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AN OPEN LETTER TO PONSONBY RESIDENTS AND AUCKLAND CITY COUNCIL (ACC), AUCKLAND TRANSPORT (AT) Two separate issues that need addressing. Although I don’t believe ACC actually reads or takes notice of these letters, what may transpire is that the residents stand up. Drains I walk my dog every day, twice a day most days and over the past year-18 months what has become noticeable is the lack of attention to the state of our street drains. I’ve made my walking routes alternating to ensure it’s not a one off. However, much to my disappointment, in almost every street we face unsatisfactory blocked gutters and drains, road construction debris, incomplete works including severe poor quality of works. The attached photos I’ve taken over the past year from Sussex Street, Ardmore Road, Islington Street, Wanganui Avenue, John Street, Jervois Road and West End Road tell the story better than words. And in the past year no remediation has taken place. ACC continues to increase rates which I have no issue with on proviso that the service to our city is upheld. Out sourcing these works to a third party is fine if ACC continually monitors, maintains and remediates issues to ensure we gain the best service we all pay for. I would ask the question – and as you will see from the pictures, these drains will not as they suggest ‘drain’! – should non-maintained/serviced drains that cause damage to ratepayers’ properties be cause for a larger insurance issue? If ACC has not maintained, as set out in the deed of service to the city, would a private insurer be liable? Or does the ACC insurance provider have a large liability over its head?

PRETTY MAJOR OVERSIGHT No matter how you rate cycles as an important means of transport, surely they can’t out-rank emergency vehicles? Karangahape Road is the main ambulance access way to Auckland Hospital A&E. But it seems that AT’s latest cycleway design has ignored them entirely. By reducing two-lane roads to one lane either way, there is nowhere for cars, trucks and buses to move out of the way to let ambulances pass. Unless the emergency occurs in the three hours morning and evening when the bus lanes remove all parking, service deliveries, disabled parking and taxi stands from the length of K’Road, allowing vehicles to pull over into the bus lane to let ambulances, fire trucks and police through. I’m not convinced that Auckland Transport has their priorities right... are you? Gael Baldock, Westmere WESTERN SPRINGS PINES Given their important landscape function, it is understandable that the fate of the Western Springs pines is frequently debated in Ponsonby News. There is obvious resistance to removing them but they are a known safety hazard and becoming worse as the years go by. Some blame the Waitemata Local Board but the question of what to do with the trees has been around for many years. Back in about 2005 when I was Chair of the Western Bays Community Board, we received reports on the potential dangers of the ageing pines towering over 50m high and in some cases above neighbouring houses. The trees were then about 75-years-old and entering their senescent phase. Large branches can snap off during storms but not all fall to the ground immediately – some get hung up in the canopy of nearby trees, posing a danger to neighbours and users of the tracks below. Sometimes a heavy branch can fall days or weeks later on a perfectly calm day. We considered options that would remove only the dangerous trees while retaining the sound ones but there seemed to be no safe or practical way to do that. In the event, we balanced off the competing issues and deferred taking action other than removing individual trees as they died. Now that the trees are about 90-years-old, the decision cannot be delayed any longer. The issue is not about retaining the trees in perpetuity but how to safely remove and replace them. Graeme Easte, former Western Bays Councillor & Community Board Chair

Parking Many stories regarding the changes to parking in the Ponsonby area and a move to paid/coupon parking namely west to the end of Pompallier Terrace. Did AT discuss with ACC heritage department? These changes have placed our district plan and zoning overlays into disrepute. Ardmore Road, Trinity Street, Wanganui Avenue and Albany Road are our most beloved avenues with special zoning laws giving them heritage and conservation status. The facades of these grand homes cannot be touched, fences are maintained at certain heights so our people, or visitors can admire these historic masterpieces. However, AT are ramming cars into these beautiful zones that ensure, no matter how beautiful the home or the height of the fence, they cannot be admired in the way they deserve. Tight chicanes that once had no parking yellows on either side are now removed with cars parked awkwardly and dangerously with visual toxicity. AT must consider our environment, our history and our city beauty. Maintain our streets with the quality of workmanship they deserve, the road island planting that suits the best city in the world in which to live, work, play and discover. Scott, Herne Bay

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Photography: Andrea Kahukiwa

L to R: Martin Leach, John Elliott and Jay Platt

The 30th birthday of Ponsonby News is approaching. The magazine was launched in 1989 by our consulting editor and founder John Elliott. He is still a keen contributor who likes to keep up to date with the latest community issues. Our celebration is in October which marks the anniversary. This issue’s editor’s photo includes John (middle), with Jay and myself. For those who don’t know, Jay manages most of the distribution himself with the help of 25 families. The local election contest which also takes place in October is hotting up. A number of new candidates were announced last month and are listed in John Elliott’s update. Nominations don’t close until 12 noon 16 August. The Barfoot & Thompson Eat Drink Love Ponsonby began in mid July and gives local restaurants an opportunity to show their stuff. This community event runs until 16 August. There are three price points and more details are available on Two of the team last month spent 48 hours in Matakana meeting the locals and sampling their hospitality. This is a small town which keeps on giving – we’ve only scratched the surface and it’s only a 60-minute drive away.

Just about all of our favourite car brands now have a low emission, hybrid, plug in hybrid or fully electric options in their fleet. The range and versatility of low emission models is increasing all the time and as demand grows locally so will the range of options available. Which will be your next choice? Fashion endures, fashion evolves and fashion finds ways to stay current, fresh and inspiring. New Zealand Fashion Week has been innovating for decades and is now embracing the challenging issues facing the fashion industry globally. This year, NZFW includes a range of brands that are striving for greater sustainability and environmentally responsible practices. With an abundance of parks, green public space and the ability to cycle, scooter or walk, apartment living at all levels can be a convenient low-carbon way to live. The high-quality and exceptional design of the many apartment developments in our area offers so much choice. Don’t forget Father’s Day which is on Sunday 1 September. (MARTIN LEACH)


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Hasan Coffee & Durum Hasan Coffee & Durum has a wonderful atmosphere. It’s a delightful, cozy little Turkish coffee shop in West Lynn run by the owner Hasan and his friendly staff. Why did you pick West Lynn to open your coffee shop? It’s been four years now. West Lynn is a good spot for business as well as a great neighbourhood with lovely people around and popping into the cafe all the time. How unique is Coffee & Durum? We really wanted to make a business unique. I used to own a restaurant with my friends in Turkey many years ago. It has traditional Turkish food influence combined with our love. My grandfather ran a very traditional ‘pide’ restaurant in Istanbul where I worked and this gave me the interest in running my own cafe. Dürüm is one of our traditional Turkish foods which is a flat bread roll with different fillings inside. We thought that it would reflect the character of our cafe. However, our ‘böreks’ are more popular than dürüms now so we should change our name to Coffee & Böreks. Tell us about your staff? Yes, we are very lucky to have them. They are beautiful young people. Ruby is our lovely barista and excellent organiser. We wish she could work with us more. Harry is my right-hand man working almost every day. Erkam has recently started with us and is learning so quickly. He is the only one originally from Turkey. George is our handsome youngster. He is studying at college and he is very talented. They all are like our own children and we are very proud of them. What was your childhood like growing up back in Turkey? I have two brothers and lots of uncles, aunties. We were quite close and a big family. My father was a teacher and we lived in many different cities because of his assignments. In summer time, when school holidays started, we used to go back to our village where our grandparents lived and do a lot of farming work. Many family members used to get together and work/live together. Everything was so natural and organic at that time. We lost my grandpa last year, he was 101. My wife Derya and I have four children, three boys and a girl.

What would you say is the most Kiwi thing about you? I am very environmentally friendly. Do you prefer an aisle or window seat on a plane? Aisle for sure. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I am happy where I am. If they were to make a movie about your life, who would you like to play you? Dwayne Johnson. Is there anything you dislike about your appearance? I am so happy with my appearance. I would change nothing. What is something that you really disapprove of? Hate speeches of any kind. What really motivates you? Being around kind people. What do you think happens when we die? I am a Muslim and we believe after life is going to be eternal. When we die, we will be judged for our deeds. Have you ever seen a ghost? I can honestly say thankfully not yet. What is your favourite time of the day? Just before sunrise Are you a handshake or a hug kind of person? I’m a hug kind of person.

Who do you think is the most annoying celebrity today? To me there is no one annoying.

What is your comfort food? Borek and baklava, which is like a traditional Turkish pie.

Which TV series would you never miss? I do not watch TV much, except the news each night.

What is your dream guest list for a dinner party? Everybody is welcomed to our dinner party.

Where would your dream holiday internationally be? I worked for three years in Italy; we would love to go back for a holiday.

Do you travel light or heavy? I used to travel a lot, but not after we opened Coffee and Durum. We are open every day come rain or shine.

What’s on your bucket list? I do not have a list yet. Every day is so unique for me. I am so grateful to Allah for every moment. What is your most treasured passion? Meeting with new people every day and sharing peace.

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Pippa Coom: Parks, arts and community prioritised by Waitemat-a Local Board The council year officially began on 1 July with a new Waitemat-a Local Board work programme and budget mapping out the focus of the year ahead. The programme builds on planning and work undertaken throughout the previous year. Parks, places, arts and community have been prioritised by the local board for 2019/20. There are also a number of projects and initiatives in the pipeline, many of which have been planned over a long period. Highlights for the year ahead include work starting on new changing rooms at Grey Lynn Park, new playgrounds at Home Reserve in Arch Hill and Outhwaite Reserve in Grafton and the development of new pathways at Basque Park. The Hobson Bay walkway from Thomas Bloodworth Reserve to Pt Resolution will be renewed to improve accessibility to the coast following the major project to build the Weona-Westmore Walkway on the west side of the local board. The local board’s One Local Initiative project, Ponsonby Park, remains the major capital project. This year we are moving in to the detailed design stage for a civic park space at 254 Ponsonby Road which will be developed over the next three years. Maori naming of parks and places (a project called Te Kete Rukuruku) is also a significant feature in the local board’s 2019/20 work programme. Te Kete Rukuruku will be undertaken in partnership with mana - identity and use whenua to value and promote Auckland’s Maori of te reo Maori. Many of our parks already have bilingual names, such as Te Koranga/Victoria Park, but are not on official signage or widely known.

A new arts space broker will be based at Studio One Toi Tu industry leaders offering mentorship programmes. This role will be advertised later in the year. Community events continue to be a focus for the local board with $83,000 allocated to an Events Partnership Fund supporting popular local events like Festival Italiano, West End Cup and Grey Lynn Park Festival. Larger-scale signature events, Parnell Festival of Roses and Myers Park Medley, which draw crowds of thousands, will also be supported to run again.

We’ve increased funding in 2019/20 for our arts partnership with TAPAC in acknowledgement of their performing arts leadership. Funding will jump from $20,000 to $85,000 to reflect this.

Local community groups will also continue to be funded through a contestable community grants process which fosters partnership and collaboration between the local board and its communities. The current round for grants up to $7500 is open for funding applications until 2 August. A new round for quick response grants opens on 23 September.

In addition, a new initiative will see funding for a new community arts space broker role based at Toi Tu Studio One, connecting artists and creatives with landlords of vacant spaces as well as supporting

We have a modest local board budget but we’re working to ensure it goes a long way to support priorities that benefit all our communities. PN (PIPPA COOM) F

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One of the playground equipment modules to be included in the Western Springs playground upgrade

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Butterflies for World Hepatitis Day A routine blood test last August proved a lucky move for Grey Lynn resident Stephen Hassan when he discovered he had hepatitis C. This year the 39-year-old landscaper and trade unionist was successfully cured of the deadly disease in just eight weeks by a new wonder drug, Maviret. The life-changing drug was funded by Pharmac in February this year, and is now available free from your GP. For every person who knows they have hep C, there is bound to be another who is unaware. The symptoms can be vague like brain fog and tiredness. But it can cause liver cancer and be fatal. “There are 50,000 New Zealanders with hep C and only half of them know it,” says Freemans Bay resident Rachel Stace who is part of a not-for-profit group, Hep C Action. “Our mission is to find the other 25,000 because they can now be cured. “You can’t tell by looking at someone whether they contracted hep C years ago, many of them are quite different people today.

Rachel Stace and Hazel Heal at the launch of Maviret

“I was talking to my plumber one day and the subject of hep C came up. He confessed he had it but had never told anyone outside his family. It was making him very ill and he was convinced he was going to die. He underwent treatment and was cured. He now feels like a new man and has a normal life expectancy.”

It is receiving global endorsement from hep C elimination workers from as far afield as Egypt to Kazakhstan, and as part of the World Hepatitis Day campaign, Aucklanders may have noticed buses and huge digital billboards with the butterfly and the Get Tested, Get Cured message. F PN

Hep C is transmitted by blood to blood contact, principally injecting drug use, or tattoos or piercings in unsterile premises from years gone by, as well as blood transfusions pre 1992.

“Many baby boomers have hep C because they experimented with drugs back in the 70s. But people dont like to think an episode in their youth could be affecting them today as there is a stigma associated with drug use. That head-in-the-sand attitude could mean the disease progresses to cirrhosis and liver failure.” The virus has taken a deadly toll on many Ponsonby personalities including several members of Hello Sailor. St Marys Bay’s Rick Ball had a liver transplant. Dave McArtney died. Roger Wilde, their early manager (and editor of the City News, forerunner of the Ponsonby News), was lucky to be cured with an earlier treatment regime, but sadly he succumbed to cancer last year. “I’ve seen too many of my friends die,” says Rachel, a hep C survivor. “I don’t want anyone else to die when today they can be cured so simply. So I’m passionate about spreading the word to get tested and cured.” Rachel and the Hep C Action team are promoting a butterfly emblem which they want to be recognised internationally as the hep C symbol, similar to the HIV red ribbon. “It’s bright and colourful and represents the metamorphosis when you get cured,” she says. “After years of feeling ill and tired, once cured, people have renewed energy and wellness. Our cheerful butterfly is a good way of starting the hep C conversation and counteracting the stigma.”

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I am a working artist and photographer with a colourful and rhythmic perspective. I enjoy shooting the front covers of Ponsonby News.

I am the founder of Ponsonby News and write for the magazine. My career has included politics, education and publishing. My interests include the environment, the economy and social justice.



For the last 53 years I’ve been a freelance entertainment journalist and author. I’ve lived in the Grey Lynn area for nearly three decades; I have met and interviewed some amazing people.

My yearly NZ Weather Almanacs began in 1999. During the tragic 2011 Christchurch earthquakes, my work created international interest. I currently live in Ponsonby.





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John Elliott: Local election update - latest on the mayoral contest I did worry when I saw Michelle Boag on the right side of John Tamihere and Matt McCarten on his left side. Which of these two vastly experienced politicos would have most influence? A major indication came recently when Tamihere announced he would consider selling down half of Watercare. (A win for Boag!)

City Vision Candidate for Waitemata Ward Councillor Pippa Coom, currently chair of the Waitemata Local Board has been selected to stand for the council seat currently held by Mike Lee. See her policy statement elsewhere in this edition of Ponsonby News.

Privatisation of water has been a worldwide failure in recent years as I outline in an article elsewhere in this Ponsonby News. Sorry JT, no privatisation for me thank you!

C&R Candidates for Waitemata Local Board C&R have announced their seven candidates for the Waitemata Local Board. They are:

John Banks has announced he is interested in standing for mayor again. Watch this space and see my article elsewhere in this Ponsonby News.

Sarah Trotman has lived in Waitemata 30 years, respected business and community leader with an ONZM honour-see article elsewhere in this issue.

City Vision Candidates for the Waitemata Board Alexandra Bonham is a Grey Lynn resident with a doctorate on Auckland City. She is a member of Women in Urbanism, and an advocate for a child-friendly sustainable city that fosters human connection, innovation and resilience.

Greg Moyle lived most of his life in Waitemata, experienced in senior management, governance and local body politics, former city councillor and board member keen to continue his community involvement.

Adriana Christie-Current member of the Waitemata Local Board with responsibility for parks, sports and recreation-lead of the local economic portfolio, a social entrepreneur and former Design Thinking Lecturer at AUT, wants to help make our city work sustainably and inclusively for all Aucklanders. Glenda Fryer, St Marys Bay resident, former Auckland city councillor and present Deputy Chair of the Albert Eden Local Board, has taken lead on economic development, parks and sports. Graeme Gunthorp, Freemans Bay resident, Asset Manager overseeing $500 million of shopping centres around New Zealand aims to help build strong communities based around safety for all, inclusive events, celebrating diversity and ensuring great transport options. Kerrin Leoni (Ngaitakoto, Ngati Kuri, Ngati Paoa) city centre resident and contract manager for Oranga Tamariki. Keen to provide Maori cultural advice and strengthen relationships with Maori in Waitemata, she is passionate about providing family friendly spaces, supporting migrant communities and youth. Richard Northey is a Freemans Bay resident, current local board member, former councillor and Member of Parliament. He took the lead on the board in establishing the arts partnership with TAPAC and led the charge to stop agrichemical spraying in central parks. Julie Sandilands is a central city resident and owner of The Dance Domain and Writers Cafe. Julie is passionate about improving the vibrancy and livability of the Waitemata area.


Amy Calway is a local, mother of two children at Ponsonby Primary, she has a passion for thriving communities and knows how to achieve results within budget. Josh Doubtfire is a fourth generation Waitemata local, a passionate community advocate, wants to improve council’s accountability to its communities. Dame Denise L’Estrange Corbet is a local, the co-founder of fashion brand World, an ambassador for the IHC awards, the Mental Health foundation and the Diabetes Foundation, will ensure smart spending of ratepayer money. Genevieve Brown, is a central city resident with extensive business skills, a strong leader who seeks an open and multi-purpose waterfront, clean and safe streets and affordable public transport. Roger Burton, is a Parnell resident and experienced businessman who brings the right balance of knowledge, skills and experience to add value to the board, to help cut excessive spending, he will work on fixing traffic, sewage and water infrastructure problems. C&R Council Candidate Sarah Trotman has been announced as the C&R candidate for the council seat for Waitemata Ward She joins Pippa Coom and Mike Lee as a third alternative for voters. See Sarah Trotman’s biography elsewhere in this issue. Only two months to go, so get researching candidates and sort out which ones you favour. Above all, please vote. (JOHN ELLIOTT) F PN

If you are unhappy with Auckland Council contractors spraying weeds on or near your property, simply ask the council to make your address spray free.

Please call 09 301 0101 and ask Auckland Council to add your property to the NO SPRAY list Also ask your councillor, Mike Lee or a local board member to ban the use of glyphosate in the Waitemata Local Board area.



@ GREY LYNN LIBRARY Out of the shadows: A ghost-writer steps forward – 6pm, Wednesday 21 August. She’s the author of multiple best sellers, but chances are you’ve never heard of her. That’s because she’s ghost-written for famous Kiwis from John Kirwan and Ray Columbus to the Ecostore’s Malcolm Rands and Dr Lance O’Sullivan. Now Margie Thomson has her name in lights for writing Womankind: New Zealand Women Making a Difference and Whale Oil, about one man’s fight against reputational ruin. What does it take to work with diverse New Zealand success stories – and how big a challenge was it to switch focus to the seedy side of life? Margie will be in conversation with noted journalist and publisher Finlay Macdonald. Refreshments provided. Selected books for sale on site courtesy of The Women’s Bookshop. Parking available. Free entry, donations welcome. F PN

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Announcement of candidacy for Waitemata Local Board Mr Keith McConnell is announcing his candidacy for the Waitemata Local Board at the forthcoming local body elections. Keith has lived in Parnell with his partner Sue for the last 20 years and has been growing increasingly concerned about a lack of service for residents under the SuperCity structure. Mr McConnell is a graduate of Otago University with a degree in finance, and a lengthy commercial career including CEO of subsidiaries of Donaghys, Chair of Industrial Research (a Crown Entity), Rubbish Direct and a local cyber-security company, among others. Now semi-retired, Mr McConnell is ready to serve the community at a local board level with a commitment to: • Champion local issues • Support environmental initiatives • Provide a commercial perspective

In his bid for election, McConnell has consulted with a wide range of people in the Waitemata area, identifying two critical areas of concern: • Firstly, Auckland Transport’s failure to consult with the community and local businesses on relevant matters such as bike lanes, parking and tree removal. • Secondly, business owners and operators are not adequately represented at a local board level. A quietly spoken yet highly effective individual, Keith McConnell shares the concerns of many Aucklanders that the city is not being well managed. McConnell is standing as an independent candidate rather than being constrained by any particular party. He believes that residents and their issues deserve to be heard and acted upon their merits rather than a biased or political agenda.

• Advocate for and liaise with local businesses • Demand open, transparent and accountable governance

“As an experienced business person, I will ask the difficult questions and get things done.” (KEITH McCONNELL) F PN Contact: Keith McConnell, M: 021 655 888, E:

Keith McConnell for Waitemata Local Board

When elected Keith will: • Champion local issues • Support environmental initiatives • Provide a commercial perspective

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• Advocate for & liaise with local businesses • Demand open, transparent and accountable governance of our city and facilities

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John Elliott: Another Waitemata Ward council candidate The race for councillor in the Waitemata Ward has just heated up even more. The new entrant is C&R candidate, Sarah Trotman, ONZM, who will also stand for a Waitemata Local Board seat. Sarah Trotman is a very personable and friendly woman who has vast business experience. She is currently CEO of Spend My Super, a charitable organisation which seeks donations of super from generous superannuitants for children in poverty. She has been closely involved with Lifewise’s Big Sleep Out, now in its ninth year, and The Small Business Expos, Auckland’s largest events for business, for 10 years. Trotman, a Waitemata resident of 30 years, is associated with economic development and business mentoring. She told Ponsonby News she is standing because she feels a responsibility to step up. “Residents are calling for strong leadership and I have a track record of leadership on major initiatives that have shaped Auckland for the better,” she said. Trotman believes councillors need strategic nous, commercial acumen and an understanding of communities, to encourage bold and considered investment for Auckland. “I’ve got these attributes to ensure sound investment to enhance Auckland’s position as a world class city,” she added. Asked about the controversial CCOs, Sarah Trotman told me she has the strength of character to hold council and CCOs to account on their strategies and how they spend ratepayers’ hard earned money. “There is no question that Auckland Transport needs to be better controlled,” Trotman says, “and more focus needs to be put on AT understanding the impact, particularly on local business, that their disruption causes.” On the question of housing, Sarah says, “Density has a ripple effect. One house demolished for four apartments puts extra pressures on our roads and other infrastructure.”

Trotman is also calling for more respectful consultation and better protection of our green spaces and waterways. She cites the ‘chaos’, as she describes it, over the urban forest at Western Springs. “Further study is needed on a transition that will evaluate the whole pine felling proposal on the ecology of the forest.” Proving that she had done her homework, Trotman cited the last Waitemata Local Board Annual Report which showed “all three performance measures on parks, reserves and beaches fell well short of their target for resident participation and satisfaction.” Mature, personable, sensible and articulate, with an ONZM honour to her name for services to business and community, Sarah Trotman will be a formidable candidate for the Waitemata council seat, and will certainly give Pippa Coom and Mike Lee a run for their money. Two of those candidates will unfortunately miss out, which is disappointing because all three have good credentials, but it does give our ward the assurance of a fine representative, whoever is the winner. Trotman will drive a campaign based on issues that come out of comprehensive community consultation. (JOHN ELLIOTT) F PN She can be contacted at

John Elliott: John Banks possible comeback Banks would open up the mayoralty – exploiting a split left wing vote between Goff and Tamihere. I spoke with John Banks, former cabinet minister and former Mayor of Auckland City about his possible return to local politics.

He would ensure bureaucrats stop interfering with local issues, and make sure local communities had much greater self determination.

He confirmed he may stand for the Auckland Mayoralty.

Democracy in Auckland is under threat. Could John Banks be the saviour?

Banks has been approached by a number of people urging him to stand again. He says he is “only 72”, and “as fit as a fiddle, walking every day and still fly my aeroplane.” When I talked to him he certainly echoed a number of the concerns I have been hearing lately. Goff is one of the most unpopular mayors for a very long time. He and councillors have lost control of the so-called Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs). Banks would put councillors back on all CCOs including Auckland Transport, with himself as Chairman of AT. He told me that Lord Mayor Khan of London is Chair of London’s Transport Authority and he told Banks that it kept him in close touch with residents and ratepayers in London and kept democracy in check. John Banks would also upgrade the local boards (councillors he would rename board members), giving them more money and greater power to fund genuine grassroots democracy as they see fit.

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What ever else anyone may say about John Banks, and no one is perfect, I have always agreed with his belief that Auckland needs a strong cheerleader as mayor. Banks would certainly be that. Banks would not sell Watercare, he told me, but would ensure greater answerability by putting his own directors on the Watercare Board. John Banks sounds up for the job, with his old enthusiasm intact, and he could quite conceivably walk through the middle of a Goff/ Tamihere left-wing split and win back the mayoralty. The lack of enthusiasm for the upcoming local elections, which are less than three months away, has meant we were heading towards one of the lowest voter turnouts in living memory. That scenario would change if John Banks throws his hat in the ring. (JOHN ELLIOTT) F PN



Pippa Coom: City Vision’s new candidate for council After almost nine years on the Waitemat-a Local Board, and as the current Chair, I am delighted to be City Vision’s candidate for Councillor for the Waitemat-a and Gulf Ward. It has been a privilege to serve the communities of Waitemata- and to lead a local board that has built a reputation for being brave, adventurous and effective. Among our achievements, the local board has transformed Ellen Melville Centre into a vibrant community hub, developed the Weona-Westmere coastal walk and other new pathways, and improved playgrounds. The board has also been instrumental in getting major projects off the ground, including the Franklin Road upgrade, a planned new civic space on Ponsonby Road, new sports grounds at Seddon Fields, new changing rooms in Grey Lynn park and helped secure a $5 million council contribution to the City Mission’s HomeGround housing and social services project. If elected as your local councillor, I will build on extensive experience in governance, a network of community relationships, and an understanding of the issues that matter to Aucklanders. My leadership style is inclusive and respectful. I seek consensus rather than division, and I value teamwork and open communication. As local board chair, I am recognised for being available and accessible and, just as I am now, I will be there in person for community events, big and small. The Waitemata- and Gulf Ward deserves fresh leadership and a councillor who is able to work effectively and constructively with

the mayor and councillors around the governing body table on the major issues facing Auckland. My family immigrated from the UK to Ponsonby in 1982 and, over the years, I’ve developed strong connections to the central suburbs of Auckland I am seeking your support to continue serving. I’m a proud AGGS old girl and in 2009, following a legal career, I became a fulltime volunteer in the community involved with action on cycling, community development and sustainability. I’ve been a trustee of the Kelmarna Organic City Farm, and Grey Lynn 2030, and was chair of the Grey Lynn Farmers Market management committee for five years. I’m a progressive aligned with City Vision, a coalition of Labour, the Greens and community independents like myself, but my primary allegiance is to the community. I value City Vision’s shared commitment to social justice, outstanding public transport, environmental restoration, ownership of public assets and a real say for local communities. Representing the people of Waitemata- and the Gulf is a seven days a week commitment. I am 100% up for it and, with your support, I will continue to help fulfil the aspirations of all Aucklanders by representing the needs of the Waitemata- and Gulf Ward. (PIPPA COOM) F PN


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Mike Lee: Auckland’s past and future – well worth fighting for Auckland Council is currently processing a change to the Unitary Plan, ‘Plan Change 26’. This is especially relevant for the historic townscapes (‘heritage zones’) of Ponsonby, Grey Lynn, Herne Bay and Parnell. The plan change is needed because of anomalies identified by the Environment Court. These relate to differing requirements of the legacy ‘Residential One Single House Zones’ and the Unitary Plan’s ‘Character Area Overlays’.

of the Waterfront Plan, epitomised by the ongoing debacle on Quay Street, are there for all to see. Another victim of this infighting was the waterfront trams – collateral damage one might think, but from the disdain I picked up from AT managers, I suspect more than accidental.

