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LETTERS + EMAILS WAITEMATA COMMUNITY BOARD HAS DECIDED TO REMOVE THE HUGE MASONIC HALL ON ARGYLE STREET TO MAKE WAY FOR SOME GRASS It’s sad that our Waitemata Community Board has decided to remove the huge Masonic Hall on Argyle Street to make way for some grass. It’s perfectly set up and ready for use, Probus was kicked out in 2012 to make way for the demolition. Everyone knows how hard it is to find spaces to hold community activities such as club meetings, music, dance lessons, new mums' coffee group meetings, etc, in the area. This facility has been owned by Auckland Council since 2010 but the board hasn’t allowed anybody to use it. Now the board justifys pulling it down because nobody uses it! I find it ironic that a council that wants to reduce traffic closes a local facility that people can walk or cycle to. No wonder there is so much traffic along Jervois/Ponsonby/College/ Curran after school each day. Salisbury Park is a large park, it does not need the extra space, and there is nothing to be gained from the hall's removal. One thing is for sure, the council would never build a new building for these purposes, and all the other local available spaces are fully booked. I am sure the money allocated

for demolition could be used to landscape the area, resurface the drive and parking area and make the space really nice. Salisbury Park has a separate (newly laid) entrance from Argyle Street 20 metres away so it does not need another entrance. Don Mathieson, Herne Bay PONSONBY ROAD IS LOSING ANOTHER COLOURFUL INSTITUTION - THE REAL TIME STREET SALON Anyone that hates Real Time, I personally have no time for. Nothing like a yarn and a deal! Best stop and chats ever. Lots of lovely things to find here and owner is very helpful. Best Shop in Auckland. If there's something you are thinking of, ask Peter and 9 times out of 10, he's got it. A ponsonby institution - make them an offer! Views in Ponsonby News reflect the authors’ and not those of Alchemy Media.

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Not many people will be aware that it takes 21 local families to get our magazine to our readers. Some of these have been delivering PN for decades. There is an editorial where John Elliott is pleased to note that we still deliver the Ponsonby News personally. I have been doing the Ponsonby Road strip ever since taking over from John in 2004. It helps to build relationships with our advertisers and business friends. One of the most controversial issues facing the central city at the moment is the resource consent application to cut down the remaining pine trees in Western Springs forest. About 500 Monterey pines were planted in 1923. These pines have a life of about 100 years and already more than half have died and fallen over or have been cut down. They have been a beautiful amenity for locals who value the sight of the sun streaming through the canopy late in the afternoon. The council has decided that the remaining trees are mostly dead and dying and should be removed for health and safety reasons. Not everybody agrees with this decision.

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Although submissions on the resource consent officially closed on 30 July, we urge readers to let the council have your opinions on this proposal. No action will be taken to remove the trees until February or March next year.

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In this issue we profile a genuine Ponsonby icon, Keith Nelson - former PN All Black and about-to-retire local family dentist. (MARTIN LEACH) F

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DAVID HARTNELL’S ONE MINUTE INTERVIEW Penny Hartill has run her company Hartill Public Relations out of Ponsonby for years. Best thing about Ponsonby? Its individuality. Its one-of-a-kind boutiques, free-thinking attitude and forward-thinking aesthetic. How has Ponsonby changed? It’s still as fascinating and rewarding as ever - working with clients to help them build their business or service through a mix of strategic and tactical channels. Digital has, of course, added a terrific new dimension. What was your childhood like? Rural! I grew up in Kumeu when there were sheep sale yards on the main street. We lived off the land and learnt to work hard. It was safe and carefree. In hindsight, I developed an intrinsic love for nature and for being my authentic self. Your dream holiday? A mix of learning a new culture, fabulous food, stimulating conversations with like-minded travellers and locals and could I throw in a glorious golden sand beach, too? Your bucket list? A visit to the Galapagos and to Antarctica. Time and lots of it - with family, with good friends. Treasured passion? I love stories. All sorts of stories. It’s one of the best things about my job, sitting and listening to clients’ stories. Stories are everything; they make up the world and how we live in it. The most Kiwi thing about you is? - taught in schools from primary age. I would like to see Te reo Maori

How do you chill out? I read a lot - fiction, memoir, history, you name it. A good walk along the beach works wonders and a long lunch with friends is the best of all. Which item of clothing can't you live without? My red leather Florentine biker jacket. Your dream home? Ooh, off-grid, made of sustainable materials, yet modern. Light-filled. Is a swimming pool too much to ask for?

A movie about your life, who would play you? Jodi Foster. She’s a strong, principled woman and she laughs a lot.

Something very few people know about you? I sing! Absolutely adore it. I sang in an a capella choir for years - it’s the closest thing to heaven.

Do you read movie or TV reviews? Yes, I do. The art of criticism is an important one. I think most reviewers know their work potentially impacts on the success or not of a work, and take their role seriously.

Favourite hero of fiction? I’m currently reading Circe by Madeline Miller which is a terrific romp through re-created Greek mythology. So I’ll go with Artemis - the goddess of wildlife.

How would you like to be remembered? Kind, lover of New Zealand made, advocate for the arts and interested in pretty much everything!

What superpower would you like? The power to show everyone the good they can do in the world if they cared about the environment and others, not just about themselves.

What do you love most about your age? The sense of security from knowing you know some things, and also knowing how good it is that there’s a lot left to learn.

What gizmo can you not live without? Unfortunately, it’s my smartphone. I’d love to be able to say otherwise, but, like Pinocchio, my nose would grow!

Something that you disapprove of? I can’t abide the ignorance that accompanies the ‘isms’ - sexism, racism. Or the fables that justify homophobia and inequality.

Greatest weakness/indulgence? I do have a sweet tooth and find it hard to resist a good citrus tart or chocolate slice. We have so many excellent cafes and bakeries here, especially in Ponsonby. Spoilt for choice!

If you won a million dollars, what is the first thing you would do? Just one thing? Buy an apartment in Paris, and a vintage Bridgedecker boat. Oh, and pay off the dreaded mortgage.

What is your comfort food? Chicken noodle soup or peanut butter on Vogels.

What motivates you? In my work I can never get enough of seeing the work I do enhance my clients’ reputations; to see them succeed, whether it is a business, an educational venture, a theatre work, a book, or a non-profit campaign. Give your teenaged self some advice? Believe in yourself. See through the facades.

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Your dream guest list for a dinner party? Dylan Moran - for his humour Gloria Steinem - for her grace and feminist heritage David Attenborough - for his environmental knowledge David Eagleman - neuroscientist, futurist, big brain, great talker Susie Orbach - feminist, deep thinker, compassion. Your all-time favorite book? The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. It is wise, clever, beautifully written and teaches us so much about the world. (DAVID HARTNELL, MNZM) F PN


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PIPPA COOM: WAITEMATA LOCAL BOARD REPORT One of the most important roles of the Local Board is to act as kaitiaki for our parks. As guardians we want to ensure we maximise the valuable benefits our parks and green spaces provide. We’re fortunate to work alongside many volunteers who undertake pest control, planting and generally keep an eye out for their local parks. The Local Board agrees on priorities for the 80-plus parks and reserves located in Waitemata following feedback from the community. You may have noticed that over the past couple of years more fun and excitement for all ages has been added to local playgrounds as they’ve been upgraded. The latest work to get underway is to replace the play equipment in Sackville and Ireland Street Reserves. For the Sackville Reserve project, additional seating has been incorporated to make it a great neighbourhood spot for picnics and we’ve made the area more accessible with a new path from the street. Construction is also due to start in late July on the Vermont Reserve playground. Basque Park and Home Street Reserve are next in line for long -overdue attention with budget this year for investigation and design. As reported last month by member Richard Northey, we’ve taken steps to remove agri-chemicals from our parks following community support. As a start we’ve allocated over $70,000 to eliminate spraying in Albert, Myers and Western Parks and the non-sports field areas of Victoria Park. There are two park consultations currently underway. 12 Argyle Street, Herne Bay was purchased by the former Auckland City Council to improve the entrance way to Salisbury Reserve. The old Masonic Hall on the site will be removed with as much of the building material recycled as possible. There are two draft options out for consultation. In both options the pathways into the reserve are improved with additional lawn and trees. The main difference between the options, is whether or not to provide car parking on the reserve. We want to ensure the community can consider the best use of valuable green space. For a number of reasons, it wasn’t possible to the retain the hall but we have committed to improving the clubrooms that are in the reserve and making them more user friendly (the clubrooms are leased to the Herne Bay Petanque Club but available to hire). There is $25k in the budget for the coming year to refurbish the bathrooms on top of other renewal work that has recently taken place. Consultation on Salisbury Reserve is open until 16 August. We would also like feedback on a draft park development plan for Western Springs Te Wai Orea. Our vision for the park includes improved water quality in the lake and streams, connecting the

A draft park development plan for Western Springs Te Wai Orea is currently out for consultation surrounding areas via paths and making room for big events. The focus of the plan is to improve the existing state of this well-loved park, without making any major changes. You can let us know what you think about the ideas in the plan such as bird feeding and a tuna (eel) sanctuary until 27 August. Basque Park and Home Street Reserve are next in line for long overdue investment. In a unique co-governance arrangement with the governing body, the local board also has responsibility for Auckland Domain Pukekawa. We’re delighted that the domain has received a prestigious bronze award in the 2018 International Large Urban Parks Awards, the only New Zealand park to receive an award. The awards recognise quality parks across the globe, the skills of the people who manage them and the value green spaces bring to cities. Consultation information is on the Have Your Say page of the Auckland Council website. (PIPPA COOM) F PN

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Goff’s ‘toilet tax’ - Auckland’s ‘winter of discontent’ set to continue Just one week after the imposition of the council’s fuel tax and a bunch of new targeted rates, came the disclosure in the NZ Herald that mayor Phil Goff has been planning ways to impose a so-called ‘toilet tax’ on the ratepayers of Auckland. The new tax would be used to repay the $1.2bn capital cost of the long-talked-about ‘Central Interceptor’, the planned sewer pipeline, in a tunnel, running deep beneath the city, 13km from Western Springs to the Mangere Wastewater Treatment Plant. The new interceptor is needed to take the extra sewage and to reduce overflows resulting from Auckland’s continuing population growth. Subject to funding, construction is planned to start in late 2019. Heavily redacted treasury documents obtained by the National Party reveal that Goff has been talking to the Government since November last year about ways to borrow the money for the project and yet keep the debt off the council’s books. Central to the plan is a ‘special purpose vehicle’ (SPV), which is jargon for an entity, separate from the council, underwritten by the Government, which would be set up to borrow the $1.2bn and empowered to send ratepayers bills to repay the principal and interest. Why would this SPV be needed, you may ask, with council income (rates and charges) now $4.1bn per year. After all, sewerage provision is a basic local government responsibility, and in Auckland the job of Watercare Services, the water and wastewater agency established by the ARC in 1992. Over the past 26 years Watercare, the ‘quiet achiever’ in the Auckland Council family, has successfully delivered a number of major projects, including Project Manukau, the $500m upgrade of the Mangere Wastewater Treatment Plant, Project Waikato, the $100m, 37km water pipeline and treatment facility bringing water to the city from the Waikato River and, more locally, Project Hobson, the $114m tunnel from Parnell to Orakei which enabled the replacement and demolition of the old Hobson Bay sewer line. Watercare says it could fund and build the Central Interceptor itself. Furthermore it admits this approach would work out cheaper for ratepayers. So why? The answer, sadly, is that the Super City, since its establishment in 2010, has profligately run up an enormous debt - currently at $8.7bn and rising, with interest costs currently at $470m a year. Council finance managers fear that the cost of the Central Interceptor would push the council over its borrowing limits, endangering the council’s credit rating with the international rating agencies, resulting in an increase in interest costs.

The SPV then is essentially a financial instrument, a bankable package if you like. But we are told it will come with ‘governance’ attached - that is people - directors, managers, consultants - in other words the usual suspects. So the SPV will also mean the establishment of a parallel local authority in Auckland. Except that it will be an undemocratic, unelected authority, and, given its proposed legal stand-alone status, it is unclear to whom, if anyone, it would be accountable. It is supremely ironic, given the cost and disruption of abolishing the old legacy city councils and the ARC to form a single unitary ‘Super City’, that the mayor and council management are now attempting to persuade the Government to establish another, non-democratic, authority to rate Aucklanders. This is all very disingenuous - up until now carried out in secret. Sadly, as we are learning, Mayor Goff is proving to have form when it comes to concealing important information. He apparently hopes to claim he is not increasing rates to repay this loan; Auckland ratepayers apparently being expected to take comfort that the ‘toilet tax’ bills they will be getting is from the ‘SPV’ - not the council. The Government would be mad to go near it. In response to the disclosures, Goff is saying, quite correctly, that no formal decisions have yet been made. However, he did tell the Herald, that if the council could move the cost of the Central Interceptor from its books to appear on the SPV books, that would free up $1b to invest in other ‘areas of public need’. However, Mr Goff’s ideas on spending for ‘public need’ are not necessarily shared by the public. Recent examples are the $44m plus scheme to divert sewage contaminated storm water from Westhaven to Point Erin and regularly discharge it in the harbour. The resource consent for this is currently been contested by the Herne Bay Residents Association, St Marys Bay Association, ‘Stop Auckland Sewage Overflows Coalition’, local residents and myself among others. These submitters are arguing instead for separation of sewage and storm water as the best way to clean up pollution of the western bays. Another is Goff’s $2bn ‘downtown’ stadium. And the latest, a controversial giant, 25-50 metre-high ‘Earth Mother’ statue at Bastion Point which Goff believes could become ‘a symbol of Auckland’. Auckland really deserves better than this. (MIKE LEE)

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Ponsonby News distribution - a labour of love When Martin Leach took over the Ponsonby News in July 2004, I gave him a bit of advice. I told him that I delivered to local businesses myself. Some were advertisers and some were not. This contact kept me in touch with how local businesses were faring, what their problems and concerns were, and how I may be able to help them a bit. I often gave them some free editorial to give their business a boost. I was delighted when Martin continued this practice, one he has maintained ever since. There are now lots of business owners who have seen Martin every month for the past 14 years, and become firm friends. Twelve thousand copies of Ponsonby News are hand delivered every month to every home in Ponsonby, Grey Lynn, Herne Bay, St Marys Bay, Freemans Bay, Arch Hill and Westmere. Martin’s partner, Jay, organises the 21 families who deliver these magazines each month. When we tried professional delivery companies for a time, we used to get regular calls telling us boxes of magazines were found thrown over fences, and not delivered. Now Jay knows who is responsible for each street and can follow up any delivery problems. One issue of concern is wet magazines. Not everyone has a flash, water-proof letterbox, so Martin has been covering the mags in plastic so they will be kept dry. Most people have praised this endeavour, but with an increasing awareness of the damage plastic is doing to our world, Martin is constantly exploring new options. He is now using a 100% recyclable plastic. Deliverers must get all their mags delivered by Sunday evening each month, after receiving them on the Wednesday. Some families have been delivering for years, handing down the job to younger siblings. They are paid 15 cents per copy. So if they deliver a thousand, they earn $150. The business area receives close attention. Martin, of course, as I’ve said, delivers many himself, usually part of Ponsonby Road, Parnell, Newton, Symonds Street and Mt Eden.

Gwynne, Martin’s operations manager, delivers to the Three Lamps area, Grey Lynn shops, Farro's precinct and part of Richmond Road. All Ponsonby News staff help with distribution. Melissa, our graphic designer, delivers to the CBD and K'Road, while our other graphic designer, Arna, helps, too. Piles of mags are left at local libraries, including Mt Albert, their is a stand outside Barfoots Ponsonby and Grey Lynn, New World, Bayleys and the new Countdown. Martin also has Dan, who has helped for eight years now, and Jay is helped by George distributing. This in-house hand delivery ensures magazines reach their target readers. We’re in our 29th year of production. I started the mag in 1989. A lot of goodwill has been built up, and it is always exciting when people say to a deliverer, "good, I thought it was due. I love reading Ponsonby News." A few people ask us not to deliver to their home or business, and we respect this. Sometimes it’s a person who goes away a lot and doesn’t want mail left in their letterbox. Professional surveys have shown that about 69,000 people read Ponsonby News each month. It’s a huge effort and a huge responsibility to get each month’s edition out in time and with plenty in it to read. I always tease Martin that he and Jay need a lie down after production each month to recover, and then before they can turn around, the next deadline is quickly upon them. We need a good party next year to celebrate Ponsonby News serving PN greater Ponsonby for 30 years. (JOHN ELLIOTT) F

PONSONBY PROBUS CLUB JOHN ELLIOTT: LOCAL Our Ponsonby Probus Club NEWS is in great shape and our next meeting is our Mid-Winter Xmas Lunch; this is on Tuesday 17 July starting at 11am. We have done this for quite a few years now and it is much enjoyed by all. All our members 'bring a plate' of their favourite food ranging from savoury to sweet, and one of our members brings a beautiful iced Xmas cake. The club provides complementary drinks of all sorts; we have fun and a raffle or two and a good time is had by all. Later in the month we have an 'outing': We try to have an outing roughly three or four times a year. They are very enjoyable and build on Probus’s principles of maintaining ‘fun and friendship'. We set off by coach on Thursday 26 July for a visit to Sheepworld. The show includes dog handling, sheep shearing and lamb feeding and an opportunity to stroll through the eco discovery trail.This is a most interesting experience with a very dedicated staff who give a display not to be missed. After the display we go to the Warkworth RSA for a roast lunch and then to Snow Planet where we can enjoy a coffee and view the skiing in the warmth; without having to travel to Mt Ruapehu. Our normal meetings resume at 10am on the third Tuesday in the month on 21 August. We have excellent guest speakers booked for the rest of the year and also have a 'five minute speaker' from our own members at each meeting. It is very rewarding to hear about their family and background.

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The club is delighted to welcome any visitors to any of our meetings; do come along and say hello. Look out for me, or our vice president Ron PN Collis. If you enjoy the experience and want to come again, please do; and why not join up and become a member. (BARRY CLAPHAM) F

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Western Springs pine trees removal I have studied the resource consent application of the Mt Hobson Group, which seeks consent to fell all remaining pines in Western Springs forest, and plant natives to replace the exotics. It is an extremely detailed and comprehensive document, and takes some reading and digesting. I am very concerned that the time for consultation is so short - just 20 days.

to decimate up to 70% of the natives already growing well in the forest, if alternate methods of removal are available.

By the time you read this, submissions will have closed, but I suspect late submissions will still be read.

3. There are six areas of well-grown natives which have been recommended for saving from destruction. These areas must remain sacrosanct during the pine felling. Some of the areas are in relatively ‘safe’ places like the top of the track near West View Road, while others appear to be right in the path of the 6-8m metalled road - far too intrusive.

There are a great many unanswered questions, and little time to seek expert opinion from people not already involved with the application. Genuine consultation is a key component of successful local body government, and in the case of this issue, a 20-day response time is inadequate. My submission covers 10 main areas. 1. Should all pines be felled? This is clearly one of the most controversial aspects of the whole resource consent application. The GeoTree update of 30 April 2018 says there are 203 standing pines, from an original planting in 1923 of 500. Of those 203 - 10 trees are dead, three are fire damaged, 27 are dying or in advanced decline, 86 are in poor health and only 77 are in fair to good health. The application says that the forest has been closed to the public for ‘health and safety reasons.’ There is a risk from continuing failure of the existing ‘senescent trees’ read old.

4. Destroying up to 70% of existing native growth is not on. Methods must be sought and used to cut down on this collateral damage. 5. Why can’t some helicopter lifting out be undertaken? This might cost a bit more in the short term, but would prevent a lot of unnecessary damage to the forest’s native plants. 6. The application states that a geotechnical engineer will be appointed to review the final plans. Who is that person? 7. I am concerned that the plan leaves far too many logs and too much mulch in the forest. I understand the argument that logs will become home to invertebrates, but piles of logs will inhibit planting of new native seedlings in too many places. I also don’t like so-called ‘totem poles’. I think they are ugly, including the ones now on the zoo boundary.

It is alleged that merely thinning out rotting trees would expose the remaining ones to ‘wind-throw’, and many would quickly fail. There is also evidence that some trunks have been weakened by insect tunnelling.

8. There has been recent news about devastation caused by silt-laden floodwater and smaller forestry slash on the East Coast and in Marlborough, from land recently clear felled of pinus radiata trees. There is a ‘window of vulnerability’ on steep, clear -felled land, and replanting should be done quickly. One in a hundred year floods now seem to be occurring every year as climate change kicks in. So the replanting in Western Springs Forest should be done as soon as pines have been felled.

I think further expert analysis of at least the 77 trees in fair to good health should be undertaken before wholesale felling is commenced.

9. No poisonous chemicals like glyphosate, metsulfuron or triclopyr should be used in Western Springs. It is time to stop the use of all potential carcinogenic products.

I know that such a decision would be welcomed by locals who love the sight of the trees, often with sun slanting through the canopy. They are a significant amenity value.

10. The replanting is the key to the forest’s future. Plants must be large enough to take, and grow, quickly. Natives do grow more quickly than many people believe. Dame Anne Salmond, who is planting an 1100-hectare native forest on her property on the East Coast, says that ‘the ability of natives to quickly recolonise and protect vulnerable land has been underestimated’. On her land, the foothills were planted in natives. Kereru and other birds spread the seeds of those trees up the steeper slopes, which have reforested "extremely quickly. We had a closed canopy in 11 years - very rapid regeneration."

I do agree with the evidence available that ‘the stand is at the end of its safe useful life, and is now becoming an increasingly untenable liability’. However, my reasons for saving some trees from felling include two other reasons as well. First, there would be less collateral damage to natives under canopy growth. Secondly, there would be fewer piles of mulch and fewer logs left lying in the forest, allowing more space for native planting. If all pines are felled and good sized and ample planting of natives takes place smartly after the pines are felled, I agree with the consent application that any adverse ecological effects from the removal of the trees will be suitably mitigated by the significant planting and landscape upgrades to be undertaken. We could and should finish up with a significant urban sanctuary. I worked on Tiritiri Matangi Island restoration and observed first hand the return of the dawn chorus. Restoration at Western Springs fits in well with predator-free 2050 aims.

However, the replanting programme seeks to use very small seedlings - PB2, 3 or 5 in most cases. At least some larger seedlings should be planted. There has been extravagant talk about conspiracies and corporate collaboration, including tree choppers but no restorers, advising on this consent. There has even been a call to ‘take back control of our green spaces’. These calls are mainly from a vocal minority, but they should not be ignored. Consultation is a vital part of democracy, and Auckland Council has not been very good at it since the birth of the Super City. If more time is needed to settle controversial aspects of this resource consent, then that time should be given.

2. Is all the roading, landing areas and processing area planned necessary? The roading plans look like a military operation, and will severely damage huge amounts of native undergrowth. Some of the existing natives, including karo, puriri, pigeonwood, mahoe, etc, are quite mature, and it would be perverse in the extreme

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PN I support the application, but with the provisos set out above. (JOHN ELLIOTT) F

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Catching up with a good Ponsonby bloke I regularly see Elias Hanlon around Ponsonby. For some years I have been flattered to receive a nice card at Christmas time from Elias, and a voucher for an hours’ pool play at Ponsonby Pool Hall, in Ponsonby Road. I have always been impressed with his positive, optimistic view on life, and his generous nature. Elias was conceived in Ponsonby in 1955 within sight of the famous Hydra bacon sign on College Hill and, as fate would have it, became involved with the then long established College Hill Billiard Hall in 1989. The business moved to Ponsonby Road in 1992 and has been there ever since as the Ponsonby Pool Hall. Elias Hanlon is an old boy of St Paul’s College.

I broached the subject of politics, but Elias isn’t easily drawn into discussions of politics, whether it’s national, local, or local business association. He’s dabbled in the local version.

Life has not always been kind to Elias. He had a heart attack at 44, and another at 58. You will have been able to do the maths from his birth date above to conclude that he is now 63.

He did say that if politicians had all kept their promises over the years, we’d be living in ‘valhalla’. He made a couple of other disparaging comments. "Too many noses in the trough." As far as politicians are concerned he said, "Too much hui and not enough doey."

One of the things Elias and I have in common is the same cardiologist. We have both been told to walk for fitness, and take the statins and other medication like good boys! Elias is walking most days, but joked that some days he feels like Usain Bolt, on others Billy Bunter. When asked why he keeps on in business in Ponsonby, he has a perfectly logical answer: "Ponsonby is home." Would he advise another business person to set up business in Ponsonby? Of course he would, but he cautions, "many see Ponsonby Road as 'the yellow brick road', only for it to become the 'boulevard of broken dreams'. The road can be a harsh mistress," Elias says. We compared notes last month over a coffee. Not only are we both walking for our health, we are both off alcohol. I asked Elias if he was always as positive and cheery as when I see him around Ponsonby. "I love each day I’m alive," he says. "I’m comfortable in my own skin, and other people’s opinions of me don’t concern me."

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Elias Hanlon is a wise man, with copious amounts of street cred. He loves his sayings, including when I asked him about his community service, he said, "Many are called, but few are chosen." I choose Elias Hanlon as an example of a good citizen, who gives of himself without thought of reward for himself. A truly selfless individual, who inspires me every time I meet him. I always come away feeling a little bit better, with my faith in human nature reinforced. Long may our dicky hearts keep beating, so our friendship can endure. (JOHN ELLIOTT)


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Ponsonby Park update The LandLAB design for the whole of the site civic open space at 254 Ponsonby Road, aka Ponsonby Park, has been shortlisted in the ‘Future Civic’ category at the World Architecture Festival this year. The World Architecture Festival is dedicated to celebrating, sharing and inspiring outstanding design, architecture and urbanism. So we are delighted the LandLAB design has been shortlisted - hooray! The World Architecture Festival 2018 will take place on the 28 - 30 November at the RAI Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and this year is the largest to date. Our congratulations to LandLAB for the deserved recognition that being on the shortlist confers. THE 2018 SHORTLIST ‘CIVIC - FUTURE PROJECT’ includes 1. AECOM - Shams Central Mosque, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 2. BAAD Studio - The Sunken Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes of Cabetican, Bacolor, Philippines 3. EAA Emre Arolat Architecture - Nora Mosque and Community Center, Ajman, United Arab Emirates 4. HCMA Architecture + Design - Clayton Community Centre, Surrey, Canada

9. Studio Link-Arc - Luhu Cultural Center, Shenzhen, China 10.TEGET + Studio Evren Basbug Architects - Gallipoli Memorial Gardens, Çanakkale, Turkey Held in Amsterdam this year, the World Architecture Festival awards sit at the heart of the festival. This global awards programme is where the shortlisted architects will have the opportunity to present their completed buildings and future projects live to a panel of internationally renowned judges and delegates from around the world. Global networking opportunities will enable LandLAB to showcase not only their design for Ponsonby Park, but to promote it to the world as well. Entrants at World Architecture Festival are judged by their peers and the industry’s power players. Renowned architects and industry professionals decided the shortlists.

7. Perkins+Will - Northtown Affordable Housing and Public Library, Chicago, USA

We are immensely gratified that our Community-led design project has (already) achieved an international presence - even before it has been developed. ‘Ponsonby Park’ is the manifestation of everything the community has repeatedly and consistently told us they want and need from the whole of the site civic open space development at 254 Ponsonby Road. For it to be shortlisted in the World Architecture Festival is a huge achievement. We all now join in wishing LandLAB the very best when the World Architecture Festival competition winners are announced in November this year.

