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RUGBY FAN TRAIL: Te Manuiti Boynton and Zee Sharif

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WHAT’S INSIDE THIS MONTH:

008 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR 009 FROM THE PUBLISHING TEAM 012 DENISE ROCHE – GREEN PARTY 014 JACINDA ARDERN – LABOUR LIST MP 016 SHALE CHAMBERS: WAITEMATA LOCAL BOARD

018 PIPPA COOM: GREY LYNN 2030 020 NIKKI KAYE: MP AUCKLAND CENTRAL 022 THE POWER BEHIND THE THRONE 026 TASTE OF NEW ZEALAND 030 EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY 030 THE MISS JONES INTERVIEW 045 RICHMOND VILLAGE, WEST LYNN

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064 059 K ROAD BUSINESS ASSOCIATION 060 JAY PLATT: WE CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT 062 DAVID HARTNELL:

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101 LIVING, THINKING + BEING 102 HOROSCOPES: MISS PEARL NECLIS 110 DENISE L’ESTRANGE-CORBET:

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063 EMILY SMART: WORD PERFECT 064 RUGBY WORLD CUP 066 JOHN ELLIOTT: SOAPBOX 068 SIDELINE WITH GEORGE BERRY 076 FASHION + STYLE 079 A SPARKLY MERRY CHRISTMAS 092 LETTERS FROM MAUDIE:

THE DUCHESS OF HAMILTON

ANGELA LASSIG

094 PONSONBY NEWS READERS ARE EVERYWHERE

100 HELENE RAVLICH: NATURAL BEAUTY

110 HOME: WHERE THE HEART IS 111 JOHN APPLETON ON HEALTH 118 FUTURE GENERATION 134 STREET NAMES 138 THE BOYS BOOK CLUB 148 PONSONBY PEOPLE & THEIR PETS 151 ARTS + CULTURE 162 PONSONBY NEWS OUTLETS COVER ILLUSTRATION: Dave Bradley, Design by Ditch

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ART IN THE DARK, WESTERN PARK 11-12 NOVEMBER As a local reader of your publication, I’d like to draw your attention to this Event coming up. It was fantastic last year, and deserves to be promoted. CATRIN FRASER, Grey Lynn ST MARY’S STREET SIGNS A few weekends before the RWC started, we noticed the street signs in our area (St Mary’s Bay) were being changed. We couldn’t see any difference between the sign they were taking down and the one they were replacing it with. So we went and spoke to the man who was doing the job, and he said many of the existing street signs were being replaced with more reflective signs before the RWC (we thought if you came all this way to watch a game of rugby, your eyesight wouldn’t be that bad – remember there was no visible difference between the old and new). I’ve been away for three weeks, and I’ve just noticed our street name has changed from St Mary’s Road, to St Mary’s Street. The offending sign is on the corner of St Mary’s Road and Vine Street. Another sign that’s just five houses down the road on the corner of Hackett Street shows St Mary’s Road. ALLAN HORNER, Ponsonby RAY DAY, from Auckland Transport responds: this has been referred to our Road Corridor Maintenance team who have advised that the sign is incorrect and will be replaced. PLEASE PICK UP AFTER YOUR DOGS I am a regular visitor to New Zealand as my son resides in Herne Bay, I always take their dog for walks around the area.

LIKE US! www.facebook.com/ponsonbynews FACEBOOK POSTS - WE LIKE Mmmm Marmite Chocolate! Only thing worse than being woken by squawking hens at 6.30am is jumping back into bed after dealing to them not realising I have hen shit on my foot! (WENDYL NISSEN) Just got back from Ashburton and Christchurch where I’ve been MC-ing an event with chef Al Brown. There’s a stuffed, rolled pork belly in my handbag courtesy of Al - one hell of a perk of the job! (KERRE WOODHAM) PONSONBY NEWS was delighted to support the NZ Fashion Museum when it launched last year. All those who gave their support have been included in this amazing Foundation Wall artwork created by artists Martin Popplewell and Judy Darragh. RUGBY WORLD CUP POSTINGS Good old Tony Woodcock We’d better not count our chickens! We did it! Can we do ANYTHING now? You can and you did, well done...One point makes all the difference! I had to leave the room in the last minutes, couldn’t watch. Do I detect a collective sigh of relief all over New Zealand? One point - won cup Black to the future! Crossroads Bar has NEVER been so busy! Right on the Fan Trail it has been a popular stop off point for rugby lovers.. What a success the Fan Trail has been and it is packed right now with fans of both sides - everyone happy and smiling...these two helpful boys kept the crowd moving along at the Bond Street corner - with only 10 minutes walk time left to Eden Park!

During this visit I have been very disappointed with the amount of doggy doos that are left on footpaths and in the parks, especially Ardmore Road and Cox’s Bay Parks /Reserve. I see a lot of joggers with their dogs off leash, who are not concerned with what their pets are leaving behind.

RENA DISASTER Still Speechless here! 100% pure New Zealand - yeah right!

Also women sitting in their cars letting their pets run free through the park. Ladies, you are not spending time with your pets!

THE UPCOMING ELECTION Labour’s Jacinda Adern and Nationals’ Nikki Kaye seem to agree on many policies affecting our city. The point of difference is that Jacinda’s party agrees with her. The Labour List candidate Jacinda Ardern is smokin’ HOT! PN

Come on, plastic bags are not expensive and there are plenty of rubbish bins in our area. Please lift your game and clean up after your doggies; it is your responsibility and not the council’s. VERONICA ANDREWS, Herne Bay LOST BROOCH I have lost my late Nana’s brooch at a 30th birthday party at Cosh bar on Ponsonby Road recently. It was either lost in the bar or on my way to the car on Angelsea Street. It isn’t an expensive piece of jewellery but is priceless to me and I am gutted! We have been back twice and have looked down the street, in drains and done a leaflet drop. I have called the bar but no luck so far. If anyone has picked it please let me know. KERRY-ANNE HODGSON T: 09 308 5507 PONSONBY NEWS AND COMMUNITY I have been following some interesting dialogue on Facebook regarding community and the Ponsonby News. One person in particular is determined to slag off your publication, calling you a commercial advertising magazine and that you are not focused on the community at all. I beg to differ and cite the following example to prove it: In the last issue I counted 27 specific community notices had been researched and included photos and detailed information regarding each event. There were also numerous human interest stories showcasing local personalities and businesses. The Ponsonby News offers a valuable service which includes advertising because it is delivered to our homes for FREE! At least the advertising is of high quality and informative. Perhaps the best thing for this person to do is offer her address so you can remove her from your delivery schedule. Afterall, if she doesn’t like it, she doesn’t have to read it. Keep up the great work for those who appreciate what you do. HILARY HOWSON, Ponsonby

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LAST MONTH’S FINAL WEEKEND OF THE RUGBY WORLD CUP WAS FULL of celebrations both on and off the field, with the All Blacks lifting the Webb Ellis trophy, and an extra $26.6 million was pushed through Paymark’s network between the Friday and Monday, compared to the same four days in 2010.

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Many hospitality providers reaped the greatest rewards of rugby revellers’ sorrows and celebrations, enjoying a lift of 24.1 per cent, or $9.6 million across the country during the weekend. There have been a lot of predictions about the financial impact of the Cup; however, the figures show that it has certainly benefited a selection of retailers and industries. Sadly, some local Ponsonby businesses did not benefit quite as much they had hoped. WEST LYNN’S RICHMOND VILLAGE IN THE HEART OF THE WESTERN Bays has many of the features that make it a genuine village. With its community gardens, its farmers market, its waste away programme, its general inclusive community philosophy, and socially and politically aware residents, West Lynn can lead the way in the new millennium towards a more sustainable community. Several businesses have been in the area for the long term. There has been a butcher on the corner of Richmond and Hakanoa since 1895 writes colleague John Elliott in this issue. Hoani Heremaia is the only certified organic butcher for miles around. His business has operated for 24 years in West Lynn, however, he is just pipped by Moa’s 25 year anniversary later this year. THERE’S USUALLY SOMEONE AT THE TOP OF YOUR CHRISTMAS GIFT LIST THAT requires a better class of gift. Could this be a good time to propose to your partner? Or is Christmas simply the time to show your love? Whatever the reason, you’ll find that achingly perfect stone, that funky ring or that pretty little pendant in Greater Ponsonby or nearby. So why not have yourself a sparkly little Christmas… WE FOLLOWED A FEW COMMENTS IN POSTINGS ON FACEBOOK RECENTLY: So the Green Party candidate turns up at my place and asks if she can put up a sign on my front yard. Yeah, only if you want me to be subject to neighbours’ ridicule. Of course, I was too polite to say it out loud. I smiled... she then said, “we’re going for the party vote here”, introducing herself and asking if she could put up a ‘nice’ sign. (She must have assumed I was a greenie...hmm) I say go for it. After all, the Green’s do appear to be the moderators of New Zealand politics so you’re just showing you’re middle of the road.

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JAY PLATT, MARTIN LEACH, JULIE ROULSTON + JO BARRETT Sure I’ll end up middle of the road alright. As roadkill. My view is the Greens will get two more MPs on the back of the Rena disaster at Labour’s expense. The idea of tonnes of radioactive uranium passing through our ports horrifies me. DIARY DATES: ART IN THE DARK, 11 and 12 November 2011, Western Park is set to attract 15,000+ visitors to Western Park over two nights. www.artinthedark.co.nz GREY LYNN FESTIVAL, Saturday 19 November. The festival is a brilliant place for entertainment and to shop for top quality New Zealand made arts and crafts and enjoy meeting friends. www.greylynnparkfestival.org ELECTION DAY, Saturday 26 November. Don’t forget to have your vote as the outcome could be a lot closer than most pundits are predicting. FRANKLIN ROAD CHRISTMAS LIGHTS, Thusrday 1 December. CORRECTION: Page 108 October 2011 issue www.cucinakitchen.com is incorrect, it should read www.cucinakitchen.co PN

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 LOCAL NEWS HERNE BAY LOCAL GETS IN THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS! Herne Bay local, Julie Watson has been a volunteer for the annual Farmers Santa Parade for the past 20 years - and has loved every minute of it! The former Auckland Girls’ Grammar School drama teacher started volunteering at the Farmers Santa Parade in 1990 with her drama class. One thing led to another and Julie got her family involved as they saw how much fun she was having. Every year one of her family members has joined her – even while expecting! “I was eight months pregnant with my second child Ella and that was probably the most memorable experience at the parade – dressed as a heavily pregnant clown. The sweetest part is that my girl was born on Christmas Day which was the icing on the cake!” This will be Julie’s 21st year as part of the entertainment troupe but her excitement for the parade has far from waned. “As we don’t get to choose the costumes, it’s half the fun anticipating what we will be wearing each year. The other half is just being there on the day, sharing the joy of Christmas with those watching – simple things like waving, high-fiving and even just making eye contact with the kids on the streets and in the buildings keeps me coming back each year,” Julie says. The Farmers Santa Parade crew working tirelessly behind the scenes also helps make dressing up more fun. “The crew in the costume room are so friendly and thoughtful and that keeps us at ease even during the hectic moments,” says Julie. A typical day at the parade starts at 11am when she gets in to costume, lines up for makeup and joins the line to walk the streets. “I never get to see the parade like the crowds do. But I absolutely recommend it to families who are interested to volunteer - there is such great fellowship among volunteers and it gives you a big sense of community involvement.” From years of experience and observing the growth of the Santa Parade, Julie is fascinated by the changing demographic of both the audience and the volunteers. She says there is growing participation from wider ethnic groups which reflects the city’s cosmopolitan citizenry. THIS YEAR’S FARMERS SANTA PARADE 2011 Catch Julie as part of the entertainment troupe at the Farmers Santa Parade which will make its way through the streets of Auckland City on Sunday 27 November (rain date Sunday 4 December).

JULIE WATSON with her daughter ELLA performing at the 1999 FARMERS SANTA PARADE START TIMES: 1.00pm: Pre-Parade entertainment, product sampling and giveaways 2.00pm: all the action of the Farmers Santa Parade The 2.2km Parade Route starts in Mayoral Drive, turns left into Queen Street, travels down Queen Street and left again into Customs Street West then up Albert Street, ending at Albert and Wellesley Streets. This year’s Parade will feature an exciting opening Christmas float, a new Rio Carnival -inspired float and the ever-popular Rock Lobster float. Giant inflatables including Mr Potato Head Fireman, Bob the Builder, Brachiosaurus, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Christmas Kiwi, Snowman and Reindeer will all be flying high above the streets. Characters from popular new TV show ‘The Amazing World of Gumball’ will join other favourites including Happy Feet, Alvin and the Chipmunks and Ben 10. PN

AWARDED YET AGAIN! In our area famed for fine food and drink, The Women’s Bookshop is the local purveyor of fine words. Penguin Group NZ have just awarded this outstanding local bookshop NZ INDEPENDENT BOOKSELLER OF THE YEAR 2011. “We are absolutely delighted,” exclaimed owner Carole Beu, “we work hard, read avidly so that we can recommend books, and provide excellent friendly service. It is an honour to be recognised in this way by such a major publisher. We run lots of author events and are always delighted to support Penguin books and authors. And we really enjoyed the cake and champagne!” PN The Women’s Bookshop, 105 Ponsonby Road T: 09 376 4399 www.womensbookshop.co.nz

MARY-LIZ CORBETT, CAROLE BEU, and TANYA GRIBBEN with their new award. It’s a WOMEN’S rugby jersey on the right – the Black Ferns are World Champions!

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DENISE ROCHE GREEN PARTY CANDIDATE FOR AUCKLAND CENTRAL AND LIST CANDIDATE

OIL SPILLS ELECTION SEASON IS WELL AND TRULY UPON US. THE HOARDINGS ALL WENT up in September and we managed to avoid too much discussion about the elections in October while we were all distracted by the massive celebrations of the Rugby World Cup. Now it’s time to have a good think about the policies held by each party and decide which ones matter the most to you before you vote on 26 November. The Greens are well known and trusted for our policies around the environment and this year we’ve also been focussing on the economy and our plans for job creation in New Zealand in a time of recession. One of our mantras has been that without the environment there is no economy. We must protect our treasured places, not just because of their amenity value, but also because our rivers, our lakes, our beaches, our gorgeous mountains and lush forests all combine to contribute vast amounts to our visitor industry and our economy. Last month we saw how fragile those treasured places can be. Businesses in Tauranga and in towns all along the Bay of Plenty coastline are dealing with the consequences of the MV Rena stranding and oil spill and preparing for the loss of income that will result from fewer visitors visiting those once pristine beaches. Imagine if that stranding had happened further north and the wash up had happened on our beaches like Home Bay or Meola Reef and, like the people of Tauranga we had to endure four calm days of inaction while the oil continued to soil our beaches and stink up the air. It could happen and the big surprise is that it hasn’t before (although there have been a couple of near misses). The coastal shipping industry was deregulated in 1994 which meant that there has been a subsequent increase in foreign-owned ships plying their way around our coasts from port to port. Invariably they are well insured vessels but many are poorly surveyed and maintained and they are frequently manned under ‘flags of convenience’. Just like the MV Rena by poorly qualified staff on substandard wages from foreign shores. Before deregulation the MV Rena stranding would simply not have occurred. Coastal shipping controls ensured that local mariners with local knowledge were in charge of the ships around our coasts. The clean-up of the oil from the Rena will cost upwards of $12.5 million and we as a country will carry most of that cost. The owners may face a fine of around $100,000 – but their insurance is likely to cover that. If the Rena breaks up completely – regardless of the environmental damage – the owners stand to make a better profit as the ship will be insured for millions. Our lack of ability as a country to protect ourselves or respond promptly and professionally to a disaster of this magnitude means that we must all be very wary of letting other overseas interests take similar risks with our environment. As a country we simply cannot allow offshore interests to do deep sea oil exploration – especially as we have no assurances of how to clean up a Gulf of Mexico BP-style disaster. I don’t know about you but I just don’t want to take the risk. Because with no environment there is no economy. Then we’re all stuffed. (DENISE ROCHE) PN Authorised by JON FIELD, 17 Garrett Street, Wellington

RADIOACTIVE SHIPPING NOT WORTH THE RISK THE GROUNDING OF THE CARGO SHIP RENA NEAR TAURANGA HARBOUR shows the risks to New Zealand of moving Australian uranium yellowcake through our ports, said the Green Party last month. “Thankfully the Rena was not carrying any uranium, although cargo ships regularly come through Tauranga port carrying the radioactive and toxic substance,” said Green Party Marine spokesperson Gareth Hughes. “The Greens do not support the transport of uranium through our ports, but if we are to continue, we need to make coastal shipping safer and to prepare better for accidents. “The Rena shows accidents can happen, even if the risks are low, we need to prepare for the worst. We can introduce better regulation for coastal shipping that supports the use of local crews and ships that know New Zealand waters and hazards.

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“Furthermore, we can invest in our emergency maritime services so that they have the capacity and resources to respond quickly if accidents do happen.” Western Bay of Plenty Harbour Master Jennifer Roberts stated in a 2010 submission to Government, that the neither the Tauranga Fire Service, nor Port of Tauranga staff had the equipment and training to detect and deal with a yellowcake uranium spill. “Imagine the international news headlines if we had uranium yellowcake bobbing off the Bay of Plenty coast in nuclear-free New Zealand. Although yellowcake uranium is not highly radioactive, leaking of the substance into New Zealand waters would damage our clean, green image,” said Mr Hughes. PN FOR MORE INFORMATION: Jennifer Roberts’ submission is available at www.greens.org.nz

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JACINDA ARDERN LABOUR LIST MP AUCKLAND

I’VE BEEN THINKING LONG AND HARD ABOUT THE KINDS OF PEARLS OF wisdom that I should be writing in this - my last column before the general election. I have concluded that they won’t be pearls. Instead, I have a plea. One of the biggest criticisms I hear of politicians, is that we don’t think beyond the three year cycle. It’s easier to make the short term call and so, sometimes, we do. I never wanted to be one of those politicians. I am a child of the 80s. I may not have watched Norman Kirk bring in compulsory superannuation, but I certainly heard from others about the decision by Muldoon to scrap it. I was still in school when our assets were sold off the first time round but, living in Murupara, I remember all the devastating effects of the unemployment that followed in industries like forestry. There has to be a point where we learn from our mistakes and yet I feel like we are about to make them all over again. This election is not about the next three years; it’s about the next 30. That does mean some tough decisions. We have a $18 billion deficit that we need to deal with. Instead of selling our assets as the Government plans to do, we could keep them, pay down our debt, and regear our economy towards exports and the productive economy through the introduction of a Capital Gains Tax. We need to stop paying lip service to our environment and start taking action. Our emissions trading scheme needs to be strengthened, agriculture needs to be included, and we have to stop subsidising heavy polluters. We need to protect our gulf, and acknowledge that leaving the job of protecting our waterways to local councils without any guidance from central government is a failure of national leadership. We need more marine reserves; for the sake of our environment and for the long term sake of our fisherman. I know this is a vision shared by the Green Party and my hope is that we can deliver a Labour/Green coalition to make that happen. Now is not the time to mince my words on this one. There are some members of the National Party who do share these concerns for the environment, but their

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JACINDA ARDERN at an early childhood education rally in High Street Party does not, which makes the individual sentiment meaningless. National is still the party who delivered a plan to mine our national parks; who have expressed no concerns with deep sea oil drilling; and who have done nothing to address our dirty waterways. Add to that their plan to sell assets; ignore our savings problem; and watch as more kids grow up in poverty, and this truly is an election that puts us at a crossroads. I am asking for the privilege of representing Auckland Central this election, not just because this is a place I am proud to call home, but because we have a chance to leave it and New Zealand a better place for the next generation. This has to be an election that is as much about them, as it is about us. That is my plea. (JACINDA ARDERN) Authorised by Jacinda Ardern, 86 College Hill, Auckland. PN Labour List MP based in Auckland Central www.jacinda.co.nz

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CHAIR’S WAITEMATA LOCAL BOARD REPORT: SHALE CHAMBERS HASN’T AUCKLAND DONE US ALL PROUD OVER THIS RUGBY WORLD CUP! The All Blacks have too of course… that goes without saying. Calamitous economic problems for Greece and the world, and a tragic oil spillage in the Bay of Plenty with its real and potentially devastating environmental consequences were sometimes put to back of mind as our only thoughts were whether Piri could get the goals over with the same precision as Dan, and whether Richie’s crook foot would last him to the end. As we celebrated this event in Auckland with all the new facilities, the parties, the visitors, the excitement and optimism, with kowhai, fruit trees and rhododendron bursting into blossom at the critical moments, the feel good factor certainly hit a high point. Phew… it’s all over and our lives go back to near normal with only a national election campaign to go and a referendum on the electoral system we want to go into the future on, before Christmas holidays set in and the beach beckons!! Just in case you missed it the ‘supercity’ had its first birthday on 1 November. It has been a year of highs (opening of the Art Gallery, Q Theatre, the Wynyard Quarter, and Victoria Park Skate Park) and lows (Minister McCully assuming responsibility for the Rugby World Cup – does anyone think he actually did? – and the opening night challenges and transport foul-ups) as we have had to get to grips with all the CCOs, new local governance structures, and the many new Plans. One of the real challenges for the Waitemata Local Board has been how communities can keep getting what they have always received with the vastly complex system of overlapping responsibilities of governance responsibilities. Local and community events have been at the centre of these challenges, with funding disappearing for tried and true exceedingly popular community events like the Grey Lynn Park Festival. The ATEED CCO that looks after tourism and economic development is a regional body and doesn’t do local events, but the funding previously available for some community and previously council sponsored events never found its way to Local Board coffers. Local events are part of the life and soul of a city; helping us to the aim of the world’s most livable city, and whilst the city centre and city fringe hosts many regional events like Diwali, Chinese Lantern Festival, Matariki and Pacifica, we are also inner-city

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communities that need our own free community events to nourish us. A Local Board needs to provide support for local arts and cultural events that connect people and celebrate the unique identity of the area. Long story short the Waitemata Local Board has necessarily prioritised events with its discretionary funding and stumped up with funding for community and local events that would have been unlikely to go ahead or in a very different form without our support. For our communities this also has a positive economic impact for local business, artists and craftspeople. Just what events is the Local Board assisting with funding? First up was Art Week, which has just concluded with walks and visits around many local galleries. The Festival of Roses, the Board’s major local event, is next up in Parnell on 5 and 6 November where you can literally smell the roses whilst listening to music, buying crafts and eating up at stalls. On the evenings of 11 and 12 November the Board helps bring you in only its second year a very special event, Art in the Dark at Western Park. It’s an illuminated, interactive community art event. Don’t miss it. Then there’s Wag and Walk on 3 December, an event for responsible dog owners and families that was a successful Shore event relocating to the bigger venue in the Auckland Domain. The iconic street community Christmas event ‘Franklin Road lights’, which is visited in huge numbers by the locals and the region, will get support from us on the opening night and we will be helping to light up the Birdcage building at the bottom of the Road. Lastly, but certainly not least the Grey Lynn Park Festival on 19 November, which is always a roaring success and a magical day out for locals and those from further afield, who soak up music from the bands, buy up locally made goods, eat far too much from the food stalls and just hang out and catch up with friends they haven’t seen in ages. There ain’t no Festival like it elsewhere in New Zealand. Quintessential Grey Lynn! Oh and the election campaign I mentioned in passing above…. Please make sure you get onto the electoral roll and then get out to vote. (SHALE CHAMBERS) PN Contact me: shale.chambers@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

A CONTENTIOUS ISSUE WHO’D BE A POLITICIAN? IT’S A PRETTY THANKLESS ROLE because it’s nigh impossible to please all of the people all of the time. A case in point is the Auckland Transport’s proposal to turn St Mary’s Bay into a residential parking zone.

Late last year St Mary’s Bay Association approached Auckland Transport for a solution. The resulting proposal for resident parking permits has received a mixed reaction. The Association’s chairman, Tony Skelton is quoted as saying, “In principle we are supporting their initiative, which has really come about as a result of pressure from us.” Well Auckland Transport’s remedy comes at a cost, which a number of residents are up in arms about. They take exception to being charged for parking on a street they already pay rates for. Many fringe city suburbs in other parts of the city already have residents’ parking permits in certain streets that cost $155 per year. Auckland Transport proposes to trial a residential parking zone in St Mary’s Bay not previously used in Auckland and has decided to reduce the permit fees. The annual costs would be $70 for a first permit, $100 for a second and $150 for a third. If the trial is successful it may result in the development of a new residential parking policy and have parking zones across other suburbs. The charges don’t seem too onerous and equate to what you’d pay for a cup of coffee once a week in all those nearby cafés that the St Mary Bayites I know, love to frequent.

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Presently it’s a free parking area for commuters who travel from other suburbs to work either in Ponsonby or the city. Residents are fed up with what amounts to parking congestion in their narrow streets and many have made complaints to Auckland Transport. With the reopening of Jacobs Ladder and the new pedestrian link to Beaumont Street, the situation is bound to worsen. Given there is now more employment in the Wynyard Quarter with the likes of the ASB and other businesses setting up there, the problem needs to be addressed. Setting up signage and administering the scheme would be expensive and if the permits are doled out for free, ratepayers across the board would be paying for an amenity that only residents in exclusive suburbs enjoy. As long as the council can ensure the levies are only used to offset the cost of implementing the permits, there doesn’t seem to be a valid argument against what’s proposed. Some residents I spoke to are quite resigned to it. Nobody likes levies and many find dubious ways to avoid them but if there weren’t any imposed, green lights wouldn’t turn red, rubbish would stay on the streets, pavements would turn into grass and parks would become pastures. Auckland Transport is listening to St Mary’s Bay residents and working with them to reach an outcome. If most don’t support the parking restrictions on the basis they should be free, then the proposal may not go ahead. Auckland Transport would not look at a further review of the area for the next three years while it focusses on other areas in the city experiencing similar problems. Oh dear, it looks like those agitated residents are between a rock and a hard place. (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) PN

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PIPPA COOM GREY LYNN 2030 NEWS

ECO SPACE AT THE GREY LYNN FESTIVAL THE ONE DATE THIS MONTH WHICH IS CERTAIN TO BE IN THE DIARY OF ALL Grey Lynners is the Grey Lynn Park Festival on Saturday 19 November which runs from 9.30am until 5.30pm. Now in its 27th year the festival is an all-day family friendly event with performance, entertainment, art and many stalls. The Trust that organises the Festival aims to run a sustainable community asset that balances commercial stallholders with grass roots activities, community groups and clubs as well as local enterprise. The Festival is hugely popular with locals and the wider community, attracting many of the old families back to the area. For the last two years Grey Lynn 2030 has hosted the Eco-space at the Festival. Located around a huge teepee the Eco-space is a village of groups that share a sustainability focus. This year we will be joined in the Eco-space by Kelmarna gardens and Framework Trust; Grey Lynn Farmers Market; Tumeke Cycle Space, the community bike maintenance group, who will be bringing their famous bike powered smoothie machine; Carol Downer, local professional beekeeper and her hives (Carol’s honey is on sale at the Grey Lynn Farmers’ Market every Sunday). Hungry bin will be demonstrating the best worm bin ever, designed and made in New Zealand. We will also be joined by our sister transition community of Mount Eden Village People. The interior of the teepee will be transformed into a comfortable, tranquil place to chill in away from the festival crowds. Drop by the Eco-space to relax, find out more about sustainable living and how to get involved locally. Previously supported by the Auckland City Council and Western Bays Community Board the Waitemata Local Board is this year sponsoring the event with a grant of $30,300. The substantial support from the Board has been provided on the basis that the organisers will ensure that the event is run environmentally responsibly. To assist Grey Lynn 2030, the Waste Away group have volunteered to work with the festival organisers to provide advice and resources to minimise waste. Plans for the festival also include a whanau stage, gypsy village, kids circus, dance school, machine park, AKSamba, Marimba Carimbas and Larry & Rosie’s funfair. The market stalls focus on New Zealand made goods and those showcasing the works of New Zealand artists, painters, sculptors, weavers and designers. We are hoping for great weather and looking forward to another successful festival that will ensure it is a sustainable community asset for years to come. (PIPPA COOM) www.greylynnparkfestival.org

HAVE IT ALL ... WITH THE NEW BMW 1 SERIES Standing out from the crowd, the totally new BMW 1 Series sets new standards in design and space while its technologically advanced new generation BMW TwinPower Turbo engines deliver extraordinary efficiency, performance and a unique driving experience. With its dynamic design - sporty and muscular on the outside, spacious and luxurious on the inside - the all new BMW 1 Series leaves competitors far behind, even without moving. For the first time ever, customers have more choice with the new range of Urban and Sport lines providing endless possibilities for personalisation. The BMW 1 Series is now at Team McMillan BMW and available to test drive. Register your test drive before 30 November 2011 and you could be in to win an amazing one-of-a-kind experience to include a night at Mollies Boutique Hotel, a degustation dinner and spa treatment, an outfit from Ingrid Starnes, a make-over and cosmetics pack from Phoenix Cosmetics, a hair make -over and prescribed conditioning treatment from Servilles, and a BMW for a weekend, valued at nearly $5,000. Prices start from $46,600 drive away. PN Call TEAM MCMILLAN BMW on T: 09 524 3300 or text TEAM to 4246 to register your test drive.

PIPPA COOM is on the steering committee of Grey Lynn 2030 and Deputy Chair of the Waitemata Local Board. The Eco-space is not receiving any financial support from the Grey Lynn Park Festival organisers. PN

GREY LYNN CREATES’ the children’s saucer posy competition at the GREY LYNN FARMERS MARKET

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NIKKI KAYE: AUCKLAND CENTRAL MP A PRIVILEGE TO SERVE AUCKLAND CENTRAL BEING YOUR MP FOR AUCKLAND CENTRAL HAS BEEN HUGELY REWARDING. Representing communities as diverse as the Western Bays, the CBD and the Gulf Islands means on any given day I can be working on a major infrastructure project in the CBD through to helping a small rural school on Great Barrier Island. Dealing with 8000 constituency queries has been a great insight, helping hundreds of families and people on issues right across Government. Everyone is acutely aware that New Zealand has had a difficult year with a series of unforeseeable devastating events. The Government has remained focused on building a more competitive economy based on exports and higher savings, and helping to create sustainable, higher-paying jobs. Our first challenge when we were elected was to help New Zealanders through the recession, and turn around our fiscal situation. We have achieved that, while continuing to protect our most vulnerable New Zealanders. The current account deficit is now half of what it was three years ago. We’ve made the public sector more efficient by significantly reducing the size of the bureaucracy, putting the savings into front line services. We’ve invested billions in modern infrastructure including schools, hospitals, transport and broadband and boosted funding for science and innovation. We have made it easier to do business through RMA and building legislative changes, reformed the financial sector, and pursued an ambitious trade agenda with many countries throughout Asia to provide greater opportunities for New Zealand businesses. The economy has now grown in eight of the last nine quarters, and 43,000 new jobs have been created in the past year. We’ve set a platform for future growth and we’ve already taken a number of steps to get on top of debt and return to surplus faster. We’ve undertaken the largest tax reform in 25 years, invested heavily in productive infrastructure and have been responsible economic managers.

in local schools and areas like Grey Lynn, and the protection of local heritage icons such as the Birdcage. We’re investing more than ever in Auckland transport, including $1.6 billion for the electrification of the rail network, and new electric trains and stations, reinforcing our partnership with the Auckland Council. In the last month we announced the Wynyard Quarter Innovation precinct joint project with Auckland Council for a world -class facility, right on Auckland’s waterfront, this will house business incubators, research and development institutions, and business development agencies. You may have seen my call for a feasibility study into a tram loop for the Western Bays to complement the proposed CBD Rail Link. I am working with the Auckland Council to help progress both these projects. We’ve delivered $3.2 million for upgrades and new classrooms for seven Auckland Central schools, and 230 extra nurses and 140 extra doctors in Auckland’s public health service. Having spent hundreds of hours working on the reform of Auckland’s local Government, I am delighted to see our new city structure bear fruit with the opening of Wynyard Quarter and the delivery of the Cloud on Queens Wharf. With the Waterfront Plan and the Central City Masterplan, central and local government have only just begun to transform our city. The hosting of the Rugby World Cup has shown us that we are capable of holding major international events. Aucklanders should be proud of the way we hosted the tournament and how we looked after the many tourists that visited our city. PN Thank you for giving me the privilege of being your Member of Parliament for Auckland Central and I hope to continue to serve you in the future. (NIKKI KAYE MP AUCKLAND CENTRAL) www.nikkikaye.co.nz Authorised by Nikki Kaye MP, 82 College Hill, Freemans Bay, Auckland

We have also focused on helping our most vulnerable through the recession. Our partnership with the Green Party has helped to insulate over 100,000 houses. We’ve put in place programmes to better support vulnerable children, including better support for beneficiaries with children to support them into work, and a review of the child support system to better recognise the shared responsibility of caring for children. We’ve invested over $50 million in maternity care specifically targeted to helping first time mums. In 2010 we put almost $15 million into helping teen parents into supported homes and more support for teen dads. This year we invested more than $43 million to ensure children in state care are getting better health, mental health and educational services. We’ve invested more in education and health, boosting spending on early childhood education by 38 per cent since coming into office to $1.4 billion this year. Directly benefitting Auckland Central has been the reform of Auckland’s local governance, the Victoria Park Tunnel project, the ultra-fast broadband package soon to be rolled out

ANOTHER MO-MENTOUS CAMPAIGN THIS MOVEMBER MOUSTACHE SEASON IS VERY NEARLY HERE - MOVEMBER IS GEARING UP for another Mo-mentous campaign, raising vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and depression in men. Last year New Zealand raised just shy of $1 million with 9,500 registrations and now the Movember team are busy executing plans for this year’s campaign which gives the nod to the Country Gentleman. On 1 November guys or ‘Mo Bros’ who have registered at Movember.com begin with a clean-shaven face and for the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo growing efforts. Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November and through their actions and words raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health. At the end of the month, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas celebrate their gallantry and valor by either throwing their own Movember party or attending one of the infamous Gala Parties held around the world by Movember, for Movember. Notable New Zealanders – celebrities, musicians, TV presenters and sports people also jump onboard the Mo Wagon, use their formidable media presence to help promote the cause. 2011 sees Good Morning’s Brendon Pongia grow a Mo and discuss men’s health on the show, top Kiwi surfer Maz Quinn is growing for gold, Barnaby Weir from Fly My Pretties, comedian Jan Maree, actor Will Wall, and Kenny Lynn from the Otago Highlanders will be supporting the MOvement, to name a few. One recent Movember ambassador announcement is Colin Mathura-Jeffree,

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judge of New Zealand’s Next Top Model, so you know his Mo is going to be stylish. Movember New Zealand Manager Rob Dunne says, “Looking back through 2010 it amazes me the commitment our Mo Bros and Sistas make to support Movember, they are the reason why we have been able to raise vital funds and awareness for Men’s Health in New Zealand and have such a great time doing it.” “Please jump on the Mo train this year for the ride and help change the face of men’s health in New Zealand.” PN For all information, to donate and register for Movember go to www.movember.com PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


WHAT’S HOT AT STRAWBERRY SOUND DANIEL JURY WITH ALL THE PRODUCTS STRAWBERRY SOUND HAVE REVIEWED AND written about since our first feature in the Ponsonby News we thought that it was about time that we introduced our team and told you a little bit about ourselves. Our Auckland branch is located in Williamson Avenue, Grey Lynn and has just celebrated its second birthday!

demonstration vehicles for the likes of Sony, Alpine, Kenwood and so on. Looking for a new challenge he began working for a company specialising in design and installation of home automation into high end residential properties where he furthered his skills into becoming a specialist technician in the field of home theatre and multi -room audio systems.

Since originating in Dunedin in 1984 Strawberry Sound has earned a reputation as a leader in the residential and commercial hifi, control and install markets with an extensive range of well established brand names and specialist installation knowledge.

Working for Strawberry Sound he has added the challenge of developing his skills further by designing and installing audio and control systems for the commercial market as well as continuing to extend his knowledge within the residential market to keep up with the latest that technology has to offer.

We specialise in multi room audio, hi fi, home theatre, custom installation and control systems for your home, business or pretty much any other application imaginable. Along with installation and design expertise Strawberry Sound stores offer a large selection of high end hifi products for demonstration in every one of its showrooms. At Strawberry Sound our aim is simple, to offer the best advice, the best service and the very best installation available. Whether you are designing a new home, retrofitting or simply in the market for a new hifi system Strawberry Sound has the solution for you. MEET A COUPLE OF MEMBERS OF THE STRAWBERRY SOUND TEAM: My name is Dan Jury. I have been working with Strawberry Sound since 2010 and have been in the audio industry for the last 15 years. I have a background in production and audio engineering which gives me a great foundation from which to help clients with their audio and visual requirements. From DJing through to music production and live performances I have experience in most areas relating to sound. I finally decided to make it official with my formal training at SAE an Audio Engineering Diploma. Mixing for television and music production has been a great way to gain a deeper understanding of audio and the way good recordings and equipment is supposed to sound. If you have designs, ideas or just want to talk tech feel free to come and see me. Shayne Nixon is the newest addition to join the team at the Auckland branch of Strawberry Sound. Shane has been involved in audio for over 18 years and developed his skills in the early 90s by creating and building this country’s elite custom

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“When designing a system our main focus is always on the client’s expectations and functionality of their system, not to mention the best possible sound and video achievable within the client’s budget. The most rewarding part of the job has got to be the excitement from the client when the system is turned on for the very first time” One of Strawberry Sounds specialties is automation and we have Greg Coles leading the charge. Greg has been with Strawberry Sound for a year and has a heap of experience with lighting and control so If you are planning to build a new home or re -vamp an existing building, you could be wise to have an automation system installed. For the control of lighting circuits, motorised blinds, heating, air-conditioning, entertainment systems etc., your daily life could be much easier by having a Home Automation system installed. This System can be designed to suit your needs and lifestyle giving you a simplified control of many and varied routine tasks. Hifi and multimedia systems, home theatre, home automation, pre wiring and custom installation. All of the latest technology to meet your sound, vision and control needs can be found at Strawberry Sound. Experience an exclusive range of well established brands, award winning service and over 25 years of expertise all working together to provide a system to suit your lifestyle and commercial requirements. (DAN JURY) PN STRAWBERRY SOUND, 23 Williamson Avenue T: 09 376 0286 www.strawberrysound.co.nz

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PURE RESTAURANT IS A LOVELY LITTLE NEIGHBOURHOOD BISTRO on Jervois Road. Stefan Loetscher is the Chef; he uses fresh local ingredients to create simple, clean European style food. Nadine Loetscher you will sometimes see in the restaurant, but mostly she is behind the scenes taking care of the day to day running of the restaurant. Stefan and Nadine met while they were both working at the Steigenberger Hotel in Zurich. Nadine had finished her apprenticeship in Hotel Management in Frankfurt and was doing her practical work experience for her Bachelor degree when they met. In 2002 they wanted to travel away from Europe to experience what other countries had to offer. There was an ad in a magazine for jobs in New Zealand so they applied and arrived. Stefan worked at the Hilton with Geoff Scott who now has Vinnies just down the road and Nadine worked with Chris Upton at Prime. Nadine says “Restaurants really needed international staff because of the Americas cup; we were really busy, made lots of friends and fell in love with New Zealand.” After returning to Europe to continue their studies and work experience, they decided to move to New Zealand in 2007. The restaurant was all Stefan’s idea, Nadine had planned on getting more hotel experience and then long term, teaching hospitality in schools. “When we opened the restaurant three years ago, I was pregnant with our first child so this changed my career goals. We hired a Maitre d’ and now I take care of the back of house; the accounts, the wine list, stock take, ordering and working a couple of shifts in the restaurant. I fill the needs of the restaurant as the back up person” says Nadine. She also manages to keep a nice house, do the garden and keep the day to day house work out of the way so when Stefan is home they have a good environment to be together. They have their five year wedding anniversary next year when they will take a trip to Europe introducing their son Sean who is now three and their new baby girl to their families. “On Sunday and Monday when the restaurant is closed, we really enjoy family time together, going to the markets or the Swiss club, driving to Orewa or having friends over. All our friends are in hospitality and usually we’re off on the same days. We have a good social life.” The only thing Nadine doesn’t do at home is cook. She says “I was a culinary disaster when I met Stefan. I’m confident about eating something if he’s cooked it because I trust he knows what he’s talking about. I’m proud of him, his enthusiasm and passion are really inspiring and he can really take you on a journey when he talks about food. I know he couldn’t give this passion to others without me beside him, because he has no idea about accounts, he’s ok with cost control, but taxes and payroll, these are what I’m good at.” Long term, Nadine and Stefan would like to move Pure to a bigger space but she says “It would have to be somewhere close because we love our regular customers and until we find the perfect spot, we’ll keep it as it is. We would like to be bigger and then we could do so much more. A wee bar and a function room would be perfect, but for now, we do as much as we can and turn away a lot of people, but they come back because they know it’s worth waiting for.” “The Herne Bay and Ponsonby locals are very supportive of us. A lot of them have been overseas and have an appreciation for what we offer. I wouldn’t want to have my restaurant anywhere else than here. The neighbourhood supports us, the people are so friendly and thoughtful and helpful. It’s a wonderful experience being here.” (REBECCA JONES) PN

STEFAN, SEAN and NADINE LOETSCHER of Pure Restaurant

WEST COAST SPIRIT – MONTEITH’S SINGLE SOURCE Maybe it’s something to do with the restless nature of the West Coast, but the Monteith’s Brewery in Greymouth has long been known for its pioneering spirit. Monteith’s Single Source is a lager which certainly continues that tradition. Monteith’s Head Brewer, Tony Mercer says “We wanted to make something different. We wanted to create an interesting beer where you can trace the entire product journey and the story behind every decision. A beer that celebrated the individuality of its ingredients, and the expertise required for growing them.” It soon became apparent that to achieve such a beer, Monteith’s were going to have to change the way they went about making it. After much deliberation, they knew they wanted very specific ingredients from specialist growers, the superstars in their field: Southern Cross hops from Ian Thorn in Ngatimoti, for a distinctive mix of aroma and bitterness; Bill Davey’s Charmay barley from Rakaia, so the beer would stay fresher and retain its flavour for longer; individually selected ingredients from hand-picked growers. Everything about this craft beer has been considered and selected for a purpose. No corners have been cut. It’s not been easy, but Monteith’s Single Source is the only beer where you can confidently trace the entire product journey, right back to the paddock the ingredients came from. Monteith’s Single Source is also bottled in a UV resistant black bottle because light degrades the taste of beer, and all the hard work of those who made it was worth protecting. PN For more information go to www.singlesource.co.nz

PURE RESTAURANT, 186 Jervois Road T: 09 360 0714 www.purerestaurant.co.nz

DINE IN STYLE AT SPQR THIS SUMMER – WITH THE MUD HOUSE ESTATE WORKING LUNCH GET YOUR COLLEAGUES OUT OF THE OFFICE THIS SUMMER SEASON AND enjoy a long lunch in the sun thanks to the Mud House Estate Working Lunch! The Mud House Estate Working Lunch is on offer at iconic Auckland restaurant SPQR, renowned for its impeccable service and culinary flair. For just $35, you can enjoy a two course lunch and glass of Mud House Estate wine – choose from delicately decadent entrees such as sauteed scallops, caprese salad and new season asparagus, followed by the rustic flavours of angus pure sirloin, cockle linguini or veal scallopine. Find the perfect wine match for your meal with a glass of 2010 Mud House Estate ‘Woolshed Vineyard’ Sauvignon Blanc, 2010 Mud House Estate ‘The Mound Vineyard’ Riesling, or 2010 Mud House Estate ‘The Golden Terraces’ Pinot Noir.