Despite the council’s assurances that this is essentially a technical matter needed to “clear up inadvertent legal confusion with no new rules or standards,” many are worried. Grey Lynn Residents Association Brandon Wilcox has undertaken detailed research into ‘Plan Change 26’ and posted his findings on the GLRA website.

This is odd really when you think about it. AT is meant to be wedded to the idea of light rail (trams) but seems to be mainly interested in light rail as a means of forestalling the previously agreed train link to the airport – not for what it is best for – ‘street car’ running in the inner city. When it comes to the Wynyard tramway, even though it was engineered to the latest light rail standards, AT managers, evidently seeing it as a rival, have never made a secret of their antipathy.

Brandon has helpfully set out the key facts in a table, so people can judge for themselves. He concludes the intended priority to be given to ‘Character Overlay’ is actually (rather counter-intuitively) a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’, which will weaken existing protections and neighbours’ rights. The council’s Heritage Advisory Panel which I chair, takes a similar view, as do experts like Allan Matson and heritage groups across the city, represented by Sally Hughes’ ‘Character Coalition’. Knowing how this council operates and its non-notified, pro-developer, growth-at-all-costs culture, these concerns are well-based. Whatever the outcome of ‘Plan Change 26’, we should be in no doubt that unless there’s a profound change in the way Auckland Council writes and enforces the rules, we will continue to lose our historic buildings and townscapes from relentless, incremental development. I would now like to deal with what I hope is some good news. The Wynyard Quarter’s ‘heritage tramway’ was a legacy project of the former ARC, which I initiated in 2010, and completed by Waterfront Auckland in time for the Rugby World Cup. It was promoted as a ‘place shaper’, popular with Aucklanders and visitors alike. Over 100,000 people rode the trams despite the limited 1.5km circular route. But this was planned to be only the first stage of a Wynyard to Britomart via Quay Street link, serving the Maritime Museum, cruise ship and ferry wharves, using both heritage and modern trams. This was a key commitment in Waterfront Auckland’s popular Waterfront Plan (2012), supported by a remarkable 73% of public submissions. But then Waterfront Auckland became the victim of a powerplay by the council’s CCO barons. Auckland Transport (AT) believed it should call the shots on the waterfront and as usual AT got its way. Waterfront Auckland, despite it being the best performing CCO, was disbanded, its role taken over by Panuku. The results, the trashing

In 2014, AT took over from Waterfront Auckland reconstructing the roads in the Wynyard Quarter. Though amounting to less than a kilometre, this has taken more than four years and some $80m, and remains unfinished. The work was originally designed by Waterfront Auckland to take place while keeping the trams running, but since 2015 the trams have been able to run only infrequently and then on half the original route. If AT wasn’t enough to worry about, last year Panuku traded away to developers Willis Bond, a block of land connecting the tram barn to Daldy Street. Predictably, last August, Willis Bond demanded the key section of tramline be removed, forcing tram operations to be shut down ‘indefinitely’. In November, Panuku executives went to the council and recommended the tramway be terminated permanently. Now, here comes the good part, thanks to the tirelessly campaigning of tram enthusiast (and Ponsonby wine merchant) Puneet Dahl and heritage tram expert Jef Grobben, backed by hundreds of tram-loving Aucklanders, the Mayor and a majority of councillors for once rejected Panuku’s advice and instructed it to get the trams running again. The date for fully re-commissioning the Wynyard trams is February 2020. In the meantime a new battle, again led by Puneet and Jef and supported by Public Transport Users Association, is underway to require Panuku to honour the original Waterfront Plan by making the planned new Te Wero bridge tram-capable, enabling a future connection to Britomart. I have lodged a submission. Please go to the council website and make one too. This is a battle well worth fighting. (MIKE LEE - COUNCILLOR FOR WAITEMATA & GULF) F PN

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Ken Ring: Auckland weather diary, August 2019 - by the moon August is expected to bring early, spring-like, unsettled conditions. The best interval in August for outside activities should be the 2nd-7th. A drier month with only half the average (for Auckland) is expected (65/111mm), but after the 7th it may seem a wetter month, as a shower is likely within any three days. Maximum temperatures may be slightly higher than average, with 14-16°C and for minimums 7-9°C. The barometer may average 1015 mbs. The average relative humidity may be 83% and the wind direction average may be from the south-east. Between the 2nd-10th is mostly dry, with air-pressure climbing (1028mbs) to the month’s highest around the 6-9th. The warmest day may be the 11th with 18-20°C. Then the barometer dips twice around the 12th and then the 16th-22nd as northerlies bring alternate days of rain. Wind strengthens from the 14th-18th. The month’s wettest days are most likely between the 19th-22nd. On the 23rd, the wind changes to southerly, and the 24th -31st sees daytime skies gradually clear. The coolest night may be around the 24th with 3-5°C. For fishermen, the highest (king) tides are on the 3rd, with a lesser tide on the 18th. The best fishing bite-times (in the east) are at dusk on the 1st-2nd, 15th-18th, and 29th-31st, and in the west at around lunchtime on those days. Chances are also good in the east for noon of the 6th-10th and 23rd-25th, and in the west around dusk of those days. South-easterlies (typically not good for fishing) may be from the 23rd-28th.

16th-25th, when the waning moon is descending. If harvesting for longer shelf-life, choose lower water-table (neap) days of the 10th and 25th.

For gardeners, the best sowing intervals are the 2nd-14th and 31st, when the waxing moon is ascending. The best pruning time is the

Allow 24 hour error for all forecasting. (KEN RING) F PN

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Ponsonby Park – August Update With Stage One of Ponsonby Park scheduled to begin in under a year, the Community-led Design (CLD) group has determined that a small celebration is in order. You are invited to join us on Saturday 17 August between 10am and 1pm, on-site at 254 Ponsonby Road. Everyone is welcome. The CLD group was formed after a public meeting held on Wednesday 16 March 2016. We have had our work enabled and funded by the Waitemata Local Board and we’d like to extend a big thank you to the board for this and for advocating so strongly and successfully for the whole site civic open space as their ‘One Local Initiative’. The LandLAB concept design for Ponsonby Park will add to both the diversity and amenity of our community. It will be a venue for events and activities, and a much-needed rest stop where shoppers, visitors and locals can take time out to relax and revive before pushing on with their day. It will be a place to meet old friends or make new ones, a place to give the kids somewhere to burn off some energy or to be entranced and gently calmed by nature. A place to meet for a picnic, a game of petanque, or simply somewhere to chillax and watch the world go by. Ponsonby Park will serve as a hub for community events and will have the ability to evolve over time as needs change and the local population defines new activities and patterns of use.

The dominant and important themes that have arisen from all the feedback we have received during our CLD work is the desire for both a place to ‘rest and relax’ and to build ‘social capital’. A significant number of people desire a place that will encourage and foster meeting people and forming social connections. All around the world there are stunning examples of how local urban open spaces add to the fabric of the community they serve. Paley Park, the High Line, and Auckland’s Silo Park in the Wynyard Quarter, all provide for passive and active recreation. Ponsonby Park will be our exemplar. It’s an exciting time and it’s great to be underway, especially with such wonderful support and enthusiasm from the community. Another big thank you – this time to everyone who has been part of the journey so far. It’s good to have you with us. Ponsonby Park – it’s going to be a brilliant! (JENNIFER WARD) F PN You can stay up to date or contact us at: or check us out on Facebook – Ponsonby Park.

* The LandLAB design for Ponsonby Park won the international ‘World Architecture News – Future Civic Category’ award in November 2018.

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Artweek Auckland and the Grey Lynn Project creating a public art trail The Grey Lynn Business Association (GLBA) last month announced that it would for the first time become an integral part of Artweek to be held from 12-20 October. The most exciting part of this is the development of a public art trail throughout Grey Lynn which will initially feature as our contribution to Artweek but we aim to keep alive as an important offering to promote Grey Lynn as a destination of discovery and a progressive urban community. Conceptually, what we want to do is develop a map identifying all of the public art hot spots in our district from the galleries of Arch Hill to the outer reaches of Grey Lynn District 1021. We will then turn this into paste ups, promotional material and markers. But – and this is very big but – we need your help to identify public art! So far we’ve identified around 12 separate pieces – as pictured below – and if you know the stories behind these pieces or you can tell us more about the artist we’d like to hear from you at info@ Additionally, if we’ve missed something we would love it if you could take a photo of the public art piece, let us know its location and tell us the story behind it. When we receive your contribution we’ll verify it and insert it in our Grey Lynn public art trail material. The Grey Lynn Project views this Artweek street map as a key piece enabling Aucklander’s and international visitors to view Grey Lynn as a destination of discovery which can be enjoyed throughout the year. While we don’t expect our map to be a completely comprehensive one first time around, we’re committed to building on this each year and with your help we can make this initiative something truly special that will enable us to promote the fantastic artwork and the unique character our community has to offer.

Finally, as we move forward with this collaboration we continue to seek out artists, potential venues to host artists, and restaurants and designers all who are prepared to participate to ensure the extension of Artweek to Grey Lynn is a success. We will be bringing together all parties in a major hui within the next month, so if you or someone you know want to be involved go to and leave your details – we’ve already had some wonderful creatives come through and we’re keen to get in touch with some more so please keep engaging with us. These photos are part of the external artwork at the Returned PN Services Club at 2 Francis Street. F

Lucia Mataia – Leys Institute Library News: Kia ora koutou We hope you are all keeping warm and dry as we head into August. It’s warm and dry in the library so pop in and grab a bunch of books to enjoy. Storyline National Festival Story Tour – The Auckland Tour 19 – 23 August Leys Institute Library is excited to host four children’s authors and illustrators: Lani Wendt Young, David Elliot, Donovan Bixley and Janet Hunt. Wednesday 21 August, 6pm – 7.30pm. Free entry, please register your interest by emailing leysinstitutelibraryponsonby@ or leave your name at the desk.

to this multi-levelled story. One of our group said, “On the surface the story seems trivial, but what’s happening underneath is amazing. This book is a wake-up call.” The other book we recommend is ‘The Language of Birds’ by Jill Dawson. This novel is based on the Lord Lucan case and is written from the point of view of the nanny. Another in our group described the book as “not the most uplifting but a good read.”

Parents and caregivers don’t forget we are still running the HELL Reading Challenge until the end of November. Pop in and pick up a cardboard wheel. The Pizza wheel challenge is aimed at children aged 5 years to 14 years old. Children receive a stamp on their pizza wheel for each book they read, and once seven books have been read they can redeem their pizza wheel for a free 333 kids’ pizza at HELL.

Craft group – blanket story Our friendly Leys group has been working on a combined project of crochet and knitted squares to make blankets for children. Last month they formally gifted two beautifully crafted blankets to Leonie from the Women’s Centre in Grey Lynn. Leonie says the blankets will find good homes. Do you have spare yarn you no longer need? We would be happy to accept these so that the craft group can fill a new request to make warm clothes for toddlers and children. And, don’t forget, if you would like to join our crafters, they meet every first and PN third Monday of the month at 10am. F

Book Chat recommends This month we are sticking with novels. First up, Ben Okri. You may remember Ben Okri’s first novel ‘The Famished Road’, which won the Booker Prize in 1991. His latest, ‘The Freedom Artist’, should also achieve similar success. The book is simply about an imprisoned young woman and her lover’s search for her. But there is much more The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied

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Ponsonby U3A – August 2019 Long-standing members of Ponsonby U3A reminisced about the early days of U3A in Ponsonby and what they have gained from membership of the world-wide movement, at the 25th anniversary celebration and lunch held at the July meeting. Two of the inaugural members from 1994, Jill Bater and Nancy Keat, were awarded life membership, as was Beverley Morris. In a question and answer panel discussion, a group of early members talked about what belonging to U3A has meant to them over the years. Questions were asked about highlights of their time in U3A, the challenges and what each has got out of belonging. “U3A has helped me to stay young. I’m now 95 and my brain is getting used.” - Beverley Morris “The challenge of learning how to run a group and realising how important it is to get involved in groups. Friendships.” - Jill Bater “When retired, meeting people you would have never met normally, and learned so much from 10 minute and guest speakers.” - Norman Stanhope “Friendship and fun. Huge stimulation being part of small study groups.” - Nancy Keat “A lot of fun to be had, great friends and expeditions – new members are a boon to us all.” - Gill Marris

opportunity for informal study and new learning experiences. The aim is for people to come together to continue their enjoyment of learning and sharing knowledge. All that is needed is some life experience and a desire to keep learning. Members join special interest groups, of which Ponsonby U3A has more than 20, covering a wide range of topics and activities. Most special interest groups meet in members’ homes. Guest speaker at the July meeting was acclaimed documentary maker Shirley Horrocks, whose talk was entitled ‘Sir Paul Callaghan and Dancing with Atoms’. She explained how she came to make a documentary about the great New Zealand scientist, Sir Paul Callaghan. Though he was better known than some of the people she has filmed – especially through his compelling talks on science with Kim Hill – Shirley found that people were not aware of the full range of his remarkable life and career and that there was no documentary profile about him. The more she found out about Sir Paul, it became increasingly clear to Shirley that, “He could be truly described as a Renaissance Man.” Shirley has specialised in making profiles of New Zealanders involved in the arts or in science, particularly those she feels deserve to be better known. She is one of our leading film makers, and has had more films in the New Zealand International Film Festival than any other local director. In the last New Year’s Honours she was made an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit for her services to documentary film making and the arts. The August meeting will be the AGM. The guest speaker will be Troy Churton from the Commission for Financial Capability. There will be no 10 minute speaker because of the AGM. (PHILIPPA TAIT) F PN

“I read about U3A in the Ponsonby News, everyone was friendly on the first day, but I was shocked that all seemed old. A week later I looked in the mirror – I had always worked with younger people and had thought I was one of them! Learning new things, such as the ukulele and making many new friends.” - Noeline Creighton

Guests are welcome to attend a U3A meeting, but are asked to first telephone Christine Hart, 027 289 5514.

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Nikki Kaye: an update During my time in politics I have tried to provide numerous opportunities for young people. Recently, my office hosted a student from Waiheke High School to spend a day learning more about the role. In the last month my Youth MP, Andrew Chen, also completed the two-day Youth Parliament event in Wellington. I have also recently confirmed a new intern to be involved in education policy in Wellington. I was proud of how well Andrew spoke in the General Debate on education. I believe it is really important for all elected representatives to continue to provide more opportunities for young people to be involved in politics. Waiheke ferry update Cath Handley, Chair of the local board for Waiheke, Auckland Transport and myself held another meeting where we raised issues such as the lack of urgency and progress on integrated ticketing and the review. I am pleased that Auckland Transport (AT) has agreed to formally enter into discussions with Fullers to amend its access agreement to the wharves. With further disruptions occurring, islanders need this sorted urgently. People are fed up with being left on wharves and the lack of progress.

I get a huge proportion of people contacting my office on Auckland Council issues. Every month I liaise with local body politicians and the Mayor’s office on issues. Please tell us your views by filling in the survey at If you require assistance please don’t hesitate to contact me or my office on 09 378 2088 or send me an email on mp.aucklandcentral@ PN (NIKKI KAYE) F Authorised by Hon Nikki Kaye, MP for Auckland Central, 48c College Hill, Freemans Bay,

We have also asked the Mayor to ensure there is either an independent audit of Fullers, or it should be at the very least jointly commissioned with AT to ensure the terms of reference are appropriate and that stakeholders are engaged. People need to be confident there is going to be change with regards to services. We need greater urgency and assurances by the Minister and Mayor on the service issues and integrated ticketing. Opposition to marine dumping in the Hauraki Gulf I recently held several public meetings on issues of marine protection on Great Barrier Island and Waiheke Island. Islanders expressed major concerns about large-scale marine dumping and why there was a need to have this activity in the waters near Great Barrier. Iwi also raised issues of wai tapu and the seabed. The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has approved consent to dump 250,000 cubic metres of marine sludge per annum for 35 years 25km east of Great Barrier Island. I am aware of the 50,000 cubic metres of sediment that has occurred in the past. However, the latest consent approved by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) of marine sludge is large scale and for a very long term into the future. The alternatives to this marine dredging dumping could include landfill, clean fill and, as I understand it, cement mix. The issue of marina dredging will need to be properly considered in the future. I think there are some wider issues for local body politicians to consider around this. I realise that these issues are before a court. However, I am concerned to ensure that local iwi and Great Barrier Island residents’ voices are heard and properly considered. These waters are the backyard for Barrier residents and they feel very strongly about these issues. The issues are wider for Auckland as, in my view, they represent a laziness and lack of care with our marine environment. I will continue to support Great Barrier Island in opposing this dumping. Rate your council campaign My colleague Denise Lee MP has set up a website for you to tell us your views on the Auckland Council on issues like consenting and transport. Denise is our Auckland Local Government spokesperson. Your views will help inform us as we develop Auckland Local Government and other policies towards the 2020 election.

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John Elliott: Banning glyphosate critically important As I reported in the July Ponsonby News, decisions on the use or banning of glyphosate in New Zealand are largely in the hands of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), who up to now have declared glyphosate safe for use and not carcinogenic. This flies in the face of the latest international research which has found glyphosate a ‘probable carcinogen’. Scientists are cautious in their wording, hence the word ‘probable’. I have written to the newly appointed Chief Scientist of the EPA, Professor Michael Bunce, asking for an update on the EPA’s latest attitudes to the continued use of glyphosate. At the time of going to press I had not had a reply. When I phoned the EPA I was told Professor Bunce doesn’t take up his role until some time next month. We have had modest success in the Waitemata Board area. Glyphosate has been banned in several local parks and more phasing out of its use is planned. It is good to read that local board member, and possible chair after the October election, Richard Northey ‘led the charge against glyphosate use in inner city parks’. During this election campaign tell Northey how pleased you are with that commitment and ask him for wider banning. In the meantime, I want to tell readers a little of my own history with agrichemical use. Yes, I used Roundup with glyphosate until I knew better, but during my university years back in the late 50s, I did several holiday stints with a helicopter firm. We sprayed gorse and willows on Northland farms with 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T. My job was to drive the tanker carrying the chemicals from

farm to farm to meet the chopper. I then had to fill the chopper’s tank with the liquid chemical, and off it flew to spray the farm. I had no gloves, no mask, absolutely no protection at all from the spray which got all over my hands and face. It was many years before Ivon Watkins Dow, suppliers of these chemicals, finally succumbed to protest pressure and government edicts that those two chemicals were deadly poisonous. Readers will remember that 2,4,5-T was an ingredient of Agent Orange which did such horrific damage in Vietnam. It took from 1959 until 1987 to stop these chemicals from being used, and 1989 before they were banned by the government. DDT was also banned in 1989, whereas Rachel Carson had chronicled its carcinogenic qualities in the US as early as 1960 in her seminal book, ‘The Silent Spring’. The cheese ad says, ‘these things take time’, but there is a massive difference between letting cheese mature and killing people with poisonous agrichemicals. Bureaucracy often moves at a glacial pace, but when lives are at stake, time is of the essence. Glyphosate use must be stopped – now. (JOHN ELLIOTT) F PN

John Elliott: Fights over water – the next world wars Arguments over water look like taking over from oil as the next big thing worldwide. New Zealand has been foolishly allowing foreign companies to take millions of litres of pristine spring water overseas for a pittance in return. This must stop because aquifers are running dry and droughts are getting worse. Climate change is upon us. Now, Auckland mayoral candidate John Tamihere is promoting a plan to down-sell half of Auckland City-owned Watercare. The recent history of privatised water rights to multinational companies like Veolia from France, is frightening. I mention Veolia because they are present in New Zealand, hovering, waiting for a chance to grab any available water rights, with rights in Wellington, Queenstown, Whanganui and Papakura, yet their record around the world is very distressing. Why would we touch them? Space precludes a long story about disasters in Europe, South America, North America and elsewhere where water has been privatised, but some of the tragedies are covered in several books including: ‘Water, Politics & Money’ – a reality check on privatisation, ‘Thirst’ – global corporations like Nestle, Suez and Veolia buying up local water sources, ‘Blue Gold’ – the real and worsening global water crisis and transnational corporations profiting from it, ‘ Privatising Water’ – governance failure and the world’s urban water crisis. In one small town in Texas, Beverley McGuire described her tap going dry. She could see nine oil wells from her back porch. Now, she says, nearly 15 million people are under some form of water rationing, partly because so much water is used for shale gas fracking. So, plenty of oil, but no water.

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A number of billionaires have bought property in the very south of South America around Tierra del Fuego because the land is rich in pristine spring water, exactly the same quality water that New Zealand is allowing foreign companies to steal from our children and grandchildren. Three case studies involving Veolia follow. In February 2015, Flint, Michigan, hired Veolia to address water quality. It is now suing Veolia, alleging it worsened the crisis, and Flint accuses Veolia of “callously and fraudulently” dismissing medical concerns. In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Veolia’s management of the Water Authority resulted in the use of a cheaper corrosion chemical without the required approval, violating state regulations and leading to lead contamination. Under Veolia’s operation of Plymouth, Massachusetts’ water system, 10 million gallons of raw sewage flooded Plymouth in 2015. Veolia paid a $1.6 million settlement. Water privatisation has led to significant rate hikes, labour cuts and abuses, serious health and safety violations, dangerous cost cutting that puts public health in jeopardy and failure to invest in necessary infrastructure upgrades. These are large companies whose major object is to make profit – often with considerable downsides for consumers, especially the poor. Water is a basic human right. Don’t let a multinational takeover happen in Auckland. (JOHN ELLIOTT) F PN


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John Elliott: Banning plastic bags Very sensible but a baby step in the war against plastic waste. We know we are polluting our entire universe with plastic waste, but because plastic is so convenient, durable and relatively inexpensive, it is difficult to banish completely. Its use has exploded over the last 50 years. It is now taking 17 million barrels of oil to produce plastic bottles every year. Only one in five is recycled, so 13.6 million barrels of oil in the form of plastic bottles is ending up in our environment. Another way of looking at this waste is that one truckload of plastic enters the ocean every minute. Recently, 10,000 volunteers across 42 countries set about a most ambitious plastic cleanup. 187,000 pieces of trash later, they have a comprehensive snapshot of how corporations are contributing to the global plastic problem. The most commonly found plastic from global brands was from CocaCola, Pepsi, Nestle, Danone, Mondelez, Proctor & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive, Unilever, Mars and Perfetti van Melte, in that order. The call is always for individuals to do more, and there is always more we can do, but these multinationals are still selling us plastic drink containers and packaging that we have no choice but to throw away. Plastic containers used only once and then disposed of, are part of the problem. We must use more glass bottles, paper straws and tackle supermarkets and other stores about over-packaged food and groceries. One interesting initiative is the Plastic Attack campaign. A group of people go to the supermarket, select their goods, pay for them at

the checkout and then strip all plastic packaging off the products, pack their purchases into their own containers and leave the plastic for the supermarket to clean up. World Plastic Attack Day is 15 September. There needs to be more economic incentives to stop throwing plastic away. Many countries have a few cents which people can claim back if they return their plastic containers. One Asian city gives discounts on travel to people who deposit plastic containers in specially placed containers. Recyclable plastic coffee cups must be totally plastic, not lined with non-recyclable material. Neither are many coffee cups lids recyclable. We must make serious and successful attempts to stop the quantities of plastic finding its way into the sea. It’s predicted that we will soon have about 20% as much plastic in the sea as we have fish. Unfortunately, the naysayers and the climate deniers are no help. They just want to continue raping and pillaging our environment as long as they can. To hell with our children and grandchildren, they seem to think. We don’t inherit the earth from our parents, we borrow it from our children. We must act before it is too late. One of my favourite environmental authors, Gus Speth, has summed it up like this, “I used to think that the top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. But I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy, and to deal with these we need a spiritual and cultural transformation and we scientists don’t know how to do that.” PN (JOHN ELLIOTT) F







Kerry Lee: Ponsonby Rugby Club mental illness evening with Paul Whatuira On 3 June, rugby league legend Paul Whatuira spoke candidly about his battle with depression at the Ponsonby Rugby Club’s first-ever Mental Health and Well-Being Evening. Paul held nothing back and told us his own personal stories about everything he had gone through and what had helped him to win against his own fight with mental illness. The evening was capped off with a no holds barred Q and A session where no question or query was off limits, and where Paul took the time to answer each one, giving a thoughtful answer. (KERRY LEE) 1. Ariana, Brent, and Sugar; 2. Barret Blaylock, Leon Wijohn and Mark Hooper; 3. Jim, Paul Whatuira, Manu and Michelle; 4. Mark Hooper and Paul Whatuira; 5. Rocky Khan, Barret Blaylock, Sir Bryan Williams, Paul Whatuira, Mark Hooper, Leon Wijohn and Kevin Senio; 6. Sir Bryan and Lady Lesley Williams.

