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PLEASE SEND LETTERS TO info@ponsonbynews.co.nz SNOWMAN ON PONSONBY ROAD Rico Horsley of MetroLaw, Ponsonby snapped this quick photo on his iPhone of a snowman in Western Park last month. It made us feel cold just looking at this photo! NO RECYCLING AT PONSONBY POOL I frequent the Ponsonby Pool Hall on Ponsonby Road and know that they sell beer and wine in glass bottles and I also have observed that they don’t recycle said bottles. I personally see no reason for this and when asked they talk about how difficult it is. They have also said that as a Ponsonby Road business they dont get access to road side recycling, but if you walk in the back of that complex, the bar on the corner, or the food hall upstairs has recycling bins, so I’m not sure what their real issue is or why it’s so hard.

When I go, I love playing pool, and I purchase bottled beer and I take my bottles home with me to ease my conscience. I would love to know why they are not being responsible like the rest of us. SAMANTHA BROWN, Ponsonby ELIAS HANLON, owner Ponsonby Pool Hall Thanks for bringing this to our attention and I am pleased to advise that we are now recycling our bottles as from three weeks ago. ARCH HILL’S PEOPLE POWER! We have recently relocated from Arch Hill, but would like to pass on one particular experience of living there. It must have been a year ago, maybe more, when I raised the subject with the council. A female employee (name unfortunately forgotten) eventually consented to meet me following an email exchange where I said the footpaths were terrible and she attempted to make the council’s case. Anyhow, on meeting up, I showed her the Arch Hill reserve (the Bond Street steps and the path leading to the reserve were appalling), Niger Street, King Street and Keppell Street. Within a few minutes of walking she’d almost fallen over on loose gravel on the footpath at the bottom of King Street. Point made, I felt.

LIKE US! www.facebook.com/ponsonbynews www.twitter.com/Ponsonby_News THE AA’S PERSPECTIVE IN JUNE’S PONSONBY NEWS Firstly thanks for your informative and interesting monthly publication. I think that the AA perspective given on parking and other transport issues in Auckland was overly simplistic and scaremongering and I do not think they represent the range of views of our community. Like most Auckland folk I talk to I prefer to commute using public transport and also have a car for my recreational convenience at weekends and evenings. What needs to happen is to give people more choice when it comes to transportation issues, whether public or private. So the public transport system needs to get a lot more resourcing because as anyone who lives in Auckland knows it’s really only efficient in the inner city area, outlying burbs are very poorly serviced, which is fine if you have all day to get to your meeting but hopeless for serious deadline travel. Let’s get behind the Mayors CBD rail loop it’s an excellent and visionary strategy to promote Auckland as a world leader and to address long term issues given that peak oil has occurred and climate change action is mandatory. There is plenty of parking available right now, but it needs to be used more strategically, For example there is lots of parking that is not really used after hours in carpark buildings. Also I do not think businesses should be required under the RMA to provide parking for their customers, because this is effectively a tax on business, or perhaps a business subsidy for council. Land and resources are at a premium, business would be better required factor in public transport services and needs into their business plans, this would be a win win for council and business and the public. CHRIS KEENE, Ponsonby. THE GOLDEN DAWN - ONE LOCAL WON’T BE BACK On a Saturday recently at only 10.30pm I was refused entry by the doorman as we arrived at The Golden Dawn. “It’s full mate,” we were told pleasantly enough and we believed him. We were there to meet up with a friend who texted me later on that night to ask where we were. She was already inside and it certainly wasn’t full, she told me. I run a Ponsonby business, I’m in my late 40s and the other two people with me were well dressed and of a similar age. I’m old enough to remember Studio 54 in New York whose business it was in the 80s, to turn people away, making it seem exclusive and in popular demand. Perhaps that’s their marketing strategy...but it certainly doesn’t work for me. There are so many great places to have a drink in Ponsonby....and as my partner later said to me. “You think you’re ‘too cool, for school’ anyway, so this has been a lesson for you. I won’t embarrass myself by trying to go back! NAME and BUSINESS withheld upon request.

They do, however come out to clean the drains when we ask. My main bone of contention at the time was that footpath improvement seemed to be going on all around the city, but not in Arch Hill. I was told that the walking route from the CBD was the priority (of course, can’t have our RWC visitors falling over, injuring themselves and engaging legal representation, can we?) - so K Road, Great North Road, Bond Street etc and (I quote) “50 yards either side of that route”. Gee, thanks for making Arch Hill look cosmetically acceptable from the main road and stuff the rest of us who need to push prams, take our kids to Newton Central etc. Of course we can look over to Grey Lynn now and see footpaths in excellent condition all the way down to the park. So what happened to the 50 yard rule? Why does Grey Lynn get footpaths and we don’t? As I said, I have now moved to Mt Eden so will not be an Arch Hill-ian much longer. KEITH SHACKLETON, Mt Eden FROM THE EDITOR: As Arch Hill locals are aware, many of the footpaths are in the process of renewal. The infrastructure of the area will, we hope, continue to improve and we must say thanks to everyone who made an effort (you know who you are!). www.facebook.com/pages/Potatau-St-Sort-Our-Street PONSONBY NEWS - eMag I wanted to drop you a quick note to say what a pleasant surprise I got to see that I can now read my copy of Ponsonby News online! GAVAN HOGG, Alternate Instinct, Sandringham.

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As we went to press the ARCH HILL footpaths are in the process of renewal

LOST AND FOUND LOST: A mans white gold flat style wedding band, it has a dull scratched finish. Lost the week of 13 December 2010, somewhere between the Golden Dawn, corner of Ponsonby and Richmond Roads and Dean Street, Arch Hill. Reward offered for its return. Contact: Angela on T: 021 802 671 or angela.s.stewart@hotmail.com

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One or two things I pointed out to her have been addressed since then, but I’m sure they have been done by home owners. The council rarely pays serious attention to our footpaths, and street sweeping especially at the lower end of King Street and Niger Street is virtually non-existent - they don’t come down that far, it’s too steep for them, I expect.

FROM THE PUBLISHING TEAM WE WERE SAD TO SAY GOODBYE TO FRANKLIN ROAD’S OLDEST RESIDENT 91-year-old Violet Lewis last month. Her funeral at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Mackelvie Street was well attended by many family and friends. The Christmas lights switch-on ceremony this year to be held on 1 December will not feel the same without her friendly smile.

WE WERE DELIGHTED THAT NOT ONE, BUT THREE LOCALS MADE THE QUEEN’S Birthday Honours list last month. Our congrats and respect to Herne Bay resident and NZ Idol Judge Paul Ellis for services to the Music industry; to Westmere resident Jane Colby for services to health and to our PN columnist and Grey Lynn resident David Hartnell for services to entertainment. We hope you enjoy Buffy and Bimbo’s review of his new book, ‘Memoirs of a gossip columnist’. NZ POST WAS LEFT IN NO DOUBT THAT GREY LYNNERS FEEL PASSIONATELY about their Post Office and are prepared to fight to save the services it provides and the historic building. At a public meeting chaired by our Soap Box columnist John Elliott, hosted by community group Grey Lynn 2030 and the Grey Lynn Business Association, over 50 locals called on NZ Post to urgently reconsider its decision. Just as we went to press the Post Shop was held up by a gun toting robber. Not only do staff have to suffer the stress of redundancy but they have this to contend with as well. WE HAVEN’T BEEN THIS EXCITED SINCE WE WERE SEVEN YEARS OF AGE on Christmas Eve! Finally, we have trams back in our city – albeit, a loop around the waterfront, but it’s a start and it will be a good draw for the Rugby World Cup visitors. IT’S UNDERSTANDABLE TO BE SUFFERING FROM THE WINTER BLUES THIS month – the weather has been miserable, wet and cold and we’ve had friends stranded by the ash cloud which makes you appreciate how interconnected everything is…it brings home a point, Rosalyn Dexter, a Fengshui Guru once told us… “a butterfly flaps its wings in the Indian Ocean and a breeze blows in the Pacific – EVERYTHING is connected”.

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EARLY LAST MONTH WE ENJOYED SEEING PONSONBY-BASED KAREN WALKER’S ‘Perfect Day’ autumn/winter collection held at Lexus of Auckland City’s showroom on Great North Road. Danielle Hayes (winner of last season’s New Zealand’s Next Top Model) was one of the highlights.

MARTIN LEACH, JULIE ROULSTON, JAY PLATT + JO BARRETT With the Auckland Marathon coming up on Sunday 30 October, we felt it would be timely to look at ways on how to prepare and maintain our bodies and overall wellbeing. We hope you are inspired by our ‘in Fitness and in Health’ feature. IN TWO WEEKS WE CELEBRATE THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE STORMING OF THE Bastille and we know many locals appreciate being reminded of some of the French influences in and around Ponsonby. THERE ARE MANY GOOD CAUSES TO CONSIDER DONATING TO. ONE WE WILL be supporting is Claudia Kelly’s fund-raising auction at Bill Ralston and Janet Wilson’s on 13 July. A successful evening will enable her to attend Oxford Medical School this September. Claudia is the only New Zealander and one of only 30 people worldwide to be accepted to study on the four-year graduate-entry medical course. Up for auction are some useful items; Artwork by Madeline Beasley, Premium webhosting, Environmental Consultancy, 1950’s Asian artifacts, a term of piano tuition, dinner for two at Sidart, Ponsonby and a voucher from Spa Ayurda. Please RSVP before 8 July to: Claudia on 027 503 2146. PN

Next issue will focus on Father’s Day, Hair and Beauty, the current Real Estate Market and we’ll be calling for nominations in our ‘Best Dressed’ awards. There is also a shoot planned by Julie Roulston for Spring Fashion (men and women)

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WATERFRONT AUCKLAND TRAMS ROLL OFF THE SHIP The return of trams to Auckland streets came a step closer recently when two historic tramcars rolled off a ship from Melbourne at Jellicoe Wharf early last month. Trams last graced the streets of Auckland in 1956. Waterfront Auckland has leased two 1920’s trams – a W2 Class Tram and X-1 Class Tram – to run on the tracks now being installed in a 1.5km loop within the Wynyard Quarter.

The 17 tonne, 48 feet long W2 tram has a seating capacity of 52 and a two-person team (driver and conductor). The 9 tonne, 31 feet long X-1 tram has a seating capacity of 32 and requires one person – the driver.

Waterfront Auckland Chief Executive John Dalzell says both trams have been restored at the Bendigo Tramway Museum in Victoria, Australia.

The trams will remain securely within the Ports of Auckland custom controlled area until their purpose built home – tramcar housing currently under construction within Wynyard Quarter – is completed. From early August, following an operational testing period, the trams will run in a 15-minute clockwise circuit along Jellicoe, Halsey, Gaunt and Daldy Streets. PN

“The trams look great,” he said. “They have both been painted in the original 1950’s ‘carnation red’, and will soon be emblazoned with “Waterfront Auckland Trams” livery.”

AUCKLAND’S HOTTEST NEW WATERFRONT DESTINATION WANTS YOU In case you haven’t noticed Wynyard Quarter, part of the area formerly known as the tank farm, has undergone a huge transformation recently. From 10 new seafood restaurants and bars destined for North Wharf to the new Silo Park overlooking Westhaven, the revitalisation of this area around Jellicoe Street is starting to look great. From early next month all of this and more will be open to the public. Here’s your chance to play a part as Waterfront Auckland is now looking for volunteers to help ensure visitors to the Wynyard Quarter have a great experience. Your primary role will be to provide support in the Information and Wayfinding Kiosk in Gateway Plaza (where the old Team New Zealand buildings used to be). This multi media kiosk will be the central hub of the area where visitors will come to find out about attractions, tours, dining and future plans. You will obviously have great customer service skills and will be a real visitor ambassador for the area. People who can provide a long term commitment to this exciting project would be preferred but not essential. Full training and uniform will be provided as well as a meal, depending on the length of the shift.

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To apply and for a full job description please go to www.waterfrontauckland.co.nz and click on Waterfront News or email connie@connieclarkson.com Pictured L-R: WAYNE MILLS, General Manager, Multi-Cargo & Marine, Ports of Auckland, MIKE LEE, Chairman of the Auckland Regional Council and JOHN DALZELL, CEO, Waterfront Auckland

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THE REVIEW OF THE BUSINESS CASE FOR THE CBD RAIL LINK IS POSITIVE in that it provides greater transparency regarding the potential benefits and costs of this project. We need to know accurately what benefits the CBD rail loop will bring before committing tax and ratepayer money to the project.

THE AUCKLAND CENTRAL ELECTORATE IS A COLLECTION OF VILLAGES. From Ponsonby to Grey Lynn to K Road to Wynyard Quarter and the Viaduct - all these places have a uniquely special character that are cherished by their communities. The Link Bus does a good job of connecting those communities, but we need to make it faster and easier for Aucklanders and tourists to travel between these villages on public transport.

It is clear that unfortunately the Auckland Council’s first business case had significantly overestimated the benefits and impact on traffic volumes of this project. However, while there is more work to be done, I personally believe this project will happen in the future and I am delighted that Government has supported the need for the Auckland Council to move to protect the route for the future. I will be advocating that the Auckland Council initiate the Notice of Requirement process as soon as possible. I am keen to support the Auckland Council in their consultation with constituents and businesses potentially affected by the route. I am keen to work with the Mayor and the Minister of Transport to further determine the full future transport needs of central Auckland. I support, as does the Government, the development of a robust multi-modal plan for future transport into the CBD, which includes a thorough analysis of all the alternative modes to transport. (NIKKI KAYE, Auckland Central MP) PN

T-SHIRTS FOR CHRISTCHURCH WE ALL FEEL FOR THE PEOPLE OF CHRISTCHURCH WHO ARE GOING through their never-ending hell with recent earthquakes, but thanks to many Ponsonby residents and businesses who supported our Chch Hearts t-shirt appeal, over $150,000 has been raised so far. My sister Deborah, who designed the original black Chch Heart t-shirts, went to Christchurch recently to find ways to get the money to those especially in need, and also to give them all a morale boost. With that in mind, we launched a red version of the Chch Heart t-shirt – one that reads ‘my heart is here’. You may have seen them on telly when the Crusaders wore them – it was great to see the red t-shirt campaign being kicked off, literally! Deborah also visited the children at Wooston Primary who were all given free red Chch Heart t-shirts to wear. All 194 pupils and teachers gathered for a special assembly to read poems and even sing rap songs about the earthquake - all to help them express their anguish. The red Chch Heart t-shirts are being sold to residents at cost - $10 - to encourage them all to wear one and feel good about their decision to stay. They are selling like hotcakes in Christchurch shops using the same ‘trust’ basis and we are finding it hard to keep up with supply, so we are pleased that we have struck the right chord here. Due to demand we are still selling the black Chch Heart t-shirts and now for every black one sold, a free red t-shirt goes to a child in Christchurch.

Given the huge number of people who live, work and visit central Auckland there’s an increasing need to improve public transport to make the central part of Auckland better connected. The CBD rail link will deliver an underground rail project that significantly increases the rail capacity for the whole of Auckland, but it is also a great opportunity for urban regeneration and the improvement of community infrastructure and housing in the central city. I believe it is positive that the Minister of Transport and the Mayor have agreed that the Auckland Council should proceed to designate and protect the most likely tunnel route. I am keen to support the Mayor by helping with the consultation of constituents and businesses affected. However, the delivery of the CBD rail link is estimated to take at least seven years and does not solve the issue of improving our ability to get across and around the city. That is why I want Auckland Council to seriously look at extending the tram network. From early August trams will already run in a 15-minute clockwise circuit along Jellicoe, Halsey, Gaunt and Daldy Streets a project which will be completed in time for the Rugby World Cup. In order to guarantee our city an enduring public transport system we need to make sure it is affordable, integrated, cost effective, reliable and safe. To do this we need to work collaboratively, smarter and make longer-term investments in public transport including examining the benefits and costs of extending the tram network. Auckland has a bunch of visitor attractions in Auckland central but they’re not connected. One day we could even see the return of a tram loop that connects the Western Bays with K Road and downtown Auckland. No doubt people will have different views on potential routes. However, I think it is important that the Auckland Council undertake a thorough analysis of what benefits more Trams could bring to our city. Trams are a very clean and can be a quiet method of transport; if they are able to travel in their own right-of-way and possibly with their own corridor then they could be faster than buses. We also need to consider whether people who live, work and visit the Western Bays and central Auckland would use public transport more to get around the city if trams were an option. Our Government has invested and delivered more than ever in Auckland transport, including $1.6 billion for the electrification of the commuter rail network, the Victoria Park tunnel, funding for new electric trains, the double tracking of the Western Line, the new Manukau line, reopening the Onehunga line, and new train stations. In early April the first phase of integrated ticketing was rolled out in Auckland with the new HOP smartcard launch. HOP will ultimately enable Aucklanders to access all public transport services with just one smartcard and people will enjoy faster and more convenient ticketing. Over the last three years we have also increased public transport subsidies for Auckland from $277 million to $347 million. The new Auckland spatial plan provides a great opportunity for us to come together to discuss and plan our transport system over a longer period. While we have delivered a lot, we need to make it easier and faster to get across and visit all the villages of central Auckland. If you want to help me create a movement to investigate bringing back the trams to better connect central Auckland then please visit my website at www.nikkikaye.co.nz. PN

The campaign so far has raised a phenomenal $150,000. Deborah has identified, through the mayoral office in particular, elderly people who are in dire straits and need money to start their lives again with furniture and personal items. Many cannot pay their monthly power bills and so that is a priority for us over these cold winter months. Thank you again for supporting this initiative and for the companies and individuals who really made it happen. Kellands has loved being involved with this fundraising campaign, and trying to make a difference to the lives of the residents of Christchurch. (NICOLA KELLAND) PN For more information, or to purchase t-shirts, please visit www.chchheart.co.nz

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DAVID HARTNELL’S ONE MINUTE INTERVIEW WITH ROBERT SCOTT Robert Scott is half of the hit radio show Two Robbie’s Breakfast on The Breeze, the other being Robert Rakete. These two talented guys are like a 2011 version of the Two Ronnies. Robert and his wife live in the Westmere area. MOST VALUE IN FRIENDS? Honesty, Loyalty, the ability to laugh at themselves, and a decent stock of red wine. WHAT STAR SIGN? Leo, yes the Lion, all show, and loving the limelight – that’s me to an extent, though I could do with some of the Lion’s self belief from time to time – but I’m working on it, and getting better with age (like a red wine). MOST ROCK’N’ROLL THING YOU’VE EVER DONE? At an unnamed Wellington Hotel, a good friend and I managed to squeeze all of the furniture on the Mezzanine level into the lift, cheered on by my radio colleagues. (Radio Awards 1995). I have grown up a lot since then! WHAT FREAKS YOU OUT? Life going a little bit too fast. WHAT TURNS YOU ON? Good food, good wine, and my good wife. WHAT TURNS YOU OFF? Not getting enough sleep. IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? The pace at which I seem to live my life. IF YOU HADN’T BEEN IN RADIO WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU HAVE DONE? I knew what I wanted to be by the age of 10. I used to bike into town and hang out at Palmerston North’s local radio station. I would stare at the announcers through the glass. After the 7th form, with a Bursary in my back pocket, I went to teachers college as I had to do something! I scored a full time job at 2XS three months later. Part of me regrets not taking time out to go to journalist school, but I didn’t want to lose my spot at the station. SOMEONE ELSE FOR A DAY WHO WOULD YOU BE? Nigel Latta from the ‘Seriously incorrect parenting show’. One day with him should sort my kids out nicely. GREATEST REGRET? Apart from not going to journalist school, I don’t have any. One of the major things on my bucket list was going back to work in the UK where I was born. I was lucky enough to co-host the breakfast show for 2-TenFM for three years – it was one of the most listened to local stations in the country. SELF-INDULGENCE EVER? Playing cliche’ rock licks on my guitar for all Westmere to hear. I play in a covers band aimed at the corporate market – we play 80’s Rock and are called The Jandal Brothers (Google us!). BEST THING YOU’VE GOT FOR FREE? My wife and I were flown to NYC after I won a New York Radio Award. It felt like I’d won an Oscar (of the radio world!) YOUR FIRST JOB? Apart from the usual paper rounds, at 15 I was employed at the local radio station as ‘Captain Fantastic’. I wore tights, a cape, a cap with antennas and big Elton John glasses. I rode about the streets of Palmerston North, as a shopping reporter. Luckily no photos exist. Facebook would have loved them. WHICH RADIO INTERVIEW WERE YOU MOST PROUD OF? I’ve been lucky enough to chat with thousands of musicians and most Prime Ministers since 1985. I was 22 when I interviewed David Lange. He was fun, yet intellectually challenging. FUNNIEST THING THAT HAPPENED TO YOU LIVE ON AIR? Broadcasting live from a plane above a Kite Day, dropping hundreds of numbered Ping Pong Balls for a prize draw. Only to land and be told that a gust of wind had blown them all into a nearby public swimming pool. BEST THING IN YOUR RADIO STUDIO? The fella that sits opposite me at The Breeze. Robert Rakete is a true friend, and great fun to work with. Radio partnerships are like arranged marriages. Happily, we were friends long before the nuptials and the honeymoon.

YOUR HEROES? Anyone who rolled up their sleeves and helped the people of Christchurch in recent months. THE FIRST THING YOU WOULD CHANGE IF YOU BECAME PRIME MINISTER? My hair cut. YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY WOULD BE CALLED? Simple; “Robert Scott – an autobiography’. People could well think the book was about the famous explorer. I’m bound to sell a few copies from confusion. (DAVID HARTNELL) PN

HIGH FASHION HIGH TEA FOR CHARITY Join us for High Fashion High Tea at St Matthews in the City on Saturday 16 July between 1-4pm for an elegant and fashionable ladies afternoon to support women’s health charity WONS. When you arrive at the beautiful St Matthews church, you will receive a glass of bubbly and listen to the dulcet tones of Amatai Pati, a very talented young opera singer. Later you will be seated at your elegant round table where a delightful afternoon tea complete with sandwiches, savouries and assortment of sweet treats will be served accompanied by tea served in vintage cups and saucers. The afternoon will be hosted by Jackie O’Fee from Signature Style, as seen on Breakfast, who will give you the Spring/Summer fashion forecast with some of her top styling tips. Pony Xpress will also talk you through some key trends for Hair. Phoenix Cosmetics will create magic with their makeup techniques. A mixture of celebrity models and models will then showcase a sneak-peak of the Spring/Summer ranges from top New Zealand fashion designers; Michelle Yvette, MENA, Loobie’s Story and Ketz-ke. Goodie bags, auction items and spot prizes are available including a makeover from Jackie O’Fee!

IF YOUR HOUSE BURNT DOWN WHAT WOULD YOU GRAB? Photos, hard drive and my guitar.

All the proceeds from this event go to support WONS, a women’s health charity who support high need women in the Auckland community who would not otherwise access their essential health examinations, such as cervical screening and breast health checks. www.wons.org.nz PN

WHAT IS YOUR MANTRA FOR SUCCESS? It’s still my old motto from Palmerston North Boys High “Nihil Boni Sine Labore”, (Nothing Achieved Without Hard Work).

Tickets are $65 per person, $120 couple, $600 table 10. To book T: 09 846 7886 or admin@wons.org.nz

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 RIP VIOLET LEWIS The passage of time has brought about great change to Ponsonby’s most famous street. Franklin Road’s Christmas light display attracts crowds of viewers, and residents almost seem to be vying with one another as to who can put on the most spectacular show. Not so one long time dweller, Violet Lewis who turned ninety-one on 1 February 2011. Over the years she had respectfully declined offers from neighbours who had offered to install lights on her house because she thought the giant cacti in her front garden was enough of a display and didn’t need embellishment. She had said that she was amazed at the efforts her neighbours were prepared to spend on this annual extravaganza because when she was young life was much more frugal than it is in these days of unbridled hedonism. Violet was born in Devonport and her family moved to Ponsonby when she was four-years-old. They lived in nearly every street in the area until they finally settled in Franklin Road when she was eight and she lived here ever since. When asked about the changes she has witnessed she bemoaned the fact that Ponsonby Road has become a long strip of eating places, boutiques and designer shops. In her day there were no less than ten butcher shops and three picture theatres. “We used to go to the pictures nearly every night.” Well, many would agree that change isn’t always for the better, particularly the present day dearth of cinema houses in our neck of the woods. The Lewis’ must have been then, and apparently still are, a very close-knit family. Violet inherited the house from her sister who had eventually bought it for five hundred pounds, a princely sum back then. There were five siblings, four girls and one boy, and Violet was the lone survivor. She missed talking to them, which is what she lamented as a down side of great old age, not having contemporaries to chat with. However her only child, a son, has five children and she has enjoyed her fifteen great grandchildren. Violet came from a tough generation. She spent her childhood collecting firewood from the beach in St Mary’s Bay and walking barefoot to school in Napier Street (she was a frequent visitor to Mrs Lewis’s sweet shop, once located where the motorway is now located). Violet worked until she was 77, at Nestles during the war, packing chocolates that were dispatched to the boys overseas, and at Morrow Taylors who manufactured children’s shoes in Mt Albert. Two bad legs meant she was dependent on walking sticks in her last years in our neighbourhood, fiercely independent till the last she would refuse all help except maybe the occasional clearing of her letterbox at the bottom of her steps.

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Bill Ralston and Janet Wilson have been next-door neighbours for almost five years. When the autumn leaves started to fall Violet would get her rake out and start tidying

up. She would ring their buzzer and offer to clean up outside their house as well as her own. “Violet was a very intelligent woman as well as a good neighbour and she had an extremely quick mind. I used to sit on her verandah talking to her and infact I went to visit her only last week. It’s really the end of an era and Bill and I will both really miss Violet…she was an amazing woman.” One of the area’s last touchstones from a bygone era, she had watched as Freemans Bay had a motorway plough through its heart, and watched the area change from a rough working class neighbourhood, to a highly desirable suburb. Its once functional villas and pre-colonials gentrified to reflect today’s more affluent requirements. All this she watched from her front verandah. A verandah that is empty now. The bench seat she occupied in all weathers foul and fine now sits silent. Accompanied by her friend Buddy, her grandson’s Pit-bull, she was a familiar sight to so many as they traversed the street to the cafes bars and shops of Ponsonby Road. Masons co-owner, Mark Willets recalls, “she always called me Terry and I didn’t have the heart to tell her my name is Mark! Every year she would drop off a Christmas card and she always got Graeme’s and Kwija’s names spelled correctly. She knew all the local gossip and one funny thing she told me once was when the lights were installed at Franklin Road many years ago…she and her sister sat to watch all the confused motorists and the accidents which occurred until people got used to change.” Nearby Arthur Street resident Glenn White went on to say, “Violet had been a resident of Freemans Bay for 87 years. In recent times she was often consulted on local matters and her opinions were printed in local newspapers and magazines. For someone who must have seen incredible changes she seemed to move with the times and I always found her comments made absolute sense. I will miss seeing Violet on her verandah and her ready smile.” The Matriarch reluctantly left the neighbourhood for the Glenburn rest home earlier this year and that’s where she died peacefully last month. Her family is readying the house now, years of accumulated history consigned to other homes and soon a new generation of occupants will live in her home. Let’s hope they will love her home and community as much as she did. She will be sadly missed by a community that grew up around her and she around it. (MARTIN LEACH, ROSS THORBY & DEIRDRE ROELANTS) PN

VIOLET was always proud to have her photo taken with politicians, the Mayor or the Prime Minister. Pictured above with NIKKI KAYE and JUDITH TIZARD

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IMAGE LOUDSPEAKERS Firstly, I would like to say a big thank you to Palmer for last month’s editorial and for holding the fort at Strawberry Sound while I was away. I am very pleased to be the proud father of Sienna Belle, a beautiful baby girl. In the last few months I have written about wireless connectivity, iPod, iPhone and iPad control with multi zone technology and some of the latest and greatest tech from all over the world. This month I thought I would shed some light on a local company that has been quietly going about its business making a range of some of the most impressive loudspeakers available anywhere. The name of this company is Image. Whether you are a fan of acoustic, rock, dub, classical, dance or like me, all of the above New Zealand has for the last few decades been producing music of the absolute highest calibre with no sign of slowing down. The ability to record at or close to a professional level without the need for expensive studios has made music creation accessible to anyone who wants to give it a go. Along with our music production the rest of the world has turned to New Zealand for much of their film, art and technology requirements. WE JUST KNOW HOW TO DO IT RIGHT! Chris Ball has been building loudspeakers for nearly three decades, 20 years under the Image banner. With a range of loudspeakers from the subtle 401 bookshelf through to the incredible Revelation 2’s Image has catered for everything from two channel to home theatre applications and beyond. It can be difficult deciding which loudspeaker will suit you but speakers determine the overall sound quality of your system, so it’s worth the time to listen to several models before making a decision. The most important factors in choosing a speaker are personal preference, speaker type and the components you will use to power your speakers. A good idea is to take your favourite discs with you when you shop. Your experience in listening to your own music is a good gauge to evaluate speakers. Image loudspeakers have some serious appeal that begins when you choose the Image model you want, and the real wood veneer finish that complements your room furnishings. Strawberry

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Sound in Ponsonby has been stocking Image loudspeakers for just over six months now and in that time I have had the chance to match each pair of speakers with a range of different components. I have been very impressed with the effortless clarity and power that is present in even the smallest bookshelves. Some of our favourite speakers in the range are the Image Studio Reference, the 414mk2 floor standers and the Revelation 2 loudspeakers. The Studio Reference is a superb two channel monitor for small to medium size listening rooms where high performance and tonal accuracy is paramount. They are stand mount speakers that can handle high power, perform consistently with a broad range of electronics but more importantly, create the excitement, realism and involvement so important to make you think you’re at the live recording. I have been most impressed by the idea of creating a slightly larger than standard book shelf speaker that is visually very attractive and sounds like a floor standing speaker if you close your eyes. The Studio Reference still fits seamlessly into the home of a client who does not want the extra size of a larger speaker. Brilliant! The effortless power is largely due to them sharing the same bass driver as the larger floor standing 412’s and 414’s. For larger rooms or where more sound pressure level is required, Image has designed the 414 which offers higher sensitivity and higher power handling. It is in the tradition of the 414’s predecessor that won a perfect five star award, that this latest version with significant technical improvements has set even higher standards. The flagship loudspeaker and my personal favourite in the Image range would have to be the Revelation 2’s. At the heart of Revelations are pedigree drivers that integrate perfectly to present a totally seamless top-to bottom sound source. Critical to any loudspeaker is the midrange where the human ear detects so much of the layered inner detail, fine harmonic texture and overall realism. In the Revelation 2 Image use an extraordinary 16cm driver from Morel. The original Image Revelations were called “the real deal” in Audio Enz 2005 hi fi magazine review. “They are a magnificent loudspeaker and exceptional value” With improvements in almost every area the new rev 2’s have taken sound to a totally new level. At $1400 for the Studio Reference, $3200 for the 414’s and $6500 for the Rev 2’s you would be hard pressed to find a better sounding range for twice the price. Listen to the image range in store. (DANIEL JURY) PN STRAWBERRY SOUND, 23 Williamson Avenue T: 09 376 0286 www.strawberrysound.co.nz




Last year I was amongst a group of people who paid a tiny price for an important cause by spending just one night sleeping on cardboard. The Lifewise Big Sleepout is on again on Thursday 7 July. Once a year a collection of people sleep rough for just 13 hours to raise money and awareness of our homelessness issues here in Auckland. I did it last year, and I’m proud to be doing it again this year. Most people think of rough sleepers when they hear the word homeless, and while we must find solutions for the more than 100 people who sleep on our city streets every night, there are many more homeless men, women, and children that we don’t see, and who need our attention. That includes everyone who is transient, who live in accommodation that is inhabitable like a garage, or who find themselves in a boarding house or night shelter night after night. During the Big Sleepout last year, I had the opportunity to visit the city’s night shelter. It was there that I had a conversation with a couple who had just signed in for the night. They said something that struck me “we’re all just three crises away from being homeless.” They had experienced job loss, struggled to pay the rent, and despite trying to hold onto their home, found themselves in temporary housing and eventually a night shelter. My involvement with Lifewise over the years has highlighted for me the assumptions that we often make around the issue of homelessness. One of the participants I met last year, Mike Hutcheson, I think summed up the issue best when he said this:

“I used to think homelessness was a lifestyle choice made by the unwashed and unwilling. Unnecessary in a country with a strong and established welfare system. In previous decades some of the homeless would have been institutionalised, unwanted and hidden, now they’re often highly visible, but still unwanted except by warm and giving souls who recognise that homelessness is most often a temporary state occasioned by social, or in the case of Christchurch recently, geologic events. Sometimes some people fall through the cracks in the system. Looking after them isn’t glamorous but it’s ongoing. The Big Sleepout is intended to create awareness and support for the cause.” I believe secure and decent housing has to be the foundation for building stronger communities, and that includes for people who have fallen through the cracks. We all have a role to play in making sure that happens, and if we do, I hope that one day we won’t need to have anymore ‘Big Sleepouts.’ www.bigsleepout.org.nz PN

WORLD’S MOST LIVEABLE CITY MUST ALSO BE MOST VISITABLE The Mayor is calling for Auckland to be the world’s most visitable, as well as the most liveable city, and warns we need to lift our game. Speaking at the Update Auckland tourism summit, Len Brown says with Rugby World Cup 2011 just a few months away, this is an historic time for Auckland.

“Auckland has to convince international convention organisers their events should be here.”

“We have the chance to define our direction, create our own future and build our own prosperity,” says the Mayor. “But to do that, we need to work out how we can innovate to set our tourism industry on fire.”

Len Brown also wants us to take advantage of being the world’s biggest Maori and Pasifika city. “Why should overseas visitors have to go somewhere else to experience these cultures,” says the Mayor, adding that the Auckland Rail Link will also play a role in supporting tourism. “A city centre overrun with diesel buses is incompatible with any vision for Auckland as a premier tourism destination.”

One thing the Mayor wants is for the entrances to Auckland to speak of a city proud of its identity and which welcome visitors, whether they are arriving via car, airliner or cruise ship. For cruise ship passengers, Len Brown says that means a cruise ship facility on Queens Wharf. “It won’t be extravagant. It will be the workable terminal the industry has been asking for.” The Mayor says if Auckland is to be a destination rather than a gateway, we need facilities like the long-awaited national convention centre.

