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State Beach Series Takapuna Beach 1st Nov 2011 – 20th Mar 2012 5-7pm TANZ Art Exhibition Bruce Mason Centre 1st-30th November

State Beach Series Takapuna Beach, 5-7pm

North Harbour Triathlon Club Swim Run Series 2011/12 Race 2, Gould Reserve, Takapuna 5.30pm


An Audience with Pam Ayres Bruce Mason Centre, 7.30pm

‘Vision’ Exhibition Artists Den and Art Gallery, Milford 1st-5th November

Wheelchair Basketball Have a Go Day North Shore Events Centre, 1-2.30pm

Wednesday North Shore Harmony Club Milford Senior Citizens Club 7.30pm

North Harbour Business Association Business Breakfast Guest Speaker Air New Zealand CEO Rob Fyfe North Harbour Stadium, 7-8.30am For Booking go to:

World Vision Kids for Kids The Christmas Show Bruce Mason Centre, 7.30pm State Beach Series Takapuna Beach, 5-7pm



Shore Tenpin Seniors Fred Thomas Dr, Takapuna, 10am

ABBA Tribute Bruce Mason Centre, 8pm

KFC Grilled NZPWG Anita Boon Pro-Am North Shore Golf Club, Albany, 11am-7.30pm

Beatles-A Real Night to Remember Takapuna Soccer Club Rooms Taharoto Rd, Takapuna from 6pm

Show Me Shorts Film Festival 2011 Bridgeway Cinema, Northcote Pt 3rd-13th November 4.30-6pm & 6.30-7pm

Wattie’s Cans Film Festival Berkeley Cinema, Takapuna, 6-9pm

Takapuna Beach Night Markets Hurstmere Green, 5-9pm


60’s Up Exercises Methodist Church Hall, Takapuna, 10am

Hauraki Primary School Twilight Fair Jutland Rd, Takapuna 4-8pm


Les Cabaret The International Art of Burlesque Bruce Mason Centre, 8pm 18th-20th November


Shore Tenpin Seniors Fred Thomas Dr, Takapuna, 10am Devonsport Sun Run Torpedo Bay Café, 6-7.30pm

North Harbour Business Association Annual General Meeting North Harbour Stadium, 8.30am For Booking go to: ‘Fascination’ Exhibition Artists Den and Art Gallery, Milford 8th-26th November


FRIDAY KFC Grilled NZPWG Anita Boon Pro-Am North Shore Golf Club, Albany, 11am-7.30pm

Art for a Public Wall-NZ Sculpture OnShore Fort Takapuna, Vauxhall Rd, Devonport, 6-8pm


Dance Space Bruce Mason Centre Pre-School Concert, 5pm Tap & Hip Hop Show, 7.30pm

60’s Up Exercises Methodist Church Hall, Takapuna, 10am

Devonsport Sun Run Torpedo Bay Café, 6-7.30pm

Artist in Residence-Roger Zhuang Artists Den and Art Gallery, Milford 11am-1pm


THURSDAY Takapuna Beach Night Markets Hurstmere Green, 5-9pm

World Vision Kids for Kids The Christmas Show Bruce Mason Centre, 7.30pm


North Harbour Triathlon Club Swim Run Series 2011/12 Race 3, Gould Reserve, Takapuna, 5.30pm

The Vic Unplugged 2 Victoria Picture Palace and Theatre, 7pm

Takapuna Beach Night Markets Hurstmere Green, 5-9pm 60’s Up Exercises Methodist Church Hall, Takapuna, 10am


Shore Tenpin Seniors Fred Thomas Dr, Takapuna, 10am

The Secret Life of a Bellydancer The Pumphouse, 8pm

World Vision Kids for Kids The Christmas Show Bruce Mason Centre, 7.30pm - FINAL

Artisan Twilight Craft Market & Fair Forrest Hill School, 4.30-8pm

Devonsport Sun Run Torpedo Bay Café, 6-7.30pm The Secret Life of a Bellydancer The Pumphouse 17th-27th Nov, 8pm

State Beach Series Takapuna Beach, 5-7pm The Secret Life of a Bellydancer The Pumphouse, 8pm


Bruce Mason Centre Annual Xmas Tree Appeal Open Daily 23rd Nov-22nd Dec


The Secret Life of a Bellydancer The Pumphouse, 8pm Operatunity Presents An Olde Fashioned Christmas Windsor Park Baptist Church, Mairangi Bay, 11am

State Beach Series Takapuna Beach, 5-7pm


TANZ Art Exhibition Bruce Mason Centre-FINAL

Takapuna Beach Night Markets Hurstmere Green, 5-9pm 60’s Up Exercises Methodist Church Hall, Takapuna, 10am


The Secret Life of a Bellydancer The Pumphouse, 8pm


Shore Tenpin Seniors Fred Thomas Dr, Takapuna, 10am Devonsport Sun Run Torpedo Bay Café, 6-7.30pm The Secret Life of a Bellydancer The Pumphouse, 8pm


North Harbour Triathlon Club Swim Run Series 2011/12 Race 4, Gould Reserve, Takapuna, 5.30pm

Takapuna Beach Night Markets & Takapuna Christmas Carnival Hurstmere Green, 5-9pm 60’s Up Exercises Methodist Church Hall, Takapuna, 10am Shore Tenpin Seniors Fred Thomas Dr, Takapuna, 10am Art Exhibition-‘Uenuku-After the Rain’ Bruce Mason Centre 1st-23rd December Intermediate School Battle of the Bands Bruce Mason Centre, 7pm Devonsport Sun Run Torpedo Bay Café, 6-7.30pm



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Guy Fawkes Mairangi Bay Farmers Market, 8am-12.30pm Belmont Market, St. Margaret’s Presbyterian Church Hall, 8am-12pm Milford Craft Market Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 10am-2pm The Laughing Samoans Bruce Mason Centre, 8pm Beatles-A Real Night to Remember Takapuna Soccer Club Rooms from 6pm St Leo’s School Fair-2011 Treasures of Summer 4 Owens Rd, Devonport, 11am-2pm Julia Deans, Masonic Tavern, 8.30-11pm Antique, Collectables & Retro Fair AUT Sport & Fitness Centre, 10am-5pm

Mairangi Bay Farmers Market 8am-12.30pm Lisa Lashes - Fairytale Fantasie The World’s No1 Female DJ Bruce Mason Centre, 9pm


Masonic Blues Fest Masonic Tavern, 5-11.45pm

Mairangi Bay Farmers Market 8am-12.30pm


Birkenhead Artisan Market Highbury House, Birkenhead, 9am-1pm

Les Cabaret-The International Art of Burlesque Bruce Mason Centre, 8pm Devonport School of Dance-‘Dance, With Love’ Bruce Mason Centre, 1.30pm & 7pm Paintings by North Shore Artists Group Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 9.30am-4pm The Secret Life of a Bellydancer The Pumphouse, 8pm The Ultimate Living Show North Shore Events Centre, 1-5.30pm

Mairangi Bay Farmers Market 8am-12.30pm Milford Craft Market Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 10am-2pm




Takapuna Market, 6am-Noon Car Boot Sale, Takapuna Primary School, 8am-11am Devonport Craft Market, Community House, 10am-3pm Sir Howard Morrison Tribute Bruce Mason Centre, 7pm Heritage Day 2011 Lake House Arts Centre, 10am-3pm Shore Talent Quest Victoria Picture Palace & Theatre, Devonport, 9am-1pm Barfoot & Thompson Mairangi Bay Fun Run Mairangi Bay Park, Ramsgate Tce, 9am Bayswater Duathlon, Bayswater School, from 8am Devonport Community Garden Mt Cambria Reserve, Devonport, 2-4pm Sharon O’Neill, Debbie Harwood & Alan Mansfield Masonic Tavern, 7.15-10.15pm


Takapuna Market, 6am-Noon Devonport Farmers Market Devonport Wharf, 9am-1pm The Kennedy Park WWII Tunnels Beach Rd, Castor Bay Open to Public 1-4pm State NZ Ocean Swim Series-Harbour Crossing Bayswater Marina, 6am-Noon Great Greenhithe Garden Tour 2011 Greenhithe Kindergarten, 10 Isobel Rd, 10am-4pm Devonport Community Garden Mt Cambria Reserve, Devonport, 2-4pm Glamorgan Twilight Christmas Market Glamorgan Primary School, Torbay, 2pm Show Me Shorts Film Festival 2011 Bridgeway Cinema, 4.30-6pm & 6.30-7pm-FINAL North Harbour Laser Masters Lake Pupuke, 10am-4pm Takapuna Market, 6am-Noon Les Cabaret The International Art of Burlesque Bruce Mason Centre, 8pm - FINAL Auckland Symphony Orchestra Free Concert Bruce Mason Centre, 2.30pm Paintings by North Shore Artists Group Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 9.30am-4pm Devonport Community Garden Mt Cambria Reserve, Devonport, 2-4pm The Secret Life of a Bellydancer The Pumphouse, 2pm Intrepid Music Project: IMP The Depot, 5-7pm The Ultimate Living Show North Shore Events Centre, 9.30am-5.30pm

Takapuna Market, 6am-Noon



Garden Gala, Craft Fair & Family Fun Day Wilson Home Trust, St Leonards Rd, Takapuna, 10am-4pm

The Secret Life of a Bellydancer The Pumphouse, 8pm

The Secret Life of a Bellydancer The Pumphouse, 2pm - FINAL


Milford Craft Market Milford Senior Citizens Hall, 10am-2pm

Car Boot Sale Takapuna Primary School Carpark, 8am-11am


Devonport Craft Market Devonport Community House, 10am-3pm Devonport Community Garden Mt Cambria Reserve, Devonport, 2-4pm Santa Parade & Devonport Christmas Festival Community House, Devonport

Shore Tenpin Seniors Fred Thomas Dr, Takapuna, 10am


World Vision Kids for Kids The Christmas Show Bruce Mason Centre, 7.30pm 14th-17th November

60’s Up Indoor Bowls Methodist Church Hall, Takapuna, 1pm Shore Tenpin Seniors Fred Thomas Dr, Takapuna, 10am

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60’s Up Indoor Bowls Methodist Church Hall, Takapuna, 1pm Shore Tenpin Seniors Fred Thomas Dr, Takapuna, 10am


Morning Melodies The Royal NZ Airforce Base Auckland Band Bruce Mason Centre, 11am Christmas Art Exhibition Artists Den and Art Gallery, Milford 28th Nov-9th Dec

Devonport Chamber Orchestra Holy Trinity Church, Devonport, 2-4pm

Belmont Market, St. Margaret’s Presbyterian Church Hall, 8am-12pm

60’s Up Indoor Bowls Methodist Church Hall, Takapuna, 1pm


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Devonport Community Garden Mt Cambria Reserve, Devonport, 2-4pm

Takapuna Market 6am-Noon

Shore Tenpin Seniors Fred Thomas Dr, Takapuna, 10am

Vortex Tribe & Special Guests Bruce Mason Centre, 8pm

7 Days-Live on Stage Bruce Mason Centre, 7.30pm

Mairangi Bay Farmers Market 8am-12.30pm

MONDAY 60’s Up Indoor Bowls Methodist Church Hall, Takapuna, 1pm

60’s Up Indoor Bowls Methodist Church Hall, Takapuna, 1pm Shore Tenpin Seniors Fred Thomas Dr, Takapuna, 10am


The Santa Claus Show 2011 The Pumphouse, 10.30am & 1pm 5th-23rd December

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Hairy Maclary at The Pumphouse

Lynley Dodd’s Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy is everybody’s favourite dog. He and all his friends came to life in this all-new stage show at The Pumphouse, adapted by Tim Bray Productions. Channel Magazine was there on the opening of this sell-out season on October 1st.

Toni and Joshua Lochead, Nathan Humphrey.

Lynley Dodd, Gill Saker.

Julia and Ella Dodd.


Esther, Bridget, Matthew.

Izzy Thompsom, Matthew Burston.

David and Emma.

Denise Snoad, Simon Glasgow.

Lauren Shephard, Poppy Jones.

Toby Aikman, Ethan Somerville, Oliver Aikman.

Visique Milford welcomes new ophthalmologists to Milford Eye Clinic Melissa Hay of Visique Eyewear Milford, held an evening at her store on Tuesday October 4th, welcoming new ophthalmologists to Milford Eye Clinic. The Milford Eye Clinic is located at the Specialist Surgical Centre at 181 Shakespeare Road, opposite the North Shore Hospital.

Reuben Gordon, Dr Nadeem Ahmad, Dr Rashn Altaie, Jenni Waddell.

Dr David Squirrell, Dr Denise Watt.

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Dr Michael Fisk, Melissa Hay, Logan Cooke, Warrick Smith, Dr Jo Koppens.

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John Kirwan at the Millennium Institute of Sport and Health Local East Coast Bays MP and Cabinet Minister Murray McCully held a campaign luncheon at the Millennium Institute of Sport & Health in Mairangi Bay on Friday October 14th. Guest speaker was All Blacks legend and Japan coach John Kirwan who was a very impressive presenter.

Graham Hill, Don McKenzie, Malcolm Carr.

Trish Blackmore, Graham Rae, Shirley Williams.

Chris and Moray Todd.

Julia McKenzie, Stephanie McKenzie.

Bruce and Angela Spooner.

Natalie Robertson, Stephen Moore.

Ken Erskine, Robbie Paul, Brian Casey, Ron Clerke.

Peter Douglas, Mark Sorensen, Michelle Khan.

Bob Leveloff, Caroline Speedy, Charles Speedy.

Mo Khan, Graham Bruce, Jim Van Tilborg, John Borsboon.

David Jones, John Kirwan, Murray McCully.

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out & about on the shore Takapuna Beach Club Open Day They must have the best spot for a beach club in the country. The Takapuna Beach Club – the home of Takapuna Boating Club – held an open day on Saturday October 15th for non-members to come along and experience all the things they have to offer at the club. Attendees could ‘have a go’ at windsurfing, outrigger paddling, standup paddling and surf skiing. Different membership options are available from just $50 Phone 4896941 or

Kaiyu and Mark Jackson.

Mary Grant, Graeme Dagg.

Aurelie, Daryl, Maki, Paul, Steve, Lewis.

Jon Baxter, Marianne Dyer, Filipo Brewster.

Thomas Saint-Pic, Lucas, Nathalie Pichot, Margaux Saint-Pic, Hugo Pichot.



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Mark Jackson, Xavier Trabia.

Rhys, Sarah, Zach Heron.

Otofumi Nakamura, Kana, Kaiyu, Arisa, Craig Parr-Whalley.

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Jo and Mike Culleton.

Matt and Keith Cullum.

Zac Beauchamp.

Ross Wharton and Sue Burridge, Hilary and David Dodunski.

Dean and Marnie McGaitey and Deb and Kris MacCauley.

Ivy, Cookie, Bridget.

Bryce, Dayna, Zac, Charlie, Ruby and Paris Beauchamp.

The Rugby Zone The Rugby Zone in Takapuna on the Sunday night of the RWC semi-final, All Blacks versus Wallabies, was a sea of black jerseys – mixed with a few Aussies and others. What a great initiative The Rugby Zone was by proprietors Kevin Schwass (Blankenberg and Florrie McGreals) and Paul Lomax (The Elephant Wrestler). Channel Magazine was part of the action.

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UPCOMING MARVEL GRILL EVENTS: Melbourne Cup Day – Tuesday November 1st at both Marvel Grill’s (Takapuna & City) with $10.00 per head going to North Shore Hospice Veuve Clicquot Women in Business Lunch – Wednesday November 3rd, 12 noon Speaker is Women’s Affairs Minister – Hekia Parata (with Maggie Barry).

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Marvel Grill specialises in fresh quality meat cuts paired with lovely side dishes and an authentic kiwi menu, which still manages to borrow from exotic themes and cuisines. As well as serving the traditional 220gm scotch fillets through to the 450gm T-bones, eye fillet steaks as small as 80gm and 120gm are on the menu, which are proving exceptionally popular with women. Along with the grill offerings, a range of hot skillets brought steaming hot to your table are available, including pork ribs with tangy bbq sauce, prawns with garlic butter & sourdough toast, or a mixed grill of miso rubbed sirloin, chorizo, pork hunter & lamb cutlets with a red wine sauce and roasted onion. Marvel Grill offers an impressive wine list of reasonably priced wines which make the whole menu affordable. Issue 16 - NOVEMBER 2011


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National Training Centre for High Performance Sport – Opening

Dr Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee officially opened the National Training Centre for High Performance Sport at the AUT Millennium Campus in Mairangi Bay on Friday October 21st. The guest list was a who’s who of New Zealand sport.

Barbara Kendell, Owen Glenn.

Michelle and Peter Wall.

Brian Hughes, John Fahey, Frank Van Hattum, David Howman, Grant McKavanagh.

Rebecca Dubber, Daniel Holt.

Dr Jacques Rogge.

Jame Schofield, Lyle Williams, Henry Duncan.

Viven Bridgewater, Penelope Barr Sellers, Chris Klaassen, Nigel Murphy, Aimee Driscoll.

Maria Clarke, Dave Currie, Richard Leggett.

Tom Cashen, Len Brown, Todd Morris.

George Wood, Roy Tiffin.

Rick Ellis , Peter Montgomorey.

Serena and Adam Storey, Tracey Lambrechs.

Jan Cameron, Rick Ellis, Michelle Wilson.

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Hansel & Gretel at the Bruce Mason Centre Phineas Phrog Productions put on another of their great kids shows for the October school holidays at the fabulous Bruce Mason Centre. Channel Magazines roving photographer Ulla Bennett was in the thick of the action.

Logan, Travis, Mira, Paul, Danya, Yun Mi.

Taylor, Kyan, Ashleigh, Pacey, Tarell.

Marilyn Deare the candy floss maker.

Jayden, Haley, Kayla.

Freija, Haili.

Courtney the face painter.

Ashlin, Brooke, Maggie.

Nicola, Rosava.

Ben and Georgia.

Alexandra Clare in merchandise.

Emerging Talent Awards 2011

The North Harbour Club AIMES Emerging Talent Awards for 2011 – sponsored by Hayes Knight – were presented at a function at The Spencer on Byron Hotel in Takapuna on Wednesday October 26th. These awards are the forerunner to the annual AIMES Awards which were held on Saturday October 29th. The Hayes Knight Emerging Talent Awards recognise the high levels of achievement of ‘emerging’ talented individuals from our region. Six young people each received the award and $5000 to go towards their careers – see full details later in this issue.

Seok Jun Bing (award recipient), Gi Myung Bing, Ijin Jeong.

Nola Real, Shelley-ann Brinkley, Barbara Wheadon.

Liam Kelly-Costello, Katherine Kelly, Margaret McNie, Aine Kelly-Costello (award recipient).

Boris Wilkitzki, Jana Korbasona, Donna Steven Perreau.

Sue Stanaway, Prudence Foster, Durham Foster.

Gary Simpson, Diane Simpson, Ken Paterson.

Elizabeth Ogle, Emmersen Foster, Alexandra Foster (award recipient), Richard Light.

Matthew Bellingham, Kris MacCauley, Derek Powell.

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Building strong foundations – the Jim and Geoff Smale legacy more important work of the quarry was done) were where Jim and Geoff and their sons Greg, Bill and Chris helped to strategise the growth and direction of Smales Farm. The whole family knew that it was “OK” if Smales Farm didn’t grow quickly, but they had better be sure that they, and future generations, would be proud of what they were creating.

Brothers Jim and Geoff Smale built strong foundations for Smales Farm with their philosophy of hard work, thrift and strong sense of community. The values, ideas and personalities of the two brothers continue to underpin the Smales Farm brand: putting people first, contributing to the wider community, a constant desire to improve, behaving honourably in all dealings and adding to the business life on the North Shore are all values that remain at the heart of the Smales Farm culture.

The younger members of the Smale family used to joke that walking into Smales Quarry was like going through a time The lives of the brothers Jim and warp. Bits and pieces of Geoff Smale help shed light on horse drawn carts were all still the origin of these enduring ‘old carefully saved from a former fashioned’ values. Both were raised age – nothing was thrown away in a period where everyone ‘made that might be useful in some do’. The Great Depression came form again. The Quarry was when Jim was 13 and Geoff was an extension in many ways of five, and was to last for ten years. both Jim and Geoff. They both Jim left Takapuna Grammar at the had a dogged determination to age of 15 to work with his father keep pushing forward, always William (Bill) Smale at W. Smale cobbling something together to Geoff (seated) and Jim Smale at Smales Quarry in the 1970’s. Ltd, known as Smale’s Quarry. get the job done better, using It was the start of the Great the modern advances of today Depression, and it was more Whenuapai Air Base preparing the air strips but firmly grounded in the knowledge of important to get work and pay the bills than and he lived in his caravan on site. He said where they had come from. have the luxury of further education at that “The work just had to be done, so I just got time. Jim worked at the quarry for most of on with it.” This summed up much about his A talent for sailing the next 75 years, until ill health forced him to attitude to life, and the twin values of hard Jim worked long hours at the quarry and retire in 2006 at the age of 90. work and thrift were to continue throughout did not have time for many recreational his life. activities, but in his early years he was a keen A pick and shovel sailor. Jim was a long serving member of After the Great Depression The early years at the quarry were hard as the Wakatere Boating Club at Narrow Neck the only equipment available was a pick and After the uncertainties of the Depression Beach. He competed for many years in the shovel. As the Great Depression wore on, a years, Jim was very focused on keeping the International 14ft Regatta on Lake Rotorua. young Jim had to move South and undertake family secure. Under the careful stewardship He had many sailing successes, including roading contracts in Otorohonga as this of Jim and his brother Geoff, the farm winning the Duke of Edinburgh Cup at the was the only work available. Jim was living purchased by their father William (Bill) Royal Auckland Regatta in the presence of alone in a primitive caravan working seven Smale began to be developed by the third HM The Queen and Prince Phillip. days a week. These tough years had a huge impact on Jim’s business decision making through the rest of his working life. Jim used a primitive excavator assembled locally from available materials which he purchased himself for 850 Pounds. This increased the opportunity for roading contracts available to them. During World War II Jim was kept in Auckland as an ‘essential service’ for setting up infrastructure for the war effort. He and his excavator worked 11–12 hour days at

“The work just had to be done, so I just got on with it.” Jim Smale

generation of family members into Smales Farm Technology Office Park. The old corrugated tin sheds of the quarry – where the two brothers continued to work together – were affectionately known as the Corporate Headquarters of Smales Farm. Tuesday night ‘pizza meetings’ (held at 5.30pm, after the

Jim’s younger brother Geoff Smale also attended Takapuna Grammar School, going on to study engineering at Auckland University. Geoff was also a talented sailor, representing New Zealand in sailing at the 1968 Mexico Olympics and placing eighth overall. In 1968 Geoff Smale was awarded the Sir Bernard Fergusson Trophy as New Zealand Sailor of the Year for his win in the Olympic Trials and development of the Rothmans Father and Son sailing class.

Geoff had a rare mix of engineering ability and original thinking. He was always making or doing something, and always on the lookout for good ideas. He saw the concrete recycling concept on an overseas trip in 1965 and this became the main focus of the quarry operation in later years. Jim and Geoff became recyclers long before recycling was fashionable. Geoff designed and built his own concrete crushing jaws to speed up productivity in the quarry.

deliver the high quality property management services that reflect the Smales Farm philosophy of providing excellent service to its tenants.

Smales Farm Directors in 2002 (from left to right) Jim Smale and sons Greg and Bill Smale. Chris Smale and mother and father Shirley and Geoff Smale. Today Greg, Bill, Chris and Shirley remain as Directors of Smales Farm.

Many of Geoff’s ideas related to his main love of sailing. He was forever seeking that new way to improve boat speed to give himself and others an advantage, with endless hull shape tweaks or sail modifications. Geoff was competitive, but it was not a selfish form of competitiveness. He was focused on helping others to develop their skills and performance. He loved to win, but he also loved a really hard race.

Murray’s Bay Boating club Geoff and a number of his sailing ‘cronies’ were the core around which Auckland’s Murray’s Bay Boating club formed. One of his projects was the development of the Father and Son class, capable of being sailed by a father and son and also used with an outboard for fishing or being rowed. Geoff Smale developed a radical rig for the craft which featured a pre-bent mast and fully battened sail, which also rotated and was held in the boat by just three stays. It looked unorthodox but worked superbly. Sailing in one form or another was a major keystone to Geoff’s life. When he stopped competing in the Flying Dutchman class he had a nine year break from yachting, before being introduced to Radio Controlled Model Yachts in 1986 by another sailing crony. Again he widened his group of friends by competing internationally; making his own hulls and sails to improve the performance of his boat and also those around him. Geoff established the yacht pond on the shores of Lake Pupuke alongside the family quarry, and was one of the enthusiasts behind the

development of model yachting or remote controlled yachting in New Zealand. Geoff Smale continued with an enthusiasm for sailing right through his life. Flying – which was eventually to claim his life – was a natural progression for him, even though he obtained his pilot’s licence at 82 years old.

Jim and Geoff became recyclers in the 1960’s, long before recycling was fashionable. Hall of Fame In 2004 both Jim and Geoff were inducted as inaugural members of the North Shore Business Hall of Fame along with Steven Tindall and close family friend Ralph Roberts. Jim passed away in July 2010 aged 94 and Geoff in June 2011 aged 86. While they will be missed by their children and grandchildren, their legacy is the influence they have both had on the business attitudes and philosophies of future generations of Smale family members. “The Smale family vision is to provide ‘the best place to work and do business,” General Manager Daniel Henderson says. “Aspiring to being the ‘best’ means delivering the best to all stakeholders, in the widest sense. This includes shouldering responsibility as good corporate citizens to make a positive contribution to the economy and country as a whole.”

Growth strategy Smales Farm has expanded its activities significantly in recent times, launching a new growth strategy by acquiring property outside the geographical footprint of the original Smales Farm Technology Office Park site in Takapuna’s Taharoto Road. Each new building acquisition is managed by Smales Farm Corporate Services. This is a specialist property management company, set up by the Smale Family specifically to

Geoff Smale adjusts a model yacht in Wattle Downs, Manukau circa 1990.

Growth is forecast to continue within the Smales Farm Technology Office Park site, alongside developments outside the Park. The 10.8 ha Park has been developed progressively since the TelstraClear building opened in 1999, and now has a gross floor area of 45,000m2. The total business park floor area is expected to reach 105,000m2 in 2017, with 3830 car parks.

Geoff and Shirley Smale in 1990 at Red Bluff Rise, North Shore.

Fixed cost developments A plan change granted for Smales Farm allows a fixed cost and timeframe for new developments, taking the uncertainty away from future new building proposals. Prospective anchor tenants are typically large organizations considering an alternative to long-term leasing in the CBD, says Daniel Henderson. “Our unique blend of infrastructure is very attractive to this type of tenant. The 24-hour medical centre, pharmacy, crèche, shops, banking, gym, cafes, easy parking and our own bus station – all in a landscaped park-like environment – help our tenants to flourish,” he says. “We build on foundations laid by Jim and Geoff Smale, and we hold to their philosophy and values in a fast changing world. Hard work, honourable dealings and giving back to the community are just some of the elements of their legacy that we will never outgrow.”

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Get one hour free parking for all Smales Farm retail destinations. Pay and display parking is available for longer stays. You will find us easily – we’re right next to the Northcote Road interchange on the Northern Motorway. Whether you need a smart meeting venue, a great haircut, a gym workout or just a glass of wine and some seriously delicious food, we’ll see you there!

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 7.30am to 6.00pm weekdays 9.00am to 3.00pm Saturday Call us on 488 7070

Give your complexion a boost with a Vivo Facial Treatment. When you buy 1 facial treatment, you’ll get a second facial ABSOLUTELY FREE! Your free treatment can be used by yourself, or given away to a friend. Conditions: Second free treatment equal or lesser value.

Columbus Coffee



Shorecare Pharmacy

Owner Jayson Hayde ph 486 3200

Owner Jeremy Foster-Moan ph 486 3290

Call us on 486 7777

Director Bryan Rowney Ph 488 0880

Dentist open seven days a week at Smales Farm A new dental practice called ‘The Tooth Company’ is now open in the Q4 Building seven days a week, and new clients are welcome. The Tooth Company is open from 8.30am to 9.00pm weekdays and 9.00am to 4.00pm on Saturday and Sunday. The extended opening hours of the ACC-registered practice are designed to deliver maximum convenience and availability for clients, allowing appointments after work or in the weekends.

Dr Campbell and colleague Dr Low have a special interest in ‘appearance’ dentistry such as bridges, crowns and veneers. The clinic is equipped with tooth whitening technology from the US that independent reviews rate as the best in the world. The time and cost of a treatment is less than half that of regular tooth whitening.

The innovative approach of owner Dr Andrew Campbell is reflected in the waiting room, which features clean fresh décor and iPads in addition to magazines. Clients can surf the internet, read newspapers, watch movies or play games while they wait.

The Tooth Company is also set up to offer a high level of emergency care. Its dentists have previously worked in the oral and maxillofacial trauma unit of Middlemore Hospital. This allows The Tooth Company to support the dental requirements of people attending Shorecare Accident & Medical Centre.

In addition to general dental treatment,

The new dental practice is next door to Shorecare Pharmacy, which is open seven days from 8.30am to 11.00pm. Shop 8a, Q4 Building 8.30am – 9.00pm week days 9.00am – 4.00pm Saturday & Sunday Call us on 410 9971 Book online at:



ANZ Business Centre, Corinthian Drive Albany In 2011, the Smales Farm brand became ‘virtual’ with the purchase of the ANZ Business Centre. For the first time, Smales Farm expanded beyond the geographical footprint of the Smales Farm Technology Office Park. The ANZ Business Centre is now 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.

“Big boys’ toys have never been this much fun!”

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 bring a taste of home to Africans living in New Zealand.”

Simon Lambert, Manager

Luke Joseph, Owner

Hobby City has a huge specialist range of kitsets and models, including trains and radio controlled planes, cars and helicopters. The speed, power and manoeuvrability of today’s radio controlled models is simply extraordinary – come and pay us a visit.

Inside Africa sells African groceries, snacks, clothes and more. If you have ever lived in Africa, you’ll find all your favourite things here. If you have never been to Africa but would love to go, get the flavour by visiting us!

Call us on 441 2505 Open Mon – Fri 9.30am to 6.00pm Sat 9.00am to 5.00pm Sun 10.00am to 5.00pm

Open 7 days 9.30am to 6.30pm Call us on 443 0548

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

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

Connie Ng, Owner

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

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

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.

It’s about to go off! Well at least the days are getting longer and we now have the time to get out amongst them after work. Just a shame the rain gauge is set on weekend’s, but hey, that’s fishing always handy to have the weather to blame for a poor trip! One of our customers is running one of the charter boats out of Auckland and his customers have been getting their limit about four miles north east of Noisies, employing the old “find the birds” and dropping soft bait’s, pirate or lucanus jigs. Nothing really large but the fish are in great condition between the 3-5kg mark. A few of the local landbase boys have found it rather tough as there has been so much fresh water to contend with, but once it subsides the fishing will be really great. Patrick one of the keen ones got a nice 24lb snapper from Takatu. It was just on change of light, last bait (don’t you just love it when a plan comes together). Obviously well worth the walk! There also appears that the fish are on the move and coming into the channels as the local flotilla are starting to hit the familiar haunt’s like the lighthouse and down to where the barges were. It’s good to see coastguard and the police boat’s out there doing their jobs so play by the rules. Don’t forget everyone on board MUST have a life jacket. So don’t store them away, keep them close at hand, you just never know what can happen. As my father told me the sea is a good friend but it can be a bad enemy so always be weary. As far as the squid fishing goes, there are not loads around like last season yet. But the size getting caught is up on last year – up to the one kilo mark. Keep those photo’s coming in as you just never know you could be the next Channel “fisho of the month”. Tight Lines & No Lies! – Hunty & Roger.

Hunts Sports Store – 52 East Coast Road, Milford, Phone 410 9415. Opening hours – Monday to Friday: 8am-5.30pm; Saturday: 8am - 4pm; Sunday: 8.30am - 2pm (Summer hours).

S HUNTY’S SMOKED CHILLI MUSSEL Ingredients... 30 Mussels in shell Creation 1 Packet Thai Sweet Chilli & Lime WOK 1 270ml TIn Coconut Cream 1 tsp sweet chilli sauce Method... s until opened. Smoke mussels in smoker for 10-15 minute l shell. musse half remove and r smoke Remove from and place on Place mussels in their half shell into a Wok

heat. sweet chilli sauce Pour Wok creation mix, coconut cream and wok. on lid a with heat and ls over musse 5 minutes. Toss mussels every minute or so for about juice over. s exces pour and r platte on ls Place musse up the juices! SERVE with your favourite bread to soak

Hunts Sports founder Stu

The dogtooth tuna weighed 21.5 kg and was caught on a softbait outfit it took 20 minutes to land a really great effort. Angler Brigitte Adelinger a very happy lady.

CHANNEL FISHING PHOTO OF THE MONTH We are running this photo of the month competition each month in Channel Magazine. The photo can be anything to do with fishing even old ones (black and white). This is not all about the biggest fish. What we are looking for are interesting photos that we can publish in Channel Magazine and they will be of real interest to people. If you wish to be in to win a Hunts Fishing voucher just email your photo(s) to... Entries must be in by the 15th of each month to be eligible to enter. The deadline for this month is September 15th.

HUNTY’S - Product

of the Month

The Smoke Box Hunty says “This is a great little smoker with lots of tray room for fish mussels and prawns – yum!” • Stainless steel • 2 large trays • Vented lid • Ideal for fish, mussels, prawns



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in the channel

001 Hair and beauty with Oscar & Co 002 Channel Community Calendar 004 Out & About on the Shore 010 Smales Farm News 015 Fishing with Hunts Sports of Milford 016 In the Channel 017 Channel Online 018 Views from the Beach with Peter White 020 Summer on the Shore Your Guide to the Summer Fun Happening in our Community 022 Takapuna Men’s Hairdressers 022 CHEWING THE FAT: by James ‘JD’ Dominion 023 Men’s Fashion: with Life For Men 024 Feature: Draft Auckland Plan Submission 026 FOR THE HOME with Harvey Norman, Wairau Park 028 Book Reviews for Booklovers from The Booklover 029 Fashion: with Tinged with Envy 030 Fashion: with Bettie Monroe 031 AMI: North Harbour Netball 032 Your home with Home Fabrics 034  Health & Fitness with Les Mills 036 Feature: The McKenzies Project 038 Feature INTERVIEW: Tim Finn 040 STAND UP PADDLING: with Mark Jackson 041 Fashion: with Aktivworx 042 Quantum Events: Upcoming Events 044 NORTH HARBOUR CLUB News & 2011 AIMES Awards 046 NORTH HARBOUR CLUB: Tom Abercrombie, AIMES Winner 048 Retail Therapy at Takapuna Beach 050 Takapuna Beach BNZ Night Market 052 TRAVEL: With House of Travel 053 The Healthy Channel, John Appleton 053 Health & Fitness with Pilates Unlimited 054 Mens Health at MedPlus 056 Westfield Shore City 060 Health & Rehab with Kneecare 061 This month at Stirling Sports 062 Shore Matters with Maggie Barry 063 CHANNEL PETS with DogHQ 065 Motoring with Jerry Clayton BMW 066 Barry’s Point Road 067 Barry’s Point Road: Collect Living 068 Barry’s Point Road: Sheepskin Factory Shop 070 Caring for Your Car with Car-Fe 071 Get to know your BYO with Kellie Larson 072  Millennium Institute of Sport & Health News 074 Eating Out in Takapuna 076 The Channel Grill 078 MASSEY UNIVERSITY News 080 Auckland Council with George Wood 082 Milford - Everyone’s place: News 086 Optometry & Eyewear with Melissa Hay

The Benefitz Channel Magazine team: (from left) Jared Trice, Lee Darby, Helen Boswell, Aidan Bennett, Ulla Bennett & Michael Campbell, Absent: Dustin Bisschoff & Mary Bukovac.

093 LOCAL GOVERNMENT with Schnauer & Co 094 BEN FOR SHORE Labour Party Candidate Ben Clark 094 Shore People: Dianne Hale 095 Torpedo Bay Navy Museum News 095 Fashion with Wallis Clothing, Devonport 096 The Channel Cafe Guide 099 DELICIOUS TREATS with Devonport Chocolates 100 DEVONPORT - Our Charming Village by the Sea 104 Eating out in Devonport 106 Wines & Cheeses with Liz Wheadon 108 COMMUNITY FEATURE: In2it Community Trust 109 Andrew Williams: NZ First Candidate for North Shore 110 Spotlight on the Takapuna Markets 111  The Smile Doctor: Dr Gilbert Stehbens 112 The Pumphouse Theatre: What’s On 113 Bruce Mason Centre: What’s On 114 NORTHART: News 115 5 Favourites: Kath Deady 115 The Arts & Entertainment with Shane Cortese 116 Mairangi Arts Centre: News 117 Lake House Arts Centre 118 UNITEC: News 120 Education: Kristin School 122  Education: Takapuna Grammar School 124  Education: Westlake Boys High School 126 One to Watch: Sam Viskovich 128 Education: Westlake Girls High School 130 Education: Pinehurst School 131  Education: Corelli Academic School of the Arts 132 Education: Carmel College 133 Investing with PieFunds 134 Building and Home Maintenance 134 BathTimes with Plumb’In 135 St Patricks Golf Day Trust: 2011 Fianna Scholarships 136  Legally Speaking with Simpson Western Lawyers 137  Accountancy Beyond the Numbers with Hayes Knight 138 Trade/Services Directory 140 NORTH SHORE HOSPITAL News 142 Channel Community News 143 ROTARY North Shore 146  Gundry’s Grumbles with Simon Gundry 147  North Shore History with David Verran 148 COMMERCIAL PROPERTY with Bayleys North Shore Commercial 151 COMMERCIAL PROPERTY with Colliers North Shore 152 LOCAL REAL ESTATE: The Power of Two

Unashamedly Positive! Welcome to another bumper issue of Channel Magazine. Over 150 pages once again! Channel is unashamedly all about highlighting the fantastic things going on in our community and there are plenty of them – as you will see in this issue. We are thrilled to present a spread on the legacy left by Jim and Geoff Smale. The superb Smales Farm development is a jewel in our North Shore crown and these two pioneers led the way. I trust you will enjoy reading the spread about these two Shore stalwarts on pages 10 and 11. Another exciting development is the McKenzies Project, by Wiltshire Property Group, in the heart of Takapuna. This high quality precinct will provide fashion and lifestyle shopping combined with contemporary indoor and outdoor dining. There are many dedicated to ensuring that Takapuna meets its potential in the years ahead and developments of this quality will play a big part. We provide an insight into McKenzies on pages 36 and 37. The Draft Auckland Plan is on the minds of many at the moment as submissions close. In this issue we highlight a submission that’s being put together by a group led by Takapuna resident Peter Menzies. This group is concerned that the area they call the “North East” (including the North Shore) is being overlooked in the whole scheme of things. Peter, a business leader and huge supporter of the community, has put an excellent submission together that we highlight on pages 24 and 25. The full submission is available on the Channel Magazine website. As a trustee of the North Harbour Club I am thrilled to highlight this years AIMES Awards – rewarding excellence of young people in our region (see pages 44 to 47). The achievements of these young people astounds me every year and 2011 is no different. Congratulations to all the winners. This year a further $110,000 has been presented to the seven AIMES Awards and six Emerging Talent Awards recipients. Funds that will help them realise their lofty goals. Enjoy reading your November Channel. Life is pretty good now that we have the Webb Ellis Trophy locked away for the next four years! - Aidan and the team at Benefitz Email: Twitter: @AidanLBennett / @channelmag

CHANNEL MAGAZINE is published monthly (on the first Friday of the month) by Benefitz, PO Box 33-1630, Takapuna. Telephone 09-477-4700, The opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily the views of the publishers. For further details on the magazine visit or contact one of our team detailed below. Aidan Bennett Publisher/Advertising DDI: 477 4701 Cell: 021 500 997

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CHANNEL Online We asked our Twitter followers: Feeling the pain of last night’s #rwc2011 celebrations? (Go@ allblacks & @soup15_) Where’s the best pie/sausage roll on the Shore? #Takapuna Here is what fellow tweeters said: PODTurner (Richard Turner) @channelmag seaview meats in Milford...Angus Beef Steak pies are easily the best pies on the Shore SiMathewson (Simon Mathewson) @channelmag The Bakery in Hauraki Corner does a good sausage roll. Wash it down with a powerade and your good to go! Atomic_Moog (Daryl Harwood) @channelmag @allblacks @soup15_ Target Rd Bakery - Glenfield or Bernie’s Bakery - Browns Bay. cassieroma (Cassie Roma) RT @podturner: @channelmag seaview meats in Milford...Angus Beef Steak pies are easily the best pies on the Shore (Agreed!)

Channel Magazine is also very active online. Check out our great website! You can also visit us on Facebook channelmag And you can follow us on Twitter

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SimpsonWestern (Simpson Western) @channelmag @allblacks @soup15_ That’s easy! Give us a challenge. The best pies AND sausage rolls are from Little & Friday in Belmont. Letters to: The Editor, Channel Magazine, PO Box 33-1630, Takapuna.

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views from the beach with Peter White An overview of what is happening in Takapuna Beach from Business Association General Manager Peter White. By the time this magazine goes to press the Rugby World Cup will be over and hopefully Kiwis will be rejoicing in a long awaited All Black victory. The ABs certainly stamped their class over a hapless Wallaby side last weekend in the semi-final and go into the final as the favourites. However the French, as under dogs, have upset the All Blacks too often in past Rugby World Cup matches to be dismissed; hence the anticipation around Sunday’s game. In saying that, I expect a resounding win for our men in black.

