesurfing and windsurfing are also provided for here. Combine that with the incredible view of the city and the harbour bridge and it is truly an amazing location, giving an ideal Auckland lifestyle.” To that end, Simon says, the past few years have involved a great deal of talking, as the team has discussed and debated its vision with residents, businesspeople, board members, school administrators and others. “Robust discussion ends up with positive outcomes – the best example of that is the very low level of intensification and high percentage of open space and public amenity that has resulted from the process. “The interface with the water’s edge is something we are heavily focusing on. We want to provide a much improved interface with the water’s edge. To that end we are investigating providing boardwalks over the armour rock wall, steps down to the water for better pedestrian and board access, and a sand beach. We have endeavoured to gauge the views of all the stakeholders and understand what they envisage for the marina, and these discussions will continue.” As a result of the extensive community dialogue, the team has modified its original plan to reduce the initially planned 250 to 500-apartment development of up to 20 metres in height covering about 60% of the land to about 125 primarily terraced houses, occupying just 15% of the available land and leaving the remainder as open space. Paramount in the planning is the need to balance housing with open land and a lively marina environment that supports a variety of sea-based activities. Many supporters, including most of the berth-holders at the marina are eager to see the project occur. “Many of the 800 berth-holders here having been waiting for 20 years or more for the opportunity to live at the marina, since a marine village was first proposed by then-owner Martin Jones.” The marina project team includes Simon’s wife, Paula Herbert, a skilled and

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experienced designer who will work closely on the project with Construkt, the firm of architects and civic designers behind premium Auckland developments including Newmarket’s Domain Terraces, master planning for Hobsonville Point, and heritage restorations in several of Auckland’s most sought-after suburbs. To the design, then – where is inspiration to be found? As Simon points out, Europe is rife with beautiful residential port, marina and sea side developments, where buildings fit naturally within existing marina facilities as high-quality, visually appealing homes in various forms, from seaside terraced houses to apartments. They incorporate local infrastructure such as restaurants and cafes – all the services that naturally emerge as a community adds new houses suited to their surrounds. “Our vision for Bayswater, however, is not to mimic Mediterranean style,” Simon says. “We have our own vernacular which has evolved and continues to do so. We want to make the village a truly New Zealand place – where aspects of our culture and lifestyle are uniquely crafted together to produce a polished gem of a development. Nothing less will do. “We intend to create housing that is beautifully designed and of premium quality, that enhances the area and supports the interests of existing residents and local business owners. We would like to use traditional New Zealand materials - for example, weatherboard, board and batten, and shingles - and for the area to look like it has evolved over time. We intend to create a beautiful place of which the city can be proud. And something truly iconic on the harbour’s edge - that epitomises Auckland as the world’s most liveable city.” For more information contact: Kelly Galbraith, Email:

We intend to create housing that Paula and Simon Herbert. is beautifully designed and of premium quality, that enhances the area and supports the interests of existing residents and local business owners. We would like to use traditional New Zealand materials - for example, weatherboard, board and batten, and shingles - and for the area to look like it has evolved over time. We intend to create a beautiful place of which the city can be proud. And something truly iconic on the harbour’s edge - that

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The PumpHouse Theatre: What’s On

Inspiring Fundraising for Your Local Theatre This month a very special event will be held to raise money for The PumpHouse Theatre. How many readers have visited The PumpHouse recently? According to our figures over 30 thousand audience members have enjoyed live performance events at the theatre and outdoor amphitheatre in the past 12 months. That’s a lot of foot traffic for a small venue. And a lot of human traffic in the tiny 40-year-old patron toilet facility. Anyone who has queued for the loo at The PumpHouse would undoubtedly agree that the loos need some serious refurbishment. Last year The PumpHouse staff were thrilled to have successfully applied for and subsequently allocated a sum of funding towards the patron toilets upgrade from Auckland Council Community Facilities Development Fund. Now The PumpHouse is in fundraising mode to meet the shortfall. The century-old brick theatre itself is a listed historic building which comes with certain challenges when it comes to any type of renovation but with the expertise of local architect Donn Roberts, a design has been drawn up that adds more cubicles to both Women’s and Men’s and also converts a storage shed into a disabled access toilet that incorporates a baby change area. All this while keeping historic values intact. These improvements will bring The PumpHouse up to scratch with current building code compliance for this type of facility and give parents with babies and people with limited mobility a 21st century loo.



November 6-8 and November 13-15

Why does The PumpHouse have to raise its own funds for the toilets project? Some may be aware that Auckland Council owns The PumpHouse buildings but many wrongly assume that we are funded by Auckland Council in the same way some other venues are. In fact, The PumpHouse does receive some operational funding from Auckland Council but the rest, including funds for patron improvements such as new toilets, we have to find ourselves. So, it is with that goal in mind that The North Shore Theatre and Arts Trust Board have instigated Inspire, a fundraising fashion event.

Inspire – fashion, art and some seriously wonderful auction items Inspire at The PumpHouse begins with the Inspire Artists exhibition in Liz de King. The French Rendez-vous Cafe. The exhibition Sally Fagence. opens in the first week of November and features the works of local artists Liz de King, Darryl Fagence. Sally Fagence, Darryl Fagence, Hilary Gilroy, James Russ and Monica Seo. These artists have also generously donated pieces for the Inspire Silent Auction which will be held on November 21st, the evening of the Catwalk Fashion Show. The fashion show itself has been produced in collaboration with NZ Fashion Tech and the students of the 2013 graduating year. These young talents are the Trelise Coopers and Karen Walkers of the future and looking at the exquisite designs they submitted to this year’s KLEENEX® COTTONELLE®

toilet paper dresses* competition, their graduating designs will have fashionistas in a lather. Prior to the commencement of the show, bubbly and canapés will be served in The PumpHouse Theatre Foyer giving guests a chance to bid on some amazing Silent Auction items. Products and vouchers with a total value in excess of $5000 have been donated by North Shore businesses and lots of fabulous goodies will have laden goody bags being lugged out by guests after the show. The PumpHouse staff and trustees have been humbled and thrilled by the incredible generosity of local businesses, artists and general level of support for this event. Now all we need is for our local audience to come to the party – because that’s what we be having on November 21st. We apologise in advance for the ageing and inadequate loos. *®Registered Trademark Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc© 2013 KCWW.

Mix & Match – a unique comedy theatre experience 3 Plays, 5 Actors, 8 Roles, 54 combinations, You cast it! Mix & Match is a night of comedy where the audience casts the show. Three short plays will be presented. The audience decides, at the start of the performance which actor plays what role. Essentially the audience is the casting couch. This is not improv. The actors know all the lines already, rehearsing each role in each play to stage an entertaining, humorous and unique theatre experience. The production is by Herd of Cats Theatre Company, a spin off from Smackbang Theatre, formed by actor/director Tainui Tukiwaho and Ascia Maybury. They aim to bring fun and frivolity to the stage, so you walk away with that bounce in your step, a little smile on your face and feeling a little richer for the experience.

What's On... @ Pumphouse


To Book: Ph 489 8360


Ph 489 8360 or The PumpHouse Theatre (off Manurere Ave) Killarney Park, Takapuna. The PumpHouse acknowledges the support of Pub Charity.

November 6-8 and November 13-15 – all @ 7.30pm Herd of Cats Theatre Company presents Mix & Match Adult $20 Concession $18 Table of four $28 November 21st @ 6.30pm The North Shore Theatre & Arts Trust Presents Inspire – A Catwalk Fashion Show of

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the top designs from the graduating year of NZ Fashion Tech Featuring a selection of KLEENEX® COTTONELLE® toilet paper dresses. ®Registered Trademark KimberlyClark Worldwide, Inc© 2013 KCWW. 6.30pm Bubbly and Canapes 7pm – Catwalk Fashion show Silent Auction All tickets $50 November 5 – 21 In the French Rendez-vous Cafe

The Inspire Artists Exhibition Featuring the works of Liz de King, vgence, Darryl Fagence, Hilary Gilroy, James Russ and Monica Seo December 9 - 21 Tim Bray Productions presents The Santa Claus Show By Tim Bray 10.30am and 1pm daily except Sunday Adult $21 - $24 Child $21 - $24

Inspire A Special Fundraising and Fashion Event for

November 21 2013

Tickets $50

NZ Fashion Tech

Student Catwalk Fashion Show

Featuring a selection of

KLEENEX速 COTTONELLE速 toilet paper dresses.

速Registered Trademark Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.息 2013 KCWW.

6.30pm Bubbles & Canapes 7pm Catwalk Show Silent Auction

The PumpHouse acknowledges the unstintingly generous support of the following in the production of this event.

Products and vouchers for the Silent Auction have been generously donated by the following local businesses.

BOOK NOW Ph: 489 8360


Lake House Arts Centre: News

For the love of landscapes at Lake House The exhibition programme is showing off our love of landscapes this November with an exhibition by members of the Auckland Watercolour Society. The theme this year is Scenes of New Zealand which promises an exhibition chocka block full of the beautiful landscapes and sights of our lovely country.


Play Wednesdays Dates on our website

Phone: 09 486 4877


Showing from Wednesday the 6th of November until the 24th of November. Opening Wed 6th November 5:30 – 7:30pm. In the Café gallery we will have Jacqueline Letham’s gorgeous paintings in A Fleeting Glimpse until November the 10th. Following on from Jacqueline’s birds and animals, we have works from two of our term classes in acrylics and watercolours. Both classes are taught by our long-time tutor, the talented Joanne Mortimore. Showing from the 12th of November – 24th of November. Opening Mon 11th November 5-7pm. If you are a member of Lake House Arts Centre you may have already received the information about the upcoming annual Members Merit awards. This exhibition is an opportunity for our members to exhibit together as well as indulge in a bit of competition with awards being given out at the Opening. Dates for the art intake, conditions of entry and the entry form are available on our website or by emailing You can also pick up the form from reception or ring us on 486 4877. To become a member please check our website or email for further details. The Members Merit exhibition will be showing

from 27th November - 15th December. Opening and awards - Tuesday 26th November 5-7pm. Don’t forget to check out the Preschool Play, Summer Fun programme in association with Auckland Council – they will be visiting Lake House with toys and free art activities throughout summer with the first one on the 27th of November. Please check our website www.lakehousearts., email or phone (09) 486 4877 for more information. Lake House Arts Centre is located on Barry’s Point Reserve in Takapuna, housed in a beautiful 19th century Edwardian/Victorian heritage building that once stood on Takapuna Beach. The Lake House has a constantly changing exhibition programme, a café with delicious homemade fare, artists studio’s and a vibrant and varied arts education programme with something for every member of the family, including weekend workshops, after school classes, holiday programmes and adult daytime classes. Lake House is open 9:30am – 4pm Monday to Friday and 10am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday. Closed on public holidays.

