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I have just read Mr Chambers’ Waitemata Local Board report in the July edition of Ponsonby News. He raises the project of the Weona Westmere Coastal Walkway and says “For us the decision was a difficult one about whether we proceed to do the public good of allowing greater public access to our limited public coastline to better enjoy our natural environment, whilst weighing up doing nothing and allowing private property owners who bought next to a public reserve effectively to have veto over the public domain.” I’m disappointed that Mr Chambers has used his column to misrepresent the concerns of those property owners, of which I am one. My submission to the Board was based on the fact that it is choosing to proceed with spending hundreds of thousands of dollars (some reports have the project costing upwards of $2million) at a time when council spending should be curbed, and when, if the community was asked, it may far prefer to have such vast funds spent elsewhere, for instance on cleaning up the pollution in our immediate coastal waters, or making Cox’s Bay a usable beach. He also attempts to confine the concern of Westmere residents to only those whose properties adjoin the area in question. That is not the case, and is again a misrepresentation. There is much concern from the wider community about the heavy expenditure required for this unnecessary project when there are actual local issues to be addressed. Mr Chambers’ attempt to portray the issue as one of residents seeking to “have veto” is entirely inaccurate and misleading. The public domain is already perfectly accessible to anyone who chooses to use it: the only expenditure required is $20 on a pair of gumboots, rather than the extravagant amount proposed by the Board. If he truly wishes the public to better enjoy our natural environment, how about spending the allocated money on getting that environment to an unpolluted state where it really can be enjoyed? PAULA PENFOLD, Westmere


This seems like a workable solution for both residents and business. This proposal blocks out parking for longer than two hours but according to the flyer announcing this news, both business and residents can purchase parking permits. Providing these permits are not too restrictive it should work well for all. In the last few months the side streets off Ponsonby Road have become more clogged with people parking all day. This situation cannot continue indefinitely and if the St Mary’s Bay model works surely then consideration should be given to expanding the scheme elsewhere. GERARD HILL, Ponsonby


I have been to many European countries but I have never been to France. Although, spanning four years during the 1990s I had three different French flatmates all here in New Zealand on work experience as part of their military training. Just as Picasso had his ‘Blue period’ I affectionately called those days in our Summer Street house ‘my French period’ – full of fun, flamboyancy and French frivolity. On reading the last issue of Ponsonby News with your ‘Vive la France’ feature, which by the way I thoroughly enjoyed, it is good to know that the French still have such a wonderful influence on our part of town. ANNABELLE B, Grey Lynn


The owners are Jason Rosen, and Benjamin Taylor and not Nikki Kaye as indicated in last month’s Ponsonby News. PN

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THERE’S ALMOST AS MUCH EXCITEMENT as we go to press, as there was this time last year, when New Zealand prepared to host the Rugby World Cup. As George Berry tells us in this issue, the Olympics in London for many is all but a dream. While we’re young it’s something to aspire to and as we mature it is something to marvel at. The skill and athleticism shown, dedication and commitment by those athletes lucky enough to make it to the games is an example to us all.

WITH NZ FASHION WEEK HAPPENING next month it seems timely to look at some spring/summer 2012/13 collections which Julie Roulston tells us will be vibrant and eclectic. Ponsonby News talked to five of our top designers about what to expect from them for the new season and how to wear it – P57

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Throughout the past decade the medal contenders more often than not have been in the top three in the world in their sports within the Olympic year. 2012 is promising to be a very special year for New Zealand. Let’s hope Mr Berry is proven correct! P48


YOUR HAIR IS A KEY PART OF YOUR LOOK - WHETHER IT BE OF THE Hermes/’plain and beautifully cut’ variety, or the Roberto Cavalli/’attention-grabbing and stylised’ kind. Colleague Julie Roulston asked three of Ponsonby’s top salons to share their take on the new season – P62

is important when selling and that supply and demand can often be instrumental in achieving good prices. We know that interest rates are at an all time low and the rental market is experiencing some challenges ...but we asked some of our local real estate agents to tell us something we DON’T know about real estate – P107

PONSONBY PEOPLE LOVE REAL ESTATE - WE ARE ASTUTE AND GENERALLY market savvy when it comes to buying and selling! Likewise, those looking to rent in the most popular part of town are equally as discerning. Most of us know that presentation

DON’T FORGET FATHER’S DAY ON SUNDAY 3 SEPTEMBER. FINALLY! THE NEW Three Lamps lights are due to be switched on at a small ceremony on Friday, August 10, from 5.30pm-7pm. See you there. PN

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DAVID HARTNELL’S ONE MINUTE INTERVIEW WITH MICK PECK At the time of reading this, Mick Peck is about to wave his magic wand and appear living in Grey Lynn. This man of mystery and magic is one of New Zealand’s most respected magicians. I’ve seen him perform a number of times, and he gets more magical every time I see one of his shows. I thoroughly recommend him for your next party or event, but be prepared to be amazed. Last year Mick won the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand Top Children’s Entertainer Award. WHEN DID YOU FIRST BECOME INTERESTED IN MAGIC? I’ve always had a fascination with magic and mystery; I can remember quite distinctly watching David Copperfield vanish into the Bermuda Triangle on television in the early 80s. Later on I saw performers like Paul Daniels and Penn and Teller who combined magic and comedy. For me that’s what it’s always been about - anyone can borrow some library books on magic and learn some secrets, but I’ve always been more interested in combining showmanship and audience interaction to make each show a unique experience. HARDER TO ENTERTAIN, CHILDREN OR ADULTS? Adults are easier to fool because their minds make assumptions much more quickly - if you show that your hands are empty an adult will believe their eyes, but a child is more likely to think that you’re somehow hiding something there anyway. YOUR FIRST PUBLIC SHOW? There was a fundraising drive for a new playground at school and I offered to do a performance and donate the takings. The teachers thought it was a wonderful idea, which then presented the problem of having to actually put the show together! DOES SLEIGHT-OF-HAND REALLY TAKE YEARS OF PRACTISE? It’s like coming home late at night in pitch-dark and being able to immediately put your key into the lock without looking - you’ve done it so many times you don’t have to see the keyhole, you don’t have to think about the height or position of it, it all happens subconsciously. Magic is the same. For it to be effective the magician has to practise each technique so it happens automatically. Then the magician can concentrate totally on the presentation of the trick, the most important part of entertaining the audience. FAVOURITE MAGIC TRICK? The appearing woman. In a bikini. WHOSE GREATEST HITS WOULD YOU TAKE TO A DESERT ISLAND? Alison Holst’s, so I wouldn’t go hungry. FOUR DREAM DINNER PARTY GUESTS? John, Paul, George and Leighton. LAST TIME YOU TURNED OFF YOUR CELL PHONE? I don’t think they come with “off” buttons anymore. FAVOURITE BOOK? Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators #7 : The Mystery of the Fiery Eye. WHAT CLICHÉ DO YOU MOST ABHOR? The way New Zealand sports players preface every answer with “Yeah, look ... ”. WHAT MOTIVATES YOU? The Inland Revenue Department.

IF YOU WON LOTTO YOU’D DO? Pack my bags and head to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee - the home of Dollywood. Yee haw! IF YOU COULD MAKE YOURSELF INVISIBLE FOR A DAY WHAT WOULD YOU DO? Win friends and influence people. TELL US SOMETHING VERY FEW PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT YOU? I sponsor two Guide Dogs. WHAT’S SOMETHING THAT YOU REALLY DISAPPROVE OF? The burger with two chicken fillets for buns, and I’m looking forward to them coming back. IS IT HARD WORK TO MAKE IT AS A MAGICIAN? I’ve heard it said that if you can turn your passion into a career then you’ll never work a day in your life. Show business is famous for being a tough industry, especially in a small marketplace, but just like anything if you set out to exceed expectations you will succeed. Last year I received the “Awesome Service Award” which is a business prize nominated by customers and judged by Chambers of Commerce representative Michael Barnett. I was also presented with the Variety Arts Club of New Zealand “Top Children’s Entertainer Award” which was a tremendous honour, the Variety Artists Club is the premier association for entertainers in this country - some of the people on the judging panel are household names and legends of Kiwi entertainment, so it’s fantastic to be recognised. ADVICE FOR UP AND COMING MAGICIANS? You don’t choose magic. Magic chooses you. (DAVID HARTNELL) PN

AN ACTOR YOU ADMIRE, AND WHY? Robert Downey Jnr. Nice suits. YOUR FAVOURITE TIME OF THE DAY? Showtime. THE MOST IRRITATING THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE? Buy an electric guitar. Could have been worse - could have been drums. WHO ARE YOUR FAVOURITE HEROES OF FICTION? Sherlock Holmes, Captain Mainwaring, James Bond and Batman ... the Adam West version of course. WHICH WEBSITE DO YOU VISIT MOST?

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JOHN ELLIOTT: SOAP BOX PERMIT PARKING IN ST MARY’S BAY - THE THIN EDGE OF THE WEDGE FOR THE WHOLE GREATER PONSONBY AREA AUCKLAND TRANSPORT IS ABOUT TO ROLL OUT RESIDENTIAL PERMIT parking for all the residential streets of St Mary’s Bay. Residents may purchase a permit for $70 a year which will enable them to park outside their house or as close to it as they can get. Other vehicles will be restricted to 120 minutes parking from 8am to 6pm. After 6pm it will be first in first served. The permit parking plan is a one year trial, with an evaluation at three months, and then a full evaluation at one year. The trial is at the request of St Mary’s Bay residents who are sick of commuters often from the city’s outer suburbs driving to the inner city, parking, and walking or bussing to work in the central city. Residents who work from home and need to go out on business, or who need to pick up and drop off children, often arrive home at 9am to find parking impossible near their homes for the rest of the day. Restricting these “visitors from Hawkes Bay” is all very well - actually they are more likely to be from Henderson or Glen Eden - but there are two very different types of all day parker. The second group are local business people and their staff. This has long been a problem, although not with legal restrictions like the St Mary’s Bay one will have. Business owners with vehicles signwritten to advertise their business have long incurred the wrath of residents just off Ponsonby Road, who object to a car parked all day outside their house. Business people have been harassed and ticketed (not legally of course, but often with more colourful language on the “ticket”). Perhaps some Ponsonby business people, whether owners or staff, have learned to hide their cars among the Westies, hoping not to be distinguished. But, having said that, what will business people do if after the one year trial, this system is rolled out across the city fringe - Ponsonby, Herne Bay, Freeman’s Bay, Grey Lynn,

West Lynn. This will inevitably chase custom away from Ponsonby businesses, and make it harder for owners to attract staff. The main point I would like to make is that there will be flow on effects from this first trial, and it will be very difficult to decide if the parking habits which result from the St Mary’s Bay trial will be, or can be, replicated across the city fringe. Auckland Transport are at pains to point out that this is a trial, and that a full evaluation will take place at the end of the trial, but I am concerned that the problem may simply be transplanted to another part of the city fringe. Good on St Mary’s Bay - the restrictions will make life much easier for them, but bear in mind business people’s vehicles, and staff vehicles – they have to go somewhere. Maybe Auckland Transport will find it fairer for Ponsonby business people to be able to buy permits too. Perhaps after the out-of-towners have been eradicated, a ballot system could allocate some spaces for business people. After all, as Vicki Taylor, long time Ponsonby business person says, “business is tough enough in this economic climate, we don’t need it made any harder.” One person controversially said to me, “there was no parking problem when those grand homes were built in St Mary’s Bay, and now they have two cars each they have a choice to sell out at prices the original owners would turn over in their graves to hear, and go live in Eketahuna.” Some readers may agree with that sentiment, but those of us who live in and love the inner city, just ask for a fair system of protecting our homes, our streets and our investments. We must just be careful not to push the problem onto someone else. (JOHN ELLIOTT) PN

WYNYARD QUARTER TURNS ONE! WYNYARD QUARTER CELEBRATES ITS FIRST BIRTHDAY THIS MONTH AND it’s hard to believe that only 12 months ago this part of Auckland was largely the domain of semi industrial properties and the commercial fishing industry. With 1.3 million people visiting since then the waterfront development, made up of Silo Park, North Wharf and Karanga Plaza all linked together by a heritage tram, has certainly stamped its mark on the Auckland map. A walk along the promenade and a bite to eat or a drink at one of the North Wharf restaurants has quickly become a ‘’quintessential Auckland experience”. And the famous Wynyard Quarter playground continues to attract crowds of children and caregivers on a regular basis, rain or shine. In fact a recent survey found 40 per cent of Aucklanders visit Wynyard Quarter at least once a fortnight. A spokesperson for the council organisation Waterfront Auckland, which is responsible for the development of the area, Luke Henshall says it’s been incredibly humbling to see how popular the space has become in such a short space of time.

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“The revitalisation of a former industrial precinct such as this is more than just a property development. It’s about building a sense of community and we put as much focus on that aspect of what we do, as we do with the creation of the new public spaces and buildings.” “Whether it is routine events like outdoor cinema in Silo Park, children’s workshops or the one off events like the Seafood Festival, activating the space has proven integral to attracting crowds to the area.” With new projects in the pipeline such as further expansion of the superyacht berths in Silo Marina and the transformation of Daldy and Halsey Streets into linear parks, not to mention the first stage of an innovation precinct, there is much to keep an eye on as the Wynyard Quarter continues to grow into a vibrant mixed use community. For more information on these and other projects go to


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CHAIR’S WAITEMATA LOCAL BOARD REPORT: SHALE CHAMBERS I CAN FEEL AND SMELL SPRING IN THE AIR AND THE DAYS ARE WARMING UP. As daylight hours begin to lengthen after the winter solstice and it’s not so cold to walk and bike around the neighbourhood, it’s good to know your local board have not gone into hibernation over winter. We have been active making transport a key priority. You will see on the page opposite one of the Waitemata Local Board communication features informing the community through local papers what their elected representatives have been doing to fulfil their election promises. These have been appearing in Ponsonby News and the suburban newspaper now since just before Christmas as a monthly ‘report back’, so locals are made aware of the projects being consulted upon and then happening, and raising awareness of our new accountable democracy. These one page features are ‘under review’ so if you think they are helpful to your understanding of where your rates are being locally targeted by our Board please tell us.

In those circumstances our ‘advocates’ spend inordinate amounts of time advocating and following up, rather than Auckland Transport carrying out the wishes of the community… as occurs in our other portfolios of events, recreation and community facilities, parks etc.

The story opposite tells you of the successes of the transport portfolio board team, led by Pippa Coom in the west and Christopher Dempsey in the central and east of Waitemata. However the shared hard work that the whole transport team puts in as they literally ‘move mountains’ cannot be underestimated. That is both because the National Government set up the delivery arm for transport matters, Auckland Transport as a CCO (Council Controlled Organisation) rather than as a department of Council, and our local priority of a ‘connected, healthy transport options’ is ambitious for us as a community. Auckland Transport thus does not necessarily give the appearance of operating in a transparent and accountable manner to communities and local boards on the decisions it makes in our local area.

The Three Lamps on the corner of Ponsonby and Jervois Roads are finally returning. On 10 August, led by board member Tricia Reade, the recently reconstructed lamps see the official ‘lighting of the lamps’ and we can all be transported back to when the original gas lights shone on the plane trees that were lined up in Jervois Road.

It needs to be said, we have a good relationship with Auckland Transport, and there is no reason to doubt that they wish to accommodate local board wishes where possible. But it has regional focus and funding drivers and its role is not necessarily to respond to the voices of our community in priority setting, or at least in a transparent manner. We have consulted our communities about what you want in the transport area. But Auckland Transport does not see that it as their role to have a formal accountable relationship with the local board, and while they will consult with the local board team on decisions and the practicalities of when projects will be undertaken, they presently do not see local boards as much more than ‘advocates’.

We are working on both strengthening the relationship with Auckland Transport, and at the same time changing the relationship so that there is a more formal process of how local board priorities are incorporated into Auckland Transport’s work programme. We are looking for a community organisation for the wonderful refurbished historic Campbell Free Kindergarten in Victoria Park, so please send expressions of interest through to us as it needs a happy local group who will be able to fully utilise its ample charms and make it their home.

After watching the London Olympic Games and all the build-up to the event on the telly for three weeks until 12 August, you will be ready to get a spot of arts and culture whilst treasuring all the great performances of our Kiwi athletes. The NZ Film Festival finishes on the same day as the Olympics and has a cracking line up of excellent films. While you will have missed the ‘Gluttony’ session at the Auckland Museum LATE on Thursday night 2 August, you can book for the ‘Lust’ session on 6 September as they power through the seven deadly sins. The Artstation Gallery has a new exhibition: ‘Dominion Road, stories of the shifting urbanscape’ opening 7 August, and the Youth Art Committee is opening their ’Sideway’ exhibition on 21 August. The Heritage Festival starts at the end of next month so there will be more details in my next column of local offerings. (SHALE CHAMBERS) PN Contact me:

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JOHN ELLIOTT: LOCAL NEWS WEONA WALKWAY - TOO MUCH MONEY FOR TOO LITTLE BENEFIT - 80% OPPOSED The Waitemata Local Board Chairperson, Shale Chambers is quite right when he points out the dated trail from 2010, leading to a decision to build the Weona Walkway section of the Meola Reef to Parnell Coastal Walk. But, simply because the old Western Bays Community Board Legacy Document 2010 identifies under “our ideas for future projects”, nine ideas one of which is a “Weona Reserve Proposal”, and many subsequent reports discuss the Walkway either obliquely or directly, this does not mean that local people were consulted as early as they should have been. It is also a fact that many ratepayers don’t read council material until they finally discover it may affect them directly. I had an example of that some years ago, when I owned the Ponsonby News and the Western Bays Community Board decided to trial some road closures and one way options around the very narrow John Street. Much discussion took place among board members and a few interested locals, but it was not until trial barriers went up that people woke up to what was happening, and then all hell broke loose. There was nasty graffiti on the street barriers, civil disobedience among drivers who simply mounted curbs and drove around barriers. There were phone threats of AK - 47 rifles. The board could not wait to take down the barriers at the end of the three months trial, and a Ponsonby News survey showed over 80% opposed the closures. It was a good example of ratepayers only getting active and involved once their local neighbourhood felt threatened. The Weona Walkway smacks to me of a similar gap between board knowledge and understanding, and that of local residents. And so, what of the merits of the proposal, and its effects on local owners? In principle, most people I have spoken to are very supportive of as much public access to the Auckland coastline as possible. There was none of the “it’s my land, I’ll do what I want with it”, which is the Act Party credo, when I spoke to locals. Many walk regularly both locally and further afield, but there was a general opposition to the proposed walkway. It is not the highest priority in this corner of Westmere, most residents believe. The impression I had got of the local board’s attitude to opposition was that “they’ll get over it”, and that there is a nimby attitude (not in my back yard) among locals. There was also a whiff of “wealthy owners trying to protect their patch”. I found no evidence of that, but one local said if they had known this was a fait accompli they would have begun planting mitigating trees and building walls long before now. Owners believe the consultation, at the last minute, has not been taken seriously, and that the board has made up its mind. What’s the big hurry? Residents are calling for the project to be slowed down. One resident told me that board member Jesse Chalmers admitted at the May 19 meeting

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that consultation had been less than satisfactory. So more serious consultation is probably necessary. The council admits 80% of submitters are opposed to the scheme. What sort of democracy is in action when a project is just rammed through because “we say so” is the board’s attitude? In tough economic times $2,800,000 for the walkway from Parnell to Meola Reef is a lot of money – the Weona share of that is projected to be $801,900. Only $683,000 of that has been budgeted. Is that already a cost blowout? What will the final price be? Also of concern to locals was the board’s refusal to engage in, or discuss, pollution, security, fencing, groups of local boats, and other related issues. Their reply to owners was “call the police”, “this is outside the project scope”, “report pollution to the Auckland Council”, “thanks for that comment, we’ll refer it to the appropriate people”, “we can discuss fences later”. Surely, given those other “appropriate” people are the council in many instances, some coordination and cooperation between bodies is important. This is a small project – 1.5 km long and goes nowhere. It does not link with Meola Reef, and cannot continue past Garnet Road along in front of Rawene Road, where many owners, much more affluent than most on the Weona corner, have riparian rights. There is good walking on Meola Reef, there is Lemington Reserve (where the track needs urgent attention, and where pollution is bad), and Jaggers’ Bush, from Meola Road to Motions Road. Motions is a word locals often laughingly refer to, especially when the smells are at their worst. There is a good sense of real community on the tip of this local peninsula. In these days of rampant consumerism, and mad materialism, locals there share their little boats, meet for BBQs, go kayaking together, and look out for each other. This could be jeopardised rather than enhanced by building obtrusive and unwanted tracks through their much loved community. Who will use it anyway, is a common refrain. I’m sure that, in principle, walking tracks for public access and enjoyment of our coastline are very important, but not at all costs, and not when it might do more harm than good to a little community minding its own business and getting on with living harmoniously together. This walkway may just have a negative impact on this local community. One owner told me he believes the walkway would be an unnecessary intrusion of built structure in what is essentially a piece of low key unspoilt tidal area. Except for the rubbish and the pollution – overflows of sewage up to 100 days a year with huge faecal content. Perhaps cleaning that up first should be the Council’s priority. (JOHN ELLIOTT) PN


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In Auckland there are a couple of words that either unite or divide. I will leave it to a Metro list to cover them all, but there is one I feel confident will incite a view from most readers - housing. Auckland Central is in a pretty special category when it comes to housing. I don’t need to tell you that house prices here have climbed at a rate faster than many others. It’s not surprising then that almost half of the people living in our patch rent rather than own. But Auckland Central dwellers are not alone. The previously achievable dream of owning your own home is falling further from the next generations reach than ever before. It’s not just about housing affordability - for some Auckland families it’s just about having a roof over your head, full stop. Just last week I visited a service in South Auckland who had dealt with the case of one house being used as accommodation for 23 people. Homes are no longer being built with a garage to park the car, they’re being built to house people and are even being kitted out with that in mind. So if we all know it’s a problem, what do we do? It’s not simple, and it’s fair to say there are many many layers. Bottom line, it costs too much to build a house in New Zealand, and we’re not building enough of them as a consequence. The Productivity Commission suggested that the problem was the availability of land. That’s a bit of a given. But I don’t believe that means by default that the answer for our city is to sprawl beyond the urban metropolitan limit, start a whole lot of green field developments that will come with the cost of new roads, new sewage and new water. It’s not a great start if our goal is affordability. We do need a plan, and the one produced by our Mayor is a very good start. Now Auckland Council needs a partnership. A central government focused on addressing the supply and demand issue also, and by being hands on when they do it. That means addressing the way the tax regime currently encourages investment in housing over other parts of the productive economy, increasing the building program for social housing, and looking at sticky issues like how we can improve the productivity of the building sector based on small to medium enterprises where currently only five firms build more than 100 houses a year.

WESTERN BAYS COMMUNITY GROUP MEETING OF 3 JULY The new Western Bays Community Group met at St Columba’s Church. They are pleased to be part of a coalition of 17 community groups to present a united front to council on various submissions. Patrick Reynolds gave a presentation on tree planting in local streets, particularly the Franklin Road plane trees. A 1949 photo shows plane trees in place on Jervois Road. A wide ranging discussion was held about planting possibilities in other streets. Discussions were held on various other issues including community gardens, improved traffic flows on Great North Road and Bond Street. And ideas for the Ponsonby Road and the Unitary Plans were discussed. There was discussion about heritage lights around Soho Square. The future of Bethany House is still an issue, and information from the developer is hard to get. This committee has made a bold start and is gaining the attention of those in powerful positions, as well as respect from the Waitemata Local Board and the council. PN


In fact, we have a brilliant opportunity to turn this crisis into an opportunity. Addressing our housing shortage could also mean addressing our skills gap and unemployment issues. Growing apprenticeships would have the duel benefit of stemming the flow of our young people overseas. According to the Construction Development Alliance as many as 25,000 jobs have been lost in construction over the past five years with 750 gone in 2011. Massive investment in housing would turn that around. I want my generation, and the ones that follow, to have an opportunity to own their own home, regardless of where they grew up or whether they have one to inherit. With a bit of action, we can turn this dream into a reality. PN JACINDA ARDERN, Labour List MP based in Auckland Central

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 LOCAL NEWS WESTHAVEN ROTARY – PRESIDENT’S CHANGEOVER FRIENDS, FAMILY, GUESTS AND FELLOW ROTARIANS JOINED WITH THE members of Westhaven Rotary at Gusto Italiano Restaurant, Three Lamps, to celebrate the year of the outgoing President Elaine Mead and to welcome the incoming President Tina McNally. President Elaine had arranged a photo show of the activities the club members had been involved in during the year and it was a good reminder of just what had been achieved. These included the presentation of illustrated dictionaries to the year four (8-9 years) students of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary school at Grey Lynn and also the presentation of a cheque to Principal Jenny Bernard towards their Duffy Books in Homes programme; weeding and tree planting on Motuihe Island; spending four weekends standing outside the entrances of the four local supermarkets (come rain, hail or shine) collecting “Cash or a Can” to be given to the Auckland City Mission; supporting the Hawkes Sea Scouts at Cox’s Bay; sponsoring two teams from St Mary’s College Ponsonby to a “MUNA” (Model United Nations Assembly) Rotary programme and other Rotary youth programmes. There were great fellowship events, either on a walk, at a BBQ or a dinner out. The speaker programme had been interesting and local people had been recognised with community and vocational awards.

‘Paul Harris Fellow’ JEREMY MACE with DG BRIAN TUCK and President ELAINE MEAD

Rex Billington was presented with the Westhaven Rotarian of the Year cup by last year’s holder Jill Kitchen, and very surprised members Jeremy Mace and Jill Kitchen were presented with a ‘Paul Harris Fellow’ (PHF) and ‘PHF Sapphire Pin’ for their commitment and continuous service in Rotary. A ‘Paul Harris Fellow’ was also presented to a very very surprised non-Rotarian Wilf Holt of the Auckland City Mission in recognition of his work over the years with the young and needy, currently team leader for the Auckland homeless community. These awards were presented on behalf of Westhaven Rotary by District Governor Brian Tuck. Westhaven’s contributions to The Rotary Foundation were given a boost during the evening with a challenge from past District Governor Merv Huxford of $100.00 for every paid up Centurion present and he was prepared to take new sign-ups then and there! Due to a semantic error he ended up paying out more than expected and so Westhaven walked away $2,000.00 better off, $600.00 of which was paid then and there to Auckland City Missioner Diane Robertson for the ACM’s literacy project.

‘Paul Harris Fellow’ WILF HOLT with his family – wife DIANE ROBERTSON, sons JAMES and MATIU, future daughter-in-law SUNNI and President ELAINE MEAD

The presidential chain was passed by Elaine Mead to Tina McNally, and so with the support of our family and friends we call our ‘Rotary family’ we are ready to do it all again in this new Rotary year. The evening wasn’t all serious. There was lots of laughter, great to catch up with folks you hadn’t seen for a while, and good food and wine. Come and check us out. We are a small bunch, not all local, but interested in doing something for our community, and while about it getting together with like minded people for fellowship, indulging in a cooked breakfast, listening to interesting and entertaining speakers, and then for most of us - away to work. We meet on a Tuesday morning at 7am for 7.15am to 8.30 am sharp at the Richmond Yacht Club, Westhaven Marina. PN

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The ‘Paul Harris Fellow’ Awardees – WILF HOLT, JEREMY MACE and JILL KITCHEN


LOCAL NEWS  LOUD SHIRT DAY Loud Shirt Day on Friday 21 September, is a chance to commit some serious fashion crimes and to raise money to help deaf kids learn to listen and to speak. Get your official Dick Frizzell designed Loud Shirt Day T-Shirt, as worn by Rhys Darby, from in Great North Road. “We decided to go with a Hawaiian theme this year and Dick was the first person I thought of when we decided to launch the Loud Shirt Day Artist Series as he is known for his love of Hawaiian shirts.” says Ponsonby resident, Elena Keith, project manager of Loud Shirt Day. “Rhys loves his shirt so much he wore it home from the photo shoot and we haven’t seen it since. Kokomo Haircutters are another big supporter of Loud Shirt Day and are inviting their clients to join in on the fun. I can’t think of another salon that will be as loud as this lot, they’re wonderfully outrageous!” If you’d like to get involved go to or text LOUD to 5339 to make an instant $3 donation. Every dollar will help change the lives of deaf children around the country. PN

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A New Zealand fabric phenomenon that’s giving vintage textiles and haberdashery new life is finally being held in Auckland.

Auckland is up another four places in the Monocle Magazine’s urban quality of life ranking on its trajectory towards becoming the world’s most liveable city.

