Page 1

Established: OCTOBER 1989




“Couldn’t recommend Matt O’Brien more highly. Thanks Matt, we are thrilled!” - Vendors, 24 Argyle St, Herne Bay 5 days on the market

Thinking of selling your property? Contact me today for an obligation-free chat about your project.

Matt O’Brien

Over $370m in Residential Sales

m.obrien@barfoot.co.nz 021 687 866

Specialist Obstetricians. Auckland Obstetric Centre is a unique practice in Parnell made up of six leading specialist obstetricians and support staff. Together we have many years of experience and feel privileged to be able to share in the care of women during their pregnancy. To find out more about how we can care for you and your baby call our team or visit our website.

09 367 1200 obstetrics.co.nz


006 007 010 014 016 020 022 024 027 028 032 035 036 040 044 046 046 052 055 060 061 072 078 080 082




Mike Lee & John Elliott pictured at John’s 80th birthday celebrations held at One2One Cafe, Ponsonby




Editor/Publisher: MARTIN LEACH M: 021 771 147 martinleach@xtra.co.nz or martin@ponsonbynews.co.nz Distribution Manager: JAY PLATT M: 021 771 146 jayplatt@xtra.co.nz or jay@ponsonbynews.co.nz Ad Sales & Contributing editor: ANDREA KAHUKIWA M: 021 689 688 andrea@ponsonbynews.co.nz Advertising Sales: JO BARRETT M: 021 324 510 joannebarrett@xtra.co.nz Advertising Sales/Ad Designer: MELISSA PAYNTER M: 027 938 4111 melissapaynter@me.com Operations Manager: GWYNNE DAVENPORT M: 021 150 4095 gwynne@ponsonbynews.co.nz



COVER PHOTOGRAPHY: Connor Crawford, www.connorcrawfordphotography.com

PONSONBY NEWS is published monthly, excluding January by: ALCHEMY MEDIA LIMITED, P.O. BOX 47-282 Ponsonby, Auckland 1144, T: 09 378 8553, www.ponsonbynews.co.nz PONSONBY NEWS is printed on paper sourced from sustainable, well managed forests and manufactured under the environmental management system ISO 14001.

4 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022

Contributing Music Editor: FINN MCLENNAN-ELLIOTT M: 021 134 4101 finn.huia@gmail.com Graphic Designer: ARNA MARTIN M: 021 354 984 arna@cocodesign.co.nz Annual Subscriptions: Within New Zealand $49. By cheque or credit card in NZ$. Please note: we do not hold back issues of Ponsonby News. Our archive is all online as pdfs. Please visit www.ponsonbynews.co.nz The entire content of this publication is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means - electronic, mechaal, photocopying, recording or otherwise - without the prior permission, in writing, of the copyright owner. Colour transparencies and manuscripts submitted are sent at the owner’s risk; neither the publisher nor its agents accept any responsibility for loss or damage. Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this publication, the publisher can accept no liability for any inaccuracies that may occur.



BLAIR HADDOW Blair has established a proven track record of achieving standout results, in any market conditions. Extensive product knowledge plus high-end negotiation skills mean Blair is an excellent choice if you are thinking of buying or selling. Blair Haddow 021 544 555 blair.haddow@bayleys.co.nz bayleys.co.nz/blair-haddow



R e s i d e n t i a l / C o m m e r c i a l / R u r a l / P r o p e r ty S e r v i c e s



Council Controlled Organisation, ‘Tātaki Auckland Unlimited’ staff noted that “one in four people surveyed had abandoned a trip to the zoo or MOTAT due to not being able to find a carpark”.

events at the Stadium, and during ‘Pasifika’ at the park. The report made no mention of ‘mobility impaired’ patrons. I’ve never been able to fathom the logic behind removing parking when it’s most needed. Gael Baldock, Community Advocate

The proposed solution is to charge for parking in both the car park directly outside the zoo and their overflow car park across the road, outside TAPAC and Western Springs College. This is to align with the new MOTAT car park beside the Aviation Hall, accessible only from Motions Road, where EV charging will be available.

NOTE: All quotes are from Waitematā Local Board notes workshop meeting TAU’s. WLB has a ‘closed door’ policy on their workshops. Some other local boards are more transparent in their approach and invite the public to observe their workshops.

Auckland Zoo director Kevin Buley, said that the fees will come into effect when the MOTAT carpark is opened. The plan is to charge $2 per hour, up to $8. He explained that the entry fee to the zoo has dropped from $28 to $24 since lockdown, to encourage more visitors.

I read in this month's Ponsonby News how delighted Richard Northey was that "three quarters of our residents supported a targeted rate to enable council effectively action (sic) to combat climate change!”

I’m lucky enough to live close by and have an annual zoo pass. My heart goes out to the poorer Aucklanders with larger families who live further away and are very unlikely to be able to afford the buses required to get to the zoo, so would be more likely to travel via car. This thinking gives with one hand and takes with the other, IMO. The board also discussed ensuring that the zoo and MOTAT are accessible to lower socio-economic groups and people from other parts of Auckland. “Precinct Steering Group was established and included representatives from the organisations with the greatest impact by parking and access changes. · Tātaki Auckland Unlimited (Auckland Zoo and Western Springs Stadium) · MOTAT · Auckland Transport · Waitematā Local Board · Auckland Council Sport & Recreation "Staff also noted that iwi were consulted on the development of the carpark including drainage, and utilising a filter system so the water comes out very clean.” The consultation group does not include Western Springs College, TAPAC, Western Springs Football Club, users of the Meola Road dog walking park, users of Western Springs Lakeside Park, concert events at Western Springs Stadium or general members of the public. “Staff advised that the aim was to find the balance between costs for the optimum timing for a visit while discouraging all day/commuter parking and discourage school students parking. Whilst one of the driving factors is “mode shift”, with increased awareness of cycling connections regarding Meola Road, a potential campaign along these lines was abandoned. “Staff noted that there is bike parking at the zoo/MOTAT, but acknowledged that most visitors will not be traveling by bike as the demographic is largely families with young children. The bus stop on Great North Road was discussed as potentially being too far away from the zoo, with staff noting that particularly at the end of a visit when children are tired, it is a bit of a walk.” Currently, Auckland Transport do not charge for on-street parking in the area, but do remove it during concerts and


I have asked Mr Northey to forward me a copy of the certified results to this research that clearly covered ALL residents in the Waitematā (if not all of Auckland) and that resulted in a full 75% of "all residents" agreeing to a targeted rates increase (or levy) specifically to "combat climate change". It is my view, and I clearly stated that to Richard Northey that it is an outrageous claim to suggest that 75% of residents WANTED a rates increase at all - let alone a new targeted rate - that will allow council to waste our hard-earned money on a series of nebulous and unmeasurable "climate change actions". New Zealand's entire population amounts to 0.06% of the world's population and to suggest that a nice new targeted rate (which cannot in any way be justified) will contribute anything of substance or difference to the climate change efforts globally is quite simply, if not completely, bizarre. I'm all for "think globally, act locally" but seriously misleading claims such as this by Richard Northey have made are quite simply fatuous, if not actually an outright lie! Mr Northey would do well to be more careful in future with his enthusiasm for quoting invalid and absolutely unsubstantiated "research results". For example, what was the margin of error in the "research", what was the research base, what percentage of ACTUAL residents did the research cover, what trends were apparent over time, did the questions include, "are you prepared to pay additional rates specifically for "climate change ONLY" related activities etc. I look forward to receiving a copy of the certified research questionnaire and results from the council partner research company that recently completed this clearly extensive piece of consumer-based research by return! Before Aucklanders can have ANY effect on climate change, the likes of China, USA, India, Pakistan, Indonesia and all of Europe (including the UK) will have to take giant strides. Until then, rates increases (or levies as they are now called) imposed on Aucklanders on the dubious basis of “climate change” are merely just political spin to justify once again increasing (and then wasting) rates at double the rate of inflation, if not more – as has been the case now for over two decades! Roger Hawkins, Herne Bay


Opinions expressed in Ponsonby News are not always the opinion of Alchemy Media Limited & Ponsonby News.

6 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022


FROM THE EDITOR Dame Patsy Reddy & John Elliott

So many tributes, so many memories, so much respect, so much sadness, and so much love for our much loved colleague John Elliott who passed away on 12 July. I was so proud of him for getting his QSM award in the New Year’s Honour’s List. I can think of no one who deserved it more than John. We have written a tribute to him and we will all miss him big time. Ponsonby News managed a scoop by interviewing famous British artists Gilbert & George during their recent visit to open ‘21st Century Pictures’ at Auckland Art Gallery. Since 1970, Gilbert & George have produced iconoclastic works they describe as “sculptures”, spanning performance, film making, photography and giant printed artworks. Their approach to art has always been anti-elitist, aiming to be relevant beyond the narrow confines of the art world, with their slogan “art for all”. Perhaps this is what attracted them to giving their only print interview to our local magazine rather than an art publication. The exhibition is on until Sunday 11 September. Forget what you eat. For those that love their cars, you are what you drive. Many people think of their cars as extensions of themselves and their personalities while others eschew four wheels altogether and opt for public transport, or take to the streets on two feet or two wheels. Electric vehicles are also an attractive new proposition and with the growing demand for both everyday and luxury more planet-friendly options, more and more stylish EVs are popping up on our streets all the time. (MARTIN LEACH)  PN

Lydia Ko & John Elliott

PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022


Artist impression

DO LESS ‘DYI’ AND MORE ‘YOU-DO-YOU’ Ponsonby is renowned for its bustling café culture and restaurant vibe, for its heritage villas and bungalows that come in every state from renovated to run-down and needing a lot of love and maintenance. While those heritage homes will always hold a special place in the heart of Ponsonby dwellers, more people are recognising the benefits of buying new, and how a low maintenance, easy to care for brand new home, gives you more time to spend on the things you enjoy. If buying brand new or newly renovated in Ponsonby isn’t quite within your price range, but you don’t want to forgo the vibrant lifestyle, then we believe we’ve found a great alternative. As the saying goes, ‘location is everything’, and like Ponsonby, Hobsonville Point has everything to offer, all conveniently located within the neighbourhood. Parks and playgrounds, cafes, eateries and bars, supermarkets, local shops, excellent public transport, coastal walkways, farmers market and medical centres…the list goes on. All these great, local amenities are within walking distance of your new home. What’s more, Hobsonville Point is easily accessible via the Northern or North Western motorways. Plus, the CBD is either a short ferry ride or a 20-minute drive away (off peak), perfect for the workday commute, or those days when you want a change of scene to enjoy all the city has to offer. With so much right on your doorstep, Hobsonville Point is the perfect location to ensure you get the very best of modern apartment living. No matter where you’re at in your home buying journey, Fletcher Living have a range of stunning, new, low-maintenance apartments ready now, or available

8 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022

to purchase off-plan, within picturesque Hobsonville Point.

Priced form $820,000.

Whether you’re looking for your first home and are ready to move in now or wanting to downsize but need some time to sell your current home, Fletcher Living have stylish and spacious two-and three-bedroom apartments available to fit both your budget and your lifestyle. It’s always reassuring to hear from those homeowners who already call a Hobsonville apartment from Fletcher Living home. Here’s what they had to say.

“I’ve been living in my new home for over a year, and my friends and family are impressed with the layout and the generous size rooms.” - Junior “We moved into our Fletcher built apartment in Hobsonville just under 12 months ago and absolutely love it. The spaces are very well designed, and you can tell a lot of thought was put into making the apartment a great place to live.” - I. Davis Interested in checking it out for yourself? Fletcher Living are always available to discuss your requirements and needs and would love to help you into your dream apartment. They have rental appraisals on hand for those looking to invest, and for first home buyers their two-bedroom apartments, from just $820,000 are eligible for first home buyer grants!


Artist impression

“The friendly team at Fletcher Living are always welcoming and knowledgeable about their product. The team has made the process easy for me. I highly recommend Fletcher Living.” - Junior

gorgeous designer kitchens, two modern bathrooms, views of the neighbouring park, off-street parking, and open plan living spaces that let you live the way you want.

They say practice makes perfect, and Fletcher Living have built their reputation over the last 113 years on the construction of high-quality workmanship, trust and reliability. There are so many advantages to calling a Fletcher Living apartment home.

If you want to move in now, they have you covered with spacious 2-level, three-bedroom apartments that are ready when you are. Fletcher Living have considered privacy and a sense of space when they designed these apartments, with only four homes per complex. Featuring designer kitchens, open plan living, generous sun-filled balconies and an allocated car park. Move in now and start living from day one.

Designs inspired by life: Their apartments are designed for

modern living, incorporating layouts and floorplans that are versatile and adaptable.

Built with care and attention to detail: Each apartment

comes complete with modern appliances and quality fixtures and fittings. These low-maintenance apartments are both easy to live in and care for. Body Corp benefits: With the Body Corp managing the

common areas, you’ll be able to enjoy stress-free living with more time to spend on the things you love.

Modern, comfortable homes: At a time when the cost of living continues to increase, knowing your home is doubleglazed, well-insulated, warm, dry and energy efficient can only add to your piece of mind. Hobsonville Point is a thriving community that your future-self will thank you for becoming a part of, now which one is your preference?

If you want to invest in the future, there are stunning single level 2-bedroom apartments currently under construction. Featuring

Ready to experience the Hobsonville Point lifestyle first-hand? Scan this code to book an appointment with us and go into the draw to win a $200 dinner voucher for a Hobsonville Point restaurant of your choice! Note T&Cs apply – you must mention this magazine and complete your appointment to qualify for the draw. Our New Home Consultants look forward to meeting you and helping you to achieve your homeownership dream, so you can call a Fletcher Living Hobsonville Point apartment your new home. Interested in our 3 bedroom apartments?

Call Christina Tubman - 027 334 4752 or Susan Annett - 027 209 5371 Interested in our 2 bedroom apartments?

Call Alexandra Jackson-Forrester - 022 6200 498

Want to know more? Scan the code above to book an appointment, or visit the sales suite at 10 Te Rito Road, Hobsonville Point. Open Monday-Friday by appointment or Saturday-Sunday 10am-4pm.

PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022




ONE MINUTE INTERVIEW WITH JESSIE JAMES Jessie James is a very unique local artist. We asked him a few questions. What started you putting things in bottles?

As an artist that often bottles up my emotions I thought it was the perfect fit. I am actually fascinated by the realities we tell ourselves, and enjoy exploring thought-provoking impossibilities in an attempt to encourage others to peer through the looking glass and reconsider the realities and possibilities they have constructed. Would we call you a ‘bottle artist’?

I just like to be creative so I wouldn’t want to confine myself. I have worked as a playbased specialist teacher for years and my art work is essentially just an extension of play. What do you like the most about Ponsonby?

I used to love the Cafe 121 music nights when they were on regularly. Other than that, it has to be all of the cats, even the ones that don’t want to talk to strangers. How have you survived the pandemic?

I love to read and be creative, so the pandemic wasn’t a challenge for me personally. My family and friends are mostly in the UK and the US though, so that was/is the hardest part to deal with as they are not doing quite so well. Very grateful to be here right now. What was your childhood like?

I was smaller when I was younger, and grew up in a little village in the UK just outside of Birmingham. I pretty much lived in my own little world of imagination and was always creating or playing outside. At one point I remember my older brother hit me over the head with a golf club though, and the rest is a little hazy after that. What do you love most about your age?

I am younger than I will be tomorrow. What motivates you?

Passions! I am motivated by the world around me and am constantly fascinated by the little things that come into my life. After that I just get totally absorbed in the ideas that come to mind and can’t stop until I have completed what I envisioned - no matter how bizarre. Favorite movie?

Which item of clothing can't you live without?

I honestly ruin any clothes I own in a matter of days so I have learned to accept that! Most treasured possession?

My marbles, I have lost a few already though. Tell us something very few people know about you.

My real name is…. No wait that’s too much information. But very few people know it, maybe even less after this!

There are far too many to say! I am a huge fan of 80s movies, as well as any dodgy horror films.

Which talent would you like?

Give your teenaged self some advice.

What cliché do you hate?

Don’t just follow the crowd. You will always end up smelling of someone else’s last meal.

‘All is fair in love and war’.

How do you chill out?

A skateboard. I have done so much ‘work’ within skateboarding and art that it is just part of me now.

I love reading, mostly non fiction about the darker side of the Victorian era. Other than that I love creating, making art, and skateboarding, which is all one and the same to me, and has helped me see much more of this world. Of course I also love spending time with my partner Kate who is also a huge inspiration.

10 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022


What gizmo can you not live without?

Are you a handshake or a hug person?

A hug person. There are too many handshake variations nowadays; I can’t keep up with the kids and get confused. (DAVID HARTNELL, MNZM)  PN



IT’S A TEAM EFFORT... WE COULDN’T DO IT WITHOUT OUR CONTRIBUTORS CONNOR CRAWFORD I am a working artist and photographer with a colourful and rhythmic perspective. I enjoy shooting the front covers of Ponsonby News.

DAVID HARTNELL - MNZM 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.

FINN MCLENNAN-ELLIOTT I work as a booker, promoter and festival programmer. Active in all areas of the music community; folk music is my specialty.

HONOUR MITCHELL I have lived in the Ponsonby area all of my life. I write the column ‘Teen Picks’ which explores everything on offer in the greater Ponsonby area.

HELENE RAVLICH A freelance writer and copywriter for almost 20 years, I have written for publications all over the world and couldn’t imagine myself in any other job.

JOHN APPLETON I have a keen interest in nutritional medicine and how it may be used to support people with chronic illnesses.

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

LUCY KENNEDY I am a young local writer who loves to read! Each month you will find my reviews of new books for people who love to read as much as I do.

PHIL PARKER Journalist and published author, I have had a career involving both wine writing and hosting boutique wine tours in the Auckland region.


I am Councillor for Waitemat-a and Gulf Ward on Auckland Council. Formerly, Chair Waitemat-a Local Board.

ROSS THORBY I have had a wanderlust for travel ever since I was old enough to own a passport. Since I discovered cruising, I have become unstoppable.

SOFIA ROGER WILLIAMS A vegan for over a year and vegetarian for over seven years with a passion for writing. I am a local student reviewing some of Ponsonby’s best vegan eats.

O N N OW !