Takapuna Beach certainly did well in adopting France as our second team. The majority of Kiwis wanted to see an All Backs victory, and who better to meet in the final than our adopted second team who spent all of their pool stages staying in Takapuna. During the knockout phase teams were allocated their training venues and hotels according to a draw made last year amongst team managers. This draw saw the All Blacks based at Takapuna for the Quarterfinals and the Wallabies for the finals, which again resulted in many visitors to our town centre. It was certainly pleasant listening to a variety of different accents and languages spoken around the town. The RWC has had a marvelous effect on the country, portraying New Zealand in a positive manner to the rest of the world. We embraced the event and a carnival atmosphere endured, providing a most memorable tournament and proving us very hospitable hosts. In saying that few Takapuna businesses benefited by the RWC and most retail suffered, although some hospitality providers in Takapuna did extremely well. Both residents and tourists prioritised the RWC, spending large amounts to attend games and partaking in social occasions. Consequently there was little discretionary spend available; however should the All Blacks win the final there is a good chance that the purse strings will remain open and we will experience a strong Christmas trading period on the back of the positive mood of the nation. I hope that you enjoy reading this edition of Channel and to see you in Takapuna Beach soon. – Cheers, Pete White.


Ireland’s call I described in last months “Views from the Beach” how I had been approached by the Irish team to work with them during the RWC, and that I would do so on the one condition that they took me to the final. Some would say that they therefore let me down losing to a very good Welsh team in the quarterfinals, however it was a real privilege to share a most memorable and exciting voyage with the team. Kiwis and tourists the length and breadth of New Zealand gave outstanding support for Ireland. In Wellington we stayed at the Hotel Intercontinental where fans started gathering four hours before the game began and their singing could be heard in rooms many levels above the ground floor where they had gathered. When the team left for the ground a crowd of over 1500 filled the hotel lobby spilling out into the carpark and surrounding street to encourage the team with cheering, singing and chanting. The route was lined with supporters wearing fancy dress, and most in green, making their way to the Cake Tin, providing a carnival like atmosphere, which turned electric once the game kicked off. Unfortunately the Irish did not play to their capacity and were beaten by a better team on the day. The dressing room was a solemn place after the game, especially for players such as Brian O’Driscoll, Ronan O’Gara and Paul O’Connell, three all time Irish greats who would never again have the opportunity to participate in a RWC. Players openly wept long after the final whistle, however, for me, watching a distraught player whose grandmother had died earlier in the day, helped to place the loss into perspective.

Ireland team mobbed by fans in Wellington.

Upon our return to the hotel, three hours after the game had finished, the team was greeted by those same supporters, who clapped, cheered and tried to lift the spirits of “Their boys in Green”. New Zealanders can certainly learn a lesson from the Irish in this respect. The Irish left on the Monday (granted a longer stay than most other teams who all left New Zealand within 24 hours after being eliminated, thus saving RWC organisers approximately $25,000 in food and accommodation charges per day) albeit it without 400kg of luggage which ended up being unloaded from the plane and freighted back to Ireland, to save a massive $45,000 excess luggage fee!

Beach Shorts Takapuna Beach – Late Night Thursday Jerry Clayton BMW is the latest Takapuna Beach business to open late on Thursday evenings. We are encouraging all retailers to remain open until 7.30pm over the Summer period to take advantage of the large number of people who visit Takapuna Beach after work during the daylight saving months and also the large crowds that the Takapuna Beach BNZ Night Markets are attracting. Retailers open include all of the shops in Westfield Shore City and the many bars and restaurants in the hospitality sector of the Takapuna Strip; Chocolate Heaven (Who have recently opened a coffee and desert bar); Dick Smith Electronics,

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Caffe Massimo, Wildfire, Paper Plus, Noodle Canteen, Sals Pizza, Movenpicks, Sunnymart Liquor, Jenos Flowers, Takapuna Fish Shop, Hair Division, Korean Restaurant, Kyo Ya, Cotton on Kids, Beach Hut, Oscar & Co, Persian Rug, Frank Casey Takapuna, Chinese Restaurant, Sumo Salad, Florienne, Nando’s, Jesters, Starbucks, Home Fabrics, Sharzad Kebabs, Bakers Delight, Vanity, Flying Horse Takeaways, The Coffee Club, The BookLover, Morgan and Morgan and Hoyts Cinemas.

Takapuna Beach BNZ Night Market Get on down to the market on your way home from work each Thursday evening from 5-9pm and check it out. The market includes stalls selling fresh fruit and veges, cheeses, olives and oil, smoked fish, wine, jewellery, gift ware, leather goods and much more.

Takapuna Christmas Carnival Now in its fourth year, the carnival has gained a reputation as being a community event for the whole family and offers something for everyone. In a departure from previous years, when the event was held on a Saturday morning, this years Christmas Carnival will be held in conjunction with the Takapuna Beach BNZ Night Market on Thursday 1st December from 5-9 pm. Hurstmere Road will be closed for the evening and will host a Community Stage with non-stop entertainment featuring a variety of different, schools, clubs, cultures and organisations performing in front

views from the beach with Peter White


Why should you shop in Takapuna?

The Takapuna Beach Business Association is working hard to attract destination retail and quality commercial tenants to Takapuna to complement our existing high quality members. Each month we highlight a Takapuna Business, which we believe, deserves the support of you our reader. This month we bring to you…

McKenzies Project of large crowds by Hurstmere Green. Santa will be welcomed to Takapuna – on stage at 6.30pm – and remain in the town centre to distribute lollies. Buskers, entertainers, Walt Disney characters, children’s rides, face painters, bouncy castles and market stalls will be situated throughout the rest of Hurstmere Road and a number of retailers will be providing a VIP experience with drinks and nibbles for customers on the night. For further details go to

Jerry Clayton BMW North Shore Grand Prix This ever-popular event returns to Takapuna on Friday 9th December. Racing starts at 5.30pm, concluding at 9.30pm and provides an opportunity for members of the public to get close to the action whilst enjoying the hospitality that Hurstmere Road offers. Bike New Zealand has allocated the race New Zealand Criterium Championship status, thus ensuring the lineups in the elite races will include some of New Zealand’s very best cycling talent. The short criterium course takes riders along Hurstmere Road and the Strand, offering plenty of vantage points to take in the action every lap. This is always a fabulous event attracting large crowds who indulge in a meal, coffee or drink from one of our many wonderful hospitality providers and enjoy the exciting racing which invariably brings a great deal of vibrancy to Takapuna Beach – a night not to be missed.

The face of Takapuna retail has now begun to evolve with The Mckenzies Project at 19 – 29 Hurstmere Road. For those who have yet to notice the construction site in the middle of Hurstmere Road and the distinctive red and white banner that stretches across the front of the site, The McKenzies Project is the much awaited redevelopment of the previous stretch of discount stores. Wiltshire Property Group, a local property investment company owned by Alan Wiltshire, acquired the site this year and has under taken the redevelopment to provide fashion and lifestyle shopping combined with contemporary indoor and outdoor dining and entertainment. The site originally housed the iconic department store chain McKenzies that was founded by John Robert McKenzie, and established its first Takapuna presence in the 1940’s. The project continues the name of its historic occupant. The new McKenzies combines tradition and quality with the latest trends in retail and hospitality environments. The result is a new central hub for those visiting, living and working in Takapuna. To see more about the exciting changes in store for McKenzies please visit the website McKenzies, 19 – 29 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna.

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Summer on the Shore


Your Guide to the

Summer Fun happening in

our Community all summer long

Sailing at Takapuna Boating Club Takapuna Beach. (See club website for calendar of events) We mentioned this last month but this is going to be such a big season for the Takapuna Boating Club it’s worth another look. This summer, the club is scheduled to host the ISAF 470 Youth World Championships, as well as a full summer calendar of racing and regattas for keen North Shore sailors and members. (See Channel October issue for a full calendar) Join in the sailing fun, learn some new skills or to become a member. Visit:

ORCA Swim ‘n’ Run Series Takapuna Beach. Every second Wednesday from October 19th. (See website for specific dates) The ORCA Swim ‘n’ Run Series is held every second Wednesday through summer and is run by the North Harbour Triathlon Club. This event was started way back in 1989 to give North Harbour Triathlon Club members a chance to compete when there were no other similar events on offer. It is now regarded as the most well organised series in Auckland. The series is made up of 10 races aimed at all abilities and all ages (11 years on) so whether you are just beginning or a seasoned pro this series is for you. Come and enjoy what the shore has to offer. Enter online, up to the day before each race. Cash entries will be taken at the venue on the day of the race. Seniors: $15 per race/ $100 for the series (Enter series) Juniors (Under 19 on 1 Jan 2013): $10 per race/ $70 for the series (Enter series) Visit:

City Nippers Takapuna Beach Reserve. Throughout summer after school, Sundays and during the summer holidays. (See website for specific dates) City Nippers is for children aged between 6-13 years

old, run by instructors who are lifeguards. Children get to experience what it’s like to be a Surf Lifeguard, learning surf safety skills, wading and duck diving and boogie boarding – so they can enjoy a day at the beach. Visit:

Takapuna Boating Club Summer Paddle Series Takapuna Beach. Every second Thursday throughout Summer. (See website for specific dates) Takapuna Boating Club has over 50 ocean surf ski paddlers, making it the largest club for ocean paddling in New Zealand. Ocean paddling is one of the three recognised disciplines of Canoe Racing New Zealand, and is growing in popularity throughout New Zealand. Races range from 10km to over 30km and take place in the open ocean, with a preference to following the swell and wind. The Summer Paddle Series takes place every second Thursday throughout Summer. Entry is $7 for TBC members, $10 for friends All entrants get a free sausage, while the clubhouse and bar will open all evening so bring the gang and stay for a drink. Complete six or more races and be eligible for the series win! Visit:

The State Beach Series Takapuna Beach. Every Tuesday from November 1st. (See website for specific dates) The State Beach Series has been a regular feature of the North Shore summer for the last seven years. Every Tuesday night the beach hosts hundreds of competitors, their friends, family and supporters as they turn out to take part in the mutli-sport event promoting fun, fitness and a healthy lifestyle. Events include: 3km Paddle Board, 5km Run, 2.5km Junior Run, 5km Ski Paddle, 300m Junior Swim, 3km Stand Up Paddle, 3km Novice Paddle, 1-1.5km Swim, 300m Novice Swim. Visit:

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The End of the Golden Weather Takapuna Beach. Sunday December 25th, 10am, Free. The End of the Golden Weather is a play that was written by one of New Zealand’s most admired playwrights Bruce Mason. The play was first performed in 1959 as a solo piece, which Mason himself performed many times. One of the scenes from the play is set at Takapuna Beach on Christmas Day in the 1930s so it is fitting that this scene is now traditionally held on the same setting (Takapuna Beach Reserve) every Christmas Day. Actor Stephen Lovatt will perform the scene. All donations, including Lovatt’s acting fee, will be kindly donated to his charity of choice, Oxfam New Zealand. Every year this family event has grown in popularity and in its fifth consecutive year this scene from the play is proudly brought to you with help from the local council and the efforts of Roger Hall.

Tennis New Zealand Beach Tennis Series Takapuna Beach Reserve. Sunday January 8th, 9.30am-4pm. Beach Tennis is back to Takapuna Beach again this year! The sport merges the worlds of Tennis, Badminton and Beach Volleyball into one energetic and visually exciting package. It is predominantly played as doubles on a court similar to beach volleyball, with players using purposely built paddle bats and a slightly depressurised tennis ball. Regular scoring is used, with no-advantage at deuce, no second serve, no let and of course the ball does not bounce. The sport of Beach Tennis is increasingly becoming more popular globally, with an international pro circuit being established and the Beach Tennis World Cup being held annually in Ravenna, Italy. On a national level, Beach Tennis provides a fun compliment to Tennis, for men, women, teenagers and younger kids. Beach Tennis is a great addition to the traditional New Zealand ‘Summer of Tennis’.

Beach Soccer Takapuna Beach Reserve. Saturday February 11th, 10am-4pm. The Summer Beach Soccer Series returns to Takapuna Beach for its forth year, where it will once again host the final leg of the five venue national series which always promises to generate big talent. With a social and a competitive section, there’s something on offer for everyone and in the past it’s attracted a wide range of players from New Zealand representative players and top club names to friends and family out for a bit of fun.

Summer on the Shore Contact Tri Series

Your team can be made up of any combo of guys and chicks with 5 players eligible to play per game (four on the pitch with one sub). You are guaranteed a minimum of two games so it’s a great way to soak up the sun, plus there are loads of great prizes up for grabs. Entry is $50 per team but be in quick as places are limited. Visit:

Takapuna Beach Cup Takapuna Beach. Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th February. The Takapuna Beach Cup is an annual Outrigger Canoe racing event that always draws huge crowds to the beach for a weekend of fun in the sun. These Outrigger Canoe’s – Waka or Wakaama – are a fixture on the beach right through the year, whether training or competing, and for this weekend, over 500 paddlers from New Zealand and overseas, their friends and families, will descend on Takapuna. The event is always a celebration of sport and socialising with every one in for a good time – it’s always a great weekend to be on Takapuna Beach. Visit:

Takapuna Beach Reserve. Sunday February 19th, 7am-7pm. The Contact Tri Series is a seven race series set across New Zealand that visits Takapuna Beach for the penultimate race of the summer. The series provides opportunities for beginners right through to elites to take part in a triathlon. Heading into its 6th season, the Series gets more popular by the year and attracted over 3,400 participants in 2011, with ages ranging from six through to 80! Visit:

North Shore Coastal Challenge Windsor Reserve, Devonport and Surrounding Coastline. Saturday February 25th, 12noon-6pm. The Coastal Challenge is a coastal run and walk adventure that sees participants taking on the stunning North Shore coastline. Since 2003 thousands of competitors have walked, run, jumped and, for the longer distances, rock-hopped and waded down the North Shore coastline to Windsor Reserve in Devonport. Visit:

Weet-Bix TRYathlon Woodall Park and Narrow Neck Beach Reserve. Sunday February 26th, 9am-2pm. The Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is a community-based event designed to encourage kids between the ages of seven and 15 of all sporting abilities to participate in a fun, safe swim, run and bike event. The event starts at the beautiful Narrowneck Beach Reserve where the TRYathletes make their way to the beach for the swim that runs parallel to the beach.


Once back on land the bike and run legs of the TRYathlon take place in the heart of the reserve, around the fields and surrounding streets. Visit:

Oxfam Water Challenge Milford Beachfront and Reserve. Saturday March 17th, 10am-6pm. The Oxfam Water Challenge is a relay style race that celebrates World Water Day and raises vital funds for Oxfam’s Water for Survival work, helping some of the poorest communities in the Pacific to access life-saving clean water and sanitation. The Oxfam Water Challenge involves teams of four carrying 20 litres of water across a relay course. Why 20 litres? Because it is common for women and children in developing countries to carry up to 20 litres of precious water long distances each day, for their family’s basic needs.

King of the Bays & State Ocean Kids Takapuna Beach. Saturday March 31st, 7am. Heralded as New Zealand’s premiere ocean-swim event, this race has attracted world-class competitors since its inception in 2004. Having grown from 300 to over 1300 entries, it will be the finale of the State New Zealand Ocean Swim Series - ultimately deciding the series champions. The 2.8km King of the Bays event starts from Milford Beach, while there are other events for kids and others that start and finish on Takapuna Beach.

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Sir Richard Branson joined Andrew Thorburn (BNZ CEO) and Rob Fyfe (Air New Zealand CEO) on Friday October 21st to launch the BNZ Virgin Business Challenge on Takapuna Beach. Sir Richard was welcomed with a Powhiri and by Mayor Len Brown, followed by a media conference before taking part in a Sealegs Amphibious Boat time trial competition with Thorburn and Fyfe. Branson finished third, however later claimed the others had cheated. Issue 16 - NOVEMBER 2011


Takapuna men’s hairdressers

In the TMH Chair… This is our regular feature in Channel Magazine – In the TMH (Takapuna Mens Hairdressers) Chair . A feature inspired by the intelligent conversation – some might say gossip – associated with the traditional barber shop. Takapuna Mens Hairdressers (TMH) has been part of the Takapuna scene for over 95 years. There’s certainly been a few yarns told in their chairs! We’ve made it our business to get some of this blarney straight into Channel Magazine... This month TMH owner Lesa Rua explains that she had a few World Cup Rugby stars in the chair...

Quade, Kurtley & Big Brad Over the course of the Rugby World Cup we at Takapuna Mens Hairdresser’s have been right in the thick of it, cutting loads of the players hair. Especially the French, All Blacks and Wallabies. Brad Thorn was my highlight and I informed him that I noticed the French players smoked alot and he said “That’s good to know now I have one up on them”. The French were lots of fun, but I have to say I enjoyed talking to Quade Cooper and Kurtley Beale the most. Lesa: Do you guys get mobbed all the time? Kurtley: It’s mainly when I’m with Quade. Quade: Yeah, pretty much here and back home. L: Have your families come out to be with you? K: No, my family are scared to fly so they don’t see me play much. Q: I flew my Nan and Koro down from up North. But she left the game when we played Wales as she was upset how the locals booed me. L: How has it been staying in Takapuna? K: It’s been great, the people are friendly. Q: Yeah the people are very friendly and the food is good. L: Would you ever consider coming back to NZ and playing for the All Black? Q: No, I love Australia too much. L: What other sport do you like? K: I would love to switch to league. L: What’s been a highlight for you? K: Going to Hanmer Springs we got a great reception. Q: It was awesome in Hanmer. L: And guys how is your hair cut? K: It’s awesome great job thanks Lesa. It’s really hard to find a good hairdresser because we travel around to much. Q: Best haircut I’ve had, thanks Lesa – you rock.

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CHEWING THE FAT: by James ‘JD’ Dominion In the traditions of great magazine columnists James Dominion has joined the Channel team. 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. So here’s another installment from the man simply referred to by his mates as ‘JD’.

Getting along with the Boss(es) I am not currently hitched and I don’t plan to substitute my life as a bachelor for marriage any time soon. However, I can’t help but think that I am more than prepared – thanks needn’t be paid to the ex-girlfriends (no matter how long/short-lived they may have been) for the (false?) hope of monogamous physical success. But strangely enough, I think it’s actually my previous and current employers I should be thanking. Not for keeping my wallet relatively cobweb free, but for preparing me for the platonic rigours of married life. It seems the bond between the employee and the employer is not too dissimilar to matrimony. As in – when we do find someone worth keeping, we do our best to legally lock them in. Unhappy parting of ways will more times than most give us the financial middle finger, and no matter how much fun we have during our ‘time off’ we always go back to the one who gives us the “bacon”. Whether the ‘boss’ is your spouse, or your superior at work, the key to success is to tell them what they want to hear. Neither wants to be told how to do things. They don’t want to be advised of how to improve their flaws or how bad their figure or figures are looking. They demand to be primarily pleased, and pampered. They love to hear what a fantastic job they are doing as ‘the boss’ and what a pleasure it is to spend so much time with them. However, understanding what they want to hear can also be a little tricky as both seem to speak in some sort of reverse phraseology. One thing is said, yet on the contrary something completely different is meant. For example, if an employer offers you a “competitive salary” they actually mean “you will be paid peanuts, like the rest of the monkeys.” If the head honcho says “keep up the good work!” they really mean “A pat on the back is only a foot or two away from a kick up the backside!” The same rule applies for the boss at home. If they say “I don’t mind if you have a boys night”, it actually means “I will make you regret this boys night for a long long time” and “do these jeans make my bum look big?” Means “tell me that JLo would be jealous of my perfect booty!” How confusing! And to be on the same wave length, us “non-bosses” have really got our work cut out! To me the business of love and the business of business, are an enigma and they are both full of hard work, hidden meanings and the hope of a happy ending. But whilst many men are still left clueless in the game of love, perhaps occupational experience is helping us decipher exactly what it is that women really want? – haha who am I kidding! But jokes and pipe dreams aside, there are three key elements that help to make up any kind of successful relationship - Good communication, Respect and Honesty. So I am pleased to say that the relationship between me and my boss here at Channel Mag, has at least one of the three (see picture)... Cheers Boss. PS: Tell me what you really think, on twitter #justlikemyboss -@JamesDominion

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Feature: Draft Auckland Plan Submission

As this issue of Channel Magazine was being put together, submissions were closing (October 25th) for the draft Auckland Plan. The draft Auckland Plan is the strategy to make Auckland the world’s most liveable city by 2040. It will also plan for an additional one million people and the 400,000 dwellings needed by Auckland to accommodate them. It is accompanied by plans for the region’s economic development, the city centre and the waterfront and over time, the plans will have a major impact on Aucklanders lives, shaping where we will live and work and the transport services we will use. The draft Auckland Plan sets out a programme of transformational shifts to secure the region’s future as a globally competitive city that retains the qualities, the natural environmental and the diversity that we cherish. City leaders have isolated five areas as being critically important to the city’s success: dramatically accelerating the prospects of children and young people; committing to environmental action and green growth; outstanding public transport within one network; radically improving urban living and the built environment; substantially lifting living standards for all Aucklanders. To cope with the expected population increase, the Auckland Plan proposes a quality, compact city with most new housing created within the current urban limits through higher density living. Long-time Takapuna resident and business leader Peter Menzies is leading a group of people from what he calls the “North Eastern” parts of Auckland, who have put together a comprehensive submission for the draft Auckland Plan. This submission is titled “North East –A Jewel in Auckland’s Crown” and is available to download from the Channel Magazine website ( The North East covers the five northern local board areas of Kaipatiki, Hibiscus and Bays, Upper Harbour, Devonport-Takapuna, and Rodney. While the group applauds the courageous and bold approach reflected in the draft Plan, they also strongly feel changes are needed for the Auckland Plan to be truly visionary. They are advocating a much bolder approach than has been outlined. Channel Magazine’s Aidan Bennett talked to Peter Menzies about his group’s submission in mid-October.

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AIDAN BENNETT: In your opinion is the Draft Auckland Plan process a good one? PETER MENZIES: Yes, I think the process is a good one and essential to setting the future direction for Auckland. AB: There is a concern that the North East of Auckland may be one of the losers from the plan. Is that concern real? PM: Yes it is. We have read the draft Auckland Plan very carefully and are very concerned that very little attention is given to the North East of Auckland. There is a significant focus in the draft Auckland Plan on the city centre and fringe, the south of Auckland and the north west of Auckland but there is no mention of the significant role that the north east has to play in the future success of Auckland. AB: What are the good things that Auckland City is advocating in the Plan? PM: There are a number of things in the draft plan that we feel are good. It is comprehensive in that it looks at the people, the environment, the economy, urban and rural Auckland, issues relating to housing and infrastructure etc. Development of the waterfront and the city centre are important elements in building a strong and successful future for Auckland and we recognize the need for initiatives to strengthen the contribution that the south can make.

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AB: You are advocating a “Bolder approach to growth” in your submission. What does this mean? PM: Our thinking about long term growth for Auckland is that it cannot be accommodated by the “compact city” approach taken by the draft Plan. The danger in that approach is that all the characteristics of successful cities, town centres and suburbs will be lost and it is those characteristics, which are very

Feature: Draft Auckland Plan Submission evident in the North East, which create strong successful communities. Growth is good, it’s what every economy is seeking right now but many people fear it because it is seen as putting pressure on the quality and amenity of centres and suburbs. But if growth is catered for by way of town centres and satellite towns, it need not impact negatively on some of our greatest assets – a beautiful coastal environment with strong healthy successful and proud communities. Taking this approach will require at least a 50 year planning timeframe, removal of the Rural Urban Boundary (RUB) to the north, creation of a ‘spine of growth’ from Auckland to Whangarei and protecting important infrastructure corridors now. AB: One area you highlight of concern is the approach to improving underperforming areas. What is this concern? PM: We fully acknowledge the need for initiatives to tackle underperformance, particularly in the south of Auckland as identified in the draft Plan. Our concern is that the magnitude and scale of the problems which result in underperformance are so large that an Auckland Council initiative alone will not be enough to deal with them. They warrant national attention. That is why we advocate in our submission that the Auckland Council works constructively with central government right from the start to shape, scope and resource this initiative. AB: As a Takapuna resident it must be heartwarming to see it getting priority ($440 million of capital expenditure) over next 20 years? PM: Yes, it is very heartening. But our issue is that the north east receives no focus in the draft Plan. Maybe its omission is implicit recognition of the significant and important contribution that it makes to Auckland’s success. But, we are not reassured. Once the draft Plan is adopted, it will be the driver of all subsequent planning, prioritization and allocation of resources. The role of the north east


We have read the draft Auckland Plan very carefully and are very concerned that very little attention is given to the North East of Auckland. There is a significant focus in the draft Auckland Plan on the city centre and fringe, the south of Auckland and the north west of Auckland but there is no mention of the significant role that the north east has to play in the future success of Auckland. north east so that it can continue to grow and flourish. We want to see the north east showcased in the Auckland Plan as a successful model of good growth, a model that can be replicated in the future as Auckland accommodates the growth that it so clearly needs. Using the growth pattern that resulted in this successful north east requires a change to the ‘compact city’ model promoted by the draft plan. People need to have a range of housing types and lifestyles from which to choose and these choices need to be affordable. We are advocating for satellite towns along a ‘spine of growth’ from Auckland to Whangarei, towns that can be developed close to the sea and using the latest urban design approaches in harmony with the environment. Extending the planning timeframe from 30 to 50 years enables important infrastructure corridors along this spine to be protected

in Auckland’s Crown needs to be spelt out now, given its rightful place in the big plans for Auckland so that it is ‘not behind the door’ when the Council’s Long Term Plan is being prepared. AB: Why do you see the North East as a Jewel in Auckland’s Crown? PM: I think that if you look at the evidence set out in our submission, the answer to that question is clear for all to see. In the brief space available here, the north east makes a very positive contribution to the success of Auckland. Some of the reasons why are: • Its people are skillful and well connected to each other and their neighbourhoods. • They are healthy and live long productive lives. • They are among the most highly qualified of Aucklanders. • They feel safe and settled, within their own homes and many own their own business. • The north east has many beautiful beaches which attract talented people who are ambitious and want to create successful futures for themselves, their families, their communities and for Auckland as a whole. The north east has been a magnet for immigrants to Auckland. • Between 2000-2009 employment growth was higher in Rodney, Hibiscus and Bays and Upper Harbour than for Auckland as a whole. • Median income is higher than for Auckland as whole. AB: There has obviously been a great deal of effort gone into this very professional submission. Can you summarise its contents in one paragraph for our readers so they “get” what your group is advocating? PM: We are advocating for strong investment by the Auckland Council in the

now. And we think that it is time for an inclusive approach to planning that would see Auckland Council draw on the breadth and depth of real world knowledge and experience held by those who live, do business, raise families and truly have their fingers on the pulse of Auckland. This submission “North East – A Jewel in Auckland’s Crown” is available to download from the Channel Magazine website (

Peter Menzies - Profile Peter Menzies is a civil engineer by trade and has an eclectic list of achievements to his name: construction - everything from hydro dams, tunnels and bridges, to multi-storey buildings, shopping centres and industrial property; listing of public companies; past Chairman of numerous companies – from Mainzeal to Mercury Energy to Museum Trust Board - and Director of others – including Aotea Centre and Team New Zealand. Other past appointments include Director of NZ Trade and Enterprise, a Director of ECNZ, Trustee for Team New Zealand and a Trustee of the Tindall Foundation. He is patron of the North Harbour Club & Charitable Trust and is involved with a number of other community groups. Peter and his wife Jane Mary first came to the Shore in 1970. They have six children and 18 grandchildren. As well as being involved and interested in the future of Auckland, Peter spends his time taking care of his family business interests and he also owns thoroughbred horses in partnership, breeding and racing them. Issue 16 - NOVEMBER 2011


FOR THE HOME with Harvey Norman, Wairau Park

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The thing we really love about putting together the monthly Channel Magazine is dealing with passionate people. People who love what they are doing and are totally dedicated to being the best. We found such a team at the Harvey Norman cooking showroom at Wairau Park. With summer fast approaching you’re probably thinking about pulling your barbecue out and having a few friends over for some outdoor entertaining. But chances are that for the last nine months your barbecue has been sitting outside doing nothing but getting rusty. It’s a common and costly cycle that many New Zealanders experience: buy a new barbecue for summer, forget about it in winter, take it out for the next summer and realise it’s had it. Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to throw away your barbecue every few years? The barbecue team at Harvey Norman Wairau Park – Lubna, Stephen, Alan and Steven – want to help you break that cycle and they’ve got the perfect barbecue for it: the BeefEater Barbecue, Australia’s legendary barbecue brand. For over 25 years BeefEater has been making exceptional barbecues and are such a huge global brand that they’ve even been specified into luxury developments like the Palms in Dubai, and celebrities like Tiger Woods and Roger Federer are cooking with them.

BeefEater have used materials like heavy gauge stainless steel in their manufacturing process and have numerous patents and trademarks based around their designs and technologies. Ask the team at Harvey Norman Wairau Park and they’ll tell you that BeefEater Barbecues are one of the toughest, longest lasting barbecues you can buy. BeefEater have used materials like heavy gauge stainless steel in their manufacturing process and have numerous patents and trademarks based

The barbecue team at Harv ey Norman Wairau Park, from left Lubna Malik (Manager), Stephen Irvine, Alan Taylor and Steven Matravers.

around their designs and technologies. Unlike many other manufacturers that screw or spot-weld their frames, BeefEater frames are fully seam welded along the length of the joins so they are stronger, more rigid, and won’t allow fats to drip through any gaps. BeefEater is so confident in the strength of their barbecue frames that they offer a 5 year warranty on their 1100 and Discovery series models and a LIFETIME warranty on their Signature series models. BeefEater is clearly a grill built to last! A BeefEater is not only tough – they’re great cookers too. Thanks to BeefEater’s unique vaporiser system you get a very even and very hot cooking surface that is very controllable. The burners on a BeefEater heat up so fast that there’s very little pre-heating time required. Simply turn a BeefEater on and within minutes you’ll be grilling. BeefEater’s vaporiser system also reduces fatty flare-ups whilst you’re cooking as the fats and juices that hit the vaporisers turn to smoke before they flame. Plus there are the rust free cooking surfaces. All the cooking surfaces on a BeefEater are coated with a commercial grade porcelain enamel paint, which is baked on at very high temperatures. This means you’re cooking on a very tough and durable surface that is sealed to prevent rusting. Best of all this makes the BeefEater’s cooking surfaces non-porous and really easy to clean. And you don’t have to worry about residual flavours hanging around from the last time you cooked. This is all part of BeefEater’s “more time cooking, less time cleaning” philosophy. Starting a BeefEater is easy with BeefEater’s Quartz Start Ignition. Simply press and turn the control knob and the burner ignites every time. No batteries are required. The BeefEater is truly a grill built by people who love to barbecue for people who love to barbecue. Get to Harvey Norman Wairau Park and take a look at a BeefEater. It will most likely be the last barbecue you buy. Harvey Norman Wairau Park, 10 Croftfield Lane, North Shore. Phone 441 9750. Store Hours Monday to Wednesday 9am-5.30pm, Thursday and Friday 9am-7.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am 5.30pm. Visit:

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Book Reviews for Booklovers from The Booklover





THE THREAD Victoria Hislop $37 From the author of the bestsellers The Island and The Return, this story is about Thessaloniki, Greece’s second city. In 1917, as Dimitri Komninos is born, a devastating fire sweeps through the thriving city where an even mix of Christians, Jews and Muslims live side by side. Five years later, Katerina Sarafoglou’s home in Asia Minor is destroyed by the Turkish army. Losing her mother in the chaos, she flees across the sea to Greece. Soon her life becomes entwined with Dimitri’s, and with the story of the city itself, as war, fear and persecution begin to divide its people: within three decades, only Christians remained. In 2007, a young Anglo-Greek hears his grandparents’ life story for the first time and realises he has a decision to make. For many decades, they have looked after the memories and treasures of the people who were forced to leave. Should he become their next custodian and make this city his home? The Thread is a searing tale of loyalty and love for people and places that define you.

STEVE JOBS: The Exclusive Biography Walter Isaacson $60 From the author of the acclaimed biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein, this is the exclusive biography of Steve Jobs. Based on interviews with Jobs conducted over two years, as well as with family members, friends, adversaries, competitors and colleagues, Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionised six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing. At a time when America sought ways to sustain its innovative edge, and societies around the world were trying to build digital-age economies, Jobs stood as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in the 21st century was to connect creativity with technology. He built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering. Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. They, in turn, provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple’s hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership and values.

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Eleven years ago, Sydney girl Carla Coulson swapped a corporate job for an old camera, an uncertain future and a way of living that would ignite her soul. She recorded the first part of her journey – her new life in Florence and Paris – in the books Italian Joy and Paris Tango. Early in her new career as a photographer, Carla was advised to ‘shoot from the heart’. In this wonderfully diverse collection of photographs, taken in Italy, France, Greece, India and her native Australia, she does just that, lovingly recording the people and places she has encountered along the way. Her joie de vivre radiates from every photograph, be it of a weather-beaten Greek fisherman or a Moulin Rouge dancer wearing nothing but a well-placed tie, the sumptuous interior of a Venetian salon or children frolicking on a Sydney beach. Carla moves effortlessly from highly stylised fashion shoots in the grand hotels and palazzo of Europe to real-life shots of factory workers in India. In this highly evocative collection of photographs, Carla records her personal quest to enrich her life.

FASHION: with Tinged with Envy, Mairangi Bay


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By Adele Lendich, CEO of Netball North Harbour.

Netball never stops From the Silver Ferns, to Rugby World cup through to primary school Netball, the one common theme is the pressure on coaches to get it right. Of course the scale and challenges are vastly different, however the fundamentals remain the same. The difference of a mere minute or two can reduce grown women and men from tears to absolute rapture and elation and back again. Those of us that work in sport witness this broad spectrum regularly within our own competition structures and across all age groups. What other profession can bring such highs and lows, and with the numbers we have through Netball North Harbour these emotions can happen all at once across 22 different courts. With our winter season now complete we recently held a large school holiday programme during the school break, as well as player development and extension clinics for our juniors. We are now into the start of our summer season with Mid Week Ladies Day, Twilight and Social grades, most of which are played weekdays as opposed to Saturday play. Netball never stops. The Onewa Arena is now the base for the North Harbour Volleyball junior league. Tennis Northern has allocated a lot of games on the external courts over the summer months and during October we hosted an Active Asian festival in the arena which was a huge success. Netball North Harbour and its facilities are living up to our expectation of a true multi-sport hub on the North Shore. If you are looking for a venue for your Xmas function then we can help. We offer a multitude of room sizes, or the Arena itself. We are now able to offer in-house catering services that will fit any budget. .............................................................................. For any enquires about hiring the Arena or any of our function rooms please contact Rachel: 481 0949.

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Your home with Home Fabrics

Sanderson Isn’t it great when a very old company completely reinvents itself and comes out with a stunning new range of products that completely revitalises its offerings? Sanderson is an English textile company that is well over a hundred years old. The name was always associated with those “cabbage rose” designs and the timeless William Morris collections that have been popular with clients who love traditional furnishings. The company went through years of upheaval and various ownerships for as long as I can remember. They tried modern designs that somehow missed the mark, then dived back into their very old archives and tried re-colouring and re-releasing old designs. They had become a bit of a dinosaur in the furnishing industry.

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Then, suddenly a few years ago every thing Images supplied courtesy changed. Sanderson began of Sanderson. producing new ranges with great flair and style. It began with a range simply called the 50’s collection, which accurately reflected the mood of those times. It was a bold and iconic collection of prints, wallpapers and embroideries celebrating the decade of design that transformed interior decorating. We remember that the Festival of Britain had taken place in 1951 after a tough post war era, which had seen a rationwary public bored with the dreariness of wartime and its lack of variety. The new optimistic outlook had led the way to new inventiveness and a fresh contemporary look. Out went the drab furnishings of the past, in came bright colours like pillar box reds, kingfisher blues and acid greens. At the same time advances in science such as atomic power and the discovery of D.N.A. were echoed in design, with molecular patterns being a huge influence on Textile designers of the time. The Sanderson 50’s collection, available at Home Fabrics in Takapuna, combines the original 50’s designs from their archives with new patterns from contemporary artists who have taken inspiration from this era. Here we have a very old company learning its strengths are in its past and re-presenting them for today’s homes. In doing so it has had us look once again at its other beautiful, timeless collections in a new light If you are decorating in that bold 1950’s style or simply like the furnishings of that era, make sure you pop in to see the Sanderson 50’s collection next time you are in Takapuna.


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Women (and men) on the ‘shore’ no longer have to cross the harbour bridge for the ultimate in hair removal and anti-aging treatments. is coming to you. With 3 hugely successful clinics in Auckland – early in December we are opening our 4th clinic next to Les Mills at the Westfield Shore City Mall.

Whether it’s a manicure or pedicure – a facial – a massage or a spa package come and see us at in Takapuna. BRAZILIAN WAXING If you are curious about this very trendy treatment talk with the team at . We pioneered Brazilian waxing in New Zealand and we are proud of our reputation for being the best. Check out the many options at - or call in and see us.

“If you have ingrown hairs – or suffer from any redness or irritation associated with shaving and waxing or other forms of hair removal - Tend Skin may be the answer – I have been using it for more than 10 years and have never found a product that works like Tend Skin. For your Tend Skin - call in to any of our clinics”. – Ruby Francis - owner.

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By Tania Liggins – Les Mills Takapuna Personal Trainer (Pictured right)

Knowing how to correct imbalances by stretching and strengthening the problematic areas will do wonders for your performance and help to eliminate any referred pain.

Posture & Performance C1

Posture, performance and pain go hand in hand. We are working longer hours, sitting more, basically we are a lot more sedentary, combined with our daily activities which include most sports and driving to and from work, posture becomes a real issue. This can cause our bodies to become stuck in a slump or forward position. Knowing how to correct imbalances by stretching and strengthening the problematic areas will do wonders for your performance and help to eliminate any referred pain that these imbalances may cause. - Refer to last month’s article on Performance Elements – this is what a good movement and assessment screen will identify. One example is forward head posture (FHP). This comes about from sitting slumped over a desk, looking and working with a computer screen, spending long hours driving, studying, or doing activities in the front of our bodies. The shoulders become rounded, the chest and shoulders tighten and the muscles in our backs become long and weak. The head protrudes forward causing the front neck muscles to also become long and weak. A bulge known as Dowagers hump grows on the back of the neck to try and stabilise the neck. Your ribs get depressed (pulled down) and your major organs in your body get compressed and won’t function well as they are unable to sit in their correct positions. This places extra stress on the body making everyday activities and what should be natural movements a real challenge even your quality of breathing is impaired. This can all sound a little OTT, but it is very real, just take a look around the office and you will see this in 99% of everyone there. There are great examples of good posture to. Dancers are a great example. The demand for form

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and flexibility naturally lends to maintaining balance of the muscle structures associated to poor posture additionally dancers are rarely seated for prolonged periods. To get the best performance out of your body, to feel great, look smart and walk tall here are 3 exercises to help with strengthening your postural integrity. 1. Floor prone (facedown) straight arm raises with your thumbs up, just a few cms off the floor. (Picture A1 & A2) – Stretch Chest between sets. 2. 1 leg hamstring pendulum, move hips back first, supporting leg is bent 5 degrees, body moves forward as leg moves up and hold for 10 seconds. (Pictures B1 & B2) – Stretch Hip Flexors between sets. 3. Side bracing planks on your elbow, tummy muscles switched on and chest up, shoulders back. (Pictures C1 & C2) Complete 2 sets of 10 repetitions on each exercise. Keep the tempo slow and controlled (the speed of movement) In summary, if our posture is poor it’s putting pressure on our whole nervous system and this can drain our energy and vitality - not a great place to be. Make a conscious effort to sit and walk taller and take the time to put balance back into your life and posture. Note: An offer and challenge to you all - visit Les Mills Takapuna for FREE and try our Body Balance Group Fitness class – this class is a combination of Yoga and Pilates which can address some of these imbalances. See our inline timetable at or call our friendly reception on 488 9413 for any enquiries.






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Feature: The McKenzies Project, Takapuna Beach

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Phase 1 is the McKenzies Project as featured on these pages. Phase 2 is future replanning of the 6-10 The Strand site.


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…we need to make the most of having New Zealand’s best beach on our doorstep and turn our town centre around to face it.

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The re-establishment of Takapuna as one of Auckland’s leading boutique shopping and lifestyle destinations received a real shot in the arm recently, with the announcement of the exciting McKenzies Project in Hurstmere Road, by the Wiltshire Property Group. Channel Magazine has unashamedly been an advocate for Takapuna, so we are hugely excited about McKenzies. “There has been a great deal of work put in to turning Takapuna around, and seeing what Alan and Ben Wiltshire are doing has brought a smile to many faces,” says Takapuna Beach Business Association General Manager Peter White. “For me turning Takapuna around has a double meaning. Not only is there a whole lot of people dedicated to fostering quality business in Takapuna, there is also a clear understanding that we need to make the most of having New Zealand’s best beach on our doorstep and turn our town centre around to face it. The Wiltshire Group are leading this with the McKenzies Project.” A key aspect of the McKenzies Project is a lane that will link between Hurstmere Road and through towards the beach. The McKenzies Project will incorporate high end retail and cafes, bars and restaurants, in a sophisticated indoor-outdoor environment. Alan Wiltshire, of Wiltshire Property Group, says, “Takapuna Beach has a number of distinguishing characteristics, which give the area the potential to become more desirable than virtually any other city centre in New Zealand.” Ben Wiltshire, Wiltshire Designs Ltd, has been responsible for leading the design of McKenzies, and shares his father’s passion for the project. “Takapuna has the

Feature: The McKenzies Project, Takapuna Beach opportunity to combine the attractions of the CBD, the fashion and lifestyle shopping of Newmarket, the dining and variety of Ponsonby and the seaside ambiance of Mission Bay. I believe that all those benefits, in one amazing and accessible location, set Takapuna Beach apart from any other location in Auckland.” “As a family, we grew up in and around Takapuna Beach,” adds Ben Wiltshire. “We understand the potential and feel passionate about delivering an exciting project to be enjoyed by family, friends, locals and visitors alike. Once open, we will continue to manage the precinct to ensure its success.” One of those who is looking forward to realising the potential of McKenzies is Wiltshire Property Groups Asset Manager, Jeremy Sussex. “Unlike Ben and Alan I am not a ‘shore local’, but what I have realised since having the pleasure of coming here for work every day is the fact that Takapuna’s amazing natural surroundings get overlooked and are under-utilised. Working on The McKenzies Project has shown the true potential of what Takapuna can be and has to offer.” The heart-warming aspect for the writer – as a Takapuna local – is that this property could easily have been purchased by offshore buyers who do not share our passion for Takapuna. It is great that it has been bought by locals who are developing it for locals. The space is not being turned into apartments. The existing character structures are being transformed into a precinct that will lead the redevelopment of Takapuna. The structural development of the McKenzies Project is due to be completed by late November. Fit-out of the retail stores, cafes, bars and restaurants will take place between December and late February. The McKenzies precinct will open on March 1st. The Department Store, Takapuna Beach Cafe, McKenzies, The National Ocean Water Sports Centre... aahh, don’t you just love it. Takapuna is coming good! For more information visit:


Artists impression of the seaward side which includes a promenade linking with The Strand and Hurstmere Green.