8. Provencher_Roy + GLCRM Architectes - The reception pavilion of Québec’s National Assembly, Québec, Canada

And we now look forward to the whole of the site civic open space at 254 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby Park, being developed soon. F PN

5. Kyriakos Tsolakis Architects - Troodos Star Observatory, Agridia, Cyprus 6. LandLAB - Ponsonby Park +, Auckland, New Zealand

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PONSONBY U3A: JULY 2018 Photography is as old as New Zealand. Michael Willison, chief photographer for the New Zealand Woman’s Weekly for 33 years, was the July guest speaker at Ponsonby U3A. His talk entitled 'The History of Photography' outlined how, since the first photograph was taken in 1826, that photography evolved from a laborious system with long exposure times to today’s digital process - and from the preserve of the wealthy to the age of ‘selfies’ on our mobile phones. But well before any of that, it was Aristotle (384-322BC) who first noticed that when light passed through a pin hole in a darkened room it threw an image onto the wall opposite. Called camera obscura, by the 16th Century it had become invaluable to artists, including Vermeer (and more recently David Hockney) enabling them to create drawings with accurate perspective. He showed the earliest photograph taken in 1826 and photographs of Aucklanders and Auckland taken before 1900, describing the techniques used. Special mention was made of an award-winning commercial photographer Henry Winkleman (1860-1931) whose main contribution to the Auckland scene was his outstanding coverage of events on the Waitemata Harbour. His skills in marine photography won him international awards. He included a development of film, flash and colour photography, including Polaroid instant photography, and the eventual demise of Kodak. To close, he showed a selection of photographs he had taken over the years of the Royal Family - here and in London for the New Zealand Woman’s Weekly. U3A members’ 10-minute talks are always eagerly anticipated. Members share their life or family story, ideas or interests to a receptive audience. Long term U3A member Julie Pettit entitled her talk 'A Journey' - the story of her life from late primary school age until after qualifying as a teacher when she came to the realisation of the direction she wished her future career to take. Youngest of five children of a Hamilton family, she was the first of the family not to attend a technical college, thanks to encouragement from her teacher, Mr Flett, who recognised her high intelligence - she was dux of the school. She subsequently undertook an academic course at Hamilton High School. Nursing or teaching courses were available to her, these being the days before university education was free - and she proceeded

to Ardmore Teacher Training College in the former US Army Air Force base 22 miles from Auckland. At some point she had become interested in social work and made a decision to gain experience in a wide range of teaching. This began with two years teaching at a remote school, which qualified as country service with a remote allowance, and being designated a Maori School, came under separate administration which provided a house. She noted that some children were coming to school hungry. She managed to procure a big black pot, which she filled with bones from the butcher and vegetables from the families, providing soup prepared by the senior girls to be served at lunch time. She was determined to fit into the community. When at the Round Hall at the marae, she was told to join the guests in the hall, she picked up a tea towel instead - and that gesture lead to her being known as 'our schoolmistress', rather than 'the school mistress'. As well as speakers at its monthly meetings, Ponsonby U3A has over 20 special interest groups where members not only learn but share knowledge and socialise with other people who are curious and creative. U3A meets on the second Friday morning of the month. The next meeting will be the annual general meeting, followed by guest speaker Dr Robert Myers, whose topic will be PN “is our economic prosperity sustainable?' (PHILIPPA TAIT) F NEXT MEETING:

10am Friday 10 August at Herne Bay Petanque Club, Salisbury St Reserve, Herne Bay.


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Aikido is a Japanese martial art founded by Master Morihei Ueshiba (1883 - 1969). The founder, whom we refer to as 'O’Sensei' (great teacher), was a powerful man who mastered many traditional fighting arts before developing aikido. He said, “Aikido is not a technique to fight with or to defeat the enemy. It is a way to reconcile the world and PN make human beings one family.” F For further information please contact Mike on 021 223 5860 or by email at ponsonby. PONSONBY COMMUNITY CENTRE, T: 09 378 1752,

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HELEN WHITE: REPRESENTING LABOUR FOR AUCKLAND CENTRAL The Government recently announced former National Prime Minister Jim Bolger will lead a team in charge of developing a way of bringing in industry-wide minimum standards of employment. I am pleased at his involvement because it is a move in the right spirit – bi-partisanship. It says clearly: this issue of entrenched poverty, of the gap between rich and poor, of wages that don’t sustain ordinary New Zealanders, is bigger than petty politics. Fixing this is going to take acknowledgement across the political spectrum that the current low-wage economy is not acceptable and it is not where we want to head. In an interview last year, Mr Bolger hit the headlines by talking with some passion about his concern that inequality was growing and that wages were too low. The point of the change to industry-wide minimum standards will be to move wages away from being set at the lowest rate an employer can get away with to wages that the employer can afford because they are proven to be sustainable in a particular industry. I was disappointed to hear Mr Bridges suggest that to address this problem would be to return us to the 1970s. This was a curious time to choose. It was dominated by Robert Muldoon. It involved an excess of regulation by a National Government not a Labour one. There was a wage freeze. I think we can safely say we have all moved on from both the 1970s and indeed the 1990s, where the pendulum swung rather violently in the other direction towards lack of regulation with devastating effect on wages and conditions of work. Jim Bolger’s involvement signals this. His ability to engage in new solutions without dogmatism is to be contrasted with Mr Bridges’ rather ill-informed and backward-looking approach. So, without any further dwelling on how we got there or whose fault it is, let us consider where we currently at. Because unionism is so low, presently most New Zealand employees bargain for their wages and conditions in isolation. For most of them that means they don’t really bargain at all.

issue. Many readers will know people in the situation where they go from precarious contract to contract and also live hand to mouth. If you are asking why don’t they challenge their status legally I ask you to be realistic. They have no union. If they take this up with their boss, they will lose their work. They just can’t afford to make a fuss. Of particular concern to me are all the workers who currently get called 'independent' contractors, despite being totally dependent on the principal they work for. At the time of the debate over Hobbits, I worried that it obscured the consideration of many workers who were most unjustly impacted by this status as contractors. Consider the person who buys a bread run. They work for one supermarket chain, all day every day. These workers have bought their equipment - like the truck - at great expense. They have a contract to deliver bread to a particular area but the supermarket can reduce their run and consequently their income whenever it suits the supermarket. Such people are incredibly vulnerable, more so than the average employee, because an employee can afford to walk away; they don’t have a $100,000 investment. It is worth remembering that there are hidden costs to such systems. In Australia they have researched the cost of all the contract drivers who cut corners to make ends meet and have serious accidents on the road. It causes unquantifiable tragedy, but if you are still not convinced, then perhaps just consider that the taxpayer ends up footing the bill for the ramifications of the accident and not the PN supermarket. (HELEN WHITE) F Helen White representing Labour for Auckland Central.

Currently many employees don’t get what their employer can afford to pay them or what their contribution is worth to their employer. This is a myth that is busted out of the water in my experience as an employment lawyer every day. Yes, there are many fantastic employers out there who pay decent wages but there are many people getting paid what their employer knows they can get away with. Many company CEOs would consider that to pay more that they had to would be to rob their shareholders. Why do multinational companies pay their workers more in Australia even when their profit is the same in both countries? They simply are not allowed to pay their workers so little in Australia, so they pay them more. Australian employees are better for it. They have higher wages, penal rates and casual loading. When facing increased wage costs, some employers will suggest they will walk away - I don’t blame them, that is just a good bargaining tactic but it would be foolish to believe them without good evidence. It would be illogical to walk away from a profitable business. Obviously, the system must have room for genuine situations where employers are struggling but that will be built in to any solution. I always considered that the whole fear that multinationals would walk away if wages were not depressed and unions suppressed was really a form of cultural cringe. What is often portrayed as ‘worldly’ is really pretty naïve. Dependant Contractors Industry standards is only one way of attempting to address low incomes. There are other issues that will need to be addressed too. Dependant contractors and contractors who are really just employees without rights like holiday pay or security, are a very real

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‘Little pet’ Oliver is a cat. He does an exceptional impression of a black furry barrel with delicate white legs and feet. He sits on my table, seeming to prefer my French linen tablecloth to any other, in patches of winter sunlight, looking cosy in his winter coat. Two of his favourite pastimes are head butting and elbow nudging, especially when I am typing. That’s if he is not asleep. And if there is one thing Oliver is expert in, it is sleeping. Preferably on a human. Oliver is not mine. He is having a holiday at his auntie’s while his owner is overseas gallivanting in Iceland for a few weeks. Oliver is a gentle wee soul with a side dish of nerves. Being a rescue cat, his background is sketchy. When I first saw Oliver he was a mangy, skinny, filthy, matted-haired, clearly terrified and confused cat. His chest was a muddy brown and his breath was rotten. My friend has worked miracles with him. He has to be the most spoilt fur child in the world. Deservedly so. It has been joyful watching his metamorphosis from raggy-scraggy to snow-white chested, silken-furred happy boy. Oliver isn’t keen on the outdoors. He was found starving under a bush, nearly as scrubby as him, in a small town south of Auckland and brought up to an Auckland rescue centre. What serendipity that my friend and he found each other. Oliver and I have developed a relationship over the past two years and we are pretty comfy with each other. I’m even allowed to pick him up without getting clawed to death. Until he came to stay with me. There has only been one unfortunate incident. I have seven claw marks on my face to prove his claws work well. They could probably do with a trim and his owner left the clippers but I think I’ll leave him be. There’s only so much blood I want to lose. To be fair, I had lunged for him so he wouldn’t get his tail jammed in the door swinging shut in a strong wind gust. His nerves kicked in. He looked at me sideways for an hour after the mauling and refused to let me near him until I rattled his treat bag. Then he sauntered over, rubbed my legs and deigned to speak to me. Oliver does quite a lot of talking. Not only to me but also his imaginary friend. The one he stares at who sits by the wall in the sitting room, and probably the same one he chases around the kitchen/dining/sitting room, skidding on the wooden floor. Unless he has two imaginary friends. His voice is tiny, tinkly and high. We natter about all sorts of things including the birds in the bird bath and why he chose to use the newly carpeted hallway as a toilet for several days. The thing is, I wouldn’t have minded so much but there was a long strip of bubble wrap on the carpet right beside where he chose to poo. Perhaps soft plastics aren’t his thing. Anyway, after a good long cuddle, and a promise not to do it again, I gave him a few more treats and we are back on loving terms. I had forgotten how much room a pet takes up on the bed, having been petless for a few years now. I do love the snuggles undercovers in the morning as he uses my upper arm as a pincushion while he purrs his heart out. I think I have been overfeeding him but he insists it is cold and he needs more food than usual because he now has to walk downstairs to go out to toilet himself. I’ve spent loads more time supine since Oliver has been here. How can I move to do anything with a fur ball sleeping on me? Work has suffered, my exercise regime has suffered and I’m forced to stay in bed longer in the mornings. The sacrifices one makes for a friend and their cat. Every time I kiss his soft cheek, I think of what he went through living rough for what the vet said was a longish time. Which makes me think of all the other animals out there that need rescuing. I’m seriously considering fostering. I can’t get a permanent pet because this is Oliver’s second home now and he would be totally miffed if he returned to find another cat or, heaven forbid, a dog in residence. My friend returns in a few days and I will miss Oliver on my knee - where he is now while I write this - but he will visit again. And perhaps actually PN use the mega-expensive cat door his owner had fitted, instead of using me as a doorwoman. Little pet. (DEIRDRE THURSTON) F

LUCIA MATAIA: LEYS INSTITUTE LIBRARY NEWS Kia ora koutou, hope you are in good spirits in the last month before spring. Book launch Leys Institute Library is hosting poet and novelist Michael Morrissey’s launch of his new book of poetry, Poems from Hotel Middlemore. This is Morrissey’s twelfth book and it has been described as a ‘wry but compassionate mediation on life in a New Zealand psychiatric ward. The launch will take place on Friday 10 of August at 6pm. Please RSVP via Facebook or phone us on 09 377 0209. Book sale Just giving you the heads up, early August we have planned another book sale. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for details. Book Chats recommendations Washington Post journalist Amy Goldstein’s Janesville is an account of the closure of a General Motors’ assembly plant in the American

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Midwest. This is a humane and sympathetic story of ordinary people affected by the fallout. The New York Times called Janesville "Moving and magnificently researched." It was also a hit with Book Chats. Staying with nonfiction, Peter Andrea‘s mother was a traditional 50s housewife until she became radicalised by Marx and feminism. Her personal life also took an abrupt turn; she flew through husbands, affairs and five countries. She took Peter wherever she went, even kidnapping him at one point. Andreas details his seemingly crazy childhood in Rebel Mother. (LUCIA MATAIA) F PN Open hours: Monday - Friday, 9am - 6pm and Saturday 9am - 4pm LEYS INSTITUTE LIBRARY, 20 St Marys Road, T: 09 377 0209, PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


Issues in health sector I have had a number of constituents say they feel let down by the Government this month after a number of cuts in the health sector. We have seen cuts for the young, cuts for the old, cuts for people with rare diseases, cuts in mental health and cuts for New Zealanders needing cochlear implants.

If you have any local or national issues or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me or my office on 09 378 2088 or send me an email on

The last government made investment in health a priority but there is a lot more to do. We had less money available than the current Government due to the Global Financial Crisis and the Canterbury earthquakes. Given the huge additional spending envelope the new Government has, all the cuts seem very unusual.

Authorised by Hon Nikki Kaye, MP for Auckland Central, 48c College Hill, Freemans Bay.

Before the election, Labour campaigned heavily on mental health, but now in Government it has scrapped a universally supported pilot to improve the response of 111 mental health calls. It really concerns me that the Government has put the mental health needs of some of our most vulnerable New Zealanders on the backburner while they hold an unnecessary inquiry into the sector, despite the country’s independent Mental Health Commissioner Kevin Allan telling the Health Select Committee last year that there was a need for action, not an inquiry. National has agreed to work cross party on issues of mental health. This is a complex area and we need to do better to improve our system. The Health Minister has also dropped the National Health Targets, which were tangible measures that tracked DHB performance. Scrapping these targets with nothing in their place is reckless and irresponsible. Research has proven that hundreds of lives have been saved by having these targets in place. The nurses’ strike, which was the first in 30 years, had significant implications for patients in our national health system. It was frustrating and potentially harmful for many patients who had been waiting a long time for a range of elective surgeries that were cancelled including cardiac surgery and surgeries for cancer and joint replacements. The Government broke its election promises to establish a fund to pay for drugs for treatments for people with rare diseases, and to make GP visit fees $10 cheaper for all New Zealanders. It also cut extra funding for cochlear implants - a callous decision which is going to see people lose their hearing when they don’t need to. National last year boosted the number of funded cochlear implants for adults, having previously sped up access to implants for children. After campaigning on pumping record amounts into health, Labour has taken the axe to many valuable health initiatives and spent less on health in this year’s budget than National spent in last year’s budget. These cuts will cost lives. Auckland Central Youth Issues I make it a priority to visit different parts of the electorate such as Great Barrier and Waiheke Islands whenever I can. This month I was invited to attend some of the Aotea Exploration and Discovery Week on Great Barrier Island, a week of activities for students aged 13-18 years, run by the Aotea Education Trust and Aotea Family Support Group. This focused on developing student leadership, team-building skills, resilience, self-awareness and other life skills. At the Citizenship and Agency Workshop students worked in teams to come up with ideas to improve the island and create a brief proposal. A number of creative solutions were proposed including better access to recreational facilities, using QR codes on bush tracks and having more support available on island for people to sit their learner license. I enjoyed listening to the young islanders’ ideas and I am already progressing several initiatives. (NIKKI KAYE) F PN The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied

Hon Nikki Kaye MP for Auckland Central I regularly work on local issues and meet with constituents. Please contact my office if you would like to meet with me. Drop In Constituency Clinic: 48C College Hill, Freemans Bay August 17, 2:00pm

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LOCAL NEWS THE VERSATILE GREY LYNN COMMUNITY CENTRE Strolling through a farmers market on a Sunday morning became the highlight of my week, set in the Grey Lynn Community Centre, the market seemed to overflow with sights and sounds that I had never come across before. In my short time there, I got to sample organically made cheeses, cocoainfused tea, and the freshest pears I had ever tasted. However, as I delved deeper, I soon discovered that what I saw on Sunday was only the tip of the iceberg that the centre could offer me. In this article I’ll be focusing on just four of the services that the centre provides. Firstly, Cutting Edge Drama. CUTTING EDGE DRAMA Led by Sioux Manning, Cutting Edge Drama has been teaching general acting, improvisation, public speaking and confidence building for the past seven years at the centre. Why the Grey Lynn Community Centre? Sioux looked at the Grey Lynn centre and really liked the venue, the facilities, the people that run it and the positive vibe. What other benefits does acting provide? It helps to develop confidence which can change the dynamics of a person’s relationships for the better; both at work and personally. People are able to connect with one another in a really fun and positive way. Is it true to never work with animals or children? I think children are more confident and have stronger attitudes these days, and some people struggle with that. I try and work with their attitude and think how I can use that to help them express themselves more creatively. Lastly, anything you’d like to say to encourage any budding actors out there? Take the leap - you’ll never regret it!

CO-DEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS (CoDA) One of the many benefits of the Grey Lynn Community Centre is that it's available to all members of the community. In this article, I’ve shown you how much fun the centre can provide, but sometimes it offers something that the people of Grey Lynn need. First held in Phoenix, Arizona in 1986 CoDA now has chapters worldwide, that helps men and woman break free from the co-dependence of other people and live freer lives on their own terms. Could you tell us a bit about CoDA? CoDA stands for Co-Dependence Anonymous it’s a 12-step programme, a fellowship of men and woman whose goal is to develop healthy relationships within their own lives, and help each other within that same goal. What do you mean by healthier relationships? A lot of people that associate with CoDA come from some form of dysfunctional family where there was abuse or neglect involved. In most cases, this has had a detrimental effect on most adult relationships. Is co-dependency a growing problem in New Zealand? I think it’s a consequence of the way the world is going. I don’t think its an Auckland problem, and I don’t think it’s a New Zealand problem. I think it’s a worldwide problem. How do the meetings go? Individuals meet to talk about their struggles, their victories and what’s on their mind. Another component is offering ongoing support, so members share contact details, so if someone’s having problem or just wants to talk, help is a phone call away. (KERRY LEE) F PN For more information visit

For more information visit YOGA One of the best ways to clear the mind and relax the body has got to be yoga, while it has been in vogue for a while now, yoga actually goes back to the 5th and 6th Centuries BCE. I spoke to Kerry who teaches it at the centre to tell me more. So could you tell me a little about yourself? I’ve been teaching yoga at Grey Lynn for three years now, but I’ve been teaching for 15. What attracted you to the Grey Lynn Community Centre? My mum’s a local, and I’d come here as a kid, so it was always a part of me. After coming back from abroad in 2009 I saw that the centre was large, welcoming and accessible to a lot of people, so I thought, “Hmm, I wonder if they rent rooms to teach yoga?" For the people that don’t know, tell us about the benefits of yoga. Yoga comes from the words 'to yoke' which means union, as in the union of the mind, body and spirit. We tend to live in our heads sometimes and not in our bodies, so yoga helps to give us a balance in our spiritual, physical and mental realms.

photography: Martin Leach

What would you say to someone who’s not sure about yoga, but wants to try? Try different styles of yoga, start with basic postures, and work your way up from there. Remember there are many different styles of yoga, and you may not gel with them all. For more information visit

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Our Grey Lynn Urban Centre strategy is nearing completion with the board receiving a briefing from First Retail at its monthly meeting. Some salient themes are the high level of engagement between businesses and the community. As an example, many business owners working on site and living in Grey Lynn or within close proximity. From this comes shared values such as heightened concerned for the safety and security of the neighbourhood; widespread acknowledgement that business is integral to building sustainable communities and finally our urban villages need to attract and retain quality businesses which 'walk the talk'. The highly intertwined nature of community and business is a distinguishing characteristic of Grey Lynn and the strategy developed by First Retail Group is about to be rolled out to in midAugust. Exact venue, date and place will be announced very shortly. All businesses in the Grey Lynn Urban Centre are welcome as is the community. It has been a real privilege to work with First Retail Group and to gain global strategic insight into best practice in urban centre design, retailing trends and what absolutely fabulous looks like. As with every strategy, it’s about implementation now and we’d really welcome the best minds, the best designers, the best practical hands to really get this rejuvenation going. Yes, the environment we are in may be challenging but real leaders accept those challenges and get on and invent their own futures. In this case we have had a lot of help from the best strategist in the game but remember we own the pitch and determine where the goal posts are and ultimately the final score. At a recent networking function at Whitespace Gallery, the point was made that it’s about making the Grey Lynn Urban Centre greater than the various component parts as they exist today. An example of how this might work is developing a collaborative arts trail through the 17 plus galleries within close proximity of Arch Hill and K'Road. As we have been told repeatedly Wellington is the arts capital of New Zealand. Well we’d like to really challenge that; after all we are a super Queen’s city. While we are working on the overarching implementation of the strategy we also have some business as usual stuff going on. Part of this is our very successful spring seminar series to be held at Pocketbar on Friday mornings from 7.30am to 8.30am If you belong to GLBA the seminar series is free - for non members there’s a very nominal charge of $30 for each session. The programme is detailed below commencing on Friday 31 August. To register email 31 August - Marketing Strategy Andrea Fowler Director & Veronica of Lemonade Design Ltd Branding awareness, Entrepreneurship and Leadership development. Marketing Strategy and advertising.

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7 September - Expertise in Search Engine Marketing Rebecca Caroe, Specialist from Creative Agency Services Tactical offers digital marketing insight framed around a practical methodology which listeners find easy to understand. An expert in search engine marketing and direct response copywriting, her focus on practical digital marketing suits SME businesses. 14 September - Safety in Your Business Representative from NZ Police Key competencies from this - appreciate why reporting incidents is important; understanding your duty of care; how can retailers and others be more aware of and better informed about what’s happening in the 'hood'. 21 September - Social Media Jef Kay Director of Easy Social Media Content is king! Hear how to create engaging content. How to define your audience, and to create images, video and messaging. 28 September - Bullying & Harassment @ Work Jan Eggleton, Hardcases Definitions & Examples Understanding the consequences; Confronting harassment and discrimination; Does your business have policies/procedures? 5 October - Pure SEO Kyle Marr and James Warren Cranking up your website to grow your business online presence. With the announcement of redevelopment along Quay Street and the waterfront, there’s a growing concern that the cycleways projects are on the 'back burner'. Indicative of that is the fact there have been no CLG meetings for nearly three months; the overall AT project manager, who GLBA really backed as a 'class' administrator, has been moved on and even minor remedial work such removing one of those orange security barriers left pushed over on the berm cannot be attended to. There is no doubt that leaving bus stops hard up against pedestrian crossings is plainly and simply an accident waiting to happen. One of the very strong themes coming from the strategy is the absolute critical nature of appropriate and plentiful customer parking right throughout the GL Urban Centre. Public transport systems are disjointed, it’s too far to walk and you can’t bike. In the immediate term the car is critical to the survival and prosperity of the area. Admittedly, it might be an EV but they too need somewhere to charge. Looking forward to the roll out of the GL Urban Centre strategy midAugust and our spring seminar series beginning on 31 August. For more information go to DEADLINE - 20TH OF THE MONTH

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Beautiful rugs for sale Forty years ago I bought three short runner rugs up in the hills in Turkey. They were not expensive, but I was told they were hand knotted, and that hand knotted rugs would last for 300 years. These rugs are still in great order, despite being trampled on by all and sundry over the years. Our editor, Martin, sent me out last month to check out three rug shops in our readers' area. They were all incredibly interesting shops - very different from each other. First port of call was Designer Rugs in Grosvenor Street, Grey Lynn. What a lovely venue! Beautiful rugs are laid out in a stunning, high -stud old factory. Business owner, Laura Furey, an impressive and friendly woman, and long time interior designer, explained the layout. There is lovely furniture sitting atop floor rugs, a designer kitchen (by DBJ Design & Gaggenau) from whence came my coffee (thank you Angela), racks of wine from Clark Estate (pesticide free), Calypso infrared heating and more. Laura and her team have a collaboration with some iconic New Zealanders, who have designed some carpets especially for Designer Rugs. These include Dick Frizzell, Kate Sylvester, Max Gimlett and also with a range of new New Zealand Designers coming through shortly. Although some designs can be pricey, these are stunning rugs that would do any home or commercial building proud. Laura is an interior designer by trade, and began her association with Designer Rugs of Australia as New Zealand manager, before acquiring the New Zealand distribution rights three years ago. Rugs have replaced walls, defining where rooms once were but still allowing an open flow between areas, Laura explained. They specialise in 100% New Zealand wool, hand-tufted rugs but they are not made locally due to their specialised design intricacy. The traditional hand-knotted rugs are produced in Nepal with Tibetan wool due to their dying techniques. Their quality is amazing. Most Westfield malls in Australia and New Zealand use Designer Rugs. They get battered by thousands of feet for several years and then replaced. Readers should have a look at their building at 1 Grosvenor Street, even if you think you are not in the market for a rug. The whole layout of the building is inspiring, and Laura Furey must be congratulated for her foresight and skill. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Rugs Direct in Carlton Gore Road too, but it is entirely different to Designer Rugs.

I met Farah Farahani, the managing director, a charming and vivacious Iranian. Farah’s showroom is jam packed with rugs, including oriental rugs, mainly Persian. She does carry other Asian rugs, but not from China. Rugs Direct also imports a large number of modern and machine-made rugs. Each year Farah attends a huge rug fair in Germany. She has built up good relationships with some buyers at the fair. Farah stressed the absolute importance of fair pricing, and making sure customers understand exactly what they are buying. Her motto is 'price it low, and watch it go,' she told me. She explains, painstakingly, the difference between tufted rugs and hand-knotted ones. Hand-knotted are the ones that will last 300 years, she says, and hold or increase in value. The secret is to look at the underside of a rug, and you can see the knots if it is genuinely hand knotted. Farah likes her customers to take their chosen rug home, at least overnight, so they can see it in the setting where it will live when they have bought it. "They must love it," she tells me. Farah Farahani is regularly called on to value rugs, and is very sad when she has to tell customers that their rug is not what it was purported to be. Usually this is tufted rather than hand knotted. The price difference can be thousands of dollars. All Rug Direct’s stock is on the floor. They do not sell before importing. Farah calls herself New Zealand’s biggest rug queen. My third rug experience was very different again. I visited Ivy House Rugs in Jervois Road, Herne Bay. They are also in Parnell. Ivy House has a collaboration with Armadillo and Co of Australia to distribute their rugs in New Zealand. Armadillo was set up by Jodie Fried and Sally Pottharst. Sally was originally from Zimbabwe but now lives in the Adelaide Hills while Australian Jodie now lives in Los Angeles. They have built up a great relationship with traditional textile weavers and artisans in Northern India who make all their rugs. Their goal is to sustain and elevate these age-old methods through a contemporary design process. All their products are hand made using fairtrade practices with natural and sustainable fibres. All purchases benefit local Indian schools in the weavers’ villages. Armadillo’s rugs are very beautiful, with lovely designs, muted colours and are reasonably priced. They can be custom made, too. The motto of Armadillo is "Our rugs lie lightly on this earth." Three excellent local businesses well worth a visit. (JOHN ELLIOTT)


August gardening upon us now The worst of the winter should now be behind us, except climate change will keep us on our toes every month of the year from now on. My trusty Yates Garden Guide, published since 1895, tells me it’s all go for beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, carrot, lettuce, onions, potatoes, spinach, and a few other things I wouldn’t recommend.

centimetres high now. I have plenty of lettuces at the moment. We don’t eat so many salads in winter. My spinach didn’t do too well in the autumn - I don’t know why, but I’ll try again.

Depending on your preference, and the space available, make your choice. As I’ve said previously, I have good success with potatoes, so I’ll be putting more in when my first crop is dug in mid august. My caulis are hearting up well and I will put a few more in when I have space. I’d put carrots in in August. I have two rows about two

Don’t forget compost. I love rhubarb, and intend giving mine a good heap of animal manure, probably horse manure.