12 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022



John Wills: Proven In All Markets. The team at Bayleys in Ponsonby would like to take the opportunity to welcome John Wills back to the local area he knows so well. John brings two decades worth of experience and an absolutely proven track record of success on the Western City Fringe. Experience, work ethic and communication skills are what is required out in the marketplace at present, and John brings all of these to the table for his clients. John is back, and ready to serve. Please feel free to get in touch in confidence. John Wills 021 333 053 john.wills@bayleys.co.nz BAYLEYS REAL ESTATE LTD, PONSONBY, LICENSED UNDER THE REA ACT 2008

Residential / Commercial / Rural / Property Services



STANDING AGAIN FOR COUNCIL Dear ‘Ponsonby News’ readers. I have agreed to come out of retirement to stand again for council. This in response to repeated requests over the last five months from concerned local residents who are dismayed, almost desperate, about the state of Auckland Council and our city. A case in point is the threat to our heritage suburbs posed by the National Policy Statement on Urban Development, the latest open charter for the property sector. Targetted are those heritage quarters, especially Ponsonby, St Marys Bay and Freemans Bay that we managed to save back in 2013 from the Unitary Plan. The government and the council have now made it clear they intend to replace swathes of these beautiful old homes, currently protected as ‘Special Character’ with intensified high-rise apartments and condominiums. This supposedly, to ease the housing shortage, which the government, despite its promises, has egregiously failed to solve. Except there is no way in the world these new apartments and condos will be affordable for ordinary first-time home buyers, despite the assertions of ‘urbanist’ idealogues. Even more absurdly, these people, for example local board chair Richard Northey, are claiming intensification is needed because of the climate crisis! Logic would suggest destroying old kauri wooden buildings and thereby releasing embedded carbon, and replacing these with new buildings of steel, concrete, and paint would generate a whole new level of carbon emissions. The fact is when it comes to buildings, “old is greener than new”. There is also a looming financial crisis facing Auckland. Council rates and charges now amount to an extraordinary $5.3 billion (up from $1.9bn at the start of the Super City in 2010/11). Total liabilities (including debt and hedging) is $16bn, up from $5bn, and council debt per household currently $30,000, up from $11,000 at the start of the Super City. Staff salaries are now close to $1bn per annum as opposed to $440m at the start of Super City. Despite widespread public opposition to the ‘Three Waters’ scheme the council has effectively sold Auckland’s water assets, dams, pipes, wastewater treatment plants, reservoirs etc., valued at near $10 billion to the government for $508m. This year, at the behest of Mayor Goff the council is using that money to cover up an enormous financial hole in the budget. As economist Bruce Cotterill recently wrote:

14 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022

“In other words, he [Phil Goff] proposes to apply the first tranche of the Three Waters proceeds, some 25 per cent, from the sale of longterm assets that have taken more than 100 years to accumulate, to the operating deficit in the next year. Even those with the most basic understanding of simple accounting will tell you that such actions are a no-go. This is like selling the house you’ve spent a lifetime saving for, spending the money on a quick overseas trip and coming home with nowhere to live.” The crisis is not only financial. The political culture in the Super City has also become quite toxic. This is exemplified by a climate of secrecy and intimidation of elected members who step out of line. A recent case of the use of a code of conduct charge covered in Ponsonby News, Gulf News, and the Listener, targeted councillor John Watson who blew the whistle on a scheme to transfer 21 regional parks into the control of a proposed non-elected, cogoverned Hauraki Gulf authority. Fortunately, the complaint by Coom and Waiheke local board chair Cath Handley was thrown out by an independent legal expert from Auckland University. Despite my hopes of 12 years ago, the City Vision dominated Waitematā Local Board has become increasingly high-handed and dismissive of community concerns. Two prime examples are the board’s management of the removal of pines from Western Springs and the proposed Erebus memorial at Dove Myer Robinson Park, Parnell. All of this explains why over recent months I have been urged almost on a daily basis, by good Aucklanders I respect, to stand again for council, something frankly I had been reluctant to do. But there have been just too many calls for me to ignore. Cr Coom’s troubling scheme involving our beloved regional parks and the Hauraki Gulf, along with her code of conduct machinations was the tipping point. The people of Waitematā & Gulf deserve better from elected representatives who are no longer listening and acting in the community’s interests. Auckland is in crisis, the concerns are real and I cannot in good conscience ignore them. So, I will be standing for council for the Waitematā & Gulf as an ‘Auckland Independent’ alongside local board candidates led by my good friend, Ponsonby businessman and Westmere resident Puneet Dahll, whom I will be most strongly backing for the Waitematā Local Board. (MIKE LEE)  PN www.mikelee.co.nz





EVERY NIGHT 6–10PM In the place colour and vibrancy has long been celebrated, Light Up Ponsonby is illuminating Ponsonby Road at night with magical light displays, projections and bespoke art installations. Switch up your winter evening routine and take a walk through the hood that loves you back, lighting up from 6pm –10pm every night until Sunday 7 August. Shine on!





AUCKLAND NPS-UD POLICY DIRECTIONS KEEP DOOR OPEN ON NEW HOUSING NEWS Ponsonby News founder John Elliott was a considered and thoughtful commentator. One of his last columns looked at the government’s new housing density rules and the impact on Auckland. He would have been keenly interested in the latest development to increase intensification and housing supply. There is a big gap in the debate without John’s ongoing analysis. He will be greatly missed. On 4 August the Planning Committee will be deciding on changes to the Auckland Unitary Plan (AUP) to give effect to the government’s National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD) 2020 and to incorporate medium density residential standards (allowing three storeys and three dwellings on sites as of right) into relevant residential zones. Council is working to a very tight governmentdirected timetable. One of the most controversial issues is what happens to Auckland’s special character areas (SCAs) especially within “walkable catchments” around the city centre, metro centres, town centres and rapid transit stops. The NPS-UD allows for exceptions to its blanket rules, called Qualifying Matters (QMs). The proposed QMs for Auckland, in addition to what is identified in the NPS-UD, include high quality special character, significant ecological areas, volcanic viewshafts, significant natural hazards, open space, gas and oil pipelines, and local viewshafts. John questioned whether it’s possible to reconcile the competing needs of urban development and protection of special character. It is very tricky to navigate but I think we need to take an approach that is a win-win. As I wrote a year ago for Ponsonby News at the start of the process, I don’t think it has to be a zero-sum game.

the same time as accommodating a range of Qualifying Matters including one that covers high quality special character. Many of the existing SCAs are already middensity neighbourhoods delivering community wellbeing and providing support for local economies. Cohaus is the kind of development that should be welcomed in central suburbs zoned for special character. Following the earlier engagement on council’s preliminary response to the new housing rules I was able to work with Cr Darby to ensure a further review of feedback to look at modifying factors relevant to specific walkable catchments. I also sought further work on a potential new QM to deal with the interface between SCA zoning and walkable catchment zoning and supported the ongoing assessment of the extent of special character areas. What comes back for public notification is unlikely to please everyone. The debate about special character, walkable catchments, housing supply and better intensification will continue through the consultation process starting in late August. Evidence will need to be provided to an Independent Hearings Panel for consideration next year. The panel must make recommendations back to council on necessary changes to the AUP by early 2024. As John summed up in May, “Residents must inject their views to ensure that the amenity we value is retained and the city is not a-one-size-fits-all model, but a nuanced response to our diverse 21st century lifestyles where sustainability, quality of life and community spirit can thrive.” (PIPPA COOM)  PN For more information and consultation details visit akhaveyoursay.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/housing

In my view it is possible to confront the challenges the city faces and aim for the best possible urban environment at

Pippa Your local Councillor

Kia ora, I’m privileged to serve as your local councillor for Waitematā and Gulf delivering on transport choice, climate action, smart urban design, effective governance, and the restoration of the Hauraki Gulf.

Authorised by R. Gallagher, 15 Torrance St, Akl.

Please get in touch at pippacoom@gmail.com

16 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022


Postal voting for the Auckland Council election is from 16 Sept - 8 Oct. Check that you’re enrolled to vote at vote.nz


Feast Your Eyes & Warm Your Heart Exploring Ponsonby's Colourful Light Festival We're putting the glow back into the heart of Ponsonby this winter. Switch up your winter nights with an illuminated walk along Ponsonby Road under magical light displays, projections and bespoke art installations.


Lights activate from 6–10pm every night until Sunday 7 August, with dining and cocktails 'til late. See ya there!

ve nA

o ms





vi el

un St











n Picto





nk Fra













oi rv








INTRODUCING YOUR 2022 MAYORAL CANDIDATES The date of 8 October is just around the corner; it’s time to consider what kind of person you want to lead Auckland into the future and in a direction in which you would be proud to share with fellow Aucklanders and visitors alike, whether they come from Invercargill or New York City. Here’s my, ‘Vote for someone who’… · has genuine love for this city. · can inspire, not divide. · has a clear vision which incorporates the aesthetic with any (wo)man inspired city developments. · backs fresh ideas. · has both a local and international perspective. · isn’t averse to change. · relishes all forms of diversity. · isn’t motivated by the sole pursuit of the mighty dollar. · won’t be easily swayed by old established vested interests. · will call out all forms of racism or bigotry. · will promote a safer walkable and cyclable city. · understands the total necessity of a cleaner environment. Here are your nine mayoral candidates, in alphabetical order. · Craig Lord · Efeso Collins · Gary Brown · John Lehmann · Leo Molloy · Michael Morris · Ted Johnston · Viv Beck · Wayne Brown Your task, should you decide to accept it, is to find out who aligns with your own values.

And if you want more try to match a candidate with who said the following? Use Uncle Google. · Better public transport is a priority. · Council is top heavy with overpaid managers. · Cut export ties with China. · I’m limiting my election hoardings to help the environment. · No more roads. · No to emission targets. · Paint the harbour bridge blue. · Prosecute parents of young gang offenders. · Public transport should be free. And if you want even more try to match a candidate with the following: Who is … · a former mayor of the Far North. · a freelance videographer and a marriage celebrant. · a Manukau Ward councillor. · an animal rights advocate. · an ex-bar owner. · an ex-butcher and friends of Pauline Hanson. · chair of Hibiscus and Bays Local Board. · Heart of The City chief executive. · Leader of the New Conservative Party. Get to know your candidates better and don’t waste your vote. Talk to family, friends, and Uncle Google. PN (WILLIAM GREIG) 

18 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022



TRANSFORMATION PLANNED FOR CITY WATERFRONT PARK Eke Panuku, Auckland Council’s urban regeneration agency, wants to know what you think about its plan to upgrade Harbour Bridge Park in Westhaven. It’s proposing to transform this popular waterfront destination, west of the harbour bridge, over the next few years to make it a place where more people can enjoy the views across the Waitematā Harbour and spend time with friends and whānau, as well as providing a key walking and cycling connection between Herne Bay and the city centre, connecting through the Westhaven Promenade. The innovative design will make the most of the location by moving part of Curran Street away from the water’s edge, creating a spacious new waterfront promenade and park. This will make room for new seating, picnic and fishing spots, green space, lighting and improved stormwater treatment through rain gardens. The number of car parks will remain the same. The redesign, led by Eke Panuku in partnership with mana whenua, recognises the wāhi tapu site (site of significance) of Te Routu o Ureia (reef of Ureia). The renowned taniwha Ureia scratched its back on the protected area of reef that juts out from the headland. The site’s cultural significance will be represented within the landscape design,

native planting, Māori mahi toi (Māori art), and signage in both te reo Māori and English. To find out more and to provide your feedback check out the Eke Panuku website. Consultation closes at the end of August. www.ekepanuku.co.nz/westhaven/harbour-bridge-park

We’re planning to upgrade part of Auckland’s waterfront in



Proposed concept

The area along Curran Street to the west of the harbour bridge, known as Harbour Bridge Park, is being redesigned to create an enhanced space for the people of Tāmaki Makaurau. Harbour Bridge Park sits on reclaimed land, which was a tidal area of the Waitematā Harbour before 1920. Within Harbour Bridge Park, there is a wāhi tapu site (site of significance) named Te Routu o Ureia (reef of Ureia).

To improve the area, we are proposing to move Curran Street away from the water’s edge to provide more green space, a wider people-friendly promenade, a cycleway, and spaces for well-loved activities such as fishing and dog walking.

We are working alongside mana whenua to acknowledge, respect and celebrate the cultural significance of the site, and the design seeks to recognise and reflect the original shoreline and reef.

The project will deliver a better-quality waterfront space for all to enjoy, and we would love to hear your thoughts about what’s proposed. Scan the QR code to find out more and provide feedback.

www.ekepanuku.co.nz/westhaven/harbour-bridge-park PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022



REST IN PEACE – JOHN ELLIOTT This isn’t easy to write… but here goes… So many tributes, so many memories, so much respect, so much pain, but so much love for John. I was so proud of him for getting his QSM award in the New Year’s Honour’s List. I can think of no one who deserved it more than John. John was 10 years younger than my dad. I remember him telling me how he grew up, descendant from Waipu Nova Scotian stock in Whangarei and enjoyed being a keen show rider and hunter. I recall being told that his early career was in education and I can imagine him being a very successful young teacher, initially at Sunnybrae Normal, a demonstration school at North Shore Teachers College. During this time, I think he took a year off to complete his BA at Auckland University. He then spent two years as a teacher recruitment officer visiting schools to persuade Year 13s to go teaching. I know how important politics have been to him since he was a teenager. I know he was proud of being a National MP for Whangarei from six years until 1981. In 1989, he created the Ponsonby Community Newsletter which he ran until 2004. This local publication was much loved by the locals, who looked forward to getting a copy each month. The publication helped to connect residents with businesses and to promote local issues. Encouraged and supported from the start by Catherine Hawley, chair of the Western Bays Community Board, John was acknowledged with a ‘Good Citizen’ Award. I know he’s worked closely with the Waitematā Local Board since its inception. Several years back they also awarded him with a ‘Lifetime Good Citizen’ Award. John was a good listener; I‘ve been a publisher for over 30 years and in my time I can never recall any journalist who would share their copy with the person being interviewed. Nonetheless, John always got clearance – he never wanted to upset people – getting his facts right was important to both of us. In June 2007, his conservation work was awarded a ‘Certificate of Gratitude’ from the Tiritiri Matangi Island Board for his work on the island helping to plant 300,000 native trees to encourage native birds. This work has helped bring one of the world’s rarest ducks, the Brown teal/pateke, to the island. Tuatara, kokako, and wetas are also living free from predators in this pristine environment. The island was sprayed to get rid of rats and he and his son Finn became guides to show visitors around this wildlife sanctuary. John never played party politics, but he took issues on their merits. Over my time I’ve seen him chair events to get good debate on local issues. He has long been an impartial chair of local meetings, including issues with Auckland Transport over parking and bus stops in Grey Lynn. More recently I’ve enjoyed the numerous editorials and opinion pieces in Ponsonby News on making Auckland spray free. We have campaigned hard to eliminate the carcinogenic glyphosate from our berms, parks, reserves and streets. John assisted me with this and with other local issues, including transport, education and housing.

20 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022

We always looked forward to editorial meetings; John would arrive, we’d have a cuppa and maybe a slice to eat. We enjoyed music. Watching the odd Youtube video, having a gossip discussing the important issues and a sense of creating community pushed us on. We both had a vision to create an urban wildlife sanctuary in Western Springs with natives planted to replace the pines whose life had come to an end, and predators eliminated. John always strongly supported the 2050 Predator-Free NZ campaign. I took over his business in 2004 and he helped me enormously for years and continued to be an important part of the business. He was always a great source of ideas and contacts. John knew many of the local businesses well and everyone I encounter all love him. As do Jay and I. Big hugs to John’s family, his loving wife Cait, sons Theo, Finn, Troy, Matthew, and their families and to John's many friends and acquaintances. Goodbye dear John – you’ve been a great mentor – you’ve been a much loved friend to Jay and I. I will miss your reasoning, your love for people, and your love for Ponsonby. Kia kaha and blessings to you… We will remember you in our hearts and minds forever… MARTIN LEACH, Editor & Publisher, Ponsonby News


LOCAL NEWS The Ponsonby News team back in the day

Carole Beu & John Elliott

Nikki Kaye & John Elliott

John listens to one of my favourite Brian Eno numbers

PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022



GILBERT & GEORGE IN CONVERSATION WITH EVAN WOODRUFFE AT AUCKLAND ART GALLERY Martin Leach, editor of Ponsonby News, managed a scoop by interviewing famous British artists Gilbert & George during their recent visit to open 21st Century Pictures at Auckland Art Gallery. Since 1970, Gilbert & George have produced iconoclastic works they describe as “sculptures”, spanning performance, film making, photography and giant printed artworks. Their approach to art has always been anti-elitist, aiming to be relevant beyond the narrow confines of the art world, with their slogan “art for all”. Perhaps this is what attracted them to giving their only print interview to our local magazine rather than an art publication. Martin managed to determine their address in London’s East End, so sent them a letter and copies of Ponsonby News. He and his partner Jay had met the pair many years ago when they shared a table in a crammed London café and they had some friends in common from Martin’s time there. With the kind assistance from Auckland Art Gallery and filmed by Connor Crawford, he not only organised an interview conducted by local artist Evan Woodruffe, but received a personal tour through the exhibition. Though all their images come from their Spitalfields surroundings, “we are making a global art”, said Gilbert. “It doesn’t matter if we pick up a cigarette end; we are able to make it global.” George added, that from the beginning, “we thought we were living in the centre of the universe in the Charing Cross Road, we felt extremely privileged.” At St Martins Art School they realised that “if you take the students’ or teachers’ work out on to the Charing Cross Road, most of it wouldn’t be noticed by anybody”, said George. “We wanted to have a content and a meaning, so we said why not, - and here they see-sawed a word each, back and forth - “hope, death, life, fear, sex, money, race, religion, shitty, naked, human, (then in unison) world! We all have fears and dreads and loves and hates, and we want our art to be part of that.”