Artists impression from Hurstmere Road.

• T he McKenzies Project will involve the incorporation of 7 adjoining buildings to form 3 separate zones, surrounding a new pedestrian lane and internal courtyard. • With prominent retail frontages and a gateway from Hurstmere Road, McKenzies extends towards the beach with a 6 metre wide pedestrian lane and an open courtyard at its heart. • Surrounded by a sophisticated array of dining, fashion and lifestyle retail tenancies, the development will offer the best of modern shopping and entertainment, with character buildings and striking architectural features. • The historic brick walls, steel portal frames, concrete parapets and rich red tiles of the Hurstmere facade will be combined with new Spanish tiles, shiplap weatherboards, exposed timber rooflines, modern steel and glass shop fronts, and enhanced design elements. • The open air internal courtyard will be invigorated by dining and entertainment choices, providing a unique outdoor experience, morning through until evening. • Design features include large retractable Tulip parasols, a living wall, landscaped elements and artwork softening the industrial design – providing a sophisticated outdoor dining experience enhanced by natural, ambient lighting. • A standalone two-storey restaurant centres the courtyard and can be accessed directly from within the courtyard or the seaward facing promenade to the east. • Whilst the courtyard’s primary purpose is to support McKenzies food and beverage offerings, its design also allows it to be used for evening events, fashion shows, product launches and industry gatherings – to be controlled by the management company. Character wrought iron bi-folding gates will secure the entrance through McKenzies from Hurstmere Road and The Promenade outside trading hours. Issue 16 - NOVEMBER 2011


Feature interview: Tim Finn

Tim Finn

The View is Worth the Climb Tim Finn is one of those rare New Zealand creatures - a living legend, an icon. From his days in Split Enz he is even part of that exclusive group, alongside pavlova and Phar Lap, to be “stolen” and claimed by Australia as one of their own. He sat down with Channel’s Michael Campbell to talk about his new album, tour and even a little mention for his favourite spot in the world.

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Feature interview: Tim Finn Generations from grandparents down to the very young know and love Tim Finn’s songs. They embody and inspire nostalgia, life, love and longing, and for anyone travelling abroad, his lyrics conjure all the romance and memories of home. Finn’s career has spanned near-on 40 years at the forefront of New Zealand music. From his earliest days in the great spectacle of madness, costumes, make-up and bizarre movement that was Split Enz, through a stint in forever favourites Crowded House and collaborations with his brother Neil as The Finn Brothers – well done if you were lucky enough to see them open the Rugby World Cup fan zone – to an impressive solo career. His latest solo album – The View Is Worth The Climb – has just been released and The Music is Worthy the Career. It’s another solid performance from one of New Zealand’s most reliable songwriters, and holds its own against an impressive body of work and legacy. “When I did the anthology double CD (North, South, East, West... Anthology, released 2009) it felt to me like that was the end of the cycle and I thought, well I’ve made eight solo albums and I did eight in Split Enz, so I thought I would just do more collaborative based work for a while,” says Finn as he’s about to begin his tour in support of the album. “The moment I really did decide to do that and let go of any notion of sitting around the piano or the guitar writing songs, I found myself doing exactly that: sitting around writing songs.” “So there was something about that letting go that gets things moving in a strange way, but it has to be genuine.” That was the beginning of the process to make The View, one which would take another year to develop, span two continents and involve a sort of back-and-forth collaboration between Finn and producer Jacquire King. “I got a lot more momentum going for that once I contacted my producer,” explains Finn. “I knew he had done the Kings of Leon record, which was out around this period and was all over the radio, but I also knew he had done an album that we have in the house called Mule Variations, a Tom Waits album, and I thought that’s an interesting journey that he’s been on, he’s worked with an eclectic bunch of different artists.” So Finn sent him an email to ask if he wanted to come down to New Zealand and make an album. King’s tight schedule prevented him from flying out to work on the album straight away, so the pair spent the next 12 months emailing ideas and demos back and forth, building a rapport. “That suited me fine because I didn’t want to rush and suddenly write songs, I wanted to just let them come up naturally from daily life and family life and friendships and all the daily ups and downs of that.” “Songs of friendships, of disappointment, encouragement and love,” these are some of the themes that Tim explores in his music. “My best songs are about relationships,” he says. “Either relationships between me and a women I’m with, or now my wife, my kids, you know those kind of intimate relationships but also friendships – the degrees and dynamics of those. It’s an endless source of inspiration.” He finds those human relationships to be an endless source of inspiration and he gets a lot out of them; song writing, for him, is a matter of finding new images and new ways of talking about it. “Of course as you get older you see it differently.”


Following on from the anthology, it feels, for Finn himself, that the new album is being measured against the best of the last 35 years. “The songs on the anthology have endured and I would have been quite happy to have done nothing, if I hadn’t developed a body of work that is quite strong to follow on from the best of.” By letting go and not worrying if he still had it in him to make great music, ironically he found that he has. “Song for song, I’m putting this up against the last 35 years so I must feel pretty good about it.” There has always been a certain subtlety to Finn’s work and not everyone is going to get it, and he accepts that himself, but if you go in and listen to the album you won’t be disappointed. He’s now on the road in support of the album and readers will be able to see him in Auckland at the end of the month. Fans can expect a good mix of both old and new. “I’ve found that the live event has its own intrinsic reality to it,” he says. “It’s not about the new songs, it’s about what’s happening between you and these people and if you’ve got old songs that they want to hear, and you play them, it takes everything to a really great level. “Of course I’ll play some new songs but I balance it out and there will be as many old songs as new, I just love to play them, songs like “Persuasion” or “Charlie” or “Weather With You”, I’ll never tire of them.” After 25 years of living abroad, mostly in Sydney, Melbourne and London, Finn is now based back at home and has been living here on the Channel’s North Shore in Devonport for the last five years. “We love Devonport - I think it’s the best place to live in the whole world I reckon,” he says. “It’s not perfect, there’s problems and issues and things, but it’s just phenomenal, especially for kids to grow up there.” “They don’t realise it, our kids, my son’s 13 and my daughter eight, they don’t realise it yet, how much they’re getting, but when they get older they’ll get nostalgic and they’ll remember their days in Devonport. It’s so idyllic.” To the future and life in general, Finn wants to continue his exploration and his discovery of the art he loves. He still loves writing songs and he can sit down by the piano and discover a new chord or way of singing and it just never stops. At the moment, he’s working on a sound track for a song called “Mr Pip”. He’s finding he loves writing instrumental music, and the themes and tunes he discovers in the music he can keep as melodies and doesn’t have to turn into songs as such. “It’s beautiful, there’s something very pure about it.” While music is certainly his passion, Finn’s a dad now and his kids are still young so after the soundtrack, it might be time to lay low for a little bit, play with the kids and enjoy the hysteria and drama of family life in Devonport.

I didn’t want to rush and suddenly write songs, I wanted to just let them come up naturally from daily life and family life and friendships and all the daily ups and downs…

Tim Finn Tour Dates: Auckland...........30th November....... Mercury Theatre Hamilton............1st December......... Clarence St Theatre Wellington.........2nd December........ Bar Bodega Christchurch......4th December......... Rangiora Town Hall Issue 16 - NOVEMBER 2011


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 South Pacific Ltd. After 25 years competing and teaching in Hawaii, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, Mark Jackson has brought Standup South Pacific to New Zealand. As a water sports instructor he has taught for many well known sports stars and celebrities. Some of his competitive results include: 1987 Wailea Speed Crossing 1st Place; 1988 Maui County Slalom Championships 1st Place; 2nd 3rd & 4th places in the Papa He’e Nalu Tandem Maui Surf; 2007 Maui Canoe & Kayak Club S.U.P. Division Champion; 2007 SUP Starbucks Maui to Molokai Challenge 1st Place. In November he opens an exciting new store on Hurstmere Road – one of the first to face the Beach – specialising in water sports, with a bent firmly towards his passion for Stand Up Paddling. In his own language he tells us about his new “baby”.

Photo by Chris Gregory.


Stand Up Takapuna – it’s the first, fully interactive water sports store, right on Takapuna Beach – well almost! If you’ve followed our articles in Channel Magazine, now’s the time to follow the Channel View Road. It’ll lead you, via The Strand, to the iconic little store at 53 Hurstmere Road. The store that was Roberts Electrical, operated for decades by Taka icon Ralph Roberts and his family. Well, the store has undergone a makeover to fit our water sports theme. It now faces out to our playground – Takapuna Beach. Soon a lot more of Takapuna will be doing the same. You’ll love it. When you get there don’t be surprised if before you leave we have you “togged up and tricked out” with one of our many Wai Toy adventures. At Stand Up Takapuna... You can rent a Stand Up Paddle Board, Boogie Board or Surfboard. Take a guided Jet Ski Tour to Waiheke Island with City Blast Jet Ski’s. Go fly a “Switch” Kite and take lessons with Deane Joyce, New Zealand’s Top Kite Instructor. Windsurf the Waitemata or Fly a Pontoon on Pupuke with Alan McIntosh of Mad Loop. Paddle a six-man Outrigger Canoe with the Taniwha Outrigger Canoe Club. Test your Sea Legs with a test ride onboard the world famous Sea Legs amphibious RIB. Go on a private Charter Fishing expedition to snag some Snapper. Team Train with our Les Mills Stand Up Paddle coach Damon Overington.

For the country that can have four seasons in one day we have a plan for all seasons. We are the start of something new in Takapuna. We are the “City by the Bay”. We are the back-door front-door store that links Takapuna directly to the beach. The world is here to play, and that’s what we do best. Come and be part of the flood that will channel salt water into the heart of Hurstmere Road. Stand Up for Takapuna by visiting our new store right next to the post office. Our grand opening is Saturday November 5th. We will have some “Explosive Sales”, door prizes, free demos, food, beverages and loads of fun. Bring in this Channel Magazine article to get a Free demo ride on a Stand Up Paddle Board as well as 10% off on all our wonderful water toys. Redefine your ride with Stand Up Takapuna. Life is not a dress rehearsal. Come play. PS: Congratulations to Richie and the Men In Black who brought the cup home. Now let’s do it again with The oldest trophy in the world. Come on Emirates Team New Zealand bring it home. For more information contact Mark Jackson a call (0220 PADDLE = 0220 72 33 53) or get online:








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Fashion: with Aktivworx

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Quantum Events: Upcoming Summer Events

state beach series a family affair A competitive Milford sporting family is testing Takapuna waters in Auckland’s classic beach event, The State Beach Series, beginning Tuesday 1st of November. Aged from just nine, the family, led by former World Duathlon Champion Dr Mat Brick, is competing against each other and around 500 others in New Zealand’s largest weekly multisport event. This ‘tribe’ of five, featuring athletic tearaways Claudia, Grover, Dexter and Winton, are proud to have a role model in Dad. Mat, who won those World Championships in ’91 and ’92, credits his wife Tracey, with the ‘secret’ of his success. Mat and the kids will be running, swimming, and paddling to celebrate a healthy summer lifestyle. “The kids are perpetual motion machines – they only lie still when they’re asleep”, he says. “And there is plenty of sibling rivalry between them”. Keen fixtures in the Series since it started in 2005, the family have not been without their sporting hiccups. “In my first paddling event I fell out so many times I became mildly hypothermic. The children stood on the shore craning their necks to see where Dad had got to – was he lost at sea? From then on, the question at the finish line has always been “Did you fall out today Dad?” he laughs. The State Beach Series caters for all levels of fitness across nine events. For more information, go to

Dr Mat Brick, at Takapuna Beach with his athletic tearaways Claudia, Grover, Dexter and Winton.

State Beach Series 2011/2012… · For all ages and abilities. Something for everyone · First of 17 Tuesday evening events starts Tuesday 1 November · Buy your event pass online today at or at the Takapuna Boating Club between 5-6pm on Tuesdays · 9 fun events on the night to choose from · For full event information and buy an event pass visit

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State Paihia Classic Saturday December 10th

The State Paihia Classic is Northland’s largest swimming event and is the second of six events that make up the State New Zealand Ocean Swim Series. We invite you to be part of a special day of swimming (and a nice relaxing weekend out of Auckland). Take part in the iconic 3.3km swim from Russell across to Paihia, or choose one of the three shorter swims off Paihia Beach. For more information and to enter visit

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The Warehouse Petplan Wag ‘n’ Walk Saturday December 3rd, Auckland Domain The popular Warehouse Petplan Wag ‘n’ Walk, now in its fourth year, takes place on December 3 at the Auckland Domain. The day will be full of fun events for the whole family – and the dog – to take part in and enjoy. The event will support Paw Justice, with 25% of all registration fees being donated to the charity, which will also receive 100% of the proceeds from a charity auction. Paw Justice merchandise is also being sold through the registration form. $10 for Adults; Kids and Dogs free. For more information and to enter visit

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Richard Stebbing

Biomedical Engineer

takes 2011 Supreme AIMES Award The annual North Harbour Club AIMES Awards were presented at a black tie gala dinner, attended by over 400 people, at the Bruce Mason Centre on Saturday October 29th. The AIMES Awards celebrate excellence achieved by young people in the North Harbour area in seven different fields. The Arts; Innovation, Science and Technology; Music; Education; Sport; Service to the Community. Since 1995 over $1.3 million has been provided in grants to AIMES Award winners by the North Harbour Club Charitable Trust. The overall winner for 2011 was 22 year old former Northcote College student and Biomedical Engineer Richard Stebbing. Richard flew back from the UK, where he is studying, especially for the black tie awards evening. Richard has recently commenced his second year as a DPhil student at the University of Oxford in Biomedical Engineering. Richard is a former Head Boy and Dux of Northcote College and, upon leaving school, was awarded an NZQA Outstanding Scholar Award, an NZEST Scholarship, and a University of Auckland Scholarship. Based on his high school results, he was given the opportunity to skip his first year of a Bachelor of Engineering (BE) programme at The University of Auckland, enabling him to complete the degree in three years while still fulfilling the same course and work experience requirements. He graduated top of his class. Based on his work at high school and university, he was awarded a 2010 Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford. His intention is to use his AIMES Award to help fund his attendance at training programmes and conferences available to him while pursuing postgraduate study, and to assist with the costs of attending an Oxford University course on high performance programming. Richard picked up the AIMES Innovation, Science and Technology Award (sponsored by Massey University) as well as the Supreme AIMES Award. Richard received $20,000 from the North Harbour Club Charitable Trust. The AIMES Arts Award, sponsored by ASB, went to another former Northcote College student, actor Elliott Christensen-Yule (23). At Northcote he performed in school plays, theatre-sports teams, Stage Challenge productions, and Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Competitions. In 2006, he received both the Jan Fraser Award for Student-directed Ensemble Work and the Dymocks Award for Special Individual Performance at the National Sheilah Winn Festival in Wellington. He maintains his contact with his old school, tutoring current drama students. Elliott has gone on to build a respectable résumé on both the stage and screen. Elliott received $10,000 from the North Harbour Club Charitable Trust. The AIMES Music Award, sponsored by Albany Toyota, went to singer and former Rosmini College pupil Moses McKay (21). A former Rosmini pupil, Moses describes himself as ‘a young artist with big dreams’. He completed a Bachelor of Music majoring in Classical Performance at the University of Auckland, and has been selected to be one of the three 2011/2012 PWC Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artists. Making his operatic debut at 19, in NBR New Zealand Opera’s 2010 production of The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart), Moses has since appeared in the chorus of Xerxes (Handel) and Macbeth (Verdi) where he was cast in the role of Assassin/Servant. He was the soloist in Schumann’s Mass in C minor with Choir and Orchestra (Bach Musica) and has previously been a member of The University of Auckland Chamber Choir and the

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New Zealand Youth Choir. Moses has been selected to attend the NZ Opera School in Wanganui in January 2012 where he will gain further experience and training. He is to start his honours at University in 2012 and then furthermore will look to study his Masters at both Manhattan School of Music or Juilliard School of Music. Moses received $10,000 from the North Harbour Club Charitable Trust. Scholar Blake Hansen (23) received the 2011 AIMES Education Award, fittingly sponsored by Kristin School, where he attended until 2005, when he was Head Boy. Blake was awarded Kristin School’s Senior Achievement Trophy for All-Round Achievement including Education; the school’s Senior Sciences Trophy for the top sciences marks; an ASB Bursary for educational achievement; a University of Auckland Scholarship; and, 41 out of a possible 45 points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma, placing him among the top 5 per cent of worldwide students taking the diploma. Shortly after starting a biomedical sciences degree at the University of Auckland, Blake was awarded the Girdlers’ Scholarship, a scholarship awarded for overall ability and given to one New Zealand student annually for full-time undergraduate study at Corpus Christi College, the University of Cambridge, England. During the first two years of his course, Blake carried out research projects in human immunology and on Cancer Research UK’s prestigious summer studentship scheme. Both his bachelor’s and master’s dissertations reflected an interest in infectious disease; researching fragment-based drug design in the creation of novel medicines targeting tuberculosis, and the effect of dimerisation defects in reverse transcription in HIV-2, respectively. Both dissertations were awarded a first class. Blake’s intention was to study natural sciences at the University of Cambridge, leading towards a career in infectious disease research (HIV/AIDS and TB primarily). Five years on and he has graduated from Cambridge with a First Class Masters in Biochemistry. Blake intends to use the support of an AIMES Award to continue improving his skills as a youth worker, with the ultimate goal of working toward providing just care for adolescent HIV patients in developing nations. Blake, who has previously received an AIMES Emerging Talent Award, received $10,000 from the North Harbour Club Charitable Trust. The 2011 AIMES Sport Award, sponsored by AUT Millennium, was won by basketballer Tom Abercrombie (24). There is an interview with Tom in this issue of Channel. Tom received $10,000 from the North Harbour Club Charitable Trust. The 2011 AIMES Service to the Community Award, sponsored by Auckland City, was presented to community worker Amanda Judd (25). Amanda, who attended Northcote College, is a very active young person in our community. As the first appointed director of emerging trust YouthworX, she shaped the direction and mission of this key North Shore community organisation and has been involved with many projects and initiatives in the trust’s first three years. As part of her role with YouthworX, she actively built a network of more than 150 organisations and 200 people who work with North Shore’s youth. In 2008, Amanda founded LOVEnotes as a concept, taking used paper, turning it over, making it into ‘new’ stationery, and delivering it back to whoever it was collected from to re-use and give a second life. With three others, Amanda initiated the New Zealand Youth Delegation project (NZYD), a platform for young people to have a voice


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in international climate change politics and join in with the global youth climate politics movement. NZYD has also launched a sister organisation – The 2050 Alliance – which will provide power, leverage and supporters which the NZYD can spring off each year to enhance their advocacy and lobbying work. In 2009, Amanda set up the application process and infrastructure to appoint our first ever youth delegation to the United Nations Climate Change Negotiations in Copenhagen. She co-lead the delegation. Amanda was a recipient of a North Shore Civic Award in 2009. Amanda received $10,000 from the North Harbour Club Charitable Trust. At the 2011 AIMES Awards, a Judges Special Award was made to Alisha McLennan. Alisha is a 23-year-old dancer, support dance tutor and mentor for Touch Compass Dance, New Zealand’s premier integrated dance company. She has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair during her performances. She grew up on the North Shore where she attended Wilson School, Belmont Intermediate and Takapuna Grammar School. Alisha first performed with Touch Compass at the company’s launch at the Auckland Art Gallery in 1999 going on to perform in the youth aerial performance My Room in 2000. As a 14-year-old, Alisha toured with Lusi’s Eden in 2002 to Taupo and Christchurch, and featured in Lighthouse later that year at the Aotea Centre. In 2003 she performed in Acquisitions 2003 and Nightswimmers with Splash Dance Company. In 2004, she performed in Flying Tales 2004, and later with Six and SLIP in 2010. Alisha has recently completed the Triple Bill tour to Hastings and Wellington. In 2009, Alisha undertook a teacher training workshop with Candoco, an internationally acclaimed UK based integrated dance company. At the beginning of 2010, Alisha began being mentored by Touch Compass. She volunteered in the office, worked as a dancer and support dance tutor along with being seconded to the trust board. She is a member of the inaugural Be.Leadership Programme 2011, a one-year programme that strengthens and promotes a cohesive and significant disability leadership community. She is also a passionate skier and won the Viv Martin Trophy in 2008 and 2009 for Most Outstanding Female Skier along with a number of gold medals in 2007, 2008 and 2009 at the New Zealand National Championships. Alisha intends to spend her AIMES Award funds to travel to the United Kingdom where there are opportunities to expand her knowledge of aerial performance with Wired Aerial Dance, as well as a diverse range of integrated dance companies, including Candoco. Alisha intends to pursue an international dance career and, in the longer term, wants to work with New Zealand’s disability and dance communities to ensure that dance is accessible for everyone. Alisha received $10,000 from the North Harbour Club Charitable Trust. At a special cocktail function held at the Spencer on Byron Hotel on Wednesday October 26th the following were awarded North Harbour Club AIMES Standing from left: Lydia Ko, Peter Menzies (Patron Emerging Talent ), Aine Kelly-Costello, Peter Wall (President), Alexandra Fos Awards, sponsored by ter, Estele Gerrett (mother of Adam, absent), Matthew Bellingham (CEO, Hayes Knight. Alexandra Hayes Knight), Seok Jun Bin g. In front, Rebecca Dubber. Foster (20) Dancer/ Singer/Actress; Adam Gerrett (19) Actor/Musician; Seok Jun Bing (18) Scientist; Aine Kelly-Costello (16) Musician; Lydia Ko (14) Golfer; Rebecca Dubber (18) Swimmer. Each received their award and $5000 from the North Harbour Club Charitable Trust. ............................................................................................................................ For more information on the North Harbour Club Charitable Trust visit:

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The key driver of the North Harbour Club and Charitable Trust is to reward excellence achieved by the young people of the North Harbour region, including the North Shore. AIMES Awards are handed out annually in the areas of the Arts, Innovation Technology and Science, Music, Education, Sport and Service to the Community. The 2011 AUT Millennium sponsored AIMES Sports Award has been awarded to Devonportraised Tall Black and Breakers Basketballer Tom Abercrombie. Channel Magazine’s Aidan Bennett talked to Abercrombie at the Breakers’ Mairangi Bay home base in early October.

Tom Abercrombie can best be described as the boy that every mother would want their daughter to marry and, ladies, he is single. 24 year old Tom is just a real nice, friendly and humble young man who is very easy to talk to. And the more you talk, the more you realise that he’s got his head firmly screwed on. You could excuse Abercrombie if that head had become a little enlarged over the past year. He is now one of New Zealand’s leading sportsmen having played a big role in the Breakers ANBL premiership win during the 2010/2011 season (he was named the entire final series MVP - most valuable player) and is also now a key member of the over-achieving New Zealand Tall Blacks team. It has been a stellar year for the young ‘Swing Man’ (his position) who averaged 10.5 points per game and 5.4 rebounds last season in the ANBL. Tom Abercrombie went to Hauraki Primary, Belmont Intermediate and then on to Westlake Boys High School. He was brought up in Devonport by mum Judy and father Colin. He has an older brother, Haydn (26), who is a rugby player of note, and a sister, Nicola (21), who is studying to be a journalist. Tom Abercrombie credits his mum Judy for first getting him into Basketball. She was his first coach and he showed some early promise. Due to this promise, and also in his other sporting love – Volleyball, he went on to Westlake Boys High School. During his third and fourth form years at Westlake Boys, Tom Abercrombie went through a growth spurt and this influenced his decision to put all his energy into Basketball. As well as representing Westlake Boys, he played in all the Harbour age-group sides and progressed through the New celebrate being the 2010-11 Zealand age-group teams as well. These The New Zealand Breakers all League Champions. ketb Bas onal Nati teams included the under 16s, 18s and then Australian the Junior Tall Blacks.

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NORTH HARBOUR CLUB: 2011 Aimes Awards It was no coincidence that Westlake Boys won the national secondary schools basketball title in his senior year. The team was captained by Abercrombie, who averaged 20.5 points, 11 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game. He won the WBHS Trophy for Academic and Sporting Excellence in 2002 and 2004 and was a member of Andrej Lemanis’ first Breakers team which toured China in May 2005. Tom Abercrombie then spent a character-building two years at Washington State University in the US. During this time he learnt a great deal about the tough environment that is professional basketball in the States. At Washington State he spent most of his time training and very little actually playing. This was due to the competition he faced getting game-time. You get the feeling that while he learnt a great deal, he was very happy to get back to New Zealand in 2008. Three years on, this experience hasn’t diminished his ambition to play in the NBA in the US. “It certainly is a dream to one day play in the NBA, which is the highest level you can play but there are thousands in front of you, some amazing athletes, so it is very tough to break into.” Tom’s favourite NBA team is Oklahoma City Thunder and, growing up, he loved watching Reggie Miller and the Indiana Pacers. Over the last three years, he has mixed his blossoming Basketball career with studying Science and Commerce at Auckland University. In 2012 he plans to transfer to studying extramurally at Massey University Albany. “Winning the ANBL is certainly the highlight of my career to date,” said Tom Abercrombie when quizzed on his career so far. “Being part of a team built around guys who were my idols growing up – Pauly (Paul Henare), Dillon (Boucher) and Kirk (Penney) – has been huge. I owe a great deal for my development to those guys and coaches Andrej (Lemanis), Dean (Vickerman) and Judd Flavell. They have been huge influences, by encouraging me when I came back from the US in 2008 a little deflated and undecided on my future. They had confidence in me to be part of the team they were building, to ultimately win the competition. Andrej has played a massive role and I have really enjoyed playing for Dean in his Waikato Pistons NZNBL team. He has helped considerably with lifting my intensity and aggression, very important parts of the game at the top level.” “We are very fortunate to have great backing from the Breakers owners Paul and Liz Blackwell. Having a facility like this where everything we need is under one roof helps considerably. It has been a big factor in our success.” Tom is referring to the Breakers very own headquarters in Mairangi Bay. The impressive facility includes two training courts, a gym, medical and massage rooms and administration offices. The day we were there, it was school holidays and one of the Breakers very popular holiday programmes for young kids was in full swing. There would have been more than 50 kids training and mixing with their Breakers stars. As this article was being put together, the Breakers had started the new 2011/2012 season well with three impressive away wins and Tom is excited about the prospects of back-to-back titles. “I do believe we have a squad that’s good enough to do it again this season but every team has improved so it won’t be easy. But we are thrilled with the start.” Paul and Liz Blackwell have got a great thrill out of Tom’s development under their watch. “It has been a privilege and delight to see Tom grow in both ability and confidence through his determination and hardwork,” said Paul Blackwell proudly when asked to comment for the purpose of this article in mid October. “Liz and I take great delight in the way he continues to grow in leadership, both through his play, and his commitment to the values of the Breakers.” Tom is signed for the next two years with the Breakers and plans to sit down and assess his options at the end of each season. His contract includes the option to take up opportunities overseas if they come along. 2011 was also the third year that Tom Abercrombie has been part of the national Tall Blacks senior squad. He came of age for New Zealand as one of the stars at the 2010 FIBA World Championships in Turkey. He has now travelled the world as a Tall Black and says that he really enjoys measuring his progress against some of the world’s top players. He has played against many leading NBA players for the Tall Blacks over the past couple of years. “Growing up watching the Tall Blacks with players like Pauly, Dillon, Kirk and Phil Jones, really inspired me to get to their level,” explains Tom. “There is a great culture in the team which has enabled me to


learn from the senior guys and do all I can to reach and maintain the high levels of performance that they have set. I believe that’s why we have been able to play above our weight and beat some very good teams over the past couple of years.” What made you apply for a North Harbour Club AIMES Award? “My Mum and Dad have always attended the Awards so I know about them through them. Reading about the achievements of past winners, and the levels of excellence they have achieved, inspired me to enter this year. I had always hoped that one day I would be good enough to enter and be in a position to win, so it is a thrill to pick up an AIMES Award. The money will help me fulfill my ambition of making it as a basketballer in the US.” So why does Tom Abercrombie think he has achieved the success he has? “I am pretty lucky really, being blessed with some athletic gifts including the ability to jump high and run fast. I have a determination to make the most of these gifts and realise my potential. I am hardworking, focussed and very very competitive. All things you need to keep your spot and stay on top of your game at this level. For me, it is huge to be the best and to win.” What will Tom Abercrombie be doing in 10 years time? “Hopefully still playing, have my degree and still making the most of any opportunities that come along. At this stage I have no aspirations to coach. It is not something I am keen on.” Tom Abercrombie in action.

Some children making the most of the Breakers very popular holiday programme at their headquarters in Mairangi Bay.

I finished the interview by quizzing Tom on his favourites: Favourite Food: Japanese. Favourite Drink: Banana Milkshake. Favourite Pastime when not playing Basketball: Fishing with Dad (his best fish is a 14lb Snapper). Favourite Books: Autobiographies – I’m waiting for Steve Jobs’ which is due out soon. Favourite Movies: Due to our travelling I watch all sorts on planes. Favourite TV Programmes: Breaking Bad and Suits – both US programmes I watch online. Favourite Sports Team: I am a big Warriors League fan. Favourite Holiday Destinations: Overseas is Fiji, in New Zealand it’s Wainui Beach, Gisborne where we have a family bach. Favourite place on the Shore: Cheltenham Beach where I grew up. If I weren’t a professional Basketballer I would be a... professional Volleyball player! Issue 16 - NOVEMBER 2011


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In the heart of Takapuna Beach you will find the most delightful floral design studio and gift shop – Florienne. Peonies, Roses, Orchids, Tulips, Anthuriums, Heliconias, Lilies... there are so many gorgeous blooms to choose from here and they’re all New Zealand grown. Florienne is simply filled with the freshest blooms and flowering plants available from the flower market and local specialist growers every day. In store you will also find a wonderful selection of vessels and vases like ‘Jennifer Dumet’, ‘The Garden Party’ and the new ‘Papaya’ range that has just arrived in time for festive gift giving. Milk jugs, ceramic Agee jars, French glassware and popular test tube vases can all be arranged with your choice of flowers and popped into a giftbag for the perfect gift. Florienne was opened just two years ago by Dutch designer Franca Logan, and has quickly grown to be a destination for fabulous hand-tied bouquets, stylish designer arrangements, beautiful Phalaenopsis Plants and lovely vaseware. Take the time to come in and smell the flowers or choose to have your flowers delivered city wide. The team at Florienne enjoy creating the perfect bouquet for your special someone, or even help to select the perfect flowers to liven

up your house. Florienne’s talented designers will gladly design in any of the gift vases with selected blooms, finish your choice in a gift bag with a ribbon and a gift card...a perfect gift. With Christmas around the corner there are plenty of gift ideas to choose from. Franca is no stranger to this business, with 18 years of industry experience as a florist and teacher. When Franca is not out sourcing the freshest flowers, she can be found in her shop creating the most stylish of flower designs or jet setting as an international designer and demonstrating in places such as England, Canada and Malaysia. She often displays her floral art works in the store and has also been successful at major floral design competitions and has had several of her works published in international Floral Art books and design magazines. ...................................................... Florienne, 60 A Hurstmere Road Takapuna, North Shore, Auckland. Ph 486 6438,

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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. BEACH HUT – Beach Hut is a family owned shop dedicated to helping you find the perfect swimsuit. Customer service second to none makes Beach Hut your favourite November destination store with our new Season arrivals. NZ owned and designed, our fabrics are from Italy and we have a worldwide selection of beautiful prints and colours to compliment our styles that have been especially made for New Zealand women. We are the second owners of the Jennifer Dean Label established in the 60’s, making fashion swimwear at an affordable price and have been fitting ladies in swimwear for over 20 years. Beach Hut are also stockist of Arena active swimwear range which is the preferred brand for the New Zealand Swimming Team. This range goes from kids to adults, boys and girls. Resortwear completes our range with shorts, sundresses and sarongs. Watch out for our new arrivals at the end of November.


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PENNY LANE – 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 – Our small clay nativity scenes are purchased through Minka, a not for profit organization in Peru that is working with over 3000 producers to facilitate sustainable development practices in marginalized areas of Peru. The word Minka means “working together”. Minka works with artisans who use age-old techniques to produce the finest quality products. By purchasing these products, you are helping to preserve ancient techniques, traditions and values. Trade Aid also has a range of unique Christmas decorations and tree hangings from Bangladesh, India and Indonesia. Make your Christmas a Fair Trade one by choosing to buy at Trade Aid.


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– Repertoire’s stunning Gift with Purchase has proven to be the best yet! With only a short time left to go don’t wait to benefit from this exclusive summer promotion. This multifunctional, exciting Wrap is available in an array of this season’s most exciting bright colours. The Summer Wrap is the perfect summer accessory and arm cover up. It can be worn for all occasions from Jeans to formal wear. The flower broach is detachable and the wrap can be styled in many different ways. It is valued at $149 and is free to you when you spend $350 on clothing in any of the four Repertoire stores. BARDSLEYS LIGHTING and DESIGN – Loved by homeowners, architects and interior designers alike, Bardsleys Lighting & Design, located in the heart of Takapuna at 3-5 Auburn Street, specialise in matching the right light fittings to your needs. With a wide selection and different styles available, Bardsleys can cater to any house decor, from old villas to contemporary homes. All our staff are trained experts in home décor so there is a wealth of knowledge available to customers. WALLACE COTTON – Create a little luxury lodge style at home with Wallace Cotton. Here you will find beautiful pure cotton bedlinen, homeware and everything you need this summer for your bungalow, boat or bach. Visit our Takapuna store to experience the Wallace Cotton difference and be in the draw to win a luxury retreat to Kauri Cliffs Lodge in Northland. FLORIENNE – Les fleurs sont très jolies à Florienne! Florienne is the stylish and creative floral design studio of Takapuna. A gorgeous shop filled with the most heavenly scented and freshest blooms, stunning flowering plants and fabulous gifts.

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Takapuna Beach BNZ Night Market

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The Takapuna Beach BNZ Night Market will continue to lift in popularity as the weather warms. The new weekly event for Takapuna kicked off to coincide with the Rugby World Cup in September. Now daylight saving is here the market is a great opportunity to get out on Thursday – take in the market, then a bar or restaurant, or even just go for a stroll on our wonderful Takapuna Beach. This new community initiative, organised by the Takapuna and North Harbour Rotary Clubs’, deserves your support. So get on down to the market on your way home from work each Thursday evening from 5-9pm and check it out. The market includes stalls selling fresh fruit and veges, cheeses, olives and oil, smoked fish, wine, jewellery, giftware, artworks, leather goods and much more. This year the Takapuna Christmas Carnival will combine with the BNZ Night Market on Thursday December 1st. Now in its fourth year, the carnival has gained a reputation as being a community event for the whole family and offers something for everyone. Hurstmere Road will be closed for the evening and will host a community stage with non-stop entertainment featuring a variety of different, schools, clubs, cultures and organisations performing in front of large crowds by Hurstmere Green. Santa will be welcomed to Takapuna – on stage

at 6.30pm – and remain in the town centre to distribute lollies. Buskers, entertainers, Walt Disney characters, children’s rides, face painters, bouncy castles and market stalls will be situated throughout the rest of Hurstmere Road and a number of retailers will be providing a VIP experience with drinks and nibbles for customers on the night. For further details go to Takapuna Beach BNZ Night Market – Every Thursday, Hurstmere Green, Takapuna. 5pm-9pm. Takapuna Beach Christmas Carnival & BNZ Night Market – Thursday December 1st. 5pm-9pm.

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If you are looking for the ultimate cruise at a great price then the team at House of Travel in Takapuna has the answer – discover the difference cruising with Royal Caribbean International. From innovative onboard facilities and incredible superliners, to dedicated crew delivering a true ‘Royal’ experience – sumptuous food, unique activities, world-class entertainment, enticing destinations and outstanding service – Royal Caribbean has always pushed the boundaries of imagination to create unforgettable cruise holidays. Royal Caribbean vessels are amongst the biggest in the world and with so much to see and do onboard, you may soon wish you had booked back-toback cruises. Navigator of the Seas (as pictured) sports some of the industry’s most amazing features: a rock-climbing wall, ice-skating rink, mall-like indoor promenade, basketball court and in-line skating track. This ship has more

exterior glass (in balcony cabins) than her predecessors, and such features as a wine bar for appreciation and entertainment, expanded youth facilities, a Plaza area with a variety of dining options (both no-fee and fee), the first Latin jazz bar at sea (mojitos, anyone?) and the first sea-going Ben & Jerry’s ice cream parlour. Combine this with the comfort of Premier Business Class flying Air New Zealand to Japan and continuing on to Rome in Alitalia’s Magnifica Business class cabin and it is comfort all the way. European Evening - Monday 14 November (6pm to 8pm). Our guest speaker will present general European ideas and a cruise specialist will offer a few different thoughts on Med cruising. Free entry just register now by email:, or phone 486 0995. Call the team now to make your reservation: House of Travel Takapuna – 26 Anzac St, Takapuna. Phone 486 0995 or email:

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DIET AND CHRONIC DEGENERATIVE DISEASEs as I see it - by John Appleton The patient does not care about your science; what he wants to know is, can you cure him? Martin H. Fischer (1879 - 1962) German physician and author. In our little country of just over 4 million people we are spending close to $40 million dollars every day in our quest to have a healthier nation. It seems however that regardless of how much we increase our spending it’s never enough. The ‘Stone Age’ didn’t end because we ran out of stone – we simply found a better way. Isn’t it time we looked around for a ‘better way’ because if we don’t, it may not be too long before our current system becomes unsustainable? A recent article in “Medical News Today” caught my eye. The article summarised a report “Plant Based Diets A solution to our public health crisis” which was prepared by the London based ‘World Preservation Society’ and features former U.S. President Bill Clinton on the cover. In this report, American physicians reveal that the frequency and costs associated with chronic illnesses such as obesity, cancer, heart disease and diabetes can be considerably reduced by switching to a plant based diet. A copy of the report was issued to all MPs in the U.K and it’s interesting to note that the foreword was written by the British ‘Shadow’ Economic Secretary. Health is often overlooked as an economic issue but this is exactly how we should be tackling the problem. One of the authors, physician and researcher Dr Caldwell Esselstyn who directs the cardiovascular prevention and reversal programme at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute says – “we are potentially on the cusp of what could be a seismic revolution in health. This will never come about from another pill, another procedure, another operation, or construction of another cardiac cathedral. It will come about when we are able to show the public, the lifestyle that will halt and eliminate 75% of these common, chronic killing diseases. The most essential component of this lifestyle is whole food plant based nutrition”. He says “I initiated a long term study that treated seriously ill patients with coronary artery disease with plant based nutrition and succeeded in the arrest and reversal of their disease”. In my humble opinion, nutritional interventions should be used as soon as symptoms of chronic illnesses manifest. The wonderful thing is that nutritional interventions are non-toxic and side effect free and they can be used in conjunction with any other treatment that the doctor considers appropriate. Symptoms are simply warning ‘lights’ that tell us that all is not well and the reductionist approach that modern medicine would use to treat painful joints with anti-inflammatories could easily be combined with dietary advice to address the cause. As I see it, only when we start taking this approach seriously will we see improvements in the overall health of New Zealanders. The most exciting thing about nutritional interventions when it comes to our health is that they work for all conditions. This is because all of our cells communicate with each other – heart cells are not ring fenced from kidney cells or cells in the pancreas. All we need to do is implement a protocol that addresses the needs of one cell and guess what – all the other cells will join the party. In the world today we tend to live ‘short’ and die ‘long’ - it doesn’t need to be this way. If you want to retain or regain your health, I strongly recommend that you make a start. Don’t dig your grave with your knife and fork. Remember your health is your responsibility. “Never put your trust in anything but your own intellect – always think for yourself” (Linus Pauling). Why not give it a try, you might be surprised. “To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.” - La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680).

