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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY... My pre-daddy days were pretty self-indulgent, revolving around work, Marianna and a ‘soft spot’ for the bars and restaurants of Ponsonby CLAYTON MUNTING GREY LYNN RESIDENT, VALUER & DAD

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THE VAGARIES OF OLD AGE! AN APOLOGY TO ROBERT MATAMU... I apologise for my error in the Community Centre article in the July issue of Ponsonby News. It just goes to show how the faculties of we oldies fade. I heard you tell me how you showed off the historic photos on your office walls to visitors, and you showed me the new Gluepot Room. We joked there was no bar. Then you told me how the TAB used to be where your office now is. Well I thought you said TAB, but I could not remember it being there - interesting given my propensity to have a few bets. What you actually said was ‘the CAB used to be where my office is’. Of course it did, and I remember the kerfuffle when Ponsonby lost the CAB. But my old age deafness let me down! I’ll be more careful now I know one of my faculties is failing. JOHN ELLIOTT - aged nearly 77. DO YOU CARE ABOUT NOTABLE TREES I have been attending the Auckland Unitary Plan Hearings on Notable Trees and wish to draw attention to some of what has been happening at those hearings. There have been a number of applications, by property owners, to de-list a significant number of notable trees and have them removed from the Notable Tree Register. I encourage all residents of Auckland who care about Notable Trees to check out the website reference 025 Notable Trees Evidence and Documents: https://hearings.aupihp.govt.nz/hearings There are many trees that are being de-listed that people may wish not to be de-listed. The problem is the current Notable Tree criteria. The two magnolia trees at 230 Ponsonby Road are being de-listed because they do not meet the current Notable Tree criteria. It is quite likely that that criteria will change in the future just as it has in the past.

ENTERTAINMENT IN YOUR GARDEN I read Heidi Padain’s column in Ponsonby News with interest. We keep chickens (currently four hens) and must say that our hen Pexy does crow from time to time! Thank goodness quite infrequently and only once at a time. So I wonder if Cilla was just another crowing hen like our Pexy! Here is a photo of her a few years ago as a proud mother hen... DAVOUD MANSOURI-RAD, by email BLACK SWANS CARCASSES FOUND IN HERNE BAY I live on Sarsfield Street and have been enjoying watching the two black swans in the bay between Sentinel and Hamilton Roads. On many occasions, with the wind howling through the bay, you can see them steadfast head into the wind riding it out. But today on my evening stroll I noticed their lifeless carcasses. This may be gruesome to explain but I can only imagine that they were sick. Or have met their match with another animal, as, of the two, only one has its wings and head and both have been torn open exposing their entrails. It’s a shame, I will miss seeing them in the bay. They are lying about 10m to the right of the stairs at the beach at Hamilton Road. MICHAEL CONNOR, Herne Bay FROM THE EDITOR: Many thanks for letting us know this dreadful news. We’ve asked Auckland Council to remove the swans. CLOSURE OF THAI ME UP, PONSONBY ROAD I am so sad about the closure of Thai Me Up restaurant. I want to extend a huge thank you to the beautiful staff for providing 10 years of wonderful food and memories to so many people. I am sad because I will miss the restaurant and the high quality food, but more than that I will miss the warmth, grace and integrity of the staff who always went above and beyond to satisfy their customers. Dining at Thai Me Up was always a delight. I wish the team so much success and good fortune in their next endeavor. Thank you for looking after us all so beautifully. BROOKE WILLIAMS, by email



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I am concerned about the de-listing of the two magnolia trees on Ponsonby Road because the application from the owners states that they want to redevelop the site and cut down the trees because planning requirements mean they cannot put an awning across the pavement if the trees remain. Is this really a good enough reason to destroy two mature, historical, trees that are net oxygen producers and are managing our biosphere? Trees are our climate managers. How will the oxygen, that will be taken from the local community by destroying these trees, be replaced? My own personal view is that it will only take a clever designer to design around the trees to ensure their survival to pleasure us, our children, and the local biodiversity that lives on the trees. We should be making the effort to think outside the box to do this and there is precedence for this on Ponsonby Road near Bhana Bros shop. Although not very sophisticated, the awning has been built around the tree and near Shanghai Lil's there is another. We have precedents so let's build on that and encourage and require more tree-friendly design in Auckland and New Zealand. However, there are even more critical reasons why we should not be de-listing these mature trees for whatever reason and why we should be preserving all of our mature trees whether they are native or exotic. Currently, Auckland's urban forest is under threat. You cannot have failed to see the large numbers of mature trees that were once present in our gardens (60% of all tree cover in Auckland is on private property) which are being cut down for a purpose which is like some fundamentalist religion called property development. The designs of the new replacement buildings are not tree friendly. We are being very thick and stupid about doing this. Even the Auckland Council fails to understand the true import of the loss of these trees which contribute hugely to cleaning the air of Auckland, managing storm water, sequestering carbon and producing oxygen which we breathe. The council have done an Air Quality Report which completely ignores the huge part played by Auckland's urban forest in managing the air quality of Auckland. This is a life threatening omission. Looking at the facts it becomes clear that every time we cut down a mature tree not only is it a tragedy for the local community it is a disaster for the management of the Earth's biosphere. CONTINUED P66

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LIKE US! www.facebook.com/ponsonbynews In our letters page this month, Wendy Gray has written about the need to protect Notable Trees. The Government’s amendment to the Resource Management Act took away the ability for council to protect groups of trees. Now each tree has to be notified individually - a massive undertaking.

As Wendy Gray points out trees breathe in carbon and breathe out oxygen. We breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon. We are therefore connected in a very real physical sense to the plant world. Trees are an important amenity in our urban environment. If you agree, please sign Wendy’s petition to stop the trees on Ponsonby Road being removed. Our interview with 99-year-old Herne Bay resident, Roy Lucca reminded us of our community’s rich history. Roy painted houses and commercial buildings for almost 70 years. He celebrates his centenary on 7 October, and is looking forward to getting his message from the Queen.

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On a local level there are trees which are too large for their environment. They shade buildings from the sun, their roots will affect drains and their branches may interfere with overhead cables. So, it’s important for residents and landowners to plant trees which are appropriate for their environment - one example might be kowhai to attract birds.

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Ponsonby News asked the local real estate office managers to give their view on the current market in Western Bays.

Local designer Kate Sylvester was recently named ‘2015 Mercedes-Benz Designer’, a global initiative, which sees designers chosen for their unique style, creative flair and quality craftsmanship.

As Andrew Cosgrave of Barfoot & Thompson points out, no one is making any more land and even to slow prices down we must go up or out. Bernadette Morrison of Bayley’s Ponsonby agrees saying the rise in the Auckland market is predominately due to a lack of supply.

‘Mercedes-Benz Presents Kate Sylvester’ (autumn/winter 2016) will feature as the debut evening show at 2015 New Zealand Fashion Week later this month.

John Wills of Custom Residental believes everything is cyclical but right now, he says he is seeing a very solid local residential market in play.

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The general consensus is that with a limited number of properties in Auckland, high immigration and a strong desire by the council to stop urban sprawl, house price inflation will not stop anytime soon. Although Father’s Day is not until Sunday 6 September, we would like to remind readers to prepare for their dad’s special day. My dad is suffering from terminal cancer and may not last until then. Our cover stars this month are new dad, real estate valuer Clayton Munting and his eight-month-old son Blake. Clayton is taking his parental responsibilities very seriously and has not been seen sitting outside Andiamo, his favourite local PN watering hole, in ages. (MARTIN LEACH) F


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DAVID HARTNELL’S: ONE MINUTE INTERVIEW Verity George is co-owner of the Garnet Station cafe, restaurant and Tiny Theatre in Westmere, which opened on 8 August 2007. Tell us about your tiny theatre at Garnet Station? It seats 35. Since September last year we’ve had 11 plays, three bands, two art exhibitions, many significant birthdays and the Singing Cowboy fills it with preschoolers twice a week. What was your childhood like? Never a dull moment. Who do you think is the most annoying celebrity today? Not annoyed by any of today’s celebrities. Which TV series would you never miss and why? I love a good period drama and currently it’s Poldark. Where would your dream holiday internationally be? New York in October for my 50th! What is the best thing you have brought back from an overseas trip? An antique Persian rug from Wales. Which do you prefer Tweeting or Facebook? Facebook. What/who is the greatest love of your life? My partner of 20 years, Lisa Prager. How would you like to be remembered? That I could still do headstands at the age of 80. What do you love most about your age? Freedom. Whose greatest hits would you take to a desert island? Annie Lennox. Who do you think is the best dressed woman on earth? Colourful Peruvian women in their bowler hats. When was the last time you turned off your cell phone? At the movies. What is something that you really disapprove of? Rates increases. What song makes you happy? Easy Like Sunday Morning.

What do you think happens when we die? We incarnate again. What’s the best movie you’ve ever seen and why? Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance, 1982 cult time-lapse doco with no dialogue. When is the last time you cried? When the cat scratched me. Give your teenaged self some advice? Listen to your Nana when she says you should be a radio presenter. Who would play you in the movie of your life? Cate Blanchett. How do you chill out? By watching Shortland Street. What is your all time favourite book? Mists of Avalon. Which item of clothing can’t you live without? My underwire bra. What is your favourite time of the day? Dusk. What do you love about your life right now? My new car. It’s a VW Polo stick shift. Tell us about your dream home? Off the grid with a biolytix water/waste system. What are you insecure about? Insecure people. Tell us something very few people know about you? I’ve skydived. What is your idea of perfect happiness? Swimming in the sea. What is your greatest fear? Mould in the fridge. Who is your favourite hero of fiction and why? Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple with a sharp mind age is immaterial.

What cliché do you most abhor? Time waits for no man. What gizmo can you simply not live without? A cell phone. What is your greatest weakness/indulgence? Gewurtztraminer - it’s an aromatic wine, like ambrosia of the Gods! Which website do you read the most? Scene pics Gay NZ. Are you a handshake or a hug kind of person? An air kisser. What is your favourite season? Autumn. Name your dream guest list for a dinner party and why? Oscar Wilde - a laugh a minute, Georgia O’Keefe - adore her flowers, Catullus - for his racy love poems, Marilyn Monroe - just because! Do you have a party trick? Doing my Xena warrior cry. How do you take your coffee? Long black with organic coconut oil, cream and cinnamon. Do you travel light or heavy? Moderate.

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be? A little less décolletage sun damage please.

What is the best holiday you’ve ever had? My first trip to Europe in 2004 with many museums, galleries and restaurants on the itinerary

Which talent would you most like to have? To sing like a bird.

What is your opinion on today’s man? Dazed and confused.

Which living person do you most admire? Louise Nicholas.

What’s your comfort food? Peach Tree Danish made at Garnet Station from our own backyard bottled Paragon peaches.

You’re all time favourite movie? Easy, it would be The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Do you have a life motto? Do It Now.

What really motivates you? Love!

Have you ever had any acting aspirations? I’m a trained thespian, darling!

If you could change one law or policy in New Zealand, what would it be? Leave the Resource Management Act alone. (DAVID HARTNELL, MNZM) F PN

Describe one of your biggest disappointments? Not being bi-lingual. Now if you won a million dollars what is the first thing you would do? Pay off the mortgage!

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SHALE CHAMBERS: WAITEMATA LOCAL BOARD REPORT The Independent Hearings Panel hearing submissions on the council’s Unitary Plan last month released interim guidance on Special Character and Pre-1944 Building Demolition Control Overlay. The independent panel rejected a council proposal to protect all pre-1944 houses not already covered by special character or heritage controls. One of the issues our community has been very strong on is the need to preserve the historic character of our villa and bungalow-filled suburbs. The ‘death by a thousand cuts’ of the slow but steady destruction of fine examples of such historic character like the 1880s Paget Street cottage, the Jervois Road Erewan Thai villa and, more recently, the two early 20th Century Crummer Road Victorian villas. These examples are but the high profile ones of many that we have witnessed destroyed over recent years. Any demolition of a character home, only to be replaced by a modern rendition of character, is a loss of amenity suffered by the whole street, and is rightly met with indignation and resentment from people who have consciously settled in the older inner suburbs. We all know we need a city that can intensify well to provide for the nearly one million more people that will live in our city in 30 years time, to ease the growing housing shortage that is resulting, and to provide housing choice for our children and grandchildren. There is a tension between the two objectives, but our historic inner city suburbs make Auckland special and, managing that tension, whilst preserving our character suburbs, is an important challenge we must meet as a city. The Waitemata Local Board responded by making “a distinctive, high-quality urban environment that embraces our heritage” as one of its six priorities. Some suburbs have rules preserving their character. The more restrictive Residential 1 areas of some of the villa suburbs, and the less restrictive character suburbs of mostly bungalows of the Residential 2 zone. The areas assessed under existing plan rules were not universally adopted as Auckland City adopted the ‘representative suburb’ approach. Suburbs such as Westmere and much of Grey Lynn were simply left out. Westmere for example is the highest density bungalow suburb in Auckland. The Unitary Plan was an opportunity to remedy this situation. For 18 months I sat on the working party that helped shape the draft Unitary Plan rulebook. Heritage, with the backing of my fellow board members, was our special focus. We helped councillors from outlying suburbs ‘get’ what made the inner suburbs tick. Through a concerted effort of councillors Mike Lee and Sandra Coney, and myself, with support from the Waitemata Local Board as a whole, we introduced the concept of the Brisbane-style precautionary approach of the pre-1944 housing demolition overlay. After much debate, the council got it. Quite an achievement. The house demolition industry was not pleased. They resourced up to fight another day.

David versus Goliath setting, where certain well-resourced objectors, such as the property council, the housing demolition industry and Housing New Zealand, are up against community-funded volunteers such a residential and heritage groups, endeavouring to defend the limited historic character protections built into the Unitary Plan. The independent hearings panel has now issued an interim guidance decision saying that based on evidence, the pre-1944 buildings are not deserving of historic heritage scheduling or inclusion in a special character area. The panel has substituted its policy assessment for council’s political assessment. Brisbane clearly did not have an independent panel making its plan decisions. The panel does not support the inclusion of additional special character areas in the plan “at this stage” and says they should be addressed by a future plan change - a legal process that can and has in the past taken years. Plan Change 163 resolving the Residential 2 character rules is still not final after being notified mid-2005. “The pre-1944 demolition control overlay is placing unnecessary constraints and burdens on landowners seeking to develop their properties,” the panel said recently. ‘Unnecessary’? That was precisely the point, panellists. There was no evidence, the panel said, to suggest pre-1944 buildings were at any significant risk of demolition, relocation or areas were at risk of losing their character. The panel considered that there is inadequate analysis and evidence to justify this overlay. We’ll see that is not an evidence-based conclusion when the assessments of suburbs recently completed are available. For example the coastal areas of Westmere will no longer retain their historic character in any cohesive way deserving on-going protection. This is all very disappointing and goes to the heart of Auckland being able to govern itself in a democratic and accountable way. So the struggle continues. Be assured your local board will not let this issue go, and will be continue to fight for a community that PN embraces its heritage. (SHALE CHAMBERS) F Contact me: shale.chambers@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

The pre-1944 overlay concept, still much watered down from the Brisbane model, introduced provisions preventing unconsented demolition of pre-1944 buildings, and applied to parts of Auckland which were settled pre-1944 and where there is a concentration of pre-1944 buildings. A resource consent was to be required before pre-1944 buildings could be demolished or removed. This was intended as an interim measure to control demolition until heritage surveys could be completed in these areas. The rules did not prohibit demolition of all pre-1944 buildings covered by the provision, but provided an opportunity for council through the resource consent application process to assess the heritage values of the building and whether demolition was appropriate or not. It was to be the protector of the community interest. The interim rules reflected feedback from communities wanting to protect historic heritage properties in their local area that hadn’t previously been assessed under the old district plans. Our local board took the view that assessments once completed may have been largely academic if suburbs had already been up-zoned for future intensification in the Unitary Plan, and worked very hard to have much of Grey Lynn and Westmere stay down-zoned. These were the only two suburbs so treated. We celebrated the outcome. The heritage assessment of these two suburbs has been prioritised and recently completed and will be available shortly. The Government set up an independent hearings process for the Unitary Plan, with a panel of independent members led by Judge David Kirkpatrick. There are no locally accountable elected members on the hearings panel. This in itself did not bode well for the integrity of the political process. The panel has been busy hearing submissions in a

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LOCAL NEWS SELECTING THE RIGHT ART Art is a personal choice and there is no right or wrong style. A show-stopping abstract painting can be perfect for a villa just as much as an 18th Century landscape can look great in a modern office. However, there are some guidelines when it comes to choosing a painting to enhance your décor with regards to colour, style and size. Look for art which has one or two of the accent colours in the room. By picking up on one or two of the same colours, it sends a message that the painting belongs in the space. The purpose of the room where you intend to display your art should influence the tone of the artwork itself. A room designed to relax in, such as a bedroom, will probably need a quiet, restful painting, while a painting in a reception area can make a bold statement. When it comes to selecting art, bigger is better. Get art which ‘fits’ your wall. Nothing looks more lonely than a small painting on a large wall. A favourite family member painted it? Fine, just hang it where it fits the dimensions of the wall. Measure and photograph your wall and always have these details with you when shopping for art. Visit galleries which allow you to take art home to try. Mistakes can be costly. Artwork is always displayed to its best advantage in a gallery, but it may not be quite right for your PN space. Always try before you buy. F MOBILE ART GALLERY, 23 Edwin Street, Mt Eden, T: 09 630 6543 www.mobilart.co.nz

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Roy Lucca, local painter, turns 100 in October He might have been born in Griffith, Australia, but Herne Bay resident Roy Lucca has lived in Central Auckland for nearly 70 years. At 99 years old, Roy will hit the ton on 7 October. Roy arrived in New Zealand as a young, qualified painter and decorator in the 1930s, and for the first two years boarded at the old two storey villa just across Grafton Bridge, known now for its music gigs and named Hum Salon. After several years working for Frickers’ Painting Company, who had their office in a downtown pub, Roy, recently married, branched out on his own, with up to seven or eight staff painting all over New Zealand. The reason he worked so much out of Auckland was because he secured a number of government contracts, including the Hobsonville Air Force Base. However, Roy and his staff painted many local houses. Roy and wife Vera raised nine children, all of whom are still alive and mostly live around Auckland. Roy also has nine grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren His daughter, Karen and husband Garth live with him in the large stately villa in Herne Bay which Roy bought in 1964 for the princely sum of £25,000.

Now approaching his 100th birthday Roy is content to sit on his upstairs veranda, and watch over “the ever changing” Waitemata Harbour. Roy has numerous framed certificates testament to his community service over many years, but he is particularly proud of his time with the Sea Scouts. A service he relinquished only about five years ago. When first married Roy and Vera lived in Hackett Street, St Mary’s Bay, but as their family multiplied they outgrew that house and Roy animatedly tells us he secured his Herne Bay house for a steal - the house where he still lives. Roy’s son-in-law Garth Stewart warned us not to mention the rates on their lovely villa property. However, Roy was not slow to criticise Len Brown, and can’t wait to see rid of him. He is not happy with the way the city has been run in recent years. One of Roy’s sons, Gerard, urged Roy to tell us stories of his young days in Australia, including shooting crocodiles. Apparently, Roy told us, you need a very powerful gun to penetrate croc hide, and he used to aim for the belly because bullets just bounced off the upper side hide. Roy Lucca’s parents were from northern Italy, not far from Milan. Father Enrico was an engineer, and we heard a quaint story about verifying whether a person was qualified or not - inspect a tattoo on his chest. Roy’s dad worked on a number of big projects, including the Burrinjuck Dam on the Murrumbidgee River at Riverina in New South Wales.

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Roy and his wife travelled widely as he wound down his working life - first a cruise on the Fairstar, but even after he lost Vera nineteen years ago Roy continued to travel all over the world. As recently as half a dozen years ago, Roy met up with sister Daisy who lives in Newcastle and they took a nostalgic trip back to Griffith, where they still have friends, but have outlived most of their relatives. Before that he travelled extensively including Scotland, where he walked everywhere he told Ponsonby News. He has fond memories of a visit to Alaska, and several trips to Canada. The elder Lucca impressed on son Roy the importance of working hard, which he has done all his life. He was still painting in his late 80s. Roy’s sight is quite poor so he no longer watches television, nor reads, but he is an avid listener to talk back radio, and loves to listen to rugby league - a far superior game to rugby union according to Roy. Roy coached junior boys’ league in his younger days. You have to be so much fitter to play league, he argues. Rugby stops all the time for scrums and lineouts. His working life may be long over, and he is not so active as he was, but Roy Lucca still retains good health, apart from a dicky tummy and poor eyesight. He used to drink a bottle of whisky a week, so he is well preserved his daughter Karen jokes, but he has given up completely in recent years. Roy Lucca now leads a quiet life, but is happy to reminisce about old times, quietly chuckling as he does. He has much to be proud of, including a close-knit family. There will be a huge gathering of family and friends in early October to celebrate this remarkable man’s centenary. Ponsonby News congratulates Roy Lucca and wishes him well for his birthday and beyond. (JOHN ELLIOTT) F PN


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PAUL WALSH, THE ARTIST WHO PAINTED THE MUCH ADMIRED CHORUS DSL CABINETS around Auckland, has generously shared his eye-catching talent with the Grey Lynn Community Centre. For the past two years he has painted murals at the community centre during the Jam on Toast weekends. His most recent mural in a recessed doorway in the centre’s car park - of a tree frog on the back of a giant horned wood boring beetle - was chosen by Paul to signify the disparate elements working together to make up a community. It is based on an image from a series by Indonesian wildlife photographer Hendy Mp.

She was as bright and cheerful as her appearance. Jane Rutledge had volunteered as the World Vision Marketing Adviser in Vanuatu from 2011 to 2013. She was based on the tropical island of Espiritu Santo and worked with rural communities in South Santo defining new and existing agricultural products that farmers could bring to market, such as coconuts, kava and cattle.

“I try to brighten people’s day with light-hearted, happy, colourful work,” he says. “Much of my work is influenced by internet memes - shared ideas using humorous images with text added to them. Animal imagery is part of the meme culture and the inspiration for the Chorus utility boxes.” Two local examples of the 15 Chorus utility boxes painted by Paul, that gained him worldwide publicity, are ‘Ponsonby Pigeon’ on Ponsonby Road and ‘Menswear Dog’ at the Grey Lynn end of Williamson Avenue, outside Kokako Cafe. Paul initially came to public notice when he anonymously painted ‘Grumpy Cat’ on the water tower at Three Kings, which created a controversy when Watercare painted it out. On seeing the work, Chorus approached him to paint their utility boxes. Chorus wasn’t able to offer him payment at that time, which Paul says gave him complete freedom with the work. To undertake the project he raised funds from the Pledgeme crowdfunding platform. The project “grew legs” and appeared on international websites such as My Modern Met, Laughing Squid, CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company) and the CNNaffiliated Headline News, amongst others. Paul is self taught and has been selling his artwork since he was a teenager. He works in a range of mediums and has been displaying his work online since 2000, giving him an international audience. He is soon to produce another work for the community centre, on the theme of worm farming, to tie in with the centre’s next worm farming seminar on Sunday, 30 August. The Grey Lynn Community Centre established its own worm farm at the time of its first worm farm seminar at the end of June. “We are working towards becoming more sustainable in our community by aiming for zero waste,” says community centre manager Cath Bathe-Taylor. “Through our worm farm seminars we encourage community members to follow suit.” Everyone is welcome to attend on 30 August, from 11-12 noon in the Oval Room. Admission is free. Every month around 10,000 people visit the community centre for a myriad of reasons. It is truly the centre of the community with its wide range of classes and groups for every age and stage - from the daily Grey Lynn Kids’ Playgroup for the littlies to Chair Yoga for Seniors. Mandarin is the newest group to start. The Sunday Farmers’ Market attracts people from far and wide. The centre’s full programme can be found online or is available from the office just inside the front door. The community centre also offers a range of venues for hire from a small meeting room to the main hall for functions and PN meetings. (PHILIPPA TAIT) F GREY LYNN COMMUNITY CENTRE, 510 Richmond Road, T: 09 378 4908 www.greylynn.org.nz

On one of the coldest July mornings, Ponsonby U3A members were treated to the cheerful and uplifting sight of its guest speaker dressed in brightly coloured tropical garb, bare legged and wearing sandals with a lei around her neck.

Jane explained that VSA is New Zealand’s largest and most experienced volunteering agency working in international development. New Zealand volunteers, like Jane, share their skills with people in the wider Pacific to help them build Jane Rutledge, a better future for themselves and speaker at the July Ponsonby U3A meeting their children. VSA currently works in eight countries within Melanesia, Polynesia or Timor-Leste in six focus areas. There have been more than 300 volunteers in the past 60 years. With her background in corporate marketing, Jane had volunteered as a marketing adviser. Her role was to help develop products and connect farmers to the market. She lived in Luganville, Vanuatu’s second largest city and travelled widely to connect with the communities she worked with. She helped develop products such as Coconut Gold jam made from coconut and sugar and worked with groups making other products. She explained the challenges in developing markets and the difficulties of getting product out. “With no electricity, the introduction of solar power has made a big difference, she said. “But it’s not an easy life for those living there.” Part of the project had been to think about products that could be developed further - new and existing. Ten minute speaker U3A member Patricia Woodley joined a group travelling to Israel/ Palestine and Rome. Patricia and the group were guided to important sites, where history was shared, giving them a first-hand opportunity to form impressions of life in some of the most religiously significant parts of the world. A highlight was in Nazareth staying in a convent, now used for accommodation. French women had dug beneath and found a 1st Century home, all in stone, then under that, a tomb “for someone very famous,” with a huge stone that rolled away from the entrance. Rome’s highlight was to attend a papal audience. “We joined thousands of people in boiling heat and the Pope was a small white figure in the distance. That afternoon the Pope had a meeting with President Putin, now a member of the Russian Orthodox Church.” Patricia said it was an interesting pilgrimage that opened her eyes to a lot of things, but it was great to come back to New Zealand to a smile at the airport. Ponsonby U3A meets on the second Friday morning of the month at the Leys Institute in St Marys Rd. Each meeting includes two speakers and reports from convenors of the fourteen special interest groups. The August meeting, however, will be the AGM and will be held at the Herne Bay Petanque Club. The guest speaker will be Associate Professor Melinda Sue Allen, Department of Anthropology, Auckland University. PN (PHILIPPA TAIT) F

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LOCAL NEWS CLAY WORKS POTTERS' MARKET Pots - sculptures - vessels - bowls - jugs - mugs - vases - teapots! You can buy them all at the inaugural Clay Works Potters' Market at St Columba Church Hall on Saturday 29 August. Come and see the amazing range of work for sale by potters from around Auckland, most of whom are members at Auckland Studio Potters. Sales will be on a cash-and-carry basis, and the tables will be replenished during the day - so if you can't get there till midday, don't despair! There will be bargains galore so you can happily purchase and put some aside for future giving. Eftpos available. FREE ENTRY - browse to your heart's content. Have a go at creating something out of clay at the activity table. Free tea and coffee, and a small charge for a slice of something home-baked to go with it. Delicious Pacific Island food to enjoy. Sausage sizzle for piping hot sausages - perfect after a morning watching sport! Spend time listening to music while looking at work from local artists on display in the church. Walk the labyrinth or come visit Te Maara, St Columba’s community garden. Fun activities for the children and a playground for the little ones. This is a community day and fundraiser for St Columba, and a percentage of the net profit will be donated to Pasadena Intermediate School. Hours: 9am - 3pm. F PN ST COLUMBA CHURCH HALL, 92 Surrey Crescent, Enquiries: Reverend Brent Swann, M: 021 022 85 114 or Liz Caughey, T: 09 638 8491.

ONE PERSON CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE Tucked away from the bustling streets on Ponsonby Road you will find the tranquil respite of Costley Reserve. The reserve is inconspicuous to many but a huge asset for local residents who walk their dog or release their kids on the playground. In 2012, local resident and Walk Auckland advocate Andy Smith took me through the reserve highlighting concerns: a treacherous narrow stairwell leading to the park; the Costley Reserve Opening overgrowth creating safety issues; the rotting wooden fence and high retaining wall; poor lighting; and the dilapidated and mouldy play equipment. It was clear that the playground and park had been neglected. There’s only so many times you can duct tape a broom handle before it needs to be replaced. In the case of Costley Reserve it had undergone maintenance work over the years but the visual signs of the ongoing bandages were starting to show. One resident told me how he leaned on the fence and broke it. This wasn’t simply a case of the squeaky wheel getting the oil because when Costley Reserve was ranked against other projects it was a high priority for safety reasons. The local neighbours on Wood Street and Costley Street rallied behind the need for Costley Reserve to get a do-over. The initial concept design was pulled apart by residents saying that they didn’t want to see a grand design but an affordable and simple solution. The design was scaled back and Auckland Council took the playground design in-house using its own experience and expertise to save on project cost. The Waitemata Local Board approved a renewal budget of $114k and a top-up of $142k through our local improvement budget. This would enable a high-quality urban park for our every growing inner-city population. The Costley Reserve playground and entrance renewal was officially opened on Saturday 27 June 2015. Unfortunately Andy Smith was unable to attend the opening so we handed the honour of cutting the ribbon to Oliver, one of our youngest residents and playground users.

Nadine Spalter and Jacqueline Kampen put the finishing touches to a pot. Nadine is an exhibiting potter and teacher at Auckland Studio Potters www.ceramics.co.nz. Her work will be available at Clay Works.

The revitalised park now boasts safer entrances and a significant re-grading of the slope and footpaths for easier access for prams and wheelchairs. The new wooden play equipment includes a basket swing for children with disabilities, and a fort with climbing ropes, swing-bridge and slide. Thank you to local residents, Council’s Parks Team, contractors and the Waitemata Local Board for your support. It was John F Kennedy who said “One person can make a difference and everyone should try.” In the case of Costley Reserve, we need to thank Andy Smith for his pragmatism and fortitude. Its local leaders like Andy who pick up the reins and make all the difference. (ROB THOMAS, Waitemata Local Board Member) F PN www.robthomas.co.nz rob@robthomas.co.nz

Andy Smith and Rob Thomas at Costley Reserve

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Chunuk Bair must not be forgotten This month we will be already one year into the centenary of the Great War. August 2015 brings a most important war anniversary for New Zealanders, one of New Zealand’s greatest feats of arms, the capture of one of the key heights of Gallipoli, Chunuk Bair. Three months after the ANZAC landings in April 1915, after a failed offensive at Cape Helles, the Gallipoli campaign was stalemated. An audacious plan to outflank the Ottoman Turkish defenders by seizing the heights of the Sari Bair range was conceived. From these heights the narrows of the Dardanelles, the seaway to Constantinople and to the Black Sea could be seen and dominated. The task of spearheading the assault was given to the New Zealanders, but it was long odds. One problem was that approval for the plan came too late. The Turks had realised the vulnerability and had fortified the heights.

Painted in 1990, by Ion G. Brown, for the NZ government.

When the offensive finally got underway on 6 August they were ready. At the southern end of the Anzac perimeter, wave after wave of Australian infantrymen climbed out of their trenches and charged the Turkish machine guns at Lone Pine in a diversionary attack. Nearly 2000 Australians were to sacrifice themselves in this way. That night the New Zealanders launched the main attack, spearheaded by 1600 men of the Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury and Otago Mounted Rifles and the 500-man Maori contingent. Their job was to clear out the Turkish defensive positions guarding the approaches to the heights. The next morning, their job largely done, they were replaced by the New Zealand Infantry Brigade, which was to scale the final kilometre to the summit of Chunuk Bair. Meanwhile, down below, Australian light horsemen (without their horses) charged at the Nek. 375 men were killed. The episode is immortalised in the 1981 movie ‘Gallipoli’. Ordered to attack at mid-morning, three companies of Aucklanders charged up the slopes. Despite taking enormous casualties, (300 men, nearly half the battalion were killed), they captured the position called ‘the Pinnacle’, 200 metres from the summit of Chunuk Bair. The Wellington Battalion was ordered up next but its commander Lieutenant -Colonel William Malone refused to send his men to ‘commit suicide’, arguing for a night attack instead. He got his way. In the pre-dawn darkness the attack went in and as the sun rose 700 or so Wellingtonians assisted by Auckland mounted riflemen captured the summit. The Dardanelles and victory was in sight. The New Zealanders now had to hold against the inevitable Turkish counter attacks. The late Maurice Shadbolt was inspired by the drama and heroism of the Chunuk Bair saga to write his famous play ‘Once on Chunuk Bair’. In his book ‘Voices of Gallipoli’ (1988), Shadbolt quoted the decorated Gallipoli and Western Front veteran Ormond Burton. After the war Burton became an outspoken peace activist. Some may remember the old man’s impassioned speeches against the Vietnam War in the 1960s. In his 1935 book ‘The Silent Division’, Burton wrote of Chunuk Bair: “Every man on that ridge knew that the thin line of New Zealand men was holding wide open the door to victory, and that it must not close - must not.” All that day, 8 August, the New Zealanders on Chunuk Bair, running low on ammunition and water, fought off wave after wave of Turkish counter -attackers. Led by Colonel Malone, they mounted desperate bayonet charges to push back the Turks. Burton wrote: “How men died on Chunuk Bair was determined by how men and women had lived on the farms and in the towns of New Zealand.” By nightfall, all but 70 of the 700 or so men who had captured the heights that morning had been killed, Malone with them. The exhausted survivors were finally relieved by the Wellington Mounted Rifles and the Otago Battalion. These held on for another long day of grim fighting until relieved that evening by two battalions of British troops who had landed at Suvla Bay. But within hours a massive counter-attack by thousands of Turkish infantrymen organised by Kemal Ataturk swept them from the summit.