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Additional Mud House Estate wines are available for $9.50 per glass, or $47.50 per bottle. The Mud House Estate Working Lunch is also available seven days a week, so if you fancy the company of your best mates over your work mates, treat yourselves to a delicious long lunch over the weekend, thanks to Mud House Estate wines and SPQR. The Mud House Working Lunch is on now and finishes on December 1 – but don’t despair, in a nod to the festive season, Mud House Estate wines will also feature on SPQR’s Christmas menu! PN SPQR, 150 Ponsonby Road www.spqr.co.nz www.mudhouse.co.nz

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ALICE LEONARD: ANGEL FOOD A REFRESHING CHOICE – MONTEITH’S CRUSHED CIDER MONTEITH’S BREWING COMPANY HAS long carved a name for itself in the craft beer market. Now it’s the cider market where it is marking a real mark. Monteith’s was one of the early entrants into the cider market, and makes its cider using the traditional method of freshly crushed fruit. Monteith’s marketing manager Jennie Macindoe says, “A lot of female drinkers are coming into cider from white wine as it is easier to drink, lighter, has a lower alcohol level and is very refreshing. But the guys are definitely drinking it too. Monteith’s is the only major brand that’s not from concentrate” says Macindoe.

LEMON PISTACHIO SLICE ANOTHER SWEET VEGAN TREAT! MY SISTER SUE DEVELOPED THIS RECIPE – it’s a big hit at the cafe she bakes for. You can buy the caramel condensed milk from my website. And you could easily make this gluten-free by using your favourite plain gluten-free biscuits. 1 tin caramel sweetened condensed soya milk 2 packets Arnotts Nice biscuits ¼ cup Olivani (or other dairy-free margarine)

1 cup chopped pistachios zest of 2 lemons 2 tablespoons lemon juice

From this month Monteith’s is launching a substantial campaign to highlight what makes Monteith’s Crushed Cider different to its competitors with a ‘not from concentrate’ message, along with an in-store sampling campaign in selected stores. “The key with Monteith’s cider is to get people to sample it – many people are surprised at how easy drinking and refreshing it is,” says Macindoe. “Until now they have only sold the product in 4-packs but have recently introduced 12-packs, as this represents better value per bottle. With the growth that has been experienced with Monteith’s Crushed Cider in Australia, Macindoe said more cider flavours are likely to be launched. PN For more information go to www.monteiths.co.nz

• Melt the margarine and caramel in a large pan over a medium heat. • Bash the biscuits with a rolling pin to break them up (but don’t completely crush them). • Add to the pan with all the other ingredients (except ¼ cup of pistachios for garnish) and mix well. • Put the mix into a dish lined with baking paper, press it down evenly and put it in the fridge to set. ICING ¼ cup Olivani margarine, melted zest of 1 lemon

2 tablespoons lemon juice 2½ cups icing sugar, sifted

Combine all the icing ingredients until smooth then spread evenly over the chilled base. Sprinkle the reserved pistachios evenly over the top and lightly press into the icing. www.angelfood.co.nz PN

COOKBOOK FOR SALICYLATE INTOLERANCE – A NEW ZEALAND FIRST Devastated that a food intolerance would put an end to the enjoyment of yummy food, Linda Donald created Clever Cooking for Salicylate Intolerance, adapting her favourite recipes using free, low or moderate salicylate ingredients. This new book features the little cartoon figure Sally who shows how the right options will take you from feeling sick and miserable to the joy of feeling a zest for life again. Linda told Ponsonby News, “I had some of the best fun in years attending cartoon classes at the Art Station in Ponsonby resulting in the illustrations in my new book.” While the emphasis today is on healthy eating with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, sadly in some instances these can ruin your life. Linda, who had been feeling unwell for months, was pleased to finally find out what was making her ill, but not to learn the cause was an intolerance to salicylate, a natural chemical found in many of the foods we eat and products we use. Salicylates prevent rotting and protect against harmful bacteria and fungi. Broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, strawberries, lemons, dates, coconut, and raisins are culprits along with honey, sesame, almonds, olive oil, wine, spices and herbs like mint and rosemary to name just a few.

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LINDA DONALD created Clever Cooking for Salicylate Intolerance The Auckland Allergy Clinic describes salicylate sensitivity as “the body’s inability to handle more than a certain amount of salicylates at any one time. A salicylate sensitive person may have difficulty tolerating certain fruits, vegetables or any products that contain aspirin”. (Aspirin is a derivative of salicylic acid, also used in many pain-relieving medications). Linked to asthma, ADHD, Sjogrens Syndrome, sinusitis, rhinitis, Urticaria (hives), anaphylaxis and in the treatment of fibromyalgia, salicylate intolerance affects thousands of people worldwide and is the subject of many health websites, forums and support groups. Clever Cooking for Salicylate Intolerance, offers inspiration for salicylate intolerant sufferers with over a hundred delicious, nutritional, easy to prepare recipes for snacks, breakfast, lunch and dinner. The cookbook includes a helpful list of substitutes and tips along with both metric and imperial measurements. PN Books can be ordered on line from www.salicylate.org or www.imagesandwords.co.nz

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TASTE OF NEW ZEALAND

OPENING NIGHT, VICTORIA PARK 19-22 October 2011 KNIVES WERE OUT IN VICTORIA PARK, SHARPENED TO CHOP, DICE, AND fillet, as local and international luminaries were brought face to face with legions of food lovers. The festival, a celebration of the best culinary talent around the country, showcased over 140 handpicked artisan food, wine and beer producers.

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The Audi VIP tent provided a platform for organiser Robert Eliott (Brand Events & Festivals) to welcome esteemed guests and salivating patrons, from home and abroad, encouraging all to experience the wonderous flavours on offer. New Zealand’s own Annabel Langbein evoked a hearty round of applause, as she gave an enthusiastic audience a first-hand peek at her new book, ‘Annabel Langbein’s Free Range in the City’, filled to the brim with tasty treats and sumptuous snacks for urban dwellers with a sense of sophisticated sustainability. Possessing a light-heartedly passionate gait, London restaurateur Gary Rhodes touted the subtleties of citrus and white peppercorn, knife dancing with flair over the chopping block, conjuring a Piscean masterpiece in Fisher & Paykel’s Chef’s Kitchen. Rhodes later joined fellow celebrity chef Rick Stein in the Audi VIP tent. Their mutual admiration shone, affectionately recounting the hospitality and food they’d encountered in New Zealand. Continued P28

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Continued from P26 Michael Dearth, owner of The Grove, raised a glass to toast the start of the festivities. New Zealand’s Hottest Home Baker judge, Dean Brettschneider chatted with Shaiful Sharif, Rick Stein, and wife Sarah Stein. With so many renowned cooking experts under one roof, one can’t help but wonder what recipes were swapped on the night. Among the many food enthusiasts taking in the event, Sabato owners Jacqui & Phil Dixon were enjoying the vibe of the evening. Warren Turnbull of District Dining mingled with Celia Harvey and Josh Emett. Over in the Regal Salmon tent, NZ MasterChef winners Brett McGregor and Nadia Lim, demonstrated some of their favourite methods for preparing salmon. Delicious samples infused with watercress, coriander, and lemongrass were passed around, much to everyone’s delight! Sachie Nomura of Sachie’s Kitchen followed suit, speaking with a charmingly candid fervour for her craft. At the Waiwera Chef’s Table, established chefs sat with festival patrons in an intimate setting, answering questions, sharing their stories and philosophies. We were fortunate

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to witness one of Gordon Ramsay’s right-hand-men, NZ-born chef and MasterChef judge Josh Emett, delivering an inspiring talk about the importance of following one’s passions. The rain didn’t stop the crowd from queuing up for a tasting plate from two Ponsonby favourites, Cocoro and Soto. Owner Ricky Lee displayed his well earned awards in hospitality, Cocoro featured at the 2011 Best Awards, winning Gold for New Zealand’s Best Spatial Design. He was joined by Veronica Gascoigne of Gascoigne Associates, responsible for the celebrated design. Topping off the wonderful flavours, sights, and smells, was a live music programme curated by Peter Urlich. A range of local talent featured on the roster, including an opening night performance by local jazz legend Nathan Haines, completing the sensory smorgasboard on offer. For the thousands braving the inclement weather, the reward was New Zealand’s most delectable festival to date, a showcase of some of the best Kiwi cuisine available, with appearances and demonstrations by a healthy selection of the world’s top chefs, and plenty of delicious treats for all. (MICHAEL MCCLINTOCK and GYWNNE DAVENPORT) PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY RICK STEIN TURNS UP THE HEAT AT TASTE GREAT BRITISH CHEF RICK STEIN ATTRACTED HUGE CROWDS OF KIWI FANS at the Malaysia Kitchen at Taste of NZ this weekend where he demonstrated three specially-designed Malaysian dishes. During four cooking demonstrations Rick chatted about his love of Malaysian food while creating some of his favourite dishes for guests to sample, heavy with the fiery red chillies he loves. Rick chose New Zealand snapper for one recipe where the fish was grilled and stuffed with a shrimp and lemongrass curry paste (see recipe below). Laksa, a ubiquitous Malaysian dish, was also on the menu along with nasi goreng with grilled lime chicken. Over four days, the Malaysia Kitchen served up more than 3,000 helpings of Rick’s dishes, prepared by four top Auckland Malaysian restaurants – Sri Puteri (Panmure), Sri Mahkota (Newton), Santhiya’s (Mt Roskill) and Kampung Delights (CBD). “The event was great fun and I thoroughly enjoyed both it and the welcome I have had from New Zealanders,” Rick says. Rick’s visit was well reported and the recently-wed chef reached out to further audiences with several high profile appearances including on TVNZ’s Close Up and at a special dinner at Auckland’s Cibo restaurant. “Malaysian food is fascinating and I hope I have helped spread the word about the wonderfully varied flavours of the cuisine to New Zealanders.” Malaysian is a big part of the New Zealand food culture with more than 50 Malaysian restaurants operating around the country. Malaysia is in South-East Asia and the cuisine is a colourful blend of Malay, Chinese, and Indian food traditions, with Thai, Portuguese, Javanese and Middle Eastern influences – the original fusion food. Many cultures have influenced the country’s cuisine due to its position at a key transit point in the ancient spice route.

RICK STEIN’S GRILLED SNAPPER STUFFED WITH A SHRIMP AND LEMONGRASS CURRY PASTE (serves four) 4 x 350-400g snapper, scaled and trimmed Vegetable oil, for brushing Salt FOR THE CURRY PASTE: • 2 tsp. each of coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, turmeric powder and black peppercorns • 30g coconut cream • 3 dried red chillies, such as Kashmiri • 15g peeled garlic, roughly chopped • 15g peeled ginger, roughly chopped

• 2 lemongrass stalks, outer leaves discarded and core roughly chopped • 2 tsp. balachan (shrimp paste) • 2 tbsp. lime juice • 2 tbsp. palm sugar or brown sugar • ½ tbsp. salt • 3 tbsp. vegetable oil

1. For the curry paste, cover the dried chillies with boiling hot water and leave to soak till soft. Put the coriander seed, cumin seed, fennel seed, turmeric and black peppercorns into a spice grinder and grind to a fine powder. Tip the powder into a mini food processor and add the coconut cream, drained red chillies, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, balachan, lime juice, sugar, salt and vegetable oil. Blend to a smooth paste. 2. To prepare the fish, cut off the heads and then starting at the head end, start to cut the top fillet away from the bones until you get the whole blade of the knife underneath it. Rest a hand on top of the fish and cut the fillet away from the bones until you are 3-4 cm away from the tail. Turn the fish over and repeat on the other side, then pull back the top fillet and snip away the backbone close to the tail with scissors. Repeat with each of the fish. 3. Season the cut face of each fillet with some salt and then spread a generous tablespoon of the curry paste onto one fillet. Push the fish back into shape and tie along its length in three places to keep it in place. 4. Preheat your grill to high. 5. Brush the fish with a little oil and season with salt. Grill for four minutes on each side until crisp and lightly golden on the outside, and cooked through. PN

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THE NEWLY REFURBISHED AUCKLAND ART GALLERY CAFÉ The refurbished Auckland Art Gallery opened in early September to great fanfare, and rave reviews from all directions, but along with this fantastic piece of civic art another little unique work of art also opened on the first level, the Auckland Art Gallery Café. The Café is run by Dawson’s catering and is a destination all of its own. It is a place to sit and enjoy a good coffee, a treat from the cabinet, a full breakfast or midday meal with a bottle of wine or even bubbles - Moët or Chandon.

LET THEM EAT CAKE AND YOGURT! Icing on the Cake is a fabulous little cupcake shop on Jervois Road. Its bright and cheery colours entice you in and then an array of flavours like Jaffa or Apple Crumble or Raspberry Lamington, make it hard to decide what to choose. This cute little shop’s owner is Mathew Metcalfe. He has spent much of his adult life in kitchens around the world, but his love for food started when he was nine. He was home sick from school and watched a Chef on television carve a swan out of an apple, so he went into his kitchen and carved one himself. He says, “I always wanted my dishes to be tastier than the other kids in home economics. I’m very visual and would watch and then re-create dishes”. He started washing dishes at GPK when he was sixteen then excelled at AUT while working at the Hyatt. “I was committed to becoming a Chef and educated very quickly about the unsociable hours, but thrived under the guidance of really good Chefs.”

From the menu you will find hot smoked salmon with feta and green pea fritters, micro greens and grapefruit salad and lemon aioli, or the big breakfast with eggs, bacon, pork and fennel sausage, potato rosti, mushrooms, tomatoes, chutney and toast. And if you prefer there is a selection of gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options available. There are delights from the cabinet, like baby opera cake or individual tiramisu and the ‘Aspiring Artists’ kid’s menu provides a good range of food named after some of the great masters; Da Vinci spaghetti with bacon and Goya chocolate, or berry ice cream. To enjoy this delicious a’la carte and ready to go food in style you can either sit inside or outside on the deck high up between the pohutukawa branches and under the stunning canopy built of native Kauri. There is also an Espresso bar on the second floor! PN Open seven days a week; Café 10am - 4.30pm; Espresso bar 10am - 4pm. AUCKLAND ART GALLERY CAFE, Kitchener Street www.aucklandartgallery.com

At seventeen he spent time in Australia helping to set up a six star eco resort on the Gold Coast. Then as Sous Chef at Gee Gee’s he learned and perfected every section in the kitchen and became proficient producing 200-300 meals every night. Two years as the family Chef for the Duke and Duchess of Richmond on their English country estate, led him to opportunities with people like Larry Ellison and Steve Jobs about who he says, “It was a career highlight being exposed to him and his family. He was five conversations ahead of me, a very smart man. I believe my time spent with him has moulded how I view food. It’s all about science, it’s not about the tomato but the science of tomato and if you understand the basic fundamentals of food, you can do anything with it.” There were other families and notable people in America and the UK who he says, “all taught me something.” Then after a stint with a Russian family creating the spatial layout of the kitchen on their luxury yacht, it was time to come home. He had the idea to make bespoke cakes, but he wanted a retail presence. The space on Jervois Road was perfect, he customised it, designed the boxes, the shop; the whole shebang. And while he was renovating he says, “every second person asked me ‘are you going to do cupcakes’ and I realised this was where the market was.” He’s been open for two years and has diversified according to his customer’s desires. He says, “I just loved frozen yogurt and so I started doing it in the shop, then people wanted to take it home but you can’t do that with soft yogurt, it turns to rock.” Mathew has designed Cone Kings and in November his range of natural frozen yogurts will be in 150 supermarkets in the North Island. His neighbours have had some input into what he sells as well. Gilbert from 5 loaves suggested he make milk shakes which have been a hit and then Andrew from Novel thought boiled sweets would attract more children. Now he sells a range of English and American sweets and says, “all of Herne Bay has made my business successful. I believe I brought the children back in abundance, I offer the family a treat and a special place to go. I didn’t want to compete with the other businesses; we don’t make coffee for example, we just specialise in something no one else is doing”. Icing on the Cake also specialises in happy staff with old school hospitality manners. Mathew says, “treating people well and saying please and thank you go a long way towards making happy customers.” And his philosophy is simple, “Only ever do something for other people that you would do for yourself. Be honest, your integrity is the best way to achieve in life and be yourself.” PN ICING ON THE CAKE, 188 Jervois Road T: 09 360 9797 www.icingonthecake.co.nz

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY CASA DEL GELATO PONSONBY GEARING UP FOR ANOTHER BUSY SUMMER Casa Del Gelato in Three Lamps is not closed as some thought, in fact it is very alive and well and was simply undergoing refurbishment and having a new floor installed in preparation for another busy summer. Founded in 2007 by Maria Pilot, Casa Del Gelato was an immediate hit and has become a firm favourite in Ponsonby since that time offering an ever changing palate of 28 flavours of gelato and sorbet. The success of this original store has produced a further three stores in Auckland located in Mount Eden, Parnell and Birkenhead, with further stores to open this summer. The Casa Del Gelato stores are now all individually owned and they operate under a Licence Agreement with Casa Del Gelato. They sell the same high quality gelato and sorbet that was made by hand in the back of the Ponsonby store. The only difference now being it is prepared tray by tray in a modern central kitchen and delivered fresh each day to the shops. This dedication to quality and originality has led Maria back to her Italian roots in search of the finest ingredients and flavours direct from local processors, such as Blood Orange from Palermo and Hazelnut from Piedmont. On a recent visit to Sicily she was able to secure a supply of pure Pistachio from the town of Bronte nestled in the shadow of Mt Aetna and acknowledged for the finest Pistachios in the world. The Gelato made using this type of Pistachio embodies the philosophy of Casa Del Gelato and the lengths they will go to use all natural ingredients with no artificial colours or flavours, fresh milk and fresh cream, incorporating the best of New Zealand and Italy to create the unique flavours and textures of the Casa Del Gelato brand. Thanks to the support of all their loyal Ponsonby Customers Casa Del Gelato has grown into a major success story! PN CASA DEL GELATO, 288 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 378 8457

Enjoy a delicious gelato served by YANINA MASHKINA who created the CASA DEL GELATO advert opposite

THE ULTIMATE ANTIOXIDANT BOOST FOR YOUR SUMMER SMOOTHIES As the weather warms up, we all look forward to tucking into fresh, seasonal fruit and veggies, especially being able to make delicious fruit-packed smoothies to start the day. Berries are one of the tastiest summer fruits around, and a delightful addition to any fresh summer recipe. Lifestream’s Acai Supreme Antioxidant is the perfect addition to your summer smoothie. It’s a certified organic, wholefood blend of seven nutrient-dense berries: acai berries, cherries, pomegranates, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and noni berries. The supreme antioxidant protection supports defence from DNA damage, promotes anti -aging and provides cellular protection. Lifestream Acai Supreme Antioxidant is available as capsules or a powder – easy for topping up your nutritional intake during the day and the powder perfect to be stirred through yoghurt, sprinkled over salads or blended into a smoothie or fruit juice – giving you the super antioxidant boost you need to stay feeling and looking great during summer.

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SMOOTHIE IDEAS: • Blend three teaspoons of Lifestream Acai Supreme Antioxidant Powder with an apple, blackcurrant juice with frozen berries and try adding cinnamon to taste. • For a tropical treat – blend Lifestream Acai Powder with pineapple (fresh or tinned) and a little coconut milk to taste. • Try a frozen banana, natural yoghurt, Lifestream Acai Powder and a bit of almond butter for a filling and delicious start to the day! LIFESTREAM ACAI SUPREME ANTIOXIDANT RRP $54.90 (capsules or powder) *100% Vegan and free from all artificial additives, colours, binders, synthetics and preservatives. Free from wheat, gluten, milk derivatives, nuts, yeast and added sugar. Always read the label and use as directed. TAPS PP1530 STOCKIST DETAILS: Lifestream Products are available at selected health food stores and pharmacies nationwide. PN For further information or stockist details visit www.lifestream.co.nz

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LIZ WHEADON: WINE, GLORIOUS WINE Catering for a Festive event – how to work out your wine, beer and spirit requirements. If you’ve been charged with organising the drinks for this year’s Christmas party, here are a few helpful tips to get you through it. Firstly, you need to define the type of party – a cocktail party, drinks for a few hours, a full dinner, late night party, lunch, and breakfast – what’s the format? The next thing to work out is the split of male and female and to understand who is coming along! ARMED WITH ALL THAT INFORMATION, HERE ARE A FEW GENERAL TIPS AND BITS OF INFORMATION: • One bottle of wine will serve six to eight glasses of wine depending on the size of the glass • How do you work out how many drinks per person you should cater for? Working on these numbers below will give you a good balance as some people won’t drink and some may have a glass or two more. • If the event is over say two to three hours and is a cocktail party, drinks for a few hours, a casual get together, then work on two to three drinks per person for two to three hours. • For a dinner, work on about three to four drinks per person • If the events more of a party, then three to five drinks per person is the best calculation • Understanding your female/male split will help you work out the beer / wine ratio – although that’s of course a huge generalisation – but you’ve got to start somewhere.

• Water / Non Alcoholic drinks – something not to forget- very important to look after the sober drivers. There’s a great range available – from sparkling water, to natural carbonated drinks like Stoke ginger beer. • Low Alcohol options – Cider has grown in popularity over the last few years and the range that’s available now is quite something – there are some wonderful local options and new imported ciders like the Aspall Apple Cyder all the way from Suffolk in the UK. • Ice – keeping everything cold in those hot summer days coming is a challenge – putting the drinks in a large ice bin filled with ice outside is also a great way to ensure that the fridge stays a little clearer for keeping the food cold. • Kegs of beer – not just a student flat thing! At Glengarry Victoria Park, you can organise to hire a keg pump and order your favourite handcrafted Stoke beer keg. If you’ve got the numbers, why not! • Food – don’t forget the food – it’s good host responsibility to feed your guests as well. All of the Didas Foodstores – Jervois Road, Victoria Park and Takapuna offer a takeout catering menu – whether it’s canapés, sandwiches to go, salads, picnic hampers, antipasto platters or a cheese board, the list is endless. • Glass hire – we are big on great glasses at Glengarry and do have stocks of our Riedel glasses to hire out, as well as that we do have a range of everyday glasses available for hire with purchase of wine from Glengarry. That’s a general idea to get you started. Don’t hesitate to contact the team at Glengarry to assist you further. (LIZ WHEADON) PN www.e-liz.co.nz www.glengarry.co.nz

NOSH PARTNERSHIP WITH WAITROSE Nosh Food Market has announced a partnership with Waitrose which not only gives Kiwis a wider choice of innovative food products but also leverages their economies of scale, logistics know-how and process management to support its growth ambitions. By joining forces with the United Kingdom’s renowned Waitrose Limited, Nosh enjoys access to an expanded catalogue of quality suppliers. More than that, the partnership signals its intention to continue growing across New Zealand, confirms director Clinton Beuvink. An example of one of the exciting new products on offer is culinary creative genius Heston Blumenthal’s Christmas pudding. The pudding is made with English cider and Spanish sherry and contains a whole candied clementine (small) or orange (large) hidden in the centre, infusing strong citrus notes. The small pudding (227g) retails for $14.99 and the large pudding (1.2kg) - which serves 10-12 people - retails for $49.99. www.noshfoodmarket.com www.waitrose.com PN

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LOCAL NEWS: DEIRDRE ROELANTS

A GUIDE TO AUCKLAND’S WATERING HOLES WHEN AN ENTHUSIASTIC PUB CRAWLER ARRIVED IN Auckland from the UK, he was amazed to find there was no published information on the pubs in the country’s largest city. Back where he comes from the English Pub Guide is huge. Nearly everyone has a copy. Recognising a need, he set about providing it. Nothing if not thorough, he researched the pub scene over a two year period, visiting every pub in Auckland several times before he judged whether the service provided was consistent or not. The result is the ‘Auckland Pub Guide’ and was put together as a celebration of our wonderful pubs in all their diversity. The author determined to be anonymous because he wanted no favours from staff or landlords. People who read the book can rest assured that his opinions are totally unbiased and free of incentives. It sells for around the $25 mark in several book stores that are listed on the Auckland Pub Guide Facebook page. It’s also available on Amazon and Fishpond and an e-book version can be accessed by clicking on www.authorsonline.co.uk. Women are finding it the ideal Xmas present for their men, whether it’s Dad, a brother or a boyfriend. When the writer took some copies to his workplace it was snapped up and he now realises if he’d stood on the corner of Eden Park with a stack of them he could have sold thousands. English pubs are traditionally the centre of a village. If a visitor wants to find a pub he or she needs look no further than the church spire because the pub will be close by. Well it’s not quite like that here but our pubs also serve the same function, a place where people go to relax, gossip, or discuss the events of the day. Pubs don’t follow fashion, don’t seek to impress anyone, still serve beer from taps, and because they were purpose built they withstand the encroaches of time. They have history. Bars weren’t included in the ‘pub crawler’s’ research because they are very different from pubs. People go to a pub because they want to have a conversation, not listen to loud music and have to shout to be heard. Also bars tend to be fly-by-night, whereas

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a pub such as The Drake, which has been serving customers for well over a hundred years, will still be around come the next hundred. Not all pubs are all things to all people and the writer has found that friends who knew of his research started coming to him for advice - “Look I’ve met a nice girl. I usually go to a sports bar so where do you think I should take her?” - or “My parents are coming to town and I want to take them somewhere nice to eat?” This was the motivation to include the sort of information that helps people make an educated choice when they want a night out. He also gives a short history of a pub, describes the décor, lists the beers on tap, the type of pub fare on offer and the cliental age range. Pubs that have gone out of the way to provide something special have recommendations printed on their listing. Two maps are included, one of the CBD and another of outlying areas. Apparently the Kiwi way is to frequent the same pub rather than exploring what else is out there. One of the writer’s work companions had been going to the same pub for ten years till he persuaded her to try the one right next door she’d never stepped into, a fabulous pub that even has a swimming pool. The reaction? “Wow, this is really amazing!” So this is why the author has written his celebration of pubs. To let people know where they are and what to expect from them. Who knows that beer was invented five thousand years before the wheel, or that the bar in the Cavalier is made of wood recovered from a church in Bristol? I didn’t and now I’m a bit wiser from having perused the Auckland Pub Guide. (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) PN

PONSONBY NEWS has four copies of the Auckland Pub Guide to give away to the first readers to send in the name of Auckland’s oldest pub according to Magistrate’s records. E-mail info@ponsonbynews.co.nz with Auckland Pubs in the subject line and your name, address and phone number. Competition closes 24 November.

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY ATTENTION CAFÉ-LOVERS ... CAFÉ O HAS ARRIVED! Situated in the Aston Building on Great North Road (between Bond and Cooper Streets), Café O is the brainchild of experienced chef and caterer, John Oyagawa. With a funky, retro-inspired interior, all day sun, an extensive breakfast and lunch menu and über-friendly staff, Café O looks set to become a number one destination for discerning Ponsonby, Grey Lynn and Arch Hill café-goers. A self-confessed café connoisseur himself, owner John Oyagawa reveals that, “It’s always been a dream of mine to create a space where the people of our vibrant neighbourhood can congregate to enjoy great food and coffee in stylish surroundings.” Café O serves Allpress coffee and Pacific Rim-inspired dishes, infused with tropical flavours.

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“Our philosophy for Cafe O, just like our food, is simple: eat, drink, relax, enjoy,” says John. He sees the café as a natural extension of his successful and ever-expanding catering business, John Oyagawa Catering Limited. His catering business counts amongst its clientele, a long list of large corporate clients, educational institutions, gallery owners and many high profile individuals.

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Through his catering business, John caters for large and small cocktail parties, private dinners and an ever-growing wedding market. More recently he has developed and offers team-building cooking classes for the corporate market. See the website below for more details. CAFÉ O is open seven days a week from 7.30am to 4pm. John and his friendly team look forward to seeing you soon! PN CAFÉ O, 332 Great North Road T: 09 360 1852 www.johnoyagawa.com

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WHAT’S HOT AT SABATO

GORGEOUS GOURMET GIFTS GALORE… YES, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT - THE FESTIVE SEASON IS NEARLY UPON US AGAIN! Keep your Christmas stress-free by letting us handle the gift shopping. We can organise everything, from the card to the courier - all you have to do is pick the present! Indulge your family, friends and colleagues by giving a gorgeous gift hamper from our delectable selection - or contact us to custom create one for you. We welcome corporate enquiries, and can set you up with an account to make the process simple and straightforward. With an array of themes to suit your taste or your budget, our gift hampers are always beautifully presented, brimming with an enticing assortment of gourmet goodies, and often accompanied by tempting ideas and recipes – designed to make your gift useful (as well as delicious). Should you wish to add Champagne to your hamper, we have Pol Roger available, as well as the Italian celebratory tipple, Prosecco. All our gift hampers, along with our other soon-to-be-available Christmas treats, are available to purchase online, or in our Mt. Eden showroom (open 7 days). Buon Natale! www.sabato.co.nz PN

DRINK SMART, DRINK AK BETWEEN ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES INTRODUCING AN INTELLIGENT REVOLUTIONARY HEALTH DRINK ‘ALCOHOL BG KILLER’ – AK is an innovative functional beverage that enhances the body’s natural detoxification process and works with and not against the body’s chemistry.

AK is a unique combination of natural, high quality plant extracts and pure spring water from the Austrian Alps. AK is not an energy drink it has no artificial colours, no caffeine, no taurine and no quinine. It is the only rejuvenating drink of its kind.

Developed in 2001, AK is the result of the combined knowledge of pharmacists, physicians, and biochemists, as well as practitioners of traditional medicine. It is the first beverage to be marketed internationally that shows promise in reducing blood alcohol content.

A premium non-alcoholic beverage AK helps to protect your liver, improve immunity, detoxify your body, alleviate digestion problems and has positive effects on your cardiovascular system. It is also known to soothe the stomach and harmonise the metabolic processes in your body.

After three years of testing, and market research, distribution of AK began in the European Union in 2004. In 2005, AK was introduced internationally in Cologne, Germany at ANUGA, the world’s largest food show. Today, AK is distributed in 27 countries worldwide.

The taste is excellent with a pleasant flavour of citrus and tonic (quinine free). So if you want to party, but don’t want to suffer the unpleasant consequence of excessive alcohol consumption or have any residual alcohol in their blood, then make sure AK is your last drink of the night.

To find out where to get AK go to www.alcoholkiller.co.nz www.alcoholkiller.com www.akaustralasia

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 LOCAL NEWS GREY LYNN PARK FESTIVAL 2011 Make this a summer ‘must do’ day out, and head to beautiful Grey Lynn Park for this year’s festival. Stall Coordinator, Hans Heumann, has worked many hours to achieve a marketplace that is predominately New Zealand artists and designers. Looking for the perfect Christmas gift? You will find lots of wonderful items from clothing designers, shoemakers, toymakers, jewellery, paintings, sculpture and photography. Even a blacksmith will be on site where you can watch items being forged. Whilst the adults can shop till they drop, the children can learn how to walk a tightrope, engage in a medieval battle, be allowed to smash the crockery with the Rotary Club team and shiver their timbers with the Festival Pirates. The little ones might like to meet the animals at the Festival Farmyard, create power with the steam club, or take a shade break in the free Festival Kidzone Craft Tent. Beyond the shopping, big kids can have their fortunes read, beat the summer in with the Marimbas Carimbas, dance to bands on the Whanau stage, and soak up the sounds from the BASE FM DJs. Saturday 19 November 9.30am - 5.30pm PN For more information go to www.greylynnparkfestival.org

NEW PARTNERSHIP TO BOOST BATTLE AGAINST CRIME IN A POSITIVE MOVE TO COMBAT CRIME IN THE AUCKLAND REGION, AUCKLAND Council has teamed up with Crimestoppers to help ensure the safety of our communities. The partnership is a six-month trial and if successful will result in a longer-term commitment to work together to support crime prevention. Crimestoppers, with a successful track record internationally and in New Zealand, provides a safe forum for people to report criminal activity without having to identify themselves. Aucklanders are encouraged to anonymously provide information via the 24 hour, toll free number, 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-nz.org. The push to reduce crime is part of Mayor Len Brown’s vision to make Auckland the world’s most liveable city and aligns with council’s focus on the health, wellbeing and safety of communities. Council’s Community Safety Forum Chair George Wood says crime is increasingly having a detrimental effect on the lives of New Zealand families and businesses. “We

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want our communities to feel secure and operate without the threat of any underlying criminal element. Crimestoppers provides a safe channel for communities to send a clear message that crime won’t be tolerated in their neighbourhoods,” says Councillor Wood. “It’s had remarkable success in the time it’s been operating in Auckland and we see real value in supporting the pilot.” The New Zealand Police work closely with Crimestoppers and are delighted with the partnership. “Council’s support of Crimestoppers is a real plus for police,” says Assistant Commissioner Allan Boreham. “The information police receive via Crimestoppers is helping our communities stay safe and feel safe. I believe Crimestoppers’ guarantee of anonymity is giving people the confidence to speak up in situations where, for whatever reason, they would have previously kept quiet.” PN For more information go to www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

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 There might be several areas to work on. Fitness is a major, then his grooming might need attention because first impressions are very important to women. Learning to cook and brushing up on etiquette can also enhance a guy’s desirability.

HELP FOR THE MODERN SINGLE MAN SAD AND SINGLE? NEVER FEAR, HELP IS ON THE way. Entrepreneur, Andrew Leighton has figured out a way to help a guy get the girl of his dreams. Over the last five years he has excelled as a personal trainer in the fitness industry and has witnessed at first hand the way a successful fitness regime can improve self confidence. When some of his clients approached him to discuss whether the programme they were embarking on might help them to meet and impress a girl, the germ of an idea started to grow in his head. That idea is now a reality.

Fitwingman identifies his needs and then refers him to a range of service providers who are the best in the industry. Andrew has set up a relationship with these providers, making sure they understand the needs of his members and get the best service possible. The client’s specific goals are heavily monitored throughout an eight week course until graduation, and continued thereafter. Fitwingman was launched in September and already has clients, one who had just split up with his partner and didn’t know what to do with himself. Fitwingman’s task is to help him find himself again and regain his independence. There’s a mate-ship aspect to it, which is a big advantage because men can be quite stubborn and don’t like to admit to all and sundry that they have a problem.

Three years ago Andrew planned a fitness advice programme for children then sold it on to someone else who has taken it further. He has now left his home town, Wellington to live in Grey Lynn and is thoroughly enjoying the change. He sees a big difference in the two cities and at the risk of upsetting his Wellington mates, finds Auckland is ‘more on the go’, particularly Ponsonby and its environs - an exciting part of a very active city. Even more importantly Auckland has a larger market and the perfect place to launch his new business. According to Andrew ordinary men spend so much time at work that they never develop the necessary skills to attract female attention. He has come up with a plan of action that will not only enable then to get out and meet a girl but also live a full and fantastic fun life. www.fitwingman.co.nz went online in September and looks to target thirty to forty year olds because they are the group that are getting to the stage in life when most of them want to settle down. When a client signs up for membership he goes though an assessment to find out what he needs to do with himself in order to become more acceptable to the opposite sex.

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Andrew also works part-time for Kids Can, a charity that offers families a variety of social and recreational programmes aimed at developing essential social, communication and emotional skills. He feels fortunate in having charitable based work that helps disadvantaged kids at school as well as having a project that will help single blokes achieve a happier way of being. In Andrew’s words, “We aim to make this a long-term transformation for our clients, with the ultimate goal of finding them the woman of their dreams!” What about us gals, Andrew? No worries - a his and hers version is in the pipeline. (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) www.fitwingman.co.nz

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THREAD DESIGN CELEBRATES 10TH BIRTHDAY ESTABLISHED IN 2001, THIS YEAR THREAD DESIGN CELEBRATES ITS 10TH birthday. Co-owners Sarah Sadgrove and Katie Collis started the business from their Grey Lynn flat, with many shifts in between they returned to Grey Lynn in 2008 to open the first Thread Design flagship store. Now with seven children between them ranging from seven years to seven months, life is busy but their passion for creating beautiful bed linen with a modern edge is stronger than ever. As they explained to Ponsonby News, “Having the store is fantastic, it gives us an opportunity to showcase our entire range as well as other beautiful products that we love such as Catherine David metal lampshades, Ashley and Co home fragrances, Retro Crown Lynn ceramics, replica french metal chairs and stools, Mocka balance bikes and Flatout Frankie toys to name a few”. Thread Design is also available from the comfort of your own home through our increasingly popular online store and through selected stockists nationwide. “We have two ranges, Thread Kids and the Thread Design main line. New collections are introduced regularly and are designed to mix and match so that customers can

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personalize the look to suit them – we believe this is our point of difference and why our customers love and continue to love our brand”. Thread Design prides itself on quality and continues to manufacture in New Zealand making them one of the few linen companies left to be genuinely New Zealand made. “For us being New Zealand made has huge advantages, assuring we meet our quality standards and knowing that we’re keeping people in jobs is nice too. We are excited about the future – watch this space!” PN THREAD DESIGN, 274 Richmond Road T: 09 360 1361 www.threaddesign.co.nz

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WEST LYNN RICHMOND VILLAGE WEST LYNN VILLAGE IN THE HEART OF OUR COMMUNITY

Many of us who live in the central city feel that West Lynn has many of the features that make it a genuine village. We spoke to a number of West Lynn business people to see what they thought. As Brett of Gypsy Tearooms said, “You bump into people you know every time you venture onto the footpath.” Brett Simeti has a long stake in this community. His Samoan grandfather came to New Zealand with the first wave of Polynesians in the 1950s, and lived in Sackville Street. “All the old Samoans who turned out to welcome the Samoan Rugby team brought tears to Brett’s eyes. “ They’re still around,” he told us, “and it was great to see the joy and the colour of the festivities.” Brett also loves the good business and residential mix in West Lynn. The area is not totally gentrified and there are lots of small home-based businesses. People are positive too about the Farmer’s Market, the Community Gardens, and other local initiatives. Brett Simeti’s grandfather was way before West Lynn Butchery, but no other business in West Lynn was. A Butcher on the corner of Richmond and Hakanoa since 1895. Many older locals will remember Brian Quinn who trained Hoani Heremaia and handed over to him about 12 years ago.They are the only certified organic butchers for miles around. So Hoani, at 24 years in West Lynn is just pipped by Moa’s 25.