John Appleton – – Ph: 09-489-9362

HEALTH & FITNESS: Pilates Unlimited


Julia and Max

Loving their Authentic Pilates Pilates Unlimited is a well established Authentic Pilates studio for both men and women located in Northcroft Street, Takapuna Beach – just along from The Department Store. The studio, owned by Carole Fraser, has been operating for over 11 years and has five Romana’s Top: Julia Curran partaking in the arm work series during her weekly Tower class. Pilates certified instructors, Above: Max Russell doing an advanced including Carole. exercise called the areoplane that takes The studio has many loyal clients a lot of control and core strength. that Authentic Pilates has become part of their everyday life. Max Russell from Campbells Bay and Julia Curran from Takapuna are clients who have been coming to Pilates Unlimited for two lessons a week for the last eight years, this is what they have to say: Julia Curran: Julia is often asked what form of exercise does she do to which she replies “Pilates at Pilates Unlimited”. Julia books in two lessons a week – a private lesson with Harriette and also joins in the Tower Class taught by Carole. Julia says, “I really enjoy my sessions and know that I stand taller, stretch further and feel stronger now than I did 10 years ago”. Max Russell: Max was initially attracted to Authentic Pilates because of its reputation for helping wellness with the emphasis on both strength and flexibility. Max says, “I have since come to appreciate the absolute importance of ‘core strength’ and the need to maintain flexibility through a structured regime of stretching. The team at Pilates Unlimited are fantastic, very committed and they are very intune with the individual needs of each client. I personally start my day on Tuesday and Thursday at 7am with my instructor Ray. I highly recommend the studio to anyone contemplating improving their health and wellbeing.” This month the Pilates Unlimited studio is holding a workshop for clients with a visiting teacher who has been teaching Romana’s Pilates for 20 years, specialising in teaching male athletes in California. More on his visit will feature on the Pilates Unlimited Facebook Page. For further information on authentic Pilates sessions and classes contact: Pilates Unlimited, 18 Northcroft Street, Takapuna. Phone 486-1018.

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Mens’ Health: Prostate Cancer Screening

The Big Debate

on prostate cancer screening Whilst moustaches are being grown everywhere for Movember, it is timely for men to consider prostate cancer and to decide whether or not they should get tested. Every year in New Zealand about 560 men die of prostate cancer and about 3000 new cases are diagnosed. Prostate cancer is the third most deadly male cancer, with a mortality rate that equals that of breast cancer. Despite these horrifying statistics there is no national screening programme for it, unlike for breast cancer and cervical cancer. However it is often screened for, informally, by GPs. The website of the Prostate Cancer Foundation recommends that “all men should visit their general practitioner for a prostate check at least from the age of 45, or 10 years earlier if they have known family history of prostate cancer.” Movember New Zealand advises “From age 40 get an annual prostate cancer check - starting with a simple blood test. Prostate cancer is curable if you get to it early enough.” Urologists are very vocal in their support of prostate cancer screening. “The evidence now appears overwhelming that men in their 40’s need to speak with their GPs about the merits of undertaking an early PSA test rather than waiting. In the fight against any form of cancer early detection and treatment often means the difference between life and death,” said the President of the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand, Dr Stephen Ruthven.

Is this good advice? With all this positive support of prostate cancer screening why is there no official screening programme? It is true that many prostate cancers in elderly men are very slow growing and relatively harmless. It is often said that elderly men die with their prostate cancer rather than from it. However, prostate cancer can also be very aggressive and destructive in younger men. It can invade into the bowel, metastasise and cause terrible bone pain and fractures, and anyone who has watched prostate cancer rampage through a loved one will find it difficult to accept that the medical profession does not yet know enough about whether early detection and treatment is helpful.

In this article we explore the two controversial issues: 1. Do we actually have a good screening test available? 2. Does picking up prostate cancer early and treating it actually have a beneficial effect or can it cause more harm than good? Screening for prostate cancer is typically by PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) blood test and rectal examination. The trouble is that these tests are not as sensitive as would be liked (some prostate cancers do not produce PSA) and not specific enough.

Jo Sheeny, receptionist and Geoff Potts.

Anne Marie Reidy and her Pharmacy team.

Nutritionist, Sharon Carey.

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It is estimated that 2/3 of elevated PSA results are not caused by a cancer, and those men who test positive may undergo a worrying ordeal before finding out they do not have the disease. Those who do have a high PSA face repeat blood tests and referral to a urology doctor who may do an ultrasound of the prostate plus biopsies which are done via the rectum. It is also not fully understood yet whether early removal or treatment of prostate cancer actually prolongs life. There are a wide range of treatments available ranging from removal of the prostate, to radiotherapy and chemotherapy but these treatments may cause incontinence and impotence.

Are the benefits worth the risk? The National Health Committee (NHC) first reviewed the possibility of population screening for prostate cancer, using the PSA test, in 1996 and recommended against population screening. In 2004 its report stated there was no conclusive evidence that undergoing the PSA test or digital rectal examination for prostate cancer reduced mortality or morbidity associated with prostate cancer. The report further noted the PSA test is not completely reliable and can miss some cancers or alternatively, may set in train a cascade of interventions offering little benefit and potentially, significant harm. However in the 2011 report the viewpoint has softened and the NHC’s new recommendations include encouraging men to seek up-to-date evidenced-based information from their GPs about screening. At the moment there is a huge amount of research being done worldwide on the effect of screening for prostate cancer. There are two interesting ongoing studies, with conflicting early results. The Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial reports no mortality benefit from screening. However more encouraging results were found in the European Randomized Study of Screening for Prostate Cancer Trial. There it is reported that PSA screening is associated with a 20% reduction in the death rate from prostate cancer . The trials both indicate that there is over diagnosis and overtreatment of prostate cancers and that there are harmful outcomes associated with this. Another study, led by the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre in New York reports the level of risk a man faces of dying from prostate cancer can be predicted from a single PSA test taken before 50 years. The study suggests that men who test for high levels of PSA (more than 1.6ng/mL) in their 40s should be monitored closely as they age. However, the implications of these studies, like beauty, will be in the eye of the beholder. Some well-informed clinicians and patients will still see these trade-offs as beneficial; others will see them as harmful. At the moment there is no clear cut answer to the screening debate. Every man over 40 years should be given the available evidence and encouraged to decide for himself whether or not he wants the screening tests currently available for prostate cancer.

Mens’ Health: at Medplus Takapuna


Time for a

Well Man Check

A focus at Medplus is encourage men to value their health


It is notoriously difficult to get well men to go to their doctor for a check up. Yes, they will service and WOF their car but will often pay scant regard to their own well being. Wives, sisters, mothers and girlfriends are used to going to see their GP on a regular basis for contraception, antenatal care, cervical smears and breast checks. So they will often get some other basic healthcare checks which men all too frequently miss out on. Nowadays good doctors are all about offering preventative medicine and early detection. They would much rather help you manage your high cholesterol than treat you after a heart attack. Men, just like women, need to schedule time to manage their health and wellbeing. This starts with a trip to a Medplus general practitioner.

What is it that doctor is likely to do? Most ‘well man’ checks will start off with the basics. Firstly you will be asked about your health and well being, previous illnesses and any medications that you are taking. You will be quizzed about your smoking history and your alcohol use. An examination will be undertaken, including weight, height and blood pressure. Being overweight can predispose to all sorts of medical problems including diabetes and heart disease. It is really important to diagnose and manage high blood pressure before it damages kidneys, the brain and the heart. The rest of what may be offered will be tailored to your individual needs and will depend on your medical history, your family history of disease, your ethnicity and your age. It will also include blood tests, including ones to pick up high cholesterol and diabetes. The well man check is a good opportunity to discuss prostate cancer and depending on your view point after hearing the evidence you may opt for a PSA blood test and a rectal examination. If you have a family history of bowel cancer you will be encouraged to consider screening for that. Osteoporosis is common in men and you may be offered a bone density scan. Men often find it really hard to talk about emotions, but a check such as this is the ideal time to discuss stress, depression, anxiety and anger issues. Your GP can also help you out with addictive behaviour patterns including alcohol and drug use, smoking and gambling.

When should all of this start?

Why chose Medplus for your Well Man Check and Healthcare needs? Medplus has been set up with your convenience in mind, and for that reason we are open for appointments between 8am and 8pm on weekdays. This means we can see you before or after work – no need to take time off. On weekends and on some public holidays we offer a walk in clinic between 9am and 12 noon for more urgent problems. The Medplus doctors are all passionate about providing excellent service and medical care. Our general practice is backed up by a first class pharmacy on site and the excellent Medplus Physios who can take care of your muscular skeletal injuries and pain problems. We also have Auckland Radiology on site for xrays and ultrasounds, psychologists, podiatry and a range of visiting specialists to take care of all your health needs. Depending on the outcome of your assessment with the GP we may refer you to the Medplus Physios for a fitness assessment and to help you with existing muscular skeletal problems. If you have problems with your weight, cholesterol or blood sugar we will suggest you see our in house dietician/nutritionist, Sharon Carey. Sharon offers sensible and practical solutions to improve your well being through healthy eating.

7-Day JustWorkout Vouchers for first 100 Well Man Checks At Medplus we firmly believe that good health is dependent on looking after your body. To help you put this into practice we have some special seven day vouchers for JustWorkout for the first 100 Well Man Checks. JustWorkout offers convenient locations and a great environment to put into practice all your fitness resolutions. Whether you want to enjoy some group fitness classes or just enjoy all the equipment you will be encouraged and supported in your fitness goals.

We recommend men come in for a health check by the time they are 40, and earlier if they have a family history of heart disease, diabetes and cancers. Depending on your potential health risks your doctor will recommend the interval at which you need to return.

Book the man you love a Well Man Check! 327 Lake Road, Hauraki Corner • Open 7 Days • Phone 489 2011 Medplus Pharmacy 488-6664 • Medplus Physio 489 1020 Issue 16 - NOVEMBER 2011

Thursday 10 November, 5-9pm


Celebrate our summer fashion collection with a night of fashion shows and exclusive offers.


The Summer Collection Fashion Show


Walk the Line Fashion Show

10am - 8pm

The Walk-in Wardrobe

YOUR VIP GIFT Spend $50 at any store on the night and receive an eco shopping bag. We have 500 to give away between 5-9pm.

THE FUN CONTINUES Throughout the weekend we’re running further fashion shows; Friday at 12pm and Saturday at 1pm. The Walk-in Wardrobe is also open from 10am – 4pm until Saturday 12 November.



Westfield Shore City: Gift Ideas


they’re all under one roof at

Westfield Shore City

Around this time of the year we all start thinking about what we are going to get for our loved one’s at Christmas. Here’s a tip – you could just about do it all in one place – as there is something for everyone at Westfield Shore City. In this issue of Channel Magazine we highlight just a few of the options.

Visit them today at Westfield Shore City, Takapuna... Fifth Avenue Diamond Jewellers, (09) 489 8461, Life Pharmacy Takapuna, (09) 486 2655, Flying Saucers, (09) 489 8125, Texan Art Schools, (09) 489 8671, Laura Ashley, (09) 486 7659, Bed Bath & Table, 489 7930.

Fifth Avenue Diamond Jewellers Fifth Avenue Diamond Jewellers is an institution in Takapuna. They’ve been part of the landscape for over 50 years and in Westfield Shore City since it was first built. If you are looking for that something special for your sweetheart this Christmas then maybe precious pearls from the South Pacific are the answer. These are treasured for their natural beauty. Fifth Avenue have beautiful Tahitian and South Sea pearls. A magnificent range of pendants, ear rings and stunning strands – A sensual selection of Pearl jewellery from as little as $499.

Life Pharmacy Takapuna One of North Shore’s leading pharmacies is Life Pharmacy Takapuna at Westfield Shore City. For Christmas 2011 they have an extensive gift offering, including an array of beautifully packaged goods, covering all price points from $5 through to fragrance gift sets over $200. Shariar Jaber and his team offer free gift wrapping of goods purchased and cater to all age groups from newborns – with the Aroma Baby selection (beautifully presented aromatherapy gift sets for baby); beautiful cupcake lip glosses plus more for little ballerinas; bathing treats for boys and girls; fine fragrance gifts for men and women of all age groups, including Chanel, Dior, YSL, Chloe, Fendi, Ralph Lauren, Versace, Moschino, Lanvin, Van Cleef & Arpels, Bvalgari, Nina Ricci, Burberry, Boss, Gucci, Givenchy, Giorgio Armani, Marc Jacobs, Thierry Mugler, Diesel, Calvin Klein, Vera Wang, Davidoff and Juicy Couture. Home Fragrance Gifts include Ecoya, Mor Cosmetics while natural and/or organic gifts are available from Burts Bees, Living Nature, The Aromatherapy Company and Linden Leaves. As well as an extensive range of gifts, Life Pharmacy Takapuna also support these with ongoing special offers, and catalogue offers and Living Card Points – the Life Pharmacy loyalty reward programme.

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Westfield Shore City: Gift Ideas


Crabtree & Evelyn Crabtree & Evelyn on the ground floor by Columbus Coffee have gifts for everyone – they truly cater for all ages. The Crabtree & Evelyn gift selection includes fragrances, candles, creams and soaps, Beatrix Potter items, scarfs, bath towels, nightwear, bags and their popular La Source total body care range.

Bed Bath & Table You’ll also discover a range of christmas gift ideas at Bed Bath & Table in Westfield Shore City. They have quality dining products from Morgan & Finch which is a homewares brand exclusive to Bed Bath and Table. There is also a wide variety of decorator ornaments and gift wear as well as a fantastic range of linens, velour beach towels, picnic baskets, barbecue tool sets and our popular kids Wigwams and beach cricket sets.

Flying Saucers The Flying Saucers store in Westfield Shore City specialises in high-end fashion giftware and pride themselves on stocking ranges that are unique, with great gift ideas for every occasion. They proudly support New Zealand designers including Lisa Hoskin, Kagi, Boh Runga, Karen Walker, Loumina, Louise Douglas Jewellery and Seedling. International brands include Olgaberg, Sisley, Cellini and United Colours of Bennetton handbags and Najo and Arts & Crafts Jewellery. For gifts to send to people living overseas Flying Saucers offer ranges such as NZ Identity, Pacifica, Jill Main cosmetic bags and satchels, Eden Ripley photoblocks and Bennetts chocolate that are ideal to post. They also have a wide range of New Zealand souvenirs for those looking for something special and different. They have great gift ideas for everyone, stock New Zealand themed Christmas Decorations and offer free giftwrapping.

Laura Ashley Laura Ashley, located on the first floor, is one of the most loved fashion and home furnishings companies worldwide offering the following beautiful and high quality products and services. Laura Ashley offers beautiful gift collections perfect for Christmas, including New Release Mille Fleur and Freshford Cranberry China and Napery ranges through to photo frames, jewellery boxes, glassware and a whole lot more.

Texan Art Schools Another Westfield Shore City retailer “keeping it Kiwi” for gifts is Texan Art Schools on the first floor. They support Kiwi artists and designers by showcasing their work. Many are graduates of uni, tech’s and art schools. Around 200 talented Kiwi artists are represented at various times, with thousands of different stock items and a huge ever-changing variety of current and contemporary styles. Be it for customers’ own homes or through them giving Christmas or birthday gifts to others, Texan Art provide the platform for creative expression. Owner Carrie Baines loves up-cycled products, anything retro and hand-made. She says there is a huge trend back to basics – with knitted, crocheted and upcycled work. A new twist basically on the old, and Carrie and her team are relishing that right now. “Our stores may not be the latest fit-out, or the best in technology, but we pride ourselves on fabulous friendly service, variety of products, trying to go the extra mile for customers and of beautiful gift-wrapping. And If we don’t have the product in store we can usually get it in.” Issue 16 - NOVEMBER 2011


Health &andREHAB RehabwithwithKneeCare KneeCare HEALTH

KneeCare – Leading the way with

innovative health care

By Geoff Potts MHSc, who founded the KneeCare program.

What is KneeCare? We specialise in the rehabilitation of knee and achilles conditions

What kind of conditions can we help with? · Knee osteoarthritis

· ACL’s and ligament strains · Patellofemoral pain · Meniscal injuries · Knee replacements · Achilles tendon pain

PHONE (09) 489 7573

It seems that technology is changing so fast these days. I can’t think of any industry that isn’t affected by changes or improvements in technology on what seems like a daily basis. Health sciences and rehab are the same. We use more and more technology to educate our patients and clients. We regularly use video and computer programmes to show people how they walk, run or lift. One of our participants last week was so enthusiastic about a muscle stimulator we use in some rehab that she wanted to know if she could take it home to use on her husband of 30 years. Most importantly, she wanted to know if it would turn him into one of those “amazing rugby players’ she came across walking through Takapuna last week. Sadly, I had to explain that this particular technology was probably someway off yet. One of the major ways we use technology with KneeCare is in testing and researching the effect of treatments protocols. All our KneeCare providers undergo robust academic examinations to become a licensed provider. This in turn guarantees that you will be looked after to the highest standards possible. One of our senior KneeCare providers Brydie Harris is underway with her Masters research on the North Shore right now, and she is looking for participants. One of the biggest challenges in medicine now is finding valid ways of testing people and using this to predict their future outcomes. It can obviously be used to optimise an individual’s health, but can also be used to target those with the most need, or save money. Brydie and her co-researchers (leading academics, anaesthetists, and pain specialists) are completing world-leading research into the effect of knee osteoarthritis (OA) on cardiovascular fitness levels. They will also be looking to see whether knee OA participants are more likely to develop cardiovascular co-morbidities due to inactivity and disuse by measuring their glucose, cholesterol, and triglycerides. The results of this research will provide clinicians with a better understanding regarding measures of aerobic fitness in individuals with OA and hopefully provide improvements in treatment and management. They are looking for participants with knee OA and matched individuals without knee OA as a comparison group. You will ideally be aged between 45 and 75 and you will be asked to participate in 3 separate testing sessions at North Shore Hospital. If you want to find out more about KneeCare and what we offer, or if you want to help with Brydie’s research please contact Rachel Penberthy, KneeCare Programme Manager or Brydie directly. Kneecare: Phone 489 7573, Email: or visit

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This month at

Shore City and Albany


DAYMON PIERSON - Stirling Sports, Takapuna

Daymon Pierson is the friendly store manager at Stirling Sports Westfield Shore City. He especially loves his work as we head into the summer, as this is when his favourite sports are played – cricket, tennis, touch rugby. This year Stirling Sports have signed on as the sports sponsor of Takapuna Cricket (where Daymon plays) and is also a sponsor of both the Takapuna and Belmont Tennis Club’s. We put some questions to Daymon during October. Channel Magazine: Great news that Stirling Sports is sponsoring Takapuna Cricket? Daymon Pierson: I am very happy to be associated with Takapuna Cricket as I have been a member of the club for over 10 years and it has a reputation of being one of the best clubs on the Shore. CM: They have been pretty successful with Auckland titles two years in a row. Can they do it again? DP: Yes, I think that the setup of player and coaches has helped the success of the club over the past two season as premier champions for Auckland. I believe the players have the capability to do it again. CM: What is your highest cricket score with the bat? DP: I remember, going back a few years now, scoring 100 in a game against the President’s XI. A memorable day for me hitting eight sixes! CM: And Wickets? Ever got a Five-For? DP: No, not yet, but have been close on a few occasions – maybe one day! Haha! CM: They tell us you love summer in the store? Why? DP: Summer to me is great at Stirling’s because the people that come through the store always have a great smile on their face and in general Kiwis love the outdoors and we provide a great range of summer product. CM: How good were the All Blacks? You must have sold some All Black gear? DP: The All Blacks were fantastic under the leadership of Richie and the team played to their full potential. Not as individuals but as a great team full of exciting players. I was on the edge of my seat watching the final and when that whistle blew at the end I screamed out – All Black champions! Yes, we sold tons of gear. CM: Your favourite sporting team is the Black Caps. Are they going to be good under Ross Taylor’s captaincy? DP: Yes, I think Ross leads by example as a player and while he is yet to prove his worth as a captain I am sure that with the players around him he will go real good. CM: How good is the Stirling Sports social cricket team going to be? DP: I am thrilled to putting a team of players together from both Stirling Sports Albany and Takapuna and look forward to an exciting and fun season of social cricket. We’ll be hot!

Shore City Westfield Shore City, Cnr Lake Rd and Como St, Takapuna. Ph: 09 489 8981 Albany Westfield Albany, 219 Don McKinnon Drive, Albany. Ph: 09 441 2242

CM: What are you expecting to be the most popular item instore this summer? DP: The most popular item at the moment is the new MGP Pro Scooters that come in four different colours and are designed for doing tricks on. Great for Xmas pressie for kids of all ages – including the big kids! Our long boards and body boards will be very popular for summer as well.


Shore Matters with Maggie Barry

Maggie Barry is the new National Candidate for the Shore, replacing the Hon Wayne Mapp who is retiring after 15 years as our MP. Following her distinguished 30 year media career including an ONZM (OBE) for services to broadcasting, Maggie is now seeking election in November as the Member of Parliament for the North Shore. A familiar voice and face from her radio and television news programmes and as host of ‘Maggie’s garden show’ she’s now a regular columnist for Channel magazine.

Stimulating five months on the campaign trail It has been an exciting and stimulating five months on the campaign trail as I have tried to meet as many people and groups as I can to get a feel for the issues that matter the most to the North Shore. If I have the privilege of being elected as your representative my aim is to be an MP who is inclusive and closely involved with the community. I know this is an electorate that is used to having access to Ministers and I’m continuing that tradition by inviting the ones you told me you most wanted to talk to. More than a dozen groups in Devonport were keen to brief the Minister of Arts and Culture on their particular heritage concerns and in late October the Hon Chris Finlayson met with representatives of many of the Devonport Heritage groups. Chris was also keen to see the extensive multidisciplinary creative community that thrives at the Depot and we were both very impressed by the range and quality of their activities. Questions about ethnic and women’s issues have been a feature on the campaign trail so I’ve asked the Minister responsible Hekia Parata, to join us as the speaker for the Women in Business lunch at Marvel Grill in Takapuna on Thursday November 3rd at midday. I will also be accompanying her in a walkabout in Devonport from 10.30am and from 1.30pm we’ll be in Milford. So if you’d like to have a chat with the very approachable Hekia please come up and say hello. Having talked to several groups of school principals and early childcare educators I became aware of their specific concerns and wanted them to have the opportunity to put their questions directly to the Education Minister. Anne Tolley will be at Takapuna Grammar from 4pm- 5.30pm on Wednesday November 16th and we will also be organising a public meeting in the morning and putting those details up on our election signs. I’ve been getting the message, loud and clear from the electorate that you also want your MP to be a strong voice helping to represent their interests with the super city. Mayor Len Brown now controls former North Shore assets worth over $4 billion and has $400 million of our ratepayer’s dollars to spend each year so we certainly don’t want to be overlooked. Many of us would like to see another harbour crossing before a rail link to the airport and if elected I’d work with the local boards and other MPs over issues that are vital to our future.

Ultimately, although I’ve been trying my best to persuade you to vote National, whatever you decide to do on Saturday November 26th, at least please make the effort to cast your vote. Democracy is Maggie and Environment Min taken for granted by some Kiwis ister Nick Smith at Bayswater School. but that’s not the case in Nepal where I went in 1990 as part of a team of international election scrutineers. Our role was to be passive observers and report on any irregularities in the voting process. To ensure the Nepalese could not vote twice their thumb nails were marked with indelible ink and we watched as they stood patiently queuing for around eight hours in up to 45 degree heat for the privilege of casting their first vote in a free election in 30 years. My enduring memory is of the high value they put on being able to have their say in a democracy. The weather’s been a bit rough for paddle boarding but I hope election day (November 26th) dawns fine and calm so there will be a huge voter turnout on the North Shore and once I’ve cast my own vote – with 2 ticks for National of course – I’ll be heading to the beach to reacquaint myself with the stand up paddle board while I wait for your verdict to come through. How people vote is an important privilege and I understand why both the major parties are critical of MMP and also why National has not taken a position because this has to be the voters choice and your chance to tell the politicians how you want to be represented. As a candidate my personal view is that MMP has had its day, hasn’t delivered and should be scrapped. I’m voting for a change and going for the more moderate SMP which still allows for minority groups to be represented but gives more power to the electorate to send an MP to parliament with their mandate. Contact Maggie by her by email



M: 021 115 0232




Ministerial Visits November: Thursday 3rd – Heckia Parata. Walkabout in Devonport from 10.30 Lunch speaker at Marvell Grill midday. Walkabout in Milford from 2pm Wednesday 16th – Anne Tolley Takapuna Grammar - 4pm meeting with Principals of primary and secondary schools in the electorate Meet the Candidates Meeting in November: • 2nd Castor Bay, 7.30pm, All Saints Church • 9th Devonport, The Depot, 7pm • 10th Campbells Bay, All Hallows Church, 7pm • 13th Milford, Milford Baptist Church, 7pm • 20th Mairangi Bay, Mairangi Bay Presbyterian Church Hall, 7pm

Authorised by Maggie Barry, 3 Anzac St, Takapuna

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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 Beth Parton

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

DIY dog massage Whether for therapeutic, remedial or preventative reasons, massage is of great benefit for creating healthier, happier and well adjusted dogs. Massage helps to relieve pain and discomfort, and provide a better range of movement to dogs that suffer from arthritis, hip dysplasia and muscle stiffness from over exertion. It can also speed up the recovery after surgery when your dog needs some extra pain relief and rehabilitation. The benefits of massage are not limited to obvious physical enhancement. Many common dog behaviour issues are due to stress and anxiety – massage is a fabulous way to help relieve stress and therefore assist in correcting related behaviour issues. The added bonus of massage is that the benefit is not only for the receiver! You too will benefit from the hands on therapy. Massaging your pet has a wonderful flow on effect for you by lowering blood pressure, decreasing stress levels and lifting your general mood. All members of the family who participate in massaging their pet, benefit as it encourages kindness, human attitudes and fosters trust between person and pet. LEARN HOW TO GIVE YOUR DOG A HEALTH AND WELLNESS MASSAGE Beth from KarmaK9 is a fully qualified Canine Myofunctional Therapist. She will be holding workshops based on ‘must know’ theory and practical hands-on

therapy specifically for dogs. In the four hour workshop with your dog, you: • Will learn massage techniques with time to practice each on your dog • Get one-on-one time with Beth to ensure you understand and apply techniques correctly • Be taught both negative and positive body language feedback signs from the dog • Receive handouts outlining the main points of massaging, technique and muscle/bone identification sheets plus a dog body map • Will receive a certificate on completion The next workshops will be held on the 19th of November (1pm to 5pm) and 3rd December (10am to 2pm) at DogHQ in Glenfield for a cost of $125. Beth also provides Canine Massage by appointment at DogHQ. ........................................................................................................................... To register or find out more, email or phone 09 421 1812 or 0272 665 010.

HAVE YOU PLANNED YOUR PUPPY’S SOCIAL CAREER? Dog socialisation is a very important topic known only too well by owners of dogs that have missed out on this at a young age. If you have a young dog and you want to enjoy going beyond the boundary of your own home you need to jump on that career ladder as soon as you can. Good socialisation instils confidence in a young dog. A fearful dog is prone to aggressive behaviours. A well run day care centre is a perfect place to socialise a puppy as the quality supervision of play ensures only positive, confidence building experiences are had. It is well understood that good social etiquette is learned through positive play. DogHQ have already established a great reputation for their socialisation environment and puppy development programme. They have customers who come from Howick and Remuera specifically to enhance the sociability of their young dogs at DogHQ. Quality day care could be the very best thing you do for your young dog… and yourself!

Indie’s Insights

I’m a self-confessed foodie. I will do almost anything for food, even hold a paw up in the air if you make the noise “high five” to me. But I do understand that not every dog is like me and some dogs aren’t really into food in a big way. More for me! For those of you who have a “non-foodie” pooch, it might help you to understand that there are many other rewards you can use in everyday activities to train your dog. Basically I stick my paw in the air on command because I want the treat, yum, yum. However, for other dogs a special toy, going for a walk, playing with other dogs, playing a game with a ball or having a run on the beach are the things that they crave. You can use these “activities” as rewards in your obedience training every day without having pockets full of mushy treats. A very common example is asking your dog to sit and wait before going through a door. Your dog wants to get out the door to explore the world. After sitting and waiting nicely, he gets what he wants as the reward….going through the door. How many activity based rewards could work for your dog?

5 Goldfield, Wairau Valley Phone: 442 2365 Issue 16 - NOVEMBER 2011

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What’s been happening at Jerry Clayton BMW? The Dealership is enjoying being open on Thursday Nights. Jerry Clayton BMW welcomes people to visit their dealership on their new late night Thursday evenings. Pop in for a drink and catch up on the buzz in and around Takapuna we are open to 9pm every Thursday evening.

For the Ladies...

Following on from the success of their Ladies’ pop up jewellery evening last year, Grant McKain from the Service Department of Jerry Clayton BMW entertained over 100 of their lady customers to a unique evening of the senses. Treated to valet parking, canapés and Kim Crawford wines, the guests were first given a valuable presentation from the service team on safety and special BMW features. The rest of the evening the ladies were taken on a fragrance journey, sampling perfumes from some of the finest perfume houses in the world courtesy of BDM Grange, importers of international luxury goods. This proved to be a unique opportunity to sample and experience the romance, passion and pure pleasure that is the world of fine fragrance, and finally the opportunity to purchase perfume at special BMW prices from their popup shop on the night.

BMW 1 Series Launch.

Jerry Clayton BMW looked for somewhere special to hold their 1 Series launch. A slice of Eco, representing BMW as the most fuel efficient car, a slice of the Future and most importantly a view of the harbour bridge to direct people into Takapuna were their requisites and they found the perfect place in the HP Winter Garden Domes at Wynyard Quarter, which were a perfect fit. Over 400 guests turned out to enjoy cocktails by Chivas and great canapés. Between the Domes renowned Street artist Otis Frizzle created a live art piece with the theme of 1 in using BMW spray painted colours. We are excited to be holding an Auction in November with funds raised going towards North Shore Hospice. You are welcome to email us if you would like to attend this exciting event.

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About Jerry Clayton BMW Jerry Clayton BMW has two sites located on the North Shore, employing a team of approximately 60 staff between sales, service, parts, vehicle detailing and administration. Takapuna Beach – the head office at 445 Lake Road, offering brand new and pre-owned BMW sales, servicing, parts & accessories sales as well as housing the adminstration team. Telephone 488 2000 Wairau Valley - BMW Parts trade centre, located at 9 Silverfield, operates to provide a central trade parts centre for all business to business customers throughout Auckland. Issue 16 - NOVEMBER 2011


Barrys Point Road

Barry’s Point Road has undergone a dramatic transformation in recent years. Gone are the factories and dreary industrial sights we may remember and in their place is an up and coming, cosmopolitan destination shopping precinct. We have fashion, retail, cafes, factory outlet stores and unique services stretched along the famous road that often acts as a gateway to the Shore. As well as all the shops and stores you’ll see featured on these pages, there are a lot of untapped gems waiting to be discovered on a stroll down the road. You can have a coffee, maybe something to eat, buy some flowers for that someone special, get your car washed while you shop, have some professional photos of the family done and even play a spot of mini golf with the kids. So do yourself a favour and head down to Takapuna to check out this often overlooked quarter and find something new to enjoy in our beautiful city.

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We’ve told you about the fabulous products and sales available at 44 Barry’s Point Road in the past – there’s always something new and exciting happening here! – and now they’ve just opened their new Concept store: Collect.Living. Collect.Living brings new cultures, trinkets and treasures to the Shore with their exciting new store and the team have put together a great collection so be sure to head down, check it out, and maybe bring home a small piece of the world. It’s all about living, life, collecting and enjoying a world of homewares, special occasion furnishings and accessories. There are luxurious linens and towels from Turkey, recycled glassware from Spain, Re-made Antique Rugs, pots and terracotta from Europe. Everything from great European leather bags, silk tops, Summer linen sarongs and the odd espadrille shoe or two are stocked and available in the store! They also stock their own exclusive collection of authentic Acapulco chairs from Mexico and outdoor cushion collections for Summer. The collection is huge and the value can’t be beaten, as always imported direct to you, so come down and check it for yourself to really appreciate and enjoy what we have here for your home and lifestyle. Collect.Living - 44 Barry’s Point Road, Takapuna Beach. Open Monday to Saturday 10am – 4pm.

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When it comes to comfort and quality you can’t go past the quality selection on offer at the Sheepskin Factory Shops. And there is one right on our doorstep in Barrys Point Road, Takapuna. At the Sheepskin Factory Shops they only use Grade A sheepskin, in all their slippers and boots. Grade-A sheepskin is extremely dense and soft, which provides for a more comfortable and durable material. Lesser quality material and synthetics can be coarse, scratchy, and non-breathable. Sheepskin breathes naturally, wicking away moisture, and allowing air to circulate freely, keeping feet dry. Sheepskin is naturally thermostatic thus keeping bare feet close to your natural body temperature regardless of the temperature outside, offering year round comfort. They have made the decision to work with quality materials only – there are no fake laminates, no wool weaves and no below grade sheepskin! So you can rest assured you’ll be purchasing a well-made product that will provide your feet with pleasure for many years to come. Finally, New Zealanders (and more specifically those from the sunny North Shore!) are able to get their hands on export quality sheepskin footwear without the export prices, by calling into one of their two Auckland locations. Look no further if you want the perfect New Zealand made gift for friends and family over seas?

Sheepskin is naturally thermostatic thus keeping bare feet close to your natural body temperature regardless of the temperature outside, offering year round comfort.

Select some luxuriously warm sheepskin boots or slippers, either for yourself or as a perfect gift for your loved ones. They also stock Possum Downs premium range of possum merino knitwear and accessories, jumpers, gloves, hats and scarfs at below retail prices. At Sheepskin Factory Shops you can also make some great savings. Most of the products are sold at 40 percent less than the usual retail price! A mid-calf boot that retails at $180, could be yours for just $120. With slippers and boots for men and women in an array of classic styles including the ever popular UG boot, the Sheepskin Factory Shops are sure to have something that will take your fancy. Little feet can stay warm and cosy too, as they also stock gorgeous infant booties and the cutest children’s UG boots in a range of colours. Sheepskin Factory Shop: 34 Barry’s Point Road, Takapuna. Phone 486-2679. Open Monday to Sunday 10am-4pm. (Also at Howick). Visit:

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barrys point road - 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 is going to provide 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.

Grace for Vets at Carfe - Friday November 11th FREE car wash for Returned and current Military personnel! The team at Carfe in Takapuna is getting behind a fabulous initiative called “Grace for Vets Day” on Friday November 11th. Grace For Vets is a united front of car wash operators that provide a FREE CAR WASH to veterans and service personnel each year on November 11th to honour their past and present service to their country. Last year 507 American and Canadian car wash companies participated washing at 1253 sites and achieving 101,537 washes for the day. I was fortunate to attend an Australian car wash convention last month and 40 Australian companies have registered for this year. We at present are the only New Zealand car wash to get involved as we don’t want to let the team down. We invite Military personnel to bring in their cars for us to clean on Friday November 11th. All they need to do is come in and identify themselves to us that they are returned or active service person and get a wash. We will be washing cars from 9am to 4.30pm on the day. We see this as a great program to say thank you to all the people who have given up their time to provide us with this beautiful country that we live in making it safe and secure for us to enjoy. We will be looking for celebrities to help us out on the car wash day so come down you don’t know who you will see. New National Party North Shore Candidate Maggie Barry is one who has already committed to come along and have her car washed on the day, and help us to wash cars. While it is unlikely that she is a returned military service person we will wash her car for her anyway! Grace for Vets was founded in 2004 by a single car wash operator, Mike Mountz, a Vietnam-era veteran and owner of four Car Washes in Pennsylvania. He had a desire to give something back to all veterans who had served their country. So all returned military personnel, come on in and get your car washed on Friday November 11th – for free. It’s our way to say thank you and support this great initiative which looks to be going world-wide. Carfe – 87 Barrys Point Road, Email: or Phone 488-7000.

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get to know your BYO with Kellie Larson


With one year under my belt of North Shore BYO-ing, I am even more excited and determined to find the best BYO restaurants located in our backyard. I say this because I now know how important they are to our social life – or at least to my social life! These local restaurants are where we go each week to have a curry with our friends, where we go for a regular date night – and more than anything, where we go a majority of the time we dine out here on the Shore. And, if this is where we are eating – why not find the best of the best to ensure that each time we dine out, the experience is nothing but superb.

Some like it hot!

After hearing that Sigdi Authentic Indian Cuisine was a favourite among a few of my friends, I finally decided to head to Devonport to try out this Indian BYO. Entering the quaint restaurant, we were pleasantly surprised by the beautiful décor and tables dressed with wine glasses and tea light candles. This was a dining experience with a beautiful atmosphere and great service. We quickly munched through our complimentary roti as we selected vegetable samosas, onion bhaji and lamb seekh kebabs for our entrée. These were delicious – and we definitely needed all three! The creamy potato of the samosas, the savoury flavour of the kebabs and the crispy goodness of the fried onions made for a perfect combination of hunger fighting nibbles before our curries arrived. Our entrées were so good that it did little to keep our hunger at bay, but rather made us even more ravenous for our mains. Luckily, the great service meant that our curries came out within 5 minutes of clearing away our entrées. The more cautious people in our group ordered mild butter chicken and mild beef korma – and gave great reviews. But, those of us who prefer a bit of heat ordered Karahi Murgh and Sabzi Gosht with lamb – hot! The Karahi Murgh was a rich chicken curry with tomatoes and lots of coriander, but the star was the Sabzi Gosht, with lamb so tender that the slow roasted strands of lamb seemed more like a 6-hour slow roast than a curry! I

could have eaten this curry for hours it was so good. And the heat of the dish was full of depth and richness – and not just a hint of spice. To accompany our deliciously hot curries, we also ordered a garlic naan and Dal Makhani – black lentils and kidney beans, stewed on a slow fire overnight and finished with cream. These were great additions to a fabulous meal – providing a variety of flavours and heat levels for everyone’s taste buds. When we finished our meal, and 3 bottles of wine, it was definitely an “undo the first button of your pants” kind of a meal, we all went home satisfied. The rich flavours and superb tender meat were a step up from your average local Indian. Sigdi Indian So, if you live in Devonport – this is a no brainer. Sigdi Indian should be a “must Restaurant visit” at least once a week! You don’t 161 Victoria Rd, Devonport. live in Devonport? This place is definitely Ph: 445 1546 worth the drive but, if you are on the lazy side, Sigdi delivers 7 days a week for an additional $2 delivery charge. Kellie's rating:

Next time you dine at a BYO on the Shore be sure to Tweet @channelmag about your experience and recommendations.

Food: 9/10 Atmosphere: 8/10 Service: 8/10

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Millennium institute of sport & health News

Transformation Seeing the many mind, body and soul transformations that occur for their members is one of the highlights of the job for Millennium Gym staff. It’s here the fruition of their commitment to making our community healthier comes to light. Two such stories from members are shared below.

David Hill’s Unexpected Discovery Feeling under the weather attributed to what he thought was lack of activity and fitness, David Hill joined Millennium Gym about 14 months ago. After undergoing the standard health and fitness assessments provided for all new members, it was discovered David had high blood pressure and so he was referred to his GP for clearance before commencing exercise. This proved to be the right decision. David was diagnosed with Pheochromocytoma, a rare tumour of the adrenal gland that causes the release of high levels of certain hormones. The condition is very difficult to diagnose, but Millennium’s handling of David’s high blood pressure resulted in the tumour being discovered well before it may have been otherwise. David has since had the tumour removed, his blood pressure has returned to normal, and he’s been a regular attendee of Millennium Gym ever since, coming in two to three times a week following his individualised workout program. David is full of praise for the Millennium Gym staff, “I’ve never been an athlete but I’ve been to a lot of gyms over the years and Millennium is a cut above. The staff are all so helpful and friendly; they make you feel good about exercising.” David has thoroughly enjoyed his time at the Millennium Gym so far and is excited about working out in the new facilities soon to be on offer. Lee McKenzie is one of the most dedicated members of the Millennium Gym, working out five days a week, every week, for the last four years. She came to Millennium extremely unmotivated but soon underwent a rapid transformation, “I went from a couch potato to a gym nut.” Lee attributes this turn around to the Millennium

David Hill (left) with Ryton Horn, Group Fitness Coordinator @ Millennium Gym

Lee McKenzie’s Radical Attitude Transformation Gym staff who she describes as “very friendly and encouraging.” In particular Lee praises her personal trainer, Thomas Henderson, “He made a huge difference to my attitude. I didn’t really want to be there to start with, but he has motivated me and allowed me to realise the benefits of exercising regularly.” Lee loves the atmosphere and facilities at Millennium and is looking forward to the opening of the new and improved gym soon. She isn’t too sure whether she is going to utilise the new range of group classes on offer, including: TopRide®, Power®, FightDo®, MegaDanz® and X55®, but Millennium Gym staff are adamant she will love them and enjoy exercising even more as a result. Exciting new opportunities await one of Millennium Gym’s long-time members.

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Restaurant of the month: THE ELEPHANT WRESTLER

Summer Comes to the Shore

at the Elephant Wrestler What a success the Elephant Wrestler has been and what a great addition it has made to Takapuna’s “Entertainment Hub” over the last two months. Through the last two months of world cup hysteria and the start of our summer season long days and sun drenched afternoons, The Elephant Wrestler and its perfectly sheltered sun trap courtyard have played host to the Shore’s fun loving elite. And those good times are set to continue. The Elephant Wrestler has become a jewel to the crown of already great eating and drinking options throughout Takapuna, and it only makes life sweeter for us here on the Shore. We now have a guaranteed afternoon summer hang out that is sure to entertain with live music through our weekends, Heineken on tap, tapas, burgers, pizzas, platters to share… we at Channel can’t think of a better way to spend our summer. The specials make excellent value for money and there is something happening every day. 2 for 1 meals on Monday; Battle of the Brains Quiz every Tuesday; Pizza of the Day just $10 on Tuesday; Loyalty Club Night on Wednesday with special offers on wines and beers of the month; $80 Champagne Celebrations and $10 cocktails on Thursday; Steak night with Prime Angus Beef just $15.90 on Thursday; $12.50 Fish and Chips on Friday; $10 cocktails on Friday and Saturday; Live music on Friday from 9pm; Mums night off on Sunday with Roast of the Day just $15.50 and Roast of the Day and Dessert just $22; ‘Sunday Session’ Live Music on Sunday. So get down and enjoy the Elephant Wrestler, our new summer hang out that has made life here in our little piece of paradise that little bit better.

