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General consensus is that residents are opposed to the proposal, with concerns over the limited notification being raised by several residents. In the initial application put to council over a year ago, and prior to the building at 302 Great North Road being purchased, Bunnings did not notify residents at all. It was only after the application was successful that it came to resident’s attention. Little has changed in the current application but the acquisition of this extra site prompted Bunnings to double the size of their initial proposal. The area is well serviced with Placemakers, Mitre10 Ponsonby, South Pacific timber and Carters being within a three kilometre radius of this site. The proposal then is not so much about servicing a community that is clearly well covered, but to ruthlessly create a rivalry between Bunnings and their opposition. What residents are seeking is that Bunnings withdraw their application and the site be developed as per the council zoning – apartments and small businesses alongside cafes and entertainment areas. Council is seeking to intensify housing in the central city, as outlined in the draft unitary plan, here is an area that is a prime location with residents willing and supportive of land being used for this purpose! Many questions have been raised about the servicing of the Bunnings site. The notification outlines 80 heavy truck movements to and from the site and begs the question..from where? Will these vehicles travel from the St Lukes exit off the Northwestern motorway, and through Grey Lynn village? How will this already stretched area of road cope with the extra load? Or will they travel through the city and along Karangahape Road? In the immediate vicinity of the proposed Bunnings site are two kindergartens, both of which have been in the area for 40 years or more. There is no acknowledgement of the dangers and difficulties parents and children will face getting to and from the kindergartens or the air and noise pollution created by trucks and cars parking around the building. SUE LYONS, Arch Hill www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Bunnings_does_not_align_with_Arch_Hill_and_ Grey_Lynns_future KNOWING WHAT MAKES A COMMUNITY TICK I’ve just finished reading the latest magazine over lunch. Two stories in particular caught my attention in the latest issue. The first story was the demise of the Tongan church building in Richmond Road. What a sad story of what will be the slow and painful death of a beautiful heritage building. And there’s not a lot the frustrated tenants can do about it. And secondly, John Elliott’s story on the departure of butcher Brian Hall. What a top bloke Brian sounds like. With 35 years in the location he will be known by a lot of Ponsonby people. This is far more than a story about a man who has run a business, it’s about saying goodbye to someone who has probably been at the heart of the community for decades. In fact butchers have been the heart of the community since the caveman went hunting woolly mammoths after the ice age. Bloody good read. Well done again Ponsonby News! You really know what makes a community tick. That’s why I enjoy, and always have, reading the magazine. A community is all about good people and the positive impacts they have on others. SCOTT CORDES, Bayleys Real Estate, Viaduct Harbour SUSHI WASABI - GREAT SERVICE I would like to express my thanks to the proprietor of Sushi Wasabi in Three Lamps. Not only is he unfailingly kind and patient with my small children as they choose and eat their sushi, but when he found a schoolbag that we had accidentally left in his shop, he returned it to my house (luckily it had an address tag). It was very kind of him to go out of his way to save me some stress and I really appreciate it. CATHERINE MASON, by email

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OPPOSITION TO BUNNINGS COMING TO GREAT NORTH ROAD Residents of Arch Hill and Grey Lynn met on Monday 22 April to discuss the Bunnings home improvement centre application proposed to cover the area running from 272 to 302 Great North Road. The application by Bunnings is controversial because the zoning for this site is mixed-use not commercial.

Welcome to the second update from your 85kg rugby team, the Herne Bay Hustlers. We’ve been very busy over the past few weeks, mainly soaking in the fame brought about from the front page exposé we got in last month’s issue of Ponsonby News. But as well as coming to terms with our new social status we have also managed to pack in a few pre-season games and some well needed fitness training to make sure that we hit the season running. The support from the local community has been really humbling. A special thanks to Geoff at Kiwi Rugby Limited, who has supplied us with some truly awesome new jerseys and training kit (we’ll show some pictures in the next issue); to Ali at Back Balance on Ponsonby Road, who is now our team Chiropractor - he’s so good he could make Elton John straight; and to Bayleys Real Estate and Branch Off Arborists who have provided us with some much needed cash for the kitty. At the time of writing we have had two grading games which resulted in a big 48-0 win down at Cox’s Bay Reserve against the Suburbs Mustangs and a narrow 3-0 loss to the Varsity Debt Collectors in front of a great crowd, under lights, down at Western Springs. Coming up, we have a couple of away games against Pakuranga Pythons and Ardmore Marist. Once these games are over we will be able to report back on whether we’ve made the championship grade or not. Fingers crossed! We’re still on the lookout for a backs coach (did someone say Marc Ellis was interested?) and any further sponsorship would be most welcome, particular in the refreshment department. If you don’t feel like you could sponsor, but need a group of 85kgs of 50% muscle to work on your backyard, we are even available for that. TIM KERR, Herne Bay Hustlers @ Ponsonby Rugby Club, E: tim.kerr00@gmail.com

Also, we’re introducing one Bachelor a month, so if there are any single ladies out there wanting to date a Hustler, please see below. NAME: Dwayne Cleugh; MOBILE: 021 733 593; AGE: 27; POSITION: 1st Five, Full Back. OCCUPATION: Professional Tennis Coach (No baloney!) ETHNICITY: Unclear – potentially of Lebanese descent. PERFECT DATE: Romantic picnic at Herne Bay with a box of Cindy’s. And remember ladies, It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.

LOCAL DESIGNER CREATES OUTFITS FOR NAPSTER FOUNDER’S WEDDING Well done to our fabulous talented costume designer, Franklin Road resident - Ngila Dickson. She has been commissioned to create a series of outfits “based on modern suits and dresses with some elements of Victorian flair and whimsy” at the internet billionaire’s fairytale wedding. SALLY SMITH, Grey Lynn POMPALLIER TENNIS CLUB Just a quick note to let you know that our appearance in Ponsonby News brought in tonnes of new people to the club, many of whom ended up signing up as members - so a big thank you. JOSIE MCNAUGHT, by email Continued from P116 PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


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MODEST CLUBROOMS, IN THE MIDDLE OF GREY LYNN PARK, REBUILT IN THE 1970s (BUT still far from ostentatious), house a large and vibrant rugby league club, Richmond Rovers, which celebrates its Centenary as a club this month - P20. THIS MONTH, WE’RE EXCITED TO INCLUDE OUR ANNUAL PONSONBY LITTLE Black Book, an A-Z of our local cafes and restaurants. – P34. IT WAS AS GOOD AN EXCUSE AS ANY TO GET THREE LOVELY LADIES ON OUR front cover. ‘Mumtrepreneur’ Tara Brogan just can’t help herself. Foxtrot Parlour is the third café she’s owned during the past 12 years. Mother’s Day is looming, so to acknowledge our wonderful mums we’ve included two of Tara’s daughters, Holly and Maddie, looking beautiful with their mum – P48. ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT WORKING ON PONSONBY NEWS ARE SOME of the treats we get to experience. Sid Sahrawat called us asking if Jay and I would like to test a new vege dish he wanted feedback on. We dropped everything and went down to see him. The dish, a proposed part of his degustation menu at Sidart, consists of celeriac pickled in beetroot juice, celeriac puree, nashi pear granita and crisp sage. It certainly got the thumbs up from us. SOME OF YOU WILL BE AWARE THAT LAST YEAR WE RELOCATED FROM OUR home office to an office on Richmond Road, a minute from the West Lynn shops. I’ve always loved this little community. We support the Sunday Grey Lynn Farmer’s Market and many of the local businesses have become our friends – P58.

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ALTHOUGH NEXT JANUARY, MY PARTNER JAY AND I CELEBRATE OUR 20TH anniversary, we probably won’t be tying the knot any time soon. We are, however, very proud that this country now offers same sex marriage. I WAS CHUFFED TO BE ASKED TO BE A ‘FILL IN” SPEAKER AT THE U3A MEETING last month. The group asked if I’d tell them a little about how we put Ponsonby News together. They also asked me to tell them about my life back in the media in UK P26. I AM SHOCKED, HORRIFIED AND JUST PLAIN DISGUSTED BY TALK OF A BILL WHICH thinks it’s OK to test party pills on poor, defenseless animals. This Government really is going against public opinion, especially now that the EU has banned the sale of cosmetics developed through animal testing. Animal rights lobbyists have stated that EU officials “listened to the people”. Something that the New Zealand Government could learn from. I have made a submission to Parliament, which is printed in full – P106. (MARTIN LEACH)

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9 LOCAL NEWS NEWS ON THE GREY LYNN PARK FESTIVAL The Grey Lynn Park Festival team is already beavering away with preparations for the 30 November event. This festival has been running for over 29 years and only twice has rain forced its cancellation. Given Auckland’s notoriously unreliable weather, we think this is nothing short of a miracle. The thing we like most, apart from the vibe, is that the entire event is free. The organisers work long hours, year round on a largely voluntary basis. Everyone is praying for a rain-free day! WHO ARE THE TEAM BEHIND THE GREY LYNN PARK FESTIVAL? The team consists of Kate Burke, (a social worker and clinical psychologist), Hans Heumann, (a social worker, actor, event manager), Roger Bannan, (a chartered accountant, teacher, community worker), and Angela TuiSamoa (a community worker, and full time mother of four lovelies). We’ve organised the festival for the past 19 years. WHAT IS PLANNED FOR 2013? Unity Pacific, Che and Herbs will sing us happy, while wandering through the stalls and spaces of Kiwi ingenuity and creativity. There will be arts, crafts, performances, musicians, food, historians, workshops, eco info and walks on the wild side. All this makes for the special vibe that people say is what they love about the festival. There will be a ‘petting farm’, great for city kids to get up close and personal with the animal world and History Alive for medieval fun. Circus Circool will be there and Nek Minnit will be on the skateboard, Unitec students will present their Fashion Show. Want more? How about a mobile blacksmith, vintage steampowered vehicles. Also lookout for the mobile sofa you may catch a couch instead of a bus! THE COSTS OF $130,000 ARE HUGE, HOW IS THE EVENT FUNDED? The Grey Lynn Park Festival Team raises about a third of the costs from its stallholders. Other costs are met by making funding applications. A lot of paperwork is completed and there is lots of nail biting alongside planning and booking the services and activities.

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THE COMPLIANCE AND WASTE MIMINISATION MUST BE BIG, TELL US WHAT’S INVOLVED? The Grey Lynn Park Festival has grown from a neighbourhood market of around 30 stalls in the 1980s, to a huge event covering an 11 acre site, 350 plus stalls, stages and lots of free entertainment in the festivals our team has produced over the last 15 years. We now manually paint out spaces for everyone to find their way round such a big event. New rules and requirements have arrived each year asking for

written and detailed plans on public health, public safety, potential hazards, security, waste minimisation, noise issues, traffic management on site and in surrounding streets, parking, waste management, food health, civil defence plans, lost children and vulnerable adults. We don’t enjoy this side of the festival. It knocks our energy each year making it hard to find the time to actually organise the content of the festival, but it has to be achieved as if we were a commercial entity with a team of staff working full time. We have given the public an experience without the sales pressures and visual pollution of advertising from global companies with imported products. We have tried to support small businesses, fundraisers and issue groups, thus producing the personal atmosphere within the festival which comes from passionate vendors selling their own creations. WHAT ARE THE THINGS THE TEAM LOVES MOST ABOUT THE EVENT? We love that many of our stallholders, musicians, performers and volunteers have stayed with us for years. Thanks must go to our special helpers, Junior Toko, Anita Langthaller, Reverend Mua, Unity Pacific, Lisa Barben, Eme Lagi, Monique Kauie, Loni Faga, Robyn Ford, Becky Brittain, Kelly Sawden, Marjorie Cox, Brent McConachy, Sally Swedlund, Che Fu & The Krates, Sebastian Mierau, Zorah Bogdanow, Sam Wallace, Titi Hamill, Ritchie Sims, Paul and Kelsey Rose TuiSamoa and many many more. We love that the staff that work for our service contractors want to come back and work on this event each year. The festival gives us a fantastic sense of pleasure and achievement. The thank you letters we get after a festival tells us how many people rely on and benefit from what we do. We love the opportunity to work at a grass roots level. We love the festival. We love the festival. He aha te mea nui? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata. What is important in this world? It is people, it is people, it is people. (MARTIN LEACH) PN SATURDAY, 30 NOVEMBER, from 9.30am to 6pm.

L-R: Angela TuiSamoa, Hans Heumann, Roger Bannan and Kate Burke.

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DAVID HARTNELL’S ONE MINUTE INTERVIEW WITH ANDREW MULLIGAN Andrew Mulligan is a New Zealand television presenter and Grey Lynn resident. He co-hosts on Sky Television PRIME TV, The Crowd Goes Wild with former New Zealand test cricketer Mark Richardson. WHOSE GREATEST HITS WOULD YOU TAKE TO A DESERT ISLAND? The Rolling Stones, ‘Hot Rocks’, not a bad song on there...Bob Marley’s ‘Legend’, who doesn’t like Bob? And the Beatles ‘1’. Can I take three, please? DID YOU ENJOY CO-HOSTING ‘NZ’S GOT TALENT’? I did as it was a move away from sports broadcasting and it was a real advantage working with my great friend, Jason Reeves. Also meeting everyday New Zealanders who had these acts and turned the name of the show into a statement rather than a question. WHAT IS YOUR PREFERENCE TV OR RADIO AND WHY? That’s like asking me which child do I like better! I don’t have children but asking me to choose is too hard. Both have advantages and complement each other. Radio is more casual where TV is more rigid. THE LAST TIME YOU TURNED OFF YOUR CELL PHONE? When I was on a plane! Apart from that it’s always on and always close by as sad as that sounds. WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT YOU REALLY DISAPPROVE OF? Internet keyboard warriors trolling for attention and conflict. IF YOU WERE GIVEN A MILLION DOLLARS WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU WOULD DO? Buy a house in Ponsonby but then probably still have a mortgage. WHAT’S YOUR COMFORT FOOD? Chorizo and chicken Paella. WHAT MOTIVATES YOU? Failure. WHICH PERFORMERS TODAY DO YOU PARTICULARLY ADMIRE AND WHY? Tina Fey and Will Ferrell. She’s so cleverly self deprecating and he is just so silly it’s funny. WHAT DO YOU THINK HAPPENS WHEN WE DIE? Unfortunately not a lot, which is disappointing. WHAT IS YOUR ALL TIME FAVOURITE BOOK? Life of Pi or Shantaram. YOUR FAVOURITE TIME OF THE DAY? Home time. YOU’RE INSECURE ABOUT WHAT? Consistency of performance. TELL US SOMETHING VERY FEW PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT YOU? My five-times great Grandfather, John Logie Baird, invented the television. WHAT IS YOUR IDEA OF PERFECT HAPPINESS? On a tropical island without much to do except eat, drink and relax. YOUR GREATEST FEAR? Not finding that tropical island soon enough. FAVOURITE HERO OF FICTION? Han Solo. CHANGE ONE THING ABOUT YOURSELF WHAT WOULD IT BE? I don’t think we should be too caught up on things like that because best features and failings are what make us. WHICH TALENT WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO HAVE? To sing better...ok...to actually sing. HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO DIE? Very quickly and at peace! YOUR LIFE MOTTO IS? “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

FAVOURITE SEASON? Autumn. It’s still a little warm but you’re able to sleep at night in Auckland. It’s the little things. DO YOU HAVE ANY RECURRING DREAMS? The one where I’m falling has woken me up before. What does it mean? YOUR DREAM GUEST LIST FOR A DINNER PARTY AND WHY? Dave Grohl - a musical machine and funny. Michael Jordan - a sporting icon and fiercely competitive. Tina Fey - so funny and Chuck Klosterman - an essayist on American pop culture. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST PET? Jaffa the ginger cat then Zoe the golden Labrador. HOW DO YOU TAKE YOUR COFFEE? Long and black... DO YOU TRAVEL LIGHT OR HEAVY? Medium which means I’m still waiting for the perfect trip where I have enough and not too much or too little. YOUR BEST HOLIDAY EVER? Los Angeles - New York - Copper Mountain, Colorado - Los Angeles in 2010. HOW MUCH OF THE BANTER BETWEEN YOU TWO ON THE SHOW IS ADLIB? All of it. You just can’t rehearse mediocrity.

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DO YOU HAVE ANY TATTOOS? No. They would just look really stupid on me.

WHAT CLICHÉ DO YOU MOST ABHOR? ‘Raise the bar’, ‘take it to the next level’ any of those terrible business quasi motivational clichés.

WHAT IS THE SCARIEST MOVIE YOU’VE EVER SEEN? The Blair Witch Project.

BEST THING ABOUT YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW? My new wife.

THE HOTTEST FEMALE STAR IN HOLLYWOOD AND WHY? Emma Stone - funny and sassy and then Mila Kunis right up until she started dating Ashton Kutcher.

WHAT GIZMO CAN YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT? My phone, everything is on it that I need to get me sorted. WHAT ARE YOUR WEAKNESS AND INDULGENCE? Jeans and Puma shoes. DO YOU BELIEVE IN GHOSTS? Yes.

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CHAIR’S WAITEMATA LOCAL BOARD REPORT: SHALE CHAMBERS Standing aloft the almost completed new Point Resolution Bridge with my fellow Waitemata Local Board members, I marvelled at how this project had so quickly come together and been completed to such a high standard of design and workmanship within a tight timeframe.

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The old bridge had become unsafe only a year ago and now a stunning new bridge has been erected that allows the new electrified rail to pass under it. The talented and dedicated staff over many arms of council and government agencies came together with the local board to fast track the new landmark that we can all be proud of. As board chair I will be officially opening the bridge this month to welcome yet another completed local project, with the board funded walkway to connect the bridge to the Parnell Baths following immediately on its heels. The view over the whole Auckland harbour and downtown is breath-taking!

Mayor Len Brown and Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse marked the start of this new initiative, for those aged 16 years and under, by visiting West Wave Aquatic Centre in Henderson and speaking to some of the people that will benefit from free pools.

The gestation of projects into real community improvements normally takes longer, and while this can be a little frustrating at times it is usually because we want to do all the preparatory planning so we can ensure improvements funded by your hard earned rates fit into the community’s vision for their neighbourhood and are done right. The future civic open space at the Nosh site at 254 Ponsonby Road is a case in point. Many won’t even know this site was purchased in 2006 for future open space. Little preparatory work was done on progressing it until recently. The board was not happy with a rushed process for its development now that some concept proposals have been presented and the process was slowed down by the board to make sure all the community voice can be heard. It will form a part of the Ponsonby Road master plan that board members Pippa Coom and Tricia Reade with a council team and community representatives are helping to develop. Your input will be sought in July. The two council-funded artificial turf fields at Seddon Fields in Westmere will be finished very soon in time for the winter soccer playing season and I look forward to watching some matches that will now not be ‘rained off’. The board’s Costley Reserve in Freemans Bay redevelopment plan had an open day last month which was well attended and locals have given us useful feedback. The board’s Weona -Westmere Coastal Walkway project is presently at resource consenting stage, with formal public submissions having recently closed. After Easter the much anticipated Cox’s Bay bridge and boardwalk renewal and widening started as the first project in the board’s recently completed Greenways Plan. It is going to be a real asset when it is finished. My heartfelt thanks to all the hardworking community volunteers who have been cleaning up the area over many years. Your persistence in ecological restoration and leading by example has inspired us. Thanks also to those who made submissions to the Waitemata Greenways Plan. A safe cycling and walking network is part of a connected and healthy neighbourhood. We have heard the community voice in the consultation. Other projects identified in the plan will follow as early as this coming financial year as we make funding decisions. The Draft Unitary Plan consultation is occurring in many community halls around Auckland and local residents who many never have been to a public meeting in many years have turned up to listen to the plans and give their views. I must agree with locals in Arch Hill and Grey Lynn that it is indeed disappointing to see an Australian DIY chain covet land in Great North Road that many of us thought was identified as prime inner city apartment and terraced house territory.

From last month young Aucklanders will have free access to all council-owned pools.

“In a region surrounded by sea, swimming and spending summer at the beach is a rite of passage, and it’s vitally important to give our young people the skills to do that safely and wisely,” says Len Brown. “Free access to public pools is one way of giving our young people a stronger start in life, an avenue to important skills, enjoyable physical activity and good fun,” he says. Young people aged 16 years and under will have free access to core facilities during operating hours. Charges will apply to all non-core facility areas like spas, sauna, steam, special play equipment, dive-boards and hydroslides, and for programmes such as learn to swim. All adults (17 years and over) will be charged to access council-owned pools, including in the Manukau area where entry has until now been free. PN More information is available on the Auckland Council website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

A BIG BOOST FOR FERRY PATRONAGE The long summer saw more Aucklanders taking to the water and using the city’s ferry services. In March the number of people using the ferries was up 9 per cent to 555,143. Auckland Transport says these figures are very strong and for the first time include the new Hobsonville and Beach Haven service which is performing ahead of expectations. Extra sailings have also been added to Pine Harbour. For the year to the end of March, five-and-a-half million people have used ferry services. The trains also saw a daily increase in the number of passengers. Average daily weekday passenger numbers were up 4.5 per cent on March last year. The number of trips on the trains in March was 1,002,967. Average daily weekday patronage increased by 2.6 per cent on the Northern Express bus service. Overall bus patronage was down slightly in March, compared to last year, because Easter meant there were two less business days. PN

While job creation is important, so too is making the best decisions over where Auckland intensifies in a way Aucklanders and the nearby locals can understand. This may be another example where giving clear signals about community expectations on appropriate development, lends weight to the arguments for giving the unitary plan some weighting from when it is notified in September… alongside implementing the draft proposed heritage and character protections in the plan at the earliest opportunity. Last month I wrote of the new housing choices the unitary plan is intended to offer Auckland as it slowly intensifies. At a personal level my family have sold our much loved 105 year old five bedroom character villa to a new family and has moved to a smaller three bedroom city fringe apartment. With only two teenagers still at home we are looking forward to all that the inner city has to offer in our Beaumont Quarter apartment. (SHALE CHAMBERS) PN Contact me: shale.chambers@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

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JOHN ELLIOTT: LOCAL NEWS ALLENDALE HOUSE REFURBISHED - MODERN ADDITION CREATED On Friday 5 April, the Prime Minister, Rt Hon. John Key was in Ponsonby to officially open the refurbished ASB Trust historic Allendale House, and the modern architecturally designed addition. The opening also celebrated 25 years of grant making by the ASB Trust. During her speech at the opening, Trust CEO Jennifer Gill declared that the refurbishment of Allendale House represented “the future-proofing of an iconic piece of Auckland’s architectural and cultural heritage for future generations.” Gill went on to say that “the refurbishment will last for generations. It has all the features of a Victorian gentleman’s residence, sitting alongside a modern building designed to accommodate a dynamic, professional team. The new annex represents the cutting -edge of technologies and aesthetics for sustainable buildings in the 21st century.” Peter Reed of Salmon Reed Architects, renowned specialists in heritage architecture, led the project. The ASB is the largest non-government funder of heritage projects in Auckland and Northland. It makes grants to community groups and projects using funds from the sale of its shareholding in the Auckland Savings Bank. The trust has made grants of almost $800 million since being formed in 1988. Ponsonby News was treated to a tour of the refurbished Allendale House and the new annex by architect Peter Reed, and Chief Financial Officer for ASB, Syd Beguely. They were extremely generous with their time, and by the time the tour ended, I was clear how much professional time, energy and enthusiasm had been put into this project. Peter Reed is very proud of his practice’s work on Allendale, and so he should be. The old building has been carefully and lovingly restored. The history of the house was researched, and as far as possible all the heritage issues faithfully addressed. Peter knows every inch of that building, and tells some lovely stories about its history. “One of the most sustainable things you can do is refurbish and recycle an older building because you’re reinvesting in the embodied energy of the building,” says Peter. One of the conditions of the resource consent was retention of the old stables complex at the rear of the old villa. Much has been made of this. The hay loft, which once stored the feed for the horses, was done up, and is now the trust’s staff room. The window and the pulley system used to get the hay up into the loft have been retained.

We went up to the old turret. I can envisage the Doctor’s wife knitting or crocheting (the home was owned by a Doctor in the early 1900s), while keeping an eye on the neighbourhood, right across Surrey Farm. Now, Syd tells me, staff often come up to the turret for small meetings, or to do quiet work, or just to have time to think. It is in original condition, including the matched lining kauri panels on the walls leading up the stairs. I discussed the new annex development with Peter Reed. There have been some local complaints about it, mainly how appropriate it is right next to an historic building. Peter explained the raison d’etre for its design. He wanted it to be sympathetic to the integrity of the old lady next door. I personally think she should be pleased how the slightly brash young teen has complemented her heritage presence. The interface was kept slightly apart from the old villa because of earthquake requirements. It allowed Peter to design a canyon between the two, and to create a series of rectangular masses which fit well with each other. The new building has a limited palette of materials and colours and, while standing alone, is proud without being dominating. One reason for that is the way the new building is set back so the view of Allendale House was not obscured from any angle. It could have been built right up to the footpath. And so, the old heritage home that is Allendale House, solid respectable, venerable, and now completely refitted, sits alongside a modern, attractive building, beautifully proportioned, popular with staff, and purpose built to suit the needs of the ASB Trust going forward into the next 25 years. This has been a very successful collaboration between the trust and an extremely able heritage architect. Syd Beguely had almost daily contact with Peter Reed for two years. He’s glad that time is over, but he is equally enthusiastic about the final product. “ It was all worth it,” he tells us with a smile. Congratulations, ASB Trust - architectural awards could well be on the horizon. (JOHN ELLIOTT) PN

photography: Martin Leach

Outside, and now adjoining the main building, the original lining of the walls of the stables, rusticated weather board with original colours, has been exposed and left for everyone to see what it used to look like in 1900. The old villa has been retrofitted very

cleverly; modern technological stuff behind carefully hidden panels. It has even had the services of an acoustic engineer to ensure quietness from toilets and outside noise.

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KAREN WITHERS (left) and STEPHNE VAUGHAN, Mercy Hospice Fundraiser (right) discuss plans over a cuppa

HOSPICE CUPPA FUNDRAISER FOR MERCY HOSPICE THE WORDS “HOSPICE” AND “CUPPA” GO HAND-IN-HAND. THE SIMPLEST OF tasks, it can make all the difference for someone in need of comfort or looking for a little bit of ordinary in a less-than-ordinary day. This “culture of care” was something that Karen Withers picked up on straight away, when she dropped off census papers to Mercy Hospice Auckland. Karen admits that she knew very little about Mercy Hospice before she popped in. Mercy Hospice provides free palliative care for people facing life-limiting illnesses living in the Auckland District Health Board area. “What struck me first were the immaculate gardens. I knew this was a very special place,” she says. Owner of a local property management company and a member of BNI (Business Network International), Karen was inspired to make sure her local Ponsonby BNI Chapter got behind Mercy’s work. BNI have supported Hospice throughout New Zealand for the past six years and have raised over half a million dollars throughout the country. “We think holding an open-invitation Hospice Cuppa at Mercy Hospice will be a fun way to promote Mercy’s great work and to fundraise at the same time,” Karen says, “We also see it as a great way to meet others and network with like-minded individuals.” Karen has been busy pounding the pavements, dropping off posters to local businesses, schools and community centres. Karen loves baking and her team will be whipping up lots of delicious treats for the morning tea. “All I can tell you is that there will be chocolate brownies and slices,” she says, “You’ll just have to come to find out more!” BNI Hospice Cuppa Event will be held 10.30am-11.30am, Friday 17 May at MERCY HOSPICE AUCKLAND, 61 College Hill. If you would like to attend contact Karen on T: 09 360 4506 or email karen.withers@nexuspm.co.nz. If you would like to hold your own Mercy Hospice Auckland Cuppa event visit www.hospicecuppa.co.nz or call T: 09 361 5966 to sign up for your free pack.

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JOHN ELLIOTT: LOCAL NEWS RICHMOND ROVERS RUGBY LEAGUE CLUB PREPARES FOR CENTENARY A MODEST CLUBROOM IN GREY LYNN PARK, REBUILT IN THE 1970S (BUT STILL far from ostentatious), houses a large and vibrant rugby league club, Richmond Rovers, which will celebrate its centenary as a club in May this year. Apparently, the council many years ago assured the club of three grounds as long as the club existed. Many Ponsonbyites don’t know such sports fields even exist. The junior prizegiving fills Youthtown each year - something like 400 junior players. There are 300 senior players and 200 social members too. They were arriving in large numbers with parents, food, drinks and blankets, ready for home games, when Ponsonby News visited on Saturday morning, 20 April. Almost everyone seemed to be a Pacific Islander, although club stalwart and former Premier player, Peter Ah Kuoi told me there has been quite an influx of young pakeha joining the club in the last few years. Schools which used to have only rugby union teams, now have league teams too. Even Auckland Grammar has given in to the demand, and last year fielded several rugby league teams, and entered the Auckland competitions. The Pacific Island takeover occurred around the end of the 1970s. Before that this proud and successful club was almost exclusively white. Few Maori have been members over the years. The 1970s saw the arrival of huge numbers of Samoan, Cook Island, Tokelauan, Niuean and Tongan families. Many of these settled at first in rental housing in Grey Lynn and Ponsonby. Among those families were the Samoan Ah Kuois, who rented and then bought in Elgin Street. Mrs Siulu Ah Kuoi later bought a large family home in Avondale where she still lives, at 83 years of age. One of the earliest Pacific Islanders in the premier team was Tokelauan Olega Toloa. By 1980, the Richmond Rovers Premier team which won the Auckland leagues champion of champions award, had three Ah Kuoi brothers in it - Fred, who went on to captain the Kiwis, Peter and Afi. Afi managed the club pretty much on his own for 10 years or so in the 90s before he sadly passed away about 10 years ago. Asked where the Ah Kuoi name came from, Peter explained that his grandfather Ah Kuoi Ah Kuoi was from mainland China, and prospered in business when he came to Samoa. However, some locals thought the Chinese had done too well and Peter’s grandfather was among those who were hounded out of Samoa back to China. Eventually grandfather Ah Kuoi did return to Samoa, starting another family. The family legacy continues. On my visit to the club I met young Isaac Ah Kuoi-Atmore, getting ready for his game. He is the son of Peter’s sister, Liz, and plays hooker in the under 16s. Isaac is a year 11 student at Mt Albert Grammar, the old school of his uncle Fred, who was head prefect, Peter who was a prefect, and youngest brother Paul who was head prefect in his last year at MAGS. Peter’s nephew Keneti followed the family dynasty at MAGS and was head prefect in 2012.This year he captains the under 20 side and is studying engineering at Auckland University. Peter Ah Kuoi, a police youth aid officer, stressed to Ponsonby News that their family was only one of a number of stalwart and successful families who have helped Richmond Rovers to its success. He mentioned another Samoan family, Solomona, with two Kiwi reps, and one of the earliest Pacific Island families, the Tokelauan Toloas. The clubrooms house a treasure trove of old club photos, including the ladies’ committee of 1960, featuring Colleen Williams, grandmother of Jo Williams who owns SBF Hair salon in the West Lynn shops. The Williams family connection to Richmond Rovers predated the Polynesian influx. Jo’s father Ray Williams, now a retired 67 year old still living in Grey Lynn, was captain/coach of the 1977 team, a finalist in the Fox Memorial competition. That team was the last to be almost exclusively pakeha. Immigrants like the Samoan Ah Kuois, the Solomonas, the Fepuleais, the Vaganas, the Sefuivas, the Yendalls, the Toloas, took to rugby league like fish to water and have dominated the club ever since. Richmond Rovers is an excellent example of clubs throughout New Zealand run by volunteers. People like Eric Fuimaono, groundsman, caretaker, and Carol Redman and Sali Watch (nee Sepeli, another pioneer Samoan family), have given years of their life to Richmond Rovers.

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Carol and Sali are co-convenors of the juniors, and have given more than 20 years service to the club. Many of the famous names of New Zealand Rugby League learned their skills at Richmond Rovers. A centenary thirteen will be named during the centenary celebrations, and is sure to contain names like Fred Ah Kuoi, Cliff Johnson (34 tests -1950-60), Vern Bakalich 1953-57, Tommy Baxter (29 tests -1949-56), Ron McGregor, and more recent players like Nigel and Joe Vagana. Picking that team will be difficult and controversial. Luisa Avaiki may not make the boys team, but she deserves special mention. She was Kiwi Ferns captain 2003-5, and is now head junior coach at the club. A number of other club members have gone on to play for the Warriors and other NRL teams. The centennial celebrations will be held from 31 May to 3 June, and will feature both casual get-to-gethers and a formal dinner at Ellerslie Convention Centre. This sports club is in good heart, 100 years and still going strong, but it can always do with more volunteers. Some who have given a lifetime of service are getting on in years. If you read this and feel able to help out, please get in touch. This club is all about community-families, young and old having fun together, and keeping fit. Richmond Rovers are a credit to Grey Lynn and our wider community. Ponsonby News returned late on Saturday 20 April to check on results. Unfortunately, Isaac’s team lost to the top team Marist, but the premiers drew a tough encounter with Otara 18 all. The rain did not dampen enthusiasm. Even 80 something Mrs Solomona, who still lives on the edge of Grey Lynn Park, was there to cheer on the young generation of league players. She didn’t produce two Kiwi sons by sitting at home knitting! PN Good luck Richmond Rovers for your next 100 years. (JOHN ELLIOTT) www.richmondroversrugbyleague.com

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JACINDA ARDERN

LABOUR LIST MP AUCKLAND

A CHANGE TO BE PROUD OF As I write, parliament is preparing for the final stage of Labour MP Louisa Wall’s marriage equality bill, and by the time it is printed, New Zealand will be amongst a small number of countries who have undertaken such reforms. photography: Michael McClintock

I consider myself both honoured and privileged to have a chance to vote on such a historic bill. But I’m also mindful that it came after many long fought battles, and those involved with such a long journey deserve our acknowledgement. Over the past few months I have sat in the debating chamber and listened to the stories of MPs who were here when homosexual law reform was passed in 1986. During the marriage equality debate, we have all received a huge number of impassioned letters, emails, and been engaged in the odd confrontation, but it pales in comparison to what those first advocates experienced, especially Fran Wilde who led the charge. Civil Unions was the next battle, and it’s one I remember a little more acutely. The ‘enough is enough’ rally on the forecourt of parliament is still one of the more disturbing protests I have watched. I remember joining those in favour of civil unions as we stood against a wall of militant looking young men all dressed in black with their ‘enough is enough’ t-shirts and signs, and asking one of them “enough of what?” That protest said it all for me. Enough of equality? Enough of fairness? These are both enduring qualities, and by granting them, we harm no one. The same could not be said when we withhold these rights from people, simply based on their identity. That’s why for me, supporting marriage equality has always been a no brainer, and more than that, it is an important matter of principle. In 1948, my great great uncle was imprisoned for no other reason than his sexuality. He was in a state prison for three years for what we then considered to be a crime. Although in the eyes of the law, we no longer criminalise the expression of someone’s sexuality, I don’t believe we can claim to have a fully inclusive society until we remove all forms of discrimination, including the stigma imposed by legal differentiation. Marriage equality is about giving everyone the freedom to decide how they recognise their relationship, but it’s also a message of hope to all those young people who might be struggling with their identity. That’s why I was proud to cast my vote on behalf of all those who have long fought for this final right, for the young people who are looking for greater acceptance of who they are, and for my uncle. PN JACINDA ARDERN, Labour List MP based in Auckland Central www.jacinda.co.nz

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YOUNG AUCKLANDERS SPEAK UP ON SOCIAL MEDIA TO SUPPORT PLAN Twenty-somethings, gen Ys and teens are all front and centre in the debate on the draft Auckland Unitary Plan. Jump on social media and you will fast find out how passionate young Aucklanders are when it comes to shaping the city’s future, says Councillor Michael Goudie. A surge of comments from young Aucklanders supporting the draft unitary plan has hit social media as a counter-response to the views of people they label as ‘NIMBYs’ (Not in My Back Yard). “Things are definitely heating up online with supporters of the unitary plan having their say on things like the ongoing negative comments being made on apartments as a housing option for Aucklanders,” said Councillor Goudie. “People are getting frustrated with these one-sided views. It’s definitely getting a lot of people active, including young Aucklanders who also resent assumptions that they don’t care. While their opinions and views aren’t often reported in traditional media, we are definitely seeing them online and the council is hearing them loud and clear.” At 28 years old, the youngest of Auckland’s 21 elected councillors, Goudie says change is needed. Too many young people face being priced out of their neighbourhoods because there isn’t the choice of different types and prices of homes available. “Auckland’s younger population is critical to our city’s future. If they decide Auckland doesn’t work for them, there is nowhere suitable to live, and it doesn’t deliver the lifestyle they want to lead, they don’t stick around and hope things might change - they get on a plane and leave. “What they want is pretty simple, homes that suit their budget, age group and lifestyle, in places that make it easy for them to get to work or uni and not too far away from where the action is – restaurants, skate parks, bars, shops, the gym or whatever they are into.” Engagement on the draft plan is now in week five out of 11, and Goudie is challenging more young people to get involved by speaking up. “This really is your future. It is a 30-year plan, so whatever rules get finalised are going to be around for a really long time. I recommend heading to shapeauckland.co.nz as a starting point. Check out some of the blogs and forum posts, have a look at what areas are ear-marked for development and the new zones, and see how we propose to still protect all those things we love like our surf beaches and parks.” More than 6,000 people have so far attended the 90 engagement events on the draft unitary plan, including more than 100 young people at an event led by the Manurewa Youth Council over the weekend. A further 110 events remain. Auckland Council’s online forum – www.shapeauckland.co.nz – has had more than 30,000 unique browsers. The five finalists in the unitary plan youth video competition have received more than 12,500 views. The council’s housing simulator, launched last week to help promote understanding of the unitary plan and to get more people engaged, has been viewed by 8,700. PN PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


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ROB THOMAS: WAITEMATA LOCAL BOARD MEMBER

SEWAGE ON AUCKLAND’S BEACHES IN THE LEAD UP TO THIS YEAR’S AUCKLAND COUNCIL ELECTIONS, THE NAME Sir Dove-Myer Robinson or Robbie will be discussed in many conversations. For those of you that aren’t familiar with Robbie’s legacy to Auckland, he was Auckland’s Mayor from 1959 to 1965 and 1968 to 1980. He was a strong proponent for rail through the inner-city which is the crusade our current Mayor Len Brown continues today. Elected for the first time as councillor in 1953, Sir Dove-Myer Robinson led the opposition to a sewage dumping scheme that would have discharged untreated effluent into the Hauraki Gulf. Soon after being elected he pulled the plug on the project, leaving the sewage holding tanks empty on Tamaki Drive which is now Kelly Tarltons Underwater World. He eventually realised a scheme to break down the sewage in oxidation ponds in the Manukau Harbour. However, 60 years later we have a similar battle on our hands with WaterCare planning to spend close to a billion dollars over 14 years on three significant wastewater underground projects in our backyard. They are now asking for consent to continue dumping sewage in our harbour. The breakdown of the spend is as follows; Central Connector Project, costing $800 million from Western Springs to Mangere with estimated 6-12 sewage discharges per year. Waterfront interceptor costing $135 million from Western Springs to an overflow at Coxs Bay and Point Erin Reserve. The Newmarket Gully Project costing $12 million from Newmarket Park to Hobson Bay estimated to have 20 discharges per year. It is completely unacceptable that in this day and age we allow sewage into our freshwater and coastal environment. Visitors to Auckland read in our tourism guides that we are called the City of Sails because we’ve got the highest number of boats per head of population in New

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Zealand. However, we all know that it’s our love affair with accessing the Waitemata Harbour’s “glistening waters” that defines us as Aucklanders and it’s our harbour that will continue to define the future of our city. If we allow this consent to be granted we are permitting one of our own regional assets to discharge sewage for what could be a significant period of time. Our 30 year plan to make Auckland the most liveable city will never be achieved if we progress with projects that continue dumping sewage in our coastal environment. For a short time, I worked for Wellington City Council monitoring citywide performance. If you’re familiar with Wellington, you would have seen an odd shaped building near the airport which is the Moa Point Wastewater Treatment Plant. For years, residents fought tooth and nail to stop sewage overflow and restore the area as a surf beach. This resulted in the sewage treatment plant being built with a target of one sewage discharge event per year. In the event of a discharge the sewage is carried through a pipe and disposed 1.8kms offshore. Wellingtonians now get to enjoy their harbour all year round and they have recently installed a diving platform on the city’s waterfront to celebrate. Another city that I believe has got it right is just across the bridge in the former North Shore City. If you visit the site www.Joelcaford.blogspot.co.nz you’ll stumble upon Joel’s article on the dual programme to reduce stormwater infiltration into its sewerage network and underground storage tanks. As the former chairperson of the North Shore City Council’s Works and Environment Committee you’ll read his critical view of the outcomes of the central connector project. WaterCare needs to reprioritise. Across the region WaterCare are planning to spend over $2 billion on city wide sewerage infrastructure over the next 10 years. My message to the WaterCare Board is clear, focus on one project at a time and do it right the first time. We should not be planning to deliver a programme for 10 years, but a programme for the next generation. Our society should not be committing to mediocrity. (ROB THOMAS) PN Join the campaign www.facebook.com/sewagefreebeaches ROB THOMAS, Waitemata Local Board Member, www.robthomas.co.nz

Sergeant Geoff Medland is the new officer in Charge of the Ponsonby Community Policing Team. He told Ponsonby News that he and his six community officers had a “prevention first” priority. There has been a 4% shift of staff to crime prevention as part of a Government strategy to reduce crime by 13%. The policy is on track. Sergeant Medland showed off his new i-Phone and i-Pad; technology he and his team will be armed with as they beat the streets of Ponsonby. “This will allow us to check online, finding out what we need to know without having to traipse back to the office, and waste time,” he told us. We will see more police on the street, something Sergeant Medland tells us is already getting praise from small business owners, and the Business Association. The team are putting a human face back on the local policeman. New policy also allows for more formal cautions, especially designed to unclog the courts, cut lawyers costs. So, certain special criteria crimes, usually first offences, can qualify for a formal caution without a court appearance - shoplifting, minor assaults (if the victim doesn’t want to pursue a prosecution), breaching liquor bans. “If criminals see us around where offences have occurred they may think twice about committing further crimes in that area,” says Medland.

STOLEN PROPERTY AT PONSONBY POLICE STATION

There is also time spent checking on people on bail or on parole. There are locals who need watching too.

Ponsonby Police Station is holding valuable property recovered from burglars. This includes several valuable bicycles, which Sergeant Medland would like owners to claim.

Of one thing Sergeant Medland assured Ponsonby News, “There is no intention of closing down the Ponsonby Police Station.” The new work methods will be about better prevention at the top of the cliff, rather than just picking up the pieces at the bottom of the cliff.