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The chance of victory at Gallipoli, the capture of Constantinople, the dream of ‘knocking Turkey out of the war’, of joining hands with Russia and a quick end to the war was all over. The Great War would drag on for more than three more years, millions more would die. The heroism and sacrifice of our young soldiers, it could be concluded then, was all for nothing. But Ormond Burton would not accept this. He saw at least some good in it. “The way men died on Chunuk Bair is shaping the deeds yet to be done by generations still unborn in this land of ours... When the August fighting died down there was no question but that New Zealanders had commenced to realise themselves as a nation.” This 8 August then it is up to us, the present generation of New Zealanders, to ensure Chunuk Bair is not forgotten and that the heroic sacrifice of those New Zealand soldiers PN 100 years ago was not completely in vain. (MIKE LEE) F Councillor for Waitemata and Gulf www.mikelee.co.nz

254 PONSONBY ROAD - UPDATE AN EXTENSIVE SUBMISSION PROCESS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF 254 PONSONBY Road (aka the Nosh site) was undertaken late last year resulting in an overwhelming endorsement for Option 3, the whole-of-site park, as the preferred outcome. More than 77% of all respondents chose this option. In recognition of this clear and decisive result, the Waitemata Local Board is trialling a new 'Community Led Design' strategy to advance the design process for the whole-of -site park development. A steering group is in the process of being established to initiate this process. One of the main objectives of the steering group will be to engage with the wider community to access a comprehensive list of ideas to inform the design process. Which is where you, dear reader, come in! Now is the time for positive, blue-sky thinking. What is needed is an ideas fest of possibilities and suggestions, including the good and the not so good that collectively will provoke further thinking and discussions. Inevitably these ideas will need to be refined and prioritised, but for now it’s time to dream boldly and be inspired to shape and share your vision. The steering group aims to host events to promote and encourage discussion around the development of the whole-of-site park. Another aim is to increase the visibility and awareness of the development and be open to everyone’s positive contributions. All suggestions and interest in making the whole-of-site park a reality will be greatly PN appreciated. Dare to dream and join in! F www.facebook.com/PonsonbyPark PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)

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RACHAEL TE AOTONGA: LEYS INSTITUTE LIBRARY NEWS We haven’t been letting the cold weather hinder our fun at Leys Institute Library! We have some exciting events planned for August, please do join in and make the most of your local community library. FAMILY HISTORY MONTH Auckland Libraries is celebrating Family History Month in August. There are many excellent events and workshops taking place in libraries across the region. Check the Auckland Libraries website for more information. At Leys we invite you to join us to learn some fascinating new skills on our most popular eResources.

Rich Man Road: Ann Glamuzina on a Tale of Two Families - an Event at Grey Lynn Library Where: Grey Lynn Library, 474 Great North Road When: Thursday 20 August, 6.15pm Cost: Free.

Beginners guide to Auckland Libraries’ Family History eResources Tuesday 4 August, 2pm - 3pm. There are many ways to locate family history resources on the Auckland Libraries’ website. Come along and learn the simplest way to access these resources. This session is aimed at novice family historians.

What are the connections between fish ’n’ chips, fiction and family history? Hear author, “secret historian” and gum digger’s daughter Ann Glamuzina answering this and other probing questions during Grey Lynn Library’s celebration of Family History Month.

Ancestry Library Edition & Find My Past (Intermediate - Advanced) Tuesday 11 August, 10am - 11.30am & 1.30pm - 3pm These two sessions go beyond the basics - learn what’s available beyond the births, deaths, marriages and Census records. Come and power up your searches! AUTHOR TALKS An Hour with Helen Riddiford, author of A Blighted Fame: George S. Evans 1802-1868, A Life When: Wednesday 19 August, 6pm Cost: Gold coin donation - light refreshments provided RSVP: T: 09 890 8755, pop in and see us or message us on the Leys Institute Facebook page. Books will be available to purchase courtesy of Novel

Ann’s first novel is set in Grey Lynn: the Rich Man Road of the title is a mis-hearing of “Richmond Road” by young Samoan migrant Pualele. Her story and that of Olga, who fled Dalmatia in World War Two, are the two main strands that the author has interwoven to create Rich Man Road. The novel is getting good reviews - and plenty of requests at Auckland Libraries. It has also been featuring lately on the bestsellers list compiled by Booksellers New Zealand. Writing and a love of history run in Ann’s family: her older sister Julie Glamuzina is also a historian and the published author of several books. Fish ’n’ chips are not on offer in this free library event, but light refreshments are. Enjoy a glass of wine with us. (RACHAEL TE AOTONGA) F PN LEYS INSTITUTE, 20 St Marys Road, T: 09 374 1315 www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz

Taking more than a decade of research to complete, this biography traces the life and extraordinary career of George Samuel Evans, after whom Evans Bay in Wellington is named. A brilliant scholar, linguist, reformer, journalist and barrister, Evans was Edward Gibbons Wakefield’s right hand man from the formation of the New Zealand Association/ Company. He played a pivotal role in founding the first colonial settlement of Wellington. He advocated strenuously for the settlers and enjoyed good relations with Maori. They called him Nui Nui Rangitira, as he was fluent in their language and defended them in court. Helen will discuss the many battles he fought with the hostile local government. Premier William Fix described Evans as “perhaps the most influential originator of New Zealand colonization we ever had.” Helen was born in Christchurch and grew up in Wellington. A trained primary school teacher, she completed her BA in English Literature at Victoria University. She moved to Auckland in 2004 and lives in St Marys Bay. An Evening with Award Winning Crime Writer - Michael Robotham When: Tuesday 25 August, 6pm - 7.30pm Cost: Gold coin donation - light refreshments provided RSVP: T: 09 890 8755, pop in and see us or message us on the Leys Institute Facebook page. Wine kindly donated by Coppers Creek Vineyard. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Paper Plus Don’t miss a fantastic opportunity to hear Michael discuss his latest psychological thriller - Close Your Eyes. We are excited to be hosting one of our favourite authors of the crime genre in the Leys Lecture Hall. Michael is a prolific writer with 11 novels under his belt that have been translated in to 23 languages. Australian born, Michael grew up in small country towns that had “more dogs than people and more flies than dogs”. He worked for many years as a journalist for magazines and newspapers in Australia, England and America before finding his voice in crime fiction. He currently resides on Sydney’s northern beaches. Finally, if you missed Ann Glamuzina talk about her new book Rich Man Road at Leys last month, you can meet her during August at Grey Lynn Library.

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On my mind... reliable old “Memory Lane” aka Ponsonby Road Sitting in a cafe in Ponsonby Road the other day, I overheard a conversation between two women about how unreliable life is. It set me to thinking about just who and what we can rely on in the end - apart from death and taxes. Ourselves certainly. Hopefully. Even if it’s a case of knowing we can rely on ourselves to not be reliable! If we are fortunate enough, there are a few true friends to rely on. And special places. One of the people I can definitely rely on recently visited me from overseas. We shared dinners, drinks, conversation and loads of laughter during four great days that stitched our 40-year relationship even tighter together. Over delectable cocktails at Shanghai Lil’s we reminisced about Ponsonby Road in past lives when we were ‘young and pretty’, and Ponsonby Road now when we have, let’s be kind, matured somewhat. A dawdle down memory lane accorded us memories of so much: Ivan’s steak and chips and eggs accompanied with a tower of white bread and large dishes of butter served to us by Ivan’s wife with her serious face and legendary beehive hairdo. White bread is a distant memory in these paleo days for me. Not to mention bacon, what with all those exceptionally cute Facebook clips of piglets cavorting or suckling cats or snuggled up in bed, adorable pink head on pillow alongside kind human. Fed Up was one of our favourite places to eat. Each time we went, I ordered the exact same thing: avocado and bacon toastie (thank goodness Facebook didn’t exist then) followed by schnitzel stuffed with asparagus. Fed Up was one of a kind and I believe it would fly today. I’d go for sure. Of course we lived at the Gluepot. Dancing the nights away to DD Smash, Screaming MeeMees, Spelling Mistakes, Newmatics and other brilliant bands. Then down to Uncles or Al & Pete’s for a double-decker toasted sandwich.

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I’ve had many lives in Ponsonby Road. As a secondary school girl I’d jump off the bus from Blockhouse Bay at the top of Williamson Avenue and walk in my beloved uniform, complete with white panama and well-polished brown laceups, along Ponsonby Road, past Ley’s Institute, down St Marys Road, through to New Street and the handsome St Marys College school gates. Ponsonby Road was filled with secondhand stores back then. Rummaging through their dusty shelves and boxes appealed far more than getting to school on time for maths. Just as well the stores were closed that early. The walk along the ‘strip’ today is completely different. As an adult I wandered Ponsonby Road to visit friends in flats down side roads: Lincoln Street, Summer Street, Vermont Street... I experienced being tipsy for the first time in a Ponsonby Road flat. Cider - cannot touch it to this day. Married and living in Ponsonby, we ate at the first Spanish cafe in Auckland and on Ponsonby Road: Spanish 260, where Mekong Baby now stands. I still have a long red skirt I bought at Zany Boutique at the top end of the road. Latterly I have walked with my dogs on Ponsonby Road (out of crippling stillettos of the past and into sensible walking shoes now) and lingered at Dizengoff, Bambina and other cafes over a green tea while watching life on the busy road. My dear friend and I thoroughly enjoyed adding a new layer in our friendship together and with Ponsonby Road during his visit. Hour by hour during our memory lane tour we were draped in sparkly fun times and warm, happy encounters. A reliable pal, a reliable road. (DEIRDRE THURSTON) F PN


LOCAL NEWS HAVE YOU HAD YOUR BEST CHRISTMAS PARTY YET? It may seem too early to start thinking about Christmas, but the man in the red suit will be dropping in before you know it. After another chaotic year, a unique Christmas party experience to reward and celebrate with colleagues, friends or family will be just what the doctor ordered. Planning an event that guests will be talking about for years to come is no mean feat. So, if you’ve been tasked with organising this year’s party, why not make it easy with Christmas at the Races? It’s your one-stop Christmas party shop, with everything you need to entertain your group in style. Whether you want your Christmas function to impress, entertain or excite your guests, immerse them in the buzzing atmosphere of Christmas at the Races and delight them with the sumptuous feasts on offer. There are three events to choose from at Ellerslie Racecourse and seven at Alexandra Park, with each promising thrilling racing action, fresh festive food, fantastic hospitality, live music and the chance to dress up and toast the season. There’s a hospitality package to suit every group’s size, budget and taste. Join the party! Hospitality packages sell fast - don’t miss out and book now. F PN For a full list of Christmas at the Races events visit www.theraces.co.nz

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A SPECIAL OCCASION FOR PONSONBY RESIDENT MARGARET WOODWARD Longtime Ponsonby resident Margaret Woodward was thrilled to visit the exhibition ‘Matariki - The path is made by walking’ at Studio One - Toi Tu in Ponsonby Road. Photos of her family plus a WW2 photo of her father Dabid Bremner (POW) during the war were featured in this exhibition, making this a precious and memorable occasion for Mrs Woodward. Mrs Woodward is 89 years old and is a resident at Jervois Residential Care in Herne Bay. As she is confined to a wheelchair outings are very special to her. She has been a resident of Ponsonby since the 1940s where she attended Ponsonby Primary and PN Auckland Girls Grammar. F

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Auckland Girls’ Grammar AUCKLAND GIRLS’ GRAMMAR HAS HAD A CHEQUERED HISTORY. WAY BACK IN 1850 SIR George Grey made a series of land grants to establish and maintain a grammar school in Auckland that was to be ‘for the education of all New Zealanders’. The Trust Board had to wait a good number of years before income from the land was able to support a school. Eventually, in 1868 by an Auckland Provincial Government Act, the promised school was founded and opened in immigration barracks on Howe Street by the Duke of Edinburgh with only 68 boys on the roll. By 1871, the pupil attendance had grown so the school moved across to the Albert Barracks in Princess Street and the following year it was named Auckland College and Grammar School. After being moved into three more unsuitable locations nearby, a new permanent building for a school in Symonds Street was opened by Sir George Grey. Meanwhile, in 1877, an Auckland Girls’ High School had opened in Upper Queen Street premises rented from Wesley College trustees. Miss Sophia Stodhart who had campaigned for years for an Auckland Ladies College was appointed Headmistress. She resigned only 15 months later after a critical inspector’s report stated “a strong male hand could improve the situation”! During the 1880s Depression and Parliament’s withdrawal of the annual grant to the school, out of economic necessity the girls were admitted to the Auckland College and Grammar School. Girls’ education wasn’t a priority among early British settlers.

1909 exterior view of Auckland Girls’ Grammar

In today’s terms the integrated school would hardly be described as co-educational, but rather co-existential. Although being located on the same site, it was operated as two separate schools and much effort was spent keeping the boys and girls apart. The girls had their own quarters, a separate entrance and a 14-foot wall divided the playground. This rather odd merger is regarded as the foundation of Auckland Girls’ Grammar but many years passed before it moved to a home of its own. In 1906, because of the increasing role, it was decided to create a separate girls’ grammar school. Architects Goldsbro’ and Wade who had designed the Victoria Arcade, the Northern Steamship Company building on Quay Street and the Ponsonby Fire Station on St Marys Bay Road were commissioned to design the new school. The firm came up with a three-storey brick building at the top of Howe Street that had ‘bright spacious classrooms’ and an impressive 20-foot tower. This original main block has a Category 2 Historic Places listing. It has been described as Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian but certainly has Arts and Crafts elements with banded brickwork as in other Goldsbro’ and Wade buildings. The former Beresford Street Primary School was amalgamated with Napier Street Primary to give the grammar school ample playing fields and additional buildings. The Beresford Street school, designed by Education Board Architect, John Farrell, is a decorative timbered villa with gabled wings and is also protected with a B council listing.

Auckland Girls’ Grammar A Block

The foundation stone was laid by the Minister of Education, George Fowlds on 12 December, 1907 who officially opened the school 8 April 1909 and one of the pupils who attended the school when it was based in Symonds Street, namely Anne Watt Whitelaw was appointed Headmistress. She had excelled academically back then and left New Zealand in 1893 having gained a scholarship to further her education at Girton College, Cambridge. She then taught at Wycombe Abbey near London where girls followed the full academic and sporting curriculum which included carpentry and gardening. One of her many famous pupils was Ellen Mellville, whose struggle for pioneer women is commemorated in the hall named after her in central Auckland. Auckland Girls’ Grammar can rightly claim to have always had a tradition of social responsiveness and progression PN and reflects the multi-culturism we enjoy today. (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) F

LOCAL TRAINER JOINS NIKE MASTERS Ponsonby-based Kirsty Godso has stepped into the global fast lane, announced as one of six Nike Master Trainers chosen to create a bespoke Nike+ Training Club workout called Zoom Fast, released globally on 20 July on the NTC app. Godso is the first New Zealander to join the 50+ Nike Master Trainers who lead the global network of more than 600 trainers around the world. She says, “Being a Nike Master Trainer is a dream come true. I’m addicted to fitness; it’s my therapy... (working out) cures everything for me. and it is so rewarding to shift people’s perspective on exercise.” Godso’s “explosive” 30-minute workout unites everything that she loves about exercise: big, fun, fast -paved movements that tag-team muscles and lungs. F PN ZOOM FAST www.nike.com

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It’s tax, but not as we know it All of us have some experience of small business. Some run them, some work in them and all of us have certainly used them at some stage. I still remember my first job. I had just turned 14 when I started working every Friday night at the local fish and chip shop. At the time I probably thought I was learning skills that were only relevant to working at a chippy - I now realise that I learnt some lifelong lessons. I watched the owner of the business slave over the vats of hot fat almost every single day. I watched his wife, who was there almost every night, do the books in the corner of the kitchen. I watched the kids, all three of them, work shifts to help keep things ticking over. I was there the night they were robbed, and ran with them down the street as the night’s takings disappeared in front of their eyes. I saw what it was like to run a small family business. You’ve all heard it said before - that New Zealand is a nation of small businesses, and it’s absolutely true. In fact last year small businesses created 41% of all new jobs. But it’s also fair to say that our policies and the ideas that have come out in recent times from the Government haven’t necessarily reflected that. There’s a focus on just a few sectors, like diary and forestry, and also on big business rather that the unique needs of our small to medium enterprises. We want that to change. That’s why last week we made our first of many announcements that are focused purely on the needs of SMEs. In the short time I have been spokesperson for small business, the consistent theme amongst business owners has been ‘please do something about provisional tax’. It holds a huge amount of fear for businesses which are required to forecast their earnings for the next year - get your payments wrong and you will be lumped with significant penalties and interest payments. We’ve listened to that feedback, and in response have come up with a voluntary new way of paying provisional tax called ‘Flexible Tax for Business’, The proposal has three parts:

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Firstly, we’d like to see an entirely flexible voluntary withholding tax, to let businesses meet their tax obligations at a rate of their choosing and on their own timetable, rather than the current rigid system of provisional tax. Businesses can adjust their withholding tax rate depending on their revenue stream, to make sure they don’t have large provisional tax liabilities during the income year or a massive terminal tax liability at the end of the tax year. This puts them in control and means they can align their tax payments to their cash flow, with a pay as you go regime that would be similar to PAYE. The tax paid will be a credit against their final tax for the end of the year. This means businesses have a lower risk of unexpected tax payments and can reinvest in their business and employees with more certainty. All businesses will be able to use the new system, but small - medium-sized enterprises will be the most likely to take it up. It is, however, entirely optional. Some businesses will prefer to stay with the existing provisional tax regime, and we want to leave that for them as an option Secondly, we want to raise the threshold for businesses to pay provisional tax from $2500 to $5000. And finally, we’re proposing removing late payment penalties on provisional tax. While we have spent quite a bit of time consulting on this proposal, it’s by no means set in stone. We want to hear from anyone with an interest in this area. Will this proposal help? Are there any tweaks we need to make? If you’d like more details, or to send in feedback, please do check out the Labour website at www.labour.org.nz to view the discussion document, or email me at jacinda@jacinda.co.nz. I’d love to hear from you. Otherwise, you can be assured that we’ll have more to say on small business policies PN really soon. Till then, definitely be kind to your local chippy. (JACINDA ARDERN) F JACINDA ARDERN, Labour List MP based in Auckland Central. www.jacinda.co.nz


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4 1. Allayne Ferguson of Grey Lynn catching up with the news while in BUDAPEST last month.


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2. Shale Chambers, Chair of Waitemata Local Board and co-founder of Ponsonby law firm, Chambers Craig Jarvis on a break last month in Italy at the beautifully preserved 4th Century Temple of Concord in the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, SICILY. He tells us he returned from Rome’s 36°C to Auckland’s 5°C. 3. Grey Lynn local, Fionna Hill says, “Too hot (42°C) in south-west FRANCE for a roll in the hay but not too hot to read Ponsonby News”. 4. Local Grey Lynn artist FLOX sent this shot in of her son Indiana Moon and mother -in-law Faith Moon about to read their Ponsonby News at Railei Beach Club in Krabi, THAILAND last month! PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


IT’S ALL ABOUT THE JOURNEY by Chris Lyons, Director and Tour Host, World Journeys

If group travel conjures up images of hordes of tourists following a guide’s upheld umbrella, think again! Small group travel today can be the ultimate way to travel to some of the world’s most exciting, challenging and exotic countries. I am in the enviable position of hosting small groups of Kiwi travellers each year to the likes of South America and Africa, and can honestly say it’s the way to go! You may not have friends who share your particular ‘bucket list’ of travel desires, but don’t like travelling alone. Perhaps tackling a foreign language is too daunting, or you simply don’t have the energy to do it all yourself. Booking a small group tour takes care of all of that. There is company to share the experiences with, all the nitty gritty details are taken care of by someone else, and your host is there to smooth the way should anything unexpected happen. World Journeys creates and operates nearly 20 small group tours each year, selecting our most-loved destinations such as the game parks of East Africa, the colours and culture of India, and the epic ports of the Mediterranean. Some of these journeys are based around a cruise, often including some unique touring at either end, such as a sojourn at Lake Como. Other journeys take roads less travelled, such as our new tour to Ethiopia and Sudan. The Mediterranean is ever popular, as is South America, with its magical blend of history, culture and incredible landscapes. New for 2016 is a ‘Castro’s Cuba’ journey, visiting the great historic cities of Havana and Santiago de Cuba, where 1950s Chevys cruise the streets, in contrast to the horse and carts of rural Cuba. The Cuban people are incredibly warm and friendly, opening up their homes and their hearts to visitors. Che Guevara is still venerated, but times are changing. The United States embargo has been lifted, it’s time to visit before the old Cuba is gone forever! Food and wine is always a highlight of our travel, and we often include a farewell dinner at a ‘hidden gem’ favourite restaurant enjoyed only by those ‘in the know’. Most of all, I love the conviviality of travelling in, and hosting, a small group. There’s always company if you want it, or time to do your own thing every now and then. And every person brings something to the mix. There may be a keen photographer in the group who you can follow to get the best shots, or a fashionista who will call upon my haggling skills to buy jewellery or textiles in the markets. Many lifelong friendships have been forged on tour, and many return again to travel with us in subsequent years. Travel is all about the journey, but it’s also about sharing the PN experience, and that’s the beauty of travelling with a group. F

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Egypt - still the Land of the Pharaohs Ever since I first saw the mighty Nile snaking through its exotic land, Egypt has always been my happy place. Its swaying date palms adorning banks that nourish a people for whom my heart bleeds as the promise of the ‘Arab Spring’ slowly fades, the reality of the uprisings’ broken promises slipping away like sands through an hour glass. For a recent ‘significant’ birthday, I visited her once again by taking a ship excursion from Port Said for the Step Pyramid of Saqqara. This included our own guide, Fatma, who could have made a successful pearl diver, she never took a breath and you know how I don’t like the competition. Initially she looked quite promising as we piled onto the bus in dawn’s early light... all smiles and trendy gear and lots and lots of jewellery (that she would try and sell to us later). As we pulled out into the rush-hour traffic she started and even my earphones couldn’t completely drown out what Egyptian housewives fed their families, why Fatma had painted her front door red and her recipe for baba ganoush. Nonetheless we sailed on past Memphis (the real one, not the American one) and onto Saqqara where Pharaoh Djoser built the first pyramid, the precursor to its famous brothers near Cairo. Less visited, this huge complex incorporates colonnades, mortuary tombs and a number of pyramids of various sizes. Structures still able to be explored without being surrounded by the incessant clamour and frenzy of jaded tourists whose only interest is a quick photo opportunity before getting back on the bus and out of reach of the heat and souvenir hawkers. Here in a more relaxed environment, you can even slip away from the watchful eyes of guides and guards. 5 While the others stopped and gawped at wall carvings of long dead kings and queens and sniggered at paintings of naked slaves salaciously pointed out by Fatima, I took the opportunity to escape for the peace and quiet of somewhere else... anywhere. 5. Longterm Ponsonby resident Margaret Woodward, pictured outside Tartine Cafe loves reading the Ponsonby News, keeping pace with what is happening in the neighbourhood.

Finding the unguarded entrance to King Teti’s pyramid, I slithered down the 10m ramp into the cool, dark subterranean rooms. Although the contents had long since been purloined, the empty caverns were still a treasure in themselves. Obscured behind the remains of a burial sarcophagus in one of the chambers was the hidden entrance into what was once a treasury. It had contained mind-boggling pieces of gold statuary, furniture and various artefacts; some of which now languish on the dusty shelves of the Cairo Museum and others long since lost to grave robbers. The ceilings painted in blue and white pointed stars had been blackened by the smoke of years of domestic fires. Yes, believe it or not, these tombs were inhabited for years by Bedouin travellers looking for a lifetime of shelter. Cleared out by the Egyptian government as late as 1990, many of the tombs had been used as homes for generations of squatters. Once the tombs of the dead, then the homes of the living, now... just tombs. It was incredible to stand in this stone edifice, the silence, deafening. Even now, the outside world cannot penetrate the sanctuary within, here you are surrounded by the ghost of a long dead Pharaoh who thought he was a god.


6. Misha Pospisilova-Napier emailed this shot telling us, “My wonderful husband Gilbert Napier from Herne Bay took Ponsonby News with us to HAWAII when we got married in March this year. He doesn’t know I’m actually sending it. Thank you for the great read.”

Scrambling back up the ramp and returning to the land of the living, I was greeted by the familiar drone of Fatma expounding the virtues of the Egyptian silver industry and her bargain prices for the jewellery adorning her wrists. Following on behind the group to round a corner and see Djosers Step Pyramid currently covered in bamboo scaffolding is where our guide suddenly blossomed and came into her own. Transporting us back in time in a way that no book or brochure could have done and using the sight of the workmen on the framework, she was able to re-create the very building of the pyramid in front of our eyes. We were transfixed as she transformed the dusty environ, refilling the missing water features and rebuilding the complex singlehandedly using her words as building blocks as if she was the very builder, Djoser, himself. The reincarnation of our guide was the longed for rebirth that the ancient Pharaohs aimed for. Later in the bus, Fatma reverted back from transmogrified Egyptologist to hardened saleswoman and as I plugged my earphones back in, I realised that over the last 5000 years Egypt hasn’t changed that much at all. Even the rebirth of a god can be fleeting. (ROSS THORBY) F PN

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY TOP CHECKOUT OPERATORS RECOGNISED FROM NEW WORLD VICTORIA PARK In the past week, 300 checkout operators from Auckland’s New World, Pak’nSave and Four Square stores tested their skills onstage in the hopes of taking out the title of Foodstuffs North Island Checker of the Year. The heats were held in Auckland north, central and south regions, at the Sky Theatre and Genesis Energy Theatre during July. The checkers were judged by a team of eight senior Foodstuffs’ staff on their speed, presentation, customer service and accuracy as they scanned 30 items as fast as possible, while also staying friendly and composed. In Auckland Central the winners were Sheena Hardaker and Rajwinda Kaur, both from New World Victoria Park and Henna Deo from New World Eastridge. “Our Checker of the Year competition has being going for over 40 years, and is a fun night for checkers to demonstrate their fantastic customer service skills and engage in a bit of friendly competition with other stores,” says event organiser Kristie McGregor.

photography: Heidi Padain

“Checker of the Year is a great way to recognise and reward our checkers for the value they add to the customer experience.” F PN

Our columnist Heidi Padain couldn’t resist getting this shot. www.flickr.com/photos/underst8ted

L to R: Rajwinda Kaur, Sheena Hardaker and Henna Deo

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The Street Collective and Miss Moonshine’s An exciting and hot new destination on Ponsonby Road. This is a blast. The two hottest trends on the culinary landscape collide in a fantastic new destination on Ponsonby Road - southern-style barbecue, which is served in a sassy upmarket restaurant space with full service, alongside a cacophony of pop-up and food truck operators that offer amazing specialist fare to give punters a wide range of eating choices. Miss Moonshine’s and The Street Food Collective are the brainchildren of Ryan and Annelise Clarke, who have spent the past fifteen years in the hospitality scene in cafes and more recently doing pop-up barbecue. The pair were enroute to London when they fell in love with barbecue in the southern states of the United States where everything revolves around this smoky deliciousness created in wood-burning pits. It must have been one of those uh-huh moments because they turned back, came home and set up a pop-up portable barbecue operation, complete with a proper Texas/Kansas style portable steel pit. We have seen a lot of pop-ups and although food trucks are late to the party in New Zealand, (Portland, Oregon has over 500) this is the path that young and passionate cooks and chefs are taking in their quest for a viable and ultimately profitable business. So Ryan Clarke had a vision to create a space where these operators can come together on a regular basis. Lot 3 building on Ponsonby Road provided the perfect opportunity. The building is pretty sharp as the terracotta façade that fronts the street has been empathetically designed to sit beside that historic brick building on the corner of Ponsonby and Richmond Roads. Clarke found the laneway behind the retail stores on the street front ideally suited his concept of shared food and drink space and built a permanent, fully equipped kitchen where pop-up chefs could cook their specialties and yet also provides room for food trucks to drive in. The central courtyard with retractable roof offers casual seating and it is from here that the drinks for the whole complex are dispensed. The selection is quirky terrific cocktails, a tidy little wine selection and an ever

changing array of craft beers, and all housed in a van called Herby. Such fun! About 16 operators are rostered for appearances in The Street Food Collective. The timetable is published a week ahead on the website but, rest assured, take pot luck and there will be some brilliant food at any time for both lunch and dinner. Some of the names will be familiar to many: Lucky Taco, the Roaming Dive, Coreano, Bearded Clam, Fort Green sandwiches and more. On a recent evening we had a memorable meal, perched at the high-top table right in the kitchen where some of the collective were working.

Ryan and Annelise Clarke the brains behind everything

First up, the freshest of oysters shucked to order by Andrew Hay, owner of Mahurangi Oysters. I do not remember ever having an oyster which was quite so salty, quite so fresh. Diners who order the oysters can buy Moet et Chandon with a 30% discount. Now that is one classy deal.

rather frustrating searching the carnivorous menu for anything other than fleshy treats. Meat is unashamedly what barbecue is about. And what wonderful meat this is. Long, slow-cooked meat is exposed to carefully controlled smoke and heat in a massive machine imported from Kansas to produce meat that literally melts in the mouth.

Next up Judge Bao’s fluffy hand-rolled buns stuffed with free range Xi’an lamb, cumin chilli and pickle for me, and the signature free range char sui, floss, hoisin and coriander for him. I love the quirky names owners Jamie and Debbie assign to their buns - Baabra Ann for the lamb and Peggy Siu for the pork. Sides were Persimon and Garfunkel and Bok ‘n Roll - check them out - fresh and lovely. A third bao, Sloppy Po, may be one of the tastiest vegetarian single items on the planet, with fabulous bean curd, mapo funghi, Sichuan pepper and douban mayo.

This is fare designed to share and everything comes dished up on metal trays carrying bowls and platters. Fourteen-hour beef brisket comes in juicy slabs, the beef short rib is dark and sticky, and so good that you should order two servings if there are four or more of you. Spicy pulled pork is topped with crackling and the lamb shoulder is tender and falls apart as soon as it is touched. Sides of soft lettuce, goat cheese and pecans; apple mint slaw; dirty rice; cauliflower cheese with truffled crumbs; and traditional southern-style collard greens (which needed a little more of that long slow cooking to be truly authentic) all provide a welcome accompaniment to the rich meat.

Finally for our street food feast finale we were lucky enough to strike Lisa Norling in the kitchen; she creates her Sweet Val’s ice cream in front of your eyes, rather like magic. With four Kitchen Aid beaters and a cylinder of liquid nitrogen the ice cream is frozen instantly. No time for crystallisation so the ice cream is super smooth and creamy. A seasonal fresh pear for him, and vanilla with hot slated caramel for moi. Heaven! And so to Miss Moonshine’s, the adjacent fully set-up barbecue restaurant. Vegetarians, look away now as it would be

Before that there’s a good line up of starters - smoked kahawai tater tots with remoulade; a fantastic wild boar sausage; shrimp jalapeno with mango and iceberg lettuce; buttermilk fried chicken with corn and avocado; corn bread and more to dabble in before the main event arrives. The food is very influenced by southern barbecue but definitely given a New Zealand twist, emphasising local ingredients. It’s all deliciously tempting and tasty and has quickly established this restaurant as one of the go-to destinations on the strip. Service is swift and cheekily pleasant, but there are no bookings except for groups of eight or more. We showed up at 6.45pm on a midweek evening and there was a wait of well over half an hour for a table for two. So go early or late but do not expect to be seated at the dinner hour by walking in. At least we could change our plans and go all trendy with delicious street food. And, by the way, both MM and TSFC have excellent websites. Open 7 days, lunch and dinner. Laneway access PN from McKelvie Street and Richmond Road. F (LAURAINE JACOBS) www.laurainejacobs.co.nz MISS MOONSHINE’S and THE STREET FOOD COLLECTIVE, Lot 3, 130 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 360 4075, www.missmoonshines.com; www.thestreetfoodcollective.co.nz

Andrew Hay shucks Mahurangi oysters

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Tessa Clement from Sweet Expectations Tessa Clement from Sweet Expectations is at the Grey Lynn Farmers Market every Sunday except for the second Sunday in the month and long weekend public holidays. What products do you make and which are your favourites? I make all kinds of baked goods mostly sweet, some savoury, candies, chocolates, marshmallows, etc. I also do lots of allergy friendly products as well. How long have you been making goodies? I have been cooking and baking since I was three years old and have been in the food industry since I was 15 years old. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Kelston, west Auckland. What’s the biggest business decision you have had to make? To start this little business in a time of economical crisis in 2009. What’s your favourite way to relax after work? Spending time with my darling husband and also curling up in a comfy spot with a good book, be it a recipe book or a great story. photography: Michael McClintock

Where is your favourite New Zealand holiday spot? Love so many places it’s a bit hard to choose but either Northland or The Bay of Plenty. What’s your favourite thing about coming to the Grey Lynn Farmers Market? Love the atmosphere and stallholders and the regular customers as well as the new ones. My special tiny little customers and the opportunity to tempt people’s tastebuds with combinations of old-fashioned style treats and modern treats as well. F PN Tessa Clement of Sweet Expectations with her cake creation

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On Sunday 6 September Sabato will have an array of fresh produce, quality meat and delicious food from local producers and traders.

It’s the first cafe at the top of Ponsonby Road and now the first to go completely smokefree.

There will be activities for the kids and coffee available, a great way to spend Father’s Day with your family. And if you are looking for a delicious Father’s Day recipe, try this hearty chicken tagine that is sure to please.

With a philosophy of ‘Food is essential to life. Therefore, make it good’. Craft Kitchen is well known for serving up handcrafted, wholesome food that will now taste better than ever without a side of secondhand smoke. Husband and wife owners Morgan and Jeff McDonald contacted Cancer Society Auckland after reading about other cafes going Smokefree elsewhere in the city. McDonald says that smoke from the outdoors would often drift inside making it unpleasant for those dining inside. “We go out of our way to make sure our food will nourish our customers so want people to enjoy it in a healthy environment,” says Morgan McDonald, co-owner of Craft. “Most of our customers don’t enjoy being around smoke, especially those that are pregnant or asthmatic.” Cancer Society Auckland CE John Loof is thrilled to hear that yet another cafe has opted to go Smokefree and says that Smokefree outdoor eating areas are commonplace in Australia. “We are encouraging Auckland Council to do the same, as soon as possible.”