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Our unique preschool offers a variety of sessions for children aged between two to five years. We are a not-for-profit, community-based preschool located in the Ponsonby Community Centre. We offer high teacher-child ratios with an experienced, qualified and responsive team of seven teachers who are committed to providing high-quality learning outcomes for our children. Our environment is nurturing and focusses on a child centred curriculum where we support our children to develop learning dispositions, skills, knowledge and working theories. We value our strong relationships with our children and their families which contributes to their sense of belonging. Our children are able to participate in extra curricula weekly learning experiences such as ‘Confident Little Chatterboxes’, which is a performing arts company that supports our children to gain the confidence to speak, express themselves and perform in front of others. We also have weekly music sessions with a professional musician, where our children sing, learn about music and experience instruments from other cultures. Our preschool is a home away from home where our children experience love, care, guidance and support and are well prepared for their transition to school. F PN

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HERE WHEN YOU NEED US When the worst happens, we are here to help and guide you through the process. Every day, Sibuns Funeral Directors offers care and compassion to people at a difficult time in their lives. They understand that dealing with the loss of a loved one can be one of the hardest things someone will ever experience, which is why it is so important to be given the opportunity, the time and the support to grieve.

personalised and individual. A true reflection of who their loved one was, so it’s crucial to be organised, efficient and a master of multitasking. The team at Sibuns takes the time to listen to these needs and prides itself on helping families create such farewells that are meaningful, relevant and unique to each individual.

This support can make a big difference as most people have little or no experience of what to do when someone close to them dies, according to Kaye Shannon, manager of Sibuns. “That’s where the funeral director comes in, guiding them through the whole process of organising a funeral and making everything go as easily as it possibly can, given the circumstances,” she explains.

As well as planning, the role also requires skills that aren’t always easily learned, such as the ability to be diplomatic when dealing with family situations and, importantly, supporting people who are grieving and often deeply distressed.

A funeral director’s role is to care for the deceased, starting with the transfer from the place of death, through to burial or cremation. Acting on the family’s behalf, they can also help with tasks such as placing death notices and registering the death. In addition to this, funeral directors can be tasked with organising everything to do with the funeral, including arranging a chapel or venue, supplying the casket and sorting out payment of cemetery or cremation fees. “People who are grieving can lose clarity and it’s hard to be decisive about anything, which leads to added stress,” says Kaye. “It’s a very raw time, but if you’ve been able to build up a level of trust with your funeral director, this can really help.” Being a funeral director involves a large amount of administrative work and event planning, as many families want funerals that are

“You need to be a caring person who can deal with families at this time,” says Kaye. “You have to be sensitive to grief, but still able to keep a clear head and prompt people to make decisions in a kind and gentle way.” Kaye moved into the funeral profession 17 years ago, with a background in nursing, childcare and a degree in psychology, all contributing to her natural affinity for the role of a funeral director. However, she admits there are still times when, at home after an emotionally charged day, she sheds a tear or two, especially if the deceased has died tragically. But it is also hugely rewarding. “There can be lots of life-affirming things that come out of funerals,” explains Kaye. “The connection with people is what I enjoy most and being able to help a family when PN someone they love has died, is a special privilege.” F

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Mistubishi Outlander PHEV - New Zealand’s biggest selling PHEV


Going low emission is exciting no matter who you talk to. The Government recently launched a consultation document proposing two key policies aimed at making the New Zealand light vehicle car fleet less polluting. Currently, we have one of the least fuel efficient car fleets in the OECD. This means our cars are costing us more at the pump and having more negative impacts on our environment than most other countries. One of the policies is aimed at prompting those buying new cars to buy one with low or no emissions. Even though this is still just in the consultation phase, it’s getting people talking and excited about the future of electric cars.

vehicles. Audi is the first manufacturer with a certified carbon zero production facility for its electric vehicles. This is an even bigger deal than it sounds because research from the Union of Concerned Scientists found that manufacturing an EV can create 15 - 68% more emissions than manufacturing a traditional combustion engine vehicle. Of course, over its lifetime, the EV would more than make up for this.

Just about all of our favourite car brands now have a low emission, hybrid, plug in hybrid or fully electric option in their fleet. The range and versatility of low emission models is increasing all the time and as demand grows locally so will the range of options available. We talked to a few of the leading car brands to understand things from their perspective. Do they like what the Government is proposing? Will it make a difference? Do they have a low emission vehicle that Ponsonby News readers should get excited about?

Brett Barclay and the team from Audi Giltrap in Grey Lynn have been patiently and eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new Audi e-tron, a vehicle described by Audi as ‘concept clarity’ and reviewed by Top Gear as the safest stepping stone to EV driving to date. “When it turned up we were all blown away. Hand on heart, it has exceeded our expectations. The e-tron quattro itself, apart from its amazing looks and tech, is a very useable and practical car that will tick a lot of boxes on a day to day basis,” says Brett. The e-tron has Audi’s beauty and style, is a comfortable ride, and best bit according to Brett: “The drive is something else.”

Looking around the streets of Ponsonby and many of the city fringe suburbs, it is easy to see that Audi is a popular brand choice for locals. Audi’s commitment to low and no emissions is significant and goes beyond releasing game changing, high performance electric

Like many in the motor industry, Brett welcomes the Government’s proposed low emission vehicle initiatives. He believes that at the very least it’s starting a conversation about low emission vehicle choices that will help some people make the transition from traditional combustion engines to electric or hybrid plug-in electric vehicles. The consultation document released by the Ministry of Transport points out that New Zealand is one of only three developed countries with no regulations, or meaningful incentives, to influence the fuel efficiency of light vehicles entering the country. This is perhaps why vehicles supplied into New Zealand are among the most fuel inefficient and polluting in the OECD. Alastair Davis, CEO of Toyota New Zealand, supports the need for New Zealand to improve the fuel efficiency of its vehicle fleet. “With transport emissions accounting for nearly 20% of all carbon output, we have a large influence on how New Zealand will progress to a zero-carbon economy. The proposals call for new standards and a ‘fee and rebate scheme’ in 2021. With the growing impact of climate change, we welcome the earliest possible introduction of the scheme,” Mr Davis said. So far in 2019, Toyota New Zealand has already sold more hybrid Rav 4s than it did in the entire 2018 year. With an ever-increasing fleet of fuel efficient

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models, New Zealand’s highest-selling car brand could have a significant effect on the make up of New Zealand’s future car fleet. Lucky for us the Toyota brand is accelerating its development of low or zero CO2 emission vehicles to support its commitment to reducing the automotive emissions. “We are working across all powertrain technologies and alternative fuel options to advance the technology availability to New Zealand consumers over the coming years,” stated Mr Davis in the official Toyota media release. The Government is proposing two policies it believes will turn around our inefficient and carbon polluting car fleet. The first is the Clean Car Standard which sets a fuel efficiency standard for light vehicles. The second is the Clean Car Discount which effectively gives new-car buyers a discount if they buy a fuel efficient light vehicle. The more fuel efficient the vehicle is, the higher the discount will be up to a maximum of $8000. The discount scheme will be funded through fees placed on the sale of cars that are not fuel efficient. The proposed Clean Car Standard would have an emissions target that vehicle suppliers would have to meet, as an average, across their vehicle fleet. The emission targets are to be worked out based on the weight of the vehicle. This allows for heavier SUVs and light commercial vehicles to have higher CO2 emission targets and lighter vehicles to have lower targets but the average across an imported fleet would need to be 105g of C02 per km by 2025. The Government would then plan to set stricter targets after 2025 to continue the transition to a low emissions vehicle fleet. Overall, leading car brands in New Zealand welcome initiatives to encourage people to buy lower emission vehicles; the only common concern seems to be how the lower emission targets will impact on businesses who rely on heavier, less fuel efficient vehicles. “Naturally, as the national distributor of New Zealand’s highest selling PHEV SUV (the Mitsubishi Outlander), we welcome the Government’s moves to discount PHEV technology. We do, however, have concerns around some of the timelines outlined in the discussion paper, as well as the impact that the proposed penalties may have on Kiwi businesses that count on the use of LCVs to keep their businesses moving,” says Reece Congdon, head of marketing and corporate affairs for Mitsubishi. The Mitsubishi Outlander is the highest-selling, plug-in hybrid electric SUV in the country. In fact, it is the highest selling PHEV SUV in all of Europe. One of the reasons for its popularity is the versatility it offers

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people and combined with the Government’s proposed initiatives the Outlander fits our local lifestyle. “Vehicles like the Outlander give owners the efficiency of an EV while still offering the utility that the lifestyle of many Kiwis demands,” suggests Reece Congdon who sees the proposed initiatives as another reason for Kiwis to buy an Outlander PHEV. The momentum for fuel efficient cars and the transition to electric vehicles continues to increase. Car reviewers, new car importers and motor industry associations are all on the whole supportive of the Government’s suggested policy initiatives and, even more telling, people selling cars are excited about the performance and technology new electric models offer. Around Ponsonby the choices for hybrid, plug in hybrid and fully electric models is wide ranging. From our local Tesla branch is a range of luxury electric cars. Lexus Grey Lynn offers a range of smooth driving hybrids. Toyota has an increasing range of low emission hybrid vehicles, Giltrap Audi has the all new e-tron, and Giltrap Volkswagen has the e-Golf – a fast, fun car that got an 8/10 rating from Top Gear. Ponsonby News readers can keep their carbon footprint low and check out a range of low emission options for their next car purchase. F PN

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THE ALL NEW UX HAS ARRIVED Introducing the car designed for a life designed. Crafted to the detail, the first-ever UX curates a stunning combination of luxury and performance. Delivering superior handling, agility and comfort of a coupé with the bold presence of an SUV, the UX achieves a radical new look from every angle. Available with class leading, self-charging hybrid electric technology, the Lexus UX lets you discover picture perfect style and bold design. Experience it for yourself at your local Lexus dealership. F PN LEXUS NEW ZEALAND,

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Popularity soars on the 20 The 20 bus service is one of the fastest-growing routes on AT Metro’s Central New Network. Auckland Transport is welcoming the growth, which has increased by 42% in six months.

café culture.

“The 20 route connects St Lukes, Morningside, Kingsland, Ponsonby and Wynyard Quarter. This means that for the first time in decades there is a connection over the North-Western Motorway, along Bond street, too,” says Darek Koper, Manager Bus Services. The bus service runs at least every 15 minutes, from 6am until 7pm, with services running until 11pm every day. It provides a perfect all-day connection to all the suburbs, as well as the Western Line train stations at Kingsland and Morningside. “Why not use the bus to travel to Wynyard Quarter, visit a bar or restaurant before seeing a show at the Waterfront Theatre? It provides a nice and easy connection and removes the stress of having to find a carpark in the busy precinct and the driving is all sorted for you,” says Koper.

Route 20 Every 15 to 20 mins, 7 days a week.* Forget about the parking, leave the driving to us.

If the waterfront is not your flavour, the 20 heads the other way to Kingsland and Morningside where there are plenty of bars and cafes. With AT Metro’s connected and frequent network, all you have to do is turn up and go. And Aucklanders are doing just that. A year after its introduction, more than 1100 people are jumping on board the 20 bus route every day.


“With more and more people working and living in the Wynyard Quarter precinct every year, it’s no surprise that the commuting hours are the busiest for the bus route, but the high frequency means there’s always space on board. Weekends are quieter and provide that perfect link,” Koper says.

Buses run in both directions St Lukes

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$1.95 with AT HOP.


Kingsland to Ponsonby, or Kingsland to Wynyard Quarter.


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@ BUSINESS GREY LYNN Waitemata Safe Routes project report from AT. BGL has undertaken to canvas the retailers and local community to find out what is wanted in our neighbourhood. Retailers feedback to BGL has been one of lack of consultation, or very limited consultation, badly chaired meetings, and no representation for their concerns. BGL was therefore requested to step forward and support the retailers and concerned citizens over this issue. The result was these three items were of utmost importance to everyone. 1. Bus stop at 480 Richmond Road to be moved back to its original position at the community centre. The bus shelter to be removed. Platform removed and parking restored. 2. Pedestrian crossings and gradients – need to be fixed. 3. Parking – this needs to be looked at to allow for adequate parking for customer coming to shop and eat/drink. Commuters parking all day and blocking shoppers. It was also made very clear there would need to be a timeline for works to be undertaken.

A. Each area to be undertaken on a separate basis so as not to disrupt the whole street. B. A time of the year that is agreed upon by the retailers which is the quietest time, and will cause the least disruption to trading. The community has voiced loudly and clearly – they do not want any further work to be undertaken in the Richmond Road shopping precinct apart from the above works specified. The reasons being the intrusive and financial limitations caused by the last debacle – and the overall cost of such works which ultimately will be borne by the ratepayers of this community and wider Auckland. The community is adamant in its demands, and wishes to be considered, along with GLBA, WLB, Occupy Garnet Road, BGL, and others as stakeholders of this area, to be included as part of the “robust... consultation and design review.” AT must listen and consult with our community at local meetings, and not only via an on-line survey. PN (SOALA WILSON & DARRYL OJALA, CO-CHAIRPERSONS) F


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The benefits of fermented foods From kimchi to kombucha, sauerkraut to sourdough, fermented foods have been around for almost as long as man. Most likely discovered by accident and originally used to prolong the life of food, fermentation is experiencing a boom at present – kombucha on tap, kimchi with your dinner and, of course, sourdough bread. You might be wondering what all the fuss is about, and what health benefits you might see when you add fermented food to your diet. We’ve been eating fermented food for centuries and while initially developed as a way to preserve foods, improve flavour and eliminate food toxins, people are now turning to these foods for their potential health benefits. What are fermented foods? Fermented foods are foods and beverages that have been subjected to controlled microbial growth and fermentation. Fermentation is an anaerobic process – this means it happens without oxygen – in which microorganisms, like yeast and bacteria, break down the components of food, such as sugars like glucose, and turn them into other products such as organic acids, gases or alcohol. These products of fermentation

may then continue to further alter the composition of the original foods, and it’s these products that give fermented foods their great flavour, texture and appearance. While a lot of the whole foods that are fermented are nutritious in their original form, for some, fermentation is absolutely necessary to make them digestible for us (try eating raw grains or flour!) and for others it gives them superpowers, especially when they contain probiotics and prebiotics, which you’ve probably heard about. (ISABEL PASCH) To read more about the best fermented foods to add flavour to your food and goodness to your diet visit

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Creating community takes community spirit. When you want to make a community event happen you need partners who believe in the idea and are prepared to put up the dollars to make it happen. For Eat Drink Love Ponsonby, Barfoot & Thompson has stepped up to take the role of lead sponsor for this month-long ‘showcase of signature menus and special events.’ Tim Irvine, Barfoot & Thompson Ponsonby branch manager, says making the decision to support the festival was an easy one. “Like all businesses, we get many requests for sponsorship. What made us say yes to Eat Drink Love Ponsonby was that this is a celebration of one of the outstanding features of our neighbourhood, the many amazing cafés, bars and restaurants along and around Ponsonby Road. The festival reminds those of us who live and work here, and the wider Auckland community, just how diverse and exciting our local hospitality scene is.”

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“For us, the partnership with Eat Drink Love Ponsonby is also about acknowledging our deep roots in this part of Auckland. We opened our first office here in 1953 and over the last 60 plus years, we’ve been a part of the life of this colourful and sought-after suburb.” Tim started working for Barfoot & Thompson in 1997 and became manager of the Ponsonby branch in 2011. “It’s been a privilege for me to become a part of this community. From a real estate point of view, this area has so much to offer. The choice of a range of housing in close proximity to the CBD, from gracious old villas to sophisticated apartment complexes, and everything in between, is very appealing. Then you add to that a unique restaurant, bar and café culture, boutique retail, and a high degree of walkability. Given all these factors, the popularity of Ponsonby, and neighbouring Grey Lynn, Herne Bay and Freemans Bay, is easy to understand.”

Tim says his team will be making the most of what Eat Drink Love Ponsonby has on offer over its 54 venues. “We all have our favourite places in the neighbourhood, so we will be checking out what they’ve got on. But the festival is also a reminder to try out some of the places that we don’t know so well and enjoy the ‘limited time only’ pop-ups. We’re also excited to see the Michelin-star chefs and young innovators that are joining in from overseas. It’s an opportunity for them to showcase their skills and for us to get an insight into food and drink trends from offshore that may be coming our way.” The Barfoot & Thompson team also acknowledge the other sponsors that have come on board to make Eat Drink Love Ponsonby happen. “This is a real community effort, and we’re proud to be a part of it.”


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CHEERS TO THE DADS! Show the love to all the poppas, koros, step-dads, uncle-dads, grandads, and even all the mums that are dads. In a few weeks it will be Fathers Day, so let’s spoil them all – and even make a week of it! We’ve come up with some fun things to do on your way to us or after you’ve been here for a meal or a treat. Of course you could just leave them to sleep in with Netflix and a badly made cup of coffee, but where’s the fun in that? 1. Hit up Endemic World just along Ponsonby Road for some great contemporary and street art. Once you re-emerge starved for nourishment, grab a bowl of hot chips, burger or pizza and devour all. 2. Find an e-scooter, grab your skateboards or jump on a bike. Go for a hoon around the hood, down to Grey Lynn park or a round trip using Franklin Road’s brand new cycle paths, then come back for a huge bowl of hot yummy noodles. 3. Wander over Hopetoun Bridge into the city and grab a movie. Jump on a bus back. 4. Pick up grandad or pops on your way in, come dressed up in your flash gear and shout him a pamper at Boar & Blade, then take him out for a dinner date. Make sure you hashtag #handsomedate on instagram. 5. Or did someone say pie? Nothing beats a pie in a brown paper bag, a dollop of sauce, a coffee and a yarn.

PIONEER PIES Yep, nothing beats tucking into a rich pie, loaded with meat, vegetables and gravy. Award-winning pie makers Pioneer Pies, have just set up home in Ponsonby Central... for all your pie needs. Their pies are made daily, using traditional methods and the freshest, premium ingredients, grown and raised in sustainable ways, using either organic or free range produce and meats. While the classic flavours will always be a hit, their Slow Roasted Chicken with Mushroom and Tarragon Sauce is divine as is the Braised Beef with Blue Vein Cheese. There’s also a growing fan base for the meatfree, dairy-free and gluten-free options; their vegan pie is one of their award-winning flavours. Friday pie day? Nah, every day is pie day.

Winter Food Festival continues...

If you haven’t been in to take advantage of the awesome signature menus we have here for Eat Drink Love Ponsonby, it is still on until the 16th August. Exquisite food and drinks in one of three price categories: $25 and under, $25 to $55, or $55 and over. We also have the Sapphire Series running with some great foodie workshops in August; a Taster tour of Ponsonby Central, Time saving healthy meals, Fatimas at home, and Fast tacos made good. Check out our website for more details and book your spot.

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EAT DRINK LOVE PONSONBY – JOHN ANDREW FORD – 2 JULY 1. Rachel Winter & Tyler Rakich; 2. Tim Phin & Mark Wallbank; 3. Simon Bayliss, Dani Moloney & Chris Dawson; 4. Patrick McAteer, Barfoots; 5. Krishna Botica; 6. Chris Glavovic & friend; 7. Niki Bezzant & friend; 8. Matt Nickson & Nigel Shanks; 9. Lucille Antoine, Puneet Dhall & friend

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FACES AT THE GREY LYNN FARMERS MARKET Heather Ashcroft and Chris Schulz are the team behind the Brunch Box stall at Grey Lynn Farmers Market. Have you always been in hospitality, Heather? No – I started in fashion, pattern making for high-end, New Zealandmade brands. And Chris is an entertainment journalist who loves to cook. How did the Brunch Box idea come about? Going out to brunch with two young children used to be a very stressful experience so we didn’t always get the laid-back delicious brunch experience that we were after. We started to fantasise about someone delivering brunch packs to our door and realised that other people would probably appreciate that too.

make great vegan treats. The chai is also special as we slow-brew it from scratch; quite different to the syrup varieties. Your son often helps you at the market? Yes – Arlo is nine and loves to help at the market. But I limit him to a couple of hours so that it stays fun and he doesn’t get too tired. At the market, people often tell Arlo that he is lucky to have a mum who can cook so well. We just laugh because it is Chris who is so talented and does all the cooking and baking. Yep – Arlo is lucky to have a dad who can cook so well.

How did you decide what to include? We spent a lot of time researching and testing recipes. We try to make the food as ‘good’ as possible without sacrificing flavour and eating experience. We use spelt flour and natural sweeteners, organic where possible, and we try to avoid dairy, gluten and refined sugar.

What do you do for fun? We’ve been spoilt by Chris’ entertainment work – we’ve gone to a lot of concerts and we still make sure that we go to as many as we can. And, of course, we watch a lot of TV series – at the moment we are hooked on High Maintenance and Fleabag.

Is it online or just at the market? Both – we have a loyal following online but it’s always nice to meet customers face-to-face and get direct feedback that helps us refine our recipes and develop new ideas.

Any favourite concerts? Womad was amazing this year. We took the kids and they really enjoyed the creative vibe. Arlo loved the Living Library with a yoga teacher talking about technology in the future.

Are there any favourites with customers? There are people who are obsessed with our halo balls. I particularly remember a woman who bought one and came back three minutes later with a half-eaten halo ball between her fingers. She told me that she had to buy the last halo ball because she couldn’t bear the idea that the one in her hand might be the last one she ever ate. They

Do you get a chance for holidays? We make the most of school holidays by taking a few mid-week breaks with our children. We are planning a big extended family holiday in Northland for Christmas. I’m one of five siblings but I’m the only one in Auckland so I’m looking forward to spending time with them all. And the children are looking forward to playing with their cousins. F PN

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NATIVE AT THE SUGAR CLUB High above the Auckland city landscape, The Sugar Club is taking inventive cocktails to new heights. “It’s a collaborative menu, carefully curated entirely by The Sugar Club team. It’s our journey on what New Zealand means to us. Native pulls together stories and experiences that shape how we think, how we treat and, indeed, how we portray New Zealand.” – Restaurant Manager Stefano Baldin. Each cocktail creation has its own unique narrative that brings together the best in locally sourced ingredients and matches them with techniques from the kitchen. Like the Banks Bay by Pete, that is best described as green, fleshy and refreshing. Banks Bay tells a coastal story and pays tribute to the first sightings of New Zealand and its rich coastal flora. Joseph Banks was the first botanist to document our native plant life and, like the local Maori, was intrigued by the many uses of harakeke flax. Banks Bay uses the native flax as the heart and helps us further understand why the harakeke is often known as the base of Maori cuisine and medicine. Key ingredients include London Dry Gin, Harakeke Cordial, lemon and apricot. From the Roots narrative, comes Kamote by Maria which is fresh, tropical and rich. The Kamote tells a tale of family and tradition, which takes on the story of the childhood favourite ‘halo-halo’ (crushed ice dessert) and transforms it into a unique Pacific potion championing flavours of coconut and humble kumara; inspired by childhood memories of Sundays spent with her family in the Philippines bonding over good food and desserts in the backyard. Key ingredients include coconut rum, kumara coulis, Creole bitters and lemon.

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Discover more Native cocktails with Pasture, Roots, Coastal and Plato stories at your next experience at The Sugar Club. Did you know: You can head up to The Sugar Club and enjoy these cocktails without a lunch or dinner reservation. It’s the perfect spot to relax and take in the breathtaking view. Open from 4pm, Monday-Tuesday and from 12 noon, WednesdaySunday. The Sugar Club does recommend getting in contact to reserve a space. Level 53 of the iconic Auckland Sky Tower. Visit, T: 09 363 6365 to make a booking.

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Two by three – a pair of wines from each of three very different wineries One of the things that I love about working around wine in New Zealand is the huge diversity of labels, wine varieties, regions and personalities that make up our wine industry. This month I have six wines to talk about – three pairs of wines, from three very different producers. First up, Pleasant Valley Wines from Auckland’s historic Henderson wine region. They claim to be the oldest winery in New Zealand – founded in 1895 by Stipan Jelich (later Anglicised to Steven Yelas). Winemaker Lee Winston is now stepping out with a new concept – blended wines. Next, Main Divide, the second-tier label from North Canterbury’s Pegasus Bay winery. Owned by the extensive Donaldson family, Pegasus Bay is the local star in Waipara, with both their wines and superb restaurant having won many awards. Founder Ivan Donaldson is a professor of neurology, wine writer and wine judge. Son Mathew is in charge of winemaking. In 1979 Neil and Dawn McCallum planted a vineyard a few kilometres from Dyerville in the very dry, gravelly and free-draining Martinborough region, an hour north of Wellington. They named the enterprise Dry River, and in short order became a high- end producer of premium wines. There have been changes of ownership and winemakers over the years. Current winemaker is the very talented Wilco Lam; great wines and not very easy to find outside the winery website. Untitled White Blend - $25 Glengarry Untitled Wines is a project by Lee Winston, winemaker at Pleasant Valley Wines. His approach is to make an assemblage from wines of different years and regions to produce a unique blend. This wine has aromas of citrus and floral with a whiff of minerality. It has a clean, crisp palate of clear apple juice, jasmine and stone fruit, with a dry finish.