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And remember the companion flowers to ward off unwanted insects. PN Happy spring gardening. (JOHN ELLIOTT) F PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)



TASTE OF AUCKLAND TURNS 10 WITH MOVE TO WATERFRONT Celebrating 10 years of Auckland’s best food and drink, Taste of Auckland presented by Electrolux, is turning things up a notch with a move to Auckland’s waterfront. Set against the stunning Waitemata Harbour, New Zealand’s biggest celebration of food and drink will this year take place at Auckland’s Queens Wharf.

specialty cheeses, to boutique gin distilleries, delicious pates, venison cuts, organic fruit beverages, right through to healthy vegan offerings.

Over four delicious days and nights from 1-4 November, the entire wharf including The Cloud, Shed 10 and surrounding outdoor spaces will come alive with restaurant kitchens, bars, an artisanal marketplace, chef demonstrations and fun festival activities.

With so much to do, see and sample, guests can take part in demonstrations by leading culinary stars at the ever-popular Electrolux Taste Theatre, intimate cooking experiences in the Electrolux Chefs’ Secrets kitchen, a special Italian celebration of Vespa’s 50th anniversary of the first Primavera created in Italy, and an evening concert series that will bring the wharf alive with music against the setting sun.

A sustainable seafood theme will see participating restaurants pay homage to the ocean, with evening concerts set against a beautiful harbour backdrop and the central location allowing for easy access for visitors from far and wide. Shaping up to be an impressive line-up, big names already confirmed to take part include Sid Sahrawat (Sidart, French Café, Cassia), Nick Honeyman (Paris Butter), Nobu Lee (Clooney), Kyle Street and Jordan Macdonald (Culprit, Lowbrow), Sergio Maglione (Farina), Cameron Knox (Xoong, TokTok), Dariush Lolaiy and Rebecca Smidt (Cazador), and Ben Bayly and Juan Balsani (Baduzzi). Starting in 2009 at Ellerslie Racecourse before shifting to Victoria Park and most recently Western Springs, the annual festival now regularly draws crowds of up to 23,000 with an ever-evolving line-up of top local talent and big international names including previous alumni Rick Stein, Gary Rhodes, Adriano Zumbo and George Calombaris. “Over the past nine years, Taste of Auckland has hosted a long list of top local and international chefs, producers, winemakers and brewers, and served up a cross section of the best food and drink available in this city to an enthusiastic and faithful audience,” says Festival Director Rob Eliott. “After years of work behind the scenes, we’re excited to now bring Taste of Auckland presented by Electrolux to the CBD and put on the major harbourside festival that Auckland deserves. The feedback so far has been positive with restaurants, producers and fans all keen to be part of our 10th birthday celebration.” A food lover’s paradise, attendees at this year’s 10th Taste of Auckland should “arrive hungry and expect to try something new” says Eliott with restaurants, pop-up bars and producers set up all along the wharf and in Shed 10 and The Cloud. The mouthwatering line-up includes 10 top Auckland restaurants who will pay homage to the new waterfront venue with a focus on sustainable seafood. More than 120 food and drink producers will join in on the festivities with a showcase of the latest flavours and innovative products on offer, from The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied

Those at special functions and in the VIP areas will enjoy sparkling wine from prestigious Marlborough maker, No. 1 Family Estate. Twenty wineries from all over the country will be participating and a Craft Beer Trail will run through the festival involving breweries like Liberty, Good George and New New New from Dunedin. Exclusive dining events on the Thursday and Friday will reflect back on the past 10 years of culinary achievements in the city with some of the biggest chef names on the Auckland scene set to participate. With the new CBD location providing much improved access to trains, buses and taxis, organisers Lemongrass Productions are also working with Fullers Ferries to ensure an easy boat ride to and from the festival from the North Shore, Waiheke Island, Gulf Harbour and Half Moon Bay. Taking place over six sessions from Thursday evening to Sunday afternoon, Early Bird Tickets to Taste of Auckland go on sale Thursday 26 July. General admission starts from just $25 and VIP tickets offering lounge access and views out to the music stage and harbour beyond from $89. A new ‘multi day pass’ has been created for those keen to explore more than one session and corporate hospitality packages are also available via the Lemongrass PN Productions office. F For more information head to the Taste website Taste of Auckland is sponsored by: Electrolux, Auckland Live, VIVA, No 1 Family Estate, Puhoi, Deer Industry NZ. About Electrolux: A name synonymous with premium household and professional appliances, Electrolux has more than 90 years of experience servicing fine European homes, kitchens and restaurants. With a comprehensive range of products for both homes and restaurant kitchens, Electrolux is renowned for forward thinking innovations designed to meet the real needs of home cooks and professional chefs. DEADLINE - 20TH OF THE MONTH

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A HOME IN THE NEW HEART OF AUCKLAND, WYNYARD QUARTER Situated near one of the world’s most beautiful harbours which is set to host the 36th America’s Cup, 30 Madden’s modern apartments enjoy an abundance of nearby public spaces, parks, restaurants and cafes. 30 Madden offers an undeniably unique waterfront lifestyle within a diverse and vibrant community. Designed by Studio Pacific Architecture and developed by Willis Bond & Co, 30 Madden has been crafted by an award-winning team with an exceptional track record. Every detail and specification has been thoughtfully and thoroughly considered. 30 Madden comprises a mixture of studios, one, two and three bedrooms, maisonettes (two storey apartments) and four exclusive penthouses. Adorned with the finest fixtures and fittings, the apartments benefit from relaxed, open-plan living. Spacious bedrooms, beautifully tiled bathrooms, and kitchens finished with European appliances create the perfect environment for entertaining or unwinding. The timeless yet contemporary exterior of 30 Madden perfectly complements the stylish and elegant interiors. Beyond the building, residents can find a sanctuary to read a book or a place to engage with family and friends in the versatile gardens of the private courtyard. With a view of the city lights, the courtyard, or the Waitemata Harbour, you will never be far from a stunning outlook. Visit the open home at the 30 Madden display suite, located on the corner of Daldy and Madden Streets, Monday-Friday 12 noon - 2pm or Saturday - Sunday 2pm - 4pm. For further information please contact: Louise Stringer, M: 021 628 839 or Mike Thorpe, M: 021 877 351 Visit online at

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THE NEW BENCHMARK Where the show is always on. There’s a laid-back allure to 30 Madden. It’s made for those not willing to compromise on location, with a taste for high-end leisure. As the new heart of Auckland city, Wynyard Quarter is where you’ll find what it is you’ve been looking for. Gourmet experiences, live entertainment, and all the recreational trimmings lie within this waterfront community. With apartments, maisonettes and penthouses available from $635,000, there’s a layout to suit your lifestyle. The sophisticated interior is met with a phenomenal outlook, and has a dedicated concierge service to match. Your every need will be met at 30 Madden. Visit our display suite on the corner of Madden & Daldy Streets. Open 12pm – 2pm weekdays, 2pm – 4pm weekends, or by appointment. Mike Thorpe – 021 877 351 – Louise Stringer – 021 628 839 –


Urban Collective team - L to R: James Gordon, Ashleigh Vivier, Steve Groves, Kelly McEwan

URBAN COLLECTIVE - DELIVERS EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY DESIGN AND SERVICE Urban Collective is design and end-user focused. It treats buyers as part of the team and develops a direct relationship with them all the way. From beginning the buying process to moving in, the Urban collective team ensures a smooth and stress-free transition into apartment living is achieved. Urban Collective has two current projects. The recently completed Citizen has a focus on edgy mid-end medium density with a mix of 33% under the affordable price threshold up to Penthouses around $3.0m. This is 100% sold with 93 happy residents moved in. 59 France, Urban Collective’s current project located on the old Kings Arms site, is commencing construction next month. 35% were priced under the affordable threshold with over 60% now pre-sold. Some excellent options remaining. As Patrick Reynolds of Greater Auckland says, “Urban Collective demonstrates great leadership with a high-quality design-led process in a bold attempt to address both dwelling affordability, and urban renewal in central Auckland. “ Architects work long and hard in the hope that one day, a project the likes of 59 France come their way. When you get to combine a fantastic site with a visionary client then the potential for real enduring architecture presents itself. It’s that combination that has made 59 France such a pleasure to work on. To have clients with the experience and understanding of Urban Collective is a real privilege. The attention to detail shown by Kelly, Steve and Ashley has bought a thoroughness to the development process that is seldom displayed.

This building is decades in the making, it springs from the 20 years that the development partners (builder, architect and developer) have been building in the Auckland apartment market. There is a deep understanding of how to assemble the critical elements that are needed to create an exceptional building. This building will be the measure by which all others are judged in the future. So, what do the buyers have to say about their experience working with the team at Urban Collective: “Wonderful experience from the get go! Dealing directly with the team from Urban Collective has made it fun and exciting. Thank you, Steve, Kelly and Ashleigh for all your patience with our questions and ensuring the alterations we wanted came to fruition. Happy is an understatement to say the least... we have a new journey ahead and are looking forward to looking out over Auckland Ccity with pride!” Lesley. “Wow, wow, wow on every level! Amazing group of people who have made the experience fun and exciting! The team at Urban Collective really know how to design and build a quality modern group of homes, not just apartments. Way to go guys, awesome! Really looking forward PN to moving in to our new pad!” Simon. F

Every design decision, every colour choice, every texture, the tone, the way the light falls, the character of space - these were the elements that were pondered, reviewed, developed and then further developed until the building that we designed for them at 59 France became a masterpiece. This is a building palpably of its place and yet one that takes Newton and redefines it as part of the beating heart of Auckland City. There is a clear resonance with the character of the past, an understanding of history and of how people live in the city that will result in a renaissance for this part of Auckland - nobody knew it could be this good until 59 France defined how good it could be.

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MOTORING & TRANSPORT TEST DRIVING THE AUDI Q5 2.0 TDI QUATTRO DESIGN S TRONIC 2018 I have owned four Audis in my driving lifetime and loved them all. My favourite was an A6 wagon. I moved from Audis to a Mercedes then downsized to a practical, small car that I have a love/hate relationship with. Test driving the Audi Q5 today was like coming home. There is something about an Audi. Something more than stylish good looks outside and inside, and those four interlocking rings on the grille that everyone recognises as Audi. The Q5 is a mid-size SUV and feels roomily cosy rather than cavernous. Its interior smelt like heaven - all that soft, matt charcoal/black leather and the seats were comfortable with easy adjustment electrical buttons rather than the push/pull of manual levers that I can never work. Driving the car for less than a couple of hours, I can’t comment on whether any derriere numbness may have set in on a longer drive. The seats, though comfy, are not overly soft. Getting in and out of the car is a breeze, too, even for a shorty like me. Mr PN drove around the ‘hood’ for a while. This car eases effortlessly around our local chicanes and, unlike some SUVs, has no ‘tippy’ feeling. Swapping places with Mr PN, I adjusted mirrors and the driver’s seat. The Q5 practically drives itself. It is extremely quiet and I almost felt like I was flying a plane, it was that smooth. We both agreed how safe we felt sitting up high and knowing there were airbags galore surrounding us. Being up high, visibility is excellent. The Q5 took to motorway driving like a duck to water. The engine is a 4-cylinder diesel with a common rail injection system and turbocharging system. Great take-off with no real lag. It zoomed up hills like the pro it is. Gone are the old diesel drawbacks. The steering is smooth as butter and the safety features are top-notch - eg, AEB pedestrian detection, blind-spot warning, eight airbags. LEDs flash in the door card if a cyclist approaches from behind. This is a spectacular safety feature that would give me peace of mind. I’m nervous about cyclists. And there are more and more on our roads. The infotainment system looks suave and minimalist, has everything and more you want and need, is easy to use and has an intuitive layout. Roomy in the back seat, too. This is a vehicle that I would be happy to drive around town or on long distances. It can even go off-road. Plenty of room in the boot for suitcases and more. The Q5 is premium German motoring. It has definitely swayed me back to Audi. I can happily picture the vehicle parked in my driveway. Take a test drive, you’ll be impressed, I’m sure. (DEIRDRE THURSTON) F PN

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MOTORING & TRANSPORT 2018 ALFA ROMEO STELVIO DIESEL 2.2L I have always been intrigued by the Alfa Romeo emblem - one of two automobile favourites (Ferrari being the other). It is one of the most ancient and historical emblems among car brands in the world, from 1910 when Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili (ALFA) was launched.

thought Alfa could have come up with a more acceptable warning noise. Picky, I know. I’m sure there have been screeds of tests done to determine what noise works best.

Automobilismo Storica Alfa Romeo tells us: On the left, the cross symbolises Milan, Alfa Romeo’s hometown. On the right, what appears to be a snake eating a human, is the symbol of one of Milan’s most important families in history - the Visconti family, who ruled Milan.

The Stelvio we drove was white with bright red leather interior. On the outside, the Stelvio isn’t the prettiest car on the lot in my opinion (looks being totally subjective, of course). It is very front heavy. A curvy car, and has quite a high back window. The inside, however, is gorgeous. I have never been drawn to red leather in cars, or red leather anything, but it grew on me. Quickly. This was sumptuous leather and just the perfect shade of red that made me want to keep running my hands over it. The Stelvio is made for red leather.

It all harks back to the Crusades, Otone Visconti and a noble Saracen knight skirmish. Otone Visconti won and, following tradition, took the symbols the Saracen carried on his shield. What looks like a snake eating a human is, in fact, a snake with a human coming out of it a ‘new man’, purified, renewed. A rebirth. How I love emblems and their stories. Apart from the Alfa emblem and being drawn to the Giulia name of an Alfa vehicle model, Alfa Romeo hasn’t been on my radar. I have never driven or been a passenger in one, even when I have been in Italy. Now I see them everywhere since test driving one over the weekend. Specifically a 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Diesel 2.2L Veloce Pack with Harmon Kardon Sound System (fabulous system). The Veloce Pack has dark 5 spoke 19” alloy wheels, heated steering wheel - a personal favourite, heated front seats, Frequency Selective Dampening by Koni (meaning a more comfy ride), sports seats, aluminium sports pedals, sports steering wheel and roof rails. The Stelvio has many other features too numerous to mention here including emergency braking, forward collision warning (big tick from me) and lane departure warning. The lane departure warning, although a great safety feature, irritated me slightly. Mr PN and I both

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I motored around the inner city and suburbs for a while, intending to deliver the vehicle back after an hour or so but I wanted to keep driving this car. Or, as I rapidly began to call it, ‘my’ car. The North Western motorway beckoned. Mr PN reclined his luxury seat, relaxed back and took in the scenery. He’s stopped checking the speedometer. The motorway whizzed by underneath us. 0 to 100 in 6.6 seconds. Heaven. Noise is minimal. I took the turnoff for Kumeu, an old stomping ground. I know the country roads well out there and wanted to test the car on them. It’s high up in the driver’s seat but there wasn’t a smidge of any roll dynamics as the Stelvio handled windy, narrow roads with aplomb. This Alfa’s handling poise is top class. Reluctantly, we turned for home as I fantasised about the key being pressed into my hand on our return with a: “You keep it, it suits you,” from the car dealer. The Stelvio is pure Italian class in an SUV. An Amazon in pearls. I’ve PN come over all Alfa Romeo. (DEIRDRE THURSTON) F




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Jana Seymour of Driving Miss Daisy

DRIVING MISS DAISY - TRUSTED TRANSPORT PROVIDER FOR YOUNG AND OLD Almost five years ago, Jana Seymour started providing the Driving Miss Daisy companion driving service to the central suburbs of Auckland. “It’s been very satisfying to build up from just one to four cars, including a wheelchair accessible vehicle and two new Toyota Prius vehicles. This growth allows a more flexible and timely service for all our great clients.” Driving Miss Daisy is your transport problem solver. “People sometimes can’t get their older relative to a specialist appointment, or their child to an after-school swimming lesson. We manage those challenges by not only driving them to where they need to be, but also providing whatever level of assistance or care that’s needed,” says Jana. They take people to and from appointments eliminating any parking hassles or offer valuable assistance on a shopping trip. Jobs are pre-booked and quoted so there’s no meter to watch and you know who will pick you up and when.

Driving Miss Daisy provides transport for ACC clients; people recovering from an accident can request the service through their ACC Case Manager. Elderly people and those with disabilities can use their Total Mobility cards to get a 50% discount on their travel costs. With a team of six drivers, most of them female, the service can manage your driver preferences as well. The screening, training and accreditation of their staff is taken very seriously, so rest assured that whether it’s a frail parent or a young child - Driving Miss Daisy can be trusted to look after them from door PN to door. F DRIVING MSS DAISY NZ LIMITED, T: 09 360 0425, M: 021 503 169,

Driving Miss Daisy: We’re there for you Driving Miss Daisy is NZ’s number 1 friendly and reliable companion driving service. We can drive and accompany you to: • Medical and other appointments • Family/social occasions • Companionship outings • Shopping and airport trips

• ACC registered transport provider • Total Mobility Scheme provider • Wheelchair vehicle available

To make a booking or to discuss your requirements, call Jana Seymour today. Ph: (09) 360 0425 Mob: 021 503 169 Email:

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY FACES@ GREY LYNN FARMERS MARKET Luke and his crew can be seen selling bacon burgers at the Grey Lynn Farmers market on Sunday mornings. How does an accountant end up selling burgers? I love entertaining and I would have studied at an acting school, but my singing ability is not quite there yet. Instead, I followed my dad’s advice and studied accounting and got a graduate accountant job in Auckland. After two years of learning all I could, I decided to find something more aligned to my passion, so I teamed up with a fellow accountant and friend, Caleb, and set up my version of Bacon Bros here in Auckland. Who are the Bacon Brothers? It all started six years ago at the Riccarton Bush Farmers Market in Christchurch. My middle brother had a job with a butcher selling meat at the market. When the butcher wasn’t keen to offer tastings, my brothers teamed up to set up our own stand selling bacon butties. After I came back from studying overseas I jumped in with them Saturday mornings. And it grew from there? We had lots of connections with Canterbury University and we ended up doing lots of collaborations with their events - their huge end-ofthe-year tea party and music events throughout the year. How did you end up at Grey Lynn Farmers Market? I spent some time scouting farmers markets around Auckland to work out where we fit best. Grey Lynn is great for us because the people who go there are interested in good quality product and community. It’s not a big market but it has a great heart.

take Bacon Brothers, we have two trucks and a small burger bar in Christchurch, which my brother Troy and his partner Chloe take the lead of. What happened to your love of drama? I started studying acting up here last year and joined an Improv Theatre. I am the youngest brother therefore generally an attentionseeker so I love customer service and I am comfortable getting people to come out and play. We offer good fun, not just good burgers. Give me an example. The best thing is when people expect normal customer service but then we sometimes say we aren't going to make their burger until they tell us what their spirit animal is. We do get some weird looks from time to time but the whole idea is create a memory not just a meal.

Your burgers come with some unusual extras. Why? I’m really passionate about making a difference in someone’s day, even if it is just a small thing. So we added a few extras to our menu like a free hug, a cheeky smile or free life advice. At some markets, I even bring my guitar and offer a free song.

How do you get those quirky burger names? Our burgers are named after our regular customers, my legendary crew, and my mechanic. My truck spends a bit of time with the mechanic. F PN

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY FRESH FLAVOURS OF VIETNAM IN GREY LYNN CafĂŠ Viet in Grey Lynn opened in August 2013. From day one, little did owner Darren Bell realise it would be such a busy little restaurant. It has continued to grow to an extent that it now has 11 staff in the restaurant most nights. Things were not so easy in the beginning. Darryn recalls, “With just a staff of three we started out without a dishwasher; washing dishes by hand was a shared job. We had no third chef, that was a shared job and front of house was a team of two. Initially we worked hard to cope with the dinner flow, it was stressful but heaps of fun all at the same time.â€? 18 months into the business, Darryn got married and it became a husband and wife team. “We had both left comfortable jobs to work harder and sleep less,â€? says Darryn, “but we wouldn’t have done it any other way. It has kept us close and we love what we do. We have a philosophy that no individual makes Cafe Viet happen, it’s all about team work.â€?

to be seated, just to make sure they don’t miss out, as sometimes when its busy we run out of Summer in a Jar. CafÊ Viet’s dedicated vegan dishes are also proving popular, and Joni is looking to add more vegan choices to the menu. Support of local businesses is important to Joni and Darryn, so they source free-range farmed beef, pork and poultry from Grey Lynn Butchers.

Joni Hoang, CafÊ Viet’s executive chef, bill and wage payer, is Darryn’s wife and mum to their young son Archie. Joni's food is genuine southern Vietnamese with a modern twist.

Wine by the glass is popular. On the wine list is Soho, Dog Point, Odyssey Organic and Illiad, Momo, Mt Edward, Mano-war, Wanaka Rd, Willm Reserve Gewurztraminer, Felton Road's Bannockburn Riesling, Tattinger and Lanvin. For beer drinkers there are two Urbanaught beers on tap. Darryn says, “We chose Urbanaught, because it is brewed locally, and the beer is very good. We also have Premium ‘Saigon Bia’ Hanoi Beer, some McLeod’s brews from Waipu Cove, and Parrot Dog from Wellington. We found Parrot Dog beer a few years ago when it was just a small brewery in Vivian Street.�

Some of the most popular dishes are summer rolls, bang bang prawns, lemon grass chicken, pho beef soup and a dessert called Summer in a Jar. Some say it’s quite addictive. Customers order that dessert as they walk in

CafĂŠ Viet will take bookings for a table of two and anything up to groups of 40 people. You can celebrate a birthday, just bring a cake and some friends and enjoy the fresh flavours of Vietnam in the heart of Grey Lynn. F PN

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Fast food with a conscience Vegan fast food is coming to Ponsonby’s main drag. Bruce Craig is an architect by trade. However, the Grey Lynn resident has ended up not just designing houses, but with a completely new career as a master and a lord. Master franchisee and Lord Of The Fries, that is. And it was all because of an exploding volcano, diverted flights and an unexpected stop-off in Melbourne. Bruce and his family were on holiday in Bali three years ago when Mt Ruang blew its top, and tourists were evacuated. “We got stranded in Melbourne in our summer-weight clothing in the middle of winter and my friend Matt heard about Lord Of The Fries,” says Craig. “We loved the concept and the food and I ended up talking to them about having the master franchise for New Zealand.” Impressed with the food as well as the ethics and entrepreneurial zeal of the family owned fast food chain, Bruce - who had no previous experience in the food or hospitality industry - soon had a pop-up container Lord Of The Fries at Commercial Bay, which has now been replaced by a permanent site in the new Snickel Lane development. There’s also a K’Road outlet at the entrance to the revamped St Kevin’s Arcade, and with a Queenstown LOTF about to open, plans are underway for LOTF to get underway in all populous New Zealand towns. And Ponsonby News readers will be delighted with the news that the vegan chain is soon to add a flagship outlet on Ponsonby Road that, unlike most of the current outlets, will be fully seated - although

Bruce is cagey about the exact location, because negotiations are still underway. It’s exciting news for those of us who find reliable vegan options diminish markedly as night comes on, and a key part of LOTF’s strategy is to provide a source of protein-rich sustenance for vegans any time of the day or night, with stores open until 3am. Who hasn’t been out late and found themselves with a hunger after a night’s clubbing or carousing, only to find that the only vegan munchies available are chips cooked in oil poisoned by a busy night of frying fish and meat products? “We get a lot of late-night patronage,” says Bruce. “A lot of them are not necessarily vegan, but they love our food. A lot of people like our food because it’s a bit lighter... a big beef burger will slow you down if you are clubbing!” Bruce is owner-director of the New Zealand franchise of Lord Of The Fries with his wife Baksho, although the plan is to make franchises available across New Zealand, all of them run to LOTF’s strict quality control and methodologies. The chain is both halal and kosher certified, which means that the food is not only strictly vegan but that all carrots are slaughtered facing the holy city of Mecca. I jest, but it does mean that there is no meat on the premises at any time, and that sauces or foods containing alcohol are banned. What this means for the common or garden vegan is that they can safely eat at LOTF anytime knowing that there’s absolutely no chance of crosscontamination from meat. “It’s really tough when you go into a place and they tell you that what you’re ordering is vegan, but how much do the people behind the counter care, or have the time or the energy to make sure it’s protected and made on separate grills and whatever?”



In next month’s Veg Friendly, I quiz Bruce about the origin and content of LOTF’s mock meats, the efficacy of fast foods in a health-obsessed world, the environmental and ethical object of plant-based eating, and PN the very ‘meaty’ Beyond Burger. (GARY STEEL) F Gary Steel is an Auckland-based journalist who runs online vegetarian resource He can be contacted via

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY VALRHONA MONTH @ SABATO Known as the ‘Rolls-Royce’ of the chocolate world and chosen by the worlds’ finest pastry chefs, Valrhona have been creating exceptional chocolate for eating and cooking since 1922. As part of Sabato’s 25-year anniversary celebrations, there will be 25% off the entire Valrhona chocolate range from 1 - 15 August 2018, both in-store and online (excluding trade). To make Valrhona month even more delicious we have a sweet-baking cook class with Julie Le Clerc on Wednesday, 15 August at Sabato. Get in quick and book a place at or T: 09 630 8751. One of Jacqui’s favourite Valrhona recipes is this luscious chocolate dessert, perfect to indulge in this weekend... Poached Valrhona Chocolate Dessert Serves up to 20 4 large free-range eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 225g caster sugar 100 ml water 250g Valrhona dark chocolate fevés 180g unsalted butter, cubed Mascarpone, to serve Fresh raspberries or Fresh As freeze -dried raspberries, to serve Preheat the oven to 160˚C. Line a 20cm square cake tin with baking paper, leaving an overhang on all sides, then grease and flour the tin. In a bowl, beat eggs and vanilla with half the measured sugar for five minutes, or until quadrupled in volume.