MOROCCAN HARISSA CHICKEN TAGINE Serves 6-8 3 Tbsp Salvagno extra virgin olive oil 4 free range chicken drumsticks 6 Mahy Farms free-range chicken thighs Iblea sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 Tbsp Julie Le Clerc harissa 2 Tbsp J. Friend & Co. Beechwood honey 530g jar Sabato cherry tomatoes in juice 4 whole quarters Julie Le Clerc preserved lemon, chopped 1 cup Tenuta Rocchetta Nuciddara green olives ¼ cup fresh coriander leaves ¼ cup torn fresh mint leaves Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat base of a tagine (or a casserole dish), add olive oil and brown chicken pieces for 1-2 minutes on each side. Spread harissa over chicken and drizzle with honey. Pour over cherry tomatoes and juice and scatter over preserved lemon. Cover and simmer very gently for 60-75 minutes, adding olives half way through, until chicken tests cooked when a sharp knife is inserted to the bone and the juices run clear. Serve scattered with coriander and mint. Slice rumps and drizzle PN with vincotto vinegar. F For more recipes and gift ideas, visit the Sabato website www.sabato.co.nz SABATO Limited, 57 Normanby Road, Mt Eden, T: 09 630 8751

Research conducted in 2013 showed very high public support to make outdoor dining Smokefree in Auckland with 91% of Aucklanders saying would be more likely or as likely to use the outdoor dining areas of cafes and restaurants if they were Smokefree. The majority of people who smoke were also supportive of making all outdoor dining Smokefree. Jason, a regular at Craft Kitchen fully supports the cafe’s move. “I enjoy sitting outside when it’s sunny. Now I’m confident that I won’t be breathing secondhand smoke at Craft Kitchen.” CRAFT KITCHEN, 2 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 376 1962, www.craftkitchen.co.nz

CONGRATULATIONS TO MCDONALD’S ON MOVING TO FREE-RANGE EGGS The Green Party welcomes McDonald’s commitment to use free -range eggs in its restaurants nationwide, and is calling on all food providers, both large and small, to follow suit. “To have a major corporation commit to going free-range is fantastic,” said Green Party animal welfare spokesperson Mojo Mathers. "It sends a strong signal that keeping hens in cruel cages is no longer acceptable. Ideally this move will translate into real financial stability for New Zealand free-range egg farmers. “This is also a great time to acknowledge New Zealand consumers, who have been leading the free-range revolution in this country. “Supermarket sales of free-range eggs are growing and more and more cafes are opting for free-range over caged eggs. “McDonald’s has obviously caught wind of this and has made the decision to go free-range. “The next logical step would be for McDonald’s to use free-range chicken meat and bacon across its food products, but this is a great start," said Mathers. F PN

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CHIKARA SATO, TOKYO BAY Specialist in the art of sushi and seafood. Chikara (Chika) Sato of Tokyo, heads the kitchen at newly opened Tokyo Bay in Takapuna. He is regarded as one of the highest-skilled Japanese chefs to have worked in New Zealand and he is a specialist in the art of sushi and seafood. He has come from famous Tokyo restaurant ‘Seryna’ in Shinjuku, specialising in Kobe beef and shabu-shabu. Chikara was trained by the masters at Kyubey restaurant in Ginza, one of Tokyo’s most famous sushi establishments. Customers at this restaurant will queue before opening in the morning to get a seat at the counter to watch the master chefs showing their skills. At Tokyo Bay they prepare modern Japanese cuisine, not Japanese fusion. Many dishes are seen in the modern restaurants of Tokyo. Chikara Sato is a licensed blowfish ‘Fugu’ chef with the ability to fillet the deadly delicacy, Fugu. Even though these skills are not required locally, only the highest-skilled Japanese chefs will hold such a licence. Chikara welcomes the new challenges of running the kitchen at Tokyo Bay, sourcing our finest local produce and seafood. Owner and host, Sarasa Shimura has introduced him to iki-jime, line-caught seafood and snapper, pacific fresh tuna, New Zealand Chinook Salmon and many other well-handled fresh local produce available from our land and waters. Tokyo Bay is situated seaside, Takapuna Beach. You can dine and watch the cruise liners sail out after a day in Auckland. They are open seven days, with a casual lunch menu featuring light bites to a range of bento box-styled selections, and from 5pm a more PN extensive evening menu featuring modern Japanese cuisine. Bookings are essential. F TOYKO BAY, Main Beach, Takapuna, T: 09 390 7188, www.tokyobay.co.nz, facebook.com/tokyobaytakapuna

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Questions, questions. The famous vegetarian need-to-know. This month we present answers to the Big Issue questions everyone needs to know about vegetarianism. Like, for instance: Is animal meat a healthy option? Science says no. Our basic biochemical function - despite around 10 thousand meateating years - depends on the nutrient composition of plant-based foods. Our bodies have never adapted to meat, hence its nasty role in cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Why vegetarian? Why not? Apart from the deleterious impact of meat on the human body, you mean? Well, it’s simple: vegetarian, because we can! It’s not hard to avoid meat, and it’s healthy, too. But Hitler was a vegetarian, right? The weight of evidence sides with the assertion that during World War II, Hitler considered himself a vegetarian, and was also against animal cruelty. But does the fact that one of history’s most reviled leaders sporadically followed a vegetarian diet make it any less valid? If history reveals anything, it’s that everyone is riven with contradictions. While Hitler did evil things, not everything about Hitler was evil. Why was vegetarianism killed off by so many cultures? Historically, just as religious and spiritual beliefs have underpinned vegetarian practise, opposing religious and cultural beliefs have been responsible for banishing vegetarianism from whole societies. The rise of Christianity in Europe erased the vegetarian aesthetic entirely, while Communism’s triumph in China required the banishment of anything associated with Buddhism, including a sophisticated vegetarian cuisine. In history, vegetarianism is so new that who knows how bad it might be for you longterm? It’s been around since at least 570BCE, where vegetarianism was popular in Greece, and practised by legendary figures like Pythagoras. Indians have eaten vegetarian diets since at least the 5th Century ACE, and there’s evidence that a religious group called the Jains have been vegan since the 6th Century BCE. Similarly, in Chinese mythology, vegetarianism exists well into pre-history. Physiologically, are humans meat eaters? Despite all the propaganda, it turns out that like other members of the primate family, we’re essentially designed to eat fruit and veg. We have neither the teeth nor claws to tear the flesh and, like other apes, we only started eating meat by scavenging.

But don’t plants have souls too? Want to annoy a vegetarian? Try the above as a party line. While there’s growing evidence that plants can ‘feel’, they don’t process pain in the same way as animals, because they lack the brains to do so. But really, it’s a pointless contention, because all animals have to eat something. We can get along just fine without eating other animals, but we need plants. Eating dairy products is just as bad as eating meat, no? Many vegans hold this view, and there’s certainly plentiful evidence that the dairy industry exploits animals. For instance, in conventional dairying, a cow’s calves are killed so that humans can steal their milk. I would argue that lacto-vegetarians are more ethically sound than meateaters, but then, I’ve known fullblown vegans who wear leather jackets and shoes. Is the vegetarian world one big happy family? No! Take hardcore veganism, for instance. Some ethical vegans eschew all animal products (including wool, and silk), which means that inevitably, they end up wearing synthetics, which pollute the very environment an ethically oriented human should be out to protect from harm. What’s better: exploiting an animal for a natural product, or polluting the world in protecting those animals? Clearly, there must be a third option, but it’s early days, and there are many arguments to be had. Is vegetarianism and veganism getting more popular? Reliable statistics are hard to find, but few would argue that veganism in particular is trending through the roof. Some studies claim that up to 16 million people in the United States are vegan or vegetarian, which is a whopping 5% of the population - up by 4 percent in just four years. (Women make up 79% of plant eaters, apparently). The last figures available for vegetarianism in New Zealand are from 2002, where 2 percent of the population identified as plant eaters. But a quick look at the huge upsurge in veg restaurants, books and coverage in magazines and the telly leads to the inevitable assumption that the numbers are swelling all the time. (GARY STEEL) F PN Do you run a cafe or restaurant in the Ponsonby/Grey Lynn area that does vegetarian really well? If so, let me know on the email below. We’ll be sure to check out your eatery. And don’t be shy, okay? Gary Steel is an Auckland-based journalist who runs online vegetarian resource www.doctorfeelgood.co.nz He can be contacted via beautmusic@gmail.com

STRANDS: WEAVING A NEW FABRIC An exhibition of New Zealand contemporary hand-weaving will open at Objectspace on 22 August. STRANDS: weaving a new fabric brings together a diverse group of hand-weavers and a sampling of their work. The artisans strive to make something that machines cannot; each has their own unique practise but all have in-common strategies to adapt this heritage skill for contemporary application creating pieces that are relevant, useful, visually appealing and desirable. On-loom hand-weaving is represented in this exhibition by garment makers such as the very experienced Alison Francis, Burmese weaver Soh Meh Nga and emerging talent, Christopher Duncan. Homeware is given new value by maker Marta Buda while decorative accessories are the domain of Louisa Humphry and Rachel Long with her ‘livelihood’ necklaces. Traditional off-loom weaving practises commonly seen in the Pacific are also given a contemporary interpretation in raranga woven garments from Shona Tawhiao and baskets woven from recycled plastic by Molly Pihigia. Cloaks, shawls and wraps are found in all weaving traditions and are given modern iterations by Kohai Grace’s whatu piece Tipu Rua, Premsagar Tyler crepe weave wrap and Patricia Bosshard- Browne’s checked shawl.

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Loom hand-weaving by Christopher Duncan STRANDS: weaving a new fabric invites you not to overlook weaving but to take another look, to recognise it and revalue it. There will be an opening event on Friday 21 August and an action day with on - and off-loom weaving demonstrations and participation on PN Saturday 22 August. F OBJECTSPACE, 8 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 376 6216, www.objectspace.org.nz PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)

JULIE BONNER: NEWS FROM FROG POND FARM Isn’t it nice that the days are getting longer? We are still in the throes of winter and Auckland can be cold and wet with the odd visit by Jack Frost, but the good news is the warmer weather will eventually be with us... won’t it? A recent trip to Melbourne made me appreciate our relatively temperate climate in Auckland. A phone call home to hubby and it quickly became apparent that he was gloating, “We have had three back-to-back frosts and yes the taro and canna lilies have been zapped, but the days have been nothing short of stunning.” Just what I needed to hear given I was on the other side of the Tasman and it was bleak, incredibly cold and wet. To top it off, I had way over packed prior to leaving, so that there was absolutely no room for any of those wonderful clothes that were on sale in Melbourne - the city for female shoppers! I have to admit, I just love getting home! Even if it is to throw on a pair of gummies and whizz out to inspect the slug damage on my brassicas, rip out the multitude of weeds that have sprung up in my absence, or gaze lovingly at the peas. What more does a girl want? Winter or not we are still harvesting veggies and loads of herbs - think lemon grass, Vietnamese mint, parsley, thyme, oregano and sage. Needless to say there is homegrown citrus and eggs too of course! My fennel plants are on some sort of steroid and falling all over their neighbours and a massive pak choy nearby, which was missed from our Asian stir-fry, is looking particularly gorgeous smothered in yellow flowers. I’m still plucking lettuce leaves and tossing these into Caesar salads... and snipping off sorrel leaves and poking these into sandwiches with smoked salmon - delish. Our garlic is flashing fine green stems and is skyward bound. I have no idea of the varieties except that they are all grown in our garden. I’m mounding the leeks when I remember and admiring the pink cosmos which is sharing the same bed. There aren’t many carrots left but I’m hoisting the odd one from the dirt and standing back to admire it, I have found them hard work to grow. As the yacons have well and truly flowered, I’ve been digging up the tubers which are delicious thrown into curries (chopped up first of course), roasted, or juiced first thing in the morning. Our broad beans have now been mulched and are receiving regular feeds of seaweed fertiliser, I’m looking forward to them flowering with the promise of beans to harvest. Needless to say, I raid our garage stores on a regular basis removing garlic and Egyptian walking onions. It won’t be long before I’ll be writing up a plan for summer planting and shifting through my seed box and dreaming of summer gardens. Do you have a ‘to do list’? Mine goes something like this: • Keep weeding - no matter what time of year it is those suckers keep on growing • Keep removing those slugs from my brassicas in my night patrols • Feed those brassicas with tea from the Bokasi bin and my homemade seaweed brew (hubby loathes the latter - it’s outrageously smelly) • Stand and stare at the rhubarb (my first ever) which is growing with vigour • Catch the slugs that are munching holes in my rhubarb leaves - don’t they know they are poisonous! Obviously not • Admire the strawberry plants which are already flowering • Thank my father-in-law for all the wonderful preserves he left us - we are enjoying those peaches and pears slathered in coconut yoghurt or baked in crumbles • Throw about more seaweed fert over the salad and garlic gardens • Harvest a bucket of lemons, it’s time to preserve them • Think about pruning those apples and pear trees, it won’t be long now • Start reading ‘Teaming with Microbes’, it’s time to get serious. Happy gardening! (JULIE BONNER) F PN If you are interested in more news from our place, or perhaps some gardening tips, then make sure you visit my blog www.frogpondfarm.co.nz The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied


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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY THE FOOD SHOW PARTNERS WITH AUCKLAND CITY MISSION The Auckland Food Show has announced a new partnership with Auckland City Mission which will see the charity receive product left over from exhibitors at the end of the event via an onsite collection, and a space at the show to fundraise and educate the public on what it does. The Auckland Food Show, which is now in its 15th year, is the biggest food event in the country and typically sees 35,000 people visit across a four-day period. Three hundred exhibitors will be showing off their food, drinks and kitchenware, and many have stock left over at the end of the show. Instead of transporting this stock again, exhibitors will now have the option to donate it to the Auckland City Mission. The Mission provides vital services to people living in desperate need, by providing emergency food parcels, homeless outreach and a medical centre. This year, its team of Winter Warriors will be providing around 11,000 emergency food parcels to people across the city. Donations by exhibitors - both perishable and not - at the show will contribute to these food parcels, which are distributed to families that have run out of options and need immediate help. Dona White, CEO of North Port Events that runs The Food Show, says: “We feel very passionately about the work Auckland City Mission does in the community, and we know that they have to work constantly to find enough food and supplies for people in need. We hope that by partnering with the Mission, our generous exhibitors can help to fill these food parcels - a win-win!”


The Auckland City Mission will also have a stand at The Food Show (Stand Number H8), where volunteers will be fundraising through the sale of Mission note cards and donations buckets. There will also be a display about the Mission’s services and how these impact on the community.

Piping-hot layers of veggies, cheese sauce and pasta... what could be better on a cold winter’s night? Try this new twist on traditional lasagne.

Dame Diane Robertson, Auckland City Missioner, says she’s thrilled that exhibitors have PN already jumped on board to support the donation drive. F www.foodshow.co.nz


Serves 6, cost per serve $5.80 Hands-on time 20 minutes, cooking time 1 hour, vegetarian

oil spray 1 tablespoon oil 4 spring onions, finely chopped 1 teaspoon garlic purée 1 leek, thinly sliced 1 teaspoon dried basil 1 cup grated carrot 3 cups kale, chopped 2 tablespoons pesto 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes ½ cup red wine 300g firm tofu, cubed 4 cups baby spinach leaves 3 tablespoons (30g) roasted pine nuts 400g can cannellini beans, rinsed & drained 250g dried lasagne sheets

Herne Bay local Clare Grove - author and illustrator of the beautiful ‘My Mummy Loves’ series - is lending her artistic skills to a different fashion-related endeavour.

Cheese sauce 600g reduced-fat cottage cheese ¾ cup trim milk ¾ cup freshly grated parmesan ground black pepper sprinkling paprika

Her mood board will create the brief for one of five finalists in Shore City’s annual ‘Art of Cake’ competition. Finalists’ cakes will be on display at Shore City mall from Thursday 6 August 2015 for three weeks until the winner announcement on Friday 28 August. F PN

2. Meanwhile prepare the cheese sauce by blending cottage cheese, milk and three quarters of the parmesan until smooth. Season with pepper and paprika.

ART OF CAKE @ SHORE CITY, www.shore-city.co.nz/art-of-cake-2015/

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1. Preheat oven to180°C. Lightly spray an ovenproof dish with oil. Heat oil in a pan and cook spring onions, garlic, leek and basil until softened. Add carrot, kale and pesto and cook for a few minutes. Add tomatoes, wine, beans and tofu and cook for 10 minutes. Fold in spinach leaves and nuts.

3. Place a layer of lasagne in the dish. Add a third of the bean and tofu mix. Add another layer of pasta and then cheese sauce. Use a large spoon to press down the layers as you go. Repeat the layers finishing with cheese sauce. Sprinkle with remaining parmesan. Cook for 35-40 minutes. Garnish with basil and freshly ground pepper. Serve with a salad. Recipes, styling and food prep: Sarah Swain; Photography: Devin Hart. Recipe reprinted from Healthy Food Guide magazine with permission from Healthy Life Media Ltd. Find more tasty lasagne recipes in the August 2015 issue of Healthy Food Guide ($6.30), on sale now in supermarkets and bookstores or subscribe at www.healthyfood.co.nz. PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)

EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY CALLING ALL BREAD LOVERS! Bakers Delight Point Chevalier would like to invite you to stop in at their bakery and meet their friendly sales staff who would love to help you find that perfect bread you’ve been after. Whether it’s a healthy and tasty loaf for sandwiches, or something for entertaining or a special occasion, they’ve got everything and anything to satisfy the tastebuds of our delightful customers. The bakery guarantees to all customers that their products are baked fresh every day and the staff at Point Chevalier have a real passion for providing the best products available to the local community. “There’s a really strong sense of community in Point Chevalier and we love knowing that people consider as us their local bakery. Chatting to our regular customers each day and getting to know their story is what really makes this job so fulfilling,” Thisara says. Bakers Delight Point Chevalier would like to offer all customers, both old and new, a voucher which can be redeemed in store for a free Hi-Fibre Lo-GI* White Block loaf. Come in and meet franchisee Thisara and the team and get your free loaf today. The bakery is open 7am-6:30pm Monday - Friday and 6am-6pm Saturday - Sunday. F PN *low glycaemic index BAKERS DELIGHT, Shop 2, 1104 Great North Road, Point Chevalier, T: 09 846 6220 www.bakersdelight.co.nz

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The veg friendly challenge Finalist: Salta It’s the great Ponsonby News Veg Friendly Challenge, in which Ponsonby area cafes and restaurants line up to be judged on their vegetarian friendliness. We’re going to name the cafes and restaurants that cater well to vegetarians and vegans, whether or not they’ve also got meat on their menus. Each month, we’ll review one of our favourite ‘veg friendly’ eateries and, at the end of it all, we’ll name an overall winner in our coveted Veg Friendly Challenge Top 10. There’s nothing quite like discovering a whole new dimension to a venue that seemed a little over-familiar. Some years back, I remember thinking about Three Lamps cafe Atlas: “Well, that’s one place I really don’t need to go back to.” It wasn’t that Atlas was bad, just that this small cafe seemed to have done its dash in a scene in which expensive fitouts and bold new menus had become increasingly de rigueur. I never quite thought to try it again some years back after new owners bought the business, renaming it Salta when they replaced Atlas coffee for their favourite blend, Allpress. I was over-familiar with the rather small interior, so it would have taken something rather bold to titillate my curiosity. Thank goodness for my pal Martin, Ponsonby News top dog, who has recently become addicted to Salta’s vegetarian club sandwiches. It was his idea to audition Salta for lunch, and it turned out to be the perfect idea on the perfect day for it. We had just nabbed a table when our friendly waitress made a bold suggestion: “Would you like to sit in the courtyard? It’s lovely out there.” After a cold snap and so much rain I’m surprised a Noah’s Ark Revival group hadn’t sprung up on Facebook, the sun was beaming down, and it turned out that we’d chanced upon the perfect, sheltered garden in which to soak up its healing rays and much-needed vitamin D. We were taken on a veritable magical mystery tour down behind the kitchen and out the back, where indeed, there was the perfect courtyard. I should hasten to add that there’s also an upstairs room above the cafe for those with the climbing instincts of a goat. So, what did Salta have to offer two hungry men looking for some nourishment outside of the realm of fowl or beast? Well, they’ve got a delectable-sounding range of breakfast starters (bircher muesli with grated apple, coconut curd, banana, berries and LSA, steel cut oat porridge with grilled pears and ginger tamarind/prune syrup and coconut flakes), but we were here for lunch, and on the hunt for something savoury. Martin was quick to fix on the avocado, tomato and red onion salsa on rye with coriander, chilli mole and a poached egg ($16). I’d just spent a week recovering from a nasty tummy bug, so I opted for the Goody Good Salad, featuring baby spinach, raw beetroot, carrot and soybeans with avocado smash, boiled egg and activated almonds ($17.50). Martin went all health-nut with a what he called “very fresh” no-sugar green smoothie with spinach, cucumber, banana, tahini, yoghurt and mint ($9.50), while I needed a coffee fix, and went for a soy latte that did the job perfectly. Martin seemed perfectly happy and devoured his dish with great gusto. Mine was just what the doctor ordered: I had forgotten how scrumptious edamame (immature soy beans) are. The fact that they’re full of goodness was a bonus. In fact, this generous serving kept me slowly munching for the best part of 40 minutes (sorry, Martin!), with the ‘activated’ almonds a special pleasure. This essentially means that the nut has been soaked, thereby bring it back to life and making it extra healthy and tasty. I reckon they should ditch the egg, however, and put a nice slice of tamari-soaked tofu on the top instead. While it’s great that Salta goes for organic when it can and free-range eggs, there are just too many eggs in cafe dishes all over Ponsonby. We both thoroughly enjoyed Salta, and I’ll be back in a flash now that I know they’ve got a rejigged menu and a wonderful courtyard. Open Monday-Friday 6.30am-4.30pm, Saturday/Sunday 7am-4.30pm. (GARY STEEL) F PN SALTA, 285 Ponsonby Road, Three Lamps, T: 09-360-1295 Gary Steel is an Auckland-based journalist who runs online vegetarian resource www.doctorfeelgood.co.nz He can be contacted via beautmusic@gmail.com

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY WELL-ESTABLISHED REPUTATION BUILT OVER 20 YEARS FOUNDED BY SUE FLEISCHL, THE GREAT CATERING COMPANY HAS JUST REACHED its significant 20th anniversary. The business began in humble surroundings in Sandringham and for the past 12 years has been based in Newton. With a large commercial kitchen, a warehouse of equipment for hire, great catering is prepared to accommodate all events in the corporate, wedding and social markets. The team at Great Catering consists of highly experienced chefs and waiters from restaurant, cafe and catering backgrounds. Sue is most particular about the team and oversees a lot of the day-to-day operations. In 2012, Sue opened Abbeville Estate situated at The Common in the Auckland Airport district. The beautifully restored heritage buildings are perfect for corporate events such as conferences and product launches. It is also a special place to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries. With the well-known Westney Church on site, Abbeville Estate is also a very popular place for beautiful bespoke weddings. The barn at Abbeville Estate which was built in 1852 is in great demand for parties and the perfect place to cater for hundreds of people. With Christmas fast approaching, new summer menus are now available on request. The Great Catering Company is also eagerly awaiting its new slow cook, smoker oven to arrive from the United States. A new spit roast oven is presently being built and new menus based around BBQ and slow cooked food will be ready for the summer season. With 20 years of experience in the Auckland market, The Great Catering Company has a well-established reputation and is always trusted in keeping its promise of “serving, amazing, anywhere�. THE GREAT CATERING COMPANY, T: 09 376 1424, sales@greatcatering.co.nz www.greatcatering.co.nz

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I see red (I see red) Some fab Australian and New Zealand red wines... It looks like winter is still with us for a month or two before we head into spring and the grapevines burst into life again. And this time of year in Auckland at the vineyards pruners are busy removing the old shoots from vines before the sap rises. While vines are dormant over winter, this is the time to get in and trim off the old dead wood. Not unlike rose bushes, the vines are pruned vigorously. The vines are cut right back to often just one trunk with two or four lateral branches left before spring kicks in (see the video on my blog). Work never stops in the vineyard and winery - it’s a seven day a week job for many people in the business. Meanwhile here’s a line-up of hearty reds for cooler nights (and days). Rimu Grove ‘Bronte’ Nelson Pinot Noir 2011 $23 Great value pinot from Nelson. Aromas of spice, and ripe black cherry. In the mouth - stewed plums, Lapsang Souchong, savoury BBQ mushrooms and ripe black berry fruits. Available: Glengarry.


Saint Clair Pioneer Block ‘Doctor’s Creek’ Pinot Noir 2014 $38 A seamlessly gorgeous and voluptuous silky pinot with aromas of potpourri, fruit cake and Black Forest cake. It opens up with flavours of ripe black cherry, boysenberry and subtle spice, with soft, seductive yet lingering tannins. Available: Glengarry.

The last remaining wooden boat building yard in Auckland and possibly the country is set to be transformed into a social and education centre dedicated to the craft.

Selaks Reserve Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet 2013 $22 Classy red at a good price. Spicy plum and black cherry aromas. Soft tannins and ripe flavours of black currant, cherry and black olive, with a hint of black pepper. Available: most supermarkets and wine stores.

The Vos yard in Wynyard Quarter was built in 1937 and for decades was a symbol of New Zealand’s boat building prowess with many classic vessels built there under the tutelage of the renowned boat builder Percy Vos.

Molly Dooker ‘The Boxer’ McLaren Vale Shiraz 2013 $35 Classic south Australian knockout shiraz. Smells fabulous - aromas of vanilla oak, cassis, super-ripe dark berry fruits, and pepper. Juicy and full flavoured, clocking in at 15.5% alcohol yet manages a seamless palate of ripe black currant, blackberry, spice and Black Forest cake. Available: Fine Wine Delivery Company, Village Winery Mt Eden. Molly Dooker ‘Two Left Feet’ McLaren Vale Shiraz/Cabernet/Merlot 2013 $35 Another monster at 15.5% alcohol but bang for buck nonetheless. Smells like Christmas cake, anise and red cherries. Smooth and savoury with some stewed plum and a hint of liquorice. Medium firm tannins. Available: Fine Wine Delivery Company, Village Winery Mt Eden. (PHIL PARKER) F PN Phil Parker is a wine writer and operates Fine Wine Tours in Auckland. www.insidertouring.co.nz Read Phil’s Blog at nzwineblogger.blogspot.co.nz

Initial funding was approved yesterday by Auckland Council’s Finance and Performance Committee to restore the site, with $2.3 million of the $4.7 million cost being met by Council’s Built Heritage Acquisition Fund and the balance of funds to be sourced through fundraising. Specific activities planned for the 1115m2 Hamer Street site include haulout and re-launchings on the slipways, education relating to boat restoration, new marine product displays and the potential for a cafe or similar food and beverage offer. The yard is also seen as having huge tourism potential with the possibility of future links via classic water taxi with other sites on a waterfront heritage trail i.e: Voyager Museum, Torpedo Bay, Chelsea Sugar Works, Kelly Tarlton’s and the Cruise Ship Terminal/Shed 10. Waterfront Auckland Chief Executive John Dalzell says the Vos Yard helped establish New Zealand’s reputation in boat building and it is only right that it is restored to some of its former glory. “Wynyard Quarter has a proud maritime heritage that began with places like the Vos Yard and continues to this day as the current home base for Emirates Team New Zealand. “It’s important we honour this as the area redevelops and that is why the authentic maritime elements have been incorporated into the wider design approach to date. This restoration project takes it one step further by providing a chance for future generations to learn the craft that one of the original industries in the space was founded on.” Waterfront Auckland will now work with third parties to oversee the next stage of funding to reach the $2.4 million target by December 2017 which will trigger the $2.3 million contribution from Council. After which time restoration work will begin on the Vos Yard starting with alterations to trusses/structural upgrade, recladding existing timber and steel-framed structure, PN repair bluestone slipways along with building enhancements. F www.waterfrontauckland.co.nz

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MUNKY’S CORNER Coming in through the door just off Richmond Road, I’m confronted by a glass freezer full of packaged raw meat, in cubes. Veal heart and liver blocks, rabbit and chicken mince, baby salmon - this is fancier than the contents of my fridge at home! Coming from a childhood of feeding Simba (a fierce moggy of indeterminate breed) jellymeat cold from a can, this is all new to me. It appears that pet food has moved on somewhat, but whereas going ‘Paleo’ could be seen as a little extreme in humans, going back to what the ancestors ate seems like a no-brainer in the animal world.

“Pets can live much longer and healthier lives if they’re fed a high quality raw meat diet or a dry food diet that is protein based and made with good quality human grade ingredients,” explains Munky’s Corner owner Jackie Mathews. “Not just meat, but soft meaty bones, offal and tripe, basically the entire deer if you were a wolf.” Jackie has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Pharmacology and taught chemistry at secondary schools in Hong Kong and San Diego, before starting a dog daycare and boarding facility in Portland, Oregon.

photography: Stacey Simpkin

“I get on well with children, but I like to give them back at the end of the day. I much prefer my furry kids.” She says, picking up Gypsy, a petite Chihuahua with a splash of Jack Russell who is a permanent fixture of Munky’s Corner. Gypsy is the store model, rocking a different merino tee or hoodie sweat top every day. Gone are the staid navy tie-on dog coats, this is high fashion for pets!

Jackie Mathews and Gypsy

I don’t even have a dog but find myself putting together a cute merino body warmer and bandana combo.

Along with the furry fashion, a corner is devoted to beds to accommodate pets of all shapes and sizes, and the tastes of their owners. I fall for a sculptural Sasha and Me basket of slate grey felt; aside from its function it would look fabulous on a polished concrete floor. Then there is the array of eco friendly, biodegradable, lavender scented poop bags, cute little bags to carry poop bags, and trendy tote bags to carry the little poopers! Joking aside, I am amazed at how much cool stuff there is to care for, treat and pamper your pet; from holistic alternatives for grooming and flea prevention, to top quality food both raw and dry. And there’s all manner of toys both to keep your precious from getting bored, and to hone their natural instincts. Speaking of which, I spot some whole deer antler chews stacked next to the handmade squeaky toys and I think if I were a dog or cat I would so want my gift registry at Munky’s Corner. (FIONA GARLICK) www.munkyscorner.co.nz



Light, fresh and tasty food, this is South American street food at its finest. Come and check out their new menu!

Specialising in handmade, naturally leavened, 100% organic breads. You will find everything here from traditional German sourdoughs, pretzels, and ryes, to delicious cakes and pastries.

T. 09 378 9107 www.malditomendez.co.nz

T. 09 376 4007 www.breadandbutterbakery.co.nz



Burger Burger does brunch! Every Saturday and Sunday you’ll be able to get your hands on a delicious brunch burger from 9am - 11am.

This cosy little pizzeria in Ponsonby Central’s laneway is the place to go for the absolutely authentic flavour of a true Neapolitan pizza.

@BurgerBurgerNZ www.burgerburger.co.nz

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German wine and Schloss Vollrads In a way, Germany suffers from keeping all their best wines to themselves for so many years. One of the largest consumption countries in the world, they are the most significant importers in the world, and an important wine consumer. What they’ve never done is exported a great deal, or made it super easy to understand their wine styles. Things have started to change and for a time looked to be heading in the right direction, though I must say my recent visit to explore the regions and look at opportunities for Glengarry to import started to clarify German wine, then ended in a satisfied quandary of confusion. Historically, German wines had been classified by must weight - a measure of the sugar concentration in the grapes when picked. This classification is the Prädikat; whilst that in itself seems quite straightforward, the complexity is that from a pile of relatively sweet grapes you can either ferment the sugars fully, leaving a dry wine with high alcohol, or retain some sweetness and the wine is low in alcohol and sweet. So a Kabinett can be sweet, dry or anything in between.

Determined to retain the freshness in the best way possible and avoid cork taint, in 2003 Schloss Vollrads started and have continued sealing their wines under glass caps. The 2011 vintage for Schloss Vollrads celebrates the 800th year of anniversary of the oldest bill of sale in Europe. Glengarry have just landed their first shipment of Schloss Vollrads - selected and imported just for Glengarry; we are super excited to have these wines in New Zealand PN www.glengarry.co.nz and in store. (LIZ WHEADON) F

Knowing this is quite confusing for a consumer and does not take into consideration the quality of the wine. Germany started to look to successful models around the world and leaned towards nearby Burgundy and the concept of Grand Cru. Thus Erstes Gewächs and Grosses Gewächs were introduced in 2000 for wines that meet the requirements. So now we’ve got a statement of must weight on the label, a quality classification - but still we don’t know the style. So to assist with that we get the style indicators - Feinherb - off dry, Trocken - dry and Halbtrocken - medium dry. Schloss Vollrads is one of the oldest wineries in the world, the longest continually running estate and one that we are delighted to now be importing to New Zealand direct for your enjoyment. As far back as 850 years ago, one of the Schloss Vollrads vineyards was mentioned. Records found at the estate notate wines being sold to nearby monks in 1211. The record books don’t close there; the first use of the term Kabinett was by Schloss Vollrads in 1716, referencing the winemakers top selection from that year, indeed this was the first classification of wine in the world.

Rowald Hepp

This impressive estate is situated on the romantic Rhine River in Germany, the wine region of Rheingau. Headed up by the super competent Dr Rowald Hepp, there’s a good reason he is considered a global expert on riesling - that’s 100% of what they produce. Not all sweet riesling mind you, 60% of the production is dry and always has been at Schloss Vollrads.

The wines are elegant, complex and combine the best soils and climatic conditions with a profound set of exceptional riesling winemaking nous to produce iconic fine wines. All of the wines are fermented in stainless steel and made with a minimum amount of intervention. Although cliché, where the magic does happen is in the vineyard, the soil in the Rheingau consists of many different layers - a result of its formation millions of years ago from an ocean and mountain area.

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Metal Motorbike $159 Republic www.republichome.com

Safety Razor & Badger Hair Brush & Stand by Baxter of California $299 Tokoya Barbers www.tokoya.co.nz

Saffiano leather travel wash bag $299 Working Style Ponsonby www.workingstyle.co.nz Triumph & Disaster Shampoo $42 Conditioner $39 and Ponsonby Pomade Hair & Scalp protector $45 Askew www.askew.co.nz

Mens cashmere/mix scarves Striped $69 Red $195 and check $115 Republic www.republichome.com

Oliver Hemming alarm clock $139 Askew www.askew.co.nz Diesel sneakers ‘Sharkoon Choplow’ $280 Fifth Ave www.fifthave.co.nz

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Areaware Beech Wood torch $89.90 Askew www.askew.co.nz

Kitchen Aid ‘Soda Stream’ $469 Millys www.millyskitchen.co.nz

Metal Owl $78 Republic www.republichome.com

Sterling Silver ‘Maori Design’ Ring $450 SeventySix Design www.seventysixdesign.co.nz Paul Smith leather belt $295 Fifth Ave www.fifthave.co.nz

Shun classic 3pc knife set $549.95 Millys www.millyskitchen.co.nz

Football bottle opener $29.90 Askew www.askew.co.nz

Silver & Brass Shipwheel $350, Silver Anchor $350 and Silver Shipwheel Signet Rings $350 www.squareandcompass.co.nz

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LOCAL NEWS FROM UNUSUAL MOTORS TO BIG BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ TOYS How long has The Toy Shop been established? The Toy Shop originally started life in Wellington over 30 years ago. Since our first days, we have been focused on delivering quality workmanship and personalised service, with a lot of our clients staying with us for years. Some of them still send their cars to us from around the country. In 2010, we opened our Grey Lynn-based Auckland workshop. Since opening our doors in Auckland, we have expanded to include a dedicated parts department, which allows us to offer our clients the best choice of genuine, aftermarket and secondhand parts. Do you specialise in European cars only? We are an independent European workshop. We cater for all European makes and models, with a particular focus on Range Rover, Land Rover, Jaguar, Aston Martin and Volvo. Although as our name suggests we also get to work on some unusual motors as well as big boys’ and girls’ toys. On any given day, you will find a family Range Rover next to a classic BMW, an Aston Martin DB5, and a lovingly restored classic Ford Fairmont.

Can you tell us about your team? Our team is awesome. We’ve spent the last couple of years building just the right mix of skills and personalities. We often joke that we’re like the United Nations, with representatives from New Zealand, Australia, Croatia, United Kingdom, France, Fiji and Italy. They each bring their unique skills and experience working on different European marques, which enables us to provide our clients with the best quality workmanship and personalised service.