There is also a beautifully put together family folder, written in Hebrew, with lots of family photographs. This genealogical gem was found in the Three Lamps area, and must have great sentimental value to the owner.

Good luck Sergeant Medland and your team. Please keep us safe. (JOHN ELLIOTT) PN

If you have any knowledge of that book, or possible owners of those bikes please contact Ponsonby Police Station. PN

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PONSONBY U3A: APRIL 2013

It is only one of the achievements of Martin’s colourful life, which has taken him from a boyhood in Feilding to London, Australia and back again, working in travel “turning over millions”, to major success with his Human Resources magazine, which won 20 accolades, and was finally sold to Michael Heseltine (now Lord Heseltine). There were other magazines, Enterprise, Work Style and HR World. With brand extensions, he also involved himself in awards, events and masterclasses. But it wasn’t all plain sailing getting there. It involved ups and downs, time without work and struggling to make ends meet in the early days. One year he lost his job twice. In the late 80s he was selling advertising space for various yearbooks, when he saw a gap in the market for a human resources magazine. It started as a quarterly, then bi-monthly and monthly, and he didn’t look back.

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What a treat the April speaker at the Ponsonby U3A meeting was. Martin Leach, publisher/editor of the Ponsonby News is a well -known local identity with a great story to tell. In the nine years since he bought the Ponsonby Community Newsletter, Martin has taken the magazine from a 16 page news sheet to a 132 page full colour magazine, packed with local news, fashion, food, well -being, personalities and celebrities in our community, as well as advertising from many businesses in the area. In short, the total package. It is eagerly awaited and arrives free in our mailboxes around the first Friday of the month.

Above: MARTIN LEACH with U3A member, ZELMA FARNSWORTH at the Leys Institute, Ponsonby; Below: MARTIN LEACH ,“Living around Kensington and Notting Hill for 20 years, with all its private garden squares (and committees!), getting to know the locals in my neighbourhood taught me the importance of good COMMUNITY” and getting on well with neighbours.”

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Martin was featured in Charles Handy’s book ‘The New Alchemists’ (Random House UK) – 29 stories of visionary Londoners who created something out of nothing. Alongside the chapter on Martin, Terence Conran and Richard Branson were featured. After three decades, Martin had had enough of London. He returned to New Zealand with Jay, his British partner and settled in Grey Lynn. After a time in real estate, the pair set up Petropolis, a lifestyle store for pets in Richmond Road, and finally he acquired the Ponsonby Community Newsletter in 2004. Martin is enthusiastic about the area where he lives and works, as was the ten-minute speaker who preceded him. U3A member Annie Webster says that Auckland is the most fabulous city in the world and after a lifetime living in various countries since earliest childhood, she is happily and permanently here to stay. Annie’s father was in the Colonial Service and she took us on a journey from her early years in Fiji with trips back to New Zealand and the United Kingdom. She lived with a family in Herne Bay for a year, before attending a prep school in England and boarding school on the Welsh border. There were long holidays with her parents in Gambia and Trinidad. She returned to New Zealand as a school leaver and became involved in radio drama and Downstage Theatre, then trained as a radio announcer. She moved to Sydney for 10 years, followed by New York, London and Glasgow, working mostly as a broadcaster.

In April 24 members enjoyed a day trip to Gibbs Farm on the Kaipara Harbour to view the extraordinary and majestic collection of what are described, in the booklet we were given, as “major site specific works from key artists.” It was an unforgettable day spent viewing wonderful sculptures in a sublime setting – and some of us even got to feed the resident giraffes. U3A’s special interest groups cover topics as diverse as art history, scrabble, petanque, gardens, armchair travel, current affairs, gallery visits, gourmet – dinners in various local restaurants, NZ History, classical studies. Next month’s guest speaker Cathy Stinear will talk about the brain and recovery from strokes. She is senior lecturer in applied clinical neuroscience, Neurology Research Group in the Department of Medicine, Auckland Medical School. Visitors and new members are welcome to attend U3A meetings, which are held on the second Friday of the month. (PHILIPPA TAIT) Next Meeting: 9.45am, Friday 10 May. First floor, Leys Institute, 20 St Marys Bay Road. Enquiries to Jane Jones, President, Ponsonby U3A. T: 09 378 7628. Ponsonby News editor Martin Leach, with long-time U3A member Zelma Farnsworth, at the April U3A meeting where Martin was guest speaker. PN

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In 2000 she returned to New Zealand to spend time with her mother. She came back to find Auckland “a vibrant and cosmopolitan centre, the most fabulous city in the world. We can walk to the CBD, to the beach, theatre, art gallery and Britomart.” Annie Webster is definitely here to stay.

Above: ElIZABETH HANDY’S joiner portrait show ‘the comings and goings’ of MARTIN LEACH, in his Clerkenwell office back in 1998. “You can tell this is a 90s photo, from the tired looking PC,” laughs Martin, “it’s scary how design changes so rapidly, and with technology everything has become so instant.” Sadly, THE NEW ALCHEMISTS (Random House UK) is now only available on Amazon. PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


LOCAL NEWS 9 RECORD NUMBERS OF AUCKLANDERS ARE CYCLING THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF THE YEAR HAVE SEEN A RECORD NUMBER OF Aucklanders take to their bikes during the morning peak. Figures released by Auckland Transport show in March cycling during the peak period (7am to 9am) increased 24.1 per cent. This comes on top of an increase of 18.5 per cent in February and a rise of 9.0 per cent in January. Matthew Rednall, Auckland Transport’s Manager Community Transport says “More and more Aucklanders are seeing cycling as a great option for getting to work. The fine weather has meant cycling records have been broken.” In March 13,066 Aucklanders were on their bikes in the morning peak, that’s the highest monthly number since counts started in November 2010. Barbara Cuthbert from Cycle Action Auckland says, “This huge jump in cycling numbers confirms what we are seeing and hearing about across Auckland. More people, of all ages, are using bikes to connect with workplaces, local shops, ferries and trains, and for fitness and fun. It’s a vital step to bringing the liveable city into reality.” There was a 16.3 per cent increase in all cycle movements in March compared to the same month last year. A total of 836,705 cycle trips were recorded in the year April 2012 to March 2013, an increase of 9.3 per cent on the previous year. PN

AUCKLANDERS BACK NEW BUS PLAN Mayor Len Brown says Aucklanders have given strong backing to a new plan to improve Auckland bus services by replacing the current routes with a simpler, more integrated bus network and a more consistent fare structure. The plan includes a commitment to provide buses at least every 15 minutes on key routes, from 7am-7pm, five days a week. More than 700 groups or individuals made submissions on the proposed plan, with 70 per cent of respondents expressing either support or strong support for the new approach. “Aucklanders have been clear they want us to get on with the job of delivering more frequent and reliable bus services. This plan will mean more bus services at peak times, a more sensible network across Auckland, and better linkages with other forms of transport, including rail and cycling. “The consultation has given us useful feedback on a few areas that Auckland Transport will need to finetune, including the need to make transfers between connecting services reliable and convenient, and to get the fare zones right. But, importantly, Auckland’s commuters have endorsed the idea of a single integrated bus network.” The plan aims to transform Auckland’s current complex mix of public transport services into a mature city-wide network of connected, reliable and frequent services, and outlines public transport services and policies proposed for Auckland over the next decade. The RPTP will now go to the community for discussion on specific services, starting with a series of public forums in the south of Auckland in June. PN

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NIKKI KAYE: AUCKLAND CENTRAL MP

PROGRESS ON AUCKLAND SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC ISSUES WE HAVE SEEN SOME POSITIVE SHIFTS BOTH SOCIALLY AND ECONOMICALLY in Auckland. Crime has dropped again in many parts of our city and country, unemployment is down and the country’s finances are improving. Crime is at a 24 year low. Recently I announced recorded crime had dropped 12.1% in Auckland city (during 2012), and 3.8% in the Auckland central area. It is encouraging that the number of burglary and theft offences have dropped 14.1% and 5% respectively. The impending roll-out of smart phones and tablets to all officers will ensure there are more frontline hours every year, preventing crime before it happens. Police will spend more time in the community and less time behind a desk. Here in the city, the shift of officers from the downtown station to the Auckland Central station will ensure they are closer to hot-spots, including K-Road and the upper and central city areas. I know many community members have been concerned recently about the late night activity in K-Road. Having more officers closer to the area will mean they can spend more time out and about preventing crime and respond faster when they are needed. I recently spent a morning with Inspector Andrew Coster – Area Commander for Auckland City – talking with him and local police about the impact the new alcohol laws will have in the city. By reducing opening hours for bars in parts of the city, enabling on the spot infringement notices for breaching liquor bans and cracking down on off -licenses we will have a safer and cleaner city. Some of these changes will come in to effect later this year. In April we also saw a huge drop in the number of people receiving benefits. There were 29,000 fewer Kiwis on a benefit since the last quarter. We know that the national figures are highly reflective of what is happening here in Auckland, and this is the lowest benefit numbers have been at this time of year since 2009. More people in work means higher standards of living for Aucklanders and New Zealanders. Recently as Minister of Youth Affairs I announced funding to support several Auckland groups that help improve the lives of young Aucklanders. The 2013 Budget will be read on 16 May, and already Finance Minister Bill English has said it will show New Zealand is on track to achieving the Government’s goal of being in surplus in 2014/2015. This is a significant achievement in the face of on -going financial difficulties other countries around the world are still facing, and it is a result of our careful management of the accounts. While the Government is making headway in reducing our deficit and getting the country’s finances back on track, we will still need responsible fiscal and economic management of the books so we can start repaying debt (which covers the contribution of the rebuild in Canterbury) and investing in priority public services. As part of Budget 2013 we are looking ahead to have a more internationally focused growth package. The Prime Minister has already announced that we will be investing $158 million in tourism to attract more high-spending visitors to New Zealand. This will help us support innovative ideas and projects that will create new opportunities and overcome barriers to growth in the tourism sector. This is great news for Auckland – especially as we are often the first place visitors arrive. Waiheke Island and the Gulf play a significant role in attracting and keeping visitors here. There is still more to do – and you will see in my response to John Elliot’s letter that progress on the unitary plan and housing are a high priority. Some of these issues involve challenging decisions for Auckland. However, with the right policies, process and investment we can continue to deliver a great city to live and work in for generations to come. PN

WORLD HERITAGE STATUS FOR AUCKLAND VOLCANOES STEP CLOSER A bid to give the Auckland volcanic field world heritage status has taken another step. Auckland Council, central government and the Tamaki collective have agreed to prepare a heritage assessment and strategic case ahead of making a decision on whether to proceed with a bid. The Auckland Plan includes a target of achieving world heritage status for the volcanic field, including some or all of the maunga by 2020. The mayor says world heritage status would raise the profile of Auckland and its rare and treasured relationship with the volcanic field around which it has evolved. It should present cultural, economic development and tourism opportunities while ensuring that areas of iconic heritage are protected at the highest level and recognising the unique relationship of the Tamaki Collective and others with the maunga and other volcanic features. “Aucklanders are proud of their natural environment and the volcanic features, and the maunga are something that are uniquely Auckland,” says Len Brown. “World heritage status is a wonderful way of both protecting and promoting this taonga.” “However, all of the parties involved want to ensure that any bid for this international recognition will be successful and achieve the outcomes we want, so we need to do some more work to prepare our case before we proceed.” The work will be overseen by Auckland Council, the iwi and hapu that make up the Tamaki Collective and government representatives. The initial phase of the work is expected to cost $75,000 plus staff time. PN

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PIPPA COOM GREY LYNN 2030 NEWS Grey Lynn 2030 is our local response to the Transition Towns movement that started in the UK. Our group has kicked off and run a number of local initiatives including the Grey Lynn Farmers Market, the Grey Lynn Business Association, the Car Boot Market and even our local choir. Lots of street parties, talks, movies and fun! We have been going now for five years.

The Auckland Council’s draft Unitary Plan is open for consultation until 31 May. www.shapeauckland.co.nz

In a push to encourage our vision of community resilience and sustainable living throughout Auckland, Grey Lynn 2030 is collaborating with other Transition Town groups, Pt Chev TT and Mount Eden Village People, on a series of workshops. Our next workshop “How to establish and grow a Transition Town group” is an opportunity for networking, learning from established groups and sharing advice on how to do something similar in your area. Ponsonby, Herne Bay, St Marys Bay, Freemans Bay, Arch Hill - how about a Transition Town initiative? It can be as simple as a street sharing tools.

All of the streets affected predominantly feature pre-1940s wooden villas and bungalows in quiet, low-rise residential streets, many with narrow roads. Liz Hancock, the spokesperson for the group, believes that intensification is fine, but not at the expense of historical areas that give Grey Lynn its unique character. The group is coordinating a street by street response. The new association points to Great North Road, a main arterial, as the place to locate apartment style residential developments. (PIPPA COOM) PN

Changes suggested in the draft unitary plan have led to the formation of a new Grey Lynn Residents Association. Many in this group are concerned about proposed “up zoning” in areas close to West Lynn shops for terraced housing and apartment development of up to four stories in height.

www.greylynnresidents.org.nz www.facebook.com/greylynnresidents Everyone is welcome to join the workshop which is free with lunch provided from the Grey Lynn Farmers Market. The event is being held at the Grey Lynn Community Centre on Sunday 12 May 10am – 1pm. Thanks to Auckland Council for supporting the event and providing lunch. Registration is essential for catering purposes - Register with Debbie.Netley@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz DRAFT UNITARY PLAN A particular focus of the community at the moment is our local response to the draft unitary plan. We want to ensure the plan responds to the special character of Grey Lynn with particular reference to its diversity, walkability - the things we love about our suburb. Our Grey Lynn Urban Environment group (GLUE) is looking at the suburb as a whole as we grapple with issues of intensification, affordability, sustainability and heritage protection. What do we want Grey Lynn to be like by 2030? GLUE and the Grey Lynn Business Association are working on a submission on Grey Lynn as a suburb within the wider Auckland context. A draft of key points is available on Grey Lynn 2030’s website www.greylynn2030.co.nz

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A LONGTIME RESIDENT SHARES HIS MEMORIES Apart from a short time overseas and two years living in Blockhouse Bay, Alan Tomlinson has lived in St Mary’s Bay and Herne Bay all his life. He was born in 7 Harbour Street but by the time he started school his parents had moved to 12 Shelley Beach Road which was one of the two houses that were demolished in the eighties to make way for the Westwater monolith. In April 1940 there was another move to 11 London Street. The house was on a three quarter acre section at the water’s edge in St Marys Bay where Alan and his friends used to swim before the Harbour Bridge reclamation. During all those years he remembers how parts of Herne Bay were the preserve of the wealthy, St Mary’s Bay was a bit of a mixture, Ponsonby was definitely looked down upon as working class and Freemans Bay was a den of iniquity. Michael Savage died on Alan’s sixth birthday but the Ponsonby area remained a Labour stronghold. Alan lived at home in London Street till he got married at the age of thirty-four and the young couple bought a house in Blockhouse Bay, which was all they could afford in those early days. After two years they moved back to their old stamping ground, living briefly in Hamilton Road before buying a house on 27 Herne Bay Road which didn’t really suit so after three years they moved back to 6 Harbour Street opposite the house where Alan was born. When son James came along they moved to Saratoga Avenue in 1977 where they remain till this day. Last year the Tomlinsons took a boat trip with some friends up to the Riverhead Tavern and as they passed Alan’s old house the commentator described how the ‘early settlers’ used to fish and swim down there! Saratoga Avenue was once owned entirely by the Salvation Army and called The Grange, which was an orphanage for girls. When the orphanage relocated to Remuera the street was developed in 1959. A friend of a friend knocked on the Tomlinson’s door one day and told them she once lived at The Grange. She wasn’t an orphan but when her parents had their fourth child the family said you can’t keep another one and pressured the mother into putting the child into care. In retrospect this seems a heartless action but the woman had a very happy childhood at The Grange and had

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flown from Australia to visit the Matron whom she dearly loved. Sadly the Matron, who was ill, died before they were re-united. Alan has observed and remembers the many changes in this part of the world. His father had a grocery and dairy shop on 108 Jervois Road where Stebbings Recording Studios now stand. At the top of St Marys Bay Road there used to be a service station, now long gone. As a child he spent many an enjoyable afternoon at the Britannia Picture Theatre till it suffered the terrible indignity of being turned into Joe’s Bargain House, which later moved along the road to make way for the Three Lamps Plaza. Trams ran the whole length of Ponsonby road ending at Jervois Road. During the battle of the Coral Sea in 1942 there was an underground shelter at Ponsonby School and the people next door in London Street constructed their own. Victoria Park was taken over as an American army camp and when the US soldiers left, it was turned into a transit camp for people waiting to be allocated a state house. Alan says it was pretty ordinary accommodation with shared facilities but at least they had a roof over their heads. So much change over the years, some good, some not. Alan notes that council improvements to Freemans Bay, even though they were harsh on some residents, turned that place into a desirable location and the proximity to the city has made this whole region so popular. He mentions the words ‘nouveau riche’ and marvels at the money spent on upgrading the quite ordinary properties he once delivered the Herald to on a Saturday morning when he helped out with his father’s agency. (DEIRDRE TOHILL) PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


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NIKI WRIGHT: LEYS INSTITUTE LIBRARY NEWS MAY IS AN EXCITING MONTH FOR EVERYONE INTERESTED IN READING. The annual Auckland Writers and Readers festival is on from 15 to 19 May. The festival promises to be “five days of good times and great ideas”. International and local authors include Kate Atkinson, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Albert Wendt, Kate De Goldi and Edward Rutherford. If you are interested in travel and history, make sure you see William Dalrymple. Mr. Dalrymple is an excellent raconteur who has written many interesting books on India and the Middle East. I went to his session last year and found it fascinating. If you are interested in lifestyle books check out gardener Lynda Hallinan, craft lover Rosemary McLeod and food queen (and Ponsonby News columnist) Lauraine Jacobs. Our Tales by Twilight series continues this month. The evening storytimes are a great chance for family members who can’t make it during working hours to come along with the kids and enjoy some stories and songs. We have two more sessions - Friday 3 May and Friday 7 June both from 6 to 7 pm. We will close the library as normal at 5.30pm and reopen at 6.00 pm. Kids can come in their pyjamas and bring along a blanket and a teddy bear to snuggle up with. Don’t forget our book clubs for those who love hearing about new and interesting books and discussing what they have read. Our next book club meeting is Wednesday 22 May at 10am and our next Teen Book Club meeting is Friday 24 May at 4pm. Newcomers are always welcome!

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We also host a French conversation group every Monday 12-1pm. The group is for intermediate and advanced French language speakers. The sessions include reviewing new books, French language courses and magazines from the Auckland Libraries collections. If you are interested in learning another language, we can help you with language course CDs, books and magazines in a wide range of languages. We have a collection of French, Spanish, German and Italian books here at Leys. We can also call in books in other languages from other Auckland libraries at your request. There’s so much going on we recommend checking out our Facebook page, Leys Institute Library Ponsonby, where we will be updating you on new events, displays, and goings on around Auckland Libraries. Remember that library membership is free and you can join at any age – why not sign up your children before Wriggle & Rhyme or Story time? Our children’s room always has a great selection for kids of all ages. All the best for a cosy autumn from the Leys Institute Team – we look forward to recommending a good book for you when you pop in to see us. (NIKI WRIGHT) LEYS INSTITUTE LIBRARY, 20 St Marys Road T: 09 374 1315

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WORLD OF DIFFERENCE SOCIAL WORKER, SARAH LONGBOTTOM HAS BEEN nationally and internationally recognised with awards for her work with at-risk youth. She has a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Art History and English Literature and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning. Originally she had a career in advertising, but realising her true calling was to work with young people she retrained in education then worked for Youth Justice in Auckland which involved teaching seven to twelve year olds who were very damaged and generally had the emotional maturity of a three year old. Sarah believed the residential schools were far from ideal and did not provide the love, guidance and psychological assistance the children needed. Eventually the government dispensed with these special behaviour schools. Next she was headhunted for a role in South Auckland, working with teenagers, this time in Alternative Education, which provides learning opportunities for students who have been excluded from mainstream schooling. This is the fastest growing sector in the education system but it’s heinously underfunded. The children go to community providers of education but they can hardly be described as schools. For instance a classroom might be in any building such as a church or community hall. There are schools that have an alternative classroom within the campus, which works for some kids but others simply don’t fit in a mainstream environment. Sarah was concerned that as soon as a kid is kicked out of school they have no access to specialised teachers of art, drama, music and and even PE. During her many years of teaching she found such children were all Polynesian and pre-disposed to expressing themselves through the PE and Creative Arts curriculums. Together with a friend she went through a list of artists they knew really well and started on her first project, the founding of Nga Rangatahi Toa Creative Arts Initiative in 2009. Through this she linked up graffiti artists, toi Maori practitioners, sculptors, animators, and performance poets as well as hip-hop artists and television and stage actors who contributed expertise, money, transport and food, keeping the momentum going till 2012. The focus was on enabling at-risk children to achieve transitions into adulthood and tertiary study through the creative arts.

connect with kids they might only read about in the news. The kids themselves simply thrive in the environment because the intensive mentoring they receive imbues them with confidence and what’s more, they are creating incredible art work. Sarah self funded her own involvement in the projects, believing that her commitment might attract others to believe in her vision. As her savings dwindled she did relief teaching to keep it all afloat then finally, realising she needed to collaborate with a formidable partner she applied to the Vodafone World of Difference programme that is dedicated to improving the health and well being of young New Zealanders. The charitable trust was established here in 2002 and since then has spread to 27 countries and has donated over $16 million to charitable organisations both here and overseas. Much to Sarah’s delight her application was accepted and she now has the security of being able to continue with her work full -time. She finds the culture within the Vodafone Foundation is very much in keeping with human connection and at every gathering they hold, both present and past recipients are invited. She has been allocated $30,000 for expenses and the day we met she was flying to New York to look at some really good examples of development such as the Fifty Second project in the Bronx and Ground Swell in Brooklyn, organisations that work with marginalised youth. Sarah is to be admired for her singleminded determination to make a difference to the at-risk youth in our own city. Long may she be enabled to continue making a ‘World of Difference’ to the lives of our disadvantaged young. (DEIRDRE TOHILL)

With the event of the Super City she made a considered decision to bring the project to Ponsonby. Her approach was that we are all part of Auckland, not separate regions and last year she brought kids from Otara , Mangere, GI, Roskill - all those suburbs that have neighbourhood differences to Artstation where they are mentored by Kiwi artists, musicians, and actors. She paid a youth worker to transport them and many of the education providers loaned them vans for the task. Coming into the CBD is a very important part of their education and it also gives city dwellers an opportunity to

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A-Z CAFÉS + RESTAURANTS GUIDE Since we published our cafés and restaurants list last year, there have been a staggering 17 newcomers, who have opened places in the Western Bays area. There are also some omissions, where some businesses have declined to be listed for whatever reasons. We hope our guide gives readers some compelling reasons to try some of those listed... all that remains to be said is ENJOY! 5 LOAVES AND 2 FISH, 208 Jervois Road T: 09 361 5820 5 Loaves and 2 Fish have an interesting brunch menu and a variety of cabinet food to eat in or take out. A wide range of healthy heat and eat convenience meals such as lasagne, smoked fish pies, chicken cacciatore and coq au vin are available. Open 7 days. ALLPRESS COFFEE, 266 Ponsonby Road T: 09 376 4726 www.allpressespresso.com Passionate about coffee, this is a must-visit store to experience exceptional tasting coffee. Enjoy a perfect cup of espresso or discover single origin coffees and blends as a filter brew. A selection of fresh roasted beans is available for brewing at home. Handcrafted European style biscotti are baked on site. ANDIAMO, 194 Jervois Road T: 09 378 7811 www.andiamo.co.nz Andiamo Head Chef Scott Smith says the most popular dishes are the fresh buffalo mozzarella with vine tomato and basil and the hearty braised oxtail and caramelised onion rigatoni. In winter, you can enjoy a glass of wine from their award-winning list by the open fire. Open 7 days and nights and brunch on the weekend from 9am.

BOLLIWOOD, 110 Ponsonby Road T: 09 376 6477 www.bolliwood.co.nz Bolliwood restaurant offers quality food achieved by employing five star chefs from India. Check out their special set menus that include Vegetarian Banquet, the Maharaja Banquet and the Bolliwood Special Banquet. $10 mains on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights and $10 lunch special 7 days. Open 7 days 11.30am-2.30pm and 5pm-late. BONA PIZZA, 286a Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 8866 With 14 years experience, owner Pedro Komai offers a taste of fine Italian pizza and pasta. Bona Pizza is fully licensed and BYO with a happy hour from 4.30 every day – $5 beer and glass of wine. You can eat in or take advantage of their delivery service and they cater for private functions. Open 7 days 11am-late. BONITA, 242 Ponsonby Road T: 09 376 5670 www.bonitabar.co.nz Bonita is a wine and tapas bar with an excellent wine list and cocktail credentials. Bonita’s relaxed atmosphere is the perfect place for a casual drink or tapas indulgence. Happy hour runs from 4-6 daily. Open 7 days 4pm-late.

ARCH HILL ESPRESSO, 333 Great North Road T: 09 376 1401 Delicious pies, sandwiches and cakes made fresh everyday on site. Open Mon -Fri 6:30am - 2:30pm and Sat 7am-1pm.

BUENOS AIRES RESTAURANT WOODFIRE GRILL, 234 Jervois Road T: 09 360 0678 www.buenosairesrestaurant.co.nz This lovely steakhouse uses manuka on an open fire grill to cook all kinds of meats. You can enjoy the unique Argentine experience without having to leave Herne Bay. Great for groups. Open Tues-Sun 5.30pm-late.

AROY THAI EXPRESS, 236 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 8826 This is a fairly new restaurant to the neighbourhood, you’ll find some Thai favourites, such as curry puffs, phad Thai noodles, deep fried chicken with mixed vegetables, stir fried mixed vegetables with tofu, and much more. ATICO COCINA, 19 Drake Street T: 09 354 4030 www.atico.co.nz At Atico Cocina, you can experience the tastes and warmth of the Caribbean at Victoria Park Market. They are open during the week for lunch or dinner, or a cocktail after work. On Sunday, they have live music during the afternoon and families can bring one child, to eat free, per adult. Opening hours Tuesday to Sunday from midday till late. BAMBINA, 268 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 4000 Bambina is a casual, relaxed breakfast and lunch café where simple food, using only the freshest ingredients has been served for over 16 years. Licensed for beer and wine, Bambina is an all time favourite that consistently delivers and is a fabulous place to meet friends for coffee, breakfast or lunch. A Metro Top 50 cafe in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Mon – Fri 6.30-4pm, Sat and Sun 7-4pm. THE BIRDCAGE RESTAURANT & BAR 133 Franklin Road T: 09 280 1690 www.birdcage.co.nz The Birdcage has been returned to her former glory with stained glass windows and original brick walls blended with more modern elements to give it a chic, metropolitan vibe. The north-facing courtyard bar is one of the biggest and sunniest in Auckland, a perfect inner city destination to gather with friends. The food is rustic in style and they are open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. BIRD ON A WIRE, 234 Ponsonby Road T: 09 378 6369 www.birdonawire.co.nz Bird On A Wire is a fresh and simple free-range rotisserie chicken store. They offer chicken sandwiches and quarter, half or whole free-range rotisserie roasted chickens with a choice of bastes from Jamaican jerk, Korean BBQ, salsa verde and truffle butter (the ‘Ponsy Coq’). Vegetarians are catered for with a grilled cheese sandwich, beer battered chips, roast vegetables and salads. Open 7 days 10.30am-10.30pm. BLAKE STREET CAFÉ, Corner Blake Street & Prosford Street T: 09 360 6261 www.blakestcafe.co.nz Relax, unwind and enjoy the ambience, wine and delicious food. The menu includes the all day breakfast, brunch and lunch. Try the Euro breakfast plate or the Big Kiwi breakfast. Open Wed – Sun 8am-4pm all year except Christmas day. No surcharge on public holidays.

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BURGERFUEL, 114 Ponsonby Road T: 09 378 6466 www.burgerfuel.com The flagship BurgerFuel Ponsonby was the first store ever built and for over a decade has been engineering the ultimate burger, built with the freshest ingredients.

This includes gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. Open Sun – Thurs 11am –10pm Fri and Sat 11am–3am. BURGER WISCONSIN, 168 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 1894 www.burgerwisconsin.co.nz Burger Wisconsin has been on Ponsonby Road for 23 years. The menu is regularly updated on their website and you can phone in your order for pick-up from 11.30am -late 7 days a week. BYZANTIUM CAFÉ, 80 Ponsonby Road T: 09 376 3695 www.cafebyzantium.co.nz Byzantium is a friendly fully licensed cafe and restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. A private function room is also available. Open 7 days for breakfast and lunch and Tue-Sun for dinner. CAFÉ CEZANNE, 296 Ponsonby Road T: 09 376 3338 For 29 years, Café Cezanne has been world-famous in Ponsonby for its full wall murals and yummy food and coffee at reasonable prices. Renowned for their healthy salads, they also offer a vegetarian menu, gluten-free options and a children’s menu and everything is available to take away. Fully licensed and BYO wine. Open Mon-Fri 7am-Late, Sat and Sun 8am-late. CAFÉ LIAISON, 2 Pompallier Terrace T: 09 376 2003 Café Liaison offers a breakfast and lunch menu, fresh sandwiches, cabinet food, cakes and slices. Enjoy a great coffee or hot chocolate in the sun-drenched courtyard. A catering service is available and they’re open every day except Christmas Day with no surcharge on public holidays. Open Mon-Fri 8am-4pm, Sat and Sun 8.30am-3pm. CAFE O, 34/332 Great North Road T: 09 360 1860 www.johnoyagawa.com Eat, drink, relax and enjoy is the mantra at Cafe O. They serve Allpress coffee and Pacific Rim inspired food with lots of tropical and Asian flavours. Open 7 days 7am-3.30pm.

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CHAPEL BAR & BISTRO CAFÉ PEOPLE, 38 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 6876 www.cafepeople.co.nz Cafe People is a modern, stylish, spacious cafe with a heated outdoor courtyard. It’s a perfect place for a corporate lunch or casual brunch. The menu and cabinet foods are made with fresh local produce and award-winning velvet espresso coffee is extracted by fully trained baristas. Cafe People is a great venue option for private functions and it’s fully licensed. An executive boardroom is also available for hire. Opening hours Mon-Fri 7am-4pm, Sat and Sun 8am-3pm with free parking next door. CAFFETTERIA ALLPRESS, Corner Drake and Adelaide Streets T: 09 369 5842 www.allpressespresso.com Located within the Allpress Roastery, Caffetteria serves coffee prepared with expertise and a small offering of tasty Italian style sandwiches. A selection of freshly roasted blends and single origin coffees are sent down ceiling to counter top hoppers from the roastery upstairs and is available to purchase for home brewing. CATROUX, 129 Westend Road T: 09 376 3590 www.catroux.co.nz Catroux make everything on the premises including specialty cakes, salads, pies and savouries, slices and biscuits. They make fresh juices and serve Peoples coffee. There is a children’s sandpit and blackboard out the back. Open Mon-Fri 7am-3.30pm, Sat and Sun 7.30am-3.30pm. CHAPEL BAR & BISTRO, 147 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 4528 www.chapel.co.nz Now a Ponsonby institution, Chapel embodies the spirit of Auckland’s most iconic, and sociable, boulevard. It is the perfect place for drinks with friends after work, for dinner, a snack or a night out. Well worth the visit to sample delicious and very affordable fare such as the crispy Italian style pizzas. Open Mon-Wed 3pm-Late and Thur-Sun 12pm-late. CHARLIE BOYS COFFEE BAR, 167 Great North Road T: 09 376 4585 Delicious homemade cabinet food and baking all made on site. Available for functions. Open Mon-Thurs 7am-3.30pm and Fri 7am-3.00pm. CLOONEY, 33 Sale Street T: 09 358 1702 www.clooney.co.nz Fine dining here is an experience, an elegant and clever use of space in a large modern room with exceptional cuisine created by Executive Chef Des Harris. His food is sophisticated and expertly crafted with assertive flavours and simplicity. Open 7 nights 5.30pm-late. COCO’S CANTINA, 376 Karangahape Road T: 09 300 7582 www.cocoscantina.co.nz This is a lively, busy noisy bistro and bar, bustling with energy. The food is loosely based on casual Italian and service is slick and skilful. No reservations required, but you can sit at the bar and enjoy a great wine or cocktail while you wait. Open Tues-Sat 5pm-late. COCORO, 56a Brown Street T: 09 360 0927 www.cocoro.co.nz Cocoro means ‘the heart and soul’ in Japanese and the food and service they provide comes with all their heart and soul. They serve Jun Mai pure rice sake and there is an emphasis on organic and biodynamic wines. They now offer a sushi and sashimi course. Metro Best Asian Restaurant 2011, 2012, 2013. Reservations are taken for the degustation menu only, casual walk-ins are welcome. Open Tues-Sat 12pm-2pm and 5.30pm-10pm. COFFEE STATION, 38 Jervois Road T: 09 376 8072 Coffee Station is a great addition to the strip. They use Supreme award-winning coffee beans in order to serve the best coffee to customers! There are plenty of yummy home-made goodies to suit everyone. Continued P36 The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied

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A-Z CAFÉS + RESTAURANTS GUIDE COFFEE SUPREME, 42 Douglas Street T: 09 376 2784 www.coffeesupreme.com Douglas Street is home to both Coffee Supreme wholesale and their very own Good One café. Coffee Supreme is a hub for specialty coffee and provides an abode to talk about all things coffee. You can stock up on beans and brewing equipment for coffee at home and grab some food while you’re there. You’re welcome every Thursday morning between 8am-10am for a free coffee tasting. Open Mon-Fri 7am-3pm and Sat 8am-3pm. COLLEGE HILL CAFÉ, 25 College Hill T: 09 309 0804 Open for breakfast and lunch, College Hill Café offers a wide variety of cabinet and made to order food, their Chicken laksa is really popular and they serve Burton coffee. Catering is also available. Open Mon-Fri 7am-3.30pm. CONCH CAFÉ AND RECORD STORE, 115a Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 1999 www.conch.co.nz Based on a Brazilian Boteco, local hangout Conch is an independent record shop with a café that sells sweet snacks, sandwiches and coffee. You can browse through their really great record selection as well as CDs, books and DVDs. The café is open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat and Sun 8am-5pm. The shop is open Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat and Sun 10am-5pm. COVO, 137a Richmond Road T: 09 378 4500 www.covo.co.nz Covo’s owner Ivan Fornasari is proud to serve fresh homemade egg pasta made on site every day and a range of pizza served whole or by the slice. Check out their website for the latest specials. Open Tues -Fri 6pm-10pm, Sat and Sun 6pm-9pm. DANTE’S PIZZA, Ponsonby Central, DANTE’S PIZZA 136 Ponsonby Road T: 09 378 4443 www.dantespizza.co.nz Dante’s Pizza are Auckland’s only V.P.N certified Pizzeria and and provide a real slice of Italy in our community. Owner, Kevin Morris and his team blend fresh ingredients imported straight from Italy to create award-winning pizzas. We love them! You eat this pizza folded over, like a New Yorker, portafoglio, which is Italian for ‘wallet’. The sour dough takes four days to prepare, is hand stretched and is made to order. This means that the gluten in the dough has time to settle, and will not upset those with Celiac’s disease or gluten intolerance. The buffalo cheese is airfreighted from Italy. This is wholesome, fresh food made well and they only take about 90 seconds to cook in the oven. This is fast food, but fresh! DELICIOUS, 472 Richmond Road T: 09 360 7590 www.delicious.co.nz Popular for its delicious Italian cuisine, you will find on the menu traditional ravioli, gnocchi, risotto and pasta and in the cabinet there is a range of beautiful Italian cakes and tarts. Delicious is a busy restaurant, you’ll just need to drop in, as they don’t take reservations.

DIDA’S WINE LOUNGE & FOODSTORE, 118 Wellesley Street, Victoria Park T: 09 308 8319 www.didas.co.nz This funky fusion of food and wine is unique to the CBD. The breakfast and lunch menu is smart and the coffee is exceptional. The tapas menu supports the fine selection of wines and craft beer, which combined are a perfect way to waste an afternoon or early evening. This venue is also available for functions and events, as well as catering – delivered to your place. Open Sun - Tue 7am-4pm and Wed - Sat 7am-8pm. DIZENGOFF, 256 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 0108 People will make a special trip from near and far to get their morning coffee at Dizengoff. They serve a Jewish inspired menu for breakfast and lunch and it is the place to go for a tasty meal with a difference. Open 7 days 6.30am-5pm. EAST RESTAURANT, 171d Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 6085 www.east.co.nz A casual dine-in environment, the meals have a western spin on popular Asian cuisine and are served in a funky box. The menu covers cuisine from Japan in the north to Indonesia in the south. Dine-in, take away or have your food delivered. Open Mon -Fri 11.30am-3pm and 4.30pm-10pm, Sat and Sun 4.30pm-10pm. EL SIZZLING CHORIZO ARGENTINIAN BBQ, Ponsonby Central, 136 Ponsonby Road T: 09 378 0119 Try the real flavour of the Argentinian Pampas, right here, in the heart of Ponsonby. Offering Argentinian BBQ asado, home-made chorizo and empanadas. They’re also licensed. Open everyday from 12noon -10 pm. Friday and Saturday open till 11pm. EMPRESS GARDEN RESTAURANT, 227 Jervois Road T: 09 376 5550 www.empressgardenrestaurant.co.nz Renowned for their Peking duck, which must be pre -ordered, Empress Garden is on the corner of Herne Bay Road and Jervois Road and has been serving delicious Chinese food for over 31 years. Open 7 days 12pm-2.30pm and 6pm-10pm. EMPRESS OF INDIA, 2 Surrey Crescent T: 09 378 8780 www.empressofindia.co.nz This Indian restaurant is located on the corner of Surrey Crescent. It has a large well -presented dining room, and the staff is welcoming. Try something a little bit different, like the Empress Special Curry (chicken/lamb/beef) cooked with onions, fenugreek and Indian mild spices. Open 7 days, Lunch 11am-2.30pm Dinner 5pm-till late. ERAWAN THAI RESTAURANT & BAR, Corner Lawrence Street and Jervois Road T: 09 361 3261 www.erawanthai.co.nz Erawan Thai has built a reputation over the past 11 years for its excellence. What makes it so special is the courteous, obliging and helpful staff. The restful ambience of the restaurant, set in a grand old villa, has consistently superb food and a good wine list. Open 7 days for dinner and take away. Continued P38

DELLOWS KITCHEN, 212 Jervois Road T: 09 378 6156 www.dellows.co.nz Dellows Kitchen provides fresh seasonal food for all occasions, excellent coffees and friendly and warm service. Check out their time saving fresh or frozen take-home meal options. Open Mon-Sat 7am-4pm and Sun 7am-3pm. DIDA’S WINE LOUNGE & TAPAS, 54 Jervois Road Herne Bay T: 09 376 2813 www.didas.co.nz With a great wine list backed up by great wine knowledge, this smart little wine lounge has a rich heritage in hospitality like no other. The superb selections of tapas are simply delicious and the monthly food and wine matches are exceptional. Open 7 days 11.30am-Late. DIDA’S FOOD STORE, 54 Jervois Road Herne Bay T: 09 361 6157 www.didas.co.nz The delicious food and exceptional coffee, created from the heart, eat in or take away. An extensive and impressive deli counter, boasting imported and locally sourced meats, cheeses, olives, dips, salads and an array of Antipasto. A perfect place for breakfast and lunch, there’s also a smart little wine list. Open 7 days 7am-7pm.

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A-Z CAFÉS + RESTAURANTS GUIDE ESCOBAR ESPRESSO, 483 Richmond Road T: 09 376 4181 This café is all about coffee with a few lovely savoury and sweet things to eat from the cabinet, like chicken ciabatta sandwiches and brioche. They hold barista training workshops, coffee tastings and seminars and the whole place can be hired for private functions. Open 7 days Mon-Fri 6.30am-3pm, Sat and Sun 8am-2pm. FATIMA’S, 240 Ponsonby Road T: 09 376 9303, 0800 fatimas www.fatimas.co.nz Delicious Mediterranean and Middle Eastern inspired food, Fatima’s offers fresh rolled and toasted pitas, chawarmas, filled toasted bap buns and salads to eat in or takeaway. Open 7days, 11.30am-10pm. FIERA CHARCOAL BBQ, 112 Wellington Street, Freemans Bay T: 09 376 1688 At Fiera Charcoal BBQ, they use the freshest of New Zealand meat, seafood, vegetables and wheat products with lamb skewer the main feature on their menu. With the charcoal BBQ cooking method, they use the finest selection of charcoal to get the best results. Try their fresh and delicious charcoal BBQ Shashliks accompanied by original Taiwanese lager beer, pineapple flavoured beer or mango flavoured beer! FLAME INDIAN CUISINE, 280 Richmond Road T: 09 360 0440 Traditional Indian cooking is the essence of what they do at Flame. It’s this tradition that enables them to offer great local Indian food. The chefs are all trained in India and have several year’s experience in some of the best restaurants around the world. You can dine in or takeaway and they are licensed plus BYO. Open seven days a week from 11am until late. FOXTROT PARLOUR, Ponsonby Central, 7 Richmond Road T: 09 378 7268 It’s no surprise that Foxtrot Parlour is owned by Tara Brogan, who was also the brains and the palate behind popular Grey Lynn staple Savour and Devour and food design specialist Quintessential Kitchen. Her attention to detail is always exceptional, and from the food to the coffee to the staff Foxtrot is pretty damn flawless. They offer Supreme coffee, or try their green smoothie - kiwifruit, mint and spinach. FRED’S, Corner Franklin and Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 1551 Fred’s is basically Agnes Curran with a facelift, with an emphasis on friendliness. They’ve kept all the favourites from the good “old” days, ie; lamingtons, IL BUCO but have expanded the menu to include gourmet hot dogs, toasties, Bircher muesli, halloumi salad, traditional and experimental milkshakes. We are open early till 3pm on weekdays and 4pm on weekends. FREEMAN & GREY, 43 Ponsonby Road T: 09 378 6496 Freeman & Grey is a great sunny spot in Ponsonby with a laid-back atmosphere, great sharing plates menu and a heap of fun to be had. Opening hours are 12pm Mon - Fri and 11am Sat - Sun.

