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60’s Up Exercises

Methodist Church Hall, Takapuna, 10am

Shore Tenpin Seniors

Fred Thomas Dr, Takapuna, 10am

Takapuna Boating Club Summer Paddle Series - Race 9

FRIDAY World Day of Prayer Service

Holy Trinity Church, Church St, Devonport 10am

Alliance Francaise French Film Festival Bridgeway Cinemas, Northcote 2nd-11th Mar, 10.15am-10.45pm




Mairangi Bay Farmers Market 8am-12.30pm

Plunket Nearly New Sale

Long Bay Baptist Church, 282 Glenvar Rd 9am-Noon East Coast Bays RSA, 8-11pm

Cheeky Monkeys Mairangi Bay Plunket Playgroup

Relay for Life


Devonport Craft Market,


Devonport Community House, 10am-3pm Takapuna Beach, 9-11am

Westfield Albany Lakes Summer Series

Albany Lakes Civic Park, Civic Cres, Albany 8am-12pm

Millennium Institute of Sport & Health Mairangi Bay, 3rd-4th March, 4pm-10am

Mairangi Bay Beach Volleyball Centre, 65 Maxwelton Drive, Mairangi Bay 9.30-11.30am

Takapuna Market

Surf Lifesaving City Nippers Programme

Dire Straits Rocky Road Tribute Tour

Takapuna Beach Reserve, 6pm-7.30pm


Alliance Francaise French Film Festival Bridgeway Cinemas, 10.30am-10.45pm

Bayswater Auto Show & Family Fun Day Bayswater School, 10am-3pm

Alliance Francaise French Film Festival

Devonport Sun Run

Bridgeway Cinemas, 10.30am-10.45pm

Torpedo Bay Café, Devonport 6pm


60’s Up Exercises

Methodist Church Hall, Takapuna, 10am

Shore Tenpin Seniors

Fred Thomas Dr, Takapuna, 10am

Cheeky Monkeys Mairangi Bay Plunket Playgroup


Alliance Francaise French Film Festival

Bridgeway Cinemas, 10.15am-11pm

Ohio Northern University Choir & The City of Sails Chorus

St Peter’s Anglican Church, Killarney St, Takapuna, 7.30pm-10pm

65 Maxwelton Drive, 9.30-11.30am

Mairangi Bay Farmers Market 8am-12.30pm

Milford Craft Market

Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 10am-2pm


Alliance Francaise French Film Festival Bridgeway Cinemas, 10.30am-11pm

Takapuna Market 6am-Noon

Devonport Community Harvest Fair

Devonport Community House, 32 Clarence St, Devonport, 1-5pm


Alliance Francaise French Film Festival Bridgeway Cinemas, 10.15am-11pm

Devonport Sun Run

Torpedo Bay Café, Devonport 6pm

Connected Roadshow

Parents’ Guide to Teens & Technology, Westlake Boys High School, 7-8.30pm

Alliance Francaise French Film Festival Bridgeway Cinemas, 10.15am-11pm

60’s Up Exercises

Methodist Church Hall, Takapuna, 10am

Shore Tenpin Seniors

Fred Thomas Dr, Takapuna, 10am


Lovers Walk

The Pumphouse, 7.30pm

Murrays Bay School Twilight Gala Clematis Ave, Murrays Bay, 4-8pm


Takapuna Boating Club Summer Paddle Series - Race 10

ST PATRICK'S DAY St Patrick’s Day Hurstmere Hooley Florrie McGreals Irish Pub, Takapuna From 9am


Cheeky Monkeys Mairangi Bay Plunket Playgroup

Plunket’s Little Picnic Gala Birkenhead


Mairangi Bay Farmers Market NZ Association for Gifted Children Conference & AGM 2012

The Pumphouse, 5pm

Roman Rudnytsky APO Open Day

Rangitoto College, Registration 8am

65 Maxwelton Drive, 9.30-11.30am


Little Shoal Bay Reserve, 10am-3pm


Takapuna Beach Reserve, 6pm-7.30pm

Takapuna Market

Bruce Mason Centre, 1pm

Alex Bright-In the Summertime The Pumphouse, 7pm

Lovers Walk

The Pumphouse, 7.30pm

APO 4 Kids: When I Grow Up

Bruce Mason Centre, 10am & 11.30am

SKYCITY Breakers vs Gold Coast Blaze North Shore Events Centre, 7.30pm

Birkenhead Artisan Market

Highbury Community House, 9am-1pm

Devonport Sun Run

Torpedo Bay Café, Devonport 6pm

60’s Up Exercises

Methodist Church Hall, Takapuna, 10am

Shore Tenpin Seniors

Fred Thomas Dr, Takapuna, 10am


North Shore Home & Garden Show North Shore Events Centre 23rd-25th March, 10am-6pm


Cheeky Monkeys Mairangi Bay Plunket Playgroup

Mairangi Bay Farmers Market 8am-12.30pm

Milford Craft Market

Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 10am-2pm


Neighbours Day Aotearoa

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65 Maxwelton Drive, 9.30-11.30am Torpedo Bay Café, Devonport 6pm


Neighbours Day Aotearoa

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North Shore Home & Garden Show

North Shore Home & Garden Show

North Shore Events Centre, 10am-5pm

Fair On the Hill

Narrow Neck Beach, 10am

The 2012 Cheltenham Swim

North Shore Events Centre, 10am-6pm

Devonport Sun Run

Takapuna Market

Devonport Primary School, Kerr St Devonport 12-6pm

60’s Up Exercises

Methodist Church Hall, Takapuna, 10am

Shore Tenpin Seniors

Fred Thomas Dr, Takapuna, 10am


Takapuna Boating Club Summer Paddle Series - Race 11 Takapuna Beach Reserve, 6pm-7.30pm

Cheeky Monkeys Mairangi Bay Plunket Playgroup

65 Maxwelton Drive, 9.30-11.30am

The Wind in the Willows

The Pumphouse, 10.30am & 1pm

Ernie Haase & The Signature Sound in Concert Bruce Mason Centre, 8pm

Devonport Sun Run

Torpedo Bay Café, Devonport 6pm

North Shore Hospice Coatesville/Dairy Flat Homes & Gardens Tour 2012

Coatesville Hall, 4 Mahoenui Valley Rd, Coatesville, 9.30am-4.30pm

The Wind in the Willows

The Pumphouse, 10.30am & 1pm


Mairangi Bay Farmers Market 8am-12.30pm

Stanley Bay School Gigantic Garage Sale & Fun Day


15 Russell St, Devonport, 8am-2pm

State NZ Ocean Swim Series

King of the Bays, Takapuna Beach, 6am-12pm

State OceanKids-King of the Bays Takapuna Beach, 7am

The Wind in the Willows The Pumphouse, 5pm

St Mary’s School Fair

Onewa Rd, Northcote, 11am-2pm

Sunnynook Primary School Fair

Lyford Crescent, Sunnynook, 10am-2pm

DAYLIGHT SAVING ENDS Takapuna Market 6am-Noon

Devonport Craft Market,


Devonport Community House, 10am-3pm


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60’s Up Indoor Bowls

Methodist Church Hall, Takapuna, 1pm

Shore Tenpin Seniors

Fred Thomas Dr, Takapuna, 10am



Royal New Zealand Ballet - NYC Bruce Mason Centre, 7.30pm

Cheeky Monkeys Mairangi Bay Plunket Playgroup

WEDNESDAY Takapuna Beach, 4.30-6pm

Royal New Zealand Ballet - NYC Bruce Mason Centre, 7.30pm

Milford Indoor Bowls

Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 7.15pm

Mairangi Bay Beach Volleyball Centre 65 Maxwelton Drive, Mairangi Bay, 9.30-11.30am

U3A Takapuna Open Day

Nigel Latta presents The First Decade

State Beach Series

AMI Netball Centre Northcote, 7.30-9.30pm

Takapuna Beach Reserve, 5.45pm

Alliance Francaise French Film Festival

Little Munchkins Albany Plunket Playgroup

Alliance Francaise French Film Festival

Inspire Centre, 28 William Pickering Dr, Albany 9.30-11.30am


Surf Lifesaving City Nippers Programme

Citizens Centre, Northcote 9.45am Bridgeway Cinemas, 10.30am-10.45pm

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Bridgeway Cinemas, 2.15pm-10.45pm

‘Palette Artists-Rich Diversity’ Exhibition

Artists Den & Art Gallery, Milford, 5th-31st March

Alliance Francaise French Film Festival Bridgeway Cinemas, 10.15am-10.45pm

60’s Up Indoor Bowls

Methodist Church Hall, Takapuna, 1pm

Shore Tenpin Seniors

Fred Thomas Dr, Takapuna, 10am


Milford Indoor Bowls

Cheeky Monkeys Mairangi Bay Plunket Playgroup

65 Maxwelton Drive, 9.30-11.30am

State Beach Series

Takapuna Beach Reserve, 5.45pm



North Harbour Triathlon Club Swim/Run Series 2011/12

Race 10, Takapuna Boating Club, Takapuna 5.30pm

Surf Lifesaving City Nippers Programme Takapuna Beach, 4.30-6pm

Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 7.15pm

Little Munchkins Albany Plunket Playgroup Inspire Centre, 28 William Pickering Dr, Albany 9.30-11.30am

60’s Up Indoor Bowls

Methodist Church Hall, Takapuna, 1pm

Shore Tenpin Seniors

Fred Thomas Dr, Takapuna, 10am


Cheeky Monkeys Mairangi Bay Plunket Playgroup

65 Maxwelton Drive, 9.30-11.30am

State Beach Series


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Takapuna Beach Reserve, 5.45pm

Milford Indoor Bowls

Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 7.15pm

Little Munchkins Albany Plunket Playgroup Inspire Centre, 28 William Pickering Dr Albany, 9.30-11.30am

• A decade with Colliers on the Shore 60’s Up Indoor Bowls

Methodist Church Hall, Takapuna, 1pm

Shore Tenpin Seniors

Fred Thomas Dr, Takapuna, 10am


Cheeky Monkeys Mairangi Bay Plunket Playgroup

65 Maxwelton Drive, 9.30-11.30am


The Wind in the Willows

The Pumphouse All Shows 10.30am & 1pm, 28th Mar-5th Apr & 10th-21st Apr


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Milford Indoor Bowls

Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 7.15pm

Little Munchkins Albany Plunket Playgroup Inspire Centre, 28 William Pickering Dr Albany, 9.30-11.30am

60’s Up Indoor Bowls

Methodist Church Hall, Takapuna, 1pm

Shore Tenpin Seniors

Fred Thomas Dr, Takapuna, 10am


Milford Indoor Bowls

Cheeky Monkeys Mairangi Bay Plunket Playgroup

65 Maxwelton Drive, 9.30-11.30am

The Wind in the Willows


‘Figuratively Speaking’ Exhibition

Artists Den & Art Gallery, Milford, 4th-28th April

The Wind in the Willows

The Pumphouse, 10.30am & 1pm


The Pumphouse, 10.30am & 1pm

Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 7.15pm

Little Munchkins Albany Plunket Playgroup Inspire Centre, 28 William Pickering Dr, Albany 9.30-11.30am

The Wind in the Willows

The Pumphouse, 10.30am & 1pm


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The All Blacks Roadshow came to Takapuna on Saturday February 18th. Due to all the action already happening on Takapuna Beach (Takapuna Beach Cup etc.), the venue was Takapuna Primary. It was a great family day with the youngsters able to mingle with All Blacks, local Harbour stars and have photographs with the range of trophies that New Zealand Rugby currently has – including the Webb Ellis Cup, the Bledisloe Cup, Sevens Trophy etc.

John McKittrick, Rohit Patel, Myles Marcroft.

Anthony Boric with Mary Porter, Shemaiah and Tyralynne Enoka.

James Semple, Leo and Max Harbottle, Corey Oram and Spy Kelly.

Brenton Helleur, Grace HookerWilliamson, Jane Hooker.

James Ohara and All Black Anthony Boric.

McKenzie, Spencer and Hilton Marran with the Bledisloe Cup.

Max, James and Ruby Iverson and the Webb Ellis Cup.

Bob Murphy, Richard and Jessica Turner.

Finn and Jansen Palleson with Mark Mayerhofler.


Owners of the Lakeview Private Kindergarten in Killarney Street (Takapuna), Michelle and Adrian, celebrated the opening of their new playground with a family barbecue in early February.

Paul McGoon, Marijk, Nadja, Emily.

Ally Hopwood, Catherine Hamin, Rebecca Henderson, Lisa Reidie.

Mark Reidy, Dustin Henderson, Charlie Henderson, Otis Hopwood.

Angela Cameron, Sue Lemson, Lynn Wigg.

Claire, Eva and Sophie Bellingham.

Estella, Ben, Anya Johns.

Kathryn and Craig Carter, Ruby and Zane.

Emma Wigg, Morgan, Rowan, Kate Drennan.

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Len Brown, Brent Mackaray Jones.

North Harbour Business Association held one of the regular business luncheons at the North Shore Golf Club on Friday February 10th. Guest speaker was Mayor Len Brown. Lunch sponsor Transpower also provided a brief presentation regarding their infrastructure improvement programme for Albany.

Chris Hankins, Ruth Skinner, Bronwen Newcombe.

Tim Ellett, Ngaio Merrick, Keri Hickmot, Martin Glover.

Derek Dallow, Jenny Watson, Tammy McLeod.

David Hanson, Mark Smith, Rodney Hutchison.


Andrea Davies, Ngaio Merrick.

Sarah Robinson, John Kerridge.

Tracy Meyer, Gill Plume, Kristen Dennis.

Mathew Rednall, Melanie Alexander.

Richard Ede, Warren Kitchin, Kevin Moore, Geoff Ashenden, Janine Brinsdon.


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Amanda, Julie.

Milford had their second annual Latino Market Day on Saturday February 18th. Superb weather made for a great day.

Rachel O’Brien, Michaelene.

lesa, Jazmine, Shayla.

Michelle MacKenzie.

Osuka, Mr Bandit Pirate Matt, Aydan, Binuka.

Elle Williams, Jenna Williams, Brie Atherfold.

Clare Brockway.

Murray, Robyn, David, Tony.

Sophie, Glenis.

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Sofia, Ceciia, Analia, Sonia, David, Gabriela, Lukas, Todd.

Savannah, Louis, Arabella, Lucessca, Jaime, Kacie.



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Compared by Colm McNeill-O’Keeffe, the night will feature:• The Irish Beer Belly Contest – where every inch of your investment will pay off! • Prettiest Colleen Contest • The World Famous Pea Shovelling Challenge


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DEVONPORT FOOD, WINE & MUSIC FESTIVAL The weather couldn’t have been better, which made for an excellent turnout for this iconic annual event held on the weekend of February 18th and 19th. As usual the key ingredients were great wine, tasty food and a superb lineup of entertainment.

Pam, Linda, Patrice, Hayley.

Darryl Green, Karen Turner.

Samantha, Rhiannon, Yvonne.

Leith, Matt, Brittni, Isaac.

Sophie, Cinnamon.

Riccardo, Karin, Diana.

Emma, Erica, Libby.

Bryn, Cabriella, Victor.

Paulette, Vanda.

Suzanne, John, Darrell, Mary Walsh, Kim, Barn.

Kelsie Young and friend.

Gavin, Emma, Stacey, Costin, Teariki.

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Edd and Frank.

Stella, Rianna, Karlie.



TAKAPUNA WINS AUCKLAND ONE DAY CRICKET TITLE At the beginning of this year’s cricket season, the Takapuna Premier cricket team knew that it would be a year of hard work to get themselves back into the running to win a trophy with the loss some key players.

Young batsman Craig Cachopa saw an opportunity to play cricket in Wellington this year (he has since played One Day and T20 matches with the Wellington Firebirds) while his brother Brad Cachopa has been involved in all three formats of the game with the Auckland Aces, meaning he was only available for the first few rounds of the season. “We needed our senior guys to take more responsibility this year,” says rookie captain of the side Blake Douglas. “The core of the side have been together for a few years so we know what our roles are within the team.’’ And that is exactly what happened in this year’s one-day competition with Takapuna only dropping one of their round robin games and crucially winning a very tight semi final against Howick-Pakuranga by only four runs to give them the opportunity to play in the grand final. Ian Smallburn, otherwise known as ‘Smally’, has been at the core of the side’s success. Smally has been the backbone of the Takapuna bowling attack for over a decade and this season has been no different. The knowledge and skills he brings to the team have played a big part. Stevie Pearson, another senior player with invaluable experience behind the stumps, has been a big part of getting Takapuna through to the title. And ex-Black Cap Paul Hitchcock rounded out the effort of the old hands by playing in both the semi-final and final. Always bowling at death, taking key wickets and also the final catch that secured the win. The one day final was played on Sunday, February 20th at Colin Maiden Park, the home of the Auckland Aces, against Suburbs New Lynn who had already secured the T20 Auckland title for the season. So they were hot favourites. Takapuna played the final no differently than they had their entire season. Winning the toss, Takapuna batted first with four players passing 50 - Elliot Heard, Cole Mahoney, Jono Sole and Greg Johnson – to post a competitive total of 260. And in a very close game, it was the seven wickets taken by

Coach Neil Fletcher (back, right) celebrates with his cham pion Takapuna Premier team clinched the Auckland One Day Cricket Championship after they at Colin Maiden Park during Captain Blake Douglas is hold February. ing the trophy.

Paul Hitchcock and Jason Donnelly that sealed the deal with Suburbs all out for 234. This is the third title for Takapuna and for coach Neil Fletcher in the three years since he started coaching at Takapuna. The win means that Takapuna will represent Auckland in the National Championship One Day Tournament at Cornwall Park in April where they will come up against the best club teams from the other five major associations. Well done Takapuna from the team at Channel Magazine. A title every year for the past three years is very impressive. Issue 19 - MARCH 2012




Craig and Kate Luxton.


At Channel Magazine we are true romantics. So we love it when we come across a story like this one. The story of Craig and Kate Luxton, owners of local online meat provider Ruby’s List. This is a true Kiwi love story. Craig and Kate met on their Big O.E. in London, in a bar (where else!) in Fulham Road. They found they had more in common than they bargained for – not only were they both born under the Southern Cross but their Mums, as it turned out, were in the same class at Whakatane High School in the 1950’s. How’s that for two degrees of separation! In 1996 they returned home to marry, get jobs and generally jump back into the great New Zealand lifestyle. Their business Zealfresh was launched in 1997. From humble beginnings as a small, home-based business selling meats to restaurants in the Auckland region, the company ultimately established itself as a premier supplier of quality meats to hospitality outlets country-wide. Over the years their product list has expanded to meet the exacting requirements of professional chefs and their ever-changing menus. It occurred to Craig and Kate that they needed to offer home cooks access to the same exceptional products their clients were getting to use... and so Ruby’s List was born. “Ruby’s List products are ones you won’t easily source from regular retailers,” explains Kate Luxton. “Not only are they a cut or two above the usual, they have all been personally tested by Craig and myself, and we guarantee quality and satisfaction.”

At Ruby’s List we care about where our products come from and how the animals have been treated… having visited a number of the farms personally and having tested the products, we know that they are a cut or two above the usual. We guarantee quality and satisfaction.

Craig and Kate Luxton have provided the following introduction to Ruby’s List for Channel Magazine readers... Happy animals raised with care give the finest meat possible – end of story. That’s our assurance to you. Here at, we’re dedicated to delivering the highest-quality, naturally reared products directly from our North Shore location to your door (or happy for you to pick-up from us here on the Shore). To meet this goal, we work with traditional farmers and artisan producers from around New Zealand to source the finest quality products you can buy – each one personally selected, tasted and tested by us. Our extensive product list is the result of our determined efforts to access quality meats you just won’t find anywhere else, all in one place. It’s never been more simple to buy your meat online. Everything we stock is premium product and has been produced by folks who share our commitment to quality, environmental sustainability and ethical practices. That means animals that have not just been well looked after but are cage free, have taken dust baths, been able to frolic and been fed the kind of foods that nature intended. Whether free-range, pasture or barn raised or free-farmed, our meat is sourced from cows, pigs, veal, lamb, deer and poultry that have led good lives in clean, open air. We are always happy to talk with our customers call us or drop us an email we will be happy to help! 0800 782975

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There is something coming to the North Shore



Eating Out on the Shore

Dine out at one of these fantastic local eateries tonight



DIDA’S WINE LOUNGE Dida’s Wine Lounge in Devonport is located in the front of the majestic, and majestically restored Victoria Theatre on Devonport’s main street. As with its older sibling across the water (Ponsonby), the Lounge offers an exquisite selection of small plates, tapas to tempt you to have a glass of something different, from a winelist and menu that makes the most of the prodigious Glengarry produce and wine cellar resources. Open: Mon-Thurs 3.30pm-10.30pm; Fri 3.30pm-12am, Sat-Sun 12pm-12am. 54 Victoria Street, Devonport. PH: 445 1392. During March, get 2 tapas and a glass of house wine, or tap beer, for just $25.





Raviz Indian Restaurant, located above Glengarry on Hurstmere Road, offers authentic Indian Cuisine, is fully licensed (& BYO), with both dine in and takeaway options. The secret of Raviz cuisine comes from the homemade spices which they say differentiate them from others. If you haven’t tried Raviz you are missing Real Indian Cuisine. They are very affordable as well with $10 lunch specials and $10 meal specials (see details below). They also offer free delivery on takeaways over $25. Open: 7 days, Lunch 11.30am-2pm, Dinner 5pm till late. 178 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna. PH: 489 2400.

This Takapuna favourite proved to be so good they opened one in the city as well! Marvel Grill specialises in fresh quality meat cuts paired with lovely side dishes and an authentic kiwi menu, which still manages to borrow from exotic themes and cuisines. Along with the grill offerings, a range of hot skillets brought steaming hot to your table are available, including prawns with garlic butter and sourdough toast or maple chilli glazed pork belly. Another favourite is BBQ ribs with home made Boston baked beans. Marvel Grill offers an impressive wine list of reasonably priced wines and is a place where many just meet for a drink. Open: 7 Days till late. 34 Anzac Avenue, Takapuna. PH: 486 2249.


On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights all mains are just $10. Cheaper than cooking at home we reckon. Conditions apply.

Have one of their meat cuts. Probably the best on the Shore.





NICOLINO RESTAURANT & CUBE BAR A “taste of Greece and the Mediterranean” in every sense of the word: food, atmosphere, live entertainment and the relaxed, but attentive service just as you would find in a taverna in Greece itself. Nicolino is BYO and also provides takeaway pizzas and meals, including free delivery within the local area. Open: 7 days, 4.00pm till late. 103 Victoria Road, Devonport. PH: 446 6664.


Thursday evenings are Greek party nights at Nicolino, with music and dance to the Sounds of Greece. Join us for a night at the “Opa!”

This is the undoubted favourite of many Takapuna locals. Owners Emilio and Maria ensure the experience at their restaurant is very special. When customers go back to Al Forno – and most do – they are greeted like a long lost friend. 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, Salads and sumptuous mains like Chicken or Veal Parmigiana, prime Eye Fillets or King Prawns to name just a few. You won’t want to miss their unforgettable Italian cake and gelato. Open: Tues-Sat 11.30am till late, Sunday 11am till late. Monday closed. 34 Anzac Street, Takapuna. PH: 488 0179.


It’s all real good here, great Italian, but if we had to choose try one of their scrummy Pizza’s from the oven – you can almost watch them cook!

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THE ELEPHANT WRESTLER The aim of host Paul Lomax was to create a bar that is just a “great local” and he has certainly achieved that. This is a place where you can meet, enjoy good company, have a drink and eat great food. Gastro style food – quality food at a reasonable price – is what you get at The Elephant Wrestler. Try their ‘PoP Chicken’ signature dish! Some great deals here... 2 for 1 Meals on Mondays; Pizza just $10 on Tuesdays; Steak, Prime Angus Beef just $15.90 on Thursdays; Fish & Chips just $12.50 on Fridays; Roast of the Day just $15.50 on Sundays. Open: 7 days from 11am to late. 138 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, PH: 489 8030.


Great $13.50 Lunch Menu Monday to Thursday and for Sunday Brunch from 10am.




BOLLIWOOD RESTAURANT Bolliwood has been a popular dining spot on Ponsonby Road for a long long time, and now has a second restaurant in Huron Street, Takapuna. Bolliwood is well known for the quality of its Indian cuisine which has been achieved by adhering to a policy of employing only 5-star chefs from India. As well as sensational Indian food, a feature of both Bolliwood Restaurant’s is a massive screen playing the latest Bollywood songs. This is a real dining experience, enjoyable if you are planning an intimate dinner for two or a group function. Online reviews rave about the quality of the Bolliwood food. Open: Lunch Mon-Fri 11.30-2.30pm, Dinner Mon-Sun 5pm till late. 17 Huron St, Takapuna Beach. PH: 489 9911.


Dinner - All Mains are $10 on Monday, Tuesdays and Wednesdays – Dine in and take out. Lunch - 7 days All Mains $10 + add $2 and receive selected drink, juice, beer/wine or naan bread.





If you love food and eating out and haven’t been to Aubergine in Takapuna then you’ve got to give it a go – for brunch, lunch or dinner. The extensive Aubergine menu offers an international style of cuisine that mixes old Kiwi favourites with the flavours of Europe and the Mediterranean. If you are a foodie that likes value then you’ll love it – at Aubergine most of the wellpriced meals come complete with veges, salads etc. The result is a final bill that will keep the smile on your face. Open Mon-Fri 12 noon-late, Sat 11am-late, Sun 11am-11pm. 29 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna Beach. PH: 489 3104.

This has become a very popular eating spot on the Hurstmere Strip, having an extensive menu including Platters (to share), Small Plates (starters), Mains (venison, chicken, rib eye, rabbit, lamb rump), Pizzas, and ‘Pub Fare’ which includes fish and chips, a pie of the week and chicken ceasar salad. For those who want an affordable and quick lunch at Mac’s Brewbar Hurstmere Road there’s always a $12 lunch special (Mon-Fri), they also do a great brunch on Saturdays and Sundays which you can enjoy in the garden bar. And of course always a great beer! Open: 7 days from 11am to late. 134-138 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna. PH: 486 4102.

Take advantage of their 3-Course Dinner Special – entree, main & dessert for just $35!


Tip Popular on the menu is the 30 day aged Black Angus Ribeye Steak, served with crushed new potatoes and roasted garlic, creamed. Yum!

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BLANKENBERGE BELGIAN BEER CAFÉ At this Takapuna favourite you’ll find an all new Summer Menu for 2012, with loads of seasonal summer ingredients. With a Flemish-French theme, this is not just your average pub food, it’s interesting – a huge range and variety – with suggested beer matches from their range of the best Belgian Beers. Ask about their Chefs Plate of the Day and popular Fish of the day. Open: Mon-Sat 11.30am-Late, Sun 9am-Late. 136 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna Beach. PH: 486 6331.


“Munday Mussel Madness” – Every Monday you can get a one kilo mussel pot and frites (fries) for just $12. Every Tuesday you can get a half kilo of Angus Rump Steak, with frites, for just $15.

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. 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 South Island Whitebait Omelette, Manuka Honey rubber Canter Vallery Farm Duck Breast and Hawkes Bay Lamb Rack. Open: 7 Days – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Level 1, Spencer on Byron Hotel, Byron Avenue, Takapuna Beach. PH: 916-4982


Look out for Thymes special coupon offer on the back of your supermarket receipt of buy one main and get the second for half price!


PINOT PLUS Truly is one of those unique little gems; 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. The wines are boutique, it’s unlikely there will be any 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. For 2012 he offers a monthly TREAT of a selected main course and matching wine for $25. Open for dinner Tues – Sat from 5.30pm. 168 Hurstmere Road Takapuna ph. 4899510 Grilled pork spare ribs with a matching glass of Askerne 2007 Hawkes Bay merlot. Issue 19 - MARCH 2012




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TALAY THAI RESTAURANT New to Milford – it opened in October 2011 – Talay Thai Restaurant has seating for 40 people and more than 60 delicious Thai dishes to choose from, including many Thai Vegetarian, Duck and Seafood options to suit your desire. Their knowledgeable restaurant staff will always give you a friendly welcome and help you choose from a wide range of high quality Thai dishes. Open: Lunch (from only $10.50) – Tues-Sun 12pm-2.30pm; Dinner – 7 nights 5pm till late. 83/85 Kitchener Rd, Milford. PH: 489 9568.

Tip Try their Yum Thai Salads – King prawns with fresh chilli, salad, tomatoes, onion, spring onion and lemon juice; or Thai Beef Salad, slices of grilled beef (sirloin) with fresh chilli, cucumber, tomatoes, onion, spring onion and lemon juice. From just $22! Also try our special marinated sirloin steak, flamed in brandy and served on a hot plate.

VENICE ITALIAN RESTAURANT Step inside this Milford favourite and the decor makes you feel like you are actually in Venice – with food to match. Everything is fresh every day – vegetables, seafood, pasta, meats etc. The menu is extensive – no less than 46 options, including 10 appetisers and over 30 mains. Seafood, meats, salads, pasta, pizza and sensational desserts made on site. Try their Venice Special Cake – sheets of walnut pastry, soaked with Frangelico, layered with dark chocolate cream and served with ice cream. There’s a great selection of wines at Venice, from Italy as well as New Zealand and Australian varieties. Open: Lunch Fri & Sat 12pm-3pm, Dinner Daily 6pm till late 91 Kitchener Road, Milford. PH: 486 4157 When you book, up until April 1st, you will receive a three-course meal for just $30.00.

Montrose offers a great selection of modern English-style cuisine and is fully licensed with a great range of wines and beers, coffees and real fruit smoothies. It’s a great place to have a romantic dinner, a family outing with children and a great place to celebrate in style for any occasion, with gluten free and vegetarian options. Dine outside, soak up the sun and enjoy a beverage with an excellent array of food. In the winter months there is an open fire (enjoy mulled wine) with rich dark English oak tables and leather chairs – you’ll want to stay the whole night! Live music on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday at lunch time. Open: 7 days a week, 9am-late Mon-Fri, 8am-late Sat-Sun. 1 Montrose Terrace, Mairangi Bay. PH: 478 9610. 25% OFF your bill. Valid Monday - Wednesday, March 2012



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PA LE NOODLES FAMILY RESTAURANT Leading on from their success in Takapuna the New Vietnam Cafe crew have opened ‘Pa Le Noodles’ on Northcote Road, just along from Onewa Domain, in the building that was once Pizza Hutt. At Pa Le Noodles you will discover a family restaurant where you can get lots of different varieties of Asian style foods as well as Fish & Chips for the kids – very generous servings and all at a price that won’t break the bank. You can dine in or take away. Tip Try the ‘Peking Duck’ 50 Northcote Road, it’s the Pa Le Noodles Northcote. Signature Dish and is sensational. PH: 418 1089





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Eating Out on the Shore

Feature Restaurant - Mairangi Japanese Cuisine

MAIRANGI’S best kept secret Japanese food has charmed its way into western culture over recent years, enabling a culture of Japanese restaurants and bars to pop up all over the city, hosting sake swilling Kiwis with raw fish, rice delicacies, spicy wasabi and eastern traditions. There is one simple reason for this – Japanese food is beautiful! Sure the sake’s great, but the food is something else – it’s healthy, it’s tasty, it’s value for money. While every neighbourhood hosts its fair share of these haunts destined to become a local favourite, there’s a little known restaurant at the top of Mairangi Bay’s Green Gables arcade that is without a doubt one of the best, most uniquely original Japanese restaurants we’ve ever come across. Mairangi Japanese Cuisine has gone out of its way to create some truly inspiring dishes – it’s traditional, but at the same time it’s not and there’s a distinctly modern twist designed for the western palate. The highlight has to be the special sushi rolls – a fusion of tradition and the new, where each dish is based and designed on a unique New Zealand feature. Channel’s personal favourite is the Sunset Harbour Bridge Roll – a delicious combination of crabmeat, tempura batter, tobiko, spicy sauce, prawn tempura, teriyaki sauce, sesame seeds – looks so good it feels a crime to eat it, and if that’s the case crime certainly does pay. Mairangi Japanese Cuisine’s Head Chef is internationally renowned from a former restaurant he owned in the city. Now that he’s based on the Shore he stops by the Seafood Market on his way in every morning, ensuring the restaurant only serves the very best and the very freshest ingredients. This freshness and the skill of its master chef are apparent on first seeing the food, and can’t be dismissed in any way once you’ve tasted it. Another amazing dish is the Love Me Tender Roll – Salmon, crab meat, tobiko, tempura batter and mayo. You have to try this sushi to know how good it is and why we can’t stop going on about it. The restaurant’s Director, Jay, says that when he and the head chef were designing the menu, they went out of their way to bring Japanese food to New Zealanders in a totally original way.

A lot of work has gone into presentation, freshness and the flavours of each dish. Nigiri and Maki sushi – the sushi most people will be familiar with – show off those core values like none you’ve tried before, each is fresh, flavoursome and beautiful; simply, traditionally presented. Other great options are the platters which can be either sushi orientated or a light and crispy tempura selection. Plus, there’s even a mixture of the two. Noodles, Japanese salads, Teriyaki, Donburi – it’s all amazing! The restaurant’s only been open a year and is tucked away in a quiet corner of Mairangi Bay’s Green Gables, but with food this good there’s no way Mairangi Japanese Cuisine will stay a secret much longer. Empires were built on less. Shop 15 – 17 Green Gables Shopping Centre. Cnr Beach Road & Hastings Road, Mairangi Bay. Phone 476 9977 Lunch 11.30 – 2.30. Dinner 5.30 – 10.30 Live Jazz Pianist every Saturday night. Closed Sunday. Issue 19 - MARCH 2012




CAFE D’AMOUR Located right in the heart of Takapuna’s main Hurstmere Road shopping area, and only a short stroll from the beach, Cafe d’amour means Cafe of love. The cafe’s friendly and helpful staff share a passion for great coffee – using award-winning coffee beans – and lovely food which you can enjoy in a cozy and relaxed environment. Open: 7am-5pm, 7 Days 86 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna Beach. PH: 488 0200


They’re famous in Takapuna for Eggs Benedict with beautiful home made hollandaise sauce, with bacon or salmon. Great value at only $13.50.

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LATIN LARDER At Latin Larder you’ll find excellent food and great coffee.The cafe is the only one in Takapuna to serve Miller’s Coffee and friendly owner Justin is only too happy to please – offering to make anything off-menu to order if the customer wishes. One of the best kept secrets is their secret garden that’s been hiding away, tucked in behind the cafe. Open: 6.30am-3pm, Tues-Sun (closed Mondays) 170 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna Beach. PH: 489 5563

Tip You’ve got to try their tasty and delicious Pan Fried Salmon Fillet with homemade Potato Hash, Rocket & Hollandaise.

CAFE MELBA Lots of North Shore people “Meet at Melba”. Simply because Bobby and his team offer consistently good food and coffee that you always want to go back for. Cafe Melba is located right in the centre of Takapuna, it is always buzzing with people, but you can just about always get a seat – inside or outside in the covered arcade. After one trip to Cafe Melba we can guarantee you’ll be back for more! Open: Mon-Fri 7am-4pm & Sat-Sun 8am-4pm. 62-78 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna Beach. PH: 489 0091


Try their sensational Honey Garlic Chicken this summer and make sure you ask for a picture on your coffee or hot chocolate when you order – they’re works of art!

SUMO SALAD, TAKAPUNA At this popular cafe in Takapuna you will find much more than Salads. All day breakfast, great coffee, gourmet toasties, wraps, long rolls and of course – as the name suggests – they do fantastic salads. Some say the best in Takapuna. The added bonus is that they offer free internet (cond. apply) and you’ll always get a friendly smile from Stuart, Jacqui and their team. Open: Mon-Fri 7.30am-7pm; Weekends 8am-7pm, 7 Days. 67 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna Beach. PH: 489 7866

This month they’re celebrating the ‘Ides of March’ with 3 new Caesars – Enjoy!


SWISS BAKERY, & CAFE, MILFORD It’s hard to find something that’s truly artisan. But Evelyn and her husband Franz simply do just that in Milford – serving all things Swiss. Baked on site daily, this European flavour extends to everything on offer. With little fuss, they will box it up to take away. Customers say that “the food you get at the Swiss Bakery in Milford is 100% authentic and 100% yum!” The toasted coffee is great too. They serve cooked breakfasts and lunches, you will also find a huge variety of sandwiches, quiche, pizza, pies and house confect. Open: Mon-Fri 8am-4.30pm; Weekends 8am-2.30pm, 7 Days. 5 Milford Road, Milford. PH: 489 9737


They’ve got a great range of Swiss specialities, including Urner Leckerli, Biberli, mini Gingerbread, Coconut Macaroon, Biscotti and sensational Cakes!

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In Channel Magazine we love to highlight interesting additions to our local community. In early February, Campbell’s Bay residents welcomed a new entity in their neighbourhood – the C’Bay Coffee & Wine Bar, situated on The Esplanade. As the name suggests, the plan for hosts – husband and wife Johann and Hanna – is not to establish a fine dining restaurant, but a family orientated cafe/restaurant, where locals can relax, enjoy the beautiful location and friendly atmosphere, while at the same time be treated with some tasty delights, including great food, coffee and wine. At C’Bay you will find a great breakfast and lunch menu including salads, soups and gourmet sandwiches, as well as tapas and antipasto platters (always a favourite). There is also a deli range of slices, cakes, muffins, scones and sandwiches, all homemade with the menu including a range for vegan and gluten free foods.