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What services do you offer? Our clients call on us to manage their full vehicle needs. In-house, we offer a full range of servicing, repairs and upgrades. We deal with all the major insurance companies, so we can help clients with any issues covered by mechanical or vehicle insurance. Our dedicated parts department, source the best parts for the job and most recently we have added tire fitting and rebalancing to our in-house offering. We also help our clients manage other aspects of their vehicle maintenance through our preferred suppliers.

Abhi, Selina, Richard, Lucca, Derek, Guillaume, Trevor, Leroy Brown You will currently find The Toy Shop at 562 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn. From 31 August you will find them in their new premises at 25 Ethel Street, Kingsland. F PN T: 0800 TOY SHOP www.thetoyshop.co.nz


FATHER’S DAY! 6 SEPTEMBER HAPPY FATHER’S DAY CLAYTON How has your life changed since Blake has come into your world? With hindsight, my pre-daddy days were pretty self-indulgent, revolving around my valuation practice, Marianna and a ‘soft spot’ for the bars and restaurants of Ponsonby. These days are about spending time with our precious little man and giving Marianna a break from being a busy mum. Happy wife, happy life. What do you love most about being a dad? Like most things in my life, I’ve been a slow starter including become a first time father at 50. But I do feel at a stage in my life that I can really appreciate being a dad. I guess I mean not too young and broke for it to be a horrendous struggle and still not too old and decrepit just yet! Nothing beats Blake’s grinning little happy face when he first sees me in the morning. Beaming with excitement and wonder. What are you hoping for with Blake in terms of education, sport interest and career? I was fortunate to have an idyllic upbringing in Nelson and with all of my family now back there, I wouldn’t discount a move south at some point. Amongst family and the best climate in the country, Blake would have the opportunity to do all the sports I did as a child; sailing, water-skiing, tramping and skiing right on his door step. Both Marianna’s and my family are big on tertiary education, so I would hope Blake will have a solid and balanced education with an ability to problem-solve and cope with change, hopefully with a dash of entrepreneurial spirit. If he can make his hobby or interests into a career, he’ll feel like he’s never worked a day in his life. Have you learned any lessons since being a dad? For sure! Make the most of living the kiddy-free life while you can because once you have a child you are a parent forever, 24/7. There’s no sending them back. I’m certainly not complaining, I had a great run and I’m happy to embrace my current role as a daddy. Would you ever consider being a stay-at-home dad? Definitely. My intention is to condense the work in my valuation practice into three days so I have the remainder of the week to give Marianna some time off and spend it with Blake. Sadly, you only have to open the paper each day to realise how short life is. So I guess like everything it’s about balance in life and definitely spending less time working to chase the dollar. Who does he take after in terms of looks and personality? Blake definitely has Marianna’s ‘island-style’ colouring. I suspect with his happy disposition and beaming smile he is likely to end up in constant ‘hot water’, if he inherits my slightly naughty personality. Any plans for another? I like the idea of four boys and having them all relatively close in age, so I guess we better get busy. Anything else you’d like to add? Maximum respect to all mothers, and fathers for that matter! It really is a big and busy job. But it’s the most rewarding job too! F PN www.valuer.co.nz

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We asked new dad, Grey Lynn resident and property valuer, Clayton Munting to tell us all about his role as a father.


How did you come to be a retail salesperson? TÜR is a concept makers’ space, so it operates as my weaving studio, and also where my partner designs clothing and jewellery from. I’m not always a retail salesperson. What brought you to TÜR? We needed a studio space to begin with, but it turned out that we found this space and the opportunity to be open to the street where we could involve people with our processes. What do you love about your store? I love the ever changing face of the store. We hold various exhibitions and showcase local makers so we are often curating; shifting furniture, relocating plants, hanging new windows and engaging in conversation with local minds. What makes a standout retail salesperson? Someone who makes you feel at home in a foreign space. Tell us about a memorable sale you’ve made this year... Seeing my weaving find a home is always memorable.

I make woven textiles into kimono, scarves, shawls and wallhangings. Customers can interpret the pieces however they like so it’s rewarding seeing people discover how to make use of my work. If you could wave your wand and have anyone in the world walk into your store right now, who would it be? Michelle Lamy. If you could wave your wand and have anyone in greater Ponsonby walk into your store right now, who would it be? Anyone interested in handmade textiles and locally designed garments and homewares. Where do you shop/enjoy shopping? I enjoy buying things made by the person I’m purchasing from, it makes for a rewarding exchange. Name someone you think is a great greater Ponsonby salesperson... Lela Jacobs at The Keep!

TÜR, 486 Karangahape Road, T: 022 682 6006, www.christopherduncan.co

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Menswear Great gift news! Socks, undies and their ilk are back in fashion when it comes to Father’s Day. Just make sure they are as cool as the dad or grandad you’re buying for. Below are just a few of the many beautiful and fashionable gifts for men available in Ponsonby.





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WHERE TO BUY IN GREATER PONSONBY 1. Hills Hats Havana Coffee Works Trilby $95 @ www.askew.co.nz 2. Third Drawer Down Handkerchief Set $38 (set of two) @ www.douglasandbec.com 3. Ottoloom towel $73 @ www.superette.co.nz 4. Vanishing Elephant socks $24.95 @ www.blackboxboutique.com 5. Everyday Needs x Deadly Ponies wash bag $69 @ www.douglasandbec.com 6. Zambesi cap $35 @ www.zambesi.co.nz 7. Flux shirt $159 @ www.superette.co.nz 8. Icebreaker beanie $49.95 @ www.icebreaker.com 9. Triumph & Disaster Ponsonby Pomade $45 @ www.triumphanddisaster.com 10. Kikki.k card $9.90 @ www.kikki-k.com

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FASHION + STYLE THE CARPENTER’S DAUGHTER ARRIVES IN HERNE BAY Jervois Road, Herne Bay, has attracted longtime retailer, The Carpenter’s Daughter. It is true you can’t keep a good retailer away from her passion of fashion and homewares! The ever-evolving Caroline Marr recognised that change was needed after retailing for 25 years in the same space... and change has happened.

In short, a wonderful combination of tactile designers all in one space. The Carpenter’s Daughter is a true destination shopping experience on the local scene.

Now situated on the prestigous Herne Bay strip, The Carpenter’s Daughter stocks its own range of base styles plus LALA by Sarah Jane Duff, Woodward by Emma Burton and Wendy Nelson by Wendy Nelson - all made here in Auckland.

“Be assured girls,” Caroline adds, “not much has changed. One-on-one service and styling still happens. You can find me working the store most days. However, on Mondays I am closed.” F PN

On display, there are also candles and cushions (with chairs arriving), plus retro collectable ceramic pieces, with items by Native Agent and Paula Coulthard still to arrive.

THE CARPENTER’S DAUGHTER, 218 Jervois Road, Herne Bay, T: 09 361 5314 www.thecarpentersdaughter.co.nz

WHAT IS NEW AT THE SHELTER? Eat@theshelter.co.nz Vicki Taylor and Mark Thomson, owners of Ponsonby concept store The Shelter, as well as established New Zealand fashion label, taylor, have decided to open a new curated cafe experience at The Shelter. The cafe has undergone an extensive refit under the careful guidance of award -winning architects Pennant and Triumph. The cafe will be anchored by a commissioned art wall, hand-painted by street art collective BMD. The new look cafe will now serve a selection of healthy, beautifully presented sweet and savoury treats from Catroux, alongside a selected seasonal offering. Eight Thirty coffee will be served from 7.30am alongside a range of bespoke fruit and vegetable blends throughout the day. The cafe, situated within the artisanal space of The Shelter store, is the perfect environment to spend a relaxed afternoon. Or, if you’re in a hurry, parking right outside the store means you can drop in for your coffee with ease, our barista will be available via text message M: 022 528 2669 to pre-make your order to take away. As you can expect from The Shelter, the new cafe will offer the best that the Auckland food and coffee scene has to offer, presented in a beautiful and curated environment. Gluten, dairy and sugar PN -free options will be available. F THE SHELTER, 78 Mackelvie Street, T: 09-376 6544, www.theshelter.co.nz TXT your coffee order to: 022 528 2669

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Spring accessories If “style is a way to say who you are, without having to speak” (Rachel Zoe) then accessories are eloquent nuances. Say “hooray, it’s spring!” with fresh colour and a dash of wit in bags, hats, socks, scarves - even hair clips.










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WHERE TO BUY IN GREATER PONSONBY 1. Julian Danger bag $469 @ www.goodness.co.nz 2. Karen Walker hairclips $60 (two) @ www.karenwalker.com 3. Deadly Ponies rosette coin purse $95 @ www.deadlyponies.com 4. Lucy Folk cocktail clutch $370 @ www.blackboxboutique.com 5. ITZME hat $160 @ www.itzme.co.nz 6. Zambesi belts $180 each @ www.zambesi.co.nz 7. Zambesi socks $35 @ www.zambesi.co.nz 8. Mooi bag $435 @ www.mooi.co.nz 9. Hills Hats Boater $145 @ www.askew.co.nz 10. Kowtow scarf $79 @ www.kowtowclothing.com 11. Mimco bag $299 @ www.mimco.com.au 12. Mimco pouch $179 @ www.mimco.com.au 13. NomD scarf $150 @ www.zambesi.co.nz 14. Marc by Marc Jacobs Light & Space Laptop Case $98 @ www.workshop.co.nz

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REPERTOIRE’S INSPIRATION BEHIND THEIR LATEST COLLECTION ‘LASIS’ With the shift in silhouette for the upcoming summer season, I wanted to create a Repertoire collection for August that was pared down to beautiful, modern basics that would form a confident and exciting foundation on which to build the rest of summer. This fitted in perfectly with the trend towards a more minimalistic way of dressing. I realise the word ‘minimalism’ can scare some of us fashionistas, but I want to assure you that there is nothing to fear. This new trend is great as it allows you to look ‘simply’ incredible with very little effort, as you probably have some key pieces in your wardrobe already. This is why we chose a simple palette of black, white and camel as a foundation for the collection, and then introduced a vibrant, brilliant blue to add the sparkle. We love how sophisticated and edgy this new blue looks when worn with this warm and organic shade of camel. Eyelet, sanded and sheer fabrics offer wonderful surface interest and texture, transforming classic garments to a new level. Key new silhouettes like the sculpted boxy top, blouson jackets, wide leg pants and culottes, all offer new possibilities for a wardrobe that works as hard as you do. Keep up to date with Lee’s global trends and PN inspirations at www.repertoire.co.nz F

Fabric-A-Brac is being held on Saturday 5 September from 9am until 12.30 and is about connecting community treasure troves of fabric and sewing notions to craft and sewing enthusiasts. This free entry event has a warm and friendly vibe where attendees will get a chance to purchase an array of unique and quality fabric and haberdashery. Proceeds from this event will go towards Mercy Hospice Auckland. From humble beginnings in Wellington back in 2009, Fabric-A-Brac has grown across New Zealand and Australia to become a favourite fabric fest held in Auckland, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Sydney and Brisbane. This year’s Fabric-A-Brac event promises to delight with plenty of modern and vintage fabric and haberdashery on offer from private and designer collections. Our Crafting Corner will showcase crocheting and wool work. To top things off, we will have live music and the Mercy Hospice fundraiser cafe will be offering cuppas and delectable treats. We are holding Fabric-A-Brac at a new venue in Ponsonby, which is the St Columba Centre. It is centrally located with an extensive carpark and offers a cosy atmosphere with pleasant gardens and grassed areas. Fabric-A-Brac never fails to attract lovers of all things fabric who keep coming back for more! F PN ST COLUMBA CENTRE, 40 Vermont Street. Contact: Grace for stall bookings, fabricabracauck@gmail.com www.fabricabrac.co.nz

REPERTOIRE, 100 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 280 3392 www.repertoire.co.nz

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

Dear Esther,

I shouldn’t get so cross about the muddy lawns as they’ll dry up in due course but honestly you wouldn’t believe the amount of mud that Tiger brings into the house! He has paws like mops! I’ve had to take up all my rugs and put layers of sacks at the front door in the hope of catching as much mud as I can as Tiger dashes in. I can’t keep the dear outside as he’s been an indoor baby all his life and he’d think I was being such a cruel mama if I started shutting him out now on some of the coldest days of the year. Speaking of cold days, isn’t it wonderful seeing everyone gadding about in their heaviest coats! I’ve even had an urgent order for new coats by two sisters who are travelling to Dunedin to stay with an elderly aunt for a month. They’re terrified that they will catch their deaths there and that nothing in their wardrobes is thick or warm enough. Happily I’d purchased five yards of extremely good quality cashmere flannel in four different colours while in Wellington at the end of last winter. I can’t remember the name of the draper now but it was not far from where we were staying in Thorndon, where mother’s sister Ada lives. Aunt Ada was turning 70 and mother insisted that I accompany her on the train to Wellington. I’m so happy to be working on proper coats again. It’s been rather a long while, with most people getting by during our past two rather short winters by wearing their spring and autumn cover ups supplemented with an extra warm scarf and a thick pair of gloves.

that I’ve taken a special note of the design to use again. I’ve added a deep pointed collar that when folded is still high enough to keep the neck and even the ears warm - as well as looking incredibly stylish! Happily Edna is an avid reader of the Paris fashion journals and is always very pleased to wear something a little unusual as long as it is in fashion. Enid, on the other hand, is more conservative, so I’ve made her coat perfectly plain except for long, slightly flared sleeves that I’ve constructed from circular panels sewn together. I’ve covered the seams with very narrow black velvet ribbon that I’ve also appliquéd to the edges of the collar and the front edges of the coat. I intend to carry it around to the hems after Cissie has tried it on. The effect is rather beautiful. I don’t think that Cissie was expecting anything so striking but it is subtle and I feel confident that she’ll love it. I’m almost finished now; just the linings to do (today) and then the hems after they’ve both had their final fittings in a couple of days time. After I finish the coats I really must make up some of the sketches I’ve been tinkering with in the evenings. During this cold weather I’ve found it rather nice to sit on the rug in front of the fire, my latest fashion journals spread open all around for inspiration, my cartridge paper on a nice flat board that George fashioned for me - it has a clip to hold the paper - and, not forgetting, a big cup of cocoa. What has made things smoother is a scrapbook containing small swatches of all my fabrics, which I had made up for me by a friend’s daughter one Saturday afternoon, for a little pocket money. She’s done a lovely job of it. So now I have a record of every fabric in my storeroom, sorted by fabric type and then by colour and pattern. Even my lining fabrics are in there. I’ve already decided on two summer dresses for my collection; both very plain, very straight, sleeveless, with round necklines and lowered waistlines with the skirt in very narrow pleats. I’m going to make them up in a wonderful white Japanese silk with the narrowest raised stripe, which I have in two marvelous colours, a bright pink and an apple green stripe. I’m also planning to make matching very long narrow stoles that can be wrapped around the neck a couple of times. I’ll make a start on these this weekend.

Fortunately the sisters loved the flannel although there was some discussion about who would have which colour. Edna, the eldest, decided on a beautiful rich earthy red/brown while Cissie chose a rich dark grey. I’m so pleased they didn’t want the ruby red or olive green as I have vague plans for them (as I do with yards and yards of other lovely cloth that I have stashed away). I know that you have the same ‘problem’.

Well, my dear, the sun has popped out (who knows for how many minutes) and there is a little breeze, so I might take the opportunity to mop the hallway - for the fifth time today! I’m seriously thinking about making little oilcloth booties for Tiger to wear when he’s outside.

For Edna, who is tall and slim, I’m making a straight cut coat which I’ve enlivened by cutting and piecing with a simple design based on large triangles. It sounds difficult but really wasn’t. The effect is so pleasing and so striking

With much love,


Until the next letter, keep warm and do write soon,

Maudie xx


illustration: Michael McClintock

How are you this frigid day? Keeping nice and warm I hope? With all this cold weather about I’m not at all motivated to even begin thinking about spring fashions. How about you? When will it ever end? I’m thoroughly sick of it! The garden is a mess and the lawn is boggy and muddy from Tiger - not helped by George who insists on playing ball with the dear whenever he comes over... no matter what the weather is like! No wonder Tiger has taken a real shine to him. I do believe that Tiger regards George as simply a vehicle for ball throwing rather than a dear chum (as George believes). Rather than rushing to greet him, whenever Tiger hears George’s footfall on the front steps he runs and finds his ball and rushes to the back door waiting for George to come and play with him. I wouldn’t dream of saying that to the dear though as it would hurt his feelings.

FASHION + STYLE THE GEMSTONE FOR AUGUST Donna Mills, owner of Jewels and Gems introduces us to the qualities of rutile quartz. Most of the information comes from the scientifically conducted trials of German stone specialist Michael Gienger, interpreted by Donna. Rutile quartz is one of the recommended stones for the zodiac sign Virgo. Although not born under the influence of Virgo, this is one of the first stones I fell inexplicably in love with and still wouldn’t be without. Looking from a distance it is a humble quartz but on closer scrutiny, it’s enigmatic magic is revealed. There are very fine, brightly shining, golden or copper-red needles made of titanium oxide, called rutiles, criss-crossing through the quartz matrix. These rutiles were known as Venus or angel’s hair in ancient times and were believed to be captured sunlight, good for healing dark moods and stubborn coughs. The rutiles amplify the energy flow within the quartz, making them a powerful instrument, highly prized in Asia. At the trade fair in Hong Kong there are always crowds of Chinese buyers waiting to snap up the precious golden stones, believed to give powerful protection against psychic attack and able to draw off negativity and disease, allowing healing and good fortune into a person’s life. Michael Gienger describes a similar effect in his pragmatic and reliable German way, calling it a great anti-depressive, which helps us to be open to outside help during sadness, detachment or deep grief. It lifts the spirits and makes us ready to talk and admit fear and weakness, which are usually kept to ourselves; a sunbeam in the midst of deepest hopelessness. It also helps with any fears about the physical body, the heart for instance and has a relieving effect on constriction and oppression, freeing us from feelings of suffocation and giving a sense of space and freedom. It brings a new sense of joie-de-vivre and transmits uprightness, independence and spiritual greatness, helping us to develop vision and think big, not limiting our visionary power because of supposed pressure of circumstances, also helping us defend ourselves without losing sight of our goals. These qualities make rutile quartz particularly helpful for asthma, bronchitis, breathing, allergies and heart problems. It stimulates the regenerating power of all cells and the flow of energy and body growth and gives an upright posture. It also helps with fulfilling our love life, where fear and extreme tension predominate and create problems. (Maybe that’s the real reason why all those guys are lining up for it at trade fairs, a sort of PN crystal viagra!) What is not to love about this stone! F JEWELS AND GEMS, 54 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 378 4389 www.jewelsandgems.co.nz

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FASHION + STYLE WEST LYNN FASHION RED CARPET - 25 JULY - RICHMOND ROAD Last month, three Grey Lynn fashion brands - Dalston, Moa and Vanilla Ink presented their 2015 Red Carpet Fashion Shows.

Beautiful models outside MOA, Richmond Road

L to R: Dalston models; Naomi in the Brigit jumpsuit with Jessica Aggrey freshwater pearls; Liv wearing Fever; Naomi in the silk Judy dress; Amber wearing Noa Noa

photography: Clare Gemima

L to R: MOA models; Lucy Boerman’s Jewellery performance at MOA

L to R: Claude Galpin and Francesca Tomasetig; Sarah Farmer and Christine Barrett; Megan Plumridge and Mandy Clough; Vanilla Ink model

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L to R: Melissa Browne, Debbie Clark and Julie Senescall; Caroline McCartney, Jane Timms and Lyndy Herrick

L to R: Binnie Park, Susan Duckworth, Tyla Bekker and Paul Sullivan; Elizabeth Walker, Robyn Walker, Lakuda Walker and Prue Walker

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR This means it is up to us. We need to change our own attitude to educate and inform and develop awareness of this very critical issue. We all hate the sound of a tree being cut down, or seeing a tree being cut down, because we know, instinctively, that it is wrong. You now know why your instinct is correct. To cut down any mature tree is a major tragedy for the Earth. You cannot put a value on it. The local community should be consulted before any large mature tree is destroyed (no matter where it stands) because the reduction of oxygen produced by that tree has a direct affect on the health and wellbeing of the people who live nearby. No tree should even be allowed to be cut down without a full oxygen evaluation and a proper plan by the cutter of how he/she/it is going to replace the oxygen taken out of the atmosphere and the biosphere management that tree is providing. In Auckland we are currently stealing the future from our children by our irresponsible attitude towards our very precious, invaluable, urban trees. DO YOU CARE ABOUT NOTABLE TREES - CONTINUED FROM P8 When the Earth was formed, the atmosphere was full of poisonous gasses. Plants through their evolution and processes cleaned the biosphere, sequestering the poisons into the soils (unfortunately we are actively liberating them again with all our mining activities) and creating an environment where animals and humans were able to live. The mature trees are the large oxygen producers and they also manage the biosphere both locally and for the Earth. Therefore all mature oxygen producing trees are connected to the biosphere management of the Earth. It is also worth noting that our lungs look like little forests. Trees breathe in carbon and breathe out oxygen (only when they are mature are green leafy trees net oxygen producers). We breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon.

What can we do about it? Waitemata Local Board has a project to map Auckland's urban forest. They are in the developing stages of the project and will be looking for funding. This is a fabulous initiative to get us started. However, on the ground it seems that we have to fight for every tree until we are able to educate and raise awareness of this most important issue. WENDY GRAY, Ponsonby Please sign the petition to save the Ponsonby Road magnolia trees Magnificent listed notable magnolia trees at 230 Ponsonby Road are threatened with being cut down and removed forever. We will lose a notable and much-loved feature of Ponsonby Road which will be the poorer for their loss. www.toko.org.nz/petitions/2-old-magnolia-trees-at-230-ponsonby-road

We are therefore connected in a very real physical sense to the plant world. In recent years we have destroyed 80% of the Earth's ancient forests. It is said that the Amazon Forest is no longer a net oxygen producer. The oceans, where most of our oxygen is produced, are becoming dead. The United Nations has estimated that there are 150 dead areas in the oceans which are directly related to our pollution. The plant phytoplankton in our oceans are being reduced by our activities. This means that there are fewer and fewer oxygen producers. The really big news is about the air we breathe. The percentage of oxygen contained in our air is 19-20% and reducing each year. Before the Industrial Revolution it used to be much more than that. We and our children, will not be able to live on our Earth if the amount of oxygen in our air falls below 7%. Already in some parts of the Earth there are cities with oxygen levels of 14-15%. Less oxygen means more illness for humanity and stress which we are already experiencing. Eventually it means our demise as a species. This is not an ‘if’ it is a fact.

MATARIKI MEETS WINTER SOLSTICE Last month's June celebrations of Matariki and Winter Solstice share a surprising closeness of meaning, says local author Juliet Batten, with both festivals marking the turning of a new year. This Herne Bay resident spoke at The Grey Lynn Community Library last month. “When the Maori and European cultural traditions meet in such striking ways, we have a compelling case for a new year - even a new calendar - for Aotearoa,” she says. F PN

Along with the change of land use from forest to agriculture or plantation we are replacing the oxygen-producing mature forest with plants that do not reproduce the same amount of oxygen that the mature forest does. We are also destroying the ancient intelligence of the mature trees which created and manage our biosphere and the climate of the Earth. We are already seeing the consequences of this development. Then we have the fossil fuel problem. When we burn fossil fuels and create carbon dioxide we sequester two x oxygen molecules for every one x of carbon produced. These oxygen molecules can only be released by being taken up by an oxygen-producing plant. This means that we are competing with our motor cars for the oxygen we breathe.

Auckland Transport, the Department for Transport and Utilities, urgently needs to be educated about the vast damage they are causing by their uneducated and unaware attitude to our urban and rural trees. As we all know our Government is not tree-friendly nor are they willing to do anything other than business as usual, to try to ameliorate the consequences of our human activities on our climate. New Zealand now cuts down more trees than it plants annually which, doubtless, is contributing to the increased loss of oxygen from the air we breathe.

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So, Auckland is busy cutting down its mature trees, its urban forest, and de-listing mature oxygen producers because they do not conform to someone's current idea of what a Notable Tree should look like. This is not to bash the council. From what I have heard, at the hearings, the council is very tree-friendly and is doing its best but it could do better.

Local author Juliet Batten at the Grey Lynn Community Library PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)

LIVING, THINKING + BEING WHAT EXACTLY IS DERMAL NEEDLING? This is one procedure that may sound scary but is it really as bad as it sounds? Many of our clients sing its praises as a non-invasive, cost-effective way to reduce fine lines and rejuvenate the skin. Dermal needling has many rejuvenation benefits and is used for collagen stimulation, tissue regeneration, reduction of fine lines, pore size, acne scarring and improvement of overall skin tone and texture. At the Skin Institute we use a mechanical device called a medical Dermapen, which we insert a cylinder into containing tiny needles. These needles fire extremely quickly and most clients comment on how painless and tolerable the treatment is. Firstly, we numb the skin with an anaesthetic gel, then, before commencing treatment, this is cleaned off and then a hyaluronic acid serum is placed onto the skin to help lubricate and glide the pen. How the treatment feels and how your skin reacts to it depends on your skin type. Clients who have had this treatment are typically delighted with the results and find Dermapen gets fantastic results for hard to treat areas such as the upper lip, under eye and neck lines - these areas tend to age prematurely and are a concern for many people. Right now, the Skin Institute is offering a complementary Dermal Needling treatment for your hands or neck when you book a full face treatment. To find out more about dermal rolling and other appearance medicine procedures, you can book a free cosmetic consultation with a registered nurse. Call 0800 754 637 or PN visit www.skininstitute.co.nz F SKIN INSTITUTE, 3 St Marys Road, Ponsonby, T: 09 376 8888 www.skininstitute.co.nz

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Martina Organics’ Marta Maria Camara It’s not often that I fall in love with a skincare brand from the get go, usually it takes trial and error and a little more trial and error, then things start to fall into place. This was not so with the near-flawless Martina Organics brand, which I used once and immediately fell for. Hard. Hand blended in small batches; Martina Organics describes itself as “an artisanal skincare range” using certified organic ingredients. Selected from both New Zealand and more exotic locales like Morocco, Japan, Africa and Israel, their botanical oils harness the power of plants that have been used for hundreds of years and they feel like heaven on the skin. The range is unisex and comes packaged in unassuming glass bottles with minimal labelling, which is then easily peeled off so the bottle can be reused for whatever you fancy. Its creator is Marta Maria Camara, and the range is named after the name her parents called her as a child. Born in Lisbon, Portugal, she moved to Wellington with her family when she was two and grew up living above the iconic 90s cafe Cuba Cuba on Cuba Street, but is now based in Auckland. She lives and works in a big warehouse-style studio home in Britomart, where all of her oils are hand blended in small batches. “Most of my stockists are in Auckland so I thought it would be great to be closer to everything that was going on with the brand,” she explains. “That way I could participate in shop events, meet everyone and train up staff when needed.” Plus her “partner in crime” Tamzin, owner of Mavis and Osborn had decided to move up, so the pair thought it would be cool to get a studio home together and focus on their businesses full-time. Her oils are expertly blended from some pretty amazing ingredients, so I ask: where does she source them? “From all over the world and of course New Zealand,” she tells me. “The Oil Cleanser and Oil Moisturiser contain 11 different oils each, including camellia oil - which is what the Geisha use in Japan - oils from Morocco, Africa and Israel, to name a few.” When asked to name a favourite blend, she says that she loves using the Oil Cleanser, “As it’s your base and sets the tone for your skincare routine. But the Oil Moisturiser stays on for much longer so the benefits are stronger, so I’m going to have to say the Oil Moisturiser even though I love them both!”

Marta Maria Camara Marta trained as a beauty therapist and had a small salon in Wellington, but says that she doesn’t have the space to set up shop in Auckland again and probably won’t, “as my main focus is on the products now.” She is happy to offer a consultation to anyone that is interested in having a bespoke oil blend created especially for them, an idea that gets me particularly excited. We talk about the amount of people who are still afraid of using oils on their skin and she says that first of all, “don’t worry about feeling greasy. Dry botanical oils have a molecular structure similar to the skin’s own natural oil, so they don’t clog your skin and are easily absorbed.” She adds that they’re rich in skin essentials such as moisturising fatty acids, including omega-3, 6 and 9, which strengthen the skin’s lipid layer, preventing water loss, plumping the skin and stopping the signs of ageing. Her products can be found in some beautiful, design-focused stores, and I am guessing that the beautiful packaging and bottles help immensely getting in the door. She says she spent months trying to find the perfect bottle. “I really wanted packaging and a brand that was minimal and that wasn’t intrusive in your bathroom or bedroom, and that also looked beautiful, had style and an edge to it,” she says. Everything about the brand was selected with the environment in mind. “So that’s why the bottles are glass and all the printed collateral, like the boxes and booklets, are made from recycled eco stock. My talented designer Becca O’Shea then designed the branding, boxes and labels, and she made it all come together perfectly. I knew she would understand my vision for the brand right from the start.” Next up are some refill bottles that will be out very soon and Marta is also working on a face/beard oil for men. As well as slowly completing the range without over complicating it, she is also finalising the details of a cream moisturiser and a face mask, and potentially a scrub. When I ask if she plans to take the company internationally, it appears that she has already got there, having recently picked up boutique stockists in New York and Canada. “Which is really exciting for the brand. I have a few stockists in Australia already too. But I’d love to be stocked in other boutique stores around the world, it’s definitely something that I’ve wanted for the brand right from the start.” Who inspires her most - as a creator or a businesswoman? “So many, like Gosia from Kowtow and Megan from Little Bird Organics. I rate anyone who has integrity, is ethical, and has environmentally-friendly products with a real focus on craftsmanship.” PN (HELENE RAVLICH) F www.martinaorganics.co.nz

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The key to productivity

- with Thane Kirby and the George FM breakfast team We all have work to do and we all have different working styles. Some tasks are easier for us than others. The old saying “time flies when you are having fun” is spot on when you are in the ‘flow’ and working in your personality type’s comfort zone. On the other hand, we’ve all experienced those days that seem to drag on forever, when we constantly watch the clock in the hope that a sneaky hour may have flashed by unnoticed but alas, no, it’s still three hours, until knock-off time. If you look at the tasks you are doing during these unending hours chances are you will be using your less-preferred cognitive functions. Likewise, those days when you are in the flow, feeling alive and satisfied are usually days when you are engaged in tasks that require the use of your natural cognitive preferences. The aim of the human life, according to Carl Jung, is to individuate or become whole. This is a gradual process through life, rather like an acorn eventually becoming an oak tree. We have our blueprint all wrapped up in the seed and then as time goes by, depending on the environmental elements, we gradually unfold. This unfolding is where we work our way through the four cognitive processes. For an Extraverted Intuitive Feeling Perceiving personality type life usually unfolds in a slightly ‘off the beaten track’ type way. There are certain tasks and assignments that will for this type make time stand still. These are usually to do with close attention to detail, careful processing of factual information, planning, scheduling and then adhering to the plan. It’s not all gloom and doom however, and when an ENFP is at their best it is a glorious thing! They will be playing with ideas, coming up with brilliant new schemes, connecting people and concepts and generally having a positive effect on those around them. Natural people developers, these types get the buzz from facilitating growth in others. One prolific ENFP character in our community is none other than George FM’s breakfast host Thane Kirby. Thane displays all the traits of the ENFP’s ability to grasp and grab ideas from just about anything around him and turn them into an ‘event’. In his work as a radio DJ, his quick and easy ability to keep the conversation rolling and make leaps and crazy connections live on air are definitely within the comfort zone of this type. I had the treat of working with the Breakfast Show team earlier in the year and we figured ‘on air’ that one of the reasons he and his co host Kara Rickard worked so well together is that their personalities both lead with an extraverted perceiving function. Intuition in Thane’s case and Sensing in Kara’s. On air Thane picks up and runs with seemingly random ideas whereas Kara (Extraverted Sensing Feeling Perceiving) can be his perfect foil, bringing reality to the situation while at the same time adding her own creative but more tangible angle. Loads of fun on air but what happens behind the scenes?