Jacqueline Letham A Fleeting Glimpse showing until 10 Nov

Auckland Water Colour Society presents

Scenes of New Zealand

6 -24 November Opening Wed 6 Nov 5:30 - 7:30pm

Joanne Mortimore’s Students

Various artists 12 - 24 November Opening Mon 11 Nov 5-7pm 37 Fred Thomas Dr Takapuna

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Northart: News


Michael Anderson, 2013 Untitled (detail) Liquin, house paint

Pat Hadlee, 2013 Textured Emotions Collage

Aaron King Cole, 2013 Faux Animal Pelts Hand felted alpaca fibre

Anneke Laan , 2013 Untitled Acrylic on canvas

November at Northart ‘Off Broadway’ is an exhibition that features recent graduates and near graduates of AUT, Elam, Hungry Creek and Unitec’s visual arts programmes. It opens on 4th November and runs until 17th November at Northart. Curated by Franki Atkins, the title is suggestive of the time our graduates spend in their chosen art institutions exploring ideas, methods and materials, whilst building towards the bright lights, big city of the art world. Without a prescribed theme, the graduates are left open to present their findings. Establishing a career in the arts is always hard for graduates especially when first leaving the security and support of the art school environment. One of our roles here as a gallery on the North Shore, is to help them make it happen. We have exhibitions throughout the year that include local schools, from primary age through to secondary and beyond in order to promote and nurture our local arts community. Supported by a grant from Creative Communities Auckland Off Broadway promises to give a taste of the future face of contemporary art. Painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and jewellery will all feature. Aaron King-Cole and Sophie Craig are both North Shore-based and are but two of the 15 Auckland-wide emerging artists in the show. Elam graduate, Aaron King-Cole works across a wide variety of media, from textile to paint and was a finalist in the inaugural Parkin Drawing Sophie Craig, 2013 Mono Loudbox Prize held recently in Wellington. wood, ceramics, electronics, metal handle

Re-thinking what we already know about ceramics and its functionality is one of the questions posed by Sophie Craig. Her electronic/ceramic works take the traditional practice of ceramics into an interesting new realm. Lisa Higgins, another of our exhibitors, won the 2013 Fingers Graduate Award in July with her contemporary take on jewellery and wearable object art. This show provides a great opportunity to start your art collection with some of these interesting art works by up and coming names. Later in the month we have a group exhibition by Trilby Coleman, Pat Hadlee, Sandra Kubaisi-Potter, Paul Lakisoe, Mary May and Helen Oborn along with their tutor Anneke Laan. ‘Diversity’ opens on the 11th November and speaks to the varying interests and techniques each painter is occupied with in their art practice. Michael Anderson’s first solo painting show ‘Materiality’ opens on 11th November and runs until 27th November. Michael’s painting practice is concerned with the effects of surface and the varying fluidity and interactions of house paint and polyurethane. These combinations allow him to explore and play out his interest in post-painterly abstraction. Stay tuned! Northart’s ever popular Pre-Christmas $100 (or Less) Show is not too far away. Opening on the 25th November and running until the 18th December, this show is not to be missed. It is cash and carry and has a particular focus on high-quality works of art and craft, painting, textile, print, photography, jewellery & ceramic works. The ideal place to find something a little different as Christmas gifts or as a treat for yourself! Northart is centrally located on the North Shore and has large galleries opening on to a courtyard, a perfect venue for Christmas functions and other events. If you would like to find out more, please contact the manager on 09 480 9633 or


Northart, Norman King Square, Ernie Mays Street, Northcote Shopping Centre Phone 09 480 9633 Northart is supported by Auckland Council and the Birkenhead Licensing Trust and is open 10am – 4pm daily, evening viewings by arrangement. Admission is free. Issue 38 - November 2013


The Rose Centre: What's on

Stephanie Johnson, Little Gem and Pregnancy Yoga Stephanie Johnson is the author of several collections of poetry and of short stories, some plays and adaptations, and many fine novels. The New Zealand Listener commented that ‘Stephanie Johnson is a writer of talent and distinction. Over the course of an award-winning career — during which she has written plays, poetry, short stories and novels — she has become a significant presence in the New Zealand literary landscape, a presence cemented and enhanced by her roles as critic and creative writing teacher.’ The Shag Incident won the Montana Deutz Medal for Fiction in 2003, and Belief was shortlisted for the same award. Stephanie has also won the Bruce Mason Playwrights Award and Katherine Mansfield Fellowship, and was the 2001 Literary Fellow at the University of Auckland. Many of her novels have been published in Australia, America and the United Kingdom. She co-founded the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival with Peter Wells in 1999. The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature describes Johnson’s writing as ‘marked by a dry irony, a sharp-edged humour that focuses unerringly on the frailties and foolishness of her characters . . . There is compassion, though, and sensitivity in the development of complex situations’, and goes on to note that ‘a purposeful sense of . . . larger concerns balances Johnson’s precision with the small details of situation, character and voice that give veracity and colour’. Stephanie Johnson is giving a talk to the Rose Centre Writers Group at The Rose Centre, School Rd, Belmont, North Shore on 9 November 2013 at 2pm. Please contact Hazel on 489 7203 for more information.

Pregnancy Yoga Relax - Renew - Restore Practice yoga during pregnancy for a happy body and mind. Happy mums make happy babies. DETAILS: When: Sundays, 9:30-11:00 AM Starting November 3, 2013 Where: The Rose Centre - Belmont Class ongoing Price: $10 per class, cash only

Little Gem Little Gem is an award winning play written by Dublin Marika Pickett. playwright Elaine Murphy and was first produced by Guna Nua at Dublin’s 2008 Fringe Festival. It has been in continuous production since its debut. Three generations of Irish women: daughter, mother, grandmother, tell the story of one year in their lives, each from their own perspective. The stories are full of humour and pathos. “This is a play that makes you feel better about life when you leave the theatre than you did when you entered.” A true “gem” of a play: funny, moving and unusual. DETAILS: Starting: November 16th to 30th 2013 When: Wednesday to Saturday, 8pm Matinee Sunday 24th November, 2pm Where: The Rose Centre - Belmont Price: $25 adults, $20 concessions Contact: Call 09 445 9900 or e-mail Stephanie Johnson.

Pregnancy Yoga with Marika Relax ~ Renew ~ Restore Sundays, 9:30-11:00 AM Starting November 3, 2013 The Rose Centre - Belmont Class ongoing $10 per class, cash only Practice yoga during pregnancy for a happy body and mind. Happy mums make happy babies! Self-care and cultivating friendships with other pregnant women can be deeply gratifying while pregnant. No previous yoga experience is necessary. We will stretch the body gently and thoroughly and send you off feeling calm and centered. For more info and to stay in the loop, ‘Like’ our page on Facebook:

Marika Pickett, Certified Yoga Instructor Registered Maternal-Newborn Nurse (U.S.A.) Bachelor of Science in Nursing 022 370 5290 North Shore Yoga for Women: Please bring yoga mat, water bottle, cushion, and small blanket.

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Drama, comedy, music, magic and dance! Open 8:30am - 4pm, Monday - Friday

visit: School Road, Belmont, North Shore Ph: (09) 445 9900 Fax: (09) 445 6606 Email:

Settlers Albany: Luxurious Lifestyle Village



SPRING Settlers’ Sales Manager, Rosalie Pearson, and Erith.

The Wait is Almost Over There will be a lot of very happy folk on the North Shore this summer. Come January and February next year, they’ll be moving into a luxurious new townhouse or apartment at Settlers Albany. Stage 2 of the Shore’s most desirable lifestyle village is nearing completion and we thought we’d take a look.


You’ve worked hard, the family’s grown, now it’s time to enjoy life. And that’s exactly what you’ll do at Settlers Albany. Choose a luxurious townhouse or apartment set in idyllic surroundings with unparalleled facilities, and let someone else worry about the lawns and upkeep. You’ll be busy with more important things like grandchildren, entertainment, sports, activities, friends, travel … the sort of things that put a spring in your step and a smile on your face. Call in and see for yourself how good life can be. Open everyday from 10am – 4pm 550 Albany Highway |Ph: 415 2617|

It’s easy to see why there’s a waiting list for these townhouses and apartments. This place is absolutely stunning, and when the sun’s shining as it was on the day we visited, Settlers Albany feels like the North Shore’s best-kept secret. The new townhouses and apartments at Settlers are designed to capture both the sun and the views over beautifully landscaped grounds to native bush reserve. You have three options to choose from - 3 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms, 2.5 bedrooms and 2 bedrooms. All are light and spacious, fully fitted with quality flooring, window dressing, heat pumps and appliances. The balconies are particularly generous and although you feel as though you’re living in a country retreat, Albany Village and the Albany Mega Centre are within walking distance.

The new townhouses and apartments at Settlers are designed to capture both the sun and the views over beautifully landscaped grounds to native bush reserve. As for the facilities, they’re quite simply world class. There’s an all-weather bowling green, croquet green, and Settlers’ central Lodge includes amongst other things, a heated pool, fully equipped gym, purpose built movie theatre, café, bar, lounges, hairdresser, games rooms and library. Settlers’ new townhouses and apartment will be ready for you to move into in the new year and with many already snapped up directly off the plans, our advice is to check them out sooner rather than later. As Settlers’ Sales Manager, Rosalie Pearson, explains, “Our Village caters for the new generation of 65+. They’re forward thinking, enjoy a high standard of living and like having top-notch services close at hand. When they visit they know almost immediately that this is somewhere they would like to live.” If this is retirement living, bring it on! Don’t miss out on your pick of Settlers’ new townhouses and apartments – contact onsite sales manager Rosalie Pearson on 415 2617 or visit Settlers Albany at 550 Albany Highway any day between 10 and 4.