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Most of all, the Mayor says any Aucklander who interacts with visitors should feel part of the tourism industry and has a role to play in making them welcome, particularly during RWC 2011. “Every Aucklander – every single one of us – has the potential to tip the balance in how visitors remember Auckland.” PN


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PIPPA COOM GREY LYNN 2030 NEWS GREY LYNN 2030 IS A VERY LOCAL INTERPRETATION OF THE TRANSITION towns initiative. We have embraced elements such as community gardens, local food production and community events but until now a key aspect has been missing. This is about to change with the launch of a group focused on energy. Transition towns was founded partly as a response to peak oil and rising energy prices. Last year the first “Energy Descent Action Plan” was published in the UK outlining a practical vision for the relocalisation and decarbonisation of a town. Creating an energy focus group within Grey Lynn 2030 will provide a space to kick off ideas for our own community to move beyond oil dependence. If you would like to be involved please contact Chris Olsen at chris.letter.box@gmail.com or visit www.greylynn2030.co.nz for more details. Since 1939 the Grey Lynn Post Office has been a central hub of a vibrant community supporting local businesses and providing access to services. The Grey Lynn Business Association (GLBA) and Grey Lynn 2030 are challenging NZ Post’s proposal to close the post shop and franchise out the postal services to a local provider. This will mean the end of banking facilities and a new tenant in the iconic building. The friendly staff also face an uncertain future. At the time of writing NZ Post appear to be forging ahead with their plans. Concerned locals have organised a campaign through Facebook, protest meetings and have been at the post office every day with a petition. The petition can also be signed at local shops.

GENEVIEVE MCCLEAN manning the Grey Lynn Post Office petition at the Grey Lynn Farmers Market, Sunday 12 June

The GLBA has a number of Rugby World Cup projects underway that will add to the vibrancy of Grey Lynn. It is supporting Samoa as part of the Adopt-A-Second-Team programme. The main street will be decorated in Samoan colours and projects are underway to involve local businesses, the local community and visitors in festivities with the aim of creating an authentic community experience for everyone. The association will also be working with volunteers on tidy-up and beautification projects to make sure Grey Lynn is looking its best by September. GLBA’s networking drinks on the second Thursday of the month are proving to be really popular with a wide range of local business people especially those who work from home. Urban Jungle café will host the next drinks 5.30 - 7pm on Thursday 14 July. At the Grey Lynn Farmers Market the wonderful Winter Series of talks and demonstrations continues throughout July at 11am on Sundays. More details at www.glfm.co.nz (PIPPA COOM) PN Grey Lynn 2030 www.greylynn2030.co.nz Grey Lynn Farmers Market www.glfm.co.nz Grey Lynn Business Association www.glba.co.nz Conscious consumer www.consciousconsumers.org.nz

DON’T LET CRUELTY SPOIL WESTERN SPRINGS ON A LOVELY WARM SATURDAY MORNING RECENTLY, I STROLLED AROUND Western Springs Park. It had rained very heavily earlier in the morning, so the ground was wet, and the ducks and swans had plenty of water to play in. What was so wonderful was to see the number of families, often with young children, feeding the birds and being photographed trying to catch them. It was a peaceful scene, with only pukekos squawking and fighting over bread scraps. There was a very young pukeko, a young blackbacked gull, but no baby ducklings in sight. A young couple were taking photos, with the young woman trying to touch a swan as her hubby took the snaps. They were visitors from Taiwan, and loved the park and the animals. One tough family group had oilskin coats laid out on the wet grass, with blankets on top, and a picnic in progress. The fact it was nearly winter did not daunt them one bit. They even offered me a chicken drumstick! An older couple, he with a jaunty cap, sat looking across the lake, hand in hand. This idyllic scene, unfortunately, is not always as it looked that morning. Cruelty lurks in that park, and has recently been responsible for some horrific injuries to innocent birds. Ponsonby News spoke to Dr Berend Westera, the Mt Albert Veterinarian. He has recently treated a swan with a fractured skull, probably hit with an axe, and left to die. It apparently hid in its injured state for several days before being found and taken to the vet. It wasn’t a pretty sight with one eye hanging out. The cruelty is getting worse, says Westera. Despite none of the reserve being offleash, dogs are attacking birds, but some humans are also deliberately injuring

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innocent birds, taking to them with a premeditated viciousness. Someone floated out a rat trap to catch a duck. Others have used cable ties around legs and wings. And some kids run around and whack birds with sticks. Everyone needs to know that any bird in a public reserve is fully protected. Lynn Macdonald, of Bird Rescue, is very concerned about the increasing abuse of birds at Western Springs. She is concerned about birds being dropped off as unwanted, including quail, and roosters. Many of these birds brought up in captivity cannot cope in the wild and are quickly killed off, or stolen for someone’s pot. Long time animal activist and former Auckland City Mayor, John Banks, is distraught about cruelty in Western Springs or anywhere else for that matter. “I have a lifetime of devotion to vulnerable animals,” he told Ponsonby News. “I used to feed the roosters at Albany, but I suspect that Council Officers snuck out and killed them all. As Mayor, I told officers that animals in Auckland City deserved a life like any other citizen.” John Banks final comment was, “to stop being cruel to the creatures, who have a right to live in dignity in our city.” Our editors Martin Leach and Jay Platt, walk their Scottie dog Jack every single morning at Western Springs. They are concerned that publicity could make the cruelty worse, but as animal lovers they also are angry at the bad behaviour of just a few Aucklanders. Council officers are being urged to be extra vigilant, and users of this beautiful park should report any antisocial behaviour to Parks staff or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. (JOHN ELLIOTT) PN PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


CHAIR’S WAITEMATA LOCAL BOARD REPORT YOU MAY HAVE FOLLOWED THE STORY IN THE LAST PONSONBY NEWS AND local papers of Arch Hill resident David Batten’s campaign blasting Council for the unsafe state of their footpaths. He emailed graphic photos of cracked and buckled asphalt to local elected representatives, and within little more than a fortnight and after a few ‘on site’ meetings was able to receive a commitment from Auckland Transport to bring the work programme forward to get them redone. In a similar vein a local blogger walking his dog in Western Park noticed all was not well for dog and for humans. He filmed fallen trees and branches, dangerous tree signs, slippery walking paths and dirty drinking fountains. He posted a clip on YouTube itemising the service standard breakdowns and within a week most of his complaints had been sorted. Elected representatives and hardworking and dedicated Council staff had put things right. These were both examples of how Local Board members can assist to make sure ‘Council gets on’ with giving the basic service ratepayers pay for in their annual rates. However Local Board members also have to look to future community needs and this is what we are in the middle of doing now. One of the reasons Local Boards under the Auckland ‘super city’ were set up was to enable local decisions to be made democratically. To that end the Waitemata Local Board has been given the responsibility to put together a Local Board plan which captures your aspirations for your communities, consults you to make sure the projects are the ones you desire, and then make the decisions and make sure they get funded and implemented. You will have received in your letterbox the Waitemata Draft Local Board Plan summary. It provides your chance to have a say. The letterbox drop only gives the basics and points you to where to receive the larger document… our excellent libraries at Ponsonby’s Leys Institute or Grey Lynn gets you a ’hands on’ version. Our six priorities are – a distinct, high quality built environment that embraces its heritage; connected, healthy transport options; strong, vibrant, engaged communities; places for people; a world class city centre; and respecting and enhancing our natural environments. All good and worthy phrases you may say. The full plan gets down to the nitty gritty of what the Board plans are in your community. What’s greater Ponsonby going to get you may ask? In heritage we propose to identify and mark with plaques historical buildings and sites. Locals and tourists alike can recognise all the gracious old buildings down Ponsonby and Jervois Road but we have no detail on when they were built and by whom. This will build on the work of the Centre Plans, and the Character and Heritage Overlays in the District Plan which has given some protection to our Ponsonby and Grey Lynn village centre buildings and streetscape for the last decade. A key project is to develop a heritage plan for all the historical communities of Waitemata. Key Transport projects are delivered by Auckland Transport, and we will advocate the city centre Rail Link, construction of a Harbour Bridge cycle and walkway, and a tunnel and option for the alternative harbour crossing. Locally, we will advocate for an audit of intersections that can be improved for pedestrians, improvement to cycle infrastructure including bike parking in shopping areas and dedicated cycleways. Engaged communities will be promoted through developing and supporting events that are environmentally responsible, a youth needs assessment to provide for the needs of our young people and support for an urban food economy through community gardens and fruit trees in parks and public open spaces.

photography: martin leach

Under the ‘Places for People’ projects we will be investigating the development of a village square at 254 Ponsonby Road on land already owned by Council, enhancing Pt Erin Pool, and development of a Waitemata coastal walkway. We want projects to enhance our natural environment and will develop a localised plan to cut carbon emissions and explore the development of a community-led waste minimisation and resource recovery programme and centre.

The Ponsonby News team MARTIN, JAY and JACK feed many of the birds organic wheat in WESTERN SPRINGS every morning!

If you like the plans please say so. If you have more ideas please tell us. If you don’t like what we have planned you need to tell us that too so we can make changes. Submissions close 8 August so get them in on line at www.aucklandcouncil.govt. nz/haveyoursay. While you are pondering good ideas make sure you book for the NZ International Film Festival 14-31 July at the Civic and other theatres around town. It is a real midwinter festival treat without the turkey and cranberry sauce. PN Contact me: shale.chambers@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

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GREY LYNN POST OFFICE CLOSURE — A SAD SIGN OF THE TIMES WE LIVE IN A TIME OF RAPID TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE – COMPUTERS, MOBILE phones, iPods iPads, touch screens, e-mail, texts, twitter, facebook etc etc etc. No wonder the elderly particularly are bemused and often unable to adapt. Of course some older people have embraced technology enthusiastically, but many are left stranded, confused even by cordless phones. The biggest part of what is now called Grey Lynn used to be Surrey Hills, a 314 acre farm. James Williamson and Thomas Crummer cut up the farm in 1898 making one of the first council housing developments in Auckland City. In her book on early Grey Lynn, Kaaren Hiyama writes: “It was a point of pride in the area that its people were hardworking, self improving and skilled labourers”. And, “Newspaper articles often assured their readers that Grey Lynn represented the best of that working class; frugal, eager to be home owners and makers, in other words, emulating the values of the middle class”. Some of the descendents of those pioneers still live in Grey Lynn, and they still have those old fashioned values. But unfortunately for an important minority, rapidly changing times have pulled the rug from under their feet. Right here, in Grey Lynn, people are up in arms about the closure of their Post Office. Their Post Office for god’s sake! Isn’t anything sacrosanct? There has been anger at non-consultation by Post Office officials with the people of Grey Lynn. A large number of Grey Lynn people expressed their disgust at a public meeting in the Grey Lynn Community Centre recently. The Post Office representative from Wellington certainly got the message that it should not be just about the bottom line – it’s the peoples’ bank we’re talking about, they said, founded by Jim Anderton, and aiming to prevent profits disappearing overseas, as the overseas owned banks do with their profits. Even Nikki Kaye, Auckland Central M.P. is disappointed about that lack of consultation. ”The process was bad,” she told Ponsonby News.” There will be a number of people, particularly the elderly who will be seriously disadvantaged by the closure of Kiwibank and bill paying facilities”. Kaye met with NZ Post last week, who told her that what is driving these changes is the huge number of bill payments and banking services that are now being conducted online. There is also a decline in postal mail. She said NZ Post insisted the changes had nothing to do with government policy changes. They told her it was a worldwide trend. That trend is no comfort to those who will find it hugely inconvenient to travel to Three Lamps or Pt Chevalier to do their business. Nikki Kaye has offered to assist any badly affected residents. She has asked for names and contacts to be forwarded to her. Many locals rightly see the Post Office as the heart of the community. Local hairdresser Soala Wilson put it this way: “I feel incredibly angry and saddened that NZ Post is planning on ripping out the heart of Grey Lynn”. Others are concerned at the possible domino effect of closure.

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Maybe the figures just don’t stack up, but i know that Grey Lynn is earmarked as a growth node in the new Supercity plans. We cannot keep sprawling over valuable farmland forever. High rise and denser accommodation will almost certainly become common, and Great North Road, sans car yards, is sure to be a focus for development. Like Nikki Kaye, I ask: so what is the best scenario we can expect once the existing Post Office closes? I am not precluding protests, petitions, and civil disobedience, but if the die is cast what are our bottom lines? Kaye says, “First secure the postal services in a good local business. Second, ensure that the Post Office building is let to a business which will be in synergy with the Grey Lynn business district”. Thirdly, Kaye, our local MP, will fight for Grey Lynn to be part of a trial of bill paying kiosks, also inside another suitable business. And so, life will go on. But for some, this inexorable change is hard to keep up with. When what used to be the hub of a community closes, one wonders where the community is going. Do people not count any longer, or is it all about the almighty dollar? A two dollar shop, to attract the poorest and most vulnerable in our community to spend for spending’s sake, would be the last straw for that iconic building, the Grey Lynn Post Office. That might just get me out on the street protesting at the state of one of our lovely historic communities. A sense of community and social capital are vital ingredients in a healthy and prosperous local town centre. (JOHN ELLIOTT) PN

STOP PRESS! ROBBERY AT GUNPOINT At about 10.12am on Thursday 22 June, a gun toting man demanded money from staff at the Grey Lynn Post Shop Kiwi Bank at 537 Great North Road, Grey Lynn. The man, described as Maori, about 175-180cm tall, of thin build and dark complexion, was wearing a khaki coloured hooded top, long pants and a blue and white bandana across his face. Cash was put into a black satchel he placed on the counter before he walked out the front doors. This is the last thing staff facing redundancy needed. If you know anything about this man or the incident, please contact Detective Sergeant Rick Veacock of the Avondale Police on T: 09 820 5744 / 027 494 6683. Anonymous callers can phone Crimestoppers on T: 0800 555 111 PN PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)

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I have never really thought of myself as a Lance Armstrong fan, but it appears my alter ego, the Duchess of Cambridge (near Hamilton) does. I imagined, in my rather small head, that any form of exercise burned up calories with the same velocity as petrol doused kindling, but alas, it appears not. I arrive at Anytime Fitness, hop on my bike, you notice I say ‘MY bike’, as I like the third one along, (I’m just weird like that, I get very attached to inanimate objects), pop the saddle down from number 30 to number 17, as I always seem to arrive after the jolly-giant with long gangly legs has just left, and my feet cannot reach the pedals, and I am seated on the saddle with two short, but rather large legs waving around trying to find something to cling on to. In go the earphones, on goes the television, most important, Living Channel for ‘Antiques Roadshow’ followed by ‘Homes Under the Hammer”. I just love TV. Then I notice that Steve Opitz, the endlessly chirpy Gym Manager is watching me, as I sit on the bike, engrossed in the TV and doing no exercise. I slowly start to peddle, and pant, so it appears I am working hard, whilst keeping one eye on his every move so it revolves around the gym like a satellite dish lost in space, whilst the other is firmly set on the TV screen. Armin Auerhammer, the Personal Trainer at the gym, comes over and starts asking me what I am trying to achieve I nod, as I don’t really know what he is saying, because I am too engrossed in the price of the Meissen porcelain pot on the ‘Antiques Roadshow’. Armin makes a funny sign with his hands, which indicates I should stop watching the TV and maybe pay attention to him. I reluctantly remove my earphones.

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Armin informs me that he is concentrating on a personal workout programme for this Duchess, which is more than I am doing, and asks what sort of thing I like doing at the gym? ‘Watching Television?’ I reply with a shrug of one shoulder and a sideways glance with the one eye. He says he is working on a plan for my neck, shoulders, upper arms, lower arms, wrists, fingers, chest, abs, tummy, back, hips, bum, thighs, wobbly bits (my words), calf’s, ankles, feet, in fact, all of me apart from my earlobes it seems! “Oh yeah, yeah”, I flippantly remark, which is my downfall, “Whatever you think Armin”, as in my tiny head, I felt I have just ridden and beaten Lance Armstrong, such is my delusory state when it comes to exercise. My friend Michele comes along and suggests we do the stepping machines next to each other, so we can chat. But I am still reluctant to take out my earphones, I want the C.I Channel put in, so I can watch ‘Cheaters; because then I would NEVER leave the gym! Michele tells me to “take out those bloody earphones Denise!” So I do and we start walking up and down the imaginary steps, clip clop, clip, clop. I tap in level three and am feeling mighty pleased with myself, and see her pressing away, and am thinking I have impressed her mightily. We start walking, and after 10 minutes I am quite ready for a lie down. I tell Michele this and she agrees. Then I stupidly ask what level she is on, as I proudly announce I am on level three! “17” she replies. “WHAT?” I yell, “17” comes the reply. “You can’t be,” I say with such indignity, “It only goes up to level five!” Steve Opitz comes over to inform me that in fact the walking and cycling machines go up to level 25. “25” I scream. “You mean I am still at the beginning end rather than the end end?” I ask him. I feel as if I have ridden in the Tour de France, climbed up Mt. Kilimanjaro, walked along the Great Wall of China, and bungeed off a bridge! I finish the rest of my workout and, as I leave, Armin informs me he will have my workout programme ready for me on my next visit. I can’t wait. No, really, I can’t wait! (DENISE L’ESTRANGE-CORBET)


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In her new column, Kirsty Wilkinson, owner of re:ab on Selbourne, shares some tips from the experts at her Grey Lynn health and wellbeing studio. This month’s focus is how to achieve safe and long term weight loss – there are no quick fixes here! ANGELA BERRILL FROM ABC NUTRITION: “Goals are important for keeping you on track and are essential to let you know when you have succeeded. Unfortunately most of us set unrealistic goals that can set us up to fail, often making us feel even worse....and in some cases it can trigger a downhill spiral of emotional eating, weight re-gain and so on. The trick is to set small and realistic goals. If you were climbing a mountain you would break it down into smaller bursts of effort. That’s what goals are about- breaking down the journey into achievable steps. A realistic rate of weight loss is between 0.5-1kg per week. Anything more than this is unsafe and cannot be maintained over the long-term. It should also be remembered that in order to not only lose weight but to keep it off in the longer-term, you should look at losing weight over a longer period of time – such as losing 5kg in three months. While this may sound very conservative, it will help to ensure that you are taking the time to establish sound eating habits so that the weight loss is easier to maintain. Conservative goals also don’t set you up for failure. Healthy weight loss is also about ensuring you eat a wide-range of foods, from ALL the main food groups. Many ‘fad’ diets recommend that individuals cut out one or more food groups e.g. carbs or dairy. These diets can be overly restrictive and cause you to cut back on many essential nutrients in the diet. The best way to lose weight is to be smart about what you eat – choose fresh fruit and veg, wholegrains, lean meat, chicken fish and low fat dairy and cut back on foods which are high in fat and sugar. Remember if a diet sounds too good to be true – promising rapid weight loss, it probably is. Look at weight loss as a life-long goal, rather than a quick fix.”

KIRSTY WILKINSON: It’s important to set goals. RE:AB can help

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These are just a few tips – you can find many more on the ABC Nutrition web site or by coming in to see us at re:ab on Selbourne. PN RE:AB ON SELBOURNE, 2 Selbourne Street T: 09-360-2929 www.reab.co.nz




ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A HOT STONE MASSAGE? RAISE YOUR HAND IF A MASSAGE SOUNDS LIKE A TOUCH OF HEAVEN right about now. What could be more wonderful on a cold winter’s day than a Hot Stone Massage, where heated stones are used in a gentle massage to create sensations of comfort and warmth? Massage has long been recognised as one of the most effective methods of relaxation, stress reduction and healing for the mind and body, and we have just discovered a warming winter treat right on our doorstep with More Than Skin’s Hot Stone Massage. Massage helps to improve the circulation of blood and movement of lymph fluids throughout the body, reducing blood pressure, fortifying the immune system and relieving muscle aches and pains.

A Hot Stone Massage further enhances these therapeutic benefits, as the heat of the stones helps tight muscles to relax and release. You’ll feel your cares literally melt away in this deeply soothing experience. Warmed stones of varying sizes are balanced on specific points along your spine to improve energy flow as your therapist uses traditional Swedish massage strokes to relieve stiffness and sore muscles. You will feel relaxed and your winter blues will be nothing but a distant memory. So lie back, relax and do something special for both your body and your soul this winter. Call Megs today on T: 09 361 2231 for more information. PN

DO YOU WANNA DANCE? Dance classes have always been a popular way to socialise. But can they also improve your health? Karen Phelps finds out. I’m about to get hot and sweaty with a complete stranger. He comes towards me and embraces me in his arms. Then he whispers in my ear: “You’re standing on my foot.” Okay so I may not be the best dancer in the entire world but that isn’t my primary motivation. Over the next few nights I am going to explore some of the different dance classes on offer in Ponsonby and Central Auckland and suss them out as a way to get fit while having fun.


The good thing about Ceroc classes (pronounced ‘sirrock’) is you do not need to bring your own partner. Everyone is swapped around during the class; extra people simply wait out for one turn if necessary. Once you learn the steps, the combinations can be mixed up and used any old way the mood takes you. Because it is generally done to popular chart music you can dance Ceroc almost anywhere. CANDY LANE says any form of dancing is a great way to meet people and get fit while having fun WEAR: Casual clothes are fine. Women should wear shoes with a small heel. FITNESS POTENTIAL: Moderate to extreme cardio Salsa must be one of the most popular dances of its type in New Zealand at present action – you can dictate your pace. if the number of clubs holding salsa nights is anything to go by. Originally formed from INFORMATION: www.candylane.co.nz and www.ceroc.co.nz many Latin and Afro-Caribbean dances, salsa has different variations depending on dancer and location. Somehow I manage to pick up the steps when the instructor Swing dance developed with the swing style of jazz music in the 1920s, 30s, 40s and decides it is a good idea to speed things up. Salsa can be danced to a variety of 50s. Unlike most of the other dances I have tried the age range of people dancing different beats, typically a speedy 47 to 51 beats per minute. Swing class is broad from teenagers to middle aged people. Swing is not only fast but WEAR: Casual clothing. A shoe with a heel if possible for women. everyone there is friendly and seems to genuinely be having a good time no matter FITNESS LEVEL: Average to extreme depending on how fast your partner spins you around the floor. what their level of expertise. MORE INFORMATION: www.candylane.co.nz and www.salsanewzealand.com WEAR: Comfortable clothing and shoes, sneakers are fine. FITNESS LEVEL: Swing will get your heart pumping. The better you get, the faster it gets. MORE INFORMATION: www.candylane.co.nz Fancy working out like you are at a party? Zumba is the latest craze hitting many gyms and dance studios around the country. Combining many different dance styles including cha cha, salsa, flamenco, reggaeton, belly dancing, rock n roll, African, Mention the word tango and immediately for most people an image springs to mind of samba and merengue, Zumba is a fantastic way to learn to dance as well as work out. a couple doing dramatic gestures with a rose clenched between their teeth. In reality Depending on how fast the teacher goes it can be a bit hard to get the hang of some of tango is a social dance where two people communicate with each other via music. the steps. But once you learn the routines don’t be surprised if you feel like using some Although the dance is essentially based on walking it is surprisingly difficult to master. of the moves at a bar or nightclub. Admittedly it does feel a bit strange as I am pressed into a complete stranger’s chest. WEAR: Comfortable clothing and gym shoes. FITNESS LEVEL: Take it at your own pace and tailor the workout to fit your level But you can also dance further apart if you prefer. of fitness and goals. The variety of dance styles means it is hard to get bored. WEAR: Comfortable clothing. A shoe with a heel for women is best. FITNESS LEVEL: Minimal - the dancing is fairly slow. Not a good cardio workout but if MORE INFORMATION: www.candylane.co.nz and www.firstdance.co.nz done properly it’s great for toning your leg muscles. (KAREN PHELPS) PN MORE INFORMATION: www.candylane.co.nz and www.tangoclub.co.nz





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WINTER WEIGHT CONTROL IS ABOUT NUTRITION, TRAINING AND ACCOUNTABLILTY NUTRITIONAL IMPORTANCE: “Completing a Certificate in Nutrition and Food was simply the best thing I did to complement my work as a Personal Trainer,” says Keri Ropati. The fact is we can train our wee butts off, run around like mad men/women or hit the gym and roads for hours on end however 80% of results come from the food we consume. Having nutritional advice is paramount in our training/weight loss regime. WINTER TRAINING – SUMMER RESULTS: Keri emphasises to please not ask her in September to give you buns of steel for October. She can get results for anyone however Rome was not built in a day... putting the hard yards in over June, July and August will give us the result we want come sunny September. Remember Prevention is better than Cure! COST V BENEFIT: Motivation is hard on the long hot summer days and almost impossible on the short cold nights.... WINTER is the time to reach out for accountability. That is what a trainer does... When we need professional advice on taxation we get an accountant... When we need our teeth looked at we go to the dentist... When we need our weight/fitness improved we need to go to a trainer. Investing with the appropriate professional we all know saves us dollars in the long term. “Guaranteed results v large gym memberships that tie us into contracts parking issues and no personal trainer are proved not as successful as Personal One On One or Group Training ‘ KERI ROPATI WEIGHT LOSS ACADEMY, M: 021 530 807, E: keri@keriropati.co.nz or results@keri.ropati.co.nz www.keriropati.co.nz PN

ADIDAS AUCKLAND MARATHON Q & A The Adidas Auckland Marathon on 30 October contains events from 5km through to the full Marathon. Greg Thompson from Shoe Clinic Ponsonby answers beginners’ training questions. HOW OFTEN SHOULD I TRAIN? Four to five days a week. Don’t overdo it – recovery is important! You can also get advice from run coaches tailored to your ability and circumstances. Half marathoners can visit our website for programmes. WHAT PACE SHOULD I AIM FOR? You should be able to comfortably chat. Use a Heart-Rate Monitor; it shows if you are going too hard or not hard enough. HOW DO I AVOID INJURIES? Regular sports massage, stretching, eating well, compression tights, avoiding overtraining and wearing the right shoes will help avoid injuries. Do some training on trails or grass, it’s more forgiving. If you feel a ‘niggle’, seek advice from a podiatrist or physiotherapist. WHAT SHOULD I EAT AND DRINK DURING MY TRAINING/RACE? Make a nutrition plan. There are lots of products on offer to provide carbohydrates and electrolytes. Train using the same products you will use on race day; you don’t want to have a bad reaction to something on the course. WHAT ARE THE BEST SHOES TO RUN IN? Everyone has different needs and certain brands and models will work best. Have your shoes professionally fitted each time as your needs can change. DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER ADVICE? Use a non oil-based anti-chafe product to avoid serious pain! To avoid blisters, get good socks. Get to the race start early as the queues for the facilities are long. Post-race - celebrate! PN If you have any questions, see Greg and the team at SHOE CLINIC PONSONBY, 101 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 6032 www.shoeclinic.co.nz

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A FEW THOUGHTS ON LOSING WEIGHT Often when I have been in the ‘gym’ I can’t help noticing overweight people with pained expressions on their faces as they run on the treadmills, and push the pedals on ‘exercycles’ and ‘steppers’. I wonder if they may be doing more harm than good by stressing an already stressed cardiovascular system. If their motivation for doing this is to lose weight I would be very concerned if they are not combining their programme in the gym with an ongoing commitment to addressing issues with diet and lifestyle. Undoubtedly the ‘gym’ can be very helpful for burning calories and improving fitness and muscle tone but when it comes to losing weight, for me diet is number one. Recent newspaper advertising for ‘gastric banding’ surgery for obesity claimed that diets don’t work, yet prior to surgery patients are often put on a diet to lose weight which seems a bit odd. My own experience is that dieting does work but only if one sticks to it. For me it’s not about whether popular and much publicised weight-loss programmes are effective it’s about understanding some basic biochemistry. The most important discovery I made when looking into the issue of weight loss/gain was when I researched key roles of a hormone called insulin. If we asked around about the role of insulin in the body, most people would say ‘it’s to lower blood sugar’ and while that is true, insulin’s key (evolutionary) role is to store excess nutrients. Insulin is often referred to as ‘the storage hormone’. We come from a time of feast and famine when if we couldn’t store excess energy during times of feasting, we would not be here because all of our ancestors encountered famine. We are only here because our ancestors were able to store nutrients (excess carbohydrates) in the form of fat in case of future famine. In today’s world in times of plenty, whenever we eat foods that raise our blood sugar (highly refined grain products that we all seem to be addicted to do this very effectively), we’re essentially sending a hormonal message, via insulin, to the body. The message: “Store fat.” Not only do increased insulin levels tell the body to store carbohydrates as fat, they also tell it not to release any stored fat. This makes it impossible for us to use our own stored body fat for energy. Insulin activates an enzyme called lipoprotein lipase. This enzyme acts as a roadblock for the removal of triglycerides (fat) out of the fat cells. Insulin also inhibits another enzyme called hormone sensitive lipase. This enzyme is responsible for the breaking down of stored fats, on the waist, thighs and buttocks etc. So the excess carbohydrates in your diet not only make you fat, they make sure you stay fat. This is why most people see very little or no results with weight reduction, even though they exercise. So the idea of nutritionists and dietitians recommending a high complex carbohydrate, low-saturated-fat diet is an oxymoron. A high-complex-carbohydrate diet is nothing but a high-glucose diet, or a high-sugar diet. In the U.S. they fatten their cattle on grains. The connection between a high carbohydrate (sugar) diet, high levels of insulin and becoming overweight or obese should be a little more obvious now. The more sugar in the form of carbohydrates (think grains and anything that metabolises as sugar) one takes in, the more our insulin levels rise. The more our insulin levels rise, the less fat we burn and the more sugar we store in fat cells, along with those extra triglycerides that the liver makes from excess sugar. The more we store the fatter we get. Have you ever wondered why when we are so focused on low fat diets that people are getting fatter than ever? There is another aspect of insulin that gets us into trouble. Insulin can also be thought of as the hunger hormone. When it finally does its job of lowering blood sugar it causes blood sugar to go really low, setting us up for a cycle of craving (and eating) more high carbohydrate foods. The result: higher blood sugar, more insulin, and more fat storage as the cycle continues.

PONSONBY U3A - JUNE 2011 Our Chairman Norman Stanhope began his ten minute talk: ‘A Brief Journey to Chile’ with a comical tale of the luggage going business class while he and Winifred were in economy. After a 12-hour flight their first stop was the capital city Santiago. Their accommodation was in the city centre and a Hop-on, Hop-off bus system allowed them to easily visit buildings, museums and art galleries around the city. Norman told us the history of Chile from the 13000BC - Mastodon hunters, the Portuguese were the first Europeans to sight the Chile coastline, Spanish Conquistadors arrived in the 16th century and it remained a Spanish colony until independence in the 19th Century. General Pinochet deposed the democratic government of Allende and to the present day Chile has been a peaceful country. The second week they took a bus to the coastal city of Valparaiso and the following week visited the surrounding beaches both north and south.The final few days were spent in Vina Del Mar, a modern town of grand gardens, shopping malls and a casino. Norman and Winifred are keen to go back soon to explore the southern area of this interesting and diverse country and visit Easter Island. Libby Passau from the Centre of Continuing Education of the University of Auckland was our guest speaker. Her talk was about ‘Lifelong Learning’. From small beginnings, the centre now is able to offer a wide range of programmes. New Start is a 12-week foundation course for people wanting new careers with a university degree. The International programme is for overseas students interested in doing a short course related to what they are studying in their own universities. Networking conferences offer help and information to become a confident and successful student. The Winter Series is taught by university tutors. Students pick option A or B and attend three lectures a day for one week. This is a very popular course for many age groups to extend their knowledge. Also very successful are the Lifetime Learning courses outlined in their information booklet. Libby explained to us the many strands that bring the courses together. It begins with the proposals from tutors and interested teachers.These are discussed by a team of university staff. They are looking for quality subjects as well as the ability to teach adults, projected interest by students and importantly a good byline. Once a course is accepted they progress to funding – some are part funded, part fees. Others are fully paid by students. There are four centres around Auckland and student numbers are also decided. Libby told us the logistics of bringing together over 100 courses is a long task. After six weeks and lots of work by Libby and her competent team the magazine is ready to be distributed. Most unusual byline: ‘Never too late to date’, (A geology course). Most popular courses (languages, history, and writing).

Not convinced? Why not try it? I think you will be surprised. This is not a diet but a long term lifestyle change that acknowledges the role of insulin in the body. When combined with exercise, a low carbohydrate (LOW INSULIN) approach to eating will almost certainly result in weight loss. (JOHN APPLETON) PN

The next meeting will be held on Friday 15 July at 9.45am at the Leys Institute Note (the change of date from the second Friday of the month because many U3A members will be attending ‘Winter Week on Campus’) Sir Don McKinnon, Director of Auckland War Memorial Museum will be the speaker. His topic will be ‘Strengths and weaknesses of International Organisations’. The 10 minute speaker will be Gordon Macfarlane. (SUSAN BROCKMAN) PN

APPLETON ASSOCIATES T: 09 489 9362 www.johnappleton.co.nz

Visitors welcome, contact Norman for further information: T: 09 376 6406.

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

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

You shouldn’t feel pressured into saying any more than is needed this month for any situation that you find yourself in. Don’t force youself into doing anything that you’re not happy doing otherwise it will be one step forward and two steps back.

Don’t anticipate what sort of day you’re going to have before it’s happened; this has a negative impact on everyone around you. You need to learn self confidence which will put you back on top where you belong.

Leo (the Lion): 23 July - 21 August

Aquarius (the Water Carrier): 21 January - 19 February

Trying to balance how you feel and what’s on public display is proving tricky to manage. Keeping your feelings inside only makes them stronger. Venting your frustration occasionally is good for you.

You should try and eliminate any outside influences this month as you will then be able to concentrate on what you want. Don’t waste your time starting any new projects unless you are guaranteed results.

Virgo (the Virgin): 22 August - 23 September

Pisces (the Fish): 20 February - 20 March

Make sure you’re able to take responsibility for your actions if things don’t go according to plan. You have a support network close to you as always but you shouldn’t make any demands.

If you have any disagreements with friends or family you will know how draining physically and emotionally they can be. You have to reach a resolution even if you have to be the one extending the olive branch.

Libra (the Scales): 24 September - 23 October

Aries (the Ram): 21 March - 20 April

Keeping your opinions firmly in check has always been the right thing to do as far as you’re concerned. However occasionally you need to say what’s on your mind to set the record straight.

Try and not complain too much as eventually you will not be heard and your ideas probably won’t get the attention they deserve. You can still make an impact as long as you’re willing to listen.

Scorpio (the Scorpion): 24 October - 22 November

Taurus (the Bull): 21 April - 21 May

If you’re making mistakes at work because of a misunderstanding you’ll find that this will have a big impact on your future. Make sure you know what you’re doing and with whom before you begin to hate what you do.

Even though you have been slowing down and reducing your stress load you’re still busier than ever. Your focus remains clear, however there are still issues that demand your attention.

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

Sagittarius (the Archer): 23 November - 22 December

You really do see the positive in everyone and everything even though sometimes you get nothing back. It’s important though for you to maintain your sunny disposition as you touch many lives.

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You should listen to advice given to you this month and not brush it under the carpet like you usually do. You might find that a solution will present itself as a way out of your current dilemma. PN






NZ DREAM WEEK KICKS OFF ACROSS THE COUNTRY FROM 4-10 JULY TO raise awareness and funds for women’s cancer charity Look Good Feel Better.

Did you know that 14,500 people in Auckland have Alzheimers. 12,333 Kiwis are diagnosed each year that’s 33 people a day.