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Place remaining sugar in a saucepan with measured water and heat until the sugar has dissolved. Simmer for two minutes then add chocolate and butter to this hot syrup. Remove from heat and set aside to melt then stir until smooth. Leave for five minutes to cool slightly. Pour warm chocolate mixture onto egg mixture, and fold gently until combined. Pour mixture into prepared cake tin, and bang tin down on a bench to settle bubbles. Place tin in a deep-sided oven pan. Place pan in the oven and make a water bath to poach chocolate mixture, by filling pan with hot water to come three quarters of the way up the sides of the cake tin. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until mixture is set. Test by touching the surface of the chocolate - it should feel set and firm. Remove tin from water bath and leave chocolate to cool completely in the tin before removing - pull overhanging edges of paper to help ease the poached chocolate from the tin. Cut in small squares. Serve topped with mascarpone and scattered raspberries. This will keep for a week in an airtight container. © Recipe courtesy of Julie Le Clerc. For recipe ideas and ingredients visit us in-store or on our website SABATO, 57 Normanby Road, Mt Eden, T: 09 630 8751

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MORE MAGIC FOR MATAKANA - PLUME VILLAS OPEN! Years of planning and construction has resulted in 12 new luxury villas on the gentle slopes adjacent to Matakana’s Plume Restaurant, long a haven for lovers of fine food and wine who descend on the place from all over the world. Situated just off Sharp Road, Plume Villas open for business this month, and not a moment too soon for owners Clyde and Farida Cooper, who liken the convoluted construction process to the most difficult of births, but as good parents recognise that the pain of the experience will fade with time. In the late stages of construction, one memorable day saw 100 contractors on site with every trade represented yet somehow managing to work around each other. The villas range from one to three bedrooms and were constructed off site and delivered as pre-assembled structures. Yet they manage to feel distinctly bespoke. Carefully sited to maximise privacy, and built with great detailing and quality materials, the villas sit amidst an ambitious landscaping plan which includes a swimming pool, petanque court, gentle walking trails around the property, and one very important path leading up to the restaurant. Cedar and marcrocarpa detailing, king size beds, and stunning ensuites are complemented by a soft colour palette used across the interiors and furnishings. Heat

pumps ensure year-round comfort. Every villa is well appointed, a quiet and restful place for guests to relax and enjoy a little taste of the magic that is Matakana. The flavours of Matakana continue in a cuisine tour de force after a brief stroll through the grounds to Plume Restaurant where guests can enjoy carefully crafted wine matches with Runner Duck Estate vineyard’s limited production, hand-tended wines in a range of styles. Plume Villas will be a welcome addition to the accommodation options available in Matakana and the surrounding region. Potential guests are expected to include couples fleeing Auckland for a relaxing weekend with great food and wine; wedding parties and corporate teams who may well occupy the entire facility at times; and overseas visitors passing through and keen to enjoy everything the region has to offer. They can also enjoy the treats on offer at Plume Cafe, on the roundabout at Matakana. It’s a great pit-stop for breakfast, brunch or lunch and the bakery on site produces PN a range of delicious morsels to tempt all but the strongest wills. F

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South America Earlier in the year I had this great idea to go through South America on the way back from San Francisco. Clearly my understanding of distance is lacking. A 12-hour flight from Los Angeles (on an airline that definitely shows you how good Air New Zealand is!) and we finally arrived in Santiago. Far from being a stopover on the way back. Well worth it though, as I had tried a number of wines from Chile and Argentina recently and was excited to learn more. The Chilean and Argentinean wine scene has changed markedly with the innovation, new regions, sub regionality and varietal diversity providing a lot to explore. The old adage that it’s the home of cheap reds and juicy Malbec has definitely gone and been replaced by a quality of wines that rivals the best in the world. Chile reminds me a lot of New Zealand 10 years ago, and our winemaking history has some similarities for sure. It was the Spanish who first introduced the grape vines; then, shortly after, the French varieties arrived. Fortunately, what never arrived was phylloxera; the little louse did not like the soil or the Andes. The Chilean wine industry has historically been centred around Santiago and the Central Valley, where easy access saw winemaking boom. Old areas in the south that were first populated were often planted with the pais variety, the mainstay of Chilean white wine for many years. While the central Maipo Valley continues to be very important to the Chilean wine industry, there continues to be much change. New ‘old’ varieties are being championed, Chilean cinsault for instance, and the regions of production have become wider and more diverse, extending to the north and to the south, from down on the coast to deep in the Andes. What makes all of this even more fascinating is that Chile is such a long and narrow country; a small journey north or south and the climate, land, aspect, soil - you name it - is different. It’s like a whole host of different winemaking countries bundled together into one narrow strip. Expertise and skill are at an all-time high in Chile, with the new regions and varieties, and new generation of winemakers, all making a difference. It is through pioneering individuals such as Eduardo Chadwick, that this message, one of diversity and quality, has spread around the world. Chile is a mecca for fine wine and it is one to sit up and take notice of. Sure, the great value entry-level wines are there, but the top end is too and, what’s more, the quality continues through the price points. From Chile, we passed over the Andes on a winding, long bus trip that is a must for your bucket list as it was fantastic. Seventy-six photos later and I still don’t think that I took enough pictures, it’s so spectacular. Financially, Argentina is less prosperous. Local producers are struggling, the government is not pro a strong wine industry and the youth turning to craft beer. Malbec is still king in Argentina; where it is grown the big talking point and how it’s made.

Mendoza sits at pretty high altitude anyway, it’s a desert at the foothills of the Andes, so to talk of high altitude in Mendoza seems crazy. The varietal diversity story continues here, with the grape variety to watch being cabernet franc. as with chile, fine wines from Argentina have already made a name for themselves and demand attention. In August, we are super excited to be presenting our new range of wines from Chile and Argentina. These wines have been shipped to us in temperature-controlled containers. A taste through this range of wines and it will be clear to see why we are so excited, your impression of Chilean and Argentinean wine is set to change. There are a number of tastings throughout August at Glengarry Victoria Park, as well as regular instore tastings in all of our stores. Tuesday 7 August - Premium South American Wines For this I will be presenting eight different wineries, and some of their most exciting wines from $40 to over $200 a bottle. A bit like bringing ice to Eskimos, we'll be starting with the Casa Marin Sauvignon Blanc 2017 from Chile. This is their flagship wine, a two-time winner for the best sauvignon blanc in the world! Then we move to two of the finest wineries in Argentina. Huarpe Gualtallary Terroir Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc 2016, followed by the Riglos Gran Cabernet Franc 2017. Then we move to South America's first-ever certified biodynamic wine, Emiliana Coyam 2017 from the Colchagua Valley in Chile. The malbecs are next, starting with Renacer Punto Final Malbec Reserva 2015 from 50-year-old vines at 1100m. From around Mendoza we then have the Achaval-Ferrer Finca Altamira Malbec 2014 and the incredible Zuccardi Finca Peidra Infinita 2014. Our last two beautiful wines are from the ancient carmenère variety from Chile: Casa Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandra Carmenère 2016, then finishing with the stunning Errázuriz Kai Carmenère 2015. We are very excited to have these in New Zealand! Saturday 25 August - Grand Tour of South America Grab some friends and join us for this afternoon walk-around tasting, where you can try and learn about the wines at your own pace. Just some of the new wineries arriving are: Casa Márin, Errázuriz, Emiliana, Riglos, Huarpe, Lapostolle, Renacer, Achaval-Ferrer, and Zuccardi. (LIZ WHEADON) F PN




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FEAST IN AUGUST The month of August is about dining out, it’s about flavours and friends, winter warmness and wines. It's about trying new things. Starting this year, Ponsonby Central and friends are bringing you FEAST Ponsonby... an opportunity to go to those restaurants and cafes you’ve always been meaning to try. With special meal deals of tantalising food and drink lineups designed to get you out of the house and satisfy those cravings for great food. As Aucklanders, we love our food and we have a smorgasboard of every cuisine imaginable. It’s hard to limit yourself to one type of food in a city so full of options, so let's feast on it all! With offerings from $15, $25, $40 and $55+ there is something to tempt everyone for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You’ve made it through Dry July so let's feast this August!


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Back to the garden - organic and natural wines Okay - the natural wine movement is credited to French winemaker Jules Chauvet. His thinking is that there must be as little human intervention as possible in growing and making wine. That is - organic and/or biodynamic viticulture. No insecticides, no artificial fertilisers and no herbicides. Grapes must be hand harvested, and only ‘indigenous’ or naturally occurring vineyard yeasts are permitted to ferment the pressed juice (as opposed to more reliable commercial yeasts). Then there is the vexed issue of whether or not to add SO2 to stabilise and get rid of any remaining yeasts or bacteria in the wine. Within the natural wine movement there is wide discussion and disagreement. Some regard SO2 as forbidden territory, others say it is vital to give the wine longevity and preserve purity of flavour. Finally, when the wine is bottled, there is generally no filtering or fining so your wine may end up slightly cloudy or with some crust of sediment.

Greenhough Nelson ‘Winegum’ Gewürztraminer /Pinot Gris - $32.99 Glengarry Grey Lynn Greenhough has been growing vines organically for over 25 years. Orange coloured in the glass. Smells a bit like sherry and macerated stone fruit. With flavours of apricot, Turkish delight and lychee, it has an astringent and dry finish

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Tincan Nelson Sassy Sauvignon - $31 ( Slightly orange and cloudy in the glass, it has aromas of yeast, almond and wine gums. It tastes nothing like a conventional sav, but is quite intriguing. Some astringency from skin contact, but with aged wine sherry flavours and hint of peach and tinned apricot. No additives at all: no sulphur, no animal products, no filtration. At 11% alcohol, it is quite refreshing and unusual.

Quartz Reef Brut Central Otago (Non-Vintage) - $31 Glengarry Demeter Biodynamic Certified. Contains minimal SO2. Yeasty bread aromas, fine persistent bubbles and flavours of stone fruit, with a dry crisp, clean finish. The winery adheres to the Rudolph Steiner principles of vineyard management that include planting according to a lunar calendar.

Tincan Nelson Persuasive Pét Nat - $33 ( This is Tincan’s take on a natural sparkling wine style. Barrel fermented, skin fermented and carbonic fermented. Predominantly sauvignon blanc with a small amount of riesling juice added for the secondary ferment. To me, it tastes more like a Belgian wheat beer. Fruity and yeasty with a clean finish. Hints of apricot and peach. Again, no additives at all. 10.5% alcohol.

Loveblock Marlborough Gewürztraminer - $22 Glengarry Biogro organic certified. Contains minimal SO2. A subtle and graceful just off-dry style, from Kim and Erica Crawford’s largely organic label. Grown in the lower Awatere Valley, it has aromas of lychee fruit and mandarin. In the mouth, it has a musky palate of guava, lychee, rosewater and mandarin. A lengthy finish with a hint of sweetness.

In summary - the Quartz Reef and the Loveblock are more conventional. Filtered and very approachable as most commercial wines. The other three are definitely outside the square, yet interesting and complex, but will probably appeal to a niche market. It’s all about your personal palate. (PHIL PARKER) F PN

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SOUTH GEORGIA South Georgia has to be the most extraordinary mind-blowing small island on the planet. Far from being a deserted island, South Georgia offers a history of intrepid explorers, dramatic survival stories, deserted whaling stations and wildlife galore. Absolutely my favourite stop on a recent cruise to the Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula. Nothing can prepare you for the sight of hundreds of thousands of King penguins, accompanied by a cacophony of squawking (reminiscent of the discordant vuvuzelas) and a waft of ammonia. It is a total delight to watch them waddle along, stopping to chat and groom, groups of young ones huddling together. We had time to wander and soak up the surroundings and were encouraged to just sit still to see what would happen. Being extraordinarily curious, penguins come right up to you - literally face to face, which can result in some great photos of penguins peering down your camera lens. I sat atop a hill and, sure enough, soon attracted attention. To climb the hill, the penguin used his beak like an ice axe to dig into the snow, walking his feet up to his beak, and repeating the process to get to the top to see me. I hope I was worth it! Being early summer (October), there were many teenage chicks about - looking wonderfully bedraggled in their fluffy brown feathers. The Salisbury Plain was a veritable sea of penguins as far as the eye could see. At St Andrews, a similar sight - the striking black, white and yellow of the adults contrasting with the fluffy brown chicks, beaks pointing to the heavens. It is heart warming to see native birdlife returning as a result of efforts to cull vermin and introduced species. The other locals demanding attention were the multitudes of sea-lions. I was particularly enchanted by the beauty of the females with their

saucer-like eyes and cat-like whiskers. The aggressive side of nature was also at play, with sealions fighting for territory, skua picking away at carcasses and tell-tale signs of bites from fighting sealions. The size of the resident elephant seals is akin to the size of a Landrover. The males are quite unattractive, yet extremely flexible, striking balletic poses with their tails in the air. One had to sympathise with the female in the mating process. I can’t believe that with the size difference the female even survives! A highlight was sea kayaking around the deserted whaling station of Stromness, with snow falling in slow motion, observed only by crows perched on a shipwreck. We walked to the spot where, during their epic 1916 Endurance Expedition, Shackleton, Crean and Worsley finally came in to sight of the whaling station - their hope for salvation. In Grytviken we had a wee dram and read a poem at the grave of Shackleton. The museum was a fascinating insight, with photos and replica of Shackleton’s row boat the 'James Caird'. Remote and inhospitable it may be, but South Georgia is truly a David Attenborough wonderland, well worth the effort. (JUDITH WESLEY, WORLD JOURNEYS) F PN

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We have the big World Cruise dinner tonight and I haven't a thing to wear. Singapore - what is its attraction? Is it the fabulous architecture, the clean streets, the low crime rate, the shopping? No it’s 'Little India'. I was last here six years ago and now, instead of docking miles away in a cargo port devoid of charm, we arrived to a beautiful new terminal right at the bottom of town with an amazing metro system right at hand offering to take us anywhere we wanted to go and quite a lot of places we didn't. And where we wanted to go was Little India. We had a mission today and Julie, the Australian Commodore’s wife was consigned to help. We have the big World Cruise dinner tonight and I haven't a thing to wear. This is my last chance to find something special. I had a wallet full of rupees and a need to impress. If you ever want to bargain, hang out with Julie. She’s hard. She knows a bargain. I admire hard, I cave in too early. I'm fearful - traders can smell fear and so I’ve entrusted my wallet to one who would make Donald Trump quiver. We wandered amongst the prayer halls, gold stores and haberdasheries with displays of silks and cottons from all over India, scarves, saris and bolts of fabric of every variety and colour imaginable. I had set my heart on a Sherwarni. It’s an Indian wedding outfit, a million different varieties exist, but by far the most exciting are handmade and hand-stitched, inset with crystals and stones designed to make the groom appear far more handsome - if only because the flashing gems distract you from any of his obvious shortcomings. I need a lot of bling to distract from my obvious shortcomings. I wanted something that would make Liberace swoon, Elton reach for his glasses and Queen Elizabeth ring for Norman Hartnell.

very, special range," it arrived. A jacket that could blind men, make mothers-in- law weep and prospective brides swoon. Lustrous, blue, brocaded, bejewelled and bedecked, and what’s more - sparkly. This was it. The enrichment on this jacket could make even me appear to be a worthwhile catch. We hit the ground running, we negotiated our hearts out and just when I would have crumpled, Julie announced we were done. I came away empty handed. “Be patient,” said Julie. Be patient? I live in the now generation; patience is something my mother has, not me! We retired to the food market, Julie, cool as a cucumber and me, a quivering, shaking and palpitating mess. Later as we 'just happened' to pass the shop again when, from the confines of darkened nether regions, Ajeet emerged, to pounce upon and drag us back into Hades. Now the haggling really started. I don't know how we made it out of there alive. It was a battle of two wills and both sides kept retiring to their prospective corners to lick wounds and tend cuts and scratches; I stood aside. As I said, I admire hard. And this was no time for wimps, it wasn't a contest for the uninitiated, but we knew we were winning when the manager called for the owner. Ajeet needed a backup, the cavalry so to speak, it was her undoing, the fight was almost over.

High above the market of Little India where fishmongers and spicegrowers mix in a cacophony of noise and colour, exists a whole floor devoted to saris and sherwarnis. A treasure trove of glitz and bling. I had found Nirvana.

'She' arrived amongst the obsequious bowing and scraping of the shop manager. A big strapping Amazon of a woman, her body bearing the scars of many battles. She thought she was a match for our Julie, but Julie has the experience of years of cruising and haggling her way across the Middle East and Asia. This mogul of the sari shop was no match for our Queen Boudica. There could be only one winner. Us.

Sitting on a chair like the Raj, Julie directed the growing fold of shopkeepers to produce their most treasured items. Coloured fabrics with stitching so delicate and brocades so deep - that we knew we had hit our mark. Then amongst the “best quality, very,

In all fair fights there is always a handshake, and we shook well. It was a game well fought and we left Ajeet’s premises with our arms sagging from the weight of velvet brocade and stones that were PN going to outshine them all. India 0. Australia 1. (ROSS THORBY) F

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1. I’m Dianne Hill from Pt Chevalier and have just returned from a visit to Jomtien in THAILAND. Here I’m at the Pattaya Beer Garden. Cheers, Dianne. 2-3. Westmere resident Maree Porter recently visited NEW ORLEANS Louisiana, where she was photographed with her friend Malvina Waiariki in the second photo. "I left the magazine with the owners in the second shop as they were very interested to read it," explained Maree. 4. Local Freemans Bay resident Wayne Foster with the Ponsonby News taking a well-earned break. He has just walked the 752km Chemin du Puy from Le Puy-en-Velay just out of Lyon, to Saint Jean Pied de Port at the base of the Pyrenees Mountains in FRANCE. It took him 28 days of walking and two days off on the way.



5. Wayne and Karen Foster, residents of Freemans Bay, catching up on the news while paddling down the Dordogne River in FRANCE. 6. Ruth Mckee sent us a photo of herself enjoying Ponsonby News articles while on holiday last week in Fortaleza BRAZIL. 7. Don’t cry for me, ARGENTINA. Ron Craig from local law firm ChambersCraigJarvis addressing the Duarte family tomb in La Recoleta cemetery Buenos Aires where the remains of Eva Peron lie. Fresh flowers are placed on its doors daily. 8. Ron Craig from Ponsonby law firm ChambersCraigJarvis attempts to divert the attention of an Argentinian revolutionary during the independence ceremony in Plaza de Mayo, BUENOS AIRES.

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Long-standing independent local business, Harrison & Graham Optometrists will get a new look in September - this will expand the eyecare services offered by Cliff, Adele, Gina and Joyce, and also see the launch of some new eyewear collections, both optical and sunglasses.


Eyewear needs to not only suit any visual requirements but also your overall style aesthetic. Over the past few years, eyewear trends have seen refined and understated styles, with thin acetates and neutral and transparent tones dominating. With the latest releases at Harrison & Graham from fashion houses like Saint Laurent and Chloe, we are seeing heavier, bolder styles making a comeback. In contrast to this, and very on-trend, are delicate metals for men and women with a vintage feel in soft golds. Brands like the Masunaga, François Pinton and Tom Ford have put a modern spin on classic shapes, making clip-ons cool as well as practical. Anything round is here to stay for the foreseeable future. By adding a double bridge, the look is taken to the next level. For a bit of colour pop, contrasting block colours or ombre is the way to go - Europeans such as Caroline Abram and Res Rei are doing colour very well. For something truly individual, you can’t go past bespoke eyewear like Fritz Frames. Each handmade frame is made from wood or carbon fibre in an array of colour ways - this is very special eyewear. F PN



HARRISON & GRAHAM OPTOMETRISTS - proudly now a Matthews Eyewear Eyecare Practice, 1 Jervois Road, Ponsonby, T: 09 376 2565, Email:,




1. Res / Rei Bucaneve Sunglasses 2. Saint Laurent Optical Eyewear 3. Saint Laurent Optical Eyewear 4. Saint Laurent Sunglasses 5. Res / Rei Carmen Sunglasses 6. Saint Laurent Sunglasses RES / REI - one of the new collections at

7. Chloe Rosie Sunglasses

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A selection of Carats Jewellery's beautiful creations from past and present.

CARATS, 25 Vulcan Lane, Auckland CBD, T: 09 309 5145,

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FASHION ACCESSORIES TAILORED GIFTS BY DIAMONDS ON RICHMOND That overwhelming, stressful feeling that suddenly rushes over you when you come to the realisation that yet again, you’ve messed up. You’ve left your present-buying to the last minute. “I hope she doesn’t mind flowers and chocolates again,” you mutter to yourself. The truth is, we’ve all been there. Life gets so busy that planning to buy your partner/friend/family member a present for their birthday often gets pushed down to the bottom of the to-do list. Yet, we always regret it when we realise we can’t present them with a gift that we know they truly deserve. This is where Diamonds On Richmond and its brand-spanking new ‘Tailored Gift Service’ comes to the rescue. Catering to men and women of all ages, they do the hard work for you to find the ideal gift. All that is required from you is a couple of mouse clicks and a minute of your time to answer a few simple questions so the Diamonds on Richmond team can find the perfect gift.

Within 24 hours of answering a short questionnaire, Diamonds On Richmond will come back to you with the number-one gift solution. However, if the gift doesn’t tickle your fancy, its experts will go back to the drawing board and will keep providing options till you find the perfect gift. Returning clients to Diamonds On Richmond are treated to a loyalty discount and have the option of matching the new gift with a previous purchase. It’s also good to know that each tailored gift purchase is covered by the DOR 30-day exchange and lifetime manufacturing guarantee. Your friends and family will be pleasantly surprised with your exceptional new gift choices and, even better, you’ll be given all the credit.

Visit to find out how you can make purchasing your next jewellery gift a whole lot easier. F The ‘Tailored Gift Service’ lets you set your own budget (starting PN at $300) and can deliver your chosen gift straight to your door New Zealand wide. DIAMONDS ON RICHMOND, 98 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn, T: 09 376 9045,

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INTERNATIONAL QUALITY @ FIFTH AVENUE MENSWEAR Jonathan Ogier opened his first Fifth Avenue Menswear store in 1982, in the Eastern suburbs. The store quickly became known for its unique style and flair, along with Jonathan’s personal attention to detail and service. Not long after, he started importing shoes from Italy and introduced a VIP Members loyalty scheme - one of the first in the New Zealand retail scene.

this day their factory and headquarters remain in Ganghester. It is from Swedish craftmanship and attention to detail, that Eton has evolved in to a global leading shirt maker and today can be found in some of the world’s most exclusive stores.

By 2000, Fifth Avenue Menswear had outgrown its suburban location and found a new home in Ponsonby. This gave Jonathan the opportunity to introduce many international designer brands and develop a truly international quality menswear store.

The Eton range is diverse and versatile, epitomising the standard in premium quality fashion and business shirts. From unique and colourful floral prints to easy-care pure cotton twills and micro-checks. To guarantee the high performance that characterises Eton shirts, all its shirts are made from premium quality cottons, which means the garments are long-lasting and will inspire you to enjoy and care for them.

Jonathan and his team are constantly searching for premium brands to complement the Fifth Avenue Menswear collection. When he discovered Eton, several years ago, it was a perfect fit. Now, it’s Fifth Avenue’s best-selling shirt brand.

From business and formal events to your days off - there’s always an Eton shirt to look good in. See the new summer collection instore and online now. F PN

Eton first began to craft fine men’s shirts in 1928. The first shirts sewn were from the original factory in Ganghester, Sweden and to

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FASHION ACCESSORIES @ MAGAZINE DESIGNER CLOTHING 1. Chocolat Haze Print Parlour Top; 2. Bittermoon Essential Dress in Tropical; 3. Chocolat Stripe Deception Dress; 4. Bittermoon Star Trek Tee





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Bedding Nest offers 100% premium Egyptian and organic cotton products, high thread-count bed sheets, duvet covers and pillow covers.

Annette’s Attic Vintage located on Karangahape Road around the corner from Ponsonby Road, opened eight years ago and continues to stock quality vintage clothing, retro, art deco, antiques, furniture, memorabilia and collectibles.

It is a treat to experience luxury in everyday living. So, if your bed and bath linen is a bit tired and needs replacing with new quality linen, then it’s worth calling in to Bedding Nest which is located within the same store as Annette’s Attic. “We are manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers of quality hotel linens at affordable prices up to 30-40% lower than our competitors. The thread counts range from 400TC-1000 TC and when ordering your linen there is no minimum quantity required. “We can customise cushion covers, bed sheets, pillow covers and towels according to customers’ requirements,” says Bedding Nest owner, Nivedita Singh. Through the superb range of bed and bath linen the focus is to provide customers with a beautiful and luxurious experience. Bedding Nest stands for superior, uncompromising quality and intelligent innovations that add value to a customer’s modern lifestyle. “We believe in treating our customers with respect and faith,” says Nivedita, “and we grow through creativity, invention and innovation. We integrate honesty, integrity and good ethics into all aspects of our business.”

‘Amazing,’ ‘thrilled’, and ‘awesome’ are words used to describe a shopping experience at Annette’s Attic. You’re likely to find several items you want, whether it’s a hat or a frock for an art deco event or something unusual for everyday wear. Annette is passionate about what she does, her enthusiasm is catchy and her dedication to taking the time to find the perfect dress, hat and accessories - right down to the gloves, is second to none. Annette says, “My passion is to help people find something that suits them and that they love. I have a large range, so it is a one stop shop.” As one customer put it, “I absolutely love Annette’s Attic. I stopped in on two occasions and ended up buying several items. It was by far the most satisfying vintage and antique store to shop in. I purchased useful things, and the prices were great! Annette herself is lovely, fun to talk with.” So, if you’re looking for a Vintage outfit or for unusual collectibles or memorabilia it’s worth spending time in Annette’s Attic with her beautiful collection of handpicked pieces.

ANNETTE’S ATTIC AND BEDDING NEST, 445 Karangahape Road, Annette, M: 021 0237 8312, Anand, T: 09 391 9100,

CLOTHESLINE IS CLOSING, SO THERE'S A BIG CLOSING SALE As Josh King explained, "It's definitely the end of a era for Clothesline and we have loved Ponsonby for the last 13 years or so. We are closing the Ponsonby Shop at the end of the month and selling off all our tees at $30 and kids tees at $20. "We will be based at Waiheke Central Supply Co. We are sorry to leave our lovely home in Ponsonby. A really big thanks to everyone who has supported us over the years! It’s been a lot of fun. Thanks, buddy, hope to catch you on Waiheke or in the summer. However, we will be back every summer with a popup store and we are now online with free shipping from" F PN

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FASHION ACCESSORIES NEW AT SHOUT HAIR "Continuing Shout Hair's commitment to providing caring products and services, we now have Kevin Murphy's new ‘Colouring Angel’ conditioners. Tone your hair at home simply and safely, or keep your blonde bright and luminous. Come in and ask which of the four tones is best for your hair.” F PN SHOUT HAIR, 166 Richmond Road, T: 09 376 6360,



Textile Fair SUNDAY 26th August 2018 10am – 4pm Admission $10.00 ALEXANDRA PARK RACEWAY

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FASHION ACCESSORIES OBISPO - WHERE WORLDS CONVERGE Situated at 169 Great North Road, Grey Lynn (corner of Sussex Street) you will find possibly the best-kept retail secret in town. Obispo is a delightful general store which opened six months ago, stocking handpicked clothing, objets, collectibles, accessories, jewellery, homeware and gifts. After several trips away together with time spent in Havana Cuba, what had been an often discussed idea, came to fruition with stylists, Judith Campbell and Eloise Morin, makeup artist and longtime Grey Lynn residents Anita Aggrey and designer-jeweller Jessica Aggrey found the perfect space; the distressed walls, evoking the old world and worn charms of Havana, naming the store after one of its most bustling streets. Collectively the Obispo team curates an eclectic array of goods, often only sourcing one -offs, which keeps the stock everchanging, resulting in a real feeling of celebration when a particular bag or shoe finds its rightful owner. The focus is on clothing items that are trans-seasonal, pieces to add personality and style to your existing wardrobe, a nod to the slow fashion movement. With over a decade of styling experience in film, TV and fashion between these friends, styling consultation such as consolidation of wardrobe, personal shopper and special occasion make over can be booked with Eloise Morin or Judith Campbell.

Jessica Aggrey has been making jewellery for several years and sells her limited collections these day’s exclusively at Obispo. She also offers a bespoke service for remodeling and special pieces such as wedding and engagement rings.

Anita Aggrey has made up many faces from Beyonce to Kate Bosworth and an array of faces closer to home. She can guide you through refreshing your look or get you ready for a special event.

For an uncommon shopping experience, drop in from Tuesday to Friday 11am-5pm and Saturday from 10am-3pm, or phone for an appointment out of hours. F PN

OBISPO, 169 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, T: 022 655 0043, Follow on Instagram @o_b_i_s_p_o

TOP DESIGNERS SET TO SHOW AT NZFW 2018 Some big names and exciting new additions announced as part of the trade week schedule for New Zealand Fashion Week (NZFW) 2018. Turet Knuefermann will open NZFW this year as the ‘Mercedes-Benz Presents Designer’ for 2018 - joining a distinguished group of local designers to receive this esteemed accolade.

In a new partnership with Viaduct Harbour, NZFW’s schedule will include a series of exciting off-site activations over the course of the week featuring leading brands like Georgia Alice.

Local fashion royalty Trelise Cooper is set to deliver yet another extravaganza, presenting two back-to-back on-site shows, while longstanding NZFW alumni Hailwood joins the schedule in addition to leading footwear label Kathryn Wilson, which celebrates 15 years in business this year.

Key buyers David Jones and The Iconic will be attending NZFW this year, alongside an impressive list of international influencers, media, buyers and delegates.

Reaffirming its role as a launching pad for new brands, NZFW will host the global launch of the Edmund Hillary Collection - a new clothing label from the Hillary family. And closing the trade week, iconic street wear label Huffer will present another signature off-site.