A GOOD LIFE. A SMART MOVE. Next Stage Townhouses & Apartments Available NOW

Premier Lifestyle Villages incorporating Settlers Albany, Fairview Lifestyle Village and Fairview Care Ltd. Issue 38 - November 2013


Education: Takapuna Grammar School

“Nihon no booken”

- A Japanese adventure 日本の冒険 A group of twelve language students recently travelled to Japan for a fortnight of excitement and adventure. The cultural tour began in Tokyo where students were encouraged to lead from the front, literally. Staff took a back seat in order to allow designated student leaders to guide the main tour party around various spots in Tokyo. Anyone who has visited the world’s most populated metropolitan area will know how efficient Tokyo’s subway system is, transporting 8.7 million riders daily. The students quickly became accustomed to navigating their way through vast stations. Tucked away in pockets were food challenge books, created to encourage students to record each and every authentic Japanese dish that was consumed. From Tokyo the group travelled on the famous shinkansen (bullet train) to the equally well-known city of Hiroshima. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum graphically depicts the magnitude of

destruction caused by the atom bomb on August 6, 1945. The following day, and just a short ride from the epicentre of the atomic bombing, students were reminded of how Japan’s economy also bounced back from the war. Visiting the Mazda car factory, students were allowed to view the main assembly line and sit in a variety of late model cars. After travelling together as a group for almost a week, students were eagerly looking forward to their first home stay experience with Nishinomiya High School near Osaka. Students spent the weekend with Japanese families doing all sorts of wonderful activities. As a sign of appreciation, the TGS students performed the school haka in front of a huge crowd at Nishinomiya High. This was to be the first of many hakas. Kyoto Gaidai Nishi High School in Kyoto has a long-standing relationship with Takapuna Grammar

Continued Riding Success With high expectations, Takapuna Grammar School sent its largest squad to the NZ Secondary Schools Nationals held in Palmerston North at the beginning of the September school holidays. A total of 34 riders, along with their support crew, travelled to represent the school for the peak event of the season. After an outstanding NZSS Individual Champs, the team was reaching for personal bests. Led by coaches Sam Elworthy and Daymon Shack, the riders did not disappoint, bringing home nine medals. On Day One was the Team Time Trial on a windy and rainy course just out from Levin. Our top teams’ results were the Senior Girls A team, placing 9th (even with a broken bike happening in the roll-out), Juniors Boys A team placing 9th and the Senior Boys A team placing 10th. Day Two was the Road Race around a course in Fielding. Our top medal winners were Adam McPheat – Gold in the U14 and Oscar Elworthy – Gold in the U15. There was also a Silver medal for Harry Elworthy in the U20, and B grade medal winners were Vincent Allen in the U16B and Sebastian Ramdamie in the U15B. Other Top 10 performances were from Harry Waine - 8th in U15, Tessa McNair - 7th in U17, Chris Alvey- 6th in U15B and Alex Dooley - 8th in U15 girls. Day Three was the Criterium, raced around Manfield Park also in Fielding. This day had its dramas with a broken bike and crashes, as well as Adam McPheat who was so far ahead he thought the race was finished and pulled off the track, had to come back on the track, and still pulled off a Silver medal. Our medal winners were Jacob Kench – Gold in the U15 (an amazing ride with making a break away early on and riding by Elle Cowan leads himself for at least three of the laps), out. Adam McPheat – Silver in the U14, Ellie Cowan – Silver in the U17 and Katherine Badham – Bronze in the U16 (another breakaway amazing performance to win a couple of the sprint laps). Our other Top 10’s were Oscar Elworthy – 5th in the U15 and Harry Waine – 6th in the U15 This has been an amazing season for the road cycling team. Getting ready.

School and it was there that the group spent three nights in home stays and visited many of Japan’s most famous temples. Hiezan Junior High School provided the third and final home stay of the tour. As a Buddhist school, TGS students were able to experience Morning Prayer before joining regular classes for the day. The students enjoyed practising their Japanese language skills and made many new friends in the process. It was time to return home to New Zealand, and while many of the students would have preferred to stay longer, NCEA exams beckon. It was sad to have to say “sayonara” to this fascinating country, but there will be time again to visit old friends and new places in Japan.

Lawn Bowls Champion Clayton Hockley, a Year 13 student, has been our most consistent Lawn Bowls player this year. He started the year representing North Harbour at the Northern Region competition in Waipu. The Northern Region includes Auckland, Northern and Far North centres. He was undefeated on that day in March with three wins. The off-season was pretty quiet for Clayton until he got the call asking him to play in the NZSS Regionals Competition during the September school holidays as a North Harbour representative as well as representing our school. In seven matches, Clayton again was undefeated. He now heads to NZSS Nationals in Wellington in December. He has been to Nationals for the last three years and hopes that this, his 4th year there, will produce some results that match his Regional achievements. His aim is to try to make the NZ U18 team, which is selected after the Wellington Nationals and he hopes to keep playing lawn bowls as he enters the Navy in 2014. Clayton Hockley .

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Education: Kristin School


Digital Learning Evolves at

Kristin Junior School With the introduction in 2013 of iPads across all year levels, Kristin Junior School has not only seen advances in the amount of technology utilised in the classroom but, more importantly in how, why and when the digital tools are used. The iPad revolution has enabled some outstanding learning outcomes for students across the school. Year 1 students have spent time moving around the Kristin campus, discovering who the people are who work at Kristin and what they do. In previous years this same task has been conducted with pencil and paper and students relied on their teachers to help record the answers to questions. Now students are generating their own questions, independently recording their interviews with photos and videos and then creating a Keynote presentation to share their learning electronically. iPads have become a part of everyday classroom life at Kristin, and the way students use them is continuing to evolve. Junior School Principal Diana Patchett believes that the use of this technology provides many benefits to the development of each individual student. “Presenting work in a variety of different ways is one of the keys to students understanding their personal learning style and maintaining interest, enthusiasm and engagement with what they are doing. We have seen the students adapt rapidly to the use of such technology in the classroom, and the creativity with which they can utilise these tools has in turn produced great results in their learning.” Year 6 approached the IB PYP Exhibition this year with gusto. iPad in hand, the students were able to access a far wider choice of resources than ever before. Assistant Principal Rob Hutton believes that one of the key aspects of this evolution is the integrated nature of the iPads in the students’ search for knowledge and answers. “The ability to record conversations and information during visits to primary resources and then review their material later has meant that our students relive their research, taking more time to reflect and apply new findings to their work,” says Mr Hutton. “From conducting interviews in Year 1 to creating eBooks about space in Year 3, making advertisements in Year 5 and stop-motion Lego videos in Year 6, the wide range of work created throughout this year has been impressive. Moving forward, we are now beginning to share this work with the wider Kristin

community in more creative and engaging ways.” Sharing work that has been completed and having time to discuss and present learning to others is a key part of learning in Kristin’s classrooms. The introduction of Apple TV devices in all classrooms provides the opportunity to do this wirelessly and with ease. This now means that anything that can be created, viewed or explained on the iPad can be shared with others easily. Scan the QR code (top right) to view a video of the Year 1 students’ inquiry work. Also scan the QR code (bottom right) to view a short clip of the Year 6 students talking about the actions they took as a part of their IB PYP Exhibition.

Kristin’s New Student Leaders Kristin Senior School would like to congratulate the newly announced student leaders for 2013/14. For the coming year Kirsty Sutherland and Idris Jones will share the mantle of Head Prefects, with Olivia Barker and Christian Silver supporting as Deputy Head Girl and Deputy Head Boy. These four capable students will be supported by their 18-strong team of Senior School Prefects; Elspeth Carroll, Cannon Cochran, James Collyer, Dinesh Fonseka, Francesca Jenkins, Donna Jiang, Nathanael Kelly, Eleanor Lang, Elizabeth Lunn, Callum McDonald, Calum McInnes, Emma Poole, Stephanie Sole, Nicholas Thornton, Anna Townend, Laura Townend, Yee Yee Wang and Jackson White The announcement of the Head Prefect roles came after the annual 4-day Prefect Camp, held in Ahuroa at the end of Term 3. Prefect Camp is a unique tradition of Kristin Senior School where the current year’s Prefects have a chance to debrief on their experience before inducting the new group into the ways of leadership at Kristin. Activities at the camp cover such areas as social styles analysis, developing

a vision for leadership, personal style inventory, strengths and weaknesses of our leadership context and managing a Prefect Project. In addition, there are many physical and teamwork challenges that test both team’s ability to work together and solve problems. These include crossing an eel-infested pond, scaling a wall as a group, negotiating a ropes course in pairs and our own version of Race to the Flag, this year suitably following an America’s Cup theme. As the 2013/14 team was announced, Senior School Principal Brendan Kelly paid tribute the work done by this year’s student leaders. “To be a Prefect at Kristin is not an easy task. There are many challenges and pressures that come with the role and the jobs these students perform are demanding. The Prefects of 2012/13 have never flinched from their responsibilities and have never wavered when faced with a challenge. In part this is because of their own leaders, James Bishop and Phoebe Jasper, who have been courage and determination personified, and Anton Sunde and Nadia Sussman, who have supported them superbly. Strong and consistent, they have been a team who work together without ego and always for the good of the people they serve.” Issue 38 - November 2013


Education: Westlake Boys High School

Westlake Boys’ High School Highest Achievers Jesse Medcalf, Ki Hun Kim, Benny Zhang and James Rankin and their parents were celebrated at the Senior Academic Prizegiving Awards.