“We are trying to make a moral art”, explained Gilbert. “We’re not against immorality, but we’re talking about a moral dimension – don’t change the subject,” laughed George. “We had amazing luck – we were taken up in 1970 and that was it,” continued Gilbert. “We became the artwork ourselves, and that was our biggest invention, that we were the living sculpture. We invented our own language. Every photograph, every image that is in our pictures, we took.” Discussing the microscopic images in their Shit & Piss Pictures (1996), George is still amazed: “You’ll find swords and daggers in sweat; there must be a reason for that. There are crucifixes in piss, not in sweat – extraordinary. There are other forces at work.” Gilbert & George might be heading towards 80 in age but they are making work as fresh as ever, as the latest works in the exhibition show. “The drug bags are exciting because every morning when we’d get up, walking to get a newspaper, the drug bags from the last evening were on the pavement. And all these different ones. Such an extraordinary subject; you can’t open a newspaper or magazine anywhere in the world where it doesn’t discuss drug addiction or drug problems, drug this and drug that. It’s an amazing subject,” said George. “The nitrous oxide cannisters in the pictures remind everyone of bombs. And once again, it’s a great world-subject of our time.” Auckland Art Gallery is the first venue for 21st Century Pictures in the world so be sure to see it before 11 September when it travels to the Hayward Gallery in London. (EVAN WOODRUFFE)  PN www.gilbertandgeorge.co.uk www.aucklandartgallery.com/whats-on

Gilbert & George, BAG DAY, 2020

22 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022


LOCAL NEWS Gilbert & George; BEARDWISE; mixed media; 2016

Gilbert & George; BRITISHISM; mixed media; 2008

PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022




Auckland Central MP This past month we lost a stalwart of our community in John Elliott - friend, former MP, regular advisor to many a politically-minded local. I first properly met John back in 2017 when he made no bones about wanting to understand my intentions in seeking selection for the Greens in Auckland Central. In the lounge of his and Cait’s Herne Bay villa, he interrogated my background, skillset and thoughts on everything and anything. Their support would help get me within striking distance of selection, but not quite close enough. It helped lay the foundation of the pathway that took us to making history in 2020’s election (regardless of many a robust and important chat about differences in views). All of my love to Cait and the whānau - we will recognise John in Parliament this month. To pass any law or budget in Parliament, you need at least 61 out of 120 votes; a simple majority. In this term, Labour hold 65 and the Greens 10. While we use our power to outsized ends for the best outcomes we can muster for people and planet, the numbers belie that we cannot currently undertake the systemic transformation we fight every day for. That means that while we’ve made some inroads, the government continues with policies that entrench and grow inequality, a pattern repeated by many successive governments. This is nowhere more evident than in the realm of housing. More people rent in Auckland Central - over half of the population - than in any other electorate in the country. More people also live in more transient housing - that is, in their property for less than a year - than in anywhere else in the country. This picture is definitely complicated by the many different communities, neighbourhoods and geographies (the electorate includes the 9,000 strong Waiheke island, the 1,100 people on Aotea Great Barrier, the 45,000 in our city centre, along with the surrounding suburbs of Grafton and Newton and of course, Ponsonby and the Bays). This, however, makes Auckland Central an incredible microcosm of Auckland and the country’s housing woes. Last year, the Labour Government and National opposition collaborated on drafting the Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters Bill, an Amendment to the Resource Management Act, which was supported (albeit with a number of attempts to improve it) in the House by the Greens and Te Pāti Māori. This law, in a nutshell, seeks to remove restrictions

on planning rules to enable more medium density homes to be built. It’s definitely not perfect. The Greens sought through Select Committee, then several amendments (called Supplementary Order Papers) under the name of Hon. Eugenie Sage to legislate the need for green spaces, tree canopies, and enable the popping-up of community services like doctors, dairies and schools whilst also reducing waste created by construction. Labour and National voted these changes down on the implicit rationale that they didn’t want to risk their fragile coalition on the issue, regardless of a thorough parliamentary process to scrutinise our proposals. As we’ve landed, Auckland Council now has until the 20th of August to publicly notify the new rules and policies that will enable medium density and intensification in their district plans. In the case that the council’s plan is considered to not be compliant with the law by an independent panel, the council will have until 31 March 2024 with the findings, and should they reject them, then the Minister for the Environment (currently David Parker) will intervene and decide from there. I’ve been having constructive conversations with the Freemans Bay Residents Association and many constituents about this process. Despite what may be largely reported, I think we all actually agree on the basics. We all, I hope, want affordable housing and thriving communities. The increasingly unproductive debate on ‘special character’ and the density bogeyman has sucked up so much oxygen that we’ve lost the bigger picture: how to build high-quality, energy-efficient homes, protect and grow greenery and use space and design as best as possible. Ponsonby and the Bays have evolved immensely in the last few decades and they will continue to. As such, we can and should be a model of density done well. While council contemplates its final plan changes, I will continue to advocate for improvements that focus on achieving these constructive, forward-looking and completely achievable goals - our goals, for the city we all deserve - for our generations and the ones that follow. (CHLÖE SWARBRICK)  PN

CHLÖE SWARBRICK, T: 09 378 4810, E: chloe.swarbrick@parliament.govt.nz www.greens.org.nz/chloe_swarbrick

Kia ora Ponsonby! Let’s talk about our community. Get in touch about any local issues or if you need support. I’m here to help and would love to hear from you.

Chlöe Swarbrick MP for Auckland Central

09 378 4810 chloe.swarbrick@parliament.govt.nz Funded by Parliamentary Service. Authorised by Chlöe Swarbrick, Green MP for Auckland Central, 76 Karangahape Rd, Auckland.

24 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022


Luxury is an experience, not a price point. Professionalism is at the heart of any New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty experience. Our agents apply their local knowledge to provide extraordinary service to every client, at every price point. They put the same level of detail into selling a bach as they do a multi-million dollar home. Contact us to achieve exceptional results with New Zealand’s premium real estate company. BRITOMART +64 9 352 2502 | WAIHEKE +64 9 372 5115


Each office is independently owned and operated. Browns Real Estate Limited (licensed under the REAA 2008) MREINZ.

Buildings designed for sustainability Heritage and modern buildings, future proofed to operate in a changing environment. Discover quality commercial property leasing locally.

forlease.co.nz 09 522 0039



IT’S GOING TO BE A PRETTY HARD WINTER FOR AUCKLAND With the cold snaps, flooding and power emergencies around New Zealand, alongside the continuing waves of Covid-19 it can be clearly felt this winter is a tough one for New Zealand families. Businesses and shop fronts across Auckland and other centres are being ram-raided day in and out because the government is failing to get our streets safe. The only thing that the government has delivered is a 40% increase in gang membership. The recent announcements by the government simply won’t do enough to bring law and order back to New Zealand and their policies are tinkering around the edges and not taking the harm of gangs and crime out of our communities. Our fire services are getting to crisis levels because our stretched fire services can’t even keep their doors open anymore and there’s no end in sight to the inflation and cost of living crisis that is making the weekly shop a nightmare for New Zealand families up and down the country. Having spent the last few weeks travelling to small communities across New Zealand from Paeroa to Roxburgh and Winton, a key message keeps coming through that is echoed in our Auckland suburbs, Labour is failing to deliver for New Zealand. What all of this is leading to now is a health crisis as well, particularly for Kiwi mental health. When Labour allocated almost $2 billion towards mental health services people thought there would be a real impact, but with no plans the money has been futile in helping New Zealanders through one of the toughest experiences they have ever known. We are also failing to attract nurses and doctors to our shores to address the critical shortages in our workforce thanks to high vacancy rates and burnout. The lack of a fast track to residency that can keep migrant health care professionals here in New Zealand is also adding to the problem. We have a midwife vacancy rate of over 27% across the country making vulnerable young families anxious during one of the most happy but stressful times in a parent’s life. Our health system has never been in a worse state, it’s unacceptable. With our economy bottlenecked and the latest consumer snapshot from MYOB showing that 1 million Kiwis are

considering moving overseas, and 200,000 have already made plans to leave, there is a serious problem. Labour have damaged New Zealand’s number 8 wire spirit of innovation and aspiration. A cost of living crisis is driving Kiwis to not be Kiwi anymore. In August the National Party Caucus and members will be coming together for our annual conference where we will tackle the tough questions facing New Zealand. National in government will re-focus our country to remove holdups in our economic outlook, we will improve immigration pathways, we will eliminate deadweight regulations, and, most important, we will lower the tax burden on Kiwis while managing our country to be the best place possible for our people to live in. The job will be tough but National can do it and deliver for New Zealand unlike this government under Labour. National’s vision is simple, we will ensure New Zealand is a welcoming, safe and economically secure country once more. In closing I want to acknowledge the passing of the Ponsonby News’ founder John Elliott. Community news is a vital part of our media landscape and his valued contributions were notable. I know his passion for the media sector was genuine as was his vision for a better Auckland and New Zealand. John was respected for his local opinions and his many years of engagement across the spectrum of politics as a former MP and as an advocate for the environment of the Auckland region. He will be sorely missed. As we all look ahead to spring and better weather in the region I wish you all the very best for the rest of the winter ahead. (MELISSA LEE MP) National Member of Parliament National Spokesperson for Broadcasting & Media| Digital Economy and Communications | Ethnic Communities E: mplee@parliament.govt.nz Authorised by Melissa Lee, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

If you require any assistance I and my office are always happy and ready to provide advice and support Please get in touch on 09 520 0538 or at MPLee@parliament.govt.nz to make an appointment.

Melissa Lee National List MP based in Auckland MPLee@parliament.govt.nz • melissalee.co.nz •


Funded by the Parliamentary Service. Authorised by Melissa Lee, Parliament Buildings, Wgtn.

PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022


PHOTOGRAPHY: Connor Crawford www.connorcrawfordphotography.com




I was first introduced to the world of Gilbert & George by an art collector travelling companion who had insisted we visit the “MONA”, a uniquely Australian Art Gallery dug into the bedrock of a cliff cantilevered over the Derwent river in Hobart, Tasmania, where their exhibition was reaching the end of its tenure. I had never heard of Gilbert & George, but my friend had encountered their provocative style of art on his “OE”, many years previously, and that day’s excursion to the gallery was to transform my own way of thinking of what “art” was. The artists had both joined St. Martin’s school of art in their teens where they decided to collaborate together, beginning a lifelong commitment to themselves and their art. Whilst the other students in their class were elbow deep in clay and paint - the boys deciding that they were too poor to buy art supplies, wondered what they could use to express themselves that would not cost them any money. They hit on the idea of using their bodies. It was the only thing that they had unending access to, also the only thing that they had an unlimited use of. Their first exhibition consisted of them standing on a table painted in metallic paint and singing 'Underneath the Arches,' an English ditty written in 1932 about homeless alcoholics living under a railway bridge. Sometimes their performances would last all day. It was to become their signature piece, but it was only the beginning. The audience was stunned, the audience was shocked, but the audience was also enthralled. It was 1969, the zenith of the 60s countercultural revolution, the decade, “if you remember it - you weren’t there”. There had been nothing like it and it propelled them into the art world forever-more. Their art was controversial way back then and well before Damien Hirst first sunk a shark into a tank of formaldehyde. After climbing down “MONA’s” narrow steel spiral staircase and along the tunnels dug into the granite rock we discovered an exhibition that one critic described as: “The relentless photomontages restates the double act's desire to offend on a colossal scale.” I was entranced, I was hooked.

28 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022

One of their most famous and controversial pieces asks the question, “Was Jesus heterosexual?” The colourful 2005 piece caused an outcry from the Church and various members of the public at the time and the perplexed artists wondered, “Why the fuss? It’s only a question and you only have to answer “yes or no.” Skip forward to July 2022 and I was accompanying our editor to the opening of “Gilbert & George The Tamaki Makaurau Auckland Exhibition”. Martin had met the artists years before and I was hoping to engineer my own introduction. Sometimes they say, it can be a big mistake to meet your heroes. My experience of meeting Gilbert & George was every bit as I imagined. Speaking in clipped English accents, and dressed impeccably in English country-gentlemen suits, they were the very “living sculptures” that they claim to be. They glided effortlessly through the gallery's own “Mona”, charming and enthralling the matrons and patrons attending their New Zealand exhibition. So reserved and English and well, “sculpture-like”, it’s a wonder that beneath their calm exteriors such imagination and artistic temperaments thrive. “Gilbert & George” consider themselves to be “one artist”. They exist as one; without the other the art does not exist, and neither does the other as an artist, exist. Although their exhibition here is quite different to the Australian exhibition - the art is less confronting and less naked - it’s more tailored for New Zealand tastes rather than that of the Australian, but it is still undoubtedly, no less esoteric. The images, colourful and thought-provoking. Gilbert & George’s parting words to us were, “art is all around us and it is our job to point it out”, and they do. Welcome Gilbert & George you can come back anytime. Gilbert & George: The Tamaki Makaurau Exhibition until 11 September. (ROSS THORBY)  PN








It is 18 months since the new Trusts Act 2019 came into force (while enacted in July 2019, it didn’t come into force until January 2021). Peter and Jane hadn’t done anything about their trust when the law changed. It was a simple, uncomplicated trust, just owning their family home and sometimes they even wondered why they had it. However, Jane had recently been offered a shareholding and directorship in the company she worked for. The other two shareholders had their shares in trusts, so Jane Tammy McLeod and Peter thought they better go and see their lawyer to get some advice around their trust. Jane’s work colleague suggested that they get specialist advice as the area of trust law was more complex now than ever. Jane and Peter took that advice and went to see a specialist trust lawyer who reviewed their existing trust and made some recommendations to make the trust more robust and to reflect the new law. She thought that due to the nature of Jane’s business, there was no real need to have a second trust. But there were quite a few changes that would need to be made to the existing trust. Fortunately, the lawyer told them there was a power within their trust deed to vary the trust deed. She said that wasn’t always the case. Some of the recommendations were around the beneficiaries of the trust. Peter and Jane’s trust had been set up before they had children and their parents, nieces and nephews were beneficiaries of the trust. There were two things that had to change here. Peter and Jane had to update their memorandum of wishes to provide for what they wanted to happen to the trust assets if they both died. Presently there was no instruction at all as to how their own children would benefit. Secondly, they really wanted to remove their nieces and nephews as beneficiaries. The lawyer explained that under the new Trusts Act, beneficiaries over the age of 18 could ask for financial information relating to the trust. Peter and Jane had never intended that their nieces and nephews

would receive anything from the trust once they had their own children. Knowing they currently had a right to know about the financial position of the trust and potentially make demands if they realised they were beneficiaries of the trust, highlighted to them how remiss they were in not reviewing their trust deed more regularly. Peter’s father was a trustee of the trust. While that wasn’t necessarily wrong, the lawyer did explain the greater onus on trustees to comply with the duties and obligations under the new Act. Also, Peter’s father was getting older and there had been a couple of instances when they were concerned about his capacity. The lawyer explained that while the new Act did make removing an incapacitated trustee easier, it was timely to remove him as a trustee with the trust acquiring the shares in the company. Jane and Peter agreed to appoint a company run by their new lawyer as a trustee. That way they knew that all the administration would be looked after and that they would be doing everything they could to ensure that the trust was being run properly. One of the other major recommendations was to include a clause which in essence meant that the trustees would not be in breach of trust law if they did not diversify the trust’s assets. The lawyer explained that just owning a family home and shares in a closely held company meant that there was a risk in the future that the beneficiaries could sue the trustees for not having adequately invested the trust assets. In order to prevent that, they needed to put a clause in the trust deed which said that the trustees didn’t have to comply with the “prudent person” test. The other changes were more of an administrative nature, aligning the trust deed with the new Act’s references. Jane and Peter were delighted with the process. They felt confident that the trust was the right vehicle for their assets and were confident that with the changes that had been made, they would have a robust structure for the future. If it’s been a while since you last reviewed the structure of your trust, now could be the time. Get in touch with Tammy McLeod and the Trusts Team at Davenports Law today.

DAVENPORTS LAW, 331 Rosedale Road, Level 1, Building 2, Albany, T: 09 883 3284, www.davenportslaw.co.nz

30 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022



Trust law has changed. Does your trust comply? It is 18 months since the new Trusts Act 2019 came into force, bringing many new changes to Trust law as we know it. Making sure your trust complies and is fit for purpose is paramount. If it’s been a while since you last reviewed the structure of your trust, now could be the time to update it. For more information, contact Tammy McLeod and our Trusts Team today.


0 9 883 32 84

LABOUR LIST MP BASED IN AUCKLAND CENTRAL Right now the big stress for most of us is the rising cost of living. Mortgage rates, rents, petrol and food are all up. The war in Ukraine has increased the cost of food, supply chain issues created by Covid have also wreaked havoc. The fact that this is a global phenomenon doesn’t make it any easier, but Labour’s targeted policies and the fact that wages have been rising in the last few years will help significantly. To ease the pressure on people Labour has extended the fuel tax cut, reduced road user charges and has cut in half the cost of public transport for everyone until the end of January next year.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Connor Crawford www.connorcrawfordphotography.com



While cutting fuel costs is universal and helps us all out, it will also ease the cost of transporting goods and help curb price increases. This extension is one way we can help to make life more affordable for people, as well as providing more certainty in the face of volatile prices at the petrol pump. It will also help reduce the fuel burden on businesses, keeping the cost of food and essential goods lower across the board. The first of the new cost of living payments will go out soon, supporting more than two million low income New Zealanders, including many here in Auckland Central. This sits alongside our winter energy payment and when taken together, these payments will support 81% of New Zealanders aged 18 and over with their bills this year. Labour is also taking on the supermarkets to stop excessive profits being made out of food and groceries. The supermarket duopoly has been recognised as a problem for many years but this government is the first to do something about it. Supermarkets have been making more than double what is considered a fair rate of return on capital investment, deriving excess profits of around $1 million a day, every day, across New Zealand. It is no accident that the review of the supermarkets happened under a Labour government, which is never afraid to tackle big business. The changes being made aim to increase competition, to make sure that Kiwis pay a fair price on a basic food shop. This includes calling on the supermarkets to open up wholesale access for their competitors at a fair price – and if they don’t then we will do it for them through law. These changes will make it easier for new competitors to enter the grocery market, and ensure fairer prices. These measures build on the work we’ve done since taking office to lift wages and make life more affordable for New

Zealanders as we move forward with our plan to grow a secure economy for all. Again, the detractors claimed the raising of wages would lead to unemployment. We have the lowest unemployment I have ever known. When times are tough economically the best resilience comes from being able to earn a decent living. This year’s minimum wage increase is worth more than $2,500 a year for full-time workers, has boosted Superannuation and Working for Families, people can also access cheaper doctors’ visits, free school lunches and more. Max Rashbrook of Victoria University recently called the school lunches programme, “Ardern’s low key school food revolution”. I think it’s easy to forget just how transformative this kind of policy has been and the importance of feeding 220,000 children across our low-decile schools. Things like this remove barriers to our children learning at school and help their families weather the storm of inflation and its impact on the cost of living. (HELEN WHITE)  PN This article was funded by the Parliamentary Service. www.facebook.com/HelenWhiteLabour





LEYS LITTLE LIBRARY NEWS Kia ora Ponsonby, August is an exciting month for the Waitematā Libraries (Leys, Grey Lynn and Parnell) as it brings with it ‘We Read Auckland – Ka Pānui Tātau i Tāmaki Makaurau’ for which our branches have an extensive programme of exhibits, author talks and workshops planned for you to enjoy. Leys Classic Film Club Friday 12 August @3pm

Memoir Writing Workshop – Parnell Library Saturday 20 August @10am- middday

In addition to the events listed below, Leys Classic Film Club returns to the Grey Lynn Library Hall. This series theme: Hollywood Against Hollywood. Six maverick Hollywood directors, including Preston Sturges, Billy Wilder, and David Lynch, bite the hand that feeds them, and turn their searching and critical gaze on the dream factory itself, exposing the rampant commercialism, social conservativism, reliance on formula, inhumane treatment of actors, mistrust of artistic ambition, narcissism, self-delusion, and numerous other flaws and shortcomings of the world’s greatest filmmaking industry.