As well as being open for breakfast and lunch, C’Bay is also open in the evenings with a range of lighter foods, while a full dinner menu is available on Friday and Saturday evenings. “With summer here and longer days we want locals to wander down to savour what is on offer,” says Johann. “Enjoy a great Latte, or even pick up a delicious hamper on the way out of the beach or boat. This is a great and easy idea for that day out and we have quite a range available to order.” As well as being open for breakfast and lunch, C’Bay is also open in the evenings with a range of lighter foods, while a full dinner menu is available on Friday and Saturday evenings. There is also live entertainment every Friday evening. Special bookings for birthdays, and other special events are welcome any evening at C’Bay. The long term goal of Hanna




Treat Ask one of the Tiger Coffee team to assist with your ultimate taste of coffee for home or the office – Only $10 per 250g!

We can be your own private caterer... We are more than happy to take care of all the food for your special event or party at home as well. To take the work and hassle away from you so you can just enjoy yourself.

Just after Countdown Supermarket on Barry’s Point Road is a great little cafe – Tiger Coffee. But this is more than just a cafe – it’s a coffee experience. At Tiger Coffee you will not only get great coffee but great service and be part of their ‘coffee culture’. Have a coffee, choose a great blend of coffee for your home machine (from the Tiger Coffee Bean Hut), and view their range of ultimate in-home coffee machines. Tiger Coffee can also service your home machine. Open: Mon-Fri 6.30am-4pm; Sat 8am-2.30pm. 18 Barry’s Point Road, Takapuna. PH: 489 3084

HAMIC CAFE Hamic has been serving gourmet meals, delicious house baking and award winning toasted espresso coffee since 2006. Features both fab indoor and outdoor seating makes this the perfect place to retreat. You won’t be disappointed! AwardsMetro Top 50 Best Cafe Award - 2008 Metro Best Cafe Awards Milford 2007/ 2011. Open: 7:30 am - 3:00 pm Weekdays. 8:00 am - 3:00 pm Saturday. 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Sunday. 145 Kitchener Rd Milford Auckland PH: 489 7085


Try their Chicken Salad, It’s yummy and includes… Fresh grilled chicken breast, haloumi, mango, avocado, toasted almonds, mesclun leaves and kumara chips.

MOZAIK CAFFE and Johann is to build C’Bay based on their “client’s favourites” and for C’Bay to offer great quality food combined with a friendly and social experience. Hanna is a chef with 28 years of culinary experience. Hanna is often asked about her long term love of food and she tells us that her answer is always the same. “I never get tired of cooking. Preparing food is like art, creative and ever changing and there is always something new to try – I cook with my heart.” As well as having a great range to enjoy at the cafe, Hanna and her team also provide off site catering for birthdays, weddings, corporate lunches, boats and picnic hampers for the beach. All they ask is that you try to order up to 48 hours in advance – although they are pretty good at making things happen at shorter notice as well. This can all be ordered with ease online. “We can be your own private caterer,” says Hanna. “We are more than happy to take care of all the food for your special event or party at home as well. To take the work and hassle away from you so you can just enjoy yourself.” Hanna and Johann both feel that they could not have found a better home for their new venture. “We enjoy the enthusiasm from the locals and we have met so many lovely new people,” says Johann. “We would like to thank them all for their words of support, encouragement and suggestions. The feedback is great as our goal is to firmly establish C’Bay as a place that the locals love.”

C’BAY COFFEE & WINE BAR The Esplanade, Campells Bay. Phone 478 7243. Email:

Since the Mozaik Cafe name was first introduced in 2003 it has developed into a ‘favourite local’ for many. On the North Shore there are Mozaik Cafes in Takapuna (Westfield Shore City) and Constellation Drive. There are also Mozaik Cafes in Parnell, Grafton, Hamilton, New Lynn, Orewa and a new cafe opening soon at Victoria Park. At each cafe the standard is superb, with the emphasis on their excellent all day menu catering for everyone’s palate and outstanding service. They have their own brand of freshly roasted coffee – Zigana Espresso. The owners vision from the start has been to provide a cafe with restaurant style service that is within a relaxed, sophisticated environment. They have certainly achieved that.


Bring this coupon in and receive this special offer for month of March. BUY 1 COFFEE, GET ANOTHER COFFE FREE.

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Mozaik Caffe Constellation 61 Constellation Dr, Mairangi Bay. PH: 476-3344. Open: 7 Days, 7am-5.30pm Mozaik Caffe Takapuna Westfield Shore City Shopping Centre. PH: 488 2144. Open: 7 Days, 8am-6pm (Thursday late till 9pm). Mozaik also have cafes in Orewa, New Lynn, Grafton, Parnell, Hamilton and opening soon at Victoria Park Market in the City.

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Former New Zealand Davis Cup player – and Westlake Old Boy – Adam Thompson has a pretty good gig these days sharing the club coaching duties with his father Graeme at the Campbells Bay Tennis Club. He is a well respected coach who has a real affinity with the players he coaches, particularly the young ones. He tells us he gets a real kick out of the development of the youngsters he coaches. As well as coaching, 29 year old Adam Thompson and Sam Adam still plays competitive tennis retaining his world ranking by playing Nolan. a few tournaments each year. Channel Magazine’s Aidan Bennett put Adam under the Channel Grill in mid-February, just as he was finishing a coaching session with promising young player Sam Nolan of Campbells Bay Primary.

Adam Thompson CHAMPION COACH AIDAN BENNETT: Coaching at Campbells Bay Tennis Club must be one of the plumb jobs in New Zealand Tennis? Such a picturesque setting in Centennial Park... only 500 metres from the beach... ADAM THOMPSON: Yeah, it’s one of the best clubs in regards to the views. Being able to sit on the deck with the bush setting of the park and the view of the water right in front of you gives a real feeling and appreciation of how lucky we are in New Zealand.

AB: You obviously have a great rapport with the youngsters you are coaching. It must be a real thrill to see them developing? I understand you have one youngster who is now in the top 10 nationally for his age group? AT: I really enjoy my job of working with children to help and encourage them to develop skills they will be able to use throughout life. Young Reid came to our club three years ago. He is now one of the top ranked players in the country for his age group. It has been satisfying to see him achieve his goals and aspirations with in the sport. Hopefully he will continue to progress and achieve his future goals. AB: Is it hard working every day with your old man? AT: I don’t consider Dad to be an old man as he is still winning titles in national tournaments. It is a pleasure to be able to share not only a job but the family passion for the game of tennis on a daily basis with him. To me he is the most knowledgeable and experienced coach I could ever learn from. AB: You were good enough to play a decade of Davis Cup for New Zealand. What is the most interesting country you have played in? AT: For me one memorable country was Egypt, not only because I won one of my first pro-tournaments there, but also because I was able to appreciate the history and knowledge I gained from school about one of the great wonders of the world. AB: What has been your career highlight? AT: I have had many highlights in my career but two prominent things for me are firstly qualifying and winning my first match to achieve a world ranking on the pro-tour. This

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ranking enabled me to be selected to represent my country in the Davis Cup team. The second highlight was when I won the New Zealand Open in 2007. AB: What is the best you’ve done in Auckland’s Heineken Open? AT: In singles I beat a top 100 world ranked player to reach the second round of qualifying and in doubles I was lucky enough to play on centre court for a capacity crowd in the main draw. AB: As a youngster did you ever dream of winning a grand slam? AT: Of course. I think every aspiring tennis professional dreams of winning a grand slam. For me, my dream was to win Wimbledon. AB: What is the best stadium you have ever played at? AT: Playing at the ASB Tennis Centre in front of my home crowd in the Heineken Open was the best for me. AB: Who was the Tennis player you aspired to be like as a young fellow growing up? AT: I was inspired by and wanted to be like Marat Safin. I liked the style of tennis he played and tried to model my game on the way he played. AB: Away from Tennis I understand you enjoy your golf. What is your favourite course to play at and why? AT: As a youngster my favourite memory was following and watching my father at Titirangi Golf Course therefore this would be my favourite golf course. AB: Complete the following... AT: If I wasn’t a Tennis Player and Coach I would be... Nothing – because tennis is my life! Visit:

FOR THE KIDS: with Kidzspace, Barry’s Point Road


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This month’s focus at Kidzspace is on lighting and we are well stocked with a huge range of options to suit kids, little to big, from mood lighting to task lighting, plus everything in between! Our chandeliers, string lights and flower lamps all deliver that WOW factor, plus we have a wide range of statement-making funky task lamps to jazz up your desk top. If you are looking for the ultimate WOW factor, you can’t go past our stunning chandeliers. Hanging in our Barrys Point Rd window for all to see, they are literally stopping traffic! These gorgeous chandeliers are every girls’ dream (big and small) and are well priced, starting at $129 and available in two sizes. Choose from a colour range of pretty soft pink, playful multi-colour, eyecatching fuchsia or sophisticated black. Perfect as a centrepiece in nurseries, bedrooms, bathrooms and living areas and to add that touch of BLING! Our extensive range of string lights are also a fun way to add interest to rooms. Arrange in a pattern off a wall or drape over door or window frames, bed-heads and mirrors. Our selection of string lights includes butterflies, fairies, chiffon and tutu for the girls and stars, transport, motorbikes and sports balls for the boys so there is something for everyone. Alongside their decorative appeal, they are also a great option as a nightlight. We also have a huge selection of decorative table lamps. These have been big favourites with our North Shore customers and were some of our top Xmas sellers, appearing it seems, on numerous Santa lists! Girls can choose from six gorgeous flower lamps, which have a flexi stem enabling them to be set in

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different positions and these can even be coiled around bed and bunk posts. We also have soccer and rugby bedside lamps for our sports-mad boys plus a range of lampshades in different designs, available by themselves or on lampbases. Don’t forget our task lighting. Kidzspace have sourced fun, funky, practical and colourful bedside and desk lighting in a range of designs. Well priced from $45 we have something to suit all requirements. Kidzspace is a one stop shop for all your lighting needs. View online in the lighting section of our website or visit us in our Takapuna store at 57 Barrys Point Road.

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078 BOOK REVIEWS for Booklovers from The Booklover 079 SHORE MATTERS with Maggie Barry 080 PROFESSIONAL PANORAMAS with Chris Harrington 081 CHANNEL PROMOTION: Official Entry Forms 082 CELEBRATING SUCCESS: HiTech Solutions – FACEME 084 CHANNEL PROMOTION: Official Entry Forms 086 DEVONPORT - Our Charming Village by the Sea 089 TORPEDO BAY NAVY MUSEUM News 090 WINES & CHEESES with Liz Wheadon 091 PEOPLE ON THE BUS: Q&A 092 MILFORD - Everyone’s place: News 096 OPTOMETRY & EYEWEAR with Melissa Hay, Visique Milford Optometrists 097 MILFORD - Everyone’s place: Ecco Shoes, Milford Centre 099 LOCAL GOVERNMENT with Schnauer and Co 100 Profile: Catherine Chappell, Touch Compass Dance Company 101 INVESTING with Spicers 102 AUCKLAND COUNCIL with George Wood 103 YMCA: News 104 THE PUMPHOUSE THEATRE: What’s On 105 BRUCE MASON CENTRE: What’s On 106 MAIRANGI ARTS CENTRE: News 107 LAKE HOUSE ARTS CENTRE: News 108 NORTHART: News 109 INVESTING with Mike Taylor, PieFunds 109 TALKING TRUSTS: Tammy McLeod, Davenports 110 CARING FOR YOUR CAR: with Car-Fe 111 VEHICLE MAINTENANCE: with AA Auto Service & Repair 112 EDUCATION: Westlake Girls High School 113 EDUCATION: Westlake Boys High School 114 EDUCATION: Takapuna Grammar 115 EDUCATION: Campbells Bay School Carnival 2012 116 EDUCATION: Kristin School 118 BEAUTY AS A CAREER: with International College of Camille 119 EDUCATION: Pinehurst School 120 EDUCATION: Carmel College 122 BUILDING AND HOME MAINTENANCE 122 BATHTIMES with Plumb’In 123 NORTH SHORE HOSPITAL News 124 ACCOUNTANCY BEYOND THE NUMBERS with Hayes Knight 125 LEGALLY SPEAKING with Simpson Western Lawyers 126 TRADE/SERVICES DIRECTORY 128 THE POYNTON 130 GUNDRY’S GRUMBLES with Simon Gundry 133 COMMERCIAL PROPERTY with Bayleys North Shore Commercial 134 CHEWING THE FAT: by James ‘JD’ Dominion 135 COMMERCIAL PROPERTY with Andrew Hiskens, Colliers North Shore 136 LOCAL REAL ESTATE: The Power of Two

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

GO ON, BUY LOCAL... Welcome to our March issue of Channel Magazine. In this issue we proudly launch our promotion aimed at encouraging our readers to always consider buying local first. To support those enterprises that are contributing to our local economy. We launched this “First Buy Local” initiative back in the middle of last year and we have continued to push the message strongly. But now we are getting serious. We are putting our money where our mouths are by offering an incentive – an opportunity to win a car valued at over $25,000 – to those who do buy local from one of our valued advertisers. It has been well documented by those who manage our local business associations that a high percentage of local incomes are actually spent elsewhere. Some estimates have been that only around 6-7% of the income earned by locals is actually spent locally. An astounding figure. Well, we are doing our bit to try and turn this around. It’s an innovative promotion that we have come up with. It’s also a very special prize. Come early October, one lucky Channel Magazine reader will drive away in a new model 2012 Toyota Yaris, complete with mag wheels and leather. So get buying locally folks and good luck. As we were completing this issue we had just had a sensational weekend on the Shore. All of a sudden we had a weekend of splendid weather – at long last! A weekend that coincided with lots happening in our little slice of paradise. Devonport had its annual Wine, Food and Music Festival. We spent a little bit of time there on the Saturday and what we experienced was very special. It is amazing that this festival is still drawing a very good crowd well into its third decade. Milford held its second annual Latino Market Day. The business association is now very active in Milford and are driving some great initiatives for their local businesses. This is a great day that is enjoyed by locals of all ages with great entertainment in the very special new village square. Takapuna has never had a busier weekend. On Saturday the Rugby World Cup Roadshow was in town. It was a thrill to see the smiles on the youngsters as they had the chance to mix and mingle with All Blacks and local rugby stars or have their photo taken with the Webb Ellis Trophy (like this big kid! – see photo below). The annual Takapuna Beach Cup three day outrigger paddling event – that draws entries from all over New Zealand, and from overseas – was held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Takapuna Beach. The beach looked a picture. Then on Sunday the weekly market was joined by the Contact Tri Series and Takapuna was really buzzing. Such a vibrant place to be! I hope you enjoy reading this issue of Channel Magazine as much as we enjoyed putting it together. Make sure you keep buying local. - Aidan and the team at Benefitz Email: Twitter: @AidanLBennett / @channelmag

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We’re looking for people to work with us on Channel Magazine.


Over the past two years we are proud to have established Channel Magazine as an important part of the local community. We are now looking for energetic local people to help us maintain the momentum of the magazine – and website. The success of Channel revolves around producing a monthly magazine that’s always fresh and interesting. We don’t regurgitate content – it’s always fresh – copy, photos etc. We are dedicated to producing a magazine that reflects the vibrancy of our North Shore community with people-orientated content that is truly unique to Channel. So we are looking for people to work for us on an interesting ‘contract basis’ to help us maintain this fresh content. The people we are looking for will need to be quite unique, very selfcontained, with the ability to write copy, take photographs and sell advertising. We want real all rounders who share our passion for the community. We are looking for people who would like to establish a long-term and consistent arrangement. Yes, you will be paid for your work. But we would like to think that this is not the main motivating factor in wanting to work on Channel Magazine. We want indivduals who will enjoy the fact that every day will be exciting. That every day

will be different. You will also really enjoy the interaction with people. This role is not full time. So it will probably suit those who have been in the workforce, maybe have taken a break to care for children, or undertake another project, and would now like to get back in to doing something interesting. The hours can also be very flexible. We want easy-going people who can be flexible to suit the need to cover events, functions and community events for the magazine. As long as the work gets done and you play your part in turning out a great monthly magazine we will be very happy. Remember, you need the following skills & desires: • The ability to write good copy. Commercial and non-commercial. • Commercially aware, with the ability to sell advertising. • Be handy with a camera. • Have your own transport. • Comfortable dealing with a wide range of people. • Share our passion for the North Shore community. Interested? Then contact Aidan Bennett with an initial email today –

We asked our Twitter followers: What has been your favourite event on the Shore this summer? Here is what fellow tweeters said: Channel Magazine is also very active online. Check out our great website! @ShaneCortese Presidents cricket day in #Devonport. great day, great weather. @channelmag #Takapuna Beach Cup: Sealegs in the thick of the action... #welovetakapunabeach http://pic.twitter. com/fqpzTeY3 @AidanLBennett @AllBlacks Roadshow on now in #Takapuna at Primary School. All Blacks, Rugby World Cup & lots of fun: @Anika_Moa I have tasted nearly every wine at the Devonport wine and food festival. Amazing wines, great music and chillaxed people. Noice! @livward_nz Loving life at the devonport wine and food festival #perfectconditions

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@channelmag We would love to receive any feedback, emails and letters:- Letters to: The Editor, Channel Magazine, PO Box 33-1630, Takapuna. Issue 19 - MARCH 2012



An overview of what is happening in Takapuna Beach from Business Association General Manager Peter White. Although the summer has seemed somewhat fleeting, with our Tim Tams hardly melting in their packages, February has been nothing but one exciting month for Takapuna Beach. After shedding away the kilos packed on from the holidays, the month started off with some most encouraging discussions with Roger Blakely (Auckland’s Chief Planner and architect of the draft Auckland Plan), and Mayor Len Brown (a meeting to which we invited all of the major Takapuna landowners as well as business and community representatives). We congratulated the Mayor on his vision and especially the recognition given to Takapuna in the draft Auckland Plan and the role that it will play in helping Auckland to become the World’s most livable city. Recognising the potential of our area, with it’s stunning beach and proximity to the CBD, it was promising to hear that, not only have we been pinpointed as an area of future excellence, but also that the one common goal amongst stakeholders is to build Takapuna into a premier ocean-front village through quality developments and with the provision of adequate infrastructure. This objective is becoming a reality thanks to the collaboration and efforts of a number of members throughout our community and to the developers who have invested over $100 million over the last year. Already, we’ve managed to get our beachfront jewel acknowledged in the Draft Auckland Plan as a metropolitan centre, and allocated $440 million dollars from the proposed budget. The TBBA and the local board have also been involved in meetings with Auckland Transport regarding the maintenance of Hurstmere Road. Local Board Chair, Chris Darby has been instrumental in pushing for consideration of a shared space design for a segment of our main street, which would not only provide better amenity, but would also result in substantial opex savings as well as addressing the bird-dropping issues.


With Catherine Howell.

Ready, Steady, GO! An action-packed weekend between the 17th-19th of February had Takapuna breaking out in a sweat. The festivities kicked off with the ever-popular Takapuna Beach Cup on Friday the 17th. The threeThe Webb Ellis Trophy bein g held aloft by Harbour Rugby’s Lies day outrigger competition couldn’t have hoped for l Kemp and Miles Marcroft – a Takapun a resident. a more thunderous day (quite literally) to start the blood-pumping race, and with over 2000 spectators cheering on, the athletes were in no short supply of encouragement. Saturday the 18th saw the Webb Ellis Trophy and other silverware displayed at Takapuna Primary School. Complete with a sausage sizzle and fun activities, the roadshow was a great reminder of New Zealand’s recent victory in the RWC. Spirits remained high through to the next day when the Contact Energy Takapuna Tri Series kicked-off. With each passing year attracting more participants and supporters, this was the event’s biggest to date – with 600 competitors and around 3000 spectators, who were able to gain fantastic views of the race from several vantage points throughout Takapuna. The TBBA would like to extend big congratulations to the winners of the weekend’s events, especially in the Women’s elite Triathlon where the first ever dead heat occurred.

The men come out of the water at the start of the Contact Takapuna Tri.

This month we introduce our new TBBA staff member Catherine Howell who will be making a monthly contribution to Channel. Catherine will be spending a lot of time on the streets of Takapuna so please introduce yourself and give her a warm Takapuna welcome – Peter White. Takapuna Beach Cup.

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I’m elated to have joined the TBBA team in Takapuna. As a Canadian import, I have a background in marketing and journalism and am passionate about all things political, fashion, and cultural. Expect to see me roaming around the streets from here-on-in keeping an eye on community events and activities while helping to build Takapuna beyond its current state. I would love to hear from you and why you think the North Shore is THE place to live and work. Likewise, if you have any ideas, quandaries, and suggestions you’d like to make regarding events, article pieces, PR, and anything and everything in between, drop me a line at See you around!

VIEWS FROM THE BEACH with Peter White, TBBA Takapuna Gets Some New Rims


Why should you shop in Takapuna?

Despite our sport-friendly beach that stretches out for miles, our flat terrain perfect for high-heeled shoppers, and our idyllic location, some would say that Takapuna has been gathering some dust of late. Well, there might have been a bit of rust in our motor, but with a community as determined and as united as ours, it was nothing a little proactive work couldn’t fix. And now, with an abundance of exciting new developments hitting our streets, Takapuna is set to make itself one of the most livable and sought after destinations in New Zealand. Take the McKenzies project for instance; the upmarket shopping hub at the heart of Takapuna is expected to give an announcement of their retail and hospitality tenancies any day now— making shopaholics and fashionistas jittery with excitement. Inspired by the hugely successful Department Store on Northcroft Street, McKenzies is sure to become a destination of choice. Expect to see prominent retail frontages, striking architectural features, flat-whites capped with cinnamon, and a vibrant indoor-outdoor courtyard. Speaking of outdoors, the Hurstmere Green development commencing in April 2012, promises to revitalize the Takapuna Square, providing tourists and locals alike with a place to curl their toes in the grass while relaxing in a picturesque atmosphere. Complete with a quaint stage and bleachers incorporated into the design, the project is sure to attract more festivals and shows to our little corner of the world. So in actual fact, although Takapuna may have had a bit of dust gathering on its bonnet, all along there was a glorious BMW M1* ready for some polishing beneath it all.

What do you get when you mix bustling sidewalks, swanky cafes, and one urban beach straight out of a picture book? Well, Takapuna of course. With over 400 shops, and still more to come in the near future, window-shopping has never been so enticing. So dip those toes in the ocean in a pre-shopping warmup and head over to check out this month’s highlighted business…

*There is only one original BMW M1 available in the whole of New Zealand, which can be found at our very own Jerry Clayton BMW in Takapuna.

Shopping in Takapuna never looked better

Community Defibrillator

In light of two incidents regarding members of our community experiencing medical complications while out and about in Takapuna, the TBBA explored the possibility of acquiring a defibrillator for public use during times of crisis. After a heart-stopping show of support, we are pleased to advise that - not one, but two defibrillators will soon be purchased for Takapuna Beach! One of these life-saving machines will be managed at the Takapuna Beach Café (thanks Scott and Jackie) and the other, which will be sponsored by Conning Barraclough Chartered Accountants, will be placed in the town center for easy access at the Starbucks Café. Similarly, the NZ Blood Bank on 441 Lake Road has kindly made their defibrillator available to the community should an emergency arise. Hopefully by next month’s issue Takapuna will be a much safer playground for both young and old—which is a good thing, because shopping really gets the heart rate going.

Following an exceptional refurbishment, Westfield Shore City has become a more attractive destination than ever for shoppers on the Shore. The centre has been a major hub of retail activity since 1974, a landmark of retail in Takapuna. For many years, it was the most prominent undercover shopping environment for miles around. While many shopping centres have been developed on the Shore over the last three decades, Westfield Shore City has maintained a distinctive appeal. It houses an unusual range of retailers, a number of whom are unique to the area. The interior of the centre has recently been upgraded to standards rarely seen. Walking in the mall one can be forgiven for thinking you’re in an upmarket hotel! The floors are carpeted and the lighting subtle, enhancing the intimate feel of this centre. The entrances have also been remodelled to stylish, contemporary standards. While its larger sister centres in the Westfield group are attracting many shoppers, going to Westfield Shore City remains a special experience. If you haven’t been there lately, make sure you go. Coupled with the outstanding offerings of the centre’s retailers, the feeling of exclusivity makes shopping at Westfield Shore City a memorable experience.

Colliers International North Shore

Andrew Hiskens and his team at Colliers International North Shore provide a full range of property services with dedicated specialist teams covering all sectors of the Commercial, Industrial and Retail markets. Based in Takapuna and entering their 12th year in business, Andrew and his team have an intimate knowledge of the North Shore property market and its people. As part of the Colliers International global network the North Shore team provide marketing campaigns coordinated both locally and internationally. Providing focused and relevant advice underpinned by in depth knowledge and understanding of the market place. The team’s strategic negotiation skills ensure that results are maximised for their clients at all times. Whether you’re a tenant, landlord, investor or just considering the Commercial property market Andrew invites you to call his team for advice any time.

GOLD SPONSORS: The Takapuna Beach Business Association appreciates the support of our Gold sponsors…

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RETAIL THERAPY at Takapuna Beach


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Wallace Cotton brings its signature range of exclusive linen and homeware to Takapuna. The brand, founded by designer Paula and Bill Wallace six years ago, has developed a dedicated following of supporters who love Wallace Cotton refinement and the quality of its products. Wallace Cotton began with a passion for beautiful bedlinen and the experience from both Paula and Bill having past careers in the textile industry. The company initially started as a catalogue/online business which proved to be very popular and quickly gained a loyal following. Physical locations inevitably followed and people embraced the opportunity to visit the store and see the products for themselves. There are now four Wallace Cotton stores – including two North Shore locations, Takapuna and Birkenhead – and six stockists in New Zealand, as well as online customers across Australia. The new Autumn/Winter season embraces lots of natural, earthy tones – obvious warmth as we say farewell to the summer months. “We get many types of customers in here,” says Paula. “Those who want to look around and discover all the different options and ideas in the store, and those who come in and know exactly what they want because they saw their perfect bedroom setup in the catalogue. Which are you? Autumn’s here and there’s a new season on the shelves at Wallace Cotton – check out the catalogue online or come in and have a look around to discover all the options for yourself. Wallace Cotton. 6-10 Como Street, Takapuna Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 5.30pm. Sat 9.30am - 5pm. Sun 10am - 4pm Parking available.

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At Channel a big focus is encouraging our readers to shop locally, this feature is all about highlighting some of the many interesting stores we have at Takapuna Beach. PAPER PLUS Introducing the new VIP club from Paperplus! Come in and sign up to My Big Deal at any Paper Plus store or visit and receive the benefits of exclusive cardholder deals on books and stationery, pre sale ticket offers to Books and Bubbles events, invites to cardholder VIP Deal Days, Saver club and Cardholder-only competitions. Membership is free!|60A Hurstmere Road|486 6438

FLORIENNE There is always something lovely and blooming at Florienne, the stylish floral design studio in the heart of Takapuna Beach. Dahlias, Roses, Lilies, Orchids and Hydrangeas just to name a few. For specialty blooms, gorgeous bouquets, lush Posies, corporate displays and weddings come and visit the team at Florienne. We deliver Auckland wide. Look out for our floral display at the Ellerslie International Flower Show in Christchurch, March 7 - 11. PENNYLANE In Takapuna you will find one of the best gift and home decor shops on the Shore - Penny Lane, at 8 Hurstmere Road. If you’re in need of that special gift for just about any occasion, or you would like the perfect addition to decorate your home then Penny Lane is the place to come. And keep in mind, if you’re located further up the bays you can also visit Penny Lane at 63 Clyde Road, Browns Bay. See you there! TRADE AID Trade Aid has a range of quality leather bags made by the development centre in West Bengal, India. The range includes black handbags, shoulder bags and an overnight bag, all in soft black leather. There is also a dark tan model. The same centre makes our leather wallets and purses. The quality of these leather products is very good and the prices very competitive, with the added bonus of being a fair trade product. REPERTOIRE The Autumn/Winter 2012 season will take woman on a journey of discovery. Shape and softly structured femininity is back and the silhouette has changed, giving us lots of fresh and exciting options for dressing with confidence and ease this season. It is time to show our femininity and soak up the fact that this season is just a little bit ladylike with an air of glamour. It is a truly beautiful season and the Repertoire woman can be elegantly relaxed or a bit playful and mix things up. BARDSLEY Tired of finding replacement light bulbs for your desk lamp? The Prism TL-4400 combines stylish design, beautifully even three-stage dimming LED light and 50,000hr lamp life*. At only 7.6W of power consumption this lamp will cost you very little to operate, with energy savings of up to 80% over halogen lamps. Available in Silver/Black or Silver/White from Bardsleys Lighting & Design for only $169.90. See our extensive range of New Zealand made and imported lighting to suit every requirement. *12 month guarantee. BEACH HUT Summer still has some time to go and many lucky families are thinking about a trip overseas, or perhaps just chasing the sun at their favourite New Zealand beach. Now at Beachhut Takapuna we have our “25% off storewide” sale. A great time to take advantage of our beautiful stock, all at great prices! One-piece swimsuits, tankinis, bikinis and an excellent selection for the children are all available. We also have lots of lovely casual beach clothing including dresses, shorts and throw overs to keep you feeling cool and looking great! Come to see us at 13 Hurstmere Rd where the service is second to none!


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YOUR HOME with Home Fabrics & Rummages of Takapuna


Seems a funny thing to have run a business for 18 years and literally be unable to tell anyone what we will have in stock tomorrow, but that is exactly the situation with our Rummages store in Takapuna. When you have been in the Home Textile business as long as Home Fabrics – more than 53 years – you often get offered parcels of bargain stock, ends of lines, seconds and samples. Parcels that are too small for the big retail chains and too large for a one man band. Seeking out these little pockets of goods is often quite fun and quite challenging. There are many reasons that importers and manufacturers want to sell stock quickly. Sometimes these companies just need to cash up some stock to get a bit of cash flow. Often we buy samples that have been sent from overseas and never even been on the market here. We have to completely trust our suppliers. We sometimes buy cartons of stock without even knowing what is in them and the real bargains are very last minute. We make a deal and quickly turn the stock around to have for sale in Rummages. Over the years we have had some really amazing buys in Duvet covers, sheets, towels, feather bedding and all household items. Rummages is one of those stores that you really do not know

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what will be in store tomorrow and we have many regulars who call in several times a week to get first choice of the bargains. Make sure you put Rummages on your shopping list next time you’re in Takapuna. It is located at 26 Hurstmere Rd, right alongside our Home Fabrics store. You never know what bargain you might pick up!

21 pallets of new stock arriving early March! Hurry Don’t Miss Out! FREE IN HOME CONSULTATIONS | HUGE SELECTION OF FABRICS | OUR GUARANTEE OF QUALITY

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HEALTH & FITNESS with Les Mills Takapuna

By Patrick Harris, Service Director at Les Mills Takapuna

FUNCTIONAL TRAINING Functional training – My children do it every day – they run, jump, swing from jungle gyms, kick and throw balls, jeez they may even come to blows over something – that too is functional. I remember a few of those specific functional sessions at school myself! Additionally if my mum knew I was jumping off roofs (dangerously functional) pretending to be a commando she would have flipped out. Sorry mum! So, what makes training functional? Training is functional if it improves trainees functioning in their sport or whatever physical activity they train for (e.g. rugby, sailing, tennis, tramping). Here are a couple of good definitions of functional training: 1. Functional training emphasizes training of movements, not isolated muscles – but the movements have to make sense (i.e. to be applicable in one’s life and sport). Paul Chek refers to this as “Primal Movements”. Paul is the God-father of functional training and popularised it many years ago. Check him out on YouTube – he is one incredibly fit and healthy 50 year old and truly embodies this practice. 2. Functional training is about using knowledge of functional anatomy to select exercises that prevent injuries and improve performance. Training is not functional just because it includes exercises in multiple planes of motion or on unstable surfaces, or because it targets mostly the joint stabilizing muscles; or because it teaches you to handle your body weight. At times it may be all of that or some of that. Some of these exercises may be included in training that enhances athletes’ function, but most exercises have to be similar to actions

in the sport or your chosen activity to have functional and specific carry over. “If you combine knowledge of functional anatomy with attentive observation you will have truly functional training sessions.” If in an exercise you see poor posture, excessive tension, extra motions, or poor control, check the function (strength and activation) of stabilizers for this exercise. If weak, strengthen these muscles and lower resistance or pace of movements in the exercise to the point at which stabilizers can handle it. Tri-athletes and runners out there – getting an assessment on your posture and movement patterns can help performance immensely, include in this a seated posture assessment if you are experiencing back problems. All those hours in the saddle will create issues at some stage or age. The benefits in performance can make a clear difference and reduce exercise related fatigue which is a carry over of a more efficient functioning body. The take home message with functional training is really quite simple – Move baby, move! In as many ways that you can, if you cant it’s most likely what you are not doing that’s the problem, not the movement or sport itself. When we are young we embody this without even knowing it, as the demands of life take hold we neglect it – we stop having fun, which lends to an in-active less functional lifestyle. Functionality exists in your life right now, every day in many ways – getting in and out of the car, up and down from the toilet, walking the stairs, getting the shopping out of the boot (FYI - the most common cause of low-back injuries). I say its time to be a kid again. Wahoo for that – oh, Bugger – responsibilities! Les Mills Takapuna, Top Floor, Westfield Shore City. Email:, Visit:

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Westfield Shore City is well known for its great range of fashion stores. Pay a visit to the Max store on the first floor and you very quickly see why ladies love shopping at the popular Takapuna shopping mall. Max Fashion’s store manager Julia McMullen has worked for the iconic chain for over four years, the last 18 months at Westfield Shore City – and she loves it. She was appointed manager of the store a little over a year ago. “The whole mall has a lovely feel about it and Max really fits with it,” explained Julia. “It is a very relaxed and family orientated mall which is why customers keep returning. We have loads of regular customers who love coming in for a chat and having a look at our range which is changing all of the time. There is always something new to see or try on.” The day Channel Magazine popped in for a chat Julia was being assisted in the vibrant store by Natalie Jane. And even though it was mid-week and early’ish in the morning there was a constant flow of customers shopping in the relaxed atmosphere. “The customers really appreciate the fact we provide higher end fashion at a very affordable prices,” added Natalie, when quizzed on what makes Max a popular destination. “We also have a range of quality fashion and accessories that appeal to quite a wide age-group.” Julia McMullen has a team of six at Max Westfield Shore City who help her cover the busy seven day trading week. “The great thing about Max is we have a very thorough system of training and refreshing staff which really shows with the knowledge, guidance and service provided for our customers instore. They really appreciate the fact that we know our product and understand what our customers want.” At Max in Westfield Shore City you will find dresses, skirts, tops, shirts, coats, jackets, vests, knitwear, Merino knitwear, pants, shoes and a range of accessories.

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THE SMILE DOCTOR: Dr Gilbert Stehbens of Killarney Dental



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Many people are apprehensive about visiting the dentist. Memories of bad dental experiences in the past, “white coat” syndrome, childhood visits to the “murder house”, or even just embarrassment can make people feel anxious about seeing a dentist. Unfortunately if this delays or even s. ben Steh Dr Gilbert stops them for going then problems can become quite complicated and expensive. The old saying of “a stitch in time” holds true. I’ve found that the most important way we as dentists can help is by creating a relaxing, friendly environment and by developing good trust and rapport. Some people find it helpful to know step by step what will be done during their appointment; others prefer to be oblivious and turn up the volume on our headphones and watch the TV on the ceiling! Sometimes bringing a friend or partner can help. Typically though, just a calm, gentle approach is all that is needed. More severe stress and anxiety can be managed by prescribing calming medications. Advances such as micro abrasion and dental lasers mean that some procedures don’t even need the “needle”. It’s also very helpful to find a dentist that you feel comfortable with and confident in their abilities. The better the rapport and greater the trust, the easier it is to relax! I find that it’s also best to help patients overcome their fears even if only a little at a time. One nice fellow I remember used to hyperventilate and shake even when we were just looking at a check up. Overtime he used to fall asleep within 10 minutes in the chair every time! While you may not always look forward to a dental visit with huge enthusiasm, it can become stress free for anyone. Talk to a dentist you are very comfortable with, share any concerns you have and work together with them to get the best from their team.

Dr Gilbert Stehbens (The Smile Doctor) has a passion for general and cosmetic dentistry. For and enquiries or a consultation he can be contacted on 09 488 9050, at Killarney Dental 62A Killarney Street, Takapuna.