Westlake celebrates Academic, Cultural and Sporting Excellence Westlake Boys’ High School acknowledged and celebrated their senior students’ achievements during the 2013 Senior Prizegiving ceremony on Friday 18th October. Westlake Boys’ High the most of their time at the school. The festivities in the fully packed Auditorium School Highest Achievers Westlake’s Smale House retained the House were kicked off with a performance of the Kapa Haka group followed by Westlake’s Chairman of the Board, James Sclater, who shared some school insights from the annual report. The audience of students, teachers and staff, parents, Old Boys and school supporters, were treated to a parade of Westlake’s highest senior Cambridge and NCEA achievers as well as this year’s New Zealand Championship winning teams. Westlake’s award winning Concert Band and Voicemale Choir as well as the Big Band and the Symphonic Band delighted the gathering with a variety of musical interludes. Headmaster David Ferguson presented the Headmaster’s Annual Report and, as a first in the school’s 51-year history, 42 new Prefects for 2014 were announced and acknowledged on stage. Head Boy Jesse Medcalf shared his experience of his days at Westlake and passionately encouraged fellow students to make

Trophy Award by again scoring the most points competing in a wide variety of events including athletics, swimming, cross country, singing, charity collections, academic performance and kapa haka. The final presentation of the afternoon was saved for the Special Awards winners which included a variety of University Scholarships and prestigious awards in a wide range of student achievements, services and endeavours. The afternoon’s celebration came to a close when Westlake’s four highest achievers of the year, Head Boy Jesse Medcalf, Ki Hun Kim, Cultural Captain and Deputy Head Boy Benny Zhang and Academic Captain James Rankin together with their parents received an enthusiastic applause to acknowledge their academic accomplishments and contributions to the Westlake community during their time at school.

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Jesse Medcalf Pricewaterhouse Coopers Career Assistance Grant PTA Award for Head Prefect Ki Hun Kim Don Johnson Trophy 1st in Form 7 Benny Zhang Headmaster’s Prize for Personal Academic Excellence Arthur Schubert Award for Outstanding and Selfless Contribution James Rankin Yang Award for Excellence in Commerce Pricewaterhouse Coopers Career Assistance Grant Lex Lewis Memorial Trophy for Debating John Patterson Memorial Award for Effort, Involvement and Loyalty

Community News


Westlake rules the hoops Westlake Boys High School Premier Basketball team successfully defended their New Zealand Secondary School title in an all-North Harbour affair defeating archrivals Rangitoto College 78-68 in Palmerston North. The team came runners up in the Auckland Championship and the National Qualifying Tournament but stepped up to the mark to secure the school’s fifth National title in nine years. Westlake’s Jaylen Gerrand won Tournament MVP and joined Jack Salt and Josh Howe as part of the Tournament Team. With 30-plus teams, basketball is big at Westlake. The school has become a production line for the Tall Blacks in recent years with internationals including Kirk Penney, Jarrod Kenny, Thomas Abercrombie, Rob Loe, Corey Webster, Tai Webster and most recent addition Jack Salt. Westlake Boys High School Premier Basketball Team celebrate their fifth New Zealand title in the last nine years.

Charles Parley, far right, enjoying a game of pétanque.

Picturesque Petanque? Spending a sunny afternoon by the sea, enjoying a relaxing game of petanque is a leisurely treat that can be experienced here on the Shore. But not many people know this! There is a hidden treasure of a petanque terrain at a stunning setting in Stanley Bay, Devonport that is currently underused.

Chess Champions Westlake has a proud tradition in Chess, fielding numerous strong teams in all divisions over many years. Having won the Auckland Secondary School Championship earlier this year, the team of William Li, Winston Yao, Hao Jai and Harry Cui (Captain) took out the National title for the first time at this year’s New Zealand Interschool Chess finals at Mt Maunganui College. Westlake’s best round result was achieved by defeating the number one seed Auckland Grammar School 3-1 and it proved the deciding factor leaving their nemesis trailing by 1.5 points. This National title is an excellent achievement for Westlake Boys’ High School and puts chess in the spotlight on the North Shore.

New Zealand Secondary Chess Champions Westlake Boys’ High School from left to right: Organiser and Chief Arbiter Bob Smith, Coach Mr Arnold van den Heuvel, Harry Cui, Hao Jia, Winston Yao, William Li and Assistant Arbiter Viv Smith.

Stanley Bay Bowling and Petanque Club held its annual open day last month, with dozens of keen bowlers putting down their mats and rolling their bowls for the sun-soaked occasion. Only a handful of petanque players were there, however, and its an issue the club wishes to solve by increasing its members in the easyAlan Long, left, at the bow ling club open day. to-play game. Club member Alan Long said: “We want to attract more people to play here. It’s a great opportunity for people to get involved in petanque and bowling in this area - it’s in a lovely spot.” Petanque, or boules as the game is often called in its native France, is a game for young and old and everyone in between. Players aim to land their metal ‘boule’ closest to the jack, as in bowls, but with a different technique and on a shale terrain instead of a lawn. The terrain at Stanley Bay is hidden away behind the main bowling club but faces out onto Ngataringa Bay with views across to Rangitoto. Petanque player at the club, Charles Parley said: “Many people may think petanque is all about playing with a glass of red wine your hand, which you can do if you like! It’s an enjoyable game that can be played by people of all ages. We have some good players down here, but unfortunately there are not enough players! “This is the only petanque terrain on the Shore and we have never understood why it hasn’t taken off here in Devonport. Perhaps if more people know about it, they’ll come and give it a go.” Alan added: “It’s a really friendly club. When people join, they can come and play down here whenever they want!” The superbly located premises with far-reaching sea views, kitchen facilities and bar, are available to hire. Social memberships are available to over 18s at just $60 per year, and full playing membership to the club, which was established 103 years ago, is open to all at only $130 per year. For more information, please call 09 445 1388. Issue 38 - November 2013


Education: Pinehurst School

Alyvea Lawson and Sammie Garrett-Dalton, Year 6 Peer Mediators.

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Pinehurst Cool Schools – Peer Mediation

Pinehurst School is part of the Cool Schools ‘Peer Mediation’ programme; an approach to conflict resolution, based on solving problems in a constructive, win/win way. Wearing brightly coloured vests so that they can be easily identified, Year 6 Senior Primary students take on the important role of Peer Mediators. Working in pairs, they undergo training in listening, negotiation, problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Peer Mediators take students requiring help to a quiet space where they ask them a series of carefully designed questions. They give everyone in the group an opportunity to tell his/her side of the story. It is then the mediator’s job to help the disputants to achieve a solution both are happy with. The mediator summarises and confirms that this is an accurate assessment of each person’s perspective. If the mediation is not successful the mediators refer the disputants to a teacher. Peer Mediators take their role very seriously and have proven to be an invaluable part of our school. Their mediations contribute to a positive classroom and playground climate.

Junior College Wins Intermediate Dancesport Competition Eleven Junior College couples recently took to the stage winning the Dancesport 4 Schools competition for a second year running. The morning was a great success for the Pinehurst dancers who, all looked incredibly smart and danced with great enthusiasm.

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Education: Rosmini College

Stand Up Ollie!


The Rozza Café

Ollie Houghton, Year 9 at Rosmini College, currently the NZ SUP under 17 years champion, competed in a premier event against some of the best stand up paddlers in the world at Dana Point California on 28th & 29th Sept. This is a world class premier event on the stand up paddling calendar. Ollie competed in the two-day event. On the first day was a distance open age group race of 4.5miles, there were hundreds of competitors in this event and Ollie gained 3rd place in the under 18yr category behind a 16 year old and 14 year old. For the second day, Ollie competed against the best Hawaiian and USA 13-14 year group - there were elite racers in this group. The race was a sprint course of two miles where they had to beach start, race around two buoys, sprint back to land, run up the beach around the podium and jump back on their boards. This was a very exciting race to watch for spectators and Ollie did a great job in obtaining 3rd place.

On Thursday 12th September, the Rosmini College Year 13 Hospitality and Catering students set up and ran their own café in the Food Technology room. The Rozza College Café sold various coffees, hot chocolates and food, to staff and parents. The café tied in with the students’ work for Unit Standard 17288: Prepare and Present Espresso Beverages for Service (5 credits) and Unit Standard 15627: Demonstrate Creativity in Meal Preparation and Presentation (6 credits). Head of Food Technology, Mrs Sue van der Spuy, says that by Level 3 the students, “need to be able to work unsupervised in a café-style environment.” The espresso course is delivered by Ask me 4 Coffee. Mrs van der Spuy adds, “the Rozza Café day was a huge success and the students were very proud of their accomplishments.” Year 13 student Harrison Collis, “found this experience extremely helpful. It gave us an insight into how we should run a café.” Although he said the students were under pressure as they had to focus, “on making coffee on time with little to no error,” but he says it was “pleasing to see staff enjoying the students’ services.” Year 13 student Bradley Pivac agrees that it was, “a high pressured environment,” and that, “time management was a key,” but he adds, “due to great preparation and planning I felt confident on the day and really believe it was an overall success.” Bradley concludes, “Everyone came together as a team and with the guidance of our dedicated teacher we were able to run a successful Rosmini College Café. I really hope this assessment continues for next year’s group.”

Rosmini College’s Global Connections Each school week throughout 2013 Rosmini College students have connected with students in classrooms across New Zealand and in six other countries as part of their Over the Back Fence Project. Weekly health lessons are taught to students in places like Ware, Massachusetts; in Melbourne where two schools are involved; down in rural Taranaki in small communities such as Uruti, the Ohura Valley, or Matapu. There is a classroom on the beach in Rarotonga, a school in Suva, one straddling a small atoll, another neighbouring Tauranga. These are some of schools of the Over the Back Fence network, provided a simple student led lesson that encourages conversation and sharing between the younger and older students or between a group of schools. Now in it’s third year, the Over the Back Fence project has grown from lessons taught to students at St. Joseph’s School, Takapuna, over their back fence, to now

Rosmini students Patrick and Dale teach a lesson to a classroom in the Waikato.

a network of twenty six schools and growing. To enhance learning between students around the globe, some of these schools are also joined in collaborative inquiry projects. These projects connect students to engage in sharing, thinking and collaboration in places like India, United States, Finland, Australia, Cook Islands, Singapore, and Fiji encouraging better understanding of student lives and cultures. The lessons with students at St. Joseph’s School continue and Over the Back Fence partnership grows. The programme is now being replicated out of Dallas, Texas where forty schools in Latin America, the USA and Canada are registered. The programme is also being replicated in the Cook Islands and other partnerships are being discussed in Australia, India, Africa and Europe, putting Rosmini College as the cornerstone of a fledgling global programme that is simply enabling older students to learn by teaching younger students and sharing.