Thane Kirby and Kara Rickard

Enter programme manager, Ben. A fairly speedy (everything is in this environment) assessment came up with Ben as an Introverted Sensing Thinking Perceiving. This is the guy who could land a plane in a crisis and the perfect overseer of the station’s morning show! An ISTP can see the situation, sum it up and know what needs to be done in a logical and efficient manner. Ben’s strength is in his lead function, Intoverted Thinking, his mind is absorbing external information and making sense of it in a logical and practical way. In action, ISTPs can attune to their environment, move like quicksilver and effectively problem-solve. Thane has always been a guy taking chances, both enjoying and supporting people and coming up with the crazy ideas. If you know an ENFP you will constantly hear “I’ve got a good idea!” issuing from their mouth. While working with Thane, the thing that he appreciated about understanding his type was “the difference between knowing what you are doing and why you are doing it.” At his stage of life he will be utilising the four cognitive processes and he knows that if he engages the tricky ones for him (Thinking and Sensing) i.e. planning, scheduling, and the follow-through he will achieve much more in his day. It’s all very well to have great ideas but being able to make them happen requires the application of the practical stuff. Having people around him who can complement his personality, like Kara and Ben, is a great strategy but for personal growth he must develop these for himself as well. Thane is a busy man, working more than full-time, running a bar, a morning radio show and solo parenting his two wee girls. To be able to scale even greater heights and do what he does so well, finding the balance PN and using all his cognitive processes is the key. (ALI LAWRIE) F For career advice and personality type identification contact Ali ali@personalitytype.co.nz or www.personalitytype.co.nz

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LIVING, THINKING + BEING CHANTAL LANDAIS HAIR STUDIO GETS A NEW PARTNER LA BIOSTHETIQUE HAIRCARE IS NOW AT CHANTAL LANDAIS HAIR STUDIO. FOUNDED by Parisian biochemist, Marcel Contier in 1947, La Biosthetique was born from a passion to create hair and beauty products from natural, pure ingredients which work in harmony with our biochemistry. With its heart and soul in Paris and state-of-the-art laboratories in Germany, La Biosthetique is a perfect fit for Chantal Landais Hair Studio. This exclusive and prescriptive hair care collection can be tailored to your specific needs and is only available from salons. The Tint and Tone Colour System is gentle on sensitive scalps and is nourishing to hair. La Biosthetique formulations of concentrated natural ingredients, powered by aloe vera, camomile, coconut oil and Japanese berries, give clients irritation-free colour care. Science meets nature for the most beautiful, natural results. At Chantal Landais, their consultations are free and they are always happy to find time to advise on specialised services or prescription products. We also offer a complementary blow-wave voucher (valid for three months) when three or more La Biosthetique products are purchased from the salon. And alongside welcoming their new partner, La Biosthetique, Chantal Landais have also recently welcomed a new staff member. Maria, with her great talent, skills and passion, is fitting perfectly into the little team. Whoever said winter was boring? Maria has been in New Zealand for over a year, after having had the fantastic opportunity to train at the Sassoon Academy in 2013. As a team, Chantal Landais is looking forward to a fantastic future of combined skills and vision, in association with La Biosthetique performance products... and they are all keenly anticipating La PN Biosthetique’s spring/summer collections. F CHANTAL LANDAIS HAIR STUDIO, 128 Jervois Road, Herne Bay, T: 09 376 4402 www.chantallandais.co.nz

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LIVING, THINKING + BEING WHO IS CARL WATKINS? Carl Watkins, owner of Trucolor Hair Salon ‘the specialist colour salon that cuts’, discusses his return to Ponsonby and the introduction of his one-on-one specialised haircare services. Carl, how do you define yourself? I’m a specialised provider of quality colour and hairdressing services for women... being one of the few winners, of the Schwarzkopf New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year award, and with over 30 years’ experience, I feel pretty confident about knowing that I provide a quality service to my clients. What gives you the greatest satisfaction in your job? Making women feel fantastic. There’s an art to it and it stems from great communication. When I meet with a client, there is literally only one chair in my salon and the experience is all about them. I get to know what kind of person they are, what kind of haircut and colour they need to fit in with their lifestyle and how they see themselves. Some women like to spend time styling their hair every day, others don’t. Change can be dramatic or incremental. It’s up to the client. They have to be comfortable with the process. Why should the women of Ponsonby and surrounds come to see you? I’m good at what I do. I looked after Pamela Anderson when she came to New Zealand Fashion Week, I have done Hillary Clinton’s hair and launched many international hair brands in New Zealand and overseas. I apply the same professionalism and care to all of my clients. “Besides, when was the last time you had a New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year do your hair?” F PN TRUCOLOR (by appointment only), Eden Terrace, T: 09 359 9311 www.trucolor.co.nz

CLARE CALDWELL: THE ART OF LIVING “To paint is to love again.” So said the young Henry Miller, who at the age of 37, while he was supposed to be writing the great American novel, bought his first watercolours and brushes in the midst of his yet-to-be-published poverty. He was soon painting “morning, noon and night” and beginning to explore the eternal question of what art is, and what makes one an artist. Miller argued that the intensity of the artist’s own emotions was the life-blood of art. “It is only when we look with eyes of love that we see as the artist sees... making us see and feel what ordinarily we ignore or are immune to. To see is not merely to look. One must look into and around. Seeing without feeling is merely a report. The practise of any art demands one must be in love with what one does. In love, self is obliterated. One must be in it and of it wholly. Before a subject can be transmuted aesthetically it must be devoured and absorbed. If it is a painting it must perspire with ecstasy.” Never daring to call himself a painter, Miller initially painted as respite from writing - a strategy many celebrated creators have used: e.g. Einstein called this “combinatory play” and is said to have come up with his greatest physics breakthroughs during his violin playing breaks. However, Miller became besotted with painting. “I was seeing everything in a new light. The impression I had was of painting with some other part of my being.” Through this new medium he was experiencing, maybe for the first time, the ancient transcendence and lateral connections of the right brain. He also found the allure of what had become his ‘style’ of painting. It was unlike his writing, its superior, almost primitive sincerity and directness of vision, of which only children and rare adult artists are true masters. “Children have much to teach us about risk, failure and growth.” Which all begs the question: would he have been such a successful writer if he’d not had this experience of painting? Miller’s final advice to young artists all those decades ago seems doubly important now in our present age of preoccupation with networking, easy exposure and instant validation and ‘success’. “How distressing it is to hear young painters talking about dealers, shows, newspaper reviews, rich patrons. All that comes with time - or will never come. First one must make friends, create them through one’s work. What sustains the artist is the look of love in the eye of the beholder. Not the money, not the right connections, not the exhibitions, not the flattering reviews. To win through by sheer force of genius is one thing; to survive and continue to create when every last door is slammed in one’s face is another. Nobody acquires genius - it is God-given. But one can acquire patience, fortitude, wisdom, understanding. Perhaps the greatest gift is to love what one does whether it causes a stir or not.” PN (CLARE CALDWELL) F Clare (Claudie) Caldwell is a creative arts therapist who runs a small private practice from home. She now runs a voluntary art therapy programme at Auckland City Mission. She is also a freelance artist. Enquiries: T: 09 836 3618; M: 021 293 3171; E: clare.e.caldwell@gmail.com

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LIVING, THINKING + BEING AROHA HEALING’S REIKI TREATMENTS “Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.” Albert Einstein. Everything is energy. Aroha Healing Reiki is pure healing energy and the benefits of Reiki are limitless. Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a powerful Japanese healing art which can be learned very quickly by anyone. As a holistic practice, Reiki can safely restore harmony and balance on all levels - physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Reiki teaches us how we can relieve daily stress and reduce pain and tension, as well as assisting with cleansing the body of toxins and allowing for a new perspective of life. Everyone and everything can benefit from Reiki. Learning Reiki can be a profound experience, so simple, yet powerful in application. Being attuned to Reiki will change your life. Reiki has a way of accelerating growth and clarifying your life path. Reiki increases self-confidence and trust in life, and helps a person grow in self-love and enhanced awareness of our connection to others, awakening greater compassion and sense of connectedness with all of life. Reiki sharpens your intuition and meditation practice. Aroha Healing in Grey Lynn facilitates regular Reiki workshops for individuals, both on and offsite. If you are contemplating learning something new then Reiki may be just what you are looking for. Aroha Healing’s Reiki 1 workshop covers a weekend and will be held on 26 and 27 September at their beautiful 18th Century Maidstone Street premises. The first level of Reiki is all about self-healing, and the Aroha Healing facilitators teach a full chakra workshop, how to place your healing hands on others, cleansing self and our environment, and include an animal healing module within the workshop. You can expect a more peaceful, caring and connected life after a Reiki 1 workshop with Aroha Healing. Both Rosanna and Benton are certified Reiki teachers and are passionate PN about their work. To read more please visit the website or contact the team directly. F AROHA HEALING, 3 Maidstone Street, T: 0800 646 326 www.arohahealing.co.nz www.arohahealingcandles.co.nz info@arohahealing.co.nz

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Banish the winter body blues Winter is most definitely having its wicked way up and down the country, and now the bitter temperatures are damaging our skin and dampening our moods. Half a million Kiwis suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, otherwise known as the ‘winter blues’. When lethargy and sluggishness take hold, rather than hibernating or over-indulging in comfort food, you could consider turning to massage or special body -focused treatments for a mood boost. Scientific research indicates that massage can help reduce stress, anxiety and depression by increasing the body’s ‘feel good’ chemicals and reducing stress hormones. Combine that with the surge in pain relieving endorphins and you’ve got an almighty, all-natural mood enhancer. One of the best places in town for a truly feel-good-all-over, winter body treat is Aroha Healing in Maidstone Street, where the amazing Rosanna Marks metes out some truly exceptional massage-related experiences to all those lucky enough to walk through her door. One of her picks for giving your bod some love in the cooler months is by booking in for an Aroha Rocks Hawaiian ili ili hot stone fused with miri miri - traditional Maori massage. “Aroha Rocks is designed to melt away some of the body’s holding patterns,” she says, “like tight, tense muscles or muscular strain. Hot stone massage is an ancient therapeutic treatment that dates back thousands of years to the Middle East, whilst the ancient Hawaiian Kahuna incorporated hot stones into their massage - lomi ili ili translates to ‘flat pebble massage’. Hawaiian ili ili hot stone massage is a beautiful flowing massage ritual that is deeply relaxing in the extreme! The special treatment session closes with a gentle chakra balancing, so you leave quite literally walking on air. Rosanna and her partner Benton are also offering an Aroha Healing Candle and wintertime massage combo for the season that incorporates a beautiful fusion of their 75-minute signature massage with an added hot rocks treatment for the back. You then choose a medium-size candle from their collection at the end of the massage to take home a little extra bliss with you. It’s just $149 for the two, and you can tack on a coconut back scrub beforehand for an extra $30. Another local beauty haven that has created a treatment especially for winter is Forme Spa in Spring Street, and it has to be tried and tested to be believed. Called Island Breeze, it’s an 80-minute tropical sensation that will set you back just $159 - i.e. cheaper than a long weekend in Fiji by far! It starts with a full-body dry body brush to stimulate and exfoliate, and a beautiful custom-made body scrub for extra oomph. This is showered off and then followed by a one hour revitalising massage using a unique blend of essential oils jasmine, ylang ylang and citrus, combined with coconut found in the tropics for Forme by New Zealand beauty company Verite Spa. This is all finished off with a warm coconut oil scalp massage to not only relax you but also nourish your hair, and leave you feeling one step away from an imaginary pool cabana!

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Another body-focused necessity for winter, in my opinion, is a melanoma check. The Ministry of Health says New Zealand has one of the highest rates of melanoma in the world, yet a new survey conducted by the Skin Institute shows there are still many Kiwis that aren’t taking sun safety seriously. The survey, which looked into how sun -safe Kiwis are, revealed that one third of the respondents expose themselves to the sun without any protection to get vitamin D. Surprisingly, almost one in five said they go out in the sun unprotected because they want to get a tan! Dr Mark Gray from the Skin Institute says: “Given that New Zealand has such a high prevalence of melanomas, these figures are really disappointing to hear - especially when you have to face those that are affected by skin cancer on a daily basis.”

Aroha Healing’s Rosanna Marks

They also explored whether Kiwis were carrying out regular mole, freckle and skin checks regularly. The survey reported more than half of the respondents (55%) said they have never had their moles, freckles or skin checked by a medical professional and only 14% said they have an annual check. This was a concerning result, especially as 40% of respondents said they did not know or were not sure what an unusual mole looked like. “Currently an estimated 1 in 15 Kiwis are expected to develop a melanoma in New Zealand,” says Dr. Gray. “We want to reduce the sheer number of people that are affected by skin cancer, so encourage everyone to have regular skin checks to be aware of the signs. Early detection is our best chance of cure.” Currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Skin Institute has a range of services and treatments, including full body skin assessments and the surgical removal of skin cancers - including Mohs Micrographic Surgery. So what are you waiting for? Care for PN your body and your mind, and they will return the favour. (HELENE RAVLICH) F www.arohahealing.co.nz www.skininstitute.co.nz www.formespa.co.nz


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The gut - our second brain In a previous article I have referred to our ‘gut’ as a second brain. When it comes to our wellbeing we need to understand the importance of this, so I think it deserves another mention. Dr Michael Gershon, chairman of the department of anatomy and cell biology at Columbia University Medical Centre is an expert in a new field of neurogastroenterology. It was Dr Gershon who first referred to the gut as the second brain. He says “it has a mind of its own” and it’s known as the “enteric nervous system” (enteric means ‘relating to the intestines’). Just like the larger brain in the head, researchers say that the enteric nervous system sends and receives impulses, records experiences and respond to emotions. Dr Gershon says that in some ways the second brain is autonomous, controlling gut behaviour ‘on-site’. The brain in the head, he says, doesn’t need to get its hands dirty with the messy business of digestion, which is delegated to the brain in the gut. What is even more surprising is that the primary brain is often informed about the rest of the body from the gut brain, and not the other way around. When scientists discovered that 90% of the fibres in the cranial Vagus nerve, which extends from the brain stem to the abdomen, were delivering messages from the gut to the brain but not the other way around, they were stunned. It’s becoming clear that our second brain may play a major role in many diseases including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, eczema, auto-immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, MS and ulcerative colitis and even cancer. Scientists are saying that these diseases, and in fact most chronic problems that medicine has no answer for, can be linked back to disturbances in the digestive system. Perhaps the most surprising element of Dr Gershon’s work is the discovery of the degree to which our second brain influences our emotions. Our emotional equilibrium may rely on subtle communication going on from one brain to the other. An important

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fact which explains this is that 95% of the body’s serotonin which is our feel-good hormone, resides in the gut, not the brain. When we consider the importance of the 100 trillion bacteria that reside in our gut and their ability to communicate with the gut-brain, we realise how central digestion is to overcoming all manner of physical and mental illness. Gut dysbiosis is a state of imbalance between our ‘friendly’ gut flora and pathogenic organisms. It is impossible to have a strong and correctly functioning immune system when there is such an imbalance. The primary roles of ‘healthy’ intestinal micro -organisms include metabolism, defense, and immunomodulation (regulation of the immune system). I read an article in the Economist magazine titled ‘Microbes Maketh Man’. So true, I thought. The good news is that we do have the ability to influence the microbiota “the ecological community of commensal, symbiotic and pathogenic micro-organisms that literally share our body space”. What we eat has a huge bearing on our gut and thus how our second brain functions. Can you imagine what the sugar-laden refined carbohydrates and highly processed foods that make up the diet of many people are doing to us? If we are not willing to make significant changes to our diet, taking a really good probiotic is, I believe, a must. Unless we can ‘repopulate’ the gut with ‘friendly’ flora on a regular basis, I can’t see how we can ever hope to achieve optimal health. It’s very important that we understand that what goes on in the gut has everything to do with what goes on elsewhere in the body. 2500 years ago Hippocrates said, “All disease begins in your gut.” PN (JOHN APPLETON) F APPLETON ASSOCIATES, T: 09 489 9362 john@johnappleton.co.nz www.johnappleton.co.nz


LIVING, THINKING + BEING THAI KINGDOM MASSAGE - SPECIAL OFFERS WHAT IS TODAY CALLED ‘THAI MASSAGE’ OR ‘THAI YOGA MASSAGE’ IS AN ANCIENT healing system combining acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principles, and assisted yoga postures. The founding father of Thai massage was an Ayurvedic doctor named Jivaka Kumar Bhacca, who is revered still in Thailand as the ‘father of medicine’. Born in India during the time of Buddha, he is noted in ancient documents for his extraordinary medical skills, his knowledge of herbal medicine and for having treated important people of his day, including the Buddha himself. Traditional Thai massage uses no oils or lotions. The massage generally follows designated lines or ‘sen’ in the body. A Thai massage includes rhythmic pressing and stretching of the entire body. This may include pulling fingers, toes, ears, cracking knuckles, walking on the recipients back and moving the recipients body into many different positions. There is a standard procedure and rhythm to the massage, which the giver will adjust to fit the receiver. A Thai massage is a unique experience unlike other massages that you may have tried in the past. If you have never experienced a traditional Thai massage then now is the opportunity that you may have been waiting for. Thai Kingdom Massage is extending a special offer for a 90-minute massage for $90 (for 90 days during August, September and October). Why not take advantage of this special offer and make an appointment to treat yourself to something a little different? A warm and friendly welcome awaits you from the Thai staff at Thai Kingdom Massage. Gift vouchers are also available to give to dad for Father’s Day - and we have a special offer just for dad where you can gift him a 60-minute massage PN for $60. F THAI KINGDOM MASSAGE, Unit 8, 386 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn, T: 09 378 0861 www.thaikingdommassage.co.nz

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CARING PROFESSIONAL Sarai Kaisei, Tokoya Barber How did you come to be a barber? I went to beauty school in Tokyo for two years from 1999. I then worked in hair salons for more than 10 years; a salon in Tokyo for six years and BUOY Hairdressing in Wellington for three years. However, after that, I got an opportunity to experience working as a barber in Browns Bay. I was fascinated by barbering and I opened my own barber shop. What do you love about your job? I feel so much pleasure and relief when clients wear a happy face with their hairstyle after their haircut is finished. What do you find challenging? I think your hairstyle is very important, because how you feel changes after a haircut. And it is part of a person’s look. When they look good, people become more active and positive. So my challenge is to cut their favourite hairstyle every time and for to be them happy. How do you differ from other barbers? I am confident that I can address various hair types. I don’t know that I differ in that way, it’s just my strong point. What do you do to care for yourself? At the moment I have no time. However, I love exercising. When I do have time, I play softball, go surfing or to the gym. F PN TOKOYA BARBER AND SHOP, 279 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 378 4477 www.tokoya.co.nz

CANTEEN GEARS UP TO CRANK CanTeen and Les Mills are bringing The Crank back to Auckland. Twelve hours of back-to-back, heart rate pumping RPM intensity - all to raise funds to support young people living with cancer. The Crank 2015 will be held at Shed 10, Friday 21 August. This year participants have added options which CanTeen expects to significantly increase entries. CanTeen chief executive, Bruce Pilbrow, says CanTeen has listened to feedback to help make 2015 bigger and better. “This year we’ve giving people more options. If you want to ride alongside friends for an hour, you can choose the peloton option. If you want to stretch your team over 6 or 12 hours then the relay options give you that ability. If you can’t find a team, then you can ride as a solo,” says Pilbrow. Those who compete in The Crank will be fundraising for CanTeen in a bid to raise a total of $250,000, which will support hundreds of young people throughout New Zealand living with cancer. PN With no Government funding, CanTeen relies on fundraising to continue their services. F To enter The Crank, or for more information, visit www.thecrank.co.nz

MARR FACTORY BACK FOR 2015 From August 9-16 The Golden Dawn will once again come alive with runway shows from five of the country’s most loved fashion houses.

photography: Damien Nikora

Stephen Marr and his team are excited to showcase the coming season’s trends through their longstanding fashion partnerships. Tickets to the likely to sell-out event (R18) cost $45 and include a welcome drink and a gift bag on entry. F PN

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THE PONSONBY PHILOSOPHER What politicians do to our values, hopes and happiness As world-famous environmentalist, Canadian Dr David Suzuki, says, “When we elect people to office, we give them power to make and enact decisions on our behalf. They should have a vision that extends beyond the next election and the GDP - to our children and our grandchildren.” So we expect our leaders to have a clear picture of our world, including an understanding of looming environmental threats like climate change, pollution, oil spills, extreme weather and terrorism, all of which are taking a severe physical and psychological toll on our people. Our most pressing needs are biological, social and spiritual. Politicians ought to know this. Their role is to protect and enhance these necessities of life, otherwise there is no vision, direction or leadership. That is why it is absurd for a government to speak about any aspect of the economy in isolation from the essential needs of the universe for survival and the social security citizens need. Those who act only for short-term economic gain (the budget will be in surplus at some time in the future - yeah right!), imposing destructive consequences for generations to come, must be held responsible. Many people attempt to alleviate anxiety by grasping wealth, seeking pleasure and taking solace in achievement or status. But this strategy is increasingly backfiring. Instead of bolstering our sense of security and wellbeing, it dominates it. Sky rocketing use of anti-depressants is a key ingredient of the growing unhappiness, anxiety, depression and low self-esteem among people. In his book, The High Price of Materialism, psychology professor Tim Kasser shows how materialistic values undermine wellbeing, perpetuate feelings of insecurity, and weaken the ties that bind us as human beings.

People who are materialistic tend to be less interested in ecological issues, have negative attitudes towards the environment and demonstrate fewer instances of sustainable behaviour. That’s a tragedy for humanity and the rest of life on Earth. Research in social science has identified a set of consistently occurring human values. One cluster is ‘extrinsic’, or materialistic. These are concerned with our desire for achievement, status, power and wealth. Opposite to those are ‘intrinsic’ values. They relate to caring, community, environmental concern and social justice. Although each of us carries both, the impulse we attach to one set of values tends to diminish the importance of the other. When power values like social status, prestige and dominance come first, the universal values of tolerance, appreciation and concern for the welfare of others are suppressed. Social change requires a focus on individual behaviour, corporate responsibility and government policy. In today’s unstable political environment, values must also be part of the equation. So what can we say about leaders who know something is wrong and have the means to respond but choose not to? This inaction is often in the face of overwhelming evidence and pleading from other nations. Our elected representatives deserve respect for their commitment. But the elevated status and power of politicians carries with it responsibilities. Many are abrogating those responsibilities for ideological reasons that have nothing to do with our wellbeing. (JOHN ELLIOTT) F PN Comments to johnelliott@ihug.co.nz

An example of extreme weather - a symptom of climate change

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LIVING, THINKING + BEING HAIR-RAISING DAYS OVER FOR BARBERS JOHN AND TIM John McRae has been a barber on K’Road for more than 30 years. John has rented a chair to his mate Tim Young for 18 years. These two have seen the changing times of this colourful inner city suburb. John emigrated from Perth, Scotland where he served his hairdressing apprenticeship, while Tim is from London. They still have many of their old customers, but few of them live handy to K’Road. They come back to John and Tim as old friends for the good, professional haircut. One solicitor has been getting his hair cut there for 40 years, even before John’s time. Another, a customer of Tim’s, has been coming for 35 years. John and Tim laugh about changing trends. Short back and sides is popular again. Some of these young barbers think it’s all new but its just a return to the fashion of a hundred years ago - the First World War Prussian military cut. We asked if customers are getting harder to please. John recounted a story to answer that question. A guy he rented a chair off 40 years ago said the public were getting madder and madder - and that was 40 years ago! Standards have slipped say these two old timers. Some trendy haircuts are to quote John, “just a bloody mess”.

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"This part of K’Road hasn’t changed," says John. "There are new apartments at the top of Queen Street - that part has changed." John told Ponsonby News that many office people had gone. He cited Chubb and Telecom, whose large staff used to provide plenty of guys for haircuts. There are new apartments planned nearby, but too late for John and Tim, who are hanging up their scissors on 8 August. Out of 119 new luxury apartments, John and Tim reckoned they may get 20 customers, but nothing like the numbers coming from the 1400 Telecom (Spark) workers.

Sadly John McRae was ill, when this photo of Tim Young was taken

There is also a huge turnover in tenants in the surrounding flats. John says he’d be a shopkeeper if he had his time over again. He cites busy restaurant Coco’s Cantina, next to a rough pub, as a business that is very successful on K’Road. One problem for K’Road businesses is the lack of parking, while relying on passing foot traffic is a waste of time. Their part of town is no longer a shopping precinct, particularly since George Courts and Rendells have gone, as have large numbers of Pacific Island residents. Rents are too high, but John is proud to have received a thank you letter from his landlord praising him for being a model tenant, always paying on time over a long number of years. And yes, the landlord is none other than Freidlander! John and Tim say that local communities need convenience shops - butchers, bakers, barbers - there are too many dress shops, they argue. "When McDonalds and Starbucks both disappear from K’Road you know something is wrong,” they tell us. John and Tim see the future of K’Road (their end of it anyway) as residential, with more and more high-rise, although Tim pointed out that developers have the constraint of a volcanic sight line through to Mt Eden which must not be lost. This will prevent too many high apartment blocks. The old ‘red light district’ reputation of K’Road has gone, according to John and Tim. There are a group of transvestites, highly unpredictable creatures most of them, who can be friendly and charming or bitchy and nasty. "It’s the drugs," says John. "Many of them are on P. You can tell by the way they twitch." But there are lots of good people around K’Road they tell us, ordinary people getting on with their lives. That is what John and Tim intend to do, get on with their lives in retirement. John will play his piano more often, and Tim will probably get a few racing tips from his gambler wife. Ponsonby News wishes these two mellow gentlemen a happy and fruitful retirement. They will be missed by the many friends and customers they have made over a third of a century on K’Road. (JOHN ELLIOTT) F PN

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FUTURE GENERATION JUMPING BEANS CLASSES HELP CHILDREN WITH AUTISM More and more families are signing up for a uniquely designed physical development programme for three to six-year-olds affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. Join In Jumping Beans is a collaboration between Jumping Beans East Auckland and the Children’s Autism Foundation. The classes are held weekly during term time in Grey Lynn and Ellerslie. Elisa Slaat, Services Manager for the Children’s Autism Foundation, decided to start up the programme to give kids affected by autism the opportunity to develop their motor and social skills. “The classes are tailored to suit the children’s characteristics and abilities. The class sizes are small and we provide activities in a safe environment with lots of extra support.” One West Auckland resident was motivated to bring her son to the programme for its sense of community. She says family members of children with ASD often miss out on seeing that they aren’t alone and the children often miss out on opportunities to engage with peers. “When you try going on a playdate with parents of typical children and they talk about their children’s achievements, it’s hard to find the common ground. It can be very isolating.” She says Join In Jumping Beans offers a relaxed, non-judgmental space where parents can talk and learn from one another’s triumphs and struggles while children play and interact with others. “This is what I call ‘my park,” she adds. Sue Blackwell, licensee and qualified trainer for Jumping Beans East Auckland, has seen inspiring progress among the children who regularly attend. She recalls a young boy who had just joined the group. “When he first started, he would run around the circumference of the room, he had no real focus or interest in the equipment. His climbing skills were not very safe and he would not be interested in joining us for circle time. A few weeks on, he has developed his agility, balance and co-ordination and we have been able to go on to teach him fundamental gym movements. He has built a relationship

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with me and my colleague Iris York whilst developing his social and emotional qualities, and is now willing to be part of a group.” The key is providing order and predictability so that the children can do the activities meaningfully. As many children with autism are visual learners, visual strategies are featured in the programme. Picture guides are used to prompt the children to transition from one activity to the next. The children gain skills that can then be applied to other settings, such as the home or kindergarten environment. This allows them to confront the challenges they face in the mainstream world with greater confidence. Recent studies show that early intervention for toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder helps improve their intellectual ability and reduces autism symptoms years after originally getting treatment. Join In Jumping Beans is funded by the For Everyone Charitable Foundation, a registered New Zealand charity established in 2009 by Ali Williams, Dan Carter and Richie McCaw. The trio launched the foundation to help small projects that make a large difference for people and their communities. The group meets during term-time, every Monday 9-10am at 198 Marua Road, Ellerslie and every Tuesday 1:15-2:15pm at the Grey Lynn Community Centre, 510 Richmond Road. Financial assistance is provided to parents and caregivers. To find out more, please contact the Children’s Autism Foundation at T: 09 415 7406 or email PN enquiry@autism.org, or visit the website at www.autism.org.nz F


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MEET THE TEACHER Clare Battersby

Children’s dance - TAPAC How did you come to be a dance teacher? It all started when I attended a one-hour dance workshop in the central city in 1988 by a young dancer Jenny Cosey (who later helped to write one of the first dance education books aimed at primary teachers). I had already trained as a teacher at this stage and was learning to dance. I was completely captivated and remember thinking: “If I love this so much, others will too. So I must teach it.” This took me to a course called Teaching Dance in the Community led by dancers from the Limbs Contemporary Dance Company and after that I never looked back. Where did you train? I trained originally at the Limbs Dance Studios in Ponsonby Road before attending Unitec’s School of Contemporary Dance. I later travelled to Melbourne and completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Dance Education at the University of Melbourne.

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Teachers learn by teaching. I started to run classes for young children at The Orange Ballroom in Newton Road that is thankfully currently being revamped. I decided to be the best dance teacher I could be and so deepened my training with both dance training and studying dance education. I was offered a job at the then College of Education in the Arts department, teaching teachers to teach children. For 25 years I have taught children creative dance at The Performing Arts School, now TAPAC. These posts and my training complemented each other. What brought you to your current school? On Saturday mornings for two years I started out as an assistant at the Performing Arts School. One day, teaching with Dr Adrienne Sansom, she asked if I wanted to take her classes as she was now too busy lecturing at the university. That was 25 years ago and I haven’t stopped. The school has moved around, and I with it, until finally we found a permanent home at TAPAC in Western Springs. Here we have purpose-built dance studios with sprung floors where the sun pours in. We have our own theatre where we put on regular shows. Just now, we have a new magic red carpet that weaves through the lobby. I love going to work there.

How would other teachers describe you? Experienced, child-centred, playful, creative, bringing a sense of joy and wonder to the classes. Trustworthy and able to set up a framework that makes learning visible.

What are your favourite things about being a teacher? Working in the liminal space. This is the transformational space between the teacher, the child and the space. It is a place of magic, imagination, communication and transformation. As children enter the space and meet me to dance on Saturday mornings something extraordinary happens. Together we create a third space where the child’s voice and potential is expressed through their body and movement. This to me is full of potential and wonder. I love it and never tire of it.

How would your students describe you? Children also know me as Fairy Clare so they may describe me as magic. Probably “funny”, as play is my way of connecting to their world.

Please share a highlight of your teaching career... Highlights? Well there are too many to count! Here are a few - travel certainly comes up the list: Going to Finland - the land of the midnight sun - to present a workshop at the 1996 Dance and the Child International conference on Dancing in the Great Outdoors. Last week, I presented a paper and a workshop about Children’s Emergent Dance Identity in Copenhagen at another DACI conference. Last year, I received a medal from the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Local Hero awards for my work with children.

If you could wave a magic wand in your classroom... Education should not just be for our heads but for the whole person: heart, body and imagination. Also: boys’ dance is daring, exciting, strong and expressive. Yet dance is commonly seen as something for girls. I wish boys were given more opportunities to dance and move with expression and to know that alongside sport and adventure they have a lot to bring to it. Five tips for mums and dads 1. Sport is not just about training professional athletes and we all accept that children need to experience sport for health, social skills, competition, cooperation and fun. Dance classes too are not for those who want to ‘become dancers’. Rather, there’s much to be gained in all areas of one’s life from moving, not the least is fun, fitness, sensory integration and soul.

Seeing the children’s sense of joy from their dance and movement experience.

2. The child is not an empty vessel to be filled by dance knowledge. The child is competent, full of potential. The dance educator’s role is as a guide on the side, drawing out the dance knowledge, helping shape, challenge and extend what is possible.

It’s true that dance keeps you young. Children I taught or performed with who are now adults bring their own children to classes with me!

3. Encourage your child to give it a go and stick at it as there are many positive outcomes to be gained from learning about movement and dance.

What has been a low point of your teaching career? The low point is dealing with injuries along the way. You’re never sure if they will repair properly. So far, so good. Also, I never find it easy when children are too old to dance with me anymore and they move on to a new level. I may have been dancing with them for four years and they become part of my dance family.

4. Having space to express oneself through dance is an opportunity to rehearse life skills. A chance to see oneself on a different platform in a positive supportive environment. A place where parents get to see their child in a new light and support this.

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5. As Loris Malaguzzi from Reggio Emilia in Italy said, “Nothing without joy.” F PN PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)

FUTURE GENERATION CHILDREN’S BOOK REVIEW Slinky Malinki’s Cat Tales by Lynley Dodd. Puffin, $30 The perfect 25th birthday present from bestselling author, Lynley Dodd. This celebration collection of Cat Tales is perfect for cat lovers of all ages. In these five cat tales, stalking and lurking Slinky Malinki creates mayhem while Scarface Claw, the toughest Tom in town, is scared of nothing... well, almost nothing. The five cat stories are: Slinky Malinki, Open the Door; Slinky Malinki, Catflaps; Slinky Malinki, Early Bird and Scarface Claw. Each one a favourite and together they make an ideal gift. F PN


DOROTHY BUTLER CHILDREN'S BOOKSHOP, 1 Jervois Road, T: 09 376 7283 www.childrensbookshop.co.nz

Quiz night tragics should set aside the night of Friday 28 August for the Western Springs College annual fundraiser. All you early birds up before 6am, and who love listening to FIRST@FIVE, our MC is the cheery, the dashing, the always brilliant, James Coleman, who like many in the community is proud of his time at Western Spring College. Kate Sylvester is back, with her design voucher for the auction: last year’s most popular attraction. Fine arts photographer Spiros Poros has donated one of his photographs. You can see it in advance, in the foyer of Bridgeway Cinemas just before the new movie ‘Amy’ screens on 29 July. Plus on the night look for the Bridgeway voucher as well. There will be a wine glass competition. Bring your own glass, save the environment, and PN win a prize. (DAVE ADAMS) F Tickets on sale now $40. Meal and good times included: email Jody Kelly at jodyke@xtra.co.nz for more information.