MAT REW, manager at Murray Crane’s menswear store 428 RICHMOND ROAD

Another hat Pippa wears is as Chair of the Grey Lynn Farmers Market management committee. Here, the community atmosphere is appreciated by locals, who snap up seasonal inexpensive produce and a great range of local artisan products. Julie, of Moa collective, echoed much of what Pippa said. “The street parties have pulled everyone together,” she told us. “There is still lots of flavour, colour and variety about our community. There are still blue houses, not just ten shades of grey.” In a comment reminiscent of Hillary Clinton, Julie mentioned the variety of churches, the schools, the Citizen’s Advice Centre and the good business mix, as valuable attributes of West Lynn. Continued P46

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JULIE STEVENS, SUE WARD, DEBBIE HINDIN, ANDREA HOLMES, and ELODIE HUNT of MOA celebrate 25 years in the ‘hood

Pippa Coom, a local resident, wears a number of community hats. She loves the easy walk to the West Lynn shops. “It’s a great place to socialise either at the local bars and cafes or the RSC.” She told us she was a member of the RSC in Francis Street. Pippa has helped organise three very successful street parties as part of her involvement with Grey Lynn 2030, which is one of a growing number of Transition Town initiatives throughout New Zealand. It aims to prepare a local community for a transition from an oil based economy to a post oil one. “Dependence on scarce and diminishing fossil fuels must end,” says Pippa, who can be seen any day riding around on her bike.

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Hillary Clinton, author of the book, ‘It takes a Village’ wrote, “We have learned that to raise a happy, healthy and hopeful child, it takes a family, it takes teachers, it takes clergy, it takes business people, it takes community leaders, it takes those who protect our health and safety, it takes all of us. Yes, it takes a village.”


WEST LYNN RICHMOND VILLAGE Continued from P45 Along the same lines, Geoffrey Chunn, owner of Delicious restaurant believes, “geography shapes things, and we have a nice quirky mix, in a warm sunny community.” Geoffrey also reminded us that we have a number of destination shops, for example Nature Baby, which bring visitors from all over New Zealand and further abroad. We spoke to Susan Duckworth from Vanilla Ink. She has loved being involved with the Red Carpet fashion events, at which all the local fashion stores have joined forces and created a real buzz in West Lynn. “I’m looking forward to another one next year,” Susan tells us. Susan’s work shop and her other retail outlet are on Dominion Road. “I just wish Dominion Road was more like West Lynn,” she confided.

WE LOVE WEST LYNN RESIDENTS OF WEST LYNN ARE CERTAINLY IN TUNE WITH THE ‘WE LOVE West Lynn’ theme as they love living in the area so much that it is difficult to convince them to sell their homes. Often they will only do so if they can find an alternative property in the same area and achieving that objective is not easy according to Ross Brader and Lawrence von Sturmer of Professionals Real Estate, the only real estate office located in West Lynn on the corner of Castle Street and Richmond Road.

Lynn from Raw Essentials had an interesting take on West Lynn. “It’s self-contained,” she said. “You could live your whole life here.” And of course that’s what people world -wide did do until the last couple of hundred years of mobility.

The real estate market in the West Lynn area has suffered from a serious lack of homes for sale during 2011 and as a result during the quarter ended 30 September 2011 there were no sales in the immediate streets surrounding the West Lynn shopping strip.

Monique from Dalston is very pleased that they are in West Lynn. “The red carpet fashion show is a great local occasion.” But the boutique owner is alarmed by traffic speeds on Richmond Road, and called for calming measures to slow traffic down. Continued P48

It is only now, well into spring, that a small number of sales have been made. Derek von Sturmer of Professionals Real Estate says a constant stream of people call into the local office looking for homes in the area and as soon as they have one available for sale it usually sells immediately. An example of this is 19 Sefton Avenue which had approximately 120 people view the property, resulting in multiple offers and a sale approximately 20% above its 2008 CV within a week. Another just listed at 5 Tutanekai Street is likely to be sold before this edition of Ponsonby News hits the streets! It is not surprising that people are staying put in their West Lynn homes as the area is highly desirable with the excellent shopping strip, superb restaurants, cafes, farmers market, community centre and of course it is so handy to many local amenities including Western Springs, MOTAT, Auckland Zoo and a short trip by car, bike or public transport to the CBD. PN

GEOFFREY CHUNN, owner of DELICIOUS, a popular destination

If you are a local home owner and have just received your 2011 CV and are wondering what your home is really worth call in and chat with the West Lynn PROFESSIONALS team at 483 Richmond Road, T: 09 360 2335 www.sellrealty.co.nz

ORGANIC COTTON BETTER FOR BABY Nature Baby has just released a gorgeous collection of new summer styles in cool and pure certified organic cotton perfect for keeping baby comfortable during long summer days and nights. With an ever growing number of fans both locally and abroad, Grey Lynn born Nature Baby is going from strength to strength. Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr who is a longstanding advocate for leading a healthy natural lifestyle and organics loves the Nature Baby range of organic cotton and merino baby wear and bedding: “Nature Baby is the BEST! It’s our favourite for Flynn. Thank you so much, he looks so adorable. It’s hard to find cute baby clothes but you guys do it best! Love Miranda xxx” When choosing to buy an organic option in baby-wear it is well accepted that it is better for the environment and also for baby, but many people are also discovering that investing in organic clothing can also work out well for your budget too. Nature Baby’s cotton essentials range is lovingly produced using organic farming methods which leave the cotton closest to its natural state. This ensures the garments will keep their shape wash after wash and be handed down for multiple children to enjoy. You will find classic pieces within the Nature Baby range which stand the test of time and changing fashions. With a palate of beautiful colors, stripes and prints there is something to suit every baby. The Nature Baby summer organic cotton range is now available, in sizes 0-3m to 2 years, from the flagship Grey Lynn store. PN NATURE BABY, 433 Richmond Road, T: 09 360 8546 www.naturebaby.co.nz

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WEST LYNN RICHMOND VILLAGE Continued from P46 Enter Pippa Coom with another hat on. As a member of the Waitemata Local Board she is also concerned at traffic speeds. “I want to work on traffic calming and urban design improvements to create a much better walking and cycling environment,” she told Ponsonby News. With its community gardens, its farmers market, its waste away programme, its general inclusive community philosophy and socially and politically aware residents, West Lynn can lead the way in the new millennium towards a more sustainable community. So pop on over, have a coffee at Monterey, a glass of wine at Malt, a cup of tea at the Gypsy Tearooms, get your hair done at one of several great hair salons – Gareth & Co, Luxe & Duke, SBF, pick up half a dozen bagels at Mamata, and a handful of cough lozenges at Harvest. And on it goes – no shortage of great businesses to patronise - all the best cat and dog food at Raw Essentials, things for mums-to–be at Mama2B, and a host of lovely fashion items to pick from. All in one little village. (JOHN ELLIOTT) PN

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Above: THE UKULADIES and Friends; SOPHIE and JAMES of ALL GOOD BANANAS; Below: RACHEL WILLIAMS works Sundays only at VANILLA INK

“The village of West Lynn has everything I long for in terms of aesthetics, mix of shops and community spirit. Though I’m pretty much always at my Dominion Road store in my wee sweatbox upstairs I envy the West Lynn area hugely. It seems unique in Auckland and reminds me of a small market village in the UK, without the gossip. I’m really proud of the alliance that the West Lynn fashion stores formed to create the Red Carpet events, I think the fact that we could rise above the petty to create something good together says something about the culture of the area. We will be doing it again next year but due to a busy August and the Rugby World Cup couldn’t get it together this year. This year belongs to Moa anyway as they are turning 25! Congratulations to them for their fabulous business and congratulations to all in West Lynn for being so special.” (SUSAN DUCKWORTH)

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Above: ROBBIE MURDOCH of Robbies Double Decker Travel; DONNA BUCHANAN, DAVE MURT and GAIL WRIGHT ST-CLAIR; VERONIKA HARRISON and ELIZABETH AMERY; Below: MS LOLA BANGAWAY, GAIL WRIGHT ST-CLAIR of the Ponsonby Business Association, JUSTIN BADE (previous PBA Manager) and SUMMER CLEARANCE; Two visitors from China; MS LOLA BANGAWAY and SUMMER CLEARANCE riding Miss Daisy; opposite, from top to bottom: RADIO PONSONBY’S DC and DJ MIKEY MIKE entertain the patrons at Chapel Bar; MERETE MOIRING of Shellshock

THE NUMBER 12 TO PONSONBY Daisy, an old red Routemaster London double decker bus was certainly looking her age when we spied her crawling up Ponsonby Road during last month’s Ponsonby Party Day.

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She was carrying passengers travelling the loop from the CBD to Ponsonby as part of Rugby World Cup. Rides were free as was the good cheer provided by her gorgeous ‘clippies’. We don’t recall the London Transport uniform being this glamorous when we caught the number 12 bus from Notting Hill Gate to Selfridges! It was alot of fun according to our colleagues Gwynne Davenport and Michael McClintock. It was rumoured that Gail Wright-St Clair from the Ponsonby Business Association did the loop several times... and we could hardly blame her. (MARTIN LEACH) PN

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LOCAL NEWS  ‘THE ROLLS ROYCE OF IPAD CASES’ Created and constructed by a team of bookbinders in San Francisco, the DODOcase is an iPad case of unmatched style and quality. Handmade with care and crafted from natural materials, these cases are both beautiful to the eye and to the touch. Using the same fabric and board construction that book-binders have used for generations, DODOcase is giving new life to an old art form. By adopting these genuine traditional bookbinding techniques and adapting them to create a thoroughly contemporary product, DODOcase is receiving accolades and making headlines. From being seen in the hands of President Barack Obama to having editorial coverage in Forbes, Reuters and GQ, DODOcase has been an instant hit since the very birth of the iPad itself. Full of character, each DODOcase combines practicality and aesthetics into a holistic, simple product. Combining a lightweight bamboo interior tray with a hardcover leatherfeel outer cover, DODOcase has been dubbed ‘the Rolls Royce of iPad Cases’ with ‘the luxury look and feel of a hardcover notebook’. Available in a range of internal colours, the DODOcase gives access to all buttons and ports for your device, and folds back to become a stand when using the device. A story of traditional craftsmanship finding new relevance to current tastes and technologies, DODOcase proudly ‘Protects from Extinction’ by keeping handmade quality and binding techniques alive! PN

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RED LETTER DAY, 14 Jervois Road T: 09 378 8085 Matakana Village, 2 Matakana Valley Road T: 09 422 9748

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 LOCAL NEWS GET YOUR FROCK ON! Drag your way to the 2012 Sydney Mardi Gras Queen of the rails, the Indian Pacific, will be hosting ‘Queens’ of a more colorful variety next March as it makes its most stylish entrance to the 2012 Sydney Mardi Gras. Departing Adelaide on Friday 2 March, the 24 hour Mardi Gras themed journey across the Outback is jam-packed with sparkle and celebration! The iconic Indian Pacific will be at its glitzy best with a gay-friendly crew, dazzling performances, and a special ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert experience’ in Broken Hill. The celebration party will be arriving into Sydney Central Station in style at 10.15am – just in time for the annual Mardi Gras street parade on Saturday 3 March. Fares are $656 per person (twin share) in classic Gold Service or $1059 per person (twin share) in luxury Platinum Service. All meals are included in the ticket price, along with lounge entertainment and an exclusive ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert experience’ at the famous Palace Hotel in Broken Hill. A journey aboard the Indian Pacific between Adelaide and Sydney is the most fabulous way to get to Sydney for this year’s Mardi Gras. From the golden farming plains of South Australia to Outback Broken Hill, through the breathtaking Blue Mountains and into the metropolis of Sydney, it will be a trip to remember.

DREAM OF THE CARIBBEAN… Imagine bold stripes, floaty silks, rich coconut, lime and vanilla fragrances and coconut palms blowing in a gentle breeze; this is a Republic summer! You can get really imaginative and create your own Caribbean summer at home this season by selecting from Republic’s exciting new ranges of candles, organic ceramics, resort wear, beach accessories and giftware. Vibrant block colours are definitely in this season! Experiment with bright and bold colours on your walls, indoors and out. Or, what about neutral backgrounds with pops of bold colour to add that wow factor. The dedicated team at Republic are there to assist you choose the right piece for your home. Whatever you decide, summer at Republic is all you need to make your own special piece of paradise. PN REPUBLIC, 3 Pompallier Terrace T: 09 361 1137 www.republichome.com

Travelling in either Platinum or Gold Service, the celebration party will enjoy all meals in the classically decorated Queen Adelaide Restaurant. Tickets are limited and are available through Out Travel in Sydney. Out Travel can also arrange accommodation in Sydney and a return rail journey or flights. This special Mardi Gras service of the Indian Pacific is expected to book out quickly.

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To reserve your place, contact Out Travel in Australia on T: 1300 688 872 or via askme@outandabouttravel.com.au PN

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 LOCAL NEWS PONSONBY U3A - OCTOBER 2011 WHILE VISITING HER SON IN OMAN EARLIER THIS YEAR, INTREPID traveller Nancy Keat decided to take a side trip. She titled her 10 minute talk ‘Stumbling through Syria’. Never one for organised tours, she flew from Muscat through Bahrain to Damascus where reality hit. Here she was a lone elderly woman in an Islamic country, with taxi drivers unable to understand English, signs and maps in Arabic and chaotic roads and traffic. Worst of all was, while there were plenty of food and coffee street stalls there was nowhere for females to sit while eating and drinking. Although difficult she managed to overcome all obstacles and enjoyed over a week of adventures using local buses, trains and taxis. She visited ancient markets and mosques, and walked on first century Roman roads, alone except for some goats. While there were limited opportunities to converse in English she met some very interesting people. At no time did she fear for her personal safety but did find the experience of being a lone woman traveller very challenging. Little did she realise at the time of her visit that the window of opportunity for such travel would soon be closed with the advent of the bitter conflict and violence which now exists in Syria. Guest speaker Taryn Pearce of Wai Care told us about Auckland’s Urban Waterways and the Wai Care programme. This involves monitoring of water quality as well

as education and action programmes for community groups across the Auckland region. She showed an interesting PowerPoint presentation and pointed us to the newly updated website www.waicare.org.nz We learned that macroinvertibrates (bugs) are an important aspect of stream health and by identifying different bugs in water samples they are able to determine the health of the streams and creeks. These include larvae of bugs like dragonflies, mayflies, sand flies and crane flies. Eels, whitebait and other fish are also found in the waterways. The education and action programmes involve a number of local schools who with local communities are involved in clean ups, planting programmes and regional and local events. She spoke particularly of Meola, Oakley and Motions Creeks. As usual there were plenty of questions from the floor ranging from where to clean the car to how to dispose of dirty water after cleaning paint brushes. It is always good to learn about Council funded programmes and new ideas for volunteering. The next U3A meeting will be held at 9.45am on Friday 11 November at the Leys Institute. Instead of a 10 minute speaker, Rosemary Ward who is employed by the Electoral Commission will be speaking to a DVD about the coming referendum. The Guest speaker will be Raymond Hawthorne, actor, director, teacher and much more. Visitors Welcome. (NOELINE CREIGHTON) PN

ST COLUMBA CENTRE: AN IDEAL VENUE FOR CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS LOCATED IN THE HEART OF PONSONBY, THE ST COLUMBA CENTRE, OWNED by the Catholic Diocese of Auckland is a historic building first built in 1913 as a school. During 1919 and the early 1920s, it served as an emergency hospital before reverting to its original role as a school. Fully restored in 2000, the building has since been used as an ideal conference, seminar, meetings, workshops or launches venue. Around the Centre are a displayed work of art from a celebrated designer and weaver – Toi Te Rito Maihi – a skilled weaver and artist who has exhibited her work both here and overseas. Gail Wright-St Clair from the Ponsonby Business Association holds meetings at the St Columba and told us, “they are always helpful and well organised and are very good at putting you into the right size room for your requirements. The kitchen facilities are useful and they allow clients to bring their own food.” Local Numerologist Michelle Buchanan has also used the centre regularly and likes it, “because it’s comfortable, well priced, easy for people to find and there is plenty of off street parking.” This historical building has extensive parking, seven versatile rooms and two office size rooms. AV equipment and Internet access are also available. PN The Saint Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Street T: 09 376 1195 www.saintcolumba.org.nz

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LOCAL NEWS  FLAX AUDIO: SOUND BY DESIGN Flax Audio is an online retail business based in Grey Lynn with exclusive New Zealand distribution rights for Mistral Audio Products; superbly designed music systems with outstanding sound quality at fantastic prices. They launched their new website last month and they are very excited about being part of the Ponsonby business community. Mistral Audio is a worldwide brand. Its products are designed and engineered in Britain and Japan, and are now available for the first time in New Zealand. The brilliant Mistral Audio Digi Tube 307 iPod Music System, with superb retro design and fantastic sound is just one of the excellent ranges of products from Mistral Audio. ‘Fedelta del Suono’, an Italian Hi Fi Magazine said of the DT 307 system - ‘The overall performance is much better than systems of a similar level, and the quality of the speakers and the connectivity make for great value for money. The speakers and classic looking amp will also capture an audience that is attracted by their aesthetics.’ FLAX AUDIO GUARANTEES: • Innovative product designs • Naturally colourful sound • Long term reliability • Value for money • No Risk 21 day Money Back Guarantee • Free shipping in New Zealand Go to www.flaxaudio.co.nz and discover more about Mistral Audio products. For Ponsonby News readers, they are giving away a Mistral SW801 Subwoofer worth $449 for orders for $250+ placed before 30 November 2011. The winner will be announced in next month’s issue. Just enter the following Coupon code ‘ponnews’ when you go through Checkout on their website – Sub Offer. PN

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 LOCAL NEWS QUEEN OF THE WHOLE UNIVERSE MEGA - A VERY QUEER BEAUTY PAGEANT The queens are back but they actually never went away! How refreshing that we have news that is not about men playing rugby but men in gowns playing girls. In nine months time on Saturday 21 July 2012, QWU Mega will explode in a mass of sequin, feathers, boas, stilettos and wigs on stage at the ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland. QWU Mega will be the 10th performance and the last performance in this present format so the show’s creator/director, Jonathan Smith promises to go out with a bang. “We were planning QWU Mega for an October show this year but with so many events scheduled around the Rugby World Cup it was decided to delay the biggest and last show till next year. July 2012 was the only date suitable as the Aotea Centre is undergoing a major refurbishment which meant availability was limited”. The show is based on a beauty pageant but it is definitely a pageant with a difference! Most of the 50 cast are boys dressed as ‘girls’, representing 40 countries and two planets and other obscure places and all with one mission, to receive the coveted crown at the end of the night. Since the show’s inception in 2004 QWU© has raised over $170,000 for HIV/AIDS causes in New Zealand while entertaining audiences from all over New Zealand and overseas in what has become a truly must-see-event in Auckland and Wellington.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR PONSONBY NEWS READERS: Pre-sales are available to Ponsonby News readers from Monday 7 November 2011. Please quote promotional code – MEGA – at the time of booking to take advantage of this early bird offer. QUEEN OF THE WHOLE UNIVERSE MEGA plays Saturday 21 July 2012, 8pm (duration: 2 hours 45 minutes, including 30 minute interval) ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland Tickets: On sale 1 December 2011 (World AIDS Day) www.buytickets.co.nz 0800 BUY TICKETS PN For more information: Jonathan Smith M: 027 222 5516 eventimento@xtra.co.nz

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QWU Mega will deliver many new surprises and a few highlights from previous years that appealed to the enthusiastic audience. ‘We are endeavouring to include all cast and crew that have been involved with the show in some way since we first started in September 2004. We already have many cast returning from overseas to be part of the final show’ says Smith.


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DAVID HARTNELL’S ONE MINUTE INTERVIEW WITH JACKIE CLARKE Local resident Jackie Clarke is an entertainer, a singer, a comedian and a 2005 New Zealand Idol judge. IF NOT THE STAGE, WHAT OTHER CAREER WOULD YOU HAVE SELECTED? Probably be in San Jose, parking cars and pumping gas...or using my degree in astrophysics to drive a cab. THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING YOU? The fact that what I do for a living is my favourite thing to do in the world - singing and performing...what a happy accident. CAREER HIGHLIGHT? Dream roles have been starring in Sweet Charity and Anything Goes, singing with the NZSO and making music with my friends for almost 30 years now...crikey, that’s a long time. ARE YOUR CHILDREN FOLLOWING IN YOUR FOOTSTEPS? Stan (11) and Ernie (8) are really into music and making up wee plays to perform in the house but so far show no desire to take this beyond the lounge. The fact that they’re always asleep by 8.30pm is kinda hampering their gig prospects at the moment too. TURN ON? Humour. TURN OFF? A lack of empathy. DO YOU COME FROM A SHOW BUSINESS BACKGROUND? Not at all! But I suspect that if my mum had the opportunity she might have made it to the stage as she likes to act the goat and has a great sense of humour. My dad reminded me of Sir Howard Morrison but I never heard him sing How Great Thou Art – although I suspect he thought it. DO YOU LOOK AT YOURSELF AS A SINGER WHO ACTS OR AN ACTRESS WHO SINGS? I’m definitely a singer first and foremost. My ability to talk to an audience came out of filling in between songs in my first band. You soon learn how to make a quip or two when the guitarist is constantly stopping to retune or fix a broken string...Acting comes out of that performance background too. When you really get inside a lyric and allow yourself to tell the story in a song, you’re halfway towards an acting performance. FAVOURITE HOLIDAY TO-DATE? Ooh a trip to Cannes to the film festival with my boy Grant followed by two weeks in Turkey. It was like being on another planet - fabulous! YOUR FRAGRANCE LINE WOULD SMELL OF? Feijoas. BEST THING IN YOUR HOUSE? My prize Jim Beam collectible pottery Maori Chiefs - Te Rauparaha, Hone Heke and Hongi Hika - they’re truly beautiful. REGRETS? I can’t play an instrument - but it’s never too late to learn I guess - I can play about five songs on the ukulele (badly) and am an excellent tambourine player. PETS? Four chickens - Minty, Monty, Eggbert, Cassie - yeah I know Eggbert’s a boys name – but the kids named them and they’re a bit fuzzy on the finer points of chicken gender. YOU LIVE WHERE YOU LIVE - WHY? I live in Grey Lynn because it represents the best of Auckland - it’s multi-cultural, artistic, green and close to the hub.

part of the way I perform, so partial paralysis is probably not a great idea! Besides a fringe would be cheaper. Having said that, I’m not against other people using it - you do whatever works for ya honey! SILLIEST THING YOU’VE EVER BOUGHT? Too many to count - our house is a monument to silly things. YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY WOULD BE CALLED? Jack of All Trades. FASHION WEAKNESS? Bling and lots of it. HAPPINESS? Summers at a bach on the beach in New Zealand with the family and a few good friends... barbeques, swimming, listening to good music, drinking good wine. LEAST FAVOURITE WORD? ‘Preformance’ - it seems to have universally replaced the word ‘performance’ when spoken on the tele - like fingernails on a blackboard to my ears! HOLLYWOOD FANTASY? To do a song and dance number with Hugh Jackman and an action sequence with Daniel Craig. SILLIEST THING YOU’VE EVER BOUGHT? A gym membership - the kiss of death to exercise.

WHAT WOULD YOUR FRIENDS SAY OF YOU? That I’m sometimes AWOL for months at a time through work, but I always return.

ARE YOU A BIG KID AT HEART? No, I’m a big drag queen at heart - I just don’t lip synch or tuck.

MORNING OR NIGHT PERSON? Definitely not morning- in fact I don’t even look like me in the morning! I look like some much older and uglier version of myself...can’t think who she is?

FAVOURITE FASHION DESIGNER? Alexander McQueen before his untimely demise and I think Sarah Burton is carrying on his tradition in sterling fashion. Galliano was a favourite too before he self destructed.

WOULD YOU CONSIDER BOTOX? Sometimes when I look at the big mummy furrows on my brow I wonder about a quick dose of botulism but as my partner says - apparently the way I use my face is a big

CHANGE ONE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? My thighs - somehow they got super sized without me ordering them? (DAVID HARTNELL MNZM) PN

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EMILY SMART: WORD PERFECT DEFINITELY COULD DO BETTER! FACEBOOK. DISCUSS. WHAT COULD BE BETTER THAN GETTING IN CONTACT with people you haven’t spoken to in over twenty years and having a good nose at what they’re up to? It’s weird, it’s voyeuristic and it’s naughty, but I love it!

What about the difference between ‘stationary’ and ‘stationery’? The trick is to remember that ‘e’ stands for envelopes, so stationery with an ‘e’ is paper, envelopes etc., then think of a parked ‘car’ with an ‘a’, so the word meaning ‘still’ ends in ‘ary’.

However, one of my biggest gripes about Facebook - apart from having to read about every cough, sneeze and passing of wind via constant ‘status’updates - is the woeful state of spelling. Mr Zuckerberg, stop fiddling with the format and just add in a bloody spell check!

Then there’s ‘practice’ and ‘practise’. When to use which? Think of ‘advice’ and ‘advise’ where the difference in pronunciation shows that the former is a noun and the latter is a verb. Just remember that ‘ice’ is a noun and ‘is’ is a verb, so you do your piano practice (noun) but you practise playing the piano (verb).

Last week, I counted no less than five different spellings of the word ‘definitely’ ranging from ‘definately’ to ‘defenately’ to the outlandish ‘dafanately.’ I suppose these are at least better than the text spelling of defin8ly! The problem of misspelling and using incorrect words, punctuation and grammar goes beyond Facebook. How many times a day do you encounter typos? I walked past a local café recently and the blackboard invited me in to taste their Ceasar salad. Should I have mentioned it to the proprietor? Does it really matter? Would the salad have tasted as sloppy as the spelling? I asked our copyeditor and proofreader, Angela Caldin, to add her two cents on this subject and give some guidance on how to avoid mistakes. So, here goes with a list of troublesome words and ways to remember how to right some wrongs.

Finally, three little words so often confused on Facebook, not so much through ignorance as through not checking what we’ve written: there, their and they’re. ‘There’ refers to place: ‘The book is over there’. ‘Their’ refers to possession: ‘That is their book’. ‘They’re’ is an abbreviation of they are: ‘They’re buying books online’. To conclude, are we witnessing a decline in standards of literacy? Does it really matter? Am I anally retentive, or do I have a point? I’ll leave you with a thought, and not a particularly deep one at that: Would you employ a person whose CV is littered with spelling mistakes? PN Right, I’m off to update my Facebook status, I feel a sneeze coming on. (EMILY SMART) www.storymarketing.co.nz

• Definitely - memorise the word ‘finite’ and then put ‘de’ at the beginning and ‘ly’ at the end – what could be simpler! (Buying a pocket dictionary Ange?) • Accommodation - how many c’s and m’s? An easy cue is to memorise this: ‘Two cots need two mattresses in any accommodation’. • Necessary - how many c’s and s’s? Just hold on to the mnemonic: ‘It is necessary to have one collar and two sleeves’.

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• Rhythm - remember the sentence: ‘Rhythm Helps Your Two Hips Move’.

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JOHN ELLIOTT: SOAP BOX AND AFTER THE RUGBY—THE ELECTION

I refuse to vote for any party that keeps pushing for more economic growth. The planet can’t take it. Taxes need to be raised on the highest incomes, corporates need to be made to pay tax and not have so many loop-holes that they pay nothing.

WHILE JOHN KEY’S NATIONAL PARTY APPEARS TO BE HEADING FOR a comfortable victory on 26 November, thousands of unemployed young New Zealanders are joining other disillusioned citizens all over the western world, protesting at the lack of jobs but also at the growing gap between rich and poor.

And another thing - forget the rhetoric about ‘politics of envy’, it’s about the politics of equality. And still another point - societies with a bigger gap between rich and poor are bad for everyone in them - including the well-off. So National needs to be careful.

New Zealand has nothing to gloat about. The 2009 book ‘The Spirit Level’ by Wilkinson and Pickett, shows New Zealand in a particularly bad light. We have the fifth worst gap between the richest 20% and the poorest 20% in the OECD, with only USA, Singapore, UK, Portugal and Australia less equal.

John Key is a charismatic leader, but the democratic graveyard is littered with the remains of charismatic leaders. He’s one of us, he’s been enjoying a beer and photo ops with our rugby heros, he’s a family man who we can relate to, but there’s more to government than spin and smooch.

And so what effect does that have on our country? It means we have many more social and health problems than we would have if we were a more equal society.

Phil Goff is clearly a nice man, with his heart in the right place, but the tide is still right out for Labour. I doubt it will come in in time for the 26 November election.

Life expectancy, mental illness, obesity, children’s educational performance, teenage births, homicides, imprisonment rates, all figures in these categories are far poorer than they should, or could, be.

But there is growing evidence that National does not govern for all New Zealanders – it plays favourites, like farmers’ exemption from the carbon tax. We should never have a government that governs for sectional influences, and finally we should never have a government that holds power because one electorate elects a member who carries three or four other candidates in on his coat-tails, without the party achieving the 5% threshold. But please don’t let that lead you to vote against MMP – it just needs some adjustments.

Let’s put one neo-liberal theory to bed once and for all-the trickle down theory from the rich to the poor, doesn’t work. And another failed theory - affluence will make you happier. No it won’t—it’ll just make you more anxious to keep ahead of the Joneses, and quite likely give you a stroke or a heart attack. So, its about time New Zealand addressed these unequal situations, and sought to balance the waka. The importance of environmental issues is increasingly critical, and as expected the Greens have put forward positive proposals to protect our fragile eco-system, and urge us to limit our use of scarce natural resources. National, on the other hand, tried to persuade us of the sense in mining the conservation estate. Labour, too, for the last couple of decades has been mostly pumping out green wash in lieu of genuine environmental protection.

MY PREDICTION: • Banks to win Epsom - Harawira to win Te Tai Tokerau - both to bring in one other with them. • The Green Party to top 10% and get 11 or 12 seats. • Winston Peters to be consigned to history. • National and Act to just hold out Labour and the Greens. But it could be a lot closer than most pundits are predicting. (JOHN ELLIOTT) PN

THE HARDER YOU WORK, THE LUCKIER YOU GET A number of rugby writers have highlighted how lucky the All Blacks were to win the Rugby World Cup. And conversely, how unlucky the French were to lose. I don’t subscribe to that theory. It reminded me of the famous saying of, I think, the great South African golfer, Gary Player, after he had shot a low round with several birdies at the US Open Golf Championships. ‘Great round,’ the commentator said. “You played some great holes and had some lucky putts. A really lucky round.” Player’s reply was, “The harder I practice the luckier I get.” That was the All Blacks for me. They stuck to their game plan, each individual player did his job and they never capitulated, even under intense pressure from a French team playing well above themselves. Several of our boys did not have the scintillating game they had in the semi-final against Australia—notably Weepu, Kaino (who had been devastating throughout the tournament), Conrad Smith (although he got few opportunities and tackled well). Our depth shone through when Stephen Beaver Donald stepped up and slotted the winning penalty. We deserved the crown and Graham Henry can feel redeemed, after the awful debacle or 2007 against (guess who?) the French.

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If we had lost I guess John Key would have unfairly got some of the blame. Perhaps the win will boost National Party stocks. Whatever happens on 26 November, the rugby kept politics out of the limelight for the whole six weeks. Although the Rena oil spill will do the Greens no harm, as they urge us to give higher priority to environmental issues Arise, Sir Richard McCaw, and stand over here next to Sir Graham Henry. (JOHN ELLIOTT) PN

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RWC - RUGBY FANS HIT KINGSLAND AND EDEN PARK The quarter and semi finals saw rugby fans go the extra mile to support their teams, many adorned regalia representative of their respective countries. photography: Jo Barrett

Saturday 8 October saw England vs France, Saturday 15 October Wales vs France and Sunday 16 October was the big clash between Australia and New Zealand. The bronze final between Wales and Australia on Friday 21 October drew in the fans and the scene for the big final between France and New Zealand on Sunday 23 October was a sea of black!

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THE DOOR SWINGS WIDE OPEN IN FRONT OF GOAL FOOTBALLERS LOOKING TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP SHOULD BE DUSTING OFF their boots and heading to the Wellington Phoenix website lickety-split. Whilst there have been changes to the ownership in the embattled club, the fan club that is the Yellow Fever has confirmed the successful partnership between them and club is set to continue under the new Wellington Phoenix owners Welnix. The Retro Ricki Youth Scholarship that effectively shot rookie All White Marco Rojas to stardom is here to stay. 2009 winner Marco Rojas, now a player for Melbourne Victory, is still grateful for the opportunity afforded to him by Yellow Fever fans: “It’s certainly something that helped me. I was playing for Hamilton Wanderers at the Napier U19 tournament one minute, and then flying to Wellington for a trial the next. It opened the door for me for sure.” The scholarship provides one player with a week-long trial at the Wellington Phoenix, with all expenses paid for by Yellow Fever fans. A lot of the Fever fans have played a bit, and we’ve even had a few international players like Andy Barron in the Fever Zone. So the fans often know about the young players who are out there,” says Yellow Fever founder Mike Greene. “It’s a chance for us to contribute in a bit of a different way. We think this is the only sort of thing like this in the world, so it’s pretty unique.” Wellington Phoenix CEO Nathan Greenham says the Phoenix is excited about the potential the scholarship has. “There’s no doubt Yellow Fever’s Youth Scholarship has the potential to find exciting talent wherever it may be in New Zealand” Greenham said. “We’re looking forward to seeing a worthy recipient again put forward this year”. Fever scouts were on the side-lines over Labour Weekend’s U19 tournament in Napier, and will look for future stars in this summer’s ASB Premiership and National Youth League. Yellow Fever fans can also nominate players they know and rate via the fan club’s website forums at www.yellowfever.co.nz. Wellington Phoenix head coach Ricki Herbert and Fever scouts will discuss a shortlist before making an offer to one lucky youngster. The scholarship winner’s trial is likely to be in December of 2011. For more information contact Mike Greene on M: 027 547 6920 or David Dome on M: 021 935 397. So, just because you’re playing your football in Auckland doesn’t mean the doors to our only professional football club are closed. In fact they’re ajar for one exciting player. (GEORGE BERRY) PN

HOMECOMING JUST IN TIME FOR THE AUCKLAND ACES

THROUGH THE EYES OF SOMEONE NEW Some days I must admit I take my opportunities to follow sport around the world for granted, so I thought I’d get the thoughts of how New Zealand has performed through the eyes of one of my British journo mates Nick Heath. Rugby and New Zealand is a sporting relationship akin to so few others. Having been in the country working on Rugby World Cup for seven weeks, I can confirm that the passion is still there and if anything, the bond has been strengthened. Following three weeks in the south island, where the welcome was warmer than the weather, I was delighted to land in Auckland at the end of September, knowing that this would be my base for the remainder of the tour. As a Londoner, I was clearly keen to get back to a bit of city life. My base was to be the suburban serenity of St Heliers and on the very first morning that I walked down to the coast road, the sun glimmered off the water in front of Rangitoto as if suggesting, ‘You’ll like it here’. Adventurously, I opted to give the local bus service a try which although rather delayed, once aboard took just fifteen minutes via Tamaki Drive’s slow reveal of the city’s skyline and there I was in the bustle of downtown. The first thing to notice was obviously the Queen’s Wharf area complete with giant rugby ball and the Cloud. As a member of the media, this became a regular haunt due to Tourism NZ’s superb foresight in offering us journos somewhere to hang out, work, rewatch matches and occasionally grab the odd coffee or glass of wine. They had also provided free wifi, a concept to media folk as attractive as free beer to most blokes. Auckland itself is an enjoyably simple city to navigate and in contrast to London, there seem to be less demands made of the population to rush to their next destination. It took quite a while for my Pommie impatience to subside but now that it has, I could get used to ‘Kiwi-style’. One area in particular that the Brits could take heed of, is the quality of customer service. ‘How are you going?’ seems somehow to convey an extra level of warmth and care. From shop assistants to waiters or tourist hosts, the desire to ensure a good experience has been had by all is an appreciated priority. To temper the sycophancy, I think it’s about time that the Eden Park home support found a song to sing. I was a little disheartened that every break in play was accompanied by some cheesy pop tune when other great stadia have their atmosphere created organically not artificially, but it’s a minor gripe.

THE AUCKLAND ACES MAY HAVE HAD A LESS THAN IMPRESSIVE showing at the recent 20-20 Champions trophy tournament, but they’ll be firing on all cylinders and ready to defend their HRV title this month with the return of local boy and crowd favourite Andre Adams for the 2011-2012 season.

The greatest work on this trip has not, however, been done by any international journalists. As I mentioned previously, Tourism New Zealand have been exemplary in their role as hosts. We have been encouraged to attend theatre trips, local wine and beer tastings, seafood cookery classes, jetboating, bungee jumping and more besides.

Adams returns on the back of another successful season in England with county side Nottinghamshire, being their top wicket taker with 67 wickets which also put him third on the national rankings. He will be looking to repeat the form that made him the Aces top wicket taker in both their championship successes in the HRV Cup and one day competitions last season.

I asked if we were expected in return to wax lyrical about our experiences back in the UK? The reply, “It’s not about that, it’s just important to us that you have a really good trip.” As I said... Kiwi-style.

Aces coach Paul Strang was thrilled at the news that they would be welcoming back Adams. “After last season we hoped that we’d be able to get Andre back for another go and it’s great that he’s going to join us for most of the season. He was a huge part of our success last year and his experience and real hunger to win will be invaluable.”

Oh, and to lastly mention, I can now see why you love your little haven of Ponsonby so much, having been taken there for a lunch or two, and spare moments I’ve had over the past couple of weeks I’ve demanded my company join me at one, two or three of your fine, sun drenched venues. Please have another Rugby World Cup, I’m dying to come back.

Adam’s signing comes at a good time for the Aces as they attempt to cover the absence of Daryl Tuffey for the start of the season due to injury. (GEORGE BERRY) PN

You can stay up to date with rugby in the Northern Hemishphere by following nick on twitter @rugbymedia or at www.rugbymedia.co.uk (NICK HEATH) PN

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LOCAL NEWS  INTERNATIONAL RUGBY SUPERSTARS SAIL INTO SALE ST FOR HEINEKEN FILMING A Kiwi, Englishman, Welshman and an Aussie walked into Sale St bar last month but their visit was definitely not a joke - although there was definitely plenty of laughter! Kiwi rugby legend, Zinzan Brooke joined former England captain Will Carling, Welsh legend Scott Quinnell and Aussie Matt Burke, Australia’s most capped full-back at Sale St to take part in filming a webisode for Heineken. The four-some are great mates and have bonded further as Heineken’s Rugby World Cup 2011 ambassadors. So far they’ve filmed five online websiodes for www.thisisthegame.com – their latest was filmed at Sale St. Left to right: STEVE SHUTE, GM Operations Sale St with SCOTT QUINNELL and ZINZAN BROOKE during a filming break at Sale St.