Rosmini students Jack and Andrew share a lesson on hearing loss prevention. Issue 38 - November 2013


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Retirement: The Poynton

Active living all part of the fun at The Poynton If you thought moving into a retirement village was the start of a quiet life, think again. The Poynton has a vibrant community where there is always something fun going on. With a multitude of events and activities ranging from piano recitals to croquet tournaments to art exhibitions, The Poynton retirement village might just be one of the busiest places in Takapuna! As you might expect, the job of organising these activities is a busy one, and that’s where Pam Bohling steps in. A resident of The Poynton for four years, Pam is the Social Co-ordinator of the village’s Residents Committee and it’s a role she loves. “I get a huge amount of satisfaction from helping organise different events and gatherings. They’re a big part of the life for everyone here at The Poynton and seeing the residents enjoying themselves really is quite wonderful,” says Pam. “Most days I’ve got something to get sorted,” says Pam. However, she does get plenty of help from her partner in crime, The Poynton’s bubbly village Receptionist Bernice Raos. In a nutshell, Bernice makes sure the village has everything in place for all activities and events, and Pam liases with the other committee members and makes sure the residents are being well-catered for! While the village hosts a variety of events, there is often a focus on activities that benefit the wider community, visits by local high schools being a great example. The Music Department from both Westlake Boys and Westlake Girls are regular visitors to The Poynton and the residents just love it. Recitals the village hosted includes a 50 piece orchestra as well as a 120 strong choir which filled the village with fine song. The schools’ music teachers say that

one performance in front of live audience is worth four practices, so this is definitely a win-win situation. On the sporting front, croquet has also become a very popular pastime. Resident run tournaments are regularly held and are open to players from both inside and outside the village. The number of bowlers in the village is also growing fast with numerous village residents now members at Takapuna Bowls Club and the Takapuna RSA. (The Poynton’s own bowling green is currently under construction as part of the Stage Three development). With Christmas just around the corner, the village is once again gearing up for a whole lot of activity. Two major resident-only dinners are already booked in, plus there are another four Christmas luncheons for residents and their family and friends. The Residents Committee also run a food bank drive for the Salvation Army in the weeks before Christmas. “We ask the residents to donate two or three pieces which they put under the Christmas tree we have in the main lounge area. Last year the response was so great they needed quite a big truck to pick up all the food!” says Pam. “And in appreciation of our support, the Salvation Army band comes to play Christmas carols for the residents, which we all thoroughly enjoy.” With this busy social calendar, Pam and Bernice will no doubt be busy bees, but their hard work will mean a whole lot fun for everyone. For more information on The Poynton, please call Jan on 09 488 5711.

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Accountancy: with Matthew Bellingham, Bellingham Wallace

Channel’s resident accountancy expert, Matt Bellingham this month discusses the importance of reforecasting....

A reforecast can ensure the cash keeps flowing

Matt Bellingham.

I like a good surprise as much as the next person, but a surprise cash shortage, unexpected changes in margin and unanticipated tax costs will make any business owner’s blood run cold. Preparing a cash flow forecast once a year is a good start to avoiding these heart stopping situations, but to truly reap the benefits of robust financial forecasting and to reduce the surprise factor, regular reforecasting forms an extremely important part of the process. Here’s why: Firstly, you need to be running a fully integrated profit forecast with a balance sheet and cash flow forecast. Profit is important, but it is only one of many drivers of our cash position. I have seen many people run an accurate profit forecast, but run out of cash and get themselves into trouble. A standard, fully integrated annual forecast relies on a number of assumptions, such as expected incomes and expenses, debtor collection patterns, creditor payment terms, GST basis, expected capital expenditure and any loans or other debt to be repaid. The other component vital to achieving an accurate prediction of cash flow is a business’ opening position. This includes its cash balance, opening debtors (they contribute to cash in) and opening creditors (they contribute to cash out), alongside any other opening balance sheet items which drive cash receipts or payments during the year. Unfortunately any one of these things can change in the blink of an eye. What are the odds that your cash position as at 30 September is a mirror image of what it was six months ago when you did your initial financial forecast? For example, let’s assume that your cash position as at 30 September is out by $20k compared to your initial prediction. Unfortunately the reality of the situation is that this variance will carry through the rest of the year. Working to a forecast that is based on an incorrect opening balance is likely to be totally meaningless in terms of where a business can expect its key balance sheet items to come in at the end of the year, including the most important balance of all – cash! Not only that, but I also question how any good business decision can come from out of date and inaccurate data. Something else I encourage business owners to do is reforecast using a blend of “actual” and “predicted” profit and loss data for the year (we call this a rolling forecast); incorporating their most recent financial

results will help prove that any future plans can still be supported. It is important to remember that reforecasting is not something that is done only when things are going badly, or if budgets are being missed. Unexpected growth or seizing a new opportunity can also put a major strain on cash flow because of the additional working capital typically required to fund such initiatives. Businesses that regularly reforecast and then suddenly find themselves in these types of situations will know if there is enough money in the pot to safely move forward. If there isn’t they at least have the benefit of foresight and can structure their finances or change inputs accordingly. Specialist (and often expensive) software packages are available for financial forecasting and reforecasting but many of my clients prefer to work off a Bellingham Wallace designed Excel model with customised inputs and a personalised KPI report for monthly tracking of key performance measures. With the current tools available financial forecasting should not merely be a fixed annual process, but form part of every business’ on-going financial management processes helping it stay on top of ever-changing conditions. Therefore my recommendation is twofold. To any business, regardless of size or industry, that hasn’t undertaken a reforecast in the last six months: move this to the top of your priority list today. Secondly, businesses should be maintaining a rolling forecast, which incorporates their actual results, variances to budget and any other expected changes. By doing this they will always have a good view on where the business is currently at, and where it is headed. The Bellingham Wallace team are ready to help and can be contacted on 09 309 7851.

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Education: Peter Clague, Kristin School

Kristin School’s Executive Principal, Peter Clague, reflects on the importance of keeping your attention on the important things when parenting teenagers.

Teenage Illusionists

Peter Clague, Executive Principal.

Some years ago, a Brazilian woman rode up to a border checkpoint in that country. Strapped on the back of her motor scooter was a large bag of sand. A Customs Officer took her aside and asked what was in the bag. “Just sand” she replied. Not satisfied, the official emptied out the contents and sifted through them. Puzzled, he had to concede that there was only sand in the bag and allowed her to pass. The next week, the same woman arrived once more at the checkpoint, again balancing a large bag of sand on the carrier of her scooter. Once again, the guard stopped her and now, more suspicious than ever, interrogated her at length. “What is really in this bag?” he demanded. “Nothing but sand” she replied. Again he emptied the contents onto a table and picked through the powdery grains. Again, finding nothing, he grudgingly had to let her pass.

Teenagers are the true masters of illusion. They know how to distract attention from the main issues by creating diversions in other places. The ritual continued every week for months, the Customs official becoming evermore frustrated that he could not discover anything untoward, the woman ever calm and friendly. Finally, the day came when the woman informed the guard that this was to be her last trip. “If I promise not to take the matter any further, not to report it to the Police, will you please tell me whether you have been smuggling something across the border?” pleaded the guard. The woman looked up at him smiling and said, “Motor scooters.” The real surprise in that story is not so much the deception, but that it was performed by a woman, not a teenager. Teenagers are the true masters of illusion. They know how to distract attention from the main issues by creating diversions in other places. Sometimes, like the Customs Officer, we as parents and teachers can be misled into concentrating on the less important aspects of young people’s lives and in doing so, can miss what is obvious and infinitely more significant. How often do our sons, daughters and students manipulate us into battles over trivial issues, allowing bigger questions about their conduct to go unanswered? Discussion about a specific action they took (or didn’t take) can so easily be rerouted into arguments over who said what, or whether someone else once did something similar. I am often left bewildered when a conversation that I initiate with my kids about a specific issue becomes an hour-long catalogue of all my own many and varied failings as a parent. Don’t get me wrong, I love working with teenagers more than anything else that I do. But they are accomplished illusionists and you need to keep your wits about you. Don’t make assumptions, don’t allow them to distract you from what’s important and worry most when they smile sweetly at you and tell you nothing’s going on.

Talking Trusts: Tammy McLeod, Davenports


This monthly column is provided by Tammy Mcleod (BA LLB), a partner at Davenports Harbour Lawyers. Tammy leads the Davenports Harbour Trust Team and enjoys providing clients with advice and assistance on a broad range of issues involving the establishment and structuring of asset plans, interpretation of trust deeds, duties of trustees and the management and administration of trust funds. A key part of Tammy’s practice is reviewing existing asset holding structures to ensure they achieve the needs and requirements they were established to meet. She is also experienced in Property (Relationships) Act issues and believes that the provisions of the Act are an important consideration in personal asset planning. Tammy is a past president of the Auckland Women’s Lawyers’ Association and is a current co-convenor of the Tammy McLeod. NZICA Trust Special Interest Group.

Sarah & Tim Sarah had been single for some time. Her first marriage when she was in her early twenties had ended not long after it began, and thankfully before they had had children. After her divorce, Sarah devoted her life to her career, climbing the corporate ladder and saving a lot of money at the same time. With her hard earned cash, Sarah bought herself a beautiful home and also made some investments with a funds manager. Sarah was successful, but lonely. She finally gave in to the pressure from her friends and agreed to being set up on a blind date. Sarah immediately liked Tim. They shared the same sense of humour and both enjoyed tramping and fine wine. Before long Sarah and Tim were a couple, spending most of their time together and eventually Tim started to spend more nights than not at Sarah’s house. It was at this stage that some of Sarah’s friends started to say to her that she should think about protecting her house. Sarah thought about asking Tim to enter into a “pre-nuptial’ agreement, but she didn’t think that their relationship was serious enough for that. They weren’t living together, Tim was just spending the night sometimes, and anyway, didn’t the whole 50/50 thing happen after three years? Sarah decided to go and see her lawyer about setting up a trust to put her house and investments into. Sarah’s lawyer explained to Sarah that things weren’t quite as simple as Sarah thought. “De facto” relationships did not always mean that you had to completely live together. Sarah’s lawyer told her that a de facto relationship could be one where on balance you spent most nights together and were familiar enough to leave some, but not necessarily all, of your belongings at each other’s houses. This made Sarah think that perhaps it was arguable that she and Tim were in a de facto relationship, so she told her lawyer that she wanted to put her house in trust. Sarah’s lawyer gently explained that she may be too late – if you transfer assets that would otherwise be relationship assets to a trust during the relationship this may not protect the assets. “But they are my assets, I paid for them”, Sarah explained. But unfortunately for Sarah, the home in which you live in can be considered relationship property whenever and however it is acquired. Sarah still had options to protect her property successfully, but her lawyer explained, simply transferring her assets to trust by itself, would not be enough. To ensure your assets are protected, take advice. Contact: Tammy McLeod, Email: or visit:



331 Rosedale Road, Albany. Phone: 915 4380 Email: Issue 38 - November 2013


Legally Speaking with Schnauer and Co

Getting the Right Staff

Nick Kearney.