The week-long celebration of Dream Week marks 20 years of the charity in New Zealand. It will highlight the power of positivity and feeling good in a woman’s fight against cancer.

Cuppa for a cause is a simple way of raising funds and awareness of dementia while having fun! It links in with the fact that people with dementia lose the ability to do those everyday things we all take for granted like make a cup of tea. Cuppas can be simple refreshments after a normal meeting or can be more elaborate like a cuppa champagne, include a memory game, quiz night or baking contest.

Farmers is supporting New Zealand’s inaugural Dream Week with the sale of Look Good Feel Better merchandise at beauty counters and $1 off every mascara sold through Farmers stores nationwide going to the charity during Dream Week. At “Feel Good” hubs at selected Westfield Malls the public can learn more about the charity, which runs free “pick me up” workshops around the country, where women get a full “makeover” along with hair, skin and beauty tips from professional beauty consultants. The public can also make a $3 donation to the charity and receive a Look Good Feel Better lipstick pen at the hubs during the week. A Look Good Feel Better lips sticker will be given to anyone making a donation of any amount. PN

We supply a cuppa pack and there are amazing prizes kindly donated by Progressive Enterprises Ltd to be won. All you need to do is have your cuppa between May and September. Whether its your first time fundraising or you’re a seasoned morning tea maker, we have great hints and tips to help make your event a success. Remember to plan ahead, get your friends, family and colleagues involved and then let everyone know that it’s happening. The most important thing of all is to have fun! For more information contact ALZHEIMERS AUCKLAND on T: 09 622 4230 or email Saatchi Goldwater E: saatchig@alzheimers.co.nz www.alzheimers.co.nz PN


Saturday 16 July - Annual General Meeting After the business of the meeting there will be Spirit Communication and Mediums will be available to answer your questions. Join us for afternoon tea. No Charge. On the 3rd Saturday of each month you can “Come learn and share with us” as we present different Mediumship topics and bring you messages from the Spirit World. Time: 2pm to 4pm $15.00. The topic presentation is between 2pm - 2:30pm. Mediums will bring messages following the topic until approximately 4:00pm. Spiritualist Healing available from approx 4.15pm. ALL WELCOME

INTERNATIONAL WELLBEING STUDY SHOWS NEW ZEALANDERS DOING WELL THE LATEST RESULTS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL WELLBEING STUDY www.wellbeingstudy.com are producing interesting results, including that older people are happier, people in relationships are doing well, and New Zealanders’ level of happiness compares well with other countries.

Age also showed variance in reports of wellbeing with the older a person was, the happier they were, although this is already a robust finding in the literature. “Younger people, on the other hand, reported more depressed mood, more rumination and that they were searching for meaning in life more.”

Regarded as one of the most in depth wellbeing studies in the world, the IWS involves over 70 researchers globally, has been completed over 10,000 times in more than 100 countries, and is available in 16 languages.

Countries differed on a number of wellbeing indicators for example, people in Russia reporting the highest levels of depressed mood, people in the Philippines reporting the highest amount of time being happy, and people in Mexico reporting the most satisfaction with their lives.

“The IWS is unique as it assesses wellbeing on an international level as well as the components that make up wellbeing, such as strengths, meaning, engagement, relationships and personal values,” says Dr. Aaron Jarden, President of the New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology and lecturer in psychology at the Open Polytechnic. The study began in March 2009 and is ongoing taking in new participants every three months. The latest findings are based around the scores of 6,487 participants (with a New Zealand cohort of 1,558 participants) answering the same 208 questions every three months for a year, and then yearly thereafter. “Through the initial findings we’ve found that men and women differ quite substantially in regards to their levels of wellbeing, their range of wellbeing, and importantly the components that made up their wellbeing. Analysis shows that while females scored higher in areas such as personal growth and mindfulness, males indicated they were lonelier, worked more, and were more satisfied with life in the past,” says Dr. Jarden. “In terms of relationships, people who were single reported more depressed mood while those in relationships reported much greater life satisfaction, highlighting the importance of positive relationships for wellbeing.”

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“By and large New Zealanders reported in the top end of most wellbeing indicator scales, such as for positive emotions like joy, but interestingly did not use their strengths as frequently. Using your strengths is usually a factor strongly associated with higher wellbeing,” Dr. Jarden says. “Countries that are high in strengths use are generally much more productive and have better performing economies. Some of the most interesting findings to come out of the study to date highlight the importance of both living in alignment with personal values and being satisfied with time use, and how these both strongly predict wellbeing. The IWS is supported and funded by the Open Polytechnic, Victoria University of Wellington, and the New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology. The study was developed by six key researchers in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, and in China: Dr. Aaron Jarden, Professor Ormond Simpson, Dr. Kennedy Mclachlan, Associate Professor Todd Kashdan, Dr. Alexander MacKenzie, and Associate Professor Paul Jose. Results of this study are set to be published in the International Journal of Wellbeing (www.internationaljournalofwellbeing.org) towards the end of 2011. The International Wellbeing Study is currently open to new participants until the end of June. PN


HELENE RAVLICH: NATURAL BEAUTY BIOCLEANSE – IS THIS THE NEW DETOX? I love hearing news of unique and intriguing new health and wellbeing ‘tools’, and the latest I’ve heard of can be found in Richmond Road spa Acajou, a spot well known for both its beauty treatments and natural therapies. Called a BioCleanse treatment, it involves immersing your feet in a basin of water for just over half an hour several times over a period of weeks, and seems almost too easy to be true! It’s not just any old basin of water however, but rather a very clever tool that harnesses the power of ionic technology. The BioCleanse Technologies Field Enhancer Unit – to give its somewhat lengthy, correct name – was developed by International scientists and researchers as a therapeutic aid for revitalisation and wellbeing. After ascertaining that you have no metal plates or pins in your body and have removed your watch, you simply relax in a footbath for 35 minutes with the field enhancer activating the water your feet are in. As the blood passes through your feet, your cells become ‘charged’ as it passes through the ionised water, eventually charging the whole body in the one session. The BioCleanse unit works organically, yet somewhat similar to an automobile battery charger. So how exactly does it work? The theory behind it is that your body systems get low on energy and just like a car battery, when the charge runs down and your car won’t

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start; you need a jump-start. The unit produces a complex ionised energy field which stimulates the body’s own natural cleansing processes at the cellular level for 48 hours following just one session. Toxins are eliminated mostly through the bowels over the next two days, when you are advised to limit alcohol and drink plenty of water to keep things moving through your system. Technically, the treatment will have increased the cell membrane voltage in your body, which improves cellular function and integrity of nutrient and water exchange, toxin release and also prevents toxins getting into the cells. This also helps improve allergy status, immune function and energy due to nutrients and minerals moving across the membrane as required. The cells also receive energy, which is used by the cell membrane to cleanse itself of toxins sitting on the outside layer. Once the cell does not need to use the energy for cleansing it may store the energy, so with more BioCleanse sessions you will eventually start to feel more energy and fatigue after a long day will reportedly be a thing of the past! My therapist Rebekah explained to me that BioCleanse treatments benefit those suffering from all manner of ailments, including arthritis, some cancers, fungal infections and just plain old stress. The main benefit for arthritis and joint pain sufferers appears to be that negative ions absorbed during the session neutralise free radicals and pollutants within the body, enabling the body to excrete excess acids and toxins which then reduces any pain and joint problems. It’s also a great way to boost your immunity during the cooler months and in times of anxiety, and as a treatment pre-surgery to help speed up your healing time. During my BioCleanse session Rebekah also used a spritz of Aura-Soma energetic space clearing air freshener for an added boost to my mood, and my 35 minutes was up before I knew it. Acajou recommends a series of ten BioCleanse sessions to really reap the benefits of this intriguing technology, carried out every three or four days. Then a monthly top up is all that’s required for maintenance. I left feeling a little blinded by science but fascinated by what this innocuous looking machine can do. (HELENE RAVLICH) PN ACAJOU, 37 Richmond Road T: 09 378 4180 www.acajou.co.nz



DEBORAH KELLAND: LIVE AND DIE WELL IS THIS THE ROOT OF ALL DISEASE AND ILL HEALTH? I WANT TO SAY THAT I FEEL LIKE A ‘BORN AGAIN CHRISTIAN’ BUT I DON’T want that to offend anyone. What I do mean by this is I am leaping out of my skin with excitement and renewed energy from a recent personal health journey. My partner and I wandered into Pathfinders early this year and this book just leapt off the shelves at me called ‘the Liver and Gallbladder Flush’ by Andreas Moritz. The book is pretty graphic with photos of gallbladders, stones and descriptions of how health deteriorates in almost 90% of people with little stones that firstly lodge in the bile ducts of your liver and then larger ones form in the gallbladder. Mostly because the liver cannot cope with excess meat, sugar, unhealthy fats and alcohol, these calcified stones form. I gingerly decided to give it a go. It was however easier than any detox I have done as you eat normally and add a litre of apple juice for five days. This softens the stones and enables them to release without pain. To go into further detail of the regime is too time consuming, but I cannot believe now after three flushes how many hundreds of liver and gallbladder stones I have released. I feel lighter and my skin is soft and the lumps and bumps are disappearing as Andreas says – the outside is a reflection on the inside. Similarly, when the liver and gallbladder is cleaned out properly, it will simply clean up the body including tumours!


Read it in the book if you are interested but simply put Andreas says that ALL ill health can be tracked back to a liver and gallbladder not doing their jobs and as a result of high cholesterol, digestive disorders, IBS, all allergies, back problems and eventually cancer is the bodies reaction to the build up in toxicity in the body, that starts with liver stones.

THE EFFECTS OF STRESS ON THE BODY ARE INSIDIOUS, WE USUALLY DON’T realise there’s something wrong with us until it’s too late. We’re good at brushing it aside, trying not to take notice, making it seem less than it is, faking that everything is okay. It’s amazing how easy it is to just carry on regardless, but then one day – BAM your body says no more and down the slippery slope you go, nothing to hold on to, just the realisation that if you had taken a little more notice of the signals or given them the respect they deserved you wouldn’t be sliding around in all that mud. Bummer, it’s a long hard climb out of the hole and messy too.

Be aware that most blood tests and even ultrasounds do not pick up on these little stones – and in my case, not so little! I would not try it without reading the entire book and following the regime to the letter but check it out. Happy health. (DEBORAH KELLAND) PN

Regardless of how hard you make yourself work, how little time you think you don’t have or how much you think it may cost, the personal cost to your mind and body is too great to avoid taking care of yourself and as there is only one chance at life, living it well is easier and less costly than living it ill. There are some lovely things we can do for ourselves to relieve and diminish the effects of tension and stress and help maintain the balance required to live a happy, healthy life. We all require different things at different times in our lives to help maintain our own personal balance, whether it’s yoga, running, reading, walking, fishing, surfing, swimming, pumping iron, reflexology, acupuncture or whatever, anything that gives you peace and balance and keeps stress at bay is good for you. I’ve had hundreds of massages, spa treatments and therapies over the years to help me relax and destress, but what I’ve experienced in my two sessions at Spa Ayurda are simply the best massage treatments I have ever had and perfect for where I am in my life right now, helping me get back into alignment and balance. Ayurveda is an ancient system of healing known for its holistic approach to total wellness and supporting the principle that our outer beauty is a reflection of our inner beauty. My knowledge of Ayurveda was limited to its Indian origin so I started with an introductory Shudhi or Tri-dosha massage, a beautifully nourishing and rejuvenating experience using warm herbal oils, I was in heaven. Two weeks later, I had an Abhyanga, a similar style to the Shudhi but also massaging the energy points to release stagnated energy, I felt like I was floating, it was pure bliss to feel so relaxed. I’ve booked in for a Moksha for next time which includes herbal steam to open the energy channels. There are many other body treatments for me to look forward to including the Shirodhara where warm oil is poured onto the forehead promoting deep relaxation and there are facial, foot and hand treatments too. I have found a sensational way to rejuvenate and replenish my depleted energy and help bring me back into alignment and balance. It’s a lovely caring environment with soft music, lighting and colours; it’s also modern, professional and pristine clean. I love how warm and safe I feel and it is relatively inexpensive too. They are very generous with their time, I’ve noticed each session has been longer than advertised and with their attractive loyalty program, monthly promotions and 10% off when you rebook your next appointment, they have certainly made it easier to spend the time and money on myself. My recommendation is to choose an appointment time that allows you to relax afterwards, wear old clothes you don’t mind getting oily and give yourself up to the wonderful power of your own inner beauty, because you’re totally worth it. Don’t delay, do it now. (REBECCA JONES) PN Spa Ayurda is located at 213 Ponsonby Road opposite Rocket Kitchen. T: 09 360 0007 www.spaayurda.co.nz and there is ample parking in the back.

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LOUISE GRAY SKIN CARE – HIGH PERFORMANCE, GREAT RESULTS AS WELL AS BEING A TRULY DELICIOUS PLACE TO WHILE AWAY AN HOUR OR two, Ponsonby Road beauty spot Louise Gray Skin Care is one of the few places for a facial treatment in the ‘hood that truly embraces new technology. When I had my first visit there during summer my therapist introduced me to their truly innovative bt-micro machine - a factor unique to LGSC as far as I know and one that never ceases to amaze me. It is essentially a hand held, battery operated tool that can perform a myriad of tasks, including acting as a moisture analysis meter by utilising bioelectric impedance technology with a skin membrane sensor. When placed on the skin, a low level of electrical current is used to measure the conductivity, resistance, and the time in which it takes to obtain the reading. These measurements are calculated against an internal database of statistics to determine the exact final numerical result, which is your skin’s hydration level. This can then be checked before and after your treatment, during which time mine doubled in several key areas on my first visit. The clever little device means you can actually see whether or not your treatment worked, but it has many other talents too. But more on that later! Louise Gray Skin Care has a unique approach to beauty therapy in that there is no prefabricated selection of services on offer – each treatment is totally customised to your lifestyle and your skin’s needs, using dermalogica products and only after a highly detailed consultation. As well as dealing to my skin with a customised facial I was booked in for an eye-focused package, which included an eyelash tint, brow tint and brow shape for $55.00. It was amazing the difference the use of a blue-black (as opposed to standard black) tint on my lashes gave me – my baby blues really popped - and my therapist Alison Harris (pictured above) was an absolute wonder when it came to shaping my brows to the perfect arch. She was also incredibly diligent when it came to my lash tint and avoiding any transferral of product to the skin – an eyelash tint shouldn’t sting, but all too often they do. The perfect mix of high performance and relaxation element, my facial included a double cleanse using dermalogica’s Special Cleansing Gel, dermalogica face mapping (a thorough examination of the 14 sections of the face), a customised treatment masque and the most deliciously relaxing pressure point face massage that I’ve experienced in a while. Prior to the masque Alison once again whipped out the bt-micro, this time on a ‘peel’ setting to use on select areas of my face where the change in season had contributed to some clogged pores. Also the perfect setting for extractions (kinder on the skin and making the therapist’s task an easier one) it made an incredible difference to my forehead in particular, and with minimal discomfort. If you have some extra time you can even further customise your treatment with one of their ‘touch therapies’ – a back massage, foot massage etc. - for 15 minutes of extra attention where you want it most. Recent award winners, the team at Louise Gray Skin Care were the recipients of the Top Dermalogica Skin Care Centre 2011 title not long ago, and also the Commitment to Education Award for the third year in a row. The awards not only recognise that the team at Louise Gray are leaders in their field but that they also offer outstanding performance as a skin care provider, and I have to agree. This place really is the home of high performance treatments with real results… and even have that ‘feel good’ factor thrown in for good measure. (HELENE RAVLICH) PN LOUISE GRAY, 188 Ponsonby Road T: 09 376 6692 www.louisegray.co.nz

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EXERCISE DON’TS Don’t pant through your mouth when you start to get puffed. It is better to slow down or stop to get your breath before continuing. If you suffer from exercise asthma it is better not to pre-dose with reliever medication. Carry it with you and use only if the need arises. PN

JUST FOUR STEPS TO FITNESS? SHUT YOUR MOUTH! DO YOU WANT TO BE FITTER, FASTER AND HAVE MORE ENERGY FOR SPORTS and other recreational activities? Would you like to lose weight and increase muscle tone? How about looking and feeling younger and healthier? If so, read on because this advice is something you’re unlikely to have heard anywhere else. The common perception is that the more we breathe, the healthier we are. Many sports coaches, Yoga teachers and Pilates instructors subscribe to this view. However, this advice contradicts fundamental principles of respiration. Healthy breathing is not about breathing more air, in the same way that the key to good nutrition is not about eating more. NOW HERE’S THE SCIENCE: Healthy breathing helps maintain a constant level of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the blood which is essential for the flow of oxygenated blood to muscle tissue. Over-breathing and mouth breathing when exercising reduces oxygen to muscle tissue due to CO2induced constriction of airways and blood vessels and the suppressed ‘Bohr Effect’. This can seriously impact your performance by reducing stamina, increasing lactic acid, increased breathlessness, fatigue, longer recovery times, slow injury repair, and performance anxiety. Efficient breathers can run further and faster, on fewer litres of air per minute and have fewer breakdowns just as an efficient (well-tuned) car runs longer and faster and uses fewer litres of fuel per km and spends less time at the repair shop. FOUR EASY STEPS TO IMPROVE FITNESS 1. Increase the pace gradually where possible. It may be necessary to do a light jog before training at high intensity. 2. Keep your mouth shut and breathe through your nose as much as possible during training. This enhances blood flow and maximises oxygen delivery to muscle tissue. 3. Soften the belly, drop your shoulders and breathe diaphragmatically. 4. Include five minutes of slow, rhythmic, gentle, nasal breathing after training to restore a resting pulse and help reduce lactic acid build-up. Follow these simple steps and you can expect a 20 per cent improvement in your fitness. If you find it difficult to breathe through your nose or find that breathing is limiting your ability to exercise or get fit, then contact Glenn at the BUTEYKO BREATHING CLINIC T: 09-360 6291 PN

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Life is full of ironies. As little children we meander through our days, living totally and completely in the moment. We have no concept of the future and (usually) very little concept of the past. We are completely present and consumed by every nuance and distraction from moment to moment and respond intuitively, instinctively and unreservedly to anything and everything as it unfolds around us. We bask unreservedly and unselfconsciously in things we find beautiful, and react to things we find undesirable. As we grow older we’re taught to focus, to concentrate, to achieve tasks set before us. As we grow older still we’re taught to plan ahead, to think strategically, to think lineally in some situations and laterally in others. We train our brains to achieve various objectives that correspondingly achieve various outcomes. Like many adults, in moments of stress or just mental preoccupation for whatever reason, I can walk down a street for 20 minutes or more with my mind somewhere else completely! My bodily instincts must be on automatic pilot to keep me safe but when I think about it, I’m aware that I have no conscious realisation of where I’ve just been, no recollection of the details of the journey I’ve just made. I have not been ‘in the moment’ at all. A close friend told me recently how her little grandson, in the middle of a soccer game stopped midway down the field to gaze rapturously at a rainbow up in the sky and share it with her. In our cognitive quest for happiness, meaning and control in our lives, how many ‘rainbow moments’ are we missing out on? Being ‘mindful’ is of course an ancient Buddhist philosophy, which is shared in essence by many of the great faiths and modern philosophers and gurus. Here to me is the irony: the very thing that could maybe bring us peace and fulfilment in the truest and deepest sense, the natural impulse we are born with, is trained out of us. For many of us we spend half a lifetime being told to abandon this impulse only to spend the other half trying to get it back!

DISCOVER YOUR TRUE STRENGTH AT TRUE PILATES The best way to warm up your body this winter is with a great Pilates workout! Pilates is a very effective exercise regime that will help your body stay in shape and healthy over the cold winter season. Maintaining your level of fitness to help increase your immunity is very important with so many viruses and colds around over winter. Pilates has long been proven as a very effective workout for the mind and body. At True Pilates, we teach the Authentic Method of Pilates as handed down by Romana Kryzanowska. Romana was a protégé of Joseph Pilates and dedicated her life to teaching his methods and retaining the authenticity of the equipment he developed. It only takes three to four workouts a week to maintain a strong level of fitness and flexibility. Remember, regularly doing your workouts at home is a must if you are to see and feel the benefits. If you have not done Pilates before then at True Pilates you can try the Starter Pack for Beginners. This is a great way to get a really good feel and understanding of the exercises in a personal one-on-one session, tailored for you by their trained instructors. True Pilates focus is on quality, not quantity; so you are always getting the maximum benefit. Think of your workouts and lessons as servicing your body and mind. When you keep the body moving and exercising, it ‘oils the joints’ and helps with everyday activities. PN For more information contact Helen at TRUE PILATES, 2/5 Seymour Street, St Mary’s Bay T: 09 3767203 E: Helen@truepilatesnz.co.nz www.truepilatesnz.co.nz

Most of us in the West are led to equate happiness with ‘success’ and material wealth. So how does our achiever-oriented and achiever-rewarded Western brain undo or modify all that training? How do we abdicate the need for external rather than internal validation to make us feel fulfilled and happy? I don’t know yet – it’s a work in progress! Maybe art therapy could help... CLARE (CLAUDIE) CALDWELL is a Creative Arts Therapist who runs a small private practice from home. She is Voluntary Team Leader of Creative Therapies at Mercy Hospice Auckland, College Hill where she has worked for the last ten years. She is also a Freelance Artist. PN Enquiries: T: 09 836 3618; M: 021 293 3171 clare.e.caldwell@gmail.com

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MISTER PLOD? I DON’T THINK SO! FIVE MINUTES IN THE COMPANY OF PONSONBY’S COMMUNITY CONSTABLE soon puts paid to that hoary old chestnut. Phillip Crowley (pictured below) is the ‘not a Mr Plod’ in question. He met his wife at university where he trained as a teacher and together they embarked on the then classic OE. By the time they returned, their first child was under way and teaching positions were scarce. Phil found relieving jobs for a couple of years then a friend asked if he’d ever considered joining the Police. One look at the comparative salaries was the clincher. With a family to support it was time make a career move. Big, jovial, rugby playing Phil joined Police 29 years ago and has never looked back. Phil has always had a desire to work with young people and, because he was a teacher, he stayed away from what some would regard as traditional policing. He first worked with Youth Aid then was Youth Development Project Manager for a good number of years. Now, towards the end of his career, he is in general enquiries and will probably remain there until he retires in 18 months. His present position is no sinecure though. He has other portfolios that keep him occupied, namely the Asian Safety Patrol and Project Unity. He works on The Asian Safety Patrol alongside Jessica Phuang, a non-sworn Police staff member and the Asian Liaison Officer for Auckland City District. Trained aspiring Police recruits work in the Central Auckland area whereas Project Unity trains Asian volunteers to work in their own communities. They patrol bus stations and shopping malls and come out with a QE qualification in security. Phil is also heavily involved with Community Patrols of New Zealand, a national organisation. The Police don’t run it but have an advisory role so, when a group is formed, they provide information about the area and group members travel round in their own vehicles, acting as the eyes and ears of the community. This requires a weekly meeting with the co-ordinator. So what is a typical day for our Community Constable? These days many - though not all - complaints about certain types of crime can be reported to Police by ‘phone where Crime Reporting Line staff take down details and generate a file. The more serious files are sent to the Criminal Investigation Unit and the lower end of inquiry files can be referred onto the local inquiry offices. A large number of Phil’s files are to do with neighbourhood disputes about fences, boundaries, troublesome tenants, noisy parties and so on. The majority are civil issues but if not attended to, they escalate and then conciliation becomes very difficult. Phil’s workload is divided equally between a community constable’s duties and work on the other three projects. When I spoke to him he had just spent a weekend training 30 recruits for Project Unity. He also arranges all the training for the Asian Safety Patrol. We might well ask how he manages to fit all this in. His simple reply, “I’m very, very busy”. (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) PN

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A NIGHT-IN WITH TIM TIM WAKELY’S DVD CHOICES Don’t be sad its cold, open a nice bottle of red, snuggle up with some great film titles to cure those Winter blues.

BLACK SWAN Darren Arononfsky’s film Black Swan is a beautiful twisted gripping masterpiece that will have you on the edge of your seat from its opening title to its closing credits. Black Swan centres around Nina a young ballerina who finally gets her big break when she is cast as ‘The Swan Queen’ in her ballet company’s adaptation of Swan Lake. However, the glamour of the role soon wears off as Nina struggles to capture the sexual allure and freedom of her character’s alter ego the Black Swan. Nina’s determination to fulfil both alter ego’s of the Swan Queen (White Swan and Black Swan) begins to take a physical and mental toll on her. Arononfsky’s realistic cinematic techniques successfully capture the obsessive mental struggle that Nina has separating reality from fantasy. Additionally, Natalie Portman’s portrayal of this “icy” girl is so effortless that it makes it easy to see the reasons behind her winning an Oscar for this role. High Praise must also be awarded to Portman’s co-actors Mila Kunas (Lily), Barbara Hershey (Erica Sayers/ Nina’s Mum), Winona Ryder (Beth) and Vincent Cassell (Thomas Leory) whom managed not to be overshadowed by Portman’s star presence. Overall, I liked Black Swan, however, at times I had trouble separating reality from fantasy in Nina’s world. I liked this film based on Arononfsky’s knack for creating a dark world that manages to contain strong remnants of beauty as well as the strong performances that each actor gave. Black Swan is a great film to watch on a dark gloomy winter day, but, I do advise this film is not for the faint hearted. THE GREEN HORNET With tons of action, fight sequences, a bro-mance, a cool car and Cameron Diaz; Micheal Gondry’s film The Green Hornet will be a popular DVD rental for the males of the household this Winter. In this D.C classic, comedian Seth Rogan embodies playboy Britt Reid; who, after the adrenaline rush he receives after cutting the head off

the monument dedicated to his father, decides that he and his house servant Kato (Jay Chou) should become anti-heroes to fight crime around the city. However, the duo’s friendship is tested when both men fall for the annoyingly anal Lenore Case (Cameron Diaz). Seth Rogan’s comical presence brings to life a film that without him would fall flat on its face. This is because the best and worst parts of the film are as clear as the colour of the hornet himself – Seth Rogan – with his indestructible car and Kato’s kick-arse Karate moves. In comparison, the worst parts have to be Cameron Diaz’s acting, the below-par storyline and a villain who has a name that no one can pronounce. The best way to enjoy this film is to lay back and take in its superficial qualities rather than its meaningfulness. Overall, I liked this film because who doesn’t enjoy watching two men wearing masks kicking butt? YOGI BEAR Before renting this Hanna Barbera classic, I was a little concerned that no other copy of the film had been hired out. However, I remained hopeful that this remake would not ruin the charm and wit of a bear that I once watched. In the adaption of this child classic Yogi (Dan Aykroyd) and Boo-boo (Justin Timberlake) must team up with Ranger Smith (Tom Cavanagh) to save Jelly-stone Park from the evil clutches of Major Brown. Superficially, this film, directed by Eric Brevig, is very cute and will satisfy the CGI needs of today’s generation. Yogi and Boo-boo are adorable, Ranger Smith and Rachel (Anna Farris) are nice to look at, but at times their blooming relationship is a little cringe. I felt that the 21st century politics of environmental privatization over-shadowed the comedic nostalgia that director Eric Brevig was aiming for. But, I do think it was always going to be difficult to bring this cartoon classic into this modern world. I found this film entertaining. Yogi Bear is a great family film that both parents and children will enjoy. However, for people wanting to reminisce about this Barbera classic I recommend renting out the original series advertised inside the cover of the DVD. When I returned the DVD the next day I saw that four other copies of this film had been rented out. PN

We were mystified with reports that there was a snowman in Western Park! (see our Letters page). But as our colleague JULIE ROULSTON told us later her friend WILL SEAL of Porter Novelli created them. They were part of a DB promotion around Ponsonby last month The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied



NIKKI HART: GOOD NUTRITION As the days become darker and colder it makes me think about making my first pot of thick vegetable winter soup. Soup is a perfect way of adding extra servings of vegetables (and antioxidants) to the diet. Nutritionists and dietitians recommend eating soup because the nutrients are leached into the water when the vegetables are cooked.

NIKKI’S RECIPE OF THE MONTH - FLO’S WINTER SOUP 1 piece shin bone meat (good way to get haem-iron into this otherwise meatless meal) 1 packet of Soup Mix (Nikki says choose the low-salt one) 4 cups liquid Vegetable stock 4-5 cups water 2 carrots (peeled and grated) 1 small parsnip (peeled and grated) ½ small swede (peeled and grated) 2 stalks of celery (finely chopped) Parsley (finely chopped) • Add everything into a large soup pot (except the parsley) • Bring to the boil and simmer as per the Soup mix directions – 1 ½ hours • Remove shin meat – break up meat and add back to the soup • Before serving add chopped parsley • Serve with crunchy, warmed, wholegrain rolls and extra boiled potatoes for extra carbohydrate. SOME ANTIOXIDANT EXAMPLES INCLUDE: • Vitamin A pumpkin, spinach, puwha • Vitamin C broccoli, potato, parsnip, swede • Flavonoids green leafy vegetables • Isoflavonoids beans • Carotenoids red, yellow and orange vegetables – carrots Cooking a vegetable (like you do when making traditional soups) can sometimes release more nutrients than if the vegetable was eaten raw. Carrots release more b-carotene in a bio-available form when cooked. Cooked tomatoes are a better source of lycopene than raw tomatoes. Lycopene is a carotenoid that lowers the risk of prostate cancer in men. A Harvard study of 47,894 men found that consuming tomato products twice a week as opposed to never was associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer of up to 34%! When you are feeling under the weather and think you are coming down with a cold, staying hydrated is very important and soup is an excellent source of fluid! Chicken soup, often called ‘Jewish penicillin’, is often touted as a mysterious healing food when you are sick. Indeed Dr Stephen Rennard (a pulmonary medicine specialist) said that soup could be considered ‘a hug in a bowl when you are feeling sick’! He also concluded that ‘chicken soup inhibits inflammation of the cells in the nasal passage thus reducing the symptoms of a cold’. is a great way for me to get organised for the week ahead. I often Q: Soup make soup to use later in the week – but how long is it safe to keep soup? vegetable based soups will keep in the fridge for three to four days. Soups A: Most containing meat, seafood or chicken can be stored for two to three days. Soup is often more flavoursome the day after cooking. If freezing soup only fill the container two thirds full to allow for expansion. I haven’t got the time or ingredients to make soup is it ok to buy a preQ: Ifprepared commercial soup? are a few ways to source soup – dried packet, canned and fresh. Both A: There dried and canned tend to have higher sodium (salt) levels so these would not be my first choice. I would recommend selecting the fresh varieties in the fridge section of the supermarket. Read the nutritional labels to ensure the one you are getting is a healthier alternative. My favourites include the Pitango range – innovative organic cuisine. Go to www.pitango.co.nz for more information about their products. PN

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY HAT TRICK FOR COCORO Three major Auckland restaurant awards were swept up last month by modern Japanese restaurant Cocoro in Brown Street and its chef-owner Makoto Tokuyama. Open less than eight months, Cocoro, in Auckland’s Ponsonby, won Metro Magazine Best Asian Restaurant and Best New Restaurant awards, while Chef Makoto was the inaugural winner of the Audi Progressive Restaurateur of the Year.

Metro Editor Simon Wilson credited Chef Makoto as an inspirational figure, leading the reform and resurgence of Asian cuisine in the city. “Tokuyama, chef, Buddhist monk and inspiration, progressive to his bones, is setting the standard,” says Wilson. “He has reinvented his own high standards – and others have followed.” Along with Auckland institution The French Café, newcomer Cocoro was also named runner-up for the Supreme Award, Restaurant of the Year. Clearly overcome by the barrage of honours, Chef Makoto honoured his father, who died two weeks after the opening of the restaurant. “The name of our restaurant in Japanese means ‘heart and soul’ and I thank you for these awards with my heart and soul,” Makoto told the gathering of Auckland’s top restaurateurs, chefs and the Metro award judges. Among those paying tribute to an obviously popular choice among the audience was Michael Dearth, co-owner of The Grove, named Restaurant of the Year for the second year running. The cuisine at Cocoro elevated the entire level of the Auckland restaurant experience, said Michael Dearth. “Makoto’s food moved me to tears” he told the audience, gathered for the awards dinner in a transformed Continental Cars Audi showroom in Newmarket. The final word from Simon Wilson: “Cocoro now belongs in the very top echelon of dining in Auckland.” PN


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GREETINGS TO YOU ALL AT THE TIME OF WRITING THIS WE ARE ONLY TWO WEEKS AWAY FROM the completion of the Bakery and Deli revamp so by the time this edition of the News hits your letterbox we should be finished. We commenced the alterations in the Bakery and the Service Deli just after Easter, which has involved completing gutting and rebuilding these departments, along with moving the Bakery staff and their equipment off site. It has been a huge challenge for the team to continue to provide as many of the bakery products as possible given the constraints of working off site. For those of you who have missed our full service bakery we are sure you will be delighted with the improvements made and the return of our full range of products. The team are really looking forward to using the new facilities and setting a new high standard for a bakery offer in a supermarket. It may have appeared that the Service Deli has been largely unaffected while the Bakery underwent renovation, however there was a lot going on behind the scenes. The friendly Deli team are really looking forward to offering an even greater range of products and services including an extended Hot Food offering. Not only have we made big changes in the Deli and Bakery but we have installed some great new modern service counters in the Seafood and Butchery department. These new units will improve the display of our large selection of fresh meat and seafood. We weren’t content with upgrading just the interior of the store so we decided to freshen up the outside and give the entire exterior a fresh repaint. We think it looks great and provides a modern looking exterior to match the modern interior. The final part of our store upgrade involves installing a new generator, and while not a sexy addition to the store, it will ensure that we can continue to offer our customers an uninterrupted shopping experience even if there is a power cut in the area. So all going to plan we get to reveal the new Bakery and Deli departments on Monday 4 July. I’d like to thank all our valued customers for their patience whilst we have undertaken the renovations and I look forward to showcasing the new look and improved product offering. I’m sure you’ll love the changes, which should be our last for a wee while. Enjoy happy shopping at your local supermarket NEW WORLD VICTORIA PARK, where shopping is a pleasure, not a chore. (JASON WITEHIRA) PN

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY ROOM TO SAVE THE PLANET Keeping it green is as easy as grabbing a coffee from Ponsonby Road café, The Food Room. Sporting a stylish new reusable ‘KeepCup’ the local café, renowned for its Metro award-winning pies, is supporting local Grey Lynn charity Project Jonah in its drive to save whales and encourage Kiwis to adopt a more eco-conscious approach. Project Jonah CEO Kimberly Muncaster says KeepCups are “the easy thing to do and the right thing to do”. “Kiwis love their coffee and they love their environment too. The KeepCups make eco-friendly living effortless. New Zealanders throw away 100 million disposable cups a year so there’s room for improvement. This is an easy way for people to incorporate green habits into their everyday life and support a great cause.” The cups, which come in three colours, cost $15 for a small and $18 for a medium size and The Food Room will give 100% of profits back to Project Jonah.