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Eight is enough for Frankie Groves One of the more obscure sports at the Olympic Games is the modern pentathlon, which consists of such diverse sports as fencing, swimming, show jumping, pistol shooting and cross country. If the Games’ organisers ever get with the times and update that event to include sports that regular folks play, say, basketball, swimming, cross country, mountain biking, tennis, long jump, high jump and guitar, and let’s call it the Octathlon, then you could pencil in the name of 10-year-old Frankie Groves as a potential medalist for New Zealand. The Ponsonby Primary student is certainly getting a good start in each of the separate events. He’s become hooked on his favorite sport, basketball, along with many of his school mates. Frankie started playing in competition only last year when Ponsonby had just one team in the North Harbour competition (this year the school has seven teams), and as centre, and at over five feet in height, he is one of the key points scorers for his team. Last year, Frankie helped the team to the semi-finals of the interschools competition, and this year his year 5 team went one better, reaching the final. His crash-bang style has brought Frankie to the attention of officialdom, with selection for the North Harbour reps. In the ‘Rising Stars’ competition, in which all the Auckland rep teams play each other, Frankie’s team sits second on the table at the time of writing. Like any young hoopster, Frankie dreams of dunking the ball, and he spends hour after hour in the backyard practising his dunks, with the rim adjusted down from

the senior height of 10 feet to seven and a half feet. No doubt the avid NBA watcher is picturing himself, while he soars through the air, as his hero LeBron James swooping over the top of Tim Duncan to score a vital bucket in game seven of the play offs. In your face! Then it’s time for a quick shower, TV interview and autograph signing session before heading out to take his regular place in the stands to watch his favourite team, the NZ Breakers. Frankie finds it harder to get motivated to swim, which he does primarily for fitness. Nonetheless, under the tuition of Trent Bray once a week, Frankie cuts through the water at a decent rate, and broke two school records at the school sports, though that wasn’t good enough to head off Sam Kenny. At the Inner City meet, he reached four finals, notching a third and two fourths. Running and biking aren’t a problem either. In the Bayswater duathlon, Frankie was coming 50th after the run section (after throwing his toys out of the cot), and then he got on his bike, as it were, and biked through the entire field to finish all the way up in second place. It’s tempting to assume Frankie got his multi-sport talent from his father Gary, who represented New Zealand in triathlon, and this year managed a New Zealand track cycling record. But Frankie’s his own man, and though

he does the duathlon, he doesn’t do the Weetbix Triathlon possibly, his family suspects, to maintain his own identity. Frankie’s sporting prowess probably came as no surprise to the school’s teachers. He gave ample evidence of what was in store when, on his very first day at school, as a year zero, he put all the apprehension a new entrant feels behind him, along with most of the competition, to finish third in the cross country. Once he had the hang of it, he won it for the next four years. It’s a similar story in the long jump and high jump, both of which he’s won for the last three years. Frankie also squeezes in a weekly tennis session at Pompallier Tennis Club, but he’s more than just a sports jock. He has a creative side too. One day, out of the blue, he asked his parents if he could take some guitar lessons. It wasn’t just a fleeting interest - he takes two lessons a week and is now grade 3-4. When he’s at home, and not practising his jumpers, sky hooks, three pointers and dunks, he can be found rip-sticking around the house whilst playing his guitar, taking after his musical hero, Tom Morello. So let’s hope the Octathlon gets into the Olympic Games. And if it does, watch out for Frankie Groves in the black singlet, jumping, running, swimming, strumming, cycling, smashing and slamming his way to a medal. PN (BILLY HARRIS) F

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FUTURE GENERATION FORENSIC INVESTIGATORS AT KRISTIN More than 300 budding investigators came together from all over New Zealand over the July holidays for Forensics@Kristin; an intensive, student-led programme that challenges participants to solve complex simulated homicide cases. Gifted students from primary, intermediate and secondary schools across the country came to embrace the challenge and test their problem-solving, research, logic and creative skills at this unique and exciting camp. Split into three different camp experiences, Forensics@Kristin includes a five-day experience for students in years 5-10, a one-day Junior Edition for years 3-8, and a five-day Senior Scholars’ Edition for selected students in years 11-13. Joining together as teams of detectives, the students had three days to work through their cases. They utilised forensic techniques such as fingerprint testing and DNA analysis, and the multitude of resources, skills and intelligence at their disposal to sort the evidence from the red herrings and direct their own lines of inquiry. Their investigations culminated in a simulated court trial where detectives became defence and prosecution lawyers, interviewing key witnesses and arguing their side of the case. The 15 participants in the Senior Scholars’ camp acted as expert scientific witnesses in the mock court trials. In an extraordinary simulation, the Senior Scholars’ investigation included the discovery and subsequent examination of a burial site in relation to their homicide scenario, and their evidence was critical for the prosecution of many of the Detective teams’ cases. Over the course of the week, participants had the opportunity to meet with specialists from the field who explained the real-life application of what they were learning and the realities of forensic investigation. Detective Peter Litherland spoke to the students about the role of a detective in the police force and what it takes to solve a crime. Forensic scientist Laura Parsons from Environment Sciences and Research took to the stage to explain her line of work. She provided many tips for the camp’s detectives to help them build a strong and compelling prosecution case. Independent forensic scientist Dr Anna Sandiford gave the participants an amazing insight into the world of forensic investigation for the defence, breaking down the myths created by television shows and shining a light on the fascinating and challenging aspects of her profession. Defence Lawyer Phillip Hamlin gave valuable insights into the trial process. The complex scenarios were designed by a team of students in the roles of Controllers and Scenario Doctors. These students, mostly in years 9 and 10, had been selected from the very best of previous years’ Detectives. They invested many weeks in preparing the scenarios and related evidence and were kept busy throughout the week, generating information and responding to the many lines of enquiry from the Detective teams. An additional team of students was responsible for the logistics of running the camp. This included catering for all of the participants and supervising teams, overseeing the science laboratories and general day-to-day business of running the camp. While staff were on hand to help and guide as necessary, it was the students who led the camp, addressed the participants and took responsibility for its ultimate success. Forensics Coordinator and GATE teacher Raewyn Casey says it is the student leadership that makes the Kristin Forensics camp so unique. “This is the only programme on this scale in New Zealand that is entirely student-led. “Although teachers are there to provide guidance, the complete control of the experience is handed over to the students,” she says. “They learn skills of managing small and large groups and have to communicate with a variety of companies and many different adults. The skills they are learning, especially when there is a problem to solve, will remain with them for life. I am always amazed at how capable the students are and the high level of PN commitment we see from them.” F www.kristin.school.nz

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FUTURE GENERATION SCHOOLS CANVAS ARTISTIC TALENT School children from the central city are pouring their imaginations out onto canvas as they prepare work for the annual Inner City Arts Programme. For 16 years the programme, ‘Through the eyes of a child’, has supported primary and intermediate-aged students to produce artwork for individual exhibitions at their schools and later a combined exhibition showcasing the best pieces from the area. From May to November the students paint, sketch, sculpt, mould and dye artwork as part of the curriculum to follow a theme selected by their individual schools. The schools involved this year include St Joseph’s, Newton, Richmond Road, St Francis, Ponsonby Primary, Marist, Pasadena Intermediate, Bayfield, Freemans Bay, Pt Chevalier, Grey Lynn and Ponsonby Intermediate. Sponsor Hills Commercial Flooring has been on board since the programme’s inception and Bayleys Ponsonby has been a devoted sponsor of the programme for more than a decade. Bayleys Ponsonby sales manager Bernadette Morrison says the programme offers students a chance to experiment with different artistic techniques and explore their creative talents at an early age. “Year after year we are so impressed by the artwork the children produce. They have so much fun along the way and really get a kick out of seeing their art on display for their parents and the public to see,” Bernadette says. Book vouchers courtesy of Bayleys Ponsonby and Hills Commercial Flooring are awarded to around 20 prize winners from each school and a cheque for $1000 is donated towards each school’s art programme. A selection of artwork from each school is then delivered to the Bayleys Ponsonby office where the team works to collate it for a public installation at New World in Freemans Bay. “The team loves being a part of the programme and seeing the students taking a real interest in art, both for enjoyment and as the beginnings of a potential career in the creative industry down the track,” Bernadette says. Hills Commercial Flooring managing director George Hill and wife Lynda take an active role in supporting the programme by contributing not only financially, but by delivering and collecting display screens for the exhibitions. The pair attends each exhibition and co-ordinates the calendar of events for each year. The first exhibition this year was held at St Joseph’s School in the last week of May to a great response from the local community. Most school exhibitions will be held in term three with a selection of work to be showcased PN at New World Freemans Bay in the September school holidays. F

TO THE (WESTMERE AND BAYFIELD) BALL! Friends and family of Westmere and Bayfield Schools will once again frock up and come together for an evening of fun, fine food, wine, a live band and lots of dancing at the second biannual Spring Ball. This year the ball will take place at MOTAT’s Aviation Display Hall and has a ‘1940s Glam’ theme, with guests invited to dress in theme or in cocktail dress. In addition to the entertainment, the ticket price includes a drink on arrival and a light supper. There will also be a small live auction during the evening with some incredible items up for grabs. Both schools have big building projects nearing completion and need to raise additional funds to finish the schools with the best resources. Bayfield is fundraising for its hall fitout including the AV system, chair stackers and staging. Westmere is raising funds for a much needed second playground. The aim is for the community to get together and enjoy themselves while also assisting both schools. Profits from the ball will be shared 50/50 between the two schools. The wider community is warmly welcomed and tickets ($85) are available from the PN respective schools or via the dedicated website. F SPRING BALL, www.springball.co.nz

NZ FALCONS HOST NEW ZEALAND’S FIRST TRANS-TASMAN GAY RUGBY TOURNAMENT The NZ Falcons are hard at work preparing to host the Purchas Cup on 4 - 6 September 2015. The trans-Tasman rugby tournament will see gay and inclusive rugby teams from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane travel to Auckland to take part in the competition. This is the first time the Purchas Cup has been hosted in New Zealand and there will be more than 140 players, 40 support staff, 1000 volunteers, 10 service providers, seven rugby teams and five sporting organisations participating in five events which will be held over the three days - including an all-day contest at Western Springs. Captain Jeremy Brankin is looking forward to the challenge of the upcoming tournament. “The Purchas Cup provides us with a good opportunity to prepare for the Bingham Cup in the United States next year. Both Purchas and Bingham are such great environments and fantastic opportunities, particularly for some of our players who are new to the game. We get to connect with a diverse range of people from across the globe and share our love for rugby.” Tickets will soon be available for a dance party during the Purchas Cup weekend. The associated Rugby Ball will be held on 5 September at Galatos on K’Road. In support of these events, a few inclusive, dedicated, progressive, and passionate organisations are onside with the NZ Falcons: ASB, Love Your Condom, and GABA. F PN NEW ZEALAND FALCONS RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB, www.nzfalcons.wordpress.com

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FUTURE GENERATION UPDATE ON THE HERNE BAY HUSTLERS It’s business time for your favourite Ponsonby under-85kg rugby team. Finals are fast approaching and with a 4-1 record, the mighty Hustlers are poised to mount a charge. Back-to-back wins, the latest of which featured a much-needed four-try bonus point victory over the Pakuranga Cobras, pushed us up to second place. The hard work is far from over, though, with two tough round robin games before (hopefully) a shot at the title. Unfortunately, despite many attempts to find love in Ponsonby, it is sad news that Callum Ross will be departing our shores for the United Kingdom, after being profiled as a bachelor of the month in this fine magazine and spending six months devoting his life to Tinder - with no luck so far. No one can blame it on a lack of trying, which along with online dating, has included spading work colleagues and lately trying to turn the charm on other team member’s flatmates. God loves a tryer, however, it seems the ladies of Ponsonby don’t. On another note, Callum and James Cooney Oliver have became the first Hustlers to reach 40 caps. The tight-knit pair celebrated in fitting fashion with dual jug skulls. Cooney, not a noted drinker, struggled through, taking well over five minutes. Fitness permitting, our first five-eighth, Sam ‘razzle’ McConnell will be the next to join the illustrious group. A popular member of the Hustlers, Sam refuses to join Facebook for fear of being mobbed by his mounting fan base. Our resident advertising hero, Ben Sinnamon, also made a more subtle transition. From backline utility to lock. Sinners was stunned to learn how much more taxing forward life can be. “This is no good for my complexion,” he said after Saturday’s game. George Young has finally turned his back on the Crusaders, despite a passionate love for Israel Dagg. George was last seen proudly sporting a Highlanders jersey, sipping a soy latte, feasting on gluten-free pancakes, while babysitting Smurf’s sausage dog at Dizengoff cafe on Ponsonby Road on the Sunday after the Super Rugby final. Although not sure where his loyalties lie, next year he’s been widely heard saying Marty McKenzie is the future of Crusaders rugby.

Off the field congratulations is due for Angus McKinnon, who, at 18, confessed to dropping a knee at the high school ball of his Northland sweetheart, and Ashley Robinson for taking the plunge and moving in with his girlfriend after six months. Finally, in other updates: • Alex Hastings became the first man to get sunburnt in winter. • Captain fantastic Jamie McLagan leads MVP points. His only work on; finding a way out of the dog box as he’s often seen on the Livingstone Street couch. • Farewell to Tim McLean after years of solid service and several head knocks. Here’s PN hoping he doesn’t get lost in an airport. F Remember to follow the Hustlers on Twitter @HBhustlers www.ponsonbyrugby.co.nz/herne-bay-hustlers

BIG NAMES DRAW CROWD TO SUPPORT GAY RUGBY TEAM The NZ Falcons is New Zealand’s only gay and inclusive rugby union club formed with the goal of enabling players, who may have felt alienated from the sport due to their sexuality, to join together in their shared love of rugby. The team is planning to attend the next ‘World Cup of Gay Rugby’ at the Bingham Cup in Nashville, Tennessee, United States, in May 2016. To raise funds for the trip, tickets are now on sale to a gala dinner which includes special guests Sir Graham Henry and Sir Peter Leitch and features a performance by Anika Moa. The Bingham Cup is named in honour of Mark Bingham, who was fundamental in the establishment of two premier gay rugby clubs and is also internationally recognised as one of the heroes of 9/11. The NZ Falcons participated in the last Bingham Cup, held in Sydney in August 2014, and won third tier of the competition, taking home the Bingham Bowl. F PN The Gala Dinner is being held on 29 August 2015 at the Ellerslie Events Centre and tickets can be purchased on the team’s website: www.nzfalcons.wordpress.com/events Anika Moa The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied


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Para swimmers right on track Just over a year out from the Rio Paralympic Games, New Zealand Para-Swimming have proven to be right on track for another large medal haul following their success at the World Para Swimming champs in Glasgow. After six hard days of competition, the eight-strong team arrived home with a total of 16 medals, earning New Zealand the world’s top ranked nation precipitate title. In an almost repeat of their exploits at the London Paralympic Games in 2012, Sophie Pascoe and Mary Fisher dominated the pool and podium with a total of 11 medals between them, including no less than six Gold, three Silver and two Bronze. Teammate Nikita Howarth won a further two Gold medals while Aucklanders Rebecca Dubber and Cameron Leslie claimed a total of three Silver medals between them. Jon Shaw (Head Performance Coach, Para-Swimming) said, “This has been an outstanding meet for the New Zealand Para-Swimming team. The IPC Swimming World Championships is our most important qualifying event leading into next years’ Rio 2016

Paralympic Games. We set ourselves the ambitious target of securing five slots and we have achieved this, I could not be more proud. With just over one year to go until Rio 2016 we are in a great position and we will move forward with plenty of momentum.” PNZ, High Performance Director, Malcom Humm agreed, “This has been a tremendous week for New Zealand at the IPC Swimming World Championships. Alongside securing five slots for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, we set ourselves the ambitious target of 15 medals; to test our systems and structures as preparation for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and provide new emerging talent athletes with the opportunity to gain high quality international experience as preparation for the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. We have accomplished all these goals, which bodes well for the future.” (GEORGE BERRY) F PN

Mary Fisher

Ponsonby rugby brimming with talent A loss at home for the first time in 12 years probably isn’t how the Ioane brothers wanted their Maori All Blacks debut campaign to go, but seeing the Ponsonby pair in a black jersey, of sorts, is just a sign of things to come. Reiko, younger brother of Akira, got the call-up even before making his debut for Auckland’s ITM Cup side, while 20-year-old Akira had had a stand-out season for the Blues, while also playing a major role in the Junior All Blacks claiming back the Under 20s World Title. Both have also tasted success in the World Sevens arena playing for Sir Gordon Tietjens New Zealand Sevens side. The boys’ parents, both former rugby players themselves, father Eddie played lock for Manu Samoa and mum Sandra a former Blackfern, must have had some sort of inkling that their boys were bound for something special. Akira spent the early years of his life

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in Japan, where Eddie was playing for Richo Black Rams at the time and named Akira after the Japanese translation meaning ‘bright’. Akira says to date his best rugby was “beating Sacred Heart in 2012” but it’s fair to say that will soon be eclipsed by all sorts of things if he continues on the current path. And thanks to Bryan Beegee Williams, since graduating Auckland Grammar the duo have been linked to the Ponsonby Club. Ioane and the Ponsonby Club also celebrated by having four other promising stars compete at the recent Under 20 World Championship. Blake Gibson and Vince Aso playing alongside Ioane for New Zealand while Junior Halafuka and Marco Fepulea’I are playing for Samoa. (GEORGE BERRY) F PN PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


How good are those supplements?

‘Let Kids be Kids’

Pre and post workout have certainly become the in thing, but how good are they actually for you? And could they do more harm than good?

In light of some atrocious sideline behavior of late and being abused himself, former Shortland Street actor Rene Naufahu has launched a campaign called ‘Let Kids be Kids’ and he’s gained some pretty high-profile support.

Recently rugby league trainer Ian Blake spoke to aspiring athletes at the National Performance Camp, giving his thoughts and warnings around using supplements, so I thought I’d share a few of his comments. “Most supplements are okay, and help you recover after hard workouts,” said Blake. “And some people take supplements because they are deficient in vitamins and minerals, but if you don’t need them, don’t take them - they can actually decrease performance.” Blake was also firm on his recommendations to avoid pre-workout supplements, designed to give them a boost before training. He suggested the risks can often significantly outweigh the possible positives. Have they been contaminated? Are they legal? What are the effects on your health? said Blake. Others also suggested that eating a healthy and balanced diet and getting plenty of sleep not only poses less risk but might be better for you overall. “There are no shortcuts. Consistent, hard work and determination will get you to the top,” said Blake. Drug-Free Sport educator Craig Kirkwood said, “The risk of returning a positive drugs test (for aspiring athletes) is also a real danger” and that ignorance was no excuse, if they were found to be taking banned substances. “Supplements are a big thing now in all sport, but quite a few athletes are getting in trouble because of them,” said Kirkwood.

All Blacks Richie McCaw and Sonny Bill Williams and Warrior Manu Vatuvei are just a few sporting legends who shared their memories of poor sideline behaviour and also a few thoughts on how to combat it if you’re confronted with it in an online campaign launched on Facebook and Twitter. “You always remember the loud-mouth parent that stood on the sideline and had a crack at the ref or their own son, and I remember when I was a little fella thinking, I’m so glad my dad’s not embarrassing me like that,” that from Richie McCaw is possibly the most telling comment in the campaign. All Blacks Coach Steve Hansen puts the onus on everyone at all levels to ensure poor sideline behavior doesn’t get out of hand, “I think as a coach, whether it’s with kids or the All Blacks, you’ve got a responsibility to turn them into better people.” Blues skipper Jerome Kaino agrees: “Go up to the parent and just tell them to take a breath, maybe explain to them why they’re there.” Sonny Bill Williams says, “Coming from a father’s perspective, knowing how much I love my child, we’ve got to let kids be kids; take a step back from that and understand everyone else loves their kids just as much.”

Ingredients can sometimes be very misleading and vague between supplement brands, so to decipher whether they harbour banned substances or not can often be difficult.

It makes you stop and think a little when they recite some of their favorite memories of playing sport long before they were professionals.

Just last month a New Zealand Touch player tested positive after using a tainted supplement. Kirkwood gave an example of just how easily you could wind up giving a positive test “If you’re feeling sick and your grandmother gives you some medication, you love her and trust her, so you take it. But you need to be careful, because many over-the-counter medications have banned substances in them.”

“Playing with my friends and seeing my mum and dad supporting me,” said Manu Vatuvei.

American cyclist Tyler Hamilton was also recently in New Zealand and spoke of how his ban from cycling had affected him, following his involvement with disgraced Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong. His advice was to the point:

Jerome Kaino’s favourite memory of playing, not rugby, but rugby league as a junior was “enjoying it with my mates and showing my parents that I could really play.”

• Listen to your gut - your gut always knows best. If your gut says it’s wrong, it probably is. • Have a back-up plan - make sure you always have something else to do in life.

“Having fun laughing about, then a plate of food afterwards,” laughed Kieran Read. “Falling over and grazing my knees on the frost,” said Andy Ellis.

When you hear these sorts of comments from some of our top sportsmen it’s pretty easy to argue that there’s just no place for poor sideline behaviour for any reason at all, and in the words of the All Black Captain, “Just letting the kids be kids is the best thing PN to do.” (GEORGE BERRY) F

• Surround yourself with good people, who you can trust and can look up to. • Never turn a blind eye to cheating - never think it’s not happening in your sport.


“I wish someone had pulled me aside and warned me about the crossroads I’d face in sport, so here is my advice: be true to your sport and be true to yourself.” (GEORGE BERRY) F PN


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Awesome efforts for big cats Their purr, roar, speed, stealth and beauty are just some of the many attributes we love about the world’s big cats. Auckland Zoo is home to the Sumatran tiger, Africa’s cheetah and the African lion.

Large close-up of Sumatran tiger

To the zoo’s carnivore team leader, Lauren Booth, who has worked with these stunning felines for over a decade, they remain as alluring as ever, and her desire to contribute to helping conserve them, has never been stronger.

“As zookeepers, we’re in this amazingly privileged position of being able to get to know and build really strong positive relationships with our animals. We then get to share them with our visitors, and give people some insight into their wonderful quirks and personalities,” says Lauren.

Carnivore team leader Lauren Booth with Auckland Zoo’s cheetah brothers, Osiris (left) and Anubis.

New ‘Big Cats’ Experience

“For me, enabling visitors to connect with our animals is vital - whether that’s coming face to face with a tiger while standing at our viewing window, being at a public encounter, or doing a behind-the-scenes tour.

Auckland Zoo’s new ‘Big Cats Experience’ is a unique opportunity for cat lovers to get up close to all three of their big cats.

“When people are then thinking about conserving these species in the wild, we want them to have their own personal connection and memory of an individual animal developing and appreciation of its own intrinsic value. It’s not just a nameless, faceless tiger that could be caught in a tiger snare in Sumatra, it could be a cat like our female Molek - a very smart, vocal tiger who can’t be rushed and is very clear about what she wants and when she wants it!”

The approximately four-hour experience (8am-11.45am), on offer on the first Monday of each month, starts with an early morning walk through the zoo grounds with the cheetahs and their keepers. It’s followed by a visit to meet the female lions behind -the-scenes, and then on to the home of the stunning Sumatran tigers - for yet another unforgettable up-close experience! For full details, phone 360 4700 or visit. www.aucklandzoo.co.nz

While the zoo’s animals provide those powerful connections and are important ambassadors for their wild counterparts, one of the zoo’s key roles is directly helping wildlife in the wild - both practically and financially.

Happy Birthday Anjalee!

In the last year alone, Auckland Zoo has distributed over $324,000 to 26 different conservation projects in New Zealand and overseas - including helping fund Tiger Protection & Conservation Units in west Sumatra’s Kerenci Seblat National Park, and helping protect wild cheetah through support to Cheetah Outreach. “Our friends at 21st Century Tiger, who work in partnership with park authorities, tell us that in a recent five-week period alone, 25 active tiger snares were detected and destroyed by TPCUs,” says Lauren. “These units are involved in forest patrolling, wildlife crime investigations, species and forest law enforcement and mitigating human-wildlife conflicts. They’re doing an amazing job helping to protect Sumatra’s single most important tiger population. It’s really heartening.”

Elephant Anjalee turns nine-years-old on Sunday 23 August and Auckland Zoo is inviting everyone to come in and celebrate throughout the weekend of 22-23 August. The playful pachyderm, who arrived at her new home in late June, has settled in incredibly quickly and is now near-inseparable from her new best friend, Burma. “It’s so heartening to see just how well Anjalee is doing and the amazing relationship already developing between her and Burma,” says elephant team leader, Andrew Coers. “This weekend will be a great opportunity for us all to celebrate both Anjalee and Burma, who might just get a few extra food treats!”

In coming to the zoo, through your entry, you, the visitors will directly contribute to the support the zoo gives to helping wildlife in the wild, so thank you. This includes supporting Cape Town-based Cheetah Outreach, which runs the highly successful Anatolian Livestock Guard Dog Project where Anatolian shepherd dogs help protect farmers’ livestock, in turn preventing cheetah from being trapped, poisoned or shot. Says Lauren: “Our own cheetah boys Anubis and Osiris were reared at Cheetah Outreach and came to Auckland Zoo in 2006 as part of Cheetah Outreach’s Ambassador programme. This is a project we’ve proudly supported for many years, and when it comes to cheetah, it really is a case of dogs saving cats!”

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MEET REX, THE SINGING, HOOLA-HOOPING SCHNAUZER Rex was destined for a life of performing given that his parents, Thomas Hinz and Frances Kelliher, run Circability Trust, a Ponsonby-based local charity, which brings circus to the community. The trust operates from the old kindergarten building under the flyover on Victoria Park. They run circus workshops with a focus on bringing the community together. They teach a range of skills like juggling, unicycle, tightrope, acrobalance and clown. Frances, Thomas and Rex invite you to try ‘circus’ by either attending a weekly classes or there are youth and adult open sessions people can drop into. Or they can even bring a mobile workshop to you. So what does Rex bring to the table? Apart from being able to yodel and hoola hoop, he brings an injection of love into the circus team, and adults and children alike adore him.

While Rex loves his chosen career, in his down time he likes to relax at either Grey Lynn Park or Meola Reef while cruising for playmates, as he is very social. The five words Rex’s parents use to describe him are cute, social, handsome, playful and athletic. In a movie of his life, Jack Nicholson would play him. His theme song is ‘Happy’. Circability is a charity, helping the community, including disabled adults, learn and grow through circus. Aside from attending one of their classes, you can help via donation: of time, money or other resources. They are kind, dog-loving, talented people so please Ponsonby people, support them!

Check out their website www.communitycircus.co.nz for details.

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Wendy Bickerton and Frankie My son Harry was pestering me to get a dog, but I was adamant that I did not want the responsibility. So he decided he was going to get one. Harry rents a house in St Mary’s Bay. He found a very reputable breeder and chose (black Labrador retriever) Frankie. There were several choices for her name in consultation with my daughter Aimee, who lives in Perth. Aimee wasn’t keen on the name Frankie but it just seemed right. So Frankie came to ‘us’ at the age of nine weeks. I decided that Frankie was far too young to go flatting and suggested to Harry that I look after her till she was house trained. Harry works in the family business so the deal is that Harry picks her up in the morning and then drops her off after work. Frankie loves cuddles and has such a beautiful gentle nature. She is now four months old and totally adorable. She has a boyfriend, Rocco, a Lhasa Apso who lives around the corner and they play madly for hours. She loves long walks and weeding my garden! Being a Lab obviously Frankie loves food. She is enjoying some raw Woofles food combined with Eukanuba. This month sadly Frankie is going flatting with Harry, but I will always be the number one PN dog sitter. As told to Ponsonby News. F

CALLING ALL HOME BAKERS AND CUPCAKE CONNOISSEURS! Do you want an opportunity to show off your skills and creativity? Well, on Monday 24 August you’re invited to join the sweetest event of the year. Cupcake Day is a fun way to bring Auckland communities, schools, and businesses together as they bake and sell cupcakes to raise money for the 15,000 animals that SPCA Auckland sees each year. Last year $330,000 was raised nationwide and, with your help, this Cupcake Day will raise even more for abused, neglected, and abandoned animals. With all sorts of television programmes dedicated to baking competitions, it has never been cooler to be talented in the kitchen. Cupcake Day gives you the chance to channel your inner Nigella, challenge yourself to hone your skills and expand your creativity. With practice batches to be tested and decorations to experiment with, you’ll no doubt have friends and family lining up to sample your wares. SPCA Auckland will provide all the support and inspiration you’ll need, so even if you have limited baking experience you’ll have no problem giving it a go. So go on, tie on your apron, dust off your mixing bowl, and get practising; it really is the sweetest way to support the SPCA. F PN Register for CUPCAKE DAY now, go to www.spcacupcakeday.co.nz

REST IN PEACE JACK 4 May 2002 - 14 July 2014

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PONSONBY PEOPLE + THEIR PETS ASK ALEX Each month Dr Alex Melrose answers readers’ pet -related issues. Email yours to: alex@vetcare.net.nz


You’ve been seeing my Pomeranian cross, Stimpy and we know his kidney and liver blood tests have been getting steadily worse. We want to try anything possible to buy him some more quality time. He’s a massive part of our family, a real furry brother to our kids. Your awesome nurses mentioned stem cell treatments have been helping some of the other older pets. Is it safe and worthwhile? What would we need to do? Thanks in advance. Stimpy’s family, St Marys Bay.


Stem cells are definitely worth trying. Stem cells are present in all of us and all of our pets. They are cells that are present from birth which have not yet differentiated into specialised cells in the body.

Stem cells function to heal damaged tissue and grow new tissue, and need to be activated in order for them to do their work. This activation can be carried out by some special proteins in the body, or we can do it by injecting activator substances. This is purified and then injected intravenously into our patients, stimulating the patient’s own stem cells into action. Stem cell therapy can be used to help treat a wide variety of conditions, kidney and liver deterioration are great examples of treatable diseases, which is good news for Stimpy, though the most common use is for arthritis. Other uses include accelerating wound and bone healing after surgery, helping with spinal injury recovery, Treating chronic non healing infections, fighting severe gingivitis (gum disease) and fixing non-healing corneal (eye) ulcers. We have been using this on many cases already over the last 12 months and have seen some amazing results in our geriatric and arthritic pets, and cats with damaged eyes and kidneys, and have observed an increased healing rate. It is a safe, affordable therapy that could really assist us to keep Stimpy living better, longer. PN (DR ALEX MELROSE BVSC, MRCVS) F VETCARE GREY LYNN & UNITEC, 408 Great North Road, Gate 3, 101 Carrington Road, T: 09 361 3500, www.vetcare.net.nz

HURRAH ADOPTION AT MUNKY’S CORNER Hurrah brought six gorgeous six-week-old Shar Pei-cross puppies into Munky’s Corner in Ponsonby Central for people to meet and pet. Photographer Brendan Murphy took the photos and four out of the six puppies were adopted. Each adopted puppy went home with a puppy pack of food and accessories. F PN MUNKY’S CORNER, 136 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 360 3192, www.munkyscorner.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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I’m about to go for an overseas trip but I’m expecting that I would like to put in place an attorney to sign documents off for me when I need it but have a complicated structure involving trusts and companies. How do I do this? There are a few ways that powers can be arranged. It depends on your structure as to what power(s) is appropriate.

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In your circumstances you only wish for your attorney to act when you are not able to physically sign documents yourself. If this is the case, then a standard power of attorney and deed of delegation can be put in place. The terms allow your attorney to act and sign on your behalf. You can put in place limitations if you wish and also stipulate any further conditions for its use. The advantage of this document is that it contains a deed of delegation which allows the attorney to act in your place in any will or trust that you are appointed as a trustee. This can only been done when you are absent from the country and/or if you are temporarily physically incapable, but this means that if you are using a trust structure in your property development you will not be hamstrung when it comes to signing. Often people put in place enduring powers of attorney in relation to property. An enduring power of attorney will allow an attorney to only sign documents and make decisions on your behalf personally. You can also choose whether you would like it to apply both now and in the event you become mentally incapable or whether it only takes effect if you become mentally incapable. This would not be appropriate if you do not wish for your attorney to continue making decisions for you after you become unwell. A company is a separate legal person and even though you may control your company completely, signing a personal Power of Attorney as above would not give your attorney the right to sign on behalf of your company. You have two options, you can either have a Power of Attorney granted by the Company in favour of your attorney or you can appoint an Alternate Director to act in your place while you are away. In either case you should consult the constitution as to whether there are provisions relating to this. If you would like to appoint an Alternate Director then you would need a provision for this in the company constitution. When appointing an attorney, you can usually appoint more than one attorney and you can stipulate whether they must act unanimously or severally. It is important to ensure that your attorney is someone who you trust completely. Whichever powers you put in place, it should be done in consultation with your solicitor to ensure that the powers work for your structure and needs as well as being drafted appropriately. A badly drafted power of attorney can be worse than not having one at PN all. (MICHAEL HEMPHILL) F Disclaimer - This article is for general information purposes only. If you have a legal problem you should seek advice from a lawyer. Metro Law does not accept any liability other than to its clients and then only when advice is sought on specific matters.

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PONSONBY PROFESSIONALS WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE CURRENT MARKET? A lot of activity in New Zealand (falling dairy prices and increasing house prices) and offshore (Australia’s declining mining sector and China’s Stock Market with some falls) has generated speculation on what will happen to the local employment market. From the coalface, we are seeing some changes in client behaviour to hiring, some of which are; • Software exporters have pulled back from the intense recruiting they had been doing and taking a much more measured approach to growth-still busy, just not manic. • We have seen some redundancies occur in the last month from both large companies as well as SME’s - we don’t see this as a trend, more likely businesses taking a hard look at where they are and taking a more conservative approach for the rest of 2015. • Clients are far more particular around specific skills and industry experience when hiring - we are seeing people who six months ago would have been hired on the spot, now not securing offers as quickly as they would have.

We have also seen candidate behaviour shift as well; • Candidates are re-adjusting expectations around dollars, primarily to be considered for roles rather than pricing themselves out of contention. • Candidates are putting a great deal more thought into what they want out of their next move and where roles will take them, rather than just grabbing the first thing that comes along. • Quite a few senior candidates wanting to get into more functional hands-on roles at a lower level and not have the responsibility (and stress?) that leadership roles demand. We are still receiving strong interest from expats wanting to return to New Zealand, often after lengthy periods, with common feedback being the advantages of being overseas no longer outweigh being in New Zealand.

If you are considering your work options this year or you are looking to grow your team with either contract or permanent resource, give the team a call.

ARE SHARES ALWAYS RISKY? If you are investing for the long-term such, as your retirement, then there are different risks to think about than if you are thinking of a short-term event such as the purchase of a car or a house. In the short-term, you need the money to be there for the event; the bank is a good place for this money.

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Long-term you have another risk to consider. What if inflation reduces the value of your money? We know from our experience of the 80s that money can erode in terms of its value while it is sitting in the bank. While we get interest to compensate for that loss of value, all of that interest is taxed, which means the risk of falling behind is very real.

So how do we use the understanding that shares go up and down to help us to manage this risk? We know that in the short-term the very worst and the very best investment results from investing in shares varies by a very wide margin. However, if you are invested for very long periods, the very best and very worst results start to converge. If shares are part of your plan to save for retirement, then being prepared to hold them for a long time is important. Holding shares for only a short time may make you look like an investment genius or a fool; actually the truth is more related to luck. Holding lots of shares for a long time gives a much higher chance of getting paid for the risk you have taken.

Are other high return investments risky? They are. Risk and reward are linked so higher returns do come with higher risk. The key is to understand your risks.

For a free no obligations chat and a coffee please get in contact with one of our financial advisers.

Investing in real assets (like shares and property) not only gives a higher return, but provides some protection against inflation. If you own shares in one company then it could increase or decrease in value, but it could also fail totally, leaving you with nothing.

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However, if you were to own many shares, say 7000 different shares all around the world and in proportion to the total value in each country, then the risk of all of them failing has almost been eliminated. What is left is the risk that they will go up and down, and indeed they do.

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2015 Budget review The recent announcement of the annual Government Budget for 2015 meant changes to existing legislation and rules that will have a direct and indirect effect on the entire nation. To help keep you informed, this article will cover some of the highlighted changes to KiwiSaver, ACC levies’ and residential property sales’ rules. KiwiSaver kick-start no more Any new Kiwisaver members who join the Kiwisaver scheme after 21 May 2015 will not be entitled to the $1000 kick-start payment from the Government. However, existing and new KiwiSaver members are eligible to receive the annual Government contribution Member Tax Credit. In order to receive the maximum annual Government contribution of $521.43, you will need to have made a contribution of at least $1042.86 (or $20 each week) into your KiwiSaver Scheme account between 1 July and 30 June each year. A cut to ACC levies The budget release also announced an allowance for ACC levy cuts of $375 million in 2016 and an additional $120 million in 2017. The Government has identified further cuts as one of its five ‘fiscal priorities’. All wage/salary earners and self-employed people will notice a reduction in the ACC levies they are paying. Also the ACC levy cuts will help reduce car registration costs, with an expected average drop in cost of around 41%. The change to property transactions In an effort to reduce house price inflation in the residential property market, the sale of residential property will be subject to tax if bought and sold within two years, whether or not there was an intention to make a profit. Exemptions will still apply for: • Taxpayers selling their family home • Inherited property, and • Property that is being transferred as part of a relationship property settlement.

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These new rules will apply to properties bought on or after 1 October 2015. These new rules may capture seemingly standard property transactions e.g. sale of family bach purchased and sold within a two-year period will be taxable if bought and sold after 1 October 2015. So it will be important to review the circumstances of short-term ownership property sales before proceeding, otherwise surprisingly large tax bills may arise. Properties purchased prior to 1 October 2015 will remain subject to the existing rules. IRD numbers will also become a requirement for land transactions for both New Zealand residents and non-residents buying or selling land. Providing an IRD number will become an effective part of the land registration process. The sale of the main family home will be exempt to this requirement. In summary, the annual Budget is always going to present something innovative to improve Government function and as always there are numerous complexities to consider to make sure informed decisions are made. We are here to provide assistance with the decision making process and provide advice as required. If you require any immediate advice or have any questions related to the above or other matters please do not hesitate to contact Logan Granger. F PN (LOGAN GRANGER) Disclaimer - While all care has been taken, Johnston Associates Chartered Accountants Ltd and its staff accept no liability for the content of this article; always see your professional advisor before taking any action that you are unsure about.