They use Chiasso fair trade organic beans, Green Valley organic milk and organic meat in their gourmet pies. There are great spaces for private meetings or large family groups. Open 7 days 7am-4pm. GENJI JAPANESE RESTAURANT, 26 Ponsonby Road. T: 09 360 5050 At Genji, they serve the freshest sashimi and all varieties of Japanese foods in authentic Japanese surroundings and specialise in à la carte and Teppenyaki. They have three private function rooms and cater for up to 35 in the Karaoke room. Off street parking is available at the rear for up to 20 cars. Open Mon-Sat 12-2.30pm and 5-10pm. GPK, 260 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 1113 www.gpk.co.nz A Ponsonby institution, GPK is in middle of a major renovation and the menu and entire concept including the name is changing and is set to re-open later this month. GREY LYNN RSC, 1 Francis Street, T: 09 360 2515 www.greylynnrsc.org.nz Open 365 days of the year, this is a unique gem in the middle of Grey Lynn. The downstairs bistro has tasty, reasonably priced meals while the upstairs restaurant is available for private functions. Visitors and new members are most welcome. Open Wed-Sun from 5pm and weekends 11.30am-2.30pm.

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GROUCHO’S CAFÉ, 1/143 Wellesley Street West T: 09 309 3939 A retro licensed café and wine bar with hand-crafted boutique beers and a wide range of gluten-free food. There is a strong focus on nutrition and health and they use free-range, organic and fair trade products when available. Open Mon-Fri 7am-4pm. GUSTO ITALIANO, 263 Ponsonby Road T: 09 361 1556 www.gustoitaliano.co.nz At Gusto they keep things traditional; you will find the very best gnocchi, tortellini, linguine, ravioli and spaghetti. A private room is available for functions. Open Mon-Wed 5.30pm-lateThurs-Sun 12pm-late. HERNE BAY LOCAL, 170 Jervois Road T: 09 376 5367 www.hernebaylocal.co.nz Choose from a selection of Asian influenced tapas and platters and a bistro style lunch and dinner menu. Using the best organic meats and fresh produce, they aim to provide a warm and relaxed environment for you, your friends and family. Open 7 days 11am-late.

HIMAVANTA KAFFEINE, 189 Ponsonby Road T: 09 550 9345 A new café in the hood, situated just a stones throw from the top of Franklin Road. They say, ‘life is too short for bad coffee someone once said…that’s why we pride ourselves in making good coffee every time.’

FUJI TEPPAN-YAKI CAFE & RESTAURANT, 282 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 6282 A cute little restaurant with authentic Japanese decor, friendly funny staff and creative food cooked in front of you. Fully licensed. Open 7 nights 6pm-11.30pm.

IL BUCO, 113 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 4414 www.ilbuco.co.nz Il buco serves the best Roman Pizza by the slice. You can buy one slice for a snack or 100 slices for a party. Owner and barista Jonny Rudduck serves Supreme Coffee and other popular menu items are beef lasagne, tiramisu and the little shots of hot chocolate are to die for. Open Mon-Sat 7.30am-9pm and Sun 11am-8pm.

FUSION CAFÉ, 32 Jervois Road T: 09 378 4573 Fusion has a wonderful outdoor garden, which makes it ideal for relaxing with a coffee made by one of their Allpress trained baristas. A great spot for enjoying breakfast or lunch with the family. Fusion is also available for functions. Open Mon-Wed 7am-4pm, Thurs-Sun 7am-5pm.

IL FORNO, 55 Mackelvie Street T: 09 378 0264 www.ilforno.co.nz A bakery and café specialising in traditional Italian fare and bakery items, including fresh croissants, pastries, homemade cakes and a wide selection of breads along with an interesting selection of deli products to take home. The coffee is pretty good too. Open 7 days 7am-4pm.

GABLES SPEIGHT’S ALE HOUSE, 248 Jervois Road T: 09 376 4994 www.gablesspeightsalehouse.co.nz A gastro-style menu freshly prepared each day can be enjoyed in the sun drenched courtyard, by the cosy fireplace or in a sumptuous booth. They also offer the perfect event venue, whether it’s a dinner party for 10 or a function for 400. Kids dine free on Mondays with a full paying adult. Quiz night Tues 7pm.

INDIAN KITCHEN, 204 Jervois Road T: 09 376 2001 www.indiankitchen.co.nz Indian kitchen has recently upgraded their interior, and regulars know they specialise in some of the very best authentic Indian cuisine. Diners are assured of genuine Indian food prepared and presented in a traditional way by a team of experienced chefs.

GARNET STATION, 85 Garnet Road T: 09 360 3397 www.garnetstation.co.nz Garnet Station is a relaxed urban oasis serving smooth coffee and home-made food like cinnamon and caramel brioche; free-range egg club sandwiches and lolly topped mini cupcakes.

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IPANEMA FOOD AND ART SOCIETY, 2 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 0655 www.ipanema.co.nz Ipanema serves Brazilian cuisine with Brazilian art on display for diners to enjoy. It’s a place to have fun with friends eating tapas, drinking cocktails and enjoying dinner. A private function room is available. Open Tue-Sun 3pm-late.

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A-Z CAFÉS + RESTAURANTS GUIDE JAFA, 551 Richmond Road T: 09 361 1100 www.jafacafe.com Jafa Café has a cool laid-back atmosphere with a warm and welcoming team. There’s Allpress Coffee and fabulous food like lamb’s fry and bacon or Balinese sticky black rice. There is a conference room upstairs for private group breakfasts, lunches or corporate meetings. Open Mon-Fri 7am-4pm, Sat and Sun 8am-4pm.

LA BOULANGE, 214 Jervois Road T: 09 376 5145 www.laboulange.co.nz Homemade baguette, croissant, pain au chocolat and pain au raisin are a few of the highlights of this little French bakery, cafe and sandwich bar. There are a few seats in the window and outside to enjoy a traditional pastry and Supreme coffee or try one of their delicious French baguette sandwiches or Macaroons. Open 7 days 7am-3pm.

JANKEN, 158 Jervois Road T: 09 360 0555 Janken is a new sophisticated, trendy Japanese restaurant taking its name from the popular decision making game ‘paper, scissors, rock’, offering Japanese cuisine with a fusion twist. JOY BONG THAI A unique space with its minimalist décor and exposed grey concrete. Open six days a week for both lunch and dinner.

LA CANTINE DU TORCHON, 265 Ponsonby Road T: 09 376 2516 www.lacantine.co.nz La Cantine du Torchon is the café for lovers of all things French. They serve traditional French savoury and sweet crepes and are open for brunch, lunch and dinner. The tiny tables, delicious food and intimate atmosphere make this the closest you will get to an authentic French restaurant in Ponsonby. Open Tue-Fri 11.30am-late, Sat 8.30am-late.

JERVOIS STEAK HOUSE, 70 Jervois Road T: 09 376 2049 www.jervoissteakhouse.co.nz At Jervois Steak House, you can discover the difference between grass-fed and grain-fed beef with Head Chef Kory Ashby. There is a great range of beef, lamb, chicken and fish and pre-ordering is essential for the restaurant’s signature slow-roasted prime rib.

LA COCOTTE CREPERIE FRANCAISE, 576 Great North Road T: 09 378 6700 Grey Lynn’s newest cafe offers exceptional French treats such as evidenced in its name the quintessential crepe, plus delicious cabinet food offerings. The lovely courtyard out the back is perfect for those Sunday morning brunch gatherings. Open Mon-Sun 7.30am-4pm.

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LA PORCHETTA, 304a Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 0318 www.laporchetta.co.nz At La Porchetta you will not only find a huge selection of pizza, but also a fantastic range of pasta, along with steak and seafood dishes and of course a delicious range of ice cream desserts; Cassata, Tartufo and Coppa Gelato to name a few. A full takeaway menu is also available. They are open seven days for lunch and dinner and are fully licensed.

JIMMY THE FISH, Ponsonby Central, 136 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 1554 Newly opened, Jimmy the Fish, offers a varied array of daily changing seafood dishes. The Lion Red battered fish and handmade fries are highly recommended. They offer wet fish and seafood sales. Eat in, or take out, you choose. Open 7 days. JOY BONG THAI, 531 Karangahape Road T: 09 377 2218 www.joybongthai.co.nz Joy Bong Thai specialises in Royal Thai, as well as rustic Issan Thai cuisine with a modern twist. The food is typically delicate and spicy, always fresh daily. With friendly staff and great food, this is a great place for parties, large and small. Tell Apple, the owner, we sent you. Open for lunch weekdays 11.30 am - 2.30 pm; dinner 7 nights 5.30 pm - 10.30 pm KOKAKO, 537 Great North Road T: 09 379 2868 www.kokako.co.nz If you are into fair trade Organic Coffee and vegetarian food, then Kokako in Grey Lynn is the place to go. With an onsite roastery, you can enjoy a freshly made coffee in the cafe or take home one of three coffee blends. There is an extensive cabinet and à la carte menu with a focus on local, organic and seasonal produce. Open Monday to Friday 7am-3.30pm and weekends 7.30am-4pm.

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LA ZEPPA, 33 Drake Street T: 09 379 8167 www.lazeppa.co.nz One of Auckland’s favourite rooftop bars with impressive views over Victoria Park and to the sky tower. La Zeppa offers delicious hot and cold tapas to enjoy with friends and a glass of wine and is the perfect venue for social functions from two to two hundred. Bookings are not required. Open 7 days 4pm-Late and Friday lunch from 12pm. LANDRETH & CO Landreth & Co, 272 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 7440 www.landrethandco.co.nz Situated on Ponsonby Road, Landreth & Co is a cosy, relaxed European-inspired cafe offering delicious, home-made, freshly cooked meals and Caffe L’affare coffee. The sunny peaceful courtyard – open all year round – is the perfect place to unwind and escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Awarded Best cafe in Ponsonby – Metro Magazine Cafe Awards 2012. Fully licensed and open 7 days, from 6.30am - 4.00pm.

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A-Z CAFÉS + RESTAURANTS GUIDE LIBERTINE, 37 Drake Street, Freemans Bay T: 09 929 2790 www.libertine.co.nz Nestled above Victoria Park Market, this new bar and eatery takes its cue from the Americas, but with an Antipodean twist. At the bar, spirits - gold, white and dark - take pride of place. Choose from an extensive Central and South American inspired menu of plates to share and individual offerings. The ideal place to wile away a sunny afternoon or a casual evening with friends. Open Monday to Thursday 4pm until late, and Friday to Sunday midday until late. LITTLE 107, 107 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby T: 09 378 1592 The menu has a great selection to suit all tastes.. Meeting friends for lunch? then gather round the big communal table and try the beetroot risotto, or one of the many morsels of treats on offer, such as the mixed berry white choco muffin. They have vegetarian or gluten-free options too. LITTLE BREAD & BUTTER BAKERY & CAFE, Ponsonby Central, Richmond Road T: 09 376 4007; 34 Westmoreland Street West Grey Lynn T: 09 378 9111 www.breadandbutterbakery.co.nz Little Bread & Butter bakery specialises in organic breads. There are many different types of sourdough, European speciality loaves, breadrolls and pretzels. You can choose from a wide selection of handmade pastries, cakes, and savouries, MARCELLO’S sandwiches and gourmet pies. At the large communal table you can toast your own slices of freshly baked bread and enjoy them with house-made butter and jam while you watch people bustling around the market area. Serving Five Elements coffee. LONGROOM, 114 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 8803 www.longroom.co.nz Longroom offers a fresh, unique alfresco and indoor environment for all dining and drinking occasions. Their menu encourages sharing (any time of the day) from a selection of small plates, salads and platters. Main courses and desserts are available for those wanting a more traditional dining experience.Most popular dishes include chilli salt squid, miso pork belly and 60-day aged rib eye. DJs play during the evening Thursday to Saturday. Open Tue -Sun 11am-late. MALT BAR & RESTAURANT, 442 Richmond Road T: 09 360 9537 www.maltbar.co.nz A friendly, neighbourhood bar and restaurant in the heart of West Lynn, Malt serves a variety of delicious lunches, mains, woodfire pizzas and tapas all week plus brunch on the weekend. Check out their website for daily specials like ‘Buy One Get One Free’ mains on Mondays, free quiz night on Tuesday, thirst quenching happy hours and beer o’clock starting at 4pm with $4 beers on Sunday. Open Mon-Fri 11am-Late, Sat and Sun 10am-late. MALDITO MENDEZ, Ponsonby Central, 4 Brown Street T: 09 378 9107 www.mendez.co.nz Maldito Mendez located on the Brown Street side of the Ponsonby Central precinct, serves South American and Latin street food – a delicious range of snacks, empanadas, tacos, ceviches and mains. There are also tapas/streetfood plus some Mexican dishes. Open 7 days 12.00pm – 3.30pm and 5.30 pm-late. MAMATA BAKEHOUSE, 401 Richmond Road T: 09 376 3191 This bakery-café-hangout out is a Grey Lynn favourite. Whether your tummy growls for a sandwich, roll, pie, slice or muffin you’ll be able to get it here. Mamata is renowned for their made to order bagel’s, Ponsonby News favourite is the avocado and tomato toasted sesame seed bagel! Open Mon – Sat 7.00am – 5.30pm. MARCELLO’S, 28 College Hill T: 09 361 2600 Marcello’s are now open for dinner, as well as breakfast, brunch, and lunch and they are fully licensed. What better way to start your day than with a gorgeous omelette? They serve great coffee and awesome food homemade fresh everyday which always comes with a friendly smile. Free wireless is available and they offer catering for functions. Open Monday 6am-4pm; Tuesday to Friday 6am-10pm; Saturday 730am -10pm; Sunday 730am to 9pm.

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MEOLA KITCHEN, 184 Garnet Road T: 09 360 6184 Meola Kitchen keeps things simple with breakfast and lunch menu options that are spins on old favourites. There’s also counter food available including fresh pastries and delicious homemade muffins. Open 7 days 7.30am-5pm. MOLLIES, 6 Tweed Street T: 09 376 3489 www.mollies.co.nz Mollies restaurant is a great venue for gourmet breakfasts, but it is not open for lunches or dinners. Mollies offer many private spaces, ideal for small groups. Open for breakfast, 7 days, 7am-10.30am. MONDIAL, 549 Great North Road T: 09 376 6682 www.mondialbar.co.nz Mondial is a very relaxed and lively tapas bar with friendly, efficient service. You can order as many or as few dishes as you want, ranging from prawns, calamari, meatballs, lamb skewers and vegetable platters. They have a great wine list with a mix of international and New Zealand wines plus some great dessert wines. Open TuesThurs 4pm-late, Fri, Sat and Sun 3pm-late. MONTEREY COFFEE LOUNGE, 432 Richmond Road T: 09 360 0488 Monterey is a warm and friendly neighbourhood coffee lounge in the heart of West Lynn. Try their zucchini fritters or a schnitzel sandwich made on homemade bread. Everything is made on the premises including delicious butterfly cakes. Eat in or take away. Open Mon-Fri 7am-4pm, Sat and Sun 8am-4pm. MOOCHOWCHOW, 23 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 6262 www.moochowchow.co.nz Like a stroll through the fragrant night markets and food stalls of Bangkok, MooChowChow is a boost to the senses. The menu captures the vibrant zang of sweet, sour, salty and hot, that makes Thai food a party-in-your-mouth. Cocktails of fresh fruits, shaved ice and smashed herbs will cool, refresh and tantalise. A private dining room is also available. Open Tues-Sat 4pm-late. MUTIARA MALAYSIAN RESTAURANT, 66 Ponsonby Road T: 09 376 2759 www.mutiara.co.nz Mutiara Restaurant is a specialist in authentic Malaysian cuisine and authenticity is the top priority for Chef and owner Roy Lim. Malaysian cuisine is diverse in its influences and styles and this is reflected in the menu which offers signature dishes such as Rendang Kampung (thick curry), Ikan Bakar (Malaysian style grilled fish) and Mamak Noodles. Open for lunch Mon-Fri 12pm-2.30 and dinner 7 nights 6pm-10.30pm. NANDOS, 244 A Ponsonby Road T: 09 376 6377 www.nandos.co.nz The chicken at Nandos is marinated for 24 hours and trimmed of excess fat, and grilled on an open flame, and basted in your choice of peri peri bastings - a very healthy option. They also have a vegetarian selection on the menu. It’s a great place for families and groups, seating up to 72 people, with private seating at the back of the restaurant. They are fully licensed and offer BYO on wine only, and there is off-street parking 10 metres from the restaurant. Open 7 days 11am – late. NAVAS CAFÉ MALAYSIAN CUISINE, 14 Ponsonby Road T: 09 378 4478 Chef and owner Krishnan prepares and serves beautiful fresh Malaysian food. A speciality is murtabak (a handmade roti with lamb filling), spicy beef rendang and Malaysian Indian style curries. Family run, Navas loves children and you will always be very warmly welcomed. Open for lunch Mon-Fri 11am-2pm and dinner, 7 nights, 6pm-10pm. NISHIKI JAPANESE RESTAURANT, 100 Wellington Street T: 09 376 7104 www.nishiki.co.nz Robata-yaki means having dinner and drinks in a cosy, relaxed and social atmosphere watching the kitchen. Because most of the dishes are grilled and deep fried and snack sized, you can order many different kinds of food to share. Also available is a wide selection of Japanese sake, wine and beer; BYO wine. Open Tues-Sun 6pm-11pm. NOODLE CANTEEN, 6/280 Richmond Road T: 09 361 6689 www.noodlecanteen.co.nz Choose from a wide variety of fresh choices then watch the preparation from comfortable bar stools. Freshly prepared high quality ingredients are always used. Eat in or take-away and open 7 days 11.30am-9pm. PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


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A-Z CAFÉS + RESTAURANTS GUIDE NOSTALGIA - PROHIBITION RESTAURANT, 108 Ponsonby Road T: 09 361 5858 www.nostalgia.net.nz This restaurant is like a nostalgic trip to the past and appreciating the finer things about dining, when going out was glamorous. High tea and lunch are available Fri, Sat and Sun 12pm-4pm, Dinner 7 nights 6pm-late. OCCAM CAFÉ & BAR, 135 Williamson Avenue T: 09 378 0604 Occam is a popular spot with locals for breakfast, lunch, coffee, snacks or a relaxed weekend brunch. There are tables inside and out and a mezzanine bar creates a buzzy atmosphere. They are fully licensed and you can phone in your coffee order for quick and easy pick up. Occam is also a great venue for functions.

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Open Mon-Fri 7am-5pm, Sat, Sun and public holidays 8am-5pm. Opening for dinner next summer. OH! SO CAFÉ, 29 Crummer Road T: 09 360 0700 www.ohso.co.nz For fantastic cafe food and great coffee, oh! SO cafe has a quiet and relaxed atmosphere making it the perfect place for a casual business meeting or a catch up with friends. Open Mon-Fri 7am-3pm, Sat 8am-3pm. ONE 2 ONE CAFÉ, 21 Ponsonby Road T: 09 376 4954 www.one2onecafe.co.nz One 2 One cafe has just celebrated its 21st year, uses coffee supplied by the local boutique roaster Craig Miller. With free wifi, they are fully licensed and offer a selection of organic wine with craft beers also available. Family friendly, with a charming Parisian style and a covered courtyard complete with a children’s sandpit and blackboard. Tuesday is open mic night, Thursdays are local musician jam night and Friday Jazz night. Open Mon-Fri 6am-5pm, Sat and Sun 7am-5pm and until late on Tues, Thurs and Fri.

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OTTO WOO GOURMET NOODLE BAR, 47 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 1989 www.otto-woo.com Otto Woo provides Western style modern Asian cuisine with Japanese and Thai influences. Each meal contains loads of fresh vegetables infused with high quality sauces and herbs. Gluten-free and vegetarian meals are also available. Open Mon-Fri 11.45am-2.30pm and Mon-Sun 4.30pm-9pm. PANE E VINO, 20 Williamson Avenue T: 09 360 0263 www.paneevino.co.nz Owner Tito is passionate about the food they serve which is regional Italian style cuisine. Classic antipasti, pasta and mains all exceptionally flavoured using fresh ingredients plus popular Italian desserts and thin crust pizza. Delivery in Ponsonby and catering is also available. Open Mon-Fri 12pm-late, Sat and Sun 5pm-late. PHILIPPE’S CHOCOLATE, 293 Great North Road T: 09 376 1754 www.philippechocolate.co.nz Not just fabulous flavoured chocolates and hand rolled truffles; Philippe’s also make French pastries, cakes and baguettes. Open Mon 8am-4pm, Tues-Sun 7.30am-5.30pm. PITA PIT, 2/104 Ponsonby Road T: 09 215 9608 www.pitapit.co.nz/stores/ponsonby Pita Pit offers quality, healthy, fresh food – fast! The menu is varied with chicken, lamb, beef, ham, tuna and vegetarian fillings, with a choice of plain or wholemeal pitas to choose from. The service is friendly, and you can takeaway or enjoy your pita at one of the outside tables. Open 7 days, Mon -Wed 10am-11pm, Thur and Sat 10am-2am and Sun10am-11pm. PONSONBY INTERNATIONAL FOOD COURT, 106 Ponsonby Road T: 09 376 0800 www.ponsonbyfoodcourt.co.nz Walk right in and taste the mouth watering recipes from Italy, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, China, Thailand, India, Indonesia and more. Situated right in the heart of Ponsonby, Continued P42

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A-Z CAFÉS + RESTAURANTS GUIDE this is the perfect place for that leisurely lunch, dinner or quick break from business. Open daily 10am-10pm. PONSONBY ROAD BISTRO, 165 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 1611 www.ponsonbyroadbistro.co.nz The award-winning Ponsonby Road Bistro offers a well -priced menu and interesting wine list in a stylish and relaxed environment. Sarah Conway’s menu provides a global feast – and the char-grilled scotch with hand-cut chips has become a firm favourite.

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The friendly staff and cosy dining room offer a warm welcome. An express lunch menu runs weekdays from 12 noon. Open Mon-Fri 12pm-late and Sat 4pm-late. PREGO, 226 Ponsonby Road T: 09 376 3095 www.prego.co.nz This iconic restaurant was established over 26 years ago, Prego is the ultimate in Italian al fresco dining with the intimacy of an enclosed courtyard, late suppers at the bar in front of a wood fire or Bistro style dining with the buzz of a busy restaurant. Take-away available, open 7 days 12pm-late. QUEENIES, 24a Spring Street, Freemans Bay T: 09 378 8977www.queenieslunchroom.co.nz Tucked away from the bustle of Ponsonby on the corner of Middle and Cascade Streets is the award-winning Queenies. Offering Supreme coffee, New Zealand beers and wines, a unique sweet selection and a tantalising menu. Open Mon -Fri 7am-4pm, Sat and Sun 8am-4pm. RABBIT HOLE CAFÉ, 203 Jervois Road T: 09 360 0755 Rabbit Hole Cafe is an interesting eclectic cafe based on an Alice in Wonderland theme, with mismatched crockery, bone china and unusual furniture. They use Velvet fair trade organic coffee and you can enjoy it on the deck overlooking the water. Open Mon-Fri 7am-4pm, Sat and Sun 8am-3pm.

RAVIZ RESTAURANT, 164 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 9911 www.raviz.co.nz Open since 2000, Raviz offers complete Indian cuisine at affordable prices. They offer dine in, take away, delivery, banquet and function menus that are known by locals to be value for money. Open Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm and Mon-Sun 5pm-late. RENKON EXPRESS, 2/175 Ponsonby Road T: 09 376 3090 www.renkon.co.nz/ponsonby This restaurant specialises in Donburi, which is a large bowl of rice topped with fresh vegetables, meat or fish. The meals are quick, cheap, unpretentious, nutritious and well-balanced. Open 7 days 11.30am-3pm and 5pm -9.30pm. REVELRY, 106 Ponsonby Road T: 09 376 8663 www.revelry.co.nz A luxurious bohemian-style parlour, with hints of opium den chic, this venue boasts one of the best decks in Ponsonby, a warming double sided fireplace and countless visual stimulations from lanterns to antique furniture. The delicious food menu includes a selection of Asian fusion sharing plates, platters and bar snacks. An extensive New Zealand and international wine list, classic and original cocktails with seasonal recipes, and craft beers will give you something new to try every visit. Open from early afternoon until late every night of the week. Brunch service is available from Thursday to Sunday. RICHMOND ROAD CAFE, 318 Richmond Road T: 09 360 5559 www.richmondrdcafe.co.nz One of five award-winning cafes owned by Jackie and Scott, The Richmond Road Cafe is a buzzing urban cafe providing restaurant style food and service at cafe prices. There’s an all day menu, sweet selection, freshly squeezed juices and frappes plus a champagne, wine and beer menu. Open 7 days 7am-4pm.

LOCAL BUSINESS MAKES ‘MOBILE WALLET’ HAPPEN NOW We’ve all been hearing about the ‘mobile wallet’, but it’s local business YQ making it happen in our neighbourhood. YQ is a smartphone app that lets you order and pay for food and coffee so it’s ready for you to pick up and go when you arrive. Many local businesses are signing up with YQ so they can accept and fulfil mobile orders. “It’s proving to be a great time saver for people on the way to work, or grabbing something in-between meetings” says Mike Paranihi, founder of YQ. “It’s super simple and convenient for users - but our biggest focus has been the security. YQ not only uses DPS Payment Express to secure your card details and payment, YQ is also PCI DSS certified, the worldwide industry standard for online security and payments. It makes doubly sure YQ is the most secure mobile payment solution in New Zealand.” One local business enjoying the benefits of offering YQ to his customers is Jason of Landreth and Co. Jason says YQ is revolutionising his business. “It speeds up ordering and payment for customers and for us. I really believe that it lets us give our customers better service. And because we know the name of the person ordering, we can recognize them as soon as they come in.” Jason says he can see this as the way Ponsonby pays for food and coffee in the near future. “I’m sure everyone will get onto the benefits that I see YQ giving” Jason predicts. The convinced or curious can find out more at www.YQ.co.nz get the app from the app stores, or get Jason at Landreth and Co. to show you how! PN

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A-Z CAFÉS + RESTAURANTS GUIDE RICHMOND LARDER, 166 Richmond Road T: 09 215 7910 Offering a brunch and lunch menu with a wide variety of cabinet food and sweet treats. Seating out the back on their sunny canopied deck with views to the Waitakeres. Home-made chutneys are available to try or take away. Open 7 days a week. RIPE DELI, 172 Richmond Road T: 09 360 6159 www.ripedeli.co.nz This is a vibrant food-lovers haven serving innovative take -out food, using the best of local ingredients. Decadent home-baked slices, cakes and brioche; a variety of gourmet sandwiches, salads and wraps and take home TV meals plus cured meats, cheese and home-made relish, dressings and chutneys.

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Owner, Angela Redfern has just published her second cookbook, Ripe Recipes – A fresh batch. Delivery is available for out-catering and you can order online. Open Mon-Fri 7am -4.30pm, Sat 7.30am-3pm and Sun 8am-3pm. ROCKET KITCHEN, 234a Ponsonby Road, T: 09 360 8834 www.rocketkitchen.co.nz Serving Aucklanders for over 15 years, Rocket Kitchen’s truly gourmet takeaway and catering includes their range of premium fresh wedding and birthday cakes, tarts, desserts, sweets and cupcakes. Savoury treats and salads are also available from the iconic shop on Ponsonby Road where everything is made fresh each day. Open Mon-Fri 8am-6.30pm and Sat 8.30am-5pm. SAFFRON INDIAN RESTAURANT, 31 Ponsonby Road T: 09 378 2122 www.saffronindianrestaurant.co.nz Saffron specialises in south Indian cuisine. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 11am and 3pm they serve an all vegetarian buffet brunch. Catering, takeaway and delivery in Ponsonby is also available. Open 7 nights, 6pm-10.30pm and Fri, Sat and Sun11am-3pm.

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SALE ST BREWERY, 7 Sale Street T: 09 307 8148 www.salest.co.nz Situated in the heart of Auckland’s hot spot, the Victoria Quadrant, Sale St. is a uniquely Kiwi mega-venue that defines style. There are a variety of bar and dining options including their extensive bar range, award-winning (Gold and Silver Medal) micro-brewery, Auckland’s largest deck and garden bar, and The Velvet room private bar as well as a live music stage. Open Mon 3pm-late and Tues-Sun 11.30am-late. SALTA ESPRESSO, 285 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 1295 Salta Espresso delivers quality personal service, great coffee and delicious fresh food made with pride on the premises every day. A full breakfast and lunch menu is available as well as delicious cakes, pastries and sandwiches. Open Mon-Fri 6.30am-4.30pm, Sat and Sun 7am-4.30pm. SANTOS CAFÉ, 114 Ponsonby Road T: 09 378 8431 www.santoscoffee.co.nz Santos Café com Espirita’ (coffee with soul). Anne-Therese, Hannah and the team are continuing the family tradition of bringing coffee with soul onto Ponsonby Road. Santos Café was established in 1995 with a Brazilian ambience and this vibe continues today. Check out the NOVO VISUAL – Coming late this month! SATYA SOUTH INDIAN RESTAURANT, 17 Great North Road T: 09 361 3612 www.satya.co.nz Satya is situated near the Ponsonby, Newton and K Road intersection. Their South Indian recipes are age old and are based on Ayurvedic principles; their motive is good food. With its relaxed ambience and friendly staff, it is a great place for a vast range of Indian meals at a good price. Take-away, delivery, catering and banquets for large groups are all available. Open Mon-Sat 11.30am-2.30 and Mon-Sun 5.30pm-10pm. SAVOUR & DEVOUR, 478 Richmond Road T: 09 361 2631 www.savouranddevour.co.nz Savour & Devour offer a range of cabinet food with homemade cakes, pies and sandwiches and a full breakfast and lunch menu. Catering and takeaway is available. Open Mon-Fri 7am-5pm, Sat and Sun 8am-5pm. Continued P44

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A-Z CAFÉS + RESTAURANTS GUIDE SAWADEE THAI CUISINE, 42a Ponsonby Road T: 09 376 0320 www.sawadee.co.nz Sawadee offers dishes from the four main regions of the Siamese Kingdom. Thai Food is a blend of tastes – hot, sour, salty, sweet and spicy with subtle additions of aromatic herbs to enrich the traditional flavours. Fully licensed, take away menu, functions catered and BYO Wine.. Open Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm, Mon-Sun 6pm-10pm. SHAHI INDIAN EXPERIENCE, 26 Jervois Road T: 09 378 8896 www.shahi.co.nz For more than 20 years, Shahi Cafe has been serving Ponsonby locals timeless, sumptuous north Indian cuisine with a difference. There is an extensive variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes; some of the most popular are Shahi Cigar, Shahi Skewered Chicken and Stuffed Tomato Curry. A private function room is available and catering, delivery and take away menus. Open 11am-2.30pm and 5pm-late. SHOKUZEN, 45 Ponsonby Road T: 09 376 4565 This is a new fusion Japanese restaurant with a vast selection of dishes to choose from. Try the tuna takaki; sliced rare tuna with ponze sauce, or the Agedashi tofu; lightly fried tofu with tempura sauce or the SIDART seaweed salad, or perhaps share a platter of California rolls (sushi).

STAR THAI, 1 St. Mary’s Road T: 09 378 1776 www.starthai.co.nz A comprehensive wine list complements the fine food and you are welcome to BYO wine. Whether dining in or ordering dishes to eat at home, you can be assured of the finest Thai food cooked in the traditional way, prepared from the very best ingredients including fresh herbs, spices and exotic vegetables – a true taste of Thailand. Delivery is also available. Open Tue-Sun, 5.30pm-late. SUNDAY PAINTERS, 185 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 2001 www.sundaypainters.co.nz James Kirkwood chooses the wine and Esther Lamb runs the floor, they’ve created a bistro-style restaurant with a French inspired menu and a comfortable atmosphere. Open 7 nights 5.30pm-late and Fri lunch from 12pm. SUSHI EDGE, 280 Richmond Road, T: 09 376 6218 Sushi Edge is a takeaway or eat-in establishment serving a wide range of delicious sushi and sashimi options.

SIDART, Three Lamps Plaza, 283 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 2122 www.sidart.co.nz Sidart is the award-winning restaurant of Chef Sid Sahrawat with modern creative New Zealand cuisine. It is a contemporary yet formal restaurant with innovative food and attentive, friendly service headed by Ismo Koski. The gorgeous city views and intimate dining room make Sidart a place for special occasions. Highly recommended by the Ponsonby News team. Open Tues-Sat from 6pm, Fri lunch 12 noon-2.30pm.

ST PIERRE’S SUSHI OF JAPAN & SEAFOOD, 320 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 6553 www.stpierres.co.nz St Pierres Sushi is all about fresh, quality sushi at an affordable price. Ready made to go for busy people, or made fresh on the spot anytime for tailor-made sushi requirements. Party platters of sushi are a specialty.

Their servings are generous, everything is really tasty and well-seasoned, hot and freshly made. Their sashimi bento box, vegetarian tempura don and their lunch sushi boxes are all worth trying and are good value for money. TOKYO CLUB

SIERRA CAFE PONSONBY, 295 Ponsonby Road T: 09 376 0081 Now offering free wifi and their famous specialty Sierra coffee as well as delicious home-made cakes and slices - everything is available to take away. Open 7 days 6.30am-4.30pm. SLICED LUNCH BAR, 104 Richmond Road T: 09 360 6156 Made to order sandwiches, fresh juices, smoothies and gluten-free options make this a must visit eatery for lunch.

SUSHI WASABI, Shop 14, 1 Jervois Road, T: 09 376 8388 Situated next to Dorothy Butler’s Children’s Book Shop, Sushi Wasabi specialises in traditional sushi and nigiri. Their sushi is made with brown rice. This is a daytime restaurant and you can dine in or takeaway. They have a loyalty card too. Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. SUTHAROS THAI RESTAURANT, 186 Jervois Road T: 09 360 0714 Sutharos is owned and operated by the chef and so he takes pride in offering good quality food. The Thai green curry, the yellow curry with crispy pork and the duck curry are popular choices.

Sliced uses only free-range eggs, chicken, bacon and ham and err on the side of healthiness. They also have cakes and biscuits and you can eat in or takeaway. Open Mon-Thurs 7am-3.30pm, Fri 7am-3pm and Sat 8am-2pm.

You can eat in at the restaurant which is fully licensed with a BYO wine option. Takeaways are also available. They have an upstairs area for functions and parties. Open 7 days. Lunch,12 noon-2.30pm; Dinner, 5.30pm-10.30pm

SOTO JAPANESE GARDEN RESTAURANT, 13 St Mary’s Road T: 09 360 0021 www.soto.co.nz A long-time favourite Japanese restaurant in Ponsonby, Soto had a major renovation last year. They now have a fresh and modern look and offer a traditional platter style lunch menu and Izakaya style dinner menu with the ‘new style’ twist.

TAISHO YAKITORI BAR, 190 Jervois Road T: 09 378 0746 Taisho Yakitori Bar serves both traditional and modern Japanese food. There are over 60 dishes to choose from, including sushi and sashimi, 15 different kinds of sake, as well as Japanese and local beer and wine.

Voted Top 50 in the Metro Restaurant of the Year 2013. Open Tues-Fri 12-2pm and Tues-Sat 6pm-10pm. SOUL THAI, 158 Williamson Avenue T: 09 302 8888 www.soulthai.co.nz At Soul Thai, their goal is to cook restaurant quality, authentic Thai cuisine using the finest ingredients and deliver your order to your door fresh and fast. Order by phone or online. Now open in Mt. Eden too. Open 7 days 5pm-10pm. SPQR, 150 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 1710 www.spqrnz.co.nz A Ponsonby institution, SPQR has been a prominent fixture along the Ponsonby strip for 20 years. The lively atmosphere and friendly service gives SPQR an authentic, first-rate reputation. The pizza is great for an anytime snack and Veal Marsala is an old favourite. Eat in or take-away. Open 7 days 12pm-late.

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Owner, Taka Tsuji, is from Hiroshima where his parents have run a restaurant for over 34 years so he has grown up with traditional Japanese food and hospitality. Eat in or take away. Open Tue-Thu 6pm-1030pm, Fri-Sun 5pm-11pm (930pm Sun). TANGO, 2A Surrey Crescent T: 09 378 7888 www.tangopizza.co.nz Alex Escalante’s restaurant is a fun and lively place to eat home-made pizza and pasta. There is a fully licensed bar and outdoor heated patio. Open 6 nights, 5pm-Late. TAQUERIA, 166 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 0076 Taqueria, pronounced Ta-ka-re-a is a Spanish/American word that means a place where burritos and tacos are made. They offer tacos and burritos using freshly made ingredients prepared daily onsite. Eat in or takeaway. Open 7 days 11.30am-11pm.

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A-Z CAFÉS + RESTAURANTS GUIDE THAI CLASSIC RESTAURANT, 282 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 3389 www.thaiclassic.co.nz Thai Classic Restaurant has been running strong since 1994, specialising in authentic Thai cuisine. Flaming chicken and flaming beef are recommended dishes. Enjoy indoor and outdoor seating, a relaxed and friendly ambience and wonderful views of the Waitakeres. Takeaways and delivery is available to Ponsonby locals. Open 7 nights 5.30pm-10.30pm.

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THAI HOUSE RESTAURANT, 25 Ponsonby Road T: 09 376 5912 www.thaihouse.co.nz Since 1993 Thai House Restaurant has been serving the finest quality Thai cuisine and taking pride in serving only quality and authentic ingredients, freshly prepared along with warm and personal service. Thai House has an intimate ambience, warmly decorated with traditional Thai décor. Fully licensed, BYO wine and takeaway. Open 7 nights 5.30pm-10pm. THAI ME UP, 244 Ponsonby Road T: 09 376 9909 www.thaimeup.co.nz An excellent selection of curry, seafood, salads and vegetarian dishes, served in a lively atmosphere with friendly service. An extensive wine list complements the authentic Thai dishes and the outdoor area has room for up to 20 people and includes a private balcony with great views of the city. Open Wed-Sat 11.30am-2pm and dinner 7 nights 5pm-late. THE CAVALIER TAVERN, 68 College Hill T: 09 376 4230 www.thecavalier.co.nz Ray Wilson has been the owner of The Cavalier Tavern for 21 years. Whether you want a bar snack or a three course meal, the restaurant has a great selection of food including burgers, fish, chicken, steak, salads and vegetarian dishes. There is a large selection of imported and New Zealand wines and a huge range of tap and bottled beers. Eat inside or outside on the spacious deck. Open Mon-Sat 11am-late and Sun 12pm-late. Continued P46

LIBERTINE – A FREETHINKING NEW BAR AND EATERY NESTLED ABOVE VICTORIA PARK MARKET, THIS NEW BAR AND EATERY TAKES its cue from the Americas, but with an Antipodean twist. A play on a term used to describe a person devoid of moral restraints and who values physical pleasures, the Libertine offers what it describes as “sinfully good, free-thinking food and drink” in inspired surroundings. At the bar, spirits - gold, white and dark - take pride of place. There’s an interesting mix of American whiskeys and bourbons on offer, along with rums and rhum agricoles from the French islands and other hard to find spirits. There’s also a strong focus on beer with an eclectic range of imports and local beers and five on tap including the Libertine’s own Albemarle Pale Ale. From the kitchen, guests can choose from an extensive Central and South American inspired menu of plates to share and individual offerings. The large selection of plates to share includes soft tacos, jerk chicken wings , soft shell crab with chipotle mayo, lime and Atlantic scallops with corn custard and pea fricassee.With plenty for meat lovers, mains include your choice of Libertine eye or scotch fillet with chunky chimichurri, greens and white bean puree or paella with saffron, rotisserie chicken, mussels and chorizo. With a suspended floor taking advantage of the large western facing windows and a spacious deck, the Libertine is the ideal place to wile away a sunny afternoon or a casual evening with friends. Open seven days, Monday to Thursday 4pm until late, and Friday to Sunday midday until late. PN LIBERTINE, 37 Drake Street, Freemans Bay T: 09 929 2790 info@libertine.co.nz www.libertine.co.nz

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A-Z CAFÉS + RESTAURANTS GUIDE THE FAIRY SHOP CAFE, 79 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 1560 www.fairyshop.co.nz The Fairy Shop has a cafe serving home-made old-fashioned food like Devonshire scones and lemon drizzle cakes. Pre-book a cafe session class where littlies play with fairies and adults can relax in the cafe. Children’s parties, high tea and school holiday programmes also available with parking behind. Open 7 days 9.30am-4.30pm. THE FOOD ROOM, 250 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 2425 www.thefoodroom.co.nz Gourmet sandwiches, salads, wraps, homemade cakes and slices, organic coffee and “The best pies in Auckland” award. The Food Room can cater for all kinds of parties and celebrations and is definitely worth a visit. Open Mon-Fri 7.30am-4.30pm, Sat 8am-5pm and Sun 9am-5pm. THE GARNET ROAD FOOD STORE, 162 Garnet Road T: 09 376 8227 Known for their Cinnamon brioche, The Garnet Road Food Store also makes their own salads, pies, cakes and sweet treats. Dine in or takeaway. Open Tue-Fri 7.30am-3pm, Sat and Sun 8am-4pm.

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THE ITALIAN JOB, 242 Jervois Road T: 09 376 2937 For over 20 years this family owned and operated restaurant has been serving delicious, authentic Italian food in a welcoming, cosy and rustic atmosphere and whether you’re a large group or it’s an intimate dinner for two, you will always experience warm friendly service. Take away Pizza and Pasta. Open Tues-Sat 6pm-10pm. THE LATE NIGHT DINER, 152b Ponsonby Road, T: 09 361 2320 The Late Night Diner, a new eatery located beside Ponsonby Social Club is a welcome addition to the strip. They serve classic diner fare, such as the cheese and bacon burger, onion rings and pumpkin pie, crispy skinned fish on popcorn grits and more. Vegetarian dishes are included in the menu along with a selection of craft beers and a generous wine and cocktail list. Opening at 5pm each day, food is served until as late as 2am, Thu to Sun. THE LITTLE GROCER, 311 Richmond Road T: 09 962 6711 This deli, coffeehouse, grocer serves home-made food that is made in small batches like Reuben Sandwiches, Falafel Wraps and their own original home-made ice- blocks. There is also giftware including Crown Lynn, take-home dinners and lots of vegan and gluten-free options. Open Tue and Wed 7am-4pm, Thur, Fri, Sat 7am-7pm and Sun 9am-3pm. THE PONSONBY SOCIAL CLUB, 152 Ponsonby Road T: 09 361 2320 www.ponsonbysocialclub.co.nz Just like the RSA, but without the asparagus rolls or pokies. Live music and DJs throughout the week, check the website for details. Open 7 nights 5pm-late. THE SURREY HOTEL, 465 Great North Road, T: 09 378 9059 www.thesurreyhotel.co.nz This local pub has a cosy atmosphere, friendly service and food available all day. There is a breakfast buffet, brunch, lunch and dinner menu as well as bar snacks and wood-fired pizza. Open 7 days 7am-9.30pm. TIN SOLDIER, 151 Ponsonby Road T: 09 378 1719 www.thetinsoldier.co.nz Located on the corner of Anglesea Street, Tin Soldier offers a fresh approach to modern dining. A sharing menu is at once contemporary and nostalgic – old savoury and sweet favourites given a very modern twist in both ingredients and presentation. And for those who don’t like to share, there are a variety of larger plates you can at least try to keep all to yourself. The menu is complemented by an extensive selection of New Zealand craft beers along with Dedwood Brewing Co. brews and an extensive international wine list. Open from 3pm on Tue and Wed, and from 11.30am Thu to Sun. THE WILLIAMSON CAFE, 1 Williamson Avenue T: 09 360 1115 www.thewilliamson.co.nz Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or brunch, The Williamson Cafe offers you a delicious menu or a range of cabinet food. They are fully licensed and a wonderful venue for a private function. Open 7 days 7am-4pm.