Nick Kearney is an Associate with Schnauer & Co. Limited in Milford.

Decisions around the employment of staff are critical for all businesses. Get it right and the business can flourish. But get it wrong and this may result in unwelcome and unnecessary stress and worry. Therefore it is vitally important that a business makes sure it employs the right person for the job. There is always a risk that a potential candidate, while appearing on the face of it to have the required skills and qualifications for the role, may not measure up once they start the job. How can an employer mitigate the risk of this happening? A crucial aspect in the recruitment of staff is making the job offer. An offer can be made orally or in writing but, once accepted, a binding contract is formed and can be enforced. Even though a new hire may not be scheduled to commence work with the employer until sometime in the future, once that person accepts the job offer they become a “person intending to work” and so employment law may apply.

A crucial aspect in the recruitment of staff is making the job offer. An offer can be made orally or in writing but, once accepted, a binding contract is formed and can be enforced. So what happens if during the period of the candidate accepting the offer and commencing work the employer has a change of mind? It may be that a better candidate comes along or, due to a business downturn, that person is no longer required. Can an employer withdraw the job offer? If they do so, the employer runs

Established in 1988, Schnauer and Co is a well established boutique law firm located on the North Shore. Our expertise lies in the following areas of the law: • Relationship Property and Family Law • Trusts/Asset Protection and Estate Planning • Property • Commercial

the risk that the intending employee may raise a personal grievance for unjustified dismissal as, even though they have not actually started work for the employer, they are classified as an employee in this regard. This situation arose in Chandra v Griffin’s Foods Ltd. Ms Chandra accepted Griffin’s job offer but it was withdrawn before she could start work. She sought redress through the Employment Relations Authority, which awarded her more than $25,000 in remedies. So what can an employer do to protect itself? The first and most obvious thing to consider is whether or not the business can financially sustain hiring a new employee. If the answer to this is yes, then be very careful when choosing a candidate and making an offer of employment. Including a 90 day trial period that is stated to commence when the employee actually starts work allows the employer to dismiss that employee within that time period if they are unsuitable and the employee will not then be entitled to raise a personal grievance for unjustified dismissal. But bear in mind that strict conditions must be met for a 90 trial period to be valid and even a valid trial period clause does not prevent the employee from raising a personal grievance on other grounds such as unjustified disadvantage. It is a good idea to seek advice on in relation to this if you are unsure. So for employers – be careful during the recruitment process, particularly around making a job offer. To be safe ensure that the candidate clearly understands that any job offer will be made in writing and discuss with the prospective employee that any offer of employment will be subject to that person agreeing to the inclusion of a trial period clause. And for employees – if you have accepted a job offer remember you have rights and are likely to have re-dress if that offer is later withdrawn.

At Schnauer and Co we: • Deliver first class quality legal advice. • Build close relationships with our clients. • Provide practical and sensible advice. • Avoid excessive delegation by providing personal service. • Avoid a “make-work” approach by delivering advice only when it is truly needed, and when it will add value. • Charge reasonably and in proportion to the value our advice has added.

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Commercial Property with Colliers International North Shore

Jimmy O’Brien.


Alan McMahon.

Auckland Unitary Plan Comments from Alan McMahon, national director of research and consulting at Colliers International. Misconceptions abound in discussions about Auckland’s recently-notified proposed unitary plan. Artist’s impressions of tall CBD apartment buildings built to, say, a 50-metre height limit fail to mention that this height limit is already in place in the operative district plan. It’s just that there has never been the right mix of market conditions for that height to be developed cost effectively. Similarly, it is easy to find critics complaining that we don’t have a plan in place to accommodate the rising population, but also that the unitary plan proposes too much intensification. Often these views appear in the same article. We are full of admiration for the council officers who have produced the plan in an unbelievably short space of time. The system was always going to be much simpler than the previous seven district or city plans with the regional overlay on top, but even in that context we are pleasantly surprised at the elegant suite of documents that have been produced. We thought the council was winning (just) the argument around the need for intensification. The house-buying public were showing their agreement too, by their enthusiasm for medium density products such as the terraced homes on small sections in places like Hobsonville Point and Springpark in Mt Wellington. The developers with capacity and land are all gearing up to build new houses just as fast as they can – note the substantial rise in residential building consents in recent months – to take advantage of this rapidly rising acceptance of smaller scale living. But now, at the last minute, some bold decisions that needed to be taken, in our view, have at the last minute not been taken. There is less land zoned as Terrace Housing and Apartment Buildings (THAB) and as Mixed Housing Urban

(MHU) than had been expected. Sites with an obvious appeal as housing were left as Future Urban, exhausted quarries were left as quarries, areas of excess land held, for example, by education providers who needed a helpful nudge towards freeing excess land for housing, were left as education. However the biggest missed opportunity seems to be the reduction in intensification available in town centres by virtue of reduced height limits. The arguments for intensification in Auckland could not have been more persuasive. The risk now of course is that the finite supply of developable land will be used up all too quickly in providing orthodox low or medium density standalone or terraced housing. Further pressures will arise in providing expensive infrastructure to these developments. In three years when the unitary plan is adopted the problems may well be worse. To a degree, it doesn’t even matter that much if the population projections are wrong and only another half a million people need to be housed, not a million, in the next 30 years. We are still going to be short of land for houses, and should still encourage intensification. The less-intensive intensification now expected under the proposed Unitary Plan doesn’t just have an impact on our ability to house people. It also puts more pressure on business land supply. Council’s aim of keeping a steady supply of appropriately zoned business land available at all times, was developed through the consultation process in response to business concerns. While admirable, increasing demand for residential land by virtue of less intensification particularly in town centres, will make it even more difficult to facilitate provision of business land in the right place, at the right time. This is potentially a significant brake on economic growth.

To a degree, it doesn’t even matter that much if the population projections are wrong and only another half a million people need to be housed, not a million, in the next 30 years. We are still going to be short of land for houses, and should still encourage intensification. Issue 38 - November 2013


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 Ceramco New Zealand and Lion New Zealand in Whitbread Round The World races and Shockwave in Admiral’s Cup) and is a life member of the North Shore Rugby Football Club. This is his regular and lively contribution to Channel Magazine.

Simon Gundry.

Still some sleepless nights thinking... how did that one get away? I have been very lucky in my life to be able to attend many wonderful sporting occasions around the World. I was lucky enough to go to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, where I stayed with friends on a super yacht in Athens and attended no fewer than 28 events including the opening and closing ceremonies, a highlight of my life. Apart from that I have been to every America’s Cup since the KZ7 days, and I was lucky enough to be taken to a Giants’ World Series Baseball game in the wonderful AT & T Park in San Francisco. Last year I attended the US Open, at the Olympic course in San Francisco. I am not a golfer in any sense, but that was a day of sporting theatre at its best. I spent a month in France over the Rugby World Cup 2007 time, with a couple of good mates and that was again a wonderful experience. During that time we toured around the south of France and stayed well away from the tourist traps and even managed the feat of being the only rugby enthusiasts who managed never to see a live game over the time we were away. We were able to watch the games we needed to watch on large screens in tiny bars, in small towns in France. Of all the sports events I have been lucky enough to attend over the years, they pale into insignificance compared to the three weeks I spent in San Francisco for the last America’s Cup. It was indeed sporting theatre of the highest quality. It is an outstanding city with outstanding people, it was just wonderful. I still wake in the early hours of the morning, eyes wide open like a possum’s in the headlights, and wonder how the hell did it all get away. It was so very, very close but finally so very, very far away. One of my boys arrived home recently, he had been living and sailing in Spain for a number of years with occasional fleeting visits home. I was working around the house and garden, tossing some rubbish in the bin and he asked me “Why doesn’t this all go in the recycling?” I said, “What do you mean” and he replied that in Spain all paper gets recycled. This got me thinking, and I do

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wonder at times, as a country, we keep on trotting out our lovely clean green image and all along we are packing millions of tonnes of rubbish into landfills, with the attitude of “out of sight out of mind”. The Council runs the Inorganic collections every year, and as we all know, when we drive around we can see all these unsightly piles of household waste, furniture, mattresses, tables, computer desks, office chairs, tv’s, basically enough furnishing items to keep the average Fijian or Ugandan village happy for years. But what do we do, it all gets picked up and taken to a Council rubbish site and buried. It’s great to see people picking through it, and taking what is useful but it is only a small minority of people that do this, and have the time and inclination to do it. It’s only been in the last few years that the Council thought, in their wisdom, that they would attempt to prosecute anyone seen taking items from these rubbish piles. I really believe that as a city and as a country we should take a very hard look at what we can do to minimise our waste. We should look at it holistically, right from the packaging, the supermarket plastic bags and household waste. I have a friend who runs a jumbo bin company in South Auckland and he tells me that his monthly bill for tipping rubbish out of the jumbo bins is $50,000. This is absolutely ludicrous. This friend also tells me was looking at building a very large warehouse type building to enable him to properly recycle all the bin contents as they do in so many other parts of the world, breaking it all down into categories, to enable the contents to be recycled properly. He tells me that the Resource Consent applications and Council requirements, the zoning, the labour, and the Health and Safety constraints made the whole feasibility of the idea financially too burdensome. Twice a month I see the truck come up my road to empty the blue and yellow recycling bins. I hear all the bottles and cans go into the truck and get crushed up and I do wonder if all these bottles and cans do get recycled properly or if they just get taken to the tip and buried like so much of our rubbish. I think somebody should investigate how all this kerbside recycling business actually works, or is just the feel good factor that we households religiously recycle into the different bins, and it all ends up in the same place, buried under a mountain of dirt. I’ve seen how it works beautifully in the small town of Russell, where you visit the local tip and it is almost a community meeting place as people recycle their bottles and cans, household waste and batteries etc. I think the problem of rubbish is one of the biggest problems facing our cities. I think it is up to every one of us to have a closer look at how we can minimise our rubbish, from recycling to composting and for useful household items there are always organisations who will come and take it away for other people to use. That was very for me to write, I still have tears in my eyes. See you next month.