Venue: Parnell Library Contact: parnellLibrary@aklc.govt.nz Phone: 09 377 0209, Facebook/ParnellLibrary Write your life story. Janice Marriott, author, editor, tutor, and fountain of writing knowledge will lead a two-hour memoir workshop at Parnell Library. This is an opportunity to create your memoir, something tangible for your friends and family, a special treasure to be handed down through generations.

Waitematā Literary Trail Monday 15 – Sunday 28 August

Opening event Saturday 13 August @2.30pm Dorothy Butler Children’s Bookshop Discover stories and art around Waitematā. Find beautiful literature and art created by young local authors and artists originally published in Toitoi: A Journal for Young Writers and Artists. Paired with Elizabeth Corin’s Notes on Reading, Elizabeth’s photographs capture her subjects engrossed in this personal yet prevalent act. Elizabeth pays homage to André Kertész’s signature works, which celebrate reading, documenting its continued appeal. In these moments we glimpse at private pleasure, the allure of narratives unfolding, of escape and so much promise. Works are on show at Studio One Toi Tū (foyer), Grey Lynn Library, Leys Institute external hoardings, Leys Institute Little Library, and Parnell Library. Same Same But Different Pride Poetry Speakeasy – Studio One Toi Tū Tuesday 16 August @6pm-8pm

After postponing earlier this year, Samesame but Different LGBTQ+ Writers’ Festival and Leys Institute Little Library are excited to announce the return of the PRIDE Poetry speakeasy. Join us, for an evening of rainbow poets and poetry, with an open mic and guest reader Essa May Ranapiri, author of the amazing new book Echidna. The evening will be hosted by Michael Giacon. Come along to read, listen and enjoy in our welcoming queer word nest.

The Unexpected Patient – Grey Lynn Library Tuesday 23 August, @6pm Booking via www.eventbrite.com

Join our in-person interview with author and frontline health worker Dr Himali McInnes. The Auckland GP talks with journalist Margie Thomson about the surprises of work in the health sector, and the challenges that create fresh perspectives. In Himali's insightful book, The Unexpected Patient, she and her colleagues show the powerful impact of even casual encounters between patient and professional. Refreshments will be provided and books for sale on site are courtesy of Time Out Bookstore for this free Grey Lynn Library evening event. Creative Creatures: Revenge Fantasy Workshop - Studio One Toi Tū Friday 26 August @6pm-7pm Enrol: studioone.org.nz (numbers limited)

Poets Aiwa Pooamorn and Gemishka Chetty bring you a space to write poems from rage and sick joy! Roast your enemies or colonizers of choice. Ever daydream about what you would have done or wished you had said in situations? Well, bring your alter egos and fantasies to life in our workshops. No writing experience necessary just a burning desire to vent and explore! Open to women of colour. Looking forward to you at We Read Auckland – Ka Pānui Tātau i Tāmaki Makaurau. Hours: Monday – Friday @ 9am-6pm, Saturday @ 9am-4pm (CHLOË – COMMUNITY LIBRARY MANAGER)  PN

LEYS INSTITUTE LITTLE LIBRARY, 14 Jervois Road, www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz

LEYS INSTITUTE REDEVELOPMENT PLANS CLOSE The final meeting of the Project Advisory Group for the Leys Institute was held on site at dawn on Thursday 23 June. Coinciding with Matariki, our facilitator Pita Turei spoke to us of the whenua and Matariki as we gathered around a fire pit which was warmly welcomed on such a cold morning. It was a very clear early morning, with stars still in view and a spectacular sunrise over the northern edge of the Leys library building. We then moved indoors to the Ponsonby Community Centre to be briefed on final concept plans developed by Matthews and Matthews heritage architects. After some tweaks, they will be presented to the Waitematā Local Board, before being circulated through the community for feedback. The plans include joining the heritage library and gymnasium with a common entrance which then leads out and down to a modern, glassed rear two stories, opening out onto the present courtyard and

pocket park in Dedwood Terrace. There will be a substantial entry from Dedwood Terrace. Flexible spaces will provide for a wide range of possible community activities with generous storage spaces for groups and workspaces for library staff. While council has a budget allocated for the seismic strengthening, the redevelopment plans to make our much-loved heritage buildings adaptable for future uses have no funding as yet. We will need to be prepared to advocate strongly with council and the local board when the plans are finalised. Anyone interested in becoming a member of Friends of Institute can email co-ordinator Helen Geary at heleng@maxnet.co.nz, and follow the Friends of Leys Institute Facebook page.  PN PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022





At the July meeting, Ponsonby U3A members were kept spellbound as they were treated to a lively exposition on artist turned architect Hundertwasser - his early beginnings, his loves, his ideas, and his work. Linda Tyler, convenor of Museums and Cultural Heritage at the University of Auckland took members behind the design of the new, $33.2m Hundertwasser Art Centre in Whangarei’s Town Basin to explain the artist’s practice and philosophies. Hundertwasser’s mother was a Jewess and from 1938 on, to survive, his life in Austria became one of subterfuge. He joined the Hitler Youth Movement and wore an armband and swastika, and, in the end, he and his mother were the only survivors of a once huge family. Arriving in New Zealand in the early 1973, he immediately fell in love with its natural beauty. Describing his life-long quest as a search for the unity of nature and art, he concluded that never was he nearer to this unity than in New Zealand. In just over a decade, he was enormously successful as a visual artist. His artwork became a brand as he utilised his skills of self-promotion, romantic exploits, and astute business nous. He made literally tens of thousands of original images in his lifetime which he authorised to have reproduced commercially and became a very wealthy artist. He wrote copiously about architecture and took the opportunity to disseminate his views through events and performances as well as publications. Functional architecture, he wrote, has proved to be the wrong road to take, like painting with a straight edged ruler... a decomposing solution should be poured over all those glass walls and smooth concrete surfaces so the moulding process can set in. And yet, while always being popular with the public, his art is absent from public collections and despite a considerable body of literature on his work, it is sometimes dismissed as imitative and over- promoted. Nevertheless, his threedimensional manifesto of moving from straight lines to organic shapes, dancing windows and a forested roof, as manifested in his public toilet for Kawakawa and more recently his magnificent museum, are testament to his enduring legacy in New Zealand. Ponsonby U3A member, Marin Adams was the ten-minute speaker, and she struck a chord for many members in recalling

Sessions available for tamariki aged 2-5yrs! email admin@ponsykids.org.nz or phone us on 376 0896

Linda Tyler

their own working lives. Eschewing the term ‘career’ with its linear tendency as a useful tool to describe her working life, she opted for a more organic model to give members an entertaining and dazzling account of the varied roles she played, from dealing with families in poverty and trauma to juggling her own family life. Clearly such roles were enabled by her early experience in educational psychology, but they were enhanced by her downright capability and adaptability and to an extent by serendipity. Ponsonby U3A meets at the Herne Bay Petanque Club on the second Friday of the month. A guest speaker, carefully drawn from a diverse range of all spheres of endeavour, features each month. As well, members take turns to give a ten-minute talk about their lives or their interests. At the heart of the club are the nearly thirty special interest groups that meet once a month, usually in each other’s homes. They include gardening, public art walks, gallery visits, dining out, armchair travel, writing, drawing, current affairs, antiques and collectibles, history, architecture to name just a few. It is in these small groups that real friendships are forged. Ponsonby U3A welcomes newcomers. You may be new to the area or looking for new challenges and interests. If you are interested in attending, first as a visitor, please call President Philippa Tait on M: 027 452 3108. (CHRISTINE HART)  PN] NEXT MEETING:

AGM Friday, 12 August at 9.30am


Ross Ferguson on “Mary Delaney and Her Paper Mosaicks.”


Herne Bay Petanque Club, 19 Salisbury Street, Herne Bay


Philippa Tait, President, Ponsonby U3A. M: 027 452 3108, www.u3a.nz

At Ponsy Kids Comm nity Preschool, children and their families are at the heart of everything we do...

20 Ponsonby Terrace www.ponsykids.org.nz

34 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022





August may be slightly drier than normal, with more sunshine than average but temperatures normal. The first week may be driest and sunniest, with highest pressures and coolest nights. The second week may bring a wintry blast and with the third week are wettest and cloudiest. The fourth week has least rain amounts and warmest temperatures. Atmospheric pressures may average 1011mbs. For fishers, highest tides are around 13th. Best fishing bitetimes in the east are around dusk on 11th-13th and 26th-

28th. Bite-chances are also good for noon of 4th-6th, and 18th-20th. For gardeners, planting is best (waxing moon ascending) between 1st-10th, and 27th-31st; and pruning best 12th25th, (waning moon descending). For preserving and longer shelf-life, pick crops or flowers around neap tides of 7th and 22nd. Always allow 24-hour error for all forecasting. (KEN RING)  PN

For future weather for any date, and the 2022 NZ Weather Almanac, see www.predictweather.com.

Opinions expressed in Ponsonby News are not always the opinion of Alchemy Media Limited & Ponsonby News.

skin by chelsea

Chelsea has spent over a decade working in the biggest cosmetic companies in the country. Solving her own hormonally imbalanced skin inspired her to explore a more ethical holistic alternative to skincare and guided her intuition to help others suffering with inflammatory skin disorders. Getting a monthly facial is a healthy way to maintain skin health, address any rising concerns and check in with your selfcare. Her TOUCH & TECH signature facials are individually designed with botanical skincare using modern technology and ancient massage techniques to enhance a balance to your skin. She is now offering her skin therapy expertise and education by appointment only to her clients in the Villa at 37 Jervois Road, Ponsonby. follow @_skinbychelsea


$20 off your treatment when booking online Use the discount code: ponsonbynews

PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022



PONSONBY PARK+ AUGUST UPDATE The Community-Led Design team was saddened to hear of the death of John Elliott last month. As the founder of, and an ongoing and passionate contributor to the Ponsonby News, John was a dedicated community and neighbourhood advocate. We would have loved for John to have seen the realisation of Ponsonby Park. We extend our condolences to John’s whanau and friends. May he rest in peace.

who are always eager to know what’s happening and when. And of course, we’ll keep our monthly updates in the fabulous Ponsonby News - Thank you Martin.

Ponsonby Park, amongst all the many other things it will provide, will be a place for contemplation and remembrance of those that have passed on.

We are SO thrilled to be underway at last!

On a happier note, the budgeted funds for the development of stage one of Ponsonby Park, the new civic space at 254 Ponsonby Road, are now available and work is already well underway. The procurement team sent out the RFPs (Request for Proposal) last month for the development and realisation of the (LandLAB Park+) concept design and this month the design studio will be chosen. Later this month, our Community-Led Design team will meet with the senior project manager again to be updated on the progress and the planned timeline for the project. We will continue our ongoing community engagement and advocacy work as the project progresses and we will keep you updated.

And who wouldn’t be? As Steve Armitage, the interim CEO of Central Auckland business association Heart of the City said, “There is strong evidence that public space projects attract more people and investment over time.” Just what Ponsonby needs and what Ponsonby Park will provide. And if you're interested to know more, our website holds a wealth of information about our Community-Led Design work over the many years that it has taken to get Ponsonby Park underway. From the first report commissioned in 2000, which clearly showed the need for the new civic space, to the establishment of our Community-Led Design group in 2016 by the Waitematā Local Board (thanks WLB), to where we are today - underway and preparing stage one of the development for action. Check out the journey so far on: 254ponsonbyrd.org.nz

Despite the restrictions that Covid-19 continues to place on us all with new sub-variants, plus the usual seasonal influenza season taking a heavier than usual toll on people’s health, we are hopeful that we will soon be able to host some inperson events again. These will be done to re-establish our community presence and to re-engage with all our supporters,

36 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022

In the meantime - get excited! Ponsonby Park, the new civic space at 254 Ponsonby Road is underway. Bring it on! (JENNIFER WARD)  PN www.254ponsonbyrd.org.nz




THIS STINKS! ZooDoo is being ‘kicked out’ of Auckland Zoo after 30 years. Instead of recycling animal manure on site, for the last six months the animal excrement has been driven off site to EnviroWaste, who have dumped the ‘doos’ in landfill instead of recycling it. That’s what I was told. I love the zoo so I decided to get to the bottom of this. ZooDoo is part of the eco-friendly plan for the zoo that has given them carbon zero status for six years. ZooDoo NZ is a working arrangement between Auckland Zoo, Second Chance Enterprises and Auckland DHB. Second Chance was started by a group of people who dealt with survivors of suicide and their families. Most of these survivors wanted one common thing - a reason to get up in the morning - a job. Manager Peter Jan has decided to close down ZooDoo completely, saying, “Over those 30 years ZooDoo have recycled over 14,000 tonnes of waste on site, saving the Auckland Zoo and the ratepayers of Auckland over $4 million in tip fees. Now about 3 tonnes of elephant manure will be sent to landfill each week costing Auckland ratepayers approximately $900 per week. This is on top of the 2.5 tonnes of ungulate [herbivore] manure already going to landfill costing $750 per week.” Delivery of the waste to the onsite ZooDoo compound was only two minutes away while EnviroWaste process is to collect a skip of waste, take it to their transfer station, unload and have it re-loaded onto a bigger truck to take it to their composting facility in Hampton Downs 60 minutes away. The Horticultural Society, at the end of Motions Road, five minutes from the Zoo, would have been the perfect space to relocate ZooDoo. The society had plans to reinstate their magnificent gardens with community composting; unfortunately this was not supported by the previous Waitematā Local Board. Auckland Zoo director, Kevin Buley, says that zoo visitors have increased from 300,000 a year to over 720,000 over those 30 years. Moreover, heavy machinery driving around a site with a fixed footprint of 20 hectares, among the pedestrians, especially children, is a health and safety issue. The Zoo’s priority is to maximise the value of site use and to reflect their core values of conservation and protection of endangered wildlife. Recent developments within the master plan have included replacement of underground services and new improved habitats for orangutan, tiger, otter and crocodile. Only 10% of the manure comes from zoo herbivores, as it requires outside product mixed in. The largest contributors to the raw product were the elephants. The dung has halved since Anjalee moved across the ditch to her new home, and Burma is due to leave within a year. That leaves excretion from giraffe, zebra, rhino, bison, waterbuck and antelope to be mixed with green matter to be composted to make the ‘doos’. The smelly, noxious waste of carnivores and primates is dumped in landfill because there is no biodigester plant in New Zealand.

Life on Earth exists in 6 inches of soil. We need to be making more soil, not dumping it. (GAEL BALDOCK, Community Advocate) AUCKLAND ZOO’S RESPONDS:

We would like our community to be aware that the ZooDoo waste recycling programme has not been involved and not been taken into account in terms of our carbon zero calculations, audits and accreditation. Since 2015, as part of our sustainability journey, Auckland Zoo has reduced its waste to landfill by more than 80%, which includes animal, staff and visitor waste. Ratepayer contributions to the zoo account for less than 40% of the zoo’s running costs, so any costs to safely dispose of animal manure will be significantly less than stated (we estimate around $250 per week once ZooDoo ceases its operations), as is the amount of animal manure produced each week. For example, an elephant produces approximately 560-700kgs of manure each week, not the three tonnes stated. The amount of ungulate (herbivorous hoofed animals) manure produced is also substantially less than the 2.5 tonnes stated, at around 600-700kgs per week. Up until now this waste has been composted outside the zoo and we are working with our partners to further improve reduction and recycling of all the waste coming from the zoo. We really value the social impact that the ZooDoo programme has had for 30 years at Auckland Zoo and are exploring ways we can continue to support the Work Foundations (formerly DHB) programmes at the zoo, including opportunities to redeploy the Work Foundation service users after Second Chance Enterprises ceases operations in December.  PN

PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022




PONSONBY HAS THE BEST CANNABIS FLOWER Local company Medleaf Therapeutics has threaded the regulatory needle again. Their THC cannabis flower is finding favour with a broad range of patients and has very 'high' uptake in the 'high' functioning tech sector. Although irradiated for your safety, it still tastes as excellent as it is effective.

could be effective as an Alzheimer's disease treatment while preventing major side effects''.

Arguably irrational government regulations mean that you are supposed to consume it as a tea. (Tea is a traditional way to consume cannabis, although not always the most effective for patients, depending on the circumstances). But patients also report vaping it, smoking it, cooking it, and extracting concentrates with it.

In general, cannabinoids protect your brain. There is also some evidence they help your brain to regrow neurons, which bodes well for our ageing population - if they micro dose THC.

Less Cancer, less Alzheimers… and better orgasms with cannabis?

While ageing brains are multiplying, cancer is also growing like gangbusters. Half of us will get it, and one in three of us will die from it. So it's cool that animals dosed with THC oil "lived longer than controls" in a two year study by Chan et al in 1995.

A recent study shows women who use ‘marijuana’ (THC) before sex have more than double the orgasms, increased sex drive, improvement in orgasm, and a decrease in pain. (Lynn BK, et al. 2019).