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THIRTY NINE, 39 Ponsonby Road T: 09 376 5008 Thirty Nine has been serving delicious all day breakfast and lunch since 2005. They use fair trade Allpress coffee and you can enjoy it in their lovely courtyard. Open 7 days 7am-4pm. THREE LAMPS BAR AND EATERY, 1-3 St Mary’s Road T: 09 376 6092 www.threelamps.co.nz Located inside the old Post Office Building on the vibrant edge of Ponsonby, Three Lamps Bar and Eatery brings together the old and new.. Glasses, pitchers and bottles come brimming with international and New Zealand crafted beer and wine. Over 200 craft beers are featured on the ever-changing beer list. Plates, boards and bowls of delicious, fresh food are the order of the day. The main focus of the menu is on sharing with small plates, large sharing plates and platters all on offer. Vegetarian and gluten-free options available Open 7 days, 11am –late. TOKYO CLUB, Ponsonby Central, 136 Ponsonby Road T: 09 376 8016 www.tokyoclub.co.nz Tokyo Club is an “yokocho” style Isakaya restaurant located in the heart of Ponsonby Central. Their Japanese team, includes well-known front of house manager Sarasa Shimura. They serve quality, affordable cuisine and beverages. With Asahi, Sapporo beers on tap and their own sakes brewed in Japan, this place has quickly become very popular. TOMO JAPANESE RESTAURANT, 334 Ponsonby Road T: 09 376 4757 Tomo has been serving delicious Japanese food for more than 10 years. They are fully licensed with 10 different Sake or wine and beer to enjoy with your food. Their popular take away Lunch Box includes salad, tempura, rice, miso soup and your choice of meat or fish. BYO wine only. Open Mon 10.30am -5pm and Tues-Sat 10.30am-10pm. TORU, Ponsonby Central, 136 Ponsonby Road T: 09 555 1229 www.toru.co.nz It’s new, it’s local and it’s serving breakfast, brunch and lunch. On the menu you will find fresh berries with buffalo yoghurt, baby basil and raw honeycomb, the ricotta pancakes with whipped salted caramel butter and vanilla sugar, and the colcannon with corned beef, sauerkraut, crème fraiche and poached eggs. A great coffee, freshly squeezed juice or smoothie from Toru will set you up for the day ahead. TROY RESTAURANT & BAR, 161 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 5203 www.troyrestaurant.co.nz Troy Restaurant and Bar provides a wide range of dishes made by experienced Turkish and Italian chefs. They are fully licensed and cater for large groups and private functions with the option to have their popular set menu. Open 7 nights from 5pm until late with belly dancers on Fri and Sat. TURKISH CAFÉ, 294 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 0468 www.turkishcafe.co.nz The Turkish Cafe serves fresh wholesome food inspired by Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine with a strong Turkish influence. There are set menus or they can tailor a menu to suit your tastes and the occasion you’re celebrating. Takeaway is available too. Open Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri and Sat 11am-11pm. URBAN JUNGLE, 571 Great North Road T: 09 360 8470 For over 11 years, in the heart of Grey Lynn, Urban Jungle has been turning out consistently good food. They are fully licensed and BYO wine. Open 7 days 7am-4pm, Thur, Fri, Sat 6pm-late. VINNIES BY GEOFF SCOTT, 166 Jervois Road T: 09 376 5597 www.vinnies.co.nz Chef Owner Geoff Scott, trained in London under Albert Roux at Le Gavroche before working in Italy and France then in Monaco working for Alain Ducasse at his Michelin 3 star restaurant ‘Le Louis XV’ at the Hotel de Paris. Geoff creates modern New Zealand cuisine using respected French cooking techniques, inspired by classic Kiwi flavours and combinations. The restaurant is decorated using natural New Zealand products including native timbers and raw steel. The artworks adorning the walls change every 4 months giving a New Zealand artist and opportunity to showcase their works whilst providing guests with an ever changing back drop. Open Tue-Sat 6pm-Late and Fri lunch from noon. PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


WHAT’S HOT AT SABATO WANG THONG THAI FUSION, Ponsonby Central 136 Ponsonby Road T: 09 378 7544 Another welcome addition to the Ponsonby Central precinct, Wang Thong Thai Fusion is a good choice for lunch or dinner. Among their signature dishes is Moo Yang grilled marinated pork with red wine, Gang Gari yellow curry with chicken or beef and vegetarian favourites like Tawhu Pad Krapow and vegetable fried rice. YUZU JAPANESE RESTAURANT, 145 Ponsonby Road T: 09 378 6040 For over 20 years, with his passion for food, Geeyong Chris Chung has been involved in creating Japanese cuisine with his beautifully presented authentic Japanese dishes. They offer Japanese beer, sake and wine. They offer a great variety of vegetarian options. Open for lunch, dinner and takeaways from Mon to Sat. ZUS & ZO, 228 Jervois Road T: 09 361 5060 www.zusandzo.co.nz Zus & Zo is the big sister to Zomer Cafe in Takapuna. This is a charming local cafe situated in a sunny pocket of Herne Bay, with great outdoor tables. The seasonal and ever changing menu has a Dutch twist and offers wonderful flavours using only the finest ingredients. Open Mon-Fri 7am-3pm. Sat and Sun 8am-3pm. PN

THE LATEST FROM ACETAIA GIUSTI THE GIUSTI FAMILY HAVE BEEN MAKING BALSAMIC IN THE TRADITIONAL way for over 400 years. They are the oldest and most awarded producer of balsamic, taking the time and possessing the skill necessary to produce the fantastic quality you can taste vividly in all their products. So it is with great interest we welcome any new releases from them. The Giusti Bianco di Modena is a light smooth vinegar with a pinkish hue made from the same grapes used for traditionally made balsamic. The grapes are gently pressed and squeezed, but not cooked down, otherwise the grape sugars would become black like normal balsamic. White wine vinegar is then added and the blend is left to age in ash barrels so as not to add too much colour. Delightfully well-balanced, with a zesty, fruity flavour and a light honeyed finish. Use with fish, salads, in sauces and with roasted or poached fruit. Their new fig and raspberry condiments are a nice balance of sweet and sour with rich fruity flavours. They are made from real fruit blended with Giusti balsamic, and are delicious. Perfect to dress roasted vegetables or raw salads, boost the flavour of braises, or simply serve as an accompaniment to yoghurt, roasted or fresh fruit, chocolate or cream based desserts, or cheeses. And no, we have not forgotten it’s Mothers Day very soon. These gorgeous little bottles on their own make attractive user friendly gifts, but as another option we have put together a delightful little pack featuring our fantastic new recipe cards matched with a couple of the necessary ingredients. The perfect gift to treat your treasured mother to a gourmet indulgence! Visit our Mt. Eden showroom (open 7 days) or browse our range online. PN SABATO Limited , 57 Normanby Road T: 09 630 8751 www.sabato.co.nz

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LAURAINE JACOBS: THE SEASONED PALATE THE LEGENDARY PRB - PONSONBY ROAD BISTRO LUCKY PONSONBY. AT A TIME WHERE SEVERAL LITTLE DISTRICTS IN THE CITY are vying to attract the eating out set, Ponsonby Road is a diner’s delight. Whether it’s casual food, cheap eating, takeout meals, a café to chatter and while away the time, bars to perch at, ethnic food of varying hues and flavours, find a good old -fashioned feed, splurge on a sophisticated special occasion meal or try out somewhere new and exciting, the strip’s got it covered. There are a few old stalwarts (belated congratulations to SPQR and Prego on significant birthdays) and many buzzy places that attract those seeking the bright lights and some good chow. And then there’s the Ponsonby Road Bistro. For many years the site at 165 Ponsonby Road struggled. Those of us who have always followed the comings and goings, watched as restaurateur after restaurateur, some well known names with plenty of experience, opened there with new direction, new décor and lots of expectation. Constantly it quickly faltered. But once the Ponsonby Rd Bistro team were up and running it seemed like exactly the place the strip had been waiting for. Everybody wanted to go there as they always do when something pops up, but even better, they just kept on coming back and back. A bistro should be a familiar neighbourhood place where you eat often, but PRB is so popular it’s necessary to book. The good thing is that there’s a bar that winds around the interior of the room so you can perch there for a drink or even eat there if the tables are all occupied. I like the ante room as you enter, with its lively feel rather than the dark intimacy of the dining space around the bar. There are also a couple of tables set street side, no doubt where smokers can rejoice, or those who like to be seen and watch passers-by. The food is pure bistro; chef Sarah Conway changes her menu every three weeks or so, so it’s seasonal, interesting and up with current trends. There’s constantly a reliably good steak with chunky chips and parsley garlic butter, chicken cacciatore, a wonderful flounder (or South Island lemon sole when they can get it) and a pizza for main course choices. Additional listings are at the chef’s whim such as the Mexican marinated pork on black beans and chipotle with fennel orange chilli slaw and sour cream. (As an aside, everyone’s obsessed with Mexico right now, but I have yet to find a genuine Mexican in the kitchen bringing the sort of deliciously spicy authentic Mexican food to our city like the feasts I have just experienced in Northern California. We’re doing tequila and Mexican inspired cocktails well but, oh dear, the food is pretty flaky here by comparison.) As in so many restaurants, PRB’s appetisers and entrees really appealed on a recent evening. So much so, that we ate our way through that part of the menu. And we loved it all. We had lightly crumbed and deep-fried Brie de Meaux with poached quince, chicory (witlof) and almonds. This dish showed chef Conway’s style at its best – perfectly rich, ripe creamy French cheese oozing from its crust and a perfect seasonally inspired salad filled with lots of crunch and differing textures.

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Next a smoky, spicy fish and potato pakora with a refreshing mango, coriander, chilli and lime salsa that was just the thing to perk our tastebuds. A platter of Otello charcuterie followed, and it is great to see a kitchen that recognises and supports artisan producers. Otello small goods are mostly only found in farmers markets and one or two retail outlets. But the piece de resistance of the night was a risotto of slow cooked merino lamb, made with porcini and red wine and finished with parmesan. If there was ever a flavour explosion in the mouth, this was it. The dish was really really tasty and wonderfully comforting. I hope it becomes a menu staple through the coming cold weather. Melissa Morrow, part owner and manager of front of house is a consummate professional who knows her food, knows her customers and most importantly knows and loves her wine. PRB serves cocktails of course – they have to, for the strip is the trendy cocktail capital of Auckland. But my money is on the wine list which is extensive, eclectic and has wines to suit everybody. The wines offered by the glass are superbly chosen (I loved that Bellbird Spring aromatic white blend which reminded me of the ‘field blend’ of Alsace’s Marcel Deiss). To finish the desserts are true bistro classics; a warm chocolate pudding, apple crumble tart, crème brulee and affogato (a shot of hot espresso poured over a ball of ice cream – if you’ve never had it, you haven’t lived!) We settled for the little plate of sweet treats which were all chocolate – fine if you love chocolate but I don’t. Everyone has failings, even me! One more detail worth noting; The kitchen is open through the afternoon with a limited dinner menu. Maybe that’s for those who missed lunch because they were working, or did they just sleep in? (LAURAINE JACOBS MNZM) www.laurainejacobs.co.nz PONSONBY ROAD BISTRO, 165 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 1611 www.ponsonbyroadbistro.co.nz PN

COVER STORY FLAWLESS, FUN AND MORE THAN A BIT FABULOUS: FOXTROT PARLOUR WHEN FOXTROT PARLOUR OPENED ITS DOORS IN PONSONBY CENTRAL several months ago I immediately thought: “what? Another café? Really?” which is a common reaction when you’ve lived in the area for as long as I have! Little did I know that Foxtrot would turn out to be not just another café, but a stellar example of an eatery done extremely well that keeps us coming back for more. It’s no surprise that Foxtrot Parlour is owned by Tara Brogan, who was also the brains and the palate behind popular Grey Lynn staple Savour and Devour and food design specialist Quintessential Kitchen. Her attention to detail is always exceptional, and from the food to the coffee to the staff Foxtrot is pretty damn flawless. If you’ve ever looked through the window and thought there was a full house, think again. There’s a bar with comfy stools in the front window where you can sit by yourself or chat over coffee and a cake with a friend, or long tables for bigger groups and sharing, including one that spills out into Ceres Organics next door. There is also seating in the Ponsonby Central “laneway” on a sunny day, which I highly recommend both for the fresh air and the people watching. On the Saturday we popped in recently however we found a table for four inside, which was definitely a good perch. Even though we arrived around the hour that brunch usually turns officially into lunch, we opted for a taste of both in the form of Empire Eggs (puy lentils and cumin with chilli, tomato, coriander and soft poached eggs) and a pork Banh Mi. A take on the classic Vietnamese dish, Foxtrot’s version of the latter has pulled pork

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on French baguette with cao lau sauce and a fresh herb salad. The flavours and the textures within were both declared exceptional despite the fact that they weren’t the creation of a traditional Vietnamese eatery, but the baguette was a little on the crusty side for my dining partner’s taste. Either way, it certainly disappeared pretty quickly! As did my Empire Eggs, which were rich and filled with flavour, and just the right size to allow room for a sweet to share afterwards in the form of a mouth-wateringly good slice of lemon cake. And for Le Petit Comte - AKA our four year old son - good behaviour had resulted in a scoop of triple chocolate Kapiti ice cream in a cone, although the milkshakes served in tall glasses with stripy paper straws were equally as appealing and to be saved for another time. Off the small but inspired menu is a great selection of cabinet treats, with the savoury cabinet full of amazing looking pastries and substantial bites for a take-away meal. Their pies are already well known - think beef and stilton, pork and apple and Thai chicken, for starters - and sweet options like the lamingtons, carrot cake, meringues and donuts on display look to die for. Beverage-wise one of my Foxtrot favourites is the Green Smoothie - which I think is made up of kiwifruit, mint and spinach - and the Supreme coffee, always strong and creamy. A Ponsonby favourite in just a few months, Foxtrot Parlour is most definitely here to stay. (HELENE RAVLICH) PN FOXTROT PARLOUR, Ponsonby Central, 7 Richmond Road T: 09 378 7268 PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


CELIA HAY: NZ SCHOOL OF FOOD & WINE AT NZ SCHOOL OF FOOD AND WINE, WE TEACH ABOUT THE WORLD OF WINES from a New Zealand and international perspective. It is very easy to constantly opt for the local product, especially when we are spoilt for choice but New Zealand is but 1% of the world wine market. We also teach wine service and how to open wines professionally. KEY GRAPE VARIETIES Understanding the key grape varieties and the different styles of wine they make is the first step. Most people do not realise that Chardonnay can be aged in oak or without as is common in Chablis and the two styles taste completely different. Chardonnay from a cool climate can show lemon, green apples and mineral characteristic but when grown in a hot climate like New South Wales or Southern France, it takes on tropical fruit notes of melon and pineapple and taste completely different. When I drink wine, I like to understand more about the characters and philosophy of the winemaker as I find this makes a wine more compelling. In the wine world, people talk about “terroir”. This is a term used to describe the grapes and traditions of specific, delimited wine growing areas. It refers to the traditional wine making practices such as barrel-fermentation or oak aging but includes an appreciation for the history and “soul” of the area. When people travel overseas, enjoying the local beverage or wine, part of the attraction of eating and drinking local fare is the discovery of something special that pertains to that area. If you are planning a trip to regions with a rich wine tradition, it makes sense to do some background study beforehand. PART TIME WINE COURSES We have a number of options for people wishing to take evening or weekend wine classes. Coming up from Tuesday 14 May, Joelle Thomson will lead an eight week Certificate in Wine that runs from 7- 9.30pm. Joelle is well-known as a wine writer and commentator for the Dominion and Editor of Drinks Biz. http://foodandwine.co.nz/Introduction_to_Wine

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WEEKEND OPTIONS The Wine and Spirit Trust (WSET) offers the leading international qualifications for wine. These British based certificates start with WSET® Level 1 (Foundation) Award - Weekend options available WSET® Level 2 (Intermediate) Award - Full time weekend options We also have weekend options starting 10 - 11 July from 9am - 4.30pm. We also offer short courses during weekdays for some or these programmes.

FOLLOW THE STEPS BELOW TO OPEN A BOTTLE OF SPARKLING WINE: Chill sparkling wine to 6 – 10 degrees. Wine that is well-chilled is much easier to open than wine that is insufficiently chilled – which tends to “pop” spontaneously. When opening sparkling wine point the bottle away from you and away from anybody else standing nearby! • Have the flutes ready so that you can pour straight away. • Remove the foil by pullng the tab. • The safest way to open sparkling wine is to use a cloth over the muzzle (wire around the cork) to help hold it in place. • Slowly twist the bottom of the bottle (not the cork) with your right hand while holding the cork and muzzle still with your left. Gently ease out the cork. • Hold the cork in place, while the initial pressure is slowly released. Schhh is the sound you should hear as the cork comes loose. • Pour slowly into the flute. (CELIA HAY) Email me celia@foodandwine.co.nz PN NEW ZEALAND SCHOOL OF FOOD & WINE, Level 3, 104 Customs Street West www.foodandwine.co.nz

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY HEALTHY FOOD GUIDE RECIPE These super-tasty and versatile meatballs will appeal to vegetarians and meat-lovers alike. They are healthy, high fibre, high iron, high calcium, quick to prepare (baked in the oven), and easy to make gluten-free (see tip).

Italian tofu meatballs SERVES 4 Hands-on time 10 minutes Cooking time 30 minutes MEATBALLS 300g firm tofu, mashed 1 onion, very finely chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed ¼ cup ground almonds 2 slices wholewheat bread, crumbed 2 tablespoons wholemeal or plain flour 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley 2 tablespoons salt-reduced soy sauce 1 teaspoon dried basil or handful fresh basil, plus extra fresh basil, to garnish oil spray, to grease 320g spaghetti, to serve 670g passata, to serve STEP 1: Preheat oven to 200ºC. In a bowl combine all meatball ingredients except oil spray. Mix well. STEP 2: Shape into 16-20 balls (depending on the size). STEP 3: Spray a non-stick baking dish with oil and place meatballs in prepared dish. Bake in oven for 15 minutes then turn over and bake for 15 more minutes. STEP 4: Meanwhile, prepare spaghetti following packet directions and heat passata. STEP 5: Toss meatballs in cooked spaghetti and passata. Serve sprinkled with the extra fresh basil.

TALKING FINE TIPPLES WITH Q WINE’S JULES MATTHEWS Q WINE GENERAL MANAGER AND PONSONBY LOCAL JULES MATTHEWS has always loved wine, spending years travelling to some of the world’s premium wine growing regions and sampling the best that the fertile earth had to offer. Little did she know that after a career in finance she would end up as the General Manager of a vineyard - and a very special one at that. First, a little history. In 1863, the Levet family introduced commercial viticulture to a still-young New Zealand. In the spirit of his pioneering forefathers, their greatgreat-grandson Jules (yes, another Jules - Stephan) has forged ahead creating his own wine in a relatively untapped region, the Waitaki Valley in North Otago, under the name Q Wines. The Waitaki Valley is a beautiful, remote region that has been described as having one of the most viticulturally significant soils in New Zealand, as well as one of the most extreme climates. The home of many artisanal growers, the location produces wines that elegantly express its terroir, and Q Wines continues this boutique, individual approach by hand harvesting all of its grapes and crafting each vintage with the utmost attention to detail. Beginning with the dream of many a wine lover to establish his own vineyard, Jules Stephan’s personal quest to create a cellar of perfect pinot noirs resulted in some extraordinary wines that he was compelled to share - and Q was officially born. The vineyard’s first grapes were planted in 2005 with a first vintage released in 2010. The vines are densely planted with low yields to produce exceptional wines with a truly distinct flavour profile, and the 2010 Pinot Gris was immediately hailed by those within the industry for its dryness, texture and body. The 2011 Pinot Noir went out and did the same - already gaining recognition beyond the band of the deep blue Waitaki River – and a small release of the 2012 Rose was equally praised.

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SERVING SUGGESTION: Serve meatballs with a green salad. NOTE: These meatballs freeze well. TIP: To make this recipe gluten-free, check tofu, soy sauce and passata are gluten-free. Use gluten-free varieties of breadcrumbs and flour and choose a glutenfree pasta or rice. RECIPE WRITER: Lois McLeay; STYLING AND FOOD PREP: Sarah Swain; PHOTOGRAPHY: Melanie Jenkins. Recipe reprinted from Healthy Food Guide magazine with permission from Healthy Life Media Ltd. Find more vegetarian recipes using everyday ingredients plus other healthy twists on classic dishes in Healthy Food Guide magazine, on sale in supermarkets and bookstores for only $5.90 or subscribe at www.healthyfood.co.nz PN

Jules Matthews was on board pretty much from day one, applying her analytical mind to new areas like rootstock, soil quality and production. “We all agreed that from day one the wine created would be absolutely premium as well as very easy to drink,” she explains, “and it would be hand pruned, hand picked. It was easy to get my head around despite my background as I really do love wine so very much.” She says that she would love to be closer to the vineyard - which is in a reasonably remote area - but moving her two children and husband to the Waitaki Valley just isn’t an option right now. “It would be wonderful to be more involved in the actual production,” she says with a smile, “and to get really hands on. I have a fantastic winemaker and a great horticulturist that I trust implicitly though, so when I’m away I know that things are running smoothly.” Ponsonby icon SPQR was the first establishment to list Q Wine - the 2010 Pinot Gris - and since then other local favourites like Andiamo, Ponsonby Bistro and Clooney have become staunch supporters. They are also on the Club List at Tokyo Club and behind the bar at the glorious Freida Margolis, as well as being available at a retail level locally at Grey Lynn’s The Wine Vault and Herne Bay Cellars. Finally, I ask Jules the tricky question: how would she define the kind of person that hunts down - and appreciates - Q Wine on a regular basis, a friend of the brand as such? “The wine drinker who appreciates something a little different,” she says with a smile, “who wants to discover a new region and bring a little affordable luxury into their lives every day…” Now who can argue with that? (HELENE RAVLICH) PN Qwine.co.nz

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LIZ WHEADON: WINE, GLORIOUS WINE

UNDERSTANDING THE RHÔNE THE RHÔNE VALLEY IS SITUATED IN SOUTH EASTERN FRANCE, JUST SOUTH of Burgundy. It runs from Avignon in the south and finishes at Lyon in the north. The climate is hot and the conditions very sunny. The soil is full of rocks that retain the intense summer heat during both day and night. Châteauneuf du Pape has 2750 average hours of sunshine in a year compared to Bordeaux with 2050 and Burgundy 2000. The Rhône is broken into two sections, the Northern Rhône and Southern Rhône. 91% of wine produced in the Rhône valley is red, with only 6 % Rosé and 3% white. Some of the oldest vineyards in France are in the Rhône valley. There are four different quality levels in the Rhône – 58% of the volume produced is Côtes du Rhône. Grape varieties in the Rhône are mainly Grenache and Syrah, but Cinsault and Mourvèdre are also important. In the Northern Rhône, Syrah is very important and, in some areas, the only variety permitted. Whites are mainly Viognier, Marsanne or Roussanne. Châteauneuf du Pape, in the south, has 13 permitted varieties; most producers do not have all planted or use all varieties, Mont Redon do have all 13 planted. THE APPELLATIONS IN THE NORTHERN RHÔNE ARE: • Condrieu – producing white wines from Viognier; look out for the Yves Cuilleron Condrieu • Cornas – producing red wines from Syrah; home to the top producer Pierre Gaillard • Côte Rôtie - producing red wines from Syrah; one of the best is from Rene Rostaing • Crozes-Hermitage - producing red wines from Syrah; Le Vins de Vienne produces excellent Crozes • Hermitage - producing red wines from Syrah and some whites; Hermitage is home to Jaboulet • St Joseph – producing red and white wines; Le Vins de Vienne also produce excellent St Joseph • St Peray – producing red and white wines; masterful winemaker Yves Cuilleron produces excellent St Peray THE APPELLATIONS IN THE SOUTHERN RHÔNE ARE: • Châteauneuf du Pape – producing red and white; look out for the Mont Redon in our May Wineletter • Gigonas – producing red; Le Vins de Vienne also produce a wonderful Gigonas • Lirac – one of the main areas for Rosé in the Rhône; Mont Redon produce a wonderful, fragrant Lirac • Tavel – the other main area for Rosé • Vacqueyras – producing red wine; Domaine le Colombier produce fruity fragrant Vacqueyras • Muscat Beaumes de Venise – producing fortified sweet wines made from Muscat; the Jaboulet Muscat Beaumes de Venise in a 375ml bottle is excellent • Vinsobres – the newest addition to the appellations in the Rhône – producing red wine; the Domaine Jaume Vinsobres is excellent value for money. You’ll find a selection of styles in the May Wineletter as well as a Rhône Fine Wine offer on our web site. (LIZ WHEADON) PN www.glengarrywines.co.nz www.glengarry.co.nz

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PHIL PARKER: WHOSE WINE IS IT ANYWAY? NEW WINE WRITERS’ GROUP LAUNCHED

JANE SKILTON

In my capacity as sometime wine scribe, and for my sins, I have been invited to join the newly formed WWNZ – Wine Writers of New Zealand. To my knowledge, this is the first formal wine writing association in New Zealand. The formal objectives are, broadly: to uphold a high standard of wine journalism, to encourage professional development amongst members, to provide members with a common voice, and to deliver workshops, meetings, talks and tastings. Founding members also include Michael Cooper ONZM, Emma Jenkins MW, Yvonne Lorkin, Jane Skilton MW, Cameron Douglas MS, Charmian Smith, John Hawkesby, Hugh Crozier, Janet Blackman and Neil Hodgson. This is a really exciting development for New Zealand wine writing, and of course, I’m delighted to be on board with such a bunch of luminaries. The launch was held at the Roxy restaurant in Fort Street, a suitably (ahem) colourful area for a bunch of wine writers to launch their club. The AGM was combined with a tasting of wines from local wine importers Dhall & Nash www.dnfinewine.com a specialty fine wine importer supplying mail order and ‘on premise’ - that’s trade talk for licensed restaurants and cafés. They are a relatively new company, founded by Puneet Dhall and Brandon Nash. The wines were in three flights of six, including wines from France, Spain, Italy, USA, Chile, Argentina, and Australia. They were all pretty stunning, but here’s a few highlights:

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BILLECART SALMON BRUT CHAMPAGNE NV FRANCE $160.00 This is a mouth-filling sparkler with a creamy texture and flavours of peach and nectarine with a hint of toast. ALPHONSE MELLOT POUILLY FUMÉ 2011 LOIRE FRANCE $45.00 From the home of Sauvignon Blanc – pale gold in colour, with a fruity but not acidic palate of white peach and apple. RENE MURE GEWÜRZTRAMINER 2011 ALSACE FRANCE $28.50 Not much on the nose, but I caught a hint of lychee fruit. However on the palate it really opened up with sweetness and flavours of crystallised ginger, lychee and sweet spices. DOMAINE ALBERT PONELLE MERSAULT 2010 FRANCE $70.00 Chardonnay is the grape variety here. Floral aromas and lengthy flavours of peach and nectarine with a hint of spicy vanilla oak. CILLAR DES SILOS CRIANZA 2008 SPAIN $39.95 Garnet red colour, with medium tannins, pot pourri aromas and flavours of black berry fruit with a hint of savoury spice. Crianza reds have to be cellared for a minimum of two years by Spanish law. SANTA ANA LA MASCOTA MALBEC 2010 ARGENTINA $28.50 A prime example of why South American Malbecs are so popular. Aromas of sultanas and black cherry, with ripe palate of chocolate, blueberry, and spice. CYPRES DE CLIMENS BARSAC 2006 FRANCE $65.00 Barsac is very close to Sauternes, the fabled sweet wine from Bordeaux made from grapes affected by ‘noble rot’ – a fungus that extracts the water and intensifies sugar in the berries. Orange gold in colour with intense sweet flavours of macerated dried fruit and honey. CHAMBERS ROSEWOOD VINEYARDS GRAND MUSCAT NV RUTHERGLEN AUSTRALIA $95.00 Rutherglen Muscat liqueurs are legendary, and this is a good example. Deep brown in colour, very sweet with aromas and flavours of molasses, sultanas, and toasted nuts. (PHIL PARKER) PN Read Phil’s blog at nzwineblogger.blogspot.co.nz Phil Parker is a wine writer and operates Fine Wine & Food Tours in Auckland. www.insidertouring.co.nz

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! 12 MAY

SPEND MOTHER’S DAY WITH MICHAEL THIS MOTHER’S DAY AT THE Stamford Plaza Auckland, guests will be treated to a sumptuous selection of treats, from award winning and renowned Chef Michael Meredith as he puts his unique culinary twist on the traditional High Tea. “Welcoming Michael back to The Stamford Plaza is really very exciting for the hotel”, says General Manager Paul Evans “Having collaborated on an exquisite Valentine Day menu, there was no question that we would invite Michael back for Mother’s Day, after all if you’re going to treat your mum, what better way than with a Michael Meredith designed High Tea?” The Stamford Plaza perfectly lends itself to elegant yet relaxed occasions where guests can feel at home, but be waited on in the manner that only a 5 star luxury hotel can provide. Guests will be given a glass of Moet Imperial NV and all bookings will go in the draw to win one of two Reformaskin programmes valued at $2200 from Caci Clinic in Ponsonby. “The whole day is about pampering your Mum, showing her how much she means and doing it in style.” Bookings are essential and can be made by phoning Cheryln on T: 09 912 7041 or emailing cherylnsue@spak.stamford.com.au. Adults $70 per person including a glass of Moet, kids $45 per person (5-12yrs). Pre-payment is required. PN

A RIPE TREAT FOR MUM CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT SLICE Makes 14 to 16 pieces BASE 1 cup (150g) self-raising flour ¾ cup (75g) desiccated coconut ½ cup (40g) cocoa powder

½ cup (110g) caster sugar 180g unsalted butter, melted 1 egg, lightly beaten

FILLING 3¼ cups (490g) icing sugar, sifted 4 tbsp (60ml) milk

1 tsp peppermint essence 4 tbsp (60g) Kremelta, melted

TOPPING 200g dark chocolate, minimum 50% cocoa 3 tbsp vegetable oil Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease and line a 20 x 30cm slice tin with baking paper. To prepare the base: in a large bowl, combine the flour, coconut, cocoa powder and sugar. Add the melted butter and egg; mix until all the ingredients are well combined. Press the mixture into the slice tin. Bake in the oven for approximately 10-15 minutes or until firm to the touch. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. To prepare the filling: into a medium-sized bowl, place the icing sugar, milk, peppermint essence and the melted Kremelta; beat until thick and smooth. Pour onto the cooled base, spread evenly using the back of a metal spoon. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until set firm. To prepare the topping: place a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Melt the chocolate together with the oil, stirring often. Pour the melted chocolate over the peppermint filling, tilting the slice to get an even coverage. Refrigerate until set. Cut into thin slices with a hot, dry knife. PN Purchase a copy of Ripe Recipes-Fresh Batch at the Deli, 172-174 Richmond Road, from 29 April to 10 May and go in the draw to win a morning tea for six on Mother’s Day made with love from Ripe deli.

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MILLY NOLAN: DESIGNER GIFTS

MOTHERLY LOVE

plants, herbs or vegetables and watch your garden grow from the ceiling. Available in three sizes.

Spoil your beloved mum this Mother’s Day with a thoughtful gift that she will love to admire as well as love to use.

NORMANN COPENHAGEN SALAD SERVERS, $100 Made of oak and melamine, these lovely salad servers by Scandinavian homewares brand Normann Copenhagen are designed to fit all common bowls and thanks to their modern design, they look good too.

PHILIPPI BOW CANDLEHOLDER, $125 Versatile as well as stunning in design, this nickel bow candleholder by German homeware designers Philippi, is joined together by invisible magnets so that you can create whatever size candelabra you like by either a piece, or you can join another three-piece set to it so that there are six candles to light. DONNA HAY KITCHEN STORY JUICER, $55 Almost too pretty to hide away in a kitchen cupboard, this porcelain citrus juicer by Donna Hay for Royal Doulton is a modern take on a truly classic shape and works a treat also by producing abundant juice every time. THE THOUGHTFUL GARDENER HAND TROWEL & HAND FORK SET, $75 The perfect gardener’s gift, this trowel and fork set will be most admired thanks to its ash wood handles and stainless steel parts. With leather hanging loops, these tools can be displayed with pride in between gardening days. BOSSKE MINI SKY PLANTER, $39 Bosske’s award-winning upside-down ceramic sky planter not only defies gravity but also encourages abundant greenery without sacrificing floor space. The sky planter’s unique reservoir feeds water gradually to the plant’s roots, prolonging the life of the plant without causing a watery mess. Pot the sky planter with any common house

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LOVE BAKE NOURISH, $45 This book is for bakers, cooks and cake-lovers that want to cut down on their white sugar and white flour intake but still eat and bake beautiful cakes. Author Amber Rose shows readers you can create cake and dessert recipes that are healthy as well as delicious by choosing to use traditional and natural ingredients such as fruit and honey and ancient flours such as buckwheat, spelt and rye. FORM & FABLE BEECH SERVING PLATTER, $130 Beautifully and lovingly crafted in New Zealand, this elegantly designed European beech serving platter is perfect for serving cheese, antipasti or sushi. The simple and clean design brings out the beautiful wood grain while the cut away edge means it is easy to pick up and serve with. Available in five sizes. BLUEBELLGRAY EBBA CUSHION, $230 This linen handmade cushion is the creation of well-known Scottish textile designer Fi Douglas. Each design is painted lovingly by hand in Douglas’s studio before being printed onto natural cottons and linens. Trimmed with colourful pom poms that perfectly pick out the tones of the painted flowers, this cushion transports you immediately to a dreamy summer garden. (MILLY NOLAN) PN

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HAPPY MOTHER’S HER’S DAY Y Ngā mihi mih me te aroha nui mō te Rā o te t W Whaea ha aea LLa am manuia anu le aso sa a Tina Malig gayang Araw ng Ina Jour de mère heureuxx Gllückliche Mu Mutter Tag Счастли ивого дня матери р HA APPY MOTHE HER’S DAY Ngā mih hi me te e aroha nui mō ō te Rā o te t W Wh haea La manuia le e aso sa a Tina Maligayang Ara aw w ng Ina Jour de mère heureu ux Gllückliche Mutt M ter Tag Сча астли иво ого дня матери HAPPY MOTHER R’S DAY Ngā ā mihi me te aroha nui mō te Rā o te W Whaea La manuia m le aso aso sa sa a Tina Maliigayang Ara aw ng Ina JJo our de mère è h heureuxx Glückliche Glüc ckliche Mutter Mutte er Tag С Сча астливого дня матери HAPPY MOTHE HA ER’S DAY N Ng gā mihi me te aroha nui mō te Rā o te mō e Whaea La manuia le aso sa a Tina Maligayang Araw ng In Ma na Jour de mère heureux G Glückliche M Mutter tter Tag С Счастливого дняя матери Счаст HAPPY MOTTHER’S DA AY Ngā m mihi me te aroha nui mō te Rā o te Whaea La manuia le e aso sa a Tina Maligayang g Araw ng g Ina Jou our de mère he eureuxx G Glückliche Mutter Tag Сча Счаст асттли ивого дня маттери HAPPY M MOTHER’S OTHER’SS D DAY AY Ngā mih m hi me te aroh ha nui mō m ō tte eR Rā ā o tte eW Whaea haea LLa am manu uia le aso sa a Tina Maligayang Ma aligayang Araw Araw n ng g IIna na Jou ur de mère heureuxx G ückkliche Mutter Tag Сча Glü асттливо ого дня матери HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY Ngā mihi me te aroha nui CLOCKWISE TOP o LEFT te Whaea La manuia le aso sa a Tina mō teFROM Rā Maligayang Araw ng Ina Jour de mère heureux DL & Co ‘Madame Pompadour’ Candle $229 @World Beauty www.worldbrand.co.nz; Bouquet of flowers for Mother’s Day @ Nina & Co www.ninaforflowers.co.nz; ‘Pip’ blue teapot $125.95 @ Millys Kitchen www.millyskitchen.co.nz; Mothers day read @ Womens Bookshop www.womensbookshop.co.nz; ‘Frutta’ Serving platter by Driade $385 @ Indice www.indice.co.nz; Leopard print throw $399 @ Republic www.republichome.com; decorative storage tine $12 each @ Republic www.republichome.com; Otla Kiely cups $24 each @ Askew www.askew.co.nz

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HAPPY MOTHER S DAY Ngā m mō te e Rā o te Whaea La manuia le aso sa a Tina Malig gayang Araw ng g Ina Jou ur de mère heureuxx Glückliche Mutte er Tag Счасттлив тливого вого дня дня матери матери HAPPY MOTHE THER R’S DAY Ngā m mihii me me tte ea aroha roha nu nui mō ō te Rā o te Whaea ea LLa manuia a lle ea aso so ssa a a Tina Tina Maligayang alig gayang Araw Araw ng IIna Jour ur d de em mère ère h heureux eureuxx Glückliche lückkliche Mutter Mutter Tag Счастливого тливого дня матери HAPPY YM MOTHER’S OTHER’S DAY Ngā gā m mihi ihi me me te a aroha nui mō tte eR Rā ā o tte eW Whaea haea La a manu manuia uia lle e aso sa a Tina Ma aligayang Araw n ng Ina a Jo Jour our d de em mère ère heureuxx Glückliche Mutter TTag Счас Счастливого стливого дняя матери HAPP PY MOTHER’S D DAY Ngā mihi me te a aroha nui mō te Rā o te Whaea La mō am man nuia le aso sa a Tina M gayang Araw ng Ina Malig a Jou ur de mèrre heureuxx G kliche Mutter Tag Сча Glück С астл ливого дн ня матери HAPPY HAPP PY M MOTHER’S OTHER’S D DAY AY Ng Ngā gā mihi m me te te aroha nui mō tte eR Rā ā o tte eW Whaea haea LLa am manuia le aso o sa a Tina Maligayang Maliga ayang Araw Araw n ng g Ina Jour de e mèrre heureuxx Glücklich Glückliche he M Mutter tter Tag Сча Счастлив С а астливо ого дн ня матери HAPPY MO MOTHER’S OTHER’S DAY Ngā mihi m me te e aroha nui mō te Rā ā o tte eW Whaea haea LLa am manuia anuia le aso o sa a Tina Maligayang ang g Araw Araw n ng g IIna na JJour our d de e mèrre heureuxx Glücklich he Mutter Tag Счастливво ого дн ня матери HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY Ngā mihi miihi m me te aroha nui CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Glerups Red shoe & White boot $189 a pair @ Design Denmark www.designdenmark.co.nz; Pratten ‘Cuff’ $79.90 90 @ Askew www.askew.co.nz; Lubin ‘Black jade’ eau de parfum $399 @ World Beauty www.worldbrand.co.nz; Orla Keily Thermos $69.90 @ Askew www.askew.co.nz; co.nz; Pratten leather wallets $269 each @ Askew www.askew.co.nz; Skull in Crown Teacup & Saucer $99 each @ Design55 www.design55.co.nz; Missoni ‘Nerja’ throw $955 @ Tessuti www.tessuti.co.nz PN STYLING: Jay Platt PHOTOGRAPHY: Danilo Santana David, Fisher Santana

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THE LONG & WINDING RICHMOND ROAD | A COMMUNITY BUILT ON INDIVIDUALITY BOOK-ENDED BY CAFÉ JAFA AND A NEW SHOPPING STRIP AT ONE END AND Ponsonby Central at the other, Richmond Road offers a diverse range of unique neighbourhood experiences as it snakes its way through Grey Lynn. Along the way there are two schools, three churches, the Buddhist Centre, community centre, local shops, cool bars, fabulous cafes, boutique retail and of course the variety of the West Lynn shops dominated by the long serving Harvest Wholefoods. Richmond Road hosts the Grey Lynn Farmers Market on Sundays, the Car Boot market and Kraftbomb at the end of every month as well as the Grey Lynn RSC and West Lynn street party nights.

All the activity on Richmond Road, including the recent opening of Farro Fresh, however has also resulted in increased traffic and a diminishing pedestrian experience. After more than four years of raising concerns about the safety of students, Richmond Road School has been successful in Auckland Transport taking action to install a range of traffic calming measures including new signage, markings and raised strips to encourage slower speeds. These improvements are being undertaken as part of the overall Richmond Road Safety Action Plan which is a Waitemata Local Board initiative. We are working with Auckland Transport to target the shopping areas and school zones, concentrating on pedestrian and cycle safety and traffic calming together with good urban design to provide enhanced overall attractiveness and amenity. The next priority for action is the West Lynn shopping area to tackle the on-going issues regarding the speed of traffic, illegal parking, and concerns for pedestrian safety. Other priorities include the zone where Countdown, Mitre 10 and Farro Fresh converge and the intersection of Richmond Road and Peel Street (by the Little Grocer). The board’s proposed Greenways Route will add a new dimension to Richmond Road by providing a link between Grey Lynn Park and Coxs Bay. By taking a “complete street” urban design approach and working to make people the priority, Richmond Road has the potential to offer an even greater destination experience and not just a circular route through Grey Lynn. (PIPPA COOM) PN

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There are also surprises on route. See if you can spot the “guerilla” flower and herb garden, a shop window art installation, the teddies playing in a large tree and the swing-by community library nestled in a front fence (a clue is the swing out front). Majestic Carlile House sits eerily vacant waiting for a deal to be struck between the church owners and council so this historic relic can be gracefully restored. I’ve heard many people who work or live along its length say they love Richmond Road for the vibrant atmosphere, the eclectic mix of heritage houses and the easy connections to everything the wider Grey Lynn/Ponsonby area has to offer.