British journalist NICK HEATH in Auckland for the RWC

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The lads had a great time, and a few laughs while filming saying they’re very much enjoying their time in New Zealand. The weekend of the final matches, they joined 1200 Heineken International guests at Eden Park for the Bronze Final and then the long-awaited Final of Rugby World Cup on the Sunday night. PN

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SERVING UP THE BEST OF THE COUNTRY’S TOP TENNIS TALENT WEST END TENNIS CLUB ON WEST END ROAD ALONGSIDE COX’S BAY RESERVE is recognised as being a club focused on community involvement and developing its junior players. In 2011 they are making this philosophy part of their tournament with the introduction of the Junior West End Cup. The junior tournament will be held alongside the main draw starting on Friday 9 December. This is an invitational tournament with a maximum field of 24 competitors representing the top players in the under 16 age-group from across Auckland and the country. If your first thought is the type of tennis you’ll see won’t be up to much then think again, many of this age-group are already competing on the international stage and spending much of their year training with the hope of becoming the next ‘Brett Steven’, New Zealand’s professional tennis players in the future. Three of the competitors who’ve already confirmed for the Junior West End Cup are Paige Hourigan, Rosie Cheng and Olivia Isbey. Rosie, who is now doing schooling by correspondence to enable her to focus on her tennis, travelled with Paige to the prestigious Les Petits As tournament in France and The Windmill Cup in Holland earlier this year. Former winners of these junior tournaments have included Martina Hingis, Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin and Anna Kournikova. This trip culminated in playing in the Czech republic at the world 14 and under team championships representing New Zealand, where they finished a credible 12th. The introduction of a Junior West End Cup has received enthusiastic support from players and coaches alike as they see it as a strong event in its own right and a perfect lead in to the Slazenger New Zealand Junior Championships 18u and New Zealand Championships 2011. “This is a rare opportunity for these younger players with potential to compete in a professionally run tournament alongside the best in the country. It is a really important chance for them to experience the pressure of this type of event and great to see the initiative being taken by a local club,” said Tennis Auckland’s Mark Lewis, former coach of Marina Erakovic and Wimbledon Singles Champion Michael Stich. The West End Cup is free to spectators and is this year actively looking to use the opportunity of having top tennis players competing as a chance to build the local interest and support of tennis in the area, with some of the kiwi players heading along to the local schools to speak to the pupils and give them a first-hand look at what it is like to represent our country in a sport you love. The tournament runs from Thursday 8 through to Sunday 11 December with fully catered courtside tables available on the Sunday only. There is something for the whole family

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with the bar open and BBQ fired up, a bouncy castle and childcare available for those less interested in the tennis. Following play on Saturday will be the Lindauer Jazz hour where everyone is welcome to enjoy the live Jazz band playing with a glass of bubbles or jump on court for a hit inspired by the professionals. The 2011 main draw looks one of its best yet and is set to be an amazing weekend with four of the New Zealand Davis Cup and Fed Cup team members already registered. This includes the defending Champion and current New Zealand No.1 Artem Sitak and fellow Davis Cup team members Rubin Statham and Marcus Daniell as well as New Zealand No.2 ranked woman, Sacha Jones. Get along and enjoy an ice-cream, a coffee or bubbles while you watch some of the current and new stars of NZ tennis and cheer on your favourite players. (GEORGE BERRY) PN

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CAR DEALER AND MARKETING COMPANY RACE TO RAISE MONEY FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS NEW ZEALAND Cycling 110km isn’t everyone’s idea of fun. But for Kevin Schreuder and Alex Brown from the John Andrew Ford and Mazda/Wordcom Direct Marketing Team, they are really looking forward to the challenge. On 11 December at 6am, the John Andrew Ford and Mazda Service Managers along with their team made up of Wordcom Direct Marketing and John Andrew staff will join 9,000 other keen cyclists to take part in the TelstraClear challenge. This is a unique opportunity to ride over Auckland’s iconic Harbour Bridge and raise money for a great cause – Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Five rides cater to all levels during the day (2km, 8km, 15km, 50km and 110km) and for the 110km riders the ride finishes in scenic Kumeu. Kevin and Alex have set two goals; firstly to finish the race in under three hours and secondly, to raise in excess of $6,000 for MS New Zealand. Both agree the latter is

more important and they are asking for donations to support this cause. The team have raised just over $1,000 so far and need just another $5,000 to reach their goal. MS is a chronic disease of the Central Nervous System, and one of the most common diseases affecting young adults in New Zealand. MS is the official charity for the inaugural TelstraClear Challenge. PN You can donate to the John Andrew / Wordcom Marketing team via www.everydayhero.co.nz/John_Andrew_Ford_and_Mazda Or send a message of support to Kevin and Alex through the John Andrew website on www.johnandrew.co.nz/?action=enquiry

TAKE FRIDAY OFF CHARITY GOLF DAY RETURNS TO CHAMBERLAIN PARK We all love to take Friday off work and stroll around the golf course ‘doing business.’ So how could you make this better? Well by adding food and drink at each hole of course! That is what the organisers have done. Ponsonby’s finest Restaurants and Bars are coming to the beautiful Chamberlain Park on Friday 17 February 2012, to turn your round of golf into a very special day. For the price of your ticket, which is only $50 per player per nine holes, all food and drink on the course is included, so bosses treat your staff to a fun day out. You are all invited to add your name to last years illustrious list of local sponsors and show your support for Mercy Hospice. Last year over $17,000 was raised, this year they would love to exceed $30,000 with your help. Everybody had a blast last year. Awen Guttenbeil said, “I attend a lot of charity golf days this was definitely the most fun! I will be back with the boys for next years”. So if you want to find out about entering a team on the day or showcase your restaurant on the course then please contact event organisers, Chris Dunn M: 021 520304 or Richard White M: 021 0518404 or alternatively go to www.takefridayoff.co.nz Thanks for your support. PN

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 LOCAL NEWS NEW PUBLISHING COMPANY TAKES ON TRADITIONAL MEDIA A NEW PUBLISHING COMPANY THAT AIMS TO TAKE ON TRADITIONAL publishers putting the power firmly back in the hands of the writers has just been launched. Pear Jam Books will capitalise on the opportunities presented by new media and the online world to offer its stable of authors the opportunity to have more control over their work and profits, says founder, Herne Bay resident Jill Marshall. Marshall, an Auckland based writer, was prompted to start the venture by the Christchurch earthquake. Marshall and Christchurch writer Emma Pullar wanted to publish a children’s book to raise funds for the victims but couldn’t find a publisher willing to back them. In just three weeks from first thoughts to publication Pear Jam books was established and the book launched. So far the book, called ‘Curly from Shirley, the Christchurch dog’, has sold 1500 copies. Pear Jam Books was born from Marshall’s own frustrations as a well-published author in dealing with publishers.

The speed at which ‘Curly from Shirley’ was delivered to market is indicative of the fast paced nature of Pear Jam Books, which Marshall says reflects the new readership, the ‘now’ generation. Marshall, who also has a company called Write Good Stuff, which offers online writing courses and manuscript assessments, handpicked her first stable of authors from her students signing the eleven authors and three illustrators in late May. The first book entitled ‘Rapture’ by author Phillip W Simpson was published on 1 September. Pear Jam Books will publish thirteen books this year. “Readers have traditionally been told that what is in the bookstore is what there is to read. Pear Jam Books will create a brand of quality that people can recognise and broaden the scope of offerings and ways in which people can engage with their book. It’s about offering the consumer choices. I think traditional media is going to face some tough challenges as new media puts the power back in the hands of authors and their readers.” PN

“In the past publishing has been a long and laborious process. With the opportunities presented with new media this no longer has to be the case. In traditional publishing there have been too many gatekeepers along the way creating obstacles even for established authors. Pear Jam Books will essentially eliminate the need for gatekeepers, supplying stories directly into the hands of consumers,” says Marshall. Pear Jam Books works directly with authors negating the need for agents. Author contracts allow for a per title profit share as opposed to traditional advances and royalties. Marshall says that this puts the power into the hands of the authors giving them greater control and visibility over their work and earnings. Pear Jam Books will capitalise on new media recognising the changing media marketplace. Each book will be published in four formats: e-Book, audio book, as an application or game and a print book to cater to more traditional readership. Products will largely be sold online through retailers such as Amazon. Marshall is also setting up a presence in selected bookstores.

TESSUTI SHOWCASES THE BEST IN EUROPEAN LUXURY TESSUTI IS KNOWN FOR GORGEOUS PRODUCTS, BOTH LOCAL AND FROM further a-field. Director Ali McIntosh has continued to showcase the best in European luxury, with this summer’s collections being no exception. Among the new arrivals is Hervé Gambs’ home fragrance collection. Based in Paris, Hervé Gambs is known as the ‘couturier of flowers’. He aims to reinterpret his love of plants, flowers and nature for interiors. Drawing inspiration from fashion, food, travel and more the home fragrance collection exemplifies sophistication, quality, and elevated design. What is extraordinary is the absolute purity and beauty of the fragrances, with a 10% fragrance concentration and no hint of chemical fabrication. The ‘Love Couture’

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potted flower and room spray collection plays with the concept of potpourri, creating a thoroughly modern, glamorous take on this traditional idea. In addition to this collection, and continuing the French theme, Tsé & Tsé Associées vases and ceramics are also in store. This includes the famous Vase d’Avril or ‘test tube vase’, which is perfect for celebrating spring blooms or as a summer Christmas table centre piece. Available in two sizes, the modular design means that the vase can be shortened, lengthened or made into a circle – a new set up for every occasion! PN Available now at TESSUTI 224 Jervois Road, T: 09 376 4802

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LOCAL NEWS  HOSPICE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL Celebrate the arrival of the strawberry season and support Mercy Hospice Auckland at the Hospice Strawberry Festival next Thursday 9 November. Queen Elizabeth II Square will be transformed into a vibrant market village where you can purchase strawberries and ice cream for $5 as well as other sweet treats. The collectable 2011 Strawberry Angel Christmas ornament will also be revealed - a great gift idea and the perfect addition to your Christmas tree. Performers and musicians will be providing entertainment throughout the day, celebrities and media will make guest appearances in the morning and well-known chefs Lauraine Jacobs and Annabelle White will be whipping up delectable strawberry recipes at lunch time. Hospice care ensures that people who face life limiting illnesses are cared for (often in their own home) with the utmost professional skill, compassion and respect. Proceeds from the event will help Mercy Hospice Auckland to provide their services at no cost to the patients and their families. PN For more information www.mercyhospice.org.nz

GIVE IT UP FOR HOSPICE Hospices throughout New Zealand have embarked on a quirky new campaign to raise awareness of their Hospice shops and encourage people to clean out their wardrobe and donate designer and well known labelled clothing for their 2011 Fashion Collection. Hospices rely on their shops to help raise much needed funds to ensure the services they provide remain free to patients and their families. Mercy Hospice Auckland has seven shops located throughout its catchment area. Hospice shop manager, Maria Baird says the campaign is designed to be fun while assisting a great cause at the same time. “Everyone knows women love clothes and getting them for a bargain is even better but shopping knowing you are helping a charity is the ultimate for all females – guilt free shopping!” Businesses are being encouraged to motivate their staff to all bring in a piece of pre -loved designer or top label clothing, jewellery or accessory. Mercy Hospice Auckland can supply businesses with bags and posters to place in their staff room or alternatively clothing can be dropped off at your local hospice shop. The campaign starts on 7 November with clothing being collected for two weeks. Recent New Zealand’s Next Top Model winner, Brigette Thomas will be the face of the campaign and New Zealand singer Gin Wigmore is the voice behind the campaign, motivated to get involved through her own family experience using hospice services. For more information please contact Maria Baird, Hospice Retail Manager on T: 09 376 5301 or log onto www.mercyhospice.org.nz The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied

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A NIGHT-IN WITH TIM WAKELY Renting these new releases from Civic Video, Ponsonby this month will give you the perfect excuse to shut yourself away from the wet humid heat that is about to hit this month. So get inside, dust off that fan, put those shorts on, invite a friend over, pour a lemonade or two and put on one of these great titles.

THOR KENNETH BRANAGH’S MYTHOLOGICAL SCREEN CREATION Thor ticks all of the right blockbuster boxes. Thor has an easy to follow story line and Godlike CGI effects that will keep you entertained till the film’s imminent end. Ex Home and Away beefcake Chris Hemsworth easily fills the boots of this arrogant God of thunder, as his looks do not differ too much from the original mythological Norse description. The plot of this film is centred around the mythological Norse God Thor who is thrown out of the kingdom of Asgard to live on Earth. After undergoing a few humbling lessons on Earth it has been left up to Thor to save both planets. Branagh’s choice of actors in this film far out-shines the weak Hollywood storyline. However, to be fair we must remember that these roles are hardly challenging for Hollywood heavyweight Sir Anthony Hopkins and my second favourite actress Natalie Portman. Overall, this out of the world epic screen fest is not overly gripping, but the special effects do make up for this shortfall. I highly recommend this film if you want to watch a film that features a Norse God as its central focus, however, if you don’t, then by all means do not rent this.

SCREAM 4 Wes Craven’s light-hearted slasher sequel SCREAM 4 is a selfaware post-modern flick that picks up ten years after the original trilogy had ended. Scream 4 contains all of the creative nuances associated with the original trilogy. Some of these creative nuances include; the lack of sympathy for a human life as well as the crude humour that the third title was criticized for. Ten years after Ghostfaces’ last appearance Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) decides to return to her hometown of Woodsboro as part of her book tour. Unfortunately, her visit only sparks the return of Ghostface, putting her hometown once again at the mercy of this killer. Personally, I found there is a lot to like about this instalment. For instance the intertextual references contained in this light weight slasher are genius, the amount of A-list cameo’s is interesting and the combination of old and new personalities adds to the strong sense of historical nostalgia already contained in this iconic series. Scream 4 is a hysterical masterpiece that will keep you entertained well into the summer months. If you are like me and love films that base themselves on other pop cultural texts you will love this sequel. However, nothing beats the original.

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS Water for Elephants is a beautifully crafted masterpiece that will hold your attention long after the final act. The Ring Master of this circus, director Francis Lawrence brings Sara Gruen’s acclaimed bestseller to life by delivering a visual screen fest that is in every sense breathtaking. The acting in this film is faultless, the story is intriguing and the characters’ humanistic desires seem weirdly relatable. This novel to screen gem is set in the beginning stages of the Great Depression in 1931 and centres around a young pre-graduate Jacob Jankowski who decides to walk away from everything he has ever known after a tragic incident occurs. After freight hopping onto a mysterious train Jacob’s life takes an interesting and new direction. Twilight mega-star Robert Pattison, along with academy award winner Reese Witherspoon and Christopher Waltz head this five-star drama. Pattinson’s honest portrayal of young Jacob seems natural, unlike his wooden claim to fame character Edward Cullen. Witherspoon is of course beautiful and Waltz’s portrayal of the bi-polar ringleader is fantastic. Water For Elephants is a must see. Trust me, there aren’t many movies that can beat the quality of this eye fest. (TIM WAKELY) PN

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SUMMER AND CINEMA SUMMER IS A SEASON THAT HOLDS A LOT OF PERSONAL SIGNIFICANCE for lots of our readers. Some see it as a time to celebrate, reflect, and travel or to take time out to recreate a new version of one’s self. Since summer is fast approaching, I thought it would be interesting to see how this period of the year is reflected in Hollywood cinema. After watching a couple of summer flicks I discovered that a lot of the philosophies that I mention are recreated on-screen and seem to hold endless possibilities. For many of us and especially for our younger readers out there, summer is a season where we may experience a new romance. Traditionally, the relationships that formed at this time are the most memorable as this time of the year holds a lot of outcomes and potential. Cinema plays on this myth to present it as a hyper real life changing event. The musical genre often exaggerates this phenomenon by fantasizing the reality of the happening. The musical promotes love as the significant high of a character’s summer experience. For instance, the film Grease; the highlight of Sandy and Danny’s summer is their off-screen encounter. The film paints summer as long lasting, as the season may end but the outcome lasts forever. In contrast to the musical the comedy constructs summer as a season that has a clear beginning and a definite end. The comedy directly criticises the idea of summer love by presenting it more as a harsh reality rather than as fantasy as the comedy often marks summer as a time for self-reflection and personal growth. This is because many of use the warm season to implement a change or fulfil a lifetime goal, rather than have a romantic encounter. This genre may use the summer romance to spark a change in a character’s reality causing them to go into a liminal state of self-reflection. I came to this conclusion after watching the ‘smart comedy’ 500 Days of Summer. The film personifies this season as the time frame of Tom’s relationship with the character amply named Summer. Throughout their 500 days; Summer constantly questions Tom about his choices causing him to go into a state of personal reflection. However, it’s not until the relationship has run its course does Tom begin to implement the changes learnt from his ‘Summer’. Because it’s only towards the end of the film where Tom meets Autumn do we see an actual transition into his new self-image. In the simplest sense Autumn outlines all of the new possibilities in Tom’s life. Taking a break or a vacation from the stresses of everyday life is a very appealing option for many of us at this time of year as most of us at this time are either yearning to take time out of our busy lives to do a little bit of travel or are doing so. Taking a summer break can also give people the chance to come together to reconcile to work out past differences. In the film Georgia Rule, Lily sends her daughter Rachel to her rural home-town in Idaho to live with her mother Georgia in the hopes of straightening her out. However, the real healing between these three woman can only occur when they are all back under the same roof. However, for some people Summer may not always the best time of year as many may associate this warm period with a haunting chilling memory. This is because for some a loved one may have passed away, a summer love may have turned sour or for many sun-burn may be a given. For instance in the dark summer thriller “I Know What You Did Last Summer” Julie, Ray, Barry and Helen find it hard to get over the fateful choice that they made the previous summer. When they finally get back together their bad choice comes back to haunt them. Summer holds endless possibilities so don’t be scared to grab life by the horns and be a little adventurous, because you never know what “movie genre” your summer may become! TIM WAKELY) PN

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HELENE RAVLICH: FASHION + STYLE MEETING MAKEUP MASTER JAMES LEUII KEY TO HELPING DESIGNERS MAKE A MAJOR IMPACT ON THE CATWALK AT fashion weeks around the world are some seriously talented and hardworking hair and make up teams, which are more often than not lead by inspirational artists who share the label’s vision for what they want to achieve. Local resident and Makeup artist, James Leuii is one such figure, whose work with Shiseido on the runway for WORLD at this year’s New Zealand Fashion Week cemented his reputation as one of the country’s hottest and most unique talents. Every year Shiseido’s creative team looks forward to the WORLD show, which always means serious drama calling for some serious makeup looks to match. The New Zealand label’s collection for Winter 2012 came with the title ‘Good Vs. Evil’ so was always going to be big, and the makeup looks that James created with help from Hiro Nemoto fitted in perfectly with the knockout, theatrical glamour of the show. I caught up with James to talk about his work with WORLD over the years and on the show, which is no mean feat given how busy the Grey Lynn resident is. A designer, makeup artist and DJ, my first question to him was – how on earth do you fit everything in? “I don’t know really, it just happens!” says the talented multitasker with a laugh, “I guess my DJ happens in the weekends, so isn’t a big deal the rest of the time, and my makeup work is mostly seasonal so comes all at once and allows me to design when I have something in mind to work towards.” James started out training as a clothing designer then – as many a creative has done over the years – quite literally ‘fell’ into doing makeup after being put on the spot at a shoot. “I was helping a friend at a shoot and the makeup artist didn’t turn up,” he explains, “so I took one look at what makeup was there and just had a go. It was terrible of course, but still ended up in print!” From there he started to teach himself on the job, and with extra help from very talented friends like New Zealand-born, internationally renowned hair stylist Brent Lawler he started to develop his own style. In his early years he had an association with beauty giant L’Oreal before teaming up with Shiseido, with whom he still works closely today. This year was James’ first time leading the makeup team backstage at the WORLD show, and the label have nothing but high praise for his extraordinary work.

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“James is an absolute unknown and unrecognised genius, he is the single most extraordinary high end and directional makeup artist - stressing the word artist - that is currently working in New Zealand,” WORLD’s Benny Castles tells me. “He is a quiet visionary whose technical ability and design aesthetic are of the highest quality, and an essential part of any WORLD show or shoot because he has an innate understanding of the brand and its personality and for that we are lucky!” The looks he created had a touch of drag queen drama but were still incredibly feminine, with lashings of lashes and gallons of glitter that still made the models’ own unique features shine. James has worked with WORLD for almost a decade now, after being pulled into the fold by Lawler and WORLD show producer Harold Samu who he grew up with. As well as keying their show James completes all of the makeup looks for their campaigns and editorial work, and speaks the same language as the label when it comes to defining their key aesthetic each season. “They give me a lot of freedom to create,” he says, “and I really appreciate that as it’s so rare these days in the industry. There is so much going on in a WORLD show that they only work with people they totally trust to be able to get the job done, so they can focus on what they do best. It’s a lot of work… but I love it.” (HELENE RAVLICH) PN

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JULIE ROULSTON PR’S PR If Absolutely Fabulous’ PR extraordinaire Edina Monsoon lived in New Zealand, it’s certain she’d be based in Greater Ponsonby. Meet four real-life très façonnable PR specialists based in the greater Ponsonby area... ANGELIQUE FRIS-TAYLOR - FRESH PR Fresh PR specialises in lifestyle, beauty, hair and fashion brands including Neutrogena, Cloudy Bay wine, Fudge, and Smashbox. PN: How did you come to work in PR? Angelique: After working for various hair companies I grew into my role as a public relations manager. The company I worked for at the time saw that I loved brand building and opened my eyes to the world of PR, sending me on annual PR training conferences around the world. I’m passionate about hair and beauty and I wanted to work for myself. A boutique PR agency seemed like the best way to combine my skills. In 2009, I joined forces with highly awarded creative spark Karen Maurice O’Leary and advertising strategy guru Angelina Farry and together we’re taking Fresh PR to a whole new level. PN: Describe a typical day at your Fresh PR... Angelique: That’s the thing. There is no typical day. A possible day could be…coffee, morning meeting, email, coffee and muesli bar at Agnes Curran, meeting, skyping MHI Models in New York, brainstorming, a meeting with an editor, email, team meeting, trying a new hand-cream and talking…lots.

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PN: What are the greatest things about your job? Angelique: The team...Creating the environment we get to work in. A great brand portfolio that we are passionate about. That you get to try everything first! - I’m a firm believer in loving the product that you represent and we have a lot of fun at the office. Seven girls with product!? And coming up with creative concepts for events to get our brands noticed and talked about. PN: What’s the hardest gig you have taken on? Angelique: The hardest gig - as in no time to do it - would have to go to “Doing our first Fresh PR Christmas light installation.” We had moved into Ponsonby just before Christmas and were visited by Roscoe, Chief Christmas Light organiser on Franklin Road. We got totally enthused and it became a company project with 48 exhausting hours of ladder climbing before we flicked the switch. That first year, our house was adorned with Moët Hennessy magnums and became known as the “champagne house”. Last year it was giant glittering spider webs, complete with glamourised spider and mirror balls. PN: What PR professional achievement are you most proud of? Angelique: The collaboration with our client, Number One Shoes and WORLD at New Zealand Fashion Week this year. What a great PR story to tell! The shoes are beautiful with that touch of style that WORLD are known for, and working with Denise, Francis and Benny on the project was truly inspiring and very entertaining. PN: Which Ponsonby brands’ PR do you admire? Angelique: World, Il Buco, Ponsonby Bistro, Jaimie Boutique, Cybele. PN: Who’s your PR hero? Angelique: Globally: Steve Jobs. For New Zealand ingenuity, Geoff Ross, 42 Below PN: A red-hot PR tip for Ponsonby News readers? Angelique: MooChowChow’s most amazing cocktail super-squishy machine. They have new flavours everyday. Perfect for a spot of team building on a Friday afternoon. REBECCA LAWSON - BEAT COMMUNICATIONS Beat represents Levi’s, Sunglass Hut, OPSM, NOM*d, Kikki K, Casio, Oliver Peoples, Kmart, Rhythm & Vines, Peroni, Grolsch and more. PN: How did you come to work in PR? Rebecca: I studied a Bachelor of Communications but actually majored in Radio – it wasn’t until I had finished Uni that I met my now boss (Katharine Broughton), who was looking for a Communications Assistant. I started at BEAT in 2003 and really enjoyed PR, and the rest as they say is history! PN: What is the greatest thing about your job? Rebecca: I LOVE pulling events together – people think I’m crazy for working at Big Day Out, Fashion Week or R&V, but I really love it. It’s such a great feeling to pull

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FASHION + STYLE it off – especially when it’s a 1,000-person Fashion Week show or interviews with international musicians. PN: What’s the hardest gig you have taken on? Rebecca: I’ve managed to muddle my way through most things but navigating a mobile media centre through the Speight’s Coast to Coast race had its challenging moments! I can still remember the TV cameraman hanging out the car window trying to get his shot – I was a PR manager slash stunt driver that day. PN: What PR professional achievement are you most proud of? Rebecca: I’m always really proud to work on NZ Fashion Week – it’s a great event to be part of and the shows we work on (Stolen Girlfriends Club, NOM*d and Kate Sylvester) are always highly anticipated and super creative. PN: Which Ponsonby brands’ PR do you admire? Rebecca: There are so many brands doing cool things in Ponsonby – I love the Mini Garage concept, Burger Fuel are always doing fun things, and I’ve spent far too many after-hours at Golden Dawn. PN: Who’s your PR hero? Rebecca: I don’t have a specific hero but...fashion-wise, who wouldn’t want to work for Kelly Cutrone?! (Owner of US PR agency, People’s Revolution) A red hot PR tip for Ponsonby News readers? Be nice to everyone, you never know where they’ll pop up! KATE McGAHAN – MAXTED THOMAS Maxted Thomas represents NIVEA, Sebastian Professional, Remington and Ultrasonic ...with the list soon to grow PN: How did you come to work in PR? Kate: I started my career in fashion, beauty and consumer media. A curious jaunt around Seek.co.nz one day saw me in Sydney a week later for an interview, and a month later I was sitting on the floor of our brand new offices, with a laptop and a phone, waiting for the furniture to arrive and wondering where to begin. It was the start of a very cool journey. PN: What are the greatest things about your job? Kate: We are very lucky in terms of the clients we get to work with, and the projects we execute for them. There is nothing more satisfying than carrying off an amazing event, or opening a magazine (or clicking on a website) and seeing a glowing editorial about one of our client’s products staring back at us. In terms of individual highlights, helping to organise NIVEA’s 100th Birthday celebrations for New Zealand and Australian beauty media in Sydney complete with a private dinner at Fort Dennison in Sydney Harbour and a customised NIVEA fireworks display on Sydney harbour is definitely up there. PN: What PR professional achievement are you most proud of? Kate: ...our Auckland office has just celebrated its second birthday and is going from strength to strength. I’ve been here since day one and have loved making new and exciting things happen for our existing clients, and watching the number of new clients on our books grow. There has definitely been a lot of blood, sweat, tears and emergency slice from Ripe Deli on Richmond Road along the way, but we have built a solid, successful agency and I wouldn’t change what I do every day for anything. PN: Who’s your PR hero? Kate: ...Outside of the company, I harbour a not-so-secret crush on Roxy Jacenko from Sweaty Betty PR in Sydney. Founded when she was 24, her agency has grown from very humble beginnings to a database of 70+ clients and more than 20 staff... PN: A red hot PR tip for Ponsonby News readers? Kate: Our Maxted Thomas motto is ‘Think smart, work hard, have fun and be nice’... Nice people go a long way in life!

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REBECCA PURDY - BARE PR We represent clients that have an eco-friendly focus to their products. Trilogy, Dr Hauschka, Grown, Weleda, Pure Fiji, Sukin, Inika and Giovanni (beauty); The Collective, Lisa’s products, Kato’s, Equagold (food); Blackmores, Lifestream (health); Electrolux Green range of floorcare products. PN: How did you come to work in PR? Rebecca: I have been in PR for 12 years, having started a previous PR company (Product Placement – recently sold) which had more of a generalist skew to it along with a product sampling arm. About five years ago over a glass of wine a good friend pointed out that I seemed to be working a lot in more the natural realm of things. Had I thought about setting up a more specialised company focused on natural products and calling it ‘natural PR’? After extensive research I found that no one had done this, here nor overseas, so it would either bomb or fly. Only one way to find out...The following week I registered bare pr and started the company with one staff member. That was five years ago - best glass of wine I’ve ever had! PN: Describe a typical day at bare pr: Rebecca: We have had to develop a ‘hat box’ for the bare chicks to pick from each day, consisting of the following items: THE PRINCESS CROWN - anyone can award anyone the princess crown if you think they have done something amazing. THE MOUSE EARS - wear them if you feel like being as quiet as a mouse and are having a bit of an off day, so people understand. THE BUNNY EARS - wear them if you are feeling the need to be inspired. THE DEVIL HORNS - wear them if you are feeling a little on the angry side. THE BIG RED HAT - wear it if you want everyone to know that you are doing serious stuff and don’t want to be interrupted. We also have a massage chair that people can sit in if they feel stress or just need time out. The bare chicks are a pretty cool bunch of girls so going to work is more like hanging out with your friends who are all motivated to get work done. PN: What are the greatest things about your job? Rebecca: Breakfast meetings. Lunch meetings. Friday drinks. And of course -providing a great service for our clients that returns achievable and measureable results. PN: What’s the hardest ‘gig’ you have taken on? Rebecca: Electrolux Vac from the Sea – a worldwide programme that has been implemented here in New Zealand. We helped Electrolux create a limited edition NZ Vac from the Sea to bring attention to the issue of plastic pollution on our own foreshores. Once the plastics had been collected from local beaches, we enlisted the help of eco-fashion designer Laurie Foon from Starfish to design the NZ Vac from the Sea which was launched at Fashion Week. The next exciting stage of this campaign is touring around New Zealand with the NZ Vac from the Sea and the Electrolux Green Ambassador, visiting schools throughout the country to raise the awareness of recycling and how schools can be more eco-friendly. PN: What PR professional achievement are you most proud of? Rebecca: Client - Electrolux Vac from the Sea – NZ Edition. Business: Ponsonby Top 10 Entrepreneurs Award PN: Which Ponsonby brand’s PR do you admire? Rebecca: Prego – they are always busy after 24 years. If you can have a successful business that provides consistent service and delicious food every time then you are doing something right! PN: Who’s your PR hero? Rebecca: I think Deborah Pead has done a great job with building her brand PN: A red hot PR tip for Ponsonby News readers? Rebecca: Know your audience and know your editors (if you don’t, call us). PN

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TO ENTERTAIN IS THE NAME OF THE GAME ONCE AN ENTERTAINER, ALWAYS AN ENTERTAINER. UNLIKE OLD SOLDIERS, they don’t fade away. Tony Bennett is an example and so is Peter Urlich. Everybody in his musical family played something or other and Peter’s ‘show off’ characteristics were evident from an early age. He liked to sing along with one of his brothers who played the electric guitar and soon became aware he had a talent.

Over the next decade Peter and Mark looked for places that had a licence but weren’t doing very well. The owner would take the bar, they’d take the door and the crowds would follow. They operated like this till they set up their own club in a basement on Nelson Street, named it the Brat and then opened a restaurant above called Le Bon where they hung art, and food was delivered to patrons by a waiter on roller skates.

He went to Sacred Heart College which at that time had strong music direction. The Finn Brothers, the Chunn boys, David Dobbyn and Ian Morris were fellow school mates and it’s where Peter first performed in public to an appreciative audience.

Needless to say, it did very well. They stayed there for three years then in 1990, Peter went back to crooning and jazz singing after bequeathing a legacy of dance floor and DJ culture to Auckland.

In the seventh form he gained his University Entrance but wasn’t drawn to an academic career. It didn’t appeal, and having talent as an artist he approached an advertising agency and to his surprise got a job as an office junior. After writing a successful jingle for them he was transferred to the creative department and stayed with the agency for two years while moonlighting as a singer with “Chillum”, a rock band that played at surf club dances and the like in the weekends.

Along with all this activity Peter and Mark took on a Saturday morning slot with 95bFM where they continued to promote electronic dance music. They named the show Radio Berlin and gained a cult following. Another show named Nice’n’Urlich followed, which Peter carried on his own till he teamed up with DJ, Bevan Keys. Their combined talents led to successful club gigs and they also released three hit compilations that are still highly prized today. His radio career continued with GeorgeFM for seven years. His breakfast show appealed to a widely diverse audience who responded to his music and humour whether on the way to school or a dreary office job.

Eventually the band was disbanded and Peter joined forces with Dave Dobbyn, Ian Morris and some other boys, to form Th’ Dudes. They found a good manager, Charley Gray of the fondly remembered Island of Real Café and went professional. Success was immediate. The group toured the country many times, recorded two albums and remains a legend. When the band split in 1980 Peter headed offshore to see the wider world. He became very inspired by the electronic music that was happening in the UK and returned with a whole bunch of records he needed to share because he was so excited by these new sounds. He found a kindred spirit in writer, Mark Phillips from Rip it Up, who liked the same music. They teamed up and approached the owner of a rundown bar on the corner of Albert and Wellesley Street, persuading him to let them DJ there on a Friday and Saturday night. A Certain Bar was an immediate success. No one was playing the new sounds on the radio and people just loved them. The next move was to a space above Cook Street Market that was due for demolition in six month’s time. They called it the Six Month Club, the Five, Four, Three, Two and One Month Club till the Market’s days were ended.

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Phew! There’s plenty more. His TV air-time on Max TV, managing True Bliss, presenting a segment on TVOne’s “Headliners”, head judge on ‘Pop’s Ultimate Star’ series and competing in ‘Dancing with the Stars’. He reunited with Th’ Dudes in 2007 to complete a sold out national tour and did a Dine and Dance revival tour fronting a six piece band that drew crowds of people aged from thirty to seventy years old. This man never stops being relevant and continues to keep up a high standard. He’s now in partnership with Peter Hale in an agency named Applause that provides music consultancy. They will arrange the acts and curate the music for any sort of event from a two hour cocktail party to a three day festival. As Peter says “Basically what I’m doing is continuing to make a living out of all things musical. This means moving with the trends without looking too silly and bringing new products to the market.” Well all the world loves an entertainer who in turn loves an audience. It’s a two way admiration society and Peter says he’s had a wonderful career and realises how lucky he is to be doing something that brings joy to people’s lives. Like Tony Bennett Peter will be doing just that for a long, long time. www.applause.co.nz (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) PN PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


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Black Box: (Mania Mania and Pamela Love exclusive to Black Box), 35b Surrey Crescent, Grey Lynn T: 09 3780073 www.blackboxboutique.co.nz

Greg Fromont: T: 09 376 3774 www.gregfromont.co.nz

James McCarty for Cybele: Exclusive to the Cybele store, 62 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 376 5009 and coming soon to www.cybele.co.nz

Nick von K: Selected Walker and Hall stores, or www.nvk.co.nz

Passionata: 215 Hinemoa St, Birkenhead T: 09 480 9709 www.passionata.co.nz

SeventySix Design: 45 New North Road T: 09 379 0276 www.seventysixdesign.co.nz

Swanns Fine Handmade Jewellery: Passionata

New Studio at Level 8, 47 High St (Canterbury arcade)T:09 377 2858 www.swanns.co.nz

Wunderkammer Jewellery: ‘70s Givenchy chain ($250); ‘70s Givenchy sculpted necklace ($375); ‘70s Givenchy heart pendant ($250)

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FASHION + STYLE CARATS DESIGN JEWELLERY – MADE FOR INDIVIDUALS SET ABOVE STYLISH INNER CITY HIGH STREET IS CARATS DESIGN Jewellery - jewellery designers and manufacturers who are passionate about great design and creativity, “there is nothing more satisfying than having a concept in your head and then translating that idea into reality using precious metal and gemstones”. Quirky and eclectic High Street is a fitting location for the individuality of the store. The designers at Carats take inspiration from nature and life all around them to create their various collections with a characteristic New Zealand flavour and something to suit a variety of tastes. The ‘Flowers’ collection is colourful and feminine and wearers can add their own touch by choosing individual rings and stacking them to create their personal look. For something special, the ‘Hidden Heart’ collection is designed so that only the wearer can see the heart when

worn. Coming soon is a development of their ‘Kina’ range – called ‘Next of Kina’ - “an advancement of the traditional locket where you have a secondary attachment that can be handed down to your children, a true treasure”. Carats has been creating distinctive jewellery since 1996, using only quality materials and only the finest of gemstones and creating all their pieces onsite in their workshop. Carats jewellery is made for individuals - “we create ideas, not follow them!” So whether you’re looking for something bold with colourful gemstones or something more classical and elegant, Carats offer you a distinct style, “it is bold and sexy and conceptual and has a signature that can be immediately recognised”. PN CARATS DESIGN JEWELLERY, 1st floor, 10 High St, Auckland City, T: 09 309 5145 www.caratsjewellery.co.nz

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Abbeyfield provides low cost, high VANILLA INK quality shared accommodation for seniors, and the event was designed to raise the charity’s profile and publicised as ‘a protest against ageism in the fashion industry.’ The youngest model was 75 and the oldest was 93-year-old Kath Johnstone. Ms Johnstone is also an internationally competitive swimmer. Vanilla Ink designer Susan Duckworth said “I loved the Abbeyfield show and it validated something I often get on my soapbox about - fashion is not restricted to the young and super-slender. The models looked amazing and felt good. The show was totally convincing and not in any way patronising. If older women have the mindset to dress that way there is nothing stopping them.” The Abbeyfield concept began in the UK after World War II when it became apparent there were many widowed people living alone and struggling to support themselves. Since then the international not-for-profit organisation has expanded around the world, offering community-based, volunteer managed, affordable, family-styled housing for lonely older people who seek independence, companionship and safety. (JULIE ROULSTON) PN

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FASHION + STYLE AUCKLANDER TAKES OUT TOP TITLE IN BESPECTACLED BATTLE Josh Steele crowned New Zealand Spectacle Wearer 2011. Josh Steele from Auckland has beaten stiff competition from around the country to win the official national title of ‘Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2011’.

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The 21 year old AUT Bachelor of Business student took the honour at an exclusive fashion event in Auckland last month where the much anticipated Gok Wan eyewear range was revealed.

WARMER WEATHER SIGNALS IT’S TIME TO PACK AWAY THE WINTER BOOTS, paint your toenails and bare your feet. While jandals have always been a staple of the Kiwi wardrobe, now we can flip flop in style thanks to The Showroom, a retail store selling the complete range of Havaianas in over 150 different styles.

Specsavers celebrity Judges Colin Mathura-Jeffree of New Zealand’s Next Top Model and renowned WORLD fashion designer Denise L’Estrange-Corbet selected Josh from hundreds of award entries. “It was a very tough competition with a high calibre of regional finalists; we were looking for someone who created a bit of a spectacle of themselves for all the right reasons, someone who wore their glasses with pride. Josh really caught our eye,” said Colin. “It is such a surprise to win, I am utterly overjoyed!” Josh said. “As a typical Kiwi student, I went to get my eyes tested but couldn’t afford to get prescription glasses, now I can. I was stoked to hear that I would win a trip to Melbourne and four pairs of brand new Specsavers glasses!” said Josh. Josh will travel to Melbourne with his partner and $2,500 spending money and two VIP passes to The Tatts Cox Plate Day, one of the most exciting and fashionable days of the racing calendar. A further $2,500 will be donated to the Cancer Society, a charity close to Josh’s heart. “My Dad was diagnosed with cancer nine years ago and is now in remission. It’s such a difficult journey and by donating to the Cancer Society I hope to make that journey easier for other families,” Josh said.

The Showroom is located at 28 MacKelvie Street, and owners Emma Bidois and Dane Winter provide a spacious showcase of exclusive Havaianas styles, so their customers can be sure that they will find a size and style to suit them, “It’s a family-friendly space, plenty of room for everyone. We’ve even got a water bowl out front for the dog!” What makes Havaianas different to your average jandal is their reputation for lasting longer, and internationally the brand sells over 600 million pairs each year. Havaianas are made in Brazil using sustainable rubber and fair trade “99% of jandals are sadly now made of low-grade plastic. It is nice to offer a unique product which is good for the environment.” Havaianas start at $20-$69 depending on prints, bling and style, and while you can pick up a traditional pair for your beach days, you can also go for dressier ‘Sunday Best’ options such as the new leather style for guys with a handmade leather strap and soft rubber base. For a hint at what’s hot this summer, their new slim prints have arrived in bright colours “think Turkish inspired patterns, animal and floral designs in coral, purple and navy.” For Christmas stocking fillers, pick up Pininho Charms to customise your Havaianas and exclusive customised styles with Swarovski crystal bows and flower pendants – adds your own individual touch and helps to tell them apart on your doorstep! HAVAIANAS THE SHOWROOM, 28 MacKelvie Street, Grey Lynn T: 09 361 2416

The ‘Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards’ celebrates and rewards Kiwis who wear their glasses with style, pride and confidence. “What I have learnt from this competition is that glasses are cool and should be worn with pride. Nowadays people are wearing glasses as a fashion statement even if they don’t need them and I think that is great,” said Josh. The ‘GW’ by Gok Wan collection is on sale in New Zealand exclusively through Specsavers stores nationwide from Saturday 8 October. International fashion guru and Specsavers ambassador Gok Wan’s eyewear range is inspired by four of the most fashion-fabulous decades from the 40s through to the 70s, the range is Geek chic at its finest. The frames are intelligent yet sexy with unique features to put Kiwi specs wearers on the fashion podium. PN

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PONSONBY DESIGNER HOMELESS IT'S NOT OFTEN THAT WE RUN 'Accommodation Wanted' adverts in Ponsonby News, but we want to get behind our friend Dan Gosling. The fashion entrepreneur (Stolen Girlfriends Club, Stem Distribution, Black Box Boutique, and whiteboxboutique. com) has to vacate his family's Grey Lynn home of six years. Dan and his wife Emma (Cruickshank, of fashion showroom 'Public Library') care for Dan's two young sons, and they have a baby on the way! They are looking for a 3-4 bedroom house anywhere in the Greater Ponsonby area, to rent or buy. You can email Dan at Dan@stem.net.nz (Pictured - Dan and Emma at a Cloudy Bay event earlier this year). PN PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


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FASHION + STYLE This striking monochromatic jacket will never date and is a classic piece that will underpin your wardrobe for years to come.