THE ELEPHANT WRESTLER 138 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna. Phone 489 8030. Open 7 days from 11am to late Visit:

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Thyme to dine!

The Spencer on Byron’s new dining concept, Thyme Restaurant, uses in season, fresh local produce to bring you a variety of innovative dishes including Chargrilled Angus Opy Rib, Hawkes Bay Lamb Cutlet and Seared Northern Pacific Blue Fin Tuna.

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Thyme Restaurant provides an award winning dining experience blending fresh, innovative cuisine, an extensive menu and friendly staff, with elegant and welcoming surroundings. It is no wonder The Spencer on Byron’s team of renowned chefs and its restaurant and bar staff have won

so many medals for their culinary delights and hospitality. Go ahead, indulge and allow us to transform your meal into an elegant and memorable dining experience.

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macs brewbar Hurstmere road Macs Brewbar Hurstmere Road has launched a brand new winter menu that takes a bit of a 'Game' flavour – including Venison, Rabbit and Wild Boar Sausages. The Venison (leg) is char-grilled and served with chestnut puree potatoes, mini steamed pudding of kidneys and a blackcurrant jus. The Rabbit is braised in white wine and juniper, then served with potato gnocchi and Portobello mushrooms with wild rocket and pecorino cheese. Also very popular on the menu is the 30 day aged Black Angus Ribeye Steak, served with crushed new potatoes and roasted garlic, creamed. Macs Brewbar Platters and pizzas also remain popular as does the '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, while allday every Monday you can buy two pizzas for the price of one.

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BLANKENBERG Enjoy the traditions of Belgian Beer and food in a distinctive, authentic Belgian atmosphere in the heart of Takapuna. New Flemish-French Menu launched from May 1st. Featuring ‘Beer Matches’, so each dish has been created to go with a certain Belgian beer. The menu has been developed to provide a more all round appeal so that your experience at Blankenberge Belgian Beer Cafe is quite different than what you will get elsewhere on the Shore, or Auckland. All of the old favourites such as the legendary Blankenberge Mussels remain part of the menu. Monday Mussel Madness: 1kg Mussel Pot & Frites just $12 Tuesday Steak Night: ½ kg Angus Rump just $15 Conditions apply and booking is advisable…

Traditional Italian Wood Fired Pizza. Pasta. Pizza. Seafood. Meat. Dine in or Takeaway. Fully Licensed. Blackboard special wine best of NZ & Italy. Book your Christmas Function.

A visit to Pinot Plus means that you will be taken on a wine journey with John, an experienced sommelier formerly of Blott on the Landscape and Porterhouse Blue fame. He will ease you into wine tastings beyond your typical drop without committing you to a glass or bottle. It is a wine exploration in a relaxing, romantic atmosphere to ensure you enjoy not only each sip but the experience as a whole. Love good food? Don’t worry, Pinot Plus isn’t just about the wine. The restaurant offers a delicious menu of items that can be selected as small sharing plates or mains.



Open daily from 11am 136 Hurstmere Road, TAKAPUNA. PH: 486 4102

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

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The Channel Grill

Gavin Busch Life’s one big festival


Gavin Busch and wife Dea

Gavin Busch, with his wife Deana, is the organiser of the iconic More FM Devonport Food, Wine & Music Festival, yes that’s right More FM! Gavin and Deana have been managing the festival now for the past 3 years, during which time they have had several significant challenges including the more recent difficult economic period impacting on attendance and the expiration of their main sponsor. The 2012 event (Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th February) will be the 23rd festival. It started in 1990 as a community fund raising project of the Rotary Club of Devonport, who remain the charity of choice with the funds raised going to various local and national projects and organisations. In his ‘real job’ Gavin is an adviser with New Zealand Financial Planning Limited, one of the largest, independent companies specialising in financial planning in New Zealand. He is a Certified Financial Planner and was one of the first Authorised Financial Adviser’s (AFA) in the country. In organising and running a two day festival Gavin faces very different issues than his usual problem of market fluctuations, client nervousness and investing and managing other peoples money. Gavin and Deana have two daughters and live in Devonport. He is a current member of the Takapuna Rotary Club and has been actively involved within Rotary on the North Shore for 11 years. Appropriately, his interests include fine wine and dining, along with outdoor pastimes such as fishing, diving, tramping and hunting. Channel Magazine’s Aidan Bennett put some questions to him for ‘The Channel Grill’ during October just as he was launching the new website (www. which includes the full 2012 festival programme.

AIDAN BENNETT: How long have you lived on the Shore and what is your background? GAVIN BUSCH: I did my schooling in West Auckland before heading off to Auckland University to complete a BCom in Economics and Accounting. Like many young New Zealander’s I always wanted to do my OE so during the 1990’s I spent a considerable time travelling and working overseas. Instead of heading into a banking or finance job in the UK I chose to run a hotel in South East London, This experience was most enjoyable and gave me great appreciation for the lifestyle. Upon my return from overseas I lived in Arrowtown for a period where I enjoyed hunting and fishing. My association with the Shore began as a child with my grandparents living in Narrow Neck so finally settling down in Devonport was very easy. AB: What made you take on the iconic More FM Devonport Food, Wine & Music Festival? GB: As a member of the Devonport Rotary Club I had been involved in overseeing the festival for a number of years. After a due diligence process and tender we purchased the rights to organise and run the festival from the Rotary Club. Our intention has been to ensure the festival survives the economic and marketplace challenges it faces. The Auckland entertainment market is very competitive and attracting financial sponsorship is difficult, losing such an iconic event as well as key funder of many great projects would be unthinkable. AB: What do you love about organising it? GB: We enjoy the interaction with many of our suppliers and supporters. One aspect you notice is the goodwill the event still attracts especially from North Shore businesses. Of course the stress of deadlines can be a distraction however seeing the festival come alive on the weekend gives us both a great degree of satisfaction. AB: What was the highlight of the 2011 event for you? GB: The highlight for the 2011 festival was the great entertainment we had. Having artists such as Anika Moa, Hitchcock Railway and the many others wanting to play shows how high the profile of the festival is now. Another big highlight was the introduction of a comprehensive 42 page programme booklet, something we have wanted to do for a number of years and was only possible with the support of our vendors and supporters. AB: What are the big challenges of the event for you as the organiser? GB: The biggest challenge we face is sponsorship. We get approached by many businesses wanting to provide goods in kind but financial sponsorship is the key

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to the continued viability and success of the event. Another challenge we face is promoting to people what good value the festival is, with two days, 18 bands, top comedians, cooking demonstrations as well as over 20 wineries and 15 food varieties available there is something for everyone and with numbers restricted we don’t get the overcrowding of years ago. AB: What have you got lined up for the 2012 event in terms of entertainment? GB: In 2012 we have the best line-up ever. We have managed to secure Che Fu, Boh Runga and dDub for the Saturday as well as The Phoenix Foundation, Jan Hellriegell and Shona Laing for the Sunday. Put these together with two of New Zealands best Stand Up comedians – Andrew Clay and Jeremy Elwood – it will be an event not to be missed. AB: ... and food and wine? GB: We also have some new vendors joining us in 2012. New foodies include Yummy Thai, Urban Escargot and Maldito Mendez, while new wineries to the mix include Tohu Wines (Nelson) & Ransom Wines (Matakana) who will be pouring their great wines along with some of the festival old favourites. 2012 also sees the introduction of Stoke Beer and Rochdale Cider, both from the McCashins stable of boutique beverages. AB: More FM is the new sponsor. They are a great fit for the event aren’t they? GB: More FM are a great fit. They have been a supporter and partner of the festival for a number of years. They promote the event on the radio and are a real part of the entertainment with their hosts MC’ing across the day. The More FM tagline of “Live it, Love it, Sing it” resonates very well with the festival, which with the awesome combination of Food, Wine and Music sets the scene of anticipation we know people will receive. We look forward to partnering with them in the future to make the festival even better. AB: Why should people attend the 2012 Festival? GB: Because it is the best festival in New Zealand. It is located in Devonport – on the shores of our glorious Waitamata Harbour – an ideal location to enjoy the music, food and wines on a sunny summer weekend. AB: How do they get tickets? GB: You can buy tickets through Ticketek as well as through contacting us directly via our website (

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When one of New Zealand’s worst-ever oil spills was looming, Kerri Morgan and her colleagues at the New Zealand Wildlife Health Centre run by Massey University, were one of the first to be called. Kerri is among the team of wildlife vets at Massey who are doing ground-breaking work with our endangered native wildlife every day. They are New Zealand’s top experts in oiled wildlife recovery. Kerri Morgan | Wildlife Vet Massey University Bachelor of Veterinary Science.

MASSEY UNIVERSITY News 79 Mehrtens matched by Massey’s metallic man Many think legendary former All Black Andrew Mehrtens has super-human powers when it comes to kicking a rugby ball. But a special robot created by Massey University Albany engineering students proved itself almost as good as its human rival in a man versus machine kick-off in Auckland during Rugby World Cup last month. Mr Mehrtens confronted three robots – one each from Massey’s Albany and Manawatu campuses, and another from Canterbury University – for the kick-off at Victoria Park. The fun event was part of the Rutherford Innovation showcase to highlight New Zealand’s innovative achievements in technology and industry during the cup. Before a crowd of 100 or so onlookers and scores of international and local media, Mr Mehrtens tested his mettle against their metal in a series of conversion kicks over the goal posts using a Gilbert Rugby World Cup ball. The former Crusaders first fiveeight player finally drew five-all with Massey’s Albany robot nicknamed ‘Robo Dan’ – a pneumatic-powered, muscular, metal leg attached to a human mannequin complete with swivelling robotic head. Associate Professor Johan Potgieter, mechatronics lecturer at Massey’s Albany campus, says he was delighted with the performance of the robot designed and created by his students. Creating a robot that could outdo an All Black legend took plenty of imagination and hard work. “It all starts with an idea, and how you innovate the idea. We look at nature, we look at some of the great rugby legends in this country and observe how they kick a ball. We realised it’s not just about power, it’s about timing too.”

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legend Andrew Mehrtens

Athletes honoured at Blues Awards Olympics-bound canoe sprinter Lisa Carrington and Black Sticks hockey star Simon Child were crowned the BNZ Albany campus Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year recently. Swimmer Amaka Gessler received the Extramural Students’ iety Sportsperson Society Sportsperson of the Year Extramural Students’ Soc Gessler 
and BNZ aka Am rd Award at a celebration dinner in Awa r Yea of the Lisa r Yea n of the the Sir Neil Waters lecture theatre Albany campus Sportswoma rds. in October. Carrington with their awa The Massey University students were selected from 33 Blues Award recipients representing 20 different sports. Blues recipients are recognised for their performance in representing New Zealand in their chosen sport while successfully progressing in their academic studies. Ms Carrington, (Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga-ā-Māhaki), who is in her fourth year of a Bachelor of Arts in Maori studies and politics, recently won a gold meal in the women’s K1 200m and qualified for the London Olympics next year. She also won gold in the same event at the 2011 World Cup in Germany, and a gold medal at the 2011 National and Oceania Combined Championships in the women’s K1 500m and women’s K4 200m. It is the second year in a row Ms Carrington has won the award and she congratulated all the nominees saying it was “awesome” to hear all their achievements over the past year. Mr Child, a third year Bachelor of Business Studies student, was a key player in the Black Sticks team, which won bronze at the Commonwealth Games last year. He could not attend as he is currently preparing for a match against Australia in the Oceania Cup when he will receive his 150th cap. His father, Rick, accepted the

Massey wildlife rescue team at Bay of Plenty oil spill Aviaries to protect a “nucleus” population of 60 rare New Zealand dotterel birds have been built at the Oiled Wildlife Response Centre near Tauranga where Massey University vets are working to save as many oil slick stricken birds as possible. Staff have been working around the clock to save in response to the oil spillage from the stranded ship Rena. A small village of makeshift tents and huts has been erected to accommodate more than 200 retrieved birds, ranging from little blue penguins to pied shags, from the Bay of Plenty coastline. Rescued birds also include 46 rare New Zealand dotterel, being housed in small aviaries being individually built for them, the University’s wildlife centre director Dr Brett Gartrell says.

award on his behalf, saying his son would be in the position next year where he had managed to complete a degree while playing hockey at top-level tournaments around the world. “That is due to what happens here and what Massey puts in, it’s just great,” said Mr Child. “Simon will be absolutely delighted to win this award.” Double Commonweath Games medallist Ms Gessler, who is in her third year of a Bachelor of Science, received her extramural award for achieving outstanding results in her studies whilst competing on the world stage. A member of the New Zealand swimming team, she won a silver in the 200m freestyle relay and bronze in the 100m relay in Delhi last year. Speaking about her award she said: “I really wasn’t expecting to win this because there are so many amazing athletes here at Massey it is tough competition.” Albany campus Blues Awards recipients were:

Brendan Clark (AFL) Monique Oosterbaan (Alpine Skiing) Lucie Tait-Jaimeson (Alpine Skiing) Sarah Cowley (Athletics) Scott Bicknell (Canoe Sprint & Surf Life Saving – double blue) Lisa Carrington (Canoe Sprint) Bradley Schmulian (Cricket) Emma Crum (Cycling) Anna Green (Football) Priyesh Bhana (Hockey) Samantha Charlton (Hockey) Simon Child (Hockey) Gemma Flynn (Hockey) Hugo Inglis (Hockey) Arun Panchia (Hockey) Alister Leat (Judo) Rebecca Watkin (Karate) Louise Urwin (Kayak) Avalon Biddle (Motor Racing) Travis Larsen (Rugby) Molly Meech (Sailing) Sam Meech (Sailing) Christy Prior (Snowboarding) Kelly Pelham (Sport Aerobics) Moss Burmester (Swimming) Dylan Dunlop-Barrett (Swimming) Amaka Gessler (Swimming) Matthew Stanley (Swimming) Nielsen Varoy (Swimming) Matthew Woodrow (Swimming) Edward Rawles (Triathlon) Ashleigh Grant (Waterpolo) Kristina Watson (Waterpolo) Enquiries for 2012 entries contact

New science degree to meet demands of changing world Vice-Chancellor Steve Maharey is calling for the country’s top 30 aspiring young scientists to join the first intake for its Bachelor of Natural Sciences at the Albany campus next year. Modelled on Cambridge University’s Bachelor of Natural Sciences, the degree is designed to educate students both in and beyond the classic science subjects, through project-based, research-oriented learning that encourages them to think broadly and creatively to find solutions to urgent, complex issues of our time, such as the obesity epidemic, pollution, climate change impacts, species extinction, and the demand for safe, healthy food and clean energy. Issue 16 - NOVEMBER 2011


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.

Farewell dr wayne mapp Hon Dr Wayne Mapp I recently attended a function to farewell our local North Shore Member of Parliament, the Honourable Dr Wayne Mapp who is retiring after 15 years in this office. It is good to hear that Wayne and his wife Denise have plans for new vocations in the next chapter of their busy lives. Wayne’s decision to depart was a surprise but we wish him and Denise every success. I had a great working relationship with Wayne that spanned nine years whilst I was also mayor of the former North Shore City. It was times of much action on the home front with huge sums of money being spent on upgrading the sewerage and storm water networks along with roading and public transport improvements. Wayne was always a wise sounding board, especially in the aspect of what ratepayers were able to afford. I always appreciated the regular meetings we had and valued his wise counsel. The Voluntary Social Services Sector If there is one sector of the North Shore community that I have the greatest admiration for it is the voluntary social services sector. I remember going to my first meeting of the Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) when I was mayor. It was a formal session where organisations seeking money from Government through the COGS system had to plead their cases in a public forum. What an eye-opener when one saw all these different groups having to plead their cases in front of all the other groups. How community groups find the energy to keep pushing themselves to find their funding is amazing. They all then go out and deliver first class services to the people of the North Shore. I firmly believe that the North Shore has community services that are the top rate even though they, in many cases, work on a shoestring budget. Currently Auckland Council is working on a new funding policy and both Councillor Ann Hartley and I am at the vanguard of this work. We will certainly ensure that adequate funding stays in place for North Shore organisations.

Liaison meetings with Waitemata Police In mid October the North Shore councillors and local board chairs meet with Superintendent Bill Searle, the Waitemata District police commander, along with his area commanders. The North Shore commander, Inspector Les Paterson, just back from Timor Leste where he served nine months as the Officer in Charge of the NZ Police deployment with the United Nations also attended the meeting. It is great to welcome back Inspector Paterson and we all thank him for his commitment to this deployment. Waitemata District and the North Shore Police have had another successful year, according to the latest crime statistics issued by Police National HQ. Well done to all the police staff who serve us with such dedication and distinction on the North Shore. Youth beach parties are very topical with the warmer months upon us. Devonport-Takapuna Local Board chairman Chris Darby will be working closely with the police on this issue. Police need to be advised early whenever residents get an inkling that a gathering of young people may have the potential to become difficult to handle. Being forewarned is being forearmed in these situations. Auckland Council’s Solid Waste Plan This plan will be coming out for consultation with the community on 10 November and the submission period goes through to 15 December. Whilst I appreciate Auckland Council seems to be consulting on everything at the moment how we handle our solid rubbish at the kerb side is very important. The North Shore has been a leader in rubbish disposal and our recycling is top notch. The three big issues are: Do we want to go to a commingled recycling where we put our paper in a large bin along with the cans and bottles; are you interested in putting out the organic kitchen waste in a special bin each week for composting and does the North Shore want to change from the current pay as you go plastic bags to large bins paid through general rates for the general rubbish?





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Milford - Everyone’s place: News

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

Busy November in Milford Welcome to our November edition of Channel Magazine’s “Milford News’. This month is a busy one for us here in Milford. This has certainly been an exciting few months and it will continue through until Christmas with plenty on for the locals.

Regatta Market Day – Saturday November 26th (also Election Day) Our main event is our Pirate-themed Regatta Market Day on Saturday, 26th of November. Not only can you get some market day bargains, but you can also visit the Bennett Cup Regatta on Lake Pupuke with our FREE shuttle. Polling booths will also be open in Milford for the general election! So make it a day out for you and the family. Earlier in the same week, the Jeff Thompson sculpture will be installed in the Village Square, so there will be plenty to see and do on Market Day.

Happy locals at last years Regatta Market Day.

North Shore Artists Exhibition – November 19th/20th The North Shore Artists Exhibition is on the weekend before – 19th/20th November from 9.30am to 4.30pm – in the Senior Citizens Hall. Pop in to see some great artwork and excellent prices while you shop in Milford.

Focus on Fashion businesses in Milford Bye for now, see you in Milford!

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Murray Hill, Manager – Milford Business Association Contact me by email or post, PO Box 31-825, Milford 0741. Homewares • Gifts • Accessories PS: Let us know about events in the community and we will discuss them in this column, space permitting.


With over 200 businesses and 1200 FREE car parks Milford is a great place to do business. This month we feature our wonderful selection of our fashion stores covering all age groups. Check it out later in this Milford section!

Professional fundraisers reduced We have been working lately to reduce the number of professional fundraisers in Milford and this month will have only one group – a welcome relief for shoppers and businesses people alike.

Milford Mall – PPC34 plan The PPC34 plan for the Milford Mall site has been readvertised. Copies of the plans will be on display in the Village Square daily. Submissions close November 15th for those wanting to have their say on this high-rise proposal. Well, that’s another column done! Hope you enjoy reading about our great little community and have a safe month! Congratulations to the All Blacks!! Bye for now, see you in Milford!


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.

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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:

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Ahoy Me Hearties! It’s A PIRATE – themed REGATTA

MARKET DAY Saturday 26th November - 9.30am to 2.00pm

MILFORD SHOPPING CENTRE Market starts at 9.30am Come & grab a bargain from our many stalls Entertainment starts at 10.30am Calling all PIRATES! Dress up as a Pirate – be spotted by our very own Pirate, Matty and you could win a spot prize!

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Live band Vertigo Matty, the Pirate Michelle Watson - balloon twister Face painting by Cushla from About Facez Pirate Ship bouncy castle for the kids Free balloons for pirate kids


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Milford - Everyone’s place: News High quality fancy dress costume hire. You will be impressed at the amazing choice of costumes and fantastic creative service we offer! Something for the whole family plus masks, tights, gloves and Halloween accessories to buy. Group Hire given 10% discount. A treasure trove of costumes.

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(From October 16th) Come and join us for Live Entertainment (10am-1pm) Great Coffee and Great Food! Lots of instore ‘Sunday Specials’ during October.

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Jill and Wayne George with Wilma Mactier (centre).

Wilma Mactier

– The ‘Creator’ of Carnival Costumes and Fancy Dress Hire

Wilma is an enterprising and warmhearted lady who created Carnival with the simple stitching of a clown costume for her daughter 20 years ago! Wilma has sourced her amazing costume collection from auctions and op shops and utilised old favourites such as quilted bedspreads to make medieval cloaks and even contributed her own retro clothing. Masquerade Masks and Med ieval Room One firm favourite with customers has been her baby blue crotchet flower dress from the 60’s. This is a classic and is indicative of the eclectic stock she has collected over many years. It is interesting to note that Wilma’s grandfather was Archibald Grandison, builder of the Esplanade Hotel in Devonport. Now aged 85, Wilma is still passionately involved in Carnival Costumes and is the leading seamstress for all major repairs and replacements. Customers still remember her starting Carnival Costumes from her home in Forrest Hill before moving to the Milford premises 10 years ago. The business has been owned for the last eight years by Jill and Wayne George. Carnival Costumes has progressed to the modern boutique with a vast collection of high quality new costumes that it is also renowned for today. Jill and Wayne were former soloist dancers with the Royal New Zealand Ballet and danced in many classical productions at home as well as on television and opera in Sweden and France. They bring their own special creative interpretation to this enchanting, fun business. As many customers have commented... Carnival is a veritable ‘treasure trove of costumes’. .......................................................................................................................... Carnival Costumes, 83 Kitchener Road, Milford. Phone 488 9415 or visit:

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Double knitting, making your own gifts and tips It’s November and Christmas next month – So much to do and so little time! I try to learn something new about knitting on a regular basis and today I had a go at doing double knitting. What a great finish! This is knitting with two colours at the same time so that the finished garment is one colour on one side and another colour on the other. I have only completed a small swatch, but it is so cool! Great to make a baby blanket as there is no wrong side and once I improve my technique I can add designs... mmmm – I love working with colours! Making your own gifts Last Christmas I knitted some fancy silk lace gloves for presents. Of course I was knitting up to the last minute to get them finished but I have to say it felt really good to give presents that I made myself. There are some great ideas for gifts that you can complete in a short time and put your own unique style to the gift. Hand knitted pure cotton wash/dish cloths wrapped around a lovely soap and tied with pretty ribbon are a lovely idea. There is an endless choice of free patterns online and we have a wide choice of cottons ranging from organic to Egyptian combed that make great wash/dish cloths. Cotton dish cloths are wonderful to use and really stay fresher than your usual commercial cloth. A tip to ensure your cloth is clean... rinse it out thoroughly after use, wring out the excess moisture, pop it in the microwave for two minutes and it is fresh and sterilised ready for re-use. If you are looking for a little more elaborate gift, why not knit a cashmere scarf. Try Filatura Di Crosa Superior

Cashmere and Silk yarn. One or two balls can make a really luxurious soft light scarf that will be really treasured by the receiver. There is a very wide range of colours to choose from and a great range of patterns in store now. And for kiddies there is such a wide range of fun knitted toys that can be knitted really quickly and they are so cute and cuddly. This is easy knitting and we are always happy to help with advice on finishing knitted toys. Of course if you are not a knitter there are endless opportunities to create some great gifts from our fabrics - ranging from pincushions, cushions, bags, toys. There are tons of patterns and ideas to help you create a unique lovely gift. And don’t forget if you dabble in needlework there are some fabulous kits ranging from beginners to expert level. Some really great New Zealand designs in store for your overseas gifts. Worth checking out. If you are doing your overseas gift posting for those friends celebrating a white or colder christmas, a knitted hat or scarf in New Zealand yarn is such a good idea or if the receiver is a knitter send some New Zealand yarn. What could be better? Touch yarns Possum yarn spring to mind or Naturally Karamea (Mix of possum, merino and alpaca). Light to post and a nice kiwi touch. To top it off we have a lovely range of gift ideas in store. So worth a visit to Crafty Knitwits during November. ........................................................................................................................... Crafty Knitwits Limited, 101 Kitchener Road, Milford, North Shore. Phone 486-2724. Visit:

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Knitting Toys with wool is fun, and call me a wool snob if you like, but I can’t bear to knit toys in acrylic. They are just not as cuddly and soft as wool. With all of the hypo-allergenic and antibacterial superwash yarns available why settle for less than wool. In saying that, I have just finished knitting a bunny in bamboo yarn – gorgeous and silky soft! Eyes You can use safety eyes and there are various types available. They have an anchoring system so that little fingers cannot pry them loose and swallow them. My preference is to use a contrasting colour yarn and stitch eyes on. I usually use the same yarn to do the mouth and nose. The thing I like about using yarn is that you can embellish the eyes differently to give the toy some original personality. There are lots of tutorials on line that can help you with your design. The Stephanie Cameron patterns are also very detailed and helpful when designing your toy. Needle Gauge Whatever toy you are knitting when you have chosen your yarn (often eight ply/double knitting) Use smaller gauge needles than you normally would. So for eight ply wool use 3mm - 3.50mm depending how soft you want the toy to be (larger needle for softer toy). But don’t use 4mm or larger as this will knit up too loosely for a toy and the stuffing may escape through the knitted fabric. Sewing Up Unless specified in the pattern use mattress stitch for sewing up the toy. This means you will be working on the outside (right side) to sew it up. Much easier with toys and really invisible finish. Remember not to pull your sewing up to tightly as this can distort the finished shape. Experiment Go on, experiment a little! The pattern you have is the basis, but you can add a different colour, use a different yarn or dress the toy in different clothes. The only limit to creating is your imagination. Let it run wild. You will create a unique little character that will be well cherished.

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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.).

eat your way to eye health Melissa Hay BOptom(Hons). CAA Accred. Oc.Cert.Pharm.

Last month, I had a rather embarrassing moment. I went with my family to a Gary McCormick live comedy show – and you can guess who he pulled out of the crowd. I happened to be sitting in his direct line of sight – you would think I would know better. I felt a little bit sorry for him, as he asked my occupation, to which I said Optometrist. Well, lets be honest, there is nothing humorous about the job I do, so he couldn’t quip at that. But, then he asked about eating Spinach – as his optometrist in Christchurch had said it was good for his eyes. And, it is true – Spinach is a great way to get the vitamins that our retina needs to stay healthy. It contains lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene which have been proven to aid the prevention of Macular Degeneration. Macular degeneration is an eye disease that affects elderly people, where the central part of their vision becomes damaged. This is a devastating eye disease and affects many older people in New Zealand. So, before you plan your dinner tonight, think about Spinach and whether you can cook it tonight.

How old does my daughter need to be before she can consider contact lenses?

What shape should I look for in buying a pair of sunglasses?

Question sent in by G.Harvey of Milford.

Question sent in by J.Shelling of Torbay.

This is always a difficult question, and really depends on your daughter’s eye condition and also her own maturity. Contact lenses are great – they offer you so much flexibility to correct your eyesight. They are great for anyone interested in sports, or those people that feel self conscious about wearing glasses. We often see a huge improvement in the child’s confidence and motivation when we fit them with contact lenses. It is really important that you both understand the risks of contact lenses and the need to look after them carefully. When we fit people in contact lenses it is a process. We need to get the best fit of the contacts, then we spend at least 45 minutes teaching you how to use them. We never let people take the contact lenses until they are proficient at handling them. Then we need to follow their eyes up a few times, just to make sure the contact lenses aren’t doing their eyes any harm.

How often should I have my eyes tested? Question sent in by D.Hadley of Takapuna. As a minimum everyone should get their eyes tested every 2 years. We often suggest more frequent visits for children, older adults, contact lens wearers, or those with specific eye diseases. Many people have a family history of an eye disease, which is important to be screened for regularly. For example, glaucoma – it is the silent thief of sight. There are often no symptoms that you can notice and the only way to monitor people for it is a routine eye examination.

Choosing new sunglasses is always difficult! I know your frustration. I have a few tips that we use in practice, such as: • The top of the frame should be the same contour as your eyebrow line – and usually just below it. • The lower edge of the frame shouldn’t sit on your cheeks – a good tip is to smile when you put the frame on, if it rides up, it’s the wrong shape for you. • The frame should be in proportion to your face, so not too wide or too narrow. • The best sunglass frames have thick sides on them, giving your eyes the best sent eat questions protection. I had some gr ose who , thanks to th • Always look for the UV in last month ners shown The lucky win sticker on the glasses to participated. exam with ive a free eye ensure that it protects your here will rece raphy. retinal photog eyes from the damaging me including free like to win a UV rays. you would also If tion es qu ur yo • Make sure the frame feels e exam email m eye light and comfortable on your to melissa_hay face, so that you will wear it as much as you can outside.

Ask Melissa a question... & WIN! Channel readers are invited to test Melissa’s knowledge. The best question will be answered here in Channel Magazine and the person who asked it will get a free eye exam including retinal imaging and glaucoma checks done by Melissa. Email questions to... Conditions apply.

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Come in and choose from our extensive range of delicious coffees. We roast 10 unique blends and 8 single origins including Fairtrade, Organic and Swiss Water® Decaffeinated coffee. Whole beans or ground to order.

We are proud to have won silver and bronze medals at the 2011 NZ Coffee Awards! Come and see us or order online at 3 Milford Road, Milford, Auckland Ph (09) 4865650

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Awards for Veni Coffee

Catherine Young and Peter

At Channel Magazine we love highlighting achievements of of local businesses. One such business is Veni Coffee in Milford. Catherine Young and Peter Stiffe of Veni Coffee are delighted to have won two medals – a silver and a bronze – at the the Huhtamaki 2011 New Zealand Coffee Awards. The medals were in the following categories: • Best Food Service Plunger category - our Veni Blend won a silver medal; and • Best Ethically Traded category - our Pacific Blend won a bronze medal. This means that Veni Coffee has now won a total of five medals at the New Zealand Coffee Awards. The awards, now in their seventh year, judge freshly roasted coffees from New Zealand’s coffee roasting companies. Over two days the judging panel, headed by one of the world’s leading coffee authorities Instaurator (that is his full legal name), tasted nearly 300 coffees entered by 65 roasting companies. The judging took place over three days from October 10-12th at the MIT- Manukau Institute of Technology. The 2011 New Zealand Coffee Awards were presented on Monday October 17th at a function held at Urban Soul Cafe in Manukau. “We are extremely proud to have won the silver and bronze medals which are a great endorsement of the quality that we strive to achieve in our coffee blending and roasting,” said Peter. “The coffees that we entered were taken from the range of eighteen blends and single origins that are available in our store at 3 Milford Road.” “Our philosophy is to ensure that we sell the highest quality, freshly roasted coffee,” added Catherine. “Our coffee is ground and packed to order so that customers can be assured that the coffee they receive is as fresh as possible.” ............................................................................................................................ Veni Coffee Roasting Boutique, 3 Milford Road, Phone 486 5650.

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The ambience of the shop lends itself to creative displays of many and varied products. Included are beautiful giftwares - jewellery, scarves, tablerunners and knitwear. Toys with the fun, myth and legend that surrounds them fascinate children. There is a large range of educational toys which have strong appeal to young families and early childhood learning centres.

Specialists in Great Lengths Hair Extensions & Organic colour, Permanant Smoothing & Straightening Systems. Shop 2, 5 Milford Road, Milford. Tel: 09 4895074

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125 Kitchener Road, Milford. Phone 486 2518 Open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10am - 5pm; Saturday 10am - 3pm.

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Focus on Fashion businesses in Milford

With over 200 businesses and 1200 FREE car parks Milford is a great place to do business. This month we feature our wonderful selection of our fashion stores covering all age groups. Check it out later in this Milford section!


Veronika Maine

Milford Shopping Centre Phone: (09) 489 3626,

Milford Shopping Centre Phone: (09) 489 2216

Jean Jones


Milford Shopping Centre Phone: (09) 486 1006,

Milford Shopping Centre Phone: (09) 486 2871,

Claire Designer Clothes

Kimberleys Milford Shopping Centre Phone: (09) 489 6093,

85 Kitchener Road, Milford Ph: 486-7424,

Gables Fashions


Milford Shopping Centre Phone: (09) 489 2479


192 Kitchener Road, Milford Phone: (09) 486 4558

Hazels Fashion

Milford Shopping Centre Phone: (09) 486 1060,

8 Milford Road, Milford Phone: (09) 4861290


Rafini Fashions

Milford Shopping Centre Phone: (09) 489 9635,


Milford Shopping Centre Phone: (09) 486 1424,

117 Kitchener Road, Milford Phone: (09) 486 4404

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Milford’s Own Squire

A chat about community and conserving the past At the age of 87 Squire Speedy has retired - but not from work as you might expect. After 47 years Squire has retired from his role as a Justice of the Peace and is now entitled to the post-nominal JP (Retired). “The association duly presented me with this rather gorgeous badge depicting laurel leaves from the Coat of Arms of the Justice of the Peace, and the Crown.” The Speedy family has a long association with the North Shore. In 1843 Squire’s great grandfather Allan O’Neill surveyed Devonport and Takapuna. His grandfathers were both early settlers on the Shore and both his parents were born here. Squire is one of the sons of ‘L.L. Speedy and Sons’, a real estate and property business established by his father in 1924. They’ve been in Milford for many years, a suburb Squire says has a ‘special quality’ about it. L.L. Speedy was also instrumental in setting up the Picturedrome Theatre and dancehall in 1922. An interesting career has seen Squire serve in the RNZAF during World War Two as a leading aircraftman radio and transmitter technician, become a registered valuer and professional witness before valuation and planning tribunals, teach as a part-time lecturer and examiner at the University of Auckland for 20 years, and write several books on property and financial matters. Throughout his life, Squire has also served the community in many ways. A framed certificate on his office wall depicts Squire’s dedication to his community. In 2010 the outgoing North Shore City Council bestowed upon Squire a Civic Award for his service to the community and his contribution to history. The ‘history’, he says, relates to his contribution to the history of Milford, which was originally published by the Takapuna City Council as People and Places of Takapuna. Overcome with indecision on where to begin his recollections, Squire put pen to paper and the story began to take shape. As an author of four books, Squire

Squire Speedy.

knows that once you start making notes, the writing momentum picks up. Family also assisted his task, providing more information as their memories were tapped. “Gradually we built up the picture, but it needed triggers all the way through. That part was great fun – it was the editing I didn’t like!” he recalls. Another of Squire’s contributions to his community was the creation of the first car park in the Milford shopping centre. Comparing Milford’s scarce offering of parking spaces to the considerable number offered by a nearby supermarket that was always crowded, Squire set about convincing the council that the ‘secret’ of patronage was decent parking. “Of course we are now short on car parks, so we need a new approach to the problem,” he muses. At the age of 87 Squire still considers himself young. “I’m 87 – that’s all – I’m still young because my brother is 90!” he laughs. While the business these days runs at a slower pace to the bustling days of the past, Squire continues to take an active part in the community he loves.









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LOCAL GOVERNMENT with Schnauer and Co


THE AUCKLAND PLAN & HOUSING AFFORDABILITY In our last article we noted the tension between government ministers and Auckland’s local politicians over the Rugby World Cup opening. It appears tensions will be a thing of the future, when looking at recent statements regarding housing affordability. The Auckland Plan that is now out for consultation wants to tighten limits on urban sprawl, and would turn the current metropolitan urban limit (MUL) into a rural urban boundary (RUB). Urban development would be banned outside the RUB, which will define growth areas for the Plan’s thirty-year timeframe. Seventy five per cent of new housing over this period will be within existing areas, if the plan is adopted in its current form. Two-thirds of this would be flats and other attached dwellings. Detached houses with gardens are predicted to drop from 76 per cent of homes to 57-61 per cent by 2040. Essentially, Auckland’s vision as proposed is up, not out, built around expanded public transport. However, a separate urban technical advisory group appointed by Environment Minister Nick Smith says Auckland’s RUB is too restrictive and recommends a Government policy statement for Auckland which the new Auckland Plan would have to comply with. ACT Party Leader Don Brash, who hopes to be part of the next government, has labelled the Council’s proposal as “ridiculous and discriminatory”. It would, he says, lock the young and the poor out of housing in Auckland for the next 30 years and could have a devastating effect on housing affordability. He referred to research that found that the existing MUL has already made land immediately inside the MUL between eight and 13 times more expensive than land immediately outside it. Housing unaffordability in Auckland is a serious problem. As we have previously written, Auckland needs to be allowing enough houses per annum to accommodate 30,000 people each year, but is currently allowing only enough housing for about 10,000 people a year. Relative to incomes, house prices have doubled since 1991, when the Resource Management Act came into law, and home ownership has declined in

every census since 1986. There are essentially two competing theories relating to the RUB. The first is as Nick Smith and Dr Brash have described: that restricting supply of land leads to pressures on demand (mainly due to internal and external migration to Auckland) and therefore higher prices. It is the land component of new housing that has accelerated markedly over the years, with the building component staying relatively “static”, or at least more affordable. The other theory is that there is plenty of land within the RUB, and it is the fault of developers who landbank it that constricts supply. That argument pre-supposes there are still enough developers around to do this (are there?), and further that if there are, this relatively small number of developers can buy and hold enough land within the huge area of the RUB to affect the market price of land. If one believes that, then they would also believe that the 2,500 (or so) mortgagee sales across the country in 2010 impacted on house prices. The housing market is vast and market economics would suggest such a small number of mortgagee sales compared to the overall number of houses would not have much of an effect on the market price. In a similar vein, landbanking has little effect on land prices. So this column suggests that perhaps Drs Smith and Brash are right. The only question then is whether they should be telling Auckland they are right and influencing Auckland’s plans for growth.

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Ben Clark is the Labour Candidate for North Shore. He’s lived in the Devonport area since he returned to NZ in 2007 with his English wife to start their family. He’s always worked in Research and Development for cutting edge hitech companies in New Zealand and the UK, creating video games as well as software used in the Lord of the Rings.

Asset Sales:

Economic stupidity

The number one political issue I strike around the North Shore is Asset Sales. Nobody I’ve spoken to wants National’s proposal, whether they support John Key or oppose him. And there are good reasons why. We have assets that are earning 17% per year so why would we want to give that income stream away when it can help reduce our taxes? Sure, we pay interest on our debt of 5.5%, but any business folk Ben Clark. worth their salt can see you wouldn’t sell such a profitable asset to pay that debt off. The historical examples don’t bode well either. Air New Zealand and TranzRail were necessary monopolies like the power companies; they were stripped and run down by their new owners and had to be bought back by the government. The ‘successful’ privatisations of the BNZ and Contact Energy have resulted in more money going offshore in profits than we gained by their sale – enriching Australia’s economy not ours, and resulting in increased costs to the New Zealand consumer. We’ll watch the power companies head offshore as well. National make an argument that it would be good for the Stock Exchange and give people something to invest in. In reality it will absorb all the capital that emerging private sector businesses need, and completely distort the market to being almost entirely energy companies. And the first rule of investment is diversity. National have run up $40 billion of debt over the last 3 years, so what can we do about it other than asset sales? A Capital Gains Tax would be a fair option, and one that is already working in the vast majority of OECD countries. With the family home excluded it affects fewer than 10% of Kiwis each year, and if the US experience is anything to go by less than 1% end up paying most of it. It’ll help reduce tax avoidance by those who have ‘unearned’ income instead of salary or wages - especially the half of the NBR rich-list who aren’t paying the top rate of tax. Capital Gains Tax will help to reduce our national obsession with property investment, freeing up capital to invest in productive Kiwi business. And best of all, it’ll raise enough to mean we can keep our nation’s assets. ....................................................................................................................... If you’d like to meet Ben or arrange for him to come and speak to your group, contact him by email:


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shore people: Diannne Hale

Why I Love the Shore Dianne Hale

Devonport resident Dianne Hale has long been a tireless worker in the community. She is currently an elected member of the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board and was for nine years a North Shore City councillor, which included a three-year term as Deputy Mayor. Dianne has been married to Dennis for 40 years, and they have two adult children, Nathan and Kelly and two beautiful grandchildren, Cooper (5) and Samantha (2). Dianne and Dennis have lived in Devonport all of their married life and have owned and operated their family business, Fleet St. Panelbeaters Ltd in Devonport, since 1971. She tells Channel Magazine why she loves the Shore and has absolutely no intention to leave. Channel Magazine: How long have you lived on the Shore? Where were you before? What was it that brought you to the Shore? Dianne Hale: I have lived on the shore for 44 years, before that I lived at Whenuapai with my parents - I moved to the Shore after Dennis and I got married. CM: What’s your favourite Shore restaurant and why? DH: Dennis and I tend to eat mainly in Devonport, as it is within walking distance of home, and the two restaurants we tend to frequent the most are Manna Thai and Buona Sera, where the food is always enjoyable and flavoursome. If eating in Takapuna my favourite is Pinot Plus – the ability to mix a number of high quality and tasty small dishes is fantastic. CM: What’s Saturday morning North Shore style for Dianne? DH: Saturday mornings tend to be my personal catch-up time. Whether it is hair or nail appointments, or just a morning coffee with friends. CM: What’s your favourite Shore beach and why? DH: I love my local beaches – Cheltenham and Torpedo Bay. Having been very involved in the sanding of Torpedo Bay it is personally fantastic to see so many people enjoying and using it, particularly when the wind is blowing into Cheltenham from the north east! CM: Where do you go to relax on the Shore? DH: I love North Head and walk up there most week mornings irrespective of the weather. It is an amazing place to go to relax and exercise. It is so close to amenities but with a majority of the mountain surrounded by the beach and sea one can easily forget that the urban environment is so close. CM: What’s the Shore’s best kept secret? DH: I consider that one of the North Shore’s best kept secrets is Mt Cambria. Nestled between Vauxhall Road and Church Street, it is amazing how many people are not even aware of its existence. CM: Have you ever found anywhere else in the world that reminds you of the Shore? DH: I have recently enjoyed a trip to Canada and parts of it reminded me very much of New Zealand, and the North Shore. CM: Finally, what do you love most about the place you call home? DH: I love living on the North Shore and have absolutely no intention of moving away. Having lived in Devonport for so long, naturally it is and always has been my preferred place to live. Dennis and I have lived here since we got married, have our business of 40 years here, raised our two children here and we now enjoy sharing our special environment with our two grandchildren Cooper and Samantha. We are very fortunate in that our children are both happily married and live close by so we have regular contact with them.