VICKY GAVIN, Manager of the FOOD ROOM proudly supports Project Jonah

“We’re such a small country, but what we’ve got we can still keep clean and green,” says Manager of The Food Room Vicky Gavin. Her customers definitely have an appetite for the KeepCups which she says are already popular. She says there’s something about the local charity that is “just so passionate” and the café wanted to be part of that. Project Jonah’s emergency response service puts trained volunteers on the ground at whale strandings nationwide. In February more than 100 volunteer marine mammal medics were called out to a mass stranding of 84 whales in Golden Bay at the top of the South Island. The three day rescue operation saw 67 whales survive. Without the experience of trained volunteers Kimberly says there may not have been such a happy ending. To grab your own KeepCup go to www.projectjonah.org.nz or pop along to The Food Room, 250 Ponsonby Road. PN

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY JOHN DORY WITH PAUA, PRAWN, MISO, AVOCADO & VANILLA (Serves 4) (Approximate price for four people $60.00) FOR THE JOHN DORY: • 400g John Dory (four fillets) • Olive oil to pan fry fish • Salt (to season)

FOR THE PAUA: • 8 x baby paua • 30ml x lemon oil • Salt (to season)

METHOD: Trim any sinew off the paua. Wash thoroughly. Marinate with salt & lemon oil. Vacuum pack and cook at 65˚c for ten minutes in a water bath or pot of temperature controlled water. Alternatively, (if vacuum packing is not an option) seal the paua on a high heat. Set aside. FOR THE AVOCADO PUREE: • 1 x Avocado • Juice of 1 lemon

METHOD: Scrape the vanilla pod into the grape seed oil and mix well. Pour the oil into a food processor. Blitz gently, adding the maltodextrin until a powder is achieved. TO ASSEMBLE: In a cast iron pan, cook the John Dory skin side down. Cook for a couple of minutes on a medium heat until slightly caramelised. Flip the fish. Reducing the heat, add about 20g of butter and baste until the butter turns nut brown. Spoon the avocado puree into the middle of the plate. Place the John Dory on top of the puree. Arrange prawns around the fish. Finely slice the paua and add next to the prawns. Shake the miso foam for a couple of minutes and foam around the John Dory. Spoon the vanilla powder on top of the miso foam and serve immediately. PN

• 20ml x grape seed oil • Salt (to season)

METHOD: Blitz all ingredients to a fine puree and set aside. FOR THE PRAWNS: • 8 x prawns (shelled and de veined) METHOD: Cook the prawns in boiling, salted water for about two minutes or until cooked. Refresh in ice water. Set aside. FOR THE MISO FOAM: • 500ml x water • 1 ½ x tbsp miso paste • 2 ½ x gelatine sheets • 1 x egg white METHOD: In a saucepan, bring the water and miso to the boil. Once boiled, steep for one hour. Ladle the warm liquid without disturbing the impurities. Bloom gelatine and dissolve into the miso. Lightly whisk the egg white, until slightly foamy. Add to the miso and gelatine mix. Pour the mix into an ISI Siphon and charge once. Refrigerate for 3 – 4 hours (ensure the siphon is lying down horizontally). FOR THE VANILLA POWDER: • 1 x vanilla pod • 30ml x grape seed oil • 40ml x maltodextrin

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SID SAHRAWAT’S winning recipe. Winner - Best Dish, 2011 Metro Magazine Restaurant of the Year Awards


LIZ WHEADON: WINE, GLORIOUS WINE WHAT IS EN PRIMEUR? Also known as wine futures, Bordeaux futures, or, as we like to refer to it, a liquid investment, en primeur refers to the process of buying wines before they are bottled and released onto the market. The wines are usually delivered two years after being purchased. Originally, only Bordeaux was sold in this way, and given that Glengarry is renowned for its Bordeaux selections we prefer to concentrate solely on these wines.

in reasonable volumes, even in high-demand years. We also have a sophisticated refrigeration system in place for all of our shipping, so you know that your wine is going to arrive in prime condition.

THE ADVANTAGES OF PURCHASING IN THIS FASHION The first is availability. Some of these wines are only available en primeur, i.e. they will never reach the open market because of the very limited amounts produced. Even if some do make it to the retail shelves, the quantities available will be extremely limited, rendering it likely that you’ll miss out.

“The problem for the Bordelaise is that they labelled 2009 the best vintage ever, one in a lifetime. And then along comes the 2010, and it is actually better! But how do they go out and say that? Everyone is sceptical, but having tasted a bit of the 2009 and loads of the 2010, we’d say that the 2009s are exceptional and will be ready earlier than the 2010s, while the 2010s are cellaring wines, classic Bordeaux that will age beautifully forever.”

The second significant advantage is price. With supply and demand in force, the price is almost always well above that at which you would enjoy buying via en primeur. The cost savings with en primeur vary with the actual wine concerned, and a lot depends on the point ratings received from Wine Spectator, Robert Parker and Decanter, but you can generally expect to pay 40% - 50% less than what the wine would fetch upon its final release on the open market. HOW IT WORKS Initially, the wines are made available for evaluation from the châteaux. Negociants then offer the wines to us for purchase. Through our longstanding relationships, we are offered wines that are simply not made available to other merchants. When offers are made to us, we notify you (by whatever means you prefer) and requests are processed until the wines are fully allocated. During the height of this period, offers can be made daily and can be fully allocated within hours. Quite simply, if you’re not in early, you’ll miss out.

We are, in fact, so committed to this market that I recently went to Bordeaux with our Wellington Regional Manager Philip Rowe – to taste the 2010 vintage. The conclusion?

Already we are seeing huge demand for these wines; there must be a lot of smart customers out there. This is not a vintage to miss. The following are a few of the standouts: CHÂTEAU CHEVAL BLANC 2010 56% Cabernet Franc, 44 % Merlot; like Petrus, the quality of the aromatics was a large step up from the other wines. It has power, structure and the acidity keeps the freshness on the palate. It’s excellent, an exceptional example of Cabernet Franc. Cheval stood out for its sheer quality. CHÂTEAU LA FLEUR-PÉTRUS 2010 This was a stand-out; the nose promises and then the palate completely over-delivers. It’s silky, fine and very smart. This palate is seamless, the back palate has incredible power, the acidity is there and gives it balance.

Note that whereas some merchants only offer en primeur wine by the unmixed case (12 bottles, 24 half-bottles, six magnums), Glengarry can offer the wine to you by the bottle, which makes purchasing wine en primeur a more accessible proposition for many customers.

CHÂTEAU COS D’ESTOURNEL 2010 After the different style from Cos in 2009, we were intrigued to try the 2010. The 2010 is a classic St-Estèphe and a return to style for Cos. The earth and iron of the appellation with magnificent leather and spice. A great wine.

As an added bonus, you are not being asked to pay the full purchase price up front; payments are made in two instalments:

CHÂTEAU PICHON-BARON 2010 The 2010 is 79% Cabernet and 21% Merlot. It’s a rugged, big, bold style with primary fruit, loads of blackcurrant, brambly, rich and super powerful. With its incredible length, this is a blockbuster from this vintage.

FIRST PAYMENT – The first en primeur payment is due in the year the en primeur offering is made, and we will remind you when it is due. The first payment is nonrefundable; however, if we can find another buyer we will consider it! This payment is approximately 75% of the total price. SECOND PAYMENT – The second/final payment is due on or before collection of the wines, which should be towards the middle of the second year following the year of ordering en primeur, and includes final landed import costs. The second payment is estimated at the time of the en primeur offering, until the wine actually arrives, but the estimate should be close to the mark. This payment is approximately 25% of the total price. WHY GLENGARRY? BECAUSE WE’RE THE EXPERTS Simple, really: we are able to offer the security of experience and expertise because we’ve been doing it for far longer than anyone else – almost 30 years, in fact – so we really know what we’re doing. In fact you can consider us New Zealand’s resident experts on the subject. With so much on the line and the need to know that your money is secure, this is important. Over time, Glengarry has built up an unparalleled collection of longstanding relationships with the best Bordeaux producers and negociants, enabling us to offer the finest wines

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CHÂTEAU GRUARD-LAROSE 2010 Both of the Gruaud Larose wines, the Sarget de Gruaud-Larose and Gruaud-Larose are true masterpieces. David Launey believes that the Sarget is the best he’s made, and we’d have to agree. The Château Gruaud Larose 2010 has a wonderful palate, sweet and lifted, with fine tannins. Elegant, with finesse and a gorgeous palate. The Petit Verdot adds a wonderful, lifted aromatic character. CHÂTEAU MARGAUX 2010 I was looking forward to this tasting, and it didn’t fail to impress. Margaux is 90% Cabernet, with the balance Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Initially you notice the fragrance, the perfumed nose, then wow, the mouthfeel. The tannins are fine, it’s a classic Margaux with exceptional fruit and elegance. CHÂTEAU PONTET-CANET 2010 One of the stand-out wines. It has incredible colour, almost black. The nose is fruity, yet quite closed. The palate is rich and textured, and ensures you know that they’ve pulled out all the stops. A superb wine. (LIZ WHEADON) PN www.glengarry.co.nz



THE ‘MISS JONES’ INTERVIEW GEOFF SCOTT AND HIS GREAT LOVES – VINNIES AND USING THE BEST INGREDIENTS Auckland has its fair share of the countries great restaurants but there aren’t very many that can boast 25 years of service. Geoff Scott took over Vinnies in 2005 bringing with him 20 years of chef experience from some of the worlds best kitchens and an uncompromising passion for food and hospitality. Geoff comes from a big family and as a teenager would make the family meal on the weekend, he says ‘the pleasure and enjoyment I got from their feedback encouraged me to experiment with flavours and textures and now doing it at Vinnies, I’ve come full circle, with comments from customers it’s instant gratification, it’s amazing, every day is different like a roller coaster ride, knowing that each night we’re judged by our customers – that’s the buzz’. It takes about two months to write a menu and the challenge for Geoff is to create a balance of dishes. ”It’s important that I don’t repeat ingredients through the menu and that all the dishes are new. Every season there are new suppliers with new products which makes it really exciting, I get motivated by new produce and work with suppliers who are passionate about what they grow and make. Sometimes it’s the patch of coriander at the end of a mate’s veranda, it could be the buffalo yoghurt from Clevedon, or walnuts from Canterbury. The staff love to relay the stories of where things come from, taking the customer on the journey with us - what’s going on is deeper than what’s on the plate,” he says.

It’s the New Zealand story Geoff is trying to tell, tying in Vinnies with the philosophy of New Zealand food and its producers, seeking out and foraging for the really special stuff, researching, phoning then driving to meet the producers and perhaps passing some of their passion on to his customers through his food, because he says, ‘”the real flavour is in the things you can’t find everywhere, the provenance is in the individual personality coming to you through the food, and their passion shows in its uncompromising perfection”. In July Vinnies celebrates all that is French with their ‘Vive la France’ themed dinners. Kicking off with Le tour de France to coincide with the famous cycle race around France, four time event rider and New Zealand’s most celebrated cyclist Eric Mackenzie will share some of his secrets. For Bastille Day Ponsonby’s very own French hair stylist, Chantal Landais presents a ladies night with fashion, hair and associated things. “These events are great for meeting new people; it’s a different vibe from the normal a la carte dinner and introduces new customers to Vinnies. One dinner we had this year was to celebrate Robbie Burns’ birthday, we made our own sheep haggis from scratch and had a champion New Zealand bagpiper piping the Ode to Haggis. Teaching my chefs how to make things they’ve never made before, inspiring them to try new techniques, to push the boundaries and knowing that I’m passing on skills to the next generation of chefs, there’s a lot of satisfaction in that,” he says. Geoff has a long-term view for the future of Vinnies, “there is a culture in our country to rebrand and re-launch every five minutes, but without appreciation or respect for the profession it’s hard to have longevity and consistency in hospitality as there is in Europe. I plan on continuing the philosophy of Vinnies as a great dining experience for at least another 25 years”. (REBECCA JONES) PN VINNIES,166 Jervois Road T: 09 376 5597 www.vinnies.co.nz

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Geoff gets really inspired by the provenance of food, where it comes from and why it’s made or grown that way and he has great respect for the work of artisan producers, trying to incorporate some of their spirit into his dishes. In June for National Bee Week, Vinnies held a dinner completely inspired by honey from around New Zealand including honey from the hives on the Auckland Town Hall and from the Kelmarna City Farm. Proceeds raised from the event went to the Save the Bees Rescue Fund.

Geoff says, “I think it’s important to support fantastic initiatives like this and specifically to raise awareness of the role that bees play and their importance to our country”.

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RHUBARB OUTLET – QUALITY BRANDS AND BIG BARGAINS The Rhubarb Outlet store has a myriad of wonderful products to help you cook up a storm this winter. There are some fantastic ends of lines from top quality brand, Emile Henry of France, ranging from tagines and casserole dishes to lasagna dishes and more. Made in France from Burgundy clay, the Emile Henry Flame range allows you to cook on the hob top, making it ideal for browning meats before cooking and is the perfect dishware to simply serve the meal directly to the table from. This is a dishwasher and oven-safe range and is a must have in every kitchen. At Rhubarb Outlet they have a number of discontinued ranges to include beautiful fine bone china, along with all sorts of gift ideas from umbrellas, napery, cushions and kitchen gadgets. There are big bargains to be had without compromising on quality and once an item has gone that is it. All items are priced at wholesale or below, and in some cases up to 75% off retail price. For the month of July if you spend over $150 and mention this ad you receive a free gift to a recommended retail price of $20. Head into the Rhubarb Outlet store and see the girls, they can assist you with any of your questions. The store is situated in Drake Street, right behind Victoria Park Market and down from Allpress Cafeteria and is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am - 3pm. RHUBARB OUTLET, 22 Drake Street T: 09 550 5901 PN

LEN BROWN with one of the 150 jars of the Auckland Town Hall honey. It’s available at Smith & Caughey The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied






WINTER IS A WONDERFUL TIME FOR COOKING AT HOME, ROASTS, STEWS, casseroles and soups, warm, hearty, delicious meals for one or many, there is beauty in their convenience and the warmth given to home and heart. Braising is an economical way of using secondary cuts of meat and through the long cooking process, the delicious gelatinous juices are released as the gristle and sinews break down creating a richly flavoured sauce. The usual pumpkin, potatoes and kumara can be replaced with wonderful winter vegetables like parsnip, celeriac, Swede, turnips and Jerusalem artichokes.

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Blanquette de veau is a classic French provincial white braise using veal but as this is not the season and it is often difficult to get, I’m cooking a Blanquette d’agneau and using lamb shoulder for it’s fat and sinew content that will impart the much desired flavours into the sauce. For the vegetarians I’m serving a Ragout of Chestnuts, Parsnips and Shallots, the sweet mealiness of the chestnuts works wonderfully with the parsnips and shallots. The beauty of this meal is that the blanquette can be prepared and cooked ahead of time, and will last for up to five days in the fridge if it’s in a tightly sealed container, the flavours will only get better so I’ll make it the day before and reheat it as I’m cooking the fresh vegetables. It also gives me time to focus on the ragout which will require about an hour at the stove. There will be lots of crusty French bread to mop up the sauces and to eat with the cheese; my favourite at the moment is Edel de Cleron, it is an unpasteurised ewe’s milk cheese, which is sweet, creamy and delicious with fresh sliced pears. For dessert we’ll have Chocolate and Grand Marnier Mousse, an old favourite, this mousse recipe is light, creamy, simple to make and a wonderful way to end your French meal at home.

Serves 4; Preparation Time 15 mins, Cook Time 30 minutes 4 parsnips, peeled and cored 10 ml vegetable oil 24 shallots, peeled but left whole 24 peeled chestnuts Salt and pepper

• 10 ml sherry vinegar • 500ml vegetable stock • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley leaves

Cut the parsnips into large batons. Heat the oil in a casserole or earthenware braising dish over high heat. Add the shallots, chestnuts and parsnips, season well and sauté until coloured a deep golden brown. Add the sherry vinegar and then the vegetable stock. Bring to the boil and skim well, then lower the heat to a gentle simmer. Cut a piece of greaseproof paper to the size of the pan to make a cartouche and place on the surface. Simmer the ragout for about half an hour until the liquid has thickened and concentrated to form a rich sauce. Serve immediately with a scattering of parsley.

CHOCOLATE AND GRAND MARNIER MOUSSE This mousse is very light, smooth and creamy and is extremely simple to make.


Serves 4; Preparation Time 20 minutes, Cook Time 2 hours. • 1.5 kg lamb shoulder • 75 g butter cut into 2.5cm dice • 50 g flour • 1 onion studded with 4 cloves • 200 ml cream • 2 celery sticks • Juice of half a lemon • 1 carrot • Nutmeg • ½ leek outer leaves removed • 1 bouquet garni (Rosemary, thyme, • ½ garlic bulb, cloves left whole bay leaf and parsley) • 200 ml white wine • 2 litres white stock (veal if available, • Salt and white pepper chicken if not) FOR GARNISH: • at least 6 each of a selection of baby vegetables - turnip, carrot, fennel, radish and mange tout (snow peas) • Chopped parsley METHOD Preheat oven to 110 C. Place the meat in a saucepan, cover with cold water, bringing to the boil for five minutes to blanch, drain in a colander and refresh under cold water. Place the meat into an oven proof pan, add the stock, bring to the boil and skim. Add the onion, carrot, celery, leek, garlic, bouquet garni and seasoning. Cut a piece of greaseproof paper to the size of the pan to make a cartouche and place on the surface. Cover tightly with a lid and transfer to the oven. Braise for two hours then remove the vegetables and bouquet garni. The lamb should be soft and gelatinous. Make a blond roux with the butter and flour (cook seven to nine minutes until it smells like arrowroot biscuits) and cool. Strain and reserve the cooking liquid and cover the meat to keep warm. Add the reserved liquid to the roux ladle by ladle whisking to remove any lumps until sauce thickens to make a veloute sauce, cook for 20 minutes and add the cream, lemon juice, salt and white pepper to taste and a few gratings of fresh nutmeg. Pour over the drained meat and simmer for a few minutes. Cook the baby vegetables and carefully place on the blanquette, sprinkle with chopped parsley. Place the casserole dish in the middle of the table for everyone to help themselves. Serve with creamy mashed potatoes. Note: 200ml wine is for drinking!

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Serves 6; Preparation time 20 minutes • 6 eggs separated • 250 ml cream

• 350gm bittersweet chocolate 50% - 60% • 1tablespoon Grand Marnier

Melt the chocolate and Grand Marnier in a double boiler. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Meanwhile, in one bowl, whip the cream to soft peaks and in another bowl whip the egg whites to soft peaks. Do not over whip egg whites as they will become tough and grainy. When the chocolate is at room temperature, stir in the yolks one at a time with a wooden spoon. Using a rubber spatula, fold in about one-third of the whipped cream. Fold in half the whites just until incorporated then fold in remaining whites, then finally the remaining whipped cream. Be gentle, the more air that remains, the lighter the mousse. Spoon into coupes, glasses, bowls or ramekins cover and refrigerate until set. Garnish with whipped cream, chocolate shavings or candied orange. Bon chance et bon apetit! (REBECCA JONES) PN



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HUILE DE NOIX (WALNUT OIL) HUILERIES DE LAPALISSE IS ONE OF THE OLDEST FAMILY-OWNED FRENCH nut oil producers, having been established in 1898 in the heart of the Bourbonnais province, in the centre of France. Founder Abel Paillard earned a reputation as a master oil producer due to his remarkable walnut oils, which to this day are still made in the old fashioned French way with a granite mill. Below is a delicious French-inspired tart recipe, made using leeks, fresh goat’s cheese and walnuts (products listed in bold are available from our showroom).

PARISIAN FOODIE CREATES L’AUTHENTIQUE CHARCUTERIE IN ST BENEDICT’S STREET WHEN IS A SAUSAGE MORE THAN JUST A SAUSAGE? WHEN IT’S A GOURMET sausage from L’Authentique, crafted by owner and chef, Guillaume Desmurs. These are not your average bangers to slap in a piece of bread with tomato sauce; they’re made using 100% meat, as opposed to other New Zealand sausages which are only required to use a minimum of 20% meat. Charcuterie is a craft which involves preparing and preserving meats, a process which creates a rich and flavoursome product – and L’Authentique is impressing Kiwi tastebuds with its range of très bons sausages, terrines and patés. A third-generation Parisian, Guillaume comes from an inspirational culinary background. His father owned a jazz bar in culture-rich St Germain des Prés – an area in the 6th arrondissement of Paris which is home to numerous well-known cafes such as Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore. And with a mother who was herself busy working in her restaurants, he was required to cook for himself from a young age “My dad taught me the very basics in food when my mum was too busy. I’ve been cooking for myself since I was 12”. There’s no doubt that after growing up deep in the cuisine-culture of France, Guillaume would have inherited an appreciation of good food, but it was only after several years working in the advertising industry and some extensive travel through African bushland that he realised that food and wine was in fact his passion. For 10 years he enjoyed the hospitality lifestyle – the parties, the travel and the hard work that goes with it - before he made the move to open his own business, a large restaurant by the Seine in Boulogne.

WALNUT, LEEK & GOAT’S CHEESE TART 250g Sabato butter puff pastry 50g butter 4 small leeks, washed and sliced 200g goat’s cheese salt and pepper 125g Kernelz walnut pieces 3 garlic cloves, crushed 6 tbsp Lapalisse walnut oil 3 tbsp chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley Roll the pastry into an oblong approx 20cm by 30cm and place on an oven tray lined with a non-stick baking sheet. Melt the butter in a large saucepan and add the leeks, stirring to coat. Add a few tablespoons of water and a half teaspoon of salt and cover with lid. Steam very gently for 10 minutes. Cool and drain any liquid. Using a mortar and pestle or food processor, finely grind the walnuts, garlic and walnut oil together with two tablespoons of water. Mix in chopped parsley. Spread this generously over the pastry base leaving enough room around the edges to brush with beaten egg. Spoon the leeks over the top of this and then lay the sliced rounds of goats’ cheese over. Season with salt and pepper. Bake for 20 minutes at 200˚C until the pastry is golden and the cheese slightly puffy. Sprinkle with more parsley and serve. PN SABATO, 57 Normanby Road T: 09 630 8751 www.sabato.co.nz

However, instead of enjoying the benefits of a successful business, the hard work took its toll and at the age of 38, Guillaume suffered a stroke, “One day I woke up with a big pain in my left arm and I couldn’t speak”, an event which would claim three years of his life before he could again focus on a new goal. His invalid father died around this time and liberated of his care-giver role, Guillaume sought different surroundings. He again embarked on travel through West Africa, South America, and New York. Eventually Guillaume arrived in New Zealand, a country he saw as efficient, business-smart and self-sufficient, and whose lifestyle appealed. He brought with him his desire to not only cook food, but to make it with natural products - good quality local ingredients, free range meat, chemical free and gluten free products, no salt, no sugar and very little fat. “After years of running a restaurant I wanted to make the food myself” says Guillaume, but understanding that perhaps Kiwi tastes might be different, and also not having access to familiar cuts of meat, he conducted hundreds of tastings to gain insight in to what market for flavours there might be. In 2007, he started L’Authentique, creating delicious sausages and patés for a New Zealand market which was increasingly demanding natural but tasty and affordable gourmet foods made with local products. “In the last five years I have seen a huge change in the market. People are getting used to really good quality products thanks to places like Nosh and Farro”. His brand is stocked in several local specialty stores, including Farro and Nosh, alongside lower priced sausage sub-brand ‘Le Parisian’ which uses the local practice of adding a little rice flour as a filler - but still with 90% meat. L’Authentique has recently created four new patés topped with complementary gelée, the last of which will be released on Bastille Day on 14 July – a duck liver paté with a Foie Gras flavour inspiration - “a good wine to pair with it would be something earthy like a Shiraz”. Why not organise your own 14 July soirée and further impress your guests by browning L’Authentique terrine in a pan until it’s crisp on the outside and serving with fresh bread – not a traditional French way, but guaranteed to be délicieux! And for we Kiwis who are more familiar with charred barbequed sausies, Guillaume shares his secret to the perfect tubular treat. “Cooking sausage is like cooking a good steak – slowly and gently.” PN The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied




French cuisine is often viewed as decadent and indulgent. But did you know it could also be good for you? There are many commonly used ingredients in French cuisine that are great for your health. PARSLEY Although often used in New Zealand simply as a decoration, the French know that parsley brings many health benefits. Parsley contains two important components – volatile oil components and flavonoids. The volatile components have been shown to neutralise particular types of carcinogens while the flavonoids act as antioxidants. This herb is also a good source of two vital nutrients that are also important for the prevention of many diseases: vitamin C and vitamin A. It is also a good source of folic acid. GARLIC Modern medicine has found that garlic contains allicin which scavenges hydroxyl radicals. This is thought to prevent LDLs (the bad type of cholesterol) from being oxidized. Garlic also has great antibacterial properties. It can thin the blood so is good for those with blood pressure problems. It can improve immune function so is great to ward off those winter bugs. ONION In a word – flavonoids. These handy nutrients enhance the absorption of vitamin C in the body. The flavonoids in onion tend to be more concentrated in the outer layers of the flesh. So when cooking with onions try to peel off as little of the fleshy, edible portion as possible when removing the onion’s outermost paper layer. Studies have shown that onion can help increase our bone density meaning they may be of real benefit to women of menopausal age. Consumption of onions could also reduce your risk of certain types of cancers. OLIVE OIL Olive oil contains about 75% of its fat in the form of oleic acid - a monounsaturated, omega-9 fatty acid. This can help to reduce LDL blood cholesterol levels. Olive oil has anti-inflammatory benefits and can help to reduce the risk of certain types of cancers. The type of olive oil you buy is important. Extra virgin olive oil (obtained from the first pressing) will have more health benefits than virgin olive oils (obtained from later pressings). THYME This fragrant herb is a good anti-oxidant and source of calcium, vitamin K, iron and manganese. Thyme also contains a variety of flavonoids, which increase thyme’s antioxidant capacity. Thyme helps to kill off parasites in the gastrointestinal tract. It can help to relieve hangovers and act as a digestive aid or tonic. It can also be used for the treatment of coughs and sore throats. MUSTARD Mustard seeds are both a good source of magnesium and selenium. Selenium has been shown to be in low levels in New Zealand soils. Mustard seeds are also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, iron, calcium, zinc, manganese, magnesium, protein, niacin and dietary fibre. The health benefits of mustard seeds can include reducing the severity of asthma, decreasing some of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, lowering blood pressure and helping to prevent cancer. Other common ingredients in French cuisine are not so healthy: butter, cream, red wine, cheese and sugar. So how do the French stay so slim and healthy? The secret could lie in smaller portions. A study conducted in 2003 by scientists from Philadelphia and the French research agency CRNS in Paris compared servings in restaurants in the two cities. Mean portion size across the Paris restaurants was 277g, compared with an average in Philadelphia of 346g – about 25% more. Also because French cooking focuses on intense flavours you may feel more satisfied after eating a French meal and so eat less. Bon appetit!. (KAREN PHELPS) PN

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CHANTAL LANDAIS: THE FRENCH CONNECTION FROM THE MINUTE A SIGN GREETS you saying ‘Bienvenue’ on the door of Herne Bay salon Chantal Landais, you sense a little of the French style synonymous with its owner is rubbing off on you.

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A New Zealand resident now for an incredible 25 years, it was love that bought Chantal here from the UK, where she had been based for a few years after leaving France to further her career in London. There she worked for the likes of Vidal Sassoon and at the Glemby Academy, before she met her husband and made the move ‘Down Under’.

“I was the souvenir he brought back from Europe,” she laughs, “and while we only planned to stay here a couple of years we never left.” After having her children she went to work at a salon in Mt Eden, before deciding that it was high time she branched out on her own. Before long she was opening Chantal Landais at its original spot on Ponsonby Road, moving to her spacious salon in Herne Bay just three years ago when she and her husband were offered the building for sale. “It has given the business a whole new identity,” says the petite blonde, “and it just feels cosier and more intimate here.” Her fiercely loyal customers came along for the ride, “and I still see some who had their hair cut by me in Mt Eden twenty years ago. I have a couple of customers whose hair I did for their wedding, and now I am doing their children’s!” When asked what she thinks keeps her clients coming back for more she says that she is a great communicator, “and I have a great love of women in general. I love their company and their energy and the way we can be whoever we want to be on any given day.” She says that the Chantal Landais salon experience is all about the customer, “not about us, and I think we do that really well.” She says this extends to the great coffee they serve and the eclectic collection of coffee table books to peruse whilst you’re in the chair, as well as the top-notch services on offer. Standouts include the Soft Liss chemical-free Keratin treatment and a selection of ‘rituals’ by Kérastase Paris, which can transform the condition of your hair in just one sitting. Chantal still returns to France every couple of years to visit family and the women in whose salon she served her apprenticeship, and will never forget her roots. Whilst soaking up all that her homeland has to offer she also attends courses run by L’Oreal Professionel and Kérastase Paris at Rue Royal, so she’s constantly at the cutting edge – quite literally! – of what’s happening with hair internationally. “I always pick up something new there,” she says, “especially cutting styles and ways of using colour in completely different ways.” She has worked with L’Oreal Professionel for as long as she can remember, and the beauty giant’s French style is perfectly in line with her own. She also likes to give back closer to her new home, fundraising for Ponsonby Primary with a rather unique initiative. “For every $30.00 child’s haircut we do we give $5.00 to the school,” she explains, “and so far it’s been working really well.” Finally I ask her whether it was a culture shock arriving in New Zealand over twenty years ago after the likes of Paris and London and remarkably, she says no. “After living in England it was amazing,” she says with a smile, “as that place is really grey, and in comparison to New Zealand women, the locals were really drab! I couldn’t believe how colourful the women dressed here and the overall feeling of brightness in mood. I loved it from the minute I arrived.” (HELENE RAVLICH) PN


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THE RIVERS OF SOUTHERN FRANCE by Brett Barclay, Director, World Journeys Fashion, art, music, food...what hasn’t been influenced by France! There are few other countries in the world which inspire such enthusiasm, nostalgia and romance; and from the traveller’s point of view, every inch of this glorious country offers something worth discovering. It would appear I am no longer immune to the realities of a regular job, and the need to escape from time to time. In the good old days when time wasn’t an issue I travelled extensively in Europe by train, but more recently when planning to revisit some favourite haunts and discover some new ones, the idea of travelling the waterways rather than the railways appealed. River cruising means you unpack once, and wake to a new town almost every day. Docking right in the centre of most of the towns we visited, it was easy to explore the historic centre on foot at our own pace. Conversing with the market sellers, and sampling the local wines and cafes was as much a highlight as the official tourist sites; the perfect way to embrace a slower pace and immerse oneself in culture and cuisine. Burgundy was a perfect place to start, as it boasts some of the world’s finest wines with almost 60,000 acres of sun-lit vines. The plan was to follow the Rhone, heading south into Provence towards the Med. Endless vistas of tiled roofs, lavender fields and olive groves are synonymous with Provence. There are fascinating and historic towns such as Avignon, Orange, St Remy, Valence and Arles to explore, and remarkable Roman and Greek ruins at places like Pont du Gard and Glanum. The region is, of course, also renowned for its wines, such as the leading appellation Chateauneuf du Pape, named after the Papal Palace that once graced the centre of town. One of my favourite places on the Rhone was Viviers - a small town of some 3000 people. Not a place for a scheduled sightseeing tour - just step off the boat and you are in the historical centre where life continues much as it has for centuries. If you can drag yourself away from the smell of fresh baguettes at the boulangerie and past the luscious cakes of the patisserie, wander the narrow streets to the church atop a small hill with its idyllic views of the village rooftops and the ravines and hills of the region. I strolled back to the village centre past the impressive town hall and priory – both of which are being lovingly maintained – old buildings here receive the respect they deserve. This for me was the epitome of Southern France, and I was immersed in it, mind, body and soul!

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FABRIQUE EN FRANCE There is more French fashion available in Greater Ponsonby than you would think! Here’s a quick guide to what is très chic and where you can find it. Apartement à louer - bags (Akie) “a well-known French brand, timeless and of beautiful quality” Anne Valerie Hash (Adorno) “modest, sensual elegance – an easy relaxed silhouette that ‘caresses’ the body.” Babylone - jewellery (Akie) “striking pieces, designed and manufactured in Paris.” Bensimmon (Adorno) - “colourful, feminine essentials.” Celine sunglasses (Scotties) “we love them, they are the signature sunglass style from Celine’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection.” Fine Collection clothing (tees and knits) (Scotties) Henriot (Akie) “innovative jewellery designed by a renowned ceramic artist, this season also using lace, mesh and leather.” Isabelle Marant (Workshop and Adorno) “effortlessly hip – her clothes are the uniform of models, fashion editors and style-setters the world over.” - JENNY AGNEW, Adorno owner Petit Bateau (Jaimie and Workshop) “iconic French basics in exquisite cotton, linen and silk. Classic French chic including the must-have Breton sweater” - Jaimie Webster Repetto - shoes (Jaimie) “the Queen of the ballet flat.” See by Chloé (Workshop) “the same rock and roll attitude and feminine appeal as Chloe, but with a youthful edge.” Serge Thoravall jewellery (Zambesi) “inspired by phrases from famous philosophers and poets, which are used in the sterling silver pieces”. Vanessa Bruno (Adorno) “young and chic, known for her beautifully draped dresses in luxurious silks and wools.” Lea Stein jewellery (WORLD) - exquisite, collectable deco-style Bakelite pieces in animal shapes. Note: Scotties Recycle also has Chloé, YSL, Balenciaga, and Lanvin from time to time. Scotties stock Celine clothing, Martin Grant, Lanvin and Yves St Laurent, online and in their Lorne St, City store.

Petit Bateau is available at WORKSHOP and JAIMIE BOUTIQUE





ROB’S PATISSERIE – PROUD TO BE LOCAL WITH A FRENCH TWIST How lucky Ponsonby is to have such a dedicated bakery. This month Rob’s Patisserie passes a five year milestone on Ponsonby Road, and throughout that time has been opening every morning at 6am seven days a week; proudly serving Kiwi style fare with a ‘French Twist’ to locals and non locals alike.

THE CANAL DU MIDI FRANCE What better way is there to experience local French food and wine whilst passing along a French engineering marvel. The Midi Canal which was started in 1667 and completed in 1681 beckons the discerning traveller. The Midi was constructed by Pierre Paul Riquet with the help of about twelve thousand workers who dug out 7,000,000 metres of earth to connect Toulouse and Sète. This 240km canal was built using only manpower, during the reign of Louis the Sun King, ‘Le Roi Soleil’. It was the genius of the constructer, Pierre Paul Riquet that provided the sourcing of the water that made this project possible. The reason the canal was built was to enable the transport of goods and the French Navy between the Atlantic ocean and the Mediterranean sea thus avoiding the long voyage around via the Rock of Gibraltar and the passage taxes levied by the Spanish. The Midi it is now almost exclusively used by pleasure boats. During this breathtaking trip you will discover a canal lined by trees, which meanders through the land of the ‘Cathars’, passing on the way locks, bridges and aqueducts of the period where you will come to appreciate the calm of the picturesque little villages, which have preserved their own local charm, wines and gastronomy since the canal’s construction. Such is its imposing presence in the French landscape that The Canal du Midi was recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage site in 1996. The multi walled town of Carcassonne, (thought to be ancient Camelot) is but one of the amazing stops on this wonderful canal.