Fabric-a-brac is about bringing together the many ‘fabric-a-holics’ out there who have collected more fabric than they will ever be able to use, with others that want affordable quality fabrics. All to raise money for a local hospice. Starting in 2009 in Wellington, the event, a Hospice fundraiser, is now held in Sydney, Brisbane and Palmerston North. The event has raised over $10,000 for hospices in New Zealand so far. This August will be the first event in Auckland. Auckland organiser Vanessa Rehm of children’s clothing range Bubbalino says she jumped at the chance to help make the event happen in Auckland. “I have friends that go to the Wellington event and just rave about it, and the founder, Josie Brennan has had heaps of requests to start one up in Auckland. I am delighted to be able to help that happen!” Stallholders take a table to sell their unwanted items. It’s a lovely, friendly, free event, with a great vibe. Much modern and vintage fabric and haberdashery, loved by grandmothers, but sitting in cupboards, is brought out to see the light of day, and be reused. The Auckland event will raise money for Mercy Hospice in Ponsonby. PN FABRIC-A-BRAC 9am to 12.30pm Saturday 18 August Freeman’s Bay Community Hall, 52 Hepburn Street. Fabric-a-brac are looking for stallholders for the Auckland event – email

Auckland now sits in 9th place, an improvement on 13th in 2011 and 20th in 2010, rounding out a top-10 placing across all three international quality of life surveys – Monocle (9th), Mercer (3rd) and the Economist Intelligence Unit (10th). “Our consistent gains across a number of international quality of life surveys are a strong indication that Auckland is fast becoming the one to watch,” says Mayor Len Brown. The magazine identifies new entertainment precincts and public transport initiatives completed ahead of the Rugby World Cup, and the region’s new political structure as the reason for its success. Monocle also applauds the passing of the first Auckland Plan, the blueprint for the next 30 years of the region’s development, with its emphasis on a more efficient and exciting Auckland, with a better connection to the waterfront and better urban design. Auckland’s multicultural population and tolerance for diversity, and its business-friendly environment also get the nod. The title of world’s most liveable city goes to Zurich with our neighbours Melbourne at number six and Sydney at number eight. The magazine also includes Len Brown in a list of 10 smart local government leaders. The magazine says the mayor has made the formerly fractured city buzz in the 18 months since his election. “The uniting of Auckland has really delivered any opportunity to uncork our potential,” Len Brown said in an interview with Monocle. “I am challenging the city to step up and be prepared to go with whatever it takes.” The magazine says it waits with bated breath for what the next year brings as Auckland faces the challenge of finding alternate funding sources for important transport infrastructure, including the City Rail Link. “More and more, international commentators and Aucklanders are realising that the City Rail Link is the single-most important project to transform our quality of living and our ability to become a truly global city,” says the mayor. “The CRL, network electrification and 57 new electric trains will mean faster and more frequent rail journeys, as well as economic and transport benefits of up to $3.8 billion. Now we can now have an educated debate on how we pay for the CRL and other major infrastructure projects necessary to get our city moving. And we now know that debate will be followed with interest not just nationally, but internationally. Monocle is a London based magazine which is published ten times a year with a mission to focus on global affairs, business, culture and design and “keep an eye on the world.” PN

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 LOCAL NEWS PONSONBY LOVES INSTAGRAM (AND IT’S MUTUAL) THANKS TO MOBILE PHONES AND SOCIAL MEDIA, IT’S BECOMING EASIER than ever to discover and share new things about ourselves and the places we live. That’s even more true on a local level, and Ponsonby is no exception. What’s also interesting is that along with the tweets and the texts and the status updates we’re also taking and sharing more pictures too. And while photo-sharing might not be for everyone, the people that are using apps like Instagram are leaving a dynamic and eclectic layer of our local social life and culture, online. Chances are you will have heard of the Instagram name before. You see, earlier this year the company hit headlines when Facebook acquired it for the extraordinary sum of one billion dollars. Both President Obama and Jamie Oliver are fans, and it has over 50 million users worldwide. While it seems to me it’s only just starting to kick off with more creative and curious mobile users out there in New Zealand, even if you don’t use the app personally it’s still interesting to look at what shots people are taking. It’s a good indication of how mobile and social technology is dramatically changing the “Kodak moment”. So what exists on Instagram already about Ponsonby? A quick search tells me there are already just over 250 images tagged #Ponsonby alone, taken by a bunch of creative and curious early adopters sharing shots. The number might seem like a small amount, really, but when you look at them as a collection of pictures taken by individual locals and visitors alike, it pulls together a really interesting portrait. Despite the multiple viewpoints of locals and visitors, a lot of these really showcase the best bits of Ponsonby. There are shots of food and coffee, local art - both the gallery kind and that on the street - as well as familiar landmarks, parks, buildings and people. More importantly - is the distinct identity - the essence of Ponsonby culture that really shines through. And it’s all captured by people like me and you. There are two ways you can check out this for yourself. Because Instagram is smartphone only you will either need an iPhone or Android, and to download the free app from the App Store. Then just open the app, create your account, snap a photo whenever the impulse hits, choose one of the range of nostalgic and whimsical filters then share your creation with the world. The great thing about it is that you can instantly post to other social networks, like Facebook

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and Twitter, too. However, if you don’t have a smartphone - or aren’t that interested in taking pictures, there are websites which allow you to view Instagram images on your web browser – I’d recommend looking at or At first glance the strong identity that is already present for Ponsonby online is both exciting and encouraging. As we connect, discover and share via our mobiles, we are documenting local culture piece by piece. Instagram is just one uniquely visual part of this! As individuals and businesses, the opportunity to continue adding to this uniquely social portrait is really very positive. If you are keen to get a little creative with your mobile idea - it’s well worth a shot. (JEN FLITTER) PN GET STARTED WITH INSTAGRAM • experiment with hashtags (ie: #Ponsonby, #Auckland) • follow your friends and other users of interest • use Webstagram, Statigram or Ink361 to explore images through your web browser • get creative! Experiment with filters and angles: pets, family members, nature, food etc • don’t upload everything at once • don’t forget your Instagram photos are public - only share what you’d want people to see. FAST FACTS NZ Mobile: • New Zealand smartphone ownership jumped significantly from 13% in 2011 to around 44% in 2012. • 80% of smartphone users have looked for local information and 88% have taken action as a result. • 73% of smartphone users don’t leave home without their device. Instagram: • Instagram is available on smartphone only and available on both iPhone and Android • roughly 58 photos are uploaded each second • it has over 50 million users worldwide • more people ‘like’ photos than take them • over 1 billion photos have been uploaded. Source:, Google - Our MobilePlanet Jen Flitter (@JenFlitter) is a creative strategist at FLITTER Social Media Studio based in Herne Bay. For more information, visit


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GREY LYNN 2030 CAR BOOT SALE Grey Lynn 2030 presents its latest project – The Car Boot Sale. To be held on the last Sunday of the month in the Grey Lynn RSC car park on Francis Street, starting on 26 August will be a place for everyone in the community who would like to sell, swap or just give away things they no longer need. The market is for second hand items only – no new stuff as we think there is already enough stuff on our planet! We see our monthly Car Boot Sale as a great local alternative to running a garage sale, no advertising necessary (we take care of that), no strangers descending on your home and no need for the hassles with Trade Me. You can sell from a table, your car boot or from the ground, you can even put up a gazebo if it looks like showers. One price only - $20 per site. Trailers, cars, utes, vans and bikes are all welcome. Musicians are also welcome to busk at the market. The proceeds will go to support our community projects. Full details and how to pay are on our website

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A big shout out to the Grey Lynn RSC for the generous use of their car park for our Car Boot Sale. By the way, the RSC is a great place for an easy meal or a place to meet casually with friends. Grey Lynn 2030 holds community meetings upstairs at the RSC and always find the staff to be helpful and accommodating. GREY LYNN FARMERS MARKET STALL HOLDERS – WINNERS 2012 TASTE AWARDS The TASTE Farmers Market Awards recognised three traders from the Grey Lynn Farmers Market. The judges, Nadia Lim, Jonny Schwass and Julie Biuso tasted and sampled an array of products from farmers markets from all over the country and judged three of our Grey Lynn stallholders as stand-outs in their categories. The Salmon Man was awarded “Best Producer from the Water” for his delicious naturally cured salmon, smoked in cherry and walnut wood. Paris Berlin received a Highly Commended in the “Kitchen Bench” category for their French and German sourdough, rye breads and pastries. The market’s new pickles, jams and relishes stall Relish the Thought (at the market once a month) was awarded “Best Producer from the Kitchen Bench” for their eggplant kasundi, mandarin and cointreau marmalade and fig orange jam. Yum! PN


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JOHN ELLIOTT STEPHANIE JOHNSON - “FICTIONALISING THE LIVES OF REAL PEOPLE IS MORALLY CHALLENGING” ESPECIALLY IF YOU’RE WRITING AN HISTORICAL novel where the principal character is your great, great, great, grandmother. Local Grey Lynn resident and acclaimed author, Stephanie Johnson, has recently written a novel partly set in New Zealand in the 1840s, at which time her ancestor Elizabeth Smith came to New Zealand and worked as a nurse and caregiver to several prominent families. The story then follows Elizabeth’s return to England to a lonely and financially straitened death. Elizabeth had been preceded in New Zealand by one of her two sons Henry, an important translator for the Colonial Office, putting “the native case”. Stephanie describes Thomas Henry (his formal first names although his mother Elizabeth called him Hy), as a well respected minor figure in colonial New Zealand, especially in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty. Along with second son, John Elisha, known as Ish, Elizabeth travelled to New Zealand as companion to the invalid wife of Chief Justice Martin, Mary Ann. Exactly who was Hy and Ish’s father is rather vague in the book, and Stephanie confirms she really does not know, except that she is descended from Ish, who became a prominent lawyer in Wellington. Others on that same voyage to New Zealand included Bishop and Mrs Selwyn, and they are carefully woven into the story. The critics have declared this novel possibly Johnson’s finest book yet, eclipsing her award winning “The Shag Incident”. The publisher’s blurb says this is “a novel about motherhood, earliest colonial days, pharmacology and poreirewa - the yearning for absent loved ones.” I was anxious to ask Stephanie how she researched those early times, including material about Selwyn and Judge Martin, and how she blended the facts with the fiction. She told me it was not easy. At first she had not wanted to divulge that Elizabeth Smith was her ancestor, but her publishers had persuaded her that she should. Stephanie told them “anyone could do that”. No, they couldn’t the publishers declared.

One of the issues Stephanie wrestled with while researching and writing this novel was “how morally suspect is it to fictionalise real people’s lives?” And hence my heading to this article. After Stephanie’s mother had read the book she asked Stephanie “have you heard from the Anglican Church yet?” It was clear Elizabeth had blotted her copy book with Bishop Selwyn. She had organised a party on the ship coming to New Zealand, which involved dressing up and some taking of liquor. Selwyn came upon this merry little shipboard scene and was furious. Again in Auckland some time later Elizabeth enticed some Maori to “behave badly”, and again Selwyn took exception. Elizabeth also persuaded Henry to leave his theological studies, much to the annoyance of Bishop Selwyn. Elizabeth, however, clearly did great work among the sick, both Maori and Pakeha. It may not have been too much to ask for the Church to have given Elizabeth a little cottage for her retirement back in England. Instead, she lived a peripatetic existence living in other people’s houses as companion, nurse or governess. As Stephanie puts it “that was how the educated poor got along.” The novel did make me want to write an historical fiction about my great great great grandparents who came out from England and settled in Whanganui in 1840. They may have witnessed the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi late in 1840 in Whanganui. I could fictionalise that. But let me be quite realistic about that. Although I dabble a little in writing, there is no way I could aspire to emulate Stephanie Johnson. Despite some angst about fictionalising the lives of real people, what she has done in The Open World is beautifully and sensitively woven into a superb historical novel. (JOHN ELLIOTT) PN

Although Stephanie Johnson has now heard someone announce (“How to write a novel from your family history — Stephanie Johnson’s done it”), she is cool about having done it herself, and if it inspires some amateurs to try to do the same “good on them.” But Johnson makes it quite clear it is not as easy as falling off a log in slippery weather. She did a “ludicrous amount of research”, including reading the handful of letters Elizabeth Smith wrote. Elizabeth was an educated woman, even helping Mary Ann Martin set up an infant school, but why she spelt her probable Horlock name, sometimes Horelock, has baffled her great great great granddaughter. Johnson also read an amateur history written by a first cousin of her father, about Elizabeth Smith and her two sons coming to New Zealand in 1841. Stephanie Johnson, born with crippled feet, had often sat around with elders as a child listening to their stories. She loved hearing about great aunts and uncles. She took to genealogy much earlier than most, who more often begin their family research in their later years. Stephanie knew from these stories that Elizabeth ran a Native Hospital in Judges Bay, and worked with the invalid Mary Ann Martin.

FREE METAL COLLECTION TAMAKI SPORTS ACADEMY OFFERS MENTORING, COACHING, AND WORK experience to South Auckland youth who have dropped out of the mainstream school system but show some sporting talent. A major fundraiser for the academy, and an excellent source of work experience for our members, is the free metal collection service they offer. They will pick up any old metal - computers, whiteware, roofing iron, metal piping, venetian blinds, batteries, car panels, cars, metal shelving, filing cabinets, machinery, lawnmowers, engines, and so on. If you do have any metal rubbish to get rid of, they are keen to pick it up for you. It is a win-win for all. PN M: 027 510 5890, T: 09 276 0328!/TamakiSportsAcademy

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THE AMERICAS In August we celebrate the diversity of wine, beer and spirits from The Americas. A grouping of countries that includes; Canada, USA, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Chile. The history of winemaking in this part of the world goes right back to the early 1500s when the Spanish landed in the south. In fact the oldest commercial winery in the Americas is in Mexico, known then as Santa Maria de las Parras, operating today as Casa Madero. In summary, through the following years vines flourished, the Spanish King got jealous of Spain’s treasures leaving, vines got pulled, early settlers then landed in the north and finally, in the middle of the 1700s, Franciscan monks planted vineyards up the coast in the area we now know as California.

CHOCOLATE CALZONE Luke Dallow, Chapel Bar and Bistro 1 ball pizza dough Flour, for dusting ¼ cup sugar ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips ½ tsp vanilla extract Pinch of cinnamon 2 tsp shredded coconut 1 cup ricotta cheese

Whilst the local market was burgeoning the prestige of imported wines also arrived, helped along by role models such as John F Kennedy and Jackie, who adored all things French, and Julia Child who taught a generation of Americans how to prepare French fare. Understanding how vines arrived in the Americas tells you a lot about the varieties now growing in the various countries and the style of wines they produce. In California the traditional French grape varieties flourished and in 1976 were put up against the best from France and, in an infamous decision, the Californian wines topped the tasting. In the south the influence of Spain and its neighbour Portugal can still be seen. In Argentina, Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet are made in ripe full rich styles, very fruit driven and with a distinctive Spanish flair. Chile produces wines from similar varieties to Argentina, with the addition of Carmenere, a variety whose origins can be traced back to the right bank in Bordeaux. In Brazil, the varieties and styles of wines are more Portuguese influenced with Touriga Nacional, the variety behind Portugal’s great fortified wines, being used. Through August, we have a series of events and activities where you can experience the delights of the Americas. Authentic Mexican Food? Throughout the month, Dida’s Wine Lounge Jervois Road and Dida’s Victoria Park are serving special Mexican food; soft tortillas topped with fresh fragrant Mexican specialties, a gorgeous black bean dip and much more. Alongside this, there’s a well selected range of wines from the Americas. Taste 25 American drinks for $25; At Dida’s Victoria Park we’ll be tasting 25 wines, beers, spirits from the Americas, for more details Instore every Friday night – pop in and see Matt and the team at Grey Lynn, Jo and Mike at Ponsonby, Monique at Jervois and Scott at Westmere, any Friday night during August and try some of the many great wines from the Americas featured in our August Wineletter. (LIZ WHEADON) PN

Chocolate syrup Pecans, chopped Icing sugar This is definitely not for the low-cal crowd, but the chocolate -loving sweet-eaters will certainly dig in! You can use pre-made pizza dough (enough for 1 x 32 cm crust) or pastry dough, or make the pizza dough on page 204 in the Wild Kitchens Book. You can even use your bread machine. ACCOMPANIED WITH MONTEITH’S BLACK Preheat the oven to 230°C. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface. Press down and form into a circle. Using a floured rolling pin, roll the dough into a 32 cm circle, about 2–3 cm thick. Sprinkle with a pinch of sugar and press it into the dough. Cut the circle in half. Mix the remaining sugar, chocolate chips, vanilla, cinnamon, coconut and ricotta. Place half of the mixture on each dough piece. Fold the dough over the filling. Cut the edges of the dough so that they are even. Seal the edges well with the tines of a fork. Fold approximately 1⁄4 cm of the edge back over itself. Seal again with the fork, to be sure it’s sealed well (or you’ll have a real mess). Place on a lightly greased baking tray and bake until golden brown, approximately eight to ten minutes.

ASSEMBLY Place a calzone on a large flat plate and drizzle chocolate syrup in a zigzag pattern over the top. Top with chopped pecans and icing sugar. If you feel the calzones are too big for single serves, cut them in half using a hot sharp knife. PN

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY WILD KITCHENS: THE BEST OF MONTEITH’S BEER AND WILD FOOD CHALLENGE (HarperCollins Publishers New Zealand) Monteith’s Wild Kitchens contains the best recipes from the past 15 years of the Fifteen years ago, 12 adventurous chefs in restaurants along Ponsonby Road took a culinary plunge by agreeing to participate in a competition that would test their ability to firstly create two unique and unusual dishes and then pair them with beer. As with so many things in the kitchen, there was an extra catch; in this case, two catches. The first was that the significant ingredient in their creations had to be something from the wild waters, mountains or forests of New Zealand. The second was that the successful suitors to their dishes, the beer, had to be selected from those produced from a small West Coast brewery then unknown by most – Monteith’s. Fifteen years later, the Monteith’s Beer and Wild Food Challenge has become a stalwart of the New Zealand food scene. This prestigious national challenge sets restaurants, bars and cafés competing against one another to create New Zealand’s ultimate wild food dish.

challenge, along with innovative new recipes from well-known New Zealand chefs. All the recipes have been adapted for the home cook by writer and beer aficionado Kerry Tyack, making them easy to create in your own kitchen along with a few more challenging recipes for the experienced home cook. Ingredients that not so long ago were perceived as ‘wild foods’, including possum, tahr, boar, hare and pheasant, are now reasonably commonplace so that participating chefs have to work much harder at coming up with something unusual. In the current challenge context, ‘wild’ can still mean something nonfarmed but it can also mean an unconventional cooking method, an unusual presentation, or an unexpected combination of ingredients, allowing for some creative and exciting recipes. A couple of restaurants in the Ponsonby area have made it into the book, including Chapel with a delicious recipe for Chocolate Calzone by Luke Dallow, and The Drake with ‘The Black Duck Hopper’, a duck recipe paired with apple cider, by Diego Stella. The book also includes an easy-to-use beer and food matching guide, emphasising one of the simple principles of the challenge: if you choose the right beer to accompany the right food, your enjoyment of both will be enhanced.

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GET COSY AT MT EDEN’S MOLTEN WINE BAR MOLTEN WINE BAR IS A COSY RETREAT SITUATED IN THE HEART OF Mt Eden village. There’s something for everyone here, with approximately thirty-five wines by the glass, many more by the bottle, and a wide range of craft beers and cocktails. The wine list is informative and easy to use, with helpful notes on some of the European wines. Dining needs are equally well catered for with a menu featuring small dishes, charcuterie, cheese, mains, and desserts. The small dishes are available as individual plates, or you can choose two or three to construct your own tasting plate - ideal for sharing.

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If you’re not in the mood to share, you can choose from dishes such as Tua-Tua with sofrito, white beans, prosciutto and garlic crumbs ($22) or Fricelli pasta, pork and fennel sausage, with autumn greens, chili and olive ($25). Molten Wine Bar is ideal for winter. The main bar area has booth seating and a fireplace, while the courtyard hidden out the back is fully covered and heated. There is also a little lounge above the main bar with comfortable couches. PN MOLTEN WINE BAR, 424 Mt Eden Road, T: 09 638 7263





MY BAR YOUR BOUTIQUE LOCAL IN THE CBD If it’s a relaxing after work drink or a get together and conversation with friends My Bar is the perfect place to meet. When owner Grant opened three years ago he wanted to create a contemporary bar that offered a local feel. Patrons have likened it to Melbourne city bars with its timber and brick interior and outdoor tables tucked away in the Durham Street East lane way. The boutique feel extends to its beverage line up, with over 20 Kiwi craft beers, carefully selected New Zealand wines and delicious cocktails. Acoustic guitarist Mike Jones performs every Wednesday night from 7.30pm and is accompanied by some fantastic Stoke beer specials and complimentary nibbles from the food menu. The newly introduced loyalty programme, My Bar Rewards is proving to be a big hit. Every Thursday is Rewards members’ night with special offers just for members. Joining is simple and you’ll be given a $10 credit to get you started. Upstairs you’ll find the My Bar Function room. This private bar is perfect for holding birthday parties, corporate events and special celebrations. Enjoy the music and menu options, private facilities and outdoor smoking area. Let the My Bar team help you create a wonderful night. The friendly and knowledgeable My Bar team look forward to seeing you soon. Open Monday to Saturday until late. PN MY BAR, 12 Durham Street East, CBD T: 09 309 3830

URBAN PANTRY EMILY HARRIS WAS BORN IN INVERCARGILL, STUDIED LAW IN DUNEDIN and when she graduated, moved to Auckland. Her first place of habitation was in a CBD apartment block which was very different from what she was used to. The concrete jungle aspect didn’t appeal but it motivated her to try and make city spaces greener. Two years ago she founded Urban Pantry, a not-for-profit organisation which is already building strong urban communities by creating edible gardens for city dwellers. Emily works with people and communities, designing gardens in shared residences, workplaces, public spaces, city rooftops and wastelands no one else knows what to do with. She also runs workshops to demonstrate how easy it is for apartment dwellers to grow their own food. Her activities encompass the restaurant and café scene too, as is evidenced with the pots of herbs on the tables at Kokako Café and Roastery. Even the decorative baskets at the café’s entrance are filled with edible plants. Should any readers like to take part in this initiative go to www.urbanpantry. and fill out the form to register as a volunteer. You may only want to offer your design skills, or contribute to the website updates, or help with funding applications. Emily is also keen to hear about empty spaces that are ripe for developing into an urban garden. Just email with any suggestions you may have. You can sign up for the monthly newsletter as well and keep informed about what Urban Pantry are doing and how you may be able to help. (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) PN

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY LOCAL BARMAN PART OF THE MIX IN NEW ORLEANS Cam Timmins, one of the talented bartenders at Mea Culpa, Ponsonby Road has reason to celebrate – he’s been selected to attend possibly the most prominent global cocktail event to show the international trade what he’s made of. Held annually in New Orleans, ‘Tales of the Cocktail’ is the worlds premier cocktail festival, bringing together the most respected minds on mixology for five days of cocktails, cuisine and culture, as well as education on new beverages and bartending innovation. Cam applied earlier in the year and was one of the lucky few amongst hundreds of applicants chosen to be part of the event. Being a whisky enthusiast and keen follower of what he refers to as ‘the rise of amber spirits’ his armoury at the event will include Thomson 18 year old single malt. “I wouldn’t normally use such a mature whisky in a cocktail but I wanted to take with me the best that New Zealand has to offer.” He comments that “Whisky is making a real comeback globally and it’s about taking along something truly unique from New Zealand.” Cam left late last month and will no doubt return to Mea Culpa with a few more recipes up his sleeve and tales of his own. Stop in at Mea Culpa this month to hear all about it and experience one of the dozens of delicious cocktails on offer. PN MEA CULPA, 175 Ponsonby Road T: 09 376 4460 CAM TIMMINS, bartender at MEA CULPA



Sale St celebrated the launch of its newly formatted restaurant ‘Sale St Bistro’ (replacing degustation restaurant ‘Cru’). ‘Sale St Bistro’ opened with a redesigned, modern new look and menu last month and is headed up by newly appointed Executive Chef Ben McRae who has designed the menu to showcase New Zealand produce at its best. You will see dishes full of delicious heart -warming flavours, much inspired by his travels. McRae’s personal fascination with food and beer combinations has ensured the Sale St Bistro menu pairs perfectly with the 1010 craft beers that are brewed on site. PN

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY HERITAGE AUCKLAND EXECUTIVE CHEF CHAMPIONS VEGAN CUISINE Jinu Abraham is not your stereotypical chef. He is calm, never throws knives, and loves creating tasty meat-free dishes. The executive chef at the Heritage Auckland took on the challenge last year to create an entirely vegan menu for the hotel’s lobby café in Hobson Street and encouraged by its success has dedicated a good proportion of the hotel’s signature restaurant, Hectors, to plant based or meat free items. A challenge he has found to be very rewarding. “It took some experimentation at the beginning, but our guests and diners tell us they very much appreciate the range of meat free meal options we have on our menus,” says Jinu. Jinu’s diners, both committed vegans and vegetarians, or simply those wanting to a lighter meal for the sake of the waistline, remark on the wide selection of options and high culinary standard and presentation of his meals. Jinu Abraham learned a lot about vegetarian cuisine during his chef training in India (he is originally from New Delhi). He joined the Heritage Auckland in 2003 as demi chef de partie and has been executive chef since 2008. Jinu’s career includes many Salon Culinaire successes: winner of the Unique New Zealand Dish category 2005, a silver medal in the Restaurant of the Year 2006, and a silver in Chef of the Year 2009. He is also often asked to judge culinary competitions and provide cooking demonstrations at high-profile events such as Food Week. Jinu Abraham says he likes ‘simple, non-fuss food’. “My aim is for the ingredients to take the starring role – and our task as chefs is to showcase them to their very best advantage. I aim for honest, non-pretentious food with good fresh seasonal, locally sourced ingredients cooked properly, with the perfect combination of flavours.” Diners can experience Jinu’s plant based menus in the lobby café at Heritage Auckland and in the hotel’s signature restaurant, Hectors, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. PN HERITAGE AUCKLAND, 35 Hobson Street T: 09 979 7434 for reservations.

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PHIL PARKER: WHOSE WINE IS IT ANYWAY? SMITTEN BY THE ALSATIANS TOTALLY DEVOTED: HEALTH A recent wine trip to France took me to IN A BISCUIT one of my favourite wine producing regions, Alsace. The political history of the Alsace wine region has been a literal tug-o-war between Europe’s major powers for centuries. Since 1870 France owned it. Then Germany. Then France. Then, return service – back to Germany. And finally… back to France. Could have saved themselves all the bother, really. This cool northern European region produces white wines with intense fruit flavours and aromas – often referred to here as ‘aromatics’. The main grapes grown in Alsace are Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Sylvaner, Muscat and Pinot Noir. The region is very picturesque, with ancient villages dotted around the lush green landscape, and neat rows of vineyards climbing the south facing hillsides. We hired a car from our base in Colmar and navigated with a combination of Google Maps, asking directions and sheer good luck. (They had no GPS available at Avis.) Anyway, I was lucky enough to sample some wines at two local producers, Gisselbrecht and Louis Sipp. Claude Gisselbrecht is third generation winemaker in the winery located about 40 minutes from Colmar on the ‘Route du Vin’ which stretches all the way north to Strasbourg. Claude is passionate about his family’s wines and showed us through the winery – where huge old wooden casks sit alongside state of the art stainless steel equipment.

Totally Devoted is a new range of cookies that deliver vitamins and minerals essential for families, nursing mums or mums-to-be. On top of a nutritious base of oats, linseeds and coconut oil, each cookie contains ingredients that are especially beneficial for each stage. The Pregnancy Cookie contains: ginger for nausea and heartburn; chia seeds for protein, omega 3s, calcium, magnesium, iron, niacin and zinc; and Himalayan sea salt, for over 84 minerals including iodine. The Feeding Cookie contains fennel and fenugreek, which may help to stimulate milk flow and counteract infant colic. The Family Cookie is great for everyone, containing blackcurrant and kawakawa to boost immunity. Ponsonby News can report that it has sacrificed itself to research and happily munched its way through all three varieties: Totally Devoted satisfy your carb craving and make you feel virtuous, all in one wee cookie! All three products in the Totally Devoted range – Pregnancy, Feeding and Family Cookies – are baked in New Zealand by Jesse, and come in a 235g re-sealable bag. We think they’ll make the perfect little gift for any new mum or mum-to-be. PN

MY PICKS: Cremant d’Asace NV – a traditional bottle fermented sparkling wine made from Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir. Pear/apple flavours with a crisp clean finish. Muscat 2010 – dry and fruity with raisiny flavours and a lengthy finish. Then back nearer Colmar to the quaint village of Ribeauvillé, to visit Lois Sipp winery, hosted by 4th generation Etienne Sipp. Etienne was kind enough to show us through the wine cellar and then take us in his 4WD to see the steep organic vineyards with their stony soils containing marl and granite. MY PICKS: Rotenberg Gewürztraminer 2010 – intense and mouth filling wine with spice and ginger flavours and a dry finish. Osterberg Gewürztraminer Late Harvest 2006 – lush and sweet, with honey flavours and lengthy finish. (Special thanks to Liz Wheadon of Glengarry Wines for arranging the winery visits). (PHIL PARKER) PN

TOTALLY DEVOTED creator JESSE WILSON, who hand bakes Totally Devoted cookies, and her daughter MAISIE

Phil Parker is a wine writer and operates Fine Wine Tours in Auckland.

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EAT LUNCH LOCALLY FOR UNDER $20 Our neighbourhood is well known for its fabulous places to eat and drink and we can be proud of the fact that a large proportion of restaurants in Ponsonby are award winners. But these places are not the only ones to make us happy and cook us great food.

MONARCHY used to be Joy Bong and has express lunch for under $15 but they also have heaps of curry, wok and Issan dishes for under $20 like popcorn shrimp with a spicy crust. Almost everything on the lunch menu at MUTIARA is $10.50 and if you like Malaysian cuisine; this is one of the best in our neighbourhood. Some of their dishes are slow -cooked in a clay pot which is especially heartening in this winter weather.

Eating lunch in Ponsonby can be difficult and not because there’s little choice. On the contrary, there are many fine places to get a sandwich, burger or pizza and you can whip into any café for salad or panini and not be disappointed.

Another Malaysian restaurant we are lucky to have in our neighbourhood is NAVA’S. Nothing on their menu is over $20 and the very delicious Mamaks lamb soup is only $10.

There is another option though that is too easily forgotten or rather, not remembered. Usually small, often ethnic and generally owner operated restaurants that offer a very inexpensive lunch for under $20 and many even for under $10. There could be a special for lunch or the menu may simply be easy on the pocket. Most have been a part of the fabric of our neighbourhood for many years and I hope you will enjoy them as much as I have.

Everything is under $15 at OTTO WOO, a New York style noodle bar where east meets west. Malay, Thai and Japanese flavours influence the menu and their spicy prawn salad is a favourite.

If you want to linger over lunch that is made with heart and soul, you can eat a donburi bowl at COCORO. For $18 there is a choice of chicken, salmon or tempura and for $2 more, seafood sashimi ‘Chirashi-Zushi’. For a fusion east west feast, lunch is only $9.90 at EAST. Seafood Laksa is a favourite but if you like noodles, try their Kare beef with red curry sauce.

If it’s Indian food you’re after, $7.50 will get you a main with rice at RAVIZ. You can upgrade to $12.95 by adding naan and their Nepalese inspired goat curry is worth a try. RENKON EXPRESS specialise in Japanese rice donburi and udon noodles. Their menu is small and everything is $11.50, you just choose your meat, seafood or vegetables to go with rice or noodles. Desire for a quick sushi lunch can be satisfied at ST. PIERRE’S which is now conveniently located in Three Lamps and you can definitely eat lunch for under $10.

EMPRESS GARDEN has been on Jervois Road for over 30 years and is famous for Peking duck. They also have a pretty impressive lunch menu with almost everything under $20 and quite a lot for under $10. Peking wonton noodle soup is hearty, filling and delicious.

SUSHI WASABI is only open for lunch and if you want a healthy option then try their traditional nigiri and sushi made with brown rice. Everything here is under $20 and the hot dishes are delicious too.

A newish addition to our neighbourhood is the EMPRESS OF INDIA. Their lunch special is $10 for any curry with rice, naan and a soft drink and more than half the menu is vegetarian and seafood.

There is a little bit of nostalgia on the menu at THE SURREY PUB. On the $10 lunch menu is a beef and beer pie with mushy peas and mashed potatoes. continues on P38

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY – REBECCA JONES EAT LUNCH LOCALLY FOR UNDER $20 Another great place to have Japanese food for lunch is at TOMO. A traditional lunch box includes salad, tempura, rice, miso soup and chicken or fish and all for under $20. TRENDY INDIAN has a lunch menu special for $10.99 which includes any curry, rice, naan and house wine or soft drink. The food here is interestingly different, fresh and very healthy. YUZU offers modern contemporary Japanese food and most is under $20. There is a great specials blackboard with excellent descriptions and the food is fresh and service friendly. We are spoiled having the PONSONBY INTERNATIONAL FOODCOURT with such good quality places to eat and for fabulous value. There is a great deal of food on offer for under $20 and too much to list here but, Italian, Thai, Japanese, Malaysian, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Chinese and many other cuisines fit into this clean and spacious place. With so many places to choose from you may not ever go anywhere else, but I sincerely hope you do. (REBECCA JONES) PN

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NEW TO THE JULIE LE CLERC RANGE… The Julie Le Clerc range of condiments showcases Julie’s talent for combining unique flavours. We’ve relaunched this versatile, small-batch produced range with a new look - and a new product! Julie’s latest creation, Arabian Date Chutney, is a well-balanced blend of fruits and fragrant spices with a ginger kick. This joins the rest of the original range, which includes popular favourites Harissa, Moroccan Chutney & Capsicum Chilli Jam. Plus, if you purchase a jar of this new chutney, you’ll be in to win a place at Julie’s, 25 September baking class with us.