Generally, cannabinoids have been shown to kill cancers in “dose dependent fashion” since 1975. (Munson et al., 1975, Hinz B, Ramer R, 2021). The preclinical evidence is pretty overwhelming, and the anecdotes are legion.

Anecdotally, it's also great for men. With at least three specialist cannabis clinics in the area, lucky locals are now spoiled for cannabis choice - might a baby boom result?

If you don't, or can't, grow your own though, you are in the best neighbourhood for cannabis doctors, but let your fingers do the walking.

No longer do you need to call your dodgy mate. You can get primo weed from several Canna Care Clinics, or your local GP, and prices are now matching the black market for some products.

Unlike most other medicines, cannabis is essentially as safe as grapefruit.

Although many GPs don't realise it yet, they can easily prescribe any verified cannabis product to any patient for any condition because they are so safe, and so useful. Cannabinoids are the keys to your endo-cannabinoid system (ECS), and your ECS is your 'system of systems'. The more keys you can access the better, and the plant holds three times the ‘cannabinoid health keys’ we make in our body. THC and CBD are two of these keys. Having some (or many) keys to your ECS means that you can potentially treat (or prevent) a vast range of conditions. If you google 'Ethan Russo, Introduction to the Endocannabinoid System' you'll get an idea why - for example a TINY amount of THC oil daily (1mg) caused "rapid" and "robust" improvements in a severely affected Alzheimer's patient. (Ruver-Martins, et al., 2022). Authors concluded that, "cannabinoid microdosing

38 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022

Side effects (apart from improving your sex life) include lowering your blood pressure, slightly increasing your heart rate, and improving your metabolism. If you have psychosis in your family, stick to CBD or CBG rich products. 'Toxic' effects are effectively impossible with CBD products. However, too large a dose of THC can make people feel sick or put them to sleep. So always start low, go slow, and find out what works best for you. As Dr Reynolds said in the Lancet, "to avoid toxic effects, do not take a toxic dose." Simple really! WARNING: If you consume illegal cannabis you will need a prescription by March next year to protect yourself from what seem to be cartel friendly THC testing laws. These laws do not seem evidence based, and their main effect will be to penalise those without a prescription. Join the Hemp Foundation, help us make a difference. Each one, teach one. Learn and share. (TADHG STOPFORD)  PN PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)

EBIKES... SO MUCH TO KNOW, SO MANY CHOICES If you’re looking for a super quality bike that doesn’t need a bike carrier, can be snapped into a car boot, locker, lift, train, bus, ferry, and yet glide 50-100km to and from wherever, it’s been found! It’s the urban commuter/weekend road/trail answer to your mobile-lifestyle dreams, and due to Ebo’s direct importing model, it’s cheap. Turns out Ebo BikEs NZ has moved into College Hill with the “World’s Best FoldiE bike” range. We took one for a spin and couldn’t believe it! What a bike. These things are REAL bikes. They are the biggest FoldiE in the UK, and in the top tier in Belgium and the Netherlands in the FoldiE class. That’s proof alone. Alan Dempsey, certified bike-nut, and owner of Ebo says, “My love of FoldiEs started six years ago after coming across them in a bar in Brussels. I’d seen them around France and Belgium and was sitting in a brewery/pub when a very cool exec/business couple pulled up on these amazing alloy FoldiEs. It turned out that they’d backpacked in New Zealand 10 years before; they saw my Kiwi T-shirt, and Belgians like cyclists, so I qualified for a ride. Well, that was it - I was astounded. I’d ridden lots of Ebikes, but this was a whole new world. I had to track down the license for these things, which I did, and then set about upspecking, the whole bike to match New Zealand’s hills and

Alan Dempsey test flying his prototype SuperTourer

rugged conditions with heavy duty 350W (detoxed 400W) custom motor, massively upscaled batteries, super, efficient software, and higher gearing to make the whole thing a cruise as well as a buzz. I own over 20 bikes, but I live on my original Ebo SuperTour, which I’ve since taken to Europe and toured in seven countries with. Yes, TOURED, best 10 weeks of my life. What started as a hobby has turned into a serious business. So, we’ve set up a full showroom, workshop, warehouse, and spares dept. right here on College Hill. Not all FoldiEs are born equal, and it comes down to engineering, geometry, wheelbase, motor torque and quality everywhere; these are the keys. The UK designer/patent holder on these bikes is a dynamics genius, no less, but Alan of Ebo has put the whole thing into “Aotearoa mode”. Commute or tour, tar, or gravel hardpack, these things do it. The Ebo is agile, quick, chill when cruising, and seriously grunty on hills. Ebo have done it well and for under $2K. Call for an appointment demo. EBO BIKES, 27 College Hill, Freemans Bay, T: 021 980 511

PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022




LOCAL FASHION START YOUR ENGINES… Forget what you eat. For those that love their cars, you are what you drive. Many people think of their cars as extensions of themselves and their personalities whilst others eschew four wheels altogether and opt for public transport, or take to the streets on two feet or two wheels. Electric vehicles are also an attractive new proposition and with both every day and luxury marks embracing the demand for more planet-friendly options, more and more stylish EVs are popping up on our streets all the time.

40 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022


Powerhouse blonde and mum of two gorgeous wee ones, Natalie Norman, is the founder of baby sleep solution specialists Growbright, By Natalie Sleepwear and the all new Millo collection of luxe, foam-filled loungers. She has spent all of her life in the sleep industry due to the fact that her family business is the largest mattress manufacturer in Australasia, but to say it feels like Natalie is always on the go is most definitely an understatement! Her newest venture – Millo – is the perfect mix of luxury, liveability and great design, and her signature style is also exactly that.


With all that in mind, I asked a few local fashion names what they are driving at the moment and how it makes them feel, as well as posing the question: if money and time were no object, what would you aspire to drive?

Her chariot of choice when zipping between meetings, coffees, cocktails with friends and playdates is a BMWx3, “and I honestly love it! Having said that, if I didn’t usually have my two kids in tow I would love to get out and ride my e-bike more.” She adds that she would definitely consider an electric model when she’s next on the lookout for a new car, but her dream car is something much more classic (and not quite as practical). “I always wanted a pink MINI,” she laughs, “but when it comes to my dream car, it would have to be a gold Mercedes convertible or a vintage convertible Bentley” slightly impractical but very glamorous, and Natalie definitely has the impeccable wardrobe to match.

Natalie Norman and her newest creation, Millo

PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022



Hej-Hej's Kiki Judd (right) with business partner Alice Isles

Pronounced ‘hey hey,’ New Zealand-born hej hej is a cool and super fun brand that is quite the dream for all the linen lovers out there. Founded by long-time friends, Kiki Judd and Alice Isles, they offer a beautifully curated selection of timeless, very flattering, high-quality pieces at an accessible price point, and opened their first standalone store late last year on Ponsonby Road. In the beautiful space (formerly occupied by moochi) you’ll also find their inspiring new knitwear collection, which is full of must-haves and definitely embodies hej hej’s trademark love of colour. Perfectly positioned to harness natural light even in winter, their Ponsonby Road store is the perfect place to visit on a grey day, with a mood-boosting colour palette of periwinkle, lemon, pink, peach, orange and midnight blue that will always see you leave with a spring in your step. One half of hej hej, the always elegant Kiki Judd, admits that she currently gets around town in “my mum's Citroën - she lent it to us when we came back from Shanghai,” but she is in great company with Natalie Norman in that she, too would love to jump in a MINI.

42 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022

“I love what MINI represents as a luxury brand, as it’s always been about minimising the impact on the earth while maximising the fun,” she says. “I’ve also always loved how their colour palette stands out against other luxury car brands and if money were no object, I’d go for a convertible MINI EV in lemon.” She is definitely onboard with the electric vehicle vibe too, saying: “You just can't go wrong with an EV – it’s environmentally friendly and friendly on the wallet at the same time.” One of my absolute go-to local labels, Mina is a Grey Lynnbased brand that creates refined and elegant wardrobe staples with sustainability and ethical business practices always top of mind. Mina designer Natalie Procter is a master when it comes to effortlessly reimaging classic silhouettes, and each year she releases a multitude of beautifully considered pieces that are designed to be worn and loved for a lifetime. I have pieces from her very first collection that I still have on high rotate, and my unhealthy obsession with her seeminglyendless array of impeccably tailored coats and trench coats is second to none. Even if you buy nothing else this winter, an ankle-skimming Mina overcoat is a must!


START YOUR ENGINES Mina's Natalie Procter

The talented designer’s life is currently split between Auckland and Mount Maunganui where she has embraced the slower pace of life many of us can only dream about. When it comes to hitting the streets she says, “in and around the Mount I drive my white VW Polo, which I love; it's cute, small and drives super smooth. In Auckland I drive our work van everywhere, which is a Black Nissan Van NV200 and very practical. It’s quite the opposite to my cute and smooth Polo, but we had rails put in so it holds A LOT of clothes.” Natalie says that if money were no object, she would opt for practical – but naturally with an unashamedly stylish twist. “I’m lucky enough to live by the beach in Mount Maunganui and have just started surfing, so it seems only fitting that

a 2000 Land Rover Defender 90 Soft Top would be my dream car. And baby blue please, to complement my peach surfboard!” Lastly, would she say that she is getting more into an EV vibe given the rising cost of petrol and increasingly attractive offering of planet-friendly, chic vehicles? “Oh yes for sure! In fact, we looked at getting an EV for our work van before we brought the Nissan, but the charging port unfortunately couldn't be installed behind our studio in Grey Lynn.” “If money were no object then I'd happily take an EV Golf - in a heartbeat!” (HELENE RAVLICH)  PN

PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022



RECYCLED FABRICS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT You’re mostly nailing the recycling in your kitchen, but what about in your closet? While the most sustainable garments are the ones already in your wardrobe, at some point in the future you’re likely to need (and want) to go shopping for the new season. After all, spring is just around the corner. Recycled silk

Making new textiles from waste or preloved fibres is a another way to reduce your fashion footprint. Here’s our roundup of recycled fabrics you may not be familiar with yet. Recycled cotton

While farming cotton conventionally uses a huge amount of water and pesticides, recycled cotton fabric is spun from preconsumer textile waste, reducing the need to grow new cotton. Recycled cashmere

Sourcing the raw materials for cashmere knitwear means shearing a special breed of goat, then combing the extra fine downy hairs out of the coat. The thicker lower quality fibres are usually discarded. But some companies are now collecting used items made from 100% cashmere and recycling them into new clothes. Recycled wool

Wool is a renewable and biodegradable fibre, making it inherently eco-friendly. But preloved wool can also be recycled by blending it with other natural fibres like hemp, cashmere or cotton.

Here’s a DIY option. The waste silk from Indian weaving mills (usually from saris) is hand-spun into yarn in Nepal and India and also provides an extra source of income for local women. The yarn is pricey but beautiful and can make a great crafting project on chilly evenings. Ask at your local yarn shop. Recycled leather

This fabric is made from materials left over from the creation of leather bags and clothes. Offcuts are shredded and bonded to fabric backing, creating sheets of material that can be reused to make clothes. Recycled PET plastic

You’ll probably know PET as the stuff that makes the bottles that fizz comes in. But this plastic can be stretched into fibres and used to make fleeces and workout clothes. Of course, beautiful and sustainable fibres need to be cared for. Right now we’re loving the new ecostore Midnight Rose Fabric Softener – its gentle formulation and naturally derived floral fragrance put the luxury back in laundry. And for handwashing wool, silk and cashmere, there’s Eucalyptus Wool & Delicates.  PN

ECOSTORE, 1 Scotland Street, Freemans Bay, T: 09 360 8477, www.ecostore.co.nz

FLASH SALE up to 25% off Until August 15, surprise yourself with up to 25% off* ecostore and other great brands. Home Care | Body Care | Baby & Kids Our friendly team would love to see you. *excludes Bulk & Clearance

44 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022

Shop Hours

Visit us in store

Mon–Fri 10am-6pm Sat–Sun 10am-5pm Public Holidays hours may vary

1 Scotland Street Freemans Bay, Auckland Call & Collect 09 360 8477


Auckland showroom, 299 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, sales@ligne.nz, 64 9 393 5636


FACES @ GREY LYNN FARMERS MARKET Customers seek out Tyrone Campbell’s artisan pies from his distinctive truck at Grey Lynn Farmers Market on Sunday mornings. Where did you grow up?

You’re not in Matatā now.

Wainuiomata – I tell people that the hills brought me up because I spent so many hours exploring, mountain biking, and building huts. I also have lots of great memories of the coast, and swimming in local rivers.

No – we are based at our boutique bakery in old Albany village. After thinking about our values (people, community, family, sustainability), we decided to downscale to focus on quality rather than quantity. We still source ingredients direct from the best farmers in the country, building on longestablished relationships, but we gave up selling wholesale.

Where did you go after Wainuiomata?

I got the travel bug and went exploring around the world, working in over 30 different jobs during my ten years of backpacking. I worked in all kinds of roles, from hospitality to travel, from butcheries to bakeries, and I even worked for a sports company in the Welsh valleys. Are there any favourite places that you visited?

Scotland - that’s where I met my beautiful wife, Carla. It was while camping at Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands, in the same spot my ancestors had once walked that I came up with the idea to start Global Games. What is Global Games?

It is a social enterprise that runs multi-code festivals, giving young people opportunities through sport and travel opportunities that are normally reserved for representative players or sporting heroes. After a couple years of downtime, thanks to Covid-19, I’m very excited that we are back up and running festivals across the country, including a girls junior rugby festival at North Harbour Stadium during the Woman's Rugby World Cup this October - it is keeping me super busy. How do pies fit into this?

I’ve always thought of myself as a pie connoisseur. When I started Global Games, I travelled around the country visiting lots of sports clubs, to get them to participate, and I made a point of trying out pies everywhere I went. How did you make the leap from eating to making pies?

We took over a failing cafe in Albany, but the first few years were awful, with pies being the only thing that did well. Wanting a quieter life, we moved to Matatā, where we teamed up with the sourdough bakers at Bread Asylum. We made pies there too and ended up busier than before, selling pies all over the country.

How does Grey Lynn Farmers Market fit into this?

We use Carl’s Natures Corner eggs in our pies - Carl suggested we come here. I love it because it is a relaxing time for me after a full-on week. It's a very social market with lots of regulars. I am enjoying getting to know everyone. I love chatting with customers and other interesting stallholders. Tell me more about the pies.

We are very proud of the awards that our pies have won. We are one of very few pie makers to have won awards in the meat, gluten-free, and now vegan categories, having won awards from the vegan society. Some of our gluten-free customers at Grey Lynn have told me that ours is the first pie that they have been able to eat in years! We do our best to cater for everyone. Pies are a national dish after all. Lots of our customers are doing their weekly food shop. Can your pies help with that?

Absolutely! We always bring cold pies that people can heat and eat at home. If people pre-order at one market, then I can bring a family-sized pie to the next market for them. They can order any of the forty-ish flavours we make, but I usually bring the most popular seven flavours to the market. Do you ever get to relax?

Not really – I also manage the premier team at Ponsonby Rugby Club and I have three children, aged 7, 9, and 11 years. Our favourite family thing to do is to explore the many playgrounds around the region, and around the country. One of our favourites is Western Park - our kids love the big slides. Whenever we’re travelling near Wellington, we make a trip to Rainbow Park in Levin, which is one of the best playgrounds in the country.  PN pioneerpies.co.nz globalgames.co.nz

GREY LYNN FARMERS MARKET @ the Grey Lynn Community Centre, 510 Richmond Road,


46 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022



COSY UP BESIDE THE FIRE AT DIDA’S THIS AUGUST Dida’s Wine Lounge is situated at 60 Jervois Road right beside Glengarry Jervois Road. Dida, translating into grandfather in Croatian, is a fitting name for an epic wine lounge on the site where it all started for Dida Joe many years ago. This site is the original for the Jakicevich family, who established Glengarry on this spot in the 40s and continue to own and manage it today. So, what is happening at Dida’s this August? Come on in and try our winter menu. Lots of new dishes and plenty of old favourites. Dida’s is a great place to catch up with a friend, or why not get a group together and enjoy a night of wine, shared plates and plenty of great conversation. Did you know there’s a wine cellar under Dida's? Dug out after school by Jak Jakicevich quite a few years back now, our wine cellar is a wonderful area for hosting an intimate gathering. Groups of up to 12 people are perfect in this space and we can cater the drinks and the food from Dida's kitchen and bar above. Why not book your next function at Dida's? We would love to create a special event just for you. See you soon.  PN DIDA’S, 60 Jervois Road, T: 376 2813, www.didaswinelounge.co.nz




(0 9) 376 2 813


PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022



GLENGARRY’S ANNUAL BORDEAUX FIRST GROWTH TASTING - THE MEMORABLE 2019 VINTAGE As Bordeaux specialists, each year when the latest vintage of En Primeur arrives, we like to taste the best of the best. The First Growths are amongst the finest red wines in the world, and have held this position for hundreds of years. Embark on the vinous journey of a lifetime, as we taste our way through the greatest Chateaux of the incredible 2019 vintage, the middle of the first trilogy of great years ever seen in Bordeaux. We will be tasting wines from all five famed ‘First Growths’ from the 1855 classification: Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Haut Brion, Chateau Margaux and Chateau Latour. These Cabernet Sauvignon dominant wines have been the favoured drink of Royalty for centuries. Thomas Jefferson famously visited and placed the first orders for the United States in 1787. As Chateau Latour has changed its timing for release of the Grand Vin, we will be tasting Les Forts de Latour as the 2019 vintage has recently been released and allows us to keep all the wines the same vintage.

From the Right Bank we also have the legendary Chateau Cheval Blanc, Chateau Angelus and Chateau Figeac. We know these estates extremely well. Our General Manager Liz Wheadon and Victoria Park Site Manager Zane Winskill will lead you through the history, stories, and winemaking of each of them. We also always have some exciting extras to round off the evening. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to try these phenomenal wines side by side in this once in a lifetime tasting.  PN The details: Event: Bordeaux 2019 First Growth Tasting Event Date: 7pm Thursday 15 September 2022 Event Location: Glengarry Wines, 118 Wellesley St West, Auckland Event Cost: $699 www.glengarrywines.co.nz/tastings

ANNUAL 1ST GROWTH BORDEAUX UNFORGETTABLE 2019 VINTAGE As Bordeaux specialists, each year when the latest vintage of En Primeur arrives, we like to taste the best of the best. With centuries of status behind them, the First Growths are some of the finest red wines in the world. Embark on the vinous journey of a lifetime as we taste our way through the greatest châteaux of the incredible 2019 vintage, part of this legendary region’s first ever trilogy of great years.