At Rob’s Patisserie you will find a wonderful array of mouth-watering Croissants, including Pain au Chocolat, all baked on the premises. Rob is proud to say all his fare is “Fresh as!” To take the stress out of preparing for those special occasion morning teas or luncheons, you can simply order a sampler box full of pastries and of course there are delicious pies, slices and tarts as well - in fact there is almost too much to choose from. However Rob’s Patisserie is more than just about pastries and tarts. You might not know it but Rob can make your wedding cake too, he can even make the popular Croquembouche as seen on Master Chef, or any other special occasion cake for that matter. Rob has recently published his book ‘Kiwiana Party Cakes’ featuring a selection of fabulous looking, easy to make party cakes that children and adults will just love. You can find Rob’s Patisserie on the corner of Ponsonby Road and Picton Street under the big tree. All renovation works have been finally completed to the whole corner site so at long last the building looks fresh and new. Au bientot! PN ROB’S PATISSERIE, 95 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 361 5154


One has to cruise this French gem to appreciate its beauty. (BRIAN COSSAR) PN HARVEY WORLD TRAVEL, 293 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 0443 ponsonby@harveyworld.co.nz

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CLARINS PLANT EXTRACT BEAUTY TREATMENTS AT NO 18 No 18 Hair & Beauty in Herne Bay is a proud ‘partner in excellence’ with Clarins a world renowned French institution. Born from Jacques Courtin-Clarins’ passion for women’s beauty in 1954, the Clarins Group is built on the pioneering idea of using plant extracts to create beauty treatment methods. The Clarins Group is proud of its history and constantly nurtures its core value: respect for Mankind and Nature. This same value is now the driving force behind the development of responsible corporate citizenship in France and throughout the world. From the start, the Group and its Directors have firmly and actively believed in protecting biodiversity and supporting ‘responsible development’, making their commitment today far more than just a superficial, passing trend. Clarins Awards and fair trade partnerships are proof of Clarins long term commitment to this approach. The Clarins spirit is ‘to make life more beautiful for future generations’, states Christian Courtin-Clarins. A rigorous ingredients policy gives priority – for materials with similar effectiveness and sensory qualities – to plant-based raw ingredients, organically farmed ingredients, locally grown plants and fair trade sources for plants from abroad. During its constant search for new plant extracts, Clarins acts with dignity and remains supportive and fair at all times. A pioneer in beauty products with plant extracts and expert beauty treatments Clarins has always believed that creating and perfecting a product depends on scientific progress and listening to its millions of clients. Through their loyalty, women have given Clarins its envied position as European leader in luxury beauty care. PN NO 18 HAIR & BEAUTY, 18 Jervois Road T: 09 378 4140 www.number18.co.nz

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LEIF WAUTERS: SUM OF US A CLOSE FRIEND OF MINE IN SAN FRANCISCO RECENTLY TOOK HIS OWN LIFE. He had been struggling for some time with personal and professional challenges, finally choosing to take an early exit from the entire equation. The news of his death was particularly hard-hitting because he had been one of those friends I had talked with about suicide and he had been adamant that his deep spirituality would keep him from such an act. It seems that even the most strident spirit can succumb to darkness, especially in these testing times. Along with all of his extended family, I’ve scanned back for missed signs. Was I not listening? If I were still living in SF would this have happened? I rode through all of grief’s stages, eventually accepting that by the time the die was cast there was nothing anyone could have done. It hurts to admit that he’s not the first friend to depart prematurely at their own hand. During my teenage years in Washington DC there were a few other gay youngsters who had folded under taunts and fears, but I didn’t know them as well as those with whom I’ve shared large parts of my adulthood. By this point in our lives we should have the tools to weather life’s hurdles, or at least be able to see the signs in loved ones who are struggling, so when we miss the mark it hurts all the more. The San Francisco GLBT community grapples with these losses all too often. Without their network of non-profit outreach programs, hotlines and support groups (not to mention the touchy-feely, community spirit ingrained into the Bay Area) I can only imagine how massive the epidemic could become. The problem is even worse in New Zealand, where strong-minded D.I.Y. Kiwis seem to take the “stiff upper lip” of their Commonwealth roots to a whole new level. Choosing to settle at the end of the Earth, with convicts for neighbours, the Aotearoan culture doesn’t rely on others to get things done. It’s a capable society where men don’t ask for help, let alone cry. This emotional stubbornness contributed to New Zealand having the highest suicide rate in the world through the 80’s and 90’s, particularly amongst males where the rates are three to four times higher than with women. Barry Taylor, the Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the Wairarapa District Council, has been working to save lives throughout Australasia for a quarter century. Currently living in Willington, his training programs and work with high-risk youth are lauded across the country. Barry attributes much of the suicide spike at the end of the last century to the social upheaval of the time, including unemployment, latchkey kids, and general changes in the status quo.

dying in the 80’s has gotten older and is taking their lives today.” This statistic ties into the early 50’s age group to which my friend in SF belonged. So how do we stem that tide, particularly within the GLBT community where sexual orientation can make life’s burdens that much heavier? Most importantly, the people at risk need to be willing to ask for, and accept, help. To clear that hurdle, one of the greatest the mental health community has battling suicide, those at risk first need to know someone cares. Barry stresses that we should stay conscious of statements or behaviours in others that raise concern, particularly with those who are alone or in the months following a break-up. This is especially important for men, as they account for the vast majority of suicides. If these or other similar signs grab your gut, make sure you act: • Confront the person overtly about their behaviour • Ask what you can do or offer assistance in finding help • Be specific about the signs that are causing concern • Don’t be put off if you get push-back Local organisation OUTLine not only aids those in need, but it supports the family and friends of those at risk as a GLBT-focused oasis General Manager Vaughan Maneses and his team take great pride in. “It’s tiring having to ‘come out’ every day in life. People like to know they can go somewhere where they don’t have to be the educators of their counsellors when it comes to sexuality or gender identity issues.” OUTLine has stepped up the therapy game in Auckland with the introduction of free, face-to-face counselling through their Ponsonby Office and Vaughan believes the need is great, particularly amongst the aging GLBT community. “A lot of emphasis is put on youth, but the toughest years can be when we get older” says Vaughan, with three decades of work within the community to back him up. “Not everyone ends up in the suburbs with a picture perfect garden and a couple of cats. Maintaining and developing an ongoing sense of community is our biggest challenge, if we lose that then we risk isolation and that is not good for a person’s mental health.” In these rough times it’s hard to see when others are in deep water, especially when many of us are struggling to paddle for shore, but we owe it to ourselves to play a bigger part in our communal sanity. A little attention and stern compassion can go a long way towards saving lives. Be there for others, or lead them towards help, so we can all grow old together. (LEIF WAUTERS) PN

“Social change leads to anxiety and stress” says Barry, who has concerns for today’s middle to older-aged men. “The suicide rate may have halved in the last decade but the group that was killing themselves then are still at risk. The demographic that was

PHILIPPE STARCK’S WORKS AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY FROM INDICE French designer Philippe Starck is something of a legend. His body of work extends from hotel fitouts to motorbikes to pasta. He first appeared on the international stage in the early 80’s when he began an enduring relationship with Italian manufacturing company Driade. Iconic pieces such as the Costes armchair (1985), first produced for the Cafe Costes in Paris and the Lord Yo armchair (1994), which is included in a Taschen publication of the 100 chairs of the 20th century, continue to be produced. PN These and many other examples of the prolific designers work are available exclusively from INDICE, 4 Rose Road. T: 09 376 9167 www.indice.co.nz

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Food made SARAH LA TOUCHE sick – and then it made her well again

Food has taken Sarah La Touche on a life odyssey – pulled her from merchant banking and legal publishing to establishing an internationally successful guest house in southern France and a loved restaurant in New Zealand. It has harmed her health – then healed it again and now provides a focus and mission around which her life revolves.

She grew up with parents who loved food: sitting with her dad on the back doorstep eating oysters from a sack he had brought home from the pub; foraging for mushrooms in autumn woods or learning the power of herbs. Later, living in Sydney, Sarah finished weeks working in banking with helping a chef friend in his restaurant at weekends. Back in New Zealand, running cooking classes and catering was fitted around work for a publishing company. But then destiny caught up Sarah and photographer husband Denis and swept them away to Europe, settling them down in a tiny French village where – like those `new life in the country’ Brit TV shows – they pitted their all to convert a rundown 19th century home in the Languedoc region. The result of years of sweat and toil was a gorgeous gastronomic guest house that hosted people from across Europe and the UK, as well as Americans and those from the Antipodes. Sarah and Denis offered cooking holidays, wine tasting, market visits, picking wild herbs on hillsides, meals out in fine restaurants ...essentially sharing their deep and passionate love for all things French and food. But 12 years of physical stress and

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business success took its toll. Sarah suffered chronic ill health and it took a local naturopath to guide her back to wellness. The journey meant cutting some of her most beloved foods – bread, cheese, meat – but also opened up a whole new way to see food in its ability to heal and adopt old fashioned ingredients like spelt and millet, plus delving into a yet deeper layer of food history. Finally New Zealand called the couple home and they landed, not quite sure of what would come next. It turned into another food beginning, establishing Casita Miro, a vineyard and restaurant on Waiheke Island with a partner in 2006, and, for Sarah, taking up food writing and cooking assignments. However by 2008 Sarah felt the power of food to heal poor health was something she could no longer ignore. She and Denis sold their share in the restaurant and Sarah enrolled in Grey Lynn based Wellpark College of Natural Therapies to study nutrition and learn ‘the science of physical nourishment’ . “I wanted to study nutrition in a way that looked both at the science and the holistic aspect of food,” says Sarah. She felt Wellpark’s inner city campus with its profusion of gardens and combination of career and soul aspects fitted that perfectly. “The French have a wonderful holistic relationship with food,” says Sarah, now a qualified nutritionist. “They love food, think about food all day long, enjoy eating. Learning how the body works and the biochemistry of nutrition on top of that was a fantastic thing.” Now, as she eyes up studying herbal medicine for another skin of food knowledge, Sarah is leading clients on a condensed journey of her own food odyssey: showing them how good health and food is a lot more than carrot sticks and lettuce leaves. “People should be lit up by food, it’s a way to express passion for life, it’s something to be enjoyed ... and make you well at the same time,” says Sarah. “In France they love and appreciate food in the way New Zealanders have that relationship with coffee.” Her beloved foods – cheeses, breads, meats – are back in her diet these days, but prepared and eaten in different ways and quantities. Now Sarah’s passion is taking Kiwis into the soul of food and how it can tantalise – and heal – every kind of body. She calls it `living nutrition’. www.wellpark.co.nz PN





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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Blue velvet stamp cushion $115, Blue velvet square $128 @ Harrowset Hall www.harrowsethall.com; Antique bronze Monstrance with reliquary insert $2900 @ European Antiques www.europeanantiques.co.nz; Tintamar bag $39 @ Askew www.askew.co.nz; Cast iron ‘Angel’ statue $129 @ World Beauty www.worldbrand.co.nz; Dinnerware Emile Henry ‘Muscade’ dinner plate $36.50, Ramekin $11.50 @ Millys www.millyskitchen.co.nz; Compagnie de Provence room diffuser $45 @ Askew www.askew.co.nz PN

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ALICE LEONARD: ANGEL FOOD CARAMEL CREAM PIE Total dairy-free and vegan decadence! If you used gluten-free biscuits this would also be suitable for gluten-free diets. Based on the recipe at www.likeavegan.com.au INGREDIENTS: Base • 1 pack Arnotts ‘Nice’ biscuits • 3/4 cup dairy-free margarine (I use Olivani) • 2 teaspoons ground ginger Caramel layer • 1 can caramel sweetened condensed soya milk (Olvebra brand, available from www.angelfood.co.nz) • 1/2 cup soya milk or rice milk • 1 tablespoon agar powder (check out Asian grocers for little packs of ‘Telephone’ brand agar) Cream topping • 1 block firm tofu • Juice of 1 lemon • 1 pack of Soyatoo whipping cream (available from www.angelfood.co.nz) • 1/3 cup icing sugar • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence METHOD: 1. Whizz the Nice biscuits in a food processor until they’re really fine. 2. Melt the margarine in a small pot and stir in the biscuit crumbs.

3. Press the mixture into a springform cake tin and press it down firmly, making the edges a little higher than the centre. Put in the fridge to set. 4. Put the caramel condensed soya milk and the soya milk in a saucepan. Add the agar and stir briskly to combine. Bring to the boil, stirring constantly, and simmer for 1 minute. 5. Pour the caramel on to the biscuit base, keeping approx. 1/4 cup of caramel in the saucepan (to decorate the top of the pie). 6. Blend all the cream topping ingredients in a food processor. 7. Spread the cream topping on to the caramel. 8. Heat the remaining caramel so that it’s runny enough to pour decoratively on top. 9. Allow to set in the fridge before serving. Serve in small slices - it’s very rich! www.angelfood.co.nz PN

THE FOOD SHOW AUCKLAND 2011: TAKE A DAY OUT FOR THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE Synchronise your watch, mark your diary, circle the dates on your calendar: The Food Show Auckland is coming to town from 28 – 31 July at the ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane. The biggest and best* culinary show in New Zealand, the four days of The Food Show Auckland bring together under one roof a simply astounding collection of local and international food, drink and kitchen equipment. Visitors can sample and buy at their leisure from hundreds of stands, meet the people who make the products, get great show-only deals, and win prizes. Famous chefs cooking live: MasterChef NZ judges Simon Gault and Ray McVinnie, MasterChef NZ winner Nadia Lim and runnerup Jax Hamilton, Julie Biuso, Julie Le Clerc, Alison and Simon Holst, Lauraine Jacobs, Richard Till, Annabelle White, and many more will demo their latest recipes in the Electrolux Cooking Theatre. Loaf and Weston Milling Baking Theatre: a completely new feature launching at The Food Show Auckland 2011 and packed with all-day live demos about all things to do with baking, including cakes, bread-making, decoration and more. Cuisine Artisan Award winners: including Havoc Prime Pork, Addmore elderflower drinks, Clearwater organic yoghurt, J Friend and Co organic honey, Ludbrook pickled limes, and Orcona harissa paste. Regional groups and international stands: major pavilions from Clevedon Farmers Market, Kumeu, Hawkes Bay, and Southland, plus top exhibitors from Bulgaria, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and the South Pacific. Preview Day: an exclusive, premium experience limited to just 4000 discerning foodies, VIPs, and invited media.

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Held on Thursday 28 July, Preview Day offers visitors the chance to take the first bite of the show without the crowds. Book now online and save: buy before midnight 28 July from Eventfinder and pay only $22.50 per ticket, rather than the gate price of $25. Preview Day tickets are only $38 before midnight 27 July from Eventfinder, compared with the gate price of $40. Now you know when it’s happening, where it’ll be, and what’s going on, there’s no excuse really – book now for The Food Show Auckland and prepare your taste buds for a day out they’ll never forget. More details at: www.foodshow.co.nz * In 2008 and 2009, The Food Show Auckland won two top awards from the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) – Best Consumer Show Under 10,000 m2 and Best New Zealand Show. PN PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)

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 LOCAL NEWS MURDER MYSTERY DINNER PARTY OUTSIDE IT’S DARK AND STORMY. I AM IN A ROOM FULL OF PEOPLE. SUDDENLY someone announces that a person has just been murdered. But it’s not as sinister as it seems. The house I am in is an old villa on Richmond Road in Ponsonby. The people in the room are friends and the person that has just been ‘killed’ is imaginary. We are hosting our own murder mystery dinner party and it’s a fun way to spend a winter’s night.

HOW TO: • It’s easy to experience an evening of murder, mystery, blackmail and intrigue right in your own living room. Murder mystery games can easily be downloaded from the internet – just do a google search. Some are available for free, others for a small charge.

So how does it work? The host of the party purchases the game, which includes a story about a murder. Characters are included in the game with background information, costume instructions and a package of clues for each one. The game will contain a script you will all need to read out. One character will be the murderer. It is the job of the rest of the guests to work out who that person is…

• Decide what type of dinner party you want to have – sit down meal or cocktail party? Then make sure the game you purchase suits the situation.

Earlier in the week the host had sent me my character notes so I could plan my costume. And dressing up is a great part of the fun. My character Gigi Sparkle, an ageing society girl, provides plenty of opportunities for a great costume and heaps of fun. On the night we all turn up for dinner. After drinks and nibbles we sit down to begin the game, which is to be conducted in between courses.

• Do you have to decorate the room? Not if you don’t want to. But if you feel like creating an atmosphere that complements the game you are playing go right ahead.

Within minutes the murder occurs. We then read our scripts so the game progresses. Over the course of the evening we receive additional clues to both our own characters and the murder which we need to reveal to the rest of the guests. With some games the host knows who the murderer is. With others nothing is known until the big reveal. Tonight everyone really gets into their characters, increasingly so as the dinner progresses and the wine flows. The story is both funny and entertaining. The clues provided are perplexing and leave many of us scratching our heads at the end as we try to guess who dunnit. Was it me? Well now that would be telling…

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• If you are cooking then try and plan the number of courses for the number of scenes in your particular game.

• Do you need to be a good actor? Not necessarily. While murder mystery games are good for people that don’t mind reading aloud and getting into the part, games also often contain characters that don’t need to speak as much as others. Assign each part to the person you are inviting that it will be best suited to. • If you don’t want the hassle of cooking, murder mystery parties can easily be held at a restaurant. Ask for a private room or just make sure the restaurant is quiet enough so you can hear the game being read out. • To make things easier for the players try purchasing a couple of inexpensive items for fancy dress from a $2 shop. Then hand these to each player along with their script when they arrive. (KAREN PHELPS) PN




2 1-2. Local resident KATIE FORSMAN emailed us with a couple of photos from her recent trip with her family and explained, “it would be just adorable if these could be included in your next issue. Pictured are cousins JACK SIMEON from Ponsonby and Mia Forsman from Freemans Bay on their first ever family trip to FIJI”. 3. Westmere and Grey Lynn residents HELEN WILCOCK and CONNIE MILLER sent us photos of their holiday in CHILE with her copy of Ponsonby News! They told us how much they enjoyed a swim in the salt lakes in the Atacama Desert.

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 LOCAL NEWS A FAVOURITE AUCKLAND COUNCIL RATEPAYER Jamie Burrows (pictured right) is a mild mannered and polite businessman who lives with his family, partner Julie Roulston, daughter Gaby (11), and four year old son Noah, in Westmere. He told Ponsonby News they loved living in their leafy inner city street. However, in autumn the leaves become a bit of a challenge, seeming, says Jamie, to congregate mainly in their driveway rather than out on the road side. Jamie arrived home one recent evening to find all the leaves from the driveway had been swept up and taken away by the Council. He e-mailed the council to thank them for this consideration. That action completely threw the Council officers who are only used to abuse never praise. Jamie got two emails and a phone call thanking him for his thanks! So Jamie Burrows might just be one of the most considerate ratepayers in the Ponsonby News catchment. Jamie is co-owner of a telecommunications business ZiCi. “We assist bigger users of telecommunications to reduce their costs”, he told us. These are substantial companies who spend $20,000 or more a month, and telecommunications now includes data networks and provisioning. ZiCi can tell from the detailed bills if there are opportunities for saving, then they go to the next level. They tell them the amount they can save. The company pays only when they have banked the savings. Jamie agreed it was a little like a lawyer who takes on a client sueing for thousands, agreeing to take a certain percentage only when the case is won. No win - no pay. So, wouldn’t every company be keen for Jamie’s company to have a look at their bills and seek possible savings? “It’s not quite as simple as that”, says Jamie. In difficult economic times, company executives may be quite nervous - about their own jobs, company retrenchment, downturn of business. They may not be willing to admit they could have saved thousands in the last few years if only they had called in Jamie’s team earlier.

And so rather then exposing a weakness Jamie must persuade management that they should get ZiCi to reduce their costs and make them look like the good guys who possibly even saved the company. We asked Jamie how much technical information he personally needed in a rapidly changing industry. Just enough to keep ahead of his techies, was his answer. ZiCi is a team of eight, Jamie and a business partner, a salesman, consultants and a range of technicians. So what is the climate like out there? Rapid technological changes are creating new opportunities for ZiCi, and they are taking advantage of those changes. But the uncertainties mentioned above, economic downturn and company failure, are making many companies wary of change, even if it will almost certainly mean better bottom lines. Jamie is confident of economic recovery later this year and next, and is positive about ZiCi’s future. If companies retain their resource base and survive, they will be ready for the upturn when it inevitably comes. In the meantime, if business is a bit slow Jamie has several options. He can help the Council keep the street clean and free of leaves earning more praise from Council and neighbours, or he can retreat to the family bach at Port Waikato, where Jamie is content to surf all day and come back to the city rejuvenated and ready for the next business challenge. (JOHN ELLIOTT) www.zici.net PN


GOVERNMENT SUPPORT TO TACKLE HOMELESSNESS WELCOMED Councillor Dr Cathy Casey is pleased the Government will consider its suggestion for a nationwide approach to tackle the issue of homelessness. In a letter to Councillor Casey, chair of Auckland Council’s Social and Community Development Forum, Minister of Housing Phil Heatley has said that as part of the Department of Housing’s policy development for social housing it will consider the council’s suggestion for a national strategy on the issue. “This is definitely a step in the right direction and I congratulate the Minister for recognising the importance of the issue and taking our comments on board,” says Cr Casey. After attending the National Homelessness Conference earlier this year, Cr Casey wrote to the minister calling for the nationwide approach. “Homelessness is a major concern for Auckland and this council is working alongside a range of agencies to do something about it, but we can’t do it alone.” She said while the problem may be more acute in Auckland, homelessness is an issue communities across the country are dealing with. “Auckland Council has taken a leadership role in raising awareness about the issue of homelessness

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and since 2004 has funded a homeless action plan which has the support of all the local agencies involved with homelessness. But local authorities cannot do it alone; it is time the Government opted in as a funding partner.” She says to end homelessness in New Zealand, government support and a clearly defined legislative and policy framework is needed to ensure this vulnerable sector of our society is properly provided for. Councillor Casey will be sleeping rough on 7 July as part of Lifewise’s Big Sleep Out to raise awareness of homelessness and “send a message to the Beehive that we welcome Government involvement. Go to http://bigsleepout.org.nz/author/cathy-casey/ to find out more. The Auckland Homeless Action plan 2008-2013 has been developed with 13 partner agencies. The plan focuses on four key responses to reduce the prevalence of homelessness: prevention, intervention, integration and independence services. PN



FLYING KIWI SMOKES IT UP IN V8 SUPER CAR SERIES IF KIWI SHANE VAN GISBERGEN WANTS TO QUALIFY EVEN FASTER THEN the rest of the V8 Supercar field will need to look out if he gets it right. Van Gisbergen became the second driver on successive days to win a race from 12th position at the Triple Crown in Darwin adding to his victory on home soil at the Hamilton 400 back in May. The race became a shootout between two of the best naturally gifted and fluid drivers in Van Gisbergen and Craig Lowndes, both flying home on soft tyres. Championship leader Jamie Wincup could only manage 6th and said post-race “It was a tough race, it all came down to strategy and the safety car. This year is all about being on the right tyres at the right time.” The situation was similar for Lee Holdsworth, who at one stage looked like he was a chance until his tyres fell apart and he fell back through the field at light speed. Van Gisbergen passed what seemed like a dozen cars late in the race after the safety car bunched the field. “We just need more weekends like this,” Van Gisbergen said. “We were consistently fast. If we can keep doing this week to week we will be going well. If we can put one together in Townsville, the next race on the calendar, we will be pretty happy.” (GEORGE BERRY) PN

WHERE IT ALL STARTS I’m not quite sure why there is so much fuss being made about some of our All Blacks leaving New Zealand post rugby world cup. It’s not a mass exodus, nor is it a travesty to have them leave; it would be better described as natural attrition.

WHERE DID HE COME FROM? LESS THAN A MONTH AGO STEPHEN CARMICHAEL WASN’T EVEN SURE he’d get to play for the Junior All Whites at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico.But the Central United midfielder’s made sure everyone knows his name now, after scoring the first ever hat-trick by a kiwi at a football world cup and guiding them to a 4-1 demolition of Uzbekistan. Carmichael was a latecomer to the squad, and only made his debut a week before the start of the tournament en route to Mexico. The win was also the first for a New Zealand men’s team at a FIFA tournament played outside New Zealand, and the first in over a decade. The last win was against Poland in Auckland back in 1999. The win gives the young All Whites a great chance of emulating the 2009 team who qualified for the Round of 16 on the back of three draws in Nigeria. “It’s an awesome feeling – just unbelievable,” said Carmichael after the match. “Once you get the opportunity you’ve just got to take it. It’s something I’ve worked really hard for and tried to make the most of the chances I’ve been given. It’s a game we targeted to win. We had a plan to achieve that and things went our way,” said New Zealand coach Aaron McFarland. “Stephen Carmichael turned up on the day, but it was a very sound all round team performance. He’ll take the glory today but in the next game it may be someone else,” reiterated McFarland. To sweeten the deal and put into context the day this game was played the weather was below average in Auckland with a high of 15 degrees and rain on and off all day. But in Mexico it was a searing 38 degrees. Congratulations Stephen and the Junior All Whites, let’s hope you are all among the few that go on to make it to the big time. PN

How do we stay as the number one ranked team in the world? By offering new and younger players the opportunity to play in the black jersey; test themselves against the Springboks and the Wallabies. How much more evidence do we need than the example of the Baby Blacks at the under 20 Rugby World Cup in Italy? The trick is to make sure those select few who get to be All Blacks continue to inspire the next crop to fight hard for a place in that rep team, play for their province and strive to be the best they can be… and I’m pleased to say the NZRU and Auckland Rugby Union have that part of the equation perfectly right. A couple of weeks back the Auckland Blues had a bye; a chance to refresh themselves and suit up for the Super Rugby finals, but instead of heading away on a holiday they were out and about around the region hanging out with 8 to 12 years olds playing rugby. Honing ball skills and just being there where it all starts. That Thursday afternoon rained to biblical proportions, the temperature dropped like a stone and you could feel winter had finally arrived, but that didn’t stop the kids. Especially at the Ponsonby club, they turned up in their droves to Western Springs that day, all in aid of getting up close to an Alby Mathewson, a Benson Stanley, or an Ali Williams. Nine Blues in total rugged up in their wet weather gear and got amongst the 100 plus kids who equally turned up ready for the afternoon…. mouth guards, boots, replica jerseys, head gear – you name it, the kids certainly looked the part. The smiles on their faces said it all, and in the words of eight year old Mahonri Lokeni, “it’s awesome, I watch them on TV all the time.”

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With the weather continuing to deteriorate a suggestion was noted that maybe the Blues would just head into the changing sheds and sign autographs, something they did later that afternoon, long after the hour promised to the kids. “Bugger the rain” said Ali Williams, “this is where it all starts, they deserve the right to run around with us and just because it’s a bit wet doesn’t mean we’re not going to do it.” Since that date I’ve even noticed Ali’s game improve significantly, maybe it’s just a coincidence or maybe getting back to playing rugby just because you love it brings the best out in everyone’s game? So if you hear someone blabbing on about the AB’s leaving, then remind them that we are the country of rugby, our stocks are looking great and the NZRU has it sorted. (GEORGE BERRY) PN The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied

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BLISTERING PACE SET BY TWO LOCAL LADS GETTING UP AT THE CRACK OF DAWN CAN DEFINITELY HAVE ITS REWARDS; it’s often said, “the early bird catches the worm,” and two local youngsters now understand that lesson very well. It’s been a dream of 18-year-olds Stephen Jones of Westmere and Lewis Hollows of Grey Lynn, for quite some time to row for New Zealand… and this year at the 2011 Junior Rowing World Champs in Eton, England that dream will become a reality. A true blue Ponsonby boy, Lewis attended Bayfield Primary and Ponsonby Intermediate before donning the blue of St Peters College in Epsom where he both fell in love with rowing and met up with Stephen. The duo have now teamed up with Nelsonsians Mitchell Horner and Scott Green to form the under 18 squad.

The pair has a list of accolades an arm long, both in school, regional, and national competition, so deserve their rewards for the gallant efforts to date. However both know this is merely the start of their long and tiresome journey, not the end. They’re both currently pulling out all the stops and have moved to Lake Karapiro for three months to train at the Rowing NZ High Performance Centre in preparation for the Junior World Rowing Championships.

Stephen on the other hand grew up in sunny Mt Maunganui before his family relocated to Westmere.

I chatted with Lewis and asked, “why rowing?” He replied initially that, “it was all for my mum. I tried it and was hooked straight away and now, over the past few years, the sport has grown to such a level I just want to be a part of it, I was inspired by the latest rowing world champs at Lake Karapiro to try and be the best, so that’s what I’m going to do.”

Having both finished their secondary studies at the end of last year, they’ve joined Westmere rowing club. And although winning at the world championships is very much the key goal for the pair, study is also being fitted in and around gym sessions and time out on the water.

“I also had the chance to row with four times world champion Mahe Drysdale, which has made me want it more, he’s such a nice guy and I never believed I would have the chance to hang out with a guy like that, however thanks to Westmere, I did all summer.”

Lewis has been accepted into Applied Boat building at Unitec Mt Albert, Auckland. He was lucky enough to be nominated and become the recipient of the Unitec Partner School Scholarship so he can focus on his promising career and one day get to the Olympics.

“He’s kind of like the Ritchie McCaw of rowing.” Boat building as a career as well would suggest a true love for the water. “There’s always new materials coming out that make things lighter, stronger and faster, it intrigues me and I’d love to one day be able to race in one of the boats I’ve made myself.”

Stephen the more experienced rower of the two has also taken up rowing for the Westmere Rowing Club, and is currently studying a Bachelor of Business Studies under the Massey University Extra Mural study program.

To add the icing to Lewis’s cake his family, Mum Monica and Dad Mike, are heading to Eton to watch him race along with his sister Grace and best mate Vinnie Sayegh who are already in London. (GEORGE BERRY) PN


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JULIE ROULSTON PENCIL BOUTIQUE - SMALL BUT SWEETLY FORMED Trust a Hooper to open a retail business that perfectly captures the zeitgeist. Pebbles Hooper’s Pencil boutique has only been open a matter of weeks and is already the talk of the fashionable set. Pencil sells stationery from all over the world, and caters for everyone from the stationery nerd to the back-of-a-scrap local ignoramus.

As well as useful stuff, Pencil stocks exquisite paper sourced in France, Germany, Japan and Korea; wax, cards, diaries and twine, and even the very cute furniture is for sale. A feature wall will be changed out regularly and currently exhibits framed Stephen Tilley polaroids for sale. Eventually there will be a Pencil stationery line in the store, but you’ll enjoy the lovingly selected multi-brand environment. Whether you need to indulge yourself or source a gift for someone else, we reckon Pencil will do the trick in charming style - and you

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Owner Pebbles Hooper - former Ponsonby News fashion stylist and daughter of WORLD’s Francis Hooper and Denise L’Estrange Corbet, was inspired to create Pencil while living in Sydney. Over the ditch a vast range of stationery - from basic to the most luxurious - is available, unlike New Zealand where most of us resort to somewhat uninspiring chains.

could grab a quick coffee at neighbouring Agnes Curran while you’re there. (JULIE ROULSTON) PN PENCIL BOUTIQUE, Corner of Franklin and Ponsonby Road (Beside Agnes Curran) T: 09 376 8538 www.pencilboutique.com




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MOA’S AFTERNOON OF FASHION MOA presented a super-enjoyable Sunday afternoon of fashion, bubbles and gourmet lunch at the Flying Moa pub on Sunday 19 June. In-season collections from Juna, Vesta, Pluto and Marama were shown and songstress Josephine Costain entertained the very happy post-show crowd. 1. Tracy Mills and Jane Roulston 2. Julie Sloane and Claire Sullivan 3. Christina Preston and the Flying Moa’s Jodie Cameron


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AMOUAGE: GOLD Every woman needs a Grand Perfume in her arsenal al and Amouage Gold is just that. Created by legendary perfumer Guy Robert, Gold artfully ully melds 120 of history’s most luxurious essences into an opulent perfume Robert calls the ‘crowning glory’ of his career. Gold opens with a champagne-like burst of green and lily of the valley which is followed by a floral symphony of rose and jasmine - the perfect marriage of French traditionn and Omani luxury. The fragrance references Amouage’s rich history. Founded over a quarter of a century ago, the niche luxury fragrance house draws inspiration from the birthplace of the Sultanate of Oman, infusing reference points from a defined and colourful heritage that fires the imagination of all who come into contact with its beautiful scents. Available exclusively from WORLDbeauty, this extravagant and limited scent is in store now. PN WORLDbeauty Ponsonby, 175 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 4544 www.worldbrand.co.nz

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FASHION + STYLE WELLA LOVES DANNY (AND SO DOES PONSONBY NEWS) It’s been a busy month for one of Ponsonby News’ favourite hairdressers, Danny Pato of D&M. Danny is the only Greater Ponsonby finalist in the Wella Trend Vision awards, which will be judged on 1 August and will see two winners travel to New York to compete in the international awards this October. The Awards also have a People’s Choice element, and you can vote for Danny at www.wellatrendvisionpeopleschoiceawards.com until the end of July. Danny was also a finalist for New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year (Schwarzkopf Hair Expo Awards) for the second consecutive year. It’s fair to say the D&M team were disappointed not to take out the big gong - that accolade went to Sara Allsop of Dharma this year. However, Ponsonby News suspects the D&M sojourn in Bali with dazzling designers Kathryn Wilson and Adrian Hailwood will go a long way towards inspiring Danny and team to create sensational New Zealand Fashion Week hair in late August, early September this year.

Hair by DANNY PATO for the Wella Trend Vision awards

WIN A PONSONBY WARDROBE Retailers and shoppers alike were thrilled again this year by the quality of the ‘Win a Ponsonby Wardrobe’ goodie bags (Labour List MP Jacinda Adern will be drawing a winner of the $3,000 wardrobe prize later this month. We will announce the winning voucher on facebook.com/ponsonbynews and in the August issue). The winning vouchers are from the following 10 greater Ponsonby stores: Apt 86, Jaimie, Juliette Hogan, Miss Crabb, Ruby, Taylor, Sera Lilly, Texas Radio, Vanilla Ink and WORLD.