ALICE D’ANDREA with her two bilingual daughters ALICE and MAIA use the pedestrian crossing by Richmond Road School

BABY ON THE MOVE IN GREY LYNN Baby On The Move in Grey Lynn is Kylie, Jo and Andy – Andy was previously running the branch of Baby On The Move in Mt Eden but they have now joined forces at Grey Lynn to offer better service and longer opening hours. Baby On The Move is a one-stop shop for a whole range of baby equipment and child car seats. We will give you advice on what’s right for you and your little ones and when it comes to choosing child restraints (car seats and capsules) we will try them in your car first to make sure that they will install securely and won’t take up too much room! We stock many top brands now including the incredibly popular Maxi Cosi. We also have exclusively the Consumer recommended Graco Logico capsule as well as the new and eagerly awaited Recaro Pro-Ride car seat from the US. You can also hire many types of products so if you simply want to try before you buy, you can. Or, if you are wanting to save some dollars on those expensive items that you’ll only be using for a few months like capsules and bassinets, you can. And it’s great if you’re having visiting kids….hire what they need and save the parents bringing it all with them! Call in and see us on the corner of Surrey Crescent and Richmond Road – we’re here between 10-5pm Monday-Saturday. Or take a look at the website www.babyonthemove.co.nz for more products that we can’t squeeze into the store. PN

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THE LONG & WINDING RICHMOND ROAD | A COMMUNITY BUILT ON INDIVIDUALITY

GREY LYNN… A COMMUNITY BUILT ON INDIVIDUALITY I’VE BEEN LIVING IN HERNE BAY FOR THE PAST 12 YEARS AND HAVE RECENTLY joined the Ray White Grey Lynn Office. The position of the office is fantastic with a continual flow of locals dropping by to discuss their property needs. I’ll try to sum up what I love most about Grey Lynn in a few words, although somewhat difficult, that’s because it’s a community of individuals who choose to live here for its cultural diversity and eclectic mix of housing, retail, hospitality, geography, recreational and community-based services. And that’s what I enjoy about working in this vibrant, colourful and unpretentious part of Auckland. A walk from one end of Richmond Road to the other will show you just what I mean. Starting at the Surrey Crescent end, the first kilometre is about as diverse as you’re likely to find anywhere in New Zealand. A car paint and panel shop right opposite the self-deprecatingly named Jafa café and a couple of very stylish clothing boutiques. A quick walk past some classic Grey Lynn villas and bungalows and we have the first of several Polynesian churches on Richmond Road – all of which bring real soul and Pacific Island vibrancy to the suburb. Then onto the West Lynn shops – where I get to hang out most days at the Ray White office. In this little shopping block, you’ll find some of the best organic produce in Auckland alongside boutique book and clothing stores and great cafes and bars. Then carry on past a wonderful contrast of beautifully-renovated villas sitting alongside others that are still waiting for their makeovers. The rest of the Richmond Road journey sees an equally-unique blend of housing, schools, cafes (oh and Ripe being one of my favourites), bars, shops, businesses, churches, and community organisations. So if you are in West Lynn (aka Richmond Village) and passing by the Ray White office, pop in for a chat, I’d love to meet you! (CHERRYL DENNIS) PN

EXPERIENCE THE EXCITEMENT OF AUCTION

CHERRYL DENNIS is enjoying her time in the Ray White Grey Lynn office

WHETHER YOU ARE ENTERTAINING THE THOUGHT OF ENTERING THE market (as a seller or buyer) or want to know more about the property market, there’s no better way to gain insight into Greater Ponsonby than seeing the excitement of buying and selling a property first hand.

A LOCAL GREY LYNN VEGETARIAN SUPERSTORE

Ray White Damerell Earwaker Group hosts regular auctions at their dedicated auction room on Richmond Road. Every Thursday, buyers and sellers gather in hope to reach a mutually agreeable price in a public, transparent process facilitated by the real estate experts, Ray White Damerell Earwaker Group.

HARVEST WHOLEFOODS IS A WELL KNOWN INSTITUTION AT THE HEART of the Grey Lynn community. Staffed by knowledgeable and friendly people, a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere fills the store. Harvest offers quality certified organic produce, natural and organic bulk goods, packaged grains and flours, organic grocery items and eco-friendly cleaning products.

Their tag-line ‘we get you more,’ lives up to its meaning and quickly becomes apparent as the bids roll in and gain momentum. In the last few months the team at Ray White Damerell Earwaker Group have been able to secure some record breaking prices in the area through auction. Head down to their Grey Lynn office to see what it’s all about. PN RAY WHITE GREY LYNN, 422 Richmond Road T: 09 376 2186 www.rwponsonby.co.nz

A range of organic breads, hot pies, cakes and muffins, sushi and salads are available fresh daily and being a vegetarian super store there is a vast range of specialty products catering for those whose food styles are gluten, sugar, dairy or animal free. A well-stocked naturopathic department and herbal dispensary is supported by a complementary naturopathic service. Harvest prides itself on upholding the highest principles of food integrity. All products on the shelves are scrutinised closely to ensure there are no GMOs, artificial sweeteners, harmful preservatives or flavour enhancers. Customers are encouraged to bring in their own bags, recycle egg cartons and be conscious about their connection to the wider environment. There is a refill service available for bulk goods such as tamari, honey, olive oil, vinegars and cleaning products, to support these important initiatives. Harvest is here to support families, promote good health and provide delicious food for those who care about what they eat. Harvest Wholefoods is joined with Huckleberry Farms Royal Oak, 6 Campbell Road, and Huckleberry Farms Glen Innes, 150 Apirana Avenue. PN HARVEST WHOLEFOODS, 403 – 407 Richmond Road T: 09 376 3107 www.huckleberryfarms.co.nz

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CHEESE-MAKING WORKSHOPS COOK THE BOOKS, IN THE HEART OF RICHMOND ROAD HAVE BEEN running regular cheese making workshops. Martin Leach, PN editor attended one of these last month and says ,”It was easy, great fun and a nice way to meet other keen local cooks. www.cookthebooks.co.nz

GREY LYNN TYREWORX PROUDLY SERVING THE LOCAL COMMUNITY MY UNCLE RAY STARTED THE BUSINESS AS A CAR GROOMING BUSINESS IN the early 80s and progressed to fixing punctures and finally selling tyres. He sold the grooming part in the late 80s. I started with my uncle in 1992, when the business was called Grey Lynn Tyrepower. The name was changed to Grey Lynn Tyreworx in 2005. I purchased the business from Ray in 2007.

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Our team is Sam Samoa, my assistant manager, Ben Compain the Wheel Alignment Technician with Matt Williams and Kahu Joyce as tyre fitters. I love the way people in this area have great community spirit. I enjoy serving this community, greeting them in the shop and then sponsoring local organisations but especially socialising with them after hours.

FELICITY O’DRISCOLL shows off one of the vegetarian curries made using homemade paneer cheese

Tyres should be looked at every time you jump into the car. Tyre pressures checked every two or three months. We offer a free tyre pressure check. Warrant of fitness checks would usually make sure of the tread life on the tyre but with yearly checks coming up this would be more of a worry. Customers will now have to look more carefully at their own tread depth for safety. (DAVID STODDARD) PN

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GREY LYNN TYREWORX, 27 Surrey Crescent T: 09 376 0051 www.greylynntyreworx.co.nz

JULIE STEVENS AND DEBBIE HINDEN OF MOA

WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT RICHMOND ROAD THERE ARE ALWAYS LOTS OF FAMILIAR FACES AROUND WEST LYNN. ANY GIVEN day can include time well spent with one or more of our friendly locals, whether escaping at Dear Reader, choosing gifts at the brilliant one-stop-shop Presentz or popping into Harvest for their scrumptious wholefoods and natural therapies. Of course, the fashion scene is also flourishing, if we say so ourselves! For example, stepping out of Moa with a whole new look, one may see fit to complete the picture with first-rate hair styling from the Gareth & Co hair salon, right next door…we are also looking forward to checking out the new Pampered Bar, which has just opened around the corner on Surrey Crescent. There is an outstanding range of daytime dining choices: Great pies from sunny Mamata, gorgeous salads from The Little Grocer, beautiful coffee at the Monterey Coffee Lounge, and tasty samosas from the local dairies, when we’re in a rush. Our neighbors at the Grey Lynn RSC are keeping it real with a quick nod and wink from the regulars passing by. In the evenings, we can enjoy the extensive array of delicious beverages at the Gypsy Tearooms or soak in the relaxed atmosphere and occasional live piano at the new wine bar, Freida Margolis, in the old West Lynn Organic butcher shop. We love the Grey Lynn Farmer’s Market for being fresh and seasonal and with an offering of seafood! More than anything else, it’s the people that make our little community so awesome, and it is a continual pleasure to be a part of it. (JULIE STEVENS AND DEBBIE HINDEN) PN

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3-4. Franklin Road “Mayor” ROSS THORBY is cruising (on the Queen Mary, no less) to the UK, via AFRICA at present and has sent a couple of photos, taken along the way! He tells me the safari he’s just been on was the most amazing thing he has ever experienced travel wise. Everyone in Africa was so welcoming and happy, he says, they would all come up to you and say welcome and please come back soon. 5. Ponsonby News reader NATASHA SHARP has informed us about another Ponsonby, but this one is a tiny hamlet in Cumbria, 12,000 miles away in the UK. Natasha tells us, that this Ponsonby is very close to the Sellafield Nuclear Power Station, which is currently undergoing decommissioning and dismantling. Almost ironic, she says, considering New Zealand’s stance on nuclear energy. 6. Local resident CHARLOTTE MATHIESON was photographed at the Soifitel Resort in FIJI during Easter. Charlotte is in year 4 at Ponsonby Primary and among other things tells us her favourite things in life are bichons, swimming, netball, and jazz dancing. 7. Some readers’ messages are short and sweet, like reader STUART HOBBS, who simply said, “Me in Sydney with the Ponsonby News”. PN

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THE BLACK SEA & RIVERS OF RUSSIA By Kate Gohar, World Journeys With a complex and often bloodthirsty history coupled with a sophisticated artistic heritage and dramatic architecture in achingly beautiful cities, our small group tour to Ukraine, Ancient Crimea and Rivers of Russia departing in August this year, will take you on a journey never to be forgotten. Flying to Turkey with Singapore Airlines, we start in the colour and chaos of Old Istanbul, visiting Haga Sophia, the Blue Mosque and of course, the Grand Bazaar. From there travel to Odessa, with its crumbling 18th century buildings, elegant opera house and the extraordinary Potemkin Stairs; gazing down across the 192 steps they all appear to be exactly the same width, a clever trick by Italian architect Franz Boffo. Cruising the Black Sea and the River Dneiper we head towards Kiev visiting Sevastapol, near the site of the famous ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ during the Crimea War. There is a chance to visit Czar Nicholas’ summer destination of Yalta, with its Neo-Renaissance Livadia Palace made from white granite. Cruise through the vast plains and plantations of the Ukraine as we head towards Zoporozhye, where the thundering hooves of the Free Cossacks created their special code of law to protect themselves against raiders. Explore the 1000 year old history of Kiev before we embark on the second part of our journey; the Golden Ring of Russia. Moscow has attracted all those keen on art and history for decades but the modern city is growing in vitality and energy as new galleries and theatres spring up offering a choice of dance, music and dramatic art. We visit the Kremlin, an impressive complex with numerous cathedrals topped by iconic onion domes before cruising towards the World Heritage site of Yaroslavl, the huge

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Rybinska Reservoir and the fairytale landscape of Kizhi Island with the extraordinary wooden Church of the Transfiguration. According to the Russian carpentry traditions of the time, the original church was built completely of wood, using no nails. A fitting end to this journey is a stop in St Petersburg, arguably one of the greatest cities on Earth. The European feel of the city is obvious, it was designed by Italian architects after all, and the network of canals framed by stunning neoclassical architecture only add to the unique flavour of the city. If you were ever just to visit one museum in the whole world, I would probably recommend the Hermitage in St Petersburg. This truly magnificent palace was the centre of the Russian Empire and the seat of the Romanov tsars. The collection of art and other treasures within its walls can truly be called breathtaking and every visitor to the city should surely make the Hermitage their very first stop. Add to this the Peter and Paul Fortress, the summer palace of Zarskoje Selo and the outstanding gardens and buildings of the Peterhof Palace and you will get just a tiny taste of the grandeur that is the Black Sea and the Rivers of Russia. PN

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A WANDER THROUGH UMBRIA - LIFE AND HISTORY From Hannibal to St Francis of Assisi, 19 October – 2 November An Italian history tour with local Auckland connections focuses on two big names that transformed Italy and the world – Hannibal and St Francis of Assisi. Massey University History Professor Peter Lineham, from Westmere, leads the tour. “On one hand you have Hannibal, the man of Africa who storms in with his elephants across the Alps, wins a crucial battle in Umbria, then for 20 years rampages around Italy, frightening the Romans and influencing Romans towards an empire. Then there’s St Francis, man of peace who loves animals, a colourful personality and yet an utter contrast to the grandeur of church leaders of the day; a humble man who steps down from wealth to live among beggars and lepers.” The tour will be based at the stylish Umbrian villa owned and restored by long-time Ponsonby resident Cameron Drake. His cousin Professor Lineham, a frequent visitor to Italy, is the gregarious media man known for his weekly spot on radio bFM and regular commentaries on national radio and television. He promises you won’t have to already know a lot about history to enjoy the experience. If you’re happy to be swept along by stories and yarns, or just want to enjoy Italy, you’ll be in good company. There will be plenty of time for great food, cooking, wine and olive oil tasting, the timeless beauty of Umbria and the Villa Campo Verde. Celebrity chef Jo Seagar bases her cook school and photographed cookbook Italia at the gorgeous 700-year -old farmhouse. PN To book contact: Pam Young at House of Travel pammy@hot.co.nz www.villacampoverde.com

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LOCAL WRITERS WANTED PONSONBY NEWS is always looking for talented writers. If you have exceptional English skills, are a good communicator, with the nose to ‘sniff out’ an interesting local story,, we’d love to hear from you. PLEASE, no phone calls! If you could simply email us with your contact details and some examples of your work, we’d appreciate it. E: info@ponsonbynews.co.nz

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FASHION + STYLE MOOCHI HAS OPENED ITS MUCH-AWAITED ‘MOOCHI CONSERVATORY’ ON PONSONBY ROAD With the label’s head office just off College Hill and many of the team living in the area, Creative Director Kellie Taylor says she has been waiting years for a local store. ‘It will be so nice to be on the strip and in such a great block, we are really pleased.’ PN MOOCHI CONSERVATORY, 282 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 378 7577 www.moochi.co.nz

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The ‘MOOCHI CONSERVATORY’ on Ponsonby Road opening celebration: L-R KELLIE and CHRIS TAYLOR; KATE HARRIS and AIMEE POLLOCK

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FASHION + STYLE SUPERETTE PONSONBY EXPANDS TO INCLUDE NEW LIFESTYLE CONCEPT Fashion and lifestyle fuse into one destination with the launch of Superette’s exciting new expansion concept, Superette Space. Boutique fashion retailer Superette added to its offering last month with the launch of a carefully curated selection of lifestyle and home products, housed in a new concept space in their Ponsonby flagship store. After outgrowing the Superette Head Office, previously housed behind the current Ponsonby store, the expansion sees the additional 100 square meters of space newly fitted out to house this exciting new lifestyle destination. The expansion comes as a natural evolution for the Superette brand. From its inception 11 years ago, Superette’s fresh and original retail spaces have been built upon the philosophy of creating an inspired retail space of sought-after and unique products that go beyond clothes hanging on a rack. Owners James Rigden and Rickie Dee have always followed this mentality when buying and sourcing for the store. The handpicked selection each season is reflective of fashion and objects that they desire for themselves. Both vintage and new, the products range from stools and poufs, boutique bedding, throws, cushions, prints, limited edition coffee table books, light boxes and much more. There is a capsule collection of Superette’s own designs, including art, pillows, studded taxidermy skulls and hand painted deer antlers, not to be found anywhere else. Also included is dedicated capsule section of coveted basics label, Bassike’s, best-selling pieces for both men and women. The Superette E-Boutique offers customers both locally and internationally the opportunity to shop the coveted pieces at the click of a mouse – just as they would the fashion. PN SUPERETTE SPACE PONSONBY, Shop 8/282 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 2360 ponsonby@superette.co.nz www.superette.co.nzclip_image001

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JULIE ROULSTON: RETAIL SUPERSTAR OF THE MONTH

LUKE MCCARTHY - THE OBJECT ROOM HOW DID YOU COME TO BE A RETAIL SALESPERSON? I have been in either retail or real estate for almost all of my working life. I have a strong interest in all things home and design, and love meeting new people. I have been fortunate enough to have always had these things come together in my work. Going to work should never be a chore!

Christmas gifts, the other just recently was a pair of limited edition ceramic skulls which we had made locally and sent all the way to Zurich. IF YOU COULD WAVE YOUR WAND AND HAVE ANYONE IN THE WORLD WALK INTO YOUR STORE RIGHT NOW, WHO WOULD IT BE? That’s a hard one. I do really love customers that visit us from huge international cities and compliment us on our store. We have people from Australia say that our store feels like something you would find in Melbourne – it makes my day, I love Melbourne!

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO THE OBJECT ROOM? Lots of travel overseas discovering cool things and wishing we had more on offer in Auckland – plus a long term ‘dream’ of owning a design store. Don’t get me wrong there are a few local people doing awesome things with their stores and some that I really admire and look up to...we are different again, though, and hope that the next ‘new store’ is too! We are huge on being unique and offering something different – it is a lot of effort to source directly from all over the world but it is so much fun and our customers love us for it, too. WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR STORE? Everything about it. Our products, our space, our neighbourhood and the really broad range of customers that we have. I certainly have plans and visions and thoughts, and can’t wait to take The Object Room to the next stage. WHAT MAKES A STANDOUT RETAIL SALESPERSON? Someone with a genuine interest in what they do – even our part time staff are with us because they want to be - they approached us and they really do enjoy being a part of our team. TELL US ABOUT A MEMORABLE SALE YOU’VE MADE THIS YEAR. Being a fairly new store and being one of the owners, I truly respect and appreciate every sale as much as the last one. We have a good number of regular local customers (and some that travel ‘across town’ from Remuera too), which is awesome. A couple of true stand-outs would be some customised orders we have done – one was a large order of handmade Porcelain teacups which we had branded for a customer’s CHERRY BISHOP

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IF YOU COULD WAVE YOUR WAND AND HAVE ANYONE IN GREATER PONSONBY WALK INTO YOUR STORE RIGHT NOW, WHO WOULD IT BE? I would love to meet the owners of other local design stores. WHERE DO YOU SHOP/ENJOY SHOPPING? To be honest – overseas! I very rarely have an opportunity to get out and browse the shops locally. I do however always promote Ponsonby to any friends that visit from outside of Auckland or overseas, not because I have a store here but because I really do believe that Ponsonby is the best shopping area in New Zealand. I’m not a huge fan of malls in New Zealand, nor chain stores in some of the other suburbs. Ponsonby offers something special: whether you are into fashion or design stores, New Zealand made or international brands, it’s all here.

NAME SOMEONE YOU THINK IS AN OUTSTANDING GREATER PONSONBY SALESPERSON... We only moved our store into Ponsonby late last year, but what I love about Ponsonby is how so many of us are here to support each other in what we do and how so many of us shop local. Blair Haddow at Bayleys, Piroj at Thai House Restaurant, Christena next door at Ricochet and Martin Leach at Ponsonby News are all friends of mine and are all brilliant at what they do. PN THE OBJECT ROOM, 61 Mackelvie Street, T: 09 378 0767 www.theobjectroom.co.nz WORLD

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WINTER TRENDS FROM LOCAL DESIGNERS PART 2* Very few designers are immune to seasonal trends, which affect everything from the colours they can get in trims, to the fabrics they are offered by wholesalers. But it’s the way our favourite labels interpret trends that makes us want to pay the extra money for their special touch, instead of buying a me-too piece from the mall. Following on from Ponsonby News April, this month we look at some more key trends for Winter 2013, and ask Ponsonby designers to tell us how they have spun them. TREND: LACE Kellie Taylor for Moochi “Moochi customers love lace! It makes the wearer feel feminine and celebrated. We use lace for everyday layering and for statement pieces like the dress pictured, made from a beautiful coated lace, giving it a modern, slightly tougher feel. By lining the dress in a nude the prettiness is bought back, encouraged by a curve-enhancing silhouette.” Benny Castles for WORLD “WORLD is never on trend, but if the trends happen to be what we like then so be it! This season, we have used luxurious lace in portions of a number of dresses to add a sexiness. Also, and importantly, the lace creates a beautiful play on texture and proportions in these dresses, which makes for the most gorgeous slimline silhouettes.”

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TREND: TAPESTRY/GRANNY CHIC Juliette Hogan “I’m not overly driven by trends when I design. I chose tapestry for this season because I fell in love with the colour and texture”.

TREND: WINE (aka ‘Maroon #5’) Emily Miller-Sharma for Liam “Claret is an important colour for Liam Winter 2013. I love the warmth of this hue and the way it drapes in our silk crepe de chine pieces.”

Susan Duckworth for Vanilla Ink “Miss Marple or granny chic? I don’t care, I love it! Chances are there’re several pieces in your wardrobe that you could put together to create this kind of look. I would overload on prints though, otherwise it’s just gonna be granny.”

Louisa Penney for Superette “Red Red Wine: after a summer spent in pretty pastels and electric hues, winter has turned to rich shades of crimson and wine. Maurie & Eve’s winter collection takes to the trend with a tonal interpretation in a luxe silk print entitled ‘Moody Sky’.”

UK milliner STEPHEN JONES and Ponsonby resident TANYA CARLSON backstage at iD Dunedin Fashion Week in March. Tanya is a long-time iD Emerging Designer Awards judge, and ambassador for the event. The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied

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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 MAY 1925

Dear Sybil inset with twelve tiles glazed the same green as the glass. That will be perfect for a fern as I am always overwatering them and staining my tables! Bad Maudie! I like it so much that I have put it in my parlour rather than the sewing room. I can’t wait for you to see it Sybil! Now what are we going to do with you when you’re here? As you’ve timed your visit perfectly with the influx of Winter fashions in the shops, there are of course numerous shopping expeditions that have to be undertaken I thought it might be nice to visit all the little dress shops around the city, starting with Ponsonby, moving along Karangahape Road and then exploring Queen Street. I think it absolutely essential that we also investigate the newest winter hats. Intense scrutiny of the drapery shops goes without saying!

I expect that you will be pining away for Tom all the while you are staying with me instead of allowing my romance to take centre stage! In retaliation I had planned to counter your letter with more of my news (about sweet George and I) however I shall leave that for your visit (if I can get a word in!). Instead I will make a few suggestions as to holiday activities that you might be interested to partake in if you are not too distracted…

I desperately need to purchase a couple of things that I have been delaying until your stay. One is a new corset, as I don’t believe that my favourite brand is doing my figure any favours. After falling for a charming Mirror advertisement with overly excessive claims, I have my heart set on a Gossard. Shallow I know, but with so many brands to choose from a girl has to have some criteria for making her choice! Actually I have been advised by a number of my customers (for whom the wearing of a corset is as daily a ritual as powdering one’s nose) that there is currently a very pleasant and expert Gossard corsetiere at Milne and Choyce. I need you to ensure that I don’t get talked into buying a back-lacing model, no matter how charming the design, how reasonable the price or even how effective the cinching. It’s not as if I have a maid or a husband (yet!!) to assist!

Having said that, I have to tell you about last Sunday which was spent having lunch with George and his family at their Herne Bay home. As it was my first invitation to meet with them properly since the accident, I was feeling quite anxious. I picked a lovely bunch of Madame Alfred Carriere roses (I can’t believe they’re still flowering!) and bought a box of imported fruit jellies that Mrs. Andrews seemed to be very happy to receive. It seems as if I had no need to be nervous as I was hugged and engaged in conversation by George’s mother almost as soon as I walked in the door. This continued all throughout lunch - with George giving me the occasional knowing wink across the table - and much of the afternoon. I could barely get a word in! Of course all I wanted to talk about was George while Mrs. Andrews, who seemed starved of female company, clearly did not! After lunch George and his father left for a spot of fishing off the beach at the end of the road. The perfect opportunity, I thought, to turn the conversation around to George. Somehow however, the talk drifted to fashion and in particular my thoughts about the modes of today and how the more mature woman might wear them. During the course of two hours of intense conversation, I did find out a little more about George. Apparently he harbours a violent dislike of tripe and is allergic to bees. While I also detest tripe and own that it is very useful to know about the bees, especially as my garden is abuzz with them in summer, what I really want to know is Mrs. Andrew’s opinion of what George thinks about me. When at last the opportunity for conversation of a more discreet nature did present itself, George and his father were to be heard at the gate and had soon joined us in the parlour for a cup of tea (after first entreating us go to the laundry to inspect their ‘impressive’ catch of one fish!) Just before it came time for George to drive me home I received the most delightful surprise! I was asked to sit in the parlour and told to shut my eyes. When I was allowed to look I beheld my finished cabinet - the very one that I had glimpsed and suspected was being made for me last time I visited George in his workroom. And what a beautiful thing it is! It has a pair of little doors inset with panels of leaf green glass embossed with butterflies…just like the pink glass I told you about in my last letter. The two little drawers above doors have been beautifully carved with a matched pair of honeysuckle sprigs and the kauri top is

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I think that we ought to go to the pictures at least twice while you’re here. My choice for us is ‘Mademoiselle Midnight’ which should still be on at the West End here in Ponsonby by the time you arrive. It stars Mae Murray who will be wearing gowns of her own creation and others by designers in New York and Paris! It’s being touted as ‘The last word in new fashions’. I’m certain we’ll enjoy it. I’ve included some clippings of other amusements so you can make your choice of movie for us. I’m happy to make the bookings so we don’t have to queue on the day. I wouldn’t mind a ferry or steamer trip to a beach, bay or island even. The papers reveal that there are still quite a few excursions running this late in the season. I think I should invite George along on one of the trips so you can get to know him. How about a picnic lunch as well? I’m sorry to disappoint but I won’t be able to bake your ‘favourite’ tripe and tongue pie for our lunch - hee hee! Well my dearest, I must leave you to prepare myself some supper before I faint from hunger. Then I have some finishing to do before the light fades. Can’t wait to see you! Don’t forget to bring some of your mother’s delicious almond biscuits will you! Much love,

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I know it has only been a week since my last letter but I am so terribly excited about you coming to stay. And how wonderful to learn that you too are in love! It’s as if spring has sprung early this year! I know that its practically winter but it has been so unseasonably warm, the roses are continuing to bloom and love is in the air! Three weeks of courting must be a record for you as well! Hearty congratulations!


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CATCHING UP WITH STEPHEN MARR PONSONBY NEWS HAD A QUICK CHAT WITH STEPHEN MARR’S MARKETING and PR Manager, Clare Buchanan, on a rainy afternoon just before this issue went to press. There was no change-of-season gloominess from Clare! ‘Please remind your readers that it¹s the last month of the ‘Shine on You Crazy Diamond’ package in the salons,” she said. “It¹s one of those services that people come back for again and again. We use a completely natural product which enhances the colour of your hair and adds amazing shine. Everyone feels a bit lacklustre around now, and this is a great way to give your hair what it needs to carry on from autumn into winter. Clare also told us about Stephen Marr’s creative colour expert Amanda, who heads a team of dedicated colour staff. “If you have the slightest curiosity about colour,” Clare says “Amanda is your woman. She can make every colour look completely natural yet dynamic.” Metals are a key hair colour inspiration at the moment - copper, bronze, silver and gold. “The freshest Stephen Marr news right now is our

hair enhancement product,” Clare continues. “This is the first time we have felt hair extensions were of a high enough quality to offer our clients. Ours use the highest grade, real hair - it’s Remy hair which is collected in such a way that the follicles sit in the right direction, recreating the “bouquet” of how real hair sits, and shines.” The Stephen Marr service uses specially engineered adhesive tape to attach extensions, reportedly amazingly effective, and non-toxic. Over at The Powder Room it¹s all about the “Brighten Up” package. Focused on repair and restoration, the service gives your skin a huge vitamin A boost to take it back to good health - Lucy’s response to the climatic and lifestyle extremes to which we are all subjected. Clare asked us to remind Ponsonby News readers that if they are planning a wedding, this time of year is perfect for hair consultations at Stephen Marr, or a pre-event beauty regime prescription, or even a Hens Party at Lucy and The Powder Room. “Our brides spend many a rainy day preparing during winter, and we’re always so happy to work with them to make sure they look incredible on their wedding day.” www.stephenmarr.co.nz PN

AROHA HEALING SACRED FEMININE RETREAT MAY 2013 Would you like to feel more grounded, balanced and sensual, whilst connecting with like minded women wanting to feel the same? Practitioners at Aroha Healing are passionate and skilled at healing, educating and empowering women. The team have found that many women have become masters at giving. Giving of their energy, love, everything, leaving very little energy and time for their own self nurturing, healing, time out and receiving of love. Women can often feel guilty about doing just that. Aside from their amazing healing and massage work, Aroha Healing have designed a nature workshop that reawakens and re-ignites the goddess within. Rosanna Marks, the founder of Aroha, will be teaching a fusion of two ancient spiritual modalities designed to empower, heal and free the feminine form. During the Sacred Feminine workshop you will learn ancient tantric philosophy; chakras, mudra, body awareness, sisterhood, honouring and simple beautiful belly dance movements including rituals that reflect the tantric philosophies. We will be immersed in the beauty of nature, peace and be treated to delicious vegetarian food, sauna and an outdoor spa. This workshop is for every woman; age, size or shape wishing to awaken and learn the sacred, ancient secrets of feminine vitality, movement and expression. With her background in presenting, bodywork, healing, belly dance and tantra philosophies, Rosanna Marks will be facilitating her Sacred Feminine workshop at Aio Wira retreat centre near Bethels Beach this month beginning on Friday evening, 17 May - Sunday afternoon 19 May. To read more about Aroha Healing’s workshops and retreats visit their website - link below. For more information about Aroha Healing’s Sacred Feminine Retreat please contact Rosanna directly at 0800MINDBDOY or email info@arohahealing.co.nz; www.arohahealing.co.nz PN

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HOROSCOPES

MISS PEARL NECLIS

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

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

Taurus (the Bull): 21 April - 21 May You sometimes feel like you’re missing out and you want more than you have now and it’s not coming from a materialistic viewpoint. Knowing what you want in the first place is always a good place to start and it may be the beginning of something more. Gemini (the Twins): 22 May - 21 June Your current position at work seems to have lasted much longer than you or anyone anticipated, especially considering your past history of employment. Your outlook on life has changed for the better, a sign that you are maturing.

Just when you think that you have everything in check emotions wise, something comes along and triggers feelings that you have tried to bury. You have absolutely no idea how you’re going to proceed, just be aware it might get messy.

Leo (the Lion): 23 July - 21 August You have to get to a point where you are able to deal with any situation in a more agreeable manner to everyone concerned, even though being the leader of the pack gives you some power; you also have responsibility and consequence.

Virgo (the Virgin): 22 August - 23 September Sometimes you have to align your goals with your intentions so you can be clear as to where your journey is taking you. You can discuss your motives with someone as talking can make them real.

Libra (the Scales): 24 September - 23 October You are in good spirits for some reason and nothing seems to get you down these days, your sense of fun is beginning to rub off on other people as you’re feeling a little bit special. Keep an eye on your work environment and see if there are any changes there too.

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Scorpio (the Scorpion): 24 October - 22 November All the daydreaming that you do hasn’t been going to waste as some people seem too assume, however what you are doing is thinking about your next move and bringing your ideas to fruition. Sagittarius (the Archer): 23 November - 22 December You can often get frustrated with your colleagues and this can lead to you being moody and a bit miserable and really it’s just you not being clear on your intentions. You can take life as seriously as you want but remember everyone is different.

It’s lovely when you’re the centre of attention and what it does for you is incredible but you must make sure that you listen to the people that are making you feel good. Your ideas are wonderful but so are the others that come your way take notice of them sometime.

Aquarius (the Water Carrier): 21 January - 19 February Hopefully you are now comfortable enough in your environment that anything that is said and done is not taken personally. Life can feel like a treadmill and revolve faster and faster sometimes and you may not feel like you’re accomplishing anything of any significance, but this is life and sometimes you have to have patience.

Pisces (the Fish): 20 February - 20 March If you feel like your life is getting complicated then maybe it’s about time you at least take a step back and take a look at what you’ve been doing for the last few years, you haven’t listened to anyone but yourself and you are not the best judge of character.

Aries (the Ram): 21 March - 20 April Sometimes keeping your mouth shut is the best way to get your point across. You have learnt that shouting and screaming, which was the old you, led to you being misheard. Saying less or even keeping quiet gives you a certain mystique. PN

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NATASHA RADONICH SALON - ALL ABOUT BEAUTIFUL BELIEVABLE HAIR Tucked in behind Flight Centre in Three Lamps, Natasha Radonich’s Contemporary Boutique Hair Salon gives clients complete privacy in a little hideaway set in a pretty courtyard setting. The Radonich family name has been well known in the Three Lamps area, since 1939. They owned the famous Three Lamps Fish Mart and with this strong family history here, Natasha says it’s great to continue the heritage. The salon has gone from strength to strength over the past two and a half years. Having worked in big salons Natasha wanted to create a smaller artistic space with an inviting and personalised feeling. “One on one service is important to me,” says Natasha, “clients feel special with our dedicated attention making their experience a pleasure. We are all about beautiful hair, natural colour work, movement, and ultimate condition and shine with the emphasis on mineral and natural ingredient based products.”

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Natasha and Hollie are passionate about their work. Hollie started hairdressing at the age of 15, she worked in London and has freelanced for over 10 years specialising in colour. She is continually sought after by the leaders in her profession. Hollie is arty and expressive and loves creating natural, beautiful colour work. Natasha is the dedicated driving force behind her salon. With over 20 years experience in the industry she grew up and started her career in Christchurch then London. Her approach to hair is that firstly the hair has to be in good condition before you can truly create the desired results and the cut is as important as the colour. PN NATASHA RADONICH BOUTIQUE HAIR SALON, 326a Ponsonby Road T: 09 361 5818 natasharadonich@xtra.co.nz

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LANI LOPEZ: HEALTHY LIVING EXTINGUISHING BURN-OUT Life is busy and we can flirt with burn-out, a rapid downward spiral ending in chronic ill-health. But you can keep the burn at bay. It’s worth the effort, preventing burn-out reduces your risk of heart disease, obesity, insomnia, anxiety and immune deficiency that can cause months of nose-dripping colds and flu. Burn-out has long been a red-flag for chronic conditions and new research from Tel Aviv University establishes its direct link to coronary heart disease (CHD). In fact burn-out is now a stronger predictor of CHD than other classical risk factors, including smoking, cholesterol, fat in the bloodstream or physical inactivity. Here’s some advice to live a little longer and a whole lot better. The trick is to recognise the warning signs early and use them to signal a move to better health. WARNING SIGNS Fatigue, physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion. Fuzzy focus, shortened attention span and difficulty concentrating. Loss of enjoyment of usually pleasurable past-times. Sleeplessness, poor and broken sleep. Loss of appetite and changed eating habits. Alternatively craving and bingeing food, alcohol, drugs and even sex. Lowered immunity, vulnerability to catch anything that’s going around. FACTORS FEEDING BURNOUT High stress, work and home life, money, grief, separation. Heavy job workload or relationship stress. A lack of control over job situations and poor health. A lack of emotional support, sleep and isolation. Long work hours leads to physical wear and tear, weakening the body. If these warning signs or contributors are present then it is wise to get your doctor and check early for signs of coronary heart disease. But there is also a lot you can do yourself to stop the spiral into ill-health and restore your quality of life. FOUR WALLS FOR RECOVERY I like to think of wellbeing as a house, giving shelter and supporting health, here are the four walls to protect you from burnout: 1) Anti-inflammatory diet, consult a nutritionist or email me naturopath@lanilopez.com, two to three weeks will see you improve. 2) Daily exercise, walking, jogging, sport, dance, yoga anything you choose at least 15 minutes a day. 3) Prioritise sleep, make time for eight hours, establish a pre-sleep routine. Keep a dark and quiet bedroom. 4) Meditation, the best stress antidote, online use www.quietmindcafe.com. Or join the drop-in classes Tuesday night at 7.30, they are superbly led by buddhist nun Kelsang Kyobpa at 1a Pompallier Terrace Ponsonby. GUT-FEELING Stress affects digestion and poor digestion means a lack of nutrients to support wellness. I suggest some specific supplements to address burn-out. Take a course of probiotics to support and maintain healthy gut flora, restoring digestive function. Magnesium and vitamin C support adrenal function as well as countering headache inducing effects of stress. The anti-inflammatory effect of Resveratrol especially when mixed with turmeric and Chinese hawthorn is especially beneficial. SPIRALLING UP Burn-out is devastating and from my perspective as a naturopath it is distressingly common and so avoidable. I hope that now you know the dangers and the warning signs you can take these simple steps to extinguish burn-out from your life. (LANI LOPEZ BHSc, Adv.Dip. Nat.) Lani Lopez BHSc, Adv.Dip.Nat, our favourite naturopath, is a clinical nutritionist, author of ‘A to Z of Natural Health a NZ Guide’, specialist formulator of Naturopathic Supplements and the founder of Lanilopez.com. Email comments or health questions to naturopath@lanilopez.com or find her on facebook/lanilopez.com PN

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CONCEPT OF THE BOUTIQUE GYM Boutique gyms are becoming increasingly trendy, but this is nothing new for the exercise room. The exercise room has been leading the way as Auckland’s top boutique gym for the previous nine years. A boutique gym condenses some of the best features of a large commercial gym, but is highly personalised and far less daunting. They offer a ‘specialist’ rather than a ‘one fits all’ approach. Boutique gyms also tend to be modern, well maintained, and clean with a high standard of service and a quieter atmosphere. Due to the small size of the boutique gyms, interactions with trainers are more personal meaning members are educated on a realm of health and fitness topics whilst undergoing personal training. Members are more accountable which may encourage them to work out more – great for people that want specific results and those who are prone to losing motivation.

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Staff at the exercise room know every member by name and each is followed up on a regular basis. Members get input into how they want the gym to run and the types of equipment and services on offer. The feel is much like one’s own gym where they have access to the music systems, choice of TV channels, and their own access cards so they can come anytime they wish. Joining a specific boutique gym means that you’re only paying for the services you really want and need to use, what you see is what you get. However, the exercise room does offer additional services such as an in-house physiotherapist, nutritionist, and reformer Pilates. Boutique gyms are also more time effective, instead of a large, warehouse design with rows of fitness machines, boutique gyms are far easier to navigate around and less crowded (the exercise room limits membership and has door to door car parking, plus it has 24 hour access). PN THE EXERCISE ROOM, 3 Akaroa Street Parnell T: 09 307 2080 www.theexerciseroom.co.nz

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ANTIBIOTICS – SUPERBUGS AND OTHER OPTIONS LAST WEEK I WATCHED A 60 MINUTES DOCUMENTARY IN WHICH DOCTORS expressed serious concerns about superbugs becoming resistant to antibiotics. This was followed by a feature article in the NZ Herald headed ‘Collapse of Antibiotics - Colossal Threat’. “Britain’s Chief Medical Officer Prof Sally Davies warned this week that failure to act could see patients go into hospital for minor surgery and die from an ordinary infection as more bugs grow resistant to antibiotics.”

convince her mother that the vitamin C might damage her kidneys if they continued with it. Her mother agreed to stop the vitamin C and sadly 35 hours later the young woman died. Very soon after this, The College of Intensive Care Medicine Australia and New Zealand issued a media statement stating that they do not support the use of Intravenous vitamin C in the treatment of any critically ill patient in New Zealand except as part of a well conducted ethics committee approved trial.

It seems as though ‘the chickens are coming home to roost’. Daily Telegraph reporter Michael Hanlon notes ‘thanks to the laziness of thousands of doctors and the selfish persistence of millions of patients in demanding instant cures for minor illnesses bacterial infections could once again become the scourge of humanity’. For many years antibiotics which had the potential to be life-saving have been over prescribed in humans and fed to livestock (cattle pigs chickens and even farmed salmon) in vast amounts.

When vitamin C has such an impeccable safety record (high dose infusions have been safely given in New Zealand for over 30 years) it’s beyond belief that access should be denied without any opportunity for discussion with hundreds of doctors worldwide who routinely use high dose vitamin C for infections. It’s almost as though medicine is being practiced as a belief system when any thinking that is not consistent with the belief system is immediately discounted without question.

As bacteria become more and more resistant, even if new antibiotics are developed to counter the resistance (and this is not likely to happen soon) there could be serious potential for harm from such powerful drugs. This leads me to ask why ‘we’ are not exploring other options that might at the least ‘bridge the gap’ or indeed offer viable alternatives to antibiotics. An example is the use of high dose vitamin C pre and post-surgery and indeed for any patient that fails to respond to current treatments. However when this matter is raised at any level in the health system, the suggestion is met with significant hostility and statements such as “there is no evidence about its effectiveness”. Having been involved in numerous instances when high dose vitamin C has been sought and refused as a treatment, it’s hard not to get really angry at the intransigence of the medical system. Some readers may recall the 60 Minutes documentary about New Zealand farmer Allan Smith who was about to have his life support turned off. After many weeks of treatment he had failed to respond to medical interventions that had cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Allan was being treated for Swine Flu and he is alive today only because his family refused to accept the decision to terminate his life until he had been given high dose vitamin C. Very reluctantly his doctors agreed to administer the vitamin C (intravenous 50,000 mgs in the morning and intravenous 50,000 mgs in the afternoon). Allan’s lungs which were so full of fluid they didn’t show up on xray appeared again after three days and the rest is history – Allan is back on the farm and he has continued to take vitamin C in optimal doses every day. Another interesting aspect of his treatment with vitamin C is that he no longer has any trace of Hairy Cell Leukemia which was diagnosed while he was in hospital. One might imagine that there was jubilation in the hospital after bringing a patient back from the brink with such a simple and cheap intervention but very sadly others who came after Allan were denied access to high dose vitamin C and didn’t make it. The family of a young Australian woman who ended up in the same situation as Allan Smith fought to get her high dose vitamin C (they had watched the 60 Mins doco) and they succeeded to the point where she too responded in the same way. The young woman was well on the way to recovery when her doctors were able to

The history of vitamin C is an example of just how difficult it is to effect change in medicine. When British naval surgeon James Lind discovered that by giving limes and citrus to sailors it prevented and cured scurvy (a disease of vitamin C deficiency which killed more sailors than all battles storms and other diseases from the 16th to 18th century) it took 50 years before the admiralty began prescribing daily doses of lime juice for sailors. In hospitals today hand-washing is seen as a very important means of preventing the spread of infections. No one would argue with this. It’s hard to believe however that as recently as the mid 1800s when Hungarian physician Dr Ignaz Semmelweis discovered that simply by hand-washing in obstetric clinics, mortality of patients who were dying of puerperal fever could be reduced from up to 35% down to 1% he was committed to an asylum and died 14 days later after being beaten by guards. Semmelweis’s observations conflicted with the established scientific and medical opinions of the time and his ideas were rejected by the medical community. People are dying in our hospital system and they will continue to do so. It is likely that the situation will get worse. No new classes of antibiotics have been developed since 1987. Isn’t it time for open minds, new thinking and a change in attitudes that currently prevent acceptance of any treatment unless it’s a drug? I have had many high dose infusions of vitamin C as have other members of my family. It’s certainly not a new idea – Dr Frederick Klenner in the U.S. published a paper in 1949 detailing how he had achieved a total cure of 60 out of 60 patients with advanced Polio using Intravenous vitamin C. Dr Thomas Levy (American Cardiologist) has written a number of extremely well referenced books on the use of vitamin C. What you might learn from reading his books ‘Curing the Incurable’ and his latest book ‘Primal Panacea’ might one day save your life or that of a loved one. The title of a second 60 Minutes documentary on the use of vitamin C was “WHY CAN’T WE TRY”. I would be happy to start by just talking about it but I regret to say this is not likely to happen any time soon. (JOHN APPLETON) PN APPLETON ASSOCIATES, T: 09 489 9362 john@johnappleton.co.nz www.johnappleton.co.nz

NYIMA TASHI BUDDHIST CENTRE Compassionate, clarifying, catalysing Dharma for our times Nourish your heart and mind this season by joining in one of the traditional or secular offerings at Nyima Tashi. Traleg Rinpoche’s Ponsonby centre continues to offer a welcoming, refreshing and integrative approach to study and meditation. BUDDHIST TEACHINGS: Tuesday Evenings 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm (by donation) Calm abiding meditation followed by lively and foundational Buddhist teachings and discussion with Khenpo Ngawang Sangye and Ani Jangchub Lhamo. Buddhist Shedra: Saturday afternoons, twice monthly (by application) A rare opportunity for lay persons to study Tibetan Buddhist philosophy in the systematic manner traditionally offered to Buddhist monks and nuns. Second Annual Buddhist Summer School: 22 – 26 January 2014 Mark your calendars for the second offering of Buddhist teachings from distinguished scholars, teachers and philosophers of several traditions.