In partner news, Auckland’s newest contemporary hotel ‘M-Social’ has joined the NZFW family alongside long standing supporters Mercedes Benz, NZ Post, ATEED and Auckland Conventions Venues & Events. The full line up of trade week designers will be announced in the coming weeks, but with such a stellar list of names already confirmed - NZFW 2018 is shaping up to be one of the best yet. F PN For full details on the event, visit

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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

Dearest Cecile, I am sitting writing to you from my little sitting room, bathed in a delightfully warm shaft of late afternoon sun, and with a cup of tea and a plate of biscuits on my side table. I’m so pleased with my Morris chair, an impulsive buy from Lambourne’s[i] last week. They were having a one-day sale, and as I’ve always coveted one of these chairs, I didn’t hesitate to buy the very last one at 45/-[ii]. I think it was reduced as it was covered in a very unexciting beige velveteen, which I have hidden with a lovely old paisley shawl inherited from grandmother. I don’t know why Mother didn’t want the shawls. What are a few moth holes when the colours are so beautiful! How is business with you? Are you flat out with your spring orders? I am almost all booked up for August, with most orders to be ready by the first week of September. We had such a warm two weeks just passed here in Auckland that I think it jolted some of my ladies into realising that Spring is just around the corner! As a result, last week was very busy, with appointments every day! Most of my orders are for one or two gowns only, and mostly afternoon frocks for the coming season. Isn’t it wonderful that the line hasn’t changed markedly from last year! You’re probably finding, like me, that you’re able to use your old patterns and simply alter the trimmings and other such details. What a timesaver! Having said that, one of my customers is keen for me to copy a very chic black and white skirt that we came across when browsing the latest “Le Jardins des Modes”[iii]. Did you see the article in the latest “Ladies’ Mirror” talking about the prevalence of black and white at the Paris races?[iv] I predict that we’ll be seeing rather a lot of this combination over the coming months. I hope I don’t regret taking on the skirt commission... it’s going to be rather a lot of work in a busy month. I’m making it out of a very nice black silk crepe and insetting each pleat with a vertical panel of white crepe. The effect should be stunning when worn! Have you seen any good films lately Cecile? If you haven’t already suffered it, might I warn you against ‘The Devil’s Cargo’. Let me tell you the plot, better copied from the paper than summed up by me: ‘A maniac stoker, a bevy of beautiful women, and a handful of powerless men - this was the Devil’s Cargo on a derelict river steamer. Watch them battle with fate!’[v] It was George’s turn to choose the picture, and as my last choice was apparently too corny and romantic for him, we got to go to this ‘gem’. My verdict may be summed up in two words - “Don’t bother.” I’m still looking at houses which is such fun! Even though I’ve decided to wait until next year to buy, I’m continuing to have a poke around houses that interest me. The more I look, the better I think that I know what I want. I’m also getting to be a bit more realistic about what I can afford. I’m still wanting to buy in Ponsonby and I’m determined to have a harbour view. Both are entirely possible. I went through a stunner just over a week ago when I went to another house auction. This was my second house auction and I’m starting to develop quite a passion for them! This was a local one, on Shelley Beach

Road[vi] - quite the mansion with the most glorious views. The owner was moving to Sydney rather hurriedly and was selling the entire contents of his house! I went to two viewings so that I could take it all in. In all there were three bedrooms, a drawing room, a dining room, a breakfast room, a smoking room and of course the kitchen. The drawing room had a most divine window seat, over seven feet long and upholstered in a fine silk tapestry. Imagine what Pusskins would do with that! Obviously Mr Blitz, the owner, was not a pet owner! I could also tell by the fact that not one of his oak pieces had gnaw marks on the legs, nor could I see one pet hair on any of the many gorgeous oriental carpets! I coveted a deep blue Japanese carpet in the smoking room which would have fitted so nicely in my sitting room. However, I suspect that I would soon tire of the smell of old cigars. Mother came along to the auction with me as she was keen to bid on some of the many lots of sheet music and a rather exquisite French china cabinet with brass ornamentation. I was curious to see what two unusually fine pen drawings went for... by an artist named 'Beardsley'[vii]. They were very beautiful and very strange and I was very intrigued by them. However, they went for far more than I expected and I never had a chance to bid even once! Mother missed out on her cabinet but bought three lots of music, mostly Beethoven and Bach pieces. She also, bidding on the spur of the moment, purchased a huge pair of delightful ruby coloured moiré silk curtains from the drawing doom. She’s not exactly sure what she is going to do with them yet so I have been dropping hints as to how lovely they would look in my bedroom! I, too, was guilty of a spontaneous bid... on a little floral watercolour that no one wanted to bid on. But as soon as I bid, two others joined in and I was out! It does get the heart racing! In a couple of week’s time we have the American fleet arriving in town. The Winter Show will be on at the same time down at Princes Wharf, where the ships will be moored. I might go down and have a look at with George but I do not want to go out into the Rangitoto channel on a ferry to watch them come in. George is trying to convince me but I am a fair-weather sailor and can imagine just how awful it would be in the channel in rough weather being further jostled by the wake of the huge ships. Not my idea of fun at all! Of course, it might be a glorious day. I’m trying to persuade George to take his father out instead. Anyway, I’ll be a bit frantic by then and won’t enjoy taking a whole day out. Well, my dear, I think that’s all from me for the moment. Do write soon with all your news.

With much love,

Maudie xxx

W Lambourne: Complete House Furnishers, Three Lamps, Ponsonby (1925) 45 shillings in 1925 is equivalent to approximately $200 in 2017 - very cheap! [iii] Illustrated French fashion magazine imported into NZ at the time [iv] Ladies Mirror [v] On at Everybody’s (Theatre), Queen St, Auckland, 1 August 1925 [vi] Auction for the contents of ‘Rosalie’, 20 Shelly Beach Road, owned by Louis Blitz, Esq - New Zealand Herald, 1 August 1925, p.6 [vii] Aubrey Beardsley - English graphic artist working in the Art Nouveau manner [i]




FASHION ACCESSORIES WICKEN JEWELLERY Wicken jewellery harnesses the ancient symbols and knowledge of Wicca, combined with protective and healing crystals. The purpose is not only to adorn the body, but to inspire the soul and invigorate the spirit. Wicken’s collection holds true meaning with each piece acting like a talisman, there to help you find balance, strength and reconnect with who you are to empower your inner goddess. All pieces in the Wicken collection are designed by Kim Mackay and manufactured locally in Auckland from pure sterling silver or rose gold, with gems and crystals sourced internationally from reputable suppliers. “After a truly beautiful and inspiring trip to London and Paris in 2015, I suffered a life threatening medical event on the flight back home to New Zealand. Surviving this, brought me a renewed perspective on life and an openness to everything it brings,” says Kim Mackay. “My journey back to wellness was as much about healing my mind and spirit as it was my body. The symbols you see woven into every Wicken piece are at the heart of that. They’re my chance to send out into the world a powerful, yet beautiful piece of jewellery to help women uncover their own strength and beauty.

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“During my recovery, I turned to nature and crystals for healing. Wicken was born from this, and I started to design and research the pieces for the White Witch collection and several other collections to follow,” says Kim. Wicken jewellery is not your typical jewellery store, it has a beautiful boho vibe and now stocks Wicken candles designed by Kim for rejuvenation, love, good fortune and meditation. Customers often comment that they feel they have been drawn into another world. The combination of elegant contemporary design with old-world magic drawing on the feminine goddess, connects strongly with customers, uplifting and empowering them. WICKEN, 125 Ponsonby Road, T: 021 0285 2635,


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Adrian Hailwood talks NZFW I have talked here before about a perfect wrap dress that sits pretty in my wardrobe, in an abstract blue and black animal print with subtly sexy sequin detailing. It gets its far share of outings on a regular basis, and has done so for the nigh on 14 years that I have owned it. The fact that it is still in pristine condition despite many an evening out is testament to its creator, Adrian Hailwood of Hailwood label fame, one of my favourite local talents and best friends. Adrian's collections continue to hit new levels of creativity and wearability each year, and he also uses his own fabric designs, footwear and accessories on the catwalk at what have become some of New Zealand Fashion Week’s most applauded shows. Apparently it was a modern-day, Elizabethan-heavy film that inspired him to pursue a career in fashion almost two decades ago. Watching Tilda Swinton starring as Orlando and the gorgeous, elaborate costumes in the period classic of the same name, Hailwood finished a graphic design career, shifted to Auckland, and began designing clothes. With that inspiration in mind it comes as no surprise that his serious gowns are amongst the most photographed at NZFW each year, or that superstar Lorde picked a Hailwood gown to wear on her first big international magazine cover for Billboard USA. It isn’t just high fashion and stellar evening gowns that Hailwood does well, however, with everything from trainers to sexy heels to a denim line (H by Hailwood) sitting alongside tailored workwear in his flagship store at the Ponsonby end of Auckland's Karangahape Road. It’s his eleventh year in the K’Road space, which he moved to after a time on Ponsonby Road in the infamous 'number 62' store. His first outing at New Zealand Fashion Week back in 2001 was as part of a group show at the Auckland Town Hall. He still has customers buying his collections that first made their Hailwood purchases with him after the show in his Ponsonby Road store days, and he says that over the years his customers have grown alongside him, and the styles in his collections reflect that. “I used to be all about fashion and what was hot,” he explains, “whereas now there is a real concentration on tailoring and making clothing for women I know and meet every day.” He is as excited about his upcoming show at New Zealand Fashion Week as he ever was, saying, “I still can’t quite believe it will be my seventeenth year!” He will be working alongside loyal brand partners like the KMS Creative Team and stylist Karlya Smith to bring

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something truly special to the runway, as well as an area of design that he hasn’t touched for a few years now - menswear. “It will just be a 10 piece men’s collection,” he explains, “but it will be made up of things like beautifully crafted bomber jackets with embroidery, and cashmere knits. A lot of my 30 nationwide wholesalers are asking for menswear and I’ve done it before, so why not?” On the womenswear side of things, a new bag collection is being created to sit alongside the AW19 collection, which will include some beautifully feminine one-off showpieces in softer fabrics than he is usually associated with of late. “A lot of the new pieces will have a more sculptural look than last year’s show,” says Adrian, “and I’m using a loft of soft peach and pink tones and less black. There will still be drama in there, but overall the collection won’t be as vampy.” An as-yet-unannounced male singer/songwriter will be appearing live to complete the picture, wearing Hailwood menswear, of course. Hailwood has almost always shown in the biggest room at the NZFW venue, with 1000 tickets quickly snapped up by media, brand partners and long time customers who over the years have become good friends. “I always love doing a show at Fashion Week every year as it’s the opportunity to really represent what my brand is all about, and thank the people that have supported me,” he says. He also confesses that he loves making garments that aren’t just about the business side of things, “As I feel shows always need a little bit extra drama to keep people’s attention.” Every year’s Hailwood outing most certainly does that, with key looks appearing on fashion editors’ ‘must buy’ lists long after the venue has shuttered for the season. Alongside preparation for the AW19 collection, Adrian also has a new venture on Lombard Street in Wellington with his good friend Kirsten Sutherland, which takes the form of a boutique named Saint Fabiola. It carries the entire Hailwood range alongside shoes from Revie and featured art from his Karangahape Road neighbours at Starkwhite Gallery, as well as Kirsten’s own art works created under the Saint Fabiola name. How he fits it all in I don’t know, but I do know I’m glad he does. Bring PN on NZFW 2018! (HELENE RAVLICH) F HAILWOOD, 516 K' ROAD, T: 09 360 0031,


FASHION ACCESSORIES A BRIEF HISTORY OF SCOTTIES I sat down with my mother Marilyn Sainty to ask her a few questions about Scotties, the fashion boutique she co-owned with Sonja Batt for over 40 years. How did you meet Sonja? Marilyn had returned from living in Sydney and was creating ranges for Elle boutique in Hamilton, Sonja was working for London Affair, which stocked the Elle label. When Marilyn moved to Auckland and started wholesaling she continued to supply London Affair, and after a stint overseas Sonja took over Chez Bleu, one of their stores. After her business partner left, Chez Bleu closed and Sonja, Marilyn and fellow fashionista Gwen Garrett opened Scotties. Initially they stocked Marilyn Sainty, knitwear by Jane Cross and several small New Zealand labels. The story behind the name? Marilyn just thought Scotties had a much friendlier tone to it. It was meaningless - just friendly.

photography: The New Zealander

What brought Scotties to Ponsonby? Scotties started in the beautiful Guardian Trust building in Queen Street, where they subsequently added Scotties for Kids - a shortlived but well-remembered venture. To their horror, NZI refused to renew their lease at rather short notice. They were forced then to open what they thought would be a temporary shop in front of their workroom in Ponsonby. It was out of the way, but much to their amazement it worked. It was some time before they opened a second store in Lorne Street. The Blake Street store is now a thriving part of the Ponsonby landscape and includes the very popular Recycle section.

Marilyn Cooper started a recycle within her boutique, Sonja and Marilyn thought it made a lot of sense and Scotties Recycle was born.

Scotties imports a wide range of international labels, when did this begin? It started with Romeo Gigli in the early nineties, around the time his business arrangements with Carla Sozzani and Donato Maino turned sour. With Gigli in crisis, Scotties sought out Issey Miyake and Comme des Garçons then Yohji Yamamoto. Following the rise of the 'Antwerp Six' they took on Belgian labels Dries Van Noten and Anne Demeulemeester.

What is new and next for Scotties? New labels include Lemaire, Tricot and Sacai. Scotties also has a small range from Rory William. Docherty, a very interesting New Zealand designer with an especially good cut and beautifully made clothes. Because Sonja is now at the helm (and doing the buying) Marilyn is unsure of what new labels are expected so commotion ensues as Marilyn asks her phone to call work to confirm the new and upcoming arrivals.

It has taken time to build a following for these imports - customers were initially wary of the prices - but they have become very successful allowing Marilyn to retire from manufacturing.

The new label with the most buzz is The Row, by Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen, which, rather than a novelty, is a high-quality range that has been produced for over a decade.

Over the years Scotties has added to their stable with Italian labels Marni, forte forte and Belgians Haider Ackermann and Sophie D’Hoore, as well as Australian Martin Grant - the designer behind the Qantas uniforms.

Does Marilyn have any other Scotties memories to share? “Between the workroom and the shop we were all bound together by our love of food (we both laugh), our shared love of food - Sonja’s love of raw fish and mine of chocolate. And when the combined workroom and shop were there we used to have the most wonderful lunches.

How did designers Julia Fong and Beth Ellery come to be a part of Scotties? Marilyn has mentored a few designers over the years - Susie Timpson and Hilary Hynes, Julia Fong and Beth Ellery.

“In the early days Sonja and I used to cook for everyone at Christmas, these days we go out.

Not all of them continued to be designers, but were very clever at what they did. Julia and Beth both wrote to Marilyn, Julia had a Fine Arts degree and Beth was an architecture graduate who volunteered, and was such a hard worker she ended up on the payroll!

“We mainly had a lot of fun and a lot of laughs, really... when you get a group of women working together you do have a lot of fun - that’s my main memory of the workroom. And good neighbours like Dee and Greer (Twiss), that’s the thing I liked about Ponsonby, it was very neighbourly.”

How did the fabulous Recycle start? Marilyn was supplying Victoria Black in Christchurch and owner

My mum, Marilyn, retired from the day-to-day running of Scotties last year. (LANA SAINTY) F PN

SCOTTIES, 2 Blake Street, T: 09 379 6617,

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1. Obi-Wishing Tee-$243, Obi-Emperor Drape Skirt - $429 2. Chocolat-Filigree Print Shield Tunic - $279


3. Obi-Starburst Shimmy Dress - $279 4. N+ by Nor-Irina Blouse - $253 5. Moyuru-Expression Coat - $507 6. Obi-Turkish Maxi Sundress - $279 7. Curate-Raspberries On Top - $199 8. Rundholz-Walk The Line Jersey - $289 6

9. Chocolat-Meyer Tuck Dress - $347 9 8

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PRESCRIPTION SKIN CARE Treatments for the face are becoming increasingly popular for the body too. When it comes to caring for your skin, some people forget to look after the skin on their body, too. The result can be a mismatch between face and body. Often the backs of hands will give the true age of a person away. Moisturising the skin from within Keeping hyaluronic acid levels up in the skin is one of the best ways to plump up the skin and soften lines. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in our body, but as we age we lose the ability to produce it. To replenish our supply, small droplets of a lightweight hyaluronic gel are positioned just below the skin’s surface. The gel delivers powerful nutrients to the skin that kick-start collagen production and attract water to the area. Lines are less visible or completely reduced, and the skin is softer and glows. People who have had this treatment say their skin looks radiant and feels plumper. Results last around six months. Areas commonly treated are: • Lips, to soften lines. • Cheeks and décolletage, to generate glow and smoothness, also to lift. • Necks, to soften the lines that have become etched into the skin with age and sun damage. • The backs of hands, to disguise the veins and bony structures.

Rejuvenating the skin An even skin tone on the body is just as youth enhancing as having an even skin tone on the face and neck. Up until recently, pain-free hair removal and the removal of spider veins were the most requested body treatments at Prescription Skin Care. Now, the reduction in red and brown sun pigment is often requested for neck, decolletage, arms and legs. Limelight Laser technology gently lifts both pigment types at the same time. It also stimulates gentle collagen stimulation and some reduction in fine lines.

• Knees and elbows, to reduce wrinkling. Skin hydration products that Prescription Skin Care use are Juvederm XC, Restylane Vital Light - cost from $695.

Skin rejuvenation products that Prescription Skin Care uses are Limelight, Laser Genesis, doctor-only skincare products - cost from $355.

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YOU GET... 1ml of Juvederm UltraXC A Clinician’s Complex Lip Enhancer for free It is the best lip enhancer we have ever found. Great on natural and filled lips, over lipstick or on it’s own. Lip Enhancer – Clear • Increases the size of the lips • Adds a tint of Clear color to lips • Plump lips in minutes with results that last for hours • Formulated with a vaso dilator to increase blood flow • Peptides stimulates collagen & hyaluronic acid production • Long-term lip plumping with continued use • Use as a booster to enhance the results of lip injections

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CLARE CALDWELL: THE ART OF LIVING So much of our intelligence is devoted to our rational, logical side. We pride ourselves on being quick and efficient in our daily life and on being able to problem solve. These are quantifiable and qualifiable human assets and are the basis for many tests of intelligence throughout our tertiary and working lives.

So followed a series of interventions and long periods in intensive care - all a bit of a blur, but I was told I nearly died three times.

Recently I went to the Dream Networks Aotearoa NZ mini conference that focused on another area of our intelligence - exploring consciousness. Although the main area of discussion was about dreams, it also embraced telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, near-death experiences, end-of-life experiences, waking visionary experiences and much, much more.

When I finally arrived home weeks later, I suddenly remembered that painting. Getting it out, a whole new awareness and understanding of it swept over me. The monolithic shape separating Sean and me from the beings was a barrier between the dimensions of life and death. I’d come up to that edge three times, but it seemed it wasn’t my time to go.

In October last year I was invited to be one of three keynote speakers at the DNANZ Annual Conference. My topic was “How Visions and Dreams have Influenced my Life and Art” and I presented images of relevant paintings accordingly. One of the areas I spoke about that I re-shared at the DNANZ Mini Conference was precognition (information perceived about a future event that could not have been known).

These areas of paranormal or extended consciousness I believe are a huge part of our collective human intelligence, many of which have been lost or ridiculed by our Western culture, now so obsessed with only what’s quantifiable and qualifiable.

This particular experience of precognition occurred in 2006. I was getting a repetitive image appearing like a vision on the canvas in front of me. As I often do, I allowed the image to emerge and manifest. It seemed to be about two figures (me and my partner Sean I suspected), standing together in a soft grey and white landscape. There was a large rocky monolithic shape in front of us and approaching us from the other side were three ethereal glowing white figures. The whole painting was suffused with soft white light. The Sean figure had his arm around me almost protectively. I had no idea what the painting was about and put it away in my studio. Several months later I fell and broke my ankle so badly it required the insertion of plates and screws and required weeks of total elevation. At some stage during the night before I was due to have the plaster removed I woke and was about to quietly head off to the loo (which was not unusual) when Sean woke and, sitting bolt upright in bed, asked me if I was okay. Normally he just slept through my nightly trundlings. I assured him I was okay but when I emerged from the loo, the hall suddenly seemed impossibly long and unnavigable. “Sean! I don’t think I can make it back!” I called out. “I’m feeling really strange.” Something compelled him to leap out of bed and call an ambulance, which was fortunate, as it transpired I had massive blood clots in both lungs and by the time I got to the hospital had only minutes to live!

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Some researchers believe that extra sensory perceptions are a normal function of the mind, more highly developed in some people than in others, often manifesting more in times of crisis (or imminent crisis). Was this precognitive message in my painting the warning that motivated me to ask for help and for Sean to call the ambulance? Had we unconsciously absorbed the message all those months ago when I showed him the painting? And of course, it begs the question: where does this help come from? I choose to see these Light Beings in my painting as some sort of angelic guides, as they’ve appeared to me many times before and since, and always with benevolent intention. They’re a source of inspiration for many of my paintings and writings, and I believe they’re here to guide humanity away from the current paradigms of greed and cruelty PN towards a more enlightened and spiritual way of being. (CLARE CALDWELL) F Clare (Claudie) Caldwell is a creative arts therapist who runs a small private practice from home. She is currently running a voluntary art and art as therapy programme at Auckland City Mission. She is also a freelance artist. Enquiries: T: 09 836 3618; M: 021 293 3171; E:



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Keith Nelson - dentist and All Black Local identity, Keith Nelson, is best known for his family dental practice in Franklin Road, Ponsonby. There he is in partnership with his two daughters, Vikki and Deanna. These wonderful women look after the teeth of my whole family, so we’ve got to know them well. Keith is getting very close to retiring - he will be 80 in November.

headmaster at Auckland Grammar), Waka Nathan, Mac Herewini, Pat Walsh, Don Clarke, Malcolm Dick, the incomparable Colin Meads, Chris Laidlaw and Earl Kirton.

But it is as a successful rugby player that Keith Nelson is not quite so well known. He became All Black number 631 in 1962.

Keith told me that Whineray was a wonderful leader and man, and had the respect of all players. Unfortunately, Keith Nelson didn’t make the test team on that tour, but played some great rugby in other tour matches.

Jack Nelson, Keith’s dad, had a menswear shop at 175 Ponsonby Road. He had played for Auckland and followed Keith’s career very closely. Keith was one of four children, only Keith and brother Bruce, an accountant who played for Ponsonby, survive. Keith had expected to go to Mt Albert Grammar School, but Jack got him in to Auckland Grammar. There, Keith shone academically, but also by his last year was captain of the first fifteen rugby team. He was invited to join the Auckland squad just out of school, but went off to Dunedin to study dentistry. The great Fred Allen had seen his potential at Auckland Grammar and gave him an introduction to the equally great Charlie Saxton in Dunedin. In his first year at dental school, Keith Nelson was selected to play for Otago and his career took off. Keith played for Otago in 1959 against the Lions. Otago famously won that game 26-8 and Keith scored a try, one of many the young 20 year old lock forward would score over the next couple of years. Keith also played as a lock for the Junior All Blacks against the Lions in 1959. In 1960, Keith Nelson toured Australia with the unbeaten NZ Universities team and was the top try scorer (from lock). During those Dunedin years Keith captained Otago University and also the South Island to two victories over the North Island in 1962 and 1963. He also played for the North Island in 1964, beating the South Island. But it was 1962 that Keith Nelson remembers as his greatest year. He graduated in dentistry, he was selected for the All Blacks as a loose forward and he married Aldyth Lloyd, Dunedin Festival Queen beauty. Aldyth passed away nine years ago. The crowning glory for Keith was his selection to tour the British Isles with the famous Wilson Whineray team in 1963. This team was chock full of famous players and Keith was a relatively new boy. His team mates included Kel Tremain, John Graham (later

Keith Nelson scores a try for Ponsonby versus Waitemata 1972

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The 1963 team to Britain was the first to fly. Previous teams had sailed by ship, and Keith says his team arrived two stone lighter than previous teams who had travelled by ship. Keith was first a lock forward and later a loose forward, (it usually goes the other way around) and he retained his explosive speed. He was 6 feet 2 ½ inches tall, weighing 14 stone 12 pounds, and proud to be one of the quickest players over 15 yards. It was this speed off the mark that allowed Keith to score so many tries, unusual for a forward. He didn’t play for the All Blacks again after that British tour. After his All Black days, Keith, who by then was a dentist in Auckland, became a Ponsonby Clubs and Auckland stalwart. He captained both Ponsonby and Auckland for a number of years, finally retiring in 1975. He is currently patron of the Ponsonby Club. I asked Keith about rugby knocks. He had only one concussion, in the club final against Manukau. He woke up in hospital and does not remember what happened. Apparently, one not-to-be -named Manukau player hit him with a haymaker and knocked him out. He does have cranky knees and joints, however, probably a legacy of those rugby days. Both shoulders, both knees, both hips, and one ankle are now replaced with titanium. Thank goodness for modern medicine! Keith still follows rugby religiously and is disappointed at the Blues' lack of success in recent years but he is extremely proud of Ponsonby Club’s success over the years. He follows his 11-year-old grandson Liam’s rugby too. Liam, of course, plays for Ponsonby. Like 1962, 2018 will be a huge year for Keith Nelson. He will retire after more than 50 years in dentistry. I told him he should be writing a book, but he is not keen. He does have copious articles and photos in huge scrapbooks, which I’m sure will provide many hours of pleasant reading for his grandchildren and their children. Keith’s is a wonderful legacy to hand down to his PN descendents. (JOHN ELLIOTT) F

Keith Nelson scores a try versus Te Papapa 1972 PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)

LIVING, THINKING + BEING DAFFODIL DAY - FRIDAY 31 AUGUST 2018 Sharing hope for the one in three Kiwis affected by cancer. Please keep the Cancer Society and Daffodil Day in mind for your mid-late August planning. We have access to a wide array of stories, from compelling research to real-life case studies that feature inspirational Kiwis living with a cancer diagnosis, as well as the Cancer Society’s wide range of services and its amazing volunteers. Daffodil Day is New Zealand’s largest street appeal. Its goal is to unite New Zealanders to help beat cancer and, by raising much needed funds, ensure the Cancer Society can continue to support vital cancer research and provide practical help, care and comfort thought out the country. This is the Cancer Society’s biggest communication event in 2018, and we thank you in advance for your help in spreading hope for the one in three kiwis affected by cancer and their whanau and friends. “Across New Zealand the Cancer Society is out every day of the year helping people who are affected by all types of cancer,” says Mike Kernaghan, the Cancer Society of New Zealand CEO. “We offer practical and emotional support to people when they are at their most vulnerable. Behind laboratory doors our researchers are working on new drugs and treatments. And our teams across the country are working tirelessly with communities to raise awareness and help prevent future cancers. We can only do all this, and more, thanks to the money collected on Daffodil Day - every dollar collected by our 12,000 volunteers is used to help New Zealand and New Zealanders beat cancer.” • • • •

One in three Kiwis will be affected by cancer. The Cancer Society provides accommodation close to all major hospitals in New Zealand. In 2017 it provided over 49,000 bed nights. Daffodil Day donations help pay for a wide variety of services including petrol for volunteer driving services. Last year over 4700 patients were driven to and from their treatment, by 1145 volunteer drivers covering over 1,151,998 kilometres.