We’d like to thank the following businesses for helping Ponsonby News support our fantastic Greater Ponsonby fashion retailers: Annies Fruit Bars Beauty on Ponsonby Bullseye Marketing Chapel Healtheries Heavenly Soles King of Shaves L’Oreal Paris McPhersons Consumer Goods Mita Hair Accessories Pacifica Organics

Photographers Inc QV Rejuva Juice Ripe Deli Sabato Shiseido Simunovich Olive Estates V Sugar Free and of course... Ponsonby Business Association

LANVIN TO LETTUCE Ponsonby News loves this initiative from Recycle at Scotties Boutique: when Recycle customers donate their unsold items to charity… “Takanini School now has a garden thanks to your generosity. Money raised from donated clothing also pays for fruit for their breakfast programme, reading recovery material and warm clothing and shoes for those in dire need. The children adore their garden and love cooking with what they grow.” As if any fashion lover needed another reason to browse Scotties’ unparelleled selection of designer Recycle! PN

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FASHION + STYLE SERGEANT PRETTY Linda Davidson has been in the fashion industry for a long time. “It seems like forever!” she says. Many years working for Marilyn Sainty must have been a great learning curve. She even ran a small market in the garden behind Scotties where she sold her own designs along with an eclectic range of vintage pieces sourced by her sister who lives in New York. Eventually realising she might remain ensconced in a comfortable situation too long, Linda struck out on her own doing markets full-time. Sometime later she was approached by Liz Mitchell and became her assistant designer. This was a worthwhile move because she was given the opportunity to style big fashion shows, which she loved. The business changed, Liz took on a manager and Linda faced a huge challenge she rose to, designing several winter and summer ranges for the fashion house. As the recession started to bite, more changes were afoot and Linda started doing weekend design markets in Sale Street. One day Kim Smith contacted her and a collaboration was formed. Kim had assisted with some of Linda’s big shows and liked her work so she asked her to do the costumes for the David Blyth film “Wound” that Kim was backing. The collaboration was becoming more and more agreeable and Kim offered to back Linda in an enterprise of her own. The result is Sergeant Pretty, a very stylish boutique in Grey Lynn strategically positioned between the Urban Jungle café and an alteration shop. The word boutique is probably not the correct classification for Sergeant Pretty, because it’s more of a salon. Linda’s flair for design is just as evident in the décor as in her garments. The window display is a real attention grabber and the clothes in general are one offs at very un-salon prices. She introduces about three new designs a week and as much as she can, keeps them affordable as possible. Linda has a great eye for fabrics and imagines people layering her garments to good effect. When asked who is her favourite designer the unequivocal reply is Belgian trained Haider Ackermann. “Im crazy about Haider Ackermann”. His 2011 show has been lauded by fashion pundits as ‘the show of the season’ and Executive Director of Style, Nicole Phelps, writes ‘there’s romance in his clothes’. The same could be said of Linda’s with their lovely fluid lines that can be worn with ease by women of all ages. Linda is also planning to run Women’s Fashion Workshops at Sergeant Pretty. Experts will be there to give advice on hair styling, makeup, skincare, how to wear clothes, and so on. The motivation behind this is the enjoyment she found in doing big fashion shows; the behind scenes excitement in dressing models and observing all the other procedures that prepare models for strutting their stuff on the runway. Should any readers want to be notified about these workshops just email Linda on lindakdesign@gmail.com. They promise to be a lot of fun. Or even better, visit SERGEANT PRETTY at 571 Great North Road and get your name on a client list. (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) PN


Parties on Ponsonby News delivery dates don’t usually work for us, but when Plush Boutique, recently relocated to the ‘hood from earthquake stricken Christchurch invited us, we found the energy to support their launch. A nice crowd of ladies of sll ages mingled browsing the racks, enjoying bubbles and canapes. The new store is directly opposite The Mini Garage and Carolyn’s pick for beating the winter blues is her Dandy jacket. We hope the locals will support this new Ponsonby business. 1. Plush designer Carolyn Barker and her daughter Lincoln Hulbert); 2. BettyAnne Rutter and Jan Shearer; 3. Melissa Paynter and daughter Jude; 4. Wendy Gunman and Brenda Weaver; 5. Vivienne Rosenberg (Ponsonby Business Association) and Felicity O’Driscoll (Co-owner, Cook the Books); 6. Charoltte Granville with her mum Jane Granville; 7. Harry McAlister and his mum Nicki McAlister; 8. Rebekah Andrae and Maria Salmon. PN


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Peter Carleton, MD of Lexus of Auckland City, Grey Lynn hosted a fashion event last month with lovely models in Karen Walker’s autumn/winter collection - ‘Perfect Day’. One of the models was Danielle Hayes, winner of last season’s ‘New Zealand’s Next Top Model’. As well as the runway show, there were prize draws, bubbles, delicious canapes and many of Auckland’s beautiful people were enjoying the evening. Peter, was busy that night but at all times, he was cool, calm and comfortable with his 220 guests. PN

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FASHION + STYLE BUFFY AND BIMBO REVIEW DAVID HARTNELL’S ‘MEMORIES OF A GOSSIP COLUMNIST’ What can two megastars do on a cold and wet Queen’s Birthday but lounge about and read David Hartnell’s new book, ‘Memoirs of a Gossip Columnist’, a whimsical potpourri of his history and work as New Zealand’s first Hollywood gossip columnist. With a thick cucumber face pack, not German cucumbers I might add, a gin and tonic in one hand and the 189 page book in the other, the read begins. It follows his life journey from humble beginnings in Sandringham, Auckland through his early career as a makeup artist – how many of you knew that? Now I know why he always looks so groomed and fresh whenever we meet him socially, and that’s from us who know how important looking fabulous is in the entertainment biz. David as a young man travelled to London and New York developing his makeup craft at a time when celebrity makeup artists were starting to take off. He seems to have been an affable and polite man which has got him very far when dealing with the more difficult celebrities. Having an ever ready camera has been advantageous to capture those multitudinous celebrity meetings. Young things with cell cameras take note, you too can start a celebrity collection – it takes charm and persistence, as exemplified by our David. It was only a natural progression from meeting famous and interesting people to starting to talk and write about them. By and large David has been on the factual and frothy edge of celebrity life. His work has never been nasty, or sour and contorted as some columnists can be. Like us girls he’s naughty but nice, and it goes a long way to show his longevity in the celebrity journalism world. The many stories and aspects are all there in easy to read chapters and lots of photos (pleasing Bimbo), to fascinate and reflect on. Who knew that young David trod the stage as drag duo Bob and Dave La Rue – we were so impressed and honoured to

DAVID HARTNELL with B&B at THE WOMEN’S BOOKSHOP, Ponsonby learn he had also plied his trade in heels! He knew the flamboyant Danny La Rue himself and we also met Danny in his later years when he was performing a ‘Songs of the War Years’ show at the Brick Lane Theatre in London. We thank them both for paving the way for us young things in the business. We must admit that when commencing the book there was chatter under the face pack as to whether a gossip columnist would be candid and truthful about his life. We were pleasantly surprised. There is a lot to delight if you are into the stars of Hollywood and the heyday of the true stars - but you will have to read the book. Our lips are sealed for a little while further until we find good coffee and chocolate cake on Ponsonby Road after removing what is now a very crusty face pack! Thanks for the memories David and Vive la Celebrity! (Buffy and Bimbo - that’s Buffy with 2 F’s and Bimbo with 2 B’s!) PN

THE A LIST ‘MOST HANDSOME’ COUPLE If there’s one man in the country who can spot and capture beautiful people, it’s Ponsonby News’ great friend Norrie Montgomery of social pics website The A List www.thealist.co.nz. To brighten our pages and your day, each month we’ll be selecting one of the Paparazzo extraordinaire’s pictures of a “Most Handsome Couple” – with a local connection, naturally! This month it’s M&T models and talent agency owner Gareth Tipene and his friend and model Alina Yugova. They aren’t partners beyond the photo, but they sure look good together! Gareth and Alina were guests at AJ Bertenshaw and Kristy Weaver’s engagement party, held at a Princes Wharf apartment in late June for some 60 guests. Gareth’s business’ focus is on providing talent for fim and TV productions, with a recent standout placement being that of a 6’5” woman scouted by Gareth in a Ponsonby bar, in a certain very high profile film (the industry is very secretive and we’re not alllowed to share which one, but let’s just say the woman will tower over most of her co-actors). photography: Norrie Montgomery www.thealist.co.nz

Gareth “fluked’ a TV role himself in 2009 and, wanting to stay in the industry, he launched his agency with a focus on efficient systems. His biggest buzz is simply seeing talent walk through the door and successfully getting them work. Nice – AND nice to look at. FROM THE ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER: I think this is a great idea, however, I have a question for my editor. When are we re-introducing the ‘Hunk of the Month’ column. I have a long waiting list of contenders! (JO BARRETT) MEMO TO THE ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER: Shouldn’t you be working on the next issue? Not eyeballing all the local talent. (MARTIN LEACH) PN

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FASHION + STYLE MEET AUCKLAND RING COMPANY Three Lamps is the perfect setting for this gem. Auckland Ring Company has been creating beautiful bespoke jewellery in Auckland since 1943. Their focus is bringing the ideas and visions of their customers into a wearable reality, creating unique, meaningful pieces that make a personal statement for each customer. The business’s impressive new store is located in the former Starbucks site on Ponsonby Road in Three Lamps. With this move, the team – Ponsonby locals themselves – welcomed the opportunity to become a part of the local retail community. They believe the village feel of Ponsonby Road fits well with the boutique style and personalised service in the store. The majority of Auckland Ring Company’s clientele come to them for a one-of-a -kind piece that they will wear for a lifetime. With this in mind, the focus at Auckland Ring Company is not necessarily on following fashion trends, but on creating jewellery in keeping with the individual’s own style and budget.

the time to assist customers through the whole process – from design consultation through to the final gemstone setting – in order to create the perfect piece. Working with the jeweller directly can help create a bond and thorough understanding of exactly what a client envisions so, even if you’re not exactly sure what you’re looking for, Auckland Ring Company jewellers will take a simple idea and with a little added creativity will guide you towards developing the perfect design. If you have trouble visualising, they will even create a ring in wax so that you can see it on your own finger. All jewellery is designed and made in New Zealand in their studio and jewellery can be turned around within two weeks. However, if you’ve got an important question to pop or some quick-fix making up to do with an impressive gift, Auckland Ring Company can have you sorted within a couple of days. They’re inspired by colour and beautiful stones and cuts, but more importantly, Auckland Ring Company will ensure that not only will your stone look exquisite, it will also last a lifetime. Only the best quality coloured gems and diamonds are sourced and hand-picked from around the world and made available to you at competitive prices. As well as exquisite engagement, wedding, dress and commemorative rings, Auckland Ring Company also creates one-of-a-kind necklaces and pendants, bangles and bracelets, earrings and cufflinks. Their services span further than just redesign and repair; they are also experts in insurance claims, valuations, jewellery care, and corporate gifts as well as offering a complimentary jewellery cleaning and polishing service.

Many assume that custom-made jewellery is a luxury only for those with a treasure chest of jewels, but Auckland Ring Company cater for all tastes, styles, age groups and, most importantly, all budgets. From a $1,000 pair of earrings to a $200,000 engagement ring - they will work within your budget to create your custom designed jewellery. They will create both contemporary and traditional custom jewellery, however with a fusion of the two they also give new life to sentimental pieces that are no longer being worn, and transform broken, antique or unwearable jewellery into wearable treasures once more. Redesigning previously loved jewellery is a popular and economic option today. “Being able to trade in old gold and have something new and fashionable designed is rare, as so many jewellery stores import mass produced, machine-made jewellery today” they say.

In a world of change, Auckland Ring Company is proud to maintain the trust and confidence of their customers. Choosing jewellery can be a big investment, and the team at Auckland Ring Company are committed to sharing their knowledge of quality precious and semi-precious materials, their design creativity and their passion for beautiful desirable jewellery - while adding a bit of bling and edge to Three Lamps! PN

The Auckland Ring Company team (which includes three full time jewellers) understand that jewellery holds personal and emotional significance to the wearer, so they take

AUCKLAND RING COMPANY│BESPOKE JEWELLERY, 275 Ponsonby Road T: 09 376 0275 www.aucklandringcompany.co.nz

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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.

Dear Effie I’m so excited! I was ‘described’ in the Star* as one of the best -dressed guests of a party attending a friend’s farewell afternoon tea. Lucy Budd is travelling to England with her mother and the daintiest of teas was held to send them off. This is how I was written up! “Miss Maude Chatterton looked resplendent in a becoming frock of dark green georgette over soft silk with silver embroideries.” Of course they never mention shoes but my latest pair set off my ensemble so beautifully. They are a simple shape with a full Louis XV heel and are covered in deep brown satin. Instead of a button, the ankle strap is secured with a charming silver ornament with a ng tassel. The label is English – Chic – have you heard short hanging nce? And they are most chic!! of it by chance? Speaking of shoes, cousin Anne in Wellington sent me a clipping ening Post** that sent shivers up my spine! The article from the Evening was about foot mutilation, but not the Chinese type that you’ve ard about where the feet are bound from birth to fit probably heard broidered silk shoes. into tiny embroidered nable London women wishing to fit into the new No, fashionable es popular there apparently willingly indulge in this slender shoes ion! The article says that these women regard their foot mutilation! little toes as one large corn that no chiropodist could cure and happily pay to have it cut off ! Apparently the operation is painless -effects are noticeable. and no after-effects Two elderly dears in a West End me have had the operation nursing home performed and are delighted, ending for the narrowest pairs apparently sending of shoes to be dispatched to them as soon as ges were removed! I hesitated to send their bandages you this Effie, as I know you love your shoes! This month I have had to deal with an extremely delicate hink I managed to sort it out with a little white situation. I think at deal of tact. The customer in question, let’s lie and a great s. X, is known in her circle for being the first call her Mrs. est when it comes to fashion. with the latest m arose when she demanded a deep rich The problem ured velvet for her new evening dress, orange-coloured a bolt of which she had spied on a shelf in my workroom. In doing this she had completely dismissed an array of flattering shades and gorgeous silks and crepes, all very appropriate to her age and all currently in fashion. The colour I recommended to her was a lovely pinky brown, the exact colour of the gills of a freshly gathered mushroom. uld have none of But she would washy’ hues, as she my ‘wishy-washy’ called them! Apparently Vogue has decreed thatt orange is our for the the new colour season and so orange ave! As much as she must have! I value her custom I have ion to consider my reputation smaker I respect and no dressmaker would allow a seventy-five tron out year old matron lishment of her establishment ge! clad in orange! + June 1923 84 PONSONBY PONSONBY PARISH NEWS+NEWS July 2011

In anticipation of a demand for the colour I purchased the bolt only recently to make into oriental opera coats and kimono-sleeved jackets for the young modistes that seem to be coming to me for something a little more exotic. It’s true that I have developed a passion for the East and enjoy making these simple new shapes that are so effective in the rich jewel colours. And they look especially chic with the tassels and other ornaments that I am learning to make. Anyway, back to my dilemma! In desperation I told Mrs. X that the velvet was severely flawed throughout and only fit for edgings and dress ornaments. I was relieved that she didn’t insist that I unroll the fabric but I suspect, from the glance she shot at me, it did cross her mind. After three cups of tea, four slices of lemon cake and two hours of looking through all my fashion magazines and all my fabrics, Mrs. X finally decreed that a lovely deep russet brown crepe would ‘do’. Feeling guilty, I promised her a sprin spring sash of the orange velvet, embellished with a spray oof assorted floral trims (at which I am becoming quite adept!) After her appointment with me, Mrs. X was off to bother the millinery trade. After my ordeal, I mischiev mischievously hoped that she demanded a toque, whi which no self-respecting milliner would allow her tto purchase! Let them talk her out of that one! O Only actresses, Russians and female spies can wea wear toques successfully as far as I’m concerned! a the like, I’ve been Speaking of Russians and reading a fascinating bo book by one of the most intrepid of women trav travellers that I have ever encountered. It’s call called ‘A Cheechako in a if you can’t find a Alaska and Yukon’ and m to lend it to you, as copy be sure to ask me wil enjoy it. I know that you will The author is Mr Mrs. Charlotte Cameron r whose travels resulted from one of the earliest drea dreams of her youth - to penetrate Alaska – just as soon as the opportunity pres presented itself that was soon after the Great War War. There is a wonderful photo of her looking quit quite snug in a big fur coat called a parka. The fur is worn on the inside –how quaint! *** readi It feels so decadent reading about Charlotte’s curle up on my favourite chilly adventures while curled fireside chair with puss on my lap and Tiger on ‘his’ rug at my feet. What have you been reading lately? recommendat Do send me any recommendations, for my need for despe good books is always more desperate during these long winter evenings. Well, dear cousin, I must take m my leave. With fondest thoughts,

Maudie xx * The Auckland Star ** Evening Post, 1 July 1922, p.16 *** Link for full text of this book: www.archive.org/details/ cheechakoinalask00cameuoft


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JULIE ROULSTON PEARL BOUTIQUE HAS MOVED After seven years trading from their first store based in Grey Lynn, Pearl boutique has moved to a new retail store, showroom and design studio located at 13 Rose Road in Ponsonby. The new premises opened last month and features collections from Pearl, Standard Issue, A La Robe and Harlowe as well as local and imported leather, footwear and accessory labels. The girls at Pearl are also offering personal styling sessions and one-on-one consultations for special occasion made-to-order pieces.

Pearl was founded in 2004 by New Zealand fashion industry insiders Cris Roberts and Beth Mikelson, after discussions between the pair resulted in the idea of opening an elegant salon space, offering superior service and intelligent styling advice where women of all ages could dress in beautiful, timeless pieces that transcend fashion to become firm wardrobe favourites. Pearl currently has three retail stores in New Zealand – as well as the new premises in Rose Road, Pearl is also located at 25 Teed Street in Newmarket, Auckland and 11 Hunter Street in Wellington. The move to Ponsonby signals a return to housing the retail and production sides of the label under one roof – a shift which Cris says will benefit customers and the design team alike. “The vision for Pearl has always been to provide our customers with an amazing in store experience, almost like creating a women’s dress up box where they can come in, take their time browsing and get well-informed styling advice from our retail staff. “We believe there is a fundamental connection between designer and client, so having our workroom back in the same space as our retail store means we get instant design feedback from our wonderful customers on fit, colour, cut and shape, and we can also assist those looking for a special made to measure outfit. While we loved our first home in Grey Lynn, we are looking forward to moving closer to the heart of Ponsonby and gaining fresh inspiration from our new surroundings”. (JULIE ROULSTON) PN

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New Zealand fashion industry insiders CRIS ROBERTS and BETH MIKELSON

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FUTURE GENERATION CHAND SAHRAWAT WITH HER NEW BABY DAUGHTER ZOYA WHILE I WAS BROWSING BOOKS IN THE LEYS INSTITUTE LAST MONTH, I bumped into Chand Sahrawat with her new baby daughter Zoya who was born on Saturday 9 April. As Chand told Ponsonby News, “Leys Institute is an awesome place for parents to get resources and Zoya and I loved the free wriggle and rhyme session the day you photographed us.” Chand’s husband Sid (of Sidart fame) has just won ‘Best Dish’ and made the front cover of the June issue of Metro. Congratulations all round from the team at Ponsonby News. (MARTIN LEACH) PN

CHILDREN’S BOOK REVIEW THE INSPIRATION FOR MICHAEL MORPURGO’S LATEST CHILDREN’S book, set in Germany in 1944, was based on a woman in Ireland known as the Elephant Angel, who kept an elephant in her garden during World War II. The story depicts the innocence, courage, and indomitable spirit of Marlene the elephant, and the family who save her following the Allied bombing of Dresden in WWII. The family – mother, teenage daughter, young son, elephant, and a downed RAF officer, – flee westwards from the advancing Russian army towards the relative security of the American forces in the last months of the war. The story is narrated through the eyes of the daughter Elizabeth, with Marlene as the obdurate yet loving heroine who epitomises the human will to survive. Morpurgo is a literary landmark, a former Children’s Laureate, and the book is written in his deliberately plain but well crafted style. This is a well written, moving book with wash illustrations by Michael Foreman, ideal for 8-12 year olds or as a ‘read with a parent’, and especially for those who enjoy an adventure or animal story. PN DOROTHY BUTLER CHILDREN’S BOOKSHOP, 1 Jervois Road T: 09 376 7283 www.childrensbookshop.co.nz

FREEMANS BAY KINDERGARTEN TRIKE-A-THON Last term Freemans Bay Kindergarten held our annual Trike-a-thon fundraiser. Thanks to all who came along and supported this event! So far we have raised $2386.60! This money will help us purchase a new computer for administrative tasks in the office as well as ICT equipment to display and promote children’s learning. A special thanks to our fundraising committee members who helped to organise the event as well as all the parents who helped on the day!

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We were very lucky to get a lot of support from many local businesses. A big thank you to the following businesses for supporting us: • New World – Victoria Park • Fruit World – Richmond Road • Chris Darvell Amcal PharmacyPonsonby Road • Configure Express • Cyco • ecostore • The Fairy Shop • Havianas – The Showroom • Il Buco • Peak Pilates Ponsonby

• Pumpkin Patch • Ripe • Ruby Waxx • Seedlings • Toto Pizza • Soho Wine Company • Texas Radio • The Food Room • The Women’s Bookshop • Dramarama • Barfoot and Thompson City

And Freemans Bay School for hosting our event. Thank you to all. SALI JONES, FREEMANS BAY KINDERGARTEN PN PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)

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FUTURE GENERATION AUCKLAND ZOO NEEDS RED PANDA RANGERS! IF YOU’RE WANTING TO KEEP THE KIDS ENTERTAINED THESE SCHOOL holidays, bring them along to Auckland Zoo. Here they will learn more about our amazing red pandas with fun activities, special red panda encounters and interactive shows, and use their knowledge to become a red panda ranger. WHEN: 16 July - 31 July (activities 9.30am to 1.30pm); WHERE: Auckland Zoo, Motions Rd, Western Springs; COST: Kids $10, adults $20; CONTACT: (09) 360 3805 WEBSITE: www.aucklandzoo.co.nz PN

KID REPUBLIC - DRESSING THE COOL KIDS THE KID REPUBLIC BRAND WAS BORN IN WELLINGTON THREE YEARS ago after Cam Millar and Lisa Pomare became bored with what was on offer for their children once they had turned two years of age. Launched in early 2009 Kid Republic initially catered for children up to seven years. They stocked everything from bedroom décor, to school accessories to a range of affordable footwear. Kid Republic now dress children up to 14 years. Each Kid Republic store is very individual, but the selection is amazing at each one with brands from Minti, Rhubarb, Trelise Cooper Kids, Munster, Run Scotty Run, Babu, Dimples, Bahaus, EMMM, Bobux, Ecco and Skechers just to name a few. You will also find great merino layer pieces to go under that gorgeous party dress, warm hats, raincoats and sleep solution items for babies, as well as a great range of maternity wear, lingerie and nappy bags. The staff are passionate about kids fashion and they will help you choose a special gift or an outfit from head to toe then wrap it beautifully for you. The web-store is packed with great fashion or phone the store and your personal shopper will put together a box of goodies for you to try at home or send out the perfect gift, wrapped and ready to go. Kid Republic won the KFR best kids-wear store in New Zealand and the Metro Magazine Best Kids-wear store in Auckland for 2010 and was runner up in the Top Shop Fashion section. PN KID REPUBLIC 2 Kent Street Newmarket T: 09 522 8334 www.kidrepublic.co.nz

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SWIFT KICK SETS PONSONBY SCHOOLGIRL LOOSE OF UNWANTED GRIP Ponsonby Police are appealing for information about a man who approached a 12 year-old schoolgirl in Douglas Street at about 7.45am on Tuesday 21 June. The man, described by the girl as being scrawny, possibly in his 40s, of unknown ethnicity but who had an orange hue to his complexion, grabbed the student by the arm and made a lewd suggestion to her before she kicked him in the groin and ran off to school. Police were called by the school deputy principal and have had patrols in the area. Sergeant Paul Black of Ponsonby Police said the girl was able to provide a good description of the man who she says was wearing a grey sweatshirt with large pockets on the front. He was about 5’6” tall and had long grey or silvery hair. Anyone who thinks they know who the man is or who has information about someone fitting the description should call Sergeant Black on T: 09 359 3115, email paul.black@police.govt.nz or call 111. Anonymous callers can ‘phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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FUTURE GENERATION JOIN HANDS TO HELP BUILD A PLAYGROUND FOR MARIST CATHOLIC SCHOOL Marist School in Herne Bay is a small state-integrated Catholic primary school of 160 pupils. The School was established in Kelmarna Avenue back in 1928. They are delighted to inform our community about their exciting Playground fundraiser ‘Join Hands’ tile artwork. The tiles will represent the wider Marist School family. Each child at Marist will have a tile with their handprint and name fired on a tile and then all tiles will be amalgamated together to become a permanent artistic fixture by the Marist School entrance. Contemporary artist and Marist parent, Marissa Bradley will be providing a scheme and design layout for the tiles. The ‘Join Hands’ theme reflects the Marist School values and incorporates both the school and its wider community joining together to create a much awaited playground for the children to have fun and to learn. Currently there is a playground for the Junior School but not for the Senior Students. As Kate Gillespie points out, “This fundraiser will assist us to create a playground which encourages creativity, physical wellbeing and a place to socialise for all school pupils. To ‘Join Hands’ is a sign of friendship and nurturing which we believe captures what Marist School is all about.” “We would like to ask the Ponsonby community for their help so that our playground can ideally be built in Term 4, 2011. We would love past pupils of our School and our wider community to be part of our final artwork and have their name or their business name fired on a tile to be included in our final ‘Join Hands’ artwork.”

ONE BANANA AT A TIME ‘LITTLE DROPS OF WATER, LITTLE GRAINS OF SAND, MAKE THE MIGHTY ocean and the pleasant land.‘ Every time a Fairtrade bunch of bananas is sold it brings long overdue rewards to the people who grow them, helps them towards a decent standard of living, and because they are organically grown have health benefits for those who consume them. Fairtrade founder, Harriet Lamb has been on a whirlwind tour of New Zealand, promoting her book ‘Fighting the Banana Wars’, and urging every gathering she speaks to on how important it is each and every one of us in more fortunate societies should help poverty stricken communities by spending a tiny bit more on Fairtrade products. Harriet is assisted in her campaign by Simon Coley, co-founder of the All Good Banana Co. who reports that the response in New Zealand has been remarkably generous, considering our present economic climate. Ponsonby News attended a Fairtrade afternoon tea at the Main Course kitchen on Beaumont Street, organised by Fairtrade New Zealand and All Goods Organics. Harriet is a gifted speaker and we were treated to an inspiring talk full of entertaining anecdotes interspersed with stories of success and the more serious message that by supporting Fairtrade we are creating a better deal for banana plantation work who don’t earn enough to support their families and have to rely on charity, much of which isn’t forthcoming. ‘Dish’ Food Editor, Claire Aldous, then whisked up a banana cake with commendable efficiency in front of us all, using Fairtrade bananas, sugar, dark chocolate and free range eggs. Slices of a delicious pre-baked cake were passed around for tasting along with a printed copy of the recipe. Several New Zealand importers now bring in Fairtrade coffee beans. Look for Avalanche, Scarborough Fair, Caffe L’affare, Robert Harris, Kokako, Gravity, Robert Timms, Inca Fé, Karajoz, Celcius Coffee, Global Café Direct and Trade Aid. Scarborough Fair, Green & Black’s, Cadbury and Whittaker’s all have Fairtrade chocolate products available in Supermarkets who have come to the party big time, stocking many Fairtrade goods. New Zealand is an enlightened country in many respects and we seem to be adopting the concept of treating the people in far off places who grow the food we buy as if they were our neighbours. Of this we should be proud. (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) PN

For your donation you will get a tile with your name or business name fired on it as a personal reminder of your support as well as the ongoing loyalty of the Marist community. We thank everyone for their support. Tile prices start at $45. If you can make a donation for a tile, please call Kate on T: 09 360 2661 (please leave a message if no one answers) or e-mail kategillespie@gmail.com PN

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REAL ESTATE EXPERT ASK JOHN.WILLS@CUSTOMRESIDENTIAL.CO.NZ Each month John Wills answers readers’ real estate related issues.


Where’s the love?!

No question this month..... But as a result of me doing some reading (yes, I do this from time to time) and going up to the far north to see family (yes, this happens sometimes too), I’ve seen further confirmation that we, in the city fringe area’s are living in real estate heaven. Let’s start with the far north and its rugged and beautiful west coast, famous light house, flash golf courses, world class fishing and diving, and of course the pristine east coast beaches. New capital values (CV’s) have dropped by 15 to 20 percent across the board up there... and talking to the locals at the coalface, it is very tough to sell a property. The reality is, if you’re seriously wanting to sell, your price drop may easily be a lot more than 20%.


ALL GOOD ORGANICS and Fairtrade NZ promotion at Main Course, Victoria Park

On the flip side of that: our local CVs were last struck in 2008 and everybody knows that Grey Lynn is the darling of the recession with sales data showing properties selling in a range 25 to 30% above CV on average. This is quite incredible really. Recent recorded data also shows suburbs like One Tree Hill tracking at 24% above CV, Westmere and Freemans Bay tracking at 14% above CV and Pt Chev running at around 12% above CV. We can also look across town to sister suburb Mt Eden and see it running at around 13% above CV. These are all a far cry from the figures of -20% up north.

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It must be said that CVs are struck on Council held and statistical information. Nobody actually inspects each home, so as they say on TV in all those fitness equipment commercials: individual results will vary. Some homes will sell (and do sell) miles above their suburb average, while another house just down the road may even sell slightly below its CV. It will always be a case by case scenario. Having said that, the overall numbers don’t lie and show a clear demand for city fringe property. The supply and demand dynamic is currently well in favour of the seller and this is definitely showing in the numbers. I hope you found this interesting: feel free to give me a call if you have any questions. www.customresidential.co.nz PN

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A LOCAL TELEVISION PRODUCTION INVESTIGATES THE LEAKY HOMES DISASTER Media focus has shifted from the leaky home saga onto the Christchurch earthquake disaster, which is understandable given the appalling misery so many are going through down there. Nevertheless those leaky homes number eighty nine thousand throughout New Zealand and if a census taken numbered those living in each house it would equate to a helluva lot of people adversely affected by what amounts to a catastrophe that is not going away and hasn’t been adequately addressed. An hour long investigative documentary, ‘Rotten Shame’ looking into the history of the problem and what measures should be taken to fix it, will screen on TV One, Wednesday 6 July at 9.30pm. The impetus to bring ‘Rotten Shame’ to a television audience was instigated when producer, Rachel Stace and director John Hagen saw firsthand the human impact of leaky homes while working on the Ninox TV series ‘Location Location Location’. They became aware of how many people bought houses in good faith and knew nothing of any problems till they tried to sell. They were stuck with mortgage repayments and huge repair sums they couldn’t afford. A documentary on the situation was commissioned in 2008 through Ninox, but the company went into receivership in 2009 and the project was shelved. John Gray, a leaky home casualty himself was to be the the Presenter and had worked with thousands of others who suffered the same plight, and he has strong views on what needs to be done. After taking his claim to court and winning, he was besieged by others in a similar predicament and formed an organization, HOBANZ, acronym for Home Owners and Buyers Association of New Zealand. He is not a builder or a lawyer but an airline pilot whose spare time is taken up with helping other leaky home owners and fighting on their behalf for consumer protection.Through this involvement he is now recognised as an expert on leaky homes. HOBANZ is dedicated to helping

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people get fair compensation for their leaky homes as well as raising the building industry’s standards. Rachel and John formed their own company e2 Productions with the express determination to finish the documentary but there were many hurdles to overcome. One of the major problems was many key players refused to get involved. Surprisingly, some with experience of councils’ inspection regimes suddenly didn’t want to talk and politicians closed ranks. Their excuse “it would set an unusual precedent” to talk to a leader of a lobby group. The documentary is a wakeup call for all home owners. John uncovers shocking facts about the building industry. Builders with no qualifications, council inspectors with no building background, inspection flaws, shoddy building methods, bad decisions appraising new products and what a Master Builders guarantee really covers. Like the leaky homes saga the making of the documentary was a slow and complicated process taking two and a half years to complete. The timeframe was not helped by John Gray having to fit the filming in between his full time work as a senior pilot and his HOBANZ commitments. Finally ‘A Rotten Shame’ is about John’s determination to reveal there are rotting houses all over the country and what’s more, they are still being built today! He charts the path of this disaster from the legislative changes of 1991 through to present times. This is very much a Ponsonby-based production. Rachel Stace and John Hagan were based in Grey Lynn for the years it took to make the documentary and John Gray still lives in Vermont Street where he first made a successful claim for compensation. HOBANZ is based at 10 College Hill and RPM Pictures, where much of the post production for the doco was done, is on 195 Ponsonby Road. Many of our readers will have been caught up in this saga and we are sure they will be more informed after viewing the revelations ‘A Rotten Shame’ brings to a New Zealand wide audience. (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) PN PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)

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STREET NAMES: COLERIDGE STREET Samuel Taylor Coleridge was the youngest of John and Ann Coleridge’s nine children. He was also the favourite: “My father was very fond of me, and I was my mother’s darling - in consequence, I was very miserable.” In fact he didn’t relate to his mother at all who unlike his father, was a cold, managing woman. Maybe that was the cause of his misery because he didn’t even attend her funeral when she died. John Coleridge held the prestigious post of headmaster of the Kings Grammar School in Devon which Samuel attended at the age of six “and soon outstripped all of my age”. When his father died suddenly he continued there for a while till an influential former pupil nominated him for Christ’s Hospital, a renowned charity school in London. He was a prodigious reader and came to the attention of the authorities when an older boy discovered him reading Virgil for pleasure and told the headmaster, Reverend Bowyer. Bowyer was a sadist who regarded flogging as a vocation and Samuel received more than his fair share. He had nightmares about his old master all his life and when hearing Bowyer was dying is quoted as saying, “Poor J.B.! May all his faults be forgiven, and may he be wafted to bliss by little cherub boys, all head and wings, with no bottoms to reproach his sublunary infirmities”. His unhappy schooldays were followed by a stint at Cambridge but a scintillating undergraduate career soon fell apart when he came under the influence of Robert Southey who was a young radical intellectual. Together they constructed a vision of pantisocracy (equal government for all) and Samuel started preaching around London about setting up a new communal life on the banks of the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. Prior to this he made an early marriage to Sarah Fricker which proved unhappy because of his infatuation with his first love, Mary Evans to whom he dedicated his poem ‘The Sigh’. She also inspired his Sonnet ‘To my Own Heart’, later titled ‘On a Discovery Made too Late’. Coleridge went through several phases and his friendship with Wordsworth was perhaps the most significant. They co-authored a collection of poems ’Lyrical Ballads’, which marked the beginning of the English Romantic Movement and remains a landmark that changed the course of English Literature and poetry. He also became one of England’s most dazzling literary critics, a philosopher, journalist, a political activist and apparently the greatest talker of the times. ‘Kubla Khan’, ‘The Ancient Mariner’, ‘Christabel’, ‘Frost at Midnight’ are among the best known poems in the English language. In spite of his extraordinary achievements, he remained a perturbed spirit till the end of his days. He had bouts of anxiety and depression which nowadays would probably be diagnosed as bipolar disorder and also suffered rheumatic pain and neuralgia. He found relief by taking opium which was freely prescribed by physicians. This is not surprising because it was the only painkiller available back then. He became severely addicted and suffered unspeakable nightmares as a consequence. By the time he reached sixty Coleridge was prematurely old and often in pain. He died in Highgate on 25 July 1834, at peace with himself and glad to be leaving a life of suffering. Wordsworth spoke of him as “the most wonderful man he had ever known – wonderful for the originality of his mind, and the power he possessed of throwing out in profusion grand central truths”. His lifelong friend, Charles Lamb wrote ‘Never saw I his likeness, nor probably the world can see again’. One wonders what literary devotee named a street after this extraordinary man in our far flung corner of the earth. (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) PN

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RACHEL DOVEY UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL Rachel joined Bayleys Maritime Square in May 2002 as Project Marketing Manager. and for the last six years has been managing the Bayley Maritime Square Residential Office. Her team is highly decorated and a number of them are ranked in the top 10% of Bayleys salespeople in New Zealand, with two of her Ponsonby sales team gaining ‘top achievers’ status last year. Recently Rachel was awarded the Ian McHardy Award, a staff recognition award presented by Bayleys’ principal licensee. Rachel is actively involved in a number of key sponsorships and networking groups in Auckland and she is a mentor for Auckland University’s property degree, providing industry insights to the students to challenge their thinking from a real world perspective. Rachel lives with her husband, Israel Evers - Consultant Chef for Electrolux International - and their ‘three gorgeous cats, Stanley, Darryl and Mo’ in Mt Albert. YOUR BEST FRIEND WOULD SAY OF YOU... “She needs to slow down and smell the coffee.” YOUR MOTHER WOULD SAY OF YOU...“She is determined to the core.”