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SECULAR TEACHINGS: Mindful living for children Saturday mornings, for one hour each age group: 5-8 years and 9 -13 years. Please contact Ani Jangchub for information on this upcoming, child-centred series developed by Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche. The mindfulness based stress reduction programme: $400 Eight Wednesday evenings from 6.30 to 8.30 pm plus a one day retreat. Two sessions: 3 July to 21 August and 18 September to 6 November. Deepen your capacity to respond to life’s challenges with teachings from mindfulness meditation and positive psychology, facilitated by Lila O’Farrell, MA, MDiv. For more information, visit: NYIMA TASHI BUDDHIST CENTRE, 30B Pollen Street, call Ani Jangchub T: 09 376 6113 or check out www.nyima-tashi.org.nz

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RE:AB WELCOMES HAIR ORGANICS We are thrilled to welcome Brittany to the re:ab on Selbourne team with her business Hair Organics. Having an in-house hairdresser who is the best blow dryer and colourist has been great for us all. Nothing like being able to pop upstairs for a hair wash and dry! Brittany trained in the Aveda Institute in Houston Texas. She comes from a line of hair dressers following on from her mother and god father. She has worked in New York and Paris and is now firmly settled in Grey Lynn! She offers a full range of hairdressing services including cuts, organic colouring, blow drying and more. Brittany uses organic products focused on sustainable beauty. The range is Davines – an Italian colour line used throughout the world. PN RE:AB - HAIR ORGANICS, 2 Selbourne Street Grey Lynn T: 09 360 2929 www.reab.co.nz

SPECIAL MOTHER’S DAY OFFER FROM HAIR ORGANICS AND RE:AB ON SELBOURNE: Head massage, deep conditioning treatment, lash tint, blow wave - all for only $95. Add a one hour massage for only $55 (total $150). Treat your mother (or yourself!)

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HELENE RAVLICH: NATURAL BEAUTY A BEAUTY AND WELLNESS ESSENTIAL: MOLEMAP WHEN I WENT TO GET A ‘ROUTINE’ MAMMOGRAM LAST YEAR I FOUND OUT that I had early stage breast cancer and was successfully operated on and treated, so I’m all about regular health check ups that really can save lives. Living in the Southern Hemisphere skin cancer is a serious concern for both men and women, so I jumped at the chance to have a MoleMap recently and see where my own skin stood in the spectrum of risk of this so easily treatable but occasionally fatal disease. For those of you that haven’t heard of it, MoleMap is a melanoma detection programme that was designed to help identify melanoma skin cancer at an early stage. It was formed in 1997 by a group of New Zealand dermatologists who shared a vision and passion for developing a world leading melanoma cancer and skin cancer detection programme that combined innovative imaging technology with the expertise of skin specialists. They developed the company after observing that, despite continuing educational programmes promoting sun protection, the number of deaths from melanoma each year was not decreasing and the message clearly wasn’t getting through. I still hear about women in New Zealand who lie out on sunbeds on a more than regular basis for example, and all too many who think that a burn is the easiest way to a tan. They also recognised that melanomas were not always being picked up in routine skin checks because the doctors carrying out these checks did not always have the technology or skills to recognise cancerous moles (melanomas), particularly at the early stage, and that they often didn’t keep a record of anything checked on file to revisit in subsequent years. So, MoleMap was born and you can now make an appointment to have one at locations all over New Zealand. So what does it involve? Your first MoleMap appointment consists of a thorough one -hour consultation with a melanographer (nurse trained in skin cancer and dermoscopic imaging). During this hour your moles are ‘mapped’ (hence the term ‘mole map’) onto your body using the latest imaging technology to create a baseline of your skin and mole locations. It involves a bit of standing around and a lot of photos snapped of individual body parts, but not once did I feel uncomfortable as my nurse, Susan was so kind, thorough and informed. Utilising skin surface microscopy, each suspicious mole or lesion is then digitally imaged and any relevant data about the lesion such as an apparent change, itchiness,

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tenderness or general patient concern is recorded alongside each imaged lesion. All of the images and associated data are then sent via a secure network to be diagnosed by one of a panel of international specialist dermatologists - in my case Dr. Mark Gray from Skin Institute. The data and images are then permanently archived on a remote central database for secure storage and access for future mole comparisons, a service that your doctor just isn’t able to offer. Within 5-10 working days you receive a report from a dermatologist, a copy of which goes to your designated doctor or specialist if you tick that box. It identifies any moles or lesions of concern and provides recommendations on the management of these. If the recommendation involves further procedures you are advised to discuss and coordinate these with your doctor or specialist. A MoleMap isn’t cheap at $300.00 for the initial one-hour appointment, but that also covers free 15 minutes follow up dermatologist Spot Checks any time within the first year of your initial appointment. This is essential if you are still concerned about a lesion after your initial consultation, or if you notice any changes that are giving you more than a few sleepless nights. So, if you haven’t had one then I highly recommend that you do - you owe it to yourself and your loved ones. (HELENE RAVLICH) PN

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NEW ZEALAND DREAM TEAM AT MBFWA Kate Sylvester and Zambesi showed at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia early in April, and both labels used fellow Kiwis Amber D for M.A.C and Richard Kavanagh for Redken, for makeup and hair respectively. Kate Sylvester’s S|S ‘13/’14 collection ‘The Last Sitting’ was Marilyn Monroe-inspired. Hair and makeup paid homage to the iconic beauty, the hero makeup product being M.A.C’s cult bright pink lipstick “Candy Yum Yum.” ZAMBESI

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Zambesi’s makeup look was “a cross between Japanese manga comics and ‘90s Madonna.” PN

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PLANET AYURVEDA: ASK DOCTOR AJIT Each month, DR AJIT, Australasia’s most experienced Ayurvedic practitioner answers a reader’s question. Please e-mail yours to info@ponsonbynews.co.nz

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My local GP has some concerns about some Ayurvedic supplements I purchased a few months back in India. He says to be careful as some of these contain toxins which he is naturally concerned about. MARIA BOLTON, Grey Lynn

Because Ayurveda has been practiced for centuries, it has developed a rich and powerful pharmacopeia of herbal medicines to treat a range of disease states. Their strength is that they target the root cause of disease rather than just treating the symptoms by helping to revive the natural intelligence that keeps the body in balance. They have also been used for centuries by Ayurvedic practitioners, providing clinical proof of their efficacy.

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However, there is a growing concern in the West about some of the ingredients used in Ayurvedic herbal medicines and a perception that these products are therefore not safe for consumption. While it is true that some specific Ayurvedic preparations contain gem and metal preparations, it is misleading to suggest that all Ayurvedic products are therefore unsafe. Ayurveda, like Western medicine, produces pharmaceutical products with varying degrees of potency. In the West, many preparations that contain paracetamol can be freely purchased from supermarket shelves as they are simple preparations that provide low doses of their active ingredient. Medications with more complex chemical formulations and containing higher doses are only available on prescription. This implies that some medication can only be prescribed by qualified practitioners as only they have the experience and knowledge to know the prescription dose, the length of time that the medication needs to be taken and any potential side effects from prolonged use of the medicine. In the same way Ayurveda has a vast range of products at its disposal, the majority of which are simple herbal preparations that provide low doses of their active ingredients. However certain products have been developed to treat specific disease states and their clinical use for hundreds of years would indicate their efficacy. Some of these more potent preparations do contain powdered stones, gems and metals but these

should only be taken under the supervision of a qualified Ayurvedic doctor who understands the correct dosage. Unfortunately, such Ayurvedic medicines can be purchased easily over the Internet. When people buy and use these products without appropriate supervision and the inevitable side effects occur, they tend to blame the product and question the efficacy of Ayurveda as a health care system, rather than wondering about the wisdom of self medication. However, I am sure these same people would consider it far too dangerous to take their allopathic medicines without a prescription from their GP that specifies the correct dosage. The other issue that needs to be considered when purchasing Ayurvedic products is the quality control associated with their manufacture. Many Ayurvedic pharmaceutical companies in India manufacture products for both the domestic and international markets These export grade products undergo rigorous testing to satisfy the requirements of the international market and the additional cost of this stringent quality control is incorporated into the price. For example, the levels of metals permissible in products for sale in the domestic market in India are much higher than those of many Western countries. When Ayurvedic products are purchased in the domestic market in India and then offered for re-sale in the West, the level of metals in the product is noticed by the purchaser who then feels Ayurvedic medicine is unsafe, which causes irreparable damage to the reputation of Ayurveda. It is for these reasons that I have developed a range of Ayurvedic therapeutic products for use in my clinical practice. Some are based on traditional formulations that have been used by Ayurvedic practitioners for centuries. Others I have developed myself to be able to provide my clients with effective herbal medication. All these products go through rigorous lab testing and are manufactured to GMP standards so you can be re-assured that they are safe to use and effective in treating illness and returning the body to balance. (DR AJIT) PN

If readers have any health concerns they are welcome to contact me at my clinic, PLANET AYURVEDA WELLNESS CENTRE, 41 Gillies Avenue T: 09 522 5390 or email info@planetayurveda.co.nz

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HELENE RAVLICH: NATURAL BEAUTY

D&M: A SALON RICH IN CULTURE Sitting down for lunch with D&M salon Creative Director and co-founder Danny Pato can seriously take hours - he is just so amazingly passionate about hair, and his enthusiasm is seriously infectious. To hear him wax lyrical about all things hair, beauty, fashion and pop culture is a real treat, so when I got the chance to sit down and chat with him at Dizengoff café one wet and windy Monday we chatted about all of the above and plenty more. The conversation kicked off discussing the salon’s beautiful new collection, titled Nomad, which Danny says expresses what they are all about more than any other collection before it. “It is all about culture, which has been at the heart of D&M from the day we first opened,” says the Art and Hair Director for the collection, adding “hailing from across the planet, we’re all nomads of sorts, which is what makes us who we are as a team.” He says from day one the salon has attracted stylists with heritages from all across the globe, with the current team made up of all manner of nationalities including Asian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and more. “It is always at the core of what we do too,” he adds, “and we love encouraging our staff to bring all of their influences into the salon and share what makes them who they are.” Nomad marks the second collaboration between Danny and photographer Mara Sommer, who brings another culture to the mix with her Germanic heritage. Drawing inspiration from various cultures from across the globe, the collection aims to celebrate cultural diversity with a twist, and each and every image brings to mind a myriad of nationalities for all who see it. The collection is made up of six images but references many more than just six foreign lands, “as we didn’t want to be limited in terms of the influences we could play with in each one. You can see references to the Chinese culture, to South America and Mongolia in there,” says Danny, “as well as Japanese and more.” He started by concentrating on colour and texture, sourcing fabrics and imagery from all four corners of the globe. He says the collection was always going to be bigger than “just hair, as I wanted to say so much more and present a whole creative package.” He also became involved in the development of the collection more than ever before, taking time to research and draw the shapes of every image until he felt that he had every element exactly right. The multi award-winning hair expert also became a key stylist for the collection, extending his hand from hair to clothing, accessories and composition. Clothing used in the shoot was largely from the collections of AUT Rookie fashion graduates, with student designer Morgan Hollis-Ward making several items specifically for the campaign. D&M have been involved in creating hair looks for the annual Rookie show for a couple of years now, and Hollis-Ward’s work caught Danny’s eye early on and made working with her a total no-brainer. “I showed her the concept and she loved it,” he explains, “and so we sat down over several meetings to get things exactly right. Then we got (well-known Auckland stylist) Rachel Morton on board to really finesse the final result.”

In three months’ time D&M will be releasing Nomad Part II, which will be an extension to the collection and even more cause for excitement. A short film directed by Garth Badger will appear then too, showcasing the huge amount of work behind the scenes that contributed to such a special result. In between now and then Danny and his business partner Michael Sisaengrath will be travelling to Berlin and then Paris as guests of Italian haircare company Davines to play a key role in the brand’s annual conference, an event that both are hugely honoured to be a part of. Danny for one can’t wait to spend time with Angelo Seminara, a rising star of international hair styling and the art director for Davines. “He has been a supporter of ours since our early collections,” says Danny with a smile, “and to meet him in person will be just mind blowing!” (HELENE RAVLICH) PN

D&M GETS BEHIND ‘SO THEY CAN’ In April, So They Can held a fundraising evening with Neil Finn, Conrad Smith and Peter Urlich. Local businesses, including D&M Hair Design, got behind the event by sponsoring a charity auction. So They Can is a charitable organisation supporting communities to end poverty. Their key focus is education and building a local economy through micro finance and social business. They currently work alongside a community in Nakuru, Kenya, operating a primary school, an orphanage, a medical clinic, an educational farm and a business school that provides training and micro finance to women. It was an amazing night - Conrad Smith’s speech about his time with So They Can in Africa was great and Neil Finn had everyone on the dance floor loving the music. From the loud and silent auctions plus ticket sales, over $125,000 was raised, 100% of which will go to the children and women that So They Can supports. To put this into perspective, $125,000 will construct an orphanage dormitory and four classrooms that will educate 160 children and 320 women every year. PN SO THEY CAN www.sotheycan.org

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PERSONALISED AND EXPERIENCED PAMPERING AT PARADIS Paradis Beauty Salon is defined by the word ‘experience’; a place where you can come in, sit down, take a deep breath and enjoy the service they provide; a place for you to relax and rejuvenate yourself. In this exclusive beauty salon environment, you can enjoy a personalised therapeutic beauty treatment. Their services deal with and include: nails with manicures and pedicures of various types, facials, waxing, spa and massage, IPL, eyelash extensions and more. Paradis Beauty Salon was established in 2003 and the team are renowned for their enthusiasm and passion, not only in striving to provide the best service for their customers, but also in their professional attitude towards their work. “We ensure at all times our equipment is safe and has been sterilised, the quality of our service is guaranteed, and you will know that every single member of our team is experienced in the fields of service we specialise in.” Check out the Paradis website for a range of discounts and current offers. Come in and pamper yourself! Make an appointment with their beauty consultant now. PN PARADIS BEAUTY SALON, 341 Dominion Road Mt Eden T: 09 639 0988 www.paradisbeauty.co.nz

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INSPIRING WOMEN TO ACHIEVE ULTIMATE LEVELS IN HEALTH AND FITNESS “We are leaders in providing fitness services and weight loss solutions in an environment that promotes life-long wellness and inspires our members to be their best.” Configure Express Ponsonby owner Sheryn Murphy took over the ownership of the premier club at the end of October 2012. She is keen on fitness and has always incorporated exercise and healthy eating into her life. Her devotion to healthy living has obviously had a positive influence on her family too as her two teenage children are keen cyclists and tri-athletes and like their mum they lead very busy and fulfilling lives. Sheryn has an awesome team of girls working alongside her; club manager Niki and wellbeing consultants Sheena, Hannah, Ashleigh, Emma and Kate. “Fitness and wellbeing for women is our premier mission and our club in Ponsonby is dedicated to assisting and inspiring all women in our community to improve the quality of their life through regular exercise and healthy eating,” says Sheryn. At Configure Express they offer a comprehensive selection of group fitness classes, tailored specially for women with specialised weight loss programmes and up to date gym equipment including the latest addition, a Concept 2 Rowing machine. They also have their very own Vibration Studio designed for women to specifically increase circulation, muscle tone and assist with cellulite issues. Mention this advertisement and receive two weeks of vibration training free! CONFIGURE EXPRESS PONSONBY, Level 1, 208 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 1236 E: ponsonby@configureexpress.co.nz www.configureexpress.co.nz

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT BOOK REVIEW ‘ALL IS WELL’ by Louise L Hay and Mona Lisa Schulz Paperback $26.00 All is Well, the new book by celebrated authors Louise Hay and Mona Lisa Schulz, not only explores the medical science behind the affirmations in Louise Hay’s international bestseller You Can Heal Your Life, but also offers stories and practical advice for personal healing. Structured around seven emotional centres, which mirror our chakra system, Louise and Mona Lisa examine the connections between these centres and the body. Drawing on years of research, they explore probable mental causes for the physical manifestation of illness associated with each centre, and then lay out how to address these health concerns.

HAMISH MCLEAN from the SIGNALS, PIPES AND DRUMS led the parade on Richmond Road

Combining two complementary systems, Louise discusses new thought patterns and offers new affirmations to counteract specific emotional weaknesses, and Mona Lisa, who has worked for many years as a medical intuitive and physician, helps readers listen to their own bodies’ intuition and prescribes medical solutions that are based in Western science. They provide real-world examples of people who faced illness and outline the specific emotional and physical prescriptions that helped them heal. Affirmations, intuition and medical science form a powerful triad that enable readers to achieve maximum health and wellbeing, and to experience on a deep level that, as Louise always says, ‘All is well.’ Louise L. Hay is an author, metaphysical lecturer and teacher and is the founder and chairman of Hay House, Inc., which disseminates books, CDs, DVDs, and other products that contribute to the healing of the planet. Dr Mona Lisa Schulz is one of those rare people who can cross the borders of science, medicine and mysticism. She is a practicing neuropsychiatrist and an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. (TRISHA MARTIN) PN

NIKKI KAYE, Auckland Central MP and BRIAN BLACKIE aka Blackie; he served in the Territorial Services and did his National Service from 1962-1969

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GREY LYNN ANZAC DAY PARADE AND SERVICE

GEORGE LEACH and ‘Lofty’, who served alongside my dad on H.M.N.Z.S Lochlan and Pukaki in Japan and Korea after WW2.

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MEN AND WOMEN FROM THE ARMY, ROYAL NZ NAVY AND AIRFORCE assembled at 9am on Castle Street, before commencing their march along Richmond Road, turning left into Francis Street and on to the Grey Lynn Returned Services Club. We were blessed with blue skies, there was a warm welcome and Rev Stickson Pua gave a very moving address. MPs Nikki Kaye and Jacinda Ardern, along with Waitemata Local Board chairman, Shale Chambers also addressed the crowd. Wreaths were laid by many, and my only regret is that I didn’t lay one for my Grandad, Cyril Bradbury, who lost a lung, having been mustard gassed in the trenches during WW1. My father, George Leach, was in the British Merchant Navy, before joing the New Zealand Merchant Navy. Just after WW2, he spent time in Japan and Korea. (MARTIN LEACH) PN

THE ROYAL NZ NAVY assemble across from the Grey Lynn Returned Services Club in Francis Street

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LIVING, THINKING + BEING MAY IS PINK RIBBON BREAKFAST MONTH Westmere’s Peta Mathias says, “put your pinnies on” and raise funds for the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation. May is Pink Ribbon Breakfast month, when New Zealanders get together for a slap-up breakfast with their friends or colleagues, and raise funds for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. This year’s Pink Ribbon Breakfast campaign is fronted by Westmere resident, TV foodie and author Peta Mathias – Peta is urging Kiwis to “put their pinnies on” and invite their friends for breakfast. Last year, more than 1200 breakfasts took place around the country during May, raising $500,000. This year the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation hopes New Zealanders will host more than 1500 breakfasts. Proceeds from this year’s Pink Ribbon Breakfast campaign will help support women with breast cancer, including post-surgery rehabilitation programmes, practical and therapeutic services for those living with secondary cancer, and a new support helpline. Peta Mathias’s support for the campaign was inspired by a friend’s recent breast cancer diagnosis, and by her memories of working with breast cancer patients in her time as a registered nurse. “Sharing food is a way of showing love,” she says. “A get -together over food is the perfect occasion to fundraise, because you’re having fun and you understand that it is love and generosity that make the world go round.”

“Hosting your own Pink Ribbon Breakfast will help us to help women who are either recovering from breast cancer or living with it,” says Van Henderson, chief executive of the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation. “We rely entirely on the goodwill of New Zealanders to make these programmes happen.” Breakfast hosts receive a toolkit to help them plan and run their breakfasts. For more information, or to register to host a breakfast, visit www.pinkribbonbreakfast.co.nz www.nzbcf.org.nz

JOHN ELLIOTT: SOAPBOX CROWN MINERALS BILL PROTEST CLAUSE SUITS OVERSEAS PLUNDERERS THERE HAS BEEN OUTRAGE IN LEGAL AND ACTIVIST circles at the Government’s proposal to insert a protest clause into the Crown Minerals’ Amendment Bill. To make it even more provocative the Government did not add this clause until after the select committee hearings, by way of a supplementary order paper, a process usually reserved for non-contentious issues. A high powered group led by former Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer and local QC Peter Williams, has slammed the decision as anti-democratic and extremely bad policy. Peter Williams, “This is brutal, repressive, biased, pro-foreign, anti-democratic, anti-New Zealand legislation. It is abhorrent.”

Williams says we have a Government that prefers the possible revenue it may obtain from overseas plunderers to the maintenance of our basic democratic rights. There are other important questions about this legislation. What actual return do we get from these overseas companies? A tiny royalty percentage? And what about our environment? Does this Government give a toss about the environment? Do they care about the risks, in search of the almighty dollar? This Government, including the energy minister, Simon Bridges, (who incidentally voted against equal marriage legislation and so became one of National’s dinosaur members who are living in the past), is happy to sell its soul to overseas corporations for a few measily shekels. They’d sell their grandmothers that lot. Why won’t they listen to our senior, respected experts, like Peter Williams and Geoffrey Palmer.

Here’s the thing. Very highly respected New Zealanders question Peter Williams, who as well as being a prominent criminal the Government’s action. O.K. they may not ever have voted barrister, is a long time high profile yachtsman, who personally National, but is that the main point. Isn’t the right to protest participated in many water protests, including in 1995, skippering peacefully, a right New Zealanders have jealously guarded, a yacht to Mururoa to protest against France’s detonation of a Labour MP Moana Mackey a right that should be preserved? nuclear device. “The violence at Mururoa was not occasioned by the protesters,” says Williams, “but by the French, who, having blown up the The arrogance being regularly exhibited by this Government is a sure sign that their Greenpeace vessel at the Auckland Harbour, murdering one of the crew, continued time in government is limited. They are beginning to think that they are legends their uncontrolled attacks at Mururoa.” in their own lunchtime. They are wrong. They’ll go at the next election if their breathtaking belief in their own infallibility doesn’t get moderated. Williams is vitriolic about the National Governments’ decision. He calls Energy Minister, Simon Bridges “to the right of Genghis Kahn. He gave no opportunity Finally, as Labour MP Moana Mackey says, “It’s not about safety. It’s about stopping for public submissions.” As well, Peter Williams believes the legislation is not opposition to Government plans for deep-sea drilling.” intended to promote safety at sea - the existing law comprehensively did that. “The Minister’s legislation was designed entirely to placate and indeed entice Memo to our Government – please don’t sell out to overseas corporates and expect overseas corporations who wished to pirate our natural mineral and oil resources.” my support. I still want a New Zealand, owned and controlled by New Zealanders. That simple desire seems to be constantly eroded by this Government. It’s time to Peter Williams is in good company with his protests. Former Prime Minister, take off the gloves for New Zealand the way we want it. Geoffrey Palmer, with international legal experience, including in maritime law, is very concerned about the proposed law. He says it is “undemocratic and contrary Bring on the next election and get rid of this neo-liberal, free trading, New Zealand to international law.” -selling-out-cabal-at-all costs, Government. I have hardly mentioned the possible environmental devastation of deep sea dredging and drilling. Maybe next month. Minister Bridges says the industry is happy with the amendment, but he denies (JOHN ELLIOTT) PN canvassing them first. He would say that, wouldn’t he?

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PONSONBY PEOPLE + THEIR PETS SHIRLEY WEBB-SPEIGHT AND HER HENS The Webb-Speight family has lived in the St Mary’s Bay area for 27 years. Michael and Shirley have three children (17, 15 and 12 years old). The family has two Burmese cats, but in recent years they have added to the fun with backyard chickens. The hens are four year old Brown Shavers, and the Webb -Speights have had them since they were two days old. Shirley didn’t choose the hens, but rather went overseas for a short holiday and came home to six little chicks that her husband and children had purchased while she was away! Daughter Jamie likes to hang out with the chickens, cleaning their run, checking out their health and talking to them. The neighbourhood cats like to visit and watch the hens, but hens are dominant and will chase the cats if they come into the enclosure. “Chickens are scavengers so they love scraps,” says Shirley. “They love to play football with meatballs and sausage pieces - we don’t feed them chicken though! They also eat chicken pellets and grains. The hens are named after friends and family. “The bossy one was named after me!” says Shirley. “Our section is small, but they have quite a good run and they are incredibly fun to have. It’s wonderful to have a steady supply of free-range eggs, too.”

CLARE CALDWELL

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“Seasons of mists and mellow fruitfulness...” I always think of those lines from Keats’ poem “Ode to Autumn” as we move into this time of the year. There is something wistful and melancholic about autumn to me – maybe a time of introspection, as it ushers in the prelude to the onslaught of winter. It certainly has its beauty – those magical mist-swathed early mornings and diffused golden sunsets, but I was born in the spring with all its promises of new growth and impending summer warmth, so my preference is somewhat biased! Everything is slowing down. The rains have finally come and I take an umbrella out with me now rather than a sun hat. All around us the natural world is similarly preparing for the change of season – the tomatoes in my garden have now ceased to ripen and as I walk down my road, fallen tree leaves are beginning to cover the ground. I no longer hear the cacophony of new-borns at the dawn chorus.

Maybe autumn should become the time to “spring clean “ our inner world, reflecting on our pathways through this life, celebrating our strengths, our courageous changes - be they small or large - and gently surrounding our resistant flaws with patience and love rather than despair and self deprecation. Will I paint more, think more deeply this autumn? Will I have the courage to visit those inner landscapes abandoned by the distractions of summer? Make those changes and shifts within myself and through my creativity and art therapy work, help others to do the same? I hope so. 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. Enquiries: T: 09 836 3618; M: 021 293 3171; E: clare.e.caldwell@gmail.com

Autumn has for me a certain poignancy that separates it from the restlessness of spring, the extroversion and celebration of summer (unless you’re a farmer!) and the endurance test of winter. For me it would definitely be a plus seasonally if it offered the promise of impending blissful hibernation til the spring! (You’ve probably gathered I’m not a huge fan of winter, apart from cosy open fires and pumpkin soup). However, there is a beauty in poignancy. I am similarly reminded every autumn of the “Adagio” from Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” - a piece of music I find captures so eloquently all the slow sensuality, sensuousness and melancholy of autumn - an exquisite yearning for something utterly perfect but somehow just out of reach... I guess every change of season brings with it a certain level of introspection as we think back to what we were doing this time last year and what things we hoped to have achieved or changed by now. In the spring we tend to clean and sort out our houses and outer worlds – the proverbial “spring clean”.

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PONSONBY PEOPLE + THEIR PETS: ASK ALEX

BE A HERO. RESCUE A PET! Rescuing an animal in need is great for you and great for your kids. Learning how to care for an animal teaches kids empathy and responsibility. The bond they form will not only save a life, it’ll last a lifetime. SPCA Auckland has hundreds of animals ready for adoption. They’ve been vet checked, temperament assessed, de-sexed, vaccinated and micro -chipped. Now all they need is a hero to give them a new home. At the SPCA, our expert animal staff will take the time to talk with you and your family to ensure you are matched to the right pet for your lifestyle. SPCA animal attendants offer expert advice on settling your new pet in your home, providing care and treatment advice and answer any questions or concerns you may have. They will take the time to explain everything in detail making sure you are well informed before taking your new friend home. Even better, when you get your pet home all initial expenses such as vaccinations and registration fees have been taken care of by the SPCA. So if you’ve got the time and the love, they’ve got a pet to suit your family. So, be a hero and rescue an animal in need. View the animals for adoption at www.spca.org.nz or come out and meet the one for you at SPCA, 50 Westney Road Mangere, they are open 7 days from 10am-4pm. www.spca.org.nz PN

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Each month Dr Alex Melrose answers readers’ pet related issues. email yours to: alex@vetcare.net.nz I am a student from intermediate school and am asking some questions for my inquiry work project about my dream job which is to become a veterinarian. My main questions are; how did you prepare to be a veterinarian? How long did you study for? What kind of subjects did you study? Are there different types of veterinarians that care for different types of animals? How much do you get paid? Thank you again. BRIAR, by email.

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It’s very cool that your dream job is becoming a vet. I always felt I wanted to be a vet right through school so it’s great you are already doing your research at such an early stage, just as I once did. One good way to prepare is to go along to local clinics to watch what vets do in a normal day at work. Most clinics are more than happy to have young students visit and observe surgery and hospital treatments for a few hours. It’s also a good time to identify if anything makes you a little squeamish. It’s actually now a compulsory requirement before starting a vet degree to have seen several days of practical work, a really good move in my opinion.

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I studied for five years at Massey University in Palmerston North, the sight of the one and only vet school in New Zealand. The first six months is a competitive period where about 250 students battle over 40 places at the school. This can be pretty intense but if you really want it you can do it. At high school I took the three sciences and two maths subjects. At university you do anatomy, physiology, parasitology, biochemistry, surgery, pharmacology and other subjects like that. You can generally choose between farm animals, horses and pets. You can also choose to be a specialist in more narrowed areas of expertise e.g. eyes or bone surgery as a couple of examples. Vet salaries range from $50,000 to about $100,000 depending on years of experience and skills, to earn more you could be a partner or practice owner. Best wishes with following your passion to be a veterinarian, it’s a fantastic career. (DR ALEX MELROSE, BVSC MRCVS) PN VETCARE GREY LYNN, 408 Great North Road T: 09 361 3500 www.vetcare.net.nz

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TERRY CURTIS AND ROCKY Terry Curtis lives in Ponsonby with his partner José and their dog Rocky. Terry has a graphic design background which has lead indirectly to his current home decor venture in Ponsonby Central, Weekend Trader (see inside front cover). Rocky is a French bulldog and his birthday is Christmas Eve! He is two years, four months old. French bulldogs were originally bred to sit on the laps of high society Parisian woman and keep them warm. “If you’re looking for a best friend you’ll find it in the Frenchie!” says Terry. “Rocky is happy to do as much or as little as we want, which makes him the perfect pet for our lifestyle.” Terry and Jose’ got Rocky when he was three months old. Jose’ is a long haul flight attendant and the pair were in Los Angeles on a trip. They met Remy, a store dog on Abbott Kinney Boulevard, who was pied (black and white) coloured, and they decided then and there they would get a ‘Frenchie’ just like him. Terry says “He was SO unbelievably cute as a tiny puppy. Despite the snoring, it was love at first sight.” Rocky was named after the young character in the New Zealand movie ‘Boy’. “His nature and character was infectious just like our Rocky. Gentle and loving, he quickly wins your heart,” says Terry. As far as diet goes, roast chicken is a winner for Rocky, and great to disguise his medication. Rocky likes to think he can eat everything; unfortunately his ‘sensitive little tummy’ lets Terry and Jose’ know differently. Because he is so friendly, Rocky has lots of friends both canine and human. Walking around the neighbourhood people often call him by name. He loves people (especially little ones), so as he is in the shop everyday customers are delighted and return just to see him! He has a little girlfriend ‘Ruby’ - a Yorkshire terrier Sydney Silky cross who is also a store dog at Sergeant Pretty. Terry tells “It’s non stop power play when they’re together, which always ends in a collapsed panting heap on the floor.” PN

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LOOK ... WHO IS IN THE ZOO!

NOISY NEIGHBOURS JUST CLAIMING THEIR TERRITORY If you live within two to three kilometres of Auckland Zoo, chances are you’ve heard the daily hooting and booming of our siamang gibbons. Male Iwani starts things off, and has the high pitched call. Female Kera is the boomer. In full song, their dueting can rival the vocals of any rockers performing at Western Springs – but any one session will last just a few minutes. Native to the rainforests of the Malay Peninsula and Sumatra, this tailless, arboreal black-furred gibbon is the largest of the lesser apes, and the largest and loudest of all the gibbon species. Fiercely territorial, siamang gibbons call to claim their territory – usually at dawn and dusk, but can also burst into song randomly during the day. In the wild, additional calling can happen when a group feels threatened. In Iwani’s case, keepers say he has an incredibly strong sense of his own territory, and really just likes to let everyone know! If you’ve ever stood and witnessed Iwani and Kera calling at their rainforest home, you’ll have seen their distinctive throat sacs blowing up like balloons. You’ll also have likely seen their impressive acrobatic hand-over-hand swinging through the branches – a process called brachiating. Siamangs are one of the few primates to form permanent pairs, and their ritual calling is also a way of strengthening a pair’s bond. However, as much as Kera would like it to be, while their dueting is strong, this is no love match. A twin, 10-year-old Iwani was hand-reared as a baby for some months due to being rejected by his mother Iberani, who keepers believe was overwhelmed by twins after successfully rearing five offspring. His twin sister did not survive. While integrated back with his family, Iwani really preferred the company of humans. While unlikely to breed, Iwani plays a vital role as an advocate for his wild cousins - under threat from loss of habitat – mostly due to the expansion of the palm oil industry. They are also victims of the illegal pet trade. Eight-year-old Kera who came to us from Mogo Zoo in 2009, leaves us later this year. A valuable breeding female, she’s off to the National Zoo and Aquarium in Canberra to be paired up with another (more willing!) breeding male. In her place, we’ll be welcoming Iwani’s young nephew Intan, currently at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve in Christchurch.

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MOTHER’S DAY - BABY LOVES DISCO Auckland Zoo is celebrating all mums this Mother’s Day – humans and animals alike. So on Sunday 12 May, bring your mum in for a fabulous day of fun activities, including Baby Loves Disco from 10am – 1pm. This daytime dance party with Opshop’s Jason Kerrison is guaranteed to get you and your little ones grooving! Full details at www.aucklandzoo.co.nz PN

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FUTURE GENERATION KIWI LEAGUE LUMINARY OPEN YOUTHTOWN FITNESS TRAIL Former Warriors player, and St Pauls College Alumni, Joe Vagana officially launched the latest Youthtown Fitness Trail at St Pauls College in Ponsonby last month. The launch is part of an on-going initiative by Youthtown to encourage Kiwi youth to get more active. St Pauls College Principal, Mark Rice said the school is hugely grateful for the Youthtown Fitness Trail which will provide a great place to train future sporting stars and encourage more students, and the community, to challenge their fitness. “St Paul’s College has a diverse, multicultural roll of 250 students who excel strongly in sporting and cultural activities, so it’s fantastic to establish something permanent that the boys can use to train both during and out of school hours,” Rice said. “We are extremely proud of our distinguished alumni and sportsmen so it’s great to see Joe back here, encouraging our young men and local community to get fit and active,” he added. The Youthtown Fitness Trail comprises eight stationary workout stations including: a tyre run, chin up bars, push up bars, balance beam, step up, hanging bars, jump beam and parallel bars. The trail equipment has been specifically designed to improve the fitness of New Zealand youth and was developed in conjunction with experienced personal trainer, Graeme Ahern. The trail is located conveniently in the middle of the school, to encourage both teachers and students to use it during physical education classes. The school’s sports academy will also use the fitness trail as part of their training each morning. Youthtown CEO, Keith Thorpe, says; “It’s fantastic to see the second Auckland–based Youthtown Fitness Trail being established in a school that is both passionate and motivated about sporting and cultural activities within their community. The Youthtown Fitness Trail is not just available to St Pauls students, but also the surrounding neighbourhood, meaning everyone can make the most of this great outdoor challenge. Mr Rice said Youthtown has been an integral part of its school sports, and youth leadership programme. “It’s great to see positive role models helping out and contributing to teaching our students.” The St Pauls College Youthtown Fitness Trail is one of 12 now available in New Zealand. Youthtown plans to launch another four this year. PN

Left: Pricipal MARK RICE, JOE VAGANA, St Pauls student and Youthtown CEO KEITH THORPE; Right: Pricipal MARK RICE, St Pauls student and JOE VAGANA

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FUTURE GENERATION A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITY FOR BOYS AND GIRLS SAINT KENTIGERN GIRLS’ SCHOOL AND SAINT KENTIGERN BOYS’ SCHOOL are a part of the larger Saint Kentigern family of schools and are located on two separate campuses in Remuera. They offer the best in Independent Presbyterian Education for students in Years 0 – 8 (ages 5 – 12). There is a focus on excellence in academic, sporting and cultural programmes together with a family environment and Christian values that support the students’ well-being, achievement and enjoyment of being at school. The programmes and activities on each campus are designed especially for the needs of girls and boys so that every student makes progress towards their own personal goals. The Saint Kentigern philosophy establishes sound habits and an excellent work ethic. This prepares students for the next level of their education and makes for good citizens and future leaders in our communities. Traditional teaching and learning ideas and skills are integrated with digital literacy skills that are so essential for today’s students. Both campuses have specialist facilities and teaching staff for visual art, music, science and the technologies. The classrooms are technology rich and the teaching and learning programmes are challenging and inspiring, delivered by exceptional teachers. The sporting programmes supported by specialist staff are extensive and all the students are encouraged to challenge themselves and take advantage of all the opportunities open to them at Saint Kentigern. Saint Kentigern are holding an Information Evening on Tuesday 18 June at 6.30pm at Café People, 38 Ponsonby Road. They look forward to meeting with you personally. Everyone is welcome, but please register to attend. T: 09 520 7696 www.saintkentigern.com

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MEET THE TEACHER ESTHER GRAHAM Auckland Girls’ Grammar School CURRENTLY TEACHING: English and Art History HOW DID YOU COME TO BE A TEACHER? Clichéd as it may sound, I’ve always wanted to do a job where I can “make a difference.” By the time I got to seventh form, I had to acknowledge that my strengths and interests lay far more in the arts than the sciences, so I discarded my dream of being the next Fred Hollows, and enrolled in a BA. While at university I ran the children’s programme at my church and enjoyed trying to come up with creative ways to engage the kids. After university I travelled around Latin America and ended up as volunteer English teacher to at-risk kids in Montevideo, Uruguay. It was hard work but felt ‘worthwhile’ and I wanted to be better at it. So I returned to New Zealand and enrolled in the University of Auckland’s Diploma of Secondary Teaching course. WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO AGGS? I had been teaching overseas for three years (in Italy and then Macau) and was ready to come back to New Zealand when a friend of mine at AGGS told me there was a job coming up. I was very keen to work at Auckland Girls’ because I had heard great things about the school and had a funny feeling that it was my destiny! The school has a very dedicated staff and punches significantly above its weight when compared with similar decile schools. It has a wonderful multicultural mix of students who share a great school spirit. There is a feeling of aspiration that pervades the place which is great to be part of, and perhaps why eight years later I am still here. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE THINGS ABOUT BEING A TEACHER? Getting paid for talking about things I love - art and literature - and hopefully igniting a love of those subjects in some of the students! There is great satisfaction seeing students reach their personal best. I always shed a few tears at prizegiving. The relationships formed with students can be very rewarding. It is humbling when a student confides in you. Occasionally the connection formed is such that they continue to keep in touch and, over time, you become friends. I remember during my teacher-training my lecturer said that when we teach, we don’t teach our subject, we teach ourselves. I didn’t fully understand this for a few years. We think we’re teaching English or Maths but on a deeper level we’re imparting our values and modeling various ways of being in the world. This is a big responsibility… and it’s a privilege. WHAT HAVE BEEN THE HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR TEACHING CAREER? In 2010 one of my Art History students, Zoe Crook, was named Top in New Zealand for the Scholarship exam and in 2012, Rosza Majsa (a Ponsonby local!) was also named Top Scholar of the subject. I was so thrilled for both of them, partly as their teacher, but also because when I was in seventh form I gained the same award, so I knew exactly how exciting it felt for them.