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SELLING OR BUYING - IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER Real estate sale and purchase agreement forms have boxes to tick and any clauses added should be scrutinised. The devil is in the detail. When buying, make certain that the finance box on the front page is completed and the LIM (Land Information) box ticked, as this tells you about the land and building. You will want to know about zoning, public drains (which could cross the section), flood plains and flow-paths, contamination, fill, code of compliance certificates, and requisitions. You may wish to ensure that the building has not been used as a P lab. Tick the building inspection box so that you can make sure you buying a weather-tight and structurally sound house. The deposit is payable only once all conditions are satisfied. If you are buying a ‘cross-lease,’ make sure that the footprint of the dwelling matches the plan attached to the title. Get your lawyer to check the title and lease for you, as the leases may differ. Some permit development with consent, while others don’t. Older leases may have no exclusive use area, while better leases and titles have this defined. Frequently there is no business use permitted despite town planning allowing this. There may be controls regarding pets. This list is not meant to be exhaustive but an outline of some of the points you will need to be prepared for as a vendor, and consider if you are buying. Whether buying or PN selling, see your lawyer for advice before you sign any agreement. F CLARK & CO, Level 1, 283 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 600 3024 www.clarklawyers.co.nz

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WESTERN BAYS REAL ESTATE Ponsonby News asked the local real estate office managers to give their views on the current market in Western Bays. Are we in a bubble and, if so, will it burst? What influences are affecting the market? Will prices continue to rise? ANDREW COSGRAVE BARFOOT & THOMPSON, GREY LYNN In 1992 when I was a young man in Australia I bought a book by an Australian maths teacher Jan Somers entitled Building Wealth thorough Investment Property. At the time, this was one the one of the best-selling business books in the country. From memory, the basic premise of the book was to: 1. Buy property with as much land as possible as close to the centre of a big city and; 2. Hold onto it.

Property in the Western Bays, renowned for its heritage homes, is an area people aspire to and is sought-after, given that it tends to hold its value despite fluctuations in the market. The Western Bays population is largely dominated by permanent residents. People have a tendency to live long-term in the area, preferring to upsize or downsize and move within the Western Bays suburbs as their needs dictate. As a result, property here is tightly held and less influenced by external factors such as speculation and offshore investment that look to be impacting Auckland’s fringe suburbs.

Good advice! Eight years ago I remember Auckland media quoting a ‘local property expert’ who was saying, “Auckland property is overvalued by 40%!” and encouraging people to sell up, or not to buy. Those who took that advice would not be too happy today.

JOHN WILLS CUSTOM RESIDENTIAL, GREY LYNN Speaking to our client base and the wider community, there is no question that people are increasingly forming the view that the bubble will burst and we will see decreases in local property values. There are a handful of larger global and local (New Zealand) economic factors in play that people are watching very closely.

In summary - I believe that real estate is, or should be, a long-term decision and as long as one does not over-commit (i.e. be ready for possible interest rate increases in the medium to long-term). The value of land close to the city will, in the long-term, go up. No one is making any more land.

We also note that some of our clients are seriously considering what to to with their second and third properties, and others considering what to do with their family home. i.e. whether now is the right time to cash up in this Auckland market and move further out, or out of the city completely.


But generally speaking, population growth, tightness of supply, low interest rates and the desire for convenience is keeping our local market incredibly active and bubbly. We are still seeing new street record prices being hit regularly and open home numbers are, quite frankly, consistently huge for most properties in our area.

The rise in the Auckland market is predominately due to a lack of supply coming up against a severely delayed replenishment process. Prices are likely to continue to rise for as long as this dynamic is at play. However, there are a number of other influences keeping prices buoyant, particularly in the Western Bays, and which make it less likely they’ll correct, given they are not reliant on a single volatile factor. Auckland as a whole is being affected by an extraordinary combination of record low interest rates, record migration, a rapidly ageing population, restricted land supply, low construction activity relative to demand, and the rising wealth of foreigners looking to safely invest their cash offshore. In the Western Bays, the so-called bubble is likely more stable. The inner city suburbs have always enjoyed steady buyer interest. The proximity to work, parks and bustling dining and shopping precincts is second to none. Naturally prices have increased relative to the other suburbs of Auckland.

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At Custom Residential, we are experiencing one of the busiest winters in our history in terms of listings, activity and sale prices achieved. Is the bubble bursting? Well, everything is cyclical, but right now, we are seeing a very solid local residential market in play. ROB TULP CHARLTON REALTY LTD HARCOURT’S, PONSONBY My personal thoughts are that we aren't in a 'bubble' but more so a state of higher than expected (and experienced) capital growth. If we take the time to look at the factors contributing to this growth, most will agree that there's no reason for them to stop. Immigration to New Zealand will continue, and especially to Auckland, for all the reasons we know, it’s a great place to live, raise the kids, it has a stable economy...


REAL ESTATE UPDATE Any legislation changes made by Mr Key or 'brakes applied' by the Reserve Bank affect the entire country - it only takes a quick visit to our Far North or other regional neighbours to know that they can't afford an interest rate rise or introduction of Stamp Duty on property sales (like our Aussie neighbours). Most regional areas still experience more stock than buyers when it comes to property. Indeed the role of the real estate agent has become far less of a 'price guess-timator' and more of one that provides a platform for buyers to pay what they feel is a fair price to them - based on shortage of stock and missing out at last 10 auctions!! My suggestion - get on the right side of the boom and buy that extra investment or help your kids get on the ladder - in a year's time, you'll be glad you did! STEVEN GLUCINA L J HOOKER, PONSONBY Will the property bubble burst? I personally doubt if this will ever happen whilst we have: • Almost 60,000 immigrants coming into the country each year, mostly to Auckland. • Record low interest rates under 5% and predicted to drop further. • Property price inflation of around 20% in Auckland for the past two years, while bank deposit rates are under 4% - so who would sell an investment property and put money in the bank for under 4% gross return? • Low levels of new listings for sale means demand is exceeding supply. Some agents are even prepared to work for free to secure listings.

The Chinese stock market has fallen almost 30% in the past month, which must put a damper on that economy as with our other major trading partners like Australia, who are experiencing difficulties in the mining sector. The Kiwi dollar has dropped significantly, which will help exports and tourism, but imports will be sure to rise, including fuel prices. I think we may be in for a bumpy ride ahead and the ‘smart money’ should be looking at cashing some properties up while the prices are as high as they are and wait for the correction to come, as it will - nobody knows when it will happen, it’s only a matter of time. ROSS BRADER PROFESSIONALS - SELL REAL ESTATE LTD I’ve sold homes in the Western Bays for 20 years and during that time we have been through many major events, the Asian crisis of the late 1990s, 9/11 and the Global Financial Crisis. Although prices may flatten and drop, with the worst being a dip of 19% from the peak of 2007 to the low of 2009, it is difficult to believe the market will decline in the near future. In the Western Bays I do not believe we are in a ‘bubble.’ It now appears that at some point in 2015 we may see fixed mortgage rates in the 4% to 4.5% range, perhaps even as low as 3.95%. Combine this with net migration gain, lack of new construction, virtually nobody moving to Australia and it is unlikely that prices will level off any time soon. The final factor is that Chinese buyers have only just discovered the Western Bays and those with younger children seem to be accepting we have great primary schools and not worrying about the Grammar zones, so I believe we will see a much greater Chinese influence in the Western Bays area over the next year or so. Given the above factors and the huge number of buyers we have recently registered from marketing homes in Herne Bay, Ponsonby, Grey Lynn and Pt Chevalier, my prediction would be that the suburbs that make up the Western Bays area we will see at least another 15% to 20% increase in prices over the next 12 months.

• Many homeowners are renovating their existing homes to suit their needs rather than selling or moving to Australia for better opportunities, restricting supply. • A shortage of skilled labour to build large numbers of houses to meet the demand. • Politicians arguing over the RMA which could free up land for housing subdivisions. The Auckland property market has been flogged to death through every form of media day in day out. Claims that Chinese are buying too many houses has been a hot topic. The last time something like this happened was Black October in 1987 and GFC in 2007 and we all know what happened to property prices after these two events - they plummeted! Property prices are now approximately 60% above the last 2007 peak and at least 30% above the July 2014 council valuations in most suburbs. However, there is certainly global uncertainty with milk prices at a 10-year low - this must impact on the rural economy.

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Going up and going green Aucklanders are still holding onto the quarter-acre dream, but it is becoming clear that this is slipping from the grasp of most wanting to live in the inner-city and fringe suburbs. If we want affordable housing in these areas then we are going to have to build up rather than out, bringing more townhouses, terraced housing and apartments to our neighbourhoods.


Apartment living is not something we are used to. The average house size in New Zealand is 149sqm compared to Shanghai and Beijing where 50sqm apartments are the norm. In many large overseas cities, owning a detached house is a luxury reserved only for the super wealthy.

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But with the move to more compact living, comes a surge in innovation by planners and designers to preserve the amenities that come with owning a detached dwelling. Green rooftops have become popular additions to high-rise apartment buildings in cities such as New York, Singapore, Copenhagen and Melbourne, providing residents with a peaceful escape from the concrete jungle. These communal landscaped spaces can encompass all of the traditional amenities you would find in a backyard such as barbecues, vegetable plots, trees, outdoor lounge suites, pools and playgrounds, not to mention some of the most panoramic views in the city. The functional spaces are effectively occupying untapped real estate and are designed to enhance the experience of living in a high density environment and foster a sense of community among residents of an apartment complex. The Parc in Custom Street West was one of the first green rooftops to be constructed in New Zealand and won the Best Sustainable Practice award in 2010 from Landscaping New Zealand Landscapes of Distinction. The 3500sqm space includes expansive lawn areas and a pool, offering a degree of separation and privacy for the surrounding apartments. Offshore examples include Battery Park City in New York. Made up of three green apartment buildings, the neighbourhood includes a rooftop irrigated with harvested rain water and water recycled from the apartment block toilets. In the building next door is a green rooftop park complete with heliostats that track the sun’s movement to reflect light down onto the otherwise shaded park below. If moving into an apartment does not necessarily mean you have to part ways with precious backyard space, then perhaps more Aucklanders will be open to the idea. PN (KAREN SPIRES) F Karen Spires is a Bayleys Real Estate ‘Top Achiever’ - placing her sales data among the top 5% of salespeople within the company.

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MY FAVOURITE ROOM Shelley Farmer Shelley Farmer is the Visual Merchandiser for Cue and Veronica Maine. She says, “My entire life I have been inspired by the creative industry and worked in various roles, usually within the fashion sector.” Shelley shares a cute and well-loved villa with three others in Grey Lynn. “This house is full of laughs, art and good music. We have an expansive backyard where my flatmate has taken it upon himself to grow the greenest lawn in Auckland. In the process we have all become garden aficionados, which inspired me to start my own vegetable patch. Currently it is filled with bok choy, beetroot, spinach and - it wouldn’t be a Grey Lynn/Ponsonby veg patch without it - kale.” Since moving home from Melbourne, Shelley says she has naturally gravitated back to this area, which holds a special place in her heart. She has lived here on and off for the past 10 years. Shelley says, “Having grown up in a small town, the feeling of community is incredibly important to me and I feel that I have found my place here. I am constantly surrounded by talented individuals who all live just a stone’s throw away.” Shelley’s favourite room is our sundeck. “It’s basically our outdoor lounge, through all seasons. It’s warm, sheltered and full of great atmosphere - probably the most used space in our house. I would love to see time-lapse footage of this area for a year. We work, eat, rest, tell stories and most importantly: we laugh here. I enjoy that fact that this space is a communal hub that’s frequented by our favourite people with whom we share our thoughts. Shelley’s favourite thing in the room is the stainless steel bull’s head, designed and made by her flatmate; Luke King. Luke fabricated it from flat steel into the three dimensional object it is now. Shelley tells, “It was interesting to watch Luke’s design process from paper pattern, to sample, then to finished piece, which parallels the same development of making a garment. My grandmother was a seamstress and I grew up surrounded by her creations and this hands-on artistic process has always been an integral part of me.” F PN

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THINKING OF BUILDING OR RENOVATING? Choose the best in the business. Goodwin Construction is your specialist in renovations, alterations, high-end architectural homes, fit outs and general building work. They deliver attention to detail with a high standard of workmanship, project management and communication in all projects, big or small. Things that set Goodwin Construction above other companies are that they have transparent pricing, invoicing structure and offer an open book approach. And to achieve ultimate customer satisfaction, owner Haris Goodwin will take care of your project personally, guiding you and being available throughout the construction process. “We are proud to be associated with certified builders (Platinum Business Member) and can offer a 10-year guarantee on the work we do,” says Haris. “We are registered, achieved trade cert in carpentry, licensed in the LBP programme, SITE 2 class cover, advanced carpentry, complex builds and project management too.” With over 15 year’s experience, Haris started Goodwin construction eight years ago. Coming from a background in high-end architectural builds, renovations and shop fit outs he made foreman in his third year as an apprentice running small renovation projects and later becoming a project manager. With much passion he has developed Goodwin Construction into a successful and trusted company with many happy clients along the way. “Use us as your builders and experience peace of mind. Your project will be completed to the highest standard and will stand the test of time.” F PN For a free consultation contact: GOODWIN CONSTRUCTION LTD, T: 09 528 2956, admin@goodwinconstruction.co.nz www.goodwinconstruction.co.nz



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A monochrome winter For those of us that are more bear than lizard, winter’s colder temperatures are the perfect excuse to hibernate indoors. With so much time spent between four walls, you also have an excuse to make your abode as comfortable as possible, without sacrificing on aesthetics of course. Keeping on-trend with the popular monochromatic look, here’s our pick of winter must-haves.

May Time Reindeer Hide, $549 Soft and luxurious, the reindeer hide is a stylish addition to your bedroom or living room. Try it draped over a chair or on the ground as a floor covering.

May Time Satin Cutlery Set, $355 What better way to show off a perfectly cooked winter roast, with fabulous cutlery. Glorious in a silken satin colour, this stunning cutlery set is sure to impress your dinner guests.

Gents Hardware The Adventure Begins Food Flask, $59 Whether the man in your life is pioneering a mountain or a pile of work at his desk job, this food flask is the perfect companion to make sure he is sustained in style.

Penney & Bennett White Thatch Linen Cushion, $109 Make your sofa a talking point this winter with this fabulous monochrome 100% linen cushion by New Zealand design duo Penney & Bennett.

Jamie Kay Stripe Lambswool Throw, $189 In a classic stripe, this blanket will compliment almost any interior, and made with cosy lambswool, will be a welcome addition to your home during the winter months.

DL & Co Effgy Casanova, $155 The ultimate statement in wax, and almost too beautiful to burn, this bust of Casanova is much more than a candle - it’s a true work of art.

The Art Room Love Heart Pillowcase Set, $60 With an excuse to spend lazy mornings in bed during winter, you’ll love resting your head on this whimsical pillowcase pair.

Kip & Co Velvet Beanbag, $129 Lie back and chill out in this deliciously soft velvet beanbag. We guarantee there will be a fight for who gets to claim it as theirs. (MILLY NOLAN) F PN All products available from www.mildredandco.com

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SEATING ARRANGEMENTS AT FORMA THE SKAL BARSTOOL IS EQUALLY AT HOME INDOORS OR OUTDOORS. THE SKAL is made from teak timber with a fully UV treated Danish-weave seat. Available in three colours: White, Coffee, Whitewash.

DANSKE MOBLER BUYS MELUKA In March this year Meluka, one of Ponsonby’s favourite brands, was purchased by Danske Mobler. Stu Bowman of Meluka explains what has been happening since then. “We’ve been seriously busy getting all the Meluka production properly set up at Danske’s factory. On top of that, we’ve just completed a cool fit out of part of the Danske Mt Eden store where Meluka fans can finally see pretty much all the Meluka range in the one place.” This is a first for Meluka and was one of the key reasons for getting involved with Danske Mobler. Bowman says, “Danske is a pretty big player and we felt the synergies of getting the Meluka brand into the Danske set up and having them really get behind Meluka would be the best way to advance it to the next level. The other great thing about Meluka being at Danske is that we’ll now be holding stock in the warehouse - this will be critical to our growth plans and definitely makes it more attractive for our customers too.” Danske Mobler had been manufacturing the brand for several months before owners Allan and Kerry Winter began discussing the possibility of taking it over completely. Allan Winter says, “We had certainly been aware of Meluka and had watched with interest as it carved out a pretty nice niche for itself. We’re excited to now have it as part of the Danske offering and to have Stu on our team driving the Meluka brand forward.”

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So while there’s been a lot of change nothing has really changed. Ponsonby News readers will now just need to pop down Mt Eden Road to get their Meluka fix. Meluka is PN available online and at all Danske Mobler stores. F DANSKE MOBLER, 983 Mt Eden Road, Three Kings, T: 09 625 3900 www.danskemobler.co.nz


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ASK AN ARCHITECT: DANIEL MARSHALL Each month architect Daniel Marshall answers readers’ property related questions.


We are starting to think about building a new home and are very interested in environmental design. What would be your take on the best environmental practice when designing and building a home? Should we install photovoltaics and make the house off the grid? Should we engage a designer whose primary interest is in environmental design? I guess the first thing about building a house is that one must acknowledge that building new buildings is incredibly resource intensive. An enormous amount of resources are used, regardless of the specifics of the build if one is to comply with New Zealand building regulations. Understanding that the building cycle as the western world currently operates is essentially unsustainable is a very important realisation but not necessarily a full stop on the building process. The reality of good environmental design is that it is good common sense.


The longer a house lasts, adapting to the changing environment, the more environmentally sensitive it is. A concrete house (concrete is sometimes seen as an environmentally challenged product) that is occupied for 200 years is light years ahead of a timber house that has ended up being demolished after 10 years because it was rotting, something we have seen a lot of in Auckland over the last couple of decades. To be environmentally considerate, anything you build should be of the highest possible quality and using

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the best designers you can find. This should make the design robust and timeless and most importantly adaptive to change. A good friend who lived in Denmark once remarked to me that the Scandinavians are such good designers because of the scarcity of resources, due to the climate. A tree takes 200 years to grow, so use the material judiciously. Scandinavian furniture from the past, regardless of the era or style, remains in use because it was made to last and designed to make the very most of limited resources. A Hans Wegner Wishbone chair is a shining example of environmental design, as well as being beautiful.

Hans Wegner Chair - The ultimate example of Sustainable Design

Should you engage a designer whose primary interest is environmental design? That is a difficult question and it very much depends on your desired outcomes.

international organisations are box ticking exercises based on the design performance, not the working of the building over a period of time.

The most important skill an architect should have is the ability to problem-solve both holistically and laterally. Think outside the box as it were. If one evangelically subscribes to a particular cause, let’s say in this case environmental design principles, then the dogma surrounding those decisions takes priority over other concerns. Sometimes this can be for no tangible purpose other than to get ‘Passive House’ status, or Green -Star Rated. Beauty, cost, practicality and adaptivity to changing environmental and social conditions can be design elements left in the background which ironically will impact the long-term sustainability of the house. Energy rating systems by the government and

So to answer your question, any competent architect should be able to view your brief holistically, and weigh environmental considerations against all the other design parameters one must consider when building a house to make it environmentally responsible as well as practical, cost effective and beautiful. If you are just interested in having a house labeled ‘Green’ then perhaps it is best to consult those fascinated with box ticking. PN (DANIEL MARSHALL) F DANIEL MARSHALL ARCHITECTS, 472 Karangahape Road, T: 09 354 3587 www.marshall-architect.co.nz



THERE’S MUCH TO CELEBRATE AT THE POI ROOM PONSONBY “Wow! We have finally arrived in our super new Ponsonby store! This is an awesome stepping stone for the future of The Poi Room,” says Melanie-Jane Smith. The Poi Room is now located in the stylish new Lot 3 Precinct on Mackelvie Street and Melanie-Jane and Clayton Smith are delighted to be amongst other top end New Zealand design stores. “Our new store is a dream come true and it is a great way to showcase our fabulous artists and designers to a wider audience. We are thrilled that the vision that we have held for several years, of opening a store in Ponsonby, has finally come to fruition.” Proudly supportive of New Zealand, the Poi Room celebrates only New Zealand products. “We support both established and emerging New Zealand artists in a nurturing and friendly environment. On display we have a unique range of paintings, prints, ceramics, jewellery, homewares, glass, authentic taonga and pounamu.” Both Melanie-Jane and Clayton like to keep things fresh and ever-evolving in-store, with a bold source of new and exciting pieces. Their store reflects their values of honouring New Zealand creativity, innovation and design.

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“There is an incredible variety of gifts on sale and there simply is something for everyone. It’s a great atmosphere to be in. “Accordingly, we have a great new staff line-up. We have been blessed with staff who are willing and eager to help showcase our beautiful New Zealand works. “We love being in Ponsonby. If you are passing, feel free to pop in to say ‘hello’ and PN immerse yourself in the delights of our new store.” F THE POI ROOM, Lot 3 Precinct, Shop 10, Mackelvie Street, T: 09 378 4364 ponsonby@thepoiroom.co.nz www.thepoiroom.co.nz


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UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL Rupert Herring Artist and designer Rupert Herring makes new furniture out of old pieces of furniture and wood. “My materials get pulled out of a skip or the dark corner of a shed because I can see a beauty in them,” he says. “With a new design concept and lots of patience, a vintage piece is sculpted into a new one. So by the time I’m done, my pieces have been designed and built twice - a bit like a Ponsonby villa!” Who is your partner? Do you have any children? Louise Hayward, she’s an A & E nurse; one child in the post, due on 5 January. How do you keep fit? Surf, swim, cycle, work. Where do you spend your holidays? India, and back for visits to the motherland (the United Kingdom). What’s your perfect Sunday? Lazy to start, then a little adventure, creativity, fine food and wine. All in good company. What were you going to be when you grew up? An actor.

Please name your desert island distractions... Further than we’ve gone - Captain Beefheart. Nuts in May - a film by Mike Leigh. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. The house is on fire and your family is safe - what do you save? A very small blue plastic dinosaur.

How did you come to be an artist/designer? Through a lot of devotion, hard work, learning, plus a real enthusiasm and enjoyment in what I do.

“I’d be lost without my...” Common sense.

Your best friend would say of you... “Eccentric, fun loving, spontaneous with boundless imagination.”

One thing you have learned about life is..? When all’s said and done, there is a lot more said than done. And also, never let practicality get in the way of a good design.

Your mother would say of you... “Very proud.”

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What are your virtues? Honest, reliable, enthusiastic and handsome.. that’s what Lou says. And your vices? Cigarettes and alcohol. Who’s your ultimate rock icon? David Byrne. What’s your secret passion? Elaborate sandwiches. What’s your secret talent? Due to a motorcycle accident as a youth I can kick the back of my head with my heel! What’s your favourite Ponsonby cafe? The Allpress one down near Three Lamps. Favourite Ponsonby restaurant? Ponsonby Food Court. Favourite Ponsonby store? Object Space. For giving opportunities to up and coming artists and designers. What’s your best kept Ponsonby secret? The Williamson. My partner and I had our 1920s-themed engagement party there, upstairs. What’s inspired you recently? Playing and experimenting with shadows, light and scale. And working on projects that integrate these aspects into furniture design.

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HEIDI PADAIN: ENTERTAINMENT IN YOUR GARDEN It would be fair to say that a great many of us have some preconceived thoughts around certain bird species and we most definitely have our favourites birds. I was recently taken aback at the sight of two starlings who made an appearance on my deck. My understanding is that starlings can be rather aggressive and a threat to some of our native birds because they compete with tui and bellbirds for the nectar of flax, rata and other native plants. I wasn’t pleased to see them to be honest, but at least it wasn’t a flock of starlings, just the two of them. I watched nervously as the two starlings investigated the fruit treats that I put out at various points along the deck rail and centre table. At the time of their surprise visit I also had a large number of waxeyes, three tui birds, two blackbirds, and a male chaffinch. The large male tui, King Tui, behaved as expected, swooping down on a large round of orange in his usual regal manner. A tui has special notches in the eighth primary feather of each wing, which is why you can hear that distinctive creaking sound they make when they fly. It has been my observation that they also use their wings to make a short sharp clapping sound, as if to warn other birds that they’re on their way. The starlings heeded this noisy warning and politely moved to one side, but they were not so intimidated as to leave the area altogether.

is often a display of rapid beating wings and with beak wide open they occasionally let out a high-pitched annoyed screech. In the blink of an eye, it seemed to me that they must have negotiated a deal because the starling, and the waxeye ceased their dramatic display and shared a piece of kiwifruit. No physical contact took place. I was delighted. What surprised me, was that the two starlings spent more time fighting with one another than they did any other birds. They were very vocal. I delighted in the range of sounds they made even when they were not being aggressive, they really are quite stunning to look at too, so much colour and detail in their feathers. They’re artwork on wings. I really rather like them after having had this close encounter. As an avian enthusiast and a photographer, I can honestly say that on the whole, I have seen more notable aggression among same bird species than I have between differing bird species. Waxeyes can be particularly nasty. Just the other day Martin found me on the deck, hands on hips, yelling a pair of waxeyes. They were literally rolling around on the floor of our deck pecking at one another viciously. Early on this year, we had an injured female tui that was constantly being attacked by the other tui birds. I’m pleased to say that not only has her injured foot almost healed, but there seems to be a little romance between her and King Tui. Things always work out in the end. Needless to say, I’m so looking forward to spring. (HEIDI PADAIN) F PN

Initially I witnessed a squabble between one of the starlings and a waxeye. There seemed to be a lot of verbal threats and posturing taking place. Posturing for a waxeye

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The next encounter the starlings had was with the waxeyes. The waxeyes are, without doubt, comedians. I liken them to pesky, cute Minions. If I were a bird I would find them as annoying as a swarm of flies. I see them flit around the heads of the tui, or the blackbirds. They’re fast enough to distract with a feathery breeze, but try as they might, even the tui can’t seem to catch them.

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Tole Street

The elusive fernbird

The Honourable Joseph Augustus Tole, BA, LLB, was born in Yorkshire in 1846 of Irish parentage.

The fernbird is one of New Zealand’s most elusive birds.

The family emigrated to Auckland where he attended St Peter’s Catholic School that was under Mr R J O’Sullivan’s direction at the time, the man who gave many years’ of service to the cause of education in the Auckland district as Inspector of Schools. Incidentally, one of Joseph’s school fellows was the Honourable John Sheehan whose career was like a shooting star that flashed across the political landscape before falling into disgrace and whose grave is now covered by a motorway. Joseph must have demonstrated early promise because some years later his parents sent him to pursue his studies in one of the higher educational institutions in Sydney, St John’s College, which was affiliated to Sydney University. He matriculated in 1865, entered university where he gained a B.A. in 1868 and decided to make lawhis profession. While reading law, he continued his studies and eventually obtained the LL.B degree. On returning to New Zealand, he had to undergo the usual ordeal of further examinations and finally, in 1872, was admitted to the law fraternity in the colony. He soon began to take an active role in public affairs, where his ability was recognised by his election to the Ponsonby Highway Board, which he chaired for several years as well as being one of the Auckland Harbour Board’s more progressive members. In the 1876 general election he was persuaded to contest the Mt Eden seat as a staunch supporter of Sir George Grey who had re-entered politics to champion the threatened provincial institutions and to crusade against the capitalists and landed monopolists in the colony. Tole was elected and afterwards, backed Sir George in most of the important submissions made to Parliament. He continued to hold his seat against all comers and when the Stout-Vogel ministry was formed he became Minister of Justice till 1887 when he was finally defeated at the general election. During his parliamentary career he introduced and amended many important measures such as the Adoption of Children Act, Abolition of Grand Juries, the Criminal Code, The First Offenders’ Probation Act, the first of its kind in the British Empire. This merciful legislation marked a new era in criminal law administration and was adopted in England and neighbouring colonies. Furthermore, he made efforts to introduce shorthand writers into the Supreme Court. After his election defeat Tole resumed practice as a barrister in 1892, and only a year later was appointed crown prosecutor for the Auckland district. He showed marked ability during some very high-profile cases and remained in this role until his death. Tole took a very active interest in the colony’s life and progress. He held many varied and important offices he was the University Senate’s representative on Auckland Grammar’s Board of Governors, a member of the Auckland University Council, a trustee of the Jubilee Blind Institute, a patron of the Auckland Catholic Literary Society and president of the Auckland branch of the Irish National Federation where he proved his attachment to the land of his forefathers by ungrudgingly promoting Ireland’s lawful aspirations. He married Eleanor Blanche Mary Lewis, the eldest daughter of a merchant in Wanganui, and in his private life was genial and unassuming, taking care to make both his associates and friends at home in his company.

In my many stays on Tiritiri Matangi Island I only saw a fernbird twice, and both times were fleeting glimpses that were by no means definitive. It is often heard and can be lured by mimicking its ‘tick’ call. They are small, sparrow-sized and very well camouflaged in scrub and dense vegetation. Fernbirds are a dull brown with an easily recognisable long, tattered tail. Foragers and poor flyers, they are more likely to fly short distances and then scramble through the vegetation they inhabit. This thick undergrowth makes them hard to see, although they do approach observers, especially in response to those mimicked calls. Fernbird are no longer common throughout the country, but are still found on all three islands in some locations. They can be found in low wetlands and occasionally in drier shrubland in the far north and some islands. Their numbers have declined dramatically due to wetland destruction and the loss of the surrounding environments. Draining of wetlands, whether associated with urban developments or with farming and agriculture, has left many of our species at risk and with reduced habitats. Combine this loss of wetlands with predation by introduced mammals and local fernbird populations have declined significantly. Many island populations have been lost due to ship rats and natural predation, including weka. Due to this, some islands have been the beneficiary of translocations of fernbirds, including Tiritiri Matangi Island and islands off Stewart Island. As is often the case with almost all of our wetland species, they can be used as a potential indicator of wetland health. They require high quality and diverse habitats, plus rich food supplies. These characteristics of a wetland are often compromised and lost if drainage or conversion occurs, especially when they are located adjacent to pasture or urban developments. Close to 90% of our lowland freshwater wetlands have been replaced with agriculture since European settlement of New Zealand. Even those wetlands remaining are at risk due to grazing or water pollution. Wetland restoration, protection and recovery is a top priority for DOC and environmental scientists in New Zealand and part of this includes support for individual species. Due to their reclusive nature and difficulty to spot, DOC is developing new methods for surveying fernbirds. This will allow populations to be monitored more closely, including response to pest control and wetland restoration. One of the ways they will monitor fernbird numbers is through ‘call counts’, using recorded calls at dawn or dusk. Tiritiri Matangi is still your best bet to catch this elusive bird, although you might have to make the trip a few times before you spot one and, even then, you’ll need luck on your PN side. (FINN MCLENNAN-ELLIOTT) F

He certainly had cultural interests as well. He was an accomplished violinist and was connected with several musical societies such as the Choral Society and Liedertafel of which he was vice-president. He was also a performing member of the Choral Society and sang the tenor solos in Spöhr’s ‘Last Judgement’, the ‘Messiah’ and other classical pieces. When His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh visited Sydney University in 1868, Tole took a leading role in a French play staged by the undergraduates. His histrionic performance was described in the press as equal to that of a good professional actor. He became a Queen’s Counsel in 1907 and then died suddenly on 13 December 1920. His obituary states that “In private life, at the bar and in parliament, in civic and in national institutions, in the discharge of his many duties and as a cultured Christian gentleman, Hon Joseph A Tole has achieved a record any colonist might feel justly proud, and which might be studied with advantage by the younger generation.” (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) F PN

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LIFE BEGINS AT 40 - OR DOES IT? Cigna 360° Wellbeing Score shows 40 to 49 year-olds are finding it tough. In 1983 the Kiwi band Dave & The Dynamos released their anthemic pop-ditty Life Begins at 40. It was an instant classic; number one on the charts for three weeks in a row and staying in the Top 40 for a whopping 22 weeks. Clearly the message of fun and frivolity for the 40-somethings resonated with New Zealanders in the 1980s. Can the same be said for Kiwi 40-somethings in 2015? Recent research suggests not. According to the Cigna 360° Wellbeing Score, Kiwis in their 40s are finding life pretty tough, rating themselves as having the poorest sleep quality of any age group surveyed. And it seems that money is at the root of poor sleep, with the majority of 40 to 49 year -olds citing worry about finances as keeping them up at night. It’s not surprising that this group has money on its mind given that almost 70% of Kiwis rate financial security as being vital to their financial wellbeing, yet only 9% of Kiwis in their 40s think they’re doing well in this area. They are also least likely to think that their jobs are stable. An even larger issue for Kiwis in their 40s is that 84% are overweight and many do less than an hour of exercise a week. Combine this with the fact that people in this age group are the highest consumers of alcohol and have the worst diet out of all surveyed, and it appears there is an unrelenting circle where our 40 to 49 year-olds are stressed about finances and jobs. So much so that it keeps them awake at night with longer waking hours leading to overeating - which results in weight increases. Once you throw in the fact that many in this age group also over-indulge in alcohol, it is easy to see how life isn’t so sweet for Kiwis in their 40s. "New Zealanders are facing a tsunami of heart disease and this generation is not immune to it,” says Wellington cardiologist Dr Phillip Matsis. “The consequence of an unhealthy lifestyle is increasing one's personal cardiovascular risk. It is important that everyone 'knows their numbers' - blood pressure, cholesterol - and that they minimise alcohol consumption and keep an optimal weight and active lifestyle." Cigna NZ Chief Marketing Officer, Suzanne de Geus says that the statistics regarding lack of sleep and anxiety about finances are definitely worrying, but no huge surprise given that people in their 40s are often attempting to balance ever-increasing work commitments, a mortgage, preparing for retirement while also striving to make time to spend with their family. “The shape of family commitments also changes in this age bracket, 77% still have kids at home but more and more there is additional financial, emotional and time pressures associated with caring for ageing and/or sick relatives,” says Suzanne. “As someone who is in their 40s, I was shocked to see the impact this is having on people in my age group, particularly when you look at the figures around alcohol consumption, weight and lack of

exercise. I hope these results can start a wider societal conversation around the health and wellbeing of New Zealand’s 40 to 49 year-olds, who are clearly feeling the pressure.” The survey also found that 78% of people in their 40s don’t have any health insurance. “Any kind of insurance, no matter how small, can provide some peace of mind and help relieve some of the pressure,” adds Suzanne. “Looking at the results of the Cigna 360° survey and thinking about reducing the factors that are keeping our 40 to 49 year-olds awake at night, bill cover insurance* (which can help cover the bills if you can’t work due to an accident, illness or redundancy) is likely the most relevant kind of insurance for this age group given their concern about job stability. “Cigna’s Good Life Guide also contains tips on how to quickly and easily incorporate healthy habits into your life.” The good news is that things are looking up again by the time Kiwis hit their 60s. In New Zealand, people 60 and over are getting the best sleep of their lives, enjoying a balanced diet, getting the most exercise and are only surpassed by Kiwis in their 20s for having a healthy weight. So maybe life really begins at 60! Other key findings from the survey about Kiwis in their 40s include: • 78% are worried about the increasing cost of living and 57% are worried about the increasing cost of healthcare. • 9% think they will have sufficient money for retirement. • 95% say their most important relationship is with their children. • Cancer is their top health concern, followed by heart disease. • Almost 60% say that social media brings them closer to family and friends. • Nearly a quarter say that they can’t talk openly with their friends, and 6% have no friends at all. • 93% rate work-life balance as most important to their workplace wellbeing, with 59% perceiving that they do well in this area. • 27% exercise for three or more hours a week (The Ministry of Health recommends PN exercising for half an hour or more a day.) F *Find out more about Cigna Bill Cover insurance at www.cigna.co.nz/insurance-products/bill-cover

HOW HOT IS YOUR BEDROOM? How many times have you turned to flannelette pyjamas, woolly socks, hot water bottles and electric blankets when the temperature drops at night and you struggle to stay warm in bed? You might be surprised to learn how much temperature really affects sleep. It is often overlooked, but regulating your room temperature at night can make all the difference to the quality of your sleep says Kirsten Taylor, sleep specialist and founder of award winning Kiwi company, SleepDrops.