HARISSA DUCK WITH ARABIAN DATE CHUTNEY Trim the excess fat from Gameford Lodge duck breasts. Cut the skin in a diamond pattern through the flesh and almost down to the bone. Rub Julie Le Clerc Harissa over each breast. Heat 1-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil in a pan. Fry the duck for eight minutes on the skin side first, then four minutes on the flesh side. Set aside to rest. Cook Montebello organic couscous or Quisardegna fregola according to the instructions on the packet. Season, and stir through 2-3 tbsp Julie Le Clerc Arabian Date Chutney, thinned with some hot chicken or vegetable stock. Sprinkle with microgreens, place duck on top and serve. PN SABATO, 57 Normanby Road T: 09 630 8751

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THE ‘MISS JONES’ INTERVIEW A PASSIONATE NEW CHEF BREATHES LIFE INTO AN OLD WORLD PUB RESTAURANT RECENTLY RENOVATED AND NOW A FOUR STAR MAINSTAY Hotel, The Surrey Pub in Grey Lynn is an attractive place to meet friends for drinks, hold a function or dine in the restaurant. Craig Hughes is the new head chef and since his arrival he has been quietly raising the standard of the menu and food served in the restaurant. Craig has many years experience with food, having grown up in a family with a history in catering. He was interested in food at a very young age, helping his mother in the kitchen since he was eight and wanting to be a chef for as long as he can remember. He says, “I was a bit of a ratbag at school so as soon as I could I left and joined the navy. I travelled the world for three years but the life wasn’t for me and in the early nineties I started working at Rick’s Café Americain. This experience turned on my switch. It was the razzamatazz of all these great chefs working together to make great food and it taught me so much about how kitchens work. I was part of a terrific team and it was an amazing time to be working in restaurants.” He later worked in Ponsonby restaurants Scuzi and Verona, and then moved into the café industry to hone his baking skills. “Café’s are very high stress but there is an instant pleasure factor when you bake. I worked for the Sierra Café group and my philosophy was ‘if mum used to make it, I can make it’.” In the mid-nineties, Craig went to London where he worked at Jake’s Brasserie and he then helped open Sydney’s first California style restaurant. When he moved back to New Zealand he and his wife opened their own restaurant in Maraitai called Two Turtles and a Grumpy Fish. It was Pacific Rim style cuisine and after five years they sold it to concentrate on their new family and Craig moved to his current position at The Surrey Pub. “What I love about my career is that I can take a recipe and make it my own. I love cookbooks as they help you think outside the square. Now I’m into comfort food, it’s very popular and people recognise it, they feel safe and are reminded of their mothers and grandmothers and family dinners. That’s what I have tried to create with this menu,

some nostalgia for great old fashioned home cooking, with fresh ingredients.” Craig also has a wood-fired pizza oven and plans to use the rotisserie for suckling pig and whole sirloins. “This place has great facilities and they are really under utilised by the neighbourhood. I don’t think many people know we are even here or that we are open to the public. Most chefs live for the bumble bee effect, that is, the hum of happy people eating good food, actively passing their fork around the table and sharing their food because it tastes so good. I really want it to be like that here and I hope that as more people get to know us, we will be busier.” He loves what he does and shares his passion with his kitchen team who are right behind him. He says “food is more than following a recipe and adding a can or pot of something. It’s about respect for, and care for what you’re doing and the precision it takes to put something together with care. I enjoy creating new menus and include the kitchen team in this. We go to my house and come up with new ideas collectively, that way we’re all on the same page and the quality of the food produced is better because they have taken ownership of it.” The owner’s brief for Craig at The Surrey was that he wanted pub style food. Craig says “I looked in my really old cookbooks and went with old English fare like lamb in a blanket and beef and beer pie with mushy peas, but modernised versions using locally sourced fresh ingredients to create delicious flavours. The menu is not all old world, there are some modern dishes on it as well and we make everything from scratch, I think our customers appreciate that.” Chefs thrive in a busy kitchen and the stress of service is what drives them to succeed. Craig says “I pride myself on pushing myself to be the best I can be. I’m a boots and all kind of guy and I don’t know what else I would do. This is what I love.” (REBECCA JONES) PN THE SURREY HOTEL, 465 Great North Road, T: 09 378 9059

THE SKY TOWER TURNS 15! It’s hard to imagine Auckland without the Sky Tower, it makes the skyline as iconic to Auckland as ‘kiwis’ are to New Zealand. This August the Sky Tower celebrates its 15th birthday – come and join the party! FROM FRIDAY 17 – SUNDAY 19 AUGUST: • Admission to the Sky Tower is discounted with $15 Adult Total Tower Admission (normally $28), children 6-14 years $8 (normally $11) and 5 years and under are always free. • Between 10am – 4pm each day get along for great family fun with Scotty Sky Tower and Rainbow appearances plus face painting and entertainers. • For those more adventurous, celebrate by jumping off Sky Tower with $145 adult SkyJump (normally $225) or 2 - 4 - 1 SkyWalk (normally $145 per adult). • Trial ‘Eye in the Sky’, these huge interactive screens work like a big smartphone with touch screens linked to cameras at the top of the Sky Tower allowing users to view, zoom and explore greater Auckland. • Sky Tower opened Sunday 3 August 1997, after taking approx two years and eight months to build. • Controversy and negative public concern reigned supreme when it was announced the Sky Tower was to be built. Some of the public thought the tower would be an ‘eye-sore’, that it would ruin the skyline; that no one would visit; etc. 15 years on that opinion has completely changed. Sky Tower quickly became one of the country’s most loved and well known icons, and is the heart of Auckland City. • More than 1000 people (from different companies) helped build the Sky Tower - it’s estimated they ate 545,000 pies, and drank 1.245 million cups of tea whilst building the Sky Tower. • At the time it was the biggest commercial dig in New Zealand. • The main structure of the Sky Tower is a 12m diameter concrete shaft, supported

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at the base by eight concrete legs, which are connected to the shaft by a concrete collar which is designed to spread the load. • Three glass fronted lifts transport passengers to the upper levels of the tower. These travel at approximately five metres per second (18km per hour), and the ride takes about 40 seconds. • Sky Tower is 328m tall. • Sky Tower is 4m taller than the Eiffel Tower and approx 23m taller than Sydney Tower. • On a worldwide scale the Sky Tower is approximately the 28th tallest tower in the world - the tallest being the Burj Khalifa (in Dubai) at 828m. • The height of the Sky Tower would be the same as putting 37 buses end to end. • Sky Tower weighs 21 million kgs which is the same as 6000 elephants, 30 million pavlovas, or 8,765,903 gumboots filled with concrete (men’s size 9 - not proven, but thereabouts). PN Keep up to date via the Sky Tower facebook page or at


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JOHN WILLS, CUSTOM RESIDENTIAL — WORK LIFE BALANCE REAL ESTATE AGENTS ARE PRETTY HIGH PROFILE IN OUR COMMUNITY. THEY work long hours and if they’re good at it, they can make very good money. But that often entails being at everyone’s beck and call seven days a week. John Wills, owner of Custom Residential on Great North Road, is a married man with a young family. So we asked him how he juggled three roles - business owner, husband and father. He told us how he started Custom nearly four years ago, at a time of considerable economic downturn. Many in the industry thought him very brave or slightly mad! But John had a vision and he backed himself. He’s very pleased with progress, but admits he set high goals, and hasn’t quite reached his targets. Custom has focussed on less is more. They have not looked simply at the volume of sales, but the quality of each sale. They have built up a loyal clientele. Shortly after setting up Custom John and Kiri’s first child, Grace was born. Charlie followed quickly, so the Wills had two children under two, and a two year old business. “It was tough for a while,” John admits, “ but we made a commitment and some sacrifices so Kiri could stay home with the young children and devote full time to them. I’m pleased we did.”

On the home front, John hopes his children will be keen on sport, and he can have the time to coach their teams. He firmly believes there is no substitute for worldly experience and nous. Theoretical education, diplomas etc, are good, but John wants his two children to grow up “streetwise”. He and Kiri won’t wrap them in cottonwool, although he knows this worldliness comes with a few risks. It seems a long time since John Wills, brand new to real estate, and not long back from Kaitaia, which was his last post in a five year stint as a policeman, knocked on my door offering to appraise my house for sale – with no obligation of course. He made an immediate impression on me, and I’m delighted he is now succeeding in his own business. After the trials and tribulations of setting up a new business, John is now back doing more of what he likes best – selling houses. Have a happy Father’s Day, John. We wish you, Kiri, Grace and Charlie all the best for a happy and successful future. (JOHN ELLIOTT) PN

photography: Michael McClintock

Grace is now two and a half, Charlie one and a half, and John ensures he is home each evening to bath them both, even if he has to go out again later to a meeting. Kiri is totally supportive of John’s work, and sometimes helps with marketing and other tasks at home in the evening after the kids have gone to bed.

One of the downsides of real estate is the weekend work, but John likes to put in very solid mornings which allow him an hour or two some afternoons for family time. John Wills has one and three year plans for Custom Residential, but admits he hasn’t thought much beyond that. At 38, time is on his side.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Wooden wall plaques $146 each @ Republic; Corkscrew $50 Bottle stopper $40 @ Pylones; Cavius Smoke Alarm $69.90 @ Design Denmark; Bialetti Moka crystal polished espresso maker $135.95 @ Millys Kitchen; Comme des Garcons Hat $385 @ Wunderkammer; ‘Leif’ Desert Lime and Orange body cleanser $29 Kakadu plum and Macadamia nut hand Balm $29 and Lime Orange and Vanilla Body Balm $29 @ World Beauty; 5 stick Cornstick pan $56.50 and Square grill pan $111.50 @ Millys Kitchen STYLING: Jay Platt PHOTOGRAPHY: Danilo Santana David, Fisher Santana.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT ‘Hedgehog’ brush shoe cleaner $175 @ World Beauty; Creed ‘Tabarome’ Millesime 75ml edp $399 @ World Beauty; Comme des Garcons trainers $245 @ Wunderkammer; Magnetic Keyring Shelf $99 @ Republic; ‘Beached As’ Iconic book about New Zealand beaches $50 @ Dear Reader; Unframed Andy Warhol silk screen prints $495 @ Design 55; ‘Rene Magritte’ plate by Limoges France $230 @ Design 55; ‘Beolit 12’ portable and rechargeable streaming iPod/iPhone player (iPhone not inc) $1350 @ Design Denmark PN

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FASHION(ABLE) FATHER’S ER’S DAY Ponsonby News understands the importance of home-made cards and gifts, breakfast in bed, and special time spent together for Father’s Day. But, if you like to celebrate your dad with a gift as well, make it a fashionable one! As an added bonus, these are all New Zealand labels. WORKING STYLE CUFFLINKS Stylish, sterling silver and made in New Zealand. RRP $149

MOODIE TUESDAY ‘TANGLED UP IN BLUE’ TEE Featuring original artwork by Jon Thom, printed in Dunedin. RRP $99 LITTLE BROTHER ‘MOD’ PARKA With a 100% cotton outer, and the inner also 100% cotton bar the sleeve lining, the Mod parka will both shield from the wind, and breathe. RRP $299.99 DEADLY PONIES ‘MR BOOK’ SATCHEL Large leather shoulder satchel, RRP $510 KATHRYN WILSON ‘FLYNN’ BROGUE Leather brogues, available in black, stone, camel and mocha. RRP $329 DIRTY MAN SKINCARE 100% New Zealand made, SLS (sodium laurel sulfate) and paraben free and priced between $8.99 and $12.99, the Dirty Man Skincare line offers a shaving gel, face wash, face scrub, moisturiser and moisturising sunblock.


MISTER ‘SWING’ TIE Why choose one new season spring colour for a tie for dad, when he can rock virtually all of them in this one glorious plaid? RRP $80

STOCKISTS: Deadly Ponies: selected styles at Children of Vision (Shop 16, St. Kevin’s Arcade, Karangahape Road, T:09 379 8930) or Jaimie Boutique (270 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 361 4000); or Dirty Man: New World College Hill or (free shipping in New Zealand) Dominate Rok Waxx: Countdown Grey Lynn and Richmond Road, New World College Hill, or Kathryn Wilson: Little Brother: Barkers Pop-Up, 154 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 378 7036, or MisteR: Marvel, 143 Ponsonby Road, T: 376 4204, or

DOMINATE ROK WAXX The Dominate brand was born some 10 years ago, in the back of an Auckland barbershop. Dominate Rok Waxx is an extra hard hold wax, for “defined style with an edge”. $11.99

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KNOCKING ON THE DOOR OF GREATNESS THE OLYMPICS FOR MANY IS ALL BUT A DREAM. WHILE WE’RE YOUNG IT’S something to aspire to and as we mature it is something to marvel at. The skill and athleticism shown, but most of all the time, dedication and commitment by those athletes lucky enough to make it to the games is an example to us all and shows that these athletes possess the types of attributes most of us can only admire. Throughout the past decade it’s been proven that the medal contenders more often than not have been in the top three in the world within the Olympic year. Meaning 2012 is promising to be a very special year for New Zealand. At the 2008 games in Beijing New Zealand had eleven athletes ranked inside the top three. In 2012 New Zealand boasts more than double that number, twenty three. But as the then Evers-Swindell twins showed back in 2008 at Beijing, no matter what’s taken place in the year or years that have proceeded, if you row the perfect race the medals will take care of themselves.

Maybe spurred on by his determination to prove he still deserves the skippers arm band, the fact remains the same, he’s playing some of the best hockey of his life at the moment and long may it continue. Burrows made his debut for New Zealand against Great Britain in 2000 and has a silver and a bronze Commonwealth Games medal hiding in his sock draw, but he’d dearly love to add to his collection with an Olympic medal. Ritchie Patterson is on his way to his second Olympic games. Following in the footsteps of Don Oliver and Precious McKenzie, Patterson seems more determined than ever to secure his place in the history books. The 29 year old can already call himself a Commonwealth Games silver medallist and he holds more than 50 New Zealand Olympic weightlifting records but the one he so desperately seeks is an Olympic medal.

Following their gold in Athens, the pair were the defending Olympic champions, but after a year plagued by injuries and issues both on and off the water the duo was far from favourites to retain the title and were scratching at best to be considered amongst the world’s top three.

Patterson who is the sole Kiwi competing in weightlifting has put on weight to now be included in the 85kg class after deciding it would be easier than continuing to hold back his natural weight of 81kg in order to compete in the 77kg class. This will also be the first time he’s received a UK stamp in his passport since 2000, where he played halfback for Auckland Boys Grammar first XV on their tour of Britain.

The start gun sounded, and quickly the girls found themselves off the pace, by the 500 metre mark they were in fifth. At the half way mark fourth and by the fifteen hundred they had propelled themselves up to third. For the final five hundred meters they gave it everything they had; every ounce of training, skill and determination came to the fore, and at the finish line it was near impossible to tell who had won the race. A photo finish quickly revealed the girls had done enough to hold back their German rivals by a mere one one-hundredth of a second, for back to back golds.

At the last Olympics in Beijing Karen Hanlen wasn’t even thinking about mountain biking, let alone competing at the London games. But after joining the sport in 2010 she quickly progressed, entering the World Cup Circuit in 2011. The physiotherapist from Whakatane won the national series and Oceania title this year, and toped that off with a top 10 finish at this year’s opening World Cup race in South Africa. The mother of two has proved that a family is no restriction to success and bringing home a medal will reaffirm that fact.

Aiming to replicate those sorts of heroics are six other Olympians.

And last but by no means least Dave Currie has changed for many athletes what it is to be a Kiwi competing at the Olympic Games. London will be Currie’s last showing as Chef de Mission and the 63 year old deserves to go out on a high. He’s a passionate sports lover, but most of all a lover of all things New Zealand. He’s the instigator behind the haka that take place in welcoming Kiwi athletes to the village and again when they return triumphant from their competition. His “one team one spirit” vision will once again band the 185 strong New Zealand team together.

Annalie Longo who plays football for Three Kings United is quite an extraordinary human being. The now 21 year old made her debut for the New Zealand women’s football team aged just 15 and 136 days, handing her the record of being the youngest ever to pull on the Football Ferns jumper. She has also played in more FIFA tournaments than any other New Zealander. London 2012 will be her seventh agegroup or senior event and as her first Olympics completes ‘the set’ of major women’s football tournaments after competing in U-17, U-20 and senior World Cups. Longo plays as an attacking midfielder and as New Zealand take on hosts Great Britain two days prior to the official opening ceremony you’re bound to hear her name more than once. Like many of her peers Longo is desperate to become a professional football player, either in America or in Europe and is well aware of what some solid performances at the games could mean for her career.

Since taking on the role after Sydney in 2000 Currie has moulded the role into something else. More than just a figurehead he’s prepared to roll up his sleeves and lead an environment that assists athletes in achieving at the highest level, all the while reminding them they’re not alone on their long and windy journey. (GEORGE BERRY)

London 2012 will be Ryan Sissons debut games and looks to be the one amongst the Kiwi crew to put New Zealand Triathlon back on the international map. Teamed up with double Olympic medallist Bevan Docherty and Kris Gemmell, the Takapuna kid is quickly rising up the world rankings and is determined to be more than just a support crew to his elder team mates. Docherty’s form has slowly declined since his bronze medal finish in Beijing and unfortunately for him and the rest of New Zealand he’s now on the wrong side of 30. The course in London is also as close to flat as you’ll get for a triathlon course, and as long as the weather behaves that fast explosive setting is ready made for the 23 year old. There will no doubt be a scrap for spots to start the race, but as Sissons showed in Mexico in May when he finished second, his maturity and race tactics coupled with his youthful enthusiasm make for a successful formula. Phil Burrows who now resides on Auckland’s North Shore is the lynchpin in the Black Sticks men’s hockey team, the 31 year old has seamlessly slotted into the midfield from his original position as a forward, but is often found gallivanting about somewhere near the goal and causing havoc for his opposition’s defenders. Burrows can only be described as a “War Horse”. Not just a work horse but a “War Horse” one that rises to the challenge every time he dons the black singlet and heads into battle. He’s often seen with blood or bruises in all sorts of places caused by his dedication to the cause. Whilst he’s one of the most experienced campaigners the Black Sticks men’s side have ever had, he’s still deadly accurate with the stick in hand, and has the speed, power and agility to keep all comers on their toes. Since being released of the captaincy shackles late last year, his limitations have shown no boundaries.

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ENDURANCE ATHLETES TO CONVERGE DEADLINE NEARING FOR SPORT ON AUCKLAND VOLUNTEER AWARD NOMINATIONS Sport New Zealand (Sport NZ), More FM and LiveSPORT are encouraging Kiwis to say thanks to the 800,000 volunteers who help make sport possible in this country. Each year volunteers give 50 million hours of their time to help others enjoy sport. But it will only take a minute to thank them with a nomination in the Sport Volunteer Awards. People can thank and nominate any kind of sport volunteer – whether they’re a coach, referee, administrator, sausage sizzler or kit-washer – they all make a difference! Visit for more information, to organise a thank you or nominate a volunteer for an award. Each one will generate a thank you eCard to your volunteer including a personalised message. Regional award winners will be decided by the 17 regional sports trusts (e.g. Sport Wellington) and will receive prizes at local events. Regional winners will also be in the running for the title of New Zealand Sports Volunteer of the Year. The winner will be flown to the annual New Zealand Sport & Recreation Awards where they will be presented with a trophy in front of leaders of the sport sector. Sport NZ Chief Executive Peter Miskimmin says “the awards help recognise people who put their hearts and souls into helping out. Community sport in New Zealand can’t survive without volunteers. The awards are a way of saying thanks and letting them know their contribution has been noticed. I really encourage people to get those nominations in.” Nominations close on 28 August. PN

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THE ACCESS TO THE OUTDOORS IS WHAT ATTRACTS MOST OF US TO Auckland, but it now seems official that the City of Sails will become the endurance sport capital of the world over the next twelve months. This is due in part to the Asia Pacific Ironman Championship heading back to where it all started. The event brings the Ironman Series, the largest participation sports platform in the world, full circle back to Auckland. The city was the first international race venue chosen when the series began its global growth in the mid-1980s.Today the series continues to grow with more than 60 Ironman 70.3 races around the world and over 150,000 participants annually. The race will showcase iconic Auckland landscapes with a swim in the Viaduct Harbour, a bike course that includes the Auckland Harbour Bridge and a run along the Auckland waterfront. The Ironman event will round out a summer of endurance sport for Auckland, starting with the final of the ITU Triathlon event at the end of October. Last year’s event, which saw thousands flock to the waterfront and Auckland downtown, was just a taster of what’s to come. Luckily enough for New Zealand, both the men’s and women’s race was won by Kiwis when Andrea Hewitt and Kris Gemmell claimed line honours last year, but don’t count on there being a repeat in 2012. This year’s version will include almost twice as many of the world’s elite with the climax being the world champions crowned right on our waterfront. And with loads of Kiwis getting a taste for middle and long distance sports with the likes of “Round the Bays” and the Auckland Marathon, you can expect the numbers for first time enthusiast and amateurs to be well above expectations for both events. Both courses have been designed to caress the cities features and streets, allowing for the sides of the course to be swollen with spectators. Whether it’s a ploy from the government to sneakily get Kiwis active or just some fantastic marketing done by the Auckland City Council, I don’t care. These types of events are chased by cities all over the world and for Auckland to have them both, is testament to the people working behind the scenes to make it happen. Well done, and get ready for a summer of fun, or if you’re now thinking of entering get in early with both the registration and the training. (GEORGE BERRY) PN







1-3: Freemans Bay resident GLENN WHITE recently returned from a six day cruise out of Port Vila, VANUATU on a New Zealand boat, the Island Passage. “I was travelling with my youngest brother Andrew and mum; Carole. The weather was fab, the food was incredible and the snorkelling superb but the best thing about Vanuatu is the people, reputed to be the happiest on the planet. Happy, our aptly named barman on the boat took 20 minutes out to read the News. He was very keen to take it back to his family on the island of Espiritu Santo. Unfortunately the copy got ruined when we took the underwater shot. “I took two copies of the News to Vanuatu and left one with the Publik Laebri after the attached photo was taken. This rates as one of the most relaxing holidays I have ever had.” 4. St Mary’s Bay resident GERARD HALL emailed to say, “Eight of us from Auckland recently enjoyed a steam train excursion from Christchurch to ARTHURS PASS.” The four locals are from left to right: WARWICK HUTCHINSON, GERARD HALL, ALLAN HORNER, KAREN TURKETO.


“The steam engine is Ka942 owned by Mainline Steam. Its working weight is 145 tons. It was built at Hutt Workshops, and entered service in November 1940 and retired in July 1967 after clocking up 944,532 miles. Originally a coal burner, it was converted to oil at the Otahuhu Workshops in Nov 1948. It worked the North Island Main Trunk line, initially based at Taihape. “And it’s a movie star – playing the part of steam engine Ka949 in the feature film Tangiwai.” Gerald concluded, “we couldn’t find Ross Thorby on the train to include him in the photo shoot.” 5. ROBYN LITTLEJOHN sent us a mobile PXT with this shot of Grey Lynn resident MARIE GIBSON taken up at CORONET PEAK. PN

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LOVE & LIMONCELLO By Kate Gohar, Director, World Journeys A chaotic tumble of pink and yellow houses cling to the hillside, waves crash onto black rocks below, steep terraces carefully worked by hand, burst with grape vines, olive and lemon trees while tiny sheltered harbours are filled with small bobbing fishing vessels – yes, I can only be in the Cinque Terre National Park in Italy. I have been staying in Santa Marguerita Ligure, postcard pretty in its own right, just a 90 minute drive from Milan. If you’re dead keen you can hike, or run, between all five villages but despite my best intentions, thankfully some of the paths are closed this visit and my only options are boat or rail. I head to the station and my first stop is the tiny village of Manarola. The railway line runs snugly along the coast through the National Park and each village has its own station so this is a very simple, and picturesque, way of travelling along the coast; a terrific back up if sea conditions forbid travelling by ferry, or the hiking paths are closed. Manarola’s utterly charming and steep main street is packed with small shops selling fresh pasta, lemons, olive oil and sweet smelling herbs piled up against tea towels, brightly coloured hats and t-shirts. After a fearsomely good limoncello and an equally good coffee, I wander the ‘Via dell’Amore’ or ‘Lovers Lane’; a gentle strolling coastal path linking Manarola and the next village of Riomaggiore. Originally built for workers to safely store explosives during the building of the train tracks, the path eventually became a local thoroughfare and a spike in inter-village marriages lead to the pathway being renamed ‘Lovers Lane’. These days, if you are superstitious and want to secure your love forever you can take a padlock and attach it to the mesh covering many of the rocks beside the path before throwing the key into the sea, thus locking your love for eternity. Taking great advantage of the romantic

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crowd’s schmaltzy mood, an impossibly good looking young accordion player sits with his back to the sea, perfectly framed for photographs, as he plays ‘O Sole Mio’. From Riomaggiore I jump back on board the train and bypass Corniglia and Vernazza to Monterosso. The older part of town holds the most appeal for me so I turn left through the pedestrian tunnel into the main square. Balconies and terraces shimmer with vibrant tubs of geraniums and bougainvillea, old men sit chatting in the sun, women shop with baskets over their arms and children run down the street, hands full of ice-cream. There is beautiful artwork on display in cosy galleries, summery Italian fashion flutters in shop windows and tiny restaurants sell a plethora of fresh seafood and exotic pasta. So, I find a place to sit, order an ice cold Peroni beer and as the condensation drips slowly down the side of the bottle and a plate full of delicious food arrives, I say to myself, “this really is ‘la dolce vita’’.



 TRAVEL BREAKS: THE NEW THERAPY! A NEW WAY TO SEE EUROPE River cruising is fast becoming the most popular manner to explore Europe. Margo Searle from Fortis Travel, our new travel shop on the block, is adamant there is no more relaxing way to go! “Unpack and relax with all the elements of a floating five-star hotel on one of APT’s 13 River cruise ships and the hassle of trains, planes and cars is a thing of the past.” On board its ships, world-class service is paramount with up to 30% more space per guest in public areas, recreational facilities abound. Travellers get to enjoy the finest onboard dining experiences of any river cruise operator in Europe. The unparalleled quality of the cuisine has led to APT’s vessels being the only river ships in Europe to be inducted into La Chaine des Rotisseurs – one of the world’s most prestigious culinary organisations. Margo points out that unlike ocean cruising, fascinating ever changing scenery will pass you every day and it is no accident the waterways run through some of Europe’s most enchanting places. In France, for instance, travellers can now enjoy a new seven-night Seine River cruise aboard the Aria River Ship, the MS AmaLegro. While perfect as a stand-alone discovery of the Parisian waterfront and the Norman countryside, the cruise can also be seamlessly combined with several other APT river cruises. Margo says the choice is virtually unlimited: “More than 120 itineraries that cover 30 different countries and countless once-in-a-lifetime moments, ensuring there’s a holiday that will capture the imagination of the most seasoned traveller.” PN For travel information contact, Margo Searle T: 09 551 8465

GRANT and KATH RUTHERFORD from Herne Bay sent in this shot. “Taken in Whistler CANADA on our way to see our daughter and her family in Toronto. Took several of the past few months copies of Ponsonby News so she could have a good catch up. She was delighted.” PN


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FASHION + STYLE TRELISE COOPER OUTLET STORE EXPANDS The long-standing and much loved Trelise Cooper Outlet store has been a familiar friend in the Ponsonby Community for more than 10 years. And they are delighted to announce that they have doubled in size! Taking over the shop next door, the Trelise Cooper Outlet on Richmond Road store now offers twice as many vintage Trelise Cooper gems, one-off finds, previous season styles, samples, seconds, parade garments as well as the new Trelise Cooper Black label. Trelise Cooper Black is a new collection of old favourites. Trelise has taken popular styles from seasons past and recreated them in new fabrics and colours. The range is a lower price point that Outlet Store fans will love. Now sold all over the world, Trelise’s clothes are famous for being fun, flirtatious and flattering, made with high quality fabrics for the woman who wishes to engage in fashion without being dictated by it. And all the beautiful clothes available at Richmond Road are no exception to this! The combination of previous season garments and the new Trelise Cooper Black label offers guests a selection that they won’t find anywhere else. Manager Mei Lin and the wonderful team have years of experience between them and love helping customers discover the hidden delights throughout the store. Pop in and see the girls to get one -on-one styling advice on putting looks together – each staff member has their own amazing touch when it comes to styling. Visiting a Trelise Cooper store is a luxurious, decadent experience – make sure you take the time to visit the team and try on the new stock at the new and improved Trelise Cooper Outlet store. PN TRELISE COOPER OUTLET STORE, 100 Richmond Road T: 09 360 9578

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ANGELA LASSIG: LETTERS FROM MAUDIE The monthly jottings of a free-spirited Ponsonby dressmaker of the 1920s, as imagined by Angela Lassig. VERMONT STREET, PONSONBY 15 AUGUST 1925

Dear Aggie

I am faced with quite a moral dilemma, as I would really like Tiger to win the ten-pound cash prize. Yet for him to win I should really ensure that his rivals’ costumes do not compare with the splendour of Tiger’s. Tiger is going to be a pirate of the South Seas. In addition to the obligatory ave fashioned for him a tricorn hat with skull and crossbones eye patch, I have d sequins and trimmed with a red ostrich feather. He shall wear executed in red a white linen shirt with frills around his neck over which will be a black velvet rned with red braid and held in place with a matching belt. I’m waistcoat adorned aking a little scabbard for a butter knife just to make him look thinking of making a little more fierce. I have been training him in the wearing of the eye patch and he seems not to mind it at all. Even though he is a darling, I’m not sure Tiger deserves to go to the party as he has been a very naughty dog! Not only did he sneak a very smelly old bone kroom but managed to drag five into the workroom hly washed silk off my cutting yards of freshly ke a nest out of it in which to table and make eat his bone. All this and muddy paws to top it off. The onlyy thing it’s good for now is possibly a cape for his pirate dog costume - but he’d better be good for the next fortnight! It’s a wonder that I get anything done at all with some pet! such a troublesome ou a little about my other canine commissions! I’m Shall I tell you going to have a lot of fun dressing Truffles, a tall white poodle that is ound Ponsonby and quite the silliest thing on four legs. well known around Truffles is to become Marie Antoinette with the assistance of rose ade and some pretty lace. If I have time, I think I shall pink silk brocade try and tease some fleece into a high woolly wig with pink ribbons to secure it in a pretty bow under her snout. hallenge will be to turn Portia, a five-year-old My greatest challenge bulldog into a fairy princess. This is not my idea and elieve it to be a mistake. Portia would personally I believe erful plum pudding but her owner make a wonderful was adamant. So it is a pink tulle sticised puffed skirt, little elasticised sleeves on her front legs and iffon wings wired pink chiffon a. She is for poor Portia. also to have a matching quined tiara of five sequined stars atop littlee springs that will tremble as she strides along on ed legs! Her owner her little bowed at Portia shall win is confident that but I’m not so sure…


Valentino the Chihuahua is to be a bumblebee. However, he is so slender he should perhaps be a wasp. He is just as tiresome as one, especially with his continuous high pitched yapping whenever I approach him for a measurement. Regardless of what he thinks of me, in a fortnight he shall be wearing a little yellow coat striped with black ribbon and little black wired silk chiffon wings. And just to annoy him even more, I shall fit him into a wee velvet helmet sporting little black pompom antennae. Perhaps the most obvious costume belongs to Buster, the Irish wolfhound, who has been perfectly cast by his owner as Sherlock Holmes. He shall look very smart in his tweed coat with suede deta detailing. His owner is bringing in one of her husband’s old jackets for me to cut up for the purpose. Buster will of course have a deerstalker hat that I am ea can hang freely. Buster’s specially fashioning so that his ears magn owner is going to suspend a magnifying glass and pipe from his collar. Out of all Tiger’s riv rivals, I suspect Buster to be the closest. Oh dear, I wonder if I might hav have taken on a little too much commis work with my doggy commissions. If I am to complete these as well as my human ones I am going to have to become a hermit over th the next fortnight. Already I have had to turn down two invitations to the pictures. By the way, the fritillaria b bulbs you purchased for me from Girvans[i] are starti starting to poke their heads out and some of the daffod daffodils are already blooming. the on my windowsill in the I have a vase full of them chee me no end every time workroom that cheers I look at them. Oh, before I go, I must tell you that I finally M Walker[ii] at Shanleys. met Miss Tucker and Miss They’re the milliners that I to told you about. We arranged to meet for tea at Clemmetts Clemmetts[iii] and they seemed very receptive to my suggestion tha that we might work together. I so love their creations and tthey are so very nice too. I shall have absolutely no hesitati hesitation in recommending them to my customers who need a matching matc hat to complete their ensemble. Even though I would welc welcome some lessening of my workload, I might spare them my canin canine customers! I’ll let you know how Tiger fares at the garden party. Even if he is outshone he’s still going to make a ma marvelous pirate! With love and best wishes,

Maudie xxx

[i] R W Girvan, Floris Florist and Seedsman, Ponsonby Buildings, Build Ponsonby Road [ii] Milliner Milliners, 1 Jervois Road, Ponsonby [iii] Alfred Clemmett, Confectioner, Tea rooms & Milk Vendor, 37 R Ponsonby Road


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Do you remember the fancy dress party for doggies that I told you about months ago? Well it is coming upon us in only a matter of weeks and I am flat out making all manner of costumes for the pampered pets of many of my clients. Unfortunately word must have spread that I am quite good at it and I have gained four new customers…doggy ones! The trouble will all be worth it if I can only tempt their owners to have me make their next costume!