Untitled Pink Blend Rosé - $20 Glengarry Crisp, fresh and dry with aromas of red apple skin. In the mouth there’s a hint of candy floss, with cherry, and strawberry jam. (By entering the code on the back label into your search engine, you can discover the wines that go into each of Lee’s wines.) Main Divide North Canterbury Gewürztraminer 2018 - $21 Glengarry Definitely has the wow factor. Intense aromas of lychee fruit and sticky pink Turkish Delight. Rich and lengthy oily and medium sweet palate of ginger in syrup, lychee, marmalade and jasmine. Main Divide North Canterbury Pinot Gris 2016 - $21 Glengarry Lovely full-flavoured style of pinot gris from Pegasus Bay’s second label. Aromas of poached pear and ripe grapefruit. Unctuous and generous palate of beeswax, quince, grapefruit marmalade and a hint of spice. Finishes dry after a total party in your mouth! Dry River The Twelve Spies Martinborough 2017 - $65 Something new for Dry River, a blend: pinot noir, tempranillo, syrah and viognier. Aromas of cherry and spice and fruitcake. Palate of ripe black cherry, black pepper, poached tamarillo and black olive. One to keep for a few more years. Dry River Martinborough Pinot Noir 2017 - $94 This new release is an opulent and ripe pinot with a firm backbone of acidity. Funky aromas give way to pot pourri, cigar box and black berry fruits. Silky tannins support a rich complex and juicy ripe palate of cassis, blackberry and a hint of spice. Gorgeous wine that will reward cellaring. (PHIL PARKER) F PN

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Liz Wheadon: Charles Heidsieck’s brand new wine Champagne Charles Heidsieck introduces a brand new wine to the range, or should we say a relaunch… introducing Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Blancs NV. Charles Heidsieck’s provenance is immense. It was founded by Charles-Camille Heidsieck (the famed Champagne Charlie) in 1851. A company with this history does not introduce a new wine without a lot of careful thought, care and attention. The news of the new release Blanc de Blancs Non-Vintage is therefore more than exciting and has Charles lovers on the edge of their seats. This is a Champagne house that differs in many ways. There is no large advertising budget that leads to the wine being splashed over boats or appearing on the podium at top sporting events. Rather a house that grew its reach through word-of-mouth, and has a reputation for impeccable quality. If you gather together a group of aficionados or industry insiders and ask them what their top nonvintage Champagne is, nine times out of 10 it will be Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve. To some extent, the wines of Charles Heidsieck are one of the best kept secrets of the Champagne region. They punch well above their weight. The wines are matured 25m underground in Crayères, a series of chalk cellars dating from the 3rd Century, veritable subterranean cathedrals. These are under the watchful eye of Cyril Brun, who is following in the footsteps of previous famed Chef de Caves – Daniel Thibault, Régis Camus and Thierry Roset. Cyril is stamping his

own touch of genius on this distinguished brand, with the largest collection of reserve wines in Champagne at his disposal. The house of Charles Heidsieck has always championed chardonnay. Its top cuvée, Blanc des Millénaires, is an exquisite expression of the variety and one of the wines that sparked my interest in this industry, which led to my career. Charles Heidsieck’s 1949 vintage wine was 100% chardonnay, a blanc de blancs. The historical records show that chardonnay was made as a mono cru at the house as early as 1906. Thus, this release is more of a relaunch! Charles Heidsieck’s grandson, Charles-Marcel, is behind the creation of this wine, leaning on the pioneering spirit he inherited from his grandfather. Made of 100% chardonnay, there is 25% reserve wine in the blend and, as we’ve come to expect from Charles Heidsieck wines, longer ageing than that which is prescribed. Glengarry is delighted to have this wine on its shelves from August this year. Imported to be sold exclusively in Glengarry stores, it is a splendid wine that we can’t wait to share with you. (LIZ WHEADON)


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@ SABATO There’s nothing quite like the exquisite and earthy taste of truffle. Here at Sabato, we love truffle and stock a special selection of some of Jacqui and Phil’s favourite truffle products from their travels around Europe. The recipe below is a version you can make at home inspired by the classic, delicious duck risotto always available on the menu at Prego. Duck confit, mixed mushroom and truffle risotto Serves 4-6 1 orange, thickly sliced 1 sprig of fresh thyme Sabato duck confit Sea salt Preheat oven to 190˚C. Place orange slices and thyme on a roasting tray and sit duck confit, skin side up, on top. Season with sea salt. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove and shred meat. Set aside. Risotto 2 Tbsp butter 1 onion, finely diced 2 Tbsp fresh sage leaves, rolled and sliced into long strips 150g mixed mushrooms (eg, Swiss brown, shitake, enoki, oyster) sliced 20g Gigante porcini, soaked in 250ml hot water for 20 minutes, drained (reserving soaking liquid) and chopped 300g (1½ cups) Ferron carnaroli rice 150ml white wine 500ml Sabato chicken stock, heated 3 Tbsp Zany Zeus mascarpone 1 Tbsp Italian flat leaf parsley, finely chopped Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Parmigiano Reggiano, to finish Pons white truffle oil, to drizzle

Heat butter in a heavy based pan. Add onion and cook until beginning to go translucent. Add the sage and assorted mushrooms, including porcini, and sauté until golden brown. Add rice and toast gently. Add white wine to deglaze. Once wine has been absorbed, add hot chicken stock and the soaking water from the porcini. Bring to a simmer and then cover with a tightfitting lid and cook on a low heat for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes all liquid should be absorbed. Stir through the shredded duck meat, mascarpone, chopped parsley and check seasoning. Divide equal portions and finish with shaved Parmigiano and a drizzle of truffle oil. For more winter recipe ideas, visit us in-store or head to our website. SABATO, 57 Normanby Road, Mt Eden, T: 09 630 8751,

AWARD-WINNING JAPANESE WHISKY A new, innovative Japanese whisky company has scooped up more than 20 awards at four international competitions this year. First-time entrants, Matsui Shuzo are delighted with the results. “We were confident that we had a high-quality product, but we weren’t sure how we would go in an international arena. We thought we might come away with one or two awards, so we couldn’t believe it when we heard about the number of medals we’d won,” says Kaoru Matsui, managing director of Matsui Shuzo. Matsui Shuzo’s whisky is brewed by one of the oldest companies in the sparsely populated Tottori Prefecture, Japan. This small but mighty distillery is located deep in the Kurayoshi countryside beneath the Daisen mountain range, sourcing water from mountainfed streams. “We use some of the softest water in Japan, and our subtropical climate helps to bring out a wide range of flavours from the barrel during the maturation period,” says Matsui. Matsui Whisky can be ordered online at

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SPRING TASTES AND BLOOMS WITH BLUSH AND AUGUSTUS Augustus has partnered with Blush floral stylists to bring spring floral beauty to its elegant bar and bistro. Stop in for a delicious cocktail or heart-warming whiskey while buying a piece of floral beauty for yourself or someone special in your life. As winter warmers fuse with the freshness of spring, enjoy an Augustus Pisco Sour and a Blush mixed bouquet of premium pastel tone florals and fresh foliage wrapped in a Blush limited edition carrier. This August there are a number of wonderful events. Eat Drink Love Ponsonby runs till 15 August and there are still bookings available. The last Thursday of every month is Local’s Night; from 5pm until 8pm Augustus will be serving complimentary canapes and tasters of our new dishes – and your first drink is on us! Plus dinner bookings of six or more on Local’s Night will receive a complimentary bottle of bubbles for the table (just quote ‘Ponsonby bubbly’ when booking). Cocktails pictured left to right: Spicy Lychee, Bali Beach Club, OJ-Cinnamon, Pisco Sour, Blush potted flowers and pink salt candle. Book now: 1-3 St Marys Road, T: 09 950 4855, E:


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Gary Steel: Criminal stickering Animal activists have been lambasted for sticking warnings on meat products in local supermarkets, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re told that the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s food chains consider the practice as theft, while police see it as a criminal offence. The stickers contain statements like this one: â&#x20AC;&#x153;WARNING: THIS PACKAGE CONTAINS THE BODY OF SOMEONE WHO DID NOT WANT TO DIE.â&#x20AC;? Another features cartoons of companion animals and the statement: â&#x20AC;&#x153;HOW CAN YOU BE AN ANIMAL LOVER AND EAT DEAD ANIMALS?â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interesting that New Zealand is considered advanced for its declaration that animals are sentient beings, not â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;thingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or property, and yet slaughtering on an industrial scale, and then distributing the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;productâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in our supermarkets without any reminder of the poor creature who has unwillingly sacrificed its life is seen as normal and wholly accepted. We put warning signs on cigarettes and grade food products for their health or otherwise. Isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it about time that meat producers had to put warnings on their products as well? This idea might seem outlandish or a bit â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nanny stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to many, but should we be able to buy the product of such wholesale suffering without being reminded that this poor animal didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t actually want to end up on your plate simply to satisfy human craving? Changing attitudes to chicken eggs are instructive. After a constant deluge of media coverage showing the miserable conditions battery hens live and die in, public opinion has shifted in favour of free-range eggs, and by and large, people are willing to pay more for them. Supermarkets are even coming to the party. No-oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s telling the public that they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have their meat and eat it too, but isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it healthy and honest to be consciously aware of the implications and ramifications of everything you do and eat? A sticker telling consumers that this slab of depersonalised meat on a styrofoam tray was a living, breathing creature is simply factual. Why, then, are supermarkets kicking up such a fuss about this educational activism? These animal lovers arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sticking needles into strawberries or poisoning the food, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re simply telling the truth. What have the providers of our food got to hide? Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no smoke without fire and, clearly, deep down in what remains of their consciences, people involved in the meat industry are feeling guilty for their role in depriving so many beings of their lives.

The Government could be playing an active role in encouraging meat producers to be honest about their product. Mandatory warning labels would deter activists from their â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;criminalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; activities. They could also look at imported products containing meat from countries with no animal welfare safeguards at all, and either label them accordingly or prevent their importation. I applaud the work of these activists whose agenda is clearly educational. Instead of taking extreme measures like bumping up the number of CCTV cameras, perhaps our supermarkets could take a positive role in deterring the activists by themselves putting leaflets in the meat section explaining the process by which animals are â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;culledâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201C; informational material that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ignore the animalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; suffering. Then it would be up to the consumer, now armed with the facts, to make a decision that wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t based on ignorance. (GARY STEEL) F PN Gary Steel is an Auckland-based journalist who runs online vegetarian resource He can be contacted via


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The Chinese Pearl of Ponsonby On the corner of Karangahape Road sits Chinese dining heaven. Pearl Chinese Restaurant is committed to delivering dishes that are as visually elegant as they are delicious. We strive to bring diners a range of unique, artistic eating experiences,” says Jessie Bo – Director of Pearl Chinese Restaurant. The desire to create an elegant and welcoming restaurant encompasses all aspects of the dining experience. Beautiful decor, lovely lighting and friendly attentive staff all contribute to make dining at Pearl a wonderful treat. “We aim to provide a broad variety of dishes, using the finest and freshest local seafood and selected imported specialities like Japanese Wagyu beef,” says Jessie. Some of our most popular dishes include: Pan-fried diced beef, king trumpet mushroom and hot green pepper; wok-fried rice cake, pickled cabbage with bamboo roots; Nanjing-style braised pork ribs, marinated, almond slices and brown sauce; stir-fried lobster, wok-fried rice, ginger and onion. Pearl’s set menus are cleverly designed to suit a variety of tastes and they have a set menu to suit almost any size of group. Set

menus are able to be customised to suit both diners’ budgets and the sense of the occasion. For instance, a family celebration for a milestone birthday can be customised to make it extra memorable with speciality dishes and special courses. A business function can be efficiently timed so that guests have an incredible time within the timeframe allowed. From the beautiful dining environment to the incredible range of carefully crafted dishes, Pearl Chinese Restaurant is the place to dine and feel good for any occasion. “We’ve taken all the little details into consideration from the selection of paintings to the choice of music – all to make sure you feel good and enjoy your meal,” says Jessie. With four elegant VIP rooms, plenty of parking at the rear and the capacity to seat large groups, Pearl Chinese Restaurant is the place for everyone to meet, eat and enjoy.

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48 hours in Matakana Two of the team have just had the most wonderful two days enjoying Matakana – there’s so much to do in this little town. I’ll be back for their Feast Matakana in October and my colleague will come also, as there are oysters involved! DAY ONE 10am leave Auckland 11am arrive Matakana 11:15am Lunch at Plume Café Not only is Plume the place to get bread, pastries and coffee, it’s also a lovely cafe where you can relax and enjoy an early lunch. It’s cozy inside. We were given table 48. If the weather had been more conducive, we would have sat in the pretty garden area which offers plenty of seating. Car parking is not a problem with a large carpark on site. Our tip: the corn fritters. Give them 24 hours notice and try their legendary high tea – well priced at $65 for two. 1pm Local Matakana Village shopping After lunch, we spent a few hours checking out some of the local retailers. We loved spending time tasting at Honest Chocolate and after seeing the delicious looking chocolate being made, and the village being such a popular spot, I bumped into an old friend while browsing the beautiful glass works at the Artform Gallery. Matakana Gallery also had an interesting selection of contemporary prints and artworks including some Dick Frizzell works. We also bumped into the owner of Heavenly Soles. Knowing I can never go past a bookstore, my colleague and I spent a good half hour browsing at Village Books followed by licking our lips at the goodies at Matakana Deli – including sampling their own olive oil.

date. Staff were attentive and very professional – a big thank you to Josip and Sebastian. For dessert we shared some mango sorbet. However, the chocolate mousse looked so delicious, I decided to only ask for one spoon. The fantastic menu has very well balanced flavours for the palate with contemporary twists that highlight the fresh local ingredients available. 9pm Overnight at Plume Villas The Plume Villas are conveniently only a few minutes walk away from the restaurant. We stayed two nights in Kingfisher 4, one of twobedroom accommodations.

5pm Beer tasting in the Smoko Room at Sawmill Brewery Sawmill Brewery has been busy producing its extensive range of beers since moving from its original site in Leigh. In the Smoko Room we enjoyed sampling some of Sawmill’s range. On offer is a choice of five beers in 160ml glasses for $20. Our picks: the apricot sour, the chocolate stout and the Hefeweizen were standouts.

There are 12 truly luxurious villas spread out across the site, with views to the distant hills. The owners have thought of everything including our favourite – Netflix. Our villa was very well equipped with elegant modern fittings. The best-selling point, perhaps, being the view overlooking the green valley with its gardens and walkways. There is a swimming pool on site, which would be wonderful over summer.

7pm Dinner at Plume Restaurant Our dinner at Plume Restaurant was top notch. My colleaque swears (and she doesn’t swear often) it was the best fish she had had to

The villas are less than a year old and look and feel very new. The site can only further enchant as the extensive array of trees and plants mature.

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Experience the magic of Matakana, base yourself at one of our luxurious new Plume Villas and enjoy the superb food and wine at Plume Restaurant. Country life starts here. Plume Restaurant is an oasis for gourmet travellers, recognised for superb cuisine and as the cellar door for Runner Duck Estate 9LQH\DUG·VÃ&#x20AC;QHZLQHV 3OXPH5HVWDXUDQWLVQRZ complemented by Plume Villas, DQHQFODYHRIQHZOX[XU\ EHGURRPYLOODVVHWZLWKLQ ODQGVFDSHGJURXQGV7KHVHYLOODV VKDUHDVZLPPLQJSRRODQGDUHD UHOD[HGVWUROOIURPWKHUHVWDXUDQW 3HUIHFWIRUDZHHNHQGJHWDZD\ IRUWZRDVZHOODVDZRQGHUIXO YHQXHIRUZHGGLQJVFRQIHUHQFHV PHHWLQJVDQGSULYDWHHYHQWV For all enquiries telephone 09 422 7915 SCL/PLU2018/30


DAY TWO 10am Breakfast at The Farmers Daughter We stopped here for our first meal of the day. After excellent coffee – they roast their own beans – we enjoyed the roasted parsnip, kale, orange, hazelnut and cauliflower. How lucky Omaha locals are to have this great cafe on their doorstep. 11am A browse at The Vivian Art Gallery A dash along Omaha Valley Road and you will discover the Vivian, where the work of several artists is on display until 26 August. Rupert Herring, whose interest in Victorian and Edwardian design and architecture, while bringing a purity and character to the material itself, encourages us to further explore him as an inspiring artist. Grace Wright’s paintings are as enigmatic as they are joyful; liquid engineering that defies and bounces rigid academic perspectives well beyond the box of the stretcher frame. Perhaps this indulgence is the point. For there is a tension inherent in each of these works; a chaotic mishmash of effervescent springs – both sprung and contained – that intentionally belie the depth of thought behind their creation. 12:30 Brick Bay Lunch and Sculpture Trail We drove over to Brick Bay for lunch. I had just the one course – the beetroot and almond falafel – before spending some time walking about enjoying the fantastic sculptures located on the most beautiful land. The sculpture trail is an easy walk, but after such a delicious lunch there are plenty of places to rest and digest. On this particular visit we were caught in a quick shower but found the forest canopy

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kept us reasonably dry. The sculptures are absolutely top rate and of a wide variety for all types of tastes. 2pm Matakana Country Park Families can enjoy art, pony rides, train rides, the adventure playground and talk to the animals. There is a restaurant, The Stables along with Smiths, a bar serving tapas and if you can’t resist a new tattoo – go ahead, there is a tattooist on site. 6pm Drinks at The Vintry We have been here a few times and it’s always a great place to enjoy a relaxing drink. If you like to feel the freshness of a winter evening on your cheeks, sit outside and admire the lights in the trees below. The team is very knowledgeable and ready to chat to make you feel quite at home. 7:30pm Dinner at Matakana Market Kitchen Matakana Market Kitchen is hidden away at the bottom of the stairs within the cinema building. The menu offers an excellent range of choices – the food quality is very good and plentiful. The setting is gorgeous, with the nearby Matakana river, hypnotic. If you fancy taking in a movie while you’re here, two of the cinemas are beautiful – one has 32,000 roses across its ceiling, while the other has a chandelier which would even turn Ross Thorby’s head. 9:30pm Overnight at Plume Villas Feeling extremely content after another day at Matakana, on our second night in Plume Villas we watched Netflix and settled in. Denise and her husband, who manage the villas, were always friendly and helpful. They were just about to head off to Europe so we swapped lots of stories.


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DAY THREE 9am Matakana Farmers Market Most Aucklanders know the MFM. It’s a lovely little market with people selling local fresh produce and preserves. You can take your dog along, too, as there is a dog-sitting service provided for a donation. Being a dog lover myself, I was quick to notice the very happy looking guests. The market is not just about fresh, organic food from eggs, chutneys, cakes, fruit and veggies, you can have a variety of other lovely snacks. The market has two parts – the other included some great local artisans. There were candles, perfume, greenstone and crystals, which made this old hippie very happy. On a sunny day I can’t imagine anything better than sitting beside the river, watching the wildlife while listening to live music. 10am Breakfast at Tramcar Diner Just along from the market is the Tramcar Diner which offers a menu of wittily named house-made burgers, fresh fish n’ chips, great sides, small plates, pressed Italian sandwiches, fresh salads made daily, Kapiti ice cream and real fruit ice cream/yoghurt. The list is too long with too many sweet treats and home baking to mention here, but we did enjoy the breakfast burger hash stack together with great organic coffee! 11:30am Wine tasting at Plume Plume, the vineyard restaurant, offers their own wine range from Runner Duck Estate which specialises in the French varietals. We enjoyed tastings with co-owner, Farida Cooper. Rose 2018 Chardonnay 2018 Albarino 2018 The Passion (Syrah) 2014 Black Velvet (Bordeaux Style Blend) 2013 Sangiovese 2014 The 4.5 hectare vineyard comprises of the French varietal of syrah, as well as the classic Bordeaux varieties of cabernet franc, malbec, merlot, and petit verdot. Runner Duck is committed to sustainability and nil residue in wines and is under the SWNZ programme of producing wines. 1pm Lunch at Rothko Our last meal in Matakana was at Rothko, the restaurant at Sculptureum. We had fresh, homemade mushroom gnocchi and snapper with

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broccolini, parmesan and prawns. This replenished our energy for another afternoon walk. 2pm Sculptureum Experience Because the weather became rather wet, it was a perfect time to check out the six indoor art galleries. They all follow a different theme: glass, figurative, recycled materials, animals and modern abstract works fill the first five galleries. The final room of The Sculptureum Experience houses a grand glass chandelier by the famous American artist Dale Chihuly. Gorgeous! 4pm Leave Matakana 5pm arrive home A huge big thank you to Clyde and Farida Cooper at Plume, who hosted us over two nights. And to our lovely chauffeur, the charming Tanya Svendsen, who drove us all around Matakana with a big smile. She introduced us to everyone! Tanya Svendsen runs Designpod Matakana and is a member of Matakana Coast/ Wine Tourism Board. (MARTIN LEACH) F PN PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)

Matakanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premium sculpture and object gallery The drive to share contemporary, New Zealand craft is tangible at Artform, an exquisite gallery situated in Matakana Villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prime spot. The point of difference is that the curators hand select, visit the artists, connect with their creativity and bring that to their customers in stunning displays. Maybe, just maybe, it has something to do with the founder and previous owner of essenze in Parnell, Clare Mora, as she is involved. Or maybe it is due to Angus Wilderspin, owner of Artform, who is an artist himself. Whatever it is, it works! ARTFORM, 2 Matakana Valley Road, T: 09 422 9125,

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Helene Ravlich: Long haul beauty Air conditioning, changing temperatures and lack of sleep can impact hugely on your health and on your skin, and a combination of all three can be found on your average flight, and during any travel. Chances are you’re heading off to a stellar destination, but will most likely not feel (or look) your best on arrival. With trips to the likes of Bali, Croatia and Hawaii happening all around me right now, I’d like to gift you some of my favourite long haul beauty hacks to help you with your next journey. First up, skin. Your skin gets very little oxygen during a flight as you are in an encapsulated environment without fresh air. The air conditioning is often blasted sky high too, leading very quickly to dehydration. Airline rules can put a real damper on skincare routines – trying to get all those steps through security can be a lot! But there are product options for both mid-flight and your time away that don’t require checking an extra bag. It’s always a good idea to travel with wellcleansed skin, even if you wear makeup before boarding and remove it post take off. And always pack a hydrating spray like Avène Thermal Spring Water when flying, to spritz on as needed. A naturally soothing source for sensitive skin, the water’s unique composition is clinically shown to calm and soothe the skin, and the travel-friendly size is perfect for popping in your bag.

When it comes to putting together a travel makeup arsenal, you want simple, spill-proof and multitasking. Think creamy pencils and colour pots rather than loose shadows for eyes, and a foundation that is easily thrown in your carry on for touch ups on the go. Both Aleph Beauty ( and RMS Beauty at Mecca Cosmetica offer a foundation and concealer formula in one, with a fast and easy application that I love. You can apply them straight from the pot and blend with fingers or, for fuller coverage, use a brush. They also both come with skincare benefits, and their diminutive size makes them perfect for travel. Both brands also offer cheek colours and bronzer-type creams, or pick up the too-cute-for-words NARS Mini Bronzing Duo from Mecca Cosmetica for a stellar glow on the go. Luminous and super easy to apply, the set features pint-sized versions of the brand’s cream and powder icons, being cult-favourite Laguna Bronzing Powder and shimmering South Beach Multiple.

When you’re travelling, a rich moisturiser is a skin saviour. And if you’re facing a long haul flight, you can take advantage of the extra time and supersize your regime with a moisturising mask. I recommend that you leave the foil ones at home unless you’re looking to scare the daylights out of any children sitting nearby, and instead opt for one like Alder New York’s Hydrating Face Mask from Clean Beauty Collective. Each mask is individually packaged and travel friendly, and packed with hyaluronic acid for hydration, skinrenewing spirulina, moisturising vitamin E, and antioxidant oat straw extract to fight free radicals.

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TRAVEL BREAKS Travelling somewhere sunny is always a prerequisite for me, and requires great sun protection. COOLA is one of my favourite suncare brands, and their travel sets are great for shorter breaks and time in the sun. Their Sport Essential COOLA Travel Set includes a quartet of their most popular luxury organic and natural sport suncare must haves, all in airline approved carry-on sizes. Their high-performance products for the active user protect and nourish the skin with vitamins and age-defying antioxidants, while remaining free of parabens, PABA, petroleum and phthalates. All are rated high when it comes to water resistance, and their Radical Recovery After-Sun Lotion is quite simply amongst the best repair tools out there. If you’re heading somewhere tropical, one of the most fun bodycare travel sets I’ve seen is Sol De Janeiro’s Bum Bum Jet Set from Mecca Cosmetica. It’s a travel ready, body loving collection comprising a trio of best loved products in the famous Brazilian Bum Bum Cheirosa ‘62 scent. In the set are the iconic Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, Brazilian 4 Play Shower Cream-Gel and Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist, so you get a head-to-toe burst of the brand’s cult scent. Lastly, let’s focus on wellbeing on the go. If you’ve ever watched supermodel Naomi Campbell’s YouTube channel, you’ll know that she travels a lot, and is clearly a bit of a germ freak. In a recent video you see her before her plane departs for its destination, clad in gloves, she makes sure every surface that she may touch – yes, every single one – is wiped down with disinfectant so that she does not get sick. I’m all about taking preventative measures, but this might be too much! It’s a hilarious watch and I admit that I do carry antibacterial wipes for using on plane surfaces when I travel, but definitely not on a Campbell level. I prefer taking great supplements as a travel wellbeing essential, and when it comes to an added boost for skin and overall health when you’re away, they don’t come much more convenient than Advanced Nutrition Programme’s Skincare Ultimate pack. Designed to help take the guesswork out of nutrition, it contains 28 convenient beauty pods filled with carefully selected, pre-dosed supplements for flawless skin, nails and hair. The fact that they are so conveniently packaged and high performance means that you need pack only as many as you PN need, and keep all bases covered. (HELENE RAVLICH) F

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Ross Thorby: Kom Ombu and the crocodile god It’s as though the darkness and silence of the hall held the secret to life. We had left the town of Edfu in Upper Egypt the day before. The desert heat overflowed the edges of the river and reached out towards us as we basked on the upper decks of the river cruiser, the quiet, melodic drum of its motors, deep within its bowels, accompanied the startled cry of herons disturbed by our wake. Some of us lay inert shielding our throbbing heads from the aftereffects of the night before. We had been entertained by the ship’s crew and all but the most stoic of our table had failed to resist the temptation to join the others in that stereotypical display of Arabic culture – belly dancing. In hindsight, something that was perhaps best left to the professionals but, when in Egypt, it seemed somehow irresistible. Over a late evening buffet of salads and mysterious meats roasted and cooked in all manner of sauces and ingredients, a rumour orbited our table that the unidentifiable meat was in fact camel – if so, it was delicious. Being Ramadan, the lack of alcohol onboard seemed to pose no barrier to those of us Westerners wise enough to bring our own stash. We finished off the night on the top deck drinking the contents of several hip flasks as the quiet noise of the river washed past us. The inky blackness of the Egyptian night sky was punctuated by millions of stars – the sentinels of light and darkness in a land consumed by life and death; the night sky unchanged since the days of the Pharaohs. We wondered if Cleopatra had also gazed upwards as we did, while plying the same route on some luxurious royal barge, powered by a galley of slaves instead of a Hyundai. In the early hours of the morning, we docked at Kom Ombo, a town situated around the temple of the same name – a temple dedicated to the crocodile. It is typical of the ancient Egyptians to celebrate these prehistoric monsters by naming a deity after them – ‘Sobek’. Sobek, with the body of a man and the head of a crocodile, had at least 300 mummified carcasses stashed in Kom Ombo. One in particular – huge and horrifically lifelike with its incisors gleaming – still sits in a chamber seemingly waiting to be bought back to life by a spell from

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the Book of the Dead. The temple was bathed in the harshness of the desert sun as we approached the complex. Towering stone walls stretching towards the sky made us feel like the mere mortals that we are and we entered the cool dark interior of the inner sanctum, small and insignificant against the vastness and volume of its space. Our eyes adjusted slowly to the eerie interior. It was as though the darkness and silence of the hall held the secret to life. The wall reliefs, paintings and hieroglyphs moved and danced in the incandescent beam from our guide’s torch and, above our heads, lifelike vultures circled, ominously eyeing us from the afterlife. Picked out by the dim commercial lighting, we could also see the world’s first graphic representations of surgical instruments – the reliefs of forceps, scalpels and medicine bottles, all clearly visible. It proves the ancient Egyptians were advanced in medical applications when the rest of the world was still trying to figure out indoor plumbing. Something the ancient Egyptians also had sorted. Ancient Egypt was a well organised and disciplined society which, during the annual flooding of the farmland, gathered its labourers, an infinite labour force, ready and willing for a daily wage of bread and beer, to build the structures that we stand in awe of today. Craftsmen so accurate that the seams between the stone building blocks are so perfect that you cannot fit a credit card between the mortarless joints. Egypt was at the height of its power and technology when these buildings were conceived and built. The limestone columns and blocks cut out of the neighbouring quarries had engineers, mathematicians and architects swarming over them, alongside the thousands of workers conscripted into service whilst scientists and surgeons provided a first-world medical system to the labourers who had no ‘Worksafe’ or ‘OSH’ to oversee them. Unfortunately for me, they may have been able to build the pyramids, fix a broken leg and survive a plague, but they still couldn’t come up PN with a reliable cure for a hangover. (ROSS THORBY) F PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


Hundreds are converted river-cruisers. Why not you? With any river cruise, you’re invited to completely switch off and wind down. Allow yourself to be swept away on a grand discovery of Europe’s most beautiful rivers, with everything done for you. No need to drive, navigate a map, cook, clean or even make your own bed, your days are your own to do as much or as little as you like. On board, service is paramount, as is the ability to choose your sightseeing. Guests can enjoy the spacious public areas, a wide range of suite options, multiple dining experiences and plenty of recreational facilities. Wind along the picturesque Moselle River and drink in lush vineyards and rolling hills of the Moselle Valley. Explore regions famed for their grapes, from the Rhine to the stunning sun-soaked wine region of Provence in southern France. In France, discover the Seine and Rhone rivers plus the Bordeaux region River cruising is increasingly popular, and we know exactly why. Here are the top reasons a river cruise is the only way to discover the Continent.