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EXPLORING THE SHORE: with Kellie Larson



On to lesson number three… Perhaps a wee bit less adventurous than Stand Up Paddling but definitely something I have wanted to do for ages, I went ahead and completed a composting class. Quick definition: Composting is a process which mimics nature, by recycling organic material through methods that lead to the eventual break down of the ingredients, and the by-product is used as fertilizer. So, here’s how I got started. Starting with a simple Google search, I found the Create Your Own Eden events page on the Auckland City Council website. Facilitated by the Kaipatiki Project on behalf of the council, free 3-hour courses are offered throughout Auckland. Finding a date, time and venue that suited me, I booked online. Don’t worry, there are a range of North Shore locations and class times including weekday evenings and Saturday mornings. On a Thursday evening, I arrived to a group of approximately 20 people keen to learn. Some were well versed in gardening, soil and all things plants! Others were like me, and had no clue other than the fact that they wanted somewhere other than the rubbish



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bin to throw their apple cores in. We were very much a mixed bag. The course was excellent. And satisfied the needs and questions of us all. We started with general, conventional composting knowledge and facts: • What is green versus brown matter? • What is the correct ratio of green to brown matter – and the warning signs that the balance is off? • What are the benefits? • How to get started? And types of bins? Then we took a tour of the grounds, as I was at the home of the Kaipatiki Project in Birkdale, it was around the Eskdale Bush Scenic Reserve. With the basic knowledge covered, we then moved into new techniques such as worm farms and Bokashi buckets. My new vocabulary makes me feel very knowledgeable! My interest was in the worm farms, as I live in a flat and don’t have room for conventional composting. So for this section of the course, my ears were on full alert. The worm farm is simply a set of concealed boxes that sit in a sheltered area that contains worms to break down organic waste from your house – including fruit and vegetables, paper, tissues and egg shells. Neat and contained, most systems (around $60) come with everything you need to start – including the worms! And all you have to do is add your waste each day. The end result is nutrient rich liquid (known as worm tea) to be used as fertilizer for your garden beds or pots, and nutrient rich compost to add to your soil. The great thing about this system is that once you are started, the system and worms continue to regenerate, meaning that your investment builds on itself. I am very excited about this option – I now just have to figure out what I can do with the compost, as my only plant right now is the pot of basil from the supermarket on my kitchen window sill! Another interesting technique was the Bokashi fermentation bucket – where all food except for large meat bones are packed into an airtight container, and fermented with a special powder additive. Made up, it looks like stacked paint buckets, the micro organisms in the powder help to ferment the food to make it suitable to put back into your garden, as another form of fertilizer. While this technique may sound strange to some, the sample bucket we observed had very little smell and allowed our instructor to minimise all food scraps from her rubbish – much more than what is allowed in a worm farm. The course was very, very informative with a great instructor who answered all of our questions with passion. I have walked away, more than confident to start my own composting efforts that will suit my flatting lifestyle, and I also have ideas for one day when I have my own garden and more green space. Be sure to check out for more information on composting and composting classes, and if leading a greener lifestyle is one of your New Year’s resolutions you can also check out for a range of other courses including Nana Technologies and Edible Gardening.

TIGHT LINES & NO LIES: Fishing with Hunts Sports of Milford


Our Channel Magazine fishing page is provided by Ian Hunt from Hunts Sports Store – that institution up the hill from Milford on East Coast Road. Hunts are big into fishing and also supply darts and accessories. ‘Hunty’ is a colourful character who has the answer for all your fishing requirements and he’s sure to have a story or two as well. Hunts have been part of the local community since 1963.


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It has been a great few weeks with lots of table fish all in a row in the inner Harbour. If you have been traveling over the bridge, and looked left or right, you will know exactly what I mean. A couple of weeks ago Sue and I had to go to the fish markets at the bottom of town. I must admit I haven’t been there for years and I discovered that it is still a great visit to get a sack of mussels to smoke. Going over the bridge Sue counted 28 boats off Kauri Point – that kind of tells you where the little blighters are hanging out at the moment. The edges of the Rangitoto Channel are starting to fire up so don’t forget to book your parking space as the pressure on this area is huge with the early morning or late evening going into dark definitely fishing the best. I have had a few reports from fisho’s that around Tiritiri Matangi is also producing some nice fish – both on softbaits and good old smelly baits. If you are choosing to go out wide my suggestion is that you watch your sounder with baitflies at the ready as there are schools of baitfish around and you can’t get them any fresher. They make great Kingfish baits or bait for the freezer. Sue got a chance to go to the Moke’s with Brett Rathe on Assassin (Warkworth Boat & Fishing Charters aka Assassin Fishing Charters) and had a great day with a 24 kilogram Kingfish taken on a live bait and a mixed bag to boot. Dodgy’s father also recently caught and released a nice local Kingfish around the 8 kilogram mark on a fly rod, not a bad effort for an old fella! Enjoy March – it is shaping up as a big month for fishing. Tight Lines & No Lies, Dodgy & Hunty.

Ben Moore (5 years old) with his 19 pound fish, caught on Labour Weekend off Kawau Island. Ben is the lad in the middle with his brothers - Jake (right) and Seb (left).

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the Smales Farm location because of its convenient location near to the northern motorway and associated public transport, as well as proximity to NZTA (New Zealand Transport Agency), which “We can’t yet name the prospective is a key partner. NZTA has a $6.5 million tenants for levels three and four, but we traffic operation expect to sign contracts in centre at Smales the near future,” he says. “We have fabulous access to the Northern motorway Farm, providing a “This will leave only the now, plus we still have the hub that enables top floor still available New Zealand to facilities we enjoyed in for lease. The top floor monitor its highways Parnell – a coffee culture, is quite special, enjoying on a nationwide basis. 360 degree views around shops and a nice vibe.”

“Smales Farm was ideal in that it provided us with a single space to improve integration of our northern operations teams, including roading operations and community transport,” David Warburton says.

the building, potentially with naming rights. It’s a superb workplace for some lucky company.”

Amplifon’s Managing Director James Whittaker says his company is using the TelstraClear Building as a practical and convenient way to amalgamate two separate locations without increasing staff travel time.

Levels one and two are now fully leased, and levels three and four are under negotiation, says Smales Farm General Manager Daniel Henderson.

Auckland Transport is responsible for all of the region’s transport services (excluding state highways) including roads and footpaths, cycling, parking and public transport.

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our support staff can talk with field staff. Our office design is helping to support continued improvements in client service, and is growing the culture of our company.” Vibrant colour in the new Amplifon fitout.

“Our staff have moved from Parnell and the top of the North Shore,” he says. “The Smales Farm location is fantastic. Staff travel time has stayed the same or improved. We have fabulous access to the Northern motorway now, plus we still have the facilities we enjoyed in Parnell – a coffee culture, shops and a nice vibe.” Amplifon has designed its new office to have a central meeting and coffee point, ensuring staff interact with each other

throughout the day. “You have to walk past your colleagues, so people have informal meetings and catch up with one another without effort,” James Whittaker says. “We have also invested in a superb training facility at Smales Farm. We run two chains of hearing clinics – Bay Audiology and National Hearing Care – and the bulk of our staff work out in the field. The training facility is where

The TelstraClear Building is the corporate headquarters of national telecommunications carrier TelstraClear. It was designed by award-winning architects Warren and Mahoney to meet international best practice in terms of design, future-proofing and sustainability. The building has been officially recognised by the Ministry for the Environment as one of the most architecturally significant and distinctive landmarks in Auckland.

Smales Farm launches Facebook ‘day in the life’ photo competition You could win one of ten prizes just by taking a photo at Smales Farm – of anything or anyone you choose – and posting it onto Smales Farm’s Facebook wall. Smales Farm is celebrating the launch of a new website and There are ten prizes to be won, and you can choose a prize Facebook page by running a photo competition called ‘A day you really want: Choose breakfast for two at Columbus Café, in the life’. Everyone is welcome to enter. “Technical merit is not the or lunch for two at Hatsuhana Sushi and Noodle Bar, Just take a snap anywhere at Smales Farm most important criteria or lunch for two at Quarry Bar, or a month’s free gym and upload it to Smales Farm’s Facebook – you don’t have to be a membership at Smales Farm Fitness, or a free lash wall, write a short caption saying where and and brow tint at Vivo Beauty, or a free men’s haircut professional to win.” what it is, and you’re in to win. at Servilles Barber. (All companies and services are onsite at Smales Farm in Takapuna.) The photo competition is open until the end of March 2012. Judging will take place on Monday 2 April, with prize winners contacted on Facebook the same day. Photos may win because they evoke a mood or feeling, or give a sense of place or time, or just because they are fun or candid. So whether you’re in a meeting, walking the grounds, having lunch or just chatting by the water cooler, start snapping! Visit facebook to enter as many times as you like.

Terms and conditions Competition runs until 31 March 2012. Winners will be contacted via Facebook. All prizes can be claimed at the Smales Farm Management office in the Q4 Building (above Columbus Coffee) at Smales Farm, on the corner of Northcote and Taharoto Roads – please bring some ID. By entering the competition you authorise Smales Farm to use images for promotional purposes.

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“People don’t need to understand banks, banks need to understand people.”

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

ASB Smales Farm branch

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

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

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

“Servilles Barber is about fuss-free haircuts for the modern man who is short on time but still requires great style and a quality cut.” Jeremy Foster-Moan, Owner

Quarry Bar at Smales Farm offers lunch, dinner and bar snacks in surroundings that are both smart and comfortable. With a choice of indoor or al fresco seating, it’s the perfect place for a meal or just a quiet drink with friends. Come in and check out their great menu today! Quarry also offers the ultimate venue for private functions.

Servilles Barber is an extension of the Servilles philosophy to deliver a personalised service, to meet the needs of today’s busy professional men. Servilles Barber is a man’s space, simple and masculine. No bookings required, come in and enjoy Sky Sport, men’s magazines and the latest range of professional hair products.

Monday – Friday 11.30am to Late Saturday – 12.00pm to Late Call us on 915 0101

Sun & Mon closed, Tue, Wed & Fri 8.00am to 6.00pm Thurs 8.00am to 7.00pm Sat 9.00am to 2.00pm

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

“The Hamper is a corner dairy, fruit shop and dry cleaning agent rolled into one.” Peter and Jenny Zou, Owners

Daniel Noble, Manager Order on the internet, from your mobile or watch our friendly staff make your food – just the way you like it. We custom make every order: breakfast, lunch and dinner. We have excellent catering options for all sized functions, and you can collect loyalty points with SUBCARD. Open from 6.30am weekdays Text orders to jc3553 Online ordering at

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Convenience store ‘The Hamper’ brings unique one-stop shopping to Smales Farm. You can get anything from a pie and a bottle of coke to frozen meals, sandwiches, cakes, muffins, magazines, chocolates, groceries and personal items. 7.00am to 6.00pm weekdays 9.00am to 4.00pm Saturday Call us on 488 7070

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

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

Jayson Hayde, Owner

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

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

Monday – Friday 10.00am to 3.30pm Call us on 488 0210

From 6.00am weekdays and 8.00am weekends. Call us on 486 3200

“We offer Accident & Medical 24/7, G.P afterhours and a reduced fee for After-hour Network qualifying groups.”

“Shorecare Pharmacy at Smales Farm is open from 8.30am until 11.00pm every day.” Bryan Rowney, Director

Dr Hilton Jones, Shorecare Medical Director

Shorecare’s new accident and medical clinic is open to everyone 24/7 on a casual, walk-in basis. It provides a comprehensive range of services, including physiotherapy, X-ray and ultrasound, for the entire North Shore population. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Ground floor, Sovereign House, Smales Farm

Shorecare Pharmacy at Smales Farm sells a full range of pharmacy retail products including cosmetics, vitamins and supplements, baby products, sunscreens and sun hats, toilet bags and gifts, in addition to prescriptions and medicines. It is the last pharmacy to close on the North Shore every night. Shop 8, Q4 Building 8.30am to 11.00pm seven days 365 days of the year Call us on 488 0880

“Welcome to the next generation of kiwi dentistry. Our brand new dental clinic is open 7 days a week.”

“Here at Vivo, we specialise in professional hair & beauty treatments that make you look good AND feel great!

Dr Andrew Campbell, owner of The Tooth Company

Vivo Hair & Beauty, Takapuna.

The Tooth Company is located adjacent to Shorecare accident and medical centre and is open late nights and weekends for dental emergencies, checkups and general dental treatments. We are a fresh innovative dental clinic set up to provide our patients with access to modern dental treatment at a competitive price.

We offer a variety of different facials depending on skin type, skin condition and skin concerns. Visit Vivo for a 60 minute facial and receive a brow tidy, brow tint AND lash tint ABSOLUTELY FREE!

Shop 8a, Q4 Building 8.30am – 9.00pm week days 9.00am – 4.00pm Saturday & Sunday Call us on 410 9971 Book online at:

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ANZ Business Centre, Corinthian Drive Albany The Smales Farm brand is now ‘virtual’ following the purchase of the ANZ Business Centre. Smales Farm has expanded beyond the geographical footprint of the Smales Farm Technology Office Park in Takapuna. The ANZ Business Centre is managed by Smales Farm Management Services, in keeping with Smales Farm’s philosophy of high quality and excellent service. We’ll see you there!

“The beginner classes offer 26 poses that anyone can do.”

“We specialise in men’s haircutting and colouring in a male environment.”

Andy Edwards, Owner

Jackie Warren, Manager

Bikram yoga is practiced in a room heated to just above body temperature. Practitioners enjoy a wide range of health benefits including pain relief, weight loss, improved sleep and relief from tension, stress and anger. All this, plus a more flexible body.

Want to look sharp this weekend? Then come and get your hair cut at everyguy – the salon for guys. No appointment necessary, just come when it’s convenient for you and enjoy Sky TV, Xbox and Playstation.

Classes run 7 days a week at two Shore locations – Albany at ANZ Business Centre call 415 4902, and Glenfield at 75 Porana Rd call 444 4070.

“We think our flamegrilled peri peri chicken is the best in the world.” Ashwini Kumar, Owner

Call us on 414 4026. (No appointment necessary.) Open 7 days. Mon 10.00am to 5.00pm Tues & Thurs 10.00am to 7.00pm Wed 9.00am to 7.00pm. Fri 9.00am to 5.00pm. Sat 8.30am to 3.00pm. Sun 10.00am to 2.00pm.

“We serve Yum Cha 7 days a week, or try our famous Peking Duck.” Connie Ng, Owner

Nandos spicy, Portuguese-style chicken is trimmed of fat before being marinated for 24 hours and flame grilled. Have fun in your own kitchen cooking with a range of sauces, marinades and dressings that are exclusive to Nandos. Choose from East African, Thai, Moroccan and Mediterranean flavours.

North Sea Village is a Chinese restaurant that specialises in food from the Southern half of China. It uses only Southern Chinese chefs, so the flavours are authentic. The Peking Duck is so good, it has its own loyal following. Live seafood is also a speciality – including paua, clams and crayfish.

Call us on 442 2044 Open 7 days 10.00am to 10.00pm

Call us on 441 3332 Mon – Fri 10.30am to 10.00pm Sat and Sun 9.00am to 10.00pm

“We are open 7 days for all your liquor needs.” Dennis Tiktonov, Owner

“Treat yourself to an Osmosis Medi-Facial and get one FREE.” The Face Place Albany

Salute Liquor stocks a great range of wine, beer, cider, spirits, mixers and liqueurs. We specialise in vodka, and stock many different varieties of Russian vodka. Come to us for all your liquor needs and enjoy our friendly service. Call us on 414 6366 Open 7 days Mon & Tues 12.00pm to 9.00pm Wed – Sat 12.00pm to 11.00pm Sun 1.00pm to 8.00pm

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The Face Place focuses on facial rejuvenation treatments including BOTOX®, dermal fillers and rolling, microdermabrasion and Medi-facials which provide natural looking results that help you look and feel great! Phone us now and mention this ad to give your skin a treat, leaving it refreshed and revitalised: you’ll be glad you did! Call us now on 415 0520

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This loveable 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 Louise O’Sullivan (left) with her own dog Indie and members of her DogHQ team.

IT’S HEALTHY TO OWN A PET There are so many aspects of owning a pet that are beneficial for our health. Not only the obvious physical benefit of walking a dog, but also several mental and social benefits as well. Particularly for children, the responsibility, care and personal sacrifice that comes with raising a dependent animal provides valuable life lessons. Even the hard lessons like dealing with grief. Educators have long known that bringing therapy animals (mostly dogs) into schools helps developmentally challenged kids learn. Now they are finding that all children can benefit from the presence of a nonjudgmental pal with paws. In one study, children were asked to read in front of a peer, an adult, and a dog. Researchers monitored their stress levels, and found that kids were most relaxed around the animal, not the humans. Curling up with a dog or cat (or rabbit maybe) is likely to assist children who are struggling to read. In another study, children were asked what advice they would give less-popular kids for making friends. The top answer didn’t focus on a cool toy or must-have sneakers. It was: Get a pet. Whether a guinea pig or a pony, an animal gives a child something to talk about and a shared interest with other kids. Animals are also a great source of comfort. When a group of 5-year-old pet owners were asked what they did when they felt sad, angry, afraid, or when they had a secret to share, more than 40 percent spontaneously mentioned turning to their pets. Kids who get support from their animal companions were rated by their parents as less anxious and withdrawn. And it doesn’t stop at childhood. Studies have demonstrated several physical health benefits for pet owners, including lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and reduced stress levels. One US study found that after heart patients left the hospital, those who owned dogs had a much better chance of survival than those who did not. The health benefits of pets can be seen most dramatically in their interactions with those who are ill, handicapped or elderly. Pets are now commonly brought into hospitals and nursing homes to provide consistent companionship for people who are isolated and having difficulty reaching out. The animals successfully help fight depression and can rekindle an interest in life. In New Zealand, organisations such as Therapy Dogs and Canine Friends provide charitable therapy for the ill and the elderly. So before you dis-count pet ownership as a waste of time and money, consider the improved quality of life these creatures provide. They are worth it!



The deadline for submissions into the standardisation of dog-related bylaws across Auckland has now closed. New policy will take effect in October this year. See the Auckland Council website for more detail.

Why leave your dog home alone every day when it can have a day of play at DogHQ?!

INDIE’S INSIGHTS With the hot and muggy Auckland weather in full force, many dogs I know are currently complaining about skin conditions and driving their owners mad with all the scratching. Whilst fleas and flea allergies are often the cause of skin irritation, they are not the only culprits. Other wellknown causes for stressful scratching in dogs and cats are incompatible diets and plant allergies such as grass and wandering jew. Tracking down the root cause will require a process of elimination and if things are getting very stressful… a trip to the vet would be recommended to help alleviate the symptoms whilst you work out a solution.

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BELLING at Harvey Norman British kitchen appliance brand Belling has been a big hit at the Harvey Norman Wairau Park cooking showroom over the past few months. Established in 1912, the brand has well and truly stood the test of time. Belling has built their reputation on producing innovative yet affordable familyfriendly appliances. One out of every five households in the UK has a Belling stove and its popularity is growing quickly in New Zealand. The Belling brand is revolutionising at-home cooking by combining function and style in modern kitchen appliances. Due to the popularity of cooking shows such as MasterChef ‘cooking fever’ has spread, leading to an increased demand for high-performance cooking appliances for the home. Thanks to Harvey Norman Wairau Park, you can experience the Belling kitchen appliances to their full potential in their state-of-the-art cooking showroom – the largest of its kind in the country. Every great cook needs to know they’re getting great appliances to match, so it’s only fair that customers take the Belling kitchen appliances for a test-run. This is Harvey Norman’s flagship cooking showroom where they have lots of live cooking demonstrations and training for staff from all over the country. With the extensive and versatile range of products available from Belling, world leaders in cooker and oven design, those who love cooking are truly spoilt for choice. The added bonus is that customers can have a play and actually try out what they are buying by cooking at Harvey Norman’s Wairau Park cooking showroom. Belling kitchen appliances come in a range of stylish and modern designs – so whether customers need a

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Harvey Norman Sales Con sultants Kim Moscrip and Hazel Callen beside the Belling Appliances in their massive Wairau Park cook ing showroom.

classic, retro look, or a sophisticated and contemporary appearance for their home, there’s a Belling cooking appliance to suit their kitchen. The Belling brand is also behind a number of world firsts, including the induction upright oven, a range of single inbuilt and freestanding double ovens, 90cm triple ovens, 110cm quadruple ovens with an added slow cooker, and double 60cm freestanding ovens for cooking dinner and dessert at the same time. “Belling has been a fantastic addition to the range we have on offer for customers,” says store manager Terry Gordon. “Belling appliances use modern innovation and design to make cooking and cleaning in the kitchen easier than ever. Their unique features include removable sliding glass on oven doors, a seamless internal finish, a superior cavity fan to keep the door under 50 degrees, pristine enamel for three times easier cleaning, and an intensive bake function to cut out the step of blind-baking pastry. This is truly a quality brand that has a heritage that dates back 100 years.” 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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HURSTMERE HOOLEY: St Patrick’s Day on Hurstmere Road

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HURSTMERE HOOLEY: St Patrick’s Day on Hurstmere Road

Shillelaghs, shamrocks and shenanigans, it’s a day to eat, drink and be Irish – the world famous Hurstmere Hooley is on in Takapuna again for St Patrick’s Day! For the third year in a row three of the Takapuna strip’s top bars – Led by the Shore’s leading Irish Pub Florrie McGreal’s – are getting together once again on St Paddy’s Day (Saturday March 17th) to celebrate and fondly toast the Patron Saint of Ireland. With a special permit acquired to occupy the footpath for the entire day, a Green Zone will be created outside the Florrie McGreal’s and neighbouring pubs O’Blankenberge and The Elephant Wrestler. This is becoming an iconic event which is put on by the same group of bars that made the Rugby World Cup such a party in Takapuna. Festivities will begin at 9am with the serving of a “Top of the Morning” Traditional Irish Breakfast. Typical Irish fare will also be available throughout the day. Live entertainment starts at 11am on a specially erected stage, and will continue throughout the afternoon and evening with contemporary and traditional Irish bands performing along with Irish dancers. It will be a massive hooley once again! Between 11am and 2pm you will be entertained by Jerry & Jono, music and craic with Auckland’s top Irish musicians, playing traditional Irish music. At 2pm we welcome Irish dancers from the Bredesen School of Traditional Irish Dancers. Between 3pm and 6pm enjoy contemporary Irish Rock Music from “The Banned”. Irish dancers from the Bredesen School return again at 6pm before Paddy Mac (Traditional Irish Music) takes the stage at 7pm through until 10pm. After the footpath entertainment ties up at 10pm, live entertainment will continue inside Florrie McGreal’s and The Elephant Wrestler. Colm McNeill-O’Keeffe, the manager of Florrie


McGreal’s Irish Pub has previously been involved in loads of St Patricks Day celebrations throughout the world is excited about the day. “2010 was great, but the 2011 St Patrick’s Day Hooley in Hurstmere Road exceeded everyone’s expectations even further and we are stepping it up again this year. It is fantastic having those with Irish heritage – and even those that do not – dress up to the extent of being body painted, celebrate what is probably the second biggest party in the world. This annual event – Hurstmere Hooley – is now like Takapuna’s own mini Wellington sevens.” There will also be a real festival atmosphere on the Hurstmere Strip during the days around St Patricks Day. Florrie McGreals Irish Pub has a “Four Days of St Patricks Celebration” while “Paddy’s 4-Leaf Weekend” is on at The Elephant Wrestler. Celebrations go from Thursday right through to Sunday. Takapuna is certainly the place to be to toast the Patron Saint of Ireland in 2012. Bookings for the St Patrick’s Day Hurstmere Hooley Breakfast are available by either telephoning 486 6330 or emailing

This is becoming an iconic event which is put on by the same group of bars that made the Rugby World Cup such a party in Takapuna. Join in the St Patrick’s Day celebrations on Hurstmere Road with… Florrie Mcgreals Irish Pub: 138 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna Beach, Ph 4866330. O’Blankenberge: 136 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna Beach, Ph 486 6330. The Elephant Wrestler: 138 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna Beach, Ph 489 8030. Issue 19 - MARCH 2012


CHANNEL FEATURE INTERVIEW: Mike Stanley, The Millennium As our readers will be well aware of

Mike Stanley.

by now, in Channel Magazine we love highlighting the really good things

that are happening on the Shore. In

this issue, we have picked one of the

absolute gems – the redevelopment of the Millennium Institute of Sport &

Health in Mairangi Bay. Always with these types of things, there are some

very special people driving them. At

Millennium this is their long-serving CEO Mike Stanley. Aidan Bennett

went along to have a chat with Mike in early February, to provide readers with the full story on the redevelopment that’s taking place.

For those of us who are lucky enough to pay frequent visits to the Millennium Institute of Sport & Health in Mairangi Bay – it is also the base for my doctor – it is quite a thrill to see the magnificent changes that are taking place. This was a great facility when it was first established a decade ago, but when the current redevelopment is completed it will be truly world class. While construction is continuing, some very impressive parts of the ambitious upgrade opened early in the New Year – including the new gym, a spacious new entry area and foyer, as well as the new AUT University offices. The Millennium Institute of Sport and Health was established in 2002 to assist more New Zealand athletes to win on the world stage and to help the community lead fitter, healthier, longer lives. The establishment of the facility was driven by Graeme Avery (who was then heavily involved in North Harbour Bays Athletics), the North Shore Swimming Club (which had a desire for a 50 metre swimming pool), Northsport (weightlifting) and Sir Stephen Tindall, who was involved in local water polo. Rangitoto College, under the leadership of the late Allan Peachey, was also involved from the perspective that the athletics field was on Ministry of Education land. It is well documented that Graeme Avery was the driving force behind the Millennium Institute of Sport and Health. It was Graeme who approached Mike Stanley to take on the role of CEO back in early 2002. “Graeme saw New Zealand slipping behind in athletics and wanted to do something about it,” explained Mike Stanley, when quizzed about the origins of the place. “The Atlanta Olympics (1996) had been our lowest medal tally ever, and Graeme and others had seen the success Aussie was having with their AIS concept (Australian Institute of Sport) and wanted to do something similar. His vision was to create a New Zealand home for elite sport.” Mike Stanley is best known for rowing. He was good enough to be chosen for two Olympics. He was picked as part of the Coxed Four crew for Moscow in 1980. This was the Olympics that many countries in the world ended up boycotting – including New Zealand – due to Russia’s involvement in Afghanistan. He then rowed in the Eight’s at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984. He also won two world championship gold medals during his career. Mike has had a long association with the Olympic Movement, first as a competitor in rowing and then as the CEO of Rowing New Zealand. He was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in 1995, became a member of the New Zealand Olympic Committee in 2003 and was elected President in 2009, a post he still holds. Mike Stanley is a real Shore local. As a young lad he attended Westlake Boys, went into teaching and taught Geography and Sport at Westlake Boys, as well as at Long Bay College. Along the way Mike married Jane, a fellow New Zealand rower, and they still row and coach at the North Shore Rowing Club. The Stanleys have three children, now aged between 19 and 24 – Cameron, Leah and Jordan. They live

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The new-look Millennium in Castor Bay. The family is well-known for their continued involvement in local sport and the community. Mike moved from teaching into sports management, eventually becoming CEO of Rowing New Zealand. This was followed by a stint in the corporate world with Mighty River Power. “I initially became a trustee of the Millennium Institute of Sport and Health through my involvement with the North Shore Swimming Club,” added Mike when explaining how the connection first came about. “One day Graeme invited me for a coffee. He offered me the CEO role and from memory his words were something along the lines of... it was about time I stopped being the ‘dam man’ and did something worthwhile. This referred to the work I was doing for Mighty River Power on the Waikato Hydro project. It was an offer that was hard to refuse given the fantastic vision Graeme had.” So what led to the decision for the major redevelopment that’s taking place? “After 10 years the facility was quite clearly at capacity. The number of people who used the pool, gym and track were exceeding what it was built for. The fact also that the community was sharing facilities with our high performance athletes meant that each sector was being compromised. Their needs are quite different. Within the community we need to cater for high numbers of people, while the high performance athlete’s needs are more specific. “A key driver was to further develop our facilities from the commercial perspective as well. This is why we have placed a huge emphasis on creating a fantastic gym facility. The revenue from this and other parts of the operation that are also being redeveloped, such as the lodge and the pool, improve our ability to meet operational expenses.” The Millennium is also now officially the National Training Centre for High Performance Sport. The facility is referred to often as the AUT Millennium. I asked Mike Stanley to explain this relationship. “The arrangement started with AUT being a tertiary partner. They were a contributor



CHANNEL FEATURE INTERVIEW: Mike Stanley, The Millennium

This early artist's impression of the new enlarged Millennium shows that it will almost double in size on completion.

The new entrance features a striking silver fern.

Closely aligned with the AUT University is the amazing new gym for New Zealand’s high performance athletes. Here our top athletes will be able to train in a world class facility, surrounded by world class equipment and have virtually all the support services they need. You can almost smell gold medals as you walk through the place!

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of funds to the initial facility. AUT is probably the strongest tertiary institution in sport and recreation in the country, which meant it was a natural fit. They were keen to be a bigger part of the redeveloped facility, and space at their Akoranga site was at a premium. We have now formed a 50/50 joint venture with AUT that is called the AUT Millennium Ownership Trust (AMOT), which owns the entire facility. So the entire facility is known as the AUT Millennium. “As a result of all this, AUT University is the Millennium Institute’s principal tertiary education and applied Sport Science services and research partner. It provides a comprehensive range of Sport Science support services and applied research projects, as well as education and career opportunities for Millennium Institute athletes. As part of the School of Community Health and Sports Studies, research and postgraduate level workshops are held on-site, integrating the academic with the practical in a truly applied situation.” The new AUT University area is a really interesting part of the new Millennium facility. It has been created by additional internal floors being added within the indoor training facility at the southern, or lodge end, of the complex. I was lucky enough to have Mike Stanley give me a guided tour of the labs and testing (Sports Science) facilities. They are certainly state of the art and everything is brand new. Lots of very clever looking people working with impressive looking apparatus. Closely aligned with the AUT University is the amazing new gym for New Zealand’s high performance athletes. Here our top athletes will be able to train in a world class facility, surrounded by world class equipment and have virtually all the support services they need. You can almost smell gold medals as you walk through the place! Another real boost for the facility – and the North Shore – is the decision by High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ), a new subsidiary of SPARC, to have their national base at AUT Millennium. This body is responsible for developing and supporting the country’s elite athletes, so as a country we have more winners on the


Inside the new AUT sports science laboratory.

The entrance to the new Millennium Gym.

world stage. Mike Stanley is also on the board of HPSNZ which is being led by recently appointed CEO Alex Baumann. Baumann, a swimmer at the Los Angeles Olympics, is highly Inside the new Millennium Gym. regarded for leading the successful ‘Podium Program’ in his home country of Canada. If you haven’t had a look at the changes that have been made at AUT Millennium, then it is worth going for a browse. A striking feature is the facade of the new four level building that has been built on the Northern end of the facility. The new main entrance is appropriately black with a silver fern. Once you are in the main entrance, you are greeted with images of many of New Zealand’s most successful athletes. The foyer and interactive sports and media centre, which will also include a new cafe over coming months, links the new building with the existing building and pool. The new building to the left is home to the sensational brand new Millennium Gym, on the first floor. Membership of this gym is open to the public, giving them access to totally new equipment and facilities. Also in this new building are the offices of High Performance Sport New Zealand and AUT personnel, as well as research and postgraduate students (second floor). High Performance Sport New Zealand are on the third floor. On the ground floor is a new home for Subway, as well as an Orthopaedic Centre run by Matt Brick and a Radiology centre where X-rays, MRIs and CAT scans will be carried out. If you continue down through the new foyer, you eventually reach the area that was the old Millennium entrance and reception. Work is well underway on turning this area into new offices for Canoe Racing New Zealand and Tennis New Zealand. Medical centre Healthzone remains in the same space with refurbishment planned. Upstairs on the first floor, the Millennium Conferencing Centre and Management offices are all being upgraded and reconfigured. This will provide more space for functions. This is all stage one of the $43 million development. Stage two involves the building of a second 10 lane/50 metre pool, as well as a warm up and learn-to- swim pool, on the site that is currently the main car park. This will complete the Auckland Regional Aquatic Centre. As a result there will be more international swimming meets, with two 50 metre pools enabling growth in swimming and water polo. “The demand for these water sports facilities is massive, with our one pool at capacity,” says Mike Stanley. “Having the second 10 lane/50 metre pool will be a great relief. Not only for us, but also for the entire Auckland region where there is a desperate need for another pool of world class standard.” So that folks, is the ‘new’ Millennium. A real asset for the North Shore community and a true world class facility. Visit: Issue 19 - MARCH 2012


QUANTUM EVENTS: Upcoming Summer Events

State King Of The Bays


With over 6000 registrations expected this season for the State NZ Ocean Swim Series there’s bound to be a few familiar faces. The nationwide series, founded by North Shore residents Scott and Natasha Rice, attracts recreational swimmers ranging in age from seven through to inspirational 80-year-olds and caters for all capabilities. Swimmers can expect to rub shoulders with some of Australasia’s top open water swimmers, many of them using the series to vie for sought after places in New Zealand’s Olympic team. The next swim, which is the fifth in this series calendar, is the State Sand to Surf taking place in Mt Maunganui on March 10 and expected to attract 850 swimmers. The series finishes with the iconic State King of the Bays from Milford Beach to Takapuna – which is regarded as the country’s premier ocean swim event. Starting back in 2004, it has grown from just 300 swimmers in that first year to over 1300. A familiar face lining up will be popular broadcaster, Kerre Woodham. The plucky blonde, renowned for her marathon achievements, recently swapped her running shoes for a wetsuit. Not usually known for doing things by halves, Woodham, with the help of a professional coach, has thrown herself into training. She is slowly increasing her distance with each of the three events leading up to the final State King of the Bays event where she plans to ‘Go Long’ with the 2.8km swim. “I hope that after the State King of the Bays Kerre hangs onto her wetsuit and keeps up with her ocean swimming. Once most people get the ocean swimming bug it stays with them for life,” says an enthusiastic Scott Rice, State NZ Ocean Swim Series’, Event Director. In fact New Zealand’s best known ocean swimmer, Philip Rush, who still holds records for multiple crossings of the Cook Strait and English Channel, believes the massive increase in people of all ages and capabilities who have taken up open water swimming is all down to Rice and the development of the series. “We’ve seen a massive swell in numbers around the country. Open water swimming is becoming an accepted way to keep fit and keep active. And that’s all down to Scott,” said Rush, now Swimming New Zealand’s open water swim manager.

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The King of the Bays on Saturday 31 March has always attracted the best of the best as well. Winners have included world surf lifesaving champion Brent Foster, leading kiwis Kane Radford, Haydn Woolley, Cory Hutchings, Steven Kent and Dylan Dunlop-Barrett and Australian champion Trent Grimsey. In the women’s, the race was dominated by Olympian Helen Norfolk for many years and of late, world class Kate Brookes-Peterson from Australia and kiwi stars Cara Baker and Charlotte Webby. The State NZ Ocean Swim Series is made up of six swims starting in Auckland with the iconic State Harbour Crossing and including swims in Northland, Wellington, Christchurch, Bay of Plenty and winding up with the State King of the Bays Swim on 31 March. For information and to enter either the State Sand to Surf in Mt Maunganui on March 10 or the State King of the Bays at Takapuna Beach on March 31 visit

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UPCOMING EVENTS: North Harbour Club


TWO BIG EVENTS FOR NORTH HARBOUR CLUB in March and April The North Harbour Club has a superb lineup of interesting and entertaining fundraising functions planned for 2012, with two of the best being held over the next two months. A lunch focussing on the maximising the business opportunities in China; and a Charity Ball, which is shaping up as the “society event of the year”.

Lexus of North Shore Charity Lunch Thursday March 15th, North Harbour Stadium, 12noon

China: The Opportunities Key Note Speaker: Tim Groser MC: Mike Hosking The first Lexus of North Shore Charity Lunch is shaping up to be the most interesting and informative event of the year. With China becoming increasingly important to the New Zealand economy the trustees of the North Harbour Club have invited a range of experts, each one involved in this market, to share information with local business people. The key note speaker will be New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser. In his role he has been heavily involved with China so will provide lunch guests with an informative address regarding his experiences in this emerging market, and share the governments plan to maximise the opportunities that exist. The Minister will then join a panel of business leaders, all with experience in China, to further discuss and debate how New Zealand can maximise the opportunities. The discussion will be facilitated by MC Mike Hosking. As this issue went to press those confirmed as part of this panel were; Michelle Wall (North Shore resident and director of Dash Brands, a significant Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) business that is growing at a rapid rate in Shanghai and across Yangtze River Delta in China); Mark Hiddleston (General Manager Commercial and Agri Auckland – China is a strategically important market for ANZ which has a branch at Chongqing, western China on the Yangtze River); Richard Yan (Who was born in China, educated in New Zealand and founded the Richina Group of companies). Tickets are available for this lunch from North Harbour Club General Manager, Catherine Lidgard. Email: or Phone 419 0273 or 021 277 0699. There will be three other Lexus of North Shore Charity Lunches in 2012. Thursday 24th May: Olympic Lunch at AUT Millennium, Mairangi Bay Wednesday 27th June: Fashion Lunch at Spencer On Byron Hotel, Takapuna Beach Thursday 9th August: Rugby/Sport Lunch, North Harbour Stadium.