MICHAEL HOLMES PREMIUM EYEWEAR – REFINED CLASSIC WORLD-CLASS Michael Holmes, optometrist-cum-eyewear guru has spent more than 20 years observing the evolution of eyewear leading to two world class Auckland eyewear boutiques. Michael Holmes Premium Eyewear, Teed Street, opened eight years ago and High Street opened last year. Both stores are popular destinations for the style-savvy. “People who wear glasses deserve better than the mass-produced, cheaply made frames and licensed brands currently dominating the market,” says Holmes. As an alternative to mass -production Holmes’ stores carry frames and sunglasses made by the globe’s leading independent eyewear designers who specialise in quality eyewear. There are no logos or seasonal fads, just refined, classic designs that last. A fan of Japanese craftsmanship, Holmes believes his stores carry the largest collection of Japanese made frames and sunglasses in Australasia. “Japanese acetate and titanium is the best in the world, but more importantly the Japanese are highly skilled artisans where the art of hand making eyewear has been passed down generations,” explains Holmes.

Black and white check jacket $790 White fine twill shirt $249 Black micro check trouser $349 Green bold stripe tie $129

At this time of the year both stores are buzzing with bespectacled people wanting prescription sunglasses. Premium Eyewear’s entire range of beautiful sunglasses can be made into tailor made prescription sunglasses, including the authentic vintage range of Oliver Goldsmith. What makes for a perfect pair of glasses? “If you appreciate detail like hand stitching on a pair of boots, you will want your frames or sunglasses to reflect that standard. Most opticians will talk about fit and bridge size. I train my staff to pay careful attention to the customer’s personality and style because that’s the key to getting it right.” PN MICHAEL HOLMES PREMIUM EYEWEAR, 5b High Street, T: 09 973 8950 25 Teed street Newmarket, T: 09 523 0343 www.premiumeyewear.co.nz

THE DAY OF THE JACKET IN THE WORDS OF WORKING STYLE: “THE JACKET IS WELL AND TRULY BACK, giving a nonchalant nod to the suit. This self-assured sophisticate doesn’t really care what you wear below the belt - dress pants, chinos, jeans... it’s all the same to him. The Jacket knows all eyes are on the top half. Made over, the contemporary classic is light weight, and tailored to complement any upper body. With many different jackets to choose from, the struggle will not be which one you choose to take home, but how many.” PN

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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 Vera, I did so enjoy meeting you and your Aunt recently and hope that by now you have settled into your premises in Dunedin. I expect that you have found Dunedin to be quite a change from Middlemarch! However, I’m sure that you’ll soon build a regular clientele with your excellent references and your cheerful disposition. Starting out on your own as a professional dressmaker is no mean feat and as promised when we parted, I am very pleased to be able to offer you my advice whenever you may need it. As you also expressed a keenness to receive regular fashion news from the north, please accept pt this as the first epistle of a regular correspondence. Firstly I offer er my credo. The three black sheep in the fold to be ainst by every professional dressmaker are lack of guarded against becoming lines and poor cut. balance, unbecoming ver at a loss as to what to suggest for the stout client, If you are ever never forget the ‘invisibilising’ quality of black, especially when ted with silver or gold trims. complemented al that you keep well abreast of fashion trends. Your It is essential nevitably ask you about the styles for the coming seasons. clients will inevitably o you need to know about any new sleeve styles, hem Not only do st heights or skirt widths, but lengths, waist also the new w season’s colours, prints, fabrics, trimss and accessories! You will become veryy valuable to madam if you can present her to her rivals looking as if she stepped out of the pages of the latest Harper’s Bazaar. zaar. I’m keeping clippings of anything I think might be of interest to you, but you would be wise to subscribe to a good range ge of fashion journals. You must subscribe to at least one good French journal such as Le Jardin des Modes. These ese have lovely handcoloured plates that give ketches of front and back views of frocks and you good sketches gowns for allll times of the day. Your clients will love to m and will no doubt order copies of some of browse them the models. I hope that you have subscribed to the Ladies’ Mirror as I suggested. Just in case you haven’t yet received the latest copy, I must tell you about tant news revealed by ‘Vanitas some important Vanitatum’ in her columns. Last month she attended the Fashion Exhibition in Holland Park that he coming previewed the winter fashion’s on’s for me of London, some ure will which I’m sure xt year. reach us next I did like thee idea of shaded ing used for materials being es that, by the way, will dance dresses no longer bee straight from

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the coming winter! In fact ‘Vanitas Vanitatum’ declares that the straight outline in dress is doomed! Apart from sports frocks and morning attire, she states that all the examples at the exhibition were slightly flared at the hems. Vera, this is a very big fashion change that will surely test us in a couple of month’s time. I’m always in a quandary when this happens – are you too? It’s very tricky when one has a ‘know it all’ client who yet hasn’t heard of the change and who demands the old style. We know that she’ll be madder than a wet hen when her rivals show her up at her garden party looking more moderne than she, the hostess. And guess who will get the blame? I’m fortunate that most of my ladies trust my taste implicitly. Even so, I’ll have to have the evidence before me in the way of the latest fashion publications to provide that extra assurance that they will require. Anyway, I was telling you about the shaded fabrics. I really love the effect and have actually tried it out myself by dyeing a white silk tulle stole a glorious buttercu buttercup yellow. By the way, I always use Nadco Fairy Dyes and recommend them most highly. The fabric merch merchants are sure to bring in some shaded fabrics but it would probably be wise if you practised the tech technique over the coming months. It always comes in handy, particularly for matching trims. Now that we know of its impending popularity, I pl plan to dye some more tulle stoles and silk sashes and a offer them for sale in my workroom. They might in fact do well this summer! Imagine soft clouds of shaded geranium tulle around one’s shoulders on a warm summer evenin evening on the terrace – very becoming don’t you think? thi I might try it on velvet too – divine for tthe winter! Mother is coming for afternoon tea so I’d better get star started on cutting some sandwiches. I’m making three types: quince jelly wi with slivered almonds, cream cheese and chopped olives and salmon with wi mayonnaise. And I’ve lemon iced buns from the baker to serve with cof coffee afterwards. Aren’t The Mecca in you jealous! Do you remember rem Swanson Street, where I took you to luncheon friend Dorothy? Well, I’m to meet my milliner frien coffee and am prone to quite taken with their cof buying a packet if ever I pas pass their way. I’ve just come back from running runn a nice hot bath so I must close soon. The Mirror Mir recommends the addition of a good tablespoon of liquid ammonia – supposed to be rather stimulatin stimulating. I’ll let you know. If you’re tempted to try it too, don don’t bathe your face, as it isn’t good for the skin! Well my dear Vera, I look forward to your news from the South. You aare most welcome to stay with me if ever you wish to come to Auckland, but I expect e that your Aunt might be a litt little put out if you didn’t stop with her! Until our next correspon correspondence, With all ggood wishes,

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 TRAVEL BREAKS: THE NEW THERAPY! HOLIDAY GETAWAYS You’re busy finishing up work for the year and preparing for Christmas. Then suddenly it’s time to go away on holiday. Don’t panic. A few quick tips plus thinking ahead will mean you won’t be rushed off your feet as you prepare to go away for your vacations. MAKE A LIST This may seem obvious but how many times do we really remember to write everything down so we know exactly what to pack the following year? This is a huge time saver. You can also keep different lists for different types of vacations, for example overseas holidays, weekends away, camping trips etc. Go to the following handy website which provides you with a custom packing list depending on your particular type of holiday and destination: www.packinglistonline.com LITTLE BY LITTLE Rushing at the last minute will add to your stress levels and usually ensure that preparing for your trip takes even longer. Plan ahead and start doing small jobs several weeks in advance so you don’t have to do everything in a rush. Once again a list is your best friend. Make a schedule for the preparation for your holiday. DELEGATE Many hands make light work. Don’t think you have to do everything yourself. Get the whole family involved in preparing for your trip. Delegating jobs means that no one person has to do everything. FORGOT SOMETHING? Take it as a given that there will be something that you will forget. Make sure you have a prioritised list of the most important items that you simply couldn’t have your holiday without, for example your passport. Pack these items first. If you do happen to forget any non-essential items don’t worry – you can always buy these at your destination if you need to.

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TELL THE NEIGHBOURS Worrying about your house is one of the things that can take up time while you are preparing to go away. Tell your neighbours that you are leaving and when you will be back so they can keep an eye on your house. Leave your cell phone number with them for peace of mind so they can contact you if they need to while you are away. BOOK AHEAD Organising your holiday in advance will not only save you time ringing around at the last minute but it will also save you money. Your smartphone can also save you time. Basic functionality will let you access itineraries via email or your airline’s mobile web site. Try Tripit, a free webapp and smartphone app for iOS, Android, and Blackberry that manages your itinerary. FOCUS ON THE ESSENTIALS How often when we are about to go on holiday do we suddenly feel the need to do all those little jobs that have been sitting around all year? Just because you are going away for a few weeks doesn’t mean that you have to suddenly take care of those non -essential jobs around the house. Focus on what you need to do to get you out the door. The non-essential jobs will still be waiting for you when you return rested and better able to cope with them. (KAREN PHELPS) PN

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PONSONBY NEWS READERS ARE EVERYWHERE 1-2. St Mary’s Bay resident ALLAN HORNER emailed us last month with several shots including one of ISTANBUL’S famous Spice Bazaar where he confesses to over -indulging in Turkish Delights. The second is of GERARD HALL at Pierre Loti Lookout. A wonderful place to get some excellent views of Istanbul. 3-4. ROSS THORBY has been making us envious with snippets from his travel diary on Cunard’s Queen Victoria. This was taken in ISRAEL beside the Sea of Galilee, supposedly on the spot where Jesus feed the 5000. The second is reading Ponsonby News underwater 5-6. Local resident EVAN WOODRUFFE sent us a shot taken at the Werkshau auf AEG art exhibition in Nuremberg; the second is of his partner JEANNE CLAYTON in BERLIN outside one of the many beer and food carts. 7. Westmere residents, KAYLENE LAWRY-SMITH and ADRIENNE GOOCH outside Château de l’Isle-Marie in Pontiac, FRANCE. The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied

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THE MAASAI AND THE MIGRATION by Ange Pirie, Director, World Journeys As we touched down on a tiny airstrip in the middle of the Serengeti, gazelle scattered left and right into the bush. I had finally arrived in Africa! East Africa is my favourite safari destination – the vast herds of wildebeest, leaping Maasai warriors, and the soaring slopes of Kilimanjaro will never fail to take my breath away. I may have a hankering for true wilderness, but do insist on some home comforts. My arrival at the ‘Serengeti Under Canvas’ camp was heralded by a wonderful chorus of welcome song from the staff, citrus scented cold towels and a chilled fruit cocktail. Definitely not the camping of my childhood days. My vast canvas tent was decked out with a chandelier, a proper bed with snug duvet, and a teak chair on my ‘deck’ that was perfect for G&T’s at sunset. All that gorgeousness aside, I had come to Africa to see the animals. Each day began with an early wake-up call, hot chocolate and a quick snack before heading out in a 4x4 with an expert guide and tracker. Just as we were rousing ourselves for the day, the animals were making the most of the cool morning air. The pressure was on to spot “The Big Five” game – lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo. This term came about in the bad old days of hunting, when these animals were the most difficult to hunt on foot. Even now they can be elusive, but for the expert and instinctive skills of our tracker, whose keen eyes spotted spoor (tracks) and fresh droppings that led us to even the shyest – the leopard. It’s such a thrill to see these beautiful creatures up-close in their natural wild environment, indescribable. We were also lucky enough to experience the annual ‘Great Migration’ in action, with wildebeest and zebra moving in vast herds, almost single file, to the fresh feeding grounds in the north. Quite a spectacle, and truly one of the wonders of this world.

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I also headed north by light plane to Grumeti Tented Camp – the tents a combination of canvas, wood and stone, with amazing al fresco showers complete with pink fluffy towels! The main lounge area here overlooked the Grumeti River, home to a huge bloat of hippo, as well as the giant Nile crocodiles. Needless to say I confined my cooling dips to the camp’s swimming pool. On to the Ngorongoro Crater, a veritable ‘Garden of Eden’ with its prolific wildlife which includes a pack of hyena over 100 strong that dominates all other predators in the crater and beyond. Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is decadent and superbly stylish, with a mix of colonial antique and African decor - delightfully eclectic, bordering on eccentric. It was here that I experienced my first Maasai ‘Guard of Honour’ ceremony, with over 50 traditionally dressed Maasai armed with flaming torches, chanting as they leapt into the air, defying gravity and generating gasps of wonder all round. This was East Africa at its best. Asante Sana PN

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TRAVEL BREAKS: THE NEW THERAPY!  THE LANGHAM, TOP NEW ZEALAND HOTEL FOR OCEANIA IN PRESTIGIOUS CONDÉ NAST AWARDS

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The Langham, Auckland has been named the top New Zealand hotel in the prestigious Condé Nast 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards. The five-star hotel was voted the third best hotel in Oceania overall and was the only New Zealand hotel to feature in the top ten list. The annual survey reflects the combined opinions of 28,876 Condé Nast Traveler readers, who cast a total of eight million votes, rating the cities, islands, and hotels they have visited in the past year. For its range and depth, the Condé Nast Readers’ Choice Awards are a unique and trusted source of advice from the world’s most discerning travellers. Jeffrey van Vorsselen, Managing Director of The Langham, Auckland says the acknowledgement was well deserved recognition of the hotel’s aim to bring a true five -star luxury experience to New Zealand. “The Langham was only narrowly beaten by the Observatory Hotel in Sydney and the Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay, which indicates we are a world-class hotel here in the heart of Auckland, and that we also easily rate alongside the best hotels in Australia,” says Mr van Vorsselen. “This award shows that The Langham, Auckland is successfully creating fabulous memories for its guests and I know that my team go to great efforts to do so. Recognition by Condé Nast, which is an organisation synonymous with the finest luxury travel experiences, is one of the highest accolades and this is a great way to end another successful year for the The Langham,” concludes Mr van Vorsselen. The full list of Condé Nast 2011 Readers’ Choice Award winners is available at: www.concierge.com/tools/travelawards/readerschoice The awards appear in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler available on newsstands in the USA from 18 October, 2011. CHUAN SPA at the Langham

INTREPID TRAVEL - ‘A CULTURAL ADVENTURE’ Since 1989 Intrepid Travel has been delivering amazing real life experiences to people around the world, and many Kiwis agree it is a great way to travel. The one thing all Intrepid trips have in common - without exception - is fantastic value for money. But what you will get from your Intrepid trip is much more than just a great priced adventure. The local knowledge of the leaders that guide you is invaluable. You’ll eat in restaurants not found in any guide book, stay in special accommodation that really captures the spirit of the destination and you’ll join the locals to travel on their buses, shop in their markets and visit them in their homes. The real value of traveling with Intrepid is that you’ll take home many, unforgettable experiences you can only find with local knowledge. This may sound a bit scary to some people, but Intrepid is generally a cultural adventure rather than a white knuckle experience. Intrepid travellers are people who are looking to immerse themselves into the culture of the country they are traveling to, interact with the locals, learn about their history and see how they live today. As nice as it would be, few of us get to travel as much as we’d like to. So when we do manage to break away and hit the road. It is important to make the most of the journey and have what Intrepid like to call incredible ‘real life experiences’. Remember there is way more to this life, than the world you live in! PN HARVEY WORLD TRAVEL, 293 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 0443 www.harveyworld.co.nz

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KAREN PHELPS FROM PONSONBY TO PUHOI YOU’VE POSSIBLY DRIVEN PAST IT MANY TIMES ON THE WAY NORTH AND never given it a second glance. But have you ever stopped to check out the Bohemian getaway right on your doorstep? Puhoi is an interesting slice of Kiwi history. It took early settlers from Bohemia in the Czech Republic over 100 days to get here in 1863. In fact there are still descendants of early Maori and Bohemian pioneers living in Puhoi. The river meandering through the town is its namesake; ‘Puhoi’ is the Maori translation for ‘slow water’. The best time to visit Puhoi is the last Sunday of the month when the busy Puhoi Farmer’s Market is held. Stallholders come largely from the Rodney area but the market is surprisingly multicultural and a great place to grab breakfast or lunch.

As I leave Puhoi it strikes me that in this town just about every attraction seems to have the name Puhoi in the title. I guess we can only be thankful that Puhoi, like many other small towns in New Zealand, has not yet chosen to draw attention to itself with the erection of a large plastic statue aka the giant fruits of Cromwell or the giant can of L&P that marks Paeroa. Puhoi has more style than it has so far received credit for and is an often overlooked gem on Auckland’s doorstep. (KAREN PHELPS) HOW TO GET THERE: You can drive to Puhoi in about 30 minutes from Ponsonby; it’s located approximately 50 km north of Auckland along State Highway 1. www.puhoinz.com

Wandering around you can find food from India, the Mediterranean, Scotland and Turkey. Try the local freshly baked artisan bread, honey smoked sausages, French crepes and old fashioned lemonade. Highly recommended is the Puhoi Coffee, freshly roasted and with a New Zealand Coffee Award for its decaf. But no matter when you visit Puhoi has a surprising amount of things to keep you occupied whether you are a couple craving a romantic weekend getaway or a family or group of friends looking for a fun day out. There is the quaint Puhoi Museum where you can learn more about the local history of the area. It’s located right next to the Puhoi Church. There is the distinctive Puhoi Pub, an elegant 1800s white weatherboard building in the centre of the village where bikers, locals and day trippers from Auckland can happily mingle. The Puhoi Pub is possibly one of the last iconic pubs left in the country with history literally bursting through the kauri walls making it more like a museum than a regular drinking hole. Want something a bit more refined? Try the Puhoi Cottage and Tea Rooms. The cottage is over 100 years old and owner David Dodsworth says that everything, apart from the pies, are baked at the cottage bake house and all the recipes have been handed down from owner to owner. The main drawcard is the Devonshire teas with giant warm scones dripping with raspberry jam and freshly whipped cream. Or try the Lemon Crunch – delicious and gluten and dairy free. Another good reason to come to Puhoi is the newly renovated Puhoi Valley Cheese Shop and Café. The new café offers a menu centred on Puhoi Valley cheeses and yoghurts. Trial and buy the delicious cheeses as well as taking a peek at the cheese making process. And of course Puhoi is located in a beautiful setting with several walkways. For a short stroll try the Puhoi Lookout Trek, which takes about 50 minutes and weaves through bush rising up to overlook Puhoi township. For a longer walk the five kilometre long Arthur Dunn Bush Track will take you through mature bush and farmland starting at the intersection of Ahuroa Road and Remiger Road. If you are spending a weekend in Puhoi there are also a number of attractions nearby. How about a walk on Waiwera beach at sunrise or a relaxing dip in Waiwera hot pools? Or perhaps a visit to Zelandia Sculpture Garden established by artist Terry Stringer. The garden forms a theatre for the dramatic sculptures.

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ATTRACTIONS PUHOI HOTEL T: 09 422 0812; Email: thepuhoipublimited@gmail.com PUHOI COTTAGE AND TEA ROOMS Open Tues to Thurs 10am – 4pm; www.puhoicottage.co.nz PUHOI MUSEUM Open every day from 1pm – 4pm (or whenever the locals feel like opening it). FARMER’S MARKET Held last Sunday of each month, 9.30am – 1.30pm. Next market day scheduled for Sunday 27 November. PUHOI VALLEY CAFÉ AND CHEESE STORE Open Mon to Friday 10am-4pm, Sat – Sun 9am-5pm. www.puhoivalley.co.nz ZEALANDIA SCULPTURE GARDEN 138 Mahurangi West Road, (near Puhoi), now open by appointment only from November to end March. For appointments T: 09 422 0099 or visit www.zealandiasculpturegarden.co.nz PN

CHANGING TIMES AT ZEALANDIA The one artist Auckland sculpture park that was created by Terry Stringer, Zealandia, now has a change of opening hours. Stringer is devoting his time to exhibitions and commissions – see the photograph of him and partner Tim McWhannell (pictured right) recently installing The Poet Crowned at the Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney. This new season Zealandia is open only by prior arrangement. Contact details are above. PN

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LIVING THE DREAM WE HAVE ALL FOLLOWED ANGELO GEORGALLI FROM CAFE TO CAFE AND from pie to pie over the years. You may have noticed after selling the Food Room on Ponsonby Road, he has been a little quiet over the past 12 months. Angelo and Stephanie and their three kids made the big move from Ponsonby to Matakana 10 months ago. They bought 21 acres of farmland where they have gutted an old bungalow and turned the land which had been untouched for 13 years into a working farm. Their latest venture has been converting the old barn into fantastic self catering accommodation, or if you prefer the B&B alternative. You can even use the old barn as a venue for a special occasion, Angelo can cook you a three course meal or cater for a dinner party, the options are endless. It’s a fantastic relaxing country environment a great place to unwind away from the city. If you need a break only 45 minutes from the City, with farmers markets, great cafes and beautiful beaches Matakana is the place to be. www.holidayhouses.co.nz/properties/20486.asp www.facebook.com/pages/The-old-barn-matakana/284377431589975?sk=wall

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HELENE RAVLICH: NATURAL BEAUTY

THE MAGIC OF NUMBERS WHEN I WENT TO MEET WITH MICHELLE Buchanan in her Ponsonby home, I had heard a lot about Numerology but wasn’t exactly sure how it worked. By the time I left I was intrigued and more than a little inspired to find out more. Mother of two Michelle is an international speaker, writer, spiritual teacher and numerologist who has studied Numerology for over 20 years. She is also a Certified Law of Attraction Practitioner and upcoming radio host on Louise Hay’s ‘Hay House Radio’ in the USA as well as a soon to be published author. Michelle was a passionate believer in the metaphysical as a child, however it was a life changing Numerology reading at 21 that led her down a spiritual path. “I was so astounded by the accuracy of the information in my numbers” she says, “that from that moment on, I was on a mission to be sure it wasn’t just a fluke.” Throughout my continuous investigation into Numerology, which is simply the science of the energy of numbers, its accuracy never ceases to amaze me. That is why I’m so driven to help others improve their quality of life through understanding their ‘numbers’. After 23 years in the corporate world as a Key Account Manager, Business Development Manager and Recruitment Consultant for EMI Music, Thomas Cook, Kelly Services and Avis, Michelle decided to leave it all behind to follow her passion and life purpose to make a difference in the world. “I enjoy helping others to raise their consciousness through self understanding, acceptance and an awareness of the Universe in which they live,” she explains, “and my goal is to raise ‘mind, body, spirit’ awareness in mainstream New Zealand,” a task she completes on a weekly basis with her column in ‘Woman’s Day’ magazine and segment on TV One’s ‘Good Morning’. Both her column and television appearances cover a wide range of mind, body, spirit topics ranging anywhere from acupuncture and Reiki to the healing ability of positive emotions, plants and flower essences. Michelle ensures her message is delivered in

a down to earth, practical and understandable way rather than the typical new age airy fairy nonsense of the past. Although Michelle is ‘intuitive’ and gifted with claircognizant and clairsentient abilities, she firmly states she is not a fortune teller or psychic and she won’t predict your future. Instead, she will offer insight into your potential and inspire you to create an amazing future of your own. She believes it’s all about taking control and fulfilling your destiny as you go along. When we start talking about numbers, it immediately becomes clear how passionate she is about their study. “Numerology is an ancient mystical science created by Pythagoras in 2500BC,” she says, “and although it’s considered hocus pocus it’s incredibly accurate and insightful in providing ones forecast in advance.” From a person’s birth certificate name and date of birth Michelle will calculate the six core numbers that form the basis of a chart. Each of those numbers has a set of personality traits, talents and abilities, as well as challenges and life lessons to be learnt and overcome in this life. Each number also has a destiny and life purpose that needs to be fulfilled. Michelle stresses, “in many cases your life purpose isn’t necessarily your job or career, but rather how you live your life, view the world, and treat others and yourself.” Her clients are shown the numerology blueprint of who they are and what they were born to overcome and achieve. An understanding of this information then enables them to deal more effectively with their challenges and manifest their highest potential with greater ease. “I cannot fix another’s problems, I can only offer them the tools to fix their problems for themselves.” Michelle is also a Certified Law of Attraction Practitioner who teaches her clients the power of deliberate thought and emotion to manifest changes in their life. She states, “I cover all the bases because even though Numerology will uncover ones destiny and life purpose, only deliberate thought and intention can help them to achieve it.” (HELENE RAVLICH) PN For further information visit www.michellebuchanan.co.nz

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

DEBORAH KELLAND RESPONDS

I would like to take this opportunity to clear up a misunderstanding that Ms Kelland has regarding my letter in the October edition of Ponsonby News. The modern day snake-oil salesman I was referring to was not the advocate of MMS (although I admit I do believe he qualifies as one too) but that of the ‘gallbladder/liver cleanse’ which relieved Ms Kelland of the “hundreds of gallstones she never realised she had”. No doubt Ms Kelland will be pleased to hear that it’s highly unlikely she had hundreds of gallstones to be relieved of.

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Further research of the subject led me to an article in the medical journal The Lancet by Christiaan Sies (Canterbury Health Laboratories) and Jim Brooker (Waikato Hospital) describing the indepth chemical analysis of such ‘gallstones’ excreted by one of their patients after undergoing a similar ‘cleanse’ regime. Turns out to be a nothing more than a lovely example of chemistry in action. It’s likely that enzymes in the gut interacted with the olive oil and salts taken as part of the ‘cleanse’ turning them into balls of soap. The full version of the article can be found online here: www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(05)66373-8/fulltext.

MY PASSION FOR NATURAL HEALTH GOES BACK A LONG WAY AND WAS ignited with my own personal challenges in my early twenties with the signs of a body breaking down. Fortunately I met an old Doctor of Naturopathy who taught me the basics of detoxing and living life through nutrition, which gave me a leg up to help me through a full-on life and career. Most of this knowledge has now become mainstream and in looking back in these last 30 years, it just reminds me how quickly the world’s view on life and health can change. Yet so many so called ‘unconventional’ modalities like acupuncture, Jin Shin Jyustsu, colon cleansing and organic produce whilst having been around for centuries, still do not get the respect and attention they deserve. How long have doctors been ruled by the results of drug company research? Is 30, 40 or 50 years – I am certain not that long? Yet now they have all the ‘answers’ that give cancer patients little confidence that natural remedies can and do save lives.

The idea of turning fats into soap is an ancient one, and unfortunately one most of us seem to have forgotten. Apparently there is a 3500 year old papyrus that suggests that ancient Egyptians regularly combined animal and vegetable oils with salts to create a soap-like substance to bathe in.

I have recently embarked on my own health regime, and it astounds me how challenged people are by some of the practices that I have undertaken to achieve that because they are ‘unconventional’. Give me a break, these things have been around forever!

As for MMS being used as a water purifier in Europe for 80 years, my understanding is that bleach has been used in this way, but it’s more for swimming pool water than drinking water.

Yes, they are scary to undertake because there is not someone with a white coat overseeing you. Yes, you are often left to find out what works and does not through trial and error because there is no rule book. Yes, you have to get used to comments from those supposedly in the know who say it is dangerous when really there is nothing more dangerous than drugs. Yes, you have to get used to not being able to eat out if you are a vegan because 99% of food that is produced for mainstream consumption has dairy and meat in it. And yes, the research that shows red meat and milk greatly contribute to deterioration in health is not published it would blow our world apart because it’s very being relies on the dairy industry. But let’s not support research over real life results. Just because some modalities can’t compete with the cost of research doesn’t mean that they are not right. (DEBORAH KELLAND)

I would like to declare that I have no competing interests – I am not a medical doctor and do not make a living selling ancient recipes for soap. I am a scientist who passionately believes it is important to raise the dangers of believing poorly researched pseudoscientific health claims, regardless of whether they are made by alternative health practitioners or the medical establishment. DR SIOUXSIE WILES, Ponsonby resident and Auckland University medical researcher

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Are you suffering from beer drinkers elbow? (Sore from all that lifting of beer from bar to mouth.) Is your back sore from 80 minutes at a time spent standing in pubs/bars/the Cloud and Fanzone? Do you have spectator strain in your neck? (Over-extending your neck to see where the ball went when the big Aussie fan keeps standing in your line of vision.)

And, do we even want to know how your hips, knees and ankles are coping following six weeks of solid Rugby World Cup supporter activity? If your body is suffering from any of the above RWC spectator injuries then you need to call us now. We’ll get you back in top form for summer and recovered from your RWC injuries quicker than you can say ‘just another four years’. Plus, if you’re one of the first 10 people to call in with the score for just one of the following games (England vs Scotland, Ireland vs Australia or France vs Tonga) we’ll give you 50% off our standard physio price (one hour session) or free if you’ve had an injury and qualify for ACC treatment. You got to be in it to win it, so get in! PN RETURN TO FORM, Level 1, 334 Ponsonby Road T: 0800 R2FORM (0800 723 676) or T: 09 551 4460 www.returntoform.com

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HOROSCOPES

MISS PEARL NECLIS

♏ Scorpio (the Scorpion): 24 October - 22 November You are on the right course this month as that idea of yours has finally evolved into something solid. Do what you have to do to make it work.

♐ Sagittarius (the Archer): 23 November - 22 December You are prone to overreacting when you’re not feeling your best and things can be said that shouldn’t be. Walk away from any situation that you find you’re uncomfortable with.

♑ Capricorn (the Goat): 23 December - 20 January Look out for any signs that might appear that would indicate that you are in for a great surprise this month. You will be rewarded for your patience and hard work.

♒ Aquarius (the Water Carrier): 21 January - 19 February Working behind the scenes like you do, can sometimes be because you don’t always want to be noticed. Fortunately you are often being talked about and noticed and good things are being said.

♓ Pisces (the Fish): 20 February - 20 March You are bored and distracted this month and your mind is elsewhere. Take this as a sign that you might need to take a break or change a few details in your life.

♈ Aries (the Ram): 21 March - 20 April Everywhere you go this month it seems that someone wants a piece of you, it may be because you seem grounded and often give good advice. Make sure you get space by yourself as you don’t want to become overwhelmed.

♉ Taurus (the Bull): 21 April - 21 May You have a great imagination and desire to be creative but occasionally family politics seem to

take over and your time gets allocated elsewhere. You have a great life and it does need to be about you sometimes.

♊ Gemini (the Twins): 22 May - 21 June You have a reputation for being solid, dependable and in control; however this can sometimes

make you feel overwhelmed by peer pressure to stay focused. You have to blow off steam once in a while anyway you can.

♋ Cancer (the Crab): 22 June - 22 July You can always be the one to depend upon when a crisis is about to unfold with a bit of rational

advice or practical support. But you do need to find some outlet that you are able to vent any frustrations out on.

♌ Leo (the Lion): 23 July - 21 August You constantly are amazed by your ability to bring multiple elements together to create

something new and amazing to share with others each month. But you have to believe in yourself as it is very tiring for others to constantly remind you that you can do it.

♍ Virgo (the Virgin): 22 August - 23 September Don’t let anyone take control or try to interpret how you feel this month just because for once

you are not feeling quite there. Take time out to reassess what’s bothering you first and then deal with any fallout.

♎ Libra (the Scales): 24 September - 23 October The relationship that you’re in can sometimes feel like you are trapped and it’s about to come

crashing down around you. Maybe you need to decide if it’s you or just the circumstances that you find yourself in. PN

ASTHMA FORCES CANCELATION OF MEAT LOAF CONCERTS IN NEW ZEALAND MEAT LOAF CONCERTS IN NEW ZEALAND LAST MONTH WERE CANCELLED after the singer was hospitalised with severe asthma. While touring Australia last month, Meat Loaf said he had been carrying an oxygen mask on stage for the past 44 years. He claimed to get an asthma attack at every show. While this case is an extreme example most people are not managing their asthma. If you get more than 3-4 asthma attacks per week requiring reliever medication then your asthma is poorly managed. Like most people with asthma Meatloaf will have been prescribed medication. However, it is unlikely he has ever been advised about the one thing that can help him control and in all likelihood overcome his asthma. Yes his breathing. Asthma is a breathing disorder and in order to control asthma it is necessary to correct your breathing. You can only treat the symptoms if you don’t know the cause. If, like Meatloaf, your asthma is poorly controlled then you should see your doctor to review your asthma management plan. If you would like to overcome your asthma naturally then phone Glenn White at the Buteyko Breathing clinic on T: 09 360 6291. www.buteykocourses.com PN Note: Always consult your doctor before making any changes to prescription medication.

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LIVING, THINKING + BEING CONFIGURE EXPRESS OFFERS FITNESS SERVICES AND WEIGHT LOSS SOLUTIONS FOR LOCAL WOMEN CONFIGURE EXPRESS PONSONBY ARE LEADERS in providing exceptional fitness services and weight loss solutions for women in an environment that promotes life long wellness. The club offers its members full gym facilities including great cardio machines, the exclusive Configure Express full body circuit workout, fun personal training, two effective weight loss programmes, vibration training and motivating group fitness classes (including Spin, Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Calorie burner and more.) One client, Danielle recently completed the Break weight loss programme with impressive results. She lost 10.2% body weight, 8.5% body fat plus a whopping 44cm on the programme. WE ASKED DANIELLE WHAT MADE HER DECIDE TO DO THE BREAK PROGRAMME? I had a significant birthday coming up and wanted to feel fit and healthy as I headed into my 41st year! HOW DID YOU DECIDE THE BREAK PROGRAMME WAS FOR YOU? I needed to change my eating habits and also wanted the motivation of a personal trainer to help me through the hurdles that inevitably come up in a training programme. HOW DID YOU FIND WORKING WITH STACEY, YOUR PERSONAL TRAINER AND THE GYM OWNER? When I first started people would see I was training with Stacey and make comments about what a great trainer she was. Her knowledge is reassuring – regarding both nutrition and exercise. She’s positive and brings a fun vibe to the training sessions which is essential.

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HAVING COMPLETED THE BREAK PROGRAMME WAS IT WORTH IT IN TERMS OF EFFORT AND FINANCIAL INVESTMENT? I feel like I’ve really achieved something significant. The financial side of things does need to be considered as it’s more than a simple gym membership but I had a goal that I needed help to reach so decided it was worth spending the extra weekly amount. The food took hardly any effort at all – it’s a healthy balanced diet, which allows you to eat quite often so I never struggled with that (the wine, well that’s another story!) FOR WOMEN WHO HAVEN’T VISITED US AT THE CLUB, HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE FACILITY/ ENVIRONMENT? It almost feels like having a gym at home. Because of the size of the place the girls know the names of everyone who comes in and there are always people chatting on the bikes or mats. In 13 weeks I’ve never had to wait for equipment and I’m often one of only two or three people in the gym. It’s a totally non-threatening or intimidating environment. WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE FOR WOMEN WANTING TO GET FIT OR LOSE WEIGHT? You should just get started. That’s always the hardest part but as soon as you start seeing results it spurs you on to see how far you can go. Feeling fit has a positive impact on all aspects of your life – whether you’ve got children and need extra energy to get through the day or are single, a bit of a wine drinker, like to party – whatever it is, feeling fit and healthy makes the tough days much easier, and the hard nights easier to justify! CONFIGURE EXPRESS, 1/208 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 1236 www.configureexpress.co.nz/Ponsonby

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CLARE CALDWELL

THE ART OF LIVING

So often, with all this Rugby World Cup fever currently around us and for weeks building up to it, I’ve heard the phrase, ‘rugby is who we are’ from the mouths of daily news readers, leaping out as newspaper headlines and as a generally unchallenged statement that purports to define who we are as New Zealanders. I, for one challenge this one-dimensional assumption! While I acknowledge sport’s a huge part of our way of life here and have admittedly really enjoyed all the fervent flag-waving and patriotism lately, sport’s not what defines me as a kiwi. So what does? My love of opera is one thing that does. On Friday 7 October Placido Domingo, one of the world’s greatest opera super-stars of all time came to Christchurch to give a one -off charity concert as an altruistic gesture of empathy and support. It was an instant sell-out raising over $300,000 for the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and the earthquake devastated Court Theatre. The radiant faces of people who’d experienced the concert spoke volumes. I’m unashamedly jealous!

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The date of 3 September this year saw the opening of the new, revamped Auckland City Art Gallery. I joined thousands of other kiwis from all walks of life, cultures and age groups to celebrate, explore and experience the promise of something wonderful. We were not disappointed. The transformation and extension of the old Gallery into a world-class, people-friendly, utterly inspiring piece of architecture where the old is seamlessly and tastefully blended with the new is a triumph of vision and tenacity. Taking ten years to complete and costing $120 million, it wasn’t without its ‘moments’, says Gallery director and driving force behind this upgrade, Chris Saines. Thankfully he persevered! I’m sure I speak for many when I say I’d rather my rates helped fund this endeavour than yet another sporting event or stadium. Looking round at all those excited faces as they explored the priceless collections of art the new Gallery now houses, I saw awe, inspiration and sheer joy. Completion of such a wonderful and exciting venue for Auckland city, for New Zealand, indeed for the world, as a celebration of the fine arts, in all their subtlety, intelligence, diversity and beauty, connects deeply to what is meaningful to me and to thousands of other kiwis. It’s time to revamp this clichéd national and international image that equates New Zealanders only with sheep, dairy, nice landscapes and sport. It’s time to encompass a new, more sophisticated and expansive definition of ‘who we are’.

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FORME SPA’S FABULOUS NEW CABANA Left to right - LIZ RICHARDS, GRACE WARD, MICHAELA SHEWAN, PAULA OLSEN and ELMARIE SMITH

YOU MAY WONDER WHAT GOES ON INSIDE THE WHITE SHUTTERED VILLA at 39 Spring Street – local Ponsonby residents getting their bliss fix at Forme Spa! Established in 1995 and a great local favourite, the spa has a new addition – the outdoor cabana. Use of the cabana is complimentary to Forme Spa guests, and is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious herbal tea blend before a treatment, spa lunch or even a massage. Within the spa, the team are ready to pamper you with relaxing hot stone, warm bamboo, pregnancy or aromatherapy massages, luscious sugar scrubs and divine body wraps. The facial range targets all skin concerns for effective results, using Bioelements, Environ and the new luxurious Babor line, plus the best anti-ageing treatments including LED light therapy, microdermabrasion, vitamin infusions, ultrasound and peels. Of course all the necessities are taken care of as well with luxurious manicures and pedicures, Shellac, tinting, waxing, IPL hair removal and electrolysis. Jane Iredale mineral make-up and soon to be launched MOR gift range are also on offer.