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FASHION + STYLE WIN A PONSONBY WARDROBE WINNER Congratulations to Grey Lynn resident Chantel “woody” Clayton. She is the winner in our June promotion, ‘Win a Ponsonby wardrobe’ and has won $4000 worth of shopping vouchers to spend in the following 14 stores! Annah Stretton, Cybele, Dalston, Decjuba, Jean Jones, Kilt, Kingan Jones, Lex, Liz Mitchell, Minnie Cooper, Moa, Robyn Mathieson, Six and TK store. Chantal was one of a thousand women who shopped in these Ponsonby stores during June. Chantal’s purchase was made in Minnie Cooper and her entry was drawn by Labour List MP Jacinda Ardern (pictured here with Viv Rosenberg from the Ponsonby Business Association). PN

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THANK YOU! WIN A PONSONBY WARDROBE GOODIE BAG SUPPLIERS Ponsonby News would like to thank the beauteous and fashionable businesses who generously supplied product for the ever-popular Win a Ponsonby Wardrobe June retail promotion: Aveeno


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JULIE ROULSTON INTRODUCING SPRING/SUMMER 2012/2013 With fashion showing the influence of street style blogs in all their colour and diversity, you can bet Spring/Summer 2012/13 will be vibrant and eclectic (as well as very well edited for challenging times). Ponsonby News talked to five of our top designers about what to expect from them for the new season and how to wear it like an internet superstar...


Liz Findlay and Dayne Johnston


INSPIRATION The development of a camouflage print on three different base cloths consisting of cotton lace, silk cotton shirting and a open mesh inspired a utilitarian feel to the collection for both men and women. KEY THEMES For women we have built the collection around the utilitarian, tempering with tenderness in lingerie-inspired pieces. There is an inherent ease and boyish attitude, forgiving and relaxed. For men we have referenced sportswear without adhering to its rigid conventions. Contrast is the key and fabrics are mixed and matched with assertiveness. THREE KEY PIECES FOR WOMEN: • the collarless jacket offered in the camouflage printed lace cotton • the silk georgette camisole that is deconstructed and distressed • the shawl collar dress in bright spot embroidered cotton. FOR MEN:

• the army parka combining two kinds of camouflage print • the all-in-one offered in black cotton shirting with a nylon sleeve • the pocket knife short offered in navy pinstripe suiting.

STYLING SUGGESTIONS Wear socks with your Zambesi sandals! KEY ACCESSORY Zambesi sunglasses in-store now! Beautiful quality! Limited edition and manufactured in Japan.

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INSPIRATION I was inspired by a beautiful photo of a cloud, with lots of fog and telegraph lines and the sun filtering through the fog. The various elements were creating really cool geometrics. We reproduced the feeling by using dense fabric against a sheer silk to effectively shadow different sections of the silhouette.

“This season WORLD is intent on showcasing an entertaining harmony between formal high fashion and a more relaxed, yet sophisticated, street style. All areas of the collection are intertwined with bright colours and a brigade of prints, set against core garments in block colours littered with both subtle and exaggerated design elements.”

Vicki Taylor ‘Shadow Collection’

KEY THEMES Geometric shapes. Lines across the body which bend as they go around the body. Concealing a seamed square into a garment somewhere – it makes a draped cowl effect on the body. Colour, dyed for taylor: bright vibrant turquoise, yellow (sometimes worked back to beige and creamy colours, orangey red. People are responding well to colour and I enjoy it as long as it’s used cleverly, in a sophisticated way. One particular fabric I bought specially is made of lots and lots of little ribbon-like strips that scribble around each other. In some cases we have overlaid strips of silk to build textures on top of the fabrics. THREE KEY PIECES • Cogent pant - ankle length cuffed, crop stretch narrow leg pant - a simple update • Waterfall tunic - piece with raw edged strips all over it • Cropped jacket. STYLING SUGGESTIONS If you have the legs for it, tunics/vests with shorts are a great look this summer. Try to be more interesting with your clothes - we are seeing so much sameness. Go and buy one piece that really challenges you a little bit. Get that buzz! KEY ACCESSORY A TN 29 wedge.

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Francis Hooper, Denise L’Estrange-Corbet and Benny Castles ‘Black Tie White Noise’

“Within the women’s collection WORLD has continued its refined tailoring for characterful business women, with three suiting stories that include: laser cut ribbon as lapels, futuristic and architectural panelling, and classic pinstripe made original with overlaid petal pattern work. WORLD’s hereditary structured silhouette is juxtaposed with a freer and less rigid story of casual garments in the most gorgeous summer fabrications...the effervescent feeling of summer is amplified.” “WORLD Couture shows true extravagance; formal femininity is explored in ’50s shapes with Victorian sensibilities - full circle skirts, cocktail gowns and graceful linen and lace coats. This femininity is juxtaposed with jazz age and disco-inspired sequin and satin knit gowns, with a star-emblazoned lurex quilted jacket that includes a new shoulder exaggeration.” “WORLDman, as is its personality, has played on the contemporary idea of a “street dandy,” mixing references as varied as Beau Brummel (perhaps the original Dandy) with uber-modern minimalist tendencies referencing science-fiction. Summer washed-earth tones, and bold patterns in the shirts, knits, jeans and shorts, are the basis for the casual parts of the collection. Meanwhile the thatched white linen or the navy cotton suits with seemingly random pink or lime thread, bear the hallmarks of antique inspiration and contemporary tailoring. Minute attention to detail reverberates throughout the collection.” (JULIE ROULSTON) PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


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Deanna Didovich ‘Run, Run, Run’ INSPIRATION “Run, Run, Run is inspired by a girl on a Parisian adventure running through the streets. The collection focuses on a palette of candy pink, burgundy, lemon and cobalt blue, with touches of khaki and peach. There is a strong prominence of black throughout, a Parisian’s favourite colour. KEY THEMES The clothing embraces the clashing of hard and soft. Lustrous cotton sateens in ‘Rockette’ styles and hard coated denims in ‘Rocky’ styles, speak the essence of this Parisian look. Silks have soft matte stud closures, and structured silhouettes are finished off with soft peplum hems. Prints this season, exclusive to RUBY, are geometric and modern. THREE KEY PIECES • Rocky jean – in a waxed denim ‘leatherette’ look, signature to the range. Available in stores now. • Bonbon crossover sweater – two-tone cotton slub available in black and white for a salt-and-pepper look, or lemon and white. Arriving in stores in August. • Bonbon pantsuit – the perfect option for dressing up this summer, available in burgundy or the signature RUBY triangle polka dot print, arriving in September.


Cybele Wiren INSPIRATION This summer is an exciting season for us as it is collection number 20 - which marks 10 years for the label. The collection has been inspired by an eclectic mix of sources, including work by artists such as Kristjana S Williams and Tiffany Bozic - spliced and slightly mutant beasts and beings. THEMES The colour palette is a vibrant mix, including teal, peach, fiery orange, cerulean blue and lilac (and black of course). We’re accentuating the shoulder for summer with cutouts and split away detail. THREE KEY PIECES • Evolution print tee • Triple cut-out sheer dress • Fretwork jacket. KEY ACCESSORIES We are excited to be collaborating with Kate of Arcadia again this season for some amazing custom made leather bags, wallets and accessories. PN

KEY ACCESSORIES The signature ‘Macaroon Bag’ in burgundy and acid yellow pony hair, with matte black silver hardware. Belts to pull together any look, with the option of the hinged and studded ‘Rocky’ belt or the more feminine ‘Giovanna’ belt with its delicate bow detail. The Bonbon heels, arriving October. RUBY Model: Olivia Henderson @ Chic Photographer: Steven Chee Stylist: Amelia Holmes Hair by: Danny Pato @ d&m Makeup by: Amber D @ M.A.C Cosmetics RUBY

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FASHION + STYLE EGOIST: COLOURFUL, FRESH FUN FOR MEN Vlad and Natalya Levada’s store Egoist stocks their own menswear brand. “We both share a love for fashion,” they say, “and this led us to designing clothing that excited us. From there we saw an opportunity in the wardrobes of kiwi men for fresh ideas, fun and colour.” Their Ponsonby Road store opened in June 2011, with the building of the Egoist brand starting in October 2010. Vlad says “our brand caters to every part of a man’s wardrobe; footwear, underwear, jackets and everything in between. The biggest selling items would be our affordable designer jeans in over 15 styles.” PONSONBY NEWS: WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND? Egoist: Fashion design, retail and a University of Auckland degree in commerce, majoring in accounting with seven years experience. A good mix of skills and abilities which has allowed us to build a brand from the ground up. PN: DO YOU LIVE IN THE GREATER PONSONBY AREA? Egoist: Vlad has worked in Grey Lynn / Ponsonby area for the past 11 years in the European car industry, and so we get the “vibe” very well. We live in Remuera, but doing business in Ponsonby was a conscious decision. PN: WHY DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR SITE, AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE GREATER PONSONBY AREA? Egoist: Having the store across the road from Western Park is a fantastic location, it makes Egoist feel like a destination, as if you have arrived at a very special part of Ponsonby Road. We have always considered Ponsonby as the fashion precinct of Auckland, it was the only place we ever considered. In particular, many of the people who shop in Ponsonby are local; this offers us the ability to build ongoing relationships with our customers. There is a real sense of friendship and loyalty amongst the community; any small business can appreciate that. PN: WHAT IS YOUR BUSINESS’ POINT OF DIFFERENCE? Egoist: Our team! Everyone that we have employed at Egoist genuinely cares about our clients, embraces every aspect of the company and does the best they can.

FINDING YOUR SPECIAL PAIR OF BOOTS RODEO DRIVE BOOTS ON PONSONBY ROAD WELCOMES YOU TO VIEW their western style boots from the USA and Europe. They are proud to be the first and only authorised dealers of two of the leading worldwide boot brands, Lucchese USA and Sancho Spain. Also in-store is top brand Tony Lama USA. They continually strive to look for more top brands to work with and they provide a wide range of styles and sizes. They have boots for men and women of all age groups even the cool grannies, with their first kid's western-boots order being sorted now. “Our mission is to provide our customers with the best collection, the highest quality and a wow customer service experience,” says owner Sharon Zer. “The key for us at Rodeo Drive Boots is to understand what you want, and to achieve this we put thought into finding the right boot for your lifestyle and personality.“

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Above: NATALYA and VLAD LEVADA, founders of EGOIST Egoist gets a lot of praise from many types of people, but the greatest compliments we receive are from our national and international customers who share how much they wish Egoist was in their locations. This tells us that the brand is doing something right and we’re glad it’s happening for us in Ponsonby. PN: WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING IN THE STORE RIGHT NOW? Egoist: A favourite of ours would have to be the leather footwear from the current winter collection, ‘Progressive Thinker’. There are four different styles and colours and all have proven to be popular. We’re very excited about the new range of t-shirts that will be released in a variety of different styles, cuts and colours. You will not have seen these designs anywhere before, they are very cool. For those who have never been to our store: pop in and visit our friendly team! Talosia manages the store during the week and James on the weekend. They won’t tell you things look good on you, if they actually don’t. PN EGOIST, 68A Ponsonby Road, T: 09 360 5555 Sharon invites you to visit their new showroom and to find your special pair of boots; they only import a few pairs of each model to help keep your fashion look unique. She would value your feedback, your thoughts your ideas and your requests – this will enable her to ensure you are kept happy. You can now post on their or follow them for Father's Day specials. Join their V.I.P boots club for discounts, vouchers and many more surprises. They are currently developing their Facebook shop: "Rodeo Drive Boots". This will provide an online shopping option. In the meantime Sharon and Alon can't wait to meet you in store. PN RODEO DRIVE BOOTS, 186 B Ponsonby Road M: 022 062 8810



JULIE ROULSTON: FABULOUS HAIR + BEAUTY WHAT NEXT? NEW DIRECTIONS IN SPRING HAIR AND MAKEUP Your hair is a key accessory to your look - whether it be of the Hermes/’plain and beautifully cut’ variety, or the Roberto Cavalli/’ attention-grabbing and stylised’ kind. We asked three of Ponsonby’s top salons to share their take on the new season. Bless them if they haven’t given you loads of tips as well!


There are two clear attitudes emerging as the top contenders for coolness this spring. On the one hand there’s a tough 80s bad girl, and on the other a prim and preppy girl next door, which means we get to exercise our inner Jekyll and Hyde when and where the mood takes us. THE NEW CROP Probably the most dramatic move you can make with your hair this season is to lop it all off into an iconic crop. As drastic as it sounds, a pixie cut is a wonderland of versatility; wear it clean with a goofy side part, throw some gel through for a wet look, or ruffle it up with wax like you just rolled out of bed and join the ranks of other cropped icons Michelle Williams, Wynona Ryder and Anne Hathaway.


Women’s hair is all about volume, the hair’s natural texture and movement with a tweak. Regardless of your hair length (unless it is super short), play around with these looks: • If wearing your hair down while you are growing out a fringe, try braiding it to the side, either a messy braid or more polished. • The half up do (my favourite right now) - try a little backcombing through the crown then take your side pieces and twist them so they meet at the back. • If all else fails you can go for the messy up do: just do a little backcombing and put your hair up in a topknot. Texture is the key with this one.

PUNK TEXTURE Toughen up a midlength haircut with a sweet mix of rock and roll volume and rampant texture. It’s a look that embodies the DIY attitude of rock babes PJ Harvey, Patti Smith and Allison Mosshart who most probably do their own chopping, and it’s the perfect style if you are lucky enough to have a bit of wave in your hair.

HAIR COLOUR TRENDS We are seeing darker roots fading to lighter ends. If you are a brunette, try warm caramel ends; redheads try lighter copper ends; sandy blondes try very light creamy blonde ends. We are also playing around with pastel toners for blondes like pale pink, lilac, baby blue, and light mint green.

A VERY SHORT FRINGE The freshest trend for spring is all happening above the brow. Just like the new crop, a very short fringe can run the gamut from good girl to bad girl, from hard and blunt to layered and wispy, and everything in between. Demographic appeal be damned, it will instantly sharpen up your style. And we have Rooney Mara to thank for it.

MEN’S HAIR Men’s hair is shorter through the back and sides with length through the top. This can be styled a few different ways: you can slick the top back, bring it all forward with it messed up or even do more of a textured man quiff.

TOMBOY UPDO Elegantly windblown, this is an updo where the more knots and flyaways you have, the better. The homegrown careless naivety of this look is key in hitting the right note between boyish and ladylike, achieving a grungy but sexy style that will take you from day to night with minimal retouching. FREESTYLE COLOUR Bespoke is the new buzzword for hair colour this spring. Freestyle colouring is a new state of mind, leaving foils in the dust with a handcrafted technique to achieve multi -dimensional colour for luminous blondes and shimmering brunettes with no nasty growout lines, and unique to each person. STEPHEN MARR, 37 Ponsonby Road T:09 360 0588

FAVOURITE PRODUCTS Our pick of the moment, to help achieve the looks we’ve described: • Moroccanoil Curl Cream for de-frizzing and bringing out your natural curl. • Redken Argan 6 to help before heat-styling for moisture and smoothness. • Evo Haze for instant volume - just sprinkle on the roots and rub. Can also be used throughout mid lengths and ends. • Kevin Murphy’s Easy Rider to get all of those frustrating little fluffy bits. • Redken Aerate 08, a crème mousse that adds featherweight body with softness. SERVILLES PONSONBY, 348 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 378 9799


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Photography by CRAIG OWEN, hair by DANNY PATO for d&m


Three key looks for Spring/Summer 2012/13: ROCKABILLY The rockabilly short haircut style isn’t just for the boys! The secret of this look is ensuring that you select a top-grade stylist; it’s all about the cut.


If you’ve got naturally curly hair, this look is very easy to style. However, if you’re naturally straight: • Apply liberal amounts of Moroccanoil Curl Defining Cream to damp hair • Scrunch and dry with a diffuser • Alternatively, use the Cloud Nine Wand to create curls on dry hair Style with Davines #5 Stucco (firm hold paste) and finish with a strong hold hairspray, like Davines #7 Lacquer. RETRO-BOB Structured and ’60s, vintage but so very now, the retro bob is in for spring and summer. It suits straight hair best, but if your hair is thick or frizzy, you’ll have to work a bit harder at taming it with your blowdryer and irons. • Blow dry your hair with a Moroccanoil round brush, curling it under at the ends • Smooth with your Cloud Nine irons on a low temperature, again curling it under at the ends • Finish with Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray GRUNGY BLOWOUT Long, gorgeous, bouncy blowwaves with a grungy finish are in for summer. There is a bit of a ’70s fashion look about this, but with a sexy contemporary edge. Works for most long hair types. TO GET THE LOOK: • Towel dry your hair and spray Davines VOLU Mist in at the roots • Section your hair and blow dry using a Moroccanoil round brush, pinning each section into a curl and spraying with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray • Once hair has cooled, take out the pins, turn your head upside down and shake out your hair with your fingers • With your head still upside down, spray again with hairspray, then flick head upright and you’re good to go. Tip: for this hairstyle, make sure you apply your hairspray at arm’s length. PN d&m HAIR DESIGN, Redmond Street, Ponsonby T: 09 376 3666 The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied



FABULOUS HAIR + BEAUTY HOW BEING A BIT ‘UNCOOL’ IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS Bare Waxing and Skin Centre has now been open in Crummer Road for two years. Business has been good and Vivianne Bryant, owner of three Bare Skin Centres, puts that down to being a little bit old fashioned: “We’re a values-based organisation where the client absolutely comes first, and we’re definitely NOT cooler than our clients.” Her down-to-earth team, really know how to deliver great service in a welcoming and professional way. Bare specialises in grooming treatments (think waxing, spray tans, brows, make-up and results-based skin treatments) – and focuses on delivering tangible results that make a positive difference in their clients day. Vivianne says “We implemented our Feel Good Fridays for winter as a way to thank our loyal clients. It’s also a fun way for our team to start their weekends too; they all love doing make-up! It’s been hugely popular – especially located so close to all the great restaurants and bars on Ponsonby Road. Clients can come in have their make-up done with a friend; enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and then head on out feeling fabulous and looking great.” Bookings are essential as spots fill up quickly – and new clients are absolutely welcome: a great no-obligation way to check out the salon. Bare also have some fantastic winter package deals – including the ever popular Maintenance Package they’ve been running for the last 18 months –this includes a Brazilian or bikini wax, brow shape and tint, and Microzone skin treatment for just $100 in their off-peak hours. PN BARE WAXING, 41 Crummer Road, T: 09 360 0939

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FABULOUS HAIR + BEAUTY INTRODUCTION TO MAKEUP COURSE TMS is now taking enrolments for their popular Introduction to Makeup Course. This is an eight week part time evening course running one evening a week. Dianne Ensor and Gabrielle Jones (co-owners of the school) designed this course to suit different needs for different people. Anyone with an interest in makeup wanting to learn up to date techniques would suit this course. Some people (before launching into a full time diploma) want to test the waters by starting with the Introduction to Makeup Course.

Others are just wanting to learn the art of applying their own makeup. TMS receives many enquiries from women saying they have little idea how to professionally apply their makeup and feel it is something they would like to learn. So this course is perfect for them. The course is also attractive to beauty therapists and hairdressers wanting to extend their skill base in order to be able to offer ‘special occasion makeup’ to their business menu. The TMS studio is a great environment in the heart of Ponsonby and all students are taught with MAC cosmetics and Dermalogica skincare. Lessons cover everything from a natural day makeup, bridal to an evening smoky eye. Alternatively for those who prefer a one on one session TMS offers private training. This is fantastic for people who don’t want to be in a classroom environment but are wanting to update their look and learn new skills. Experienced tutors guide clients through the lesson step by step in a calm and relaxed environment. PN The Makeup School Ltd, Level 1, 46 Brown Street T: 09 376 6660

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FABULOUS HAIR + BEAUTY AN URBAN OASIS TRULY DEDICATED TO WELL-BEING WITH SIX NEW ZEALAND INSPIRED TREATMENT ROOMS, A FULLY EQUIPPED Fitness Centre, 25-metre heated swimming pool, spa, sauna and steam room; Spa at the Pullman is an urban sanctuary that encourages both relaxation and regeneration. A leader in the New Zealand spa industry, Spa at the Pullman has recently re-launched their spa with a brand new website, new luxury spa brands, a new spa cuisine menu and a range of new treatments that cater to the demands of the modern day spa guest. Their standout new treatment is their 24 Carat Gold Leaf Facial by Nahaia Active Organics; exclusive to their spa and unlike anything available in New Zealand. Using pure 24 carat gold leaf to cover the entire face, this luxurious facial has a range of benefits from helping to reduce fine lines and prevent aging to improving cellular regeneration and preventing the breakdown of elastin. A must have facial to get the skin prepared for the summer months ahead. As a point of difference from other New Zealand spas, Spa at the Pullman’s new purpose-designed Spa Cuisine menu has had rave reviews. Menu items include fresh fish encrusted in curry and wrapped in Kawa Kawa leaves with cracked wheat pilaf and chilled fruit ravioli with coconut lime foam and a sesame tuilee. The Spa Cuisine menu ensures clientele are served nourishing food to complement treatments or workouts so they can experience a full inner and outer body health experience. All menu items have been specially designed to deliver a range of health benefits from digestive properties, to immunity and amino acids that support cardiovascular health. With a refreshed vision for the future, Spa at the Pullman is an urban oasis truly dedicated to beauty and well-being. PN For more information on SPA AT THE PULLMAN go to

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FABULOUS HAIR + BEAUTY AGE IS JUST A NUMBER. LOOK LIKE YOU FEEL! WINTER CAN BE A TIME WHEN OUR SKINS LOOK DULL AND SOMETIMES OUR feel-good factor left with the sunshine. That doesn’t mean you have to put up with it. There are lots of options and at Forme Spa in Ponsonby they have a wide range of solutions and they can custom build a treatment plan to suit your requirements and budget. Forme Spa in Ponsonby is proud to be an exclusive stockist of the luxurious German range, Dr Babor. Apart from being a totally luxurious experience, the results from this range of home care products and facials has been getting rave reviews from Forme Spa clients. The Dr Babor range is a cosmeceutical line including a Skin Renewal Peel, Detoxifying Vitamin Facial and the Ultimate Lifting Facial that truly wows the lucky recipient. The HSR Lifting and new HSR Deluxe ranges are the ultimate in luxury, but again with results that have clients coming back for more. German brands are known for their quality and scientific research, and Dr Babor stands proudly as a true example of this. Treatments start at $129. Other anti-aging secrets at Forme Spa include lactic peels and microdermabrasion to exfoliate and refine the skin, micro-roller treatments and vitamin infusion therapy to get maximum penetration of serums and vitamins into the skin for radiance, and Lumiere LED therapy to stimulate collagen, the element of the skin that is often referred to as a building block, the part that holds the skin up! The Forme Spa cosmetics nurse is also at hand to offer injectable services. Visit the website for the latest offers for August including a free Lumiere LED treatment with your micro-roller treatment.


If you are not liking what you see in the mirror, there is an alternative that you can find in a tranquil haven, Forme Spa Ponsonby. Joining our long time favourites, there is a relatively new team of therapists who are super passionate about the results they can deliver to you. PN FORME SPA, 39 Spring Street T: 09 378 8682

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FABULOUS HAIR + BEAUTY MID-WINTER SPRUCE UP We all tend to hibernate during the winter months and perhaps let our regular beauty regime slip. So wait no longer, spring is just around the corner. The multi-award winning team at Me Salon in Ponsonby are a talented group of hairdressers, makeup artists and beauty therapists who can cater to any aspect of your mid-winter spruce up! Under the ownership of Iain Smith and Andy Grant, the salon has settled nicely into its new premises after an eight year presence at 109 Ponsonby Road. Everyone is enjoying the new location and Iain and Andy love being back full time in their Ponsonby salon after selling the Takapuna location, to Senior Stylist Ami Walker who continues to operate under the Me brand. As well as running the salon, they have launched their own range of makeup with Claire Sullivan, called “Makeup Me” which is stocked at various outlets around the country as well as in the salon. The team at Me are well aware of the time restraints clients have, so are offering an express colour service. This means you can pop into the salon between meetings or at lunchtime, have your roots retouched or partial foils done and carry on with your day. The charge is $85 and includes a dry off, meaning you can be in and out within an hour! You can even have a Mani or Pedi while your colour is being applied! As an added bonus, if you have a winter makeover in the salon and book for a hair cut and colour, you will receive a complimentary Facial with their wonderful Beauty Therapist Joyce. Offer is valid through August and on bookings Tuesday to Friday. PN ME SALON, 282 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 4484 or find them on Facebook/Twitter.

MICRODERM LAUNCH A HUGE SUCCESS AT MORE THAN SKIN You know how much we love to discover the newest and most exciting happenings on the Ponsonby beauty scene. Well, last month saw the launch of the innovative SilkPeel® Microdermabrasion Facial at More Than Skin Urban Spa, and the response they have received has been phenomenal. Our sources have revealed that a record number of SilkPeel® packages have been sold so a big ‘congrats’ is due to their team. This results-driven SilkPeel® treatment combines ‘wet’ diamond-head microdermabrasion with the simultaneous infusion of nutrient rich serums into the skin. It’s so effective because it not only exfoliates and drains toxins, but also hydrates the complexion with a solution of vitamins and antioxidants. Expect to see a whole lot of refreshed and glowing complexions exiting the salon! And because these serums are tailor-made for you, More Than Skin’s expert therapists can target, and improve, a wide range of dermalogical conditions including uneven skin tone, acne, sun damage, dehydration and fine lines. The results are immediate as skin looks fresher, plumper, healthier and more radiant after just one treatment. A course of four to six treatments is recommended. Convenient, safe and painless, the SilkPeel® Microdermabrasion Facial takes only 30 minutes to perform on the face and neck area. With no down-time you can even fit a treatment into your lunch break. Whether you have a special occasion on the calendar or specific concerns you’d like to improve, this non-surgical alternative is the fastest way to a beautiful complexion. PN Call the team today on T: 09 361 2231 for more information.

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PLANET AYURVEDA: ASK DOCTOR AJIT I have a young family and am currently working two jobs to support them. I am finding it a struggle to cope with all this stress so am hoping that you might be able to help. (Name and address withheld)

Thankfully, Ayurveda gives us some simple, yet very effective daily routines that we can follow to help nourish and support the mind and body to help us better manage our stress levels:

There is no doubt that our hectic lifestyle creates a great deal of stress, which can impact on our physical and mental states. In simple terms, stress occurs when we are not able to effectively cope with the day’s work load, either at a physical or mental level. Due to this stress, our bodies start becoming stiff and tight while our minds become hyperactive. This hyperactive state leads to disturbed sleep and insomnia, leaving us tired and exhausted. This is further exacerbated when we skip regular meals and eat fast foods on the run.

• To counter a stiff and tight body you should massage yourself every day for five to ten minutes with warm cold pressed black sesame oil, either before your shower in the morning or before bed at night. Alternatively, book yourself a regular therapeutic massage at Planet Ayurveda.

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In this state, our inclination is to reach for a stimulant like coffee or chocolate but while we get a quick burst of energy from such stimulants, they quickly leave us feeling more exhausted than before. If we continue with this lifestyle we can quickly find ourselves taking multi-vitamins and so called “stress buster” medications without success. In times of stress the body secretes a number of hormones, the most important being adrenaline. This hormone is responsible for what is known as the ‘fight or flight’ response. Adrenaline increases the heart rate and breathing and prepares the body to either fight or flee an external threat. While hormones such as adrenaline help us to cope with stress for short periods, it can cause health problems if we are subjected to long-term exposure. Constant stress causes the body to secrete adrenaline on a continuing basis and this prolonged exposure can force the heart and lungs to work overtime and keep blood pressure above normal which are contributing factors in strokes or heart attacks. If you have read this column before you know that Ayurvedic medicine’s great point of difference is to discover and treat the root cause of an ailment, rather than just treat the problem symptomatically. However, in the case of stress, this is sometimes very hard to remedy. You are well aware of the reasons for your stressed situation and if you could, I am sure you would have already made the changes you need to reduce your stress level.

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• The most significant impact of stress is on our breathing. When we become stressed, our breathing becomes shallow, meaning that cells are denied precious oxygen. This makes us feel even more fatigued so at least three times each day take five to ten long, deep breaths. • To counter disturbed sleep, have a cup of warm non-homogenised milk before bed. For extra benefit, add one teaspoon of Herbovit, a milk supplement especially formulated at Planet Ayurveda. • Try Planet Ayurveda’s Relax Tea, a unique blend of Ayurvedic herbs to calm and relax the mind and the body. • Take Planet Ayurveda’s Stress Guard, a natural and safe herbal formulation to support and nourish the nervous system. • One of the most effective Ayurvedic treatments for stress is Shirodhara. In this profound treatment warm medicated oil is poured over the third eye chakra to balance and calm the mind. Contact us now or phone to book a therapeutic massage or Shirodhara. (DR AJIT) PN PLANET AYURVEDA, 41 Gillies Avenue T: 09 522 5390


FABULOUS HAIR + BEAUTY DAD’S INCREDIBLE! “It is much easier to become a father than to be one”, a wise (and probably sleep-deprived) man once said. Father’s Day is just around the corner which reminds us all how great it is to be a man. Despite the lack of good male role models portrayed in the media (criminals, politicians …) we think it’s important to embrace and celebrate manhood, and the special bond shared with our dads. Maloney’s Barber Shop have some awesome father and son teams who come in for a cut together. There’s a sense of pride evident in dad when his boy’s finally old enough to share the barber shop experience. Dads can be hard to buy for – there are only so many ties and socks a man needs - a Maloney’s Barber Shop gift voucher is available in any denomination to get dad’s hair looking respectable. Remember they also trim beards and other renegade facial hair. Vouchers can also be used for our range of great products from American Crew and Joe Grooming. Julian and the team look forward to seeing you in the shop soon – in the meantime check out their new-look website and see you on Facebook: PN MALONEY’S BARBER SHOP – 1/192 Victoria Street West T: 09 379 3060


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TAMARA SPA OFFERS A WINTER TREAT JUST FOR YOU Tamara Day Spa in Ponsonby provides both women and men a spectrum of authentic and traditional day spa wellness treatments and experiences amid a stylish and relaxing ambience. Blending ancient Indian wisdom with contemporary therapies, Tamara Day Spa offers the best in Indian rejuvenation day spa therapies ranging from aromatherapy massages to facial treatments. Tamara Spa is giving you a luxurious all-over treatment for only $99. That is a 56% saving for a package that includes a deluxe pedicure, any one hour facial or massage and herbal scrub to take home. That is quite a mouthful and it is only $99! Tamara Spa is offering this package for those keen on looking refreshed and rejuvenated. In one and a half hours you will feel like a new person. This is the perfect gift for yourself or anyone you love. You’ll be placed in soothing environments, giving you a chance to relax while the skilled therapists do what they know best. In no time you will be ready to face the world again, knowing you look simply fabulous. That is a whole lot of luxury! Pick up the phone and call or email them to secure a booking. PN TAMARA DAY SPA, 16 Blake Street, T: 09 358 2284




A GAY WEEK IN AUCKLAND LAST NIGHT WE WENT TO DINNER WITH FRIENDS TO CELEBRATE THE 10TH anniversary of their relationship. Paul is a successful lawyer in a boutique law firm, and his partner James works in the food and beverage sector. There was no fanfare but I do wish the event could have been broadcast into the homes of every New Zealander with any doubts about gay marriage, for these guys – with a relationship that has endured much longer than many straight ones - do not represent the end of civilisation as we know it as far as I could tell! Nor would the guys gathered with their classic cars for an outing last Sunday have scared the horses. Instead a group of petrolheads as passionate about their vehicles as any straight folks gather for regular runs in their cherished cars, from Minis and VWs to Chevs and Fords. Later that day the Aquarius Club met at an inner city bar as they have done every Sunday evening for the last forty years. The group now attracts many younger Asian guys and their European admirers, but it’s primarily a gathering place for an older group of guys who have some amazing life stories to tell. About the same age as the Aquarius Club is Outline!, the gay phone counselling service that takes about 10,000 calls a year and is one of the oldest NGOs in Auckland. Outline is shortly to be offering new services to enhance the health and well-being of gay people, including workshops on relationships and services tailored for the ageing gay population. I chair their board and we met on Monday night (ending civilisation wasn’t on the agenda). On Tuesday the gay swim group meets for the first of their twice weekly swims. That team has successfully competed in the gay international games on several occasions. Chances are that the same night the Gay and Lesbian Singers may have been meeting for a practice, and their regular concerts draw large crowds (and have not been known to threaten civilisation). On Wednesday night the Marriage and Adoption Equality Campaign usually meets in one of the big law firms in town, and draws on a whole different demographic of supporters mobilised by a dedicated group who want to use their experience successfully running the Civil Union campaign to ensure we repeal the last pieces of legislation in New Zealand that discriminate against gay folks. Last Wednesday the campaign meeting was postponed because the Gay Auckland Business Association (GABA) hosted a fundraising event at AUT that saw a large

gathering hear from the (gay) American Ambassador, David Huebner, as well as from a wonderful countertenor arranged courtesy of the NBR NZ Opera Company. GABA’s Charitable Trust makes grants to a host of worthy causes and enriches the life of the city. On Thursday, Number 8 films held their regular film night at the Rialto, showing to a large audience who also turned out in force for the recent Gay Film Festival that ran over a period of more than a week and brought gay films from around the world to Auckland. Number 8 films also produce local gay films, and in a few weeks time will hold the New Zealand premiere of their latest production, Men Like Us, a moving account of the life stories of nine local gay men (including me). The same night the Pride Trust met in Outline’s new offices in Ponsonby, to organise the Pride Festival that will be taking place in Auckland early in 2013 now that the council’s economic development organisation, ATEED, has provided a grant to enable this to take place. Hopefully this event will become a regular part of Auckland’s event calendar. Friday night – apart from the 10th anniversary dinner of our friends - a gay friend held his 30th birthday party. Simon is a local board member and a future leader of our city. At the same time the gay city’s bars and venues would have been humming with activity and contributing to the nightlife that any international city expects, Family Bar catering for a young multicultural audience while further down Ponsonby Road DNA bar caters for a different clientele altogether and Urge Bar caters for “bears”, an older -and hairier! - group of men and their admirers. Saturday night the Queen of the Whole Universe filled the Aotea Centre with a drag event that has traditionally raised large sums for the great work of the NZ Aids Foundation. And on Sunday there were church services specifically for gay people, and the gay garden group may well be meeting as well. Meanwhile Rainbow Youth will continue doing its wonderful work with young people every day, and a host of other gay organisations will enhance the diversity that contributes so much to New Zealand’s only truly international city. Gay individuals will continue to get on with their lives, dealing with the same issues at work, and in their personal lives, that non-gay people do. But every day and every week, and out of all contribution to our numbers we contribute to the arts, to hospitality, to creativity and to design, and to business in a way that enriches the life of every Aucklander, whether they are aware of it or not. Without its gay population Auckland, and New Zealand/Aotearoa, would be much the poorer in every sense. (STEPHEN RAINBOW) PN

photography: Deane Cohen (HighLight Photography)

The final Queen Of The Whole Universe performances over the past nine years have raised $215,000 for HIV/Aids charities. Above: Mc’s BIMBO, BRAD HILLS and BUFFY; QWU 2012 Winner MISS SPAIN; Below: QWU 2012 winner MISS SPAIN with support dancers; BUFFY and BIMBO entertain their audience.