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North Harbour Charity Ball Netball North Harbour and the North Harbour Club have joined forces to host the inaugural North Harbour Charity Ball to be held on Saturday April 28th. The aim is to make this the “society event of the year” with a view to it being held annually. All funds raised from the event will go to local Netball and to the North Harbour Club Charitable Trust’s AIMES Awards. The impressive new Onewa Arena at the AMI Netball Centre will be the venue for the 2012 North Harbour Charity Ball. The massive facility is capable of hosting a large crowd, making this ambitious Charity Ball possible north of the Harbour Bridge. “Our aim is that up to 700-800 people will get dressed up and really enjoy letting their hair down while being entertained by a great lineup of musicians and special guests,” says North Harbour Club President Peter Wall. “We are also thrilled to be joining forces with Netball North Harbour to celebrate 60 years, their Diamond Anniversary, which is why the Ball is appropriately taking on a diamond theme. It is an excuse for ladies to dress up, get their diamonds out, and sparkle.” The North Harbour Charity Ball with be hosted by MC’s April Ieremia and Shane Cortese, local North Shore residents well known for their support of charities. The headline act for the evening is James Reid, lead singer and ‘the voice’ of popular Kiwi rock group The Feelers. James will play a good number of the hits that have made The Feelers a household name in the New Zealand music industry. The big band sound will be provided by North Harbours’ own Big Swing Band. Complementing the band will be the “Sister’s of Swing” performing the music of the Andrews Sisters and the songs that made them famous. Combining a beautifully blended vocal trio with the big band will ensure a lively evening. As well as superb entertainment, the evening will also include a three course sit-down meal with fine wine, beer and refreshments. Tickets for the inaugural North Harbour Charity Ball are $175 plus GST per person or $1500 plus GST for a table of 10. They can be purchased online from the North Harbour Club website ( or by emailing North Harbour Club General Manager Catherine Lidgard ( Tickets are also available from the reception at the AMI Netball Centre. Issue 19 - MARCH 2012






Channel Magazine visited the Takapuna Market, and we ran into Cleo, Peter and Keegan. They shared with us what they had purchased with their family at the market that morning, before heading over to the beach for a picnic.

Be sure to check out these market favourites next time you visit the market on a Sunday morning!

Cleo’s favourite: a “cuddle buddy” pillow

Peter’s favourite: a new watch


Keegan’s favourite: a Sweet Chimney Hungarian pastry

In the shopping bag: A. Chorizo $7. B. Mustard from the Jolly Chef $3. C. Smoked Bacon $10. D. Turkish Bread $5. E. Feta Cheese Dip $7. F. Topshelf Kalamata Olive Tapenade $6.50.


C. Stand: Real Good American Brownies Products: Brownies! Location: Near the Mussel Madness truck Best Selling Product: Double Chocolate Brownie



Made from free range eggs, real butter and real vanilla – you can really taste the difference in these homemade brownies. Flavours include White Chocolate Blueberry, White Chocolate Vanilla Crème, White Chocolate Almond, Chocolate Caramel, Chocolate Raspberry, and the ever popular Double Chocolate. Be sure to get to the market early to grab your fresh brownies, as they sell out quickly –we have a sneaking suspicion that this is due to the fact that they always offer free samples! Brownies cost $3 each, or 4 for $10. E.

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By Adele Lendich, CEO of Netball North Harbour.

VBall & A Charity Ball AMI Netball North Harbour is extremely proud to be collaborating with the North Harbour Club in bringing ‘the event of the year’ to the people of the North Shore. This Charity Ball is expected to be HUGE in every aspect. Held in the new Onewa Arena and celebrating Netball’s 60 years – this diamond themed event gives everyone an excuse to dress up and enjoy a fantastic night out. We expect every aspect of the night to be a ‘wow’ feature, from the champagne and wine, to the food, to the entertainment, this evening will definitely be the event that people are talking about. Don’t miss out… Tickets are on sale NOW and can be purchased at or Whilst on the subject of the Ball… VBall has arrived at AMI Netball North Harbour. This is the game that Netball has been waiting for for a long time… a fast flowing five a side game with less rules, AND with less umpire whistle! VBall Social – playing Monday nights – aimed primarily at club players who (a) don’t play Social Twilight or (b) are looking for even more netball. VBall Corporate – two options, Tuesday lunchtimes and Friday evenings – aimed at Corporate teams . You will be back at work within the hour and will have had a 30 minute workout with your mates. VBall Ladies – Friday mornings – come and enjoy this new game and then head off to enjoy your morning coffee after a great workout with your friends.

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CELEBRATING 12 YEARS OF ROMANA’S PILATES Pilates Unlimited opened in 2000 and next month celebrates 12 years in business.

When the studio first opened Carole Fraser recalls people traveling from all over Auckland as Pilates Unlimited was the only studio in New Zealand under the training of Romana Kysanowska. Romana is the world-renowned protégé of Joseph Pilates. There are now six Romana studios in New Zealand, four in Auckland, offering Authentic Romana’s Pilates throughout New Zealand. In 2004 Romana came to visit Pilates Unlimited which was a real highlight sharing her knowledge and stories of working side by side with Joe Pilates. In 2008 the studio was given all the approvals from Romana’s Pilates New York to train apprentices in New Zealand. The certification is recognised worldwide, it is a very intensive training programme, which takes 12 months to complete. All of the instructors at Pilates Unlimited are fully trained and certified in this method. Nora Bonham and her niece Suzanne Hansen, Takapuna locals, have been coming to Pilates Unlimited for eight years. They are great advocates and over the years they have both seen the results that can be achieved through regular practice of Authentic Pilates. Nora and Suzanne book in two lessons a week. These are duo sessions when they work out together or a private one on one lesson. Clare Gladding started coming to Pilates Unlimited eight years ago. Since then Clare has introduced Pilates to her daughter Geraldine – who has now been a client for six years – then her husband Stuart, who in turn suggested son in law Richard started pilates too! Clare books in twice a week. One is a Duo session with her daughter. “Its great that we can do something together that we both enjoy and is very good for us,” says Clare. Recently Suzanne and Clare were test bodies for the apprentices doing their practical test and they both agreed there is a lot more to Romana’s Pilates than people realise. So if you would like to come and see for yourself please call the studio or pop in to see and discuss the options of getting you started in 2012.

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NORTHSIDE: with Mayor Len Brown For 2012 we are thrilled to have Mayor Len Brown as a regular contributor to the magazine. Len loves the magazine and sees it as a great way to improve communication with North Shore people.

SINGLE RATING SYSTEM One of the single biggest challenges facing the first Auckland Council is the introduction of a single rating system. The legislation that created the amalgamated Auckland requires us to merge the eight former councils’ rating policies and come up with one system based on capital value by 2013. This means that the rates will be worked out the same way for someone who owns a $600,000 house in Belmont as someone who owns a $600,000 house in Balmoral, Botany Downs or Titirangi. Overall, the council has settled on an average rates increase of just 3.6 per cent. That’s down from the more than 9 per cent increase we inherited and is a result of driving efficiencies in the organisation. However, when you bring different systems together it is inevitable that some people’s rates will go up and some will go down. The current situation means that 190,000 property owners could face rates increases of more than ten per cent. That didn’t seem fair, so we looked at more ways to make the transition as flexible and fair as possible. The Auckland Council Strategy and Finance Committee has endorsed me making an approach to the government for assistance with changing the legislation We think a minor law change, which I will request from the Minister of Local Government, will allow us to spread the impact of the transition so that those with the larger decreases offset those properties with the larger increases. For those facing increases, this small change in the Auckland Council legislation would enable the council to cap annual increases on residential rates throughout a three-year transition period to 10 per cent, and would phase any increases on business rates also over a three-year period. We are focused on managing the difficult transition to a single system at the same time as keeping costs down for Auckland ratepayers and investing in strengthening our region. Now we want to hear from you. Our rates and transition policies are part of the draft Long Term Plan, which is open for consultation. You will have received a mailer about the Long Term Plan including the proposed transition options. Read the information we have online and in libraries and service centres and let us know what you think. The decision to move to a single system based on capital value was one we had no say in. Making sure the transition is implemented in a fair and balanced manner is something we are determined to achieve. Visit:

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STAND UP PADDLING: with Mark Jackson Our regular Stand Up Paddling (SUP) contributor is the energetic Mark Jackson, North Shore native and owner of Stand Up Takapuna – that exciting new water sports centre that faces out to the beach in the heart of Takapuna. After 25 years competing and teaching in Hawaii, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, Mark Jackson has come home to spread the SUP word.

How to…

CHOOSE YOUR WEAPON It’s going viral in Takapuna. Some folks self-confess their addiction proudly. Like Joan Row, a Takapuna resident who is now an SUP saline junkie Manu Bennett’s – paddling every morning weapon of and working on getting her choice. neighbourhood hooked. Others like Dorin-VanRijsselberghe, the Windsurf Olympian from Jupiter, who overdoses like a candy addict, explodes like fireworks and makes headlines in the NZ Herald for his “Needle and the damage done” behaviour in the Tuesday night State Beach Series, make things more uncomfortable than trying to pronounce his surname! There’s even extremists like Raman Patel, ex New Zealand National Windsurf Champion, who corroborates with guru shaper Graeme Allen, going underground to design and build an asymmetric, curved channelled, foot-strapped, Kauri veneered wave board – a supersession sensation, that is harder to ride than a skateboard with one wheel and does an excellent submarine impersonation every time a fat boy like me tries to mount it. So where do you fit in? How confused are you about which Stand Up Board is right for you? We get heaps of people in our Stand Up Takapuna store asking us; What’s the difference? Why does that one have two hulls? Is that one a boat or a board? Is that one really inflatable? Why three fins versus four? What does a beginner need? Argggh... How do I choose my weapon? Not only do we have all the answers, we have hundreds of boards to choose from. Demo’s to try, classes, rentals and lessons every day, and most importantly the knowledge and inventory to help get you on the right board at the right price. We want to give Takapuna residents and Channel Magazine readers a “Ticket to Ride” with “Team Rider prices” and a SUPerb reason to make Stand Up Takapuna your one-stop-shop for everything worth Standing Up for. All through the month of March our P4 SUP beginners board with leash paddle and six Les Mills Team Training Classes will promo for the primo price of $1699. But that’s not all! We also want YOU – the Takapuna Team Rider. If you’re keen to race and would like to become a Stand Up Takapuna Team Rider we are offering our 12’6” Race boards at Team Rider prices. You don’t necessarily need to be one of the fastest on the water, just the fastest to sign up. The first seven sea dogs to do so will walk out the door with a downwind deal that’ll save you dollars and make lots of cents. This is your “Ticket to Ride” – Your antidote to suburbia. Just do it! Aloha from Stand Up Takapuna. Stand Up Takapuna, 53 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna Beach. For more information contact Mark Jackson a call (0220 PADDLE = 0220 72 33 53) or get online:


SUMMER SELLABRATION! The huge Stand Up Takapuna store is now open right in the heart of Takapuna Beach. At Stand Up Takapuna you will find a selection of over 200 Stand Up Paddling Boards as well as Paddles, Accessories, Surfboards, KiteSurfing Boards & more! Mark Jackson and his team are also keen to get you started on a board, so you can rent boards from just $35.00 per hour.



PRICE $1695

With carbon paddle, leash and FREE Les Mills SUP class on Thurs night. That’s a retail value of $2,495, a saving of $800.

Choose from the following brands of Stand Up Paddle Boards: - Jimmy Lewis, Alex Aguera, SIC Maui, P4 New Zealand, Gastra Tabou & Stand UP South Pacific. Available from 8 foot up to 12 foot. STAnD UP BoARD REnTALS $35.00 per hour ($55 for 2 hours/$99 per day) “Get the Stand-Up Bug Today!”

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Stand Up Takapuna, 53 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna.

For more information contact Mark Jackson a call (0220 PADDLE = 0220 72 33 53) or get online:


NZ MADE GIFTS: with Nikau of Mairangi Bay

GIFT SHOPPING NIKAU We’ve told you before about all the fabulous gifts, treats and goodies available at Mairangi Bay’s Nikau but we can’t stop going on about the amazing range that’s available in this unique little boutique. Owner Marian

has a great eye for detail and natural gift when choosing which products to showcase in store – this is why you’re always in for a nice surprise whenever you visit. Their extensive range of arts, crafts and specialty products are collected from over 200 New Zealand suppliers - supporting New Zealand is what Nikau is all about. The range of gifts and ideas include Paua jewellery; skin care products; rimu wood craft; possum merino knitwear; 100% cotton T-shirts; silk and merino scarves; luxury mohair throws; photo art; glass coasters; ceramic art and platters; possum merino baby booties; popular Kiwi children’s books; cufflinks; room diffusers; satin cosmetic bags; key rings; bookmarks and much much more. Located in the heart of Mairangi Bay village, Nikau has established itself as an iconic gift store. It is loved by locals, regulars and the lucky recipients of the store’s gifts, which are ideal for birthdays, weddings, or just to do something special. Make sure you stop into Nikau while you’re next out in Mairangi Bay, there really is something special about this little gem and it’s nice to support a local business who’s doing all they can to support local New Zealand made products. Nikau. Shop 4, 404 Beach Road, Mairangi Bay. Phone 478 8781 Monday – Friday: 9.30am – 5.30pm Saturday: 9am – 3pm. Sunday: 10am – 3pm

Not your traditional souvenir shop...

Nikau is an iconic gift store! Nikau New Zealand Made E. l P. 9 478-8781 l F. 9 478-8781 Shop 4, 404 Beach Road l Mairangi Bay

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Takapuna Beach Holiday Park


Enjoy Coffee from our Family


Takapuna Beach Holiday Park has been a local icon for nearly a century, hosting visitors from all over the world to the only waterfront camp site in the city and helping create very special holidays. In this regular feature Channel will catch up with visitors to find out why they love staying at the popular holiday park.

How long have you been coming to stay at the park? We first came here in ’96 or ’97 and have been coming back almost every year since then.


Why do you come back here every year? We spend five months a year just at this park – everyone’s always surprised we don’t travel the rest of the country more but we love it here. It’s such a lovely setting on the beach and it’s so connected. We’ve got all the buses just up the road so we can travel around. We like to do the walk to Milford… there’s something different to do everyday so we never get bored.

Bring this coupon in and receive this special offer for the month of March.

Jim and Nancy Burton from Maidenhead, UK.

What’s your favourite memory here? The view – it’s just a magical little spot really. What do you think of the future of the park? It’s really sad if they’re going to get rid of it. We don’t know what we’ll do – it’s hard to get furnished accommodation for four months. What do you do while you’re here on the Shore? We love to walk; there are so many interesting places to walk. We also go up to Shakespeare and Wenderholm on the bus, all around Auckland really. It’s so gorgeous.


TAKAPUNA Westfield Shore City Phone: 09 488 2144

MAIRANGI BAY 61 Constellation Drive Phone: 09 476 3344

OREWA 350 Hibiscus Coast Highway Phone: 09 427 5633

NEW LYNN: 2 Rankin Ave. Phone: 09 827 7300 PARNELL: 168 Parnell Rd. Phone: 09 368 7744 GRAFTON: 8 Nugent St. Phone: 09 365 1744 HAMILTON: The Base, Te Rapa Drive. Phone: 07 849 7544 VICTORIA PARK MARKET: Opening Soon Coffee available in supermarkets and mozaik caffe’s.

NOTE: Takapuna Beach Holiday Park hosted 3754 visitors to the Shore in January. 48% were from NZ, while 52% were overseas visitors. For more information about the park, visit the independent supporters’ “Save Takapuna Beach Holiday Park” Facebook page, run by local resident David Booth.

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An often ignored risk factor in heart disease – As I see it, by John Appleton. An article in ‘Science Daily’ caught my eye recently Vitamin Therapy Holds Promise For Stroke Prevention. University of Maryland Researchers reported that protection from strokes may be found in high doses of vitamins B6, B12 and folate. They say that ‘high doses of B-vitamins lower levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine is a naturally occurring amino acid, but even mild elevation in the blood is associated with increased risk for stroke, as well as heart attack’. This is not a new discovery but it’s one that demonstrates how simple and effective but non patentable treatment options can be ignored in favour of highly profitable drugs. Science for profit can be a higher priority than science for people. The homocysteine story is an excellent example. It’s a story about research into a cause of heart disease which resulted in a collision between a brilliant pathologist and researcher and a world that has been conditioned to think only about cholesterol when it comes to heart disease. We need to turn the pages back to the mid 60’s to a young pathologist and researcher Dr Kilmer McCully. Dr McCully had graduated from Harvard Medical School and had become interested in the relationship between biochemistry and disease. This led to prestigious positions at Massachusetts General Hospital where he was associate pathologist and Harvard Medical School where he was assistant professor of pathology. Early on in his research Dr McCully looked closely at a disease known as Homocystinuria. This disease was noted in retarded children who had a genetic problem which prevented them from breaking down the amino acid methionine. As a result, these children showed a huge build-up of homocysteine in their bodies. When Dr McCully reviewed two cases of young boys who had died of heart attacks before their eighth birthday he discovered damage to their arteries which was similar to the damaged arteries of an elderly man. Further, Dr McCully noted that there was no cholesterol or fat deposited in the damaged arteries. These findings got Dr McCully’s attention and caused him to conclude that a minor or moderate increase in homocysteine levels over a lifetime could be responsible for heart attacks and strokes in the general population. An excited Dr McCully went to print in a number of prestigious medical journals to report his theory on homocysteine in the late 1960’s and early 70’s. At first there was significant enthusiasm for his work and Dr Benjamin Castle - Dr McCully’s departmental head - was similarly excited by the findings. A Scientific Advisory Committee at Massachusetts General praised McCully for his research. However when Dr Castle retired the ‘climate’ changed for the worse and Dr McCully found his research funding withdrawn and his positions at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital terminated. He was told that his theory about homocysteine was not proven. A former classmate from Harvard Medical School who was at the time a director of the arteriocsclerois department described Dr McCully’s findings as ‘errant nonsense’ and ‘a hoax being perpetrated on the public’. Dr McCully was literally ‘out on the street’. A promising career had been cut short. For two years Dr McCully couldn’t get another position, 51 attempts to find a new position were fruitless and it was only when a he retained a lawyer to represent him that he successfully gained work. He took a position at the VA Hospital in Providence Rhode Island where he still works today.

Dr Kilmer McCully.

The good news for us is that Dr McCully’s research identified three simple answers to preventing a build-up of homocysteine in our blood: Vitamin B6, B12 and folic acid. In the foreword to Dr McCully’s superb book “The Heart Revolution” author Michelle Stacey says “the cholesterol bandwagon was loaded up and ready to go, and nobody wanted to change direction’”. Dr Thomas James, cardiologist, president of the University of Texas Medical Branch and president of the American Heart Association in 1979 and 1980 said “You couldn’t get ideas funded that went in other directions than cholesterol. You were intentionally discouraged from pursuing alternative questions. I’ve never dealt with a subject in my life that elicited such an immediate hostile response”. Dr McCully had challenged the cholesterol-heart attack theory. The impact on Dr McCully’s life was huge but in the 1990’s the doors would once again open for the man who has become known as the ‘Father of Homocysteine’. Other researchers in Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands and Ireland were beginning to confirm Dr McCully’s theory. The Physicians Health Study (of 15,000 doctors) and the famous Framingham Study in Massachusetts turned up a strong correlation between high homocysteine levels and heart disease. Articles appeared in respected medical journals The New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association. Each one began by citing Dr McCully’s research papers on homocysteine and arteriosclerosis. Time magazine came out with a feature story titled “Beyond Cholesterol” and mentioned Dr McCully as the first to link homocysteine with heart disease. Perhaps the most personally satisfying moment for Dr McCully came when he attended a pathology department re-union at Massachusetts General. One of those involved in his demise some 20 years previously said “It looks like you were right after all.” The good news for us is that Dr McCully’s research identified three simple answers to preventing a build-up of homocysteine in our blood: Vitamin B6, B12 and folic acid. By consuming foods rich in these essential nutrients and perhaps supplementing with a good B vitamin complex, Dr McCully says we can avoid a significant risk factor for heart disease. Homocysteine can easily be measured with a simple blood test. A safe level is 7 or less. John Appleton – – Ph: 09-489-9362 Issue 19 - MARCH 2012


EVERYTHING APPLE: with iStore, Takapuna

This month we introduce a brand new feature to Channel Magazine in conjunction with Takapuna Beach’s new Apple Store iStore in Hurstmere Road. Each month we will ask a Shore local to share the interesting things they are discovering on their iPad. For those of us who are lucky enough to have an iPad we are discovering new things every day – Apps, Music, Social Media Channels, Reading etc. This month we talk to Dustin Bisschoff, who runs the Design and New Media Division at Benefitz, publishers of Channel Magazine. Dustin manages a team of around 20 clever creative and techo people who just about all share his passion for the products inspired by the late Steve Jobs. We asked Dustin to reveal the things he loves about his iPad with Channel Magazine readers.

ON MY IPAD: Dustin Bisschoff How long have you had your iPad? Dustin Bisschoff: Not long enough. My iPad arrived on 29 June 2011. It was Channel’s first birthday celebration. We know you are in love with it, why? DB: It’s so much more than just a computer or a tablet. It’s my music, photos, movies, the internet. Touch interface also creates a more “personal” experience. Then there’s the geek in me that can’t help but see it as the fulfillment of the sci-fi dream! Has it been good for your relationship with Susan? Does your lovely wife share the love for the device? DB: Thankfully, Susan is a massive fan of iPad. We’ve had the occasional (more than occasional) squabble over “iPad time” and of course our sons are always looking for the opportunity to play Angry Birds. Being an educational specialist, Susan is very excited about iPad’s potential to provide a more engaging learning experience in and outside the classroom.

Dustin Bisschoff.

of my computer or lying on the couch. When it comes to consuming content, I love Flipboard. I don’t think I could do it justice by trying to describe it, but it’s a great way to get your content from a variety of sources in one place. What do you read on your iPad? DB: Mostly news, Wikipedia, tech blogs, and the occasional “For dummies” guide. iPad is great for reference. Being a Muso, you must buy a bit from iTunes? What is the latest music you have purchased? DB: My most recent iTunes purchase was the latest from the Shore’s very own Gin Wigmore - Gravel and Wine. Love it! Going to upgrade to the iPad3 when it comes along? DB: Hmmm, you’ll have to ask my boss (Susan)!

Do you use it for social media? DB: Yes! Almost all my tweeting (@dustinbisschoff) is done from iPad using the Twitter app, and the Facebook app get’s a lot of “action”.

Read Steve Jobs’ book? Good? DB: Inspiring! Steve was always about uncompromising quality ... excellence. It’s that passion for doing great work that I find inspirational.

What is your favourite App? Any new Apps that you recommend? DB: There are so many amazing apps, but I have two definite winners. When it comes to apps for productivity, the award winning Evernote is indispensable. I use it to keep track of all my lists and projects (for work and home) and it syncs “over the air” with the Mac version so my notes are always current, whether I’m in front

Complete the following... DB: If I lost my iPad I would... need to breathe into a paper bag for a few minutes! Then I’d go online and use Apple’s “Find my iPad” service to track it down. If you own an iPhone or iPad and haven’t activated your “Find my” service, DO IT NOW!

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THE ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT: with Shane Cortese




Beautiful new season garments are flooding in and it is an exciting time for all of us at Wallis. The list of ‘must have favourites’ gets longer with every box I open. Here’s a heads up to some of the great trends you will see featuring this season.

Shane Cortese

A MOUSE ON SWAN LAKE Do you have a budding ballerina in your house? Or not to discriminate, perhaps you know a talented young lad who harbours dreams of Dancing for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and possibly becoming a television star than s to the excellent V y on the wall documentary ‘The Secret Lives Of Dancers? Well if you have - and I am constantly reminded by the Bruce Mason Centre of the number of excellent Dance Schools we have on the shore - the Meridien Energy season of the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s “Angelina Ballerina’s Big Audition” is a must see show for them. After hugely successful tours of Australia and the U.K., the Royal New Zealand Ballet is delighted to be performing this enchanting production, originally created by the English National Ballet throughout New Zealand. Angelina Mousling is a fictional mouse and star of some 20 enormously popular children’s books, which became an animated series in 2002, then a musical and now a Ballet. In this production Angelina prepares for her most important performance ever! Angelina loves to Dance and dreams of becoming a famous ballerina. Miss Lilly is her ballet teacher and Alice Nimbletoes her best friend, characters that cannot fail to charm with their love of colour and costumes. Definitely one for all budding dancers but I bet you will love it too!

Angelina Mousling is a fictional mouse and star of some 20 enormously popular children’s books, which became an animated series in 2002, then a musical and now a Ballet.

Ketz-ke Eddie Pant $98

Nyne Cubic Blouse $258

THE BLOUSE Such a versatile look, as it can be layered up or worn smartly with a pencil skirt or slim trou.

ANKLE GRAZERS The new pant length for the season is a shorter 7/8 length. This looks great with ankle boots, brogues or worn casually with your converse sneakers.

Ketz-ke Topaz Dress $178


LACE Random Lace Tunic $98

You will see this in many different garments but don’t save your lace for “good”. Wear it with denim or layer to gain texture in your outfit.

These have great shape when on and look gorgeous styled over a collared blouse. Feminine and beautifully cut.

Join us on facebook or visit our website and enjoy getting up to the minute information about sales, new stock arrivals, special events, fashion news and exclusive competitions.


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Photo by Georgia Schofield.

it’s festival time in Takapuna… Sunday April 1st.

If you’ve ever been captivated by the thought of walking on water, gliding over the ocean or a mirrorglass lake, here’s your chance to turn thought into action: on your doorstep, at NZ’s first ever Stand Up Paddle Festival. Takapuna Beach, renowned as the birthplace of Stand Up Paddling (SUP) in NZ, plays host to the National SUP Championships with a huge SUP Festival on Sunday 1st April. Exciting knockout racing will provide plenty of action for both spectators and paddlers of all abilities, alongside a free lesson and demo area, fun kids races, and a colourful expo space on the reserve where people can come for expert advice on all the leading SUP equipment on offer in New Zealand. “This will undoubtedly be the biggest event in Stand Up Paddling this country has ever seen, and anyone who has any interest in SUP should definitely come and check it out,” says event organiser Victoria Stuart of SUPSNZ. “The Open class racing at this year’s Nationals will be incredibly dramatic to watch”, says Victoria. Some of the world’s best paddlers hail from the Takapuna training grounds, where they use the weekly State Beach Series to sharpen their competitive edge and help them get fit and strong for National

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and International events. Amongst the big names at the Nationals will be Olympic windsurfer JP Tobin and his training buddy, Dutchman Dorian von Risselborghe, NZ pro-surfers Daniel Kereopa and Shayne Baxter, and reigning NZ SUP Race Champions Annabel Anderson, Jeremy Stephenson and Armie Armstrong. The Novice class is also great, because it allows new paddlers to extend their skills on the water and experience the adrenalin rush of competition. “SUP racing is so addictive. You find there’s always one person about the same pace as you that pushes you that little bit harder to win, so there’s a challenge for every level.” The Sunday afternoon Festival kicks off at 11.30am and celebrates the second day of the 2nd Annual NZ SUP Championships. An assortment of the latest Stand Up Paddleboards, paddles and accessories will be on show and available to demo from a number of suppliers, including Starboard, C4, Paddle Surf Hawaii, SUPCentre, Watersports South Pacific, The NZ Board Store (Corbain), Naish, Kialoa, Gaastra, Anderson, Luke Short Designs, Walk on Water, Stand Up Takapuna (Jimmy Lewis), The Board Shop, Hobie and Red Air. The event is sponsored by Benefitz and Channel magazine, Frontend and Great Barrier Island Bee Company and is brought to you by SUPSNZ and the Takapuna Boating Club. Day 1 on the Saturday sees the more experienced paddlers competing in a 22-30km Open Ocean marathon race to or from Waiheke or Gulf Harbour, known as the King of the Harbour. The two-day event format with distance and sprint racing is in line with internationally-renowned events such as the Battle of the Paddle, and the new Stand Up World Series events, and is designed to test the all-round skills of paddlers in a variety of conditions. Paddlers are hoping for strong winds (20 knots) in either a N or NE or S or SW direction for the ultimate downwind race.



ONES TO WATCH… Armie Armstrong – This Raglan based paddler holds the National Titles in Unlimited Class in both flatwater and surf racing and has been competing overseas in prestigious overseas events such as the Molokai 2 Oahu and Battle of the Paddle California in 2011. Jeremy Stephenson – The Starboard Distributor is also the NZ Open Mens Champion for flatwater racing, and placed third in the recent Namotu World Paddle Challenge, and fifth across the line at Molokai. He is currently ranked in the top 20 for the sport worldwide, and leads the points tally in the Tuesday night State Beach Series. Annabel Anderson – Champion female stand up athlete, Annabel spent 2011 neck and neck with current World Champion Candice Appleby, and now sits in the No.2 spot worldwide. Annabel’s NZ season is fantastic training for her next International battle. Troy Huston – the big guy is in training for his first attempts on the world race circuit, and recently completed the first SUP crossing to Great Barrier Island (45km) in just over 6 hours with fellow paddler Bevan Gooch. Troy McAsey – a Takapuna local who excels at flatwater racing, and won his age group and division in the Maliko Race in Hawaii last year. Oliver Houghton – following in the family tradition set by Dad Gavin and Mum Rosie, the Junior national title-holder is a natural athlete both on and off the water. Shayne Baxter and Daniel Kereopa – NZ SUP Surf Champion Shayne Baxter and pro surfer Daniel Kereopa prove their allround waterman ability and strength isn’t just in the waves. Mark Houghton - another Takapuna local, Mark is tipped to have the new Masters division in the bag.

Junior Champion Ollie Houghton. Photo by Xavier Wallach.

Greg Barfoot surfing Takapuna.

Karin and Amelia.

Photo by Georgia Schofield.

Photo by Georgia Schofield.

Starting line up. Photo by Georgia Schofield.

Matt Fogarty and John Darby tussle for the finish.

New Zealand SUP Surf Champ Shayne Baxter.

Photo by Georgia Schofield

Photo by Xavier Wallach.

David Southcombe.

Mastering the Waves.

Troy Huston with victory kiss for daughter Summer Lily.

Unlimited Champ and King of the Waves Armie Armstrong.

Photo by Xavier Wallach.

Photo by Xavier Wallach.

Photo by Xavier Wallach.

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11:46 AM

DELICIOUS TREATS with Devonport Chocolates


A day in the life of Devonport Chocolates’


Our chocolatier, Rachel, beavers away in our chocolate kitchen creating these delicious masterpieces. Mr Bunny arrives in this world after a great deal of care and attention every step of the way. It is true that he comes from a mould but the detailing of his features ensures that every single one is truly an individual. Every mould is hand polished so Mr Bunny is so shiny he can almost see his own reflection in himself. Milk, dark and white chocolate is piped into the mould to create his eyes, cute button nose, hands and of course his tail. The rest of him is then filled to create his shape. Rachel makes sure every nook and cranny in the mould is thick with delicious chocolate.

Mr Bunny is quite literally a work of art and we thought you would like to know how he is made.

By Caroline Everitt of Devonport Chocolates

Mr Bunny becomes one piece when the moulds containing his front and back are clipped together and he is stood up on a frame so he can find his feet. Once the chocolate has set Rachel delicately removes Mr Bunny from the mould so he can bounce his way to his new home, preferably someone’s stomach! This year Rachel has also created beautiful Robert Rabbit. One will be on display in each of our stores for you to see. Robert stands 50cm high and weighs around 2.5 kg! He takes Rachel four hours to craft from delicious chocolate. We have one to win when you create a story for Robert. Have a look at our website for details or visit us in store.

Free giftwrapping


1991 - 2012 celebrating 21 years of fine chocolate

Delicious bunnies, chirping chicks and gorgeous gift boxes.

Every Easter Chocolate Treat is handmade by our Chocolatiers for your enjoyment. Easter Sunday 8th of April, 2012



SKINCARE: with SkinSense


The concept behind needling is the stimulation of new collagen production in your skin. The needle breaks the skin and causes micro – trauma and micro – inflammation. Your body responds by sending blood to the area for healing. As your skin repairs itself, new collagen builds up just below the surface. The wrinkles, lines or depressed scars plump from the bottom without use of anything artificial. Repeated needling sessions gradually and continually build new collagen to fill-in the treated areas. The MTS Roller is a barrel – like roller with 200 tiny micro needles that are thinner than your own hair. When the needles are rolled across the skin, hundreds of microscopic “pin pricks” are created.As your skin heals underneath it uses your own collagen to fill the “Valleys” of wrinkles and scars naturally without removing the top layer of the skin. Collagen is what your body produces to keep your skin young and healthy. Micro - needling is a natural skin rejuvenation method that fills in and softens wrinkles and scars. It does not use chemicals, fillers, injections or lasers. MTS doesn’t burn your skin (laser, IPL), dissolve it (chemical peels), or abrade or scrape it (dermabrasion). The MTS Roller does not inject serums or solutions, it only permits deeper infusion of topical applications (e.g. peptides, anti – oxidants, hyaluronic acid and hair growth formulas) thereby increasing the product effectiveness. Once the tiny micro channels are created by the needles, the barrel itself has a unique way of mechanically pushing the topical serums inside the holes and finally under the skin. It is a well known fact amongst experts that 99.7% of active ingredients in normal cosmetics are wasted because the molecules are too big to penetrate into the skin and therefore just sit on the surface with no effect. However if you wish to benefit more from your cosmetics and their ingredients the best possible solution is to combine your skincare with regular micro – needling. For further details contact: SkinSense, 53b Victoria Road, Devonport (Ph 445 7077) and 5/35 Apollo Drive, Mairangi Bay (Ph 477 2780). Or Visit:

• Collagen Induction Therapy • IPL (8 years experience) – Photo-Rejuvenation – Hair Removal • Facials /skin peels • Non Surgical Facelift • Waxing • Brazilians • Vichy Shower • Massage • Manicures / Pedicures

• Gelavish Gel Nails • Appearance Enhancement • Microdermabrasion • Lash Coat – Semi Permanent Mascara • Eyelash Extensions • Eyelash Perming • SunFx Spray Tanning • Spa Packages • Gift Vouchers

DEVONPORT (09) 445 7077 53b Victoria Road MAIRANGI BAY (09) 477 2780 5/35 Apollo Drive

5 FAVOURITES ON THE SHORE Ron is the Manager of Barfoot & Thompson, Takapuna, and a Registered Valuer, who has spent his entire working life living and working here on the Shore. Ron and his wife Sherryl have two adult children - Elizabeth and Virginia. Virginia is a teacher at Albany Senior High and Elizabeth is in marketing, but is enjoying some time out with her eight-monthold baby, Laylah. Lizz is getting married in March, which has inspired Ron to lose weight and get out into the Shore with a new walking regime. He says it’s great for clearing the mind and makes you realise how privileged we are to live here.

Ron Sadler.

Ron Sadler

5 FAVOURITE SHORE THINGS He shares his five favourite things about living here with Channel readers: 1.

The North Shore provides an incredibly unique marine environment with its extensive coastline extending from Greenhithe and the upper reaches of the Waitemata Harbour around Devonport’s North Head and Cheltenham Beach, to Long Bay Park and Marine Reserve in the north. All residential locations are only a short drive to some of the best harbour beaches to be found in New Zealand. Narrowneck and Waiake are picturesque but the jewel in the crown has to be Thorne Bay Beach in Takapuna.


I’m an early riser and enjoy watching the sunrise over Rangitoto as I go for a brisk walk along either Takapuna or Milford Beaches. My alternative route takes me around the Lake circuit and catching glimpses of our kayakers and rowers on Lake Pupuke as they apply their training regimes.


Being passionate about property I really enjoy the eclectic mix of architecture on the Shore from the early settlements of Devonport, Birkenhead and Northcote Points; to the post Harbour Bridge boom era and the modern architecture of our premium beachfront and cliff top locations. The latter locations representing some of the highest valued residential real estate in New Zealand.


Ice creams at Rangitoto Dairy on the corner of Lake Road and Park Ave, Takapuna, are great for a summertime treat. Tom is a super guy and has built up a sound business based on quality product and excellent client service.


Coffee at La Cucina; the café is just across the road from my office and serves great coffee. We often take our clients there and Sing’s lunchtime salad bar is a real winner.