People can donate: • By donating to street collectors on Friday 31 August • At any ANZ branch • Online at




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The appendix - an important part of our anatomy? Many of us have had appendicitis which resulted in the removal of the appendix in an operation known as an appendectomy. I haven’t experienced appendicitis but had my own appendix removed during another abdominal surgical procedure. I was told later that the appendix doesn’t perform any useful function and I was better off without it. The appendix is a closed-ended pouch-like narrow tube that attaches to the cecum (the first part of the colon where the small intestine joins the large intestine) like a worm. The anatomical name for the appendix, vermiform appendix, means worm-like appendage. Being approximately 5-10cm long and 0.5-1cm wide, it’s not a large part of our anatomy. The human appendix has long mystified doctors who have wondered about the necessity of this tiny organ. In fact, the function of the human appendix has been a matter for debate for many years, with healthcare professionals believing it had no good reason to be there. A doctor may have decided to remove your appendix, without your permission because of this long held belief. In my case, I did not have appendicitis and thus there wasn’t a real reason to remove it. Of course, if your appendix becomes inflamed and infected it can be life threatening and then it does become necessary to have it removed. I don’t have New Zealand statistics, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US, 300 to 400 Americans die and about 321,000 are hospitalised for appendicitis attacks each year. The appendix is present in many primates and in our distant past may have been an aid in the digestion of cellulose when we had a more plant-based diet. Charles Darwin was a proponent of this theory. This worm-like organ is often considered to be a vestige of evolutionary development despite evidence to the contrary. It has thus been regarded as a vestigial organ (a nonfunctional characteristic that has been fully functional at some point in time).

Humans have a number of so called vestigial organs such as male nipples, wisdom teeth, tailbones (coccyx) and ear muscles. Recently though, surgeons and immunologists at Duke University Medical School have said that the appendix does indeed serve an important function inside the human body after all. They say that the appendix appears to help produce and protect the ‘good’ bacteria in the intestines by acting like a ‘good’ bacteria factory that cultivates and preserves them, thus maintaining a vital balance with harmful bacteria. When the gut is affected by a bout of diarrhea or other illness, researcher William Parker, PhD says “once the bowel contents have left the body, the ‘good’ bacteria hidden away in the appendix can emerge and repopulate the lining of the intestine before more harmful bacteria can take up residence.” I was really disappointed to read that the researchers in this study concluded that, “the appendix is really an unnecessary organ in today's modern world.” They say that in a modern society, less of these ‘good’ bacteria are needed due to better hygiene practices. They theorise that repopulating the gut with ‘good’ bacteria is not that hard to do. I think they have got it totally wrong. In Western society today, with a diet focused on processed foods laden with sugar and antibiotics that have been handed out like lollies, it has become ever more difficult to repopulate the gut with ‘good’ bacteria. If we don’t have an appendix it’s an even greater challenge and we may struggle to retain the balance of ‘good’ bacteria in our gut. This is another important reason for taking a comprehensive probiotic supplement every day. Research in the future should be looking into ways that we can prevent appendicitis and thus retain what is clearly a very important human organ. More fibre in the diet would be a very good start. PN (JOHN APPLETON) F APPLETON ASSOCIATES, T: 09 489 9362,,


Leo (the Lion): 23 July - 21 August The dynamic is slightly off in your life at the moment but not in a good way. You’re motivated by what you could possibly achieve in the future but you must acknowledge the here and now.

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

You’re the person to come to this month with friends seeking advice about the baggage they have in their lives. You might have problems distinguishing your own belongings from the rest if you’re not careful.

♍ 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

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

You can use your mind to reorganise all aspects of your life now that you are free of the burden that’s been troubling you. Take control and do your best to achieve your ambition.

You appear different somehow and whatever you’re projecting is quite contagious. You can connect with who you are by recalling any memory that has influenced your life.

Scorpio (the Scorpion): 24 October - 22 November You might want to hold back about giving your opinions too loudly as they can be taken in the wrong context - only because they are misunderstood. You can’t go wrong if you listen first before you make your thoughts known.

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

You have always been one to keep yourself occupied and content with your own company. However, it might be a time to indulge your passions and let the wider community have the pleasure of your wisdom.

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

You really can do what you want, how you want to do it and whatever it is you do is really your business. Being ambitious is no crime as long as you have integrity in how you go about building your empire.

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Be ready to accept whatever comes your way and if there is an unexpected knock at the door, open it with enthusiasm. Take off the glasses that are blocking your vision and your field of scope will be enhanced.

If you are having problems making decisions, you should seek advice first. It’s okay if you don’t get all the answers at once. Searching for the right solutions is better than making any rash moves.

You are able to find joy in almost anything that you do. You’ll find being positive brings you in contact with some very interesting characters. And in turn, learning from them will benefit you in the future.

Gemini (the Twins): 22 May - 21 June If you look closely enough, you might see that there is a lot more going on around you than you first noticed. And if you pay enough attention you could benefit in a big way.

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

You can allow yourself to daydream but you must not allow yourself to get too caught up in the fantasies that invade your head. You have questions that can't be answered but try and be patient and all will be revealed.


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LEARN ABOUT THE VALUE OF A DIO EDUCATION The Open Days at Diocesan School are always a popular event and Saturday 9 August will be the last opportunity for people to see the school in action in 2018. The open days provide an opportunity for people to learn more about Diocesan and its unique learning and pastoral care environment. Who could be better advocates for the school than the current students who lead the tours and provide their own insights into their experiences, and the value that being at Diocesan brings to them. The school’s excellent academic record stands for itself, but Dio stands for so much more.

Visitors will have the opportunity to view Diocesan’s new multi-million dollar arts centre and tour the other worldclass facilities at the school such as the digital learning space, modern classrooms, state-of-theart aquatic centre and multi-purpose sports' turf, kitchen gardens and student-run espresso bar; as well as meet with key staff. Diocesan is experiencing extremely high demand and potential families are reminded that applications for 2020 must be received by 24 August 2018, with a small number of limited places available in 2019 for some year levels. F PN

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NEW PRINCIPAL KERRI MCKAY FOR BAYFIELD SCHOOL In term one this year Kerri McKay began her journey as the leader of Bayfield School after previous leadership positions at Dominion Road School and Murrays Bay Intermediate. Kerri is an innovative, approachable and visible leader, who is passionate about the children and the community in which she leads and teaches. Kerri has found the Bayfield School community to be welcoming and feels very privileged to be the Principal of Bayfield School. Bayfield is a school in which children are given the highest quality of education in an exciting and future-focused environment.

and collaboration, while students’ strength and passions guide their direction for the future. ”At Bayfield we are building students who have a strong sense of self and their own identity, which will enable them to thrive in our dynamic world.” F PN BAYFIELD SCHOOL, Clifton Road, Herne Bay, T: 09 376 5703,

As a principal, Kerri believes that education should be innovative, fun and exciting, with high levels of engagement and excellent learning outcomes for all students. Learners should have the ability to question, enquire, problem-solve and have enthusiasm for learning. As educators, the teachers have a responsibility to teach and develop skills in the students, such as being challenged, creativity

Ballot for 2019 Parents of children who live in zone who are turning 5 in 2019 & 2020 should pre-enrol to assist the school to plan appropriately. Out of zone places are likely to be offered in all year groups. Places are allocated dependent on availability on the day of the ballot 24 OCTOBER 2018. Applications to be received by 3:00pm on 17 OCTOBER 2018.

INFORMATION MEETING FOR Parents interested in applying for the Ballot

THURSDAY 23 AUGUST @ 9:15am please contact the school if you would like to attend 09 376 5703

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MEET THE TEACHER Riki Teteina is Principal of Newton Central School How long have you been Principal at Newton? I began in January 2017, after 20 years leading international schools throughout Asia (Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand). Why did you to return to NZ? After being abroad for so long, I wanted to return and try to make a positive contribution to the educational landscape in New Zealand. Also, my 11-year-old daughter had not experienced education in a New Zealand setting and we wanted her to understand what it meant to be a Kiwi. Also, it’s great to be back in a country that doesn’t have snakes! What’s been the biggest difference between education in New Zealand and internationally? I’ve had the privilege of teaching within the British, US, New Zealand, and International Baccalaureate curriculum frameworks. New Zealand has an excellent, well-rounded curriculum that is the envy of many other countries. However, I’m pleased that National Standards have been abolished so that we can focus our attention to supporting students in developing the key competencies of thinking, relating to others, using language, symbols, and texts, managing self and, participating and contributing. This is very similar to those of the International Baccalaureate. What’s the biggest challenge you see in education in New Zealand? We have excellent teachers in New Zealand, but I’ve been surprised by the work expectations of teachers, and their current status in our society. In other countries I’ve worked in, teachers are held in such high esteem that the best and brightest university graduates aspire to be teachers, ensuring the next generation are being supported to reach their full potential. In New Zealand we are struggling to motivate tertiary students into teaching, resulting in declining teacher training enrolments. What are some of the opportunities in the future? - is an opportunity for all New The protection and strengthening of Te Reo Maori Zealanders - not only Maori. Newton Central School has always had a strong Maori medium programme and I’m delighted to be part of our new local Community of - Ako O Waitemata) - that is strengthening Maori - medium pathways in Learning (Te Kahui our area - from early childhood all the way to tertiary education. Why do you feel Te Reo M-aori is important? While I do not yet speak Te Reo Maori, my international experiences have shown me that language is what defines a country and its culture. We have a rich language in New Zealand, which I think could help strengthen our identity as New Zealanders if we all embraced it. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? I’ve been a surfer since I was a child, and I’ve been able to blend my passion with my career, working and living in places like Bali, Phuket and West Java. Now, I’m enjoying getting back to the land of the long lefts - Piha, Raglan and Ahipara! F PN

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PASCALS HERNE BAY KINDY FREE SESSIONS OFFERED Pascals Herne Bay Kindy is located in a beautiful, historic, heritage building in the heart of Herne Bay on the corner of Jervois Road and Wharf Road. It first opened its door to education as the Bayfield School on 5 July, 1886. Over the years it has been the foundation for learning for a few famous New Zealanders, including Violet Walrond - a swimmer in the Olympics for New Zealand at just 14 years of age in 1920. We also had Keith Nelson attend, who represented New Zealand as an All Black in the 1960s. During the 1970s we became the home for the Pacific Islanders’ Educational Resources Centre, before they moved to Richmond Road. Pascals Herne Bay Kindy joined the early childhood education sector in 2012. "We have been thoughtfully transformed into a vibrant kindergarten for children aged two - five. We pride ourselves on providing a welcoming, home away from home environment. We are innovative and focused on being involved in our local community. Our doors are always open and we love to meet new friends to join our extended family,” says Tia Duffy, centre manager. Pascals Herne Bay Kindy is offering four free sessions on Mondays, 10.30am -11.30am during the month of August for children to play and experience the kindy environment. Parents are welcome to play with the children or make the most of some quiet time, relaxing in the foyer for morning tea and coffee, which will be provided for you. F PN PASCALS HERNE BAY KINDY, 1/272 Jervois Road, Herne Bay, For more details please contact Tia at or T: 09 360 2066,


FUTURE GENERATION KING’S SCHOOL CENTENNIAL BUILDING WINS AWARDS FOR ITS STRONG EDUCATIONAL DESIGN The new King’s School Centennial Building has been receiving much attention for both its design and its educational benefits. It recently received major awards for outstanding design for positive educational impact. The new building, opening earlier this year and offering an extra 5000 square metres of large classrooms, music studios and breakout areas, has been several years in the planning and draws on the very best examples of overseas educational facilities. It has already been recognised with both an NZIA Architectural Award in the Education Sector and also received the National Education Property Industry Award by the New Zealand Property Council. Both awards mentioned the strong educational benefit the building offered to its students. Interestingly, this has been achieved not through the current trend of open-plan ‘modern learning environments’ but through keeping existing single classrooms, with one teacher to a class and focusing on creating spaces to encourage the building of strong interpersonal relationships between teachers and students. Tony Sissons, Headmaster of King’s School explains: “I feel very strongly that our students need to maintain a close relationship with the classroom teacher and have a strong connection with a single class. The new Centennial Building allows a flow from the large light-filled individual classrooms into open flexible spaces by way of glass sliding doors, which can be used by students and staff from across the school. So we have the best of both worlds, in that we can continue to offer personalised teaching in a classroom environment but also allow our students to work collaboratively in groups outside the classroom.

“There were many planning discussions with our architects Warren and Mahoney and multiple requirements to consider, but core to the brief was the importance of human relationships within a school environment, particularly those between student and teacher. Well done Warren and Mahoney for their understanding of the need for a design for maximum pedagogical impact and creating spaces that will need to support changing PN education trends and a technology future that is yet unknown." F KING’S SCHOOL, 258 Remuera Road, Remuera, T: 09 520 7770,


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A bubble not bursting There are many benefits to being part of increasingly multi-cultural society like Auckland. Sport. Music. Art. Bubble tea. Two big fans of bubble tea are young entrepreneurs Angela Wang and Emily Zeng. Angela explains, “Bubble tea is becoming increasingly popular in Auckland. It started with the influence from the massive Asian student population, especially around the CBD area, and it’s spreading to other students and the broader Kiwi population. Stats have shown consumption of bubble tea to be growing at around 30% a year in Auckland!”

puddings are often added. The drinks also come in iceblended versions, which are frozen and put into a blender, which give a slushy consistency. Of the wide range of flavours. The two most popular varieties are black pearl milk tea and green pearl milk tea.

That growth will only be enhanced by the girls’ own product, Little Leaf Bubble Tea, a bubble tea with a difference. Angela: “There are many products sold around Auckland, but where ours is unique is that it’s vegan, healthy and sustainable.

A common mistake for beginners is thinking that the tapioca pearls at the bottom of the drink are the 'bubbles'. Not so. The reason the drink is so called is the froth formed when the milk tea mixture is shaken, which is done with ice in a cocktail shaker and poured into a cup with the toppings inside. Sometimes bubble tea is served with a plastic lid, but it’s better when sealed with cellophane, which allows the tea to be shaken in the cup without spillage. The cellophane is then pierced with a straw big enough to allow the toppings to pass through.

“Our bubble tea is already available to buy as we are selling in markets and hoping to move into supermarkets in the following few months.”

It’s big business, and the girls have done their research to find their own niche.

So how did the idea for Little Leaf Bubble Tea come about?

“We’ll use almond milk which is a common plant-based milk and caters for those who are dairy-free and soy-free,” said Angela. “It also offers many nutritional benefits including high vitamin D content.

She continues: “While bubble tea is popular among groups from high school kids to young adults, it’s also becoming an increasingly well known household name and will likely keep growing.”

Necessity is the mother of invention, and Emily, who is vegan, needed a dairy-free alternative to the bubble teas available. So the year 13 ACG Parnell College students, with the support of the Lion Foundation’s Young Enterprise Scheme, came up with the solution - Little Leaf Bubble Tea. By now many of you are wondering: what is bubble tea? So here you go. It’s a Taiwanese tea-based drink invented in Tainan and Taichung in the 1980s, and is also known as bubble milk tea, pearl milk tea, or boba tea. The various recipes contain tea of some kind, flavours, milk and possibly sugar. Toppings, such as chewy or popping tapioca balls (known as pearls, or boba), fruit jelly, grass jelly, agar jelly and

“In terms of packaging, we’re bottling it so it’s easily transported and handled, making it convenient for our ‘on-the-go’ target market. This is unique in the bubble tea market. Our bottles will be environmentally friendly because they use PET plastic, so they’re reusable and recyclable.” So now you know all you need to know about Little Leaf Bubble Tea. Except where to get it, which is various farmers markets around Auckland, such as the Parnell farmers market and, soon, stores. PN (BILLY HARRIS) F You can keep updated on their Instagram page: @littleleafmylktea

SPCA CUPCAKE DAY - AUCKLAND CITY Calling all cupcake and sweet treat lovers! We have the perfect opportunity to get your sugar fix and raise vital funds for New Zealand’s animals in need.

Each year, over 45,000 abused and neglected animals need love, care and shelter. Since 2009, supporters like you have helped us raise over $2.3 million to help these animals, simply by baking and selling cupcakes.

Please come on down to one of the following locations and get your paws on some freshly baked cupcakes: Queen Street x Vulcan Lane Queen Street x Quay Street Queen Street x Victoria St West Queen Street x Customs Street Takutai Square

With your help, this year will be our biggest yet! Join us and make a huge difference to the lives of thousands of injured, abused, sick and lost animals across New Zealand.

Spread the word to your family, friends and colleagues who will be in the CBD on the day. Together, we can create a better New Zealand for animals in need.

On the morning of Monday 6 August, we will be at five locations across the city with stalls full of delicious cupcakes.

If you would like any more information about the event or would like to get involved with baking yourself, our fundraising team is on hand to help you. F PN

On Monday 6 August, you’re invited to join us for the sweetest event of the year, SPCA Cupcake Day.

Reach out at any time on or call T: 09 256 7312.

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name: R h e t t M c M e n a m i n

name: M a y a N o b l e j a s

breed: M a l t e s e x W e s t i e

breed: T i b e t a n S p a n i e l


7 years


class: l Colehill Cottage

Overall Behaviour

Overall Behaviour Going outside first thing in the morning before picking a favoured

best achievement

5 years

class: l Colehill Cottage

best achievement

Working towards more active participation in class activities.

needs some work

Pawfecting her patience and self-control at treat time.

spot on the couch. Understanding that they don’t need to jump all over their teacher to say

needs some work


core subjects

physical education

social studies

core subjects

physical education

social studies



ball & tug


gregarious / outgoing




ball & tug


gregarious / outgoing




chase & wrestle


amiable / charming




chase & wrestle


amiable / charming




interactive games


reliable / thoughtful




interactive games


reliable / thoughtful


best friends

best known f for or

best friends

best known f for or

Atticus Mountney,Cara Kurth,Coco

That delicious face!

Daisy Walker,Gizmo Taia,Miss Mair

Always having a huge smile on

Toussaint,Molly Skinner,Jack Batty,Robbie Milton,Kipu Goldstein,Georgie ChernMeyer,Alfie MacDonnell,Murphy Jordan,Baxter Gillingham

O’Connor,Bella Powell,Fergus Hoskyn,Georgie Chern-Meyer,Manahau Davis,Beatrix Meyer,Duggie

her face.

O’Shea,Scooby Patel,Tilly Banks,Oscar Thompson,Pixie Morris,Lily Smedley,Ruby Lee,Gertrude Perkins Rakena,Harley Jones

overall comments

overall comments

A real staff favourite, Rhett knows how to charm us all with

Gorgeous Maya has had another great year, a real teacher’s pet who just loves her snuggles and is always first in

his infectious personality and cheeky grin. He loves snoozing in his favourite spot but is often reluctant to head outside with

line for a treat. She is learning to sit patiently and wait her turn for a treat. With the most loveable loyalty, Maya is the pawfect student.

the rest of the class when asked. With the best manners and the most lovable loyalty, he is the pawfect student.

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report card 2 0 1 7

report card 2 0 1 7

name: L e o n a r d W a l s h

name: S t e v e S m y t h

breed: M i x e d B r e e d age:

breed: G o l d e n R e t r i e v e r


1 year 1 month



class: l Budleigh Gardens

8 years

class: l Woodbury Park


Overall Behaviour



Overall Behaviour

best achievement

Settling into daycare, learning the ropes and making new friends.

best achievement

needs some work

Understanding that listening to their teacher often results in a tasty

needs some work

Sharing their favourite Aunty or Uncle with the rest of the class. Following instructions from their teacher when asked to head outside with the group.


core subjects

physical education

social studies

core subjects

physical education

social studies



ball & tug


gregarious / outgoing




ball & tug


gregarious / outgoing




chase & wrestle


amiable / charming




chase & wrestle


amiable / charming




interactive games


reliable / thoughtful




interactive games


reliable / thoughtful


best friends

best known f for or

best friends

best known f for or

Ned Ballantyne,Lexi Bakker,Frida

Always being keen for a game

Cadbury Lawson,Lola

Always first in line for a

You Morgan,Loki Kensington

with their buddies.

Keeley,Rudy Hylands,Spot


Phillips-Brown,Winston Morris,Poppy McCulloch overall comments

overall comments

Leonard has taken to daycare life like an old pro, forming lots

Gorgeous Steve has had another great year, a real teacher’s pet

of new friendships and making the most of every day. Whilst his

who just loves his snuggles and is always first in line for a

ears often appear to be painted on, he is learning that listening

treat. He also loves snoozing in his favourite spot but is often

and focus will be rewarded. He loves to play and make new

reluctant to head outside with the rest of the class when asked.

friends, and is a fantastic new member for Otter house.

We just love seeing that gorgeous face and excited wiggly bum in the morning.

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I am looking at writing my will, I have a child from an earlier marriage and a new partner who I have been with for a couple of years. I want my partner to be able to live in my property after I have died but I want this to eventually go to my daughter. Is this doable? Chris - Ponsonby

Because your de facto has this option under the Act, then what you provide in your will may not happen. If you wanted to address this with your partner in a binding way then you would need to have a Contracting Out Agreement and they would need to get independent legal advice from a lawyer on the agreement for this to be binding.


Thanks Chris, that is a good question and the answer is, it’s complicated.

This may be an expensive exercise and means that you may need to address any other relationship property issues.

Wills are undervalued in New Zealand, a hangover from the Public Trust offering free wills to people as a loss leader. Lots of people don’t have them, some people use cheap do it yourself will kits. Saving money now is likely to end up with an expensive problem for your estate.

The Family Protection Act 1955 provides children with a claim if the do not feel they have been properly provided for out of the estate.

The problem is that you will have competing interests in your estate which end up in court. This is a common issue these days as blended families are increasingly becoming the norm. Under the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 a surviving spouse or a surviving de facto (provided the de facto relationship has existed for more than three years at the time of your death) have an option under the Act to either accept what is left to them under your will or to take a claim against the estate under the Act. If your de facto did make a claim then this claim ranks first against other claims on the estate, it is likely that a life interest in the property would be less than the value your partner may be entitled to under the Act.

A remainder interest in your property may not be sufficient provision for your child as they could be waiting years and possibly never receive anything from your estate. It seems to me that one solution is managing the expectations of your partner and your child so that they do not feel aggrieved and motivated to take a claim against your estate. Other alternatives could include setting up a trust (which could remove property from your estate) or make distribution while you are still alive. Please give me a call. (MICHAEL HEMPHILL) F PN Disclaimer - this article is for general information purposes only. If you have a legal problem you should seek advice from a lawyer. Metro Law does not accept any liability other than to its clients and then only when advice is sought on specific matters.

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Accounting for cryptocurrencies Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple and Litecoin are some of the well-known examples of cryptocurrencies, which is essentially money that exists only in digital form. The currency is usually encrypted using blockchain technology that regulates the generation of new units and verifies fund transfers. It operates independently of any central bank and can be transferred without going through a bank. Blockchain technology enables secure information sharing online, which makes cryptocurrencies possible. Blockchain creates a shared database but one that’s duplicated thousands (or even millions) of times across a network of computers. Most blockchain transactions are publically viewable and transparent. Every time an update is made to a blockchain database, it’s visible to everyone who has access. Transactions are also secure. Since a blockchain database isn’t stored in a single, centralised location the information it holds is easy to verify and hard for a hacker to corrupt. Below are the common questions asked about tax on cryptocurrencies: Is cryptocurrency treated as a foreign currency for tax purposes? No. For tax purposes, cryptocurrency is property, not currency. This means foreign currency gain or loss provisions do not apply. My business accepts cryptocurrency as payment for goods and services. Do I have to pay income tax on it? Yes. Cryptocurrency received as payment for goods or services is business income, which is taxable. This is seen as a barter transaction and you’ll need to calculate the value of the cryptocurrency in New Zealand Dollars (NZD) at the time it’s received.

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I have received payment in cryptocurrency. How do I calculate the NZD equivalent? If your cryptocurrency receipt is not converted into New Zealand dollars (NZD) straight away by a cryptocurrency merchant processor, you’ll need to convert it to the NZD equivalent on the relevant date. For some cryptocurrencies it may be necessary to convert into US dollars, or any other fiat currency, and then convert into NZD

cryptocurrency for New Zealand dollars or another fiat currency such as US dollars or Euros.

Conversion rates used must be from a reputable exchange with a reasonable trading volume.

If you are using mobile and desktop wallets and exchanges you should have access to your transaction history (deposits, transactions and withdrawals) and be able to export this in a commonly used file format like CSV. You should also retain your bank statements and cryptocurrency wallet addresses for verification purposes.

I purchased some cryptocurrency a few years ago. Will there be a capital or revenue (taxable) gain when I sell it? It depends on your purpose for acquiring the cryptocurrency. Cryptocurrency is considered property for income tax purposes. Where you acquire cryptocurrency for the purpose of disposal (selling or exchanging it) the proceeds you make from selling it are taxable. Bitcoin and similar cryptocurrencies generally don’t produce an income stream or provide any benefits, except when they’re sold or exchanged. This strongly suggests that cryptocurrencies are generally acquired with the purpose to sell or exchange them. Does tax apply only when I cash out cryptocurrency into NZD? No. Any disposal that creates a realised gain or loss needs to be recorded at the time it occurs. ‘Disposal’ includes swapping one type of cryptocurrency for another or exchanging

Do I need to keep records of my cryptocurrency transactions? Yes. You must keep sufficient records to be able to determine your income and deductions. Standard seven-year record keeping requirements apply.

Some overseas software providers are developing accounting and tax reporting products for cryptocurrency customers. These apps and websites enable manual CSV exchange imports, automatic API exchange imports, automatic API wallet imports and CSV and Excel imports from exchanges. If you use third-party software, make sure transactions are accounted for in a way that meets New PN Zealand tax law. (LOGAN GRANGER) F Disclaimer - While all care has been take, 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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@ REPUBLIC HOME 1. Brick House Entertainment Unit by United Strangers - $2995 A sleek and sophiticated entertainment unit in brushed aluminium. Plenty of storage room with two cupboards and two drawers. B-52 Aluminium finished surface with bleached ash base, khaki fabric interior. Stainless steel handle and ash wood legs with hand-stitched leather detailing. 2. Brooklyn Living Cabinet by United Strangers - $3995 Cabinet combines a clean elegant exterior with interior function with a solid oak wood wine rack, pull-out storage for wine accessories and a solid surface for mixing drinks. The right-hand side consists of adjustable shelves and options for media systems. Available in Soldier Brass and Lu-Da Aluminium finish.



3. Outlaw Occasional Chair by United Strangers - $1995 Thinking of an outlaw led to the design of this occasional chair, distressed and rugged black metal exterior, complemented with vintage leathers and formed solid oak wood arms. Thick detail stitching along the backside edge brings up thoughts of the cowboy lifestyle.


4. Marley Chair by Kelly Hoppen - $3480 This chair epitomises simplicity and elegance; tapered legs and a simple base crafted from stainless steel in a mirrored brass finish feed seamlessly into the seat back. Nubuk suede upholstery is fitted flush to the frame, creating a sleek silhouette. 4

5. Brooklyn Side Cabinet by United Strangers - $1595 Bring New York style home with Brooklyn's innovative interpretation of industrial style. Featuring a combo of cupboard and drawer storage - each lined with army reserve canvas on the inside - in a modish mix of aluminium and distressed solid oak - Brooklyn is a sleek urban addition to any on-trend interior. Multi-purpose side cabinet for a living area, a home office alongside the Brooklyn Desk, or as a bedside cabinet. Solid distressed oak wood hardware inspired by veteran war planes. Internal lining of reserve army canvas. 6. London Chair by United Strangers - $2695 An elegant occasional chair that can be placed in any interior environment. A clean metal frame design with an upholstered chair insert and 100% Italian aniline leather upholstery with king pin brass frame.

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7. Josephine Amoire by Andrew Martin - $6395 From UK designer brand, Andrew Martin comes the majestic gunmetal Josephine Armoire. Inspired by the crisp geometric lines of the art deco period, this modern armoire is made from hardwood with a matte black finish and features a breathtaking engraved front. The interior houses a hanging rack, one adjustable shelf over and a stationary lower shelf for several storage options. 8. Bruno Chair by Andrew Martin - $2665 A transitional chair with flair arm and tight seat back. Made from solid beech wood frame and legs, and upholstered in Vladimire Slate velvet fabric. 9. Montauk Sofa collection by Republic Home, from $1595 1-seater - $5795 deep 4-seater This modern designer Montauk Slipcover Sofa range is designed with a 100% natural Italian linen cover. The cover is completely removable and washable, making it the ideal lounge piece for any living room. A truly versatile design that can enhance a vast array of interior styles. It is a contemporary classic design, with the slim lines and highlighted stitching detail providing an elegant and relaxed sofa. Each sofa or chair also comes with cushions in the same natural linen covers. Available in a range of sizes and colours.