The other highlight of last year was that one of the students in my GATE group, Nardos Tilahun, won the Living Rainforest international essay competition. The prize was a trip for the student, her parent and her teacher to the Rio+20 UN conference on sustainable development in Brazil! It was an amazing opportunity to see world leaders in action… and to enjoy the sights in Rio for a week. HAS THERE BEEN A LOW POINT IN YOUR TEACHING CAREER? The low point of my teaching career was burning out towards the end of my second year. I was teaching at Onehunga High School and was enjoying it but I took on too many co-curricular responsibilities and didn’t have good strategies for dealing with stress or the workload. However, ultimately that was the impetus for going to Italy for a working holiday (where I met my husband) so it all worked out in the end. HOW WOULD YOUR STUDENTS DESCRIBE YOU? Passionate. They sometimes mock me for my excitement about an artist or a text. In one of my first years at AGGS, the class presented me with a t-shirt with the words ‘Pathos’ on it because of the amount of times I had exhorted them to “feel the pathos” in King Lear and The Crucible. I try to project high expectations and I think students sense how much I want them to succeed because sometimes they tell me how worried they are about disappointing me. FIVE TIPS FOR PARENTS OF SECONDARY SCHOOL KIDS • Listen. Seek to understand before you seek to be understood. • Have a sense of humour and remember, it’s just a phase. • Set boundaries but be reasonable. Overly strict rules encourage teenagers to be secretive or even lie. • Help your child develop time management skills and balance study with relaxation. • Praise effort rather than intelligence. Encourage them to embrace challenges and reinforce the idea that success is a product of hard work. PN

AGGS 125 YEAR ANNIVERSARY - CELEBRATIONS DURING QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY WEEKEND This year’s Joint Head Girl, Susanna Lees Watts, has had a special connection with Auckland Girls’ Grammar School her entire life. She and Annie Whitelaw, the first Principal of Auckland Girls’, both grew up in the same house in Herne Bay. While separated by a century, both women share a passion for excellence. Lees Watts, describes her school as a “multi-cultured, friendly school with strong ‘sisterhood’ values. And while residents of Ponsonby will be well used to the noise that accompanies a proud sisterhood, they may be surprised to learn that between 1888 and 1907 that sisterhood was protected by a 14 foot wall when the Boys and Girls Grammar Schools shared the same site. If the wall wasn’t enough to ensure the two sexes spent minimal contact in each other’s company, the girls’ were required to use a separate entranceway and their lessons ended five minutes before the boys. Susanna herself is no stranger to academic excellence having collected the Academic Diligence Award at Ponsonby Primary, the overall Academic Excellence Award at Ponsonby Intermediate and in her previous four years at AGGS has taken home the year nine award for top student, the year 10 Deans Award for contribution to the school and gained her NCEA Level 1 and 2 with Excellent

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Endorsement. Last year she was selected for the Sir Peter Blake Enviroleaders’ Forum and also the inaugural Sir Peter Blake expedition to the Kermadec Islands. Quick to deflect the attention from herself, Susanna says, “I couldn’t have imagined all the opportunities that I have had, I have strong, caring teachers and I love the diversity of the school and of having friends from different backgrounds.” This year marks the 125th anniversary of Auckland Girls’ Grammar School. Since its humble origins on Symonds Street in 1888, where it provided education for 78 students, to its present location on Howe Street accommodating 1400 girls from all around the city, it has been preparing young women who are, as their vision suggests, to be ‘equipped for the world.’

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FUTURE GENERATION CHILDREN’S BOOK REVIEW Ted by Leila Rudge. Walker Books, $29.99 A story about finding your perfect place. Ted is a smart dog, with his own jumper. But he has lived at the pet store for as long as he can remember and nobody seems to notice him. Will Ted ever find the perfect place to live? After trying many places and not fitting in Ted finally finds a home in a most unexpected place at the home of a girl and many, many zany cats – “puuuurrrrfect” – and yes, they all have jumpers. An imaginative picture book where text and pictures combine to create the perfect picture book experience. PN DOROTHY BUTLER CHILDREN’S BOOKSHOP, 1 Jervois Road T: 09 376 7283 www.childrensbookshop.co.nz

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I am thinking of buying a business that has been relatively successful over the past couple of years. My friend tells me that I should buy the assets of the business and not the shares. What should I be considering?

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There are a number of considerations in deciding whether to buy the assets of the business or the shares in the company that owns the business.

When you buy the shares of the company that owns the business you can step into the shoes of the company so that much of the operation of the business may be able to continue on seamlessly. However, there are a number of other enquiries that you should make. What is the nature of the business and how long has it been in operation? Some types of business, particularly in the construction industry may have some risk from their business activity. It may be very difficult to assess this risk. Although these issues ought to be covered by warranties once the purchase funds have been disbursed to the vendor(s) you may be without a remedy. In these circumstances it may be preferable to buy the assets as you would not be liable for historic faulty goods or services. You have to balance this against the effect of not providing a remedy where this may affect the reputation of the business or your relationship with customers. What contracts does the business have and how will the transfer of business assets or shares affect this? In some circumstances where a few large contracts underpin the business you need to consider carefully what consent you may require from the customer. In public works contracts often the work history of the business is important and this may be a reason for buying the shares rather than the assets. In some industries there are various licenses and approvals that are required which may be

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difficult or time consuming to attain, which again would be a reason for buying the shares rather than the assets. Where you buy the assets of the business the debtor’s book normally stays with the vendor. If this happens you should make sure that you have a wash up clause so that if payments are incorrectly paid to the wrong party then those payments are paid across and you should also consider the effect of having the vendor competing with you for payment from customers. You don’t want aggressive debt collection to harm your relationship with customers. Restraint of trade and non-solicitation is vitally important when purchasing a business. It is important to ensure that, aside from the company you are buying the business from, the shareholders and directors are restrained from setting up a similar business near you or engaging your clients. Connected to this are key employees. Some of what you are purchasing from the business could be the know-how and connections that a number of crucial employees may have. When selling a business, employment is terminated by the vendor. If there are key employees that will maintain the value of the business then you should ensure that their future employment is secured. If they will not stay on at the business then you may wish to ensure there are similar restraints and non-solicitation clauses in place for them as well. The purchasing of a business will be dependent on the industry that you plan on buying into. Your lawyer should be able to provide guidance with what should be included in the agreement for sale and purchase and what you need to look for especially during the due diligence phase of the purchase. (MICHAEL HEMPHILL) PN Disclaimer - This article is for general information purposes only. If you have a legal problem you should seek advice from a lawyer. Metro Law does not accept any liability other than to its clients and then only when advice is sought on specific matters.

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ACC LEVIES AND HOW THEY WORK Every business is affected by ACC levies. As an employer, shareholder employee or self-employed person you are required to pay ACC levies. There is no ability to ‘contract out’ of the scheme. EMPLOYER LEVIES – ‘ACC WORKPLACE COVER’ This scheme covers the levies for your employees that have PAYE deducted. It means that if they suffer a work-related personal injury they will receive up to 80% compensation for lost wages, which starts a week after the injury. The WorkPlace Cover levies are based on the gross amount paid to your employees. This information is obtained from the monthly employers’ PAYE schedules filed with Inland Revenue. There will also be a charge for ACC Residual Claims and Health and Safety in Employment levies. SHAREHOLDER EMPLOYEE LEVIES – ‘ACC WORKPLACE COVER’ The WorkPlace Cover levies are based on the amount paid to you as a Shareholder Employee. ACC gathers this information from the annual tax return filed for your company with Inland Revenue. There will also be a charge for ACC Residual Claims Levy, Health and Safety in Employment Levy, Earner Residual Levy, and Earner Levy. SELF-EMPLOYED LEVIES – ‘ACC COVERPLUS’ This is the standard ACC product, based on information gathered from the annual tax return filed for you with the Inland Revenue. It will provide you with compensation based on 80% of your previous year’s earnings, or if you are newly self-employed, compensation will be based on a weekly entitlement amount. The ACC CoverPlus levies are based on the amount you received from self-employment in the previous financial year. HOW CAN ACC LEVIES BE MINIMISED? As you will realise there are various components to the ACC Levy scheme. Unfortunately the majority cannot be altered. However there is an alternative option

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for self-employed and shareholder employees as regards their cover. It provides an opportunity for these types of people to obtain better cover and perhaps make some savings on the levies they pay. This scheme is called ACC CoverPlus Extra. In addition, under the ACC Workplace Safety Discount Programme, self-employed and small to medium businesses can save 10% off the work levy if they can demonstrate sound health and safety practices. Under the experience rating framework, employers, self-employed and non-PAYE shareholder employees may receive a discount on their ACC work levy if they have lower-than-average injury rates, with better-than-average rehabilitation or return to work rates. ACC COVERPLUS EXTRA Under the standard ACC scheme (ACC CoverPlus or ACC Workplace Cover) there are a number of complicating factors that result in loss of certainty for many shareholder employees and self-employed people when they have an accident. One of the biggest problems is that there is no guarantee as to what cover you will receive while you are unable to work. ACC will want to know that your accident has caused a financial loss to your business. Under ACC CoverPlus Extra, cover is for an agreed amount of lost earnings. When you receive an invoice from ACC it is important that you check that the liable earnings you have been assessed on is correct. You also need to check the Classification Unit as this will determine at what rate your ACC levies are calculated. Navigating ACC can be complex. If you have any further questions, or would like to discuss the options, please contact me. (LOGAN GRANGER) PN Disclaimer – While all care has been taken, Johnston Associates Chartered Accountants Ltd and its staff accept no liability for the content of this article; always see your professional advisor before taking any action that you are unsure about. JOHNSTON ASSOCIATES, 202 Ponsonby Road T: 09 361 6701 www.jacal.co.nz

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HOME: WHERE THE HEART IS HELP SHAPE AUCKLAND WITH NEW HOUSING SIMULATOR AUCKLANDERS ARE BEING URGED TO HAVE A GO AT SETTING OUT HOW they think Auckland should grow, with the Shape Auckland Housing Simulator. The simulator challenges Aucklanders to find space for another 400,000 homes. Councillor Michael Goudie says the council is trying out new and innovative methods to reach a wider audience in engagement on the draft Auckland Unitary Plan. Cllr Goudie says: “Auckland’s a big and varied place, but the simulator gives people a really simple way to visualise some of the decisions that need to be made through the unitary plan. It shows the trade-offs between heights in our centres, growth in density across suburban Auckland and growth out into rural areas.” Cllr Goudie says the figures in the simulator and the model itself are clearly just indicators. He says it’s also important to remember that while the unitary plan will be the rulebook that sets out what can be built and where – the development that actually happens is down to landowners themselves. There are more than three million ‘solutions’ that will create at least 400,000 homes. Aucklanders are urged to set out what they think, hit submit to send it through to the council and then share their solution with friends and challenge them to see what they come up with. There is also a button that demonstrates the kind of growth that the draft unitary plan could enable. Cllr Goudie says what’s really important is that after having a go at the simulator, people can then go to the main page at www.shapeauckland.co.nz, view the video and then look at the plan itself to see what it says about where they live. They can then have their say in more detail using the feedback form. “I really hope this encourages a lot more people to get involved in the engagement,” Cllr Goudie says. “The plan will set how Auckland grows for decades to come, so it’s really important that younger people in particular have their say.” The council has also run a youth video competition to help promote the unitary plan to younger Aucklanders. There are currently five finalist videos that can be viewed at the Shape Auckland site, with the winner being the one with the most YouTube hits when engagement ends. Aucklanders have until 31 May to have their say. PN

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HOME: WHERE THE HEART IS SO WHO IS THE NEW KID ON THE CUSTOM RESIDENTIAL BLOCK YOU ASK? QUITE FRANKLY, SHE’S ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE THAT WE ARE ALL SECRETLY envious of - she has a multitude of diverse talents and a never ending supply of NRG... and interesting stories to say the least! She successfully manages a career in real estate, tattoo shop owner, DJ, mum to a beautiful boy called Urban and manages to fit in time with her amazing partner too. Meet Darnell Adams (‘hi’ waves) whose determination to work hard and succeed has lead her to the top of all social media scenes. From facebook to twitter, intragram to social cam if it’s social media and exposure you are after, Darnell will be leading the charge. With over 10,000 followers on all media accounts and fans from as far away as America it’s no wonder Darnell is where she is today. How exactly did Darnell end up at Custom Residential? A recruitment team with their finger on the pulse suggested Darnell meet with owners John Wills and Keith & Sandy in their office in Grey Lynn. With their edgy style and a dynamic team, it was a perfect fit - a no brainer for Darnell really.

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Forever wondering how to combine all of her passions, a quick chat over the water cooler with colleagues about property and DJing led to the brain child “The Custom Collective”. Let me explain…With Darnell’s connections in Ponsonby, she knew someone, who knew someone, who knew something about our little local radio station Radio Ponsonby. Before you could say “eh”, Darnell is now the newest host of the Thursday Drive Show on Radio Ponsonby and you guessed it, it’s a show dedicated to house music - all genres of house. You can catch Darnell on air every Thursday, 4-6pm on 107.7fm, ustream or on the web radioponsonby.co.nz. So between houses, house music, tattoos, clothing ranges and all round good times this girl is one to watch. I’ve got to go now, Darnell said, “I need to write up another unconditional contract.” You can find Darnell on facebook.com/darnellsellshousesadams or email her on darnell.adams@customresidential.co.nz.

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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 jane@leuschkekahn.co.nz

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We are going to build a new house and wondered what the ‘in style’ is?

I don’t like the word style. It is something magazines and Real Estate agents use to describe the thin exterior veneer of a house, something to hang their hat on, plaster and shutters, it must be Tuscan! Houses are for living in and how we live has changed with time. We have taken the villa, plugged in electricity, sewerage and storm water, added garages, added more square footage, altered them to open plan living and finally opened them up to the garden. Is this still a villa? Council would have us promenading the streets on weekends in our Sunday best to look over picket fences at front gardens which have been prepared for just this occasion. However we don’t live like this anymore. Modern houses are more difficult to identify as they don’t follow a style, they evolve out of use. Don’t decide on a style of house but decide on how you want to live in that house. Do you entertain a lot, are you a foodie, do you love music or movie? If you have three boys the size of laundry is important, if three girls the number of bathrooms and wardrobe space. If sporty the amount of storage space for gear. We don’t live as our grandparents did, we don’t all live the same way and our houses don’t have to all look the same.

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I would like to give my wife something different for Mother’s Day, something to do with house? Here is my list of suggestions: • Install better lighting in the en-suite for makeup application or install a backlit magnifying mirror. • Install an under bench filtered cold and boiling water tap. • Install magnetic door stops to stop those slamming doors. • Relocate the clothesline so you don’t need to look at or add a screen. • For dog owners install an exterior shower for washing the dog. • Install anti-slam devices to your existing kitchen drawers and cupboards • Install a condenser clothes drier. PN

(PAUL LEUSCHKE) www.leuschkekahn.co.nz

JOHN WILLS CELEBRATES 10 YEARS SELLING IN OUR AREA WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT LOCAL HOUSE PRICE GROWTH OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS. Probably the biggest thing that stands out for me over the past 10 years has been the rise and rise of the $2 million dollar plus family homes in areas like Grey Lynn, Westmere and Ponsonby. This would have been considered crazy-talk in 2003, but today, there are many examples of sales significantly above the $2 million mark. Another feature of the last 10 years has been the phenomenal price growth in the suburbs adjacent to greater Ponsonby. Point Chev, Sandringham, Arch Hill and Eden Terrace (and many other suburbs) have enjoyed staggering price growth on the back of what has happened in the greater Ponsonby area. It’s also hard to believe that 10 years ago, $1 million dollars bought you a fully renovated dream -home in our area, but today, $1 million dollars is entry level money. WHAT WAS IT LIKE SELLING HOMES IN 2008 AND DURING THE GFC? As we all know, things slowed down a lot during that time. It was only the bravest of people who would pick up a newspaper or watch the six o’clock news. It was doom and gloom 24/7. However, 2008 also showed the strength and price resilience of our area. The reality is that even in

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URBA RESIDENCES OFFERS MUCH SORT AFTER LIFESTYLE CONRAD PROPERTIES GROUPS URBA RESIDENCES ARE SOON TO BE launched to meet the high demand for Auckland’s fashionable Ponsonby fringe/ Freemans Bay lifestyle - an eclectic mix of people, markets, fashion houses and trendy bars and restaurants - it’s the locale where people want to live… and Urba will be offering this lifestyle to those who want it! Urba Residences is one of the most awaited developments and is located only three minutes’ walk from Ponsonby Road. Beautifully designed by award winning Architects Leuschke Group Ltd to meticulous detail for the owner occupier, Urba Residences is offering the three things that the purchasers want most – top quality living space in a fantastic location and at an affordable price. With European inspired kitchens, stone bench tops and European appliances, it consists of approximately 143 lavish freehold residences comprising a mix of studio’s, one+ flexi’s, two bedroom and sky terraces all located on Auckland’s leafy tree lined Howe Street. Most apartments offer stunning views overlooking Auckland’s enchanting skyline and the development also has a spacious courtyard, gymnasium and large heated swimming pool for the residents. The development has high tech security systems including CCTV cameras, intercom and swipe card access. The location is unbeatable being walking distance to Auckland’s Wynard Quarter, Sky Tower, Auckland University, AUT, Queen Street and Victoria Park Market. urba residents will enjoy easy access to all parts of Auckland City through major arterial roads such as Karangahape Road, Ponsonby Road, Richmond Road, New North Road and the North, South and Western Motorways. With Urba Residences, living in a place where home, cafe and office are all right next to each other is now possible in Auckland – and better still, it’s in a trendy location! PN Visit www.urba.co.nz for more information or please call T: 09 369 5600

the wet and cold winter of 2008, people still kept coming to open homes and buying property. From a salesperson’s point of view, it was about working harder and sticking to the basic principles of marketing and negotiation. WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER ABOUT YOUR FIRST YEAR IN REAL ESTATE? I remember three things vividly: 1. Listening to about 1 million training CD’s on marketing and negotiation. 2. Gaining 15 kilos due to long hours and too many take-aways (ouch!) 3. Enjoying what I was doing and realising that I had landed in the industry that was right for me. I loved it. (And still do.) Have prices peaked in our area? No. Aucklands’ population is apparently growing by one person every 19 minutes and every one of those people needs somewhere to call home. Housing has been in short supply and that is still very much the case. In terms of greater Ponsonby / Central Western Bays, the services and amenities keep getting better and better. This is a trophy area and I don’t see price growth slowing down in the near future. WHY WOULD SOMEBODY HIRE YOU TO SELL THEIR HOME? I know that I’ve done a solid 10 year apprenticeship and have built up a lot of specialist knowledge that is of real value to people who are looking to sell or buy in our area. Relating well to buyers and having a proven track record certainly help too. The big key is that I’m now able to dedicate 100% of my time to selling property and working with buyers and sellers. This is what I love doing, and I can’t wait to see what the next 10 years brings. PN www.customresidential.co.nz

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THE HISTORICAL BOROUGH OF PONSONBY AND GREY LYNN

STREET NAMES: BAILDON ROAD GEORGE BAILDON’S CLIMB FROM WORKING AS A CARPENTER’S apprentice to being elected as mayor of New Zealand’s largest city is testament to the egalitarianism that held sway in the young colony. His father was a builder who became smitten with the ‘gold bug’ when it was discovered in the Kauaeranga Valley. He and his wife moved to Thames in 1867 where George was born, but after 10 years of prospecting, fortune eluded the family so they left the quest to others and returned to Auckland. From the first day at his new school, George relished city life, an indication of the interest he would later take in community life.

“Keep calling me George,” he said and from that day forward they dubbed him the new K.C.M.G., an acronym for Kindly Call Me God! There was never any indication he might venture further into politics and what he lacked in officialdom he made up for in quiet effectiveness and generally succeeded in getting things done. Under his leadership the city’s playing and recreation areas were increased, Motuihe Island was secured as a marine park, he founded the Zoological Society and supported the establishment of the Auckland Zoo.

He first worked for his father as a carpenter then launched out as a builder and contractor in his own right. At the age of 26 his initial foray into public life was to gain membership of the old Arch Hill Road Board, and only a year later he was elected to the Grey Lynn Borough Council, becoming mayor of the borough in 1909, a post he held for seven years. When Grey Lynn united with the City, George joined the Auckland City Council, and became deputy mayor from 1922 to 1925. Much of his time was served on the Works Committee for which he was eminently suited given his 30 years experience as a building contractor, and he also served on the Hospital Board. The conclusion of Sir James Gunson’s reign as mayor gave George the opportunity to throw his hat in the ring and he was elected to this highest pedestal of municipal honour in 1925 and stayed there till 1933.

Bowling was his pet sport which he took to when he passed the football stage. He was known from end to end of the country as a player and administrator and reckoned to be amongst the champions. There was one aspiration he cherished and that was to to see Auckland reach the status of the most important British city in the Antipodes. He relished Kipling’s tribute to the Queen of the North, in his poem “The Song of the Cities”.

En route he had dabbled in many activities all to do with the good of the community in which he resided and his genial personality gained him a wide circle of friends. On occasions, he would spin many a vivid yarn about life on the goldfields when he was a young child. He was probably the most unassuming mayor that Auckland had ever had. Shortly after his elevation to the role he was in the company of a group of friends, one of whom addressed him by his title. His reply was characteristic of the man.

George Baildon died in 1946 when he was 78 years old and we should be grateful to him for the work he accomplished during his tenure as mayor. Auckland can hardly be described as lonely and apart nowadays and one can’t help wondering if George Baildon would marvel at his beloved city’s modern transformation or mourn the loss of charm in the name of progress. Whatever, it’s very fitting he has a street named after him in the suburb where he took his first step up the civic ladder. (DEIRDRE TOHILL)

Last, loneliest, loveliest, exquisite, apart, On us, on us, the unswerving season smiles, Who wonder ‘mid our ferns why men depart To seek the Happy Isles.”

THERE’S MORE TO US THAN JUST THE STATE OF THE MARKET... WE ARE MODELS! WHEN SOMEONE MADE A COMMENT TO ME THAT THEY wondered if a reaL estate agent could talk about anything other than real estate, and didn’t go on about how good they were, and make yet more predictions on what the market is doing, and how best to capitalise on it, I immediately put my hand up and said, “hell yes”. Then I thought where do I start? Well I guess there are some subjects which are close to my heart…

They realise that by the time you reach 45 you are pretty much set in stone. What you see is what you get. That’s not to say we can’t become better human beings. That’s something I think is the best bit of growing older, appreciating things and status are not what defines us. The generosity of our hearts and souls towards others counts big-time. In the last five years I have lost many beautiful friends. It serves to remind me that getting wrinkles, floppy bits where I don’t want them and having a magnifying glass offered to me in a restaurant, simply is a blessing of being alive. I never think of myself as older, despite the person who looks back at me in the mirror, and the fact new technology gives me a headache - because if I don’t write things down, I will forget them. I am so happy to be OLDER because finally, I am wiser. HEALTH AND HAPPINESS Eighteen months ago, due to health reasons, I made the decision to give up alcohol. The decision to do so wasn’t hard, and for that I am grateful. The social aspect was challenging at the beginning, however, again that was short lived as I embraced all that soft drinks have to offer. There are many people who say to me that it must be hard being around drunken people repeating themselves. It’s not true actually there are a lot of people who benefit from a glass or two and the jolly ones I don’t get to see because I have long gone home, before I see what they will forget. The biggest thing when I gave up alcohol, was would I become boring? My friends assure me that this has certainly not occurred. Often my partner is asked, “what is she

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GROWING OLDER AND WISER I call it that because without the obvious signs of being older than 21, one could never have got to such a point of wisdom. It’s often said, we don’t know what we know until we know it. It has to be said that I have never been wiser, and so I should be at 48 years of age. I am convinced that the journey which life has taken me on, with all its confusion at times, has made me the person I feel proud to be today. Most of my friends, who I adore, say they feel the same.

on? I want some”. Not drinking leads me to other ways to enjoy relaxation rather than having a glass of wine… READING ... A LOT! I am seriously convinced that reading is the best form of stress relief in the world. It is the one thing that forces you to stop thinking about your day and allows you to escape. I find it impossible to worry about things when I am reading. I have never been a reader because my mother would have told me it was lazy to sit down and do nothing. God bless her but she really was a product of her generation. Reading is not doing nothing, it is everything when it comes to a healthy mind. You can read about anything that you enjoy as a subject, as long as it’s not about what you are worrying about!

Some titles which I can highly recommend are ‘The Book Thief’ by Markus Zusak, ‘Capital’ by John Lanchester, ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn, ‘Blood Bones & Butter’ by Gabrielle Hamilton and ‘The Heart Broken In’ by James Meek. The last book worth mentioning is ‘The Dinner’ by Herman Koch, which has polarised people who I have given it to. A moral issue, which seems simple to me and if you’ve read it too, I’d love to know what you think. PROUD TO BE A KIWI How great it is this country recently passed the gay marriage bill. I could not have been more proud that we have officially become a nation who understands, respects, and supports equality. People who are opposed to the bill will continue to voice their opinion and freedom of speech is something else we should not be afraid of. Personally, it was an emotional day when the news came through. When I told my mother I thought I might be gay at the age of 21, she said to me: “how could you do this to me, when you have a choice?” I bravely replied, “well mum, if it’s a choice of being happy or not, then I am sorry but I really don’t think I have a choice.” I am so thrilled that individuals can now be free to make the choices which are right for them. I won’t be rushing to get married but I was shocked when the first text on my phone that night was from my 65 year old sister who said, “congratulations, when can we expect a wedding?” This is from a woman who 27 years ago could not have had a more polar opposite opinion. I cried. Thank goodness I live in the Western Bays… home of acceptance and difference! I wish you all the best for 2013, and may you have much more to your lives than the label of your job! (TRICIA LAFFERTY) PN

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HOME: WHERE THE HEART IS MARTIN KINGSLEY INTERVIEWS PETER BROMHEAD PETER BROMHEAD MNZM, HON FID, FDINZ. DESIGN DIRECTOR OF BROMHEAD Design Associates Ltd is one of New Zealand’s most respected interior designers. MK: Peter, You’ve seen many changes in the administrative structure of the corporate office, what is the most notable improvement in sustainability of the workplace? PB: Rather obviously, the introduction of cyber technology has totally transformed the workplace. When I first purchased a small Apple computer in 1987, I had no idea that I was witnessing part of a technological transformation of administrative procedures. MK: How has that affected the administration of the workplace? PB: The computer has made the structure between management and workers more democratic. We’ve witnessed the disappearance of the enclosed office in favour of open planning and shrinkage of desk space, plus the introduction of ‘hoteling’ or desk sharing as long-established administration methods change, all thanks to shared technology. MK: Do you still have a desk? PB: Yes, but it has shrunk to a rise and fall platform 800 square. MK: What about document storage? PB: The secret for building today’s corporate office is to be totally flexible. Don’t get caught building storage that isn’t demountable or cannot be changed; furniture that simply has no future life if the office moves, shrinks or expands. MK: Is that why you favour systems like USM modular furniture? PB: Yes, I prefer a completely demountable system that can be reconfigured for future use. MK: And offers long-term sustainability? PB: It’s the first ecological step towards a sustainable and practical modern workspace, with obvious long-term economical benefits. PN BROMHEAD DESIGN ASSOCIATES, 76 Parnell T: 09 366 7322 www.bromheaddesign.com

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REAL ESTATE UPDATE: KAREN SPIRES THE WINTER REAL ESTATE MYTH THE IDEA THAT HOMES DON’T SELL IN THE COLDER MONTHS IS A MYTH – as a case in point, researchers in the USA (where winter is much harsher than Auckland) discovered that houses listed in winter actually sold better than the summer listings. The study, reported in the New York Times, found that winter homes were not only more likely to get snapped up, but also sold faster, and at better prices.

FRUIT TREES FOR AUCKLAND: A COMMUNITY PROJECT TO PROVIDE FREE AND HEALTHY FRUIT The community group the “Mt Eden Village People” continue to drive awareness for sustainable practises with the focus on local food production Auckland wide.

The research analysed 753,093 houses listed for sale, across 19 metropolitan areas, over 12 months. In winter: • The successful ‘sold’ rate was six per cent higher. • The average days-to-sell was nine days less than in summer (46 down from 55). • The sale price was, on average, 5.2 per cent below the listed price in summer, and only 2.7 per cent lower in winter. Of course, New Zealand’s real estate market has its differences, but the key conclusion applies universally: In winter, there are fewer listings. As a result, any house that ticks the boxes becomes highly sought-after… it all comes back to supply and demand. Additionally, in summer, buyers know they are viewing a house ‘at its best’ and start to imagine drafts or dampness that ‘might’ set in during the colder months. By showcasing your home mid-year, you get to prove just how warm and cosy it is. Here are some ways to ensure your home appeals to buyers in winter: • Trim branches away from walk ways; remove moss from paths and decks. Hire pots of winter flowers to brighten the garden. • Ensure windows are sparkling (winter light is unforgiving on glass). Pull back the blinds, and push back the curtains on every window. • Turn on every light, including those outside and in wardrobes. Turn on under-floor heating and crank up the heaters… this isn’t the time to save on the electricity bill! • Don’t forget the finishing touches: place flowers around the house, put an umbrella stand and coat rack at the door for visitors, and get the fires roaring. (KAREN SPIRES) PN Karen Spires is a Bayleys Real Estate ‘Top Achiever’ – placing her sales data among the top five percent of salespeople within the company.

Last year the Mt Eden Village People – Fruit Trees for Auckland group raised enough funds to supply schools, early childhood centres and 10 community groups with over 500 fruit trees for their grounds and local parks. This year the group aims to double their fruit tree supply and their goal is 1000 fruit trees for Auckland. The Fruit Trees for Auckland group is very pleased that the New Zealand Lottery board will contribute $10,000.00 towards their project in 2013. This is one third of the project cost and a great start. The Fruit Trees for Auckland group is now hoping that a further grant application will help provide them with the rest of the funds needed to supply all schools that register on their website with fruit trees. The Fruit Trees for Auckland project is now in its fifth year and is growing steadily. The project includes two big annual events in the Mt Eden community: the planting of fruit trees in a local park with the funds raised from local shops, and working with schools to plant fruit trees with funds received via funding and donations on their website www.fruittrees.org.nz. This project has been developed to benefit children by helping them gain a greater understanding of the importance of eating fresh fruit, and locally sourced produce. Judith Holtebrinck the Fruit Trees for Auckland project co-ordinator says “We are pleased that we have now over 150 schools and early childhood centres signed up with us, wanting to plant fruit trees on their grounds. We also work closely with other community, transition town and church groups to plant fruit trees in their local parks.” The Mount Eden Village People are dedicated to finding sustainable solutions within their community. This group also offer workshops to encourage people to grow their own food gardens in the city, fruit planting, zero waste, and have established a community garden in Poronui Street in Mt Eden. To find out more about the Mount Eden Village People, “Citrus in Schools” and their other projects and workshops on offer please visit www.fruittrees.org.nz or join us on Facebook group: Fruit trees for Auckland www.mountedenvillagepeople.co.nz FACEBOOK: MountEden VillagePeople

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NATASHA POSTILL - MY FAVOURITE ROOM

Natasha Postill lives with her partner Andre, who is training to be a surgeon, in an apartment in Freemans Bay. The couple are originally from England, and lived in Mt Maunganui before they moved to Auckland three years ago.

Andre enjoys relaxing in the space with music at the end of a long day. Natasha employs the space for both living and working on her label Beau, “designing, patternmaking, the works!” She says “this is my favourite room for many reasons. I love how the space allows me to work creatively. I use the wall space as a canvas to play with ideas when designing collections.”

Fashion designer Natasha tells us “Andre came out here on a working adventure but fell in love with the place. I followed shortly after, and a year later decided to move my business with me. I find New Zealand to be a very creative environment and enjoy working closely with local manufacturers and artisans.”

She continues “The home studio, opening up on to a balcony with an inspiring view of the city and a small (grow your own) garden, always makes me feel good.”

Natasha’s favourite room is what she calls her “creative work and living space.” “I wouldn’t like to give it just one name,” she says, “it’s a great space, useful and busy.”

Natasha’s absolute favourite thing in the room is her vintage mannequin. Natasha says “she is nearly as old as me and has travelled just as far from London. A little tattered, she has been loved and cherished.” PN BEAU, T: 021 335 854, www.beau-couture.com

“LEAVE ANIMALS OUT OF LEGAL HIGH TESTING” Martin Leach’s submission in response to the Government’s Pyschoactive Substances bill. I AM SHOCKED, HORRIFIED AND JUST PLAIN DISGUSTED BY TALK OF A BILL, which thinks it’s OK to use poor, defenseless dogs in the way which is being debated. I didn’t leave the UK to return to New Zealand, after 29 years away, to be in a country where even talk of doing this to animals is contemplated.

I understand there are other ways of carrying out the tests without harming animals. So why aren’t we pursuing these non-lethal options? This Government really is going against public opinion, especially now that the EU has banned the sale of cosmetics developed through animal testing.

I am a long-term vegetarian (for ethical reasons) and have been one for over five decades. I am the Editor/Publisher of PONSONBY NEWS, which is an influential monthly 132-page local magazine. We produce 17,500 copies each month, along with our eMag, which are read all over this country and worldwide. Our Nielsen Media audited readership is 69,000 readers per month.

The ban applies to all new cosmetics and their ingredients sold in the EU, regardless of where in the world testing on animals was carried out. Animal rights lobbyists have stated that EU officials “listened to the people”. Something that the New Zealand Government could learn from.

Any contentious issues, which I feel appeal to the majority of our readers, I get behind. I am running a ‘Stop Factory Farming’ campaign at present. However, this issue of testing party pills on animals is probably top of my HATE list. I will be giving this issue significant and regular coverage over the coming months. When my partner and I relocated to Auckland in 2001, we were amazed at the speed with which my British partner’s residency application was processed. (In a staggering FOUR days). No one in London believed the speed and efficiency with which New Zealand Immigration dealt with his application. It felt as if Aotearoa led the world when it came to recognising same sex relationships and I was so proud of my birth country. With this drug testing on animals issue, I am just plain disgusted. Far from leading other countries, we are trailing woefully behind.

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I will be speaking to Nikki Kaye, our Auckland Central MP and Jacinda Ardern, our Labour List MP about this, as both MPs write monthly columns in Ponsonby News. I was the one who asked Nikki Kaye, to get involved with SAFE NZ’s GO VEG campaign. Nikki Kaye became vegetarian for the whole of February – see Michele Hewitson’s interview – link attached. www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10865692 I am confident of getting support from a big chunk of local residents in Ponsonby and central Auckland, along with both MP’s Nikki and Jacinda. I am certain they would both vote against this horrendous proposal. MARTIN LEACH, Alchemy Media Limited

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ECLECTIC FURNITURE THE COMMERCIAL INTERIOR FIT-OUT EXPERTS Eclectic Furniture is a family owned business specialising in manufacture, source and supply of commercial furniture. Their elite business has been operating for over 28 years, and as you would expect they have built up an impressive list of global and local corporate clients. Eclectic import bench units, desks and workstation frames from GGA in Italy who have recently added the “Doodle” range to their selection. The amazing construction of the tubular steel frame is a very new concept, using a technique that is unknown in New Zealand. It is designed to give added strength to the desk, making it robust and ideal for the home office and for those special little people’s bedrooms. Eclectic Furniture’s friendly team are happy to offer any advice on finishes of the “Doodle Desk” to suit your home decor and of course, being commercial interior fit-out experts, they have a full range of ergonomic chairs. Please feel free to pop into their showroom, Maureen, Llana and Cameron would love to see you. Opening hours: 9am – 4pm Monday to Friday. PN ECLECTIC FURNITURE, 381 Great North Road T: 09 376 4567 www.eclecticfurniture.co.nz

$1 MILLION SALES LIFT AVERAGE AUCKLAND HOME SALES PRICE TO IN EXCESS OF $645,000 AN ABNORMALLY HIGH NUMBER OF SALES ABOVE $1 MILLION HAS SEEN the average sales price for property in the Auckland market reach $645,928 in March. “This is our highest ever average price and exceeds last month’s average price by 6.9 percent, and the previous highest average price of $627,721 achieved in November last year by 2.9 percent,” said Peter Thompson, Managing Director of Barfoot & Thompson. “While we expected to see a major lift in the average price between February and March, as it is a trend evident in our sales statistics since 2010, the most critical factor in the price increase was undoubtedly the number of homes that sold for in excess of $1 million. “186, or 13 percent of all our sales, were for more than $1 million, whereas the percentage last year was 8.5 percent of sales. This is the highest number of sales in excess of $1 million we have ever sold in a month, with the highest concentration of sales being in the eastern and central Auckland areas, and along the North Shore beach suburbs. A higher-than-normal number of sales at the top

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end of the market does have a significant impact on the average price, and the same influence was felt when our previous highest average price was established in November, when we sold 146 homes for more than $1 million. “We experienced an exceptional month’s trading in March, and we sold a total of 1430 homes in the month, our highest number in a month for nearly 10 years. While there was a great deal of focus on top-end homes, market activity was also strong in the under $500,000 price category where we sold a total of 550 homes, making up 38.5 percent of total sales. “New listings during March at 1476 were solid, but down 15.8 percent on those in February and down 4 percent on those for last March. The level of new listings combined with high March sales saw available listings at month end at 3721, down 6.7 percent on those at the end of February and down 22 percent on those last March. It is the second lowest number of listings at a month’s end for more than a decade, and is yet another sign of the acute shortage of property available for sale in Auckland.” PN PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


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UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL: MICHAEL TURNER Michael Turner has owned El Framo Picture Framing for two years and the business has traded in Ponsonby for almost 15 years. Alongside custom picture framing, the business specialises in mirrors, both ready-made and built to order. El Framo has one of the largest frame selections in the country and offers exclusive options imported from Europe. Michael says “I worked as a picture framer after I left high-school. I moved in to the printing industry and worked on publications for the Auckland Art Gallery including their landmark Monet exhibition in the ‘80s; the Te Maori exhibition, tours of works by Picasso, Paul Klee, Edvard Munch, Milan Mrkusich and others. After a period working for corporates in publishing and printing, the attraction of running one’s own business was too much to pass by.” WHO IS YOUR PARTNER? WHAT DO THEY DO? I celebrate my 21st wedding anniversary on Anzac Day. Tane works at El Framo and also as an accountant so this is very convenient! DO YOU HAVE ANY CHILDREN? Suddenly I have two almost grown up kids. Charlotte has just started at Uni (Auckland) and Samuel is at Auckland Grammar. DO YOU HAVE ANY PETS? Two dogs and two cats share our house. El Framo is a dog-friendly shop too – we welcome and enjoy canine visitors. WHAT WERE YOU GOING TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP? Guitar player for Led Zeppelin. Oh, wait…that job was taken. YOUR BEST FRIEND WOULD SAY OF YOU... ”Take a break”. YOUR MOTHER WOULD SAY OF YOU... “There’s no rest for the wicked.” WHAT’S YOUR PERFECT SUNDAY? Sailing my dinghy on the Manukau Harbour. HOW DO YOU KEEP FIT? I’m on my feet at work 10 hours a day, what more do you want? WHERE DO YOU SPEND YOUR HOLIDAYS? One of Auckland’s secret areas at the Awhitu Peninsula, which forms the western side of the Manukau Harbour. We have a caravan on a quarter acre section and camp out there whenever we can. WHAT ARE YOUR VICES? Endless inquisitiveness about music from any genre. WHAT’S YOUR SECRET TALENT? I can make stuff and fix stuff. I have a 50 year old car in the garage that is almost (promise!) ready to drive to work. WHAT’S YOUR SECRET PASSION? Listening to jazz and playing guitar (badly). Football (proper football with a round ball). Ornithology (true!) Listening to the rain on the roof in the middle of the night. WHO’S YOUR ULTIMATE ROCK ICON? I listen to anything but rock mostly (jazz, alt-country, soul, funk, dance music, you name it) but you can’t go past Jimi Hendrix. Inventive, original, no-one plays rock guitar like Hendrix did. YOUR DESERT ISLAND DISTRACTIONS? Jack Kerouac – “On the Road”. The only book I’ve read more than five times. And a guitar. WHAT’S INSPIRED YOU RECENTLY? Wilco at the Auckland Town Hall with Mavis Staples. I confess to have not heard live gospel previously (Mavis, that is, not Wilco who are at the rock end of the alt-country genre). Septuagenarian Mavis has history with the Staple Sisters and association with the civil rights movement of ‘mid 60s USA and Martin Luther King. Wilco were (predictably) great too. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE PONSONBY CAFE? Oh!So. FAVOURITE PONSONBY RESTAURANT? Prego – an oldie but a goodie. FAVOURITE PONSONBY STORE? Studio Art Supplies – great staff, hidden away on Crummer Road near Oh!So. THE HOUSE IS ON FIRE AND YOUR FAMILY IS SAFE - WHAT DO YOU SAVE? I’d be in trouble here. Can’t rescue my books and CD as I’d get fried. Martin Dreadnought guitar? Might come down to paintings by (NZ artists) Ross Ritchie and John Weeks. ONE THING YOU HAVE LEARNED ABOUT LIFE IS... Quality is remembered long after price is forgotten (have you got a crappy can opener / grater / garlic crusher in your kitchen? Shame on you! Go to Milly’s and get yourself sorted). PN EL FRAMO, 16 Pollen Street, T: 09 378 6774 www.elframo.co.nz

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PROPERTY INVESTING EXPERIENCE MUCH SOUGHT AFTER AS MARKET HEATS UP WITH JUST OVER 60 YEARS COMBINED experience in the New Zealand property market, Newland Burling & Co specialises in finding solutions and providing advice on all property investment and management matters. Principals Olly Newland and Carl Burling are investors who have substantial hands-on experience managing their own properties. Newland Burling & Co tackle the full range of problems: tenancy issues, vacancies, refinancing, expansion and portfolio restructuring. This highly valuable (and confidential) service is used by investors large and small – from those with modest residential holdings to multi-million dollar commercial/industrial/retail landlords; from apartment renovators to those carrying out rural subdivisions. Clients of Newland Burling & Co receive genuine, first-hand advice based on years of experience. All advice is given from a totally independent and unbiased position, since Newland Burling & Co are not real estate agents and have no alliance to any of the real estate companies. “From industrial to residential, from retail to subdivisions, different properties and projects generate different problems – which require different approaches to solve them. We aim to give you options and control.” Olly Newland, investor, best-selling author and Authorised Financial Advisor Olly Newland frequently features in the news media (TV, radio, newspapers) and writes articles and columns on the property market, its outlook and influences. You can read his up-to-date market commentary at www.OllyNewland.co.nz PN NEWLAND BURLING & CO, T: 09 522 4936 www.newlandburling.com

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HOME: WHERE THE HEART IS SO WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE LOCAL RENTAL MARKET RIGHT NOW? HEARD OF GENERATION RENT? Generation Rent is becoming an increasingly common trend overseas according to the dailytelegraph.com.au and the guardian.co.uk. Whilst in their 20s and 30s, certain professionals are more focused on climbing the career ladder rather than the property ladder. They are happy to rent, preferring to live in popular city fringe areas and enjoy a lifestyle closer to work rather than owning an affordable property and commuting from the outer suburbs. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE LOCAL AREA? Popular city fringe suburbs, Ponsonby, Grey Lynn and the surrounds continually remain solid in terms of interest from quality tenants but not just Generation Rent. Also, the desire for families to be in the right school zone for their offspring puts pressure on the rental market. The rental returns in these inner suburbs reflect this demand. TIP FROM TIFFANY: HOW DO YOU APPEAL TO QUALITY TENANTS? The right marketing can ensure you attract the best tenants. As with property sales, advertising and marketing is paramount in rentals. First impressions count. Having a great ad on Trademe, with a detailed description and superior photos makes all the difference when searching for great tenants. The rentals market is fast, and a lot of potential tenants make up their mind on the property based on the photos. If you would like to discuss the benefits of using a property manager or a review of your rental portfolio, please do not hesitate to give Tiffany a call. PN TIFFANY BROWN, Custom Residential Property Management, T: 09 361 7254 M: 021 240 8577

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BLUES NEW NUMBER SIX DESERVES ALL BLACK STATUS

AWARDS CRITERIA IS IN DESPERATE NEED OF REVIEW

THERE’S NO DOUBT WHEN SIR JOHN KIRWAN SAYS HE’D LIKE THE Blues to bring some of their own style to the team he means it. You only have to look at his choice of shoes to go with his suit on game day to realise having your own style is something the first time Super Rugby coach values. However, I doubt you’ll ever see his defence coach, Sir Graham Henry follow suit and don a pair of sport casuals to accompany a grey Italian made suit to the post match press conference. “Style is something each and every one chooses to embrace or not, and some are more willing to show it off than others, and style isn’t always about wearing the newest clothes either, it’s about being comfortable” said Kirwan.