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ECHELON CYCLERY: Barry’s Point Road


The North Shore

SPECIALIZED CONCEPT STORE With so many bicycle brands to choose from nowadays, making a decision on which brand to buy can be a daunting task, but North Shore’s newest bike shop, Echelon Cyclery in Barry’s Point Road, has broken from the mold and teamed up with the worlds leading bicycle brand to revitalise the way Aucklanders buy bicycles. Many a seasoned cyclist will be familiar with the brand Specialized. Founded in California in 1974, it is a brand that focuses on producing bicycles and accessories that feature a true performance benefit. Echelon Cyclery is the exclusive dealer for the Specialized range, so much so that it is the primary bicycle and accessory brand they stock. For the non-initiated, Specialized is arguably the most decorated Cycling brand in the world. In the last 12 months they have amassed over 10 world championship titles in various cycling disciplines, not to mention wins in the Paris-Roubaix, the overall sprinters jersey with Mark Cavendish in the Tour de France, and a win and new course record in the gruelling Kone Ironman Triathlon. Specialized is renowned world wide for it’s cutting edge innovation and unrivalled quality. This same passion for innovation that Specialized has put into their products for the last 28 years is shared by the Echelon staff. Having been a devoted cyclist for 25 years, Echelon Cyclery’s owner, Brett Burton, has had a long standing respect for the Specialized brand, stemming back to his home country of South Africa. “What really drew me to Specialized was watching Christoph Sauser who is sponsored by Specialized,” explains Brett. “He absolutely decimated the competition in the Cape Epic on a new Specialized model that featured some pretty amazing suspension technology. From that point on I knew this was a brand I wanted to be associated with.” Having competed in Triathlon, Xterra, Road and Mountain events, Brett’s experience and knowledge can help all level’s of rider to get on the right bike for their needs. “We are located in a street where we have healthy competition but pride

ourselves on having a strong brand and a whole hearted commitment to quality, product knowledge and a friendly professional attitude to every customer that walks through our door”. To just sell the world’s leading brands isn’t all Echelon Cyclery offer. Their customer service and mechanical support extend far past where the benchmark has been set by their predecessors. ”Making sure your bike is running in tip-top condition is paramount for us”, says Josh, Echelon Cyclery’s head mechanic. “We make sure every bike is washed and cleaned before it leaves our shop as part of our 3 tier service plan. We always endeavour to return every serviced bike back on the same day, unless you have some exotic part that would require us to order in for you”. The knowledge pool at Echelon is deep, with customer service staff, Nigel and Sophie being highly versed in all things Road and Triathlon. Whether it’s which tyres to suit the questionable New Zealand roads, to the inside tip on training techniques, the staff at Echelon are there to help. A big part of enjoyable cycling is being correctly fitted to your bicycle. Whether you are a beginner to an elite level cyclist, rider discomfort can be the source of injury and damage that can be a discouraging factor for even the most seasoned athlete. What distinguishes Echelon Cyclery from many of their competitors is our Body Geometry products and bike fitting, or BG Fit. Developed with doctors Roger Minkow and Andy Pruitt from the Boulder Center of Sports Medicine, BG Fit is a scientific approach to bike fitting, designed to enhance power output without sacrificing comfort. The Body Geometry range of products are industry leading and can reduce injury whilst making you faster and more comfortable on the bike. From the world’s leading brands, to friendly and knowlegable staff, Echelon Cyclery has every cyclist covered. We look forward to welcoming you to join the bike family at Echelon Cyclery. Find us at 32 Barrys Point Rd, Takapuna, Auckland. or find us on facebook. Contact: 09-4867628 or Brett on 0220890217. Issue 19 - MARCH 2012


SPOTLIGHT ON: Hauraki Corner

Sculpture ENHANCES HAURAKI CORNER It seemed to take a long time, but the completion of the Lake Road Upgrade – between Esmonde Road and Hauraki Corner – has made a huge difference. One of the final pieces of the project was the installation of an impressive sculpture in the small park (often referred to as a pocket park) created on the corner of Lake and Hauraki Roads. The Devonport-Takapuna Local Board has been a keen supporter of the pocket park and its artistic addition as part of an integrated project involving the council’s parks, property, transport and public art teams.

The planning for the project was approved by the old Takapuna Community Board in early 2009. The sculpture, Whakaparirau, to equip with wings – a 5.5-metre tall stainless steel impression of flying birds, by artist James Wright, is the second significant public art project in the area following the unveiling of Jeff Thomson’s Pupuke To The Sea in Milford that we highlighted in Channel Magazine late last year. This is an impressive piece of art that really adds a great deal to the area. If you haven’t paused to take a look then we suggest you do. It’s very special. A big ‘well done’ to all those involved.

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THE RUDDER BAR ON HAURAKI Your friendly local just down the road

HAMMER HARDWARE HAURAKI CORNER Giving the ‘big boys’ a run for their money

This ‘great local’ on Lake Road, Hauraki Corner, emulates the traditional English pub that you pop down for a refreshing cool beer after work and if you’re a real local your beer or wine is probably being poured as you arrive. The Rudder Bar on Hauraki caters for everyone with an excellent gaming room, pool table and big screen TVs. If you are looking for a handy local place for a function or special occasion, there is a good chance – depending on the size of your gathering – that you won’t pay anything at The Rudder Bar on Hauraki. The Rudder also promote local entertainers and like to be involved in the community. The Rudder Bar on Hauraki: 341 Lake Road, Takapuna. Phone 489 7993 – Open 7 Days.

It is refreshing that in the days of giant stores there are still stores around like Hauraki Hammer Hardware that exist on quality products and good old-fashioned personal service. The store has existed for 40 years, with current owners Eric and Mary being involved for the past 14 years. There is a very good chance you’ll find most of what you want at Hauraki Hammer Hardware, but the great thing is that if they don’t have it in stock they will source it for you in jig-time. The boys at Hammer Hardware enjoy their customers. In fact they reckon they know over 100 customers by name. They are also proud of the fact that they stock a great range of paint at what the call “the big boys prices”. They also have gift cards and an excellent weekly knife sharpening service, key cutting and also minor repairs on most things. Nothing is too much trouble and every customer leaves with a smile on their face due to the excellent ‘old-fashioned’ and helpful service received. So next time you need something try ‘your local’ just up the road at Hauraki Hammer Hardware – 355 Lake Road, Phone 489 6414. Open 7 Days.

The Rudder on Hauraki Your Friendly Local

The Rudder, a fantastic FREE* venue for any occasion. Call us for your next event. FREE WiFi | Pool Table | Gaming Room Large Screen and TVs for all sporting events

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Hauraki Corner Pharmacy - 349 Lake Road, Phone 489 7747. Open: Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm, Sat 10am-2pm.

Medplus Pharmacy - Cnr Lake & Jutland Roads, Hauraki Corner. Phone 488 6664.

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Hauraki Corner HAURAKI CORNER PHARMACY & MEDPLUS PHARMACY Two Pharmacies for your convenience New World Takapuna team.

NEW WORLD HAURAKI CORNER The ‘destination store’ for the local community Glenn Wells and his team at New World Takapuna – at Hauraki Corner – share a vision centred around being the ‘destination store’ for their local community. The New World Takapuna team works hard to provide locals with absolutely the very best shopping experience. The supermarket is a favourite with the Channel Magazine team due to the fact that it is very local, right on our doorsteps, and you always get friendly service and they have great food, fresh produce and a variety of product from around the world. Their stated aim is to satisfy all of your grocery needs. They also have a great website that details their specials, with another excellent feature called ‘Inspire Me’ that aims to make your life that little bit easier with meal ideas that are nourishing, simple to prepare, and a little bit different. New World Takapuna: 371 Lake Road, Hauraki Corner. Phone 489 5672. Open 7 Days, 8am-9pm.Visit:

Hauraki Corner Pharmacy, previously owned by Don McKay, is now owned and operated by Annemarie who continues the ‘community orientated pharmacy’ philosophy that has been part of the business for over 50 years. The great thing for locals, however, is they now have the choice of the pharmacy at 349 Lake Road (in the shops) or the pharmacy that is part of the fabulous Medplus centre on the corner of Jutland and Lake Roads. Annemarie owns and operates both pharmacies. The Medplus Pharmacy also offers extended hours as it is open from 8am until 8pm during weekdays and 9am until 12 noon. Annemarie and her caring and well trained team understand that a local pharmacy is usually the first port of call for health advice and care. They cater for a cross section of people and their needs, helping with advice or just listening to their concerns. Hauraki Corner Pharmacy: 349 Lake Road, Phone 489 7747. Medplus Pharmacy: Corner Lake and Jutland Roads, Hauraki Corner. Phone 488 6664.

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Supporting the community since 1971 The Mad Butcher has been supporting the community since 1971, and one of their most popular stores is located at Hauraki Corner – serving the area from Devonport through to Takapuna, Milford and into the Bays. Not only does Mike and his team have all the great offerings that are now expected at the Mad Butcher, great meat and other products all at excellent prices, they also respond to old style butchery requests and are very involved in supporting the local community. Like providing assistance with fundraising BBQ’s for all sporting and community events. They are your one stop BBQ shop. Mike and his team prepare meat for any occasion. Beef cheek ribs, pork racks, lamb racks, boneless pork roast’s, butterfly lamb legs, boneless rolled chickens, BBQ split chickens, kebabs along with 20 different varieties of sausages. All their beef and lamb carry the official New Zealand quality mark and all our pork is 100% New Zealand grown. They sell Tegel chicken, which is recognized as New Zealand’s premier chicken supplier. They also have a huge selection of sauces – marinades and stir through sauces for that quick and easy meal. We recommend you try their old English beef burgers, Mediterranean lamb burgers or our cracked pepper and merlot burgers – they’re fantastic fried, grilled or on the BBQ. Or if you are looking for something different for a function then try one of their spit roasters. Whether it’s a whole pig or lamb or a combination of boneless meats they will prepare it all for you. The Mad Butcher: 359 Lake Road, Hauraki Corner. Phone 489 8364.

You can't walk past your local butcher for quality 359 Lake Road Hauraki Corner Ph: 489 8364

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Millennium Institute of Sport & Health:


Ten years ago if you were to look across from Rangitoto College on Auckland’s North Shore the Sovereign Stadium athletics track would’ve been a more than impressive sight for any sporting enthusiast. A decade later, the AUT Millennium Campus’ facilities stand tall alongside the Stadium, providing the sporting hub for New Zealand’s top athletes and local community boasting over 10,000 visitors a week… It all began in 1995 when Graeme Avery and Sir Stephen Tindall saw the need for a world class facility to assist the nation’s best athletes and local athletes alike and to contribute to a fitter, healthier community. In 2002, their vision was realised with the opening of the Millennium Institute of Sport & Health. Ten years on and the vision of the facility is still the same. Many of New Zealand’s top athletes and coaches are based at the Institute, while community use has rocketed with over. 2000 members using the Millennium Gym; the Olympic pool and the Millennium Swim School, which conducts up to 2000 lessons a week, at capacity and the athletics stadium sees over 31,000 users a year. Millennium Institute, although home to an array of athletes and sporting codes, has five founding partners - Rangitoto College, North Harbour Bays Athletics Club, North Shore Swimming Club, North Harbour Water Polo and NorthSport Olympic Weightlifting. The four foundation clubs are now among the largest and most successful in the country and have collectively sent twenty five athletes to the Olympic Games and are hoping to increase that number significantly this year in London . Throughout the years we have had great support from our sponsors and partners - Sovereign, AUT University, Nestle and Speedo have been on board from the start. We would like to thank all sponsors and partners who have paid a role in the success of our facility.

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I’ve had the opportunity to visit around twenty centres that are based around your model. I can tell you that you are definitely in the top three… This is absolutely unique. Dr Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee.

In 2009 a 50/50 partnership was established with AUT University. Known as AUT Millennium, the partnership combines the strengths of the Millennium Institute of Sport & Health and AUT University in providing services, education and research in high performance sport, exercise science, community sport, physical activity and community health. AUT Millennium builds on the philanthropic vision of the founders and many others who contributed to the original development of the Millennium Institute. With the support from the New Zealand Government, ASB Community Trust and donors, AUT Millennium has embarked on a $53 million dollar expansion of its facilities. Stage one is nearly complete incorporating a new state of the art gym, AUT sports science labs as well as the new high performance training centre… If you are yet set foot in what is New Zealand’s most innovative sports facility a visit to AUT Millennium is essential for all sports enthusiasts and local community alike. The Millennium Institute of Sport & Health would like to thank stake holders, sponsors, partners, members and supporters for all their support over the past 10 years.


BOOK REVIEWS for Booklovers from The Booklover





WAITING FOR SUNRISE William Boyd $37 A thrilling, plot-twisting novel set in Europe during the First World War, from the bestselling author of Any Human Heart, Restless and Ordinary Thunderstorms. Vienna, 1913. On a fine August day, Lysander Rief, a young English actor, walks through the city to his first appointment with the eminent psychiatrist, Dr Bensimon. Sitting in the waiting room he is anxiously pondering the nature of his problem when an extraordinary woman enters. She is clearly in distress, but Lysander is immediately drawn to her strange, hazel eyes and her unusual, intense beauty. Later the same day they meet again, and a more composed Hettie Bull introduces herself as an artist and sculptor, and invites Lysander to a party hosted by her lover, the famous painter Udo Hoff. Compelled to attend and unable to resist her electric charm, they begin a passionate love affair. Life in Vienna becomes tinged with the frisson of excitement for Lysander. He meets Sigmund Freud in a cafe, begins to write a journal, enjoys secret trysts with Hettie and appears to have been cured... London, 1914. War is stirring, and events in Vienna have caught up with Lysander. Unable to live an ordinary life, he is plunged into the dangerous theatre of wartime intelligence – a world of sex, scandal and spies, where lines of truth and deception blur with every waking day. Lysander must now discover the key to a secret code which is threatening Britain’s safety, and use all his skills to keep the murky world of suspicion and betrayal from invading every corner of his life. Moving from Vienna to London’s west end, the battlefields of France and hotel rooms in Geneva, Waiting for Sunrise is a feverish and mesmerising journey into the human psyche, a beautifully observed portrait of wartime Europe.

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VARIOUS PETS ALIVE AND DEAD Marina Lewycka $37 From the bestselling author of A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian and Two Caravans. Most parents would be pleased to have a son not yet thirty and earning ninety grand a year. But not Marcus and Doro. They’d consider it the ultimate betrayal of his ideals, meaning their ideals, because Serge doesn’t claim to have any ideals apart from a vague general sense of goodwill towards mankind… and womankind, especially Maroushka. Marcus and Doro were part of a left wing commune from the late 1960s until the early 1990s: lentils, free love, spliffs, Left politics, cheesecloth blouses, sex, housework and cooking rotas, crochet, allotments. Their children have grown up rather different from them: primary schoolteacher Clara craves order and clean bathrooms; son Serge is pretending to his parents that he is still doing a Maths PhD at Cambridge, while in fact making loads of money working in London; third child Oolie Anna, who has Downs Syndrome, is desperate to escape home and live on her own. Set in Doncaster and in London, Various Pets Alive and Dead is a very funny riff on modern values, featuring hamsters, cockroaches, poodles, a chicken and multiplying rabbits, told by Marina Lewycka in her unique and brilliant combination of irony, farce and wit.

THE ORPHAN MASTER’S SON Adam Johnson $38 This epic novel follows a young man’s journey through the icy waters, dark tunnels, and eerie spy chambers of the world’s most mysterious dictatorship, North Korea. Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother – a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang – and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labour. Recognised for his loyalty and keen instincts, Jun Do comes to the attention of superiors in the state, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return. Considering himself “a humble citizen of the greatest nation in the world”, Jun Do becomes a professional kidnapper who must navigate the shifting rules, arbitrary violence, and baffling demands of his Korean overlords in order to stay alive. Driven to the absolute limit of what any human being could endure, he boldly takes on the treacherous role of rival to Kim Jong Il in an attempt to save the woman he loves, Sun Moon, a legendary actress “so pure, she didn’t know what starving people looked like.” Part breathless thriller, part story of innocence lost, part story of romantic love, The Orphan Master’s Son is also a riveting portrait of a world heretofore hidden from view: a North Korea rife with hunger, corruption, and casual cruelty but also camaraderie, stolen moments of beauty, and love.

SHORE MATTERS with Maggie Barry


a never to be repeated opportunity On Thursday Feb 16th I made my Maiden address to the house and it’s fair to say it was a career defining speech and a never to be repeated opportunity to speak uninterrupted in the Chamber. This is an abridged version of the speech. After 30 years of being part of the tribe that reports from the sidelines – asking what and why and how – I decided the time was now right for me to step inside the tent and make a different contribution to the country that has given me so much. I was raised to believe that in peacetime, the highest form of public service is to be a Member of Parliament. I know they’d all be proud of me standing here today as the first politician in the family. My forbears picked this extraordinary country as the place they wanted to call home. And now my family and I have chosen to cross the harbour and be part of the North Shore community. It is a great privilege for me to be here representing them, following in the footsteps of such honourable men as the Hon George Gair and the Hon Dr Wayne Mapp. I’m breaking in some new ground of my own – becoming Nationals’ first-ever woman MP, north of the harbour bridge. I was born in the year it opened in 1959 and I can assure you we won’t be waiting around patiently for another 52 years for a second harbour crossing. The North Shore is defined by water – the glorious Waitemata Harbour, the Hauraki Gulf and the freshwater playground of Lake Pupuke. Shore people work and play on the margins between the ocean and the land. We enthusiastically sail and swim and fish and there’s a sense of satisfaction in being different from either our big city or our rural neighbours. There’s a tangible sense that we are indeed fortunate to still be enjoying the ‘end of the golden weather’ lifestyle made famous by local playwright Bruce Mason. Takapuna translates as “the rock with a spring”, and against the background of some of the finest beaches in the country springs a strong commercial drive, and along with a handful of multimilliondollar enterprises, the North Shore is home to more than 10,000 small-sized businesses. I pledge to help them overcome any hurdles and to grow their opportunities. We are an unashamedly aspirational community and as the local MP I’ll do all I can to continue to build on successes, look for new opportunities and when needed to, work with other MPs from neighbouring electorates- the Hon Dr


Maggie Barry with partner her maiden speech in Parl Grant Kerr following iament during February.

Jonathan Coleman, Nikki Kaye and Mark Mitchell. North Shore people are loyal, reward excellence and we look after our own with the AIMES Awards. We love to crow about our local heroes, our literary greats: Sargeson, Fairburn, Tuwhare and Mason. There is no certainly no shortage of sporting greats, either, to celebrate: Sir Peter Blake, Ian Ferguson, Ralph Roberts, Buck Shelford, Allison Roe, Kirk Penney and the Breakers, Jacko Gill—I could go on, the roll call does not stop there. As the MP for North Shore I am committed to building on that outstanding record, and focusing on achieving our aim of becoming the New Zealand centre for high performance sport. North Harbour is already home to the Millennium Institute of Sport and Health, and I enthusiastically endorse the proposed National Ocean Water Sports Centre on Takapuna Beach. The NOWSC will be a world-class training facility to develop up and coming athletes across the four codes of yachting, windsurfing, kayaking, and ocean swimming. I’m looking forward to working with the Hon Murray McCully to help overcome any barriers to the NOWSC. As well as being a strong voice for the North Shore there are also wider goals I’m aiming to achieve in my time in this place. It’s fair to say I have some experience in broadcasting and more than a passing interest in the health sector. During Mum’s 10 yr decline with dementia I saw, with sadness, too many older people in residential care who didn’t have family around them and were without advocates to keep an eye

on them. Our elderly deserve dignity and protection. I believe they have earned our respect and we certainly wouldn’t be the society we are today without their effort and wisdom. Given my green fingered background and lifelong love of plants I hope my knowledge and skills might be useful in helping to shape our environmental and conservation goals. Producing and presenting the garden show for 12 years on television gave me privileged access to people’s lives. Some of them were overwhelmed and daunted by the sheer scale of the planet’s problems but, personally, I’ve never doubted that saving the world starts in your own backyard. I share the view of many that we are, really only the custodians of this land and the guardians – Kaiteake of our grandchildren’s heritage. As convenor of this year’s Blue Greens Forum I’m excited to be part of shaping the agenda for discussion around the country’s environmental and conservation concerns. I know I’m home when I walk in the bush, my cathedrals of green, when I feel very patriotic about my homeland and, believe me, I’m not about to let anybody harm it. I’ll work hard on my Select Committees of Local Government and Environment and Finance and Expenditure. I pledge to be a strong voice for the North Shore, and I am very ambitious for my electorate. My constituents will always have my first loyalty, and I will do my very best to represent your interests with courage and with energy.


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NEW PANORAMAS for the North Shore A new business will let North Shore residents capture their dream image and turn it into the main decorative feature of their home or office. Professional Panoramas features the work of US trained photographer Chris Harrington – and allows over twenty high resolution shots to be seamlessly integrated into one wall mounted panorama which can be up to seven metres wide. The panoramas can range from just thirty degrees to a sweeping 270 degrees, or even a full 360! Chris trained at the famous Rochester Institute of Technology, then went on to become one of the top Directors of Photography in the US advertising market – working as both a cinematographer for TV commercials and with high end stills for some of the world’s top magazines. New high resolution imaging technology means that Chris can now turn his life long fascination with panoramas into high quality art work – printed on archive quality materials that are designed to last 200 years. Chris moved to The North Shore with his young family 5 years ago, looking for a better quality of life after three decades at the top level of the high-powered US advertising market. “New Zealand has let me get back to my roots creatively” says Chris. “These huge panoramas have always intrigued me – and now I have the opportunity to build a new photographic art form around them. I’ve been waiting years for the latest digital camera technology and new large format printing methods to make it all practical – and now we have those resources here in New Zealand.”

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I’ve been waiting years for the latest digital camera technology and new large format printing methods to make it all practical – and now we have those resources here in New Zealand. - Chris Harrington.

Prices for the panoramas range from just a few hundred dollars for a smaller , stock panorama to a few thousand dollars for a custom shoot and large scale wall mounted panorama. Professional Panoramas covers every aspect of the project – planning, photo shoot, printing, mounting and specialist wall hanging. Your personal professional panorama is not necessarily limited to a favourite view, but any image that captures that defining “something” that we all dream about.

CHANNEL PROMOTION: Official Entry Forms


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Channel Magazine is encouraging you to always consider “buying local first” to support our local businesses. So when you spend over $50.00 at any Channel Magazine advertiser then you are eligible to enter the draw to win our hot New Model 2012 Toyota Yaris 5 door Car complete with mag wheels and leather valued at over $25,000. Entering is easy. Every time you BUY LOCALLY (from a current CHANNEL MAGAZINE advertiser), over a value of $50, you are eligible to enter by completing this entry form, making sure you tell us where you bought locally on the North Shore from a Channel Magazine advertiser. YOU MUST ATTACH a copy of the receipt providing proof of purchase.

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Send this entry form to: Channel Magazine, PO Box 33-1630, Takapuna. Or you can place your entry in ENTRY BOXES located at Westfield Shore City (Takapuna), North Shore Toyota (Wairau Park), The Booklover (Takapuna), The Old Devonport Post Office (Devonport), Benefitz (Constellation Drive), Stand Up Takapuna (Takapuna), Crafty Knitwits (Milford), Tinged with Envy (Mairangi Bay). NOTE: ALL ENTRIES WILL BE SCRUTINISED. DUPLICATES OR ANY THAT DON’T MEET THE CRITERIA IN ANY WAY WILL NOT BE PLACED IN THE GRAND PRIZE DRAW.

ENTER ONLINE: You can also enter online at Entries apply to purchases made between March 1st & September 30th 2012. The grand prize draw will be made, under supervision at a special event held in early October 2012 (details of the grand prize draw venue will be published in September 2012 issue), and the winners name will be announced on the Channel Magazine website and in the November 2012 issue of Channel Magazine. Refer to Channel Magazine or for full terms & conditions of entry. Privacy: Benefitz DMA Limited will only receive and store any personal information you may supply by entering the above draw, solely for the purposes of the above draw, after which that information will be destroyed. If you win the draw, you consent to the publication of your name in Channel Magazine and in any other media associated with the draw. By ticking the box above you authorise Benefitz DMA Limited to retain and use your email address and any other contact details you may provide for on-going marketing purposes associated with its business only. You are entitled to have access to your personal information at any time prior to being destroyed as stated above.


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Channel Magazine is encouraging you to always consider “buying local first” to support our local businesses. So when you spend over $50.00 at any Channel Magazine advertiser then you are eligible to enter the draw to win our hot New Model 2012 Toyota Yaris 5 door Car complete with mag wheels and leather valued at over $25,000. Entering is easy. Every time you BUY LOCALLY (from a current CHANNEL MAGAZINE advertiser), over a value of $50, you are eligible to enter by completing this entry form, making sure you tell us where you bought locally on the North Shore from a Channel Magazine advertiser. YOU MUST ATTACH a copy of the receipt providing proof of purchase.

NAME: ADDRESS: EMAIL: PHONE NUMBER: WHERE DID YOU BUY LOCALLY ON THE NORTH SHORE? (Shop/Channel Advertiser) I am happy to receive communication from Channel Magazine in the future regarding this and other promotions.

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Send this entry form to: Channel Magazine, PO Box 33-1630, Takapuna. Or you can place your entry in ENTRY BOXES located at Westfield Shore City (Takapuna), North Shore Toyota (Wairau Park), The Booklover (Takapuna), The Old Devonport Post Office (Devonport), Benefitz (Constellation Drive), Stand Up Takapuna (Takapuna), Crafty Knitwits (Milford), Tinged with Envy (Mairangi Bay). NOTE: ALL ENTRIES WILL BE SCRUTINISED. DUPLICATES OR ANY THAT DON’T MEET THE CRITERIA IN ANY WAY WILL NOT BE PLACED IN THE GRAND PRIZE DRAW.

ENTER ONLINE: You can also enter online at Entries apply to purchases made between March 1st & September 30th 2012. The grand prize draw will be made, under supervision at a special event held in early October 2012 (details of the grand prize draw venue will be published in September 2012 issue), and the winners name will be announced on the Channel Magazine website and in the November 2012 issue of Channel Magazine. Refer to Channel Magazine or for full terms & conditions of entry. Privacy: Benefitz DMA Limited will only receive and store any personal information you may supply by entering the above draw, solely for the purposes of the above draw, after which that information will be destroyed. If you win the draw, you consent to the publication of your name in Channel Magazine and in any other media associated with the draw. By ticking the box above you authorise Benefitz DMA Limited to retain and use your email address and any other contact details you may provide for on-going marketing purposes associated with its business only. You are entitled to have access to your personal information at any time prior to being destroyed as stated above. Issue 19 - MARCH 2012




To live, work and play by the beach is a dream for many, but here on the North Shore it can be a reality that stimulates creativity and spurs innovation. Takapuna based FaceMe, owned by HiTech Solutions, recently proved that by developing a business-based system that provides users with quality video conferencing capabilities, compatible with any device. As a result, the company was recently awarded for its ingenuity when it won the inaugural BNZ Virgin Business Challenge. Channel Magazine’s Michael Campbell went to get the FaceMe story.


Innovation, strategy, entrepreneurialism and a brilliant product have won international recognition for a North Shore business from one of the world’s most high profile billionaires. FaceMe, a business video conference and communications system that connects business users through any device, won the BNZ Presents: The Virgin Business Challenge, which brought Sir Richard Branson to Takapuna last year. The award is a search for a promising New Zealand company with innovative, creative products and the passion and drive to take it global. More than 260 New Zealand businesses entered the competition, 20 per cent of them coming from the internet and technology sector. As the winner, FaceMe will receive $100,000 cash, one-on-one time with Sir Richard Branson, a BNZ business education scholarship, mentoring from BNZ and Virgin executives, and flights around the world. In their notes, the judges stated that of all the entries, FaceMe’s product was the only product that could be sold to every other business in the competition. FaceMe’s product – video conferencing – is becoming more and more common in everyday business and is becoming standard practice, especially among businesses with a global focus. In recent years, interest and uptake of video conferencing technology has seen a dramatic increase, as the economic downturn forced companies to take a slew of cost cutting measures, particularly with respect to travel budgets. Other drivers contributing to the growth of the video conferencing industry include quick return-on-investments, increased productivity with less time spent in airports, a better work-

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life balance and also, its contribution to reducing carbon footprints. The technology is cost saving, efficient, environmentally sound, and for FaceMe, there’s no limit to its potential, as it’s not industry specific – every business can use and benefit from its potential. FaceMe is a product very much designed with the customer in mind and is the result of three years extensive research and development. “When we first looked at the video conferencing market, a lot of the feedback was saying that [video conferencing technology] is very expensive, that it’s really for internal use only – they couldn’t use it to talk to the outside world – and it’s inflexible,” says HiTech Solutions Managing Director, Mark Christensen. This feedback formed the basis of the initial idea, which was developed by two in-house developers into a working browser – compatible with the computers and laptops found in offices around the world. That first generation browser was released roughly 18 months after the initial research and development commenced. A more advanced, universally compatible, second-generation program has just been released last month. This latest version sees a lot of the bugs ironed out and compatibility across all platforms, including smartphones, tablets and specialist video conferencing providers such as Cisco and Tandberg. “This version is a complete rebuild of the original, with a better interface and better capabilities. It also really gives us the scale internationally, and it can be supported from New Zealand, so it doesn’t matter where in the world our customers are,” says Christensen. While the benefits to businesses are huge, Christensen says there


Members of the HiTech Solutions/FaceMe team, from left Danny Tomsett (GM Product Development), Mark Christensen (MD) and Richard Rogers (GM Sales & Operations).

FaceMe technology can host a 12way international video conference, broadcast to hundreds of people, file share, screen share, edit, manipulate and present from a distance – it provides a virtual, fully interactive global meeting room. is still a sense that he’s educating people to the advantages of having a system like this in place, rather that resorting to Skype or other low-end tools. “Skype has been great in terms of people becoming comfortable about using video, and we use it as an example, but it’s certainly not a business tool.” FaceMe technology can host a 12-way international video conference, broadcast to hundreds of people, file share, screen share, edit, manipulate and present from a distance – it provides a virtual, fully interactive global meeting room. As the judges noted, the market penetration for FaceMe is huge – it runs across all sectors of the market. Organisations already using FaceMe include district health boards, accounting firms, lawyers, schools and manufacturers. “We see this becoming just as important as voice calls or emails in time, as our businesses look to be more efficient, and especially as reduction of carbon emissions is a very real thing now for

Sir Richard Branson at the press conference to launch the BNZ Virgin Challenge on Takapuna Beach.

businesses.” It takes more than a great product to build a successful business, strategy comes into it, development, but essentially it’s the people – a good business needs good people who are passionate and know what they’re doing. In the three years since research and development first began, the company has gone from 12 to 30 employees, including six full time developers. The emphasis on development has never stopped at FaceMe – it was research and development that built the product, and research and development will make it better – more developers will be needed. An experienced management team has also been put in place to design and implement an international strategy. This is a global product with a global focus; it takes a global mindset to put that into action.

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DEVONPORT News, Views, and Information from the Village by the Sea – Devonport.

Hello and welcome to this month’s account of what has been happening in the wonderful community of Devonport. Devonport is superb at this time of year, it is at is very finest. The flower gardens look spectacular, the beaches and parks are inviting and the mood is relaxed and fun. There is always plenty of things to see and do so if you haven’t visited us for a while then I encourage you to make a day of it and enjoy all that Devonport has to offer. We are excited and very supportive of Aidan and his team at Channel Magazine for their wonderful promotion encouraging us all to shop and buy local. They have very generously offered a car as the major prize valued at over $25,000. The heart of our communities is the Town Centre or Mainstreet. This is where we meet friends, share a meal or a coffee, connect with others and go about our usual business. Our Town Centres are made up of small businesses offering personalised service and a huge range of products. The harsh reality is that they won’t survive unless we all make a concerted effort to support them and buy local. So please shop locally and who knows, you may even win a car!

DEVONPORT DOG PARADE – MARCH 25, 1-4 PM (See feature on this upcoming event on opposite page)

TORPEDO BAY – NAVY MUSEUM The Navy Museum at Torpedo Bay is proving to be a real gem and is certainly a Must See for every Aucklander. Entry is free so it represents a wonderful activity for the whole family, especially on a rainy day when the great outdoors are not an option. The Museum has an interesting range of events and displays over the next few months so take time to come and have a look.

Eddie de Heer.

Torpedo Bay Navy Museum • 64 King Edward Parade, Devonport, Auckland • Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days (closed Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day) • Entry to galleries and exhibitions is free of charge. • • Salt of the Sea - Specific Pacific Seascapes • Watercolours, oils, pastels, serigraphs, etchings, charcoals and monoprints by the artist Michael B. White • Opening February 29th, 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. • Exhibition March 1st - 31st

THE DEVONPORT ARTS FESTIVAL - NOVEMBER 17-25 2012 is shaping up to be an exciting year for the Devonport Community. Just before Christmas it was decided that the once annual institution The Devonport Arts Festival, is due a revival and life is this very moment being breathed into the week-long community-run affair. Co-ordinator Toni van Tonder is bringing a range of events together and support is already mounting from groups such as The Depot, The Business Association, The Michael King Writer’s Centre, The Masonic Tavern, The Victoria Theatre, The Craft Market, Knitty Graffity, Pecha Kucha and others. But the hunt continues for artists wishing to open their studios, galleries wishing to hold special exhibitions, shops and cafes willing to exhibit or contribute their own special events, artists wishing to lead outdoor art lessons, poets wishing to perform, or any other such activity that will help to create a unique art experience for the villagers, for the wider Auckland community, and for visitors to the area. The whole community needs to be involved to make it happen. If you would like to be a part of the festival, add an event to the list, sponsor or support this vital resurrection in any way, then please contact Toni at or visit The Devonport Arts Festival page on Facebook.

MUST SEE – MUST DO • If you love dogs then make a point of coming along to the annual Devonport Dog Parade, Sunday March 25. • Check out the ‘Salt of the Sea’ exhibition at Torpedo Bay – Navy Museum. Have a great month. Eddie de Heer President – Devonport Business Association

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DEVONPORT DOG PARADE – Sunday March 25th, Windsor Reserve, 1pm-4pm

Channel Magazine dog lovers, this is something you won’t want to miss. We’ll be there with bells on our dogs collars! The Devonport Dog Parade has become part of the Devonport culture over the last three years. Held next to the sea on the beautiful Windsor Reserve, the Dog Parade is a delightful way to spend a Sunday afternoon! The theme of the Dog Parade is to be a fun and educational community event for families and people of all ages to celebrate our love of dogs. The event was inspired by a fantastic Easter Dog Parade in Long Beach, California, visited and loved by the Dog Parade organiser, Robyn Fond. “I came back from the Dog Parade in Long Beach so excited about the

possibilities the event presented for Devonport. I am an American import, but have lived in Devonport for 23 years, and absolutely adore it. The Devonport Dog Parade has exceeded my expectations, and I am thrilled to be a part of something that is so great for the community.” This is a wonderful afternoon of shopping the doggy stalls with unique, boutique products and services, watching the endless doggy entertainment and educational opportunities that the presenters bring, and of course the Parade up Victoria Road, with fantastic prizes for category winners such as: Best Smile; Best Tail Wag; Owner who looks the most like their Dog; Best Dressed; Devonport’s Doggy Idol. There will also be clowns, bouncy castles and face painters for the kids. The Devonport Dog Parade is a fundraiser for the SPCA. A Gold Coin entry is requested, or whatever people wish to give. All proceeds are donated. The SPCA does great work to help the animals and drive public awareness and education about respect and care for our furry friends. Bob Kerridge is the MC, a powerful animal voice that has driven the “respect and care” message for decades… Please join us for a warm and wonderful afternoon! Issue 19 - MARCH 2012


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DEVONPORT COMMUNITY NEWS by Maire Vieth - Devonport Community Coordinator, Devonport Peninsula Trust March throws us into the middle of summer. With the weather (fingers crossed) settled and us all being almost entirely surrounded by water, I reckon that a good amount of March will be spent on the peninsula beaches - ocean swimming, wharf jumping, building sand castles, playing games, walking dogs, catching up with friends and neighbours. March is also in the harvest season. Our front and back gardens are in full bloom, vegetables and fruit are growing and verge trees are looking good. The Devonport Community House celebrates this with its 3rd annual Harvest Fair on Sunday 11 March from 1 – 5pm. A bit like an old-fashioned A&P fair, the day includes a myriad of competitions, from a giant pumpkin competition, sunflower competition, and scarecrow competition to the best bloom from your garden, most unusual vegetable, best dressed bicycle, baking competition, and more. There will also be food and entertainment, as well as a coconut shy, candy floss and raffle. For more details, please contact either the Devonport Community Garden @ or the Community House @ A family event run by the Devonport Peninsula on National Children’s Day is the Devonport Community Treasure Hunt on Sunday 4 March, 10 am – 1 pm. The event aims to provide quality time for families to spend together as they explore the local community and its dormant volcanoes, from North Head to Mount Cambria. Register at the Tainui Memorial on King Edward Parade at 10 am to pick up your questionnaire. Then walk or bike from there to North Head and Mount Cambria, and finish off with a picnic and games at the Devonport Museum. The trust is also running its annual Kids Athletics series for all primary and intermediate school children in the first half of March, encouraging children to being generally active and athletic. This happens at the Vauxhall Sports Fields on Wednesdays, March 7 and 14, from 4 – 6 pm. Come along, register on the day, and have a go at long jump, high jump, sprints, agility and shot-put stations. The Devonport Scouts Venturers will run a sausage sizzle and volunteer as marshals too. Another lovely local affair this month is the Devonport Dog Parade on Sunday 25 March at Windsor Reserve, 1 – 4 pm, organised by local dog lover Robyn Fond. In its 3rd year, this is a free, action packed day of doggy events, entertainment, goods and services and a chance to showcase our beloved four-legged friends.

Maire Vieth.