Torpedo Bay Navy Museum News


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Looking for a Christmas function venue? Surrounded by relics of New Zealand’s naval past, the Torpedo Bay Navy Museum is the perfect place to have your Christmas function. Set on the shores of the beautiful Waitemata Harbour with stunning views across to the city; where you can watch the activity on the water, there is always something happening. Enjoy the sun setting behind Mt Victoria, over the long and lazy Auckland summer nights. ........................................................................................................... For more information or bookings call (09) 446 1821 or email

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About Torpedo Bay Navy Museum The Torpedo Bay site is of exceptional significance, developed as a torpedo station in the 19th Century as part of Auckland’s coastal defence network. Our Museum tells the story of the Navy’s contribution to the development of New Zealand identity through the lens of the Navy’s values: commitment, courage and comradeship. ........................................................................................................... Opening hours 10am to 5pm, 7 days. Admission is free.

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The channel Cafe guide


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Iconic Devonport landmark cafe the Devonport Stone Oven is completely self sufficient. Everything they offer is made on premise with nothing being brought in. They even have their own unique blend of coffee. There are lots


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Altura CafÉ

TUESDAY TO SUNDAY 6.30am-3.00pm 170 HURSTMERE ROAD, TAKAPUNA PH: 489 5563 of gluten free products available with more options being introduced all the time. Generous servings for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The indoor and outdoor seating is perfect for Devonport’s climate. Fully licensed.

OPEN 7 DAYS 6.30AM UNTIL 5.30pm. 5 CLARENCE STREET, DEVONPORT PH: 445 3185 Come in to view our selection of KIWI Blend Teas, which are the perfect gift for overseas visitors or to send overseas. Tea Total also have a Tea Wall to blend your very own selection of your favorite Teas. The benefit of Loose Tea is the wonderful flavor so come in to visit Tea Total & peruse our selection of the finest loose leaf tea. Gift baskets are also available.

Mon - Fri 8.30am - 4.00pm Sat & Sun 8.30am - 3.00pm 87 Kitchener Road, Milford. PH: 486 5291 Email: Buy 1 signature salad get another at half price (cond apply). Offer ends 30/11/2011.

Mon-Fri 7.30Am-7pm. Weekends 8am-7pm. 67 HURSTMERE ROAD, TAKAPUNA PH: 489 7866 Email:

The food and menu is typical of New Zealand café culture and ticks all the right boxes, catering to busy workday breakfasts and lunches during the week, while on weekends it turns into a popular, lazy brunch spot.

Mon - Fri 7am - 4.30pm Sat 8am - 4pm. 23 Douglas Alexandra Parade, Albany. PH: 448 1416

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Tiger Coffee Showcase & Style Tiger Coffee on Barry’s Point Road is something special: not only is it a great value big, open, welcoming café, it’s also a showroom dedicated to baristas, coffee lovers and connoisseurs. When Tiger Coffee first opened in April last year it was a sole purpose showroom for the range of top-of-the-line bean to cup espresso equipment they specialises in. The equipment is made and imported directly from Switzerland and is an exciting, new, high-end technology that hasn’t been seen in New Zealand before. The equipment is geared to all levels of connoisseur, from the at-home amateur barista and coffee lover, through your office and corporate uses to the professional baristas, coffee bars and cafes. Low to high volume there is something for all. All equipment is geared towards consistency and quality coffee – whether fully or semi-automatic is your preferred option An espresso bar was eventually added to the showroom to give people a real idea of the capabilities and quality of the equipment being showcased. Naturally a good idea grows and as more people discovered the quality coffee, requests for food started to come in and the espresso bar turned into a full-blown café, just to keep up with demand. A full blown café that’s all about quality – quality food, quality equipment and of course, great quality coffee. As well as the speciality coffee, everything is made fresh, to order, so you can trust nothing has been sitting around and is made exactly to your

The channel Cafe guide torpedo bay cafe

Torpedo Bay Cafe is a recent addition to the Shore cafe scene. It has a fabulous site in the new Navy Museum, along Devonport waterfront at the foot of North Head with stunning views of the city.

Manuka Cafe, DEVONPORT

Devonport’s iconic Manuka Café has undergone fantastic renovations and expanded to take over the next-door shop. Along with the new look and size they will be serving great draught

Swiss Bakery, Patisserie & Cafe


It is a fantastic setting with beautiful coffee, superb food and a great atmosphere to tempt you through the door. Try their good old English favourites like bacon butties & ice cream sundaes.

OPEN 7 DAYS 8AM UNTIL 5pm. FULLY LICENSED 64 KING EDWARD PARADE DEVONPORT. PH: 445 5186 beer - Gold Medal Winning Mata ‘Artesian’ Lager. Come down and enjoy the new renovations and the great environment Manuka provide for the perfect afternoon beer.

Open 7 days.- breakfast, lunch & dinner. 49 Victoria rd, Devonport. PH: 445 7732 they will box it up to take away. Customers say ‘that the food you get at the Swiss Bakery is 100% authentic and 100% yum!’ The toasted coffee is great too.


liking and request. The menu is probably one of the best value available on the Shore, with sandwiches starting from$5.50, paninis from $5.80 and even made to order pizzas are only $8.50. Great Value! Café owner Sheona Kearney says the support from locals has been amazing since day one. “We’ve only been going a short time but we’ve already got our regulars and people who come in every day for their favourite coffee before work, or something to eat at lunch,” she says. “By far the most popular dish on the menu is the big mighty breakfast.” That’s a full traditional breakfast – with everything – for only $7.50. The coffees themselves are $4 for a 12oz, or $3.60 for an 8oz double shot. There’s even a self service coffee-on-the-go option – utilising another of Tiger’s great coffee machines – brewing amazing quality espressos and coffees in under 20 seconds, and at a discounted price, for those in a hurry. The actual coffee served is Tiger’s own blend – Grand Cru –a Rainforest Alliance certified coffee that is blended especially for Tiger and can be bought by the bag for you to take home and brew yourself – just the way you like it, just the way Tiger make it. At Tiger HQ they also offer a few other services; WOF on your home machine, Barista training, buffets for office meetings and you can hire out the Tiger space for parties, product launches, training sessions… Go for a visit and see for yourself!

It’s hard to find something that is truly artisan. But Evelyn and her husband Franz simply do just that; serving all things - Swiss style. Baked on site daily, this European flavour extends to everything on offer. With little fuss,

Mon – Fri: 8am – 4.30pm Sat & Sun: 8am – 2.30pm 5 Milford Rd, Milford Ph: 489 9737

Buffalo bar & grill

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Devonport Lions Santa Parade 11am, Sunday 4th December Stepping off from Clarence Street along Victoria Road (Parade Participants congregate 10:15 onwards @ Devonport Community House)

and @ Windsor Reserve from 10am - 3pm

Dance in the Park A celebration of Dance & Music with Christmas Cheer

The Devonport Craft Market A market chockfull of Christmas goodies

Preloved Toy Sale: By Kids for Kids Kids buy and sell used toys, trinkets & treasures

Food Stalls - Preschool Play Area Kindly sponsored by:

For more info, contact Devonport Community Coordinator @ 445 9533

DELICIOUS TREATS with Devonport Chocolates


By Caroline Everitt of Devonport Chocolates

The Ins and Outs of Making Every single truffle is hand

Visit our store in Devonport and chances are you will see one of our customers glued to the window looking at our delicious chocolates and truffles being made in our chocolate kitchen. Lovers of chocolate rejoice, below is a close-up of the ins and outs of how we make decadent truffles. The extraordinary thing with our truffles is that they take three days to make. They’re literally made from the inside to the outside.


Hand dipping.

Day One: Using good quality ingredients is really important to us and we start by making the truffle centre in a big mixer. The truffle centre contains secret ingredients like freeze dried strawberry, hazelnut paste, apricots from central Otago and of course chocolate. This mix is then set overnight. Above: a spot of nine carat gold is applied to the top of espresso truffles.

Day Two: Our mix is cut up and each piece weighed to make sure it will be the correct weight and size. Every single piece is then hand rolled into a little ball. Believe it or not it actually takes quite a bit of practice to roll the perfect ball. The truffles are then left to rest overnight again. Day Three: This when the fun really starts. Our chocolatiers balance a ball on two fingers, delicately wave it under the stream of chocolate and put it on a tray finishing it with their own signature swirl on top. We can tell which chocolatier was dipping truffles that day just by the look of the top of the truffle, each one is a little handmade masterpiece to devour. The truffles are then hand decorated with chocolate from the temperer in a piping bag with stripes or swirls, or in the case of our espresso truffle, a spot of nine carat gold is applied to the top of the truffle.

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Hello and welcome to this month’s account of what has been happening in the community of Devonport. The RWC has been and gone, and what a wonderful festival it has been. We may not have been inundated with thousands upon thousands of visitors eagerly buying up large but I’m sure we have left a positive lasting memory with the tourists that have come to our fair shores and we look forward to them coming back again. The other major positive aspect of the tournament is the legacy projects that have been completed in anticipation of the event. We now have WiFi along the Mainstreet, and Council has completed a major redevelopment of the Devonport Wharf building. Council has recognized the very significant importance of the wharf as the key gateway to the North Shore and has taken measures to address the outstanding maintenance and functional issues. The wharf is now set for stage two of its re-development which will see the function and use aligned with its role as a key transport hub while taking full advantage of its truly amazing location.

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Devonport Christmas Festival and Santa Parade. Forget about mowing the lawns, cancel lunch with the in-laws, whatever you do keep Sunday the 4th of December FREE! It’s Devonport’s biggest family fun day of the year – the Devonport Christmas Festival and you are invited. The day kicks off in spectacular fashion with the Devonport Lions Santa Parade at 11am. There will be floats, bands, clowns, and of course Santa! Then the action moves to Windsor reserve where the whole family will be treated to an afternoon of fun and festivities including: • Dance in the Park – A celebration of dance and music with Christmas cheer and a distinct local feel. • The Devonport Craft Market will be stocked full of Christmas goodies and gift ideas. • Food and beverage stands • Pre-school play area • Main street Market Day • Fun, clowns, giveaways plus much more. Join the many hundreds of others who enjoy a wonderful day in beautiful Devonport.

Draft City Centre Master Plan With Devonport now firmly part of greater Auckland under one council, we are beginning to see some interesting, and potentially very beneficial opportunities arise. One that should be of particular interest to many of us is the Draft City Centre Master Plan. Now some would say that we are becoming ‘Planned Out’ with so many draft plans in circulation. However, that said, this is the one to take a keen interest in. Unlike the draft Waterfront Plan that barely mentions Devonport, except when referring to it as being a parking lot for ferry commuters, the City Centre Plan identifies Devonport as one of the ‘tight five’ key City Fringe Villages. The others are Ponsonby, Newton, Newmarket and Parnell. Although light on detail the draft plan has Devonport firmly in its focus with priority being given to enhancing and upgrading the wharf and Marine Square within the next 3 years. In fact approximately $10 million of council and Auckland Transport funding is already identified for the upgrade. “There is an opportunity for a high quality public – private sector gateway development on the Devonport and Victoria wharves that takes advantage of the new public spaces and attractive views to the Waitemata Harbour, city centre and Harbour Bridge”. Council has invited submissions on the draft plan with gives us a tremendous opportunity for public participation in the planning process to get the best facilities and infrastructure possible for Devonport.

Navy Museum – Must See, Must Do! ‘Torpedo Bay’ the aptly named home of the Navy Museum has just celebrated its first birthday and has already far exceeded expectations with over 100,000 people visiting the museum in the first 12 months. This puts it ahead of the Maritime Museum on the Viaduct Harbour as far as visitor numbers are concerned. The award winning building, spectacularly situated on the shores of the Waitemata Harbour and complete with a beautiful café, compliment the wonderful experience which is North Head. The area, so full of history and yet easily accessible is an absolute ‘Must See – Must Do’ experience. The museum is free and offers a rare taste of life at sea and the tremendous sacrifice and commitment of our men and women in the Navy.

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What a pleasure to be writing for Maire, as she takes a very well earned break. As the Devonport Community Coordinator Maire is grateful to Channel Magazine and the Devonport Business Association for the opportunity to tell you a little bit about what is happening on the Devonport peninsula each month. It is official ~ summer is here on the peninsula, with the start of our Summer Fun activities in November! The outdoor Preschool Play sessions are underway, giving toddlers a chance to be active outdoors, play with some big toys and make new friends. This popular free event gives parents and caregivers an opportunity to meet friends and play with their preschoolers in our lovely parks. So bring your littlies along to Windsor Reserve in the heart of Devonport on Tuesday mornings and to Bayswater Park on Thursday mornings. All sessions run from 9:30 am until 11:00. We cancel if it’s raining, but it needs to be a real downpour to stop this fun in the park! November is host to a number of community events for us all to come & enjoy; St Leo’s School Fair on Saturday 5th from 11am -2pm, Shore Talent Quest Live at The Victoria Theatre, in conjunction with The Rotary Club of Devonport. The heats are on November 6th, and finals Sat 12th. Call the VIC on 4460100 for details. Hauraki School Fair is on again in the evening of Friday November 11th and the Ocean Swim Harbour Crossing starts in Bayswater Sat 12th (www.oceanswim. The VIC Unplugged 2 with Annah Mac and many more is the second celebration of fresh new talent with proceeds going to Play it Strange Charitable Trust ~ supporting young New Zealand songwriters. Then there’s the Wilson Home Trust Gala & Fun Day, with a scarecrow competition for the under 18’s. (Take your homemade creation along to 1 St Leonards Road Hauraki at 10:30am on Sunday November 27th). In the mean time, enjoy November in your community! Carolyn (for Maire) ......................................................................................................................... To find out more about what is happening on Devonport Peninsula, sign up for the Devonport Peninsula eNEWS. Please contact or call 445 9533

our charming village by the sea Donna Gustafson (right) with her mother Valerie.

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Donna Gustafson and her team at Devonport Lingerie are celebrating their sixth birthday during November. Their birthday celebration will be the perfect time to get a new bra – or three – for your summer wardrobe. All you have to do is trade-in your old bra and you will get a whopping 25% discount off Triumph Basics bras. You’ll have to move quickly though, as this offer ends on Sunday November 13th. When it comes to experience with lingerie there isn’t too many around with more than Donna. Donna’s mum had Shelly’s Lingerie in Milford for nearly 20 years and Donna first started working there on Saturday’s when she was just 13 years old. She is now halfway through her third decade in the business. After all this time she still loves what she does and the recent move by Devonport Lingerie to the fantastic new location under the Esplanade Apartments has her fizzing more than usual. “All of our team are professionally trained in fitting bras and our prices are very reasonable,” says Donna. “Shopping with us is so much better than a department store when you get great service and friendly help at no extra cost. Our new store is fantastic. It’s light and roomy and we have a great selection of lingerie from size 10a cup to 24h, underwire or wire free bras, as well as sports and maternity. And we have loads of international brands, including Triumph, Berlei, Lovable, Oroton, Calvin Klein – men and women – and great New Zealand brands such as Caprice, Zabu, Womama, HOTmilk, the New Zealand made Emkay Girl bra, Thunderpants and Essence lingerie.” As this issue of Channel was going to press all the new summer styles were arriving in store at Devonport Lingerie. This included their completely new swimwear collection. The Palazzi range includes styles with tummy control, bust enhancing or underwire support for a fuller bust, and some have mastectomy pockets. “We also have a lovely range of sleepwear and robes from Calvin Klein, Lovable, Essence, Pierre Cardin to name a few,” adds Donna. “Our specialist maternity sleepwear from HOTmilk, Lovable and Womama is proving to be very popular as well.” Make sure you get in to see Donna and her team before Sunday November 13th – and save up to 25% off Triumph Basics bras. ............................................................................................................................ Devonport Lingerie, Shop 2, One Queens Parade. Devonport. Phone 445 8347. Open 7 Days.

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104 Eating out in DEVonport Restaurant of the month: Platter – Cafe, Bar & Restaurant

Platter Devonport.

Magnificent waterfront setting.

Platter Devonport

– The experience matches the location Is there a better spot for a cafe/restaurant than where Platter is situated on King Edward Parade in Devonport? I think not. The great thing about Platter is that consistency of the food and service really does match the location. It is a great place to relax – taking in the magnificent waterfront setting on offer – while partaking in great value-for-money fair that is always consistent. That’s why locals love the place. For visitors, to get to Platter all you do is turn left at the bottom of the main street of Devonport and continue a few hundred metres along the King Edward Parade waterfront. There is lots of parking right outside. Platter is an easy scenic walk along the waterfront from the Devonport ferry terminal. Platter is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You will always get a friendly smile, they have happy hour 4pm-6pm Monday to Friday, live music featuring local muso’s on Friday evenings and their extensive food menu offers a combination of the delicious tastes of the Mediterranean and some good old New Zealand favourites. Everything, including their delicious selection of baking is prepared on site. Platter for parties and functions Platter is also a great venue for parties and functions for up to 100 people. Christmas is just around the corner and Platter would be perfect for your party. They also do weddings and they make the food side of things real easy with finger food options, set menus, an a la carte menu – sit down or standing settings. Platter for Brekky or Brunch The brekky menu has no less than 17 options to choose from with all the favourites. These include great bagels, fresh fruit salad, homemade or Bircher Muesli, bacon and eggs, eggs Benedict, hotcakes, scrumptious mushrooms or mince on toast and sweetcorn fritters. My favourite is the Spanish Deluxe (braised beans with napoli, chorizo, spanish red onion, two poached eggs and toasted ciabatta) while my good wife loves the Vegetarian Breakfast (fritters with spinach, field mushrooms, scrambled

Platter is also a great venue for parties and functions for up to 100 people. Christmas is just around the corner and Platter would be perfect for your party. They also do weddings and they make the food side of things real easy with finger food options, set menus, an a la carte menu – sit down or standing settings. eggs, vine tomato and ricotta red bell pepper parfait) or the Halloumi Bruschetta. Platter for Lunch Platter’s lunch menu is very extensive as well. You can start with crushed garlic and parmesan bread or a bruschetta and then launch into a range of delicious dishes. Their seafood chowder is special – one of the best – and the five salads (Ceasar, Nicoise, Chicken, Moroccan Lamb, Scallop and Bacon) are as good as they get. Other options include salt and pepper squid, chicken livers, fettuccine, risotto, Cajun chicken or steak sandwiches. My love their good old-fashion fish and chips – tempura battered snapper fillets with chunky chips. She who is always obeyed usually chooses the chilli prawns or Greek eggplant (stuffed with savoury mince and topped with mozzarella). Platter for platters Platter takes its name from their selection of great platters which are perfect for a large group or if two or three just want to share. There are six options – Mezze, antipasti, seafood, many morsel, mix grill or a cheese platter to finish. Priced from $26 to $65.

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Eating out in DEVonport 105 Platter for dinner Platter is open for dinner from Wednesday through until Sunday and believe me there is nothing better than dinner there – inside or out – in the summer. They have 15 starters, 13 mains, five platters, seven desserts and a great all-day kids menu. If I was a kid I would probably go for the mini hotdogs or fish and chips! As I’m not I would start with Turkish meatballs or a dozen fresh oysters, move on to the Turkish grill or pork belly and finish off with their gluten-free rich chocolate hazelnut cake for dessert. But it would have to me my birthday to get all that past the boss! Platter for a drink or just a coffee Platter is fully licensed and they have a great selection of wines to compliment the food. The coffee is always good as well because they use their own special blend of Italian Moak coffee which is prepared by their own skilled baristas. So there it is folks. If you haven’t been to Platter then you should. It’s pretty special. The location and the fair.

Platter’s courtyard.

Dida’s Wine Lounge & Tapas Dida’s Wine Lounge Devonport Located in the front of the old Victoria Theatre, Didas Devonport is an ideal location for a drink and tapas prior to a movie, a late afternoon drink or a night out to catch up with friends. Deliberately designed to encourage conviviality and relaxed imbibing, the food is tapas style, small plates of an everchanging nature created from our fantastic local and imported produce and crafted by the chefs at Dida’s. To accommodate the wondrous spread of textures and flavours, we have a monumental winelist with almost everything available by the glass. We think a glass of wine, a plate or two and a mate or two is a pretty comfortable way to spend your time, wouldn’t you say?

WINE LOUNGE OPEN 11.30am - LATE. 7 DAYS Sun 11.30am - 11.30pm 54 Victoria St, Devonport. PH: 445 1392

Nicolino Restaurant & Cube Bar

Nicolino provides a “taste of Greece and the Mediterranean” in every sense of the word: the food, atmosphere, live entertainment and relaxed, but attentive service. It offers an authentic and fun taverna atmosphere, just as you would find in Greece itself. Every Thursday night is Greek night at Nicolino, featuring live Greek music, dancing, traditional Greek and Mediterranean dishes, ouzo and plate breaking. At Nicolino, they are serious about fun! Opa! Nicolino is BYO and also provides takeout pizzas and meals, including free delivery within the local area.

Bistro style dining & wine bar in cosy surroundings • Tasty tapas selection • Great Bistro style meals at affordable prices • Extensive wine list • Over 30 wines by the glass • A cosy interior with fireplace • Regular winemaker hosted dinners

Dinner; Tuesdays to Saturdays from 5:00PM Lunch; Saturdays & Sundays from 11:00AM 2A Rattray Street, Devonport. Ph: 445 1618 EMAIL:

Manuka Cafe

Open 7 days 4.00pm till late. 103 Victoria Road, Devonport Ph: 446 6664

Devonport’s iconic Manuka Café has undergone fantastic renovations and expanded to take over the next-door shop. Along with the new look and size they will be serving great draught beer - Gold Medal Winning Mata ‘Artesian’ Lager from the Bay of Plenty. Come and enjoy Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at Manuka, and don’t forget you can order their great Pizzas’ to TAKEAWAY.. Call 445 7732, and they’ll be waiting for you. 2 or more Pizzas get FREE Garlic Pizza bread or Fries, perfect if your watching the Rugby at home.

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106 Wines & cheeses with Liz Wheadon Our monthly Channel Wines and Cheeses 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.

Sparkling Wine - the differences

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There are lots of new Sparkling wines appearing on shelves, here’s a 101 to how they are all made and a few of my top picks. Sparkling wine is traditionally made the way they do in Champagne, the very basic version – the grapes are picked, and then pressed, the juice is fermented into wine. The wine is then put into bottles where a secondary fermentation occurs – as this occurs, the bubbles released during the process are trapped in the bottle. The bottles are then turned and slowly the dead yeast cells from the second fermentation collect in the neck of the bottle. The temporary closure that is used during the secondary fermentation is then removed, a little ‘dosage’ added (a liquor to top the bottle up that depending on the amount added affects the final sweetness of the wine) a cork closure is applied to hold the bubbles in the bottle. This process is referred to as Methode Traditional. Champagne is produced this way and can only be called Champagne as long as it’s from the Champagne Appellation (78,000 acres of vine in Champagne, France) bottle aged for 15 months minimum for NV. 3 years for vintage and made from permitted grape varieties. There are wines made the same way in other parts of the world, including Champagne, but unless they meet these requirements, they can’t be called Champagne, but they can be called Methode Traditional. Another method of production is the Charmat method, invented in 1907 by a Frenchman Euguen Charmat. In this process the second fermentation happens in large tanks and is then pumped under pressure into bottles and sealed. Examples of sparkling wine through this process include Prosecco and Asti. There’s also the transfer method, which follows the Methode process, but differs after the secondary fermentation, when the wine is transferred to another







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Wines & cheeses with Liz Wheadon 107 vintage Sparkling wines differ in style from year to year as they reflect the particular vintage they are from. Like good wines, Vintage Champagne ages very well. Here’s a few of my picks for this festive season; St Meyland Methode Traditional Made from the traditional varieties of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this wine is made in France just outside the Champagne region, but is made in the same way. For under $20 it’s got to be one of the best value sparkling wines on the market. Santa Margherita Prosecco DOCG A dry style this is a great aperitif wine, made from the Prosecco grape variety using the charmat method. Drappier Carte Blanche Non-Vintage Champagne One of my favorites, it’s well priced – under $45 this Christmas, made by the Drappier family, this has one of the lowest amounts of sulphur of all the Champagnes on the market, this is due to Michel Drappiers allergy to sulphur, it’s also a lovely dry Champagne.

Raclette Cheese Raclette cheese originated in Switzerland, but is now made on both sides of the Swiss Alps and the one stocked at Didas is the French version. Made from Cows milk, it’s a semi-firm cheese and has a light brown rind and in the centre a straw-colour firm texture. Traditional Raclette is produced in large rounds. Whilst it’s quite pleasant to eat at room temperature, the taste sensation comes when Raclette is heated. Warm raclette has a sweet nutty taste with a smooth texture, some raclette does have quite a strong aroma, but this is all a diguise, the cheese is very mild. The traditional way to eat raclette is in a dish by the same name – Raclette. It is derived from the French verb – racler – meaning to scrape. Half a round is put into the cradle of a raclette grill that is then rotated around under a hot grill, the exposed centre of the raclette starts to melt and bubble, the cheese is turned back around, the hot cheese scraped off. It’s traditional to eat the hot cheese on top of a boiled potato with gherkins and picked onions. It is possible to hire a racelette grill; however there are many other uses for this wonderful melting cheese. Raclette makes an excellent cheese for fondue, add a little white wine and if you like, a dash of Cassis to grated raclette, melt and serve either in a fondue basin over a flame to keep it warm, or warm a small dip dish and serve it in that. Small pieces of bread, boiled potato, carrots and celery dipped in the fondue are all delicious. Raclette is also wonderful melted on a tart. I make two versions, the first – caramalised onions and thyme. Take some onions, sweat them off in a pan without colouring them, and add a little brown sugar and some good quality balsamic vinegar – something like guisti. Mix and cook until soft. Roll out some puff pastry, top with the onion mixture, slip raclette on the top and bake at 190 degree Cel for about 15 minutes or until the pasty is cooked and the cheese golden. Another nice version is to top puff pasty with roasted vegetables – things like pumpkin, kumara, courgettes, capsicum, then raclette and bake in the oven until the pasty is cooked. Raclette cheese also makes the best cheese toasted sandwich – I prefer an open sandwich – that way the raclette can bubble up and go nice and nutty. Try toasted vogels, topped with good chutney – the Tomato Chilli jam we stock at Didas would be perfect, top with raclette and grill.

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11th November 2011 4pm to 8pm Save the date – the Hauraki Primary School’s Twilight Fair is almost here! It’s shaping up to be another great event for all ages. Our fantastic MCs, Actor Shane Cortese and Olympian Paul MacDonald, will set the scene for some twilight fun and entertainment. The Cheapskates Entertainment Stage will showcase local school rock bands and other performances including the Royal NZ Navy Rock Band. Shane Cortese, star of Nothing Trivial, Outrageous Fortune and Dancing with the Stars will also be belting out some songs live on stage. Enter the $500 cash draw on your way to browse the traditional fair stalls (Cakes & Sweets, Toys & Games, Books, CDs & DVDs, Clothes, White Elephant & Handcrafts). Then stop by for a cold beer or wine at the bar while you sit back and enjoy the talent on the Cheapskates Entertainment Stage. You’ll be having so much fun that you’ll want to stay for dinner and choose from some tasty options available. Then to finish off head to the NZ Natural Dessert Room for some delicious treats! Remember to enter the raffle (prizes are a Springfree Trampoline, Apple iPad & HP Notebooks). There are loads of Live and Silent Auctions. Bid on some wonderful & exciting new items including a 14-Night Cruise for 2 adults aboard the MS Volendam from Auckland to Sydney, a Springfree trampoline, Photography Packages, and tonnes more! Great gifts for Christmas to be won for all! The older kids will love the Action Zone with Water Walkers, Adrenaline Maze, Bungee Trampolines, and Plate Smashing. The littlies can enjoy Old MacDonalds Farm, Free Under-5’s Play Area and other fun, prize winning activities. Eftpos available for your convenience, SAVE THE DATE!


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108 COMMUNITY FEATURE: Get in2life Youth Development Trust

It’s a great life on the Shore

- so get “in2it”!

Street Games

Remember the good old days of backyard cricket? Well it doesn’t have to be a distant memory anymore, for you or your children! Get in2life is a Youth Development Trust, formed after the amalgamation of North Shore City Council (NSCC) into Auckland Council, and is now a fully fledged trust operating with the support of many North Shore based organisations and businesses. Scott Mackenzie is the General Manager of the trust and was originally a part of the project when it was under the guidance of the NSCC. He says that while it was a little nerve-wracking at first, they are enjoying all the benefits that come with standing on your own two feet. “We definitely haven’t strayed from our core purpose which is about encouraging children and young people to use our parks, but it has allowed us to really be in touch with our destiny and plans. “We live in a fast society these days and in2it is about offering a point in time to stop and enjoy each other’s company, helping us all to reconnect.” The original philosophy was to target those who Scott Mackenzie. weren’t actively involved in organised sport. It was about securing youth destinations – like parks, beaches, reserves – and providing activities to use those places to their full advantage. At the moment they are right into bringing back the great kiwi tradition of backyard cricket using rubbish obviously a positive outcome.” bins for wickets and recycled fence palings for bats. The in2it team are always so happy to hear how much young people enjoy The individual, charitable trust is coming up for its first birthday in November coming to the street games and often kids are waiting patiently at each location and Scott is amazed by how much growth in2it has seen in the North Shore for the van to arrive! But Scott also likes to know what they could improve on so community, as well as extending out West and up to Orewa. Their main activity is encourages people to speak up. currently street games, something all children and young people can get involved “We work hard to make sure that what we do is local to the people we are in. going too, and getting feedback from kids is the perfect way to identify the needs “The in2it street games are about playing. The environment could be a park, beach, reserve, car park, town centre - we just promote the fact that any space is and then help them achieve what they want too. We have helped refugee and a play space. This particular project is mainly about getting kids out of their house migrant children learn to ride scooters and skateboards because that is what one particular community was interested in.” and realising there is a whole other world outside,” says Scott. Beyond their first year, Scott wants to expand the in2it delivery into new So on a weekly basis at selected parks across the Shore, same place and communities as well as investigating potential unexplored partnerships. At the same time every week, rain, hail wind or shine, the very cool black in2it van and moment he feels they are just knocking the top off the iceberg and that support trailer turn up to deliver different themes to our communities. One week it could will come in different shapes and sizes over the next few years. be all about wheels; BMX bikes, peddle cars, scooters and skateboards. Come “We have a bit of rope at the moment and are stretching it as far as we can. summer time and out rolls the slides and garden hoses. But we are always keen to talk to new people about new opportunities. When you “We provide these activity sessions specifically because there are no hard work with children and young people it is an extremely dynamic field where what and fast rules. We give kids an environment and let them manipulate it however may not be a connector now, may be in a year’s time.” they want by organising their own games,” says Scott. “We try to let it be as There are so many activities planned for the summer of 2011/2012 so go unstructured as possible so that all the activity is intrinsically motivated, which to the website to see what’s on near you. At the moment the hopefully means everyone ends up having a great time!” team is very excited about a giant inflatable soccer pitch making its way to New The main message behind in2it is that it doesn’t matter where you live, Zealand shores, on the shore, very soon. whether the city centre or surrounded by a green space, you should utilise it as And don’t worry parents, Scott knows you want to join in and he says you are much as possible. But it isn’t about educating people and telling them what to do, most welcome. more-so promoting the benefits of an open space in any community. – By Erin Boyle. “We are just one engagement tool of getting people into parks, reserves .............................................................................................................................. or where-ever. It is about children, young people and also their family. We love Get in2life is a Youth Development Trust Phone: 09 484 8712 or everyone to come along! And because everyone has so much fun, they don’t visit: realise they are having a physical workout! But they are being active, which is

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ANDREW WILLIAMS: New Zealand First Candidate for North Shore 109 Andrew Williams was mayor of North Shore City (2007- 2010), a Takapuna community board member (2004 – 2007) and North Shore city councillor (2001-2004). Andrew’s 34 year career involved international trade, meat exports, shipping and air cargo, including ten years as Trade Commissioner and Hon. Vice Consul of Belgium. Visit: www.andrewwilliams. He provides this column for Channel Magazine on why he is backing New Zealand First by being their candidate for North Shore in the 2011 general elections being held later this month.


Andrew Williams.

Backs New Zealand First

As mayor I understood very clearly what was needed for our North Shore communities and recognised that New Zealand First’s policies and principles have been of great assistance to our people. New Zealand First introduced the Super Gold Card with free seniors’ public transport, raised superannuation to 66% of the average wage, helped those with hearing disabilities, introduced free doctors’ visits for under six year olds, negotiated 1,000 extra police, saved the racing industry, and raised the minimum wage for youth. I’m proud to represent New Zealand First as candidate for North Shore, to help introduce more such policies and to continue the extensive work I was involved in as your mayor. People know that I’m a man of action who gets results,

instrumental in sorting out the 18 year Pak ‘N Save supermarket debacle, stopping the Whenuapai Airport – with all its noise and pollution, and clearing the way for the building of the Birkenhead Library and the Albany Senior High School. Getting the Takapuna Beach Café commissioned, funding for the National Ocean Water Sports Centre and the Millennium Institute 50 metre pool, the Hurstmere Green and Takapuna Visitor Information Centre upgrade, and more parkland at Mairangi Bay, Chelsea Estate, Long Bay, Hauraki Corner, Bayswater and other seaside areas. New Zealand First will introduce one free doctor’s visit yearly for SuperGold Card holders and a $10 cap thereafter. We’ll provide employer incentives for youth apprenticeships, introduce a dollar-for-dollar payment subsidy on student debt for students staying and working in New Zealand, initiate Family Start Programmes to break the cycle of bad parenting, will ensure equal access to health care and we’ll give health professionals the tools to fight early childhood disease. We have a seven-point plan to rebuild our economy, particularly exports, to keep jobs in New Zealand. Outsourcing to low wage countries will end. New Zealand First will introduce a bold set of tax incentives to encourage private savings – the first $10,000 of interest earned would become tax free. We will introduce government guaranteed inflation proof bonds – eligible to New Zealand citizens resident in New Zealand only – that will pay the inflation rate (measured by the CPI) plus 2.5%. New Zealand First will stop state asset sales, and the sale of our farmland. Our power stations and rivers belong to the people. No Government has the right to sell these priceless public assets - our ‘family silverware’! We will impose strict restrictions on foreign land ownership. New Zealand First also knows that ALL New Zealanders own our foreshore and seabed. It should always be in Crown hands for us all.

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110 spotlight on the takapuna markets

Bargain Bags at the takapuna Markets

Looking for something that you might not expect at the Takapuna Markets? What about something to carry what you buy at the markets? This month, Channel Magazine showcases all the great wallets, bags and purses that you can buy every Sunday at these local markets.

Leather wallets and purses A.

Thin notebook wallet - $15 Quilted wallet - $30 C. Large leather tote - $40 B.



Messenger Bags Wherever brand

satchels with padded laptop carrier - $45




Takapuna Market Spotlight Stand: Massey Gardens & Orchard. Products: Sweet Red, Small ‘n’ Sweet and Next Best Strawberries – and Scrumptious Strawberry Jam! Location: Along the North side of the markets. Best Selling Product: Sweet Red Strawberries.

Why visit this stand for your summer strawberry purchases? They say it’s because they sell the best strawberries in the world! And, after tasting them, they are pretty darn good! Come down to the markets and meet the growers themselves, who have been at the markets for 24 years, with their freshly picked strawberries and strawberry jam that will put a smile on your face. The Sweet Red strawberries are a quality product you can count on to deliver great taste.

Woven Straw Bags D.

Large tote - $30


Purse with white flower - $30


Bedazzled sequin tote - $35

Mochila Bags – Authentic South American Bags Large bag - $20

Totes on Wheels

Bags on wheels, perfect for the markets - $25

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the smile doctor: Dr Gilbert Stehbens


of the teeth is also advisable when any teeth contact each other. A visit to your dentist or dental nurse will give you personalised advice and to help catch problems early. Let’s keep your child’s smile healthy and cute! 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.

Children’s Teeth Apart from cute smiles, children’s teeth help them eat, bite everything in sight and are also important in speech and helping the adult teeth appear in the right place. Children normally get twenty teeth, typically erupting around the age of six months and completed by the time they are two and a half years old. Appearing first, the front teeth need to last until around the age of six when the adult teeth begin to emerge while the child’s back teeth need to last until early teenage years. The early loss of front teeth can lead to speech difficulties while the early loss of back teeth can lead to adult teeth erupting too far forward and causing crowding and the need for orthodontics (braces). Careful cleaning and dietary care will help to keep teeth healthy and last the distance. Fluoride helps to make the teeth resistant to decay and slows down the growth of harmful bacteria. A common reason for early decay is giving children a bedtime bottle with milk or fruit juice. While normally healthy drinks, if allowed to sit on teeth for hours on end acids are formed in the plaque which start to dissolve the tooth structure. This also applies to dipping dummies in honey or syrup. Cleaning children’s teeth should start as soon as they appear. Initially lightly rubbing a finger on the teeth for a minute or so a day will be fine. Once your child is used to this, change to a small soft toothbrush using water only. Once comfortable with this you can move on to the smallest amount of fluoride toothpaste on the brush. I found it best initially to use a child’s toothpaste as adult ones can have too strong a taste. Children’s dexterity and thoroughness isn’t usually sufficient until at least the age of ten so it’s best to keep an eye on their brushing. You can also get tablets which shows areas being missed by the toothbrush and you can use these every now and then to help refine brushing techniques. Gentle flossing


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112 The pumphouse theatre: What’s On

The Secret Life of a Bellydancer Later this month The PumpHouse welcomes Galatea Theatre with its Takapuna season of The Secret Life of a Bellydancer by North Shore playwright Geoff Allen.

Belly dancing originated in the Middle East and North Africa and is believed to have had ancient religious significance in rituals worshipping the goddess of fertility. Ancient Egyptian carvings depict dancing girls performing moves typical of belly dancing and in Middle Eastern society two specific belly dance movements have been used in childbirth for generations. Western interest in this art form was piqued in the 19th century and in recent years belly dancing as a form of exercise has been gaining in popularity. Colombian pop star Shakira is one of the more high profile exponents of belly dancing inspired by her part Lebanese ancestry. While belly dancing is mostly associated with the minority ethnic immigrant cultures that practise it, Geoff Allen has managed to vividly illuminate the dance form within a mainstream Kiwi story. Arriving home in winter after her marriage to a wealthy Egyptian ends, Jamila is given a job stacking shelves in her father’s supermarket. The grief over her marriage breakup and the monotony of her job drives her to exhaustion. The checkout girls witness her dancing in the supermarket aisles late one night. With nothing beautiful in their own lives they persuade Jamila to teach them belly dance, much to the frustration of her controlling father Rex. When a rival belly dance teacher turns up and challenges her group, Jamila accepts the challenge and tries to get her beginners ready to face the best dancers in New Zealand. Galatea Theatre debuted The Secret Life of a Bellydancer to full houses and great reviews in 2009. The combination of director - Elena Stejko, (Outbox Theatre) and Galatea Theatre brings together two professional North Shore theatre groups. And along with choreographer - Russian National belly dance champion Tais Derbasova, audiences are guaranteed truly authentic performances of the art form. The 2011 production will also include live Middle Eastern music from Jewish American composer Carvin Knowles and promises to be an enhanced version of the original play.


‘An up-beat, entertaining night out with something for everyone.’ Good theatre should entertain and leave the viewer thinking about it for a while after the curtains come down. This show did both.’ - Craccum 2009 (Review The Secret Life of a Bellydancer.) Galatea Theatre The theatre company name harks back to Ancient Greece. Galatea was the sculpture made by Pygmalion and brought to life by Aphrodite. Since joining together to form Galatea Theatre two years ago, actress Gina Timberlake and writer/director Geoff Allen have well and truly launched their company onto the professional Auckland Theatre scene, receiving glowing reviews for acting, writing, directing and production. The Santa Claus Show 2011 Delighting children at Christmas for many years, The Santa Claus Show returns to The PumpHouse in December to bring magic and meaning to this special time of the year. This year is Tim Bray Productions’ 10th anniversary season of Tim Bray’s original play about Kelly and Alana, two little girls, best friends who decide to write to Santa Claus. But Kelly sends the longest list of things that a child wants for Christmas that Santa has ever seen. Santa flies Kelly to the North Pole where she learns for herself the true meaning of Christmas. The Santa Claus Show has become part of many families’ Christmas traditions. It seems the idea of Santa and presents never loses its magic for children of all ages and children are encouraged to dress up in a Christmas theme when they come to the show. Book your company’s staff function, school or early childhood centre in for a joyous end of year treat. You could even have your own exclusive performance. The PumpHouse offers generous discounts for large group bookings. Hairy Maclary in 2012? We have heard a whisper that Hairy Maclary and his canine compadres may return to the PumpHouse in the April school holidays next year. For the many people who missed out on tickets this will be welcome news. Sign up to The PumpHouse email newsletter (via to be first to hear of any doggy developments.