Cruise directors – Ever friendly, always approachable and pretty much always in sight. If you have questions, they will get answered. Unpack once – The only time you’ll be seeing your suitcase is the day you alight and the day you depart. Hassle-free travel – Travel from A to B with ease, comfort and in style. Driving’s your Captain’s job now.

Small numbers – Ships are smaller and therefore passenger numbers are smaller, too.

Ever-changing scenery – Even the world’s best hotels are stuck with the same old view. Not so on a river cruise.

Intimate atmosphere – Due to smaller guest numbers, you’ll feel like a close-knit community of like-minded passengers.

For more details, why not come and attend our River Cruise Evening on 22 August. Contact our team for further details.

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Deirdre Thurston – On My Mind: Social media I’m the first one out of the gates to sometimes slight social media. In my opinion, backed up by studies, social media is part of the reason we have a burgeoning egotistical society. And why teens are troubled. Narcissism seems to be the order of the day. How many selfies one can post a week eating dessert or looking all ‘come hither’? Recently, though, I witnessed firsthand just how magnificent social media platforms can be. Most of us have Facebook friends we haven’t met. Somehow they have ended up on our feeds and become FB pals. A few weeks ago, one of these people put up a post that was clearly a cry for help in an obscure way. The ‘black dog’ was dragging him down the cold, dark, bottomless abyss where there is no hope. Just oblivion and the end of suffering. Instantly the post went up, hundreds of people reached out. Friends living close by raced to his home to make sure he was safe. As I read the messages pouring in, I was struck by how truly kind people can be; and how many suffer from ‘depression’. How we are prepared to give and give to those in need. Another thing that struck me was how many men responded in such a vulnerable manner. Sharing how they feel, offers of places to stay, offers of “hey, mate, let’s just talk about this.” “I’m here for you. I’ve been there and I can help you.” These men opened their hearts and shared freely. Not one person said “harden up”. Which is what our Kiwi males have been want to do in the past. Certainly, they have felt that is what is expected. It still exists, that culture of ‘boys don’t cry’. I cried at the poignancy of the depth of feeling poured out over the hour before we all heard the FB friend was safe and had friends with him. On they went, the messages of hope, the importance of holding on, reaching out. How his posts had brightened up lives; made people’s days better when they were edging towards that black hole. When human beings are given the opportunity to care and help, they really want to. In this case, social media gave us the opportunity to band together and become like a full tide washing everyone’s heartfelt love over my FB friend’s soul. Which is what it’s all about – love. And love en masse is ‘awesome’. If only we could harness the strength of togetherness with its bounty and positive outcomes. Concentrate on others instead of ourselves. How we look, what we eat, what

other’s think of us. The world and every one of us would benefit. Not only did my FB friend benefit from the love, hope, kindness, empathy and understanding given, we all did. I felt completely humbled by everyone’s reactions. There is always one grinch. And that person who responded negatively, I felt tremendous pity for. I hope someone gives them a big hug to thaw the bitterness and anger in their heart. The FB friend is back on track. Posting his marvellous posts that I eagerly wait for each day. It’s a lesson to us all, though. It is not just when we are at the edge of darkness, or plummeting head first into it, that we need friends’ help and love. It is especially when we are seemingly doing okay that we need support. Checking in with friends, even for a minute, can help keep the negative voices at bay. Especially to those who live alone. Alone is bliss, but not too much. Loneliness is death. In my community recently, an ex-neighbour’s daughter was posted on the community page as missing. She had been gone too long, had no phone with her and suffers from epilepsy. Her parents were frantic with worry. Immediately the community responded with offers of help. Almost every street was ablaze with torch light, people had their dogs sniffing around parks, torches flashed in car windows. Fast food outlets visited and staff questioned and shown her photo from the page site. Complete strangers braved a cold, wet night to help. The police helicopter combed the whole area within minutes of her being reported missing. Luckily, she was found safe and sound. The community worked its magic in banding together in kindness. I, for one, am grateful to live among those that will help, no questions asked. We simply have to reach out. Sometimes that can be the hardest thing to do. Know that reaching out is not weak or needy. It is essential. Well done FB, well done my community. (DEIRDRE THURSTON) F PN “We only have what we give.” Isabel Allende

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My Middle East I have such a soft spot for the Middle East; it can be the most ‘in your face’, noisy, chaotic and frustrating place in which to travel, but somehow, inexplicably, it just gets under your skin. From Amman in Jordan, it takes less than an hour to get to the Dead Sea. This inland salty lake, over 430m below sea level is a geographical oddity, its mineral laden waters and unique climate are thought to have a wealth of health-giving properties. Within minutes of arriving I wade out, mud squishing between my toes, the weird soapy texture of the water soothing away the hours of travel and, of course, I read the obligatory newspaper as I float on, rather than in, the water. I feel a quiet frisson of excitement as I walk through the narrow cleft of rock known as the siq towards Petra. Nothing can quite compare to the first glimpse of al-Khazneh, the towering stone structure that magically appears, I pause for a moment as I gaze upwards, the sound of school children shrieking as they climb onto a camel fades to nothing and I am instantly transported back thousands of years. In Israel the view from the Mount of Olives, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and walking the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem add to my journey through the past before we are yanked back into the present with a very cool street art tour in the hipster and Bohemian Florentin quarter of Tel Aviv. Egypt pulses with an energetic vibe, work continues apace uncovering new archaeological and cultural sites across the country. I have


visited the pyramids more times than I can count, but I stand in awe of these magnificent structures, before travelling further into the desert to check out the prototype, or Step Pyramid of Sakkara. Then it’s on to Upper Egypt to cruise along the Nile: the temples of Abu Simbel, Philae Kom Ombo and Karnak fill my inner eye with pomp and ritual, the third tier of the Funerary Temple of Hatchepsut is open, so I take the opportunity, despite the 45°C heat, to climb my way to the top of this weirdly modern looking temple built into a towering cliff face. A visit to the Valley of the Kings reminds me the ancient Egyptians spent their whole lives preparing for death and reminds me of my own mortality. Is it the truly remarkable beauty and symmetry of structures designed and built many thousands of years ago, the eclectic mesh of Mediterranean, African and Middle Eastern flavours of the food, years of history and trade and birthplace of numerous belief systems, the timeless quality of the slow waters of the Nile, the kaleidoscopic glory of desert sunsets or the genuinely charming and friendly people that make me love the Middle East so? Join our ‘Petra to the Pyramids’ small group hosted journey in October 2020 and your own reasons to love the Middle East will reveal themselves. (KATE COULING, DIRECTOR)

SMALL GROUP HOSTED JOURNEY From floating in the Dead Sea to witnessing the soaring façade of the Treasury at Petra, the Via Dolorosa and the mighty pyramids of Giza, to sailing the Nile and seeing the treasures from Tutankhamun’s tomb. 25 DAYS departing 15 OCTOBER 2020

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Sustaining NZFW and fun fashion for all! Getty Images

Fashion endures, fashion evolves and fashion finds ways to stay current, fresh and inspiring. New Zealand Fashion Week has innovated for decades and is now embracing the challenging issues facing the fashion industry globally. This year, NZFW includes a range of brands that are striving for greater sustainability and environmentally responsible practices in their manufacturing processes. A range of exciting New Zealand brands is emerging and ensuring that our local choices are fresh, fun and keep us smiling.

I’m also loving the start ups like Sweepstake Winners, born by Kathryn Wilson footwear designer Julia Ford and her partner Matthew L. Paul. Taking inspiration from the music that inspires them, the pair have created a line of fun unisex suits in great colours that can be worn together or mixed and matched with denim, dresses or even throw one of their blazers over the velour tracksuit for a quirky and slightly juxtapositional aesthetic. Let’s be honest, everyone loves being active but also inactive in activewear.

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Sarah says: I feel like New Zealand designers are some of the most thoughtful and innovative; I’m proud of New Zealand fashion. Hugely influential and on point, Maggie Marilyn has her garments across

some incredible personalities and celebs worldwide. Her dreamy silhouettes and stunning colour palette has me pining for spring!

Maggie Marilyn, along with many of our other home-grown talents, continues to offer effortless pastel and sorbet palettes. If you’re one to experiment or are willing to give it a go, colour it up with a pair from a similar hue. Then choose earthier tones for a more subtle look. The Exquisite Cuff Jewellery pieces from Republic Road, NZ Mint in silver are statement pieces that enhance the softer hues.

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Hine is a brand built on community and embracing the female form in all its glorious curves; Hine has started a movement. It has a mini range for the mini me’s in our lives and is about to launch Tane, its men’s range. Definetely something to look out for. It’s fun to be a part of New Zealand, keeping it local and supporting an industry with a renewed focus and passion to protect our environment and commit to sustainability. This year at New Zealand Fashion Week there are opportunities to check out Kate Sylvester, Zambesi, Maggie Marilyn, Benjamin Alexander, Stolen Girlfriends Club, Hailwood, Kathryn Wilson, Adhala Lenzo, Olli, Jockey, Havilah and Starving Artists Fund. “Sustainability is a big focus for NZFW and it’s the first year it has been at the heart of the event. This is just the beginning for us,” says Dame Pieta Stewart, managing director of NZFW. Just some of the events to check out at this year’s New Zealand Fashion Week 2019 include:

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Fashion Week’s opening show the 40-year retrospective of fashion icon Zambesi. Guests will be taken into the Zambesi archives to celebrate 40 years of strength, beauty and independence. This is an incredibly unique experience for guests to be transported back through time following the brand’s progression over the decades. Navigating social, cultural and political shifts while still maintaining relevance and a touch of rebellion. Tickets to the opening show start at just $40 and are sure to sell out.

Sweepstake Winners are a forward-thinking crew with a gender neutral, unisex range that is second to none. Sporting beautiful colours, prints and stunning silk scarves, their range of colours give you the ability to experiment and pull any look together. Rock their suit as is with trainers, black Chucks or heels.

Serving up showstoppers from the week’s trade schedule is the Resene Designer Runway, a high-energy, 30-minute fashion feast for all the senses. Running from Wednesday 28 August to Sunday 1 September at the Auckland Town Hall, they are set to be shows not to miss. The Resene Designer Runway show includes a preview of inseason pieces, and a goodie bag packed with your favourite local brands. Tickets are already selling out for some shows. Mercy Hospice is set to showcase current fashion in a very contemporary way on Sunday 1 September. Not only will Mercy take guests on a journey of beautiful clothes, the team will take you through a moving journey of wonderful memories, love, laughter and loss. All models are walking in memory of someone they have lost.

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Tickets start at just $45, or for an incredible VIP fashion experience tickets are $140 and include front row seats, goodie bags and VIP treatment at the Millennium Hotel from 1.30pm.

All tickets to NZFW 2019 can be booked on the New Zealand Fashion Week website with a full schedule available at

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The Designer Pop-Up Sale on at the beautiful Concert Chamber in Auckland’s Town Hall will open its doors on Sunday 1 September between 10am - 5pm. The famous sale will be bursting at the

seams with New Zealand’s favourite designer fashion, footwear and accessory labels, all on sale for a fraction of the original price. This year’s line up includes favourites such as Hailwood, Flo & Frankie as well as a host of other returning brands and exciting newcomers.




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Too dreamy just for sleeping... Merely to see the pieces from General Sleep is not enough, you must feel the silk cotton fabric to truly appreciate it. To wear it, is to feel as as though you are almost floating in water. It skims your body like a gentle wave making you feel incredible. “The thing I love about these pieces is that, if desired, they can be more than sleepwear. Pair the Paloma cami and robe with blue Levis jeans, wearing the robe as a layering piece.”

WE LOVE SLOW AND MINDFUL FASHION Our fashion industry is evolving, with a greater emphasis on timeless design, enduring style, quality and sustainability. Auckland is brimming with innovative creatives who have an ethical and environmentally responsible approach to their businesses. Our local recycle designer stores curate, sort and style some of the most lasting pieces from local and international designers and our local salons have a range of products that are kind to our hair and the environment.


The new ‘Rags & Romance’ Remuera store is now open. Featuring New Zealand brands Rogue Linen, Angel Lace and Koru plus Lilliano and Queen of Everything.


Onehunga store is now our outlet store, check them out, both are full of lovely surprises.

Local Grey Lynn salon Shout is now a 100% sustainable salon and stylist Chris Huia Woods will be taking this passion for sustainable style to the runways of New Zealand Fashion Week. Visit the Shout team for a range of sustainably responsible products and colour treatments that are completely gentle on the environment.

RAGS & ROMANCE, Shop 5, 319 Remuera Mall, M: 021 0287 7482,

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The Versace Collection brings a luxurious aesthetic in this new menswear arrival, pulling inspiration from their very own courtyard. Think urban and elegant in sleek monochrome, marble textile, bright jewel tones and Versaceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Baroque. You wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go unrecognised in the iconic Medusa logo.



The Versace Jeans new arrival brings excitement and youthfulness of the Versace DNA. The range inspired by the Grecian heritage; Greek columns deconstructed and Versace-fied into a print with striking gold, black and white combinations and finished with a touch of metallic hints.

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John Appleton: The ketogenic lifestyle Is this the answer to better health? Until recently, just a mention of fat in the diet could have sent many a doctor into a ‘tailspin’. After all, we have been conditioned to believe that fat is bad because it’s associated with high cholesterol, heart disease and obesity isn’t it? Slowly, however, the wheels are turning, and more and more research is showing that the real culprit is a high-carb diet loaded with refined grains and sugar. Dr Gerald Lewis, a renowned New Zealand cardiologist and his GP wife, Monica, have recently published a superb book ‘The Medical & Other Benefits of the Ketogenic Lifestyle’. Most folks may be unfamiliar with the term ‘ketogenic’ but it’s a term that is being discussed by scientists around the world. It’s not a new term and the ketogenic diet has been used for decades to reduce the incidence of epileptic seizures. Very simply, the ketogenic diet is a high fat/low carb diet that encourages the body to burn fat rather than sugars. Dr Lewis says, “Low-fat doctrine was drummed into us from the moment we left medical school. Most of us accepted this as infallible dogma.” He says, “Thinking people are now realising that it’s ragingly apparent that the evidence behind low- fat eating is almost non-existent.” Rather than focus just on fats, Dr Lewis has listed five components of what he calls a ‘ketogenic lifestyle’. These are: ketogenic eating – very low sugar, intermediate protein and high fat intake, along with copious amounts of above-ground vegetables. Intermittent fasting for part of the day or one or two days a week. Regular exercise. Stress reduction and nutritional supplementation to provide nutrients that can’t easily be obtained from the diet. According to Dr Lewis, many specific diseases may directly benefit from this lifestyle including: Type 2 diabetes, obesity, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, cancer, coronary heart disease, arthritis and other inflammatory conditions and autoimmune diseases.

He does, however, point out that for some folks, the ketogenic lifestyle may not be appropriate. Pregnant and breastfeeding women, patients with Type 1 diabetes; those who have had their gallbladder removed and people with pancreatic and liver disease should talk with their doctor prior to embracing a ketogenic lifestyle. We all have three energy sources – carbohydrates (sugars), fats and proteins. Proteins are the building blocks of our cells and thus should only be ‘burned’ as a last resort. Usually the body cells initially burn carbohydrates then switch to fat burning. We only have a small amount of stored carbs available for immediate use (less than a day’s supply) but we have a year’s supply stored in fat tissues around the body. Our brain cells cannot burn fats because the molecules are too large to cross the blood-brain barrier. The liver, however, is capable of turning fat into ‘ketones’ which are smaller molecules that can readily enter the brain and provide it with energy. Dr Lewis says, “Fat and ketones supply both the tissues and the brain with an almost inexhaustible supply of premium energy, which is why people feel so good both physically and mentally when they are embracing a ketogenic lifestyle. It’s interesting to note that when on a restricted glucose diet, glucose can be made from fat or protein in the liver by a process known as gluconeogenesis. There is a wonderful heart-warming movie (true story) starring Meryl Streep titled ‘First Do No Harm’, which tells the story of a boy who had been institutionalised due to epilepsy. His mother literally kidnapped him from the hospital, put him on the ketogenic diet and guess what – no more seizures. This movie can be watched online. Type ‘First Do No Harm – Meryl Streep’ into Google. (JOHN APPLETON) F PN For anyone wishing to get a copy of ‘The & Other Benefits of the Ketogenic Lifestyle’, it’s available on Dr Lewis’ website


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A COMMUNITY HUB Despite being in the heart of the city, ecostore’s retail shop is tucked away on a small side street in Freemans Bay, and many people don’t even know it exists. If there was a cleaning product for every time someone stumbled into the shop and said ‘I didn’t know this was here!’ we would be able to fill our whole store with them! “This year we are trying to spread the word about ecostore products being so centrally accessible. Not only do we sell our products, we also sell them in bulk sizes, refill most liquids, and collect our containers for recycling if we can’t refill them. As well as selling ecostore products, we also like to support local ecofriendly businesses that make zero waste natural products. We want ecostore to become a community space where like-minded people can come together and explore earth friendly options like composting, or reducing waste output by shopping smarter or making food at home. We’re passionate about creating space for these kinds of conversations. To make it more of a conversational community hub we’re putting on some events to bring people together around living sustainably and creating a healthier neighbourhood.” One event, on Saturday 24 August from 11am-1pm, will be a tea tasting with Medical Herbalist Caitlyn Ward from Artemis Teas. Caitlyn will be sharing traditional plant based medicinal wisdom. Alongside Caitlyn, respected journalist and wellness expert Rachel Grunwell will

be having conversations about her book ‘Balance’, which interviews 30 experts globally to get the best science-backed tips on how to uplift your mind, body and soul. Or, if you’re wanting to explore toxin-free makeup and perfume alternatives, on the 5 September ecostore is hosting a natural makeup and perfume evening. Living Nature makeup and Neat perfume will be at ecostore for a fun night with stations where you can have your makeup done and sample essential oil perfume. For more info, email, or just pop in store and chat with us - we’re always happy to have a conversation. (ALANA BRUCE - ECOSTORE) ECOSTORE, 1 Scotland Street, T: 09 360 8477,

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Embarking on a new career passion and leaving another behind is in equal parts terrifying and exhilarating. This is where I am today, swinging between these two emotions, but I wouldn’t change a thing. Having lived, loved, married and given birth to two of my three children in Stockholm, Sweden, I returned with my newly formed family to New Zealand in 2010, settling in Grey Lynn, Auckland. In my heart, I thought my connection with Scandinavia would by now be a tenuous one. However, this all changed in early 2018 when I was offered a unique opportunity to represent a cosmetic skincare brand, Makethemake, exclusively in New Zealand and Australia with Scandinavia’s largest online professional skincare business. Soon afterwards, I quit my career in corporate Human Resources (it was that dramatic), boarded a plane to Sweden to discover more and find my purpose. That’s when I founded The Skin Wardrobe in late 2018. I am on a mission to give my customers the joy of our beautiful, effective skin products that streamline their skincare regime and deliver superior results – the beauty of Scandi minimalism. At The Skin Wardrobe you will build the perfect capsule ‘skin’ wardrobe, achieving your skin goals and eliminate that familiar feeling of being overwhelmed, over consuming and over spending. We are passionate about curating Scandinavian brands which are backed by science (not wooed by trends), that speak the truth about beauty, and are dedicated to their strong environmental and socially conscientious practices. I believe we can learn so much from Scandinavian businesses that are not afraid to challenge the status quo, to take risks and to invest in the short term for our long term environmental gain. Some people may think the business of skincare is superficial but I believe in giving you skin confidence so you are prepared for success in whatever you choose to do. By removing my daily work commute and basing my business from Grey Lynn, I have carved out more time to give back. I am now a proud trained volunteer at Dress For Success in Auckland, an inspiring organisation which aims to economically empower women across the globe. As well as dressing women for job interview success, I can revisit my passion in human resources, coaching and counselling our clients. I love that what I offer to this pragmatic organisation can make a difference to people’s lives in a single session. Nothing beats that feeling! Catherine Tong is the owner and founder of The Skin Wardrobe and now the author of her first article. To learn more about Dress For Success and what you can do to support this amazing organisation, visit or contact me,

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Oral Health Therapist Paris Potaka-Goossens Helping clients achieve and maintain optimal oral health and a smile that will last a lifetime is a passion for Paris Potaka-Goossens. “I empower my patients with knowledge and skills tailored to their individual needs and lifestyle. Working alongside our friendly team here at Accent enables me to help clients achieve this with regular hygiene visits which are one of the best preventions of oral disease. One thing Paris finds particularly rewarding, is that she can help improve the confidence of patients with whitening options. Accent offers both in chair and take home teeth whitening systems. Taking a whole family approach, Paris provides a range of preventative care, oral health education and dental treatment for children and adolescents. These include early detection of dental disease, potential need for orthodontic referral and restorative care. Paris’ top five reasons for seeing your oral health specialist regularly: 1. A whiter, brighter smile – If you don’t like that discoloured grin, and brushing just isn’t getting rid of it, then an appointment with an oral health specialist may be the answer. There are several reasons why your teeth get stained – coffee, red wine, tobacco – and several methods for restoring your sparkling white smile. An oral health specialist knows all about how to whiten your teeth, and can advise you on how to keep them that way. 2. Dragon breath – You might worry about bad breath – even if you don’t have it – and the best way to stop worrying is to do something about it. Bad

breath – halitosis – is usually caused by a dental problem, and an oral health specialist can identify which one. You could have bacteria under your gum line, impossible to remove with brushing or flossing. Or you might have an infection in a tooth that is causing an odour. The oral health specialist can take care of the problem whatever it is, and ward off more serious consequences as well. 3. Bleeding gums – Inflamed gums tend to bleed, so if you find you are spitting blood after brushing, it’s important to get checked out. You may just be using a toothbrush with bristles that are too hard, or it could be a sign of something worse. The oral health therapist will know, and can not only reverse the problem with a thorough clean, but also give you ways to manage at home so it doesn’t happen again. 4. Oral cancer – early detection - Every time you go to an oral health specialist for a check-up or clean, you’ll be screened for oral cancer. The oral health specialist knows what to look for, even if you didn’t know there was a problem. Caught early, oral cancers are highly treatable and you’ll be advised about the possible causes of cancer – including smoking, alcohol and the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). That way, you know what to avoid to keep your mouth cancer-free. 5. Guarding against other diseases – Poor dental hygiene is linked to some serious diseases – including heart disease and diabetes. That’s because when you have an infection in your mouth, teeth or gums, your whole body feels the effects of it. The longer you let the poison of infection travel through your body, the more likely it is that you’ll develop serious complications.

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Tadhg Stopford: How cannabis kills cancer and can reduce your taxes We can save billions of health dollars while improving health outcomes for the aged, diabetic, obese and more – if we are wise to the facts – and that’s why we are running for ADHB. The Hemp Foundation has educated and surveyed 635 New Zealand medical professionals at four National GP conferences since 2017. Their replies have been consistent. 1. GPs know almost nothing about cannabis. 2. Once they understand it, they want it fully legalised. Their reasons are ethical, medical, scientific and simple. Cannabis is full of biosimilar molecules our body naturally makes to protect us from illness and injury. That’s why prohibition is a breach of our human rights, and why cannabis has never killed a human. Ever. It is less toxic than coffee and sugar. Instead, when used properly, you can use it to enhance healing, maintenance and protection.

If true, that means we could potentially save billions of dollars on foreign pharmaceuticals.

But our body contains ‘miraculous molecules’ and, hallelujah, our body’s own ‘miracle drugs’ are hidden in these plants. Clearly, this has potential, but we must bridge the knowledge gap if we are to realise this potential, and that’s why we are asking you to Vote Stopford to Start Change in the Local Body Elections. We need to improve our failing and expensive healthcare, it will benefit us all.

This is important, because:


1. Prescription medicines are our third biggest killer, after heart disease and cancer.

• The Ministry of Health consumes over 16 billion dollars a year.

Which is why nearly three quarters of GPs educated and surveyed this year thought cannabis could potentially replace more than 30% of all medicines.

2. Treasury says our chronic health conditions ensure a ‘debt based future’ for New Zealand. 3. In contrast, cannabis is safe, cheap and broadly useful. Nearly 90% of medical professionals agreed it was ‘safer than most foods we eat daily’, and 81.9% thought it should be in the shops.

• According to the World Health Organisation, about a third of that goes on medicine. • Treasury forecasts a ‘debt based future’ due to the cost of chronic health conditions. • One in two Kiwis are expected to develop cancer in the near future. • Cancer is expected to be a $120 billion dollar industry by 2020.

Until we taught them, more than three-quarters of GPs had not known the critical importance of the human ‘endo-cannabinoid system’ for health.

• One of our body’s main ‘cancer killing compounds’ is a cannabinoid. • It’s called ‘anandamide’.

The ‘endo-cannabinoid system’ is a major physiological system. • It has a plant-based twin called THC. It is a nutrition-dependent regulator of human health. It runs on certain foods. That medical schools don’t teach it to medical students is a blind spot of great significance from a public health perspective. Neither hemp nor ‘marijuana’ are miracle drugs.