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Channel Feature Home: with Prue de Bie, Bayleys Devonport

Parkside Living in Stanley Bay 49 Glen Road – Price by Negotiation. Prue de Bie of Bayleys Devonport is marketing this great family home at 49 Glen Road, Stanley Bay. Private and perfectly positioned on the generous 713 square metre site, this gorgeous cedar home with timeless interiors was designed with family living in mind. The home was designed by Architect John D’Anvers, well known on the shore for his distinctive style. It was built 25 years ago with “good bones” and features tongue and groove rimu ceilings and cedar exterior. The present owners have completely refreshed and updated the interiors giving a modern yet timeless look. A strong feature are the wonderful views over the park to Ngataringa Bay with its ever changing tides. From the stylish entry with double internal garage, step down to the main living level of this substantial 242 square metre home. The ultra smart kitchen and casual dining area is a hub for family life, flowing to the elevated deck with stunning Queen palms framing your views to the water. The formal dining/living room can blend easily with the more casual family area or be separated for quiet enjoyment. Downstairs four generous bedrooms all open to the wrap around decks and lush gardens and in addition to the masters ensuite there is the family bathroom and a well equipped laundry on this level. Your family will enjoy the fenced landscaped garden which is adjacent to the park, giving your children an extended playing field and you the bonus of plenty of room to park the boat. Easily maintained, bathed in sunshine, (captured by the solar panels on the roof), you will love the privacy of this contemporary home, nestled amongst the traditional villas of Devonport. Excellent schooling is across the road, the Stanley Bay ferry to the CBD is an easy walk through the park and a very relaxing start to your working day. For further information and viewing times contact Prue de Bie.

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021 521 242 or 487 0624 | Email: or visit: Bayleys Real Estate Limited, Devonport, Licensed under the REA Act 2008. Issue 38 - November 2013



Channel Feature Properties with Andrew Dorreen, Precision Real Estate

Magical George Paterson Seaside Home & Income 49 Masterton Road, Rothesay Bay Beach The opportunity at 49 Masterton Road is both incredibly unique in position and incredibly special in feel. The land boasts 832sqm on very wide park frontage, overlooking the lush grounds of Rothesay Bay Reserve and out to Rothesay Bay Beach and Hauraki Gulf. Skilfully designed by George Patterson with a warm raw cedar exterior, the home blends into the landscape and has an amazing feel. A separate legal two bedroom home and income with own garage and additional car park creates endless rental, extended family or professional office accommodation. Combined, the two dwellings total over 450sqm of floor area. The main home has four large bedrooms with two extremely spacious living areas. These rooms both on the ground floor open out to generous decking which takes in superb views of the seascape beyond. Filled with sun the house is warm and light filled making entertaining a pleasure. The home has been lovingly crafted by our cabinet maker vendor and boasts custom made kitchen, living and bathroom cabinetry. A 30 second walk and the kids are at the park, beach, or the expansive reserve adjacent to the property. For those who want a park and beach setting, fantastic privacy, two bedrooms self-contained accommodation and a well-constructed large family home, then this is an opportunity not to be missed.

Tender Closes Wednesday 27th November 2013 (Unless Sold Prior By Private Treaty)

Andrew Dorreen | Precision Real Estate Ltd MREINZ


Licensed under the Real Estate Agents Act 2008

Email: | Phone: 021 747 334 |

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Precision Real Estate with Andrew Dorreen


Flawless Villa Overlooking Takapuna Beach 5 William Street Takapuna Occupying one of the highest points on Takapuna Beach 5 William Street in Takapuna is an exquisitely renovated Villa and much loved family home with simply superb 180 degree views over Takapuna Beach. Originally 1920s the home has been restored by its cabinet maker vendor over many years and now has esquistie timber interiors, cedar single cladding and a new slate roof meaning the new owners can move in and enjoy. The home offers 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms over two levels with two spacious entertaining areas. On the upper level the views are breathtaking! Being just one back from the beach you can hear the chatter of people on the beach and the sound of lapping waves as you take in the vistas that will be sure to captivate you! If a timeless character home is what you are after then look no further as this is as good as it gets. Price on application.

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Contact Andrew Dorreen for further information about these spectacular real estate offerings. With over $78 Million in Sales this year alone, Andrew Dorreen in one of the most successful sales people in all of Auckland. Andrew Dorreen Specialists in the top end of the market so contact him if you want to sell your special home or are in the market to purchase. Contact the agent who achieves exceptional results and does with with integrity. Issue 38 - November 2013


Local Real Estate: The Rosies – The Power of Two By Real Estate Duo Rose Arnott & Rosie Houghton of Prestige Real Estate – Both local identities in the Takapuna community.

Well Selected Real Estate “Every person who invests in well-selected real est ate in a growing section of a prosperous community adopts the surest and safest method of becoming independent, for real estate is the basis of wealth.” – Theodore Roosevelt Neighbourhoods vary as widely as the people that live within them. So what aspects of a property make it become “well selected?” Here are some tips to watch out for when choosing your next home: Resale value & location Future resale value may not seem important to you now but in the years to come when you want to upgrade or downgrade and retire, this factor’s significance will become all too apparent. Will you be able to sell a home in this neighbourhood in 10, 15 or 20 years quickly and with a good profit? The demand for the “right” side of town will always remain steady, so, if possible, choose an area with high desirability to maximize your investment. Ask yourself – is this neighbourhood up-and-coming or has it come and gone? Do the homes and sections look pampered and manicured or does a run-down feeling prevail? Besides location, what other aspects regarding home purchase should I consider? Noise Maybe you love the house but perhaps an airplane flying in to land at two in the morning might change your mind. Visiting your potential neighbourhood during different times of the day and night and varied days throughout the week is not such a bad idea if you are not familiar with the area. Road noise from the highways, main thoroughfares, trains and rapid transit may not seem

so bothersome when you are indoors but come barbecue season, you might find the constant rumble of the traffic disturbing. The tranquillity and beauty of parks cannot be over estimated but come the wee hours, these green spaces can become raucous hubs of youthful activity. Keep in mind that the faults you yourself see in the home and property now, will also most probably been seen in the same light in later years when you come to sell it to new buyers. You may have to compromise on price to compensate for a questionable decision you make now. Schools While you are sizing up the area for suitability, it would be a good idea to find out if the schools have a good reputation and that the home you are considering lies within their catchment area. Even if your children are grown up or you are childless and you don’t care about the education aspect, always keep in mind that other people do and upon resale, if you have chosen well, you will benefit. Safety While there is the “right” side of town, there is also the “wrong” one. If unsure, ask the local enforcement about the crime rate for a particular area. Purchase a home in a choice location with minimal noise, great schools, nearby amenities and little to no crime probably constitutes “well selected” real estate. Like a good marriage, if it’s the right one, it may last a lifetime. We enjoy the relationship aspect in helping people realise their dreams. When you decide to sell your home or would like a complementary appraisal of your home give Rose and Rosie a call and let us help you make your next move. Rose Arnott 021 876333 Email: or Rosie Houghton 021623952 Email:

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PRINTSra Bold painterly strokes and abstract prints took centre stage at Paris Fashion Week. Get them here in Takapuna.

Coral Necklace - $79.90 Repertoire

ADA Atzec Shoe - $129 WeSC, The Last Place Store 11 Hurstmere Road

Mimosa Top Jocose 8 Hurstmere Road


New Bluetooth Geneva Shore Hi-Fi 1 Byron Ave


top picks!

Kobo eReader Paper Plus 20 Hurstmere Road

Sterling Silver Paua Shell Cufflinks $179 Texan Art Schools Design Store Shore City

Permanent Artwork

For The Motor Lover

GET A TATTOO Bring your ideas to the crew at The Genuine Hustle, the Custom Tattoo specialists, and get the highest quality Tattoos.


TO BOOK: (09) 486 2244 100 Hurstmere Road Instagram #thegenuinehustle

If Dad is a car lover why not strap him into a brand new BMW 3 Series Edition 30... failing that, come into Jerry Clayton BMW to grab some token gear perfect for under the Christmas tree. Pictured above: BMW M’USB Stick from the BMW Lifestyle Collection - $65 Jerry Clayton BMW 445 Lake Road 17

Sweat Once a Day Bag - $189 Lululemon Athletica Takapuna

must be


Royal Treatment 85 minute voucher $118.00

Rose & White Gold Cut-Out Design Ring - $1199 White & Rose Gold Diamond set Infinity Ring - $499 Fifth Avenue Diamond Jewellers Shore City

Christmas FOR HER

Spoil her this Christmas with a Bliss Reflexology Royal Treatment voucher, includes: foot spa and neck, back & arm massage, Chinese traditional foot massage, & leg massage. BUY:

Gift Ideas

J’adore Gift Set Contains: Eau de Parfum Spray 50ml and Perfumed Body Lotion 50ml, $175 Life Pharmacy, Shore City

Action Packed

Sweet Treat

Treat your loved ones to a fabulous night at the Berkeley Cinema in Takapuna. Gift Cards available for any dollar amount you want. 32-34 Anzac Street Call: 09 488 6000

From corporate gifts and gift baskets to stocking fillers - let out your inner child with an assortment of Christmas-themed treats from the Old Lolly Shop. 56-60 Hurstmere Road

Good Read

Ripe Series - $44.99 (RRP $59.99) Outlet Books 61 Hurstmere Road


With a mission to make a difference in the community, lululemon athletica creates authentic relationships, is grassroots focused and stays relevant to local communities. The company has become a resource of information for everything from yoga, running, fitness, health and goal-setting.

Shown left: The Cobra Pose is a basic pose used to strengthen the spine and buttocks as well as stretch the chest, shoulders, and abdomen. It’s great as a morning stretch and will leave you feeling refreshed and revived!