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SALVESTROLS: NATURE’S DEFENCE AGAINST CANCER This is the title of a book by Brian A Schaefer and it documents a remarkable discovery made by two British scientists – Gerry Potter PhD and Dan Burke PhD Until very recently I had not been aware of Salvestrols and I thought I had a pretty good feel for the role plant derived nutrients (Phytonutrients) might have in protecting us from disease. Having read Brian Schaefer’s book all I can say is that I knew nothing. The Salvestrol (Salvia - Latin to save) story begins with the discovery of an enzyme known as CYP1B1. CYP (sip) is short for Cytochrome P450 a system of enzymes that occur throughout nature. Of greatest interest to cancer researchers are the 57 CYP enzymes that exist in humans. CYP enzymes are used by humans to clear natural toxins from their bodies. What is so remarkable about the discovery of CYP1B1 is that this enzyme is distinguished by its presence in cancer cells and its absence in healthy tissue. Over a period of years Prof Dan Burke and colleagues at University of Aberdeen found CYP1B1 in a broad array of tumours including breast – colon – lung – oesophagus – skin – lymph node – brain and testis with no detectable presence in healthy tissue. Not only did they find the enzyme present in the many types of tumours tested but they found it throughout all stages of cancer from precancerous cells through to primary cancer cells and metastases. “This makes CYP1B1 a truly intrinsic property of cancer cells.” The question arose – why is this enzyme present in cancer cells and not in healthy cells? Could CYP1B1 have a specific role to play? It’s clear now that CYP1B1 is indeed important - more so than most of us could ever imagine. Enter Salvestrols which is a name given to a class of plant based natural compounds that are defined more by what they do than by a chemical definition. Salvestrols provide a natural rescue mechanism for the body. Profs Burke and Potter have discovered that Salvestrols are converted (by CYP1B1) in the cancer cell to anticancer agents which can bring about the demise of the cancer cell while not affecting healthy cells. Salvestrols provide their anti-cancer activity through their metabolism by CYP1B1 to anti-cancer agents within the confines of the cancer cell. “This is the central defining feature of Salvestrols.”

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Salvestrols are part of the plant’s immune system and they are produced to inhibit the action of a fungi or pathogen. They should be found in abundance in many of the plants that we eat – but there is a problem. It’s estimated that we consume today only 10-20% of the Salvestrols that occurred in our diet 100 years ago and even worse with the now widespread use of fungicides – pesticides and herbicides, food is being grown which has almost indetectable levels of Salvestrols. Plants make Salvestrols in response to a fungal attack. These attacks generally occur late in the ripening phase. Pathogens usually attack the skin of the fruit or the roots of the plant. In response to these attacks plants have evolved a defence mechanism and that defence mechanism is Salvestrols. If however anti-fungal sprays are used or if the fruit is picked before it’s ripe, the plants won’t make Salvestrols and this is a huge problem for us. Organic foods have been found to contain levels of Salvestrols up to 30 times higher than in conventionally grown foods so purchasing organic wherever possible is really important. We have all come across statements asserting that there is a link between diet and cancer. The WHO has a worldwide campaign to increase fruit and vegetable consumption. This all makes good sense to most of us but there is a general lack of information about how these dietary changes should assist us. In the absence of such an explanation these campaigns run the risk of being overlooked. The Salvestrol story provides that much needed explanation. Brian Shaefer’s book is a must read for anyone with an interest in their health. To obtain a copy contact David Vousden Many people are taking Salvestrols as a dietary supplement and I have an interesting powerpoint presentation with some case studies that I am happy to email. (JOHN APPLETON) PN APPLETON ASSOCIATES, T: 09 489 9362



THE HARD TOOTH – THIS IS ABOUT FIRST IMPRESSIONS | PONSONBY DENTIST WHITE HERE WHITE NOW! (A POSSIBLE HORRIBLE PUN FOR A SUBURBAN whitening studio… I can see it now in the strip malls of Dannemora). The republic of Ponsonby knows nothing better than what’s hot. Not least among what’s “trending” now are bright white chicklets! At the moment we are spoiled for choice between online deals, pop-up style whitening bars and home whitening kits. Trendy is all well and good but questions are raised; Is all this whiteness necessary? Is it safe? And what does it mean on a societal level? Okay the last one may be a bit heavy but we’ll give it a go. Necessary? Maybe. If you want your profile picture to say “in a relationship” then let’s face it nobody wants to hook up with a dude with a mouth full of little baked beans. The first thing people see is your smile. In the year 2012 and an age of modern dentistry there’s no excuse to be walking around with little speckled nubbins in your gob. Structurally, even healthy teeth can vary between shades of yellows and grey. But this is not about 50 shades of grey this is about first impressions. Safe? You bet. (unless it’s unsafe that is). This is one of the most FAQs. The answer depends on the Whos, Wheres and Whats of the situation. If you are whitening your teeth out of some greasy dudes van… probably not. If you are going to an overly trendy pop-up whitening studio without professional dental staff...again – dicey. That’s where we feel we have the edge at Ponsonby Dentist. Not only are we all locals and totally cool, (trust me you’re gonna wanna hang out with us after but we’ll see how it goes) we have the inimitable Dr Tony Dey BDS (Otago) on hand to oversee the safety of your whitening procedure. Society - Well who knows some might speculate that our society has descended into that of ancient Rome before its great demise. Others might say it’s not Roman enough! One thing is for sure it’s getting more and more affordable to look your very best with the genetic hand you were dealt. The first step is a killer smile (well, not like a serial killer…like a lady killer…not a murder…you know what we mean!). Just get in here and let us fix your teeth. You will switch your profile to say “thankful”. You’re welcome. (NATALIE) PN PONSONBY DENTIST, 114 Ponsonby Road, Level 1 – upstairs from The Long Room T: 09 361 2060

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LANI LOPEZ: HEALTHY LIVING DON’T TOLERATE FOOD SENSITIVITY Food sensitivity can be at the cause of much chronic ill health. Identifying food insensitivity is key to restoring health and wellbeing. In true food allergy (estimated to affect just 1% of people) the immune system produces antibodies and histamine in response to a food. Food sensitivity or intolerance is far more frequent and does not inflame the immune system but causes discomfort and allergy-like reactions. SYMPTOMS OF SENSITIVITY Symptoms associated with food intolerance include: • Eczema, hives, rashes, acne; itchy eyes, ears, nose; mucus build-up, sore throat, cough, ulcers, bad breath, poor vision, inflamed eyes. • Fatigue, headaches, racing heart, gastrointestinal problems, reflux, diarrhoea, constipation, cramps, vomiting • Candida, loss of smell, broken sleep, inability to focus, anxiety • Inflammation (internal and external), muscle and joint pain These may be Fixed where after consuming a particular food you have a predictable reaction, usually within 24 hours or Non-Fixed which presents as Addictive, a craving for a food or ingredient like wheat, sugar or caffeine.

ELIMINATION DIET Consume only (organic ideally): • Meat: turkey, and game • Fish: except smoked or shellfish • Fresh vegetables: except potato, eggplant, tomato, onion, corn, iceberg lettuce • Fresh fruit: except citrus, bottled fruit juice, raw apples, strawberries • Legumes: chickpeas • Oils: flax, olive, safflower, almond, grapeseed. • Grains: millet, buckwheat, rice, except glutinous rice • Sweeteners: raw or manuka honey is best • Herbs, spices (except paprika and garlic), carob and sea salt • Drinks: bottled water, herbal tea, chicory coffee,fresh vege and fruit juices (except as listed above). COMMON FOOD SUSPECTS Gluten (wheat, oats, rye and barley), corn, soy, sugar, yeast, chicken, beef, eggs, fish, shellfish, milk, yeast, oranges (often all of the citrus group), potatoes, bananas, tomatoes, apples, iceberg lettuce, carrots, peas, green beans, food additives, peanuts, tea, tobacco, alcohol, coffee and chocolate. PN LANI LOPEZ Adv. Dip Nat, BHSc, founder of is our favourite naturopath. Discuss health with her at or email

More problematic are Cyclic or Masked sensitivity, where symptoms may not appear for three to five days and are assumed ‘normal’ and not food related. An elimination diet is a rigorous process to uncover food sensitivities. ELIMINATION DIET DIARY Week 1: Diary everything you consume and any reactions especially to foods on the common food suspect list. List all foods you suspect cause reaction.


Weeks 2-3: Discontinue all food you reacted to. Week 4: Bring one food or drink back into your diet daily. If no reaction, add the next from your list of removed foods. Start with fresh fruit, veges, juice, processed food, refined carbs. Record reaction. HEALING AND CURE You may notice a reaction when a food is reintroduced; symptoms may be dramatic. Clear symptoms by drinking a litre of water with a teaspoon of baking soda. Avoidance of a food for four to six months can see symptoms and even the sensitivity to a food itself disappear. The body may later accept a re-introduction of the food without response. HELPFUL HERBS AND SUPPLEMENTS Supplements • Flaxseed oil (2 Tbsp daily), evening primrose oil (3g daily) and colostrum (4g daily) reduce leaky gut syndrome and inflammation. • Antioxidants support the digestive system, and deal with toxic and free radical overload. Resveratrol, acai berry, turmeric, green tea, beta-carotene, vitamins E, A and C, proanthocyanidins, flavonoids and adjunctive minerals (zinc, selenium, manganese, iron). • Acidophilus and bifidus for digestive health. Take 1 billion acidophilus and bifidus to repopulate your digestive system. • Vitamin C (500mg-1g daily), calcium (1-1.5g daily) and magnesium (450mg daily) build tolerance to allergies. • Celloids or tissue salts: silica, calc flour, and mag phos tissue salts aid healing of the digestive system and reduce susceptibility to allergies. Take as directed. Herbs • Support the liver with dandelion (1g of dried root) and milk thistle (2g of seed) to enhance bile flow and help detoxification. • Adrenal glands: take schisandra (500mg-3g daily) and withania (500mg-1.5g daily) for three to six months. • Bitters before meals aids digestion, or 50ml of aloe juice. • Homeopathic remedies matched against specific allergy characteristics. See an experienced homeopath for details. • Food allergies are rare but sensitivities common and if you suffer any of these symptoms, do the elimination diet and help restore the balance and wellbeing that characterise vibrant good health.

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INTRODUCING: SAM CORBAN ACUPUNCTURE They say that if you stay positive the universe will help out its own in times of need, and when I got a call inviting me to meet with acupuncturist Sam Corban the timing could not have been better. I’d been feeling run down and in need of a tune up for a while, and have found that acupuncture can work real wonders when it comes to everything from back ache to sinusitis, to immune support and back again. A TV producer in a past life, father of two Sam works out of a pristine clinic on the border of Grey Lynn and Westmere and spends a lot of time treating fertility issues and helping boost his client’s immunity. Sam worked in film production for many years but an interest in acupuncture arose after he himself was treated successfully by acupuncture for an injury. He was officially bitten by the bug and wanted to know more. After graduating from the New Zealand College of Chinese Medicine, he established Sam Corban Acupuncture in 2006. He treats a wide variety of conditions in his clinic, and is currently working with the research team at North Shore Hospital on a study trialling acupuncture for pain relief in the emergency department. As well as a National Diploma in Acupuncture he holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Biology from the University of Auckland and is definitely a man who knows his stuff. One area of acupuncture that he is really enjoying working in over the past year is cosmetic acupuncture, to which he takes quite a different approach to many others I’ve interviewed. To start with, he uses the Medik8 skincare range in conjunction with a derma-roller alongside his acupuncture needles for the majority of his facial treatments. “The standard treatment I recommend is cosmetic acupuncture with a shallow derma-roller,” he explains to me, “which helps absorb the serums I use with treatment. I can do a deeper derma-roller treatment if needed as well, but it’s better to start off gently for most skins.” A standard course of treatment is around six sessions long - one treatment per week for six weeks – and each treatment is $135. However if patients wish to pay for the course of treatment up front there is a 10 per cent discount off treatment making the total cost $729, alongside materials. For smokers or people who have had a lot of UV related sun damage eight to ten treatments is recommended, but every skin is different and Sam likes to customise each treatment program accordingly. The Medik8 skincare collection is super high performance and often known as the ‘Green Cosmeceutical’ brand as it is kind to the planet and able to be tolerated by even the most sensitive of skins. He also stocks a range I hadn’t heard of before called Patyka (pronounced Pa-ti-kah), from France. After a little research I discovered that it’s a cult classic Parisian beauty brand, and that Sam is stocking it exclusively here. It combines natural and organic ingredients with cutting-edge cosmetic technologies, and incorporates hundreds of rare botanical extracts and traditional herbal formulae, some of which date back more than 100 years (Patyka is Hungarian for apothecary). Patyka’s line of organic skincare products are certified organic by ECOCERT, and the company strives to incorporate the finest organic ingredients, while paying attention to Fair Trade practices. The result is an organic range that looks gorgeous and feels luxurious, and the packaging would definitely do any bathroom cabinet proud! I love the sound of the Huile Absolue Serum, which is a bit of a multi tasker. A combination of 12 plant oils, it can be used as a makeup primer, a frizz tamer for hair, a cuticle healer or an after-shave serum as well as a killer boost for dehydrated skin. It can be used two to three time a week as a special intensive mega dose of plant power delivered to your skin, or as a night restorative treatment. Although this serum is primarily designed as a face care treatment it is also ideal after shaving because of its healing and soothing properties, when travelling to sweep away the signs of jetlag, on nails and hair and pretty much anywhere that needs it. Very cool and perfect for getting skin through one rather cold winter! (HELENE RAVLICH) PN SAM CORBAN ACCUPUNCTURE, 11A Garnet Road T: 09 360 0375

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HELENE RAVLICH: NATURAL BEAUTY A PLACE TO FEEL LOVED: AROHA HEALING A while ago I wrote in my Ponsonby News column about spending time with Rosanna Marks, the principal therapist at Mind Body Institute, which she opened at the West Lynn end of Richmond Road back in 2008. Fast forward to August 2012 and she is now firmly ensconced in a new location that she describes as “pure heaven”, at the top of Maidstone Street by Great North Road. Her business now goes by the name Aroha Healing, after a key programme within her realm of teaching that she believes truly sums up what she and her life’s work are all about. A “facilitator of transformational processes”, working as a holistic therapist, Reiki master, belly dancer and advanced teacher of ancient philosophies, Rosanna practices the likes of mirimiri (traditional Maori massage), Hawaiian ka huna bodywork, Egyptian undulating heart breath, chakra balancing, kundalini massage techniques and organic facial therapy (with French skincare range Phyt’s), as well as Aroha Healing, which is a true fusion of her work. Internationally trained in many indigenous healing modalities, the vivacious therapist uses a fusion of ancient traditional practice combined with a modern twist. The new, two-level space on Maidstone Street is absolutely beautiful, and totally devoted to Aroha Healing. When we catch up for a cup of tea one cold morning the front treatment room is a cosy haven, and Rosanna still buzzing from the belly dancing class held the night before in a room upstairs. “It was amazing,” she says, “and so much fun. I’m planning to hold a class on Fridays soon as well, as the demand has been overwhelming.” Having the new place completely to herself means that she can finally indulge in planning some of the classes and courses that she’s long been wanting to teach, “and as it’s all my own, my clients don’t have the disruption of traffic noise and other people’s energy passing through and disturbing their treatments.” Upcoming at Aroha Healing is a Tantra for Women workshop, which will encourage women to view their sexuality from a holistic point of view “as opposed to purely scientific, or what a magazine tells them. I’ll also be holding some non-residential Reiki and Reiki massage workshops, which people have been asking me to do for a while.” All new Aroha Mama treatments and programs are also now available at Aroha Healing, which will be great news for mums, mums-to-be and those looking to conceive. They offer an array of natural fertility options and a variety of pregnancy relaxation massage and postpartum healing massages from many cultural influences, the perfect combination of ancient wisdom with modern knowledge. Rosanna says that she is passionate about the unique Aroha offerings for women seeking a nurturing, non-invasive and pure holistic approach from ‘down to earth’ therapists. The Aroha Mama Fertility program combines unique and powerful ancient spiritual philosophies, holistic methodology, meditation, dynamic bodywork and dance with a modern, earthy twist to assist in increasing your chances of conceiving naturally without invasive intervention. Hawaiian ka huna massage, Aroha Healing miri miri creative floor work, Reiki energy healing, herbal consultations and fertility assisting herbs, healing mudras and meditation to release anxiety and focus your intention to conceive, whilst holistic nutritional advice and belly dance (the ancient spiritual dance of fertility and birthing) allow the systems of the body to swiftly unblock and clear the way both physically and mentally to support a more balanced and fertile you. She is also still offering her full range of facial therapies, “but I want to really focus on de-cluttering the mind as well. I want to be able to move the energy through and really relax the mind for the hour that someone is receiving a facial, I think that’s really important.” She says that a lot of us spend so much time seeking treatments that massage and relax the body that we sometimes forget that there is a lot happening above our neck too, something I know I’m definitely guilty of! Lastly, Rosanna will still be drawing on her previous career as a head trainer and artist for the likes of Chanel and Estee Lauder to create and teach makeup application, “but with a focus on self esteem and making the best of what you’ve got… as opposed to pure glamour and trying to look like someone else.” Hallelujah to that, and hallelujah for Aroha Healing. (HELENE RAVLICH) PN AROHA HEALING, 3 Maidstone Street, T: 0800 MINDBODY

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A PLEASANT DENTAL EXPERIENCE At Freemans Bay Dental Centre, you will feel instantly at ease with the relaxing ambience, friendly support staff and their modern, state-of-the-art clinic. The practice was taken over this year by dentist Dr Sandeep Nagpal whose focus is providing quality dental care at an affordable price while still maintaining high standard procedures. They offer a full range of dental treatments from check-ups to fillings, root canal treatments, tooth extraction, LASER teeth whitening and dentures all in the convenience of a two surgery set-up. Latest technology includes digital X-rays and intra-oral camera allowing patients to see their dental problems on a monitor before treatment begins. DR SANDEEP NAGPAL of FREEMANS BAY DENTAL

Dr Sandeep is NZDA registered and has over 17 years experience, with the last six years working in New Zealand. He takes time to listen to patients’ dental issues and budget constraints, keeping them fully informed about all possible treatment options before commencing customised dental treatment. Freemans Bay Dental is proud to use the world’s most advanced, Beyond Polus whitening system - clinically proven to whiten teeth better than other whitening systems including traditional LED, Zoom or heated lamp systems. The technology offers a safer and more effective whitening treatment as it produces no harmful UV light. “It’s a simple procedure” Dr. Sandeep says. “After just one relaxing hour spent in the clinic, you will leave with the brightest, most long lasting smile ever. To make your dental treatment and dazzling smile more affordable, they are offering a Father’s Day special. For just $349, you can get your complete dental check-up, scale and polish as well as LASER Teeth Whitening done. PN FREEMANS BAY DENTAL CENTRE, 40 College Hill (entrance and parking in England Street) T: 09 361 3610

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THE ART OF LIVING IS A CONCEPT WE SHOULD BE EVEN MORE MINDFUL OF as we grow older. When we’re very young of course we’re so in the present we just live from moment to moment. As we mature we begin to entertain dreams and ambitions pertinent to our respective talents and strengths, sometimes (if we’re lucky) fired up by further encouragement from family, teachers or mentors. How many of us now in our middle years can look back at those youthful dreams and feel we have stayed on track?! (I can feel the indignant barrages of “Oh but...” avalanching towards me!) When scientists autopsied Albert Einstein’s brain they were somewhat amazed that it wasn’t significantly bigger than most other brains. What they did discover, was spectacularly vast numbers of connections and interconnections across synapses. In other words, his brain was seen to be biologically unique in terms of its multi-functional and cross-functional activity. I know we can’t all emulate the lineal and lateral genius and diversity of Einstein but the old adage “Use it or lose it” does come to mind when looking at what the human brain is capable of. Medical science is producing more and more evidence to show how the ageing brain can atrophy if it becomes mentally lazy. How many of us as we grow older are continuing to tackle new and challenging activities that expand our intellects and or physical abilities? (the latter within reason of course!) The middle years can be a time for rich inner work: a time of deeper reflection and expansion of self-knowledge. Slowly dismantling and gently peeling back

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old entrenched patterns of thinking and behaving can be liberating and revelatory. Modalities such as art therapy can explore the deeper recesses of who we are and how we think and react, and can be enriching, strengthening and clarifying. This culmination of everything we are – good and bad - should be celebrated, cultivated, savoured and shared – like a fine wine! We should endeavour to try and live with passion and courage, opening our minds to the excitement and wonder implicit in learning and discovering new things. Try to do something you find scary every day! Keep those synaptic connections sizzling! Expand and enrich your “art of living”! Dust off those youthful dreams and have another go. It’s never too late. These middle years are a training ground for achieving a healthy and vibrant old age! As for me I am embarking on something expansive, exciting (and a little scary!) right now – an exhibition of my recent paintings – at Te Karanga Gallery in Karangahape Road – Friday 24 August – Sunday 2 September. Check it out! CLARE (CLAUDIE) CALDWELL is a Creative Arts Therapist who runs a small private practice from home. She is Voluntary Team Leader of Creative Therapies at Mercy Hospice Auckland, College Hill where she has worked for the last ten years. She is also a Freelance Artist. PN Enquiries: T: 09 836 3618; M: 021 293 3171;



ARE YOU TIRED OF FEELING TIRED OR LACKING IN ENERGY? Have you tried to get to the bottom of your physical symptoms, but not really been able to get an answer? If you are having trouble with fatigue, poor energy, hormonal problems, possible thyroid or adrenal issues, wondering about gut health or food intolerances, or just generally like a comprehensive health check then a visit to Dr Helen Smith at the Auckland Holistic Centre could be just what you need. At Auckland Holistic Centre the underlying reason for your disorder or health situation will be examined. Dr Smith specialises in looking into the underlying reason for your symptoms from a nutritional medicine and natural perspective. Dr Helen uses comprehensive medical blood tests and thorough review of nutritional, hormonal and other results to then help you work out what is going on and what nutrient and foods or other natural approaches could help make an improvement in your health. Dr Smith is a medical doctor practicing Holistic Medicine at the Auckland Holistic Centre, and has worked in the area of holistic medicine for many years; having worked as a GP in Auckland she went on to develop a strong interest in helping people find the underlying nutritional issues and use natural approaches for their health. PN For more information or to book an initial appointment using her online booking system go to AUCKLAND HOLISTIC CENTRE, 4 Brickfield Way, Freeman’s Bay T: 09 307 6411

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LIVING, THINKING + BEING NEIGHBOURHOOD AFFAIRS: WHERE IN AUCKLAND DO THE CHEATERS PROSPER? Passionate in Parnell, Titillating in Titirangi and Raunchy in Remuera As Aucklanders ponder the on-field problems with The Auckland Blues it appears that for many, their off field problems could be closer to home than they think. New research from notorious married dating website, has revealed Auckland’s most cheat-friendly neighbourhoods based on a Auckland membership of more than 31,000. According to new data regarding Auckland’s membership-per-capita, the most affair-seekers live in Mount Eden with Pakuranga and Remuera rounding out the top three. Below is the full list of Auckland’s ‘naughtiest neighbourhoods’. TOP CHEATING NEIGHBOURHOODS IN AUCKLAND: #5 – Ponsonby #1 – Mount Eden #6 – Parnell #2 – Pakuranga #7 – Devonport #3 – Remuera #8 – Howick #4 – Mission Bay

#9 – Glendene #10 – Titirangi founder and CEO Noel Biderman says, “Auckland is a city where ‘who you are’ is strongly related to ‘where you live’. Each neighborhood has a personality and the people who live there tend to identify strongly with that. The question everyone is asking is does the community impact the people within it, or are certain personality types drawn to those areas? THE EXTRA-MARITAL DATING SERVICE ALSO FOUND ADDITIONAL DEMOGRAPHIC DATA FOR SOME OF THE TOP NEIGHBOURHOODS: • Remuera has the highest percentage of female members • Titirangi has the lowest percentage of female members • The neighbourhood with the most single female members is Howick Noel continues: “While the inclusion of destinations such as Ponsonby may not surprise people, it may come as a revelation to many that affairs are commonplace in more affluent, family-orientated areas such as Mount Eden. The fact is affluent bored housewives often have the desire to spice up their relationship too, and choose” the world’s premier online affair service now boasts 14 million members in 25 countries. Launching in New Zealand in 2010, it now has over 57,000 members. PN

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Leo (the Lion): 23 July - 21 August You can get so wrapped up in your life sometimes that you don’t always notice those closest to you are often your biggest supporters. You don’t have to pretend that all is ok when it is so obviously not. You’re determined to beat this but you need support to carry on.

Virgo (the Virgin): 22 August - 23 September Keep your advice to yourself this month as a well intentioned remark could seriously backfire. If anyone asks for your advice on anything, feign ignorance and let them sort out there own problems.

Libra (the Scales): 24 September - 23 October If you’re in a relationship or partnership you’ll find your other half being super attentive and willing to work hard this month. Don’t question what’s going on, if they want to go into overdrive let them, you deserve the rest.

Scorpio (the Scorpion): 24 October - 22 November If you’re worried about your financial affairs now is the time to get them sorted, you might think you are ok because you have a bit of cash in the bank but that doesn’t mean you are well off. Get help in if you need it.

Sagittarius (the Archer): 23 November - 22 December You feel like you can now enjoy the fruits of your labour after working so hard recently, but this doesn’t mean that you can sit back and do nothing. You need to find a balance between what you want to do and the work you have to do.

♑ Capricorn (the Goat): 23 December - 20 January

You feel like you are approaching life head on at the moment and you never have enough hours in the day or night to do what you want to do. Be careful though as burning the candle at both ends will ultimately have an impact if not on you then those closest to you.

Aquarius (the Water Carrier): 21 January - 19 February Don’t attempt to fight your way through what seems like an endless obstacle course as you will only find it harder to negotiate and won’t get to finish what you first set out to do. If you attempt each hurdle one at a time you’ll realise you knew what to do all the time.

Pisces (the Fish): 20 February - 20 March You can share your burden if you let go of the reins a little and this is something you have to do in all aspects of your life. You have to trust other people with responsibility and then you can start to enjoy the fruits of your labour a little bit more.

Aries (the Ram): 21 March - 20 April You always see the best in people and want to believe that most people have your best intentions at heart, but be careful as there is always someone out there who is willing to take advantage of you.

Taurus (the Bull): 21 April - 21 May Sometimes things can be said with all the best intentions in the world but unfortunately words can become weapons and occasionally they can hurt. You may not be satisfied with what’s happening around you now but remaining neutral and just getting on with it will eventually see the good times return.