For more information, please contact Robyn at April 1 then brings Devonstock, our 4th annual rock youth concert on Mount Victoria, from 3 – 6:30 pm. This event is still in its planning stages. For more info, please contact event organizer Justine Kinsella at This will be my last monthly column as I am moving on to new challenges. I have enjoyed my role immensely during the last four years and absolutely loved working with all passionate and community-minded people I crossed paths with during that time! Thank you for caring about our peninsula so much. My successor will introduce him/herself to you in the next month or so. This is it from me! Maire For more info or to sign up for the Devonport Peninsula eNEWS, please contact or call 445 9533



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Who – or what – is a sailor’s housewife? How many men does it take to lift a 500kg piece of shrapnel? A guided tour of Torpedo Bay Navy Museum will amaze, amuse and enhance your knowledge of local and national history. Our Guides will take you for an engaging journey through the galleries and bring to life the stories behind the objects and photographs on display. Tours are approximately one hour long. Guided tours are available on weekends, with no bookings needed. Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Sign up is on a firstcome, first-serve basis. Maximum 20 people per tour. Bookings are essential for groups of 10 people or more. Booked tours are offered seven days a week, subject to availability. Tours are free of charge, but we gratefully accept donations. To make a booking, please call 09 446 1829 or visit our website,

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WINES & CHEESES with Liz Wheadon

Our monthly Channel Wine & Cheese columnist is Liz Wheadon, General Manager of Glengarry Wines. Liz is also a passionate foodie. Weekends are often spent first planning the event and then entertaining friends and family with magnificent food and wine experiences.

MARLBOROUGH – New Zealand’s Premier Wine Growing Region In fact some of my favourite New Zealand Pinot Noir comes from the Marlborough region. Throughout March, Glengarry stores are featuring six stars of this Premier region with a wonderful collection of their wines. Pop in to our Devonport or Takapuna stores to try them out.


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The history in Marlborough goes back a fair way. In fact, depending on what source you read, it seems there’s a differing view on it. Let’s start where Wine Marlborough (a reputable source) has it. The first grapes planted were in the 1970’s, with evidence of plants as early as the 1870’s. It was then in 1977, that the Spence brothers of Matua Valley, released their Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. A style that grabbed everyone quickly. It was in the 1980’s with the release of Cloudy Bay’s Sauvignon Blanc that Marlborough Sauvignon started to make its first few steps into what is today a worldwide brand. Everywhere I travel to taste and explore new opportunities for Glengarry, one of the first things I hear is – We love New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, which is great news. Marlborough (predominately Sauvignon Blanc) makes up 79% of New Zealand’s total wine production. The climate and conditions in Marlborough produce Sauvignon Blanc with a very distinctive characteristic; one that it seems just cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world. Over the years, the style of Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough has developed and more so in the last five or so years. There are now wonderful differences coming from the various parts of Marlborough – from the sides of the Wairau, Waihopai, Awatere and around. At Glengarry this month there’s a variety of top Sauvignon Blanc to explore including our top selling Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc, ‘the original’ – Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, and our new friend – Isabel Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Marlborough is off course much more than just Sauvignon Blanc. It’s probably no surprise given how well Sauvignon Blanc performs in the region, that the other aromatics, like Riesling and Pinot Gris also go very well. Alongside the white wines, Marlborough produces outstanding Pinot Noir.



Every day the North Shore buses are filled with our readers going into the city to study or work. Here’s who we met this month…


Name: Hanna Williams Home: Takapuna - Hauraki Corner Bus: Whatever comes through the last bus stop on Esmonde Rd - usually the 839! Occupation: Product Development and Communications Manager of Linden Leaves Fun Fact: Hanna is originally from Wales. CM: Why do you take the bus? HW: It’s convenient and is more cost effective than driving into work every day. Its nice to just sit there and enjoy the views over the harbour bridge instead of being stuck in a car on your own dodging bad drivers and getting angry. CM: What’s your favourite thing about taking the bus? HW: I love the fact that it takes about 10 - 13 minutes on the bus from Esmonde Road to Freemans Bay in the mornings. There’s a bus lane for most of the way into the city, so you pass all of the traffic. It’s quite funny when you see the single car drivers looking up at the bus in annoyance wishing they could just drive straight through - like us. Also, from where I catch the bus, buses come through at least every 5 minutes and so you never have to wait a long time for one.

PUHOI VALLEY CHEESE COMPANY Founded in 1983 with just two cheese makers at the helm, Puhoi has grown to now employ over 100 team members. Whilst now a large company, there are many small speciality cheeses that we stock in our Didas stores, including the Waxed Blue cheese, which just happens to be one of our top selling cheeses. Matakana Waxed Blue is made from cow’s milk, first the whey and curd are separated, it is then lightly pressed, then the blue mould is inserted into the cheese. By only lightly pressing the cheese, the blue can travel through the remaining holes in the cheese and form its distinctive flavour. Prior to maturation, the cheese is lightly salted and turned once a week. The cheese is then coated in wax, which creates a unique environment for the next 12 weeks of the cheeses evolution and adds the development of the sweet, fruity characters in this cheese. The wax coating also ensures that this cheese retains a lot of its moisture, giving it a delightful smooth and creamy texture. Matakana Waxed Blue is a full flavoured mature blue; it is creamy, with a slight crumbly texture. The best way to store your Matakana Waxed blue is in the fridge between 2 – 4 degrees, do turn it over once a week (just like was done whilst in the careful care of the cheese maker). It is best taken out of the fridge for an hour before serving, to allow it to come up to room temperature. There are many ways to enjoy this blue, I particularly like it with the Spanish Olive oil Tortas that we have in Didas. These are from the south of Spain and flavoured with aniseed. Creamy blue on these tortas with a glass of chilled Riesling or chilled sherry is an excellent combination. This cheese is also great for cooking; do check out the recipe in the Glengarry March Wine letter – Grilled Scotch Fillet with Blue cheese sauce. Enjoy!

CM: Do you have any “bus buddies”? If so, how many? HW: I have one ‘bus buddy’ who I actually speak too, we’re not at the same bus stop but often manage to catch the bus at the same time. When you catch the same bus every day you do tend to see the same people -looking the same way, sitting on the same seat every day, etc. Even though I see these people every day, I don’t tend to speak to them. Perhaps we’d give a light nod and a partial smile to each other now again, but that’s about it. I suppose you can call them my silent bus friends. CM: What is the most interesting conversation you have had waiting for or on the bus? HW: Without fail the weather... always the weather. CM: When you are not on the bus, we are most likely to find you... HW: I like to walk a lot and therefore I walk along the Takapuna beach through to Milford most days. CM: What’s your favourite thing about the Shore? HW: I love how convenient everything is as I walk to most places. You can be in the city, at shopping malls, at beautiful beaches, at great bars and restaurants within 10 minutes. CM: What’s your favourite restaurant? HW: Hmmmmm... Depends. If I want to keep it cheap and lovely, I tend to go to the New Vietnam Cafe. Or, if my boyfriend is paying, the Marvel Grill is always very nice if you want a good atmosphere. CM: Any special plans to enjoy the upcoming long weekends? HW: I am a Takapuna cricket widow, and so I am obliged to fulfill my duties by being a good supportive girlfriend who pretends to love watching cricket. There’s are a few widows in the team, so it is nice sitting in a field in the sun drinking and gossiping with them. I hope the weather will be nice enough to also spend a few days relaxing on the beach too. CM: Working for Linden Leaves, what is the most exciting thing about your job? HW: Designing and developing products that you love to use yourself. And, its always a great feeling when you see your products on shelf and in magazines knowing the amount of time and effort it took to get each one launched. CM: What is the latest gadget or item that you want to buy/have to have? HW: I really really would like a surround sound multi room system to put in our new house because I just think it would be really cool. I would say that on a daily basis I convince myself I need many many things, but I’m often brought back down to reality when I look at my bank account which puts an abrupt end to my needs and desires. Issue 19 - MARCH 2012



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


Latino Market Day

What a fantastic day we had for our second annual Latino Market Day on Saturday February 18th. The weather turned out beautifully fine (my iphone predicted it!) and with over 40 stalls in the main street and some in the mall, we had a real carnival atmosphere. AK Samba got the entertainment underway at 10am with their distinctive percussion style and the day just grew from there. Thanks to all the locals and not so locals who came along – you made it a wonderful day. The Latino element just grows each year and we had a stand from the Spanish University of Salamanca, Kiwilation (Spanish Speaking Businesses and Professionals group), Zorro made a guest appearance, our three face painters were kept busy and to add a new element, we had two artists painting works on their easels – courtesy of Kay from Artists Den and Art Gallery. Vertigo kept their easy listening music and great vocals going on the corner by Civic Video as usual.

ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP We signed up our first associate member recently – Artists Den and Art Gallery at 20 Kitchener Road, Milford. Kay, the owner, is already a very active member, actively participating in the Latino Market Day by arranging two artists for Latino Market to paint in the mall, whilst having a third one painting at the same time back at her gallery. Check out the timetable on facebook ArtistsDenandGallery. If you click the Like button next to the title you will receive their newsfeeds for further exhibitions and entertainment.

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If you run a business from home in the Milford district, and would like all the advantages of being part of our association, contact me about our Associate Membership Program.

DEVONPORT-TAKAPUNA LOCAL BOARD SEEKS LOCAL VIEWS The next clinic will be on Saturday March 3rd, in the Milford Mall. The format is informal. Members of the public are warmly invited to approach their local representatives who will be happy to share a conversation, record any requests for action and provide advice wherever possible.

Murray Hill, Manager – Milford Business Association Contact me by email or post, PO Box 31-825, Milford 0741. PS: Let us know about events in the community and we will discuss them in this column, space permitting. IMPORTANT CONTACTS: Milford Residents Association: Debbie Dunsford, Phone 410 3696 or email: Castor Bay Ratepayer and Residents Association: Fiona Downes, Phone 410 5304 or email:




– a treasure trove in Milford At Channel Magazine we pride ourselves on uncovering interesting stores on the Shore and encouraging readers to buy local. One real discovery is Molloy’s of Milford Antiques Centre. Molloy’s opened for business around the same time that we launched the first issue of Channel in mid-2010. It is located down the lane between La Tropeziene French Bakery and Milford Print – 162 Kitchener Road, to be precise. The store is best described as a treasure trove of antiques, collectibles and memorabilia. This is not a shop to rush in, but one where you need to make time to browse, enjoy and discover. It is true that most of these types of shops have been ousted by TradeMe in recent times, but owner Bernard Molloy is very proud of the fact he is firmly going against the tide. Bernard is passionate about what he has created. Bernard also loves Milford. Not only does he work there, the store is only a short walk from his home and he reckons there is something very special about Milford. He loves the friendly village feel about the place. Prior to starting Molloy’s of Milford, Bernard worked full time in the recruitment industry with collecting being his hobby. Bernard started collecting ashtrays and ended up with over 2000 ashtrays. Bernard and his wife had a ball travelling up and down the country sourcing unusual collectibles, memorabilia and antiques. “We went through a few transmissions in our cars over a period of 10 years,” said Bernard, when reflecting on those enjoyable times in mid-February. “But we had a lovely time visiting different parts of the country enjoying ourselves immensely.” Opening a shop was always something he was passionate about and he just loves going to work every day. “It has taken 45 years of experience to get to this stage, but as a result I understand collectors desires totally. We go on regular buying trips to USA, Australia, UK and Canada and send goods to many corners of the world, including Russia, China and France to name a few.” Molloy’s trade on US website Rubylane (Visit: molotov/ilist). While Bernard Molloy loves where life has taken him, if he started out again he says that he would first go to University to study history and geography. There is no doubt however, that his passion for antiques and collectibles would always play a big part in his life. The best thing for Channel readers is that you can share this passion with Bernard at his shop right in the heart of Milford. It’s a very special place.

DEVONPORT HARVEST FAIR Devonport Community House – Sunday March 11th

Blooms, pumpkins, scarecrows, baking and more! Traditional competitions and fair activities find their way to Devonport again this month at the Devonport Community Harvest Fair on Sunday March 11th, 1pm-5pm. Last year’s champion pumpkin weighed in at over 30kg, and the baking entries showed that kiwis still know their way around the kitchen! In the lead up to the Fair, Charlotte will run a scarecrow making workshop at Devonport Community Garden in Cambria Reserve on Sunday March 4th. Devonport Community Harvest Fair, Devonport Community House, 32 Clarence Street, Sunday March 11th, 1pm-5pm (Enquiries Phone 445 3068).

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SO MUCH GOING ON IN MARCH & Easter on its way 1986 Design Council Designer Award by the Duke of Edinburgh and at one stage she had three retail shops. There is currently a Patricia Roberts shop in Kensington and a website – really interesting! So if you feel like having a browse through our relics, do pop in. Crafty Knitwits, 101 Kitchener Road (corner Milford Road), Milford. Phone: 09 486-2724 or visit


BRAMBLE BUNNY Knit a Bramble Bunny as an Easter gift – you will probably want to keep him. Easy to do and such a lovely soft and cuddly gift for Easter!

YARNS AND PATTERNS We have some stunning yarns in store from our usual Filatura Di Crosa and Naturally ranges supported by some great patterns. And now we are very excited to introduce Noro Brand and Debbie Bliss yarns and pattern books. We are delivering on our promise to give you all a wide range to choose from and to be inspired by. Debbie Bliss is a very well known brand and the choice of patterns is really wonderful. Noro Brand is Japanese and the colour and texture of these yarns is equisite and different. The Noro patterns books are stunning and support this yarn well. Come and have a look, we are getting our sample knitters working on samples to give you an idea of how these two new brands of yarn knit up.

Fleur Wilson who won $60 Crafty Knitwit Gift Vouchers by entering into the Latino Market Day Coupon Draw.


CRAFTY LIBRARY – FOR YOU TO EXPLORE! We love working in our shop in Milford and the best thing about it is our customers and the amazing support we get from local people. Every now and then someone will pop in with some knitting or sewing relics or books that they have found when cleaning out their cupboards or their mothers cupboards and they offer them to us. So over the last 20 months we have collected some really interesting paraphanalia – mainly books and patterns. There are some real classics! So we have put together a library on our shelves in the workroom so that people can come and browse through the books or they can borrow them for a week or two. Some really interesting books. One I personally like is by Patricia Roberts, an English designer. The patterns are very 80’s but some are classics and her use of colour is amazing. I have done a bit of research since reading this book and Patricia Roberts was awarded the

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OPTOMETRY & EYEWEAR with Melissa Hay, Visique Milford Optometrists Our monthly OPTOMETRY & EYEWEAR column is provided by Melissa Hay, the owner of Visique Milford Optometrists. Melissa studied optometry for five years at the Auckland University School of Medicine and completed a Bachelor of Optometry (with Honours). Her qualifications also allow her to test the eyesight of pilots (CCA Accred.) and to write prescriptions (Oc.Cert.Pharm.).

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The New Year has brought new products to Visique Milford Optometrists. There is a new coating available on new lenses called Optifog. It’s incredibly clever and prevents your glasses from fogging over. Fog is made up of lots of tiny water droplets, perfectly spread over the surface of your lenses – creating a uniform film of water. This causes distortion and loss of contrast to your vision. Many eo le nd this a roblem in different circumstances, such as: • • • • •

Opening the oven door Moving from hot to cold environments Welders wearing face shields Wrap sunglasses fogging up At work where precision and safety are a priority

The special anti-fog coating is activated by a weekly drop of a special cleaning solution for the lenses. This technologically advanced combination of lens and activator provides superior scratch, glare and dust protection in addition to the most durable antifog solution on the market. Optifog has wide appeal and we’re sure that many people will enjoy the benefits of lasting fog-free vision during everyday life, or in specific activities from leisure and sport, to the workplace. And, the lenses come with a two year warranty! We are offering a free upgrade for March 2012 to Optifog, so come in and talk to us about this exciting product.








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LOCAL GOVERNMENT with Schnauer and Co



= long term costs

In our last article, we outlined Auckland’s thirty year spatial plan – the Mayor’s vision for how Auckland is to be the world’s most liveable city. Sitting under that plan is the long term plan (LTP). This is a 10-year strategic document outlining the intended activities, services and priority projects to be delivered from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2022 and how they are funded. Essentially the LTP is the council’s ‘to-do list’ for feature projects and funding policies. And it is here where the grandiose chickens (or are they hens?) from the spatial plan come home to roost. Recently, Mayor Brown outlined his absolute key project for this 10-year period, which is the City Centre rail link. Mayor Brown calls this the “game changer” for Auckland. He says it is central to enable Auckland to become the world’s most liveable city; to support Auckland’s “compact city”; and to improve Auckland’s carbon footprint. Of course the Mayor cannot walk into Albert Park and pluck money from a tree. All new projects cost significant money. In a report to the council, Mayor Brown said he believed there was “scope to reprioritise existing work programmes and work within existing fiscal envelopes to achieve a significant proportion of the identified projects and activities.” He then said that there were however “some significant projects that will clearly have to be funded outside of the baseline budgets.” This is where the controversy starts. Reprioritising means projects that communities have been promised for years, and have been budgeted for, will not go ahead, or will have reduced funding. Locally, that is happening in some local board areas, particularly Kaipatiki. This is our local communities’ opportunity cost for Mayor Brown’s think big rail project. And how is the new funding the Mayor talks of to be gathered in?

Firstly, Mayor Brown rejected selling shares in any council-owned assets, or privatising any assets. He also has not mentioned cutting costs anywhere in the bureaucracy. But he did propose the following as “possibles”: • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Increasing rates. Targeted rates to pay for specific projects. Increasing Development Contributions. A new income tax paid only by Aucklanders. A new payroll tax paid by Auckland employers. Raising GST in Auckland. Tax on increase in property values. Raising petrol and diesel taxes across Auckland. Charging tolls for new roads. Charging tolls on all roads or congested roads. Increasing carparking fees. Nightly charges for hotel and motel rooms. Increasing departure tax on international flights.

What can you do about these proposed new costs that will hit households hard? Apathy is a central feature of local body politics. Voter turnout in general elections is also falling. But we should all get more active and tell the council what we think are our priorities. The draft LTP has been adopted by councillors. Public submissions open on 24 February and close on 23 March. The LTP will be adopted in June. Have your say to ensure our long term plan is one we can afford.

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100 PROFILE: Catherine Chappell, Touch Compass Dance Company


Each year the Creative New Zealand Choreographic Fellowship is awarded to an established choreographer, to assist them in developing new practices, undertaking research and deepening their skill base. The recipient of the 2011 award was Mairangi Bay resident Catherine Chappell, Artistic Director and founder of the Touch Compass Dance Company. Catherine Murray chats to Catherine at the Touch Compass office in the grounds of Takapuna’s Wilson Home. While Catherine’s dance career has taken her to all four corners of the world, she now has her feet firmly planted back in Mairangi Bay. “I’m living one street away from where I grew up – I rebounded!” laughs Catherine. Childhood afternoons were spent devouring her Mum’s ‘beautiful smelling breadrolls’, swimming at Mairangi Bay beach, going to ballet lessons and playing tennis. A talented youngster, Catherine achieved high merits in both tennis and ballet, however, life as a dancer was her calling. Many years of study, performing and teaching followed, on both the local and international stage. An interest in contact improvisation, where dancers use weight, momentum and listening through the skin surface to ‘read’ their partner’s information led Catherine to pioneer the dance form in New Zealand in 1990. An invitation to choreograph for Auckland’s Healing Through Arts Trust was Catherine’s first opportunity to work with people with disabilities. It was here that Catherine met dancer Jesse Johnstone-Steel, a co-founder of Touch Compass. Travelling back overseas again to New York, Catherine participated in an ‘All Wheels’ class in New York. “You had to be on some form of wheels, so you either had to be in a wheelchair or on rollerblades. I hadn’t used rollerblades before, so I had to try and balance and work with someone who was moving! But luckily I had roller skated as a child – often through the car park of the Mairangi Bay supermarket – so in three days I was able to pick it up. I came back to New Zealand, bought myself a pair of rollerblades and started to offer classes in integrated dance, where disabled and non-disabled people dance together. The uptake was very slow to start, as not many people understood that the form even existed. From there I got enough people to run a class, and a year and a half later in 1997 I started Touch Compass. Well, actually I wanted to do just one show and suddenly a company was born!” In 1999 Touch Compass was set up as a Charitable Trust, run by a Board of Trustees. They offer ongoing classes and workshops and present one major season or tour a year, depending on funding. Sponsorship is a huge part of the Trust’s lifeline, and ongoing grants and investment from outside parties, such as Creative New Zealand, is key to their success. “The fact that we are a contemporary dance company still around 15 years on is pretty huge,” says Catherine. “It’s quite a feat to stay alive in the arts world in general, let alone in a genre which obviously has its challenges in terms of making people aware of it. Until people see it they don’t necessarily understand it. As much as we try to do work that supports building audiences – because of course that’s partly what it’s about - we don’t want to go down the route of being too commercial or being too ‘safe.’ The company always manages to be entertaining and edgy and pushing the boundaries, and at the same time not threaten people.”

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The recipient of the 2011 Creative New Zealand Choreographic Fellowship Award was Mairangi Bay resident Catherine Chappell, Artistic Director and founder of the Touch Compass Dance Company. Another aspect to Catherine’s work is changing the way society views people with disabilities. “That is one of the things we find with this work - trying to get the language right so people with disabilities are included and not discriminated against through how people perceive a disability, or even just talk about it.” Catherine’s Fellowship will be used to further her interest in aerial bungee work. Aerial work, where dancers are suspended above the stage, has always been a part of performances, but the addition of the bungee gives the ‘spring’ element. “I’ve never done the bungee aspect, but I’m curious and interested. Then combining that with my other passion of contact improvisation… how these two are actually going to work together I’m not sure yet!” laughs Catherine. Catherine says she will be using her Fellowship to bring members of the Sydney company No Strings Attached to Auckland. “We’re going to work together for two weeks, exploring different aerial rigging options and to see if there is some synergy to do a collaboration in the future.” Catherine also plans to travel to the Wired Aerial Theatre in England later this year to take part in one of their weeklong courses on aerial bungee. Lately Catherine has had the opportunity to revisit her tennis and rollerblading days. Her seven year old son Joshua is interested in tennis which means time spent at the local courts. Another of their favourite activities is the bike track up at Orewa, although it’s just Joshua that does the biking while Catherine takes to her rollerblades, resulting in some rather precarious moments. Catherine admits although the Bays have changed a lot since she was a child, especially now with our popular ‘café culture’, they still have the same friendly atmosphere. “One of the most enjoyable things about the Bays is that you can walk down the street, say hello to someone and they say hello back!” Touch Compass’s 15th anniversary season will premiere late June at Q Theatre a stunning show including works by NZ and internationally based choreographers. For more information or to find out about sponsoring the Touch Compass Dance Trust please visit or reach Catherine on

INVESTING with Spicers 101 Can I get a high return from my investments and still


…it is possible, if you know the safest ways to grow your portfolio.

When posed the question of ‘What do you want to achieve with your investments?’ many people respond by saying, ‘I want the highest return I can get, with the lowest risk.’ Of course that answer is somewhat ironic, because in order to generate any given return, there is always a certain level of risk involved. In fact, there is an inherent link between investment risk and investment reward, or return. Mark Harris. That is, the higher the expected return of a financial asset or security, generally, the higher the risk associated with it. But what investors really mean when they say, ‘I want the highest return I can get, with the lowest risk,’ is that they want the best return they can get. Of course this will be based on the amount of risk they are willing to take. Essentially investors have three key objectives they want to achieve: • to protect and/or grow their capital • not to lose money, and • to get a return better than they can get from the bank In order to achieve the ultimate goal of getting a good return at an appropriate level of risk, but one that also allows you to sleep at night, there are two concepts to consider. The first is the concept of risk; what it means and how it affects investment returns. The second is diversification and how it can be used to manage risk and assist in generating better returns for investors.

FACTOR 1: RISK Essentially risk has two components: exposure and uncertainty. Every time we hop in our car there is risk involved: we are exposed to the danger that we may have an accident, even though the chances of it happening are uncertain; we don’t know what actions other drivers may take or what set of circumstances may place us in danger. So we assess the risk and take precautions such as wearing a seat belt, obeying the road rules, and being alert to other road users – and most of the time we arrive safely at our destination. Investment risk is no different. When we invest, we are exposed to uncertainty, but this time the uncertainty is that the investment will not turn out as expected. The variation of returns for any given security, asset or group of assets is referred to as volatility. Volatility is a measure of the degree of up-and-down movement in the value of a security or asset over time and is a common measure of risk in the investment world. Principally, low-risk assets have low volatility and high-risk assets have high volatility.

Investments in cash and bonds tend to be less risky than property and shares. If you’re older, you are likely to be more cautious in your approach compared to someone with many years of earning potential ahead of them. And don’t be put off by risk. Properly managed, risk is good; investors can benefit from it. That is what ultimately drives investment returns.

FACTOR 2: DIVERSIFICATION Diversification is a simple concept. A well-known phrase talking about diversification is: ‘Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.’ This is very apt and visually it is easy to picture. In investment terms, the concept is the same. Diversification (having a range of financial assets such as shares, property, bonds and cash) reduces both the upside and downside potential and allows for more consistent performance under a wide range of economic conditions. How do I diversify my risk? Most investors will diversify their portfolio across the ‘core’ asset classes of cash, bonds, property and shares. As an investor you need to determine the appropriate mix of assets in order to construct the optimal portfolio for your circumstances. Portions of this article reprinted with permission from From Crisis to Confidence (by Penguin).

Mark Harris – Spicers Financial Advisers Phone: 486 7892 Email:

Mark Harris is an Authorised Financial Adviser. His column provides general advice, which is not personalised to the specific financial situation or goals of those who correspond with him. Mark is not liable for any loss suffered by those who follow the advice provided in his column. A disclosure statement is available on request and free of charge. Issue 19 - MARCH 2012

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

HIT THE YEAR RUNNING over at City Hall Gee, we have hit the year running over at City Hall: The Christmas/New Year break seems just a distant memory and the Auckland Council is right into planning on a number of fronts. Had a good break and spent time getting into better physical shape. I’ve got myself a mountain bike and have spent time exploring the many great cycle ways around the North Shore. My goal in biking is to lose some excess kilograms but I will certainly never be a Lance Armstrong. Taking part in the cycle to work event in mid February showed how popular cycling is on the Shore. Despite the poor weather there were a number of cyclists at the Takapuna breakfast put on by Auckland Transport. Barbara Cuthbert of Cycle-Action-Auckland was along pushing the case for better safety on the roads for cyclists. Draft Long Term Plan out for consultation: The plan has been finalised for going out to the communities of the Auckland region for comments. This plan takes Auckland Council budgets through to 2022 and is a major change for the Auckland region. I urge all residents to take a close interest in the make up of this plan and do check it out on the council website. I have to say that I did not vote for the draft plan. I do not agree with the direction that Mayor Len Brown has taken in developing the plan; far too much is concentrated on the Auckland Central City development at the expense of the rest of the Auckland region. I believe that this new council needs to get the Auckland economy moving through attacking the low hanging fruit in the first stage and getting runs on the board, so to speak. The mayor has decided that the $2.8 billion City Rail Link tunnel project will have centre stage. It is my strong view that this tunnel project will suck the life-blood out of the rest of the region. Rates increases on the North Shore will be substantial. Please read the section on rates remission for those ratepayers who will be experiencing in excess of 10% rates increases. Yes, many people on the North Shore are going to see their rates hike up by a substantial amount. This, in some ways, is caused by the low uniform annual general charge ($350 per household when the former North Shore City charged each household $750) and the revaluation and change to capital rating.

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George Wood with Barbara Cuthbert of Cycle Action Auckland at the the Cycle to Work day at Takapuna during February.

State of the North Shore streets: This has been a very contentious issue in recent times. A meeting has been held with Auckland Transport road maintenance engineers to find a solution. It was great to hear that Auckland Transport acknowledge that they have failed to maintain the high standards enjoyed in the past but will make amends to get the problems rectified. It was agreed that the local board chairs along with Councillor Hartley and me would have another meeting in a few weeks to follow up on how things are progressing. Port of Auckland expansion: There are huge competing interests over how the Ports of Auckland develops in the future. On the one hand it is vitally important that the port remains a functioning berth for overseas ships whilst at the same time concerns raised over the impact on the Waitemata Harbour must be recognized. I am a strong advocate of Auckland port remaining a viable and key part of the Auckland economy and community. The Ports of Auckland is New Zealand’s largest port by volume of containers handled and also by way of value of imported and exported goods. The port is planning to handle container and other freight out into the long-term future. Most overseas cities have a port close by. The people saying that Ports of Auckland should be closed down and Auckland freight be handled through either Tauranga or Whangarei are failing to understand the impact that would have on the Auckland economy and jobs. Auckland port is able to handle the larger ships carrying 6000 to 7000 containers on the high tides. The Fergusson Wharf berths are currently being dredged to enable the large ships to remain berthed at all tides. The port container cranes are able to handle these larger ships so Auckland is well placed for the future. Any plans to increase the port footprint will be subject to strict scrutiny within the terms of the Resource Management Act. This would include tidal flow analysis and sediment displacement on the harbour bed.

YMCA: News 103 We are thrilled to present our monthly update from the YMCA North Shore. The vibrant award-winning YMCA North Shore offers a wide range of enjoyable and achievable programmes for all ages. It was first established in 1973 and is centrally located on Akoranga Drive. They have recently completed a $3 million upgrade, making it a superb recreation centre. YMCA North Shore has over 4,500 users every week.


New You fitness programme Stu Tolan, Breakfast host on More FM is enjoying the YMCA’s New You fitness programme. Under the guidance of personal trainer Adam Christian. Stu is enjoying advice on good training practices, conditioning and nutrition. Follow his example and call the YMCA now for all your fitness needs.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS ALMOST HERE Scary thought but the next school holidays are only just around the corner. Enrol your kids in the YMCA North Shore Holiday Programme where they can do heaps of awesome trips and activities in a safe and fun environment. All ages and abilities are catered for in our three programmes. 5-7 years; 8-10 years and 11-15 years. Trips include Laser Skirmish, Action World, tenpin bowling, Rainbows End and so many more!


YMCA North Shore:- 5 Akoranga Drive, Northcote. Phone 480 7099. Visit: Opening/Closing Hours: Monday to Thursday 5.45am - 8.30pm; Friday 5.45am - 7.30pm; Saturday 7.30am - 5.00pm: Sunday 7.30am - 5.00pm; Squash courts till 9.00pm daily. Talk to our team about:- Kids Birthday Parties • Facility Hire • Y-Fitness • Group Exercise • Personal Training • Sports Leagues • Youth Development • Childcare • Kids Holiday Programmes • Term Programmes for Children.

The YMCA are assisting the Harbour Heat basketball team to stay fit for the current New Zealand National Basketball League season. Most of the players are using the excellent facilities at the YMCA, including members of the world championship 3v3 squad, Isaac Fotu, Reuben Te Rangi and James Ashby.

LARGEST JUNIOR BASKETBALL LEAGUE IN THE COUNTRY Still on basketball, the largest junior basketball (miniball) league in the country is just getting under way at the YMCA. Close to 100 teams will be competing weekly across ten different grades. The league has been the launch pad for many outstanding basketball players, including current internationals Tom Abercrombie, Kirk Penney and Micaela Cocks (pictured).

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YMCA GYMNASTICS CLASSES FOR KIDS The YMCA has some great gymnastics classes for pre school and school aged children. Children (2-12 years) are taught a wide range of gymnastic and agility skills. Progress is monitored by a series of graded cards and awards.

ADULT INDOOR SOCCER LEAGUES Over 50 teams are playing in the weekly adult indoor soccer leagues at the YMCA but we still have places available in the premier indoor soccer league in Auckland. Indoor soccer is a great way for groups of friends to get together for a weekly exercise stint.

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TASTY MORSELS FOR CULTURE VULTURES Hard on the heels of a near sell-out month of Shakespeare in February, The PumpHouse Amphitheatre and main theatre hosts an eclectic selection of one-off events during March. Performances range from the literary to the musical, from free entry to very reasonably priced seats. Here’s your tasting platter:

“Speak!” - Outdoors in the PumpHouse Amphitheatre

There’s nothing more enjoyable than a stroll around Killarney Park followed by coffee in the French Rendez-vous cafe at The PumpHouse. For locals who make this a regular Sunday morning activity there’s something more in store on Sunday March 11th. Writers by profession are solitary creatures and are naturally more read than heard. “Speak!”brings North Shore writers together and gives them the opportunity to speak their words of poetry and prose, including readings from published works. “Speak!” authors include Norman Kearney, Pam Laird, Barbara Algie, Anne Russell and Bev Robitai. Entry is by Koha, all welcome and there is no need to book.

Lovers Walk – poetry and performance

Later that week, poetry collective Printable Reality performs Lovers Walk, fresh from Edinburgh and Wellington Fringe Festivals. The performance is a poetic journey in 8 scenes about love in all its forms, aroha, acquaintance, romance, affection, devotion and liaison. Printable Reality’s mission is to connect people through poetry and raise the profile of written poetry, spoken word and performance poetry by supporting and promoting collaborations between poets and artists across a range of artistic disciplines; music, visual arts, dance, film and theatre. Lovers Walk was written, created and choreographed by dancer Siri Embla and poet Gus Simonovic and also features special guest musicians Patti Cakes and Caitlin Smith.

In the Summertime

Young, local singer-songwriter Alex Bright returns to The PumpHouse for a one-night-only concert In The Summertime, performing his original songs, self accompanied on piano and guitar. Alex Bright is the stage name of 17 year old Rosmini College student Alex de Vries, a multi-talented South African-born Kiwi. In his stage debut at The PumpHouse last year Alex presented a chameleonic performance in the guise of Alex David De Vine – think Lady Gaga crossed with Billy Joel. This year the theme is Summer and the alter-ego Alex Bright was chosen to

reflect the theme, although given the miserable summer we’ve had, Alex Bright may be the only ‘bright’ thing about summer 2011-12. Alex Bright’s guests include Shana Llorando and Theresa Murphy. Check out New Zealand’s answer to Bruno Mars with a dash of Adele and liberal sprinkling of Freddie Mercury.

The 15th Lakeside Multicultural Festival 2012

One of the best attended events on The PumpHouse calendar returns for the 15th year a row on the afternoon of Sunday 18th March. And not only because it’s free. Aucklanders are often reminded of the city’s multi-cultural and ethnic diversity but rarely have the chance to see the various cultural groups come together in performance. Apart from the Polynesian cultural traditions we are all familiar with, there are other lesser known communities that now call Auckland home. The Multicultural Festival is a terrific opportunity for Aucklanders to appreciate the city’s diversity outdoors in the unique PumpHouse Amphitheatre.

Classical pianist Roman Rudnytsky

Also on Sunday the 18th of March The PumpHouse welcomes the return of UkrainianAmerican classical pianist Roman Rudnytsky. Roman last played on the PumpHouse Bluthner Grand piano in 2007. This wonderful instrument is at it’s magnificent best when in the hands of a classical pianist. The program includes works by Beethoven, Chopin, Holst, Debussy and Liszt. The concert will be held in the main theatre.

What’s On… Sunday 11th March at 11am “Speak!” North Shore writers read poetry and prose. Entry by Koha. Thursday 15th and Friday 16th March at 7.30pm Printable reality presents Lovers Walk - A poetic journey in 8 scenes. All tickets $15.


Saturday 17th March at 7pm The PumpHouse presents In the Summertime -Singer songwriter Alex. All pre sales $10. Door sales on the night $15. Sunday 18th March from 1pm-5pm The Auckland Multicultural Society Presents The 15th Lakeside Multicultural Festival 2012 Free entry Sunday 18th March @ 5pm Ukrainian American classical pianist Roman Rudnytsky Adults $26. Concession $23.

Term Time: 28 March - 5 April School Holidays: 10 April - 21 April All shows 10.30am & 1pm ngs gs ph g p 489 489-8360 48 8360 or p p TAKAPUNA Bookings i

Monday 19th March starts at 7pm Dark Mondays play reading in the PumpHouse Coal Bunker Bar open at 6pm reading. Entry by Koha. All welcome. April 10th to 21st Tim Bray Productions Presents Theatre for children - Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. Outdoors. Daily - 10.30am & 1pm Running time approx 1 hour All tickets: $22 no age concessions Family pass rate- 4 or more: $19.50 per ticket. Be in quick to get Earlybird special ticket price of $17.50 for performances on Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th April. NB: performance goes ahead in all weathers. Patrons are advised to come prepared with rain-jackets and umbrellas in case of rain. For information about Tim Bray Productions Educational seasons for schools and early education centres please go to the Tim Bray Productions website.

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

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Miriam Margolyes - Dickens Women Friday 4th & Saturday 5th May 8pm. Matinee Saturday 5th 2pm and Sunday 6th 4pm. Following sell out performances in 2007, BAFTA®-award winning actress Miriam Margolyes returns to New Zealand for an encore national tour of her one-woman tour-de-force, Dickens’ Women. Bringing to life twenty-three of Charles Dickens’ most affecting and colourful female (and male!) characters, Margolyes presents her powerful, comprehensive, and at times hilarious exposé of Dickens, his writing, and the real-life women who found themselves immortalised in his books. This strictly limited season is part of the worldwide celebrations of 200 years of Charles Dickens in 2012. Don’t miss your chance to see this acclaimed actor in the role she was born to play. Tickets: Adults: $79.00 /Students: $39.00 (Secondary / Students – with ID). Concessions: $69.00 (Senior Citizens over 65 and Adult Groups 8 +). Matinee Pricing: Adults: $74.00 /Students: $34.00 (Secondary / Students – with ID). Concessions: $64.00 (Senior Citizens over 65 and Adult Groups 8+). Running Time: Approx. 2 Hours (including one 20 minute interval).