We will be wines from the five famous First Growths from the 1855 classification

Château Lafite Rothschild, Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Haut-Brion and Château Margaux Château Latour (Les Forts de Latour) Alongside will be a collection from the right bank WWW.GLENGARRY.CO.NZ | P: 0800 733 505 | E: SALES@GLENGARRY.CO.NZ

48 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022


­ ­

­ ­




BEATING THE WINTER BLUES It’s been a tough couple of years, first Covid-19, then war in Europe, now, inflation, climate change and my 66th birthday. This is not the life I ordered. I demand to see the manager! Okay. I’m playing it for laughs. But depression is real. It would be easy to slip into a gloomy space, given the above, plus the numbingly regular cold, grey rainy days in Auckland this winter. Yet, 30 years ago I was lucky enough to get counselling, kind support and antidepressant medication from the Anxiety New Zealand Trust (formerly known as the Phobic Trust). I can honestly say that it changed my life. From regular crippling social anxiety and bouts of depression, I moved on to a largely happy functional existence on Planet Earth. In so many ways, my life has expanded and blossomed, and I am eternally grateful. As a wine writer, I am acutely aware that alcohol is a depressant. Wine is fine in moderation, but when taken to excess I’m aware that alcohol will reduce ability to think rationally, lessen inhibitions, and distort judgment. If you are on medication, heavy drinking will essentially negate any of the positive chemical effects of antidepressants on your brain. Having said that, my moderated consumption of wine, and the endless journey of discovery in the world of wine has been and will continue to be a source of joy, companionship, and inspiration in my life. I would wish the same for you. Need help? www.depression.org.nz Loveblock Marlborough Gewürztraminer 2020 (vegan) - $22

A very elegant, yet complex example of one of my favourite wine varieties. Not at all your big and bold oily, sweet and perfumed OTT gewürztraminer. This wine has subtle aromas of pear juice and a hint of jasmine. A musky off-dry palate with lychee, rock melon and a bit of preserved ginger. Finishes yeasty, crisp and tangy. Great with Vietnamese or Malaysian cuisine. Available: Glengarry.

Dark Horse California Chardonnay 2020 - $20

Definitely in the oaky Californian style, but not the sweet oak and fruit bomb Californian style. Crisp and creamy with nectarine, nougat and a mineral clean finish. Great value. Match with oysters or a creamy pasta dish. Available: Glengarry. Westbrook Single Vineyard Marlborough Pinot Noir 2018 - $30

Light bodied but full of flavour and character. Savoury, with soft tannins and a hint of florals. Cranberry, cherry and spiced plum with an elegant dry finish. Match with duck dishes or pasta with truffle and mushroom sauce. Available: www.westbrook.co.nz Pegasus Bay North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2020 - $55

Assertive, funky and muscular. If Grace Jones was a pinot noir, she’d be this wine. Pull up to my wine glass, baby! Lots of truffle and umami soy flavours laced together with cherry, cassis, liquorice and spice. Very lengthy finish. Food match: venison or rabbit. Veg option – pasta with truffle and mushroom sauce. Available: Caros, pegasusbay.com Matawhero Church House Gisborne Malbec 2019 - $27

Sumptuous, soft, and drinking very well for a three-yearold. Just goes to show that there’s more to Gisborne than chardonnay. Flavours of plum, cherry, blackberry, fruitcake and hint of herbs, backed up with medium tannins. Lengthy finish. Vegan friendly. Match with spicy ratatouille on rice. Available: Glengarry. (PHIL PARKER)  PN

Margalleux Vouvray Loire Valley France 2020 - $35

Dry and elegant chenin blanc from the home of Vouvray. Shy on the nose, but opens up with integrated flavours of apple sauce, spiced nectarine, ripe grapefruit and a hint of pineapple – all bound up in crisp minerality. Available: Sabato vineonline.co.nz

FINE WINE & FOOD TOURS “No. 2 Auckland Wine Tour” – TripAdvisor Your host, Phil Parker wine writer. Affordable tours for small and large groups.

E: phil.parker@xtra.co.nz

50 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022




210 SYMONDS STREET T: 09 377 1911 www.sidatthefrenchcafe.co.nz sidatthefrenchcafe

SIDART, Level 1, Three Lamps Plaza, 283 Ponsonby Road T: 360 2122 www.sidart.co.nz


When you dine with us, the focus is on freshly prepared classic dishes, featuring an excellent range of pasta, seafood, meats and our pizza classics.


We also offer our pasta dishes to takeaway, phone for details or check our website for the menu. 263 PONSONBY RD, THREE LAMPS, 09 361 1556 www.gustoitaliano.co.nz

PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022



CUSTOM SIGNET RINGS BY BENJAMIN BLACK Enriched with meaning, custom signet rings are a beautiful way to tell your story, keep family heritage close to your heart, or as a stylish wedding ring. Located at 182 Ponsonby Road (in the old fire station) Custom Signet Rings by Benjamin Black houses an array of signet rings in shapes, sizes, and precious metals.

The ring is then made by master jeweller Benjamin Black and presented in a beautiful box with a cleaning cloth and lifetime manufacturing warranty.

A personalised service, once you have selected your size, shape and metal, their design team will create the perfect engraving for your heirloom ring.


52 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022

Custom Signet Rings by Benjamin Black, 182 Ponsonby Road,



I was fascinated to read in Ponsonby News (June 2022) that Helen White (she/her) is an “Auckland based” list MP. I wonder if she would be good enough to list for your readers all her personal accomplishments while she has been in this position, and importantly itemise all the benefits that will fall to Auckland Central residents and Ponsonby News’ readers as a result of her untiring efforts. Roger Hawkins, Herne Bay SILKY OTTER CINEMA

I’m just curious what has happened to the cinema that was supposed to be opening in Ponsonby Central? It said it would be the beginning of this year but still nothing. Anyone know? Jessie Rakich, by email FROM THE EDITOR

We’ve been advised that the fitout has started and the opening is now planned for October. We can’t wait! COUNTDOWN SUPERMARKET, HERNE BAY

The new Countdown supermarket in Herne Bay has applied for a liquor licence and I note Auckland Council has no objection. However I see that the Waitematā Local Board has submitted an objection. As far as I am aware the board has not canvassed the local residents in Herne Bay to obtain their views to this application but has made this decision amongst board members. Local boards are there to represent the citizens of the area they are responsible for, and not to make



decisions in-house that will affect members of the public. I personally have no objection to this application and having bought liquor at other Countdown branches I am aware of a fairly strict adherence to liquor laws. Norman Stanhope, by email AN OLDIE, BUT A GOODIE

On Sunday 25 July Mike Lee outlined why he was standing for Auckland Council against City Vision's Pippa Coom. The five key reasons are: 1. The unforgivable state of the Auckland Council finances. That is, Auckland City is on the brink of bankruptcy, meaning more and higher rates are coming! 2. The ballooning payments to council officers and corporate contractors. 3. The destruction of our unique built heritage by central and local government legislation. 4. The theft of the Hauraki Gulf and Regional Parks driven by City Vision's Councillor Pippa Coom. 5. The fake and flawed process of public consultation spun by all Council Controlled Organisations, specifically Auckland Transport. Mike Lee and his team are determined to change the direction of the Auckland Council and return democracy to ratepayers. Promising open, transparent and accountable governance as their guiding principles, Mike Lee gets my vote in the Waitematā ward for daring to speak truth to power. Lisa Prager, Westmere

PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022


1. 2.


5. 6. 4.

1. Madly Sweetly Budding Romance Tee, $209

4. Obi Madras Shift Dress, $293

2. Megan Salmon Dodo Mason Trench Coat, $417

5. Megan Salmon Cactus Vee Romance Dress, $429

3. Obi Tropical Jungle Shift, $357

6. Megan Salmon Crepe Austin Shirt, $299

ZEBRANO, 22 Morrow Street, Newmarket - opposite Westfield, T: 09 523 2500, www.zebrano.co.nz

䰀攀洀漀渀 吀爀攀攀



54 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022



HELP WHERE IT IS NEEDED MOST The results of a recent pilot study of students not achieving literacy and numeracy standards in NCEA have many parents concerned about their children's education. With the last two years being extremely disruptive, students' results are now starting to show the effect of this, and the impact on their education. This, combined with the evidence showing literacy and numeracy rates have been declining over the past two decades; something has to change. Absenteeism is on the rise and a 2020 UNICEF report found that more than a third of the country’s 15-year-olds struggled to read and write, with 64.6% having only basic skills in reading and maths. These alarming statistics mean more parents are now supplementing their children's learning with additional support more than before. NumberWorks’nWords provides this opportunity and supports students with their learning in both English and maths. A comprehensive free initial assessment provides an opportunity for parents to meet the team, discover how their child is going, collaborate on learning goals, and see for themselves how effective and enjoyable tutoring with NumberWorks’nWords is. NumberWorks’nWords knows teachers work hard, and they look forward to some systemic changes that will increase the attainment of all New Zealand children. In the meantime, NumberWorks’nWords tutors provide encouraging, timely and clear instructions that re-engage children in a way which is inspiring, challenging and fun, in order to help your child thrive. Phone NumberWorks’nWords on T: 09 360 0816 for an initial discussion, email greylynn@numberworks.com, or visit numberworksnwords.com/nz to learn more about maths and English tuition with NumberWorks’nWords. NUMBERWORKS’NWORDS Grey Lynn, 316 Richmond Rd, T: 09 360 0816, E: greylynn@numberworks.com,


PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022




TEEN PICKS - EXCEPTIONAL EATS Food - key in our lives has always held a special place in my heart - I’m a foodie born and raised! I must say I think I have an inbuilt radar for finding delicious places to eat. A bit of bias, but I believe Ponsonby offers the best selection of restaurants/cafes in the whole of Auckland. This month I will introduce two of my new favourite eateries and pay tribute to two of my most treasured spots that I just keep going back to.

exciting new experience. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are also available, allowing everyone to indulge in a good ol' burger - no exclusions at Parade! GOLDEN OLDIES Bread & Butter Cafe


Calling all curry fans - and even those who aren’t Mumbaiwala might just change your mind! Situated at 252 Ponsonby Road lies this bustling Indian restaurant. Recently discovered by my family and I, it has quickly risen to the top of our list (which is a pretty difficult task for particular people like us). The menu itself offers so many varied, unique dishes and its extraordinarily generous array of vegan and glutenfree options puts many other restaurants to shame. You’ll find creamy curries, delicious dhals, even a crisp, limey coleslaw to refresh the palate, and so much more! While my top recommendation is the Aloo Tikki Chaat - a sweet, tangy, crispy potato sensation - each dish is so different yet all share one thing in common, the yum factor! I can’t begin to describe the delectable spices and intense flavours laced into every dish, bringing you a truly authentic experience. I am not exaggerating when I say, I think it’s simply the best Indian I’ve tasted in New Zealand. Everyone needs to come and experience the heavenly Mumbaiwala; just make sure you reserve in advance in order to avoid disappointment. Parade

One of the newer kids on the block is the burger house, Parade, located at 250 Ponsonby Road - next door to Mumbaiwala actually (talk about convenient!). Parade differs from your usual burger joint boasting an ‘Americanised’ menu with: Burgers served on pretzels (which are made from scratch every day), generously loaded fries, spicy wings - the list goes on. Though I wish I could have ordered the whole menu, I decided to opt for the “Single Smash" - meat patty, American cheese, special sauce and of course pickles, all on a pretzel bun. It had me licking my lips in delight, giving my taste buds an

56 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022

There is no better way to kick off a great day than a scrumptious brekkie. As it's my favourite meal of the day, I certainly know the best places to eat, such as my family's goto: Bread & Butter. As you enter you are immediately greeted with an incredible choice of counter foods which will have you drooling and ready to dig in. Behind the glass are many savoury delights, as well as a plentiful spread of sweet nibbles to satisfy those cravings. I personally recommend the cinnamon and walnut sticky bun. But don’t miss their carefully crafted menu which changes seasonally adding some refreshing excitement throughout the year. Often I go for a delicious selection of sides or a hearty meal such as an iconic big breakfast, or the decadent French toast. Also, remember to sample their freshly baked bread and excellent coffee. Be sure to add this cafe to your list; that’s if it isn’t already on it. Located next to Farros at 34 Westmoreland Street West. Janken

You haven’t properly eaten Japanese food until you have been to Janken (or Japan). I cannot rate Janken highly enough, it has been a consistent favourite of mine for years. Located at 158 Jervois Road, it’s a quick walk from home, making it very hard to resist. However, it’s recent transition from restaurant into cafe has left me a bit bummed, as it no longer serves dinner. Thankfully, all is not lost because you can still get takeaways up until 6pm. Hence our family can continue to order our beloved Bento Boxes, which have become an absolute staple for us. Our friends love them too, providing another excuse to indulge in this delicious embodiment of Japanese flavours. I always go for the tofu bento box, but my pals love the chicken and pork versions. It’s a stunning all-in-one meal, including a salad, protein and rice - truly a culinary work of art. (HONOUR MITCHELL)  PN


At King’s do you live for the weeks or the weekends? Yes.


Walk to school rather than sit in traffic.


Run to your own timetable.


Designated study time to focus on learning.


A time where the family is the focus.

5 Day Boarding at King’s. The best of both worlds. There are many reasons why 5 day boarding at King’s works for both students and their families’ busy lives. If you’d like to find out more about a King’s College all-round education in 2023, talk to us now. Places are limited.

King’s is opportunity



THE BEST START TO A BOY’S EDUCATION The vision at King’s School is to develop the individual talents of each boy... for life. Teachers are focused on offering each child the opportunity to discover and explore his full potential. Headmaster Tony Sissons believes children 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 self-belief, is motivated, flexible and resilient,” he says.

Specialist Teachers – King’s also offers a wide range of enrichment subjects to inspire and stimulate boys. Specialist teachers deliver Music, Drama, Art, Science, French, Physical Education and Swimming Programmes. Every child learns a musical instrument and there are a variety of cultural groups and sports teams to join. Boys are encouraged to follow their passions and the school celebrates success and achievements across all disciplines.

Small Class Sizes – All classes at King’s School have a

dedicated teacher and homeroom. Class sizes are kept small so that teachers can provide personalised attention and noone gets lost in the crowd. Tony is not a fan of the modern learning environment model. His years in education have convinced him that children must feel secure and supported before they can learn effectively.

Knowing How Boys Learn – Life at King’s School is very

Solid Foundations – Boys need to form a solid bond with their teacher and classmates so that they feel confident to take risks and challenge themselves. Strong connections are the foundation of the King’s online learning programme that helped boys progress despite lockdowns. Their refined online programme continues to provide daily live learning opportunities for boys who are isolating.

Manners and values are important at King’s and are integrated into every aspect of the school day. Boys are expected to live by the Golden Rule, “Treat others the way you would like to be treated”.

Literacy and Numeracy – These are the primary focus at

King’s School and there are extra teaching staff for these subjects at each year level. This ensures exceptional teacher:pupil ratios and allows staff to teach to the appropriate level for the development of individual boys.

much geared for boys; with shorter lessons, more visual and tactile teaching methods, opportunities for students to be active and move around the school, and male mentoring and buddy programmes. All these strategies are backed by research on how boys learn best.

Tony Sissons is committed to giving boys the best possible start to their education. “I am proud of my team and believe our programme provides boys with a strong foundation for the future by instilling a love of learning with values and integrity, while establishing friendships for life. A King’s School education is the best gift you could give your son.”

KING’S SCHOOL, 258 Remuera Road, Auckland 1050, T: 09 520 7770, www.kings.school.nz

58 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022



I Love Lucy Book Review: Just Kids, Patti Smith - 15+ “I immersed myself in books and rock 'n' roll, the adolescent salvation ...” This is the richest and most interesting autobiography that I have ever had the privilege of reading. Patti Smith writes poetic, insightful descriptions about her experiences living in New York City in the late sixties and seventies whilst in a unique relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Patti writes of the gifts Robert and her would exchange, making art for each other, scrimping to buy vintage clothing and coats to dress in the style of Oscar Wilde, making experimental art together, and the ups and downs of their complicated, incredible, and intoxicating relationship. She describes the various places they lived and how their artwork would take over the spaces. This book provides a never before seen insight into the lives of Patti and Robert, detailing what led Robert to photography and Patti to her legendary music career - a prelude to the fame that was soon to come. Just Kids includes descriptions of Patti’s childhood; the impact religion had on her can be seen in her lyrics, such as in the song Dancing Barefoot. In one of the final lines Patti Smith’s captivating voice speaks to listeners, saying “The hands of he, and the promise that she, is blessed among women.” I will most definitely be reading this masterpiece again. (LUCY KENNEDY)  PN  out of 5! www.lucykennedywriter.wixsite.com/reviews instagram @lucykennedyreviews

King’s School

Open Days 17 & 18 August 9.00am Register at kings.school.nz Accepting applications for 2024





PERSONAL SERVICES INCOME ATTRIBUTION RULES The reinstatement of the 39% tax rate for an individual's income greater than $180,000 has resulted in the government proposing new measures to address matters that the IRD perceives as tax avoidance. The attribution rule prevents an individual from avoiding the top personal tax rate (39%) by diverting income to an associated company or trust. It is common for an individual, a builder, for example, to incorporate a company and provide their services through this structure. The company allocates the builder a shareholder salary, and any profits retained in the company will be taxed at 28% (corporate tax rate). However, that salary may be below market rates. To this extent, the difference between the allocated salary and the market value of that salary creates a tax advantage. This practice gained notoriety due to the 2011 decision in Penny and Hooper v Commissioner of Inland Revenue that went to the Supreme Court. That case involved two Christchurch orthopaedic surgeons who used company structures and family trusts to avoid higher personal income tax rates by artificially lowering their salaries; 50% below what was perceived to be market value by the Inland Revenue Department. Both individuals were found to have had a tax avoidance purpose. This case creates a precedent which further supports the government's motivation behind the personal services income attribution rules and the proposed amendments. The existing personal services income attribution rule is subject to three principal criteria. These are: The 80% Single Source Rule - at least 80% of the associated company (or trust's) income from personal services during the income year is derived from the supply of services to a single third-party customer; The 80% Single Supplier Rule - at least 80% of the associated company (or trust's) income from personal services during the income year is derived from services that are performed by the individual; Substantial business assets (property with a cost of more than $75,000 or 25% of the company – or trust's – total income from services for the income year) are not a necessary part of the business structure that is used to derive the business income. Note that the attribution rule only applies where a minimum threshold of $70,000 annual earnings is reached. So what are the proposed changes up for discussion? The proposal suggests a number of options for broadening the

Logan Granger, Ponsonby Office

scope of the personal services attribution rule. If implemented, the changes suggested in this proposal would represent a shift in the focus of the rule from narrowly targeting taxpayers who are similar to employees to capture a wider array of scenarios where an individual may use an associated entity as a channel for selling their personal services to one or more customers. It is proposed that the 80% single source rule be removed altogether. Inland Revenue is also considering lowering the threshold for the single supplier rule from 80% to 50% and increasing the threshold for the substantial business assets to either $150,000 or $200,000 (or 25% of the company or trust's annual income). What does this mean? Take our builder example, a sole employee and shareholder of their company working on multiple projects for various clients. Currently, the company pays the 28% corporate tax rate on the income from building services provided to clients and pays a salary of $70,000 to the sole shareholder. Any residual profits are retained in the company. If these proposed changes were to pass, the personal services attribution rule would apply so that all the income of the builder's company (the associated entity) is attributed to the sole shareholder (the working person). The IRD's intention is to ensure that taxpayers cannot avoid the highest personal tax rate. The IRD are putting more resources into this area to ensure taxpayers are returning the appropriate amount of tax. If you think the attribution rules may apply to you, please seek professional advice. Disclaimer – While all care has been taken, Johnston Associates Chartered Accountants Ltd and its staff accept no liability for the content of this article; always see your professional advisor before taking any action that you are unsure about.