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Taking concentrated cannabis oil theoretically supports anandamide’s cancer-killing power, and could explain all those patient self reports of ‘home cures’. If you would like to see cannabis medicine used properly, please vote Stopford for ADHB. (TADHG STOPFORD & DR BEN JANSEN FRNZCGP FRACGP FRNZCUCP)



FOOT MOBILISATION THERAPY Podiatry treatment that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t require the use of orthotics. Foot Mobilisation Therapy (FMT) is a very effective form of joint mobilisation, which uses hands-on manipulation techniques to treat foot alignment and biomechanical issues. FMT is widely used by health professionals around the world to restore normal joint function and range of motion, without orthotics, surgery or drugs. Misalignment of joints in the foot can cause increased pressure and strain on the soft tissues. The body is forced to compensate, leading to pain, stiffness, arthritis and poor foot function. This can result in adaptations in walking style, which can lead to further complications, such as knee, hip and lower back strain. FMT is used to release restrictions in the feet and lower limbs, and allow the tissues to heal and repair to a healthy, functioning state. Orthotics are like reading glasses, they only work when you are wearing them, so the goal at Corrective Foot Solutions in Tauranga and Parnell is to correct the underlying joint and structural misalignments long term, maintain mobility, and improve strength, balance and foot posture â&#x20AC;&#x201C; so that you can live an active and health lifestyle. Thorough history: We take the time to understand your problem. Biomechanical assessment: Hands-on joint and postural evaluation, foot and leg gait analysis. A treatment plan will be determined that suits you. Treatment will involve Foot Mobilisation therapy combined with corrective exercises. Together these two treatments will start the healing process.

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Meet the Teacher Donovan Farnham is the Rumaki (M-aori immersion) teacher at Pasadena Intermediate. The school’s immersion pathway started last year and has 28 students currently enrolled. What’s one thing that you are passionate about? - I want I can be somewhat over zealous when it comes to te reo Maori. - is normal, and my children to grow up in a world where te reo Maori they can study, order a burger, play video games, and do all of the - . things that all other children can do, but in te reo Maori Why te reo M-aori? - immersion education, from Kohanga I’m a product of Maori Reo to university. During that time I’ve had many teachers, but two - Dale. He is have stood out above all of the rest. The first is Hemi a Principal Lecturer and Director of Maori Medium Education at The - taught me to look at te reo Maori - through Faculty of Education. Hemi an academic lens, and inspired me to research the language. The second is Sir Timoti Kaetu. Timoti was someone in whom I found humility, and that language learning is endless, no matter what level you reach. What do you enjoy most about your role at Pasadena Intermediate? My role gives me the opportunity to create an environment where the - language is a normal part of everyday life. We pride ourselves Maori on how our Rumaki students have access to everything that the wider school provides, while still having a high-level immersion education. We have Rumaki students involved in app development, 3D-modelling, water polo, duathlon, kapa haka, and computer programming. We have students in our gifted and talented science, math and writing programmes. Our students get the best of both worlds. One of your favourite teaching experiences... I always love the times when we get out of the classroom. Marae trips and camps are particular favourites for me. However, every year Pasadena Intermediate is involved in a student exchange programme with our sister school Nagisa Hiroshima Junior and Senior School in Japan. I have recently returned from a trip there with seven of our Rumaki students – that’s going to be pretty hard to top.

L to R: Professor Pou Temara; Donovan Farnham and Sir Timoti Kaetu at Donovan’s graduation from Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo. One of your least favourite teaching experiences... Before I was teaching, I ran an after school programme for intermediate-aged children out of the Ponsonby Community Centre. One day, we went on an excursion into town to see a movie. Now, we were very pedantic about counting those children in our care onto the bus, and periodically throughout the trip, and to this day I can say that I’ve never left a student behind. So of course, when it came time to head back to the Centre, I counted the children back onto the bus. I double-checked, and all of the children were present, so we left. Halfway back to the Community Centre, I got a call from one of the other staff members. He was calling from the movies – apparently he went to the bathroom, and we left without him. I now know that I need to count the students and adults on the bus. F PN

PASADENA SCHOOL HIROSHIMA EXCHANGE Pasadena Intermediate has a sister school, Hiroshima Nagisa Junior High School. Every year for almost 25 years the two schools have hosted each other on a cultural exchange. Next year will mark the 25th anniversary of this exchange. In May this year Matua Donovan Farnham and Christine Abercrombie took 25 students to Japan for this year’s cultural exchange. “Our students got completely immersed in the Japanese way of life while we were there. They attended classes with their homestay peers, and shadowed them in all of their daily activities,” explained Matua Donovan. “It was phenomenal to see the contrasts in pedagogical practices. We also got to see some of the amazing sites in Japan: we went to Miyajima Island and rode in a rickshaw; we went to Disneyland in the pouring rain; and we had an emotional visit to the Genbaku Dome, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial.”

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Now the Japanese students from Nagisa Junior High School are in New Zealand with their New Zealand homestay families, attending classes - “Our students have made each day in both English and Te Reo Maori. life-long friendships, and it’s an experience that is unparalleled,” said Matua Donovan. F PN PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


Setting the foundation for the future The vision at King’s School is: to develop the individual talents of each boy… for life. Teachers are focused on recognising every boy as an individual, offering each child the opportunities to discover and explore his full potential. Headmaster Tony Sissons believes every boy should be given the best possible chance to flourish. “Our goal is to ensure each boy who passes through our gates is given a solid foundation of learning, has a sense of self-confidence and selfbelief, is motivated, flexible and resilient” he says. Tony is not a fan of the current Modern Learning Environment direction that public schools are taking. After 35 years in education he is convinced that children need to feel secure and supported before they can learn effectively. Each class at King’s School has a dedicated teacher and their own homeroom. Class sizes are kept small so that the boys get the best possible level of attention to manage their learning. Boys form an important bond with their teacher and their classmates and this sense of belonging helps them feel confident to take risks and challenge themselves. “Boys love the competitive instinct and can reach whatever standards you expect of them. Our boys at King’s are challenged to go far and not feel inhibited. It is my belief that if you don’t have expectations and set goals then boys will easily gravitate to the middle ground. But… if you care to their needs providing a nurturing environment, recognising and rewarding success, then you are on the way to creating fine young men. Ultimately we are responsible for creating good citizens of the future so we must create an environment for them to build self-esteem and do well,” says Tony.

French, science, physical education and swimming. Every boy learns a musical instrument and there are a variety of cultural groups to join as well as sports teams to participate in.

Supporting the reading, writing and mathematics curriculum, the timetable includes a wide range of enrichment and extension activities to inspire and stimulate the boys. Specialist teaching is provided for music, drama, art,

King’s boys are expected to live by the Golden Rule, “Treat others the way you would like to be treated.” All facets of the school reflect the importance of values, with boys being acknowledged for modelling these character strengths.

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Bill Harris: A body of evidence that hard work pays off “Sports don’t build character, they reveal it,” said John Wooden, legendary basketball coach at the University of California, and Marist Herne Bay pupil James Dobrec provides compelling evidence. Exhibit A: the Intercity Schools Cross Country Championships, held in May at Grey Lynn Park. Kids nowadays are taught that sport is meant to be about participation, not winning, but James, a super-competitive nine-year-old, doesn’t necessarily agree. Yes, he likes taking part, but he enjoys it a lot more if he wins. His determination had already helped him win the Marist cross country every year since he started school, and had brought him to this event at Grey Lynn Park, where a course of about two-a-half kilometres stretched out before the runners. James’ parents thought their gritty son might finish in the top 20, so were surprised to see him settle in among a leading pack of six as the race took shape. By halfway, that pack had started to break up, but James was still in there just behind the leader, a taller boy. James started to dial up the heat, but his rival wasn’t giving an inch. With about a kilometre to go, just after a small hill, James made his move and turned on the after burners. The two boys sprinted together for several metres before James kicked clear, and then extended his lead all the way to the finish line. James was out like a light that night, which showed just how much effort he’d put into the race. Exhibit B: the 9th Grade Nationals Soccer Tournament, held last September at Keith Hay Park. James turned out in that tournament for Western Springs, but few among the hundreds of observers knew the difficult road he’d taken to get there. The previous November, James broke his leg playing football at school. To add insult to injury, it happened just three days before a family holiday in Fiji, so the trip had to be cancelled. Instead of splashing round in a turquoise lagoon, James spent the next seven weeks over the hot summer in a full leg cast. That was removed on January 10, seemingly too late to get fit for the club football trials in February. James had other ideas. He was determined to make the trials, so he worked tirelessly at the physio and at home to rebuild the strength in his leg. He recovered in time to play at the trials and, though an 8th grader, his hard work was rewarded with selection in Springs’ top 9th grade team for the season, and for the end of season Nationals. Not only did James take part at the Nationals, he helped his team win it, with a goal in the 2-1 win over the excellent Fencibles team in the final. It was the highpoint in a career which started at just 18-months-old, when James first joined Little Kickers. Football has been James’ first

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sporting love ever since. Helped in no small portion by the strong Croatian influence in his family. His father Dan represented New Zealand at under 16 and under 20 levels, and uncle Chris Zorocic was captain of the senior All Whites. James dreams of following in those footsteps, but this sports fanatic will play anything else on offer as well. He plays basketball for his school, swims in a squad once a week, hits a useful tennis ball, snowboards, rides and he took part in the Weetbix Tryathlon. Surprisingly, James can also sit still long enough to enjoy fishing with his grandfather in Doubtless Bay, but his heart rate got up the day he caught a 16 pounder. At home, it’s more of the same. With screen time strictly limited in the Dobrec household, James can usually be found outside shooting hoops, or whacking a tennis or soccer ball against the rebound wall. And whether he’s playing with his parents, little sister Ruby, or by himself, he’ll be giving it his all. And preferably winning. (BILL HARRIS)



@ FICINO SCHOOL The brain is the control centre of our body and the impact of experiences and activities we have when we are young has a huge impact on the connections each of our billions of brain cells make. By the time a child is five, 90% of their brain connections will be formed. This emphasises the importance of ensuring that your child’s Early Childhood Centre provides a stimulating environment in which young children can learn and grow. Ficino Preschool in Mt Eden is conscious of the role it plays in providing an environment in which this growth is nurtured in partnership with families/whanau. Ficino Preschool’s holistic approach helps children balance their social, physical, intellectual and spiritual needs in a calm and friendly atmosphere. Children are provided with space in which they are encouraged to explore, enquire, experiment and practise new skills at their own pace. Our students typically follow a daily programme that includes exploratory play, group learning, restful pauses, music, physical activity and structured tasks. Creative play, numeracy and literacy awareness are integrated throughout the day together with sophisticated art techniques. These experiences contribute to the enhancement of a child’s sense of self-worth as competent and capable learners.

Mindfulness is at the heart of all preschool experiences, with children benefitting from the practise of paying attention and maintaining an awareness of their surrounding environment. Several mindfulness activities are practised including yoga, karakia, dedication and use of a Tibetan singing bowl. These help to focus the children and give them tools to direct their attention, an important life-skill which they continue when they transition to school. Like Ficino School, Ficino Preschool places great importance on a set of simple values that ensure a student’s moral compass is well established. We welcome visitors to our preschool – register your interest at

Young Minds Matter Ficino Preschool welcomes children of all cultures, faiths and religions, because treating others with respect and courtesy is part of the gift of everyday life. Ficino is a haven for young children to grow in self-belief and confidence as they explore and experience new skills. Our uniquely holistic curriculum balances the intellectual, social and physical needs of each child. This is the Greatest Gift you can give your child.

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BAYFIELD SCHOOL Bayfield School is a well-resourced school, both in terms of facilities and equipment and with a high calibre of staff members. There is a strong spirit of community with supportive parents and enthusiastic students. The students are happy, motivated and engaged in their learning, and teachers and staff find Bayfield a happy place to work. Bayfield School’s mission is, inspired today – prepared for tomorrow.

Ballot for 2020

“The world is changing at an ever increasing pace and with these changes education must evolve to ensure we are preparing our learners for a future we are unable to predict. At Bayfield we promote student agency, where children can set goals, manage their learning, take risks, be creative, collaborate and connect with the world beyond the walls of the school. We promote digital literacy and inquiry learning to make sure children are skilled and able to access tools to be true lifelong learners,” says Principal, Kerri McKay.

Parents of children who live in zone who are turning 5 in 2020 & 2021 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 23 October 2019. Applications to be received by 3:00pm on 16 OCTOBER 2019.

BAYFIELD SCHOOL, 2/12 Clifton Road, Herne Bay, T: 09 376 5703,

INFORMATION MEETING: for Parents interested in applying for the Ballot THURSDAY 12 SEPTEMBER @ 9:15am please contact the school if you would like to attend 09 376 5703

Enrolment & Ballot forms are available from the school website

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Super Gran offers quality after-school care I recently met Raewyn Gustafson, aka Super Gran, and was immediately impressed. Super Gran offers to care for children before school, after school or during school holidays. She reminded me as more of an old fashioned governess than a modern nanny – a one on one educator as well as minder. Raewyn is certainly not going to spend her time texting or talking on her phone when she should be concentrating on the children’s needs. She has a professional career behind her and is keen to bring her many life skills into play while looking after children. She told me she aims to, “provide a relaxed but stimulating environment for children in their own homes,” but she will take them to school, pick them up after school and take them to after school activities like sports, music or ballet.

prime importance. The trust of parents and the wellbeing of the children is very important to Super Gran. Before parents get home, Raewyn will have cooked a meal for the children, supervised their homework and had their clothes ready for the following day. Super Gran is always looking for ways to involve her charges, teaching them important skills along the way. That’s where my ‘governess’ title idea comes from.

Super Gran loves gardening, and she will sometimes take her charges to a garden centre, buy herbs, and show them at home how to look after them. She loves tennis, and enjoys engaging in all sorts of outdoor activities if the weather is good. If it’s wet, Raewyn will assist children with their homework, art work, or any of their special interests. Parents can come home to a relaxed environment where everything is under control, and where the children are happy and secure.

These children are lucky to have such a professional, caring minder, one who is always on the lookout for a teachable moment, with kindness, empathy and the personal touch always uppermost.

Raewyn, although no spring chicken, is fit and agile, offering what she described to me as, “a boutique service – not just a job.” It is a continuation of a professional career where job satisfaction was of

We all need a Super Gran in our lives. Congratulations on going the extra mile Raewyn, in such a worthwhile way. We at Ponsonby News salute you. (JOHN ELLIOTT) F PN

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Busy parents are extremely fortunate if they can acquire the services of a person with Super Gran, Raewyn Gustafson’s qualities, to assist with child care responsibilities.



Double Happy keeping kids warm over winter Double Happy is back for a third year to help school kids stay warm during the cold winter months. The Grey Lynn-based Double Happy has a wear one/share one model, where for every hoodie and sweatshirt purchased, they share a warm and cozy one with a child in need.

“We’ve had some great feedback from principals, kids bursting with pride at having their own high-quality hoodies. For some, it’s the first time they’ve owned something that’s not a hand-me-down. While for others, it’s the only piece of warm clothing that they have.

According to Paulette Cotter, one half of the sister duo Double Happy, they came up with the idea after talking to school principals in lowdecile schools.

“They have also told us how that extra layer in winter is helping children stay warm, healthy and attending school,” says Cotter.

“Principals told us about the hidden issue of sickness and absenteeism, and that a lack of warm clothing caused health issues and impacted on attendance.

This year, Double Happy has once again collaborated with local street artists Component and iThink who have provided a very simple yet cool design on sweatshirts and hoodies for children and adults.

“It was a heartbreakingly simple need: warm clothing for children to wear in winter. They had kids coming to school wearing only t-shirt and shorts, even on the coldest days. There were also many children not coming to school at all because of illnesses and lack of warm clothing.”

Double Happy operates as a not for profit, with all proceeds going directly to benefit children. Double Happy kids’ hoodies are priced at $49.95 and adult crew sweaters are priced at $65.

For principals and children, it’s a win win situation. For many of the children gifted the unbranded hoodies, it is the first new piece of clothing they’ve ever owned.

Every order buys two: one for you and one for a child in need. The hoodies are New Zealand designed, ethically made and hardwearing in 65% cotton, 35% polyester anti-pill fleece. If you don’t need a hoodie or a sweater but would still love to help, you can order a Double Happy Double-Up, and they will gift two hoodies to kids in need. F PN Order online at

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Fit and active Gran is available before and after school or kindy care for your children in your own home.

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tFlexible hours to suit your requirements. Also available during school holidays or when your child is off sick. tClean driver’s licence and police checked. tHappy to prepare an evening meal for your children.

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Metrolaw: Got a legal question? Ask Q: I have a couple of trusts, one for my business and one for my home and bach. I haven’t done any gifting for a couple of years since they changed the rules and I’m wondering whether it is best to do a ‘lump sum’ gift or go back to a gifting programme and gift it away over time. What to you think I should do? Doug, sometime gifter… A: Thanks for your email, that is an interesting question. The first thing that you need to do is to look at your whole picture of your debts and assets, for me the best way to do this is to draw a wiring diagram that shows everything. The primary consideration for trusts should always be the protection of your assets so first you should consider if there are risks to you in terms of business exposure, relationship property or other risks. Builders, architects, accountants and, sadly, lawyers all have high levels of professional risk which means it is sensible to hold assets in trust and to gift away any debt. If someone sues you personally and your trust owes you several hundred thousand dollars then that is an asset in your hands that they could attack. You should also consider what the debt does to your estate planning, would it suck money back into your estate where people are more likely to fight over it, is this covered by your will (do you have one) or memo of wishes (do you have one)? The next consideration is having a look at where you debt sits and where it should sit. In some circumstances you may be able to restructure your debt as business debt where the interest costs are tax deductible rather than sitting against your residential property where you pay tax on your income before paying the interest on the borrowing and get no deduction. A further consideration is to consider whether a lump sum gift might disqualify you from receiving hospital or rest home subsidies. Gifts over $27,000 in any year get counted back in for the means test. A lump sum gift of $500,000 means that you would not be eligible for subsidies. Against this you have to consider whether you could complete your gifting under this threshold in a sensible PN timeframe and reasonable costs. A $500,000 debt would take you almost 20 years to gift. (MICHAEL HEMPHILL) F

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In early May 2019, the Government established a new tax incentive aimed at encouraging more New Zealand businesses to invest in Research and Development (R&D). The Government has recognised that the current R&D regime is of little help to start-up business (especially those in a tax loss position) which limits the business tax credits to its tax liability. No immediate benefit is gained. The main improvement has been to allow for refundability of the tax credit for the second year of the regime (2020/2021 tax year). The change will allow taxpayers to cash out the tax credit earned in a year, subject to a payroll cap. What is it? The R&D tax incentive will be available from the 2019/2020 tax year. From that date onwards, firms will be able to claim for expenditures on all their eligible R&D activity from the start of their income tax year. The incentive provides a capped 15% tax credit on eligible expenditure. It means innovative companies can receive a tax credit to free up cash flow for business growth by reclaiming some of their investment. Who is eligible? Most businesses, regardless of their legal structure, are eligible for the tax incentive. This also includes: Industry research cooperatives, Mixed Ownership Model Companies, and State-Owned Enterprises. However, a business will not be eligible if it has performed the R&D on behalf of another party, received another grant such as the Callaghan Growth Grant in the same tax year or are associated or controlled by Crown Research Institute, district health board, or tertiary education organisation. The criteria are that the business has a goal to create new knowledge, or new or improved processes, services or goods on a worldwide basis (not just new to your business or New Zealand). The business must also use a systematic approach to resolve scientific or technological uncertainty, conduct the activities within New Zealand and have a minimum spend of $50,000 per year on eligible research and development activities. Research in some fields are excluded from this regime. Such fields include: social sciences, arts, humanities and investigating the market for your own business’s product or service.

What is not R&D? Research and Development does not include an activity if knowledge required to resolve the uncertainty is publicly available and/or a competent professional in the relevant scientific or technological field can resolve without using a methodical approach. Also, activities undertaken outside New Zealand will not be eligible as a core R&D activity (although there is a limited ability to include them as a supporting activity). The underlying question is: has ‘new knowledge been created as a result of your R&D’? You may still be entitled to the tax incentive even if the project has failed. What expenses qualify? Research and Development expenditure will be eligible for the 15% tax credit if the costs are directly associated with supporting and integral to the core R&D activities. This could include: • Depreciation for items used in performing R&D (excluding property). • Expenditure or loss on acquiring goods and services used in performing R&D, such as consumables, apportionment of overheads, and contractors. • Salary and wages for employees performing R&D. Does your business qualify? The Inland Revenue Department has developed an R&D tax incentive eligibility tool to assist businesses in determining if an organisation is eligible for the incentive. This can be found on the IRD website. If your organisation does qualify we recommend you start setting up an internal R&D costing system. Processes need to be put in place to record your R&D expenditure as it is incurred so it’s easily identifiable. Clear and accurate information about the project’s content, scope and costs involved (including appropriate apportionment of overheads) must be recorded in a timely manner. (LOGAN GRANGER) F PN 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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MODERN APARTMENT LIVING a new Urban Living Experience Ponsonby and the city fringe suburbs have seen an explosion in apartment style living over the last 15 years. In response, our communities have evolved to make higher density living a diverse, convenient and attractive option for a range of budgets. Centrally located supermarkets, an abundance of bars, cafes, speciality shops, gyms and yoga studios all mean urban dwellers don’t really need a car in their day to day life. With an abundance of parks, green public spaces and the ability to cycle, scooter or walk, apartment living at all levels can be a convenient, low carbon way to live. Of course, Ponsonby and the surrounding suburbs are also known for their sense of community and modern apartment living offers a range of ways to foster this. Developers often begin to build community long before residents have moved in., a residential apartment developer with a focus on sustainable living, has already created closed Facebook groups and organised face-to-face events for residents of their latest project even though completion date is still eight to nine months away. Building community with welcoming communal spaces or state of the art shared gyms and yoga studios are just some of the ways developers and architects ensure they are offering residents a sense of community as well as a home. Whether your budget is unlimited or more restricted, there is likely to be an apartment complex to suit your budget and your lifestyle. For some, apartment living is an opportunity to live within some of the city’s most vibrant and beautiful spaces. 30 Madden in Wynyard Central, developed by Willis Bond and designed by Pacific Architecture, is an example of refined luxury at its best. Apartments, townhouses and penthouses set against a backdrop of Auckland Harbour are visually breathtaking but their appeal is deeper than just good looks. The design of 30 Madden extends beyond the exquisite interiors and high-quality fixtures and shows a commitment to creating sustainable buildings and communities that thrive. Like Willis Bond’s previously completed Wynyard Central, 30 Madden is designed with a commitment to sustainability and community. “The vision for Wynyard Quarter is to create a lasting waterfront community,” says Willis Bond Managing Director, Mark McGuinness. “Willis Bond is committed to implementing considered and sustainable designs that sit harmoniously within their surroundings and benefit those who enjoy them today and those who will in the future.” Wynyard Central was recently awarded 7 and 8 Homestar ratings making it the first large scale, multi-unit development to do so.

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APARTMENT LIVING A range of views from Proxima Residences, 45 Randolf Cres, Eden Terrace, construction to begin

Homestar is a comprehensive rating system, run by the Green Building Council, that measures the health, warmth and efficiency of New Zealand houses. It encourages builders, developers, architects and engineers to go beyond the requirements of the building code to create homes that are more sustainable, energy efficient and long lasting. On the other edge of the inner city is the increasingly popular Eden Terrace where Proxima Residences are poised for construction. On a unique spot that commands incredible views across Auckland, these luxury apartments are close to the heart of all that Auckland has to offer and start at a surprisingly affordable price point. With the choice of one, two or three-bedroom apartments and the option to bring the family pet, Proxima is an example of the versatility modern apartment living offers. Affordability without compromise is at the heart of the vision of Designed to cater for Auckland’s diverse and rapidly growing population, is an initiative by Legacy Property. Legacy is the developer of Ponsonby’s Aria Apartments designed by Toa Architects and the boutique 43 Brown Street complex. “Our key vision is to develop apartments that are affordable and sustainable without compromising on quality or community,” explains Mike Beazley, general manager of One of their latest projects, Space:2 on Burns Place in Takapuna, is designed to be affordable, sustainable luxury. By not providing carparks but having easy access to public transport these savings are passed on to the new owners. “Every resident gets an electric scooter with their apartment as well as access to a pool of electric vehicles for those times they need a car,” says Beazley. 3 Burns Ave, Takapuna The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied

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via a photovoltaic solar farm on the roof, easy access to public transport and reusing and storing rainwater for use within the complex. Of course, apartment living isn’t new to our central suburbs. One of the most beloved apartment complexes is the wellknown Star Flats in Freemans Bay. Reported on the Homes to Love website as our Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s favourite building, the apartment and townhouse complex was built as part of a social housing scheme in the 1960s and continues to be a popular and enduring apartment complex with a vibrant and thriving local community. Everything from the way the homes are designed to the superior insulation, ventilation and water saving qualities contributes to the building’s reaching the targeted 7 Homestar rating. “Working with partners and suppliers who have adopted strong sustainable practices and materials is key to our building methodology, and the ability to create residential living spaces that offer visionary residential apartment solutions for a growing Auckland. By adopting internationally acclaimed ideas in sustainable urban design, we are providing a lifestyle choice that’s more affordable, more rewarding and better for the environment,” explains Beazley. Daisy Apartments are another sustainable success story and were New Zealand’s first apartment complex to achieve a 10 Homestar rating ensuring a healthy sustainable lifestyle for those living in them. They featured state of the art green technology, energy saving features and the use of communal eco-friendly cars. Representing a modern, low carbon, low impact style of urban living, Daisy Apartments are an example of how affordable higher intensity, environmentally sustainable housing can be. Since the apartments’ completion in March last year, Daisy residents have enjoyed living in a complex capable of generating its own power

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Apartment sales specialist Nigel King offers a well informed oversight into the apartment sector. “I literally only sell apartments,” explains Nigel. “Apartments have actually become the natural and preferred choice for a whole spectrum of buyers from the empty nesters looking to downsize for a ‘lock and leave’ scenario to solo, first time buyers and professional couples.” There are many reasons that are making apartment living a preferred choice. “The opportunity to buy a brand new, well designed, stylish abode that requires minimum maintenance appeals to all sectors and, obviously, affordability is a key component, too,” says Nigel. Today, apartment living is a more versatile, flexible choice than ever before. With a number of apartment complexes currently in development in the Ponsonby surrounds, the choice to choose a home off the plans is the first step to a low maintenance, carefree, vibrant urban lifestyle. With clever use of space and light, new apartments provide the shell for a home that can reflect who you are and the life you want. All it takes to turn your apartment into a home that tells your story is furniture, homewares and a flair for interior design. Luckily, Ponsonby and the surrounding suburbs have some of the best design stores and experts available. F PN



WHEN SPACE, VIEWS AND LOCATION COUNT 2/10 Shelly Beach Road, St Marys Bay Tightly held and seldom on the market, the ‘Westwater’ complex is a boutique offering of only 15 apartments. Soak up the magnificent views of the city, harbour and Rangitoto Island – come the America’s Cup you will be in the royal box seat. Spread across the entire second floor with private lift access, this spacious apartment has been well maintained but the potential is evident and she is ready for a new owner to make their mark on the property. The kitchen is smart and user friendly, while the combined living and dining space is vast with an outdoor balcony at one end and an enclosed conservatory at the other. This runs the entire length of the front of the apartment and also leads into the master suite, with its copious wardrobes and functional ensuite. A second bedroom also has plenty of storage and lovely views, while the third is great for kids or a home office. There’s a family bathroom, separate laundry and a powder room rounding out this substantial offering, all in a gated and secure building with complex swimming pool. Of course, the restaurants, cafes, shops and bars of Jervois Road and Ponsonby are right on your doorstep, the CBD is a quick commute away, and you have easy access to the motorway. Being in zone for desirable Ponsonby Primary and Intermediate is an added bonus, as is the two-car garage. An ideal lock up and leave, you cannot go wrong with this address. Secure an immediate inspection so you can be in your fantastic new

home by spring. Auction 2pm Wed 14 Aug 2019 (unless sold prior) at BAYLEYS HOUSE, 30 Gaunt Street, Auckland Central. (CHRIS BATCHELOR)

‘UPTOWN’ APARTMENT SCENE As the self proclaimed ‘Ponsonby’s apartment specialist’, Nigel King has spent a large chunk of the last four years selling apartments in the increasingly gentrified and sophisticated suburb of Eden Terrace. “The watershed moment was getting involved with the team at Urban Collective and in particular their ‘Citizen’ development on Exmouth and Dundonald Streets. It was half way through construction and I was so impressed with the project vision that literally after a couple of weeks I bought a two-bedroom, twobathroom apartment overlooking Basque Park.” It proved to be an astute move as it has been Nigel’s most popular project to date, with 19 sales. On top of that, Citizen was a multiaward winner at the recent ‘Property Council Awards’, which Nigel believes is a well-deserved accolade. “I’m also privileged to be involved with Urban Collective’s current project ‘59 France’, already well into construction and, in my opinion, the best new apartment development in Auckland best (external image top right). In fact, I’ve already purchased in there and will move in on completion.” Nine of Nigel’s buyers have followed suit, with one well-travelled buyer describing the project as a ‘design masterpiece’ and the best he’d seen in New Zealand.