COMPETITION! Which Charles Dickens novel starts with the chapter, “I am Born”? Tickets available from Ticketmaster, or in person from the BMC Box Office. (09) 970 9700 Ticketing fees may apply

Channel Magazine has one VIP pass – which gets you drinks and nibbles at a post show function with Miriam – plus two double passes to the show to give away. To win, simply answer the following question and send your answer in to

March Royal NZ Ballet - NYC. Tuesday 6th March - Wednesday 7th March @ 7.30pm. An opportunity to enjoy contrasting ballets conceived and created in New York City. From works by the city’s hottest young choreographers, Larry Keigwin and Benjamin Millepied, to a Balanchine classic inspired by Gershwin’s legendary songs, this exceptional programme will excite audiences throughout New Zealand. TICKETS: Adult Premium $ 60.00+booking fee / A Reserve $45.00 + booking fee Child Premium $45.00 + booking fee / A Reserve $35.00 + booking fee APO 4 Kids: When I Grow Up. Saturday 17th March 2012 @ 10am & 11.30am. What do pre-schoolers dream of becoming when they grow up? Fire their imaginations with musical inspiration in a concert that features farmers, fire fighters, dancers, sailors, builders and even composers and musicians! Enjoy an hour packed full of conduct-along, sing-along, dancealong fun for three to five year olds. Zany narration by presenter Kevin Keys encourages everyone to take part and highlights different instruments, tempos and rhythms. As the concert concludes, take your children on the ever-popular “walk through the orchestra” so they get really close to the players and the sound. TICKETS: $20 adult/senior $10 children. Booking and service fees apply

April APO Open Day. Sunday 18 March @ 1pm. Meet APO musicians, hear all the instruments, and have a go on some of them in the foyer. Make simple musical instruments and then play your new creation with the APO at the end of the day. Plus see students from the North Shore have a go at conducting the APO! An opportunity to hear the orchestra and ensembles of APO musicians perform throughout the afternoon. TICKETS: This is a free event no tickets are required! Ernie Haase & The Signature Sound in Concert. Thursday 29th March 2012 @ 8pm. Combining 21st century ideas with the timeless quality of great quartets from the 1950s, EHSS has broken the traditional mould of gospel quartets. Their unconventional approach to communicating the Good News with groundbreaking originality has blazed a trail that will go down in gospel music history. TICKETS:Premium – Adult: $65.00, Groups 10+: $63.00, Senior: $63.00 A-Reserve – Adult: $49.00, Groups 10+: $47.00, Senior: $47.00 C-Reserve – Adult: $39.00, Groups 10+: $37.00, Senior: $37.00

Patti Austin - Monday 9th April 2012 @ 8pm. GRAMMY-WINNING VOCALIST EXTAORDINAIRE PATTI AUSTIN DELIVERS MESSAGES OF INSPIRATION AND EMPOWERMENT. For Patti Austins New Zealand tour she will perform along side Rodger Fox’s Wellington Jazz Orchestra. TICKETS: Adults $79+ booking fee / Student $59 + booking fee The Hare and The Tortoise. Monday 9th April - Saturday 14th April 10am & 12pm. This version of “The Hare and the Tortoise” is a bright, up bet re-telling of Aesop’s classic fable. Full of fun, imagination, music and morals, this tale will delight, entertain and enlighten children of all ages. TICKETS: $14 + booking Fee Adults at Kids prices The Meridian Season of Angelina Ballerina’s Big Audition. Sunday 15th April @ 3pm & 6.30pm. After hugely successful tours of Australia and the UK, royal New Zealand Ballet is delighted to be performing this enchanting production, originally created by English National Ballet. Angelina Mousling is a fictional mouse and the star of some twenty enormously popular children’s books, which became animated TV series in 2002, then a musical and now a ballet. Definitely one for all those budding ballerinas and we guarantee you’ll love it too!

TICKETS: Premium Adults $35.00 + booking fee / A reserve $25.00+ booking fee. Child Premium $35.00 + booking fee / A Reserve $25.00 + booking fee Cartoon Network’s Ben Ten Live! Time Machine. 21st April 11am, 1.30pm & 4pm. Cartoon Network’s BEN 10 LIVE: Time Machine is coming to Auckland during the April School Holidays. Everyone’s favourite boy-hero, Ben Tennyson, and his alien heroes will come to life in this brand new show filled with action, stunts and special effects. For the first time, the three Cartoon Network series Ben 10, Ben 10 Alien Force and Ben 10 Ultimate Alien are all featured in one live theatre event for the whole family. TICKETS: A Reserve - $34.90. A Reserve Family (2 Adults, 2 Children) - $130.00 B Reserve - $ 24.90. B Reserve Family (2 Adults, 2 Children) - $90.00 + booking fee Menopause - The Musical - In Concert. Friday 27th April 2012 @ 8pm. This joyful musical parody set to classic tunes from the 60s, 70s and 80’s (where My Guy becomes My Thighs, The Lion Sleeps Tonight becomes My Husband Sleeps Tonight and Lookin’ For Love becomes Lookin’ For Food) will have the audience cheering and dancing down the aisles. TICKETS: Adults:A Reserve - $85+ booking fee / Early Bird Price (until 25th Dec) - $79+booking fee. Issue 19 - MARCH 2012

106 MAIRANGI ARTS CENTRE: News Just five minutes’ walk from the Mairangi Bay Shopping Village is the Mairangi Arts Centre, a vibrant community visual arts centre that offers both a comprehensive art class programme and a fast-paced art exhibition schedule to the general public. The centre’s emphasis is on providing a warm, welcoming place for people of all ages to enjoy viewing and participating in art, and for everyone to have the opportunity to encourage and develop their creative side. After their extensive programme of classes, workshops and exhibitions at Mairangi Arts Centre during 2011, they are focusing on the big year planned for 2012.

Art Classes For

EVERYONE! The centre will be opening bookings for the Term Two art class programme from March 19th onwards. There are classes for absolutely everyone-all ages, all levels of ability! Adult classes take place either on a weekly basis with timeslots available in the morning, afternoon or evening or as ‘one-off’ workshops during the weekend. There are three types of paint generally used, acrylics, oils or watercolour(which we refer to as the ‘medium’) and each one creates a different effect. In addition there are various styles of painting. Realism is when the artist strives to make the subject of his/her painting look as much like the actual object as possible. Then there are various degrees of ‘abstraction’ where the artist places emphasis on colours and textures instead. You can choose the medium and style that really appeals to you and learn to create your very own artwork to your own tastes. There are also classes in basic drawing skills, clay-both handbuilding and on the wheel- and cast glass. Children and teenagers have a range of options with after school classes on most days of the week or a Saturday morning class for the younger age range. Prices for young people’s classes include all materials. Classes are designed to be both fun and educational. With the school holidays fast approaching bookings have also opened for the holiday art programme. Many classes are of two hours’ duration but there is also a selection of 10am-3pm classes with a supervised lunch break. The centre has recently launched a brand new Young Artists’ Club (YAC) which for a yearly subscription of $17 entitles young people to a discount on classes and the opportunity to have their work on display in the centre’s gallery during the Young Artists’ Exhibition later in the year. In addition to this Gordon

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Harris, the Art & Graphics Store, Takapuna Art Supplies and Ike’s Emporium offer discounts on art supply purchases to Young Artists’ Club members. They are also invited to contribute poems, artwork etc to the monthly Junior Members’ Newsletter. So if you would like to give art a try, now is the ideal time to take a look at the centre’s art class programme which you may view on the website, www., or if you prefer telephone ph.478-2237 for a brochure. Online booking is available for your convenience.

Exhibition: Artspaces One Opens 5pm Wednesday March 7th (March 7th - 24th) The exhibition is a series of ‘mini exhibitions’ as a mixed bag of practising artists each exhibits a selection of his/her artwork in a space within the centre’s Main and Hewson Galleries.

Birthday parties If you want a birthday party with a difference for your child, Mairangi Arts Centre is the perfect place! We offer clay or painting and drawing birthday parties with one of our professional tutors. A birthday party your child won’t forget because they will have a work of art as a souvenir from the day. Call us for more information or to book.

Mairangi Arts Centre, 20 Hastings Rd, Mairangi Bay. Ph.478-2237, 9.30am-4pm Mon-Sat,,


Lake House


Lake House Arts Centre is the destination to visit over three days in April with “Art in Action” daily from 10am -4pm. The grounds, studios and artists in residence will be involved in the first ever Lake House Arts Festival, focusing on workshops, demonstrations, talks and activities by established artists in a variety of art mediums for the absolute novice to the highly skilled artist. One of Lake House artists elaborates, “It doesn’t matter if you are a wellestablished artist or not, you can always learn from your peers, just by observing or taking part in Master classes and workshops, I find them really worthwhile to my own arts practise”. Carving live in the grounds are veteran electric chainsaw carvers Pita-Rua-Lagan (Picton) and Errol Churton (Palmerston North). Full day workshops in Oamaru Stone carving and beginner’s wood carving will be taught by sculptor Anna Korver. Denice Symons will be conducting painting and mixed media tutorials from within her Lake House studio over the three days as will other in-house artists. The weekend will also have a dedicated number of applied artists working in some of the heritage art forms such as felting, spinning and weaving, traditional Italian mosaic methods and Chinese calligraphy techniques. In the Becroft Gallery the Auckland Patchworkers and Quilters Guild will feature their annual Dorothy Collard challenge while members work live on smaller quilting projects over the three days. Getting involved in the arts and becoming well versed in the language of

the arts is something best nurtured from a young age. Research in this subject substantiates that the younger we introduce the arts to our youth, the stronger their commitment and appreciation of the arts will be. Lake House strongly believes in this philosophy and promotes arts activities from as young as preschool age and will be providing stimulating arts activities for youth throughout the three-day Arts Festival and during the school holidays. Lake House Arts Centre, 37 Fred Thomas Drive on Barry’s Point Reserve in Takapuna. Phone 486 4877, Email: Web:

Art in Action Workshops and Demonstrations in Wood carving Oamaru stone Mosaics Felting Ceramics Textile art Mixed media Painting

Arts Festival 2012 Fri 13, Sat 14, Sun 15 April

Kids School Holiday programme

Lake House Arts Centre 37 Fred Thomas Drive, Takapuna, Auckland

10am - 4pm daily

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108 NORTHART: News

Warwick Brown.

Brian Couldrey.


in March at Northart March will bring four new exhibitions to Northart – two of painting, one of photography and the other pottery - by “local” artists, as well as those who are highly respected nationally with their fields. Four very different bodies of work, four fascinating shows.

Brian Couldrey – Greece: Houses of Santorini Local houses, factories and other architectural forms, have long been the principal subject matter of painter, Brian Couldrey (formerly Northcote now Takapuna). For this exhibition, however, he has turned his attention to Greece: Houses of Santorini presents a series of 14 small paintings of houses and clusters of houses, he admired while on a recent holiday.

illustrating itself; allowing the material to be itself. Accidents are part of the content of this work. Therefore no two pieces will ever be the same.”

Peter Collis.

Wayne Webster – portraits and paintings of people Hillcrest artist Wayne Webster’s will be exhibiting portraits and paintings of people, some famous (the late, great, British painter Lucien Freud for example), others not known or simply a figment of his imagination, each painting being a comment in some way on the human condition.

Warwick Brown – cibachrome prints from the 1980s Warwick Brown is an established New Zealand art critic, writer, curator and collector. Less known as an artist in his own right, this is his second one person exhibition at Northart. The photographs in his show are cibachrome prints from the 1980s, but have not been previously exhibited. They are about detail rather than the big picture; Brown is interested in how “photography’s editing frame can force the viewer to consider aspects of reality that might otherwise be overlooked. It used to be said that ‘the camera does not lie’, and that is certainly the case with these images. None of the works have been manipulated in any way – you see what was there”

Peter Collis – Collapsing Forms Birkenhead’s Peter Collis is one of New Zealand’s best known ceramic artists. A Creative New Zealand grant received last year enabled him to spend time experimenting and developing a whole new body of work. His exhibition Collapsing Forms is the result. Peter notes that the way his new forms evolved was “not about the artist being in total control. These works are about process

Other arts activities and events at Northart over the month of March include a floor talk by Peter Collis and Warwick Brown on Sunday March 11th at 2pm and the introduction of Friday night at the movies. Late March sees the opening of Rear Vision. Five artists looking back which will highlight work by mid and later career established artists Garry Currin, Robert Ellis, Simon McIntyre, Ross Ritchie and Frank van Schaik.

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.

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TALKING TRUSTS: Tammy McLeod, Davenports

INVESTING with Mike Taylor, PieFunds Mike Taylor is the Managing Director of Pie Funds, a boutique Fund Manager that specialises in Australasian small companies. 09 486 1701

Investing during a crisis

As global stock markets decline, remain volatile and developed economies struggle for growth in a post GFC world, investors can be forgiven for feeling battered and bruised. When the words “European sovereign debt crisis”, “double-dip recession”, “global warming” and “austerity measures” make headlines every day, it seems like the outlook hasn’t been this bleak for a long time. And yet, is it bleak? Are we headed for a lost decade? I’m not convinced that we are. Here’s why. There is an increasing trend away from risky assets and into bonds and cash as investors convince themselves that short term capital preservation is paramount and long-term investing is volatile, unpredictable and likely to result in loss. Yet those final three statements couldn’t be further from the truth, particularly if one is investing AFTER a period of significant losses. Statistical evidence proves that investing for the long term is less volatile, more predictable and highly likely to result in capital gain. Importantly, your odds on the above statistics improve greatly if you buy after a period of a sustained downturn. For example, the long term average return for US equities is 10%, however, if you invested in US stocks after 1932 in the middle of the Great Depression when many investors were unemployed, broke and would not return to stocks for a generation, your returns would have looked like this: 5 years

10 years

20 years

Annualised return




Growth of $1




US Stock Market Performance after 1932:

If you had invested during the mid 1970’s when investors had suffered a recession, stock market decline, oil embargo, double digit inflation, high unemployment, a housing slump and economists were talking of another depression, your returns would have looked like this: US Stock Market Performance after 1974: 5 years

10 years

20 years

Annualised return




Growth of $1




Over 20 years that’s like buying a house for $100,000 in 1992 and it being worth $1.6m today. That’s a pretty good return in anyone’s book. Today we find ourselves in a situation where equity investors have suffered two or in some cases three severe bear markets in the past 10 years. Many have had their pension funds decimated over this time. With cash rates and government bonds at historic low yields many equity investors are still shifting to the safety of these assets at precisely the wrong time in the cycle. Currently, the MSCI World index is at the same level as it was in 1998, and given the historical data on how above average returns can be earned by investing during a crisis – now would appear an excellent time to invest in equities for the long-term vs safe-haven assets like cash and bonds it’s probably a bad time.

Naaa... Go big, go global! Naaa...

ally. Invest locally.


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Mike Taylor Managing Director Pie Funds

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This regular 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 structuring and establishment of asset plans, interpretation of trust deeds, duties of trustees and the management and administration of trust funds.


Tammy McLeod.


Jenny and Bill had worked hard all their lives and slowly but surely, built up a rather large asset base. In the late nineties they followed their lawyer’s advice and set up a trust to own their family home and shares in their family business. Their lawyer told them it was a discretionary trust which meant that even though their children’s spouses were named as discretionary beneficiaries they were not entitled to anything from the trust. Ten years’ later, Jenny and Bill’s children had all flown the nest, the value of the business had sky rocketed and they decided to sell the business for a fortune and take an early retirement. Jenny and Bill were cruising around the Mediterranean when they received a phone call from their distraught son, Mike. His girlfriend, Julia, who he had been living with for the last four years had packed her bags and left him. Jenny and Bill felt sad for Mike – they had always liked Julia and imagined that one day she would be a great daughter-in-law. Jenny and Bill returned home sooner than they had planned. Mike picked them up from the airport and when they got home he showed them the letter he had received from Julia’s lawyer. It seemed as though she had been planning her departure for some time. Not only was Julia claiming a half share in Mike’s house which he had bought before he met Julia with an inheritance he had received from his grandmother, Julia was making a claim against Jenny and Bill’s trust as she was a beneficiary of that trust. Jenny and Bill couldn’t believe it – what had changed since they had set the trust up and their lawyer said discretionary beneficiaries weren’t entitled to anything from their trust? Jenny and Bill had not been told that the Property (Relationships) Act came into force in 2002. This meant that as Mike and Julia were living in Mike’s house, she was entitled to half, even though she hadn’t contributed to the purchase of it. Also, since that act came into force, there has been an argument raised by many family lawyers that if you are named as a discretionary beneficiary of a trust, then you have a property right in respect of that trust. While this argument hasn’t been successful in a court case yet, it may be only a matter of time and Jenny and Bill should have been advised by their lawyer to review the beneficiaries of their trust. To ensure you don’t make a similar mistake contact: Tammy McLeod, Email: or visit:

DAVENPORTS Mike Taylor Managing Director Pie Funds



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110 CARING FOR YOUR CAR: with Car-Fe 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 7 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’fe facing the motorway in Barry’s Point Road, Takapuna and can be seen most days attending to the many unique car cleaning issues with his valued clients. Issues such as acid rain on windows, paintwork, odour in cars, stained seats, tired paintwork, faded trims and so on. Rob provides an interesting monthly motor vehicle car care column for Channel Magazine. He is also very happy for you to contact him should you have a problem that you would like to address with your car. Email: or Phone 488-7000.

MAINTENANCE ON YOUR Convertable Softtop & Headlights

While you receive that positive feeling of the wind through your hair, you also inherit the extra ongoing maintenance to ensure that the up-keep of the hood is in pristine condition.

TREATING YOUR ROOF Taking the preventative measures of ensuring your roof has been treated with a water proofing agent is a great start. Visit your appropriate car dealer or come see us at Carfe Takapuna and we can price this application for you. This won’t stop the resin from sticking to your car; however, it will seal the material, stopping the resin from binding too deeply.


REMOVAL OF CAT HAIR • Soft tops make great beds for cats. When startled, cats hurry for a quick exit which generally results in torn or pulled material on your roof. Solution: Store your car so that cats cannot nest on your roof! • How to remove cat fur from my roof? Using the soft brush attachment accessory that comes with your vacuum works a treat. If you don’t have one, put a disposable latex glove on your hand and wipe this across your roof as it will gather most of the fur up. Vacuum to finish. You can get a box of latex gloves from any auto retail outlet or the big retail shops like Bunnings, The Warehouse etc. CONVERTIBLES & TREES Try not to get your car into a position of parking under trees, especially those which drop sap. There are different types of saps you may need to deal with, like the little yellow spots that are very common on the North Shore. While on standard roofs, the option of claying to remove the tree sap works with great success, this doesn’t work for the poor old convertible. Other common methods are to use solvents to break the resin. This is not advisable for soft tops as most soft tops have a water proof coating and this has the potential to break them down.

PROTECTING YOUR CONVERTIBLE WINDOWS Another extra not often thought about is the plastic window that is sewn into your roof. How many times have you seen a convertible go past and the window is opaque to the point where no one can see in or out. As a rule, this is because unlike when we go out in the sun and put sun screen on, we forget about protecting our cars window. By applying a good protector this will not only stop the yellowing, but will remove fine scratches from the surface. Both of these products (shown below) do a great job. We use them on our site and are found at good retail stores. If you don’t want to do it then visit us at Car-Fe and we can do the job. These products also will help remove the yellowing from your headlights of course, if you also treat these once a year they won’t yellow to start with and you will get better vision at night for safe driving.

CAR-FE SUPPORTING LOCAL NETBALL Car-fe Takapuna is supporting local Netball and is donating $5 of every $15 Wash and Go to the North Harbour Netball Association. Don’t be surprised if on a Saturday or Sunday on the odd occasion you may see the netball girls helping us down at Car-fe! We are reporting monthly on our contribution by the way of the thermometer (on this page), so keep a close eye on what we achieve.


BUY $50 CAR-FE NEW CAR GROOM & RECEIVE ANOTHER 1/2 PRICE Come and see us this month and buy a Car-fe New Car Groom at $50 ($60 for 4x4, station wagon or van) and get a second Car-fe New Car Groom at Half Price for your partner, friend or family member. CAR-FE NEW CAR GROOM includes: Handwash & Wax; Rinse Wheels; Vacuum (boot not included); Dash Wiped; Windows Inside/Out; Door Frames; Tyres Dressed; Chamois & Towel Finish; Fragrance (optional). Offer expires March 31st, 2012.

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WASHING THE ROOF • When washing your roof, try to avoid using carwash soaps. Lightly hose down with water not to over soak the material. Chamois or towel dry. • Should you have bird droppings to contend with, spot clean by wetting the area with water, then, using a soft brush or sponge, apply car wash soap to the effected area and rinse off. • At all times you should be trying to maintain a water proof roof. An easy test is to spray water onto your roof. Does it sit on your roof in beads? If yes, that’s great; your roof’s protective coating is at work. If it sheets off or soaks in, you need to take action. When you notice that the stitching on your roof is showing signs of moisture on the inside, or not beading on top, you need to consult your dealer to have your roof re-waterproofed or you can come see us at Car-Fe Takapuna and we can quote the job for you.






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EDUCATION: Westlake Girls High School

DUO SELECTED FOR NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM Westlake students Catherine Bott and Hannah Carlsen have been selected to represent the New Zealand U17 Women’s Football Team for the forthcoming tour to Argentina. This is a fantastic opportunity for them to further their football ambitions and experience.

Catherine Bott and Hannah Carlsen

INTERNATIONAL HOCKEY HITS WESTLAKE GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL International Hockey was played for the first time on the Westlake Girls High School blue hockey turf recently. The Black Sticks Men played six matches against Japan winning three games, losing two and drawing one. Westlake Girls High School is the Official National on Ground (Turf) Training Centre of the Black Sticks men and women teams as they prepare for the London Olympic Games.

Swimming Champions Tirol Palmer, Shannon Payne and. Yeonsu Lee.

DORIS GORDON HOUSE WINS WGHS SWIMMING SPORTS DAY The annual Westlake Girls swimming sports day was held at Birkenhead Leisure Centre where students dressed up in their house colours and competed in numerous swimming events from competitive to noncompetitive. Doris Gordon House won the house points competition with Katherine Mansfield second and Jean Batten third. Year 9 student Yeonsu Lee was the Junior Champion, Year 12 student Shannon Payne the Intermediate Champion and Year 12 student Tirol Palmer the Senior Champion.

GOLD MEDALS GALORE AT HEAD OF HARBOUR REGATTA Westlake Girls High School rowing commenced their build up to the Maadi Cup with the Head of Harbour regatta held at Lake Pupuke. The 40 plus rowers competed in numerous races with many crews winning their respective events. The highlights were the performances from the Girls U17 4’s, Girls U15 4’s and 8’s and the Girls U18 2’s all claiming gold medals. Other notable performances included the Girls U16 8’s and 4’s, Girls U18 Lightweight 2’s and the Girls U18’s all winning silver medals. All rowers now turn their attention to the North Island Championships in March at Lake Karapiro followed by the Maadi Cup in Twizel.

NEW SYNTHETIC CRICKET OVAL Westlake Girls cricket players of the past, present and future recently came together to celebrate the first game on the new synthetic cricket oval at school. The first game was played against Takapuna Grammar School in a warm-up prior to the season commencing. Past student Katie Perkins who captained the 1st XI team for three years was joined by current captain Eryn Crombie Year 13, Lauren Down Year 12 and Elizabeth Olney Year 9. Katie is currently a member of the New Zealand White Ferns cricket team with Lauren Down a member of the New Zealand Emerging Katie Perkins, Eryn Crombie, Lauren Down, Elizabeth Olney. Players team.

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EDUCATION: Westlake Boys High School



This year began with a mixture of exuberant joy and transparent relief for students at Westlake Boys. The school enjoyed its best ever examination results and we were delighted that the hard work of our young men had been so well rewarded. The school has been working hard to help all of our young men achieve to ever higher levels. Our most able boys continue to thrive in the competitive environment we encourage, but we have concentrated on making sure that those students who may have slipped through the net in the past are well-supported. We are all delighted with the way they have responded. In Year 11, 96% of our students passed their exams, exceeding the national figure for boys by over 20%: 180 boys scored tremendous scores in their Cambridge IGCSE examinations: every exam was passed, and over half of all scores were over 80%. Over 270 students in the same year passed NCEA Level One - the highest number ever - and 4 in every 10 students was endorsed with a Merit or an Excellence. There were some wonderful individual performances as well. Yishen Zhou achieved ten A* (over 90%) IGCSE grades over two years, and Sam Walsh scored the best single year total: seven A* grades in 2011. Probably the most impressive single result went to Ray Ong, a Year 10 student taking some exams a year early: he achieved 100% in IGCSE Mathematics, making him the top student in that subject in New Zealand. In Year 12, nine out of every ten students passed their exams. Our Cambridge results rose again, with three-quarters of all boys now achieving higher grades in their AS Levels; and our NCEA results at this level were our best so far: eight out of ten students passed Level Two, and virtually all those who didn’t quite make it were so close that they will reach the mark easily in 2012. Jordan Wareham, Tommy Jiang and Bill Ko were our top performers in NCEA Level Two, all endorsed with Excellence. For most of our students, though, their target is University Entrance. Every year, over 80% of our young men stay in school until the end of Form 7: in 2011, three-quarters achieved University Entrance. Our Cambridge students managed a 99% pass rate in their A Levels, and our NCEA Level Three scores were again the best we had yet achieved. In addition, our senior students received 79 scholarships, our best ever. Mark Bekhit (Chemistry), Matt Fouhy (Economics), Tom Atkins (History), Tim Resnick (Physics) and Ji-Hun Oh (Mathematics Statistics) received outstanding scholarships. Students at Westlake Boys are encouraged to enjoy every opportunity they possible can during their time with us. Hundreds of boys take part in our Music programme, and nearly everyone competes in at least one sport: many of our students achieve to the very highest levels in their chosen fields, and the commitment they show is consistent and impressive. Last year, our musicians and choristers won numerous awards at a regional and national level; our sportsmen won national championships in three sports as well as many local and regional titles. Examination results, though, even in a school that is proud of its tradition in music and sport, remain our most important focus: we are very proud of the individual and collective achievements of our young men.

Yishen Zhou

Ray Ong

Ji-Hun Oh

Sam Walsh

Mark Bekhit

Tim Resnick

Matt Fouhy

PREFECTS 2012 At a recent assembly, the 2012 prefects were introduced to the school. The House Captains are: Michael Brake(Smale); Robert O’Donnell(Pupuke); Kohl Midgley(Stanley); Adam Groen(Murchison); Bryn Thomson(Hood) and Logan Poloai(Ururoto). The senior Prefects selected were: Sam Wrait; Pita Roycroft(Academic Captain); Matthew Lie(Cultural/Music Captain and Deputy Head); Manaia Harris(Sports Captain and Deputy Head) and Prasad Ravi (Head Boy). The rest of the prefects are: Tom Abraham, Reuben Aubrey; Jon Bottema, Danyon Chong, Haydn Ellis, Josh Fraser, Robin Fricke, Rahul Girish, Tommy Jiang, Daniel Kjestrup, Max Longdill, Matt Lucas, Ben Morris, Kendall Niuelua, Teddy Park, Bhavin Parshottam, Cory Rakich, Callum Reed, Ben Roberts, Max Stroomer, Alex Talma, Stacey Turner, Markus Vencatachellum, Blair Whitlock, Warren Wild, Yoni Yahel, Nicholas Yap and Michael Yip.

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Ray Ong


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Max Rogers


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Yishen Zhou


IGCSE [Form 5]

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Yishen Zhou

Business Studies

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Matthew Canham


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Yubo Wu


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Colin Ong

Applied ICT

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Josh Suyker

Business Studies

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Yishen Zhou

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Samir Walsh

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Jefferson Wong

Best in 4 AS Levels

AS Level [Form 6]

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Jae Ha Lee

Best in 4 AS Levels

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Matthew Lie

Best in 4 AS Levels

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114 EDUCATION: Takapuna Grammar

THE INTERNATIONAL FUTURE OF EDUCATION here right now Takapuna Grammar School has a great year ahead, with the planning for the introduction of the International Baccalaureate Diploma in 2013 and new developments in the technologies available to assist students in their learning. 2012 sees Takapuna Grammar School as the year of major technological developments. With a new software upgrade completed during the holiday break and a further $580,000 being invested by the government in to the infrastructure in the next few months, the school is now ready for all students to bring any technological device to the school to assist them in their learning. The school has had for many years a very fast connection to the NEAL Loop. Added to this is a very fast infrastructure and full wireless coverage throughout the school. In the past year or so students have been bringing their iPads, iPods, laptops, notebook and other devices to school to access the school’s digital resources and software capabilities. Takapuna Grammar School is now ready for all students to bring this equipment to school, and are actively encouraging them to do so. The benefit this brings to the students is giving them another range of tools to assist them with their learning. One of the advances this gives students is the ability for them to access teachers, other students and connections with experts throughout the world through the video conferencing capability, held within the school. FaceMe,


Takapuna Grammar School, 210 Lake Rd, PO Box 33 1096 Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand Tel: 09 489 4167 Fax: 09 486 7118 Email: Website:

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Ellen Williams, Sophie Haw kins and Lydia Rowlandson using their laptops to access Takapu na Grammar School’s digi tal resources.

2012 sees Takapuna Grammar School as the year of major technological developments. With a new software upgrade completed during the holiday break and a further $580,000 being invested by the government in to the infrastructure in the next few months, the school is now ready for all students to bring any technological device to the school to assist them in their learning. featured in this edition of Channel Magazine. Takapuna Grammar School was an early adopter of this advance and has students actively engaged in learning activities with other teachers and other students from around the world. This has made for rich learning for both students and staff alike. Under the leadership of Deputy Principal, Mr Wynn, we have installed FaceMe and are, right now, having educational discussions linking students at Takapuna Grammar School to students in Korea and Japan, students teaching each other, educators looking on excited about the very real opportunities for quality contextual learning happening right before their eyes. Concurrently, we have staff at Takapuna Grammar School teaching mathematics, across the same dynamic video conference capability, to a very excited and attentive group of Year 8 students at Takapuna Normal Intermediate school. Added to this is the school’s aim to deliver the International Baccalaureate qualification for which it is now a candidate school. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme which we intend to introduce in 2013 is a two year senior school programme starting in Year 12 and completed at the end of Year 13. It will sit alongside the existing NCEA Qualification. Takapuna Grammar School is committed to giving students choice. No matter whether they have some or no experience with the International Baccalaureate Primary and Middle Year programmes in their primary and intermediate years or whether they are from overseas, students at Takapuna Grammar School will have great options from which they can progress an education in New Zealand or beyond. The combination of the International Baccalaureate programme and the technological advances already completed place Takapuna Grammar School in its future, right now.

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There’s an air of excitement at product. They are even coming up with Campbells Bay School. The students their own company logo!” are brainstorming ideas and coming One of the favourite games at a up with a game plan to tackle their previous event was the dunk tank, biggest fundraising event of the year. recalls Duncan, where the teachers Catherine Murray talks to Deputy succumbed to the throwing aptitude of Principal Duncan Millward and Year their students. As one child said, “when 6 teacher Joe Bailey to find out what else would I get to throw something the students are up to. at a teacher?!”. For the privilege, the Walking into a classroom at students organising the dunk tank had rd Campbells Bay School you get the idea to present their business plan to the PTA that learning these days is all about fun in order to get the funding needed to and games – and you would be right! host the stall. The school’s annual Carnival is just a Joe says past Carnivals showed the few weeks away and the students are children anything was possible “They once again playing an active part in were extremely excited and lots of ideas the planning of the event. It’s a huge were put forward. However, it was up to occasion, drawing the local community me to bring some reality to them – the into the school grounds for an evening idea is to raise money and their idea had of live entertainment, food and wine, to achieve that. Now our concept has market stalls and auctions. finally been confirmed, the creative side Deputy Principal Duncan Millward is being brought in and there has been a says the school looks at the Carnival as huge response of ideas on how we can an educational opportunity as well as a make this fun as well as make money. fundraising event. “The new curriculum The idea is ‘At the Races!’ and will has been in place for about three years include imaginary horses that parents now, and since then we’ve shifted the will own and race. We even discussed way we teach topics like science, social the Ascot and Melbourne Cups so we studies and health to inquiry based may even dress up with fancy hats!” All profits to playground upgrades learning.” Inquiry based learning is all The move towards inquiry learning about making teaching and learning means that students can actively purposeful, supplying students with an engage in their learning, and are able education that prepares them for life to see how their efforts and actions outside the classroom. Last year the inquiry topic was ‘performance’ with each directly impact results. “In the past teachers have manufactured a scenario where class creating displays of talent for the spectators. As it is the year of the Olympics the children have written persuasive letters,” says Duncan. “But actually writing to the theme for the 2012 Carnival is ‘games’, with each class organising their own a company who then gives a donation just makes everything more engaging for stall. The class works together to decide on the type of game, how it is going to the students.” make a profit, the rules and everything inbetween. The inquiry topic is the same With the funds raised from the Carnival going towards the upgrade of throughout the school, with learning tasks tailored to the six different year levels. Campbells Bay School playgrounds, the students are certainly excited about “For example, Year 1 and 2 learn about cooperation and learning to play as making the most of this learning opportunity. “It’s a great family event, and there’s a team, and for Year 5 and 6 the tasks have a financial edge to them such as not that many of those big events during the year that everyone can be part of. developing a business plan,” explains Duncan. ASB also helped to start the ball The students know there’s going to be a big crowd there and they know their rolling by providing sessions for each class on the monetary side of planning and Mum, Dad, family and friends are going to be there, so everybody gets involved.” organising their game. So mark it in your diaries – Friday 23rd March from 4.00 to 7.30pm for a “A lot of our inquiry so far has been about ‘thinking skills’,” says Year 6 teacher family night of fun and games! Joe Bailey. “The children created some protocols on how to run their meetings, like being truthful and allowing all to have a voice. Advertising is our focus next, If you would like to support the Carnival or need any further information, please and we are studying different ways and choosing the most effective one for our contact Duncan Millward at

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116 EDUCATION: Kristin School

DUALBoth PATHWAYS lead to success

A group of Year 12 girls who were among the 53 Kristin students to achieve an Excellence endorsement in Level 1 NCEA last year.

Kristin students have once again proven the quality of the school’s dual academic pathways, achieving exceptional results across both the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and NCEA programmes. Claire Tutil and Heidi Lawson both achieved an excellence endorsement for their NCEA Level 3 results. Heidi was named Dux of School 2011 which makes her the first NCEA student to take the award in 9 years. The title is a reflection of Heidi’s commitment to excellence and dedication in her studies and her talents have already been recognised beyond the school gates. She is the recipient of two prestigious scholarships from Pricewaterhouse Coopers and The University of Otago, which represent a combined value of approximately $15,000 over the course of her tertiary studies. Joining Heidi on the honours roll is Carla Boniolo, an IB student who has achieved something which eludes more than 99.98% of IB students worldwide – a perfect score of 45 in her International Baccalaureate Diploma. Even more impressive than these statistics is that Carla achieved this while juggling her studies with her duties as Head Girl. In a year when many students are focused on their final year of secondary study, Carla led her peers to raise more than $35,000 for charity through the Kristin Fashion Show and took part in major community events with her prefect team. Also the recipient of prestigious accolades, Carla will be studying Law this year thanks to scholarships from Russell McVeagh and The University of Auckland.

The overall results of Kristin students are a source of great pride for the school. In 2011, 264 students completed NCEA Level 1, 2 or 3. Of this number, 63% achieved their qualification with a merit or excellence endorsement. Of the 111 students who completed the second year of the IB Diploma, 11 students achieved a score of at least 40 out of 45, placing them in the top 6% internationally. The average IB score for Kristin was 34 points – a comfortable 4 points above the world average. On top of Carla’s impressive perfect score, Steven Zhao – runner-up to Dux in 2011 – achieved 44 out of 45, and was followed closely by another three students on 43 points. All of Kristin’s Senior School students undertake Level 1 NCEA in Year 11 before being offered the choice to either continue with Levels 2 and 3, or to begin the twoyear International Baccalaureate Diploma programme in Year 12. NCEA and IB are both challenging qualifications. The dual pathways provide the opportunity for students to take greater control of their learning, allowing them to choose an academic format to suit their learning styles and to customise their qualification towards their tertiary aspirations. In 2012, 58% of Year 12 and 13 students at Kristin have elected to follow the International Baccalaureate programme, with the remaining 42% pursuing their Level 2 and 3 NCEA certificates. Both qualification pathways are supported at Kristin by the richly talented teaching staff and students from both programmes are regularly accepted into leading tertiary institutions here in New Zealand and overseas.