JOHNSTON ASSOCIATES, 14 St Marys Bay Road, T: 09 361 6701, www.jacal.co.nz

14 St Marys Bay Road, St Marys Bay

60 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022



NEW APARTMENT DEVELOPMENTS OFFER MORE CHOICES FOR CITY LIVING The growth of apartment buildings across the Auckland region is driven by the ongoing housing shortages and the demand for different styles of living by an ever-changing range of home buyers. Whether buyers want more practical benefits like less maintenance and more security, or the desire for a different and more urban lifestyle, new builds and refurbishment developments are meeting the demands of a wide range of purchasers. From first home buyers to professional couples and the 60 plus age group, a more modern and sophisticated way of living is sought. Lahood® Window Furnishings partners with a number of existing and new builds to provide purchasers with a comprehensive interior design service. Lahood helps navigate the body corporate rules and maximises the ambience and style unique to apartment living. Whilst window furnishings are the focus of Lahood’s service, they work with all elements of the interior décor to achieve an inspiring and seamless result. With windows often featuring prominently in new apartments, there is a large “blank canvas” to work on, so the way glass walls and doors are treated is a big part of the overall look and will greatly influence the rest of the interior design. Lahood’s Interior Design Consultant Tricia Dunlop says “Working with the spatial elements of an apartment is critical. With our experience we can add lots of value to the design decisions and avoid costly mistakes.” Sheer curtains or light filter blinds let more light in and make a room appear brighter but still provide plenty of privacy. This is especially important for those north and west-facing windows that receive the most natural light. “It’s important to provide long term solutions. Apartment windows are usually subject to the harsh New Zealand sun, so high-quality products are always suggested and warranted,” says Tricia. Lahood has a wide range of fabrics to inspire. They can cater to all tastes, whether it be a natural palette including

linens and textural weaves, brightly coloured botanicals and abstract patterns, to luxurious velvets and metallic fabrics. To fit with the modern styling in new apartments, automating window furnishings is another popular recommendation for Lahood customers. Nearly all blinds and curtains today can be fitted with fully automated systems, and owners can manage all rooms remotely via mobile device apps. Visit Lahood’s stunning showroom at 104 Mt Eden Road and talk to them about your apartment décor ideas. From inspiration to installation, Lahood® Window Furnishings have it all. Phone 0800 LAHOOD to book a design consultation. www.lahood.co.nz

PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022



HOME WORK - WORK AT HOME Do your homework or make your home work for you. Our DESKboys are an awesome work-from-home desk, study station or inspiration location – even perfect for hiding mess and all things crafty. Customise your DESKboy to suit your living room, bedroom or office space today. All New Zealand made by Danske Mobler. Shop in store or online now www.meluka.co.nz

WHY CHOOSE MELUKA? Built to last. Timeless design and quality that lasts a lifetime.

Fully customisable. Endless finishes and configurations to suit your style.

All Meluka products arrive fully assembled. Zero hassle set-up. Enjoy your new furniture instantly.

Designed & made in NZ. Family owned and operated, where innovation & quality is key.





Furniture. Simply.

62 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022



ASH ROAD – HOME STAGING Maximise the value of your home. Now more than ever it’s important to have your home stand out from the rest when it comes to selling. Home staging is a proven way to maximise the value of your home. It showcases the lifestyle prospective buyers could enjoy, and by using a bespoke home staging company like Ash Road, you can increase the chance of your home standing out from the rest. “Ash Road were recommended to us…and we are so pleased we found them, as they made selling our house so easy, and stress free…the pieces they selected were simply stunning and perfectly suited to our home…and we sold for 40% over the CV – the perfect outcome!” “I am convinced that working with Ash Road is what made our house go from looking pretty good, to looking absolutely,

spectacular. I have been to dozens of open homes, most of which are staged, and none of them look as good as the ones done by Ash Road. If I were to sell again, I would not even consider another company…” Ash Road directors Nat and Katie say, “We are a boutique home staging company based in Grey Lynn. Our aim is to remove the stress from selling by presenting your home in the best way to get the best price. Homes we stage consistently sell for premium prices.” Book with Ash Road before 30 September and get six weeks home staging for their five-week price (giving you a week for free). www.ashroad.co.nz




Check out our website www.ashroad.co.nz Follow us on @ash_road_ Call us today: Nat 021 733 099 or Katie 021 577 177 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022



MURRAY ANDREWS, ELECTRICIAN Murray Andrews is an experienced electrician having worked on a wide variety of jobs during his career. As he told Ponsonby News, “I completed my electrical apprenticeship in 1980 after having a wonderful OE to see the wider world. From the time I qualified until now I have seen many changes in the electrical field. I still thoroughly enjoy my work and have a preference for the smaller jobs with repeat business from those clients. “In the residential arena I have worked on many villas and bungalows in Ponsonby, Grey Lynn, Herne Bay and Onehunga. The work has included alterations, switchboard upgrades, hot water repairs, power and lighting installations and general upgrades. The oldest residential house I have worked on was a large sprawling house built in the 1880s.

“In the commercial arena my work has included installations and repairs to offices, warehouses and factories. I am IQP registered for emergency lights and test and tag. This commercial work has included the acrylic bending process for aquariums that followed after the completion of the Kelly Tarlton Aquarium and involved the wiring of a large oven required to bend to acrylic. “My clients say that when they ring me they know I will turn up and will do a great job for them; this is where my experience counts. I have clients that are still with me 20 years later so I know I am doing something right. But most of all I still love the work that I do and I take great pride in that. I cover most areas in Auckland.”

ELECTRICIAL MAINTENANCE LTD, M: 021 598 992, or E: mhandrews@xtra.co.nz, www.emltd.co.nz

Thinking of selling or buying a business?


I handle all types of business sales ranging from $100k to $10m+ Call now for a no obligation free appraisal (confidentiality assured)

David Wells BA, Dip RE, AREINZ, REINZ accredited

027 436 1465 david.wells@naiharcourts.co.nz Cooper & Co Real Estate Ltd Licensed REAA 2008

64 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022

Qualified, Experienced, Reliable, Local

Contact Murray Andrews M: 021 598 992 E: mhandrews@xtra.co.nz P O Box 78 298, Grey Lynn 1245 www.emltd.co.nz







In this market you need trust, experience, positivity, and problem-solving skills. With a proven track record over 25 years, we know how to deliver results in all markets.


Do it once and do it right with Kym and Tricia. Tricia Lafferty 021 611 205 Kym Aikin 021 596 222 kym.aikin@bayleys.co.nz tricia.lafferty@bayleys.co.nz RESIDENTIAL RE LTD, BAYLEYS, LICENSED UNDER THE REA ACT 2008

Residential / Commercial / Rural / Property Services

PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022



@ Dawson & Co.

FROM TOP: Lita suspension pedant by Luceplan from $1,189 Compendium floor lamp by Luceplan $2,429 Mesh suspension light by Luceplan from $8,599

DAWSON & CO., Northshore Showroom, 38 Constellation Drive, Rosedale T: 09 476 1121, Parnell Showroom, 115 The Strand, Parnell; info@dawsonandco.nz www.dawsonandco.nz

66 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022



LOVE YOUR BED... If you are an existing client or planning on owning one of our beds, here are a few guidelines for the care of your R+H piece.

As you are probably aware, our bed bases are constructed from “flexi” slats that are laminated wood, crimped and concave in profile. The flex in the slat takes the place of the box spring base in a traditional bed system, but being open allows a natural flow of air around the mattress. The central spine that runs head to toe, ensures independent movement. We suggest that once a year or thereabouts you rotate the slat positions on your bed. We find that the slats through the lumber region take most of the weight and wear, so rotating them with foot and/or head slats will prolong their life. The shoe on the side rail only needs to be removed to allow the slat to come away and the shoes in the central rail never need to be removed once the bed is assembled. ROSE + HEATHER SHOWROOM: 366 Great North Road. Grey Lynn, Auckland

Newport Bed all sizes in Kauri or Ash

Christopher Elliott Dakota Bed in Kauri or Ash

Christopher Elliott 4 Post Bed

Showroom: 366 Great North Road 09 376 2895


Open 7 days



Grey Lynn




PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022



74 Vermont Street



The residential property market in Auckland may be softening, but anyone looking at buying a home to live in long-term can rest assured that price fluctuations will have virtually no impact on their life in the residence over that period, according to one of the city’s foremost real estate agents. Bayleys Ponsonby leading salesperson Blair Haddow said that anyone buying a home in the likes of Ponsonby, Herne Bay, St Mary’s Bay, Westmere, Freemans Bay, and Grey Lynn, and looking to live in the locale well into the foreseeable future should not be concerned about price fluctuations in the market. “Yes, the market may be on a downward trend, but when you’re looking at buying your dream home, your ‘forever’ home, does that really matter?” said Blair Haddow, who has experienced numerous property cycles during his distinguished career at Bayleys. “The deep underlying motivation for moving into a new home will remain the same no matter what the asking price. How much do you really want to live in Ponsonby, Herne Bay, St Mary’s Bay, Westmere, Freemans Bay, or Grey Lynn? “I often use the analogy that property cycles are like ‘lifts and elevators’ in an office block. The price may go down quickly like a lift, so it is quite noticeable. But the price always rises again - steadily like an escalator. And the escalator journey back up will always take you higher in the building than where the lift began its journey down,” said Blair Haddow, who has just returned from an incentive trip to Hawaii where he was hosted by Bayleys Real Estate as one of Bayleys top agents across New Zealand for the 2021/2022 year. “Over the course of a decade, the price of homes will have risen. From the trough to the peak will typically see the price doubled. It’s been that way for decades and decades, and there’s no reason to see why this property cycle is anything different to the many which have gone before.” Blair Haddow said very few Ponsonby, Herne Bay, St Mary’s Bay, Westmere, Freemans Bay, or Grey Lynn homes he had

sold over recent years had been to speculators or ‘flippers’ looking to get in and out of the market over short timeframe and make a quick profit off rising values. Accordingly, the long-time Bayleys agent expected no change to his buyer dynamics. “My buyers are looking for beautiful family homes and residences they can move into and love right from day one. My buyers don’t want to be knocking down walls, sanding floorboards, or putting in new kitchens and bathrooms. They want all of that to have been done already,” he said. As a result, Blair Haddow has a substantial buyer database of clients waiting for homes to come up for sale in the $5million$10million price bracket. Blair Haddow’s summation of market movements and hesitancy from some buyers to purchase in a downward market is mirrored by independent real estate economist Tony Alexander, who highlighted the issue in one of his recent property sector updates. “You have to ask yourself…. Are you trying to pick the bottom of the cycle? If you are, you’re an idiot. If you get it, that’s pure dumb luck – like Lotto. None of us with decades in this business can accurately pick cyclical tops and bottoms,” said Tony Alexander. “For you as a buyer, the rule is this: Be prepared to miss the lowest price you could get a property at, in order to lock in the most suitable accommodation for you and your loved ones over the next 10 – 20 years,” he continued. “Few people will do this, and most of you currently, and in the coming year, looking for a reason not to buy, and will end up joining the rush to purchase when the cycle turns.”  PN www.facebook.com/BlairHaddowResidential

68 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022


104 Mt. Eden Road Mt. Eden, Auckland Phone: 09 638 8463 www.lahood.co.nz

Are you renovating, redecorating or building a new home? CURTAINS


Duette® Shades




JAPANESE INFLUENCE A lovely old villa in Devonport receives an extraordinary kitchen makeover, influenced by a family’s previous life in Japan. It’s hard to know what you want if you don’t know where to start. This is the exact situation these homeowners found themselves in when looking for inspiration for their new kitchen. Then, through a friend, they were recommended to speak to local designers, Kitchens By Design. In-house designer, Marianne Gailer, says the couple had never planned a new kitchen and were looking for guidance. “It’s not an unusual situation. That’s why we are here,” says the designer. “Once I met them and learnt about their family connections to Japan, I decided to draw on an Oriental theme by taking in their surrounding furniture and art.” With the theme set in her mind, Marianne then had to address the size and functionality of the existing kitchen, which literally looked like a makeshift kitchen in the corner of the open-plan kitchen-dining-living space, she says. “It was about a quarter of the size of the new kitchen, which was way too small in terms of scale and functionality for the room and the family.” The key to the design’s success was Marianne’s inspirational choice of natural materials – a wonderfully grained Titanium Granite in a tactile, leathered finish for the kitchen island, paired with solid Tasmanian Blackwood cabinetry, crown cut and mismatched, to give a natural, organic feel. The combination is an explosion of grain, colour and texture and gives the kitchen its unique character. “The colours of the leathered Titanium Granite were the starting point for my scheme,” she says. “The mitred island ‘block’ anchors the kitchen in the open-plan living space and also provides the required bench space.” Centring the cooker within the cabinetry along the back wall balanced the fridge and bi-fold pantry/appliance garage

nicely. Two additional space towers, one on each side, give ample food storage. “A jet-black leathered splashback and black cooker help balance the central feature. Above, timber battens add to the texture and the Japanese feel. The inspiration for this slatted look came to me one evening when we were sitting in a Japanese restaurant – from the partitions between the seating.” Apart from the cooker, all the appliances are integrated – a notion the owners weren’t initially on board with, says the designer. “But after I showed them a 3D walk-through of their new kitchen, with and without hidden appliances, they changed their minds.” ‘Beyond our wildest dreams’ was the client’s reaction to their new Zen aesthetic kitchen. Mum cooks, the daughter preps, and dad makes tea, all in their designated zones. This kitchen was named Runner Up in the Auckland Chapter category at the prestigious NKBA Excellence in Design Awards 2022.

KITCHENS BY DESIGN, If you’re looking for a new kitchen, pop into Kitchens By Design’s showroom, located at 3 Byron Avenue in Takapuna, or call one of its designers on T: 09 379 3084. For inspiration, take a look at some fabulous projects at www.kitchensbydesign.co.nz

70 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022


Visit our showroom today. 3 Byron Avenue, Takapuna (09) 379 3084

Zen design simplicity. Creating calm, beauty and inner focus.



Telly Tuita, Tongpop Übermensch 2, mixed media on polyester lava lava, 1165mm x 1735mm, 2020

@ BERGMAN GALLERY Telly Tuita – Tongpop Cornucopia 23 July – 20 August

Tongan-born Wellington-based artist Telly Tuita presents a suite of works and objects abundant in sexy, camp, and upcycled handmade aesthetic - a little bit country, a little bit rock n roll, a sprinkle of Maria Callas and a generous dash of Dolly Parton! Benjamin Work – TO’A MOTU – ISLAND WARRIOR 27 August – 17 September

For the exhibition TO’A MOTU - ISLAND WARRIOR, Benjamin Work, a descendant of warrior lineage, draws on the interconnectivity between the sacred islands of Moana Oceania and Aotearoa. His ongoing research is an investigation of historical motif and its revivification within a contemporary context.