Thanks to all the lovely ladies at lululemon athletica Takapuna

The active and beach lifestyle on the North Shore was a perfect fit for the lululemon athletica brand, who chose Takapuna as the location for their third Auckland store.

The Sun Salutation Pose, also known as Salute to the Sun and Surya Namaskar, is a flowing series of 12 poses which help improve strength and flexibility of the muscles and spinal column. This pose also warms up the body and tones the abdominal muscles.


Shown Above: Christine, Lisa, Tneal, Ray, Jess, Milly, Grace, Louisa & Chelsea 13




YaYa Marine Dress $190 This is Now 11 Hurstmere Road Only stockist of YaYa in Auckland!

Custom Engagement Rings Culét Diamonds

dbage at Lejose l ce Han Versaace Availab Vers

Gingham beached dress $179 Huffer 19-23 Hurstmere Road

summer essentials

Lucia Dress Minty Meets Munt 61 Hurstmere Road

Betsy Dress - $343 Anne Mardell Shop 1A The Commons 29 Hurstmere Road

Kate Sylvester Lux Sunglasses Haydons Optometrists

Coop Phoenix ‘Don’t Shed a Tier’ Dress RRP $299.00 The Co-Op 2-8 Northcroft Street


on trend

Tempt Dress Repertoire oad & Corner Lake Reet Northcroft repertoire.c

Flirtatious Cocktail Dress Mr K from Serendipity Designer Outlet 5 Como Street Versace Aqua Dress Lejose McKenzies Precinct


Emerald Green While last year saw tangerine tango take over, this season Elizabeth Taylor’s trademark color has claimed centre stage with every shade of green in trend, particularly emerald green. Most often associated with energy, prosperity, nature, health, and wealth there are more reasons than one to drape on the green. During the day, balance out green garments with neutrals accessories, such as gold jewellery or nude sandals. Come nighttime pairing the colour with black or purple works wonders and is somewhat unexpected. Try a black belt with a green dress, or purple heels with green pants. If you’re a bit nervous about looking like a leprechaun, start small and experiment with scarves, nail polish, jewellery or make-up. 10

Ark Coffee


Free BodyBalance class every Sunday 10am over Summer

TA K A P U N A S P O T L I G H T Boasting the twin aquatic pleasures of Lake Pupuke and Takapuna Beach, Takapuna is the epitome of summertime. Below, is a sampling of five spectacular summer highlights: EXPLORE The Pumphouse Theatre, in Takapuna’s historic 108-year-old pump house building, is a hidden local treasure sitting in the picturesque setting of Killarney Park, on the shore of Lake Pupuke. The theatre’s Thyme Restaurant annual calendar features a range of events including community drama and musical theatre. The theatre’s French Rendez-vous Cafe is an authentic French creperie and an exquisite spot for an evening of theatre, a glass or two of wine and traditional French fare. SHOP ARK Coffee Company is a new Boutique coffee roastery/ retail store specialising in specialty coffee, combined with a small art gallery, beans are freshly roasted on site. Tucked behind the back street of Lake road, this is the coffee drinker’s dream destination. Check out the website at The Pumphouse Theatre

PLAY at LesMills Free BODYBALANCE classes held every Sunday over Summer outside the Takapuna Beach Cafe on The Promenade, at 10am! BYO Yoga Mat. Starts November 3rd & is subject to weather conditions. For updates and cancellations visit EAT Tempt the palate and satisfy your craving for stylish ambience at Thyme Restaurant. Live music Mon - Sat. Thyme Restaurant provides an award winning dining experience blending fresh, innovative cuisine, an extensive menu and friendly staff, with elegant and welcoming surroundings. Located in The Spencer On Byron Hotel.

S TAY Relax in one of The Spencer On Byron’s Studio rooms or One Bedroom Suites and enjoy unsurpassed panoramic views of Rangitoto Island, Auckland Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf. Located just 500 metres from Takapuna Beach, experience the difference with a diverse range of shopping, dining and family fun activities right at the hotel’s doorstep. To Book: 0800 SPENCER (773 623) or at For more Takapuna finds check out


HOME Club Chair - $795 Nautical Accessories from $18 O.W.L [Objects We Love] 53 Hurstmere Road

Sailor's Choice

Hinkley Harbour Exterior Wall Lantern- $549.00 Available in bronze, black or titanium Bardsleys Lighting 3-5 Arburn Street

Ocean Treasures

Wax Mini Globe Lantern, Granite Orb, Icicle and Pillar Candles Living Light Candles

Bring Takapuna Beach indoors with nautical knick knacks and seaside accents

NEED a Home Loan? Come and see the friendly team at NZ-Owned

TSB Bank on the corner of Lake Rd & Hurstmere in Takapuna

Ivor Wilkens Classic - $76 (RRP $95 - save $19) A Life At Mudbrick - $44.99 (RRP $55.99) Outlet Books 61 Hurstmere Road

Delphi Cushions Rectangle - $39.90 | Square - $39.90 Wallace Cotton 34 Hurstmere Road 7


asked you to share your Takapuna Beach shots on YOUR We our Facebook page. Here’s just a sampling of some of EYES the great submissions we received!

Michelle Morris Denniston

Bevan Dennison Rivercountry Studios

Always something special at... Gwenda Haylock

designer clothing

Fabulous Fashion for all Occasions

Thiago T. Candeu

4 Byron Avenue, Takapuna Ph 488 0406 Other Locations: Mt Eden, Pukekohe, Mt Maunganui,Tirau,Taihape, Palmerston North


HOW LONG HAVE YOU GUYS BEEN TOGETHER? Jen: We have been together for 22 years and working together for the past 13 years. We met in my first salon in Grey Lynn and have been together ever since! WHEN DID YOU CREATE MORGAN & MORGAN AND WHAT DROVE YOU TO OPEN YOUR OWN SALON? Steve: It was a natural progression...we’d both owned businesses at different times and it made total sense. Plus, who wouldn’t want to name their business Morgan and Morgan. It’s just so Barristers and Solicitors! WHAT’S THE SECRET TO A WELL GROOMED AND GLOSSY MANE? Steve: The best home hair care advice I can give anyone is find a hairstylist you trust and that understands you and take their advice. That failing - look on You Tube. WHAT INSPIRES YOUR FASHION Jen: We are both slightly ‘fashion’ obsessed but we both have our own clear definition of what we believe suits us. I don’t think either of us are particularly invested in the ‘latest trends’ or ‘what’s in store’ its more of an intuitive ‘this feels right to me’. Great style to me is about wearing clothes that reflect your personality and lifestyle and that feel intrinsically ‘you’ rather than being a slave to the idea that you have to follow anyone else’s recommendations. Steve is completely obsessed with Pinterest and uses this as a reference for ideas all the time. I am a mad internet shopper...any store (preferably local) that has a well developed on-line store will draw my attention. WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE TAKAPUNA? Jen: We actually started in Birkenhead and we loved our time in the Northcote Birkenhead area. It was a massive call to relocate to Takapuna 6 years ago but we had grown the business from our initial team of 4 to 14 and we desperately needed more room. We knew we were not finished growing (we are now at 22 staff) so we needed a space to allow us to expand without having to move again. Takapuna gave us that opportunity...Plus both of us LOVE the beach so it was a natural fit. Takapuna is an amazing suburb and although we still miss the old community we are so grateful at the loyal followers who came with us and the amazing new clients we have attracted.

HOW WOULD YOU SPEND $10K IN TAKAPUNA? Jen: At House of Travel...That’s our other obsession!! Steve: If I was spending the whole amount on myself it would be hard to go past Life For Men. Scott Donovan and his crew are amazing at what they do!




e talked to Morgan and Morgan’s husband and wife team Jennifer and Steve to find out all about their story of love, friendship and their successful Takapuna-based business. We uncover how this Takapuna-based prestigous hair and makeup ‘urban retreat’ first came about and why Jen and Steve chose the area as their location of choice.




Jerry Clayton BMW


THE NEW BENCHMARK. 3 THE ALL-NEW BMW X5. Jerry Clayton BMW 445 Lake Road, Takapuna. 09 488 2000





It was only a year ago that the first A $10,000 edition of Shop Takapuna came out, yet SHOPPING SPREE so much has changed in so little time. IN TAKAPUNA! The McKenzies Prencinct was completed and opened a whole new retailing dimension for shoppers bringing power brands such as Huffer, Lululemon, Lejose, and hospitality mecca The Commons.


And the changes are never ceasing.


Hurstmere Green park was redeveloped and has since become as the epicenter for local events.

So to celebrate just how far Takapuna has come as a town centre we’re giving you the chance to win a $10,000 Christmas shopping spree. You’ll have to read the mag to find out how to enter. Thanks again to all those that made this magazine possible: the Takapuna Beach Business Association, it’s sponsors , the local businesses, our models, photographer Alyssa Jouk and the team at Channel magazine. Happy Reading!

The power couple behind Morgan & Morgan open up to readers


We asked our Facebook fans to share photos of Takapuna and were amazed by the submissions

OCEAN TREASURES 7 Bring Takapuna Beach indoors with knick knacks and seaside accents



Check out all the wonderful and unique things to do in Takapuna


This season is all about cool aquas, soft blues and flower power


We touch base with the lovely ladies at Lululemon Athletica and pay tribute to the beach




Feeling eccentric, we’ve got just the pattern to match. These bold and brazen graphics are all the craze


All things Kiwiana to help you step into summer with high spirits


We touch base with owner and head chef of JAM Cafe, Adrian Chilton


Shed away any stress this season & treat your body, soul, and mind

On the Cover: Local power couple Jennifer and Steve Morgan wear Trelise Cooper and Life for Men 1

How would you spend $1OK in one day? Spend $50 at any participating store in Takapuna from November 1st to December 19th and be in to

WIN A $10,000

TAKAPUNA XMAS MAD SHOPPING SPREE* Plus a free account and consult with a BNZ banker to help you be good with the money *Terms and Conditions Apply PROUDLY BROUGHT TO YOU BY:



Channel Magazine Issue 38 November 2013  
Channel Magazine Issue 38 November 2013  

Channel Magazine Issue 38 November 2013