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The team is lead by Elmarie, who has been with Forme Spa for over three years. Elmarie was previously Spa Manager onboard the prestigious QE2 liner, and is supported by Therapy Manager Liz (ex Ponsonby Beauty Therapy owner) and a passionate team of therapists including Michaela, Paula and Grace who are all dedicated to delivering a world class experience. Come in and experience the Royal Treatment! PN FORME SPA, 39 Spring Street T: 09 378 8682 www.formespa.co.nz

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HELENE RAVLICH: NATURAL BEAUTY

SUMMER’S HERE: GO FORTH AND TAN! FIRST WE NEED TO GET SOMETHING STRAIGHT: I’M NOT talking a weeklong fry in the sun, but rather a fake bake at the spraygun of a trained professional. Or perhaps an expert application by your own hands if you’re that way inclined, especially given the high quality products hitting the beauty market on a more than regular basis that make that sort of thing easy for even the novices amongst us. And as for the shade du jour? It’s known as Royal Mocha – the name the beauty press gave royal sister-in-law Pippa Middleton’s particular hue - as opposed to the Fierce Fanta more associated with the likes of Katie Price. Applied well, a fake tan makes even the greyest of days – I’m talking to you, Auckland city – feel festive and summery, and does wonders when it’s time to peel the layers off. Not only do you look like you’ve just had a week in Fiji, you also have a beautiful even skintone and don’t even need a smidgen of make up – although a matte coral lip looks pretty damn perfect if you’re like me and just can’t leave the house without a slash of my favourite M.A.C shade. For at home bronzing, you can’t go past St Tropez’s Gradual Tan for Body ultra rich moisturiser. An enriched, nourishing body moisturiser, it cleverly combines serious skincare benefits with a healthy touch of bronze – and the sun need not apply. Infused with soothing aloe vera, this lotion helps give you smoother, yummier skin while building a gradual golden tan, every day. Like all St Tropez products, it uses their innovative Aromaguard fragrance technology to eliminate that musty smelling telltale self tan aroma by a minimum of 70 per cent, and instead has a beautifully subtle fragrance that won’t cancel out your perfume. Exfoliate well in the shower before massaging this luxurious lotion in from top to toe, and it doesn’t matter if you go over the same area twice as it’s only the missed areas that’ll look uneven. Wait for the lotion to be absorbed before getting dressed. And as with any instant tanner, wash hands after use.

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One of the best professionally applied spray tans I’ve tried recently was at Ponsonby Road’s Love My Look, where I experienced a Norvell tan for the first time before a trip to Fiji and was hugely impressed. While I was there I heard all about their newest offering, which takes the sometimes eighthour long wait for your tan to develop and slashes it to an incredible one hour before showering. This means you can pop in after work and hit the town that night, rather than having to spend a night waiting for it to dry and avoiding water like the plague! After application, warm water rinse after just one hour to achieve a natural bronze, two hours to achieve medium bronze and three hours for darkest bronze. Just like that! Another product with near instant tanner’s gratification that I’m in love with is from Mecca Cosmetica. Part of the ByTerry range, it’s called Soleil Terribly and is a sunny tinted serum with a ‘self-radiant’ effect for a natural tan without overexposure to the sun or DHA. An alternative to bronzing powders; it’s a great choice if you have a talc allergy (which more and more people have due to the stuff being in so many of our damn products) and gives your face a healthy glow. And last but not least, I’ve just seen a true multitasker from Green People, a new range of award-winning organic sun lotions that use effective natural and skin friendly ingredients to efficiently protect against UVA and UVB rays. As well as some great unscented sunblocks and a kid’s range called Oy! (As in Organic Young), Green People offer a very clever product known simply as the Sun Lotion SPF15 with Tan Accelerator. This contains an extract from the carob tree that naturally stimulates melanin; speeding up the tanning process by 25 per cent and reduces the tan-fading rate by almost 50 per cent. Spend less time in the sun, tan, and protect your skin all in one! (HELENE RAVLICH) PN

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LIVING, THINKING + BEING FLEX AND GO – THE PORTABLE HOME GYM ARE YOU INTO FITNESS BUT SOMETIMES CAN’T FIND THE TIME TO GET TO the gym? Or perhaps you are concerned that all the hard hours spent working out will be wasted over the Christmas break? There is no longer a need to be concerned as Sebastian Masset has developed the Cord X – muscles in a bag exercise system. The idea to develop the Cord X system came to Sebastian about a year ago when he was doing a lot of travelling. It was during these bouts of frequent travel that he found it so frustrating and difficult to keep up with his gym exercises, and so Cord X was born. This nifty exercise system is a set of resistance bands ranging in resistance levels coming complete with handles, ankle straps and a door stop that will allow you to perform any gym exercise at home or on your travels. It weighs 0.4kg fits in a back pack and has the added bonus that the resistance levels are variable and inter-changeable. Just clip in the desired resistance and start working out. Resistance bands provide a slightly different style of workout and can be either used to supplement an existing fitness regime or solely by themselves. For more information visit www.cordxfitness.com and order your set. Enter ‘Ponsonby’ as the promotion code for free shipping. PN

PREPARE FOR THE PONSONBY PARTY SEASON AT MORE THAN SKIN Even social butterflies need to recharge their beauty batteries and More Than Skin Urban Spa has the perfect pre-party season preparation… To begin, you and your BFF can treat yourselves to a blissful hour of pampering at the Ponsonby Spa with our ‘Ladies who Lunch’ offer. Simply enjoy any facial of one hour or longer with a friend in our couple’s room during November and you’ll both enter the draw to win the same facial FREE, followed by a delicious lunch at the Ponsonby Road Bistro* That’s a total prize package value of up to $500.

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Or if you prefer to experience an urban girl-about-town makeover, you can confirm your status as one of the beautiful people with our ‘Little Black Dress Regime’. You’ll be ready to head straight to the festivities after a lower leg wax, brow shape and lash tint, combined with a nail file and paint for fingers and toes (complete with this summer’s hottest shades) for only $100* – a savings of $55! And what LBD would be complete without a selection of uber-chic, half price accessories to add on including a bikini wax, an Express facial or a body polish and bronze. You can even spare yourself the stress of Christmas shopping and blitz your gift list with More Than Skin’s beautiful skin care coffrets and exclusive vouchers, in salon now. Too much! Call Megs today on T: 09 361 2231 for more information. PN *Offer valid Monday to Friday, with limited spaces available. Other conditions may apply.

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DENISE L’ESTRANGE-CORBET THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE (NEAR HAMILTON!) I DID SOMETHING I HAVE NEVER DONE IN MY LIFE BEFORE. I WATCHED THE rugby semi finals on television! Yes me, a Duchess! I sat in front of the goggle box and even found myself lunging off the couch and throwing a fist into the air when they scored a goal (or whatever they are) and I have to say, I could not imagine running up and down a field for 80 minutes chasing an odd shaped ball, and having to lock shoulders and dance around with men covered in mud, wearing elastic type bands around their heads to stop their ears from turning into cauliflowers.

They each seemed to have a different idea of what healthy eating should contain to get maximum benefits. Some teams ate a lot of red meat, others only white meat, others high carbohydrates, some only high fat, some only high protein, which I found strange, because they all were striving to be the fittest, yet they all achieved it in a different way, depending on their cultures. We associate ‘fit’ with ‘thin’, yet this is not necessarily the case, and Armin has taken to making me do horrible things at Anytime Fitness. He has decided when I do my workout it has to be in front of the mirror. Not just a standard mirror, but a mirror that covers an entire wall! It is more shocking than any scary movie ever made. This past month for me has been one of excessive functions, and I am not complaining, but with these come trays of exquisite delicacies to nibble on and copious amounts of Champagne, and no matter how much I tell myself, water, water, water, I will only drink water tonight, I will only drink water tonight, I arrive at the venue, the waiter pops a glass of bubbles into my hand, a big smile appears on my face and off I pop, happy as could be, I have no self control whatsoever. Why couldn’t the things I genuinely dislike be bad for me? Like lettuce, grated carrot, cucumber and muesli only a parrot could love. Imagine, in a perfect world, if butter and dips and bread and chocolate and cakes and pizza and whole wheels of runny creamy brie and thick hot chocolates were all healthy and good for you. You could eat them in abundance and only get healthier. My god, I would think I had found Utopia, I would be the most healthy person on the planet bar none.

To celebrate WORLD VEGETARIAN DAY, the HERITAGE HOTEL hosted a totally vegan 3-course menu in Hectors Restaurant. DENISE, is pictured with GRAEME BACK, the hotel’s GM. Exercise is important we are told, and it is, but some people actually like it (not me), and others just cannot get into it, and that is the way we are. Armin tells me that carbohydrates are worse than fat, and should only be eaten early in the day? Who wants pasta for breakfast? Oh, sounds good actually! This week when working out, Armin mentions that excess stores of fat go into the ‘Depot’. Ooh I ask, which depot is that then? “Over here” and he points around the midriff and hip area. Depot? I ask, how is that a depot? “Well, things are dropped off and stored there” which makes sense I suppose. So my ‘depot’, with its reserves, are continuing extra hard this month at Anytime Fitness to work off the 200 ‘empty’ calories per GLASS of champagne I have consumed in abundance during the RWC. (DENISE L’ESTRANGE-CORBET) PN ANYTIME FITNESS, 100 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 5488 www.anytimefitness.co.nz

Choice too has become so much wider, it is almost impossible to resist all the new products that come at us at 100 miles at hour, with promises you can only dream about. At school in London, we had a hot lunch every day, and it was the same: meat, two veg and two scoops of potato, dessert was always hot custard with fruit or sponge. It was balanced. The only drink was water from the fountain in the playground. There were no crisps, chips, burgers or sweets. There was no ciabatta or turkish pide with an aioli dip, it was sliced white Mothers Pride bread, in waxed paper or Hovis which was brown, and that was it. Mince was only served as a shepherds pie, fish came battered from the chip shop or as fish fingers, and I would not have known what a lasagne was if it landed on my head. With the advent of cheap travel, we experiment more with cultures and are more aware of international menus and the temptation is so great. I often wonder with all the thousands of 99% fat-free products on the market, how come obesity is at an all time high? Surely if there is no fat, it is good for us? Not so. Calories are the problem. It may be fat-free, but it is high calorie content, so this is very misleading I think and a big downfall for a lot of people, who think they are eating healthily, but are not. The other more stupefying thing is the product content is printed in micro lettering you need a magnifying glass the size of a dinner plate just to read it!

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The fitness level of these players is extraordinary, yet none of them could be described as ‘thin’ or what we think ‘fit’ should look like. I was discussing this with the CEO of a large hotel who had a lot of different rugby teams staying from all over the world, and he was telling me how different each country’s diets were.


JOHN APPLETON ON HEALTH

A FEW THOUGHTS ON DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS RECENTLY IN THE MEDIA THERE HAS BEEN YET ANOTHER ‘BEAT UP’ ON vitamins. A supposed scientific paper reported in a prestigious medical publication suggests that taking supplements can increase death rates. The article published in the ‘Archives of Internal Medicine’ set off a global media frenzy. From the LA Times to China’s Xinhau, reports abound that taking vitamins can increase death rates. Within two days of publication, almost 300 articles appeared across global mainstream media outlets with headlines: ‘Study links vitamins to higher death rates in women’, ‘We’ve Been Wasting a Ton of Money on Vitamins and Dietary Supplements’, ‘Vitamins May Have Death Risks’ and ‘Don’t Take Your Vitamins’. The ‘observational study’ claims to have reviewed the vitamin and mineral supplement use in 38,772 older women by mailing them three surveys over 18 years, asking them to recall what vitamins and minerals they were taking. Despite the hype, some areas of significance that the headlines failed to address include: Of the women surveyed, approximately 15% smoked, 35% used to smoke, 45% drank alcohol and 40% had high blood pressure. The report did not determine the amounts of vitamin and nutrient supplements taken, or if they were artificial or natural. The study reported that taking supplements of B-complex, vitamins C, D, E, and calcium and magnesium were actually associated with a lower risk of death, and most of the mortality came from the use of iron and copper supplements (most supplements containing Iron also contain a warning that excess use can cause death, a well documented fact). Key factors not accounted for include intake of pharmaceutical drugs, nutrient intake from sources other than vitamins, the types of supplements taken and the possibility that sub-clinical signs of chronic disease could already have been present in some subjects at the start of the study. The negative findings were only evident following data adjustment (or data massage), and the final comments by the authors stated, “We did not have data regarding nutritional status or detailed information of supplements used.” Health Freedom New Zealand - Executive Director Andrew Hendrie comments, “An observational study done with surveys is notoriously inaccurate. The fact that the

study showed lower mortality rates for many vitamins is further evidence of the ‘cherry picking’ of what was a neutral study that was very poorly performed. This type of ‘science’ does not stand up to even moderate scrutiny, and conflicts with a much larger body of independent science that proves the opposite. The public relies on journalists conducting their due diligence before going to press on matters such as this. If that had happened this article would not have had the global coverage it received.” Anyone who says that there is no scientific evidence to support the use of supplements, simply has not bothered to read even some of the thousands of independently conducted scientific studies that abound in the medical literature. As I see it this ‘study’ is just another example of how junk science is used to further an agenda that is more about making money than promoting health. In 2005, I was fortunate to meet Dr Lester Packer, one of the world’s most respected scientists in the field of antioxidant research. Dr Packer of Berkeley University is author of the book ‘The Antioxidant Miracle’. In 1992, Dr Packer together with a group of 200 scientists from around the world, signed a document known as ‘The Saas Fe Declaration’. The essence of the declaration is “that the scientific evidence that antioxidants play a pivotal role in maintaining health and preventing disease is now overwhelming and incontrovertible, and that, scientists, health-care professionals, and the government have a duty to inform the public about this”. They say, “we studied the overwhelming body of evidence that shows that if used strategically; antioxidants can help maintain our health and vigour well into our seventh, eighth, and ninth decades, and perhaps even longer”. They talk about “startling new discoveries about the role of antioxidants and free radicals in the prevention and treatment of many chronic and degenerative diseases”. When it comes to prevention of disease and enduring health, the importance of an appropriate diet cannot be overlooked. Diet is paramount. While taking supplements may help to offset disease states in people who don’t wish to change their diet and lifestyle, I believe that supplements should be used to support a health inducing diet, that focuses on providing the fuel that our cells need in order to perfom their function. (JOHN APPLETON) PN APPLETON ASSOCIATES T: 09 489 9362 www.johnappleton.co.nz

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PLANET AYURVEDA: ASK DOCTOR AJIT

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Help! I wake up every morning with a stiff and sore lower back, so much so that I can’t bend down to put on my socks! I’ve had a scan and while there is no herniation, a little arthritis was noticed. It seems to ease after I’ve been up and around for a few hours but the pain can sometimes be quite debilitating. Any thoughts on how I may get some relief? R. LOCKYEAR, Ponsonby Ayurveda has been practiced for centuries so there are very few health problems that it hasn’t encountered. This experience has allowed it to develop an extensive range of therapeutic treatments to assist the healing process. One such treatment, called a Kati basti, is ideally suited to your health concern.

As your GP suspected, chronic musculo-skeletal back pain can be the result of an inter-vertebral disc disorder such as a herniated or ruptured disc and is associated with pain, tingling and numbness radiating from the buttocks down to the leg. Thankfully, you have been spared this debilitating injury but it is important that you take some action now before the situation deteriorates. From an Ayurvedic perspective, musculo-skeletal back pain such as yours is due to the muscles in the area being stiff and tight, which inhibits their ability to allow the spine to move while keeping it erect and straight. This stiffness can come from a build up of waste products in the tissue or from atrophy as the muscle is under constant tension trying to keep the spine straight. Once the muscles lose their natural elasticity, they become vulnerable to damage from strain. As you might be aware, Ayurveda seeks to keep the body in balance in the knowledge that this state allows all the body’s natural processes to work in harmony. When out of balance, Ayurveda introduces an opposite to bring about this harmony. For instance, when muscle tissue is dry and hard it will introduce oily and soft qualities to the tissue to achieve balance, which it does through the Kati Basti treatment. In this treatment, the therapist prepares a dough from lentil flour which is shaped into a small ring and placed over the affected area. The dough is sealed to the skin and

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is then filled with warm, medicated oil. The oil is kept within the ring at a specific temperature for a specific time, the therapist adding more warm oil at intervals to maintain a constant temperature. The warm oil penetrates the stiff muscle tissue, softening and relaxing and allowing the natural movement of the muscle to remove the build up of waste. The warmth also promotes blood flow to the affected area which supports the healing process and prevents atrophy and tightening of the surrounding muscles resulting from inactivity. Once the oil is removed the therapist will massage the whole back, paying particular attention to the affected area, which further softens and relaxes these tight muscles. Finally, the treatment concludes with a jet of herbalised steam over the entire back, which enhances the effect of the treatment and helps to take the oil deeper into the muscle tissue. The main principle behind this treatment is to prepare the area before doing any muscle manipulation. In other forms of treatment, manipulation is done with little or no preparation, and in such cases there is a chance the problem can worsen. The area is already stiff, rigid and hard and if the practitioner tries to manipulate the area, they run the risk of further damaging the tissue, including the nerves in that area. For the best result, this treatment should be done in a series of five to 10 sessions, which I can structure for you in your first consultation. However, you will notice an improvement from just one Kati Basti, which I have no doubt will convince you of the efficacy of this therapeutic treatment. (DR S AJIT) AJIT SINGH has a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery B.A.M.S from Punjab University. For over 18 years he worked for the Government of India in various positions in both Ayurvedic Hospitals and Phamacies until 1996 when he moved to New Zealand. With over 33 years experience Dr Ajit is Australasia’s most experienced Ayurvedic doctor. PN PLANET AYURVEDA, 41 Gillies Avenue T: 09 522 5390 www.planetayurveda.co.nz

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LIVING, THINKING + BEING CREATING THE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE Crispin Balfour has a passion for psychoanalytic thinking that gives his psychotherapy an analytic edge. He dismisses the stereotype that psychoanalysis is ‘passé’: “Freud was a revolutionary! He completely changed our world by founding psychoanalysis and discovering the unconscious. He was not afraid to tell us things about ourselves we don’t like to hear. Not that he was right about everything, but psychoanalysis has so much to offer in our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.” People often don’t know the difference between counselling, psychotherapy, psychology, psychoanalysis and psychiatry. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is a powerful approach to mental and emotional development that makes good use of our remarkably human ability to allow one thing to stand for another, and works with the unconscious forces that shape our lives. Crispin sees psychoanalytic psychotherapy as a radical approach to mental health that is backed up by intensive research. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is not about being supportive, although sometimes people experience it as such: “What is the point of supporting someone living their life in the way they do, if it is not working for them? The point is to understand ourselves. As Socrates insisted “Know Thyself” - then we have the freedom to choose.” Psychoanalytic psychotherapy focuses on the person as opposed to the symptom or particular diagnosis and it does not rely on technique or procedure. The relationship between therapist and individual, therapist and couple, or relationships between the members of the group, form a rich basis for understanding what is happening in our inner world that may be causing us difficulties. PN CRISPIN BALFOUR MNZAP Wellpark Avenue, Grey Lynn T: 09 376 0302 crispinbalfour@gmail.com www.psychotherapynz.org www.grouppsychotherapy.co.nz

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AHEAD OF THE GAME THE TEAM AT MALONEY’S HAS BEEN LIVING AND BREATHING RUGBY FOR THE past six weeks, and feel a little lost now it’s all over, having being swept up in all the buzz, good vibes and celebrations. But like everyone else we can’t rest on our scissors and are now charging ahead towards summer, Christmas and holidays. But looking back at our international visitors, it was great to distinguish the cultural (hair) styles which helped each nationality stand out from each other as much as their countries’ rugby colours. The English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish blokes with their short clippered cuts; the Italians, French and Argentinians with longer messy locks; our Polynesian cousins with their fades and braids; and of course the Canadians with their beards big enough to hide a beaver in. Above: ROGER RYAN, SUE PHELAN, CALAB VINCENT and JULIAN MALONEY

So, are we influenced by our national sporting heroes? At Maloney’s we like to give you a great cut, “hitting the mark as close as we can,” says Roger Ryan, one of the team. So when a client wants a haircut to match their favourite AB, a clear description helps; and it pays to be open to our ideas as well – after all we’ve been cutting hair since Piri Weepu was in nappies so we’ve seen a few styles come and go. We all have our definition of taste and we can see the ABs are influenced by the classic look – short back and sides, slight partings or ‘textured’ (i.e. messy) on top. These cuts are both masculine and flattering. Sue Phelan says, “While the average Kiwi bloke might not deliberately strive to look like SBW, there is a subconscious appreciation of his physical appearance, which may mean putting the running shoes on, pushing some tin and getting a sharp haircut to match.” To finish off a great cut, Calab Vincent recommends American Crew ‘Fiber’; its matt finish with a grunty hold creates different effects when used on wet and dry hair – good for an eighty minute game and the after-match function too. So don’t slack off with your grooming; stay ahead of the game. There are on average only two more haircuts before Christmas, so your barber will see you in the chair soon. (JULIAN MALONEY) MALONEYS, 192 Victoria Street West T: 09 379 3060 www.maloneys.co.nz

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HELENE RAVLICH: NATURAL BEAUTY

KIWIS LAUNCH INTO “5+ A DAY@ WORK” THIS NOVEMBER While our kids have the 5+ A Day message loud and clear, New Zealand adults are lagging behind. Recent research shows that while 78 per cent of Kiwis are familiar with 5+ A Day only 41 per cent of adults meet the recommended daily intake of fruit and vegetables.* With one third of the typical adult diet consumed during the working day, 5+ A Day is challenging New Zealanders to “Get Real with 5+ A Day@Work” during Fruit and Vegetable Month. The challenge is to encourage Kiwis to up their intake of fruit and vegetables during their workday for better health. It’s well known that healthy eating results in less sick days, increased productivity and greater profits however this is a challenge for many Kiwis. Between eating on the run, workplace morning teas, catered lunches and those vending machines, meeting the daily requirement of fruit and vegetables is not always easy. This November, 5+ A Day is raising New Zealanders’ awareness of what they consume during the work day and challenging them to include more fruit and vegetables. Whether it’s including extra fruit and vegetables with lunch or reaching for a juicy apple rather than biscuits at morning tea, working Kiwis will be one step closer to a healthier and more productive day! PN

THE NOSE OF ISAAC SINCLAIR AUCKLANDER ISAAC SINCLAIR IS ONE OF THE FOREMOST PERFUMERS IN THE world - there are only about 500 - and as far as I can tell, the only Kiwi ‘nose’. He is currently based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he creates fragrances for Symrise – the fourth largest global supplier of fragrances is the world – and was home recently to talk about his work with New Zealand-owned candle and bodycare company Ecoya. His first collaboration with Ecoya is four beautiful new candles known as the Decadence collection, each named for an inspiring and daring woman from the Art Deco period from the mid-1920s to mid-1930s. The fragrances he has created for the collection are floral yet chic and complex, making for one heady and highly desirable bunch. DID YOU ALWAYS KNOW THAT YOU HAD A GIFT, A HEIGHTENED SENSE OF SMELL? I didn’t, and I still don’t. It was more like a curiosity – I was always wanting to smell things and didn’t know that wasn’t normal. I started collecting fragrances just because I liked them, but it took a long time for me to think that someone actually created them, and that I wanted that job. YOU STARTED OUT WORKING ON THE FRAGRANCE COUNTER OF A ST LUKES MALL PHARMACY, WAS THAT BY ACCIDENT OR A DELIBERATE MOVE INTO THE INDUSTRY? I wanted to create fragrances, but knew that there was no way to go about doing that in New Zealand. I went back to the drawing board and decided to start by selling them, and must have called over a hundred pharmacies before someone would give me a job. I kept hearing, “isn’t that a girl’s job?” WHERE DID YOU STUDY? I studied both in Italy and in France, and then got a job working fulltime for the fragrance company Symrise in Paris, who I still work for now in Brazil. WHY ON EARTH DID THEY SEND YOU TO BRAZIL? Everyone asks that! It’s actually the country that buys the most perfume in the world now, much more than any of the European countries or the U.S. It’s not just all about the beaches. WHEN YOU WORK WITH COMPANIES LIKE AVON AND VANESSA BRUNO ARE YOU GIVEN A STRICT BRIEF, OR MORE CREATIVE CONTROL? It is so strict; you have no idea. That’s why I loved working with Ecoya as they knew that they wanted fragrances inspired by the 1920’s and 1930’s and certain cities, but left the rest up to me. It was amazing. (HELENE RAVLICH) PN The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied

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TONY DEY: THE HARD TOOTH – THE TRUTH ABOUT DENTISTS, DENTAL CARE AND TEETH Dr Tony Dey of Ponsonby Dentist will be contributing three episodes of the ‘Hard Tooth’ over the next few months. EPISODE 1: Kids teeth some thoughts, facts and ideas about children’s teeth. TEETHING: At dental school we were told teething doesn’t hurt – try telling that to a mother of a nine month old! Keeping the mouth clean does help, so do teething rings and apparently amber teething necklaces. Those in close contact with your child during teething should ideally have optimal oral health. While we’re on interesting facts, gum health of mothers is directly related to baby’s birth weights. Both these facts reiterate the need for expectant mothers to be seeing a dentist regularly. DECAY: Tooth decay rates for children have been falling significantly in New Zealand since the 1970s. However this trend is plateauing and we are still well behind many OECD countries. Whilst the vast majority of kid’s teeth we see in Ponsonby are pretty good, vigilance is key. Twice a month I travel to Gisborne to treat extreme cases of dental neglect which, unfortunately are all too common in impoverished parts of New Zealand. BRUSHING Good oral health from an early age is important and taking care of children’s teeth can prevent decay later. Follow these tips to keep your kids’ teeth decay-free: • Start brushing your baby’s gums with a soft toothbrush at bath time, establishing tooth brushing as part of their washing routine. • Use fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first baby tooth breaks through (usually at around six months, but it can be earlier or later). • Fluoride a natural element is added to our water it can help prevent tooth decay, in toothpaste it’s far more effective • Children under three can use a smear of family toothpaste with flouride. Children between three and six should use a pea-sized amount. It’s very important to ensure your child doesn’t eat or lick the toothpaste from the tube. This can cause white spot lesions. • Brush your child’s teeth for at least two minutes twice a day, once just before bedtime and at least one other time during the day. Encourage your child to spit out excess toothpaste but not to rinse. • Children learn by copying you or other family members. • Supervise and assist tooth brushing until your child can tie their own shoe laces, only then do they have the dexterity necessary to effectively clean their own teeth.

A VSA WINDOW ON THE WORLD THE VOLUNTEER SERVICE ABROAD IS AN ORGANISATION that has placed more than 3500 New Zealanders on assignments in developing countries since 1962. Six local people are among them and their stories might inspire other mid-career people to contribute their skills to very needy communities. The VSA has a long list of assignments waiting for suitable volunteers. Jane Rutledge returned from South Africa in May after completing a two year project with CIVICUS as a Marketing Advisor. Volunteering in an international organisation that works to strengthen citizen rights throughout the world was an inspirational and life changing time for her. She was based in Johannesburg, which she describes as both a gateway and the melting pot of Africa. Naturally, there were security and safety worries living and working in the centre of the city, but it was also an amazing opportunity to be part of a multi national community. She also got to travel extensively across Africa and work on community projects with other Kiwis outside of her normal work-time. She says that her small contribution to the many lives of those in need has left her smiling inside. Not surprisingly Jane has caught ‘itchy feet’ and in a month’s time is going on another assignment in Vanuatu. When Westmere resident Shona Jennings was editor of More she ran a story about young Thai girls sold into prostitution that really got to her so she decided to use her skills to help people who have little control over their lives. She went to work for VSA as its external relations manager and when a volunteer position came up in one of the poorest provinces in South Africa she applied and was sent to Eastern Cape to link up with an organisation that helped strengthen over 150 community-based groups working on everything from HIV/AIDS, food security, income generation, and improving water and sanitation in rural communities and squatter settlements. Her partner, Stephen Knight-Lenihan, was also assigned to a VSA position with the South Africa Wildlife and Environment Society. “It was a huge learning experience. We’ve changed as a result of what we saw and did and the people we met.” And why did the family decide to settle back in Westmere? “The lions from the zoo,” Shona laughs. “Whenever I hear them, I remember our safaris in South Africa.”

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DIET: Teeth, like the rest of the body need a balanced diet. It is important to ensure a child establishes the right eating habits to develop healthy teeth. There are three links between food and decay; types of food, frequency of consumption and timing of consumption. The types of food that must be limited are sugars and food acids. We all know the obvious sugar containing foods like lollies and fizzy drinks but there are hidden ones such as tomato sauce. Food acids are a little more complicated, many foods contain added food acids for flavoring a common one is 330 look out for it on packaging. Frequency is important because mouths and teeth need time to recover. A grazing type diet can be detrimental to teeth, keeping sweet foods to main meals helps. Timing is especially important for young teeth, overnight bottle feeding with anything but water is not advised. TAKING YOUR CHILD TO THE DENTIST: Once you’ve established a good tooth -brushing routine at home, the next step is the first trip to the dentist. We are lucky to have the free dental treatment from 0-18. Children from preschool through to intermediate can be seen for free by Dental Therapists (aka Dental Nurses). Parents will remember the murder house, well things have improved drastically! Most treatment is conducted at school but more and more dental practices are employing Therapists. High school kids can be treated for free at dental practices. TIPS TO MAKE DENTAL VISITS EASIER: • Take your child to the dentist or dental therapist when they’re as young as possible and at least once by the time they’re two. This is so they become familiar with the environment and get to know the dentist. • Taking your child to the dentist means any tooth problems can be identified at an early stage. • When you visit the dentist, be positive about it and make the trip fun. This will stop your child worrying about future visits. There are some great DVDs and books available helping kids understand what’s going to happen before they go. PN PONSONBY DENTIST, 114 Ponsonby Road, Level 1 - upstairs from The Long Room T: 09 361 2060 www.ponsonbydentist.co.nz After almost 17 years in the tourism Industry, Elisabeth Degremont put her life on hold for two years to share her skills and competence with less privileged people. She went to South Africa and worked with the Mehloding Trust as a Business Management advisor . The VSA assignment was to assist in creating sustainable livelihoods for communities in the Umzimvubu and Matatiele Areas by establishing two new tourism products, the Mehloding Hiking Trail and Masakala Guesthouse. Within two years the local people were earning income by providing organic produce to the community based ecotourism venture and the Guesthouse was awarded a FTTSA Trademark label. The development of the Hiking Trail was another challenge. Chalets were completed and staff and guides trained, always with the object of benefitting the community. Elisabeth says she will never forget her two years in South Africa where she passed on her skills and knowledge but also learned much about other ways of doing things. Spencer and Julie Nicholls from Herne Bay are both adamant that anyone who has the opportunity to take up a VSA assignment should jump at the chance. In 2002 they stepped from an AC into the kingdom of Bhutan, civil engineer Spencer to work with the Thimphu City Council looking for ways to increase the productivity of the building sector, and nurse Julie to work in the city hospital. Every day of their two year assignment was an adventure. The country was desperately short of qualified professionals and the infrastructure to run a modern state but determined not to lose their religion, language, weaving, architecture and clothing styles. As foreign volunteers they were well looked after and made to feel they were contributing towards the national upskilling. They still recall how honoured they were to meet and mix with a community of very interesting people. VSA now has both two year and six month assignments and is focussing on the South Pacific. Volunteers are taken to Wellington for a two day interview and assessed by an in-house psychologist to ensure they are aware of what they are getting into. Then follows a four day briefing about what’s involved in making the move offshore. Most importantly a volunteer doesn’t take someone’s job, but provides skills to help an organisation grow. All our local volunteers agree that when they came back their outlook had changed. They look at what kiwis take for granted and realise how lucky we are. (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) www.vsa.org.nz PN

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FUTURE GENERATION FROM THE BARN TO THE BED: INTRODUCING MERINO KIDS NEW LIMITED EDITION GO GO BAG™ FOLLOWING THE RECENT SUCCESS OF THE LADYBUG GO GO BAG, MERINO Kids in Herne Bay has designed a new limited edition release in the lead up to spring and summer. The new Merino Kids Sheep Go Go Bag™ design features whimsical embroidered sheep, on a light weight 100% organic cotton outer and 100% superfine merino wool lining; perfect for your baby to keep cool when its hot and warm when its cold. “The latest limited edition Go Go Bag has been specially created to help encourage awareness of sustainable products and the Merino industry” says Merino Kids Founder Amie Nilsson. The gorgeous new design helps to promote the use of Merino wool, which is not only fantastic to use on your baby to regulate temperature, but it is also kind to the environment.” The main benefit of merino wool is its incomparable ability to maintain a comfortable micro-climate between body and bedding. Unlike synthetics, merino breathes and controls moisture meaning that it has the natural ability to respond to changes in temperature. This unique garment property helps keep young ones cool when it is hot and warm when it is cold. Available in two sizes –NB-2 years and 2-4 years, the combination of the pure merino wool lining and the organic cotton outer, is suitable for room temperatures from 18C to 27C, to help regulate body temperature for a better night’s sleep. NEW Limited Edition Merino Kids Sheep Go Go Bag™ RRP $184.00 Available in stores and online while stocks last. PN STOCKIST DETAILS: To locate your nearest stockist or for further information on Merino Kids, visit their website www.merinokids.co.nz or call toll free T: 0800 124 646.

AUCKLAND URBAN SCHOOLS SET TO RECEIVE ULTRA-FAST BROADBAND NEW ZEALAND’S LARGEST TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORK OPERATOR Chorus, together with Crown Fibre Holdings, has today released the list of Auckland urban schools included within its first year Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB) rollout. Some 34,000 students who attend 61 schools in Auckland will soon be connected to a UFB network that can deliver broadband speeds of at least 100Mbps. The remaining fibre-to-the-school and UFB deployment plans for Auckland’s remaining suburbs are still being developed. Chorus CEO Mark Ratcliffe said he is excited to be at the start of the journey to deliver UFB fibre to 61 Auckland schools by July next year. “It’s a great privilege to be part of building Auckland’s fibre future and making a real difference in the way students will use the internet,” Ratcliffe said. “I’m delighted to see that a really broad mix of schools will be receiving UFB in this first tranche deployment,” said Crown Fibre CEO, Graham Mitchell. “It’s great to be making this opportunity available to so many Auckland pupils.”

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In line with Government policy, fibre will be delivered first to priority customers, which includes schools, health facilities and businesses. Chorus is working with a range of retail service providers to assist them in developing new fibre-based services. This will enable schools to connect to a service using ultra-fast broadband in 2012. Chorus’ website has the list of urban schools included in the first year of the UFB rollout, as well as an online map outlining the Auckland candidate area, the first year deployment plans and its business fibre area. This means people can check on the rollout progress and find out if they can connect to the existing business fibre network. In all, Chorus’ new UFB network will run past more than 43,000 homes, schools, health centres and businesses throughout the country by July 2012, building on its existing 27,700km national fibre optic cable network. As part of the UFB agreement, Chorus has started building the new fibre optic UFB network. Telecom has proposed to demerge Chorus, subject to a vote by shareholders in October. PN

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FUTURE GENERATION PORSE IS IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD Grey Lynn is following the national trend which shows more and

more New Zealand parents are choosing PORSE In-Home Childcare. PORSE Managing Director Jenny Yule says the Grey Lynn office is a great example of the national trend. “Parents are making more informed choices about what their children need to help give them the best start in life. Parents are choosing in-home childcare as opposed to centre-based care because they value the one-on-one care children receive, they form secure attachment relationships with their educators and with PORSE it’s in a settled home environment where natural play and learning can occur,” Ms Yule said. The difference with PORSE is they provide educators with nationally accredited training and certification programmes designed to help adults understand more about secure attachment relationships during the critical years of early brain development. PORSE Grey Lynn Consultants Petrice and Deb say the local PORSE office can offer many affordable options for families to give their pre-school children the best possible start in life. PORSE can tailor care to suit families’ budgets and lifestyles with the ability to utilise subsidies such as WINZ, 20 hours for three and four year olds, Multiple Birth and PORSE subsidies. PORSE is the country’s leading provider of in-home childcare and educator training with 42 Area offices nationwide, more than 6,000 children enrolled and more than 5,000 educators and students nationwide. PN Babies are nine months in the making and it’s the next few years that will shape their future. To discuss your childcare needs call the Grey Lynn office on T: 09 376 3724 or visit www.porse.co.nz

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FUTURE GENERATION SEARCH FOR NEW ZEALAND’S MOST INSPIRING TEACHERS BEGINS Hard working New Zealand teachers will be recognised and rewarded for their efforts to go the extra mile under a new awards scheme launched last month. Warehouse Stationery is giving New Zealanders the chance to say thanks to those teachers who go above and beyond the call of duty to make learning-time a rich and rewarding experience. 30 nominated teachers will share in $30,000 worth of classroom supplies from Warehouse Stationery, with one of the thirty winning a grand prize including a $5000 holiday and the title of New Zealand’s Most Inspiring Teacher 2011. “We conducted a survey of over 300 New Zealand teachers nationwide and the results were quite remarkable,” says Warehouse Stationery spokesperson Anna Campbell. THE SURVEY SHOWED: • at least 57% of teachers work an extra 10-20 hours a week or more and 64% of teachers often work weekends – including extracurricular activities such as musical productions, sports coaching, cultural groups and community events • 71% of teachers are spending their own money on classroom supplies and 20% spend their own money on breakfast or lunch for needy students “What was most notable, though, was their willingness and generosity. They saw it as a vital part of their teaching, to help make school a fun place to be” says Campbell. “It is our hope that these awards will go some way to thanking our dedicated teachers for making school a great place to be.” Passionate about the development and learning opportunities of children herself, Campbell says judges will be looking for teachers who have a passion for the profession and their pupils. “Nominated teachers should be committed to the learning process, going beyond in terms of time or resources. The best teachers are inspirational and do things in an engaging way to help make the school experience the best it can be and they will often show innovation in the learning environment to make learning more rewarding.” One nominator of the winning teacher will win a 2 Degrees Android smart phone. The 30 New Zealand’s Most Inspiring Teachers will be announced late November. PN Nominating a teacher is easy. Simply visit www.nzinspiringteachers.co.nz before Friday 11 November to find out more.

CHILDREN’S BOOK REVIEW THE MARGARET MAHY TREASURY Eleven favourite stories from the marvellous Margaret Mahy. Hardcover $45. Publisher Penguin Group (NZ) Just perfect for taking on summer holidays, or sending overseas for Christmas. The Margaret Mahy Treasury contains eleven favourite stories, from New Zealand’s favourite storyteller. The original illustrations from some of the world’s best known illustrators will be very familiar to parents and even grandparents.

THE 2011 AUCKLAND INTERMEDIATE SCHOOLS’ ART EXHIBITION The show is going to be bigger and better than ever with more than 50 intermediate schools from the Auckland region exhibiting over 500 pieces of art work. This is an excellent opportunity for the public to come and appreciate the outstanding art work of students aged 10 to 13 years. The diversity of this exhibition is breathtaking, with students producing work far beyond their years. Chris Saines (director of Auckland Art Gallery) will be opening the exhibition on Monday 14 November. It is open to the public until Friday 18 November from 11am to 5pm and Saturday 19, from 10am to 4pm. The new location at Shed 6, 90 Wellesley Street, CBD (behind Deus Ex Machina) is an impressive exhibition space. With the amazing talent and ample parking, this event is bound to be popular. (SUE ELLIOTT, Pasadena Intermediate school) PN

Penguin New Zealand have, wisely, chosen not to abridge any of these and the large format of this edition allows them to really stand out with some on double-page spreads with no text. From Mahy’s first picture book, ‘The Lion in the Meadow’ (1969) the selection ranges through her wonderful legacy of timeless classics and includes, ‘The Witch in the Cherry Tree’, ‘Summery Saturday Morning’ and the previously out-of-print ‘The Librarian and the Robbers’, which is a short novel illustrated by Quentin Blake. There is something to cater for all ages in this collection which is sure to become a family treasure. DOROTHY BUTLER CHILDREN’S BOOKSHOP, 1 Jervois Road T: 09 376 7283 www.childrensbookshop.co.nz

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HOME: WHERE THE HEART IS STYLISH OUTDOOR FURNITURE AVAILABLE AT STUDIO ITALIA Available exclusively from Studio Italia, Kettal is a global leader in stylish outdoor furniture with over 50 years experience in residential and hospitality projects. The Spanish company is renown for it’s collaboration with contemporary designers such as Patricia Urquiola and Marcel Wanders to develop it’s award winning collections. ATMOSPHERE: This collection is designed by Marcel Wanders exclusively for Kettal. The name says it all, achieve a beautiful atmosphere in your garden with a romantic gazebo that creates a new room for all your outdoor summer entertaining! LANDSCAPE DINING: The Landscape dining table with ceramic table top for carefree al fresco dining. Architectural but supremely comfortable Landscape chairs that will allow you and your guests to indulge around the dining table for hours! MAIA RANGE: The Maia collection is designed by Patricia Urquiola. Organic shapes with interesting weaving feature in this original new design collection. A statement in your garden almost like sculpture with the added benefit of being incredibly comfortable to sit in. BITTA RANGE: Designed by Rodolfo Dordoni and presented at the Milano fair 2011, the Bitta range is extraordinary. Rodolfo explains the interweaving of the fabric is reminiscent of the braiding of the ropes used to moor boats (Bitta means ‘mooring’ in Italian), which makes the pieces look lightweight but, at the same time, they look just like cosy nests in natural colours to sit back and relax in.