There are more than 100 people sleeping rough in Auckland’s city centre alone, and thousands of vulnerable people living in unsuitable accommodation nationwide.

This is especially relevant to those who don’t have access to shelter or items such as heaters, particularly during the winter months. A good night’s sleep is essential to overall health and wellbeing.

Kirsten says the optimal room temperature for a good night’s sleep is around 18.5°C. But everyone is different. “Throughout the daytime your body temperature naturally rises and falls, which is linked to your sleep cycle. When you begin to feel drowsy in the early evening, your core temperature will decrease slightly, reaching its lowest level in the early hours of the morning. From then it will start to increase slowly, helping you to feel more alert in the morning,” she says.

“Sleep is something which should be universally accessible to people across all age and income brackets. However, sadly not everyone has access to shelter and a warm bed, we should all spare a thought for those who go without,” she says.

Kirsten says this is why a comfortable temperature is so crucial for a good night’s sleep. “If it is either too hot or too cold, this will interfere with your body’s natural temperature circadian rhythm, resulting in a disruptive sleep.” F PN

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WARMER, DRIER, SAFER HOUSES New tenancy laws will come into effect from 1 July 2016 requiring all rental properties to be fitted with operational smoke alarms. From 1 July 2019 they will also require retrofitting of ceiling and under floor insulation. Landlords will be responsible for ensuring an operational smoke alarm is in place and tenants will be responsible for replacing batteries or notifying landlords of defects. There must be a minimum of one working smoke alarm in the hall or similar and within three metres of each bedroom door. Where there are currently no smoke alarms the new standard requires long-life photoelectric alarms. The batteries are not easily removed from long-life alarms and are most cost effective over time. Whilst existing operating smoke alarms will not need to be replaced, landlords should look at replacing them with the long-life alarms at about $40 each; they last up to 10 years. This new legislation is great news for both landlords and tenants, potentially protecting both property and lives. Unfortunately there is no legislation against stupidity! The majority of properties do have smoke alarms installed, but most are not usually in working order. Recently while doing my regular property inspections, of the eight properties I visited only two had working alarms. The others had the bracket on the ceiling but no sign of the alarm, or the covers hanging off the bracket and no battery in, or no sign of either. The most common replies when we ask tenants why they have removed the alarm are: “It was beeping so I took the battery out and haven’t got round to replacing it yet,” or, “We needed the battery to use in something else and forgot to replace it,” or, “It goes off all the time so I took it down,” or, “Oh there was never a battery in it when I moved in.” Spending $10 on a battery to help save lives in the event of a fire is not too much to ask! HOT PROPERTY, T: 09 378 9560, pgordon@ihug.co.nz www.hotpropertyrentals.co.nz

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The Leys Orchestra The Leys Orchestra is perhaps Ponsonby’s least-known musical group. Yet, nestled away in the Leys Institute, rehearsing among the books once a week, the group has been around in some form for 100 years. Leys Orchestra was one of the original groups associated with establishment of the Leys Institute in Ponsonby over a century ago. It was revitalised over 40 years ago when the Savage Club in Auckland closed its doors, leaving an orchestra-shaped hole that needed to be filled. Their repertoire is based on the standard light orchestral classics, but they are fortunate to also be able draw on a wealth of material donated by various other musical groups over many decades. This side of its repertoire also keeps alive an important part of Auckland’s musical heritage; their primary goal is to continue playing music from within the Leys collection, allowing enthusiastic amateur musicians to play and perform in an orchestra and provide free concerts for the community. Leys Orchestra is presenting an exciting concert on Sunday 23 August at the Freeman’s Bay Community Centre. This wonderful concert will present a mix of unusual works and large forces, opening with the stunning and very difficult ‘1812 Overture’ from Tchaikovsky. Eleven soloists form a ‘second orchestra’ in Spohr’s Symphony No. 7, a piece written for two orchestras. As if this wasn’t enough, they will then perform Mozart’s ‘Notturno’, which requires one main orchestra plus three other orchestras placed at various locations around the venue to provide a delightful echo effect. Making up the rest of the programme is music by Kabelvsky and Strauss. Tchaikovsky’s famous ‘1812 Overture’ was written in 1880 to commemorate the ultimate defeat of Napoleon after his hollow victory at the Battle of Borodino. It is well known for its use of La Marseillaise and God Save the Tsar! Tchaikovsky conducted the overture at the opening of Carnegie Hall in New York in 1891. Leys Orchestra will be giving a purely musical performance in the Freemans Bay Community Hall, without lasers and fireworks! This is a stunning piece and if you’ve never seen it performed it should be enough to draw you out. Of course, the main course of this concert programme is the Symphony No. 7 by Louis Spohr, written for double orchestra. Depicting the ‘Earthly and Divine in Human Life’, the symphony depicts the main orchestra as the ‘earthly’ representation vying with 11 soloists that comprise a second orchestra - the ‘divine’. In many ways it bears similarity to a concerto with multiple soloists. The three movements take the audience from the innocence of playful childhood, through the passions and wars of adulthood to the victory of the divine at the end of life. Louis Spohr is perhaps best known these days for his clarinet and violin concertos, but he was a prolific and highly-regarded composer in his own time, also producing 10 symphonies, 11 operas, oratorios, chamber music and many songs and duets. Spohr was a virtuoso violinist and a fine conductor. He was one of the first to regularly use a baton and also invented the chinrest found on all violins and violas, as well as devised rehearsal marks, which are used to save time navigating longer pieces. David Britten has conducted the Leys Orchestra for the past 24 years. He studied conducting at the University of Auckland under Juan Matteuci and has the important job of ensuring the concert repertoire includes rare and original pieces from within the Leys collection.

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PASIFIKA RETURNS TO WESTERN SPRINGS IN 2016 The world’s largest celebration of Pacific Island culture, Pasifika, will return to Western Springs Park in 2016. The 2015 festival was moved from Western Springs Park to Hayman Park at short notice, due to Western Springs Park being in the Queensland fruit fly exclusion zone established by the Ministry of Primary Industries. Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development recommended to Auckland Council’s Arts, Culture and Events Committee today that the Pasifika Festival return to Western Springs Park in 2016. “Our recommendation for the festival to return to Western Springs Park is based on feedback from the Pacific Island community via the Pacific People’s Advisory Panel and the Pasifika Village Co-ordinators,” says ATEED Manager - Communications and Media, Charmaine Ngarimu. “The feedback highlighted Western Springs as providing better exposure of Pasifika culture to a wider audience, better site layout and better stall sales.” ATEED has also been working closely with Otara-Papaptoetoe Local Board Chair Fa’anana Efeso Collins, who had advocated for the festival to remain in South Auckland and who has been facilitating feedback from the Pacific Island community about the festival venue and direction. “Obviously I would have liked to see Pasifika stay in the south,” says Fa’anana Efeso Collins, “but now I am focused on working with the Pacific Island community to have input into the direction of the festival, and I look forward to being involved, on behalf of the community, in the long-term future of Pasifika.” ATEED remains in ongoing contact with the Pacific Island community via the Pacific People’s Advisory Panel, the Pasifika Village Co-ordinators, and Fa’anana Efeso Collins PN regarding the ongoing development and longterm future of the Pasifika festival. F www.aucklandnz.com/pasifika

The concert begins at 2.30pm on Sunday 23 August at Freemans Bay Community Centre, as with all of the Leys Orchestra concerts it is free admission. (FINN MCLENNAN-ELLIOTT) F PN http://leysorchestra.webs.com/ Finn McLennan-Elliott has a Bachelor of Science Honours degree specialising in human geography at Auckland University. In his spare time, Finn plays clarinet and guitar in an orchestra and a folk music group. He is hosting ‘Folk at the Old Folks’ on the first Sunday of every month at the Auckland Old Folks Association Hall, an intimate afternoon concert of folk music.

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Twice Tui winners - Great North From humble beginnings in songwriter Hayden Donnell’s basement to two-time winners of the Tui Folk Album of the Year at the New Zealand Music Awards, Great North have been doing something right. Their last two albums, 2012’s Halves and last year’s Up In Smoke, both took out the award at the Auckland Folk Festival. They both came as a shock, and there was definitely no sense of expectation for the second one. “The songs were hard to write for Up In Smoke,” Hayden says. “We were more surprised this time, but very happy to win it.” The folk world wasn’t always where Great North aimed to be, but it seemed like the natural home for the band after Halves. “It was a broad enough expansive wilderness for us, big and accepting.” In most cases this has been true - last month they performed a sold out show at The Bunker, Devonport Folk Club’s home. The Tui awards have helped cement Great North as a household name in the folk world and granted them access to the beautiful and welcoming folk clubs around the country on their many nationwide tours. “In 2008, I had just had a break up and was starting to decide that it was time to back myself and play the music I had been putting together on tapes, on my dad’s legal tape recorder.” Hayden got together a group of friends in his basement and started the band, among those early members was his future wife, Rachel. Hayden originally started playing piano, but now he almost exclusively plays acoustic guitar as well as providing lead vocals. Recently another shift has seen more songs driven by the male and female harmonies that come from the voices of Hayden and Rachel. The band began with an EP and debut album Newfoundland that had a more rockinfluenced sound, before giving way to folk with Halves. This was a roaring success and brought them a whole new audience and successful tour of the country, and performing stripped back without drums, has become common for Great North. Up In Smoke was my favourite album of last year and so it came as no great surprise to me that it picked up the Tui. It was a bigger sound, moving closer to Americana, than

Halves. The album has tones of cynicism and bitterness that often come through when Hayden introduces each song while playing live, but by the end of a performance and, certainly, by the end of Up In Smoke, you come to realise that this is Hayden accepting things. He jokingly talks about the last year or two of songwriting as him accepting that he is turning 30 and romanticising his lost youth. Up In Smoke features the full Great North band, Rachel on bass and vocals, long time members Dale Campbell on piano, guitar and vocals and Strahan Cole on electric guitar and drummer Ryan Attwood. Matthew Hutching was called in to play pedal steel. The pedal steel perfectly sits behind Hayden’s words on many songs, often augmented by choir and ambient guitars. The band changes from gig to gig with Hayden calling on who he needs each time. The addition of pedal steel and stand-up bass at recent gigs has been beautiful, and allows Rachel to focus entirely on her vocals and balancing out Hayden’s dry stage banter. A new album is being written and many songs from it currently make up their live show. Hayden hopes to see it released next year and hints that it might see the the band moving in a more upbeat direction, but we’ll have to wait and see. Whatever they put together, it’s sure to be excellent. Great North will be performing on Sunday 6 September at the Auckland Old Folks Association Hall as part of Folk at the Old Folks. They will perform as one of their smaller line-ups, with Hayden and Rachel fronting, supported by one of their talented band members. Doors open at 4pm with music including two other local folk artists beginning at 4.30pm. Entry by donation. Check out Great North online, at their website or on Bandcamp to have a listen to their albums. (FINN MCLENNAN-ELLIOTT) www.greatnorthband.com http://greatnorth.bandcamp.com/

Finn McLennan-Elliott has a Bachelor of Science Honours degree specialising in human geography at Auckland University. In his spare time, Finn plays clarinet and guitar in an orchestra and a folk music group. He is hosting ‘Folk at the Old Folks’ on the first Sunday of every month at the Auckland Old Folks Association Hall, an intimate afternoon concert of folk music. The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied


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ARTS + CULTURE MOLESKINE IS A CULTURAL ICON The latest shipment of notebooks, diaries and journals is about to arrive in Auckland at The French Art Shop which is now located in Taylors Road, Morningside - and they’re giving away a free Luxor fountain pen with the first 100 purchases. Moleskine is an aspirational brand admired worldwide. The Moleskine notebook is now regarded as an essential by the creative community. It has become an integral part of an individual’s personality. It’s a stylish, simple, compact and intelligent tool. We carry it around with us to convey our personalities, expressing our interests, concepts and tastes. It has strong connections to art, design, culture, and embraces artists, designers, architects, and media professionals everywhere! Its diaries, notebooks, and journals are considered trusty companions for meaningful existential experiences. The Moleskine notebook is, in fact, the heir and successor to the legendary notebook used by artists and thinkers over the past two centuries: among them Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, and Ernest Hemingway. A simple black rectangle with rounded corners, an elastic page-holder and an internal expandable pocket: a nameless object, with a spare perfection of its own. It is a trusted travel companion, held as invaluable for sketches, notes, stories, and ideas that would one day become famous paintings or the pages of beloved books. Today, the Moleskine brand is synonymous with culture, travel, memory, imagination and personal PN identity - in both the real world and the digital world. F To get your classic Moleskine, call in to THE FRENCH ART SHOP, 9/16 Taylors Road, Morningside. www.thefrenchartshop.co.nz

THE VERITY GEORGE VARIETY SHOW FOR GARNET STATION’S 8TH BIRTHDAY! 7, 14, 21 and 28 August, 8pm, $25 Proceeds go to saving the Hector’s and Maui’s Dolphins

In 2007 Lisa Prager and Verity George bought a run-down bungalow and transformed it into a cafe. Then last year they turned the chapel-like space tucked down the lane into the Tiny Theatre. Thirteen plays, three bands, four exhibitions and plenty of parties later the Garnet Gals have created their own Variety Chat Show every Friday night in August to celebrate turning eight. Imagine a cross between Graham Norton and Ab Fab, hosted by Verity with guest performers, poets, musicians and artists. The first Friday features a conversation with celebrity Colin Mathura-Jeffree, whom Verity first met in the heady HERO days of the 90s. He hosted New Zealand’s Hottest Home Baker and judged NZ’s Next Top Model, was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars and is a champion for Dementia for Alzheimer’s NZ. Then there’s Courtney Sina Meredith, a published and award-winning performance poet who turned her back on a career in law and has a new book of short stories to talk about called ‘Tail of the Taniwha.’ Plus every week there will be surprise guests waiting in the wings. Auckland is full of interesting, intelligent flamboyant people, so let’s celebrate them. Come and be part of the live recording. The show starts at 8pm and runs for an hour and 15 minutes with an interval. Make a night of it and book for dinner beforehand. Check out the website for up to date information on guests. F PN GARNET STATION CAFE & TINY THEATRE, 85 Garnet Road, T: 09 360 3397, www.garnetstation.co.nz

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PLAYING AT THE ASB THEATRE, AOTEA CENTRE The Royal New Zealand Ballet presents The Vodafone Season of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a new ballet by Liam Scarlett. From Wednesday 2 September - Sunday 6 September. This winter, be transported to a magical world of dazzling dance, music and enchantment. Lovers, fairies, mischief and moonlight conspire in Shakespeare’s classic tale, vividly retold with sparkling steps and Mendelssohn’s famous score. British choreographer Liam Scarlett is one of the most sought-after choreographers on the international stage. Appointed The Royal Ballet’s first Artist in Residence in 2012, he has created a string of acclaimed works for Covent Garden and for leading international companies including New York City Ballet, English National Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. Distinguished New Zealand designer Tracy Grant Lord (Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet) has created a glorious new vision of Shakespeare’s iconic characters and enchanted wood, illuminated with lighting by Kendall Smith (Giselle). This is a spectacular world premiere - for young and old, lovers of dance, music and sheer theatrical magic. With the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Nigel Gaynor. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a co-production between the Royal New Zealand Ballet and PN Queensland Ballet. F Bookings at: ticketmaster.co.nz or T: 0800 111 999

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PAUL JACKSON - The Burden of Ideas and Meaning 11 August - 5 September Opening: 11 August 5.30 - 7.30pm Paul Jackson was born in Auckland in 1950 to Tongan and Scottish parents. He emigrated to Australia in 1976 where he has lived and painted for 34 years and exhibits in both Australia and New Zealand. Many Australians will be familiar with Jackson’s work through the annual Archibald Prize for Portraiture at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. He has been a finalist on many occasions and was awarded the People’s Choice award three times. In 2009, his portrait of the comedian Paul Livingston (aka Flacco) won the Art Gallery of New South Wales’s Packer’s Prize.

BE AT THE INTERSECTION OF CONTEMPORARY LIGHT, SOUND AND MOVEMENT! Following the successful national and international tours of their ANZAC memorial work, Rotunda, The New Zealand Dance Company is in top gear launching its third season of contemporary dance, Lumina, premiering at the Maidment Theatre, Auckland 19 - 22 August 2015. Three dynamic artistic teams spearhead Lumina, created in co-production with the prestigious Holland Dance Festival. Louise Potiki Bryant (winner of the Harriet Friedlander award 2014) and composer/AV designer Paddy Free (Pitch Black) create a thoughtful work, In Transit, which is a vivid reflection of the traces left behind in the Maori ritual of encounter.

Bird with nest, 2015, oil on panel, 475x340mm

Malia Johnston’s (2013 Creative New Zealand Choreographic Fellowship, Stage Director and Principal Choreographer for World of Wearable Art Awards 2002-2014) new work, Brouhaha, devised with her long-standing creative partners composer Eden Mulholland and AV designer Rowan Pierce creates a bold, loud and rich world in which the dancers are artful unravellers of rawness and refined beauty exploring the tension of the space between each other, of the body and the world they inhabit. The company’s first international commission in co-production with the Holland Dance Festival for Netherlands-based American choreographer, Stephen Shropshire will create The Geography of an Archipelago. Creating together with dancers from The New Zealand Dance Company, this work explores notions of exile and belonging.

Geyserland, 2015, oil on linen, 950x1470mm

The New Zealand Dance Company is reframing the stage. Be there with us. Venue: Maidment Theatre, 8 Alfred Street, Auckland Central. Tickets: www.nzdc.org.nz/lumina F PN

Jackson’s paintings present a distorted realism, utilising his considerable skills in precision painting and grisaille technique to depict imagined subjects. He uses symbolism and historical referencing to express wider concepts, such as his concern for the land and customary rights of Maori and the history of human interaction PN in New Zealand. F Please contact rex@orexart.co.nz for details.

The General 2010, oil on linen, 760x715mm

OREXART, 15 Putiki Street, Arch Hill, T: 09 378 0588 rex@orexart.co.nz www.orexart.co.nz

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MT ALBERT GRAMMAR SCHOOL ART SHOW ARTISTS LIVE ON LINE Mount Albert Grammar School Fine Art Show’s website is now live. You can check out the artists in the show and their work by visiting magsartshow.co.nz If you want to be first to view or purchase, the show kicks off with an opening gala evening on Friday 21 August 6.30pm - 10pm. The gala evening is a great night out, with beverages, canapés and entertainment supplied in the ticket price of $40 per person. Tickets are limited and the inaugural event sold out last year. Visit iticket.co.nz to ensure you don’t miss out. This year’s show will feature sculpture, painting, prints, photography and objects and will be a beautifully curated collection in the stunning historical setting of Mt Albert Grammar School. The show features established artists as well as emerging ones, and there’s a price point for everyone. The show is on for one weekend only. Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 August are both free admission days. There’s also a cafe on site supplying coffee and lunch. Come and view some of New Zealand’s finest artists. The website will be updated regularly with artist talks and special events throughout the weekend. See you at Mt Albert Grammar School Fine Art Show! F PN Mount Albert Grammar School Fine Art Show FW Gamble Memorial Hall, Alberton Avenue, Mt Albert Opening Gala Evening 6.30pm - 10pm, Friday 21 August Free admission: Saturday 22 August 10am - 7pm; Sunday 23 August 10am - 3pm For more details visit www.magsartshow.co.nz

ARTS + CULTURE SHOWING AT TOI ORA Victoria White, Yolande Joe and friends - Landwork Until 28 August Preview: 2 August 4pm - 6pm Opening: 4 August 5.30pm - 7.30pm

‘Landwork’ is an exhibition inspired by landscape and energised by a collaborative group process. Produced by the group of artists gathered under the welcoming roof of Toi Ora, this exhibition will engage your mind and trigger your imagination. You will easily become the subject yourself. All that is needed to complete that ‘Landwork’ is for you to step in. The group show includes Victoria White and Yolande Joe, two emerging Auckland artists who transform landscape into non-objective painting by experimenting with different techniques and mixing mediums. Weekly group gatherings are the place to be, to share ideas and make discoveries, exchange stories and resources, challenge each other, and support, support, support. Although all inspired by the same natural forms, these artists come up with a range of different art work both in style and medium. F PN TOI ORA GALLERY, 6 Putiki Street, T: 09 360 4171 www.toiora.org.nz info@toiora.org.nz

MT ALBERT GRAMMAR SCHOOL FOUNDATION, Alberton Avenue, Mt Albert, T: 09 846 2044 www.magsartshow.co.nz

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11 August - 5 September - Four painters, Four works, Four weeks In an era of installations and performance when anything can be art, a new exhibition at Whitespace focuses on the work of four contemporary painters. Artists Penny Howard, Krystie Wade, Sam Foley and Garry Currin present new works. The image shown below is Silo Park Auckland by Sam Foley, who exhibits internationally, with works placed in a number of public and private collections. Over the last eight years he has been a regular visitor to Europe, exhibiting and conducting research and development projects throughout the United Kingdom, Europe, and Scandinavia. Sam Foley was recently celebrated as the recipient of the Kaipara Foundation Wallace Arts Trust Award, which included a three-month residency at Altes Spital, in Switzerland. “Drawn to nature, I revel in the depiction of landscapes and forests. The repetition of naturally occurring forms and the expressive freedom of description is a constant form fascination within the working process of my painting. The urban landscape is also a subject that absorbs my work. The manmade and its encroachment into the environment. The juxtaposition of line against curve and the contrast between the subject and a formal composition within the frame are a constant consideration.” F PN WHITESPACE, 12 Crummer Road, T: 09 361 6331, www.whitespace.co.nz

Silo Park Auckland by Sam Foley


Huw Dann performing Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in E flat major 16 August 2.30pm Trumpet player Huw Dann’s playing has been described on several occasions as “brilliant” by discerning NZ Herald music critic William Dart. Add the fact that Haydn’s trumpet concerto is Huw Dann’s favourite concerto and you know this will be a remarkable performance. Be there to hear it! This concerto was Haydn’s last strictly orchestral work and is full of Haydn’s beauty and fun. It was written for the maker of the keyed trumpet, which was the first ever trumpet that could play a full chromatic scale. Huw Dann’s musical education took place in both Australia and the United States where he studied with trumpeters Hakan Hardenberger, Thomas Stevens, Mark Gould, Markus Stockhausen, Stephen Burns and Edward Carroll. Huw has been Associate Principal Trumpeter with the APO since 2009. He is passionate about music education, is a founding member of Auckland Chamber Ensemble Brass and in 2014 did a recital tour of New Zealand for Chamber Music NZ.

St Matthews orchestra trumpet player Huw Dan playing with St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra

St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra, which accompanies Huw Dann produces music that is magic; excellence is the only option. Highly recommended - their concerts play to full houses. Make sure you get there early. TICKETS door sales cash or cheque. Adults PN $25. Concessions $20, children under 12 free. F “Pod” by Krystie Wade for the 4 + 4 + 4 show. oil on board

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ST MATTHEW-IN-THE-CITY CHURCH corner Wellesley and Hobson Streets. www.smco.org.nz


ARTS + CULTURE SHOWING AT ENDEMIC WORLD Milarky - ..Auckland City Tendencies 6 - 10 August, Opening: 6 August, 5.30pm Georgie Malyon - Into the Mystic 28 - 31 August, Opening: 28 August, 5.30pm Sam, Jenna, Elliot of endemicworld

Endemicworld, a popular art print shop and gallery on Ponsonby Road, is the best source of contemporary New Zealand and international limited edition art prints, screen prints, fine art prints, letterpress prints, graphic posters and more from emerging young gun illustrators, street artists, designers and photographers. They have recently taken a new street front gallery space in addition to their huge character studio and will be showing two exhibitions in August. Traveller and urban creative, Milarky, has his first Auckland solo show, titled ‘..Auckland City Tendencies’ featuring aerosol, acrylic and pigment works. Local florist Georgie Malyon’s first solo show, ‘Into the Mystic’ will exhibit large photographic prints of underwater floral arrangements... the rest you will have to see PN for yourself! Visit www.endemicworld.com for more details. F ENDEMIC WORLD, 62 Ponsonby Road, M: 021 996 722, T: 09 378 9823

Georgie Malyon


photography: John Troy Sullivan

A select group of K’ Road designers are gearing up to produce the precinct’s annual AOK NZ Fashion Weekend offering and are promising more than a parade of apparel. Included in the line-up of exhibitors is an avant-garde jeweller known for his unpredictable and self-described rock and roll aesthetic, and an illustrator who will be heralding the day’s event with delivery of a limited edition print to the seats of all premium ticket holders. Zambesi employee by day and budding illustrator by night, fashion graduate Sean Cai has created five striking black ink designs as a prequel to AOK, each of which will be reproduced in print runs of just 20. “I tried to channel the dark aesthetic characteristic of the four AOK designers: Lela Jacobs, Jimmy-D, Jason Lingard and Nick von K,” says Sean. “Rather than full body illustration, I focused on the face - accentuating strength through a tribal, goddess-like image designed to reflect the individual strength of each designer in a subtle, elegant way.” Distribution of the illustrations pre show is a move aimed at setting the tone for the four eight-minute parades of spring/summer 2015 looks, which will feature Lela Jacobs with her monochrome and androgynous designs, James Dobson with his Jimmy-D over -sized silhouettes, industry newcomer Jason Lingard delivering dark, complex and layered pieces and jeweller Nick von K showcasing a selection of handcrafted The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied

Lela Jacobs accessories reflecting influences taken from objects such as animal skulls, rare crystals, PN exotic butterflies and feathers. F For more information about AOK’s NZ Fashion Weekend show and ticket details visit www.kroad.com/all-on-k-road/


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At Old Government House in Auckland on the 12 February 2010, Emily Karaka was the first iwi representative invited to sign the Manawhenua O Tamaki Makaurau and Crown Framework Agreement under which hapu and iwi would negotiate settlements of their historic treaty grievances against the Crown. Two years later at the Auckland War Emily Karaka and nephew Memorial Museum the Manawhenua O Tamaki Makaurau Collective Deed of Settlement and Post Settlement Governance Proposal was signed by Karaka and representatives of 10 hapu and iwi and the Minister of Treaty Negotiations, on behalf of the Crown. The Tamaki Collective Deed includes the transfer of ownership of 14 maunga (mountains), three permanent motu (areas of islands) ownership of specific motu and Right of First Refusal over all surplus Crown-owned land and certain Crown entity-owned land within Tamaki Makaurau for 172 years. On the eve of Ngai Tai ki Tamaki's settlement, Emily’s exhibition ‘Settlements’ explores the Crown’s settlement process, old land claims and Turton Deeds transactions that PN alienated lands and islands from the tribes of Tamaki. F OREXART, 15 Putiki Street, T: 09 378 0588 www.orexart.co.nz


Karanga Mai Collective - People of Karangahape 21 - 28 August Opening 21 August, Auction: 29 August This exhibition showcases local art that has been crafted for the specific purpose of honouring and representing the community of Karangahape Road. This show will feature work by a diverse group of nine artists, each from a different cultural background to celebrate the uniqueness of a community they have come to identify with. In collaboration with Splice, Karanga Mai Collective will exhibit their artwork over a period of nine days in the Biz Dojo creative space. And, in the spirit of supporting the community, artists have committed to donate 10% of the proceeds towards a charitable purpose of their choice. F PN BIZ DOJO, 155 Karangahape Road www.bizdojo.com

Emily Karaka - Settlements opening night

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UPTOWN ART SCENE ‘The devil is in the detail’ refers to a mysterious element hidden in the fine points of a work. In two shows last month, one might also ask “how the devil do they do it?” Patrick Lundberg’s groups of small spheres were arranged across the walls of Glovebox in Samoa Lane (off Beresford Street), touching the surface so finely they seemed suspended like tiny planets. The way they hang reminds me of American sculptor Tom Friedman’s Bubble Gum (1990), a sphere of approximately 1500 pieces of gum attached to the wall by its own stickiness. Each of Lundberg’s globes is finely painted with delicate colours and intricate patterns that are suggestive of textiles and fabrics, marbles, gob-stoppers, worn rosary beads, balls of rubber bands, internal cells and heavenly bodies. In this low-ceiling artist-run space their scale makes them easy to miss, yet their decorative nature against the industrial walls turns them mesmerising when close up. Walking into Ivan Anthony in East Street off K’Road, the image of a man pops out from Liz Maw’s painting with such startling realism that I swear it moved. He holds a stance half-way between self-aware nonchalance and stepping forward out of the frame, his skin illuminated as if by the gallery window on the right. His realism is accentuated by the taller manga figure behind him made of vibrant blues and greys. The real suspension of disbelief comes on closer inspection though: his brocaded jacket seems stitched together, thread by thread by Maw’s devilish brush, achieving a detail that halts the mind, making the act of painting incomprehensible even to a fellow painter. This is some photo-realist, surrealist, Pop Art, baroque, mash-up magic indeed. Liz Maw showing at Whitespace

Auckland has some devilishly good art on show - world-class and well worth getting out to see. F PN (WILL PAYNT, STUDIO ART SUPPLIES)

TOI ORA ART ASSOCIATES With a vast collection of contemporary artworks, we make the process of leasing or purchasing art easy and accessible. Contact us to find out more.

37 Scanlan Street, Ponsonby T: 09 376 4308 www.artassociates.co.nz

The Express Yourself FREE creative youth development workshops for 17 to 25 year-olds @ Circability Central, Campbell Free Kindergarten building, Victoria Park run until 25 September. Enrolments are welcome at any time contact Monica, monica@toiora.org.nz or call T: 09 360 4171

6 Putiki Street, Ponsonby, T: 09 360 4171 www.toiora.org.nz

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What your stars hold for August ♌

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

♍ Virgo (the Virgin): 22 August - 23 September

♓ Pisces (the Fish): 20 February - 20 March

♎ Libra (the Scales): 24 September - 23 October

♈ Aries (the Ram): 21 March - 20 April

♏ Scorpio (the Scorpion): 24 October - 22 November

♉ Taurus (the Bull): 21 April - 21 May

♐ Sagittarius (the Archer): 23 November - 22 December

Leo (the Lion): 23 July - 21 August Make sure this month you get the closure you need otherwise you will feel unfulfilled. The best thing you can do is make sure there is a connection between what you’re currently doing and what you are about to start next.

You seem to be looking for an answer to something but no matter how much you look you’re just in the wrong place, if it’s just advice you’re after, you should look no further than your close friends.

You might not be happy at the moment, especially after falling out with a family member but whatever happens next you must listen to the advice you have been given. You are appreciated, it’s just that you don’t always believe it.

Don’t waste any time this month feeling sorry for yourself that will only exhaust you. Instead you should try and reignite the passion you have and channel it into something you really want to do.

You may have to keep all your ambitions on hold again this month as unfortunately other people and their problems will again take precedence. At some point though you will have to do something as any desires you have may dwindle.

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

You find it hard to read or understand some people because their behaviour can be so unpredictable, try to avoid any direct conflict as you might discover something you really didn’t want to hear.

You are very much in demand as a worker bee but you would much rather be a social butterfly, fluttering from one exciting event to another. However, you may feel you are doing too much professionally and privately but it’s all contributions towards the greater good.

You have never been one to conform and no matter how much pressure you feel to fit in you have always taken a risk to be individual. Do what you have to to be accommodating but don’t change your personality.

You might be waiting for someone to just say the wrong word to you this month as you are feeling a bit on edge. You might be in a defensive mood without realising how you feel, doesn’t worry though, your bark is worse than your bite.

As long as you are not too distracted this month you can take confidence in knowing that you have an opportunity to plant some roots again. You still have plans for the future as long as you don’t let anyone persuade you otherwise. Gemini (the Twins): 22 May - 21 June You seem to be always fantasising about new ways to make money as your spending is almost beyond control. Instead of dreaming about ways you can do it, why don’t you try and practise self-discipline first.

Cancer (the Crab): 22 June - 22 July Try to involve as many people as you can if you are planning on starting something new as you need to make sure they can figure out your intentions. Nobody will be in the dark if you’re clear from the start.



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Planet Ayurveda, 41 Gillies Avenue Taylor Boutique, 1 Teed Street

GREY LYNN Barfoot & Thompson, 533 Great North Road Barkley Manor, 400 - 402 Great North Road Grey Lynn Community Centre, 520 Richmond Road Grey Lynn Community Library, 474 Great North Road Raw Essentials, 401B Richmond Road Ripe, 172 Richmond Road Tapac, 100 Motions Road Vetcare, 408 Great North Road

HERNE BAY Herne Bay Post & Stationers, 240 Jervois Road Five Loaves, 206 Jervois Road Icing on the Cake, 188 Jervois Road Momentum, 182 Jervois Road

KINGSLAND Atomic, 420c New North Road

MT EDEN Citta Outlet Store, Corner Enfield & Normanby Road Sabato, 57 Normanby Road Studio Italia, 25 Nugent Street

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PARNELL Jane Daniels, 2 Birdwood Crescent Parnell Community Centre, 545 Parnell Road

PONSONBY Askew, 2b Jervois Road Bayleys, 305 Ponsonby Road Harcourts, 89 Ponsonby Road Leys Institute, 20 St Mary’s Road The Longroom, 114 Ponsonby Road Mag Nation, 123 Ponsonby Road Paper Plus, 332 Ponsonby Road Ponsonby Community Centre, 20 Ponsonby Terrace Servilles, Corner Jervois & Ponsonby Road Studio One, 1 Ponsonby Road Whitespace, 12 Crummer Road

WESTMERE Glengarry, 164 Garnet Road



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