New listing at Citizen, 119m2, 2 bed, 2 bath, $1,395,000

The architect of 59 France, Paul Brown, is moving his whole practice into the commercial space, which is a recognition of the prestige the development expects to engender.

Luckily, there are still a few one bed, two bed and three-bedroom options available, so if you wish to contact Nigel he’d be happy to show the display suite and share his expertise.

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Best Kitchen and Best Bathroom in Auckland It was a double whammy for Kitchens By Design at the recent NKBA (National Kitchens & Bathroom Association) Awards 2019, winning both the Best Kitchen and the Best Bathroom awards for the Auckland chapter of NKBA. Designers Michelle Gillbanks and Shane George were absolutely thrilled with their respective wins, with Michelle’s kitchen going on to win Supreme Kitchen Design First Runner Up award nationally. Michelle’s kitchen was designed for her clients who have a contemporary holiday home in the Coromandel. Her design is a warm and welcoming space, with organic and earthy hues, materials and textures – even incorporating a space high up on the back wall for a spread of high-quality faux plants that can be washed in the dishwasher, when needed. Sitting centre stage and adjacent to exterior deck and the waterway views, Michelle says that the kitchen has quickly become the hub of this six-bedroom holiday home, and is capable of entertaining upwards of 20 people at any given time, plus has the storage capability for up to 10 guests’ holiday food, platters, wine and beer. At the other end of the design spectrum, Shane’s bathroom is the epitome of calm and Zen. Part of a larger renovation of an apartment in Remuera, this relatively compact space needed to accommodate a large vanity, bigger shower, a Japanese bidet toilet and a feature, freestanding bathtub. The minimalist, glasstopped vanity was chosen by the client and formed the basis of the material palette. Full-size slabs of porcelain ‘tile’ were used on both the floor and the walls to contribute to the clean, unfussy look. They also allow the stone pattern to come to the fore. See more of these award-winning designs at, or drop into on of Kitchens By Design’s beautiful showrooms at 3 Byron Avenue, Takapuna, and 7 Melrose Street, Newmarket – there’s always a designer on hand to talk with you about your kitchen or bathroom project.

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@ DESIGN WAREHOUSE 1. Bianca Club Chair Sit back and relax in the divine Bianca club chair – its design is extraordinary and will add a touch of comfortable luxury to your living space. The beautifully tailored Sunbrella® cushions are included as shown. We paired it with our Holly and Sheeba accent tables. 2. Nairobi Dining Chairs Enjoy a relaxed and stylish dining experience with the striking Nairobi dining chairs. Their unique design is eye-catching and versatile. The curved frame of the seat along with the wicker strands makes this an enjoyable and comfortable seat that does not need a cushion. 3. Gazzoni and Orgain dining Organic and modern, two of our favourite styles mixed together. The Gazzoni teak and rope dining chair is a wonderful match with the Orgain concrete dining table. The perfect set for tea for two. Create your dining set at Design Warehouse with any table and chair combo you like! Sets for two, four, six, 10 or 12! 4. Masello Sectional Sofa The lovely Masello teak deep seating collections feature individual pieces that can be placed together to create a long sofa, shorter loveseat, or any shape you choose! The beautifully woven teak frames are stunning from all angles. The Sunbrella® cushions are included as shown. DESIGN WAREHOUSE, 137/147 The Strand, Parnell, T: 09 377 7710,

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“Since Mum’s been here, she’s just blossomed.” From growing up in a big family in Christchurch to being happily married for 63 years, Alma’s had plenty of company throughout her whole life. So, when the option to move to a Summerset serviced apartment came up, Alma and daughter Maree were naturally a little nervous it might be a bit on the quiet side for her. But, since the move, they’ve discovered it’s been anything but quiet. “I don’t think you’d ever need to feel lonely here. It’s just like a big family… and there’s [always] something going on,” remarks Alma. When she first arrived at her serviced apartment, Alma had her husband by her side. Sadly, he passed away shortly after due to ongoing health issues. “I thought it might take her a little while to deal with the loss of Dad and the new surroundings, but it was quite amazing really how quickly she settled, and I think that was down to the staff,” recalls daughter Maree. While the move was a big decision, the whole family feels that Alma has ‘blossomed’ since and has become more herself again. “She’s involved herself in things that she hadn’t done for years… choir, exercising. She’s just taken it with both hands, made friends and it’s all been just amazing,” Maree adds. Maree and Alma both admit that the stigma of retirement living put them off for longer than it needed to. “I think Mum was just so delighted when she came here and realised how welcoming and how well-run [the place was] and what care was here for her. I think it was an eye-opener, really.” A self-professed ‘fussy’ person, Alma was also delighted with the high standards of the staff. “They do all the cleaning and upkeep. Everything is just how you’d love it to be if you were at home or with family.” Having Alma living at home with her would have been a dream for Maree, but with the reality of working all day, she worried her mum would be very bored. But Alma hasn’t had time for boredom at all since moving to Summerset. “There’s so much to keep you occupied. Music. Happy Hour twice a week. Little outings. It’s a lovely place to be.” Alma also fills her time with a cheeky bit of cleaning, even though she doesn’t need to lift a finger. “I don’t think she leaves a lot for the staff to clean, but that’s Mum,” laughs Maree. “It’s a relief for us to know that she’s taken care of. Dad would be so pleased to see she’s in a place like this. It’s just been a Godsend.”

Pictured top to bottom: Alma, Maree, husband-dad Eric Millward, and son-brother Michael Millward; Michael, Alma and Maree; Alma and Maree

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The world of textile design at your fingertips With possibly the widest range of international designer textiles in the country, Lahood Window Furnishings is able to offer a design service that is unlimited in its scope to offer beauty, style and global sophistication to New Zealand homes. Featuring 20-plus international designers, Lahood’s international collection has every global trend and style direction covered. “The extent of Lahood’s international designer range allows us to always be at the forefront of international textile trends and be really innovative when it comes to our design solutions. Whether a project calls for an English country-inspired look or a more elegant, sophisticated French style, there will be an extensive range of window and soft furnishing fabrics to choose from,” says Tricia Dunlop, Lahood’s interior design specialist. Lahood’s International collection includes Sanderson, one of the oldest English soft furnishing brands. Offering an extensive range of modern English country prints and patterns, Sanderson is famous for a signature style that is informed by heritage and designed for modern living. “I love the hand-drawn patterns with their fresh, vibrant colours. They’re elegant yet easy to live with – perfect for family homes where style matters as much as comfort,” says Susan Brookes, Lahood’s senior design consultant for the Ponsonby area. True beauty can be seen in a magnificent floral from the archives of Morris and Co. A favourite of Lahood’s Managing Director Peter Lahood, Morris and Co continues the legacy of William Morris regarded by many as one of the all time greats of textile design. Predating Marie Kondo, William Morris is famously credited as saying, “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

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APARTMENT LIVING Knowing which fabrics will faithfully add to a home’s narrative and the personality of the owners is something of an art and a science, one mastered by the senior design consultants at Lahood. “Fabrics and textiles really do tell a story and reflect the personality of the home. One of my favourites from our international collection has to be Zinc Textiles. It creates modern fabrics and designs with playful and quirky undertones. It’s a luxurious design with a chic monochromatic palette and hints of colour. It appeals to those who appreciate the elegance of minimalism yet still want their homes to have a distinct personality,” says Susan. Other Lahood international designer collections include the well known and well loved Designer’s Guild, Casamance with its beautiful French linens, Christian Fischbacher, whose designs span stunning silk prints and luxurious plains, and Villa Nova for modern, stylish creativity and affordable style.

Of course, window furnishings must firstly be functional, serving the purpose that is part of the job description and Lahood’s team is simply the best at it. This month Lahood is offering free curtain making on its international collection. An incredible offer that brings form and function together beautifully.

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C U RAT E D, W I T H OUT C OM PR OMI S E . 30 Madden by Willis Bond & Co is home to formidable quality. At the centre of Wynyard Quarter, it surpasses ideals of location and leisure. With an exceptional waterfront outlook, the residential development is Aucklandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new inner-city benchmark. Experience all it has to offer at the display suite on the corner of Madden and Daldy Streets, open weekends between 2pm and 4pm or by private appointment.

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Everything on your doorstep – the apartment life in Wynyard Quarter After living in their Ponsonby home for 22 years, Anna Shere says moving to their Wynyard Quarter apartment was the best decision they ever made. Since early 2018, Anna and husband Glen – along with their beloved dog, Gordie – have lived in their Wynyard Central Pavilion apartment. It was a plan they had always had in the back of their minds. When their daughter left home to attend university, it was the perfect opportunity to turn their plan into action. Anna and Glen began looking at apartments, and one day stumbled upon Willis Bond & Co’s Wynyard Quarter project, Wynyard Central. Having launched to the public in 2015, the Wynyard Central development was introduced to a market which knew a very different Wynyard Quarter to the one we see today.

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Over the past four years, the shared space and amenities in the area have increased dramatically. Projects promised for Wynyard Quarter in the early stages of the precinct’s regeneration have now been realised. These additions invite people to make Wynyard Quarter their home, allowing them to be part of something that continues to grow and evolve. “We kind of liked the whole idea of a new community, a new area,” says Anna. No strangers to apartment living, Anna and Glen had lived in apartments in both Shanghai and Hong Kong. Splitting their time between overseas abodes and their Kiwi home in Ponsonby enabled them to see the benefits of both. Anna acknowledges the significance


APARTMENT LIVING the family home plays in the lives of so many New Zealanders, “It’s where our daughter came home from hospital,” but she was committed to taking the leap.

apartment come moving day. Anna has made the space entirely her own, with her choice of window furnishings and an eclectic mix of unique artwork, many of which are by local New Zealand talent.

The change to fulltime apartment living suited Anna and Glen’s lifestyle better than they had imagined. The Wynyard Quarter location played a key role in this smooth transition, as they now divide their time between their apartment and Waiheke Island. “For us, the proximity here was fantastic – we can just walk along to the ferry and head over to Waiheke, it’s really lovely.”

The importance of a sustainable and efficient home was a major consideration for Anna and Glen. The entire Wynyard Central development features double glazing throughout, a communal composting collection, and rainwater harvesting tanks. The apartments earned a Homestar 7 rating for sustainability, making Wynyard Central the first residential project of this scale to do so.

With two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a generous balcony adjoining the open-plan kitchen, dining and living space, the apartment enjoys the afternoon sun and a relaxed flow between the indoor and outdoor spaces. Perfect for 12-year-old pup Gordie, who often sits on the balcony watching the world go by, Anna thinks they make more use of their outdoor space now than when they were living in their family home.

With friendly neighbours, ground floor cafes and amenities, and a multitude of nearby activities and shared spaces, the vision for a Wynyard Quarter community has come alive. This new area continues to expand with Willis Bond & Co’s 30 Madden, the newest residential offering in the precinct. The second stage of the development is available now and will welcome more residents to the Wynyard Quarter community over the next few years.

When the building was complete and the time had come to see the apartment, they were beautifully surprised by the big, airy feel of the sunny space. Buying off the plans, there was a choice of two colour schemes – going for the darker option is the natural choice for any dog owner. Their selection of appliances ensured a seamless integration with the apartment interiors and a fully equipped and functional

Apartment living in Wynyard Quarter is the ultimate, modern waterfront lifestyle. With everything on her doorstep, Anna is thrilled to be part of this diverse community, “We love the location, and we love the vibe.” For further information, visit or contact George Damiris 021 956 111.

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59 France update The beautiful new apartment building at 59 France is rapidly taking shape, with new progress visible every day. The development is running smoothly, with the team adding a new level every three to four weeks, and on schedule for completion in October next year. Eden Terrace is the perfect location for easy city living. Just imagine a short walk to work, or the seemingly endless selection of eateries and entertainment options nearby. Buying an apartment prior to completion is a great choice for many buyers. You only need a low deposit to secure an apartment – typically 10%, and the period between now and completion allows extra time to save more equity. Now is the best time to buy, with interest rates the lowest they have been for a generation.

• Panoramic city scape views from the north facing apartments

But the old wisdom still prevails: buy in a good location, buy quality and buy from someone you can trust. Apart from beautiful design and high-quality appointments throughout, look for a proven combination of developer/architect/builder, look for a high percentage of owneroccupiers, and look for low body corp fees, which are achieved by efficient design and eliminating gyms, swimming pools and other things that are expensive to install and maintain.

• Modern, high-quality crafted kitchens with European appliances

59 France ticks all of these boxes:

• North facing private residents’ courtyard to be designed by award-winning LandLAB

• Incredible spatial efficiency eliminating hallways ensures there is no wasted space

• Extensive use of timber flooring with heated tile floors in bathrooms • Generous 2.8m stud height adds to the ambience and sense of space

• Most bedrooms have walk-in wardrobes and en-suite bathrooms

• Perfect city fringe location offering easy access to CBD, Newmarket, Kingsland, Mt Eden, as well as the vibrant night life and shopping of Ponsonby

• Spectacular exposed concrete ceilings as standard combined with a concrete feature wall

A fantastic selection of high quality one, two and three-bedroom apartments are available for sale now.

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59 FRANCE Premium apartments from the multi, award-winning combination of local development team, Urban Collective and Paul Brown Architects. Located in the heart of Eden Terrace for chic city fringe convenience. Unique edgy designs, featuring the finest


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Value meets location in Eden Terrace Modern apartment living should allow people to enjoy the best Auckland city has to offer – views, parks, the buzz of shopping precincts and world-class dining experiences – while providing room to move and space for the whole family, including beloved pets. Sitting on the west-facing ridge of Newton Gully, Proxima Residences is set to be this and more. It will be the latest, most exclusive address to grace the Eden Terrace skyline offering the best apartment living has to offer. Designed by award-winning Construkt Architects, this exciting new development will incorporate 69 one to three-bedroom apartments over nine levels. Cleverly designed to utilise space, this unique residence will offer panoramic views with exposures toward the Auckland Harbour, the Auckland CBD or Mount Eden. Contemporary and light, it will be constructed using both naturally finished and painted concrete accented with timber soffits for an organic aesthetic. With a strong focus on quality and detail, all apartments feature sleek European Matisse kitchens complete with beautifully engineered stone bench tops and integrated Miele appliances. Many feature timber floors and large covered balconies which extend the living space and offer a great place to entertain al fresco whilst enjoying indulgent views. The luxurious bathrooms offer fully tiled walls, frameless glass showers and plenty of storage provision. Additional features include double glazing, the very latest in home automation and the option of electric car charging. The building will be pet-friendly (subject to BC approval) meaning your muchloved family members can enjoy your new apartment with you. This prestigious development is situated in Eden Terrace, one of Auckland’s most up and coming suburbs. The Auckland Council has implemented The Newton-Eden Terrace Plan which provides a framework for growth and change in the area for the next 20-30 years. Eden Terrace and the surrounding city fringe suburbs contain some of Auckland’s best dining from trendy cafes like Goodness Gracious and Blend to the very best in fine dining at Sid at the French Cafe. Accessible to a vast array of cafes, restaurants, boutique shops and local conveniences, this really is urban living at its finest.

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Construction is estimated to commence late 2019 / early 2020 with completion expected in an 18-month period. Starting from only $659,000, a 10% deposit will secure your apartment (25% for nonNew Zealand residents) with nothing else to pay until settlement. Please call to book in a time for a Virtual Reality experience of Proxima. Proxima Residences, Aaron Cook. M: 021 612 642 or Holly Huang M: 021 612 624. PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)

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Domo Luxury Furniture Concepts and Dedon have parted ways After 18 years as sole distributer for DEDON in New Zealand, DOMO Luxury Furniture Concepts and DEDON have now parted ways. This decision enables DOMO NZ to focus on bringing a range of new designer brands to the New Zealand market which it feels will resonate with its customers. The DOMO NZ brand has always prided itself on design, quality and durability for its customers. With this in mind, DOMO is delighted to announce plans to welcome some of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading indoor and outdoor design brands to its showroom.


DOMO NZ will continue to sell its existing DEDON stock, as such, DOMO NZ is thrilled to be able to offer you prices on DEDON product never before seen in New Zealand. DOMO NZ maintains its sole distribution of the iconic LIGNE ROSET brand (creators of the award-winning TOGO lounge). DOMO will continue to focus on providing customers with the best options to fulfil its indoor and outdoor design needs and looks forward to introducing you to exciting updates in the coming months.


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Which home will you set your heart on? Sitting on the crest of Herne Bayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s northern slopes, Jervois & Lawrence offers a variety of living options within its 28 luxury apartments. Garden apartments nestle behind private courtyards. Sleek, urbanstyle apartments capture the unique Jervois Road vibe. Elevated balcony apartments are flooded with views, light and warmth; magnificent penthouse apartments offer a lifestyle that most of us only dream. Northwest-facing apartments have extensive balconies for true outdoor living. Other apartments feature elegant winter rooms. Open them up to enjoy the morning sun and the freshness of the day. Close them in when the weather changes. Fully enclosed, winter rooms also offer a much sought-after second living area. Jervois & Lawrence has been designed to take full advantage of its elevated, ridgeline position. The intriguing variety of outlooks is as impressive as their quality. Sitting on middle and upper level balconies on the northwest side of the building, the view is nothing short of spellbinding. Find yourself

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gazing from the Hauraki Gulf right around to Te Atatu Peninsula, taking in North Head, the Harbour Bridge, Chelsea Sugar Refinery and the western harbour. The north-eastern aspect brings the inner harbour and Aucklandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impressive cityscape into play. For those who revel in a more urban outlook, the eastern side of the building is sufficiently elevated to offer a delightful, ever-changing view across to Ponsonby, Grey Lynn and Westmere.









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P ric c e d f r o m $ 1.2 27m With commanding views to the north and west, Jervois & Lawrence is the Herne Bay we all want to live in. This inspired collection of luxury apartments offers so many living options. Sleek, urban style apartments starting at $1.27M reflect the unique Jervois Road vibe. Garden apartments nestle behind private courtyards. Elevated balcony apartments are flooded with views, light and warmth. Magnificent penthouse apartments offer the ultimate lifestyle. Construction is well underway and on track for 2020 completion. Talk to us today to discuss the variety of selections on apartments and how Herne Bay could be yours for a little less than you think.


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@ METRIX 1. DURASQUARE Striking. Precise. Rectangular. Yet soft and flowing. Duravit DuraSquare bathroom ceramics effortlessly bring together apparent contradictions whilst also looking incredibly good. Clarity, precision and minimalism run through the entire programme, which is not only modern and timeless but also durable and sustainable. 2. LUV Duravit’s Luv series, designed by Cecilie Manz, combines Nordic minimalism with timeless elegance. Luv is defined by precise, clear and fine forms and edges, a new design language that, both minimalist and elegant, can be interpreted in a highly individual manner. 3. PAINI The Paini Brothers began making taps in a workshop north of Milan over 50 years ago. Today the Paini Collection brings together contemporary Italian designs with more traditional styles in a comprehensive range to complement any bathroom or kitchen. Cox by Paini is minimalistic and contemporary tapware in a range of colours and elegant finishes.


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The ultimate spring clean: Getting your home ready for sale As agents we always see a burst of new listings in the spring. It’s certainly a good time to sell your home, with optimism and the smell of blossoms in the air. But if your house doesn’t see much sun over the winter, like many in Auckland, it can sometimes take a bit of work to get it looking back to its best. The first rule of listing at any time of year is decluttering. Less is always more. Less stuff in the rooms makes them appear more spacious, as well as letting buyers imagine their own lifestyles mapping onto the spaces. A bit of colour in the bedrooms always helps, with some diffuser sticks for scent in the right places and fruit bowls in the kitchen. Fresh, healthy and well maintained, that’s our vibe people! The next thing is dryness and warmth, a more important part for people listing in spring. Make sure to air out your rooms as much as possible, steam clean your carpets if they need it, and pay particular attention to curtains. Get them drycleaned if necessary – anything to avoid that damp, musty smell that can turn off potential buyers. Window sills and panes likewise; go over these carefully to eliminate any signs of mould or damp. Outdoors can be summed up in three words: ‘Wet and Forget’. Get the water blaster out and clear away the moss on your pavers and decking. Give your cladding a light going over, focusing particularly on the south side of the house. Get those flower beds popping, and if you can, cut some bunches for vases inside. Nothing gives the feeling of a fresh, clean, wellmaintained house more than freshly cut flowers. The final step is to call the best agent you know (ahem, ahem). A good agent is part marketing genius and part project manager... I always roll up my sleeves to get the best price for my customers. (MATT O’BRIEN)

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THE PROPERTY MARKET The wonderful thing about getting older is that you are much wiser about everything. The peaks have been climbed, your goals achieved and, most importantly, you have made mistakes and learnt from them! Now it’s time to focus on giving back and sharing those years of experience. Kym and I came up with the STOP, CONSIDER and CHOOSE campaign because I was genuinely concerned for those simply getting it wrong when choosing an agent. The present market is one I have seen before so it certainly doesn’t faze me but it most certainly needs a steady hand of experience. In this market, sellers have one opportunity to achieve a sale above market value within a three to four-week period.

Key points to choosing the right agent in this part of the property cycle. 1. Success rate. Have them produce actual data to confirm. Never trust an agent who just produces data that excludes those homes they haven’t sold and claims a 100% success. A high success rate proves they worked hard until the home was sold and didn’t give up when it was tough. 2. Experience. How long have they been in real estate and have they sold in a tough market as well as an easy one. This is vital. 3. Marketing ability. Go on line and check out their ’solds’ and check for attention to detail in their marketing. The photos should be outstanding and the copy emotive.

If an agent fails to market, target and close on the potential buyers in that crucial first part of any campaign, then the property very quickly becomes stale in the eyes of the buyers and falls into two categories. The vendors are above the market or there’s something wrong with it.

4. Ask them if they can provide the phone numbers of their past five vendors and call them. Agents never provide bad testimonies.

If you choose the wrong agent – perhaps someone who has only ever known a hot market and lacks closing skills – then even a second, experienced agent may find it difficult.

6. Never choose an agent who appraises your home way above others.

The absolute key is to choose your agent wisely so you ensure that my 21-year catch phrase ‘do it once, do it right’ rings true.

5. Quality not quantity. An agent who chooses to market only three to four properties at one time understands looking after the best interests of their clients. Too many at once is not great for you.

If you are considering a move and need very honest advice about any aspect of the selling process in this particular market, then Kym and I are more than happy to sit down and chat. Lastly, this is not a bad market – just a market where who you choose to sell your home determines the result! (TRICIA LAFFERTY) F PN




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Heidi Padain: Entertainment in your garden Just as I was beginning to think that the winter months were becoming horribly dreary, my old friend king tui arrived. This very large, dominant tui has been a part of my life for at least five years. What sets this bird apart from the other tui birds is the rapport that we have. King tui likes to surprise me by skimming the top of my head. He often lands on a tree branch close to the deck. Then, the show begins. He looks right at me then sings loudly. His entire performance can go on for quite some time. It’s a wide array of sounds and sharp head movements. I often wonder what he’s trying to convey, but it’s wonderful, and I love that he feels so comfortable around me.

stop coming. It’s not something I’m happy about, so I do not put seed or bread out, only fruit.

It goes without saying that he’s not visiting just because he likes me. No doubt he’s rather fond of the fruit I put outside. His favourite fruit is orange, but recently I introduced him to mandarins, and he seems to favour these over the oranges now.

Staying on the subject of seed eaters, seems I have a new friend. If you read my column in the June issue of Ponsonby News, you might recall the unexpected arrival of a racing pigeon on my deck. I tracked the owner down and returned the bird, which I had named Vogel.

There are times when I wonder about the wisdom of feeding birds. Had I not been doing this for years, I wouldn’t have been able to learn so much about them and photograph them, of course. This particular tui has allowed me to get so close that I’ve managed to take some spectacular shots of him over the years.

Four weeks later, I heard that unique whistling sound that pigeons make with their wings, and I immediately realised that Vogel was back. I thought it was hilarious when I saw her strutting around outside and sent the owner John a photo of her. “It’s rather odd,” he said. “Homing pigeons usually have just the one home. Perhaps don’t feed her next time, then she might stop visiting.”