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ALEX YOUNG TO SURVEY PINK AND WHITE TERRACES Year 13 student Alex Young has been selected to take part in a scientific expedition to uncover the secrets of New Zealand’s lost natural treasure, the Pink and White Terraces. Last year, Dr Cornel de Ronde of GNS Science led a group of specialists in an expedition to map the floor of Lake Rotomahana and to investigate its large geothermal system. The data which they collected during this study confirmed the discovery of the iconic Pink and White Terraces which have lain hidden in the depths of the lake for 125 years. Dr de Ronde spoke of the discovery at the Kristin Senior School prize-giving last year. Not surprisingly, his presentation created a lot of interest amongst the students and when the offer

Alex Young.

was made for one student to accompany him on his next trip there were a lot of names put forward. Alex’s compelling application won him the coveted spot of Fieldwork Assistant in Dr de Ronde’s team. He will be spending a week at Lake Rotomahana in March where the group will be undertaking seismic surveying of the terraces. This is an incredible opportunity for Alex who hopes that the experiences gained on the expedition will help him with his extended essay -a core requirement of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. This piece of independent, self-directed research culminates in a 4000-word essay. Alex’s project is based on the study of freshwater environments.

James Allen.

ALLEN ON TRACK FOR SECOND OLYMPIAD While many high school students were out enjoying their summer break, Kristin student James Allen (17) already had his mind in gear for the residential Mathematical Olympiad training camp in January. The camp is a critical part of the selection process for the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) New Zealand team. Attracting teams from more than 100 countries, the International Mathematics Olympiad is the world championship mathematics competition for high school students. No stranger to the process, James Allen attended the same camp last year and went on to be named on the final team of six who travelled to Amsterdam to take part in the international competition. On his impressive debut, Allen secured the highest score on the New Zealand team and brought home a silver medal. Following the residential training camp, James has been named on the twelve-strong New Zealand training squad and is in line for selection for the 2012 tournament. Of the twelve, six students will be chosen to travel to Argentina for the 2012 tournament. Not only does he have his 2011 performance to aid in his selection but James has also achieved impressive results in the Round 1 exams of the British Mathematical Olympiad in December. Twenty of the twenty four students selected for the training camp took part in the exam where James was the only New Zealander to achieve a perfect score. The final team of six will be announced in April by the New Zealand Mathematical Olympiad Committee. We wish James the best of luck!

SCHOOL REUNION St Anne’s School Gibbons Road, Takapuna 15th-16th September, 2012

St Anne’s School represents one of Takapuna’s lost treasures. Between 1932 and 1972, a steady stream of children passed through the doors of this small independent school, situated right on the beach in the heart of Takapuna. Not many records remain for the original school, but the memories endure for those who shared the lunchtimes on the beach, the crocodile walk to Church every Sunday, and the Maypole dances at the annual garden party.

When the school was closed in 1972, a group of parents came together to build a new school in Albany, offering quality education with a strong foundation in community and service. This was Kristin School, and almost 40 years on the school continues to hold true the values of this small group of individuals. To honour the place that St Anne’s holds in the history of the North Shore, Kristin School and a group of St Anne’s Alumni are organising a reunion to be held on the weekend of 15/16 September, 2012. We welcome all past students, teachers and friends of St Anne’s school to join us for this exciting event. Please contact us to register your interest and share with us your memories of your time at St Anne’s. Sue Maasland (nee Chambers), Alumni 1951 - 1955: Trudi Petrie, Kristin School: 09 415 9566 extn 2828, Issue 19 - MARCH 2012

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for Headmistress of College Headmistress of College at Pinehurst School, Ms Jacqueline White was invited last month to Korea, as the only Southern Hemisphere guest speaker at a two-day international educational conference, organised by the Korean education ministry. The event was held in response to a growing problem in their education system; although students consistently place Jacqueline White. near the top in the world in PISA rankings for Maths and Science results, these results are coming at an increasingly high social cost. Presenting on engagement in the New Zealand classroom to 1000 secondary teachers, Ms White’s focus was on the balance between ensuring students are provided with a rigorous academic course while making sure they enjoy the experience. As well as her paper on classroom engagement, she was invited to take part in a panel discussion on bullying. According to Ms White, many believe that the pressure to gain entrance to top universities, coupled with the fear of bringing shame on one’s family through failure, has led to serious consequences for this generation of Koreans. Teachers, parents and health professionals are worried by the rising trend in anti-social behaviour which appears to have its roots in the demands of the Korean education system.

PINEHURST SCHOOL STUDENT MAKES GOLFING HISTORY Congratulations to Pinehurst College student and World number one amateur Lydia Ko, who has made World history and beaten top golf professionals to win the 2012 NSW Open. Lydia has made the history books as the youngest player to win the event but, also as the youngest golfer in the World to ever win a professional event. Lydia Ko. This incredible achievement comes just one week after she won the Australian Amateur title in Melbourne. At just 14 years she is an inspiration to fellow students. Despite rewriting World history she continues to focus on school work.

COLLEGE STUDENTS TOP WORLD Congratulations to Pinehurst Senior College students who topped the world in the recent Cambridge International examinations (CIE): Taylor Wickman topped the world in AS Design and Technology, Chelsea Finlayson in IGCSE Enterprise and Michelle Yip who also achieved top in the world in IGCSE Environmental Management. “As one of the few CIE schools that requires all our students to sit these exams (instead of NCEA), it is heartening to see how well the students perform year after year. These statistics are proof, if it were needed, that CIE is accessible to all students,” said Ms White, Headmistress of College.

Pinehurst is a premier, independent school for students aged 5 to 18, based in Albany on Auckland’s North Shore.

Small class sizes and a total school roll of only 850 students ensures your child will be exposed to a wide range of opportunities. With passionate teachers, a nurturing learning environment and a world-class Cambridge curriculum – your child is set to leave Pinehurst as a confident, well-equipped adult. ACADEMIC CURRICULUM A global leader in Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), Pinehurst has an extensive curriculum, taught by teachers who are focused on achievement and results. We are proud to have achieved three Top in the Worlds (AS Design and Technology, IGCSE Enterprise and IGCSE Environmental Management) in the recent 2011 CIE Exams with a continued 100% A Level pass rate. SPORTS We cater for more than 150 sports teams, offering students of all sporting abilities the opportunity to play. THE ARTS A wide range of music, ensembles, design, visual arts and cultural opportunities. For further information, or to book a personalised tour, contact our enrolments manager Heather Mills on (09) 414 0960 ext 614.


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Top Academic Scholars for 2011

Year 12 Scholars - With Carmel College Principal, Mrs Deady, from left; Bronte Anscombe; Sherin Takawi; Georgia Craies; Georgia Whelan; Sophia Wilton.

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Year 11 Scholars - From left; Vania Wibowo; Claire Turner; Rebecca Fitzgerald; Libby Whittaker; Nicole Brewer; Tara Spencer; Felicia Nasrun; Tiana Frittelli.

These scholars are named after taking into account external examination results (NCEA & Scholarship) • Year 13: Jemma Milicich; Alyssa Moore; Caroline Wright; Michelle Park; Amelia Lamb. • Year 12 - Bronte Anscombe; Sherin Takawi; Georgia Craies; Georgia Whelan; Sophia Wilton. • Year 11 - Vania Wibowo; Claire Turner; Rebecca Fitzgerald; Libby Whittaker; Nicole Brewer; Tara Spencer; Felicia Nasrun; Tiana Frittelli.

TRADITIONAL WELCOME LUNCH A tradition at the beginning of each year at Carmel College is for the Student Leadership Team to welcome all the new Year Seven and Year Nine students by hosting a ‘Welcome Lunch’ for them. This gives the younger students a chance to mingle with the older students and feel confident to approach them in the playground throughout the year and the Senior girls are able to share their journey at Carmel with future Senior students, passing on to them by both word and example what it means to be a Carmel girl.


RESULT Young women with the ability to move out into the world and make a difference combined with amazing academic results.

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COASTS THROUGH ‘COAST TO COAST’ Past pupil, Toni Keeling, who won the recent women’s Coast to Coast two-day individual race talks about her experience. I started racing the Coast to Coast in a team back in 2009 when I was still a student at Carmel College and since then I have continued to race each year, stepping up to the individual race in 2011. I’ve been involved in the race for a bit longer than this though, and since 2006 have been supporting another Carmel Old Girl who has been competing, my Mum – Christine Keeling. This year saw her competing in her seventh Coast to Coast, where she came second in the Veteran Women’s One-Day Race. Following a top-10 finish in the Two-Day Individual Event and steady improvements in multisport races all round the North Island last year I decided to aim for a podium finish in 2012, but tried not to get too focused on this. I was really lucky to have a good start to the race on Friday. Riding along on the first ride all of a sudden my group caught up to the leading bunch and we stayed there the whole way into transition. I had a great crew of family members helping me at the change-over and

When I finally reached the beach in Sumner every part of my body ached, I had just traversed the South Island, covering 243km and I couldn’t have been happier. It wasn’t until much later that night when final results were released that I finally let myself believe it – I had won the 2-Day Coast to Coast. I realised as I left the transition for the Mountain Run that I was the leading female. Not really thinking too much about this I headed out into the river beds and simply focused on remembering the route and running steady, trying to avoid any major falls. It wasn’t until two kms from the end that I finally let myself think that I might be the first off the run. After a tough first day it was then time to head to Arthur’s Pass and recover as well as I could for the second day of racing. The second day is a bit different as you start according to your race number. I started towards the very back of the individual field and found hundreds of kayakers ahead of me on the river which made for some interesting times trying to manoeuvre between them in a very low-flowing river. Following the end of a five hours plus kayak it was great to finally get on the bike and ride towards the finish line. But even better were all the supporters from Christchurch – after a very hard year they still lined the streets and cheered us on! Again, luck seemed to be on my side and I was fortunate enough to have a group to ride almost the entire 70km with. When I finally reached the beach in Sumner every part of my body ached, I had just traversed the South Island, covering 243km and I couldn’t have been happier. It wasn’t until much later that night when final results were released that I finally let myself believe it – I had won the 2-Day Coast to Coast. As much as I’ve loved being a part of the race for the past seven years I think it might be time for a break for a while, see what other events are out there and try something a bit more crazy like the four-five day GodZone Adventure Race, covering nearly twice the distance of the Coast to Coast.

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Our CHANNEL Building and Home Maintenance column is contributed on a monthly basis by Alex Coburn and Luke Henley of QPC Builders. Alex and Luke are two young, refreshingly energetic and passionate North Shore builders dedicated to delivering the highest quality work that sets them apart . In this column Alex Coburn provides information on new regulations that came in from March 1st.

LICENSED BUILDING PRACTITIONERS Although we have touched on it in the past we thought it was worth another mention as you may have seen it on TV recently. From March 1, The Restricted Building Work Scheme comes into effect and it applies to most residential building or renovation work. What it means is that only a Licensed Building Practitioner can undertake or supervise any work done that may affect the structure or weather tightness of your home. Your designer should identify on your plans if there is any Restricted Building Work needed. But when you apply for a building consent it is your responsibility to make sure the practitioners you use are correctly licensed to carry out the work. Here is a list to give you an idea of some of the practitioners that you will need to check out: • • • • • •

Designers Carpenters Roofers External Plasterers Brick and Blocklayers Foundations specialists

We don’t want to scare you off as not all work that you may be planning falls under this so it definitely pays to check. For more information you can contact your local council or visit For your next building projects give Alex Coburn at QPC a call on 0275362494 or check-out our website: He is a Licensed Building Practitioner.

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CHANGING FACE OF SURGERY Pat Alley strolls through North Shore Hospital greeting and being greeted by staff like an old friend. After 28 years as a surgeon in this building, he pretty much is. Pat came to North Shore Hospital in 1984, just before the tower block opened. Outside, it looked much as is does now. But inside, things were a lot different. “Only five wards in the tower block were commissioned,” says Pat. There were four surgeons, six anaesthetists and two operating theatres. The emergency department was open 16 hours a day and anything complex went to Auckland Hospital. Gradually, more of the tower block opened and more services became available. A general surgeon for 42 years (he had been at Green Lane, and held several roles before that) Pat has worked through some major changes. The most profound, he says, has been the rise of laparoscopic, or keyhole, surgery, making so many operations much less invasive. Patients are also older and sicker, and cases are more complex. “When I came here, it was the norm to have one patient and one diagnosis. Now you have one patient and eight diagnoses, only one of which is surgical.”

After 42 years, Pat Alley is retiring from clinical surgery, but will be helping to train the next generation as Waitemata DHB’s director of clinical training.

That has a serious effect on how we train new surgeons, says Pat – you can’t let junior surgeons operate unsupervised on complex cases – and we will have to come up with new ways of doing things. Pat will devote a lot of time to that in the future. At the end of last year, he retired as a clinical surgeon, performing his last operation and holding his last clinic. But he is continuing part-time as Waitemata DHB’s director of clinical training – making sure the next generation of surgeons can handle those complex cases. “I’ve always had a strong commitment to education, and the thing that keeps me going is the ability to educate new students,” he says.

Summer facelift t and former The 54-piece work by artis s the length patient Chris Strom stretche of the long first floor corridor.

A timeless gift

Four years ago, artist Chris Strom was diagnosed with cancer. Like many people receiving such a diagnosis, it got him thinking “What is permanent? What lasts forever?” The answer, at least for Chris, was Handel’s Messiah, an oratorio which he says, is “timeless words, timeless music”. Inspired by the music he set about painting. Fifty-four pieces later – and successfully treated for his cancer – his work was complete. During the time it took to paint the work, Chris’s wife Diana was also diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. On her way to chemotherapy, she and Chris walked down the long corridor on the first floor of North Shore Hospital. That very corridor now houses the 54-piece installation, which Chris has donated to North Shore Hospital as a thank you for the treatment he and Diana received here. “Today there is not a trace of cancer anywhere in either of us. Cue the Hallelujah Chorus!” says Chris.

If you’re spending every spare moment painting your house over summer, spare a thought for those painting North Shore Hospital. It will take around 3,000 litres of paint, 4,000 man hours and three to four months to complete the makeover. Painters will use scaffolding on some areas and abseil to reach others. Painting started in the middle of January. The new colour scheme will blend with the new Lakeview and car park buildings.

Hospital hits the target In January this year North Shore Hospital hit the Government’s target for how quickly patients should be seen in emergency departments. The target is that 95% of patients will be admitted, discharged or transferred from emergency departments within six hours. It measures how efficiently acute patients flow through the entire hospital system, and back home again. Congratulations to all North Shore Hospital staff in achieving this important target!

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Could it be real this time?

Yes, we’ve heard it all before. I can almost hear the entire North Shore population groan as they see this headline and think about flicking to the next page as quickly as they can. Yet you are still reading – is it because an accountant actually agrees with simplifying our rather complex system? Last year the (then) Minister of Commerce, Simon Power, announced that the National government would be slashing $90 million per year from compliance costs for business. These savings would be particularly focussed on the small and medium business sector. We now have a special reporting board set up to work out how this is going to happen, and a working party made up of various sectors are operating to tight deadlines to get the new reporting regime in place. Is it a good idea? Well yes of course. Anything that saves our small and medium business some money and allows them to focus on growing their business is a good thing. But does it go far enough? My view is no. When you think about it, we have about 450,000 SME businesses in New Zealand. If we save $90 million in compliance costs, each business will benefit by only $200 per year. It’s hardly going to be the make or break for businesses in my view. So, as the Hayes Knight motto goes – What’s Next? Well, maybe tax simplification could be the answer if it went hand in hand with the reduced reporting requirements. Interestingly enough, the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA) released a thought leadership paper back in October 2009 which sought to address this very issue. Unsurprisingly, when NZICA first released the paper, it really didn’t get much exposure and certainly didn’t get much support. I think it is fair to say that there were a number of members of my profession that were concerned about

The biggest impediment is likely to be the outdated IRD computer system, although I heard the Prime Minister recently announced that they are looking at throwing $1 billion at an upgrade.

their own businesses disappearing if these radical changes get widespread acceptance. Now, a couple of years down the track, version two of this paper is available for consultation, and in my view it is pretty good. It is important to understand that this paper is a think piece only, with a view that removing compliance on small and micro business would reduce cost and allow these businesses to grow. The key component to the paper is that small and micro businesses would no longer need to prepare financial statements for tax purposes. Now this is really stretching the boundaries, and really going to reduce costs for small businesses if it is accepted. Basically, any business that is not registered for GST and has total sales of less than $60,000 will pay tax at 14% of turnover unless they are a trader, then the rate will be 7%. Small businesses will be those that have sales revenue between $60,000 and $600,000, and they will pay their income tax when they pay their GST – either on a two monthly basis if that remains or on a quarterly basis if that change is also adopted. Most of our current tax rules will be a thing of the past, and we will simply pay tax on a cash flow basis. That is money in minus money out = profit, and multiply that by the tax rate. No need to worry about capital expenditure and depreciation – the whole lot is deductible for tax purposes. The biggest impediment is likely to be the outdated IRD computer system, although I heard that the Prime Minister recently announced that they are looking at throwing $1 billion at an upgrade. Maybe the new system will be the catalyst for change? Does this sound too good to be true? Maybe, but I think the 48% of New Zealand businesses that have revenue of less that $600,000 per annum will love the reduced compliance costs. Maybe that means that these businesses can focus on getting quality and timely reports out Matthew Bellingham of their systems that is CEO of innovative chartered allow them to make accountancy practice Hayes Knight real decisions for real benefit.

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for New Zealand’s Residential Building and Construction Sector On 1 March 2012, some crucial changes to New Zealand’s building law will come into effect. Carpenters, and other building tradespeople will need to ensure that they are up-to-date with the new requirements tin Sarah Mar and responsibilities. From 1 March, it will be an offence for a builder to carry out or supervise “Restricted Building Work” unless they, or someone supervising their work, is registered as a Licensed Building Practitioner. The government introduced the licensing scheme in 2007 as a way of ensuring that quality work is being carried out by experienced professionals who meet the competency standards required in their licence class. The aim is for the compulsory licensing scheme to create a clearer line of accountability for owners, designers, builders and building consent authorities. There are currently seven different trade licences: • Design • Site supervision or project management • Bricklaying and blocklaying • Carpentry • External plastering • Foundations, and • Roofing. Of these, the site supervision licence is not yet

included in the compulsory licensing scheme. If appropriate, a practitioner may be licensed in one or more licence class. “Restricted Building Work” relates to residential construction, alterations and design on homes and small-to-medium sized apartment buildings that is critical to the integrity of the building and involves any kind of structural or weathertight work. From 1 March, building consent applications for Restricted Building Work won’t be accepted unless they include a Memorandum (Certificate of Work) from a Licensed Building Practitioner certifying that the Restricted Building Work complies with the Building Code. A Licensed Building Practitioner may only undertake Restricted Building Work in the area in which they’re licensed; therefore at least one Licensed Building Practitioner per trade must be identified for every project on the building consent document. The scheme requires Licensed Building Practitioners to certify their work, and for owners to notify the names of Licensed Building Practitioners engaged in Restricted Building Work to the relevant building consent authority. For this reason, homeowners will now be able to see who is responsible for each stage of the work. In addition to all usual liability issues which tradespeople face, if you’re a Licensed Building Practitioner you may also find yourself facing disciplinary action from the Building Practitioners Board if the work you’ve certified is found to be negligent or incompetent. Disciplinary action could include fines, retraining, loss of your building practitioner’s licence or

some restrictions on that licence. In addition to all the above, there’s also a move by the government to make written contracts compulsory for building work over a particular value, and to introduce new information disclosure requirements for building contractors about their skills, qualifications and track records. The government is also considering a requirement for building practitioners to fix any defects in their work that are reported within 12 months of completion. Looking ahead, practitioners in the residential building and construction sector will have to come to grips with a regime quite different from the informal “on a hand-shake” approach to which they’ve become accustomed. For some practitioners, these changes will require more time spent on administration and project management, and a better approach to contracting in order to cope with the increased compliance requirements. For practitioners who still need to get licensed, all the necessary forms to be filed are available from the Department of Building & Housing or they can be downloaded from its website,

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Living at Metlifecare’s newest lifestyle retirement village in Takapuna is the saving grace for Mike McGuigan since his wife was diagnosed with melanoma. At such a trying time, Mike can’t disguise his concern, but he brightens when he thinks about the care they have received. “The best thing about our situation is that we are here at The Poynton – we are so well supported, everything is done for us, and it’s a good feeling,” Mike says. He recalls a night when his wife needed a nurse urgently. “The nurse came straight over and rang the doctor who got her the medication she needed - we saw everyone in action!” The couple has had hot meals delivered to their door, nurses on site and residents dropping off flowers, baking, cards and notes. Mike is convinced this would never have happened if they were still living in their Waterview home. “We didn’t know any of our neighbours, if anything went wrong no one came over except family.” They felt unsafe at times, too, with lots of burglaries. “Coming here has meant we feel safe and have everyone supporting us, people don’t realize that until they start living here.” It was the new motorway tunnel planned for West Auckland that drove the pair to look for a better living arrangement. They knew construction would bring dust, noise and disruption, so they took the opportunity to move closer to family. Mike loves The Poynton - the friendliness of the staff was what struck him the most. He also likes the luxuriousness, and all the amenities that he could never afford himself, like the pool, spa and gymnasium. That’s

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130 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.


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While I am praising people, we had the Devonport Food and Wine Festival last month – what a great event these people had again organised. Even after all these years, people still come along in great numbers and enjoy themselves. haven’t got enough common sense between them to work this out. How much is it costing the City for the security guards and fencing to be there 24 hours a day stopping access to this beloved part of Auckland’s recreational facilities? And, incredibly enough, another one - the little reserve on the corner of Lake Road and Hauraki Corner, which was completed last year, along with the road, now has a sculpture stuck right in the middle of it, at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars. I heard from other reliable sources, mostly at the coalface, that a good part of these costs were consent fees. I drive past this sculpture at least four times a day and am yet to see anyone standing in the reserve and looking at it. In fact, I’ve never seen anyone sitting on those park benches, reading their Wilbur Smith books or doing their macramé. I had a couple of young sailors stay with me over the early New Year period, taking part in the World 470 Youth champs off Takapuna Boating Club, and I must say what a wonderful bunch of volunteers run that club. It was a credit to them how efficiently the races were held, the overseas sailors were made to feel so welcome and I know for a fact that these sailors left our country with a heavy heart after the great hospitality and sailing experiences. While I am praising people, we had the Devonport Food and Wine Festival last month – what a great event these people had again organised. Even after all these years, people still come along in great numbers and enjoy themselves. I saw an article in the newspaper recently, saying there were some 40,000 odd young people aged between 19 and 24 who are unable to find jobs – some of these will have returned to University again, racking up more debt to continue their studies and gain more qualifications – but to do what? Are the Universities and Tertiary Institutions talking with employers to ensure the degree courses they are offering are useful? That the qualifications these young people acquire will actually get them a job? Not all these young people are suited to some form of tertiary education, they would be better out in the real world, learning some form of trade. With the rebuild of Christchurch looming, all sorts of trades people will be in short supply. When I was at secondary school, the less academically able were directed into the technical subjects, and it seemed to work pretty well – they’d have some practical skills and some idea of what they were good at before they left school. From there it was a natural progression to move into some sort of apprenticeship, be it as a mechanic, plumber, electrician, builder, hairdresser or so on. I saw in another article in the paper recently that even in tough financial times people are still prepared to pay big dollars for a “pampering experience” at the hairdressers. For me, I much prefer a quick trim at the local barber! That’s all from me, enjoy the last of the warm summer evenings – soon we’ll be back into rugby season again and enjoying a beer with mates down at the local Club.

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Hello, how is everybody going this month? I haven’t really got enough time for the niceties this month, for example: hope everyone is back at work, isn’t it great that the kids are back at school, and haven’t we had great weather over the February - March period? We have too much to talk about. Back in June 2011, which is barely nine months ago, I finished off my monthly article by saying, and I quote it “Oh by the way, it seems the piece of road between Hauraki and Esmonde Road has finally been finished, what are the bets that they’ll be digging it up in the next couple of months because they’ve forgotten something?” I didn’t honestly think it would be only eight months before they started digging up Esmonde Road again. It just seems incredible that after so much money, time and inconvenience that this piece of road had to be taken up for new seal, at a cost of who knows how many hundreds of thousands of dollars. Also, the lovely garden that was planted a couple of years ago as a median strip between the two sides of road has been replaced now by horrible red concrete, at again, great expense. I just wonder, who is responsible and where the buck finally stops at this total incompetence. While you are pondering that, here’s another one – just prior to the Rugby World Cup in September, tens of thousands of dollars were spent on the Devonport Wharf, the concrete structure, not the ferry terminal. Thousands of dollars were spent on a repaint of the timberwork, cycle racks and new bait board facilities for fishermen, and seating for placid recreational use. This made it an extremely desirable place for people to sit, read a book or enjoy the vista or simply fish and enjoy our harbour. Believe it or not, a couple of days before Christmas, security people moved in and fenced off the wharf as it was deemed dangerous for people to be on. I was told by a reliable source, that in fact the wharf was incredibly dangerous and it could fall into the harbour at any time. This, as we all know, is absolute rubbish. Sure, the wharf is old, and sure there are bits and pieces falling off it, but to be deemed dangerous for people to be on, I find to be incredible scare mongering. It seems amazing to me that the experts have deemed the wharf to be dangerous but have still allowed the 500 tonne vintage tug the William C Daldy to be moored alongside it. It is still to this day there, pulling and pushing the wharf at every movement of the tide and wind. If they were so concerned about the structural integrity of the wharf, that tug should be immediately removed to relieve the added stress on it. It is incredible that these so called experts

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TAKAPUNA IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS Bayleys’ Stephen Scott talks to Channel Magazine about the growing popularity of Takapuna as a home for growing businesses.

Peter Sanders of Southpark Corporation (right) with Stephen Scott, Bayleys North Shore Commer cial.

As well as being completely refurbished – including new lifts and airconditioning – those who frequent Como Street will have noticed an attractive new road frontage and foyer for the building that’s beside Westfield Shore City shopping centre. Next month, April, a new cafe, with an emphasis on great coffee Bayleys North Shore Commercial specialist Stephen Scott is one person and healthy food, will open in the foyer. who is thrilled with the exciting changes that are taking place in and “We have worked closely with the building owners Southpark to ensure the around Takapuna. building was upgraded to include the amenities that prospective new tenants His excitement is partly around the fact that the investments that are being desire,” explained Stephen Scott. “A cafe providing healthy food was high on the made open up opportunities for him from a business perspective, but also list. As was parking. There is good parking underneath and the building is also because he loves the changes that are being made in his ‘local patch’. He is fortunate to have an arrangement that customers can use the Westfield Shore City born and bred on the Shore, returning to the area a little under three years ago carpark for up to three hours free of charge.” to a new career in commercial real estate, after flying helicopters commercially, For Jugdis Parbhu, Partner, PKF Ross Melville, the both overseas and in the South Island. reasons for moving to Takapuna were numerous, and “It has been well documented that the driven by the desire to make the firm a great place for our potential of Takapuna is immense, so it is a It has been well documented staff to work. thrill to see it starting to be recognised with the that the potential of Takapuna “For us the attractions of Takapuna included investments being made by property owners is immense, so it is a thrill to see facilities – café’s, restaurants, shopping the beach, and and developers,” says Stephen. “Projects such it starting to be recognised with easy access to and from the motorway, both north and as The Department Store and Alan Wiltshire’s the investments being made by south,” explained Jugdis in late February. “We were also McKenzies shopping and hospitality precinct are wowed by the sensational views and Takapuna Towers really adding value to the area, with the latter property owners and developers. allowed us the opportunity to all be on one floor, with the real start of turning the township around to views and natural light from every workstation. The the beach.” recent refurbishment to the entrance has increased the One project that Stephen Scott has had street appeal, and we’ve been able to provide secure a close involvement with is Southpark’s covered parks to those who want them. The building has redevelopment of the building currently known everything we need, so the choice was easy.” as Takapuna Towers in Como Street. Southpark Leighton Langley, National Sales and Distribution Corporation, owned by John Sax, purchased the Manager of Ginger Group explains that they decided to building that was formerly Telecom Towers and relocate from the Auckland CBD to Takapuna for two has invested a significant amount in an upgrade major reasons. “The changing financial fundamentals that is paying off by attracting new businesses in the leasing market and the convenience for staff, to the area. suppliers and clients were the key reasons we decided “Takapuna really does offer everything Takapuna was the place. Takapuna Towers satisfied both of those drivers and as a base for businesses,” adds Stephen. “There is a real emphasis now on added extra to the move. Other aspects that led to our decision were the proactive providing staff with a working environment that includes all the things they building management, the control of the fitout, proximity to motorway access, need. Contented and happy staff are good for business. Takapuna provides parking, proximity to shopping and entertainment and of course the fantastic a great natural environment and also provides other key aspects such as views. All of these things make it a great place to work from.” childcare, parking, shopping etc. while still being out of the hustle and bustle of As well as the addition of these and other new tenants, many of the existing the city. tenants in the building have remained through the refurbishment. However there “Being able to offer a building in the area the quality of Takapuna Towers is still space available in Takapuna Towers. For more information contact Stephen completes the equation. Recently we have been able to lease one entire floor, Scott of Bayleys North Shore Commercial. the 10th, to PKF Ross Melville, who are relocating from Albany. We have leased another significant space, half of the ninth floor, to financial services company Ginger Group who have relocated to Takapuna from the city. Both of these Stephen Scott, Phone 489 0964 or 0274 060 298 entities saw Takapuna Towers, and Takapuna, as ticking all the boxes.” or Email: Issue 19 - MARCH 2012 3:35 PM


CHEWING THE FAT: by James ‘JD’ Dominion In the traditions of great magazine columnists each month in Channel Mag we bring you James Dominion – apparently known as ‘JD’ by his mates. James tells us that he is a Takapuna local – although nobody can actually verify this – or that this is actually his real name. But hey, he has put up his hand to be a monthly contributor at very little cost to the magazine. An offer that is very hard to refuse due to the tiny editorial budget we exist on.

FAN OF SOCIAL MEDIA Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube and findsomeone, have all changed the face of self promotion and advertising, and they have re-written the ‘six degrees of separation’ theory. Everyone who has tuned in to the social media vibe, has at one stage or another become a fan – but I can’t help but think that it is too often used just as (excuse the pun) a blower of wind. This may come as a surprise to some, but these social mediums can, not only be exploited for posting irrelevant intimate information, frisking Facebook for flirtatious friends-of-friends and act as a prolific procrastination device, but they are also an instant global communication tool and are a great free marketing and self promotional weapon. Just ask Justin Beiber and any of his “beleibers” – If it wasn’t for a certain social media site (Youtube), the ‘Beibstar’ might still just be another high voiced, bowl-cut-sporting pretty boy, dreading the day his testicles and voice descend. Levi Hawkin the ‘nek minnit’ guy, may still just be a Cantab Hillbilly looking for the rest of his scooter outside a Christchurch dairy. Instead both these icons have harnessed the potential of electronic media, realised its potential and enhanced their career. If it wasn’t for social media, Mark Zuckerburg – the founder of Facebook – may well just have been a geeky Harvard student who spent most of his time at university scouring the internet for aesthetically pleasing class mates. Just like Mark Zuckerberg, and Susan Boyle (another disfavoured goober who has taken advantage of social media to further her career), electronic communication has evolved from being nerdy to the norm, the uncouth to the cool, and geeky-looking to sophisticated. At high school the ‘geeks’ were given a

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hard time if their lunch breaks were spent keyboard bashing rather than playing on the jungle gym or the sports field. But now if your not LinkedIn, Facebooking or tweeting, your not up with the play! Even the realm of internet dating has shaken it’s stigma. Where it was once seen as a hunting ground for old pervs’ and desperate spinsters, it is now perfectly socially acceptable to pick up a hot date online. As enhancing as these social mediums can be, at times they can be as self harming as farting into the fan – If you start blowing hot air in the wrong direction it can come right back and hit you right in the face. A certain Samoan rugby player recently smelt the repercussions of his ‘tweets’ when he compared the Samoan Rugby team’s tight Rugby World Cup schedule to apartheid, slavery and the Holocaust. The Piri Weepu bottle versus breast debate has grown from a small whiff to a giant hurricane mainly thanks to social media sites. I have heard stories of when the proverbial has hit the fan where employees have pulled a sickie and thoughtlessly posted compromising posts and photos on their social media pages of their fake sick day off, only for their employer to get wind of it through social media sites. So before you go carelessly tweeting and Facebooking unconscious babble – just make sure your fan is facing the right way! Whether you are social media’s number one fan, or think that it is just used to spread hot air, you have to agree that it has completely changed the way we communicate, self promote and most importantly waste time during work hours... PS: My boss doesn’t even know I wrote this during my work time. LOL! Don’t miss my riveting monthly column and also make sure you follow me on Twitter (@ JamesDominion) – you’ll love the dribble I spread in Twitterverse! If you’re lucky you might even be able to date me! – JD.

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Economic stimulus needed to kick-start the property market

Andrew Hiskens.

Alan McMahon.

By Andrew Hiskens, North Shore managing director and Alan McMahon, national director of consulting and research, Colliers International. Whatever sector you examine, it is fair to say that property markets have been generally flat in New Zealand for a while. We shouldn’t complain however – a flat market is certainly preferable to the conditions prior to that, which was a declining market, with rents, capital values and activity all falling. What we need to start a burst of growth, or even a decent bout of activity, is some sort of economic stimulus. Where is that likely to come from? Looking first at retail, it is encouraging to see some new developments coming out of the ground around the country, led typically by big box retailers, both food and non-food. Christmas quarter retail sales data have not been published at the time of writing, but if they follow the electronic card transaction data, we can expect the numbers to confirm a pretty flat sales period for most categories of retailer. Retailer profits are already under pressure and are unlikely to be strong enough to generate an expansion of store numbers except in a few isolated cases. Consumers still seem reluctant to open their wallets and are intent on paying down debt, but on the other hand unemployment isn’t going up, and interest rates are at very low levels and likely to stay there all year, so you would expect in due course an increase in consumer confidence to the point that the old credit card gets dusted off and put back to the use it was created for. Meantime in 2012 we expect a modest rise in retail capital values in Auckland, but only on the back of tightening cap rates, not any overall market rental increases. Increased confidence in the residential market is a key prerequisite for retail growth. Whether the increase in wealth as a result of increasing house values is real or perceived, it tends to make us feel like spending (and borrowing) more money. This only applies to the two-thirds of households that are home-owners, a proportion that is likely to decrease over time in the more expensive areas so it is not an effect that will be evenly spread throughout the country when it happens. Although it hasn’t occurred yet, the residential market has at least reached the point of equilibrium. When the tipping point finally occurs more new houses will be built, and more floor coverings, appliances and furniture will need to be bought, which will be a relief to retailers of such items who have been having a lean time for several years. Encouragingly, the number of building consents issued for retail buildings for the 2011 year is the highest since 2007. The number of office building consents also rose in 2011 compared to 2010 but was still not much more than 50% of the number for 2007. Demand is still modest and unlikely to trigger the construction of new office property to any great extent in 2012, but as a general rule, office-using industries are doing quite well, with improving balance sheets and capacity to grow their businesses. This is borne out by the high levels of tenant demand in some areas of the country. The industrial market is maintaining its reputation as the least volatile sector. Although rental and capital growth ground to a halt in 2009, activity is on the rise particularly in Auckland. The number of industrial building consents

in 2011 was similar to 2010 but the value was down significantly, suggesting that smaller lower value properties will be built in 2012 compared to earlier years. Overall, while there are weaker and stronger pockets around the country, most markets are stable, with limited new supply holding vacancy down and values up. Investors, however, would be well advised to concentrate on the fundamental security of cash flow, or the likelihood of obtaining some, when selecting their property investments. Visit:

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136 LOCAL REAL ESTATE: The Power of Two




It’s interesting the different views people have and the differences in people’s opinions on what the real estate market is doing at the moment. While it is like looking into a glass ball, there have been good indications that the property market has been improving gradually. Everyone is saying it’s a good time to buy, interest rates are low, which puts an increase on the sales. While on the other hand, people in the know have predicted that insufficient properties to choose from and increased interest from buyers, means that sellers are going to continue to enjoy a market which favours them. We are firm in our belief that the number of new listings each month has subdued on the North Shore. We also know the supply side has also been affected by a low level of new construction. So what does this mean to you as a home owner who is thinking about selling? The surge of mortgage sales are now largely behind us. Floating mortgage rates are at their lowest since the mid-1960s. So it would seem like it’s the right time to sell now.

By Real Estate Duo Rose Arnott & Rosie Houghton of Prestige Real Estate – Both Local Identities in the Takapuna community.

Questions you should ask yourself if you are considering selling your home: • What company should I employ to sell my home? • What is their success rate? • Who will best represent my home? • How do the agents present themselves, and are they believable? • Who do I feel I have trust in to do the best job possible? • Who is willing to offer sound honest advice, with experience or research to back that up? We work as a duo who will give you 100% sound advice on what your property is worth with backup from a team of experienced sales people. We pride ourselves on delivering honest feedback, and people genuinely like to deal with us. If you are thinking about selling, then give us a call. We will work for you. ......................................................................................................................... Rosie: Telephone 021-623-952, Email Rose: Telephone 021-876-333, Email

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Channel Magazine Issue 19 March 2012