Whats On

Magical treat for families, schools, pre-schools or for the team at work

Galatea Theatre Presents The Secret Life of a Bellydancer By Geoff Allen. Nov 17 – 27 All sessions 8pm except Sunday 20/27 Nov at 2pm No shows Mondays Adults $25. Senior $20. Child/student $15 Group rates available

Tim Bray Productions Presents The Santa Claus Show 2011 By Tim Bray. December 5 -23 Daily – 10.30am & 1pm except Sundays Running time 1 hour All tickets $21 – no age concessions Family rate (4+ seats) $18.75pp Group discounts available

MONDAY 5 - FRIDAY 23 DECEMBER TAKAPUNA Bookings ph 489-8360 or

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Bookings: Ph 489 8360 or The PumpHouse Theatre (off Manurere Ave) Killarney Park, Takapuna.



Saturday 17th December, 8PM A show for the whole family! Experience your favourite carols and magical musical moments of the stage and screen with one of Australia’s leading acts, Pot-Pourri in Christmas on Broadway. Featuring your favourite sing-a-long carols and some of the most emotional and powerful songs ever written by artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Leonard Cohen, Sting, Josh Groban, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sarah Brightman. You’ll also be swept away with highlights from Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Westside Story, Chicago and lots more! “Music Theatre of the highest calibre...brilliantly crafted...a standing ovation!” The Canberra Times Tickets: Adult $59.90, Adult Group 6+ $52.90, Senior $49.90, Child U18 $ 39.90 + booking fee.




Channel has two double passes to Christmas on Broadway to give away. To win, simply answer the following question and send your answer in to What does Christmas mean to you?


Art Exhibition: Sarah C - Artworks for Summer Canon Gallery Foyer 01st - 30th November Be sure to call by... there might just be a piece of artwork for your home or bach.

Lisa Lashes - Fairytale Fantasies Saturday 12th November @ 9pm LISA LASHES will play New Zealand one night only. Featuring 26 Auckland djs in support of this amazing lady over 3 areas of madness, music and fun. The stage set, dancers and performers will make this night the most incredible experience you will have the pleasure to witness in 2011. Tickets: $35

Pam Ayres - Wednesday 02nd November 2011 A fun filled evening with Pam Ayres! Pam Ayres returns to New Zealand with her latest show to coincide with the publication of her autobiography, The Necessary Aptitude. Her show will include a selection of new poems & stories, as well as some audience favourites. Tickets: $59 - $69

World Vision Kids for Kids – Christmas Show 14th - 17th November 2011 @ 7.30pm World Vision’s Kids for Kids concert series is an iconic event that has been held around New Zealand every year for the last 17 years, and involves thousands of Kiwi kids. Tickets: $10 - $20

The Laughing Samoans Satuday 05th November 2011 @ 8pm The Greatest Hits is the funniest skits from their seven hit shows. All your favourite Laughing Samoans characters such as Aunty Tala, Uncle Sam, Jonathan and Bryan will be featured, as well as a Vegas style Elvis impersonation from Suavai himself. Greatest Hits has been playing to packed houses throughout New Zealand, the Pacific and Australia. Don’t miss the chance to see one of New Zealand’s most successful live comedy acts. Tickets: $15 - $35

Vortex Tribe & Special Guests Monday 21st November @ 8pm VORTEX TRIBE’s hard-charging fusion of world groove, acid jazz, funk, and rock, moves you. This band is global, elemental, and essential. It is music that moves you. Don’t miss this event get your tickets today. Tickets: $70

TANZ Art Exhibition - 01st - 30th November 2011 An eclectic collection of mixed media work. A silent auction will be run to raise funds for youth with diabetes.

How Great Thou Art Tribute to Sir Howard Morrison Concert Tour - Sunday 06th November @7pm The Howard Morrison Jnr Trio & Showband take you for a trip down Memory Lane in remembrance of our famous Kiwi icon - Sir Howard Morrison Tickets $40

Morning Melodies - The Royal NZ Airforce Base Auckland Band Monday 28th November 2011 Bruce Mason Centre presents Morning Melodies - The Royal NZ Airforce base Auckland Band. Performances: 11am Tickets: $4 Bruce Mason Centre Annual Xmas Tree Appeal - Wednesday 23rd November Thursday 22nd December Be the shining light in some one’s life this Christmas - Donate a present under our Xmas tree for charity.

Tickets available from Ticketmaster, or in person from the BMC Box Office. (09) 970 9700 Ticketing fees may apply


Art Exhibition 01st - 23rd December “UENUKU-AFTER THE RAIN” This is a serendipity show of various creations. A golden opportunity to buy an artistic Christmas present for your loved ones. Victoria Phillips Academy - Lola Latina Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 December Be dazzled by a stunning show performed by the dancers from the Victoria Phillips Academy. The first half is the colourful and lively story following Lola Latina and her love triangle in Rio. Happy in love, Tony and Lola have their world turned upside down by the Ugly Rico and his gang of Ghastly Girls. Watch the magic and action unfold on the beach in Rio and at the local nightclub where the drama comes to a tragic climax. The second half is a cocktail of Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary and Ballet, which will have you dancing in your seats. Tickets available through Ticketmaster – Adults $29 Students/Seniors $24.50. What Next? - Thursday 8th December Sunday 11th December This show takes the audience on an adventure through the ups and downs of growing up. Through acting, singing and of course, many genres of dance, we explore the idea that there are many ways to be successful in life no matter what your strengths are. Come and experience the fantastic followon from last years successful Kapai High performance and enjoy the even more amazing music, costumes and set, not to mention the fantastic performers who will have you laughing and dancing in your seats! Show Times: Thursday 8th December 6.30pm Friday 9th December 6.30pm Saturday 10th December 11am & 4pm

Sunday 11th December 1pm. Prize giving at 4:20pm Tickets: Adults $29.50 / Seniors & Children 3-12years $16.00 Morning Melodies Royal New Zealand Navy Band - Monday 12th December at 11am CHRISTMAS ON BROADWAY -By Pot Pourri Saturday 17th December, 8PM See Feature THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS Monday 19th - Friday 23rd December This Christmas step into an enchanted eve as one household awaits the arrival of Santa Claus. Everyone is supposed to be asleep, but something is stirring underneath the Christmas tree and threatens to disrupt everything. Order must be restored or Santa just wont come! Tickets - $16 Thursday’s 22nd December 6.30pm performance, SPCA CAN DRIVE. Bring along a can for the SPCA when you buy your ticket and get your ticket for $10 + booking fee. One can of pet food per ticket required for the discount. Santa’s Holly Jolly Tea Party Monday 19th December - Friday 23rd December Join Rudolph and friends for morning tea and play games in our fully themed play room. Tickets include yummy morning tea, fun and games plus a goodie bag to take home. Tickets: Children $25, Adults $16 11am Daily Issue 16 - NOVEMBER 2011

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…North Shore’s best kept secret ?

Northart is perhaps the North Shore’s best kept secret, tucked away as it is behind the Northcote Shopping Centre. But at a mere few minutes by car from Takapuna and Milford, it is well worth making a detour - or a special trip - to find the gallery. The high quality and variety of the exhibitions and the professional standards of displays will well repay the effort. We love discovering these little gems for Channel readers. Once you find Northart, access is really easy. It is a gentle minute or so walk from the free car park on the corner of Ernie Mays Street and College Road to the gallery’s front door. It is wheelchair friendly, heated in colder months and air conditioned over summer. Whether you wish to find that special artwork for your home or office, or just chill out for an hour or so and enjoy a new visual experience in a relaxed, and user friendly, environment, Northart is the place for you. With up to six exhibitions on at any one time, it is almost impossible not to find something that does not stimulate, challenge, amuse, intrigue or entertain.

Pre-Christmas $100 (or less): October 31- November 27th This month in the gallery will be the ever popular and much anticipated PreChristmas $100 (or less) Show. This is the 13th consecutive year Northart has held the show (it started in 1999 as $40 or less) and it has become almost a local institution in itself, attracting as it does over 1000 visitors each year. On display will be a huge variety of high quality, small items of art and craft – glass, jewellery, wood, textile and fibre work, prints, paintings, and pottery, all original and hand made by mostly Auckland artists. There will be something for everyone, and to suit every taste - ideal for Christmas gifts and as treats for oneself! It is a cash and carry show which means once paid for, the works are taken away. The displays are replenished on a daily basis as the works sell.

November Exhibitions The exhibitions in Northart’s other galleries are also not-to-be-missed. Courtship by Lydia Turner (3-20 November) is a stunning collection of photographs investigating romantic engagement; Domestics 2 with painting by Frano Marno and photography by Dorina Jotti (7-23 November) explores the everyday in art and life, and from 27 October to 4 November Embellish, an exhibition of corsets by Year 12 technology students at Takapuna Grammar. There will also be a selection of works still available from Pocket Edition. Small works for large walls, held during October.

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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Works below are in the $100 (or less ) show.

Lydia Turner.

5 Favourites on the shore



with Shane Cortese

Kath Deady,

Principal of Carmel College I grew up in Scotland and went to University in Australia, but have lived in the Devonport area since 1975. Still can’t believe my luck! When I went back into teaching after having my family, I relieved at four North Shore schools, and after two years took a full-time job at Rosmini College, where my sons went to school. After four years I moved to Carmel, in a middle management role, and began post-graduate study at the brand new Massey University, Albany campus. I’ve worked away from the Shore for almost eight years, commuting to McAuley High School, Otahuhu, but in 2003 came back to Carmel as Principal. I LOVE living, working and being part of various communities on the Shore! 1. The view from our staffroom, across Lake Pupuke (see photo). The lake changes minute by minute, and it’s very calming, on days that are ultra-busy, just to breathe and look at it. 2. Narrow Neck Beach, just a short downhill stroll or bike ride from where I live. Whatever the season, and whoever else is there, whether it’s one other person and a dog, or a whole Pasifika church picnic going on, it soothes my soul. Roll on pohutukawa season. 3. Breakfast with old friends at one of the Devonport cafes. A group of us who had children at Narrowneck Playcentre and St Leo’s school meet once a month, and we’ve been doing this for more than 20 years. Zigana, Platters and the Narrowneck Beach Café are recent favourites. 4. Singing in the choir at St Francis de Sales. I’m an alto, and there are only two or three of us, so we feel very important around Easter and Christmas time. The chance to make music with a group of others is magic! 5. Having my family round for a meal – three of the six children, and five of the six (shortly to be seven) grandchildren live in Auckland, so it’s chaotic and noisy, but fun. I have visions of myself like an Italian nonna, presiding over long Sunday lunches – now I just have to organise the outdoor pizza oven!

Netherwood I have a huge amount of respect for all artists in New Zealand but I’m often blown away by those who love their industry so much they will stop at nothing to produce work for themselves and others. Two of them are my Shorty Street alumni Owen Black and Will Hall. Both are incredibly talented actors and had strong memorable short stints on our nation’s soap opera. It seems to be the key to longevity in our business here. Ply your trade on the soap, make an impact through good choices, learn as much as you can on set everyday and leave within a two-year period. Both Owen and Will did that, although Will also made an impact prior to his Ferndale stint as the lead in the initial “ Insiders Guide To Love” series, where he picked up Best Actor at the then titled Qantas Film and Media Awards. The two lads became firm friends on the set of Shorty and following their stints, became involved in the romantic idea of making a Kiwi Western. Owen came from Waipara in Canterbury and wanted to set the film down there. He had approximately 40 pages of his script roughly mapped out on paper before handing it over to experienced scriptwriter John Argall, who suggested the theme of the movie should be a western, and set about completing the screenplay. It takes a lot of courage to get projects off the ground, more so when you do it without waiting around to apply for NZ on Air or Creative New Zealand Funding. The lads had confidence and faith in their movie and with fine business heads on their shoulders went about pitching the idea to the corporate market for sponsorship and private investment. How much do you need to make a movie? To make a character driven one in New Zealand, approximately $200,000. That’s not small change, but with conviction and confidence Owen and Will got that money together and with great pride announce the film is 100 percent independently funded. No tax-payer money was used. The film is fantastic, funny, charming, dark, with two fantastic performances by our leads and with Miriama Smith as the love interest. It tells the story of Stan (Black), a lone Drifter passing through the Eponymous town Of Netherwood. Its not long before he is butting heads with Mex (Hall). After Stan takes a job pruning trees for an old mate of his father’s things get complicated. He falls for the mysterious Maria (Smith) and finds himself in the middle of a long- standing land dispute between his new boss and Mex’s father, the local baron Duncun Moore. With Hothead Mex angry and on the prowl it’s not long before this feud escalates into a tense and violent showdown! With the thirst for New Zealand Movies getting stronger overseas, Netherwood will have an extended life and without doubt satisfy the investors and re-ignite the passion for self-funded movies. I strongly recommend you seeing Netherwood when it’s released, not because it’s a very good Kiwi Film, but because it’s a very good film fullstop! Issue 16 - NOVEMBER 2011



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, a place for everyone to have the opportunity to encourage and develop their creative side.

Exhibitions - Nov & Dec

Art classes

Passionate About Pastels

Term Four

(Opens 5pm Wednesday November 9th through until November 23rd) This annual competition exhibition is now very well-established and attracts a high standard of pastels artwork from throughout New Zealand. Skilled artists vie for prizes that this year are kindly sponsored by Art Spectrum, Gordon Harris and Factory Frames. The competition will be judged by pastels artist Maxine Thompson and Mairangi Arts Centre pastels tutor Marie Sanders. Pastels are a beautiful, versatile medium, well-worth taking time to come and view.

Although the term has just started it is not too late to join a class. There are art classes in painting (oils, acrylics, watercolour), drawing skills, illustration and cartooning, cast glass, clay and photography for all levels of ability. Whatever style you would like to learn from traditional through to contemporary there is sure to be a class on the programme for you. Children and teens enjoy a wide range of options including sculpture in clay, mixed media, drawing skills, photography and painting to name but a few. For full detail please visit the centre’s website, www. Online booking is available for your convenience.

Mairangi Bay Christmas Extravaganza Sponsored by Auckland Council & Barfoot & Thompson (December 2nd through until December 20th) Mairangi Arts Centre in conjunction with the Mairangi Bay Business Association is extremely pleased to be able to offer this exciting new event to families and friends across the region. The main focus of the event will be a display of 28 beautifully decorated Christmas trees in the centre’s two galleries decorated by local businesses, schools and groups. In addition to this there will be other excitement in the centre’s car park and main art studio. On each Friday and Saturday evening there will be either an evening market (ideal for picking up a unique Christmas gift, or perhaps something nice for you!) or family activities such as face painters, jugglers, bouncy castle. The outside of the centre will be decorated with lights and houses in the road leading to the centre have been invited to participate in a Christmas light competition. Many local community/sport/interest groups will be at the event so it should be lots of fun. It’s going to be a great way to take some time out to enjoy some fun family time together in the busy rush to Christmas. The cost to view the Christmas tree display will be $5 for a family or $2/individual. For further information, please contact the centre. Further details will appear in December Channel Magazine.

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Mairangi Arts Centre, 20 Hastings Road, Mairangi Bay. Phone 478-2237. Email: Open: 9.30am-4pm Monday – Saturday. Visit:

Children's clay work in tuto r Teresa Watson’s class.

Pastels work ‘An Apple a Day’ by Marie Sanders who is a Mairangi Arts Centre tutor and judge for the Passionate About Pastels exhibition.

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Lake House Arts Centre

celebrates Heritage Day in style Look out for the flags on Sunday 6 November as Lake House Arts Centre celebrates its annual open day. Historic Lake House will be open to the public from 11am to 3pm with artists open studios, art and craft stalls, arts activities for the kids, live music by the North Shore Brass Band, the infamous Morris Dance Troupe and the toe-tapping jazz band the Lex Pistols. Watch sculpture in action as Joanne Sullivan-Gessler teachers a group of students the art of sculpting in a new medium called Darjit. Families are encouraged to bring along a picnic, or choose from the variety of foods on offer from the Café or just grab a handy ol’ NZ sausage. Fiona Downes, a Lake House Trustee who has been involved with the Lake House from the very beginning will be conducting a series of interesting historical talks throughout the day. View the incredible transformation from old Kauri Villa and Army Barracks to its present state. Have-a-go at face painting yourself and your friends while experimenting with the variety of products upstairs in the Body Art studio. The Permanent Harcourt’s Heritage Homes Photographic Exhibition is well worth a visit, this walk through history will take you back in time to the old homes, revealing the interesting history of the Takapuna and Milford area. This is our annual free event and a great way to spend a Sunday. Coming up in the Galleries: “ABC Exhibition of Book Works 2011” Becroft Gallery 1 – 20 November. The Association of Book Craft NZ brings us an exciting exhibition of hand bound books featuring a variety of books, styles and choice of materials. In the Set Book category an unbound copy of “The Battle of Pink Hill” has been available to members, who will use their individual ideas to interpret and present the story to the judges. “Connections” 1-20 November in the Cafe by Denice Symons Features small groups of mixed media artworks connected by shape, colour and texture. “I don’t Have the Patience – But” Becroft Gallery 21 November – 4 December. New textile art by the members of the North Shore Embroidery Guild. To Contact Lake House for more information about the Open Day on Sunday 6 November or any of the upcoming exhibitions email, ph: 486 4877 or view the website: Issue 16 - NOVEMBER 2011

118 Education: with Unitec

Unitec’s newest campus poised to produce

next generation of trade professionals Opened on August 1, Unitec’s Northern Campus on Rothwell Avenue, Albany is positioned to become a successful pilot of an innovative learning environment for excellent trade and construction training. Casey Powell, 17, belongs to the initial intake of 420 students at the new campus and is studying the Certificate in Automotive and Mechanical Engineering. “I’m very impressed with the new campus,” she says. “The tutors are really helpful and everybody works well together.” Casey says that she has always had a passion to pursue a career in the automotive industry which is why she enrolled at Unitec. “To be honest, it’s not as hard as I thought it would be. It’s easy for me because I believe that to get anywhere, you just have to put your heart and mind to it because everything is possible.” So far, Casey has completed one of her assignments in Industry Practice and even received an “A” for it. She is currently completing another assignment in Engineering Technology which involves building go-karts to test the student’s grasp of both practice and theory. As the only female in the CAME class of about 25, Casey says that “women are just as capable as men are in this industry” and that she will definitely encourage other women to go into it because “it’s a fun and exciting career and it keeps you busy.” Casey’s passion and excellence in her study have served her

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I’m very impressed with the new campus… the tutors are really helpful and everybody works well together. well. Recently, she was offered an apprenticeship by Ford New Zealand located on Wairau Road. At the moment though, Casey is doing work experience there for the duration of her programme. She has done basic mechanical servicing like oil changes and filters, 20-point safety checks, and lower-arm suspension on Ford Territory’s, which she enjoyed. “Work experience at Ford is a great opportunity to gain new industry skills and to feel what it’s like to work in my chosen industry. Hopefully, I would have a full-time apprenticeship at Ford,” Casey says. Unitec’s Northern Campus in Albany welcomes future health care workers, electricians, automotive and mechanical engineers, builders, business entrepreneurs and a range of other students. Unitec, New Zealand’s largest trade and construction training provider, plans to develop the range of programmes offered at the Northern Campus to accommodate over 1,000 students within the next couple of years. This October, additional Carpentry and Eletrotechnology programmes will be offered. Information about courses to be offered in October 2011 and March 2012 is available online at

Let Northern campus change your life We have opened a brand new campus in Albany. We offer the very best training to meet the huge demand for skilled workers in the growing areas of trade training, health care, business, communication and IT. We are also a leading provider of English language programmes for new arrivals in New Zealand, and foundation programmes to get you into further education or employment. If you are ready for your life to change, talk to us now.

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120 Education: Kristin School

Kristin takes the Crown at AMI Showdown Awards An ecstatic contingent of almost 100 Kristin School supporters cheered on the cast of Jesus Christ Superstar as they accepted the supreme award for Best Overall Auckland School Production at the 2011 AMI Showdown Awards, held at the Bruce Mason Centre in October. In recognition of their fantastic performances, two Kristin students also took away major individual awards. Joel Granger was awarded Best Leading Male in a Musical for his performance as Jesus of Nazareth in Jesus Christ Superstar, and Madison Cooper was awarded Best Leading Female in a Play for her role in The Compleat Works of Willm Shkspr (Abridged). Kristin performers were invited to take part in the opening number of the awards evening along with students from other nominated schools. The second half of the evening was opened by the cast members of Jesus Christ Superstar who did Kristin proud with their performance of the Herod number. A total of 31 productions from 22 schools across Auckland received nominations for the annual awards. The two Kristin productions, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Compleat Works of Willm Shkspr (Abridged), received nominations in a total of 18 categories. Jesus Christ Superstar Best Set Design Jeanette Verster Best Male Soloist Taylor Callaghan as Herod/Annas Best Supporting Male in a Musical Hamish Mouat as Judas Best Leading Male in a Musical Joel Granger as Jesus of Nazareth Best Leading Female in a Musical Madison Cooper as Mary Magdalene Best Costume Design Jeanette Verster Best Vocal Chorus Performance Cast of Jesus Christ Superstar Best Male Soloist Matthew Burrows as Pontius Pilate Best Musical Director Nicholas Richardson Best Choreographer Teresa Lauago Best Director Lorna Rood Outstanding Musical Jesus Christ Superstar The Compleat Works of Willm Shkspr (Abridged) Best Leading Male in a Play Hamish Mouat Best Leading Female in a Play Madison Cooper Best Supporting Male in a Play Jared Pickstock Best Supporting Female in a Play Carla Boniolo as Juliet Outstanding Play The Compleat Works of Willm Shkspr (Abridged) Best Sound Design Ian Robinson

Kristin Cast Members at AMI Showdown 2011.

Joel Granger receives Bes

t Male Lead in a Musical

Kristin School is one of New Zealand’s leading, independent, co-educational schools. Established in 1973, Kristin has approximately 1650 students from Years K to 13. Kristin is non-denominational and welcomes students from all cultures and backgrounds. The school is owned by the Kristin School Charitable Trust and set in park-like grounds on a 20 hectare site in Albany on Auckland’s North Shore. Visit their website

NEW SCHOLARSHIPS Kristin is proud to announce the new Senior School Scholarship Programme. A number of assisted places have been generously funded by our business partners who wish to share the value of a Kristin education with students entering our Senior School in Term 1 2012. Applications close on 28 October 2011. For further information please contact the Registrar, Linda Teagle 09 415 9566 Ext 2324

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Futures @ Kristin By 2021, Kristin School could be sporting eco-friendly rooftop gardens and checkin classrooms says Year 10 student, Christian Silver, the driving force behind Kristin School’s recent Futures@Kristin conference. Over a recent weekend in September, Christian brought together more than 40 Kristin students from Year 7 – 11 for a think-tank workshop which asked “What could Kristin School be like Christian Silver in 2021?”. The idea originated at the ‘StrategyNZ – Mapping Our Future’ conference which was held in Wellington in March. Christian attended this conference along with his Kristin Robotics team and was so inspired by the event that - in consultation with Middle School Principal, Mr Heath - he decided to apply the concept to Kristin. “My goal is to take the ideas of students from all over the school and put them down on paper”, said Christian as he set about organising several weeks of ‘working lunches’ leading up to the main event. Inspirational speakers from the school community were invited to talk to students about the key factors they should consider when developing a school strategy. When the main event arrived, Futures@Kristin was opened by guest speaker Wendy McGuiness of Wellington’s Sustainable Futures Institute, the organisation behind the original StrategyNZ conference. Wendy delivered and inspirational presentation on ways to plan for the future, before the 40 eager students were assembled into groups and set out on their two day task. Each group followed four steps as they developed their strategies, starting with determining their vision in a group brainstorming session. They then formalised their ideas and outlined the requirements to reach their vision and a strategy map was created to determine the specific steps required. The groups then transformed their work into a presentation of what Kristin could look like in 2021. From these presentations, the guest judges selected two groups who will go on to present their vision to Kristin’s Principals and Board of Governors later this year. It is an amazing accomplishment for one student to bring together an event such as this, and it is no wonder that the conference left him full of pride in his fellow students. “The atmosphere at the conference was a constant buzz of excitement and the students who took part left feeling very fulfilled. There is even word of the concept being applied to other schools through the Sustainable Futures Institute.”

Elspeth leads the way at the RWC 2011 Elspeth Carroll, a Year 10 student at Kristin School, won the opportunity to be a part of one of the most exciting moments of New Zealand rugby – the opening of the Rugby World Cup at Eden Park. Carrying the Tongan flag onto the field for the first match against the mighty All Blacks, Elspeth was seen by more than 1.6 million people who tuned in to watch the live broadcast of the match. Elspeth won the privilege when she answered “Why do you have what it takes to be a Rugby World Cup 2011 Flag-bearer?” in a competition run by Emirates. She had an amazing day behind the scenes, sharing the exciting moment in the tunnel with the teams before leading them out for the National Anthems. She had the chance to hold the coin which was used for the official toss and stood right next to the Webb Ellis Cup. Elspeth also won tickets for her parents to watch the opening ceremony and match, and thanks to Emirates was able to keep her full strip and boots. It was an unforgettable experience for the Kristin teenager.

Champagne High Tea at Kristin School Over 120 parents and friends of Kristin School celebrated the launch of the latest ‘kristin kitchen’ Cookbook in high style at a Champagne High Tea in September. Kristin’s Learning Information Centre Foyer was abuzz with the chatter of guests, and tables were laden with delicious treats straight from the pages of the cookbook and brought to life by the dedicated Cookbook Committee. This second edition of Kristin’s trend-setting publication represents months of hard work by the Committee and contains an array of proven recipes from throughout the school community. Each recipe is accompanied by a photo of the family who contributed it, and comes with helpful tips to ensure each recipe is a success. “The Kristin Kitchen Cookbook represents a snapshot in time and is a keepsake for every member of the Kristin family,” said Pamela Peryman, Director of School Relations. The guests at the Champagne High Tea spent a wonderful afternoon perusing the recipes and sampling the delights on offer and everyone agreed it was a fantastic way to spend an afternoon. Executive Principal, Peter Clague and Chairman of the Board, Philippa Fee expressed their thanks to the sponsors and supporters of this project, the professionals who have produced such a fabulous publication and of course the committee members who have spent so much time on this project. For those who were unable to attend the launch event, a series of High Teas will be held during November for Kristin families and the wider community. These are being run in conjunction with ‘the kristin kitchen’ Giftstore, and bookings can be made by contacting the school. ‘The Kristin Kitchen’ Cookbook $39 order by email Trudi Petrie High Tea at ‘the kristin kitchen’ $35 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 November, bookings can be made by contacting Trudi Petrie Issue 16 - NOVEMBER 2011

122 Education: Takapuna Grammar School

High Praise for Takapuna Grammar Takapuna Grammar School has just come out of a regular Education Review Office (ERO) review of the school and we have received very strong positive feedback. One of the greatest features, acknowledged by the ERO team, is the quality of our students. We know this and are pleased the ERO team were able to also appreciate the quality of our young people. Thankfully, this enables every day to be a positive and dynamic experience for all TGS students. Some comments from the latest ERO report: • “Students at Takapuna Grammar School on Auckland’s North Shore are confident and friendly and are proud of their school’s history and traditions. They benefit from a student-focused and inclusive school culture and enjoy learning within a stimulating physical environment”. • “The school’s curriculum framework (Knowing, Connecting, Relating, Supporting) is well understood by students who talk positively about their learning and the many opportunities they have to succeed”. • “School leaders ensure that academic, cross-curricular and co-curricular learning programmes are responsive to students’ interests, strengths and needs”. • “Staff participation in high quality professional learning has supported the development of good teaching practice across the school”. • “Students continue to achieve very well at all year levels and in all learning areas of the school”. • “Levels of student engagement are high. Students have access to strong pastoral support, provided by teachers and through a range of peer support programmes”. • “Students are encouraged to participate fully in the wider social and cocurricular life of the school. They speak positively about their experiences in the school and the friendly and welcoming manner of the teachers”. • “The Education Review Office have determined that they do not need to review the school again for another 4-5 years.”

Poulenc Players: Nancy Wang, Gemma Price, Carol Wang and Bev Brocklebank.

Year 9 & Year 13 students

Emily Zhang, Level One Art.

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developing relationships

through Peer Support.

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Level One Art Students Folio Preparation.

TGS Kapa Haka Students

at Polyfest.

Year 9 Sports Institute Students understanding methods of training.

Stella Yu, Level One Art.


Maria Brock, Level One Art.

Takapuna Grammar School, 210 Lake Rd, PO Box 33 1096 Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand Tel: 09 489 4167 Fax: 09 486 7118 Email: Website: Issue 16 - NOVEMBER 2011


Education: Westlake Boys High School

Westlake Boys celebrates its Top Achievers for 2011 At its 49th annual Senior Prize Giving ceremony, Westlake Boys High School celebrated the successes of their senior students this year. It not only proved to be an opportunity for the school to celebrate the achievements of the senior students in their subjects, but also to reward those who have achieved at a special level.

The first group of Prefects for 2012 were announced Manaia Harris, Smale House – Manaia is an NCEA student who achieved a Merit endorsement at Level One, and is on course for a Merit or Excellence at Level Two. He is an integral member of the First XI cricket team and was a valued member of the Nationals winning Premier Volleyball team. He is also a member of the NZ Youth Volleyball squad. Matthew Lie, Hood House – Matthew is an outstanding Cambridge student who achieved six A* and one A at IGCSE, including five scores of 100%, and is on course for similar marks in his AS Levels. He is also one of the school’s best musicians and is a member of the school’s Premier Debating team. Robbie O’Donnell, Pupuke House – Robbie is an NCEA student who has achieved a Merit endorsement at Level One, and is on course for a Merit or Excellence at Level Two. He is currently the captain of the First XI Cricket team and also plays rugby, football and hockey for the school. Prasad Ravi, Stanley House – Prasad is an outstanding Cambridge student who achieved six A* and one A at IGCSE, including four scores at 100%, one at 99% and one at 98%. He is also a leading musician, chorister and Premier Debater. Pita Roycroft, Smale House – Pita is an outstanding Cambridge student who achieved four A* and two A at IGCSE, as well as 23 Excellence credits in Te Reo Maori. He is the student representative on the Board of Trustees, is co-organiser of the Peer Tutoring system, is in the Kapa Haka group and is a Premier Debater. Sam Wrait, Ururoto House – Sam is an outstanding Cambridge student who achieved seven A* grades at IGCSE, including four scores at 100%. He is one of our leading musicians and basketball players, and is heavily involved in the Young Enterprise Scheme.

Waller. They won the national title in Palmerston North this year for the first time in 10 years. Water Polo: Captained by Owen Chambers. This was a huge achievement in a competitive sport – and it came with a suitably huge trophy as well. Choralation, our joint choir with Westlake Girls, won the national title, taking the Platinum Gold award, for an unprecedented third time in succession. Joshua Suyker, the school’s cultural captain represents this prestigious group of singers.

WBHS House Champions The popular House competition is now four years old. In the first three years, the trophy was shared between Hood and Smale houses. In 2011, there have been eighteen events, and every single boy has contributed to the success of their house. Every House has won at least one competition, and the winners have been reasonably well distributed between the houses. The winners of the House Trophy for 2011 are Hood House, who have won it for the second consecutive year under their captain Taila Johnston.

Taila Johnston receives the House Trophy for Hood House.

Top Students in each Form Form 5 – the top 3 students are, in third place, Samuel Lie, in second place, James Rankin, and in first place, and inaugural winner of the Joan Farrell Trophy, Sam Walsh. Form 6 – the third placed student was Sam Wrait; in second place, Colin Ong; and in first place, and first ever winner of the Brian Rivers trophy, finishing first in all of his subjects, Prasad Ravi. Form 7 – in third place in Form 7, the third most successful student in his final year at school, was Brian Ok; in second place, the runner up to the title of Top in Form 7, Joshua Chang the title of ‘Top in Form 7’, the Don Johnson Trophy, and the Headmaster’s Award for Academic Excellence is Mark Bekhit.

WBHS Special Awards 2012 WBHS Prefects Manaia Harris, Matthew Lie, Robert O’Donnell, Prasad Ravi, Pita Roycroft, Sam Wrait.

New Zealand Champions

Lex Lewis Memorial Award for Debating: Sam Viskovich John Gales Award for the Most Promising Senior Musician: Michelangelo Bisquera Wells Family Trophy for Senior Acting Excellence: Lane Ashby-King Peri Award for Academic Excellence and Leadership in Senior Maori: Pita Roycroft

Three teams have won New Zealand titles this year. Premier Volleyball: Captained by Thomas Hartles and coached by Mr Craig

Thomas Hartles (Volleyball).

Owen Chambers (Waterpolo).

Joshua Suyker (Choralation Choir).

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From Left: John Lee - Haxell Award for Special Endeavour in Form 5, Reilly Enstrom - PF Albury Award for a Senior Speech, Josh Suyker - Award for the Pursuit of Excellence in Cultural Activities.

Education: Westlake Boys High School 125 Artie McVeigh Family Award for Technology: Royden Johnstone Douglas Foote Award for Special Endeavour in Engineering: Daniel Kim Haxell Award for Special Endeavour in Form 5: John Lee PF Albury Award for a Senior Speech: Reilly Enstrom Award for the Pursuit of Excellence in Cultural Activities: Josh Suyker.

2011 Scholarship Winners Benefitz Scholarship for Form 7 Graphics, worth $1000: Will Anderson AUT Vice Chancellor Award: Owen Chambers The North Shore Bursary Award, worth $1000: Elliot Bartholomew Owen Chambers receives his award PriceWaterhouseCoopers from Murray Black of AUT. Scholarship Award, worth $7000: Sam Viskovich KPMG Business Advisory Year 13 Accounting Award: Reesan Naidoo 1977 School Council Award for School Service by a Sixth Former: Pita Roycroft Rotary Club of Milford Award for Sam Viskovich receives his scholarship Service to the School and the from Sean Yang of PWC. Community: Su Young Kim Chairman of the Board of Trustees Award for Special Endeavour: Jordy Jamieson Takapuna RSA Award for Work in School and Community: Alex Perigo Josef Humphrey Memorial Award: Adam Groen James Hou receives his Juke Jamieson award from Principal David Ferguson. Wayne Reynolds Memorial Scholarship Award: Robert Graham Juke Jamieson Memorial Ring Award: James Hou

Major Special Awards – Peak of achievement at Westlake Boys High School John Patterson Memorial Award for All-Round Involvement and Loyalty: Ben Reynolds Arthur Schubert Award for Outstanding and Selfless Contribution to Westlake: Sam Viskovich PTA Award for school leadership: Sam Quinn (Head Boy)

Ben Reynolds.

Sam Viskovich.

Sam Quinn (Head Boy).

MARK BEKHIT – Don Johnson Trophy, and the

Headmaster’s Award for Academic Excellence

Mark is an exceptional academic in every possible way. In his final year at Westlake, he has managed an average of 92%, with a top score in Mathematics of 99.2%. In Year 11, his scores included 96% in Biology, 97% in Mathematics, 96% in Chemistry and 96% in Physics. Last year, Mark exceeded even these scores in his AS Levels: despite taking an additional Mark Bekhit, subject in his own time, he achieved 100% in English top 7th Form Literature, 100% in Physics, 98% in Mathematics, 98% in Student 2011. Chemistry and 97% in Biology. Mark also demonstrated his ability to synthesise information and communicate his ideas at the very highest level by passing NCEA Scholarships in Chemistry and Statistics and Modelling whilst still in Year 12. Issue 16 - NOVEMBER 2011

126 One to watch: Sam Viskovich

One of the things we love doing in Channel Magazine is highlighting the outstanding achievements of our young people. During the recent Rugby World Cup festivities, I was lucky enough to attend the John Drake Memorial Scholarship Dinner, which this year also doubled as a reunion for the 1987 Rugby World Cup winning All Blacks team. At that dinner – attended by over 800 people – the annual John Drake Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Sam Viskovich of our very own Westlake Boys High School. I discovered that Sam Viskovich is one very special lad. The next day, I decided that Channel readers needed to know more about him. So I met him for a chat at Westlake Boys in late October.

Sam Viskovich

– John Drake Memorial Scholarship Recipient 2011 Just to paint an early picture, this is what was said about Sam at the recent Westlake Boys prizegiving, where he picked up loads of prizes and another scholarship... “Sam is an exceptionally talented young man. He is a scholar, a gifted public speaker and debater, an actor, a young entrepreneur, and a dedicated sportsman. He is Captain of our First XV this year, Sports Captain of the school, and Deputy Head Boy. Sam’s academic achievements have been remarkable for their range. In his AS examinations at the end of Year 12, his scores included 100% in History and 95% in Economics... He has become one of the most accomplished young debaters in Auckland. In 2010, he was Top Speaker in Auckland, and this year he has captained and coached our Advanced Premier team… He was also Managing Director of ‘Bonza’ last year, placing second as ‘Company of the Year’ in the North Shore Young Enterprise competition. Sam has also performed on stage. In his first year in school, he took part in the school’s production of ‘Once on Chunuk Bair’, and this year he took on a main role in the production of ‘Guys and Dolls’.”

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Got the picture? Sam Viskovich’s parents must be very very proud. Arriving at Westlake Boys, young Sam is there waiting for me. You get the feeling that he will spend his whole life being early. Being prepared. He’s not a big lad, solid but not tall, which is probably why coaches are encouraging him to move from flanker to hooker next year to further his rugby career. He’s built more like an Andrew Hore or Keven Mealamu than a Richie McCaw or a Jerome Kaino. Sam Viskovich lives at Northcote with his mum Linda and dad Alan, who operate a fishing charter business called Cobalt Charters. He has an older sister, Breanna (20), who is studying teaching at Auckland University. Sam went to Northcote Primary and Takapuna Intermediate before moving on to Westlake Boys. The John Drake Memorial Scholarship that Sam has received is worth $5000 a year. The scholarship supports an outstanding all-rounder who intends to study at the University and also play for the Auckland University Rugby Football Club. John Drake, who died in 2008 aged 49, was an Auckland graduate and a redoubtable prop forward in the World Cup-winning All Blacks team of 1987. The scholarship in his memory is awarded to a school leaver who has excelled both in rugby and

One to watch: Sam Viskovich 127 academically, while showing the potential to emulate John Drake’s attitude and success both on and off the rugby field. Sam was one of the large number of applicants for the scholarship and was thrilled to be on the shortlisted group of seven who were interviewed by Sir John Graham (Patron to the Scholarship), John Taylor (Director of External Relations, The University of Auckland), Robert Taylor and David Wein (both Auckland University Rugby Club). At University, Sam plans to take a conjoint Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts. For his BCom he will do a double major in Economics and International Business, while for his BA he will major in Psychology. During my conversation with Sam, I did discover a downside to this whole thing. He’s been flogged by Auckland Rugby! He will play his rugby for Auckland University in the Auckland competition and not for his junior club Northcote in the mighty Harbour competition. So what makes Sam Viskovich such a high achiever? I put the question to him. “I have an interest in a whole range of things and Westlake has been great for me. Westlake is all about getting involved and having a go, so you do a range of things, compete and ultimately exceed. I am a very competitive person by nature so I have a huge desire to be the best – whether that’s rugby, debating, young enterprise or academically.” I asked Westlake Boys Headmaster David Ferguson for a comment about Sam, and this is what he had to say. “Sam has had a fantastic year as our Deputy Head Boy, School Sports Captain as well as being our 1st XV Captain. He has applied the same leadership principles that he uses with the 1st XV to sport across the school. He is approachable, modest and leads by example and is an outstanding role model to our younger students. Sam was named as the Auckland debating champion in 2010 and was also a very successful young entrepreneur. As well as the John Drake scholarship, he has also secured a prestigious scholarship with Pricewaterhouse Coopers. We are very proud of his achievements. He is very much an all-rounder who excels in everything that he does. We will miss him at Westlake next year, he has been an outstanding leader.” Sam Viskovich has big goals for the future. He wants to go “as far as he can in rugby” and while he didn’t say it, for any young Kiwi that means the All Blacks. After University, his path looks likely to be as an entrepreneur. He has lofty ambitions but understands that he needs to gain experience first. I finished my chat by asking him what he thinks he will be doing in 10 years’ time. “Hopefully I will have cracked it as a rugby player, be moving up in the commerce world and maybe even running my own business. While I want rugby to be a big part of my life, the academic side is also very important to me.” When he applied for the John Drake scholarship, Sam quoted a Croatian family proverb in his application that has been passed down from his greatgrandparents, translated as: “Give me knowledge and I’ll give you wealth.” He saw the Drake Scholarship as “the perfect opportunity to continue acquiring knowledge and gain wealth, not simply in money but in experience and values, with which to make a positive and significant impact on society.” So mark Sam Viskovich down as one to watch, Channel readers. We’ve just got to find a way to make sure this future leader remains on the Shore and becomes an All Black, while playing his rugby for North Harbour!

Sam is an exceptionally talented young man. He is a scholar, a gifted public speaker and debater, an actor, a young entrepreneur, and a dedicated sportsman. He is Captain of our First XV this year, Sports Captain of the school, and Deputy Head Boy.

Above: Sam Viskovich at the John Drake Memorial Scholarship Presentation Dinner. From left; John Taylor (Director of External Relations, The University of Auckland), Cathy Drake (John Drake's wife), Sam and Sir John Graham (Patron of the John Drake Memorial Scholarship). Right: Sam Viskovich at Westlake Boys High School prize giving. He picked up several awards, including the PriceWaterhouseCoopers Scholarship and the Arthur Schubert Award for selfless contribution to the school. Issue 16 - NOVEMBER 2011

128 Education: Westlake Girls High School



Champion Trampolinists

Great Netball season

Three Westlake students Kiera Greenacre, Emma Adamson and Natasha Marriage competed at a trampolining competiton with great success. Kiera came 1st in the Elite grade as did Emma who won the C grade, the team also placed 1st in the Teams Challenge. At the New Zealand Trampolining Nationals Kiera was 1st in the 13-14 Women’s Double Mini and 4th in the Junior Intermediate Women’s Trampoline.