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The Studio Italia showroom offers an elegant, boutique shopping experience, making the best in quality Italian designer furniture, wardrobes and kitchens available in New Zealand. Here, you’ll discover a wide selection of styles for indoors and out – matched by impeccable service and knowledgeable advice. PN STUDIO ITALIA, 96 Carlton Gore Road T: 09 523 2105 www.studioitalia.co.nz

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KITCHEN, BATHROOM AND INTERIOR DESIGN

RENOVATIONS

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We are planning to renovate our bathroom and are a little overwhelmed by all the options for tapware. We are planning a contemporary but not super modern bathroom and want to ensure we choose taps which look the part, which we will still like the look of in five years time and which perform well in terms of water and energy conservation, can you point us in the right direction?

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I’m a firm believer in buying New Zealand made where possible. For some aspects of bathroom design we often do look to overseas manufacturers but when it comes to tapware our very own Methven are at the forefront of design and function. Methven have won numerous local and international awards over the years for design and innovation and this year have been awarded a Green Award in the 2011 Good Design Awards from The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design for the Kiri Satinjet Low Flow Shower Head and the prestigious Red Dot Product Design award for the Tahi Twin-Lever range.

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Both awards take into account quality of design, performance and innovation. The Kiri Satinjet Low Flow Showerhead is a further development of Methven’s multi award winning Satinjet Showerhead technology which features in many of the Methven ranges and is familiar to many of us. Unlike conventional showerheads with single jets of water, Satinjet uses twin jets of water that collide and turn into thousands of tiny droplets that feel soft enough for your face, yet bracingly cleansing for your entire body, meaning you can shower at a lower water flow rate without compromising on quality, all the while conserving water and saving on your hot water bill. The Kiri Satinjet Low Flow Showerhead takes water and energy efficiency a step further using just 5.7 litres of water a minute. Judges praised the Kiri for its sophisticated design, superior performance and impressive water and energy saving credentials and were further impressed by Methven’s commitment to protect the environment, conserve resources and encourage sustainability by saving remarkable amounts of water and energy alongside great life expectancy for the product with its lifetime parts guarantee. The Red Dot Design Awards, one of the most renowned international product competitions has awarded Methven’s Tahi Twin-Lever Tapware the ‘Red Dot’ seal of quality. The Tahi’s signature individual lever control follows the contemporary form of

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a single lever design and offers the greater usability and energy efficiency which can only be achieved with separate hot and cold water flow control in a single platform. Conventional single lever mixers are generally left in the start position (warm) which uses a mix of hot and cold water. And as basin mixers are often used only for a short time to wash hands, the hot water may not even reach the outlet and therefore the unused hot water and the energy used to produce it, go to waste. Tahi’s stunning ergonomic design provides the visual simplicity of a single lever design with the efficiencies that can traditionally only be achieved with two taps. “As always, our jury cast a very careful eye over the products submitted. Design quality has asserted itself clearly in the judging process, with genuine and new creative solutions also being rewarded. Both of these criteria are not just yardsticks for good design, but also for the potential for success on the market. This potential is increased several times over by the targeted use of our renowned design award,” says Professor Dr. Peter Zec, the initiator of the red dot design award. This year, designers and companies from 60 countries entered 4,433 products in the Red Dot award for product design. If you’re looking for cutting edge design, innovation and efficiency for your bathroom or kitchen, we recommend you start with one of our own. For more information visit www.methven.com (ROB HOOK) PN BUILDSPACE KITCHENS AND BATHROOMS – Design Build Install T: 0800 455 556 info@buildspace.co.nz www.buildspace.co.nz

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CONFIDENCE, COMFORT AND LUXURY FOR ALL THE FAMILY PEOPLE WHO NOW OWN A CLEANLET ELECTRONIC BIDET OFTEN COMMENT on how they wished they had acquired a bidet a long time ago. 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. Why should we wash after toileting, toilet tissue has been doing the job for years? Well 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 or those with physical disabilities may find 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.

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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 especially on cold winter mornings. Because a Cleanlet Bidet is installed onto your existing toilet pan you can take your Cleanlet with you should you move from one house to another. 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 WYNN TRADING LTD. CLEANLET BIDET, Number 156, Hall 2, Home Ideas Centre, 165 The Strand, Parnell T: 0800 24 33 87 or T: 09 419 9147 www.wynn.co.nz

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THE PONSONBY GARDENER AS A FORMER MAINLANDER I’M ACCUSTOMED TO true spinach for longer seasons than in Ponsonby as it is a cool season, short day crop and tends to run to seed in warm weather. Never fear – here are a couple of gems that substitute perfectly in summer. Malabar spinach (Basella rubra) is a great, reliable source of summer greens. I’ve read that Malabar Spinach does not have pest problems however as you can see from my photo, a creature other than me took a liking to my plant and tucked in. My garden is organic and spray free and I believe that there are a lot of “midnight feasts”. It grows well in full sun in hot humid climates. It’s a climbing vine by the way (good if you’re short on ground space) - whip up a tepee/trellis and try this fast growing bountiful green. Mine grew to about 1.5 metres high. It’s not spinach but is in the Basellaceae family. Other names for Malabar spinach include: Ceylon spinach, Vietnamese spinach and Indian spinach. The leaves are beautiful - large, heart shaped, veined, glossy and fleshy. It’s sometimes grown as an ornamental – the red stems, white flowers, and dark purple berries are attractive. It’s fast growing too. I started my seeds indoors six to eight weeks before outdoor planting. The flavour is similar to spinach. In the tropics it is a perennial and in warmer temperate regions is an annual. I hopefully left the cut back remains of my last year’s plant to come away again this year. No luck; mine has died and I have begun again with seedlings I have raised from Kings Seeds seeds. This green likes rich manured soil and warmth. It won’t grow quickly until the weather really warms up. In fact, it is extremely heat tolerant. Harvesting is time-consuming - cutting off one leaf at a time. It can be cut in long trails too (the tender stems, young shoots and leaves are all eaten) but I like to leave the trails to climb. The leaves are mucilaginous (slimy) which sounds disgusting but makes no difference to me. In fact, the succulent mucilage is a particularly rich source of soluble fibre. It is also useful as a thickener in soups and stews. It keeps its green colour - I’ve used large leaves in a frittata, as a thick green layer in a baked potato cake, in soup, in a stir fry and young fresh leaves can be added to salads too. Sri Lankan friend Rukman says, “Chopped leaves are really tasty in red dhal curry, popped in toward the end.

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Or steamed/boiled leaves and tender stems are also tasty with a pinch of salt and grated fresh coconut.” New Zealand Spinach is another green that will grow well in summer. Its botanic name is a mouthful - try saying Tetragonia expansa fast ten times. It sounds like an extinct dinosaur. In New Zealand some are not familiar with this green and if we’ve been reading Aussie papers we might think it’s a weed, or like pavlova I’ve seen it claimed as Aussie! It’s not true spinach. Our only native edible vegetable, it’s delicious. Other names for New Zealand spinach include Warrigal Greens, Kokihi, Sea Spinach, Botany Bay Spinach, Duneweed and Cook’s Cabbage. It’s long lived and enjoys hot dry conditions, providing leaves and stem tips throughout the summer, continuing long after other varieties have finished. The more I pick, the more the plant produces. It is a trailing plant – mine trails over the brick edges of my garden forming a mat of triangular, soft, succulent foliage with a crystalline appearance. Before planting, soak seeds in hot water for 24 hours and then sow three or four seeds in mounds spaced 70cm apart. Don’t plant too much – it’s very prolific. Try sautéing leaves in a tiny blob of butter with ground nutmeg and pepper. Or use the tender tips in salad, larger leaves in frittata, soups, or lasagne. Perpetual Spinach (Beta vulgaris), spinach beet, is a type of Silverbeet or Swiss Chard and a perennial – its almost indestructible - I pick it all year round. In recipes where spinach is required you can often substitute silver beet or chard. SUPPLIERS: ‘Organic Herbs and Seedlings’ - Rob and Murray - sell both these seedlings plus many other fabulous greens at the Grey Lynn Farmers Market. Our new Grey Lynn garden centre - Garden Co Plant Market at 554 Great North Road, Grey Lynn has New Zealand Spinach seedlings and Perpetual Spinach seedlings. Kings Seeds sell both Malabar Spinach and New Zealand Spinach seeds plus a huge range of other spinach seeds. www.kingsseeds.co.nz (FIONNA HILL) PN

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ASK AN ARCHITECT: PAUL LEUSCHKE Each month Grey Lynn resident and Architect Paul Leuschke of Leuschke Kahn answers readers’ property related questions. Email yours to jane@leuschkekahn.co.nz on my garden over the summer and I’m looking at installing Q: Iausewatera lottankof water on my property to reduce my water bill. Could you let me know what the important things are for me to consider when doing this and if it is a good idea to connect the tank to my household water system while I’m at it? are two systems you can look at to reduce your water bill and use for garden A: There irrigation – a rain harvesting tank or a grey water collection tank. A rainwater harvesting system collects water from your roof when it rains and stores it; a grey water system re-uses water that goes down the drain in the laundry, kitchen, bath and shower for reuse on gardens or for toilet flushing. Installing a rainwater tank just for irrigation is the easiest option. If you want to connect the tank to your household plumbing you need Building Consent whereas you generally don’t need one if you are just using your tank for the garden (depends on size and support structure). Greywater systems always require Building Consent. THE BENEFITS? In 2007 Watercare supplied Auckland with 136 billion litres of A-grade drinking water, yet only 6.8 billion litres (5%) was used for drinking. You can supply around 65% of your household water needs using a rainwater tank (outdoor water use accounts for 17% of your water in summer). Aside from a reduced water bill, a rainwater tank will also reduce the discharge on the public stormwater system, which is currently at capacity in some areas. When stormwater is not properly managed it can cause serious environmental problems. Collecting rainwater can reduce the risk of erosion and flooding around your property and avoid polluting the rivers, lakes and beaches. LOCATION, MATERIAL AND SIZE? Tank size depends on how large your roof is and how much of your water you want to provide by tank. As a guide, watering the garden uses about 1000 litres per hour and one person uses 180 litres per day. You may think you don’t have room for a tank however some companies now specialise in making slimline tanks designed to fit in the space alongside your house; other tanks fit under your house or deck and can be painted or landscaped to blend with your architecture and garden. Tanks must be opaque and should be located in the shade where it is cooler to prevent the growth of algae. Concrete, plastic, fiberglass and galvanized steel are the most common tank materials. Always choose polymer coated steel to avoid corrosion.

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Material selection depends on your budget, tank size and where you want to install it. For a simple garden tank any large watertight container will suffice. Attach a hose or tap fitting to the base and connect a diverter from your roof downpipe to feed into it. Some diverters have sieves to stop debris and automatically divert water back to the downpipe when the tank is full www.rainline.co.nz. SAFETY AND MAINTENANCE? Check your gutters, pipes and roof paint are lead free to avoid contamination. Auckland Regional Public Health Service offers a free lead testing service T: 09 623 4600. You should not collect water if any part of the roof, guttering or fixings contains lead, cadmium or chromium. The Ministry of Health recommends cleaning your gutters and tank once a year. Regularly inspect your gutters to ensure they are free from debris. Prevent animal droppings contaminating the water by trimming down tree branches so that they are 2m away from the roof and position TV aerials to hang over the ground not the roof. There are accessories available to improve the tank water quality. Leaf guards are a good idea to prevent large debris getting into your tank. First flush diverters capture the first flow of water after it rains which carries most of the debris and contaminants off the roof; they are optional if the water isn’t for drinking. Water level indicators are useful if you do not have a mains water top up connected to the tank. You can expect to pay roughly $120-$200 on electricity and maintenance for a household tank and pump annually. Installing a basic rainwater tank for the garden will be a quick and cheap way to save money. Going further with a larger tank to supply your household and garden will be more expensive but you will have a larger environmental contribution and more water savings too. For the water savings to start paying back it can take around seven years on a large dwelling and 14 years on a small dwelling so it’s important to bear in mind how long you plan on living at your property. If you want to do some more research a great website for finding water tank suppliers in Auckland is ww.waitakere.govt.nz/AbtCnl/to/suppliers.asp and look at www.smarterhomes.org.nz for information about rainwater, greywater and saving water. (PAUL LEUSCHKE) PN www.leuschkekahn.co.nz

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THE BOILER ROOM OPENS IN KINGSLAND Renowned for its highly original, one-off New Zealand industrial works, The Boiler Room is back in the city with a spectacular collection of finely reconstructed furniture and objet d’art. The Boiler Room’s new space in Kingsland which opens its doors on Thursday 10 November, presents a great opportunity to appreciate the innovation and attention to detail that personifies The Boiler Room name. This striking collection of rare and beautiful salvaged and re-crafted works includes smaller found items, tables, shelving, storage, lighting and trolleys incorporating aged timber and industrial inlays. Co-founders Gary Willis and Sue Haldane are looking forward to seeing you there. Hours for November: Wednesday to Friday 10am - 5pm and Saturday 10am - 3pm, or by appointment. PN THE BOILER ROOM, 486 New North Road, (Behind Royal Jewellery) T: 09 411 8082 www.boiler-room.co.nz

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HOME: WHERE THE HEART IS CAUSE FOR OPTIMISM IN 2011 AUCKLAND ARCHITECTURE AWARDS The economy may be fragile but architecture in Auckland has rarely been healthier. Consistent with the city’s current optimism about its built environment, the New Zealand Institute of Architects’ 2011 Auckland Architecture Awards attracted 150 entries! This is a record number and has yielded a bumper crop of 42 awards. “We were presented with a very high standard of work across many building types and scales,” says Awards jury convenor, architect Gary Lawson. “One stand-out feature was the significant number of impressive public and commercial projects in the central city area. Award-winning buildings such as the Auckland Art Gallery, and work in the Britomart Quarter and in the new Wynyard Quarter, have given the city a real sense of momentum,” Lawson says. “I think Aucklanders are now very aware of the importance of good architecture, and should be confident the city will continue to get it.” Lawson says the CBD and the Auckland waterfront are not the only places where the architectural bar has been raised. “The new MOTAT Aviation Display Hall at Point Chevalier is a stunning building, and the new transport hub at New Lynn will be a catalyst for local regeneration,” he says. “And then there are buildings like the new Navy Museum at Devonport and the exhibition centre on Rotoroa Island – projects that prove that modest budgets are no barrier to good design.” Residential architecture, which Lawson says has always been a strong design category in Auckland, is also well represented in this year’s Awards, as are interior architectural projects such as the “clever and characterful” Cocoro restaurant in Grey Lynn and a temporary Britomart bar that is a “tongue in cheek” take on the country club type.

BROWN VUJCICH HOUSE, HERNE BAY (PETE BOSSLEY ARCHITECTS LTD): This house comprises a pleasing, layered series of spaces leading down the hillside. The screen on the street elevation is crisp, delicate and playful, and opens to a lovely split-level entry sequence and an interior exhibiting beautiful cabinetry and an intriguing and subtle use of colour.

“The jury visited many special places, and many that we didn’t want to leave,” Lawson says. “What these winning projects had in common was an artful integration of structure, technology, and the wider surroundings, and also a consideration for the people who occupy the buildings and for those who observe the buildings.” Several architecture practices made repeated visits to the winners’ podium at the 12 October Awards ceremony, fittingly held at the twice-awarded Auckland Art Gallery. Architectus received four awards, while Herbst Architects, Strachan Group Architects and Warren and Mahoney Architects were all triple award-winners. Joining Gary Lawson on the jury of the 2011 Auckland Architecture Awards were architects Tim Hay, Max Herriot and Kate Rogan. The New Zealand Architecture Awards is the official, peer-reviewed awards programme of the New Zealand Institute of Architects, the professional body to which 90 per cent of New Zealand’s registered architects belong. Each of the NZIA’s eight constituent branches holds an annual awards programme for its catchment area. Projects are submitted into categories covering the various types of work undertaken by New Zealand architects. PN

COCORO, PONSONBY (GASCOIGNE ASSOCIATES LTD): This project demonstrates the simple and engaging use of an existing marginal space. The furniture offers comfort and character, and architectural battens provide aesthetic interest and, pragmatically, a screen for acoustic materials. In devising this cleverly ordered restaurant, the Architect has achieved much with a small space and a limited budget.

HOUSE FOR FIVE, GREY LYNN (RTA STUDIO): This house is an interesting and creative addition to an existing character street. Sliding and screened façade elements play with notions of privacy and mediate the occupants’ relationship to the street. The interior responds well to the needs of a growing family and comfortably exhibits an important art collection.

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HUW EVANS: PROPERTY MANAGEMENT This month we introduce a new column dealing with rentals and property management starting with an interesting question.

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My neighbour’s house is similar in size and layout as mine. How is it that it is rented out for $150.00 more per week than mine? This is a question I frequently encounter and seeing so many similar properties in our area it is a fairly easy one to answer in two words ‘perceived quality’.

If we took for example two side by side three bedroom, one bathroom, transitional villas, which have been partially renovated, it is possible that one may achieve up to $150.00 more than the other. There are the obvious things that immediately spring to mind such as the condition of floor coverings, paintwork and window coverings. If your property has been rented consistently for over three years I would definitely advocate repainting the home throughout between tenancies. Over five years, look at the condition of the carpets and curtains. There are ‘tenant proof’ carpets out there that look great and generally don’t cost an arm or leg and we all know how our senses are heightened walking into a room with a whiff of fresh paint and new carpet. Add some ready made curtains to the mix and you’re halfway there! The quality of kitchens and bathrooms equally play a huge part in the rental values of properties. They don’t necessarily have to be dripping with European designer brands, but clean well-maintained cabinetry and units make a huge difference. If your kitchen is fairly original and you’re on a budget, consider repainting the cabinetry and framing in composite colours, the addition of new cabinet handles finishes an easy spruce up and hey, retro is in!

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In Ardmore Road, Herne Bay I recently took a three bedroom one bathroom property off the market for a while between tenancies after a long term tenant vacated, repainting it throughout, tidying up the kitchen cabinetry and addressing the floor coverings and curtains. The rental value of rose from $470.00 to $620.00 per week! Of course if you are considering a more ‘major’ overhaul of your investment then sneaking that extra bathroom in will do wonders for your return and the overall rentability of your property. Consider factoring garden and lawn maintenance into the rent before you list your home for rent, I am a huge advocate of this, and indeed almost all the new properties we manage will have lawns and regular garden maintenance included in the rent. As much as I’d love to say all our tenants are avid horticulturalists…in reality they’re not! There’s nothing worse than driving around the local suburbs and seeing a property we look after with knee high grass in summer and as a landlord you will know you are not going to come back and see your pristine Griselina hedging looking more like the Amazon rainforest. Always remember that quality equals and attracts quality. Today’s renters are willing to pay for what they get. Often the ones that are quicker to jump at the least desirable properties are the sort of tenants you would rather not have at all. The ones that are likely to look after the place like their own generally won’t mind paying the extra for a well presented home, stay longer and keep up with rental payments. You will also have the benefits of maintaining the property’s capital value. (HUW EVANS) PN BARFOOT & THOMPSON, 184 Ponsonby Road T: 09 376 3039 www.barfoot.co.nz

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HOME: WHERE THE HEART IS HIGH END SALES LIFT AVERAGE AUCKLAND HOUSE VALUES Bringing spring forward ‘one month’ has contributed to the significant lift in the average selling price of Auckland homes in September which reached $547,883, the highest monthly average price for six months. “The September average sales price was up more than $16,000 or 3.2 percent on that for August, and up $24,000 or 4.9 percent ahead of that for the same month last year,” said Peter Thompson, Managing Director of Barfoot & Thompson. “This represents a significant price increase given that for the past four months the average price moved no more than $2,000 from $529,000 to $531,000. Traditionally prices rise at the start of spring, and in anticipation that the hype around rugby might interfere with our normal spring promotions, we brought our marketing campaigns forward by a month. Certainly as a result of that a number of sellers actively sought to list earlier than they might have otherwise done. “In September the top end of the market was extremely active, and we sold six homes in excess of $2 million and another 45 in excess of $1 million. The number of homes sold in excess of $1 million represented 17 percent of all our sales by value for the month, which is a far greater proportion of sales than normal. You have to go back to March (when the average selling price peaked for the year at $581,000) to find a higher average monthly selling price. The majority of these high value homes were in the central city, eastern suburbs, Devonport and North Shore beachline.” Mr Thompson said that while the average sales price was up, the number of sales for the month at 738 was in line with the number sold for the last two months. “We continue to sell more homes on a monthly basis than we did last year, but sales numbers have remained in a tight band between 778 and 738 for the last three months. New listings at 1263 were up five percent for the same month last year, and for the second month in a row new listings exceeded 1200. New listings remain tight and at the end of the month we had only 4798 homes on our books, 36 more homes than last month’s number, which was our lowest on record for four years.” www.barfoot.co.nz

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WESTMERE PRIMARY AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMME DOES THE CUP Children from the after school programme at Westmere School were very busy last term designing and making their own Rugby World Cup balls to support their countries, including numerous Pacific Island nations. The programme was launched in 1995 when former Principal Peter Kerr recognised that more families had two parents working and that there was a need for after school care. He approached Varinia Cook who lived across the road from the school at the time, raising her five children. Sixteen years later Varinia still runs the programme. It’s registered with the Out of School Care (OSCAR) network and is funded by parents “with a really supportive Board of Trustees and teaching staff” says Varinia. Varinia has five staff, drawing her team from within the community including past Westmere Primary School students who are now at Western Springs College. They all have previous childcare experience and undergo Professional Development via the OSCAR network. The team create a family environment for the children with each afternoon including quiet mat time, arts and crafts – sometimes baking, outdoor play and afternoon tea.

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The rugby ball idea was that of carer (and Mum of six, grandmother of 10) Emmie Laile, who’s been working with Varinia for about five years and of whom Varinia says “she’s a very creative person.” She adds “”the children have returned to school this term very excited and have participated in all manner of celebrations throughout the World Cup. They continue to discuss the successful win and indeed let everyone know how proud they are that the ALL BLACKS won. It has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience that they will never forget.” PN

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THE HISTORICAL BOROUGH OF PONSONBY AND GREY LYNN

STREET NAMES: COSTLEY STREET

An Edward Costley is named among the list of 114 Irish workers who were found guilty of riotous assembly in Newfoundland’s fishing harbour, Ferryland. Some were deported to Newfoundland in Canada, others were fined or had to forfeit their earnings and a few received a cat o’ nine tails lashings. The Ferryland Riots occurred in 1788 so who knows? He might well have been our Edward’s father or a relative. Another bit of interesting information published 8 May, 1883 in the Malborough Express concerns a Mr Costley who had lived in Christchurch for twenty years and on hearing of the Auckland Mr Costley’s bequests, considered disputing the will. He claimed the deceased was very likely his brother who had sailed from Belfast to distant shores in 1833. Further investigation revealed that Mr Costley of Auckland was generally known as Mr Costello, a very eccentric man who was subject to fainting fits, and believed he had no living relatives. He made his will only the day before he died. No relationship between the two was established and if Edward knew of a brother in Christchurch one would assume he’d have made contact with him. Edward’s philanthropy was directed towards the suffering and the helpless. The Auckland Hospital, the Costley Home, the Kohimarama Training Institute, St Stephen’s Orphan Home,the Sailor’s Home, the Public Library and the Auckland Museum each received £12,150. Other bequests were left to the Women’s Home and Children’s Home in Parnell, the Roman Catholic Orphanages in Ponsonby and Takapuna, the Little Sisters of the Poor in Ponsonby, the Helping Hand Mission, the Door of Hope, the Prisoners Aid Society plus many other small struggling charities. When the Kohimarama Naval Training School ceased to exist, the trustees nominated by the executors were empowered by Premier Sir Robert Stout’s “The Costley Training Institute Act, 1885” to purchase a site on Richmond Road and erect a training school for unskilled boys. The Costley Institute building was named Carlile

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OF ALL THE BENEFACTORS THAT GIFTED SO MUCH TO EARLY AUCKLAND, Edward Costley is the most intriguing. A reclusive bachelor who lived in basic lodgings on lower Vincent Street, he did very well in land transactions, amassed a fortune, which instead of spending on himself, bequeathed it all to the City of Auckland. Next to nothing is known about him; where he came from, who his parents were, what he did before arriving in New Zealand. His bones lie interred in the Symond Street Cemetery and all that’s recorded on his tombstone is his name, age (89), and the date of his burial, which was 20 April, 1883. Perhaps he had a shady past? Perhaps he was transported to Australia because of some misdemeanor? Whatever his history he must have made some money along the way and invested it cannily once he hit our shores.

House and did excellent work for many years till such services were absorbed into State Welfare systems and housed in modern buildings. During the post war period Carlile House was purchased by the Salvation Army and eventually sold to the adjacent Polynesian Church. There was a bit of a kerfuffle over the Costley Home for aged men with some in opposition to the project, wanting the money to remain on fixed deposit and the interest applied to charities. Edward’s intentions prevailed and in 1889 the Earl of Onslow laid the foundation stone for the new building at Greenlane. On that occasion Mr Mays, the then chairman of the Auckland Hospital and Charitable Aid Board made a speech detailing the history of Auckland’s benefactors paying special tribute to ‘the noblest of them all’, Edward Costley. Many of those benefactors must be spinning in their graves over what has happened to the buildings they gifted to the city. Edward Costley would be particularly agitated at the way Carlile House has been allowed to deteriorate and of course the fate of the Costley block in Greenlane still hangs in the balance. At least he has a street and a small reserve named after him. Auckland has a woeful record when it comes to preserving the past and out of respect for those early philanthropists, it’s time the neglect and vandalism stopped. (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) PN

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HEATHER FISHER UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL Heather Fisher is a residential leasing and property manager at UP Realty. She’s lived in Ponsonby since 1991 and has worked in residential leasing and property management in the area for most of that time, beginning 1993 with Culmer Real Estate.

HOW DID YOU COME TO BE A PROPERTY MANAGER? A friend of mine was a property manager and I admired what she was doing so I decided that’s what I wanted to do - put the right people wth the right property. IF YOU WEREN’T A PROPERTY MANAGER YOU’D BE? A curator in an art gallery or a designer, something to do with interiors. FAVOURITE PONSONBY CAFE? Dida’s Foodstore

WHERE DO YOU LIVE? I live on Ponsonby Road in a heritage building. DO YOU HAVE ANY CHILDREN? Yes, I have two daughters and three grandchildren – 12 year old twin grandsons and a nine year old girl. HOW DO YOU KEEP FIT? By walking – I’m a great walker! Lately down to the Wynyard Quarter. YOUR BEST FRIEND WOULD SAY OF YOU... that I’m loyal and honest YOUR MOTHER WOULD SAY OF YOU... “Heather is a great mum and grandmother, a great family person.” WHAT ARE YOUR VIRTUES? Integrity, and that I’m a woman of my word. WHAT ARE YOUR VICES? I can be a bit outrageous and a little too direct. WHAT’S YOUR SECRET PASSION? Art. WHERE DO YOU SPEND YOUR HOLIDAYS? Up North, round Bream Bay. WHAT WERE YOU GOING TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP? A teacher.

FAVOURITE PONSONBY RESTAURANT? Prego FAVOURITE PONSONBY STORE? WORLD Beauty FAVOURITE PONSONBY FASHION LABEL? Andrea Moore YOUR BEST KEPT PONSONBY SECRET? The new walkway down through Jacob’s Ladder to the Wynyard Quarter. YOUR DESERT ISLAND DISTRACTIONS? MUSIC, TV, BOOK? Leonard Cohen; Downton Abbey, Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks. ONE THING YOU HAVE LEARNED ABOUT LIFE IS... You only get out of it what you put in. YOUR ADVICE TO THOSE WANTING TO LEASE THEIR PROPERTY? Have a good agent and make sure that the property is in all aspects ready to be tenanted. The package has to be put together and presented properly if you are to achieve the max possible rent. YOUR ADVICE TO THOSE LOOKING TO RENT? You’ve got to BE prepared. Have good references, a good rental history, a good credit rating. Be there on time, and be well presented. PN

LUSTY’S LLOYD LOOM STORE TO OPEN IN MAIDSTONE STREET Lusty’s Lloyd Loom may be one of New Zealand’s most widely known design furniture brands. DOMO’s Nigel Robertson and his wife Karen brought the then-virtually unknown brand here 20 years ago as wholesalers, and now they’re revisiting their design business’ origins with the opening of a standalone Lusty’s Lloyd Loom store in Maidstone Street. Marshall Burns Lloyd invented a special loom that could weave twisted Kraft paper into the woven fabric partly reinforced with steel wire we now know as Lloyd Loom, in 1917 - it revolutionised an area of the furniture industry. Lloyd Loom furniture became increasingly popular in the mid 1920s. It could be seen on ocean liners, in hotels and tearooms; it became the standard issue for the British Army and RAF all over the world; it even graced the Royal Boxes at Wimbledon, Henley and Twickenham. Today, the newly fashionable furniture is made in Gloucestershire in England. Lusty’s Lloyd Loom pieces have become design classics. Extremely fine and durable, ‘LLL’ can even be painted. The new Maidstone Street store will be all about romanticism and olde-world English charm. In addition to Lusty indoor, the store will stock Oceans by Lloyd Loom outdoor, Georgia garden (romantic French flavoured outdoor), Originals by Sika design (rattan indoor including the original hanging chair), beautiful Duresta English settees and selected special pieces of signature Grange and Ligne Roset “just to add to the mix.” As an added interest and as a play of the new against the old, Nigel and Karen are going to put in PLAY with Dedon by Philippe Starck - “it’s a quirky design range which is in keeping with Ponsonby style” they say. PN

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HOME: WHERE THE HEART IS A COMPOSTING WORKSHOP AT THE WILTON STREET COMMUNITY GARDENS In early October, a Community Gardens Tour was held as part of ‘Grey Lynn Creates’. The tour took in Wilton Street Community Gardens who provided a fantastic handson composting demonstration, with soft background sounds of the flute played by Jonathan Besser. The intrepid group continued their walk to Grey Lynn Community Gardens, then Kelmarna Community Gardens. PN

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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 THE NEW NOBILITY: THE RESTORATION OF RUSSIA’S SECURITY STATE AND THE ENDURING LEGACY OF THE KGB by Andrei Soldatov (PublicAffairs) In The New Nobility, two courageous Russian investigative journalists open up the closed and murky world of the Russian Federal Security Service.

JAY PLATT SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY: COCO CHANEL, NAZI AGENT by Hal Vaughan (Chatto & Windus) Chanel, the high priestess of couture inspired women to take off their corsets and cut their hair. She believed in simplicity and elegance and freed women from the tyranny of fashion. She used ordinary jersey as couture fabric; elevated the waistline and created bellbottom trousers, trench coats, turtleneck sweaters, and costume jewellery. In the 1920s she employed more than 2000 people and had a personal fortune of $15 million. She was autocratic; a volatile woman of ambition and drive; confidante of the rich and famous, friend of royalty. At the start of WWII, she went to live at the Ritz, then to Vichy and Switzerland between 1945 to 1954.

While Vladimir Putin has been president and prime minister of Russia, the Kremlin has deployed the security services to intimidate the political opposition, reassert the power of the state, and carry out assassinations overseas. At the same time, its agents and spies were put beyond public accountability and blessed with the prestige, benefits, and legitimacy lost since the Soviet collapse.

Chanel’s life from 1941 to 1954 has been shrouded in rumour; mystery and myth. Neither Chanel nor her biographers have ever told the full story of these years.Hal Vaughan pieces together the hidden years of Chanel’s life, from the Nazi occupation of Paris to the aftermath of the war. He tells of Chanel’s collaboration with Hitler’s high-ranking officials and of her long time affair with Baron Hans Gunther von Dincklage, a German soldier and diplomat who was not a member of the Nazi party, but a Nazi master spy, reporting directly to Joseph Goebbels.

The security services have played a central— and often mysterious—role at key turning points in Russia during these tumultuous years: from the Moscow apartment house bombings and theater siege, to the war in Chechnya and the Beslan massacre. The security services are not all-powerful; they have made clumsy and sometimes catastrophic blunders. But what is clear is that after the chaotic 1990s, when they were sidelined, they have made a remarkable return to power, abetted by their most famous alumnus, Putin.

The book reveals how she became a German Intelligence operative; how and why she enlisted in various spy missions; how she escaped arrest in France after the war, despite her activities being known to French intelligence; how she fled to Switzerland for a nine-year exile with Dincklage. And how, despite the French court opening a case concerning Chanel’s WWII espionage activities, she returned to Paris aged 70 and triumphantly reinvented herself and rebuilt the iconic House of Chanel. PN

WHAT GOES ON BEHIND THAT STUNNING ARCHITECTURAL STRUCTURE AT MOTAT? THOSE OF US WHO DRIVE DOWN MEOLA ROAD FROM Westmere to Pt Chev, have watched in recent months as Motat’s new Aviation Display Hall has taken shape.

And so, a huge building appears light and almost to float, adding to the authenticity of the mostly ancient aircraft housed within.

There was some initial comment about a huge ugly blot on the landscape, but as it has been completed (it opened on 9 September), locals have been impressed with the beauty of such a large structure.

All aspects of New Zealand’s aviation history are on display—military, civil, pioneering ,commercial, agricultural—a great range and at considerable depth.

At a cost of some $18.5 million, it certainly dominates the local landscape, but it has been so beautifully built, with a clever use of materials including timber, that it has won several prestigious architectural awards. Designed by Studio Pacific Architecture, it features the largest clear span wooden structure in New Zealand, and now houses one of the largest aviation collections in the Southern Hemisphere—around 40 Motat aircraft including the newly loaned RNZAF Skyhawk, Sunderland and Solent flying boats, Lancaster Bomber, DC 3, Cessna and Tiger Moth. Jeremy Hubbard, Director of Motat proudly showed me around. He is thrilled to see this “world class facility that will be a fantastic attraction for both local and international visitors to learn about New Zealand’s aviation history.” While I waxed eloquent about the elegance and warm ambience of the building, Jeremy made an important point. “It is a museum,” he reminded me, “and it’s more about the cake than the cake tin.” But the wooden interior wall panels are beautifully designed with a zigzag pattern that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also has effective energy saving systems that circulate rising warm air throughout the building to keep the temperature constant. The interior lighting is subtle, directional and beautifully diffused throughout.

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There is Cliff Tait’s little single seater, single engine, in which he flew around the world. There are early topdressing planes - how some of those stayed in the air I’ll never know. There is an early aerial mapping plane which probably shot some of the iconic images I have of the Northland coastline, including Matapouri Bay, where I have a bach. A walk along the mezzanine, cathedral style walkway gives a different look at the planes below. You see them from above, rather than the more common belly view from ground level. Eventually planes will be hung from the roof, and that will be a spectacular sight. It’s great to see the Aviation Display Hall finished in all its glory. Staff and volunteers have spent countless hours getting it ready, and on going improvements and embellishment will be made. As Jeremy Hubbard said, “It’s reassuring to know that these historic planes will now be kept in a space that they truly deserve.” Go for a visit. I’m sure you too will be struck by the majesty of the building, and the harmony developed between the structure and its valuable contents. (JOHN ELLIOTT) PN MOTAT, Great North Road, Western Springs T: 09 815 5800 www.motat.org.nz PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


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HOME: WHERE THE HEART IS ADDICTED TO NEW ZEALAND GIFTS Daisy and Aristotle Cuffs by CHARLOTTE PENMAN

IT’S BEEN A HUGE BUZZ SEEING our flags flying proudly all over New Zealand recently. At the Antipodes Design Store, they’re passionate New Zealanders who love sharing their addiction to New Zealand design. That extends to offering a range of great gift ideas for those discerning givers searching for something unique with a great story behind it.

Specialising in furniture, lighting, accessories and gifts, the team at Antipodes Design Store advocate a boutique collection of extremely talented Kiwis whose exceptional eye for design is matched by their commitment to quality. Whether you are buying for him, her or the kids, they have an intriguing array of options. Catherine David’s Kiss Lights and Skyline Coat Racks make ideal gifts. Charlotte Penman’s exquisitely designed hand crafted jewellery range includes necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings at surprising prices. Tim Webber’s new TWD stool is proving to be a great hit with adults and children alike.

MY FAVOURITE ROOM KATH WAITE AND HER FIANCÉ ROBERT TRATHEN AND THEIR SON JET LIVE above their children’s boutique ‘Peppin’ on Jervois Road. They’ve lived on Jervois Road for a year; before that they lived and worked from a loft on St Benedicts Street in Newton for six years. Kath’s favourite room is the time out room as she told Ponsonby News. “We use the time out room for relaxing and taking a break from it all. I find myself in there tidying up after the kids, and end up staying in there having time out myself. It’s a great little room to take a sketch pad and have a little design doodle in. My favourite things in the room? The peg and hammer set is great for releasing some tension. The morrocan pouf has a hand-tooled leather finish with a lid that lifts off for storage.” (JULIE ROULSTON) PN

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If you want something that will stimulate your kid’s creative skills and provide hours of fun, the Seedling gift kits are hard to beat. For readers with a bent for the arts, they carry a range of titles focused on New Zealand art, design and architecture. Ecoya’s beautifully presented candles and diffusers are always popular with those with the nose for a great gift. As a bonus offer in November, all Ecoya buyers go into the draw to win a shopping spree to Hollywood! PN To view their great range of New Zealand gifts, visit ANTIPODES store at The Foundation Design Centre, 8 George Street, Newmarket (next door to Corso De Fiori), T: 09 307 8090 www.antipodesdesign.co.nz.

AUCKLAND COUNCIL ACHIEVES MAJOR ACCREDITATION AUCKLAND COUNCIL HAS RECEIVED BUILDING CONSENT AUTHORITY Accreditation from IANZ (International Accreditation New Zealand), empowering the new entity to issue building consents and provide other building related services consistently across Auckland. Building Control Manager Ian McCormick says the accreditation is a significant milestone for Auckland Council and a tangible benefit to customers one year on from amalgamation.

SIMON DAMERELL, BRYCE EARWAKER AND GOWER BUCHANAN ARE VERY proud to announce the opening of their new Pt Chevalier Real Estate sales office. Having operated Ray White Ponsonby for over 17 Years the team are excited at the opportunity of providing a platform from which top salespeople can provide top quality service for Pt Chevalier buyers and sellers.

“With this accreditation we now have formal approval to operate under a single set of Auckland Council Building Control policies and procedures we have developed over recent months, which will make doing business with us easier, as well as raising our reputation as a can-do council.”

It has been a long time coming for the team who have consistently been one of Ray White New Zealand’s top offices. Bryce says, “we have always wanted to open an office for the people of Pt Chev. Now having found a great spot in the heart of the suburb, we are looking forward to opening our premises and getting Pt Chevalier more!”

Mr McCormick says building consents, which are required for almost all building work and associated plumbing and drainage, can now be handled consistently across the region, regardless of where the work is being done or which council service centre a customer visits.

Heather Hannah, Elaine Ferguson and Ben Meiring will at this stage be the foundation members of the new office, and as locals will predominantly be focussed on working for this area. Heather has been selling Pt Chevalier homes for the last eight years, and is excited about the professionalism and leadership that Simon, Bryce and the current team will now provide the area. Elaine Ferguson is returning home to Westmere and Pt Chev from a market leadership position as top salesperson for an opposition agency in the Christchurch suburb of Lyttelton. Ben Meiring has just finished his Real Estate License, and will be working alongside Elaine. He comes from a five star Hotel management background.

“Achieving accreditation within a year, as required under the legislation which established Auckland Council, created a real platform to change the way we work, with a focus on improving the customer experience. The results, including improved policies and procedures, took months of hard work by the team and represent both an exciting opportunity that becoming one council has provided and another step towards ensuring every interaction with our customers is positive.”