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CREATIVE LIVING Premium apartments from the multi, award-winning combination of local developer, Urban Collective and Paul Brown Architects. Located in the heart of Eden Terrace for chic city


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NIGEL KING: PONSONBY’S APARTMENT SPECIALIST Coming from a family of builders with a grandfather famous for building housing estates across England, you could say the construction industry is in King’s blood. His passion for travel and adventure led him to New Zealand in 2000 and, after brief stints overseas, he returned in 2014 to join the Auckland property revolution. “The timing was perfect. I sold my first apartment in three days and have never looked back,” says Nigel. He certainly hasn’t, winning top salesperson at Mint Real Estate for the past two years, achieving 93 sales in just over three years with a total sales value of over $85,000,000. On joining Mint, Nigel’s primary focus was the ‘new build’ market and he still works with some of the biggest names. “I’ve managed to establish some excellent relationships with key developers and sold a lot of apartments for them in the process. Most recently ‘Citizen’ and ‘59 France’ for Urban Collective, ‘Western Park’ and ‘The International’ for Sanctuary Group.” Sanctuary Group was only too happy to provide a reference: ‘Nigel King of Mint Real Estate... has proven to be an excellent real estate professional. His understanding and presentation of our Western Park project has ensured exceptional sales have been achieved'. Nigel works extensively in Ponsonby, Eden Terrace, Grey Lynn, Kingsland and Mt Eden and is now selling more existing stock. If you’re looking to buy or sell an apartment in these locations, he is more than happy to offer his advice. Nigel’s apartment buyers certainly appreciate his expertise: ‘Nigel was a pleasure to deal with, laid back and observant in his selling approach but prompt and precise when the negotiations took place. It was reassuring to work with an apartment specialist’. Josh F PN MINT REAL ESTATE, 7 Vinegar Lane, Ponsonby, Nigel King BA(Hons), M: 021 055 2355, E:






Western Park Apartments were built with style in mind and have set a benchmark for the rest to follow. The proximity to Western park offers a vast green space for leisurely walks or the occasional jog! The proximity to Ponsonby Road opens up the best that Auckland has to offer in terms of restaurants, entertainment and shopping as well as Auckland’s most dynamic and vibrant suburb.

NIGEL KING Licensed (REAA 2008)

Apartment 203 is a good size at 117m2 total space, north facing for lots of sun and with spectacular views of the central city and Western park. Contact me now for more information.

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DESIGNER BRANDS TO SUIT ALL HOMES, LARGE OR SMALL Over the last six months Bob and Friends has been growing its list of exclusive designer brands to work with and expanding its range to suit the growing move towards apartment living. On the list of brands is TALA lighting - a fantastic young English lighting company with a truly sustainable ethos and beautiful lights. Treku furniture from Spain particularly their fabulous modular cabinets. Being modular means you can design your own unit.

its soft furnishings with a great selection of throws and carpets, including an ever-changing collection of vintage rugs from all over the world.

Bob and Friends has also just started working with the Danish company Naver who make the most beautiful furniture, cabinets, tables, chairs and even a stunning drinks cabinet of exquisite workmanship.

Bob and Friends is a homeware store where we welcome you to come in and browse, enjoy the villa and hopefully be inspired. It is about great design, colour, and most importantly comfort. A home, whether it is a free-standing house or an apartment should always be a place to relax and enjoy.

Along with SCP, String, and Amura, Bob and Friends has a very exciting range of product to suit all homes. It continues to add to

If you are looking for furniture, advise or a full design consultancy just call Ron at Bob and Friends. F PN T: 09 378 7350 or M: 022 021 0455,

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@ DESIGN WAREHOUSE 1. Westside & Crossword 2018/19 summer stock has arrived, in store, and ready to take home. Sometimes mixing contemporary with organic works, shown here is the raw teak crossword side table and the aluminium Westside Two Seat Sofa. The sofa has a lovely accent of teak on the arm that pulls this look together. The SunbrellaÂŽ cushions are free with the sofa as shown on our website.


2. Calvin Dining Chairs The Calvin Outdoor Dining Chairs have a striking design that catches your eye immediately. The woven upholstered panels are pillowy, and comfortable. The seat bas a built-in cushion that complements the design. Design Warehouse have over 150 styles of dining chairs to choose from. Visit their website or showroom to see the full range. 3. Organic Raw Teak Side Tables This line of organic raw teak side tables have character and are eclectic, warm and earthy. These characteristics are a beautiful combination. There are over 70 different styles of accent tables to choose from.



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2. Meta Bedside

5. Sula Coffee

3. Harvo Barstool

6. Meta 2.2 Coctail Bar


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@ CITTA 1. Muster Coffee Cup - cupboard space in apartments can be in hot demand, create a collection of coffee cups that you can keep on open shelving to spare some of that precious space. 2. Harvest Planters - bring the outdoors in and create an urban jungle with these deceptively lightweight planters.



3. The Hut Low Stool works perfectly a simple bedside table that doubles as an extra seat, should the need arise. 4. This liquid soap by Compagnie de Provence comes in a contemporary refillable glass pump bottle and contains natural vegetable oils to gently cleanse the skin. 5. Radial Shelving - if you’re short on storage, use open shelving to store and display all your beautiful items. 6. The Arc Free Standing Mirror helps small spaces feel larger and doesn’t need to be affixed to a wall, so you can rearrange your space on a whim. 7. This spacious straw Laundry Basket is beautifully breathable, and comes complete with a lid so that you can hide your dirty laundry in plain sight. 8. Vitra’s Toolbox is a practical organisation container that be used to store all the essential tools, or simply keep desks and benches tidy while still looking good.



9. Give the Segment Tray pride of place on your coffee table with a vignette of pretty items on top, and easily repurpose as a breakfast tray for Sunday morning lie-ins.

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@ DAWSON & CO 1. Campo Sofa by Wendelbo - $7918 A streamlined silhouette and square arms, with an added refined touch in the button -tufted seat cushion. 2. Lobby Chair by Wendelbo - $1879 Lobby Upholstery Range is defined by a feminine rounded shell contrasted by a sharp profile. With its compact dimensions and generous padding, the Lobby collection embodies a warm yet contemporary sofa.


3. Vista Chair by Wendelbo - $2319 Designed by Anderssen & Voll - with reference to a distant view along an avenue. DAWSON & CO, 115 The Strand, Parnell and 38 Constellation Drive, Rosedale, T: 09 476 1121,



AUCKLAND’S ONLY LUXURY HOME FURNISHING CONSIGNMENT GALLERY Consignment addresses a gap in the contemporary furniture market that presents opportunities for people to upscale, on-sell, purchase and develop their own definitive style. Consigning benefits both the consignor and the buyer - the focus is on creating an exciting, original space to showcase quality interiors and iconic European brands at moderate prices. Current stock includes B&B Italia, Cassina, Cavalli, Citterio, Le Corbusier, Flexform, Poltrona Frau and Starck.

Visit for details on currently sought-after stock or see Wendy and Chris in-store as this month is their end of season winter sale. F PN CONSIGNMENT FURNITURE, 2a Railway Street, Newmarket, T: 09 524 0084

As the pace of life changes, we are constantly redesigning our spaces and ourselves. Consignment is the perfect place to visit if you are embarking on apartment living, providing an opportunity to both on-sell and acquire modern investment pieces at competitive prices - the first port of call for interior designers, people with a keen eye for style, those looking to downsize or simply wanting that special piece to add the finishing touch. Inspired by Decor NYC and HFOC in Sydney’s exclusive furnishing district, our consignments cater for changing lifestyles with a focus on apartment living as well as town and beach house interiors. They are currently sourcing key pieces: both new and pre-owned furnishings, lighting and accessories to sell on your behalf, with an emphasis on contemporary European designs.

CONSIGNMENT NYC APARTMENT STYLE Welcome to Consignment . . . where we present opportunities for you to on-sell or purchase quality furnishings at reasonable prices. We’ve created an exciting, original space to showcase and sell contemporary designer pieces and iconic European brands on your behalf: Philippe Starck, Poltrona Frau, Cassina, B&B Italia and more! Our focus is on moving beautiful designs from one home to another and our model benefits both the buyer and seller.

We offer a great return for vendors and affordable designer furniture for those wishing to buy. Consignment is the perfect place to visit if you are embarking on apartment living, providing an opportunity to both on-sell and to acquire modern investment pieces at competitive prices. We now have Insta Shop, making it even easier to buy these quality pieces. View our website or visit us in the showroom to see what’s on offer.

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AHEAD OF THE CURVE This stunning kitchen packs a big punch, proving that you don’t have to compromise on looks or functionality when living in an apartment. As apartments become de rigueur for an increasing number of city fringe dwellers, their owners are prepared to put time and money into bringing their newfound urban pads up to the same standards as their once cherished suburban nests. Point in case is this beautiful apartment kitchen renovation, recently completed by Shane George from Kitchens By Design for a busy couple and their waterfront apartment. “The existing kitchen was looking fairly tired,” remembers Shane. “I think it must have been the original kitchen from when the apartment complex was first built. With the appliances at the end of their life, it was really time for a refresh.” As with most apartment renovations, the designer was quite restricted with what he could and couldn’t do. “Access to an apartment is always a consideration in determining the size and shape of large components that need to be brought onto site, as is the position of the services - water, drainage and ducting - which can’t normally be moved,” he says. “And then there’s the neighbouring apartments to consider and what the Body Corporate rules allow.” With this in mind, the design of the new kitchen followed roughly the same shape and form as the existing kitchen, but with added functionality, improved workflow, more workable bench space, and lots more storage - thanks primarily to a new bank of floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, finished in a beautiful oak veneer, along the side wall. “It’s not deep, just 400mm, but it provides a huge amount of extra storage that my clients previously didn’t have,” says Shane.

Shane George - Designer at Kitchens By Design

The ‘wave’ at the front of the peninsula gives added drama to the design - that wow factor requested by the client. And to give it some extra texture, the designer used a sheet of textured wave board, which gives a 3D effect when the lights are on.

Functionality aside, the standout feature of this new kitchen is the marble-clad peninsula, with its custom wave cut-out, lit by aquacoloured LED light strips.

“The marble adds another level of luxury to the space,” says Shane. “And to ensure that nothing competed with it, the cabinetry is kept simple and white. Where handles and pulls were necessary, we kept them minimal - matched to the brushed brass mixer tap on the island.” Even the sink is white - stainless steel just wouldn’t have worked, says the designer.

“High on my client’s list was something with very clean looks, yet it had to have a high impact visually - something with real wow factor, in keeping with its waterfront location,” says the designer. “She also wanted some green in the design and wanted the floor to look and feel like a boat deck,” he adds.

Keeping with the minimalist theme, the fridge-freezer has been subtly integrated into the cabinetry, and a sleek, glass-topped induction cooktop installed. A pair of the latest Gaggenau wall ovens and a cleverly placed Vintec wine fridge at the end of the peninsula finishes off the suite of top-end appliances.

KITCHEN BY DESIGN’S showrooms can be found at 7 Melrose Street, Newmarket, T: 09 379 3084, and 3 Byron Avenue, Takapuna, T: 09 488 7201. The showrooms are open Monday-Friday 10am-4.30pm, Saturday 10am-2.30pm, or by appointment.

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THE NEW HOME OF GEORGE STREET LINEN Driving through Whakatane several years ago, textile designer Gregory Davison saw the former Stewart Motors building at the corner of George Street and Canning Place and he made a life-changing decision.

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“It was actually the building that made me set up business in Whakatane,” Gregory says. “I was just passing through, staying at Murphy’s Motorcamp in Matata and I saw this beautiful old art deco building and knew that this was where I wanted to set up a new business.”

Pictured in 1981 Greg & Teresa of Chow Mein

This was the starting point for George Street Linen, an online business designing and manufacturing high quality with nature-fibre bedding. While the manufacturing is done in China, Gregory oversees every step of the process, splitting his time between his Whakatane warehouse and design studio and the Shanghai factory.

He says the decision to start the business came at a time when he was looking for a “softer life” than his previous working life. After 15 years living and working in Manhattan, and two years in Sydney, and 15 in Shanghai, Whakatane must certainly seem a quiet location. “What I love most about this town is that there are no traffic lights. I just couldn’t believe it when I first came here, the area is lovely and the people are so friendly.” His product manager Zac Kang agrees. Zac has moved from Shanghai with his wife and children, who didn’t speak any English before moving here, to help run the business. His two children have taken to school and pre-school in Matata like ducks to water. “They love it. It is a big change from city life in Shanghai where it is not so safe for children. They have much more freedom here. They tell me this is such a beautiful place.”

to be believed. “We are first to offer this product,” he says. Another product he is fond of is his cotton jersey knit, which he describes as “like having a t-shirt completely wrapped around you. We use the same quality cotton knit as Calvin Klein uses for their t-shirts,” Zac adds. His woven sheets are made using only highest quality 100% cotton in two textures - a crisp percale and a soft sateen. Duvet covers and pillows use only the highest loft of natural goose and duck down. He is delighted with his George Street building which he has spent the past year having refurbished and earthquake proofed, in doing so preserving a part of Whakatane’s art deco history. “It has taken about a year. It was quite a slow process because there weren’t any tradies around due to the work being done in Edgecumbe after the flooding. I love the high ceiling and natural light. It has a great sense of history. I just love these old buildings. I almost cried when they demolished the Commercial Hotel building across the road.” He says it was built by John and Thomas Francis in the 1920s on the site which was originally a carriage factory and smithy began by their father John Francis senior, who had been a farrier at Windsor Castle working for Queen Victoria. A building heritage study on the Whakatane District Council website states that John had his first smithy in Whakatane under the karaka trees by Pohaturoa Rock. The building later belonged to Des Wood, a motor vehicle dealership and workshop and later became Stewart Motors. The visible new steel bracing its ceiling attests to the amount of work that has been done on the building. The original concrete floor has been polished. Today, mountains of cardboard boxes containing bed linen fill half the building, while the other half is shared with Smith and Smith Glass. The products are currently only available online. The website, georgestreetlinen. com only went live last month. However, Gregory hasn’t completely ruled out the possibility of opening his doors to shoppers. F PN

Though he has spent many years overseas, Gregory is originally from Dunedin and then Palmerston North. He studied textiles in Wellington in the 70s and opened a fashion store in Lambton Quay in the mid 70s, which he and his business partner called Chat. The shop was managed back then by Ponsonby News editor, Martin Leach. However, after several years Greg and his business partner relocated their business to Auckland during the early 80s. “With my fashion label Chow Mein I worked entirely in silk,” he says. He gave up on that when the economic recession hit, and moved to New York city. He says he started working in the home textile business because it was the only job he could find in New York. “I’ve stuck with it because it is fascinating to me. "People have no idea how much goes into creating bed linen. There are different yarns in various sizes and qualities, different weaves and knits, the dyes and patterns. There are around 500 people involved in the making of a single bed sheet.” Gregory became a recognised designer of some distinction during his years in New York and after 15 years he was headhunted by Sheridan in Sydney, Australia, where he was appointed creative director. In recent years he has been based in Shanghai, China, where George Street Linen is now made. The look is contemporary urban in soft natural colours. He says one product he offers, which, as far as he is aware, is unique to George Street Linen, is its merino wool jersey duvet covers and pillowcases. While wool is a product most of us associate with prickly warmth, the softness of these covers has to be felt

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THE INTERNATIONAL - SETTING THE BENCHMARK HIGH Amidst a city full of ongoing construction and development, there’s one building site that has caught our eye. Promising world-class living in the heart of the city, there are few developments around Auckland that can compete with ‘The International’ - an ultra-luxury 90-apartment building that is currently under construction and looks set to bring a truly international way of living to our city when it is completed next year. Nestled next to the prestigious Northern Club and overlooking Albert Park on one side with harbour views on the other, The International is being built where the old Grand Hotel once stood. Architects Marchese Partners have chosen to pay homage to this heritage and the facade of the Grand Hotel has been carefully preserved to provide a grand entry to the 17-level building within. Once complete the ground floor will host an in-house concierge service for residents, as well as a private dining room, restaurant, media room, library, heated outdoor pool, spa and Japanese-inspired garden. Owned, designed and developed by local development company Sanctuary Group, The International boasts amenities that will make even the most discerning New York upper east-sider swoon. From the underground wine cellar to the luxuriously cosy library, The International is clearly setting the calibre of a six-star hotel as its benchmark. From the moment residents arrive, they’ll be treated to the highest standard of living, knowing that all the finer details are taken care of. Think natural stone materials, custom timber cabinetry, three-metre-high ceilings and wide boarded timber flooring. Not to mention the stunning views that feature from every apartment. Floor -to-ceiling windows will flood the apartments with light and showcase the enviable views with the option of city, sea or park views. In what seems to be just the right balance of privacy and openplan living; the apartments have been designed with the modern Aucklander in mind. Open plan kitchens provide the perfect spot for entertaining on a Saturday night, while insulation and double-glazed acoustic glass ensure quiet sleeping spaces remain a priority during the busy working week. In summer, residents can entertain guests at the outdoor swimming pool, and in colder months, sliding glass doors open to a covered balcony - perfect for capturing the winter sun. And if you’re thinking this all sounds too good to miss out on, you’ll need to move quick as some like-minded locals agree with you; many of the apartments have already been pre-purchased including all the three-bedroom units. There are just 20 stunning apartments left waiting to be snapped up, including five of the most luxurious sub-penthouses that are sure to be the most coveted property in all PN of Auckland. F For more information or to make an appointment to view call, Jason Gaddes, M: 021 994 921, or Ross Hawkins, M: 027 472 0577, The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied


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MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP The Bed People is 100% New Zealand owned and operated by Bob and Brenda Flanagan. Of their nine stores, seven are in Auckland, located at Albany, Botany, Manukau, Newmarket, Mt Wellington, Wairau Park and Westgate. The other two are in Te Rapa, Hamilton and Lower Hutt, Wellington. The Bed People stores provide customers a ‘no stress, no pressure’ buying experience in a relaxed and comfortable environment. As bedding and mattress retail specialists, they offer the very best beds and mattresses to enhance a better and healthy sleep. There is no salesperson pressure pushing for higher priced beds, rather they are happy to give you friendly, experienced help and advice to choose the correct bed or mattress that is right for you and your budget. All their New Zealand-made beds offer excellent value. “Our business is about people, both staff and customers being treated to a high standard of service and advice. We address their needs and concerns and find them the right bed, mattress and pillow for a good night’s sleep,” says Bob. “Our beds and mattresses are made in New Zealand factories in Auckland and Christchurch providing jobs for over 400 Kiwis.” It is important to make the right choice when it comes to size, support and comfort. Is the bed big enough for you and your partner? Couples sleep better in bigger beds. Part of being comfortable in bed is making sure you have enough room to spread out.

spine in the same position as a good standing posture - whether you're lying on your back or side. Comfort is just as important as support in a mattress. After all, you can't truly relax and have a peaceful, restful sleep if you aren't completely comfortable. You can have both. Support comes from the innerspring unit and the comfort level comes from the type of padding. You can choose from softer or firmer comfort layers while being sure you have good support at the same time. It all depends on your personal comfort level preference. When you share your bed with a partner, you don't want to be affected by their every turn and shift. Find a bed which allows you both independence of movement so that your side of the bed doesn't bounce and creak every time your sleeping partner moves. The old rule of ‘you get what you pay for’ applies to beds as in everything else. If you scrimp and buy a poor-quality bed now, you may be paying later in terms of lost sleep. Shop for the best value, not the lowest price. You spend around 26 years of your life in bed so buying the best bed you can afford is a healthy investment. The Bed People 60-Day Comfort Guarantee for customer peace of mind. F PN

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BUYING OFF-PLAN DOESN’T HAVE TO BE SCARY With Auckland’s current ‘up rather than out’ attitude, it seems everywhere you go are ‘Under Construction’ signs, and cranes building brand new homes. Be that as it may, buying off-plan requires confidence and trust in the developer, builders and your real estate agent. We spent some time with Trent Quinton, recently recognised as Bayleys number one residential agent nationwide and founder of VIP Auckland Apartments alongside his wife Julie. After selling down over 13 projects since joining Bayleys in 2005, Trent and Julie know a great deal about developments and purchasing off-plans. With the force of their nine-strong team of development and apartment specialists, Trent and Julie currently have nine off-plan developments listed and know a great deal about what buyers need and want. Trent is enthusiastic about what he does and believes “there are some overlying benefits to purchasing off-plans compared to current stock in the market.

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“There is huge competition between developments and construction companies in the currently to produce the best possible product for you. You are also gifted with the first pick of the crop, with alternate choices of floorplan, outlook, design and even colour scheme.”

a figure of around 65 STC/IIC - this will make a huge difference to the way you live.

“If the development completion date is a few years away, chances are the apartment will be worth more when you settle than what you first bought it for.

Trent also urges all purchases to do their due diligence. “Find a good solicitor with plenty of off-plan experience, this will make a huge difference to your purchase process.” It’s all about triple checking, making sure you are protected. “Know your Sunset Date and make sure your deposit is goes to a third party.”

“I only choose to work on projects that I believe in,” says Trent. “Julie and I have purchased apartments in a number of developments over the years. We like to invest in developments we are working on, it gives buyers extra confidence to invest and shows that we believe in the product we are selling.”

To learn more about the world of developments, contact Trent Quinton on M: 021 894 070.

A number of projects have fallen over in the last few years, with some purchasers left out of pocket and feeling devastated. The key is research. When considering purchasing off-plan, Trent stresses the importance of researching the developer and their history. “Some of the developers we work with today have done numerous successful projects and come from rich development, architecture and even council backgrounds. “Since the era of leaky homes, the standards of new builds have significantly increased.” While there are still minimum building standards, Trent suggests to look out for projects that go above and beyond the ‘minimum’. “Check all of the details - go through the specifications with a fine tooth comb and you will see which developments have put the time in to making sure it will be perfect.” The minimum New Zealand standard for sound proofing, for example, is 55 STC. Keep an eye out for developments that have

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LOCATION AND SOPHISTICATION AT THE VULCAN The old Millar Paterson Metals foundry opposite Victoria Park is being replaced by a fierce and sophisticated new apartment block. Named after the Roman god of fire and metal working, The Vulcan will present 38 new apartments to the city fringe. Construction is well underway, and work has been ramping up with the help of a good relationship between Scarbro Construction and the developer. Neil Salter, one of the directors of Halsey Capital Limited - the parent company behind this project - is very pleased with progress on site. “Ground works have been completed with construction up to level three due to be complete by the time this article is printed. “The commercial shell and two levels of carparking are also very advanced, with the platform ready to build the 38 apartments above.” The driving success of The Vulcan, and the main reason only five of these freehold apartments remain in the building is location. Victoria Park is ‘the perfect interface between the CBD and peaceful suburbia’. with popular and growing surrounds such as Wynyard Quarter, Silo Park, and the City Works Depot. Only moments away from motorways, public transport and the buzz of downtown, “it is handy to so many amenities and has views of the park, the city and the harbour from upper levels. "The location set the base and then we developed a scheme to separate us from the masses, to offer more personality than your typical development with edginess reflected in the building's design and interiors." Location, in fact, is the very reason Trent Quinton - the lead salesperson on the development - and his wife Julie purchased an apartment of their own within the building. “Location, Location, Location,” says Trent, “we like to invest in developments we are working on, it gives buyers extra confidence to invest and shows that we believe in the product we are selling. “Being able to sell a beautiful architectural development with ultramodern interiors is an agent’s dream job. Not to mention the prime park side location. Unfortunately, I can’t take too much of the credit. They practically sold themselves.” After working recently with Leuschke Group on Atelier in Kingsland, Neil had confidence that they were the best architects to bring The Vulcan vision to life. Bronze detailing is used throughout the building and the facade is an experimentation in reflectivity. Its clean lineal structure is broken by a bold bronze frame, creating a building with elegant height and eye-catching form. Residents will enter the building on Dock Street, the quiet no-exit street to the rear of the property. You’ll find The Vulcan around the corner from Les Mills, Victoria Park and New World, as well the PN Viaduct, CBD, Britomart and Ponsonby. F Contact Trent Quinton to find out more on M: 021 894 070 or via email at

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APARTMENT OPTIONS AND STABLE MARKET OFFER GREAT OPPORTUNITIES The Auckland apartment market has matured significantly during my nine years with Bayleys Real Estate. Well-designed spacious apartments that offer good flexible living spaces, separate study nooks, basement car parking and storage units have shown considerable growth throughout the greater Ponsonby area. The re-zoning of areas such as the northern side of Great North Road in Grey Lynn neighbouring residential heritage zones have offered development opportunities of good quality options with extraordinary views which appeal to many buyers downsizing from larger character homes. Conversions of existing commercial buildings to residential along the Freemans Bay ridge have afforded similar opportunities. I have been involved in selling down two buildings in the new Vinegar Lane development which have both been extremely popular with investors and home owners alike. I have also had many on-sells in these buildings which have shown great returns on the original off -plan prices. One of my best friends and clients Grant Sanderson, successful apartment investor and director of, says that apartment living is now a much more viable option for younger buyers looking to get into the market. Good growth can be made from older apartments in need of cosmetic upgrades without the necessity of expensive council consents. Look for good quality buildings with well-run and affordable body corporates. As part of any due diligence when considering an apartment, ensure your agent supplies you with a pre-contract disclosure document, at least three years annual AGM minutes, any EGM minutes, body corporate rules, forward maintenance plan and full disclosure around any upcoming levies, if any. As prices continue to be stable in our market, I believe there are many great opportunities for buyers. I am currently selling great investment and owner-occupier options that includes an entire new-

Blair Haddow - Number 1 Salesperson Bayleys Ponsonby 2017/2018, Top 5% Bayleys Agents Nationwide 2011 - 2018 and Make-a-wish Super Giver 2018 build in Ponsonby offering a commercial unit, garaging, two separate single level apartments and duplex penthouse with a roof terrace, so feel free to contact me any time for advice. F PN

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APARTMENTS: THE LIFESTYLE BLOCKS OF THE NEW GENERATION A few years ago, John Key made some comments about the future of New Zealand home ownership that his detractors gleefully saw as his out-of-touch ‘Marie Antoinette’ moment. “Let them eat cake” became “let them buy apartments,” but his comments around the changing realities for home buyers have seemed more and more reasonable as the housing hysteria has died down. While there are still a few who prefer to imagine we should have miraculously disconnected New Zealand from the global economy - while somehow not turning into a third-world backwater - most pragmatic people prefer to deal with what is, rather than what ought to be. Optimistic pragmatists (like myself) see the upside of the situation is that Auckland is slowly joining the residents of London, New York or Sydney in having access to apartment living of the highest standard, across a range of prices. The benefits of apartment living are many but fit particularly well with modern life. While the generation before dreamed of moving to the country and owning some land, these days the dream is to downsize and simplify. Perhaps word finally got back that owning a lifestyle block was really no lifestyle at all, but rather a way to fill every spare minute with physical work that could well drive you to an early grave. The differing benefits of the two dreams reflect the changing face of the city. Auckland is a massively different place than it was 20 years ago, even 10 years ago. Where it used to be primarily a place to make your career and educate the kids before getting out, it now has a real personality and attraction after 5pm. With an explosion of world-class restaurants and bars, as well as the continuing evolution of our in-home entertainment options, there’s no need to find a project after the kids have left home. City-fringe living is finally an attractive option now that we have the developments and a vibrant and exciting city to match. Ponsonby and Grey Lynn residents have known this pleasure better than most, since these areas were the first on the fringe to thrive on the back of the rejuvenation of Ponsonby Road. Now the historical villas and bungalows are being joined by impressive apartment complexes like the Willis Bond & co Wynyard quarter developments. The future is bright for the city fringe... apartment blocks are the real lifestyle blocks! F PN MATT O’BRIEN, M: 021 687 866 or Facebook: Matt O’Brien Residential Sales



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HEIDI PADAIN: ENTERTAINMENT IN YOUR GARDEN It all started with the wrong grapes. I'm not keen on certain large grapes. Their skins are often dry. The texture is unpleasant and they have seeds in them. I found myself in possession of a ridiculous amount of these grapes, so I truly needed to encourage the birds to eat them. It didn’t take long for me to realise that the grapes were too big for the birds. I spotted a male blackbird pacing around with one of the grapes stuck on the end of his beak. It wasn't a big deal because he eventually got it off by rubbing it against a table leg on our deck. I resorted to cutting them in half every morning. When they are cut into halves the blackbirds can pick them up easily, but the waxeyes, who also love grapes still found them challenging, so, of course, I found myself chopping them into quarters. One morning, I grabbed a huge handful of the grapes and a knife, and I went outside to cut them up so as to make less mess in my kitchen. On my way across the deck, I tripped and dropped the lot! In no time at all, I had a number of birds running around my feet competing for their share. I decided to just sit back and watch. The entire scene was ridiculous! None of the birds could pick up the grapes. Instead, they proceeded to peck at them, which mostly resulted in a lot of grapes rolling around in all directions. It was like watching a football team in a training session. Blackbirds and waxeyes are usually quite tolerant of one another, but this grape scramble brought out the competitive spirit in all them. The waxeyes have quite sharp beaks, so they managed to split the skin on the grapes a lot faster than the blackbirds. The waxeyes are smarter too; they use one of their claws to hold the grapes still. Of course, the blackbirds gave up trying to pierce their own grapes and swooped around stealing grapes from the waxeyes. It was hilarious to watch. Eventually, I had to clean up the carnage. There were pieces of red grapes all over the floor of the deck. Then, I had an idea. I'll cram the grapes into a vessel so that they don't roll around, and, I won't have to chop them up anymore. My newly acquired, antique crystal glass worked a treat! We purchase a rather significant amount of fruit on a regular basis. To be honest, it's not just for us. We feed the birds fruit throughout the year. Perhaps you should too. It's very entertaining. HEIDI PADAIN) F PN To see some of Heidi’s other photographic work, go to and type Heidi Padain into the search box, or, you can contact Heidi by email, or look her up on Facebook... Heidi Padain Photography.