Westlake Girls High Schools largest sport netball recently completed the season with success for the following teams in the North Harbour Netball competition. • Westlake 1 – runners up – Collegiate Premiers • Westlake 10 – runners up – Collegiate 6 • Year 9/1 – Winners – Junior 1 • Year 9/3 – Winners – Junior 2 • Year 9/8 – Runners up – Junior 4 • Year 9/15 – Winners – Junior 6 • Points Trophy – Year 9/1 • Highest Number of Goals Scored in College Grades (39.6 goals per game/based over 5 games) • Flight Winners • Westlake 2 – Winners – Collegiate Premiers • Westlake 20 – Winners – Collegiate 9 • Year 9/5 – Winners – Junior 3 • Year 9/11 – 3rd Place – Junior 6

Left to right: Natasha Marriage, Kiera Greenacre & Emma Adamson

Sailing success for Teau McKenzie Recently Teau McKenzie, represented her home country of the Cook Islands at the Pacific Games held in New Caledonia. Teau, sailing in the women’s Laser Radial fleet gained a silver medal, closely chasing her fellow teammate Helema William for gold. Together the girls won the Gold medal for the Women’s Laser teams event, with their combined score. Teau sails for Westlake Girls High School during the summer season in one of our 470 double handed boats.

Left to right: Helema William, Teau McKenzie

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Year 9/1 Team, winners of Junior 1 Grade and Points Trophy Winners

Sports Golf Day - Thursday 17th November The annual Westlake Girls High School Sports Golf Day will be held on Thursday 17th November at the Pupuke Golf Club. Now in its fourth year it is always a great day with this year’s event set to have the largest amount of competitors to date. Hole sponsorships are sold out with only limited team entries available. For further information contact Sports Director Dean Flyger, 09 489-4169 extension 717. Funds raised will contribute towards the Westlake Girls Sporting Programme.

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Westlake Music Excellence Awards Dinner Recently Westlake Girls and Boys High Schools Music Departments held their annual Music Excellence Awards Dinner at McHughs Restaurant. This was a chance for the departments to recognise senior students within the departments for the outstanding commitment and successes achieved this year. It has been another very successful year for Westlake Music. They continue to define Excellence in music having taken out two National Titles (Chamber Music and Choirs), the latter becoming the first school in the 23 year history of the competition to win the National Title three years in succession. They have taken out Gold awards in all four categories of the KBB Music Festival with the Westlake Big Band being named the Most Outstanding Big Band Petrouchka Steiner – Grierson, Flautist of the Festival.

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WESTLAKE GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL Left to right: Alicia Cadwgan, Madeline Patten, Eliza Mackay, Zailie Gillard, Charlotte Jobson & Clara Rowe.

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

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

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130 Education: Pinehurst School Student Takes First Prize in Abstract Auckland Photography Competition

Pinehurst Senior College, Year 13 student Paloma Harvey earned first place for her entry “Abstract Auckland” in the Chromajet Schools Photographic competition, held by Apix Photographic Supplies. The competition titled “My Hometown” was open to all secondary schools with Paloma winning photographic paper for herself and Pinehurst School. Congratulations Paloma!

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A tightly conceded final after two rounds in the Boys’ division Pinehurst School and Murrays Bay found themselves on equal points going into their final game. Pinehurst played an outstanding game to win the final 2-1 and take home the Boys’ Trophy. The overall schools trophy for Mid Bays Trophy was shared between Pinehurst School and Murray’s Bay with both boys teams ending on the same points and goal scored; the first time in fourteen years that the Overall Champions trophy has been shared.

VICTORY FOR PINEHURST SCHOOL SENIOR DEBATERS Pinehurst’s premier debaters, Ben Wedd, Emma Cavanagh and David Stuart, contested the inaugural inter-school debate at the East Coast Bays Rotary Club, convincingly defeating their Rangitoto opponents. The adjudicator named Ben Wedd ‘Best Speaker’ and adjudged Pinehurst the winners.

Pinehurst is a premier independent school for students aged five to 18, based in Albany on Auckland’s North Shore. ACADEMIC CURRICULUM A global leader in Cambridge International Examinations, Pinehurst has an extensive curriculum, taught by teachers who are focused on achievement and results. We are proud to have achieved two Top in the World’s (A Level Geography and A Level Physical Education) in the recent 2010 Cambridge International Examinations with an outstanding 100% pass rate in our A level examinations. 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, visual arts and cultural opportunities.

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There Is No Substitute for Experience! The Corelli School has had 84 different student performances in the last year! There simply is no substitute for experience on stage, says Arts Director David Selfe. The recipe, for success in the performing arts, is doing more of it. Plays, concerts, recording, exhibitions and shows are what create a confident student and artist. Arts schools around the world are built on the premise of –‘ Build a child’s confidence on stage and all their academic work will improve’. Recent graduate Alex Foster has just been performing at the Civic Theatre, Auckland, with the show ‘Anything Goes’. ‘I always wanted to be in the theatre and Corelli let me be myself, doing as much performing as I could manage. This was the best training ever’. All are welcome to attend the weekly lunchtime concert, which happens every Friday in term time. Term 4 is the 28th of October to the 2nd of December. Starting at 12.30pm in the Jonmer Theatre, in the Corelli School 50 Anzac Rd, Browns Bay. It is different every week, with music, dance, drama and the visual arts all represented. Pop along, don’t be shy, no appointment is necessary. Have a look at Corelli’s You Tube Channel, which has over 40 recordings of the lunchtime performances. Go to You Tube and type in corelliproductions11 and enjoy some very funny and very amazing performances.

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STUDENTS CELEBRATE SPRING in their own fashion Some of Carmel College’s Senior Materials Technology students made garments that were modelled at the Milford ‘Celebrating Spring Fashion Show’ in September. Carmel girls modelling their own or fellow students’ creations were the only students walking the cat walk. The girls modeling was so professional and the garments such high quality that many audience members wanted to know which boutiques they could purchase the garments from.

The girls pictured below from left are; Emma Hilton-Jones modelling Alexandra Bull’s dress, Nicole Brewer modelling Natasha Viray’s dress, Tifanie Ellis modelling her own creation, Holly Kennard modelling Bianca Jones’ garment, Tracey Hercock modelling Laura Mallon’s dress, Niamh Gibson modelling Annaliese Mackenzie’s dress, Channa-Mae Frankson modelling Ellie Going’s dress, and Mwangileni Kampanga, Addie Mizero and Meryn Rich all modelling their own creations.

Garment made and modelled by Meryn Rich

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Carmelised is an award winning cookbook devised and produced by ex-student Kate Marsh who not only created this stunning cookbook but also obtained a Gold CREST award, a Food Technology Scholarship and Level 3 NCEA with excellence. Kate is the first Carmel College student to have ever achieved this. This amazing cookbook focuses on sweet treat recipes contributed by students and families and friends of the school – with mouth-watering photography by Michelle Keller and beautifully designed by Spacific Yearbooks.

ASB COMMUNITY BURSARY AWARD WINNERS Congratulations to Year 13 students Emma Wilson and Zoe Pipes who this week received ASB Community Bursary Awards acknowledging their outstanding community involvement. Emma has been a volunteer lifeguard at Emma Wilson and Zoe Pipes. Muriwai Beach for 5 years where she patrols each summer and helps coach junior nippers, assists at their training camps and manages teams on their competition days. Zoe has been a volunteer at Sea Cadets for over 5 years and is currently involved with the Devonport RSA. Zoe has been involved in weekly parades nights and teaches sailing through the summer months. In the last 3 years Zoe has taught basic cadet knowledge to younger cadets and she also represented Auckland Youth Districts RSA last year in Sydney at their ANZAC commemorations.


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Throughout 2011 the Carmel College Community, encouraged by the student Young Vinnies Group, has donated large amounts of used clothing for Te Waipuna Puawai. Carmel has a strong, supportive relationship Pictured here is Anasetasia with Te Waipuna Puawai who are a thriving MacKay helping Adelaide load community development initiative of the the clothes into the van. Sisters of Mercy New Zealand, committed to working with and alongside women and children living on the margins of our society. This students led initiative has been a clear indication of the school living up to our Core Mercy value for the year – Compassion. Sister Marie and Adelaide from Te Waipuna Puawai were overwhelmed when they came to Carmel recently with the amount of clothes that had been donated by the students and their families.

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Greek Tragedy – Final Act Act 5 – Final Act. In Sophocles 6th Century BC play ‘Ajax’, the main character Ajax is angry that he has been fooled and fearing others are laughing at him, commits suicide. The last part of the play revolves around a dispute over what to do with Ajax’s body. Today, two and half millennia later, another Greek tragedy is moving into its final act. From a fiscal sense, Greece is now dead, they committed suicide by taking on too much debt. Now the remaining EU members are arguing over what to do with the body. In Europe 17 EU member nations have to agree before anything can happen to resolve the debt crisis – its effectively like herding cats. The longer the political mess continues the more confidence falls, the greater the chance of a recession. It seems on current form, we can’t rely on “Markozy” (German Chancellor Merkel and French President Sarkozy) to save the markets. They are running out of runway. Volatility continues to wreck havoc in equity markets. I think this is a sign of things to come over the next few months. Margin calls, forced selling, redemptions, despair, followed by complete apathy for the equity market. The best thing you can do in this situation is make sure you are in a position to take advantage of distressed selling. Keep some powder dry as they say. However, there is a big difference between buying a quality asset off a distressed seller and just buying an asset because it looks cheap. You have to

be selective and ruthless. Last man standing will get the best deals in this environment. Investor sentiment is as bad as I’ve seen it in my career, worse than 2008, because now there is a sense of hopelessness. It’s like investors are waiting for the end of the world, but at the same time, planning next year’s harvest. It is difficult to find any positive news. It’s all doom and gloom everywhere you turn. In 2008 investors were panicky, but probably deep down always believed the situation would improve as it had done with previous recessions. However, now, in late 2011 with the crisis continuing to drag on, I get the sense of real despair from investors. They don’t want to leave their money in the bank permanently earning no interest, but they are scared of almost every other asset class, even Gold is now extremely volatile. Logic suggests that the next 3 months could provide one of those rare windows for contrarians to buy and take a long term view. I have a series of indicators I’m watching and waiting for them to turn. In the meantime Pie continues to play defensive for our investors. Capital preservation is No.1 priority. I’m still in the car, doors locked! But like a fire-fighter, ready at a moment’s notice. The key issue is whether we are now sitting on the edge of a 2008 recession or tracking sideways prior to a 2012 bounce in activity. Issue 16 - NOVEMBER 2011

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Our CHANNEL Building and Home Maintenance column is contributed on a monthly basis by Luke Henley and Alex Coburn of QPC Builders. Luke and Alex are two young refreshingly energetic and passionate North Shore builders dedicated to delivering the highest quality work that sets them apart. In this column Alex Coburn highlights an interesting project they completed recently for a customer in Devonport.

Bathtimes with Plumb’In Welcome to Bathtimes, by Walter and Nuala Goldstein from Plumb’In. Bathrooms are our passion and we want to share this with you through our great hints and tips we will be putting together for new bathrooms and bathroom renovations plus take advantage of some exclusive money savings offers.


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Top tips if you plan to refresh . . . or redesign? 1. When planning your bathroom remember bathrooms look best when they are sleek and minimal. Make sure you include plenty of fitted storage so all toiletries can be hidden from view. Wall mounted mirror cabinets and vanities are ideal for this and if there is enough space add a bathroom storage unit. 2. Neutral colours are always best in a bathroom using accessories such as towel rails, soap dispensers, glass shelves to decorate. Coloured towels and designer toiletries will inject personality into you bathroom and they also allow you to reinvent the look more affordably when you feel like a change.

Its daylight savings time again and with that comes the BBQ’s and spending more time out side. Most houses built pre 1990’s were designed with very poor indoor outdoor flow. People want to be able to use their deck and out door areas like an extension of their living areas almost like a second kitchen. It is very easy to move internal walls around and open up external walls with sliding or bi folding doors to create that café style outdoor flow. This is an easy way to improve the value of your home and also change the way you use your home throughout the summer months. Outdoor fire places or pizza ovens add great value for those summer BBQ’s. Relatively cheap to build these can become the centre point for dinners and an evening on the deck. What can be better than entertaining family and friends in your own back yard. Give us a call today to discuss ideas that you have for your outdoor area. We can provide design work and free quotes.

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St Patrick’s Day Golf Classic Charitable Trust: Fianna Scholarships 2011


Justin Boyle, Principal St Bedes School, Sam Rados, Lucy Johnson, Frank Moran, Principal Marian College.

Sam Rados, St Bedes School, Gary Monk (St Patrick’s Day Golf Charitable Trust Trustee), Lucy Johnson, Marian College.

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In a break from tradition, four Christchurch students were the recipients of the St Patricks Day Charity Classic 2011 Fianna Scholarships. For 23 years the St Patrick’s Day Golf Classic Charitable Trust has used funds raised at their annual golf tournament (St Patricks Day Charity Classic) to help people in need who fall between the cracks in the welfare system. In 2004 the Trustees decided to do something for the young of the North Shore by sponsoring two Year 12 students to Outward Bound’s Mind Body & Soul Course each year. The program became known as the Fianna Scholarships. Due to the massive upheaval caused by the earthquakes in Christchurch, this year the trustees decided that the Fianna Scholarships should go to young people from the Canterbury region. The scholarships were awarded to Sam Rados and Jarad Anderson of St Bedes School as well as Lucy Johnson and Shannon Haughey of Marian College. The scholarships allow all four to take part in a 21 Day Mind Body and Soul Course at Outward Bound, Anakiwa. Sam and Lucy completed the course in July this year and Jarad and Shannon will do it in January. “We asked Simon Lamb, the Chairman of the North Shore Secondary Schools Principals Association, to put us in touch with his contacts in Christchurch,” explained St Patrick’s Day Golf Charitable Trust Trustee, Gary Monk. “We left it to the principals down there to come up with worthy recipients and we are thrilled to have made a difference to the lives of Sam, Lucy, Jarad and Shannon. Their communities have done it pretty tough over the past 18 months.”

Sam says thanks... This is an excerpt from a letter that Sam Rados wrote to the St Patrick’s Day Golf Classic Charitable Trust when he returned from Outward Bound:Dear Trustees, I want to thank you so much for giving me this opportunity. It has been a hard course – I’ll tell you that – but things I have learnt I can take away and put to good use in the ‘real’ world. I’ve learnt how hard I can push myself. I can now overcome any task I can put my mind to. I know I can make a difference. This course is full of values and teachings and I am really glad you gave me the chance to do it so that I can pass this stuff on to others. Everything I have learnt here has been valuable and useful. It has been awesome... You should know that it has been an experience and a half, maybe even more. – Sam Rados. St Patrick’s Day Charity Classic St Patrick’s Day Charity Classic is an annual golf tournament hosted by St Patrick’s Day Golf Classic Charitable Trust. The Tournament is always held at the North Shore Golf Club in late February or early March, so it doesn’t clash with the day of St Patrick! In this way the tournament does not conflict directly with the many events that surround St Patrick’s Day. .............................................................................................................................. The 2012 tournament is being held on Friday 9 March 2012. Entries close Friday 27 January 2012. The Trustees of the St Patrick’s Day Golf Classic Charitable Trust are Patrick Flynn, Gary Monk and Bob Nelligan. For more information visit... Issue 16 - NOVEMBER 2011

136 Legally Speaking with Simpson Western Lawyers Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act 2011: What is it and how does it affect you and your family?

You may have heard it mentioned on the news, and you may have seen people protesting against it on Queen Street – but what exactly is it? It’s a new piece of legislation aimed at stopping the illegal downloading of copyrighted works; like that new episode of Two and a Half Men you’ve been dying to see which you casually downloaded when it became available on the internet. Movies, TV shows and music that you may have previously downloaded – it’s all considered copyrighted works. This new Act can potentially penalise people who are using peer-to-peer (you may hear it referred to as P2P) sharing services like Gnutella, BitTorrent, FrostWire, and all those other names you’re hearing your kids throw around to download music, television and movies. The reason for this is that content is often made available on these services without the consent of the rights owner. Don’t worry too much though; you can still watch YouTube clips, use video streaming services or purchase music and videos made available through websites such as iTunes – they’re fine. This Act has been introduced as way to crack down on P2P file sharing.

How does it work? The Act works by sending out notices or warnings to the internet service provider (ISP) account holder. These notices have been called “strikes” in what has been branded the “3 Strikes Law”. The rights owners of the copyrighted works will be checking on various P2P networks. If your account is detected as making files available for others to download, which is what happens when you use P2P services, your ISP will quickly send you your first strike. The first notice is a detection notice, just to let you know that your computer has been detected making copyrighted works available to be downloaded. Be careful, because if you keep making copyrighted material available after you receive this notice, and your computer is detected again, you’ll receive a warning notice. If you’re detected a third time, your ISP will send you an enforcement notice. If you receive an enforcement notice from your ISP, there’s definitely some cause for concern. You will be notified that enforcement action may be taken against you in the Copyright Tribunal and you could receive a fine of up to $15,000.00. If you’re worried about your ISP suspending your internet, don’t panic – that penalty is not available yet, but it may be in the future. A handy fact to remember: the first two notices won’t expire for 9 months, so it’s a good idea to be on your best behaviour at all times.

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What can I do if I receive a notice? You can challenge it. Your notice will set out where you need to send your challenge to, and you’ll need to send it within 14 days of the notice date. It’s then up to the copyright owner to either accept or reject your challenge. If they don’t respond within 28 days from the date of the notice then your challenge has been accepted. At the moment, no one is sure what grounds are available to challenge on, but don’t even try “my Wi-Fi was hacked” as it’s definitely not going to cut it! What should I do to protect myself? If you are a family, employer, school – whoever – you need to get security measures in place so that you know what is being downloaded on your account. If you have Wi-Fi, make sure you have a password. If you don’t, it is possible that one of your neighbours, or even someone in the street outside, could use your internet connection. Remember, it’s the account holder that receives the penalty, not the person who downloaded the copyrighted material.

Vanessa McKee is a solicitor in the litigation team, and advises on copyright law.

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Accountancy Beyond the numbers with Hayes Knight 137

Acting as a trustee; Matthew Bellingham

a matter of trust or deepest pockets?

A number of family trusts in New Zealand include such people as independent co-trustees, which typically include professionals, such as the family lawyer or accountant. On 19 October the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (‘NZICA’) released a statement advising professional advisers against acting as trustees. Why the warning? Well the Inland Revenue (IRD) is has begun a bit of a witch-hunt by actively pursuing trustees personally for any tax debts owed by a trust. Even trustees with no personal connection (or interest) to the income or assets of the trust are in the IRD’s crosshairs. So is this fair? This approach can been likened to pursuing an independent company’s directors for the tax debt of the company simply because they are board members. By targeting “the deepest pockets” the IRD could be upsetting the governance foundations underpinning most trusts and discouraging many professional advisers from acting as a trustee. However the warning brings another cause for concern – will those professional advisers acting as trustees abandon their positions? If they do then this will create an impasse for all trusts as professional advisers may be less inclined to take-up trustee appointments on behalf of their clients; a loselose situation. NZICA’s Tax Director Craig Macalister believes the IRD’s actions to be inappropriate. “When a trust is not in a position to meet its tax obligations, it would seem that Inland Revenue will pursue the trustee with the deepest pockets, which will invariably be the

professional trustee who has taken on the role as part of their engagement with the client. This is despite the fact that the trustee is clearly only acting in his/ her professional capacity,” says Mr Macalister. Having a professional adviser as a trustee, such as the family accountant or lawyer, not only bolsters the governance of a trust, it also ensures the other trustees have access to invaluable administrative services and advice pertaining to their accounting and legal obligations. As a result of the IRD’s actions, my prediction is that professional trustees will likely reconsider providing such services, or look for a way to appropriately indemnify themselves against any claim. The unfortunate spin-off effect of this will likely be an increase in the fees charged by professionals for taking on the risks associated with being a trustee. Ensuring proper trust administration and that a level of independence exists between the trust and its trustees, provides some protection against bogus trust claims. Typically trustees enjoy a right of indemnity to be reimbursed by the trust for all costs and expenses reasonably incurred while undertaking their duties. However, this right can be lost if the trustees fail to meet their duties, which could see them being forced to sell their own assets to meet the loss. This is a very important consequence, one which shouldn’t be taken lightly and needs to be considered when either appointing or being asked to be a trustee. The number of trusts in New Zealand is growing, and reportedly sits around 240,000 – this is based on the number of trusts that file tax returns with the

Inland Revenue. However, other estimations have picked this number to be closer to 400,000. So if appointing a professional adviser as a trustee is off limits, who should you use in their place? Or more accurately put, who would you subject to the rigors of trusteeship? Your best mate, your mother-inlaw, your parents, or your brother or sister? If you can convince one of them to step-up as a trustee, what risks would they be exposed to and would they have to sell some of their assets to fund a claim? Alternatively, if you decide to keep it simple and don’t use an independent trustee, would the trust be considered an altered ego of you or a sham trust? That is, to what extent are the assets of the trust (e.g. the family home) treated as if they were your own, and consequently have the trustees acted in the best interests of the beneficiaries? The concept of a sham trust essentially stems from the notion that it is something that isn’t genuine, a disguise or a façade. So with IRD’s witch-hunt underway, what will this mean for trusts in the future? Ensuring the structure of a trust is strong will ultimately rest with the trustees of the trust, so chose wisely.

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Old-fashioned feasts mark special day North Shore Hospital staff recently broke out the flowers, balloons, cakes and mini pavlovas – all to ensure our older patients know just how special they are. The special United Nations-declared International Day of Ward 14 nurses Leighann Forrest, left, and Kirsten Ter Braak organised a real party for their patients. the Older Person occurs on October 1 every year, marking the contribution senior citizens make to every society in the world. And with the average age of Waitemata DHB patients being over 70, it seemed only right to mark the day. The fun began on Friday (September 30) and continued through to Saturday. The most public event took part in the main building foyer, where Age Concern North Shore set up a display on Friday afternoon, making sure Waitemata DHB staff, patients and their families knew all about what’s out there to help older people in the community. Katie Rom, Age Concern’s health promotion officer, said staff from all over the hospital came down to talk to the Age Concern representatives, to find out how Age Concern could help their patients. As Older Adults and Home Health operations manager Sue Skipper said, it was a great opportunity for hospital staff to really talk with community workers about what’s out there for patients. But the real focus of celebrations was on the wards, and even out in the homes of Meals on Wheels clients.

First free bowel screening programme launched Waitemata DHB’s BowelScreening coordination centre team has been busy gearing up for the start of the much-anticipated BowelScreening programme, officially launched on Wednesday October 12. Bowel cancer is the second most common cancer in New Zealand and one of the highest in the developed world. Over 100 residents living in the Waitemata district die of bowel cancer each year. The coordination centre is the hub of the new pilot programme — the first of its kind in New Zealand. It will be the first contact point for many people who take the BowelScreening test. The team will work alongside local community organisations to support Pacific, Maori and Asian participants to take part in this new programme. “It’s the first bowel screening programme of its kind to be implemented in New Zealand,” says Mr Mike Hulme-Moir, clinical director for BowelScreening. “Also, it’s the first cancer screening programme which involves men.” Soon the first 500 Waitemata residents will get their invitations to take part in this new programme. A simple test you can do at home BowelScreening is for people with no obvious symptoms to check for early signs of bowel cancer. It’s available for Waitemata residents aged between 50 and 74. It’s a simple test people can do at home. GPs will tell their eligible patients how to participate. GPs will refer patients with a positive test result to Waitakere Hospital for a colonoscopy. Those with a negative result will be recalled for screening every two years. Once the pilot is in full swing, it is expected about 1300 invitations and test kits will be sent out every week.

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Waitemata DHB older adults and home health operation s manager Sue Skipper and Age Concern ’s Katie Rom.

All the older people’s wards celebrated one way or another. In Ward 14, for example, all the staff members pooled their resources and brought in a plate of “mostly home-made” goodies for a celebratory morning tea on the Friday. One patient won a home care package in a ward raffle, another won a pamper pack and everyone joined in the fun. “We love a party on our ward,” said nurse Kirsten Ter Braak, who organised the festivities with fellow nurse Leighann Forrest. Over at Ward 15 they marked the day on Saturday with cake, flowers and even a choir. “It was really fantastic,” said charge nurse Adrienne Reed. “Some of the stroke patients who can’t do much in the way of speaking could sing along a bit.” And there was no neglecting older people at home. On the Friday Meals on Wheels delivered a special celebratory meal of roast lamb with mint sauce, roast potatoes, minted peas and carrots, followed by mini pavlovas. Now that’s worth celebrating!


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On the 22nd of November, Kenzie Eireann would have been celebrating her ninth birthday. But this year, Kenzie will not be opening presents on her birthday. Instead, a different kind of celebration is taking place. Kenzie was 3 when she died of cancer, and the charity set up in her memory, Kenzie’s Gift, is celebrating the new addition to the Kenzie’s Gift team, their Ambassador, Nigel Latta. “I am proud to be an Ambassador for Kenzie’s Gift,” says Nigel. “It is important to heighten awareness of the need to support our children and young people when a family member is diagnosed with cancer. Kenzie’s Gift provides age appropriate, evidenced-based services delivered by registered professionals at a time when such support is desperately needed by children and their families. Kenzie’s Gift is an invaluable community resource and they need our help to grow and extend their services.” A diagnosis of cancer within the family is devastating. The impact is felt by every member but the effects of cancer may be experienced most profoundly by the children. The provision of age appropriate emotional support for

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children and young people affected by cancer can help to manage and minimise the trauma. Kenzie’s Gift works with children and young people living with cancer. Whether it is their own diagnosis or that of a sibling or parent, these children have significant issues stemming from the fears and anxieties arising from a diagnosis of cancer within the family. Timely intervention can alleviate these fears, offering reassurance and hope for a positive future. When asked if he would be an Ambassador for Kenzie’s Gift, Nigel Latta agreed without hesitation. He is passionate about the psychosocial well being of New Zealand children and recognises the contribution Kenzie’s Gift is making. Nigel works tirelessly with children and young people in his profession as a Clinical Psychologist and his books about parenting and raising children have been hugely popular. Kenzie’s Gift is grateful for Nigel’s support. “Nigel is a champion for all New Zealand children who are affected by cancer,” says Nic Russell, Director of Kenzie’s Gift. “I cannot thank him enough for his support.” To mark the occasion, Nigel is doing ‘The Politically Incorrect Guide to Raising Boys and Girls’ at Takapuna Grammar School on Thursday 1st December at 7pm. As Nigel says ‘We’re constantly being bombarded with people telling us that boys are in crisis, or girls are, or both. We hear an awful lot about the lack of male role models on boys, and the impact of pop culture on girls. We also hear a lot about Mars and Venus and all the latest ‘brain science’ which at first glance seems to be saying that boys and girls are so radically different we apparently come from completely different planets. What’s really going on with our boys, and what’s really up with our girls?’ In this entertaining, thought provoking, and informative show Nigel will give you the answers to all this stuff as he takes the audience on a twisty turny ride through the business of getting boys and girls all the way through childhood, adolescence, and beyond, in a complicated world. All proceeds from ticket sales go toward supporting Kenzie’s Gift and the wonderful work they are doing in our community. To be in with a chance to win 2 tickets to see Nigel, visit the Kenzie’s Gift Facebook page:!/kenziesgift Tickets are $25 and are available for sale by emailing:

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In 1985 when globally there were over 1,000 children a day being affected by Polio, and spurred by success achieved in the Philippines, Rotary International made a pledge to the children of the world that they would lead the charge to end Polio.

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Camel Ride While spending five months in Auckland Hospital to win my fight against Polio, little did I realise that 64 years later it would lead me to my first camel ride. Polio is a non-discriminatory disease that attacks the central nervous system paralysing muscles and mainly affecting children under 10-years-old. Those of us old enough will have memories of neighbours, friends and people in our New Zealand communities being struck with the crippling and sometimes deadly disease. A vaccine to immunise against Polio was discovered in 1955. However, the first meaningful step to prove that Polio could be eliminated from the world happened when Rotary International led a project in the Philippines to mass immunise its children, which resulted in the country becoming polio free. In 1985 when globally there were over 1,000 children a day being affected by Polio, and spurred by success achieved in the Philippines, Rotary International made a pledge to the children of the world that they would lead the charge to “End Polio”. The scheme has gained traction since then and the goal set by Rotary is now recognised as being achievable. In the intervening years Rotarians have been joined by many organisations throughout the world including The United Nations Foundation, the USA Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the governments of many countries, philanthropic trusts such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and corporates such as Google. The strength of this support and the commitment of Rotary’s dedicated 1.2 million volunteers has enabled this challenge to reach the point where we can

Ken and Margaret Linkhorn riding a Camel in New Delhi, India.

By Ken Linkhorn now say that we are ‘this close’. Globally in 2010 there were only 1,349 cases. This year there has been only 333 cases - with only four countries in the world not classified as polio free (India, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria). But, while one case of polio still exists there is the chance this debilitating disease could regain the ground we have fought so hard to win. What about the camel ride? The Indian government in its commitment to stamp out Polio decreed that all children (approx 174 million!) under age of five are required to participate at least twice a year in a National Immunisation Day (NID). Margaret, my wife, and I joined a team of 30 Rotarian volunteers and friends from New Zealand to go to New Delhi in January 2011 to take part in a NID program. It included an ‘Awareness’ Parade involving more than 1,000 school children with whistles, scores of tuk tuks (local mini taxis), elephants and camels. It was a colourful and noisy affair that promoted the next week’s NID. We were asked to ride a camel near the head of the parade - our first camel ride and an adventure in its own right. Our hands-on participation in this Rotary adventure - to win the battle against Polio around the world - has bridged those 64 years back to the time of my own personal encounter. It’s a miracle to think that the misery Polio has caused over centuries may soon be a thing of the past. Takapuna resident Ken Linkhorn is a Past District Governor and on the Council for Legislation of Rotary International. Issue 16 - NOVEMBER 2011

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gundry's grumbles with Simon Gundry Simon Gundry is a Devonport and North Shore identity, and character, who is known for calling a spade a spade. He is a director of contracting company Gill & Gundry, is an enthusiastic and active sailor (past crew-member of 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.

Well Done Auckland, Well Done New Zealand First up, well done to all of New Zealand for a wonderful Rugby World Cup – thanks to everyone for their efforts during this event, the tournament was a huge success for the whole of our country. It was fun, it was vibrant, it was colourful, and it was great. Full of the ups and downs of life. We may have matured as a nation slightly over those days; even the weather played its part. It’s been quite incredible, there were people hardly interested in rugby who have been following the tournament all the way through and got so much enjoyment out of it. The North Shore looked wonderful, town was tidy, the city was tidy, and people were friendly. Straight after the tournament I travelled to take part in a Yachting Regatta in Spain, and I spoke to a lot of people travelling out of New Zealand back to Europe after the World Cup. Everyone I spoke to was in awe of our country, its’ natural beauty, our friendliness, and our food. Pat yourselves on the back, it was job well done. I wonder why every time there is a problem in this country, everyone goes running to the Government? Last month, when the container ship Rena ran aground on the Astrolabe Reef just out of Tauranga, the first thing the locals did was go running to the Government - was it really the Government’s fault they were steering this ship on the wrong course in the middle of the night, to land itself on this reef at 17 knots? Was it really the Government’s fault that it happened that a nasty little weather front came through for a few days and made the situation a lot worse? It’s all very well for the locals to get angry and start crying about the loss of their environment, but these things happen – all these stupid people who think we have ocean going tugs with the capability of towing these huge ships off reefs immediately, lying at our disposal, should have a good look at themselves. It’s really not that easy or simple. These people who think that oil booms are readily accessible for any part of our coast, it just doesn’t happen, these things are so expensive and cost so much to maintain, we can’t afford to have them waiting, in the event of a one in a million chance of a container ship hitting a reef. We have such a vast coastline when you take in the areas around New Zealand

down to the Auckland and Campbell Islands and over the Chatham Islands, we couldn’t possibly have that much equipment sitting round, waiting. It hasn’t happened before and it won’t happen again in a long, long time. Some people get so hysterical. Personally, I think we are really lucky to have a leader in this country like John Key. He has had to work through the global meltdown, the earthquakes, Pike River and now the Rena. I believe this country needs the firm, steady leadership he portrays. I get so sick of Phil Goff and the rest of his cohorts down crying the Government at every opportunity. I do realise that it is the Opposition’s job to do this, but sometimes there would be more kudos for the Leader of Opposition to agree that what the Government is doing is the right thing, especially at times of tragedy, instead of constantly bagging it. It becomes tedious and boring. I firmly believe people are turning away from Labour with their negative and nasty politics. A classic example was when Darien Fenton badmouthed Sir Peter Leitch, our beloved “Mad Butcher” last month, that really upset me and it really upset more people than she would ever realise. As we all know, Sir Peter has contributed more to the people of New Zealand than the whole of that Labour outfit has put together. On a brighter note, summer is coming. After travelling to Europe recently, it again reinforces where I love to live, here on the North Shore of Auckland in New Zealand. Europe is wonderful to visit, but goodness me, the number of people in London is stifling. I don’t know how people can live and work in such close proximity to each other. I guess it’s just what people are used to. Summer is coming, and before we know it, it will be Christmas time again, and holidays, pohutukawa blossoms, barbecues, yachting and everything that we love about this country. As we talked about this time last year, use this time as an opportunity to embrace family and friends, walk the beaches, explore our rivers and mountains. A time to barbecue some of our wonderful food and invite friends and family round. We have a natural lifestyle that many millions of people around the world can only dream about.

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In 1950 the Devonport Borough Council commenced an ambitious ten year plan to ensure every street in the Borough had footpaths and access to sewerage, and to have all those roads properly sealed. The Marine Parade was to be better lit as well. The Council also enthusiastically joined the new North Shore Drainage Board. The Queen visited Devonport on Boxing Day in 1953, and a bronze plaque acknowledging her visit was later laid, at the exact spot where she had stepped from her car. On 26 February 1954, the Council took over the provision of library service in the area. For the previous 24 years, the service had been provided by volunteers and that library was run from a rented shop, with just 600 to 800 subscribers. Henceforth, the library was now free for both ratepayers and residents and based at Windsor Reserve. Formerly the site of the old Council Chambers, a new Council owned building included the new library along with Plunket rooms, a ladies’ restroom and a children’s play centre. At the 1956 population census, the Borough population had dropped by 418 from the 1951 figure. This was attributed in part to the move of Naval personnel to the site of the old brickworks in

Ngataringa Bay, now part of Takapuna Borough, but also due to the lack of building sites in the area. In 1950 there were only between 130 and 180 sections still available for new housing. Devonport was basically ‘built out’ and developers urged the relaxation of controls on multi-storey apartments. In February 1958, the Council controversially agreed to allow for Sunday evening films at the two local cinemas, each on alternative Sundays. Some residents expressed fears of ‘hooliganism’ if young people were gathered together in one place. Others supported the Council decision, contending that the opening of the cinemas would more likely keep young people off the streets. Nevertheless, traditionalists wanted to keep their children inside their homes on a Sunday evening. Social historians refer to ‘moral panic’, felt by many parents and other adults at the time, when dealing with ‘teenagers’. In April 1958, acknowledging the history of the area, a flagpole made from the original signal mast on Mount Victoria was erected on Windsor Reserve. The Tainui Memorial on King Edward Parade dates from 1959, commemorating the arrival of the Tainui canoe. From 11 to 13 February 1959, the Devonport Borough Council sponsored a North Shore Festival of the Arts. The festival included displays of paintings, pottery, drawings and sculpture, along with performances from bands, choirs and other singers. There were demonstrations of weaving, pottery, basketry, fabric printing and photograph tinting, along with the performance of a play and an illustrated talk on the history of the area. There were two art exhibitions, one for amateurs and the other for established artists. A floral carpet was laid and the festival ended with maypole dancing. During the course of the 1950s, Devonport residents could also look west and observe the construction of the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Locals welcomed the coming of the bridge, especially as it meant the end of the vehicular ferries. In the 1950s there were on average 16 buses waiting at rush hour in the evenings for the passenger ferries. These would soon be much less in number and Devonport would be a quieter place. Local shops also gave themselves a ‘facelift’ to prepare for life with the bridge. Issue 16 - NOVEMBER 2011


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Nationwide commercial property confidence remains positive at 7%, according to Colliers International’s latest investor confidence survey. The quarterly survey is produced by Colliers’ national director of consulting and research, Alan McMahon, and his team based in Auckland CBD. The 7% confidence result shows that more of the survey’s respondents think things will get better for commercial property investors rather Andrew Hiskens. than worse over the next year, albeit by the fairly narrow margin of 7%. The research shows things look to be on the up over the longer term, with all centres surveyed this quarter showing an improvement in confidence compared with a year ago. Auckland confidence NZ’s highest While Auckland investor confidence – which includes the North Shore – is down slightly this quarter, from 32% to 28%, Auckland is still the most optimistic centre in New Zealand. Confidence in Auckland has risen quickly from -17% a year ago, and also from its absolute lowest point of net -72% negativity in March 2009. This was the lowest confidence reading in Auckland since the survey’s inception. Businesses and other organisations need property to accommodate the people who carry out the manufacturing, selling, service provision or whatever the business activities are. If businesses are growing, more people are needed, and that usually means more property is required. This is a rather simplified analysis but it does provide a core driver to the commercial property market in Auckland, where many businesses are now doing well following the downturn.

The research shows things look to be on the up over the longer term, with all centres surveyed this quarter showing an improvement in confidence compared with a year ago. Queenstown has been up and down over the past few years but is now riding high, encouraged by good tourist numbers and a CBD where property values have recovered strongly. Christchurch’s recent results have been highly volatile, unsurprisingly. Given that the question is about whether things will get better over the next year, it’s predictable that most respondents will think so, and this is perhaps underpinned by the emergence of real plans surrounding the rebuild of the CBD. Wellington most pessimistic Of the three main centres, Wellington is again the most pessimistic at a net -25%, down from -15% three months ago. This is in part influenced by the upcoming election. Respondents are aware of the fact that if a National-led government is reelected, it may take action to further reduce public sector headcount and this has influenced Wellington’s commercial property confidence level, particularly in the office sector. Concerns over new earthquake strengthening regulations are also shaking confidence in Wellington. Investor confidence in Hamilton remained stable at 8%. 2011 has seen confidence return to the market in the Waikato, with investors realising that they have weathered the storm relatively well. The history of the Hamilton market is one of lower volatility, with investors, on average, taking conservative positions especially in respect of debt. The consistent stream of good news from the diary industry and, to a lesser degree, the sheep and beef sector has underpinned investors’ views that the foundations are in place for a genuine, sustained improvement. Dunedin investor confidence experienced the most significant decrease, falling by 14% to -4% in three months.

Queenstown and Christchurch up The only centres to show an improvement between June and September this year were Queenstown and Christchurch, rising to 23% and 25% respectively.

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152 LOCAL REAL ESTATE: The Power of Two By Real Estate Duo Rose Arnott & Rosie Houghton of Prestige Real Estate – Both Local Identities in the Takapuna community.

Listing price vs selling price

FACT: Currently, throughout New Zealand residential property sellers are listing their homes for sale at an average of 15% above the agents opinion of what will be its eventual selling price. Often this is considered a negotiation buffer from the vendors prospective. When a property first enters the market, momentum is generated, because all the qualified buyers (those in the price range who have been looking for a while and are ready to buy) will discover the property for the first time. Competition peaks in the first few weeks of marketing and buyers are most likely to make the highest offers for fear of losing out to someone else. If initial marketing does not attract the desired offers, it may be necessary to consider varying the asking price. If the price remains the same for too long, the momentum of the marketing program is likely to fall away, affecting the properties profile and competitiveness. It is important not to vary the asking price too early because it sends a signal to prospective buyers that the price is not genuine or that the vendor is perhaps too keen to negotiate. Varying the asking price too late sends a signal that the seller is not aware of, or prepared to listen to, market forces- in other words, not genuine or realistic. Qualified buyers loose interest and the opportunities for receiving high offers diminish, along with the potential of achieving the best price at the end of the day. Research with past sellers tells us that there are two simple rules indicating the appropriate time to vary the asking price:1. The property must be well presented. 2. The property must be professionally marketed to attract the attention of all current prospective buyers in the price range recommended by your agent.

Paddle for Hope On a more personal note, just recently we participated in a fund raiser for breast cancer month, Paddle for Hope - a lot of fun was had for such a worthy cause. Stand up paddle boarding or SUP for those in the know. We had our own Prestige Team in with a couple of last minute additions to the team who were fantastic. All and all the race raised thousands of dollars to go towards helping women with breast cancer. Stand up paddling is a fun sport which we help facilitate with Babes on Boards, some of you may have heard of this, anyway summer is upon us now and this could be your time to try a new sport, plus and/ or Sell your home. ............................................................................................................. For a no-obligation home appraisal please call Rose and Rosie anytime. Contact Rosie Houghton 021 623 952, Email: or Rose Arnott 021 876 333 Email:

Contact: Rosie Houghton Ph: 021 623 952 Rose Arnott Ph: 021 876 333

DEVONPORT | ID 5308 AUCTION - 16 Nov oN site 6.30pm Understated yet uncompromising design. the open plan living area is an entertainers dream with fabulous indoor/ outdoor flow. the three bedrooms plus office with fold down double bed are discreetly concealed for privacy- the master suite with a luxurious bathroom is a spacious and soothing retreat. A family bathroom, and double lockup garage with ample storage, plus the elevated position with city views offer ideal security.

Location 52 sea breeze Road, Devonport Viewing saturdays/ sundays/ Wednesdays as advertised

Issue 16 - NOVEMBER 2011


021 876 333 (RA) 021 623 952 (RH)















30 Cheltenham Road, Cheltenham To view either of these superb properties phone Stanaway Real Estate Limited Bayleys North Shore, Licensed under the REA Act 2008

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