Benjamin Work, The Warrior, powder coated aluminium, 230mm, 2022

BERGMAN GALLERY, 3/582 Karangahape Road (Entrance via 2 Newton Road) T: 021 324 984 benny@bergmangallery.com www.bergmangallery.com

72 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022


ARTS + CULTURE Covert Theatre, Wade Jackson, Laugh Gym

EMPLOYEE LOYALTY NO LAUGHING MATTER – OR IS IT? New laughter subscription launched to help businesses boost morale and connection. Finding the positive amidst a tidal wave of negativity in our news feeds can be a daily struggle. That’s why Wade Jackson, high performance coach, author and founder of charitable trust Covert Theatre, has launched an innovative new laughter subscription to bring business and laughter together. Enter, stage right: The Laugh Gym. Inspired by new research from University College London (1) which shows that engaging with the performing arts has a positive impact on wellbeing, improv is the latest business tool to help employees find joy, laugh, and thrive. Launching tonight with a special performance by global hit The Improv Bandits, The Laugh Gym will showcase award-winning comedy in a regular calendar of events for employees. The Laugh Gym is a monthly subscription model that offers a unique and fun way for employers to reward and recognise their people with the gift of laughter. Each month subscribed businesses will receive an allocation of tickets to Covert Theatre’s world-class improvised comedy shows. “The idea for The Laugh Gym came about in response to this pandemic,” says Jackson, who has worked as a business coach for an A to Z of blue-chip Australasian companies. “I work in the arts, where transcendence is a big part of what we do, especially in comedy. I also work closely with corporate professionals who are struggling. Businesses need to reconnect; employees need to re- engage with their wellbeing in a more effortless way and we all want to feel human again.” Jackson says having a laugh is proven to be the fastest way to facilitate human connection. “Laughter is contagious so

it’s even more powerful when your people do it together. Businesses and their people will directly benefit from having a positive shared experience that they can engage with in a light and fun way. There are also proven health benefits that come from having a giggle, such as lowering blood pressure, reducing stress, releasing endorphins and increasing your overall sense of wellbeing.” The Laugh Gym is the latest professional tool to help businesses to reconnect, boost morale, and increase wellbeing as a reward or recognition or even to provide client entertainment. Businesses can choose between the My Choice option, where they select the shows a month in advance, or the Leave It To Us option, where Covert Theatre send a variety of tickets to the shows they recommend. Either way, tickets will be emailed in a timely manner, with plenty of time to distribute them to deserving staff. And if supporting employee wellbeing wasn’t enough, a percentage of all Laugh Gym subscriptions goes directly towards funding Covert Theatre’s Improv School Scholarship Fund, providing subsidised or free opportunities for young people experiencing financial hardship. This means under privileged children can learn confidence, resilience and fearless communication skills through the power of play and improv. For further information or to subscribe to The Laugh Gym visit www.coverttheatre.com/the- laugh-gym. (1)

Covid-19 mental health and the role of arts and cultural engagement: A review of new evidence, by Dr Maree Polley and researchers from Department of Behavioural Science and Health at University College London, March 2022

PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022



ST MATTHEW’S CHAMBER ORCHESTRA LIVE PIANISMO Sunday 21 August 2.30pm Conductor - Michael Joel Soloist - Sylvia Jiang. Tremain - Symphony for Strings. Gounod - Little Symphony for Wind. Farquhar - Divertimento for Brass. Grieg - Piano Concerto in A minor Op 16 Critics hail Sylvia Jiang as ‘New Zealand’s most notable young emerging pianist’ and ‘a gifted young pianist of genuine substance’. In May last year she stepped in at short notice to replace the scheduled soloist to play Rach 2 with St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra. Her performance was spellbindingly brilliant. Currently studying at the Juilliard School, Sylvia Jiang’s performances have been featured on BBC News, TV3, ABC Australia, Radio New Zealand Concert, Maori Television, and other notable news networks and publications. Michael Joel is currently music director of St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra and has worked on the music staff of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as duty conductor on productions of Tosca, La Bohème, La Traviata and Carmen, assisting big names like Placido Domingo. St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra is an accomplished orchestra performing a wide repertoire of music and is dedicated to providing performance opportunities for New Zealand musicians, composers and conductors. TICKETS Eventfinda or Door sales. EFTPOS or Cash. Adults $30, Concessions $25, Children under 12 free. Student Rush on the day $15. N.B. Attendees will need to comply with any Covid-19 protocols in place at the time of the concert.

Photography: Everall Deans, Ponsonby Business Association

ST MATTHEW-IN-THE-CITY, corner Wellesley & Hobson Streets, www.smco.org.nz

Sun 21 August at 2.30pm programme

Tremain Symphony for Strings Gounod Little Symphony for Wind Farquhar Divertimento for Brass Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor soloist Sylvia Jiang conductor Michael Joel st matthew-in-the-city Cnr of Wellesley & Hobson Street, Auckland City

HOMESICK FOR PONSONBY? If you, your friends or family are missing Ponsonby, why not subscribe to New Zealand’s BEST read community magazine?

An annual subscription is only $49 and can be posted anywhere in New Zealand. News + Local Politics + Fashion + Style + Celebrity + Eat, Drink + Be Merry + Travel + Living, Thinking + Being + Pets + Future Generation + Sports + Home + Real Estate + Arts + Culture Visit ponsonbynews.co.nz or email jay@ponsonbynews.co.nz for more information

74 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022



@ OREXART, PONSONBY 'A Matter Of Time’ by Wes Fieldhouse. As a painter Wes Fieldhouse creates his own meanings and understandings of his work during a direct engagement in the process – in the standing back, evaluating, analysing, and questioning. This is the only way he understands the work and feels it is not something that can be easily written about, or that can be completely understood by reading about it. But as John Berger said, “All genuine art approaches something which is eloquent but which we cannot altogether understand. Eloquent because it touches something fundamental. How do we know? We do not. We simply recognise.” Wes Fieldhouse joined Elam School of Fine Arts in 1992 where he studied under Dick Frizzell, Ronnie Van Hout, Fiona Pardington, Carole Shepheard and the late Don Binney amongst others. He took up postgraduate studies at Auckland University of Technology’s (AUT) School of Art and Design where he graduated with an MA with Honours and was subsequently invited to take up an academic leadership and lecturers roles with AUT School of Art and Design. This is his 8th solo show with OREXART.  PN

Here and Where; A Matter of Time, acrylic, oil, oil stick, graphite on canvas, 1525 x 1225mm

OREXART, 221 Ponsonby Road, E: rex@orexart.co.nz www.orexart.co.nz PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022



Roy Good, Square Dance

ROY GOOD, RECENT WORK AT SCOTT LAWRIE GALLERY Saturday 30 July to 20 August, 2022 New Zealand modernist abstraction is undergoing something of a resurgence right now with prices rocketing and paintings coveted by private and institutional collectors alike. Perhaps this is in response to the younger generation’s love of loose expression and raw gesture – something you won't find much of in the respected work of senior abstract painter, Roy Good. A much-loved figure in New Zealand art, Roy has been painting for over 50 years, exhibiting extensively here in New Zealand, while typifying a modernist abstract movement that has become one of the world’s most significant painting genres. I knew of Roy’s work before I started the gallery five years ago. But it wasn’t until a studio visit much later that I remember thinking I’d stumbled upon something very special. I rushed back to the gallery with a phone full of images and a head full of ideas – one of which is this show (a notable other being a solo headline show at Aotearoa Art Fair in November). A humble man, and a quiet painter, Roy’s work speaks to us from across five decades, yet this new body of work – completed full time over the past two years – is as fresh and invigorating as any cutting-edge contemporary practice. Bold, uncompromising, playful and beautiful, it’s a show that I promise will be remembered for years to come. Art can provide us strong navigation points – both in art history for context and as a counterpoint to the everyday chaos of life. Roy’s orderly, impeccably-painted works offer us a welcome respite; a place to be for a while. Careful placement of colours, tight lines, intersecting planes, and exacting forms

Roy Good, Cascading Squares

are all happy to play their part to create a visually whole, yet nuanced, experience – as the viewer wrestles with their complexity and simplicity in equal measure. These are master paintings by one of our best. (SCOTT LAWRIE, DIRECTOR)  PN OPENING DAY: Saturday 30 July, 11am-5pm. All welcome!

SCOTT LAWRIE, Shed 10, The Steelworks 13 Coles Avenue (off Valley Road), T: 021 0826 5633, www.scottlawrie.com

76 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022


ARTS + CULTURE Rob Cherry, Hump Day

@ {SUITE} GALLERY, PONSONBY In August, {Suite} will hold two concurrent shows by Wellingtonian Rob Cherry and Melbourne based Kenny Pittock. Rob Cherry: Image Problem

Kenny Pittock: En Plane Air

In his first dealer gallery exhibition outside of Wellington, Rob Cherry presents a series of drawings.

When the portable paint tube was invented in 1841 it meant that suddenly artists could make paintings while away from their studio, and since then artists have been doing a lot more moving about. En Plane Air is a series of drawings and sculptures that playfully celebrate the joys of travel.

"My drawings are autobiographical, reflecting my experience of living in the world. These drawings were made over the last year, including a three month hiatus from work which made me wonder why we often can’t wait for the working week to end but at the same time don't want time to pass too quickly. "I accumulated so many drawings that I wasn’t sure how to show them. That’s why I called the show 'Image Problem'. I decided to cut them up and group different drawings or elements of drawings on one page - collaging my own images."

Kenny Pittock, Expired passport pink, 2022

Kenny Pittock is an artist based in Narrm/Melbourne who works with painting and ceramics to playfully critique everyday life. Since graduating with a Fine Arts Honours degree from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2013 Kenny has had solo exhibitions in Italy and Singapore, as well as consistently exhibited his work in Australia at galleries including ACCA in Melbourne, PICA in Perth, Artspace in Sydney and MONA in Tasmania.

Kenny Pittock, Expired Passport Pink, 2022

Please join both artists at the opening on Wednesday 3 August from 5.30pm-7pm. The exhibitions will run from 3- 27 August. {Suite} GALLERY, 189 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 218 4399, www.suite.co.nz PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022




MISS PEARL NECLIS – what your stars hold for August

Aquarius (the Water Carrier) 21 January - 19 February You are feeling strong and full of energy this month even though it’s winter. You want to extend the lines of communication with someone from your past that you haven’t connected to for a while. Take it slowly and you’ll succeed.

Pisces (the Fishes) 20 February - 20 March Whatever you decide to do you know you’ll be good at it. Take your time and absorb all you need. It’s a good time to retrain or study as you are open to doing something new.

Aries (the Ram) 21 March - 20 April I don’t think there’s anything that you are incapable of this month. You seem to be in the right place at the right time. Don’t hide your accomplishments - instead proudly put on display what you’ve achieved so far.

Taurus (the Bull) 21 April - 21 May You’re able to use your charms to great effect this month. Getting what you want will be quite easy, but don’t be a diva about it. Trying to impress others will work only if you include them in your life.

Gemini (the Twins) 22 May - 21 June Your intuition is twitching this month and your mind is working overtime. Why you might ask? Follow the scent and the reasons will become obvious. Go with flow and you’ll have plenty to smile about.

Cancer (the Crab) 22 June - 22 July You want to be everywhere at once this month in order to please others. The helplessness that you feel comes from deep inside and you know that one day it will have to be dealt with. For now, enjoy life and keep being positive.

Leo (the Lion) 23 July - 21 August You have been keen to start something new for quite some time now but the timing has always been wrong. The key is not to be so ambitious that you could become overwhelmed. Starting simple is the key.

Virgo (the Virgin) 22 August - 23 September You’ll hear some news this month that could have a changing effect if you listen to it properly. Whether you choose to listen is up to you, but remember it’s important to be true to your self. That’s the ethos you’ve always lived your adult life by.

Libra (the Scales) 24 September - 23 October You have a desire to impress this month. There is someone on the radar within your social group that has caught your eye. Play it cool as you don’t want to embarrass yourself too early on.

Scorpio (the Scorpion) 24 October - 22 November Working sometimes becomes all encompassing and maybe you should try and step back and view your life from someone else’s perspective. Those closest to you need to know they are important.

Sagittarius (the Archer) 23 November - 22 December The prospect of love is on the horizon this month. Don’t do anything special to look for it as it will find you. There might be an unexpected assignation with someone that could lead to something.

Capricorn (the Goat) 23 December - 20 January If someone is trying to coerce you into doing something that you’re not comfortable with then say just say ‘No’. But it might be your behaviour that could be a cause for concern this month. You have the ability to change, but you must want it first.

78 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022



UPTOWN ART SCENE Our neighbourhood has more galleries and artist-run spaces than anywhere else in the country, so it’s thrilling to see even more doors opening! The entrance to Bergman Gallery is via 2 Newton Road, just down from the Karangahape Road intersection and in a historic building with plenty of light and character. An established gallery in Rarotonga, Bergman was the first Pacific Island-based gallery to attend the Auckland Art Fair (2016) and has attended every year since, so is already a familiar venue for many art lovers. It’s great to see them in the hood. Their current exhibition by Telly Tuita is Tongpop Cornucopia, a lush and dense world of colourful textures and layers, horizons and figures. The works are painted, drawn, collaged, with photographs and sculpture all combining into a complex web of narrative firmly set in an expansive Pacifica. Moving from Monmouth Street to 3 Water Street, DEMO is an off-site gallery run by Whitecliffe College of Art & Design for their post-grad students and alumni. The recent group exhibition, Wayfinding, has the feel of immigration and ocean voyaging, with a buoyant raft of plastic containers by Hulita Koloi and Te Ara Minhinnick, in Ana Garcia’s familial video exchanges between Auckland and Manila, and a suitcase painted with a giant eye. Sonja Drake’s 10m long watercolour strolls across one wall, full of landscape moments.

Twin Figure Blue by Telly Tuita at Bergman Gallery

Skar Image Lab moving into 1 New Bond Street, Kingsland, has provided an opportunity for photographers to exhibit their work in the white cube of their front room. Artist Emil McAvoy curated an exhibition by Matt Henry last month called Double Grammar Zone, borrowing a real estate term and applying it to the visual grammar of abstraction and advertising.

The latest show Into the Vernacular has been organised between California-based photographer Ordinary Sacramento and Auckland-based Marc Thompson, and presents work by a dozen photographers. What a delight to welcome more art into our neighbourhood! EVAN WOODRUFFE, Studio Art Supplies  PN www.studioart.co.nz

Sonja Drake, Hulita Koloi and Te Ara Minhinnick at DEMO

PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022


NEON, The Staircase


CHILLS & THRILLS FOR WINTER When you're all snuggled up warm inside and the weather is wild and threatening, adding a thrill or a scare to your streaming choices can give you the chills in all the right ways. Whether it’s true crime drama, dystopian SciFi, or time travelling teens, you can be sure your adrenaline will be pumping after settling down to savour or binge some of these titles. NEON


The Staircase

Paper Girls

This true crime drama series is simply masterful storytelling. Starring Colin Firth, Toni Collette and Julliette Binoche, it is layered with intrigue and character. A story so well told that knowing the ending (or thinking you do) takes nothing away from the tension and thrill.

Based on the comic book series by Brian K. Vaughan, this is a more gritty take on 80s nostalgia than Stranger Things. It delivers a fresh if somewhat violent tone to the time travel genre. More Terminator than Back to the Future it’s a story told through the eyes of fearless 12-year-old paper girls.

You can’t help but invest in the lives of the key characters playing out this real life tragedy. It forces you to examine your own ideas about truth. It leaves you asking just how much the truth can flex and adapt in response to the incredible complexities of modern human life.

Through their young eyes, 80s sensibilities are dragged forward thirty seven years and positioned to ask the hard questions; just who is responsible for the future? These uncompromising paper girls want answers. Tiffany, Mac, Erin and KJ just wanted to survive Hell Day (delivering papers the morning after Halloween) but instead they have to save the future and come to terms with the people they have become. They hold nothing back as they demand more of their future selves. Ask yourself what your 12-year-old self would have to say if they met you today. Would they be impressed or disappointed? While not for the squeamish, this is a binge worthy show for everyone 12+. 


If you aren’t familiar with the real life people this series brings to life, don’t be tempted to google it. Let the narrative play out and surrender to the process. The producers, writers and directors of this series have done a marvellous job of honouring the life of Kathleen Peterson while creating a nail biting, true crime drama series. 

80 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022



It’s been called The Butterfly Effect meets Groundhog Day and is as full of sadness as it is of dashed hopes. How can life have meaning if the outcome is always death? Could the answer be love - not necessarily the romantic kind, but genuine love? Based on the book by Kate Aitkenson, this slightly SciFi drama follows the life of (Ursula) a young woman who suffers typical 20th century style deaths over and over again. While she remembers each one enough to avoid a repeat performance, she is doomed to die in some other bleak fashion in her next life. Only Ursula is aware of this strange phenomena and rather than make the most of each of her new lives, her innate survival instinct sees her become increasingly cautious and morose. Rather than seize life, she looks for ways to avoid death. It is sobering to think all these deaths that shape and reshape how she sees her future were typical endings that many would have faced during this tumultuous time in history.

Starring talented Kiwi actor Thomasin Mckenzie, and Fleabag’s Sian Clifford, this somewhat dark and dour version of GroundHog Day is full of worthy performances, but its pace barely gets the heart pumping.  NETFLIX Snowpiercer

A gripping post apocalyptic future reveals humankind at its typical worst. Highlighting the dehumanising effect of the class system, this series took the steampunk film made famous by Bong Joon-ho's adaptation and gave it a film noir twist.

Snowpiercer is a train in perpetual motion that sustains the remnants of human civilization including the stowaways who are treated as less than human. Its stark depiction of the ‘haves and have nots’ is brought to life by characters who believe in an impossible future. Captivating performances by Jennifer Connolly and Daveed Diggs have you understanding their motivations but not necessarily the moral compasses that hold them to their course. 

NETFLIX, Snowpiercer

Life After Life

PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022



Glenys Lindsay

Experienced wedding & ceremony celebrant. Your ceremony will be special, memorable & exclusively for you. T: 09 256 1081 M: 021 868 610 www.aucklandcelebrant.co.nz

The Covert Theatre in Mackelvie Street, Ponsonby is NZ’s home of improvised comedy. With workshops and shows every night of the week there is something for everyone. Be sure to check out www.coverttheatre.com

You can support all the good giggle’s by donation right here, www.coverttheatre.com/how-to-help Registered charity CC53421


T: 09 376 9599 Email: mowenshens@gmail.com www.emotionalwellbeing.co.nz


FOR AS LITTLE AS $5 A MONTH Your regular donation will help connect more school children with nature, empower people all over Auckland with sustainable living choices and develop and maintain a therapeutic garden. Join now at: www.kelmarnagardens.nz/donate

82 PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022




Looking for a warehouse to rent with high stud in the PONSONBY, GREY LYNN, MORNINGSIDE or KINGSLAND area. MINIMUM 400 SQUARE METRES. PHONE: 027 4896 975

CEREMONIES CELEBRANT Weddings, Civil Unions, Funerals - LGBTQ friendly

SUNBED STUDIO megasun.co.nz

+64 9 361 3361 54 PONSONBY ROAD, PONSONBY www.facebook.com/aucklandwestcelebrations M: 027 582 3077 E: ronald.jones@xtra.co.nz


Contact Murray Andrews M: 021 598 992 E: mhandrews@xtra.co.nz P O Box 78 298, Grey Lynn 1245 www.emltd.co.nz

Working from home? Get personalised IT support, all year round for one affordable price. Join the Geek Club. Take back your day and leave the boring tech stuff to us. JOIN NOW!

0800 424 335



IT support packages to suit your needs!

$20 OFF!


PONSONBY NEWS+ August 2022