♊ Gemini (the Twins): 22 May - 21 June

You seem to have a different outlook on life at last and eventually you’re seeing the bigger picture. If you’re overwhelmed at any time be smart and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

♋ Cancer (the Crab): 22 June - 22 July

You have had a very emotional time recently and I’m afraid this is going to intensify over the next few months as memories from your childhood keep resurfacing. These memories will bring back emotions that you thought you had dealt with a while ago but unfortunately for you they had not and now is the time to start. PN

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AN ANCIENT AND UNIVERSAL ART FORM PUPPETRY IS ONE OF THE OLDEST ART FORMS IN THE WORLD AND IS thought to have originated in either Egypt or India about 3000 years ago, probably pre-dating actors in theatre performances. Of course the puppets did have to be manipulated by real people and even though it is now more familiar through television than live performance it still flourishes worldwide. The made-up word muppet, created by Jim Henson is often used to refer to any puppet show that resembles The Muppet Show’s distinctive style and is both an informal word and the legal trademark owned by the Walt Disney Company. Christopher Lynch has loved puppets ever since he watched the Muppet Show on television when he was very young. It used to play on a Sunday morning after ‘Praise Be’, which his parents watched, and he would sit there bored to tears, waiting for the Muppet Show to start. He became intrigued by what was going on behind the scenes and learn’t the art of puppetry by mimicking, miming and copying the movements of the Muppets. He started this hobby when he was only five years old and unlike many children’s interests such as skateboarding or stamp collecting, the hobby has never gone away. Chris counts himself lucky his hobby has turned into paid employment. Currently he is involved with two puppet shows that run on Kidzone24 channel, giving him the opportunity to use puppetry on television which was his first love. He also loves doing children’s parties and is always amazed when he receives comments such as ‘Oh, we’d much rather have a puppet show than a clown’, and when I tell them it’s not a Punch and Judy show but based on the Muppet Show they jump at the chance. Chris uses characters that are made by professional puppet makers in the United States. Kids relate to them because they are similar to the ones they have seen on television. They take children to a fantasy land even though they know it’s not real, but they can pretend it is. What Chris finds interesting is even if he is visible with just a character in his hand children will only look at the Muppet. They won’t look at him and even though they realise they are seeing a puppet on his arm, they still imagine that it’s real. There’s a wide eyed innocence there which is very appealing. Chris hails from Christchurch and he used to perform some shows for his young neighbours and now one of them has grown up and is with the Performing Arts. He credits Chris’s shows for getting him into puppetry and influencing other young viewers into appreciating live theatre. Chris himself didn’t train as a puppeteer and thinks it’s like writing with your left or right hand - you can do it or you can’t. He picked up the art of puppetry as he went along and says it takes a while to get the co-ordination right - using the right hand for the mouth while the left uses the rods that activate the puppet’s arms. Chris says he is lucky his current job is with TVNZ because he had the opportunity to talk Mark Sainsbury into being a Muppet character. Mark was a little hesitant at first but ended up really enjoying the experience and Chris had the opportunity to create his own official Disney character. Whenever he brings out the Mark muppet at a children’s party there is immediate recognition. Of course the familiar mustache is a giveaway even if the rest of the face is green. A classic Muppet rule is that they should not be skin toned but have bright colours that are fun and non threatening. Performing in front kids is about keeping the art alive and seeing how they react. Chris just loves it because it’s very interactive and the children become so engrossed with the performance. To book him for a party or event his contact details are or (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) PN PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)

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A YOUNG PLAYER WITH TIME ON HIS SIDE You’ve heard the theory that it takes ten thousand hours of practice to achieve excellence in your field. That’s twenty hours a week for ten years. Or ten hours a week for twenty. For a chess player, whose practice time is unlikely to be curtailed by injury, fatigue or bad weather, that’s a big enough ask, but for a footballer, who lives with the threat of all three, it’s absolutely massive. One player who seems to be having a fair crack at the ten thousand hour mark, though, is ten year old Otto Ingham. The Grey Lynn School student has a schedule which would exhaust a professional. On Mondays and Wednesday nights he trains with his club team, Eastern Suburbs. On Tuesday and Thursday morning, from 7-7.45am, he is coached on his individual techniques and skills. On Thursday night he plays indoor soccer at St Pauls College. On Friday night he plays in the Auckland futsal (a specialised kind of indoor football) league. Saturday morning is match day with Eastern Suburbs, before shooting off to train with the Auckland futsal elite academy. Those are the organised sessions. For relaxation, Otto can generally be found juggling or whacking a ball round his back garden or down at the park. All that time with the ball is paying off, and when you combine his skills, mop of white hair, and the diminutive stature made all the more apparent by the fact he plays in a grade with boys a year older, Otto is easy to pick out. He was certainly noticed at last year’s national tournament at the Three Kings club in Hillsborough. Western Springs, who he played for last year, made it through to the semi final, with a little help from Otto’s 27 goals in just seven games, which earned him the Golden Boot award, ahead of his team mate and friend Vincent Best. That kind of goal scoring, allied to his speed, stamina (he won the inner city primary schools cross country) and tricky dribbling, are getting Otto noticed by coaches and selectors further afield, one of whom works as a scout for the famous Italian club, As Roma. At Roma’s invitation, Otto trained with their youth academy for two weeks – in temperatures in the thirties, and with boys who speak no English – last month and drew special praise from the club’s Italian World Cup legend, and director of coaching, Bruno Conti. And last year Otto got his first taste of big time football when he travelled to England, where he trained with English Premier League club West Bromwich Albion and London based Crystal Palace after being spotted by representatives of those clubs. Apart from the training, Otto treasures the memory of lunching with West Brom’s All Whites striker Chris Wood. He also won’t forget watching manager Roy Hodgson, now England coach, take the first team in training. His abiding memory of that day was the industrial language pouring forth from the boss’s mouth! Far more unsettling were the riots caused by the police shooting of a black youth. Otto’s trip coincided with the worst of the violence, and on one occasion Otto and his dad walked directly through a group of louts looting and rioting in the streets. On the train ride to their hotel, their train was stopped by rioters on the track. Back in their hotel, the Kiwis watched on TV as shops got smashed and cars torched just up the road from their hotel. Otto, understandably, wasn’t at his best for a day or two but soon recovered enough to impress the West Brom coaches and earn an invitation back when he’s 12.

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The futsal is going well too, with Otto representing Auckland in the Australian State National tournament in Canberra last January. He also made the team for a tournament this month but had to decline due to the Rome trip. It’s a few years too soon to be thinking about heading overseas for a serious tilt at a career in football, but Otto’s parents John and Dianne reason that experiences like these, where Otto has to adapt to foreign conditions and sees firsthand how the best boys overseas play, can only help his game. The West Brom training, in particular, had the desired effect. English football is especially physical, and Otto quickly learned that he had to play with more aggression if he was to compete with boys at a Premier League club. So what’s next for Otto? Nothing is certain in sport, other than the fact that, fitness permitting, the young football fanatic will be logging serious hours in his quest to be the best player he can be. (BILLY HARRIS) PN Do you know of a kid in the community we should write about? He or she might be doing something interesting in academia, the arts, sports or anything else. Drop me a line at


FUTURE GENERATION CHILDREN’S BOOK REVIEW The Hueys in The New Jumper by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins) $29.99. The New Jumper is a new hardback picture book from popular, award-winning author /illustrator, Oliver Jeffers. It is the first in a planned four book series. The Hueys are all the same. They look the same, think the same and do the same things. Until one day, Rupert knits himself a new jumper. How will the other Hueys react? Oliver Jeffers’ pencil drawn creations and simple yet enchanting language provide a powerful lesson about individuality. Being different is catching on! This book really is a joy to read over and over again. PN DOROTHY BUTLER CHILDREN’S BOOKSHOP, 1 Jervois Road T: 09 376 7283

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KADIMAH: EXCELLENT EDUCATION, COMMUNITY SPIRIT AND CONVENIENT LOCATION GREY LYNN LOCALS, GALIA BARHAVA-MONTEITH AND HER HUSBAND ANDREW Monteith, chose to send their children to Kadimah School because of its unique mix of excellent education, community spirit and convenient location.

NAME: Carol Adamson SCHOOL: St Mary’s College CURRENTLY TEACHING: English and Religious Education HOW DID YOU COME TO BE A SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHER? Someone asked me for a reference so that they could go teaching. That was the catalyst which made me think that it was something which I would enjoy doing. WHERE DID YOU TRAIN? At the University of Auckland (Bachelor of Education) and Auckland College of Education (Diploma in Teaching). WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO ST MARY’S? The Sisters of Mercy. I worked with the Sisters previously when Coolock House (currently the Hospice) was a boarding house for pupils who attended St Mary’s College. When I was given the opportunity to return as a teacher I embraced it. I have a great respect for the Sisters of Mercy and fully endorse the mercy values at St Mary’s College.

“Kadimah ticks so many boxes for us,” says Galia, Director of Professionelle. “It provides an excellent education for a fraction of the cost of a private school and the children have a chance to shine because of the small classes. The teachers expect children to achieve and work closely with them to make sure they do.” Galia especially appreciates the beautiful learning environment and the warm community feel of Kadimah. “The community of Kadimah has embraced us from day one. As a migrant, this was really special for me. Everyone looks out for each other and the nurturing family atmosphere is incredible. Kadimah is really quite special. We love that it is close to the central city where Andrew is a partner at law firm Minter Ellison Rudd Watts. He drops them at school on his way to work and can quickly call in to see the kids concerts and assemblies.” Kadimah School has space immediately available in preschool and years 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8. If your family is looking for an exceptional all-round Preschool, Primary and Intermediate education, contact the Kadimah Principal, Robert Minahan for a personal tour. T: 09 373 3072 or email PN

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE THINGS ABOUT BEING A TEACHER? Having positive interaction with young people and making a difference to their lives. Working with a supportive staff. Getting paid for having fun! HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR TEACHING CAREER? Being given the responsibility of Deaning. This allows me to use my people skills when working with students, their families and staff. LOW POINT OF YOUR TEACHING CAREER? Sometimes people let you down, but I try to always look for the best in every situation. HOW WOULD YOUR PRINCIPAL DESCRIBE YOU? Effervescent , insightful and caring. HOW WOULD OTHER TEACHERS DESCRIBE YOU? Hard working, committed and Scottish. HOW WOULD YOUR STUDENTS DESCRIBE YOU? Caring, helpful, funny, an animal lover and a singer. IF YOU COULD WAVE A MAGIC WAND IN YOUR CLASSROOM... You would find happy, engaged students whose work was all marked and whose reports were all written! FIVE TIPS FOR MUMS AND DADS OF SECONDARY SCHOOL KIDS 1. Have contact with the school. Don’t let little niggles become big issues. 2. Ask your child every day, “How was your day?” Get them to say one good thing and one great thing that happened. 3. Listen to the response. 4. Be aware of your child’s ICT (information and communications technology) use: texting, Facebook messaging, Youtube sites, etc. 5. Make sure your child has a decent sleep. Too many children are up too late on school nights. PN

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HOME: WHERE THE HEART IS ADD WARMTH, TEXTURE AND COLOUR TO YOUR HOME Siggada stock various styles of flat weave carpets known as Kilims and other decorative textiles from various parts of the Middle East and beyond, helping to introduce colour and texture into our lives and homes. First they were neighbours, then friends and now business partners. Pip Maxwell, an interior designer and Lisa Reid a graphic designer have teamed up to share their passion for textiles. Upon discovering that Phil and Elly Smith from ‘Talk of Turkey’ were approaching retirement after 30 years in business, Pip and Lisa contacted the Smiths to see if they could continue their legacy. The Smiths happily agreed and will continue to mentor and share their knowledge with Siggada.


Pip and Lisa want to encourage a new generation to appreciate these pieces as they add colour and texture into their homes. Each piece is completely unique – you won’t see the same piece ever again. As we have all seen over the years the trend of exposed floors – usually polished wood or concrete has become very prominent in interiors. Kilims provide both warmth and comfort, underfoot and visually. Siggada inspires clients with confidence to add personality to their interiors in contemporary, practical and creative ways. Pip and Lisa will share tales of these textiles, where they originate from, their symbols and other anecdotes. Experience a visit and have hours of enjoyment for many more years to come when you take an original piece away with you. PN SIGGADA, 45 Hakanoa Street

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DAVID PEEZ UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL David Peez is the owner of Republic Home. Originally hailing from Central Hawkes Bay, David studied business at Massey University, worked for the Public Trust in between overseas travels, then left New Zealand for what seemed like for good in 1995, to continue travelling the world. After completing an MBA at Warwick Business School in the UK, he pursued a professional career spanning roles as a strategy consultant, change manager, and corporate financier in the UK, Bahrain and Kuwait over a 16 year period. When the global financial crisis hit the Gulf, the investment banking business in Bahrain David was involved with closed its doors. It was time for him to return to New Zealand. This was the occasion to do something completely different and pursue a passion for home interiors, while continuing to travel the world sourcing those special somethings. And though he’d never lived in Auckland before, he had already identified that - if there was any one place to live and work in New Zealand – the Ponsonby area was THE place to be. IF YOU WEREN’T MANAGING A RETAIL BUSINESS, YOU’D BE..? Advising the Greens, or any other political party that would listen, on economic policy, and juggling a portfolio of investments/businesses. WHAT’S YOUR SECRET TALENT? Pick one – business, financial and economic strategy/analysis; travel photography; singing bass in various choirs, magazine proof reading, blogging (but not recently as now there is no time!) WHAT WERE YOU GOING TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP? A secret agent. HOW DO YOU KEEP FIT? Well, I used to go to the gym... and I need to find time to get back into it... I love sport, but haven’t played anything competitively since my years in the deserts of Kuwait in 2003-06 where I played cricket for the Kuwait Nomads. WHAT’S YOUR PERFECT SUNDAY? I work most Sundays now, but it would be nice once in a while to relax with good food, coffee and a good book. WHO’S YOUR ULTIMATE ROCK ICON? I’m not really into icons, but I guess Peter Garrett of Midnight Oil was pretty cool, as he had a political message to convey through the band’s music. WHAT WEBSITES DO YOU BOOKMARK? Bookmarking is a bit old hat for me. I have feeds for flipboard on iPad focused on home design/interiors to keep abreast of trends, along with finance and economics blogs. THE HOUSE IS ON FIRE AND YOUR FAMILY IS SAFE - WHAT DO YOU SAVE? My wallet and passport... because I can’t face having to waste time in dealing with bureaucracy to get new credit cards and identity documents! YOUR BEST FRIEND WOULD SAY OF YOU... “David who?” YOUR MOTHER WOULD SAY OF YOU... “David, when will you grow up?”

VIRTUES? I couldn’t possibly comment. VICES? Well, I don’t really consider my coffee addiction a vice, but maybe more than one glass of red wine with dinner is a vice... so it’s good to travel occasionally to Bali where it’s prohibitively expensive to drink good wine, or Iran where it’s even more difficult! YOUR DESERT ISLAND DISTRACTIONS? Something from the Killers, my favourite band at the moment. The movie ‘LA Confidential,’ and Blackadder. As for books, I generally read non-fiction, where I can learn something new. Currently reading Uncommon Grounds: The history of coffee and how it transformed our world. FAVOURITE PONSONBY CAFE? Salta. It’s always comforting when they confirm your regular coffee order before you mention what you’d like. FAVOURITE PONSONBY RESTAURANT? Would have to be Prego out of all the restaurants I’ve tried so far. ONE THING YOU HAVE LEARNED ABOUT LIFE IS..? It is full of uncertainty... and there are always new challenges to confront. YOUR ADVICE TO PONSONBY WANNA-BE INTERIOR DESIGNERS? When it comes to interiors, New Zealanders in general are actually a lot more conservative than I had thought after having lived abroad for so long, and mixing with other expats. So much beige or grey, black and white. Whilst that isn’t all bad, and can provide a great foundational base on which to then express individuality through statement pieces of furniture or homewares, don’t be afraid to explore colours and different textures and patterns... and to mix them up! ADVICE TO PONSONBY HOME FURNITURE BUYERS? Take others’ advice about what to buy, and what style or design you should go for, but at the end of the day, buy what you like...what makes you feel ‘at home’ in your home. When it comes to furniture, good design never goes out of fashion, which is why there is a return nowadays to acquiring antique or vintage pieces of furniture, or retro styles based on great Scandinavian design from the last century. PN

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STREET NAMES: SEDDON STREET RICHARD JOHN SEDDON WOULD PROBABLY have been diagnosed as ADHD if he’d been born nowadays. His parents were both school teachers and expected him to be an exemplary student but that was far from the case. He was unmanageable to say the least and because he seemed fond of country life his parents persuaded his unwilling yeoman grandfather to take the twelve year old on as a farm hand. After two years they were both fed up with each other and Seddon left to work in an engineering firm. His exuberant spirit got him into trouble there too, and he was dismissed over a pay dispute. Employment conditions in the new world were more favourable so at the age of eighteen he emigtrated to Australia. Once there he prospected unsuccessfully in the Bendigo goldfields where machines had taken over from traditional extraction methods.The discovery of gold on the West Coast of New Zealand presented a new opportunity so in 1866 he sailed for Hokitika. His prospecting in the Waimea wasn’t spectacular but he did save enough money to set up a store and butchery at Big Dam. Late in 1868 he sailed for Melbourne to marry his fiancée Louisa Spotswood, pledging his troth with a wedding ring made from gold he’d mined out of Waimea Creek. In a letter to the editor of ‘The Digger’s Story’ Mrs Seddon wrote of the real West Coast reception they received and how gratifying this kindness was to a young girl who had never been away from home before. Seddon’s Big Dam Store traded well with the prospectors who sometimes ran up big accounts and only settled when they struck gold. When a Canadian prospector took off owing money, Seddon followed him and gave him a good thrashing. On another occasion a big Irishman disputed Seddon’s account and insulted him. The two men stripped to the waist and fought outside till neither had the strength to continue, so they went back to the store where the account was settled with good will on both sides. Seddon’s personal strength was suited to this frontier lifestyle. He was renowned for feats of strength and endurance. In those early days he had a pack horse that insisted on lying down when it was shod. To get around this awkward habit Seddon would stoop

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under the horse and with hands on knees, support the animal’s sagging frame till the task was done. He also directed his energies towards local politics and in 1879 was elected to the Westland County Council. He soon became known as an advocate for miners’ rights and was frequently consulted over political concerns. In 1877, he was elected as the first Mayor of Kumara, and his political career prospered. In 1881 he was elected to Parliament representing Hokitika then Kumara and finally Westland from 1890 till he died in 1906. He proved effective in Parliament, being particularly good at “stonewalling” certain legislation. His strong advocacy for the interests of ordinary people won him popularity which was reinforced by the opposition’s attacks which focussed on his lack of education and sophistication. Consequently he was seen as the enemy of elitism and won a substantial following across the country. When the incumbent premier, John Ballance, died, the Governor asked him to form a ministry. Seddon enforced his authority with vigour. His opponents accused him of being an autocrat, labeling him ‘King Dick’. One of the policies for which he is most remembered is his Old-age Pensions Act of 1898, which established the basis of the welfare state and was built upon by Michael Joseph Savage. Other socialist programmes attributed to Seddon include pensions for teachers and moves to improve housing for workers. Strangely, he didn’t seem to believe in the “absolute equality of the sexes” and opposed women’s suffrage. His opponents within the party gathered enough support for women’s voting rights so he changed his position in deference to the will of the people. ‘King Dick’ remained in charge of our country for thirteen years and is the longest serving Prime Minister of New Zealand. When returning from a diplomatic mission in Australia on the ‘Oswestry Grange’ he was resting in his cabin before going to dinner. He said to his wife and daughter, “I wish I was back in Wellington and could go for a ride.” A moment later he leaned towards his wife, clutching his heart, and died with his head resting on her shoulder. (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) PN




EMMA BIDOIS LIVES IN GREY LYNN WITH HER PARTNER OF 10 YEARS, Dane. They own a sales agency business which represents brands like Havaianas. “Our showroom is on MacKelvie street and we live on Scanlan Street, so it’s a minute’s walk away” says Emma.

Otherwise, the lounge is our central living area, and we use it for reading books, chatting, entertaining friends, eating, and pondering life type stuff.”

The couple moved to Auckland three years ago from Mount Maunganui. Emma explains, “A lot of our accounts are based in Auckland so we made the move from the beach to the big city. We’ve lived in Grey Lynn the whole time and love it. My nana actually lived in Grey Lynn in the 1950s.”

Emma tells Ponsonby News that Katalog furniture is right next to her showroom, and so she’s always in there eyeing up her next purchase. “My fave is our Wishbone table (the base is shaped like a wish bone) and Raga Rattan chair. (Furniture designer) Bob McDonald recently made us a new couch, which also doubles as a single bed if anyone comes to stay. Our apartment is small so dual function is the key to our furniture.”

Emma’s favourite room is the lounge. “Dane likes small apartments as they stop me buying too much furniture! We travel a lot for work so our small apartment suits us,” she says. “Our lounge is a sun trap, so we often sit on our couch at the end of the day with a beer or wine and enjoy the sunset. Because we work and live together we always try and take 10 minutes to switch from business partner back to couple.

Other favourite things are the bright and colourful Missoni cushions, and a picture hanging from the lounge wall taken by a 10 year old boy from Brazil. “It was the first time he’d ever taken a picture and he accidently hit the flash button. The caption reads ‘mistakes are to be appreciated.’ We loved it and bid on it at a charity auction to raise money for his village.” (JULIE ROULSTON) PN

SPACESHIPS SPACESHIPS SPACESHIPS Grey Lynn’s recycled metal artist Andrew Palace has focused his last two exhibitions on exploring the galaxy with his metal glass and a mixture of LED and incandescent spacecraft creations. Using brass and copper components found at scrap yards and a mixture of blown and retro glass he lets his imagination run free crafting functional sculptures that bring out the beauty of the metal and the stunning colours of light gleaming through glass. Andrew is also showing a number of his past works from his collection of strange wonderful and organic sculptured electric lamp art. For Andrew’s latest exhibition at 424 New North Road Kingsland, he has invited glassblowers Peter Viesnik, Isaac Katzoff and Stephen Bradbourne sculptor Dorian Brown and painter Walter Moore to participate. The show runs until 5 August but may possibly extend another week. For all enquiries get in touch with Andrew on M: 021 592 296 or for viewing lamps currently for sale PN

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KITCHEN, BATHROOM AND INTERIOR DESIGN ASK ROB@BUILDSPACE.CO.NZ We recently bought a new house and we’re pretty happy with the kitchen except for the colour. We plan to eventually undertake a major renovation which will require a new kitchen but in the meantime we would like to repaint the existing kitchen and change the handles and bench tops. Is this something which you do or can you point us in the right direction?


We do occasionally get involved with refacing existing kitchens but there are companies which specialise in this area and there are a few different ways to approach it. It is important to weigh up all the costs involved because it can end up costing more than you might think and in some cases you may be better off with a new kitchen for not a lot more.


It’s often thought refacing a kitchen will be a cheap way to freshen up a tired kitchen, but in a lot of cases we recommend against it because the real cost will go a long way towards a whole new kitchen which gives you so many more options in terms of design and material selection. We tend to think of painting as being one of the cheaper trades, but when it comes to painting kitchens it’s a much more specialised process. In order to achieve a high quality and durable finish, kitchen cabinets need to be sprayed with a two pot lacquer which is more complex than painting walls or ceilings. The surfaces to be sprayed also need to be prepared properly to ensure the lacquer bonds correctly and cost for preparation will depend on how the existing cabinets are finished. Spray painting is best done in a factory and although it’s relatively easy to remove cabinet doors and drawer fronts, it’s more difficult to remove end panels and scribe panels and this is where it can get expensive. One option is to disassemble the kitchen as required to be able to take the panels off site. How long this takes depends on the layout of the kitchen but it’s generally the best part of a day to disassemble and the same to reassemble after spraying. Alternatively some spray painters have specialised equipment to be able to set up and do some or all the spraying on site. The other option is to replace the doors, drawers and décor panels which gives you the advantage of being able to choose a different finish from lacquer. In this case you will need to have the kitchen disassembled in order to remove and replace all the necessary panels. Disassembling and reassembling the kitchen can only be done by a cabinetmaker or kitchen installer and generally takes twice as long when refacing a kitchen as compared with installing a new kitchen of the same size.

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The cost savings with the cabinet carcasses, which aren’t replaced, reduces costs with associated trades such as a builder to remove and dispose of the old kitchen. However, you will still need a plumber and electrician to disconnect and reconnect the appliances. You may find quite a range in cost if you have more than one company quote and we would recommend you do your homework before accepting a quote to ensure you know exactly what’s included, the level of finish you can expect and how long the job will take. If you’re changing your bench top as well there are companies that resurface existing bench tops and others that will replace with new. If you’re changing to a granite or stone bench top the cabinets need to be absolutely level which is not as important with other materials and this will also add time and cost to the job to achieve. The costs involved with resurfacing a kitchen can be significant but it does depend to a degree on the style and layout of your kitchen. In some cases we think it makes sense but we would always recommend weighing up the costs against the cost of a completely new kitchen and the benefits of being able to change and modernise the design and layout. (ROB HOOK) PN BUILDSPACE KITCHENS AND BATHROOMS – Design Build Install T: 0800 455 556


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GROWING CLIMBING BEANS BEANS ARE EASY TO GROW AND DELICIOUS TO EAT COOKED OR RAW. Ponsonby comes under the sub-tropical region of New Zealand and in that zone we can plant climbing bean seeds in August, provided frosts have passed. (An excellent resource for what to plant and when is the monthly newsletter from reminders@ At 10°C beans will have a 1% germination success, but at 15°C the rate will be 97%, so keep that in mind. Hopefully we are getting at least 15°C on most days so my beans are going in. The expected germination time for beans at 15°C is 16 days. They’re best planted at soil temperatures between 15°C and 30°C.You can expect to harvest from October. Keep sowing every three or four weeks for a continuous supply. Beans are a great way to interest children in growing edibles too because they germinate quickly – instant results and something to watch grow fast. My garden space is small so edibles that are ‘vertically productive’ give us extra results rather than just using surface soil area. Not only that, we are remarkably creative when it comes to building climbing frames for zilch. We collect recycled junk and a bamboo hedge provides very long stakes that we make into tepees, wondrous arches, and eccentric contraptions - but for a more sedate set-up buy a tripod, wire frame, mesh fence or something similar. A support should be in place as soon as plants emerge. I always put it there before I plant so as not to drive a stake into a seedling. I recently saw a great bean trellis made from a pre-loved Hill’s Hoist clothes line standing on its side. SIMPLE DIRECTIONS: • Choose a sunny spot away from winds. • Prepare your spot in advance with matured compost. • Beans are companions of cabbages, caulis and carrots. Keep your beans away from garlic, fennel, onions or shallots. • Don’t pre-soak the bean seeds. • It’s best to direct sow the seeds. • Dig in some blood & bone. • Water well, and leave the soil to settle overnight. • The next day, while the soil’s still moist, sow the seeds at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. • Space the seeds 20cm to 30cm apart. • 3 seeds per hole might help make up for midnight feasters. • Don’t over-water. Moisten soil at sowing but they may not need any more water until the shoots appear. • Watch out for snails, as they will eat through the stems near ground level, and will completely eat newly sprouted beans. If you have nice new bean plants one day, and none the next, then it is probably slugs or snails. Protect your beans. • When the crop arrives, pick regularly to encourage new flowers. Harking back to my childhood I grow Scarlet Runner beans and last year I was also tempted by Yates Stringless Scarlet climbing bean but I picked all the beans when they were young and tender and didn’t test the ‘stringless’ promise. In winter these beans die down completely but the underground storage roots will survive to re-emerge in spring. I bought Bean Painted Lady Runner and Hyacinth Bean Vine because their flowers are attractive and edible but then couldn’t face picking them once they burst into bloom. Hyacinth Bean Vine (pictured) is a striking tropical-looking vigorous climber. It has large wine coloured patterned leaves and distinctive purple stems. From midsummer, plants

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HYACINTH BEAN VINE are covered with pretty bean-like lilac blossoms. These flowers are then followed by shiny flat pods of a brilliant royal purple colour. The pods, young leaves and flowers are all edible. A friend at Muriwai gave me one Dali Bean pod with six beans in it - Dalmatian: climbing; green snap, I believe. I believe that they have never been available commercially in New Zealand because of their low yield. Widely known and grown all over Northland, it grows in cooler temps than many climbing beans, so you can plant these earlier than others. It came to New Zealand with the Dalmatian gumdiggers. The bean is large, very sweet, tender and meaty and they never get stringy. These are a work in progress for me. Try Southern Seed Exchange or Koanga Institute for seeds. My Purple King bean looked wonderful climbing but sadly the beans turned green (albeit a rich green colour) from purple when they were cooked, but they have heavy crops. Pick them young and chop them raw and purple into a salad. Gerard from Kings Seeds told me about a new bean in their latest catalogue’s Organic section. It’s a flat green bean called Nor’Easter and described as “Early maturing Roma type pole bean with a rich sweet flavour. 20 cm long and 2.5 cm wide flat green pods that are stringless and stay tender for long periods. Extra vigorous in the seedling stage with strong vine growth. Start harvesting 56 days from seedling emergence.” (FIONNA HILL) RESOURCES AND SUPPLIERS;; fabaceae/phaseolus-vulgaris-climbing;;


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 PONSONBY U3A: AUGUST 2012 The current format of the monthly Ponsonby U3A meeting is after general business to have a 10 minute speaker from the membership, followed by morning tea and an invited guest speaker. This month members were advised of new parking limits which begin on 23 July when street parking around the Leys Institute and St Mary’s Bay will be limited to two hours. Many members will be affected by this and bus and car pooling options were discussed. Tribute was paid to Paula Johnston a former President who died on Friday 6 July. Paula was very active in many areas of Ponsonby U3A and was instrumental in organising regular Auckland Theatre Company outings over many years. “At a certain age one looks back and asks the question – have I made a difference and given something back?” This was the first sentence of 10 minute speaker, Julie Pettit. She cleverly wove changing social attitudes, expectations, work and educational opportunities for women over the past six decades, into the story of her own work history, academic studies and overseas experience. In a career spanning teaching, child welfare and the probation service she acknowledged mentors who over the years challenged and extended, encouraged and supported her. As she reflected on her practise at first being intuitive but later grounded with an academic base it became clear she had indeed made a difference and given something back. Guest speaker Dr Scott Whineray illustrated his speech on Energy Horizons with an excellent slide presentation and much humour. His illustrations began with the Olympic rings and pictures of a weight lifter and a track athlete in action, to explain the difference between ‘energy’ and ‘power’. He discussed methods of generating energy used in New Zealand and the issues which arise including availability and reliability, sustainability of supply and damage to the environment. We discovered terms like JOULE, WATT, NEWTON, and KWh – a kilowatt hour not to be confused with a KW. The question of what fuel will power cars was widely covered and the electric car does not appear to be the answer. At present there is nothing new on the horizon to satisfy future world energy needs which increase daily due to the huge rise in world population growth. By the time we had looked at pictures of Chernobyl and Fukushima, before and after the accidents in their respective reactors and discovered what had caused them and learned of the new ecological tourist tours of Chernobyl, some members were feeling a little gloomy. This was short lived as Dr Whineray showed a slide of the night sky with brilliant stars telling us to look up and reflect: “Life is Fantastic”! The next U3A meeting will be held on Friday 10 August at 9.45am at the Leys Institute. Following the Annual General Meeting guest speaker will be well known actor Jennifer Ward-Lealand who will talk about the skills required for all aspects of the profession – for screen, television and the stage. Visitors welcome. (NOELINE CREIGHTON) PN

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Books us blokes on the Ponsonby News team are reading, or have recently enjoyed. We LOVE reading in the bath, or in bed. A real stress buster!

MARTIN LEACH THE OPERATORS by Michael Hastings (Orion) General Stanley McChrystal, the innovative, forwardthinking commanding general of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, was living large. He was better known to some as Big Stan, M4, Stan, and his loyal staff liked to call him a ‘rock star’. During a spring 2010 trip across Europe to garner additional allied help for the war effort, McChrystal was accompanied by journalist Michael Hastings of Rolling Stone. For days, Hastings looked on as McChrystal and his staff let off steam, partying and openly bashing the Obama administration for what they saw as a lack of leadership. When Hastings’s piece appeared a few months later, it set off a political firestorm: McChrystal was ordered to Washington, where he was fired unceremoniously. In The Operators, Hastings picks up where his Rolling Stone coup ended. He gives us a shocking behind-the-scenes portrait of our military commanders, their high-stakes maneuvers and often bitter bureaucratic infighting. Hastings takes us on patrol missions in the Afghan hinterlands, to late-night bull sessions of senior military advisors, to hotel bars where spies and expensive hookers participate in nation-building gone awry. And as he weighs the merits and failings of old-school generals and the so-called COINdinistas-the counterintelligence experts-Hastings draws back the curtain on a hellish complexity and, he fears, an unwinnable war.

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JAY PLATT I HATE EVERYONE STARTING WITH ME by Joan Rivers (Penguin Group) Joan Rivers is a comedic icon who has been around for a long time, she has toured all over the world and has appeared in front of Royalty. She has survived numerous personal issues and has just got on with what she does best and that’s perform. She can be foul mouthed, actually she is foul mouthed but that’s what makes her so great, is that she isn’t afraid to say what she thinks or feels. This book is Joan telling us what she hates most in the world from ‘table manners’ to ‘cruises’ The book is broken down into sections with Joan commenting on everything related to that section. There are a few pictures and the odd ‘I love something instead of hating it piece’ but it’s a book to dip into and not to read from cover to cover. I really wanted to enjoy this book as I love Joan Rivers except as much as I wanted to, something was missing and as I read the more I felt I was reading somebody complaining and it began to grate. Joan is great to watch but to really enjoy this book, I think you need to hear the words from Joan’s own mouth instead. PN


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ASK AN ARCHITECT: PAUL LEUSCHKE Each month Grey Lynn resident and architect Paul Leuschke of Leuschke Kahn answers readers’ property related questions. Email yours to


I am currently looking at buying an apartment in a small apartment block that is approximately 40 years old and I’m concerned about whether the Council will require the building to be earthquake strengthened. How can I find this out and if it does need strengthening what does that involve?