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ST COLUMBA - A VENUE OF CHOICE The St Columba Centre located in Vermont Street in the heart of Ponsonby, is a beautifully refurbished building owned by the Catholic Diocese of Auckland. Built in 1913 its high vaulted ceilings and unique architecture offer premium spaces that can accommodate a wide range of workshops, meetings, conferences and celebrations. There is more than one reason why St Columba Centre has become a venue of choice by many organisations. This high-quality meeting centre provides extensive parking with three disabled car spaces, and easy access to all rooms. The location is central, with a short walk to some of the best cafes, restaurants, bars and shopping around. St Columba Centre is on the Innerlink and Outerlink bus routes and is only five minutes from the motorway and CBD. For venue enquiries and reservations contact the centre manager to discuss a solution to suit your needs, so you can be assured your event or special occasion will be successful. ST COLUMBA CENTRE, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby, T: 376 1195,

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THE TREE OF LIFE - WHY CANNABIS IS GOOD FOR YOU Have you heard of the ill 12-yr old boy, Billy Caldwell? This week his case provoked Tory Lord and ex-Conservative Party leader William Hague to say: “It's time to acknowledge facts, and to embrace a decisive change. It's time to show that sensible new opinions are welcome.” Would you like to pay less tax and live in a healthier world that was on a sustainable pathway for our children? Because big money, politics and public ignorance are blocking common-sense public health and wealth solutions in the UK, and here in New Zealand, over hemp medicine.

-based system’ for which it provides the evidence, which is a worry because they’ve been suppressing evidence and misleading government for at least 10 years. Its time to say, “Enough! We know now. We understand! And we want evidence-based policies, built upon intelligence and compassion!” The 2008 MoH report “Cannabis Therapeutics” makes it clear. Cannabis is a legitimate advance in therapeutic option because it allows us to optimise our own evolutionary system of wellbeing.

Here are the facts. This is why cannabis is good for you: 1. Animal life is self-regulating. (Eg, breathing, blood, growth and health). 2. Animal health is maintained at the cellular level by a specific biological system. 3. This system connects and controls all our organ and tissue systems through a biological ‘wifi’ network that uses fatty molecules we make. These fatty molecules protect us from illness and injury. If we can’t make enough, or can't eat enough of the right foods, we get unwell. That’s why hemp is the superfood. Its full of these molecules. They are called cannabinoids, and they can't get you high in their natural raw vegetable form. But med schools don’t teach this diet-based system of self-health, or the dietary benefits of cannabis. That’s why 89% of Kiwi doctors don’t know about it. That’s why we started New Zealands first professional (non profit) cannabis education organisation to serve New Zealanders like them and you. Now we are helping them to understand it. When GPs get it, they want it. 96% of 280 GPs wanted it when we showed them. Knowledge is power, the power of life.

Strangely, they don’t want you to know that cannabis is good for you. It's explained in the section “Pharmaco economics’. I think it's unethical. It's wrong, and we need to change it so that the people benefit; not the parasites. The Pharmaceutical Health Care system costs developed countries one fifth of all health dollars (WHO), and that cash flows offshore too. There are good still people though. Both Rt Hon Paul East (N) and Rt Hon Helen Clark (L) were disappointed to hear of this report's suppression through their terms in government. "This 2008 report is useful in outlining that there is a good case to be made for enabling access to cannabis for therapeutic purposes. It could have been the basis for pursuing evidence-based policy on the issue. It is important that it is made public now as a select committee is examining medicinal cannabis legislation." Current Government policy is not compassionate. Evidence suggests it's about protecting the big pharma status quo. That’s why Lord William Hague, says, “It's time for a decisive change,” because we are wrong and dumb right now. The tree of life is a big step to solving problems like our broken health system, our aging population, our declining workforce, and our environmentally unsustainable low-wage economy. It would be good to see Government show intelligence and integrity on this issue.

Because when kids like Billy aren’t making enough of these hemp molecules to stay healthy, they can die. My mum's system isn’t working too well either, that’s why she's got MS.

We could solve a lot of problems.

One food in the world is uniquely full of these essential molecules, and its illegal.

The tree of life is a food, a fuel, a fibre. The tree of life is a healing gift, and it can’t get you high. Give us the tree of life.

Did you know that Britain grows 45% of the world's legal cannabis, and exports 100 tons every year as medicine? But it's illegal due to 'no therapeutic benefit'.

NB: the ‘hemp system’ referred to above is our ‘endogenous cannabinoid system’, and PN it's 600 million years old. (TADHG STOPFORD) F

Here in New Zealand the Ministry of Health is also insisting that we run an ‘evidence

At you’ll find out how we can improve things.

THE FUTURE IS PLANT-BASED PROTEIN! A cutting-edge conference regarding the future of protein in New Zealand is being held in Auckland on 24 July.

With speakers including Lee-Ann Marsh from Beef and Lamb, Simon Loveday from Ag Research and Rod Oram to name a few, this is sure to be an interesting conference about how New Zealand can lead the world in this exciting new technology.

With the relinquishing of resources currently used by animal agriculture, could New Zealand easily produce the crops required for these new food products? This is one of the questions the conference hopes to answer. The smart farmer should be listening. Move with the times, transition away from animal production with its inherent welfare problems, climate change issues and massive use of land and water towards a clean and green plant-based farm.

After the conference, the delegates will be able to taste canapes made using Sunfed Meats and the Beyond Burger, the emphasis here is on the future of food. Plant-based proteins are rapidly gaining traction all over the world with countries such as the UK leading the way with supermarket-own brands racing to bring out the latest vegan cheese or steak. Gone are the days of cardboard-tasting meat alternatives, today the best plant-produced 'meats' convince most people in blind tastings!

“New Zealand should be world leaders in this new race for plant-based proteins and we call upon the Government and the MPI to help farmers transition towards producing the type of food people want to eat,” said Media spokesperson Claire Insley of the New Zealand Vegan Society. “Our horticultural exports currently bring in $8 billion and increase every year. Farmers should be able to capitalise on our already high-end export market and reap the rewards.” F PN

Aimed at the farming community and developers of plant-based foods, this innovative event is a first in the country.

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REAL ESTATE UPDATE: KAREN SPIRES The community-backed opposition to the Auckland Council’s decision to go ahead with its $44 million plan to pump diluted raw sewage into the Waitemata Harbour off the shores of Herne Bay and St Marys Bay has my total support. The ongoing water pollution issues in St Marys Bay, Westhaven and adjacent western bays have been of great concern for years, and its certainly time residents are given a definitive solution to the problem.

What is not entirely clear from the council’s proposal is whether the $44 million water quality improvement project is, in fact, the only viable option, and whether a review could improve on this, or at least find ways of reducing the cost.

As it stands, the Auckland Council is seeking resource consent for the project, that will involve the construction of a 1.8m diameter underground storage pipe from London Street to a pump station at Pt Erin, where the combined loads of St Marys Bay and Herne Bay wastewater/sewage/storm water will be pumped into a larger main sewer system.

It is also important to ask whether full consideration has been given to what potential impact the project may have on those property owners living above the route of the proposed tunnel, particularly those living along the cliffs in St Marys Bay.

If this larger system then becomes full, the overflow will be dumped via an outlet pipe west of the Harbour Bridge. The council’s proposal aims to reduce the number of overflows each year by up to 90%. This is the solution that the Auckland Council has given to the residents of Herne Bay and St Marys Bay, but is it really the best option for the inadequate 20th Century sewerage and storm water infrastructure which is already straining under the weight of increasing urban intensification in Auckland’s central suburbs? And what will be the ongoing impact of this for the residents living in properties on top of, and close to, where this will be constructed? It is certain that something needs to be done, and done quickly, to reduce the volumes of pollutants entering the waters of Westhaven/St Marys Bay and adjacent Masefield Beach. The question is whether Auckland Council’s plan is the best, most cost-effective, and final solution to the problem.

Questions have also been raised as to whether the 10m-high ventilation stacks that the project proposes to be installed along London Street will have an impact on views, whether there will be any lingering odours, and what the potential affects may be from drilling underneath houses. There is also the question of whether this proposal is nothing but a stop-gap solution which fails to address the underlying issue of the century-old combined storm water/ wastewater systems which still operate in many Herne Bay and St Marys Bay properties. Further investigation is required to ascertain whether a project to separate the pipes could provide a more effective long-term solution. It is important for all parties concerned that the changes to the sewage/storm water system will prevent enough overflows into the harbour to make a real difference to the water quality at our beaches, and that it would be money well-spent. The Auckland Council must temporarily halt its plans until all the residents' concerns have been addressed and a more thorough investigation has been undertaken before PN moving forward. Thanks for reading. (KAREN SPIRES) F

I agree that a temporary halt to the project is required to allow an independent review to take place. Karen Spires AREINZ, M 027 273 8220, E,

@ ST MATTHEW-IN-THE-CITY First Tuesday Concert Trumpet and Organ in Concert 4 September, 12.10pm - 12.50pm Trumpet and organ is a magical musical combination; the power of the organ and the cutting clarity of the trumpet make for a most exciting and vivid ensemble. Couple that with a superb resonant acoustic of St Matthew-in-the-City and the First Tuesday concert of Paul Chan (organ) and Brendan Agnew (trumpet) in September promises to be a winner. A solo organ piece by Max Reger based on the theme of the English National Anthem will demonstrate the virtuoso keyboard and pedal skills which Paul Chan is known for. Chan has been organist of St Matthew’s for almost two years and in that time, he has gained a reputation for his solo playing and sensitive accompaniments.

Paul Chan at the console of the 4 Manual Willis organ in St Matthew-in-the City

He plays for the many wedding and funeral ceremonies for which St Matthew’s is renowned, as well as Sunday services. With St Matthew’s Chamber orchestra, he has performed the important solo organ role is Saint Saens Organ Symphony. He has twice performed as soloist at the Town Hall organ on the occasional 6pm APO pre-orchestral concerts. Chan and Agnew will play a mysterious meditative work by Alan Hovhanness 'The Prayer of St Gregory', and PN a range of jolly 18th Century trumpet tunes. F ST MATTHEW-IN-THE-CITY CHURCH corner Wellesley and Hobson Streets,

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Portraits - Debut EP from Fables Fables produces a gentle and heartfelt indie-folk sound. Songstress Jessica Bailey was taught by the Mackenzie Hills of the South Kaipara, drenched in the waters of Muriwai then hung out to dry in the plum trees at home. This imagery is littered throughout the band’s wistful lyrics. Jess’s velveteen voice intermingled with a collection of strings, harmonies and percussion should find you quite at home. After three years of performing with some of the best of the folk world (including Great North, Adam McGrath and Nadia Reid) and two tours of the country, Fables is finally releasing their debut EP. Portraits began as an idea to record a live four-track EP that then gradually evolved into a hearty body of work. Although seven tracks could be enough to warrant album status, front woman Jessica is adamant that the term 'experimental project' - EP for short, sums up the endeavour perfectly. The recording began at the home of Auckland indie music, The Wine Cellar, with long-time supporter Rohan Evans at the helm and finished in Fables' own homes. Scott Seabright recorded three tracks and the EP was mixed and mastered by Steve McGough. Fables almost falls into the role of a community, with some 10 musicians coming together to record the songs, and even featuring a choir of friends and family. The band has always had a revolving cast for shows, depending on who was in town and who could make the show. This allowed Jess to write songs with many instruments in mind, from double bass, cello and fiddle all the way to accordion and clarinet. Jess Bailey’s voice radiates throughout an EP that is deep in textures and ripe with assertive drums and tasteful strings. Her voice and lyrics are what brings the record together, alongside her collaborators. Her songs capture her essence perfectly, revealing little bits of herself to the audience. “I was always a singer and a dancer, until gradually - despite my best efforts - I was no longer much of a dancer at all. ‘I was unaware of the ones who cared, that I put my right foot first’ is a line from ‘We Could Be All’ and not only a reference to the fact that my Pop would show up to school swimming sports and athletics - but also a nod to my two left feet.” Jess not only sings and writes the songs, but she plays acoustic guitar and is dabbling on piano - despite how she’s always felt about piano. “I, being the lanky individual I am, would frequently be blessed with an interaction of people clutching the spindly tendrils attached to my palms, gazing into my eyes, and exhaling a sigh of, 'Oh what marvelous piano fingers you have'. This was right up there with, oh, yes, wow, you are so tall! How’s the netball? “I can confirm that both fingers and legs will not be pursuing careers in netball or piano. I have tried on a multitude of occasions, and I am

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quite simply bad at it. As I have come of age, I have realised that it is the brain talking to the fingers that define the goodness of said piano fingers.” Putting together the ensemble that has become Fables was a logical step for Jess, as singing and writing was something she had always done. “After ruling out dance, piano and anything that required athleticism, I had to seriously consider what options I had left. Singing was not something that I picked up. It was just a readily available way to pass time. I’ve just always done it.” Fables new record is called ‘Portraits’, an apt name for the first release from Jess Bailey, it captures her stories, her ideals and a lot of her character. You can be the judge of that. It is due for release on Friday 7 September and the band (in all its glory, featuring nearly all the collaborators), will be celebrating at The Wine Cellar on Saturday 8 September. (FINN MCLENNAN-ELLIOTT) F PN Tickets are available on or from


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The Others Way returns Excitement brews in Auckland once again as Flying Out and 95bFM present The Others Way on 31 August. For the fourth year running, Auckland’s Karangahape Road is set to metamorphose into an oasis of fresh, unique local music, from indie to electronica, hip-hop to pop and much more. A dynamic selection of artists will be performing across a number of favoured K'Road venues. One wristband will permit you entry to all establishments within capacity.

Also, joining the celebration on Karangahape Road will be Superette. No one rocks like Superette. Reforming especially for the festival, the band will also be celebrating the expanded reissue of their album Tiger. Including Flying Out co-owner Ben Howe who commented on the festival, "Please come and watch me fumble around in my vintage dad-rock band."

The first lineup has been unveiled, and it’s a doozie with many bands reformed or gracing the stage for the first time in some years:

Alongside this stellar list of classic bands from New Zealand music’s past, The Others Way will feature some of the hottest bands in the business right now.

Bailterspace were once referred to as "the Sonic Youth of the Southern Hemisphere," this iconic New Zealand atmospheric noise-rock band are reforming again for the show with some new songs to boot. Collision, one of New Zealand’s 1970s funk bands feature on the recent Heed The Call compilation album, and have funk, soul and groove in spades. This will be their first performance in 40 years! As if that wasn’t enough, two more classic New Zealand bands are reuniting. Headless Chickens are coming back together to play a set based around their album Stunt Clown which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Stunt Clown was also awarded this year’s classic album at the Taite Prize. Plus, this show will be a fitting tribute to its recently departed friend and bandmate Grant Fell. Performing on the night will be Chris Matthews, Anthony Nevison, Michael Lawry, Fiona McDonald, Bevan Sweeney and Rupert E. Taylor.

The Beths have just had their latest single ‘Happy Unhappy’ named a song of the summer according to the Rolling Stone. They have recently been signed to US label Carpark Records and have a new record, Future Me Hates Me due for release on 10 August. The Goon Sax, Gregor and Laura Jean make up the Chapter Music Stage, a fantastic independent Australian label founded in the early 1990s. The Others Way invited them to the stage because they are some of their favourite Australians. Laura Jean is well on the rise internationally, featuring regularly on influential blog Pitchfork owing to her recent album Depression. Brisbane indie-pop trio The Goon Sax features front man Louis Forster, son of Robert Foster from the Go-Betweens. The trio is set to release one of the albums of the year. New to the hip-hop scene, Church & AP are a 17 and 18-year-old duo that have been making waves in Auckland, receiving high praise from David Dallas and SWIDT and recently dropping their impressive debut EP Thorough Bread. After a scintillating performance at The Others Way last year got them signed to Captured Tracks and Flying Nun and secured them festival spots at Laneway and Big Sound, how could they not have Wax Chattels back? They are currently winning over fans across the US on their most extensive tour to date. This glittering lineup will be performing across a number of fine K'Road establishments including Anthology Lounge, Cross St Markets, Galatos, Neck of the Woods, Pitt St Sunday School, Samoa House, The Studio, The Thirsty Dog, Whammy, The Wine Cellar, The Vault. One wristband will permit you entry to all venues within capacity. (FINN MCLENNAN-ELLIOTT) F PN

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ARTS + CULTURE @ ST MATTHEW-IN-THE-CITY St John Passion - gloomy, stressful and powerfully meditative. St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra in Collaboration with Hamilton Civic Choir, Sunday 16 September - 2.30pm The Passio secundum Joannem or St John Passion, is an Oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach, the older of the surviving Passions by Bach. It was written during Bach's first year as director of church music in Leipzig and was first performed on 7 April, 1724, at Good Friday Vespers at the St. Nicholas Church. Blessed with film star good looks, Timothy Carpenter, conductor and Music Director of the Hamilton Civic Choir, is emerging as one of New Zealand’s most active and promising young conductors. As well as his studies at university, he has attended conducting master classes in the US, Europe, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. He has conducted the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Western Australia Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Currently, Timothy is Director of Vocal and Choral Music at St Paul’s Collegiate Hamilton and Musical Director of Hamilton Civic Choir. He has studied cello, organ and conducting. Since beginning in 1946, the Hamilton Civic Choir has enjoyed a reputation as one of New Zealand’s finest choirs. Its repertoire includes chamber music and other shorter and more modern works. The Hamilton Civic Choir has been chosen several times to sing major choral works with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra is an accomplished orchestra performing a wide repertoire of music. Tickets: Eventfinda or door sales cash only. Adults $25, concessions $20, children under 12 free. ST MATTHEW-IN-THE-CITY CHURCH corner Wellesley and Hobson Streets.

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@ ST MATTHEW-IN-THE-CITY Extraordinary artist of the piano David Guerin performs Bartok’s piano concerto no 3 with St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra Sunday 19 August - 2.30pm For those who are unsure if they like Bela Bartok’s music, his third piano concerto will be a delightful surprise. It is a warm and melodic work with a lyrical, popular appeal, written as a surprise birthday gift for his second wife Ditta. Pianist David Guerin (M.Mus), described as "an extra ordinary artist of the piano" (Edwin Carr - Taupo Times) is the perfect person to perform this work. Revered in musical circles, he studied at Victoria University, and at the University of Auckland with Janetta McStay. Later study in Cologne focused on contemporary music and chamber music with members of the Amadeus Quartet. David Guerin performs as a soloist, chamber music player and accompanist. He has appeared with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and toured New Zealand giving concerts for Chamber Music New Zealand. A strong commitment to the performance of music by New Zealanders has been a feature of his career, and several composers have written pieces especially for him. St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra is an accomplished orchestra performing a wide repertoire of music. Gillian Ansell (NZ String Quartet) says “I always look forward to working with St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra. The players' high-quality music-making bring their audiences much joy.” F PN TICKETS Eventfinda or door sales, cash only. Adults $25, concessions $20, children under 12 free.

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ARTS + CULTURE SHOWING @ ENDEMICWORLD SameSame - Holly Roach 10 - 20 August, opening: 10 August, 6pm

“SameSame is a series of portraits that have come about from many conversations I have had with myself and with others about perceptions, judgements, preconceived notions and stereotyping. “This is a collection of work that reminds me to move through life with an open mind and heart, to try to offer up kindness and grace, instead of judgement. Everyone is telling their story differently, and possibly the narrative is not something they have control over; like war, poverty, prejudice, abuse, mental illness, gender identity, physical disabilities and homelessness. “It’s a good and fair thing to look past your preconceived perceptions, to someone’s story, and remember that... 'There but for the grace of God go I'," - Holly Roach. Endemicworld gallery, art print studio and retail store open Monday - Saturday 10am-5pm. F PN endemicworld, 62 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 378 9823,


Journeys 7 August - 1 September Opening: Tuesday 7 August, 5.30 - 7.30pm Journeys can be pilgrimages, tourist trips, bus tours, weekend excursions, but they can also be discoveries of the heart, mind, of literary, artistic, scientific or spiritual pursuit. We can travel miles, seeking new visual stimulations or stay in one place contemplating nothing so much as a few words, or numbers on a screen, Philippa Blair, Defence, 2012 or a single brush mark that has the potential to convey meaning far beyond what ever it started out doing. Such are the journeys we take as viewers, visitors, practitioners or mere dreamers. Perhaps in the end, the journey is the thing, however short, however long, it’s the arrivals, the departures and the glorious bits in between. The artists in this exhibition, featuring Richard McWhannell, Tony Lane and Philippa Blair, are taking us on their journeys. F PN Please contact for details. OREXART, 15 Putiki Street, Arch Hill, T: 09 378 0588,

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ARTS + CULTURE FOOD FOR THE BODY AND THE BRAIN @WHITESPACE With two dozen exciting authors with recently published books and thousands of delicious cakes and savouries, The Women’s Bookshop presents: Ladies’ Litera-Teas: Raye Freedman Arts Centre, Epsom Girls’ Grammar 2 September and 4 November, 1pm - 5.30pm The stunning line-up of authors includes: Dame Fiona Kidman, Lizzie Marvelly, Dr Jo Cribb, Kate Duignan, Jo Seagar, Catherine Robertson, Charlotte Grimshaw, Joanne Drayton and Michele A’Court. There will be 12 different authors at each event, six before and six after the lavish afternoon tea - and they’ll sign books for audience members in between mouthfuls. They’ll cover fiction, food, feminism, family, poetry, eco homes, work, politics and humour. These delightful events are great fun, hugely popular and are anticipated by regular audience members every year. Go to for programme details - choose which one appeals to you the most or join the many who choose to come to both. TICKETS $65 (includes lavish afternoon tea) on sale now by phone, email, online or in the bookshop.

David Ryan Rain, Talking Mountain 12 August - 7 September David's work deals with travel, place, mapping and memory involving specific places and sites in the world particularly those he has travelled to - India, the Himalayas, Southeast Asia, North Africa and Australia. His journeys emerge through his art in totemic landscapes that represent conceptual and philosophical perceptions of time and space. In emulation of 19th Century explorers, surveyors, amateur adventurers and artists, the mapmaking and painted topographical images begin as sheets of paper joined together with surgical tape and kept in a mapper's pad whilst travelling. His method uses notations, visual fieldwork and drawings from specific landscape and geographic sites. A multi-media artist, David creates installation works which demonstrate his fluid skill through painting, sculpture, electronic music and digital animation. David has held solo exhibitions throughout Australia and in New Zealand, has been part of numerous group exhibitions, and has held curatorial positions. David Ryan was born in Australia. He has studied at the Central School of Art, National Gallery of Victoria School of Art, and Victorian College of Art and completed an MFA at RMIT in Melbourne. In 2004, David moved to Nelson where he continues to live and work. F PN WHITESPACE, 20 Monmouth Street, T: 09 361 6331,

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@ ASB WATERFRONT THEATRE, WYNYARD QUARTER Black Grace presents: Crying Men - Dance by Neil Ieremia, 6 - 8 September Exploring masculinity through a Pacific lens, Crying Men is a vital new work choreographed by New Zealand icon and Arts Laureate Neil Ieremia. This richly textured conversation from cultural phenomenon Black Grace premieres in Auckland, the largest Polynesian city in the world, for a strictly limited season from 6 September. Through dance, Crying Men traces the journey of three generations of Pacific men, living in a new land and dealing with the impact of the loss of a matriarch who brought balance to the traditional expectations of masculinity with compassion, tolerance and strength.

Utilising gesture, elements of traditional Pacific storytelling, song and dance, the production sees Ieremia collaborate with acclaimed Pacific playwright Victor Rodger for the first time. Rodger has created an original narrative framework which underpins the work. Black Grace has commissioned new music from hip-hop legends Matthew Faiumu Salapu aka Anonymouz and Andy Morton aka Submariner; their work will drive percussively powerful movement from an impressive cast of dancers and singers. F PN ASB Waterfront Theatre, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland Tickets available through or

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UPTOWN ART SCENE One could say: a good artist is one having lots of fun, and local artist Gavin Hurley sure knows how. His latest exhibition at Melanie Roger on K’Road is called Business Paintings, a collection of small collages of paintings and paintings of collage, both of which contain previous large paintings of Hurley’s within them. These paintings inside paintings are acting on figures straight out of Mad Men, critiquing them and making them question themselves. In ‘Wish I was a Detective’, the man is mirrored by the painting in an unflattering way: while the painting shows an upright, resolute man with a strong stare and straight cigarillo in his mouth, its viewer sits hunched, his cigarette a crutch and his pasty face resigned to his lesser fate. It’s incredible how Hurley contains so much pathos in a profile made from a simple shape in a single tone.

Gavin Hurley, Detail of Wish I Was a Detective

‘Please Explain’ contains one of my favourite of Hurley’s paintings: a man dressing in front of a mirror with his reflection a wolf, tongue lolling and a true indication of the man’s character. Next to this painting, two-suit-and-tie men argue - has one been ambushed by the wolf in business clothing? The collage works and the painting trade stylistically with each other, both showing extreme skill. The hands in the collage of ‘Visions of St Luke’ are marvellous, simple shapes made complex from just two cuts into the paper. Hurley’s humour continues onto the street with ‘Guy in the Window’, where an op-shop painting of a serious businessman has been slapped with a threaded moustache, graffiti-style. It’s ridiculous but it suits him. Hurley’s critique of the male ego is considered, cool and funny. I hope men had a chuckle at themselves as they strolled past the show on their way about PN business. (WILL PAYNT, STUDIO ART SUPPLIES) F

Gavin Hurley, Detail of Visions of St Luke collage The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied

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