WHAT ARE YOUR VIRTUES? I believe a person should be consistent, do unto others as they would have done to themselves, think outside the square, remember what it would be like if the shoe was on the other foot, believe in themselves, and that hard work never killed anyone.


WHAT ARE YOUR VICES? Great coffee, champagne, pineapple Frujus, mini marshmallow puffs


WHAT’S YOUR SECRET PASSION? Watching the team dynamics of the All Blacks come together to achieve their goals! WHAT’S YOUR SECRET TALENT? I was making croquembouches for dessert when I was at University. People today still think they are a nightmare to make – but I love it! WHO’S YOUR ULTIMATE ROCK ICON? I grew up listening to U2, they are still my favourite rock group today – especially Bono! WHERE DO YOU SPEND YOUR HOLIDAYS? We often travel to Asia – we love the food and the diversity of the cultures, and the craziness of some of the larger cities. We are travelling to Bali this year to attend a good friend’s wedding. WHAT WOULD BE YOUR DESERT ISLAND DISTRACTIONS? The Hangover, Criminal Minds and Simple Minds – ‘Don’t you forget about me.’ THE HOUSE IS ON FIRE AND YOUR FAMILY IS SAFE - WHAT DO YOU SAVE? Our computer hard drive – we have literally thousands of photos from our travels together, wedding photos, and lots of fun celebrations. We would be lost without those memories.


FAVOURITE PONSONBY STORE? Yvonne Bennetti. YOUR BEST KEPT PONSONBY SECRET? Charlotte at Tribune Osteopaths. WHAT’S INSPIRED YOU RECENTLY? I am a sucker for the underdog, I love to watch people with no or limited skill in a particular area, blossom to be fantastic - it really goes to show that if you set your mind to something you can achieve it! So although they are reality TV, shows like Master Chef and Idol take you through that journey. WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE TO PONSONBY HOME SELLERS? This market is unique in that we have had historically low interest rates for a period of time now and vendors are facing a lot less competition in the marketplace. There is strong buyer demand evidenced by the number of buyers visiting open homes. Consequently buyers have to compete to own properties and adjust their offers accordingly. This is having a positive effect on values in this area. YOUR ADVICE TO PONSONBY HOME BUYERS? Acknowledging the other competition out there looking for homes, buyers have been forced to become more decisive in their buying habits. If you see something you like be prepared to make a decision, be brave! PN

NZTA PREPARES HISTORIC AUCKLAND PUB FOR NEW ERA AUCKLAND’S OLDEST PUB, THE ROB ROY HOTEL (ALSO KNOWN AS THE Birdcage Tavern) is getting a facelift as its owner, the NZ Transport Agency, calls for expressions of interest for the future use of the historic building. As work on the nearby Victoria Park tunnel project nears completion NZTA’s property managers, Darroch Ltd, has appointed Metro Commercial to lease the hotel. The 125 year old building overlooks Victoria Park at the junction of Franklin Road and Victoria Street West, and it will sit in a new plaza developed adjacent to the Victoria Park tunnel and the refurbished Victoria Park Market. The Rob Roy was moved 44 metres from its site in 2010 to make room to construct the tunnel. The 740-tonne building was returned safely to its original site in April and now sits above the southern portal to the new tunnel. “The building structure has been carefully preserved throughout its two moves, and it will offer restaurant and bar operators the opportunity to create a business in a landmark character building set in a spacious north facing location,” says Metro Commercial director Nathan Male.

house a kitchen. “Additionally, the Rob Roy will also have its own dedicated car parks on adjacent land. Customer car parking is a rare luxury for hospitality operators in the centre city,” adds Metro Commercial co-director Martin Hudson.

The building itself is also benefiting from an upgrade, including renovation of the exterior, new floors and services, and a new extension which will be established to

METRO COMMERCIAL, M:021 632 634, T: (09) 309 4499 www.metrocommercial.co.nz

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Metro Commercial is marketing the hotel on behalf of Darroch Ltd and is inviting expressions of interest in leasing the property by Friday, 15 July. PN



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We’re planning to renovate our bathroom and we have seen bathroom fittings with WELS ratings. Can you explain how the WELS rating work and what we should be looking for? The New Zealand Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme (WELS) has been introduced to promote water conservation by helping consumers make informed decisions about the water efficiency of household products using a labelling system similar to the Energy Rating labels which are used for electrical appliances. WELS officially started on 1 April 2011 with a labelling system for all household products which use water. You may have seen WELS labels on products before this date, but all products manufactured or imported after 1 April 2011 must display a WELS rating label according to regulation.

Like the Energy Rating labels for appliances, WELS uses a star system which allows consumers to easily compare the water efficiency of different products. The WELS rating system helps consumers identify which products conserve the most water and which offer the best mix of performance and efficiency. And as consumer demand for water efficient products increases, manufacturers will be encouraged to design and develop more efficient products. Water conservation also means energy conservation for products which use hot water meaning you can make significant savings on utility costs as well as conserving water. WELS applies to six product classes, clothes washing machines, dishwashers, toilets, showers, taps and urinals, but does not apply to shower mixers or any taps or spout used over a bath. The WELS label provides a star rating out of six, which shows the product’s relative water efficiency. The higher the number of stars the more efficient the product. All products can achieve a maximum rating of up to six stars except for showers which currently have a maximum of three. A zero star rating means a product exceeds the highest flow rating measured or has failed a test. The WELS label also gives a figure for water consumption for each product as litres per minute for showers and taps, litres per wash for dishwashers and washing machines and litres per flush for toilets and urinals. The label also shows whether a product is suitable for use with mains pressure or low/unequal pressure hot water systems. Products which can be used with both mains pressure and low/unequal pressure will have two labels showing performance relative to each system.

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All products are tested against a performance criteria to ensure they work effectively based on the amount of water used as shown on the WELS label. This ensures that a dishwasher or washing machine does in fact get dishes or clothes clean and that a toilet only needs to be flushed once based on the advertised water usage. Showers and taps are measured primarily by their flow rate measured in litres per minute and are also tested to ensure efficiency over the life of the product. You won’t have any trouble finding WELS information. All manufacturers must show their product’s WELS rating in showroom displays, on their website, in brochures, price books and technical manuals. The WELS regulations were developed by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, implemented by the Ministry for the Environment and the Commerce Commission is responsible for compliance and enforcement of regulations. There are many factors which will influence your choice of household appliances and fittings which use water. The WELS label provides a quick easy check for which products are best for our environment and can save money with reduced power usage. For more information visit the Ministry for the Environment website www.mfe.govt.nz (ROB HOOK) PN BUILDSPACE KITCHENS AND BATHROOMS – Design Build Install T: 0800 455 556 info@buildspace.co.nz www.buildspace.co.nz





TRULY TINY GARDENS INNER CITY LIVING BRINGS A WHOLE NEW SET OF RULES WHEN IT COMES to designing a garden – especially a truly tiny one. Without the luxury of space, all those fanciful ideas must be reined in to avoid certain chaos. Most importantly, once you’ve devised a plan, stick to it! Keep it simple by cutting the clutter. Rationalise planting by choosing a few key plants to carry throughout the garden. Use these in bold groupings to anchor the design and reinforce their presence as the main plants. Use the same hedging, edging and accent plants throughout and only one variety of specimen tree. Choose an appropriate tree for a small garden – Japanese maples, crabapples and palms are all suitable. These unifying links will provide a solid backdrop for transitory planting of seasonal colour, your favourite perennials or perhaps a few veges amongst the greenery. Maximise vertical space by using veranda and pergola posts as supports for climbing plants. This produces the double effect of softening hard lines, whilst connecting buildings and hard landscaping with the garden. Frame doors and windows with fragrant climbing plants and use empty wall spaces to espalier fruit trees. Introduce vertical elements including an obelisk, archway, tripod or upright plants, such as lancewoods, to provide height without width. Screen off undesirable views with a ready-made wooden louvre, brushwood or bamboo screen. Easy and quick to erect, they’re useful to block off utility areas, create a quiet contemplative space or block out prying neighbours! They also add instant height to the garden and make a useful support for climbers or an espalier. Do away with lawn, opting for an alternative such as dichondra (Mercury Bay weed) or chamomile. Both are easy to establish but do require constant maintenance to keep them weed free. Low maintenance options to replace a lawn include low growing, mass planted grasses or other textural groundcovers, decking, paving or a formal reflection pool. Don’t be afraid to prune plants to maintain the desired proportions and appearances. Trees can be ‘limbed up’ by removing some of the lower branches and have their ‘crown thinned’ by selectively removing whole branches. This allows more light to penetrate the garden and low growing plants to be planted around the base of the tree. Shrubs and climbers also require regular pruning to keep them within bounds. Always check the best time of year to prune individual plants, think twice before removing large limbs and protect large cuts with pruning paint. Consider edibles in your planting plan. Even the smallest garden can accommodate a few edibles. Herbs, vegetables and dwarf fruit trees, including Flying Dragon citrus, Ballerina apples and dwarf nectarines, can be grown in half wine barrels ($70 from Gypsy Tea Room). Figs, olives, persimmons, pears and apples can be espaliered against a wall or garden screen and several types of fruit including feijoas, olives and strawberry guava make gorgeous topiaries.

DICHONDRA lawn and simple planting in a tiny, contemporary garden Plant hedges of Chilean guava and blueberries and use strawberries to edge garden borders. Lastly, exercise restraint when it comes to containers. Choose a few good quality, strategically placed containers planted with hardy accent plants such as astelias and cabbage trees in an effort to keep the picture simple and clutter free! (DENISE CLEVERLEY) PN www.tullyandgardener.co.nz FIVE GARDEN CHORES FOR JULY: 1. Spray citrus with copper to prevent citrus scab (verrucosis); 2. Fork compost and blood and bone through bare patches of garden; 3. Prune pip fruit (apples, pears and crab apples); 4. Plant dahlias for retro appeal; 5. Kids: sow rocket – it grows really fast!


species with glorious flowers are endless and even the vegetable garden can have lots of good bee plants like squash and corn.

URBAN GARDENERS ARE BEING URGED TO LEND A HAND TO A SMALL AND often overlooked worker that plays a huge part in New Zealand’s economic well-being – the humble honey bee.

“Almost all of the herb plants tend to have a lot of nectar and are particularly well loved by bees, especially rosemary, lavender and sage. The same is true for fruit trees like apples, and plums and especially citrus fruits. Native plants for the garden such as New Zealand flax and the cabbage tree are also of high value for bees,” Dr NewstromLloyd says.

Landcare Research has joined with the National Beekeepers’ Association (NBA) to launch the Urban Trees for Bees programme in collaboration with the Auckland Council, the Auckland Beekeepers Club and the New Zealand branch of the Oceania Pollinator Initiative. The initiative is based on the successful Trees for Bees programme launched last year that was aimed at the agriculture sector and is based on improving the numbers and health of New Zealand’s bee stocks. Bees rely on nectar and pollen for their food and without it they get weak or starve, are less able to resist diseases and pests and cannot reproduce to build up strong colonies. Honey bee numbers in New Zealand are increasingly threatened with the long term effects of varroa combined with the addition of a number of new diseases. Added to this is the misuse of pesticides that affect bees in gardens and on farms, the loss of habitat for shelter and the lack of flowers for bee food. Urban Trees for Bees includes tips to make gardens more bee-friendly and researcher Linda Newstrom-Lloyd says creating the list of best bee plants for gardeners was quite different from the previous regional lists for farmers (www.treesforbeesnz.org). “Plants in gardens often receive more specialised care than plants out on the farm and they don’t need to be so practical. In gardens, the possibilities for numerous plant

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NBA spokesperson, Maureen Maxwell, says growing awareness of the plight of bees has seen an increase in calls from gardeners to assist. “Now that there is a much greater awareness of the global bee crisis, most people want to do something to help the bees in New Zealand. The plant list we created for gardens in the Urban Trees for Bees project is an excellent tool that people can use to help protect the New Zealand honey bee in cities and in country gardens,” she says. As well as consuming pollen for their protein and vitamins, and nectar for energy, bees also move pollen from one plant to another, and in the process pollinate plants. The NBA believes about $5.1 billion of New Zealand’s economy is attributable to pollination by honey bees, domestic honey sales and exports, beeswax and exported honey bees. In addition to direct pollination, bees also contribute indirectly through the pollination of clover, sown for nitrogen regeneration, which benefits the meat industry. Many garden plants rely on bee pollination to bear seed or fruit. The Urban Trees for Bees brochure presents a shortlist of bee plants suitable for both city and country gardens. The brochures are available online at www.nba.org.nz or www.treesforbeesnz.org.nz PN PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)

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HOME: WHERE THE HEART IS AN INSULATION SYSTEM THAT ADDS VALUE TO YOUR HOME The Airfoam message is quite simple: Ensure heat is retained within your home because it provides a healthy, energy efficient environment for your family. Airfoam is a wall insulation system that adds value to your home, eliminating mould, damp and condensation problems at the source. Most homes built in New Zealand before 1991 have no insulation in the walls and the arrival of cold mornings and evenings poses health problems for many New Zealanders. The best approach is to view your home as an energy system with inter-dependent parts. The most important ingredient is insulation so that any other heating or cooling systems can operate in the most efficient environment. Having no wall insulation means winter draughts, mildew and dampness make it impossible to regulate the temperature in your home. Even with roof and under-floor insulation, unless your walls are properly insulated up to 35 percent of the heat in your home is lost through your walls in winter. Conversely, in summer there is no protection barrier against the harsh Kiwi heat.

Airfoam has an insulation R-value of 2.9/100m and a lifetime guarantee. Since its introduction 30 years ago, Airfoam has been installed in over 12,000 Kiwi homes, creating very little disruption to daily routine. It is able to retrofit most cladding types, often takes only one or two days and costs as little as $30 per week. PN

For more information and a free no obligation measure and quote, contact the Cargill family franchise on T: 09 378 0910 or visit the website www.airfoam.co.nz

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THE BOYS’ BOOK CLUB WHAT WE’RE READING Books us blokes on the Ponsonby News team are reading, or have recently enjoyed. We LOVE reading in the bath, or in bed. A real stress buster! MARTIN LEACH STARMAN’ By Paul Trynka (Sphere – Little Brown) As a young teenager I was obsessed by music and imported albums from Virgin UK back when they were solely a mail order operation. As soon as I could, I was on a ship to Southampton. It was New Year’s Eve 1972, as a bored teenager from Feilding, the lure of live concerts in London was too much for me! My second concert (first was Roxy Music) on 12 May1973, was in a front row seat to see David Bowie, playing his new ‘Aladdin Sane’ songs live at Earls Court Arena. The concert was not considered to be his best, with bad unflattering lighting and the sound system was not up to the task. I didn’t care, it was live with Bowie in front of me and that’s all that mattered! I was a massive Bowie fan from day one and met him briefly once when he was in Berlin filming ‘Just a Gigilo’. He didn’t disappoint. ‘Ziggy Stardust’, ‘Changes’, ‘Under Pressure’, ‘Let’s Dance’, ‘Fame’, ‘Heroes’, and of course, ‘Starman’. These are his classic songs, the artist whose personas are indelibly etched in our pop consciousness alongside his music. Paul Trynka has interviewed over two hundred friends, ex-lovers and fellow musicians in order to write the definitive biography of Bowie. He wrote and recorded with everyone from Iggy Pop to Freddie Mercury to John Lennon, sold over 140 million albums.

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JAY PLATT ‘MARGARET RUTHERFORD-DREADNOUGHT WITH GOOD MANNERS’ by Andy Merriman (Aurum Press) Margaret Rutherford was without a doubt one of Britain’s best-loved comic actresses. But behind the kindly, serene front Margaret presented to the world lay a life of trauma and repeated nervous breakdown – the legacy of a family tragedy that saw her father murder her grandfather during a time when he suffered a mental illness and Margaret’s own Mother who also suffered from depression later kill herself. It is also a portrait of one of England’s most individual actresses. Margaret appeared in such thoroughly English classics as Blithe Spirit, The importance of Being Earnest, Passport to Pimlico and I’m All Right, Jack! As well as playing Agatha Christies memorable character Miss Marple, in four films. Margaret first played Miss Marple at the age of 70, and insisted on wearing her own clothes to feel right in the part. Above all, this was a vulnerable woman whom no-one failed to like and respect, notable again and again for quiet acts of kindness, whose life story has great appeal to everyone who appreciates both classic English comedy and simple human decency. An excellent read. PN



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HOME: WHERE THE HEART IS LOCAL RESIDENT VIC DE BETTENCOR ACQUIRES HDL - THE PAINTING PROFESSIONALS For the last thirty years local Herne Bay resident Vic de Bettencor has admired the varied and wonderful range of property the inner city, fringe and Western Bays have to offer. This is why taking over HDL - the painting professionals recently has been so exciting for him. “From classic villas and bungalows to modern plaster clad and concrete homes, we have it all,” he says, “and it’s so satisfying for our team of dedicated craftsmen painters and wallpaper hangers to work here”. HDL itself has been in business for 30 years and won two categories in the NZ Master Painter Awards last year. The first was an internal category and the second a community award in association with Resene and Age Concern, with HDL donating their time to redecorate some homes of the elderly in need. “It’s so great to give back to the community and for the visually impaired, it’s important to brighten up their working kitchen and bathroom areas, making things safer and easier for them to get around. Our guys also go out of their way to clean up after themselves and help take the stress out of the redecorating experience. It’s about consistently delivering on quality, on time and on budget”. PN If you would like a free quote, please feel free to call Vic on M: 021 923 889; T: 0800 435111 or after-hours at home on T: 09 361 5167.

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HOME: WHERE THE HEART IS READ ALL ABOUT IT! EARLY YEARS OF ICONIC AUCKLAND NEWSPAPERS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE The early years of two of the Auckland’s best-loved and longest-running newspapers can now be read online, thanks to a collaboration between the National Library of New Zealand and Auckland Libraries. Digitised, browseable and fully searchable, the first 33 years of the Auckland Star, and 44 years of the Rodney Times are now available on the National Library website, Papers Past.

years, including a period as the Waitemata and Kaipara Gazette, and most recently as the Rodney Gazette. You can now view the issues from March 1901 - December 1945 online.

The Star was first published as the Evening Star in 1870, becoming the Auckland Star in 1887. It ran until 1991 and lives on today as part of the masthead of the Sunday Star-Times.

“The release of the early years of the Auckland Star and Rodney Times is a great example of the National Library working in cooperation with Auckland Libraries, who hold the physical copies of the paper, and Fairfax Media, who hold the copyright, to make an invaluable historical resource available to all New Zealanders at the touch of a button,” said National Librarian, Bill Macnaught.

The full text of the issues from 1870-1903 can be easily accessed. Included are gems ranging from the Star’s first music hall review in 1870 , which described the show as “such a thorough good entertainment”, to their coverage of one Alexander Fleming being gored by a bullock in 1903. There is also a wealth of information for academics, casual browsers and family-history researchers, including shipping notices, advertisements for popular products, court proceedings, and listings of births, deaths, and marriages. In 1901 the weekly Rodney and Otamatea Times, a four-page broadsheet, was printed on one of the first stone litho flat-bed press machines, developed by Furnival & Co. Two casual workers shared the job of turning the large wheel by hand while the printer fed sheets of newsprint to the rollers. The newspaper, published on Fridays, sold for three pennies a copy, and the annual subscription was eight shillings. This paper was renamed several times over the

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“This release means that almost two million pages of digitised historic New Zealand newspapers are available on Papers Past. The success of this website has been phenomenal, with annual page views now in excess of 100 million.” Allison Dobbie, Manager Libraries and Information, Auckland Council is equally enthusiastic about the collaborative project. “Auckland Libraries is committed to helping New Zealanders and researchers from around the world to access our past. Working with partners in this way helps to make this possible.” “While the experience of the originals is irreplaceable, the value of digitised copies lie in the ease of searching and accessing the wealth of stories in these treasures for people everywhere.” PN


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HOME: WHERE THE HEART IS AUCKLAND RENTS CONTINUE UPWARD TREND THE AVERAGE WEEKLY RENT FOR AUCKLAND HOUSES AND UNITS JUMPED $8 to $427 in May. “Rents eased in April from their all time high in March, but there was strong demand for rental property in May, and the rents achieved across 704 new tenancies rose,” said Peter Thompson, Managing Director of Barfoot & Thompson. “May’s average rent is $28 higher than the average charged 12 months ago and $48 higher than two years ago. The ever growing population of Auckland, the low level of new dwellings being built and the modest turnover in sales of existing homes are all combining to create a demand for rental property.” PN

“WE SHOULD HAVE HAD ONE YEARS AGO!” That is the most common comment head from people who own a Cleanlet Electronic Bidet. With the Cleanlet installed in place of your toilet seat and lid, the toilet functions as normal but now has the luxury of a warm water wash and dry facility to say nothing of the heated seat giving comfort and luxury to all members of the family. Some may ask, “why should we wash after toileting, toilet tissue has been doing the job for years? It’s a matter of hygiene, water being far more efficient at cleaning than paper. Cleanliness and hygiene create confidence in ones persona. For those of an older generation who have difficulty with their personal hygiene due to lack of mobility a Bidet is certainly the answer. An option is to fit a raiser under the seat making it easier to mount and dismount. It is easy to operate with personal preference settings on the water temperature, water pressure and air dry temperature. A bonus is the heated seat, a luxury on cold winter mornings. Because a Cleanlet Bidet is installed onto your existing toilet pan you can take your Cleanlet with you should you shift house. New Zealand has a higher standard of plumbing regulations than Australia and Asian countries and Cleanlet is the only electronic bidet to comply with the New Zealand plumbing and electrical regulations. PN

PRINCESS ANTONIA IS ROUGHING IT On the night of Thursday 7 July, The Property Market team will be sleeping rough in the city to raise funds for the Big Sleepout, the annual appeal for Lifewise. We’ll be given a piece of cardboard, introduced to a patch of concrete and expected to get on with it and if it rains like it did last night, we’ll get an unforgettable taste of what it’s like to be one of Auckland’s growing homeless population. The goal of Lifewise is simple - to end homelessness by 2020. To meet this ambition, they’ve ditched the traditional charity model and instead developed a one-stop-shop of free services that includes a cafe, a night shelter, training for jobs in the hospitality industry and access to mental health, addiction, probation and housing and welfare support. They also run sporting events like the Homeless World Cup and touch football tournaments to promote health and teamwork and to build self-confidence. So far Lifewise has helped 148 people into homes and last year the Big Sleepout raised over $100,000 but this year the bar has been set even higher with a fundraising target of $150,000. As a team we’re well on our way to meeting our target of $3,000 (we’re even beating Marc Ellis and Dick Hubbard!) and we ran a gourmet sausage sizzle at a recent Grey Lynn Farmers Market but I also need your support by placing a donation at www.bigsleepout.org.nz/author/antonia-baker The suggested amount is $50 but feel free to beat James’ mum’s donation of $200. PN

WYNN TRADING LTD - CLEANLET BIDET, Number 156, Hall 2, Home Ideas Centre, 165 The Strand, Parnell T: 0800 24 33 87 or 09 419 9147 www.wynn.co.nz

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ASK AN ARCHITECT: PAUL LEUSCHKE Every month Grey Lynn resident and Architect Paul Leuschke of Leuschke Kahn answers property related questions. Email yours to jane@leuschkekahn.co.nz.

is a lot of talk on sustainability. How can I make my home Q: There more sustainable? is a new name for an old issue. The last time it was called eco A: Sustainability friendly. As an Architectural student I was taught to design around the sun, a free and natural heat and light source, essential for good health. We orientated the house to face north, opened the house to the sun with windows and doors and closed it off to the cold south with smaller openings We learnt to use eaves to provide shade from the higher summer sun while achieving deep sun penetration into the house with the lower winter sun. We used cross ventilation for cooling in summer. We have always insulated houses, floors, walls and ceilings beyond the minimum building codes. Strategically planted deciduous trees can also provide summer shade and winter sun once their leaves have fallen in the autumn. Suddenly sustainability has been discovered, while most Architects have always understood these principles. Now with a growing population and the cost of utilities

GREY LYNN ADOPTS SAMOA AS SECOND TEAM FOR RUGBY WORLD CUP THE AUCKLAND SUBURB OF GREY LYNN WILL BE PUTTING ON ITS LOUDEST shirts and shouting for Samoa during the Rugby World Cup, thanks to the Adopt-asecond-team programme. Thirty-four local communities will take part in Auckland’s RWC 2011 Adopt-asecond- team programme, led by Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and Mainstreets. The programme enables local communities to demonstrate support for one of the 19 international teams involved in the Tournament. The Grey Lynn Business Association (GLBA) is the driving force behind Grey Lynn, West Lynn and Westmere’s involvement and is working with other community groups to make supporting the Samoan team a success. Grey Lynn Business Association RWC Subcommittee Member, Soala Wilson says: “We are very excited to have been given Samoa as a second team because it is such a fitting selection. Grey Lynn has a long association with the Samoan community and this link remains very strong today.” As well as decorating the main shopping areas in Samoan colours, the GLBA has a number of projects underway to involve local businesses, the local community and visitors in the festivities with the aim of creating an authentic community experience for everyone. This reflects the Auckland RWC’s promise to bring 100% Pure hospitality to visiting Rugby fans. One of the highlights of the events planned are the historical walks, which will be led by Samoan Grey Lynner Reverend Mua Strickson-Pua. “We are thrilled to have Reverend Mua Strickson-Pua as the guide for these walks, which will highlight the diverse history of the area. The Reverend grew up in Grey Lynn and is a well-known figure in our community both as a minister and as an artist, poet and social activist.” says Wilson. In the spirit of Samoan community, the GLBA is also working with other community groups to bring more festivities to the area in support of Samoa. Details of these will be released shortly. PN Contact Soala Wilson M: 027 437 2698 or Sunshine Yates M: 021 268 2957 www.glba.co.nz

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rising, we are all interested in a better, healthier environment at cheaper cost. But this time sustainability has had a real impact and on all fronts, manufacturing, business, agriculture, tourism and the home. It’s about lessening waste, using by-products, using local resources, renewable resources, looking at power/water efficiencies, considering lifetime running costs, end of life recycling and healthier work and home environments. In November last year Homestar was launched in New Zealand as part of this sustainability drive. Homestar is a rating system for new and existing freestanding houses. The houses are rated one to 10 stars, with a score of four to five being an acceptable score. Homestar offers four services, Self Assessment, Home Coach Assessment, Homestar Practitioner (one day course) and Certified Assessment (two day course). Self-Assessment allows you to go on line and use the free self-assessment tool to get a star rating for your house together with a report and some recommendations for improvement. I went on line and self assessed my house. I found the tool quick and easy to use, being designed for the homeowner to use. It is hoped in the future all houses will have a star rating which will encourage our New Zealand homes to be warmer, drier and healthier homes to live in. PN www.homestar.org.nz

VILLA MARIA ESTATE GEARS UP TO WOW RUGBY FANS With just a few months until New Zealand’s biggest sporting event in decades, Villa Maria is preparing to host a wine, food, music, art and culture extravaganza for the hordes of international and domestic visitors travelling the country. The Villa Maria Festival in the Vineyard on 25 September 2011 will showcase the New Zealand experience. The event is part of the REAL New Zealand Festival, a series of events and things that are quintessentially New Zealand to see and do throughout the country. Villa Maria’s Auckland vineyard park, a regular venue for a summer concert series, will be transformed to host the festival featuring headline act Sola Rosa alongside a varied lineup of emerging New Zealand artists and cultural performances. Premium NZ wine and food will also be a strong feature at the festival. “This event is an excellent opportunity for visitors to see some of New Zealand’s unique culture, not only performances, but also our food and wine experience too. The festival takes place the day after the New Zealand versus France game so we’ll be celebrating!” says Villa Maria founder and Managing Director, Sir George Fistonich. PN Tickets for the festival are on sale to general public now and can be purchased from www.ticketmaster.co.nz For more information about rugby entertainment at Villa Maria Estate visit www.villamaria.co.nz/rugby PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)

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HIRE-A-HUBBY BUILDS SCHOOL TRACK FOR PONSONBY PRIMARY ON FRIDAY, 17 JUNE A TEAM OF HIRE A HUBBIES, INCLUDING LOCAL AREA Hubby, Dave Brown, dropped in to Ponsonby Primary School to build a new school track. Hire A Hubby donated their time and all of the materials to complete the task, which Deputy Principal Gail Brooke says is a wonderful addition to the school grounds. “The Hubbies completed a nature walk through the bank. This now means that the bank can be opened up to children who want to walk through the bushes and trees. Up until this point it was largely out of bounds to protect the trees from footfall”. Project Manager and local Hubby, Dave Brown, said the reception from the Ponsonby Primary students and teachers was overwhelming. “We were so impressed with the enthusiasm of the students – they all wanted to muck in with us. It was really satisfying to help the school complete a project that we know the students will appreciate and have the chance to use for years to come. And, the kids that helped out had a great sense of achievement as well – a big thanks to them for the great effort!”

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More than 40 Hire a Hubbies from around New Zealand were in Auckland for their annual conference, and decided to donate their time, skills and materials to complete five school garden projects, including Ponsonby Primary. Hire A Hubby CEO, Andrew Chisholm explains this initiative was all about living the company’s values. “Hire A Hubby is a community-based business. Our Hubbies are engaged members of their local communities, and this project was a demonstration of that commitment.” The track at Ponsonby Primary has been named the Hire A Hubby Walkway. PN

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

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I am selling my apartment and have been told that there are new rules in relation to the sale of apartments. What can you tell me about this?

Traditionally New Zealanders have lived in their own homes on freehold titles. Apartment living is a fairly new concept in New Zealand. For a number of legal reasons freehold titles are not suited to high density developments such as apartments and townhouses. To address the initial problems the Government passed the Unit Titles Act in 1972. This allowed a developer to break the freehold title into three dimensional spaces known as strata or unit titles. The rapid development of apartments in the 1990’s and 2000’s highlighted several problems with unit titles. Apartments have been heavily affected by leaky buildings issues and often have substantial deferred maintenance. Purchasers were often forced to undertake substantial due diligence or run the risk that problems may arise. The Government has attempted to address this in the Unit Titles Act 2010. This Act came into effect on 20 June 2011 and will have a significant effect on the way you buy or sell an apartment. One of the particularly useful changes for both parties is the requirement to make ‘Pre-Contractual Disclosure’ and ‘Pre-Settlement Disclosure‘. PRE-CONTRACTUAL DISCLOSURE REQUIRES YOU TO PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION: • Whether the unit or any common property have been the subject of a claim under the governments weathertight homes initiative or any civil proceedings relating to water penetration; • What maintenance is planned over the next 12 months; • The balance of all body corporate bank accounts as at the last financial statements; • Your body corporate levy for the year; • Basic information about owning a unit title; and • Where to find further information about the unit. You or an authorised agent needs to sign that this information is true and correct and your purchaser will be entitled to rely on this information. The failure to provide Pre-Contractual disclosure may make your contract unenforceable. Once the contract is signed you will need to make the ‘Pre-Settlement Disclosure’ no later than five working days prior to settlement. This contains information relating to your apartment and will let your buyer know what financial situation the apartment they are buying is in. It needs to be certified by your body corporate and signed and dated by you or your authorized agent. If you don’t provide your Pre-Settlement Disclosure on time then the purchaser may delay settlement or cancel the agreement. If you have any concerns about your apartment you should seek legal advice before listing your apartment with a Real Estate Agent. It is likely that your Real Estate Agent

may need more legal assistance than they have traditionally done in preparing your property for sale to ensure that you comply with your obligations. (MICHAEL HEMPHILL) PN METROLAW, Level 2, 36 Williamson Avenue T: 09 929 0800 www.metrolaw.co.nz 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.

BUSINESS CLUB OPENS GLOBAL DOORS FOR AUCKLAND COMPANIES Mayor Len Brown is urging Auckland companies to take advantage of an opportunity to build valuable networks with international businesspeople as Rugby World Cup 2011 (RWC 2011) looms. The NZ2011 Business Club is a national hosting initiative that will connect New Zealand businesses planning to expand through capital investment, exports or innovation with international visitors who hold key roles in similar industries or who have common interests. Membership is free and open to all businesses at www.nz2011.govt.nz. Auckland-based businesses can access the Business Club at www.auckland2011. com/businessclub. The website also offers a wide range of helpful information about preparing for RWC 2011 and how to make the most of the Auckland events. Len Brown is issuing a personal invitation to the businesses of the region to take advantage of the ‘priceless’ opportunity presented by RWC 2011 and the Business Club. “There are 85,000 people coming to New Zealand for RWC 2011. We know a good number of those are likely to hold influential roles in business in many of the nations we have trading relationships with,” says Mr Brown. “While they are here, they will certainly be looking at the local business environment. Business Club offers the chance to get alongside these people, show them some real New Zealand experiences away from the rugby and build valuable networks.”