Any building that is likely to collapse in an earthquake and cause damage to people or property is considered an earthquake prone building. The Auckland Council is currently trying to reduce the damage a potential earthquake could do in Auckland by identifying earthquake prone buildings and requiring them to be strengthened. They have begun by creating a list of buildings built prior to 1976 (before more rigorous building-strength requirements were brought in) and constructed in high risk materials like unreinforced masonry (brick). They are then conducting initial seismic performance evaluations on these buildings and have done around 14,000 assessments so far. The council will contact the property owner to inform them of the assessment and give the owner three months to respond with any additional information that may affect the evaluation such as if the owner has done some structural strengthening on the building. After these three months the information from the evaluation goes on to the property file.


As this is all happening right now it is possible that the property file on the building you are looking at has not yet been updated, so you should talk to the current building owner to see if they have received a letter as well as calling the council. Currently there is no register of earthquake prone buildings as the council has decided that this would be inappropriate to publish until they have conducted a conclusive analysis on all the buildings. It is expected to take four years for this review to be fully completed. If the council do require the building to be strengthened the building owner is required to bring the building up to at least 34% of the seismic strength required in a new building. You would need to engage a structural engineer for this. The time frame within which the strengthening needs to be done ranges from 10 to 30 years depending on the use of the building and whether it is a heritage building. You can read more about this by downloading the “Earthquake Policy Summary” from the

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I am getting a new corrugated iron roof installed on my 1920s house. The old roof suffered from a lot of corrosion and just wondered if you have any advice on how to keep the new roof in good condition. Many old houses have metal roofs in terrible disrepair so it is often one of the first things to be replaced when you undertake a renovation. Once you have a new roof there are a number of things you can do to ensure it lasts and to avoid leaks and damage.

Some general tips are to regularly wash your roof especially areas that don’t receive much rainfall to reduce damage from dirt and salts, and keep overhanging trees trimmed to avoid debris clogging up the gutters. Annually look at your roof to check the condition of the cladding and that there isn’t any ponding. Also inspect the condition of the flashings and that they are firmly in place and if you have a chimney check the condition of it too. If you notice corrosion on the roof address it immediately according to the manufacturer’s advice and this can prevent it becoming a serious problem. On you can find information on how to carry out these checks safely and without damaging the roof. If you are ever having work done where access to the roof is required (like getting a tv aerial or solar water heater installed) contact the roof manufacturer and check whether the work could cause any issue with water penetration or void the warranty on your roofing. You need to make sure that the installer will waterproof any penetration they make through the roof. Having work done on the roof can also cause general damage so take a pro-active role in checking the condition of your roof prior to the work being done and while the work is happening. Installing thicker sheets of roofing (e.g. 0.55 rather than 0.4) will also provide a more robust roof that is less prone to being damaged.


REAL ESTATE UPDATE FACTS WE DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT REAL ESTATE Ponsonby people love real estate - we are astute and generally market savvy when it comes to buying and selling! Likewise those looking to rent in the most popular part of town are equally as discerning. Most of us know that presentation is important when selling and that supply and demand can often be instrumental in achieving good prices. We know that interest rates are at an all time low and the rental market is experiencing some challenges ....but we asked some of our local real estate agents to tell us something we DON’T know about real estate and property management! an agent with strong local knowledge, who understands their needs and sense of urgency.

THE ONE THING ABOUT REAL ESTATE that has always excited me is how quickly the market can change. Not so long ago, I remember the main focus of our sales meetings were how to get our clients properties sold. This week, a focus session was held to discuss ways of securing more properties for sale. The session was created by high demand for more homes from our extensive buyer database. Sales are strong in our office, but we just do not have enough homes to satisfy demand!

The key to beating the market is knowledge, and being in a position to act. Engaging a real estate professional as part of your strategy, will help you secure the property of your choice. JAMIE MORRISON ANNE DUNCAN REAL ESTATE

NOT ALL PROPERTY SELLS ABOVE CV! SO MANY properties these days are sold without a listed price. This can be a challenge for would-be buyers and sellers BARFOOT & THOMPSON: 104 Vermont Street, Ponsonby SOLD for $1.215m Discussion moves to recent media trying to ascertain the value of a property. Instinctively coverage of a record sale from our office of a well appointed four bedroom bungalow one will ask “What is the CV (or Capital (Rating) Value) of the property?”. that sold for more than $500,000 above CV. Three of our team members had buyers bidding in excess of $1.2 million, a price point not previously achieved for a property To quote from the Council Website: “The valuations on this website are not intended to of this kind. One of my colleagues expressed frustration for their buyer who missed be used in the buying and selling of properties. They are not current market valuations, out, as they had been trying to find them a home for several months without success. they have been prepared for the purpose of calculating rates.” Though the council It is a difficult market for purchasers at present, and while we are delighted to have has the best of intentions, the value is an assessment, and may not always reflect achieved a premium for our client, it is hard not to feel for the under bidders who were the market. unsuccessful. In our region, in the current market, property usually sells above the CV, and many Buyers are no doubt frustrated with house prices and the market at present. While buyers and sellers try to work out an average percentage above CV that properties are our team has expert knowledge on values in our market place, there is no way of selling – this can be a trap, when the property actually sells for a price quite different to knowing what an individual buyer will pay for a property on any given day. Ultimately a what the buyer had calculated. In fact, a property in Grey Lynn recently sold well below sales person is not a property valuer and is often reacting to market conditions, as are the 2011 CV. This sale (not sold through Barfoot and Thompson) shows that the CV buyers. If buyers are frustrated with the market, then they should consider working with versus sale price rule is not always correct.

BARFOOT & THOMPSON: 36 Anglesea Street, Freemans Bay SOLD for $1.162m The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied



REAL ESTATE UPDATE The upshot – when estimating the value of a property, compare it to the sell prices of other recently sold property that have similar attributes to the property you are looking at. A good real estate agent will provide you with some comparisons and a professional opinion upon request. ANDREW COSGROVE BARFOOT & THOMPSON GREY LYNN

After this initial 21 day wave, the activity and enquiry level on a property takes a huge dip (even in the current environment).

REAL ESTATE IS AT THE TOP OF EVERYONE’S conversations at present and at the Ponsonby Branch we have never been busier. Settled sales are up by 78% as at June 2012 from June 2011 and we have a great selection of listings on offer including the sleek, cool development “The Issac” Surrey Crescent in Grey Lynn.

The best active buyers are ready, willing and able in the first 21 days and the offers /bids received tend to reflect that. Advice is (for the vendor) to take advantage of the initial 21 day wave that generates competition and heat for the home and don’t fall into the trap of thinking that “The first three weeks have been amazing, imagine what buyers we can bring into the mix if we push on for another three weeks?!” The best buyers have generally moved on if the property stays on the market too long. For best results: strike while the iron is hot.

Real estate is not all about property though it is often about people and personalities. It’s a very The second point is Buyer Fatigue: This diverse occupation and often a lot of the work is is very real. We often help people who hidden and goes unnoticed by the client but is are doing 50 hour work weeks, and CUSTOM RESIDENTIAL: 23 Alexander Street, SOLD for $890,000 reflected in the sale price. We pride ourselves on researching/viewing houses to buy on top our marketing and negotiating skills and have many different strategies for varying of doing their ‘day-job’. With the amount of competition and urgency there is in the properties. When you are choosing an agent it is important to choose someone who marketplace, this takes its toll on buyers. Advice is (for the vendor) to deal with offers you can relate to and trust and who you believe will negotiate hard for you. Real estate in as timely a fashion as possible. Keep momentum going after the auction or during is all about the art of negotiation. negotiations as buyers are tired and if they sense that this particular property is ‘too hard’, they will move on and the opportunity will be lost. Our team has more than doubled at the Ponsonby Branch and is full of diverse agents JOHN WILLS with a real mixture of experience and enthusiasm. It’s a really exciting time to be in CUSTOM RESIDENTIAL real estate but the truth that “the harder you work the luckier you get” has never been more accurate. IT’S A TRICKY QUESTION BECAUSE EVERYONE KNOWS SOMETHING TIM IRVINE different and none of us know it all. At my auction properties I frequently get hit with the BARFOOT & THOMPSON PONSONBY “come on you know what it’s going to sell for you’re an agent” line and the deliverer of the line is seldom satisfied when I protest ignorance. The truth is nobody knows what THE FIRST POINT IS THE BUYER WAVE: THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO a house will sell for and if they tell you they do then ask them for the lotto numbers next. understand in the current climate. The rule is that the very best buyers for any new The simple fact is that one of the biggest attractions of the real estate market is its listing will have been alerted to, and viewed the property within the first 10 days (two uncertainty. A record price is a bit of news that flies through the ether at the speed of weekends of viewing) of the property being launched to the market. Following on from sound and everyone will nod sagely afterwards and tell you they told you so. As real that, there will still be very strong enquiry on the property up to 21 days on the market. estate professionals what we can do is ensure you have the best chance of getting

CUSTOM RESIDENTIAL: 5 Bond Street, Arch Hill, SOLD by Keith and Sandy for $1,067,000

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REAL ESTATE UPDATE the record price. It isn’t magic or secret it just requires that the only thing worrying the prospective purchaser on auction day is how much they will actually have to pay. If there are any other uncertainties or they feel that they haven’t been told the whole story then there is disconnection that will stop them from bidding freely. Both the prospective purchaser and the seller alike must be in complete possession of all the knowable facts and that requires diligence and skill on behalf of the salesperson. The fact is the sharpest tool in the real estate salespersons arsenal is the truth pure and simple. Not everyone knows that! SIMON DEW HARCOURTS TEAM PONSONBY

Location - Obviously the most desirable locations are highly sought after, and homes in these locations tend to sell quickly. School zoning, water views, north facing sites, desirable street addresses and proximity to shops and restaurants are all factors contributing to desirable locations. Architecture, style and size - Great architecture always adds value to a home or apartment buildings; beautifully crafted character properties, classic architecture from the 30s through to the latest stunning designs of today are always highly desirable. Would you like to know how you could increase the desirability of your home? Call us, we’d love to help. NICOLA KELLAND – KELLAND REAL ESTATE

THIS WINTER HAS SEEN ONLY THE temperatures drop as property prices WHY IS IT THAT SOME HOUSES AND BARFOOT & THOMPSON: 47 Hackett Street, St Marys Bay SOLD for $1.240m continue to steadily climb. All real estate apartments sell really quickly, and others languish on the market for months? Is there a magic formula? At Kellands we see this offices are experiencing an extremely buoyant property market, especially in the phenomenon everyday. The time it takes to sell a property can be attributed to a few popular fringe city suburbs of Auckland, from Herne Bay out to Sandringham and as far as Te Atatu and Ellerslie. Record prices are being achieved, especially at key factors. auctions, where in many cases prices of $400,000 and more over the current CVs are Price - If a property is priced too highly, it will often remain unsold for a number of being achieved. months, and in some cases, years. The reality is the price is the single most important factor to adversely affect the sale-ability of your home. In our experience, the longer We are getting buyers actually saying they dislike going to auctions because the a property remains unsold, the more likely it is that the market will ignore the listing, houses are selling too high. This really makes it extremely difficult for realtors and or as time goes on, the price is driven down, often to a lower point than what it would even the valuer to put actual prices on properties at the moment. have achieved had it been priced correctly in the first instance. Pricing a property for The main driving factors fuelling this strong market are the severe shortage of quality the market is critical, hence the preference for auctions and tenders. listings, especially in the $500,000 - $1,500,000 price bracket. This may soon be X Factor - It is very obvious to us when viewing a property, which properties have an changing as we see the spring flush of homes coming onto the market and there will immediate X factor. It is not about how expensive the home is, it is more about how no doubt be a surge of fresh stock coming on in August, September and October. The the house functions, the layout, the flow to the outdoors, the volume of the spaces smart money is cashing up now and seeking longer settlements to give themselves and the interior finishes. You get a sense when you walk into the home this is a really time to find other opportunities. Cash is King in this market! great house.

HARCOURTS: 14A Kingsley Street, Westmere, SOLD for $1,280,000 The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied



REAL ESTATE UPDATE Home owners are enjoying the lowest interest rates since 1965 and with money being offered at under 6% for a fixed five year period, this clearly indicates that we should see the next few years ahead being “steady as she goes” and maybe rates even lower if the European financial crisis worsens. LJ Hooker as a group has experienced over a 30% increase in market share and business growth in 2011 - 2012 period and with the acquisition of the Harvey Group is now well positioned to take advantage of the strong property market upswing throughout its offices from Kaitaia to Invercargill. All our office listings from next month will be linked free to the largest Asian websites, with over a billion property buyers throughout India, China, Singapore, Hong Kong and Indonesia. This will give us an exclusive edge to promote your property to this huge market – watch this space! STEVEN GLUCINA LJ HOOKER, PONSONBY

So if you want to be a smart seller and maximise the price you may achieve for your property, winter appears to be the best time of year to have your home on the market! ROSS BRADER PROFESSIONALS, LOCHORES REAL ESTATE LTD MREINZ AFTER 19 YEARS OF SELLING REAL estate in and around this area, the one constant that I know for certain is that nothing stays the same. Currently the industry itself is going through some exciting and long overdue changes that should produce more clarity for people wanting to delve into real estate either as buyers or sellers. The changes include on -going training and encourage the continuing search to improve how we do things.

Not only is our governance changed but now there is this realisation that our industry and our clients deserve and require a more professional and disciplined approach. As LJ HOOKER PONSONBY: 30 Douglas Street, SOLD for $1,070,000 a company Unlimited Potential has always endeavoured to provide a level of service that goes beyond merely a selling process and in some ways is as intimate as home HERE ARE A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT YOU MAY NOT REALISE ABOUT THE ownership itself. property market, firstly buyers don’t go into hibernation over the winter months and secondly higher house prices are easier to achieve over the winter months. I base this These changes in the industry come at a time of growth in real estate in this area. on recent data released by which clearly shows that during the To date, 2012 is proving to be the year the residential market has bounced back. winter months sales are proportionally higher than listings and in the summer months Buyer enthusiasm is high. The combination of a low interest rate environment and listings are proportionally higher than sales. The message to take from this data is the ongoing shortage of available property for sale are providing genuine competition, that listing a house over the winter allows you to compete in a less cluttered market in producing pleasing results for home owners. which buyers are still super active. In summary the challenges still remain for those of us who choose real estate as We have certainly seen some stellar prices achieved so far this winter, with time on the a profession but the focus and direction has become a lot clearer; hopefully to market in most cases less than 14 days and many street, category and area records everyone’s benefit. being broken particularly in the sought after Grey Lynn, Westmere and Pt Chevalier WAYNE BULOG areas where supply of homes is currently well down on usual. UNLIMITED POTENTIAL

UNLIMITED POTENTIAL: 16 William Denny Avenue., Westmere, SOLD for $1,998,000

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REAL ESTATE UPDATE A DAY WOULD NOT GO BY WITHOUT A TENANT ASKING ME “IS THE HOUSE insulated?” Gone are the days tenants just want a dishwasher, now they want a fully insulated house, and a heat pump! If the answer is no, then often they will not even come and look at the property, or ask if the owner is going to insulate.

Traditionally, winter months are the “low season” for rentals. However, what we are experiencing this year strikes us as being much quieter and slower than previous years even in the most popular suburbs like Ponsonby. There are more vacant properties now than any previous winter we have ever experienced. Why is this happening?

Not only will insulation and heating attract tenants, it can also increase the rent and can cut down on the maintenance as there will be no damage caused by mould or condensation. It can help prevent things like mould on curtains, ceilings and walls, and condensation running down windows, sitting on the sills causing the wood to rot and damage to the paint. It may not be as expensive as you think, there is a $1,300 government subsidy available to everyone if you insulate under the floor and in the ceiling. I have had several quotes recently and for three bedroom houses they range from $2,600 – $2,800 after the subsidy.

The media continues to send out a message that the rental market is hot and rents are still rising. The “hot rental market” described by the media did take place in January, February and March this year like any other year.

PROFESSIONALS: 37 Premier Avenue, 2 bedroom duplex unit, SOLD for $606,000

If one of your tenants has a Community Services Card you could be eligible for Energywise funding of 60% off the cost on insulating your property and up to $500 off the cost of a heat-pump. Proper insulation and heating is well worth the investment! It will increase the value of the property, increase the rent and attract tenants that will be happy to stay longer. Think about making the investment! PHILLIPA GORDON HOT PROPERTY EVERY TIME WHEN I TELL PEOPLE THAT I RUN PONSONBY PROPERTY Management, a specialist firm managing rental properties, people always say: oh, there is a real shortage in the rental market, right? People are surprised with my answer, ‘no, the market is quiet at the moment and there seems to be a heavy oversupply of rental properties on the market since April this year. It is taking much longer to rent out a property and often we have to reduce the rent to meet the market.

However, with that perception of an overheated market landlords insist on achieving premium rent, tenants are apprehensive about moving as they believe the rising rents are unaffordable and they may as well stay put; to make the situation worse, the low interest rates are sending more and more first home buyers to the market to find their dream first home and to be free from renting.

Tenants, now is a great time to secure a new place of residence; Landlords are more open now to meet the market. MONICA CHEN PONSONBY PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SMART INVESTORS WHO HAVE MOVED INTO THE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY rental market or expanded their portfolios are well placed to benefit from the Auckland housing shortage that is helping drive up rents. After nine years heading the Ponsonby property management office many long-term investors who were able to ride out the effects of the global financial crisis are now able to take advantage of low interest rates to reduce debt or increase their portfolios. We are also seeing significant numbers of new investors turning to property as a safe haven for their funds after the finance company melt-downs of recent years.

PROFESSIONALS: 67 Moa Road, original 3 bedroom do up, SOLD for $885,000 The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied



REAL ESTATE UPDATE It seems to support the findings of the ASB Investor Confidence Survey for the March 2012 quarter which showed rental property was once again the investment believed to offer the best returns. The current undersupply of housing and rising prices meant good long-term tenants were competing for quality properties and landlords could improve their yields by introducing moderate rent increases. All forecasts were for the housing shortage to continue to grow. Statistics New Zealand for 2011 showed 35% of households were renting compared to only 26.2 per cent in 1991. The effects of the changes to depreciation introduced in the 2011 Budget have now been bedded in and I’m confident that with good management processes in place, residential property investment will produce attractive yields into the future. PN GAIL VIETRI QUINOVIC PONSONBY

PROFESSIONALS: 37 Miller Street, 4 bedroom home SOLD for $1,210,000

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HOME: WHERE THE HEART IS CUSHIONS ARE YOUR FRIEND ABOUT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR, I START TO GET A BIT ITCHY. WE ARE WELL into the long cold days. The curtains get drawn about 4pm to keep the warmth in, and the lights go on. We have a big old vintage basket in the lounge full of crocheted and knitted rugs that the kids scramble through to grab just the one they want. And we all snuggle down with a bit of book reading at night propped up on a pile of cushions. They are a big chaotic mess of velvet and tapestry cushions with loads of textured fabrics thrown in. I love a good cushion, me. In fact you are lucky in our house to find a bit of seating that isn’t covered in cushions. Sometimes I come home to find the nine cushions thrown off the sofa and on the floor while my husband lays full length on the couch. But about now, I start getting itchy and I want to start changing the cushions. In our house, changing the cushions heralds the change of seasons – in this case the change from winter to summer. I am tired of winter – I want it over. I want to pack away the velvets and moody wintery colours and bring out all the linens and cottons that make up my summer cushions. Yes, I have a winter set of cushions, and a summer set of cushions. I know this places me firmly in the interior-barking-mad category, but I just don’t do things by halves. I recognised a long time ago that the cushion is your Design Friend. When money is a bit tight, and an interior needs to change, cushions are your friend. When you long for expensive curtains, or wallpaper but the budget won’t stretch, cushions are your friend. When you only have a small bit of vintage fabric and you want to do something with it – cushions are your friend. And when you want to herald the coming of summer – change the covers of your cushions – and cushions remain your friend. For gorgeous French striped cushions try Madder and Rouge in Newmarket. For scandi-style, always try Country Road. For beautiful bright and breezy cushions, check out the new Barcelona summer collection from Citta. They will have you feeling summery in no time at all. (ANYA BRIGHOUSE) PN


LJ HOOKER PONSONBY: 82 Islington Street, SOLD for $825,000

LJ HOOKER PONSONBY: 42 Chester Ave, Westmere SOLD for $1,210,000

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Email Michael with your question and include PONSONBY NEWS in the subject line. Michael Hemphill, a partner of the firm will answer one topical question each month.

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I am considering leasing premises for my business, I have found a space but the building is rather old. I am concerned about how the Canterbury Earthquakes may affect leases in Auckland and whether the type of building I choose will affect how much I pay.

The Canterbury Earthquakes are going to have a major effect on leases of commercial premises in New Zealand. In Christchurch itself even owners of properties that are unscathed have found that their insurance premiums have skyrocketed. At the same time other insurance companies are reluctant to take on more risk which means that there has been little option but to take on the new increased insurance. In the rest of the country there have been increases in insurance rates and in Auckland this has been particularly so in the case of buildings that are not earthquake strengthened and are therefore more likely to fail in an earthquake. This is because even if the chances of a major earthquake in Auckland are reasonably slim (tsunamis and volcanoes are supposedly more likely) if there was such an earthquake then older style unreinforced block work buildings are likely to suffer significantly more damage and the insurance companies would have to pay more to fix or replace them. This risk of buildings failing is particularly prevalent in the areas of Auckland with more historic buildings such as Ponsonby, Herne Bay, Grey Lynn, Mt Eden, Dominion Road and Karangahape Road. These historic buildings (built mostly before the 1930s but also up to the 1960s) have been identified by insurance companies as a high risk of earthquake failure. Perhaps after taking such a significant hit in Christchurch there is also an element of the insurance companies looking to return to the black sooner rather than later. In terms of the current standard edition of the Auckland Law Society Deed of Lease it is usual for all insurance costs to be charged on to the tenant by the landlord. Where there are multiple units/tenants this may be expressed as a percentage of outgoings. It would now be prudent before entering into a lease not just to ask what the historic insurance costs and other outgoings have been but also to make some enquiry about what it is likely to be in the future, particularly where there are any issues around earthquake strengthening for the building. It would also be worthwhile if you have identified that there is a potential issue with a building to consider having some extra terms in the lease to deal with potential issues. Ideally you would want to cap the maximum insurance premium you could be called upon to pay. In any event before committing yourself to a lease agreement you should get in touch with a solicitor who can help make sure that any pitfalls of the current lease agreement can be addressed with specific clauses to protect you. (MICHAEL HEMPHILL) PN METROLAW, Level 2, 36 Williamson Avenue T: 09 929 0800

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PONSONBY PROFESSIONALS SHIFT YOUR BUSINESS ACCOUNTING INTO “THE CLOUD” Recent advances in small business accounting software are changing the way that accountants are able to interact with their clients. Using online or “cloud” based accounting software such as Xero gives accountants the opportunity to work with their clients on a regular basis, rather than just collecting records from businesses and preparing annual accounts after year end (as an aside, Xero is fast becoming a New Zealand success story which is starting to go global). What this means for clients is that they have better information for making their important business decisions, at the click of a button from any internet connected computer, tablet or even smartphone! The Accounting Hub has taken full advantage of these new technologies, and is now able to provide better service than traditional Chartered Accounting firms for the same or lower cost. Everything that they do at The Accounting Hub is geared towards providing more service to clients for the lowest possible cost. The Accounting Hub has recently been set up by a manager from a large CBD accounting firm, who realised that the glass office tower and corporate infrastructure were not necessary when dealing with SME clients. Besides utilising cloud based computer services, The Accounting Hub saves money on expensive offices and will come to meet clients either at their business or at one of the many fantastic cafes in the Ponsonby area. For more information on THE ACCOUNTING HUB or cloud based accounting software go to or call T: 09 360 9917. PN

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THE ART OF DYING Some people just don’t get it when it comes to the love of animals. I have long suffered from derogatory comments regarding having a round shaped dog. Now old and round, inconceivable suggestions from non doggie (but admittedly well meaning) friends and family members have become increasingly upsetting. One of my friend’s mums recently asked me if I got a new puppy because the old one was getting past her use by date. Would she ask this about my human child? I swallowed my growly retort but couldn’t help feeling hurt that she was so far away from understanding my relationship with Sydney, my companion for over 11 years now, and what her inevitable loss will mean to me. My reality, like many of my clients, is that a pet’s life span is short-way too short- and preparing for such loss is a daunting task. Writing this article, for me, is a start. Let me explain to those of you who don’t understand. The relationship between pet and owner is deeply personal. Interestingly; much more so than with other close family members or friends. It shouldn’t be so surprising then that the grief which follows the death of a pet hits owners incredibly hard yet often -due to the popular belief ‘it was only a pet and you can get another one’ - it remains tightly locked away. We know grief properly expressed is grief we can live with; grief that is suppressed is grief that will rise up and haunt us, surprise us and shape our lives in ways we cannot control. That said it is of the utmost importance to grieve for our four legged friends properly and this takes help, support and understanding from our nearest and dearest in order to help us, the one left behind, move on with life. I am profoundly moved by every death I am a part of. I remain non-judgmental, compassionate and connected to the experience unfolding however, like with the death of a child, it is vital for the bereaved to grieve to then go on to heal. Pets don’t worry about dying but that doesn’t mean their dying shouldn’t happen without dignity and grace. In many cultures ceremonies around death are a cathartic way of openly acknowledging a relationship. From seven to 100 days (and in some cultures more) of mourning ensue a death where family and friends surround the survivor in order to help them during this very difficult time. Why should this be so different with our pets? ‘The Art Of Dying’ at recognises the importance of our relationship with our pets and has information on services which may help. We would love to hear your comments and thoughts on what helped you through this difficult time. PN THE STRAND VETERINARIAN, 114 The Strand T: 09 377 6667

BUNNIES – THE IDEAL INDOOR PET FOR WINTER Rabbits are cuddly, cute, and better suited to happily living indoors during winter than most people may be aware, says SPCA Auckland. “You can adopt one of our rabbits and ‘rabbit proof’ your home pretty easily so your new pet can live entirely indoors until the weather improves,” says SPCA Auckland CEO Christine Kalin. “Even an apartment can be ideal – so long as your rabbit can’t fall off your balcony. To prepare your home for your rabbit, simply remove chewable items – especially electrical cords – from their reach and set aside a caged area in a tiled room as their ‘base camp’. “Once settled, a rabbit will often join you on the sofa and hang out with you pretty much like a cat – providing an incredibly soft, warm, and cuddly companion during the cold winter months.” Bunnies thrive on love and attention so they really enjoy being indoors and ‘part of the family’. If you’re often out at work, you can still become a rabbit owner by picking up a de-sexed pair from SPCA Auckland so they can keep each other company while you aren’t there. “They provide hours of entertainment for the whole family because they’re intelligent and easy to train,” says Christine Kalin. “For instance, you can set up a confidence course inside their pen and train them to run through tunnels and jump hurdles.” PN The line-up of rabbits currently available for adoption at SPCA Auckland can be viewed online:

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ASK ALEX Each month Dr Alex Melrose answers readers’ pet related issues. e-mail yours to: We are about to buy our very first family dog and can’t decide between a Cairn Terrier a Westie or a Miniature Schnauzer cross. We live in Herne Bay and you will be our local vet so I wondered if you could please help me decide based upon the typical health issues and temperament of each dog. I’m only going to buy through a registered breeder and they will know the health history of both parents however I realise they tend to have a biased opinion. I know Westies tend to have skin conditions and that supplements and diet can help with this, however I’d like a dog with minimal costs and vet needs if possible. I know it’s impossible to precisely predict any future health issues however taking into consideration your personal experience with each breed, which one would you choose? I know this is only your ‘opinion’ and I take full responsibility for my decision at the end of the day. I’ve got two fantastic kids, age five and nine and we’re looking for a friendly and lovable addition to the team. Any help would be greatly appreciated. MARY, Herne Bay.


Great questions, it really makes me happy to see you putting this kind of thought into a big (though small sized) addition to your gang. This is the exact right time to do your homework, BEFORE you get a dog. The first thing to emphasise is that while you can certainly generalise on breed characteristics, you will get individual exceptions so I’m glad you’ve put that disclaimer in there for me.


These three are all awesome big personality breeds, all understandably very popular among our clients, and all great family dogs. Westies tend to have the most health issues of that group (no surprise there), they are pretty much world famous for their problems especially with skin allergies. Schnauzers are slightly calmer (slower) and Cairns are the most robust health wise, all three are super great with kids and easily able to keep up with a fast paced family life.

The very cute WORZEL


Definitely head out and view and assess the breeder, the kennels and the parent dogs in person. This gives a pretty clear indication for how the pup will be, any less than ideal kennel environments or defensiveness from the breeder should be seen as serious red flags. I also recommend getting a puppy check over about two to three days after landing a new arrival to go over any potential questions or peculiarities. (DR ALEX MELROSE, BVSC MRCVS) PN VETCARE GREY LYNN, 408 Great North Road T: 09 361 3500

Worzel, the devilishly handsome two year old miniature Schnauzer featured in the photo here, is believed to have been poisoned by a sea slug containing the poison tetrodotoxin. In late June, during an evening walk at Point Chevalier beach, Worzel suddenly stopped playing with his seven month old pal, Max, and began vomiting and retching. His legs became wobbly, and something was obviously seriously wrong. During the five minute drive to the Animal Emergency Centre Worzel deteriorated rapidly. He was lying on his side, barely responding. Emergency veterinarian Dr. Liz Means was in the middle of a hectic evening when Worzel arrived. As soon as she saw him, Liz rushed to help. “We could see he had stopped breathing. The toxin was affecting his respiratory muscles and I was scared we might be losing him.” An airway tube was placed to allow the nurses to breathe for Worzel. They continued manually filling his lungs for an hour, and just as the team were making plans to transfer Worzel to the ventilator, for longer term respiratory support, he started coughing and gagging. As quickly as his symptoms started, they began to fade, the tube was removed and he began breathing by himself! Over the next week Worzel went on to make a full recovery. Worzel’s symptoms were highly suspicious of sea slug poisoning, and while he made a lucky escape, we should all take heed, and watch carefully for sea slugs, as we enjoy our beautiful Auckland beaches with our pets and children. (DR. LISA FERGUSON BVSc CertVR) PN ANIMAL EMERGENCY CENTRE, 97 Carrington Road T: 09 849 2121

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A NIGHT-IN WITH TIM WAKELY Stay away from the blockbusters this month, and rent something to challenge your taste from Civic Video Ponsonby. LIKE CRAZY Like Crazy is an awkward young love film full of quiet nuances and emotion. Right from the get go, the film gives the viewer a “fly on the wall” insight on the ins and outs of this trans Atlantic love affair. The Sundance Film Festival gem centres on Anna, a British exchange student, who falls in love with an American student, Jacob, while attending an L.A. university. After quickly falling in love, Anna decides to prolong her visa and stay for the whole summer. However, her decision to stay further complicates their relationship as she is unable to re-enter the country which forces them into a long distance relationship. On the whole many who enjoy Film Festival pieces will be easily drawn into the on-screen romance between the two torn lovers. However, in certain parts, I did find the character Anna a wee bit annoying as her choices and constant complaining caused a lot of unnecessary upheaval in Jacob’s life. I feel that in the end Anna felt more like the antagonist and Jacob her poor innocent victim. Like Crazy is a safe film that film festival junkies will love. The film is an easy watch, but I do warn if you are into fast paced and obvious comedic films then watch something else.

THE TENTS On the surface, The Tents seems like a really cool fashion documentary about the rise and future changes of New York Fashion week. However, after watching the film for five or so minutes I quickly changed my mind. The overall structure of the film felt rushed, and there was nothing in the documentary that really stood out for me. The over done music was terrible and the poor camera work and editing took away the awe, excitement and nostalgia associated with New York Fashion Week. The Tents totally missed the mark and by the end the documentary felt more like an advertorial than an insight into one of the major global fashion events of the year. To give the documentary more consistency and the viewer a better insight into the history of New York Fashion Week I would take away the loud music and only interview a select number of people – including Anna Wintour – to help give the documentary a familiar and knowledgeable voice to help guide the audience. Fashionistas and industry insiders may like The Tents, but it will only be for a select few. It is a shame that more attention wasn’t paid to the production as it could have been a great watch.