I never thought I would raise the subject of anthropomorphism in my column, but it’s come to mind of late. I feel as human beings we sometimes fail to notice when we cross the line with other species. Feeding can set expectations and tip the balance of breeding. You can end up with one bird species outnumbering the others. I’m not keen on feeding the seed-eating birds, but I admit that I have done this on occasion, and regretted it. Once you end up with sparrows and mynah birds in your garden, you soon notice that the native birds

Oh. You see, now I’m somewhat torn, because I rather like Vogel visiting. It’s hard isn’t it? (HEIDI PADAIN) F PN To see some of Heidi’s other photographic work, go to com 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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Got a building question? Ask Brendon on Q: We are in the early stages of a renovation and extension project and are wondering how our architectural designer and buiider will work with each other? Is it a case of once the drawings are done, we only work with the builder? Does the builder need to be involved at the drawings’ stage?

project, so choosing your architectural designer and builder is an important stage in any project. Who you get to help you, and the decisions you make now, will determine what and how you build, the final cost, and the overall result of the project

A: The working relationship between builder and architectural designer is one of mystery for those who have not completed a building project before. A common misconception is that a homeowner will work with their architectural designer for the first half of their project and their builder for the second half of their project. In reality, this isn’t the case.

Speak to past clients about their experience in communicating with their builder and architectural designer. Open communication between all parties allows any issues that do come up (and they will) to be resolved quickly and collectively. It’s not about pointing fingers; it’s about creating solutions.

To help answer your question further, I’ve asked one of Auckland’s top architectural designers, Brett Dobson from Elevate Architecture, to help. The architectural designer While there is plenty of guidance out there on ‘how to hire a builder’ and ‘how to hire an architectural designer’, one often overlooked component of a successful residential construction project is the relationship between the builder and the architectural designer. Getting this mix right is vital to a positive and timely outcome to your

The builder and the architectural designer need to get along to be able to achieve their common goal – which is to deliver a successful project and have a happy client at the end of it. You should ask both parties if they have experience working with each other and don’t be worried about asking for references on past projects to set your mind at ease.

Whilst it is not essential, it can be beneficial to get the builder involved early in a project (if you have one selected). They can comment on important things like access, buildability, trades and programming, etc, as well as offering experienced advice on project costs. These are all important matters that can influence your budget. Once your building consent is in place and you have commenced works on site, your builder and architectural designer will be in constant communication with each other, usually by phone or email, or at site visits. They will discuss any items that have arisen or clarify key design details that are important to the overall project aesthetic. Typically, these discussions are kept informal, but they are important. Notes are made of items that require action and an email follow up is provided with any pertinent matters outlined to you. You will also have regular meetings on site with your builder to see progress – it’s an exciting time after all! The architectural designer is not usually required at these meetings unless you wish to discuss specific items relating to the design.

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As Brett Dobson says, “‘Building can be stressful at times, so having the right team around you that can communicate freely and openly will make the build process run smooth and the outcome will be successful.” The builder As Brett discussed, it is extremely beneficial to get a builder involved early in your project. Here at Next Level Construct, we like to begin working with our clients early on, even before the concept drawings are done. We like to be able to recommend an architectural designer who will suit you, and your project. We work with a number of different architects and architectural designers, all of whom are great to work with for you and us. Brett has described perfectly the relationship between client, builder and architectural designer. It’s important to assemble a team that works well together to achieve the ultimate goal, your dream home. Best of luck with your building project. (BRENDON SOWERBY)

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FIVE REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD CONDUCT REGULAR ROUTINE INSPECTIONS Responses received from real estate investors when asked when they last inspected their properties can be interesting. As one can guess from their facial expressions that they most likely have never ‘formally’ inspected their properties since the move in date. A routine inspection could be described as a ‘safe and clean inspection’ Indeed, landlords are checking for the following: 1. Safety: Are the smoke detectors working and none have been tampered with? 2. Unreported damage or maintenance: Is the slowly dripping tap the tenant thought was not worth bothering the landlord with irreversibly damaging the bench top and the cabinet shelf underneath it? 3. Any unauthorised modification or damage: It is always better to have the discussion with the tenant about a remedy close to the time of occurrence than wait to discover it all at the end of the tenancy. 4. Potential tenancy agreement breaches: Is a pet kept on a property when it is not allowed? Are five people living in a studio apartment that is designed and safe for two residents at the most? 5. Ventilation and cleanliness: Does the place feel fresh and adequately ventilated so the curtains do not get mouldy and the paint work in bathrooms does not deteriorate faster than it should? Also, rubbish that is not dealt with in a timely manner could encourage rodents or other nuisances on to the property.

How often should these inspections be carried out? The Residential Tenancy Act allows a landlord to inspect every four weeks at the most. Unless one has reasons to be concerned, this may be excessive. Six months should be a minimum and in most cases three months is adequate to demonstrate reasonable care is taken to ensure the property remains in a safe and reasonably clean condition. This frequency is backed up by most insurance companies’ policies. In the event of a claim, the insurers will ask how often the property has been formally inspected and expect their clients to provide a condition report ideally with supportive photos done every three months. Landlords should make sure their paperwork is tidy or ask their property managers to provide their inspection reports to them. A landlord should show care and their tenants will care too. Does the above sound onerous? You don’t like dealing with a lot of paperwork or with potentially confrontational situations? Simply call Catalise and it will look after you, your tenants and your property.

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REID GROUP – LOCALS OFFERING A FULL SERVICE Eddie Reid has lived locally for 20 years. He and his colleagues are offering a full service – from kitchen and bathroom renovations, interior closet builds, house alterations, fencing, decking, property maintenance, interior and exterior painting, gib installation and plastering. Tell us about the team? We have a team of eight painters ranging from 10 to 40 years’ experience. Caleb is our qualified builder who has recently joined us from a year of building high spec homes. Caleb’s strengths are interior or exterior alterations, gib installation, decking, fencing and property maintenance. How busy are you? We are consistently busy with building, plastering and painting work going at the same time. We work mainly inner city and more recently Waiheke, Hamilton and Taupo. However, we can usually start a new project in one to three weeks. How long have you been in the business? I started in 2012 as a sole painter and have built up to eight painters, two plasterers and one builder. What would your clients say about you? Our wonderful clients would say we are easy to deal with. We are with them every step of the way to ensure the quality of work is acceptable. Most of all, our clients trust us 100%.

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Karen Spires: Real Estate Update Ponsonby has escaped the worst of the winter chill this year, as residential house prices remained strong despite a marginal easing across the broader Auckland market. While much of the Auckland region has remained subdued throughout the course of 2019, average values in Ponsonby, and many of its surrounding areas, have continued to grow, reflecting both the continuous popularity of the area, and the local residents’ determination to retain it as a desirable place to live. Bayleys’ latest residential research report shows average sales price for a property in Ponsonby in the areas encompassing Ponsonby, Freemans Bay, Grey Lynn, Herne Bay, Point Chevalier, St Marys Bay and Westmere, sitting at $1.555 million in May, which is an increase of 1% compared with the same time last year. St Marys Bay has experienced the largest increase in average values, growing by 37% between May 2018 and May 2019. It is also the area’s highest value suburb, with average values sitting at $2.22 million. Average values increased by 5% in Ponsonby over the same period to $1.65 million. By comparison, the latest statistics from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) show median house prices in Auckland remained flat at $850,000, exactly the same price as during the same period last year. The continued strength of Ponsonby’s volume and median price compared with the rest of Auckland reflects the consistent demand and popularity of the suburb. As fuel taxes push the price of driving to work even higher, living within an easy commute by public transport, cycling or walking is proving increasingly popular.

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The area is also fortunate enough to boast both the classic, now stylishly renovated Ponsonby villa, as well as new apartments coming onto the market – all within close proximity to the city, top fashion stores and restaurants and the inner city beaches. While values have held up, Ponsonby and surrounds has also felt the same slow down in sales as the rest of Auckland. The number of sales in the three months to May 2019 totalled 184, a 21% decrease compared with the three months to May 2018, while the average number of days homes are sitting on the market has increased to 55 days. The REINZ figures showed sales across the Auckland market had dropped by 3.2% between June 2018 and June 2019, and were at their lowest level for June since 2010. Sales have also taken place at a slower pace, with the average number of days on the market being pushed out to an average of 45 days, well above the 10-year average for June which is 35 days. While the wider Auckland region has felt the impact of political influences such as the foreign buyer ban, continued loan-to-value restrictions, and a reduction in overall bank lending, the rate of growth in Ponsonby has continued to outpace the Auckland region. A decade ago, Ponsonby’s residential value was 50% higher than the Auckland region. This has now widened to 70% higher. Although this remains lower than the 80% we saw at the peak of the market, the increased competition to secure a soughtafter property in Ponsonby has seen values driven upwards at a faster pace than in the Auckland PN market as a whole. (KAREN SPIRES) F



@ ST MATTHEW’S CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Performing Schumann’s Piano Concerto with distinguished pianist Diedre Irons and conductor Michael Joel. A must-be-there concert! Sunday 18 August, 2.30pm. If you have not heard St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra play, then you are missing one of the finest musical experiences in Auckland. Gillian Ansell (NZ String Quartet) says, “St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra’s high-quality music-making brings their audiences much joy.” For the already converted this will be a wonderful concert. Diedre Irons, MBE ONZM Canadian born Diedre Irons is one of New Zealand’s most distinguished performing musicians. At age 12 she played the Schumann Piano Concerto with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. After graduating from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia she was invited by her teacher, Rudolf Serkin, to join the faculty of that prestigious conservatory, a position she held for nine years. She also toured Canada and the US as a soloist and chamber music player. She has performed concerts in 25 countries. Since moving to New Zealand in 1977, Irons has performed regularly with the NZSO, the APO and the Christchurch Symphony; toured under the auspices of Chamber Music New Zealand and recorded extensively for Radio New Zealand, including the complete Beethoven Concerti. She taught at the University of Canterbury from 1992-2003 before moving on to the position of Head of Classical Performance at the NZ School of Music. In 2011 she left that position in order to focus fully on her own career as a concert pianist. Do arrive early to ensure a good seat. F PN TICKETS Eventfinda or door sales cash only. Adults $30, concessions $25, children under 12 free. ST MATTHEW-IN-THE-CITY CHURCH, corner Wellesley and Hobson Streets.

@ ST MATTHEW-IN-THE-CITY The organ in St Matthew-in-the-City is one of the biggest and best in the Auckland. Four manuals (keyboards) of sweet, gentle sounds which contrast with enormous bombast of trumpets and tubas all supported by a thrilling deep pedal division make for a great versatility and exciting sound in the hands of Dr John Linker. John Linker is Director of Music at ChristChurch Transitional Cathedral where he heads the oldest musical entity in New Zealand. As an active concert organist, he has performed throughout the US, the UK, Europe and New Zealand. John’s programme will feature music from the grand organ tradition played in a grand manner.

He is also Music Director of Christchurch City Choir in a city celebrated for its long tradition of finest choral music. The St Matthew’s building with its beautiful Oamaru stone interior gives a wonderful resonance to the grand Willis Organ and makes for both a clear sound with a magic combination of a warm acoustic. It is a venue sought after by many of the country’s finest organists who seek the beauty and power of this famous organ within a lovely performance space. The October concert in the First Tuesday series will feature works for piano and cello by Mozart. F PN Diedre Irons

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Finn McLennan-Elliott: The Others Way Festival The Others Way Festival returns for its fifth year! Once again, the festival will take over Karangahape Road and its surrounds. Hosted by Flying Out, the Auckland-based record store, distributor and home to Flying Nun Records, Arch Hill and countless others, the festival always features a special line-up that includes some New Zealand royalty. The festival brings Karangahape Road to life on Friday 30 August. Tickets are on sale now and it’s strongly suggested you should snap them up as it is bound to sell out. You can get them on Under the Radar or in store at Flying Out. Since the event’s inception in 2014, the beloved grassroots music festival has become somewhat of an institution in the independent music scene of the city, attracting swarms of music-loving festival goers each year as Karangahape Road and the surrounding streets host a magical night of music and good vibes. This year, the multi-venue extravaganza will take place across many of the usual suspects and beloved venues, but this year two more venues join the billing. The Others Way Festival organizers are proud to announce the addition of two new venues: the majestic Hopetoun Alpha and iconic Mercury Theatre. They join The Wine Cellar, Whammy Bar, Neck of the Woods, The Studio, Galatos, The Thirsty Dog, Cross Street Market, Audio Foundation and The Fale at Samoa House. The line-up is as eclectic as always. Celebrated acts The Chills, Straitjacket Fits and Blam Blam Blam return to the stage for a ripper run through their beloved catalogues. It has been a big year for both The Chills and Straitjacket Fits with the release of a documentary (The Chills: The Triumph & Tragedy of Martyn Phillipps) and an autobiography (Shayne Carter’s ‘Dead People I Have Known’); both critically lauded pieces of work. The Others Way always highlights up-and-coming artists, and the future of Kiwi music, and this year is no different with rap prodigies Church & AP, CHAII and Shiraz & LSJ bound to bring the house down. If something a bit more rock and indie is your cup of tea, then you can get stuck in to Long Distance Runner, Echo Oh’s, DOG Power, Contenders and many more. Bailey Wiley will be bringing her earth sounds, or the swirling and jangling of Mermaidens or the engrossing Cream Jean could be more up your alley. The enigmatic Princess Chelsea will treat you to her mesmerising dulcet pop tones (with glorious accompanying visuals) while wordsmith enchantress Being, and soon to be everyone’s favourite truth-tellers Bad Timing, will steal your hearts and leave you with lots to think about. Plus, joining the local line-up are American indie cult figures Chris Cohen and John Maus, rounding off what is already an exciting line-up. This isn’t all that’s in store for you, with more to be announced before the day. Keep an eye online for more! The final surprise and winning element of the The Others Way is the inclusion and return of the Girls Rock! Camp All Ages Stage. This is set up to give the next generation and future of New Zealand live music an opportunity to perform and immerse themselves. Girls Rock! Camp Aotearoa is a not for profit that hosts a week-long holiday programme for women, transengder and gender non-conforming youth where music is the medium of choice to build confidence, empowerment and foster social change. The camp is designed for ages 12-17 and

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the campers form bands, learn instruments and are mentored and assisted by an amazing team of volunteers from within the music industry. The next camp in Tamaki Makaurau / Auckland will be in January 2020, and you can find out more about this on their website. (FINN MCLENNAN-ELLIOTT) F PN




Tony Lane – Between Heaven and Earth 2-31 August, opening Friday 2 Aug 5.30pm – 7.30pm While staying near Te Kaha in the eastern Bay of Plenty earlier this year, I re-read Judith Binney’s biography of Te Kooti, Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki, Redemption Songs. The countryside we travelled through to get there – the pumice country of Rotorua, the Kaingaroa plains stretching out, with the Urewera Hill country lying on the horizon, its intimate relationship with the coast – allowed me to connect with the book in a way I hadn’t on first reading. What struck me most about Te Kooti’s writing was his profound empathy with his surroundings, both in the geographical sense and in a more general metaphorical way – his shared identity with this world. It led me to think of our contemporary issue of climate change and our part in it. It reminded me of our need to connect with the natural world, the one we alienate ourselves from at our own peril. These paintings, Between Heaven an Earth, are an attempt to reveal the beauty of the natural world and to reach beyond it to an ideal one, a heavenly one that lies in parallel, PN on the periphery of our vision. F

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This is the once-a-year opportunity to view the largest display of genuine vintage textiles, garments and related accessories in New Zealand and Australia, and all are for sale. There will be, as usual, abundant quantities of genuine vintage clothing, fabric, linens, buttons, lace, books, patterns, jewellery, hats, furs, handbags, etc – all genuine 1970s and older.

Five Views of the Plateau, 2019 oil on canvas, 550x 950mm

Sunday, 25 August, 10am-4pm

It will be the time to obtain fabrics, garments and accoutrements reflected in the sumptuous looks in current fashion, and purchase in the most sustainable way.This special spring event will be firmly in the calendar of anyone with an interest in antique and vintage textiles and clothing. THE AUCKLAND VINTAGE TEXTILE FAIR: Alexandra Park Raceway, Greenlane Road West, Epsom.

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THE AUCKLAND Tony Lane Between Heaven and Earth 2 - 31 August 2019


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Finn McLennan-Elliott: Jan Preston, Australia’s queen of boogie piano Jan Preston is known as Australia’s queen of boogie piano. She is bringing her ‘88 pianos I have known’ show to Cafe One2one on Wednesday 7 August. Performing as a trio, she will be sharing her passion for pianos, performing original songs, piano trio music and leaving audiences with a completely new understanding of piano. A visual display will augment the show, with extraordinary images of all 88 pianos she has known. She will have personal anecdotes and brand new songs including a new version of a tune called Nutrocker (a take on Tchaikovsky). “I’ve been practising this a lot and my left hand is threatening to seize,” she speaks of the song, and its fast boogie style. Winner of five awards, Jan Preston writes music for film and TV and is sister to Dame Gaylene Preston. She contributed music to the astounding film from Dame Gaylene ‘My Year with Helen’. She has a background in classical music but has developed her own style that incorporates her piano playing and her songwriting. Her latest record ‘Play It Again Jan’ is 13 tracks of mostly original, poignant and humorous songs. She believes it to be one of her best. Graham Reid had favourable words to say about it, “Although mostly an upbeat and entertaining collection, she touches a soulful place, and some swaggering Fever-like low blues. These songs, and her entertaining delivery, will be very well received.” Jan was born in Greymouth. “Our family had little resources or opportunity, but I grew up in an era where people would gather around the piano and sing together. From when I was very young, I played piano while everybody sang along or played

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tea chest basses, eggbeaters, combs, violins and even an old saxophone.” Jan had an aunt who played honky-tonk style piano and she heard Winifred Atwell and early rock and roll on their old Columbus radio. This was the start of her diversions into boogie and upbeat piano playing. “I studied classical music very seriously, passing all my grades with distinction.” She was spurred on by older siblings who also played and began at a very young age. She gained a prestigious place as a student at Auckland University, studying a five-year classical piano degree. She finished this but was pretty adamant that teaching or being a concert pianist weren’t for her. “So, I cut off my hair, and moved to Wellington where I experimented with different styles of music, working in an independent theatre group and then rock bands.” She moved on to Sydney, played in bands and piano bars and began writing music for films. It took her some time, but she found her voice as a songwriter and boogie piano player, influenced certainly by the music she heard on her kitchen radio. (FINN MCLENNAN-ELLIOTT) F PN She will take to the stage at Cafe One2one on Wednesday 7 August, tickets are $25, and you can purchase these from the cafe or online at



Uptown Art Scene What do reflexology, barbecues, geology and Tui ads have in common? I’m really not sure and can’t wait to find out! With information coming at us from all sides, it’s sometimes difficult to make sense of reality, and this is the creative conundrum given to the latest project from Comet Gallery, Auckland’s newest artist-run space. Run by Whitecliffe graduate Bobby Gray, Comet occupies a converted garage at 249 Ponsonby Road, a couple of doors up from Russell Street. ‘A picture says 400 words’ partners with 12 visual artists and 11 spoken word poets to create works in response to each other. I caught up with artist Teresa Lane who is working with poet Rose Northey on a series of small collage works. Rose had given Teresa four books to cut images from – on foot massage, how to barbecue meats, rock collecting, and Tui billboards. In return, Teresa had given Rose 200 assorted words and quotes from her ‘word collage box’ for Rose to construct prose from. “Reality is a jumble of information coming at us from all sides, and we use stories to make sense of it,” says Teresa. “Collage upcycles and repurposes materials and information, and that’s the perfect way to construct a new story from these seemingly unrelated books. The random or unexpected relationships I find between images directs the path of each individual artwork, with Dada and Surrealism playing a significant part, in both the absurdity and humour of representation, and as a way of deconstructing the ‘rational’ and creating alternatives.”

for dismembering and reassembling the anatomy and gender issues from a cast of classical gods. ‘A picture says 400 words’ opens Saturday 17 August, between 5.30pm and 8pm. Teresa Lane’s current exhibition ‘Oh my, God’ at Sanderson Gallery runs to 18 August. (EVAN WOODRUFFE, STUDIO ART SUPPLIES) F PN

Teresa was also preparing for the opening of her exhibition ‘Oh my, God’ at Sanderson Gallery in Newmarket. In this show she playfully reverses the male gaze, using her Greek ancestry as the framework

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Living artist in west Auckland – Tom Koene is a craftsman tiler and an artist.

Emma Louise Pratt: Void, God & Atom Exhibition on 6 - 23 August. Emma will present an artist talk at 12 noon on Thursday 8 August.

He was born in the Netherlands and learned his craft doing restoration in Amsterdam, learning traditional methods and styles. Tom has worked in New Zealand since 1982. One day he was asked to do the tiling on the gecko that lies beside Khyber Pass Road, under the motorway. Since then he has not looked back. Some of his work is traditional, like Mexican bathrooms, but most is entirely unique. Tom’s work is influenced by Friederich Hundertwasser, an unusual and rebellious Austrian artist who also came to live in New Zealand and who designed the famous toilet block in Kawakawa. Tom’s designs are playful, anarchic and finely detailed with tiles that are hugely variable and often unique, with imperfections from the production process that give them curious colours and textures. 95% of the tiles are created and hand glazed in New Zealand. Included also may be pieces of pottery and stones, all skilfully integrated into free-flowing forms, like flowers and koru, and patterns that lead to discoveries of new resonances over time and space each day. Examples of Tom’s work include bathrooms and kitchens, indoor and outdoor patios and walls, paths, steps, pool areas, arches, barbecues, baths, benches, murals, birdbaths, pillars and other free-standing structures. Tom welcomes collaboration and help, although mainly in preparation of tiles, rather than design. The results are delightful and professional, works of art that can never be repeated. F PN ORGANIC TILING, M: 021 619 009, T: 09 838 9428, E:, instagram @tom_organic_tiling

Emma is known for her landscapebased work where she explores specific landscapes that convey significance to her either for their historical or personal importance, serving as they always have as a personal travel map. Emma views herself as part of ‘the wandering folk’. Descendant of migrants, and a migrant herself, she always finds herself in the position of the visitor, the outsider, the other. She explores in her work the multifaceted tensions and shifting borders of what identity is in a global present. This reflection is also informed by her training in museology and love of history, both geological and human. Emma Louise Pratt studied at Ilam School of Fine Art, Canterbury University, and has lived in Spain from 2016 until last year when she moved to England, where she currently lives with her husband and two children. F PN WHITESPACE, 20 Monmouth Street, T: 09 361 6331,

Emma Louise Pratt - Void, God & Atom, mixed media on paper

6 – 23 AUGUST 2019 PREVIEW: TUE 6 AUG, 5PM


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@ LAKE HOUSE ARTS Come celebrate art, culture and community at Lake House Art Centre’s annual open day on Saturday 7 September. Whether you are an artist thinking about your next exhibition or someone interested in learning a new creative skill, come along and take the opportunity to go behind the scenes of this special heritage building and meet the staff, tutors and residents. The artists with space at Lake House will open their studios so you can learn more about their creative practice. There will be art demonstrations including: clay wheel throwing, printmaking and painting. Senior students who are members of the VR club will work live on-site so you can watch them in action. There will even be roaming characters from Tim Bray Theatre Company’s upcoming show 'The Little Yellow Digger'. Open day will round up with a free concert from North Shore Brass starting at 3pm. At the heart of Lake House is the Becroft Gallery which will be exhibiting ‘From The Peninsula 2019’ a showcase of 10 schools from the Devonport Peninsula from year 1 - 13. Seven of the schools participating in this show belong to the Devonport Kahui Ako or Community of Learning. Kahui Ako is a group of schools which work together to help students achieve their full potential. This exhibition - Ako and creates a visual focus and identity for the Devonport Kahui gives its akonga the experience of displaying their artwork in a public space. For many of the young participants this will be their first taste of being part of a public art show. Lake House is open every day of the week and is conveniently located just over the Auckland Harbour Bridge in Takapuna. There's free parking on-site for visitors and a cafe so you can enjoy a coffee or lunch with a view of the charming grounds. Lake House open day starts from 10am Saturday 7 September and finishes around 4pm. For a full list of activities or to find out more, please visit

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Horoscopes: Miss Pearl Neclis – what your stars hold for August

Aquarius (the Water Carrier) 21 January - 19 February You probably need to realise that it’s not what you say, it’s sometimes how it’s said. So be careful putting words to paper as there will be no way of taking back what you have written. If you’re finding it difficult to be heard, find another voice.

Pisces (the Fishes) 20 February - 20 March You have tried to find the itch that’s been bothering you for a while now and the only place you really haven’t searched is within yourself. You might not find what you’re looking for but you’ll get a great insight into everything else that’s going on.

Taurus (the Bull) 21 April - 21 May There has always been a saying of two steps forward and one step back. You need to stop looking behind you to the past and look in the direction you’re currently headed. You can either move on and have great experiences or stay stuck thinking of what might have been.

Gemini (the Twins) 22 May - 21 June If you focus a bit more you might uncover a great deal about yourself that will greatly enhance any progress you need to make. You can be anything you want if you ignore all the white noise around you and your journey might really begin.

Cancer (the Crab) 22 June - 22 July You’re looking for a reset but are not sure what that means. You are having a hard time letting go of what you perceive are obligations. But just once in a while you have to start again. This is the time for you.

Leo (the Lion) 23 July - 21 August You feel so busy this month brimming with ideas that you’re eager to share. Hold fire though, as it’s better to think about what you’re doing carefully than run at it like a bull in a china shop.

Virgo (the Virgin) 22 August - 23 September Whatever you’re feeling may just be something more than you are really aware of. Going about your daily life can feel like wading through deep waters but persevere, as you’re about to hit the shallows. Your transformation will be quite impressive.

Libra (the Scales) 24 September - 23 October Whoever it is that keeps firing insults in your direction is about to realise that you can fire back. Make sure your aim is true before your verbal onslaught begins. Sometimes playing with others is more beneficial than playing alone.

Scorpio (the Scorpion) 24 October - 22 November You just need to stay on the straight and narrow to keep you grounded; the more you veer of the path then the more you find yourself coming unstuck. Slight adjustments are all that are needed and everything will become clear.

Sagittarius (the Archer) 23 November - 22 December Getting out of situations is something that you’re good at and your ability to reach your goals has been amazing. Taking a break will allow you to focus on another path which will open doors for you that you didn’t even know existed.

Capricorn (the Goat) 23 December - 20 January You have always been able to get over any obstacle put in your way and this month will truly test your problem-solving skills. Each box you tick off will lead you to uncover a bit more about yourself.

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Aries (the Ram) 21 March - 20 April You have found a new urgency this month to bring changes into your life. You can do anything you want. Express yourself however you feel, as nothing will be out of bounds to you.




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