In what could be described as tough economic times, this is a story about a business with a successful set of skills, values and ethos, growing and providing an alternative choice to the homeowners of Pt Chevalier. Those considering selling can call the team on T: 09 846 2196, or call in to see them at 336 Point Chevalier Road. PN

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Under the Local Government (Tamaki Makaurau Reorganisation) Act 2009 Auckland Council was given one year to get Building Consent Authority Accreditation and permitted to operate under temporary accreditation until that was achieved. From now on council will need to apply to IANZ to renew its accreditation every two years. PN PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


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GOT A LEGAL QUESTION? ASK MICHAEL@METROLAW.CO.NZ

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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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My wife and I are approaching retirement and we have never had wills. We have worked hard and have a reasonable asset base. Given that we intend to enjoy our assets and then leave the remainder to our children equally is there any need for a will?

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A will is probably one of the most important documents that a person could have. We would encourage everyone to prepare a will and keep it regularly updated.

When you die the assets that you own jointly with other people will, as a general principle, automatically be transferred to the owners that survive you. This means that in the ordinary course of things your wife would automatically receive all savings in your joint name, all joint bank accounts, cars that are in joint names and most likely your family home. However all of the assets that you own in your own name like your pension, personal savings, shares and real estate held as a sole tenant or tenant in common will automatically become part of your estate. If you have a will then the assets which you own personally will be distributed in accordance with your instructions. If you do not then they are distributed in accordance with the Administration Act 1969. Most people assume that if their spouse survives them, then their spouse will automatically receive the assets of their estate. Unfortunately this is not correct. Under the Administration Act 1969 your wife will receive the Personal Chattels from your estate. Personal Chattels are defined as vehicles, boats, and aircraft and their accessories, garden effects, horses, stable furniture and effects, domestic animals, plate, plated articles, linen, china, glass, books, pictures, prints, furniture, jewellery, articles of household or personal use or ornament, musical and scientific instruments and apparatus, wines, liquors, and consumable store. You will note that it does not include real estate, money or shares.

After the disposal of your Personal Chattels the first $155,000.00 of your estate will be paid to your wife and the remainder will be paid in the following proportions: • 1/3 to your wife absolutely; and • 2/3 to your children on statutory trust for your issue Under the Administration Act 1969 if all your children are over the age of 18 then they will be entitled to have immediate access to this money. If they are not or have predeceased you leaving children then this money can be tied up for up to 21 years. You can easily see how the failure to have a will could result in either you or your wife having an eroded asset base and assets that are locked into a trust or given to your children for them to dispose of. If you have a will these problems should not arise. You have clearly stated what your wishes are and provided you receive proper advice it would be very difficult for anyone to challenge. In addition to providing you with security it also allows you to turn your mind to legacies that you may like to give to certain people. A will would allow you to grant specific legacies to people disposing of family heirlooms. This way was you can gift things like medals, pictures or other memorabilia to specific people. You can also provide gifts to people that would otherwise not receive anything on your death. You may wish to provide funds to more distant relatives or friends who you may have a close relationship with. Having a will prepared is generally very affordable and will make the administration of your estate noticeably easier for your family. (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.

BETHANY CENTRE TO CLOSE LOCATED IN DRYDEN STREET SINCE 1913, BETHANY CENTRE IS TO WIND down after more than 100 years of providing accommodation, care and support for pregnant young women and new mothers in the Auckland area. A Salvation Army facility, Bethany was originally established as a maternity hospital, but by the late 1970s had started to specialise in residential antenatal and postnatal support, together with mothercraft and education programmes. Most clients have tended to be between 17 and 24, although the centre has cared for girls as young as 13. Clients have typically had little or no family or community support, and a significant proportion face complex issues such as addictions, abusive domestic backgrounds or minimal education. Referrals from Child Youth and Family and District Health Boards are funded, however, a significant number of clients are self-referrals on benefits and in some cases with no income at all. The Salvation Army’s ethos of not refusing care has resulted in significant levels of financial subsidy over the years that the organisation says have become increasingly untenable. The financial situation has been exacerbated by the ongoing cost of maintaining the 98-year-old building. Its heritage listing means it cannot be reconfigured or renovated to fully meet the needs of clients. Bethany will close its doors before the end of the year. Thirteen full and part-time staff and 10 volunteers will be affected by the closure. Salvation Army National Manager of Supportive Accommodation Captain Gerry Walker says “Bethany’s success has been the result of the generous support of the Auckland community and the dedication of generations of Salvation Army officers and staff. This can be seen in the hundreds of loved and cared for children who have gone on to live full and vital lives.” “Caring for and guiding young mothers who have had little or no family or community support has always been an important aspect of The Salvation Army’s mission,” Captain Walker continues. “This decision has not been taken lightly and follows an extensive external review of the service...other options for these young women are being examined.” PN

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PONSONBY PEOPLE + THEIR PETS ANIMALOSOPHY: DR MEGAN ALDERSON

I’VE UNFORTUNATELY INHERITED A GENETIC FLAW WHICH MEANS THAT I pathologically love to see all my animals well fed. I blame my father’s side of the family, remembering how my grandfather’s black Labrador, Toby, grew decidedly larger as bits of food frequently fell under the table. One can find great pleasure in sharing with friends. Knowing this fact I try hard to count calories. Despite being on the doggie version of ‘Jenny Craig’, I have always struggled to keep my Sydney lean. Now our adopted feline despot, Ron the Russian, is beginning to look a tad chunky around the waistline too and I’m faced with the reality that I may be contributing to the world’s current globesity crisis, filling the Western world with well fed pets. November is Pet Diabetes Month which is designed to raise owner awareness of this increasingly common disease. An early diagnosis and intervention leads to better long term results for affected pets. To promote Pet Diabetes Month at The Strand Veterinarian we are offering a complimentary ‘P’ test for your pet, as an early screen for diabetes. Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is a treatable metabolic condition where the body either does not produce enough insulin (Type I) or does not respond to the insulin which is produced causing excessively high blood sugar (Type II). This high blood sugar produces the classical symptoms of polyuria (frequent urination), polydipsia (increased thirst) and polyphagia (increased hunger).

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The word diabetes comes from the Greek word meaning “a passer through; a siphon” as water literally runs in one end of the body and out the other. The word mellitus comes from classical Latin meaning ‘honey-sweet’ reflecting how the unlucky early medics used urine tasting as the main diagnostic tool in the diagnosis of this disease. Obesity is a risk factor, especially in indoor and male cats and between 0.25% and 1% of all dogs and cats may be affected by this disease. Type I DM, most commonly seen in dogs, is caused by the autoimmune destruction or permanent loss of functional pancreatic cells. Type II DM, the most common form seen in cats, is due to insulin resistance, pancreatic beta cell dysfunction and increased liver glucose synthesis. Check out www.petdiabetesmonth.com for more details about whether or not your pet could be at risk, or give us a call to find out more about our Pet Diabetes Month promotion. (DR MEGAN ALDERSON) PN THE STRAND VETERINARIAN, 114 The Strand T: 09 377 6667 www.thestrandvet.co.nz

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PONSONBY PEOPLE + THEIR PETS ASK ALEX

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Each month Dr Alex Melrose answers readers’ pet related issues. e-mail yours to: alex@vetcare.net.nz

Planned for Saturday 19 November, at the Ponsonby Community Centre, 9-4pm, Miaow’s Charity TAN-A-THON, is proudly sponsored by Spraytanz. When you donate $20 to Lonely Miaow you will receive a free spray tan.

I’m a volunteer from Australia living with my wife in Tongapatu for a year. We’re working with the church here on a few things whilst discovering island life. We recently adopted a small puppy from a neighbour in a bid to ‘give it a good start’ and with some hope of bringing him home to Sydney. However, little Piko, appears to have mange. He scratches a great deal, has chewed himself to the point where he is beginning to break the skin and draw blood and is gradually thinning out his hair.

The aim of the event is to spray tan as many people throughout the day by trained technicians. This is the first TAN-A-THON event ever held in Auckland, so come along and support a great local charity.

Are you able to suggest what I can do? Also, are you able to advise when you will be returning to Tonga? We will definitely need to get your assistance with his export. Many thanks, and malo aupito! DREW, HANNAH (and PIKO!)

Every year thousands of unwanted cats and kittens are dumped in bags or boxes and left at the side of the road or in car parks. Some are left behind when their families move away. Some are dumped in rivers or lakes and left to drown. The Lonely Miaow Association Inc. is a registered non-profit organisation dedicated to the care and rescue of stray and abandoned cats and kittens in the greater Auckland region. All staff are volunteers so all donations received goes straight to the cats and kittens in our care.

Thank you for contacting us and mostly, thank you for giving wee Piko a loving home. We can help you export Piko back to Australia when the time comes, there are lots of vaccinations and worm treatments he will need but we have already assisted three dogs return to New Zealand and Australia this year.

Get your body ready for summer by supporting Lonely Miaow’s charity.

We greatly appreciate all the help we receive from kind people and sympathetic businesses. The funds raised from the TAN-A-THON will go towards vet bills, medical expenses, de-sexing, vaccinating, micro-chipping and rescue centre. To secure a spot on the day fill in the booking form at www.spraytanz.co.nz or just pop down on the day and have a coffee while you wait your turn (10 minutes approximately). PN Put this event in your diary now! For more information go to: www.lonelymiaow.co.nz

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In the meantime, Revolution or Advocate used every 10 days is effective and safe in many demodectic mange cases. Take him to the beach and keep him in the water for ten or so minutes regularly to kill any fleas. For your information, the team from South Pacific Animal Welfare arrives on Tonga with a team of vets on 4 November and will be happy to provide antibiotics and further mite treatments then, plus of course, we should de-sex Piko so he doesn’t wander or add to the already terrible over-population problem. We will be providing free de-sexing clinics for the whole of Tonga, plus we can also assist with any other ailments. (DR ALEX MELROSE, BVSC MRCVS) PN VETCARE GREY LYNN, 408 Great North Road T: 09 361 3500 www.vetcare.net.nz www.spaw.org.nz

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12 February 2005 – 17 October 2010 It was a year ago last month we lost our lovely little Scottie man – TIGER. Rest in peace…we’ll NEVER forget you Tigs! We’d like to say a huge thank you to Shelley from www.keepsake.co.nz for creating this little keepsake for us…it means a lot! (JAY PLATT AND MARTIN LEACH) PN

TWIN SET AND MATCH! Scottish Terriers love a view! I speak from experience...these two lovelies will have a ring side seat during the Grey Lynn Park Festival later this month. As owner and local resident Jennifer Buckley told Ponsonby News. “We are delighted to welcome a new addition to our family, an 18 month old companion for nine-year-old scottie Hilda who sadly lost her brother Gordon earlier this year. Robson Green (pictured right) is full of beans and alarmingly agile. The cats were VERY unimpressed when he jumped up on the counter and started eating their food! It feels so good to have a matched set again.” (MARTIN LEACH) PN

INTRODUCING NEW PAWTECT PET-PENDANTS: NATURAL, CHEMICAL-FREE PROTECTION FROM FLEAS AND TICKS Anyone who loves their pet will know how important it is to keep them as happy and healthy as us. Regular flea treatments can be costly, ineffective and most importantly – unpleasant for our furry friends! Pawtect Pendants are an innovative, natural solution designed to control fleas and ticks while supporting your pet attaining optimum health and vitality. Pawtect pendants are safe, stylish and chemical-free – just clip the pendant to your pet’s collar. Not only does Pawtect effectively control fleas, ticks and mosquitoes; it supports a healthy skin and coat, it assists with the elimination of skin irritations and allergies, improves and strengthens immunity and encourages a naturally calm and content demeanour. And they last - Pawtect pendants can protect your pet up to two years.* HOW DOES PAWTECT WORK? Pawtect uses proven bioenergetic technology and combines quantum physics and homeopathic principles to stimulate your pet’s natural processes and return them to a harmonious state. Conventional treatments require multiple applications of toxic chemicals which can leave pets distressed. Pawtect works with your pet’s unique energy to discourage fleas and ticks while working to keep them calm and content.

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TESTIMONIALS: “My two Jack Russells have had Pawtect on their collars for eight months. Russ and Rubie have been flea and tick free plus their skin, coat and overall health has improved. I am so happy to have found a chemical-free solution and it looks cute too! I highly recommend anyone who loves their pet to try this amazing technology.” J. HUDSON, Auckland. PETITE PAWS PENDANT RRP $87.00 (For Cats and Dogs 800g-25kg) GRANDE PAWS PENDANT RRP $97.00 (For Dogs 10kg-50kg) STOCKISTS DETAILS: Pawtect Pendants are available at Raw Essentials stores, selected vets and from the Pawtect website www.pawtect.com *The continued efficacy may vary depending on the environment, health and diet of your pet.

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RHYTHM REVIEWS FLORENCE + THE MACHINE - CEREMONIALS Ceremonials is stunningly accomplished by an artist teetering on the wind-blown top of her game, an extraordinary testament to what Florence refers to as “my incorrigible maximalism”. Spend a little time with the Ceremonials CD and what strikes you first and foremost is the apparent confidence of its execution. Recorded with her full band over five weeks this summer in Abbey Road’s legendary Studio 3, Ceremonials is another product of her longrunning collaboration with producer Paul Epworth. Together they’ve created an expansive art-pop vision that can be both captivatingly tender while still frequently soaring to places where it can overwhelm the senses like an emotive tidal wave. It’s a rich tapestry that unpicks the conventions of classic pop, shoots them through a black hole and reconstitutes them into a multi-layered, future-primitive stomp. And, underpinning it all is Florence’s beguiling epic vocals. A mature masterpiece that confirms its creator is in for the long haul. SAINT GERMAIN DES PRÉS Way more than a Paris district, Saint Germain is a whole universe on its own: imagine small jazz clubs with a smoky atmosphere where artists and intellectuals of all kinds used to meet up, witnessed by such eternal characters as Boris Vian or Albert Camus. After the war, Bee bop also started in Saint Germain des Prés. A few years later, flattered by American Jazz great acceptation in Paris, American press confirmed Saint Germain des Prés fame while Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis trumpets kept re-sounding in these mythic club cellars.

After more than one million records sold worldwide, the Nu Jazz reference compilations collection Saint Germain des Prés Café carries on, with a brand new concept, searching wider Nu Jazz genres, would they be acoustic, instrumental, vocal or electro. This demanding and eclectic selection will take you for a new journey through the latest down-tempo trends. Includes CD2 : Vintage Mix! THE CHECKS - DEADLY SUMMER SWAY ‘Deadly Summer Sway’ is the third offering from North Shore’s early achievers The Checks. Following hot on the heels of their critically acclaimed ‘Alice In The Moon’, ‘Deadly Summer Sway’ is certainly their most polished and confident album to date. In this album they marry 60s harmonies, 70s rock, 80s pop and 90s baggy! The songs are bold and catchy they are delivered with true power and passion all captured at Roundhead Studios by New York producer, Bassy Bob Brockman. This album is highly recommended! PN

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THINKSPACE LIZ SHAREK – DOES MY BUM LOOK BIG IN THIS?

Until 23 November Previews Wednesday 2 November 5.30pm PAUL MASEYK Paul Maseyk returns to Master -works with a new body of work that pushes contemporary boundaries in form, decoration, and taste. High art merges with everyday influences; classical vase forms embellished with car spray-paint and graffiti font. The text and font on a cereal box is recreated with the same attention as a famous painting by Magritte. Classical or outlandish, surreal or mundane, Maseyk successfully subverts classification and predictability.

SHOWING AT WHITESPACE 5 November - 3 December A SERIES OF WORKS INSPIRED BY THE VICTORY OF SAMOTHRACE Ponsonby’s very own Arts Foundation Laureate Greer Twiss presents Victory, Relics and Fragments at Whitespace this month. “Victory, the Greek goddess Nike, was the winged precursor to the Christian winged messenger. The Victory that is now in the Louvre was discovered at Samothrace and removed to Paris in the late nineteenth century, where it was ‘restored’, much of it an extrapolation, since a very large proportion of the original was missing. “These works are further interpretations of that figure, continuing my fascination with the culture of museums,” says Greer Twiss. The works are in bronze and wax and are protected in glass cases. PN WHITESPACE, 12 Crummer Road T: 09 361 6331 www.whitespace.co.nz

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Liz Sharek’s upcoming exhibition builds on ideas surrounding her creation of porcelain slip-cast ‘Punters’. These intentionally simplified figures, derived from computer generated characters, playfully explore ideas around production and reproduction, as well as the divide between an artwork and its viewer. Placed in contexts in and around the space of other artworks in the Gallery, the Punters’ role is to encourage debate, interest, and enthusiasm in their audience. Originally from England, Sharek is an Auckland-based artist who has recently completed a Masters degree in Art and Design from AUT. JEWELLERY BOX SHOWCASE STEPHANIE O’NEALE – POINT CHEVALIER Unitec Graduate Award Winner Stephanie O’Neale explains her latest body of work, a series of necklaces made from brass, copper, silver and 9ct gold: Point Chevalier is one of the places I go to when my mind is so overwhelmed that I can’t seem to untangle my thoughts. I find I can detach myself from the urgency of daily life simply through walking, and being outdoors. Time slows, thoughts deepen, and a sense of clarity and vision is reached that I never seem to be able to grasp anywhere else. Objects and details from the surrounding environment reveal themselves as the mind is free to absorb them. This body of work is informed by a collection of objects gathered from one such walk. PN MASTERWORKS GALLERY, 77 Ponsonby Road T: 09 378 1256 www.masterworksgallery.com exhibitions@masterworksgallery.com

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ARTS + CULTURE SHOWING AT LETHAM GALLERY TIM WHITE - BAD FAITH AND THE FALLEN Until 8 November Tim White’s stunning new body of works, Bad Faith and the Fallen, a series of 14 pieces by the highly popular Auckland based photographer, is on show now at Letham Gallery. Exploring connotations of the ‘fallen’ woman as well as reflecting on Jean Paul Sartre’s notion of bad faith and the responsibility associated with personal freedoms, the project was originally conceived as a figure study.

SHOWING AT WARWICK HENDERSON GALLERY AMY MELCHIOR: ‘SCRATCHING THE SURFACE’ 9 – 26 November Preview: Tuesday 8 November, 5.30pm – 7.30pm Amy Melchior’s first show at a major Auckland dealer gallery opens in November. Melchior has been painting in the unusual medium of encaustic since 2005, an ancient process involving beeswax and pigments. Early Egyptian and Byzantine artists used this medium, and later well-known artists such as Picasso and Jackson Pollock also experimented with it. This new series of encaustic paintings by Amy Melchior show etched or inked patterns delicately drawn over a luxurious mixed palette of colours. The pigments have been mixed into the beeswax to produce the base for the final imagery. The patterns have been influenced by the famous designer William Morris. Morris was a designer from the late 19th century, whose wall paper and textile designs are now iconic and displayed in Museums throughout the world. There is some irony in this history however as thousands of people were seriously affected by the Arsenic in old wallpapers he designed, particularly those with emerald green. Emerald green was a highly fashionable colour in the late 19th Century and William Morris’s firm was even commissioned to design and decorate the green dining rooms at the Victoria and Albert Museum (Now known as “The Green Room”). These designs, the colours and the history of Morris’s wallpapers have provided the inspiration and background for this new exhibition. William Morris once said “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful”. Taking into account this principle William Morris would surely approve of Melchior’s work if he saw it. Although the process Melchior employs is labour intensive the results are truly unique whereby rich multi-coloured hues and tones can be realized. An almost three dimensional marbleized effect is achieved which is extremely enduring – Egyptian portraits and mummies decorated by this method were discovered almost perfectly intact centuries later. In the fifth century encaustic was used to caulk ships and boats and also to colour marble for ornamentation. This is Melchior’s inaugural exhibition in Auckland. PN WARWICK HENDERSON GALLERY, 32 Bath Street, Parnell T: 09 309 7513 www.warwickhenderson.co.nz

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As the project developed, White became increasingly fascinated by how isolating a figure and even altering its orientation can significantly change its connotations. A diptych from the show made the final selection for the Wallace awards 2011. This is an exciting exhibition not to be missed. FRANCES VAN DAMMEN - ON CLOSER EXAMINATION 10 – 22 November

Flowers and nature, still lifes have been the subject of fascination for painters for many centuries. Vast arrays of every species of flower, in gardens and in vases have saturated modern art. Frances Van Dammen departs from this convention, smashes the vase and sets free the wildest veins of nature in On Closer Examination, an exhibition of new works by the talented, widely collected New Zealand artist. Van Dammen presents a visual language that is neither, entirely real or completely imagined. While trying to remain faithful to that which she observes, she is seduced by the possible; while her research is anchored in almost obsessive observational studies, the hand creating the work is diverted down a mysterious ‘what if’ path. The result is a sphere of intensely detailed plant life emerging from the deep blackness of the canvas beyond. Colours as beautiful as those plucked from nature itself, sealed in resin in a surreal, imagined reality. PN Enquiries contact: info@lethamgallery.co.nz. LETHAM GALLERY 35 Jervois Road T: 09 360 5217 www.lethangallery.co.nz

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A NEW FACE AT MOMENTUM JO HERBERT IS A NEW FACE AT MOMENTUM ON JERVOIS ROAD, JOINING DEB and Malcolm last month. We asked her to tell us a little about herself. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AT MOMENTUM? Since Tuesday - so only a matter of days. WHAT ARE YOUR SKILLS AND BACKGROUND? In 2005 I graduated from Massey University with a BDesign majoring in Photography and moved up to Auckland where I happened to get my first job in picture framing. I’ve loved learning the tricks of the trade - we get to see fantastic art work everyday and it’s creative, a perfect match with my background. Since then, I have worked as a photographer and travelled over to Europe for a year. I’ve been so lucky, but now it’s time to get back to work!

STARRING: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent; SEASON STARTS: 10 November; DIRECTOR: Mike Mills; RATING: M offensive language and sexual references Oliver meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna only months after his father Hal has passed away. This new love floods Oliver with memories of his father who - following 44 years of marriage came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, energised, and wonderfully tumultuous gay life. The upheavals of Hal’s new honesty though funny and moving, brought father and son closer than they’d ever been able to be. Now Oliver endeavours to love Anna with all the bravery, humour, and hope that his father taught him

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WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR NEW JOB? I have to say the overall environment of Momentum. Right from the first day I have been welcomed into their small family, Deb and Malcolm are relaxed, happy and lots of fun. We also are working with some stunning New Zealand prints which makes everyday interesting and inspiring. DO YOU KNOW THIS NEIGHBOURHOOD WELL? Not at all. Although I lived in Auckland for five years before heading overseas I had never been to Herne Bay, don’t ask me why! It seems like a cool area, lots of funky cafes and restaurants which aren’t too crowded. IS IT TOO EARLY TO HAVE A FAVOURITE CAFE? I don’t drink coffee so not too sure about that, although Deb and Malcolm say that 5 Loaves and 2 Fishes do a pretty awesome cup. But I did try the best frozen yoghurt from ICING ON THE CAKE the other day. Instantly addicted! PN MOMENTUM, 1/182 Jervois Road T: 09 376 4749 www.momentumgallery.co.nz

STARRING: Rachel Weisz, Monica Bellucci, Vanessa Redgrave; DIRECTOR: Larysa Kondracki; SEASON STARTS: 24 November; RATING: TBC

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A drama based on the experiences of Kathryn Bolkovac, a Nebraska cop who served as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia and outed the U.N. for covering up a sex scandal. RIALTO CINEMAS, 167 – 169 Broadway T: 09 369 2417 www.rialto.co.nz PN

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ARTS + CULTURE SHOWING AT MOMENTUM GALLERY (BACK GALLERY) Until 19 November Shane Hansen - Artist Tainui - Ngati Hine, Ngati Mahunga Shane Hansen likes a strong, clean line. His creations spring from a world of bold colours and optimistic clarity, a pop-art invitation to a feel-good New Zealand celebration. Shane is of Maori, Chinese, Danish and Scottish descent, which is reflected in his art as he navigates his way on a journey of cultural discovery and self acceptance. He describes his work as his therapy, kai for the mind and soul. “My mahi is my way of connecting with those around me. I am lifted by the positivity that comes from those wanting to connect with myself and my mahi,” he says. Shane started his career as a self-taught fashion designer, setting up his own label at the age of 19, then going on to work for labels such as Canterbury International and Town & Country Surf Designs. His flair for fashion is evident in his work, through beautiful flowing lines and the use of tactile textures. “I want people to engage with my work in more than one way. I want them to touch it and smell it, as well as view it. By doing this they feel more connected to the piece and feel a sense of familiarity with it.”

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Shane works in many mediums such as wood, glass and metal which he sees as a reflection of his multi-cultural make-up. He mainly paints on plywood as the grains, knots and blemishes have a history, tell a story and bring a special depth to his work. “The detail of my mahi, is in its simplicity. Keeping details to a minimum to achieve an image of high impact, depth and meaning, is a challenge, but I feel the work is stronger because of it. The term less is more, is definitely the case with my work and it doesn’t mean it is less meaningful.” In 2010 Shane was selected along with five other Maori artists to provide authentic maori designs to be used for the Rugby World Cup 2011. His designs were being marketed and sold world -wide in the build-up to and during the RWC 2011. He sees this as an amazing opportunity to promote Aotearoa and his Maori heritage to a global audience. “An artist is what I am. It’s taken me a few years to get here, but now I have arrived. My journey has just begun and I want others to come with me. I love doing what I do, I love being who I am. My family is my life and so is my art. I will do this till the day I die...or chop my hands off with the skill saw!” MOMENTUM GALLERY + FRAMING, 1/182 Jervois Road T: 09 376 4749 www.momentumgallery.co.nz

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ARTS + CULTURE PLAYING AT THE CONCERT CHAMBER, AUCKLAND TOWN HALL, THE EDGE RITA AND DOUGLAS 22 – 26 November Written by Dave Armstrong. Directed by Conrad Newport. With Jennifer WardLealand and music performed by Michael Houstoun Biographical and image adviser: Jill Trevelyan. Art, classical music and theatre combine to deliver a deeply intense and highly unusual love story that lies in the heart of New Zealand’s cultural history. The love letters between Rita Angus and Douglas Lilburn have been adapted by playwriting dynamo Dave Armstrong as Rita and Douglas marks its Auckland debut, after successful performances at festivals around New Zealand. Rita Angus and Douglas Lilburn met in the early 1940s. The recently divorced painter and the young composer had a brief but passionate affair. Living in virtual poverty and struggling with health issues, Rita Angus went on to produce, with Lilburn’s support, a stunning body of work. Rita and Douglas combines Angus’ images, and her own words from her letters to Lilburn… An encounter between the two in Wellington in 1942 took the pair on a whirlwind romance - the highs - incredibly high, and the lows, particularly one such low –harrowing. Through this however, despite their conflicting lives, the letters Rita would write to her former lover still show the strong sentiments both had for each other; despite everything the couple went through... Angus and Lilburn were part of the large creative upturn seen in New Zealand in the middle of the twentieth century – including the likes of Allen Curnow, Denis Glover and Alistair Campbell. Where Lilburn ventured to London to learn under the tutelage of esteemed British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams and became a pioneer by founding Victoria University’s electronic music studio (the first in Australasia), Angus became synonymous with bringing the diverse landscapes of New Zealand to the international forefront. Combining the images of Angus and the music of Lilburn, Rita and Douglas brings together two of New Zealand’s most consummate performers. Jennifer Ward-Lealand, hallowed for her theatre roles and her cabaret performances of Marlene Dietrich’s works in Falling In Love Again, brings Angus’ words to life during this production as celebrated concert pianist Michael Houstoun (2007 Arts Foundation of New Zealand laureate, Turnovsky Prize winner 1982) plays a selection of works from the classic composer. Houstoun has a particular regard for this work, given his fierce advocacy of Lilburn’s works in his programmes. PN $39.90 - $44.90 (booking fees will apply) Tickets available through THE EDGE – 0800 BUY TICKETS or www.buytickets.co.nz

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ARTS + CULTURE NIGHT CLASSES IN LEADLIGHT AT ARTSTATION, PONSONBY PONSONBY IS FULL OF VILLAS AND BUNGALOWS DISPLAYING LEADLIGHTS in various designs. Such homes reflect the character and essence of the area, which is why we spend so much time restoring and renovating our homes so we may enjoy how and where we live. Over time some of the original leadlights have been removed for various reasons, yet, if maintained or restored the leadlights will last well past any of us. A leadlight may serve to add elegance and beauty to your home, make a bold statement, reflect the era of your home or give privacy. Whatever the objective it will add value to your home. Leadlight and stained glass (where glass is painted and fired in a kiln) is centuries old specialised craft which is labour intensive and rewarding. Artstation in Ponsonby is now holding night classes in leadlight, giving you the opportunity to learn and reap the rewards and satisfaction of designing and manufacturing your own leadlight. Andrea Nicholson of A.D. Glass Studio in Ponsonby is teaching at Artstation. Andrea first learnt leadlight after purchasing a mid-Victorian house, which would have originally had leadlights. Being a ‘hands on’ person Andrea decided to learn at night school and 25 years on still enjoys designing and manufacturing leadlights and stained glass. Artstation classes started at the end of last month and are on a Monday evening from 7-9pm and run for eight weeks. PN Why not visit Artstation to enquire and check out their exhibitions at the same time: www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/whatson/arts/artstation/default.asp Contact Andrea at A.D. GLASS STUDIO T: 09 376 5403.

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ARTS + CULTURE PLAYING AT THE HERALD THEATRE, AOTEA CENTER, THE EDGE 10 - 12 November

WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU COMBINE 9 DANCERS, 6 SINGERS, 8 CIRCUS PERFORMERS, A DRAG QUEEN AND SOME RUFFLED PANTIES? A Show To Remember, Giving Some Unusual Local Talent A Chance To Shine In The Spot Light. A talented local group of performers with a set of unusual skills gets the opportunity to show Auckland what they’ve got, Singe Performance has produced Cabaret Askew – a show that combines all the elements of traditional cabaret in a celebration of creativity and risqué humor that has been attracting audiences for generations. Prepare yourself for an all singing, all dancing, tongue in cheek celebration of gorgeous bodies and the curious things we can do with them.

SUMMER SCHOOL 2012 AT CORBAN ESTATE ARTS CENTRE In January 2012 Corban Estate Arts Centre in Auckland launches a new stencil-based art workshop as part of its annual Summer School programme, From Pencil to Stencil, taught by Auckland artist, designer and entrepreneur Hayley King, aka Flox. You may recognise the brand. After launching Flox Design in 2003 King’s designs have been popping up everywhere from prints, gift cards, roadside wall murals to a full women’s clothing line. As King says “I like to keep my fingers in as many pies as possible, that way I am open to more opportunities.” Some recent opportunities she’s taken up include a series of wall commissions for Britomart, as well as an exciting collaboration with the music collective Fly My Pretties, where King will create an original illustration for each of the songs on their up -coming compilation.

In a country the size of New Zealand its hard to make it in the performing arts full stop. And now imagine you’re a professional juggle r- you could practice eight hours a day, be one of the best in the country and have people flock to watch you every time you pick up your balls, but what is the next step? How do you get out there onto the world stage? Well, that’s why choreographer Kali-Zahira, recently returned to New Zealand from performing in Asia and the Middle East, has developed Singe Performance – a platform specifically developed to showcase the outstanding talents of some of New Zealand’s more diverse performers. Singe Performance is an evolving network of performers with the aim of creating performance and networking opportunities for these talented niche performers. Their debut offering- Cabaret Askew -promises a night of Risqué humor and even more risqué dance moves. The performers combine devious wit and madcap moves in a review not to be missed. “A feast of entertainment the Cabaret Askew review is a delicious experience” More information on the show and tickets are available at THE EDGE on www.buytickets.co.nz or call 0800BUYTICKETS. Singe Performance has a diverse range of performers for hire as well as a range of classes throughout Auckland. Check out www.singeperformance.com for more information on Singe or Kali-Zahira. PN

King’s distinctive style uses stencil and spray paint to layer images of native flora and fauna into decorative compositions. This hands-on, practical workshop will see students creating their own unique art work using the same techniques. From Pencil to Stencil with Flox runs from 17 – 19 January. PN For more information visit the Corban Estate Arts Centre website www.ceac.org.nz

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ARTS + CULTURE SHOWING AT BLACK ASTERISK GALLERY NOTES FROM A NEW YORK TRAVEL DIARY: JANE SIMCOCK 25 November – 11 December A desiccated style maven, resplendent in fur, high heels and turban totters along with her shopping; a retail assistant complete with latex gloves, with the establishment’s bill of fare on a black board behind her waits to serve; a man and a woman stand back to back in profile, on the subway looking steadfastly ahead, each framed like Renaissance medallions by the train’s windows; and a slender young man wearing a suit, complete with top hat and bright red Chuck Taylor sneakers preens and poses in front of art works at a gallery. Instantly recognisable and in many ways utterly universal, these new portraits by painter Jane Simcock, mine the bounty that is Manhattan, the heart of the seething metropolis of Gotham. Simcock travelled to New York in 2009 and it was on the subway between Lorimer and 42nd Streets, the denizens of Soho, the meatpacking district and the dealer gallery habitués who caught her eye. “They are not intended as portraits of specific people but, rather, as observations on the isolation and anonymity,” explains Simcock, “the eccentricities and masquerades of people who live in big cities. The characters in these portrait paintings by painter JANE SIMCOCK, were conceived of on a trip to New York in the winter of 2009, some from a brief subway encounter somewhere between Lorimer and 42nd Streets, others from a glimpse in a Soho crowd or a trip to a gallery. Some are composites of several ideas from different places and times. Jane graduated with a B.A. in Art History and English from Auckland University in 1976, a DipTchg in 1977 and attended Elam from 1979 to 1980. In 2002 she completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Painting from Elam.

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“An examination of the human condition, they have evolved from quick sketches made on the run, recreated and reinvented in the studio. It is ironic, perhaps, that during the course of their gestation, they have come to assume identities and stories of their own.” PN BLACK ASTERISK GALLERY, 10 Ponsonby Road M: 021 040 1168 www.blackasterisk.co.nz

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ARTS + CULTURE ART IN THE DARK Following the success of Art in the Dark 2010, the illuminated, interactive, community art event is back for 2011.

SHOWING AT PARNELL GALLERY CONNECTING THREADS - MATT GAULDIE AND SOFIA MINSON 22 November – 6 December ‘Connecting Threads’, the upcoming joint exhibition of new works by Matt Gauldie and Sofia Minson, is a visual representation of this theme: The artists individually explore the context of family lineage, mixed whakapapa and culture and the codes or expectations which are consciously, or unconsciously, passed down from one generation to the next. Gauldie’s paintings depict the lives of an extended Maori family, living and working in a seaside village – a village that belongs in any rural New Zealand landscape. With each piece capturing a different family member and their contribution to daily life, the work engages, drawing you into the threads that weave the people and the land that shapes and sustains them. Sofia Minson’s mixed Maori (Ngati Porou), Swedish, English and Irish ancestry, has shaped her exploration of how we relate to the culture of our ancestors in a contemporary world.

Art in the Dark 2010 the event captured the imagination and attention of 10,000+ members of the community who viewed 36 works of light art free of charge. This collaborative event will be held over two nights on 11 - 12 November 2011 at Ponsonby’s Western Park. It will be filled with interactive, visually compelling light art, installations, projected short films and creative performances. Creative Director Celia Harrison says, “Art in the Dark is about celebrating New Zealand’s artists and creativity. Last year it was amazing to see kids faces lighting up to see glittering lights transform a park that people walk through everyday.” Art in the Dark 2011 is set to attract 15,000+ visitors from an even wider audience of socially conscious and creative members of central Auckland, residents, families, visitors, local business owners and media. The event celebrates and fosters a great sense of community, and is based on environmental best practice and sustainability. The entire event is eco-friendly, projects will be powered by clean energy, with minimal waste. Artist Emily Priest says; “the water droplet light installation I’m creating for Art in the Dark draws attention to the issue of plastic in our waterways. I’m really excited to be part of this beautiful and imaginative event that also carries an environmental responsibility message.”

Her portrait of New Zealand musician, Tiki Taane, with painted moko, is a powerful image of the connection he forges between himself, his whakapapa, and looking forward, his children. Taane has worn his moko previously as artwork: inspired by C.F. Goldie portraits, he presents himself with full facial moko on the cover of his ‘Past, Present, Future’ album. PARNELL GALLERY 263 Parnell Road, T: 09 377 3133 www.parnellgallery.co.nz

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Tuesday, 4 October Whitespace saw the opening of Philip Trusttums latest works. Philip deconstructs the game of rugby, using his long-established cut-out technique to explore the complex cultural dynamics and physical theatre of the game. 1. Deborah White and Philip Trusttum; 2. Matthew Wood. Hannah Wilson and Nicholas Butler of the Wallis Art Trust; 3. Will Galpin of Wallis Art Trust and Annabel Galpin; 4. Philip Trusttum signing his book for artist Andy Leleisi’uao; 5. Whitespace director Kenneth Johnson and Philip Trusttum. PN

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LOCAL NEWS: DEIRDRE ROELANTS

A TRIP DOWN JACK LEIGH’S MEMORY LANE AWARD WINNING JOURNALIST, JACK LEIGH LIVES WITH HIS CHARMING WIFE, Frances in the house where he was born. His parents bought it in 1930 for a thousand pounds. Goodness knows what it would fetch nowadays, perched high above St Mary’s Bay with a bird’s eye view of the sea. Jack’s parents weren’t affluent, but ordinary working class folk who were careful with money and cleared their mortgage in just a few years. Of an evening they would sit on their wide verandah listening to the fish jumping and the tide lapping below. Motorway noise has replaced those sounds and the verandah has been enclosed, creating a sunny sitting room that blocks out the roar of traffic. Once he had completed his UE, Jack studied the principles and practice of journalism at Auckland University, a year long course run by Ponsonby’s Edgar Burton. He then gained employment at 1ZB as a radio copy writer. After two years, writing radio blurb began to pall so he next tried for a country newspaper job and in spite of having no experience was taken on by the Matamata Record. Eighteen months as a junior at the Auckland Star followed then he packed his bags and was off to the UK. On arrival he sent out more than thirty unsuccessful work applications but finally got lucky, landing a subbing job on the Newcastle Journal which was a major morning newspaper in the North East. The very fierce chief sub editor’s nastiness created a huge turnover so Jack was taken on and found the writing he had done for broadcasting stood him in good stead. Newspapers then were small and heavily condensed so everything had to be subbed right down to the bone. After a year the chief sub took Jack aside in the pub one night and offered to give him a letter of recommendation if he wanted to try for London. The letter did the trick and Jack was taken on by the News Chronicle, a leading British daily. The chief sub revise, a very forbidding Yorkshireman would go over copy after it had been subbed and re-write it under the subber’s eyes. This was hard work but Jack stayed for two years till he was about to be called up for the army’s two year compulsory training. Postings in Cyprus, Malaya or Suez didn’t appeal so he started writing applications again and was accepted by the East African Standard that had dailies in Nairobi, Mombassa, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.

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He put in three years with the newspaper and had a stint as chief sub in Dar es Salaam, a hugely exotic port in Tanzania. During that time there were four intermittent returns home to work for the Star till he returned for good in 1964 and stayed with the paper for twenty odd years, ten of them as feature writer. Finally, when in his fifties, he made a sideways move to the Women’s Weekly and enjoyed the best of times for five years. He was the only male feature writer and travelled to Copenhagen, Holland, France, Canada, Indonesia, Australia and other countries with the Weekly’s chief photographer, Mike Willison. It was also where he met his wife, Frances, a fellow feature writer. By 1987 Jean Wishart had retired and the magazine lost some of its traditional readership. Jack decided he’d had enough of women’s news and applied for work at the Herald. Much to his surprise he gained a place there straight away and worked out his remaining years as books editor, feature writer and columnist. He retired in 1996 but kept his personal column going till 2000. Far from throwing in the towel, Jack continues to have projects such as writing for the Heritage Places Trust magazine and serving on the Free Mason’s editorial committee. He wrote a history of St Matthews in the City in 2005 but he’s probably best remembered for his book ‘Strolling with Jack’ which was published in 1977. It’s a compilation of articles he wrote for the Star and includes lovely ink drawings by whoever was graphic artist at the time. He still gets feedback about it. Auckland Public Libraries hold several copies but they are not available for lending. Jack would like to see a local history group formed where people could pool their knowledge and memories, resurrecting names of who did what in the locale, the contributions they made and work they did in the community. What he’s most interested in is exemplified in an inscription he read at an exhibition of an earlier stage in Sydney’s development, showcasing a layer of the city’s past life and architecture from the 1880s to the 1890s. It read like this ‘Behind the facade of every contemporary city are layers of lost cities. Urban details that have been altered, destroyed or built over.’ That to Jack is what local history is all about, the layers of life and the preservation of names that are crucial to the preservation of those layers. (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) PN

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