DIRTY GIRL Don’t let the cover art, slogan or title fool you; Dirty Girl is one of those rare gems that will surprise you. This seemingly B-grade looking film is packed full of witty lines, 80s tunes and a diamond in the rough storyline which many may find endearing. Set in 1987, the film centers on Danielle, a high school dirty girl, who draws attention to herself for all the wrong reasons. After the principal banishes her to the school’s remedial class, Danielle makes an unlikely friend in Clarke. Later, the two decide to take a road trip together to escape the realities of their lives. Dirty Girl contains an interesting mix of actors ranging from the big screen, small screen and the cat-walk. The real star of the show is Joan, the sack of flour, as her over the top vivid pen facials steal the show. Juno Temple’s casting is spot on as her cool care-free celebrity persona resonates throughout the film. Overall Dirty Girl is a light independent flick that teenage girls, and a few slightly older kids, may enjoy. The film doesn’t involve a lot of thinking only just a little bit of watching. Although it is very cheesy in many places, the film is definitely worth a hire. (TIM WAKELY) PN

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PLAYING AT THE HERALD THEATRE, AOTEA CENTRE THE PRIDE 10 August – 1 September Silo jumps back to the future when THE PRIDE plays at Auckland’s Herald Theatre. This is one of those thoroughly grown-up plays, examining changing attitudes to love and sexuality on either side of the sexual revolution. Told with heart, humour and boundless empathy, this is a history of sorts. Oliver, Phillip and Sylvia are caught in a kind of erotic time warp. Their complex love triangle, replete with conflicting loyalties and passions, shifts from 1958 to the present and back again in a maelstrom of fantasy, repression and rebellion. In one world, they’re forced to be strangers to both desire and to themselves, weighed down by cautious euphemisms and fearful self censorship. In the other, the rainbow-stickered present, casual sex and empty style collides with the human heart. THE PRIDE marked the playwriting debut of Alexi Kaye Campbell in November 2008, taking London’s Royal Court Theatre by storm. Interchanging between two different times, Campbell’s work is elegiac in tone but thrilling in its takeout. Campbell’s trail-blazing debut earned him the Critics Circle Award, the John Whiting Award, a GLAAD Award and a Laurence Olivier Award. The New York premiere went on to star hot young things Ben Whishaw, Hugh Dancy and Andrea Riseborough. Kip Chapman returns to Silo for the first time since 2007’s Lobby Hero. Chapman created the hugely successful Apollo 13: Mission Control, which is currently being redeveloped for a North American tour. He is also the mastermind behind the Hackman Theatre Awards, Auckland’s “alternative” to the Chapman Tripp Awards in Wellington and is about to appear in Eli Kent’s Black Confetti for Auckland Theatre Company. Simon London returns to New Zealand from Sydney for this production, last appearing with Silo in the watershed production of When The Rain Stops Falling and is joined onstage by Dena Kennedy. Following her directing debut for the company last year with I Love You Bro, Sophie Roberts returns to helm this thrilling contemporary narrative. Leading costume designer Elizabeth Whiting promises a celebration of vintage bespoke tailoring in one era and the latest Soho streetwear in another. Evident in the programming of Tribes, The Brothers Size, The Only Child and When the Rain Stops Falling, Silo upholds the tradition of presenting audiences with the very best of international writing with this beautiful chamber piece, which seems tailor-made for the intimacy of the Herald Theatre. THE PRIDE provokes questions about the benefits of liberation: are we any happier? The constructs of the characters evolve over a 50-year period (for better or worse) in a work of mirrored symmetry that examines the bold sacrifices we sometimes are forced to make for happiness. PN Tickets: $25.00 - $49.00 (service fees apply) Tickets available through THE EDGE – 0800 BUY TICKETS or


ARTS + CULTURE ART FOR A GOOD CAUSE LOCAL ARTIST HANNAH WILSON IS HEADING TO SAMOA IN SEPTEMBER TO work with children in two shelters run by Samoan Victim Support Group, as part of Spinning Top’s Great Samoan Volunteer Trip. Spinning Top is a not for profit New Zealand organisation that aims to give balance to vulnerable children living in poverty, whose lives have been thrown off balance through war, oppression, natural disaster and circumstances beyond their control. As the Education Coordinator at the Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Hannah experiences the joy that art can bring daily. She says, “it’s not often you hear ‘help, artists wanted’, so when I saw the project advertised, I was excited that I could help.” With fellow artist Mia Straka, Hannah will be planning and painting fun and educational murals while other volunteers transform the bare and under-furnished shelters into child friendly environments - work that will include building a playground and sustainable vegetable garden to help with a shortage of food. They will also be organising artistic activities to give the children some creative relief from the painful experiences they are dealing with. To help with the costs for the trip and for a donation to Spinning Top for the project, Hannah is holding a Quiz Night at the Pah Homestead from 6pm on Thursday 16 August. A great opportunity to view exhibitions after public hours, the evening of trivia fun will include a raffle and silent auction of two of Hannah’s prints. The prints utilise microbial virus imagery to create intricately patterned ‘cell vistas’. El Framo Picture Framers have supported Hannah and Spinning Top by generously donating the framing of her prints in full archival and UV protectant materials. The evening’s ticket price of $25 per person includes delicious food, and beverages will be available for purchase. Teams of four to six can be made on the night. PN For ticket sales or more information about the raffle or silent auction including photos, or to make a donation to her fundraising efforts please contact Hannah T: 09 639 2010. For information about Spinning Top’s projects visit

Vessel Blast by PAT HANLY, 1986

BLAST! PAT HANLY - THE PAINTER AND HIS PROTESTS “When the world is sick and dying, the people will rise up like Warriors of the Rainbow”. ( A Cree Indian prophecy). Well something pretty sick happened 10 July 1985. French secret service agents planted two bombs on the Greenpeace ship the Rainbow Warrior in order to prevent it confronting French nuclear testing on Moruroa Atoll. Crew member Fernando Pereira was killed. Two years later, thanks to David Lange’s campaign, legislation was passed making New Zealand nuclear free. During his lifetime Pat Hanly painted and spoke up about political and other matters that disturbed him, and nothing outraged him more than what the French were up to in the Pacific Ocean. This year on 10 July Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum celebrated the anniversary of the first Rainbow Warrior with a traveling exhibition featuring Pat Hanly’s anti nuclear paintings and Gil Hanly’s documentary photographs. The exhibition includes a selection of photographs gifted to the museum by photographer, Brian Latham which record the journey of the brigantine ‘Breeze’ when she was flagship for the protest flotilla that sailed to Mururoa. Also on display is the rainbow pennant Pat and Gil stitched together and which fluttered from the mast as the Breeze sailed across the Pacific. The exhibition was developed by Lopdell House Gallery and has been touring New Zealand Public Art Galleries since September 2010. It’s fitting that on the anniversary of the bombing, the exhibition has reached its final destination in our Maritime Museum. The Rainbow Warrior was moored in Auckland on that fateful night. Colours of a rainbow were painted all around the hull and on the bow was a dove of peace carrying an olive branch, so there was no mistaking the vessel’s non violent mission. The opening attracted a very sizable crowd, evidence of the anger New Zealanders still feel about the atrocity perpetrated by the French Government, supposedly one of our allies. Speakers at the opening were Alastair Aitken, Chairman of the Museum’s Trust Board, George Armstrong, Founder of the Peace Squadron, Dame Cath Tizard and Tamsin Hanly. Also showing are documentary DVDs, ‘No Nukes is Good Nukes’ and ‘Departure and Return’ by Claudia Pond-Eyley’ and ‘Women on the Move’ by Lisa Prager. Writer, Trish Gribben has published the children’s book “Blast! Pat Hanly – the painter and his protests’ which is on sale at the Museum’s shop. The exhibition is in the Edmiston Gallery and will run till 13 November. In 1987, under international pressure, the French Government paid $8.16 million to Greenpeace. French nuclear tests in the Pacific were halted for a few years but a further series of tests were conducted in 1995. (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) PN

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Until 18 August DRAWING THE LINE

After 10 years of creating original artworks using his ‘Respect, Recycle, Re-use’ philosophy, Christchurch based Jason Kelly is proud to release his Strictly Limited Edition prints this month.

Selected artists include: Garry Currin, Bing Dawe, Scott Gardiner, Alexis Hunter, Locust Jones, Andy Leleisi’uao, Mary McIntyre, James Ormsby, Ross Ritchie, Julie Ross and Philip Trusttum.

All Jason’s original works were hand painted on recycled timber - initially back in the early 2000s - using wood from the Eastbourne/Pencarrow coastline. Jason sourced his substrates from all over New Zealand including earthquake ravaged timber. Staunchly ‘Anti-Computer’, Jason uses his humour and satirical twists to create a unique hand brushed, lighthearted atmosphere. The editions are printed on archival paper, signed and numbered by the artist and come with an authenticity card. AOTEAROA DOLLS: The works underlying meaning is about the body beautiful, having someone close to you with a body conscious disorder makes you realise how important it is to be happy in your own skin, the composition and style giving everyone some ownership in the artwork with my added humour.

Artists for generations have employed drawing as a primary medium in which to practice. They are using drawing as a finished, autonomous and self -generative discipline- not as an adjunct to another media, but as an end in itself. ‘Drawing the Line’ by PHILIP TRUSTTUM; ink on paper, 555 x 760mm

IF YOU DON’T LIKE OUR ORANGE JUICE: Created as an imaginary company to portray his point of view, the Pith Off OJ Company was created back in 2003, “It represents my personality down to a T and has an underlying satirical message with JK humour, this work harping on at TV advertising and products that promote themselves as things they are not.” EXPONENTS 30 YEARS: Commissioned by the band to commemorate its 30th anniversary, “I had spent many a night in the 90s with my mate Woody going to their gigs, bouncing in the mosh pit. It was a real privilege for me as they are one of New Zealand’s legendary bands. PN

Drawing is internationally regarded as an affordable entre into collecting unique works with excellent archival properties. Drawing the Line perfectly demonstrates the versatility of the medium.

21 August - 8 September Lauren Lysaght RED CARPET READY ‘Red Carpet Ready’ by LAUREN LYSAGHT

MOMENTUM GALLERY, 1/182 Jervois Road T: 09 376 4749

Lauren Lysaght has a unique way of commenting on various aspects of our culture. Her work is visually enticing, always challenging and thought provoking. She provides a voice that is often not heard and represents issues that are extremely relevant in society today. Red Carpet Ready reflects on our celebrity driven culture with beautifully resplendent celebrity vultures strutting the red carpet.

‘Pohutukawa in Blue’ by GYU-JOON YANG; acrylic on canvas, 760x760mm


Also showing is Gyu-Joon Yang, currently based in Korea, he returns to Auckland for All that Blooms, a beautiful series of paintings reflecting on the “ki” of nature. PN WHITESPACE, 12 Crummer Road T: 09 361 6331

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ARTS + CULTURE SHOWING AT SMYTH GALLERIES ROB TUCKER - BOATS AND BOATS 17 August - 13 September Opening: 16 August 5.30 pm At the tender age of 24, Rob Tucker’s achievements to date signify him as an exceptional young artist. Given artistic talent often defies any boundaries that age may suggest, Rob’s career has blossomed at a similar stage to the artist who has inspired him the most, Jean-Michel Basquiat. Quirky, spontaneous and infectious, Rob Tucker’s artworks have resonated loudly. Since he first exhibited in a group show at Smyth Galleries in 2007, Rob Tucker has received widespread acclamation. First, there have been four annual sell-out shows at Smyth Galleries, then last year Rob exhibited in Sydney and after a highly-successful, inaugural show, he has been asked back on an annual basis. The good news doesn’t stop there. The highly-regarded English gallery owner, Rebecca Hossack has invited Rob to exhibit in London next year plus he’s received an invitation to show in New York. And after being granted an exclusive scholarship, Rob is also taking a month-long residency in Scotland in September.


But next, it’s Auckland. All of Rob Tucker’s flair and originality will be captured and displayed in a brand new exhibition and you are warmly invited to the opening where Rob will be present as will refreshments for a winter’s night. Put this in the “Don’t Miss” column in your diary. PN SMYTH GALLERIES, 41 Jervois Road, T: 09 360 6044

9 – 21 August Preview: 9 August, 6 - 8pm Letham Gallery resident artists Deborah Walsh and Jenny McLeod return to our walls this month with a collection of stunning new original works highlighting New Zealand’s position in the Pacific and its influence on our artists. Deborah Walsh uses traditional tapa cloth to produce introduced species; sculptures of sparrows, moths and grasshoppers so familiar yet ultimately foreign – in a reference to her perceived surroundings, it’s this seamless integration reflects that of our pacific nation. Jenny McLeod is a talented glass artist, with many years experience in the art and many timeless pieces in cherished collections. McLeod’s work also has a native flavour; copper spikes, reminiscent of coconut husks, space the glasswork in her Pacific necklaces, while weaved flax strings hold intricate glass pendants. Letham Gallery specialises in cost effective framing solutions. Bring in any print, photograph or diploma along with the ad and receive 10% off the already competitive framing prices. They stock a collection of vibrant, quality, limited edition prints from Jason Kelly, Shane Hansen, Richard Freestone, Sam Broad and more, alongside their vast collection of original works from their many talented artists, ready to be hung on your walls. PN LETHAM GALLERY 35 Jervois Road T: 09 360 5217

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SHOWING AT INDEPENDENT SAINTS RETROSPECTIVE 1967–2012 - WILLIAM LLEWELLYN GRIFFITHS WILLIAM LLEWELLYN GRIFFITHS, JEWELLER AND ALCHEMIST SPENT THIRTY years manipulating metals and stone into some of the most extraordinary pieces of jewellery in the world. Born in England, raised in New Zealand, his mother a painter, his father an engineer and “crazy inventor”…he was surrounded by religious imagery, history books, pride in his Welsh heritage and his parent’s creativity. William has spoken of a ring that he made for his mother at seven years of age and his delighted intrigue at the inventions of his father. In London he worked in the Hatton Garden jewellery district. A request by a friend to make a skull ring heralded the beginning of an enduring relationship with this motif. With interests of medieval history, renaissance, couture, tattoo culture and the architecture from the Gothic and Baroque periods...William observes and absorbs the beauty of the gothic artistry of this world… such things are the “colour palette” for his masterpieces. At 30 William survived a severe car crash, on life support he describes this time as being altered, to observe the darker themes in life in particular the dreams, which haunted him during his recovery as akin to being locked within an HR Giger painting. Interestingly, HR Giger commissioned a ring from him. William’s work for celebrities includes Katy Perry, Marilyn Manson, Billy Idol and Angelina Jolie, while his creative collaborations include work with Vivienne Westwood, Dolce and Gabbana and Terry de Havilland. This exhibition shows a collection of pieces including the ring he made for his mother. INDEPENDENT SAINTS, 56 Brown Street

FROM HERE TO THERE AND BACK AGAIN Written from Mount Albert, Ontario Jamaica Jamaica was my grandfather’s homeland. At Montego Bay I met Tony Goffe, (our grandfathers were brothers.) Tony was my gracious host, also a skilful stonecutter. The drive home whilst exquisitely beautiful had me hanging on for dear life as we avoided pot holes and oncoming vehicles. At the old family homestead in Mandeville (bauxite mining and market town) I set to work. Tony provided stones, bench and drills and he joked and shared stories including his failed attempt at Ganga smuggling resulting in six months in Brixton clink. We explored the Island which Bob Marley made famous. A tropical paradise but a nation of haves and have nots where roadside shacks sit beside grand homes, many in disrepair, with steel bars witness to the recent violent past. I felt conscious of my colour and privilege but thoroughly enjoyed the Caribbean experience!

Minneapolis - Blastingly hot! Staying with friend, Jeweller Shelly Cartmell, my three weeks here were productive and fun with a great ‘Artist’s Studio’ to work in, using local materials and natural forms for inspiration; I finished eight pieces. There is fun to be had in midsummer Minneapolis, live music, festivals, barbies, art and more. I enjoyed the Independence Day fireworks from a Mississippi Steamer - spectacular! The city is multi cultural with the paradox of a visible Islamic community in post 9/11 America. The op shops are legendary and the people I met were upbeat and creative. (CARLINA GOFFE) PN

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ARTS + CULTURE SHOWING AT BLACK ASTERISK PRESENCE IN ABSENCE - A photographic and moving image exhibition. Mina Melsom, Anna Starr, Zara Sigglekow, Shelley Jacobson, Many Zhu, Sarah Hughes 3 - 12 August; Preview: Thursday 2 August 6.30pm Presence in Absence brings together a plethora of photographic approaches in an evocative exhibition, featuring the work of Mina Melsom, Anna Starr, Zara Sigglekow, Shelley Jacobson, Many Zhu and Sarah Hughes. An individual’s search for freedom and a fluidity of self is described by sociologist Zygmunt Bauman as the ‘Liquid Modern’; opposing the psychological drive for security and self definition. Presence in Absence explores the tension between these ideas through photography and moving image. Flux is found in the distortion of memory, transient real and mythological places, and the construction of identity. Solidity manifests in architectural structures, the bonds of love, and marks of culture through the creation of art itself. Contemporary photography’s tendency to slip between genre and medium is evident in the selection of works by curator Zara Sigglekow. Topographical man-altered landscapes contrast with theatrical constructions executed in the studio. Photographs are altered through digital manipulation while others are overlaid with acrylic paint. Portraiture containing cinematic dynamism, sit alongside moving image embodying meditative stillness. “Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.” –Walt Whitman PN BLACK ASTERISK, 10 Ponsonby Road T: 09 378 1020

PLAYING AT THE CIVIC THEATRE MARY POPPINS 19 October - 30 December The world’s most magical musical arrives at The Civic, this October. Based on the beloved books by P.L. Travers and the 1964 Walt Disney film, the multi-award winning musical MARY POPPINS will play at The Civic, for a strictly limited season. Produced by Cameron Mackintosh and Thomas Schumacher for Disney Theatrical Productions, the New Zealand production of MARY POPPINS follows productions in London, New York, Australia, and Holland as well as British and North American touring productions. The New Zealand production of MARY POPPINS comes straight from extraordinary success in Australia. The production opened in Melbourne July 2010 playing to 100% sold out houses for nine months. Equally successful seasons followed in Sydney, Brisbane & Perth, with both Brisbane and Perth selling out weeks before closing. The production was seen by 1.35 million people and has set new records at every venue played in Australia for pre-sales and advance sales. In 2011, MARY POPPINS won a record breaking eight Australian Helpmann Awards, including Best Musical. Auckland Mayor Len Brown said an Auckland season of Mary Poppins is a great outcome for the region. “Mary Poppins is another world-class event and Auckland is a world-class entertainment destination. We know that Aucklanders will love the chance to see this spectacular, and the show will attract many visitors to the region who will also enjoy our hospitality and retail offerings. It’s great to see the collaboration by Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA) and Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) to secure Mary Poppins for Auckland.” PN TICKETS: T: 0800 BUY TICKETS;

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Artist HELEN POLLOCK at work in her studio.

‘SUM OF THE PARTS’ – THE CULTURAL MAPPING PROJECT EXHIBITION 11-30 August Opening: 11 August, from 2pm ‘Sum of the Parts’ is a dynamic, interactive exhibition featuring numerous installations and a complementary programme of events to be held in Devonport during August in the following venues: The Depot on Clarence Street, The Museum of the Vernacular on Kerr Street, Mt Takarunga/Mt Victoria and the historic Navy Barracks on Mt Maungauika/North Head. The exhibition introduces an on-going exploration of Aotearoa New Zealand’s cultural identity facilitated by The Depot’s Cultural Mapping Project (CMP). CMP explores New Zealand’s cultural landscape by asking people to identify what is culturally significant to them and to creatively represent whatever that may be. ‘Mapping’ examples featured in this exhibition range from traditional geographic maps, to installations, to educational and expressive maps. These maps and events explore architecture, the natural environment, industrial design, visual arts, language, personal development, cultural genealogy, musical composition, poetry, peace and more in and of Aotearoa New Zealand. There are over 20 mapping projects around the country being produced for the exhibition including an online project with multiple contributors. Examples include painted maps by renowned artists Nigel Brown in Southland and Dean Buchanan in Karekare and sculptural installation work by Helen Pollock of Devonport. The sum of these parts form the whole of this exhibition: each map contributes to the mapping project as each of us plays a part in our perpetual cultural development. It’s going to be big! PN Visit or email for more exhibition/project details

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Work by August “Artist of the Month” SEAN MCDONNELL

SMALL DOG, UNIQUE GIFTS NOW ONLINE! It’s always such a delight to pop into Small Dog retail gallery at The Depot, Devonport. There is plenty to love in this small but bright and airy space. Some favourites are the one-of-a-kind ceramics; tiny short black cups, sake cups, row boats for condiments to nestle in. Whatever you’re looking for, the wide range of affordable and striking artwork, quirky jewellery, bags, sculpture, books and wonderful unique gift cards are sure to offer up something delightful! Although a trip to visit The Depot in Devonport on a “sunshiny” day is definitely worth it, for those rainy old winter days, Small Dog’s various offerings are but a click away. The Small Dog has recently started an online store - find it through the SHOP ONLINE section of The Depot’s website. Everything is unique and handmade and it’s good to know your purchase supports New Zealand artists and artisans in a time where so much production occurs offshore. One such artist is the August “Artist of the Month”, Sean McDonnell who devises the most striking, naïve and abstract works on board. His paintings are often bright, anatomical and reveal something of ‘the self’ who created them. So, either online or in store… Small Dog is still a man’s and a woman’s best friend. THE DEPOT, 28 Clarence Street T: 09 963 2331


ARTS + CULTURE THE NEW ZEALAND DANCE COMPANY LANGUAGE OF LIVING ASB Theatre, THE EDGE Friday 10 August – Gala Opening, 7.30pm; Saturday 11 August 7.30pm The New Zealand Dance Company (NZDC) exists with the genuine desire to change the way New Zealanders see and experience contemporary dance, to stretch the boundaries of what dance can be and to share its power, beauty and humour with a broad audience. The company’s first foray is a diverse programme of five exquisite works entitled Language of Living – inspired by the belief that dance is the most beautifully truthful language of living. Earthy, funny, brave and beautiful, the five works on the programme choreographed by Michael Parameter, Shona McCullough, Sarah Foster-Spruill, and Justin Haiku showcase some of New Zealand’s finest dancers: Ursula Robb, Alex Leonhartsberger, Craig Bary, Sarah Foster-Sproull, Justin Haiu, Hannah Tasker-Poland, Tupua Tigafua and Lucy Lynch as artistic athletes in innovative and relevant choreography. The programme opens with Evolve, a solo choreographed by NZDC Artistic Director Shona McCullagh featuring Ursula Robb. Evolve features the animations of Japanese artist Macoto Murayama, music prelude by John Gibson, sound score by New Zealand composer John Elmsly and design work by Andreas Mikellis, AUTs Head of Fashion in collaboration with CoLab. Respected dance authority Michael Parmenter’s duet Tenerezza works on the premise that no movement occurs without initiation by the other. Beautifully danced by Craig Bary and Justin Haiu, music by C.P.E Bach is performed live by David Guerin on piano. Release your Robot is choreographed and danced by So You Think You Can Dance star Justin Haiu. Inspired by street dance movement known as robot and liquiding, Release Your Robot features an original score by South Auckland trio The Electric Boutique, who will perform live during the piece. Shona McCullagh’s, Trees, Birds then People is a group work set to Gareth Farr’s Mondo Rondo performed live by the NZTrio. This playful work is inspired by New Zealand’s unique bird life and explores shifting hierarchy in relationships.

MOJO CABARET – FIND YOUR SEXY ALTER EGO Described as “a healthy 60 minute workout with your alter ego”, MojoCabaret is the creation of veteran dance innovator MaryJane O’Reilly. Drawing from the movement vocabulary of her hit neo burlesque show In Flagrante, MojoCabaret is aimed squarely at modern women of all ages who want to reconnect with their anarchical self, that free and irreverent spirit - a.k.a the mojo. But something that’s fun as well as cathartic. “A perfect body and dance experience NOT required,” says MaryJane. “The class is designed so that by the end you are nicely glowing having danced sleek moves that are gracious and very sexy. They use props such as whips, towels, handcuffs in a fun satiric way – just as they do in their show. They laugh a lot, dance a lot, but there is no flinging oneself to the floor or jumping high or running around madly – no, this class is elegant, sexy as hell, gives you options of moves you can do for yourself at a party or in the bedroom!” MojoCabaret is held 8.30pm every Monday evening at popular Auckland studio Viva Latino and is easy to drop into at any time. “Viva Latino has beautiful well lit, wooden floor studios with a great sound system” says MaryJane, “a fantastic place to get started on the new you!” In Flagrante the show is on at Toto in Nelson Street on 17 and 18 August. PN Book at for preview see MOJO CABARET DANCE CLASSES, Viva Latino, 10 Newton Road T: 09 376 7900

Human Human God by Sarah Foster-Sproull, is a poignant and comical piece about Generation Y by a Generation X-er and features an original music score by Motorcade’s Eden Mulholland.

LIFTOFF! ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre Saturday 11 August 2.00 pm In addition to the Language of Living season, the company is also offering a dedicated youth engagement programme entitled Liftoff! A partnership with Kowhai Intermediate School sees 20 children take to the stage along with the NZDC Youth Company, our own dancers and special guests from Auckland secondary schools performing a dynamic programme of short works that include excerpts from the Language of Living launch performance as well as live music by The Electric Boutique and the NZTrio. NZDC Artistic Director Shona McCullagh and company member Tupua Tigafua have worked over several months with the students at Kowhai helping them to create their own choreographic language, celebrating identity through their own personal connection with community, whanau, culture and passion. Best We Can Be set to music by Trinity Roots, is a unique work inspiring our youth, to be courageous in their individuality through the transformative power of dance. PN Tickets for LANGUAGE OF LIVING and LIFTOFF are on sale and available through: and T: 09 357 3355 GROUP BOOKINGS T: 09 357 3354, email or visit Major supporters include THE EDGE, Designworks and foundation partner Westpac. THE NEW ZEALAND DANCE COMPANY The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied




A PERSONAL VIEW OF NEW ZEALAND JULES AND EFFIN OLDER ARE TRAVEL JOURNALISTS, CHILDREN’S AUTHORS and videographers. They describe themselves as Kiwi-Yanks because they came to New Zealand with their twin daughters in 1972 when Jules took a post at Otago Medical School as clinical psychologist. They stayed in Dunedin till 1986 and now split their time between San Francisco and Auckland. They are both travel journalists, children’s authors and videographers and their work has won major awards in New Zealand, Canada, Great Britain and the USA. Jules appears regularly on Jim Mora’s show as the IT Guy in San Francisco. Their most recent project is an app ‘Auckland Insider’ which is a personal view of New Zealand through the prism of Auckland. They see New Zealand with both insider and outsider eyes and describe things that many people might miss. For example they perceive the clothesline as something sacred to New Zealand women. They name the best and worst shows on our television and identify words that mean one thing here and quite another in the rest of the world. They write about what is positive here and what is disappointing in their own inimitable quirky style and it certainly isn’t your average travel app. ‘Auckland Insider’ is available through Android mobile devices, Apple’s App Store under travel, and through Sutro Media at http://www.sutromedia. com/apps.html. Jules has another project, a brand new e-book, ‘Death by Tartar Sauce‘ which is about the adventures and misadventures of a travel writer. Most of it relates disasters and near disasters that are funny and are all to do with travel. The title comes from a trip with food writers in Maryland, Jules’s home state which is famous for seafood. Being a bit of a food writer himself, he gets to hang out with them as a sort of demi food writer. On this occasion when the group of ten were at a restaurant, the waiter placed a large bowl of tartar sauce in the middle of the table. Lo and behold, a recognised New York food writer took a soup spoon and ate the entire contents of the bowl. Next morning she ended up in hospital, hence the title. The writer didn’t die, just claimed she’d caught a touch of the flu, but Jules surmised it was a case of very inappropriate over indulgence. The book is available on every e-book platform, and costs US$3.99.

BLACK ASTERISK CELEBRATES FIRST BIRTHDAY SHOWING A SELECTION OF BLACK ASTERISK ARTISTS PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE From 1- 9 September Birthday celebration: Saturday 1 September 6.30pm 1 September marks Black Asterisk’s first year in Ponsonby. Having exhibited over 40 artists, 19 full exhibitions as well as countless smaller shows the year has been packed to the brim. They’ve shown painting, photography, sculpture, and moving image works by artists from the top to the bottom of the country, all unique and unforgettable. They’ve had many a happy visitor (who’ve gone through countless bottles of wine) and enjoyed every minute. Now, to mark the occasion, they’re putting on their 20th show. BLACK ASTERISK, 10 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 378 1020

Previously Jules has gone down the publishing house route but now he is very taken with the e-book phenomena and says it rivals the Gutenberg Press in changing the way words are presented. He’s happy to be part of this change, even if he doesn’t make a dime himself. Of course he’d still like to make a dime or maybe more! The negative is that unlike publishing houses there is no crack sales team or an editor who might say ‘this is a terrible sentence’, or ‘this chapter has to go’. Fortunately Jules and Effin are well qualified to edit one another’s books. Effin is not unknown to New Zealand Television’s audience. As well as being a writer and a tutor, she co-hosted two shows, ‘The Renovators’ and ‘Of Course you can do it’ which were broadcast on DTVN2. ‘Death by Tartar Sauce’ is full of comic mis-adventures around the world including New Zealand and Australia. The stories take place while travelling alone, with family, on a tour, and with other travel writers… including the one who came close to experiencing ‘Death By Tartar Sauce’. There’s also a section Older calls “But Seriously, Folks.” In it, he deals with Arizona and the Ethics of Travel Writing, The Stupidity of Censorship, The Stupidity of Buying Expensive Baubles and more. Read it and enjoy! (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) PN

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ARTS + CULTURE THE JOURNEY OF A BOOK Kids and adults alike will love creating a one of a kind book from pulp to print, completing a different step each week at MOTAT’s fun and exciting weekend experience, ‘The Journey of a Book’. A series of hands-on workshops and crafty demonstrations throughout August will give visitors the chance to construct their own personalised book in its different stages including making paper, using a printing press and then binding all the pages together to create a final masterpiece that will be sure to impress. Finally, in its final week, watch as things get taken to the next level MOTAT-style in an exhilarating live event where we’ll swap print rollers for MOTAT’s own steam rollers and create a massive mega print! ‘The Journey of a Book’ is free with your entry to MOTAT and will run 10am - 4.00pm every Saturday and Sunday. In conjunction with Lopdell House, there will also be handmade books and printing on display. With a new and stimulating activity on offer each weekend, come and join in the fun! DATES: Every Saturday and Sunday from 4-26 August. LOCATION: MOTAT, Great North Road and Meola Road, Western Springs. COSTS: You can enjoy ‘The Journey of a Book’ free with normal admission costs to MOTAT.

PLAYING AT TAPAC THEATRE 23 August – 8 September Beautiful Losers is a drama/comedy based on the crazed and inspired relationship between writer Jack Kerouac and con artist, car thief Neal Cassady and their journeys through America in the 1940s and 1950s. In their pursuit of the ultimate high, Jack and Neal leave New York City for Mexico, accompanied by a soundtrack of cool jazz, conversation, amphetamines and booze. On arrival in Mexico they are thrust into the world of William Burroughs and his partner Joan – what happens next is a combination of high times, low deeds and cruel tragedy – almost unbelievable but terribly true. When Jack Kerouac’s seminal novel ‘On the Road’ in 1957 is published it propels Jack to the giddy heights of literary fame and seriously challenges his beautiful relationship with Neal.


Beautiful Losers is a sweeping story of fame and its consequences. It is the story of the man who created the Beat Generation and the beginnings of the 1960s Counter Culture. An edge of your seat experience, exploding with words, laughter, music and madness. If there was ever an excuse to steal a car, drive all night and howl at the moon - Beautiful Losers is it. PN

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