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Hosting opportunities might focus on a classic Kiwi experience, a tour of local industry facilities or a larger event such as those being organised through the REAL NZ festival of events. “It might be about a day on the Hauraki Gulf hauling in snapper, a chance to shear a sheep on a farm, or hosting your visitors at a bigger event like the International Boat Show. Such an opportunity to engage with the right people from the right markets is priceless,” Mr Brown says. Other showcase events are being organised for leading businesses in key sectors including food and beverage, biotech and marine industries, and will put both Auckland and New Zealand on show. International visitor recruitment to the Business Club is through Government and business connections, overseas events and ambassador presentations, relationship marketing and the Business Club page on the www.nz2011.govt.nz website. “This is about seizing the opportunity to show the rest of the world what New Zealand is made of. In other words, highlighting all the things Kiwis love about this country and making sure these business visitors have a heck of a time,” Mr Brown says. PN


PONSONBY PROFESSIONALS DO YOU WORK IN NEW ZEALAND’S BEST WORKPLACE? The search has begun for the best organisation to work for in New Zealand as the JRA Best Workplaces Survey 2011 officially launched last month. In its 12 years, the survey has become the country’s benchmark for best workplace practices nationwide and is the country’s largest workplace climate / employee engagement survey. Registrations for this year’s survey are already up on the same time in 2010 and JRA managing director John Robertson says he expects total numbers will exceed last year’s record of 245 participating organisations. “It’s encouraging to see the increasing number of organisations who are making steps to build great workplaces and are clearly taking employee engagement seriously. Also it’s great to see just as many new faces entering so far this year as old ones,” he says. The survey, which invites employees to give valuable feedback on what their organisation is like as a place to work, takes employees just ten minutes to complete and covers aspects of workplace climate including culture and values, common purpose, communication, learning and development, and reward and recognition . Finalist/winning organisations are recognised and celebrated at a black-tie event in November and featured in a special New Zealand Herald supplement as well as throughout other media. They’ll also enjoy a boost to their employment brands. PN Organisations from all industry sectors can register now to participate in the survey, which is available until 31 August, by visiting www.bestworkplaces.co.nz.

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SYDNEY IS 10 YEARS OLD TODAY AND TURNS OUT THE ‘WORLD’S WORST puppy’ is the very best dog. My dear Gemini fur friend never expects much as far as presents are concerned. In fact a few leftovers from dinner would really make her special day.

Amy Jane Todd is both Publisher and Designer of Express, the fortnightly gay newspaper run from offices above Ripe on Richmond Road. The publication recently celebrated their 20th Birthday and 500th issue, so we photographed the team including their four-legged friend.

My best butchers patter with me as they saw up her $1 birthday bone. Seems I’m fortunate enough to miss out on the currently expected outrageous expenditure for a kid’s10th birthday these days. Given the choice she wouldn’t have wanted a big party anyway (she is very selective about her friends). But for me not to celebrate the achievement of seeing her muzzle and paws turn grey, clocking a decade of life together, makes me feel precarious as she has now officially reached a ‘decent old dog’ age.

Amy’s role is to oversee the running of the express and ensure its success financially and ethically. She also directs the design, marketing and branding of express in its many guises. Amy is a practicing artist, having had exhibitions of her work in Vienna, Melbourne and Auckland. She lives in an old villa nearby with a lovely garden along with her dog Lady Penelope.

My family attempt to counsel me on the inevitable, preparing me for the downhill slide of life’s later years. They advise it will be like having a dear old friend reach a ripe old age rather than watching the decline of someone, who is for me, closer to a child.

Lady P, a tri colour Jack Russel Fox Terrier Cross was born in April 2004 and was purchased from the Lady Gays Pet Shop in Takapuna. She is known as 2IC at the express offices by all who visit.

How we feel about our pets is often very intimate as it involves a relationship between just two. Rather than sharing the important decisions necessary as they get older with extended family and friends, we are left to weigh up their healthcare options alone. This can be daunting as what if things go wrong? For me, due to a bit of bad early parenting, Sydney’s obsession became not sticks or balls but stones. With my erratic lady throwing arm I eventually managed to fracture a lower canine tooth. Years later I am faced with my elderly Labrador licking my face with a distinctly foul smell coming from her mouth.

Hannah is a vintage and retro collector – her Western Springs home is full of Crown Lynn crockery, vintage cameras and typewriters. Jordan has been working within the publishing industry for close to 20 years both in Auckland and internationally. After hours Jordan runs a weekly contemplative music therapy session and enjoys spending the weekends on the coast, windsurfing, reading and playing chess. PN

This month it’s time to get my ‘big girls pant’s and practice what I preach-good mouth health means good body health and infection becomes more of an issue as the years tick by. With the help of pre-anaesthetic blood tests and anaesthetic monitoring equipment I have all the tools necessary to minimise risk. Scary as it is she needs her mouth sorted out. If you too are worried about the unhealthy stench coming from your pet’s mouth enjoy a complimentary dental appointment to help you make the right decisions for better overall pet health this month (available until the end of July 2011). (DR MEGAN ALDERSON) THE STRAND VETERINARIAN, 114 The Strand T: 09 377 6667 www.thestrandvet.co.nz

NEW MEMBER TO THE DEW FAMILY WE’VE ADDED A NEW MEMBER TO THE Dew family and unlike the first two, this one was a little controversial. Our two girls now 18 and 15 were a decision that we both agreed on but, our new rabbit, Ira Kruczynsky, was quite frankly a mistake - especially at our age! Before the children, we had two cats –Toody Puss (even he was embarrassed by the name), a beautiful and intelligent tabby, and Spike, an amiable but intellectually challenged grey cat. They were ideal at proving our suitability as conscientious rearers and they went to their reward, after their allotted time, with all the tears and enormous vet bills that the last months of a beloved pet usually require. By the time they had departed we had moved on to rearing humans and realized that the constant sneezing we had suffered for the last twenty years was a result of a cat allergy so, naively, I thought our pet owning days were over. My youngest though, with the, quite frankly, treacherous collaboration of Susan, decided, despite looming plans to go overseas, that our happy nuclear family wasn’t big enough, and for her fifteenth birthday we needed a pet. Ira is a flop eared miniature rabbit who appeared shortly after the mysterious arrival of bags of hay and dried food delivered to the front deck, and snuck out of sight with clandestine whisperings. When he finally arrived, I realized that my threats and entreaties had fallen on deaf ears and that I may as well attempt to preserve any vestiges of dignity I had left and get used to it. It hasn’t been easy - initially there was an infestation of tiny but voracious fleas, and then I discovered that the reason all my most precious electrical appliances weren’t working is that Ira had nibbled through the wires! The astounding thing is that, whilst he has munched his way through copious neutral and earth wires, so far he has avoided the phases. He showed no such restraint on my speaker wires or computer cables obviously using the inbuilt rabbity understanding of electronics to munch his way through all the tastiest bits, whilst avoiding the almost certainly fatal 230 volt hotwire, or perhaps he just doesn’t like the taste of brown! At this very moment though, Ira’s star is on the wane - it has recently been discovered that he has eaten precious items belonging to other members of the family - a genuine 1982 red leather jacket has suffered a sample tasting, as have a pair of brand new pink leather Doc Marten shoes. Funnily enough, the discovery of these latest transgressions has rather endeared this erstwhile vermin to me. I’m thinking that he is not that bad after all and he’s simply just a small bloke suffering under the iron heel of female domination. Contrary? Perhaps, but it’s a hard man that could fail to fall for this little fluffy fellow. Now where are Susan’s slippers? (SIMON DEW) PN

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PONSONBY PEOPLE + THEIR PETS ASK ALEX Each month Dr Alex Melrose answers readers’ pet related issues. e-mail yours to: alex@vetcare.net.nz I have a five-year-old Chihuahua X Brussels Griffon who has the most INSANE snoring problem. It drives me and my partner absolutely bonkers, but we feel it would be unfair to remove him from the bedroom at bedtime since he’s always been allowed to sleep on/in the bed (just like a small child). His snoring appears to be getting worse the older he gets. When I first got him at six months old my vet mentioned there was an operation to fix this but unless it was particularly annoying he wouldn’t recommend it as it’s very expensive. Approximately how much would an operation like this cost? He also has trouble breathing when he gets over excited and snorts like a little pig. The noise sounds like it’s coming from his throat, rather than his nose though. His breathing is fine during walks so I’m not too concerned. It’s just annoying! Thanks and Regards, DEBORAH.



I’ve got a two-year-old black Griffon myself who pulls out some pretty cool snoring sounds some nights from his elevated position sleeping on the bed, so I know what you’re talking about! The deterioration in his snoring as he ages, and under heavy exercise is also pretty common, but can be caused by a few totally different scenarios.

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With these cases we start with an examination of the throat under light anaesthesia, ideally using a scope. We are looking for narrowing of the nasal passages, benign polyps, partially collapsing larynx and (the most common) an elongated soft palate. All short faced (brachycephalic) breeds are more prone to these airway problems with all those structures being squashed together genetically. Surgery can then be performed if required, polyps removed, nasal strictures released, larynx tied back and soft palate shortened. All of these conditions will worsen with increased weight, and possibly with time as disrupted air flow puts pressure on surrounding structures.


The common occurrence of a soft palate being long enough to become entrapped in the epiglottis is what your old vet was previously mentioning. Surgery of this condition is only recommended when the dog shows difficulty breathing during moderate walks. The major complication with this surgery is creating a predisposition to aspiration pneumonia, i.e. a larger gap for food to be accidently breathed in. We refer these operations to our specialist soft tissue surgeon at VSG, and costs would be in the order of $3,000. (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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BE IN TO WIN AN EVERLASTING KEEPSAKE Simply email the most endearing photo you have of your dog to jayplatt@xtra.co.nz and be in to WIN an everlasting memory ‘KEEPSAKE’ of your four legged best friend. All photos must be in by Friday 22 July and they will be judged by Director of Keepsake, Shelley Jonas, Martin Leach of Ponsonby News and Alex Melrose of VetCare.

The winning entry will be notified via email on Monday 25 July. The winner will be announced in the August 2011 of Ponsonby News and on www.facebook.com/ponsonbynews. CONDITIONS APPLY: One entry per family, the judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. PN

A BEHIND THE SCENES GAL – SO SHE CLAIMS Well many of the people she has helped over the years would disagree. Kim Smith has lived in Rose Road for seventeen years and has her finger firmly on the pulse of what is happening on the creative scene in our area, giving support to artists when and where she can. Her main interest is textiles. She has loved them all her life and has photos of herself as a small child with pieces of fabric draped around her neck. When I spoke to her she had just returned from the annual Costume and Textile Symposium held this year at the Tauranga Art Gallery. Kim was a young student at ATI, as it was then called, and did an Apparel Technology and Administration course that included papers on business and industrial management as well as pattern draughting, cutting, and garment construction. She then travelled to London and found employment with the legendary theatrical costumiers, Berman and Nathan. She worked her way through all the departments of the enormous business including the library, which she really enjoyed. After a two year stint back home Kim and her husband, Andy went back to London in 1985 and stayed there for ten years. During that time Kim ran two shops selling antique and vintage textiles plus anything to do with getting dressed such as hat boxes, scarves, gloves, hats, dressing table accoutrements and so on. Come 1995, Andy wanted to return to New Zealand, Kim declaring she would only leave her beloved London if they settled in Grey Lynn because of the interesting and creative scene in the district and the multi racial, multi sexual composition of the people who live there. She also likes the fact that in spite of gentrification, it’s still a bit rough around the edges. Kim became involved as a volunteer at the Auckland War Memorial Museum for five years working under senior conservator, Julia Gresson, stitching fixings on to textiles to allow them to be displayed and some additional work on the Museum’s

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Coptic textiles. After the restructuring Julia was one of those obliged to leave and so Kim left too, very unhappy at the way her esteemed colleagues were treated. At the beginning of this year she received a call from the Museum’s Applied Arts technician, Finn McCahon-Jones and is happy to be back helping catalogue European textiles and possibly a new project on Maori textiles with Maureen Lander who is also a Maori textile artist. Kim says she learnt at an early age she was never destined to be a rock star because she believes, in spite of having all sorts of skills she is not a star, that her place is behind the scenes. Andy earns a good salary and Kim has a small art fund, her pay, she says for running the household. This she uses to help fund other people’s projects. At the beginning of last year, she and Andy were Executive Producers of David Blyth’s film, ‘Wound’. It is what’s called a ‘no budget’ film - under one hundred thousand dollars but has been shown at twelve International Film Festivals and won best film, best Director, best Actor at the ‘One Night of Horror’ Sydney Festival. Kim was actively involved in the production, doing continuity and the technical part of the wardrobe. She arranged for Linda Davidson to do the creative side. This led to further collaboration with Linda that eventuated in setting up Sergeant Pretty, and there’s another film she’s keen to support but that’s under wraps at the moment. She sponsored Brian Connell when he was a contestant in the Queen of the Universe Beauty Pageant and worked on Doris Du Pont’s El Jay exhibition, one of the first of the Fashion Museum’s shows. She hopes to be involved in Doris’s ‘Black in Fashion’ show that is scheduled to coincide with the Rugby World Cup and to that end is just about to start on the conservation of a black beaded flapper dress. Kim is very keen on supporting places like Objectspace because it’s a not for profit organisation and shows artists’ work that might not necessarily be seen elsewhere. She feels that those fortunate enough to have more than they need should share it around and because she can’t live without art, and not being an artist herself, she can support others who are, and finds reward in the pleasure she derives from their work. Kim is one very classy lady who is the epitome of style and grace. Long may her ‘behind the scenes’ endeavours continue. (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) PN PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)

ARTS + CULTURE JIM VIVIEAERE – A VERY SPECIAL FRIEND TO MANY WHEN SOMEONE AS WELL KNOWN AND LOVED AS JIM VIVIEAERE IS LOST to us there’s a strong desire to get together with others and share feelings and memories. On Sunday, 12 June more than five hundred people went to his funeral. The congregation filled Fale Pasifika at the University of Auckland and spilled out into the surrounding courtyard. This huge gathering was testimony to a man who touched many lives across the spectrum of race, creed and most importantly, artistic endeavour. Pele Walker spoke of him on behalf of the arts community and Creative New Zealand – “a pivotal figure in New Zealand’s contemporary arts community and in the Pacific arts community”. She went on to say, “Jim was instrumental in raising the profile and recognition of Pacific Island artists in New Zealand and overseas. He was a mentor, a role model, a friend to many”. Jim was diagnosed with advanced liver cancer in March and told it was inoperable and that he had six months to a year left. He received this pronouncement with dignity and acceptance, refusing medication that might give him a little longer time. The disease progressed with inexorable swiftness and Jim died three months later, much sooner than the original prognosis. While he was able, he and his daughters planned the form his Service should take. Well I’ve been to many a funeral during my lifetime but I’ve never experienced anything as exceptional as Jim’s. The simple pine casket was draped with a Pacific Island mat and festooned with palms and hibiscus blooms. Tama Iti delivered a Maori welcome and the University of Auckland Chaplain, Reverend Uesifili, the opening words. There were poem readings by Brian Tracey and John Pule followed by a number of eulogies from family and close friends. School mates, Barry ‘Spaz‘ Fraser and Peter Walker reminisced fondly about their time with Jim at Napier Highschool. Always having “grace under pressure” was how Peter described him. As the service commenced, overhead dark clouds loomed and a gusty wind blew all morning then suddenly as everyone sang “I can see clearly now the rain has gone” the wind dropped to a gentle breeze and the sun broke through, its beams lighting up the fale’s sculpture that Jim had installed. It was a truly magic moment. Just before Jim was taken away there was a fantastically spine chilling performance tribute by Pasifika Artists and then a Maori blessing to lift Tapu from the Fale. Jim was born in Waipawa of Rarotongan parents but was brought up away from his family and heritage. He was fostered out to a number of homes, went to medical school in Dunedin, then transferred to Elam in Christchurch. He was active in the visual arts community for all his adult life as artist, curator, adviser, and teacher. His landmark show, Bottled Ocean, was the first exhibition to explore ‘Pacific Islandness’ in New Zealand. He was also one of the earliest recipients of the Möet & Chandon artist-in residence in France, and awarded Senior Pacific Artist by Creative New Zealand’s Pacific Arts Committee in recognition of his standing as an international curator and exhibitor. Jim was an identity in Ponsonby for a long, long time. He had a huge circle of friends from many different groups and was always bumping into someone he knew in his walks around the area. This lovely man will be sorely missed but even though it’s hard, he must be let go. Dear Jim, thank you for being you and now sleep peacefully in your most quiet bed. (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) PN

THE MYSTERIOUS OLD BEAR! WE LOVE CHERYL, FASHION DESIGNER Sera Lilly’s gorgeous mum. She emailed us last month to tell us, “next time you’re passing us, (beside Soho Square) have a look in the big planter closest to the store, as someone has placed a little stone sculpted ‘old’ bear in there. “I smiled the first time I saw him and thought of you Martin! He continues to bring a smile to my face every time I see him. I have no idea who put him there, but I just love him and he’s certainly much nicer compared to the beer bottles and coke cans which some people leave behind!” (MARTIN LEACH) PN

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For a number of years Grant has concentrated on painting birds. These paintings are not merely descriptions of birds but complex investigations and explorations of the birds themselves, the environment, humankind and the artist himself. He says of his work that central to his idea is to convey “the bird, the land and its people”. Grant won the Premier Award in the Norsewear Art Awards in 2003; he was the Overall Winner of the Molly Morperth Canaday Awards 2004 and won the Emerging Artist Award at the James Wallace Awards in 2002. PN WHITESPACE, 12 Crummer Road T: 09 361 6331 www.whitespace.co.nz

STEVE WOODWARD: ‘LANDSHAPES’ Steve Woodward was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada where he trained as a carver in the Carrara tradition. After furthering his training in ceramics, stone, and bronze in Italy and France, Steve moved to New Zealand in 1984. Since 1992, Steve has worked on numerous public sculpture commissions which grace train stations in Taipei, parks in Guilin, private collections in Phuket, and the gallery at the Tjibaou Cultural Centre in Noumea. His public sculptures in New Zealand are environmentally conscious works, sensitive to site, place and space. Steve’s exhibition will also include a film/sculpture work ‘Skins’ made in collaboration with filmmaker Kirsty MacDonald, exploring aspects of identity and transformation referencing landscape and the body.

Have you got what it takes to be ONE OF PONSONBY’S BEST DRESSED?

PONSONBY’S BEST DRESSED AWARDS 2011 Announced: FRIDAY 5 AUGUST The Ponsonby’s Best Dressed Awards will see Ponsonby News readers and the general public, making nominations for Ponsonby’s Best Dressed male and female. Tell us about yourselves or tell us about someone else!

Please email in the first instance julie@ponsonbynews.co.nz

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THE HEAVEN BENT CHOIR PERFORM GROUP SINGING ABOUNDS THROUGHOUT OUR LAND. THEY ARE CALLED choirs and there are many genres; Church Choirs, School Choirs, Gospel Choirs, Bach Choirs, Symphonic Choirs Barbershop and Vocal Jazz Singers, to mention just a few. New Zealander Tony Backhouse is a renowned vocal arranger and one of the leaders of the international a capella movement (Italian for “in the manner of the church”). Back in 1996 a group of vocalists attended one of his a cappella workshops and became so inspired by the gospel singing experience they decided to form a community choir and sing together each week. They started practicing each Tuesday night at the Baptist Church Hall in Seymour Street and have continued to do so for fifteen years. Heaven Bent is now a well established choir that sings African and American African gospel music. Recently the choir have added waiata and Pacific Island songs to their repertoire. Phil May, long time member has recently been appointed Musical Director. He had been Assistant Director for several years so slipped seamlessly into his new role. Phil, an accomplished pianist did the Jazz Degree at Auckland University when it was first introduced ten years ago and gained a good grounding in music arrangement. His conducting and singing has made a significant contribution to the choir’s success. Heaven Bent successes are aplenty! Early gigs in the Alleluya Café and Hopetoun Alpha received enthusiastic response which encouraged the group to continue.

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On Saturday 9 July, the HEAVEN BENT CHOIR are performing a Winter Warmer Concert at the PONSONBY BAPTIST CHURCH Singing with award-winning kapa haka choir, Hatea at the 2007 Waitangi Day service was a highlight, then later both choirs performed to packed houses in Auckland and Whangarei. The choir continues to do a wide variety of performances such as charity concerts and corporate gigs. A very special one they do every year is singing at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity for the Transplant Donor Association’s Thanksgiving Service. Back in March this year Heaven Bent and Sing for Joy Choirs combined forces in a performance at All Saints, Ponsonby. Admission was by koha and all proceeds went to the Christchurch Red Cross Appeal. What makes Heaven Bent concerts so appealing is the genre of music they sing. It’s a secular choir because members come from a range of beliefs but they find great enjoyment in singing traditional black gospel music that has influenced rock ‘n’roll, country, and rhythm & blues and can crossover into the more popular songs they sing. Tony Backhouse’s ongoing enthusiastic support continues to be a constant inspiration. On Saturday 9 July, they are giving a Winter Warmer Concert at the Ponsonby Baptist Church to celebrate the choir’s fifteenth birthday. There will be rich a capella harmonies, souful gospel rhythms, and followers of the choir will be treated to some old foot stamping favourites. Tickets are $20 ($15 unwaged) and door sales are from 7.00pm. A light supper is included. For information and bookings go to www.heavenbent.org.nz or T: (09) 820 4922. (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) PN





7 – 24 July Preview Wednesday 6 July from 5.30pm NECKWARE 8 GROUP SHOW Masterworks has chosen to re-launch a popular exhibition: The Neckware Group Show. For seven years, the exhibition was an important event in the jewellery calendar and this year, emerging and established jewelers from around New Zealand were invited to submit a neckpiece, with guest Rhoda Fowler (past senior curator at Te Papa) selecting 20 pieces for exhibition. All the works will be photographed with the future intention of publishing a survey of contemporary neckwear in New Zealand, which will also include highlights from the first years of the exhibition. VICTORIA MCINTOSH - SMOTHER According to Dunedin-based artist Victoria McIntosh the words ‘envelop, wrap, enshroud and surround’ are only a lexical nudge from ‘smother’. For the blanket that warms and covers can smother and choke. On a national tour, Smother presents new works that teeter between forms of warm-comfort and harmful restriction.

This month’s THINKspace focuses on the key inspiration behind Matthew McIntyre Wilson’s woven copper works. A large woven kete and panel, feature a pattern which he first came across in the 1990’s whilst studying weaving with Rangi Kiu at Hawkes Bay Polytechnic. At that time Kiu was weaving a kete which McIntyre Wilson helped to weave a small portion of. Kiu later gave him a photograph of the completed work, which is now in the Auckland Museum. From this exchange, McIntyre Wilson made a series of drawings and then wove the double spiraled pattern of Kiu’s kete using fine copper wire. The drawing of this double spiral (koru mahanga) marked the artist’s first step in designing his own patterns, a development which he continues today, making subtle amendments and exploring the possibilities within each evolving design. JEWELLERY BOX SHOWCASE – KATE BARTON – STICK STACKS

In her works, McIntosh has stitched together cream antique blanket as if it were an Elizabethan ruff; embellished with pearls and fluttering white cotton threads. In other pieces, gelatin pills and antique pastry boats have been used. The works of Smother are, first and foremost collectable objects that relate to the body and its socialization. The artist will be giving a public talk at the opening on July 6th at 6.30pm.

The jewellery box programme this month showcases new work by Kate Barton. Kate has been using model-making matchsticks, along with gold, acrylic and glue to create jewellery objects that reference large structures and cities. Constructed and painted in a deliberately naive style, Kate’s work is influenced by the inevitable decay and regeneration of contemporary urban spaces. PN MASTERWORKS GALLERY, 77 Ponsonby Road T: 09 378 1256 www.masterworksgallery.com enquire@masterworksgallery.com

KNOWN ASSOCIATES : RELEASE THEIR DEBUT ALBUM ‘PENNY LOVE’ Known Associates are a new local supergroup comprising four well established Auckland musicians. Their debut album ‘Penny Love’ has just been released and was recorded in ‘the Bunker’, a private studio in College Hill. The band was formed around the songs of Ponsonby resident Warren Cate (guitar and vocals ), who is joined by Mike Franklin-Browne (drums), Andrew Buckton (bass) and Grant Wills (lead guitar). The music style is hard hitting blues rock with a live swagger and lyrics that are meant to be heard. The intention on this album was to capture as live a vibe as possible and to steer well away from programmed or layered up music . This album captures the excitement of a live band playing together, with all tracks being recorded together in one take and only vocals added later. Band members are all involved in separate areas of the music business, Mike being a professional drummer in four bands at last count, Andrew running his own successful music studio (Studio 203) in Symonds Street and Grant amongst other things having his own brand of electric

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guitar pedals (G2D). Warren still has a day job – a reality for many kiwi muso’s. A nice human sideline was also underway during the recording of this album with three of the four members all having pregnant wives at home. A combination of hormones, sleeplessness and beer made for a powerful musical cocktail for the nightime recordings. By the time the album was finished, there were three new boys, all firstborns, to add to the album credits. The new album is available at Rhythm Compact Discs in Three Lamps or on itunes for download. For album/band details check out www.knownassociates.co.nz PN PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


“Snifters” MATT GUILD “Take Your Pick” MATT GUILD “Bishop” ANNA CRICHTON

Letham Gallery is proud to present the inspiring, photo real paintings of Matt Guild. His works capture the essence of New Zealand; representations that resonate in the mind, provoking emotional memories of our ‘national childhood’. Guild skillfully reproduces light, shadows and reflections to capture the way a certain object looks in a moment of time, capturing New Zealand icons and pulling on our heart strings. Reminding us where we have come from is the overall passion of his work. Lose yourself in the detail of Jaffas (& Other Things) as you reconnect with these unforgettable icons on a scale not to be missed! “America’s Next Top Vegetable” ANNA CRICHTON

SATIRICAL ILLUSTRATIONS AT FUNNY PRICES – ANNA CRICHTON 28 July – 17 August; Preview: 28 July from 6pm

Line up for this! Anna Crichton is one of New Zealand’s foremost illustrators and cartoonists, and the winner of the Qantas Media Awards Editorial Artist category in 2007, and 2010 and the 2011 Canon Media Artwork Award. She is a regular contributor to The New Zealand Herald, Metro, North & South, Listener and many more. Anna has worked internationally for publications including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine and The Australian. We are excited to welcome back one of Letham Gallery’s first exhibitors to our walls. Satirical Illustrations at Laughable Prices is a collection of Crichton’s finest works, affordably priced, all of which have been famously published in well known publications. Crichton is no stranger to acclaim; Dick Frizzell, judge of the 2010 Qantas Media Awards described Anna as “An enduring professional with a clever, soft and constant touch. Not a lot of illustrating of this calibre in New Zealand”. And the 2011 Canon Media Artwork Award judge, Terry Quinn, said of Crichton’s style “It’s colourful, confident and highly creative. Her portfolio was truly a work of art”. PN LETHAM GALLERY 35 Jervois Road T: 09 360 5217 www.lethamgallery.co.nz

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SCREENING AT RIALTO POTICHE Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu and Karin Viard; Director: François Ozon; Season starts: 7 July; Rating: TBC In this hilarious French comedy, Catherine Deneuve is Suzanne Pujol, a submissive housebound ‘trophy housewife’ (or ‘potiche’) who steps in to manage her wealthy and tyrannical husband’s (Fabrice Luchini)’s umbrella factory after the workers go on strike and take him hostage. To everyone’s surprise, Suzanne proves herself a competent and assertive woman of action. But when her husband returns from a restful cruise in top form, things get complicated. Gérard Depardieu plays a former union leader and Suzanne’s ex-beau who still holds a flame for her. MRS CAREY’S CONCERT Directors: Bob Connolly, Sophie Raymond; Season starts: 21 July; Rating: TBC At a Sydney girls’ school, music director Karen Carey prepares her young students for a concert at the Opera House. Believing in the transformative power of great music, Carey insists upon a classical repertoire, sets a dauntingly high performance standard and requires the participation of every girl in the school. Carey inspires many of her girls, but some do not share her passion and are not afraid to say so. Mrs. Carey’s Concert is about music making and coming of age, about talent and courage, compliance and rebellion. About those prepared to open their minds and hearts to what the world has to offer … and those yet to discover the potential within. RIALTO CINEMAS, 167 – 169 Broadway T: 09 369 2417 www.rialto.co.nz

“Back in London in 1999, I was delighted to be one of those included in Charles Handy’s book along with Richard Branson, Terence Conran, Tim Waterstone, Charles Dunstone, Ozwald Boateng and others. I’ve always enjoyed seeing colleagues I’ve worked with, go on and be successsful in their own lives. I’m looking to create the NEW ALCHEMISTS’ PONSONBY NETWORK to help and inspire young and upcoming entrepreneurs. Further details will be announced shortly.” MARTIN LEACH E: ponsonbynews@xtra.co.nz + W: .ponsonbynews.co.nz P O Box 47-282, Ponsonby, Auckland, NZ.

BLACKBIRD ENSEMBLE: THE DUINO ELEGIES Close your eyes for a minute, take a deep breath and prepare your senses. The Blackbird Ensemble are playing three concerts in our area this month. Set to be a musical highlight of the year, their shows will be powerfully poetic and atmospheric. Orchestral, yes. But the point of difference is Blackbird’s redefinition of classical performance. Director of the ensemble, cellist and composer Claire Cowan formed the group to challenge the way classical music is performed and received in the community. The young energetic 23 piece orchestra will be playing pieces by musicians such as Phillip Glass, Nick Cave, Bjork, and Radiohead. Their much talked about concerts of 2010 were entirely candlelit. The audience gathering closely around bizarrely facepainted performers, who played soul-stirring pieces by Estonian Composer Arvo Pårt. Delivering music and ideas that are original, provocative, and powerfully memorable, this year’s ensemble will grace your ears with a body of music that seamlessly transitions between the worlds of rock, avant-garde pop, film soundtrack and classical works. The inspiration behind the show will be based on text from Rilke’s Duino elegies, with readings of his work being performed by Oliver Driver. Also featuring Murray Hickman from the New Zealand percussion ensemble ‘Strike’. 8 July, 8pm - Grey Lynn Library Hall, 474 Great North Road 9 July, 8pm - St Kevin’s Arcade K Road PN 10 July, 7pm - Ponsonby Cruising Club, Westhaven Marina Saturday night’s performance in St Kevin’s Arcade is a reduced ensemble featuring the string section, centering around Philip Glass’ ‘Mishima’ String Quartet. Last year’s concerts sold out, so be in quick. Adult $20.00 and Student $15.00; More details and tickets available at www.eventfinder.co.nz

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SHOWING AT THE DEPOT ARTSPACE TERI PARAT 27 August - 8 September You’ll need to cross the bridge to catch local Ponsonby artist, Teri Parat’s latest show next month. The artist has a fun-loving and quirky imagination, her interest and subject matter often include architecture, birdlife, flowers and people. Currently she’s completing works for her upcoming solo exhibition culminating in a series of portraits. Each piece has a slightly surreal flavour which Teri has created to ‘delight’ or ‘enchant’ the viewer. Each new painting is embellished with Teri’s confident hand and her brushwork conveys the command of her materials. Current works measuring 450 x550 mostly on cotton, her medium, oils. Although mainly self taught Teri attended Auckland Society of Arts part time over a four year period in the late 80’s. When Teri is not painting or working, currently in her sixth year at Trelise Cooper, she manages to pursue her other creative passion which is renovating houses, something she has a real penchant for. Always character homes which she breathes a new lease of life adding her signature look, which is very romantic, inviting and artistic. PN THE DEPOT ARTSPACE, Clarence Street, Devonport T: 09 445 9398 www.depotartspace.co.nz




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THE ‘CLIMATE’ SHOWING, WHITESPACE Last month, photographer Michael Hall held his stunning exhibition and artist’s talk showing his images of the planet and the effects of climate change, global warming and species extinction to a crowd of interested locals. 1. Deborah White and T J McNamara; 2. Ed Jenner ‘Mr Strawberry’ and Cait McLennan-Whyte; 3. Michael Hall and John Elliott PN


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PONSONBY PHOTOGRAPHER’S LOUVRE SHOT WINS PRESTGIOUS AWARD Ponsonby award -winning photographer, British born Derek Cook might look like an average 45-year -old male who rates Café Bliss as one of his favorite haunts but as this interview progressed I discovered that there is more to this father of two than the want for a great cup of coffee. Unfortunately a one hour interview only allowed me to scrape the surface of this creative’s mindset. Delving deeper I discover that this creative art form complements the complex way Derek sees the world. “Photography is a perfect fit for me as I love to think that the world is built through cogs, but it also fulfils my creative desires as well”. It was announced recently that Derek was a winner at the Black and White Spider Awards for professional photography in Architecture and he was also nominated in the People and Fine Art Categories. This much coveted international photographic competition attracts over 75,000 entrants and is judged by the world’s greatest names in art and photography such as Magnum Photo, The Tate Gallery and Sothebys amongst others.










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Derek is a firm believer in the saying ‘less is more’ as he tends not to over edit his work. “It’s more about the natural image, the action, the moment that takes place. I tend to try and preserve what is there”. This minimalist approach that he has towards his work gives the ‘do it yourself’ approach a new creative twist and can be reflected in his award-winning photograph ‘Le Louvre’. To capture the exact image of this Parisian architectural icon required Derek to do much research. He admits that, “I really wanted to photograph the Louvre in a way it hadn’t been seen before”.

Finally, Derek’s advice to people who want to get into photography is “just get off your butt and push yourself; as that is only way you’ll grow as a photographer “. (TIM WAKELY) PN



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It seems Derek’s approach paid off as his photograph won him an Architectural Merit of Excellence in the Black and White Spider Awards. Derek admits that, “as soon as I took this photograph I knew I had a winner”. He went on to add “being awarded highly is a huge honour; the prize is that you are being judged by some of the biggest names in the business”.





Derek prides himself on his vast 20 years plus experience working with some of the world’s leading brands, he states that “the roles that I have had in the industry have taught me how to do everything myself. I love the whole creative process from thinking up ideas through to putting them on paper”. Having vast skills has also helped him to learn about the different aspects of his technology, “learning new ways of the technology has helped me to grow as a photographer and to see the world at various different angles”.



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Derek’s greatest passion is capturing people within architectural surroundings. “At the end of the day architecture is for the people and that is why I love putting people and architecture in a shot”. Throughout his career Derek has also developed a vast body of work in landscape, commercial advertising and also with fashion photography. When I asked Derek what photographers’ work he admires most he mentions photographers Albert Watson, Jay Maisel, Steve McCurry, Herb Ritz as well as local photographer Jackie Ranken.

Derek now runs his photographic company in Ponsonby, exploring all aspects of professional photography and design. Many of his award-winning images are available on-line at www.derekcook.co.nz



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