Watching the newly retired Dillon Boucher lift the Breakers third ANBL trophy in three years brought a smile to my face just like every other basketball enthusiast. But the 34-year old is almost assured to miss out on one trophy he and his Auckland based team mates would have dearly loved to get their hands on, unless there’s a radical switch in form.

And one of those prepared to follow Kirwan’s lead rather than Henry’s when it comes to showing off his style, at least on the field is Blues blindside flanker Steven Luatua. Luatua, a former New Zealand under 20 has been pegged for higher honours for the past few years, but only this year in his switch from lock to flanker has that thought become a probability rather than a possibility. Luatua has quickly become the answer to the gaping hole that Jerome Kaino’s absence created, so much so that when Kaino mentioned a return to Super Rugby, the comments quickly turned to where would he play, rather than celebrations of the once enforcers return. Kaino, who until recently would have been assured of walking straight back into any jersey he chose at the Blues, especially the one he seemed to have a long term mortgage over under former coach Pat Lam, now, not only is a place in the Blues up for debate, but so is his spot in the All Blacks, all down to how well the 21 year old from the University club has slotted into the Blues number six jumper. Luatua’s work rate and ability to get about the park is leaps and bounds ahead of any other number six in the New Zealand teams. His physical presence is something that the All Blacks were so dearly in need of in their end of year tour loss to England and will no doubt require against the bruising Springboks, Wallabies, and French later this year. His experience at lineout time is just another string to his ever expanding bow and his willingness to empty the tank and go for broke is a characteristic that shadows those who’ve in the past lead the way as an All Black loosie; Shelford, Read, Jones, and McCaw are all names that spring to mind when you compare Luatua’s style and dedication to his trade. For sure he has some rough edges, but rough edges that can be worked on rather than boundaries that others who are in All Black contention will never come close to flirting with. He is a delight to watch, and barring any injuries deserves a place in Steve Hansen’s All Black squad sooner rather than later. He has shown in quick succession his ability to step up to the mark in tough competition and I’m confident he’ll be able to do the same at test level. (GEORGE BERRY) PN

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The overall Halberg Sports Award; an award that holds no real recognition outside of New Zealand, but one that holds great value amongst Kiwi athletes and their peers. With no real major sporting events aside from the Americas Cup on this year, this just might have been the year to finally give the Auckland franchise some well-deserved recognition. However, when you look a little deeper and analyse past judging decisions, Boucher and his Breakers band look destined to once again be content with little more than a pat on the back. Winning three seasons in a row is nothing short of amazing, but the 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 titles will count for nothing when the judges get out their pen and paper. The judges guidelines clearly state that the area for analysis is within the single year from one awards to the next. Just as Hamish Bond and Eric Murray’s three years of world domination would have added no merit towards their award last year. Creating a new club record of 16 wins on the trot is a record any team in any competition could and should be forever proud of, lord knows the Warriors could do with taking a look over the shore and inside the gym; even six in a row would be a triumph. But, aside from the Breakers arch rivals and grand final opponents, the Perth Wildcats, the rest of the competition never really cut the mustard this year and at times looked as if they should be playing in a different league to the Aucklanders. Having lost both round robin games to the Wildcats in Perth by quite some margin, then turning up, winning and claiming their third title in three years on enemy soil will count for nothing. It wouldn’t have mattered if they’d won in one game, or in two of the three games they had; a title is a title regardless of how you go about getting it. Clinching consecutive minor premiership’s will hardly get a mention, for if they hadn’t gone on to win the title and only had the minor premiership to show for their season most people would have deemed the season a failure. Later this year Valarie Adams will no doubt knock down another world shot put title at the World Athletic Champs in Moscow, and if that’s the case the trophy engravers will surely be instructed to etch her name into the silverware for another year. And given coach Andrej Lemanis is an Australian, I’m sure awarding him the coach of the year title would be like losing the Tri-Nations to Robbie Deans’ Wallabies, so don’t get your hopes up on that one either. Trust me, I would love nothing more than for Boucher’s crew to be given every award on the night, team, player, coach and rising star, but it will be with great surprise if nine months from now the Breakers receive anything other than an invite to the awards dinner. (GEORGE BERRY) PN

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WILSON SIDESTEPS HIS WAY TO BEHIND THE MIC AS A FATHER OF TWO AND FORMER HORSE TRAINER, early mornings aren’t all that foreign to All Black legend Jeff Wilson, but the now breakfast radio host admits to embarking on a steep learning curve when he stepped into the early morning media world on a more full time basis. “Up every morning around five and into the studio for a six am start took some getting used to, and then trying to add something to the show at that time of the morning, yeah it’s taken a bit of preparation!” I had started spotting Wilson in Three Lamps on a more regular basis, so tracked him down to Mediaworks and Livesport’s studio at the corner of St Marys Bay and Jervois Roads, where he has teamed up with fellow Sky commentator and former New Zealand wicket keeper Ian Smith, and American sport enthusiast Nathan Rarere as the third spoke in the Breakfast of Champions wheel. In the past I have been sceptical about former players actually being able to make the shift from player to pundit, but in Wilson’s case the shift has been pretty seamless. Thinking back to Wilsons’ early years; his time in a basketball singlet, cricket whites and rugby boots makes him the ideal link in a sport breakfast radio show, couple that with his time as a horse trainer and Livesport and Wilson go together like hand and glove. Having a former silver fern as your wife probably doesn’t hurt your knowledge of netball either. “It’s a while since I’ve given too much thought to basketball, other than loving watching the Breakers and cricket is just something I’m still very much interested in. Neither Continued from P8

AN OPEN LETTER TO AUCKLAND CENTRAL MP NIKKI KAYE Nikki Kaye’s response to John Elliott’s ‘Unitary Plan letter’ in the April issue - P12. Thank you for your letter in last month’s issue regarding the Auckland Unitary Plan. With regard to your comments regarding being at the launch of the Auckland plan. I would have loved to have been at the launch. However, I was not given a large amount of notice of the event; I had also been invited 8 months prior to speak at an education digital literacy conference to several hundred teachers and educational professionals. With the short notice, my new role as Associate Minister of Education and the fact the conference had advertised that I was speaking, I felt the right thing to do was to attend the education conference. Just to let you know I have been very engaged both formally and informally with the plan and that I have attended several Auckland plan related events over the last 18 months. In terms of our Governments work on the Unitary Plan, a number of Ministers have been working closely with Mayor Len Brown and the Council on issues regarding the plan. The Mayors proposal advocated for the unitary Plan being operational immediately, once it was notified. I believe there were potentially serious errors and omissions included in this plan. Local constituents, planners and lawyers have personally contacted me and passed on their concerns about some of those issues. The conversation that Auckland Ministers and other responsible Ministers have been having with the Mayor is about how we strike the balance between ensuring that there is a fair process and we iron out some of the issues while also ensuring we progress our city as quickly as possible. That’s why we have negotiated a solution where the plan, once notified, will be referred to a hearings panel totally independent from the council, with the intention that it be chaired by a retired High Court or Environment Court judge. This will ensure a wide range of views are heard by an independent chair and the right safeguards are in place.

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have changed a great deal since my playing days, so I feel I can talk about those pretty easy, and rugby, well, I live and breathe rugby so I find analysing that second nature now.” His competitive attitude, which he brings to the show makes for pretty reasonable listening too, “ I don’t just want to be a passenger in the show, the other lads (his co -hosts, Rarere and Smith) do a really good job, so I just want to add what I can to it.” When asked about where Wilson feels he fits into the show he was quick to praise the other duo in his morning team, “Smithy knows a fair bit about rugby and horse racing too, and his cricket knowledge is pretty obvious, and Nato (Rarere) has had a fair amount to do with rugby and league and all sports really, I think he’s a great link between Smith and I, and he really keeps the show flowing,” said Wilson. Outside of radio, Wilson seems to have been popping up everywhere: Stuff has him paired up with old team mate Justin Marshall in a series of weekly rugby videos, while Sky has replaced Grant Fox on comments with Wilson during Super Rugby, let’s just hope they see fit enough to keep him on during the international season. Balancing his new and existing roles, Wilson believes the key comes down to preparation, “if you don’t prepare yourself, you’re going to come off looking and sounding like an idiot,” so in-between the shows, the gym and the kids, Wilson’s spending as much time as he can readying himself for the next one. (GEORGE BERRY) PN However, it also has the effect of reducing the time for the Unitary Plan down to three years from its notification, rather than the 10 years it could have taken if the Government had not negotiated this solution. While I believe there does need to be intensification, we have advocated a need to consider what we see as a realistic balance between intensification and the extension of the metropolitan urban limits. The Mayor has moved significantly on this issue and we have worked together to come up with more realistic plans for our city. I have talked to many Aucklanders’ about their views on the plan – and while some agree with it, others strongly disagree. Housing affordability is a real and pressing issue that is why I and other cabinet colleagues are having further discussions with the Mayor about residential housing supply and the need to build more houses quickly. We are also focussed on the need to look at the cost of infrastructure, the cost of building materials, the cost of the labour and how efficiently we’re building our houses, and compliance costs. We believe all five of those elements are absolutely critical if we’re going to get home ownership to be more affordable As well as being a strong Auckland voice at the Cabinet table. You may not be aware that I now convene quarterly meetings between Auckland-based National MPs and Auckland Mayor Len Brown. These meetings are a chance for us to discuss Auckland issues – including the Unitary Plan and Housing considerations – to ensure we come together and make progress as quickly as possible. I accept that you may not always read about this progress in the paper and that you may prefer to see people from Auckland talking about these issues. My interest is delivering the plan in a fair and expedient way. Some of the issues like housing and transport infrastructure deficits have built up over decades. However, since the Auckland council has been in place, we have already seen significant partnerships with the Government from the opening up of our waterfront, the $340 million Victoria Park tunnel and the electrification of rail. Given how long it has taken for Aucklanders’ over decades to have progress in our city, I think we owe to people to be as fair as possible in terms of process. We have a lot more to do. I will continue to be a strong advocate for you and deliver at both the cabinet table and on the ground in Auckland. PN HON. NIKKI KAYE, MP Auckland Central www.nikkikaye.co.nz PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


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I remember the first time I heard Nathan Haines perform. I can’t have been more than 10 or 11 and my family and I were at a garden show. He was on stage playing the soprano saxophone. I had only just begun learning the clarinet and had previously been unaware of this type of saxophone – it is smaller than the traditional alto or tenor and is without the iconic curving bell. It looked like a golden, louder and, at the time, more exciting version of my current instrument. Ever since then I’ve held that memory, despite not knowing until many years later who it was playing the instrument. So, with that in mind, I was extremely pleased to talk with Nathan about his latest album, Vermillion Skies. I spoke to him after he had performed at the Titirangi Festival and at his album release at Q Theatre and he was buzzing about the album. “Everyone seems to love it and we love playing it,” he said. Written almost entirely in London, where he now lives, and recorded at Auckland’s own York Street Studios it is a fantastic follow up to his last album The Poet’s Embrace. I absolutely love the second track on Vermillion Skies, Lady Lywa, with its deep tenor saxophone beautifully played. The tone and sound of the sax is eerie and stirring. My favourite tracks on the album were the instrumental numbers but a standout with vocals was Navarino Street, a song Nathan penned after moving into a place on Navarino Road in London. Interestingly, Navarino Street, and two others were arranged to include a horn section, some of the first arrangements he had ever done for a horn ensemble. These songs were recorded live in the studio to capture the song as it was performed, something Nathan was adamant is incredibly important in jazz. He said that it’s important for the musicians to feed off each other and these songs were recorded so that this live energy was captured. He loved working with the horn section, made up of two flugels, two trombones and two French horns. Having put out two new albums in a year he is back into writing and looking forward to working with these instruments in the future. He compliments his own band, saying that he has a great feel going with them, including the fantastic Kevin Field on piano. I was particularly interested to learn what saxophone he was using on the album, the sound was exquisite. Nathan recounted how his producer, Mike Patto, informed him before the last album that he needed to buy a “good sax”. This began a search for a Selma Mark VI, one of the most iconic makes in the world, played by many of the greats, including John Coltrane. In fact, the set up Nathan has at present is similar to that of Coltrane’s in the 40s. It took almost only one blow on the one he found, bought off fellow New Zealander Brian Smith, to tell that it was the one he wanted. The album opens with the entrancing mellow sounds of this Mark VI and from the opening chord I could tell that Vermillion Skies is a must listen. Look for Nathan Haines at the Vic Devonport on Friday 24 May before he heads back to London at the end of May to celebrate the UK release of The Poet’s Embrace, before releasing Vermillion Skies later in 2013. (FINN MCLENNAN-ELLIOTT) PN www.thevic.co.nz

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LANDMARK BUILDINGS - THEIR STORY THE EARLY BAYFIELD SCHOOL BUILDING HAS AN INTERESTING HISTORY. The school itself was opened in 1886 but as the population in the area increased, the building on 272 Jervois Road was erected to provide for the increasing number of young children enrolling. By 1904 the number of pupils had doubled to 328 and a main building was constructed. Additions were progressively added to both buildings till 1913 and the school from its inception was a focal point for the local community. Around this time, younger families started to drift to the newer suburbs and by the mid 60s the area’s population declined to the point where the Bayfield School was no longer needed and eventually closed down and its pupils accommodated in other nearby schools. The influx of Pacific Island immigrants coupled with the area’s redevelopment in the 1970’s resulted in the Bayfield School becoming the Pacific Islander’s Education Resource Centre. The Department of Education carried out extensive renovations to bring the two elegant 100 year old Kauri buildings up to modern standards, but at the same time taking care to preserve much of their original features. On 9 September, 1978 the Minister of Education, Honourable L.W. Gander unveiled the commemorative stone at the outdoor lunching enclosure, pronouncing the centre officially opened. The building was registered under the Historic Places Act in 1980 as one of the few remaining examples of the Queen Anne architectural style in New Zealand’s educational buildings. Two early immigrants, John Mitchell and Robin Watt are best remembered for designing the former Bayfield School. John was born in Ramelton, Northern Ireland and received his architectural training there before settling in Auckland in 1888. Robin Watt was born in Scotland and studied architecture in Glasgow before emigrating to New Zealand about 1878 for health reasons. From about 1892 the two had formed a partnership and their firm was appointed architects to the Auckland Education Board in the same year. There’s no doubt Mitchell and Watt were influenced by well known English architect, E.R. Robson who was the first chief architect for the new London School Board and the best known school architect during the decades following the 1870 Education Reform Act. This was at a time when thousands of children were receiving either very little education or none at all, and new schools had to be built as quickly as possible, particularly in the East End. Robson travelled in both Europe and America returning with a rich mix of ideas. He rejected Gothic models because of their ecclesiastical associations in favour of an eclectic Flemish Renaissance style more suitable for secular schools. Frequently building in slums, he was determined these schools should impress their young users and their families. They were ‘strikingly new’ for the times and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle referred to them as “Lighthouses! Beacons of the future! Capsules, with hundreds of bright little seeds in each, out of which will spring the wiser, better England of the future.” No wonder Mitchell and Watt, architects for the free, compulsory secular New Zealand school system chose to follow his lead. Mind you they didn’t adhere strictly to the ‘Queen Anne’ revival style. Robson’s schools were three stories high, had steeply pitched roofs with mullioned windows extending into fancy gables, colourful brickwork and terracotta ornamentation. The former Bayfield School differs in construction and size, is single storied and built of wood rather than brick. A pleasing adaptation in keeping with a down under life style and much more suitable climate wise. In May 2000 the building underwent another change of use and became the Bayfield Early Education Centre with a small roll of around 14 children. Today it stands at 140 with a daily attendance of 100 little ones who, when they turn five just cross the road to the present day Bayfield School where there’s no need to adjust to a new environment. (DEIRDRE TOHILL) PN PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


ARTS + CULTURE UPTOWN ART SCENE Artist-run spaces are vital to the development of the arts, and RM at 295 Karangahape Road has provided an important exhibition and project space since 1997. Last month, there was a rare show of paintings by local artist and AUT lecturer Ian Jervis – intriguing, strongly coloured, abstracts “in pursuit of pursuit”. Due to their nature, artist-run spaces have short lives – just down the road Second Storey closed after two excellent years of recent-graduate exhibitions – Auckland needs more of these spaces! One of Second Storey’s founders, Lisa Rayner, shares an exhibition now on at Whitespace with Krystie Wade and Kathryn Stevens, paintings full of colour and space that hint at the landscape. Landscapes also feature at OREXART’s group show Terrain, with some beautiful paintings of late dusk on the west coast by local artist Richard McWhannell. Seascapes in oilcolour, spray paint and pen by Los Angeles artist Whitney Bedford show at Starkwhite, with ships in distress hovering between abstraction and figuration. Figures hover in Liz Maw’s glowing paintings, two blocks down at Ivan Anthony. Her obsessive eye for detail keeps her Auckland shows infrequent, so don’t miss it! With 14 galleries within a short walk along the Great North Road/Karangahape Road ridge, a friend and I took in five uptown galleries and a cafe in one very enjoyable afternoon. We even bought some art – a box of Megan Hansen Kharnoi’s hilarious crocheted matches from Artstation for less than the cost of the lunch! (WILL PAYNT, STUDIO ART SUPPLIES) PN

SHOWING AT WHITESPACE Group show – Sense of Space; Until 18 May

Krystie Wade Dancing Daylilly Influencing Her Friends 900x1800mm, acrylic on board

Three local artists combine their talents for a stunning painting show. Krystie Wade, Kathryn Stevens and Lisa Rayner all define the spatial quality of their surrounds in paint, the focus of each artist varies providing a compelling series of new works.

Kirsten Sutherland – HEX; 21 May – 8 June Kirsten was the main digital embroiderer for The Hobbit and has created textile works for hotels, retail spaces and fashion designers. She has a Masters of Design with Distinction from Massey University, this exquisite textile show is a first for Whitespace.

Ross Ritchie; 21 May – 8 June Ross Ritchie has always had the ability to entice the viewer into an environment rich in visual imagery and then dislocate. Each of his works is a voyage of discovery and disorientation. He creates a superbly tactile world, rich in texture and colour, with a sensuous pleasure in materiality, a satisfaction in the symmetry of ideas and the delight in the witty and ironic. He has works in many private, corporate, museum and public collections, including Auckland City Art Gallery, Dunedin Public Art Gallery and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. WHITESPACE, 12 Crummer Road T: 09 361 6331 www.whitespace.co.nz

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ARTS + CULTURE A DESIGNER COPY Thesis on copying earns young Ponsonby designer two international design awards. Copying comes as second nature when you’re a copy yourself. Identical twin Kate Cullinane’s graduate thesis dissecting the act of copying in design has won the young designer international recognition in two global design awards and has been featured in a leading international design publication. The 25 year old Ponsonby designer’s thesis, a book entitled Sample Copy: An Exploration of the Role of Copying in Design, has won an international Art Directors Club Gold Cube,announced recently. Cullinane’s book has also been named in the top three in the global Type Directors Club Awards for Typographic Excellence (the final rankings will be announced in July), and a chapter of her book has been published in influential online magazine, Design Observer. Now a full time graphic designer for Ponsonby based multidisciplinary design company Alt Group, Cullinane says she’s honoured with the recognition. “I love that Sample Copy is reaching the audience for which it was intended, and that people are responding to it so positively. Not everyone will agree with my arguments, but that’s the point – I want to challenge the way people think,” she says. Growing up as an identical twin in Grey Lynn, Cullinane only saw benefits of copying; from fooling teachers to perfectly synchronised sports partners. “It was not until I entered design school that I became aware of the fear towards copying: the obsession to be original; the dismissal of an image that looks too similar to that of an existing piece. This negativity towards copying was something that I simply couldn’t relate to.” Her exploration of copying for her graduate thesis project is encased in a carefully designed book written for the design community. “Copying is fundamental to the creative process. Copying is where new developments begin because good designers copy an existing work with the intention of surpassing it. I believe the act of copying advances design,” says Cullinane. Citing numerous distinguished designs with roots in copying and appropriation – from Warhol’s iconic Campbell’s Soup Can, to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel to Salvador Dali’s Chupa Chups logo and Alexander McQueen’s Bosch Silk-Jacquard Dress of Autumn/Winter 2010 – Cullinane asserts that “building upon what already exists is more productive than starting from scratch.”

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The thesis Sample Copy features a slew of opinions from internationally renowned designers - from Barcelona to New York to Hong Kong, London and Auckland’s Dean Poole of Alt Group – all of whom Cullinane interviewed personally. “Interviewing some of the world’s best designers was such an honour, and so exciting. Many of them sent me articles about copying that they found or even wrote. I can’t describe what it was like for me as a student to have correspondence with someone like Massimo Vignelli [an influential Italian designer responsible for the iconic New York Subway system signage and American Airlines identity].” Cullinane earned first class honours from AUT in 2012 for her graduate thesis project, while working part time at Auckland design agency Alt Group – where she is now employed full time as a graphic designer. She says working with Alt Group and its directors Dean Poole and Ben Corban also opened the floodgates for ideas from the design industry. “I couldn’t have asked for better mentors. A large number of the paragraphs in Sample Copy originated from our Alt Group lunchtime discussions,” she says. To be awarded for both typographic excellence and art direction is no mean feat – the project was carefully crafted to convey the act of copying from first page to last. The book was created with CBF paper stock, commonly used to print handwritten invoices, which copies a mark to the next page. All images have been put through a blue filter because the color has a strong connotation to a carbon copy. The 45-degree angle originated from the common position of a ‘sample copy’ stamp, and was used throughout the book. In 2011, Cullinane graduated from Auckland University with a Bachelor of Arts in Italian and Art History – and three months later graduated from AUT with a Bachelor of Design (Graphics), in which she earned a Head of School Award. The art aficionado has also spent time both living and studying under a scholarship in Italy, where she says she “fell in love with the paintings of Baroque artists.” But this love started at a much younger age, says Cullinane: “my mum would bring home books about her favourite designers, who would then become my favourite too. I think I fell in love with the idea of being a designer before I even understood what they did,” she says. PN

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ARTS + CULTURE WORLD CLASS TATTOO STUDIO SHOWCASES IN PONSONBY THE TATTOOED HEART IS NEW ZEALAND’S finest tattoo destination store. Located in Karangahape Road, they have recently opened a show case store at Ponsonby Central for a limited time.

SHOWING AT PONSONBY CENTRAL TANJA JADE MISERY – SOLO EXHIBITION ‘MOMO’ 11 – 19 May from 11am daily Opening: 10 May 7pm Auckland visual artist Tanja Jade aka ‘Misery’ is well known for her distinctive, doe-eyed characters. Tanja met her alter ego ‘Misery’ at the age of 16 when she took up the rebellious art of graffiti.

Owner Adam Craft has 20+ years’ experience in the industry. After travelling the world and studying with international tattoo masters, he returned to New Zealand to establish a world class tattoo studio. The Tattooed Heart is a custom and classic tattoo and piercing studio, also stocking in house and overseas branded clothing, jewellery, books, and art. Modern tattooing is a time-honed process requiring skill, knowledge, experience, and technical and artistic ability. This is not something that can be learned quickly. In addition to the health risks associated with inexperienced tattooists, not all tattoos are created equal. A tattoo is something you’ll wear for life – and at the Tattooed Heart, you can trust that each of their artists have the experience and talent to produce consistently beautiful pieces of work, every time. At The Tattooed Heart all instruments are sterilised by autoclave and the premises are health department licensed. The artists use only the highest quality equipment and materials, with follow up aftercare a priority. All the tattooists are informed and educated, with exceptional taste. Their own specialties cover everything from traditional work, Japanese, Americana, black and grey, realistic, tribal, and Ta Moko. They are also experts at cover up work. The artists’ ability to design and apply a high quality tattoo always results in a handmade masterpiece that their client will love - for life! PN TATTOOED HEART, 202 Karangahape Road T: 09 379 2662 Ponsonby Central, 136 – 138 Ponsonby Road www.tattooedheart.co.nz

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An artwork by MISERY

Together Tanja and Misery became one, decorating Auckland’s streets with her unique characters that would be seen and loved by many.

After several successful ventures and some not so great ones Tanja felt a little suffocated by Misery and decided she needed a break from her dark side. In November 2010 she called upon Brent ‘the Reverend’ Hayward (local artist and life guard) to perform an exorcism and expel the spirit once and for all. This worked well as a short term fix, however the exorcist was proven to be a phony and the ritual had failed her. It was apparent that Misery would never die. Following a trip to the Burmese border, making art with refugee children and hunting in the jungle Tanja made peace with Misery and the two kindred spirits joined creative forces and reunited. Tanja Jade Misery presents ‘Momo’ a solo art exhibition inspired by vegetables, magic and a little girl with a curse on her head! PN PONSONBY CENTRAL, 136 – 138 Ponsonby Road www.misery.com

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BECOME AN ART EXPLORER EVER FELT A BIT SELF CONSCIOUS WHEN VENTURING INTO A DEALER gallery? Ever felt too unqualified to ask questions? Ever felt too ignorant to express an opinion on the subject? Well your uncertainty will dissolve simply by going on a voyage of discovery with ArtExplore. Long time collector, Brian Latimer has an Art History degree, a subject that has fascinated him from early childhood and together with his life partner, Caril Cowan they started an organisation last November with the express intention of engaging with those who are mystified by New Zealand’s contemporary art scene. They also identified an opportunity to get people alongside dealer galleries through a series of exploratory walks through four art precincts, namely the CBD, Parnell, Karangahape Road and Newton. Most people have an interest in art in some way or another and these walks encompass galleries, corporate art, public and street art and art studios. What’s more,art critic and ArtExplore associate, T.J. McNamara who has been covering the art scene in his weekly column for 45 years, shares his extensive knowledge on these guided walks. In an interview with Arts Editor Linda Herrick he says, “There are two types of critics - some live alongside artists, they go to studios, they talk, they belong to a circle and they can have great insights. But I am writing for a daily paper. I sort of see myself as a representative of the person who goes into the gallery. I have always written my response to what’s on the wall.’ Well Brian and Caril could have no better person alongside, sharing his extensive knowledge and experience with ArtExplore’s participants. The walks provide an atmosphere of relaxation as they proceed from gallery to gallery. There’s a lot of discussion, laughter and sharing in an energised, friendly atmosphere. T.J. does not arraign his audience as though delivering a lecture. Instead he and Brian try to set people on their own journey by saying ‘Here’s this art and here are some ideas we’ve got.’ The stunning thing is there is so much good art in Auckland. T.J. says that in England a city like Redding, which is is about the same size, does not have anything like the variety and quality we have here. He adds, ‘Art in Auckland is very very exciting.’ The unexpected encounters that happen are another enticement because sometimes the group will happen upon a major artist in the gallery, which is always an added excitement. Or the gallerist might be prepared to talk about the works in the current exhibition. Obviously gallery owners are happy to see groups arrive and are more likely to give them more attention than someone wandering in on his or her own. The walks are done on a rotation basis so by the time it’s back to the first precinct the exhibitions will have all changed. Already they are very popular with repeat attendance when the new circuit begins. The motivation is to give people a very approachable way of going round the galleries and absorbing the art, eventually working them up to maybe buying a work and even starting their own collection. ArtExplore runs events as well and gives talks at various satellite galleries such as the Henderson Gallery in Greenville and the Uxbridge Gallery in Howick. There are lots of people who are unable to travel or find it just too inconvenient to go into the Central City so ArtExplore takes art discussion to them instead. For instance, when the Philip Trustrum’s retrospective arrived at the Morrinsville Art Gallery T.J. gave a talk standing in the middle of the gallery surrounded by the paintings. These sorts of activities are unique in Auckland because nobody else is doing similar functions. Most importantly they help people find and express their own voice. Viewers don’t need to be told what’s good or bad but they do need to be shown a way in to see something they may have missed previously and then be confident about their own response. The walks are an interesting and informed experience, deepening and extending art knowledge. Bookings are essential as numbers are limited and can be paid for online at www.artexplore.co.nz or by phone M: 021 156 6300. The cost is only $20 and refunds are not available but if unable to attend, ArtExplore will provide a voucher for another walk that is valid for six months. The tours start at 11am and finish about 1pm. A handy hint - wear comfortable shoes or sandals! (DEIRDRE TOHILL) PN

DARKLIGHT # 2 SHINES IN MACKELVIE STREET Darklight #2 is a local initiative by SANTOS CAFÉ, Ponsonby and SPYGLASS GROUP, audio video specialists. This is the second of a series of temporary architectural projections which have been projected around Ponsonby. ‘Darklight’ is the creation of temporary artistic installations. The installation artworks are created by emerging and established local artists that reflect the local DIY culture in our communities. The medium is a technique called projection mapping,

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where the building and architecture is captured digitally and projected back onto itself to enable a digital canvas to paint on. Why is this happening? There are two main reasons. Firstly, the scale of this medium creates financial barriers for the artist to overcome through Darklight. Secondly, by giving emerging artists the opportunity to showcase their works locally, publicly and on a large scale, the team is encouraging the development of this talent. PN www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mwb1CIYh3A www.spyglass.co.nz PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


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Artworks by (from left to right): HEIDI PING XU, TALIA SMITH; KARA WALLACE and JONATHAN CAMERON

SHOWING AT NOOK GALLERY GROUP SHOW - EPICLECTIC - an epic eclectic collection of photography Exhibition: 6 – 29 June; Opening: 5 June HEIDI PING XU - UNTITLED 1 (from the Between Likeness and Unlikeness series) 2007 Heidi Ping Xu’s work synthesises Chinese ink painting and Western photography aesthetics. TALIA SMITH - UNTITLED (Part of Rest Assured series) 2013 Talia Smith’s Rest Assured explores our relationship as humans to the land through every day, often overlooked spaces. KARA WALLACE - MY WIN 2013 Kara Wallace is obsessed with everything Polaroid and making a social commentary about herself and the impact previous relationships have had on her already cynical outlook. JONATHAN CAMERON - BLOOD TEA 2011 Inspired by popular culture, Jonathan Cameron seeks to re-create aspects that reflect and engage with the beautiful and seductive vampire figure seen in contemporary vampire fiction. *Epiclectic is Part of the Auckland Festival of Photography 2013 Programme. PN NOOK GALLERY, 54 Ponsonby Road M: 027 522 7710 www.nookgallery.co.nz

SPOTTED OUTSIDE GPK ON PONSONBY ROAD Spotted on Ponsonby Road – well known Grey Lynn resident George Henare driving fellow actor Annie Whittle to rehearsals (at a local church hall) for their next show. They were joined by fellow cast member Phil Peleton and the show’s Director, Louise Wallace. The Pulitzer prize-winning play runs at the PumpHouse Theatre in Takapuna from 8 - 19 May.

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ARTS + CULTURE KIDS ARTS FESTIVAL 2013 A new generation of artists! Corban Estate Arts Centre Saturday 18 May, 10am - 4pm The annual Kids Arts Festival is the biggest arts event for children held in West Auckland, a chance for children to show their creativity, try their hand at varied art workshops and take to the stage. This year the Kids Arts Festival’s theme at Corban Estate Arts Centre is ‘My Generation’ and invites children to express how they see their 21st century world. PN CORBAN HOMESTEAD GALLERIES, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson T: 09 838 4455 www.ceac.org.nz

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Left: KEEPSAKE 100 x 80cm framed acrylic/oil glaze on card; Right: MELANCHOLI 120 x 120cm acrylic/oil glaze on linen

SHOWING AT OREXART ‘MELANCHOLIA’ - NEW PAINTINGS BY KATHY BARBER Herne Bay based (and with her studio in Kingsland) this truly local artist Kathy Barber is showing a suite of her latest works at OREXART’s new gallery space in Putiki Street. This is Kathy’s eighth solo show and follows on from her last three brilliantly reviewed shows at OREXART. A finalist in numerous award shows, Kathy’s ability to show light as if shining from a celestial window or flickering through water gives the paintings a special quality.

Electrolux know how to launch their products in style, using Jervois Road’s famous Elbow Room, and even more famous Tess Tickle and Venus Man Trap to entertain media and celebrities alike. Introducing a fabulous new Vacuum called the Ultrapower – Electrolux wined and dined media while Tess and Venus did a choreographed dance to Queen’s I want to break free – housework never looked so good!

Slowly and meticulously executed, the transparent glazes she uses create images that hover between the known and the imagined. There are eight paintings in the show and each is as different as the light or feelings they depict. PN OREXART, 15 Putiki Street Arch Hill T: 09 378 0588 For more info visit www.orexart.co.nz or contact: rex@orexart.co.nz

GREY MATTER 100cm tondo acrylic/oil glaze on linen

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ARTS + CULTURE THE NEW ZEALAND DANCE COMPANY LANGUAGE OF LIVING Saturday, 25 May ASB Theatre Aotea Centre Following an exceptional launch season in 2012, The New Zealand Dance Company (NZDC) is thrilled to announce their six centre North Island tour of Language of Living this May/June. The company makes a one-night-only return to Auckland’s Aotea Centre before hitting the road to premiere the show in Wellington, Hawke’s Bay, Whangarei, Orewa and Warkworth. ‘We were thrilled by the audience and critics’ response to our launch last year and know Language of Living will appeal to a broad audience, whether aficionados or those new to dance. Our first tour is the next step in The New Zealand Dance Company’s commitment to sharing great New Zealand dance with as many people as possible,’ said Artistic Director, Shona McCullagh. One of the most inspirational dance productions of last year, Language of Living is a diverse programme of exquisite works. Earthy, witty and beautiful, the 2013 programme features a selection of choreography by New Zealanders Michael Parmenter, Shona McCullagh, Sarah Foster-Sproull, Justin Haiu and Ashleigh Coward. It showcases some of our finest dancers Ursula Robb, Craig Bary, Justin Haiu, Hannah Tasker -Poland, Tupua Tigafua, Lucy Lynch, and NZDC’s newest members, Gareth Okan and Pamela Sidhu. The company is also excited to announce its first international work, Anne Teresa De Keesmaeker’s Faune, presented in Auckland and Wellington only and performed by Ursula Robb. Formed in 2011, The New Zealand Dance Company’s vision is to present compelling and professional work of the highest calibre on a national and international stage. It also aims to attract new audiences to dance by demystifying the art form and fostering partnerships with other creative practitioners in fresh and inventive collaborations. This creative alchemy is brought to life in Language of Living through a visual feast of stunning costume, video, light and set design created by Andreas Mikellis, Gerbrand van Melle, Matthew Marshall and Sue Gallagher. This unites with an exquisite sound experience featuring compositions by Gareth Farr, CPE Bach, The Electric Boutique, John Gibson and Eden Mulholland. NZTrio, David Guerin and The Electric Boutique perform live on stage for selected works in Auckland, with NZTrio joining the company in Wellington. Arts Laureate McCullagh’s invitation to you all: ‘The stage is set for the Language of Living 2013 North Island Tour. We share with you our vision for contributing deeply to the future of New Zealand dance in the best way we can – by moving our bodies to tell you something words simply cannot.’ The New Zealand Company thanks its major supporters Creative New Zealand and Designworks, and our foundation partner Westpac. For full venue and ticketing information visit www.nzdc.org.nz PN

ON2CANVAS POP UP CLOSES – NEW STUDIO OPENS “THE THREE MONTH TERM ON PONSONBY ROAD HAS COME TO AN END for on2canvas pop up shop and they are moving to their new Herne Bay studio. “It’s been a great experience being on Ponsonby Road and having a gallery to showcase our product,” says on2canvas owner Lindy Roberts. “The feedback from clients has been wonderful and we will miss this special space.” On2canvas is having a moving sale before they leave on 4 May so if you’ve had your eye on something pop into the shop before then. From 6 May you can pop into their new studio or visit them online. Lindy would like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped with the pop up shop and to all her lovely clients, new and old, for their support. PN ON2CANVAS, 12 Albany Road, Herne Bay T: 09 376 8065 M: 021 465 465 lindy@on2canvas.co.nz www.on2canvas.co.nz

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SHOWING AT BLACK ASTERISK

Joyaviva 11 May – 8 June

COLIN LUXTON - MUTE… MUTTER … MUM 10 - 29 May Preview: 9 May

An inspiring exhibition of modern charms designed to be of service to the wearer. Twenty one jewellers from Australia, New Zealand and Chile have created objects that have the potential to change our lives. Each jeweller has created a work, which relates specifically to their world and whose function is activated by the wearer. The exhibition at Objectspace includes documentation of how the jewellery has been used; there are videos, diaries, and drawings. The touring exhibition will travel from Australia to Objectspace and then across the Pacific to Latin America where more jewellers will also participate in the project. Curator Kevin Murray included seven New Zealand jewellers: Jacqui Chan, Ilsa-Marie Erl, Sarah Read, Gina Ropiha, Areta Wilkinson, Matthew Wilson, and Kathryn Yeats. Further information on the Joyaviva project can be found here: http://www.joyaviva.net/

Handshake 15 June – 20 July

The HandShake project – conceived and organized by Porirua-based Peter Deckers – gives emerging jewellers from around New Zealand the opportunity to be mentored by an internationally renowned artist or jeweller of their choice. The pairing enables 12 jewellery graduates to receive professional support after the completion of their studies and contributes to establishing an ongoing art practice through the development of new work for a series of exhibitions held in Australia, New Zealand and Germany. Whereas the earlier exhibitions focussed on presenting work by the mentees, the Handshake exhibition at Objectspace also includes work by mentors. The collaborative result highlights the unique qualities of the relationships between the participants and the dynamic flow of shared experiences. Artist statements and excerpts from feedback sessions provide a fascinating insight into the nature of the creative process. A book titled ‘HANDSHAKE – 12 contemporary jewellers meet their hero’ has recently been published and traces the progress of the project now in its third and final year. Left: Ilsa-Marie Erl, A Handful of Luck. Function: to reflect on how members of her Salsa community coming from different cultural backgrounds relate to a good luck charm. Centre: Jacqui Chan, Brooch from ‘Host A Brooch’. Function: to produce new experiences and connections between wearers and their urban surroundings in post-earthquake Christchurch. Right: Cover of the recently published book Handshake.

Portraiture is a genre with a long history and tradition. While historically a portrait demonstrated the sitter’s status and provided a record of appearance Colin Luxton is more concerned with studying the human form and the dynamic act of creating a portrait: a psychological exchange between artist and subject. Luxton explains, “working from a life model becomes a collaboration, the presence and personality of the sitter directly influences the process of the painting.” This dynamic exchange is forged in the final painting; the face becomes translated into rhythm and gesture, the particularities of colour. “The face becomes the authority, its presence there, folded into and piercing space, like the prow of a ship, forever intangible but somehow articulate, articulating.” This rhythmic element bands the paintings together, each one conversing with the others around the room, individual and joint experiences occurring at once. The paintings themselves are not direct copies of the person’s physicality; their true nature lies in the painting of a moment, a shared experience between painter and sitter, a psychological glimpse into shared space. The effect on the body is visceral. These paintings mark a change in medium for Luxton. This new series moves from the previous darkness to lighter fleshy tones of oil paints applied in thin glazes as well as thick expressive strokes. The scale of Luxton’s work is notable. Well above life size the face shifts and changes with your movement around it. Viewed from afar the tightly cropped faces peer back. Close up the figure dissolves; the paint and its textural slickness and energy become the subject. Working on multiple levels yet with striking simplicity the energy of his forms translates to the viewer. The non-verbal authority of the work appeals to the senses as opposed to the rational mind. The exhibition title ‘mute...mutter...mum’ encapsulates the silent ‘felt’ aspects of the work. In Luxton’s words: “the work has to sink into the more unintelligible realm of the body. Don’t think – feel.” PN

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AIR YOUR GRIEVANCES! Ever feel irritated or even downright frustrated by events or practices that you have no control over? This state of particular and continual annoyance is often referred to as a ‘pet peeve’. Sally James, proprietor of the Ponsonby Bed and Breakfast is fuming that the beautiful, hundred year old Ponsonby Post Office is to be sold and part of the deal is the new owners can have a billboard that will spoil the look of the Category 1 New Zealand Historic Places Trust building. The billboard will be placed on the College Hill face which means it will be the first thing that hits the eye as people enter Ponsonby. She goes on to complain that it’s bad enough to see huge billboards overpowering the Ponsonby Central building without having them at both ends of the street. She believes there is a place for them and they can serve an artistic purpose but not on an historic building and not when they are so enormous they are out of sync with other buildings. She adds resource consent was granted for this and a billboard being marketed as an asset in the sale means the council cares little about what Ponsonby residents think. She wonders if we can look forward to billboards on all of Ponsonby Road’s heritage buildings? If this is to be the outcome how will that sustain the local business community and make Ponsonby a special destination?

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So there you go, Sally. The jury will be out till we actually see what the billboard looks like. Who, for instance okayed the faux rusted grill that’s been attached to the rear of the Birdcage? That abominable sight is my pet peeve at the moment. Readers are invited to bring our attention to anything that gets up their goat and have it aired in a wider forum. Nothing may be achieved but at least it might relieve pent up frustration and you might find others share your peeve. (DEIRDRE TOHILL) PN Email your peeve to info@ponsonbynews.co.nz

‘FLOWERS AT HOME’ LAUNCH Freemans Bay; Tuesday 16 April Propellerhead, a local business, hosted the launch of Sandra Kaminski’s beautiful new book ‘Flowers at Home’ (Renaissance Publishing) last month. The book was a collaboration between photographer, Geoff Hedley and Sandra Kaminski. A crowd of around 100 guests gathered to enjoy the Moet Champagne, which flowed freely. 1. Trelise Cooper, Sandra Kaminski and Angela da Silva; 2. Sally Duggan, editor of NZ House & Garden, and food and wine guru, Lauraine Jacobs; 3. Author, Sandra Kaminski and Andrew Weston of Propellerhead; 4. “Flowers at home”; 5. Trelise Cooper, Sandra Kaminski, and Deborah Delaney of The National Flower Promotion Group; 6. Marian Wright and Renee Wright; 7. Greig Buckley and Lauraine Jacobs; 8. Gini Biddle, Laetitia Rigaut, and Natalie Kliewer; 9. Photographer Geoff Hedley, and Author Sandra Kaminski.

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